The Junior League of San Antonio hosts this annual holiday market, featuring artisan wares from around the country and local restaurants to fuel long days of browsing. More than 85 merchants will be in attendance at this year's event, serving up the giftable fruits of their labor in an extensive indoor orchard. Foodies can browse gourmet soup and cheese-ball mixes to find the right blend for a festive gathering or cozy autumn meal. Style-savvy clotheshorses will delight in the many boutique fashions on display for both adults and children, and accessory-hounds can follow their large, moist, quality-detecting noses to browse shoes, jewelry, and statement handbags. Holiday décor encourages patrons to deck the halls with autumn or winter wreaths, yard art, and handmade cloisonné ornaments. See the complete merchant list to prep your shopping list.
ComedySportz’s troupe of all-star laughletes is considered to be not only comedic, but also to have good sportsmanship, since there’s no swearing allowed, the subject matter is suited for all ages, and the show is monitored by a referee who calls offense fouls and hides unfunny heads in a shameful brown bag. Take a friend, relative, significant other, or the relative of a friend’s significant other to see two teams of expert improvisers fight for laughs through an average of 7– 12 scenes, games, and songs based on audience suggestions. At the end, the crowd votes to decide which team wins the honor of dumping life-size cardboard cutouts of the other team into an active volcano.
Since 1920, the expansive fields of San Antonio Polo Club have hosted scores of dignified clients as they’ve learned and mastered the noble sport of polo atop equally noble steeds. The club’s staff inducts newbies into the elite ranks with beginner polo lessons, hosts more experienced players in open-play sessions, and challenges advanced patrons to compete in tournaments or to learn to play the horse’s role. Due to the club’s history and commitment to introducing polo to new generations, it has been featured in the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame.
The experienced staff at Boerne Gymnastics Center helps tots tumble in a series of structured, fun, and safe classes. Very young tumblers and their parents work with a coach to develop balance, coordination, and pregymnastic skills in the Parents & Tots class, whereas the preschool class tackles the same curriculum without the aid of mom, dad, or motivating sock puppets. Peruse the schedule to find for available sessions.
For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
The low-hanging branches of southern live oak trees stretch out over the house and pavilion areas at Don Strange Ranch, dappling parties, weddings, and corporate team gatherings with splashes of sunlight. Since 1952, the 125-acre longhorn ranch in the Texas Hill Country has hosted myriad events, including scenes from the PBS music documentary series Live from the Artists Den and the wedding of country music stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
More than just a picturesque backdrop, the ranch’s rugged natural surroundings host outdoor activities such as ropes courses and kayak trips down the Guadalupe River. And the friendly staffers who man 350- to 400-foot ziplines work to ease guests out of their comfort zones, like a mother bird pushing her young out of the nest for their first extreme base-jumping lesson. :m]]
Sculpted into a 14-acre spread of lush zoysia grass, The Range at Leon Springs provides golfers with an array of short- and long-range training areas to perfect orb-smashing techniques. Armed with a day-pass punch card, visitors whack a bottomless reservoir of premium range balls while practicing out of reach of a roommate’s Burton Gilliam bobblehead collection and honing sand-trap play in greenside and fairway practice bunkers. Those looking to improve their ball control when hitting out of awkward lies can amble over to the sidehill practice area, and the 10,000-square-foot putting and chipping green familiarizes fairway lovers with testy breaking putts and wisecracking flagsticks. The range's 40,000-square-foot tee line ensures that clients won't have to wait behind sloth-paced players, and the lighted facility stays open until 9 p.m.