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Things to Do » Assumption Of The Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church presents the 34th Annual Greek Festival » Galveston’s Premier Fall Festival is Back: 36th Annual Island Oktoberfest » ARToberFEST: Galveston’s Historic Downtown Cultural Arts District Comes Alive! » 8th Annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival Rescheduled » “Sex with Strangers: A Thought-Provoking Comedy” at Island ETC » Family Fun at Saengerfest Park including Free Concerts, Movies, and Mini-Monster Mash » Galveston Island Brewing: Locally Made, Locally Fun » 5th Annual Chicken Shack Strut » Bryan Museum: Wine in the Garden & Lecture Series » Family Days: Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum » Fun at the Movies at Moody Gardens, Galveston » Historical Foundation events including Sunset Cruise, Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards, “Women (& Sometimes their Children) at Sea in the Age of Sail,” Galveston Heritage Day, Menard House Trick or Treating, and Ghost Tours of Ashton Villa » The Grand This Month: Jimmy Webb - The Glen Campbell Years, The Beach Boys, “Nosferatu” - Silent Film with Rob Landes at the Organ, and Much More » A Haunted and Fun Island: Events including Graveyard Tours, Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours, Hotel Galvez Ghost Tours, Halloween Movies at Pleasure Pier, Fall Sunset Cruise Onboard the Seagull II, Gallery Psychic Reading at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, Mini Monster Bash hosted by Mitchell Historic Properties, Ghostly Gardens, and Salty Soul’s Halloween Barcycle Costume Contest
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Things To Do Assumption Of The Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church presents the 34th Annual Greek Festival The 34th Annual Greek Festival, October
14th-15th, celebrates Hellenism with food, wine, pastries, and dancing. Presented by Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church at 1824 Ball St., festival hours are Saturday, 11am-8pm and Sunday, 12 noon6pm. This will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Two full days of Opa! and YaSou!, the event features authentic food prepared on site, Greek wines, live dancing and entertainment, gifts, and tours of the Greek Orthodox Church. Traditional Greek favorites include beef or pork souvlaki (shish kabob), gyro, vegetarian dishes, and a complete dinner of pastitsio, salad, dolmades, olives, and meatballs. Pastries are baked by the ladies in the community and are served individually and in assorted boxes to go. Specialties are baklava, melomacarona, kourambiedes, koulourakia, and paximadia. Don’t miss the made-to -order loukoumades: a honey puff pastry drizzled with honey and homemade sweet bread. The gift shop will feature Greek Christmas ornaments, icons, jewelry, paintings, dolls from Greece, stefana (wedding crown) boxes, and much more. Grocery items include olive oil, olives, pasta, and imported canned goods. Unique and hard to find imported items are great for gift giving. For kids there is a petting zoo on the patio.
We don't just sell great craft beer .... we sell great craft food! Returning again this year is the ever talented Alex Kalos who plays the clarinet, bouzouki, and every other instrument that complements Greek dancing. The Galveston Nisiotes will perform throughout each day beginning at 12 noon, and dance participation following each show is encouraged. Everyone can be Greek in spirit at this festive event! Father Stelios Sitaras, parish priest, will conduct educational tours of the church on Saturday 11am-6pm, and Sunday beginning at 12 noon. The public is invited to attend Divine Liturgy on Sunday at10am. The service is one hour. Ala carte food and drink items are priced individually. The complete dinner is $16, and ala carte food items and pastries range from $2-$8. Advance dinner tickets are available online until October 10th. There is complimentary parking. For more info call (409)762-7591 or go to galvestongreekfestival.com. The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church is located at 1824 Ball (Corner of 19th & Ball).
Galveston’s Premier Fall Festival is Back:
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The 36th Annual Island Oktoberfest Galveston’s premier fall festi-
val, the 36th Annual Island Oktoberfest, kicks off Friday evening, October 27th, 5-11pm and continues Saturday, October 28th, 11am-11pm. This fun, family weekend will feature continuous live entertainment on two stages, authentic German food and libations, Cake Wheel, fine arts, crafts and gifts, an exciting auction, fun, family and expanded children’s activities, and much more. Oktoberfest will be held on the grounds and streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie in historic Downtown Galveston. Admission is free. German costumes encouraged. Island Oktoberfest, hosted by First Evangelical Lutheran Church and co-sponsored by Del Papa Distributing Company, will open Friday evening with themed-Bier Garten venues-featuring a variety of both German and domestic brews and a variety of German-style wines from nearby Haak Vineyards. New this year, Oktoberfest will host a special wine-tasting event with Haak Winery and a beer-tasting event with Del Papa. Entertainment this year includes the return, for the 16th year, of the crowd favorite Mid Life Crisis, headlining the Music Stage on Friday evening. Master of Ceremonies Valina Polka and Das Ist Lustig will headline the Family Stage Friday evening and perform again on the Family Stage during the day/evening, Saturday. Aug Gehts will headline the Music Stage during the day Saturday, while popular Austin musician, Chris Rybak, returning by popular demand, will headline the Music Stage Saturday evening. Also set to return for this year’s festival will be Becky and Klaus, and Kevin Anthony. Other popular entertainment returning for the 36th annual Island Oktoberfest include the strolling TubaMeisters, Fanfare! The Lutheran Music Academy Children’s Choir, Deer Park High School German Dance Troupe, Rathkamp German Folk Dancers, Keine Kunst Folk Dancers, and AlpenMusikanten. In addition to great music and dancing, there will be superb food and drink including smoked
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sausage, bratwurst, knockwurst, and “Wurstabendessen”- a sausage dinner comprised of German-style and Polish style Wurst with all the traditional German side dishes. This special German Dinner will be available both Friday evening and Saturday. For a sweet finale, homemade Helmut’s strudel, freshly baked on site, will be offered in addition to a variety of tempting homemade desserts specially prepared by congregation members from recipes handed down from generation to generation. Handmade pretzels, freshlypopped popcorn, and a variety of soft drinks will also be sold at the festival. The historic and beautifully-renovated circa 1860 Lyceum will again be open 5-9pm Friday evening, and 11am-7pm on Saturday with vendors showcasing exceptional hand-crafted arts, crafts, and gift items for those festival goers eager to get a head start on holiday shopping. Because Oktoberfest continues to be one of the vendors’ most enjoyable and popular venues, regular attendees can look forward to shopping at their long-time favorite booths, each featuring Christmas and other special gift items. Shoppers always look forward to knowing that their favorite vendors have returned to showcase their best products. This year, families and children of all ages can look forward to an expanded Kids’ Zone. Planned activities include a rock wall, 4-way Bungee Trampoline, Mechanical Bull, Dual Lane Giant slide, a large Obstacle Course, Moonwalk, Petting Zoo, and pony rides. The little ones will enjoy a Jungle Playland. These planned activities will be in addition to the “motorized” animals, face painting, and other fun arts and crafts. For more info go to galvestonoktoberfest. com, call (409)762-8477, or follow the event on Facebook. All proceeds benefit programs and outreach for First Lutheran Church in Galveston.
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be featured in front of Mod Coffeehouse on both Saturday and Sunday; and “Double Take” (Jim Byrom and Jack Halpert) will perform Saturday at 22nd and Market St.; Red Eye Carl will perform at the 23rd St. entrance on Saturday and at 22nd and Market on Sunday. A Juried Fine Arts Festival, ARToberFEST originated in 1997 with 30 artists and a dream by event founder Kathy Modzelewski to promote fine art in the Galveston County area. During the Galveston’s Historic Downtown Cultural past 20 years, the event has grown from 30 artists Arts District will come alive in vivid color as The and 500 attendees to more than 125 artists from Grand 1894 Opera House presents the 20th across the U.S. showcasing their work annuanniversary celebration of ARToberFEST. Conally and more than 7,500 attendees. In 2013, the sidered the Island’s premier art event, ARTober- event became an FEST will be held in the heart of the district on annual part of The Postoffice St. between 21st and 23rd St., October Grand’s program21st 10am-6pm, and October 22nd 11am-5pm. ming and educaARToberFEST showcases the work of both tional outreach established and new artists in a relaxed atmoand today continsphere nestled among a variety of antique ues to be coordishops, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants nated and prein and around the festival site. During the two sented by The day event, festival attendees can enjoy strollGrand 1894 Opera ing through Galveston’s Historic Downtown while viewing works from a variety of disciplines House. ARToberFEST including drawing, painting, ceramics, photograadmission is $5 phy, and sculpture. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the for adults, children under 12 event, artist demonstrations in glass-blowing and woodturning are scheduled, and College of free. A portion of admissions will benefit the Educational Outreach the Mainland will present an emerging artists Programs of The Grand 1894 Opera House. For tent. The popular children’s area will return in more info about ARToberFEST, contact Festival partnership with Clay Cup Studio at 22nd and Director Sarah Piel at (409)770-5066, (800)821Market St., and for the second year, the Galves1894, or via email at email@example.com. ton Farmer’s Market will feature products from Listed on the National Register of Historic regional farms, ranches, bakeries, cheese-makers, and specialty-food producers. In addition, Haak Places, The Grand 1894 Opera House is located Winery returns with their special libations booth at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston’s historic Downtown Cultural Arts District and recogfor adult attendees. Music will also be presented during the fesnized as “The Official Opera House of the State tival each day 3-5pm. Musician Wayne Holt will of Texas.”
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8th Annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival Rescheduled
Make a toast at the 8th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival in sunny Galveston Island. Named Top 3 beer event by “USA Today” and revered by beer lovers across the region, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event that lets visitors tap into the world of craft beer on island time. Because of Hurricane Harvey, BrewMasters has been rescheduled to November 24th-26th. If you have already purchased your tickets to BrewMasters, your tickets will be good for the new dates. If you have not purchased your tickets, you can still purchase tickets online. With 400 craft beers, and rare “Taste it First” selections, the Free Beer Friday Bad A$$ Beard Contest, and more, this three-day event offers endless opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry. Craft breweries continue to open at a brisk pace across Texas, and BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is the perfect place to sip, savor, and explore the real meaning behind the phrase “Drink Local.” Whether you are a craft-loyal drinker looking for inspiration, or just a newbie finding your way, BrewMasters is the ultimate event for experiencing the distinctive world of craft beer.
Clifton McDerby, Executive Director of Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. explained, “Our vision has always been to make sure that loyalists and newcomers to this event experience the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival, along with brew education and an introduction to new brews coming available for the first time at BrewMasters.” McDerby continued, “This year we are planning pop-up tastings. Guests will be pleasantly surprised by this addition.” But BrewMasters is even more - it is a place to meet the people who make the craft beer industry a force to be reckoned with. The festival is packed with beer, cheer, and plenty of foam-filled events happening each day.
Family Fun at Saengerfest Park With the beautiful weather
and sunny fall days, families are spending more and more time outdoors. Saengerfest Park, located in the heart of Downtown Galveston, is a great place to find affordable fun for the season. Saengerfest Park is a small square park located on the corner of 23rd St. and The Strand in Galveston’s Historic Strand District. Saengerfest Park is known for having a large, playable chess set, a large compass that can be used as a seat, wooden benches, an old-fashioned London-style phone booth, and a stage used for movie and music nights throughout the year. The park also hosts a number of events associated with Island festivals, including Dickens on The Strand, “Mardi Gras! Galveston,” and more.
to set up a blanket or chair for a free movie under the stars. This is the last Movie Night of the season on Saturday. The last movie is: • October 7th: “The Addams Family”
Music Nite on the Strand
Music Nite on the Strand features various artists the second Saturday of every month. The event is 6-9pm and free to the public. This month’s artist is: • October 14th: Harbors over Highways (Americana)
Mini Monster Bash
October 28th (1-4pm), the Mini Monster Bash festival will be free to the public and include Trick or Treat Stops at local businesses throughout Downtown Galveston. Saengerfest Park will be the central location for fun. There will be games, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists, and a costume contest. Contestants will compete for Cutest, Scariest, and Most Creative costumes for age groups 0-2, 3-5, Free Family Movies Visitors and residents are invited to enjoy free 6-8, and 9-11. For more info and a full list of annual events movies throughout historic Downtown. Movies begin just after dusk. Moviegoers are encouraged go to facebook.com/saengerfestpark.
A ThoughtProvoking Comedy
Island ETC (EastEnd Theatre Company) is pleased to present the national hit “Sex with Strangers,” the widely acclaimed comedy written by Laura Eason (“House of Cards”). ETC’s Artistic Director Kim Mytelka directs “Sex with Strangers.” Performances for this provocative comedy will be October 5th-October 21st. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances will start at 8pm. There will be one Sunday matinee October 15th. (Date changes for this production are due to building damage received from Hurricane Harvey.) “Sex with Strangers” combines humor, insight, and a modern version of the Faustian bargain – you can sell your soul but maintain the marketing rights! Olivia (Laurel Powell) is an attractive and under-appreciated mid-career writer. Ethan (Cameron Dunbar) is a hot young blogger
whose online journals about his “sexcapades” with strangers have become the buzz of the blogosphere. When these two become unexpectedly trapped in a secluded cabin during a winter storm, opposites attract. The chemistry between the two is undeniable. As their one-night stand turns into something more complicated and their literary futures become intimately intertwined, both writers confront who they are, what they really want, and how much they are willing to change to get it. The creative team includes Thomas D. Boone (Scenic Design), Lisa Miller (Light Design), Jennifer Daugherty (Sound Design), and Alex Brokmeyer (Stage Manager). All performances of “Sex with Strangers” will be at Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St. in Galveston. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at islandetc.org. Group rates are available for groups of ten or more. For more info regarding group rates, this production, or Island ETC, contact the box office at (409)762-3556 or visit the website at islandetc.org. *Spoiler Alert – “Sex with Strangers” is not literally about sex with strangers. However, due to subject matter and language, ETC does not recommend this production for children.
Enjoy events such as Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting, Friday Night Pub Crawl, “Taste It First” selections of first time to market beer releases, Texas Brewery Tour, Brew HaHa Grand Tasting, and Brew-B-Que. Make it a destination weekend. Set in Galveston’s tropical Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, with special events at various venues around the island, BrewMasters breaks out the barrels and serves up foam-filled perfection all weekend long.
Tickets range from $25-$85. For more info on the festivities go to brewmastersbeerfest.com. The 8th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is sponsored by: Ben E. Keith, Free Beer Friday, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Art Institute of Houston, Revolver Brewing, 8th Wonder Brewing, Buffalo Bayou Brewing, Stubb’s Barbecue, Ron Anjeo Dos Maderas, Tequila Chamucos, Constellation Wines, Roscato, Santa Rita, Green Mountain Energy, Infiniti Graphics, and SpeedPro Imaging The Woodlands.
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October 17th (6pm) - Sam’s Boat Beer Dinner - The Beer Mixer starts 6pm, and the Beer Dinner What’s new at the Galveston Island Brewery starts at 6:30pm. (GIB) this month? Well, there’s a lot! October 21st Live Music • October 14th (All Day): Galveston Island Brew- Galveston Island Brewing Oktoing Oktoberfest: The Happy Wanderers Polka berfest - Classic Band 1-5pm, Auf Geht’s 6-9pm German fare from Shrimp N’ Stuff plus live music • October 28th- DEM Roots, 4pm from Joe Brikha 1-5pm, and Auf Gehts 6-9pm. Other Events There will be a stein holding competition and October 7th - Yoga at the Brewery - Class will be much more! held in the yard area. Bring a towel and/or yoga More Info mat and any additional yoga equipment. Water Galveston Island Brewery is a local brewery and sunscreen recommended; hats if the sun is shining. Free of charge. All age ranges welcome. featuring an on-site tap room showcasing classic beer styles. The tap room is open 7 days a October 14th - Galveston Island Brewing week, Monday-Thursday 3-9pm, Friday 3pm-12 Seawall Crawl - Grab a bike or get ready to midnight, Saturday 12 noon-12 midnight, and hightail it on foot along the iconic Galveston Sunday 12 noon-9pm. GIB offers free Brewery Seawall. Check-in at Nick’s Kitchen and Beach tours every Saturday at 1pm. Tours are about 30 Bar between 2-4pm, pick-up your punch card, minutes long. Beer, camera, and questions are and join this epic adventure. Visit all of the encourage. For more info call (409)740-7000 or participating bars, grab a beer, look for a GIB rep, go to galvestonislandbrewing.com, or stop by the brewery located at 8423 Stewart Rd., Galveston. and get your punch at each bar.
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5thOctober Annual Chicken Shack Strut 14th (8am-2pm) - 5th Annual Galveston Island Chicken Shack Strut is a oneday, self-guided tour of coastal chicken coops, hen houses, mobile tractors, and crazy shacks. Open to everyone, the tour showcases island chickens and their keepers and demonstrates how more and more city folk are incorporating chickens into their yards and lifestyles. Visitors can talk to hosts about coops, feed, breeds, costs, and their experiences raising healthy chickens. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for youth ages 6-12, and kids 5 and under are free. Ticket sales will start about 10 days before the date of the tour. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October Cooking Classes
The Kitchen Chick is the perfect place to learn how to cook. This month, there’s a lot going on in the kitchen. • October 1st (2-4:30pm) - Down the Hatch: Southwest Chiles, $60 • October 6th (6:30-9pm) - Day of the Dead Tacos & Tequila, $75 • October 7th (1-3:30pm) - Caramel Apples and No-Bake Fall Treats, $50 • October 8th (12 noon-3pm) - Go Wild for Gulf Shrimp, $65 • October 12th (6:30-9pm) - Tuscan Wine Dinner, $65 • October 13th (6:30-9pm) - Day of the Dead
The Bryan Museum:
Wine in the Garden & New Lecture Series The 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,
Tacos & Tequila, $75 • October 14th (1-4pm) - Halloween Sugar “Spookies” with Royal Icing, $50 • October 15th (12 noon3pm) - Bedhead Brunch a la Food Truck, $60 • October 18th (6:30-9pm) - Tuscan Wine Dinner, $65 • October 21st (11am-2pm) - Day of the Dead Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing, $50 • October 21st (3-5:30pm) - Sugar Skulls, $50 • October 22nd (2-5pm) - Gulf Seafood - It’s All About Attitudes and Latitudes, $75 • November 6th (6:30-9pm) - Tuscan Wine Dinner, $65 • November 13th (6:30-9pm) - Tuscan Wine Dinner, $65 Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis, and class sizes are kept small to ensure that you get to interact with the instructor. Also, note that website comments will not count as reservations - you must call to reserve your spot. Payment is due at the time of reservation. For more info and to reserve your spot call (409)497-2999 or go to thekitchenchick.com. and artwork relating to Texas and the American West. For more info call (409)632-7685 or go to thebryanmuseum.org. The museum is open Thursday-Monday, 11am-4pm, and closed Tuesday-Wednesday.
Every Thursday (4-7pm) - Wine in The Bryan Gardens - Join the fun in the beautiful Conservatory and botanical gardens to relax and enjoy time and conversation with friends, family, and Museum staff. Wine, beer, and complimentary bar snacks will be served. During the event,
Upcoming Family Days
October 14th - Sources of Energy - In addition to petroleum, learn about other energy sources and how each one is important at any moment of every day. See On the second Saturday of if you can put together an every month, 10am-3pm, the energy puzzle, and discover Ocean Star celebrates Famhow renewable and nonreily Day. Each Family Day focuses on a different theme newable energy affects your life. that relates to the offshore industry. The informa- November 11th - What’s on your Plate? The tion is presented at a student’s level using activi- continents of today once formed a large land ties or experiments. Children 18 years of age and mass known as Pangaea. Using modeling clay and a special tool, you can speed up geologic younger are admitted free with a paying chaptime and see how subsurface processes create erone. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum is located at Pier 19. For more info call folding and faulting that affects where oil and gas can be found. (409)766-7827 or go to oceanstaroec.com.
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Fun at The Movies at Moody Gardens Moody Gar-
dens hosts a variety of movies throughout the year for the whole family to enjoy. Moody Gardens, located at 1 Hope Blvd. For more info call (800)582-4637 or go to moodygardens.com. Moody Garden’s state-ofthe-art 3D viewing experience gives guests the best viewing experience in the world. Individual tickets are $10.95 for adults and $8.95 for children 4-12 and seniors (65+). Children 3 and under are free.
3D Movies - Through November 10th
• 10am – “Dream Big 3D” • 10:50am – “Amazon Adventure 3D” • 11:40am – “Great White Shark 3D” • 12:10pm – “Dream Big 3D” • 1pm – “Secret Ocean 3D” • 1:50pm – “Great White Shark 3D” • 2:20pm – “Dream Big 3D” • 3:10pm – “Amazon Adventure 3D” • 4pm – “Great White Shark 3D” • 4:30pm - “Dream Big 3D” • 5:20pm - “Great White Shark 3D”
4D Movies - Through November 10th
Hi-def digital 4D projection with DTS surround sound immerse you as wind, mist, leg ticklers, and other special effects provide a shortfilm experience that is a thrill for all ages. • 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm - “Dino Island II 4D” • 12 noon, 2pm, and 4pm - “Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4D”
Upcoming Festivals Sunny
days and mild nights make Galveston Island the perfect place to enjoy festivals yearround. Many festivals celebrate art, music, film, food, beer, and wine, while others celebrate various ethnic and cultural holidays. Here is a list of these festivals: • October 14th-15th- Galveston Island Greek Festival • October 21st - Galveston Heritage Festival • October 21st-22nd - ARToberFEST • October 27th-28th - Galveston Island Oktoberfest • November 2nd-5th - Lone Star Rally • November 11th-January 7th - Moody Gardens Festival of Lights • November 24th-26th - Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival (NEW DATES) • November-December - Winter Wonder Island • December 1st-3rd - Dickens on the Strand
• January 6th-21st - Galveston.com & Company Galveston Restaurant Week • January 19th-20th - Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest • February 2nd-4th, 9th-11th, and 13th “Mardi Gras! Galveston” • April 26th-29th - Third Coast Music Festival • April 19th-22nd - FeatherFest and Nature Photofest • April 1st - Easter in the Gardens at Moody Gardens • April 5th-8th - Tall Ships Galveston
the Museum Shop will also be open so that you may browse our selection of original artwork, handpainted figurines, unique jewelry, colorful pottery, books, music, and more. Please enter from the Guest Parking lot behind the Museum.
Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center. The topic of Dr. Boyd’s talk will be Pecos River-style rock art, the earliest dated art in North America. November 30th (5:30-6:30pm) - Michael R. Speaker Series Grauer - The final lecture in the Fall 2017 This fall enjoy Bryan Museum’s Speaker Series Speaker Series will be presented by guest speaker featuring leading experts on topics of interest. Michael R. Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage October 17th (5:30-6:30pm) - Carolyn Boyd, at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. PhD - The second lecture in the Fall 2017 Speaker Series will be presented by guest speaker The topic of Mr. Grauer’s talk will be early 20th century Texas art. Carolyn Boyd, PhD, Research Director of the
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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 recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and Gilded-Age 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.
October 13th, 14th, 27th, and 28th (5:156:15pm) - Fall Sunset Cruise - Enjoy fall’s outstanding weather and sunsets with this new tour. Departing from the Texas Seaport Museum, guests will enjoy a narrated exploration of Galveston’s historic bay. These sunset cruises are BYOB. Fast, stable, and sheltered, Seagull II, Texas Seaport Museum’s 50-foot twin-engine motor vessel was built specifically for harbor sight-seeing excursions and education and is a perfect platform for waterborne experiential learning. Knowledgeably narrated tours explore the wide variety of birds and marine life that teems in the Bay. Ticket prices range from free-$20. October 14th (4:30-6pm) - Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards - The 2017 Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards, recognize outstanding projects and craftspeople involving the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of Galveston County’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. The annual award ceremony is named after the late Sally B. Wallace, one of the driving forces behind Galveston Island’s preservation movement and a pivotal figure in saving the antebellum Ashton Villa from demolition. Tickets are $15. October 15th and November 12th (1-2pm) “Women (and Sometimes Their Children) at Sea in the Age of Sail” - Wives and daughters, captains and stowaways, heroines and transported convicts, they all went to sea. Travel back in time on board the 1877 Iron Barque Elissa and discover the secret world of women in the merchant marine. From tales of true courageousness to epic stories of mythical proportions, let Elissa volunteer Michael Wonio introduce you to them all through narrative and song. Tickets are $15. Must be purchased in advance. October 21st-22nd (10am-12 noon) - Marine Biology Tour - The Marine Biology Tour provides participants with a hands-on opportunity to observe dolphins and other species in
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their natural habitat, trawl for and handle marine organisms, study plankton through a microscopic lens, and explore Galveston Bay’s rich history. This unique experience takes place on board the Seagull II, a 50’ catamaran which docks at the Texas Seaport Museum, and is led by a marine biologist. Tickets are $20. October 21st (12 noon-6pm) - Galveston Heritage Day & Sacred Places Tour - Book your passage now for the third annual Galveston Heritage Day! Enjoy the music, food, and entertainment from numerous cultural groups and associations throughout the day while learning more about the early days of Galveston’s immigration movement. Admission is free to this year’s event for live music, vendors, and food. Tickets for the Sacred Places tour are $15 per person. October 22nd (1-4:30pm) - Architectural Walking Tours with Stephen Fox - Join noted author and historian, Stephen Fox, for a series of architectural walking tours through Galveston. The starting locations for each tour are: East End Highlights Tour at 1pm at 1402 Broadway (the 1892 Bishop’s Palace), and Mid-Century Modern Tour at 3pm at 1310 Harbor View (exterior tour only, please meet on the street in front of the house). Tickets are $30 each and include admission to the 1892 Bishop’s Palace. October 26th, 27th, and 31st (various times) - Ghost Tours of Ashton Villa - The public is offered a rare set of tours through this 1859 building. Join your guide for an unprecedented tour of the home as you hear about the early days of Galveston’s formation and exceptional life, and possible after-life, of the home’s Miss Bettie Brown. Tickets are $30. October 27th and 28th (7-8pm) - Lanternlight Tours of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace - Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light! This special tour lets visitors explore the National Historic Landmark and see how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the night. Tickets are $30. October 28th (1-3pm) - Sailor’s Apprentice Party - Have some Halloween fun on Elissa’s Birthday. Activities will include carving pumpkins and playing some games to celebrate the day. Tickets are free-$10. October 28th (9-10:30pm) - 1892 Bishop’s Palace Gallery Reading - Join Dakota Lawrence as he guides a group of 20 guests through a very special group reading in the beautiful 1892 Bishop’s Palace. During the gallery, Dakota will answer questions from participants. Guests are welcome to ask anything they want as Dakota will help guide them through answers and the moment. Tickets are $150. October 31st (5-7pm) - Menard House Trick or Treating - Galveston’s oldest residence opens its gates for one night of ghostly fun. Bring your kids by for treats. Free for all - be sure to bring your ghost hunting equipment! October 31st (6-7pm) - Sailor’s Superstitions Tour - Enjoy a spooktacular tour of the 1877 Iron Barque Elissa and learn what makes sailor’s so superstitious. From bananas on board to whistling up a storm, this special hour-long guided tour will delve into the supernatural world of nautical know-how and uncover the ghostly past of this great national landmark. Tickets are $12-$15.
October 6th (6-9pm) - Friends of (Menard Park at Moody Gardens Harvest Moon 28th and Seawall Cruise - The Friends of Moody Blvd., 3-7pm) and Gardens invite everyone to a Sunday (Downtown at 2508 Postoffice St., October-May Harvest Moon Cruise. The cruise on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat 9am-1pm) - Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market brings locally at Moody Gardens will include grown produce, prepared foods, and edible farm products to a dinner buffet, music, dancing, residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas. cash bar, silent auction, and champagne on arrival. Boarding is resources to aid in a positive healthy lifestyle. at 6pm, sailing 7-9pm, and dinner at 7pm. The Stress and anxiety are killers. It is always good cost is $75 per person for open seating. Reserved to have a good routine of mental strength. The Tables are: four guests $400, eight guests $800, event reaches out to seniors as well that need and 12 guests $1,200. Dress is Island Cocksome love and a little less stress in their lives. tail. All funds raised from this event will be October 22nd (11am-5pm) - Fall Festival - Holy used to send outreach programs to seniors and Family Catholic School’s annual Fall Festival will preschools throughout the Galveston area. For be held at 2601 Ursuline. It will be great fun for more info find the event on Facebook. all ages. There will be pony rides, a moonwalk, October 6th-7th (Friday, 12 noon and Saturday basketball toss, and more. This year, they are 10am) - The Friends of the Rosenberg Library adding Meltdown and soccer darts to the list Annual Book Sale - Enjoy this annual fall book of fun things to do. Prize/Spin games include sale - a literary treasure hunt for all ages. Find grocery, plant, stuffed animal, and cake booths. your new adventure through the wide variety Also, there will be many kids’ games with prizes. of unique gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and Shrimp N’ Stuff will provide plate lunches for more. Admission is free and all purchases from $10, 11am-2:30pm. Bingo will be 3-5pm with the sale are donated to the Rosenberg’s Library’s circulating books collection. Get first dibs a day great prizes for every game. The Silent Auction will have amazing items available for bidding. early at the Member’s Only Preview, excluEnjoy great food like sausage-on-a-stick, turkey sively open to Friends of the Rosenberg Library legs, hot dogs, and other items. For more info, members. Book donations to the book sale are contact the school at (409)765-6607. also warmly welcomed. For more info about the book sale, volunteering, or donating, email October 26th-28th (3-11pm) - Beefmasters RLFriends@rosenberg-library.org. on the Bay - The Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center was a huge hit during October the 2015 BBU Convention, so back by popular 6th-8th demand, this year’s convention will be held at (5am-6pm) Moody Gardens in Galveston. For more info go - Get Salty Pier Fishing to beefmasters.org. Tournament October 27th (11:30am-1pm) - “Angel’s Among - This year’s Us” Luncheon - ADA Women’s Center has Get Salty Pier Fishing Tournament is dedicated provided licensed residential substance abuse to our heros; all proceeds will go to the Wounded treatment for women in coastal Texas since Warrior Project. The tournament will start at 1986. Thirty-one years is a long time to witness Galveston Fishing Pier. For rules and more info the devastation of addiction and to know that find the event on Facebook. the problem persists despite their efforts. Join them to celebrate “Angels Among Us.” They will October 7th (5-9pm) - Birding Big Sit - Learn about birding and participate in a birding compe- honor Janis Bane and the many other angels in tition. The Big Sit is an all-day birdwatching/ their lives whose quiet presence enriches every identification event in one location. This is a great day. This event supports their work with women chance to meet other birders and to learn more whose addictions and history of trauma mean about this outdoor activity. Contact Kyle O’Haver loss of home, family, and hope. The luncheon email@example.com to sign up and get will be held at Hotel Galvez and Spa, 2024 more info. Seawall Blvd. October 11th (12 noon-12 midnight) - Out October 28th (4:30-5:30pm) - Japanese Fashion to Eat for Education - Participating restaurants Show Featuring Four Brands - Enjoy the second will donate a percentage of their food sales to year of Japanese Fashion at Oni Con! This year Galveston ISD educational Foundation. Go “Out the fashion show will feature four different Japato Eat” to support GISD students and teachers. nese, and Indie brands. Follow Japanese Fashion For more info go to galvestonedfoundation.org. At Oni-Con for up-to-date information on which brands will be featured in the show. October 13th-14th (2pm-3am) - Friday the 13th Tattoo Party - All day Friday the 13th, style October 31st tattoos are all $13. Also, there will be 13% off (8-10pm) - Live piercings and microdermals (not including nose Poetry with the or earlobe piercing) 2pm-3am. American Dragon Dead Edgar Tattoo is located at 4108 Seawall Blvd. near 41st Allan Poe - It St., (409)621-5559. is that time of year again, when the dead Edgar Allan Poe leaves October 14th (6-11pm) - Mind, Body, and Pet - Mind, Body and Pet is an event that covers his crypt to recite his haunting poems at The Proletariat Gallery & Public House. Performance healthy tools and ways to reduce stress in your begins at 8pm; tickets are $10 and are available mind, body, and your fur babies. Join this on Eventbrite. event with vendors, music, and many tools and
When you tour these great buildings you can learn the story of generaEnjoy music, food, and entertainment from numerous cultions of Galvestural groups and organizations throughout Texas while learntonians,” states ing more about the early days of immigration through the Port of Jones. “This Galveston at Galveston Historical Foundation’s Galveston Heritour is a glimpse tage Day. into our past Held on Saturday, October 21st, 12 noon-6pm at Hendley and one that Green, 2028 Strand, admission is free for all entertainment and will broaden lectures. your idea of Sacred Places Tour This year’s event will also feature the Sacred Places tour showwhat living on The popular Sacred Places tour benefits GHF’ s ongoing rescasing five area places of worship from 9am–1pm. Tickets are the island is toration of St. Joseph’ s Church, the oldest wooden church in $15 per person at galvestonhistory.org. really like.” Galveston and the oldest German Catholic church in Texas. A “The festival is our time to celebrate the thousands of famiChurches included on this year’s tour are: Sacred Heart wide range of religious traditions and building styles will be fealies that came into the Port of Galveston from around the world,” tured, highlighting the island’s rich religious heritage while show- Church, St. Joseph’s Church, Galveston Bible Church, Assumpexplains Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director. “We will recog- casing the depth and range of Galveston’s sacred architecture. The tion of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, and Wesley nize the many cultures that made the island an international cen- Sacred Places tour will be held 9am–1pm. Attendees are asked Tabernacle United Methodist Church. ter in the 19th and 20th centuries.” to check in at the 1859 St. Joseph’s Church, 2202 Avenue K, for More Info Galveston Heritage Day Highlights tour passes or to purchase day-of tickets. For more info, contact (409)765-3404, will.wright@galves“Galveston’s Sacred Places are a significant part of our history. tonhistory.org, or go to galvestonhistory.org. The festival will host numerous lectures and entertainers 8 • GalvestonIslandGuide.com
Celebrating Families that Came into the Port of Galveston
throughout the day. Lectures include discussions on Galveston’s immigration story from numerous experts and cultural groups. Live entertainment will be showcased on an outdoor stage at Hendley Green with performances by cultural dance groups, regional bands, and a headline concert by The Auf Gehts. Additionally, special food and craft beer opportunities will be available throughout the park. Specially selected from Galveston Historical Foundation’s Preservation Resource Center, large format images will be displayed throughout Hendley Green. These photos, many of which have never been publicly viewed, showcase Galveston’s incredible immigration history.
Returning to The Grand: The Beach Boys!
October 15th, 3pm and 7pm, The Grand 1894 Opera House presents The Beach Boys in an amazing display of “Good Vibrations.” Conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has a torrent of hit singles and has sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. Through the music of The Beach Boys, fans found the key to unfading youth: “The beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play—it’s where life is renewed and made whole again.” This performance is sponsored in part by Frost Bank and The Tremont House. Single tickets are now available. Contact The Grand’s box office at (409)765-1894, (800)8211894, or online at thegrand.com. 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, and is recognized as “The Official Opera House of the State of Texas.”
Upcoming Musicals, Concerts, and Plays Tickets are available by contacting The Grand’s box office at (409)765-1894, (800)8211894, or go to thegrand.com.
Jimmy Webb The Glen Campbell Years
An Evening with Sophia Loren
Sunday, November 12th (4pm) Of all the foreign sex symbols to explode on the American screen in the 1950’s, Sophia Loren is the most iconic and the most enduring. Rescheduled from the Spring of 2017, the Oscar-winning actress will captivate you with an intimate onstage conversation featuring former “Entertainment Tonight” host Bill Harris, along with film clips, home movies, and a Q & A from the audience. Subscription seats may not be available for this performance. Tickets start at $55.
Saturday, October 7th (8pm) Composer Jimmy Webb pays tribute to his friend Glen Campbell, sharing highlights of the 100+ recordings from the Webb/Campbell songbook. Enjoy Jimmy’s moving recollections – complete with photos, video, audio clips, and humorous stories − from the partnership that Willie Nelson and Family produced “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wich- Monday, November 13th (7:30pm) ita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and more. Tickets start With a six-decade career and 200 plus at $25. albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red The Beach Boys Headed Stranger,” and “Stardust.” Join us as we Sunday, October 15th (3pm and 7pm) welcome Willie and Family back to The Grand Don’t miss an for this encore performance! Tickets are near sell evening of “Good out! Vibrations” at The “Stomp” Grand! Tickets Saturday, start at $30. November 18th (3pm and 8pm), Joshua Bell Sunday, NovemSunday, October 22nd (3pm) ber 19th (3pm) With a career spanning more than 30 years as A unique a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and combination conductor, Joshua Bell is one of today’s most-cel- of percussion, ebrated violinists. Bell has recorded more than 40 movement, and visual comedy, “Stomp” has creCDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, ated its own inimitable, contemporary form of and Echo Klassik awards, as well as the Avery rhythmic expression. Both household and indusFisher Prize. Enjoy this amazing artist, perform- trial objects find new life as musical instruments ing with his pianist, in the beauty and intimacy of in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body The Grand. Tickets start at $30. percussionists. Experience a journey through a celebration of the everyday, and a comic “Nosferatu” - Silent Film with Rob Landes at the Organ sound, interplay of characters wordlessly communicating Friday, October 27th (8pm) through dance and drum. Tickets start at $25. Originally released in 1922 as “Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens,” (A Symphony of Horror), director F. W. Murnau’s eerie adaptation of Stoker’s “Dracula” is a silent masterpiece that to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal of the legend. A silent film accompanied by Rob Landes at the organ, “Nosferatu” is the perfect performance to set the mood for Halloween. Tickets are $18-$20. Donations for the community will be accepted at The Grand 1894 Opera House at Dixie’s Tupperware Jimmy Webb: Party The Glen CampSunday, November bell Years. Dona10th (8pm) - Retion barrels will scheduled because be available for: water (large quanof weather tities), non-perNBC’s “The ishable food, diaToday Show” pers, pet supplies, exclaimed, “It’s Not your Grand- toiletries, batteries, flashlights, and paper goods. ma’s TupperThe Grand will also offer 20% off tickets to ware Party” and with good reason. This hilarious one-person comedy has become one of the most Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years using Promo Code: GRAND. This offer is good for successful off-Broadway tours of the last decade. 20% off any seat level purchase. Not valid on Dixie’s Tupperware Party got its first audience at purchases. the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival, previous The Grand is also offering free self-guided where it was awarded “Best Solo Show” and was tours through the end of October. an instant sellout.
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Halloween and Everything in Between
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Halloween and Everything in Between By Lauren Elizabeth Ware Galveston has become a central point for all things scary. With haunted backstories circling The Hotel Galvez, Bishop’s Palace, and the Menard House, an array of activities are spread all across the island, ready to spook anyone who comes about. Ghosts flourish here, and during the entire month, there will be Ghost Tours on The Strand every Sunday-Saturday. A couple of things I am personally looking forward to are the Haunted Zombie Tour, the Nosferatu Symphony, and “The Addams Family” Movie Night. The Haunted Zombie Tour will be held at Seawolf Park on the USS Cavalla Submarine 6:30-9:30pm on Saturday, October 28th. Who will be brave enough to wander through a zombie infested submarine? For this event, it will be $6 per vehicle and $5 for children 5 and older. What is just as creepy as zombies, comes out at night, and has an unquenchable thirst for blood? That’s right, vampires! If you’re a horror movie buff like me, you’ll definitely want to check out the silent film, accompanied by Rob Landes on the organ, “Nosferatu” at The Grand Opera House, Friday, October 27th at 8pm. Ticket prices for this event range from $18-$20. And finally, “The Addams Family” Movie Night! Who doesn’t like little Wednesday and Pugsley? This free event is family friendly, of course, and will be held Saturday, October 7th at 7pm at Saengerfest Park. And now, it’s high tide, there’s a faint laugh
Thrills and Chills:
Halloween Fun in Galveston
The season for thrills and chills is quickly approaching and Galveston Island’s ghostly history makes it one of the top destinations in the country for “haunted” travel. From a 106-year-old “haunted” hotel to Galveston’s storied harbor, cemeteries, and Victorian mansions, this October the island will be bustling with visitors seeking to be spooked by numerous ghost stories that stem from the country’s deadliest natural disaster and other tragedies. Galveston has many sites that are considered haunted, including an 1867 building that served as a morgue after the 1900 Storm – still the deadliest storm in U.S. history having killed an estimated 8,000 Galveston residents. The building now houses Haunted Mayfield Manor – a year-round haunted house attraction in Downtown Galveston. The haunted house embraces the spooky history of the building’s past while providing guests with a psychologically thrilling experience. Also embracing its reported haunting is the island’s 106-year-old Hotel Galvez, which has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Stories” and on the Discovery Channel’s “Ghost Lab” for its paranormal significance. The hotel, which offers special ghost tours during October, is said to be haunted by a “Ghost Bride” who reportedly has been seen in room 501 and in the hotel’s west turret. Legend has it that the bride hung herself in the west turret during the mid-1900’s after hearing reports that her fiancé had died at sea. Tragically, her fiancé eventually returned to the hotel looking forward to a marriage that would never be. The Galveston Historical Foundation, which manages many of the island’s well-preserved historical sites and Victorian mansions, also offers ghost tours throughout October. Many of the island’s historic places have ghost stories attached to them as Galveston has been home to epidemics of disease, war, fires, storms, and many merciless pirates, including the infamous Jean Laffite whose lavish and lawless den of thieves was the island’s first European settlement. “Many, many people have lived and died by these waters, and perhaps some of the dead still reside here,” said Dwayne Jones, executive
and a distant scream coming from somewhere deep within the shadows. Your eyes cannot seem to focus, but something is there. Suddenly, they emerge! Crowds of kids dressed as witches, ghosts, ghouls, and black cats, hunting for the next great candy bar! On Saturday, October 28th 1-4pm, Saengerfest Park is hosting the 7th annual Mini Monster Bash for all the little ones. There will be Trick or Treat stops at local business, games, arts and crafts, face painting, and costume contests for age groups up to 11 years old. Spruce your little tikes up in the creepiest or most creative costumes and see what prizes will be passed out. For many people, including me, Halloween is a favorite holiday. But why is that? Is it the candy? Is it the allure of taking on another identity? Is it the contests and the festivals and supernatural sightings and stories? I believe it to be all of the above. People are in love with the idea of the unknown, and I believe the month of October embodies that. We love decorating; we love the eerie music; we love gathering with our friends and laughing at people when a masked figure scares them. And no matter how old we get, we will always love candy. So bring yourselves, your friends, your little ones, and enjoy all that Galveston has to offer this month. For more info on me, go to facebook.com/ BlueFlowerProse. director of the Galveston Historical Foundation. “We invite our guests to listen to the stories and decide for themselves. But you don’t have to believe in ghosts to know that the dead are a presence on this island.” Galveston is also home to the nationally recognized paranormal expert Dash Beardsley, who offers ghost tours in the island’s cemeteries, downtown district, and other parts of the island year round. Visit ghosttoursofgalvestonisland.com for information on Dash Beardsley tours.
Ghostly Galveston Attractions 2017
Haunted Mayfield Manor (year round, times vary)
Haunted Mayfield Manor is housed inside the Butterowe Building, which was once the site of a temporary morgue following the great hurricane of 1900. Join Dr. Mayfield in his home as he reveals the secrets that dwell inside. For more info go to hauntedmayfieldmanor.com. Tickets are $10. Haunted Mayfield Manor is located at 2313 Harborside Dr.
Graveyard Tour (Every Friday at 9pm, and Saturday at 10:30pm in October)
Take a walking tour of Galveston’s oldest cemeteries. Learn about the people buried there as you stand over their graves. Murder, suicide, and ghostly tales are told. See where some of Galveston’s most famous citizens are laid to rest! For more info go to galvestonhistorictour.com. Tickets are $15. This takes place at 4001 Ave. K.
Living Dead Tour (Every Friday at 8pm, and Saturday at 6pm and 8:30pm in October)
Explore Galveston’s haunted history with the only driving ghost tour on the island. Drive by historic places and hear the stories of the people who lived and died there. Haunts on the tour include Ashton Villa, Menard House, Williams House, Bishop’s Palace, and more. For more info go to galvestonhistorictour.com. Tickets are $15. This takes place at 2328 Broadway Ave.
Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of Galveston (Fridays and Saturdays Year-round, times varies)
Galveston Paranormal Expert Dash Beardsley offers the island’s most popular haunted tours including “Original Ghost Tour on The Strand,” “Restless Spirits Tour,” Secret Society Cemetery Tour,” and the “Jack The Ripper Mystery Island Tour.” For more info go to ghosttoursofgalvestonisland.com. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 children 10 years old and younger (toddlers free).
to wear their most boo-tiful costumes for an afternoon of trick or treating, live entertainment, a children’s costume contest and fun activities. Later in the evening, “Hocus Pocus” will have little ghouls and boys laughing the night away. • Saturday, October 7th (8pm) – “Monster House” • Saturday, October 14th (8pm) – “The Haunted Mansion” • Saturday, October 21st (8pm) – “Hotel Transylvania” • Saturday, October 28th (8pm) – “Hocus Pocus” On October 28th bring the kids out for a ghostly good time with trick or treating, movies, and family-friendly activities. For more info go to pleasurepier.com. Pleasure Pier is located at 25th St. and Seawall Blvd.
Movie Nite on The Strand: “The Addams Family” Movie (October 7th at dusk)
Free outdoor showing of The Witchery (Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday the film “The Addams Fam11am-7pm, Sunday, 12 noon-6pm) ily” in which con artists plan to The Witchery is a brick and mortar storefront nestled in the heart of Galveston Island’s historic Downtown. Housed in the old “Central Drug Store” building on infamous Postoffice St., owners Clyde and Kimberley Wood have created a mystical atmosphere that customers say “just feels good.” Their vision is to provide the resources people need in their search for self-discovery, selfempowerment, and spiritual enlightenment. They do this by maintaining over a thousand book titles on a vast array of subjects, filling the shelves with inspirational gifts from around the world and having the necessary items for practical application. The Witchery is located at 2116 Postoffice St.
Hotel Galvez Audio Ghost Tours (year-round)
Hotel Galvez offers a free audio tour app for smart phones. Guests and the public can enjoy 25-minute history tours and 20-minute ghost tours year-round. Hotel Galvez is located at 2024 Seawall Blvd. Tickets are free.
Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour and Dinner (Tuesdays nFridays throughout October at 6pm)
In celebration of “ghost season,” Hotel Galvez & Spa hosts weekly ghost tour-dinners during the month of October. The ghost tour-dinner is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays as well as Fridays (overnight package only). During the tour, staff guides participants through the ghostly past of the hotel, which is then followed by dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill. The one-hour public ghost tour is only available as part of the dinner package. Friday night tour dinner packages are available exclusively as part of an overnight ghost package. Advance reservations are required. For more info go to hotelgalvez. com. Hotel Galvez is located at 2024 Seawall Blvd. Tickets are $45 per person plus tax and gratuity (includes three-course dinner).
swindle an odd family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost uncle. For more info go to galveston.com. Free. Saengerfest Park is located at 2302 Strand, Downtown.
Fall Sunset Cruise Onboard the Seagull II (October 13th-14th, 27th-28th, 5:15pm)
The narrated exploration of spooky corners and tragic sites in and around Galveston’s storied harbor takes place aboard the 50-foot passenger boat. For more info go to galvestonhistory.org. Tickets are $20 adults, $17 youth, and free for 5 and under. Meet at Pier 22 (22nd St. and Harborside Dr.).
Ghost Tours at the 1859 Ashton Villa (October 26th-27th, and 31st at 8:15pm)
Join your guide for an unprecedented tour of the home as you hear about the early days of Galveston’s formation and exceptional life, and possible after-life, of the home’s Miss Bettie Brown. For more info go to galvestonhistory.org. Tickets are $30. Ashton Villa is located at 2328 Broadway Ave.
Lantern Light Tours of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace (October 27th-28th, times varies)
With lantern in hand, explore the nooks and crannies of Galveston’s beloved Bishop’s Palace. Learn about the history of the Gresham family and the house itself with a rare guided tour of the 1892 masterpiece. For more info go to galvestonhistory.org. Tickets are $30. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway Ave.
attendance will be supporting the Galveston Island Humane Society and Artist Boat. Tickets are near selling out. This is held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2128 Church St.
7th Annual Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash hosted by Mitchell Historic Properties (October 28th at 1-4pm)
The festival will be free to the public and include trick or treating throughout Downtown, games, crafts, face painting, balloon artists, treats, and a costume contest. Costumed contestants will compete for Cutest, Scariest, and Most Creative for age groups 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-11. For more info find the event on Facebook. Saengerfest Park is located at 2302 Strand.
Halloween Party at Pleasure Pier (October 28th, 3-9pm)
Enjoy trick or treating for kids in costumes, a Halloween Activity Corner, costume contest, and live music on Stage 25. Tickets are the price of a ticket on to Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall Blvd.
Haunted Zombie Tour Aboard the USS Cavalla Submarine (October 28th-29th, 6:30-9:30pm)
Head to Seawolf Park this October for a haunted tour of the zombie-infested USS Cavalla submarine. Guests will have to brave through the apocalyptic smoke and flashing emergency dive lights as zombies roam the haunted submarine. For more info call (409)770-3196 go to americanunderseawarfarecenter.com. Tickets are $6 per vehicle, $5 age 5 and older (children under 12 must be accompanied by adult). Seawolf Park is located at 100 Seawolf Park Blvd.
Ghostly Gardens (October 29th, 2-4pm)
Spooky fun will include free trick-or-treating at various locations throughout the complex, creepy crafts, face-painting, and a costume contest for guests in the Garden Lobby with prizes for the best costume. Families with a member in a Halloween costume will receive a discount and pay just $5 per attraction per person to Moody Gardens. For more info go to moodygardens.org. Tickets are free. Moody Gardens is located at One Hope Blvd.
It’s the Great Pumpkin (October 29th, 3-11pm)
Enjoy a family fun event full of fall theme activities. There will be music, vendors, and pumpkins for the kids to take home and create Halloween fun. “Nosferatu” - Silent Film with Rob Landes at the Organ All that get a pumpkin Full Moon Tour of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace (October 27th at 8pm) from the event can enter a pumpkin picture contest. All pictures (October 5th and November 4th at 8pm) Originally released in 1922 as “Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des placed in the Facebook event page by October 31st can win some Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light! This special Grauens,” (A Symphony of Horror), director F. W. Murnau’s eerie tour lets visitors explore the National Historic Landmark and see adaptation of Stoker’s “Dracula” is a silent masterpiece that to this awesome goodies from local businesses. Kids in costumes get free how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in day is the most striking and frightening portrayal of the legend. A treats to take home. Mark your calendars for this one-of-a-kind the moonlight. For more info go to galvestonhistory.org. This will silent film accompanied by Rob Landes at the organ, “Nosferatu” is family fall event. Tickets are free. This will be held at 500 Seawall take place at 1402 Broadway Ave. Tickets are $30. the perfect performance to set the mood for Halloween. For more Blvd., #300. Salty Soul’s Halloween Barcycle Costume Contest info go to thegrand.com. Tickets are $18-$20. The Grand 1894 Halloween Movie Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice St. (October 29th, 4-7pm) Nights at the Come one, come all for the Salty Soul’s Halloween Barcycle Gallery Psychic Reading at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace Galveston Island Costume Contest. Wear your best costume while you ride. Island (October 28th at 9pm) Historic Pleasure Join tour guide Dakota Lawrence as he leads an intimate gath- Bicycle will be open to rent at 3pm before the event starts. Judging Pier (October 7th, and prize will be handed out at the last stop, Float, around 7pm. ering of guests through a very special group reading. This gifted 14th, 21st and 28th, Winner will receive a $50 gift card. Tickets are free. Beerfoot Brewclairvoyant medium has been guiding people on matters from lost time varies) ery is located at 2816 Ave. R ½. loved ones and life questions to missing person cases. For more Every Saturday info go to galvestonhistory.org. Tickets are $150. Bishop’s Palace is Menard House Trick or Treating (October 31st, 5-7pm) night in October, parlocated at 1402 Broadway Ave. Galveston’s oldest residence opens its doors for one night of ents and children can ghostly fun. Bring your kids by for treats (and a few surprises) to enjoy Halloween Movie Nights in the plaza. In addition on Satur- Witch’s Ball 2017 (October 28th, 8pm-1am) The Witches’ Ball is a Halloween masquerade party where you the 1838 Michele B. Menard house, located at 1605 33rd St. Free day, October 28th, Pleasure Pier will host a full day of spook-tacfor all. Be sure to bring your ghost hunting equipment! For more ular activities including trick or treating, live entertainment, and a can join the magical community in raising money for local chariinfo go to galvestonhistory.org. children’s costume contest. From 3-9pm, little ones are encouraged ties that make an impact on Galveston Island. This year your
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5K’s & More October 7th - Big Texas Rally for Recovery
Bicycle Roll - The Recovery Movement is in full force. Let’s come together and advocate for recovery! The ride will start at the Wal-Mart at 6702 Seawall Blvd., and finish at the Moody Gardens Convention Center at 7 Hope Blvd. The Big Texas Rally For Recovery starts at 12 noon; there will be a Pre-Rally with The Recovery Rollers Big Texas Rally For Recovery Bicycle Roll starting at 9am. Find the event on Facebook for more info. October 14th - 2017 Bay Area/Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer’s - Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. The walk will take place 8am-12 noon at Stewart Beach Park, 201 Seawall Blvd. For more info and to register go to act.alz.org. October 14th - Light up the Dark 5K - Light Up The Dark with this Kids’ K and 5K Fun Run, an event for the whole family. Held at Moody Gardens, this event will include a Ropes Course and Zip Line, in addition to inflatables, face and body paint, music, food, and more. You won’t want to miss out on the fun and the opportunity to support UnBound in the fight against human trafficking within the community as we Light Up The Dark together! For more info and to register go to unboundnow.org. October 21st - The Toughest 10K Galveston This run is part of The Texas Bridge Series. If you ran the Kemah Bridge in September, then run the Galveston Causeway in October, and finally run the Fred Hartman Bridge in November to get a commemorative special medal. The race will start at 7:30am and will be chip timed. For more info and to register to go toughest10kgalveston.org. October 28th - 17th Annual D’Feet Breast Cancer Run/Walk - Join in for the 17th Annual D’Feet Breast Cancer Run/Walk at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd. The D’Feet Breast Cancer 5K Run, 10K Run, 5K Walk, and Kids 1K is truly a Celebration of Life. Register now, and help D’Feet Breast Cancer in Galveston County. For more info and to register go to athlinks.com.
FallGalvesFun at Pleasure Pier
ton Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, food venues, and retail shops. It is open year-round. Tickets can be purchased at pleasurepier.com. Pleasure Pier has many scheduled events coming up:
• October 5th - Galveston Appreciation Day & Harvest Moon Regatta – Enjoy $15.99 for All Day Ride Passes. • October 5th - Homeschool Day • October 6th-9th - Columbus Day Weekend – The Weekend Adventure Pass will be good Friday-Monday this weekend. • October 13th-15th - Scout Weekend – Discounts for scouts. $17.99 for All Day Ride Passes, $2 donated back. • October 28th - Halloween Party – Bring the kids out for a ghostly good time with trick or treating, movies, and more. • November 10th-12th - Salute to the Military - Honoring all branches of the military. Military discounts all weekend! 50% off All Day All Ride Pass; 25% off Retail. Must present current military ID, retired ID or department of defense (DD) form 214 that shows service dates to receive military discounts.
Halloween Movie Nights
Every Saturday in October starting October 7th, Pleasure Pier will host spooky fun and Halloween Movie Nights. All movie nights start at 8pm and feature a different movie each night. • October 7th - Monster House • October 14th - The Haunted Mansion • October 21st - Hotel Transylvania • October 28th - Hocus Pocus All events are weather permitting. For more info go to pleasurepier.com.
October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (2:30-3:30pm) - Edible Creepy Crawlies - Enjoy a family-friendly, informative, edible insect program that explores a short prairie trail and allows participants to enjoy some high-quality food along the path. Over 2 billion people worldwide delight in a diet of insects, so why haven’t you considered it? Join Ranger Lisa at the Nature this month. These events are fun for the entire family. Most Center before you survey the prairie for insect friends and taste events are free, however, you must pay $5 to get into the park. some spicy antennae, a crunchy leg, or twitching member of Galveston State Park is located on the west end of the Island at the phylum arthropoda. 14901 FM 3005, Galveston. For more info call (409)737-1222 or go to tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/galveston-island. Events October 7th, 21st (4:30-7pm) - Sunset Paddle - Join this are: adult paddling program. In this session you will receive quick instruction, free gear rental, and a guided trip into a protected October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and November 5th, 12th, cove of Galveston Bay. Limited spaces are available, and reser19th (10-11:30am) – Bay Exploration - Join one of these weekly close to the main highway. vations are required. explorations of the connections between the mainland and island October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 31st and November 4th (12:30paradise - Galveston Bay. October 14th and November 11th (1-2pm) – Geocaching 1:30pm) – Zombie Apocalypse Hike - Are you prepared for an emergency? Have you wondered about your abilities to live in the 101 - Learn how to find hidden treasure within the park and October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th (10-11:30am) – Beach Exploration - Hunt for Island trea- wild, such as after an apocalyptic event? In this session, learn the around the globe with this short, activity-based program about geocaching. “Geo” = Earth, “cache” = something hidden, like sures with a knowledgeable guide. Beach Exploration hikes start basic skills needed to find food, water, shelter, and space in this at the park’s Nature Center located on the bay side of the park, short (somewhat humorous) program. treasure or supplies.
Galveston State Park Offers Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities The Galveston State Park has numerous events going on
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Galveston Bookshop Book Signing Galveston Book-
shop is located at 317 23rd St., Galveston. For more info on this and other events call (409)750-8200 or go to galvestonbookshop. com. Friday, October 13th (6-8pm) - “Tattooed on My Soul” edited by Stephen Sloan Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for Stephen Sloan, the editor of “Tattooed on My Soul: Texas Veterans Remember World War II.” For more than forty years, Baylor University has gathered the flesh-and-blood memories of the World War II generation in the state of Texas. This collection, edited by Stephen Sloan, Lois M. Myers, and Michelle Holland, brings together seventeen of the most compelling narratives from the university’s collection of more than five thousand interviews. These recollections provide an authentic and powerful mosaic of the critical World War II years in Texas and give intimate glimpses into the lives of those who fought. With a diverse cross-section of Texas’ population and a wide range of wartime assignments, this collection spans land, sea and air, in the Pacific and in Europe, to provide an authentic history of the time. These stories, rich with detail, make a global war personal. “Tattooed on My Soul” adds layers of complexity between World War II and the individuals who served: how the war interrupted their lives, taught them certain skills, and, in some cases, haunted them. Stephen M. Sloan is the director of the Institute for Oral History and associate professor of history at Baylor University. Saturday, October 14th (3-5pm) - “Long Fall From Heaven” by George Wier and Milton T. Burton Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for George Wier featuring his mystery novel, “Long Fall from Heaven,” co-written by Milton T. Burton. Cueball Boland and Micah Lanscomb, both excops with troubled pasts, stumble into the path of a serial killer.
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The murderer leads them into the dark history of Galveston when the island was still Texas’ Sin City. The killer has roots sunk deep into that history, but the authorities and the old Galveston families don’t want these crimes solved. Now, the hazy memories of another serial killer, who stalked the city back during World War II, are resurfacing. In the 1990’s George Wier befriended the older novelist Milton T. Burton and the two became close friends. In 1998, Burton, worried about his health, told Wier this story and asked him to be his collaborator and principal writer. The two friends talked back and forth, and Wier wrote the novel. George Wier is the author of the Bill Travis Mystery Series. He plays classical violin and country fiddle, dabbles in art and photography. This is his first trade-published novel. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Sallie. Milton T. Burton (1947-2011) authored four crime novels published by Minotaur/Thomas Dunne. Like Wier, Burton was a lifelong Texan who breathed the Texas lingo. Burton had been variously a cattleman, a political consultant, and a college history teacher. He died in December 2011. Thursday, October 19th (6-8pm) - “The Last to See Me” by Mylene Dressler Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for Mylene Dressler featuring her novel, “The Last to See Me.” Dressler is a former Galveston resident and author of “The Deadwood Beetle” and “The Medusa.” For readers of Lauren Oliver and Alice Sebold, “The Last to See Me” is a sophisticated, literary ghost story that reminds us the past is never, ever forgotten. In a small logging town in northern California, young Emma Rose Finnis was born and died. Now, no one remembers her hardworking life and her grand dreams, but she remembers. She remembers everything. Emma Rose is still here, one hundred years after her death, and she doesn’t plan on leaving. But when a determined hunter arrives with instructions to “clean” Emma Rose out of her haunt, the stately Lambry mansion, death suddenly isn’t the worst fate imaginable. Emma Rose refuses to be hounded from the only place she’s ever found peace, even if it means waging a war on the living and the dead. Lyrical and haunting, this spellbinding American ghost story alternates between Emma Rose’s life and afterlife as the past and present become entwined in a compelling tale of loss, love, and tenacity over a century in the making.
Rosenberg Library Celebrates FallRosenberg with Spooky Fun Library is located at 2310 Sealy
storytime on October 23rd at 4pm. October 17th (4-5:30pm) - Tech Time - Techies and computer enthusiasts ages 7-12 are welcome to explore a variety of gadgets, games, and tech trends at the library. St., Galveston. For more info call (409)763-8854 October 18th (7-7:30pm) - Family Fun: Spooky ext. 135 or go to rosenberg-library.org. All events Stories in Grandma’s Kitchen - Join in for are free and open to the public. some deliciously spooky stories; not for the faint hearted. Children October 2nd, 9th, and 16th (9:30-9:50am) October 26th Babytime - Join in for songs, bounces, books, (5-8pm) - Family puppets, and rhymes. Perfect for babies and their Fun: Harry Potter significant others. Wizardry World Calling all muggles, October 2nd, 9th, and 16th (10-10:30am) witches, and wizards! Storytime - A fun, engaging program featuring Dress up as your storytelling, music, movement, and puppets favorite Harry Potter character and celebrate with planned to promote early literacy development and to encourage one-on-one interaction. Come a magical evening of crafts, activities, and fun. early to get a good seat! Teens (Ages 13-18) October 2nd, 19th, and 26th (10-10:30am) October 2nd (4:30-5:30pm) - Y.A.L.L. Meeting Story Fair - Stories, music, puppets, and drama - Y.A.L.L. (Young Adult Library Leaders) is a fun celebrated in a BIG way! Programs designed group for teens to get together and discuss what exclusively for schools and daycares. Prethey’d like to see at their library, such as different registration required. Programs are free and last programs, projects, and initiatives. Snacks and approximately 30 minutes. soda provided. October 4th (7-7:30pm) - Family Fun: InstruOctober 6th and 20th (4-5:30pm) - Teen Gaming ment Petting Zoo - Enjoy a family-friendly - Wii U & Board Games - Play Mario Kart 8 musical evening as Galveston Community Band or Super Smash Bros. on the projector in the plays a variety of instruments. Wortham. There will also be new board games to play, like Superfight, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th (6-7pm) Paws to Read - It’s a simple concept - beginning and Sheriff of Nottingham. Never heard of those? That’s fine - they’ll teach you how it works! readers practice reading skills with a therapy dog. He’s loving, kind, and very non-judgmental. October 13th (4:30-5:30pm) - Artists’ Alley Check in at the children’s desk to get signed up - Writing Workshop - Are you interested in for a turn. writing? Poetry, prose, prose poetry - it’s up to you! Novices and experienced writers alike are October 7th (10-10:30am) - Saturday Stories welcome at this meeting to discuss their writing, - Start your weekend off the right way with share experiences, and get some writing done. stories read aloud Feeling some writer’s block? Writing prompts will in the Children’s also be available. There may be a monthly theme, Department. so contact the Library to find out what it is. October 16th-30th October 26th (6-8pm) - Throwback Thursday (4pm) - 13 Books of Movie Night – It’s Throwback Thursday Movie Halloween - Every day through October Night. Popcorn and soda will be available. 30th at 4pm in the October 27th (4:30-5:30pm) - Artists’ Alley Children’s Department join in for a spooky story. Crafting Workshop - Every month there will be Wear your costume and enjoy a special Halloween a new craft.
Book Signings for “Guidebook to Angel Talk” and “Angel Talk” by Cathy Catching
heavenly beings and her extraordinary recovery from an incurable and debilitating disorder. In addition to her own miracle, the author also shares how several other family members Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 12 noon-5pm have been divinely touched and experienced their own mysterious healings. “Guidebook to Angel Talk” is a remarkably Cathy also does angel readings and teaches detailed handbook on how to communicate with others how angelic communication can provide angels and other divine beings. emotional, physical, and spiritual healing. Your angels want you to understand about Both books can be purchased and signed at their unconditional love and are eager for you to talk with them. They want you to enjoy your life Mysticatz, 2021 Strand #1, Galveston or online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more info and will show you exactly how to do so. “Angel Talk” is a fascinating true story about or to meet the author, call (409)740-1565, go to cathycatching.com, or facebook.com/ccatching. one woman’s astonishing interactions with
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The Arts Galveston Arts Center:
A History of Art, Service & Creativity By Terry Card
Every six weeks, in balmy weather on Saturday evenings, throngs of Galvestonians, Houstonians, and visitors from all over Texas and the U.S. amble from art gallery to art gallery and shop to shop where art and art décor are sold. The focus of these evening ArtWalk events is Postoffice St., but includes many galleries, shops, and boutiques on the Strand, Kempner, Moody, Mitchell, and Tremont St., and many other streets in various locations tied to Galveston’s burgeoning art district. People from all walks of life, view the art while enjoying refreshments and food provided by the galleries, shops, and boutiques. For Galvestonians, it is a night where one can barely walk 100 yards without being hailed by friends and acquaintances.
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Often this leads to sitting and listening to music while having a drink, with everybody gathering around any available tables, enjoying good conversation, before heading off to see more of the offerings in many different mediums created by the multi-talented artists of Galveston and the surrounding area. It is to bring together the artists from more than eight surrounding counties and the people who live within those counties, that the Galveston Art Center (GAC) organizes and sponsors this wonderful and engaging Saturday night events known as ArtWalk. Galvestonians all look forward to, and ensure that ArtWalk is marked on their calendars. It is one of the dominant questions in Galveston, “Are you guys going to ArtWalk Saturday night?” Somehow, all of Texas must have heard of ArtWalk in Galveston, because it is very common to become engaged in conversation with Texans from all over. Galveston, a city replete with history and historical buildings, has a very interesting history tied to The Galveston Arts Center. In 1967, a year before the center for contemporary art was formed, the Trueheart Adriance Building 1882, designed
by Nicholas Clayton, and the First National Bank Building were purchased and renovated for use by the Center through the generosity of the Moody Foundation, The Kempner Fund, The Houston Endowment, and the Jr. League of Galveston. Today, the Galveston Arts Center is supported through Galveston hotel/ motel taxes, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Texas Commission on the Arts, membership fees, and other donations. From 1971-1986 The Galveston Arts Center, under the umbrella of the Galveston County Cultural Arts Council Inc. offered exhibitions, art education, and public festivals. In 1986, The Galveston Arts Center became a separate non-profit organization. On an annual basis, more than 50,000 visitors are introduced to contemporary visual art of many
different mediums used by the local or guest artists through exhibitions and educational programs provided by The Galveston Arts Center, which is conveniently located for Galvestonians and visitors alike at 2127 Strand. In addition, on opening nights, the exhibiting artists are invited to speak to visitors to the Center about their work during ArtWalks. Entry is free. The Galveston Arts Center has three galleries: one large gallery on the main floor off The Strand and two smaller galleries upstairs. In addition, there is also a museum store on the main floor that provides a showcase for fine craft artists. The Center introduces new artists from Galveston County and the surrounding regions, many of whom work in a broad expanse of varied media in producing their wide ranging art exhibits. Eighty-five percent of the visitors to the Center are walk-ins and represent a mix of locals and visitors who are enjoying a day on the Strand, shopping, eating, and drinking, either as a reprieve from the beaches or simply those who are interested in learning what contemporary art is all about. There are many programs offered by The Galveston Arts Center. The Ceramics Studio is a new program for adults and teens. They learn hand-building techniques in pottery, figurative sculpting, and glazing using earthenware clay as the medium. In blocks of four weeks following each ArtWalk, program participants have their creations kiln fired at least once per block. All materials and supplies are provided, and all levels of experience, or inexperience, as the case may be, are welcomed and indeed encouraged by the Curator Dennis Nance and his friendly staff at the Center. Yoga in the Gallery is a weekly Wednesday class for all levels and is open to the public. The Summer Art Kid’s Program is held for 10 weeks every summer on Friday mornings for ages five-eight, and separately for ages nine-twelve. There are also week-long art camps, offered on select weeks only. The Artist Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for high school students to work with professional artists on a large work of public art. The Life Drawing Studio gives artists an opportunity to practice drawing or painting their creations from a live model. This program is held on select Mondays, 5:30-7:30pm. It is offered in four week blocks for $40. Bring their own materials. There are other programs offered including adult and family workshops, student art exhibitions, knitting classes, open studio nights, school tours, and the popular lecture series Conversations At The Center, held four times per year, with professional artists. These are open to the public. The GAC Outreach Program is an assortment of off-site programs that promote wellness through art by exploring the creative process in an encouraging environment. Partner sites in this program include: • ADA House, for alcohol and drug abuse amongst women. The residential program for these indigent women offers occupational therapy including artistic/creative outlets and life skills training. • Ronald McDonald House, a ‘home away from home’ for the families of children receiving medical treatment. GAC’s weekly art activities encourage both the children and their families to interact, think creatively, and take their minds off the situation they are enduring. • The Sunshine Center, a day habilitation program for adults with developmental disabilities, The UTMB Children’s Hospital provides inpatient care to children. • The RCC provides shelter and social services for victims of domestic violence. • TLC which specializes in rehabilitation programs for brain injury victims. There are also Guided Tours available for students at GAC. Group size is a minimum of 10. Trained volunteers engage the students in inquiry based conversation. Self- guided group visits are also available. Hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Closed Monday GAC is located at 2127 Strand St. For more info call (409)763-2403 or go to galvestonartscenter.org.
Exhibitions on View through November 19th at Galveston Galveston Arts Center Arts Center (GAC) presents
three exhibitions by Texas-based artists in partnership with the 2017 Texas Biennial opening Saturday, October 14th, 6-9pm with artist talks beginning at 6:30pm. In the 1st floor gallery, Dallas-based artist Giovanni Valderas incorporates Spanish idioms into piñata forms in an attempt to decipher the complex relationships between the US and Latin America for the exhibition “Tradecraft.” In the 1878 Gallery, Regina Agu reconsiders the landscape through photography, environmental research, and source texts for the exhibition “Sea Change.” In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Christie Blizard presents “Wanting not to Want,” an installation of video and text paintings used in her ongoing appearances in the audiences of popular morning television broadcasts. These exhibitions will remain on view through November 19th. For the exhibition “Tradecraft,” Giovanni Valderas pulls from his culture, history, and origins to produce three-dimensional mixed-media works that address the tattered relationships with his Guatemalan, Mexican, and American ancestry. This new work addresses issues with gentrification in Spanish speaking communities, and incorporates frayed elements of the piñata. Through the use of idioms incorporated into piñata forms, Valderas transforms these objects associated with celebration to highlight an alternate view of the decay of traditional structures. Regina Agu explores representations of the physical and historical landscape in her exhibition “Sea Change.” Agu’s work explores narratives related to language, history, and representation, and their intersections in contemporary ideas around landscape and communities of color. Central to the exhibition is an 80-foot panoramic photograph printed on billboard vinyl documenting a group of prototype sand dunes constructed from the sargassum that regularly
washes up on Galveston’s shores. Using landscape photography, environmental research, and source texts, including Jean Rhys’ 1966 feminist novel “Wide Sargasso Sea,” “Sea Change” is a speculative commentary on climate change, the tourism industry, environmental justice, and interrelated economies. Christie Blizard presents work from her ongoing project in which the artist holds up text paintings on The Today Show and Good Morning America for the exhibition “Wanting not to Want.” Through Blizard’s disruptions of the broadcast, she tests the boundaries of free speech in America. Since 2014, Blizard has made approximately 30 appearances in the audiences of broadcasts of these popular morning television programs. The project has gained national attention through articles in “Hyperallergic” and “ArtNews,” and was nominated for an Art Matters award. For her exhibition, “Wanting not to Want,” Blizard presents a new series of text paintings, video projections and still images taken from appearances during the summer of 2017. During the opening reception, Blizard will perform as Matt Lauer, host of The Today Show. 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, 11am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Admission is free at all times.
National Society of Artists to Host 33rd National Juried Art Show in Galveston
The reception is open to the public, 6-8pm, Thursday, October 12th in the Fox Room, Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy, Galveston. The show will be open to the public Friday, October 13th and Saturday, for Artwalk, 9am-5pm. Houston native, Sarah Beth Wilson, and Curator of Exhibitions and Collections for the Art The National Society of Artists (NSA) has Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) Beaumont, selected Galveston to be the site of their 33rd will serve as judge. Wilson brings a wealth of art National Juried Art Show. Ada Martin, NSA knowledge, including curatorial, installation, and National Juried Show Chair, stated, “We are art research experience. very pleased to be holding our National Juried The National Society of Artists (NSA) proShow at Rosenberg Library in Galveston. Given vides programs, support, and networking for the impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Rosenberg Library staff has once again stepped up to unex- artists working in all media. NSA includes all pected challenges and have long been a supporter the visual arts: photography, painting, drawing, computer-generated art, and sculpture. Through of the arts; we feel welcome and at home here.” workshops, exhibitions, and competitions, NSA This year, artists from New York to Califorserves the beginner and the pro artist, providing nia and all points in between are competing for $2,500 in prize money. Martin stated, “The jury opportunities through member sponsored shows process has resulted in an impressive selection of to meet with collectors and all who enjoy art. For more info about the National Society of quality art.” There will be a reception, silent auction, and artists available to discuss their work. Artists, go to: nsartists.org.
Affaire d’Art (2227 Postoffice St., Suite B, (409)789-0079, affairedart.com) - October 7th, 6-9pm, the second annual Star Wars Juried Art Competition opens. There will also be a best costume prize! October 15th, 10am-2pm, learn encaustic painting at the Encaustic Workshop. The cost is $120 per person and $30 for supplies. ArtWalk will be held throughout town, ranging in time from 4-10pm. This event is mostly held in the heart of the downtown historic district, and now other parts of the Island. ArtWalk is a free event that takes place in existing commercial galleries, non-profit art spaces, and what are called “other walls,” restaurants, and retail stores. For a brochure listing all participants, stop by the Galveston Arts Center located at 2127 Strand St. or go to galvestonartscenter.org. All events are free, and there are several Preview Parties on Friday evenings at the galleries. Various artworks will be for sale. Upcoming 2017 dates are October 14th and November 25th. Dates in 2018 are January 13th, March 3rd, April 21st, June 2nd, July 14th, August 25th, October 14th, and November 24th. Beta Gallery (2328 Strand, Ste. 206, (409)3703707, galveston.com/beta-gallery) - Beta Gallery features exciting new work by three talented gentlemen: Ulysses Penfield, Jussi Tinnemeyer, and Kevin Jefferies. View their work in person and meet the artists at ArtWalk. From the HeART Gallery (511 23rd St., (409)300-3009, fromtheheart.gallery) - October 7th enjoy Regina Reynolds’ watercolor class, $40. October 12th participate in David Mortenson’s photography class, $40. October 18th is Kelly Halbach’s Paint Party, $40. On October 19th Catherine Hess will present a silk floral design class, $45; and on October 21st a Macrame Class, $45. October 26th enjoy Amber Kilgariff’s Chain Maille Class, $45. For more info find From the HeART Gallery on Facebook. G. Lee Gallery (2215 Postoffice St., (409)3707350, gleegallery.net) - G. Lee Gallery will continue to present the “Three Guys” show, featuring Lou Sprecher, Bob Guicheret and resident artist George Douglas Lee through October 12th. Starting October 14th, Elaine Monnig’s show “Unity and Variety” will be on display. Monnig has painted en plein air (out of doors) throughout the United States, England, France, Italy, Scotland, and Switzerland. Also, this month enjoy art classes by Artist Debi Starr: October 7th “Ombre Effects” and October 21st “Pop Art Pets.” All materials are provided. Find more info online. Galveston Arts Center (2127 Strand St., (409)763-2403, galvestonartscenter.org) - Exhibitions on view October 14th – November 19th are the 2017 Texas Biennial opening Saturday, October 14th, from 6-9pm with artist talks beginning at 6:30pm. In the 1st floor gallery, Giovanni Valderas is on display. In the 1878 Gallery, Regina Agu is on view. Galveston Art League (2117A Postoffice St., (409)621-1008, galvestonartleague.com) - The Galveston Art League Gallery is featuring Dolphin art through October 29th. The unique artwork featured in this show benefits the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) in their dolphin rescue, rehabilitation, research, and education work right here on Galveston Island and all along the Texas coast. The primary artist is Cupid, a young dolphin that was rescued and rehabilitated by TMMSN at their Galveston
center. Cupid suffered from a neurologic condition and was deemed non-releasable. Each year on his stranding and rescue anniversary, he paints this special artwork to support TMMSN and advance dolphin conservation. Cupid is also joined by other painting dolphins that support this important cause. Galveston Artist Residency (2521 Ships Mechanic Row, (409)974-4446, galvestonartistresidency. org) - The Galveston Artist Residency is pleased to present “Unsteady Ground” through November 4th featuring work by Mounia Akl, Christina Battle, Maha Maamoun, Lydia Moyer, Adam Sekuler, and curated by Kelly Sears. GIANT Art and Design Showroom (2427 Market, (409)392-3331, miltonausherman.com) - This new gallery features custom built furniture, selected decorative items, and industrial strength paintings by Visual Actual plus traditional art and works on paper. 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. The Old Galveston Trading Company (2115 Postoffice, (409)599-7635, oldgalvestontradingco. com) - The Old Galveston Trading Company now has the Octopus and Hibiscus Series canvas and paper prints by artist Jennifer Peck available for purchase. Also new is “Ringo Starr,” the latest addition to her Octopus collection, offered in a variety of sizes and prices. The Proletariat Gallery (2221 Market St., (409)356-9092, proletariatgallery.com) - The Proletariat Gallery and Public House for the October ArtWalk will feature Houston Artist Gilbert Ruiz. A restless and driven artist, Gilbert is know for his wildly experimental style incorporating a broad range of colorful styles and techniques.. Q2 Gallery (2209 Postoffice St., Downtown Galveston, (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. René Wiley Gallery (2128 Postoffice St., (409)750-9077, renewileyart.com) - The René Wiley Gallery has an exhibition filled with Wiley’s bright bird paintings, featuring Gulf Coast species against abstract color patterns. Also, mixed media landscapes by daughter Rachel Wiley-Janota; and new tree sculptures from James Phillips; intricate wooden bowls by Dale Hooks; new hand-dyed fabric mosaics by Brenda Bunten-Schloesser; and colorful glass sculptures by Bill Meek will also be featured. Strand Gallery (2418 Strand St., (409)220-1777) - Meet Rose West and see her exquisite Christmas decorations on display for ArtWalk. All of her decorations are hand painted and very unique. Tyler Studio (1201 Postoffice St., (409)771-8371, tylerstudio.org) This month the exquisite work of Ruth Downs will be featured.
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It’s October again, and it reminded me of a song Tony Sassi and I wrote and released last October called “October Blue.” Known locally for being the Trivia Host at Stuttgarden Tavern on the Strand and Stuttgarden Texas City, many don’t know about Tony Sassi’s music background. Though I personally know much of his story, I wanted to publicly expose his music, so I sat him down for a formal interview over lunch and a glass of wine at Riondo’s Ristorante. Island Guide: Who are you, and where have you been all my life? Sassi: I was born in South Jersey in a town called Penns Grove. I went to high school there, then went to college at Glassboro State College, which is also in South Jersey. I studied Music Education with a little bit of Computer Science. I set out to be an Orchestra Director. I played upright/string bass back then. I was raised with a strong work ethic; I like to finish what I start, and I’m not afraid of hard work. I worked on a farm, after all. I picked up the electric bass as a freshman in high school, then during senior year picked up the trumpet and played trumpet in the marching band. I also played bass in the pit band in high school musicals. I played electric and string bass through college, also in theater, community orchestra, and a variety band in New Jersey called Prestige for four years. Shortly after graduating college and getting married, I moved to Houston and began teaching music. At that same time, I joined a band and was playing five nights per week. After four years of teaching in school districts, I began a career in Educational Technology. I became a Technology Director and did that until retirement. Island Guide: Is your family musically inclined? Sassi: My father played accordion, but I didn’t like it much. So, I learned to play bass, and my brother played guitar. During high school, we had a band called Revelation. My mother played the piano, and that’s really how I started, playing piano around five years old. My first real bass was a Sears Silvertone. Out of my three brothers and two sisters, my brother Paul and I are the only ones who play. Island Guide: When did you start composing music and tell us about that process? Sassi: I started composing in college. Then about four years ago someone gave me some lyrics to put music to. That’s what I enjoy. With my formal background in music, my strategy is to compose music that fits the lyrics versus the other way around. Then came you, Sharis, and our collaboration on our first single “For the Love of Galveston” in 2015, and then the “Evolution of Love” album released this past April. To date, you’ve given me 12 songs that you wrote lyrics to, and I built the compositions around the feel of each song. I always want the music to serve the words properly. I choose the genre by the feel of the lyrics. The biggest challenge for me in composing is the first part; feeling the intent, urge, and ideas. Sometimes they come quickly; sometimes they don’t. I don’t force it. I’ll pick it up, put it down, listen to different music, do something completely different than composing, and usually that helps. I have the advantage that the lyrics are always there, and I can go back to them. I leave the lyrics up to the lyricists.
Island Guide: What is your most recent composition? Sassi: “Tell Me You Remember,” my third single with you, Sharis, released just last month. Once again, you gave me the lyrics and intention for the song, and I spun it around in my head and in notation until the music just came together. Though the concept of the song is on the sad side, I wanted to brighten it up a bit to bring out the hope in it. Hence, the Jazz Fusion style. It worked well. Island Guide: Who are your compositions influenced by? Sassi: The Beatles, especially McCartney with the melodic bass lines and jazz bassists Charles Mingus and Victor Wooten. Also, the raw energy and songs of The Rolling Stones. I can go many different directions, from classical to rock. I use what fits. As well, I’m always listening and watching other musicians, both old and new. I respect all musicians and look for things that I personally could improve on. I want everyone to succeed. Island Guide: Tell us about your music education. Sassi: Music education involves reading music, music theory, music history, and learning and playing every instrument you would typically see in a high school band or orchestra. I enjoy playing multiple instruments, even if I never play live with them. For example, in my studio I have guitars, basses, a steel guitar, a synthesizer, and a nice electric grand piano. I use all of them at different times while composing. Understanding music theory helps in many ways, and when you’re performing live as well. Such as you’ll know what’s coming next, simply based on theory. Learning to play by ear is fine, but the best way to learn is to read the music. The actual notation, not tabs. Music scores tell you more than just the notes, and once you know what you’re looking at, you’ll feel the music jump out at you. Don’t get me wrong, anyone can use creative license and do what they want with music, but there are actually age-old reasons behind some things, which I continue to employ. It’s just a school of thought, more simply put. Analyze music so you can see how it’s made. Learn the rules, learn the theory, and then and only then, break those rules and employ creative license. That’s what makes music interesting. Island Guide: Do you play 4, 5, or 6 string basses? Sassi: Yes! Though I do own a Fender and a Rickenbacker four string bass, I prefer six string basses, my Carvins and Ibanez, for example. Six strings allow the extra range and the ability to get to
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a lot of notes without moving positions. It’s just faster. I won’t apologize for being more efficient! I use different basses at different times when performing. It’s a personal mood thing really. Island Guide: Tell us about the bands you have performed with. Sassi: Currently, I play bass and sing lead vocal with the Time in a Bottle band, a four-piece classic rock and oldies band. I’ve been with them for seven years. I also play bass in the Moonglow Orchestra, which is a sevenpiece band that plays a lot of swing music and old standards. Moonglow typically plays at the Chandelier Ballroom, Junior League, and Petroleum Club in Houston. I’ve been with Moonglow for almost 17 years, and did a CD with them. Jazz Ambassadors is a jazz trio I play in from time to time. I also occasionally play in praise bands in Texas City and right here in Galveston at First Baptist Church on 23rd St. I was also with local Noise Poets band for three years and recorded a CD with them. I played bass and sang background vocals on “Don’t Mess with the Sound!” which is an album of originals written and composed by George Douglas Lee. Apart from playing in many other bands throughout the years, I had the honor to play bass in the Houston Texans’ Bull Pen Pep Band their first three seasons. Good times. Island Guide: Where can we find recordings of your music? Sassi: You can purchase my music on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and other like digital channels; just search for Tony Sassi. You can also purchase a signed copy of the “Evolution of Love” album, as well as a signed copy of the “For the Love of Galveston” single by reaching out to me directly. Island Guide: What is your biggest pet peeve? Sassi: Equipment malfunctions and bands/musicians with shoddy equipment, especially while playing live. It’s not about having expensive equipment. It’s about being professional and having stuff that works. Be ready, and be prepared for the unexpected. I pride myself in that. Island Guide: What else do you do musically? Sassi: I transcribe from time to time. I can take music from other musicians that don’t know how to write it and transcribe that into music score for publishing, copyrighting, or otherwise. Island Guide: When and where can we see you play next? Sassi: You can enjoy Time in a Bottle band on October 14th at Noah’s Ark in Bacliff and Moonglow Orchestra at Lodge 88 in Houston on October 21st. Come out and see us! Island Guide: On another note, tell us more about your hosting Trivia. Sassi: I’m always eager to have a microphone in front of me, and it was an easy transition. I was asked by Stuttgarden two years ago, and as of this interview, I’ve hosted it over 100 times. I’m always performing in one way or another. Join me for Trivia on Tuesday nights at Stuttgarden on the Strand in Galveston for games at 8pm and 9:30pm. Also join me for Trivia on Wednesdays at Stuttgarden Texas City for games at 8pm and 9pm. Recently started is OpinioNation, a Family Feud style game on Sundays at Stuttgarden on the Strand at 7pm and 8pm. Great fun, great food, and great prizes! Tony Sassi is a wonderful music collaborator and mentor, and it has been a pleasure to work with him. He’s a true professional. To learn more about Sassi and his music, visit his website at tonysassi. com. He can be contacted directly by email at tony.sassi@comcast. net or via Facebook at facebook.com/tony.sassi.
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Saturday, October 7th The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 B Jiggers – CC Rider, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Float – 57 State, 9-1 The Grand - Jimmy Webb, The Glen Campbell Years, 8pm Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Mod –Sasha Francis, 7-9 Old Quarter – Abe Partridge, Susan Gibson, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Seasons Grocer - Kalico, 5-9 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Silver Spot Saloon – Danny K, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stella’s Piano Bar at Havana Alley - Little Jewford, 8-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Woody’s – Phillip Griffin, 3-6 Yaga’s – DJ Nonstopp, 10-1
Wednesday, October 11th The Bar at the 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 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Thursday, October 12th B Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 8-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Friday, October 13th The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jiggers – Sol Flair, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand – Chris Bergeron, 8-12 Float – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Mod – Brother Mathew, 7-9 Old Quarter – Jason Eady, Gabe Wootton, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Rum Shack – Radio Frequency, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stella’s Piano Bar at Havana Alley - Little Jewford, 8-11 Stuttgarden – DJ Fat Candy, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – DJ Nonstopp, 10-1
Saturday, October 14th
The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 B Jiggers – The Fuse, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Float – DJ Nonstop, 9-1 Galveston Island Brewing – The Happy Wanderers Sunday, October 8th Polka Band, 1-5, Auf Geht’s, 6-9 Albatross – Gary Lee & Tighten Up, 3-6 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Galveston Farmers Market - Christie Glaser,9am Mod – Brent & Kate, 7-9 Hotel Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm Old Quarter – Freddie Steady KRC, David Hurricane ll – Open Jam, 5-9 Hargraves, 9-1 Nonno Tony’s – Danny Kristensen, 4-7 Poop Deck – Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Old Quarter – Jordan Weller, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Rum Shack – Rachel Rose, 9-1 Silver Spot Saloon – Bert Wills, 5-7 Saengerfest Park – Harbors Over Highways, 6-9 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 2-6 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Woody’s – Manzy Lowry, 3-7 Silver Spot Saloon – Mark May, 9-1 Monday, October 9th Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Stella’s Piano Bar at Havana Alley - Little Jewford, Galveston Island Brewing - Monday Night Guys, 6-9 8-11 Nick’s Pool Bar – DJ Nonstopp, 7-10 Stuttgarden – Curtis King, 7-11 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Rum Shack – Turning Point, 3-6 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Yaga’s – DJ Bizonee, 10-1
Tuesday, October 10th B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Sunday, October 15th Albatross – Jaredd Reed, 3-6 Galveston Farmers Market -Tommy Lewis, 9am The Grand - The Beach Boys, 3pm
Hotel Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm Hurricane ll – Open Jam, 5-9 Nick’s Pool Bar – DJ Nonstopp, 7-10 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Rum Shack – Live Music, 3-6 Silver Spot Saloon – Bert Wills, 5-7 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 2-6
Monday, October 16th
Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Silver Spot Saloon – Zach Tate, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stella’s Piano Bar at Havana Alley - Little Jewford, 8-11 Stuttgarden – Shaun Michael, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Yaga’s – The Line Up, 10-1
The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Sunday, October 22nd Galveston Island Brewing - Monday Night Guys, 6-9 Galveston Farmers Market -Jordi Baizan, 9am Nick’s Pool Bar – DJ Nonstopp, 7-10 The Grand - Joshua Bell, 3pm Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Hurricane ll – Open Jam, 5-9 Tuesday, October 17th Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Rum Shack – Live Music, 3-6 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 2-6 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Silver Spot Saloon – Bert Wills, 5-7
Wednesday, October 18th
The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Nonno Tony’s – Mickey Hobbs, 6-9 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Thursday, October 19th B Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Float – DJ, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Old Quarter – The Wiggins, Middle Child, Mother Harvey, 9-1 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 8-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Tea’ze Daiquiri Lounge - Open Mic, 8-12
Friday, October 20th The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jiggers – Flashpoint, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s On The Strand – Chris Bergeron, 8-12 Float – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Rum Shack – The Goods, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stella’s Piano Bar at Havana Alley - Little Jewford, 8-11 Stuttgarden – David Joel, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – The Line Up, 10-1
Monday, October 23rd
Yaga’s – DJ Bizonee, 10-1
Saturday, October 28th The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 B Jiggers – Angel Garcia, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bubba’s Tiki Island - The Relics, 9-1 Galveston Island Brewing – Dem, 4-7 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Mod – Lee Brooks, 7-9 Old Quarter – John Evans, Marina Rocks, 9-1 Poop Deck – Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Silver Spot Saloon – Salty Dog, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stella’s Piano Bar at Havana Alley - Little Jewford, 8-11 Stuttgarden – DJ Fat Candy, 7-11 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Yaga’s – The Vegas Stars, 10-1
The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Float – DJ, 9-1 Sunday, October 29th Galveston Island Brewing - Monday Night Guys, 6-9 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Albatross – Geoff Fish, 3-6 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Galveston Farmers Market -Kickin It Dixie, 9am Hotel Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm Tuesday, October 24th Hurricane ll – Open Jam, 5-9 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Nick’s Pool Bar – DJ Nonstopp, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Old Quarter – Casey Golden, V. Echo, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., 8-1 Wednesday, October 25th Sound Bar – Karaoke, 2-6 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Silver Spot Saloon – Bert Wills, 5-7 Woody’s – Caleb, 3-7 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Nonno Tony’s – Mickey Hobbs, 6-9 Monday, October 30th Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Galveston Island Brewing - Monday Night Guys, 6-9 Thursday, October 26th Nick’s Pool Bar – DJ Nonstopp, 7-10 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 B Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Float – DJ, 9-1 Tuesday, October 31st Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 8-1 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Friday, October 27th
The Bar at the 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 Float – Live Music, 9-1 The Grand - Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror, 8pm Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Saturday, October 21st Mod – Evan Carpenter, 7-9 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 B Jiggers – Midnight Release, 9-1 Rum Shack – After Party, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Old Quarter – Robert Cline Jr., Douglas Greer, Dick Stella’s Piano Bar at Havana Alley Little Jewford, 8-11 Lemasters, 9-1 Stuttgarden – Smith & Turner, 7-11 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Tremont House – Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Rum Shack – Bristol Fashion, 9-1 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Seasons Grocer - Kalico, 5-9
Wednesday, November 1st The Bar at the 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 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
Thursday, November 2nd B Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 8-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2
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Published on Oct 2, 2017