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Gotta Have Heart

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10:02pm. 1,894 Views, 0 Comments.

You Gotta Have Heart!

Climbing Roses by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAh, yes – Fiesta Time is here once again; San Antonio's very own Mardi Gras but with more couth. Or at least we like to think so. Around here, when the floats with the Fiesta female nobility pass, the crowd shouts, "Show us your shoes!" and not anything more revealing than that. Of all the scheduled events during a nearly-two-week-long city-wide block party, one of the most well-attended (to judge by the crowds every evening) is NIOSA, or Night In Old San Antonio, which features every kind of food booth imaginable in the little squares and streets of La Villita. One of the long-time favorites of NIOSA is a South American version of meat-onna-stick called 'antichucios', which a long-ago volunteer discovered while on an assignment

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San Antonio Book Festival

Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 8:52pm. 1,771 Views, 0 Comments.

In the Shade of the Big Enchilada

By Celia Hayes

In the Shade of the Big Enchilada by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWell, that is the fond nickname given to the Central Library building in downtown San Antonio – a hulking cube with geometric cut-outs, painted in a shade of dark orange which always reminded me of paprika. This last weekend, the Central Library and the campus of the Southwest School for Art and Craft across the street from it was the site for the second annual San Antonio Book Festival. This is the kind of book bash which is a small brother of the Texas Book Festival, which is huge, as far as local writers are concerned. Alas, the Texas Book Festival is so huge, that I couldn't even begin to afford an exhibitor table there, either as a writer for my own books, or as the owner of Watercress Press and

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Renaissance Fair

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 8:39pm. 1,494 Views, 0 Comments.

Ren Faire

by Celia Hayes

I've always thought there was a need in these mostly settled American late 20th century time for people to dress up and be something else for a while. There are local hard-core historical reenactors who do get very, very deep into this, in part to educate people generally about specific events and times in American history. Then there is the Society for Creative Anachronism, where lurk those folks who do more of the European medieval thing, with jousting and swordfights and all that. And the science fiction conventions, where fans of particular movies and TV shows costume for the duration, and take it all very seriously. My daughter and I had a friend through the Salt Lake City con who routinely dressed as a Klingon. One

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Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market

Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 10:33am. 5,813 Views, 0 Comments.

Quarry Market, San Antonio by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com Goat Milk Soap and Salve by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com

The Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market

 by Celia Hayes

Squash and Tomatoes by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comFresh Squeezed Orange Delight by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIt's one of my habits – established when we lived in Athens in the early 1980s – going to the local street or farmer's market.  It was the custom of the country that every neighborhood had a day of the week, when a three or four-block length of one of the main streets in the suburb would be blocked off, and the local vendors and farmers would set up two rows of booths and sell to the community, beginning just before dawn and continuing through midday. It was usually seasonal fruits and vegetables, and each little booth pretty much specialized in one item – lemons, or artichokes on long stalks, or potatoes with patches of the damp soil they had been grown in still clinging to them. There was

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Making the Art Scene in San Antonio

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 8:07am. 3,266 Views, 0 Comments.

The Art Scene

 by Celia Hayes

Garden at Renewable by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSo, contra the belief that the wild and crazy art scene is all in Austin, and there is nothing much in San Antonio save the military bases, medical centers and the Alamo ... there is an art scene, and I have pictorial proof, now that my daughter is becoming interested in it. And more than just interested – it's a matter of professional involvement.

Set-up to Show by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comTo backtrack a little; my daughter and Edith, her best friend from high school (St. Francis Academy, Class of 1998) having despaired of ever finding full-time, well-paid and remunerative employment doing something rewarding – or at least, something they do not hate – have decided to go into business together. Edith is an artist in pastels, and quite gifted. My daughter is

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Hauptstrasse Quiltfest in Boerne

Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 3:35pm. 6,090 Views, 0 Comments.

The Allure of the Quilt

by Celia Hayes

Quilts on Libraray Building by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIndian Blanket Pattern Quilt by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comOnce again this last weekend, we were lured to the pleasant bedroom-slipper community of Boerne by the charms of the Squirrel's Nest on Main Street, which supports the totally worthy services provided by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation to animal-kind of this part of Texas. This visit also coincided with the celebration of a uniquely American art form – with contemporary examples hung from storefronts, and along the sides of Boerne's town plaza. They made a splendid show, all through downtown, and many of the businesses along Main Street (or Hauptstrasse) also had window displays incorporating quilts – and many of them were offering drinks ... although we had to turn down the offers of margaritas at one

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HemisFair Park in the Heart of San Antonio

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 8:56pm. 4,572 Views, 0 Comments.

HemisFair Park

by Celia Hayes

Hemisfair Park - San Antonio by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comHemisFair Park, in the heart of downtown San Antonio is a bit of an anomaly as far as San Antonio parks go. It's fifteen acres stretches from the entrance to La Villita on South Alamo, all the way to the Institute of Texan Cultures, roughly bounded on one side by the convention center, and on the other by Durango Street – now renamed Cesar Chavez, although many maps still say 'Durango.' HemisFair Park was not a patch of farmland or open scrub left undeveloped, (Hardburger, Comanche Hill, or McAllister) or a particularly scenic piece of property designated as parkland from the earliest days, (San Pedro, Breckenridge) or even neighborhood amenity, (Woodlawn) or even stretches along various creeks left undeveloped because

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Texas Gifts

Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 12:09pm. 5,574 Views, 0 Comments.

The Gifts of Texas Are Upon You

by Celia Hayes

Sister Creek Vineyards Award Shelf by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIt is that time of year again, isn't it? It's that happy season when custom commands that gifts large and small, yet always carefully and tastefully chosen, are bestowed upon spouses, children, families, kinfolk, co-workers, neighbors and sometimes even relative strangers. It doesn't matter much that it's Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa; custom commands that suitable gifts be exchanged at this time of the year – and in fact, the relative health of our national economy often depends upon lively retail sales during the last fiscal quarter of the year. Coincidentally, I most always have good sales of the printed editions of my books during this time, although that may just happen because I bestir myself to

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Hill Country Road Trip

Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 9:42am. 3,771 Views, 0 Comments.

Road Trip: Fredericksburg by Bulverde, Sisterdale and Luckenbach

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by Celia Hayes

Sister Creek Vineyards - Awards Shelf by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSome time ago, my daughter and I discovered the back road route from our North-East San Antonio home, to Boerne; basically, going up 281 to Route 46 and then west to Boerne. This last weekend, we went a step farther, by going north up Bulverde Road and bypassing the horrendous 1604-281 nexus entirely. Really, as they get closer and closer to completing the interchange, traffic just gets worse and worse. And once we got to Boerne, we decided to take Ranch Road 1376, or the Sisterdale Road north to the Pedernales Valley – this turned out to be a fantastic way to get to Fredericksburg; scenic, little traffic and just about as rapidly as by the highway ... except for

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Guten Tag - Oktoberfest and Wurstfest

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 9:05am. 4,844 Views, 0 Comments.

Guten Tag, Y’All - This is Texas!

by Celia Hayes

Beer Garden by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWhen I first came to Texas, at the express request of the US Air Force some (mumble) seventeen (mumble) years ago I thought I knew all there was to know about the place: the Alamo of course, and the Riverwalk, too. I knew that Houston had a Grand Opera, that Lubbock was a flat as a pancake griddle with some Monopoly houses set on it, I had read Edna Ferber's Giant, and I knew about cattle drives and the King Ranch, and that Texas was called the buckle of the Bible Belt ... I knew pretty much what any well-read traveler could pick up through the medium of pop culture and the base library.

Big Tent by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWhat I did not know, until well after I got here and began to look around – was how very much more there was.

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