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Things to Do

» Winter Wonder Island 2018 Events Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, ICE LAND: Pole to Pole, Warm Up at Moody Gardens, Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston, Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez, Holiday Performances at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Miracle Pop-Up Bar, Downtown Lanterns & Lights plus Giant Snow Globe, Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Countdown with Stories, Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner Show at Moody Gardens, Dickens on the Strand, Holiday in the Park at Saengerfest Park, Santa Train at the Galveston Railroad Museum, Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez, Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon, Christmas Day Brunch at Hotel Galvez, and Seaside Church Bethlehem Street Market » All-New Cirque Joyeux…A Fun, Engaging & Delicious Way To Spend The Holidays » Santa’s Night Out Benefits Galveston Seafarers Center » The Grand 1894 Opera House Presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Live on Stage, “All Is Calm, The Christmas Truce Of 1914,” “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker” and Afternoon Tea » The 45th Annual Dickens on the Strand Festival Returns November 30th-December 2nd to Strand District » A Visit from Santa at Galveston Children’s Museum » “Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” at Island ETC » Holiday Delights & Santa Come to Bryan Museum » Santa Paws at Tom Thumb’s Nursery » Holiday 3D & 4D Movies at Moody Gardens » Island Elves, A Nash Project for Kids: Midtown Tavern Takes the Ultimate Holiday Challenge » Galveston Pleasure Pier Celebrates the Holidays » The Proletariat features “A Nightmare Before Christmas” » Come Celebrate Chanukah on the Strand » Sip n’ Shop on The Strand Shopping Extravaganza » Save The Date: January 19th, 2019, Walk-About The Park » A Hogwarts Christmas Feast Festival of Fun for All Ages » “An Offshore Holiday” at Family Days on Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum 12-14 The Island Guide Fun Maps 16 Books

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It’s a Winter Wonder Island!

There is no better time to head to Galveston Island than the holiday season. The island offers great weather, incredible events, world-class attractions, award-winning Gulf seafood, and a historic downtown full of unique gifts for your shopping pleasure. The Galveston holiday season is full of tradition – from its world-renowned Dickens on the Strand Victorian Christmas festival to Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens – but this year, the island will offer some exciting new additions to make for an even more festive winter getaway. Galveston Island is the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas, featuring more than 50 days of holiday festivities and more than 1,000 holiday events during the winter season. The island is home to the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, as well as the nationally known Victorian Christmas festival Dickens on The Strand among many other attractions. For more information on holiday activities, visit galveston.com/holidaymagic. New this holiday season, Galveston will be a featured host location to Miracle on the Island, an international rotating pop-up bar series serving a themed menu of festive drinks to holiday enthusiasts through December 31st. The Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Bar – a prestigious nod in the arts and culture scene – just announced its 2018 host locations, which includes 80 bars around the world and Galveston’s own Daiquiri Time Out is among the list. In addition, Downtown Galveston will be illuminated by an extensive lighting and décor overhaul that will encompass the main corridors of the charming historic downtown district from Strand to Postoffice Streets, making it the perfect backdrop for a winter escape. Plus, one of the island’s most popular holiday attractions, ICE LAND, will return to Moody Gardens with a brand new theme: “Pole to Pole.” The theme will include a festive journey from the North to the South Pole featuring polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walrus, and reindeer.

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If you’re visiting multiple attractions, then the Island Pass is the way to go for package discounts. For a complete list of special offers, visit galveston.com/ holidaymagic.

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Tag your photos and be featured at galveston. com/socialcenter. Also, search for #GalvestonChristmas #ItsIslandTime #LoveGalveston #Galveston! Here’s a preview of what is happening on the island throughout the holiday season:

Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

Through January 6th There’s nothing that better represents the festive nature of the holidays than vibrant Christmas lights brightening the dark of night. In true Texas style, where everything has to be bigger, Moody Gardens delivers the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast. Now in its 17th year, Festival of Lights features a one-mile-long trail with more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and one million lights. In addition to taking in all the lights, show off your balance on the outdoor ice-skating rink, or get some thrills snow tubing down the Arctic Ice Slide. Fun for the whole family, you won’t find anything else like the Festival of Lights in the Lone Star State. Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, moodygardens.org.

ICE LAND: Pole to Pole

Through January 6th Admire larger-than-life statues of polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walrus, and of course, reindeer as you explore Ice Land at Moody Gardens, a wintery wonderland carved from two million pounds of ice. Crafted by a team of 25 master ice carvers from Harbin, China, this year’s version of Ice Land takes guests on a journey from the North to South poles. The CAA Ruijing Ice Carving Team will create a giant ice slide that will take guests on a glacial journey and, of course, create the infamous Shivers Ice Bar serving up the coolest

cocktails. Covering 28,000 square feet and kept at a chilly nine degrees, Ice Land is one of the coolest attractions on the Texas Gulf Coast. Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, moodygardens. org.

Warm Up at Moody Gardens

While visiting Moody Gardens this holiday season, you can warm up with a creative and fun cocktail menu at The Lobby Bar. These include “Snow Flake” (Stoli Salted Karamel Vodka, Kerry Gold Irish Creme Liqueur, garnished with a mint), “Santa’s Hot Chocolate” (hot chocolate all grown up with Kerry Gold Irish Creme Liqueur), “Chili Chocolate White Christmas” (classic made with a little spice, Stoli Vodka, Kahlua Chili Chocolate Liqueur, and half-n-half), “Rudolf-Tini” (Blue Chair Rum, Hazelnut Liqueur and Stoli Vodka garnished with cinnamon sticks and a cherry), “Cranberry Margarita” (a holiday touch to a classic) and more. Shivers Ice Bar inside Ice Land will offer several flavored vodkas as well.

Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston

Through December 30th Enjoy a sprinkle of holiday cheer while making a splash at Galveston’s only indoor waterpark. See Surfing Santa appearances, Bahn Borealis light show, holiday friends, holiday meal packages and more. Schlitterbahn Waterpark is located at 2026 Lockheed Rd., Galveston, schlitterbahn.com/gal.

Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez

December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd Hotel Galvez is hosting Sunday Brunch with Santa on December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, 11am-2pm. Guests are invited to take pictures with Santa and will leave with a courtesy gift. For brunch reservations, call (409)765-7721 or book via Open Table. Hotel Galvez & Spa is pleased to offer a Galveston Holiday Getaway Package through December 29th. The package includes breakfast for two at Galvez Bar & Grill, and two tickets to Moody Gardens’ Ice Land, as well as complimentary valet

and a courtesy shuttle to the Historic Strand District known for its shopping and dining. See special offers at HotelGalvez.com.

Holiday Performances at The Grand 1894 Opera House

Through January 12th Celebrate the holidays with Grand entertainment! Scheduled is “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage,” and The Other Mozart presented in Galveston’s magnificent, historic theatre. The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston’s historic Downtown Cultural Arts District. Tickets are available by contacting The Grand’s box office at (409)7651894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com.

Miracle Pop-Up Bar

Through December 31st Miracle, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar, launched in 2014 in New York City, will continue spreading holiday cheer around the globe in 2018, as the brand celebrates its five-year anniversary. This year, Miracle will launch in over 80 locations around the world with Sippin’ Santa expanding to multiple locations in partnership with notable tiki-connoisseur Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. Galveston will be hosting the internationally-acclaimed pop-up at DTO (Daiquiri Time Out) located across the street from Maceo’s Spice and Import at 2701 Market, Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)497-2760, dtogalveston.com.

Downtown Lanterns & Lights plus Giant Snow Globe & More Fun

Through January 2nd This holiday season, historic Downtown Galveston will be illuminated by lighting and décor encompassing the main corridors of this charming 36-block district. Downtown Lanterns & Lights will feature a magical display of lights and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park and beyond including an interactive photo frame and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on designated weekends. The photo props will be available December 9th, 16th, and 23rd. Lights will stretch throughout Downtown from 20th to 25th streets on The Strand as well as along 23rd and Postoffice streets. In addition, visitors will find unique holiday gifts at the district’s many boutiques, art galleries and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture.

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Breakfast with Santa

December 22nd (10:30am) Come out and visit with Santa, enjoy refreshments, listen to festive stories, and receive a special treat. Pre-register at Rosenberg-library.org. Don’t forget your camera! Rosenberg Library is located Downtown at 2310 Sealy St., Galveston. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Christmas Countdown with Stories

Every day Through December 22nd (4pm) Enjoy hearing a festive story in the Children’s Department as you countdown the holidays. Attend all or attend as you can - either way, this will guarantee to get you in the holiday spirit. Rosenberg Library is located Downtown at 2310 Sealy St., Galveston. This event is free.

Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner Show at Moody Gardens

December 21stJanuary 4th Enjoy a spectacular, exhilarating and joyous celebration of the holiday season with an enchanting mix of food, circus, and music. This original holiday spectacular is fun for the entire family and features a stellar cast of international circus and variety performers from all corners of the world. Be up-close and personal with circus stars! Cirque Dinner & Show guests will enjoy Chef Felipe Gonzalez’s delicious cuisine and then sit back for a holiday cirque spectacular. Your ticket to the dinner and show also includes admission to the incredible Moody Gardens Festival of Lights – The Gulf Coast’s Largest Holiday Lighting Event including Santa’s Workshop and a visit with Santa himself. Cirque Joyeux is directed by Lone Star Circus Founder and Creative Director Fanny Kerwich, an eighth-generation circus performer who has performed throughout North America, Russia, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Kerwich will be bringing to Galveston breathtaking acts that defy the boundaries of the imagination. Moody Gardens Convention Center, is located at 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston. Tickets are available at moodychristmasshow.com.

Dickens on the Strand

November 30thDecember 2nd Don your finest frock coat or hoop skirt and join the festivities at the 45th Annual Dickens on The Strand, when Downtown Galveston is transformed into the Victorian-era London of Charles Dickens. Take in the Strand Historic District’s gorgeous architecture as you listen to roaming carolers, bagpipers, and musicians. Relish non-stop entertainment on the six stages, delicious food and drink, whimsical parades, and unique shopping for Victorian-inspired clothing, crafts, and holiday decorations. Don’t miss any of the fun and family-friendly events like the Holiday Handbell Concert and the crowd-pleasing Victorian Bed Races.

Holiday with the Cranes

December 8th-9th For a unique holiday experience, spend a wonderful, winter weekend in Galveston celebrating the return of the island’s wintering Sandhill Cranes at Holiday with the Cranes. The weekend will be chock-full of indoor and outdoor nature activities combined with the ambiance of historic Galveston Island! Holiday with the Cranes is presented by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, a nonprofit volunteer organization that helps connect people with nature experiences and outdoor adventures, and promotes the value of natural habitats and resources in the Galveston Island area. Holiday with the Cranes 6 • GalvestonIslandGuide.com

provides opportunities for Gulf Coast winter birding, educational and entertaining learning, and outdoor adventure. For a schedule go to galvestonnaturetourism.org/holiday-with-the-cranes-2018.

Holiday in the Park at Saengerfest Park

December 8th Join this holiday season for Galveston Holiday in the Park where the whole family can enjoy a full day filled with festive holiday tunes from local and area school choirs, bands, and amazing church choirs. This is free to attend. Performances will be held in Saengerfest Park at 23rd and Strand St., 10:45am-6pm. Spend some time shopping for those last minute gifts at your favorite Galveston Strand shops as well as festive vendors located on 23rd Street. Children will also be able to visit and take pictures with Santa in the Park 1-5pm. Holiday in the Park, and Santa on the Strand are part of Galveston’s Winter Wonder Island, a two-month celebration of over 1,000 holiday events. For more info go to galvestonholidayinthepark.com.

Santa Train at the Galveston Railroad Museum

December 15th Come enjoy an afternoon with Santa! Santa arrives at 12 noon and will be available in the Depot to meet with children

and take pictures until 2pm. Train rides on the Harborside Express will begin at 12 noon with Santa’s arrival. Special event admission is $12 for adults, children age 12 and under are free. Tickets to ride the train are $5 for ages 2 and up. The Galveston Railroad Museum is located at 2602 Santa Fe Place, Downtown Galveston. Call (409)765-5700 or go to galvestonrrmuseum.com for more info.

Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon

December 15th-16th We all know it’s exciting to meet one Santa Claus but to see thousands at once? If that doesn’t warm your cockles, nothing will. Welcome to one of the most unique running events in Texas, the Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K. Wear your special Dri-FIT shirt made to look like St. Nick’s trademark coat, candy cane socks, Santa hat and jog along to the tunes of holiday music while you’re tempted with cookies and candy. Cross that finish line and you’ll get the best prize of all, a special finisher’s medal that will surely impress the real Santa when he pays you a visit. Register at SantaHustle,com and use discount code “ISLAND5” for $5 off.

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These events aren’t the only ways to enjoy yourself in Galveston this holiday season. Galveston Island becomes a holiday meca with 1,000s of Winter Wonder Island fun! Browse for unique gifts in the Historic Downtown District’s boutiques, tour the island’s magnificent Victorian homes bedecked in festive decorations, and treat yourself to delicious dining at local restaurants. Give yourself the best Christmas gift of all by spending your holidays in Galveston. It may even snow a few times...Christmas miracles do happend! More holiday events are at

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Seaside Church Bethlehem Street Market

Seaside Church ll have its annual Bethlehem Street Marketwi turing vendors, shopping, homemade soufea ps, brisket, a bake sale, and a bounce house for kids! This will be held at 16534 San Luisthe Pas s Road, Jamaica Beach in Galveston. For to facebook.com/Bethlehmore information go emStr Market or call (409)354-9792eet .

Celebrate the Holidays with Moody Gardens:

All-New Cirque Joyeux…A Fun, Engaging & Delicious Way To Spend The Holidays Back by popular demand, the Cirque features award-winning performers from all over the world! Cirque Joyeux Dinner and Show dates are December 21st-22nd, 24th-25th, 27th-29th, January 1st-4th. Cirque Joyeux is back to entertain and delight you with all new Cirque stars at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center’s family-friendly holiday tradition. This original holiday spectacular is fun for the entire family and features a stellar cast of international circus and variety performers from all corners of the world. You can be up-close and personal with circus stars! Cirque Dinner & Show guests will enjoy Chef Felipe Gonzalez’s delicious cuisine and then sit back for a holiday cirque spectacular. Your ticket to the dinner and show also includes admission to the incredible Moody Gardens Festival of Lights – The Gulf Coast’s Largest Holiday Lighting Event including Santa’s Workshop and a visit with Santa himself! In addition to the Dinner & Show package, Moody Gardens will offer matinées on select afternoons at a lower ticket cost. Matinees include the show and entrance to Moody Gardens Festival of Lights; dinner is not served at the matinees. Cirque Joyeux is directed by Lone Star Circus Founder and Creative Director Fanny Kerwich, an eighth-generation circus performer who has performed throughout North America, Russia, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Kerwich will be bringing to Galveston breathtaking acts that defy the boundaries of the imagination. A few of the stars of this all-new holiday extravaganza include: • The electrifying hand-to-hand balancing of AcroDuo, who has appeared in the Big Apple Circus and Cirque de la Symphonie • The mind-boggling, magical and elegant quick-change act of Olga and Vladimir Smirnov • The intense, fast-paced and stunning blend of emotions and acrobatics of Duo Pile ou Face-Shannon Maguire & Philippe Renaud • The high-level mix of technique with artistry and musicality, to produce an involved and theatrical aerial straps circus performance of Sarah Hardy, who has appeared in Cirque du Soliel • Award-winning funslinger Ron Campbell is a Shakespearian actor who became a world-renowned clown; Ron has toured the world as a lead clown in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza. • From Argentina, Troupes Jacques, six generations of circus, presents the strength and balance of the vertical and towering perch pole. • And, the mesmerizing and award-winning hand balancing of Clark Jacques, as seen on America’s Got Talent Cirque Joyeux is made possible through the support of local hotel and motel tax dollars from the city of Galveston generated to encourage tourism and to further promote arts and entertainment on the island. Come to the cirque and make your holiday celebration extraordinary! The dinner and show doors will open at 6pm, the holiday buffet begins at 6:30pm, pre-show performance starts at 6:40pm, and the Cirque performance starts at 7:30pm. Moody Gardens Convention Center is located at 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston. Tickets for Cirque Joyeux Dinner & Show are available at moodychristmasshow.com - adults are $59-$109, children (3-12 years) are $39-$109. Infants are free with the exception of specific premium seats. Cirque Joyeux Matinees tickets are adults $29-$49, children (3-12 years) are $19-$49. Infants are free with the exception of specific premium seats. Each ticket will be charged a $4 per ticket processing fee.


Santa’s Night Out Benefits The Galveston Seafarers Center Patrons

December 22nd, 7pm-2am, come out and have fun and make a difference at this year’s Santa’s Night Out. Are you looking for a way to get on Santa’s good side this year? Santa’s Night Out is your ticket to not getting a lump of coal. The annual pub crawl and supply drive, benefiting the Galveston Seafarer Center, returns for a night of pre-holiday fun and festivities through the streets and pubs of Galveston. The public is invited to join in their finest Santa suits, reindeer outfits, or elf attire, and take to the streets for cold ales, warm toddies, and fine friendship. Participants to this year’s event are encouraged to bring items of necessity for the men and women who make their life on ships. Supplies can be brought to the first stop at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 213 22nd St., Downtown Galveston. The Galveston Seafarers Center is a non-profit, multi-denominational organization aimed at serving the needs of men and women who live and work at sea. T ​ he importance of the seafarer and his or her care while in Galveston is important to the center. These men and women are fathers and brothers, sisters and wives, uncles and mothers, all of whom are far from home. Seafarers Centers around the world make it a top priority to ensure these type of services are available at their facilities.

The Grand 1894 Opera House Presents...

“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage”

The Grand 1894 Opera House’s spectacular holiday season includes two very special matinee performances of “A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage,” Sunday, December 23rd at 1pm and 4pm. “A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage,” based on the characters created by Charles Schulz, is a brand-new touring production. It features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang: Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and more - all led by the lovable Charlie Brown - as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry and it becomes Linus’ responsibility to save the day and to remind every one of the real message of the holiday. This performance is sponsored by the Lyda Kempner Quinn and Lyda Ann Quinn Thomas Fund for the Performing Arts and Moody Bank. Local media support is provided by Sunny 99.1.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

The Grand 1894 Opera House’s holiday season performances continue Friday, November 30th at 8pm and Saturday, December 1st at 3pm with the beloved and ever-popular Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on stage. Since 1843 when it was first published, Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption has enchanted audiences around the world. Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future all come together in a delightful and heart-warming theatrical performance that showcases stunning sets, lush costumes, and plenty of music and dance. Look forward to a performance filled with traditional holiday carols that is certain to be an enchanting and memorable evening or afternoon of entertainment. This is perfect for the entire family to enjoy! This performance is sponsored in part by Classic Auto Group Galveston and REDEVELOPMENT Services. The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston. Tickets are available by contacting the box office at (409)7651894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com.

“All Is Calm, The Christmas Truce Of 1914”

The Grand 1894 Opera House presents a heartrending retelling of Christmas, 1914 when the Allied forces and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate – together – Christmas in “All is Calm The Christmas Truce of 1914.” The performance is set for Sunday, December 9th at 4pm. This performance showcases the powerful historic event and astounding moment during World War I when – together – the Allied forces and German soldiers laid down their weapons to celebrate Christmas Day, 1914. Together, they shared food and drink, sang carols, and played soccer. “All Is Calm” weaves together the first-hand accounts relayed by WWI soldiers with patriot music, trench songs, and Christmas carols, and “puts a human face on WWI.” (San Francisco Globe) In addition, “this beautiful jewel has been made brighter, more precious in the best sense of the word. What is unchanged is its quiet power to illustrate peace on Earth.”(Minneapolis Star Tribune) This performance is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts. Local media support is provided by the ‘Houston Chronicle.’

“The Nutcracker” and Afternoon Tea

An annual holiday favorite that delights audiences of all ages - City Ballet of Houston’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” returns on Saturday, December 15th with performances at 2pm and 6:30pm and a Sunday matinee, December 16th at 2pm. “The Nutcracker” tells the story of a girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince, a Sugar Plum Fairy and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. Following the two afternoon performances, audiences are encouraged to also experience the “behind the scenes magic” of “The Nutcracker.” Look forward to hearing a brief presentation about the ballet and having the opportunity to meet the City Ballet of Houston’s dancers. This special presentation is included with your ticket to either the Saturday or Sunday matinee performance. In addition to attending one of three outstanding performances of “The Nutcracker,” families can also look forward to the delightful opportunity to attend “The Nutcracker Afternoon Tea.” This popular and festive annual tradition will be held on Saturday, December 15th at 12:30pm. Bring your cameras as you’ll want photos of your children or grandchildren as they meet the dancers from the cast of City Ballet of Houston’s “The Nutcracker.” Tickets for the Tea are $30 per adult and $25 per child. Please note that the performance and Afternoon Tea are separately ticketed.

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Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items. Three descendants of Charles Dickens will grace the festival as GHF welcomes Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens, a great-great-great-grandson; Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, a great-great-greatgranddaughter; and Jane Dickens Monk, a great-great-granddaughter. All descendants will be at numerous events throughout the weekend.

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The 45th Annual Festival Returns November 30th-December 2nd to The Strand District

For 45 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand festival has highlighted Downtown Galveston’s Victorian-era architecture while providing a one-of-a-kind holiday destination filled with the sights and sounds of Charles Dickens’ work. This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. This year’s festival begins Friday, November 30th with free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5-9pm, and continues with ticketed admission Saturday, December 1st 10am-9pm, and Sunday, December 2nd 12 noon-6pm. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. Tickets are available online at dickensonthestrand.org, by calling, (409)765-7834, or at all area Randall’s stores beginning November 5th. Attendees in Victorian costumes receive $8 entry. “This year marks the 45th anniversary of Dickens on The Strand. Our holiday festival highlights the wonderful era of Charles Dickens in a backdrop of some of the nation’s finest Victorian architecture,” states GHF Executive Director, Dwayne Jones. “Everyone who comes to our event shares in the beginning of the holiday season where the spirit of ‘A Christmas Carol’ fills the streets. Join us for our annual festival of costumes, food, and entertainment.” The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink,

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Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens – Great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens British actor Ollie Dickens, who recently graduated from LAMDA, one of the finest drama training academies in the world, and having previously graduated from the University of York with honors in writing, directing, and performance, makes his return to Galveston for this year’s festival. Ollie’s love for his heritage began 20 years ago when he first arrived on the island and had a minor role as Tiny Tim during his father’s dramatic readings of “A Christmas Carol.” He is the latest in a long tradition of Dickens descendants to participate in the festival and is looking forward to committing the same level of energy, intensity, and flair to his readings as his great-great-great grandfather would have done… if at all possible! Dickens After Dark Holders of this limited ticket will gain access to a private event hidden within the Dickens on The Strand grounds. Held on Saturday, December 1st, 8-10pm, guests will receive the location a week before the event and enjoy unique performances, drink, and revelry for this new addition to the 45th annual Victorian event, hosted by British actor, and great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required.

Returning Favorites

A Dickens Soiree at 1892 Bishop’s Palace Featuring specialty acts, award-winning performers, and carefully curated food and drink options, last year’s soiree was one of the weekend’s highlights, and it’s back again for 2018! Held at the breathtaking 1892 Bishop’s Palace on Friday, November 30th at 6:30pm, attendees will enjoy live music by Houston’s Two Star Symphony, a special acrobatics presentation by Cirque La Vie, and appearances by special guests including a reading by ‘Ollie’ Dickens, greatgreat-great-grandson of Charles Dickens. Tickets are $75. Breakfast with Dickens The great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Jane Monk, isn’t just coming to this year’s event to take in the sights and share her

heritage, she’s also there to cook a traditional English breakfast! Join Jane, and the Island’s favorite award-winning chef Mary Bass, at the beautiful 1892 Bishop’s Palace on Saturday, December 1st (8am) or Sunday, December 2nd (10am). Tickets are $75 and reservations are required. Fezziwig’s Friday Night Mr. Fezziwig was everything Ebenezer wasn’t, and you can pay tribute to his jovial personality at the Fezziwig’s Beer Hall. Join Friday evening, November 30th, 5-9pm, for specialty acts, hearty brews, and new friends all hosted by Dickens descendant Jane Monk. There will also be a specialty cocktail chosen from Cedric Dickens’ book “Drinking With Dickens.” Admission is free for this lively start to the 45th anniversary.

Festival Highlights

Along with browsing the many booths and vendors, the festival weekend also hosts a multitude of spirited fun with events such as the crowd favorite Whimsical Whisker Revue (a facial hair contest for the bearded and the dandy), the Dickens Victorian Bed Races, Victorian Costume Contest, and daily parades through Galveston’s National Historic Landmark Strand District. Special events also include: Salute To Sunset onboard the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA The Texas Seaport Museum transforms to a London wharf for this toast to the end of the day and beginning of the evening. The 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA welcomes you aboard Saturday, December 1st at 4:30pm for heavy appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire, and special guests leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwick’s Lanternlight Parade. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required. Holiday Handbell Concerts The 1859 St. Joseph’s Church, the state’s first wooden built church, well known for its exceptional acoustics, hosts three holiday handbell concerts on Friday, November 30th at 5:30pm, 7pm,

and 8:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person and reservations are required. Saint Arnold’s Strand Walking Tours Learn about the history of The Strand and enjoy some of Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s signature ales during this new tour. Held during Dickens on The Strand on November 30th (7pm), December 1st (11am and 4:30pm) and December 2nd (3pm), you’ll visit three festival pubs as you walk through the National Historic Landmark district with your guide and enjoy some of Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s signature ales during this tour. Tickets are $35 per person and include three complimentary beers. Advanced registration encouraged. Victorian Bed Races Sunday, December 2nd at 4:30pm, fortune and glory await one lucky team at the 2018 Dickens on The Strand! The annual Victorian bed race is always a crowd favorite and pits 5-person teams against each other for a footrace down Galveston’s historic streets. Complete rules and regulations are available at galvestonhistory.org. Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams as well as a special crowd favorite award for the best-decorated bed.

More Info

For more information on Dickens on The Strand, Galveston Historical Foundation, or to purchase advance tickets, please visit galvestonhistory.org or call (409)765-7834.


A Visit from Santa at Galveston “Why Torture Is Wrong, and the Children’s Museum Free Night People Who Love Them” at Galveston Children’s Museum (GCM) is located at 2618 Broadway, Galveston. For more Island ETC info go to galvestoncm.org or call (409)572“Why Torture 2544. The Galveston Children’s Museum is filled with fun and entertaining interactive exhibits and hands-on programming for ages 18 months to 12 years old. December 6th-7th (4-7pm): Free Family Night - During December’s Family night, come out and meet Santa! There will be Christmas activities including cookie decorating! Come and join for a night of fun for the whole family. Visitors will gain free admission for the entire family. This is sponsored by Evia. December 15th, 22nd (all day): Holiday Crafts - Visit the museum and create your very own unique holiday crafts!

GHF’s Holiday Fun Bishop’s Palace Tours

The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End District and a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway at Ave. J. Available Daily (11am-5pm): Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours - Powered by Acoustiguide, this Audio Tour allows visitors to see historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld high-resolution screen. Tickets are $6-$11. December 8th, 15th, 22nd (4pm and 5:30pm): Bishop’s Palace Christmas Tours - Step into the 1892 Bishop’s Palace for this special tour highlighting the National Historic Landmark’s holiday decorations! Featuring six Christmas trees, live greenery, Poinsettias and more, you’ll learn about the house and Victorian holiday traditions. Complimentary champagne will be served and photography is allowed. January 1st (1-3pm): New Year’s Day Open House - GHF celebrates the New Year at Bishop’s Palace with free admission. Complimentary champagne will be served.

Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” by Christopher Durang will be on stage through December 8th with a Sunday matinee on December 2nd at 2pm. Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland “insecurity.” “Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange, and red alerts. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening at 8pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at islandetc.org. Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) is Galveston’s only professional production company that produces year-round. ETC is located at 2317 Mechanic St. in Downtown Galveston. For further info, visit islandetc.org or call the theatre box office at (409)762-3556. Upcoming performances are: • January 11th-19th: “Lost Girls” • March 15th-April 13th: “Something’s Afoot” • May 10th-26th: “The Lone Star Love Potion”

Holiday Delights & Santa Come to Bryan Museum The Bryan Museum is located

in the historic Galveston Orphans Home at 1315 21st St. Set in an exquisite Renaissance Revival-style building surrounded by beautiful landscaping in a historic neighborhood, The Bryan Museum is an oasis in the heart of Galveston. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am5pm, and closed Monday-Tuesday. For more info call (409)632-7685 or go to thebryanmuseum. org. December 2nd, 5th, 9th, 12th, 16th, 19th (6pm): Yoga After Dark - During the hectic month of December, take a few minutes to intentionally breathe, stretch, and regain your sanity. Even if your downward dog isn’t a work of art, you’ll be surrounded by masterpieces during evening yoga at The Bryan Museum. Sessions occur in the grand library. Join Sunday and Wednesday evenings for a 60-minute vinyasa flow. Beginners are welcome. There is a suggested $10 donation, payable on site. December 9th (10am-5pm): Holiday Delights at The Bryan - Enjoy traditional hot wassail, cookies, and cocoa, holiday cheer, free pictures with Santa, and photo-ops throughout the museum and gardens. Wander through the Museum galleries and enjoy displays and information about Christmas traditions in

Mexico, Spain, France, England, and Germany and the holiday celebrations of Hanukkah and Kwanza. The kiddos can make an ornament to take home and decorate holiday arts and crafts. This is free to attend for everyone! Santa will be here 11am-4pm. December 2nd and 16th (10am-5pm): Holiday Celebrations at The Bryan Museum - Enjoy traditional hot wassail, cookies and cocoa, holiday cheer, and photo-ops throughout the museum and gardens. The kiddos can make an ornament to take home and decorate holiday arts and crafts. This is included in museum admission price.

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Santa Paws at Tom Thumb’s Nursery

December 8th (11am-3pm) Come out and join the fun at the Santa Paws event featuring digital photos with Santa for the whole family in a beautiful setting of the nursery. There is a requested $10 donation per photo. All proceeds will be benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society. The Galveston Firefighters from the 2018 Heroes and Hounds Calender will be here too! Tom Thumb Nursery is located at 2014 45th St., Galveston.

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Holiday 3D & 4D Movies at Moody Gardens Moody Gardens hosts a variety of movies for the whole family

• 1:40pm: “Backyard Wilderness 3D” • 2:30pm: “Jerusalem 3D” • 3:20pm: “Light Before Christmas 3D” • 4:05pm: “Great White Sharks 3D” • 4:40pm: “Backyard Wilderness 3D” • 5:35pm: “Light Before Christmas 3D” • 6:10pm: “Antarctica 3D” • 6:45pm: “Wonders of the Arctic 3D” • 7:20pm: “Jerusalem 3D” • 8:10pm: “Light Before Christmas 3D” • 9pm: “Jerusalem 3D” Hi-def digital 4D projection with DTS surround sound immerses you as wind, mist, leg ticklers, and other special effects provide a shortfilm experience that is a thrill for all ages. Through January 6th • 10am and 3:40pm: “Ice Age 4D” • 4pm and 8pm: “Rudolph 4D”

Island Elves, A Nash Project for Kids:

December 2nd (8-11pm)

looking for a way to give back to your community? Do you want to spread Christmas cheer to children who can use a hand? Midtown Tavern, located at 5806 Stewart Rd., Galveston is teaming up with Galveston County Child Protective Services to fill a need right here on your island! Midtown Tavern has taken on the task of giving over 100 kids a Christmas they won’t forget and they need your help. Join in helping make this Christmas a special one for these kids by picking your special kiddo off the giving tree. They can ‘pick for you’ and get you all the information you will need as well. After you select your child, the rest is simple. Refer to your child’s information that you picked for sizes and specific needs, then simply go shopping. They ask that all gifts be new and unused. To better serve all kids equally, consider following the suggestion of purchasing three gifts off their request list and two surprise gifts. Then, wrap your gifts and make sure each one is labeled with your child’s name, and bring them to 2501 Azalea Court, Galveston or to Midtown Tavern by December 10th. Please call or text when you are on your way to (409)256-7352 Then December 18th, it’s party time for everyone! All Island Elves are invited to join NASH at the Garten Verein in Galveston at 3:30pm to spread Christmas cheer and celebrate these wonderful efforts. The kids will be receiving their gifts at the party and it is guaranteed to be a merry time. They will have music, food, desserts, entertainment, and a visit from the jolly old fellow himself, Santa Claus! Your presence is not mandatory to take part but the more the merrier. For more info go to facebook.com/events/2063539493956586.

Start your holiday season off right by joining Movie Night with the Ethan! This month The Proletariat will be featuring the opposite of “Charlie Brown Christmas” which is Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” A popcorn buffet will be in full effect as well as drink specials. The Proletariat is located at 2221 Market St., Downtown Galveston. This is free to attend.

to enjoy in both 3D and 4D formats. Moody Gardens is located at One Hope Blvd. For more info call (800)582-4637 or go to moodygardens.com. Individual tickets are $11.95 for adults and $9.95 for children 4-12 and seniors (65+). Children 3 and under are free. Enjoy these films on the largest screen in Texas with a top-ofthe-line surround sound system. This state-of-the-art 3D viewing experience gives guests the best viewing experience in the world. Through January 6th • 10am: “Antarctica 3D” • 10:30am: “Wonders of the Arctic 3D” • 11am: “Great White Sharks 3D” • 11:35am: “Backyard Wilderness 3D” • 12:25pm: “Antarctica 3D” • 1pm: “Wonders of the Arctic 3D”

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Galveston Pleasure Pier Celebrates the Holidays

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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, located at 2501 Seawall Blvd., features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, food venues, and retail shops. All events and rides are weather permitting. For more info, tickets, and a full list of events go to pleasurepier.com. The Pier will be will be open Christmas Day 1-8pm and will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 11am-8pm. Specials • Weekend Adventure Pass: Get three parks with one pass for $39.99 and enjoy unlimited visits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to the Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, and Downtown Aquarium Houston. • November 30th, December 1st-2nd: Landry’s Select Club Weekend BOGO Pass - For members only, you can buy a pass and get a pass for free. To become a member go to landrysselect.com. Holiday Cheer on the Pier Saturdays in December The Pier will host a variety of fun holiday entertainment including Santa, holiday movies, and tons of family fun! Christmas movies start at dusk. • December 1st: “The Polar Express” • December 8th: “A Christmas Story” • December 15th: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” • December 22nd: “Elf” • December 23rd: “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

December 7th (7-11pm)

Z Krewe Royalty SantaCon Pub Crawl & Toy Drive

The Galveston Z Krewe will be hosting this year’s Royalty SantaCon Pub Crawl & Toy Drive in Galveston’s Strand District! Come out and join the fun by contributing a toy or monetary donation to participate. Z Krewe’s SantaCon will be held to benefit the Children’s Cancer Connection in Galveston. You must bring your best holiday gear and dress up in theme as Santa or Mrs. Claus, or an elf! The beginning location will be Stuttgarden Tavern where they will be collecting toys and donations. This is for ages 21 and older. For more info go to facebook.com/events/174612250110887.

December 9th (6-7:30pm)

Chanukah on the Strand

Join the 7th Annual Chanukah on the Strand on the 8th Night of Chanukah! There will be live music, Kosher Deli and snacks for sale, Grand Menorah Lighting, dignitaries, a free raffle, and more. Admission is free. For more info call (281)724-1554 or email chanukah@jbayarea.org.

December 5th (5-8pm)

Ladies Night at Downtown

Oh yes, it’s Ladies Night again! It’s that time of year again for Dorothy May’s Annual Ladies Night and you will not want to miss out on the best shopping event of the season. Join as Dorothy May’s, Emboldened Elegance Boutique, Strand Brass, Christmas on the Strand & Conversation Pieces for an eventful night of fun, shopping and live music. There will be lots of specials, snacks, wine, and door prizes. Dorothy May’s will be “rounding up” the entire week of the Ladies Night Event benefiting Addis’ Faith. Join in supporting this cause by rounding up your change during checkout. Dorothy May’s is located at 2111 Strand St., Downtown Galveston.

December 7th (3-6pm)

Kendra Scott Trunk Show

Shop ‘till you drop for delightful Kendra Scott gifts at Hotel Galvez and Spa and 20% of all sales will be donated to United Way of Galveston! This will be held at Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. For more info facebook.com/events/2380200888879162.

December 13th (5-8pm)

Sip n’ Shop on The Strand

Come and stroll Downtown Galveston’s Historic Strand and find unique and wonderful gifts for everyone on your list...including yourself! While shopping, relax and enjoy a sip of wine. Many of the shops will be offering refreshments, specials, and gift wrapping. The Sip n’ Shop is brought to you by The Downtown Partnership in a continuing efforts to bring visitors to the wonderful and diverse experiences available in an incredible historic setting. For more info go to facebook.com/events/478604645967903.


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This Month at Galveston State Park

The Galveston Island State Park (GISP) has numerous events going on. Most events are free, however, you must pay $5 to get into the park. Galveston Island State Park is located on the west end of the island at 14901 FM 3005, Galveston. For more info call (409)737-1222 or go to tpwd. state.tx.us/state-parks/galveston-island. Save The Date:

January 19th, 2019:

Walk-About The Park

Save the date for this fun Nature Walk-About! Start the new year with some beautiful nature and family-friendly fun outdoor activities. The total distance for this walk will be about 3.5 miles and the surfaces will be mostly trails plus some pavement. Learn about the coastal prairie: How big is it? Is it growing or vanishing? Learn about its freshwater ponds and the critters that use them you might be surprised! What role does fire play in the health of our coastal prairie? You can also throw seed balls to help restore the coastal prairie. Get your Coastal Prairie Passport stamped at each stop. Experience the coastal prairie’s awesome stillness and beauty. Plus, there will be lots of fun activities for all ages. A light breakfast will be served at 8:15am. There is no registration fee, but people who want a “free” T-shirt must include with their registration a minimum donation of $10 to “FOGISP.” For more info call (409)370-7107 or go to fogisp.wordpress.com/nature-walk-about. December 1st, 8th, 15th (3:30-4:30pm): Paint Party - Let the beauty found in Galveston Island State Park inspire you to pick up a brush and lay down some color. Create a one-of-a-kind souvenir and make some memories with Ranger Lisa. All art supplies will be available for use. December 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th, January 1st, 5th, 12th, 26th (10-11am): Beachcombing 101 - Treasures await you at the water’s edge! Stretch your legs after the Thanksgiving meals and join Ranger Lisa for a great shell hunting workshop and collecting expedition. Winter is the best time for beachcombing but dress for the weather and be prepared to get your feet wet. December 1st (1-2pm): Edible Plants Hike: Giving Thanks to Nature - This is a grocery store at your fingertips! Explore the wonders of foraging, as GISP presents “nature” - a lovely place where all your food comes from, not wrapped in plastic or homogenized, but blooming flowers, bountiful berries, and edible seeds and leaves. Taste the subtle nature at Galveston Island State Park. Ranger Lisa will lead a short presentation and prairie hike about edible plants. Relive the journey of natives and early settlers, foraging and celebrating the season. This includes modern applications for ultimate naturalists knowledge. December 8th (1-2pm): Geocaching 101 - At this high-tech treasure hunting workshop you will learn high-tech treasure hunting basics and find clues to your next wild adventure. Learn how to find the hidden treasure within the park and around the globe with this short, activity-based program about geocaching. December 29th, January 5th, 12th, 26th (3-4pm): Bay Tower Hike - Overlook Galveston Bay and explore the waters below at this hike! You will be casting nets, getting your hands muddy, and tasting edible plants of Galveston Bay on your way to an observation tower. January 1st (1:30-3pm): First Day Paddle - Come out for a free adult paddling lesson and guided tour on the first day of 2019! The Friends of Galveston Island State Park provides a great experience for ages 13 years and older on the water with a guide. Reserve your spot for quick instructions, free gear rental, and a guided trip with Ranger Lisa into a protected cove of Galveston Bay. January 1st (5-6:30pm): Star Party - This is an astronomy basics course with an identification hike and stories. Do you know your stars? Come out where you can see the star party where they will show you some cool ways to learn the stars. January 4th, February 1st (5:30-6:30pm): Star Gazing - The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! Do you know your stars? Come out and learn some cool ways to learn them all.

December 13th (7-10pm)

A Hogwarts Christmas Feast

Gastrochurch is pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Join the evenings of December 13th or 14th as you drink Butterbeer, play Harry Potter trivia, and raise money for a good cause. Once you enter via Platform 9 3/4, you’ll be sorted into your House (or you can make like a Malfoy and buy your way in), and then you’ll compete for the coveted House Cup through a series of tests and trials meant to separate the magical from the muggles. Don’t like trivia? Get your sugar fix at Honeyduke’s, finish your Christmas shopping at Flourish and Blott’s (or the silent auction), or try your hand at quidditch cornhole at the Three Broomsticks. Best costumes win extra

points for their house, so dust off your dress robes, grab your wand (and a vial of Felix Felicis) and join to celebrate all things Potter. This is a party and fundraiser that is purely about having fun and yes, people will dress up. What on earth is gastrochurch? Gastrochurch is a gathering of intentional conversation about spiritual things over really good food. “We’re founded on the notion that most of our words throughout the day are meaningless (how busy we are, how bored we are, etc.), and that many of us have lost the art of actually connecting with another human being. Gastrochurch is an opportunity to connect with people and talk about the things that matter most in life. The only requirement is a desire to talk about something more meaningful than the weather.” Tickets are $30-$50. This is very kids friendly and there is even a child’s VIP ticket, complete with a trip to Honeyduke’s, kid-friendly beverages, and a tshirt that says “Wizard in Training.” Tickets are available at facebook.com/ events/2303239779962340.

“An Offshore Holiday” at Family Days on Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum

On the second Saturday of every month, 10am-3pm, the Ocean Star celebrates Family Day. Each Family Day focuses on a different theme that relates to the offshore industry. Children 18 and younger are admitted free with a paying chaperon. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum is located at Pier 19 in Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)766-7827 or go to oceanstaroec.com. December 8th: An Offshore Holiday - The term “Christmas Tree” means something very different in the Oil and Gas Industry. Come see their version of a Christmas Tree while learning about polymer chains. Create a model of a simple carbon chain using red and green construction paper - fit for your very own holiday tree!

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Books

Galveston Bookshop Book Signings This Month Galveston Bookshop is located at 317 23rd St.

in Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)750-8200 or go to galvestonbookshop.com. December 8th (12 noon-2pm): “Cotton’s Seafood: A Cajun Autobiographical Cookbook” Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing with Jim LaBove and his new Cajun cookbook. Spanning five years of research, interviews, writing, and planning, “Cotton’s Seafood” is a cookbook like no other. Jim LaBove recounts the story of his childhood in the mid 20th century, documenting an oft-overlooked segment of Cajun culture: Bayou Cajuns, the descendants of Acadian immigrants who settled in the marshy coasts of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. The recipes cover a wide variety of authentic Cajun dishes from his mother Cora, using the ingredients and methods that were available to the people of the area at the time. As you learn to cook gumbo, court-bouillon, peach cobbler, and much more, like a true Cajun, you will also learn about the rough but rewarding lifestyle that inspired the people who developed these dishes. The book is named for the locally-renowned fishing and shrimping company that Mr. LaBove’s father founded in the early 20th century, and is gorgeously illustrated with the author’s field sketches, contemporary photographs, and maps of bayou Cajun territory. December 8th (3-5pm): “Warships at Seawolf Park (Images of America Series)” by Col. Kelley Crooks USAF (Ret.), and Mark Lardas Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing with Col. Kelley Crooks USAF (Ret.), and Mark Lardas and their new book about the historic ships at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island. The American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park in Galveston, Texas is home to two World War II warships, the USS Cavalla, an attack submarine; and the destroyer-escort USS Stewart. The summer of 1944 was the turning point of World War II. Operation Overlord, the landing at Normandy, had begun, and naval battles raged on in the Pacific. In the midst of the war, the attack submarine USS Cavalla, out on its initial patrol near the Philippines, became the only submarine to gain revenge on a Japanese carrier that attacked Pearl Harbor. The USS Stewart protected

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Allied convoys from German U-boat wolf packs patrolling the North Atlantic. For nearly 75 years, stories abound about these warships that served to preserve our liberty in World War II, and now serve as the centerpieces of a busy history center at Seawolf Park. The book features lots of photographs, documentation, and historical detail. December 15th (2-4pm): “Murder and Madness: A Mavis Davis Mystery, No. 3” Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing with Susan P. Baker and her newest mystery novel set in Galveston. When private investigator Mavis Davis takes on the case of a murdered cruise ship captain killed brutally with an ax, she wades right into the middle of an open investigation, navigating Galveston Island from one end to the other, searching for the answers to five-year-old questions. Faced with a terminally ill client, Mavis must find the perpetrator fast or her client will go to her grave heartbroken that her brother’s killing remains a mystery. Susan P. Baker, a retired Texas judge, is the award-winning author of two nonfiction books and eight novels including “Ledbetter Street” (2015) and “Unaware” (2017), all related to the law. As a judge, she dealt with a wide range of cases from murder to divorce, involving both adults and children. Prior to this, she practiced law for nine years and, while in law school, worked as a probation officer. Her experience in the justice system is apparent in her writings. Currently, she has three novels in progress. Susan lives in Galveston. December 22nd (1-3pm): “Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line” Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing with Kimber Fountain who returns with her history of Galveston’s legendary red light district. Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy and infamous redlight district. Called simply “The Line,” the unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came alive every night with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love. A stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years, it finally shut down in the late 1950s. But ridding Galveston of prostitution would prove much more difficult than putting a padlock on the front door. Kimber Fountain pursues the sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them. Kimber Fountain is the editor-in-chief and feature writer for “Galveston Monthly” magazine and serves as chairperson of the Arts and Historic Preservation Advisory Board to the Galveston City Council. She is also the author of “Galveston Seawall Chronicles,” a history of Galveston’s Seawall, its construction, and subsequent impact on the city’s tourist trade and economy. She can also be found on stage at the Island ETC Company. Ms. Fountain resides in Galveston.

Get in the Holiday Spirit This Month at Rosenberg Library Rosenberg Library is located Downtown at 2310 Sealy St., Galveston. For more info call (409)763-8854 or go to rosenberg-library.org. All events are free and open to the public. December 27th (3-6pm): Get Your Library Card with Rosenberg Library at the Market - Rosenberg Library joins GOFM the last Thursday of every month to issue new library cards and share info about the events happening at your favorite public library.

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Visit with Santa, enjoy refreshments, listen to festive stories, and receive a special treat. Pre-register at rosenberg-library.org. Don’t forget your camera!

Children

Every Wednesday (10-10:30am): Storytelling - This is a fun and energetic storytime featuring storytelling, action rhymes, music, puppets, and movement. Preschoolers are welcome. Every Saturday (6pm): Paws to Read - Beginning readers get individual time to practice reading skills with therapy dog Oliver. Every day through December 22nd (4pm): Christmas Countdown with Stories - Enjoy hearing a story everyday in the Children’s Department as you countdown the holidays.

Teens (Ages 13-18)

Every Wednesday, December 3rd, 10th, 17th (4:30-7:30pm): Teen Tabletop RPG - Come to play a pen-and-paper RPG like Dungeons and Dragons game. Space is limited but come to enjoy the story even if you can’t play. December 7th (4:30-5:30pm): Y.A.L.L. Meeting - Young Adult Library Leaders (Y.A.L.L.) is a teen library leadership group. Attend to have a voice in the library, earn volunteer hours, and eat snacks. December 14th (4:30-5:30pm): Teen Gaming: Board Games - Come out and play board games – cooperative, strategic, and more – as well as Mario Kart and Smash Bros. on the Wii U. December 21st (4:30-5:30pm): Teen Book Club - Discuss your favorite books, choose books to read, and pick up the next discussion book. December 27th (2-4pm): The Yule Ball - Have you been sorted into your House at Hogwarts? Ever tried butterbeer, cockroach clusters, chocolate frogs, or acid pops? Can you best the other Houses in a Wizard’s Duel? Then they will see you at the Yule Ball! This is for ages 12-18 years old.

Adults

December 5th (4:15-6pm): Coastal Crafts: Seaside Holiday Ornaments with artist Annette Kinslow - Get ready for the holidays, coastal style! Join along with local artist Annette Kinslow, in making a festive sand dollar and starfish ornaments. They’re great for unique seaside decorations or holiday gifts. As always, it is all free, but show up early as supplies are limited. December 9th, 20th (9am): Friends of Rosenberg Library Book Sale at GOFM - The Friends of Rosenberg Library Book Sale & Give-Away takes place at GOFM every 2nd Sunday and 3rd Thursday of the month. Show up at the market and peruse the books of all genres or just come grab a free kids book to take home. The Friends curate special selections of nature, cooking, and science-related books, but you will also find plenty of fiction, children’s literature, and general bookish goodness! Pay a few extra bucks and become a Friends of Rosenberg Library member yourself and take home a special keepsake. December 13th (6:30-8:30pm): Adult Board Game Night - Come to try out a new-to-you board games like Pandemic, Catan, and more. Don’t worry, they will teach you the rules. December 19th (7- 8:30pm): The Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Robert Frank - Join and experience the exquisite poetry of Edgar Allan Poe set to the romantic music of Fredric Chopin, performed by Galveston’s own Dead Edgar, Robert Frank. Refreshments will be served. December 20th (6:30-7:30pm): Adult Trivia Night - Put together a team of two or more and come to enjoy this trivia night. No team? Meet new teammates here.

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Food

The Kitchen Chick Holiday Classes

The Kitchen Chick, Downtown Galveston’s charming boutique kitchen shop, offers specialty gourmet kitchen wares and accessories, plus a full schedule of enticing cooking classes. Now in its new location at 2402 Market St., there’s a lot going on in the kitchen. Classes range from $50-$75. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of interaction with the instructor. To reserve your spot call (409)497-2999 or go to thekitchenchick.com. Classes are: • November 30th (6:30pm): Traditional Tamales • December 1st (11am): Keto Comfort Foods, Holiday Edition • December 2nd (1pm): Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing • December 6th (6:30pm): Bottoms Up Boozy Holiday Cooking • December 7th (6:30pm): Macaron Magic • December 9th (1pm): Texas Christmas Cookies with Royal Icing • December 12th (5:30pm): Kids in the Kitchen: Salads & Sweets • December 15th (11am and 2pm): Kid’s Gingerbread House Workshop • December 16th (1pm): Ugly Sweater Cookies with Royal Icing • December 21st (2pm): Kids Holiday Bread Baking • December 21st (6:30pm): Traditional Tamales • December 22nd (11am): All Board the Holiday Express Kids Class • December 30th (1pm): New Year’s Cookies with Royal Icing • January 3rd (6:30pm): Authentic Italian Gnocchi • January 5th (11am): Macaron Magic

Foodie Events

Every Thursday-Sunday: Taste of The Strand Food Tour - At the Taste of The Strand walking and tasting tour, sample appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and other edibles from well-known Galveston institutions. Tickets are $89.95 per person. Purchase tickets at tasteofthestrand.com. Weather permitting, tours begin at 2028 Strand at the corner of 21st and Hendley Green. December 1st, 8th, 15th (9am or 10:30am): Breakfast Buffet with Santa - Come and enjoy Breakfast with Santa and get a souvenir photo and also a meet and greet with Santa and friends plus enjoy a wonderful breakfast buffet. To see what is on the menu that day go to moodygardens. com/moody_foody. This will be held at Garden Restaurant in the Visitors Center. Reservations are needed. Tickets are $30 for adults, $18 for children. December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd (8am and 11am): Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez Sunday Brunch with Santa offers children the opportunity to personally speak with Kris Kringle and share their Christmas wishes as their families enjoy a grand dining experience at one of the best brunches in the State of Texas. The hotel’s annual holiday gingerbread display is in place for guests to view while listening to traditional holiday favorites played on the lobby piano. For reservations, book via Open Table or call (409)765-7721. Hotel Galvez is located at 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. December 4th (12 noon-9pm): Guest Appreciation Day at Bahama Buck’s - Mark your calendars and join the Annual Guest Appreciation Day! They want to say thank you for the love and support throughout the year. Enjoy 50% off any Bahama Buck’s product. Please note any Shaved Ice or Smoothie Add-Ons will be full price. (Excludes Party Packs, Sno To Throw, Cups of Sno and Cups of Ice Cream). They will also have

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a raffle for some awesome Bahama Bucks swag and a chance to win free sno! Bahama Buck’s is located at 500 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. December 5th (7:30am-1pm): Savory and Sweet Treat Sale: Hosted by Nuclear Medicine Club - Stop by and enjoy a sweet and savory treat created by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Club in the Mary Moody Northern Center Atrium, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston. December 8th (7-10pm): Colonel Paddlewheel Boat Dinner Cruise - Enjoy beautiful views of Offatts Bayou, plus dinner buffet, dancing, and a cash bar. Boarding begins at 7pm and the cruise departs at 8pm. Reservations are required prior to the scheduled cruise date at (409)683-4419. This will launch at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston. December 9th (11am4pm): Holiday Delights at The Bryan Museum - Enjoy traditional hot wassail, cookies and cocoa, holiday cheer, pictures with Santa, and photo-ops throughout the museum and gardens. The kiddos can make an ornament to take home plus decorate holiday arts and crafts. This will be held at Bryan Museum, 1315 21st St., Galveston. For more info go to thebryanmuseum.org. December 12th, 13th (6-9pm): Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour Dinner - During this month, Hotel Galvez & Spa offers its popular ghost tour dinner to guests. The hotel’s resident ghost expert/ concierge takes participants on a 1½ hour tour through the hotel’s ghostly past which is followed by a three-course dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill. Priced at $65 per person (inclusive of tax and server gratuity), the public ghost tour is only available as part of the dinner-tour package. For ghost tour dinner reservations, call (409)765-7721. Upcoming: • January 19th: Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest • January 26th-February 10th: Galveston Restaurant Week

There’s Tons of Winter Fun at Galveston’s Farmers Market This Month

Every Thursday 3-7pm and Sunday 8am-1pm, Galveston’s Own Farmers Market is held at The Bryan Gardens, located at 1315 21st St. Join the fun in the beautiful Conservatory and botanical gardens to relax and enjoy time and conversation with friends, family, and museum staff while shopping for locally grown produce, prepared foods, and edible farm products plus live music, yoga, massage, crafting and Kids Corner! The Thursday market features all of the perks that you’ve come to expect at the market plus the added charms of the Bryan Museum “Wine at the Bryan” weekly event. The Sunday market also features wonderful goods and the charm of Bryan’s courtyard. It is always free to browse and most events are free to participate. Every Sunday (10am): Yoga Classes - There are yoga classes available every Sunday at the market. These classes are led by local yoga teachers. All classes are free to attend and anyone is welcome to participate. December 9th, 20th (9am-12 noon): The Friends of Rosenberg Library Book Sale & Give-Away takes place. Come to peruse the books or just get a free kids’ book to take home. The Friends curate special selections each month of nature, cooking, and science-related books, and you’ll also find plenty of fiction, children’s literature, and general book goodness. December 15th, January 15th (12 noon): Learn to Cook with WIC - This free cooking class is led by Chef Mary Bass. Students can eat a fresh meal for lunch, gain cooking knowledge and create a recipe based on average monthly WIC benefits. RSVP to (409)938-7221. Children and babies are welcome. December 27th (3-6pm): Get Your Library Card with Rosenberg Library at the Market - Rosenberg Library joins GOFM the last Thursday of every month to issue new library cards and share info about the current events happening at your favorite public library.

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Art

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Exhibitions This Month at Galveston Arts Center: Kaneem Smith Opens “Captive Sojourn & the Indefinite” with Renata Lucia & Lina Dib Through January 13th In the main gallery, Kaneem Smith will feature “Captive Sojourn and the Indefinite” on exhibit. Kaneem Smith’s exhibition explores the tumultuous relationship between trade, consumption, and commodities. Referencing Galveston’s location on a natural port in the Gulf of Mexico, and its historical and contemporary ties to the exchange of goods and labor, her installation contemplates the trade of natural materials, specifically cotton and coffee through textiles, such as burlap used for import/export purposes. As a mixed media artist and sculptor with a background in fibers, these concepts run a complex thread throughout her body of work. In the 1878 Gallery, Renata Lucia will feature “News vs. Nature (Gulf).” Renata Lucia’s paintings reflect on the widening social divides that unfold in the current news cycle. Her works incorporate national and local newspapers, including works created specifically for this exhibition that use pages from “The Galveston Daily News.” Acrylic paint and drawing media are applied to crumpled newspaper pages that are selected for composition and content, resulting in a textured topographical illusion. The intimacy of reading a physical newspaper is contrasted with a detached aerial view. Lucia began the “News vs. Nature” series considering the organized chaos of nature reigning supreme against the psychological toll of bad news. The series shifted and took on new importance in late 2017 as an epic battle began to rage in our perception and discussion of the news. Lucia’s works consider the questions “Is the news fake or, more likely, a last bastion of truth? Is nature sublime, or does it represent the most disturbing aspects of human nature?” In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Lina Dib will show “Threshold,” an interactive video installation that incorporates video of waves breaking on the Galveston shore just before sunset. The shore’s infinite poetic qualities, constant ebb and flow, and collision of bodies (land and sea) feature largely in Dib’s work. “Threshold” is a kind of homage to Thierry Kuntzel’s “The Waves” and to Andy Warhol’s “Sunset.” It is a tribute and meditation on the specificities of place and our relationship to natural systems. About GAC The galleries and the ArtWorks Museum Store are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Admission is free at all times.

Events

Art Club for Kids (Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45pm) - Perfect for homeschoolers or after school, this mixed age art club centers on the student-directed exploration of drawing, painting, sculpture, and more. Instructors focus on expanding students’ experience of art beyond the school classroom and introducing novel art techniques, tools, concepts, and inspiration. GAC instructors teach expressive arts practice, where kids use traditional art techniques to develop essential skills like intuitive reasoning, investigative play, and self-confidence. This program is designed for students in grades 3-9. Cost depends on how many session your child attends. Every Tuesday (Tuesdays, 6-8pm): Ceramic Studio - Learn handbuilding techniques in pottery, figurative sculpture, and glazing with earthenware clay. Create sculptural relief tiles, full 3D sculpture, functional pottery and tableware, figures, and more. This course uses methods that don’t require a potter’s wheel, including pinchpots, coil construction, and slab-construction. Students will learn the anatomy of a vessel, how to securely join corners and handles,

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make lids fit properly, and various kinds of surface treatments, textures, and glazes. Fees are $50 for two sessions or $75 for four sessions. December 8th (10am-4pm): Polymer Clay Workshop - Come to this all-day workshop where Paula Kennedy will show you how to use an extruder to make a variety of different designs including the look of a woven basket, decorative vines, several styles of beads, and miniature quilt patterns. Cost is $75. December 9th (1:30pm): Holiday Hand-Lettering Workshop - The best part about learning brush calligraphy is having the ability to add your hand-lettered touch to any gift! If you love the holidays, this is a fun gift idea that spreads the love across multiple formats. Self-taught artisan Bekah Guedry of My Creative Buzz will lead this workshop just in time for the holidays, dishing out the tricks and tools of the trade. Work from live demos, worksheets with sample letters and words, and try a variety of brush pens, felt-tip markers, and papers. Once you get comfortable with those, you’ll have time to make a holiday-themed quote on card stock, which you can decorate, copy, and/or cut to shape to place on gift tags, greeting cards, dinner party place cards, treat bag decorations, or anything else you dream up! The cost of the class is $15. All materials, supplies, and hot cocoa are provided during the workshop. This is suggested for adults and kids ages 10 and up.

Hand-Cut Silhouettes at Galveston Art Center During Dickens on the Strand

This year, bring home the gift of custom-made art for the holidays! Patti Rishforth of Heart Paper Scissors will be making hand-cut silhouettes in the lobby of Galveston Arts Center from 10am-5pm on Saturday, December 1st during Dickens on the Strand, capturing you or your loved ones’ portrait in profile with just a few snips of her shears. This economical yet elegant art form was popularized in the 1800’s when photography was not yet common and paintings were costly. Today, framed silhouettes retain a classic, even modern appeal and are often passed down from one generation to the next! Skip the line; call to make an appointment at (409)763-2403, ext. 1004 or sign up online at heartpaperscissors.com. Silhouettes start at $35 and you get two copies (left and right-facing.) Visit the FAQ page for more information at heartpaperscissors.com. The artist will take a break during the 2pm parade. Appointments afterward are based on demand. Tickets to Dickens on the Strand are sold separately through Galveston Historical Foundation at galvestonhistory.org/events/ dickens-on-the-strand.

The Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. in Galveston, will host a unique exhibit from November 29th-December 30th with artwork created by University of Texas Medical Branch personnel. These five staff members are displaying and offering works for sale from 12 noon-6pm Thursdays-Sundays: • Mary Feldhusen, editor of the UTMB Health System Friday Focus newsletter, who primarily works in acrylic on canvas. • Christian Mikobi, a business coordinator for the division of geriatric medicine. She works in acrylics on canvas. • Rae Kretzmer, MS, RDN, is a nutritionist at the UTMB Sealy Center on Aging. Rae creates acrylic works on canvas and does photography. • Christopher Fry, PhD, an assistant professor and researcher for the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism. He has taken fluorescent pictures of muscle cells for more than seven years. • Jean Gutierrez, PhD, RD, LD, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism and program director for the MS and dietetic internship program. Jean primarily works in oil and jewelry-making. In addition to their individual artworks being shown, Christopher and Jean also will collaborate on a 36-by-27-inch team piece entitled “Fluorescent Labeling of Skeletal Muscle Stem Cells.” The mission of the Galveston Art League, a 104-year-old nonprofit organization, is to promote visual arts. The Art League promotes local artists and offers many educational opportunities to the community at large. It operates galleries on Postoffice in Galveston and at 611 6th St. N. in Texas City. For more information about the organization, its workshops, membership, and opportunities to show your support, please visit GalvestonArtLeague.com or email gallery2117@gmail.com. Photo: Skeletal Muscle Myofibroblast Transition by Christopher Fry

Events

December 8th (2-4:30pm): Advent Art: Wabi-Sabi + Pottery - Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that honors the imperfect, the humble, the hand-made. Wabi-Sabi seeks to embrace the beauty found in the changing of seasons, things, nature plus our own lives. It is a philosophy that challenges us to lean into vulnerability, not be afraid to face the fractured places in our lives plus do the work necessary to participate in our own healing. In this workshop, Lanecia Rouse Tinsley of LAR Art Studio will guide you in a time of creative introspection plus art making. Each participant will create plus re-create art on clay, as you lean into an art process rooted in the philosophy of wabi-sabi. By the end of the experience, you will have a finished piece of art to take home. This is a brave space for all skill levels. Space is limited to 40 participants. This will be held at Galveston Central Church, 3308 Ave. O 1/2. December 14th (6-9pm): Surfing as an Art Show - Join for the 7th annual Surfing As An Art show at Southern Spears Surf Shop, 6026 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. This is a fun family event showcasing talented local surf artists and photographers and is a perfect opportunity to pick up unique gifts for the holidays. Young@Art kids zone will be there to get your art on. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. There will be lots of prizes and giveaways. This event is free and everyone is welcome to join for a fun evening!


The Heard Gallery: A History of Art in Downtown Galveston By Terry Card

Vincent Van Gogh/Ray Heard. How could those two names be linked in any way? What could they possibly have in common? Huge differences, yes? Then let’s examine them. Van Gogh’s paintings sell for tens of millions of dollars and hang in national galleries. Ray Heard’s do not. Van Gogh is world famous. Ray Heard is not. But, there is also one other difference, Van Gogh sold only one painting in his life. Ray Heard has sold many hundreds. And surprisingly, there are many similarities. Van Gogh’s paintings are created using multiple layers – so are Ray Heard’s. Van Gogh’s strokes are boldly laid down in heavy paint – so are Ray Heard’s. Van Gogh’s paintings exude light and brightness – so do Ray Heard’s. Van Gogh had a singular passion for painting – so does Ray Heard. Van Gogh labored near poverty most of his life – which unfortunately is also true for Ray Heard. Ray Heard opened his first gallery in Galveston on Postoffice in August 2010. At that time, the street was lined with empty buildings. This encouraged his landlord to pay for all electricity and allowed Ray to pay only half rent for the first six months. The only request he made to compensate for his generosity was 30% of any profit, if and when the gallery became profitable. But Ray looked at it differently, having been an entrepreneur all his life, he saw the potential of tremendous free advertising created by the ArtWalk. And he was right! He was able to pay full rent and electricity in his second month, and keep his profit. Fortunately his overhead was very low, and the only thing he had to do to the space when he moved in was paint the floor. Increasingly over the years, as buildings were filled on Postoffice, and rents were raised each year to reflect the growing popularity of the area, overhead costs soared as sales for all galleries diminished in spite of the popularity of ArtWalk. In order to save money, Ray moved out of his apartment and lived in the rear of his gallery for the last two years his gallery was there. Then, just as it seemed that he would no longer have a gallery, two weeks before his lease was to be terminated, the building Heard Gallery now occupies at 411 25th (Rosenberg) Street, became available at a much lower rent. When Ray was young, his father, who was a furniture salesman, moved his wife and six children to Norman, Oklahoma. Straight out of high school, Ray started his first business and by the time he was 23 years old, he and his brother had a successful business cleaning windows for fifteen hotels in Oklahoma City. Then the S&L loan debacle hit, and he, like many others, lost everything. He sold whatever was left, and moved out to California to live with a friend in Los Angeles He had three difficult years doing odd jobs until he moved to Laguna Beach and began window and chimney cleaning with his brother who came out to join him. It was during this time that the interest he had always had in art, drawing and doodling since he was five, opened his perspective, because of all the galleries situated in Laguna Beach. He began going to the galleries and concluded after viewing an 8” x 10” piece of art hanging in a gallery, “I can paint that badly right now with no lessons at all!” Encouraged by a gallery owner, he studied art at the Mission Viejo Campus for one semester, and then studied for one year at Van Nuys, after opening a chimney business in Santa Barbara. Trying to run a business while studying art was very difficult, but his reward was the sale of his first painting at age 32 in a Laguna Beach gallery. The other great difficulty he had was that he had no place to work. He would have to clean up everything he was working on, breaking his continuity and concentration, when he left the space he was using. As a student, he was again living hand to mouth and when his father died in Oklahoma, he went back and stayed. It was much cheaper to live in Oklahoma that in California. By being able to live in his Grandfather’s house where his father had lived, he now had a place to work. He read everything he could and compared styles until gradually over 10 years he developed his own. He worked hard to be accepted into showing his art

at local and state art shows. At the same time he taught himself how to do custom framing and to become proficient in utilizing Photoshop. While in Oklahoma, he had visited Galveston a number of times and had observed ArtWalk, very much liking the concept. Finally, with success at selling his paintings at various shows, he wanted to open a gallery and decided that Galveston, with the ArtWalk, was the place. After coming to a quick deal for a space on Postoffice, he opened Heard Gallery. The first years were very good. He advertised in local magazines and generated many sales. Ninety-five percent of his clientele were locals who regularly took to the streets during ArtWalk, imbibing in wine, perusing the galleries and making purchases of original art and prints they liked. But unfortunately, good times can end. Sales plummeted at the same time as rents increased for many of the galleries on Postoffice. This had a serious financial impact on the Heard Gallery and Ray. Now at his new gallery on 25th Street, Ray has his studio in the Heard Gallery. He purposely did this so that he can devote much more time to painting and a lot less time to running a business. Having dramatically cut his overhead, he can afford to buy all the needed supplies to paint as he wants. His finances have not improved, but he is looking expectantly to the future. He believes that under these circumstances, he will paint the best he has ever painted. And that will be very, very good! Like Van Gogh and many other historical and contemporary artists, hovering near the poverty line for much of one’s life, is far less important than feeding a passion – a passion for painting! And that describes Ray Heard. Heard Gallery hours will reflect this new direction, opening to the public only on Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 2-5pm. Regular clients can call him at the Gallery during the week. He will be in his studio – working hard!

“Galveston Photography 1860-1890” on Exhibit, Photographs Taken By Sache & Potter Studio In 1861 Rosenberg Library continues the exhibit: “Galveston Photography, 1860-1890.” The exhibit includes the earliest known photographs of Downtown Galveston which were taken by Sache & Potter Studio in 1861 just before the Civil War. Other images include the aftermath of a devastating hurricane that struck the island in October 1867 as well as damage from a Downtown fire in 1877. One of the most striking images in the exhibit is a photograph of three men in a canoe resting above a frozen Galveston Bay after a winter storm in 1886. Other interesting images are stereographs created by Galveston photographer P.H. Rose in the mid-1880s. Stereographs are double images from slightly different perspectives which appear as a single, three-dimensional image when viewed with a stereoscope. Special viewing lenses will be available in the exhibit gallery so that these photos can be seen as originally intended by the photographer. “Galveston Photography 1860-1890” is on display through December 31st. The exhibit is located in Rosenberg Library’s Harris Gallery on the library’s fourth floor. Rosenberg Library is located at 2310 Sealy, Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)763-8854, ext. 125 or email ebarton@rosenberg-library.org.

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Outdoors Winter Holidays on the Water Sea Star Base Galveston is a high adventure

marine and a maritime destination offering aquatic education programs that instill lifetime leadership, teamwork skills, and independence in body, mind, and spirit. For more info go to ssbgalveston.org or call (409)572-2560. Sea Star Base Galveston is based at 7509 Broadway, Galveston. Upcoming events are: December 7th (4-7pm), Sea Star Base Galveston offers Kayak Excursions year round. A gentle three mile paddle through the calm waters of Offatts Bayou sets the kayaker on the Central Flyway, a migratory bird path that extends from Alaska to South America and offers the opportunity to see and photograph birds unlike any other location on the Gulf Coast. The fee is $35 per person and available by reservations at ssbgalveston.org or by

calling (409)572-2560. They also have private kayaking excursions available. Call for details. December 16th (5-8pm): 2nd annual Jingle Jam on the Base in collaboration with Coastal Community Church will be a dashing good time with free photos with Santa, crafts, holiday treats, and a special Christmas program hosted by Coastal Community Church. Top off your night with a cruise around the bay with a favorite holiday tradition! Find more details at facebook.com/events/262693097728565. December 26th-31st: Sailor U - Open to all youth (14-20 years old), Sea Scouts or not, this is for tomorrow’s sailors. The course emphasizes planning and checking along with the use of GPS for determining position, and introduces digital charting along with traditional charting, compass, and dead reckoning skills. The Sailor U course will include both classroom instruction and ample on-the-water training and experiences, and of course, fun and fellowship. Cost is $575. To register, go to ssbgalveston.org/sailor-university. Every Sunday (12:30-4:30pm): Schooner

5K’s & More December 1st: Haynie Spirit Galveston SeaWalk

Sundays - These sailing lessons are for those interested in learning to sail, becoming members, or simply looking to enjoy a day out on the water. Guests are invited to work the sails if they like, or even steer, as the Captains point out areas of interest along the route. Reservations are required. This is free for members and $50 for non-member adults, $40 non-member students.

1st Annual

Nature Walk-About Hosted by Friends of Galveston Island State Park

January 19th, 2019, 8am-1pm Galveston Island State Park 14901 FM 3005, Galveston, TX 77554

2018 - Join to help fight young adult bone cancer at the Haynie Spirit Annual Galveston SeaWalk. By honoring Jennifer Haynie, the mission is to raise funds for research and affected families. They are not only asking for a donation but for your help to make a difference by spreading the cause. This event is a fun 6-mile walk on the west side of the Galveston Seawall. The starting line will begin by Diamond Beach Condos. Register at hayniespirit.org. December 16th: Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5k - Experience the magic of the Santa Hustle® Island Style! If you are a Christmas lover, enjoy overplayed holiday music, devouring candy and cookies, and joining in on an epic after party then grab your favorite friends and family and register. The 2018 Santa Hustle® swag is bound to make your jingle tingle even brighter with a Santa hat, Santa beard, finisher medal, and new performance hoodie! Make it an even more magical experience by adding on the “Santa Hustle Mrs. Claus Package” to your registration which includes a red tutu, arm warmers, candy cane socks, and two face tattoos. Don’t forget about the kids - register them for the 1-Mile Rudolph Run! For more info go to santahustle.com/galveston. More Runs • January 12th: Galveston 50K Beach Run • January 19th: Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest 5K • February 2nd: Surfside Beach Marathon • February 17th: Galveston Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K • February 23rd: “Galveston! Mardi Gras” Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K/10K

There’s Kayak Adventures In December

Face Painting and Prairie Passports for the Kids, Children’s Crafts: Butterfly Fans and Masks, Pipe Cleaner Caterpillars and Flowers, Prairie Art, and Pine Cone Bird Feeders. The Owl-Prowl Olympics Make Seed Balls & Throw Them on the Prairie Upside Down Plant Community Exhibit Bees and Butterflies Exhibits Raptors and Reptiles Exhibits Four Trails (0.3 to 1.8 miles) to Walk-About Come visit and find out all about the coastal prairie! What kind of plants and animals live in a prairie? What can you do to preserve and restore native prairies? Register at www.fogisp.wordpress.com/nature-walk-about/

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Artist Boat’s purpose is protecting the Gulf Coast through land conservation and fun, educational, inspiring adventures that spark creativity, awareness and action. For more info call (409)770-0722, email residency@artistboat.org, or go to artistboat.org. Kayak Adventures You can enjoy different tours such as a guided and interpretive Eco-Art Kayak Adventure and paddling to places of natural significance on Galveston Bay. To sign-up, go to artistboat.org. Tours range from $50-$75. • December 1st (10am-2pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve • December 2nd (10am-12 noon and 1-3pm): East End Lagoon • December 8th (10am-2pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve • December 9th (10am-12 noon and 1-3pm): East End Lagoon • December 15th (10am-12 noon and 1-3pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve • December 16th (10am-12 noon and 1-3pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve Eco-Art Winter Camps Artist Boat is a regional leader in eco-art to inspire people to conserve the Gulf Coast. Art meets science in Artist Boat’s Eco-Art Camp sessions. Camp highlights are STEAM enrichment in highquality art projects. Sessions are held 9am-4pm and are open to students age 5-12 years. Cost is $85 for one single session, $160 for two sessions or $235 for all three sessions. Registration is required. Special storytime will be during the lunch hour. Topics include: • January 2nd: Shark Mania - Learn all about the many sharks that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico: how they sense, adapt and more! There will be special artworks in masks and collage. • January 3rd: Fish Frenzy - Get to know fish up close & personal, inside and out! There will be special artworks in ink printing and chalk pastel • January 4th: Off The Deep End - Investigate the many invertebrates of the sea including jellyfish, shrimp, crabs, squid and more! There will be special works on Canvas & Paper


Music Big Band Holidays Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis, Sunday, December 2nd The Grand 1894 Opera House’s holi-

day season performances continue Sunday, December 2nd with a special 4pm matinee concert of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Highlighted with special guest vocalists – Veronica Swift and Vuyo Sotashe – the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by the world-renowned Wynton Marsalis, is comprised of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers of today’s jazz music. For almost three decades, this Manhattan-based big band has been spreading the gospel of jazz virtues from its early blues roots to swing and amazing improvisations. Certainly, you too will find that this will be a performance of potent, passionate, and

Music Legends Hit the Stage at The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe is a music venue that supports live, original music and is located at 413 20th St., in Downtown Galveston. For tickets and more info, go to oldquarteracousticcafe.com or find them on Facebook. Events this month are: • Every Wednesday & Thursday: Songwriter’s Night Upcoming Shows • November 30th (8:30pm): Robert Kuhn Music • December 1st: Susan Gibson Songwriters Workshop (3pm) & Concert (8:30pm) • December 7th (8:30pm): Kevin Galloway, Lew Card • December 8th (8:30pm): Gabe Wootton, Michael Martin, Jaimee Harris, Nice Nace Songwriter Swap • December 9th (8:30pm): Ian Moore, Hunter McKithan • December 13th (7pm) Jason Eady, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley • December 14th (8:30pm) Carson Mchone, Matt Harlan, Gabe Wootton Songwriter Swap • December 15th (8:30pm): Guy Forsyth Holiday Party • December 20th (8:30pm): Old Quarter Christmas Party • December 21st (8:30pm): Kinky Friedman with Doc Elliot • December 22nd (8:30pm): Toys For Tots Benefit with Zak Perry and More • December 28th (8:30pm): Two Tons Of Steel • December 29th (8:30pm): Jeff Plankenhorn • January 4th (8:30pm): Robert Cline Jr. with Brian Pounds • January 11th (8pm): Christy Hays • January 25th (8:30pm): Brandon Rhyder The 5th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit The 5th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit is set for December 22nd and getting better each year! This annual fun night is brought to you by Across the Stage. The fun begins at 7pm. Bring an unwrapped toy or a monetary donation. There will be a buffet for everyone. Come out and have some fun and give to the children of Galveston! Two Tons of Steel December 28th Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of “Texas” sound with a signature brand of country meets punk. The San Antonio-based group packed small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty-year journey

superbly-crafted music! The performance is sponsored in part by Susan and Robert Lynch and also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts. Tickets may be purchased at The Grand’s Box Office, 2020 Postoffice Street, by calling (409)765-1894, (800)821-1894, or online at thegrand.com. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice Street in Galveston’s historic Downtown Cultural Arts District and recognized as “The Official Opera House of the State of Texas.” All major credit cards accepted. for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble. Releasing “Two Tons Of Steel” in 1994 and “Crazy For My Baby” in 1995 on Blue Fire Records, a sponsorship deal with Lone Star Beer quickly followed. Dead Crickets, renamed Two Tons of Steel in 1996, began traveling outside of Texas, including stops at the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, the National Theater in Havana, Cuba, and European tours, to greet fans who had embraced their Texas-born sound. In 1996, they released “Oh No!” on their independent label “Big Bellied Records.” They followed up the passion project with a live recording at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, taped during a Two Ton Tuesday Show 1998. 2018 marked the bands 23rd year of “Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall.” The summerlong event has drawn over 230,000 fans since it began its annual run in 1995. The popular concert series was captured in “Two Ton Tuesday Live,” a DVD-CD combo released on Palo Duro Records in 2006. Also that year, the band’s first national release, “Vegas,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines on the Palo Duro label, took them to No. 7 on the Americana Music Charts and was one of the top 20 releases of 2006. Two Tons released “Not That Lucky” in 2009. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Americana Music Charts and has made Two Tons of Steel a band to watch in 2013. Along the way, the band has collected a number of awards. To date, Two Tons has cleaned up at home, winning “Band of the Year” on 12 separate occasions and “Album of the Year” for its self-titled debut. Two Tons has also been named “Best Country Band” by the San Antonio Current ten times. Geil also has nabbed ‘Best Male Vocal’ honors four times. Two Tons of Steel’s reach extends beyond their live gigs. In 2003, the band was filmed during a “Two Ton Tuesday” gig for the IMAX film, “Texas: The Big Picture,” which can be seen daily at the IMAX Theatre in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin and has been seen as far away as Japan. The band also has been featured as supporting characters in award-winning author Karen Kendall’s romance novel, “First Date.” Two Tons Of Steel is Kevin Geil, Jake “Sidecar” Marchese on upright bass, Will Owen-Gage on lead guitar, and Rich Alcorta on drums. Tickets are $20 and available at prekindle. com or at the door. This concert is expected to sell out.

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2018-2019 Galveston Symphony Orchestra:

Concerts & More Music Events

phony Orchestra provides quality classical music, inspiring audiences and musicians alike, with a strong commitment to artistic excellence and community involvement. All performances will be at the The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Downtown Galveston. For tickets or more info go to galvestonsymphony.org. For more information about the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, please email skoerner@com.edu. Sunday, January 6th, 2019, at 7pm the Pops Concert: Russian Capriccios will be on stage. Sunday, February 17th, 2019, at 4pm, The Valentine’s Concert: Mahler’s Titan featuring Tim Pence, Big Rocks on Steep Hills, world premiere; Elgar, Cello Concerto, Op.85, Julian Schwarz, cello; and Mahler, Symphony No. 1 “Titan.” Sunday, March 17th at 4pm, “The Great C Major Symphony” will feature Copland, An Outdoor Overture; Mozart, Piano Concerto No.24, K.491, Xiaohui Yang, piano; and Schubert, Symphony No. 9 D. 944 “The Great” Sunday, April 21st at 4pm, “Symphonie Espagnole” will feature Poulenc, Les Biches Suite; Barber, Symphony No.1, Op.9; and Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, Op.21; William Hagen, violin. About the Conductor Trond Saeverud is a conductor, violinist, Music Director and Conductor of Galveston Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted professional and community orchestras in Denmark, Norway, and the US — most recently in Maine, where he is the founder and artistic director of the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra. In 2008-2010, Trond conducted the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in several subscriptions and Pops concerts, including a very successful stage production of West Side Story.

Other Events December 13th, 20th (7-10pm): Holiday SingAlong at the Toujouse Bar at The Tremont House - The Tremont House’s Duo du Jour will lead guests in a holiday sing-along from of everyone’s favorite Christmas songs. Enjoy carefully crafted winter drink specials at deep discounts and complimentary hors-d’oeuvres during the holiday cheer. Tremont House is located at 2300 Mechanic Row, Downtown Galveston.

Classical Music on the Island The Galveston Sym-

PARTY CENTRAL

Every Tuesday (8pm): Open Mic with Zak Perry takes place at Sharky’s Tavern, 504 25th, Downtown Galveston. Come join the fun for a night of drink specials, pizza, and a fun jam. Every Friday and Saturday (6-10pm): The Tremont House Jazz Series - Enjoy live jazz by Trio du Jour in the hotel’s 1888 Toujouse Bar. The Jazz Series has become hugely popular with locals and guests. Trio du Jour plays classic, acoustic jazz. The Tremont House is located at 2300 Mechanic St., Downtown Galveston. Every Friday and Saturday (5-10pm): Jazz Duo Reg and Cary - Listen to the sweet sounds of jazz at the Galvez Bar & Grill, 2024 Seawall Blvd., where Reg Loudermilk can be seen on standup bass alongside Cary Eaves at the piano performing popular jazz standards in the bar area. Performances are free. For more info call (409)765-7721 or go to hotelgalvez.com. Every Sunday (3-6pm) - Sunday Funday Music on the Albatross Patio - Join the fun on the patio every Sunday for a little live music. There is no cover charge. If the weather is bad, the music will move inside.

2018 Holiday Festivals

Sunny days and mild nights make Galveston Island the perfect place to enjoy festivals year-round. Here is a list of these festivals: • Through January 6th: Winter Wonder Island • Through January 6th: Moody Gardens Festival of Lights • Through December 31st: Downtown Lanterns & Lights • November 30th: East End Holiday Victorian Homes Tour • November 30th-December 2nd: 45th Dickens on the Strand • December 8th-9th: Holiday with the Cranes • December 21st-January 4th: Cirque Joyeux Noel at Moody Gardens

2019 Festivals • January 18th-19th: Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest • January 26th-February 10th: Galveston.com & Company Galveston Restaurant Week • February 22nd-24th and March 1st-3rd and March 5th: “Mardi Gras! Galveston” • April: Easter in the Gardens at Moody Gardens • April: Tall Ships Galveston • April 6th: The Grand Kids Festival • April 11th-14th: FeatherFest & Nature Photofest • April 26th-27th: Galveston Food and Wine Festival • April: Third Coast Music Festival & Galveston Island Beach Revue • May: Galveston Historic Home Tour • May: Texas Crab Festival, Crystal Beach • May: 22nd Annual Yaga’s Children’s Fund Wild Game Cook-Off • May: Jeep Go Topless Festival • June: Juneteenth Celebrations • June: Land Sea Adaptive Sports Challenge • June: World Oceans Day Festival • June: Hotel Galvez Wedding Vow & Renewal Ceremony • June: Galveston Beach Sports Fest • June: Blues, Brews & BBQ on The Pier • July 4th: Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show 22 • GalvestonIslandGuide.com

• July: Galveston Cajun Festival • August: AIA Houston Sandcastle Competition & Festival • August: Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival • September: Wine & Jazz Festival • September: Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival • September: Battle on the Bay Paddle Fest • October: The Galveston Island Film Festival and Conference • October: Galveston Island Greek Festival • October: Annual Clean Galveston Walkabout • October: ARToberFEST • October: Harvest Moon Regatta • October: The Island Oktoberfest • October: Saengerfest Park Mini-Monster Bash • November-January: Winter Wonder Island • November-January: Moody Gardens Festival of Lights • November -January: Downtown Lanterns & Lights • Through December 31st: Downtown Lanterns & Lights • November: Holiday Victorian Homes Tour • First Weekend in December: 45th Annual Dickens on the Strand • December: Holiday with the Cranes

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Saturday, December 1st 23rd Street Station – LU/X (Luis Cerda), 9-12 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – A Sure Thing, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Hemmingways – Karaoke, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Susan Gibson, 9-1 Mod Coffeehouse – Lyda Plummer, 7-9 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Clayton Adams, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 Sunday, December 2nd 23rd Street Station – Island Idol, 7-10 Galveston Island Brewing – Acoustic Jam, 1-4 The Grand - Jazz at Lincoln Center, 11am Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Ian Moore, 9-1 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Zach Perry Open Jam, 7-11 Monday, December 3rd The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Tuesday, December 4th The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic with Zak Perry, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Wednesday, December 5th 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Myke Miller, 9-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1 Thursday, December 6th B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Poop Deck – Open Mic with Joe Pena, 8-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Three Doors Down – Open Mic, 7-10 Friday, December 7th 23rd Street Station – Mike McCullough and Jayme Lawhon, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – Dead Stereo, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Float – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 Old Quarter – Kevin Galloway, Lew Card, 8-12 Poop Deck - Zak Perry, 9-1

Sharky’s Tavern – Cool Under Fire, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Saturday, December 8th 23rd Street Station – LU/X (Luis Cerda), 9-12 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – Flashpoint, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 The Grand - Jerry Jeff Walker, 3- 6 Hemmingways – Karaoke, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Gabe Wootton, Michael Martin, Jaimee Harris, Nice Nace, 9-1 Mod Coffeehouse – Paper Sparrow, 7-9 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Clayton Adams, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Three Doors Down – Adam Heatley, 6-10 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 Sunday, December 9th 23rd Street Station – Island Idol, 7-10 Galveston Island Brewing – Acoustic Jam, 1-4 The Grand - All Is Calm, 4-6 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Ian Moore, 9-1 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Zach Perry Open Jam, 7-11 Monday, December 10th The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Brews Brothers - FezzQueen, 9-1 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Tuesday, December 11th The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic with Zak Perry, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Wednesday, December 12th 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Myke Miller, 9-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1 Thursday, December 13th B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Jason Eady, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, 8-12 Poop Deck – Open Mic with Joe Pena, 8-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Three Doors Down – Open Mic, 7-10 Friday, December 14th 23rd Street Station – Clay Howell, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – The Nailers, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Carson McHone,

Matt Harlan, Gabe Wootton, 8-12 Poop Deck - Zak Perry, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – The Feel Band, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Three Doors Down – Bobby Territo, 6-10 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 VFW - To Whom It May, Blood Between Us, Outlier, Gold Route, Mayfield, Gnar World Order, Set Sights, Cvltvre, Doggo, OTM, Atlas/Solid, Samsara, Moon Phase, Blanket Forts, Catcher, Love/Paranoia, Dreadhammer, Overstayer, 3-1 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 Saturday, December 15th 23rd Street Station – Jahrel Pickens, 9-12 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – Midnight Release, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 The Float – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Guy Forsyth, 9-1 Poop Deck - Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Stranded Band, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – DEM Roots, 9-1 Three Doors Down – Amy N’ Me, 7-10 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 VFW - An Author A Poet, Talk in Theory, Imperial Affliction, A Sounding Sea, Distance Here, Highdive, The Optimist, Transgression, Katabasis Tension Break, Miscon, Virtue, Purifier, Dende, Glare, Danger/Visionary, Creux, Ballista, Dumb Pups, 3-1 Yaga’s – The Heights Funk Collective, 10-1 Sunday, December 16th 23rd Street Station – Island Idol, 7-10 Galveston Island Brewing – Acoustic Jam, 1-4 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Island Pier Club - Britney Doyal, 7-11 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Zach Perry Open Jam, 7-11 Monday, December 17th The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Tuesday, December 18th The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic with Zak Perry, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Wednesday, December 19th 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1 Thursday, December 20th B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Poop Deck – Open Mic with Joe Pena, 8-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2

Three Doors Down – Mickey Hobbs, 7-10 Friday, December 21st 23rd Street Station – Gretchen Hughes, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – Rapture, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 The Float – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Kinky Friedman, Rick Elliot, 8-12 Poop Deck - Zak Perry, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Rum Shack – Sol Flair, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 Saturday, December 22nd 23rd Street Station – Chris Bergeron, 9-12 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 B. Jiggers – Level One, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 The Float – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Rum Shack – Park Avenue, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Shaun Michaels, 9-1 Three Doors Down – Keith Neubauer, 7-10 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 Sunday, December 23rd 23rd Street Station – Island Idol, 7-10 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Rum Shack – DJ, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Zach Perry Open Jam, 7-11 Monday, December 24th The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Tuesday, December 25th

8-12 Poop Deck - Zak Perry, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 Saturday, December 29th 23rd Street Station – Chris Bergeron, 9-12 B. Jiggers – Hamilton Loomis, 9-1 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9- 1 The Float – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Jeff Plankenhorn, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – David Joel, 9-1 Three Doors Down – Buddy Graves, 7-10 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – DJ, 10-1 Sunday, December 30th 23rd Street Station – Island Idol, 7-10 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Rum Shack – DJ, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Zach Perry Open Jam, 7-11 Monday, December 31st 23rd Street Station – Clay Howell, 9-1 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 B. Jiggers – Radio Live, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Britney Doyle, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Tuesday, January 1st The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic with Zak Perry, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Wednesday, December 26th Wednesday, January 2nd 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-1 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Myke Miller, 7-10 Sharky’s Tavern – Myke Miller, 7-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1 Thursday, December 27th B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Thursday, January 3rd Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Three Doors Down – Open Mic, 7-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Friday, December 28th Three Doors Down – Open Mic, 7-10 23rd Street Station – Kirk Hale, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – Mambo Kings, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 You should see our website! Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 GalvestonIslandGuide.com Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Two Tons Of Steel,

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