Newseum of Aransas County Exhibit & Mike Probst’s “30 Years Through the News/Lens”

The 145th Anniversary of the Rockport Pilot will be commemorated on Saturday, November 1 at 3:00 p.m.  The History Center for Aransas County, 801 East Cedar, Rockport is offering the exhibit:

The Newseum of Aransas County Exhibit which includes:

History Center Aransas County

Courtesy of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

1. A timeline beginning during the early days when Charles Bailey published the local newspaper, the Transcript, to the publishing era of Roy Rogero and Roy Woods, through recent years with Mike Probst serving as editor and publisher.

2. A timeline of history relating to the news of Aransas County from 1869 to 2014. Items related to publishing as well as the editor’s lives will be displayed.

3. Exhibits showing the evolution of gathering, publishing and dispensing the news will be showcased.

4. Other displays feature headlines and editorials which impacted decision-making in Aransas County.

Mike Probst’s 30 Years Through the News/Lens Book Signing

Hear about 30 Years Through the News/Lens, a 300-plus page book with more than 160 pictures highlighting the news in Aransas County (Rockport and Fulton) from the pages of The Rockport Pilot newspaper, between the years 1984-2013. Mike Probst the editor and publisher of The Rockport Pilot since 1984 has chronicled these in 30 Years Through the News/Lens: A History of Aransas County in News Highlights and Photos. Probst has been involved in every aspect of community newspaper publishing during his career, all associated with the Hartman family of newspapers. He has taken thousands of pictures, written more than 1,500 columns and won many awards. With this book, he captures the highlights of thirty years at the helm. 30 Years Through the News/Lens will help you see why the city he calls home is embedded in his soul. It is through the News/Lens that you will relive events and reflect on days gone by. Books will be available for sale. Mike and Diane Probst have graciously donated the proceeds of the sale of 30 Years Through the News/Lens: A History of Aransas County in News Highlights and Photos to benefit the History Center for Aransas County. See Aransas History Center for history updates.

The Friends of the History Center would like to thank The Margaret Sue Rust Foundation for their support of the exhibit “The Newseum of Aransas County: 145th Anniversary of the Rockport Pilot and the book, “30 Years Through the Lens/News.”

The History Center for Aransas County is part of Aransas Pathways, a venue tax project focusing on recreational activities for visitors and residents of Aransas County. Visit www.aransasapathways.com for more information.

Contact: Pam Stranahan, 361 727-1766 pamwheatstranahan@gmail.com

Stroll the Shangri La Botanical Gardens Among Scarecrows

Children's Garden Committee, Courtesy of Shangro La Botanical Gardens

Children’s Garden Committee, Courtesy of Shangro La Botanical Gardens

The Largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas, the sixth annual is in full swing at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange. Walk along pathways enjoying the fall foliage with family and friends, and view dozens of designs including wacky, funny, clever and weird scarecrows. People of all ages have the opportunity to celebrate the change of seasons and view scarecrows of all shapes and sizes.

As in past years, the theme focuses on environmentally-friendly scarecrows. The scarecrows will be created from recyclable and/or repurposed items and line the walkways along with autumn flowers and decorations honoring the fall season.

Sabine Federal Credit Union, Courtesy of Shangri La Botanical Gardens

Sabine Federal Credit Union, Courtesy of Shangri La Botanical Gardens

Scarecrows are made by area businesses, groups, organizations and families. You can vote for your favorite scarecrow, and return for event finale, Autumn Fair on Saturday, November 1 to see which one wins the best scarecrow prize. The Autumn Fair event is fun for everyone and will include face painting, pumpkin decorating and a variety of fall-inspired games throughout the Gardens.

Group tours are available for the Scarecrow Festival and Autumn Fair events, and calling ahead is strongly encouraged.

The Largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas is hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, nestled on 252 acres in the heart of Orange, Texas. It is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private foundation whose mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas and encourage and assist education. The unique ecosystem of Shangri La presents an ideal opportunity to further that mission as well as carry on the vision of H.J. Lutcher Stark, the man who originally developed the gardens more than 60 years ago.

Watson Wheeler Family, Courtesy of Shangri La Botanical Gardens

Watson Wheeler Family, Courtesy of Shangri La Botanical Gardens

For more information, call 409.670.9113 or email info@shangrilagardens.org. Shangri La Botanical Gardens is located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Port Lavaca’s Flip Flop Festival – Labor Day Weekend

Port Lavaca Flip Flop FestivalThe Flip Flop Festival is an exciting, family-friendly event that visitors and locals alike look forward to each year. This year it is August 29 and 30.

The waterfront location and festival experience gives attendees a taste of what you can expect when you visit Port Lavaca – a welcoming atmosphere, friendly conversation, a great view of the water, cold drinks, great food and shopping, and of course, flip-flops!

Visitors are encouraged to stay the weekend and explore all that Port Lavaca has to offer, including boating and saltwater fishing, RVing and camping, historical site-seeing, birding and a white sandy beach with a 2200-foot boardwalk.

This year’s festival will kick off Friday evening, August 29th, with a Street Dance on the Bayfront Peninsula with music by Night Moves. There will be live music all day on Saturday, August 30th, with performances by Riptide, Kayla Ray, TipJar Romeo, The Scott Taylor Band and the festival’s headliner, Bart Crow!

Saturday morning, gates open at 10:00 a.m. You can expect the best in food and arts and crafts, professional sand sculptor, Fred Mallett, a huge kid’s zone with a splash pad, rides, games/prizes and face painting. Contests include a Children’s Sand Sculpting Contest (new this year!), a Horseshoe & Washer Tournament and the Annual Fling Flong Contest.

The festival will include an IBCA-sanctioned barbecue cook-off with a $10,000 guaranteed payout! Admission to The Flip Flop Festival will be FREE!

Whether you live in, near or far from the community of Port Lavaca, we invite you to spend Labor Day weekend with us. Flip-flops welcome!

For up to date information on the Flip Flop Festival and to find lodging options, go to www.flipflopfestival.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flipflopfest.

J/Fest Southwest Regatta at Lakewood Yacht Club – November 1 & 2, 2014

Rodney Johnstone, Co-founder of J/Boats, Inc. will be participating in the J/Fest Southwest Regatta at Lakewood Yacht Club for five straight years.

The J/Fest Sou/thwest Regatta weekend begins with the Skippers’ Meeting on Friday night, October 31, at 6:30 p.m. for check-in, meeting in the club’s ballroom, 2425 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, at 7:30 p.m. Continue reading

5 Top Rockport-Fulton Attractions (Video)

As shared by Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce…

Sandy Jumper of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Sandy Jumper of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Rockport-Fulton, TX (July 16, 2014) – Media Producer, Debbie Snyder, of Texas Department of Transportation (Communications Division) made her second filming trip to the Rockport-Fulton area. Debbie made contact with Sandy Jumper, Director of Tourism for the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, in early June. Debbie’s First trip was focused on filming area tourism attractions in the area. While talking to Debbie about all of the wonderful things to see and do in the community, Sandy introduced her to Rockport-Fulton’s newest venue tax project- Aransas Pathway’s. Intrigued by all our area had to offer, Debbie made plans for a second trip. Continue reading

Fayetteville: A Look Back in Texas’ History

Fayetteville is located on Highway 159,, near La Grange. From Houston, it is an hour, 30 minutes’ drive or a distance of 95 miles. It is the “way Texas used to be.”

As shared by Rural Texas Tourism, LLC.

“Shop Hop”–A New Tradition Begins in Fayetteville’s National Registry Historic Shops As a Party on the Square is Initiated Saturday, June 28th With Open House, Receptions, Tours, Sock Hop Rock Music, and Something for All to Enjoy!!! Continue reading

Babes on the Bay: Still the Largest Unrestricted U.S. Fishing Tournament

As shared by Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Babes on the Bay Fishing TournamentRockport-Fulton, Texas (May 9, 2014) - Along the Coastal Bend, fishing remains one of summertime’s top attractions. The Rockport- Fulton area, just 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, offers the finest bay fishing.  On Saturday, May 17, Aransas Bay will be filled with women! They will be coming for the annual Jim Ehman Memorial “Babes on the Bay” fishing tournament. The tournament is the largest one day unrestricted fishing tournament in the United States. Last year Babes on the Bay had another record-breaking year with 1,472 ladies, of all ages participating. The ladies who fish the tournament range from elementary school students to great-grandmothers. If the fishing tournament itself is not unique enough, the team names certainly are: Bustin’ Tops, Hootie and the Go Fish, Texas Tails, and Reel Hookers…just to name a few. Now in its 15th year, Babes on the Bay has 1,302 ladies registered for fishing this year’s tournament. Continue reading

Treat Mom to a Showing of Flowers at the Botanical Gardens for Mother’s Day

Botanical Gardens celebrates National Public Gardens Day, and Mother’s Day weekend

2 free admission offers on big weekend!

S TX Botanical Gardens

Treat Mom to Flowers – lots of them

CORPUS CHRISTI—Instead of giving flowers for Mothers’ Day, bring Mom to the flowers! The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center celebrates Mothers’ Day weekend, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 9 through 11, with two free admission opportunities! Continue reading

Largest Child Migration – Riders on the Orphan Train

Riders on the Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

The public is invited to a free presentation on this topic on Wednesday, April 30 at the Port Aransas Community Theatre, 2327 State Highway 361. The Brundrett Middle School kids will be taken to the theater to see the presentation during the day. There is another presentation for general audiences at 7:00 p.m. Continue reading

Houston Heights Association’s 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour–The Art of Colorful Living

Houston Heights Association’s 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour–The Art of Colorful Living gets underway with the 20th annual Candlelight Dinner and Auction on Friday, April 4 and goes through Sunday, April 6. It will be showcasing a variety of traditional and contemporary homes.

Houston Heights, known for its shady tree-lined boulevards, historic structures, art galleries, antique and vintage clothing shops, eclectic boutiques and coffee shops, is also home to numerous world-class restaurants. A popular tourist destination that has been featured in National Geographic Travel and Texas Highways, plus named one of the “Best big-city neighborhoods” by Money Magazine, Houston Heights is the perfect place to spend the day, take a stroll, and enjoy the shopping and local cuisine. Continue reading

Trout Fishing in America at The Grand Kids Festival

This year’s April 5th Grand Kids Festival at The Grand 1894 Opera House will feature “Trout Fishing in America.”

Trout_Fishing_Postcard

Considered one of the area’s premier spring events, this fun, family-friendly festival will showcase an excellent variety of performances by student choirs, dance groups, bands and musicians – along with professional family entertainment. Continue reading

What is a Macaron? Try Verylicious in League City

Macarons from Verylicious in League CityA macaron is a small classy French cookie, composed primarily of egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds or coconut, sandwiching a creamy layer of ganache. The macaron origin is French, and the Italian origin is the maccherone or macaroni. It was first made in Paris, Reims, Montmorillon, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Amiens, in France. Continue reading

Fulton Oysterfest Fun in March

As shared by the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce…

35th Annual Fulton Oysterfest

Presented by: Fulton Volunteer Fire Department

Fulton Oysterfest - March 2014Rockport-Fulton, TX (March 4, 2014) – Don’t miss the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department’s celebration of one of America’s favorite seafood delicacies; it’s the 35th Annual Oysterfest on the waterfront in Fulton, Texas March 6-9. Thursday night admission is $1, Fri, Sat and Sun admission is $3 per person (12 yrs and over). Continue reading

First Official Tour of 3 Aransas Pathways Birding Sites

As shared by the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce…

First Aransas Pathways Birding and Nature Site Tour
“Braving the elements”
 

Birding Tour of Aransas Pathways

Courtesy of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Rockport-Fulton, TX (January 31, 2014) – A Group of 20 intrepid birders braved the unusual cold on Saturday, Jan. 25. Despite uncommon temperatures in the 40’s, Birders from the Aransas Bird and Nature Club and the Corpus Christi Audubon Outdoor Club arrived for the first official tour of the three new Aransas Pathways birding sites. Continue reading

South Texas’ Winter Guests – the Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes are winter guests to the Port Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport, beginning in mid-September. In the early spring (March and April), the “whoopers” will migrate to the poorly drained wetlands of Canada’s Northwest Territories at Wood Buffalo National Park. Continue reading

‘South Pawcific’ for 16th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Mardi Gras

As shared by the Galveston Island Humane Society…

“SOUTH PAWCIFIC” THEME FOR 16th ANNUAL KREWE OF BARKUS & MEOUX MARDI GRAS PARADE, SUNDAY, MARCH 2nd

Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade in GalvestonGALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS  (27 January 2014.)  The 16th annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, sponsored by the Galveston Island Humane Society, is set for Sunday, March 2nd – beginning at 1pm.  Promoting the theme “South PAWcific” , this popular Mardi Gras event will kick off from 28th and Seawall Blvd and continue west to 46th and Seawall Blvd, before disbanding in the parking lot of the Academy Sports and Outdoor store. Parade Marshalls are “Baxter” and “Max” and their owners, Eddie Kier and Johnnie Mize.  “Baxter” and “Max” won the title of Pets of the Year at the Annual PAWS Gala held last September. Sponsored by and benefitting exclusively the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS), proceeds from the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade will be dedicated to the shelter’s on-going Spay/Neuter programs assisting low-income families on the Island – including the GIHS “Fix a Pit” program. Last year the parade hosted over 300 pets in this fun, family Mardi Gras event. Continue reading

Veteran’s Day – Why the Poppy?

Poppy flower - Veteran’s Day – Why the Poppy?

Poppy Flower symbolizes remembrance
Photo Credit – http://www.flickr.com/photos/cameliatwu/3867753879/

by Cheryl McCann

On Veteran’s Day, why the poppy has become known as the remembrance flower has a lot of history behind it. Let’s take an in-depth look into it further.

What does the Red-flowered Cornfield Poppy signify? It signifies death with a promise of resurrection. Soldiers who fought in Belgium and northern France were exposed to the blood-red blooms of the cornfield poppy during World War I. It blooms in the fields in summer to this day.  Returning American ex-servicemen made this flower their emblem. Through arrangements by the Americans, women in war-ravaged northern France made artificial poppies to raise funds for children of the war. Continue reading

Galveston’s Grand Presents Life After Lubbock – Jaston Williams & Joe Ely

As shared by The Grand 1894 Opera House…

GALVESTON’S GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS

LIFE AFTER LUBBOCK-JASTON WILLIAMS & JOE ELY, NOVEMBER 8

Jason Williams and Joe Ely at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston

Jason Williams & Joe Ely

GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (1 OCTOBER 2013). Comedian, actor, storyteller and writer Jaston Williams is joined by fellow Texan Joe Ely on stage as they ponder the answer to the question-“Is there Life After Lubbock?”  Don’t miss this one superb performance – filled with stories, music and side-splitting humor on Friday, November 8 at 8pm at Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House. Continue reading

Aim for the Coast Walk/Run/Cycle for Hospice in Rockport, Texas

As shared by Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

AIM for the Coast 2mile/5k Run/walk/cycle for Hospice - Rockport, TexasRockport-Fulton Texas (October 17, 2013) – A new activity is coming to the Rockport-Fulton area this fall. It is the Aim for the Coast Walk/Run/Cycle Along with the run/walk is also a 9-30 mile cycling event. The event is hosted by and benefits the local AIM Hospice non- profit center. The race begins at 8a.m. Saturday, Nov 2 at the Beachfront Pavilion of Rockport Beach. Continue reading

Largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas

Scarecrow Festival - Shangri La Botanical Gardens

Credit: Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation

As shared by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center…

Immerse Yourself in the Largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas at Shangri La Gardens, October 15 through November 9

ORANGE, Texas, October 10, 2013 – Shangri La Botanical Garden and Nature Center’s Scarecrow Festival will soon be in full swing, featuring creations designed by local businesses, schools, churches, families, groups and individuals. This annual festival will take place from October 15 through November 9, 2013, and will feature an amazing array of unique scarecrow designs, fall flowers and autumn decorations displayed throughout Shangri La. Continue reading

Evening Moonlight in the Gardens

Butterfly - South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature CenterEvening Moonlight in the Gardens 2013 is magic with the light of the moon illuminating the gardens. This year’s festivities include entertainment by Flashback on the Main stage, dancing, a silent auction and a blackboard auction, souvenir flashlights and butterfly release. The food & beverage include steak, sweets, “astronomical” appetizers and spirits. Guests attendance is expected to be a crowd of 700. Continue reading

9 Ways to Have Fun at Houston’s Energy Day Festival 2013

Energy Day 2013

Photo: Consumer Energy Alliance

Over 15,000 are expected at Houston’s Energy Day Festival 2013. Energy Day Festival 2013 is a free family fest celebrating our energy future. The Energy Day Festival’s goal is to help students and their families learn about energy technology, efficiency, innovation, conservation and how it impacts our daily lives. Let’s explore nine ways to have fun at Houston’s Energy Day Festival 2013. Continue reading

Hummingbirds in Flight 2013

Hummingbird - Hummingbirds in Flight 2013

Photo: www.flickr.com/photos/johnmueller/200321067

Many opportunities exist to see and learn more about  Hummingbirds in flight 2013 and specifically bird banding, bus/boat and nature tours, field trips, lectures, workshops, outdoor exhibits, butterfly exhibit and of course, Hummer Home tours. The event features over 80 vendors of bird and nature-related merchandise. Continue reading

Aquafest 2013

Aquafest 2013

Aquafest 2013

Aquafest 2013 is gearing up for another year of family fun with food and drink, shopping and a line up of entertainment, featuring the Scott Taylor Band. Other live bands include Tripp Hunt, Big C Band, Mark Williams Band. Also, a Aqua Puppet Show is planned.

Aquafest 2013
Aquarium at Rockport Harbor
Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1, noon to 6 p.m.

““This event is crucial to help the Aquarium continue with daily operations, add new exhibits and to maintain a free admission to the Aquarium year-round.  We want families to know they are making a difference by attending AquaFest,” said Dana Daniel, Chairperson of AquaFest and Board of Directors Member for the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. Continue reading

Lunar Rendezvous Festival

Lunar Rendezvous Festival: 48th Annual Festival Showcases Summer Events

Every year the Lunar Rendezvous Festival brings the Clear Lake and surrounding communities

48th Annual Lunar Rendezvous Festival

48th Annual Lunar Rendezvous Festival

together to celebrate one of man’s greatest achievements, landing on the moon. Events are open to the public with four events coming up in July:

  • Honeywell 5K Run – July 20th
  • Sunset Service – July 21st
  • Fashion Show – July 23rd
  • Coronation Ball – July 27th

Continue reading

15 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July on Texas Gulf Coast

July 4 will be very busy in Texas with these 15 ways to celebrate the 4th of July on the Texas Gulf Coast. These events were included in the July 1-14 issue of the Texas Coastal Wave, On The Water Lifestyle’s e-newsletter published every two weeks. You can keep up to date on happenings on the Texas Gulf Coast region by subscribing. Hope your 4th of July is enjoyable and memorable. Continue reading

Fun Flamingo Fandango

Fun Flamingo Fandango 2013

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, Corpus Christi, Texas

Flamingo Fandango - South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Fun Flamingo Fandango (brilliant exploit) exhibit is opening on July 1, running the full month, in the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. About 100 named and costumed pink plastic yard flamingos are made into works of art by professional and amateur artists. Along with these flashy, feathery, fabulous and fancy flamingos will be a flock of 200 feathers-only ones for visitor photo opportunities. Continue reading

Houston Summer Boat Show

Houston Summer Boat Show, June 19 to 23, 2013

Houston Summer Boat Show

Houston Summer Boat Show

Houston Summer Boat Show on June 19 to 23 in Reliant Center features all kinds of watercraft including kayaks, recreation fishing boats and ski/wakeboarding boats, and pontoons. It is a good time to get some of the best boat deals. In addition, your family can explore boats keeping current with the current trends. Continue reading

Texas Gulf Coast Region Map

Texas Gulf Coast Region Map comprises 42 counties. Located on its outer perimeter are 624 coastal miles down to Mexico. It includes 11 barrier islands, including the largest two:  Mustang and Galveston bringing lots of visitors to the Texas Gulf Coast. At the widest geographic area of the Texas Gulf Coast Region Map is the inland city of Houston, with a  metropolitan population of over 6 million people. Continue reading

Five Texas Projects to Receive Funding from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Artificial Reef, Coastal State Park Projects Proposed for Latest Round of Early Restoration

Artificial reefs in Gulf of Mexico

Photo Credit: Brittanie Shey via photopin cc
 

AUSTIN – Five Texas projects to receive funding from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, totaling about $18 million have been proposed to begin to compensate Texas for lost human use of natural resources. The three artificial reef and two state park projects are part of the latest round of early restoration led by state and federal Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees. Continue reading

Gulf Shrimp Season

Gulf Shrimp Season – 2013

Brown Shrimp from Texas Gulf Coast

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Timing of the gulf shrimp season closing is based on data taken and the projection of when brown shrimp will make their migration to the Gulf of Mexico. Migration coincides with the brown shrimp reaching a length of three- and one-half inches. The gulf shrimp season closure date is set when brown shrimp leaves the bays. Continue reading

Babes on the Bay Fishing Tournament Getting Bigger

Babes on the Bay, Rockport, Texas

Babes on the Bay

Babes on the Bay Fishing Tournament Getting Bigger

Along the coastal bend, fishing remains one of summertime’s top attractions. The Rockport Fulton area, just 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, offers the finest bay fishing. On Saturday, May 18, Aransas Bay will be filled with women! They will be coming for The Annual Jim Ehman Memorial “Babes on the Babe” fishing tournament. The tournament is the largest one day unrestricted fishing tournament in the United States. Last year Babes on the Bay had another record-breaking year with 1,301 ladies, of all ages. The ladies who fish the tournament range from elementary school students to great-grandmothers. If the fishing tournament itself is not unique enough, the team names certainly are: KeepN It Reel, Purdy girls, Texas Tails, and Croaker Soakers…just to name a few. Now in its 14th year, Babes on the Bay is event bigger than ever with 1,474 ladies fishing this year’s tournament. Continue reading

Galveston Historic Homes Tour Giveaway / @onwaterlifestyl / #galvhomestourgiveaway

Galveston Historical Foundation

Galveston Historical Foundation

Prize Details

On The Water Lifestyle is giving away two tickets to the 10-home historic tour in Galveston,  a prize value of $50! Five lucky winners and a guest of his or her choice will enjoy one of these popular home tours that highlight more than 100-plus years of history. Your two tickets are redeemable for the first two weekends in May. Dates are:  4, 5, 11, and 12.  Tours are offered for any of those days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CST). Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Continue reading

Corpus Christi Community Concert and Fireworks Spectacular

Corpus Christi Community Concert and Fireworks Display

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Join Wells Fargo and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra in its 2013 community concert and fireworks spectacular on Saturday, April 27, as it presents Music from the Movies. The family-oriented pop concert starts at 7:30 p.m. as the Wells Fargo stagecoach arrives, complete with horses and driver. The community pops concert, under the direction of Maestro John Giordano, will feature a wide variety of pop classics and movie favorites including familiar selections by John Williams, Disney tunes and patriotic favorites.

As the evening’s concludes, there will be a choreographed fireworks display along with the playing of classical Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and USA Military March, Stars and Stripes Forever and a military salute and synchronized Harbor Bridge lighting. Continue reading

Armand Bayou Gala “Back to the Bayou Rockin’ Our Roots”

Armand Bayou Gala “Back to the Bayout Rockin’ Our Roots”

Armand Bayou Gala “Back to the Bayou Rockin’ Our Roots

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Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala “Back to the Bayout Rockin’ Our Roots” supporting Armand Bayou Nature Center’s mission of reconnecting people with nature through environmental preservation and education. Rock the night away as the center comes alive with lights, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and craft demonstrations at the historic Martyn Farm site. The “Back to the Bayou, Rockin’ Our Roots” evening will honor Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell in recognition of the key position the city holds in the history of Armand Bayou Nature Center. Continue reading

How to Have Fun Geocaching in Texas

Fun Geocaching

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How to Have Fun Geocaching in Texas

Recently a fun Geocaching Challenge was held in Port Aransas, Texas on April 5 to 7 as noted in the Texas Coastal Wave, April 1 to 8. What is geocaching?  Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches.”  It is a treasure-hunting game for people of all ages.  Several resources are listed below for fun geocaching in Texas. View details at Geocaching.com on how to get started and sign up for a free basic membership.

According to the Port of Aransas Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Geocaching Association’s Mega Event was a big hit.  One of the attendees stated:

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April 13 brings Botanical Gardens BIG BLOOM!

Dollar Day, Mega Plant Sale, and Eco-Fun

plantsCORPUS CHRISTI–The BIG BLOOM!, South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center’s annual mega Plant Sale and garden festival, will be 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, April 13, on Gardens & Nature Center grounds, 8545 S. Staples St.  It’s DOLLAR DAY—visitors may shop and tour the Botanical Gardens for just $1 per person thanks to DOLLAR DAY corporate environmental sponsors.

Cheniere Energy, CITGO, Flint Hills Resources, H-E-B, Jason’s Deli, NuStar Energy, Port Corpus Christi and City of Corpus Christi Solid Waste Services. Continue reading

Five Romantic Houston Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

The City of Houston is not lacking in good places to eat. When February 14 rolls around for  Happy Valentine's DayValentine’s Day, it can be hard to narrow down the best romantic place for your valentine. Consider these five romantic Houston Restaurants for Valentine’s:  Café Rabelais, Mockingbird Bistro, Patrenella’s Café, Rainbow Lodge, and Spindletop Restaurant that are both informal and formal. Continue reading

What to Do When Your Boat Cover Acts Like a Wet Suit

What to Do When Your Boat Cover Acts Like a Wet Suit

Diver in wet suitWeather elements can cause your boat cover vinyl to shrink. Normally, you put the Eisenglas or Strataglass and canvas boat cover on your boat when the outdoor temperature is starting to cool but there are still warm days, so it snugly fits on your boat. However, if a cold front or temperature drop happens, you may be caught in a situation when you boat cover acts like a wet suit. Let’s take a look at a short humorous incident from Winnipesaukee Divers. Continue reading

Norwegian Cruises Returns to Houston

Norwegian Cruise Line JewelNorwegian Cruises returns to Houston in the fall of 2014. Port of Houston celebrates its centennial at the same time Norwegian Jewel begins its sailings from Houston’s Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena, until at least 2017. We are thrilled to be bringing Norwegian Jewel to Houston in 2014,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line Chief Executive Officer. We have received very positive feedback from our travel partners and guests since announcing our return to Houston.” Continue reading

How to Participate in Christmas Bird Counts in Houston, Texas

Bullock's OrioleHow to Participate in Christmas Bird Counts in Houston, Texas

 

The 113th Annual Christmas Bird Counts is being organized by the Houston Audubon Society starting December 14 going through January 5, 2013. For the first time, there is not a $5 charge to participate in Christmas Bird Counts in Houston, Texas. The annual Christmas Bird Counts is designed to help protect our extraordinary birds. Continue reading

Easy French Christmas Yule Log Recipe

Easy French Christmas Yule Log Recipe

 

Christmas Yule Log CakeBuche de Noel or Christmas yule log is a cake traditionally baked for Christmas festivities. The log-shaped cake is made and decorated like a yule log. Let’s examine an easy French Christmas Yule Log recipe.

Ingredients of the Easy French Christmas Yule Log Recipe suggest that is mostly likely a 19th century creation. At this time the jelly roll like sponge cakes begin to appear in European cookbooks. The sponge cakes were thin and rolled up and filled with cream or jam and buttercream icing. Food historians indicate that Marzipan and meringue were used for decorative purposes and date back to the Medieval Ages and the 17th century. Continue reading

Texas Gulf Coast Marine Life Identification Made Easy with Online Photo-Based Guide

Green Sea Turtle - Texas Gulf Coast Texas A&M Graduate-Galveston, Brenda Bowling has created photo-based marine life identification web site for users of all expertise and backgrounds. Brenda Bowling is currently working with the Texas Parks & Wildlife as a natural resource specialist monitoring marine species along the Texas Gulf Coast. Continue reading