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Imperial Performing Arts’ Robyn Miller with Edward Crowell and Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. in Rosenberg’s Cole Theatre. Photos by Nesossi Studios

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Rosenberg’s Cole Theatre is scheduled to reopen in 2014.


hink of the stretch along Highway 90A called “Avenue H” in Rosenberg, Texas, and it may prompt images of the red neon sign at the diamond ring factory, a line of nondescript buildings, a few modest white picket-fenced homes and the famous taco shop that was once featured on The Food Network. Observers would likely call this “a typical sleepy little Texas town.” But, if a group of local visionaries have their way, it won’t be for long. Just a few blocks north of 90A between 2nd and 6th Streets, the area coined as Historic Downtown Rosenberg is already starting to change. Have you noticed the new awnings announcing many of downtown’s shops, the fresh coat of paint on many of the buildings or the freshly washed windows and the updated signage? Perhaps you’ve noticed the construction or the slightly longer “rush hour?” There’s anticipation in the air – the sense that folks in Historic Downtown Rosenberg are rolling out the red carpet and getting ready for something big – something really big. And, they are. In the spirit of Paul Revere’s ride to alert the colonists of the approaching British forces, “The arts are coming! The arts are coming!” Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. couldn’t be more pleased. In fact, he’s helping lead the charge. He says efforts to develop the cultural arts resources in his city will benefit everyone living in West Fort Bend County. “History shows that the arts create economic growth.” The numbers show that Mayor Morales’ theory has a lot of traction. In 2011, the nationwide arts industry generated over $135 billion of economic activity, and the money gets spread around. The arts not only provide needed income to the presenting organizations and their employees, but they also provide income to neighboring businesses – not just restaurants – but also retail and service companies. Morales wants his city to get a piece of the pie: “Anyone who sees what I have done in Rosenberg since being elected knows that my focus is all about economic growth.” The Rosenberg Development Council (RDC), the organization that is in charge of fostering economic growth in Rosenberg, is in sync with Morales, realizing that city government coffers can benefit too. The RDC is so convinced, they have committed $500,000 over the next two years to grow and redevelop the city’s cultural assets.

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So why did Rosenberg decide to take a bold move and make a sizeable economic commitment to the arts, something larger, more progressive cities sometimes fail to do? Rosenberg Economic Development Director Matt Fielder says he and Morales have a simple answer. “We knew we had to ‘think outside of the box’ to spur development in the Avenue H corridor. Historic Downtown Rosenberg has been a real bright spot for redevelopment, and it was a logical place to start.” Fielder’s college degree is in history, and his keen interest in preserving the past has been an influence as well. “Redevelopment doesn’t have to mean bulldozing buildings,” Fielder says. “Preserving our heritage can be a vehicle for economic development. History adds value, but it’s value that isn’t reflected on a balance sheet.” It is often said that timing is everything. And this is where the story of Rosenberg’s new path to economic redevelopment lives up the adage. Roll back the clock to the summer of 2011 when newly-elected Mayor Morales is exploring ways to grow business in his town and fill vacant buildings. At the same time, Imperial Arts, Fort Bend’s well-established resident professional arts organization, needs to move from its temporary theatre location in Sugar Land’s Town Square. “Mayor Morales desired to bring the arts to Rosenberg, and we desired a permanent home and a long-term partnership with a local government,” said Imperial Arts’ Executive Director, Edward Crowell, III. “I had always wanted to move Imperial Arts into a restored historic theatre, but more importantly, we needed a partner to make it viable.” Crowell and Morales knew that they had found an incredible potential partnership – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that would truly be mutually beneficial to the arts and to the City’s plan for economic development. “This was an opportunity. One I knew we did not want to pass up,” said Morales of his role in facilitating Imperial Arts’ introduction to Rosenberg. But, he humbly adds that he didn’t do it alone. By February 2012, Imperial Arts and the RDC were signing the agreement that would commit a half million dollars over two years. In it, Imperial

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Arts would accomplish three pivotal Affairs Council things: the construction and opening of a new Center for the Arts in HisSeveral of Rosenberg’s community organizations have stepped up to toric Downtown Rosenberg with active be the driving force behind bringing programming to include every genre of cultural arts to Historic Downtown performing and visual arts and arts edRosenberg. Organizations who were ucation; the restoration and reopening members of the original steering of the historic Cole Theater by the end committee and now sit on the of 2014; and the formation of a SteerCultural Affairs Council include: ing Committee, for which Imperial Arts would serve as lead organization H Art League of Fort Bend to organize the City’s cultural assets H CAST Theatrical Company H City of Rosenberg and enterprises into a Cultural District H Downtown Merchants – making it a “destination for cultural of Rosenberg tourists.” H Fort Bend County Commissioner And so the small staff and dediRichard Morrison cated board members of Imperial Arts H Fort Bend County Judge went straight to work, but fortunately, Bob Hebert they had help and support from the H Fort Bend Hispanic community. Heritage Forum Ron Saville is Chairman of the Board H Imperial Arts H Lamar Consolidated ISD of Directors of CAST Theatrical, RosenH Rosenberg Development berg’s resident community theatre orgaCorporation nization. “Since Mayor Morales took ofH Rosenberg Railroad Museum fice, there has been a big push to awaken H Shuck Consulting Services downtown. Rosenberg used to be a runH West Fort Bend Management down town that no one wanted to be asDistrict sociated with. All of that is changing,” Saville said. Saville has also been impressed with the City’s support of the project, and the focus on economic development of downtown. But as an actor, Saville also looks forward to new opportunities for a fresh, diverse group of talented people to pursue their craft. Thirteen organizations, each from a unique perspective and mission, but each with a vested interest in seeing Rosenberg succeed, met regularly as the Rosenberg Historic Downtown Cultural District Steering Committee. “There has been support for this project from places I didn’t expect support. This has brought a lot of Members of the Rosenberg Historic Downtown Cultural people together – people District Steering Committee at the Cole Theatre. Ed Crowell, Jr., Chairman, Rosenberg Historic Downtown Cultural District have sat in the same Steering Committee; Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, room that I never thought Jr.; Ron Saville, Board of Directors, CAST Theatrical Company; Renee Butler, Downtown Merchants of Rosenberg; Matt would ever be in the same Fielder, Economic Development Director City of Rosenberg, room!” Fielder said. and Rosenberg Development Corporation; Joe Vera, Board of Directors, Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum; Kathy Golden, Art League of Fort Bend and Rae Taylor, Development Director, Rosenberg Railroad Museum. l DECEMBER 2012 9

“We want downtown to be a premier cultural arts destination in Fort Bend County, and once the Cole Theater is renovated, it will be,” Crowell says he’s seen it before. “The arts bring people together – across lines of culture, language, socio-economic status, religion and politics. The arts are a unifying force.” Via sub-committees, in-person meetings, phone calls and emails, the Steering Committee worked selflessly, and the results of their research and collaboration are impressive. The Steering Committee identified 42 cultural assets in Rosenberg. The group defined a cultural asset as an entity or project that support the arts and cultural activity. Some on the list were surprises, but one was obvious to everyone. The Historic Cole Theatre was the crown jewel that really got all of this started. The current iteration of Rosenberg’s 1919 theatre is its late 1930s art deco renovation. It was not only modern but even today is a textbook example of art deco style. The cut glass sconces, the sweeping staircase and the proportions and scale of the space are still beautiful, even through all the years of neglect. Many people who grew up in Fort Bend remember spending Saturdays at the Cole. Some go back so far that they remember buying tickets to the picture show for only nine cents. The Cole opened with the film Wanted for Murder starring Elaine Hammerstein in the spring

of 1919, and 64 years later, the Cole had the distinction of the longest continuallyoperating theatre in cinema history. The Cole hasn’t shown a film since 1983, but that will soon change. Renee Butler is the owner and operator of Another Time Soda Fountain, downtown Rosenberg’s signature diner. Renee also happens to be married to Bill Butler, the man who bought the Cole Theatre just a few years ago at an auction on the courthouse steps. “The Cole was going to be Bill’s final project downtown. He was never going to tear it down; he began to renovate it himself,” Butler said. “When Imperial Arts approached us, we knew the Cole was exactly what they were looking for. They came along at the perfect time.” Imperial Arts opens its new Center for the Arts on November 16th. This space, much like the organization’s former home in Sugar Land Town Square, will house a performance hall suitable for every genre of performing arts and a visual arts gallery. The Center for the Arts will also include Imperial Arts’ administrative offices, space for arts education and most importantly, the synergism that comes through the Rosenberg Historic Downtown Cultural District. This facility will serve as the primary location of all of Imperial Arts’ varied performances

Brazos Holiday Happenings Miracle On Morton Street 10 am – 7 pm Downtown Historic Richmond See downtown Richmond transform into a Christmas wonderland filled with the sounds of the season. This family-oriented celebration features church and school choirs, a children’s activity area and a visit from Santa! This year’s theme is “Honoring our Military Men and Women.” Colored lights will dazzle the downtown district to showcase craft and food vendors and Santa’s Post Office. Narrated wagon rides through the historic district will educate you about the history of this area. You will not want to miss a free visit to the gallery of the Fort Bend Museum. This event never fails to entertain all ages. Visit


and events for the next two years, while the Cole Theater capital campaign and restoration are underway. “We want downtown to be a premier cultural arts destination in Fort Bend County, and once the Cole Theater is renovated, it will be,” said Butler. The name Historic Downtown Rosenberg suits the area well because it beckons back to a more nostalgic time. There’s an old-fashioned soda fountain serving 1950s style fare in the similarlystyled décor, antique stores stocking a variety of objects – some artisan and some just ‘old’, but the nostalgia runs deep – and even a small museum dedicated to the City’s nascent bond with the railroad. And then, there’s that old theatre. Every town in Texas has one. Most of them are empty, if they’re still standing at all. These theatres were constructed in an era of American history during which everyone went to the movies. The picture show. The cinema. The movie house. The vaudeville. It seems that every day, there is more activity, more anticipation and more electricity in the air in Historic Downtown Rosenberg, as there should be. The arts, which bring people together, promote economic development and touch the very soul of humanity, are here – in a big way.

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Christmas In Rosenberg Noon – 9 pm Downtown Historic Rosenberg Begin your holiday season in historic downtown Rosenberg! Stroll among an eclectic mix of shops and eateries while enjoying the sounds of the season. Various food, craft and gift vendors help round out the festivities. Children and families can have pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, tour the Rosenberg Railroad Museum and enjoy a children’s carnival with an obstacle course and inflatables as well as other seasonable entertainment. Let historic downtown Rosenberg host you for a fun, free event jam-packed with the sights and sounds of the holidays. Visit

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Fulshear Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting 6 pm Downtown Fulshear Fulshear’s Annual Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting kicks off the holiday season for Fulshear residents and anyone else who enjoys a festive holiday scene. The event is free, and residents of the communities surrounding Fulshear are encouraged to attend and make this event a part of their own family Christmas tradition. Festivities begin with a parade in downtown Fulshear followed by the lighting of an extra tall tree to remain lit throughout the season. A stage will be mounted in the Bentley lot on 1st Street with bands and vendors for your enjoyment. Visit

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Travel down FM 359 in Richmond, and you will notice one of the area’s newest and most inviting neighbors: Braman Tasting Room. Located in the Somerset Building just down from The Swinging Door, the Braman Wine Tasting room features wine tasting and more in a unique, comfortable ambience. Based in Refugio, the Texas Southwind Vineyard and Winery, which provides wines to the tasting room, is family-owned and operated. The winery produces exquisite white, red, fruit and dessert wines. They introduce their wines at the Tasting Room, which offers a variety of selections under their B-10, Fringe Benefits, Sparkles and famed Braman Legacy lines. The Braman Wine Tasting Room is open noon to 9 pm Wednesday through Thursday, noon to 10 pm Friday through Saturday and noon to 6 pm Sunday. Designed with comfort in mind, the Tasting Room offers various seating areas featuring sofas and oversized, stuffed chairs that exude an elegance and Texas chic. Visitors are encouraged to slow down to ‘taste’ the selection of wines while visiting with friends. In addition to wine tasting, the Braman Wine Tasting Room features a variety of boutiques sprinkled throughout the venue for an enjoyable shopping experience. On Saturday evenings, the Tasting Room offers live music by local artists. Visit the Braman Tasting Room online at to find out about upcoming events including “Sip, Snack & Shop,” or stop by to visit at 3333 FM 359 in Richmond.

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Kindred Hospital Sugar Land Announces New CEO and CNE Kindred Hospital Sugar Land is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorene Perona, RN, MS, ACHE as President and CEO of Kindred Sugar Land.  After receiving a dual major Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Nursing at the College of St. Catherine in  St. Paul, MN,  Perona received her Masters of Science in Healthcare AdministraLorene Perona tion from the University of St. RN, MS, ACHE Francis in Joliet, IL. Perona  started her career with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) as a critical care nurse and transitioned to roles  as Director of CM, Assistant Vice President for Quality, Risk and Regulatory Affairs and Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.  She subsequently became the first female Chief Operating Officer in the HCA East Group hospitals for a 365 bed full service acute care hospital with satellite Psychiatric, Skilled Nursing and Inpatient Rehabilitation campuses before transitioning to the CEO role.  During this time, she also enjoyed teaching as adjunct faculty for the Nursing Allied Health Program at Indian River State College and taught Healthcare Administration in the Masters Program for the College of St. Francis. Kindred Hospital Sugar Land is also pleased to announce

the appointment of Dr. Laura Griffin, APRN, ACNP-BC, DNP as the Chief Nurse Executive at Kindred Hospital Sugar Land. Griffin received a Master’s degree in nursing as an acute care nurse practitioner from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2004 and a doctorate in nursing practice from UT Health Science Center at Dr. Laura Griffin Houston in 2011.  Her clinical APRN, ACNP-BC, DNP practice has focused on critical ill and neurologically impaired patients. Committed to patients affected by neurological conditions, she devoted her doctoral education to improving education delivery for patients after stroke. Always striving for excellence, Griffin has won several awards including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Award for Excellence in 2005.   Griffin had held academic appointments at several institutes of higher learning including University of Texas School of Medicine and University of Texas Houston’s School of Nursing. She currently teaches in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Texas Women’s University in Houston. Dedicated to higher learning, Griffin shares her knowledge through local and national lectures and has published in journals and texts.

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senior at Needville High School, Julia Riley is a standout student. As one of the only National Merit Semifinalists from Needville High School, Julia is a unique and talented young lady. In addition to her academic achievements, Julia has been actively involved in Girl Scouts, church, choir, Spanish Club, University Interscholastic League (UIL) academics, speech and debate, National Honor Society, Student Council, Book Club and other organizations. Julia is an honors student who takes many challenging AP courses; however, she was shocked when she received the news that she is a National Merit Semifinalist. “I wasn’t expecting to be a Semifinalist,” said Julia. “It was a big surprise, but I feel very honored.” This young lady’s strong academic skills have played a major role in her success on the UIL Academics Team and the Speech and Debate Team. As a freshman and sophomore, Julia participated in the Spelling and Vocabulary contest for the UIL Academic Competition. As a freshman, Julia placed second individually at District and ninth at Regionals. For her sophomore year, Julia won first place at District and sixth place at Regionals. For her freshman and sophomore years, the Spelling and Vocabulary team won first place at District. This past year, Julia competed on a team of four in the UIL Academics Literary Criticism event that consists of a large reading list and the application of literary terms. “I love books and English class, so this contest seemed like the perfect event for me,” said Julia. “Also, I really enjoyed working with my teammates because


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we all wanted to succeed and do well at the contest.” Julia’s team won first at Regionals and third at State last year. Julia was extremely successful with the Academics Team and the Speech and Debate Team. She participated in the Lincoln-Douglas event and won first place in Student Council’s Pink Out Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Front row: District for her sophoCaitlin McGregor, Ashley Laman and Kelsey Johnson. Second Row: Katie Janda, Haylee Zatopek, Lydia Horehlad, Julia Riley and Kelly more year and second McClanahan. Back Row: Jacob Smith. in District her junior year. She went on to win fourth place in Regionals during ver and Gold Award for Girl Scouts. her junior year. The Lincoln-Douglas For her Bronze Award, Julia organized debate topics are based on value resolua rally to get girls interested in joining tions, which interested Julia because she the Girl Scouts. To complete her Silver likes hearing other people’s opinions, and Award, Julia assisted a local church upshe prefers discussing morals and beliefs date a new meeting facility. Julia derather than facts. “When I first joined the cided to update the Fort Bend County team, I didn’t have much self-confidence,” Women’s Center Teen Room for her said Julia. “Debate really helped me beGold Award project. The project gave come more confident in my abilities, and Julia the opportunity to interact with it made me realize that I enjoy speaking the teens at the Women’s Center. in front of a group of people.” Julia volunteers for service projects Julia also loves to sing. She was an with other organizations including the active choir member at school during her Spanish Club, Student Council and Nafreshman and sophomore year until vocal tional Honor Society. Her willingness cord nodules forced her to quit the school to always volunteer and help others choir. She was very sad to quit; however, is a testament to her kind and giving Julia was able to stay involved in her spirit. She truly stands out as a generchurch choir that she has been member of ous, intelligent and humble teenager. since Kindergarten. Next year, Julia plans on attending the In addition to singing, Julia is an acUniversity of Texas. She would like to tive church member traveling on choir become a pastor, youth minister or mistours, mission trips and assisting with sionary. With her passion for serving the youth ministry as a Junior Counselor. others and her public speaking abiliShe loves volunteering with her church. ties, Julia will achieve all of her future Julia has also earned her Bronze, Silgoals. Good luck Julia!

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Fulshear Mayor Tommy Kuykendall was all smiles with his mother, Willie Mae Kuykendall, at the Fulshear State of the City.

Krista Boehr and Rebecca Hatner attended the Fulshear State of the City at the Irene Stern Community Center.


The 1982 graduating class from Lamar High School recently celebrated their 30th reunion. Reuniting with classmates were former Mustangs Brenda Bellonoski-Finley, Kay Garrett, Thelma Hargis, Ann Plant, Kyla Schulze, Sandra Hein and Ginger Hanson. Briarwood Crossing Sales Manager Jim Cravens and Assistant Sales Manager Adrienne Gonzales held the Grand Opening of their new sales office. Developed by Long Lake Ltd., Briarwood Crossing is a master planned community featuring new homes from the $110’s to $180’s. Fort Bend Focus and absolutely! Brazos publisher Lisa Fredrickson presented Casa de Esperanza with $10,000 from the Fifth Anniversary Fort Bend Focus Magazine Honors the JEWELS of Fort Bend. Proceeds from the event for Casa de Esperanza included a raffle bringing the total donation to over $15,400. JEWELS of Fort Bend Carolyn Banfield, Sandra Billingsley and Jacquie Baly with Lisa Fredrickson, Mary Scalise and Glenda Kirshbaum, Casa de Esperanza; JEWEL of Fort Bend Mary Favre; Alex Hopper, Casa de Esperanza and JEWEL of Fort Bend May Tape.

On Saturday, October 27th, sixteen members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Richmond participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Walk for a Cure at Reliant Stadium on the “Saints for a Cure” team. The “Saints for a Cure” raised over $1,400 dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes organization! Pictured are Vincent Arnold, Austin Cherry, Chris Hamon, Alexandra Arnold, Fisher Cherry, Chris Abbott, Rob Hamon, Melissa Hamon, Sarah Peters, Kathy Barzilla, Susie Brown and Lisa Arnold.

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At Healthy Teeth Pediatric Dentistry's Meet and Greet were Dr. Shilpa Chandiwal, Kimberly Simmons and Heather Davis.

Brian and Dawn Heinbaugh with children Aiden, Ashley and Alyssa enjoy treats at Fulshear’s Scarecrow Festival.

Del Webb Sweetgrass held their “Opening of the Lakehouse” Reception and attending were Priscilla and Jeff Bedner with Betty and Herb Knott.

Jaylen Barnes and his grandmother Carolyn Randle attended Fulshear’s Scarecrow Festival and had a howling good time.

The City of Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration on September 15th included historical tours, historical speakers, more than 100 vendors and live entertainment. Among the attendees were Jan Schroeder, Kristy Rico, Julia Rico and Jenny Quattlebaum.

On Saturday, September 15th, the City of Richmond held its 175th Birthday Celebration near City Hall on Morton Street. Among the festivities was the Richmond Rotary Club Raffle, which included a Ford Mustang donated by Legacy Ford.

Miss Texas USA Brittany Booker and Miss Texas Teen USA Madison Lee were both guest readers at Family Literacy Night at Frost Elementary where students listened to storytellers, teachers and guests doing special readings and took in the book fair. Frost students Hope Berry, Faith Moulton and Mikayla Gage met Booker and Lee.

The “Momma Mashers” team, consisting of Cheryl Christianson, Stacey Stone, Jessica Burch, Erica DeRouen and Jessica Wilson, took first place in the adult Grape Stomp at the Fulshear Scarecrow Festival at Crosscreek Ranch on October 13th. l DECEMBER 2012



Diana and Kyle Neely participated in this year’s Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo events. Through the years, the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo has grown into one of the largest and most successful fairs in the state.

Sarah Harden visited the Faith United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch benefitting Rosenberg Richmond Helping Hands, the Pregnancy Resource Center of Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend Women’s Center. The church has been hosting this annual event for eleven years benefitting local charities.

December 1st

Residents of Fort Bend County visited with friends and neighbors at some of the many activities the fair and rodeo had to offer during its ten-day run. Among guests were Kay Garrett, Stephanie Gilbert, Angela Gutowsky, Claudia Wright, Noell Myska and Judy Deats. Foster High School student Ashley Mays earned the title of 2012 Fort Bend County Fair Queen. Ashley was also named the winner of the Fort Bend County Fair Style Show and was voted Miss Congeniality by the other queen candidates. For her efforts, Ashley was awarded more than $17,000 in commission, two $2,000 scholarships and $500 in teeth whitening products. Foster FFA was her sponsor. Pictured with Ashley is her heifer Betty.


Saturday, 3 – 7 pm

December 5th

Wednesday, 6:30 pm

A Simple Christmas

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Join us for old fashioned family fun at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762 in Needville. Enjoy children’s story time and crafts, s'mores, Dutch-oven cooking demos, Victorian Era games and hayrides plus a sing-a-long with The Brazos River Pickers! Visit

In this multimedia presentation, lawyer and law professor Rick Larson reveals celestial scenes of ancient times using Biblical and historical clues. The event is at Grand Parkway Baptist Church, 12000 FM 1464. Visit www. or contact for reservations.

December 1st, 8th, 15th

December 7th, 8th & 9th

Story Time

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Bring your preschoolers to George Memorial Library’s Puppet Theater for stories, crafts and a movie. The event is recommended for ages 3 to 6 years of age and is located at 1001 Golfview Dr. in Richmond. Visit

Foster High School Falcon Theatre presents a musical performance of Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Visit

December 2nd

Children's Campfire Christmas

Saturdays, 10 – 11 am

Sunday, 3 – 5 pm Clara’s Nutcracker Tea Meet Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and other beloved characters from the cast of BalletForte’s The Nutcracker. Enjoy delectable treats and plenty of photo and autograph opportunities. To order tickets, visit or call 281-799-7554.


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December 20th 6 – 8 pm

Join George Ranch Historical Park for a family-geared Campfire Christmas. Participate in crafts, take a hayride and sing Christmas songs around the campfire. A light dinner is included in the ticket price. Reservations are required. Call 281-343-0218 or visit


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Join Us in Historic Downtown Rosenberg to Celebrate the Holidays through the Arts! December 1 and 2 CAST Theatrical’s

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December 7, 8, and 9 Concert

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December 14 and 15 Classic Film

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December 21 Children’s Film

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Jalapeño Gold Candied Jalapeños are great for parties over cream cheese, as a gift or just an anytime snack. Full line of Third Coast products available. Sugar Land Antiques, 210 Brooks in Sugar Land. Call 281-494-7082;

This exclusive behind the scenes look at the development and history of the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league team makes the perfect gift for the baseball fans in your life! Visit the Skeeters Stadium at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive in Sugar Land. Call 281-240-4487;

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of the many legends told Texas. Fort Bend County was established is of Francisco Vazquez in the 1820s as part of Austin’s colony de Coronado and his men and developed on the bottomlands of the who were about to perish Brazos River. The land connecting to the from lack of water when river was ideal for farming and ranching. Indians guided them to a Cattle, cotton and sugar were the most small stream. So grateful important products of this region. As to be saved, they named it plantations were established along the Los Brazos de Dios or the Brazos in pre-Civil War years, homes arms of God. were showplaces of some of the wealthiest Another story tells of a men. Prior to the Civil War and secession, Spanish ship in the Gulf citizens of Fort Bend County elected Benof Mexico. The sailors lost jamin Franklin Terry as a representative their drinking water supfor the Secessionist Convention. Colonel ply in a storm and noticed Terry and his business partner, William Richmond locals gathered on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio railroad bridge to have a look at the floodwaters of the Brazos a muddy streak in the J. Kyle, bought a plantation and named it River during the flood of 1899. Flooding along the Brazos continues water. They followed the Sugar Land in 1853. This large sugar and to be a problem, which created the need to develop system of levy streak and found fresh cotton plantation became one of the most districts along its banks to protect developments in the area from the rising floodwaters when they occur. Source: Railroads of Fort Bend County water from the Brazos. successful in the country. by Jim Vollmar and the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. Another time, droughts When the war broke out, Terry orhad plagued the area and ganized and was the leader of Terry’s magine you are a settler traveling to people were dying, but the Brazos River Texas Rangers also known as the first Texas. The year is 1821, and you and always had a never ending stream to help Texas Rangers. Terry and his officers your family are braving the weather sustain life in the late 1700s. hand-picked their recruits, and they and terrain in a covered wagon. In the The first permanent residents who fought bravely. Colonel Terry died as a south, the seasons are milder, and the settled on the Brazos River were Anglo Civil War hero in 1861. winters are less harsh; what a good deciAmericans. John McFarland, a member Today the Brazos River is an asset to sion to find a home here. Water is the first of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hunthe residents of Fort Bend County and priority. It does not take long to find it: the dred, founded San Felipe de Austin at Texas. The Brazos River Authority estabBrazos. The 11th longest river in the Unitthe Atascosito Crossing of the Brazos. lished in 1929 has controlled the waters ed States forming a continuous watershed The town became the colonial capital of of the Brazos basin. This river is an im1,050 miles long from New Mexico, the portant source of water for Brazos River comprises 44,620 square power, irrigation and many miles, 42,000 of which are in Texas and other services. It has been empty into the Gulf of Mexico. This enordammed for flood control mous river begins in Stonewall County and municipal use. RecreaTexas and ends near Freeport, Texas. tional possibilities abound The history is as extensive as the river. such as man-made lakes for First named Tokonohono by the Indians boating, canoeing, kayakof the Caddoan linguistic group, the Braing, rafting, camping, fishzos was explored by some of the most faing and hiking. With such mous expedition travellers such as Rene a vivid history, our goal for Pictured sometime around the 1913 flood is the Galveston, Harristhe future should be to keep Robert Cavelier and Sieur de La Salle who burg and San Antonio railroad bridge across the Brazos River in it clean and useful for many named it the Maligne. The present name Richmond as floodwaters recede. Source: Railroads of Fort Bend County generations to come. of the river came from the Spaniards. One by Jim Vollmar and the Rosenberg Railroad Museum.



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December-2012- Absolutely Brazos Magazine  

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December-2012- Absolutely Brazos Magazine  

Community magazine absolutely highlighting the people, events, happenings, businesses and town of Brazos Area, Texas.