Fiesta Youth’s Halloween Hocus Pocus Marks Third Year

Jack-O-Lantern photos by Darrell Garcia Parsons

Organizers at Fiesta Youth are busy getting ready for their third annual Halloween Hocus Pocus fundraiser, slated for October 15 in the heart of downtown San Antonio.

Hocus Pocus is being held in the garden of the Arbor House Suites, San Antonio’s only gay-owned bed and breakfast. Arbor House recently celebrated the 125th anniversary of the construction of the four two-story Queen Ann Colonial Revival houses located on its property at the corner of South Presa and Arcinega Streets, just North of the King William Historic District.

The garden at Arbor House Suites (Courtesy photos

The garden at Arbor House Suites (Courtesy photos)

The Arbor House grounds are beautifully landscaped and the garden often plays host to parties, cocktail hours and al fresco dining for guests. The San Antonio Conservation Society honored the restoration of the property, which has a great view of the Tower of the Americas.

Partygoers will partake of finger food, open bar, music, dancing and a silent auction. There will also be a costume contest with prizes for scariest, funniest, sexiest and most original costumes.

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Sponsors include Arbor House Suites, Capital Strategies, Diablos Outsports Assn., Dennis Hirschy & Dr. Roman Arroyo, Peter Moore, Zach Shipley, Pastry Chef Rory Haff, Cakes by Anthony Arteaga, Eric Alva & Danny Ingram, County Commissioner Tommy Calvert, WD Deli, Darrell Garcia Parsons LCSW, Joseph M. Montaldi LCSW, Metro Pup SA, and Pendlebury Brew.

Hosts are Gary Cox, Jed & Victoria Gettman, Jeremy Ward & Ron Noll, Chris & Ginger Chun, Bradley & Dale Ahrendt-Painter.

Cocktails will be provided by Mixing Tin Bartending Services. Dance music is by DJ Rook of Fiesta Hitting Edge.

The mission of Fiesta Youth is to provide “a safe, non-judgmental, affirming place for LBGT teens to express and explore who they are through education, peer-support, advocacy and friendship.” The group meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell.

Fiesta Youth was organized in 2013 by founder Emily Leeper, a San Antonio mom with a teenage lesbian daughter. Leeper started the LGBT youth group after finding out there was none in the city.

In January 2015, Fiesta Youth expanded by adding Fiesta U, a twice-monthly support group for young adults aged 18 to 24 that meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Unity Heights Community Center, 8103 Broadway.

Fiesta Youth presents Halloween Hocus Pocus, Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Arbor House Suites, 109 Arciniega St.  21 and over only. General admission tickets are $40. Co-hosts tickets are $75 include access to corporate sponsorship bar stocked with premium liquors and name on promotional materials. Buy tickets at this link. For more information about Fiesta Youth, check out their website.

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