Fiesta Noche del Rio

Fiesta Noche del Rio is a seasonal outdoor performance which features the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and the U.S. states of California and Texas.

The performance is based at the Arneson River Theater in the San Antonio River Walk, and has been in operation since 1958, making it the oldest outdoor performance in the United States.[1]

The current director and choreographer of the seven act flamenco and folklorico performance is Kathleen Rodriguez Hall.

Elizabeth Sanchez-Lopez, who was the dance coordinator for the 1993 Olympics festival was the director and choreographer from 1991-2018.

Fiesta Noche del Rio 2007
The 2007 season


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Acequia Park

Acequia Park is located in the Bexar County city of San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas. There are picnic tables and restrooms, but alcohol is not allowed in the park. The origins of the park date back to Spanish missionaries, who worked with mission Indians to create a water system sourced by the San Antonio River. The San Antonio Conservation Society (SACS) purchased much of this acreage in 1957 to preserve the area's environment. Because the San Antonio River Authority planned to reconfigure the river channel, SACS joined local land owners in filing a successful water rights and water flow lawsuit against the Authority. In 1975, SACS deeded the property to the City of San Antonio with the stipulation that it be used as a public park.

Arneson River Theater

Arneson River Theater is an outdoor performance theater located in the San Antonio River Walk in the U.S. state of Texas.

The open-air venue was erected 1939-1941 by the Works Progress Administration. The design was supervised by architect Robert H.H. Hugman. It is named after Edwin Arneson, the regional engineer for the W.P.A. who was instrumental in securing funding for the Paseo del Rio. Arneson died before construction began.Many years later bells were added to arches behind the stage that Hugman had designed, and they were named for him. In a belated ceremony, the "Father of the River Walk" struck the bells for the first time, two years before his death.The stage is on the north side of river; the audience sits on the grass-covered steps on the south side, which can hold over 800 people on 13 rows of seats. A nearby stone bridge is often made part of the performance space. It is now called Rosita's Bridge in honor of Rosita Fernandez, a pioneer of Tejano music, who performed here as star of the summer-long Fiesta Noche del Rio for almost 25 years. Nowadays the theater is used for folkloric groups, music concerts, plays, dance, and even opera.Above and behind the seating area is La Villita, a restoration of San Antonio's oldest residential neighborhood, today filled with shops and galleries.

The theater, along with several other San Antonio landmarks, was featured in the popular 2000 comedy film Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine.

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

The Baptist Health System School of Health Professions, established 1903, is an accredited professional health science school sponsored by the Baptist Health System. It is located at the South Texas Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, US.

Among the fields in which training is offered are specialties in Nursing and the Radiological Sciences.

The school is owned by the Baptist Health System, a leading healthcare provider in Texas.

Christus Santa Rosa Health System

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, or CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care (CSRHC), is a health care organization in South Texas. Established in 1869, CSRHC is a part of CHRISTUS Health and is the only faith-based, not-for-profit health care system in San Antonio.

Centered at the South Texas Medical Center, CSRHC has hospitals located on four campuses in the San Antonio area, as well as several primary care and specialty health clinics, and an array of community outreach services. The five hospitals in operation under the CSRHC system include, Children's Hospital of San Antonio (located in Downtown San Antonio), CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-Medical Center (Medical Center), CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-Westover Hills (located on San Antonio's Westside), and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels (located in New Braunfels, 30 miles northeast of Downtown San Antonio).

Denman Estate Park

Denman Estate Park is the name of a city park located in northwest San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Downtown San Antonio

Downtown San Antonio is the central business district of San Antonio, Texas, United States. It also serves as the urban core of Greater San Antonio, a metropolitan area with nearly 2.5 million people.

In addition to being encircled by Loops 1604 and 410, Downtown San Antonio is encircled by three Interstate freeways: I-35, I-37, and I-10. Together, the three highways create a rectangular route around the city's urban core: I-35 to the north and west, I-37 to the east, and I-10 to the south. The rectangular loop has a nine-mile circumference and is known as the "Downtown Loop" or "Central Loop", which encompasses both it and Southtown.

Friedrich Wilderness Park

Friedrich Wilderness Park lies at the southern end of the Texas Hill Country. The park is hilly due to its location on the Balcones escarpment that separates the Texas Hill Country from the flat South Texas region.

Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute

The Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute is a research center in San Antonio, Texas, US.

It is located in the South Texas Medical Center, the facility was established by the largest single oncology endowment in the history of the U.S.[1]

The center was established in 1999 under a $200,000,000 endowment. The facility is part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The $50 million facility was completed in 2004.

Hardberger Park

Hardberger Park is a public city park of San Antonio, Texas which opened in May 2010.

Market Square (San Antonio)

Market Square is a three-block outdoor plaza lined with shops, and restaurants in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the United States. The "El Mercado" section has 32 specialty shops and the "Farmer's Market Plaza" section has 80. "Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia" and "La Margarita Mexican Restaurant & Oyster Bar" are the major eateries, but snack and specialty foods are available at other shops. Market Square is the site of Cinco de Mayo in central San Antonio and many other fiestas throughout the year.The "El Mercado" building was built as a Works Progress Administration project during 1938-1939 after the existing municipal market house (known as the Giles building) was torn down. The new building was originally named the "Municipal Truck Market", but locals commonly called it the "Farmer's Market", as farmer's sold their produce straight from their trucks inside the open air building. In 1975, the last produce was sold there, and the market house underwent renovation to convert it into an enclosed air-conditioned mercado.

Rosita Fernández

Rosita Fernández (January 10, 1918 – May 2, 2006) was a Mexican American Tejano music singer, humanitarian, and actress. She became a symbol of "Old Mexico" among European Americans in San Antonio, and was called the city's First Lady of Song by Lady Bird Johnson. She was inducted into the San Antonio Musicians Hall of Fame, San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame, and the Tejano Music Hall of Fame, and received Woman of the Year honors in 1983.Fernández was born in Monterrey, Mexico and received her early education in Laredo, Texas. She moved with her family to San Antonio at age nine. Fernández joined her family band, Los Tres San Miguel at the age of nine—which consisted of her uncles. She previously only performed in front of her relatives before becoming the band's lead vocalist. In 1932, she became the star of a radio program on WOAI in San Antonio, and in 1933 recorded jingles for several radio commercials. In 1938, Fernández married Raúl A. Almaguer, and the couple had two children. In 1949, she performed on the first broadcast on WOAI television, and later became a regular on several shows.She became a pioneer of corridos, and recorded romantica style ballads in the male-dominated genre of Tejano music. Fernández is part of the Smithsonian Collections at the National Museum of American History with her china poblana dress, which was made in the 1960s. Beginning in the 1950s, Fernandez performed in the annual summer show Fiesta Noche del Rio at the Arneson River Theater on the San Antonio River. She also was a featured performer each spring at the A Night in Old San Antonio event at San Antonio's Fiesta celebration. In 1967, San Antonio radio station KCOR recognized Fernandez as a "source of entertainment" at the riverwalk, convention centers, and for her public performances at charity events. The city renamed a bridge after her in 1982, which attracts 5.2 million visitors each year. Fernandez first retired from performing in 1982, but continued to make guest appearances into the 1990s.

San Antonio River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río or simply as The River Walk) is a city park and network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of San Antonio, Texas, United States. Lined by bars, shops, restaurants, nature, public artwork, and the five historic missions, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.

The River Walk is a successful special-case pedestrian street, one level down from the automobile street. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Shops at Rivercenter, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, to the Pearl and the city's five Spanish colonial missions, which have been named a World Heritage Site, including the Alamo. During the annual springtime Fiesta San Antonio, the River Parade features flowery floats that float down the river.

San Antonio Springs

San Antonio Springs (also known as the Blue Hole) is a cluster of springs in Bexar County, Texas. These springs provide a large portion of the water for the San Antonio River, which flows from San Antonio to the Gulf of Mexico. The San Pedro Springs also feed into the San Antonio River.

San Antonio Water System

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is the largest drinking water and sewage utility in Bexar County, Texas, USA. Based in the Midtown Brackenridge district of San Antonio, SAWS draws water from the Edwards Aquifer to service its customers in all 8 counties of the Greater San Antonio metropolitan area. It is owned by the City of San Antonio.

SAWS was formed on May 19, 1992 as a result of a merger of three separate entities: the City Water Board, the City Wastewater Department, and the Alamo Water Conservation and Reuse District. In 2012, SAWS took over (merged with) another local water utility - BexarMet.

Timeline of San Antonio

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of San Antonio, Texas, United States.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is San Antonio's performing arts center. Located next to the San Antonio Riverwalk, it is named for Robert L. B. Tobin, one of the city's most prominent residents.

UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center

UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center, founded in 1974, is an NCI-designated Cancer Center in San Antonio, Texas. It is a component of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio which is located adjacently.

The center serves more than 4.4 million people in the high-growth corridor of Central and South Texas including Austin, San Antonio, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley, and handles more than 120,000 patient visits each year, and has a faculty staff of 140.

University Health System

University Health System is the public district hospital for the San Antonio, Texas, US metropolitan area. It is also San Antonio's only health system recognized by U.S. News & World Report, regarded as one of America's Best Hospitals. Owned and operated by Bexar County, it is the third largest public health system in Texas.As the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University Hospital is a regional Level I Trauma Center and a leader in organ transplantation.

The facility is located in the South Texas Medical Center.

Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center

Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, formerly known as Wilford Hall Medical Center, is a U.S. Air Force medical treatment facility located on the grounds of San Antonio's Lackland Air Force Base. Operated by the 59th Medical Wing, Wilford Hall is the Defense Department's largest outpatient ambulatory surgical center, providing the full spectrum of primary care, specialty care, and outpatient surgery. The medical facility is named after former Air Force physician, Maj. Gen. Wilford F. Hall, a visionary pioneer whose contributions were instrumental in the development of aeromedical evacuation.

On Sept. 15, 2011, Wilford Hall Medical Center was renamed Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission actions.

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