Friday, September 20th, 2019
This year, expect the unexpected at the eagerly awaited Mermaid Society Art Ball, as the Meadows Center comes to life with a magical evening paying tribute to the enchanted world of Mother River. This private gala evening includes starry night rooftop views, sunset glass-bottom boat cruises, dance the night away with live music performed by ROXY ROCA, artisan edibles crafted by Root Cellar Catering Co. and specialty cocktails provided by Dripping Springs Distilling, AquaBrew and Patio Dolcetto . Featured artists - Karen Cross , Margaret Thels Falletta, Jamie Lynn Shelton. Back by popular demand Body Art Fantasy and new this year, pop-up screenings produced by San Marcos Cinema Club. The grand highlight of the evening is a special production by OMAi ; a visual art experience!
The Mermaid Society Art Ball is scheduled for Friday, September 20th from 7:00 – 11:30p on the grounds of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment located in San Marcos, Texas.
The Meadows Center sits on Spring Lake, the site of an environmentally, culturally, and archaeologically significant resource and headwaters of the San Marcos River. The same location where the former Spring Lake Resort at Aquarena Springs,was known as the ‘original home of the San Marcos Mermaids’.
Join us for the SPLASH "AFTER" Party! Not to be missed!
MiHyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Texas State University and Vienna, Austria based art collective OMAi creates collaborative and spontaneous interactive digital storytelling at AquaBrew
We will facilitate new forms of public art performance with artistic content (artist session) and audience participation (open session) using digital projections.
Saturday, September 21st 2019 10:00 - noon
Highlighting our unique river and artistic culture, the Downtown Mermaid Promenade is created to be a celebration of San Marcos’ vibrant artistic and river community.
With more to celebrate as we get closer to being named the “official” ‘Mermaid Capital of Texas!!’ Over 100 entries and 5,000 + parade-goers in recent years, the Downtown Mermaid Parade is back by popular demand! �
The parade will feature floats, marchers, dancers, and music! This 4th annual ‘Texas original’ will highlight selected honorees representing the arts, river guardianship, and heritage of San Marcos. Fresh water mermaids are the primary theme for this family fun event.
This all-inclusive city parade celebrates our history of the Aquamaids of Aquarena Springs and immortalizes the mermaid as guardians of the San Marcos River. The parade line-up starts at the corner of CM Allen and Cheatham Street and offers plenty of viewing options along the route. The fun continues at the Mermaid Aqua Faire immediately following the parade at the San Marcos Main Park Plaza from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All within walking distance from downtown, the family can enjoy this FREE community festival of art, live music, food, and fun!
Some of the Parade highlights include the Mermaid SPLASH Royal Court to include our King of SPLASH, Mermaid Queen and Royal Court, Parade Grand Marshal and Honorees.
Parade spectators are encouraged to share a ride, walk or ride a bike when traveling to the parade site in support of our bike friendly community! Please join us for a day of fun for the entire family. The Parade takes place light rain or shine.
Saturday, September 21st 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Our Presenting Sponsor is Wonder World Cave & Adventure Park.
The fun kicks into full gear following the Downtown Mermaid Promenade! The San Marcos River serves as the beautiful backdrop to this fun filled FREE festival that has something for Mer-folk of all ages. The Mermaid Aqua Faire kicks off right after the parade and continues the celebration at San Marcos Plaza Park!
An all-day event to include live music performed by Time of Night, The Roy Brothers, Those Nights, The Revs! Let the shopping begin at the juried art market coordinated by the San Marcos Art League, over 60 artists featuring a wide range of artisan wares, food trucks and food booths providing a good selection of eats, and the KIDzone coordinated by ArtSpace - Centro Cultural de Hispano.
Festival-goers will learn about environmental stewardship at the Eco Village, and take part in the variety of interactive activities planned for the whole family; to include hands-on workshops, scheduled presentations by environmental experts and art inspired learning projects for everyone.
Sightings of mermaids in our river is a guarantee! Presentation of the Mermaid SPLASH Royal Court to include the King of SPLASH, Mermaid Queen and Mer-folk Court, Parade Grand Marshal and
Sponsored by Gays of Hays, Bloombar, Blanco Brew, and Casa Vindemia
Bunny LeRoque brings Drag Bingo to the Hill Country! Enjoy a Brunch Menu, Coffee and Tea served by Blanco Brew in the charming Wildflower Inn. Bingo Prizes, Raffle Prizes, Great Music, and show stopping performances by Special Guest Queens.
$250 VIP tickets include Front Row Table, Bingo Boards, Charcuterie, Brunch and Complimentary Mimosas for 8. (Only 4 VIP Tables available, so secure yours quick!)
$25 Guest Tickets include Brunch and Bingo Boards. Wine and Bubbles sold by Casa Vindemia. (100 tickets available)
Proceeds from Bingo to benefit Gays of Hays. Special thanks to Bloombar for floral and décor.
The culmination of the Mermaid SPLASH Festival is Mermaid's Society's annual river cleanup event that takes place on the Sunday following SPLASH. The Mermaid Round-Up is a “call to action” and serves as a first-step for community members to be introduced or “re-introduced” to riverbank and park cleanup efforts. This family-friendly event is designed to inspire youth to model our super-hero, the San Marcos Mermaid, to be river guardians for the San Marcos River.
Participants will be joined by both enthusiasts and experts in the field and learn about the many opportunities to be involved with river protection throughout the year.
Bring the kiddos out for a MER-MAZING good time! Meet Maya the Mermaid and members of the Aqua Pod and learn about mermaids in San Marcos! Enjoy mermaid cookies and cupcakes and mermaid punch, too! Take your picture with Maya and her friends in the Mermaid Photobooth! Lotsa mermaid craft making - what fun! Be sure to dress your mermaid BEST!
Take witness as 5 visual artists give a live painting demonstration of their twist on the mermaid as part of the 4th Annual Mermaid SPLASH Festival. Enjoy local craft beer and shop from local artists and vendors specially spotlighting their mermaid and river themed creations and goods. Photo opps with a live mermaid!
10pm: Austin Kinney & Friends
Vendors sign up here: https://www.studiosanmartian.com/events/merception-1
Bring your kiddo in starting today, and let them pick up a canvas to take home and paint their little mermaid heart away. We recommend using any great finds from the river...trash, rocks, leaves, sand etc. When brought back in, each canvas will be displayed in store & posted on Facebook. To vote for your favorite canvas all you have you to do is like the individual picture. The canvas with the most likes will win a mermaid prize!
ALL CANVASES MUST BE TURNED IN BY SEPTEMBER 14TH! Winner will be announced September 16th.
Join us for the 2019 River Guardianship Symposium:
“Nature and Nurture: Cultivating Community Guardianship”
Location: First Lutheran Church - 130 Holland St San Marcos, TX, 78666
5:00 pm Conversational and mingling among participants, children’s activities, exhibitor booths, food and beverages provide by local vendors, live acoustic music by Eric Sarmiento
5:45 pm Opening Remarks and River Guardianship Honoree Presentation to Melani Howard
6:00 pm Panel I: “Engaging Youth in Environmental Education and Stewardship” Moderator and Panelists: Colleen Myles, Department of Geography, TXST
1. Tim and Benjamin Bauerkeeper, video presentation
2. Kate and Francine Galko, video presentation
3. Melody Rose Baker Cuny, Mermaid Society SMTX
4. Ben Hutchinson, Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center, Aquatic Science Adventure Camp
5. Justine Salsbury, El Ranchito Texas Rivers Expedition
6. Anne Halsey, Commission on Children and Youth and the Mental Health Coalition
7. Chris Cooper, San Marcos City Independent School District
8. Carolina “Cat” Duncan, Primitive Instincts Youth Nature Program
7:00 pm Panel II: “Balancing Recreation and Protection in the San Marcos Watershed” Moderator and Panelists: Kimberly Meitzen, Department of Geography, TXST
1. Liz Palfini, Superintendent Palmetto State Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife
2. Kelly Stone, FUNBOAT Adventures
3. Laney Lyle, Lions’s Club
4. Zach Halfin, Eyes of the San Marcos River
7:45 pm Panel III: “Promoting Local to Regional-Scale Land Conservation” Moderator and Panelist: Dianne Wassenich, San Marcos River Foundation
1. Katherine Romans, Hill Country Alliance
2. David Baker, Wimberley Valley Watershed Association
3. Sherwood Bishop, San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance
4. Melani Howard, City of San Marcos
8:30 pm Closing Remarks and Call to Action
Mermaid Society Symposiums are created to be signature events of the Mermaid SPLASH Festival, each year in September. The community platforms are designed to bring together like-minded individuals from students to seniors to cross-pollinate ideas, collaborate on existing projects and strengthen connectivity through engagement.
2019 Committee Chairs - Kimberly Meitzen Ryan Keith Spencer
Sponsors - Department of Geography - TXST and Gumbys Pizza San Marcos
Committee: Colleen Myles-Baltzly Melody Rose Baker Cuny Laney Lyle Rachel Sanborn Dianne Wassenich Zach Halfin Holly Hirsch
Saturday, September 7th, 2019.
Quench your thirst with some of San Marcos’ best tasting “Mer-tinis!” Back by popular demand, this highly anticipated Mer-tini Shakedown Competition is a friendly - yet fierce - contest among local mixologists that shake it up the final week of Mermaid SPLASH!
This is a high-spirited event to create the best Mermaid-inspired Martini or Mer-tini. Two teams of judges will travel from site to site sipping the tasty and creative concoctions while taking careful notes on the distinctive characteristics of the competing cocktails to determine a favorite.
The evening ends with two semi-finalists who will go to the Shakedown Finals held on the rooftop of the Meadows Center during the Mermaid Society Art Ball on Friday September 21st. This competition is scored on taste, presentation and creativity with extra points earned from mer-inspired flare and fanfare.
Two awards are bestowed upon the 1st place and 2nd place.. Besides bragging rights, the 1st place winner receives an original trophy (designed by a different local artist every year), and a $300 cash award. 2nd Place winner receives a $200 cash prize.
Join us on Saturday, September 7th when the competition escalates; because this year there will be 16 cocktail masters, representing some of San Marcos’ best eating and drinking establishments and battling for the win!
Get ready for all things Mermaid during the 4th Annual Mermaid SPLASH Festival! The Meadows Center will be hosting its 2nd Annual Mermaid Headdress making sessions August 10 and September 7.
We will provide mermaid headdress bases and supplies to decorate so that each participant can walk away their very own! Participants should bring a hot glue gun and a good pair of scissors. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need one supplied for you. Participants may bring any additional items that they would like to add to their piece.
Tickets are $25 per person making a headdress (limit 15). Register online at: http://bit.ly/Mermaid-Headdress.
TK Tunchez is Challenging Women With Her Flower Crowns
Join us for a special evening of flower crown making, as we prepare for our favorite night of the year: the Mermaid Society Art Ball. Featuring ATX based Flower Crown Creatress, TK Tunchez of Las Ofrendas, we’ll be channeling ALL the water goddess energies in this special flower crown creation workshop.
TK was recently featured in Austin Women's Magazine - https://atxwoman.com/tk-tunchez/
We’ll bring all the goodies you'll need to take home a completed flower crown/ mermaid headpiece.
Just bring yourself, your friends and any special adornments you may want to add to your one of a kind creation.
$40 - Cost of event includes refreshments and beverage
ONLY 12 SPOTS available - First Come basis. TO RSVP send email to email@example.com Subject Line: Mermaid Crown Class. Payment can be made at the door or by phone 512-825-2819.
About the Presenter:
Workshop presenter Tk Tunchez (of Las Ofrendas) is a multi-disciplinary artist and flower crown creatress. She has been making gorgeous flower crowns, full time, for over 5 years and her pieces have been featured locally in the San Antonio Art Museum store, the Austin Chronicle, and most recently in Austin Woman’s Magazine. She loves sharing her passion for creating coronas (crowns) with the world, and crafting unique, one of a kind Crowns for ALL the Queens.
You can find more about TK;s work through her Instagram account: @lasofrendas.
The San Marcos Art League is proud to present another art demonstration brought to you by local artist Gigi Mederos and Cardinal Frame & Art! Gigi Mederos owns and operates Rio Claro Studio where she creates beautiful silk scarves using ink painting techniques. She will be bringing a silk habotai scarf with an original Mermaid themed design to demonstrate the Serti Technique. This technique involves drawing directly onto the stretched silk with a resist to "corral" the colors. It creates a lovely, coloring-book look to the piece. To see more of Gigi's work, visit her page at https://www.facebook.com/rioclarostudio/
As always our demo is free and no supplies are required and pictures are encouraged! To find more Art League events and information visit our website at artleaguesmtx.org
SMAL is a non-profit arts organization that receives its funding from memberships, donations, and the support of the San Marcos Arts Commission.
San Marcos: A River Runs Through It,” now hanging throughout the Center, features a wide variety of media depicting the river, mermaids, native wildlife, unicycle football, the town square, Sacred Springs Powwow and more.
In addition, a fresh display of water-inspired quilts in the stairwell gallery, and a separate photography show in the 1910 Room completes this visual love letter to our beloved San Marcos.
The show is open daily throughout the facility from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. now - Oct. 12.
The Artists' Reception will be held on Thurs. Aug. 22 from 6-8 p.m. plan now to join us.
For more information, please call 512-392-2900 or stop by 222 W. San Antonio St., downtown San Marcos, Monday through Friday or visit price-center.org.
This is it folks! Esoterra is proud to present the grand finale to the 2018 Mermaid SPLASH Festival festivities! Get your mermaid on with us at Stonewall from 10pm-2am for the official after party featuring a Mermaids and River Pirates themed costume contest, raffle, art installations, special acro yoga performances, drag performances and flow arts performances, djs, color-changing drinks, body painting and river celebrating! Dress your best for the occasion and let's dance! Stay tuned for when tickets will be available!
The goal of the interactive storytelling event during the Mermaid SPLASH Festival is to revive forgotten stories about the Meadow Center where a quirky history of the town has been hidden, lost and nearly forgotten. It is to remind the community about the cultural and personal heritage of our shared places.
By allowing community members collaborate in drawing on the same workspace, they share the same canvas (walls and building), fill in the gap of forgotten stories and create a new one through a shared vision. This interplay empowers the diverse range of community members and strengthens the unity of their shared identity.
About MiHyun Kim
MiHyun Kim is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design in School of Art and Design at Texas State University. Her ongoing research is an interdisciplinary project utilizing interactive storytelling and screen-based design work. She has been recognized from numerous national and international design organizations including ico-d (International Council of Design), AIGA Design Educator Community, UCDA Design Education Summit, and eyeO festival.
Vienna based company OMAi stands for a spontaneous and collaborative approach to
digital creation. By combining digital technology with analogue sensibilities, we bring a
fresh wave of visual communication to streets, stages and events around the world.
Let her swim like a mermaid and do a underwater photo shoot in a pool I provide $69.95 or your own pool $59.95. I also mermaids on the river surface shoots $69.95. I own 40 mermaid tails from size 3T to adult size 20, my camera and all I am lacking is you! So let's be mermaids. The sitting fee of $69.95 includes the mermaid tail rental, photo shoot, and one high resolution image. A Mermaid's Tale will be in your area 9/21/18 and 9/22/18 for kids underwater and mermaids riverside surface, or a mermaid party for up to 15 (party at your location).
Space is very limited .. To reserve your spot please text 754-367-5177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I also offer mermaid parties for up to 15 $199. To reserve your spot you will need to pay your sitting fee and your reservation is complete.
In celebration of the San Marcos River and the 2018 Mermaid SPLASH Festival, Shine On Yoga will be hosting a special tea party and guiding guests through a few yoga poses named after some of our favorite river creatures! We'll also talk about what these animals symbolize in Hindu culture and Yogi practice and how that relates to us in San Marcos.
Music and art will be a part of the show as well as light refreshments!
In the spirit of the Mermaid SPLASH Festival, Aquabrew is hosting a mermaid themed art show featuring works by Lucas Bauerkemper, Jacqui Campbell Joseph, Emily Kelly Cayton, Chad Glass, Lisa McPike Smith, Gigi Mederos, Jamie Shelton, Tiny Amber Taylor, Robin Orta and Zac Witte. Come join us during this Third Thursday Walkabout
The San Marcos Art League is hosting another captivating demo at Cardinal Frame & Art! Stop by on September 20th and experience Jennifer Rosas as she works with water, ink and acrylic to create beautiful mermaids and aquatic scenes. Unlike our usual demos, Jennifer will be including hands on projects as well as signing prints for the Mermaid Splash Festival! Don't miss out on a night of creative fun and be a part of the mermaid madness! You can see more of Jennifer's art at facebook.com/jlrosasart
Join us for a mer-inspired Third Thursday Walkabout this month!
Live music by One Foot in the Floodplain, two wonderful Art shows — including lots of mermaids and mer-inspired works — pop-up art vendors, and complimentary refreshments.
Free and open to all.
There's no better way to get to know the City of San Marcos TX - City Hall than to visit our local downtown area! Join us for this Third Thursday Downtown Walkabout and see what each business has to offer, from flash sales and drink specials to art openings and live entertainment, there's something for everyone! We will be celebrating the hottest time of the year as we celebrate the Mermaid Madness with lots of activities for the whole family!
Stop by the Kissing Alley Concert Series, hosted by San Marcos Texas Community Radio KZSM.org for some tunes around town, and enjoy works on display by the San Marcos Art League in various locations during the event. Make sure you strike a pose for our local photographer, Christopher Paul Cardoza, as he makes the rounds for the evening.
Grab your tail and your shells and get ready for a splash of fun! Join us 3rd Thursday (Sep.20) for an exciting evening! We will be serving mermosas for the adults and fruity fun for the kids! You can also craft your very own mermaid crown or shell necklace for the parade! We will also have fun snacks and mermaid cupcakes for everyone! Bring the kids and get ready for some fun!
Y'all. It's time.
WE ARE HAVING A LAUNCH PARTAYYYYY!
That's right! FUNBOAT Adventures has been nesting and getting all set up for business, and now we are ready to present ourselves to you, our local community, as official debutante FUNBOATERS!
Please join us as we celebrate our big *Splash* into entrepreneurship and sustainable tourism.
With incredible support from San Marcos Cinema Club and along with the iconic Mermaid SPLASH events, FUNBOAT Adventures is excited to host a FREE SCREENING of the multi-award winning film, Yakona, that presents a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River, and we think it's a terrific fit with our mission of encouraging fun river stewardship.
The screening will also include a Q&A with the co-directors of the film: Paul Collins and Anlo Sepulveda
Prior to the 7 pm screening, we will facilitate a walking arts and culture tour along with a group river swim beginning at 5 pm. For our night owls, we will also be offering a NIGHT FLOAT following the film's Q&A, but "seating" is limited and pre-registration is recommended to join us on this San Marcos "bucket list" tradition.
Snacks and beverages (of many varieties) will be available for purchase throughout the event, and upcycling craft activities will be available for you to create your own FUNBOAT souvenirs using waste rescued from the river.
We can't wait to have fun with you all!
Please check out our website: funboatadventuretours.com and share with your friends to like us on Facebook. You can email us at email@example.com, and we also also use the phone! Call us at 512-757-0540 with any questions!
In honor and celebration of Mermaid Society SMTX's Mermaid Week, hosts Gregory Josephe Graye and Tasha Fierse Kennedy are pleased to present THE VOGUE BALL - RIVER WONDERLAND
Fish Fanta-SEA - Runway Category
(River Godesses and Underwater Princes)
Ariel WISHES- This category is open to all merfolk (that includes the mermanzes) who want to be recognized for their underwater gaggery. Think of it as you showing up to an accept an award at King Triton''s Ball for most STUNNING- this means elegant, underwater/mermaid themed looks!
Siren Seduction - Runway Category
(Evil Mermaid sorceresses and Evil Aquatic Princes)
Bon Voyage Battle
You better bring some moves, Skipper. Vogue Battling is on the itinerary an your competitors are gonna bring all they've got. . Bonus points if you're dressed up in sailor/cruise themed clothes.
Prizes include trophies and house fame!
Interested in a category?
Message hosts Gregory Josephe Graye or Tasha Fierse Kennedy!
18+ $7 Cover
Only at Stonewall Warehouse!
Calling all Merfolk! Join us for a fun flowy yoga class that will help you swim into the ocean of your true magical essence, and manifest your heart’s desires. The yoga practice is suitable for all levels.
Saturday Sept. 15th 2-4pm
Easy Tiger San Marcos
$20/ $15 for members
Reserve your spot in the studio or online at www.easytigeryoga.com
EveDiscover the SMTX Mermaids on land and water through a 5k adventure race. Kicking off at HEAT Bootcamp San Marcos, participants will follow clues leading them to the San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental where the second half of the course begins - on the River. Float the remaining mile to the epic finish line where ACTUAL mermaids will be waiting for you in the water. Hop out and enjoy some small bites & refreshments by Ivar's River Pub and then take the free shuttle back to HEAT.
$10 donation (ticket required)
Tube & food is included
8:30am Checkin / 8:45am Start
Limited to 100 participants. 100% of the Proceeds to benefit the Downtown Mermaid Promenade via the Mermaid Society SMTXnt details coming soon!
Vengan este Sabado al parque Eddie Durham para participar en una clase para hispanoparlantes. Maria Victoria Garcia nos va a dirigir por un session inspirada por la sirena, en honor del espiritu de nuestra ciudad. Todos estan bienvenidos, aunque hablen ingles o español.
Despiertense temprano y empiezen su fin de semana perfectamente! Despues pueden caminar a HEAT Bootcamp para participar en su Corrida de Sirena y "toobing" del rio que empieza a las 9 de la mañana.
Traten bien a su cuerpo y experiencen la felicidad que yoga puede traer a su vida. Traigan sus amigos y toda la familia!
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Join us this Saturday at Eddie Durham Park for a free yoga class en Español. The great Maria Victoria Garcia will be leading guests through a mermaid inspired flow in honor of our city's spirit. Everyone is welcome, whether you speak English or Spanish.
Wake up early and start your weekend off right! Afterwards you can walk over to HEAT Bootcamp San Marcos to take part in their Mermaid Run and Tubing event that starts at 9:00.
Treat your body right and experience the joy that yoga can bring into your life. Bring a friend or family member!
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- Meet at 205 MLK Dr.
- No mat or experience required/ no tienen que traer colchoneta, y principiantes estan bienvenidos!