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September 2012

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Alamo Area Hospitality Association



September is falling away and we welcome the month of October!  Temperatures begin to decrease, leaves turn colors and drop to the ground and we embrace all of the incredible autumn activities happening in and around our great city.

Don't forget the Call for Nominations.  If you or someone you know are interested in serving on the AAHA board don't hesitate to submit theirs or your name.

Enjoy the fall and see you in October.
September luncheon at Lüke 


Thank you to our friends at Lüke for our September luncheon. Our featured guest speaker was Casandra Matej, Executive Director of the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. 


Casandra's spoke to the attendees about the Certified Tourism Ambassador Program.  The CTA is a multi-faceted certification program that serves to inspire front-line hospitality employees and volunteers to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience.  By supporting the CTA program, San Antonio demonstrates a high level of commitment to our visitors.  Employees earn the credentials to further their career and employers benefit by boosting their customer service and employee morale.  It's a win win for our industry.   


If you are interested in learning more about the program and/or serving as an Ambassador, contact Karina Alderete with the SACVB at (210) 207-6737 or click here to email her directly. 


  • Leslie Stuman with Beyond Cake and Kimberly Straughan with the Wedding Guide for the donation of the 25 cupcakes
  • Anne Ledet with Boudro's for the donation of the $50 gift certificate
  • Karen Bippert with the Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum for the donation of the gift basket of goodies
  • Cathy Siegler and Lisa Lopez with Caprice Productions for the donation of the laptop bag filled with specialty items
  • Richard Blatchley with Barriba Cantina and the County Line for the donation of the dinner for two gift certificate
  • Gena Scott and Bob Johnson with Cowboys Dance hall for the donation of FREE passes distributed to each place setting
  • Jean Marie Peak with Fogo de Chão for the donation of the gift certificate for dinner for two
  • Andrea Martinez from Hard Rock for the donation of the PINK Hard Rock bag and bracelet
  • Caryn Hassslocher with Fresh Horizons Creative Catering for the donation of the gift certificate for lunch for two at the Jingu House 
  • Carrie Anne Silver with Lüke San Antonio for the donation of the $180 value wine pairing gift certificate and Chef John Besh autographed cook book
  • Christa Napier with Pat O'Brien's for the donation of the $25 gift certificate
  • Molly Nunnelly with docenttravel.com for the donation of the six FREE passes to the San Antonio Museum of Art 
  • Ray Martinez with SeaWorld for the donation of the gift bag with two park admission tickets
SeaWorld's Howl-O-Scream
Beware Jack O'Lantern, the eerie star of SeaWorld San Antonio's Howl-O-Scream. Keep your wits about you, as you never know where a ghoul or goblin will appear! Dress in your spookiest costume and enjoy the entertaining scarefest on weekends from September 28 to October 28.
Tourism Unity Night  


Wednesday, October 3, 2012  AAHA

Time: 5:00PM - 7:30PM

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Room #007    

Schedule of events:  

5:00PM: Silent Auction & Cash Bar

6:00PM: Dinner Cruisers depart (Dinner by River Walk restaurants)

7:30PM: Live auction, desserts and entertainment

Every year, the Tourism Industry of San Antonio gets together during the first week in October to celebrate our growing industry.  To make donations and/or to reserve your dinner barge, contact Linda Winchester at (210) 886-9991 or email at linda@sanantoniotourism.com
Caprice Productions Preview Event   
San Antonio Fire Museum Open House 


Friday, October 5, 2012
Time: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Historic Fire Station #1
801 E. Houston Street 


The Board of Directors of the San Antonio Fire Museum cordially invites you to join their Open House as they unveil visionary plans to resurrect this historic downtown structure by creating a premier education center for fire prevention along with a world class fire museum honoring fire fighters, past and present. 

Willkommen! Beethoven Halle und Garten is the charming setting for San Antonio's Oktoberfest October 5, 6, 12 and 13 from 5:00PM to midnight. The lively event in this King William Historic District venue, a center for the area's German community, features beer, of course, along with German music, dancing and food.
Lucky Duck Race and Festival

20,000 Rubber Ducks will race down the San Antonio River. Only $5 to adopt a duck. Proceeds benefit Haven for Hope and the Paseo del Rio Association.  Join the Alamo Area Hospitality Association as we will feature a face painter and a balloon animal maker.  Interested in volunteering?  Contact David Uminski at (210) 260-2082 or email him.  Click here.  

Solar Fest AAHA

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: Lion's Field Park

This year Solar Fest will be held on Saturday, October 6, and Solar Tour will be held on Sunday October 7th.  The community is invited out to enjoy solar demonstrations, great food, and fun under the sun at Lion's Field Park (2809 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78209). An important annual event for the South Texas, Solar Fest provides valuable information to the public about renewable energy technologies, the impact of sustainable living, and green building techniques.
 Six Flags' Fright Fest


Brace yourself for spine-tingling chills and thrills during Fright Fest Presented by Snickers®, Saturdays and Sundays from October 6 to October 28, plus Friday, October 26. You'll quiver and quake at the spirited shows and haunting attractions.
Sushi & Sake Jingu House Grand Opening 

Friday, October 12, 2012
Time: 6:30PM - 9:00PM

Please join the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the Friends of the Parks for an exclusive preview party celebrating the completion of the historic Jingu House. Enjoy an evening of Japanese barbecue, sushi, sake, wine, and cultural entertainment with Event emcee - WOAI's Randy Beamer. Event to be held at the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden near Brackenridge Park. Click HERE for tickets.
Chalk It Up

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Watch your step on October 13, 10-4pm for a street-level gallery of chalk masterpieces. Chalk It Up is a free, family-friendly event where San Antonio's premier artists transform city sidewalks into colorful works of art. Help complete a super-sized street mural or roll up your sleeves and make a work of your own at the Freestyle Section. Don't forget Kidzones-spaces designed to let creative spirits soar. This annual community event is an opportunity for locals and tourists alike to appreciate and participate in our city's creative resources. If you would like to expand your participation by volunteering please email education@artpace.org for details and information.  Click HERE for more details.
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2012

Traders Village will host its Second Annual Championship Pow Wow on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 , 2012. This native American Pow Wow will include colorful tribal dance contest, an arts and crafts show, visiting with old friends making new ones, honoring ceremonies and much more and is presented by the DFW Inter-Tribal Association.

Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will take part in this celebration of their culture and heritage. The drums will beat for the dancers in full regalia of feathers, buckskin, bells and beadwork competing for prize money and awards in many different dance categories. Spectators will be amazed by the precision and showmanship that even the youngest competitors display in their dancing. Participants will range in age from toddlers to grandmothers in their 80's.

Artists, craftsmen and traders from all over the country will showcase their wares and talents at the Arts & Crafts Show and Sale under the giant Brown Expo. The arts & crafts sale will be open from 10:00 a.m. to sundown both days.
5th Annual Chocolate & Wine Festival of Texas.  Savor the sweetness of life when sampling bon-bons, truffles and fondue from local and national chefs, bakeries and chocolatiers along with wine from award-winning Texas wineries.  Celebrate this day chock-full of wine and all things cocoa, with crafts, professional and amateur chocolate competitions, baking classes, live music and more.  Kendall County Fairgrounds. Purchase tickets HERE.
Halloween Dinner & Ghost Tour   AAHA

Sunday, October 27, 2012
Time: 6:46PM

Join Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours for a special Halloween Dinner and Ghost Tour.  Dine inside one of America's most Haunted Hotels this Halloween. Feast upon a special Three Course Meal centered around the delights of the season. After Dinner, join your tour guides in the Lobby where they will begin a tour of the Haunted Menger Hotel.  Following the Menger, your tour guides will take you on a walking tour of San Antonio's other most haunted sites.  *Costumes Recommended for this Special Event*
Call for Nominations 
We are excited to announce our call for candidates for the 2013 Alamo Area Hospitality Board. 


If you or someone you know are interested in serving and giving back to the community, please complete the nomination form.  At the October luncheon we will ask for nominations. In November we will vote and make our announcement at our December luncheon. 

The new board members will be inducted at the December luncheon and take their place at the table in January.
2013 Board Nomination Form 


October Luncheon

Our October monthly luncheon will be hosted from our friends from PAESANO's and held in the Rio Rio Cantina private dining room at 421 E. Commerce Street Thursday, October 18.

Watch your email for the Cvent invitation.

If for some reason you are not on the monthly luncheon invitation list; please contact Ashley Mitchell or by phone at (210) 697-5457.

The Alamo Area Hospitality Association extends a warm welcome to our newest members:

Antoinette Lopez, Student Member with The Rosenberg Skyroom at the University of Incarnate Word

Lori Sears with Enchanted Springs Ranch

Michelle Gyer with ARC

Bob Johnson with Cowboys Dance Hall

Naomi Leissner with Alamo IMAX Theater; River Center Mall
Let's Get to Know........


Name: Jackie Fellers  
Title: Owner
Company: Jackie Fellers Marketing 
Phone: (210) 492-9391
Email: jfellers@satx.rr.com
How long have you been in your position: I started my company in 1980.   
Children: I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.  
Favorite SA restaurant: Amorcito's
Favorite SA tourist attraction: The River Walk 
Favorite SA place to hang out: Love being at home; I don't hang out much.   
Favorite adult beverage: Margaritas
Favorite SA bar: The bar in my backyard.  
How long have you been associated with AAHA: 20 years 
What has been the most helpful about being associated with AAHA:Friends, networking and staying informed.
How is AAHA doing:
What can AAHA improve upon: Nothing. Keep up the good work. I have seen AAHA grow a lot through the years. Continue that growth keeping AAHA attractive to seasoned industry professionals while welcoming industry newcomers.

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