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SXSW Returned In Person in 2022

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South by Southwest (SXSW) returned live this year! The 35-year-old festival infuses on average $16-plus million of consumer spending into the Austin music scene over the course of nine days. The festival returned in March after its cancellation in 2020 and virtual show in 2021. Both the cancellation and virtual show were prompted by health and safety concerns due to the pandemic. 

Austin-tacious

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Lady Bird Lake

Austin’s unconventional approach makes it the perfect destination for conventions and other corporate meetings. 

Flashback: Mattie's

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Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie’s at Green Pastures was once the estate of Henry and Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk. In 1946, Faulk’s daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Chester Koock opened the fine dining restaurant Green Pastures at the address, and over the years, they hosted lavish parties and grand occasions for celebrities, governors and visiting dignitaries. Mary Koock also catered many parties at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch.

Signature Drink: American Peach Tea

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A naughty take on an innocent Arnold Palmer, this refreshing fall favorite features American Born Whiskey, part of the Milestone Brands portfolio—a premium spirits company based in Austin.

INGREDIENTS
-- 5 oz. American Born Peach Whiskey
-- 3 oz. freshly brewed tea
-- splash of lemonade
-- lemon, garnish
-- ice

DIRECTIONS
1. Pour American Born Peach Whiskey, freshly brewed tea and lemonade in a glass with ice.
2. Stir until combined well.
3. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Enjoy!

These Texas Venues Offer Picnic Fun for All Ages

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You don't have to spend a fortune on a corporate outing to make a big impact. Texas-based Small Giants Community founder Paul Spiegelman’s corporate picnic at the Lonesome Dove Ranch was so inspiring, he wrote an article about it for Inc.com. “Oftentimes, employee perks are the fi rst cuts to improve margins,” Spiegelman writes. “Don’t do it. Here’s why.” 

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