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CONTENTS | Find Your Great Read


On The Cover Welcome 2021

January 2021

LET’S MAKE WAVES TOGETHER! Pet Corner | What Pet Fits Your Lifestyle?


Restaurant Review | Mosquito Cafe


Fun Facts | with Thomas Waggoner


Small Bites | Koop’s BBQ Kitchen


Trivia | Rock Bands By Image Hints


Island Art | by: Alia Benavides


Pet Peeves | Porch Pirates


Theatrical | Postponed Grand Opening, Virtual Tony Awards


Health & Beauty | With Dr. Tara Wegryn


The Beach Bum | Departed Entertainers In 2020


Comedy Corner | with Bob Rohan


Patrick Lemire | Pro Fishing Techniques & Advice


Focus On Fitness | Body Don’t Fail Me Now


Texas Select Seasonings | Double Feature





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Bunny’s Cookin’ Column | January Sweet Tooth


Jan & Dean | Relationship Advice


Trivia Answers From Page 16 | Check Your Smarts


Reflections | With John & Kathy Valastro


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Waves Magazine Is Published Monthly By: Waves Magazine | Mike Burke P.O. Box 3343 | Galveston , TX P: 409-789-1160 www.wavesgalveston.com Publisher | Editor Sales Director Mike Burke mburke@wavesgalveston.com 409-789-1160 Distribution | Webmaster Marketing Tiffany Bergeron Executive Creative Director Christopher Bergeron Contributors Richard Henderson, D.V.M. J.A. Bunny Jan & Dean Billy Powell Patrick Lemire The Beach Bum 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 Shaye Henderson Alia Benavides James Clark

Burke’s Briefs Letter from the Publisher

Happy New Year, Wavers!


would like to start out the New Year by announcing that Dr. Richard D. Henderson, DVM, has been selected as the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s General Practitioner of the Year! This is a very prestigious award. You can read Dr. Henderson’s pet column right here in Waves Magazine. His Pet Corner is a must-read each month. Congratulations, Dr. Henderson. The award is very well deserved. You will notice that our Restaurant Section has expanded once again. Tom Valliere and Charlie Bresenhan work tirelessly each and every month to bring us all the latest news and information regarding the Galveston area dining scene. Thank you both very much. My staff and I would like to thank our loyal readers and advertisers for making Waves Magazine the successful publication that it is. 2020 was a banner year for us. We couldn’t do it without you. Again, I want to continually stress the importance of BUYING LOCAL. Let’s all continue to support our local businesses throughout 2021. It’s very important that we do this, and it is the right thing to do.

It is with a heavy heart that I want to share with our readers the passing of a good friend and a wonderful person. Edward Glenn Kier passed away on December 7, 2020. Eddie is survived by his partner of 43 years, Johnnie Mize. For many years, Eddie and Johnnie owned and operated West End Gallery and Decor in Jamaica Beach. Eddie and Johnnie were Waves Magazines very first advertiser. They signed on to advertise when all I had to show them was a flyer, a brochure, and a dream. That is the kind of people they are. Eddie had such a big heart, filled with kindness. Eddie wasn't just the life of the party; on many occasions he WAS the party. He had such an infectious laugh and could keep a smile on everyone's face. I know many of you got to meet Eddie at our Waves Social parties. You can't find friends any more loyal and caring. Eddie will be missed by all. Friends are cordially invited to the celebration of Eddie's life that will be held on February 14th, 2021 at The Galveston Country Club at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, Johnnie requests that memorial contributions be made in Eddie's name, to the Galveston Island Humane Society.

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PET CORNER | By: Dr. Richard Henderson

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Pet Care Advice From Richard D. Henderson, DVM

Choosing The Right Pet To F i t Yo u r L i f e s t y l e



e humans often make impulsive decisions, some of which we regret. Some choices only affect us long-term like that tattoo one Saturday night after a few too many cold beers. Other poorly planned decisions can have lasting ramifications on family members, and in the case of animal ownership, the quality of life of an animal. Deciding to purchase or adopt a dog or cat is one that should be thought out thoroughly in advance to be sure you can provide for all the needs of the animal. There are a number of questions that we should ask ourselves before taking the pet plunge.

to this new addition so that he/she gets the proper amount of exercise and personal attention? If you have a job that requires you to be at work fifty or sixty hours a week in my opinion a dog is off the table. Dogs being social creatures need the time with their person to be socially well adjusted. Too much time alone is a recipe for boredom and destructive behavioral problems. The poor dog often gets blamed for eating the couch when in fact the owner has unwitting neglected the pet’s emotional needs for attention. If your job and social commitments are numerous there may be a better time in the future to adopt a pooch.

Do I have enough time to commit

Cats, on the other hand, are more


suited to the individual that has a busy out-of-home schedule or someone that travels often on weekends. Because they do not require outdoor bathroom spaces, cats can be left for long hours by themselves, even over a weekend. Although felines are more independent than dogs and adjust to being by themselves, I feel having two cats will make them happier and more active in the long run. Happy cats with clean litter boxes are less likely to develop inappropriate urine-marking behaviors. Another frustrating cat behavior is clawing furniture. This problem is one of the leading causes of owners turning their pet over to animal shelters. If having pristine couches

PET CORNER | By: Dr. Richard Henderson

and recliners in your home is a high priority and you want to own cats, then the pet owner must learn to trim nails from the time the kitten enters your life. Trimming cat nails is very easy to learn and takes less than one minute once you perfect the technique. In addition, providing your new cat with scratching posts and carpeted kitty furniture is also helpful to direct their natural scratching behavior to the right places. Before choosing a particular dog think about your own lifestyle during your free time. If you enjoy the outdoors, breeds like labs, German shorthair pointer, Brittany spaniels and Vizslas have temperaments that fit well with runners and weekend athletes. These breeds do require daily vigorous exercise to stay happy and well adjusted. They would be a terrible choice for apartment living especially for individuals who spend a lot of time with their televisions or on social media. Having a fenced yard for additional exercise is a must

for these guys. For people that want mostly a house pet, some breeds that might fit the bill include pugs, Chihuahuas, or King Charles spaniels. These guys do require some exercise and walks but also adapt well to living in small spaces. Another question to ask oneself is, “Can my budget handle to medical needs of the breed I’m interested in?” For instance, the English and French bulldogs are very popular breeds today. They demand a large price tag from the start and encounter more medical problems than the average dog and therefore go to the vet more often. I sometimes see owners who have spent so much money on their pup that there is not much money left to afford the veterinary costs associated with these dogs. Enough said about pure breed dogs. Remember there are plenty of

awesome Heinz 57 dogs at our local animal shelter that can fit your needs and provide you with a pet you will love as much any blue blood. If you going to have a pet, either do it right or not at all! Maybe this is not the right time in your life to care properly for a pet. If not, wait until the time is right. When all else fails, start with a fish tank, but remember, fish need to be cared for also.

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s we start 2020, I thought it might be fun to look at the famous women of Galveston.

• Winifred Black - Born Winifred Sweet Bonfils, lived from 1863 to 1936. She was the first female reporter and journalist to record pictures of Galveston after the storm of 1900. On assignment with the New York Journal, she disguised herself as a boy and “cajoled” her way through police lines. Although not born in Galveston, Winifred is credited with many of the pictures we see in present day records of the great storm. • Sara Haden - Born in 1898 in Galveston, Texas. She was always cast in character roles. After their parents’ divorce, Haden and her elder sister Beatrice Shelton Haden (born 1897) attended Sacred Heart Academy in Galveston. She made her film debut in 1934 in the Katharine Hepburn movie “Spitfire”. Haden later signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a contract actress in the late 1930s and had roles in many of the studio’s films, most notably in the Andy Hardy series starring Mickey Rooney. She was cast as the spinster Aunt Milly Forrest. •

• Minnie Fisher Cunningham (1882 –1964) - She holds the distinction of being the first female student at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to earn a Graduate of Pharmacy degree. She was president of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association from 1915 to 1920 and became the first executive secretary of the National League of Women Voters. She was an important leader in the campaign for votes for women on the state and national levels. In 1923, she organized a Women’s National Democratic Club. She ran for the U.S. Senate in 1928 and for governor in 1944. • Tracy Dawn Scoggins - Born November 13, 1953 in Galveston. As an actress she is known for her roles as Monica Colby in the 1980s primetime soap opera “Dynasty”. Tracy also starred in the first season of the 1993–1997 television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. • Valerie Ritchie Perrine - Born September 3, 1943 in Galveston. Her film appearances include Superman (1978), The Electric Horseman (1979), and Superman II (1980). Perrine was photographed nude for a pictorial layout in the May 1972 issue of Playboy, later appearing on the cover in August 1981. She then became the first actress to appear nude on American television by exposing her breasts during the May 4, 1973, PBS broadcast of Bruce Jay Friedman’s “Steambath” on Hollywood Television Theater. • Katherine Marie Helmond - Born in Galveston, (1929 – 2019). Over her five decades of television acting, she was known for her starring role as ditzy matriarch Jessica Tate on the sitcom Soap (1977–1981) and her co-starring role as feisty mother Mona Robinson on Who’s the Boss? (1984–1992). She also played Lois Whelan (the mother of Debra Barone) on Everybody Loves Raymond.

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The holiday season was a goldmine for Porch Pirates. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the U.S. Postal Service shipped more than 800 million parcels. Some dishonest people have found that being a Porch Pirate can be pretty easy. Burglary takes a little bit of skill, robbery takes more skill, but there is almost no skill in walking up to someone’s house and taking a package. Studies have shown thieves tend to operate during daylight hours; homes closer to the roadway are targeted more than those way back; and the package size, visibility, and whether or not the package has a brand on it seems to be a factor. Some interesting findings are that 51 % of Porch Pirates are women. A lot higher percentage than other crimes that are committed. Also, the Porch Pirates tend to be in the middleclass income group. Do we like it when Porch Pirates steal our packages right off of our own porch? Do we like our home space being invaded by these no-good thieves? Have a Pet Peeve ? Contact us at www.WavesGalveston.com and tell us about it. We just may use yours next month! 24


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Is Computer Blue Light Damaging Your Skin?


Electronics and Your Skin BY: DR. TARA WEGRYN


ou are probably aware that blue light from digital devices has the potential to cause eye damage, but did you know that blue light from your computer and cell phone screens can also cause skin damage? Blue light is a high energy, short-wavelength light emitted by the computer screen, cell phone, other digital devices, and the sun. In the age of the pandemic when we are all spending so much more time on our devices, blue light skin exposure and skin damage is on the rise. How Blue Light Causes Skin DamageBlue light stimulates the production of free radicals in the skin which accelerates the appearance of aging. The effects are cumulative and can lead to increased pigmentation, redness and swelling. In addition, your skin’s regenerative cycle can get thrown out of whack causing more skin damage over time. How to Minimize the Damage - Reducing your time on the phone, computer or other electronic devices is unlikely to happen in this time of social distancing and need for alternate forms of communication. However, there are a few simple things you can do to lower your exposure. When possible, keep your phone a minimum of 12 inches away from your skin. Placing your calls on speaker, rather than hugging it to your cheek, is a practical measure you can implement. You can also reduce the brightness on your screen by 50% or enable the “Night Shift” setting to limit the blue light emitted.



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Have a great day, and I hope you continue to “Look Fresh and Feel Confident”.

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.

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ob Rohan, or as he is known in Texas “Bad Bob”, has been playing the fiddle and singing in various groups for over 30 years in Texas, and has opened for Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Carlene Carter and John Conley to name a few. Bob has played in bands that have backed up country legends like Hank Thompson, Ray Price, Jack Greene, Pam Tillis, and Dale Watson. Along with songwriting, Bob is also a talented cartoonist and has a self syndicated comic strip titled “Buffalo Gals”. The comic feature is about two cowgirls “Bess Winchester” and



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Shaye Henderson, BSN, M.Ed., M.S., Owner, 640 Fit, 11 Evia Main, Galveston

BODY DON’T FAIL ME NOW! I am very disappointed in my body. Angry even. You see, in October, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Me. Fitness instructor of 25 years. Marathon runner. Vegetarian. Zero family history. Seemingly the healthiest person, at least I know. The nickel-sized lump has turned my world upside down and wreaked havoc on my life. But I am pushing through the advised treatments, and I will use my strong, otherwise healthy body to get this alien lifeform destroyed, out of me, and gone forever. And as best as my body and mind will allow me, I’m going to continue my healthy lifestyle and workouts throughout this challenging time. On one of my early pity-party days, I just couldn’t believe my body had betrayed me by allowing one microscopic cancer cell to become two, four, sixteen, several million. How could my body not take care of business early and rid my body of the aberrant cell before it got out of hand? After the cry-fest was over, I tried to turn my thinking around to the beautiful things my body does for me daily, and thanks to a compilation on Brightside.me, here’s just a small sample of why I should be thanking my body instead of denouncing it: • The human brain has a memory capacity, equivalent to more than four terabytes on a hard drive. • A newborn child can breathe and swallow at the same time for up to seven months. • Nerve impulses sent from the brain move at a speed of 170 miles per hour. • A single human brain generates more

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electrical impulses in a day than the world’s telephones combined. The average human body contains enough sulfur to kill all the fleas on the average dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, and enough potassium to fire a toy cannon. The human heart pumps 48 million gallons of blood during the average lifetime. 50,000 cells in your body died and were replaced by new ones while you were reading this sentence. The total length of all the blood vessels in the human body is about 62,137 miles. By the end of a person’s life, they can recall, on average, around 150 trillion pieces of information, unless you count all the information a husband forgets his wife told him, then it’s probably double that number! A feeling of thirst occurs when water loss is equal to 1% of your body weight. The loss of more than 5% can cause fainting, and more than 10% causes death from dehydration. At least 700 enzymes are active in the human body. Only 1% of the bacteria can result in the human body becoming ill. Teeth are the only part of the human body that cannot heal themselves. Human lips are hundreds of times more sensitive than the tips of a person’s fingers. Human beings are the only animals that can draw straight lines. Human skin is completely replaced about 1,000 times during a person’s lifetime. Women blink about two times less often than men. The human body structure contains only four minerals: apatite, aragonite, calcite, and cristobalite.

• People with blue eyes are more sensitive to pain than others. • 100,000 chemical reactions occur in the human brain every second. • If one identical twin lacks a particular tooth, the other twin will not have that tooth either. • The surface area of the human lungs is approximately equal to the area of a tennis court. • White blood cells in the human body live for two to four days and red blood cells for three to four months. • The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. • The human heart is approximately equal in size to that of a person’s fist. An adult heart weighs 7.8 - 9.2 ounces. • At birth, there are 14 billion cells in the human brain. This number does not increase throughout a person’s lifetime. After 25 years, the number of cells falls by 100,000 every day. About 70 cells die in the minute it takes you to read a page in a book. After 40 years, the brain’ decline accelerates sharply, and after 50 years, neurons (that is, nerve cells) shrink, and the brain gets smaller. • At birth, a child’s body is made up of around 300 bones. But an adult has just 206. • Your right lung can take in more air than your left. • An adult person performs around 23,000 inhalations and exhalations a day. • The human eye can distinguish 10 million different colors. • The human heart pumps blood at such pressure that it would be able to raise blood to the fourth floor of a building. • Statistically, only one person out of two billion reaches the age of 116 years old.

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(America’s most prestigious restaurant guide) as one of the Top 15 Restaurants in the Houston Metropolitan Area and the top “Eclectic-International” Category. Other awards include being voted by Galveston County residents as the: • • • •

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The Mosquito Café utilizes a unique service system. Upon entering, you read the menu and chalkboard specials and then place your order with the cashier, receive a number placard, select a table of your choice, and sit back while enjoying your surroundings. The staff will bring your entrees, utensils, condiments, napkins, and your beverage. Upon completion, they will clear the plates, take dessert orders, and fulfill any request. The food delivered to your table is always the freshest direct from the kitchen. No waiting under heat lamps here.


ne of Galveston’s most unique and successful restaurants is the eclectic Mosquito Café. This privately owned restaurant opened in May 1999 in a restored 1870’s building and has weathered hurricanes and the test of time. It has won numerous prestigious awards including being selected by the Zagat Survey



The food, of course, is the real star here. Large portions of delicious, offbeat flavor combinations coupled with unusual presentations support their “eclectic” identity. The emphasis is always on fresh, healthy food. There are no fried foods in this restaurant, so you won’t get fries and a burger. What you will get is a delicious hand-formed burger on a homemade bun with a choice of delicious sides (My favorite is the Asian noodles.) The bun, like most of the breads and baked goods, comes fresh from their own bakery, “Pattycakes”, across the street. Make sure you visit after your meal to check out their artisan breads and their unbelievable pastries.

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The Mosquito Cafe Their breakfasts are legendary on the island. The bowls – a unique serving style- range from standard meat, eggs, and potatoes to some very unusual creations. One of the favorites is their Mosquito Benedict as described in their menu. “A house baked savory scone covered with sautéed shrimp, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, fresh asparagus, and poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce with a choice of cheesy grits, roasted potatoes, or apple pecan salad”. The salads are amazing. My personal favorite is the Thai chicken salad. A grilled chicken breast atop a bed of mixed greens tossed with tamari sesame vinaigrette, topped with roasted peanuts and Thai peanut sauce. Other menu items are too many to describe. Check them out on the restaurant website at:


And don’t forget their blackboard specials. They have a selection of wines and craft beers and offer pitchers of fresh squeezed mimosas. You may dine inside or weather permitting on their beautiful dog friendly patio. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they are not able to accommodate reservations due to seating capacity restrictions. However, they do a phenomenal job accommodating parties upon arrival. Excellent Covid Safety Protocols

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by: Tom Valliere & Charlie Bresenhan Highlighting Galveston’s cafe’s, food trucks and quick bite food stops Turning adversity to advantage, their business is again thriving. This could not happen to a nicer couple. Operating out of the kitchen in their new location, they 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. The business is named 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.

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 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. See Koop’s ad on page 36 from hours and information.

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By: Alia BenAvides

Jeanetta Brewster


am vigorously energetic regarding the whole creative process of producing a composition, from cutting and sanding the stretcher boards, to priming the canvas. It’s all the culmination of a painting. I love to be in the grip of creative fervor. I enjoy impressionistic theory, choosing not to paint or depict intricate details in a composition because I prefer to portray the overall visual effects creating an intense color vibration. I leave areas of the composition open to the imagination of the viewer and create relationships within the composition with abstract shapes combined with traditional perception, juxtaposition of bright vivid colors, oneness with the subject, and feeling the emotion of its essence as I see it. At least, that’s my intention. Sometimes it works out! It is thrilling to see the viewer’s reaction when they view a scene that I have captured as I have seen it through my eyes of God’s magnificent creation and see the stirring of the viewer’s imagination. Art has always been a major influence in my life. I am inspired by Sam Houston National Forest which surrounds my home in the country where I find a wealth of subjects to paint. I paint what I know and have seen with my own eyes. Currently, my work is mostly seascapes with atmospheric conditions from my observations outside in the open air, although I enjoy painting from sketches completed years earlier from my travels across America and abroad. I continue to use sketches of the ocean, especially from Galveston Texas. Sometimes, my Plein Air work is transferred to the studio to add the finishing touches, but I still love studio work. With the thought of a new painting, I get excited and thrilled from my drawings and notes on the light, mood, and essence which I made many years earlier. I began painting the ocean when I was in junior high school when my parents first took me and my siblings to Galveston. Since that time, I have loved the ocean and the multitude of

subject surrounding salt water such as birds, shells, seaweed, and boats which I include in my paintings. I studied Fine Art at Sam Houston State University, winning many art competitions, and was awarded summa cum laude. I have intensely studied the work of many of the world’s leading contemporary artists which added to my understanding of art history. I was mentored by the State Artist of Texas, Harry Ahysen, Jimmy Barker, and my friend, Professor Kenneth Zonker who taught art at SHSU for nearly four decades, and who helped me develop my style and workout many diverse projects. Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne are my favorite artists, Monet, a French Plein Air painter who painted luminous waterscapes and Cezanne, a French Post-Impressionist for his remarkable still lifes. Most of my paintings are done with oil which I find most stimulating, but I often use watercolor to describe specific subjects. I use gouache for still life paintings because it is a water media that easily pleases my personal creativity. I have seriously sketched from the age of six, back as far as I can remember. In high school, I won many art contests, one of which was a watercolor of a child chasing a white rabbit in the snow, which was quite symbolic at the time. People around me didn’t support my desire to paint and when I purchased my first set of highly coveted oil paints in my junior year of high school from income of my first job and first paycheck, they told me it was a waste of time and money. However, my love of art and the ocean could not be extinguished. I am always impressed with the salt water in any part of the world and can recall where each painting is created and my thought process behind each one. Each painting has a story. I relish the qualities of contrast and subtlety, the waters’ power to entice and envelope and to create a dramatic expression. It is my intention for the observer of my paintings to feel the peace, mood, wind, rain, heat, or cold sensation that I felt when I first viewed it. I find much pleasure in presenting a seascape on canvas in such a way that reaches through the layers to the heart and soul of the viewer so that they stop and take pause. Jeanetta’s paintings can be seen at G. Lee Gallery, 2217 Strand, Suite 107B, Galveston, Texas and Lisa Gregory Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 2217 Strand, Suite 106, Galveston, Texas. She can be reached at jbrewsterart@gmail.com.


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CURTAIN GOING UP | Theatrical Column With Paul Hager

C U R TA I N G O I N G U P THE GRAND POSTPONES REOPENING; VIRTUAL By: Paul Hager TONY AWARDS – YES, BUT WHEN? The date for the Tony Awards ceremony still remains unknown, as organizers plan for a digital ceremony during the industry-wide shutdown.


aureen M. Patton, Executive Director at The Grand published this on their webpage recently: Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season even during these very difficult times. The Grand remains a vibrant organization despite the lack of live performances on our stage. It’s with much reluctance that I share the news that The Grand’s projected opening in January must be postponed till later in the spring. Traditions are more important than ever, and I hope each of you celebrate your traditions with those you love and who are in your personal bubble. We welcome your comments, and you may reach out to us via email at tickets@thegrand.com or leave a message at 409.770.5053. They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. But, this year, the Great White Way’s biggest night of the year is going virtual, as the Tony Awards will take place online. Tony Award Productions released the following statement regarding the American Theatre Wing’s 2020 Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing: The 74th Annual Tony Awards, scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7th from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date, in coordination with our broadcast partner. The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans are of the utmost importance to us. We will announce new dates and additional information once Broadway opens again. We are looking forward to celebrating Broadway and our industry when it is safe to do so. After extensive research from such sources as Broadway World, Playbill and Variety, here’s what we know so far:

Though the Tony Awards had originally announced that a ceremony would take place late this fall, that timeline was based on the assumption that productions would be able to resume in March 2021, Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said at the Theatermakers Summit. Now that many shows are eyeing a return in fall 2021, St. Martin said Tony Award presenters have more time to create the digital ceremony. “We don’t have a decision date yet,” St. Martin said in a discussion with SiriusXM host Julie James.

“Since we’re not opening in March, we have more planning time.” St. Martin said the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which co-present the Tony Awards, are working with CBS, the traditional broadcast partner of the Tony Awards, as well as producers of the Tony Awards to determine what the ceremony will look like during the pandemic. “Our timeline has always been fluid and the partners are working together to create the best possible Tony Awards in the tradition of the brand,” a spokesperson for the Tony Awards wrote in a statement to Broadway News. On October 15, Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart announced the nominees for the Tony Awards. Important takeaways: Slave Play became the most nominated play in Tony Awards history (12 nominations), with The Inheritance closely following (11 nominations). The most-nominated musical of the year is Jagged Little Pill (15 nominations), followed by

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical (14 nominations). Aaron Tveit is the only nominee in his category (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical) and all nominees for Best Original Score come from plays instead of musicals. The nominating committee considered 18 productions from the 2019-2020 season, after setting an eligibility cut-off date of Feb. 19, 2020. The Tony Awards made the initial announcement about a forthcoming digital ceremony on Aug. 21. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, but was postponed after theaters shut down in March 2020. “Though unprecedented events cut the Broadway season short, it was a year full of extraordinary work that deserves to be recognized,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing, said in a press release. “We are thrilled not only to have found a way to properly celebrate our artists’ incredible achievements this season, but also to be able to uplift the entire theatre community and show the world what makes our Broadway family so special at this difficult time. The show must go on, no matter what – and it will.” Here’s hoping when they are finally broadcast, I’ll be able to continue my Annual Tony Awards party tradition, even if it’s virtual, too. Of course, all y’all will be invited!



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appy New Year, Wavers! Thank you for your kind comments regarding my all-time favorite Christmas movies. I hope you got to enjoy several of them during the holidays.

The year 2020 is finally behind us. 2020 was a tough year for many people for many reasons. 2020 also took its toll on some of our greatest songwriters and musicians. Your Bum does not have the space here to mention all the terrific musicians that passed away in 2020, but I’m going to list some of my favorites. Willie Nelson put it best. Willie said: “Music seems to be the common denominator that brings us all together. Music cuts through all boundaries and goes right to the soul.”

H e r e i s y o u r B u m ’ s l i s t. . . Charlie Daniels - Passed away July 6, 2020. Your Bum had the real treat of seeing Daniels perform live in Galveston at the 2019 Lone Star Rally. The “Devil Went Down to Georgia” is an all-time favorite.

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1932 - 2020

1942 - 2020 Little Richard - Passed away May 9, 2020. Born Richard Wayne Penniman, Richard laid the foundation for Rock & Roll. “Tutti Frutti” & “Long Tall Sally” are all-time classics. Little Richard was included in the 1st group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ‘86. Charlie Pride - Passed away December 12, 2020. Pride’s greatest musical success came in the 1970’s, when he became the biggest selling performer for RCA records since Elvis Presley. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

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1941 - 2020

Mac Davis - Passed away September 29, 2020. A native of Lubbock, Texas. During his early career, Davis wrote songs for Elvis Presley, providing him with the hits “Memories”, In the Ghetto”, and “Don’t Cry Daddy”, among many more. Helen Reddy - Passed away September 29, 2020. Reddy started her career as an entertainer at age four. During the 1970’s, Reddy placed 15 singles on the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100. Her smash hit, “I Am Woman” made her a famous feminist icon. Roy Head - Passed away September 21, 2020. Born in 1941 in Three Rivers, Texas. Roy was the father of country music’s Sundance Head. His “Treat Her Right” was a huge hit in 1965. Inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2007.

1940 - 2020

1938 - 2020

1938 - 2020

Johnny Nash - Passed away October 6, 2020. Born in Houston, Texas. Nash was one of the first ever non-Jamaican artists to record reggae music. Best known in the United States for his 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now”. Bill Withers - Passed away March 30, 2020. Withers had many wonderful hits including “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Grandma’s Hands”, “Lean on Me”, and “Just the Two of Us”. Withers won 3 Grammy Awards and was nominated for 6 more. Kenny Rogers - Passed away March 20, 2020. Born in Houston, Texas in 1938. Rogers sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his lifetime. His fame and career spanned multiple genres: jazz, folk, pop, rock, and country. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

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John Prine - Passed away April 7, 2020. Cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation. Known for his humorous lyrics about love, life, and current events, as well as serious songs with social commentary. In 2020, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

1955 - 2020

Eddie Van Halen - Passed away October 6, 2020. He was the genius songwriter and guitarist for Van Halen and was regarded as one of the greatest guitar players in rock history. Van Halen charted 13 number one hits. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

1942 - 2020

Jerry Jeff Walker - Passed away October 23, 2020. Born Ronald Clyde Crosby, Walker was a leading figure in the outlaw country music movement. He is best known for having written the 1968 song “Mr. Bojangles”. Your Bum’s personal favorite is the great “L. A. Freeway”.

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FISHING GUIDE A Guide To Galveston Fishing


alveston waters are home to a diversity of fish, from giant hard pulling monsters to sleek, sneaky predators that require skill to outsmart. From the inshore waters of Galveston Bay to the clear blue waters found offshore, when it comes to saltwater fish, Galveston, Texas stands out as one of the hottest spots in the world. Join us in this section featuring advice, techniques and stories of the “big one” with local pro’s like Patrick Lemire and Max Conner. Find recommended bait and tackle shops as well as powerhouse charters to get you out on the water in search of the “catch of a lifetime”. Enjoy!



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C l o s e - u p pat r i c k l e m i r e Spring time is ling time


pring is ling time in our Texas coastal and near offshore waters. Their arrival signals the return of the first of the warm water, near surface, finny predators that many of us eagerly anticipate. They are our most unpredictable species during this early period. At times, they will eat anything that smells or looks like food — but almost any bait can also be turned down. The strong suit of these early arrivals is that the biggest ones seem to lead the parade. Late March and April through May can produce some brutes over 100 pounds. During that period in 2005, several were weighed in at the Galveston Yacht Basin that went from 85 to almost 96 pounds. The Texas State Record of 108.44 pounds was caught on May 9, 1998. The 2005 S.T.A.R. Tournament which started on Memorial Day weekend was won by Shane Barthelmess with a 75 lb.-14 oz. brute, taken on June 1 1 out of Freeport. Some of the baits and tactics that can be used to get one of these beasts to boat side is the heart of this piece. It’s hard for just about any ling to turn down a live bait, such as a small blue runner, hardhead catfish, pinfish or crab, etc. These baits are easy to come by, whether you have to catch them at the dock or offshore. Various dead natural baits to use are whole squid, a glob of squid, Spanish sardines, cigar minnows, sandtrout, etc. Artificials that work is numerous and include spoons, lead head jigs, Snapper Slapper@jigs, butterfly type jigs, castable cedar plugs, soft plastic swim baits and soft plastic crabs. The live or dead fish baits can all be fished nose-hooked, through the bottom of the head and out the top or hooked in the back, ahead of the dorsal fin. They can be freelined or fished Carolina rigged, using the smallest size of egg weight that will get your presentation into the strike zone. The amount of egg weight needed is dictated by the current’s strength. Use the least amount of weight you can, a slow sink gets more looks while your bait is descending through the water column. A bait about 3-4’ under a float is a killer and can be fished away from the boat for one of those unseen surprise ling. If you choose the live hardhead catfish, be sure to carefully clip their dorsal and pectoral fins close to their body with diagonal cutters, etc. before putting them in your baitwell. Safely dispose of those



clippings. When choosing to use a live crab, carefully remove the crab’s claws; besides eliminating a pinch point for you, it will also make it easier for your ling to inhale. It’s best to punch the holes through its shell with an icepick or a hook other than the one you are going to fish with. Their shells are tough and can dull your hook point—something to think about. Artificials that have worked for me, from near the surface to the bottom, are Snapper Slapper jigs in 1 and 3 ounce sizes. Pink/chartreuse, black/purple, purple/ white and all white are my favorites. Tip them with either a whole Spanish sardine or squid. The baitfish is head hooked on the main hook and the stinger hooked at around the mid body area. Be sure to leave a little slack in the stinger’s cable to let the baitfish lay straight and be able to flex in a natural swimming motion. They, along with other lead head jigs, can also be fished with a 4” to 6” soft plastic swim or curly tail. Those butterfly type jigs that were covered in the November 2005 issue are one of the new hot baits on the block. Jig them shallow for near surface swimmers or deeper throughout the water column for those unseen cruisers. Another of those “new, hot baits” is the castable cedar plug, an adaptation of the standard trolling configuration of the traditional cedar plug. The only place I know of as of this writing where they can be purchased is at Islander’s Custom Tackle on Galveston Island. It’s a rigging technique I came up with in early 2005. Complete details on them will be covered in next month’s issue. Ling love ‘em at any depths. Soft plastic, 4” to 7” swim baits such as those by Storm@, Panther Martin@ and Tsunami@ have a lifelike look at any depth. The same goes for those 4” soft plastic crabs by Rip Tide@.Cutting the legs and pinchers so that they are individual, like on a live crab, gives the Rip Tide soft plastic crab a more natural appearance. I put a 1 h” long piece of 18 gauge copper wire through the first portion of each claw and elbow and into the body after giving it a defensive, ready to fight, natural look “Wacky” rigged or nose hooked 9 inch Slug-O’s@ or Berkeley’s@ 10 inch inshore eels “get bit” too. The tackle I use for ninety percent of my offshore fishing is a Shimano@ TLD 15 mounted on a 7’ Allstar Graphite@ rod. The TLD 15 is spooled up with 300’ of white or Hi-Vis yellow 100# Power Pro Spectra@. A 50# mono backing is under the Power Pro, just enough to bring the Spectra to full spool. I tie 12-14’ of 80-100# mono to the Spectra with a Lemire modified Tony Pena knot. I dull the last 5-8’ of the mono to “Poor Man’s Fluorocarbon” condition. This great knot and procedure were covered in detail in my February and March articles in this almanac section. The virtually-no-stretch feature of the Power Pro Spectra really aids in controlling a big fish, close in or at a distance. Its feel of what’s going on at your hook and powerful hooksets also work in your favor.

Remember, ling are not primarily surface feeders. The mid-depths and the bottom are their real feeding grounds. Always keep a watchful eye for near surface cruisers. They can appear in a heartbeat and be gone as quickly. Chances are, you will have time to do a maneuver I call “stop chumming”. What that amounts to is throwing a couple of pieces of squid or a couple of sardines about 6-8’ in front of your “cruiser”; the chance is great it will stop to investigate and maybe take time to eat them — this is your chance to make some kind of presentation. If there are several smaller ling with a much bigger one, most of the time the smaller ones will get to those stop chum pieces first; this opens the chance to bait the big one. All of this happens quickly, you must have a plan of action rather than a reaction. When a near surface cruiser disappears, go to the mid-depths or the bottom with your offering — it’s very likely the ling is still around. All the following techniques apply to live or dead baits or the artificial, unless noted differently. Hook size is dictated by bait and tackle size. When a near surface casual cruiser comes into view, cast ahead of and beyond it. The bait crossing its line of motion on the retrieve has the appearance of an escape move of a prey species. Casting a bait directly ahead, say 15-20’, and just twitching it is OK, but a retrieve toward a ling may trigger its flee response. With any bait, pull it away from a close ling, stop, let it sink a little; pull away again if needed and stop. This will many times trigger a strike. When a ling turns its head slightly away with the bait in its mouth, strike with a “J” type hook or quickly wind tight when using a circle hook— ling spit baits a lot if given the chance. If the ling is swimming toward you and it takes the bait, waiting until it turns before setting the hook is one way to go and is what most fishermen do. If you try to set the hook when it’s coming directly toward you, use this method; give the rod an up sweep; the chance of a hookup is greater than a straight pull. In this situation, a “J” hook has a greater hookup potential. Use a horizontal or side sweep if the ling is sideways or going away from you; naturally, this sweep of the rod is done in the opposite direction that the ling is swimming. After the hookup, the next round of fun begins. Most hooked ling will come to the near surface area at some point. When one comes up shallow quickly, with heavy side/horizontal rod pressure, they can be brought to boat side quickly. This tactic, called “down and dirty” is basically applying heavy rod and drag pressure to the left if it’s swimming to your right and making it turn and swim to your left. As it turns and starts left, your pressure on the line pulls it somewhat in your direction, as you retrieve as much line as you can. As it passes in front of you and to your left, horizontal pressure to the right is applied. Repeat as necessary, this side pulling, swimming direction changes and the retrieving of your line

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will bring a big ling to boat side quickly. The line retrieval will naturally depend upon how much closer it will be swimming or how far you can pull it; the retrieval might be in half turns of your reel handle or many — it depends a bunch on the fish, they are sort of like us humans, they have different personalities and attitudes. This heavy side pressure seems to somehow disorient a big ling, allowing you lead it to the boat as if it were on a leash. While this may not sound as sporty as a 30-minute battle, time is always on the fish’s side; also, tournaments don’t give added points for long battles. Using this tactic, I’ve brought several of over 70# to the gaff in about a minute and a half. Unless you have a lot of deck space to work with as on a party boat, for instance, a ling of almost any size needs to go directly into an appropriate size cooler. On the deck, they can break your leg or worse, and destroy tackle, boxes, etc. Those 5 to 7

spines, remnants of a ling’s first dorsal fin, are short, stiff and sharp. Avoid them, they can inflict serious, painful cuts very quickly. When a big ling is brought boat side the first time after this down and dirty technique, a miss with the gaff will result in a strong and long run. This is also the time when your chances of losing your prize escalate, its weight falling against the reel’s drag can result in a broken line or pulled hook. When the gaff or gaffs are struck home, step back a step, quickly put your reel’ s clicker on and the reel out of gear. If your ling comes off the gaff, it will fall against the clicker. This does two things you need most at this point, preventing a pulled hook or broken line, and preventing a backlash while letting it run off against the slight pressure of the clicker. You may do this with thumb pressure, but I guarantee you that the dumbest, properly working clicker is smarter than the smartest human thumb! Over the years, I’ve saved numerous sizable fish of varied species with this “on the clicker and out of gear” move. When your ling has its second chance and is running off against the clicker, put your reel back into gear and then off the clicker and the fight is back on. This should be done automatically with any fish that’s about to be gaffed. As with any sight fishing, polarized sunglasses and a dark underbilled hat are close to being must-use items; you can’t make a timely bait

presentation if you can’t see them as soon and as long as possible. An example which shows you never know when that ling of a lifetime is going to show happened on May 6, 2001 : it was on the party boat Texsun Il out of Galveston — I was supposed to fish that day but something came up and I couldn’t make the trip. The person fishing on my spot had never been offshore fishing. He hooked into this monster of a ling and was having some trouble handling the rod, and after a struggle, he gave the rod over to one of the deckhands, who pulled on it a while and then turned the rod over to Capt. Johnny Williams. After about 45 minutes total, the brute was finally brought to gaff. The thing was huge; Capt. Williams phoned me to come to the dock to take some photos — I’m glad he did, it was the biggest ling any of us had personally ever seen. At the dock, on certified scales, it weighed 111 1/2 lbs.!! It would have been, and would still be, the Texas State record; too bad it took the three of them to get it in. This just shows you never know what’s going to take your bait and that you had better be ready. The bottom line is watching what’s going on, having a plan that gets your bait presentation into the strike zone and having a good fighting strategy and the tackle to do the job may produce your ling of a lifetime. Use the tried and proven true rigging, baits and tackle as outlined, along with the fighting and gaffing techniques recommended. They will go a long way in assisting you to bring your ling of a lifetime to the boat and into the cooler—springtime, summertime and beyond.

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Recipe Of The Month

Wild hog Chop Steak in a Spicy Mushroom Gravy Ingredients Wild hog Chop Steak

- Ground wild hog - 2 lbs (formed into 6-1/3 lb chop steak)

- Yellow onion - 1/2 cup chopped - Fresh garlic - 1 tbsp minced - Fresh chili pequin - 3-4 minced - Fresh baby bella mushroom - 8 oz sliced - Beef stock - 32 oz - Newsom Texas cabernet 1/4 cup - Butter - 1/2 stick - Bacon grease - 3 tbsp - Lard - 1/4 cup - Flour - 2 tbsp - Duck fat spray - spray before applying rub - TSS Rustic Rub - 3 tbsp - TSS Jalapeno Dusted season each chop steak - Ground mixed peppercorns - to taste

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Wild Hog Chop Steak in a Spicy Mushroom Gravy

Directions ring sauce pan to med high heat and add bacon grease, onion, garlic and pequin. SautĂŠ until tender, then add butter and mushrooms. Cook until liquid reduces from mushrooms. Add flour and stir quickly to keep from sticking as a roux forms. Deglaze with wine and slowly add beef stock while stirring. Add seasonings and cracked mixed peppercorns to taste (I use extra on wild game). Reduce heat to med low, cover, and reduce liquid by half. It should turn darker.


In a cast iron deep skillet, heat on med high and melt lard. Spray each chop steak with duck fat spray, season both sides with TSS Jalapeno Dusted all-purpose rub, then add to skillet. Flip often adding more lard if needed to prevent sticking. When internal temp hits 165, pour mushroom gravy over steaks, cover, and reduce heat to med low. Simmer, turning often until gravy thickens. Serve over mashed Yukon gold potatoes and a garden salad, or sliced avocado seasoned with TSS Jalapeno Dusted.



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Grilled Gulf Shrimp Creole Ingredients Shrimp Creole

Grilled Gulf Shrimp Creole

Directions tart by melting butter in a large cast iron pot. Sauté all vegetables with the ¼ cup of flour. When the vegetables are soft, add liquids, reduce heat to medium, add all dry seasonings, then simmer for one hour stirring often until sauce starts to reduce. Reduce heat again to low. Adjust seasoning and cook another 30 minutes.


Prepare grill and skewer shrimp. Lightly brush shrimp with clarified butter and season with Coastal Seafood. Grill and set aside. When the sauce thickens, stir in shrimp, cover and cook 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally. Turn the heat off, leave covered, and let the shrimp continue to pull in flavor from the sauce while you prepare white rice or bread bowls. For a spicy version add 1-2 Tbsp TSS Rattlesnake Dust seasoning.

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DOWNTOWN CURRENTS | with Christy Monroe

By: Christy Monroe

Colorado History and Treats Comes to the Island Cherries by the Sea, 910 21st Street


alveston attracts yearly “snowbirds�, who are the people from Northern states and colder climates that come to the island for a mild Winter. Now,

Galveston is bringing a taste of the high country and a well-known and beloved stop in the Rocky Mountains, to the island for all to enjoy. Colorado Cherry Company is a four-generation family owned and operated business that has evolved from a roadside stand of cherries and berries to several storefronts, and now Cherries by the Sea is home to the Galveston location. Ironically, the family bringing these treats to the island is the same family that offers the only escape rooms on the island, Escape the Island Escape Rooms. When they escape the island for a family getaway, they often visit their vacation home in Colorado. Over the years, they have watched the Colorado Cherry Company grow and thrive and enjoy every product they offer.



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“We bring the products back for our friends

In the future, the shop will carry seasonal

and family here but now we can offer it to

gifts, trinkets, and other items along with

everyone,” says Allison Little. The Lyons,

special order gift baskets. Located in the

Colorado location of the Colorado Cherry

same building, next to the Escape the Island

Company has a full-service restaurant and

Escape Rooms at 910 21st Street, Cherries

bakery. They even have a location in the

by the Sea is a great stop on your way to

historic Stanley Hotel, made famous by the

downtown Galveston, offering free parking

movie, The Shining. The products sold at

in walking distance to the beginning of the

all the locations consist of Colorado grown

Strand district.

cherries and berries. Colorado is known for a perfect climate that fosters the growth

The shop is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am

of these deciduous fruit trees across the

to 6pm and Sunday 2pm-6pm. For informa-

slopes. With everything from Cherry juice

tion, check out their Facebook at Cherries

and cider to preserves and other berry prod-

by the Sea.

ucts, shoppers can buy the perfectly made pie fillings, breakfast fixings and every snack in between. Made famous by the Lenherts family and a cherry pie that Grandma Lehnert perfected long ago, Cherries are only the beginning. Butters, mixes, pickled produce along with salsas and chocolate delectables, Cherries by the Sea will carry all the Colorado Cherry Companies products, minus the fresh baked pies. Also, an island first, the shop will specialize in vinyl for crafters. No need to leave the island for the vinyl used in Cricut and Silhouette crafts. Cherries by the Sea has a full line of Vinyl and HTV colors. “We will continue to grow the vinyl side of the business and can’t wait to meet all of the local crafters, so they can let us know what they need. We will order it and sell it, as we learn about more of their needs and wants,” said Allison and Pat Little.

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BUNNY’S Cookin’ Column | Easy Recipe’s by Bunny

Bunny’s C ’C ookin


a waves magazine exclusive


ell, Hello and Happy New Year! Hope that everyone had a nice Holiday season. Bunny was in a quandary as to how to start out the new year with her column. I had so many ideas, but they just didn’t seem right. I thought, well, lets start out this year with something sweet. So, forget your New Year’s Resolution of working out and losing weight, and enjoy these wonderful cookies. I went to my go-to friends that cook and bake all the time and got these EASY recipes from them.

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1 pound butter softened at room temperature 1 cup sugar 3 cups flour 2 cups crushed potato chips ½ cup finely chopped pecans (use a mini processor if you can’t find chopped pecans at the store) • 1 teaspoon vanilla


½ cups butter ¼ cup sugar 1 egg yoke 1 cup flour 1 egg white, beaten ¾ cups chopped nuts (use whatever nut you like) Maraschino cherries (optional)


Cream butter and sugar together and then add egg yolk. Add the flour, mix well. Roll into small balls, and then dip into the beaten egg white. Then roll in the nuts. Top each with a cherry. Bake at low temperature, 300 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes. Note: These recipes can easily be doubled. Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy!


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Rela t ionship Adv i ce Ad

with Jan & D e a n Hi Jan and Dean. I am a 38-year-old male and have been divorced for about 3 years now. I wear glasses, and without them I am blind as a bat. My problem is that while dating I am fine because I can of course wear my glasses then. The ladies all seem to be fine with that. The real problem begins when things turn romantic and intimate. I have to wear my glasses during those intimate times to be able to see anything. Seriously. I am blind without them. Me wearing glasses during intimate encounters seems to be a real turn off to ladies. They won’t return my calls or texts afterward. I don’t see anything wrong with wearing glasses while romancing but it seems to be a real negative with women. Please don’t say wear contacts because I have tried that and can’t tolerate them. What should I do? I’m really a nice guy, have a decent apartment, and make a good living. Please help! - Blind Billy Bob


ell, well, well Dean, I think someone is trying to pull our leg. After us writing this column for over 3 years, it was bound to happen.

rare few may think, oh wow, that’s cool. I have me a real Clark Kent. Good luck, Billy Bob. Dean, your turn.


an, I think you may be right, someone is really trying to pull our leg. I mean, is anyone really named Billy Bob anymore? A near blind Billy Bob on top of that.

In the small chance that this is real, I am going to let you have it Billy Bob. Have you ever heard of a thing called setting the mood? Like cooking a romantic dinner and dining under candlelight. Setting the tone with some nice soft music played low. A little slow dancing after dinner. All you seem interested in is putting on some night vision goggles and getting after it. I’m shocked that you would ever get a lady to the point to where she would even consider being romantic with you. Maybe you could just purchase one of those coal miners’ helmets where you could flip your light off and on. That would be quite the mood setter. Billy Bob, you don’t seem to have a clue. Maybe you can “see” your way to becoming a more desirable man to women. Then maybe a few of them would return your calls.

Billy Bob, if you are legit, which I don’t think you are, I’ll still bite and give you an answer. I can be blunt just like Dean. Do you really need to see? Honestly, by now you should know where everything is and go with the flow. Do you have mirrors on the ceiling? You seem like the type that might. If so, you can focus on them. If you are well off financially, why don’t you get eye surgery? All in all, be up front with the woman before any romance begins. Most, like you said, will say no thanks! A HAVE A QUESTION FOR JAN & DEAN? Go to wavesgalveston.com & ask away. You just might have your question answered next month. 64




WAVES TRIVIA | Test Your Knowledge The Famous Ladies Of Galveston

By : Thomas Waggoner Continued from Page 13

• Tina Knowles - BOI on January 4, 1954. She is the mother of singers Beyoncé Knowles and Solange Knowles, and, until 2011, was married to their father Mathew Knowles, the manager of Destiny’s Child. She is the last of seven siblings. While in high school, Knowles was a part of a singing group called the Veltones, inspired by The Supremes. • Liana Daine Liberato - 25 years old and born in Galveston. She is the daughter of George and Rhondelle Liberato. She played the younger version of the female lead in the 2014


film “The Best of Me” and starred in the 2010 films, “Trust and The Last Sin Eater” and in 2012, “The Expatriate”. In 2018, she began portraying the role of McKenna Brady in the Hulu thriller series “Light as a Feather”. Wow! These ladies have definitely left a mark on Galveston’s history. Don’t forget, if you have a fun fact send it to me at P.O. Box 612, New Caney, TX 77357. Maybe you will read your fun fact in the next issue of Waves! Have a great New Year. See ya next month.

rivia hallenge

1. Matchbox Twenty 2. RH Chili Peppers 3. Heart 4. Korn 5. The Black Keys 6. Queen 7. Journey


Answers From Page 16

8. Genesis 9. Gorillaz 10. The Police 11. Poison 12. The Eagles 13. The Cranberries 14. The Doors


15. Smashing Pumpkins 16. The Cars 17. The Beach Boys 18. Oasis 19. The Beatles 20. Tool



Continued from Page 30

Shaye Henderson, BSN, M.Ed., M.S., Owner, 640 Fit, 11 Evia Main, Galveston • The retinas inside the eye contain 137 million light-sensitive cells: 130 million are for black and white vision, and 7 million are for helping you see in color. • Our eyes remain the same size as they were at birth. • The muscles which help your eyes to focus complete around 100,000 movements a day. To make your leg muscles do the same amount of actions, you would need to walk 49.7 miles. • Bones are about 5 times stronger than steel. • A person would die quicker from a total lack of sleep than from hunger. Death would occur after ten days without sleep, whereas from hunger, it would take several weeks. • Your eyes are so powerful they can detect light from a candle flame over 1.7 miles away. • The liver is the largest internal organ and is the only organ that can regenerate itself. However, repeated damage to the liver can eventually

injure and scar this incredible organ. • Without your pinky finger, you would lose about 50% of your hand strength. Big things often come in small packages. • Your tongue is comprised of eight interwoven muscles, similar in structure to an elephant’s trunk or an octopus’s tentacle. • Goosebumps evolved to make our ancestors’ hair stand up, making them appear more threatening to predators. • The cornea is the only part of the body with no blood supply – it gets its oxygen directly from the air. • If a human being’s DNA was uncoiled, it would stretch 10 billion miles, from Earth to Pluto and back. • An adult human body consists of about 7 octillion atoms. So, with all these unbelievable facts about the human body, there is no way I’m giving up on mine to get past its bump in the road and get back to the business of being amazing!

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eflections By: John and Kathy Valastro

Goodness in action

Another day, another year. How will it be different than 2020?

i rst, 2020 was many things: stressful, trying, scary, terrifying, painful, etc., but not all bad. For all the pain and sadness, we also found that there is still a great deal of good in this world. You only have to look at our Galveston Island family to see this goodness in action. Many Islanders, while being tested by the pandemic and the struggles of a weak tourism season (mainly due to the cancellation of our biggest seasonal events and COVID19 restriction on restaurants, bars, and music venues), we have found ways to support each other to keep the island going. I would like this Reflection to shine the light on what it means to be thankful for what we have and how giving to those in need is a gift that makes the heart feel warm and happy. The past 4 years, The Palms Condominium and its owners have taken a collection each year to donate to the Galveston County Food Bank. The amount donated equates to about 16,000 meals over the years. This year, with all the heartaches the county and our beloved city has endured, I worried donations might fall because so many people have been affected in different ways.

I was hoping to get enough donations for 4000 meals this Christmas season. I thought it would be a good idea to challenge a few businesses, which included ReMax Leading Edge and Sand-NSea Realty. To my amazement, we collected over $3000, which equates to 12,000 meals for the Galveston County Food Bank. It seems the giving spirit is alive and well on the island, and I want to thank The Palms owners, Nikki Haley and her agents at RE/Max Leading Edge, and Jana Turner from Sand-N-Sea for participating in our holiday giving. It is truly a blessing to share with those who are less fortunate. Everyone mentioned helped make a difference this giving season. My hope and prayer for this New Year is we Islanders continue to find ways to be “Kind”, “Charitable” and “Forgiving”. If we can do these things, I truly believe 2021 will be a great year! Information: Contact Julie Morreale for donations and food drives at Julie@galvestoncountyfoodbank.org 624 4th Ave N, Texas City, TX 77590 Ph: 409-945-4232

John and Kathy Valastro

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erbal Folklore

erbs have been with us since the dawn of time. Given their ancient history, it is no surprise that a great deal of superstition has been attached to these mysterious plants with healing powers.

Rosemary for Remembrance

Rosemary was believed to ward off evil spirits and dispel jealousy. The frequent inhaling of the scent would retain one’s youth. The blue flowers get their color from Mary’s blue cloak that she laid on the bush while traveling to Egypt to save Jesus.

Thyme For Purity

Wherever thyme grows wild, it indicates a pure atmosphere. It is also where fairies are said to play the most. Thyme was used to help the deceased to transition to the spirit world. A sachet of thyme placed under the pillow while sleeping was said to dispel nightmares and give positive dreams. As we get ready to plant up our gardens, here are some herbs for sun and shade.

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Lavender Oregano Winter Savory Butterfly Weed Bay Basil Lemon Grass Rosemary

Lavender For Love

Lavender was used in spells to sharpen the mind and increase love. It was also believed that lavender could counter the evil eye and to be the favorite herb of fairies.

Sage To Save And To Heal

The word sage comes from the Latin word “salvia” which means to save and to heal and has been used as a primary medicinal herb since ancient times. Eating sage daily in the month of May was said to give immortality. Sage growing well in a garden was said to indicate the well-being of the wife and household.

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Hyssop Lemon Verbena Lion’s Tail Sweet Aztec Herb Cuban Oregano Dill White Sage

For Partial Shade

Sage Lemon Balm Spearmint Valerian Stevia Dill Comphrey

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Thyme of all kinds Peppermint Lemon mint Angelica Lemon grass Lemon grass French Tarragon

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olunteering at the Ronald House brings a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment to those who are willing to give a few hours to perform minor but essential tasks needed in the every-day function of a home as large as this one is. Twenty bedrooms, nearly all occupied at the same time, some families staying for only a day or two while others come for much longer visits up to a month or more in some cases. If you have special skills, training, hobbies or speak any foreign languages, please come share with us…can you lead a group in singing along with your musical talent…can you teach the children to speak a few words or sing a song in your native or learned language…do you know a special dance (think “chicken dance” or the “cha-chacha” or “folklorico”) all children love to sing and dance. Karaoke is a favorite if you own a machine! Duties that need to be done on a daily basis include acting as a receptionist and answering phone calls, preparation of rooms for incoming families, helping in the business office, cooking and baking, playing Bingo and hosting family activities as well as providing “arts and crafts” sessions. Host a party! Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, Easter, Birthdays…etc. We are always seeking friendly, energetic and creative volunteers… let that be you!



Wish List January 2021 • • • • • • •

Pinto Beans Potatoes Tomatoes Serrano Peppers Cilantro Onions Poblano Peppers

• Ice Cream • Vermicelli • Ramen Noodles in a cup • White Bread • Spam • Chips

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Cookies Crackers Corn Tortillas Paper Plates Napkins Serving Utensils Lysol


Ronald McDonald House of Galveston

Volunteer opportunities await those who can share a few hours of time or consider cooking a meal for the families or a game of Bingo…always a popular pastime in the evenings. Call the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston at 409-762-8770.



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