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D INING H OURS : LUNCH................Tuesday-Friday (11am-2pm) DINNER ........Tuesday-Saturday (5pm-10pm) BRUNCH..............................Sunday (11am-3pm)
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Daily Specials • Full Bar • Outdoor Patio
MONDAY • STEAK NIGHT • 5-10PM
12: 12 oz. Ribeye, Sirloin, Primerib or Chicken Fried Ribeye (topped w/ jalapeño cream gravy)
Bottomless Greek Salad • Loaded Baked Potato • $2 Bottomless Soup Du Jour
TUESDAY • 1/2-PRICE BOTTLED WINE Valid ALL DAY on entire wine list!
WEDNESDAY • BOIL’EM UP!
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WEDNESDAY NIGHT: $5 MARTINIS Featuring Aw ard Winning Sobieski Vo dka & New Amsterdam
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Hot Boiled Shrimp & Snow Crab
THURSDAY • BOTTOMLESS PASTA • $11 includes all-you-can-eat Salad and Garlic Bread
SUNDAY BRUNCH • 10AM to 3PM • Delicious Menu Items! • $7 All-U-Can-Eat Pancakes • $3 Mimosas ~ Bloody Marys ~ Screwdrivers
Mon-Fri • 11am-7pm
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July 2011 ..............South Belt • Clear Lake • Bay Area • Galveston 13 ......................Seen by The SCENE: Tina Montana Benefit 14 ................................Cover Story: Cardinal Culinary Services 16 ......................................New Restaurant Report: Eduardo’s 19 ..........................Waterfront Dining Feature: Opus Bistro 19 ......................Waterfront Dining Feature: Topwater Grill 20 ......................................Waterfront Dining Guide - Map 25 ............................SCENE Restaurant Report: Tequila Mia’s 25 ........................SCENE Restaurant Report: Bombay Tadka 26 ................................Arts: Evelyn Meador Library Opens 28..................................Arts: SCENE Cultural Arts Calendar 28 ................Seen by The SCENE: Meador Library Opening 30 - 34................State of the Lake • Column by John Ennis Will Houston Remain The Space City? 37 - 36....................Weekends on the Water (Visitor’s Guide) 38 & 39 ..........................................Map of Area Attractions 40 & 41 ....................................Map: Where to Eat & Drink
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Tina Montana Benefit: The SCENE and Bay Area community lost a good friend last month. Killed as a passenger in a tragic auto accident, Tina Montana left behind four children (ages 11 to 19). A massive groundswell of area friends, networks and businesses pulled together an incredible fundraiser in one short week and raised more than $35,000. See more of Andy Engâ€™s photos and coverage of this event on the flipside of the magazine in his Loose Notes column (page 60). We will also be posting a photo gallery from the event on www.sceneLIVE.net as there are more than 300 pictures to share. But, more importantly, visit www.tinamontana.com and consider making a donation. Tina was a single mother, and her surviving children are left with no immediate family. - John Ennis
A FAST GROWING COMPANY DOING MANY THINGS WELL And a famous chef to cater your next event By Sue Mayfield-Geiger Step into the building at 5950 FM 517 and you may think you are in a hunting lodge or a rustic Texas boutique hotel. The lobby is just a mini version of the bigger room down the hall which sports high ceilings, suede sofas, ceramic tile, limestone pillars and a fireplace where a massive granite bar is the focal point. Although the flavor feels like the Lone Star state, the owners are from St. Louis, whose love for both Texas and Missouri – as well as their love of baseball – prompted them to name their company Cardinal. And doesn’t every company have a commercial kitchen where a culinary chef (who also happens to be the owner) grills steaks for employees? No Jack-in-the-Box for this crew, as they are dining on rib-eyes, cheesy-stuffed potatoes and asparagus. (I know, you want to work here already.) Well, since they are one of the fastest growing, privately-owned companies around, you might get lucky. That is, if you know something about the food business, oil and gas industry, and event planning. Mike Robinson (CEO) along with brother Patrick (Business Develop-
ment) saw a need for a niche market, scraped up 25K in 2005 and started the Cardinal empire which began with the Culinary Division and grew to three more: Chandlering, Customized and Special Occasions.
Cardinal Wants to Cater Your Dream Event From weddings to birthdays to corporate functions or private parties, Cardinal can assist with every detail. From the first cocktail of the evening to the last dance of the night, you won’t have to worry about a thing. Or if planning a mid-day function, they will transform your Board Room into your favorite restaurant.
Robinson, who worked in restau• Complete custom catering rants during high school, scored a • Full serviced, licensed and insured culinary internship bartending services while in college • Professional service staff that took him to • Full selection of rental equipment the Florida Keys. including: Glassware, china, linens, Eventually, he tables, chairs and other specialty moved to Nassau decor Bay and got accepted to the Art • Entertainment contacts including: Institute of HousLive bands, DJ’s, as well as other ton. After stints performers with Landry’s, Lake• Floral design wood Yacht Club and Emily’s, Robin• Tenting, staging and lighting son spent some time • Event graphics with Glazier Food Services where he learned about the other side of the kitchen. It was at this time that he got the idea for Cardinal. “It was totally by chance and somewhat by design,” says Robinson who saw firsthand the need for immediate provisions during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. “Tent cities sprung up that were totally self-contained, and Glazier Foods was asked to provide some chefs and provisions to run the camps,” recalls Robinson who did that for a while, but eventually got involved supplying sub-sea construction vessels and rigs that were being rebuilt in the Gulf. “It was then that we formed Cardinal Culinary, and we started to grow,” says Robinson who was operating on three vessels within a year and a half. - Continued on Next Page
Chef Louis Cressy Chef Cressy started cooking at a very early age in New Orleans, La. with his grandmother, where he learned the importance of using quality ingredients. He has worked at some of the finest restaurants in New Orleans including Henri at Le Meridien Hotel, the Sazerac at the Fairmont Hotel, Mr. B’s Bistro, and Risorante Bacco with Ralph and Cindy Brennan. Chef Cressy has also worked at Michelin Three Star Auberge d’Ill in France with Marc Haberlin. After moving to Houston in the early ’90s, Chef Cressy introduced regional Gulf Coast cooking at the Lancaster Hotel featuring fun twists on foods found around the Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana to Mexico. During his 25-year career, he has had the honor of cooking for Presidents George Bush Sr. and Barack Obama, Heads of State Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Nancy Pelosi, prominent local and national leaders, as well as Hollywood actors like Kevin Costner, Steven Segal, Meg Ryan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others.
Cover Story | Continued Cardinal: Continued from Page 14 They began to focus a bit differently than their competitors in that they hired chefs with culinary degrees (or at least five years of chef experience) and placed them on vessels. “We basically took offshore cooking to another level,” says Robinson who spent a lot of time selecting recipes and coordinating menus. It wasn’t long before other companies began to hear about them. “When these guys are away from their homes and families for 14 to 30 days at a time, they deserve good food,” says Robinson who maintains that quality meals keep the morale up. With 2,200 recipes that include high-end choices like filet mignon, crab and shrimp pasta, morale is certain to be high. “Our food is good, home-cooked meals,” says Robinson who stresses that everything is made from scratch with topof-the-line ingredients to please the appetites of the diverse crews who hail from Louisiana to Norway. Cardinal has supplied vessels not only in the Gulf of Mexico, but the North Sea and South America.
chandlers take care of vessels when they come into port, offering deck and engine supplies, food provisions, safety gear, fuel – anything and everything that a vessel in port needs. More people were hired and Cardinal started to grow. “You cannot do anything well unless you surround yourself with good people,” says Robinson. Here is a breakdown on the four divisions:
Cardinal Culinary Services Offshore catering, corporate and contract catering is this division’s main purpose. They have earned the position of 2669 on the “2010 Inc. 5000,” Inc. magazine's annual ranking of the fastestgrowing private companies in America (number 60 in Houston and they experienced an 87% growth). Cardinal Culinary primarily provides catering to off-site locations in the oil and gas arena.
Cardinal Chandlering Services This division offers an extensive line of supplies to ocean going vessels, drilling platforms, offshore islands, remote camps, construction sites, scientific outposts and humanitarian relief organizations.
From One Division to Four
Cardinal Customized Services
From 2005 to 2008, everything was going well in the Gulf with hurricane restoration projects, and new drilling. In 2008, the economy, another hurricane and a major oil spill had the Robinson brothers thinking about diversifying. Thus the Chandlering Division was born. Ship
This division offers highly-trained, experienced and fully trained personnel to handle every aspect of the preparation, execution and completion of a plant turn around. Patrick Robinson, who used to work for a professional staffing agency, runs this division.
Cardinal Special Occasions A full-service catering company founded and run by formally trained chefs, like Louis Cressy, who has worked at the Lancaster Hotel in Houston and Brennan’s in New Orleans. The division specializes in working with you to create a customized, spectacular event tailored to your needs.
Cardinal Growth With 200 plus employees, Cardinal is growing, but will remain privately owned. “This is a family business and it will stay that way,” says Robinson who definitely has a different work culture going at Cardinal compared to other companies. Other than the 200 employees, they also contract another 60 to 75 workers. Impressive record for five short years.
New Restaurant Report
EDUARDO’S Mexican Kitchen 911 Nasa Parkway, Webster, TX 77058 (281) 480-4775 “Quality ingredients, tequila and outstanding customer service are very important to our success,” says Eduardo Mendieta, the owner of Eduardo’s Mexican Kitchen. “And a killer salsa?” I ask. “Yes,” he smiles, “That too!” Eduardo is easy going and friendly as he greets each customer – even some by name. But he is very serious when he speaks about the restaurant. “Only the finest meats and freshest vegetables find their way into our kitchen. The trucks deliver three or four times a week to bring fresh ingredients. Nothing is frozen.” The prepared dishes are made with pride and are almost too beautiful to eat! It’s tough to choose just one entree. On the menu are 17 different enchilada dishes, six snapper plates, vegetarian items, baby back ribs, fish, shrimp, pastor, chicken and over eight different ways to order queso! Eduardo’s has a wide variety of margaritas on their menu and over 300 types of tequila stocked in the bar. I know! That got my attention, too! The bar area is well equipped and decorated with painted tequila bottles among other unique items. The inside of Eduardo’s is bright and airy with a wall of windows that looks out onto the patio seating. The walls are painted festive colors and a bright blue tiled water wall fountain adds to the ambience. It’s the little touches like the cobalt blue glass stemware for your cold water that make you realize SUMMER just how much thought went RITAL! SPECIA into making sure your visit at $ 49 Eduardo’s is special.
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Make sure to say hello to Eduardo when you stop by the restaurant. He is passionate about the business and credits his mother Mely for teaching him what he knows. Oh, by the way, the killer salsa is made fresh every morning. Yum! - Rhonda Meredith
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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Sunday Jazz Brunch w/ Bob Henschen & Horace Grigsby. Eggs Benedict, Eggs Novelle, Eggs Sardou & Seafood Crepes
Tuesday: kids eat free with adult entree (12 and under, kids menu only)
Wednesday: Fajitas for 2 $14.95 Thursday: Mexican Bingo Night
Kemah’s Favorite Restaurant is Back with Kristine Serving Seafood, Steaks, Chicken and German Specialties with a European Flair
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Friday & Saturday Night: LIVE MUSIC! Beat the heat on Saturday • 1pm-4pm
Soups, Salads and Sandwiches Appetizers include Escargots, Calamari, Baked Brie & Shrimp Remoulade
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Waterfront Dining Guide
CLEAR LAKE & GALVESTON BAY
Opus Bistro: Romance on the Water Topwater: Fine dining and flip flops Summer nights on the water in the Clear Lake Area exude a romance about them that can’t be matched. Coupled with a shimmering sea of lights from floating boats and the gentle breeze from the Gulf, high quality, tasty food in a carefully designed atmosphere can create the perfect setting for love – or simply enhance an outing with friends and family. Opus Bistro, on the water in Clear Lake Shores, manages to attract seekers of intimacy and class every day of the week.
Topwater Grill, located at 815 Avenue O (on the tip of the April Fool Point on the south end of the San Leon Peninsula), is the pinnacle of “fine dining” quality – fresh seafood in a laid back, casual atmosphere. You’ll find folks from all walks of life and a diversity of style – from bikini clad females arriving by boat to couples in cocktail attire celebrating an important event. No matter what the occasion, patrons enjoy s e a f o o d farmed exclusively from the Gulf, amongst an impeccable view of the Bay.
Locally owned and operated, Opus Bistro is the brainchild of Chris Simon and Charlie Felts. According to Charlie, the two first met in 1985, managing a Gallagher’s Steak House in Houston; devising their future restauranteering endeavors on a series of cocktail napkins. Opened after Hurricane Ike in a completely renovated building (formerly Portofino’s), Opus Bistro is the culmination of fine dining knowledge and experience, more than 25 years in the making. - Continued on Page 21
Fresh food comes standard at Topwater Grill. “Whether it’s shrimp or oysters from our own boat,” said Topwater’s spokesman Captain Wally, “or Redfish, Snapper and other fish that we purchase locally; everything is cooked as ordered to ensure quality.” - Continued on Page 23
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Waterfront Dining Guide
CLEAR LAKE & GALVESTON BAY
Clear Lake, Taylor Lake & Galveston Bay
MAP OF WATERFRONT DINING 3 4 2 5 6 8 7
1. Luna Rest. (Hilton) 2. Valdo’s 3. Chelsea’s Wine Bar 4. Boondoggles Pub 5. Villa Capri 6. Cabo 7. Outriggers 8. Pier 18
11. The Pizza Oven 12. Red Sushi 13. Flying Dutchman 14. Cadillac Bar 15. Joe’s Crab Shack 16. Lighthouse Buffet 17. Landry’s Seafood 18. Saltgrass
Clear Lake’s South Shore
22 23 24 20th St.
Clear Lake’s North Shore
9 - 18
Bacliff & San Leon
22. Noah’s Ark 23. Clifton’s Seaside 9. The Aquarium 24. Bubba’s Shrimp 10. Bayside Grille Palace 25. Topwater Grill Pictured at right, from top: Red Sushi, Sundance II, Landry’s Seafood 19. Opus 20. Sundance II 21. Paradise Reef (SSHR)
700 Kipp Avenue | Kemah
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DINE & DANCE Claudio Sereni at the Piano Monday - Saturday
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OPUS BISTRO: Cont. from Page 19 Upscale, but affordable, Opus provides a classy ambiance and incredible food in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Tucked away on the island of Clear Lake Shores, this hidden gem has quickly become a local favorite for a romantic evening on the water or a casual family outing. The neutral colors with dark accents, mood lighting, soft jazz in the background, and views of the water, both inside the restaurant and out on the patio, create a downtown vibe without the travel. The service is genuinely friendly and never rushed; and the extensive selection of mouthwatering food and wine will serve any appetite. The food at Opus is cooked in the classic French style – with some Italian, German, Asian and classic Gulf Coast seafood influences. All food is scratch made with the freshest ingredients, and includes a selection of fine appetizers and salads to start; choice cut beef, veal and chicken and freshly farmed seafood as entrees; and delectable desserts to top everything off. Meeting with Chris and Charlie, I was fortunate enough to partake in an off-the-menu helping of New Zealand lamb chops – marinated in fresh thyme, rosemary and garlic; and served with a rich sauce au poivre, this delightful dish had me gnawing at the bone. Regulars love everything on the menu; but with four or five off-the-menu daily specials, including seasonal fish and roast duck, each dining experience is unique. Sitting next to me at the bar were two jolly gentlemen who appeared to have been boating all day. They ordered an off-the-menu Portobello mushroom appetizer – topped with shredded tenderloin mixed with a hoisin and candied jalapeño sauce and a side of Asian slaw. Hesitant to share, I took their “Mmm’s” as evidence of its tastiness. Everyday menu options are just as delicious and desirable. Although the entire menu could be considered “signature,” two entree choices particularly stand out: the Filet Au Poivre – a center cut tenderloin topped with sauteed black peppercorns in creme – and the Gulf Red Snapper, pan seared or broiled and topped with Gulf shrimp and lump crabmeat in a béarnaise sauce. Chris’ wife Tracy – who you’ll often find behind the bar – recommends the Gulf Red Snapper Charlie Brown, lightly breaded and topped with sauteed mushrooms, artichokes and
crab meat, finished with a brown butter sauce. Veal lovers will melt when they try the Veal New Orleans, sauteed in a light breading, topped with béarnaise sauce and lobster tail meat. While most of the seafood is farmed right out of the Gulf, Opus also serves exotic imports to ensure the greatest taste and quality. Likewise, only the choicest meats and freshest ingredients are selected. Side dishes are chef’s choice and rotate weekly, in order to maintain a dynamic palette. Fine dining often requires a fine wine to go along with it; and Opus delivers. A range of wines by the bottle are always available and house wine by the glass starts at $5. And, if you’re looking for an aperitif or just meeting a friend for a drink, the horseshoe bar at Opus is a relaxing way to wind down. Martinis are a popular treat – I was impressed with both the Lemon Drop and Cosmo – mixed drinks start at $4.75. Please note that the well liquors at Opus are generally a “call” at most establishments – a brief glance at the well and I spied Crown, Jack Daniel’s and Skyy Vodka. Speaking of, next time you’re in, take a gander at the beautiful composite bar top – made with mirror and Skyy Vodka bottle pieces. Opus Bistro is open for dinner weeknights from 5 to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on weekends – the bar stays open approximately an hour after the kitchen closes. Private gatherings, banquets and receptions for up to 80 people are available onsite in the restaurant’s cozy, upstairs seating area; and catering is available for your offsite event. For booking an event, catering or to make a reservation (strongly encouraged), call 281-334-5225. Opus is located at 1002 Aspen Road in Clear Lake Shores. See their full menu online, at opusbistro.net. – Adam Donaghey
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TOPWATER: Cont. from Page 19 Topwater’s signature fish dishes are a popular choice amongst patrons. Always a safe bet, the whole de-boned Flounder, stuffed with crabmeat and roasted red bell pepper topped with a crawfish cream sauce, is a creamy seafood delicacy. Try the Pecan Crusted Snapper, dusted in crushed pecan flour mix and topped with lemon butter cream sauce; or my favorite, the Drunken Redfish – grilled Redfish filet topped with Ponchartrain sauce. Other fish under “Favorites” on the menu include pepper-seared Tuna, grilled Mahi Mahi, blackened Catfish Etouffee, along with several shrimp, scallops and crab options. Traditional fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and other seafood platters are great for sharing after a long day on the water; and for a quick bite, try the oyster, catfish or shrimp po-boys or a mouthwatering burger. I suggest starting off with the seafood gumbo or lobster bisque; or, for a spicy start, try the Torpedos – fried jalapeños with crabmeat stuffing and cheese – or the Sinkers – bacon wrapped shrimp and oysters with Jack cheese and jalapeño. Popular choices also include Topwater’s oysters on the half shell. Grilled options include traditional oysters “Rockefeller” – topped with spinach, bacon and cream cheese; oysters Diablo – topped with roasted garlic, jalapeño and blackened shrimp; oysters topped with crab au gratin; and oysters grilled in garlic scampi butter. Topwater’s also famous for its fish and shrimp tacos. The icing on the cake, however, is Topwater’s setting. With views of the Bay on three sides and Galveston high-rises in the distance, the seaside eatery provides an incomparable experience. Off the back deck, the restaurant provides a boat ramp for fishermen amongst a circus of pelicans soaring overhead on their natural flight path. With its immense waterside space, large events are an everyday thing at Topwater – making it a fun destination dining experience. 6am Mon-Fri for breakfast Regular events inNEW clude high-speed !! S Thurs-Sat ’til 8pm HOUR powerboat poker runs, fishing tournaments and crawfish Buy one adult entree of $8.99 or higher, and boils. get one FREE kid’s meal. (10 years and younger)
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SCENE Restaurant Report TEQUILA MIA’S 800 Bradford Ave. Kemah 281-334-9017 Did someone say big deck? Well, they must have been talking about Tequila Mia’s Restaurant because it’s “good food, good atmosphere, and always a deck of a good time!” Located just three blocks from the Kemah Boardwalk, this mom-and-pop Aggie ownedand-operated Mexican restaurant serves “traditional Mexican cuisine” and says “our Big Burrito will not disappoint – along with the sizzling fajitas and the best fish tacos in town.” The idea to open Tequila Mia’s came about like this, “As owners we traveled so much and thought we NEEDED to bring our fun in the sun back to Kemah!” said owner Liza Salazar-Elliott. “After spending time on the beaches in Mexico, we knew that a great restaurant with live music and island atmosphere would be a hit. So come listen to Bob Marley and others that jam to the island feel.” Catch live music each weekend on Tequila Mia’s large deck. The second story deck is nestled in the trees and the perfect place to enjoy a margarita. In fact, their happy hour prices are pretty sweet and you can take advantage of those specials Tuesday – Friday from 5-7pm. Come ready to play Mexican Bingo at 5:30pm on Wednesday evenings! You may win one of the prizes! The restaurant is a casual and friendly place for groups, families and kids. Tequila Mia's says, “You will feel right at home on our big DECK!” Now if you would rather sit in the cozy downstairs lounge, that’s ok too! The restaurant’s hours are Tuesday - Thursday: Noon - 10pm, Friday and Saturday: Noon – 2am, and Sunday 10:30am – 6pm with Brunch during 10:30am – 3pm. The brunch also has live music! Van a Tequila Mia’s hoy! - Rhonda Meredith
BOMBAY TADKA 17926 Highway 3 (@ Nasa Rd. 1) in Webster • 281-316-8883 Bombay Tadka is a tribute bar and restaurant that serves multi Indian cuisine. It’s a nod to the tastes that are unique to the city of Bombay. According to the restaurant’s owners, “Tadka” loosely translates to “cooking with herbs in oil as the aroma wafts up and lustily calls for the other ingredients. Then it embraces them with gusto to make interesting new flavors.” These flavors make for a satisfying buffet where you can try a little bit of everything for a lively lunch or a special dinner. And that’s perfect if you are new to Indian food! Of course ordering off the menu is an option and a bit of a literary adventure. The creative food descriptions and cultural references make choosing your food selection fun. Bombay Tadka offers more than just their dishes to make your dining out experience complete. The restaurant’s deep red and gold decor is majestic. Art and Bollywood photos adorn the walls. It is also very interesting to see and compare the old and recent photos of Bombay (now called Mumbai.) Bombay Tadka’s Happy Hour is Tuesday – Friday from 5 - 8pm. Buffet hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11am – 2pm and 5pm – 10pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the buffet time is noon – 3pm. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. Visit their website www.bombaytadka.com to view their menu. And don’t forget to use the coupon in this edition!
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Seabrook’s Newest & Brightest Star ARTS Evelyn Meador Branch Library Opens By Peggy ‘Domino’ Taylor The chapter of rebuilding the Bay Area post-Ike continued last month with the grand opening of the newly rebuilt Evelyn Meador Branch Library of Harris County Public Library, 2400 N. Meyer in Seabrook. A long time coming, this library was destroyed during Hurricane Ike. After attending both groundbreakings – one before the hurricane (when it was scheduled for the new building under the direction of former County Commissioner Precinct 2 Sylvia Garcia) – and one after the hurricane (when plans were made to go forward on this multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility). It was a real treat for me that last week in June to be in the presence of so many supporters, friends and neighbors as we gazed upon this magnificent structure. As a regular bookworm who frequents the library, it was good to see again the familiar faces of the dedicated staff and long-time volunteers who we have missed since the hurricane. The grand opening was a true example of real dedication and love by so many. Elected officials from Seabrook and Harris County attended the event and gave a cheerful thumbs-up. Hosting the grand opening was Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman. The Friends of Library volunteer organization, under the helm of Marianne Kolar, put on many activities for attendees of all ages to enjoy. After the initial welcome program, the day’s agenda included a reception, story time, clowns, face painting, petting zoo, teen gaming, balloon battle and ending the evening with a bluegrass concert provided by the Bay Area Bluegrass Association. Branch Librarian Greg Burns was on hand to meet and greet, as was my favorite storyteller, Shelly Pearson. The coastal theme is obvious: from the landscaping to the blue seagull art gracing the outside to the mariner-themed signs beside each door and the artwork on the windows and walls to the color scheme throughout. - Continued on Page 29
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CULTURAL ARTS CALENDAR July 11 – July 29: Summer Arts Camp at TAACCL,Week #2 - Numerous classes on various arts, offering 4 one week summer camps for ages 4 -16. For the extensive schedule of times, dates and instructors, go to www.TAACCL.org . or call 281-335-7777. Classes are at 2000 NASA Parkway, Nassau Bay
July 28 – Aug. 7: Macbeth, Clear Creek Country Theatre, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun 2:30pm , 18091 Upper Bay Rd, Nassau Bay, 382-3355228, www.clearcreekcountrytheatre.org
Freeman Memorial Library: Book Babies on Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.;Toddler Time on Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.; Pre-School Time on Monday & Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.; Children’s Chess Club on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Special Days: 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, 281-488-1906. www.hcpl.net Helen Hall Library: Toddlers on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; Pre-K Story time on Thursday at 1 p.m.;
CHILDREN’S ART See ART category above. Library Story Times for Children Evelyn Meador Library (Pre- K): 10:30 a.m., 2400 N. Meyer, Seabrook. storytelling by Mrs. Pearson every Wednesday morning, 281-474-9142, www.hcpl.net
Butler Longhorn Museum: League City: 281-332-1393, www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com Bay Area Museum - Lunar Rendezvous Exhibit and Space memorabilia: Open Tuesday - Sunday, Clear Lake Park, 5000 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, 281326-5960, www.lunarrendevous.org.
Lone Star Flight Museum: Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 2002 Terminal Dr., Galveston, 409-740-7722, www.LSFM.org Warbird Rides available. Call for more information.
100 W. Walker, League City, 281-338-4860 La Porte Library: Tuesday is Story Time with Mr. Mark at 10:15 a.m.;Thursdays are with Mr. D. at 10:15 a.m. & 11 a.m.;Arts on Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m.; 600 S. Broadway, La Porte, 281-4714022, www.hcpl.net July 16: Bay Area Bluegrass Association Show – 7 p.m., Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, League City, www.baba.org
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June 12 & 26: Bay Area Photo Club, 6:00 p.m.,TAACCL, 2000 NASA Parkway, 281335-7777, www.taaccl.org
1940 Air Terminal Museum, Hobby Airport: 713-454-1940, www.1940airterminal.org
Armand Bayou Nature Center: Open Tuesday - Saturday, Saturday morning Breakfast on the Bayou 8 a.m. - 9:30 am
Battleship Texas, State Historic Site: 3255 Highway 134, La Porte, 281-479-2431
League City Historical Society West Bay Common Museum: Open Monday - Friday. Call for group reservations, 210 Kansas Avenue, League City, 281554-2994, www.oneroomschoolhouse.org
July 8 -31: George M, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, Fri, Sat. 8pm, & Sun.2:30pm, 3803 Hwy. 3 in Dickinson, www.bayareaharbourplayhouse.com 281-337-SHOW, wwwbayareaharbourplayhouse.com. Check out the new Evelyn Meador Library, 2400 N. Meyer Rd., Seabrook, 281-4749142, www.hcpl.org ( See Art Column for details and story)
Saturday Evening Sunset Cruise on the Bayou 6 p.m., 8500 Bay Area Blvd., 281-4742551, www.abnc.org
San Jacinto Monument & Museum: Daily 9a.m. - 6 p.m.; La Porte, 281-4792421, www.sanjacinto-museum.org
Texas City Museum: Open Tuesday Sunday; 409 6th St. N.,Texas City, 409-6435799, www.texas-city-tx.org/Museumabout.htm E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for art calendar listings.
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Library Cont. from Page 26 This building was designed to be efficient and functional and “green.” New “green” standards were in place with the utilization of large north and south facing windows that allows for a significant portion of the stack areas to be naturally lit and to provide a continuous connection to the outdoors with views to the adjacent park. To keep with the changing trends of library design and function, an access flooring system was utilized in the stack areas to allow for maximum flexibility for future anticipated computer needs. Water-saving fixtures were installed to help reduce consumption by 50 percent. Drainage was accomplished with the use of Bio-swales that help absorb and filter storm water run off before being stored in the underground retention tank found beneath the parking lot. Porous pavers for sidewalk run off and reflective cool roofing and paving were also installed to reduce heat and energy efficient systems were utilized to minimize the operating cost, approximately 1 million a year, and to ultimately reduce the building’s carbon footprint. Find out more information about how the building came to be LEED certified, including 86 percent construction waste was diverted from landfill; and they used 14 percent recycled content. With all the new project’s features, the most important are the programs. Now the library has many rooms to accommodate all of the and more with The Frederick L. and Anita P. Hanson Parent Room, The Conference Room in Honor of the David Cameron
Family, The Gloria A. Wismer Wilson Quiet Room and a Community Meeting Room in Honor of Rabbi Beeno M. Wallach, DD. The reading programs currently include the Bluebonnet Reading List and the Lone Star Reading List and for the little ones, the story telling time. With so many programs, check the website frequently to keep up on all the activities and any volunteer opportunities. The website, www.hcpl.net has a volunteer application and an enjoyable video tour of the new Evelyn Meador Library. Library cards are free stop by to fill out a form or register. The Friends of Library is a 501(c) (3) organization and has many programs and levels to give, including bookplate recognition, donor plaques and room dedications. The library hours are Monday, Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday 1 p.m. to p.m.; Friday 1 p.m. to 6 pm, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday. The phone number for the Seabrook branch of the Harris County Public Library is 281-474-9142. “Your Pathway to Knowledge” is a fitting motto, Harris County Public Library. Congratulations!
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First in a series of columns by John Ennis
That is my story, I’m sticking to it and will explain why in this space.
As most reading this are already well aware, the upcoming liftoff of the space shuttle Atlantis from Launch Pad 39A on Florida’s “Space Coast” will signal the start of the shuttle program’s final adventure (STS-135). And, as most reading this are also aware, the touchdown of the Atlantis roughly 12 days later will bring an end to the shuttle program and result in additional layoffs as more of the most skilled and brightest in our community will lose their jobs.
I first stumbled upon the Morpheus project at last year’s Wings Over Houston Airshow. The vehicle (at left) was kinda of hidden among the static displays. But I instantly recognized the Armadillo Aerospace logo from my 2004 Bay Runner series (above) on the X-prize and commercial space flight.
This isn’t the first time our local aerospace community has experienced uncertainty over the direction of the U.S. space program, and I optimistically predict it isn’t the last. Is ending the shuttle program right now and leaving the nation without an American-built means of transportation to space a good idea? I don’t believe so. The obvious argument is that America shouldn’t need to rely on other countries, let alone Russia, to carry our Astronauts into space. But that decision has been made, put into action and for the near future, NASA will be paying Russia for seats on their Soyuz spacecraft if any Astronauts are to reach the ISS. And the price recently increased. I won’t down play the recent Johnson Space Center-related layoffs by NASA contractors to date and those coming this month at United Space Alliance and in August at Boeing Space Operations. The SCENE’s own Andy Eng is no longer a member of the Aerospace community for the first time in 26 years after
his job with Lockheed Martin was cut late last year. And later this month, after the final shuttle landing, the smartest man I’ve ever met (my father) will leave United Space Alliance at age 71. But I also won’t allow any clouds of doom and gloom to form over JSC and our area, as there are too many positives to report, opportunities that lie ahead and – more importantly -- work to be done in Austin to make sure Houston remains the Space City.
Meet (Project) Morpheus Prepare to be excited. Over shadowed and under funded, a small group of determined JSC engineers have been busy building, designing and now testing a cutting-edge space craft, the first
produced by NASA in years. And this is all happening at JSC. Manufactured and assembled at JCS in partnership with Mesquite, Texas-based Armadillo Aerospace, Morpheus is a full spacecraft will all the associated subsystems: avionics; software; guidance, navigation and control; power; power distribution; structures; propulsion; and instrumentation. Ultimately, it could be used as the lunar lander for America’s return to the moon. But possibly more exciting in the short term are the new technologies it demonstrates. Specifically an autonomous landing and hazardous avoidance system which -- using on-board sensors -- can detect hazards in the environment and adjust its trajectory for landing in a safe spot. - Continued on Next Page
How Houston became known around the World as the ‘Space City’ International Space Station (ISS) -- a U.S.-led collaborative effort of 16 nations, and the largest, most powerful, complex human facility to ever operate in space.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) was established in 1961, and from the early Gemini, Apollo and Skylab projects to today's Space Shuttle, International and Space Station programs, JSC (in Houston) has lead NASA's efforts in human space exploration. JSC is home to the NASA astronaut corps and is responsible for training space explorers from the United States and its space station partner nations. Although possibly news to the current administration and politicians in New York (yes you, Charles Schumer), the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center has directed all space shuttle missions, including
And when Neil Alden Armstrong landed on the moon during Apollo 11 this month back in 1969, his first word was “Houston.” international space station assembly flights. MCC also manages all activity onboard the international space station. JSC has been the lead center for space shuttle activities and serves as the lead NASA center for the
And people from all over the world come to our area to visit because they are intrigued by the space program and want to see Houston, retired shuttle on display or not. - John Ennis
Morpheus in flight at the Johnson Space Center Vertical Test Bed Flight Complex • Joe Bibby photos The other is a propulsion system using liquid methane. Liquid methane is attractive because it can be made from water on the moon (or ice on Mars) so fuel doesn’t need to be carried to the surface as it can be made there. Morpheus is an example of how JSC engineers, putting in sweat equity and working on their own initiative to find funding in other research and development projects, were able to partner with an aerospace start-up and develop cutting edge technology utilizing “lean development” engineering practices. In its current state, Morpheus is large enough to carry 1,100 pounds of cargo on the last
stage of a lunar descent -- liftoff and touchdown on the moon. That cargo could be an astronaut, a humanoid robot, a small rover, or a small laboratory to convert moon dust into oxygen. But the primary focus of Morpheus is to “demonstrate an integrated propulsion and guidance, navigation and control system that can fly a lunar descent using Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) safe landing sensors and closed-loop flight control.” Morpheus is being tested at the Vertical Test Bed Flight Complex at JSC with the next engine firing schedule for July 6. To date there have been four tethered tests
and the improvements between each test are significant and demonstrate that the Project Morpheus team’s design approach of “test often, learn and test again” is working. So while some programs, such as shuttle and even station are winding down, there are other programs and exciting projects at JSC moving forward with positive-, if not exciting, results. I’m not suggesting Morpheus or Robonaut 2 (below) will fill the job voids left following the end of the shuttle, but both projects are proof of the talent still at JSC and that that talent will play a role in the future of US Space Exploration.
Introducing the First Humanoid into Orbit: Robonaut 2 Built at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Almost 200 people from 15 countries have visited the International Space Station, but the orbiting complex has so far only ever had human crew members – until now.
Robonaut 2 (R2) was developed and built by engineers and scientists from NASA-JSC, Oceaneering Space Systems and General Motors at JSC. It was launched to the space station aboard space shuttle Discovery, making it the first humanoid robot in space. The challenge facing the JSC-based team is to build machines that can help humans work and explore in space. Working side by side with humans, or going where the risks are too great for people, Robonauts can expand the ability for construction and discovery. Key to that effort is to build machines with dexterity that exceeds that of a suited astronaut. Recently unpacked, R2 will be initially operated inside the Destiny laboratory of the ISS for operational testing, but over time, both its territory and its applications could expand. There are no plans to return R2 to Earth.
It is time to Embrace NewSpace! Like it or not, we are entering a new era of US space flight. The Apollo era is long over and the Shuttle era ends this month. What role will Houston and Texas play in the next era? The NewSpace era? Having previously written about commercial space flight, space tourism, the X-prize competition and many of the private space startups that are now making news, I know NewSpace when I see it but the lines are starting to blur. The term NewSpace is defined as covering "approaches to space development that differ significantly from that taken by NASA and the mainstream aerospace industry." NewSpace replaced “alt.space” which was first used in the 1980s to describe “companies that were making serious efforts to reach outer space without cooperation with NASA, other governmental agencies, or their contractors.”
Immunity Act was put into place in 2007 and a Zero G Zero Tax Act was put into place in 2008. And Virginia is just one of many states offering incentive deals and/or building building spaceports to attract NewSpace and jobs. According to a report by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Commercial Space Transportation, Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming join Virginia with state incentive deals in place to attract and promote NewSpace. Notice Texas was missing? Well, we recently got into the race, kinda, by passing Senate Bill 115 which limits liabilities for commercial providers of space flight in the state.
A positive development, and hopefully just the start.
Some of the criteria for what makes a company NewSpace remains the same, such as low cost approaches and drive towards innovation.
Texas Space Alliance is an organization formed to promote the Texas space industry, was involved in lobbying for the bill.
But now that NASA has turned to the private sector with funding to develop future commercial spacecraft to launch cargo and astronauts to low-Earth orbit, the ISS and beyond, the lines between NewSpace and “OldSpace” are harder to see. Especially now that traditional aerospace giants like Boeing and Lockheed Martin are getting into the commercial aerospace game and competing with the likes of SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corp. and Blue Origin for NASA funding.
“This is the beginning of a new effort on our part to ‘awaken the sleeping giant’ of Texas when it comes to the emerging commercial space industry,” said space alliance president Rick Tumlinson. “But we have to move quickly. Other states such as Florida, Virginia and New Mexico are far ahead of us in courting and supporting this potentially multi-billion dollar industry, and if we want a part of it, dramatic and determined action will be necessary – as the deals are being cut right now that will determine its future for decades.”
And states all over the country are positioning themselves to attract NewSpace to their state. Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell recently signed into law a new tax measure that would redirect tax revenue generated by human space flights to help build launch infrastructure and support human space flights from the Virginia-based commercial Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. According to Gov. McDonnell, his space flight measure “will go far to encourage job creators to choose Virginia and invest in this state. And this was just one example of regulatory incentives Virginia has put into place to embrace and attract NewSpace. The Virginia Space Liability and
I couldn’t have said it better myself. If you would like to see the Texas aerospace community remain strong and keep all the local talent here, visit www.texasspacealliance.org and get involved. Their site reads “$30 dollars, 30 minutes or thirty hours a year! Your support can come in many forms.” Although Texas is behind many states in incentives to attract NewSpace firms, the good news is many of the emerging New Space companies already have operations in Texas, if not Clear Lake.
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PICTURED AT RIGHT: 1. A launch by United Launch Alliance (ULA); 2. Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser; 3. Activity at the Armadillo Aerospace facility near Dallas. 4. Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket at Origin Texas launch facility; 5. The Dragon capsule of SpaceX. 6. The Bigelow Aerospace Sundance inflatable module.
Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors. Founder, CEO & CTO of SpaceX.
Jeff Bezos, founder/CEO of Amazon.com and founder of Blue Origin.
John Carmack, co-founder & lead programmer at id Software and founder of Armadillo Aerospace.
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group (300+ companies including Virgin Galactic).
Robert Bigelow, owner of Texas-based Budget Suites of America and founder of Bigelow Aerospace.
Sergy Brin, co-founder of Google, future space tourist and investor in Space Adventures.
Time to Embrace NewSpace: Continued from previous page Late last year, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) became the first private enterprise to launch a space capsule (called Dragon) into orbit and recover it after splashdown. It is run by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk and already has $3 billion in contracts for 35 space flights, including at least 12 to ferry cargo to the International Space Station for a postshuttle NASA as part of the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) Program. It is based out of Southern California, but employs a growing number of engineers, technicians and other staff at a former U.S. Navy weapons site in McGregor, Texas near Waco. SpaceX recently announced plans to build the Falcon Heavy, billed as the world's most powerful rocket with nearly twice the payload capacity of the shuttle.
tronaut transport to the International Space Station as part of the CCDev Program. As the only company under contract to NASA for development of a Shuttle-like spacecraft, SNC hopes to quickly restore US capability to transport humans to the ISS and support other human space flight markets in low Earth orbit.
Just last month, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) opened a Clear Lake office to facilitate work with local members of its Dream Chaser Houston team which includes employees from United Space Alliance, Draper-Houston, MDAHouston, Hamilton Sunstrand-Houston and the NASA Johnson Space Center. The Dream Chaser is a a Space Shuttle-like human spacecraft for NASA to provide as-
Other NEWSpace firms working with NASA with Texas connections include Armadillo Aerospace from Mesquite, Texas, founded by id Software founder John Carmack who, for at least a little bit longer, is best known for creating the Quake series of video games.
Another participant in the CCDev Program is Blue Origin, the privately funded aerospace company set up by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. Although based out of Kent, Washington, Blue Origin has a massive launch facility in Culberson County, Texas, where it has flown its New Shepard spacecraft design.
And there is the Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace that is pioneering work on ex-
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and cofounder of Mojave Aerospace Ventures. In partnership with aviation pioneer Burt Rutan, Allenâ€™s team won the X-prize competition with SpaceShipOne which is the design being used by Richard Bransonâ€™s Virgin Galactic start-up.
pandable space station modules. Founded by hotel chain owner Robert Bigelow, Bigelow recently announced he has deals with several countries to lease his space modules. Also of interest is if you drive along Hwy 3 north of Clear Lake City Blvd. near Ellington Airport, you may notice the Bigelow Aerospace logo on a large sign as Bigelow Aerospace is present here locally. Just more evidence that Houston can, and should, remain the Space City well into the future. At least, that is my story.
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A Special Guide To CLEAR LAKE & GALVESTON About the Clear Lake/Bay Area: Located midway between the skyscrapers of Houston and the beaches of Galveston, the NASA, Clear Lake/Bay Area is a unique area featuring the home of manned space flight and the third largest boating market in the nation. Although big city excitement and island beaches are each just minutes away, the Clear Lake/Bay Area has been described as the “Jewel of Houston” and is full of attractions of its own. Boating activities and water recreation provide hours of fun and relaxation in the presence
of the water's natural beauty. Surrounded by water, the land is fertile and offers lush foliage including many evergreen trees and plants. In addition to the area’s natural beauty, technology and history are woven together at the Johnson Space Center, where our nation's astronauts are trained and each manned space flight is monitored. The facility offers an official visitors center, better known as Space Center Houston. This area is also home to a surprisingly high number of quality restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs – including many overlooking the water and accessible via boat. Clear Lake is also a live music lover’s paradise with more than 40 venus offering live performances on a regular basis. The Clear Lake/Bay Area is also geared toward families with a number of amusement parks, game facilities and family festivals.
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Featured Attractions 1. Space Center Houston Visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Applaud the accomplishments of NASA and the American manned space flight program at Space Center Houston. You will relive the past achievements of the space program and witness today's history in the making. Everything you see in the facility is realistic. Space Center Houston's creators kept in close contact with NASA to ensure the most accurate experience. Each attraction is self-guided so you can spend as much time, or as little time, in each areas as desired. Most guests spend four to six hours in the Center. July Operating Hours: 9am-7pm (Weekdays); 9am-7pm (Weekends). Discount Tickets: Discount Space Center Houston tickets available at Bay Area Houston Visitors Center. 281-474-9700.
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10. ELLINGTON FIELD
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7. ART ALLIANCE CENTER
11. SAN JACINTO MONUMENT
15. SOUTH SHORE HARBOUR
710 4th Street ..............281-334-9880
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One Monument Circle ......281-479-2421
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8. GULF GREYHOUND PARK
12. NOLAN RYAN CENTER
16. BIG LEAGUE DREAMS
2026 Lockheed ............409-770-9283
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18. OLD SEABROOK NASA Parkway @ Hwy 146 . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-474-3869 19. SYLVAN BEACH PARK on Galveston Bay in La Porte . . . . . .281-471-5020 20. HISTORIC LEAGUE CITY Main Street (FM 518). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-338-7339 21. HELEN’S GARDEN Main St. (FM518) in Historic League City . . . . .281-338-7339
22. CINEMARK 18 20915 Gulf Frwy. (Webster) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-332-0951 23. BAYBROOK MALL 500 Baybrook Mall Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-488-4620 24. MAGNOLIA GREEK GOLF COURSE 1501 Bay Area Blvd. . . . . .281-557-0555 25. BEACON LAKES GOLF CLUB 801 FM 646 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-337-1459 26. SOUTH SHORE HARBOUR CC 4300 South Shore Harbour . . . . .281-334-0521
GALVESTON ATTRACTIONS: 27. GALVESTON EAST BEACH 1923 Boddeker Drive . . . .409-762-EAST 28. THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE 2020 Postoffice St.409-763-7173 29. THE STRAND HISTORIC DISTRICT Downtown Galveston713- 629-3700 30. MARDI GRAS MUSEUM 2309-2311 Ship’s Mechanic Row . .409-765-5930 31. MOODY MANSION MUSEUM 2618 Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-762-7668 32. BISHOP'S PALACE 1402 Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-762-2475 33. GALVESTON RAILROAD MUSEUM 25th & Strand .409-765-5700 34. TEXAS SEAPORT MUSEUM Pier 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-763-1877 35. OCEAN STAR OFFSHORE MUSEUM Pier 20 . . . . .409-766-STAR 36. SEAWOLF PARK Pelican Island via Seawolf Parkway . . .409-797-5114
37. LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM 2002 Terminal Dr. . .409-740-7722 38. BUNGEE FUN 9030 Seawall Blvd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-740-2000
HOUSTON ATTRACTIONS: 39. HOBBY AIRPORT 7800 Airport Boulevard . . . . . . . . . . . .713-640-3000 40. RELIANT STADIUM One Reliant Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .832-667-1400 41. HOUSTON MEDICAL CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .713-791-8805 42. DOWNTOWN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT . . . .713-658-8938 43. TOYOTA CENTER 1510 Polk Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .713-758-7200 44. GRB CONVENTION CTR 1001 Avenida de las Americas .713-853-8000 45. MINUTE MAID PARK 501 Crawford Street . . . . . . . . . .713-259-8500
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1. 146 Roadhouse ............................3435 Hwy 146 (Bacliff) 2. Allegria Wine & Cocktail Lounge..................15210 Hwy 3 3. Amadeus Italian Restaurant ........700 Kipp Ave. (Kemah) 4. Bada Bing ........................2925 Gulf Freeway (@ FM 646) 5. Bakkhus Taverna Greek................605 6th Street (Kemah) 6. Barbed Rose ........................113 East Sealy Street (Alvin) 7. Berryhill Baja Grill & Cantina............19431 Gatebrook Dr. 8. Berryhill Baja Grill & Cantina ........2660 Marina Bay Drive 9. Bombay Tadka ............................17926 Hwy 3, Suite 101 10. Big Ben ............................................20237 Gulf Freeway 11. Boondoggles ..................................4106 NASA Parkway 12. Bullrito’s ....................1820 Nasa Parkway (Nassau Bay) 13. Bullrito’s ..................12617 Underwood Road (La Porte) 14. Bullrito’s ........................3709 Center Street (Deer Park) 15. Bullrito’s............4802 E Sam Houston Pkwy (Pasadena) 16. Cabo ............................2513 NASA Parkway (Seabrook) 17. Cafe Under The Oaks ..........615 E Main Street (FM 518) 18. Casper’s Billiards..................137 21st Street (San Leon) 19. Cellar Wine Bar ......................1606 Clear Lake City Blvd. 20. Classic Cafe......................................2511 Nasa Parkway 21. Chelsea Wine Bar ............4106 Nasa Pkwy # F (El Lago) 22. Chitsuru Sushi & Hibachi ..2860 Gulf Freeway S, Ste. A 23. Club Pure ..........................229 E NASA Rd. 1 (Webster) 24. Cock-Eyed Seagull ......................1010B E. Nasa Road 1 25. Coffee Oasis ....................................4650 Nasa Parkway 26. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack ......................309 4th Street 27. Cuisine of India ................................1212 Nasa Parkway 28. Cullen’s Upscale Am. Grille ............11500 Space Center 29. Dempsey’s Sports Pub ..................3612 W. Main Street 30. Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse ..........2111 FM 517 31. Don Pico’s - Clear Lake ..................2110 Bay Area Blvd. 32. Don Pico’s - Pasadena ..............4940 Fairmont Parkway 33. Don Pico’s - Pearland ..............9811 Broadway (FM518) 34. D’Vine Wine - Kemah......................................709 Harris 35. D’Vine Wine - Galveston ..............................2110 Strand 36. Eduardo’s Mexican Kitchen ..................911 NASA Pkwy 37. Esteban's Cafe & Cantina..............402 West Main Street 38. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ..............20760 Gulf Frwy 39. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ................1300 Broadway 40. Fox and Hound ................................12802 Gulf Freeway
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PART 1 • FIRST 6
#1: THE EVENTS John Ennis photo
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EVENTS: From crawfish boils and fun runs to boat shows and spectacular events that draw visitors from across the state, the Clear Lake / Bay Area Houston community prides itself on being robust with amazing events that only our corner of paradise can host. Each October, Ellington Field hosts the Wings Over Houston Air Show. See air power demonstrations, tour the static warbird display and see the likes of the Blue Angels or, this year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds during this two-day family event. The Ballunar
BOARDWALK BULLET: It’s the Texas Gulf Coast's only roller coaster – wooden or steel. This one-of-a-kind wooden roller coaster can carry up to 800 passengers per hour and reaches speeds of 51 miles per hour. The structure reaches 96-feet and has an exhilarating first vertical drop of 92 feet. This 3,236-foot long sits a mere 5 feet from the water’s edge of Galveston Bay. Not tempted yet? Make sure you ride this BEFORE you eat at one of the many waterfront restaurants because the 3.5x Gforce may have you rethinking the rest of your visit.
Liftoff Festival is a three-day event is hosted at Johnson Space Center during the fall. See hot air balloon competitions, skydiving exhibitions and evening balloon glows. Other major events of note: Annual Boat Lane Parade (December) Gateway to the Bay Triathlon, Texas Outlaw Challenge. No matter what time year, there seems to be an event for each weekend (or two), so the question lends itself: Where does one begin?
#2: BOARDWALK BULLET
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#3: SCOUT BAR SCOUT BAR has developed a reputation as one of the top live music clubs in the nation and consistently hosts national touring groups who wouldn’t normally play such an intimate venue. One Houston-area club promoter put it best when he told The SCENE, “They have no business getting the bands they get to play there.” A true local treasure, Scout Bar is a destination for music fans who drive
to Scout from all over the region. The list of bands who have played Scout is an impressive one ranging from bands already on top (Papa Roach, Hinder, Saliva, Buckcherry & Drowning Pool) to acts once on top (Winger, Tone-Loc, Vanilla Ice, ABC, Blue Oyster Cult) to bands on the rise (Black Stone Cherry, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and some yet to make it big). Scout recently became a non-smoking facility opening the doors to an even wider audience. John Ennis photo
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WEDNESDAY NIGHT SAILBOAT RACES: One of the real treats to living near Clear Lake is the ability to enjoy a mid-week escape and take in the sites and sounds of sailing from a relatively close distance. The races take place weekly from April through October at 6:15 p.m. and the many waterfront venues on the lake’s north shore offer visitors and residents access to spectacular, unobstructed views.
#4: SAILBOAT RACES
Few other places in the country offer this kind of up-close access to such a beautiful, graceful and unpredictable sport.
#5: BIG LEAGUE DREAMS
COME HIT ONE OUT OF THE PARK AT BIG LEAGUE DREAMS! Some people Betsey Ennis photo dream their whole lives to play in the big leagues with all the flashing lights and screaming fans. Well, now is your chance to be in the spotlight and Big League Dreams in League Big League Dreams regularly hosts tournaments City can make your and special events including an exhibition softdreams come true. ball event with the Jonas Brothers. Big League Dreams Sports Park has made it possible for anyone who has ever dreamed of playing in the major leagues to hit one out of the park! Big League Dreams is a premier outdoor facility with more to offer than the average baseball or softball playing field. The park encompasses 30-acres and features six scaled-down replicas of famous “Major League” baseball stadiums (New York’s Yankee Stadium, Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, St. Louis’ Sportsmans Park and Cincinnati’s Crosley Field) that are designed to accommodate a wide variety of exciting events, from small parties of ten to thousands of guests. In addition to the replica fields, there are also eight batting cages, three sand volleyball courts, a covered playground and two Stadium Club restaurants featuring full-bars which offer meeting space for up to 150 guests each. Big League Dreams also has the largest meeting space in the entire Bay Area with their 20,000 sq. ft. indoor pavilion comfortably holding up to 1,500 guests for luncheons, evening affairs, meetings, trade shows and parties. Not only can you join one of the many adult softball leagues, you can also book the facility for group events as well. The park is available for adult league play, adult/youth tournaments, corporate events, sales meetings, company picnics, team building activities, conventions, birthday parties, reunions, concerts, holiday parties, weddings and receptions.
Big League Dreams has strategic packages to meet your every need and enhance your fun. These packages include a variety of events from casino nights, to sand volleyball matches, to rock climbing adventures, live music, DJ’s, hula dancers, comedy acts, magicians/entertainers, inflatable items and dunk tanks. All you have to do is pick a package, select your menu and treat your group to a day they will never forget; or they can also customize a package for your group that fit your particular needs perfectly! For all you baseball fanatics, why not get married on the home plate of your favorite field! With amazing versatility, Big League Dreams Sports Park provides the ideal venue for your next event! There are also opportunities to advertise your business at Big League Dreams. Pick your favorite field and have your corporate message and logo hung in the outfield. With over 1/4-of-a-million visitors per year, you have the potential to reach many new clients for your company at Big League Dreams. If you haven’t been out to the Park yet, make plans to attend the community and family-friendly Red Hot Block Party series grand finale on Saturday, August 13, from 3 to 10 p.m. Look out for some sizzling summer fun connecting neighbors with neighbors and featuring great live music, craft beers, wine tastings, concessions, interactive activities, a softball tournament taking place on the fields, and more. The fun food selections will be provided by Big League Dreams’ Stadium Club restaurant. Find unique items in the vendor village from local businesses. Interactive children’s activities in the Kid Zone area will be available to keep the whole family entertained. Prices for the Red Hot Block Party range from $15 for general admission to a $40 VIP pass and includes tickets for samples of beer or wine. Parking is free. This Red Hot Block Party will culminate with the 2nd Annual Brewmasters International Beer Festival at Moody Gardens on Galveston Island this Labor Day weekend. Big League Dreams is located at 1150 Big League Dreams Pkwy. in League City (I-45 S between League City Pkwy/Hwy. 96 and FM 646). For more information, contact Brandy Gates, Director of Sales at 281-316-3400, Ext. 103 or visit www.bigleaguedreams.com.
W #6: PELICANS (REAL & FIBERGLASS) PELICAN PATH PROJECT: Seabrook borders Clear Lake and Galveston Bay and is the proud home to three species of pelicans. The brown pelican is a year round resident and seen frequently on the Bay. The white pelican is a migratory bird that visits annually from October through April. And the 40+ varieties of the 6-to-8-foot tall fiberglass pelicans that first started hatching in 2001. Ten years later, the flock continues to grow with new pelicans recently going out on display at the new Evelyn Meador Branch Library and at the Texas Hippie Connection. The project was started by Seabrook residents Cheri Smith and Marcy Fryday and the rest is history. Some of the originally flock are gone. Hurricane Ike took a few. One night Scuba Pete was kidnapped from his perch on NASA Road 1 in front of the Turtle Club only to be later found at the bottom of a local hotel pool. Luckily, he was wearing scuba gear.
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Lunar Rendezvous Festival’s July Events Offer Family Fun, Fashion & Royalty Lunar Rendezvous Festival Chairmen are putting the final touches together for a variety of events scheduled for July. If you are looking for family together-time; running a 5k competition; dining with celebrities; sitting by the runway during a fashion show; enjoying an inspirational worship service; or being dazzled by the splendor of a coronation ball; the following July events will offer all of the above and more! “Come Fly with Me”, (the 2011 Lunar Rendezvous Festival theme), offers many opportunities to make July a month for making special memories! Please contact the chairman listed for each individual event for more information. LUNAR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL DINING EVENT: “Dining With The Stars – A Red Carpet Event” - Sunday, July 10th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, at Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Bar, 2555 Bay Area Blvd, Houston. Take a walk down the “Red Carpet” and smile for the “paparazzi” as you begin an evening at Tommy’s with fine dining and cocktails, musical entertainment by Joe Mire, and participating in the Silent and Live Auctions. Casual, cocktail-chic attire is suggested. Individual ticket prices are $60 (per person); Table of four is $300; Table of 6 is $450; Table of 8 is $600. Tickets may be purchased at Virgil Smith Insurance, 16850 Saturn Lane, Suite 100, Houston. For more information, contact Event Chairman, Jenny McCorkle, 281-217-5183, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Co-Chairman, Annie Cummings, 281-435-5691, email@example.com. LUNAR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL FAMILY FUN NIGHT: “3-2-1... Blast Off Into Family Fun Night!” - Thursday, July 14th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, at Putt-Putt Fun House, 806 NASA Parkway, Webster. This event is all about families enjoying 3 hours of attractions, games and food! Tickets are only $20 for unlimited: Putt-Putt Golf, Laser Tag, Bumper Boats, 3-D Motion Theater, and Rock Climbing Wall. To purchase tickets please contact Event Chairman, Brandy Culp, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Co-Chairman, Jennifer Farley, email@example.com. LUNAR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL 33RD ANNUAL HONEYWELL 5K FUN RUN: Saturday, July 16th, Start Time: 7:30 am, at Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston. The 5K competitive Fun Run is sponsored by Honeywell; the course starts at Space Center Houston and goes through the Johnson Space Center. Awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female runners in pre-determined age groups. T-shirts and refreshments will be available for all participants. Early Registration fee sent by July 9th is $18; after July 9th - $22; race day - $25; ($2 discount to HARRA members). Online registration can be found at: www.signmeup.com ; or for more information about the Fun Run or registration contact Event Chairman, Jay Lee, at the Lunar Run Hotline, 281-480-5388 or firstname.lastname@example.org. LUNAR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL SUNSET SERVICE: “Soar on Wings like Eagles” - Sunday, July 24th, Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 16335 El Camino Real, Houston. This inspirational, non-denominational worship service is for the entire family. Please contact Event Chairman, Tammy Barrier at email@example.com, for more information. LUNAR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL FASHION SHOW: “Glitter in the Sky ”– Tuesday, July 26th, 10:30 am, at the San Luis Convention Center Ballroom, 5600 Seawall Blvd, Galveston. A day of fashion, elegance and fun is what you will experience during this year’s Fashion Show. Runway seating tickets are $150; General seating tickets are $100; Open seating tickets are $75. For more information, please contact Event Chairman, Jill Reason, at firstname.lastname@example.org. LUNAR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL CORONATION BALL: “Fly Me to the Moon” – Saturday, July 30th, at the Galveston Convention Center Ballroom at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd, Galveston. The young adults representing the Festival throughout the summer will be presented during this black tie event. The 2011 Lunar Rendezvous Festival Queen, Queen Alternate and Captain will be announced to represent the Bay Area for the coming year. A seated dinner, live music and dancing will complete this elegant event. Tickets are $125 per person and will be available on via phone or email. Please contact Event Chairman, Lea Bodie at 713-962-6645, or email@example.com.
Lunar Rendezvous Festival LUNAR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL 2011 - COME FLY WITH ME General Chair
Kelli M. Byrd
2011 Calendar of Events
General Vice Chair
U of H, Clear Lake
Vicki Lilly-Tallman, Tisa Foster
The Fitness Center in SSH
Kevin and Ruth Duke
Bay Oaks Country Club
Tracey Farmer Penny Brockway
Paula Black Carol Webber
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Tommy’s Rest. Oyster Bar
Jenny McCorkle Annie Cummings
Family Fun Night
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Putt-Putt Fun House
Brandy Culp Jennifer Farley
Honeywell Fun Run
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Space Center Houston
Jay Lee Jennifer Mason
Denise Taylor-Sanders Renee McCoy (Co-Chair)
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Clear Lake United Methodist
Tammy Barrier Therese Ruff
Little Ladies in Waiting/Pages Chair
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
San Luis Ballroom (Galv.)
Jill Reason Angela Jenkins
Saturday, July 30, 2011
San Luis Ballroom (Galv.)
Lea Bodie Julie Kiersh
Lisa Holbrook Publicity
Pam Moore Programs Chair
Ilana Cowan Ads Chair
Ashley Harral Corp. Sponsor Coordinator
Kate Byrd Royals Chair
Elizabeth Olin Jana Miller (Co-Chair) Court Chair
Terri Dodd Stephanie Roush (Co-Chair) Auction Chair
Sylvia Nolan Tricia Totten (Co-Chair) Opportunity Drawing Chair
Vicki Daniel Official LRF Photographer
Pam Culpepper of jPamela Photography
The Lunar Rendezvous Festival is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization benefiting the Bay Area Museum, college scholarships for students, area libraries, cultural arts groups, Bay Area Turning Point, Interfaith Caring Ministries as well as many other local nonprofit groups. For more information about this year’s festival, please contact 2011 Festival General Chairman, Kelli M. Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org, or General Vice Chairman, Terri Dieste at email@example.com . You may also contact the Bay Area Museum, at 281-326-5950, for updates, or visit the festival’s website at www.lunarrendezvous.org.
E July and August are prime months for taking a vacation. Kids are out of school, teachers are off, cruise ships and vacation resorts are filled to capacity. Most cruises and resorts state that dress code is “resort wear,” but what is resort wear? And how does it compare to casual wear or dinner formal wear? What is defined as resort wear, which was once a genre reserved for only the most affluent, is now expanding and becoming a more cross-cultural style that spans the entire year. More recently resort wear is being marketed as “year round” since there are so many climates that remain warm through most of the year. Resort wear is a style of clothing that has gained popularity of the masses because of its comfort and ease for one, but for those who desire a style other than the cargo shorts and baseball caps that are typically worn in summer months and on vacation. Resort wear allows you to keep your sense of style and taste in fashion all while serving the purpose of keeping you cool and comfortable in very warm temperatures. It’s range and function is wide and can be worn differently for breakfast, lunch and dinners on vacation- as well as meals or meetings on business trips in warm climates. Resort wear influences come from places like Hawaii, with its bright colors, flowers and beach scenes; South America- in shades of light blue, yellow and minty green as well as the pure white from The Mediterranean and French Riviera. Nautical themes remain navy blue, white with gold accents and lots of stripes and knotted bits. The fabrics consist of cotton and silk, microfiber, brushed denim and linen- all prints that are easy to care for, and are breathable. Many major fashion houses have been expanding their collections to meet the needs of the vacationer that wants to celebrate life, to be glamorous and sexy while being understated, casual while being luxurious and flirty. It represents the spirit and elegance that is no longer reserved only for the Jet Setters! During the day the styles to look for are walking shorts, beaded kaftans, embroidered tunics, glitzy metallic bikinis, tropical prints in serene shades of ocean life and/or floral prints. Wedges are in fashion now, and can be worn night and day. They even look great with a swimsuit and elongate the legs without giving the appearance of “clubbing.” Nude or beige sandals can be paired with anything as well. I always like to
buy a sarong with the local prints when I travel. They are souvenirs, handy for going to lunch and cultural pieces as well. Wide brimmed or canvas hats are in order paired with bright colorful sunglasses that might not work on the daily subway commute, but will definitely brighten all of your vacation days. Evening wear includes linen pants, chinos, button down polo shirts and light dinner jackets for men and bold, sassy dresses for women. This is my favorite part of the day! I love to couple these great prints with gallant bracelets or earrings that I might not get away with at a business meeting but that really speak up on vacation! Men may wear dressy sandals and for women jewel encrusted sandals dress up anything. Wedges also work with evening attire so long as they aren’t tweed or linen. Don’t forget your jewelry! Today’s pieces are big and chunky and can really complement any outfit. Don’t forget a glamorous pashmina for those cool breezy nights. Use your vacation attire to play out your dreams and duplicate the outrageous styles you see in the magazines!
So drag out those suitcases and get ready for that next trip. Resort wear clothing is now fun and easily accessible. Try designers like Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, Chanel, Michael Kors, Anna Sui and my favorite- Blanc du Nil. We are fortunate in Houston to get to wear most of these things year round anyway. So give yourself the gift of feeling like every day is a vacation! Happy Vacationing! The SCENE Style Columnist Heaven Padgett is owner of The Hairem Salon, founder of Heavenly Cosmetics and a member of TEAMQUEST, as an International Guest Artist for Aquage. Heaven has been a stylist and make up artists for almost 20 years and works with celebrity stylists and clients all over the country for photoshoots, fashion shows, hair shows, DVD shoots, and Academy Trainings. She was born to work in the industry, and has the experience and industry savvy to be our certified SCENE fashionista!
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Tookie’s: Anticipated late-July opening, Keeping original spirit alive Old fashioned burger fans are celebrating all over the Clear Lake Area due to the highly anticipated reopening of historical Seabrook staple, Tookie’s Hamburgers. Originally founded by Jim Spears back in 1975, Tookie’s was flooded during Hurricane Ike. T-Bone Tom’s owner, Barry Terrell, recently purchased the iconic concept and plans to start serving by the end of July. “Tookie’s will be restored as it used to be,” assured Terrell, “along with the land, we purchased the name, the recipes and the building.” Terrell, along with general manager Ali Velasco, will maintain the integrity and groovy vibe by resurrecting the entire, original menu (plus a few extras) and salvaging as much of the original decor as possible. Items destroyed in the hurricane are to be replaced over time – including the antique Victrola, Singer Sewing Machine, and Love Machine.
for two and enjoy a romantic meal. When asked how this all came about, Velasco said, “Barry and I have known each other for 20 years and have wanted to do something together for some time. Tookie’s was like the anchor for the Seabrook side of the bridge. Turn on the neons and people see it and say, ‘Hey, we’re in Seabrook now!’ I knew somebody had to do this.”
Popular burgers that will return include the legendary bacon infused “Squealer” burger, the wine marinated “99” burger, and the “bean” burger – a patty covered with refried beans, Fritos and salsa. Of course, just the burger ain’t enough – add a side of “Grandma’s Onion Rings” and traditional Cherry, Vanilla or Chocolate Coke to drink. For a simple pleasure, start off with a Bombshell – a large, fried corn tortilla topped with cheddar and chopped jalapeños with picante on the side.
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High quality hamburger joints are all the rage right now; but not many of these establishments sell alcohol. At Tookie’s, the new owners have installed a full service bar. Other additions and improvements include a huge 2,500 sq. ft. deck under the historic live oak, flat screens and restrooms that’ll make Buc-ee’s jealous. For the diehard fans, the Love Room has made its way back – couples can reserve a semi-private table
- Adam Donaghey
New tookie’s owner Barry Terrell (left) poses for pictures with SCENE editor Betsey Ennis (center) and the unidentified winner of the Tookie’s spirit contest during last month's Flash Mob event in the Tookie’s parking lot.
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Red Hot Block Party series grand finale is Saturday, August 13 at Big League Dreams Whether it is a part of your staycation summer plans or just a great excuse to enjoy Houston’s diverse community, grab your neighbor and head out to a Red Hot Block Party coming your way July 23 in Sugar Land, August 6 in Conroe, and August 13 in League City.
vorite slider and help crown the night’s Slider Chef Extraordinaire. On Saturday, August 6, La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa is the hot spot from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Located at 600 La Torretta Boulevard in Montgomery, cool off by the water on Lake Conroe with the infinity pool, lazy river, boats, bikinis, grilling stations, live music and more! Special hotel packages are available at www.latorrettalakeresort.com.
Red Hot Block Parties will take place in and around Houston for some sizzling summer fun connecting neighbors with neighbors and featuring great music, craft beers, wine tastings, concessions, interactive activities, and more. Find unique items in the vendor village and meet your area neighbors and businesses. Plus, bring the kids for a family experience. Interactive children's activities will be available to keep the whole family entertained.
The Red Hot Block Party series grand finale is Saturday, August 13 at Big League Dreams Sports Park, 2802 1/2 Calder Drive in League City from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Featuring fun food selections provided by Big League Dreams' own Stadium Club, a Red Hot festival on the fields, live music, craft beers, vendor village and a non-stop party until the sun goes down. Prices for Red Hot Block Parties range from $15 general admission to a $40 VIP ticket and include tickets for samples of beer. Parking is free at each location. Sponsors for the Red Hot Block Party Series include the Brewmasters International Beer Festival, presented by Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods, Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, Sugar Land Town Square, La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa and Big League Dreams.
The red hot events kick off at Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk in Sugar Land on Saturday, July 23, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Spend the evening sampling from 100 craft beer and wines, sway to the beat of the Robert Hartye band and enjoy samples of the slider chefs serving up their best for your vote. Sliders will be served from participating restaurants from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cast your vote for your fa-
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The Brew HaHa Grand Tasting will run from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and includes access to multiple beer seminars and Spec’s University, a fun and educational experience for all who take pride in their beer. Foodies, take note! Saturday and Sunday activities include a Burgers, Brats and Brew buffet luncheon, a casual dining experience open to families interested in the thrill of the grill, and Moody Gardens Hotel will host a South of the Border Beer Brunch on Sunday. Also enjoy numerous beer seminars and dinners on tap all weekend, plus a Friday night pub crawl along The Strand, with more events to be held throughout the weekend to be announced. Your spare change can make a change. Change collection stations will be available throughout the festival to help boost donations to the Galveston County Food Bank. Canned goods will also be accepted. Moody Gardens Hotel is offering a special BrewMasters package for the festival weekend. To book a hotel package, visit www.moodygardenshotel.com or call 888-388-8484. For addi-
Brewmasters International Beer Festival is presented by Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods. Additional sponsors include Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz, Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, AT&T, Coca-Cola, and 106.9 The Zone. Prior to the Labor Day Weekend fun, Red Hot Block Parties will take place in and around Houston leading up to the largest beer festival in Texas. The block parties will feature craft beers, wine tastings, concessions, live music, interactive activities, BrewMasters Merchandise, and of course all the info you could want to know about BrewMasters International Beer Festival. Confirmed Red Hot Block Parties include July 23 at Sugar Land Town Square and August 6 at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery. For more information on the BrewMasters International Beer Festival, visit www.brewmastersbeerfest.com or call 713-557-5732. Become a fan on Facebook to receive important updates on BrewMasters International Beer Festival events and details.
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Wine Tasting @ Dickinson Bar-B-Que
Gumbo Cookoff @ Signature Bistro WHO: Everyone is invited to taste or to join in the competition. All entries must be verified by Melissa before Friday July 8th.
July 14: 4:30 to 6:30pm Dickinson Bar~B~Que & Steakhouse will be featuring a complimentary wine tasting on Thursday, July 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
WHAT: A Gumbo Cook-off benefitting the American Cancer Society (ACS). The event is in honor of our chef Brent and a dear customer Sharon, both who won their battles with Cancer. WHERE: Signature Bistro, 1918 NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, 281-4744455 WHEN - Wed. July 13th @ 6:30 to 8:30pm HOW (much): $10 per person (includes gumbo, boudin, cornbread and cajun rice). Signature Bistro will be offering $5 Martinis and House Wine for $5. A part of the proceeds made from the bar will also go towards donations. There will also be a raffle.. BERRYHILL: Cont. from Page 71 Berryhill is also known for its tamales, served traditionally in the husk, filled with beef, pork, chicken, bean or spinach and corn. Other favorites include enchiladas, chimichangas and several mouthwatering platters like the Berryhill Del Mar – grilled fish and shrimp topped with mushrooms, onions, poblano peppers and cilantro in a light cream sauce, served on a bed of rice. Additionally, breakfast is served all day, every day, and features an ensemble of sensational breakfast tacos, along with migas, huevos hogados, and chilaquiles. Already known widely for its quality food and superior drinks, Berryhill’s recent renovations will only expand its fan base, here in the Clear Lake Area. Whether you’re in South Shore or at the Baybrook location
Fine wines from Napa, Carneros and El Dorado, California will be paired with your favorite meats. RSVP is preferred. Call 281534-2500. Dickinson Bar~B~Que is located at 2111 FM 518 East (between Hwy. 3 and I-45).
(also owned by Wattel), a taco or tamale on the patio and a Silver Margarita is a great way to enjoy the day. The late night expansion in South Shore will provide a unique addition to the live music scene, here in the Clear Lake Area. Find Berryhill’s South Shore location at 2660 Marina Bay Drive in League City and Baybrook at 19431 Gatebrook #3. Have Berryhill cater your event by calling 281-535-1000
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Wine & Food Week 2011
We heard a lot about the Wine & Food Week held up in the Woodlands (we call it South Dallas) every year. The promoters, Food & Vine Time Production, came across our radar in a big way last year when they hosted the successful/sold-out Brewmaster’s Beer Festival at Galveston’s Moody Gardens, which we were happy to help promote. So when the special invitation to head north and check out Wine & Food Week to see what all the buzz is about came, we happily accepted. And it looks promising that sometime soon, we might be able to enjoy a Wine & Food Week without leaving the land of lakes and bay. Stay tuned for details. And enjoy my photos below. Special thanks to Brandy Gates of Big League Dreams for driving us north three consecutive days (my official designated driver) so we could attend “The Big Three.”
- Betsey Ennis, SCENE Editor
Day 1: Wine Walk at Market Street
Day 2: Sips, Suds & Sliders Betsey Ennis photos
Continued from Previous Page So head out during the Grand Opening weekend and keep an eye out for more upcoming events and developments ranging from the annual grape stomp event to the opening of an a new organic restaurant in the Winery. Apparently the restaurant’s menu will be designed to pair with their wines. And possibly even Before Clear Creek Winery owner David better yet, the Skinner’s vision recently became a realmenu will also ity, there were just these plans feature more than 100 different decadent desserts ranging from cakes, pies and bananas foster to gelato. Didn’t I start this piece by suggesting Skinner “means business?” The Clear Creek Winery is sure to become a great addition to our community and a destination for those outside the area. Cheers! - John Ennis
Introducing the area’s newest attraction, Clear Creek Winery GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION JULY 9 & 10 Anyone familiar with the cost of large stainless steel tanks will tell you David Skinner means business. They also would be impressed with what Skinner, owner of the newly re-branded Clear Creek Winery, is up to. Skinner recently completed construction on a three-story, 6,000-square-foot addition that will increase his wine production a whopping 2500%. No extra zero there, a 2500% increase. And the increased production is just part of the plan as Skinner, a management professor at Rice University, has been working on distribution agreements so some day in the not-too-distant future his wine fermented and bottled in Kemah will be available in far off places including China.
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The SCENE has been able to track the progress of this impressive project from the Ground Breaking, the construction and the much anticipated delivery of Skinner’s new fermentation vessels and a state-of-the-art bottling line came from oversees. To celebrate the completion of the construction and Grand Opening of Clear Creek Winery (formerly D’Vine Wine), Skinner and his staff have a major celebration for the entire family planned for the weekend of July 9 and 10. Children’s activities include snow cones, balloons and other surprises. Activities for both Saturday and Sunday include wine tastings, tours of the facility, wine jelly tastings by Brazos River Provisions Company and Texas style barbeque available for purchase. There will be live music by Pasheen and other nationally known artists. An endless variety of wine will be for sale by the glass or bottle.
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INTERNATIONAL BEER FEST at Moody Gardens September 2 to 5 at Moody Gardens, Galveston Island Pour a cold one and hoist your mug Labor Day weekend September 2 to 5 when Moody Gardens hosts the second annual BrewMasters International Beer Festival, presented by Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods! This beer-lovers’ paradise features 400 craft and specialty brews, and hard to source brews not readily available to the Texas consumer. Doubling the size of last year’s inaugural event, more than 14,000 are expected to attend this holiday weekend foam-fest honoring true Americana. The four-day celebration will showcase three signature events: the BrewTopia Beer Garden, the Brew HaHa Grand Tastings, and BrewLicious in the Ballroom. Activities showcased include a new kids zone, live music, beer and food pairing seminars and dinners featuring renowned chefs, educational events, and award-winning brewmasters including those from Samuel Adams and Boulevard Brewing, just to name a few. “This year’s BrewMasters is bigger and better,” said Clifton McDerby, event producer and principal of Food & Vine Time Productions. “We started as the largest beer festival in the state and we plan to give Texans even more. We are doubling our event space, have increased our beer selections from 300 to 400, and are finalizing details to bring in some of the nation’s top brewmasters,” he said. Festivities begin Friday, September 2 with the 4 p.m. opening of the BrewTopia Beer Garden. The family-friendly area under the sun in-
cludes a new Krazy Kids Fun Zone, live music, food and of course, beer! Vendors from all over Texas and beyond will help transform Moody Gardens’ Oleander Bowl into a genuine old-country beer garden. Entry to the BrewTopia Beer Garden is free, although the donation of canned goods or spare change is encouraged with contributions going to benefit the Galveston County Food Bank. BrewTopia will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, September 2 and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4. Also on tap Friday, September 2 is BrewLicious in the Ballroom. Located at the Moody Gardens Hotel’s Francis Anne Moody Ballroom, this spectacular evening for suds sippers is for the serious beer and culinary enthusiast. BrewLicious in the Ballroom will feature renowned chefs showcasing unique food and beer pairing samples. BrewLicious in the Ballroom will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets to the event are $75, with a VIP Premium Room upgrade ticket for $100. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, September 3 and 4, sample some of the best of brews at the Brew HaHa Grand Tasting held in the Moody Gardens Expo Arena, featuring over 400 craft and specialty brews and more than 30 wines. Admission to Brew HaHa is $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $75 for a VIP ticket, or guests can purchase a VIP or general admission two-day Hopper Pass. - Continued on Page 52
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LOOSE NOTES: Continued from Page 61 OVER-THE-TOP LOVE for a fallen friend of the SCENE, Tina Montana. Leaving behind four children, a massive groundswell of area friends, networks and businesses pulled together an incredible effort of arrangements in one short week which included her memorial service and a Celebration of Life Memorial Fundraiser at the Endeavor Marina. We heard music from former Blood Sweat and Tears member, Bill Tilman; solo acoustic performer Tim Thomas, and members of KAOS together with Al Stephenson and Andy Upchurch sharing the stage. Magician, Tommy Blaze, entertained the kids young and old alike while Al "Sky" Saylor was the event's live auctioneer. This event was simply too big for this column to properly mention all of the volunteers, supporters and organizers -- To say the event was massive
would be an understatement. We were privileged to have been touched by Tina's presence in her short while. If you missed the event, it's not too late to support the cause (www. tinamontana.com). We will miss our friend. Peace...
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: More photos from the Tina Montana benefit can be found on the flip side of the magazine (page 13). Visit www.tinamontana.com to learn about more fundraising events and please consider making a donation.
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LOOSE NOTES: Continued from Page 63 The SCENE's omnipotent music reviewer Rhonda Meredith and I attended the June show. I enjoyed the evening, and the Scout Bar crowds that night were very
I.D.R. @ Scout Bar’s Acoustic Night
probably never imagined their ballads & anthems played with the full Blaggards interpretations, but then that's why we're Houston, and why we are The SCENE...
impressive. This show will be back in July – and so will I. If you haven't been yet, we hope to see you there in July, too. Moving on to stout and loud.... TUBE AMPS, St. ARNOLD'S WEEDWACKER, IRISH ANTHEMS & LOVE SONGS: The last time we hung out at Union Tavern, we scored a quality, out-of-norm music experience with Come See My Dead Person, and so, in keeping our eclectic selections intact, this month we replaced the Guinness and Harp with St. Arnold Weedwacker and caught Blaggards on stage. This is an authentic Houston stout Irish rock band complete with tube amps,
OVER-THE-TOP, MUSIC: There were no bands listed on the lineup for Bert Will's Benefit at Katie's. Simply a signup sheet for anybody in music land who shared a stage or studio with Bert wanting to play. Likewise, there were no playlists prepared beforehand. Yet throughout the afternoon, torrents of sizzling old fashion blues & Cadillac country music poured forth, easily recognizable as being played by inspired musicians in support of an inspiring musician. You don't often get to hear music of this caliber which to these ears, ranked along side with performances heard at memorials for Mean Gene Kelton, Butch Dempsey and Jim Shortt. Get the idea? My favorite was Texas Hall of Famer, Tommie Lee Bradley, spinning the sizzle knobs two twirls past "Bright & Tight, Heavy on the Mojo". In the crowd were friends & family of Bert, lovers of the Blues, and even people from other countries. Kudos to the Katie staff, all the donors, cooks, musicians and supporters. The standing room only crowd and generous auctions were supremely organized by Ed (aka KPFT's Blue's Hound) & Cindy Nagle along with DJ Ron Swan (emcee at the Mean Gene Kelton Celebration). Bacliff's Master Minstrel, Benny Brasket donated the hottest auction item, a Bert Wills' dobro. Cheers! - Continued on Page 60
electric fiddle, machine gun riffs, pouring forth screaming medlies of assorted heavy metal Irish anthems and love songs. If you're into authentic Irish pub music, you possibly might know what we're talking about. The Irish
Tommie Lee Bradley performs during the Bert Wills Benefit @ Katie’s. More benefit pictures on page 64.
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LOOSE NOTES: Continued from Page 67 Endless Summer @ Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack
VENUS & MARS ARE ALRIGHT TONIGHT: Heads up! A new band alert! Remember the Seabrook Beach Club? Remember all the fun? One of the house bands included Pro Combo & Danny Kristensen. The Beach Club paradise has since been flattened and not totally a parking lot yet the music plays on. Thank goodness! Kristensen's been continuing his solo gig in the region and recently organized a new band, Endless Summer. Sounds familiar? We caught a couple sets of Endless Summer at Crazy Alan’s Swampshack (which is still packing in a full dinner crowd, BTW) taking in a predominantly Beatles & Elton John portion of their playlist along with the Friday night fireworks going off. Summer's here, Folks! May it be endless... ON THE FLIP SIDE of The SCENE is the Cultural Arts Calendar. We checked it out with the Bay Area Bluegrass Association's shindig happening at the Johnny Arolfo Center. You folks know it’s more than a shindig. Along with the feature show, there are side room jam sessions galore that are a hoot! Apparently, I've been spotted there enough that I was invited to sit in and play a bit next time. Who knows? Many of players and singers likely include your neighbors down the street. Before League City was an aerospace bedroom community, the region was a country Bay Area Bluegrass Association
village and bluegrass Mundo Nuevo was the rage and @ TAACCL like Beethoven, bluegrass will stand the test of time. Check them out! Also this month on the flip side, we mixed in with the patrons at the Texas Art Alliance Clear Lake center for an evening of jazz, South American style. The night featured Mundo Nuevo– A local group lead by six-time Latin Grammy nominee and space software guru, Juan Manuel (guitar) along with Don Kelly (woodwinds, keys and percussion), Nathan Mays (bass), and Galveston music instructor Carl Napoli (drums). Put this group on your watch list, okay? Their music will take you places and the TAACCL setting is Clear Lake's perfect place to make the trip. So what's new? SOMETHING NEW: Mexas, Doyle & Thomas have concocted an interesting new event happening once-a-month at Scout Bar's Acoustic night. Believe it, it's real... Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Kiss have performed unplugged so what's new? Well, for one, this is... The evening line ups were (dig this) a mix and match col-
Thomas Sustaita (Elysian) @ Scout Bar laboration of between musicians from area alternative rock bands (The Hunger, Saturate, IDR, Erase The Virus, Southern Reign, Elysian & guests), And It Works!!! - Cont. on Page 61
Ashlyn Bonner & Doyle Hingle (Saturate) @ Scout Bar
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Sat., July 9 at 9:30pm .... Ashes of Babylon (Reggae Party!) Fri., July 15 at 9:00pm ....Johnny Love and The Dankadelics Sat., July 16 at 6:30pm ......................Jordan of Threadbelly Sat., July 30 at 9:00pm ....................................Yellow Echo Sat., August 13 at 9:00pm ....................The Grog (Pirate Party!) THE SCENE
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Open Mic @ Katie’s
Loose Notes by Andy Eng One thing we can always count on here are hot Texas summers. Looking at the map the other day, it dawned on me what every grade school kid already knows, that desert countries of such as Egypt, Libya and the like are further north of the equator than Houston. Then why are we so audacious? Well, we've got the live music SCENE here, of course, and we’ve got the fun!!! Let's venture forth... SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK of live music is what we have on the SCENE at Sherlock’s Pub, Jackie’s Brickhouse and Blaggards @ Katie’s. Pretty cool, eh? Readers know Union Tavern these places pack a punch on the weekends, so we thought we'd check the Monday through Wednesday stretch and found you folks already there. Figures... :-) We really like Sherlock’s cozy setup to kick back, chat and decompress with friends and company. We caught Jack Trippers (Danny Lopez/percussion & Justin Roelant/vocals & guitar) for a few sets of acoustic music with a splash of alternative country for kicks. Down at our Bacliff headquarters, Katie's has perhaps the area's longest running open mic series running with the Amigos on Sunday night and the Guacamole Gawds on Mondays. Readers know our fondness for Second Wind at the open mic event, where musicians Jackie’s Brickhouse hang out in their free time testing out new Open Mic @ arrangements and collaborations. The GuaKatie’s camole Gawds (Cisco & Raggio) have clearly whittled at it playing one of the more interesting acoustic cover arrangements happening. Catch the Gawds at Katie’s on Mondays and during dinner at Jackie’s on Tuesdays. On Wednesday nights, 2nd Wind will be holding the spot at Jackie’s this summer. It’s been almost two years since we last had this group on the SCENE. “Hollywood” Steve Rangel , Starr Jernigan and “Big” Ed Martinson (bass/vocals, lead/vocals & drums) play it well with a mix of blues, classic rock, oldies and R & B agreeing well with Jackie’s dinner crowd. And that folks, gets us past hump day. On towards the weekend... - Continued on Page 63
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When: Mon.- Fri. 11am - 7pm What: $1.25 Margaritas ($.99 Margaritas All Day Sat.) ($.99 Draft Beer Every Day)
------------------Where: 3202 Marina Bay Dr. When: M-F: 3pm -7pm What: $2 16oz Dom Drafts, $2 Dom. Bottles, $2 Wells, $3 House Wine
Cock-Eyed SEAGULL Where: 1010 B NASA Rd. 1 When: Mon-Fri 2-8 pm What: $1.50 Dom Drafts, $4.50 Dom. Pitchers, $1.75 Dom. Bottles; $2.75 Well Drinks
------------------Where: 2416 Bay Area Blvd. When: M - Sat Open - 9pm; All day Sunday What: $2 Dom drafts, $2.25 select drafts, $2.50 house wine, $2.50-2.75 select calls, $3 super calls, $7 Dom. pitchers, $8 select import pitchers
Where: 315 Grand Ave. When: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm What: $2 Dom Draft, $2 Dom Longnecks, $2.75 Wells. (On Mon. & Wed.: $2 Ritas; On Sun.: $2 Well Vodka Drinks (noon to 7pm)
------------------Mexican Restaurant Where: 2110 Bay Area Blvd.
Where: 605 A 6th Street When: M - Fri., 11am to 7pm What: $2 Dom Pints, $3 Wells, $4 Wine by glass, $4 Ouzo shots
Where: 650 FM 517 W, Dickinson When: MonFri: 3pm - 6pm What: $4.99 appetizers; $2.99 house wine & premium draft pints; $1.99 Bud Light & Miller Lite Drafts
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------------------Where: 1804 W. FM 646 JAPANESE SAKE BAR When/What: Tues & Wed is $1 Hot Sake starting at 5pm. Thursday is Ladies Night with $1 Lady Cosmos on the Rocks.
Where: 15210 Highway 3, Ste 105 When: 4 to 7pm What: $3 wells; $3 M.Lite, Bud Lite; $5 Cosmo $5 House Red or White Wine
Where: 2555 Bay Area Blvd. When: M-F, 4 to 6:30pm What: House Martini $5, Dom Beer $2.75, Shiner Bock $3.25; House Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, White Zinfandel $4; Well Cocktails $4
Where 1026 FM 2094 (in Clear Lake Shores) When: All Day, Every Day What: $2.75 Domestics, $3.50 Imports
Where: 2513 NASA Parkway When: Mon-Thurs 4 to 7pm; Friday AWOL Happy Hour 4-9pm (Live Music & $2 lb. Crawfish What: Happy Hour pricing $1 off everything in the house.
-------------------Where: 504 Kipp Ave. (Kemah) What/When: Mon. Karaoke, $2 Dom & $3 Import Bottles. Tues.: Tues. Dart Tourneys: $3 Wells & Shot Specials. Wed. Be Your Own DJ: $2 Dom & $3 Import Pints. Thurs. NEW! Live Music Acoustic Sets: 3
Where: 3612 W. Main Street What: 75Â˘ dom drafts; $1.50 dom bottles; $2 wells; $3 premiums; $4 super premiums + free jukebox!
Where 800 Bradford (in Kemah) When: 5 - 7pm Monday - Friday What: $2 Margaritas, $2.25 Dom. Beer, $2.75 Import Beer, $3.25 Wells, $3 Wine. Sunday: $8 Bottomless Mimosas, $9 Bottomless Bloody Marys
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When: 4:30 to 7:30pm Sushi & Hibachi Daily What: $2 Dom. Beers, $2 Well Drinks, $2 House Wine, $2 Hot Sake (sm), $3 Cocktail & $4 Martini
-------------------Where: 4449 NASA Road 1 When: M- F 11 am - 7pm, & all day Sat. What: $2.99 House Margaritas
Where: 4438 Boulevard When: Saturday 7am - 4pm & All Day Sunday What: $2 Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers & Mimosas.
Where: 1606 Clear Lake City Blvd. When: M-Sat 2pm to 8pm What: $5 House Wine, $5 House Martinis, $3 Import Beer & $2 Domestic Beer
Where: 20760 Gulf Frwy When: M-F 2-6pm What: $3 Wells, Ritas & Bloody Marys. $2 Tues (all domestic & import beer); Wino-Weds (all glasses of wine are $3);
-------------------Where: 1051 Marina Bay Drive When: MonThur 11am7pm; Fri 11-9pm & Sat-Sun 11am-6pm What: $2 Domestic Pints, $3 Import Pints, $3 Wells
Where: 515 E. NASA Rd. 1 When: Mon-Wed 11-10pm; Thurs-Sat 11-7pm What: $3.95 Ritas, $1.75 Domestic Draft
Where: 17926 Hwy. 3, Ste. 101 When: Tues-Fri 5-8pm What: Dom. Beer $1.49, Import $1.99, Spirit, $3.95, Signature Cocktails $5.95
Where: 1232 W. FM 646 When: M-F 2 to 7pm & all Sun.
By Rhonda Meredith
Overall bartending stats: Six years experience and three years being on and off at Scout Bar. Signature drink? White Gummy Bear (He says, “Go to Roger for a Lemon Drop!”) Best part about the J-O-B? Making money while seeing awesome bands! Any particular famous bands come to mind? Papa Roach and Saliva
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What did they drink? Whiskey. Jack Daniel’s – All rock stars drink J.D.
Any advice for your customers? Yes. Patience is a virtue, and don’t touch the tip jar unless you are putting money in it! What is your favorite reality show? DOG The Bounty Hunter… (Zach likes DOG’s wife Beth!) Last good movie you saw? “Cedar Rapids” on DVD. Had “Phil” from “The Hangover” in it. (He loves comedies.) First thing you would buy if you won the Lotto? I would make sure my family is taken care of first.
Berryhill South Shore increases entertainment options to complement its well-known food Just over a year ago, the SCENE documented the grand opening of South Shore’s Berryhill Baja Grill & Cantina – an enormous space, with brightly colored walls adorned with festive decorations, patio seating, killer drinks and the best Baja fish tacos around. Going all out, owner Philip Wattel wanted something unique for the South Shore location – an area he frequents regularly as he’s an avid boater and resident of South Shore Harbour. Continuing that tradition, Wattel is expanding the capability of the restaurant by installing more bars and games, extending the hours and hosting live music on the weekends. Typically a popular spot for lunch and happy hour, Wattel’s vision will catapult his South Shore location into the late evening, catering to those who enjoy live entertainment. Two bars have been added – one downstairs, intermingled with the main dining area and another upstairs, in the semi-private lounge area. With more flat screens being installed and twenty-eight beers on tap, Berryhill will become a bona fide sports bar. Taking great pains to match the bright charm of the interior, the two new bar tops are an impressive sight, coinciding the south-of-theborder spirit with a Gulf Coast twist.
Along with installing the bar upstairs, tables and flat screens are welcomed additions to the popular semi-private lounge (along with existing black leather couches), making it much more welcoming for private parties and events.
The loft-style area already has fantastic views of the restaurant below and the panoramic window overlooks Marina Bay Drive, creating an upscale feel. Reserve the space at no charge for up to 40 people. Live entertainment lovers will be happy to know that Berryhill plans to host live music Thursday through Saturday. To accommodate the late night crowd, Berryhill will also extend its hours to 2 a.m. on these days and midnight the rest of the week. Other entertainment additions include a pool table, Golden Tee, Silver Strike Bowling, a casino style slot machine, and a touch screen jukebox. The large, semi-covered patio, filled with bright red umbrellas, is still a welcomed sight from the street and attracts the happy hour crowd as they’re driving home from work. One of the more dynamic happy hour selections in the area, Berryhill offers daily specials as well on food and drinks. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and all day Saturday with $4 appetizers, $4 frozen Margaritas, $3.75 import and $2.75 domestic draft and bottled beer, $4 well drinks and $1 off everything else. Daily specials include $1.99 fish tacos – the “Best Fish Taco Ever” according to Zagat – on Mondays, $.99 tamales on Tuesdays and Thursdays, $17.99 fajitas for two on Wednesdays, $10 bottomless Mimosas on the weekends with purchase of an entree, $6.99 weekday lunch specials, and if that weren’t enough, kids eat free on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Berryhill’s Baja-style menu provides a unique twist on Tex-Mex, offering fresh tasting food, packed with quality ingredients. The award-winning Original Fish Taco packs a punch as one of the only true, Baja fish tacos around – tempura fried fish with red cabbage, special sauce and cilantro. Also available are chipotle grilled fish tacos, original shrimp fish tacos sauteed in white wine, tempura fried crispy shrimp tacos, grilled beef and chicken fajita and pork tacos. - Continued on Page 53
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Acoustic Night at Scout Bar on July 13th By Rhonda Meredith Scout Bar has many sides. The Green Room pulsates with dance music. All types of rock music are performed loud and clear from the main stage any given night the venue is open for business. And then there is that one night a month where it’s all acoustic.
Shelia Marshall Sunday, July 3 T-BONE TOM’S
On acoustic night, local musicians gather for a raw type of fellowship, and it’s pretty cool to watch. While there is not one particular night that exemplifies a typical Scout Bar acoustic night, I can tell you what June’s was like… Starting the night with some awesome renditions of popular alternative rock songs were Thomas Sustaita and Cody Stephens (vocals and guitar respectively) from Elysian. They were joined by Krystal Harper. Her presence brought an Evanescence feel to the trio, and I would love to hear them perform “Broken.” Hopefully next time?
Guns 4 Roses Saturday, July 16 SCOUT BAR
Next up were three of I.D.R.’s members: Brett Cardiff (bass,) Roy Hockenberry (vocals,) and Mark Davis (guitar.) It was a fun performance and these guys made it all look EASY as they performed their band’s original songs. Cardiff didn’t have to leave the stage when I.D.R.’s set was over since he is also a member of South. South is a “hard kicking Southern rock band” fully loaded with seasoned musicians who are also a part of area bands like The Hunger and Southern Reign for example. Cardiff, Scott Easterwood (vocals,) the “infamous” Alex Slay (drums,) and Jeffrey Smith (guitar) really rocked Scout Bar. South performed original songs and covered Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places.”
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FISH TACOS now on the menu! ~Blackened & Fried ~
3612 W. Main Street • League City Hrs: M-F 1pm-2am Sat-Sun Noon-2am
Fri............7/1 ..........................................Down to Earth Sat ..........7/2............................................DJ ReddWave Fri............7/8 ........Cecil Shaw &The All Stylez Band Sat ..........7/9 ..........DJ Mike EventWise Productions Fri............7/15 ........................Mary Smith & Mystique Sat ..........7/16..........................................DJ ReddWave Thurs......7/21 ..........................................Rock It Bayou Fri............7/22 ..........................................Fidelity Maxx Sat ..........7/23 ........DJ Mike EventWise Productions Fri............7/29 .......................... Guest Entertainment Sat ..........7/30.............................................. Rock Radio
FRIDAY, JULY 29
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY @THE PIER! Give-Aways Every Hour • Drink Specials • 8pm-2am Guest Entertainment
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH:
THE HOTTEST SPOT ON THE PIER! featuring DJs on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sat each month + a party band on the 4th!
MYTIME MONDAYS KARAOKE ONTIME-OUT TUESDAYS ($100 PRIZEWEEKLY ) BIGASS BEER &WINE SPECIALS with Samantha & Jackie on WINE-DOWNWEDNESDAYS DJ KO ONTHIRSTY THURSDAYS POWER HR $2 U-CALL-IT’S ON CALLS 8-9PM ON FREAKY FRIDAYS SHAKEA LEG ON SEXY SATURDAYS SIMMER DOWN SUNDAYS
3202 MARINA BAY DR. • 832-864-2660 WWW.PIER27TAVERN.COM
1053 MARINA BAY DR. (FM 2094) Kemah, 77565 • 832-864-2459 Check Us Out!
OPEN DAILY 11AM-2AM HAPPY HOUR: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm Sat & Sun 11am-6pm
“Jackie’s: It’s The Place To Be!”
SATURDAY, JULY 23 • EVERYONE’S INVITED!!
Mid-Summer Island Bash & Luau Live Music, Live Dancers, Fire Show, Caricature Artist, Moonwalk for the Kids, Island Food / Buffet, etc. Stay tuned to Facebook & our website for updates.
If Your Birthday is in July, Receive Something Special From Us!
$ 99 CRAWFISH 3 /lb EVERY DAY, ALL MONTH LONG!
*Special Events!* July 1 & 2: A double shot of Madigan July 4: RED, WHITE & BLUE Crawfish, Oyster & Blue Crab specials: 11am-7pm
July 9: Ever-so-popular SLAGS July 22: Special guest Jeff Strahan July 23: ISLAND BASH - LUAU!! Grab your grass skirt & come get “LEI’d”
July 29: Funksion in the house
Itching For Crabs? Jackie’s got ’em. Check the website for details.
~ FULL GAME ROOM! ~ For daily updates of promos and upcoming events...
*COMING SOON !!!*
Our Very Own iPhone App!! Stay Tuned!!
*Music Schedule* MONDAYS: DVD/VIDEOS TUESDAYS: ACOUSTIC SOUNDS w/ Cisco & Raggio WEDNESDAYS: SPINEY NORMAN Thurs ..7/7..................................2nd Wind Fri ......7/8 ..................................Madigan Sat ......7/9 ..................................Madigan Thurs ..7/14..............................Slide Effect Fri ......7/15 ................................Big Slick Sat ......7/16 ..............................Southwind Thurs ..7/21..................................Remedy Fri ......7/22 ............................Jeff Strahan Sat ......7/23......................................Reds Thurs ..7/28 ................................Red Cap Fri ......7/29 ................................Funksion Sat ......7/30..............................The Nailers
• 2-6PM *
Sat ......7/9 ......................Jeremy Bradshaw Sun ....7/10 ......................................D-2 Sat ......7/16......................Jeremy Bradshaw Sun ....7/17................Slide Effect unplugged Sat ......7/23 ........................David Schwope Sun ....7/24......................Jeremy Bradshaw Sat ......7/30 ............................Ryan Guidry Sun ....7/31 ......................................D-2
25 Plasma Screen TVs To Watch Your Favorite Game!
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Introducing $3 MOJITOS & MARGARITAS during every Happy Hour
$2 Bloody Marys & Mimosas $3 Burgers & $2 Big Ben Dogs
Manicures & Martinis
$8 Steak Night or a Steak & BJ (shot that is) for $10
WEDNESDAY $7 Burger Plate
$4 Gumbo or Boudin
Patio Season is HERE!
Kick Ass Live Bands and More!!! BRITISH & AMERICAN COMFORT FOOD, UFC, 20 BEERS ON TAP, SILVER STRIKE, GOLDEN TEE, POOL, DIGITAL JUKEBOX & MORE!
20237 Gulf Freeway 281-332-9820
(After Work On the Lake)
Upcoming Events & Live Music Fri., July 1 ......Multiple Bands! (See Below) Sat.,July 2 ..........................Big Richard Fri., July 8 ....................David Grace & Obsolete August Sat., July 9 ........................11th Hour Sat., July 16 ..................Radio Drama Thurs., July 21 ........David Grace (Acoustic) Sat., July 23 ................The Boogies Sat., July 30 ....................DJ Khaos
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Check out the launch of a Historic Tour by
Friday, July 1st
every Saturday All A-Borde Fest: Shark Attack, Faceplant, & Sunday at the Mama Tried, Footpie, CB Kings, The Crisis,
BEACH BAR (UNDER CABO)
Carley Wolf & more! Vendors, Activities, Food
& Beverages. Doors open @ 2pm; bands @ 5pm.
WED: 30 Cent Wings • Bingo Bongs & Weed THURS: Steak Night w/Acoustic Music FRI: DJ
SUN: Live Music 2513 NASA Pkwy • 281-532-2691 • www.caboclearlake.com
UNION TAVERN 435 El Dorado Blvd. 281-486-6644 New Site. Check Us Out!
MONDAY STEAK NIGHT
Presents BORN FROM RUINS, MELOVINE & DOWNFALL RISING
FRIDAY July 29
w/Chris J Hardy and friends
July 5 & July 19 July 12 & July 26
(Cruz vs Faber) Sat., July 2
FRIDAY July 8
Come See My Dead Person
Presents GOOD JOB UNDERGROUND, LAST PLACE YOU LOOK & SOUTH
(Evans vs Davis) Sat., Aug 6
SATURDAY July 30 Maximus
FRIDAY July 15
(Silva vs Okami) Sat., Aug 27
We are on FACEBOOK! SATURDAY July 16 Obsolete August
2-8pm Mondays All Wine
50 cent drinks! 1/2 price DAILY HAPPY HOUR 2-8pm FREE Billiards, Steel Tip Darts and Great Specials
Private Party Room Available
WE ARE SMOKE FREE INDOORS! HUGE OUTDOOR PATIO WITH BILLIARDS & GAMES.
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