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April 2020

CONTENTS | Find your great read

LET’S MAKE WAVES TOGETHER! Pet Corner | Fur Coat Therapy


Restaurant Review | Texadelphia


Trivia | Test Your Knowledge


Spotlight |


Baseball History | Nations Turning Point


Small Bites| Koops Kitchen on 23rd


Pet Peeves | Checkout Line Horrors


Niblets | Local Response To Covid-19


Comedy Corner | with Bob Rohan


Cajun Corner | Thoughts on Roux


Gardening With Holly Ross | The Peggy Martin Rose


Theatrical | Leaving The Light On


Events | Galveston Symphony


The Beach Bum | Celebrity Mugshots



On The Cover | Photo By Jonathan Chumley




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Fishing Advice | with Patrick Lemire


Field To Table | with William “Wild Bill” Powell


Downtown Currents | with Christy Monroe


Bunny’s Cookin’ Column | Recipes


Jan & Dean | Relationship Advice


Trivia Answers | Check your answers


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BURKE’S BRIEFS | Letter from the Publisher

Executive Creative Director Christopher Bergeron Contributors Richard Henderson, D.V.M. J.A. Bunny Jan & Dean Billy Powell Patrick Lemire Max Conner Tom Valliere Charlie Bresenhan Paul Hager Bob Rohan Christy Monroe John Valastro Holly Ross Dr. Tara Wegryn J. Chumley Photography Thomas Waggoner Zach Tate Lynda Watson On the web WavesGalveston.com Facebook.com / WavesGalveston

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Mike Burke | Publisher

Hello, Wavers, I regularly fill my column each month with fun stuff to see and do on the island, while including a couple of jokes and few things about our magazine content for the month. This month, however, is very different. COVID-19 has changed things for all of us. Instead, I want everyone reading this, (and there are thousands each month that do), to believe that we, as a community, are GALVESTON STRONG! We have survived and prospered through rough times before, and we will do it again. Why? Because we are a family. We live, work, and play together. We support each other through good times and bad and we always will! My staff and I are honored to publish what the community has voted to be the most entertaining publication found in the area. With the help of our terrific citizens and our phenomenal first responders, we will get through this together!

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As I have stated many times before in my editorial, and what is ultimately the principal foundation of this publication’s message, BUY LOCAL!!! It’s more important now than ever. The Galveston community has everything you could ever want or need, and this is the time to open your hearts and do everything you can to support our wonderful residents and businesses. Waves Magazine wants to sincerely thank our extremely loyal advertisers and readers. Waves is here for you and always will be. We are not going anywhere. Month after month, we are going to be right here. That is something you can absolutely count on. A special THANKS to Jonathan Chumley, J.Chumley Photography, for the super cover image this month! You can see more of his work on page 63. REMEMBER: WE ARE GALVESTON STRONG! SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES



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PE T C O R N E R | D r. R i c h a r d H e n d e r s o n

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Pet Care Advice From Richard D. Henderson, DVM

PET CORNER | Dr. Richard Henderson

Coronavirus Chaos:


uring the Coronavirus outbreak so many people are staying home with their pets. Our dogs think it’s great, “More pets, more treats and more quality time with my master.” Life is good. Our cats are wondering why the “two-legged servants “ are interrupting their naps and causing disruption of their schedules. I always knew my cats were narcissistic. Our pets are a very important part of our lives and daily routines. They provide comfort to us and can help us cope during times of crisis. Although we have been asked to keep a safe distance from other members of our own species there is no reason we can’t safely get outdoors with our dogs to de-stress and get some valuable exercise. I don’t think the dog park, though, would be a smart choice as this puts us in close quarters with fellow dog owners. However, there are miles of mostly

Therapy with a Fur Coat

deserted Galveston beaches that we can take our pooches to without having to bump into other people. Ultraviolet light is very effective at destroying bacteria and viruses and saltwater is unlikely to allow the Big C virus to survive. It is so easy to drive out west and find a secluded turn out to have a relaxing beach getaway with two and four-legged family members. Remember, keep the leash handy and stay away from the sand dunes. April is a prime time for rattlesnake activity in the dunes as the weather warms. Avoid allowing your dog to contact others. Excitement levels are high at the beach causing some

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to behave badly and start fights. It is our responsibility to control our pet’s behavior around other animals and people. Keeping distance is even more important today. A couple of other outing options with your dog would be Carbide Park in La Marque and Jack Brooks Park in Santa Fe. Carbide Park offers wide-open grassy areas while Jack Brooks has paths with trees and shade. These parks have leashing requirements that should be followed for safety reasons. Both places allow you to get outdoors for a little fun and emotional distancing from the news media’s dire reports. Before heading out check before-

PET CORNER | Dr. Richard Henderson

hand for any mandated closures and restrictions. Should “shelter in place” orders occur an at home Plan B can take over.

Respect the distancing rules and avoid passing too close to other

Our pets can be a wonderful resource during stressful times. We should take advantage of this by spending more time with them during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be beneficial for pet and person. They are a source of mental medicine. Stay safe, buy locally and keep petting your pup.

If your groomer is closed why not give the dogs a bath, blow dry and a good brush-out? Don’t ignore your cat either. He would love a nice combing and kitty massage twice a day too. You will be removing some old hair that otherwise might end up as that cold hairball you step on in the middle of the night.

Richard D. Henderson, DVM Galveston Veterinary Clinic 2108 61st Street Galveston, TX 77551 409.356.9000

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P E T C ORNER | Dr. Richard Henderson

At home we can take “media breaks” by going out in our yards with our dogs to throw the ball, play Frisbee or teach them a new trick, even if they are old! Most of us are aware of the psychological benefits of just hanging around animals. This means that nightly walk around the block may be benefiting us as much as Fido. Positive routines establish some normalcy amid the chaos. If you have the time why not two walks a day? Your dog will love it and you will feel better.

walkers. When picking up food from one of Galveston’s fine eateries, take your dog for a ride and let him stick his nose out of the window to smell the world. Many restaurants will bring your food out to your car so no worries about the car overheating while you are in picking up supper. But keep a watchful eye on the way home that he doesn’t scarf down your burger.





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TRIVIA | Test your knowledge

H o w W e l l D o Y o u K n o w T h e S m a l l To w n s O f Te x a s ?

Marfa isn’t much more than a map dot. What has folks flocking here for over a century? A. Aliens B. Lights C. Gold mines D. Caves

For more than a century, Dublin, Texas was known as one of the few U.S. sources for this product. What is it? A. Pumpkin beer B. Potato donuts C. Electric cars D. Dr. Pepper with real sugar

Consider yourself a shopaholic? Don’t miss this Texas town, which is known for its mega-sized antiques fair. A. Tyler B. Round Top C. San Marcos D. Galveston

Want to see the roadside stop known as Cadillac Ranch? It’s located just to the west of this town in the Texas panhandle. A. Austin B. Lubbock C. Gruene D. Amarillo

If you want to buy these, head for Archer City which is famous for a Main Street store started by screenwriter Larry McMurty. A. Diamonds B.Used books C. Records D. Watches

What Texas town is home to the Texas White House, and also happens to be the hometown of the 36th U.S. President? A. Johnson City B. Lincoln City C. Kennedy City D. Ford City

Tell us the main export of Shiner down in the southeastern part of the state. A. Beer B. Pineapples C. Chickens D. Computer chips

Influenced by the culture of its German founders, which Texas town is also the birthplace of Navy legend Chester Nimitz? A. Fredericksburg B. Marfa C. Canyon D. Ervine

Which of these ranks among the not-to-be-missed attractions on a visit to Schulenburg down in Texas Hill Country? A. Massive antique festival B. Corn palace C. Painted churches D. Wild horse preserve

The town of New Braunfels near San Antonio is known as home to Schlitterbahn, which is a ... A. Buffet restaurant B. Federal prison C. Racetrack D. Water park

Known as the infamous ghost town near Big Bend. Once a quicksilver mining hub, now hosts an annual chili cookoff? A. Silver Dollar City B. Terlingua C. Killington D. Bodie

Charro Days is a major festival down in southern Texas. Which town plays host to the crowds for this event? A. Brownsville B. Galveston C. Amarillo D. Lubbock

Can you name the Texas town that shot to fame thanks to a 1977 Waylon Jennings song? A. Canyon B. Port Isabel C. Luckenbach D. Kemah

This town calls itself “The Gateway City” because of its four major bridges to Mexico. Can you name it? A. Abilene B. Odessa C. Laredo D. Katy

Across the border from Shreveport, Louisiana, you’ll find the only natural lake in Texas in this small town. A. Lewisville B. Jefferson C. San Marcos D. Round Rock

13-mile loop draws visitors to this Gillespie County town in Texas Hill Country to see fields of bluebonnets each spring. A. Wichita Falls B. Willow City C. McAllen D. Rockport

Which town should you visit to tube on the Medina River or tour the Frontier Times Museum? A. Bandera B. Fredericksburg C. Armstrong D. San Marcos

Do you know which of these towns sits along Highway 290 between Houston and Austin? A. Brownsville B. Laredo C. Archer City D. Chappell Hill

Just north of Abilene near the Oklahoma border, you’ll find the town of Seymour, Texas. Which of these is its claim to fame? A. Gold mines B. Craft beer C. Dinosaurs D. Great shopping

Founded in the 1830s, Liberty, Texas has its own replica of a U.S. landmark. Can you name it? A. Statue of Liberty B. Liberty Bell C. White House D. Pentagon

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WAVES History:

Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson made American history when he broke the color barrier in 1947.

American Baseball: The Turning of a Nation


“There are three things that America will be known for 2,000 years from now: The Constitution, jazz music, and Baseball. They’re the three most beautifully designed things this culture ever produced.”

e play it as kids, we watch it and listen to it as adults, and we pass down our love of the game through generations. Baseball is an American family tradition. The game is intimately tied to us in a very personal way, but what you may not realize is how much it is also tied to history. Often referred to as America’s National Pastime, baseball has had a very active role in the shaping of this nation. From the Civil War to Civil Rights and all points in between and beyond, baseball supports and reflects many aspects of

American life, from culture to economics and technological advances. It inspires movements, instills pride and even heals cities. This story is told at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where the plaques and artifacts all have something to say about the special place baseball holds in the hearts of Americans. These are just a few of the places where the history of our National Pastime and American history have crossed.

THE CIVIL WAR The first professional baseball games were played in the wake of a young nation’s darkest days. The amateur version, however, has roots that reach back decades before the war began. Reporters described baseball as a “mania” back in the 1840s. The sport was already established as a popular pastime when Civil War soldiers on both sides played it as a diversion. Many veterans took the game home after the war and it became a great unifier in the years that followed the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history.

Though since disproved, the invention of the sport was originally believed to have occurred in Cooperstown and was credited to Civil War hero Abner Doubleday. Doubleday was at Fort Sumter in South Carolina when the first shots were fired in defense of the Union. He went on to rise to the rank of Major General and served with distinction during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Opening days like this one at the Polo Grounds have been a community tradition for well over a century.

WORLD WARS I AND II During World War I, 227 major leaguers served in various branches of the military. Among them were several future Hall of Famers, including Christy Mathewson, Branch Rickey, George Sisler, and Ty Cobb, whom all served in the Chemical Warfare Service, commonly referred to as “The Gas and Flame Division.” These baseball icons were instructors, training U.S. troops and conducting drills. One of these drills sent soldiers into an airtight chamber into which actual poison gas was released. During one of these training exercises, an accident occurred, causing Cobb and Mathewson to be exposed to the gas. Cobb recovered, but Mathewson was exposed to a much larger dose of poison, which damaged his lungs and contributed to his death from tuberculosis eight years later at the age of 45. In World War II, more than 500 major leaguers – and 37 Hall of Famers – served in the armed forces, with many of them sacrificing prime years of their careers. At the same time, though, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued what is now known as the “Green Light Letter” to encourage play to continue. He deemed the game a necessary morale booster during the difficult times.

in the big leagues. There were numerous strides and setbacks in between. An unwritten agreement barred blacks from professional leagues from the late 1800s and into the 20th century. Before that, the professional game had bucked the trend, as Bud Fowler – a native Central New Yorker – played in the 1870s and ‘80s despite the proliferation of Jim Crow laws. Within the African American community, baseball was a great source of pride as dozens of barnstorming teams traveled from town to town to entertain crowds. The Negro leagues fielded outstanding players, many of whom have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Baseball led the way on integration, as Jackie Robinson became a key symbol of equality during the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s. Hank Aaron made history as a symbol of African-American progress in the 1960s and ‘70s. In 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates fielded MLB’s first all-black lineup, and a little more than three years later, Frank Robinson became the majors’ first

The war years also saw the founding of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, established in part to compensate for the loss of many of the best major league players to the war effort.

CIVIL RIGHTS African Americans played baseball on Southern plantations during the 1850s. A century later, Jackie Robinson became the first African American since 1884 to play

Women stepped up to the plate as World War II depleted much Major League talent

African American manager. There are three things that America will be known for 2,000 years from now: The Constitution, jazz music, and Baseball. They’re the three most beautifully designed things this culture ever produced.

THE MODERN DAYS Throughout history, baseball has not only entertained but has also offered a sense of comfort during difficult times. President George W. Bush showed the nation’s strength as he threw out the first pitch of World Series Game 3 in New York City just seven weeks after the tragedies of 9/11. In 2013, the Red Sox proved “Boston Strong” with a World Series win in the shadow of the Boston Marathon bombings. Again, in Houston, baseball served an important purpose. As the region crawled back from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 Houston Astros claimed their first-ever World Series championship. The Museum documents these moments and more – moments in which baseball and our culture have intersected in powerful ways. The Museum’s collection of artifacts extends far beyond the baseball’s greatest players and includes many items that tell the stories of our nation.

Reference: Major League Baseball. (2001) The Official Site of Major League Baseball. Major League Baseball, United States. [Archived Web Site] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/77d 0420c050d0fcc768407b3cef53e4e/.

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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! 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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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.

PE T P E E V E S | D a il y t ee t h g r i n d i n g l i f e situations


Of The Month

PET PEEVES | Da il y teeth grinding life situati ons


Check-Out Line Horrors

s a customer, particularly in a “convenience” store situation, I prefer lines to do one thing--move. Disruption of the flow is frustrating and exemplifies some people’s capacity to be inconsiderate. While most people deem the cashier is the culprit, it’s usually the customers who are problematic. Money/Credit Card: You know you must pay. The checkout line is not the place to search a 1,268-pocket abyss of a purse to find your payment. The ones that have to “run to the car” to get the money? Oh…My…God!

Huge amounts of change: I get it. When I was a kid, and payday was almost here, Mama would send us to the store with “sofa change” to pick-up a few things. Pre-counted, in a zip-lock bag, and the amount clearly labeled, the checkout process was quick. However, digging in a purse or under the car seats for .62 cents to avoid breaking a dollar, at check-out, is ridiculous. Break the dollar. Change can be cashed in for bills at any Kroger via the change machines. Push the buttons of the machine, not the buttons of the people standing in line behind you! Lottery ticket purchasers: “A Dr. Pepper, $10.00 in gas on pump 3 and two Texas Two-Step scratch off’s, please.” This should be a brief interaction between Mrs. Customer and Mr. Cashier. But wait, is she scratching off the lottery ticket at the window? Oh, she won $2.00. Good for you lady! Make sure you stand here and keep cashing them in until you don’t win anything. I’ll wait. The champion of the “most inconsiderate folks” competition goes to Jane Q. Customer, who places items on the counter, the cashier rings it up, then the customer leaves the counter to grab something they forgot. It’s not the cashier’s fault. He wants to strangle Jane Q. just as much as the 6 people in line waiting. The kicker is this is

the same lady, previously in the middle of the line, that kept looking ahead, mumbling that the line is moving too slow and she’s late for her 2 pm yoga class at the Y. Do we like people who are inconsiderate of our time, preferring to deliberately pull us into their disorganized mess of a life by aimlessly holding up check-out lines?

W E D ON ’ T L I K E THAT! There is something to be said for practicing certain etiquettes, social interaction protocols if you will, instilled in most of us during the growing-up process. At the very least, be conscious that action taken in a social situation affects other people, directly or indirectly, not just in a check-out situation, but several daily life routines that we all follow. Prepare for the daily grind, like a trip to the store. Use common sense and a little regard for other folks. We can get through this “adulting” thing together. We promise!



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HEALT H AND BEAUTY | Dr. Tara Wegryn


Do Your Hands Give Away Your Age?

l ways exposed to the elements and to the sun, your hands, as much as your face and décolleté, probably show signs of aging. The average American driver spends 280 hours behind the wheel a year. In other words, your unprotected hands were exposed to almost 300 hours of direct UV rays from the time you spent driving in just one year! Signs of aging and sun exposure may include wrinkles, dryness, scaling and brown spots, all of which can be addressed with moisturizers, anti-wrinkle creams, skin lighteners and exfoliators, but what can be done about the prominent veins and tendons which seem to become more noticeable over the years? With age, collagen in the hands is produced at a slower rate and is made less efficiently. This causes the veins and tendons on the back of the hand to appear more visible. Radiesse is an FDA-approved injectable cosmetic skin treatment for hands. Upon injection, the filler component immediately makes the hands appear more youthful, by filling in the sunken areas where the skin has become thin and the collagen, lacking. Over the ensuing months, Radiesse provides a structural scaffolding for production of your own type 1 (structural) collagen which further strengthens the skin and fills in the hollow areas. 86% of individuals show sustained improvement over a 12-month period.

The procedure can be safely performed in the office in less than 30 minutes. Complications are uncommon but may include bruising, redness, swelling and pain. Post-procedure restrictions are minimal and include no aggressive scrubbing or rubbing, no tanning or excessive UV exposure and no sleeping on your hands for two weeks.



Dr. Tara Wegryn is a board-certified Neurologist and Electrophysiologist and a member in good standing with the IAPAM (International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine). Dr. Wegryn received her MD from the University of Florida and residency in Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic. In 1996, Dr. Wegryn founded Houston Neuromonitoring, a successful intraoperative monitoring company that served the surgical community at the TMC (Texas Medical Center) for over 17 years. Dr. Tara Wegryn is currently the director/owner of Refresh Medispa in Galveston, Texas.

More youthful, fuller looking hands are possible with FDA approved Radiesse, a volume expander and collagen stimulator. Radiesse is a safe and effective way to make your hands look as young as your face.

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Have a great day, and I hope you continue to

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C OME D Y | B uffal o Gal s


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”.

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The comic feature is about two cowgirls “Bess Winchester” and “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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G A R D E N I N G | A d v i c e & t e c h n i q u e s f r o m Holly Ross

Peggy Martin Rose

GARDENING | Advice & techniques from Holly R oss

“cascading canes, show-stopping displays & at home in the humid, salty conditions of the coast”


s you roam about the island in the spring, you probably notice the fences and arbors draped in gorgeous pink blooms. The cascading canes of the Peg g y Martin Rose come alive with a riotous display of single blossom flowers born in clusters. The show is spectacular. This rose is as tough as they come. It likes the humid, salty conditions of the coast. As a matter of fact, this rose was submerged in over 20 feet of water in Peg g y Martin’s garden in the after math of Katrina. When fellow gardeners checked on their friend, inquiring of this rose that

had grown in her garden for years, Peg g y happily reported that the rose had come back with vigor. Several rose growers traveled to New Orleans and took cuttings. They then propagated those cuttings. Now, we can all enjoy the beauty in our own gardens. The Peg g y Martin Rose is an old fashion rose that grows as much as 15 feet. The main blooming season is six weeks long in the spring. Once a specimen is established, there will be a second blooming season in the fall. The show-stopping display in the spring is reason enough to grow this rose in your landscape. Throughout the year, the nearly thorn-less canes have dark green glossy leaves. Because of its semi-climbing habit, it is best to grow this rose on a fence, wall or arbor. Once the blooms are spent, trim vigorously to keep the canes trained on the str ucture and to promote air flow. All roses do best in soils rich in organic matter and mulch at least 3 inches deep. Spraying with an anti-fungal spray weekly will promote the healthiest plants and keep black spot at bay. Full sun is important for roses, morning sun and afternoon shade being the best situation.

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EVENTS | Island entertainment at its B E S T

Galveston’s Own Symphony

TO OUR COMMUNITY: Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s 40th anniversary season was cut short when the final two concerts had to be canceled because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Sunday afternoon concerts at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Moody Mansion Music Series, and the new Bryan Museum Music series all were canceled. Although the musicians and concert goers alike were disappointed to miss the music, we all understand the importance of staying apart until this crisis is over. Founded in 1979, the Symphony is a communitysupported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization bringing the very best classical music to Galveston Island. Foe updates, please watch our website at www.GalvestonSymphony.org and Facebook page to keep in touch, or email jgill@galvestonsymphony.org. 30 | Wa v e s M ag a z i n e | A p r i l 2 0 2 0 I s s u e

We look forward to coming together again to share the joy of classical music. — Trond Saeverud, Conductor & Music Director — Joanie Gill Scarborough, Executive Directer — Lynette Haaga, Board President

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Galveston symphony orchestra classical music, island style !

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Your time is valuable. Trust Waves Dining Section to be your personal concierge on the Galveston Dining Circuit. With tips, amenities, features like outdoor seating, pet friendliest places and price points, let us test the WAVES at various Island Restaurants for you! See you at the table!

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Galveston Shrimp Company


Fresh Seafood Market

8011 Harborside Drive Galveston, TX 77554 409-741-5600

Hours Of Operation Wednesday—Saturday 9:am—6:pm

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Get your Soul Food Fix! Soul 2 Soul 3104 Market Street Galveston, TX 77550

Hours of Operation: Mon. – Fri. 11 AM – 4 PM Sat. & Sun. Noon – 4 PM

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Bringing The Authentic Taste Of Greece & The Mediterranean To Galveston Island


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Highlighting Galveston’s Best of the Best Dining Experiences.


ocated directly on the seawall, this Galveston branch of a small Texas chain offers casual comfort food and a lively sports bar scene. With their soaring glass windows overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and their outdoor patio beach bar, it is a popular place for a lunch or a refreshing dinner and drink after a day at the beach. Founded in 1981 when Philadelphia native Joel Stanley moved to Austin and found he could not get a Philadelphia style cheese steak, so he decided to open his own restaurant and serve them. Located across from the University of Texas campus, it was an immediate hit with students enjoying the oversized sandwiches

and cold beer. Word quickly spread throughout Austin and soon crowds began to gather. With a lot of hard work and the support of their loyal customers, they began to expand within Austin and into other Texas cities, finally opening a branch in Galveston in the location of the former Ocean Grill. Today’s Texadelphia menu has grown tremendously from that original one great cheese steak. The menu now features a greater variety of original Texas cheese steaks for all tastes. Their delicious queso, guacamole, salsa and signature sauces are made from scratch and are fresh each day. All of their cheese steaks are served with fresh light tortilla chips and scratch made salsa, which is one of the best, and I have literally eaten it by the spoonful. Any of the sandwiches can be topped with one of their signature sauces for free. The sandwiches themselves are huge. A soft hoagie roll overstuffed with tender beef and topped with melted cheese. There are several varieties to choose from. I like the Founder’s favorite with grilled onions, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and jalapenos. My partner prefers the South Philly with mushrooms, green pepper, grilled onions and drizzled with cheese “whiz”. They also have a memorable French Dip and a grilled veggie version for those that prefer a meatless option. While the focus is on the cheesesteaks, other areas do not come up short. They have an extensive menu of appetizers and bar food, including nachos topped with their sandwich beef, really great chicken wings, Philly cheese fries and more. Salads come in several varieties, and there is even a menu for your sweet tooth.

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Not to be overlooked are their burgers and wraps. Their “stick a fork in me” is a formidable concoction of a burger smothered in melted cheese. It is impossible (or at least impracticable) to eat with your hands and thus the name. They offer several sandwiches and wraps along with a shrimp po’boy. A full bar adds to the fun with a happy hour and dining al fresca on their dog friendly patio bar. What it comes down to in their own words; “We are the home of the Original Texas Cheesesteak. It is what we have been doing since 1981”. Carryout and curb service are available until the dining room reopens. Please check their website and call for hours.

Hours Of Operation: Sun – Thru 11 AM - 9 PM Fri - Sat 11 AM - 10 PM

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1228 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 77550 409-497-2953

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ISLAND DINING SPOTLIGHT GALVESTO N DI NING GUIDE | Reviews, News, Events and H i ghl i ghts

COVID-19 Our April Spotlight is on the Virus, COVID-19. Commonly known as “Coronavirus�, this nasty bug is affecting our lives, and our livelihoods, in many negative ways. Major changes are being mandated, curtailing our activities and changing our lives in unimaginable ways very quickly. Unfortunately, it is likely to get worse before it gets better. While all segments of society are feeling the effects of this virus, few have been hit harder and faster than the travel and leisure industry. There will certainly be a ripple effect throughout the economy as this crisis deepens, but for Galveston the pain is upon us now; abruptly and mercilessly. It is difficult to measure the total impact upon our community as every facet has been affected. The cruise industry, now in total shutdown, accounts for roughly 20,000 visitors per week that are not using our hotels or eating in our restaurants. Our hotels are sitting empty, staring across Seawall Boulevard at empty beaches at a time of year we usually get a spring boost.

by: Tom Valliere & Charlie Bresenhan whatever business the local people can give them while waiting for the summer season to get them through another year. This year, there is likely not going to be a summer season. Our restaurants are in trouble as their employees are being let go in droves. These people are our friends and neighbors and need us now more than ever, especially the laid-off bartenders, cooks, servers and others that cater to our everyday needs. These are not high-paying jobs. Most of them have no benefits. Many working mothers with families to feed and bills to pay are suddenly without income. The restaurant owners themselves are in survival mode just hoping to hang on. The national chains will fare better as they have deep pockets and access to equity markets and financing that the locals do not enjoy. But even the chains are shedding employees and again few of them have any ongoing benefits or safety net.

As bad as all that may be, at least they are open and available to their non-existent customers. That is not the case with our bars and restaurants. Our bars have been ordered totally closed, our restaurants are open only for takeout delivery and even those have limitations to accommodate social spacing restrictions.

Galveston people are resourceful and resilient. It is in our DNA. We have survived hurricanes, massive fires, several Yellow Fever epidemics, wars, and we will survive this. Even now I see the local restaurateurs stepping up and offering incentives and creative solutions to keep people employed and doors open (see April Niblets Column on Page 40). Sadly, I do not see the same efforts among the chain restaurants.

Galveston has long been blessed with an infrastructure much larger than a city of 50,000 people could expect. Our museums, attractions, even our police forces and public works department are larger than normal for a city our size. This is due directly to the fact we have a high transient population. It is normal for visitors to outnumber residents on any given summer weekend. All these visitors are hungry. They need to eat. Hence the huge number of restaurants we enjoy.

How can you and I help? We can do a quite a bit actually. We can continue to benefit our local restaurants by taking advantage of the takeout and delivery options available and give preference to those restaurants that are using their employees for delivery. This gives the employee extra income and saves the restaurant the fees the delivery services charge. We can purchase gift cards - these give the restaurant immediate cash against future meals. But mostly we can be very generous with our tipping.

Chains notwithstanding, most of these restaurants are small and locally owned and operated. In a good year they barely scrape by in the winter months buoyed by a few bumps like Lonestar Bike Rally and Mardi Gras Galveston. They barely hang on with

No one knows where the bottom is. Hopefully, this is just a memory by the time the April magazine is circulated, and you read this. We can certainly hope. At the end of the day, that is all we have. Hope, faith, family and each other.

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Take-Out / Car Hop 409-763-1010 409-763-6060

628 14th Street

Online Grocery Store Available From Eggs, fruit & Veggies to Meats & DesSerts, make an order for pick-up!


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Delivery Available

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Highlighting Galveston’s cafe’s, food trucks and quick bite food stops not happen to a nicer couple. Operating out of the kitchen in their new location, they plan to retain the food truck and use it for special events in the future. Tara Head and her husband PJ are the owners of Koop’s. Both are from Galveston and PJ’s roots go back many years. First venturing into the food truck business about 18 months ago, they named the business in memory of their late sister and friend Kristen Head. Kristen’s nickname was Pook, hence the backward spelling of Koop’s. Always ready to get her hands dirty in the kitchen, the name is a fitting tribute to a loved family member.


alk about adversity! This small family owned business started in a food truck on Avenue S in the parking lot of the former Barbecue Barn. From the very start, they created a huge buzz in our island food community. The business thrived with lines at the window. Just as quickly as they rose to prominence, they crashed as a landlord dispute sent them packing for a new location. Lo and behold, they were able to strike a deal to take over the Charlie Burger location on 23rd street. Offering seated dining, they were well on the way to being a full service brick and mortar restaurant when tragedy struck again when Galveston ordered all restaurants to close and offer only takeout and delivery service.

Well, it just so happens that take out is a core competency for a food truck and barbecue is a perfect takeout food. Turning adversity to advantage, their business is again thriving. Waiting times at peak hours can be 30 minute or more. This could

Specializing in smoked brisket, they offer a full range of smoked meats, sandwiches, sides and plates. Their ribs are delicious and serves as their usual Saturday special. For takeout during these restricted times, they offer several daily specials that are reasonably priced. The core menu rotates daily but they always add one or two surprise specials, so you are never bored. They post their specials daily on their Facebook page. Some of the past specials included corned beef for St Patrick’s Day and a special gumbo offered in memory of their sister on her birthday March 9th; a tradition I hope they continue. Far from traditional, their daily menu mixes it up. A recent menu included a brisket banh mi with garlic noodles - a twist on the traditional Vietnamese sandwich, or how about a brisket banh mi taco with a side? More traditional options include a loaded baked potato or a burger with fries. For a treat, try their brisket street corn in a cup for a twist on that Mexican favorite elote dish. Their barbecue plates are always available and offer a selection of meats and sides. I am posting their current hours, but they may change so it is always better to call ahead. Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00AM - 6:00PM

Koop’s Barbecue

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Pennie’s Take Out Menu Smoked Brisket Quality brisket covered with our original rub, slow smoked and ready to be sliced when you order. Pork Ribs Pork ribs cooked with our original rub till almost done then basted with our honey sweetened sauce.

Link Sausage Pork and Beef link sausage smoked over oak ready and waiting for you to order.

Texas Sized Tamales Available Now!

Sandwiches Chopped Beef | Sliced Beef | Sausage |Comes with a complimentary 4 oz side Stuffed Baked Potato Huge baked potato filled with butter, cheese, sour cream, chives and best of all chopped brisket!

Barbacoa (Sat. and Sun. Only) Pennie Ochoa’s delicious recipe. Tender, moist shredded beef is the result. Menudo (Seasonal) Honey comb tripe in a spicy Mexican soup Sides and Dessert All sides are made fresh at Pennie’s Potato Salad Dill based cool refreshing chopped potatoes mixed with dressings. Pinto Beans My own recipe made fresh daily. Lots of love goes into the beans. Green Beans Banana Pudding Trifle



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Grilled Chicken Chicken spiced with our rub cooked over wood. Unlike any chicken you have ever eaten.

Texas Sized Tamales Everything is bigger in Texas. Three times larger than our regular tamales with the same great taste.

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News, Updates And Insights Regarding Our Galveston Dining Scene.

LOCAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19 galveston Restaura n t s a r e o f f e r i n g c r e at i v e s o l u t i o n s t o a d h e a r t o s oc i a l d i s ta n c-

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ing while still prov i d i n g o p t i o n s f o r d i n i n g by: Tom Valliere & Charlie Bresenhan


ur April Niblets column highlights some restaurant responses to the COVID-19 with an emphasis on creative solutions. Galvestonians are a resourceful group, and many are rising to the challenge. Notably, these are all locally owned.

people keep the entire delivery fee. Her menu changes daily and meal prices are $15 for a large portion with an island-wide delivery fee of $5. Delivery is available off-island and even into Houston for slightly more. The fee is per delivery so multiple orders to the same address only incur one

Grocery Options & Family Meals Restaurants have an entirely different supply chain than grocery stores. While many stores are experiencing shortages, restaurants are dealing with surplus inventories as their dining room traffic has decreased. Several restaurants are offering this surplus inventory to their customers at very reasonable prices. This includes hard to get items like paper goods. Here are a few: Mosquito Cafe

Chef Mary Bass

Mosquito Cafe

Chef Mary Bass - La Cocina Very few have worked harder or been more creative than our own celebrity chef Mary Bass and her event space and commercial kitchen La Cocina. Chef Mary is a multi-generation Galveston native that we previously featured in our Spotlight series. Mary quickly jumped into the fray when she was suddenly confronted with multiple cancellations from her catering and events business. She quickly went to work packaging and selling individual dinners from her canceled event foods. Seeing the success of this offering, Mary had an idea that would benefit the entire community. Opening her kitchen to guest chefs to prepare takeout dinners and utilize unemployed wait staff and bartenders to deliver the food. This was an immediate success. The visiting chefs share in the sales revenue and the delivery

Sunflower Bakery

fee. A recent menu offered a choice of either a chicken pot pie, a hamburger steak with mushroom, onion and brown gravy, or a chicken thigh provencale. Both come with garlic herb mashed potatoes and herb-roasted carrots. There is also an option for add-on artisan bakery goods. Mary has since expanded the effort to include oven-ready family dinners for 4 or more people that are complete with an entree and sides for a very reasonable price. This has provided an income for our displaced hospitality workers while providing gourmet dinners at a bargain price. Check out her website for more information and menus. She has a program to allow you to donate meals to needy people and shut-ins. There is also a link for anyone interested in becoming a part of this program. www.chefmarybass.com

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409-763-1010 | 628 14th Street

One of our most innovative and popular restaurants, Mosquito Cafe led the charge into curbside delivery and grocery options. They developed several reasonably priced grocery kits that combine dairy, meats, pasta, vegetables, bakery goods, and paper goods. Enough for several meals for a family, they come pre-packaged for convenient ordering and pick up. If you prefer, you can also order ala carte from their recently expanded list of 60 commonly used items that include fresh meats and dairy, eggs, pasta, salads, paper goods, salad dressings, and even wine. Grocery items are available only through online ordering on their website. Of course, their regular menu is available for curbside, carryout, and delivery. These meals may be ordered via telephone. Hours vary. See their website for complete details. - Thank you, James Clark. Another of our local heroes! www.mosquitocafe.com

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The Sunflower Bakery and Cafe

409-763-5500 Curbside | 409-741 5046 Delivery Marco | 409-741-5064 - Delivery Roger 409-741-5060 - Delivery Gerardo

They also offer family-style take out dinners. Some recent items included Homemade Meatloaf with green beans mashed potatoes & gravy with bread and butter or a whole roasted chicken with sautéed green beans cornbread dressing and bread and butter. Another offering is BBQ spareribs served with chipotle BBQ sauce, corn on the cob, ranch beans, and bread and butter. There are several more options and the menu does vary. They require a two-hour notice for their family dinners. Their regular menu is available for pick up curbside or delivery as well. Hours vary. For complete details see their website. They have several numbers listed for delivery. www.sunflowercafe.com Riondo’s Ristorante 409-621-9595 | 2328 Strand

Owner Don McClaugherty and Chef Rico are offering a take-home wine and dinner for 4 for a bargain price of $60 or less if you delete the wine.

The dinner packages include their homemade bread, salad and your choice of Spaghetti Bolognese, Lasagna Bolognese, or Chicken Parmesan. The featured price is available through delivery or pickup.Delivery must be ordered over the phone to qualify for this special. For more details please check their website or call. www.riondos.com


Gilhooley’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar 281-339-3813 | 222 9th Street San Leon, Texas

Located a short distance off the Island in San Leon, this venerable restaurant has been serving up succulent oysters and lunch specials for many years. They are now offering an expanded menu of family packs of prepared food. Each dinner package includes a complimentary roll of toilet tissue. The packs include 4 cheeseburgers with fries for $30 or a 48oz container of their shrimp gumbo with 24 fried shrimp and a double order of hush puppies for $45. Other packs are available. Please call for hours and details. Hearsay on the Strand 409-765-5604 | 2410 Strand

In addition to their regular menu, Hearsay is offering $10 meal specials and including a roll of toilet tissue. They are also offering a “mini essentials care package” with every order above $25. Their entire bar service is available to go, and they are offering food discounts with liquor purchases of $10 or more. Please call to order or for details. www.heresayonthestrand.com



Disclaimer This is intended as a guide and is not a complete listing. Most restaurants now have a pickup and delivery option. This is a snapshot in time in an environment that is evolving and changing daily. The information posted is not guaranteed to be accurate or available at the time of printing. Please check with each establishment before ordering. For more up to date information, visit the individual restaurant websites or check: Facebook@Galveston Eats.

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Another of our fine restaurants is the family-owned Sunflower Cafe. Harry and Lisa Blair with their son Zack and their remarkable staff have been very creative.They offer curbside, takeout and delivery options, but have taken things a step further. Known for their fabulous baked goods and various breads, they are offering a fixed assortment of bakery items that includes their muffins, scones, Danish and more for $12.95. Upon hearing the grocery stores were out of bread, the team, led by Zack, baked through the night to offer their artisan bread for a bargain price of $3.00 per loaf. This includes white, honey wheat, 7 grain, Jalapeno cheese, and Challa bread. No additives or preservatives.

Chef Rico was recently highlighted in our Spotlight series and is a very talented chef.

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C AJU N C OR N E R | by: C hri stopher B ergeron


by: Christopher Bergeron 


I n th i s i ns ta l l m ent of the C aj u n C o r n e r S er i es, we wi l l d ive i n to my f avo r i te to p i c seco n d to M u s i c: F OOD ! Tex as tab l es h ave awes o m e C aj u n i n s p i r ed cu s i n e sp r i n k l ed wi th Tex a s f l avo r th at s cr ea m s f o r a s eco n d a n d th i r d h el p i n g ! B o n A p p é ti t! “Born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana in ‘78, I relocated to Texas in 2007, first to League City then to Galveston Island. It is astounding the number of Louisiana folks that call Texas home. One doesn’t have to venture far to find similarities between Cajun and Texas culture. Food, music, celebrations and a deep sense of family are all evidence that Texas culture has influenced Cajun culture just as much as Cajun culture has influenced Texas Culture; to the point where it’s practically indistinguishable. This column highlights many of the similarities in cuisine, music, lifestyle and good folks that keep the roots of Cajun culture alive right here on the Island. So, let’s roll. “ -Christopher Bergeron


Food ajuns love to eat and it is their cuisine that has had a profound impact on Texas.

Long before the Cajun food craze of the 1980s, when chef Paul Prudhomme turned the whole country onto blackened redfish and other delicacies, Cajuns and Texans were sharing their pots of spicy dishes.

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Many of those dishes begin with the “trinity” of aromatics for Cajun cooking, onion, celery, and bell pepper, dropped in the ubiquitous roux, a blend of oil or fat and flour, darkened in a pot to shades ranging from blonde to very brown. Although historically based on provincial French cooking, Cajun cooking adapted to available ingredients and incorporated various styles from their neighbors, the Ger-

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mans, Spanish, American Indians, and Afro-Caribbeans. For example, the word gumbo comes from “guingombo:, an African word for okra. And, the filé used to season and thicken gumbo was borrowed from the Choctaw Indians who ground the sassafras leaves for their dishes. From the Afro-Caribbeans, they adopted the hot peppers, cayenne, and sauce piquantes.

The sausages include andouille, made with pork and garlic and smoked, often over pecan wood and sugar cane, and boudin, pork and rice stuffed into a casing; this is boudin blanc. Boudin rouge is a blood sausage. There are many other dishes that today are a fusion of distinctly Cajun with other influences such as Creole cooking and New Orleans specialties. That process of fusion has continued in Texas so that among the many Cajun/Creole/ Louisiana restaurants in the state, menus include crawfish tamales and crawfish étouffée enchiladas.

T h o u ghts on Rou x A good roux is basic. Yet, there are so many variations of the mixture; almost a “ritualistic” practice from a lot of folks. To whisk or not; wooden spoon or metal whisk: adding the trinity all at once or just the onions; so many “rituals”. Personally, none of them are wrong if you like the outcome in terms of consistency, aroma, and flavor. I am still the “whisk it until the onions go in” guy and then use the wooden spoon to stir as the onions caramelize and you get that dark-chocolate color. Depending on how long you cook it, a

Chicken, duck, and pork fat all give a good flavor, or you can use canola oil. It works great because of its high smoke point and its neutral flavor. Heat your oil or fat in the skillet or pot over high heat until it almost reaches the smoking point. Then add the flour and listen to it. When you hear the flour sizzling, you know it’s cooking. Whisk it. Then lower the flame to medium or medium-low and continue whisking. As long as you’re whisking, your roux isn’t burning.

Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

Keep whisking until you’ve got a roux that’s milk chocolate in color. Then add your onions only and stir with a wooden spoon until the onions caramelize and the roux turns a dark chocolate color. Note: If you add all the ingredients with the onions, the water will prevent the onions from caramelizing, and you will not get the deep dark color or flavor.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Now you got’da Roux! Next Month Next month I would like to dive into some of Daddy’s dishes that i grew up on and still cook for my family today. Its amazing the memories that a simple taste and aroma from a pot of goodness can bring back. Of course, I have sat down at quite a few tables in Galveston that cook Cajun inspired dishes that make you wanna slap ya Mama so I would like to hear some cool methods that you guys have as well to share in the magazine.


Send them to me directly at cbergeron@wavesgalveston.com or post them on the Cajun Corner page at www.wavesgalveston.com.

Stay with me! See ya! Good ‘ol Red Beans

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The preeminent Cajun ingredient is the crawfish, so much a part of the cuisine it has become the icon of Cajun culture. The use of Crawfish is an example of how the Cajuns adopted the resources they found in southern Louisiana to create hearty, simple dishes, such as gumbo, étouffée (just about anything smothered), and jambalaya. Rice is almost always incorporated in a Cajun dish, which easily grew in the damp climate of the Gulf Coast.

roux can be light brown and faintly nutty in taste to dark chocolate brown with an intense, almost chicory-like flavor.

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CURTAIN GOING UP? UNFORTUNATELY, NOT! T h e at r i c a l g u r u, paul hager, sheds light on theater legends, myths a n d s u p e r s t i t i ons as well as how we can support t he arts


hether you’re a casual theatregoer [most readers of this column] or a theatre fanatic [me], I’m sure you are aware that that all live theatrical performances from Broadway to Mechanic Street [home of ETC Theatre here on the island] have been canceled for the foreseeable future until further notice. Therefore, in lieu of the usual monthly ‘On the Boards’ and ‘In the Wings’ listings [further explanation below] I give you an addendum to our September 2018 article “Theatrical Legends, Superstitions and Myths” – that of the Ghost Light. A ghost light is a small, single-bulb light, usually a floor lamp of some sort, that shines on the dark stage throughout the night when the theatre is closed and unoccupied. The more logical reason as to why we light this at night is because it’s there in case someone is in the theatre working late. It allows them to see where they’re going. Stages have so many hidden places, bumps, and holes. There’s always the orchestra pit that you want to stay clear of or any working equipment if the set is being built and, of course, the set itself. The light helps to avoid any of these obstacles. In a more historical sense, the ghost light has many reasons. It is said that every theatre has a ghost. The ghost light provides light at night for any spirits to be able to see and even “perform” or dance on the stage. It sounds spooky or creepy, but many have stories to share about it, and sightings of these spirits have allegedly happened. Through research and discussions, most spirits in theatres are not malicious. If you think about it, a theatre is a happy place. It’s a theatrical and artistic space to have homed many shows and performers.

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So, anyone who has died in these places has no reason to feel any hate towards the buildings or its current performers, but there are probably some exceptions. If anything, they most likely feel an attachment to the space or may have some unfinished business, but generally, these spirits are kind.

According to Playbill.com, it is said that the Palace Theatre, in Manhattan, New York, is one of the most haunted theatres on Broadway. Home to the Vaudeville days, film premieres and theatre, most notably and more recently Legally Blonde, so many actors and stars have passed through this place over a span of at least five decades. People believe that the ghost of acrobat Louis Bossalina occupies the theatre. Back in the 1950s, people say that Bossalina fell to his death and during the night, he can still be seen swinging through the rafters.

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1. Have tickets to a canceled performance? Convert that fee into a donation. Consider donating those funds to the theatre if it’s a nonprofit. Insurance will not come to the rescue of not-for-profit companies, and many will inevitably struggle to pay their bills, so monetary gifts are desperately needed. 2. Donate to independent theatre artists directly or through a fund. Have a favorite independent artist you’d like to support? Many creators have Patreon accounts Today, only the Ghost Light dimly illuminates where fans can pay a membership fee to see their work. Other non-profit theatres our local stages and, until it is replaced by footlights, they will be suffering financially – are asking for donations to their GoFundMe even if there are no BITS [butts in the seats] accounts. The organization creative-capital. org has a list of other worthy funds that are and the show doesn’t go on, rent, utilities, helping artists during this crisis. insurance et al still do. And, unless your favorite non-profit company has an unlimited 3. Watch live-streamed performances in ‘disaster’ fund set aside [highly unlikely], the exchange for donations. Many artists and nonprofit organizations are sharing their worst-case scenario could be their demise. creations and talents online via live video platforms. You can usually watch for free, Virtually every venue we cover with this but contributions are encouraged. If you column has made very difficult-to-decide changes to their season by cancelling, post- enjoy a virtual performance, show your poning or re-arranging planned productions. appreciation by sending some bucks. 4. Buy a ticket for a future performance. Please use their webpages [listed below] Although it’s uncertain when theatres will for the most current information regarding reopen (we’re hoping the mid-April target these. date won’t need to be pushed), some productions are selling tickets for future perfor“Can I help?” you may ask. Well, here mances. As with buying a gift card from a are some suggestions from the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) - a Not-For-Profit currently shuttered restaurant, spending your money now for something you can look forward to will help get shows through. Don’t care to be that specific? Again, consider a tax-deductible donation. 5. Know any theatre artists? Ask if they’re offering online workshops. Everyone wants to find a way to continue to work while maintaining social distance. So, get on CLEAR CREEK COMMUNITY THEATRE social media and find out who’s offering www.clearcreekcommunitythecreative classes online. Some stories might bring some truth to the ghost light superstition. Other people don’t believe in it at all; however, it is still respected as a tradition regardless of anyone’s viewpoint, and the tradition itself is a beautiful and magical custom, especially because it’s become a standard thing that almost everyone follows. It’s as if we all unite at the end of the day to follow this one single act. It shows respect to those of the past, and it’s an honor to do so.


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If these things are true and, if you accept that they’re there or might be there and acknowledge them to some extent, then they’ll leave you alone. On the other end of the spectrum, some people do not believe in these ghosts at all and refuse to hear anything about them. Whether you believe in them or not, we can all agree to some degree that the ghost light and these mysterious stories behind it give theatre some extra fascination and appeal. The theatre is so historical, so these stories and past people go hand in hand because it’s part of history.

Whether this is accurate or not, it’s a rather interesting story and one that gives the theatre some extra attraction.

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I did have a random thought while I was out running around in my ol’ scarab the other day. It’s not like me to have many thoughts in a day, but here is what had me thinking...

We are so used to seeing celebrities looking their best; the beautiful people as some call them. Well, your Bum was wondering what they really look like without all the makeup and photoshopping? As usual, your Bum took it one step further. What do they look like at their worst? What could be worse than being arrested and having a mugshot taken? To answer that question, your Bum has listed his favorite celebrity mugshots. Nick Nolte has to be my number one favorite. No one can top his, even though James Brown, the Godfather Of Soul, comes close. Whether it’s Matthew McConaughey being arrested for possession of marijuana while playing his bongos buck naked, or Lindsey Lohan, with what seems like her monthly mugshot, your Bum thinks you will get a kick out of these.

Randy Quaid 2010 Felony Vandalism

Bill Gates 1977 Traffic Violation

Matthew McConaughey 1999 Possession Of Marijuana

Jane Fonda 1970 Kicking A Policeman

Randy Travis 2012 DWI

Lindsey Lohan 2007 DWI & Cocaine Possession

Nick Nolte - 2002 - DUI

Justin Bieber 2014 DWI | Resisting Arrest

Heather Locklear 2018 Battery Against Police

James Brown 2004 Domestic Violence

Gary Coleman 2010 Domestic Assault

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Early eighteenth century graveside scene at Mitchell Ridge as envisioned by artist Frank Weir

round 2,000 years ago, Aboriginal people of the upper Texas coast began to visit Galveston Island to take advantage of its ready access to Galveston Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and the tidal passes linking the two. At first, people probably came to the newly formed barrier island only sporadically, as the island continued to build seaward and upward to become a more substantial landmass. But by about 1300 years ago (A.D. 700), one group began to frequent a narrow inlet cutting into the back of the western end of Galveston Island. They camped overlooking the inlet, today known as Eckert Bayou, along the highest topographic feature in the central stretch of the island, a low rise known today as Mitchell Ridge. The ridge rose to about ten feet above sea level, enough for habitation except during major storm surges, such as those accompanying hurricanes. The locale became a favored spot for late fall and winter camps, the time of the year when large black and

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red drum frequented the bays and tidal passes. Being mobile people who lived off the land for all needs, they also collected shellfish in the shallow bay, hunted and trapped rats and other small game on the island, and gathered wild plants, such as the roots of plants that grew thickly in the swales between the island’s sandy ridges. They left behind unmistakable evidence of ordinary daily life—dense concentrations of refuse such as discarded shells, animal bones, tool-making debris, and broken tools. They also began to bury their dead in small cemeteries they established around the edges of the main occupation area and along the ridge farther away from the inlet. Each tightly clustered cemetery was used from time to time over spans of several hundred years, yet the burials almost never intruded into one another, suggesting that the graves were marked and placed within designated burial grounds used by small kin groups.

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The island the Spanish called Isla del Malhado (Island of Misfortune) in the famous account of survivor Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, has been identified by many scholars as being Galveston Island. If so, it is likely that those who camped at Mitchell Ridge came in contact with Cabeza de Vaca. While there is no convincing “smoking

Musical instruments such as these engraved whistles made from whooping crane leg bones were among the grave offerings from Mitchell Ridge. Adapted from Ricklis, 1994, Figure 8.18.

gun” archeological evidence of this hypothesized encounter, Mitchell Ridge continued to be used by aboriginal peoples through the mid 18th century. As is well known, the early historic era was a time of great turmoil and tragedy for Indian people across North America. Old World diseases decimated Aboriginal populations across the continent as the invading people colonized newly claimed domains. The Spanish attempted to convert native people to Christianity, gather and resettle them around Spanish enclaves, and put them to work. In contrast, the French more often tried to befriend Indian people and to build trade networks funneling animal hides and tanned leather to Europe. Yet the upper Texas coast remained a remote wilderness that was not settled by the newcomers until after the late 18th century. Graves at Mitchell Ridge dating to the 17th and 18th centuries show that the local natives interacted

with European colonists through trade and probably through interbreeding. There are also indications that some of those buried at the site were refugee Indians from the Southeast and perhaps other areas of Texas. Remnants of these ethnically mixed groups of native peoples may have survived into the early 19th century in the Galveston Bay area, but by the late 18th century they ceased to visit Mitchell Ridge. Historic accounts of the final centuries suggest that Karankawa people frequented Galveston Island and it is possible that these native newcomers may have camped at the site. If so, they left very little, if any, recognizable trace. The people whose ancestors frequented Mitchell Ridge for many generations were almost certainly members of one of the western Atakapa-speaking groups, such as the Akokisa.

Map of the Mitchell Ridge site, 41GV66. Adapted from graphic by Robert Ricklis. https://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/mitchell/index.html

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People returned again and again to Mitchell Ridge during the final millennium of the prehistoric era. The descendants of the people who had long considered the sandy ridge a traditional haunt may well have witnessed an extraordinary event in 1528. In November of that year, a makeshift barge capsized on the beach of a narrow island along the upper Texas coast, spilling out several dozen Spanish men, the last survivors of the ill-fated expedition Narváez expedition to La Florida. The castaways encountered the aboriginal inhabitants of the island in what may have been the first time Europeans and the native peoples of the upper Texas coast met face to face.


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As a leader in the fishing community, with Williams Party Boats since 1962, The late Mr. patrick Lemire has provided us with many months of professional articles so that we may continue to share his expertise with his beloved fishing community. We will continue to run this pro-advice each month as these techniques are truly timeless.


o op-Knotted Circle Hooks, it’s a mono rigging method that’s new to me. We have all heard of and are possibly using the benefits of a Non-Slip Mono Loop Knot as a connection to our jigs, lures, etc. It’s a knot which allows greater swim motion/natural movement wherever it’s used. Another obvious use of this high-rangeof-motion connection has been simply overlooked. Such was the case for me. I recently saw remarks by Mark Sosin about his use of a loop knot to attach circle hooks to a mono leader, which significantly improved his hookup ratio. On my last three offshore fishing trips, where red snapper was the primary target, using this non-slip mono knot connection on my Carolina rigs, I seemed to miss fewer hookups. While that’s a variable from trip to trip at times, bottom line is that the connection didn’t affect the end results... or did it in a positive way? A loop connection gives that added range of motion and natural free-moving appearance to your bait presentation when activated by current movement or a simple rod twitch. It’s certainly an active part of my offshore rigging as are another pair of loop-to-hook options with a similar effect. Seeing the Sosin comment jogged my memory a couple of days later about the “sliding hook on a loop” used in West Coast yellowtail fishing and its similarity to the loop knot and circle hook connection. This single dropper loop rig has the mono passing through the hook eye before an 8 to 10 surgeon’s loop is tied. The end result is the long tag end is the top vertical

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leader section with a swivel tied on it to connect to the main line off the reel, the shorter bottom vertical leg has a sinker attachment loop. The hook has freedom of movement on the “bait leg”, giving an advantage like the loop knot. This same arrangement could also be used when making up a Carolina rig, slide your egg weight of choice onto the mono, slip the mono thru the hook’s eye and carefully tie a 12 to 1 8” long surgeon’s loop. The finished product will be a Carolina rig with a “sliding hook” on the loop. A more standard Carolina or fish finder rig would be 12-18” mono leader with a swivel on one end and a non-slip loop connection to your circle hook on the other end. Slip an egg weight on your main line, tie the main to the swivel and you are good to go. This is the Carolina rig I use for most mono situations. The egg weight variation I use is a Quick-Change Slip Lead, which is available on line at:

www.americanbandit.com. This great piece of fishing tackle’s benefits is many, from their plastic bushing that snaps on above the swivel or surgeon’s loop knot of a Carolina rig. The slip lead has a hole and slot in it that lets it be installed on the plastic bushing where the bushing’s “lock ears” hold the weight in place. These slip weights come in sizes from 2 to 16 ounces; all use the same bushing. Other advantages: no weightbang against your rod while underway, not having to cut your line, remove the egg weight, install replacement and re-tie...

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Back to the Non-Slip Mono Loop Knot, it’s easy to tie and has near 100 percent of line test strength in holding power. How to tie this connection is covered in an assortment of knot books, but the easiest source to find is on the internet. Go to Google and search for “Quick Change Mono Loop Knot for a clear view of its tie-up. When tying up the knot, use 4 turns for 30/40, 3 turns with 50/60 and 2 turns when using 80/100 lb. mono. The advantage of using this knot at a circle hook in particular is the hook’s increased range of motion, which gives better penetration as the bait and hook motion wobbles it into alignment with the fish’s jaw or upper lip-mouth area at the bite. This is because of reduced influence of the mono’s stiffness. Any mono, tied tight at hook’s eye, will somewhat restrict hook movement at the time of attempted alignment for a positive hookset. Is this loop to circle hook connection a magical technique? Don’t know about that, since I’ve caught hundred offish over the last 52 years offshore without it until recently. I do believe it’s a step in the right direction, which might be a key element in your personal best hookset... think about it! The more natural feel this connection can give at the bite might just make a wary adult of any species hold on for a nano-second longer, resulting in an otherwise missed hookup. This close to the same hook/ bait motion also applies to those two-sliding hook on a loop options previously mentioned. Give loop knotted circle hooks a try in any of your circle hook and natural bait use applications, also the “sliding hook on a loop”. Keep your eyes and ears open for techniques to possibly improve your fishing success. I believe this Loop Knotted Circle Hook connection will do just that... “There’s always another way’’...again!

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the benefit of taking the time to harvest a portion of what is served on your table. Since we are living under “social distancing” guidelines, now is a great time to see fewer people and go fishing, camping or hunting to get away for a few days or even a week to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. It’s hard to beat a freshly caught fish dinner prepared while sitting around a campfire or grilling a back loin and chops off a fresh dressed wild hog or deer! Some of my best memories are of outdoor adventures and it’s never too late to start your own and put some “survival” meat in the freezer. -William “Wild Bill” Powell


By: William “Wild Bill” Powell

s I write this article, life in America has drastically changed. A virus, that started in China, spread out of control globally infecting mass numbers of people and it happened rather quickly. Covid-19, or Coronavirus as it’s referred to, was something no country had seen before and the results have been devastating to the stock market, medical facilities, first responders and small businesses across the states. Life changed so quickly that most were not prepared, resulting in long lines at stores to buy basics only to find stores completely wiped out. As a lifelong hunter and fisherman, it felt great knowing that my freezers had vacuum-sealed packs of wild game steaks, chops, ground meat, sausages, boudin, fish, etc. and that we had a choice other than standing in line with potentially infected people to buy meat for our table. Millions of Americans practice field to table year-round like I do and are equally stocked up to share with family and friends during these not so pleasant times. That is 56 | Wa v e s M ag a z i n e | A p r i l 2 0 2 0 I s s u e

William “Wild Bill” Powell is the owner of Texas Select Seasonings and Wild Bill’s retail store, competitive cook and recipe writer. Follow Wild Bill’s Rooters, Reds, and BBQ adventures at: Instagram@TexasSelectSeasonings Facebook@TexasSelectSeasonings

FISHING SECTION | Advice, Techniques & Equipment

Recipe Of The Month Chorizo, Onion And Oaxaca Breakfast Quesadillas Ingredients

- Pork chorizo (wild or domestic) | 1 lb

- yellow onion | ¾

Warm up a plancha or skillet on medium heat and spray a light coat of ghee or cooking spray. Break up cooked chorizo and eggs then add to one flour tortilla, add grated Oaxaca cheese and top with second tortilla.

cup sliced

- eggs | 8-10 - Oaxaca cheese | 3-4 pieces peeled

- jalapeno | ¼ cup chopped (optional)

- tortillas | 1 dozen - cumin | 1/4 tsp - oil | 2 tbsp - butter | 1 tbsp - sea salt | ground to taste

- black pepper | ground to taste


On medium high heat a skillet then add oil, onions, jalapenos and chorizo. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add cumin. Brown chorizo and cook down until cooked through and onions are soft.

Place one quesadilla at a time on the hot plancha and grill until both sides are browned then slice into quarters and enjoy with your favorite salsa.

Open small area in center of pan to add butter to melt then add eggs on top of chorizo. Season eggs with salt and pepper. Use edge of spatula to break yolks and allow eggs to Wild Bill’s Store

11001 Delany Rd. Suite 13009 | LaMarque, Texas, 77568 | Ph: (409) 392-8199 www.texasselectseasonings.com

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evenly spread across chorizo. Once eggs start to cook use spatula to separate pan into sections and turn them over, lower heat to medium and turn sections as needed until all eggs are cooked then remove pan from heat.

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DO WN TOW N C U R R E N TS | B y: C hri sty Monr oe


n these uncertain times that are truly a new way of living with twists of what was actually becoming an everyday way of life for some, like shopping online, the downtown area has still welcomed two new businesses that are now facing the first hit on our economy and tourist season without weather-related tragedies. Keeping doors open as long as they are allowed and as long as it is safe for customers, they are both dedicated to new, different, unique and eclectic finds for every walk of life and they both have plans for jumping online for the continuation of reaching customers despite closures if needed.

mercantile on the strand

Mercantile, on the strand at 2301 Strand Street, has an upscale feel with a distinctive flair for finding unique items from all over the world and bringing them to Galveston at a reasonable price. Mercantiles is historically known as a store that offers a wide variety of items and even trade-related which brings the feel of hand-crafted items. Hand-painted glasses, embroidered tea towels along with charcuterie trays, assorted cheese knives and utensils with stunning stone and multi-metal handles are just a small example of the entertaining items available. Purses, bags, scarves, sarongs, jewelry of every kind along with textiles for every aesthetic taste can be found throughout the shop, as well. The line of Woodfire Candle Company items has elements only found in true hand-poured candles. The multiple wood wicks and soy wax are hand-poured in a small studio found in Duluth, Minnesota and include unusual but scrumptious mixes of essential oils used for the scents. This unique line includes Mexican dough bowl candles that are extremely popular for any decor. The store is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 6 pm and their Facebook page is also available for guests to view the products, order gift certificates for gifts in the future or for immediate contact to find how products can be purchased even during times of closure within Galveston. With the ever-changing business restrictions, due to the health crisis, Mercantile on the Strand is ready to stand by Galveston and its customers as shopping could be slightly different for a while.

Mercantile On The Strand 2301 Strand Street | (409) 443-5331 facebook @ mercantileonthestrand

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29 Degrees North Creative Consignment

29 degrees North Creative Consignment, at 2309 Mechanic Street, proudly displays the latitude of Galveston, 29.3014 North. Many consider the coordinates of Galveston to be those of their own paradise and when owner Leigh Kuchera moved her two years ago from Beaumont, she and her son, Connor, knew the island was right for them.

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Opened since October, 29 degrees North is the epitome of creativity. It’s an art gallery encompassed in a consignment shop. The artisans that adorn the walls and shelves of the shop are talented local artists of every medium. “We have unique, one of a kind pieces with something for everyone. We have items priced from a couple of bucks to as much as several thousand dollars,” says Leigh. Leigh supports local artists by offering consignment type displays for their work and not charging a display fee. “I encourage people to call and just ask if they think they have art or something I could sell for them. If we have an interest, we will let them know and they can come on in,” says Leigh. Walk-ins with items are always welcomed, also. Everything from jewelry to furniture, clothes and home goods can be found in the consignment gallery. The inventory can be different from day to day, literally. With the regulations set on consignments, merchandise is always waiting to make its debut in the shop and customers are encouraged to visit, often, as they watch for that unexpected treasure. Having already made a name for themselves on the Artwalk scene and within the art community, Leigh and Connor are excited to continue serving the community of Galveston and supporting the art of the island. Hours are flexible in that the gallery stays open when people are there, but normal business hours are Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-8 pm and Sundays 1 pm-6 pm. Again, with the ever-changing rules on businesses during the health crisis, she is working on keeping the gallery Facebook updated at all times while also making gift cards and purchases available online but plans to be open otherwise.

29 Degrees North Galveston 2309 Mechanic Street | (409) 539-9012 facebook @29degreesnorthgalveston

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DO W N TO W N C U R R E N T S | F e a t u r e d D o wntowner | By:Christy Monroe

“Buy galveston first”


h e Galveston Chamber of Commerce and their recent campaign of “Buy Galveston First” for 14 days is the inspiration for the Featured Downtowner this month. It’s not enough to only feature the favorites of one owner/resident for April, because too many things have been unpredictable, uncharted and just plain different than the usual. So many of the island favorites have had to completely change their business models, sometimes in a matter of hours. From educators to business owners and consumers, everyone has been affected by the health crisis of COVID-19.

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The Galveston Island is known for its strength and resilience in times of tragedy. Businesses have gone above and beyond to live that strength and resilience while still serving the community and trying to ensure they can stay afloat in these times. Every single business has contributed to this feeling of community and togetherness when being together was off limits in many ways, but these are just a few that have been offering alternatives to dining out, dining in, shopping in and even experiencing shows and entertainment across the island. “I am humbled and honored to know so many of the owners and employees that have held these businesses up and continued to keep the positive vibes across the island!”

Alternative Offerings: Gracie’s on the Strand- order ahead and curbside pickup of their unique and beautiful pieces along with games and art kits for kids and adults to enjoy. Chef Mary Bass- “Chefs on Wheels” employing out of work restaurant and bar employees, a takeout and delivery service offering various foods from local chefs, earnings for the chefs and employees. Devil and the Deep Brewery- walk in sessions with musicians on their YouTube channel, continued brewing and delivery of product to businesses. Galveston History.org- Instagram takeover, #galvestonhistory digitally connected during social distancing. Katie’s Seafood House- on request, a roll of toilet paper and sanitizing wipes with takeout/curbside orders. Star Drugstore- curbside pickup and to go window. Maceo’s Spice and Imports- family meals, to go and curbside pickup, partnering with other locals by offering incentives for visiting other businesses, payments through Venmo, Apple pay, etc. Escape the Island Escape Rooms- online gift certificates for future 60 | Wa v e s M ag a z i n e | A p r i l 2 0 2 0 I s s u e

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dates, online scheduling of future dates. Galveston Farmers Market- online shopping from the vendors. Clay Cup Studios- to go packs of brushes, paints, easels and canvas for online classes, take home kits for pottery and glass that are brought back for firing and pick up. Shark Shack- Curbside pickup of favorites including their famous $10 lunches.

D OWN TOWN CURRENTS | Featured Downtowner | By:Chr isty M onroe

Tippy Toes- online shopping at their website www. tippytoerings.com Most Inspiring and Creative, in my opinion- Rumor’s Beach Bar continued the Saturday Night Drag Show with Facebook live and tips through various means.

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BUNNY’S COOKIN’ COLUMN | Easy Recipes by B unny

C o o k i n ’C olumn H

a waves magazine exclusive

appy April everyone. Bunny is here this month to share a recipe from my next-door neighbors that are true Cajuns. They cook

up some fabulous, unique dishes. They served us

this meal last weekend, and I have to share. It was delicious.

Directions Boil the rabbits in large pot (gosh, reminds me of the movie Fatal Attraction). When rabbits are done, let them cool and de-bone. Add the rest of the ingredients. Let simmer for a few hours. Okay, I think you know by now this “ain’t” right. First of all, I’m not going to kill any of my kin folk. Second, it’s APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!! Hope everyone got a laugh out of this. We all need a little fun at this time. So see you next month and be safe and happy.

H a p p y Tr a i l s ,

ny n u B

Mo and Steve’s Rabbit Etouffee Ingredients • 2 if • 5 • 5

rabbit’s, skinned. (you can find it in the store you don’t have any in your back yard) celery stalks, chopped onions, chopped • • • • • •

1 4 2 1 2 5

cup of TSS season all potatoes, cut in slices carrots (rabbits like those) hog jowl cups of flour cups of rice

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Hi Jan and Dean, I have a problem with my wife’s sister. She is a kleptomaniac. My wife knows it, the rest of her family knows it, and nothing has ever been said or done about it. They have never told her she needs help, and they ignore the problem saying, ‘that’s just the way she is”.


i Frank. I feel your pain. Ironically, we received your question this month at the same time I am binge-watching Breaking Bad, for the third time. The character in the show, Marie Schrader, is a kleptomaniac. It provides some dark humor in the series, but in real life, it is no laughing matter.

The first thing you need to do is walk into your sister-inShe takes things from our house every time she law’s house and get your bud vase back. It’s yours! Manis over. It can be anything from a bar of soap, or up and go get it. napkins, to a plate. She even takes my wife’s clothes and wears them in front of her, like nothing is wrong. The second thing you need to do is realize that you not only have a problem with your sister-in-law, but you also The most recent incident was by far the worst. After have a problem with your wife. She doesn’t have your she left, a small bud vase that has been in my family back. The fact that she is horrified that you attempted to for years was missing! I told my wife to get it back, address the missing vase situation in front of her sister but she hasn’t done so yet. We went to her house speaks volumes. last weekend for a family get-together and I saw MY vase on her end table. I approached the end table I am a firm believer that spouses should stand up for and said, “We had a vase just like this. It seems to each other. Your wife refused to do that for you. Find be missing”. My wife and in-laws were horrified I out why! To me, it usually signifies a deep lack of respect. said such a thing, ignoring the comment and started Tell your wife that you are going to go get your vase back another conversation. The entire family is giving me and if neither her nor her family like that, TOUGH! the cold shoulder like I did something wrong! I am over it and I want my vase back. -Fed up Frank


r ank, let’s face it, your wife and her side of the family have ignored this problem for years and, I’m guessing, that won’t change. I’m sure she has been caught stealing in the past and managed to wiggle her way out of it.

What I would do is tell your wife to get your vase back, which she won’t, or the next time you are at her house, just take it back. She most likely will not say a word and your in-laws will cool off after time.

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eautiful art works created by children with challenging handicaps…no hands, no fingers, or limited use of what remains after tragic burns or accidents? No problem for the children living at the Ronald McDonald House in Galveston. Weekly art classes have produced amazing results! Art cards, showcasing the designs painted by these children, are now for sale at several local establishments including Hendley Market at 2010 Strand. The proceeds from the sales benefit the RMHG Children’s/Humanitarian Fund, providing funds for the purchase of clothing, shoes and birthday parties. Thank you to our teacher, Lidia and our special angel artist, Pat Lanier for their establishment and promotion of this project. Other local businesses featuring the cards for sale are Betsy by Design, Jamaica Beach Hardware, The Sugar Bean and Tom Thumb’s Nursery. Thanks to all! Please consider a donation to the art classes in the form of art and craft supplies. • Paints and brushes • Crayons • Sketch pads • Small canvasses • Chalk • Colored pencils • Boxed art projects

Wish List April 2020 • • • • • •

Paper plates Bowls Copy paper Canned Tuna fish Mayonnaise Popcorn

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Bottled water Chicken broth Fresh lemons, limes Fresh fruit Vegetables

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REFLECTIONS | By: John and Kathy Valastro



An Easter Season to Remember by: John Valastro

pring is upon the city of Galveston. For the islanders and all the businesses, it’s a rebirth of the tourist season. Oh, the sites we will see and the stories that will be made will certainly add to our culture and history, another chapter in our book. I’m looking forward to another “season to remember”, but before we get in to the summer fun, I wanted to take few minutes to reflect on THE “spring to remember”. Please join me as we look at the Easter Season upon us. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it down for you to read.

Often in life we tend to let our Christian life go instead of letting our Christian life grow. There are many reasons, some are legit (only in our mind), and some are just down right excuses for not taking responsibility for our actions. True, there are hardships; serious health issues, injuries that test our internal fortitude, chaotic family events and work. We have all experienced these hardships. We tend to trudge through life and get mired down in those events; this is when we are most vulnerable, and we lose our faith in all that is good. I have experienced this in my life as well. My last few years of work were difficult - it took its toll; mentally and physically. Many times, I felt I put God on the back burner while pursuing the “things in life”, but I think deep down inside I knew He never left me. This Easter Season is a time for us to walk back to our Christian faith, some call this repentance. I believe it is a time to reflect, to repent, to reconcile, to grow and again feel the love that is abound in our Lord and Savior. It took time for us to walk away from God, so let’s take these 40 days of Lent to allow him to come back into our hearts. Many feel like they cannot go back, they feel they are unworthy and the world is too much of a mess (politics, hate-filled rhetoric, lack of decency in music and video and the breakdown of social order). All of this 68 | Wa v e s M ag a z i n e | A p r i l 2 0 2 0 I s s u e

might be true, but this is the whole reason for the Lenten season; to walk back slowly, daily, at a pace that allows God to light the passion of your baptism, your youth, your family and your soul. If not us, who? If not now, when? Aren’t we Christians supposed to pick up the cross of Jesus (to deal with the messes in our life and of this world)? If you are concerned about your relationship with God and the world as a whole, what better time is there to let God back in your life than while carrying your cross of difficulty and hardships. Maybe these things are there to make us stronger; maybe they are there to remind us to rely more on God instead of turning away. It’s easy to walk away, but difficult to stand and face those hardships and evil that bombards us day in and day out in the form of bad news and hateful, negative social media posts on FB, Twitter, Instagram and all other forms of media. I’ve had the opportunity to grow in my Christian faith again and it feels pretty good. If you experience some of these things, which I believe you have, it’s nice to know that family is around to share and help you through. If your family is lacking, you always have your adopted family, “we islanders” are here for each other. Kathy and I really enjoy our adopted island family and we hope you will contact us if you ever need anything. We are here for each other. We want to support you on your Easter journey. We will pray each day that you will take a step back to Christ. You see, in the Christian family we are all adopted children of God. Your spiritual family consists of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this family there is no criticism, blame, hurtful words, abuse, or expectation of status or wealth. In this family we are all heirs to the same promise. “Let’s walk this journey of faith together this Lenten Season”. “Remember to let go and let God take control” Hey, it took time to walk “away” from God; why not take this Lenten season to walk “with” God. You might just find out how good it feels...again.

John Valastro John and Kathy Valastro The Palms Condos Galveston, Texas. Waves Mag azine | April 2019 Issue | 69



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• April 1, 1894 – the inventor of German tweezers was born in Galveston, Hans Tweezerman. • April 8, 1899 – Galveston became the first city to require residents to administer rabies shots to all pet Kangaroos. • April 21, 1902 – A once thought extinct frog, the Red Tongued, Polar Toad, was discovered on Galveston Island. Approximately where Moody Gardens’ is today. • April 8, 1923 – The Barnum Bailey Circus used Galveston’s salt grass land, as a winter food supply for the elephants. This action started the 1st Veterinary Clinic on the Island, Bob’s Veterinary Clinic for large animals. • April 17, 1945 – Galveston experienced an Earthworm infestation. The earth brought in to build up the island after the great storm was home

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to billions of earthworms. Over time enough salt from flooding has reduced the infestation. April 9, 1957 – Galveston was awarded the Federal Humanitarian Award for having the most households having more pets than children. April 3, 1965 – Galveston City Ordinance ban the use of Elephant Dung in public flower beds. April 13, 2019 – Frank Sinatra’s family offered money to rebuild the Balinese Room. Peggy Lee’s family will supply all entertainment free of charge. April 1, 2020 – You recognized I made all of these up! APRIL FOOLS!

I hope you had as much fun reading these as I did making it up, so until next month, Stay Safe!

Thomas Waggoner

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