Guarding over the ever-flowing waters of Salado Creek, the statue of a mermaid christened Sirena has seen a steady stream of tourists over the years cross over the Main Street Bridge in Salado in search of an elusive Roseville planter at one of the town’s myriad antiques stores, an oil painting by a local artist in the town’s art galleries or simply to wade in the refreshing waters of its bubbling brook. On May 9, 2008, however, Sirena was a silent witness to a historic event as Secret Service escorted the President of the Unites States across the bridge for a pre-wedding party in celebration of the First Daughter’s impending I do’s.
The Bridal Luncheon
Jenna Bush’s pre-wedding festivities began with a bridal luncheon conducted at The Inn on the Creek, a Victorian era vision popular for romantic getaways. Family and friends sipped both champagne as well as tea and lemonade in order to combat the almost triple digit temperature before heading to the dining room for cake and to bestow gifts, the inn’s owner recalls on the venue’s official website. A 14-room retreat, guests can walk in the footsteps of the Bush family by booking a stay at either the Main Manor, Holland House or Giles-Kindred House, while those interested in entertaining in the style accustomed to the Bush family can order the inn’s cook book, Salado Sunsets, which is filled with 100 signature recipes.
The Rehearsal Dinner
Attractions are only a short stroll away in this close-knit community, and the soon-to-be Mrs. Hager had only a few blocks to travel before meeting up with the groom and his family for a rehearsal dinner at Old Salado Springs Celebration Center and Retreat. Situated in a verdant landscape, the 5,000 square foot venue often echoes with the I do’s of Hill Country couples.
The Salado Silver Spur Theater often rings out with the applause of audiences as they take a nostalgic trip back in time to the days of vaudeville or the laughter of cinema buffs as they sing along with their favorite movie musicals during a special classic film festival. On the evening of May 9th, the converted stagecoach stop reverberated with words of congratulations as 200 friends and family members gathered for a Lone Star soiree.
Photos of The Inn on the Creek and The Salado Silver Spur Theater courtesy of www.texastripper.com.