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Thank You Wavers For 4 Amazing Years!
t is with great humility, pride, and sincere thankfulness that we at Waves Magazine are celebrating our FourYear Anniversary! Four years ago this month, Waves Magazine published the very first issue. Four years ago, I had a vision, and goal, of creating a Galveston publication that was both entertaining and informative. A magazine that is fun to pick up and read every month. A magazine that everyone would anticipate and look forward to reading. We aimed to be different! We aimed to make you smile. We wanted to make you laugh out loud while informing you about all of the fun things to see and do in Galveston each month. We wanted to be your go-to source to find the best dining options in the Galveston area. From all of the feedback we receive from you each month, we have accomplished those lofty goals. Thank you all so very much! I want to thank our excellent writers and contributors
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who make Waves what it is today. I want to particularly thank Chris and Tiffany Bergeron for being with me from day one. I couldn’t do any of this without you both. I especially want to thank our wonderful, loyal advertisers. Many of you believed in us from the very beginning and have been on this wonderful ride with us ever since. Thank you so very much! An Anniversary would not be complete without a PARTY! We will be making a big announcement soon regarding the venue and date for a huge Waves Anniversary Celebration. Stay Tuned! Again, thank you all so very much. You all have truly made a dream come true.
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Misunderstood and Maligned
lack cat images are all around us in October as Halloween approaches. I think a glossy black cat with orange eyes is one of the most beautiful felines. Most black cats I have taken care of are friendly and gentle. However, history often has been less than kind to black cats, especially in the Middle Ages.
ed of channeling evil energy to their caretaker. Many thought that the black cat itself was a witch in human form. As a result, many innocent women were burned, boiled, and beheaded after being convicted of practicing witchcraft. There was also a wholesale purging of cats in medieval Europe in an attempt to rid the region of evil influence.
During the period of the Dark Ages, cats, especially black ones, have been associated with witchcraft and evil. Black cats that were being cared for by single women were suspect-
This purging of cats was indirectly responsible for killing one-fourth of the human population in the mid-1300s. Talk about paybacks! The bubonic plague was called the “Black Death” and killed between 75 and 200 million
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people in Eurasia between 1346 and 1353. How did cats play a part in this? It was not known at the time, but the plague was transmitted by fleas that lived on rats. Since there were no cats to control rodents in communities, the rats and their fleas flourished. The fleas bit people and spread the deadly disease. People killed the rats’ worst enemy allowing spread of the world’s worst pandemic in recorded history. The human race seems to have a long history of hurting themselves and animals.
crossing your path is lucky while others think it predicts misfortune or death. Fortunately, many pet lovers see the beauty in a black kitty and are proud to own one.
Even today some people and cultures have ridiculous superstitions about black cats. Some think they bring good luck, especially if they have a single white hair. But pull that white hair out and your luck will turn bad. Some sailors believe that a black cat on the ship is lucky unless the cat falls overboard or walks off the ship. Sailors then feared the ship would probably sink. Some societies believe a black cat
One of the most famous black cats makes his appearance every October before Halloween. The movie Hocus Pocus features “Binx”, a boy who is transformed by witches into a black cat. Binx is instrumental in bringing down the evil witches trying to lure the children of Salem to their witchy death. He turns out to be one of the heroes of the movie!
used up? Sorry, there I go with more cat superstition. Bottom line - black cats are great pets, and all deserve to be adopted. Remember that the next time you visit your local shelter. In fact, you both will be lucky to have found each other!
Just recently another cat named “Binx” survived the collapse of Surfside condo in Florida. He lived on the seventh floor and survived the catastrophic crash. I wonder how many of his nine lives he
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Bunny’s C ’C oo ki n
a waves magazine exclusive
ello everyone and happy fall. I have two recipes that are so easy, you will jump for joy. Who doesn’t like Mexican food? I don’t know anyone that doesn’t. What made me think of this is that I ran into a guy I used to work with years ago. His wife would send him packing with great homemade Mexican food every day. Lucky guy. I would taste his food now and again and it was wonderful.
Another question. How many different Mexican rice and refried beans have you tasted over the years? Rice has Bunny questioning this one. Some are yellow, some have peas or corn in them. Really? I usually say no rice, please. Regarding the beans, I can tell when they put lard in them. Yuck. Just season them up. He told me how simple his wife made these delicious side recipes. So here they are.
Refried Beans Ingredients
• One 1-pound dry pinto beans Directions Cook beans till done. Drain and rinse the beans a couple of times. Spice up the beans with cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Grease a pan with cooking spray. Add the seasoned-up beans into the pan. Use a potato masher and mash over low heat. Then keep stirring so it won’t burn. Then cover. You then serve these two sides with shredded cheese (these recipes can easily be doubled). Now see how easy that was? You might never go out for Mexican food again. Hope you enjoy.
Nano’s Mexican Rice
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Ingredients 1 1/4 cup water ¾ cup instant rice ½ of a jalapeno finely chopped ¼ green pepper finely chopped ½ onion finely chopped • ½ of a small can of tomato sauce Directions Pour water into a pot and add all the ingredients. Bring water to a boil, then add your instant rice, and simmer for about a minute. Turn off heat, cover the pot, and let it stand for about 5-10 minutes. Serve as soon as you can.
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Can You Name These Horror Flicks From The Scene?
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Come and Be Inspired No visit to downtown Galveston is complete without a trip to The Kitchen Chick. As soon as you cross the threshold, you’ll be whisked away into a chef’s paradise. From specialty brands including Le Creuset, Swiss Diamond, Mason Cash, Ruffoni and Shun, you will find everything you need plus some things you didn’t know you needed!
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Whether you’re a cooking novice or seasoned pro, The Kitchen Chick is home to a collection of hand-selected cookware, tools and products - brands that built their reputation over decades and are known for their attention to detail, quality construction and outstanding performance. We want you to experience personalized attention and enjoy our charming atmosphere, but most importantly, we want you to become inspired by the exceptional products lining our shelves and the classes we offer in our kitchen. They are there for you to help expand your culinary repertoire, to discover your next triumph, and for you ring the dinner bell and gather your loved ones to the table.
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Cooking Camps are Back!
ur cooking classes are uniquely themed, including holiday favorites, southern specialties, seafood delicacies, and so much more! You can learn to make what you love! To ensure you get the most out of your experience, we keep our classes small so that our instructors get more one-on-one time with you. But this also means they fill up fast! So when you see a class that piques your interest and fits your schedule, contact us to reserve your spot.
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To ensure you get the most out of your experience, we keep our clas• Oct 14 -so 6PM Class with get Galveston’s Own Farmers It’s ses small thatVirtual our instructors more one-on-one timeMarket: with you. This Fallalso Y’all!means they fill up fast! So when you see a class that piques your interest and fits your schedule, contact us to reserve your spot. • Oct 16 - 11AM Cake Decorating 101: Ooky Spooky Cake! Cooking Up Boozy Cooking! • Oct 17Class: - 1PMBottoms Gulf Seafood: SaluteHoliday to Shrimp!! Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm • Oct 24 - 12PM Classic Halloween Sugar ‘Spookies’ with Royal Icing!
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The 58th & Broadway Post Office One person cannot possibly service the multitude of daily customers. USPS stands for United States Postal Service. How about you provide us with some?
t is Waves Magazines Fourth Anniversary. In that length of time, we have never repeated a Pet Peeve. As the old saying goes, there is a first time for everything.
The Broadway Street post office has not gotten any better since we reported our frustrations on it a year ago. The lines have gone down some, but major problems still exist. First and foremost is their mail delivery, or lack thereof. They have carriers who simply mark an envelope as “Unable To Deliver At This Address” when the letter or parcel is correctly addressed. This is unforgivable! Numerous people receive their medications, Social Security checks, and other vital items through the mail. When one has to physically visit the post office, the service is horrible. This is not a peeve against the hardworking employees that work there. This is a peeve about the obvious mismanagement of resources. At virtually any time of the day, the lines are non-moving. There is generally only one clerk at the counter and if that clerk must go to the backroom for any reason, you have a complete standstill. You can easily spend an hour or more standing in line.
One more thing, why don’t you provide your customers with a restroom area? You know, like almost every business in America does.
Do we like waiting in line for hours to handle the simple task of mailing a letter or package?
N O! W E DON ’T L I KE THAT! PS: You might also train your carriers on how to deliver our mail. We recently sent a letter to a large Galveston business, with pinpoint accuracy on the address and zip code, only to have it returned with a sticker that read...Return To Sender, No Mail Receptacle, Unable To Forward. Come on! Do your job!
Where is management? It’s obvious to see that one of the major issues is no one taking the necessary steps to make corrections and improvements in services. Does management even care? It shouldn’t be a nerve-racking, time-wasting experience to mail a few letters or a package. Since Mr. Postmaster doesn’t appear to be interested in making any corrections, we will help with a few suggestions. Most major post offices have a self-service kiosk available. How about installing a kiosk where we can purchase stamps, ship packages, mail letters, and scan and pay for products without having to wait in line at the service counter. Gee, what a concept, huh? How about hiring a few more people to man the service counter? Have a Pet Peeve ? Contact us at www.WavesGalveston.com and tell us about it. We just may use yours next month! 24 Waves Magazine | October 2021
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When I first ventured to Mustang Island, located on the Gulf of Mexico in South Texas, I found a place that’s straight out of a Robert Earl Keen song. The iconic Texas musician sings that “the road goes on forever, and the party never ends.” But Mustang Island offered a twist on his lyrics: the road literally ends at the ship channel (and a ferry) in the old town area of Port Aransas. Even though the road does not go on forever, the party in Port Aransas never ends: lively beach bars, a robust restaurant scene, some of the best fishing around, and a funky beach town
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vibe that comes in part from a location at the very end of the road. But I didn’t find the kind of walkable mixed-use communities that so many people – including many Texans – have come to love along Florida’s Highway 30A, a place that I call home. I met Jeff Lamkin in 2006 after he had purchased 60 acres on Mustang Island. He loved Port Aransas, but also saw potential in the wide open spaces just outside of old town to create a new community for beach-loving Texans. I designed the master plan and wrote the design code to generate a
walkable mixed-use community unlike anything constructed on the Texas coast. With a strong emphasis on design, we set out to create a new place to complement the old. In the 15 years that followed, the original 60-acre tract has been largely builtout. Hundreds of additional acres were purchased, and new phases are now under construction, with even more in the planning stages. Cinnamon Shore has grown to become the community that transformed the Texas coast.
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Creating Natural Looking Lips (Not Over-done Lips)
any of us see our lips getting thinner with age. This is due to a decrease in collagen and elastin formation in our lips just as it decreases in our faces. Many women would like to have fuller lips like they had when they were younger, but most do not want a fake or overdone look. Natural, fuller looking lips can be achieved when the right filler is selected, the right amount is injected, and in the right way. Not ready for filler? Sometimes, fuller lips can be achieved with carefully placed, low dose Botox or Xeomin alone!
Volbella™ vs Juvederm ® Ultra XC (Filler Options)
For those wanting a subtle increase in their lip size, Volbella may be the right choice. One of Allergan’s newest fillers, Volbella was specifically formulated to be a softer filler with a more natural look. Alternatively, Juvederm Ultra has been on the market much longer and is the single most popular lip filler. It adds volume. Being careful not to overfill the lips (one syringe is usually enough), a natural look can be achieved with either. Both are FDA approved for lips. Results are immediate and can last up to a year. The most common side effects are swelling and bruising in the first few days.
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Botox®/Xeomin® (Not Ready for Fillers)
Botox and Xeomin, both neuromodulators, are most commonly used in the upper face to reduce wrinkles by relaxing muscles of facial expression in the forehead, between the eyes and at the corners of the eyes. Additionally, they can be used in a low dose to relax or “flip” the upper lip creating a slightly fuller appearance. Also, Botox can be injected into muscles at the corners of the mouth to flip the down-turned corners up. The results of both of these treatments are subtle but can be enough to make a difference in your look. Care must be taken to place the neuromodulator in the right muscles and at the correct dose, so that eating, and speaking are not affected.
Conclusion Most of us do not want exaggerated, over-done lips. Most of us do want the slightly fuller lips of our youth. Whether you are ready to take the leap to filler or would rather try low dose Botox or Xeomin, you have options.
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By: Bob Rohan
ob Rohan, or as he is known in Texas “Bad Bob”, has been playing the fiddle and singing in various groups for over 30 years in Texas, and has opened for Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Carlene Carter and John Conley to name a few. Bob has played in bands that have backed up country legends like Hank Thompson, Ray Price, Jack Greene, Pam Tillis, and Dale Watson. Along with songwriting, Bob is also a talented cartoonist and has a self syndicated comic strip titled “Buffalo Gals”. The comic feature is about two cowgirls “Bess Winchester” and
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“Connie Cheyenne”. The comic strip was inspired after playing with “The Hays County Gals and Pals” a cowgirl western group that toured through Texas, Oklahoma and as far west as Elko, Nevada. Bob has won The Wisconsin State Fiddle Championship and has been nominated several times from The Academy of Western Artists for Best Cowboy Cartoonist. You can find Mr. Rohan online at :
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Hello Wavers! A very dear friend asked me to look in to how the cruise lines started in Galveston. Here’s what I found out. • In 1974, the Port of Galveston began hosting its first cruise ship year-round. Fun Fact: Carnival Vista was the first cruise ship to sail out of the Port of Galveston in 1974. • 1989 - The first day-cruise operation began in December. • 1998 - The Inaugural Season of RiverBarge Excursion Lines, Inc. included five cruises of Galveston Island as part of their 1998-1999 cruise itinerary. Fun Fact: Edward Gabriel “Eddie” Conrad was the founder. • 1999 - Carnival Cruise Lines, the largest cruise line in the world, decides to offer cruises from the Port of Galveston beginning in September 2000. The Port held groundbreaking ceremonies in March to mark the beginning of construction on the $10.6 million project on The Texas Cruise Ship Terminal on Galveston Island. Fun Fact: The week of September 24-30, 2000, was designated Texas Cruise Week by
Governor George W. Bush. Mayor Roger Quiroga announced the same for Galveston. Another Fun Fact: Carnival Cruise Lines’ vessel M/S Celebration made her inaugural voyage from Galveston Island on September 30, 2000. 2001 - Carnival Cruise Lines celebrated its first full year of operation at the Port of Galveston. Fun Fact: The cruise brought almost 130,000 new visitors to Galveston Island. Another Fun Fact: Royal Caribbean International signed an agreement with the Port of Galveston to operate the Rhapsody of the Seas from Galveston Island for five years beginning in April 2002. This included eight “night” cruises. 2002 - Carnival Cruise Lines decides to bring a Fantasy Class cruise ship, the Elation, to the Port of Galveston. Fun Fact: By now Galveston had seen its 100,000th cruise passenger. 2002 - In September, Galveston and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines begin the development of the Cruise Terminal #2 at Pier 27. Fun Fact: Royal Caribbean’s International Splendor of the Seas joins the Galveston cruise family. 2003 - Carnival Cruise Lines replaces Celebration
with the larger Ecstasy cruise ship. Fun Fact: This gave Carnival a 38% increase in capacity. • 2004 - Celebrity Cruises announced it would begin sailings from the Port of Galveston with 11 and 12-day cruises to the Panama Canal. Fun Fact: The one millionth passenger set sail from the Port of Galveston. • Prior to the Covid pandemic, Galveston’s cruise business had grown by 13 % resulting in $1.5 billion in cruise industry direct expenditures and 26,241 jobs with total wages of $1.75 billion in Texas. I hope everyone enjoyed this month’s fun facts! Remember, if you want to have your fun fact researched, please send your question to PO Box 612, New Caney, TX 77357. See ya next month!
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Each year, The Grand picks a title for the Performing Arts Season that is drawn in some way from the various performances. It certainly is appropriate to name this 2021–2022 Season “Get Ready!” — a familiar song title of the hit sung by The Temptations. Rescheduled from our 125th Anniversary season, these multi-award-winning superstars of soul are scheduled to perform at The Grand in December. As for all of us at The Grand, we started getting ready to open a new season after well over a year of closure and hope you are ready to join us. We certainly are ready to have you back with us. There are plenty of reasons to join in the celebration of re-opening with award-winning talent: Asleep at the Wheel’s 50th Anniversary Tour, Mavis Staples’ Grand debut, Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Band, Chazz Palminteri, Johnny Mathis, The Texas Tenors and so much more. There’s something for everyone!
Like everyone in our industry, we are watching the latest news with much concern. Despite our positive outlook, we are seeing an alarming trend that we didn’t expect and we, as well as our colleagues across the country are revisiting in-house protocols. Out of an abundance of caution, The Grand has adopted the following, which will be modified as the days, weeks and months go by. At this time, The Grand’s protocol includes wearing masks when attending a performance. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to modify our approach as conditions warrant. At all times, our decisions will be based on the latest available data and expertise from the Center for Disease Control, Texas Department of Health and our own health and medical experts.
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or as long as I remember, Galveston residents and visitors have lamented the lack of a restaurant specializing in the exotic foods of Thailand. Formerly known as Siam, this Southeastern Asian country over countless centuries has melded the foods of South Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and the Indian subcontinent and indigenous peoples of the mountainous regions of Thailand and Laos. The result has been a unique cuisine that emphasizes lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatics and a spicy component. Thai chefs emphasize texture, color, taste, and the use of many herbs, spices, and exotic dipping sauces that despite seemingly unsavory ingredients, are strangely pleasing to western palates.
The story of how our Thai restaurant came to be in Galveston is only slightly less exotic than the food itself. The Garden Thai restaurant is owned by three young ladies from Thailand: Jeeb, Nu, and Sol. How they got together to open a restaurant in Galveston is quite a story. Lifelong friends, Jeeb and Nu attended school together in a small city in Thailand. School brought them to San Diego to
study where Nu met and married her husband who was serving in the US Navy at the time. Upon discharge, she accompanied her now-husband to his hometown of La Porte, Texas. Nu had previous experience cooking Thai food as her mother taught at a culinary institute in Thailand and the young Nu learned at her mother’s side. As she states “ A lot of the kids would go play, but I had to cook. I didn’t know I would use those skills until I came to the US.” When Nu moved to La Porte in 2013, she knew she wanted to open a Thai restaurant, so she called Jeeb and asked her to come to Texas. Their first attempt to open a restaurant was unsuccessful as the landlord thought they were too young and inexperienced. This was a dilemma as Jeeb had already moved. They turned to Craigslist and found the Pelican Grill on NASA road 1 for sale. They seized the opportunity even though they had no experience operating a restaurant serving western-style breakfasts. So, they shelved the dream of opening a Thai restaurant and operated the Pelican for three years. In 2017, Sol moved from Las Vegas to Texas. Sol graduated from a top culinary school in Thailand and had the knowledge and experience. Consequently, the girls teamed up and opened the Hunsa Thai Kitchen on NASA road 1 in November 2017. Always ambitious, the girls dreamed of opening a Thai restaurant in Galveston that would serve western-style breakfasts and Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner.
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On one of their many visits to the island, they spotted the former Shrimp and Stuff location on 23rd street. They googled and saw it was for lease and knew it was perfect for their vision of a relaxing garden restaurant. Set well back from the busy street across a green garden, the restaurant shines as an urban sancwww.wavesgalveston.com
The Garden | Thai Cuisine tuary from the traffic and heat of a Galveston summer. They jumped on the space, and after gaining the required licenses and dealing with a few start-up issues, they launched with a soft opening in August 2021. Originally intending to be open for breakfast, staffing issues have delayed that. For now, they are open for lunch and dinner and are receiving rave reviews. A light makeover with a palette of green, white, and tan colors lends a relaxing and serene space perfect for a garden setting. The menu is compact, but complete, and touches on many of Thailand’s favorite dishes. One of my favorites is the light and refreshing larb salad. This meat salad is served cold and combines mint, red and green onions, cilantro, and a spicy lime dressing. Their Tom Ka Kai is a classic Thai coconut soup with chicken that is well executed. Of course, no Thai meal is complete without a delicious spring roll and a peanut dipping sauce. Pad Thai enthusiasts will also not be disappointed. Service is friendly and efficient. Everyone is very pleasant and there is an upbeat vibe that is apparent when you enter. An avalanche of positive reviews has lit up our local social media sites since their opening. Now that the summer crowds are gone, it’s time to come downtown and enjoy the exotic foods and flavors of Thailand. Stay tuned for updated hours to include breakfast service.
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Highlighting Galveston’s restaurateurs and the powerhouses that make them work sion may not have been chemistry. As he states “I quickly learned that turning in a review for creative chemical reactions captivated an audience of 1 or 2 critics, but creating dishes of food for an audience of hundreds of exuberant people was more fun than the best emotional high. I fell in love with the restaurant industry. I knew I was born to serve people.” Thus started a long and successful career in the foodservice industry.
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his month our spotlight falls upon Mr. Stephen Brett Otteman. Better known as Brett, Mr. Otteman is a familiar sight these days at Katie’s Seafood Restaurant on Pier 19 in downtown Galveston where he oversees the operation as their general manager. But we are jumping to the end of the story. Let’s go back and start at the beginning. Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, in a household where his parents worked in education and real estate, gave the young Brett exposure to a multicultural society, an appreciation for education, and ambition to succeed. Brett’s father had a successful career in real estate and served as president of the Texas Association of Realtors allowing Brett the opportunity to travel throughout Texas, enjoying many fine restaurants. An interest in science and chemistry led to college studies towards that end. Like many students, Brett worked in restaurants while going to school and soon discovered his true pas-
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From age 14 washing dishes in a Chinese restaurant where no one spoke English, to riding the corporate ladder to the pinnacle at Landry’s, Brett has had an interesting ride to his current position. Along the way, he has assisted Houston’s renowned Mama Ninfa in opening her downtown Houston tunnel restaurant where he squeezed fresh orange and grapefruit juices while listening to her stories of food and people. Working alongside some of the finest restaurateurs, he gained hands-on experience at many of the best restaurants throughout the state. Brett has fond memories of the eighties where his career blossomed and he expanded his knowledge into retail food sales. His broad experience includes many well-known restaurants in and around Houston and South Texas. Sammy’s Red Barn and Beacon Harbor Restaurant in Harlingen and South Padre Island, Ninfa’s, Brookhollow Hilton, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Taste of Texas, and Landry’s restaurants in Houston and Galveston, and finally of course Katie’s Seafood House. After a thirty-year career climbing the corporate ladder as high as he wanted in the Landry’s empire, Brett felt it was time to retire. Then he received a call that Buddy and Katie Guindon needed help launching their new restaurant. During a meeting, he asked Buddy what fish dishes he wanted to include on the menu he was putting together. Buddy replied “I can’t tell you. We won’t know what the fish is until the boat comes in.” Brett was hooked. As he states “that’s
all it took. After all my years in the industry, I can finally say without a doubt, I serve the freshest fish in Galveston.” Summing up his career Brett says “I have met and learned a lot from some of the greatest, most successful people in the world. Mama Ninfa taught me how to love people, Ed and Nina Hendee of the Taste of Texas Restaurant taught me humility and respect for great customers, Tilman Fertitta tapped into my creative side giving me free rein to create for his brand, while he taught me numbers and to drive for perfection. Buddy and Katie Guindon brought me back to feeling what being part of a family is again.
locals about where the best food is!” Brett, I can tell you, I am happiest sitting on the patio at Katie’s watching the fishing fleet come in and eating your wonderful Snapper Wings.
Always a family man, Brett shares his life with his beautiful fiancé, Kathy, his three children Kellie, Brett, and Erik, and three perfect grandchildren, Ella Fay, Weston, and Abigail as well as Lotus and Chula, their lovable pets. Hobbies include a bike ride on the beach every morning with his dog Chula so she can dig for her breakfast crabs. As a true Texan, he has a passion for Football. He grew up a Cowboys fan but has switched (so he says) to the Texans. He plays a little golf when he has time, and he loves to prowl the food markets looking for bargains. Mostly a people person, he states “I am happiest when I am dropped off in a strange town talking to
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Fall Gardening Checklist
s we welcome the cooler temperatures, it’s time to welcome a new season into the gardens. Some plants thrive in the heat of summer, but most are going to be heat stressed from the summer season. Now is the time to freshen up the garden’s appearance and tend to those perennials that are going to put on a flush of new growth due to the break in the heat. Perennials are plants that live more than one season and are not killed by a freeze, nor do they die back to the ground to return from the roots come spring. Here on the island, there are a good many plants that are annuals in other gardening zones (meaning they only live one year) but since we rarely freeze these plants keep on going. These will need to be treated as perennials.
With a little care and effort, you will enjoy a lovely fall gardening season with plenty of blooms and joy. I know it may seem like your garden will look bare if you trim everything back. However, the plants will regrow quickly, and you will have much prettier plants and more blooms with this fall maintenance.
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Here Is Your Fall Gardening Checklist: • Trim perennials back, especially if the plants have grown leggy over the summer. • DO NOT trim azaleas- these plants bloom on old growth. If you trim them now, you will trim off the next year’s blooms. • Trim shrubs and shape foundation plantings. • Trim rosebushes. • Cut any dead wood or damaged limbs from shrubs and plants. • Spread a 2-inch layer of compost over beds. • Spread 3-4-inches of mulch over beds. • Set out cool season annuals such as snap dragons and pansies. 46 Waves Magazine | October 2021
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FOCUS ONF I T N E S S
TN LTH ES & S
Shaye Henderson, BSN, M.Ed., M.S., Owner, 640 Fit, 11 Evia Main, Galveston
T h i n k P in k in O c tob er
c tober is a difficult month for me. A year ago, this mid-October, I heard those dreadful words, “Your biopsy is malignant. You have breast cancer.” So, the coming of the one-year mark in my diagnosis makes me reflect on what I have learned during my cancer journey. Before October 2020, I had no idea that breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. The average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer, and trends are moving closer to 1 in 7. On average, every 2 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Cancer is life-changing and all-consuming. It is challenging on every level in every imaginable way. It affects every family member: the one with cancer, children, spouses, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, everyone. But ultimately, a cancer diagnosis is a burden the one with cancer must face alone and must decide, with the input of course from family and friends, what course of action to take. After 277 days of active treatment, 157 blasts of radiation, 8 infusions of chemotherapy, and 3 incisions, I am now considered NED: no evidence of disease. My chart may say I have no evidence of disease, but there certainly is evidence of the disease in my soul and my mind daily. And
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this isn’t a completely bad thing. Through Throughout the past year, I have discovered a great deal that had I not encountered this ugly disease, I would not have had the opportunity to learn. Here’s a rundown of my cancer takeaways.
Relationships are Crucial
There is growing evidence of the power of love and relationships to heal. My husband, our two boys, and our new daughterin-law (I was just finding out about the road ahead for me the week of my oldest son’s wedding…talk about bad timing!) all stepped up and took care of me, especially when the effects of chemo hit the hardest. And the rest of my extended family, though far away, called often and checked on us regularly. Friends, neighbors, members of my fitness studio, and my husband’s clients brought meals, flowers, sent cards, and offered rides to appointments. The outpouring of love and support was heartwarming. I formed an extraordinary bond with a tennis acquaintance. She was six months ahead of me in her breast cancer treatment. She became my “breast friend.” She listened to my panic, coached me on what to expect, held my hand when I cried, and truly knew exactly every detail I was experiencing. I could not have survived without her friendship. And the past year, I’ve met some amazing people, some in my shoes, some outside my shoes, trying to save me or at least comfort me. I’d not have had them in my life had I not had to walk this road. If anyone is reading this and going through a breast cancer diagnosis, please know I am here for you to reach out to. Call me, www.wavesgalveston.com
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text me, email me. I’m happy to hold your hand and listen to all of your questions and concerns…I have been there.
Stress is the Enemy
Stress is known to stimulate cancer proliferation, stress aids, and abets mutating cancer cells. I’m aware now how important getting a handle on my stress is and will be in my survival. I’m learning to meditate and to look at my world differently. Ten minutes of quiet breathing and inner focus a few times a day do wonders for a racing mind. I now start my day with a 10-minute morning meditation and stop one or two more times throughout my day to breathe and slow down. Instead of what is on my long list of have-to-dos today, I now try to look at how grateful I am to have the life I do and embrace being productive in some area every day.
Focus on Fitness!
Cancer loves an inactive body. Physical activity is essential to keeping disease at bay and for recovery as well. This may seem counterintuitive, especially when you are so weak and sick during treatment, but exercise and movement are potent healing modalities. I prided myself on teaching all eight of my weekly classes at 640 Fit throughout my entire treatment, even on chemo days and days I was raw from radiation burns. I did have to get subs the week after surgery, but I was up and moving as soon as the surgical sedation wore off. I know I pushed through the poisonous effects of chemo and radiation much more successfully because I kept moving.
Foods That Heal
I am just beginning to learn how vital what foods we eat are to surviving and preventing cancer. Areas I am studying more are the benefits of green tea, medicinal mushrooms, antioxidant-rich foods, plant-based meals, the dangers of refined sugar, the wonders of turmeric, flaxseed, carrot juice, Vitamin D, flavonoids, polyphenols, and how to get all those fruits and vegetables in every single day.
Sleep is a Supernutrient
Good, quality sleep is when your body undergoes profound restoration and healing. If you miss out on this, cancer has an easier chance of getting a foothold. And it’s a cascading effect to achieve good sleep…if you nourish your body with the proper food, reduce your stress, get moderate amounts of exercise daily and have loving, supportive relationships, your body will naturally reward you with restorative sleep at night.
Pixie Haircuts Can Be Rocked
When you lose every hair on your head,
eyelashes, and eyebrows, you are so very grateful when it does finally begin to grow back you don’t care that you look like a toddler after their first haircut! Yes, it’s like watching grass grow or paint dry, but it does grow back. I am trying my best right now, seven months post-chemo, to embrace the very short hairstyle I am sporting. I have to admit that I would never, in a million years, had the courage to cut my hair THIS short, but all in all, having my hair fall out from chemo has allowed me to experiment with a short, edgy style! Just don’t mistake me for “Mr. Henderson” if you see me on the street.
soul searching? So many things are going on in this little brain!
I’ve tried really hard from the beginning of October 2020 to open my mind and my soul to listen and find what the universe is trying to teach me. I may never have a definitive mandate that I find, but it has opened me to searching for the meaning. Maybe it is as simple as drinking more green tea, mitigating the stress, loving my life, or as complex as evaluating if I’m living the life I’m capable of, or do I need to do some deep
So please, if you see a woman who is undergoing breast cancer treatment, pause for a minute, make eye contact with her, let her know she’s not invisible, and that you understand she is going through a tremulously difficult journey. And please donate to cancer research. We need to find a cure for all of them.
Yep, I’m finished with the active treatment part...now it’s breathe and make it impossible for that ugly disease to come back. I’m scared of what’s ahead; how do I trust it’s gone and not coming back, what do I need to do differently to keep it at bay, what did I do to cause my body to fail to begin with, how can I ever really relax and not worry? These thoughts all pulse through my mind. But mostly, I’m relieved I have made it to the other side of this nightmare with newfound wisdom.
Focus on Fitness | Shaye Henderson, BSN, M.Ed., M.S. | Owner, 640 Fit, 11 Evia Main, Galveston, TX 77554
A Brief History Of The Little Pink Ribbon
e have all seen the little pink ribbon every year in October, and most people are aware that it is associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, not as many are aware of its roots and its goals. Who Started it? Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries. Betty Ford helped kick off the week-long event, as she was herself a survivor of breast cancer. She was diagnosed when her husband, Gerald Ford, was president of the United States and brought even more attention to breast cancer. What is the Goal? The early goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month was to educate women about breast cancer and early detection tests so that they could take charge of their breast health. One of their key goals that they wanted to achieve was to promote mammograms as an important tool to be used in the fight against breast cancer.
During the month of October, breast cancer survivors and those with breast cancer are celebrated and encouraged to share their stories. The month is also dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research and other related causes. The Pink Ribbon The first nation-wide campaign that utilized the pink ribbon was back in 1992 by Estée Lauder cosmetics. They handed out an impressive 1.5 million of them and ushered in the pink ribbon as the premier visual reminder of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The NFL has become one of the largest supporters of breast cancer awareness month and nearly all players, coaches, and referees don the pink ribbon each October to show their support. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance for all Americans to take time and acknowledge those men and women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
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C U R TA I N G O I N G U P I S L A N D E T C ’ S S PA M A L O T - “A N D N O W, F O R S O M E T H I N G C O M P L E T E LY FA M I L I A R ” [ A N D A M U S I N G ] - T H E A T R E R E V I E W By: Paul Hager When ETC announced this musical as opening their 19th season, we gave you some background on the original Broadway mounting of it in our August issue. As a reminder MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT is a musical lovingly ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” SPAMALOT is a highly irreverent parody of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table fable. The musical features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, and one legless knight who create unforgettable musical production numbers that Eric Idle [its creator] promises will be “as good as or quite likely better than any show with killer rabbits and a legless knight opening at any theatre this season.” Before getting into my review of ETC’s rendering, I’d like to do a bit more of a ‘deep-dive’ into the original production’s reception. Indubitably a financial and critical success, Variety reported advance ticket sales of $18 million, with ticket prices ranging from $36 to $179 resulting in the advance making Broadway box office history. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, and mainstream critics were almost universal in their praise such as “Bloody fantastic. Gorgeously silly. Superlative and better.” - NEW YORK POST and “Somewhere on the mythical Isle of Avalon, King Arthur is rolling over in his grave and laughing till his armor rattles.” - USA TODAY. Original Monty Python troupe member Eric Idle is credited with the majority of its creation including Book, Music, and Lyrics. The show had quite different reactions from Idle’s former colleagues in Monty Python. Terry Gilliam, in an audio interview, describes it as “Python-lite”. He later told the BBC News, “It helps with the pension fund, and it helps keep Python alive. As much as we’d like to pull the plug on the whole thing it carries on – it’s got a life of its own.” Terry Jones – who co-directed the original film with Gilliam – expressed his opinions forthrightly in May 2005: “Spamalot is utterly pointless. It’s full of air … Regurgitating Python is not high on my list of priorities.” Hmmmm.
ETC’s talented ‘cast of thousands’ gave an exuberantly enthusiastic performance on the Sunday matinee I attended. Leading the quest was King Arthur (Aaron Alford) with his trusty servant Patsy (Cameron Dunbar). Playing his gallant knights and a broad assortment of other characters were Sir Lancelot the Homicidally Brave (Matt Poole), Sir Robin the Not-Quite So Brave as Sir Lancelot (Kyle Crawford), Sir Galahad, the Dashingly Handsome (Justin Gonzalez), Sir Bedevere, the Strangely Flatulent (Rocky Banks), and the mesmerizing Lady of the Lake (MaryAnna Nagorski). Rounding out the cast and playing a multitude of characters were Brennan Ashley, Max Bailey, Tyler Galindo, Diedra Helen, Kelsey Perkins, Annie Schwenk, Kade Waalen, and Whitney Williams. Those of you familiar with the film and /or the myriad of sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus [the original BBC episodes first airing on PBS stations around the country in 1974] will agree that any attempt to summarize the plot [such as it is] would require a ‘silly walk’ around the room, possibly with a dead parrot. Suffice it to say it’s close to that of the film with enough deviance from it to diagram a sentence way off the blackboard. In what can only be termed as a true ensemble cast, each and every performer segued from character to caricature and back again with highly polished ease and the production team of Kim Mytelka [Director], Keith LaLonde [Musical Director], and Jennifer Daugherty [Choreographer] kept the necessary maniacal pace going up to the last curtain call. One production note that MUST be highlighted is the costuming - it literally blew me away with its quality and the sheer volume of costumes and changes required. Since it was not credited to one specific person in the program, one must assume it was a group effort by the director and cast. WOW! Simply WOW!! Does one have to be a rabid Monty Python fan to enjoy this show? Not necessarily. Does it help? Most definitely. If you’re like me, who first experienced Monty Python’s madcap antics in the mid-to-late 70s [usually
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under the influence of certain herbal substances], you can recite all the dialogue from the “Throw Out Your Dead’ sketch and marvel at it being turned into a lively musical number with the corpses serving as the chorus. Or, as the lady my age sitting in front of me did, bring someone along who can try to explain it to you – he being the explainer, she being the explainee. Bottom line – go see this bit of nonsense, laugh in spite of yourself, but leave the kids at home! Update from COM Theatre – Artistic Director H. Russ Brown has announced the cancellation of their previously scheduled production of SYLVIA. According to Brown “We had a mandate from the college President to not start any on-campus activities that were non-instructional until after September 20th, so that knocked out poor Sylvia.” The rest of their season will be as announced in our August issue beginning with A DIVINE KERFUFFLE – a world premiere farce penned by Mr. Brown opening November 4th, 2021.
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ON THE BOARDS [Currently playing] ISLAND ETC [East-End Theatre Company] Monty Python’s Spamalot Music by John Du Prez Lyrics and Book by Eric Idle September 10th - October 9, 2021 https://www.islandetc.org/
October 2021 Entertainment Schedule LONE STAR RALLY HEADQUARTERS
THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE THE BEACH BOYS Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 3 PM & 8 PM
LIVE MUSIC EVERY WEEKEND. Check our Facebook page for the schedule!
PAULA POUNDSTONE Saturday, October 30, 2021 | 8 PM http://www.thegrand.com/
CLEAR CREEK COMMUNITY THEATRE Frankenstein Stage adaptation by Nick Dear October 22 - 31, 2021 https://clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com/
11149 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd Galveston, TX 77554 3.6 Miles West of 61st & Seawall www.facebook.com/woodysbeachbar
PURPLE BOX THEATRE HALLOWEEN CABARET October 8-10, 2021 http://www.thepurpleboxtheater.com/index.html
BAY AREA HARBOR PLAYHOUSE Listed as Dark; No update SINCE October 8, 2020 https://harbourtheater.com/category/news/
IN THE WINGS [Opening Soon] COM THEATRE [College of the Mainland Community Theatre] A DEVINE KERFUFFLE by H. Russ Brown November 4 – 21, 2021 https://www.com.edu/community-theatre/
THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL November 31, 2021
THE TEXAS TENORS Honoring the Texas Legends Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 8:00 PM & Sunday, March 6, 2022 - 3:00 PM http://www.thegrand.com/
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LONE STAR RALLY Get Yer motor runnin’!
LONE STAR RALLY RETURNS TO GALVESTON!
et yer motor runnin’! The legendary Lone Star Rally is rolling into Galveston for another fast and furious four days of tailpipe thunder and motorcycle magic. Galveston Island has been home to the nation’s largest four-day motorcycle event since 2001 and draws hundreds of thousands of people from around the country all coming to marvel at the glorious work of man and machine – primarily of the two-wheeled kind. Motorcycle enthusiasts are anxious to get back on their bikes and the Lone Star Rally is happy to have them with a plethora of open-air events covering a wide territory on the island. While Lone Star Rally is primarily focused on motorcycles of the traditional kind, with bike shows and custom build contests, there will be activities, events and vendors celebrating all kinds of motorized wonderment and the lifestyle that goes with it. The annual Drive-In Car Show features Pre-1972 hot rods and muscle cars while some newly added events will focus on the Slingshot 3-wheeler, sport bikes, motorcycle sound systems and more. The jam-packed weekend of mostly free, outdoor events begins Thursday, November 4th at noon with live music concerts daily on two stages (noon til midnight) and goes until the last motorcycle roars out of town Sunday night. Vendors selling everything from chopper trailers to saddle bags, leather jackets, clothing and jewelry, custom bike painting, parts and accessories of all kinds, will be on hand lining downtown Galveston streets from 20th to 24th between Harborside and Mechanic, and also in the Pier 21 area. Additional vendors will be stationed along the Seawall from 21st to 25th St. and around the Beach Central Park events area at 21st and Seawall. 54 Waves Magazine | October 2021
Good causes and good times return with The Miss Lone Star Rally contest, hosted by legendary Houston rock-radio personality, Outlaw Dave, where 2019’s winner will crown a new queen Saturday night at Sangerfest Park (23rd and Strand). Outlaw Dave’s Annual Ranch Ride benefiting the Stevens & Pruett Ranch for Children and Animals takes place on Saturday beginning at Stubb’s Harley Davidson in Houston at 8:30am. A family friendly, patriotic atmosphere has always been a big part of Lone Star Rally and this year is no exception with a special appearance by Lee Greenwood singing God Bless The USA (Proud To Be An American) on Friday night at 7pm at Sangerfest Park. Greenwood will also make a personal appearance on Saturday giving support to veterans through his Soldier Valley Spirits line of beverages that includes Whiskey, Vodka and Bourbon. Greenwood will sign bottles and proceeds will go to veterans.
Greenwood’s one-night musical appearance is special to the Rally but the weekend presents a full slate of rock, country and tribute bands on both the main stage at Sangerfest Park and the Beach Central Stage at 21st and Seawall. Crowd favorites and 80’s tribute band extravaganza, Hairball, are returning to headline the Beach Central Park Stage and Florida classic rocker, Bobby Friss will be wowing crowds with his high-energy show on the Sangerfest Park Stage. A great supporting cast of bands and artists performing all day long include Billboard country hit-maker, Colt Ford, immediately following Lee Greenwood, Whey Jennings (Waylon Jennings grandson), Louisiana country hip-hop sensation Justin Champagne, tribute bands Highway To Hell (ACDC) and Cowboy (Kid Rock), hard rockers Black Smoke Sinners and many others including Houston/Galveston’s own southern rocker, Zach Tate. No motorcycle lover should go without spending a few hours on The Strand witnessing the parade of bikes both parked and cruising up and down Galveston’s main drag. Choppers, hogs, Slingshots, three-wheelers, softails and sport bikes lit up and roaring make for an orchestra of sound and sight that literally rumble the streets and dazzles the eyes. Go to www.LoneStarRally.com for a complete list of all events and performers.
appy October, Wavers! This issue of WAVES is jam-packed with Lone Star Rally info. Rally is one of your bums favorite island events, hence this special rally segment of The Beach Bum. I was running around in my ol’ scarab the other day when I had a thought. It’s not like me to have many thoughts in a day, but here is what had me thinking. Being a Classic Rock fan, part of the thrill of the rally is hearing the sounds, roaring’ bike engines, crowds, and music from all directions. I started thinking about some of my favorite tunes played by the riders’ sound systems as they stroll through. Here are 5 that I ALWAYS hear, multiple times a day. LOVE IT!
5 Tunes You WILL definitely Hear At The Lone star Rally . . . . . . and we lov e it !
Jimi Hendrix - (1971) This Jimi Hendrix tune was released posthumously. It first showed up on the 1971 album, The Cry of Love, and was allegedly inspired by the film, Easy Rider, from 1969. It is one of the few recordings to include both Buddy Miles on drums and Billy Cox on bass, with whom Hendrix recorded the live Band of Gypsys album in (1970). The song is timeless!
Born to Be Wild
Steppenwolf - (1968) Born to Be Wild has literally become synonymous with biker culture nearly 50 years beyond the 1969 release of the movie that adopted it for its symbolic anthem. Written by Mars Bonfire and performed by the band Steppenwolf, this tune has earned its place as an iconic tribute to biker culture, as it should.
Highway to Hell
AC/DC – (1979) Smash hit from the 6th studio album of the Australian hard rock band AC/ DC, Highway to Hell became AC/ DC’s first LP to break the US Top 100, eventually reaching number 17, and it propelled the band into the top ranks of hard rock acts. It is the second highest selling AC/DC album (behind Back in Black) and is generally considered one of the greatest hard rock albums ever made.
Bad To The Bone
George Thorogood & The Destroyers – (1982) George Thorogood and the Destroyers released Bad to The Bone in 1982 on the album of the same name. The song adapts the hook and lyrics of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy”, a blues tune from 1955. It speaks for itself, I’m Bad To The Bone! The tune has become a cultural icon with play in Television shows, movie soundtracks, Sports Events, and, yes, the riders of the world.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – (1974) Ok. What would a bike rally be without hearing Skynyrd’s 9-minute powerhouse tune Freebird? Setting all the billboard rankings through the years aside, it achieved the No. 3 spot as the “100 Greatest Guitar Solos” of all time. It is Skynyrd’s signature song, the finale during live performances, and their longest song, often going well over 14 minutes when played live. www.wavesgalveston.com
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FISHING GUIDE A Guide To Galveston Fishing
alveston waters are home to a diversity of fish, from giant hard pulling monsters to sleek, sneaky predators that require skill to outsmart. From the inshore waters of Galveston Bay to the clear blue waters found offshore, when it comes to salt-water fish, Galveston, Texas stands out as one of the hottest spots in the world.
Crista Gonzales with an 80# Broadbill Swordfish. Hand cranked from 1,700 ft. down in the Gulf Of Mexico out of Galveston.
Join us in this section featuring advice, techniques and stories of the “big one” with local pro’s like Patrick Lemire and Max Conner. Find recommended bait and tackle shops as well as powerhouse charters to get you out on the water in search of the “catch of a lifetime”. Enjoy!
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Close-up on: PATRICK LEMIRE TRAILER BAITS GET ‘EM
y f ir s t u s e o f tr a ile r b a its wa s in 1961. I don ’t k n o w wh e r e th e id e a c am e f r om ; ot he r fis h e r me n , a ma g a z in e ? I f I w as wri t i ng t hi s p ie c e a n d wa s 2 2 y e a r s old again, I ’ d know, b u t to d a y, it’s fa c ts fo r g o tt en- Whenev er i t was, th e two wa y s u s e d we r e s i m ple. Fir s t was pi eces o f wo o d e n b r o o m h a n d le c ut t o about 5 i nches l on g , with a lo n g s c r e w e y e in eac h of t hei r squa r e d - o ffe n d s . Th e y h a d about 6- 8 i nches of m o n o c o n n e c te d to a 1 /4 - o unc e s ilv er spoon or y e llo w b u c k ta il d r e s s e d tr e ble hook . T hat one w o r k e d we ll wh e n s p e c k s w er e c has i ng shri mp, e tc . to th e s u r fa c e . Th e ot her w as a 1/ 4-ounce s ilv e r, Mr. Ch a mp TM, h o ok r em ov ed, t rai l ed by a y e llo w b u c k ta il- d r e s s e d t r eble hook . T hi s was a h o t s e tu p fo r me wh e n fishing f or f l ounder i n th e Ga lv e s to n b e a c h fr o nt , w or k ing bet ween t h e le g s o f th e Ple a s u r e Pie r or par al l el t o t hos e o ld wo o d e n g r o in s a n d bounc ing i t off t he wa s h o u ts ’ b o tto m. Th e flo under w ould see t he f l a s h a n d p u ff o f s a n d a n d then nail t he f ol l owi ng dr e s s e d tr e b le . Th e p o in t o f t his is t hat t he t ra ile r fis h in g me th o d h a s been ar ound a l ong t i me, lo n g b e fo r e ‘6 1 . A t opwat er lu r e s e e ms to wo r k b e s t w hen t he back-t rebl e h o o k is r e mo v e d , a n d the t r ailer connect i on tie d to th e e y e . With a h eav ier, s ink i ng l ure, t h is c o mb o h a s th e a p p e a r a nc e of t he smal l er t ra ile r fo llo win g a t a s a fe d ist anc e. The t rai l er ’s f re e d o m o f mo v e me n t, g iv ing a nat ur al l ook, come s p a r tia lly fr o m its r e la tiv ely light wei ght — l i k e a fla g wa v in g in th e b r eez e— and we al l know h o w g o o d th a t lo o k s . Th is all hap pens whet he r it’s b e h in d a p o p p e r, s ink ing lur e, et c. P opper s c a ll in a n a s s o r tme n t of pr edat or s
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f r om a dis t anc e w it h t heir s ur f ac e c o m m o ti o n . Whet her it ’s a s t r ip bait , glob of s q u i d , w h o l e s quid, bait f is h, lead head jig, et c . , i t h a s a g o o d c hanc e of get t ing bit . N at ur ally, w i re c o m e s i n to play w hen k ingf is h or w ahoo ar e i n v o l v e d . A dis t anc e bet w een t he popper an d tra i l e r o f 2 f eet is a good one. R egar dles s of th e c o n n e c to r link s m at er ial, loop c onnec t ions a re i mp o rta n t t o giv e t he t r ailer pr es ent at ion m a x i m u m fre e dom of m ov em ent . K ingf is h and w a h o o re a l l y r es pond t o a big K r oc odileTM s po o n w i th a dr es s ed hook t r ailing w hen v ir t ual l y s k i p p e d ac r os s t he s ur f ac e. S ight f is hing, s u rfa c e c a s t ing, s k y r oc k et ing k ingf is h or w aho o a re a h a rd t o beat off s hor e c om binat ion. S t r i p b a i ts , 1 /2 ” x 2” x 6” , of bonit o, bluef is h, et c . a re a l l s tri k e at t r ac t or s . Ling in par t ic ular s eem to c o v e t a b i g glob of s quid. They als o lik e c r ab, e e l a n d b i g w or m s of t plas t ic s . A f t er f loat ing b a c k , l e t y o u r pr es ent at ion s it at about 100 f t . , g i v i n g p e ri o d i c r od t ip t w it c hes t o ac t iv at e t he po p p e r, e tc . w o rk it bac k a bit , let it dr if t out again. W h e n fi s h e d f r om a r od holder “ long” w it h t he r e e l i n g e a r, y ou hav e one of t he bes t c om bina ti o n s w o rk i n g . The boat ’s m ov em ent f r om w av e a c ti o n a n d a pr em ier hook s et t er — t he r od hol d e r. At a n y t im e w hen t he popper is at r es t , t h e s tri p b a i t w ill s ink a bit and r es pond t o popp e r m o v e me n t f r om r od t ip t w it c hes , m ak ing t he b a i t s tri p ri s e er r at ic ally. B e es pec ially c ar ef ul w h e n y o u r t r ailer bait is at or v er y near t he su rfa c e — A pr edat or s t r ik ing f r om below pus h e s a p re s s u re w av e ahead of it w hic h m ay blow y o u r h o o k e d t r ailer out of t he w at er. You c an’t s e t a h o o k i n a blow up. You m us t f eel t he w eigh t o f th e fi s h
on t he hook . Pr e ma tu r e h o o k s e ttin g c ould hav e everyt hi ng c o min g b a c k a t y o u . W hen f i shin g th e mid - d e p th s to th e bot t om , t r e bl e hook tr a ile r s ma y c a u s e h a n g - up pr oblem s if st ruct ure is a r o u n d . A mu c h b e tte r c hoic e is ‘T’ or ci rcl e ho o k s . Wh e n ta r g e tin g r e ef f is h at any dept h, i n Fe d e r a l wa te r s , a n d u s in g nat ur al bait , ci rcl e hook s a r e ma n d a te d b y NMFS r egulat ions . F i shi ng t h e mid - d e p th s to th e b o ttom is bes t
done w it h a light or f loat ing t r ailer b e h i n d a s poon, s ink ing lur e, et c . I alw ay s re m o v e th e s poon’s hook and t ie ont o t he s plit ri n g o r th e s poon it s elf w it h t he t r ailer ’s c onn e c ti n g l i n k . The t r ailer c an be a f loat er or “ f lot a ti o n a d d e d ” as in a piec e of s t y r of oam in a s t r i p b a i t, k e e p ing y our s t r ip bait et c . in v iew, up a n d a w a y fro m bot t om obs t r uc t ions ; light er c olore d tra i l e r b a i ts ar e eas ier t o s pot . When c as t ing a n y p re s e n t at ion w it h a t r ailer and bait c om bi n a ti o n , i t’s im por t ant t o s low y our c as t jus t be fo re y o u r l u re and t r ailer ar e about t o ent er t he w a te r, s tra i g h t ening it all out aw ay f r om y ou im m e d i a te l y b e fo re ent r y. A s in m os t f is hing s it uat ions , it ’s t h e c o mb i n a ti o n t hat c ount s . S ur f ac e lur es or deep ru n n e rs w i th a bait ed t r ailer w ill put f is h on t he bo a t, w het her y ou’r e f is hing off s hor e, ne a r s hor e, or in t he bay s — “ Tr ailer B a i ts G et ‘E m ”
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Recipe Of The Month
Wild pork Verde Guisada Ingredients
hog - 3-4 lbs. - Wild boneless meat - 3 tbsp (or - lard butter & olive oil) onion - 1 peeled - yellow and sliced garlic - 7-8 - fresh peeled cloves potato - 2 cups - white cut in chunks -- beef broth - 32 oz box - to cover meat -- water butter - 1 tbsp -- cumin seed - 2 tbsp to toast/grind for 1 tbsp -- powder TSS Tomatillo Avocado Salsa - 1/2 jar (8 oz) Rustic Rub - 4 -- TSS tbsp Southwestern - TSS Sizzler - 2 tbsp Mixed peppercorns -- fresh ground to taste sea salt - fresh - Pink ground to taste starch slurry - Corn to thicken -- Tortillas -- Sliced avocado
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Directions The secret to cooking tasty and tender wild game is using various cooking techniques and adding ingredients that complement the chosen wild protein. This recipe includes a step using an electric “set it and forget it” pressure cooker, but a stovetop model will work just as well. Start by heating a comal and add whole cumin seeds to toast. Move quickly to keep from burning, then remove from heat after they brown and slightly smoke. Next grind toasted seeds in a molcajete or spice grinder and measure out one tablespoon of powder. For the meat, add lard to a cast iron skillet, set on medium high heat, then add meat cut in large pieces and season with only fresh ground pepper and salt. Once the meat has browned on the first side, flip all pieces over and re-season, plus add the butter and all garlic cloves to start browning. Continue to brown on medium high until all the water and surface blood has cooked out of the game. Flip garlic often to keep from burning. Remove garlic and set aside any time after its brown and soft.
Turn meat as often as needed to brown evenly on both sides. Remove from heat and cut meat into bite size chunks, reserving any liquid that comes out of the meat. Next, layer the pressure cooker with meat, taters, onion slices, garlic, TSS seasonings, cumin, black pepper, and tomatillo salsa in two layers then add all beef stock and enough water to cover meat. Add three tbsp of the seasoned oil used to brown the meat then seal lid and set to “meat” mode and time cook under pressure for two hours. (Please remember to release steam before opening top when finished). After pressure cooking, add entire contents to a stockpot and set on stove at medium high to reduce liquid. Thicken the gravy with a corn starch slurry if needed. I like to serve this guisada with pinto beans, spanish rice, sliced avocado, and warm flour tortillas.
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“ I take on each customer’s goals as a personal challenge “
C HRIS TIN E B E CKE R
By: Tiffany Bergeron
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T h i s m o n t h , o u r g a l v e s t o n i a n s p o t l i g h t f a l l s t o C h r i s t i n e B e c k e r, owner of Woven Inspiration on Market Street. We had the privil e g e t o s i t d o w n w i t h M s . B e c k e r, A 3 0 - y e a r v e t e r a n i n t h e u p h o l s t e r y d e s i g n a n d p r e s e r v a t i o n i n d u s t r y, t o u n c o v e r m o r e a b o u t w h a t inspires this highly sought after design powerhouse.
WM: What led you to the fabric design
WM: Where were you before making
Galveston your home?
CB: I have always had an interest in
CB: Before moving to Galveston, I had an
fabrics. My Italian grandmother sewed dra-
upholstery shop in Houston on Washington
peries, bedspreads, and pillows and was
Avenue called Upholstery Plus Fabrics. I
interested in preservation as well. My love
had a weekend house on the island and
of fabric and preservation comes from her.
formed a relationship with the Galveston Historical Foundation. GHF was instru-
WM: Sounds like you had some great
mental in getting me involved with the res-
times with your grandmother.
toration design side of historic properties.
CB: Yes! We would go to Mood in Manhat-
I moved to Galveston full-time in 2004.
tan, a famous fabric store, and shop for
I’ve been known as Woven Inspiration for
fabrics. It’s a favorite memory of mine.
WM: What are some of your biggest pro-
preserve its history, enhancing the story of
jects that you are particularly proud of?
CB: I take on each customer’s goals as a personal challenge, big or small, so
WM: You recently moved your shop to
they all hold a special place with me.
Market Street. How is the new area treat-
But a few that I am really proud of is the
Galvestonian Lobby, The Stark House in
CB: Yes, I moved my shop to Market
Orange Texas, The Bishops Palace, The
Street in a beautiful building that has its
Elissa Tall Ship, and various projects at
own story to tell. I am loving the vibe of
the Rosenberg Library. I have had the
privilege of working on many historic and newly built coastal homes on the island as
WM: Finally, what are some of your
well. Galveston College was an amazing
favorite “go-to” places on the island when
upholstering job as well. We assisted in
you are not being a fabric ninja?
the design and color production of 168
CB: I frequent The Big House Antiques
windows for the dorm, and upholstered 70
and RCCs furniture store. They always
pieces of furniture. Amazing!
have some really great finds. The Witchery and Holistic Solutions is always enjoy-
WM: What do you offer your clients?
able. 29 Degrees Consignment Shop is
CB: I offer my clients one on one assis-
a must visit. Mod Coffee Shop is a great
tance selecting fabrics, window treat-
thinking environment, and Coastal Grill for
ments, and refinishing heirloom furniture.
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with J an & De a n i Jan and Dean. I’m having a difficult time with my parents right now. It has to do with my ex-husband. My then-husband and I went through a difficult divorce as
i Fannie. I agree with Jan on this one. An ex is just that, an ex. It’s absolutely insane that your parents think it’s ok to continue a
he cheated on me numerous times over the 10 years we were
relationship with someone that hurt their daughter in any manner. It
married. Here is where it ties in. My parents have Dave over
kind of makes you question if they may have known he was being
for dinner at least once a month. They really like him!! They
adulterous during your marriage and chose to overlook it because
think he’s a great guy. Now they have informed me that they are
they like the guy.
having his girlfriend come over too! To top it off, she is one of the many he cheated on me with when we were married. I am
It sounds to me like Dave has very little common sense or decency.
speechless. I have told them I’m really upset, but they say that
He sounds like a complete tool for creating this division between
it was our problem, not theirs. They enjoy his company and
you and your family. It also sounds like Ma and Pa have very little
he is welcome in their home. Well, I feel betrayed. This man
respect for you, your feelings, or your future well-being.
crushed my heart! I would think that they would hate him as much as I do. I haven’t spoken to them for a while. I don’t think
My advice: tell your parents to have a magnificent time entertaining
this is right. I want your opinions, please.
Dave and his girlfriend. Wish them all the happiness in the world.
~Fannie is Furious
Then forget about all of them for a while. Nasty situations always come to pass sooner or later, and this sounds like a doozie. Fortu-
don’t blame you for being upset. I would be furious too.
nately, you have a choice not to be there when the snakes slither out
These are your parents!! They should put your feelings
of their skin. Understand that it’s OK to distance yourself from toxic
first! How they think this is okay, and say it was your
people and toxic environments; even if it is your parents. Distance
problem with him is unbelievable, and ruthless as far as I’m
yourself, clear your mind, and have some fun being single after 10
concerned. I feel for you, I really do. Until your parents come to re-
years of wedlock. Wishing you well!
ality, I hate to say, I would write them off for now. Quit stewing over it, go out with your friends, socialize, quit thinking about it. Maybe in the meantime, you might find some lucky fella that will take your mind completely off this mess. Good luck Fannie. I’m in your corner. (PS, if you do meet a heartthrob, don’t harp on your situation. He doesn’t want to hear that).
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eflections By: John and Kathy Valastro
ummer is winding down and it’s time to expand our knowledge of Texas with some fun facts. We “Islanders” are always looking for “tidbits” of information to share with people we meet. I found this on Facebook, and I saw this many, many years ago, so I believe it is accurate; some little known, very interesting facts about Texas: 1. Port Arthur to El Paso: 889 miles. Port Arthur to Chicago: 770 miles 2. Brownsville to Texline (north of Amarillo): 956 miles. Texline to Canada: 960 miles 3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas. 4. The world’s first rodeo was in Pecos, Tx on July 4, 1883. 5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston was the only hotel in North America built over water. It was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008! 6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman, who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas. 7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America. 8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America’s only remaining flock of whooping cranes. 9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978. 10. The worst natural disaster in US history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island. 11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was “ Houston,” but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time. 12. The King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island. 13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a US rainfall record of 43 inches in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979. 14. Texas is the only state to enter the United States by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the US Flag, and Texas may choose to divide into 5 states.
15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1,500 years old. 16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state. 17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper. 18. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia, and Austin. 19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the US, which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington, DC (by 7 feet). 20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free-standing monument in the world, and it is taller than the Washington Monument. 21. The name ‘ Texas ‘ comes from the Hasinai Indian word ‘Tejas meaning “friends”. Tejas is NOT Spanish for Texas. 22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo. An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females. 23. The first domed stadium in the US was the Astrodome in Houston. 24. The Beck family ranch land grant is one days ride by horse (25 miles) in each direction from the headquarters. 25. The name of the XIT ranch in Dalhart Texas stands for “ten in Texas”. That means 10 counties in Texas! Now, islanders, you are armed with some Texas “tidbits” to share with other islanders or visitors. Go and have some fun!
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~ John and Kathy Valastro
Dustin Harper - Going Home
ustin Harper is a Houston, singer-songTexas-based singer-song writer who began his creative journey during childhood. In his formative years, Harper gained his love of music from his parents, who planted the seed to pursue the life of a musician. Harper grew up in a music-driven home, with both parents supporting the family as professional musicians. Visualizing this as a lifestyle of his own as an adult, he devoted himself to becoming a solid guitar player, cutting his teeth performing in local bands which progressed into becoming a member of his church’s praise band. It was during this time that he also discovered his talent as a percussionist. In 2012, Harper knew it was time to share his musigifts and begin the pilgrimage of a working musi cian performing originals and covers influenced by country music, southern rock, and blues. This resulted in an acoustic duo and then later a Facebook: https://facebook.com/inwoodband/
band of his own. Performing regularly in the Houston/Galveston area, Harper has a knack for connecting audiences through soulful lyrics and a healthy dose of grit and twang. Harpers recently released single, “Going Home”, reached 3,928 listeners during the week of its debut as well as 5,625 streams. “’Going Home’ is about being a blue-collar worker, grinding extended hours, seven days a week for weeks to months on end, and what is thought about in the final days before going home,” says Harper. “Going Home” is available on all streaming platforms. He is currently in the studio working on his next release, “Sit and Stare”, which is scheduled for release in this month. Get more information on the release and show your support by following Harper on Instagram and Facebook.
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Harper has a knack for connecting audiences through soulful lyrics and a healthy dose of grit and twang.
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