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May is National Physical Fitness Month

May is National Physical Fitness Month in the United States and the American Volkssport Association celebrates it with a patch.  Many AVA clubs will have this patch for sale at their May walks, so grab it while you can. National Physical Fitness Month was designated...

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Celebrate World Walk Day

Every year on May 8 the IVV -- our parent organization, the International Federation of Popular Sport -- hosts World Walking Day. On that day, or sometime during that week, people all over the world celebrate the fun, fitness and friendship that we get from simply...

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Fiesta Medals: the Volkssporting Connection

San Antonio touts its annual Fiesta -- 20-30 April this year -- as a "party with a purpose." It traces its origins to 1890 with the first "Battle of the Flowers" parade, commemorating the Texians victory over Santa Anna at San Jacinto. The participants pelted each...

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The Gunter Hotel, Robert Johnson & the Birth of Rock-and-Roll

On November 23, 1936 Robert Johnson created the template for electric blues, which became rock-and-roll, in Room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. You'll pass the Gunter, which opened in 1909, on the Friday Friendship Walk: it's on E. Houston St., across from...

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San Antonio: A City in Song

If you are working on the American Volkssport Association (AVA) Cities in Song special program, you've hit the jackpot. San Antonio is probably the most sung about city in the USA. Most folks are familiar with "San Antonio Rose," but here are five more contemporary...

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The Unique Ceramic Trail Markers in Brackenridge Park

You may have noticed the unusual trail markers in Brackenridge Park. The eastern part of the park has four wooded trails, each about a mile long. The  markers at the trailheads are by Susan Budge, who at the time of the trail markers' creation in 2006 was the head of...

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The Not-A-Frog Bridge in Brackenridge Park

After the Texas Trail Roundup Sunday walk someone asked us about San Antonio's "Frog Bridge." Actually, it's a TOAD bridge (although everyone calls it the frog bridge. Goes to show what we know.) The city commissioned ceramicist Diana Kersey to decorate a new bridge...

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Beer Here (part 2)

Earlier we wrote about the downtown brew pubs in San Antonio. Here is a selection of places to get interesting beer: The Friendly Spot is at 130 S. Alamo at the intersection with Cedar, at the edge of the King William Historic District in what we call Southtown. They...

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Time to Walk! The Hertzberg Clock

On  Friday's Friendship Walks you stroll by the Hertzberg Clock. Cast in iron by E. Howard Clock Company of Boston, it was first installed in front of Eli Hertzberg Jewelry Company on Commerce Street in 1878. In 1910, when Commerce St. was widened,  the company – and...

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Visit the New Firefighter Museum

Just opened in 2013, the San Antonio Fire Museum, just steps away from the Alamo (801 E. Houston) is housed in "Central Fire Headquarters," or Fire Station #1, built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1938. The city moved it's firefighters to new digs in...

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13 Fun Things To Do on Friday Night

You've probably figured out on your own that it's fun to hang out on the Riverwalk, sip margaritas and sing karaoke on a Friday night, but if you've been there, done that and already got the T-shirt, here are a few insider suggestions on where to hang out on the...

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Yturri-Edmunds House: Original Adobe

On most Saturday walks you will be instructed to pass the turn-off to the Yturri-Edmonds House and Mill. You might be able to get a peek at it through the foliage. Miss Ernestine E. Edmunds, a school teacher and granddaughter of Manuel Yturri Castillo, willed this...

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San Antonio in Flight: Stinson Field

San Antonio has a rich history of leadership and innovation in civil and military aviation. The first flight of an airplane in the San Antonio skies was in February 1910 by French barnstormer Louis Paulhan. It was quickly followed by the first military flight in the...

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Two Really, Really, REALLY Interesting Hotel Stories

Last month we were hanging around downtown and an out-of-town friend pointed to the Fairmont Hotel, on the edge of La Villita,  and said, "bet that's been there for a while." Not really . . . the small hotel was built in 1906, but it's only been THERE, at the corner...

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