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2022 Annual Society Gathering

On October 13-16, G&G hosted the third annual Garden & Gun Society Gathering at Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas. During the event, forty loyal readers and friends came together for three days of Lone Star State experiences including curated workshops and sporting excursions, live performances, talks with special guests, and a number of memorable meals paired with creative cocktails.


Special thanks to:
Hotel Emma
Jazz TX
Joshua Creek Ranch
Paris Hatters
Maverick Whiskey
Latria Graham
Vivian Howard
Woody Platt and Shannon Whitworth
Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Pearls by Shari

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Guests arrive at Hotel Emma to kick off the G&G Society weekend in San Antonio.


Jeff Parrott, Blade and Bow brand cultivator, educates guests on the brand’s bourbon.  

The event’s signature cocktails include The Pearl made with Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, elderflower liqueur, and a splash of soda.

Olivia Pritchard tries on bracelets alongside Shari Turpin, founder of Pearls by Shari.

From left: Jason and Nancy Wisniewski, G&G editor in chief Dave DiBenedetto, Michelle Stuermer, Olivia Pritchard, Jim Sharpton, and Ali Karn–G&G’s executive assistant to the CEO.

Laramy Bouer and Taunia Elick.

G&G publisher Christian Bryant with Explore Charleston marketing director Cat Dority, and David DiBenedetto.

Ali Karn and Marilynn Poole.

A Paris Hatters’ expert works on a custom-shaped and fitted hat for a guest in the western tradition.

Guests peruse a wide array of customizable hats at the famed Paris Hatters.

G&G president and CEO Rebecca Darwin and guests take in the sights at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens on the private tour.

Society members enjoy a private tour of Maverick Whiskey along with special spirit pairings and lunch.

A quick stop during the private tour of the historic downtown Missions.

From left: Shari Turpin, Katheryn Johnston, Sarah Magness, Rebecca Darwin, and daughter Lily Darwin.

William Fraser enjoys a day of sporting clays at Joshua Creek Ranch.

Society members toast during lunch aboard a private cruise along the San Antonio River. 

David DiBenedetto joins G&G contributors Latria Graham and Vivian Howard for an intimate discussion.

On Saturday evening, the tables are set for the finale dinner at Carraqui.

GRAMMY-award winner Woody Platt and his wife—musician and painter Shannon Whitworth—close out the weekend with a special performance.