Armadillo World Headquarters

20th Anniversary

Staff Reunion

Armadillo Reunion Day


Paul Johnston

Stage Backdrop

December 9, 2000 was a very special day at the 25th Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. On this Saturday, former employees of the Armadillo World Headquarters gathered in what turned out to be the largest staff reunion, ever, on the 20th anniversary of the closing of the world renowned, cradle of Austin music, the Armadillo World Headquarters (opened August 1, 1970; closed New Year's Eve, 1980). Somewhere between 125 and 150 former staff members gathered at the Austin Music Hall at Third and Nueces in downtown Austin to renew friendships and catch up on each other's lives. Bruce Willenzik, who has been the promoter of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar ever since the Armadillo World Headquarters closed its doors, was the creating force behind this staff reunion. If the day the Old Armadillo closed was one of the saddest days of Bruce's life, then the day of this staff reunion has to be one of his happiest days. Staff whose job descriptions ranged from bean cooks to stage hands to poster artists were all on hand to celebrate this wonderful day.

The official entrance to the staff reunion was the "back door" of the Austin Music Hall. Here, former staff member registered and put on a name tag, and then entered the Hall for some great fellowship. Many members gathered around the performing stage area to chat.

Registration Table

Armadillo Poster Artists

Many of the wonderful concert poster artists of the Armadillo brought some of their classic posters and displayed them on a table.

Broadcast televisions staions were there interviewing these Armadillo Poster Artists about their fond memories of the Armadillo and asking Bruce about the history of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. The Bazaar's concept came from an idea that Lucina Williams had many years ago.

Photographers and staff were busy taking pictures and making video's of this history making affair.

Bruce Willenzik being interviewed by KXAN-TV 36

Armadillo Reunion Day will now live on in the hearts of the Armadillo staff for many years to come.

Long live the Armadillo!

Armadillo Reunion Day Photos

Photo Album #1- Former Employees

Photo Album #2 - Artists

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