Nestled amid limestone cliffs and hiking trails, Camp Eagle hosts life-changing outings that fuse outdoor activities with Christian messages that help parents navigate tough issues. The camp hosts a wide range of activities on its 1,400 acres, from small-group Eagle Quest backpacking trips to group retreats on the Nueces River and extreme-adventure events. Campers can take quiet hikes through the woods, sip fresh brews in the lodge-style coffee shop, try their hand at mountain boarding, or fly off The Blob—an enormous inflatable pillow that catapults jumpers into the river. Events hosted on the grounds feature leaders and sessions who inspire campers to lead Christlike lives, and the camp itself is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization. After days spent bonding over air hockey in the game room or re-enacting The Birds while shooting clay pigeons, visitors return to hotel or lodge-style accommodations.
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.
This spring, the Twin Elm Guest Ranch hosts the Bandera Chuckwagon Races in a three-day-long equi-centric event that gratifies guests with food, camping, arena events, and more. The ranch spans across more than 250 acres of scenic hills, woods, trails, and rivers, which guests can easily access by teaming up with a horse and doing their best centaur impressions ($35 per hour). On Friday, May 13, the festivities will begin with the 8 a.m. chuck wagon breakfast, and later that night, ticket holders can enjoy the 8 p.m. Twin Elm Buckle Series Rodeo. In addition to watching bull riding, barrel racing, and calf roping, guests can enjoy mounting their own saddled sidekick for a 9 a.m. trail ride on May 14 before cheering on the chuck wagon racers.
Since 1925, Crider’s weekly shindigs have filled the air with the warm aromas of barbecue and the jovial sonic bouquet of live country music, cavorting dancers, and one of the state’s longest-running rodeos. Contemporary cowboys compete for cash in six rodeo events that showcase incredible abilities in bull riding, barrel racing, and encouraging a steer to squeeze a stress ball instead of bucking. Younger vaqueros get a chance to flaunt their skills as they mutton-bust and calf-scramble. Post-rodeo, the outdoor stage comes alive with crooning musicians including the Dirt Road Gypsies on August 20 and Jeff Griffith on September 3. Twirling figures do-si-do under the shade of massive oaks, creating spectacle of spinning as impressive as a runaway carousel as revelers feast upon fried catfish and burgers from Crider’s café or shoot pool in the adjoining game room.
The Yoga Space’s experienced team of limb-bending yogis unbundles participants' tightly coiled muscles and repositions them into rejuvenating Hatha yoga postures. From within their intimate studio space, instructors meld breath and movement through a series of poses at variable paces, tailored for all levels of stretchers and soft-pretzel impressionists. Beginners classes slowly transition from one basic pose to another, and flow classes align each smooth reaction with the pace of timed breaths. All-level classes allow advanced yogis to court beginning downward-facing dogs with impressive displays of perfect warrior poses and ear-scratching with outstretched toes. Providing convenient courses for all lifestyles, The Yoga Space's flexible class schedule stretches evenly across seven-day spans, like a weeklong ration of Jell-O.
The motivating trainers at The Center for Fitness mold muscles and tone tensors through a variety of active, movement-oriented classes. With a three-class package, patrons can mix and match exercise routines with sessions culled from four disparate disciplines. Borrowing moves from South American dance, Zumba programs shake up fitness routines with a variety of groove-inspired workouts. Search for centered living through soothing tai chi, discovering innermost points full of soothing calmness or delicious nougat. Experienced instructors eliminate fat and calories with Pilates, making sure every muscle gets pumped up to its full potential, and yoga classes rejuvenate fizzled out flexors with stress-relieving positions and bends. Each class occurs within a brightly lit 1,600-square-foot studio outfitted with workout-enhancing equipment, letting exercisers burn calories to beats from a bumping sound system, refresh overheated bodies beneath breezy air conditioning, and commemorate muscular milestones with a turn in the gym's photo booth.