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Posted on October 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community, Safe Home

Add Some Pumpkin (Patch) Spice to Your Weekend

Rain, rain…go away!  Ready to turn off the TV, crawl out of your Snuggie, and get outside to enjoy some of the cooler, drier weather in the forecast?  Check out these pumpkin patches, corn mazes and special events in and around San Antonio to put some actual spice in your fall weekend.

Devine Acres Farm
944 FM 2200, Devine, (830) 665-9730

Devine Acres Farm

Through October 28, take a scenic little trip south to Devine for an old-fashioned pumpkin patch complete with hayrides, a petting zoo, scarecrow dressing, games, live entertainment and of course…pumpkins galore! Kids 2 and under are free while everyone else has a $12 admission fee (there are discounts for seniors and military members), with extra goodies available to purchase.  Open Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Vogel Orchard
12862 US-290, Fredericksburg, (830) 644-2404

Vogel Orchard

Want to visit an actual orchard, where there are still pumpkins on the vine ripe for the picking?  Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg is one of the few places near San Antonio that allows you to pick your own pumpkin…or choose from already-picked varieties, and check out the sweet, pumpkin-themed treats at the stand while you’re there.  Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bracken UMC Pumpkin Patch
120377 FM 2252, San Antonio, (830) 606-6717

Bracken UMC Pumpkin Patch

This free fall event at Bracken UMC is a tradition for many San Antonio families, and for good reason. Not only are there over 15,000 pumpkins, but there are Halloween and fall-oriented activities including hayrides and the Pumpkin Patch Express Train—plus photo ops with costumed scarecrows and fantasy characters.  A special Fall Festival with bounce houses, a treat walk, silent auction and food trucks will be held Saturday, October 20 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.  This year the pumpkin patch runs through October 31 from 9 a.m. to sundown.

Circle-N-Maze Corn Maze
558 County Rd. 345, La Vernia, (210) 274-3816

Circle-N-Maze Corn Maze

Weekends in October are your chance to get lost in a 5.5 acre Sugar Skull maze with 3 miles of trails on the back 80 acres of Circle N Farm.   Along with the maze, there’s a huge pumpkin patch, photo stations, petting zoo with baby animals, a “mini maze” for toddlers, and multiple vendors and food trucks.  The maze isn’t lit, so bring your flashlights and glow sticks to light your way on Friday and Saturday nights.  Extreme weather will close the maze, so be sure to check the weather, or give them a call before you visit.  Hours are Fridays 6 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Sundays noon–5 p.m.  Admission runs $10, with kids 2 and under free.

Zoo Boo!
3903 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, (210) 734-7184

Zoo Boo!

San Antonio Zoo hosts its family friendly, non-spooky Halloween celebration, Zoo Boo! Every Saturday and Sunday through October 28, from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. The zoo will offer trick-or-treat stations, a fun hay maze, pumpkin painting, and plenty of games. Families can even enjoy a ride on the Zoo Boo! Express, and little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear their best (non-scary) costume for a chance to be in a costume contest. Zoo Boo! is included with standard zoo admission and FREE for zoo members.

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 6:22 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community, Events, Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

Five Family-Friendly Easter Events Around San Antonio

Check out these five “egg-cellent” events over the next two weekends for some family-friendly Easter-themed fun.

 

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

This Saturday, March 24th at 11 am, the Alley on Bitters welcomes children of all ages to their epic Easter egg hunt. Hundreds of eggs filled with treats will be hidden on their back lawn, just waiting to be gathered in baskets and taken home. Dress the kiddos up in their Sunday best for pics with the Easter Bunny afterwards.

Click here for more information at the Alley on Bitters website.

Easter Egg-stravaganza

Also this Saturday, March 24th, Traders Village hosts an egg hunt (and more) from 10 am to 1 pm—rain or shine. There will be four egg hunts, by age groups: 0–3 years, 4–6 years, 7–9 years, and 10–12 years, totaling 30,000 eggs. Plus, there will be door prizes, and pictures with the Easter Bunny at the train depot from 12:00–1:30 P.M. The event is free, although parking is $4.

Click here for more information at the Traders Village website.

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

Annual spring event with fun activities for kids in and out of the pool, including mini golf and giant Jenga and Connect Four. Egg hunts will take place every 30 minutes for different age groups. $2 per child. Click here for more information on the San Antonio Parks And Rec website.

 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Boerne hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Boerne City Lake Park, Saturday, March 24 at 10:30 am.   Festivities include pictures with the Easter Bunny, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting and kids crafts, along with the egg hunt at 11:15 am SHARP!  “Hunters” will be divided into 4 different age groups (ages 3 & under, 4-6, 7-9 and 10+) with over 15,000 stuffed eggs to find!  Mobil food vendors will be available at this event, and parking fees at the lake will be waived until noon.

More information by clicking here for the City of Boerne’s website.

Eggfest at University Bowl

Easter Sunday, April 1,  from noon until 5 pm, enjoy unlimited bowling, face painting, egg hunts, Easter piñata break, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny at University Bowl!  $15.99 per person.  Call 210-699-6235 for more information.

 

 

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 6:07 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community, Events | Tagged , ,

Goodbye Resolutions…Restaurant Week is Back!

SAN ANTONIO RESTAURANT WEEK

January 15-27, 2018

Just when you thought it was safe to stay home eating takeout and watching reruns wrapped up in your Snuggie—the folks at Culinaria are back with two weeks of tempting offers to lure you out of your pajamas and into area restaurants.    San Antonio chefs will be showcasing their talents January 15-27 with special three-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner throughout the city.  Plan your cheat day in advance, and make your reservations (which aren’t necessary, but why take chance) now for lunch or dinner at one of the participating establishments.  Been reading all the buzz about Jason Dady’s new downtown steakhouse, Range?  Now’s your chance to see what the fuss is about.  Craving a pork chop the size of your head at one of your fancy favorites?   J. Prime or Bob’s Steak and Chop House have you covered, at a fraction of the usual cost.  When you arrive, show you’re in the know and ask for the Restaurant Week menu to take advantage of the curated fare and special pricing.

Tier 1 restaurants are offering a $15 lunch and $35 dinner multi-course menu, and Tier 2 restaurants will have a $10 lunch and $25 dinner menus.  Just don’t forget to show your server some love, as tips (and tax) aren’t included.

And you can feel good about treating yourself.  With each meal ordered, restaurants will donate $1 for lunch and $2 for dinner to Culinaria and the programs it supports.

Check the Culinaria website for a list of restaurants and menus.

 

 

 

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 6:44 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community, Dining in San Antonio | Tagged , ,

San Antonio Platinum Top 50 Winners Named

The Platinum Top 50 awards celebration has become such a special event for me.  Not only have I felt tremendously honored to be listed among the top 50 residential Real Estate Professionals in San Antonio since 2002, but this year I was privileged to speak as we recognized Amber Thomas, Owner/President of Platinum Top 50.  Amber has lead the PT Top 50 since 2008, and has reinvented the program so that it stays on top of what’s new in the marketplace. It is an organization with which I am proud to be affiliated.

The Platinum Top 50 Awards Program recognizes more than just sales—the fifty residential Real Estate Professionals selected annually must also represent high achievements in education, industry participation and civic leadership.

I am honored to be recognized as a Platinum Top 50 Centurion for 2018, and I am so thankful for the trust my past and present clients and referring friends have placed in me.  I truly couldn’t do it without them, or my hard working team.

Congratulations to my fellow Phyllis Browning agents who were also named as winners and finalists this year.  I truly feel I am surrounded by “The Very Best” each day.

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 7:41 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community, Platinum Top 50, Real Estate | Tagged , ,

#GivingTuesday Perfect Time to Pay It Forward

Today is #GivingTuesday, making it the perfect day to pay it forward with random acts of kindness or by volunteering your time and talents at your favorite non-profit. It’s also a great day to make charitable contributions, as Facebook makes over 2 million dollars in matching funds available to organizations registered through their charitable giving tool.  One organization making it easy to tap into your charitable spirit today and throughout the holidays is The San Antonio Food Bank.

Providing food to over 58,000 individuals a week—35% of those served are children—The San Antonio Food Bank partners with over 500 agencies to distribute millions of pounds of food and groceries across 16 counties, including Bexar. But they can’t do it without volunteers, and food and cash donations.

The Food Bank has made their own Christmas wish list of the “Most Wanted” food donations that Secret Santas of all ages can toss in their shopping carts and deliver in person. Print out their graphic, or just add peanut butter, cereal, tuna, beans, rice, mac & cheese, chili, canned stews and soups, canned lunch meats, full meal boxes and pop top food items to your grocery list before heading out to shop.  Want to do more?  Their website gives step-by-step instructions on holding your own food drive.  Check out the San Antonio Food Bank website for more information.

Think a dollar doesn’t go far these days? Every $1 donated to the Food Bank provides 7 meals to those in need. Today, it will do even more, if you go to San Antonio Food Bank on Facebook and follow the link on their #GivingTuesday post.

 

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community | Tagged ,

Your Guide to Holiday Cheer in and around San Antonio

Thanksgiving is still a few days away, but the holiday season is kicking off in a big way in San Antonio. From twinkling light displays to caroling on the River Walk, there’s no shortage of cheer in and around the city. Check out these eleven holiday events to help you get into the spirit.

Dickens on Main

When:  Friday, November 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Get your merry on as the 18th annual Dickens on Main celebration kicks off the holiday season in Boerne on Nov. 24 and 25. Shop for unique holiday gifts along Boerne’s Hill Country Mile while the whole family enjoys live musical entertainment, Dickens-era theatrical performances, a variety of children’s activities including Santa and a 60-foot snow slide, live ice sculpting shows, horse-drawn carriage rides, snow on Main Street and more. See Dickens on Main for a complete schedule.

The Nutcracker

When: Fri., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.;  Sat., Nov. 25, 2 & 7:30 p.m.;  Sun., Nov. 26, 2 p.m.;  Thu., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.;  Fri., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.;   Sat., Dec. 2, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 3, 2 p.m.

Reconnect to your sense of wonder as San Antonio’s homegrown arts powerhouses, Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony, team up to bring The Nutcracker to life on the Tobin Center for Performing Arts stage.  The traditional holiday ballet by Tchaikovsky features immediately recognizable music, over-the-top pantomime and graceful dancers in a package that delights young and old alike.  Tickets from $24.50.  More information at Tobin Nutcracker.

Concert in the Cave-Sounds of the Season

When:  Saturday, November 25, 2017,  7:00 p.m.

Enjoy Tinsel—an a cappella quartet—for sounds of the Christmas Season with contemporary classics and beloved carols.  Tinsel is not your average group of Christmas carolers; their roster includes Grammy® winners and classically trained vocalists.  Tinsel’s original arrangements of holiday favorites sparkle with sophistication, while respecting tradition and cherished memories.  Add a cool cave location with amazing acoustics to Tinsel’s unique sound for an unforgettable addition to your Christmas season.  More information and tickets at Cave Without a Name.

Hands on Chanukah

When: Thursday, November 30, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Hands on Chanukah is back! This annual free family event will include crafts (dip-dye Chanukah candles!), activities, and snacks including latkes and applesauce, that will celebrate Chanukah.  While the event is free, RSVPs are requested. For more information or to RSVP, contact Rachel at 210-302-6969 or click on Barshop Jewish Community Center.

La Cantera Resort & Spa Holiday Tree Lighting and Free Jazz Concert

When: Thursday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m.

La Cantera Resort & Spa hosts a free jazz concert by Paul Taylor, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist. The concert coincides with the annual tree lighting ceremony on Plaza San Saba. Guests will enjoy free holiday treats, kids’ activities and photos with Santa. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will benefit a local children’s charity.  More information at La Cantera Resort and Spa Tree Lighting.

Ford Fiesta de Las Luminarias

When: Weekends beginning Friday, Dec. 1 – Sunday December 17 at dusk along 3 miles of the River Walk

Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk strolling along the lush banks of the San Antonio River, guided by more than 2,000 Luminarias. This centuries-old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only for three weekends in December. Luminarias are a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern, originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a small bag.   These glow just as bright, but without the fire hazard.

Ford Holiday Boat Caroling

When: Weekends beginning Friday, December 1 – Friday, December 22, 6:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Tuesday – Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Joyous caroling fills the evening air along the San Antonio River Walk as nearly a half dozen boats carry different performing groups along the river.  More than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups participate each year. The public is invited to stroll on the banks of the river or sit outdoors in a restaurant to enjoy the caroling.  More information about both events may be found at The San Antonio River Walk.

Gruene Christmas Market Days & Holiday Lighting

When:  Saturday, December 2nd; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Cowboy Kringle and Lighting 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Get a start on your holiday shopping in Gruene when nearly 100 vendors converge on the downtown area offering Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Photos with Gruene’s own Cowboy Kringle may be taken during the Market Days event, with packages available for purchase. For more information, visit GrueneMarketDays.com.

At 5:00 p.m., watch as Cowboy Kringle rides into town on horseback and lights Gruene for the Holidays. Enjoy live musical performances with festival food and wine available for purchase. Afterwards, get some holiday shopping done at Gruene’s 30+ stores.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

When:  Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the holiday season at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza. It’s a cirque show, Broadway musical, and family Christmas spectacular all in one.  Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement.  Tickets from $38.50.  More information at Tobin Cirque Dreams.

La Gran Tamalada

When:  Sunday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents La Gran Tamalada, the annual community workshop that honors the tradition of making tamales on  at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St. The free event blends storytelling, the history of the tamalada and promotes cultural pride and lifelong learning. Children and adults participate in this hands-on opportunity to learn about the ingredients, recipes and cooking methods used in making this culturally iconic dish.  The Cortez Family, owners of the popular Mi Tierra restaurant, will share their love of family, tradition, and tamales with the community. More information at La Gran Tamalada.

Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village

When:  Thursday, December 15, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event features a 15 x 15 foot play zone filled with real snow, a gorgeous Christmas tree lighting, live Christmas carolers, a Santa photo station, complimentary bites by area restaurants, wine, cocoa, and a cup of Christmas cheer (beer!) provided by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. A DJ, plus holiday sales and giveaways round out the evening. MBP Photobooth Co. will be providing complimentary photos with a pet-friendly Santa.  Just bring a Toys for Tots donation for your photo print out. More information at Quarry Village Holiday Block Party on Facebook.

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 8:28 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community, Seasonal Fun | Tagged

Predictable “Back to School” Slow Down in Home Sales

School buses are back on the roads and the weather is cooling.  With these sure signs of fall comes another—the predictable slowing of the San Antonio real estate market.  Home sales in September totaled 2,587, a 13 percent decrease from the 2,984 homes sold in August.

“It is not unusual for sales to taper off once the summer season winds down. Kids are returning to school so families want to remain in one place, and many buyers and sellers like to be settled for the coming holiday season as well,” said Yvette Allen, SABOR’s 2017 Chairman of the Board. “This has still been a busy year for real estate in the San Antonio area. In fact, since January, a total of 23,414 homes have been sold, which is three percent more than this time period last year.”

Homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000 made up 50.3 percent of the homes sold in September and homes priced under $200,000 made up 45 percent of the month’s sales. Homes priced over $500,000 accounted for 4.8 percent of September’s sales, with 12 of those priced over $1 million.

Meanwhile, days on market plummeted seven percent from the previous year to just 52 days in September and months of inventory also remained low with 3.8 months available.

A tight market with inventory below 4 months generally favors sellers.  My team excels at acting quickly to help our buyers write an attractive offer that will stand out from the rest.  When conditions are competitive, working with an experienced REALTOR® can make all the difference.

 

 

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 8:25 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community, Real Estate, Statistics | Tagged , ,

Dr. David Lesch to Lecture on Current Situation in Syria

The Syrian civil war is now in its seventh year. Come learn more about the complicated situation’s beginnings, as well as the current prospects for a peaceful resolution. My husband, Dr. David Lesch, author of “Syria: the Fall of the House of Assad,” and professor of Middle Eastern History at Trinity University, has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other high-level officials on all sides of the conflict over the years, and will bring his personal insights to the November 9 lecture at Trinity.  Click on the link above to be directed to more information and tickets to the event.

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 2:51 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community

Need a Favor? Just Ask!

Ever had one of those moments where you wanted to eat out, but couldn’t face the prospect of getting back in the car after fighting traffic on your commute home? Did you think it would sure be nice if someone would go pick up the food you wanted and deliver it right to your door, while you surfed Facebook in your pajamas? And wouldn’t it be great if they could pick up your dry cleaning or grab a prescription from the pharmacy on the way? Well, now there is an app for that!

Favor delivery service allows you to get just about anything you want delivered right to your door in under an hour. After you download the app and save your info, just enter the items you would like from any restaurant or store in the San Antonio delivery zone, and Favor will send one of their “runners” to complete the pickup and delivery. Payment is secure and cashless and takes place right in the app.

The average delivery time is 35 minutes, but can vary depending on demand, traffic, and restaurant wait times—Favor keeps you posted on the status of your order via push notifications and texts from your runner.

So what will all this convenience cost you? Favor charges a $6 delivery fee in San Antonio and a 5% – 9% processing fee based on the cost of the items you’ve ordered. Tipping runners is highly encouraged, and the runners keep 100% of anything you decide to give.

If you are heading to ACL this weekend or next, Favor also operates in Austin and will bring almost anything you might need to your hotel or Airbnb place. They’ll even deliver Fest merchandise.

But be sure to BYOB—Favor doesn’t deliver alcohol in any of its cities.  For more information, check out Favor’s website.

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 5:54 pm
Judy Dunlap | Category: Community | Tagged , , ,