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October 2012

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Greetings from the
Alamo Area Hospitality Association


October came and went so quickly and now we welcome November.

There's still time to submit your nominations for the Board.  If you want to join us nominate yourself or others and get it to us as quickly as possible as we vote in November.  And speaking of voting; don't forget to cast your ballot on November 6.

Daylight Savings comes late this year so don't forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday evening, November 3 and enjoy that extra hour of sleep on Sunday.

We each have so much to be thankful for; we are especially thankful of your support of the association. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

See you at the November luncheon.
October Luncheon at Rio Rio Cantina  


Thank you to our friends at Paesano's Restaurant Group for our October luncheon. Our featured guest speaker was Mike Sawaya, Director of the City of San Antonio's Convention, Sports and Entertainment Facilities.   


Mike spoke to the attendees about the Convention Center expansion and timeline; the largest capital project in San Antonio's history.  Plans include adding at least 300,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space to the current 200,000 square feet.  The Convention Center will house a new 50,000-square-foot to 80,000-square foot exhibit ballroom.  A total 684,000 square feet of new construction and 86,000 square feet of renovation will be added to the Convention Center. Once finished, the augmented exhibit space would bump the Convention Center's ranking from 22nd to ninth in the U.S. among similar convention design.





SAY Sí's 6th Annual Muertitos Fest 

Celebrating Día de los Muertos, SAY Sí's 6th Annual Muertitos Fest provides a comprehensive perspective of the significant cultural holiday and will feature local artists, folk art exhibits, altars to honor the deceased, family art workshops, food booths, artisan stalls, live music and dance performances on November 1-3, 2012.

Tickets: Muertitos Fest Fiesta: Opening Night Fundraiser, November 1, 7-10 pm.  $25 presale | $35 at the door.

Muertitos Fest First Friday | November 2, 6-10 pm

FREE Muertitos Fest Family Day | November 3, 12-3 pm
Location: All events take place at: SAY Si Central 1518 South Alamo
San Antonio, TX 78204
Phone: 210-212-8666



A unique celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun located in beautiful New Braunfels, Texas! Enjoy good fun, food, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. November 2nd - November 11th 2012.    Wurstfest opens on weekdays at 5 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am. Wurstfest festivities end at 11:30 pm on Thursday and Fridays, 9:30 pm Sundays, and Monday through Wednesday, and 30 minutes after midnight on Saturdays.  

Purple Stride 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Location: OP Schnabel Park
It is a time to honor those who are battling/have lost the fight with pancreatic cancer. For participants, it's a journey toward hope filled with inspiration. PurpleStride SA 2012 is planned and run exclusively by volunteers, so more of your dollars go directly to the cause. 

Diwali San Antonio

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Time: 5:00 - 10:00 PM
Hemisfair Park

DiwaliSA is the only city sanctioned event of its kind in the nation drawing some 15,000+ people from all over the state of Texas. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most celebrated Indian festivals which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Come enjoy this FREE annual event with all your family and friends in downtown Hemisfair Park. 
Light Up Downtown   

Light Up Downtown San Antonio participants will be comprised of merchants and businesses in the downtown San Antonio Area. Participating merchants and businesses will be divided into two main categories as follows; storefronts and buildings. All street level properties within the Central Business District are encouraged to apply. The contest will begin on Friday, November 23rd, 2012.
Food 4SA Food Drive 



Thursday: November 1 - Friday November 30, 2012

It's the 10th Annual Food 4 SA campaign to collect one million pounds of food and help make this a happy Thanksgiving for thousands of families in need! The goal: put one million pounds of food on the table for Southwest Texas' most needy.  Donations can be made online by clicking here.

Location: Security Service Federal Credit Union service centers in San Antonio, Boerne, Pleasanton, Castroville, Schertz and New Braunfels.

Salute to Service

Sunday: November 11, 2012
Location: Majestic Theatre

Celebrate Veteran's Day with the San Antonio Symphony as it takes the stage with the United States Air Force Band of the West for a free concert. Visit the Symphony's website by clicking here for more information.  
 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & Half Marathon

AAHA Rockers are you ready?  Have you registered?  There's nothing like the excitement and energy of race day and when you participate as an AAHA Rocker you get an AAHA Rockers T-shirt, Rock n Roll T shirt AND a medal.  If you're not planning on running how about supporting those that are? Runners and bikers would love to see your faces and hear your shouts of encouragement.  Contact David Uminski at (210) 260-2082 or by emailing him. Click here to email David.
Valero Alamo Bowl

December means more than Christmas lights and jingle bells to San Antonio. Since the first game in 1993, the Valero Alamo Bowl has created excitement and pageantry in San Antonio that wraps up the end of December with thrilling games in front of capacity crowds and record television ratings.  This year marks the Bowl's 20th Anniversary.  Check next month's newsletter to learn more. 
Pyschic Happy Hour/Casino Night


Tuesday: November 13, 2012

Time: 5:00PM

Location: Luke River Walk

125 East Houston Street 


Come help AAHA's very own member Carrie Anne Silvers at this Fundraising event at Luke River Walk.  Carrie Anne is the 2013 Queen of the River Walk candidate. For $25 it includes Chef prepared appetizers, 2 complimentary drinks and $100 chip for Casino Play.  It's Downtown Tuesday!  Park for free in any city lot after 5:00 PM or valet at the Embassy Suites Hotel for only $7! Open to the public. To purchase your tickets click here.  

Sesame Street Live

November 13-14, 2012
Location: Lila Cockrell theatre

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and the rest of the Muppet crew join forces in this musical about a music teacher who discovers her instruments have gone missing.  The show includes kid classics but parents will recognize plenty of tunes too.  Visit Ticketmaster to purchase your tickets. 
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 


Sonterra Women's Association Holiday Annual Holiday Bazaar 

Friday, November 16, 2012
Lunch: 11:30 AM
Shopping Hours: 10AM - 3:00PM
Lunch reservation deadline November 12, 2012

Exciting vendors selling a wide variety of items including decorative items for the home, toys, jewelry, clothing, and food can be found at this annual holiday bazaar hosted by the Sonterra Women's Association. Proceeds go to a different charity each year.  This event is open to the public.  Email or call Karla Hester at (210) 365-4678.
Ford Holiday River Parade


Friday: November 23, 2012

Time: 7:00 - 10:00PM 

Location: The River Walk


For over 30 years, this spectacular one-hour parade along San Antonio's River Walk has featured illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. The parade goes on RAIN OR SHINE. Children 3 years of age or older will need a ticket. To purchase your tickets click here.  

November Luncheon

Our November monthly luncheon will be hosted from our friends from Aldaco's on Thursday, November 15.

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:

Stephanie Farias with Texican Gifts

Melinda Dale with Solutions in Hospitality Accounting
Let's Get to Know........

Name: Doug Stratton 
Title: Account Manager
Company: The E.F. Group
Phone: (210) 492-9391
Email: doug@theefgroup.com
How long have you been in your position: I have been here for 8 months.
Favorite SA Restaurant: I love to go to Bin 555. Any Jason Dady restaurant!
Favorite SA tourist attraction: Any golf course! 
Favorite SA place to hang out: Southtown 
Favorite adult beverage: Frozen margarita; no salt.
Favorite SA bar: Flying Saucer and La Fogata
How long have you been associated with AAHA: Over 20 years. 
What has been the most helpful about being associated with AAHA: Learning about all the different tourism and hospitality activities and events as well as networking with members.
How is AAHA doing:
2 thumbs up! 
What can AAHA improve upon: Self-promotion to the larger San Antonio community.

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