over50feeling40: Heritage, History, and Heels!
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Mar 1, 2014

Heritage, History, and Heels!

I love to show you how women of a certain age in the real world are dressing for special events.

This past week I was honored to attend an annual luncheon hosted by the Battle of Flowers Association.  These are the women some of my readers have met here before, who stage the third largest parade in the nation, and the only parade completely run by women.  It is held during our annual FIESTA celebration.

Their mission statement reads, “The object of the Battle of Flowers Association shall be educational and patriotic…designed to teach the history of our state and to keep alive the patriotic traditions of Texas and San Antonio.”
Prior to Fiesta every year, the association holds an oratory contest for college students and an essay contest for seventh grade students.  This year the theme is Landmarks and Legacies of Native Americans in Texas.  This year’s luncheon and oratory contest did not disappoint….not only did I sample new foods, I also learned some new facts from Texas History.

Held at the WITTE MUSEUM, the 89th Annual Battle of Flowers Association's Oratorical Contest luncheon was catered by SA FRESH CATERING, with an historical Native American touch. 
The menu read:
Harvest Squash, Hominy, & Corn Stew with Fry Bread Points
Nahautl Salad with Radish, Tequila, Lemon, Cilantro & Queso Fresco
Chile Pequin Marinated White Tail Anticuchos
Mesquite Bean & Prickly Pear Tartlet

Everything was excellent.  After lunch, we listened to the top five finalists speak and they were very impressive.  It is necessary for authenticity sake for the judging panel to include historians and Texas History educators.  The winner walks away with $3000…speaks at the Battle of Flowers Fiesta Luncheon and rides in the parade with their faculty sponsor!
The winning speech was given by Baylor University student, Taylor Dodson, and her topic was Waco Village: The Truth through Myth.

 I particularly enjoyed the young lady from my alma mater, The University of Texas in Austin.  Her name is Carson Campbell and she spoke about the historical significance of Barton Springs and the tribe which lived and swam there first! 

The audience was composed of fabulous women, educators, sponsors, students, Native American citizens, and past presidents of the Battle of Flowers Association…I particularly noticed them for their poise and pleasure in the event.

And of course, there were some very stylish looks!!

Now, this luncheon is over...all of these ladies have a ton of work to do to get ready for an amazing parade!!

Happy Weekend, all!!


  1. It looks like a superb event! What a great way to promote local history and culture.

  2. What a wonderful event to attend and participate in!....:)JP

  3. I love to look at what all the stylish Texas women are wearing!

  4. I noticed those beautiful and bold accessories, loved it and the women are beautiful! :) It's an interesting event.

  5. Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time and the food looks so delicious!
    I love how the beautiful ladies accessorized...adore their pretty jewelries! Thanks for sharing! Happily following you back through GFC:) Happy weekend! Hugs, Poppy

  6. Loved the mint green with turquoise necklace. Looks like there might of been a little turquoise in the audience?? Also love the fitted green and black geometric print longer jacket. It's nice to see how different personalities express themselves.

  7. This post reminded me of all the things I love about San Antonio... the food, the jewelry, the colors, the culture and the River Walk. I just might have to take a weekend trip. These women are fearless in their beautiful fashion choices... it must be all that wonderful sunshine!
    Suzanne www.chapter2twotoo.blogspot.com

  8. Sounds like a fun time!!! Love that you are so involved in your community. xo

  9. Thanks for sharing those great pics of attendees--oh, and the delicious food. I have read a little about San Antonio's history, but I've never been. Soak up the local history for me. Thanks for sharing your evening.

  10. It's wonderful to see people embracing their history with such enthusiasm! Inspiring! Thank you for sharing. And that food look DELICIOUS!!!

  11. You are right... there were some very stylish woman. Isn't great when there is a whole bunch of women who have all made the effort. Sounded and looked like a very nice event.


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