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Zilker Botanical Garden Wedding

I’ve written about Zilker before but I wanted to post some fresh wedding photos from a wedding a I photographed there a while back. I frequently photograph engagement sessions and some bridal sessions there, but Zilker Botanical is also a wedding destination for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Although the garden has it’s limitations (I believe it’s limited in number of guests and by amount of time allowed for an event), it’s still a great choice for your wedding if it meets the specific needs and requirements that your wedding event demands.

The couple who I photographed for the wedding in the photos chose to have a short, romantic ceremony in the Rose Garden of Zilker Botanical, which is one of the popular areas to host a ceremony. The bride (and everyone else) arrived dressed and ready, strolled the short distance down the hill to the Rose Garden, and completed the ceremony under a trellis decorated with vines and flowers on a sunny afternoon. Bridesmaids were dressed in pink and groomsmen dressed in black/gray with pink ties. After the ceremony everyone stayed for a few formal photos in the garden and then were whisked away to the reception which was held at a private, rural residence.

As I’ve said before, Zilker Botanical Garden has to be one of the most popular places for photography of any kind in Austin. Not only is it a huge repository for plant life centered in Travis County (which is why people are drawn to it) but it’s also one of Austin’s little jewels that’s been around for many years. I’m pretty sure that the creators of Zilker never intended it to be one of the foremost popular venues for photography around Austin, but that’s what it’s become.

ZBG features many different plant species and specific garden areas that are dedicated to a particular theme or cultural plant cultivation, if you will. For example, one of the popular areas of Zilker is the Japanese Garden, which features Koi-filled fish ponds, stone trails leading around bamboo gardens and a structure made of stone and bamboo that only could fit into a Japanese garden . The entire area is shaded by trees and feels like being in another world.

Zilker Botanical Garden also features a beautiful rose garden where weddings frequently occur (where the photos in this blog were captured, by the way). Colorful roses line the concrete paths that wind down the hill from the main entrance of the park. The Rose Garden area is very open, located at the edge of the tree line bordering the Japanese Garden. It also features a red and white gazebo next to fish ponds and a historic brick structure in the shape of a keyhole that has been apparently transplanted from historic downtown Austin.

Other areas featured at ZBG are the Prehistoric Gardens further down the hill from the main office, which feature “old world” plants, pools and even a beautiful, natural-looking water fall. Toward the front of the park is an area that contains historic Central Texas pioneer homes and work areas made of wood.

Ultimately there are many, many different areas of the Garden that offer photography opportunities for weddings, bridal sessions or engagement sessions. After visiting and photographing friends and family there for years I’ve grown to love and appreciate Zilker Botanical Garden for the beautiful part of Austin that it has always been and hopefully will always be!

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Martin Whitton is a passionate wedding and event photojournalist who lives and works in Austin, Texas. Email your questions to him at AustinAmericana@Gmail.com.


Fun Friday Fotos (Feeding the Ducks)

This past week we visited a duck pond at a park in North Austin. My son Roman is an avid animal lover and he loves seeing the ducks and just being outside. When I was growing up I remember spending almost all my time outdoors and I can definitely identify with him and his need to connect with nature. So it was easy for my wife, me and him to say yes to an afternoon visit to see the ducks and geese. What was funny and a little ironic was that the various water fowl didn’t really seem hungry or interested in the bread we brought them. Now I realize that bread, crackers, tortillas and other starchy foods are probably not a “normal” part of a duck’s diet, but that is what you feed the ducks when you visit, right? Unfortunately (or fortunately for the fowl) there are so many regular visitors to the pond toting food that they have lots of grub to choose from and they don’t want for something to eat. At any rate, Roman enjoyed chasing the ducks, and the occasional squirrel. I think we even got a sunburn. Go figure…it’s Texas in February…you just never know about the weather!

The duck with his/her head up seems really annoyed that he's being mooned by the other duck. I think it's funny!


Zilker Clubhouse Downtown Austin Night Photo

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a wedding for fun. Normally when I arrive at a wedding I get there an hour early, packing multiple bags of photography gear, dressed in a tie and jacket with my green tea in hand and a wedding photography schedule to work from. However this weekend I got to relax at a wedding, which was kind of nice to do. I had the privilege of enjoying myself which meant I could interact with guests and the couple without constantly racking my brain about where the best shots were and what would be happening next.

The wedding was a small one, here in Austin at a place called the Zilker Clubhouse, which is located west of Zilker Park, accross Mopac. It is a small stone building that includes a simple patio that overlooks downtown Austin. The location is somewhat remote and quiet and makes you feel like you’re going camping (sort of). But when the sun begins to set, the truly beautiful view of downtown Austin’s lights begins to reveal itself. As my wife, myself and the rest of the guests finished dinner at our tables on the patio, a big orange (burnt orange by some accounts) moon began to rise just above the downtown Austin skyline, kind of like the dot that is placed just above the lowercase letter “i” – except much larger than normal. There was a rush of photo enthusiasts over to the banister to get a great skyline shot, and lots of “Ooos” and “Ahhhs”. I must admit the full moon made things feel all-the-more magical.

When it was finally dark and the toasting was complete I headed over to get a photo myself. I knew that it would be tricky because there was almost no light outdoors other than some dimly-lit, overhead lamps and the ambient moonlight, which means I’d need to complete the shot with a VERY slow shutter speed. In order to do this one normally needs a tripod. I improvised and found a table that gave me a decent view of the Austin skyline as the moon ascended. I not only captured a few shots of the skyline itself, but one that I liked of a couple who were having a romantic moment gazing off into the wonderful view of downtown Austin.

At any rate, I just wanted to share a few photos. I didn’t even bother packing a flash unit for the event, so I don’t have any of my standard, artificially lit shots to share; just some good ‘ol, home grown snapshots using the tried and true photo techniques. I must say that my photos don’t do the view that we saw any justice, though. That moon was awesomely beautiful and big.

And one more thing worth noting. I took several shots through my 50 mm lens and what the camera was capturing was not at all what I was seeing through my human eyes. I have read that the human eye is close to 50 mm focal length of a lens; I can’t say that I’ve experienced this though…

Technical details: the panoramic shot of downtown itself was shot using my 5DMii with a 50mm lens (not ideal for this situation, I know, but I get tired of carrying the larger lenses), approximately 2s shutter speed, ISO 500 and F9.0 aperture. The couple shot was approximately 1/50s shutter speed, ISO 6400 and F2.8 aperture.

 


Fun Friday Fotos! (Goats and Horses)

Roman visited the goats and horses in our neighborhood earlier in the week. We have the convenience of lots of small farms and farm animals near our home and he loves to visit the goats and mini horses that live just a short walk from us.  Happy Friday!


Guest Photographers at Weddings

The wedding photographer is tasked with a stressful, difficult job – take great photos of a constantly evolving, mobile event (with no re-takes or do-overs) and do it with grace and confidence. Experienced photographers, as well as most new photographers and photo novices who try shooting weddings and end up quitting understand this pressure. Being a wedding photographer is a job kind of like being a rodeo cowboy; it looks exciting and fun, but behind the scenes the preparation and expectation, as well as the physical and psychological toll required to complete the job can be overwhelming.

So imagine adding one more challenge to the balancing act: other photographers. It seems like a recipe for disaster.

Scenario 1: The Sniper. You’ve photographed the bride and bridal party as they stroll down the aisle toward the altar. You settle into a nice spot where you can quietly capture some intimate photos of the bride and groom exchanging vows. As you focus the lens of your camera on the bride and groom you realize that in the background (behind the bride and groom) one of the guests is moving around trying to get a photo of the wedding couple, and he’s in your frame, essentially ruining the shot!

Guests taking photos at wedding

Scenario 2: The Paparazzi. It’s time for the toast. A large group of guests assemble around the bride and groom to “clink” their glasses in celebration of the new life that has begun between the bride and groom. As you glance around to find the best place to position yourself, you realize that the large group of people is tightly packed around the bride and groom and many of them don’t have champagne glasses; instead they are donning cameras and are intent on getting photos.

And, unfortunately, there are many other situations where guest photographers will challenge your ability to get the best shot at a wedding, such as during formal photos and other important events involved in the wedding ceremony and reception. So how do you avoid having problems and focus on getting the best shots while being courteous and respectful to the bride, groom and their guests?

One word: Preparation.

The first thing that you as a professional wedding photographer can do to prepare for a wedding is to meet with the bride and groom. Listen to what they want from you and ask them questions if needed. Meeting(s) with the bride and groom can be your opportunity to explain how important capturing photographs of their wedding day is and how you appreciate them choosing you over other photographers. Obviously, it’s not good to scare the newlyweds, but it’s definitely ok to define yourself as “the” wedding photographer. It’s important for the bride and groom (and anyone else attending the wedding, for that matter) to know that a professional photographer (you) are being paid good money to provide photographic coverage for the wedding. And as such, the photographer should be given free license and full authority to photograph everything, free from limitation, i.e., free from guests hanging out of the pew into the aisle trying to get a cell phone snap shot of the bride.

Obviously, human behavior is unpredictable. And we can’t tell guests what to do. We want everyone at a wedding to have fun and enjoy the day. But at the same time, it’s important for you as the photographer to empower the bride and groom with this knowledge of photographer privileges so that they can share it with others who will be there on wedding day. Because ultimately, if I’m following the bride down the aisle as her official photographer, and a guest hops out in front of me to take a picture (believe me, it’s happened), there’s no undoing the shot.

Now let’s talk about insurance. We live in the digital age where the way we photograph everything is different. In the old days (picture the 1980s :)), getting “the shot” was of the utmost importance. Photographers had to make sure everything was ready and right before pressing the shutter button on their camera. After all, there were limitations; each roll of film that was used costs money, and there was a finite number of rolls of film that any photographer would bring to an event. In addition, equipment used for low-light photography (which is needed for most weddings – think dark, candle-lit rooms with few windows) was not as good then as it is now. These days we have high powered flashes, an abundance of fast lenses, great editing software and amazing technology for processing light in cameras.

In 2011, I can shoot a wedding continuously and go home with 3,000+ images to choose from (note: I don’t usually shoot that many). Having the ability to use top-notch equipment and shoot digital with almost unlimited capacity for images means that I am bringing an insurance policy to weddings. I am hedging my bet, insuring that I will get lots of great images from each event, thanks to technology. So even if someone steps into the shot, 9 times out of 10, I’ve already gotten a very similar shot prior or after the instance where someone stepped in and blocked my vantage point. The same reasoning goes for the “sniper” scenario above. Problem solved.

So what about the paparazzi? Again, part of the solution to avoiding the paparazzi scenario is education. Brides need to let their guests know that it’s ok to take photos, but that it’s also important to her and the groom to allow each important event during the wedding to be captured appropriately by the official photographer who is being paid to cover the event.

The second part of the solution is assertiveness. Be courteous but assertive when you are charged with photographing an event. It is obviously very important to your client to have photographs of their event and they have put a lot of faith in you (the photographer) to act in their stead to capture those precious, meaningful moments. Keep that in mind when you politely ask guest to give you a little space.

You can also advertise that you are the official photographer, albeit in a somewhat quiet way. You don’t need a bullhorn to announce to everyone your intentions (ok, maybe during formal photos). All you need to do is look the part. Have you ever been to a costume party in full costume? I’ve always noticed that if you attend the party donning a special costume, you get treated differently, perhaps even better than if you just showed up wearing what you do every day. So do the same at a wedding. Show your clients and their guests that you are serious and professional with your work. Dress up and include a lanyard with an ID badge with your company’s logo. People make judgments every minute about the way a person looks, is dressed or carries themselves. What judgment do you want your clients to make about you?

Ultimately, I don’t have a solution for every possible shot. Every now and then something or someone will find itself in your shot when you don’t want it there. Your job as a wedding or event photographer is to show up for the event prepared for the worst, expecting the best and ready to handle anything that gets thrown at you. I’m sharing all this because it has worked for me, and I’m certain it can work for anyone else. Good luck with your shooting!


Model Photography

My philosophy on the art of photography is that there are always going to be better photographers than me out there photographing people and things. So it’s my job to become the best photographer that I can be by learning from those who know more than I do about photography. As a wedding photographer I’ve developed a system that has been very successful at capturing great wedding photographs and is consistent – 2 things that are important when it comes to being a great wedding photographer.

But what I’ve recently realized is that I’ve neglected some other niches of photography that I really love. I’ve been so focused on photographing weddings and sharpening my skills related to wedding photojournalism in Austin (the the business of wedding photography) that I’ve neglected my love of portrait and studio photography. And in the bigger picture, I’ve not been shooting much art photography, which can be fun and rewarding.

So I’ve decided that I’m going to take a chance and juggle a few things at once. While continuing my wedding Austin photography business I’m going start making more time for fun portraiture (like modeling, headshots, etc.) and also shoot more fun stuff that would be considered closer to “art” (whatever that means).

To kick off my new ascent into more portraiture I’ve joined a group of photographers called the Austin People Photography Group, which is hosted by MeetUp Austin and features instruction from one of my favorite Austin photographers, Tim, of Exquisite Photography. Tim frequently holds seminars and workgroups for professional photographers who are honing their skills in a particular niche field of photography, such as model photography, portrait photography, and much more.

I recently attended on of Tim’s MeetUp groups and really learned lots of great tips for improving my photography. He arranged for a model to be onsite for the attending photographers to shoot and provided lots of guidance for our session. I’ve included some of the photos I snapped of our model.


What Are You Getting For Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is Monday, so if you need to run out and buy something you might want to do so. I’m not one for supporting “corporate created holidays”, but if it keeps you out of trouble and warms your heart just a little, then in the words of Austin Icon Kinky Friedman, “Why the hell not?”

But where did Valentine’s Day originate? I remember being told as a child a tale of a man who was persecuted during Roman times who was put in jail and who only wanted to spread love. I think these days if someone was trying to run around in a toga and spread love he would be sent to Shoal Creek Hospital’s Psych Ward. But I suppose it was normal then and perhaps my memory doesn’t serve me so well. The part I remember most was that I was coloring a picture of St. Valentine. What a great guy!

According to more modern versions of history, Valentine’s day originated as a pagan celebration, called Lupercalia, which was held every year on February 15 and continued to be observed and celebrated until around the fifth century A.D.

Sometime around the third century A.D., Roman Leader Claudius, who was actively padding the ranks of the military, made it illegal young men to get married. And the story goes that subsequently, Valentine secretly officiated marriages during this time after the ban on marriage, despite the law, making him persona non grata in Rome.

Valentine was executed on “Valentine’s Day”, February 14, A.D. 270 for his open defiance of the law against marriage. And the Catholic church made him a saint for it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Fun Friday Fotos (Circus, Dogs, Etc.)

Next week I plan to blog about some experiences I’ve had while photographing weddings. The subject will be about capturing great photos at weddings in a sea of guests who all have cameras pointed at the bride. I have some great photos to share and some tips for wedding photographers on how to handle different situations, so stay tuned.

Guests taking photos at wedding

Fun Stuff. We visited the Shrine Circus a few weeks back. We got all packed up and ready to go, coupons in hand, Roman’s changing bag, green tea, warm coats, and the cameras. When I arrived and pulled out my Canon 5DMii Digital SLR (the camera I shoot most of my events with) I realized that I didn’t bring a CF card, the device that stores images on the camera. I just laughed.

I guess a lot of photographers wouldn’t want to admit something like this, but I will. If you ever visit my house you’ll see that I have a detailed check list pinned to my wall that I review before I leave home to drive to one of my events. Friends visit us, see the checklist and laugh. But, to date (knock on wood!) I’ve never left behind any important equipment that I would need at a photo event, like a wedding, thanks to my checklist – which is a big deal for wedding photography. Apparently I should start using my checklist for my personal life too.

So the photo below was snapped with one of our old point-and-shoot cameras from the nose bleed seats in Cedar Park Center. Even though the photo is not of the highest quality, I still like it.

A visit to the Circus

This photo was taken recently at a friends house. Roman decided that he was a big fan of their dog and wanted to see what it was like to hang out in the dog house. Their dog is really well behaved and didn’t know what to think of a little boy encroaching in the place where he sleeps.

Roman checks out the doggy cage


Photo Album Secrets That Photographers Don’t Want You To Know.

Psst! Hey, I want to share a secret with you. Yes, you!

What kind of secret? I’ll give you a hint: it involves making photo albums with digital images and it is inexpensive, quick and shipped to your door. And you can use the professional quality photos that I take at your wedding to do it.

Question: Why am I sharing this secret with you? (despite the fact that I’m a photographer and many photographers sell their clients albums – hint: I’m not selling you anything here)

Answer: Because I like to share cool stuff with my friends. That’s it.

Many photographers are probably mad that I’m about to share this secret with you because they like to charge tons of money to sell you a wedding album that is full of their photos. In fact, the old way of running a photography business was to photograph a bride’s wedding, edit the photos (i.e., have the photos developed from the rolls of film used on wedding day) and create a “proof book” for the bride and groom to view and select photos for printing. Later, the photographer would spend hours with the respective couple putting together photos in a mounted wedding album (the photos were literally mounted onto the book). Phewwww! I’m exhausted from just thinking about all the time and effort that went into the old way of doing things!

Today things are arguably simpler when it comes to creating a wedding album. After I’ve edited the photos from a wedding, our designers use software to design a custom album using photos you select (telling the story of your wedding from start to finish). Once the design phase is finished, we create a PDF for you to review and share with friends. Once the bride approves the PDF custom designed album (which is purely in electronic format), we send it off for print, which only requires about 3 weeks turnaround time to get to your doorstep. It’s actually pretty uncomplicated.

And don’t get me wrong – there are great things about professional albums. There are many options these days from the traditional leather bound album, the faux leather album for the environmental bride or the modern coffee table style book for other brides. The problem for many people with professional wedding photo albums is not the quality but the price. A quality, leather album can range from $800 to $2,000 alone. Every bride and groom want to be able to enjoy seeing the photos from one of the most meaningful days of their life. But it’s simply a matter of what a bride can or will pay to have those memories immortalized on a book page.

Round Rock Engagement

The paradigm has shifted in the 21st century for the modern photography business. It is no longer standard or even obligatory for a photographer to set up shop on Main Street with a receptionist running the front and a photographer in the back studio snapping photos on a medium frame camera. Things have even changed from just 20-30 years ago when families loaded into the family sedan with freshly combed hair and new dresses to travel down to the strip shopping center for photos at the local photo mart.

The other paradigm shift is to give things away. It’s no longer good business to hold back or keep things under wraps. So I’m here to arm you with information and to help provide you with tools for your tool box. These tools will hopefully make your life easier and help save you money.

Today when a person needs a photo captured, whether it be for a wedding, portrait session, event or whatever, they ask a friend or search online to find a photographer. Many people don’t want lengthy, expensive sessions with long waits to view a proof book. Clients in the 21st century want inexpensive, quick and fun photos with a rapid turnaround time. They want a CD with images that are ready to be shared via social media sites like Facebook or that allow them to upload to their computer for email sharing or other uses.

Couple in South Austin

Which is where I get to my point. I frequently run into clients who are excited to see their wonderful wedding photos, yet leary of paying gobs of money for albums. If you don’t want to, then you don’t have to do so. There are many companies that offer free album design online that is seamless and so easy to do. One of these album design companies is called Mixbook and I can tell you that designing an album for your wedding is a snap. Just check out Monica’s Wedding Album, a bride who’s wedding I photographed a few months ago at Casa Blanca in Round Rock, Texas!

I’ve also included a 30% Coupon for Mixbook that I found online for your convenience. Keep in mind that these aren’t going to be the high-end quality books that you get from companies like Leather Craftsman or Asukabook, but they can be a fun, inexpensive alternative when your budget dictates what you can afford.

Go check it out! (links are above)


Pachelbel’s Canon: Wedding Rock Version 1.0

I’m always looking for fun stuff to write or blog about that has to do with weddings and wedding photographer. As a wedding photographer I see lots of repetition from one wedding to the next. Every bride likes to think that her wedding is special and different, and they are (usually). Each bride and groom put a different spin on how things are done. But in general, the American wedding is pretty predictable – a white dress, tuxes, gifts for the couple, a kiss, bible, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc. You get the picture.

Traditionally with American Weddings, it has been customary for the bridal/wedding party to walk down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, also known as “Canon in D Major”. If you can’t think of how it sounds, then I can almost assure you that you’ve heard it somewhere, either at a wedding, or on TV. It is very common, and it is a beautiful song, even if it is used ad nauseam. What makes it common and recognizable is that it is normally played by a string quartet, or by a traditional string instrument or orchestra and it would fall into the Classical Music category.

So here’s something kind of neat that might be different. My friend, Rick, plays electric guitar for a rock band here in Central Texas called 7 Miles an Hour. He is a great lead guitarist who, to me, sounds a little like a combination between Jerry Cantrell (of Alice n Chains) and Kirk Hammett (of Metallica) – two guitarists he likes. He’s put together a pretty cool arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon using just electric guitar, which I’ve posted a link for below.

If you are looking for a version of Pachelbel’s Canon that has a little more of a “metal” sound, then check it out. And if you like that, you might also check out some of 7 Miles an Hour’s new stuff as well. They’ll be debuting a new album soon called “Brain Bacon”.

Click Here for: Rock n’ Roll Version of Pachelbel’s Canon for Weddings

Here’s a little history on Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major:

Pachelbel’s Canon, also known as Canon in D major (Kanon und Gigue für 3 Violinen mit Generalbaß in German) (PWC 37, T. 337, PC 358), is the most famous piece of music by GermanBaroque composer Johann Pachelbel. It was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue in the same key. Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919, the piece became extremely popular, and today it is frequently played at weddings and included on classical music compilations, along with other famous Baroque pieces such as Air on the G String by Johann Sebastian Bach. – Wikipedia.com


Snow Day 2011! (Fun Friday Fotos)

Today turned out to be a snow day for most people in Austin, TX. When we woke up we discovered around an inch of snow stuck to driveways and grass – something that doesn’t usually last very long in Central Texas. And the snow was something that most people had been anticipating for days. Temperatures have been below freezing for most of the week, which is abnormal for most of the year here. We even had some water piping that temporarily froze, which was unexpected as well.

Roman and I ventured outside late this morning to see the snow, which ironically was already melting (ironic because temperatures have been steadily freezing for days). This is Roman’s 2nd snow and he still doesn’t quite know what to do with it. But I did catch him smiling a few times, despite the wind and cold temperatures. Maybe next year we’ll get some more time off and build a snowman… :)

The view from behind our home


Austin Event Calendar: February 2011

As promised, here’s my Upcoming Events for Austin, Texas – February 2011 Calendar:

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011First Thursday – A notorious Austin event held every 1st Thursday of the month on South Congress Avenue. Shops stay open late, musical acts perform, special vendors/kiosks set up with crafts and arts of all kinds, and drink specials can be had. 1st Thursday Virtual Tour

Thursday, February 3, 2011 – Lewis Black, Paramount Theatre713 Congress Avenue  – http://eventful.com/austin/events/february

Saturday, February 5, 2011Carnaval Brasileiro Arguably one of Austin’s best annual parties, Carnaval is a Brazilian-style samba costume party usually held at the Palmer Event Center. If you haven’t been yet then you don’t know what you’re missing. Costumes are optional but you will have more fun if you attend donning a costume! More info and tix: http://www.sambaparty.com/

Sunday, February 6, 2011 Chinese New Years Festival Austin
Chinatown Center, 10901 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78753
Admission – FREE

Friday, February 11th, 2011 Warehouse District Ghost Tour (other dates available as well); 8pm, $20.00
From their website: On the Austin Ghost Tours’ Warehouse District Tour we will explore the city’s fascinating history on a one-and-a-half-hour walk through downtown’s shadowed streets. Relive Austin’s unforgettable history, legends, murders and true ghost stories with your knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Including Guytown, Germantown, the Driskill and much more. Listed in the Top Ten Ghost Tours in the country, experience the paranormal firsthand!

Gift

Monday, February 14th, 2011 – Valentine’s Day!

Take the love of your life out for dinner, dancing, drinks or just a romantic stroll on the hike and bike trail. There is an assortment of events to choose from!

For example, From their website: As Time Goes” – a 1940s themed dinner dance fundraiser. The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, accompanied by the Memphis Belle singers, will transport you back in time to World War II. Dancing, a superb dinner, dessert bar, free valet parking, silent and live auctions, and a host of other amenities will make this the perfect way for you to celebrate Valentines Day! Seating limited to 350, buy your tickets now. Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased at the museum, by mailFebruary 12thhttp://events.austin360.com/austin-tx/events/show/161594345-as-time-goes-by-valentine-dinner-dance

Friday, February 18, 2011 – MMA -Strikeforce Challengers: Beerbohm vs. Healy at Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

Sunday, February 20, 2011 – Motorola Marathon – taking in downtown Austin and Town Lake this is the perfect chance to tour the city and some of its best sights if you’re a runner. http://www.youraustinmarathon.com/

Sunday, February 20, 2011Paramount 5K
Race Time: 7:30am
Paramount Theatre & Downtown Austin
Entry Fee – $30-$40

Friday, February 25, 2011 – Jerry Seinfeld, Bass Concert Hall – http://eventful.com/austin/events/jerry-seinfeld-/E0-001-035201812-3

February 25-27, 2011Jugglefest
University of Texas Campus
Admission: $15 (Free with UT Student ID)

Saturday, February 26, 2011 – African-American Community Heritage FestivalHuston-Tillotson University

Sunday, February 27, 2011 – Zilker Botanical Garden, Green Garden Festival from 12-4 pm at Zilker Botanical Garden at Zilker Park in Central Austin. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/greengarden/festival.htm

Zilker Botanical Engagement Couple

Until February 27, 2011 Red Flags Sculpture at the LBJ Wildflower Center – This nature-related installation by local artists Bill Ivey and Bob Taylor will be completed in the Center’s Savanna Meadow by Tuesday, September 7.  It is constructed of nearly 200 salvaged steel and stained cedar posts that resemble red flowers from afar and are meant to reflect the artist’s attitude toward the natural environment.

FYI: Each month I do research (combined with past events I’ve participated in) to bring fun things to this calendar. If you have suggestions or would like me to include your event, simply email me: AustinAmericana@gmail.com

Enjoy the Calendar!


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