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It’s a Holiday Wonder Island Everywhere You Go

The 46th Annual Dickens On The Strand Returns

Everything I’ve Ever Wanted, The Rockin’ Hamilton Loomis


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December 8th, 2019 • Issue 12, Volume 8 Contents

5 To Do ��������� At Moody Gardens This Month: The Holiday Season At Moody Gardens Continues with “Give Back and Save Big with Food Drive Thursdays,” Ice Land: Christmas Around the World, Festival of Lights, Cirque Joyeux, Breakfast with Santa, Holiday 3D & 4D Movies, & A New Year’s Palooza ��������� A Victorian Christmas Holiday Homes Tour ��������� Celebrate the Return of the Sandhill Cranes ��������� 5K’s, Half & Full Marathons: Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K, and Beerfooter 5K & Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest ��������� Christmas Cheer on the Pier with Santa and Holiday Movies ��������� At Hotel Galvez & Tremont House: Brunch with Santa ��������� A Sold Out Christmas Train Ride: The Polar Express at the Galveston Railroad Museum ��������� Holiday Wonder Island Festivities: Downtown Lasers & Lights, Miracle Pop-up Bar at DTO, “The Fright Before Christmas” at Haunted Mayfield Manor, Drafts & Crafts at The Proletariat, Downtown Galveston Sip & Shop, Christmas Murder Mystery at Schaefer Haus, Bethlehem Street Market, and Breakfast with Santa at The San Luis ��������� 46th Annual Dickens On The Strand Returns with The Queen’s Feast, A Dickens Soiree at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, Fezziwig’s Friday Night, Dickens After Dark, Salute To Sunset Onboard the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, Holiday Handbell Concerts, Saint Arnold’s Strand Walking Tours, and A Paper Snowflake Party ��������� Stunning Christmas Tours of Bishop’s Palace ��������� At Galveston Children’s Museum: Winter Camps Begin ��������� At Bryan Museum: Holiday Delights: A Lone Star Christmas ��������� It’s a Grand Time to Celebrate Christmas: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker” on Stage and Afternoon Tea, The 5 Browns: “Holiday,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” “A Night of Stars: Celebrating The Grands 125th Anniversary,” “The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston” starring Belinda Davids, The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert, “Finding Neverland,” and Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group ��������� Even More Fun Events: Coast2Soul Open Mic Poetry Night, 1900 Storm Stories Brunch at Old Moon Deli, Kendra Gives Back Benefiting Galveston Art Center, “Battle of Galveston” Tour, and Family Days at Ocean Star Offshore Museum 14 Fine Arts ��������� At Galveston Art League This Month: Special Art on Display at Galveston Art League Gallery ��������� At Galveston Arts Center This Month: “Amber Eagle: Nap Dreams” Continues On Exhibit ��������� At Artist Boat This Month: Holiday Break Eco-Art Winter Camps Explore Marine Life ��������� 2020 ArtWalks Dates Announced 15 Books ��������� Book Signing by Loren C. Steffy for George Mitchell Biography; “Oleanders in June,” Author’s Afternoon with Kimber Fountain; and “Beyond the Halls” with Mackenzie Finklea ��������� At Rosenberg Library This Month: Christmas Countdown Stories And Much More 16 Food ��������� Ring in the New Year at The Falstaff Tasting Room ��������� At Galveston’s Own Farmers Market This Month: A Special Holiday Market ��������� At The Kitchen Chick This Month: Holiday Cookie Classes ��������� At Galveston Island Brewing: A Family Fun Christmas Party ��������� The 2020 Galveston Restaurant Week 17 Music ��������� It’s “Everything I’ve Ever Wanted,” All the Way Down Deep in My Soul: The Energetic & Rockin’ Hamilton Loomis ��������� Musical Events: Albastock 2019, Chorale Holiday Concert, and Travis Linville Acoustic at St. Joseph’s Church ��������� Two Tons of Steel Rocks a Texas Sound at Old Quarter ��������� Galveston Live Music Gig Guide

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TO DO At Moody Gardens This Month:

The Holiday Season At Moody Gardens Continues

Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd. in Galveston. For more info or tickets go to moodygardens.com. It’s time to grab a blue parka and set off on a global journey with Ice Land: Christmas Around the World. As the largest holiday destination in the Southwest, Moody Gardens offers more holiday attractions, activities, festive fun, dining, and hotel packages than you can imagine. The eight Holiday Attractions at Moody Gardens are Ice Land: Christmas Around the World, Festival of Lights, Cirque Joyeux, Holiday 3D Films, Rudolph 4D, Ice Skating, Arctic Slide, Train Rides, and Photos with Santa plus live entertainment, great food, group rates, hotel packages, and more! Tickets are available in all kinds of combo packages as well as individual packages. Moody Gardens has Super Value Days for bigger discounts at Holiday in the Gardens! Admission starts at just $8.95 for Festival of Lights and $19.95 for Ice Land with an additional $5 off for seniors and children at Ice Land on these special days. For more info, including a calendar of Super Value Days, go to moodygardens.com/ holiday_season/plan_your_visit. Hours are 10am-10pm for Ice Land daily. Festival of Lights is 6-10pm daily. Christmas Eve Holiday in the Gardens will be open 10am-10pm. Christmas Day it will be open 12 noon-10pm. Interested in seeing Ice Land: Christmas Around the World come to life? See it live at moodygardens.com/iceland_tent/.

Give Back and Save Big with Food Drive Thursdays

Bring a non-perishable food item and receive two-for-one admission to the Festival of Lights each Thursday throughout the season. All donations will benefit the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

Ice Land: Christmas Around the World

New theme for 2019! A skilled team of master ice carvers has taken 2 million pounds of ice to create your festive journey “Around the World!” Travel from Russia and Egypt to China and beyond to see how other cultures celebrate the season. Glide from the top of the Eiffel Tower on the Giant Ice Slide where you might catch a glimpse of Australia, Holland, Rio or even Santa Claus. You can even

take a moment to chill out on the ice with a festive drink inside the Shivers Ice Bar that has transformed into a log cabin decked out for the holidays where you can cozy up to a cool fireplace made completely of ice!

Festival of Lights

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment, and more.

Cirque Joyeux

December 20th-30th, experience “Christmas Around the World” at the Cirque Joyeux Dinner & Show. It’s a fun, engaging and delicious way to spend the holidays! Attendees of the Cirque Joyeux Dinner and Show will enjoy Chef Felipe Gonzalez’s delicious cuisine and then sit back for a one-hour holiday cirque spectacular. This show is a magical journey from “There to Here” in the company of a musical and stage royal couple, the award-winning Texas thespians Linda Leonard & Bill Jenkins, in an exhilarating and joyful celebration of the Holidays around the World, Lone Star Circus’ all-new Cirque Joyeux – with a galaxy of awe-inspiring circus stars. Your ticket includes admission to Festival of Lights. It’s the Gulf Coast’s Largest Holiday Lighting Event. You’ll also visit Santa’s Workshop and see Santa himself. Visit moodychristmasshow.com for tickets ranging from $59$109 for adults, $39-$109 for children 3-12 years old. Matinee shows do not include dinner

and are $29-$49 for adults, children 3-12 years old are $19-$49.

Claus, and of course, Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all.”

Breakfast with Santa

Even More Fun

Make your reservations now! December 7th, 14th, 21st and 22nd, you and your children can enjoy Breakfast with Santa in the Garden Restaurant at 9am or 10:30am. Tickets are $12.95-$29.95.

Holiday 3D & 4D Movies

Several holiday movies will be shown in both the 3D and 4D theaters. See moodygardens. com/holiday_season/things_to_do/ for tickets. You can see Holiday 3D Films on the largest screen in Texas. Daily at 4:55pm, “Light Before Christmas” will be shown. At 5:40pm and 9:25pm is “Jerusalem 3D,” 8pm is “Light Before Christmas.” “Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer 4D” is shown every 15 minutes 10am-9pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-10pm Friday and Saturday. Enjoy the beloved animated television classic as the magic of 4D engages all of your senses. You’ll recognize classic songs and dialogue brought to life by loveable, iconic characters – the Abominable Snow Monster, Hermey the elf, Santa

There is even more fun at Moody Gardens this holiday season such as Ice Skating - glide across the ice on the area’s only outdoor ice rink which is included with your Festival of Lights admission. Also, there is an Arctic Slide, Train rides, caroling, and more fun available.

New Year’s Palooza at Moody Gardens

An action packed adventure awaits at Moody Gardens New Year’s Palooza. For the family, book this special offer to enjoy: one night of spectacular accommodations, family-friendly activities including air hockey, foosball, bounce houses, arcade games and activities for all ages, an adult lounge area, 4 one-day passes to the Rainforest and Aquarium Pyramids, Discovery Museum, MG3D and 4D Special FX Theaters, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Festival of Lights, and tickets to Cirque Joyeux Dinner & Show. For couples, two tickets include the Palooza games, food, and desserts, countdown to the New Year with a beach ball drop at 9:30pm, Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show, and two two-day passes to the Moody Gardens attractions. The two day passes include a one time entry into Ice Land, Festival of Lights, Aquarium, Rainforest, 3D, 4D, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Ropes Course, and the Discovery Museum. For reservations, call (409)741-8484.

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A Victorian Christmas Holiday Homes Tour

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier:

Stroll back in time and experience a wonderful evening of historic homes festively decorated for the holiday season, and enjoy a variety of joyful holiday music. Four East End Historical District Homes will be featured on the tour, and the neighborhood will be teeming with the delightful sounds of the holidays. Friday, December 6th, homes will be open 5:30-9:30pm. The tour will feature four East End Historical District homes festively decorated for the holiday season. Additionally, the EEHDA Cottage will be open for light refreshments, and guests will enjoy a variety of holiday music at the EEHDA’s Darragh Park, and at some of the residential locations. This year’s Holiday Homes Tour includes 1402 Market St., 1426 Market St., 1527 Postoffice St., and 1602 Broadway. Additional locations are 402 18th St. - Historic Christ Chapel aka The Swedish Church, 1501 Postoffice St. - East End Historical District Association, and 15th & Church St. - Darragh Park. The elegant historic homes of the East End Historical District are the architectural products of skilled European immigrants during a time when Galveston was the wealthiest city in Texas. These homes were designed for prosperous merchants and entrepreneurs wanting to display their wealth and impress their neighbors. The cost of the tour is $25, and tickets are limited. Tickets can be purchased at the East End Cottage, 1501 Postoffice St. Additional tickets may be purchased at the Cottage. After retrieving your tickets, you may start the tour at any of the tour locations beginning at 5:30pm on December 6th. The proceeds of this event directly benefit the EEHDA and its continued efforts to preserve, protect and maintain the historic and architectural value of our neighborhood and historical sites, such as Darragh Park, Alderdice Park, and the East End Cottage.

Celebrate the Return of the Sandhill Cranes:

Holiday with the Cranes on Galveston Island

As Sandhill Cranes begin to arrive on Galveston Island to roost and forage for the winter, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council celebrates their return with Holiday with the Cranes, December 14th-15th. Holiday with the Cranes is an island experience like no other, offering nature enthusiasts a unique opportunity to spend a weekend observing and celebrating flocks of Sandhill Cranes that migrate through Galveston each winter. Newly expanded weekend activities will include indoor and outdoor nature programs and presentations including field trips to see other resident and wintering birds. The impressive three-to-four-foot tall Sandhill Cranes, known for their size and the bright red cap atop their heads, started arriving in Galveston in late October and will depart late February through early March. Last December, over 200 cranes were counted on the island. There are 15 species of cranes around the world and only two are found in North America, the Whooping Crane, which is endangered, and the most abundant, Sandhill Crane. Holiday with the Cranes provides opportunities for Gulf Coast winter birding, educational and entertaining learning, outdoor adventure, and nature photography. Events include: Coffee & Cranes with Keanna Leonard:

Back by popular demand, Keanna hails from central Nebraska, home to the largest gathering of Sandhill Cranes in the world. After breakfast and a lively presentation and discussion about “The Private Lives of the Sandhill Cranes,” you will embark on a self-driving tour to crane hotspots to see Sandhill Cranes as they forage and play. Viewing areas will be outfitted with spotting scopes, and local experts will be on hand to assist and answer questions. This event is offered on Saturday only. East End Winter Coastal Birding is an adventurous birding tour to a diverse habitat to see other wintering and resident birds. Offered both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, the tour by bus will drive the loop roads and beach area around the East End Lagoon Nature Park and Preserve, East End Seawall Blvd., Boddecker Dr., and Apffel Park. Local avian experts will meet participants on-site and guide this ride/easy walking adventure designed for birders of all skill levels. Winter Birding on the Isle’s West End: Traveling by bus, local field trip leaders will show you all of the favorite West End hotspots including freshwater ponds, coastal marshes, bay waters, and the beach. You’ll see Sandhill Crane, a number of species of ducks and hawks, White-tailed Kite; and you’ll get closer looks at sandpipers, gulls, terns, and American Oystercatcher. The

December 15th (7am-12 noon): Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K

5K’s, Half & Full Marathons: December 7th (10am): Haynie Spirit 10th Annual Galveston SeaWalk Get your walking shoes out and join to help the Haynie Spirit Foundation raise funds to support their cause of making a positive difference in the R&D for bone cancer and for affected families living across the Houston, Texas area. For more info go to facebook.com/ events/865270807203815.

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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 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! Jimmy John’s is the official presenting sponsor for 2019. For more info go to santahustle.com/galveston.

Christmas Cheer on the Pier, with Santa & Holiday Movies Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, located at 2501 Seawall Blvd., features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, food venues, and retail shops. For more info, tickets, and a full list of events go to pleasurepier.com. Tickets are available for Walk-On only (no rides), Single Rides, All Day Ride Passes, and Weekend Pass for three parks at tickets.pleasurepier.com. Cheer on the Pier with Santa will be held every Saturday. Get photos with Santa, enjoy Christmas activities, and watch holiday movies that will be shown at dusk. Movies are: • December 7th: “Smallfoot” • December 14th: “Polar Express” • December 21st: “The Grinch” Pleasure Pier is open weekends and December 25th Christmas Day, and December 31st for New Year’s Eve Party on the Pier.

At Hotel Galvez & Tremont House This Month:

Brunch with Santa

Hotel Galvez is located at 2024 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston. Advance reservations are required and available by calling (409)765-7721. Hotel Galvez is hosting Sunday Brunch with Santa on December 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 11am-2pm. Guests are invited to take pictures with Santa and all will leave with a courtesy gift from Santa. For brunch reservations, call (409)765-7721 or book via Open Table. Brunch at Hotel Galvez is a family tradition for many guests. The hotel will begin taking Christmas Day Brunch reservations on Monday, December 2nd. Advance reservations are required and are available by calling (409)515-2028. For those seeking a romantic New Year’s Eve Dinner, Hotel Galvez offers a special four-course dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill. Dinner is served 5-10pm and advance reservations are suggested. Reg and Cary will play 7-12:30am as the hotel rings in the New Year and celebrates 2020. Reservations for the restaurant are available via Open Table or by calling (409)515-2145.

At Tremont House this Holiday Season

areas you visit also provide habitat for Piping, Snowy and Black-bellied Plovers, American Avocet, Long-billed Curlew, and Marbled Godwit. This outing is offered both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Dawn Patrol is an early morning nature adventure that is truly a magical and unforgettable experience. With special access to this private preserve, Dr. Alice Anne O’Donnell will lead the small group to a viewing tower that overlooks the marsh rookery, where in the past they have seen 100-200 Sandhill Cranes wake up and take flight. You’ll also have the opportunity to see Roseate Spoonbill, ibis, herons, ducks, grebes, rails, sparrows, cormorants, hawks, Osprey, and sandpipers along with the majestic Sandhill Cranes! Visit galvestonnaturetourism.org/holidaywith-the-cranes-2019/ for additional details on each event and to register. Registration prices vary based on event and occupancy is limited.

January 18th (8am-12 noon): Beerfooter 5K & Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest Put your Beerfoot in front of the other in this ‘brewtiful’ 5K Fun Run ‘hoppening’ at Beerfoot Brewery! The Beerfooter Beach Run is sure to put some pep in your step and beer in your belly. In conjunction with the Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest, you are invited to join and get some exercise before devouring warm chili and cold brews. Crazy outfits and team uniforms are extremely encouraged. People in normal, boring clothes will be punished with evil stares and glares for the rest of their lives - not really, but c’mon everything is more fun in a costume! Register at facebook.com/ events/2552138365017427/.

February 9th (7:45-11am): Galveston Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K

The race is totally on paved roads with no running on sand or beach. There is also a Kids 1 Mile race. This fun annual race is always the

There is a lot going on Downtown at Tremont House for the holidays! In honor of The Polar Express™ Train Ride at the Galveston Railroad Museum, The Tremont House is creating a special “Polar Express” themed gingerbread house. You’ll have to see it to believe it. The gingerbread house will be on public display in the lobby of the hotel through January 2nd. This display makes a perfect pre- or post-train ride stop for families. Also, back by popular demand, The Tremont House’s Duo du Jour will lead guests in a holiday sing-along on December 12th and 19th, 7-9pm, featuring everyone’s favorite Christmas songs. The hotel encourages guests to wear your pajamas in honor of The Polar Express™ Train Ride at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Guests can enjoy carefully crafted winter drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres during the holiday cheer. highlight of spring. It will start and end at Stewart Beach, 201 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. For more info go to galvestonmarathon.com. This is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Save the Date

• February 12th (6:30pm): Anchor Leg Athletic Club: Run Meet • February 15th (8am-12 noon): “Mardi Gras! Galveston” Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K/10K • February 22nd: Surfside Beach Marathon, Half and Surfin’ Surfside 5K • March 21st: Causeway FunD Run • April 5th: Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas • April 19th: Divas Half Marathon & 5K • September 26th: Galveston Island Shrimp Festival 5K & Fun Run


A Sold Out Christmas Train Ride:

The Polar Express at the Galveston Railroad Museum

Galveston Railroad Museum is located at 2602 Santa Fe Place, Downtown Galveston. The museum will be closed to the general public until January 6th, 2020 due to the Polar Express. The Polar Express™ Train Ride is a theatrical re-creation of the classic children’s story onboard a real train. Set to the soundtrack of the motion picture, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on the Polar Express for a magical onehour trip to meet Santa. Passengers are served hot chocolate and a treat by dancing chefs, enjoy a reading of the book by Chris Van Allsburg, and receive the first gift of Christmas (a silver sleigh bell) after Santa boards the train to greet families. Attendants lead passengers in caroling and fun holiday activities on the return trip to Galveston’s historic depot. The Polar Express™ Train Ride in Galveston consists of six separate cars pulled by vintage locomotives from the Galveston Railroad Museum’s collection. Onboard, you will be seated in either Coach or First Class according to your ticket purchase. Every guest will experience the same excitement and wonder of The Polar Express™ Train Ride. These rides are held December 6th-8th, 13th-15th, 20th-22nd, 23rd, and 26th-29th. Friday, Saturday and Sunday rides are at 5pm, 6:45pm, and 8:30pm. The Sunday matinee ride is at 3:15pm. Tickets prices are $27-$75. Tickets are available by calling (320)244-0213 or

(409)765-5700 or at galvestonrrmuseum.org/polar-express. The Polar Express™ is currently sold out but check for sporadic tickets due to cancellations. Also, every Saturday (11am-2pm), fun Train Rides are available, weather permitting, on The Harborside Express, an open-air caboose that travels 1-mile up Harborside Dr., then returns to the Galveston Railroad Museum. Boarding begins at 11am, with the last train ride departing the depot at 1:45pm. Tickets are $5 in addition to admission to the Galveston Railroad Museum and must be purchased at the museum or at galvestonrrmuseum.org.

Through December 31st (6-10pm):

December 12th (5-9pm):

Galveston’s historic downtown district will host Downtown Lasers & Lights featuring new laser shows, a magical display of lights, and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park and beyond. Highlights at Saengerfest Park include a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on weekends. In addition, lights will be hung on The Strand from 20th to 25th streets as well as along 23rd and Postoffice Streets. The 36-block district will sparkle with lasers and lights while visitors enjoy boutique shopping, dining, antiques, art galleries, and more. New this year, four-hour holiday laser shows synchronized to music will be projected on the American National Insurance Company Building on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 22nd. While in the area, visitors can tackle some of their holiday shopping at the district’s many gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture. This is free to attend.

Join Downtown Galveston and Del Papa for a Holiday Sip & Shop. Stroll through the Strand District and Postoffice District while enjoying refreshments sponsored by Del Papa. You can ride the free Hop-On Hop-Off bus between districts to visit all the unique shops and galleries throughout Downtown Galveston. For participating businesses go to facebook.com/ events/445766499653135/. Want to shop child-free? Girl Scout Troop 26045 is hosting a open-to-everyone drop off for potty trained-middle school-aged children at Eaton Hall for $25 for the first child and a $5 discount each additional child.

Downtown Lasers & Lights Show

Through December 25th:

Miracle Pop-up Bar at DTO

“Miracle” is a Christmas-themed pop-up bar that serves specialty holiday cocktails from locations around the world. With kitschy holiday décor and professionally developed cocktails, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit. DTO is located at 2701 Market St. in Downtown Galveston.

Every Weekend during December:

“The Fright Before Christmas” at Haunted Mayfield Manor

Held weekends 1-8pm, The “Fright Before Christmas” is a themed performance celebrating the season with a scary fun Holiday rendition of Haunted Mayfield Manor, located at 2313 Harborside Dr. in Downtown Galveston. Tickets are $10 and available at hauntedmayfieldmanor.com.

December 11th (7:30-9:30pm):

Drafts & Crafts at The Proletariat

Stop in, make a Christmas ornament, and sample some tasty brews from Saloon Door! Glass ornaments, glitter, and fun decorations will be provided, or feel free to bring festive supplies of your own. Participation is free. The Proletariat is located at 2221 Market St., Downtown Galveston.

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December 13th (7-10pm):

Christmas Murder Mystery at Schaefer Haus

Creative Learning Society is pleased to invite you to a Christmas Murder Mystery to celebrate the most wonderful time of year with a fun Christmas-themed murder mystery. All of the guests will have the choice of playing a character or a detective in the mystery. They will provide costumes and props and all of the fun. The event will include a delicious array of appetizers and dessert platters with the mystery and you are welcome to bring your own beer and wine to enjoy. Tickets are $60 per person. Make a whole weekend out of the event and book a room at The Schaefer Haus. Contact them at schaeferhausgalveston.com. If you have questions please call Beth with Creative Learning Society at (713)8762585. Schaefer Haus is located at 1711 Postoffice St., Galveston.

December 14th (10am-4pm):

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The Bethlehem Street Market

Seaside Church, located at 16534 San Luis Pass Rd., in Jamaica Beach (Galveston), will have its annual Bethlehem Street Market featuring vendors, shopping, homemade soups, brisket, a bake sale, and a bounce house for the kids. For more info go to facebook.com/BethlehemStreetMarket or call (409)354-9792.

December 14th (8:30-11:30am):

Breakfast with Santa at The San Luis

Children of all ages and their families are welcome to enjoy a fantastically festive, funfilled morning at a holiday breakfast buffet with Santa. Tickets are $18.95 per person. Call (409)744-8266 to make your reservations. The San Luis Resort is located at 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston.

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December 6th-8th at Galveston Island’s Strand National Historic Landmark District:

46th Annual Dickens On The Strand Returns

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46th Annual Dickens on The Strand, which is just outside GAC’s main entrance on 22nd and Strand. Grab a beverage from the beer hall tent and enjoy the live entertainment through the open windows as you “sip and snip” beautiful paper snowflakes to hang in the window or to take home. Specialty papers of various types, scissors, patterns and instruction will be provided by friendly GAC staff. Activities are recommended for adults and supervised kids old enough to handle sharp scissors. Tickets are available at galvestonartscenter.org.

For 46 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s (GHF) 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. on the strand on This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, More Info returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. For more information on Dickens on The Strand, Galveston HistoriThis annual festival begins Friday, cal Foundation, or to purchase advance December 6th with free admission to tickets, please visit galvestonhistory.org Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5-9pm, and or call (409)765-7834. continues with ticketed entry Saturday, on the DEC. 6-8, 2019 - GALVESTON’S strandWORLD FAMOUS onVICTORIAN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL - DICKENSONTHESTRAND.ORG For more festival information, December 7th from 10am-9pm, and OFFICIAL SPONSORS please contact Will Wright, Chief CreSunday, December 8th from 12 noongalveston island, tx galveston island, tx ative Officer at (409)765-3424 or will. 6pm. wright@galvestonhistory.org. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth. Dison counted tickets for GHF members are For more info, maps & parking, go to: available for $10 in advance or $12 at and performance inside the historic 1878 First GalvestonIslandGuide.com/ The Queen’s Feast the gate. This special Saturday evening dinner features National Bank Building located within the Tickets are available online at dickensondickens Dickens on The Strand grounds. thestrand.org, by calling (409)765-7834 or at all a four-course meal, a reading on from Ollie DickGuests will be greeted with unique area Randall’s stores. Attendees in Victorian cos- ens of “A Christmas Carol,” a complimentary performances, drink, and revelry for champagne toast to the Queen, and more. tumes receive $8 entry. Held in the breathtaking 1859 Ashton Villa, this special evening addition to the 46th “There is something about the spirit of Dickannual Victorian festival. Tickets are $50 enjoy an evening surrounded in the warm holiens on The Strand that sets the pace for a great per person, and reservations are required. day spirit and an exceptional holiday season,” states GHF Executive Director on menu with friends old and new. Tickets are $125 per person, and Dwayne Jones. “It is always fun and enlivening Festival Highlights reservations are required. to partake of the festivities and recall the great The festival weekend also hosts a mulliterary work of Charles Dickens. Come join the titude of spirited fun with events such as New Festival Activities street entertainment, food and craft vendors, the crowd favorite Whimsical Whisker and traditional drink of old London.” This year’s Dickens on on The Strand includes Revue, a facial hair contest for the bearded numerous additions inside the festival grounds The annual holiday street festival, based and the dandy, the Dickens Victorian for youth and adults. on 19th-century Victorian London, features Bed Races, Victorian Costume Contest, The Dickens snow yard makes its return, parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple and daily parades through Galveston’s and new areas like Tiny Tim’s Play Land and stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagNational Historic Landmark Strand DisShopkeeper Skills Village will introduce participipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. trict. Special events also include: pants to numerous hands-on experiences. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday Salute To Sunset Onboard the food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, cloth- Returning Favorites 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA ing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items. Toast the end of the day and the beginning A Dickens Soiree at the Three descendants of of the evening onboard the Official Tall Ship of 1892 Bishop’s Palace Charles Dickens will grace the Texas. The 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA welcomes The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) The Dickens Soiree festival as GHF welcomes Oliyou aboard Saturday, December 7th at 5pm for is a contributing building in the East End features specialty acts, ver ‘Ollie’ Dickens, a greatheavy appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire, and spe- District and a National Historic Landmark. award-winning performers, great-great-grandson; Lucinda cial guests leading up to Saturday night’s PickBishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s and carefully curated food Dickens Hawksley, a greatwick’s Lanternlight Parade. Tickets are $60 per finest examples of Victorian exuberance and and drink. Last year’s soiree great-great-granddaughter; person and reservations are required. Gilded Age extravagance and is listed by the was one of the weekend’s and Jane Dickens Monk, a U.S. Department of the Interior as a National highlights, and it’s Holiday Handbell Concerts great-great-grandHistoric Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is located at back again for 2019! daughter. The 1859 St. Joseph’s Church, the state’s first 1402 Broadway at Ave. J. Held at the 1892 wooden built church, well known for its excepAll descendants December 14th, 21st (11am-12:30pm): Bishop’s Palace on tional acoustics, hosts three holiday handbell will be at numerous Basement to Attic Tour - Offering participants Friday, December concerts on Friday, December 6th at 5:30pm, events throughout a rare look into parts of the 1892 home that 6th, attendees will 7pm, and 8:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person the weekend. enjoy live music, are typically off-limits, the Basement to Attic and reservations are required. a special acrobatTour features Mrs. New in 2019 ics presentation by Gresham’s studio. An Saint Arnold’s Strand Walking Tours Cirque La Vie, and exclusive third-floor Learn about the history of The Strand and Complimentary appearances by speview provides a enjoy Charles Dickens cial guests. Tickets truly one of a kind some Finger Puppet to are $80, and reserva- of Saint panoramic view. tions are required. First 1,000 Youth Arnold December 14th Brewing A puppet to (5pm, 6:30pm), Fezziwig’s Compaenjoy in the best of December 15th Friday Night ny’s signatimes and the worst (4pm), December Mr. Fezziwig was ture ales of times. 21st (5pm, 6:30pm), everything Ebenezer during this On your finDecember 22nd wasn’t, and we pay new tour. ger, he’s a puppet; (4pm): Christmas tribute to his jovial Held on your fridge, he’s Tours of Bishop’s personality at our daily a magnet; among Palace - Step into Fezziwig’s Beer Hall. during your puppets, he’s an the 1892 Bishop’s Palace for this special tour Come on Friday Dickens enthralling speaker highlighting the National Historic Landmark’s evening, December on The and master storyholiday decorations! Featuring six Christmas trees, 6th, from 5-9pm Strand, teller! live greenery, Poinsettias and more, this tour will for specialty acts, you’ll visit hearty brews, and let you learn about the house and Victorian holiday This year, attendthree festinew friends. There traditions. Complimentary champagne will be ing youth will be able val pubs as will also be a speserved and photography is allowed. Tickets are $30. to take Charles Dickcialty cocktail chosen you walk These tours sell out fast. ens home with them. through the National Historic Landmark disfrom Cedric DickThe first 1,000 January 1st (1-3pm): New Year’s Day Open trict with your guide. Tickets are $35 per perens’ book “Drinkyouth through the House - GHF celebrates the New Year with son and include three complimentary beers. ing With Dickens.” gate, beginning Satfree admission to the 1892 Bishop’s Palace! Advanced registration encouraged. 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At Galveston Children’s Museum:

Winter Camps Begin

The Galveston Children’s Museum is an Island resource that attracts families and serves the community with fun for children in all areas of education and offers self-directed activities promoting science, literacy, math, and the arts. It showcases dynamic exhibits targeting a primary focus group of children ages 2-10 and conducts special programming for children of all ages. The Galveston Children’s Museum is located at 2618 Broadway St., Galveston. For more info go to galvestoncm. org or call (409)572-2544. Every month on the second Thursday of the month, 4-7pm, there is a Family Free Night. Come by for a night of family fun for the whole family! Visitors will gain free admission for the entire family. Several Winter Camps will take place this month. Cost is $50. Camps are held 9am-4pm. These are: December 21st & 23rd : Elf Camp - Ever wonder what life as an Elf is really like? Being so tiny must be quite challenging and yet it looks like all fun and games. You will take a look at what they wear, what they eat, how they get around and more. This camp will be a pursuit of the secret lives of elven folk.

At Bryan Museum:

Holiday Delights: A Lone Star Christmas

The Bryan Museum is located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home at 1315 21st St. in Galveston. For more info or tickets to any event call (409)632-7685 or go to thebryanmuseum.org. Every Thursday (3-6pm) and Sunday (9am-1pm): Galveston’s Own Farmers Market (GOFM) takes place. Founded in 2012, Galveston’s Own Farmers Market is a weekly outdoor market hosted at the Museum that provides a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods, including farms, ranches, bakeries, cheese-makers, and specialty food producers. Wine at The Bryan is held the second, third, and fourth Thursdays of the month at GOFM. You can join the fun for a relaxing time and conversation with friends, family, and Museum staff. Wine, beer, and complimentary bar snacks will be served inside the Museum Shop. Also, the first Thursdays of the month, 5-7pm, After Hours in the Museum offers free admission to select galleries. Get the inside scoop on staff’s favorite collection piece at 5:45pm. December 15th (10am-5pm), Holiday Delights: A Lone Star Christmas will be held to celebrate Christmas, Texas-style. All trails will lead to The Bryan Museum and converge under the Lone Star for a day of purely Texas festivities, music, holiday foods, and of course Santa. And what could be more Texas than Santa’s two lead Longhorns arriving just in time for a few photos before heading back to the Ranch to get ready for the big night? Warm yourself at the Cowboy Campfire for some hot chocolate and music and then enjoy the beautifully decorated Museum galleries while you hunt for Santa’s 12 Missing Mischievous Elves who escaped from the North Pole and found a new home in Galveston. The halls will ring with the sounds of traditional carols throughout the day and guests will enjoy Texas holiday goodies such as pralines,

December 27th & January 2nd: Wiggle, Giggle and Roll - This camp is totally about designing your very own Goofy Bot. As the creator of your bot, you will control every aspect of its development. Will your bot wiggle? Or will it wiggle and jiggle? Or will it simply just roll…it’s totally up to you! After completing training in Bot Basics 101, you will choose your materials, create your prototype and conduct your bot testing and redesign as required. Naming and decorating your bot is not required but highly recommended. December 30th and January 3rd: Brr, It’s Cold Outside - Staying warm someday can be a challenge so you will look to our furry friends for some help in engineering ways to stay warm. You will investigate how arctic animals stay toasty and invent some ways of utilizing this knowledge to create a better way to weather our “brutal” south Texas winter. gingerbread, and churros. Specially-themed Texas crafts will be available for children to make and take. And of course, the ever-popular Sugar Cookie decorating activity will provide lots of sprinkles and stars. Bring your family and enjoy the warmth of the season. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. This is sponsored by Moody Bank, Galveston. Other events at the Museum are: December 7th (4-6pm): En Plein Air in the Mountains of New Mexico - Don’t miss the rare opportunity to join McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art at the National Cowboy Museum, Michael Grauer as he describes the irresistible allure of Taos and Santa Fe for artists at the turn of the 20th century. December 21st (4-6pm): “Guns of Glory” Lecture - Join Bruce Bramlett, Executive Director of the Battleship Texas Foundation, as he shares both the colorful and brave history of the BB-35 and current plans for the future restoration and relocation of this beloved Texas icon and national treasure. January 12th (11am-3pm): Second Annual Bridal Show Meet over 60 wedding professionals who will help you plan your perfect wedding! Your $10 ticket allows you entrance to both Bryan Museum and the Lyceum of Galveston. There will be a free shuttle between the two venues. January 26th (2-4pm): High Adventure Book Club featuring “The Gates of the Alamo” - Join the author, Ann Weisgarber, at The Bryan Museum for a lively discussion of “The Promise.” Set against the backdrop of the worst natural disaster of the 20th century in the U.S., the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, this historical fiction novel has shades of Willa Cather, Sinclair Lewis, and Conrad Richter. January 16th-27th: The All Bryan Celebration - Are you a Bryan or are Bryans in your lineage? Please join the Museum for this celebration! Your ticket includes a Bryan artifact scavenger hunt and Museum tour, a presentation from J.P. Bryan about the Bryan legacy in the United States, dinner in the glass Conservatory on Sunday with complimentary wine and craft beer, and an authentic Texas BBQ lunch on Monday. The celebration starts at 1pm on Sunday and concludes after lunch on Monday.

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The Grand 1894 Opera House:

It’s a Grand Time to Celebrate Christmas

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)765-1894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com.

Friday, December 6th (8pm) and Saturday, December 7th (3pm):

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption has enchanted audiences around the world since it was first published in 1843 – even before The Grand was built! Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a delightful theatrical performance featuring stunning sets, lush costumes, and plenty of music and dance. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, it’s an enchanting event for the entire family!

Tea: Saturday, December 14th (12:30pm); Performances: Saturday, December 14th (2pm and 6:30pm) and Sunday, December 15th (2pm):

“The Nutcracker” on Stage and Afternoon Tea

An annual tradition at The Grand! Treat your favorite little girl or boy to the Nutcracker Afternoon Tea. This delightful event features tea-time fare of finger sandwiches, cookies, punch, and of course, tea! Get your photo with the Nutcracker dancers - a perfect complement to a performance of The Nutcracker ballet. Make this your new family holiday tradition. Tickets are $25-$30. Please note: Tickets to the Nutcracker Afternoon Tea do not include seats to a performance of The Nutcracker. Performance tickets must be purchased separately. City Ballet of Houston proudly returns to The Grand 1894 Opera House with its production of “The Nutcracker!” An annual holiday favorite, audiences of all ages will delight in the story of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince, a Sugar Plum Fairy, and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. Following the afternoon performances, stick around to experience the behind the scenes magic of “The Nutcracker.” You will have an opportunity to hear a brief presentation about the ballet and meet the dancers. This special presentation is included with your ticket to the Saturday or Sunday matinee performance! Tickets are $19-$50 to any of the performances.

Saturday, December 21st (8pm):

The 5 Browns: “Holiday”

Performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music

by introducing it to their audiences. Their fresh energy and dynamic character add to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound from the classics to holiday favorites. One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years! These young musicians are legends in the making. This project is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts. Tickets are $25-$75.

Saturday, December 28th (1pm and 4pm):

“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”

Following five successful years of touring and more than 500 performances, the “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will fly into The Grand with “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.” You’ll be charmed by Rudolph and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster who help Santa save Christmas! Tickets are $25-$65.

Friday, January 3rd (7pm):

“A Night of Stars: Celebrating The Grands 125th Anniversary”

Over the past one hundred and twenty-five years, The Grand has been the venue for countless magnificent, memorable productions. Join The Grand as they celebrate The Grand’s 125th Birthday with fun photo opportunities, vignettes to entertain and charm, cocktails and sumptuous food stations to thrill your palate! Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Rob Landes Trio and you might catch a glimpse of a star or two! Add to the fun - come as your favorite character who performed at The Grand during the last 125 years! Tickets are $125 per person or $2500 for a table of 10.

Saturday, January 11th (8pm) and Sunday, January 12th (3pm):

“The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston” starring Belinda Davids

Whitney’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed tribute show described as “mind-blowingly spot on.” Be stunned by the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids as she takes you on a heartfelt journey through Houston’s greatest hits. With the accompaniment of a live band, backing vocalists, and choreographed dancers, plus state-of-the-art sound, lighting, visual and theatrical effects, this is a beautifully-crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers. Don’t miss the chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime concert event for yourself. This production is not associated with the Estate of Whitney Houston. Tickets are $25-$98.

Saturday, January 18th (7:30pm) and Sunday, January 19th (3pm)

The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert

Always entertaining and still going strong! The Oak Ridge Boys return to The Grand for their annual concerts featuring unparalleled four-part harmony and a string of number one hits from Billboard’s country singles charts! Join lead singer Duane Allen, bass Richard Sterban, tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden as they deliver one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. A Grand favorite! Tickets are $37-$112.

Saturday, February 1st (8pm) and Sunday, February 2nd (3pm):

“Finding Neverland”

A heartwarming theatrical event full of beautiful music tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters – Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. Tickets are $25-$108.

February 11th (7:30pm):

Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group

One of the music industry’s most vibrant, beloved and iconic performers returns to The Grand 1894 Opera House for another legendary performance. Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group will take center stage at The Grand for a performance certain to define Lovett as one of the most compelling and captivating entertainers of popular music. Tickets are $30-$100.

Save the Date

• Saturday, February 29th (3pm and 8pm): “An American in Paris” • Saturday, March 7th (8pm) and Sunday, March 8th (3pm): “One Night of Queen: Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works” • Friday, March 13th (8pm) and Saturday, March 14th (2pm): “Beautiful - The Carole King Musical” • Saturday, March 21st (8pm): “YAMATO The Drummers of Japan: Jhonetsu” • Sunday, March 22nd (4pm): “The Rob Landes Trio: Gershwin at The Grand” • Saturday, March 28th (8pm): “Viva MOMIX!” • Saturday, April 18th (8pm): “The Texas Tenors: Honoring the Legends” • Friday, May 1st (8pm) and Saturday, May 2nd (8pm): The Temptations in Concert

Tickets are available by contacting The Grand’s Box Office at (409)765-1894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com.

Coast2Soul Open Mic Poetry Night

Join at The Proletariat for an Open Mic night of poetry. All ages are welcome. Come out and share your work with open ears and open hearts, or come out and listen to poets to share their work with you. Each Open Mic will be hosted by different people each session. There is no cover and sign-in begins at 8pm. Scheduled are: December 3rd: Brandon Shatter, and December 17th: Swan. The Proletariat is located at 2221 Market St., Downtown Galveston.

December 7th (11am-12:30pm):

1900 Storm Stories Brunch at Old Moon Deli

Hear the Stories of the Great Storm of 1900! Learn how the tragedy was handled in Victorian times! Take a short break from the crowd get a quality meal and some true Galveston History to boot! Your meal is included in your ticket price. RSVP at fareharbor.com. Old Moon Deli & Pie is located at 408 23rd St., Downtown Galveston.

December 13th (5-7pm):

Kendra Gives Back Benefitting Galveston Art Center

Join for this Kendra Gives Back event at Hotel Galvez at 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. 20% of all Kendra Scott jewelry sales will benefit GAC. Start your holiday shopping while supporting GAC at the same time! Galveston Arts Center is a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to contemporary visual art in the Galveston area. Managing Galveston ArtWalk for over 30 years, the organization brings high-quality exhibitions to their 1878 historic National Bank Building on the Strand and provides a variety of educational programming for both youth and adults in-house and through outreach programming for individuals facing life challenges. Kendra Scott Friendswood will sell items directly to customers in the lobby of the hotel. Sales staff will accept cards only, no cash will be accepted.

December 28th and January 4th (3-4pm):

“Battle of Galveston” Tour

Take an hour long walking tour of the Battle of Galveston. Fought on January 1, 1863, this was the only Civil War battle fought in Galveston. Sites on the tour include the 1861 United States Custom House, the Hendley Building, the harbor, and more! The tour meets and departs from the 1861 US Custom House located at 502 20th Street. To purchase tickets, visit galvestonhistorictour.com.

Family Days at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling 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. The information is presented at a student’s level using activities or experiments. Children 18 years of age and younger are admitted free with a paying chaperone. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum is located at Pier 19 in Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)7667827 or go to oceanstaroec.com. December 14th: An Offshore Holiday The term “Christmas Tree” means something very different in the Oil and Gas Industry. See the museum’s 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! GalvestonIslandGuide.com • 13


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At Galveston Art League This Month:

Special Art on Display at Galveston Art League Gallery

The Galveston Art League Gallery is located at 2117A Postoffice St. in Galveston. For more info go to GalvestonArtLeague.com. The Galveston Art League’s Featured Artists for December created their paintings and drawings at two Galveston facilities: Transitional Learning Community (TLC) at Galveston TideWay and Sunshine Training Center. TideWay is an assisted living facility providing long-term care and rehabilitation services for adult survivors of brain injury. Sunshine offers day rehabilitation, community support, and supportive employment for individuals with developmental disabilities. Art activities are an integral part of the programming at both facilities. At TideWay, for instance, therapeutic art specialist Mary Arlis Fountain says art classes are designed to help clients overcome physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. A reception and viewing party will be held December 13th. For details and to RSVP, go to GalvestonArtLeague.com.

At Galveston Arts Center This Month:

“Amber Eagle: Nap Dreams” Continues On Exhibit

On view through February 23rd at Galveston Arts Center will be “Amber Eagle: Nap Dreams.” Amber Eagle is an artist based in Houston, TX and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Eagle received an MFA from the California College of the Arts and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She was a Core Fellow with the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and has been an artist in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, The McColl Center, Charlotte, NC, The Portland College of Arts and Crafts in Oregon, and Lawndale Art Center, Houston. Eagle has spent extensive time in Mexico following an initial award from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County to research fiestas and sugar sculpting traditions. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout North America and is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art, Victoria, as well as public art installations in Houston’s East End and Cherryhurst House, Houston. Eagle is an accomplished art car artist whose cars Our Lady of Transportation and Rosebud have received awards at the Houston Art Car Parade. For more info on the artist, go to ambereagle.studio. For more information on this exhibition, please visit galvestonartscenter.org/exhibitions/ambereagle. Galveston Arts Center continues on exhibit “Undercover,” a solo exhibition by Venezuelan-born and Houston-based artist Gerardo Rosales. Rosales explores issues of class, race, gender, and immigration to expose social inequalities experienced by immigrants coming from Latin America to the United States. Rosales appropriates ornamental aspects of folk art and geometric abstraction, infiltrated with elements that evoke adversity faced by these individuals

looking for a better life, only to find themselves facing similar conditions of social and economic exclusion. His paintings include rich colors and patterns that juxtapose the harshness of the wilderness of the tropics with domestic imagery. His works mix conflict with playfulness as a means to exaggerate reality with irony. The exhibition will be on view through January 5th, 2020. These exhibitions are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Galveston Arts Center is located at 2127 Strand St. in Downtown Galveston. The galleries are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Admission is free at all times. Special open to the public classes and workshops are held weekly. There are no classes Christmas week. These are: • Every Monday (1-3pm): Life Drawing Studio • Every Tuesday (6-8pm): Ceramic Studio • Every Wednesday (5:30-7:30pm): Printmaking Studio • Every Thursday (5:30-7:30pm): Fiber Arts Studio • ArtClub: Every Tuesday (4:15-5:45pm): Art Club for Kids; Every Wednesday (2:30-4pm): Art Club for Homeschooled Kids

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Artist Boat’s mission is to promote awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. Artist Boat is thrilled to have served over 100,000 participants and to have conserved 690 acres of land on Galveston Island. Friday & Saturday Kayak Tours are offered this month too. Some Eco-Art Kayak Tours, Coastal Heritage Preserve, Christmas Bay Coastal Preserve, East End Lagoon, Cypress Swamp, and Armand Bayou Nature Preserve tours are available. For a daily schedule of available tours go to artistboat.org. And this winter holiday season, art will meet science at Artist Boat’s Eco-Art Camp sessions. Campers will learn all about ocean creatures and their habitats and behaviors through critical thinking and hands-on exploration. Each camp culminates in the creation of artworks that illustrate the knowledge that campers have acquired about our ocean. Artist Boat has won national recognition for its educational programs and is a leader in outdoor educational experiences for small groups led by scientists and artists. Holiday camp sessions are $40 per half-day session. Morning camp is 9am-12 noon, and afternoon camp is 1-4pm. These are for ages 5-12 years old. Preregistration is required, and space is limited. Call (409)770-0722, email

KLaffey@artistboat.org, or go to artistboat.org/ eco-art-camps/. Classes are: • December 23rd: Whale of a Time (9am-12 noon) and Fish Frenzy (1-4pm) • December 26th: Shark Mania (9am-12 noon) and Off the Deep End (1-4pm) • December 27th: Marine Inverts (9am-12 noon) and Fish Frenzy (1-4pm) • December 30th: Whale of a Time (9am-12 noon) and Shark Mania (1-4pm) • December 31st: Off the Deep End (9am-12 noon) and Marine Inverts (1-4pm) • January 2nd: Fish Frenzy (9am-12 noon) and Whale of a Time (1-4pm) • January 3rd: Shark Mania (9am-12 noon) and Whale of a Time (1-4pm)

December 14th (10am-1pm):

Jewelry Making with Annette Kinslow

G. Lee Gallery invites you to join master jeweler Annette Kinslow for a Viking Knit jewelry making workshop. Handmade chains have been found in Viking treasure troves. Made from melted down coins turned into fine wire, these chains are formed using a loop in loop technique. All materials, as well as the use of tools during class, are provided. Beginners are welcome. This a fun bracelet to make. You will get compliments wherever you wear it! The class is $105, RSVP is needed. This will be held at G.Lee Gallery is located at 2217 Strand, Suite 107-B in Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)370-7350 or go to gleegallery.net.

2020 ArtWalks Dates Announced

For over 25 years, the Galveston Arts Center has organized ArtWalk on eight Saturday evenings each year in the heart of Galveston’s historic district. ArtWalk takes place inside existing art galleries (both commercial and non-profit) and other spaces such as cafes and shops that showcase rotating art exhibits. 2020 dates are: January 18th, March 7th, April 18th, May 30th, July 11th, August 22nd, October 10th, and November 28th. One of the Galveston Arts Center’s largest programs, ArtWalk supports our arts community and connects a diverse assortment of local places to see, learn about and purchase original art. For more info, locations and more, go to galvestonartscenter.org. GAC is the organizer of ArtWalk, which takes place every six weeks in downtown Galveston. The ArtWalk brochure, which lists participating venues, hours, information, and map can be downloaded at galvestonartscenter.org.

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BOOKS Book Signing by Loren C. Steffy for George Mitchell Biography

When George Mitchell died in 2013, The Economist proclaimed, “few businesspeople have done as much to change the world as George Mitchell,” a billionaire Texas oilman who defied the stereotypical swagger so identified with that industry. He did more than any other individual since John D. Rockefeller to alter the economics of oil. In “George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability, and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet,” award-winning author Loren C. Steffy offers the first definitive biography of Mitchell, placing his life and legacy in a global context and highlighting the significance of his discoveries and the lingering controversies they inspired. In addition to his role in the oil and gas industry, Mitchell had a critical part in reviving Galveston’s historic Downtown and opened The Tremont House in 1985. When The Tremont House opened it was the first hotel to open in Downtown Galveston in more than 60 years. Signings are December 7th (2-6pm) at Tremont House, 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row, Downtown Galveston. December 8th (10:30am-2pm), book signings will be at Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. It is free to attend either book signing.

December 6th (6-8:30pm):

“Oleanders in June” Book Signing

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for your reader? Join this book signing of the bestselling book, “Oleanders in June” with Whitney Vandiver who will be at The Naked Mermaid as part of A Holiday Stroll on Postoffice, a fun evening of

wine and holiday discounts with the shops on Postoffice Street. Vandiver will be talking with readers and shoppers, signing books, and joining in the holiday fun. This will be held at The Naked Mermaid, 2113 Postoffice St., Downtown Galveston.

December 7th (12 noon-3pm):

Author’s Afternoon with Kimber Fountain

Intrigued with Galveston history? Come meet Kimber Fountain author of “Seawall Chronicles” and “Galveston’s Red Light District.” Have a history question you’d like answered? Now is your chance at this talk taking place at G. Lee Gallery, 2217 Strand St., Downtown Galveston. This is free to attend. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Book Signing of “Beyond the Halls” with Mackenzie Finklea

“Beyond the Halls” is a book that speaks to museum lovers (and haters) who are looking to discover, for the first time, the history of museums and the dynamic nature of the industry. The past, present, and future of human culture can be found inside glass, on walls or tucked away in a climate-controlled environment. But what attracts society to collect fine art, pottery, and other ancient artifacts? Why do museums exist? In “Beyond the Halls: An Insider’s Guide to Loving Museums” you’ll find a brief history of museums while exploring the present nature of these institutions and thought-provoking ways to interact with them. Two book signings will be held. December 14th (3-5pm), The Proletariat, located at 2221 Market St., Downtown, will have food and drink available for purchase from the Proletariat and plenty of books available for purchase and signing from the author. December 21st (2-4pm), Blu Boutique, located at 2425 Strand St., Downtown Galveston will host a signing. Come down to BLU Boutique on the Strand for a book signing and a meet-and-greet with author Mackenzie Finklea. There will be beverages available for purchase from the bar at BLU, live music, and plenty of books available for purchase as well.

At Rosenberg Library This Month:

Thursday, December 26th (3pm): Don’t Drop the Ball! New Year’s Family Fun Celebration - Kick off 2020 by kicking out 2019! Games & active fun to ring in the New Year. Recommended for ages 6+. Rosenberg Library is located Downtown Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 (10:30am): New at 2310 Sealy St., Galveston. For more info call Year’s Ball: Baby Prom - Ring in 2020 with tiny (409)763-8854 or go to rosenberg-library.org. All tuxes & pint-sized gowns at this ball for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their chauffeurs/ events are free and open to the public. guardians.

Christmas Countdown Stories And Much More Children

Weekly storytimes are: • Every Monday (11am-12pm): Paws to Read • Every Wednesday (10am): Storytime for Children and their Caregivers • Every Saturday: Saturday Storytimes • Every day through December 23rd (4pm): Christmas Countdown Story Other fun events for children are: Reindeer Express Mail - Have you been naughty or nice? While you’re checking out books and movies for the holidays, make sure to write a letter to Santa and drop it off at the Reindeer Express Mail drop box. Saturday, December 14th (10:30am or 3pm): Brunch with Santa - Come share some Christmas cheer! Activities to include listening to stories, singing songs, participating in a puppet show, visiting with Santa, and the opportunity to create a memorable keepsake and receive a special treat. Activities are free but pre-registration is required and limited. Don’t forget your camera! Please only register for either the 10:30am or 3pm session.

Teens

There’s something going on for teens nearly every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this month at Rosenberg Library. From D&D to gaming, VR to anime, they have something for everyone. Come check it these events: • December 9th and 16th (4:30-7:30pm): Teen Tabletop RPG • December 6th (4:30-5:30pm): Y.A.L.L. Meeting • December 11th and 18th (4:30-5:30pm): Teen Gaming - A huge variety of board games from Pandemic to Sheriff of Nottingham, or try out virtual reality with games like Beat Saber! • December 13th (4:30-5:30pm): Fandom Discussion & Debate Club • December 20th (4:30-5:30pm): Anime Club

Adults (For 18 years and over)

December 10th (6-7th): Adult Book Club - Join Rosenberg’s NEW Rosenberg library adult book club! For December the title will be “The Lobster Kings” by Alexi Zentner. Tell us what you liked, and didn’t like, and make suggestions for our February book club choice. Monthly fun for adults are: • First Monday each month (4:30-6pm): Adult Anime and Manga Club • Every Tuesday (5:30pm): Adult Dungeons & Dragons • Second Tuesday (6:30-8:30pm): Adult Board Game Night. • Third Thursday (6:30-8pm): Adult Trivia Night

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sumptuous menu and will be offering bottle service upon request for our New Year’s celebration. The scene will be set for a momentous night of dancing featuring DJ Bryan Rhymez of Electric Mardi Gras. We are all about fun and invite you to make memories at our historic venue by ringing in the new year with our midnight ball drop. There is nothing like it on the island!” New Year’s Eve at The Tasting Room is $125 per person, $450 for a party of 4, and includes bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, valet parking, four party rooms, and rooftop patio. Bottle service is available. For more information and reservations go to thetastingroomevents.com, email events@thetastingroom.com, or call (409)763-6805.

At Galveston’s Own Farmers Market This Month:

A Special Holiday Market

Every Thursday 3-6pm and Sunday 9am-1pm, Galveston’s Own Farmers Market is held at The Bryan Museum Gardens, located at 1315 21st St. Come to the beautiful Conservatory and botanical gardens to relax and enjoy time and conversation with friends, family, and museum staff. It is always free to browse and most events are free to participate. December 15th (9am-1pm), A Holiday Market will be held. Come out and celebrate the season of giving and shopping with local vendors, farmers, and live music. Be sure to bring the whole family and the fur babies to take photos with Galveston Island Humane Society’s Santa Paws! Donations are appreciated. GIHS will also have 2020 Galveston Heroes & Hounds calendars available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit their mission. You can also make holiday crafts with friends from the Galveston Arts Center while learning more about their art programs for adults and kids. Taste the Market will be held featuring seasonal vegetables and items from vendors with Seventh Day Adventist. After the market, GOFM invites everyone to enjoy The Bryan Museum - Galveston’s Holiday Delight: A Lone Star Christmas fun, complete with cowboy campfire, festive holiday elf hunt, holiday goodies, and more! This special holiday market will be fun for all ages. It is free to attend. As always, at every market, there is live music, a chance to learn more about The Bryan Museum, recycling drop offs with Keepin’ It Green, family-friendly activities sponsored by partners like Rosenberg Library, Galveston Island State Park, Galveston Island Humane Society, the “BYOC” - bring your own cup program, and more. Other fun events most Thursdays are the Bryan Museum’s “Wine at the Bryan,” held where you can discover the history and beauty of the museum. Every Sunday at 10am, Yoga Classes are led by local yoga teachers. All classes are free to attend. Every Third Thursday, 3-6pm, the fun Thirsty Thursdays is held wherein Galveston Island Brewing donates beers first-come, first-serve to market customers.

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January 25th-February 9th:

The Kitchen Chick, Downtown Galveston’s charming boutique kitchen shop, offers specialty gourmet kitchen wares and accessories, plus a full schedule of cooking classes. Kitchen Chick is located at 2402 Market St., Downtown Galveston. 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 this month are: • December 7th (11am): Holiday Macaron Magic • December 8th (11am): Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing • December 8th (3pm): Texas Christmas Cookies with Royal Icing • December 12th (6:30pm): Sleigh the Holidays, Haute Appetizers • December 13th (6:30pm): Boozy Creole Feast • December 14th (10am): Ugly Sweater Holiday Brunch Party • December 14th (3pm): Holiday Cake Decorating • December 15th (11am): Ugly Sweater Cookies with Royal Icing • December 20th (6:30pm): Bottoms Up Boozy Holiday Cooking • December 21st (11am-2pm): Kids Holiday Bread Baking • December 21st (3-6pm): All Aboard the Holiday Express Kids Class • December 27th (6:30pm): Traditional Tamales

The ninth annual Galveston. com & Company Galveston Restaurant Week brings Galveston Island’s vibrant food scene to life for two full weeks of delicious dining. Galveston is home to the finest Gulf Coast seafood and some of Texas’s most delectable restaurants. And visitors to Galveston Restaurant Week will enjoy these delightful and delicious eateries and more for prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus – at attractive price points you’re sure to savor! And while your taste buds are celebrating delicious, you can put the guilt aside knowing that your participation in Restaurant Week is helping others. This year, Galveston Restaurant Week eatery has committed to help Access Care of Coastal Texas provide weekly lunches to its clients. These lunches provide nutrition for persons with HIV or AIDS. Participating in Galveston Restaurant Week is easy! No tickets or passes are required! Food lovers may simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they like during Galveston Restaurant Week. Two and/or 3-course dinners will be priced between $20-$35; and 2-course lunches, breakfasts, and brunches will cost between $10-$20. Reservations are strongly recommended to make sure you’re able to sample your favorite flavors! The public is invited to experience cuisine that will amplify your palate and highlight the fun of dining on Galveston Island. Quite simply, this culinary tradition promises to “celebrate delicious!” like no other event of the year. For more info go to galvestonrestaurantweek.com/.

Classic Christmas & Holiday The 2020 Galveston Restaurant Week Cookie Classes

Ring in the New Year at The Falstaff Tasting Room

Galveston’s newest event venue, Events @ The Tasting Room, 3316 Church St., will welcome the new year with a Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party, 9pm-2am. Tickets are now available at thetastingroomevents.com. The historic Falstaff Brewery has been meticulously restored by developer Jerome Karam, and the party begins on New Year’s Eve. Celebrate in style while enjoying panoramic views of the Island skyline from the 5th floor hospitality suite of rooms. Galvestonians have fond memories of the Falstaff Brewery and the next generation will create new memories while enjoying the historic ambiance. Dance the night away on original terrazzo while enjoying state of the art amenities including sound system, lighting and luxurious comfort found in all rooms. Guests will enjoy a full bar, New Year’s Eve menu created by Chef Mary Bass, and are encouraged to dress in Roaring 20’s theme. Roaring 20’s hostess and Director of Events at The Tasting Room, Rae Ann Rindhage, is planning a spectacular party guaranteed to be entertaining and engaging. “We are planning a

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At Galveston Island Brewing:

A Family Fun Christmas Party & More

Galveston Island Brewery (GIB) is a local brewery featuring an on-site taproom showcasing classic beer styles from around the world. December 14th (3-5pm), GIB will host it’s Annual Family Christmas Party with Santa at the Brewery. KOOPS BBQ Food Trailer & Catering will be on site. Santa will be available to take pictures in the brewhouse bring a camera and have some holiday fun! Snap a picture of the kids, 4 legged kiddos or capture the perfect beer drinker pic of you with Santa. Santa will be checking off his list of who has been naughty and who has been nice. A free holiday glass will be given to the first 50 customers to get their picture with Santa. There will be special brews and as always, this promises to be a fun family event with a playground for the kids and ice-cold beverages for the adults. It is free to attend and food and beverages will be for sale. For more info call (409)740-7000, go to galvestonislandbrewing.com, or you can always stop by the brewery located at 8423 Stewart Rd., Galveston.

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MUSIC It’s “Everything I’ve Ever Wanted,” All the Way Down Deep in My Soul:

The Energetic & Rockin’ Hamilton Loomis

Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Loomis is the son of musician parents who has listened to blues, rock, and soul his whole life. Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar, and harmonica early on, honing his multi-instrumental talent in addition to performing regularly as part of his family’s doo-wop group. “My parents had a fantastic record collection, and, when I started writing, I gravitated towards what I’d been listening to all my life. I have a huge reverence for the blues and all it encompasses, but I’ve always been fond of R&B and funky music.” A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 at Houston’s famed venue Rockefeller’s. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Diddley quickly became friend, mentor, collaborator, and supporter, appearing on two of Loomis’ albums and presenting a cherished red guitar that he still plays. And as they say, the rest is history. We recently went to see a concert of Loomis’ and found the quote, “Loomis’ energetic, get-inwith-the-crowd antics are infectious” very accurate. We sat down with Loomis to ask a few questions. Island Guide: Where are you from? Loomis: I was born and raised on the island. I am a BOI. Island Guide: How long have you been playing music? Loomis: Pretty much all my life. My parents are musicians, so there was always music and instruments in our home. Island Guide: Describe your style of music, your sound, for someone who has never heard you. Loomis: My music is a mixture of all my favorite music I listened to growing up: blues, funk, soul, rock, & pop. Being comfortable on stage is something that comes entirely natural for me. I feel joy when I play music, and it moves me. It moves my body. I learned long ago that whenever music is coming from you, from deep inside your soul and from the right place, people will feel that on a deeper level and might not even know what’s going on inside of themselves. I enjoy playing, engaging the crowd, and feel a show should be an interactive experience.” Island Guide: What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Loomis: This is a tough question because I’m multi-genre. I think I’ve developed a hangup about people wanting to categorize music or stick it into one genre. As soon as you label an artist with one style, you prevent a lot of potential fans

from listening to your music. However, at least that’s one good thing about certain streaming services: they cross genres and give subscribers suggestions that may not be exactly what they would go for - too bad those streaming services only pay pennies to artists - but it’s the way of the future, and you do gain new fans. Island Guide: Your music is described by Blues Blast Magazine as “a non-stop turbo of power, one minute moving from side to side of the stage, and then taking on the horn player in a head-cutting contest on the apron of the stage the next minute.” What does that mean to you personally? Loomis: Ha! Well, honestly it’s just describing some of the stuff my band and I like to do onstage. I like to engage the audience a lot. I like to go out and play in the crowd to make people feel closer to the artist. I like to put quotes from other famous songs into my own, to keep people trying to figure out what we’re going to do next. When I do a long guitar solo, it’s totally directed by the audience’s reactions and facial expressions. I guess it’s another way of making the audience feel like they’re a part of what’s going on onstage. Island Guide: How old were you when you fell in love with music? How did you get started in music? And who were your influences? In other words, what got you started. Loomis: My parent’s record collection definitely got me exposed to a lot of great music at an early age, plus the fact that they were musicians was a plus too. It was a great environment as a youngster to learn how to play instruments. Also, that one night, when I met Bo Diddley, it began my education, and I spent a lot of time with Bo over the years listening to him tell so many stories. He was so generous, and most people don’t know that he was really philanthropic. He played free concerts around his hometown for homeless shelters, schools and anyone that just needed help. He was always giving! That’s another thing that planted the GIVE IT BACK seed in my mind. It’s all coming full circle now for me. Island Guide: Was there a point in your life where you decided that playing music was going to be your career? Tell us the story of how that decision came about.

Loomis: I remember when I was about 12 years old, I sold my dirt bike so I could have the money to buy a multitrack recorder. I think that was the big turning point. Island Guide: Do you play covers and originals? Loomis: I do a few covers in my show, but mostly it’s my originals from my CDs. Island Guide: Tell us how your songwriting process happens. Loomis: That’s another tough one. I don’t think I have one process for songwriting. Some songs begin with a great line, some begin with a great groove, and others start with a topic that I want to write about or needs to be written about. For me, I guess every song is different, and it’s just a matter of coming up with music that fits the lyrics, or lyrics that fit the vibe of the music. It’s different for every song. Island Guide: What is your favorite song to perform and why? Loomis: I think my favorite one to perform on stage is “Bow Wow,” which is a tribute to Houston’s own Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson. It’s the one song that I do an extended guitar solo out in the crowd on, and it is directed and influenced by the audience’s reactions. I never know what’s going to happen on that song, but it’s such a treat when the audience is a part of what you’re doing. Island Guide: What advice would you offer people who are just starting, either individually, or as a band? Everyone has a “first day.” Loomis: Be dedicated, be professional, be the best at what you do. Don’t skimp on the recordings you put out there. If you have to spend money on a great studio or a great producer, it’s worth the investment because once you put something out there, it’s there forever. Island Guide: Our questions that we ask everyone: if you could pick one band to see live, living or dead, who would it be? Loomis: I’m fortunate because I got to see Prince and Stevie Wonder live, two of my favorite artists of all time. It would have been great to see Hendrix in his heyday. Island Guide: What was the first album you remember purchasing? Loomis: I think the first album I ever bought was Stevie Ray Vaughan “Couldn’t Stand the Weather,” on vinyl! Island Guide: What was the first concert you went to? Loomis: My first concert was the Beastie Boys on their “Licensed to Ill” tour. I was 11, and they were beyond vulgar...my dad, who took me, was absolutely livid! Island Guide: What is the one piece of musical equipment you cannot live without? Loomis: I have this Shop-Vac nozzle for my harmonica, and it gives me that great big fat harmonica tone. It’s one of a kind, and they don’t make them in that size anymore, so if I ever lost it I would be screwed! Island Guide: Any big announcements for 2019-2020, big gigs, new music, new CD’s, etc.? Loomis: I just released my very first Christmas CD, “This Season,” which is available on my website at hamiltonloomis.com. It’s got five new original Christmas songs that I’ve written along with five holiday classics that I put my spin on. For more info, music, and gig schedules, go to hamiltonloomis.com/schedule or facebook.com/ hamiltonloomis.

December 8th (12 noon-7pm):

Albastock 2019

Come for this fun day of music that will feature an amazing display of Island Talent and general all-around fun. Albatross, located at 815 21st St., Galveston, will be doing a Toy Drive for Galveston Urban Ministries (GUM) plus there will be live music all day long. The event will take place rain or shine. KOOPS will be onsite selling food & donating 10% of sales to GUM. For more details and musician line-up go to facebook.com/ events/531544360959348/.

December 15th (7-8pm):

Chorale Holiday Concert

“Tidings of Joy” is the theme of the Galveston College Community Chorale’s annual holiday concert at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St, Galveston. Under the direction of Michael Gilbert with accompaniment by Ron Wyatt, the choir will perform a variety of holiday treasures. The free concert is open to the public.

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January 15th (7-9pm):

Travis Linville Acoustic at St. Joseph’s Church

Held at the 1859 St. Joseph’s Church, 2202 Avenue K, in Galveston, noted musician and songwriter Travis Linville will perform January 15th at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and available on eventbrite.com. There’s something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma’s Travis Linville, and it’s carried him from dive bars and classrooms to “The Tonight Show” and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe. Linville is legendary regionally as a guitarist and solo artist as well as his work in the Burtschi Brothers, and his behind-the-scenes Oklahoma influence includes producing early recordings for John Fullbright and Parker Millsap. The “Oklahoma Gazette” rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent. Independently, Linville has sold thousands of albums and played thousands of shows across his 20-plus year career, with an ever-evolving repertoire deeply rooted in songcraft, sly humor and subtlety. He’s currently at work on a new full-length album with producer JD McPherson. NPR Music chose first single “Wishes” for its Heavy Rotation feature, noting that “the relatable tune, paced by steady percussion and accented by crying pedal steel, focuses on those ever-escaping moments as folks weave in and out of our lives.”

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The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe:

Two Tons of Steel Rocks a Texas Sound

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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 prekindle.com/events/oldquarteracousticcafe or find them on Facebook. Reservations can be made by emailing amora528@ gmail.com. Reservations can be made by emailing amora528@ gmail.com or calling (409)7629199. Get your tickets early, some of these shows will sell out fast. Most shows start between 8-8:30pm. Featured this month is the concert December 27th with a Galveston favorite, Two Tons Of Steel. 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 the 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 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, Tenn., 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 band’s 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 currently available at prekindle. com/events/oldquarteracousticcafe starting at $20. This is a guaranteed sell-out. Because some concerts sell out quickly, these are all the upcoming concerts that are currently selling tickets: • December 6th: Chuck Hawthorne with Libby Koch, Gabe Wooten Song Swap • December 7th: Adam & Chris Carroll • December 8th: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

• December 12th: Nobody’s Girl • December 13th: Song Prompt #4 • December 14th: Dreadneck Trio (James Sturrock) December 19th: The Annual Old Quarter Christmas Party • December 20th: Charles Bryant, Van Buchanan, Alex Coba Song Swap • December 21st: South Austin Moonlighters • December 27th: Two Tons Of Steel • December 28th: Jeff Plankenhorn with Marina Rocks opening • January 1st: Annual Townes Van Zandt Wake Party • January 3rd: Grifters & Shills, Black Lung Lucy, Mighty Orq • January 11th: The Brandon McDermott Band • January 16th: Matt Harlan, Ali Holder • January 17th: Kevin Galloway with Courtney Hale Revia opening • January 18th: Jordi Baizan and Brad Boyer Song Swap • January 22nd: An Evening with Hayes Carl and Allison Moorer - SOLD OUT! • January 24th: Brandon Rhyder • January 25th: Christy Hayes (full band) • February 7th: Nicolette Good and Joe Reyes • February 8th: Lisa Morales Band • February 29th: Adam Hood

Galveston Symphony Orchestra:

A Pops Concert: Happy New Year, Vienna Style!

The Galveston Symphony Orchestra provides quality classical music, inspiring audiences, and musicians alike with a strong commitment to artistic excellence and community involvement. All concerts start at 4pm and are at The 1894 Grand Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Downtown Galveston. Performance tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students. Tickets are available at galvestonsymphony.org. This season continues with “A Pops Concert: Happy New Year, Vienna Style” Sunday, January 5th. Celebrate the New Year with this program of fun, lighthearted works. Upcoming concerts are: • Sunday, February 9th (4pm): Masterworks Valentine’s Concert: Trond Plays Paganini • Sunday, March 15th (4pm): Masterworks Concert: Tchaikovsky: Pathétique • Sunday, April 19th (4pm): Masterworks Concert: Pines of Rome

The Moody Mansion Music Series

In addition to the symphony’s concerts, you can experience intimate extraordinary soloist recitals in the elegant ballroom of the historic Moody Mansion. These are: • January 25th (7pm): Classical Trio with Brilliant pianist Evelyn Chen, joined by her husband, cellist Brinton Averil Smith, and GSO Conductor Trond Saeverud. • February 7th (7pm): Trond Saeverud, violin • March 13th (7pm): Andrew Staupe, piano • April 17th (7pm): Peter Verhoyen, piccolo Tickets are available online at galvestonsymphony.org/moody-mansion-music, by downloading the season reservation form.


Galveston Live Music Gig Guide Thursday, December 5th

The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Blu Boutique -Jason Crabtree, 3-7 Bubba’s On The Strand - Chris & Gwen, 4-8, Jaredd Reed, 9-12 The Galvez - Bryan Guevane, 5:30-9:30 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 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 Tremont House – Leah’s Ensemble Du Jour, 6-9

Friday, December 6th

23rd Street Station – LU/X, 6-12 3 Doors Down in The Peanut Butter Warehouse- Jason Crabtree, 8-11 The Bar at San Luis – Friday’s Band, 7:30-12:30 B. Jiggers – Bernard Pierre Band, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Brewchachos - Rodney Haines, 7-11 Bubba’s On The Strand - Micah Hanning, 12-4 Island Pour House - Matt Mejia, 8-11 Marina Bar & Grill - Evan Carpenter, 5-8 MOD Coffeehouse - Cheryl Cawood, 6-9 Prohibition Reds - Danny Kristensen, 8-12 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern - Lightning Rob, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Symposium Brewpub - Djidala Djembe Drum Troupe, 9-1 Tipsy Turtle - Live Music, 6-9 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – DJ, 10-1

Tuesday, December 10th

The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Prohibition Red’s - Open Mic, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Tuesday Night Music Club Open Mic, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2

Wednesday, December 11th

23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 Hearsay on the Strand - Live Music, 5-7 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Songwriter Night hosted by Tex Renner, 8-12 Playground Patio & Grill - Geoff Fish, 7-10 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke with Dessie & Cam, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Denny Norris, 8-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1

Thursday, December 12th

Albatross - DC Karaoke, 9-12 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand - Chris & Gwen, 4-8, Jaredd Reed, 9-12 The Galvez - Bryan Guevane, 5:30-9:30 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Nobody’s Girl, 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 Tremont House – Leah’s Ensemble Du Jour, 6-9

Bubba’s On The Strand - Micah Hanning, 12-4 Galveston Island Brewing – Acoustic Jam, 1-4 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1

Monday, December 16th

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 17th

The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Prohibition Red’s - Open Mic, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Tuesday Night Music Club Open Mic, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2

Wednesday, December 18th

23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 Hearsay on the Strand - Live Music, 5-7 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Songwriter Night hosted by Tex Renner, 8-11 Playground Patio & Grill - Geoff Fish, 7-10 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke with Dessie & Cam, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1

Thursday, December 19th

The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand - Chris & Gwen, 4-8, Jaredd Reed, 9-12 The Galvez - Bryan Guevane, 5:30-9:30 Friday, December 13th Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 23rd Street Station – Kirk & Mike & Jayme, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Songwriter 9-12 Saturday, December 7th Night hosted by Tex Renner, 8-11 3 Doors Down in The Peanut Butter Ware- Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 23rd Street Station – Clay Howell, 9-12 house - Geoff Fish, 8-11 9-1 3 Doors Down in The Peanut Butter WareThe Bar at San Luis – Friday’s Band, San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, house - Mike & Matt, 8-11 7:30-12:30 7:30-11:30 The Bar at San Luis – Bernard Pierre, B. Jiggers – Dead Stereo, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic, 8-12 7:30-12:30 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 B. Jiggers – Secret Party Band, 9-1 Brewchachos - Ojos Rojos, 7-10 Three Doors Down – Open Mic, 7-10 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand - Micah Hanning, Tremont House – Leah’s Ensemble Du Blu Boutique -Keith Neubauer, 3-7 12-4, The Feel Band, 9-1 Jour, 6-9 Bubba’s On The Strand - Jaredd Reed, Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 12-4 Friday, December 20th Island Pour House - Catherine Stoud, 8-11 23rd Street Station – Gary & Clay, 6-9 Galveston Country Club - Boo Schaaf, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Song Prompt 6:30-9:30 3 Doors Down in The Peanut Butter WareShowcase, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 house - Rodney Haines, 8-11 Playground Patio & Grill - Karaoke, 8-12 MOD Coffeehouse - Paper Sparrow, 7-9 The Bar at San Luis – Friday’s Band, Prohibition Red’s Scott Maxwell, 8-12 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Adam & Chris 7:30-12:30 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Carroll, 8-12 B. Jiggers – Hamilton Loomis, 9-1 Symposium Brewpub Djidala Djembe Playground Patio Bar - Level One Band, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Drum Troupe, 9-1 Poop Deck - Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand - Micah Hanning, Tipsy Turtle - Salty Sounds, 7-10 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 12-4 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Sharky’s Tavern - Tone Salinas, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Charles Bryant, Yaga’s – DJ, 10-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Alex Coba, Van Buchanan, 8-12 Stuttgarden Tavern - The Fab 5, 9-1 Saturday, December 14th Playground Patio & Grill - Karaoke, 8-12 Tipsy Turtle -Live Music, 6-9 23rd Street Station – Thomas Cokinos, Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 9-12 Sharky’s Tavern - Live Music, 8:30-12:30 Yaga’s – DJ Nonstopp, 10-1 3 Doors Down in The Peanut Butter Ware- Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sunday, December 8th house - Marina Rocks, 8-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Symposium Brewpub - Djidala Djembe 23rd Street Station – Sing ALong Sundays, The Bar at San Luis – Bernard Pierre, 7:30-12:30 Drum Troupe, 9-1 4-8 B. Jiggers – Sure Thing, 9-1 Tipsy Turtle - Live Music, 7-10 Albatross – Albastock, 12-6 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Blu Boutique - Channing Sall, 12-4 Blu Boutique -Jason Crabtree, 3-7 Yaga’s – DJ, 10-1 Bubba’s On The Strand - Micah Hanning, Galveston Country Club - Boo Shaaf, 6-9 12-4 Saturday, December 21st Galveston Island Brewing – Acoustic Jam, Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 23rd Street Station – Dave Thomas, 9-12 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Dreadneck 1-4 3 Doors Down in The Peanut Butter WareTrio, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm house - Keith & Bruce, 8-11 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Ramblin Jack Playground patio Bar & Grill - Sami Jo The Bar at San Luis – Bernard Pierre, Band, 9-1 Elliott, 8-12 7:30-12:30 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey B. Jiggers – Level One, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 C., 8-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sharky’s Tavern – Jim Duff, 7-11 Blu Boutique - Cheryl Cawood, 3-7 Stuttgarden Tavern – So/Below, 9-1 Monday, December 9th Bubba’s On The Strand - Jaredd Reed, Tipsy Turtle - Live Music, 7-10 12-4 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Galveston Country Club - Boo Schaaf, 6-9 7-11 Yaga’s – DJ Nonstopp, 10-1 The Grand 1894 Opera House - The 5 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sunday, December 15th Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Browns, 8pm Blu Boutique - Bobby Territo, 12-4 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10

To list your band’s or venue’s gigs here, shoot your dates to: TheIslandGuide@gmail.com Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - South Austin Moonlighters, 8-12 Playground Patio Bar & Grill - Fidelity Maxx, 9-1 Poop Deck - Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Prohibition Red’s - Robert Greaney, 7-11 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sharky’s Tavern - Stranded, 9-1 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – The Line Up, 10-1

Sunday, December 22nd

Blu Boutique -Rodney Haines, 1-5 Bubba’s On The Strand - Micah Hanning, 12-4 Galveston Island Brewing – Acoustic Jam, 1-4 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Playground Patio Bar & Grill - Live Music, 5-8 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, 8-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Jam, 7-11

Monday, December 23rd

The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Island Pier Club - Jason Crabtree,7-10 Nick’s Pool Bar - DJ Nonstopp, 2-8 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2

Tuesday, December 24th

The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Prohibition Red’s - Open Mic, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Tuesday Night Music Club Open Mic, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2

Wednesday December 25th

Merry Christmas! Thursday, December 26th

The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand - Chris & Gwen, 4-8, Jaredd Reed, 9-12 The Galvez - Bryan Guevane, 5:30-9:30 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Songwriter Night hosted by Tex Renner, 8-11 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 Tremont House – Leah’s Ensemble Du Jour, 6-9

Friday, December 27th

Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Symposium Brewpub - Djidala Djembe Drum Troupe, 9-1 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – Mambo Jazz Kings, 10-1

Saturday, December 28th 23rd Street Station – Chris Bergeron, 9-12 3 Doors Down in The Peanut Butter Warehouse - Amy & Me, 8-11 The Bar at San Luis – Bernard Pierre, 7:30-12:30 B. Jiggers – Mambo Jazz Kings, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Blu Boutique -Kenny Stainton, 3-7 Bubba’s On The Strand - Jaredd Reed, 12-4, Ocean Roots, 9-1 Galveston Country Club - Boo Schaaf, 6-9 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Island Pour House - Jim Presley, 8-11 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Jeff Plankhorn, 8-12 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern - The Brush Poppers, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden Tavern - Mix Tape, 9-1 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – DJ Nonstopp, 10-1

Sunday, December 29th Blu Boutique -Bobby Territo, 12-4 Bubba’s On The Strand - Micah Hanning, 12-4 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm

Monday, December 30th The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden Tavern - Open Mic Monday Competition Night, 8-11

Tuesday, December 31st The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 B. Jiggers – Radio Live, 8-12 Prohibition Red’s - Open Mic, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Tuesday Night Music Club Open Mic, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2

Wednesday, January 1st 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 Hearsay on the Strand - Live Music, 5-7 Playground Patio & Grill - Geoff Fish, 7-10 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke with Dessie & Cam, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Jim Duff, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1 Tremont House – Lee & Mel, 6-9

Thursday, January 2nd

23rd Street Station – Ryan & Karen, 9-12 3 Doors Down in The Peanut Butter Ware- The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Toletino, 7:30-11:30 house - Micah Hanning, 8-11 B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 The Bar at San Luis – Friday’s Band, Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 7:30-12:30 Blu Boutique -Jason Crabtree, 3-7 B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand - Chris & Gwen, Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 4-8, Jaredd Reed, 9-12 Bubba’s On The Strand - Micah Hanning, The Galvez - Bryan Guevane, 5:30-9:30 12-4, The Feel, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Island Pour House - Larry Blomstedt, 8-11 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Two Ton Of San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, Steel, 8-12 7:30-11:30 Playground Patio & Grill - Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic, 8-12 Prohibition Reds - Danny Kristensen Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Tremont House – Leah’s Ensemble Du Rum Shack - Orange Fox, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Jour, 6-9 GalvestonIslandGuide.com • 19


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