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Landa Nights Event Benefits Beloved Local Landmark

By Shannon Miller Turner             Photography by Greg Harrison

THE SCENE:  Oh, what a night. Under a gorgeous full moon on the grounds of Landa Library guests gathered to celebrate and support the efforts of the Landa Gardens Conservancy. The Conservancy maintains and beautifies the nearly-five acre grounds upon which the library sits providing a magical setting where friends and families have gathered for decades.

THE VIBE: Among illuminated air stars and exterior walls bathed in the projected light of beautiful butterflies, the recently-renovated library set the scene for party goers to mingle and move to the beat of Austin-based band, The Instigators. Guests seeking a quiet moment during the festivities enjoyed poems written on the spot by Typewriter Rodeo, also of Austin, who created custom-typed poems on any topic quite literally under the stars.

The Landa Library Staff led tours of the library’s newly-enhanced interiors while a one-of-a-kind original painting created especially for this event by local artist, Lucy Peveto, was the focal point of the silent auction. Inspired by the gardens of the Landa Library, moonlight and the upcoming annual monarch migration, the piece, Flight Above Landa Gardens also served as the Invitation cover for the event that included catering by Page Barteau. Before departing for the evening, guests participated in a special balloon release inspired by artist Jenny Kendler and her Milkweed Dispersal Balloons of 2014. In a nod to the evening’s unofficial guest of honor, the Monarch butterfly, biodegradable balloons filled with monarch food took flight into the night to ensure that San Antonio remains part of the path of their magnificent migration.

THE CAUSE: Daniela Serna served as the chair for the event. The Landa Gardens Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to beautifying and maintaining the lovely gardens, walkways and playgrounds at Landa Library.