The San Antonio Circle began its work in 2006 and, for the first few years, focused on fundraising through an annual gala, “A Toast to Hope.” While the galas were quite successful, group members decided to spread activities throughout the year and host sales as well as informative events at smaller venues in order to provide a more personal experience. In 2015, the San Antonio Circle sponsored a speaker’s forum featuring Dr. Edwin Barnhart, founder and Director of the Maya Exploration Center, who gave a presentation on the Maya calendar. It took place at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures and in association with the Smithsonian Institution. During the years 2016-2018, an annual educational luncheon was coordinated with Friendship Bridge leadership in both Colorado and Guatemala. The large banquet room at Los Patios was at capacity, and the adjacent room was filled with tipica for sale. In 2019, our group put together an even larger sale at Los Patios where two huge rooms were brimming with colorful handmade goods, and Fork and Garden’s Chef Iverson Brownell provided delicious hors d’oeuvres for shoppers. While all events were temporarily put on hold during 2020 due to COVID-19, we are now doing outdoor sales and looking forward to being able to have another large indoor extravaganza.
- King William Fair sales booth (annual)
- Dos Nancies trunk show and sale (annual – now in conjunction with Los Patios events)
- Trunk shows/sales upon request
- Educational presentations upon request
What Makes Our Circle Special
The San Antonio Circle enjoys bi-monthly meetings in members’ homes, eating and drinking, learning more about Friendship Bridge, and having fun. Many members are experienced travelers in Guatemala and some are quite knowledgeable about fiber arts. Circle members represent diverse backgrounds but come together as one in supporting Friendship Bridge’s mission.
The San Antonio Circle has funded a trust bank in Guatemala that was established in memory of Karen Katz, one of our founding members.