Public Fun

Although San Antonio is home to five major colleges and universities and a rack of community colleges, it doesn’t really feel like a college town — in part because most of the campuses are flung far and wide. But from Trinity University’s lectures series (Ken Burns and Vicente Fox are coming this year) to St. Mary’s University’s traditional Fiesta Oyster Bake, the campuses offer plenty of ways for students to interact with other colleges and the public.

University of the Incarnate Word’s Wordstock, an annual back-to-school bash, is open to the entire city. The festival features live music, food and beverage booths, raffles, and games for the entire family. This year’s event will be held on the UIW campus from 5-11 p.m. Saturday, September 9. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for UIW students. For more information and the music lineup, call 829-6001 or visit

Trinity University holds annual Christmas Vespers in the Tiger’s Den. The choir concert is followed by speakers who relay both secular and religious messages about the holiday season. Prayers of good tidings from multiple faiths are presented and the majority of the school body attends. This year’s event will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 3, in the Margaret B. Parker Chapel, and is free and open to the public. Following the concert, Trinity students are invited to a number of open houses on campus to mingle with administrators and other members of the campus community during the holiday season. Visit for more info.

One of the most esteemed fashion events in San Antonio is organized, produced, and directed completely by undergraduates in the University of the Incarnate Word’s Fashion Management and Design department. The Annual Cutting Edge Fashion Show has been an official Fiesta event for 26 years, though it has been produced on various stages since the 1940s.

The fashion-management program at UIW blends two disciplines, fashion design and fashion merchandising, and has grown to offer well over 200 possible majors. The classes, taught by highly accredited faculty, turn out students equipped to operate in fashion hotbeds throughout the country. The Fashion Show is the culmination of a year’s worth of work for these students, resulting in a high-level, New York-Style runway presentation.

“In recent years, increasing amounts of our students have been ready to spread their wings and move to other cities for this work,” says Annemarie Walsh, director of Fashion Management. “If you want to be a designer, you have to go to cities that have the market for it, and that’s what these students are doing.”

The 2007 show will take place April 13 and is open to the public. Pencil in the date and be on the lookout for location and ticket information; last year’s show sold out two months in advance. Visit for more info.

Whether or not you’re a fan of the mollusk, chances are you’ve heard of Oysterbake, the two-day festival held on the St. Mary’s University campus that serves as the official Fiesta kick-off. In tribute to our shelled friend (oysters can be eaten raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed, broiled, grilled, or used in a variety of drinks) the University plays host to a massive celebration that is packed with live music, rides, and food booths, all soaked in alcohol. If crowds cramp your style, check out Baby Bake, a scaled-down version of the event that is limited to students and alumni. Both of these events take place in April every year, so keep an eye on the St. Mary’s events calendar at

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