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Hermann Park Birthday Party

Giant spider, neon butterflies and bouncing balls light up Hermann Park 100th birthday celebration

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17 Balloon dancers at Evening in the Park April 2014
Suchu dancers with colorful balloons romp around the reflection pool at Hermann Park. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
18 Valerie Dieterich, from left, Kristy Bradshaw and Gina Bhatia at Evening in the Park April 2014
Valerie Dieterich, from left, Kristy Bradshaw and Gina Bhatia. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 Anne and Albert Chao at Evening in the Park April 2014
Anne and Albert Chao. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
12 Andrea and Bill White at Evening in the Park April 2014
Andrea and Bill White. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
14 Mo and Ric Campo at Evening in the Park April 2014
Mo and Ric Campo. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Austin Bike, Evening in the Park, April 2014
Austin Bike Zoo butterflies swarm through the party setting. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
1 Phoebe and Bobby Tudor at Evening in the Park April 2014
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
9 Susie and Sanford Criner at Evening in the Park April 2014
Susie and Sanford Criner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Heidi and Marcus Smith at Evening in the Park April 2014
Marcus and Heidi Smith. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 Dan Piette and Doreen Stoller at Evening in the Park April 2014
Dan Piette and Doreen Stoller. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
11 Jeremy and Linsey Radcliffe at Evening in the Park April 2014
Jeremy and Linsey Radcliffe. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
13 Divya and Chris Brown at Evening in the Park April 2014
Divya and Chris Brown. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
7 Holly A. N. Smith and  Austin Alvis at Evening in the Park April 2014
Holly A.N. Smith and Austin Alvis. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5 Diedra and Terence Fontaine at Evening in the Park April 2014
Diedra and Terence Fontaine. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, shelby, Hermann Park reflection pool, April 2013
Nic Phillips' dramatic light display had guests applauding. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
20 David and Isabel David at Evening in the Park April 2014
Danny and Isabel David. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6 Allison and Troy Thacker at Evening in the Park April 2014
Allison and Troy Thacker. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 Balloon dancers at Evening in the Park April 2014
18 Valerie Dieterich, from left, Kristy Bradshaw and Gina Bhatia at Evening in the Park April 2014
10 Anne and Albert Chao at Evening in the Park April 2014
12 Andrea and Bill White at Evening in the Park April 2014
14 Mo and Ric Campo at Evening in the Park April 2014
News, Shelby, Austin Bike, Evening in the Park, April 2014
1 Phoebe and Bobby Tudor at Evening in the Park April 2014
9 Susie and Sanford Criner at Evening in the Park April 2014
3 Heidi and Marcus Smith at Evening in the Park April 2014
15 Dan Piette and Doreen Stoller at Evening in the Park April 2014
11 Jeremy and Linsey Radcliffe at Evening in the Park April 2014
13 Divya and Chris Brown at Evening in the Park April 2014
7 Holly A. N. Smith and  Austin Alvis at Evening in the Park April 2014
5 Diedra and Terence Fontaine at Evening in the Park April 2014
News, shelby, Hermann Park reflection pool, April 2013
20 David and Isabel David at Evening in the Park April 2014
6 Allison and Troy Thacker at Evening in the Park April 2014

Who needs a birthday cake when the celebration includes a parade of neon butterfly bicycles, dancers tossing glowing balls in the night air and trees "swaying" in breezes of LED lighting? Certainly not the celebrants who packed the party tent in Hermann Park for the greenspace's 100th anniversary soirée.

The extraordinary light-filled celebration, orchestrated by CultureMap co-founder Nic Phillips, was icing on the birthday cake for the 800 partygoers who helped raise $728,735 for park conservation and beautification.

Praise ran high for the evening chaired by Mo and Ric Campo, Anne and Albert Chao and Andrea and Bill White.

Guests first gathered on the plaza overlooking the Jones Reflection pool where artist Louis Bourgeois' colossal Spider cast its menacing presence over the revelers, most of whom dressed in summer whites for the al fresco evening. Next, it was on to the party tent on the banks of McGovern Lake for dinner by City Kitchen and birthday wishes led by Ann Kennedy, Hermann Park Conservancy board chair.

Suchu Dance performers, who had greeted guests as they arrived along the reflection pool, rollicked through the after-dinner scene with lighted balloons the size of large beach balls and Austin Bike Zoo provided the bicycle butterflies that glowed in neon. Phillips' intriguing light show gave the sense that the statue of Gen. Sam Houston was dancing to the music and that the trees along the allées were swaying in the wind.

The chic crowd included Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Susie and Sanford Criner, Kathrine McGovern, Judy Nyquist, Holly A.N. Smith and Austin Alvis, Heidi and Marcus Smith, Linda and Barry Hunsaker, Diane Lokey Farb, Divya and Chris Brown, Anne and John Clutterbuck, Minnette and Peter Boesel, Gracie and Bob Cavnar and Hermann Park Conservancy executive director Doreen Stoller and Dan Piette.

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