Updated: Jun 24
It took only a couple of days for this post to be overtaken by events. See our post about what's changed.
It's been a long three months
For more than ten years, we’ve prepared a weekly Lavaca and Friends newsletter. Every Wednesday, that newsletter told our subscribers what was going on in the neighborhood — every arts and entertainment event from The Pearl in the north to Lone Star in the south. It covered more than one hundred events each week — live music, theater productions, art openings, lectures — in Lavaca, King William, Downtown, The Pearl, Lone Star, and Blue Star.
Then COVID-19 arrived.
Suddenly there were no events. Music venues closed. Art galleries closed. Restaurants closed. Even Fiesta — including the King William Fair and Parade — was postponed.
So, for the first time in a decade, we suspended the newsletter.
It’s been three months since our last events newsletter went out. But starting this week — on Wednesday, as before — the newsletter is back!
Re-opening with care
Once again, every Wednesday we’ll send out a newsletter that lists all the arts and entertainment events scheduled for the coming week, from Thursday through the following Wednesday.
We thought long and hard about this. Is San Antonio re-opening too soon? Are event venues taking the necessary precautions? If the answers to those questions are, respectively, ‘yes’ and ‘no’, will we be contributing to a resurgence of the virus in our community?
But we decided to go ahead, because of our confidence in the neighborhood. We know the people who own businesses here in the neighborhood, and they want to do the right thing for their staff and their customers. And we know our neighbors — they’ll take steps to protect each other.
The biggest thing people can do, of course, is wear masks.
Here’s a really powerful article from back in May on how much difference masks can make. We urge you to read it — and to wear a mask. (For the more geek-ily inclined, here’s a related video on how the referenced simulations work.)
There will be some differences
We’re delighted to be back in the newsletter business!
You’ll notice some differences. First, the newsletter's not as long as usual; unsurprisingly, there won’t be one hundred events in this week’s issue. Second, some of the events will be virtual; they’ll still be neighborhood events, originating in neighborhood venues, but they’ll be online.
Some of those virtual events are pretty clever. One of our favorites is the San Antonio Museum of Art's ‘interactive online Supper Club’.
How, we wondered, do you host an online supper club??
Well, you deliver the program over the web, and you deliver the food to your guest’s door. According to the announcement:
Your heat-and-serve meal from Chef Jason Dady, along with wine, will be delivered to your door on Friday afternoon.
Cream of celery bisque with mustard crema
Fresh spinach salad with pickled red onion, toasted walnuts, feta and red wine vinaigrette
Bbq chicken with bbq beans, potato salad and creamed corn
Wine selection TBD
Anyhow, we look forward to once again producing the newsletter, and we hope you enjoy it.