Don your costume Thursday, Oct. 29, 5:30-10 p.m., for Halloween fun throughout the McNay Art Museum. Trick or treating and the outdoor screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will be followed by a dance party for those over 21. Check www.mcnayart.org for details.
PUMPKIN PATCH GROWS UP IN ’09
The pumpkin patch located at Alamo Heights Methodist Church has become a destination where locals can grab their favorite jack-o-lantern and take photos of costumed kids (and adults). It’s also a wonderful opportunity to give back to charity. In existence for more than 15 years, this easy-to-find pumpkin patch at 825 East Basse features pumpkins grown on a farm in New Mexico owned and operated by the Navajo nation.
Groups benefiting from proceeds include Alamo Heights United Methodist Church counseling department, Asbury United Methodist Church, the Fisher House, Heifer International, the Hope Center, Kairos Prison Ministry, Magdalena House, Meeting the Need (Haven for Hope), the Texas Burn Survivor Society, the Wesley House and Wellness Center and Wreaths Across America (placed on graves at Fort Sam Houston).
Fall reminds me of pumpkin patches, candy corn, falling leaves and scarecrows. The San Antonio Botanical Garden has come up with a unique display offering visitors an afternoon of fall fun. The Scarecrow Trail, consisting of more than 20 scarecrows, will be on display through Nov. 15. Over 20,000 visitors will find their way to view the decorated scarecrows created by businesses, nonprofits and groups wishing to participate and share their creativity. Take that, you pesky birds! Fun for all. www.sabot.org.
Total Wine & More presents Wine Down at the Garden on Saturday, Oct.10, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden. Enjoy fall blooms and South American wines with food pairings, a souvenir wine glass and musical entertainment for $75 or $125 (VIP). Tickets can be reserved at www.sabor.org.
WITTE GAME DINNER
Reserve early for the 45th annual Witte Game Dinner taking place Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. During this year of transformation at the Witte Museum, the event will move across the San Antonio River to Brackenridge Park.
The Bellamy Brothers are scheduled to entertain attendees. And of course, the tasty vittles of wild game with all the fixin’s and everything you’ve come to crave and expect will be part of the usual spread. Last year a record-breaking, Texas-sized amount of money was raised — big boots to fill this year! Contact: 210-357-1905 for more information.
BODIES REVEALED AT THE WITTE
Bodies Revealed allows visitors to the Witte Museum to see the human body’s inner beauty in educational and awe-inspiring ways. Explore, experience and celebrate the wonder of the human form in person, and discover how your body works. This exhibit runs through Jan. 31. Call 210-357-1910 for tickets.
Sunday Jazz at the Witte (second Sunday of the month) returns for its 11th season. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon listening to jazz under the pecan trees at the Will Smith Amphitheater. Food and beverages are available for purchase from Picante Grill. Sunday Jazz at the Witte is presented in partnership with Trinity University’s all-jazz radio station, KRTU Jazz 91.7. Grab your pillow, chair and blanket, and spread out Oct. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. www.wittemuseum.org.
PARTY EVERY NIGHT
A call to Epic Entertainment Bar at 1375 Austin Highway revealed a party every night: Tuesday—karaoke; Wednesday — ladies night; and Sunday—jam session, to list a few. Plenty of big-screen televisions, live music, drink and nightly specials, jam sessions, beers on tap and more. Every night is a new offering. Call 210-467-5565 for information on nightly entertainment and specials.
FRANKLIN PARK ALAMO HEIGHTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Franklin Park Alamo Heights, “Senior Living with Style,” is a senior living community currently under development at 230 W. Sunset Road. Susan Franklin is a cancer survivor and owns Franklin Park with her husband, Aubra. Visit www.franklinpark.org for opening details and information.
BOARDWALK BISTRO CLOSES
I read on the newsfeed of Facebook that Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, has closed its doors. Can it be? Nothing on their website reveals the status update. The well-known dining institution has been a favorite dining spot for ‘09ers for years. Remember, when one door closes, another one opens….stay tuned!
RUBIOLA MORTGAGE & REALTY HAS MOVED
Rubiola Mortgage & Realty independently owned and operated by Alamo Heights grad, J. C. Rubiola, announces that they have moved to new digs in Sunset Center located at 332 West Sunset Road, Suite 8. They are looking forward to lots of new and exciting things coming in the future with their move from their previous home on Austin Highway. Stop by and let them help you with your real estate needs.
TAPAS AND FLAMENCO AT THE MCNAY
The McNay partners with Casa de España for Sunday brunch on October 4 1– 3 p.m. Featuring scrumptious Spanish fare and a flamenco performance, the brunch promises to be a celebration of Spanish art, dance, and food for the whole family. The fun-filled brunch will feature a variety of Spanish tapas, sangria, aguas frescas, and a flamenco performance by Chayito Champion y Los Flamencos de San Antonio. Tickets include admission to Miró: The Experience of Seeing, flamenco performance, and a plate of tapas or paella. Enjoy one complimentary glass of sangria or agua fresca with your meal. Contact 210-824-5368 to register.