Brackenridge Park Conservancy Celebrates With Gala Dinner
By Jake Gaines Photography by Limelight Photography
THE SCENE: The 4th Annual Spirit of Brackenridge Park celebrated the restoration of the historic walkways at Miraflores, the 1920s private sculpture garden of Dr. Aureliano Urrutia.
THE VIBE: Never before open to the public, Miraflores was the setting for the evening including a mariachi reception and seated dinner situated along the banks of the San Antonio and lit by a full moon. The breezy evening began with specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the seated dinner created by The RK Group.
THE CAUSE: The event chairs were Rhonda Calvert and Charlotte Slimp Mitchell, who along with the Steering Committee and Executive Director Lynn Osborne Bobbitt, made the event a success. Funds support the work of the Brackenridge Conservancy, led by President of the Board Joe Calvert, to revitalize Brackenridge and Miraflores Parks. The park was created from land donated by George Washington Brackenridge in 1899. It was enlarged by additional bequests including that from Emma Koehler in memory of her husband Otto Koehler, owner of San Antonio Brewing Company that produced Pearl Beer.
The park is a destination for locals and visitors and features a stretch of the San Antonio River, the Zoo, the Witte Museum, Sunken Garden Theater, Japanese Tea Garden, Tuesday Musical Club, Brackenridge Golf Course, and soon to be restored, San Antonio Water Works Pump House and Upper Labor Spanish Dam and Acequia. The mission of the Conservancy is to be a steward of and an advocate for the park and an instrument for preserving and enhancing the park’s natural, historic and recreational resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.