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Things To Do Dickens on the Strand Returns: A Holiday Tradition Begins Again
Make history at Galveston’s world-famous Victorian holiday festival, Dickens on The Strand! Held December 1st-3rd, the 44th annual festival is produced by Galveston Historical Foundation and is a holiday tradition with great family programming, special holiday performances, and newly created events all weekend long. This year’s festival begins Friday, December 1st with free admission to the kick off event, Fezziwig’s Beer Hall, 5-9pm; and continues with ticketed admission Saturday, December 2nd 10am-9pm, and Sunday, December 3rd 12 noon-6pm. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth. Tickets are available online at dickensonthestrand.org, by calling (409)765-7834, or at all area Randall’s stores. Attendees in Victorian costume will be admitted for $8. Many of this year’s special events, concerts, and tours have limited seating. The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items. Three descendants of Charles Dickens will grace the festival as GHF welcomes Mark Charles Dickens, a great-greatgrandson; Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, a great-great-great-granddaughter; and Jane Dickens Monk, a great-great-granddaughter. All descendants will be at numerous events throughout the weekend. “Returning to Galveston for Dickens on the Strand is a very exciting prospect, not least because this year I’ll be launching my new book, ‘Dickens and Christmas,’ at the festival,” says Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. “I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and to making new ones, as well as to discover what new activities GHF has planned for us. This year, there’ll be three members of the Dickens family present, so come and say hello!”
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Friday, December 1st (6:30pm) - A Dickens Soiree at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace - Featuring specialty acts, award-winning performers, and carefully curated food and drink options, this new kickoff to the annual festival is not to be missed! Held at the breathtaking 1892 Bishop’s
Galveston College Presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”
The Galveston College Theatre Department will present a radio play version of the holiday favorite “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The radio play version features student performers giving voice to the play’s main characters just as stars of the original movies did for radio audiences back in the old days. Performances will be given in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College main campus at 4015 Ave. Q. Performances are Thursday, November 30th at 7:30pm, Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. For more info go to gc.edu.
Palace, attendees will enjoy live music by Houston’s Two Star Symphony, a special acrobatics presentation by Cirque La Vie, and appearances by special guests including a reading by Mark Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens. Tickets are $75 and reservations are required. Sunday, December 3rd (3pm) - Dickens Costume Contest - What fun is a Dickens festival if you don’t have the characters? This new addition to the wildly popular costume contests puts the focus squarely on the beloved characters from Dickens’ literary works. Judged by the visiting Dickens descendants, registration will be open for individual and family costumes. Registration is $10 for individuals and $15 for families. Interested competitors can sign up at the costume contest booth. Saturday, December 2nd (7:30pm) - Showing of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” - It’s been called the greatest puppet-based holiday film of all time, and at this year’s Dickens on The Strand, guests can catch a free showing of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” on Saturday night. Free for all attendees, the Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, and Sam the Eagle, weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases: past, present, and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.
of the Dickens descendants if your story is the winning selection. Lucinda Dickens Hawksley will personally select two stories, one from a 7-9 age range and one from a 10-12 range, for the winner to accompany them as their special guest during a Dickens parade. Stories are limited to 100 words and can be on one of three topics. Details and Returning Favorites submissions are at dickensonthesSaturday, December 2nd (8am) or Sunday, December 3rd (10am) - Breakfast with Dickens trand.org. - The great-great-granddaughter of Charles Sunday, December Dickens, Jane Monk, isn’t just coming to this 3rd (4:30pm) year’s event to take in the sights and share her Victorian Bed heritage, she’s also there to cook a traditional Races - Fortune English breakfast. Join Jane and an awardand glory await winning chef at the beautiful 1859 Ashton Villa. one lucky team at Tickets are $60 and reservations are required. the 2017 Dickens on The Strand! The annual Victorian Bed Race is December 1st (5-9pm) - Fezziwig’s Friday always a crowd favorite and pits 5-person teams Night - Mr. against each other for a foot race down GalvesFezziwig was ton’s historic streets. Awards will be given to the everything 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams as well as a special Ebenezer crowd favorite award for the best-decorated bed. wasn’t, and we pay Oliver’s Alley Children’s Area - Children by the tribute to thousands come each year to the parades, petting his jovial zoo, and more. This year’s event will feature an personality at expanded Oliver’s Alley children’s area, presented the Fezziby the Galveston Children’s Museum, where wig’s Beer specialty programs and events will be scheduled Hall. Join in all weekend long. the Friday evening fun for specialty acts, hearty brews, and new friends - all hosted by Dickens Festival Highlights descendant Jane Monk. There will also be a The festival weekend also hosts a multitude of specialty cocktail chosen from Cedric Dickens’ spirited fun with events such as the crowd favorbook “Drinking With Dickens.” Admission is free ite Whimsical Whisker Revue, a facial hair contest for this lively start to the 44th anniversary. for the bearded and the dandy, the Dickens VictoDickens Children’s Writing Contest - Could you rian Bed Races, Victorian Costume Contest, and be the next Dickens? This year’s festival will give daily parades through Galveston’s National Hisyou the chance to ride in a carriage with both toric Landmark Strand District. Also, daily special
events include: Saturday, December 2nd (4:30pm) - Salute To Sunset Aboard the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA - The Texas Seaport Museum transforms to a London wharf for this toast to the end of the day and beginning of the evening. The Tall Ship ELISSA welcomes you aboard for heavy appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire, and special guests leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwick’s Lanternlight Parade. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required. Friday, December 1st (5:30pm, 7pm and 8:30pm) - Holiday Handbell Concerts - The 1859 St. Joseph’s Church, the state’s first wooden built church, well known for its exceptional acoustics, hosts three holiday handbell concerts. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are required. Friday, December 1st (7pm), Saturday, December 2nd (11am and 4:30pm), and Sunday, December 3rd (3pm) - Saint Arnold’s Strand Walking Tours - Learn about the history of The Strand and enjoy some of Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s signature ales during this new tour. You’ll visit three festival pubs as you walk through the National Historic Landmark district with your guide. Tickets are $35 per person and include three complimentary beers. Advanced registration encouraged. For more info on Dickens on The Strand, Galveston Historical Foundation, or to purchase advance tickets, go to galvestonhistory.org or call (409)765-7834. For more festival info, contact Will Wright, Director of Communications and Special Events at (409)765-3404 or will.wright@ galvestonhistory.org.
parenting classes, job training, and education programs. December 14th (5-8pm) - Sip n’ Shop on The Strand - Enjoy a lot of specials and delicious drinks and snacks while you shop. Support your local shops! Participating shops include: Admiralty, Bungalow, Dorothy Mays, Gracie’s, Head to Footsies, Jewel Garden, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Sante Fe Trails, Strand Brass, Tina’s on The Strand, Tsunami, and Yaga’s Restaurant and Bar. January 28th (11am-3pm) - The Lyceum of Galveston Bridal Show - Join the fun at The Lyceum of Galveston for a Bridal Show that you will never forget with free food and dozens of well known vendors. You and your bridal team are sure to have a great time! Make your special day a dream come true. Preregister online at thetotalweddingexperience.com/january2018-lyceum-bridal-show-reg to be entered in the grand prize drawing. The Lyceum of Galveston is located at 2401 Winnie St. GalvestonIslandGuide.com • 5
December 2nd (3-6pm) - Kendra Gives Back This is perfect timing for the holidays! Shop for holiday gifts and maybe, something for yourself, during the monthly Kendra Scott Trunk Show. And an added bonus, your purchase will benefit a charity with 20% of sales benefiting the Galveston Police Department Blue Santa program. Blue Santa provides toys and gift cards to children ages 6 months to 17 years. Last year, more than 4,000 children received Blue Santa gifts. This is held at Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. December 2nd (5-10pm) - Dine for Charity Extended due to popular demand, Galvez Bar and Grill is offering a special Prime Rib Dinner, Thursdays-Sundays for $24 per person. A portion of your meal funds a monthly dinner for the Salvation Army. The Prime Rib Dinner includes a 10 oz. prime rib served with grilled seasonal vegetables, gorgonzola scalloped potatoes, cornbread muffins, and tea or coffee.
Galvez Bar and Grill is open 5-10pm for dinner. Reservations are available through OpenTable or by calling (409)765-7721. December 9th (7pm-12 midnight) - Santa’s Night Out - Looking for a way to get on Santa’s good side this year? The Galveston Diaper Bank has a sure fire way to help with their 2017 Santa’s’ Night Out. The annual diaper drive and pub crawl invites the public to join in their finest Santa suits, reindeer outfits, or elf attire and take to the streets of Galveston for cold ales, warm toddies, and fine friendship. Participants to this year’s event are encouraged to bring diapers and wipes to the first stop at Murphy's Irish Pub. Opened packages of diapers are acceptable to donate as well. The Galveston Diaper Bank partners with local organizations involved with creating a healthier environment for low-income neighbors, friends, and families by providing diapers through their
Galveston Holiday Events to Include New Downtown Lanterns & Lights Plus Cirque Joyeux Noel Show A new event will light up Downtown Galves-
ton this holiday season as part of the island’s eight weeks of “Winter Wonder Island” festivities. Downtown Lanterns & Lights will feature a magical display of Christmas trees and other artisan-made pieces as they illuminate Saengerfest Park through January 2nd. The park will also feature an interactive photo frame and a giant snow globe that visitors can enter for family photos. The photo props will be available December 9th, 16th, and 23rd. In addition, performers from “America’s Got Talent” will be featured in the new Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show taking place December 15th-25th at the Moody Gardens Hotel. The show tells an entertaining holiday story through acrobatics, illusions, and comedy. The international cast includes The Pompeyo family and their amazing rescue dogs as seen on NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.” Tickets to the Cirque Joyeux Noel show include a buffet dinner and admission to Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, the largest holiday lighting festival on the Gulf Coast. Festival of Lights, which includes a mile-long trail of more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays, ice skating, snow tubing, and more, will take place daily through January 7th. Plus, one of the island’s most popular holiday attractions, Ice Land, features a brand new “Rainforest Holiday” theme within a 28,000-square-foot ice sculpture attraction featuring 2 million pounds of ice. Here’s a look at what else is happening in Galveston this month:
“Ice Land” at Moody Gardens
Through January 7th (10am11pm daily) This holiday season, Moody Gardens will be home to the coolest experience on the Gulf Coast, where visitors can explore a 28,000-square-foot “ice land” with a new Rainforest Holiday theme for 2017. Professional ice carvers have used 2 million pounds of ice to create this amazing exhibit featuring majestic rainforest themed ice sculptures, slides, and even a Shivers Ice Bar serving cool libations for adults. Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd. For more info go to moodygardens.org/holiday_season. Tickets are $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors, and $21.95 for children.
Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
Through January 7th (6-11pm nightly) Brighten up the wintry season at the 16th annual Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. Here, guests can enjoy the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast, featuring a mile-long trail of more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. Visitors to the festival can also go iceskating at the Moody Gardens outdoor ice rink or snow tubing on the Arctic Ice Slide. Moody
Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd. For more info go to moodygardens.org/ holiday_season. Tickets are $10.95.
Holiday Performances at The Grand 1894 Opera House
Through January 13th (varies) Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 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. Performances include: • December 1st (8pm) and December 2nd (3pm) Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” • December 9th (2pm and 7:30pm) and December 10th (2pm) - The City Ballet of Houston Presents “The Nutcracker” • December 15th (3pm and 8pm) - The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas • December 16th (8pm) - Jerry Jeff Walker • January 13th (8pm) - “The Official Blues Brothers Revue”
One, Visker and Scriveners, and more. Admission is free. Go to galveston. com/holidaymagic for info.
44th Annual Dickens on the Strand
December 1st-3rd (times vary) The first weekend in December, don’t miss Dickens on The Strand. The festival transforms Galveston’s historic Strand Street into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens. Enjoy libations at Fezziwig’s Beer Hall on Friday, 5-9pm. On Saturday, festival goers will see characters from Dickens novels walk the streets and costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gifts. Strolling carolers and roving musicians will fill the area with enchanting sounds from another era as “steampunks” entertain the crowds. Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for half price. This is held in the Strand area. Admission is free on Friday. Saturday and Sunday tickets are adults $13 and children $7 online at dickensonthestrand.org. At the gate tickets are adults $15 and children $9.
Victorian Holiday Homes Tour in the East End Historical District
December 1st (5:308:30pm) The island’s East End Historical District will hosts its annual Victorian Holiday Homes Tour featuring a variety of private historic homes. Downtown Lanterns & Lights The public will be Through January 2nd (varies) able to explore sevDowntown Lanterns & Lights will feature eral private historic a magical display of Christmas trees and other homes all decked artisan made pieces as they illuminate Saengerout for the holifest Park. The park will also feature an interactive photo frame and a giant snow globe that visitors days. Admission is $20. For more info go to eastcan enter for family photos. The snow globe will endhistoricdistrict.org. be available December 9th, 16th, and 23rd. For Cheer on the Pier! more info go to downtowngalveston.org. Admis- December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd (times vary) sion is free. Saengerfest Park is located at 23rd Spend Saturdays in December at the Pleasure and Strand St., Downtown Galveston. Pier with Santa. Families can watch holiday movies and enjoy fun festivities and rides. Activities Holiday Shopping Amid the Victorian at Santa’s Workshop are from 12 noon-4pm and Charm of Galveston’s Historic Downtown include photos with Santa, letters to Santa, and Through December 24th (varies) cookie decorating. Holiday movies will take place Nothing says holiday like the Victorian 7-9pm. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier charm of Galveston’s is located at 25th St. and Seawall Blvd. For more 36-block Downtown info go to pleasurepier.com. Historic Strand DisSunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez trict. Kick off your holDecember 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (11am-2pm) iday shopping amid the district’s charmHotel Galvez’s famous Sunday brunch will be ing Victorian archifull of cheer this holiday season with visits from tecture for unique gift Santa. Children are invited to visit with Santa to options at the many share their Christmas wish list. Advance reserboutiques, art gallervations are recommended. For more info and to ies, antique shops, and make reservations, call (409)765-7721. Admisother novelty stores. sion is $42.99 for adults, $26.99 for children, Some festive favorites and $37.99 for seniors. Hotel Galvez is located include Christmas on at 2024 Seawall Blvd. For more info go to hotelthe Strand, Hendley Market, Eighteen Seventy galvez.com.
Holiday in the Park
December 9th (10am-6pm) Bring the family to Downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park for a day of holiday tunes from area school choirs, bands, and church choirs at the annual Holiday in the Park. Children will also be able to visit and take pictures with Santa. Saengerfest Park is located at 2302 Strand St. Admission is free. For more info go to galvestonholidayinthepark.com.
Santa on The Strand and other Santa Sightings
December 9th, 16th, and 23rd (1-4pm) Visitors to Downtown Galveston can take part in free festivities held at Saengerfest Park this December. Santa will make a special appearance and take photos with children in front of the Downtown Christmas tree. Be sure to also catch island-wide Santa Sightings throughout the season including photos with Santa at Moody Gardens daily December 15th-23rd, Breakfast with Santa at Rainforest Café December 16th and 23rd, and Breakfast with Santa at The San Luis Resort Blake’s Bistro December 17th. For more info go to galveston.com/holidaymagic.
Holiday with the Cranes
December 9th-10th (times vary) For a unique holiday experience, join the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council for “Holiday with the Cranes.” This annual birding event for outdoor enthusiasts celebrates the arrival of these large, majestic birds of ancient origin. Events include indoor and outdoor nature activities and presentations combined with the
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Salvation Army Angel Tree Assists Harvey Survivors This year, The Salvation Army Galveston
County offered registration for the annual Angel Tree program to all county residents affected by Harvey. More than 2,000 children under age 13, who were signed up by parents, will receive gifts provided by the community on December 16th to use in their family celebrations. Many of these families lost everything in the storm. Most are still engaged in the rebuilding process while the rest of the world is preparing for Christmas celebrations. Citizens who want to help can adopt an Angel and commit to providing the items listed on it for a specific child. Angels are available at the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, Moody Methodist Church, Galveston Curves, UTMB, or by calling The Salvation Army at (409)763-1691. Most Angel lists contain approximately $50 worth of Santa Train at the Galveston Railroad Museum items including clothes, toys, and books. December 16th (10am-2pm) For more info or to host an Angel Tree Santa is coming to town aboard the Galveston Railroad Museum’s Harborside Express train. at your place of business, go to salvationarmygalvestoncounty.org or call Holly McDonald Bring your wish list to visit with Santa, stroll at (409)763-1691 ext. 75313. Volunteers are through the museum’s Garden of Steam, and needed to help with sorting and distribution on enjoy festive holiday lights, decorations, and December 16th. Online volunteer signup is availcrafts. Galveston Railroad Museum is located at 2602 Santa Fe Place, Downtown Galveston. For able at volunteersignup.org/RRAFC and at volunmore info go to galvestonrrmuseum.com. Admis- teersignup.org/A9L3T. sion is $12 adults (ages 13+) and $5 for train rides (ages 2+). December 15th-25th (7:45pm) Experience the magnificent and the impossible at Moody Gardens this holiday season! The show features a stellar cast of international performers from all over the world and includes amazing acrobatics, mesmerizing illusions, hilarious comedy, and more. This year’s holiday show features all-new acts including The Pompeyo Family and their amazing rescue dogs featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Tickets to the show include a holiday buffet dinner, and admission to Festival of Lights. Moody Gardens Convention Center is located at 7 Hope Blvd. Admission starts at $39 for children and $59 for adults. For tickets go to moodychristmasshow.com.
Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K
December 17th (8am) Runners will have a “jolly good time” at the annual Santa Hustle! This wacky event will feature thousands of “Santas” along the gorgeous Gulf waters for a half marathon and 5K race. All event participants will receive a Santa suit long sleeve t-shirt, a Santa hat, and beard to wear while running, and will be able to stop at cookie and candy stations along their routes. For more info go to santahustle.com/galveston.
Christmas Day Brunch at Hotel Galvez
December 25th (10:30am6:30pm) Hotel Galvez is widely known for its Sunday Brunch, but the hotel brunch on Christmas Day is an even grander affair. The hotel features all the traditional entrees along with special features created by the executive chef. Advance reservations are required and must be made directly with the hotel by calling (409)765-7721. Reservations are currently being accepted. Hotel Galvez is located at 2024 Seawall Blvd. For more info go to hotelgalvez.com. Tickets are $42.99 for adults, $26.99 for children, and $37.99 seniors.
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Holiday Parade Set for Saturday, December 16th Join in the fun
at this annual tradition with a twist! This year’s City of Galveston Holiday Parade will spread holiday spirit and Christmas cheer throughout the City’s historic downtown. Floats, golf carts, cyclists, and more will begin lining up along Santa Fe Place next to the Shearns Moody Plaza downtown. The parade will lead down 25th Street turning east on Postoffice. With a turn on 21st Street and another turn on Strand, the parade will go through the heart of downtown. Traffic will be detoured in the area beginning at 6pm.
Get Involved, Island Style
As in year’s past, the only entry fee to participate in the 2017 Holiday Parade will be at least one donated unwrapped toy for the Galveston Police Department’s Blue Santa program. The City welcomes all participants to include pets dressed up in their holiday best. Decorate your golf carts, light up your bicycle, or make a float out of your boat. It’s easy and simple to sign up, simply visit www.galvestontx. gov/holidayparade and fill out the form.
Santa Sightings Santa Claus has called and made reserva-
tions to get on Island Time this holiday season, and we have all the dates and times for you and your family to meet him in person. • Through December 9th (weekends only) Photos with Santa at Moody Gardens, located at 1 Hope Blvd. • Through December 23rd (Daily) - Surfin’ Santa at Schlitterbahn • December 9th (11am-3pm) - SantaPaws, Tom Thumb Nursery, 2014 45th St., $10 donation per photo benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society • December 15th–23rd (daily) - Photos with Santa at Moody Gardens, located at 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston. • December 9th, 16th, and 23rd - Santa on the Strand in Saengerfest Park, located at 2302 Strand St. This is free. • December 10th, 17th, and 24th - Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd. • December 16th (10am-2pm) - Santa Train at Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Sante Fe Place • December 16th (10am) - Paint with Santa at Clay Cup Studios - Parents bring your cameras! Paint a Whimsical Christmas Tree cookie
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plate with Santa. Each child signed up will get a cookie plate. Additional kiddos can get a plate, or they can paint another fun project like a Christmas mug for Santa’s Milk. Clay Cups is located at 409 22nd St., Downtown. • December 16th and 23rd - Breakfast with Santa at Rainforest Café, 5310 Seawall Blvd. • December 17th - Breakfast with Santa at The San Luis Resort (Blake’s Bistro), 5222 Seawall Blvd. • December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd - Cheer on the Pier at Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall Blvd. • December 23rd (8-10am) - Breakfast with Santa at Rainforest Cafe - See the big guy and enjoy a heavenly breakfast buffet. Tickets are $20. Goodie Bags for the kids and prizes will be available too.
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Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” Lyle Lovett, “The Nutcracker” Tea & Ballet, Texas Tenors & More The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston’s historic Downtown Cultural Arts District. Tickets are available by contacting The Grand’s box office at (409)7651894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com.
“Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular”
Friday, November 24th (8pm) and Saturday, November 25th (3pm and 8pm) This is one of the most delightfully enchanting Christmas shows ever, featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole! Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable, nostalgic journey with enough fun and festive cheer to power all the Christmas lights in Galveston. Holiday favorite songs include “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let it Snow,” and more. Tickets start at $25.
Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
Friday, December 1st (8pm) and Saturday, December 2nd (3pm) A timeless tale of hope and redemption, “A Christmas Carol” has enchanted audiences around the world since it was first published in 1843. The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, his overworked-underpaid clerk Bob Cratchit, the angelic Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a highly entertaining theatrical performance. Dickens’ ever-popular classic fills the stage with veteran Broadway actors, lush costumes, stunning sets, and plenty of music and dance. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, “A Christmas Carol” is an enchanting event for audiences of all ages. Tickets start at $30.
“An Evening with Lyle Lovett”
Monday, December 4th (7:30pm) Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift of storytelling, this popular Texas native fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues in a “convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.” Accompanied by his band, which is comprised of several members of his Large Band, audiences can look forward to an intimate evening at The Grand where this awardwinning entertainer - long recognized as one of the “most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music” - is sure to make this “Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Band” an evening to remember Tickets start at $30.
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“The Nutcracker” & Tea
Saturday, December 9th (Tea: 12:30pm; performances at 2pm and 7:30pm) and Sunday, December 10th (2pm) A long-time annual tradition at The Grand 1894 Opera House, “The Nutcracker Afternoon Tea” will be presented this year on Saturday, December 9th at 12:30pm. This delightful event features tea-time fare of finger sandwiches, cookies, punch, and of course, tea. Plus, get your photo with the Nutcracker dancers! Tickets for the Tea are $30 per adult and $25 per child. Three special performances of “The Nutcracker,” presented by City Ballet of Houston, is an annual holiday favorite. It tells 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, 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. Tickets are $28 for adults and $24 for children.
“Deep in the Heart of Christmas” with the Texas Tenors
Friday, December 15th (3pm and 8pm) The Grand welcomes The Texas Tenors back to Galveston following last year’s triumphant PBS Special, which was filmed at The Grand and aired in summer 2017. Surrounded onstage by a peaceful Christmas wonderland, Texas favorites Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and JC Fisher will delight you with their smooth vocals, tight harmonies, and soaring melodies. Enjoy an exciting mixture of contemporary and traditional Christmas favorites that will lift your spirits, soothe your soul, and get you ready for the holidays. This memory-making live concert at The Grand sparkles with holiday glitz, fine musicianship, and joyful inspirational sounds you’ll remember for years to come. Tickets start at $30.
Jerry Jeff Walker
Saturday, December 16th (8pm) One of the Lone Star State’s most popular musical ambassadors, Jerry Jeff returns to The Grand as Galveston prepares to ring in 2017. Walker has been called “Mister Bojangles,” “The Gypsy Songman,” and “The Jimmy Buffett of Texas.” Praised for his unpretentious poetic sensibility and restrained, but endearing singing style, Walker is a gifted storyteller with a “say what you mean, sing what you say” delivery. His annual return to The Grand will include a special combination of spirited melodies, heart-tugging ballads, and down-home fun. Tickets start at $35.
“The Official Blues Brothers Revue”
Saturday, January 13th, 2018 (8pm) First seen on The Grand’s stage during the 2014-2015 Season, Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty return as “Jake” and “Elwood” Blues with “The Official Blues Brothers Revue.” Backed by a powerhouse band, their performance is packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” and more. This is sure to be an evening of rock, blues, and soul fun. Tickets start at $25.
The Oak Ridge Boys
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 (7:30pm); and Sunday, January 21st, 2018 (3pm) Always entertaining and still going strong! The Oak Ridge Boys return to The Grand for their annual concert featuring unparalleled
December 2017 Treasure of the Month:
Galveston Artillery BallThisSouvenirs on Exhibit month, Rosenberg Library celebrates
one of the island’s oldest institutions - the Galveston Artillery Club - which was established 177 years ago. During December, the library will exhibit an engraved invitation and a lace ball gown worn to the Artillery Club’s 100th Anniversary celebration, which took place on December 2nd, 1940. The items were a gift of Alicia Tate, a lifelong Galveston resident who was employed as a librarian for Galveston Independent School District for more than 40 years. Tate passed away in 1996.
History of the Galveston Artillery Club
Galveston was incorporated in 1839, just a few years after the pivotal Texas Revolution. Relations with Mexico remained tense, and residents of Galveston recognized the city’s vulnerability to a military blockade or invasion from its southern neighbor. In an effort to combat this threat, a group of local volunteers organized the Galveston Artillery Company. Few of these men were formally trained soldiers; rather, most were prominent businessmen. However, these individuals were committed to protecting the city and its harbor. An organizational charter and constitution were drafted, and officers were elected. Membership was limited to adult males with the ability to purchase their own uniforms and weapons as well as to pay a 50-cent initiation fee. Monthly dues totaled 25 cents, and attendance at regular meetings was required. The Artillery Company’s activities slowed during the Civil War, as many of its members left the area to join the Confederate army. Over time, the organization evolved from a military company into a strictly social club, and its name changed from the Galveston Artillery Company to the Galveston Artillery Club. The Galveston Artillery Club remains an exclusive social organization nearly 180 years after its founding. Its clubhouse at 31st St. and Ave. O offers fine dining, bar service, and recreational facilities as a welcome respite for its members.
four-part harmony and string of number one hits from Billboard’s country singles charts. Subscription seats may not be available for these performances. Tickets start at $37.
Friday, January 26th, 2018 (8pm) Tango master German Cornejo and his sensuous partner Gisela Galeassi are joined by an outstanding cast including World Tango Champions and dancers from the greatest Tango houses in Buenos Aires. Coupled with Cornejo’s sublime choreography and accompanied by unforgettable music and songs of the great Tango masters including Piazzolla, Pugliese, and Gardel, “Tango Fire” is an exhilarating show combining the rawness, sophistication, seductive, and sultry side of Tango. Tickets start at $25.
100th Anniversary Celebration in 1940
Since 1840, the Galveston Artillery Company has hosted an annual ball. The year 1940 marked the 100th anniversary of the Galveston Artillery Club, and an elaborate gala was held at the Hollywood Dinner Club in early December. In contrast to previous years, there were no new debutantes presented. Instead, the planning committee chose to honor all women who had made formal debuts in years prior to 1925. The oldest debutant in attendance had been presented in 1872. The Hollywood Dinner Club was decorated in a rich color scheme of burgundy, emerald green, and gray with gold accents. A 14-piece orchestra with two vocalists provided the evening’s entertainment. Elaborate floral arrangements were placed around the venue and a large block of ice with a floral arrangement frozen inside of it made a stunning centerpiece. The 50-foot banquet table included a lavish spread of oxtail soup, creamed oysters, whole salmon, roast turkey, tenderloin of beef, and assorted salads. After dinner, guests enjoyed a six-tiered embossed white cake and received miniature cakes in custom boxes to take home. According to a review of the event in “Galveston Daily News,” the 100th Artillery Ball was “the most brilliant party of many seasons.” The Treasure of the Month is located on the library’s second floor near the East Entrance. It can be viewed during regular library hours, 9am-9pm Monday-Thursday, and 9am-6pm Friday and Saturday. For more info, contact the Museum Office at (409)763-8854 x. 125 or go to rosenberg-library-museum.org.
Artist Boat Events ThisArtistMonth Boat’s purpose is
Clay Cup Studios Events this Month Clay Cups Studio is
protecting our Gulf Coast through land conservation and fun, educational, inspiring adventures that spark creativity, awareness and action. Since it’s inception over 100,000 participants have helped bring 40,000 students to estuaries by kayak, foot, or vessel; created over 50+ public art works; conserved over 600+ acres on west Galveston Island forming the Coastal Heritage Preserve and creating a place for the future Gulf Coast Environmental Education Center; restored over 50 acres of dunes and prairies to assure recovery of these ecosystems following Hurricane Ike; formed the Bucket Brigade comprised of a Marine Debris Task Force, interpretive tours, beautified buckets for trash, recycle centers, and more on Galveston beaches. Visit artistboat.org or call (409) 770-0722 for tickets and more information. December 2nd (10am-2pm) - Coast Heritage Preserve - This destination occurs at the natural and restored marshes protecting one of the most pristine examples of a dune/swale complex on Galveston Island. Artist Boat is working hard to acquire over 300 acres of the coastal prairies and wetlands on Settegast Road through million dollar grants and community donations. Join to discover the wonders of the dune/swale complex and wetlands and to celebrate nature while envisioning the future home. Cost is $50/$25. December 9th and 16th (10am-12 noon and 1-3pm) - Kayak Adventure East End Lagoon An easy paddle in natural wetlands, the East End Lagoon offers an up-close view of the entry to the second largest port in the United States. Herons will greet you as you witness large vessels in the Houston Ship Channel carrying petrochemical products, cruise ship passengers, and consumer goods. This place was returned to the public and is the City of Galveston’s interpretive home to Galveston Island’s natural history. Cost is $25.
a paint your own pottery and social canvas studio in Downtown Galveston. It is located at 2201 Market St. To register for a class go to claycupstudios.com or call (409)762-CLAY. December 9th (3-5pm) - Paint with Frosty: Ornaments & More Each child will get their choice of two Christmas ornaments to paint and get to hang out with Frosty, drinking hot cocoa and eating yummy treats. This project is $25 per child. The studio will have large ornaments to do foot and handprints for the babies. Each family will get a coupon for a free appetizer at any Galveston Restaurant Group restaurants. One coupon per family. December 9th (6-8pm) - Beginner Silk Scarf Painting: Fun Wearable Art - Clay Cup Studios is excited to bring this fun and gorgeous wearable art form to Galveston. This is perfect timing for the winter season and a wonderful gift for the holidays. The workshop will include all supplies, step-by-step instruction, and processing/fixing the dyes. The first scarf is $40. The $10 fee is your RSVP and studio fee. December 16th (10am) - Paint with Santa: Whimsical Tree Plate and More - Each child signed up will get a cookie plate; additional kiddos can get a plate or they can paint another fun project like a Christmas mug for Santa’s milk. This is a great family-fun project. Cost is $25 which includes Santa, all supplies, and hot cocoa/ cookies afterwards.
Celebrate the Season on Pleasure Pier:
Attack The Mysterious Underworld 5D.” It packs in two attractions in a building next to Chick-fil-a. “Shark Attack: The Mysterious Underworld 5D” offers visitors a chance to watch as a massive, angry shark attempts to break through what appears to be aquarium glass. The floor moves and water splashes as the shark thrashes and gets more agitated. Coming this spring, the second attraction will be a simulated ride on a mine car into “The Mysterious Underworld.” Matrix Technology is the designer and creator of the attraction meant to make visitors feel very much a part of the frightening scene. Tickets are $7 per ride or $12 for both. Add to your excitement and buy a Pleasure Pier combo ticket for $36.99 / $29.99 (based on height), which includes an All Day Ride pass and both 5D rides.
Holiday Movies, Santa Cookie Decorating, and More Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier fea-
tures family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, food venues, and retail shops. It is open year-round and offers a variety of fun for the entire family. Tickets can be purchased at pleasurepier.com. Pleasure Pier has many scheduled events coming up:
Every Saturday: Holiday Cheer on the Pier - Celebrate with Santa! Families can watch holiday movies and enjoy kids activities and rides. Activities at Santa’s Workshop are from 12 noon-4pm and include photos with Santa, letters to Santa, and cookie decorating. Holiday movies are 7-9pm. Movies are: • December 2nd - “The Santa Clause” • December 9th - “A Christmas Story” • December 16th “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” • December 23rd “Polar Express” • December 24th “A Christmas Story” During the winter months, Pleasure Pier is open weekends only: Fridays 4-8pm; Saturdays 11am9pm; Sundays 11am-7pm. The Pier will be open December 26th-29th 11am-8pm. • December 25th - Open Christmas Day, 1-8pm • January 1st - Open for New Year’s Day (hours TBA) All events are weather permitting. Ride hours are seasonal and are subject to change without notice. For more info and a full list of events go to pleasurepier.com.
Holiday Baking Fun at The Kitchen Chick The Kitchen Chick
is the perfect place to learn how to cook. This month there’s a lot going on in the kitchen. • December 6th (6:30-9pm) - Santa’s Haute Holiday Party Snacks, $75 • December 16th (11am-1pm and 2-4pm) - Kid’s Gingerbread House Workshop, $30 • December 17th (12 noon-3pm) - Sweater Holiday Brunch Party, $65 • December 23rd (11am-2pm and 4-7pm) - Kid’s Holiday Bread Baking, $30 • December 30th (11am-1pm) - Southern Biscuit Saturday, $50 • January 21st (12 noon-3pm) - Creole Feast, $75 Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis, and class sizes are kept small to Shark Attack: The Mysterious Underworld 5D ensure that you get to interact with the instructor. Payment is due at the time of reservation. To Now open is the very hard-to-miss giant head of a shark appearing on Seawall Blvd. across reserve your spot call (409)497-2999 or go to from Pleasure Pier, at 2424 Seawall Blvd., “Shark thekitchenchick.com.
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Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest: January 19th-20th Downtown Galveston
Not to fear, the Chili & Beer is here - again! For the past eight years Yaga’s has brought a diverse crowd of Chili & Beer lovers from all over the nation to Galveston. This year’s festival will consist of the ever so popular Chili & Beer tasting with a ton of added perks. Get ready for live music, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a washer pitching tournament, a jackpot margarita contest, vendors, and a historical Strand merchant walk-about. As if that doesn’t fulfill all of your festival needs, returning this year is the expanded Beer Festival. When you attend the Beer Festival you can sample a variety of more than 100 craft and import beers by purchasing a souvenir beer-tasting mug along with a punch card ($30 in advance). Also, chili teams will be serving their best recipes Saturday, January 20th, 12 noon-3pm. Teams lining the Historical Strand District will dish out a sample to festival attendees who have purchased an official chili-tasting cup. Walk around and try countless samples for the 3-hour span while enjoying the live music and cold refreshments. With the Chili Tasting Ticket ($10 in advance) you can sample award-winning Chili from over 60 cook teams. And if you want the best of both beer and chili, get the Chili & Beer Tasting Combo ticket for $37 in advance, which includes a chili sampling cup and a 25-2oz sampling card for the beer fest. The price will increase on January 8th. This ticket is an advance purchase only, and not available day of. VIP Early Bird Beer Tasting Tickets are $40 in advance. VIP tickets will get you into the Beer Fest an hour early so you don’t miss out on the limited stock of exclusive-released beer brought to the festival. This ticket includes 25-2oz samples. Additional sample cards will be available to purchase at the festival. The price will increase on January 8th. VIP Beer Fest tickets have sold out online five years straight. Don’t wait and miss your chance, purchase today. You can also participate as a cook in the festival. Whip up a batch of your best chili recipe and bring it on down. Your team can compete for the gold and Chili Champion bragging rights. Although every chili has its own unique taste, they can’t all be winners. Here is your chance to light up those judges’ taste buds and show ‘em what you got! During the festival several bands will play including Max Stalling (1pm) in Saengerfest Park.
2018 Beerfooter 5K: A Beachin’ Beer Run of a Good Time
Put your “Beerfoot” in front of the other in this “brewtiful” Beach 5K Fun Run “hoppening” at Beerfoot Brewery Saturday, January 20th. The Beerfooter Beach Run is sure to put some pep in your step and beer in your belly. The race starts at 9am at Seawall Blvd. and 28th, directly across the street from Beerfoot Brewery. Combo ticket for the 5K and Chili Tasting start at $40 in advance online.
Washer Pitching Tournament
This highly popular competition is for twoperson teams to compete in a 15 round (or 10 minutes of play) tournament with double elimination, accumulative scoring, and awards and bragging rights for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
Jackpot Margarita Contest
Calling all margarita enthusiasts! Yaga’s is looking for your creativity and mixologist skills to create a unique margarita recipe that will take the ‘salt’ and become the new 2018 Winner of the Patron Jackpot Margarita Contest at the 9th Annual Chili Quest & Beer Fest. If you’d like to compete, go to yagaschiliquest.com.
Strand Merchant Walk-About
Take a break from all the tasty chili samples and stop into some of the island’s most popular Strand Merchants for a quick browse or some serious shopping. Visit all of the shops on your walk-about card, get a stamp from each one, turn in your card by 4pm, and win. Register for a card online. Your walk-about card will be emailed to you approximately two weeks prior to the festival, and you are required to bring this card to participate in the Merchant Walk-about.
The 2018 festival benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston. The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston is a “home away from home” for the families of children who are seeking medical treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Shiners Hospital for Children and Transitional Learning Center. A portion of the proceeds from the 9th Annual Chili Quest & Beer Fest will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston.
Tickets are available at yagaschiliquest.com. The festival itself is free to attend. Public Chili Sampling and Beer Fest tickets may be purchased in advance or the day of at the information booth located at the corner of 23rd St. and Strand St. (while tickets last).
Galveston Historical Foundation Events
Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) offers many events that are open to the public. Tickets and reservations can be made online at galvestonhistory.org or by calling (409)763-1877.
Bishop’s Palace Tours
The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. Built of stone and steel for the railroad magnate Walter Gresham and his family, this famous house was designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier Victorian-era architect. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and GildedAge extravagance and is listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway Ave. J. Available Daily (11am-5pm) - Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours Powered by Acoustiguide, the Bishop’s Palace Audio Tour allows visitors to see historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld, high-resolution screen. The Acoustiguide device also features new tour commentary specifically created for the self guided format. Tickets are $6-$11. December 9th (6-7pm) - Bishop’s Palace Holiday Lights Tour - Join GHF for this special series of tours, showing off the beauty of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace by the light of their holiday and Christmas tree decorations. Tickets are $15-$30.
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December 8th (12 noon- 1pm) - The Gresham Children Lunchtime Gallery Talk - Join GHF’s Renee Tallent, Manager of Historic Collections, for a lunchtime talk on the children of Walter and Josephine Gresham. Although a lunch is not provided, guests are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a brief Q&A. This event is free. December 15th (5-8pm) - Nautical Trivia Night - So you think you know boats? Test your knowledge at trivia night hosted on the dock right in front of ELISSA. Must have a team of 3-6 people to participate. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. First place team goes home with the Golden Belay Pin Trophy. This event is free.
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Holiday with the Cranes in Galveston: Celebrate the Sandhill Cranes December 9th-10th
As Sandhill Cranes begin to arrive on Galveston Island to spend the winter, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council opens registration for Holiday with the Cranes, December 9th-10th. Holiday with the Cranes is an Island experience that offers nature enthusiasts a unique opportunity to spend a weekThe Bryan Museum, end observing and celebrating the flocks of Sandhill Cranes that located in the historic migrate to Galveston each winter. Events include indoor and outGalveston Orphans door nature activities and presentations, combined with the ambiHome at 1315 21st St., ance of historical Galveston Island. houses The Bryan CollecThe impressive three-to-four-foot tall Sandhill Cranes, known tion, one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork for their size and the bright red cap atop their heads, arrive in relating to Texas and the American West. Assembled by J.P. and Galveston late October and depart late February through early Mary Jon Bryan, the collection spans more than 12,000 years, with March. There are 15 species of cranes around the world and only pieces ranging from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to two are found in North America, the Whooping Crane, which is modern twenty-first century objects. endangered, and the most abundant, the Sandhill Crane. Find out For more info call (409)632-7685 or go to thebryanmuseum. just what it is that makes a crane a crane and enjoy observing the org. The museum is open Thursday-Monday 11am-4pm, and Sandhill Cranes and other resident and wintering birds. closed Tuesday-Wednesday. Holiday with the Cranes provides opportunities for Gulf Coast Every Thursday (4-7pm) - Wine in The Bryan Gardens - Join the winter birding, educational and entertaining learning, and outdoor adventure. Events include: fun in the beautiful Conservatory and botanical gardens to relax and enjoy time and conversation with friends, family, and Museum Saturday, December 9th staff. Wine, beer, and complimentary bar snacks will be served. • Dawn Patrol is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see breathtaking During the event, the Museum Shop will also be open so that views of cranes in flight as they awaken and leave their roosting you may browse the selection of original artwork, hand painted grounds at sunrise. This experience, at a private location on the figurines, unique jewelry, colorful pottery, books, music, and more. West End of Galveston Island, will be complete with a symphony Please enter from the Guest Parking lot behind the Museum. of trumpeting crane calls and the drumbeat of flapping wings Ongoing - “Eyes of Texas: A Century of Artistic Visions” Special overhead. • Coffee & Cranes with Jim Stevenson Galveston’s own local orniExhibit - The Bryan Collection holds hundreds of paintings thologist will present “Cranes: Worldwide to Galveston Island.” relating to Texas. Each was selected per a basic criterion: the artist After a lively presentation and discussion, you will embark on a had to understand Texas through lived experience. According to self-driving tour to crane hotspots to see Sandhill Cranes as they J.P. Bryan, founder of the Bryan Museum, “[Each artist] actually forage and play. Viewing areas will be outfitted with spotting participated in the events of the settlement of Texas, those who scopes, and local experts will be on hand to assist and answer saw it at its fullest expression or, at the very least, while the dust questions. was still settling on that unique chapter of United States history.” • East End Winter Coastal Birding is an adventurous birding tour “Eyes of Texas” provides the chance to see the evolving artistic to a diverse habitat to see other wintering and resident birds. visions that helped to shape Texas. By focusing on the years Small buses will drive the loop roads and beach area around the between 1850 and 1950, these works highlight the artistic search East End Lagoon Nature Park and Preserve, East End Seawall for a regional identity. Each painting serves as both a window and a mirror—a window to view the past and a mirror to reflect on Blvd., Boddecker Dr., and Apffel Park. Local avian experts will personal experience. guide this ride/easy walk adventure designed for birders of all
The West as it Will Never be Seen Again!
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• Dawn Patrol (second offering) is a one-ofa-kind opportunity to see breathtaking views of cranes in flight as they awaken and leave their roosting grounds at sunrise. This experience, at a private location on the West End of Galveston Island, will be complete with a symphony of trumpeting crane calls and the drumbeat of flapping wings overhead. • Winter Birding on the Isle’s West End will take participants by small buses to favorite West End birding hotspots including freshwater ponds, coastal marshes, bay waters, and the beach. The trip will feature Sandhill Cranes, multiple species of ducks and hawks, White-tailed Kites, and close looks at sandpipers, gulls, terns, and American Oystercatchers. Go to galvestonnaturetourism.org/holiday-with-the-cranes for additional details on each event and to register. Registration prices vary based on event, and occupancy is limited. Holiday with the Cranes is presented by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, a nonprofit volunteer organization that helps connect people with nature experiences and outdoor adventures and promotes the value of natural habitats and resources in the Galveston area.
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An Offshore Holiday at Ocean Star 5K’s & More December 17th - Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5k - See Galveston Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum On the second Saturday of every month, 10am-3pm, the Ocean unlike ever before as thousands of
consisting entirely of volunteers, who help with the preservation and enhancement of the park’s natural environment. For more info and to register go to fogisp.wordpress.com/ annual-fun-run. Park entry fees are Star celebrates Family Day. Children 18 years of age and younger Santas race along the streets and waived for the morning of the event. the oceanfront path. Jingle all the are admitted free with a paying chaperone. The Ocean Star Offway through the course with candy shore Drilling Rig & Museum is located at Pier 19. For more info January 20th - Yaga’s Beerfooter 5k and cookies, festive music, creative call (409)766-7827 or go to oceanstaroec.com. - Put your BEERFOOT in front of the Christmas images, and so much more, other in this “brewtiful” Beach 5K Fun Upcoming Family Days it is all designed to get you in the Run “hoppening” at Beerfoot Brewery. December 9th - An Offshore Holiday - The term “Christmas Tree” perfect holiday mood. It is bound to be The Beerfooter 5K Fun Run is sure to means something very different in the Oil and Gas Industry. See a Christmas tradition you do with your put some pep in your step and beer in the museum’s version of a Christmas Tree while learning about family and friends year after year. All participants receive a hat and your belly! In conjunction with the 9th Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest polymer chains. Create a model of a simple carbon chain using red beard. For more info go to santahustle.com/galveston. & Beer Fest, you are invited to get some exercise before devouring and green construction paper—fit for your very own holiday tree! warm chili and cold brews. The run will start on 28th and Seawall 2018 (across from Beerfoot) and head west to 48th and Seawall (Fort January 6th – The 8th Annual Galveston Island State Park New Crockett Seawall Park). Register at yagaschiliquest.com. Year’s Fun Run/Walk – Start the new year with some fun, some February 3rd - Official “Mardi Gras! Galveston” Jolly Jester exercise, and some beautiful nature. The event will be held at the Galveston Island State Park on the bay side of FM 3005, near Jaunt 5K/10K - Join the 107th celebration of “Mardi Gras! 13-mile road. There will be 5K and 10K walks and runs. There will Galveston” by taking part in the 2018 Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K/10K. also be a 1K for kids under 12. A light breakfast will be provided This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a leisurely crawl or an along with performance t-shirts for all participants. Check-in is at intense run through the beautiful City of Galveston and follow it up with a day of celebrations and libations in “Mardi Gras! Galves8:15am. The 1K for Kids under 12 will begin at 9am and the 5K and 10K runs/walks will begin at 9:30am. This event is sponsored ton’s” Entertainment District. For more info and to register go to by Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FOGISP), an NPO mardigrasgalveston.com/jolly-jester-jaunt.
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Christmas at Moody Gardens: The Coolest Holiday Destination in the Southwest
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. Moody Gardens is open daily through January 7th. Regular hours are 10am-11pm for Ice Land and 6-11pm for Festival of Lights. Christmas (December 25th) hours are 12 noon-11pm for Ice Land and 6-11pm for Festival of Lights. Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd. For more info go to moodygardens.com/ holiday_season. Food Drive Thursdays will also offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the Festival at a special discount in recognition of helping those in need this holiday season, especially in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Guests can bring a nonperishable food item every Thursday throughout the Festival and receive a two-for-one admission into Festival of Lights. The food will be donated to the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.
spectacular “Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show.” This original one-hour Christmas spectacular features a stellar cast of an international circus. You’ll be astounded by the grace and dexterity of contortionists, the inconceivable feats of acrobats, and the amazing artistry of aerialists. Plus, all of this is coupled with a sumptuous Holiday Buffet Dinner prepared by renowned Moody Gardens Executive Chef Felipe Gonzalez. Your ticket to the dinner and show also includes admission to the incredible Moody Gardens Festival of Lights including Santa’s Workshop and a visit with Santa himself. Tickets are $59-$109 for adults, $39-$109 for children ages 3-12, and infants are free with the exception of specific premium seats. For more info and to buy tickets go to moodychristmasshow.com.
Other Holiday Attractions
Each of these attractions are available as stand alone tickets as well as combination tickets for other attractions. Festival of Lights Food - Walk along the Festival of Lights trail and enjoy festival holiday treats like Kettle Corn, Sausage on a Stick, Hot Cocoa, and much more. Ice Skating - Glide across the ice on the area’s only outdoor ice rink included with your Festival Holiday Favorites of Lights admission. Arctic Slide - Enjoy the fun with a festive glide Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday down the Arctic Slide included with your Festival Through January 7th Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole of Lights admission. new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice Holiday 3D Films - Enjoy holiday films on the carvers has charted your course for your journey largest screen in Texas! through the rainforests of the world to see monRudolph the Red Nosed Reinkeys, beautiful birds, deer 4D - Enjoy the beloved incredible butterflies, animated television classic as the colorful orchids, and magic of 4D engages all of your so many wonderful senses. You’ll recognize classic creatures. Your hosts songs and dialogue brought to on this journey are life by loveable, iconic characters: the spectacular leaf the Abominable Snow Monster, cutter ants carrying Hermey the elf, Santa Claus, and of Christmas lights and course, Rudolph “the most famous other decorations to reindeer of all.” a magical place. A giant ice slide takes Train Rides - Enjoy the holiday you from the tree tops through to the forest floor, lights and music as the train takes you along a ancient ruins and river’s edge to prepare for the section of the Festival of Lights trail. most joyous time of the year. Also, be sure to Photos with Santa - Meet Santa and capture a check out Shivers Ice Bar! memory with your keepsake Santa photo. You Festival of Lights can walk away for a photo in a variety of sizes. Through January 7th Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for Holiday Dining families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with Leave the cooking more than one million lights and lighted scenes to someone else, take you around the Moody Gardens property and enjoy a nice with spectacular views of Galveston Bay. Enjoy dining experithe area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession ence with the areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiwhole family at day buffets, live entertainment, and more. Walk Moody Gardens. along the Festival of Lights trail and enjoy festival Reservations are holiday treats like Kettle Corn, Sausage on a Stick, recommended, Hot Cocoa, and much more. but not required. Walk-ins are welcomed. For more info or to make Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show reservations call (800)582-4673 ext. 4238. December 15th-25th Back by popular demand, this Circus features December 25th (11am-8pm) - The Garden award-winning performers from NBC’s “America’s Restaurant Christmas Day Buffet - The Got Talent” and Cirque du Soliel! This holiday Christmas Buffet includes a delicious assortment season, prepare to be astonished and amazed by of starters, salads, entrees, and more. The soup of circus artists from around the world as Moody the day is Roasted Turkey and Lentils. For starters Gardens rings in the holidays with Lone Star enjoy cheese, crackers, seasonal fruit, vegetables, Circus’ all-new, one-of-a-kind and joyous circus and assorted baked breads. Salads include
ambrosia, caesar, garden, marinated green beans, spinach, and more. A variety of entrees will be offered including artichoke chicken, herbed and roasted turkey with stuffing, tortilla crusted tilapia, carved roasted beef sirloin, and smoked ham. There will also be traditional holiday accompaniments such as candied yams, rosemary red potatoes, honeygingered carrots, squash, cranberry relish, and more. The kids can enjoy spaghetti marinara with meatballs, chicken nuggets, and tater tots. Desserts will be a spread of Chef’s holiday pies and cakes. Prices are $27.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors, $13.95 for children ages Moody Gardens hosts a variety of mov5-12, and children 4 and under are complimentary ies throughout the year for the whole family to with an adult purchase. enjoy. Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Tickets & More Info Blvd. For more info call Value days equal big savings for fami(800)582-4637 or go to lies. Value days are Sunday-Thursday, through moodygardens.com. December 14th. On these days save $2 more. Featuring the largPlus, there’s free parking. Value Days hours are est screen in Texas and 11am-9pm for Ice Land and 6-9pm for Festival top-of-the-line surround of Lights. sound system, Moody Regular Hours are Ice Land: 10am-11pm; Garden’s state-of-the-art Festival of Lights: 6-11pm. Christmas hours on 3D viewing experience gives guests the best viewDecember 25th for Ice Land: 12 noon-11pm; Fes- ing experience in the world. tival of Lights: 6-11 pm. Individual tickets to the 3D and 4D movies Tickets for Ice Land are $26.95 for adults and are $10.95 for adults and $8.95 for children 4-12 $21.95 for children and seniors. Tickets for Fes- and seniors (65+). Children 3 and under are free. tival of Lights are $15.95 for adults and $10.95 for children and seniors. Add on attractions after Daily through December 16th 4pm for Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, • 10am – “Dream Big 3D” • 11am – “Incredible Predators 3D” Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, Sponge- • 11:35am – “Great White Shark 3D” Bob SubPants Adventure, Ropes Course, Zip Line • 12:10pm – “Dream Big 3D” (with your purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket) • 1pm – “Incredible Predators 3D” are $9 for adults and $7 for chil- • 1:35pm – “Secret Ocean 3D” • 2:25pm – “Great White Shark 3D” dren and seniors. There are combination dis- • 3pm – “Incredible Predators 3D” • 3:35pm – “Jerusalem 3D” count tickets for almost any combo you can think of. These • 4:25pm – “Great White Shark 3D” offer a great overall experience. • 5pm – “Incredible Predators 3D” Prices are at moodygardens.com/ • 5:40pm – “Despicable Me 3 3D” • 7:30pm – “Light Before Christmas” holiday_season. You can cre• 8:15pm – “Jerusalem 3D” ate your own of select one of • *9:05pm – “Light Before Christmas” Moody’s combos. • **9:50pm – “Jerusalem 3D” • **10:40pm – “Light Before Christmas” Sponsors *Value Days – last show at 9:05pm Moody Gardens recognizes the following **Peak Days – last show at 10:40pm 2017 Festival of Lights sponsors: American Marble, Baker Concrete, Ben E Keith, Broome Weld- 4D Movies through January 7th ing, Chuoke Plumbing, Forman Equipment, ForHi-def digital 4D projection with DTS surward Energy Group, Garmon Flooring, Gilbane round sound immerse you as wind, mist, leg Builders, Gordon’s, Houston Family Magazine, ticklers, and other special effects provide a shortHuitt-Zollars, Kelso Concrete, KenMor Elecfilm experience that is a thrill for all ages. tric, KPRC-TV 2, Letsos Company, Marek Bros, • 10am-3:40pm - “Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4D” Milam Painting, Schindler Elevator, and Western • 4-11pm (Value Days 4-9pm) - “Rudolph the Specialty. Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D
Holiday Movies at Moody Gardens in December
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Galveston Island State Park Offers Winter Family Activities The Galveston State
Park has numerous events going on this month. These events are fun for the entire family. Most events are free, however, you must pay $5 to get into the park. Galveston State Park is located on the west end of the Island at 14901 FM 3005, Galveston. For more info call (409)737-1222 or go to tpwd.state. tx.us/state-parks/galveston-island. Events are: December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 16th (1-2pm) - Winter Birding 101 - Ranger Lisa leads a great family-friendly course on some of the most common birds during the winter. Binoculars are available to borrow for the program. Get a checklist, find the hotspots, and delve into the best winter birds the island has to offer. Join the group at the Nature Center to get started and seek wildlife in the air, on the ground, and in the water. December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, January 1st, 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (10-11am) - Beachcombing 101 - Join Ranger Lisa for a great shell hunting workshop, identification, and collecting expedition. Cold winter water makes this the best time for beachcombing, so dress for the weather and be prepared to get your feet wet. Start at the Nature Center for a brief park orientation before caravaning to the beach where you will review the basics, hand out equipment, and use the restroom before treasure hunting. December 2nd, 9th, 16th (3-4pm) - Edible Plants Hike - Explore the wonders of foraging in the time of thanks and giving, out in nature, a lovely place where all your food comes from, not wrapped in plastic or homogenized, but blooming flowers, bountiful berries, and edible seeds and leaves. Ranger Lisa will lead a short presentation and prairie hike about edible plants. Relive the journey of natives and early settlers, foraging and celebrating the season. December 2nd (5:30-6:30pm) - Full Moon Hike - Let the full moon light your way, and explore the night. The moon is full and the evening air is crisp and cool. Explore the dark half of the park and venture onto the trails with Ranger Lisa for a short astrological session and observation of our largest satellite: the moon. Discuss moon basics and myths, search for werewolves and other nocturnal creatures, and test your night time adaptation skills. December 9th, January 13th (1-2pm) – Geocaching 101 - Learn how to find hidden treasure within the park and around the globe
Second Saturday of every month (9-11am) “Birding 101” is presented by Moody Gardens and Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council and is a series of free classes designed to educate and excite people about the tremendous variety of bird life routinely seen around Galveston Island. Classes meet at the Aquarium Pyramid lobby in Moody Gardens located at 1 Hope Blvd. You can attend at any time in the series. For more info call (409)683-4101 or go to galvestonnaturetourism.org. Third Saturday of every month (9-11am) “Birding 201” classes allow participants, led by an instructor, to visit areas on the Island and spy some of the tremendous variety of birds here. Participants should meet in the Aquarium Pyramid lobby in Moody Gardens located at 1 Hope Blvd. The cost for the class is $5, and Moody Gardens will provide the transportation. To reserve a spot call no later than the Wednesday prior to the Saturday class. For more info call (409)683-4104 or go to galvestonnaturetourism.org. 16 • GalvestonIslandGuide.com
with this short, activity-based program about geocaching. “Geo” = Earth, “cache” = something hidden, like treasure or supplies. December 16th, January 20th, February 17th (6-7pm) - Stargazing 101 - Join Ranger Lisa on a cool evening night hike and learn about the importance of the dark and our connection to the stars overhead. Dress warm and be prepared to be outside. December 19th-22nd (2:30-3:30pm) - Arts in the Parks: Ocean Ornaments - Create one-of-akind island-style holiday ornaments. Join Ranger Lisa in making holiday crafts and create the best park souvenirs with the whole family. The Nature Center will be open and craft supplies will be available to channel your creative energy into gifts, mementos, and keepsakes. Make paper fortune cookies, holiday greeting cards, and sea shell ornaments. December 23rd (12 noon-1pm) - Fish Printing - Learn basic fish anatomy and create a one-of-akind print. This is an easy, quick Ranger program on fish biology and crafts. This Great Arts in the Parks craft program is for the whole family to join. Bring your old shirts or create a paper fish print with Ranger Lisa at the picnic tables of the Nature Center. December 25th (2-3pm) - Holiday Beach Stroll - Come out for this easy, mellow beach stroll for treasures. After the eating, drinking, and merriment of the holidays, why don’t you take a hike? Join Ranger Lisa for an afternoon stroll down the 1.5 miles of beach available at the park. Begin at the end of the boardwalk at the day-use area and go down to the water’s edge for some beautiful afternoon pictures and ocean treasure collecting. December 30th, January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (3-4pm) - Bay Tower Hiking - Overlook Galveston Bay and explore the waters below. Discover casting nets, gettin’ hands muddy, and tasting edible plants on your way to an observation tower. January 1st (2:30-3:30pm) - First Day Tower Hike - Blaze a trail and start your new year off on the right foot....or left foot by exploring the bay side trails for a 1.5 mile hike up to the far observation tower and back. You will be collecting animals, tasting edible plants, and discovering the beauty of the island on this First Day Hike. After a morning of recovery, join Ranger Lisa at the Clapper Rail Trail parking lot to begin this mellow but energizing tour. January 1st (5:30-6:30pm) - Full Moon New Year’s Hike - Live by the sun, love by the moon! Ranger Lisa will take you on a short, First Day of the Year Hike and help you discover the mysteries of la luna, or the moon, while discovering the nightlife of Galveston Island State Park. Daily - Artist Boat conducts daily tours of all different kinds for different skill levels and ages. Destinations include East End Lagoon, Christmas Bay, Drum Bay, Armand Bayou, Galveston Island State Park, Trinity RiverCypress Swamp, and Artist Boat’s Coastal Heritage Preserve. Artist Boat provides kayak, paddle, and lifejacket. Public and private tours available. For more info and to register go to artistboat.org or call (409)770-0722. January 20th (8:30-11am) - Polar Plunge in Galveston - Take a dive into the icy water for a good cause - Special Olympics Texas Annual Polar Plunge! Recruit your friends, grab a costume, and support the athletes in the Gulf Coast area. Raise a minimum of $60 in donations ($30 if under 18) from friends, family, and co-workers in exchange for plunging into the Gulf. Thank you for your support! Together, help promote dignity, equality, and opportunity for all people. For more info go to facebook. com/events/854555438035991. January 27th (12 noon-6pm) - West Bay Big Trout Tournament & Fundraiser is benefiting the Texana Center Children’s Center for Autism. It will kick off at The West End Marina & Restaurant, 21706 Burnet Dr. For more info go to facebook.com/events/118761498811795.
December 14th (6-9pm) - Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour Dinner - Do you believe in ghosts? Hotel Galvez & Spa presents “Dinner with the Ghosts.” During the tour, the hotel’s concierge guides participants through the ghostly past of the hotel followed by dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill. Priced at $56 per person (inclusive of tax and server gratuity), the one-hour public ghost tour is only available as part of the ghost dinner package. Advance reservations are required. For reservations, call (409)765-7721.
Baywatch Dolphin Tours - Owned and operated by Galveston local Captain Michael Caldwell, Baywatch Dolphin Tours is a fun, friendly, and informative romp through the waters of Galveston Harbor. The Dolphin Tour lasts just under an hour and the boat leaves every hour on the hour, daily, from 10am-5pm. Adults are $10, children are $5, and infants and pets ride free. For more info, go to baywatchdolphintours.com or call (832)859-4557. Bishop’s Palace offers tours daily. The Bishop’s Palace is one of the best known and most widely recognized historic attractions in the country. The building is owned by the Galveston-Houston Catholic Archdiocese and is managed as a museum by Galveston Historical Foundation. Bishop’s Palace is located at 402 Broadway. Call (409)765-7834 or go to galvestonhistory.org. Bryan Museum, located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home at 1315 21st St., houses The Bryan Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to Texas and the American West. With approximately 70,000 items in total, the collection includes 20,000 rare books, more than 30,000 documents in Spanish, German, French, and English, three dozen saddles, more than 250 antique firearms, several hundred spurs, a large collection of fine art, religious art, folk art, and portraits, exceedingly rare maps and artifacts such as “cowboy” chaps, Native American stone tools and arrowheads, and a Spanish mission bell. For more info call (409)632-7685 or go to thebryanmuseum.org. The museum is open Thursday-Monday, 11am-4pm, and closed Tuesday-Wednesday. Colonel Paddlewheel Boat launches at 1 Hope Blvd. in Moody Gardens. Experience the elegance of the paddlewheel from a bygone era aboard the Colonel, a triple deck sternwheeler. Admission is $10.95 for adults and $8.95 for children (4-12) and seniors (65+). Cruises are Monday-Friday at 1pm, and Saturday-Sunday at 1pm and 3pm. Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of GalvestonJoin a haunted ghost tour like no other. Galveston’s oldest and longest-running ghost tour is owned and operated by Dash Beardsley, the known authority on Galveston and its hauntings. Visit the website for schedules, meeting places and to book at ghosttoursofgalvestonisland.com. Dolphin Watch Harbor Tours - Tours take place daily at 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. This is a great way to see Galveston Harbor up close aboard “Seagull II,” Texas Seaport Museum’s 50-foot twin-engine motor vessel. Tours depart from Harborside Dr. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students ages 6-18, and free for children 5 and under. Purchase tickets at the Texas Seaport Museum Gift Shop at Pier 22 on Harborside Dr., or call (409)497-2746. Duck Tours, loading at 25th and Seawall Blvd., is a land and water sightseeing adventure. Tour Offatt’s Bayou for approximately 15 minutes; then once you hit land again, you will be shown some of the beautiful 1900’s mansions and the historic downtown Strand shopping district plus the “Silk Stockings” historic homes district. For more info go to galvestonducks.com or call (409)621-4771.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for children, and $5 for infants (2 and under). Galveston Cemetery Tour Explore the oldest and most historic cemetery in Galveston. Take a walking tour of the Broadway Cemetery and see where the most famous citizens of Galveston and Texas are laid to rest and hear their stories. To reserve your spot on the tour and more info, call (281)742-4498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Galveston Helicopters - See the island from the sky! Several tours are available including Sea Life Tour, Around the Island Tour, Beach Tour, Sunset Tour, and Ship & Shore Tour. Prices range from $35-$175 per person. For schedules go to galvestonhelicopters.com. Galveston Railroad Museum - Towering at the head of The Strand, the Galveston Railroad Museum boasts one of the largest restored railroad collections in the southwest and one of the five largest in the country with more than 20,000 railroad items, including more than 40 engines and cars. Train Rides board every Saturday, every 15-20 minutes with the last ride boarding at 1:45pm at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Tickets cost $4 and are in addition to museum admission. Galveston Railroad Museum is located at the top of The Strand district, 2602 Santa Fe Place, Downtown Galveston. For more info go to galvestonrrmuseum.com. Galveston Tree Sculptures - Come aboard Galveston Island Tours' electric shuttle bus and tour the Galveston Tree Sculptures, beautiful creations in the Island's historic East End that came from oak trees damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. You can also take a free, selfguided tour by downloading the online brochure. For tickets or more info go to galvestonhistorictour.com or call (409)789-9911. Harbor Tours - Tours take place daily at 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. See Galveston Harbor up close aboard Seagull II, Texas Seaport Museum’s 50-foot twin-engine motor vessel. Tours depart from Harborside Dr. For more info, call (409)765-8687. Island Carriages - Experience Island Carriages' Victorian Excursion, a tour of Galveston's East End Historical District. A horse-drawn carriage will guide you along tree-lined streets providing you a vantage point to note architectural details of these era mansions. You may also choose to visit The Strand, Galveston's Historic Landmark District. Call (409)765-6951 for hours of operation and to make reservations. Island Bicycle Company Self Tours - These tours are designed to go at your own pace. Have a ride from the beachfront to the harbor. Package includes bike, lock, and map. Go to islandbicyclecompany.com for tours. Island Bicycle is located at 1808 Seawall Blvd. Cost is $28-$30. NOAA Fisheries - Since 1978, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has been participating in an international Sea Turtle recovery program. See these turtles live at NOAA, 4700 Avenue U. Call (409)766-3500 for reservations. Tours are held every Thursday by advance appointment only. Tours are free. Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum - The only facility of its kind in the world, the Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum is not only three stories of dynamic exhibits and information regarding the oil industry, it also serves as the training grounds for many people making their entrance into the world of offshore drilling. The Ocean Star is open daily 10am-5pm. For more info, go to oceanstaroec.com or call (409)766-7827. Taste of The Strand Walking Tour - Ready for an Island dining adventure? This tour meets in Hendley Green Park at the the corner of 2028 The Strand and Moody Ave., just one block South from Harborside Dr. and Moody Ave. for a three-hour guided restaurant, walking food tour featuring 11 of Galveston's tastiest establishments. Admission is $89.95 per person. Tours are every Thursday-Sunday with two daily tours at 1-4pm and 5-8pm. Call (409)599-5425 or go to tasteofthestrand.com for reservations.
Books 2018 Galveston Reads Selection:
“News of the World” by Paulette Jiles
The Galveston Reads Committee invites the public to participate in the programs and book discussions of its 2018 reading series. This year’s Galveston Reads book choice is “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles. Ms. Jiles will be headlining the schedule of events with a talk and book signing. In “News of the World,” the aging itinerant Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver the young orphan to her relatives. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old once again has been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. The library also has the book available for checkout in hard copy, audio book, and electronic copies through Overdrive.
Bumgardner, professional storyteller and cowboy poet, will regale us with Western tall tales and poems! Bring your children, your loved ones, or just yourself to hear this wordsmith at work. Monday, January 29th (6:30pm) – Musical Event: “Alligator Handshake” – The Bryan Museum Conservatory, 1315 21st St. - Come on out and enjoy country western and swing music, brought to you by local band Alligator Handshake! Saturday, February 3rd (10am) – Museum Show & Tell – Rosenberg Library, Fox Room (4th floor) - Museum Curator Eleanor Barton will display unique items from the library’s museum and archival collections related to “News of the World.” Thursday, February 8th (7pm) – Student Panel – Galveston College, Seibel Wing, 4015 Ave. Q - Discussion led by Galveston College students. This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Shane Wallace, English professor at Galveston College. Thursday, February 15th (7pm) – Professor’s Panel - Galveston College, Seibel Wing, 4015 Ave. Q - Our popular Professor’s Panel will feature area educators who will offer their insights on “News of the World.” This program provides a great overview and reading guide to the book. Tuesday, February 20th (7pm) – Author Visit: Paulette Jiles – Galveston College, Seibel Wing, 4015 Ave. Q - Meet the author of “News of the World” and join in a conversation about the book!
In addition to the programs detailed above, Galveston Reads will sponsor a number of book discussions. Stop by and join the conversation! • Monday, January 8th (6:30pm) – Moody Methodist Church, Robbie Farmer Memorial Library, 2803 53rd St. • Saturday, January 13th (10am) – Moody Methodist Church, Robbie Farmer Memorial Library, 2803 53rd St. • Wednesday, January 24th (12 noon) – Rosenberg Library, McCullough Room (2nd floor) • Saturday, January 27th (2pm) – Rosenberg Program Schedule Library, McCullough Room (2nd floor) The following programs are free and open to • Tuesday, February 13th (7pm) – Texas A&M the public. Schedule subject to change: Galveston, 200 Seawolf Pkwy., Building 3007, Thursday, January 4th (6-7pm) – Discussion Leader Training – Rosenberg Library, Fox Room Room 210 • Wednesday, February 14th (7pm) - Unitarian (4th floor) - Join Dr. John Gorman for an introUniversalist Fellowship of Galveston County, duction to the themes and discussion questions 502 Church St. offered by “News of the World.” This program is Galveston Reads would like to thank the open to anyone wanting to lead a discussion of Rosenberg Library, the Harris & Eliza Kempner the book. RSVP at rosenberg-library.org or call Fund, Friends of the Rosenberg Library, Texas (409)763-8854 ext. 140. Galveston, the Unitarian Universalist FelThursday, January 18th (6pm) – Movie Night: A&M lowship of Galveston County, Robbie Farmer “Little Big Man” – The Rosenberg Library, Memorial Library, The Bryan Museum, Galveston Wortham Auditorium (1st floor) - Join us for a and Galveston College for their sponmovie night out. Popcorn and refreshments will Bookshop, sorship and support. be served. If you cannot attend but would still like to volunteer, contact Dustan Archer, darcher@rosenSaturday, January 27th (10am) – Professional berg-library.org or (409)763 - 8854 ext. 140. Storyteller Scott Bumgardner – RosenMeeting attendance is not required to participate. berg Library, Fox Room (4th floor) - Scott
The Holiday Spirit at Rosenberg Library
Wortham. There will also be new board games to play such as Superfight, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, and Sheriff of Nottingham. Rosenberg Library is located at 2310 Sealy St., Galveston. For more info call (409)763-8854 December 4th (4:30-5:30pm) - Y.A.L.L. Meeting ext. 135 or go to rosenberg-library.org. - Y.A.L.L. (Young Adult Library Leaders) is a Children group for teens that discusses different programs, December 6th (9:30-9:50am) - Babytime - Join in projects, and initiatives in the library. for songs, bounces, books, puppets, and rhymes. December 8th (4:30-5:30pm) - Artist Alley December 6th (10-10:30am) - Storytime - A Writing Workshop - Are you interested in fun, engaging program featuring storytelling, writing? Novices and experienced alike are music, movement, and puppets planned to welcome at this meeting. promote early literacy development and to December 15th (4-5:30pm) - Harry Potter encourage one-on-one interaction. Trivia Night - Do you think you know everyDecember 7th, 14th, 21st (10-10:30am) - Story thing there is to know about Harry Potter? If so, Fair - Stories, music, puppets, and drama fun come to Trivia Night and try to win Bertie Bott’s celebrated in a BIG way! Programs designed Every Flavor Beans. exclusively for schools and daycares. December 27th (2-3:30pm) - Artists’ Alley December 1st-22nd (4-4:15pm) - Holiday Story Crafting Workshop - Every month this group Countdown - Stop by every day at 4pm for a will work on a new craft. For ages 13-18 only. festive holiday story read aloud in the Children’s December 28th (6-7:30pm) - Throwback Department. This is not held on Sundays. Thursday Movie Night – This month’s movie is December 16th (10-11:30am) - Tech Time “Elf.” Popcorn and soda will be available. Techies and computer enthusiasts ages 7-12 are Adults welcome to explore a variety of gadgets, games, December 9th (2:30-4pm) - Book Discusand tech trends at the library. sion “The Call of Soul” - “Your heart opens to Teens (Ages 13-18) love because the teachings of ECK are about December 1st, 29th (4-5:30pm) - Teen Gaming receiving God’s love. When you begin receiving - Wii U & Board Games - Play Mario Kart 8 God’s love, that is the way to spiritual freedom.” or Super Smash Bros. on the projector in the This free and open to the public.
Galveston December Book Signings
Galveston Bookshop is located at 317 23rd St. For more info call (409)750-8200 or go to galvestonbookshop.com.
Saturday, December 9th (2-4pm) “Texas Far and Wide” by E. R. Bills
Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for E. R. Bills and his latest book of unusual and under-reported Texas lore. The sheer volume of remarkable Texan exploits creates a dizzying tally for the proudest of its citizens. So it happens that inexplicable marvels slip past an entire state of storytellers and world-famous legends live as anonymous neighbors. From the Staked Plain Quakers to the Kaiser Burnout, E.R. Bills delves into some of the most fascinating chapters of Texas lore.
Saturday, December 16th (2-4pm) “Galveston Architecture: A Visual Journey” by Pino Shah and GHF
Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing with Pino Shah and his new full color survey of Galveston’s outstanding buildings, produced in cooperation with GHF. “Galveston Architecture: A Visual Journey” is a photographic journey of the architecture and history of select 100 buildings in Galveston, Texas, with photographs by Pino Shah, and narratives by Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF). The island’s most cherished architectural landmarks are beautifully rendered and expertly
captioned in this thorough collection. The book includes full illustrations of 100 buildings reflecting Greek Revival, Victorian, Italianate, and Mid-century Modern architectural styles from 1840’s through 1990’s.
Book Signings for by Cathy Catching
Book Signings (Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon-5pm) - “Healing with Angel Talk” by Cathy Catching
“Healing with Angel Talk” is an extraordinary handbook that teaches methods on healing the mind, body and soul with angelic assistance. In this book, the angels reveal their techniques to help us heal a variety of emotional and physical illnesses; including PTSD, anxiety, depression, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disease and many others. Other books by Cathy Catching include “Angel Talk” which is the author’s personal story of a miraculous healing and angelic interaction; and “Guidebook to Angel Talk” which is an instructional book to teach others how to communicate with their very own angels. Books can be purchased at Mysticatz, 2021 Strand #1, Downtown Galveston, or online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Cathy Catching also does angel readings and teaches others how angelic communication can provide emotional, physical and spiritual healing! For more info go to www.cathycatching.com or call (409)740-1565.
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The Arts This Month at Galveston Arts Center On Exhibit Through January 7th
Galveston Arts Center (GAC) has three exhibitions up this month. In the first floor gallery, Galveston-based artist Dan Schmahl’s exhibition, “Surfer’s Beach,” references his favorite surf spot through the re-creation of a life guard stand, photographs, video, and printed materials. Dan Schmahl’s exhibition, “Surfer’s Beach,” takes its title from Sex Wax graffiti on Galveston’s seawall at the artist’s favorite surfing spot. In someone’s attempt to designate the spot as a “surfer’s beach,” Schmahl found the moniker poetic and a reminder that life is suffering, even in his search for a beach break. Schmahl’s exhibition documents the romantic pipe-dream of a Galveston, Texas, beachfront utopia. This hopeful surf spot will be portrayed through a body of work containing photographs, video, printed matter, and a 13-foot-tall viewing platform resembling one of Galveston’s seawall lifeguard stands. In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, the exhibition “Entanglement” features paintings of the undergrowth of forests and tree knots by Joan Laughlin. Joan Laughlin’s detailed paintings of forest undergrowth and tree knots highlight the resilience of the natural world and allude to the fleeting nature of memory for the exhibition “Entanglement.” Laughlin’s monochromatic renderings of the tangled forest floor border between hyperreal and abstract in their attention to detail. Laughlin began this body of work while caring for her father who had Alzheimer’s disease. Through this experience and observations of the forest ecosystem, Laughlin reflects on the interconnections between loss and regeneration. In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Motoyuki Noguchi and Toshimichi Minagawa of the Taiguruma Revival Project based in Galveston’s sister-city, Niigata, Japan, reintroduce the lost art of Japanese fish cart lanterns through an installation incorporating lanterns and a radio broadcast of messages from visitors to the exhibition Taiguruma Radio Station. These exhibitions will remain on view through January 7th, 2018. 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. The galleries and the ArtWorks Museum Store are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11am5pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Admission is free at all times.
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5:30-7:30pm. This is offered in 4-week blocks following ArtWalk. Call for current schedule. Yoga in the Gallery is held every Wednesday from 6-7pm. Register through Texas Yoga Flow. Ceramics Studio is held every Tuesday 6-8pm. This is offered in 4-week blocks following ArtWalk. Call for current schedule.
“Surfing As An Art” Show December 15th (6-9pm)
This fun family event will be showcasing the talented local artists and photographers at Southern Spears Surf Shop, 6026 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. This is a perfect opportunity to pick up unique gifts for the holidays! There will be a “Young @ Art” kids zone for the kids to get their art on. Snacks and refreshments will be provided as well as lots of prizes and giveaways. This event is free and everyone is welcome to join for a fun evening.
Affaire d’Art (2227 Postoffice St., Suite B, (409)789-0079, affairedart.com) - The Holiday Market opened during ArtWalk where the back of the gallery was turned into a winter wonderland showcasing the many talents of Affaire’s Events artists through handmade jewelry, ornaments, art December 1st (5-7:30pm) - Open Studio Night blocks, candles, and more. Many gifts are under Art Happy Hour: Paper Snowflakes - This $100. The market will be up through the month classic winter craft activity will be held in the of December. front lobby during the Fezziwig Friday free kickoff party for Dickens on the Strand, which is ArtWalk will be held throughout town, ranging in time from 4-10pm. This event is mostly held just outside GAC’s main entrance on 22nd and in the heart of the downtown historic district, Strand. Grab a beverage from the beer hall tent and now other parts of the Island. ArtWalk is a and enjoy the live entertainment through our free event that takes place in existing commercial open windows as you “sip and snip” beautiful galleries, non-profit art spaces, and what are paper snowflakes to hang in the window or to take home. This is presented in partnership with called “other walls,” restaurants, and retail stores. Galveston Historical Foundation. The Friday after For a brochure listing all participants, stop by ArtWalk from 5:30-7:30pm, is when this studio the Galveston Arts Center located at 2127 Strand is held, alternating between Art Happy Hour (for St. or go to galvestonartscenter.org. All events are free, and there are several Preview Parties on adults) and Family Art Night (for families). Friday evenings at the galleries. Various artworks • January 19th, 2018: Family Art Night will be for sale. Dates in 2018 are January 13th, • March 9th, 2018: Art Happy Hour March 3rd, April 21st, June 2nd, July 14th, • April 27th, 2018: Family Art Night August 25th, October 14th, and November 24th. • June 8th, 2018: Art Happy Hour Beta Gallery Fine Art by Mary K. Farragher • July 20th, 2018: Family Art Night (2328 Strand, Ste. 206, (409)370-3707, faceWeekly Events book.com/BetaGalleryMaryKFarragher) - View Life Drawing Studio is held on Mondays, new work by Mary K Farragher, Robert Dampier,
Chalda Maloff, Jussi Tinnemeyer, Jan Arthur Harrell, Edward Drozdik, Ulysses Penfield, and Jeffery Piper. From the HeART Gallery (511 23rd St., (409)300-3009, fromtheheart.gallery) - During December, the gallery will feature the well renowned local painter Catherine Stroud and featured digital artist Rebecah Thompson. On January 1st, 2018, From the HeART will be moving to 2111 Postoffice St. G. Lee Gallery (2215 Postoffice St., (409)3707350, gleegallery.net) - G. Lee Gallery welcomes local artist Elizabeth Allensworth George as guest artist this month. Ms. George embraces a soft emotional quality through a variety of subjects including portraiture, still life, and landscapes. Her oil paintings have been exhibited in Texas, Wyoming, and the Southwest. Proceeds support Artist Boat, a non-profit charitable organization, Eco-Art Adventures for children. Galveston Arts Center (2127 Strand St., (409)763-2403, galvestonartscenter.org) - Three exhibitions opened November 25th and will remain on view through January 7th. In the first-floor gallery, Galveston-based artist Dan Schmahl’s exhibition, “Surfer’s Beach,” references his favorite surf spot through the re-creation of a life guard stand, photographs, video, and printed materials. In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, the exhibition “Entanglement” features paintings of the undergrowth of forests and tree knots by Joan Laughlin. In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Motoyuki Noguchi and Toshimichi Minagawa of the Taiguruma Revival Project based in Galveston’s sister-city, Niigata, Japan, reintroduce the lost art of Japanese fish cart lanterns through an installation incorporating lanterns and a radio broadcast of messages from visitors to the exhibition “Taiguruma Radio Station.” Galveston Art League (2117A Postoffice St., (409)621-1008, galvestonartleague.com) - A retrospective show of the works of Elizabeth “Lise” Darst (1933-2014) will be on view through December 24th. Lise, a fifth generation Galvestonian, was well known for her watercolor paintings of Galveston architecture, but she also painted still lifes and abstracts in both watercolor and oil. She was a popular painting instructor, working out of her home (which had also been her grandmother’s home), and many current local artists came under her tutelage at some time in their life. In the 1950’s, she studied under local artist and medical illustrator George Newman and with New York artist Frederic Taubes during his summer residency in Galveston. She was a popular artist and model at the annual Nathan’s Festival of Art and Fashion in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and won numerous awards locally, regionally, and statewide throughout her career. Lise was a member of the Texas Watercolor Society, and her work was accepted into juried exhibitions in Galveston, El Paso, Houston, New York City, and San Antonio. Lise was active in both the Galveston Art League and the Galveston Arts Center, where she was a Life Member. The works in this show are mostly from the collection of family and friends and are not for sale. Galveston Artist Residency (2521 Ships Mechanic Row, (409)974-4446, galvestonartistresidency.org) On exhibit through February 10th is “Gregory Amenoff: Paintings and Drawings from Four Decades.” Gregory Amenoff is a painter who lives in New York City and Ulster County, New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and the Tiffany Foundation. He has had over fifty one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
GIANT Art and Design Showroom (2427 Market, (409)392-3331, miltonausherman. com) - Art and design showroom GIANT features archival prints by chimo, an unparalleled arbiter of the visual word. Working lakeside in old West Virginia, she is didactic, dark, and dynamic in filtering wonders of critical insight. Artists O3 and esso are putting together new iterations of their worldview with several sculptures from Kamila Szczesna and Marie LeTerme. Andrea Hunting ushers in new cork, rubber, ceramic, paper, palm, and fabric creations from far away places perched atop the furniture, which comes and goes. Heard Gallery (2217 Postoffice St., (903)3579073, theheardgallery.com) - The gallery owner and artist Ray Heard, features artwork that incorporates thick brush strokes and even thicker pallet knife applications. This artistic combination is meant to encourage a multi-dimensional experience, giving viewers a sense of walking right into the painting. This work is the second of a new series by Heard entitled “Galveston Yards and Gardens,” and he is currently accepting photo submissions of similar scenes to add to this collection. With this offer to participate in this series of paintings, Heard hopes to present to the public a side of Galveston’s beauty that is not often seen. The Proletariat Gallery (2221 Market St., (409)356-9092, proletariatgallery.com) - The Proletariat Gallery and Public House is a collaborative exhibition space and local hangout dedicated to enhancing the arts in Galveston. This month, the gallery will feature Houston Artist Ben “Catfish” Perez and special guest artist Erica “GypsySoul” Smith from Galveston. Catfish’s tiny brushwork pieces utilize the exceptional quality of rice rolling papers to create striking and whimsical works of art. Q2 Gallery (2209 Postoffice St., (409)256-0762) - Joey Quiroga is known for his energy as well as his photography. He has now added original paintings to his line, as well as pillows, coasters, and pens with his photography beautifully printed. Rose West also exhibits at Q2, you’ll love her small paintings of Joey’s photographs. Her usual high style and attention to detail prevails. All artwork is for sale. René Wiley Gallery (2128 Postoffice St., (409)750-9077, renewileyart.com) - A new exhibition is up called “Small Things: René Wiley” with gallery artist daughter Samantha Wiley who has beautiful portraits from her exhibition in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The gallery also has marine tree sculptures from James Phillips, intricate wooden bowls by Dale Hooks, as well as new hand dyed fabric mosaics by Brenda Bunten-Schloesser, and colorful glass sculptures by Bill Meek. Strand Gallery (2418 Strand St., (409)2201777) - Check out new and unique art pieces and Martie Terry Custom Jewelry, special Christmas and Patriotic Jewelry, Victoria Tebo’s new Alaskan photos, along with shore birds from the Gulf Coast. Joey Quiroga has his new paintings as well as photography. This is a great gallery to do some Christmas shopping! Studio 84 (2315 Mechanic St., Galveston (713)614-1398, 84artgallery.com) - “3 Oceans By Kristina Galytska” is currently on exhibit through December 15th. “Volcanic sand and acrylic with special equipment by Olga Vardar” will be on exhibit December 15th-January 5th. Third Coast Gallery (2413 Mechanic, (409)9744661 or (281)900-0444, thirdcoastgalleries. com) - The gallery is currently featuring works by local artists Gregory Bergeron, Skynear, Karla Mock and Susie Phillips with three new works by Houston artist, Liz Hill. The gallery also features resident local favorite artist Jack Morris’ work on a continuing basis. Vacations on Canvas (2204 Postoffice St., Ste. A, (409)974-4066, vacationoncanvas.com) - Life on the Island feels like one big, long weekend, and one of the best ways to experience that feeling firsthand is with a Vacation on Canvas. This gallery houses the visually stunning works of Robert Peterson, along with reproductions in canvas giclées, cards, paper prints, and one-of-akind ceramic tiles.
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Concerts & More Music Events Ongoing
Trio du Jour:
A Jazzy Classic Act
By Terry Card If you ask most people what their future plans are – no matter whether they are in business working for someone else or for themselves, or whether they are musicians, artists or in sports – they have great plans for the future – often very different from what they are doing. Not so for the members of the jazz group Trio du Jour. They love what they do and have no plans to change as far into the future as they can see. The Trio du Jour is actually a duo. Each month the principals of the group, Leah Stonum on piano and bassist Mel Drybread, add a member to the group for that month only. That way says Mel, the music stays fresh. And since they have about eight musicians in the cycle who play many different instruments including, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, percussion instruments and guitar, variety becomes a mainstay of their music. Trio du Jour was formed in New Orleans – hence the French name meaning Trio of the Day, which is very appropriate for a group that varies its members in the manner they do. The trio plays music that their audience will recognize - music that they can sing along to, or dance to or just kick back and listen to, in the comfortable chairs of the Toujouse Bar in the Tremont Hotel on Mechanic Street near 24th. Every Friday and Saturday night 6-10pm, The Tremont Hotel, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, hosts a free jazz night. Both Leah and Mel come from musical families and their individual talent became evident at an early age - in Leah’s case, at a very early age. Her father was an optometrist in Tallassee (near Montgomery), Alabama who sang in a choir as did her sister. But Leah who started piano very early, after going to see “The Sound of Music,” sat down at the keyboard and played the entire score at the age of five. Music became her life after that. She was a Music Major at Auburn University but switched to marketing. While attending college, she played in a big band on weekends. After college, she began playing in restaurants in Baton Rouge and from there moved to New Orleans and played at several clubs on Bourbon Street, before performing regularly at Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter, where she teamed up with Jason Marsalis and then toured internationally. She played in Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden, performed for seven years on the Royal Caribbean ships, as well as on the American Queen River Boat on the Mississippi. She said that when you travel and work internationally, overseas cultures can seem odd to us. For instance, one night she was playing in a hotel in Stockholm where no tipping was allowed. To overcome that, the hotel took the tips out of drinks the patrons bought for her. This guy who was buying drinks droned on about how he was a Russian spy, finally ending by using the old line that if you tell, you die. She could not get out of there fast enough. Mel was an accomplished bassist by the time he was 20 years old. When he was 18, he joined the Air Force, and for something to do, he bought a bass guitar and practiced relentlessly for a year. He also majored in music at college. After getting out, he played in jazz clubs in Kansas City and was so highly regarded that he was recruited by Joe Williams, the featured singer with the Count Basie Band. He also played with Robert Goulet and even spent some time with the Tonight Show Band. When he was on the road with Joe Williams, they rode in his 1964 Cadillac hearse. Most of the time there was no problem, but one club owner asked that they park the hearse out back. It made the customers nervous. Joe and Mel thought that was hilarious. Mel’s father was a Professor of Music in Kansas City where Mel was born and his musical talent was inherited by his son who rapidly became an accomplished bassist playing both jazz and
classical music. With Joe Williams and on his own, he played music for a living for 13 years before meeting Leah in 2012, when they were both playing on the American Queen. Mel was a bandleader in a different room from Leah and when he finished, he would come in and listen to her play piano. In 2014, they formed a partnership as a duo while still on the riverboat and then decided to move to Houston, where they played in various clubs and special events. When she was not on the American Queen, Leah played piano as a single performer, subbing for the permanent pianist at the Tremont Hotel in Galveston from 2009 to 2014. After George Mitchell died, the General Manager asked her if she could form a group to play at the hotel. She told him she had just formed a duo. The general manager wanted a trio to play jazz, so she called Mel and they engaged a saxophone player to form a trio,. Thus, in November of 2014, the Trio du Jour became the Friday and Saturday night jazz group for The Tremont. Their customer base at the Tremont is about 50% locals and 50% tourists. While it is not necessary to rotate a third person for the tourists, it is essential for their local following because it keeps the sound fresh. In addition, the third member added to the duo each month is usually not engaged elsewhere, which allows them to hire highly talented musicians at a reasonable price. When not playing at the Tremont, they play during the week in Houston at many different venues including nursing homes, restaurants, bars, and at weddings and many house parties. They have written their own music, but prefer to play jazz that their audience will recognize and enjoy. The Tri du Jour plays music that has feeling and rhythm and is not just a bunch of notes with no melody. In December, they will also be playing at the San Luis Hotel Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, giving anyone who wants to listen to first-rate jazz, more opportunity to do so. They are friendly and outgoing and interact with their audience, taking requests and providing them with a fun evening of great music. Don’t be surprised if the music makes you want to get up and dance. To book them for a party or event, call Leah at (504)616-3824.
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe Celebrates By Giving Back at the 4th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Old Quarter Acoustic is a musical venue that
First Thursday of every month (7-10pm) - Open Acoustic Jam - This is an acoustic jam session with several of the top local Island musicians, collaborating among artwork from local artisans. This is a free event to bring an instrument to or just take it all in. This event is located at From the HeART Gallery, 511 23rd St. For more info find From the HeART Gallery on Facebook. Every Tuesday (7-10pm) - Jazz Jam - Enjoy live jazz featuring Lime Drive Ensemble at Saloon Door Brewing, 105 Magellan Cir. For more info go to saloondoorbrewing.com. Every Friday and Saturday (6-10pm) - The Tremont House Jazz Series - Enjoy live jazz by Trio du Jour in the hotel’s 1888 Toujouse Bar. The Tremont House launched its Jazz Series in late September 2013, and it has become hugely popular with locals and guests. Trio du Jour plays classic, acoustic jazz. The Tremont House is located at 2300 Mechanic St., Downtown. Every Friday and Saturday (5-10pm) - Jazz Duo Reg and Cary - Listen to the sweet sounds of jazz at the Galvez Bar & Grill, 2024 Seawall Blvd., where Reg Loudermilk can be seen on standup bass alongside Cary Eaves at the piano performing popular jazz standards in the bar area. Performances are free and open to the public. Complimentary valet and self-parking available to bar and restaurant patrons. For more info call (409)765-7721 or go to hotelgalvez.com.
Concerts & Events
December 1st (5:30pm, 7pm, and 8:30pm) Holiday Handbells Concert - Known for its exceptional acoustics, the breathtaking 1859 St. Joseph’s Church opens its doors for three special handbell concerts. Tickets are $15 at eventbrite. com. December 1st (10:30pm) - Brandon McDermott Band will be playing at Yaga’s downtown in Galveston. December 2nd (9pm-1am) - The Secret Party at BJiggers - Come out and Rock the Dock with The Secret Party Band at BJiggers located at 5002 Seawall Blvd. December 3rd (4pm) - Galveston Symphony Orchestra will perform at The Grand, 2020 Postoffice St. This concert is presented by Trond Saeverud, Conductor and will feature Copland – “John Henry,” Coleridge-Taylor – Ballade for Orchestra, Op.33, Bennett – Suite of Old American Dances, and Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No.3, Op.30; Andrew Staupe, piano. The Galveston Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to mastering and performing the full range of symphonic literature. For more info call (409)763-2481) or go to galvestonsymphony.org. Upcoming concerts are: • January 7th (4pm) - Pops Concert • February 11th (4pm) - Valentine’s Concert – “The Tempest”
• March 11th (4pm) - Beethoven: Fifth Symphony • April 22nd (4pm) From Youthful Passion to Artistic Salvation December 4th (7:30pm) - An Evening with Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift of storytelling, this popular Texas native fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues in a “convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.” Tickets start at $30. The Grand is located at 2020 Postoffice St. Tickets are available by contacting (409)765-1894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com. December 8th (7pm) - Indaskies will perform at Stuttgarden. Bring a toy donation; this is a Toys for Tots fundraiser! December 9th (10am-6pm) Holiday in the Park - Bring out the whole family for a day filled with festive holiday tunes from local and area school choirs, bands, and amazing church choirs during this free event. Performances will be held in Saengerfest Park at 23rd and Strand St. Scheduled performances are: • 10:45am - Galveston Community Band • 12 noon - Galveston Heritage Chorale • 1:15pm - Clear Falls Troubadours • 2:30pm - Homeschool Performing Arts Co-Op • 3:45pm - Fanfare! Lutheran Music Academy • 5pm - Galveston College December 15th (3pm and 8pm) - The Texas Tenors - Fresh from the debut of their PBS Special (filmed at The Grand), Texas favorites Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and JC Fisher treat audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway, and current pop music. Tickets start at $30. The Grand is located at 2020 Postoffice St. Tickets are available by contacting (409)7651894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com. December 16th (10pm-2am) - Ryan Ross Band Live - Ryan Ross Band will be live at Yaga’s Cafe, 2314 Strand St. Hang out at one of the coolest places in Galveston. December 16th (8pm) Jerry Jeff Walker - One of the Lone Star State’s most popular musical ambassadors returns to The Grand for his annual holiday season concert. Tickets start at $35. The Grand is located at 2020 Postoffice St. Tickets are available by contacting (409)7651894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com. Saturday, January 13th, 2018 (8pm) - “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” - First seen on The Grand’s stage during the 2014-2015 Season, Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty return as “Jake” and “Elwood” Blues with “The Official Blues Brothers Revue.” Tickets start at $25. The Grand is located at 2020 Postoffice St., (409)7651894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com.
& The Beautiful Things will perform as well. This is brought to you by Across the Stage.
• December 9th - Marina Rocks • December 14th - El Lago with Holy Golden, Astragal • December 15th - Danny Brooks and Lil’ Miss Debi • December 16th - 4th Annual Toys for Tots with Zak Perry and More • December 21st - The Annual Old Quarter Christmas Party Weekly • December 22nd - Songwriter Showcase #5: • Every Cheryl Cawood Bobbitt, Kevin Jefferies, Paper supports live original music and is located at WednesSparrow 413 20th St. in Downtown Galveston. For day - Open • December 23rd - “All I Want for Christmas is tickets and more info go to oldquarteracousticmike with Neil Down & Fiscal Cliff my Two Tons of Steel” Concert cafe.com or find them on Facebook. • Every Thursday - Open mike with new coun- • December 29th - The Sisters Morales try legend Kitty Litter December 16th (7pm) - The 4th Annual • December 30th - Carson Mchone Toys for Tots Benefit - This year’s musical • December 31st - Annual Old Quarter New Upcoming Shows line-up is starting to come together! To enter Year’s Eve Party • December 1st Friday Social Song Swap with the club you must bring an unwrapped toy or 2018 Jaimee Harris, Nick Nace, Charles Bryant, make a monetary donation at the door. Zak Gabe Wooten (no cover) • January 6th - Tish Hinojosa Perry will host the event. Wrecks & Janet Bell, • January 12th and 13th - “An Evening with Ray Marina Rocks, Kevin Anthony, Amber Anthony, • December 2nd - Swarming Branch Wylie Hubbard” with Mr. D Christopher Smith Gonzalez, Dwight Wolf, Lee • December 8th - Ian Moore, Douglas Greer, Dick Lemasters with a special early perfor• January 25th - Radney Foster with Smith & Brooks, Catherine Stroud, Tex Renner, J. Scott mance by Hotmagandhi Turner opening Rivera, Jeremy Warren will perform. Zak Perry GalvestonIslandGuide.com • 21
Friday, December 1st
The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jiggers – Velvet Punch, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Float – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Mod - Jim Kachelmeyer, 7-9 Old Quarter – Jaimee Harris, Gabe Wootton, Nick Nace, Charles Bryant, 9-1 Rum Shack – After Party, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Stuttgarden – Jeremy Kilgore, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – Brandon McDermott, 10-1
Saturday, December 2nd
The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jiggers – Secret Party, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Mod - Emma Bordelon, 7-9 Old Quarter – Robert Ellis, Swarming Branch, 9-1 Poop Deck – Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Shaun Michael, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1
Sunday, December 3rd
Galveston Island Brewing - Acoustic Jam, 1-4 Hurricane ll – Open Jam, 5-9 Nonno Tony’s – Danny Kristensen, 4-7 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 2-6
Monday, December 4th
The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Galveston Island Brewing - Monday Night Guys, 6-9 The Grand - Lyle Lovett, 7:30pm Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Tuesday, December 5th
B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sharky’s Tavern - Open Mic, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Wednesday, December 6th
The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Bubba’s On The Strand – Chris Bergeron, 8-12 Nonno Tony’s – Mickey Hobbs, 6-9 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Thursday, December 7th
B Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1
Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 8-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Thursday, December 14th Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 B Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Friday, December 8th Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Old Quarter – EL Lago, Holy Golden, 9-1 B Jiggers – Rat Ranch, 9-1 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 8-1 Bubba’s On The Strand – Chris Bergeron, San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Float – DJ, 9-1 Tea’ze Daiquiri Lounge - Open Mic, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Old Quarter – Ian Moore, Doug Greer, Dick Friday, December 15th Lemasters, 9-1 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Beerfoot - DEM, 7-10 Rum Shack – The Goods, 9-1 B Jiggers – Luther & The Healers, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Bubba’s On The Strand – Chris Bergeron, Stuttgarden – Big Jordan, 7-11 8-12 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 The Grand - The Texas Tenors, 7:30pm West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 Old Quarter – Danny Brooks with Lil Miss Saturday, December 9th Debi, 9-1 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 B Jiggers – CC Rider, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand – The Relics, 8-12 Stuttgarden – Jeremy Kilgore, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Old Quarter – Marina Rocks, Guthrie Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 Kennard, 9-1 Poop Deck – Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Saturday, December 16th Rumors – DJ, 8-12 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 Rum Shack – Sonic Seduction, 9-1 B Jiggers – Such & Such Band, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Little Terry & The Blue Birds, Bubba’s On The Strand – ILLumiYachty, 8-12 The Grand - Jerry Jeff Walker, 8pm 7-11 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Old Quarter – Toys For Tots Benefit Show, West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 9-1 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Sunday, December 10th Rum Shack – Bristol Fashion, 9-1 Galveston Island Brewing - Acoustic Jam, 1-4 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Hurricane ll – Open Jam, 5-9 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., Stuttgarden – Curtis King, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 8-1 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 2-6 Yaga’s – Ryan Ross Band, 10-1 Monday, December 11th Sunday, December 17th The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Galveston Island Brewing - Monday Night Galveston Farmers Market - Anita Jay, 9am Guys, 6-9 Galveston Island Brewing - Acoustic Jam, 1-4 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Hurricane ll – Open Jam, 5-9 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Tuesday, December 12th Sound Bar – Karaoke, 2-6 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Monday, December 18th Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Sharky’s Tavern - Open Mic, 8-12 Galveston Island Brewing - Monday Night Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Guys, 6-9 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Wednesday, December 13th Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Tuesday, December 19th B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Nonno Tony’s – Mickey Hobbs, 6-9 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12
New Year’s Eve Parties Puttin’ on the Ritz New Year’s Eve at The San
Luis Hotel (8pm-1am) - Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a four-course meal, generously hosted premium bar, live entertainment by Password Band, plus a Champagne toast with party favors at midnight. Password Band is a rare blend of experienced and talented musicians who adapt and play almost every style of music from smooth jazz, 22 • GalvestonIslandGuide.com
soft favorites, disco, R&B, top 40, Latin and country. Ashley, JT and Nicoya are at the frontline and belt out hits from the nostalgic 70’s to the latest chart toppers. They are electrifying! Theresa Grayson, Houston’s first lady of saxophone, is unforgettable! Tickets must be purchased in advance; adult tickets price is $209 per person and is all inclusive. Tickets are available at sanluisresort. reztrip.com. This event usually sells out. Midnight in the Gardens: A NYE Gala (7:30pm-1am) - Say farewell to 2017 and hello to 2018 at the Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala December 31st, from 7:30pm-1am. Put on your finest black-tie attire and get ready to dance. Enjoy live music, an open bar, deluxe party favors,
Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern - Open Mic, 8-12 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sharky’s Tavern - Open Mic, 8-12 Wednesday, December 27th Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Wednesday, December 20th The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Nonno Tony’s – Mickey Hobbs, 6-9 Float – DJ, 9-1 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Nonno Tony’s – Mickey Hobbs, 6-9 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Thursday, December 28th
Thursday, December 21st
B Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 B Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 8-1 8-1 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Friday, December 22nd
The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jiggers – LN & The Crush, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand – Chris Bergeron, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Old Quarter - Kevin Jefferies, Paper Sparrow, Cheryl Bobbitt, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Rum Shack – OMG, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – DEM, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1
Saturday, December 23rd
The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 B Jiggers – A Sure Thing, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Old Quarter – Two Tons Of Steel, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Stuttgarden – Big Jordan, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Yaga’s – DJ, 10-1
Friday, December 29th The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jiggers – Rapture, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand – Chris Bergeron, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Old Quarter - The Sisters Morales, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Jeremy Kilgore, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1
Saturday, December 30th
The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 B Jiggers – Angel Garcia, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Old Quarter – Carson McHone, 9-1 Poop Deck – Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sunday, December 24th Galveston Island Brewing - Acoustic Jam, 1-4 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Hurricane ll – Open Jam, 5-9 Stuttgarden – Shaun Michael, 7-11 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 8-1 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 2-6 Yaga’s – DJ, 10-1 Monday, December 25th
Sunday, December 31st
Galveston Island Brewing - Acoustic Jam, 1-4 Hurricane ll – Open Jam, 5-9 Tuesday, December 26th Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 8-1 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 San Luis Lounge - Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 2-6
lavish buffet, Champagne toast, and midnight balloon drop. Reservations for the NYE gala are by phone only at (888)388-8484 for reservations. This will be held at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston. Event tickets are $470 per couple or $240 per single. Hotel accommodations for gala guests start at $109+tax/night. For reservations call 888-388-8484.
Coming April 26-29th:
Third Coast Music Festival The Third Coast Music Festival takes cen-
ter stage the last weekend in April with 40 bands and 50 show! This isn’t a festival in a field; it’s a unique experience for guests to hear some of the nation’s best live music while interacting with various venues and locations. Venues right now are The Grand 1894 Opera House (2020 Postoffice), Hotel Galvez & Spa (2024 Seawall), Galveston Island Beach Revue (2102 Seawall), The Proletariat Gallery & Public House (2221 Market), Yaga’s Cafe (2314 Strand), Bubba’s on The Strand (2404 Strand), Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (413 20th St.), Stuttgarden Tavern (2110 Strand) The 1859St. Joseph’s Church (2202 Avenue K). General admission wristbands ($40) allow access to all official festival performances. VIP wristbands ($125) allow access to all official festival performances, exclusive VIP only events, merchandise and more.
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