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FEATURE STORY: Sandhill Cranes ALSO INSIDE: A Tribute to Dr. Seuss Newly expanded Art Scene New Columnists

MARCH 2010

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LUNCH WITH THE GUYS A group of 40 years old guys discuss where they should meet for lunch. Finally they agree to meet at the Kelley’s Restaurant because the waitresses have low cut blouses and nice breasts. 10 years later at age 50, the group agrees to meet at Kelley’s because the food is good and the wine selection is excellent. 10 years later at age 60, the group agrees to meet at Kelley’s because they can eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant is smoke free. 10 years later at age 70, the group agrees to meet at Kelley’s because the restaurant is walker accessible and they have an elevator. 10 years later at age 80, the group agrees to meet at Kelley’s because they have never been there before. A GUNSLINGER, AN OLD PROSPECTOR AND AN ASS An old prospector shuffled into the town of El Indio, Texas leading a tired old mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his parched throat. He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the hitch rail. As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young

gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

2. Don’t mess with old people.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, “Hey, old man, have you ever danced?” The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No, I never did dance... never really wanted to.”

RALPH & EDNA Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, “Well, you old fool, you’re gonna’ dance now,” and started shooting at the old man’s feet. The old prospector, not wanting to get a toe blown off, started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet. Everybody was laughing, fit to be tied.

He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon. The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air. The crowd stopped laughing immediately. The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels. The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man’s hands, as he quietly said, “Son, have you ever kissed a mule’s ass?” The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “No sir..... but... I’ve always wanted to.” There are two lessons for us all here: 1. Don’t waste ammunition.

Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

photo. She had all the right curves in all the right places, beautiful long wavy hair, long graceful legs... well, you get the picture… I figured, what the heck, give her a call. “Hello,” the woman says. God, she sounded sexy. Afraid I would lose my nerve if I hesitated I rushed right in, “Hi, I hear you give a great massage and I’d like you to come to my room and give me one. No, wait, I should be straight with you. I’m in town all alone and what I really want is sex. I want it hard, I want it hot, and I want it now. Bring implements, toys, rubber, leather, and whips, everything you’ve got in your bag of tricks. Well go hot and heavy all night; tie me up, cover me in chocolate syrup and whipped cream, anything and everything! Now, how does that sound?” “That sounds fantastic,” she says, “but you need to press 9 for an outside line.”

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, ‘Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

A BLONDE ON WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE Regis: “Barbara, you’ve done very well so far the next question will give you the top prize of One Million dollars if you get it right ... but if you get it wrong you will drop back to $32,000 -- are you ready?”

The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.’

Barbara: “Sure, I’ll have a go!”

Edna replied, ‘He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?’ TRAVELING SALESMAN Last week I checked into my hotel in Tampa and was a bit lonely. I thought, I’d call one of those girls you see advertised in phonebooks like escorts and such. I picked up the phone book and found an ad for a girl calling herself Erogonique, a lovely girl, bending over in the

Regis: “Which of the following birds does not build it’s own nest? Is it........ A-Robin B-Sparrow C-Cuckoo D-Thrush

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Shannon Braden: Here’s the Deal................................................................................. 4 Lyssa Graham: I Don’t Like This Council Sham............................................................ 6 Trey Click: How Things Really Happen.......................................................................... 8 Dwayne Jones: Galveston Historical Foundation Update........................................... 10 John Bostock: Left Singing ......................................................................................... 11 FEATURE STORY Sandhill Cranes................................................................................................................. 12 Dining by Marsha Rappaport: Take Advantage of the Slowdown............................................................................. 13 Roshelle Gaskins: Parkboard Update.......................................................................... 14 SPECIAL FEATURE WITH RECIPES Happy Birthday to Theodor Seuss Geisel.............................................................. 16-17 Marsha Mellow: Chronicles.......................................................................................... 20 Zach Tate: Music: A Day in the Life............................................................................. 24 Rachel Wiley: Art Scene............................................................................................... 27 Timothy Branstetter: Affabilty Counts.......................................................................... 31 Kris Hopkins: That Cold Weather Feeling................................................................... 33


LaughIN: Great Jokes.................................................................................................... 2 Bulletin Board Community Events........................................................................ 18-19 ROCK NATION: Interviews Kip Winger of Winger........................................................ 21 LIVE MUSIC LISTING: .................................................................................................... 23 Parrot Crossword Puzzle................................................................................................ 30


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HERE’S THE DEAL Long before High School Boyfriend and I got “together” again – I mean when our long distance relationship was just a long distance friendship – I learned that just about every cell phone conversation would include HSB’s report of the weather. He has always filled me in on the current conditions in Galveston – and then told me what the weather was like where I was. This practice continues to this day and can be very helpful – or Bless her heart, my former motherin-law, also did this. “I see you’re getting a lot of snow,” she’d say, from her end of the line, in Beaumont. “No ma’am,” I’d reply, looking out my kitchen window in Louisville, Kentucky. “Well, Shannon, you are! They just said so on CNN [or The Weather Channel or Channel 12]…” God love her, she trusted her TV weather reporters like some folks trust the Reader’s Digest for medical advice! Others trust Punxsutawney Phil – if one can trust a groundhog to prognosticate something as important as the arrival of Spring! Still others trust only the signs they can see for themselves: budding trees and blooming flowers, boys practicing baseball… All of my life I’ve heard that seeing a robin means that “Spring has sprung” … and, late in February, I was prepared to announce my first sighting. On that day, as I walked Jack the Wonder Dog in the park, in frigid temperatures – we spotted the first robin of the season. Jack saw him first, as he was at his level – on the ground, actually. But the winter gloom seemed to darken over and around me when we got closer. When the robin didn’t fly away as Jack approached, I realized that he was dead. To me, this was a resounding indication of continued winter weather, and far more foreboding than any Philadelphia groundhog had divined! …So much for the first sign of spring! That robin wasn’t rockin’. That robin wasn’t bob-bob-bobbin’ along. That robin wasn’t just dead; he was dead and frozen. I don’t know about you folks in Galveston, but, from where I sit, I can adamantly – even vehemently – proclaim that I have had ENOUGH of this cold, wet winter! This year, Dallas has over a foot of snow to deal with – and that was just one snowfall! It has snowed several times this year and people have had all of the cold, all of the wet and all of the driving problems they can stand. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard someone say, “If I wanted to deal with cold and snow, I would live up north somewhere.” I’ve even said so myself – though it was someone other than I who added, “… like Amarillo.” …Obviously that lady knows her

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boundaries! (I mean, when you think about it, Amarillo is about as far ”up north” as a true Texan can go without defecting!) I’m not interested in going anywhere that is cold – and, since I’ll soon be coming to G’town, I’m holding out hope for warm March weather. I know it can go either way this time of year… I’ve been there for the mild, “sunshiney” days that sometimes surprise us in the winter months – those that come sandwiched in the middle of cloudy, wet, miserable weather, to tease us into believing that winter has gone, and that spring is here to stay! My family calls these “Gift Days” and we relish each one – even as they unfold into the inevitable return of chilly temps, stormy days and foggy nights – even as St. Patrick’s Day and Easter require sweaters and coats – and even as shorts and flipflops may be perfect attire for the day that precedes or follows. Last year, both holidays were rainy days. I remember because High School Boyfriend and I turned out to celebrate St. Pat’s at the Annual Pub Crawl… We decked our golf cart, and ourselves, in green and, joined the throng of like-minded revelers who, in suitable celebration of Paddy’s Day, drank their way through Galveston’s Historic District! Undaunted by the cold, wet day, we “crawled” from pub to pub and bar to bar, stopping long enough to enjoy a chilled adult beverage – or two – before someone signaled that it was time to “crawl’ elsewhere. Most traveled on bicycles, many on foot, as our cart led the pack of lads and lassies and a couple of wanna-be leprechauns, all dressed in green, thoroughly enjoying a day filled with Irish blessings. Then, on Easter Sunday, though my heart was set on attending my first-ever sunrise service on the beach, the cold and rain necessitated relocation to a nearby school gymnasium. I was OK with this – warmer and dryer, to be sure – accustomed to and comfortable in the setting. It reminded me of the Sunday services I used to attend regularly when I lived in Tennessee – singing from the lyrics projected onto huge screens – something my son calls “karaoke church.” I missed the sunrise but the service was nonetheless uplifting – good for my heart and soul! And now it is March once again and the Gift Days will come to us sporadically – just when we need them – to prove that winter will NOT last forever. But SERIOUSLY… HERE’S THE DEAL: I’ve got the “Mardi Gras is Over and Summer Isn’t Here Yet” blues! And I see you’re getting some sunshine and 70’s down there. You are! They just said so on CNN …and The Weather Channel and Channel 8…

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I DO NOT LIKE THIS COUNCIL SHAM Every so often, the citizens of Galveston get a chance to make a difference in the way the city is run. We call these great times “elections,” and on the island, your vote really does matter. That’s because only 2730 of us voted in the last Council and Mayoral election. In District 1, the winner was decided by a whopping 14 votes out of the 233 cast. In District 4, it was 30 votes out of the 290 cast. So you see how your vote could make a difference? Hell, you could hit the bars on a Saturday night and get a higher number of registered voters standing outside trying to eyeball 15 feet from the doorway so they can have a legal smoke than bothered to show up at the polls. So what, you say? Well, bottom line, you get what you deserve. We did this. We voted for this Council – or at least 2730 of us did – and we can vote them out if we choose. And the opportunity is just around the corner. The elections are coming in May and, if the current Council accomplished nothing else in their tenure, they surely should have motivated more voters to turn out this time. Let’s hope so. In homage to the late, great Dr. Seuss, whose birthday we celebrate this month, I present the following ode to City Council, the importance of voting and words that rhyme with truckers: I’ve had enough of certain folks. Who make the rest of us look like jokes. We chose them with our highest hopes And now, alas, we feel like dopes. I do not like this Council sham. I do not like their wacked out scams. I do not like linguini with clams. I do, however, like green eggs and ham. They say they care, they really do They want what’s best for me and you. Too bad they don’t know what that is. Too bad for us, they run our biz. At meetings big and meetings small, They cannot help but drop the ball. They squawk and yell and make

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some noise, They act like toddler girls and boys. I’ll bet the camera is partly to blame. They really like their local fame. The meetings run for way too long And yet somehow they get it all wrong. They sit up high making silly rules Those wacky, funny, crazy fools They do not fix what’s really broken Instead they bust us for our smoking. We do not need them in our bars. We do not need them in our cars. We cannot smoke, we cannot text, I wonder what they’ll think of next? I hope this time we’ll choose a few Who really do know what to do. Truth be told, I’d happily take A batch of seven who all stayed awake.

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Instead there’s one who seems to be sleeping And a Mayor on the verge of weeping. Ridiculous items on the agenda they sprinkle Chewing up time like a stoner eats Pringles. I do not like them in those chairs, I do not like them in my hair. I do not like them on the stairs. I do like purple underwears. I know they try to do their best. And that Ike was an unfair test. But still I hoped for more than this, It’s sad to get screwed without a kiss. The good news is that we can vote, In May a new Council we’ll promote. Instead of this group of silly sapsuckers, We can vote in some new crazy . . . Lyssa Graham apologizes sincerely and deeply for the mangled rhyme above. It’s not so easy to show Seuss some love. The man was a bloody genius. Contact Lyssa (in rhyming verse only for the month of March) at Lyssa@

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During the Entire Month of March Everyone will have the Luck of The Irish!


HOW THINGS REALLY HAPPEN It is always amazing to me how fact and fiction become what I have named “Island Blur” From time to time I will submit to you actual facts surrounding current issues, starting with” Cirque de Parkpay”.

Shortly after Hurricane Ike , in December 2008, Mayor Thomas formed the Downtown Oversight Committee made up of : • Historic Downtown Strand Seaport Partnership, represented by Craig Brown • Strand Merchants, represented by Allen Flores • George P. Mitchell Enterprises, represented by Bill Ross

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• Landry’s Enterprises, represented by Steve Greenberg to discuss the parking meter status in Downtown. The topic of discussion at this first meeting revolved around replacing the current meters with user friendly- high tech parking meters and having the net revenues from the meters be designated for marketing of Downtown. Following this first meeting, the Downtown Oversight Committee scheduled a meeting with Mayor Thomas, Steve Le Blanc, Tarris Woods, Jeff Miller and representatives of the Park Board to form a consensus on the best method to replace the meters and structure the use of the net proceeds for marketing of Downtown.

Over the next 12 months representatives of the City and Park Board met repeatedly with the Downtown Oversight Committee to develop the following points of agreement. 1. An RFP would be presented and a Parking Meter Company would be selected. The requirements of the meters and the need to provide WiFi for all of Downtown was determined jointly with the City (Jeff Miller) as well as the Downtown Oversight Committee. 2. The City would apply for FEMA funds to help pay for the new meters. 3. An inter-local agreement would be written outlining that the net proceeds from the parking fees will be deposited in a designated account at the Park Board to be used only for Downtown Marketing, which will be under the direction of the Downtown Oversight Committee. Ampco Parking was selected to provide, supervise and maintain the meters. The acceptance of Ampco and the details of the inter-local agreement were approved by the Galveston City Council and the Park Board.

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GHF offers our Antique Treasures sale on March 5-6. The sale benefits the care and upkeep of the historic Williams House built in 1839. The rare house is one of the island’s most interesting buildings and is now occupied by a full time house curator. As the first property purchased for preservation by GHF in 1954, the Williams House is considered one of the most important for the island’s and state’s history.

Antique Treasures features quality antique and decorative objects as well as assorted collectibles. This year we host the sale at the GHF warehouse at 2010 Mechanic Street. A preview party and sale begins on Friday, March 5th with an opening for members from 5:30 to 6:30 ($10) and general public 6:30 to 7:30 ($12). The remaining items are for sale on Saturday, March 6th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by or donate for the sale! Check the web site for updates and more

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information. The next exciting adventure is the annual day sails for the tall ship of Texas, ELISSA. GHF annually sails its 1877 iron barque for about two weeks each March. The extraordinary vessel is the pride of Galveston. This year promises to be no different. Beginning on Saturday, March 20th through Sunday, March 28th, the welltrained and highly committed crew of ELISSA will show us how sailing in the 19th century made our natural port an economic giant and major point of immigration for Texas. Sailing is by invitation only, but you can see her take off from Pier 21 this year and catch a glimpse of her from the far eastern beach. ELISSA’s volunteers train for nine months to sail this National Landmark. In 2008-2009, these remarkable men and women (and youth crew too) gave more than 28,000 hours to keeping

her afloat and sailing. Volunteer recruitment begins each summer and is open to all who can commit. Watch for a new cast call for volunteers soon! On a last note, our annual Historic Homes Tour is coming up the first two weekends in May. You will appreciate the fine line up of houses, most never before open to the public. Our special treat is the launch of our Green Revival house at 31st and Avenue Q. This is the most exciting new project for GHF in 20 years. Stay tuned for more information or check out the web site. If you are not a member of GHF, please consider joining us. Benefits include discounts at the Texas Seaport Museum, Bishop’s Palace, Seagull II and to special events. Most important is that you help save this great Texas treasure, Galveston Island. Visit our web site www. to join.

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LEFT SINGING As I have now discovered that there is a law suit filed against the city on the smoking ban issue, I will leave that subject alone (hooray! I hear you shout). All I will say on the subject now is that, as I believe in freedom, I will be voting for candidates that wish to overturn the ban in the upcoming elections and hope that Danny Weber becomes mayor (he was one of only two that voted against it). A little history here. During World War 2, the King of the U.K. was George VI, well before he became King on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII, he had a bad stutter. As a young boy, he was sent for singing lessons because they considered that it might help his stutter. Well, it did, as King he had lost his stutter and spoke well. They really didn’t know why it worked, but

they just knew it did. Now, fast forward to the present time. Research has discovered that speech is developed in the left side of the brain where all the connections are made for the formation of words, sentences, etc. but music (including singing) is developed in the right side of the brain. Studies of stroke victims that have had their speech affected have shown that singing can vastly improve their re-development of speech and that activity is taken over by the right side of the brain – speaking as if they are singing (a bit like rap I suppose, no perhaps not). We all know that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vice-versa, so why are all left handed people not good singers? Well it is known that left

handed people are, proportionally more artistic in some way than right handed people, (yes I’m biased, I’m left handed) for instance, public speaking is an art and did you notice during the election that both John McCain and President Obama are both left handed? And (whatever you might think of them as politicians) both are really good speakers, I also understand that they can both sing. So I did a little research (well 30 seconds on google), and found that there have been 9 known left handed presidents. Grant, Garfield, Hoover, Truman, Ford, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Obama. There are more that were suspected of being left handed, but of course as we know, many years ago it was considered “evil” to be left handed so “lefities” were made to use their right hands. Queen

Victoria, Henry Ford, were also left handed as is Prince Charles, Prince William, etc, etc. Many of the world leaders were and are left handed as are many of the great composers, song writers, musicians and actors. So why am I telling you this? Well it seems that only up to 15% of people are left handed but they make up a much larger percentage of politicians, entertainers, world leaders, mathematicians, scientists, etc. showing how important the right side of the brain is for assimilating information and communicating that information to others. So come on all you left handers, be proud of it, you are in great company and remember, we are the ones in our “right” minds!

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FEATURE STORY: SANDHILL CRANES One day in early November, the lucky observer might have seen a black cloud moving in big waves over the sky and when having watched closely, will have realized that the cloud was in fact an immense flock of beautiful birds, each with a wing-span of up to 8 feet, that was circling Galveston before landing on the Island to spend the coldest of winter months in a more temperate climate. Those were the Sandhill Cranes that were arriving from Canada, having previously stopped on the banks of the Platte River in Nebraska

where 450,000 of the species do in fact rest on their migration journeys before distributing themselves over the southwestern regions of the US and along the Gulf Coast. Do they find an area safe for wintering here? That is the Galvestonian’s very own responsibility. A responsibility, one should assume, that comes with living on a resort island that caters for migratory birds. I would think most are up to the task. Some are clearly not; such as the driver of the car in front of me the other day on Avenue O who discarded the Styrofoam wrappings of his takeout lunch out of the car window. I can’t change the attitude of this person but maybe we can help the planet by simply reducing the production of products that are heedlessly discarded on a constant basis somewhere and swept away and lost on ecologically speaking fragile grounds elsewhere. True conservation always attacks the causes of pollution and not the symptoms. With recycling having finally become an issue again on the agendas of our various candidates for mayor we have to be even more careful not to adapt a state of mind that believes that, because our separated trash will be collected, the problem of us using plastic, Styrofoam or aluminum for example is out of the way. Plastic recycling reduces the damage that is done by the production of it by using the material again for other items such as polyester fabrics, but it still can’t stop the expanding production of the un-

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degradable material. Fast food take-outs produce such a huge amount of harmful material for wrapping meals that the ones who choose to cook their own food can congratulate themselves not only for being good to their own health but to the one of the planet as well. There is a successful movement to ban certain non-degradable materials such as Styrofoam in the state of California and hopefully the state of Texas will follow. People’s minds are changing for the better though I believe. Faced with the fact that not everything on this planet is disposable a change in attitude is taking place. Maybe it is one of the advantages of the economic depression. Now we have to think before we spend and lesser consumption of anything that the foodclothingand junk-market has to offer reduces global waste. “Do I really need that?” Is one of the more important questions these days and it is a very healthy one indeed. Obviously, what we can first do without is these bits and pieces of advertised comfort items or plastic junk toys that have a life-span of a fruit-fly in our daily lives but cost the planet dearly as they can never be digested by nature. To own and acquire fewer possessions makes them, and life, much more meaningful. Think of the hundreds of dollars spent each year in the acquisitioning of items we do not really need. A fluke and a fun for a few hours, a child will still love his wooden railway for many years and it can be passed

on to a new generation while the tenth piece of color flashing, music droning plastic received will soon be forgotten. Composed of oil, plastic is not only non-degradable but, I always find, lacks in soul as well. If not recycled, it goes into landfills and thus, one way or another back into our daily lives in the form of pollution and disease.

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Spend the money once and spend it right. Buy wood for toys. Buy cotton or silk or wool for clothes and spend a little more but know that the piece will last. If we buy a shirt made of artificial fabrics it will not only be less hygienic but also shrink and tear sooner and therefore will have to be replaced. The quintessence is not to buy and use artificial material if not absolutely needed. Start by shopping wisely. Bring your own reusable bags for example and do not buy pieces of fruit wrapped separately. Not every banana needs to be put in a plastic bag; it has a shell for protection. Now, a single person not using any plastic bags at the store makes little difference one might think. Even if the whole of Galveston chose never to use plastic bags anymore would the impact be little on a scale encompassing the waste produced by the whole world population. Yet finding that plastic bags are in fact not a necessity and thus ceasing production completely would make a fundamental difference. And

a fundamental change in thinking can start anywhere and through any person. Animals have no earthly possessions. They do not pollute as a rule and thus they experience a freedom we will never know. And still they have to survive in a world dominated by the human race.

I always find it fascinating that they are, in fact a lot more intelligent in the human understanding of the word than many zoologists have believed for decades. Faced with the challenges of over population, they do not simply waste away and die but manage differently. In the case of the Grus Canadensis, or Sandhill Crane, that was faced with the loss of its natural wintering grounds due to building developments and dredging, it boldly shed its fear of human population in order to find wintering grounds on cultured grass slopes such as here on Galveston Island where hundreds of the cranes land, very appropriately, on the airport field to spend the winter. Fenced in, they experience relative safety from harassment and cars and come additionally into the benefit of freshly mowed grass that exposes insects, aquatic plants, animals, rodents, seeds and berries, which they like to eat. Loss and degradation of riverine and wetland ecosystems are the most powerful threats to Sandhill Crane populations. Meaning that if any of their regular resting spots along the migration route is suffering from wetland erosion or pollution of resources, their whole journey will be disrupted and their nesting and wintering periods too. Now there is a healthy number to be reported of the species, but in conservation terms this can be deceiving, as one bad ecological incident would reduce the whole species greatly since they live in such huge flocks. It’s spring and the Sandhill Cranes are leaving our island again. Let’s hope they will come back in full figures next November. And let’s spread the word of their existence and market our island even more in nature lover circles across the US. In New Mexico, in the Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge, a festival takes place each fall to welcome the cranes. It’s a draw for tourists and it could be one for Galveston as well. Paying visitors to our island are needed to keep us and the birds afloat for the future…

Celebrating 15 years as


The chill breezes blowing off of the Gulf give us a short break on Galveston Island. As we wind down from Mardi Gras and gear up for spring break, it’s time to take a moment to remember why we live here. Taking time for family and friends and enjoying a great homestyle supper at THE JETTY at the Holiday Inn Resort is one of those ways to relax. THE JETTY at the Holiday Inn Resort at 5002 Seawall, like many

of the other eateries on Galveston Island has been reinvented after the “I word”. The décor is lighter and filled with warm mauves and bright accents. This is course one of the local eateries that feature a spectacular view of the Gulf. The table settings are a little more formal, making this a great place to bring family and friends when they’re visiting the island. And the menu has been reimagined in order to provide a cheerful mix of old favorites and new ideas that are sure to please. On a cold night in February, for example, sometimes, you just need a good ole “down home” Texas favorite. Their fried catfish with spicy, tear

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food time. The menu is filled with old favorites including Country Fried Steak, Texas Baby Back Ribs and Grilled Pork Chops. Of course, seafood doesn’t get the short straw here. After all, even though we’re local, we appreciate what the Gulf of Mexico has to offer. Start your meal with Scampi Style Charbroiled Oysters, Jetty Crab Cakes, Blackened Shrimp or Fried Calamari. Seafood comes in all of its delicious forms here lots of Fish, including Salmon and Shrimp; Grilled, Fried or Blackened. I would be remiss if I talked about comfort food here and not mentioned the word; BURGER. Sometimes, given the hectic schedule we all keep, a burger topped with all the fixin’s while staring out in the Gulf at lunch, is just enough to keep us motivated. For those who like their motivation with an extra kick – The JETTY has surprises for you. How about giving their Fried Seafood Stuffed Jalapenos a shot? If jumbo jalapenos stuffed with shrimp and jack cheese aren’t enough to get your juices flowing, about a BBQ Jalapeno Burger or a set of spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings? THE JETTY is just one of those

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February usually sets the pace for the year ahead on Galveston, and if the success of Mardi Gras has any correlation, 2010 should be a wonderful year. Mardi Gras Galveston 2010 kept with the tradition of past celebrations and turned out to be a big success. Many people even said the crowds were the largest they had seen in years. The CVB worked extremely hard to promote the event this year. Competing with the Saints Super Bowl win and New Orleans’ Mardi Gras comeback, I’d say we did pretty good. Our website traffic to was up over 65% and hotel rooms nearly sold out the first weekend and the second Saturday was booked solid. Starting as early as King’s Day we worked with media to promote the event. Sending over 25 kings cakes to TV stations and newspapers led to immediate Mardi Gras coverage. KTRH broadcasted a report the very next day on king cake traditions and Mardi Gras Galveston. All Houston stations began planning coverage of various krewe events and attended parades and festivities with live broadcasts. The Austin Chronicle, San Antonio Express, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Outsmart Magazine, H-Texas, Gulfscapes and the Houston Press all included coverage of Mardi Gras Galveston. Additionally we placed paid advertising in the Houston Press, Texas Journeys and the Houston Chronicle, where over 108,000 Mardi Gras event flyers were distributed. Mardi Gras themed billboards were purchased around Houston and various commercials aired on Cumulus Radio stations. With over 200 news clips total and the wide variety of advertising placed, we received a great amount of coverage and visibility for the event. Now that we are past the excitement and fun of Mardi Gras Galveston, we will have to start planning its 100th anniversary next year. However, before that undertaking begins, the CVB has to get ready for the return of spring and summer tourists. As spring returns, Galveston welcomes back favorite annual events to entice the tourists and awaken the Island. The CVB will be spreading

the news of these events and our wonderful destination through a spring campaign of public relations as well as TV and radio commercials. If you have family and friends coming it town be sure to check out the many specials hotels are offering. The Hotel Galvez now has free bike rentals with hotel reservations and the San Luis is offering a $75 gift card when you book three nights. So when the good spring weather returns, plan one of these activities into your vacation itinerary. • Break out your lawn chair and a blanket for the return of the Free Movie Night on the Strand, showing the `80s classic Back to the Future, March 6. • Galveston’s Art Center hosts Artwalk in the Historic Downtown on Saturday, March 6. • Enjoy live entertainment on The Strand the second Saturday of each month.

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To celebrate the life of Dr. Seuss, we invite you to join us in making a who’s who of whoville who daily feast. We are going to start our day with some Green Eggs and Ham, at lunch eat some Noodle Eating Poodle Noodles, sip on a Pink Yink Ink Drink then get ready for the evening celebration with Who Roast Beast. Then we will top it all off with Cat in the Hat Tub Cake. Now doesn’t that sound like the perfect menu for the day? Prepare it in your house too, kids will love it!

This whimsical master of doodling was born on March 2, 1904 and passed away on September 24, 1991. Like most works of merit, the works of Dr. Seuss have been overanalyzed; many scholars have found devices where there are truly none to be found. For the most part, Ted enjoyed writing entertaining books that encouraged children to read. There are several—his later books, in particular—that were, in fact, inspired by current events or his own personal concerns. For example, Ted was upset about the billboards and construction that threatened his tranquil community of La Jolla. On a broader spectrum, however, Ted was concerned about the environment as a whole; he wanted manufacturers, businesses, and individuals to take responsibility for their actions. The Lorax, published in 1971, weaves a familiar tale of a good thing gone wrong: the irresponsible, ambitious Once-ler builds a huge, thriving business at the expense of Truffula trees and the creatures who depend on them. Ted remained true to the Seussian style, but still managed to shame the current generation and challenge the next generation by demonstrating the pitfalls of progress . . . “unless.” (The Lorax, p.58) The Butter Battle Book, perhaps the most controversial of all his books, was written in response to the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during the Reagan administration. Published in 1984, Butter Battle sheds light on the growing threat of war between the Yooks and the Zooks. The threat stems solely from the way Yooks and Zooks choose to eat their bread: butter-side up and butter-side down, respectively. The story ends with a blank page, leaving a cliffhanger ending that is open to interpretation. When Ted presented this particular project, Random House saw red flags! For the first time in decades, editors and art directors questioned Dr. Seuss—the cover, the ending, the verb tenses, even the title itself went through several changes. Never one to initiate confrontation, Ted suddenly found himself defending every element in question. Ted remained as true to the original as possible because the book represented the truth about the arms buildup. Ultimately, few changes were made. Incidentally, the question Ted dreaded most was the question he was asked most often: “Where do you get your ideas?” He usually responded with a quip, most often “Uber Gletch.” Happy Birthday Ted.

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DESSERT Do you know where I found him? You know where he was? He was eating a cake in the tub! Yes he was! -From The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

cat in the hat tub cake Ingredients 1 purchased angel food cake ¾ cup heavy whipping cream ¼ cup sugar ¾ cup fresh strawberries, stems and leaves removed, or frozen, partially thawed, plus 5 extra berries

Do you like Green eggs and ham? Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox? -From Green Eggs and Ham

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Ingredients for Ham 1 fully cooked and smoked ham, about 8 to 10 pounds 1 cup apple or mint apple jelly 3 medium tomatillos, husked and minced 1 cup minced cilantro leaves or ½ cup minced cilantro leaves and ½ cup minced parsley leaves Ingredients for eggs 4 ripe avocados Juice of 2 to 3 limes 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons white onion, minced (optional) 2 serrano chilies, seeded and minced (optional) 4 ounces butter or 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or other light cooking oil, such as canola or sunflower 12 pasteurized eggs (pasteurization is necessary for safety when yolks aren’t fully cooked) Directions for Ham 1. Heat the ham as directed by the package instructions. Let cool to almost room temperature, about 20 minutes 2. Mix the apple jelly and the minced tomatillos together to make a glaze. Spread the ham all over with the glaze , except on the cut side 3. using your hands, gently pat the cilantro, or cilantro and parsley, into the glaze until it is solid green Directions for Eggs 1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. With a spoon, scoop the flesh out into a bowl. Mash it with a fork, then add the lime juice and salt and, if you want, the onions and chilies. Mix again. 2. In a large frying pan melt the butter or heat the oil over medium heat. When hot, crack the eggs into the pan. 3. Cover the pan and cook until the yolk has a pale white film over it and is slightly to very firm. 4. with a spatula, gently slide the eggs onto plates or a serving platter 5. Spoon the guacamole over each yolk, covering it. Serve immediately. MAKES 12 SERVINGS

They would feast on Who-pudding and Whoroast-beast which was something the Grinch couldn't stand in the least! -From How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

who- roastbeast

LUNCH: When a fix is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle, this is what they call...a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir! -From Fox in Socks

noodle -eating- poodle noodles Ingredients 2 quarts water 1 teaspoon salt 10 ounces fusilli pasta 2 tablespoons butter or extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese Directions 1. In a pasta pot or other large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add ½ teaspoon of the salt, then the pasta. Cook until tender, about 12 to 13 minutes. Drain. 2. Put the pasta in a bowl and add the butter or olive oil and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt. 3. Using large spoons or forks, turn the pasta over and over until it is coated with the butter or olive oil 4. Add about a third of the cheese, then turn the pasta again. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve. MAKES 4 SERVINGS

DRINKS: This one, I think, is called a Yink. He likes to wink, he likes to drink. He likes to drink, and drink, and drink. The thing he likes to drink is ink. The ink he likes to drink is pink. He likes to wink and drink pink ink. So, if you have a lot of ink, Then you should get a Yink, I think. - From One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

pink yink ink drink Ingredients ½ pint fresh or ½ cup frozen blackberries, thawed 1 cup milk 6 fresh strawberries, green tops removed, or ½ cup frozen, thawed 1 teaspoon honey Directions 1. Put the blackberries in a blender and puree them. 2. Pour into a large glass 3. Put the milk, strawberries, and honey in the blender and blend 4. Strain the mixture (optional) 5. Pour the strawberry mixture carefully on top of the blackberries MAKES 1 SERVING

Ingredients 1 fryer chicken, 3 to 31/2 pounds 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 pound white or brown button mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 ½ tablespoons minced fresh sage, plus 4 sprigs

Directions 1. Place the cake on a stand or cake plate 2. Using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream until it stands in soft peaks 3. Add the sugar and beat until the cream stands in firm peaks 4. In a blender, puree the strawberries. Using a spatula, gently fold then into the whipped cream, which will lose some of its stiffness 5. With the spatula, generously spread the outside of the cake with the whipped cream. Spoon the remainder into the center, filling it to the brim. Decorate the top with the extra strawberries 6. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to one hour (any longer and you run the risk of the whipped cream getting oozy) Cut the cake into wedges. Add another scoop of whipped cream to each wedge. MAKES 10 TO 12 SERVINGS

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 2. Rub the chicken with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper 3. Mix the mushrooms in a bowl with the remaining salt and pepper and the minced sage 4. Lay the chicken on its back with it legs facing you. Slip your hand between the skin and the meat of the chicken breast. Gently move your hand under the skin towards the neck of the chicken, loosening the skin and making a pocket for the mushrooms. Be careful not to tear the skin. Also slip your hand as far down the thighs as you can 5. Take a few mushrooms at a time and, with your finger, slide them under the skin toward the neck, packing them tightly together in a single layer. Repeat until all the mushrooms are used and the chicken’s skin looks lumpy. 6. Put the sage sprigs in the chicken cavity 7. With kitchen string, tie the drumsticks together across the cavity 8. Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast until the juice at the thigh runs clear when you pierce the meat with a knife, about 1 hour & 15 minutes 9. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before carving MAKES 4 SERVINGS

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MARCH 13-14, 2010

The 22nd Annual Galveston Home & Garden Show will spring back to the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, March 13 & 14 and will feature a full weekend of exhibits, and special presentations. Benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society, the Galveston Home & Garden Show promises to be bigger and better than ever! New exhibits, returning popular exhibits, as well as informative and fun presentations by noted professionals. More than 100 exhibitors will showcase the best materials on the market and assist with your home recovery, renovation or new construction. Show discounts will be offered at many vendor booths. The Lazy Gardener, Brenda Beust Smith, who will talk about Gulf Coast gardening in a casual format designed to engage her audience with practical hints on growing what’s easy. Connie Dryden, Island Flowers, will let us in on the secret of making every day a special occasion by enjoying flower arrangements at home and will show us how simple it can be to plan for that special day Green, green, green is the message from the Galveston Historical Foundation, US Green Building Council and Blu Shields Construction. Come hear about GHF’s Green Revival Program where they will rehabilitate a historic home, transforming it to a model of sustainable technology utilizing 90 – 100% of recycled or salvaged materials making it LEED Platinum Certified. Learn how Energy Solution Homes and Blu Shields Construction designed, engineered and built the largest ADA energy efficient home ever built for The Extreme Makeover Home Edition in just 106 hours. Abry Bros Foundation repair will demonstrate how cost effective and simple it can be to level the foundation or raise a home, and look for Home Elevators of Texas to provide information on making your home ADA compliant. New home or old home, memories are forever. Neva Young, owner of Croppin’Bug Scrapbooking will help you keep the family legend in tact and get you on the road to sharing memories for generations. Jean Lafitte, the first homebuilder in Galveztown – Myth or Legend? Founding member and past president of The Lafitte Society, Jim Nonus, will talk about The Maison Rouge, home of Jean and Pierre Lafitte and the eventful summer of 1818 and The Hurricane that flooded the Island September 13, one hundred and ninety years to the day, before Hurricane Ike. Family friendly, the Galveston Home & Garden Show is a great place to spend the day learning about new materials and techniques for the home. Bring your shopping list and take advantage of having outstanding professionals guide you to the best products and services available, and specially priced plants to add to your garden. A highlight of the show is the Pet Adoption Center at show central where each adoptive family will receive a family pet photo and a short obedience training session with the trainers from Mutts with Manners. CONT’D ON PAGE 35

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Galveston restaurateur Johnny Smecca was elected Chairman of the Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP) at the Board of Directors’ annual meeting Thursday (Feb. 4, 2010). “Our mission has always been to focus on expanding and diversifying Galveston’s employment and tax bases. Over the years this has been effective, however in the future we must be prepared to create even more support for quality projects as they come to the table,” said Smecca, who is president of Galveston Restaurants Group, owners of five restaurants on Galveston Island, and a founding member of the GEDP. “In addition to our normal economic development activities,” Smecca said, “the GEDP staff and membership have worked tirelessly to help local businesses get back on their feet after Hurricane Ike. Among other things we helped organize and promote a recovery loan fund with local banks, we helped the city apply for federal relief funds, and we got the message out wherever we could that Galveston is alive and open for business.” Smecca said the GEDP often works quietly behind the scenes, providing the economic data and information essential for Galveston’s economic well-being. “So a lot of people never hear about all of the work we do, and don’t know how much we support the local economy.” Others in the economic development sector do take notice, however: Smecca said the GEDP received the Community Economic Development Award for 2009 from the Texas Economic Development Council, recognized as the Community of the Year for the second time in six years. “That kind of recognition from our peers around the state tells me we’ve been doing our job consistently and effectively.” Smecca said as Chairman of the GEDP, he looks forward to “continuing the excellent work that we have done over these past 10 years as well as adding my energy to capturing the opportunities that lay ahead for our business community. 2008 was a catastrophic year, 2009 was a challenging year and the year ahead will be a time for all of us to focus on making Galveston a better place and leveraging the unprecedented level of public funds coming in to assist in building a better Galveston.” Smecca succeeds outgoing Chairman Richard Ferdinandtsen, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American National Insurance Company. Also elected at the GEDP Annual Meeting were: William A. Ross, Jr., Vice Chairman; Gwen Wagner, Secretary; and William Rider, Treasurer. GEDP is a private non-profit organization founded in 1999. Its member organizations represent a broad spectrum of Galveston’s large and small business sector, including utilities, governmental, educational, and financial organizations, hospitality, port-related groups, developers, attorneys, retail and service industries. Additional information is available at


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Celebrating its fifteen anniversary on Saturday, April 10th, The Grand Kids Fest - a celebration of families and folk arts -will present many new and exciting entertainment options this year – sure to please every member of the family! Showcasing both a festival theme and annual student banner contest theme of “Galveston – A Gateway of Culture and Traditions”, new entertainment will include the “Celtaire String Band”, “Dance of Asian America”, the “Flying Balalaika Brothers”, “Lannaya West African Drum and Dance Ensemble”, and “School Sculptures with actor Kevin Reese”. Returning performers – by popular demand – include such popular family entertainment favorites as Tipi Tellers, The Harms CONT’D ON PAGE 35

Galveston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Richard Pickar, will present a winter concert featuring the classical works of Wilhelm Richard Wagner, Ottorino Respighi and Johannes Brahms, Sunday, March 14, 7 pm, at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. Families are encouraged to attend the concert. Tickets may be purchased at the The Grand Boxoffice. Adults $ 15, Seniors and Students $12. For more information call (409) 765-1894 or go to

GALVESTON ISLAND FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL APRIL 16-17, 2010 SAENGERFEST PARK 23RD & STRAND IN GALVESTON Mike Dean, President of Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc. and Yaga’s Café, announced today that historic downtown Galveston will be the site for the inaugural Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival on April 16 – 17. This two-day event includes an invitation only Chaîne black tie dinner on Friday and a public wine tasting event on Saturday from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand. Dean in making the announcement stated “we will be featuring South American wines in the inaugural event, as well as highlight U.S. wines.” Saturday’s event will feature two levels of wine and ticket prices. There will be a general tasting with tickets of $45 and a premium wine tasting of $65. Both tickets include a commemorative souvenir glass, live entertainment, wine tastings and opportunity to win door prizes as well as Saturday night dining-wine pairing discounts at downtown restaurants. “The participation of the Galveston Bailliage of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the premier wine society in the world, will insure that this is a high caliber wine festival,” said Dean. “Festival goers will enjoy an assortment of great wines, delicious food and, of course, live music.” Dean went on to state “we are pleased to announce that Bailli Jan Pozzi and Grand Eschanson Jim Pozzi, officers of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™ will co chair this year’s event.” The Pozzi’s will host the invitation only Chaîne dinner on Friday April 16, 2010 at Luigi’s, 2328 Strand. The black tie dinner will select the Grand Champion Wine of the festival which will be announced at the Saturday afternoon tasting. “The Saturday event featuring the South American wines will allow us to theme this years event with live entertainment during the tasting,” Dean noted. “We will also have available chocolate, cheese, and food bites from various restaurants.” The Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival is coordinated by Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc. Sponsors to date include Galveston Park Board of Trustees,, Mitchell Historic Properties, The Tremont House, Galveston County Daily News, Del Papa Distributing, and Yaga’s Cafe. Proceeds will benefit local Galveston charities. For more information on the Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival, call 409-762-6676. Festival tickets and hotel rooms at The Tremont House go on sale on February 26th and will be available online at

SEVENTEEN-BLOCK MOVE TO KICK OFF NEW LIFE FOR GALVESTON’S GREEN REVIVAL SHOWHOUSE Seventeen-Block Move to Kick Off New Life for Galveston’s Green Revival Showhouse Galveston Historical Foundation will move a tiny Ike-damaged house down the street to a new lot on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 10 a.m., kicking off a project that will turn a dilapidated 19th-century cottage into a public showhouse that conforms to the highest national standards of the “green” building movement.

In partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the 1772 Foundation, GHF’s Green Revival Showhouse will demonstrate how the energy efficient properties inherent in historic design and original fabric can work in tandem with sensitively planned modern systems to conserve resources as well as heritage. Once finished, the house will be open to the public to showcase Galveston’s signature interpretation of the new nationwide green historic preservation movement. The 1,000-square-foot house is being moved 17 blocks, from the 2100 block of Avenue M 1/2 to the corner of 31st Street and Avenue Q. The house was knocked off its six-foot piers by Hurricane Ike. It is the type of small family house that can be found throughout the Island’s historic neighborhoods. “It’s often been said now that the ‘greenest’ building is one that has already been built.” said Dwayne Jones, GHF executive director. “This house will reflect the growing national consensus that restoring an existing building is a far greener choice than building a new one,” said Jones. “With historically sensitive modern modifications, and with far less initial use of energy and resources than new a new construction project, a restored historic building can meet the highest standards of

both the preservation and the sustainable design communities,” said Jones “The demand is growing for energy efficiency and sustainability in all buildings, and GHF wants to show people how true historic preservation and energy efficiency can be achieved at the same time,” Jones said. The project is financed in part by a National Trust for Historic Preservation “Partners in the Field” grant. GHF planners have drawn on the expertise of numerous HoustonGalveston area firms and organizations involved in preservation and the green movement for help and advice on the restoration. The moving of the house is paid for through a grant from the 1772 Foundation, which supports the preservation of Galveston’s small houses after damage from Hurricane Ike. When the project is complete, GHF will have answers for owners of historic properties who turn to the foundation for guidance on their restorations. Visitors to the 2010 GHF Galveston Historic Homes Tour in May will be able to view the Green Revival house on the tour. GHF is exploring the possibility of keeping the house open for public tours throughout the summer. “This house will be loaded with green elements, including some wind energy and solar power,” said Matthew Pelz, Partners in the Field project coordinator with GHF. “If someone is doing a total rehab, or a deepenergy retro-fit, we will be able to show them the technology, lead them through our decision-making process and share all the variables we had to take into account to accomplish this project.” For instance, original wood-frame windows can be repaired and repainted and a house’s original appearance preserved while energyefficient storm windows are mounted behind the originals, Pelz said. This preserves the historic fabric and character of the building while improving energy efficiency, at a much lower cost than replacing the entire window. How “green” can a historic house renovation be? In the model house, GHF’s goals are to preserve or reuse over 90 percent of existing materials. Of added materials, more than 90

percent will be salvaged items or made from recycled material. Nearly 100 percent of the tiny amount of waste material generated by the project will be diverted from landfills to recycling plants or other uses. As plans for the project began to be talked about among preservationists, area businesses that already are making their marks in the realm of green historical renovations have enthusiastically agreed to participate in the project, Pelz said. Some are donating technology for the house. Included is an innovative 23-foot-tall, bird-friendly backyard wind turbine to generate electricity.

In addition, GHF is holding a competition in which anyone who is interested can submit “green” house and garden furnishings. They also can enter artwork made from recycled materials and artwork with a theme of sustainability. Winning items will be displayed in the model house. The winning creators will receive GHF Preservation Awards. Besides green construction and energy conservation features, the project will include sustainable landscaping. “It’s an area in which you can do a lot of small, but very effective, things,” Pelz said. Permeable pavement that allows water to soak through and into the ground rather than run off into sewers is an example. Using less grass, and plants that need less water than some popular plants, will be another emphasis. Rainfall can be directed from roofs to specific areas of yards and to cisterns to reduce metered water consumption as well, Pelz said. GHF will be assessing many different “green” materials and technologies as the model house work progresses. “We will learn what can work and share this

information with preservationists and consumers across the country,” Pelz said. “We’ll explain why we used certain things in the house, what we considered and how other things might work better in other situations.” For more information about participating in Galveston Historical Foundation’s Green Revival Showhouse Project, contact Matthew Pelz at 409-764-7834, or go to www. _Trust_Partnership.asp. __________________________________ Regional Designers and Artists Invited to Enter Galveston Green Revival House Design/Furnishings Competition Amateurs and professionals alike are invited to enter. Inspiration and craftsmanship are the only qualifications needed for entry into a contest whose purpose is to furnish the house and its grounds with environmentally conscious house and garden furniture and furnishings, artwork and lighting fixtures. The competition is open to everyone. For full information about the Galveston Historical Foundation’s Green Revival House project and for competition entry forms, go to http:// Completed entries are due no later than March 13. Furnishings, furniture and artwork will be judged on: • Creativity and innovation • Appropriateness of scale to the house • Functionality • Sustainability as to resource consumption and healthy living • Resourceful use of waste and salvage materials “We expect this contest to produce some of the most novel and fun furnishings and art that Texas has ever seen,” Pelz said. “We hope this competition causes people to think about what and how much they throw away each day and to question how these materials can be re-used.” “This competition can show that ‘recycling’ can mean more than just separating glass, paper and plastic into separate bins,” Pelz said. Entries can be submitted to Pelz at the GHF offices, 502 20th St., Galveston, 77550 or emailed to

GALVESTON AUTHOR RELEASES SECOND BOOK Galveston author Michelle Arbaugh celebrates the nationwide release of her second book, “A Dreamer’s Beyond.” It is the poignant story of a recent widow’s adventure into the past, which ultimately influences her future. When her husband dies, Ann Renee sinks into a depression—until she finds the diary of her mysterious great aunt, C. L. Whitman. The tales of this interesting life sweep her immediately into the diary’s adventures, and Ann Renee finds herself in the wild and dangerous world of the pony express rider. She faces harsh living conditions, Indians, outlaws, and—the last thing an old widow ex-

pected—gains everlasting companionship. Arbaugh keenly reveals how the woman’s heart and mind open up to deeply reflective inner battles and longings for fantastic adventure – elements of a story every human being truly hungers for. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at bookstores nationwide, can be ordered through the publisher at www., and by visiting, and many other online books sellers worldwide. A Texas native, Arbaugh currently resides in Galveston, where she has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years in both

banking and insurance. In early 2009, she released a Juvenile Adventure book, “A Feather, a Pipe and a Kicking Broom.” Since its release, this mystically captivating adventure of a modern boy’s journey to manhood as a Native American Indian has been enjoyed by thousands of readers nationwide. To arrange an interview or author presentation visit, please contact Michelle Arbaugh at www., call (409) 621-1240, or simply reply to this email message. Or, you may contact Mark McDevitt, Tate Marketing Representative, at (888) 361-9473 or send an email to

CALL FOR RECIPES Please send us your best Lamb and/or Mediterranean inspired recipe. Winners will receive two Schlitterbaun day passes and will be published and credited to you in the April issue of The Parrot. Please email recipes to: Entries must be received no later that Monday March 15th, 5pm to be considered for publication.

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Interview with Kip Winger by Tom Mathers/Mary Ouellette

ON THE TRAIL OF THE ELDERLY “If I had observed all the rules I never would have gotten anywhere.” I discovered this Marilyn Monroe philosophy while shopping at my favorite accessory shop, La Dolce Vita by Lauren. There it was the cutest charm framing a picture of the Goddess and that quote. For the entire day I could not get it out of my head. Then a fire in me began to burn, I was going to live like MM. Of course I am not going down the road of the not so happy ending where my death is made to look like a suicide, by a government official that could not stay loyal to Ms. Jackie O. I am far too smart to fall for that plus I am in no way attracted to our current President. Sexy voice but those ears would make Dumbo feel superior; I just hope he grows into them before his term is up. I quickly put my new motto around my neck and set out to break some rules. Oddly I could not think of any rules to break and I refuse to break laws however stupid they might be. Then it hit me like a club hitting a baby seal. I swished my way over to visit my parents. I should have had this badge of courage when I was in high school. Imagine my shock when I got to my childhood home and there was a family of well to do Asians having dinner on the floor. They were as startled as I was, as I quickly sprung into my crane technique pose (thank you Mr. Myagi, from one of my favorite 80’s films The Karate Kid). For all I knew they were a band of Ninja that had dismembered my parents and were now dining on their remains, at least that is what the cuisine looked like to me. After we got to the bottom of the fifth bottle of Saki, I learned that my parents had sold out much like the rest of America and moved. However they did leave a letter with the new tenants who they had warned that I might show up. The letter basically stated that they had moved for fear that I would return home for the twenty-something time in my adult life. After that much Saki and the kick to the balls my parents had given me it took several of the little Asian children to help me up and

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send me on my way. It might have only been three children but I was seeing double. I cat walked home with one thought, I am going to find those old people that sent me to fat camp, shimmy back into their lives and throw glitter right into their Botoxed faces. How do you find elderly that don’t want to be found? The first thing I had to do was learn to think like an old person, so I watched all seven seasons of the Golden Girls. What I learned from this over many hours was that the jokes were much funnier now that I am an adult and able to drink dirty whore martinis, and that Bea Aurther might be the first drag queen of American television. Next I watched a few episodes of CSI Miami, which proved pointless - no one that acts as bad as David Caruso would be able to catch a killer much less two crafty elderly people that ran out on their parenting responsibilities. The most helpful show was actually The Price Is Right. Its shocking to me that National Geographic has not tapped into this market much like they have with the American prisons. I needed a person that has no fear and does not take no for an answer, and since I don’t know Kobe Bryant; I called my friend Megan Burk. Megan is a Louisiana socialite that has made it her life mission to seek out nerdy, not very attractive millionaires that no self respecting person would date for all of the money in the world. She was crushed when she learned that Bill Gates was already married as she had planned on making him her crown jewel. Since she was between millionaires and her favorite show, Dancing with the Stars is not on until the fall, she agreed to go. We met up and put our heads together. We didn’t literally put our heads together because I have a fear of catching Ginger. I warned that it might get ugly hunting down elderly prey. They are cunning and unpredictable and knowing my parents like I do they’re more than likely packing heat. All elderly should

be considered armed and dangerous especially behind the wheel of any moving vehicle that is large enough to be used in human trafficking. First we mapped out and made a list of where the elderly like to gather. This led us to our local Walmart. I almost threw in the towel on this one because I hate this retailer more then I hate vodka that comes in a plastic bottle. Our flaw might have been that we arrived too late. Apparently the elderly are not there at eleven o’clock at night. They are there during the early hours between five and seven AM. Not only was it raining on this night and cold I subjected myself to Sars, SIDS, and swine flu from the unruly third world children that were running amuck in the store. Oh my DNA donors are going to pay and pay big. On our way out of the store we were stopped by a young boy who was pushing something for his youth group. He tried selling us that his group was trying to raise money to get to South America. How cute! They wanted to see the rain forest before it’s all gone. I asked him what he was selling and he popped open his case that was full of Sun Catchers. Megan and I both backed up much like a vampire would from a crucifix or sunlight beaming through a stained glass church window. Seriously I explained to him that it is ridiculous to try and sell us on this crap. They will never get there selling that, they will be lucky to get a bus ticket across town. For crying out loud Megan is a Ginger, she will sizzle like bacon if she walks out into the sun. I got a tip that sometimes you can catch senior citizens at Luby’s between the hours of three and four. What a crock of crap. Must remind myself to go back and punch that guy in the trachea. Luby’s is not even open then, not to mention my Mom would never go there because from peering in the window I could see there was no bar in that joint. This might be bigger than Megan and me, and I might never see my parents again… TO BE CONTINUED.

Rocknation: A lot of music reviewers have called Karma the follow up to Pull, which was often heralded as the best Winger album to date. Do you feel that Karma follows in that same vein and picks up where Pull left off? Kip: I guess so. I tried to just do a combination of the first album and Pull. My main objective was to really just rock the first five songs and represent what the band sounds like live, step it up a notch. Winger Four was more sophisticated, it was basically a prog album, so I guess that would be fair. I don’t know. I don’t really think about that king of stuff. I just do what I’m feeling at the time. What had become clear to me was that I wanted to write some songs that we could do live, that would translate live very well – that were up tempo and push the whole thing up a notch on the adrenaline meter. Rocknation: You produced the Karma album yourself – do you find yourself able to do that objectively without By: Jeffrey Easton getting too caught up on perfecting everything? Kip: I’m not a big believer in that a band needs a producer. If you know what you are looking for and you know how to get it, there’s no reason why you should have a producer unless you can’t look at things objectively. I’ve been doing this for thirty years so if I think something sucks if I hear it I’m not afraid to admit it. No one in their right mind can think they can hit ten out of ten. Rocknation: I read that you and Reb wrote the album in about ten days. That sounds like a bit of a whirlwind, can you tell us about the process? Kip: It’s really the same process as every Winger album. We sit down with a case of beer and we put up a cool drum program on the computer – in the old days it was a drum machine - and I’ll just start pounding out beats. It’s really like, I’ll pound out a beat and I’ll look to Reb and say play me a riff. He’ll start playing a riff and he’ll f##k around until he catches my ear really. He’s really good at coming up with shit off the top of his head and I’m good at arranging. So that’s really every record. This album we sat down, cranked up the drum machine. The only thing different about this album was I was like, let’s write this album like what’s the first song you want to hear on an album. We actually wrote the album as you hear it. There’s a few songs out of order, but “Deal With the Devil” was day one, “Stone Cold Killer” was day two, “Pull Me Under” was day three and so on. We didn’t finish the lyrics in ten days, it was really the arrangement of the music with a few melody ideas. So you kind of know where you’re going, you have your template. Then I worked on the lyrics for two or three months at least. Got stumped on a few, and brought in some extra writers. You know, record the drums. Then bring everyone back to do the real tracks. Then mix it for a month and master it and all that. So it took about eight months. Rocknation: The title Karma is said to be representative of Winger “completing its full musical circle” – can you tell us what you mean by that? Kip: I thought Karma was a cool name for a record. I felt like the band has had so many ups and downs that it was really more representative of our experience as a band that we’ve had some

bizarre karma. Then I thought “karma” that’s a cool record. I think Reb’s interpretation of the title was that the band has come full circle, but that was never really what it meant for me. For me it was really just that we’ve had a lot of bizarre experience, and I thought that the karma of the band has been very interesting. Rocknation: I see that there are tour dates in Europe for Winger starting in March, are you planning any follow up in North America? Kip: Yeah, we’re booking gigs now. They’re just coming in on my calendar. We don’t have many, they’re just booking them now to be honest with you. June 19th at the M3 festival and June 20th at B.B. King’s. We’ll start from there and go on. We’re going to Europe in March and we’ll be in Europe for a month. We’re doing Brazil in May. We’re doing Brazil in May. So we’re just putting the North American thing together now. Rocknation: For rock fans who may wonder what you’ve been up to in between Winger albums they might be surprised to find out that you’ve been composing a lot of classical music and in fact your first symphony premiered last year with The Tucson Symphony Orchestra. How does it differ writing classical music compared to your other projects? How do you prepare for that? Kip: Well, I’ve been preparing for that for twenty years. I started studying serious music compositions in about 1984 really and then I was on and off until 1996. In 1996 I studied four years at UNM with a guy named Richard Herman. Private study, because I never had time to go to a university. I studied music theory and composition for about four years with him. I’ve been working with Michael Kurek for years now. I don’t take many lessons, but I enrolled at Vanderbilt for a lesson and became really good friends with Michael. Now whenever I need help on something I’ll work with him. I’ve always approach rock music kind of like a classical guy.

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Everything is very orchestrated in its place. I’m not really a jammer. So the idea of working with classical is not any different. I’ve always known that I was going to be heading into classical music from the very first record where I put a string quartet on the beginning of “Hungry.” In each record I left breadcrumbs of a trail that lead me into classical music. For those who know my music, they would know what songs those are - “Rainbow in the Rose” and that kind of thing. For me it’s not very different, but I’ve been studying it for so long. Rocknation: You’ve also got a side project called Blackwood Creek which is a band you’re a part of with your brother and a childhood friend. You guys started the band when you were pretty young, what inspired you to go back and revisit that and to release the album? Kip: Really did it on a lark. We were talking on the phone one day and thinking we could get together and jam. So they came out and we worked out some stuff. The riffs were really cool, the ideas were good and the chemistry was there. So I just started working on it as a labor of love. Took a few years to put it together, finally got it finished. I think it’s very representative of what we did then - 70’s three piece rock, very straight ahead kind of with a new edge. We had a lot of fun doing that. I was never a lead singer per se, we were all singers in that band, so it’s very harmony heavy and it really sounds like what we use to sound like – only better

because we’re better musicians now. Rocknation: There’s a bonus track on your From the Moon to the Sun CD that you dedicated to Dimebag Darrell. Listening to the lyric, it’s clear that it wasn’t just a song dedicated an artist you admired, there was obviously a deep friendship - how did your path meet/cross? Kip: You’re the only one who’s ever mentioned that. It’s so funny, I put that on there and I’ve never been asked a question about that. So, thanks for noticing that. I met him a couple of times and we hung out and we had a considerable amount of drinks (laughs). I didn’t know him that well, but he was such a deep human being and incredible soul. We hung out a few times. I had warm feelings towards him that I think he had towards me. We were musically mutual respect. He was an amazing guitar player. That song really grew out of those few meetings I had with him where we just kind of hung out. For anybody that knew him, knew that he was a really really deep soul. I mean, the guy was like a saint. Very wise. He would just say a few words and there was so much wisdom. So that song came out of the feeling of knowing him and how wise the guy was and what a tragedy it was that he had to die that way, so young, Rocknation: Given all the projects you’re a part of, which style of music is most rewarding for you to make? Kip: I would have to say, for anybody that has heard my classical stuff, I would say that that is probably the most rewarding at this point because it’s been so long coming. But, when I finished Karma I was really happy with it on all levels. I felt that Karma was the one rock album where I nailed it on every level, and there wasn’t anything in there that I felt like “Well, I could have done that better.” I mean there was a few

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EXCLUSIVE TV INTERVIEWS WITH: things but all in all I was really happy with that. So I think I enjoy really just learning new things and trying to get better at what I do. That would be a hard question to answer right at this point, but probably when I’m sitting and watching at the San Francisco Opera House next month thinking “Wow, this is really cool,” that will probably be the height at that point. Rocknation: You live in Nashville now which seems to be where a lot of musicians are ending up. Can you tell us about the music scene there and how it’s been beneficial to you? Kip: To be honest with you, I’m an outsider in Nashville. I’ve lived here for seven years and I still consider myself an outsider because unless you really are emerged in country music, you’re not a part of much of the scene here. There is a really heavy singer and songwriter thing, but I’ve traveled so much that I haven’t really engaged myself in the scene. So, I wouldn’t really be the guy to ask. But, I will say studying with Michael Kurek at Vanderbilt is singlehandedly the most cathartic, skill changing experience that I’ve ever had. So, ironically, in a country town for

me to have come so for in the classical world is really what I would say about that. The other thing, the work ethic in Nashville, on all levels – country musicians and writers, is extremely high. Higher than anywhere else in the world, I think. Also, there are more talented people per capita than anywhere else in the world by far. So, from that point of view, it’s a really cool town, because being a songwriter in this town is a really respected job. In a lot of towns, where I grew up, you were kind of looked down upon if you were a musician, but Nashville is a cool place for that. Rocknation: We just rang in 2010, what are you most looking forward to this year? Kip: Oh, I don’t know. I just go with the flow. The premier of the ballet is going to be huge for me, and our European tour – summer gigs with the band. I’m looking forward to all of it. I’m looking forward to writing some new music this year and connecting with the fans. It’s funny, we go out on tour now and half the fans are twenty years old. So, the music seemingly has stood the test of time and I feel lucky to be doing it really.



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“For over 20 years, the Galveston Arts Center has hosted ArtWalk approximately every six weeks in the heart of the historic downtown district. Not a street festival, ArtWalk is a coordinated evening of opening receptions and art related events that are hosted in existing commercial galleries, non-profit arts spaces and “other walls”—retail stores and restaurants. One of GAC’s largest programs, ArtWalk promotes the visual arts and supports our arts-based community, offering alternative places to see, purchase and learn about art.” (GAC)

ArtWalk Opening Receptions

Saturday March 6, 2010. Most works to be on display from March 6, 2010 through April 15, 2010. Please contact venues for more information.


Bogan Gallery on The Island: James Busby Buchanan Gallery: John C. Dyes DesignWorks: Cara Barer, Larry Horn Galveston Art League: March Membership Show Galveston Arts Center in Exile 2: Dornith Doherty J. Bangle’s Silk Stocking Gallery: S. J. Cook The Nonus Collection: Michel Guyon Peck’s Art Gallery: Jennifer Peck, Loretta Trevino, J. Vincent Scarpace, Mars Woodhill, Andre Gandin, V. Starke Studio and Gallery/ Art Market Wagner Sousa Modern Art: Tim Hailey The Water’s Edge Studio and Gallery: Gayle Reynolds Rene Wiley Studio - Gallery: Rene’ Wiley, James D. Phillips, Brenda Schlossenger, Dale Hooks, Tom Bates

Other Walls

The Emporium at Eibands: Bonnie Gloeckner Galveston Outfitters: Sallie Anderson Havana Alley Cigar Shop & Lounge: Alberto Godoy Hutchings-Sealy Building Artists’ Lofts: Robert Mihoval, Jerry Graham Island Divers Galveston: Jacqui Stanley The Lunch Box Café: Sue Bown Mamady’s Primitive Art from Africa MOD Coffeehouse: Catherine Stroud The Mosquito Café: Dune Tencer Oasis Juice Bar: Courtney Meisleman Tina’s on the Strand: Carmen Chandler The Tremont House: Selia Qynn

News from the Galleries:

Bogan Gallery on The Island: James Busby “Bogan Gallery is initiating something new in March! On Friday, March 5, from 7 - 8 pm, the artist James Busby, along with Bogan Gallery owner and Art Historian Susan Bogan, will give a presentation on Impressionism. Mr. Busby’s one man show, “Primavera: Texas Wild” will be on view Friday evening as well, giving those who prefer not to participate in the bustle of the Artwalk a preview of his one man show. Bring a pillow or chair to sit on and join in the discussion Friday night. On Saturday, March 6, Bogan Gallery will remain open until 9 pm for the Artwalk. Mr. Busby’s work has evolved over time to his current preference for Impressionst-based landscapes, particularly the landscapes of Texas. Like the 19th-century French Impressionists, color and light play a major role in his work, as well as a focus on challenging perspectives. In this show, Busby has captured the blossoming colors of Springtime in Texas, where large blankets of

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color cover the sides of the highways and open fields. So, whether you love the excitement of Artwalk, or prefer a more in-depth experience, Bogan Gallery will offer both options in March. Bogan Gallery is located at 2217 Postoffice. Normal hours are Thursday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm, and Sunday noon - 4pm, and by appointment Monday - Wednesday. Most major credit cards are accepted as well as check, debit cards, and cash. For more information and to view other artists the Gallery represents, go to the website, or phone the Gallery, 409-765-1711.”

Buchanan Gallery: John C. Dyes

“Please make plans to join us for the next Galveston ArtWalk, on Sat., March 6, when we’ll be celebrating FotoFest 2010 with the opening of “Resplendent Shores” by John C. Dyes. These dramatically scaled photographs feature Galveston’s own beaches and wetlands. “Places of Rest: Retired Vessels, Marfa & Big Bend,” with hand-tinted silver gelatin photographs by Reinhard Ziegler continues to show as well. In the Viewing Room, we p r e s e n t recent work by Margaret SmithersCrump and Danna Ruth H a r v e y. Buchanan G a l l e r y 220 25th Street Galveston Island, TX 77550 : Phone/Fax 409.763.8683 Hours: 11-6 Thursday though Monday, 12-5 Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday by Appointment.

DesignWorks: Cara Barer and Larry Horn

Opening on March 6th at DesignWorks Gallery will “Tesserae” by Cara Barer (Houston, Tex.), and “Slow Bell” by Larry Horn (Galveston Island, Tex.). The opening coincides with the downtown Galveston ArtWalk®. DesignWorks Gallery is one of over 100 exhibition spaces in and around Houston participating the FotoFest2010 Biennial celebration of art photography. In “Tesserae,” Barer uses tesserae, or small squares that she cuts from larger photographic images, to create a new tiled image, one in which she explores nonconforming spatial relationships, thus creating her own distinctive view of the world. “Slow Bell” is a photographic and cinematic exploration of light and time. The exhibition consists of still photographs and films taken aboard the Galveston-Bolivar ferry, coming and going, day and night, in various exposures. The gallery at D e s i g n Wo r k s , in Historic D o w n t o w n Galveston, is located at 2119A Postoffice Street in Historic Downtown Galveston. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Monday and Tuesday, closed or by appointment, 409.766.7599.

Galveston Arts Center: Dornith Doherty

“GAC is pleased to present Dornith Doherty at Mid-Career, featuring selections from the Altered Terrain and Archiving Eden series by artist Dornith Doherty, in conjunction with Houston’s

FotoFest 2010 Biennial. The exhibition will open during the March 6th ArtWalk and remain on view through April 11, 2010. Curator Clint Willour will lead a gallery talk with the artist at 6:30 pm. Following the presentation in Galveston, the exhibition will be on view at the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University in Waco. A full-color exhibition catalogue featuring work from both series will be available for purchase. Curated by Clint Willour, the carefully distilled selection of work includes photographs from Doherty’s decade-long exploration of culturally reconfigured landscapes titled Altered Terrain. Using specimens and found objects collected on site, Doherty arranges a carefully constructed still-life tableau, projects other imagery onto it, and then photographs the assemblage with a view camera. For the series Archiving Eden, Doherty explores the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species and decreased agricultural diversity. Working at both the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado, and at the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens—Kew, Wakehurst Place in Sussex,

England, Doherty used on-site x-ray equipment to photograph seeds and cloned plants from the facilities’ extensive storage vaults. The archival pigment prints include seed and plant x-rays arranged into mandala shapes, as well as organic designs that evoke tension between storage and dispersal, and reproduction and extinction. The digital chromogenic lenticular prints include collaged x-ray images of seeds in blue, green, and brown backgrounds that shift in color and shape (hologram-like) as the viewer moves past. This work questions the complex philosophical, anthropological, and ecological issues surrounding the role of science, technology, and human agency in the context of seed banks. Dornith Doherty was born in Houston and received a B.A. from Rice University and an MFA in Photography from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She currently teaches photography at the University of North Texas in Denton. She has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the United States Department of the Interior, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Society for Contemporary Photography. Doherty was awarded the inaugural fellowship from the University of North Texas’ Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, recognizing artistic contributions by outstanding faculty members. The fellowship and grant will support the artist’s continued work on the Archiving Eden series during spring 2010. Galveston Arts Center is currently operating “in exile” from our second temporary downtown gallery space—the site of the former Maceo’s Spice and Import Company located on the corner of Market and 25th Streets. The administrative offices are also at this location. The gallery and selections from GAC’s museum shop, ArtWorks, are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. A flyer listing all ArtWalk participants with times and locations can be downloaded at 2501 Market | Galveston TX 77550 | 409.763.2403 |

PeckArts Gallery: Jennifer Peck,

Loretta Trevino, J. Vincent Scarpace, Mars Woodhill, Andre Gandin “PeckArts opened in November 209 at 2208 Postoffice after artist Jennifer Peck found success selling at Galveston’s Artoberfest. Jennifer has a degree in art history and has run galleries in San Fransisco and Austin. She moved to the island three years ago and began painting full time. Jennifer paints “bright and happy island oriented collages on panel. Birds, sunsets, flowers, cocktails, and umbrellas come to life as she paints in a myriad of joyful colors. They celebrate the beauty of Galveston and tell a story of life at the beach!” “ A r t i s t Loretta Trevino’s oil paintings are intended to represent solitude. She likes to paint in quiet; while many artists listen to a number of things while working, Loretta listens to her heart, and in her process paints a peaceful silence. Inspired by the lone houses she’s seen in the country as well as around the Island, she takes those images back to her studio. A master of color, she brings things to a new level by allowing her houses and the landscape to tell its tale in beautiful and unexpected hues. In her paintings, houses get a third dimension and an extra atmosphere. Her horses come to life and wake in colors totally unfamiliar to their world. Loretta lives and works in Galveston and is truly a unique painter, always seeking knowledge to understand her painting better and living the life of an artist on the Island.” “Mars Woodhill is showing her organic, saturated abstracts. Woodhill has a B.A in History and Art from Austin College. She has been focusing mainly on her abstract paintings and producing abstract metal sculpture. Mars lives primarily in Houston and part-time in NYC where she draws from the many artists she is influenced by there. You can see her enthusiasm for her unique painting process as well as her love of the power and mystery of color. After spending time, and now showing, at PeckArts she is working on new paintings reflecting the Islands relaxed vibe and colors.” The original works of J. Vincent Scarpace, best known for his abstract fish art, represent, in his own words, “a personal journey through the use of the basic of art elements: line, shape, and color - resulting in an arrival, just past experimentation, at unique works of art which purposely resemble fish.” He’s followed his passion for the creative process, discovering that therein may lay the true reason for his next work of art – the pursuit of one’s own creative potential.” PeckArts will introduce Andre Gandin’s brightly painted steel birds and flower assemblage sculpture on March 6, 2010 PeckArts goal is to introduce Galveston’s art lovers to an array of fresh, exciting and fun artists, showing modern and contemporary works..” PeckArts, 2208 Postoffice, Galveston, Texas 77550 Cell:512.576.8233 Gallery:409.621.1500 www.

MOD Coffeehouse: Catherine Stroud

“Catherine Stroud, a new member of the Galveston Community, arrived on the Island in November of 2009. Returning from a three-year stint in beautiful France, she did not at all expect, not in the slightest, to find a home anywhere in America that could rival those previous years abroad. But, alas! Galveston surprised her and, happy as a fish in water, she painted...and

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-- that you’re not here to ruin it for me.”

taken alcohol myself”

Remember Barbara its worth 1 Million dollars.” Barbara: “I know this one! It is C –Cuckoo!”

“As you grow older, Mum, I think of all the gifts you’ve given me... -- Like the need for therapy.”

“Then let me buy you a drink - if you still believe afterwards that it is evil I will give up drink for life”

Regis: “Are you sure? answer?”

“Thanks for being a part of my life!!!... -- I never knew what evil was before this!”

“How could I, a Nun, sit outside this public house drinking?!”

BLACK TESTICLES? A male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose, still heavily sedated from a difficult four hour, surgical procedure.

“Before you go,... I would like you to take this knife out of my back. -- You’ll probably need it again.”

“I’ll get the barman to put it in a teacup for you, then no one will ever know.”

A young, student nurse appears to give him a partial sponge bath.

“Tuesday” replies the second man.

The Nun reluctantly agrees, so John goes inside to the bar.

“Nurse”, he mumbles, from behind the mask. “Are my testicles black?”

The doctor sadly says to the third man, “Okay, your turn. What’s three times three”?

“Another pint for me, and a triple vodka on the rocks”, then he lowers his voice and says to the barman “and could you put the vodka in a teacup?”

Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know, Sir. I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”

“Nine” says the third man. “That’s great!” exclaims the doctor. “How did you get that”?

He struggles to ask again, “Nurse, are my testicles black?” Concerned that he may elevate his vitals from worry about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and sheepishly pulls back the covers. She raises his gown, lifting and moving things around.

“Jeez, Doc, it’s pretty simple,” says the third man. “I just subtracted 274 from Tuesday.”

Is that your final

Barbara: “Of course! Everybody knows that a Cuckoo lives in a clock.” GET OUT OF THE CAR (This is supposedly a true account recorded in the Police Log of Sarasota, Florida) An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!” The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then she realized why. It was for the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee, and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat. A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed. OPPOSITE OF PRO If “CON” is the opposite of “PRO”, what is the opposite of PROGRESS? WEDDINGS Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?” “Because white is the color of happiness and today is the happiest day of her life.” Her mother tried to explain, keeping it simple. The child thought about this for a moment, then said, “So, why is the groom wearing black?” REJECTED HALLMARK CARDS “Looking back over the years that we’ve been together, I can’t help but wonder:... -- What was I thinking?”

“Someday I hope to get married... -- but not to you.” “You look great for your age... -- Almost Lifelike!” “When we were together, you always said you’d die for me... -- Now that we’ve broken up, I think it’s time you kept your promise.” “I knew the day would come when you would leave me for my best friend... -- So here’s his leash, water bowl and chew toys.”

OLYMPIC CONDOMS A man is out shopping and discovers a new brand of Olympic condoms. Clearly impressed, he buys a pack. Upon getting home he announces to his wife the purchase he just made.

“We have been friends for a very long time... -- What do you say we call it quits?”

“Olympic condoms?” she asks, “What makes them so special?”

“I’m so miserable without you... -- It’s almost like you’re here.”

“There are three colors,” he replies, “Gold, Silver and Bronze.”

“Congratulations on your new bundle of joy... -- Did you ever find out who the father was?”

“What color are you going to wear tonight?” she asks cheekily.

“You are such a good friend that if we were on a sinking ship and there was only one life jacket... -- I’d miss you heaps and think of you often.”

“Gold of course,” says the man proudly. The wife responds, “Really, why don’t you wear

Then, she takes a close look and says, “There’s nothing wrong with them, Sir!!”

“Laugh It Up” three times three?”

“274” was his reply. The doctor worriedly says to the second man, “It’s your turn. What is three times three?”

SMART BRIBE Tried in a hostile town, a guy didn’t think he had a chance of getting off a murder charge, so shortly before the jury retired he bribed one of the jurors to find him guilty of the lesser crime of manslaughter.

The man pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her and says very slowly, “Thank you very much. That was wonderful, but, listen very, very closely...

The jury was out for over three days before

A r e - m y - t e s t - r e s u l t s - b a c k?

family friendly eateries that feature a little bit of everything for every member of your family at prices that won’t rock the family budget. From light salads to a hearty New York Strip Steak – every

MEMORY TEST Three old men are at the doctor for a memory test. The doctor says to the first old man, “What is

Tourist: $5.00 Broiled Missionary: $10.00 Fried Explorer: $15.00 Baked Democrat or Grilled $100.00


The cannibal called the waiter over and asked, “Why such a price difference for the Politicians” The cook replied, “Have you ever tried to clean one? They’re so full of crap, it takes all morning.” NUN IN THE BAR John was sitting outside his local pub one day, enjoying a quiet pint and generally feeling good about himself, when a nun suddenly appears at his table and starts decrying the evils of drink. “You should be ashamed of yourself young man! Drinking is a Sin! Alcohol is the blood of the devil!”

“How could two people as beautiful as you.... -- have such an ugly baby?”

Now John gets pretty annoyed about this, and goes on the offensive.

“I’ve always wanted to have someone to hold, someone to love... -- After having met you, I’ve changed my mind.”

“How do you know this, Sister?”

“I must admit, you brought Religion in my life... -- I never believed in Hell until I met you.” “As the days go by, I think of how lucky I am...

“But have you ever had a drink yourself? How can you be sure that what you are saying is right?” “Don’t be ridiculous--of course I have never

“My Mother Superior told me so.”

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eventually returning a verdict of manslaughter. The relieved defendant collared the bribed juror and said: “Thanks. How ever did you manage it?” “It wasn’t easy,” admitted the juror. “All the others wanted to acquit you.” Service for Your Dog A farmer named Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside except for a pet dog he loved for a long time. The dog finally died and Muldoon went to the parish priest, saying “Father, the dog is dead. Could you possibly be saying a Mass for the poor creature?” Father Patrick told the farmer “No, we can’t have services for an animal in the church, but I’ll tell you what, there’s a new denomination down the road apiece, and no telling what they believe in, but maybe they’ll do something for the animal.” Muldoon said “I’ll go right now. By the way, do you think $50,000 is enough to donate for the service?” Father Patrick replied “Why didn’t you tell me the dog was Catholic.”


THE CANNIBAL A cannibal was walking through the jungle and came upon a restaurant operated by a fellow cannibal. Feeling somewhat hungry, he sat down and looked over the menu...

“Congratulations on your wedding day!... -- Too bad no one likes your wife.”

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“Oh no! It’s not that Nun again is it?”

Silver, it would be nice if you came second for a change!”

member of your party will be able to find something they’ll enjoy. One of the changes that many of the local’s here will appreciate is the addition of a generous selection of moderately priced, quality wines to the menu. Although this is a great, family friendly spot, sometimes grown-ups need a moment to sip a good glass of vino and think about the day’s events. The Jetty has a host of great labels you’ll appreciate such as Kendell – Jackson Vintner’s Reserve (a big local fav), Francis Coppola Diamond, Beringer, Tommasi and more. Now you can even toast an event at the Jetty with a glass of bubbly from J. Roget or Tattinger La Francaise. Of course there is full bar service available in the Hotel – just ask your server. A local night out isn’t’ a local night out without dessert. THE JETTY has added Bread Pudding, Chocolate Cake, Key Lime Pie and New York Style Cheesecake to its traditional Ice

Cream. One last note, if you’ve got teenagers or you’re just hungry don’t forget that the Holiday Inn hosts one of the island’s best breakfast values – “ALL YOU CAN EAT WEEKEND BREAKFAST BUFFETS”. In short, sometimes we feel adventurous. We put on our “Food Network” hats and venture out to explore. And there are those days, after a long day a work, we just want to put on a pair of jeans, grab the family, stare into our plates and say “God Bless the USA”. On those days – on days when mashed potatoes and

gravy really counts – it’s time to visit THE JETTY at the Holiday Inn Resort. The Jetty at the Holiday Inn Resort is located at 5002 Seawall Blvd. Visit them at at http://www. Open Daily from 6; 30 am. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m – 10 p.m. Marsha is a local author and free-lance writer who is very close to standing on the seawall and screaming, if the cold weather doesn’t let up. Let’s all chant: Spring – Spring – Spring –Spring………


painted, and painted. Now directing her artistic efforts in new directions, away from canvas and oil and towards the recycling of Old into New, she, nonetheless, is delighted to present you with those M.O.I. paintings, along with three others that were made in France. Enjoy and be happy.” MOD CoffeeHouse 2126 Postoffice St. Galveston, TX 77550 (409) 7655659

Oasis Juice Bar: Courtney Meiselman

“Often a slab of spilled plaster is a starting point for Courtney Meiselman’s artwork, similar to a canvas for a painting. Corresponding to this industrial m a t e r i e l , Meiselman will often collage c o m p o s t , concrete, paper, and other mixed media to depict an abstracted and rather isolated landscape. This sculptural approach is not the only means Meiselman is creating; yet she also constructs similar settings through drawings and watercolors on paper. Meiselman’s most recent series takes this peculiar scene, and transforms characters, known as “Blockheads” and “Bullet people” within the space. The symbolism and narrative quality add another layer to communicate to the viewer. Within the landscape, there are frequently displayed blocks. These blocks give a striking resemblance to the Blockheads’ foundation. Both are designed purposely with broken edges, and slanted angles to evoke a sensation of instability. Balance and tension teeters within the merging environments that each piece creates. The bullet people are capable of demonstrating much more mobile qualities, than the Blockheads. The uniform costuming that the Bullet people posse suggests a blanket demeanor personality, and for the most part they are wondering around aimlessly. The narrative read among all the work leaves a mystery for the viewer. Each piece only suggests assets to the larger story, as though Meiselman has ripped out a single page from a picture book. Oasis Juice Bar, 409 25th Street, Galveston, TX 77550 Hours: 10am - 6pm Closed Sundays & Mondays (409) 762-8399

Water’s Edge Studio and Gallery: Gayle Reynolds

Due to the fire November 9 at The Water’s Edge Studio and Gallery, ArtWalk will be held on March 6 and on April 17,at their temporary digs at 2602 Avenue M. This is a yellow corner store at 26th and M. The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 till 5:00. Occasionally it is open on Wednesdays and Sundays, but since it is not a sure thing, a phone call to 409763-7101 could arrange a meeting. Painter Gayle Reynolds will title her collection of p a i n t i n g s for March 6 “Continuing to Paint Galveston,” and the paintings include houses and birds and other interesting things she is finding to paint in Galveston. Admittedly, this is a very general theme, and one which will be continued in the April 17 ArtWalk which is tentatively titled “Variety. www.

Rene’ Wiley Studio and Gallery: Rene’ Wiley

Now well established in Galveston’s downtown art community, is the Rene’ Wiley Studio and Gallery at 2128 Postoffice Street. Artist Rene’ Wiley’s newest exhibition is titled “Harbor Reflections .” She has been working on a series of harbor scenes that depict vessels and, more

interestingly, the morning and evening light that surrounds them. Her focus is not so much on the subjects as the light, colors, and patterns of the sky and subjects reflected in the water. She will continue to have most recent collection of abstract bird paintings available, as well as her signature Galveston alleys and street scenes. The gallery will be featuring several artists for the March 6, 2010 ArtWalk Opening Reception. Newest to the Gallery is Tom Bates collection of oil paintings depicting sea turtles. Brenda Bunten-Schloesser is featuring her beautifully crafted textile pieces depicting local Galveston scenery. Dale Hooks is showing his gorgeous wooden bowls turned from the “Iked” oak trees destroyed on Broadway. James Phillips’ outstanding wood sculptures from reclaimed wood after Hurricane Ike are also available. Rene’ Wiley Studio and Gallery is located at the corner of 22nd Street and Postoffice Street, next door to Mod Coffeehouse, at 2128 Postoffce Street. Hours are daily from 11 am to 6pm. For more information call (409) 750-9077 or visit

Art on the Island: Weekends in March

Artist Boat: “Discover the wonders of Galveston Bay and your artistic side via kayak.” If an eco-Art experience sounds like something you would be interested in, a guided kayak tour with water coloring instruction can’t be beat. March 2010 dates included March 18-21, 27 and 28. Check out or call (409) 770-0722 for more details and booking. ($25-$50 per person) Galveston Arts Center: Spring Art Making Workshops for Children and Adults

“Escape for a few hours of creativity one Saturday per month with the Galveston Arts Center. Classes are held in the basement kitchen at Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway at 27th Street. Children’s classes are appropriate for students ages 6 to 14. Each class is limited to 15 participants. Dress for mess! Saturday, March 27 2010, Mandala Making with Cherie Ray Contact Robin at 409.763.2403 for more information and to register.

Oil Painting Workshops with Rene’ Wiley:

One Day workshop will be held on Friday March 5, 2010, and a Three Day Workshop will be held on March 18, 19, 20 2010. It will be hosted at the beautiful retreat property owned by artist Sue Bown. Room and board included. Please call the gallery at (409)750-9077 for rates and more information.

Life Drawing/Painting/Sculpting Sessions: Artists meet bi-weekly to work from live models in a professional and casual setting, without an instructor. Artists must bring their own supplies. Sessions held every other Sunday from 1-5pm. Please contact Derek Anderson at his studio, 2224 Church St., (409) 750-3773, for dates and more information. ($15 per artist)

Meet the Artists: For a unique opportunity to meet Galveston artists, visit one of these artist owned and operated galleries or studio spaces: Derek Anderson, 2224 Church St. Studio (409)750-3773 ∙ Milton Ausherman at Wagnor Sousa Modern Art, 404 25th St. ∙ Jennifer Peck at PeckArts Gallery, 2208 Postoffice St. ∙ Gayle Reynolds at The Water’s Edge Studio and Gallery, 2602 Avenue M ∙ Virginia Starke at Art Market/ Studio and Gallery, 2001 Postoffice St. ∙ Bud Clayton Thomas, Studio at 518 23rd St. (325)660-7798 ∙Rene’ Wiley at Rene’ Wiley Studio and Gallery, 2128 Postoffice St. (409)7509077 There are plenty of commercial galleries and open studio spaces to explore on Galveston Island, and many businesses downtown exhibit and sell local artist’s work as well. Most downtown art spaces are within walking distance from each other, so don’t hesitate to explore downtown on foot. If you would like to be included in next month’s Arts Column please contact Rachel Wiley at

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This is my first column for The Parrot. I am relatively new to Galveston although I was raised and graduated high school in Texas City. After attending college and living in Austin for a number of years, I moved back to the 4-0-9 in April ’09. What attracted me to Galveston (in addition to my family being close) was first, the rich history and second, the beach. I was also attracted to the strong sense of community this island has. I find it endearing that, as a gay man and bartender, the niche community is close and is involved in the island community. I have met and have gotten to know local business owners, people in government, judges, active community volunteers, movers and shakers, surfers, and the countless ‘weekenders’ who have made this cornucopia a Mecca for Texas’ diverse tourists for generations. I have also found that a strong sense of community is important here on the island as I have witnessed as a volunteer during the Historical Homes Tour and Garden tour, Dickens on the Strand, and Mardi gras. This is Galveston, near Texas! I would like to comment on the decency of conducting business, and what good decency in business brings to the betterment of this treasured community and what it could mean for its future; so I googled ‘decency in business’. This is what I discovered. For the record, I am not a business owner, nor do I describe myself as a business man; however, I am an employee and a customer.





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My google search brought up a video clip of Tom Peters’ discussion on the importance of decency in business. Tom Peters is a best-selling author and a management visionary. His discussion hit me like a truck because decency in business is not talked about openly. It is rarely mentioned in business models and start-ups don’t put enough emphasis on maintaining affability within their respected community. In this discussion, he advised small business owners to look up the word ‘decency’. So I did. Decency means conformity to the recognized standards of propriety; it also means decorum or respectability. And I thought, “What are

the recognized standards of propriety”? Well, socially correct behavior comes to mind and so does a moral quality of a course of action. I would say these are recognized standards of propriety. The discussion goes on to talk about how as small business owners, where there is thoughtfulness and caring about what words you use and actions you take benefit your business and a lack of these standards will adversely affect the business. To treat people in a snaky way just because it’s your money may seem like a short cut, but in the long run, it doesn’t pay off. Hmmm. It’s an interesting concept: having a little decency in business. It probably goes against some proprietors’ ‘morale’, if you will. But proprietors have to be decent to their customers/clients, because without them, there would be no business. And let’s just be honest here; this isn’t New York or LA. Hell, it isn’t even Houston. This island is small and tightknit. So when there is a lack of civility in business, everyone hears about it and talks about it. It raises questions of integrity and respectability and when customers/clients question respectability it does not pay off in the long run. Being a proprietor who practices propriety does not have to be ironic. And in the service industry, they go hand in hand. I would even say it is a symbiotic association. Service industry businesses depend heavily on the reputation that their customers/ clients hold of them. The resilience of this island is astounding and the small-town feel along with the rich history and beautiful historic homes add to the charm of this beach community and I fell in love with it. The community spirit is strong. And to keep strengthening that spirit, because Galveston can do and has done great things commercially, let us raise the bar on the decorum of our fellow proprietors. As a population WE should invoke not merely great business sense, but togetherness and, well, decency. It simply must be in the front of our conscience. Behind every business, there are people who work hard at keeping the business successful. Shouldn’t people be decent to one another??

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GRAND KIDS FEST CONT’D Marionettes, and Shelly Kneupper Tucker. Hosted by The Grand 1894 Opera House, the festival will be held from 10am-5pm on Postoffice Street, between 20th and 23rd streets, in historic downtown Galveston. The festival will feature three entertainment stages, a story-telling tent, an artisans’ tent, and a host of activity booths “guaranteed to spark the imagination and creativity in kids of all ages.” Advanced-price tickets are on sale now at The Grand’s box office and may be purchased by calling 800.821.1894 or 409.765.1894. Throughout the day, festival goers can look forward to family-friendly entertainment performed on three outdoor stages, viewing and participating in unique booths with hands-on activities for children, as well as the opportunity to participate in children-oriented arts and crafts (sand art, creative coloring, and chalk art creation area). In addition, an Artisan’s Tent will showcase a variety of arts demonstrations. An exotic petting zoo, inflatable attractions, and the Bubble Pond will round out all there is to see and do. Be sure and come hungry as food booths will offer a variety of fun - but good food - with only non-alcoholic beverages sold. In addition, festival goers will have the opportunity to view the winning banners that will be on display throughout the day. An annual highlight of the festival is the production staged by Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). This year’s show is “Rumpelstiltskin”. Presented as an original adaptation of the classic children’s tale, the performance will feature a cast of 50-60 area youth. (Auditions for these young performers will take place on Monday, April 5 at The Grand at 4pm.) The cast will rehearse all week with two performances scheduled during the festival at 11am and 1.30pm on stage at The Grand, Saturday, April 10. Saturday festival admission is $3.00 for adults; $2.00 for children; free for children 4 years and younger. Half-price advance festival tickets (family four-pack for only $5.00) are available at The Grand’s box office. For more information about this and other events at The Grand, visit www. To purchase advance tickets, call The Grand’s box office at 409.765.1894 or 800.821.1894.Full-price tickets may be purchased at the festival gates. The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice Street in historic downtown Galveston. For more information about the festival, the student banner contest, “Rumpelstiltskin” audition procedure, or for vendor participation inquiries, contact KidsFest Director, Kathy Van Dewalli at 409.770.5056 or Elise Worthen at 409.770.5058.

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March 13 & 14, 2010 Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5500 Seawall Blvd. Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm | Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm Admission: $7, 4 and under free, free parking Drawing for prizes throughout each day SpeCIAL pReSentAtIonS By U.S. Green Building Council the Lazy Gardener, Brenda Beust Smith Croppin’ Bug Scrapbooking Mutts with Manners Island Flowers Jim nonus Abry Bros. Foundation Repair Galveston Historical Foundation More than 100 exhibits pet adoption center Food court (409) 762-3930 Splash pools and Spas (281) 542-7771

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