President’s Summer Letter 2017
Summer Activities and Upcoming Fall Events in Monte Vista
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
This Summer has flown by and all the activities of Fall will be here before we know it!
While Memorial Day is considered the official start of Summer activities, I think the MVHA 4th of July Parade and Picnic is the pinnacle event of Summer. And this was one of our best! An enormous thank you to Cee Parker and the incredible team of volunteers he coerced into helping with this event. It was a tremendous amount of work on a really sweltering day, so extra gold stars to the volunteers. Wade and Lisa Caldwell along with their darling granddaughters were our glamourous Grand Marshals; an honor bestowed on this couple for their many years of service and support of MVHA. We had our largest turnout ever of pie entries and every one was a winner. A big thank you also to our many wonderful sponsors for food and prizes. We couldn’t do this without them!
Speaking of Fall activities, please remember that 3rd Thursdays resume in September and our 24th Fall Home Tour is coming up on November 4th with a very grand Cocktail Preview Party on November 3rd. Please check out the article in this issue for more details.
Soon, we will be sending out a survey to ask your opinion on educational and social activities. We want to know what you would like to see in the future to make sure that we are providing events that will be helpful and informative. It’s short and won’t take you long to fill out. Please participate!
We are so fortunate to live in the Monte Vista Historic District and to have so many committed folks over the years who have worked hard to maintain the integrity of the district in all ways historic, educational and social. When I think of the work done by MVHA, the incredible restorations done by homeowners and businesses; both extensive and small, I am simply amazed. All this work has led to a pretty special place to live that I hope none of us takes for granted. Sometimes we might not realize what a special place Monte Vista is because many of us tend to live in a bit of a bubble or a routine of work, family, church and social circles that may not get us out and about into other neighborhoods very often. I had a lovely conversation with friends who lived in San Antonio nearly 20 years ago, but only for seven years in Monte Vista They have lived in many places across the United States, but they said they never felt more connected to a neighborhood, more pride in their home or closer to neighbors than they did here. It was a sad day for their family when they were transferred to Colorado. They don’t miss the heat, but they miss Monte Vista and they look forward to moving back here upon retirement in a couple of years. In my professional career, I visit neighborhoods in many areas of San Antonio and surrounding communities and I am always grateful when I come home that I live in neighborhood with diversity of architecture, landscaping and people. It truly is a gift whether one lives here for a few years or a lifetime. Please take moment to count this blessing!
With love of Monte Vista,