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August 2012

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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

So thank you for your hard work and efforts and we wish you a safe and restful day off on Monday!

August luncheon at the Guenther House

Alamo Area Hospitality Association        

Thank you to our friends at the Guenther House for our August luncheon. Our featured guest speaker was Tina Stohlhandske with River City Run.


Looking for a unique, active way to see San Antonio? You have found the right place. River City Run is a 5K course through the heart of San Antonio that takes you through downtown San Antonio where you can run and see the sights of this great city.


Tina spoke of her organization, it's history and what it's all about. Tina and her husband Tommy founded the running group in June 2012.  What makes their runs so unique is that they incorporate a tour of San Antonio in their route. They offer private runs as well. Check out River City Run and schedule your 5K today. 


A special thank you to our generous door prize contributors:

  • Tina Stohlhandske with River City Run for the donation of two FREE runs 
  • Karen Bippert with the Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum for the donation of four admission tickets 
  • Kim Charles with Phillips Productions for the donation of Alamo Plaza Attractions tickets to Ripley's Haunted Adventure, Guinness Book of World Records Museum, Tomb Rider, Mirror Maze & The Vault
  • Cathy Sigler with Caprice Productions for the donation of a goodie bag filled with specialty items
  • Shelly Koch with PRG for the donation of a $25 Zuni/Rio Rio gift certificate
  • Evalon Cantu with Paseo del Rio Association for the donation of two tickets for Taste of the Riverwalk
  • Naomi Leissner from IMAX for the donation of the movie pack of tickets for "Dark Knight Rises" plus 2 popcorn, soft drinks & 3 hours free parking at Rivercenter mall
  • Lori Sears with PC Mailing Services for the donation of a2 pack of tickets to Enchanted Springs Ranch
  • Gena Scott with Cowboys Dance Hall for the donation of 6 free passes.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 
Alamo Area Hospitality Association
Teals for Toes' mission is to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. How?  By painting your toenails teal, the ovarian cancer color.  By getting your friends to paint their toenails teal too, and then by talking with people when they ask about it, to make sure that they know the signs of this whispering killer. Any time of year is good for teal toes, but they especially recommend September, the ovarian cancer awareness month.

Make a fashion statement. Wear teal, the official color of ovarian cancer awareness, on September 2--Teal Day--to show your support.
Global Entry
Alamo Area Hospitality Association
As of August 29th, the San Antonio International Airport international arrivals have access to the Global Entry Program.  In July, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) approved San Antonio International Airport as a designated Global Entry airport, allowing pre-approved travelers to expedite their entry into the U.S. with automated kiosks that streamline the arrival process..no lines..no paperwork..

To begin your application process, visit globalentry.gov, you will be notified to schedule an in-person interview with CBP; while the nearest enrollment centers are based in Dallas and Houston, CBP will schedule dates to provide interviews in San Antonio.
Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show 


Friday, August 31 - September 3, 2012 

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM   


Enjoy a stroll along the picturesque River Walk, stop to talk to vendors who are anxious to share information about their craft and take home an item that will enhance your home, wardrobe or garden.


Visit San Antonio River Walk

Festival People en Español   
Alamo Area Hospitality Association

An annual celebration of all things Latino, Festival People en Español will be held in San Antonio for the first time on September 1-2. Celebrity appearances and interviews with nighttime performances by top Latin music artists at the Alamodome. Free daytime events include expos and demos by Hispanic experts on subjects ranging from health and beauty to careers and cooking at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Come be part of this exciting and community-building event.

Dinosaur Stampede Exhibit Opening 

Alamo Area Hospitality Association  

Saturday, September 1, 2012 


Step back in time as you experience the Prehistoric Era with realistic and life like dinosaurs around every corner of The Garden. The San Antonio Botanical Garden will delight dinosaur lovers of all ages with the Dinosaur Stampede Exhibit. On display, Sept 1st through Dec 31st.
Zombie Walk 
Alamo Area Hospitality Association

Friday, September 7, 2012

Monsters invade First Friday.  Infestation begins at 7:00PM.

For more information and to learn about the 2012 Monster Con click here.
Paws and Pints
Alamo Area Hospitality Association


The Talk About It! program will conduct the Paws and Pints event at Freetail Brewing Co, a San Antonio pet-friendly spot. The event will include adoptable shelter and rescue dogs and cats, onsite mobile grooming services, family-friendly activities, local pet vendors, and pet information tables provided by area animal welfare nonprofit organizations to help local residents learn about responsible pet care and making their dogs and cats members of their family. A portion of the sales at Freetail Brewing Co. for the day of September 8, 2012 will be donated to the "Animal No Kill Fund" of the San Antonio Area Foundation. 

Dos Equis Taste of the River Walk Alamo Area Hospitality Association

September 11 - 13, 2012
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Ticket holders enjoy sampling culinary offerings from participating River Walk establishments, over a 3-day period. Limited tickets available. THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT. Click tickets for a list of participating restaurants. 
 Tequila and Margarita Festival

Alamo Area Hospitality Association
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo's
Fall Fest  
Alamo Area Hospitality Association
September 28, 2012
6:00 - 11:59PM
Freeman Coliseum Grounds/Expo Hall

An annual celebration of all the S.A.L.E. Committees. The celebration begins on Friday evening with the adult-friendly Casino Night which includes great food, Las Vegas-style gambling for fun, music and live & silent auctions. Saturday is a full day of fun-filled, family-friendly events and activities including a baked goods contest and mutton bustin'! This event is open to the general public and to all S.A.L.E. committee volunteers! Proceeds from this event benefit the S.A.L.E. Scholarship Fund.  To read more click here.
 Mummies of the World

Alamo Area Hospitality Association

Tickets are on sale NOW
Exhibit opens 29 September
Runs 29 September - 27 January, 2013

Explore Mummies of the World and come face to face with the largest exhibition of real mummies and artifacts ever assembled! 
Opening September 29 and making its exclusive Texas appearance at the Witte Museum, Mummies of the World presents a never-before-seen collection of  naturally and intentionally preserved mummies. What secrets do the mummies hold about the past, and what clues do they offer for the future? A journey awaits as we unravel their mysteries. Dig in and discover at the Witte Museum!

Click HERE to purchase your tickets today.

Red Hot Chili Peppers   

September 29, 2012

The AT&T Center is proud to welcome the Red Hot Chili Peppers with special guest Janelle Monae to San Antonio on Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 PM! Tickets for the Red Hot Chili Peppers are available at all Ticketmaster outlets including attcenter.com, the AT&T Center Box Office and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.


Click HERE to purchase your tickets.  


FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA International Photography Festival now through September 29. Visit http://fotoseptiembreusa.com or http://safotofestival.com

September Luncheon
Alamo Area Hospitality Association

Our September monthly luncheon will be held Thursday, September 20th at Lüke San Antonio at 125 E. Houston St.

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:

Tracy Reeder with The Rosenberg Skyroom at the University of Incarnate Word

Gena Scott with Cowboys Dance Hall
Let's Get to Know........

Alamo Area Hospitality Association

Name: Erin Vauter 
Title: Director of Group Programs 
Company: Natural Bridge Caverns 
Phone: (210) 651-6101
Email: erin@naturalbridgecaverns.com
How long have you been in your position: Four years. 
Where are you from: Atchison, KS 
Education: I have a Bachelors in Biology from Texas A&M University. 
Marital status: Married
Children: A son
Favorite SA restaurant: Paloma Blanca 
Favorite SA tourist attraction: Our newest attraction at Natural Bridge Caverns, the Canopy Challenge.  It is a 4 level, 60 foot high challenge course with zip-lines that go out to two different towers.
Favorite SA place to hang out: The River Walk 
Favorite adult beverage: Coca-cola, which I know that is not very exciting.
Favorite SA bar: Howl At The Moon 
How long have you been associated with AAHA: Myself 4 years and Natural Bridge Caverns has been involved for a much longer time. 
What has been the most helpful about being associated with AAHA: The people I meet have been fantastic, there is a wealth of knowledge in the association's membership.
How is AAHA doing: I think AAHA is doing great.  The luncheons are well organized and informative and the networking opportunities are also good.
What can AAHA improve upon: Nothing at this time; they're doing great! 

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