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By Andy Purvis Special to the Island Moon

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Those were the last two words he said at his press conference, but believe me; he is far from finishing his story. Unfortunately, we live in a world where good news no longer sells. The television media adhere to the concept of “If it bleeds, it leads.” Our kids are exposed to daily stories of players taking performance-enhancing drugs, players cheating on their wives, and handguns in the locker room; children born out of wedlock, players driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, falsifying tax records, and racism become front page stories. I think the invention of social media formats also gives people a way

Ties that bind My parents were both born poor, raised on large farms in eastern North Carolina. Large families, hard work, lots of love, and a healthy dose of religion were the ties that bind them all together. My parents also occasionally played sports, my mother played high-school basketball and my dad was a catcher on the baseball team. They understood that sports would unite my brother and me. They knew there would be many obstacles that would try to separate us, but sports would not be one of them. Every once in a while, we come across a player who is willing to drop that curtain that they hide behind; they erase the facade of what they have been told they should represent. They bare their soul for all to see, and we become

NFL Draft Is Like Watching Paint Dry enlightened. “We weren’t supposed to be here,” said Kevin Durant. I almost fell out of my chair. He’s right. None of us are promised anything. Every person or player has strengths and weaknesses, but none of us accomplishes anything in life without the help of others. How wise this young man is. He realized that he is the sum total of many, many people who, along the way, all made a difference in his life. Then he did what many others forget to do. He called them out by name; spoke to them in public, thanked them for their contributions, and told them he loved them. Gosh, I hope the world was watching. At the end of his speech, after acknowledging everyone he could remember, he turned his attention to his mother, Wanda Pratt. You could have heard a pin drop in that room. He described his and his older brother’s childhood, and acknowledged her sacrifice and her ability to keep him off the streets. “You’re the real MVP.” said Kevin Durant; and the room stood and applause filled the sound on the TV. There is no end to Kevin Durant’s speech, only the beginning. Take the time to love one another, to appreciate others and tell them how you feel about them. Whether he and the Thunder win the NBA Championship is really beside the point. He has already won the most important game in life. True joy comes from the giving of one’s self. So, Happy Mother’s Day; to all the mothers out there, who believe in their child’s dreams and understand that they were doing it all for them. Someone once said, “Whoever you are, there is some young person out there that thinks you are perfect.” Kevin Durant is not perfect, but he’s close enough for me. Andy Purvis is a local author and radio personality. His newest book “Greatness Continued” is now available to order online at,, Google Books, Booksamillion, etc. You may also purchase all three books at Beamer’s Sports Grill 5922 S Staples or the local Barnes & Noble store. Please visit for more info or contact him at purvis.andy@mygrande. net. Listen to Dennis Quinn & Andy Purvis Q & A Session each Thursday 6-8 PM on ESPN 1440 KEYS.

Congressman Farenthold Calls for IG Investigation of Central Texas VA Facilities Following Allegations of Misconduct Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27) joined several members of the Texas delegation this week in calling for an Inspector General investigation into allegations that Veterans Affairs (VA) officials in Central Texas manipulated medical appointment data in order to conceal long wait times for veterans seeking care. According to media reports, employees at the North Central Federal Clinic in San Antonio, the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic and Waco VA Medical Center were instructed by supervisors to ensure that wait times for veterans were as “close to zero days as possible.” A VA employee who recently worked at all three clinics claims that staffers falsely logged patients’ desired appointment dates to closely coincide with appointment openings. But in reality, veterans were left waiting for months. These new allegations come on the heels of reports that at least 40 veterans in Phoenix died while waiting to receive care. In their letter, Congressman Farenthold and fellow Texas representatives called on Veterans Affairs Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin to immediately initiate investigations into all three VA facilities.

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to voice unacceptable negative remarks about individuals they know absolutely nothing about, instantly. I guess putting down others makes them feel better about their own miserable lives. Sometimes it’s better to say nothing and let others think you are not informed than to Tweet your thoughts and remove all the doubt. I for one believe that “nice” needs to make a comeback. Twenty-five year old, Kevin Durant’s NBA-MVP-Award press conference is the perfect way to start.

misconduct or mismanagement must face serious consequences.” The members urged Inspector General Griffin to “expeditiously and thoroughly investigate the claims regarding misconduct” and report back to Congress on his findings. Twenty-three members joined Rep. Farenthold in calling for the IG investigation including: Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21), Rep. Joe Barton (TX-06), Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08), Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26), Rep. John Carter (TX-31), Rep. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Rep. John Culberson (TX-07), Rep. Bill Flores (TX17), Rep. Pete Gallego (TX-23), Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12), Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-03), Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10), Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22), Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02), Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32), Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14), and Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25).

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“The policy of falsifying medical records is dishonest, deceptive, and injurious to veterans,” wrote the members. “Swift action must be taken to protect the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans.”

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By Dotson Lewis, Special to the Island Moon Have you ever watched oatmeal go bad or the grass grow? It’s the televised National Football League draft. It started last Thursday and continued until late Saturday. I have friends who were busy all week tacking up ``Do Not Disturb’’ signs and betting on who they think will be the No.1. They wanted me to join them but I, frankly, have a life. Nor do I think this televised draft business is healthy. Why, just the other day a skeleton was found in a reclining chair. A notebook was clutched in the bones of one hand. ``Mel Kiper still talking,’’ the poor soul had written. ``Sixth round not yet begun. Out of food and water. No longer know the day. Don’t know if I can continue.’’

I remember when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers participated in their first NFL draft. I remember the year was 1976 and the Tampa Bay pick was Oklahoma defensive tackle Lee Roy Selmon. But nobody has ever asked this particular trivia question so my little gem of knowledge has been of no value. It should have been worth a brew, or maybe a dollar. Last week, I was talking to another friend. I asked him what he thought of the President’s recent press conference. ``I started to watch it but changed the channel,’’ he said. ``It was boring.’’ Then he invited me to his Saturday get-together. ``We’ll watch the draft and have a little fun.’’ No doubt he’s still trying to figure out why I

Why go to that extreme to find out who will be the draft’s No. 1 pick? Why do overtime to find out who the St. Louis Rams choose? Because we humans have an insatiable yearning to satisfy our own curiosity. And once the curiosity is satisfied we do our best to forget all about it. Don’t believe me? Name the No. 1 pick in last year’s NFL draft. Believe me now? When we buy something new, we won’t spend more than 10 seconds reading instructions or directions. We would rather mess around until we get it going or it breaks. But we will spend hours in front of a television, watching a bunch of grown men whisper to each other and talk on the telephone. Our reward will be the name of a football player. Next fall, during the Sunday afternoon games, we will have forgotten the name of this football player. The television camera will zoom in on him and we will turn to our game-watching buddy and ask, ``When did they get him?’’ Our buddy will scratch his head and say ``dunno.’’ If said game is being watched in a tavern, somebody will set the record straight because there is one in every crowd. Another friend asked me who I thought the Rams would take in the first round. Doesn’t make any difference, I said. They need so much help one player is little more than a spit in the ocean. ``You’re wrong and here’s why,’’ he trumpeted. He was somewhere between assessing offensive tackles and the kicking game when I tuned him out and continued on with my pursuit of happiness. What I think and what he preaches won’t mean diddle come Saturday or Sunday. Or the turn of the century. Which is about when the Rams will finish their current rebuilding project and again be a Super Bowl contender.

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laughed at him. Once the first pick was taken (the Houston Texans picked Jadeveon Clowney, a defensive lineman from South Carolina)., the only items of general interest were who was going to pick Johnny Manzeil (the 22nd pick) and when, and if, the Southeast Conference defensive player of the year and self-declared gay, Michael Sam would be picked (he was picked 249th, seventh to last). If you watched the NFL Draft from start to finish (or wanted to), get a life, go fishing, run a 5K or take a nap. By the way, the 249th pick in the NFL draft has the second most popular jersey of all the players selected last weekend – but Johnny Football rules the roost as the hottest jersey in the NFL. Michael Sam’s Rams jersey was the No. 2 seller among rookies on The top seller was quarterback Johnny Manziel’s. In fact, more Johnny Football jerseys have been purchased since April 1 than those of any NFL veteran. League spokesman Brian McCarthy says sold nearly as many for Manziel from Thursday to Sunday as it did for Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow combined during their respective draft weekends. No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had the third most popular rookie jersey, followed by the other two QBs taken in the first round: Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles. The jerseys don’t ship until the team notifies the league of the number given to the player. Get a life and have fun.

Fast food workers from such mega companies as McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s are calling on their employers to pay them a minimum wage of $15 and respect workers’ rights worldwide. Fast-food worker strikes are planned in up to 150 cities across the nation and in 33 countries. The protest movement began in 2012 in New York and now includes such cities as Houston, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.


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Gulf Shrimp Season Closing May 15 The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both Texas and federal waters will close 30 minutes after sunset on May 15 until a still-to-be determined time in July. The closing date is based on samples collected by the Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department using trawl, bag seine and other information gathered from the shrimping industry. Data collected regarding TPWD bag seine catch rates of brown shrimp, mean lengths of shrimp in April 2014, percent of samples containing shrimp, and periods of maximum nocturnal ebb tidal flow indicate a May 15 closing date is appropriate. Typically, once the shrimp reach about 3 1/2 inches long, they begin their migration to the gulf. “The purpose of moving the closure date this year is tied to when the shrimp are projected to leave the bays,” says TPWD’s coastal fisheries science director Mark Fisher. “Due to cooler spring temperatures and higher salinities, shrimp growth rates appear to be slower this spring.” Fisher says the data suggest that keeping the closure date will afford protection to small shrimp as they begin their movement from the bays to the gulf. “The closure is designed to allow these small shrimp after escapement to the gulf to grow to a larger, more valuable size before they are vulnerable to harvest,” said Robin Riechers, TPWD coastal fisheries division director. “The goal is to achieve optimum benefits for the shrimping industry while providing proper management to protect the shrimp.” The Texas closure applies to gulf waters from the coast out to nine nautical miles. The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced federal waters out to 200 nautical miles also will be closed to shrimping to conform to the Texas closure.

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The Kerrville Folk Festival 2014 opens on May 22 with a stellar rockin’ lineup. First up at 7PM to begin this 18 day songwriters event is Steve Poltz one of the most entertaining individualistic artists to hit the scene in many years. He is followed by Parker Millsap from the Okemah Oklahoma area (think Woody Guthrie and Grammy nominated John Fullbright). It has been wondered what DO they have in the water there with several amazing young Oklahoma writers making big waves in the industry really quickly. Ray Benson, from Asleep at the Wheel, has a new solo CD release and has been touring with the band from Austin, MilkDrive. They have played Kerrville Festivals several times with their own material and will be featured in a short set before Ray comes out to share his songs with MilkDrive as his band. Closing the opening evening is Dale Watson and his Lone Stars. They will have the dancers in full swing that’s for sure. Located at Quiet Valley Ranch, nine miles south of the Texas Hill Country resort community of Kerrville, the 43rd annual Kerrville Folk Festival will run for 18 straight days, from Thursday, May 22 through Sunday, June 8, 2014. Season Ticket Packages and discounted day tickets are on sale now at Festival Producer Dalis Allen is putting together another schedule of great songwriters from around the globe. On Monday May 26 there will be a STEVEN FROMHOLZ LIFE CELEBRATION with multitudes of guest artists singing Steve’s songs and telling his stories. It will be a great night of music and a special gathering to remember one of the best songwriters to grace our planet. The second weekend May 30 – June 1 includes DANA COOPER, TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA, PETER YARROW of Peter Paul and Mary, SHAKE RUSSELL & MICHAEL HEARNE, JAMES HILL, BRENNAN LEIGH & NOEL MCKAY, RAY CHESNA, RAGGED UNION, SARAH SAMPLE & EDIE CAREY and BREWER & SHIPLEY. And the third and final weekend June 6 – 8 STEVE FORBERT, JEFF BLACK, HARPETH RISING, JIMMY LAFAVE, ELIZA GILKYSON, BILLY JONAS, ALBERT & GAGE, ZOE LEWIS, DAVID AMRAM & THE AMIGOS, BOBBY BRIDGER and LARRY JOE TAYLOR. The 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for emerging songwriters will be held on the first Saturday and Sunday of the festival (May 24th and 25th), from 1 to 4PM. Songwriters School runs May 26 - 29; the Blues Guitar Workshop May 27 - 29; Harmonica and Ukulele Workshops June 2 - 4. The faculty and sessions information is on the website at Held each year since 1972, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest continuously running festival of its kind in North America. Over the years it has become known internationally as a Mecca for singer songwriters of varying musical styles… a place where those just beginning to develop their skills have the opportunity to play their music alongside those who are masters. There’s truly something for everyone at this festival, from camping, campfire jam sessions, concerts and activities for kids, “Ballad Tree” song sharing sessions, Hill Country bike rides and canoe trips on the Guadalupe to Sunday Folk Song Services, Saturday Shabbat Services and much more. This is one musical celebration that must not be missed! A complete festival schedule, information and tickets can be found at www. or by calling the festival office at (830) 257-3600. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40 depending on the particular day, although you can save by purchasing your tickets early online. Campground Access and Parking Lot fees are included in the ticket price.

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Researcher to Look at Dust’s Effects on Flesh-Eating Vibrio A population explosion of the flesh-eating bacteria, Vibrio, may just be one of the many realities the Gulf Coast will face in the future. Every summer big dust plumes leave the Saharan and Sahel deserts in Africa and travel across the Atlantic. The dust eventually gets deposited in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf – including coastal Texas. Dr. Michael Wetz, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has secured a $220,758 grant that will allow him to provide insight into the effects of global climate change on growth of marine bacteria such as Vibrio. The grant, funded by the National Science Foundation, will provide the first look on how marine bacteria respond to the long term effects of Saharan Dust. Vibrio is common in bodies of water, including Corpus Christi Bay, and lives off energy from its environment. This is where Saharan dust comes in. Bacteria, like Vibrio, absorb nutrients from the dust that falls in the ocean and use these nutrients to survive and multiply. More dust in our atmosphere means more dust in our oceans and could trigger a population explosion of Vibrio. “Climate models suggest that the Saharan and Sahel regions of Africa are likely to become drier over the coming century due to climate change,” said Wetz. “These factors suggest that there will likely be more of this dust going into the atmosphere and oceans, potentially leading to more outbreaks of organisms such as Vibrio.” Wetz said other studies suggest that this dust affects growth of not only vibrio, but also microbes that cause coral disease in the Caribbean, as well as growth of the red tide organism in the Gulf of Mexico. Wetz will focus on Vibrio’s response to Saharan dust and identify the key components of the dust that causes bacterial outbreaks in the environment. “One of my big research interests is understanding how climate and human-driven environmental change affects coastal water quality,” said Wetz. “This study has direct linkages to climate change, and the response of these organisms will have significant implications for the health of our marine ecosystems.” The project is set to take place in the Florida Keys and Wetz will collaborate with Dr. Erin Lipp from the University of Georgia, who is the Primary Investigator on the project. Other collaborators include Dr. Bill Landing from Florida State University, Dr. Liz Ottesen from the University of Georgia, Dr. Dale Griffin from USGS, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Professor of Mathematics Dr. Blair Sterba-Boatwright.

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The Secret to a Bountiful Garden and Beautiful Landscape

by Melinda Myers Spring is here and the garden centers are filled with beautiful plants. Many of us are making our way to one or more of our favorite garden shops. We leave with a car full of beautiful flowers and healthy vegetables with hopes of a bountiful harvest.

area smooth and level or make a slight crown in the middle of the bed. Crowning the bed slightly can increases visual impact of flowers and can help keep soil in the bed and out of the surrounding lawn or mulch.

But before that first plant goes into the ground, make sure your soil is properly prepared. Though not the most glamorous part of gardening, it is the first and most important step in creating a beautiful and productive garden.

Don’t skip this step even if you applied these materials last year. Yearly applications of organic matter continue to build quality soil and improve your gardening results.

Apply the type and amount of fertilizer Start by adding some recommended by your compost, aged manure or soil test report. If this a garden soil labeled for information is not flowers and vegetables to this available use about three Iris and Columbine can add year’s shopping list. You’ll beauty to the landscape, but before pounds of a low nitrogen need about two 2-cubic-ft planting anything it’s important slow release fertilizer for bags of soil additive to cover to make sure the soil is properly every 100 square feet of 25 square feet of garden two garden. Check the back prepared. inches deep. Calculate your of your fertilizer bag for garden size by measuring more details. the length times the width, so you are sure to Once the soil is prepared it is time to plant. purchase all you need. Carefully slide your transplants out of their Once the car is unloaded the fun begins. Work the soil when it is moist, but not wet. A simple test can help with this. Grab a handful of soil and gently squeeze. Then gently tap it with your finger. If it breaks into smaller pieces, it is ready to work. If it stays in a wet ball, wait for the soil to dry slightly before digging in. Otherwise you will compact the soil, reduce drainage and create clods and crusty soil that you’ll be fighting all season long. Start by digging several inches of compost, aged manure, or a product like Schultz garden soil for flowers and vegetables into the top 12 inches of soil. These materials improve drainage in heavy clay soils and increase waterholding ability in sandy soils. Spread the organic matter over the soil surface of the garden bed. Use a shovel or rototiller to blend the organic matter into the soil. Rake the

container. Gently loosen any circling roots. Plant flowers and vegetables in the prepared planting bed then water thoroughly.

Mulch the soil surface with a one to two inch layer of pine straw, evergreen needles, shredded leaves or other organic material. These help suppress weeds, conserve moisture and improve the soil as they decompose. Seem like too much work? Investing time preparing the soil at the start of the season will save you time throughout the season. You’ll spend less time watering, managing pests and replacing struggling or dead plants. This gives you more time to harvest beautiful flowers for bouquets, vegetables for your favorite recipes, or just to sit, relax and enjoy your landscape.

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Be sure to include a brief description of what your organization does and a contact person for those interested in joining. Send the info to and we will include it. Or call us at 949-7700. Rotary Club of Padre Island Corpus Christi – The Rotary Club of Padre Island is always looking for new members seeking to put "service above self". If you are interested, please come join us and see what we are all about. The Padre Island Rotary usually meets every Tuesday at noon at the Boathouse Bar and Grill (upstairs), 15241 Leeward Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418. For more information contact Jacqueline Carlson at 361-331-8618 or Padre Island Uke Club – Would YOU like to learn to play the ukulele? We can teach you to play 5 songs in 60 minutes! No musical experience necessary. We meet every Tuesday at the Island Italian Restaurant at 15370 Park Rd 22. Beginners meet from 6-7 PM and more advanced players from 7-8 PM. Everyone is welcome. $3/person donation is requested. Loaner ukuleles available. Need more info? Call: Joe Sexton at 361-500-8955 Or email: P.I.E. Padre Island Enrichment Club, Inc,P.I.E. strives to enrich the lives of Padre Island women through social activities and community involvement. Full membership luncheon meetings are held the second Friday of each month at the Holiday Inn. Members may also participant in special interest clubs (bunco, bridge, spades, books, etc) that meet throughout the month. For more information about PIE, please contact Katherine Pierce, President, at 361 960-0327 or Sandy Leber, Membership Chair, at 361 949-7145. KIWANIS Club of Padre Island. The Kiwanis Club of Padre is wrapping up their annual nut sale. All Proceeds Help Children! They will also host their annual Easter Egg Hunt in Billish Park.

Contact Persons: President – Linda A Walsh 361-445-7999. Secondary Contact Person: Member – Brent Hess, 361-774-0089. Meetings: Open to the public, meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. Parrot Heads of Port Aransas – The Parrot Heads of Port Aransas will have a monthly meeting on Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Island Hotel in Port Aransas on Hwy. 361. We also will be having a happy Hour on Thursday, May 22 at the Beach Lodge on the beach (Anchor Drive) in Port Aransas. Parrot Heads of Port Aransas is a not-forprofit organization whose purpose is to assist in community and environmental concerns and provide a variety of social activities for people who wish to volunteer. Founded in 2009 the club motto is “Partying With a Purpose.” To join go to or call LuAnn Ferguson, 361 749-5141 or 817 291-7034.

María after coming to grief on the Lemonade Reef on Christmas day 1492. La Navidad was the first European colony established in the New World during his first voyage, though it was destroyed the following year. After hearing that there was much gold to be had on the island, Columbus decided that he would leave the crew of his wrecked vessel to make a settlement on the island and gather the promised gold. To this end he ordered the ship dismantled to provide the building materials for a small fortress. January 4, 1493 the crew left La Navidad to the east following the shoreline with the Nina and the longboats in tow. When they rounded

When I was there I was told about an American Group that had come to do archeology of La Isabela. The Dominicans hearing of a group of dignitaries coming to look at La Isabela, took it upon themselves to treat the Americans right went to clean the site up so it could be inspected. They moved in with bulldozers and cleared the area to make it “easy” on the Americans! It is amazing to me that Yale was able to find what they did after the Dominicans had “prepared the site. As a Native American I was presented by the Dominicans with an Indian Bow that had been found on the mountain overlooking the site. I was proud to send this old bow to my father that has it on his wall with other Indian artifacts.

On a slight bluff overlooking the site is the shell of the residence belonging to Columbus. Covered with a thatched awning, the ruin shows that he lived in a modest dwelling made of packed earth and stone.

The Kiwanis meet at noon each Wednesday at Black Sheep Restaurant. For more information contact Karen Wilson at 361-446-4626. e-mail at PI Dog Group (PI Dog). Meets monthly for dog and owner activities, training and education. Next activity Saturday, April 5. Meet at 9:00 am at the parking lot at Bristol Pavilion at Padre Bali Park for a beach walk. Bring leash, water for your dog & you, poop bags, etc. Free to join! To join visit or contact Bev ( or Lyn (lyn.edler@

In the opinion of Gustavo Vargas (Fusang, pp. 87-93) as to precisely what Christopher Columbus and his brother knew about the Pacific Ocean (then called the Southern Ocean) and Asia. Dr. Vargas speculates on whether the ‘discoverers’ sailed blindly and comes up with the answer that this was not at all the case. Indeed, he claims that the Columbus and Pinzón brothers had access to all the geographical data available at that time, and that they had to hand sufficient information to enable them to set off on a fairly routine expedition. Marco Polo had brought back Yü Chi Fu’s 1137 Chinese map which shows the America’s and Columbus may have had a copy of. (http://www. cristobalcolondeibiza. com/2eng/2eng15.htm )

At first light of dawn I sighted the Mountain La Isabela on the horizon. Keeping this on my port bow I headed in to Bahia Blanco Around the foundation of Columbus’ house are thinking of Pinzon and the Pinta at decorative swirls executed by the Tainos who built the anchor.


the point of La Isabela two days later there at the entrance to Bahia Blanco was the deserter Martin Alonzo Pinzon with the Pinta at anchor!

La Isabela La Isabela was settled by Christopher Columbus and 1,500 of his followers in 1494, on the northern coast of the island of

Padre Island Yacht Club - A members only Club, however we invite all Island residents to visit us. The PIYC is about boating, friendship and enjoying living on Padre Island. We collect more toys than any other organization in the area for the US Marines “Toys for Tots” program with La Posada events, including the Lighted Boat Parades. To schedule a visit or find out more information please contact John Diggins Phone 361-867-1313 as the Rear Commodore/ Membership for 2014. POA - Padre Isles Owners Association. The Association's primary responsibility is to maintain the Common Areas, assess and collect the annual fees and provide information and assistance to property owners. .. Membership in PIPOA is automatic for anyone acquiring record legal title to any property within Padre Isles. Their office is located at 14015 Fortuna Bay Drive on The Island. (361) 949-7025,

Cannons from the early Spanish Settlement

ARK – Animal Rehabilitation Keep. Located in Port Aransas the ARK is affiliate with the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Center. They handle the rehabilitation of most species of wildlife in the area with an emphasis on marine animals. They care for abut 1300 animals each year, including about 300 sea turtles and more than 100 species of birds. If you find an animal in peril they can help

The Padre Island Kiwanis Club has moved its Wednesday lunch meetings to MikelMays at Bob Hall Pier

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On Great Sail Cay there is a high hill on the Hispaniola, in what is south end of the island. On this hill top there now the Dominican was the remains of a human built stone structure Republic. La Isabela that was scattered about. I wondered if this was established was the spot that the treasure had been left as during Columbus’ it was the highest point and would survive any second expedition hurricanes that would come along. In treasure to the American books it described a 3 x 4 concrete pole marker continents. Columbus which I found on the hilltop. Down below this the Looking Glass Rock a natural rock arch formed by the waves crashing into the shore on the south side. Through this when viewed from the hilltop you would be looking directly at La Isabela the first European town established in the The first church in the New World- archaeologists have Americas named for the Queen of Spain. At one reconstructed the foundations in the afternoon I took off for Luperon in the Dominican Republic returned to Spain after his voyage “discovering” reading about the history of the area. America with gold taken from the inhabitants La Navidad was a settlement that Christopher of Hispaniola. The gold convinced King Columbus and his men established in present Ferdinand and Queen Isabela to fund a second, day Haiti from the remains of the the Santa much larger expedition.

Make this the year to start building a strong foundation for a healthy and productive garden.

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Club News The Island Moon provides this space for Island organizations. If you are a member of a club and want to get the word out about your events and/or projects send them along and we will get them in.

Tony Amos is the Director. 750 Channel View Dr. Port Aransas. 361 749-6793, 361 4427638. Island Strategic Action Committee. Is a 14-member committee which meets (usually) at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Comfort Suites on Windward Drive. The committee’s purpose is to advise the Corpus Christi City Council on matters pertaining to The Island. Island's PIPPs Chapter of Corpus Christi Red Hat Society. In 2004 a group of Island ladies got together under a Palapa and founded the Padre Island Palapa Pals (PIPPs). Our only rule is that there are no rules! We are all about fun and friendship. We meet once a month for lunch and various fun outings from cupcake making to CPR.

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Kemp’s Ridley Turtle Report So far this year, 14 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state): 0 Bolivar Peninsula 0 Galveston Island 0 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 0 Surfside Beach 0 Quintana Beach 0 Bryan Beach 0 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0 Sargent Beach 0 Matagorda Peninsula 0 Matagorda Island 0 San Jose Island 0 Mustang Island 13 North Padre Island, including 13 at Padre Island National Seashore 1 South Padre Island 0 Boca Chica Beach

Quick Draw at Fiesta de Mayo By Arlene Hughes At the Art Center’s annual Fiesta de Mayo dinner / auction night on May 16th, there will also be a “Quick Draw” A “Quick-Draw” is a fun, lively art event where professional artists race the clock to start and complete a work of Art in one fast-paced hour while you watch. Six artists provide a glimpse into their world of painting or pastels. Entertaining and enlightening! The Port Aransas Art Center is a unique partnership of artists, organizers, supporters, and teachers who are committed to enriching the art experiences of the public, including our public school students. Artists are invited to participate and donate half or more of their auction price to the cause. Watch the artists as they prepare for the challenge while socializing during the cocktail social of the Fiesta de Mayo celebration on May l6 at the Civic Center. The challenge begins promptly at 6:30 and ends one hour later. You don’t want to miss strolling around the mini-studios observing highly motivated live-auction artists paint to beat the clock. Later in the evening these works of art will be sold during a live-auction. Call or stop by the Art Center to purchase your spot at the Fiesta de Mayo Dinner & Auctions.

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Revised 2014 Red Snapper Recreational Season in the Gulf of Mexico

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Still the Largest Unrestricted U.S. Fishing Tournament 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 in the Rockport- Fulton area. It is the largest one day unrestricted fishing tournament in the United States. Last year Babes on the Bay had another recordbreaking 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.

At its April 2014 meeting, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested an emergency rule to revise the recreational accountability measures for red snapper by applying a 20-percent buffer to the recreational quota, which results in a recreational annual catch target of 4.312 million pounds whole weight. This emergency rule will not affect the commercial harvest of red snapper in the reef fish fishery.

The kick-off for Babes on the Bay will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday ,May 16, at the Rockport Festival Grounds. The fishing tournament officially begins at sunrise on Saturday, May 17. Weigh-in for the event will be from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Prizes will be given for five divisions. The divisions are as follows: Team with a professional guide (any bait); Team with a Professional Guide (artificial only); team with Non-Professional Guide (any bait); Team with Non-Professional Guide (artificial only); and Babe-ette Division (ages 16 and under). 1st -5th places will be awarded for the first four divisions with additional prizes for Babe-ette Division. Awards will be presented at approximately 6 p.m., following the weigh-in on Saturday.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's decision to request an emergency rule was made following the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Guindon v. Pritzker, (Mar. 26, 2014). After recalculating the season length based on the annual catch target and including the 2013 Marine Recreational Information Program data, NOAA Fisheries is setting a 9-day red snapper fishing season. The purpose of this rulemaking is to better ensure red snapper recreational landings do not exceed the recreational quota established in the rebuilding plan, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Court's ruling.

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Guardians Rescue Looking for Volunteers

Food for Paws

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Pet Food Donations Clear Overdue Library Fines in May

Guardians Rescue is a foster-based rescue on The Island. We are in need of volunteers to help on the weekends at our adoption events that are usually held on Sat/Sun at Ace Hardware.

Clear your overdue library fines during the month of May by donating pet food for our four legged friends at any of the Corpus Christi Public Libraries. Food will benefit the Animeals program which provides food to pets belonging to Meals on Wheels recipients. Pets belonging to clients of the Women’s Shelter will also benefit from this drive.

Some areas that help is needed: set-up/break-down kennels, talking to potential adopters, walking dogs, cleaning cages, etc. Perfect for students for community service, retirees or anyone who wants to make a difference and help save lives.

Small bite dog or cat food preferred brands include Purina Kitten Chow, Purina Cat Chow, Pedigree Puppy Dry Food and Pedigree Small Bites Dry Food. Bring your receipt to receive credit for the exact amount of your purchase; otherwise, library staff will use a fee structure to clear your overdue fines.

As a foster-based rescue, we rely on foster homes to socialize and get them to events. We can only save an animal if we have a foster home in place and available funds for vetting. For more information about volunteering or fostering, please email Thank you!

For more information call any Corpus Christi Public Library.

Future continued from A1 Laguna Madre is the SPID/Park Road 22 Water Exchange Bridge.

He said when the non-Schlitterbahn projects are finished they will include six locally-owned restaurants expected to be open in 2015.

“This bridge will turn Padre Island from a north/south vehicular island into an east/west pedestrian island,” Schexnailder told the gathering. “The bridge will be the link that will allow people on The Island to get to the Gulf of Mexico or to Snoopy’s without interruption.”

“We are avoiding chain restaurants on the grounds that when you come to the coast you don’t want to eat at the same restaurant you can eat at next to your home. We’re looking for local participation.”

Corpus Christi’s Chief Engineer Dan Biles said he expects the plan for the bridge to be “90% complete n the next two to six weeks” and to be ready for bids by the fall of this year. The project is expected to take up to fifteen months to build and complete by the end of 2015 or early 2016. The bridge as currently designed will consist of three separate arches allowing a forty-foot wide water passage with 34-foot wide pedestrian and golf cart paths on each side and thirteen feet of boat clearance from the waterline to the underside of the bridge.

Palmilla Golf and Resort Officials from the Palmilla Beach project, backed by San Antonio financier Red McCombs, described their plans for the high-end development surrounding the golf course across SH 361 from Island Moorings. These include the building of the Sea Gate condominium development with units ranging in price from $360,000 to over $1 million expected to be complete by summer 2015; lots ranging from $190,000 to $1 million; a swim center open by this summer; and the golf course managed by Troon Golf Management which manages high-end golf resorts around the world. They also described plans for a hotel on the site and possibly a conference center.

Schexnailder, who has now taken on part of the permitting process for the bridge, described how the Island Walk, a new canal more than 3000 feet long and lined on both sides with new development, will connect the east and west sides of the road, and will be roughly the size of the Bricktown development that in the last decade has transformed downtown Oklahoma City into a tourist destination. He said expects permitting for the Island Walk to be in place in time for digging of the canals on the east side of SPID to begin by early summer 2014.

“High net worth buyers are returning to the market on a large scale now,” one official said. All of this development is driven by the fast-growing population within four hours drive of The Island and the underused Texas coast.


“Nationwide 11% of tourist dollars are spent on the coast,” Schexnailder said. .”But in Texas that number is 6%. That means we don’t have to look outside of Texas to find a market.”

He said that by June, 2015, Beachwalk Village on the west side of SPID will be open and include restaurants, as well as a multiuse community with retail on the ground floor of buildings and residential above.

Other highlights

He also by June, 2015, the Marina Village will be open on the east side of SPID with the marina on Lake Padre expected to be open by that time. It will include 1400 on-site parking places.

Here are some other highlights from the event: The main building at Schlitterbahn has now expanded to 120,000 square feet. It includes a covered patio, 35 x 270 feet, and a total of four decks which will look south from the building onto the park and a 2000-person capacity amphitheatre which will be built partially over the pump system for the park.

Also expected to be complete by the end of 2015 is a 200 unit apartment complex and 120 condos on an 80-acre site wrapping around Island House on the south end of the seawall, complete with a parking garage.

The first floor of the building will include 3600 square-feet of retail space and a restaurant named Fajitas which will be open to the public. The second floor of the building will be for local residents and will include a lounge, food service, and a game room for kids. The third floor will house a 4500 square-foot events center and six break-out meeting rooms. The fourth floor will feature a fine-dining restaurant and a private dining room for club members. Adjacent and connected to the main building will be eighty hotel rooms.

“By this time next summer we will have several things in place that will make this a unique destination experience,” Schexnailder said. He said Phase II of the project will include Balli Village with 6000 feet of waterfront lots on the east side of SPID will be connected to the remainder of the Island by water taxi.

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The 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational season in federal waters is 9 days, opening at 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2014, and closing at 12:01 a.m., on June 10, 2014. The red snapper bag limit is 2 fish with a 16-inch minimum total length size limit.

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Attractions for everyone “When we are finished we will have attractions for all demographics,” he said. “We will have golf and fishing for men, a waterpark for the kids, the village for the women, and restaurants and other attraction for everyone. Eighty percent of the money spent while people are on vacation is spent after 6 p.m.” he said. “We are creating a gathering place for people that will serve every economic strata. Not everyone can afford a house on The Island but they can afford to rent one.”

The Jubilee, a 242 x 72 floating casino building formerly based in Greenville, Mississippi, is now being worked on in Evangeline, LA, and will be moved to the site through the canal system. Schexnailder said the floating building will be brought through the canal system to the Aquarius Extension where sand dikes will be used to form a lock system which will float the barge over the street into the newly dug canal east of the roadway.

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Best International Travel Points For the large number of international travelers we have on The Island here is a list of top departure and destination points for travel compiled by WalletHub’s rankings. They are based on airfare costs, flight times, and the number of connections for round-trip flights from the 50 largest U.S. metro areas to the most popular summer 2014 travel destinations – both domestic and international.

1. Philadelphia, PA 2. Atlanta, GA 3. Charlotte, NC 4. Detroit, MI 5. Chicago, Il

Best International Departure Points 1. Chicago, IL 2. New York, NY 3. Washington, DC 4. Cleveland, OH 5. Miami, FL

Top Domestic Destinations 1. Orlando, FL 2. Virginia Beach, VA 3. Las Vegas, NV 4. San Diego, CA 5. Myrtle Beach, SC

Tip International Destinations 1. Cancun, Mexico 2. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 3. San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico 4. Montego Bay, Jamaica 5. Oranjestad, Aruba

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Costs start at $10 for 25 words, 20 cents a word after that. Your ad can be centered for a small additional charge. Ads with payment can be left at our office at 15201 SPID Ste 250 If office is closed, payment and ad can be slipped thru the door slot. Deadline for paid classified ads is no later than NOON on Tuesday PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE PUBLICATION

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Three Chords and the Truth

Island Moon

May 15, 2014

By Ronnie Narmour

Let it rain, let it pour…

The wetlands in Port A are once again... wet When it rains, it pours. As I am writing this on Tuesday afternoon, the view from my desk overlooks the wetlands at the end of 6th Street in Port A and I am happy to report they are indeed wet again. That big rain early Tuesday morning was a whopper. And soon big white birds will be wading around these newly flooded wetlands looking for food and most certain to follow will be several kazillion mosquitoes. I like the birds. You can have the mosquitoes. One thing that I always love about Spring (other than big Spring showers) is the sudden onslaught of mudbugs… you know, crawdads. Some people call them bait, but I love to eat them. They generally come from Louisiana and are abundant this time of year because it’s their spawning season. Edwin and Amy over at Giggity’s had a big sack of them the other night and they were delicious. Another great thing about Spring around here is the live music scene starts to explode. With Memorial Day a little more than a week away, our little islands are about to be over run with summer visitors, so enjoy it while you can… pretty soon it will be all tourists and mosquitoes, and not a mudbug in sight. Let’s talk about some music!

Amy Myers is serious about her mudbugs

W.C. Clark played the Back Porch last Saturday wobbly. On Friday, the Rusty Brothers put on a good show in spite of the bad weather and poor turn-out. I had never seen these guys before but was impressed. They have a very cool country groove and are all excellent musicians. Also, I wrote a little piece on LeBron last week and I hope you will check them out. Their show at the Upper Deck was pretty amazing. They will be at Giggity’s this Wednesday. Miss Caldwell is an exceptional guitarist and she and Bron have found a wonderful chemistry with this Latin jazz material (and beyond). It’s very comfortable.

Tiffany Tuesday to feature special guests… I want to fill you in on a new development in the adorable world of Tiffany Tuesday. Tiffany holds court every Tuesday night at Giggity’s. This is an on going show that started at the Tarpon Ice House a couple of years ago. Tiffany plays a variety of original Tiffany plays every and current adult Tuesday at Giggity’s. comtemporary/ alt-rock favorites and often invites friends up to perform. Well, Tiff is taking this tradition to the next level and will begin featuring different guest artists each week. She’ll be doing some fun stuff on stage with her guests like interviewing them, playing some fun games and generally making some cool music. In the coming weeks, Tiffany has invited Ruben Limas (May 20), David Martinex (May 27), Jimmy Wilden (June 3), Black Betty (June 10), Steven Rushlow (June 17) and Brian Christopher Meyerdick (June 24). Ruben Limas is a MUSIC teacher by day and a musician by night! He does old school Beatles and Bob Dylan/ Neil Young

Scattered shots… Last weekend was another goodern for live music. I saw some good shows by Chris Garza and Red Giant (Corpus Christi, TX) and Todd Dorn and the Sea Drifters (San Antonio, TX) over at Giggity’s, the John Cortez blues band and Jim Dugan over at Shorty’s and the Rusty Brothers (Dallas, TX) and the incomparable W.C. Clark (Austin, TX) over at the Back Porch. Also, LeBron (Lela Caldwell and Bron Doyle) played the Upper Deck. W.C. put on one killer show as he is famous for. It was nice to see all the old Austin ex-pats out on that gorgeous Saturday night. He was in top form and his voice is still as velvety smooth as it’s always been. Man, when W.C. sings Al Green, my knees get

blacktopGYPSY will play the Back Porch this Friday.

Open 11am to 5pm Sunday Noon-3 Closed Monday

Free Beer Band (8-12) Three Way Street (9-1) Aloha Dave (9-1) Mike Williams (11 am- 3 pm) Antone & the All Stars (8-12) OPEN JAM (8-12) Tiffany Tuesday (8-12) LeBron (8-12)

songs… always a good time! David Martinez is also a teacher and plays adult contemporary/ alternative rock/. He has toured extensively. Jimmy Willden is a Staff Reporter at the Alice Echo-News Journal and worked on the film and cast crew with Born Ready Productions. Black Betty (Kelly Margaux Saddler) just got back from NYC, she’s a South Texas singersong writer with an Austin prefix on her phone! Stephen Rushlow is a local Corpus musician on the way to NYC for big things! He plays all the local hot spots and has a rock blues feel. Brian Christopher Meyerdirk is a singer/songwriter/ musician/guitarist. The shows run from 8-12 each Tuesday.

The John Cortez Blues Band played Shorty’s last Friday

DO NOT MISS LIST This weekend… Coming this weekend… On Friday night, the great blacktopGYPSY (Ft. Worth, TX) will play the Porch. This band features the amazing fiddler, Heather Stalling (wife of Max Stalling), Billy Snipes (Central Texas) will bring his reggae slanted island sound to Shorty’s. Billy has the most positive, high vibes anywhere… just love him. Brewster Street has a “The Voice” Showcase featuring Clarissa Serna, who did very well on the competition and Stingrays will have the high energy duo, Jul and the Chrome Wheels… they are ALWAYS

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Lela Caldwell and Bron Doyle played the Upper Deck last Saturday a good time. On Saturday night, the real deal “Honky tonking blues man” from the Golden Triangle, Jesse Dayton (Austin, TX) will grace the stage at the Back Porch. Jesse is not only a fine musician but also a playwrite, an actor, director and movie producer. He’s also a horse thief, a train robber and one hell of a great guy. Also on Saturday, the dynamic duo Mandy Rowden and Billy Abel (Austin, TX) will play Shorty’s… that will be a good show, Aloha Dave and the Tourists will bring their troprock to Giggity’s and the super hot Danica Bird will play Stingrays. On Sunday, May 18th the 31st Annual Songwriter’s Showcase, benefitting the Port Aransas Art Center, will step on to the 40 foot flatbed at Roberts Point Park. The island tradition will host over a dozen local singersongwriters including Tim Miler & Perry Wing, Carol Elliott, Tyler McCumber, James Derkits, Guy LeRoux’, Todd Dorn, L.Leon Sands, Janet Drew & Hamp Brockman, Tiffany Tuesday, Jef Wilson and Woodie Ray Lawson. The showcase starts at 7:00 pm and runs in conjunction with the 9th Annual ArtFest, also in the park. Bring you lawn chairs and coolers and dig in for a uniquely “Port A” experience. On Monday, the 19th, singersongwriter extraordinaire, national act, Paul Thorne will play the Sugar Shack in Rockport. Thorne has been compared to John Hiatt and John Prine and his 2010 release, Pimps and Preachers, charted to number 83 on the Billboard 200 chart. On Thursday, May 22nd, Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars will play the Back Porch… no idea?

Memorial Day Weekend… On Memorial Day weekend, watch for shows by Stevie Start, Mike Milligan and the Altar Boys, Gary P. Nunn, Jul & the Chrome Wheels, Ray T & the City Crew, Rotel & the Hot Tomatoes, Ruben Limas, Lyrical Bynge, Kimberly Dunn, Passing Strangers, Josh Abbott, Kevin Fowler, Wade Bowen, Whiskey Meyers, Jackson Taylor, Pear Ratz and Sam Riggs.

♫ ♪ And that’s the truth! ♪ ♫

Live Music Tonight

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Friday, May 16 Billy Snipes@ Shorty’s Three Way Street @ Giggity’s blacktopGypsy @ Back Porch Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Lounge Dave’s Duo @ Katz 21 Jul & the Chrome Wheels @ Stingrays Brian & Diana @ Doc’s Seafood Robert Brown @ Scuttlebutt’s The Voice Showcase feat. Clarissa Serna @ Brewster Street Saturday, May 17 Mandy Rowden & Billy Abel @ Shorty’s Aloha Dave & the Tourists @ Giggity’s Jesse Dayton @ Back Porch Danica Bird @ Stingrays Metal Shop @ Brewster Street Ice House Double R Nothing @ Katz 21 Stevie Start @ Doc’s Seafood See Irony @ House of Rock Kevin Hill @ Scuttlebutt’s Sunday , May 18 Songwriter’s Showcase @ Roberts Point Park Antone & the All Stars @ Giggity’s Emily Dale @ Doc’s Seafood CC Songwriters @ House of Rock John Eric @ Scuttlebutt’s Monday, May 19 Paul Thorne, James Martin @ Sugar Shack (Rockport) Open Jam w/ Stevie Start @ Giggity’s

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Monday, May 19 continued Open Jam w/ Ray Summy @ Executive Surf Club Open Jam w/ Antone Perez @ Dr. Rockits Chris Saenz @ Scuttlebutt’s Tuesday, May 20 Tiffany Tuesday feat Ruben Limas @ Giggity’s Open Mic @ House of Rock Kevin Hill @ Doc’s Seafood John Eric @ Scuttlebutt’s Wednesday, May 21 LeBron @ Giggity’s Wolfjaw @ Flats Lounge Steven Alan Wright @ Doc’s Seafood Stephen Rushlow @ Scuttlebutt’s

Thursday, May 22 Free Beer Band @ Giggity’s Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars @ Back Porch Brian & Diana @ Doc’s Seafood Jackson Taylor, Pear Ratz @ Brewster Street Ice House Little Ozzy, Pantera Tribute @ House of Rock Robert Brown @ Scuttlebutt’s Friday, May 23 Stevie Start @ Shorty’s Mike Milligan & the Altar Boys @ Giggity’s Gary P. Nunn @ Back Porch Jul & the Chrome Wheels @ Stingrays Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Lounge Rotel & the Hot Tomatoes @ Brewster Street Ice House Shadow Moon @ Katz 21 Brian & Diana @ Doc’s Seafood Jason Clark @ Scuttlebutt’s Deadhorse, Black Lung Conspiracy, NQA, Skrewface @ House of Rock Saturday, May 24 Ruben Limas @ Shorty’s Lyrical Bynge @

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