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The New Hill Country!

| April 24, 2012 | Parties

THE SOIRÉE North and south, red and blue, donkey and elephant. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration, represented—for a night at least—a united city awed by its smashing new symbol, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. Brisk early spring weather couldn’t suppress the excitement of a dream long realized. THE REVELERS The first and only pedestrian gathering on the bridge before opening to vehicular traffic several weeks later, the party included heartfelt tributes by family members and honorary chairs Ron Kirk, Laura Miller and Tom Leppert, former mayors who had served during its conception and creation. McBee chaired the weekend celebration, while DJ Lucy Wrubel wore the most talked-about attire of the night—a bridge fascinator. Talk about arch envy! CROON & SWOON Texas fave Lyle Lovett and His Large Band generated some heat with an hourlong set that included crowd-pleasers like “That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas.” Just before a spectacular fireworks show was the on-theme “If I Had a Boat.” Most fitting was his anthem to Texas rivers, including the one that brought him to the party: “The Trinity’s muddy/But the Brazos quick sandy/She kissed me and she hugged me/And she called me her own.” Sounds just right to us. Photography by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, Ronnie Dunlap, Holt Haynsworth and John Strange



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