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.
Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio has classical music in her blood. The one-time concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony descends from a line of concert pianists and symphony violists, and her sister Sara plays the cello in the award-winning ensemble Eroica Trio. One summer evening in 1996, Stephanie was feeling deprived during the symphony's seasonal hiatus when inspiration struck: why not found a new festival all her own? Going strong 17 years later, the Cactus Pear Music Festival sprawls out with five concert programs scheduled in three cities over the course of two weeks.
Founded by cellist Kenneth Freudigman and violist Emily Watkins Freudigman in 2004, Camerata San Antonio brings together a symphonic roster composed of several of the San Antonio Symphony's principal players and more than a few internationally recognized musicians. More than a dozen acclaimed artists might be on-call for a concert during any given season, and the entourage's diverse concert schedule consequently offers plenty of strikingly different small-ensemble performances.
At Boerne Gymnastics Center, a staff of professional instructors, former competitive gymnasts, and a former Olympian unveils the world of gymnastic possibilities to students ages 5 and up. With five-hour daily sessions, Super Fun Combination Day Camp invites budding Mary Lou Rettons and Bart Conners to dabble in the various activities offered at Boerne, from purposeful tumbling to trampoline routines. Acrobatics training tasks nimble attendees with Voltron reenactments, and circus-arts instruction imparts the age-old wisdom of trapeze performance and juggling. An indoor climbing wall, arts-and-crafts activities, and various games mollify flickering attention spans as apprentices cartwheel from area to area. The fully equipped facility boasts parallel bars, cushioned floor-routine space, and pommel horses. Gymnastic rings challenge meat-sleeve strength and also double as tethered tokens of affection for classmate crushes.
Starplex Boerne Cinemas 11 adds a little extra shine to every screening with modern technology and screening rooms. Viewers are thrust right into the action of the film by 3D projectors, and 100% digital systems create crystal-clear views of the movie industry’s dazzling special effects. Luxury leather chairs—stacked stadium style—envelope audience members in plush comfort while also providing them with the unobstructed sightline required to see every production assistant’s name in the credits. Other welcome amenities include automated box-office kiosks, an onsite specialty café, and an expanded concession stand that serves the theater’s signature $1 hot dogs.
Michael Beasom began riding at age five. In his teen years, he got involved in the daily routine of caring for the horses at his grandparents' facility, Elton Cates Stables, and eventually took over the business after graduation. Now, all that wisdom is put into practice at Beasom Stable, where Michael and his wife, Megan, provide year-round lessons to riders both young and old. Keeping with his dream of becoming a renowned horse trainer, Michael also uses the facility to school steeds, and oversees the upkeep of 44 stalls and other on-site amenities.