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Posted on: August 9, 2018

Viewpoints speaker series kicks off 19th season

Viewpoints - Susan McDonald

Wine educators, state park superintendents, classical guitarists and newspaper columnists are on the lineup of the Viewpoints Distinguished Speaker Series as it enters its 19th season of entertaining and informing audiences.
This popular series takes place at the Lakeway Activity Center on the third Sunday night of October and November 2018 and January, February and March 2019. It includes five catered dinners and five speakers and is limited to 200 subscribers.
Season tickets are now available at the Activity at $90 per person for Activity Center members and $110 for non-members.
“Our mission is to enrich the perspectives of Lakeway residents by delivering thought-provoking and informational speaker programs in the areas of science, history, business, current events and the arts in an entertaining and socially engaging atmosphere,” Viewpoints speaker committee chairman Tom Cain said.
Leading off the season on Oct. 21 will be Carl Hudson who became involved with Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hills, NJ and helped to build a peach and apple orchard with 2 acres of grapes into an award-winning winery with 50 acres of vineyards. After he retired, Hudson returned to the wine industry in Fredericksburg and serves as a wine educator for 4.0 Cellars.
Cory Evans, the guest speaker on Nov. 18, is the park superintendent for the Inks/Longhorn Cavern State Park Complex. Evans began his career with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1995 as park superintendent at Fort Lancaster State Historical Park and  supervised several state wildlife parks in Texas.
Susan McDonald will entertain the Viewpoints group on Jan. 20, 2019. McDonald is a classical guitarist and composer who started her career as a protégé of Pepe Romero. She has performed at venues such as the Amazon Rainforest, Carnegie Hall and war zones and before U.S. presidents. At the invitation of the U.S. embassy in Iraq, McDonald traveled there to create a teacher training program for classical guitarists.
This experience changed her life and inspired her to create Remember the River, a nonprofit program that supports artists living in conflict zones through providing education and mentorships and contributing musical instruments in war torn areas.
Austin columnist Ken Herman will speak on Feb. 17, 2019. Herman has served as a professional journalist at various Texas locations, covered George W. Bush’s presidential campaign and worked as a White House correspondent in Washington, D.C. He now enjoys working at the Austin American-Statesman as a metro correspondent.
Scott Burns will speak on March 17, 2019 on Couch Potato Investing. As a syndicated newspaper columnist and author, Burns has covered personal finance and investments for more than 40 years. He is best known for creating the “Couch Potato Portfolio” investment strategy that advocates the use of index funds or stock-picking. He retired in 2017 from the investment firm he co-founded, but he is working on a new website about Couch Potato Investing and better living.
Dinners will be catered by PoK-e-Jo’s Smokehouse, Little Greek Fresh Grill, Catering by Santana, Mangieri’s Pizza Café, and V’s Catering and Events.
Tickets are available at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, or by calling 512-261-1010.

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