KWA Newsletter Articles

March marks the 31st annual Contemporary Art Month in San Antonio.  What began as a grassroots event at Blue Star Contemporary in 1986 has grown into a month-long celebration of San Antonio’s artists, museums, galleries and studios.  Contemporary Art Month (CAM), an independent, volunteer-run nonprofit established in 2003, manages the calendar and promotion for the month.  CAM sponsors several free, educational programs during the month for the public, as well as an open call for artists.

Read more: Contemporary Art Month 2017

Greetings neighbors!

At our January meeting, KWA Board members voted to create the King William Foundation, a 501(c)(3) supporting organization. Creation of the foundation fulfills several purposes. 

First: The KWA Strategic Plan under the fundraising category states, “Exploration of endowment and planned giving.”  By creating a separate entity, we can build up a fund that will earn interest, thereby reducing our reliance on the Fair as the primary source of revenues.

Read more: President's Message: March 2017

March is Contemporary Art Month!  The King William Association is participating this year by inviting local artist A.J. Rodriguez to display some of his paintings in our office.  The exhibit will be on view from February 20 through mid-April.  There will be a “Meet the Artist” reception on Thursday, April 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

I recently met A.J. at Radius Center where his paintings were on exhibit.  Over lunch at Pharm Table at the Center, we got acquainted and he shared his artistic journey with me.  A.J. gave me a guided tour of his paintings, explaining his technique using acrylic paint in vibrant colors in the series he has named “Figuras.” 

Read more: Art Exhibit at KWA Office featuring A.J. Rodriguez

2nd Annual Mockingbird Fest, March 4, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

A FREE fun filled festival of tasting, moving and discovering things that make Texas great – only at Hemisfair!  Educational activities will teach state history, natural wonders and cultural traditions while local chefs and brewers will serve up the flavors Texans love most.  Come enjoy arts, crafts, music and more. Move, Taste & Discover the Best of Texas!

Southtown Cinema, Saturday Evenings March-May

Southtown Cinema is a free community movie series in Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair. Movie screenings begin at sundown, usually around 7:00 p.m, twice a month on Saturdays, weather permitting. Southtown Cinema is a free event, brought to you by Slab Cinema, Carvana and Gold’s Gym. Thanks to our sponsors for keeping movies at Hemisfair free and fun for the community! 

  • 3/11 – Back to the Future
    featuring pre-movie music from Divine Atoms
  • 3/25 – Nacho Libre
  • 4/08  Cars
  • 4/22 – Dodgeball
  • 5/13 – Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • 5/27 – The Bad News Bears (2005)

Union Pacific has been contacted by the City regarding the increase in train horn noise and concerns from the neighborhoods regarding the noise.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) for the Quiet Zone was submitted in the fall of last year.  The City received comments from Union Pacific and is now addressing access issues for properties adjacent to the track.  COSA Senior Transportation Engineer-Traffic Engineering Manager Bianca Thorpe is coordinating with those property owners to come up with a solution.  Once that is completed, Notice of Establishment (NOE) will be sent for final approval by UPRR and Federal Railway Administration.  For further information, contact Ms. Thorpe in the Transportation & Capital Improvements department at 207-1484.  

The average age of a plumber in the United States is 55.  That fact alone seems to indicate that this is a moribund trade populated by persons who probably don’t fit under sinks as well as they once did.

A leak under my kitchen sink, escaping the confines of the little pail I had placed under it, necessitated a service call that was answered by someone half the age of the aforementioned fact.  He had an even younger helper with him.  He introduced himself as David and asked if he could see the basement.  “What does the basement have to do with the kitchen?” I asked, rather thoughtlessly.  “Everything – its where the service lines and drains are, most likely, and I’ll bet the original connections are all iron pipe,” he replied tactfully. 

Read more: City Lights: March 2017

Ethel Pedraza, a King William resident for many years, is an inveterate traveler with an adventurous spirit.  She was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.  Growing up she traveled regularly with her parents, Manuelita & Ruperto, and sister, Norma, within Mexico and to the U.S.  Her dad, who learned English well while studying in San Antonio, was dismayed that she had forgotten the English that she had been learning.  This wouldn’t do, so he instructed her to listen to WOAI A.M. news radio and report to him what the news was about.  This was a powerful radio station that they listened to in Mexico.  He also expected her to make As in history to be better prepared for eventual U.S. citizenship.  

Read more: Ethel Pedraza: Traveling Through Life

San Antonio’s Contemporary Art Month (CAM) has been around for over 30 years now.  To me, architecture is a form of art, so in the spirit of CAM I decided to highlight a Contemporary Style house in King William.  According to Virginia McAlester in her book A Field Guide to American Houses, the “Contemporary Style” house “was the favorite for the architect-designed houses built during the period from about 1950 to 1970.” 

Read more: Contemporary Architecture

 

The following neighbors recently joined the Board to complete the terms of members who had resigned: 

Shawn Campbell

My husband Jim and I have lived in King William for five years now and love it.  We are native Texans and have lived our married lives in Houston, Rockwall and Austin with a 10-year period in Washington, D.C.  Our two sons are grown, out of the house and gainfully employed.  We love being empty nesters.  We moved to King William for the diversity, walkability, uniqueness of the neighborhood and access to the San Antonio River.  I agreed to be on the board to contribute.  I found myself attending some of the HDRC meetings to figure out what was going on.  This is a great opportunity to be informed and have an impact on changes that will continue to make KW a vibrant neighborhood while maintaining its historic nature.  I am currently on the 50th Year Anniversary Committee and the Architectural Advisory Committee.  

Shelley Galbraith

Shelley and Peter Galbraith were drawn to King William in 2012 by friends to purchase and renovate the Nix House on King William Street.  (After 20 years in San Antonio, it was about time!)  Shelley works in digital marketing for HOLT CAT from her home office, and serves on the KWA board as a way to give back to the community.  She also serves on executive board of the San Antonio Tennis Association.

Dear Friends in King William,

Last month, after a busy fall of Bond Committee meetings and community input, my City Council colleagues and I unanimously voted to approve the slate of projects the City staff and the Bond Committees presented to Council.  I felt the process was inclusive and many voices were heard, considered, and incorporated.  I am a proponent of inclusivity and I always encourage the community to participate in the processes of government.  To that end, I hosted three Bond Block Parties in various parts of the district to ensure there were multiple opportunities to meet the District 1 Bond Committee members to propose and discuss projects important to neighborhoods.

Read more: Message from the Councilman

STADCast is a weekly podcast hosted by Joe Turner of JTP210 Photography and Burgundy Woods of Style Lush TV.  Together, the two Southtowners highlight information about the Southtown Arts District and its five neighborhoods: Lone Star, King William, Lavaca, Roosevelt and Collins Garden.  The duo also informs listeners about events around the city, the Spurs, food talk and other fun “chitter chatter” highlighting local creatives and what they have going on.

Read more: STADCast Debuts

The King William/Lavaca Tree Project is in need of water hoses.  If you have a hose in good condition its donation would be appreciated.  To help, call Alan Cash at 533-9005 and leave a message (the machine will pickup after 6 rings), or Mary Ann Ohlenbusch at 271-9422.  We will come by and pick it up, or you can leave it at the KWA Office.  Thanks!

We seem to be on a roller coaster as far as weather goes.  A few days of bitter cold, followed by very pleasant porch-sitting weather. Some plants have started budding early.  However, at this writing in early February, indications are that we could still have frost.  Some farmers and gardeners believe it can freeze until mesquite trees put on new leaves.  There is a mesquite tree in the front garden at 735 E. Guenther St. and it shows no signs of budding out.  So be warned.

Read more: Out in the Garden with Alan Cash: March 2017

As we begin the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the King William Association (KWA), it is appropriate to pay tribute to those who worked tirelessly to assure the preservation and restoration of the neighborhood we know today.  By the time the first meeting of the KWA was held on October 4, 1967, residents had already been working for 20 years to protect the place many of their families had called home since the 1800s.  

Concerned about the decline of the neighborhood, residents formed the King William Area Conservation Association (KWACA) in March 1947.  The group included descendants of founding residents — the James, Groos, Steves, Pancoast and Guenther families — as well as more recent arrivals.  At a party in their honor, new residents Della Gething and her daughter Margaret suggested forming an organization to preserve the “unique charms and historic values of King William Street.” 

Read more: Celebrating Our 50th Birthday!

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the King William Association!  This is an accomplishment of which we should all be extremely proud!  We are one the oldest neighborhood associations and we should celebrate the accomplishments we have achieved over the past half century!

Our 50th year celebration was kicked off in December with the home tour and holiday fair.  Kudos to home tour and fair organizers for a job well done, even through terrible weather!   Unfortunately, we had heavy rain and cold weather on the day of the home tour.  Despite this, 273 people attended and we broke even. KWA had not held a combined home tour and fair since 1991.

Read more: President's Message: February 2017

The King William Fair will celebrate its 50th year in 2017!  We are looking for neighbors who grew up in King William, especially those still involved in the neighborhood.  Our theme and focus for the Parade and Fair is a celebration of the past 50 years.  We plan to honor those folks with an invitation to be our honored guests in the Parade.  

If you are one of those people or you know a family member, neighbor or friend who grew up in the neighborhood, please contact us at 210-271-3247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Need some King William Fair merchandise?  Our online store is up at www.cafepress.com/kwfair. There is a mousepad with the perennial logo and lots of great 2016 collectibles, mugs, glasses, water bottles and beer steins.  Keep checking, as the 2017 collectibles will be added soon! 

- Zet Baer, Fair Manager

King William Fair Travel Mug

Subcategories

Monthly column from KWA president.

Tips and resources for historic home and building preservation.

Learn the history of some of the neighborhood's historic structures.

General history and anecdotes about the King William Area.