Thursday, November 1st:
Dance Lessons at Gruene Hall in Gruene,Texas!
90 minute lesson lead by Beth Strickland and her dance partner (professional dance instructors). We will follow dance lessons with a performance by, Asleep at the Wheel!
Dance Halls were made for dancing! Come learn the fundamentals to four dancehall classics in this beginner dance lesson! You will learn two partner dances: Two step and Swing that will see you dancing for most of the concerts. You’ll also learn two circle dances: the Cotton-eyed Joe and the Schottische – no partner needed. For the lesson please wear comfortable shoes that stay on the feet (no sandals or flip flops please). Leather soled boots are best so if you got’em, wear’em! We will rotate partners so feel free to join us even if you are not bringing a dance partner. Two left feet are welcome! Don’t worry if you’ve never danced before, this class is tailor-made for beginners.
Dinner options for Thursday, November 1stare:
–Mozie’s: Casual bar & grill offering American favorites from morning to night, plus happy hours & TV sports.
–Cantina Del Rio: Cantina in a bright-hued bungalow near the river, serving tacos, burgers & pizza with frosty drinks.
–Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar: Chicken-fried steak, burgers & ribs served in an 1878 cotton gin with a shady patio & river views.
Friday, November 2nd: VIP ONLY
We have arranged a private tour for San Antonio’s 300thyear anniversary exclusively for our VIP patrons! We will depart from the Hyatt Place Quarry Market with our private tour guide, Bill Simmons at 9am and visit the Sunken Gardens and The Alamo. On the shuttle, Bill will discuss the history from 1521 to present! We will then arrive at the San Jose for a full tour of The Mission. Then on our way to The Pearl for lunch we will have a quick stop at The Conception for a photo opportunity. When we arrive at The Pearl there are many options for lunch listed below:
- Bakery Lorraine: Bakery Lorraine specializes in classic French pastry techniques while bringing a playful inventiveness to everything it does. Every item is handmade with the utmost care and attention to detail. Each ingredient is treated with the proper respect and thoughtfulness it deserves—from the miller’s flour to the dairy farmer’s eggs and butter.
- Broiler House: Situated in approximately 6,000 square feet of restaurant space along with an expansive outdoor patio, many of the building’s significant architectural features have been preserved and incorporated into the design of the restaurant. Executive Chef Jeff White’s menu focuses on Texas ranchstyle grilling with wild game, seafood and the freshest local ingredients available.
- Botika: Botika is a Peruvian-Asian restaurant with dishes handpicked by Chef Geronimo Lopez based on his experience and travels throughout Asia and Latin America. The restaurant’s vibrant ambiance invites curiosity about the cuisine and celebrates the variety of fresh ingredients being used daily.
- Cured: Chef Steve McHugh’s restaurant makes use of the purest regional ingredients, paired with organic methods and is built on a foundation of lovingly hand-crafted cured foods, from charcuterie to pickles. The restaurant’s renovated historical building, built in 1904 as Pearl’s Administration Building which included the president’s office, embodies the perfect blend of a contemporary and historical atmosphere. Cured was nominated for Bon Appetit’s America’s Best New Restaurants of 2014.
- The Grannery: Headed up by Chef Tim Rattray and Brewmeister Alex Rattray, and featured as one of the best restaurants in 2014 by Texas Monthly, The Gannery introduces diners to a variety of globally inspired barbecue traditions and flavors. Provides craft beer brewed on-site and a selection of highlights from craft breweries around the world.
- Green: San Antonio’s only 100% Kosher Vegetarian restaurant. Green’s mission is to serve delicious and affordable vegetarian comfort food to its diverse and growing community of customers, while striving to provide a wide range of options for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike in order to promote healthier choices in a fast-food world.
- La Gloria: Chef Johnny Hernandez spent five years traveling throughout Mexico to develop La Gloria’s menu filled with the heavenly flavors ordinarily found only among the street vendors, taquerias and kitchens of interior Mexico.
- Sams Burger Joint: It is either a musical venue with great hamburgers, or a great hamburger joint with a music venue. Either way the food is moderately priced and moderately quick.
- Southerleigh: Named for the prevailing Gulf breeze and the Texas coast’s proud sense of place, Southerleigh serves Chef Jeff Balfour’s modern take on Texas’ cross-cultural cuisine.
- Supper: Coming together for good food at your favorite place… it’s an American tradition. Located in Hotel Emma, embraces the tradition. Chef John Brand’s approach is straightforward and creative, guided by flavor, what’s in season, and what feels good in the center of a table shared by friends.
We will depart The Pearl around 1:15pm and head to our final stop of the tour, The Briscoe Western Art Museum. We have arranged another private tour guide for our group to take us through the museum. We will depart for the hotel around 3pm to rest before our evening dance at Quihi Dance Hall with performances by Johnny Bush and Heybale!
Saturday, November 3rd:
We will depart the hotel for our Day in Fredericksburg around 8:30am! We will begin at the National Museum of Pacific War and continue with lunch and shopping throughout historic Fredericksburg. The group will be on their own for a couple of hours for lunch and shopping. Below is a list of options for some of Fredericksburg’s best spots for lunch and shopping!
–Jennie’s Smoked Burgers and Tornado Fries: Open-timbered family-owned spot serving burgers & spiralized potatoes on a stick, with patio tables.
–Vaudeville: Hip bistro serving local New American cuisine in a complex with a retail showroom & an art gallery.
–Rathskeller: This snug, rustic spot in the basement of an 1800s stone building offers German & American plates.
–Otto’s German Bistro: Cozy eatery offering fine German fare using locally sourced ingredients, with cocktails & a patio.
-Old German Bakery & Restaurant: Homey German bakeshop & eatery offering a breakfast/lunch menu of potato pancakes, schnitzel & more.
–Hondo’s On Main: Charming spot for burgers, BBQ & Tex-Mex fare, with indoor/outdoor seating, a full bar & live music.
– Carol Hicks Bolton Antiques: Boasts 30,000 feet of magnificent antiques sourced from Europe and beyond.
-Gus’s Antiques: An extension of Carol Hicks Bolton Antiques, Gus’s Antiques features a selection of handmade local items and some imported antiques.
– FarmHaus Antiques: FarmHaus Antiques is where you will find everything you need to decorate your modern farmhouse.
– Haberdashery Boutique: Self-described as a vintage-modern boutique, Haberdashery carries a wide array of women’s fashions from around the world.
–Smitten: A Fredericksburgoriginal – we promise you will not find anything like it anywhere else.
We will all reconvene at The Pioneer Museum, tour the museum and finish with a historical speaker in the beautiful theatre. The shuttles will pick us up at the Pioneer Museum and take us back for the hotel to rest before the evening dance at Twin Sisters Dance Hall with performances by, Dale Watson and Brennen Leigh!
Sunday, November 4th: VIP ONLY
Our day will start a little later for an easy Sunday morning! We will depart the hotel at 11am and head to iconic Hye, Texas. We will kick off our “Day in Hye” at William Chris Winery with a tour of the winery and a tasting! Patrons can then choose to either a tasting at Hye Cider, a tour of Hye Dance Hall or lunch at Hye Market! Shuttles will run to each location for a couple of hours. We have also reserved the Hye House for any patrons that would like to change or freshen up for the dance. The Hye House is right next to the Hye Market so if you desire to change you need to do this before we leave on the shuttles. We will then reconvene at Hye Market to get on the shuttle for a short ride to Garrison Brothers Distillery for a tour and a tasting of one of Texas’ favorite bourbons! Lastly, we will finish off our tour and tasting at Garrison Brothers with a meet and greet with Asleep at the Wheel in the beautiful Barrel Barn. We will then get on the shuttles for another short ride to Albert Ice House. Dinner will be available for purchase right outside of the hall and the menu will be announced a week before the dance. The final dance will be with Asleep at the Wheel and Sophia Johnson.