March Madness: Austin Events

It’s hard to get bored in a city like Austin where there’s always something going on. There’s so much to do, in fact, that sometimes it may seem a little overwhelming to plan for all of the activities that are taking place. Have no fear – we’ve rounded up some of the best, can’t-miss events happening in Austin this month!

March 5th: Zilker Park Kite Festival

This free event is the nation’s oldest kite festival! The festival will have kite flying contests, food, games and more – what better way to spend a beautiful Sunday in Austin?

March 10th – March 19th: SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival

The event that brings people to Austin from all over the world is almost here. South by Southwest kicks off on March 10th and will be going on through the 19th. Make sure you catch some of the free shows and film screenings that will be taking place throughout the week! Check out the Unofficial SXSW Guide for an incredible list of free showcases and parties.

March 11th – March 25th: Rodeo Austin

Get your country on throughout March at Rodeo Austin, taking place at the Travis County Expo Center. There will be rodeo events, concerts, a livestock show, and more on a daily basis! Tickets are available at

March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Austin, Texas knows how to party! This annual celebration at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms is a family-friendly celebration for all things Irish. There will be authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, and the finest Irish imports. Learn more at

March 31st – April 1st: Austin Urban Music Festival

Join over 15,000 music enthusiasts at Auditorium Shores located at Lady Bird Lake to experience the only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul, and hip hop music. The full line-up and tickets can be found at

March 31st – April 2nd: Art City Austin

Art Alliance Austin hosts this iconic 3-day art fair and festival annually. They will be celebrating the fair’s 67th year by hosting over 100 exhibiting artists at the Palmer Event Center. This historic event combines street and contemporary art from local and national artists, earning its title of Austin’s annual Art event of the year.

What Austin events are on your calendar for March? Let us know in the comments below!

Our Favorite Holiday Movies

The holiday season is here, and we’re jumping for joy! Some of the best parts about December are the holiday movie marathons that take place. We can’t wait to sit around the house in our PJs, watching these classics with our loved ones. Here are some of our favorite holiday movies and why we love them!

1. It’s a Wonderful Life – The most classic Christmas movie ever. Clarence and Zuzu’s petals and the Bank and Loan and Jimmy Stewart in the 40’s, ah. It’s a Christmas Eve tradition to drink egg nog, watch the whole movie and then catch the Santa tracker on the local broadcast station. Don’t forget: every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!

2. Home Alone – Where are all the ’90s kids at? It’s hard not to watch this movie every year, as it seems to be on every channel at all hours of the day (which is perfectly okay with us). KEVIN?!?!?! Beware: the sequels are terrible (except the second one, according to Rachel).

3. A Christmas Story – The nostalgia! There’s nothing better than getting to relive your nerdy, dysfunctional childhood all over again. We can’t wait to watch this one and quote along with every iconic line. Thank goodness for the 24 hour marathon on TBS!

4. Elf – It’s hard to believe this one didn’t exist before 2004 – it’s such a classic! Just your typical movie about accidentally being transported to the North Pole as a toddler to be raised alongside Santa’s elves…wait, what? Buddy the Elf is absolutely hilarious, and if you aren’t constantly quoting this movie in your everyday life, you’re doing things wrong. SANTAAAAA!!!!!!

5. Eighty Crazy Nights – An animated Hanukkah movie might not be top of mind for a holiday classic, but it’s definitely one to remember. Invite your Jewish friends over and sing The Chanukah Song at the top of your lungs – “instead of one day of presents, we get eight crazy nights!”

What are some of your favorite holiday movies to watch during the winter season? Let us know in the comments below!

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, reminding us all that this year is almost over. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect back on the year, thinking about what we have accomplished and how we can improve. It is a time to contemplate what we are thankful for, as we spend time with friends, family and loved ones. Our team at Wellington Group Marketing and PR has decided to share our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and why it is such a special holiday to us.

Dawn – We love the holidays at our house! Thanksgiving is one of our favorites – good food, running the Turkey Trot together, time with friends and family, late afternoon naps with football playing in the background, and most importantly time to give thanks and reflect on all that we have. While I don’t get to do this every year, one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions (I’ve been doing this since I was in high school) is to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at several homes. It’s basically Thanksgiving dinner hopping and I love it. You really can’t beat a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and I like to be able to enjoy one as many times as possible in one day. I also love being sent home with leftovers!

Rachel – My favorite Thanksgiving tradition involves walking to the neighborhood park with my family after we are stuffed and full of wine. My cousins and I always fight over the swings and relive our glory days as kids sliding down the playground slide. It’s a great chance to catch up with family and reflect on all that we are thankful for!

Julia – For the past two years, I’ve participated in the ThunderCloud Turkey Trot and have loved it. It’s a great way to burn calories before the big meal and come together as a community. This year though, I’ve signed up to help the Austin homeless shelters with their Thanksgiving meal, which I hope will become my new tradition. I also love spending time with my family and watching the UT football game.

Nicole – Almost every Thanksgiving, my whole family is able to come together from across the U.S. to spend the holiday together. The tradition of my whole family meeting in my hometown of Chicago is my favorite part about Thanksgiving because it so rarely happens. With both of my brothers living in California, my aunt and uncle living in Texas, and other family spread out throughout Illinois, it’s one of the only times every year we can all spend together. We watch football games, cook and bake a variety of foods, share what we are thankful for, play games with the little ones, and overall just have a great time.

Michael – The Wellington’s have traditionally been big “decorators” at holiday time. The Halloween pumpkins that didn’t morph into jack-o-lanterns are repurposed into the Thanksgiving displays, joining the turkeys and hay bales that foretell the coming feast day, when big families and bigger appetites converge for a few hours of thanks, gluttony and football. Thanksgiving Day is spent at the Wellington home in Abilene—while the turkey is roasting, all the Christmas decorations make their way out from storage. As the ladies head out early for the Black Friday sales, I begin transforming the house and yard into a glowing winter wonderland. It’s a labor of love, whether the temperature is a sweat-producing 90 degrees or a finger-numbing 28 degrees with spitting snow. Each passing year makes this Thanksgiving weekend tradition a little harder to maintain, but for now, the tradition continues.

What are some of your favorite parts about Thanksgiving and what traditions does your family partake in? Let us know in the comments below!

Meet The WGPR Team: Dawn

Dawn Psaromatis

One of the Wellington Group Marketing & PR core values is “laugh hard, work hard,” and boy do we live up to it. Our office is a tight-knit group of individuals with quirky personalities and passionate spirits. Our team is incredibly unique, and we want to invite you to see a little behind the scenes of what it’s like to be surrounded with so many strong-willed and impressive individuals.

Our next team member to introduce to you is Dawn, our fearless team leader. Dawn is described as remarkable, talented, joyful and a prankster by the rest of the WGPR team. She may hide shrimp tails in your desk for a laugh, but Dawn truly is a one-of-a-kind person with an outstanding sense of humor.

What is your favorite animal?
Goats (fainting goats to be exact)

What’s your favorite color?
Orange and pink

What’s your favorite book?
Pillars of the Earth or East of Eden

What’s your favorite movie?
Sliding Doors

What’s your favorite TV show?
CBS Sunday Morning

What is your favorite song?
My List, Me and You and Your Great Name

What is your favorite food?

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

What is your favorite form of exercise?
Power walking, running or weight lifting – anything I can do

What is your favorite time of year?
Fall (cooler temperature, beautiful colors, winding down the year, holidays) and Spring (new beginnings)

At what age did you become an adult?
Middle school

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
Hermione Granger

If you won the lottery, what would you spend it on?

  • Securing my son’s college fund and savings
  • Paying off any debt/credit card balances
  • Paying off my family’s debt/credit card balances (including my sister’s tuition)
  • A home in Austin (this includes mother-in-law quarters in the back) and a home in Steamboat
  • An office with a test kitchen for Wellington Group Marketing & PR
  • Surprise vacation for my team members
  • Fixing my car and giving it to someone (for free)
  • Buying me a new car
  • 10% for our church
  • A big donation for the missionary we sponsor in Rwanda
  • Adopting a child (or children)
  • A condo and car for our nanny
  • A scholarship fund for underprivileged kids (starting to work with them in middle school)
  • A private plane
  • A boat

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?Jesus, Jimmy Fallon and Bono

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Anything about my character and humor (and my legs)

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Fiji and New Zealand

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
My husband and son

How would you describe your personal style?

Welcome, Mara!

Our Vice President and Marketing Ninja, Emily, welcomed a healthy and happy baby girl into the world on Monday, November 10. Welcome to the team, Mara!