By Leslie Foley
McNay Spring Party 2016: Coney Island Don your best boardwalk attire as you stroll the McNay’s grounds partaking in games, fabulous sideshow acts and amazing musical entertainment June 3 from 7 p.m. until midnight. All your favorite Coney Island delicacies and cocktails will be served — cotton candy, root beer, popcorn, corndogs and all your faves, just as you remember. Go to www.mcnay.org or call 210-805-1772 for tickets ( $100/person).
Bahama Bucks- Taste of Paradise Bahama Bucks at 4130 Broadway St. #2 opened a few months ago. Anticipate brain freeze maybe, but well worth it to indulge in snowy creations such as piña colada, pink lemonade, passion fruit or pickle juice if you dare! Let’s face it, it’s hot here, and any time of the day is a good time to get a cool treat and a new flavor. I believe there are more than enough flavors to try a different one every day — and why wouldn’t you?
Palate Temptations Culinary and events leader, the RK Group, has announced a partnership between their flagship brand, Rosemary’s Catering, and the Witte Museum. Enhancing the experience of Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, the RK Group is offering a custom culinary dining experience, “Maya-An Epicurean Adventure,” for the run of the blockbuster exhibition at the Witte Museum May 14-Sept. 5. This concept, which features curator-led tours paired with the enhancement of an unforgettable Mayan-themed dining experience, is the brainchild of Rosemary’s Catering executive chef Mercedes Valadez and chef Miguel Hernandez. Pairing high-end cuisine with the earthy and rustic Mayan food culture will offer an experience that nods to Mayan royalty. Guests can choose a variety of food and beverage packages along with hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, signature cocktails and top-shelf bar service. Guests can upgrade their experience with Maya-themed entertainment and servers.
Famous Ladies’ Reflections in Flowers Move over, Martha Stewart! The annual flower show at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, will run May 20-21, featuring arrangements inspired by famous ladies. Design entries will entertain with clever, beautiful and unbelievable floral designs on view during this free flower show 1-4 p.m. both days. Visit sanantoniogardencenter.org or call 210-824-9981 for more information. .
Brews and Blooms Brews and Blooms isn’t your typical beer garden. A casual evening for adults 21 and older is set at the flowering Botanical Garden on May 21. This event features craft brew samplings, food booths and live music. So bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy your favorite hits while sipping on frothy beverages. Working closely with San Antonio Cerveceros, Brews and Blooms provides a venue for new and seasoned local craft breweries to show why craft brews have emerged as one of San Antonio’s newest attractions. The beer selections will be a pleasing variety ranging from blonde ales and wits to pale ales and IPA’s, including limited releases from local breweries. Due to construction at the Botanical Garden, on-site parking is limited. The Garden has arranged for free shuttle transportation. Call or check the website for updates. Tickets include admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Brews and Blooms, drink tickets (optional), and a Brews and Blooms souvenir glass. It’s May 21, 6:30-9:30 p.m. To learn more, go to www.sabot.org or call 210-536-1400.
Broadway Bank’s Volunteer Corps Gives Back Broadway Bank Care Corps, the bank’s volunteer organization, has had a broad reach in local communities where the bank operates 39 banking centers. This effort dates back to 1941, when the bank was founded with the goal of serving the local community’s banking needs, while always giving back. This year, as it celebrate 75 years of good, Broadway Bank reports a great increase in volunteer hours with a particular focus on Wimberley. In 2015, 63 percent of Broadway Bank employees worked together to benefit 138 charitable projects. Altogether, that’s 13, 561 hours of their valuable time these employees donated at a dollar value of $312,852.27. Leveraging the impact of the volunteer hours, Broadway Bank corporate contributions were more than $652,000 through approximately 668 separate donations to 454 local community organizations. These donations benefit a great variety of causes, ranging from health care organizations, school districts, education and youth programs, to civic groups, local arts programs, social services, community enrichment organizations and many more. This year, Broadway Bank celebrates 75 years of good, honoring the legacy of Col. Charles E. Cheever Sr. and Elizabeth “Betty” Cheever, who opened the doors of Broadway Bank.
Ceremony Launches Witte’s Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed Exhibit Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opens on May 14 with a special ceremony featuring Grupo Pakal, which will be celebrating the Maya culture through ancient ceremonial dance rituals. Grupo Pakal will also offer programming throughout the day for visitors of all ages. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers plus general admission. Purchase tickets at www.WitteMuseum.org or by calling 210-357-1910. The exhibition is designed to give visitors a glimpse at a cross-section of Mayan life from divine kings who ruled powerful cities to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of Mayan society. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see spectacular examples of Mayan artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life, combined with a look at the scientific work being carried out at key Maya sites across Central America and Mexico. For more info, call 210-357-1900 or visit www.WitteMuseum.org.