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Events at Lake Austin

In addition to the daily activities at Lake Austin Spa Resort, we offer special programs and events to enlighten, entertain and excite. These outstanding programs are offered exclusively to overnight guests with no additional fees.

Guest Presenters and Artist Series

At Lake Austin Spa Resort we want our guests to take a step back and focus on their well-being, and we create activities and events that can truly enrich their everyday lives. Whether that is learning how to grow your own herb garden, attending a do-it-yourself workshop, or having a discussion about the stories we read with one of our guest authors, it will be a unique experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

January 2019


Wellness Wednesdays

In the month of January, Lake Austin Spa Resort is pleased to announce that Baylor Scott & White Medical Center will be providing area Physicians for our new speaker series, “Wise Women Wednesdays”. Top specialists in fields such as Dermatology, Endocrinology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology and Pain Management will give small group lunch and learn talks with the latest information on health and wellness.


January 2nd: Dr. Erica Rivas Rodriguez  | Neurology
January 9th: Dr. Nathan Drummond | Orthopedics
January 16th: Dr. Erik Rahimi | Gastroenterology
January 23rd: Dr. Jose Mejia | Cardiology
January 30th: Dr. Neelkantha Amatya | Endocrinology

Saturday, January 26


Artist Series | For the Love of Books with Special Guest Author Jessica Shattuck

Jessica Shattuck is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Women in the Castle, The Hazards of Good Breeding (a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award), and Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, and Wired among others. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University. Shattuck now lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, MA.

Friday, February 1


How It’s Done: Behind the Scenes at NPR’s Here and Now with Special Guest Karyn Miller-Medzon

Did you ever wonder about the process that goes into creating the news? No…not into making up the news! But into putting together a two-hour daily news show, making sure to give listeners everything they need to be informed; representing every side of the issue; varying the topics;  ensure that listeners in different time zones are getting up-to-date stories; pivoting on a dime when the story changes mid-way through the show; finding newsmakers, analysts and observers around the world with minutes’ notice; and more? And then doing it all again the next day?”  We’ll discuss all of that, as well as tick through some of the best and worst moments at Here and Now, NPR’s nationally syndicated mid-day news program. And make sure to bring lots of questions!

Karyn Miller-Medzon came to NPR’s Boston station, WBUR, as senior writer for Morning Edition while the Supreme Court was deciding whether to award the presidency to Al Gore or George Bush. She worked on that show for about three years, until waking up at 2:30 a.m. lost its appeal. That’s when she moved to NPR’s national Here & Now program, where she’s currently a senior producer. The show airs on about 500 stations with a national listenership of over five million. At Here and Now Karyn covers politics, arts, social issues — from homelessness to the opioid crisis, science and literature.

Before WBUR she wrote for newspapers including the Montreal Gazette, the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Riverdale Press and the Boston Herald, as well as for numerous magazines. Her environmental reporting in New York earned her NY Press Association awards for Writer of the Year and Best News Story, as well as the New York Deadline Club’s Community Service award.

Saturday, February 2


Medicine on the Frontline: A Day in the ER at Boston Medical Center with Special Guest Dr. Medzon

Boston Medical Center is among the busiest trauma centers in the country. It’s the frontline in the opioid epidemic, gang violence, and poverty. But it’s also a place where new lives begin, refugees connect with services and countless lives are saved. Stories from a single eight hours shift highlight the drama, pathos, stress, humor, tragedies and victories of a difficult but rewarding job.

Ron Medzon, MD is an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and an attending physician in the Emergency Department of Boston Medical Center, one of the ten busiest Emergency departments in the country. He has taught medical students and resident trainees for over 20 years. His textbook Introduction to Emergency Medicine textbook has been a staple for the last 15 years. In addition, he’s published more than 30 scientific papers, review articles and book chapters primarily, in the area of trauma and head injury. (In 2013, he was on duty for trauma during the Boston Marathon bombing, and his first patient, Jeff Bauman, survived to identify the bombers. Mr. Bauman wrote a best-selling book about his experience which became a major motion picture featuring Jake Gyllenhall). Dr. Medzon is currently the director of the Center for Clinical Simulation at Boston Medical Center — a state of the art simulation teaching center. He’s also spends several weeks a year on medical missions to Honduras and Haiti — two of the poorest and least medically served countries in the world. He currently lives in Belmont, MA.  He is an avid cyclist, musician, traveler, and continues to play ice hockey to maintain his Canadian citizenship.

Friday, March 29


JANE IREDALE MAKEUP EVENT with Global Makeup Artist Shawn Towne

Global Educator Shawn Towne has been a working makeup artist for over 29 years.  Licensed in California, Texas and North Carolina, his portfolio consists of work from Los Angeles, New York and Miami.  Images of his work have been featured in fashion and beauty publications around the world.  He has participated in New York Fashion Week as a runway artist for shows with designers Bagley Mischka, Tracy Reece and Oscar De La Renta. His career with jane iredale THE SKINCARE MAKEUP has taken him across the globe as well as to almost every state in the US.  He has had the privilege of participating creatively with the jane iredale marketing team on a multitude of projects and collections.  With images, mentions and accredited articles in Allure, In Style, Town and Country, Marie Claire, LesNouvelles Esthetiques, DAYSPA, American Spa and many other publications, Shawn has become a recognized expert in the beauty industry.

Wednesday, May 22


Artist Series | For the Love of Books with Special Guest Author Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the internationally bestselling author of DEAR CAROLINALIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM and the forthcoming THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE. Kristy was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, her work has been optioned for film and her books have received numerous accolades.


Tuesday, June 25


Artist Series | For the Love of Books with Special Guest Author Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of two dozen novels. Her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. In 2018 she was inducted into the South Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.  Her novel, The Beach House was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame film in 2018 . Monroe is an active conservationist and lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Her forthcoming novel, THE SUMMER GUESTS releases June 2019.