Just before the summer officially kicked into high gear, the Barton Springs Conservancy welcomed 250 its supporters to the Driskill ballroom for the “70th Birthday Bash: An Evening Celebrating the Treasures of 1947”. Evan Smith kicked off the evening’s program following a cocktail reception and dinner which featured treats from decades past. The celebrations were held in part to recognize Honorary Chair Luci Baines Johnson for her lifelong work to protect Texas treasures like Barton Springs.
Barton Springs Conservancy – which works to preserve and protect the experience of Barton Springs through education and facility improvements – threw the Bash to mark the 70th anniversary of the Bathhouse’s grand opening in 1947, while also raising funds for a planned 2019 renovation of the Bathhouse in order to update its facilities and better serve the 21st-century this Austin treasure.
Mrs. Johnson, who is also celebrating her 70th birthday in 2017, thanked the Conservancy and spoke on the importance of preserving icons of Austin’s cultural identity like the Bathhouse. Other speakers included Mayor Steve Adler, Barton Springs Conservancy president Michael Cannatti, Dr. Dudley Youman and For the Love of the Springs campaign co-chairs Maryann Bell and Will Wynn.
Late night entertainment featured a songwriter’s circle with Austin stalwarts Darden Smith, Eliza Gilkyson and Carrie Rodriguez. Mr. Smith and Mrs. Johnson surprised attendees with a song they had jointly written about Barton Springs and its impact on the city called “Cool Waters.”