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BAKKHUS TAVERNA Celebrates Summer with Craft Beer and Lighter Menu Items Overall, Greek cuisine is a good choice for a healthier lunch or dinner because of the emphasis on grilled meats, seafood and fresh vegetables. It is also a part of the Mediterranean diet that is considered to be a great way to eat within the dietary guidelines.
By Rhonda Meredith Bakkhus Taverna appreciates the brewers of local craft beer. Just steps away from the Kemah Boardwalk (at 605 6th Street), this locally owned restaurant offers several brands of craft beer for its discerning customers. According to the Brewers Association, the definition of craft beer is “beer made by a brewer that is small, independent, and traditional. It is generally made with traditional ingredients like malted barley; interesting and sometimes nontraditional ingredients are often added for distinctiveness.”
Start your visit at the restaurant with a light and delicious meze’, or appetizer. A good choice would be the grilled octopus or kalamari, and an order of tzatziki dip. Tzatziki dip is simply a homemade yogurt and sour cream based dip mixed with cucumber and garlic.
“I enjoy trying new beers that are brewed well,” said Bakkhus Taverna owner Demetrios Kouloumoundras. “There is a distinctive quality to craft beers' artisan style.” The “craft curious” can delight in choosing from the following Texas breweries: No Label (Katy), Rahr and Sons (Fort Worth), Southern Star (Conroe), Real Ale (Blanco), Karbach (Houston), St. Arnold’s (Houston), and soon Galactic Coast (Dickinson).
Kouloumoundras also noted that the variety of craft beer is seasonal; much like the menu at Bakkhus Taverna.
Greek salads are very popular as either an appetizer or even the main course. Bakkhus Taverna offers the classic Greek salad, Greek Village Salad, Aegean Salad with grilled tuna, salmon, or shrimp, and a grilled chicken salad. Grilled chicken and shrimp can also be found inside a pita along with sauteed vegetables. A veggie pita is an option as well.
The restaurant is serving lighter summer menu items. “In the heat of summer nobody really wants to eat food that will drag them down,” said Kouloumoundras. “We offer a selection of fresher, healthier food that won’t leave you feeling ‘heavy’ as the temperatures heat up.”
Seafood lovers will enjoy a delicious and healthy specialty item called Tuna Spanaki. A tuna filet is dusted with Greek spices, fresh cracked pepper, then seared and cooked to your specifications. It is served atop a bed of sauteed spinach and served with chili garlic aioli sauce.
Galactic Coast Brewing is the “Lone Star State’s newest brewery” and will make its debut at Bakkhus Taverna this month.
Commitment to Craft A quick tap audit of Bakkhus Taverna just prior to this issue hitting the press found five different Texas Craft Breweries on tap (Rahr, Karbach, No Label, Shiner & Saint Arnold) and two more via can/bottle (Real Ale and Southern Star). Of the 13 draft offerings at Bakkhus, 10 qualify as Craft Beer and we have heard rumors another noncraft tap could soon be replaced with a new Texas Craft Brewery.
“Bakkhus Taverna takes pride in our menu selections,” said Kouloumoundras. “We use the freshest ingredients available. If you have any special dietary concerns, we will make every effort to accommodate your requests. Please ask your server to provide suggestions during your visit to address these concerns.” Try a few of these ideas for a satisfying light summer meal at Bakkhus Taverna. For more information, visit www.bakkhustaverna.com. Don't forget to compliment your meal with a cold craft brew. Opa!
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Alvin’s Barbed Rose Steakhouse and Seafood Co. has relaunched as the Coastal Crossing Grill After dinner service on June 30, the Alvin Restaurant Group closed the doors of the renowned Barbed Rose Steakhouse and Seafood Company. Four days later the restaurant reopened with a new brand and concept, the Coastal Crossing Grill, a Gulf Coast Seafood house specializing in homemade, Gulf Coast fare from South of the Border to the Florida Keys. The Barbed Rose Steakhouse and Seafood Co. was created as part of Joe Schneider's master plan to revive downtown Alvin with world class food and entertainment venues for the local community that would also attract new faces to the Alvin area. “For the last two years, The Barbed Rose has done exactly what we created it to do,” said Joe Schneider, “put Alvin on the culinary map.” Executive Chef Jason Chaney added, “Not many restaurants grasp onto the ‘From Scratch’ philosophy as hard and unrelentingly as we did.” “The Barbed Rose cuisine created a strong following within the foodie community throughout the Houston Metropolitan area, and we are proud of all we accomplished in two short years,” said General Manager Pat Burford. The Barbed Rose closing is the end of one era for the Alvin Restaurant Group and the beginning of a new one with the introduction of Coastal Crossing Grill. The new menu offers a wide variety of specialties from the entire coast of the Gulf of Mexico. “We wanted to create a restaurant that offered the quality cuisine we are know for, but make it more affordable and more approachable,” said Schneider. Coastal Crossing Grill takes the best of the Barbed Rose and adds more Gulf Coast flair to it. Chaney added, “We are going to cook delicious food, using some of the same recipes that Houston-area food critics raved about, and present it in a more casual and laidback atmosphere.” “Metropolitan food critics have raved about our fish, seafood, Cajun and Creole dishes, so we decided to focus on what we do best,” said Schneider. Coastal Crossing Grill is a casual dining experience without all the trappings of a stuffy, special-occasion-only restaurant; the type of place you can enjoy a couple of times each week, and not be broke for the rest of the month. The Coastal Crossing Patio Bar (formerly the Burger Bar @ The Barbed Rose) is positioned to be a lively scene with tropical specialty drinks, bottled craft beers, live music and more. As Corporate Chef for the Alvin Restaurant Group, Chaney will retain culinary oversight of Coastal Crossing Grill. Veteran front of the house manager Cory Richardson also returns to run the dining room and front of the house. Desserts will be sourced from Norma’s Cakes and Cookies, the Alvin Restaurant Group’s in-house Bakery, and meats will be custom cut by in-house Artisan Butcher Jay Peek. Schneider summed it up by saying, “We are proud of our accomplishments as the Barbed Rose, and thank everyone for helping us realize our dreams for Alvin, and we look forward to kicking it up a notch with the Coastal Crossing Grill.”
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RESTAURANT NEWS & NOTES: The cat’s out of the bag – or rather, in this case – the fish is out of the bag. Tookie’s is going coastal! Tookie’s Hamburgers – known for their quality food and service in a clean and quirky environment – is planning a second location and all new concept: Tookie’s Seafood. “We felt like that formula would work great for a seafood restaurant in Seabrook,” said General Manager Ali Velasco, “and the Tookie’s name is a perfect fit.” Velasco explained, ”We will feature fresh Texas Gulf Coast seafood prepared with a Latin touch –great seasonings and full of flavors.” He explained that a Mesquite grill will be at the center of their kitchen. Tookie’s seafood will be a laid-back type of eatery that welcomes people in shorts or business suits. Velasco will be overseeing the development of the concept and the construction as he did the reopening at Tookie’s Hamburgers. Restaurateur and Tookie’s owner Barry Terrell confirmed the early, projected opening date to be in the spring of 2013. In June, Tookie’s Hamburgers unveiled a new menu item: Moe Betta Beans – fried green beans. I know, it sounds questionable. But if you’re a fan of fried pickles, you will not be disappointed. I got a preview sample just as the June issue hit the streets (was not officially on the menu yet). I can’t wait taste them again. Also worth mentioning, more parking is now available for Tookie’s-goers across the street from the back patio at the corner of Cook Street and Second Street in Seabrook. Signature Bistro announced they have revitalized and recharged their menu. Always listening and adapting to their customers’ requests, they have gone through their offerings and replaced some of the higher priced items with more economical options. Owner Melissa Baccus said, “24 out of 34 dinner menu items are under $20!” New dinner menu items include Bistro Burger ($13: house-ground tenderloin topped with mushrooms, sauteed onions, jalapeños, provolone and goat cheese served with cajun potatoes); Brent's BBQ Pork Ribs ($18: fall-off-the-bone baby back pork ribs topped in a rich and spicy coffee BBQ sauce served with green beans and mashers); and Portobello Chicken Melt ($14: grilled chicken breast topped with provolone, their signature sun-dried tomato topping and dressed with their house-made pesto, all atop a portobello mushroom served with green beans). Don’t forget about $5 martini night (Wednesdays) and the very economical bar menu has menu items under $8: Stinky Feetza (mini chicken flatbread pizza with onions, peppers, olives, artichokes, provolone, goat cheese and pesto sauce); Tenderloin Sliders (two house-ground tenderloin patties on slider buns with lettuce, tomato and onion, served with shoe-string fries; Crab Cake Sliders (two mini crab cakes topped with creole seasoning on mini buns with remolade sauce, served with shoe-string fries); Shrimp and Grits (three shrimp grilled or blackened served on cheesy grits) and Stuffed Fungi (mushrooms stuffed with their famous crab stuffing and topped with brie cheese). Check ’em out! ~ Betsey Ennis ~Send News & Notes to Betsey@sceneLIVE.net
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2012 LUNAR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL July is filled with exciting events for the Lunar Rendezvous Festival. The Sunset Service will be held on Saturday, July 14 at Clear Lake United Methodist Church in the Sanctuary beginning at 6:00. Rev. Andrew Thompson will officiate at this annual service, and it is open to the public. There will be a reception following the service. Chairman of this event is Domineque Westall, with Suzanne Zerecheck as her co-chair. The Strike a Pose Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on Monday, July 16, beginning at 10:00 a.m. for the Social Hour and Silent Auction. This will be followed by the Court Presentation, Fashion Show, Live Auction, Luncheon, and Raffle Drawings. Lenny Matuszewski, Jr., who always produces a top quality, exciting show, will head the fashion show. Fashion trends will be modeled from local retailers: Adelaide’s, Back Bay Boutique, Clothes Horse, Dillard’s, Jill’s Fashions and Bridals, Tina’s on the Strand, Tootsies, and Unzipped Denim Bar. Chairman Jenny McCorkle and Cochair Debbie Reichert have announced that tickets are $75 for reserved seats, $100 for premium seats, and $150 for runway seat. For questions or reservations, call Jenny McCorkle at 281 217-5183. The event will be held at the Galveston Convention Center at the San Luis Resort. The Festival will conclude with two great events on Saturday, July 21. Jay Lunar Rendezvous Festival court members Lee will once again be chairing the popular Honat the LRF Tennis Tournament eywell Fun Run. It will be held at Space Center Houston and will have an early morning start. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Later that day on the 21st will be the Lunar Rendezvous Coronation Ball, with a Fire and Ice theme. This black tie event will begin with a Champagne reception at 5:00 pm at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort. King Jay Curry, Queen Peyton Barrier, Queen Alternate Danni Cantu, and Captain Brookes Kubena will be the honored guests. This is an evening that notes the accomplishments of the young adults who were highlighted throughout the Lunar Rendezvous Festival season. Master of Ceremonies Colonel William McArthur, Jr will formally present the Princesses, Lieutenants, Little Ladies-in-Waiting and Page who attend Clear Lake area schools at 6:00 pm. The presentation will culminate with the coronation of the Queen, Queen Alternate and Captain for the 2013 Festival. The current members of the Court, who will vote the morning of the Ball, make that selection. Following the presentation, guests will enjoy dinner and dancing with musical entertainment provided by Password. For more information about this magical evening, email Coronation Ball Chair, Jana Miller at email@example.com. Her Cochairman is Elizabeth Olin. Jill Reason is the General Chairman of this year’s Festival. All events benefit the Lunar Rendezvous Festival organization, which is a 501 (c) (3) corporation. The monies are then disbursed to assist various charitable, historical, and cultural organizations around the Bay Area and to help fund 30-40 college scholarships. Visit the web site at www.lunarrendezvous.org for further information or call 281 326-5950.
Lunar Rendezvous Festival 2012 General Chairman Jill Reason Treasurer Kelli McCorkle Byrd Publicity Chairman Ellen King
Festival Kick-Off Chairman Kimberley Weathers, Ph.D.
Tennis Tournament Chairmen Kevin and Ruth Duke
Golf Tournament Chairman Jacqueline Carver Karen Dluzniewski (Co-Chair) Robbie Kimbrough (Co-Chair)
Sponsor Appreciation Chairmen Kate and Jerry Foyt Dining Event Chairman Laura Sukkar Kristin Rankin (Co-Chair)
Sunset Service Chairman Domineque Westall Suzanne Zerecheck (Co-Chair) Fashion Show Chairman Jenny McCorkle
Coronation Ball Chairman Jana Miller Fun Run Chairman Jay Lee
Princess & Lieutenant Court Lea S. Bodie Melissa McKinnie (Co-Chair)
Royals Chairman Tammy Barrier Belinda Scheurich (Co-Chair)
Little Ladies/Pages Chairmen Ava Galt & Angie Weinman Auction Chairman Tricia Totten
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Space Center Houston
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Clear Lake United Methodist
Monday, July 16, 2012
San Luis Ballroom (Galv.)
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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 2012 Festival General Chairman, Jill Reason at Danpr@aol.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.
By Peggy ‘Domino’ Taylor
And Moving in a New Direction
The Art Alliance Center of Clear Lake (TAACCL) is closing their big blue doors of its current location on NASA Parkway in Nassau Bay and is moving forward based on its new vision of Destination…Art! The move is bittersweet because of the longtime dedication and hard work of all the volunteers, staff, artists and directors, but the new vision will give TAACCL a fresh image that will expand its area of development and outreach. While art is an important part of the community, they need to “right-size” for a more efficient and appropriate venue for this new mission and program. The programming associated with this new vision, is under the direction of President of the Board Dion McInnis. He and the board made the decision in June to close the two-story gallery, but shared the enthusiasm and excitement on how this new vision will have an effect on all of Bay Area Houston. McInnis stated, “This is a great time to learn more, enlist to be a volunteer in the new direction, become a collaborating business or organiza-
TAACCL IS CLOSING THEIR DOORS tion with TAACCL as its programs will spread throughout the community and more”. The primary functions of TAACCL will be connection, education and celebration.
While the look for a permanent home continues, Founder Kay Burnett speaks at the TAACCL TAACCL’s new address will be 10th Anniversary Celebration in 2007 2437 Bay Area Blvd. #115 in Houston. Their number will remain the same: 281-335-7777. They will be holding a Moving Sale on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the current location, 2000 NASA Parkway, Nassau Bay. This sale is open to the public. Items for sale from the gallery include office furniture, kitchen supplies and more. Track their development on their website www.taaccl.org and sign up for their newsletters as they keep the community informed. -----------------------------------------------------Personal note: I have had the privilege of covering TAACCL’s events for a decade for The SCENE Magazine since the founder, Kay Burnett was there. I have attended many exhibits, concerts, parties, classes, workshops and more at this wonderful location. The Gulf Coast Film Festival (that I am associated with) has hosted the celebrities meet-and-greets at TAACCL. My family and I have enjoyed music on Sunday afternoons from the best jazz musicians around behind those big blue doors. I have met so many people through this non-profit organization, the staff, the volunteers, and all the artists who I know and have called my friends. I get a little melancholy when I think that I turned my grandkids on to the arts presented by TAACCL with their Saturday art camps that I enjoyed viewing as well as reporting. Farpoint Theatre had a two-week production at TAACCL, which was a first, that I played a fun character in “On the Verge” (that will always be memorable) and how the two story gallery was transformed into an amazing theatre. I always would get a little chill, when I played their big black grand piano, because of the grandiose feeling it gave, reminiscent of a major concert venue. There were art festivals, open mics, poetry readings and acting classes that were always a must to attend. The dedications of the staff to create the many children’s programs were also incredible. Movie nights with wine were fun, too. The folks at TAACCL always knew how to host an opening reception over a dozen times a year. I could go on how this wonderful gift of art to our community has affected this Clear Lake area and my life personally. I know it was not easy to make this decision, but under the guidance of Dion and their incredible folks, it will be another new exciting venture in the arts that we will all enjoy and anticipate. I encourage everyone to donate or participate in some way to help keep the arts alive in our community. I wish them the very best of luck and thanks for the memories! - Domino Taylor
ART July 1 - Sept. 9: Bodies Revealed Exhibit, Moody Gardens, Discovery Pyramid, 1 Hope Blvd, 1-800-582-4673, www.moodygardens.org July 14: The Art Alliance Center of Clear lake (TAACCL) Moving Sale 9 am - 1 pm (see story for more info) 2000 NASA Parkway, Nassau Bay, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org
PHOTOGRAPHY July 10 & 24: Bay Area Photo Club, 6pm, TAACCL, 2000 NASA Parkway, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org, www.bayareaphotoclub.org
DANCE July 17: Royal Academy of Fine Arts (RAFA) New Student Auditions, 5 pm, 17170 Mill Forest, Webster, 281-480-1466, www.royalacademyoffinearts.com
July 13: Pirates of Penzance, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2:30 pm , 803 Hwy. 3 in Dickinson, 281-337SHOW, www.bayareaharbourplayhouse.com July 19 - July 29: The Taming of the Shrew, Clear Creek Country Theatre, Fri. & Sat.8 pm, Sun. 2:30 pm, 18091 Upper Bay Rd, Nassau Bay, 382-335-5228,
July 16: Young Actors Workshop, Ages 8-14, Big Trouble on the Farm or Rattlesnakes Can Be Fun, Pasadena Little Theatre, 4318 Allen Genoa Rd, Pasadena, 713-941-1758, www.pasadenalittletheatre.org
1940 Air Terminal Museum: Hobby Airport, 713-454-1940, www.1940airterminal.org July 20: Wings & Wheels Fly In Event, Raffle at Noon for Cessna 172 Airplane
July 23 - July 27: Summer Theatre Camp, 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm daily, ages 7-15, The Frog Prince, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post Office St., Galveston, For tickets call 409-763-7173, www.thegrand.com
Armand Bayou Nature Center: Open Tuesday - Saturday, Saturday morning Breakfast on the Bayou 8 am - 9:30 am, Saturday Evening Sunset Cruise on the Bayou 6 pm, 8500 Bay Area Blvd., 281-474-2551, www.abnc.org
CHILDREN’S ART Library Story Times for Children Evelyn Meador Library (Pre- K): 10:30 am, 2400 N. Meyer, Seabrook. Storytelling by Mrs. Pearson every Wednesday morning, 281-474-9142, www.hcpl.net
July 11: Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm at Nassau Hilton, 281-333-5804,www.gulfcoastfilmfest.com
July 10 - July 15: CCCT Summer Youth Program, Rumplestiltskin, Tue. - Fri. 11 am, Sat. 11 am & 2 pm
La Porte, 281-471-4022, www.hcpl.net
July 8: Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour Concert, 7:00 pm The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post Office St., Galveston, For tickets call 409-763-7173, www.thegrand.com
July 20: Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival (extended) deadline for entry of films and screenplays for September festival, www.gulfcoastfilmfest.com
MUSIC & FILM
July 14: Bay Area Bluegrass Association Show – 7:00 pm, Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, League City, www.baba.org
CULTURAL ARTS CALENDAR
Freeman Memorial Library: Book Babies on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 10:15 am; Toddler Time on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 11:15 am; Pre-School Time on Monday & Tuesday at 1:15 pm; Children’s Chess Club on Monday at 6:30 pm Special Days: 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, 281-488-1906. www.hcpl.net Helen Hall Library: Toddlers on Wednesdays at 10 am; Pre-K Story time on Thursday at 1 pm; 100 W. Walker, League City, www.leaguecitylibrary.org La Porte Library: Tuesday is Story Time with Mr. Mark at 10:15 am; Thursdays are with Mr. D. at 10:15 am & 11 am; Arts on Wednesdays at 3:15 pm; 600 S. Broadway,
Battleship Texas, State Historic Site: 3255 Highway 134, La Porte, 281-479-2431 Butler Longhorn Museum: League City, .butlerlonghornmuseum.com, 281-332-1393 July 13: Boot Scootin’ Longhorn Social 6:30 pm, South Shore Harbour Resort, League City, Call 281-332-3961 or museum for tickets. Bay Area Museum - Lunar Rendezvous Exhibit and Space Memorabilia: Open Tuesday - Sunday, Clear Lake Park, 5000 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, www.lunarrendevous.org , 281-3265960, Lone Star Flight Museum: Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm, 2002 Terminal Dr., Galveston, 409-7407722, www.LSFM.org. Warbird Rides available. Call for more information. League City Historical Society West Bay Common Museum: Open Monday - Friday. Call for group reservations, 210 Kansas Ave., League City, 281-554-2994, www.oneroomschoolhouse.org. San Jacinto Monument & Museum: Daily 9am - 6 pm; La Porte, 281-479-2421, www.sanjacinto-museum.org Texas City Museum: Open Tuesday - Sunday, 409 6th St. N., Texas City, 409-643-5799, www.texas-city-tx.org/Museum/MuseumAbout.htm Email Domino Taylor, to be in Art Calendar firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Artist: S.J. Stout
Clear Lake’s most prolific Artist ?
By Kelley Dawson
S.J. Stout, as his surname would imply, has made a substantial mark in the local art and advertising worlds. He is one of Clear Lake’s most prolific artists. His infamous hand-painted sign art and caricatures are highly recognizable all around the Bay Area. Stout’s history is as colorful and diverse as his art mediums and his personality is as amusing as his caricatures. In fact, his sense of humor becomes almost tangible in the caricature faces and cartoons he creates. Stout captures the essence of his varied subjects using oils, wood, bronze, ceramics, and fiber glass. Stout grew up in Arkansas where his father, a retired World War II pilot, continued to fly planes and also worked as sign painter. Stout must have acquired some of his father’s artistic talent. Stout was just 7 years old when he won his first art contest for the town rodeo. Not only was he awarded first place, Stout received rodeo tickets, a pair of cowboy boots, and shook the hand of the legendary singing-cowboy, Gene Autry. Stout said he continued to excel in art through his high school years. He joked, “I made A’s in art and C’s in everything else.” Stout finished high school locally in Webster and won several more art contests. After high school, Stout joined the Marines and worked sea duty aboard the USS Lexington. He often painted art on the ship to keep up morale. Stout stated that the captain liked his work so much he requested murals. After serving on the ship, Stout relocated to Camp Pendleton in California. There, he trained horses for the Marine Corp. It was something Stout said
he had “always wanted to try.” Stout later joined his father in League City to assist him with the sign painting business. But, Stout wasn’t quite ready to settle down into his father’s business. He joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. Stout painted many murals in Munich. He also entered another art contest for the European Armed Forces through the United States Armed Forces official newspaper, Stars and Stripes. Stout earned first prize for his cartoon depiction of a German soldier giving an American GI his first drink of Steinhauser beer. “The face tells the story,” Stout described with a wink. He added that it wasn’t long before he received a phone call from Stars and Stripes asking him to “come work for us.” Stout exclaimed, “Damn right!” Stout began working in the newspaper’s art department. He recalled it was a daily paper so he learned to create cartoons very fast. Stout then transferred to work on the newspaper and magazine in Fort Hood. After years in the newspaper business, Stout returned to sign painting in the Bay Area. He studied Western art and Texas history. He created bust collections from Civil War times and of famous Texas history figures such as Sam Houston. Stout created his busts and figures from bronze or fiber glass. Additionally, he uses a chainsaw to design wooden statues. Stout even built life-size bronze sculptures for the town of Goliad and for the Butler Longhorn Museum. Stout also designed the statue of Nolan Ryan in Alvin. Stout proudly spoke about one of his favorite creations which was a 40-foot working replica of the Huntley submarine. Currently, Stout said he is enjoying painting signs and ad art. He admits he does miss hand painting boat names which have mostly gone all to vinyl these days. Stout said he has always wanted to paint the name “Passing Wind” on a local sail boat. (Any takers?) Visit the El Lago Coffee Company to view Stout’s art work or contact S.J. Stout at 713-408-0498.
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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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GALVESTON AT A GLANCE By Sue Mayfield Geiger It would be impossible to give you the unabridged version of what to do and see on this legendary island full of Indian lore, shipwrecks, and pirates. The storm of 1900 may have taken away its prosperity status, but the comebacks since then have been 10-fold with Galveston’s 27 miles of coastline continually luring visitors by the thousands to soak up the history, enjoy the Gulf breezes, and get away from the ordinary. Whether you are a died-in-the-wool beach bum or sophisticated mainland dweller, it is hard to resist the call of the sea. Uptown/Downtown: Either way you say it, most call it The Strand and 99% of all visitors make their way to this historical section of the island thanks largely in part to Mr. George Mitchell and the Galveston Historical Foundation. The Strand got a major facelift in the early 1970s and today’s 19th Century commercial buildings house a mix of businesses, trendy shops and residences. Atelier: Many of these dot the area, and the best way to find them is with a good pair of tennis shoes. Between the streets of The Strand, Postoffice, 25th and 20th, walk these blocks and pop into various art galleries to view the works of island artists. Every six weeks, ArtWalk occurs—rain or shine—
for you to peruse galleries, nibble cheese and sip wine. (Still wondering? Atelier is French for “artist workshop”.) Cuisine & Sweet Tooth: “Go where the food is”—That said, you won’t be hard pressed to find good eats. From pizza to paella, The Strand area offers gumbo, sushi, burgers, a zillion seafood choices and lots more. For breakfast with atmosphere, try Star Drug Store (galvestonstardrug.com) or the Original Mexican Café (1401 Market; weekends only). For lunch and a healthy dose of freshness, drop by eatcetera (eatcetera.net) for daily gourmet specials. Dinnertime depends on your mood and taste buds, but Fisherman’s Wharf has an extensive selection of everything, even for those who don’t eat shellfish (fishermanswharfgalveston.com). Save room for ice cream at LaKing’s (lakingsconfectionery.com). Note: Nonno Tony’s World Kitchen at Pier 21 will be opening by summer’s end. - Continued on Next Page
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Culture: Galveston’s Commission for the Arts has submitted an application requesting the State of Texas to designate Galveston’s downtown area as an official cultural district. This will broaden and strengthen Galveston’s tourism base and provide new opportunities for the island’s downtown area. In the meantime, be sure and stop by the Railroad Museum, visit the tall ship Elissa, Bishop’s Palace and Moody Mansion (see reference guide).
Couture & Trinkets: Bikinis, flip-flops, surfing gear, Hawaiian shirts, mermaids, formal wear – it’s all right here – and a good place to start is Gracie (2228 Strand). End up at Colonel Bubbie’s (colbubbie.com), a genuine government surplus store. Showtime: Don’t miss The Grand 1894 Opera House, if only to take a tour of this opulent, velvety theatre featuring top-notch entertainment throughout the year (thegrand.com). For live music, Yaga’s is always jammin’ (yagaspresents.com) with rock, roll and a lot of soul. Seawall Area: Bike it, jog it, skate it, segway it – it’s seven miles long and 17 feet high with fishing piers, souvenirs shops, and beaches galore. Play volleyball, go surfing, walk the dog, build a sandcastle, or just do nothing. Beachy Stuff: East Beach is the hippest place to be and party down, but the newest talk of the town is definitely the Pleasure Pier (pleasurepier.com). Let the Gulf Glider swing you 22 ft. in the air and then get up the nerve to board the Iron Shark Rollercoaster, but save a bit of bravery for the Pirate’s Plunge. (Many tame rides are available for the kiddies.) Don’t leave the seawall area without visiting Murdoch’s (2215 Seawall). If you can’t find a seashell here, you won’t find it anywhere. Good Eats: So many good spots, but not enough space to include them all, so will have to choose the one spot that seems to get the most votes – The Spot – which has grown over the years to include four more venues and you can find them all at www.islandfamous.com. Incredible food, cold beer and homemade desserts. Drink Up: The Beach Hut is the only bar right on the beach. Located at 8th and Seawall, they are biker friendly with live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Float, Captain Jack’s, The Beach House Woody’s are others that offer the tropical fun you’re looking for. Happy Hour specials, live
music, fun in the sun, and breezy evenings (galveston.com/beachbars). Fun & Family: Don’t miss the Lone Star Flight Museum full of vintage aircraft and war planes. Experience the thrill of taking a ride in one! Also, Moody Gardens with its Rainforest Pyramid, Aquarium, and 3-D Theater sits right next to the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Cocktails & Good Vibrations: Long established O'Malley's Stage Door Pub (523 24th), regulars and tourists alike gather here for brewskis and killer Frito Pie. Murphy’s Irish Pub (213 22nd) is laid back and serves up super good pub food. For a pre-theatre martini, saunter into Rudy & Pacos (rudyandpaco.com) or for a crafty beer education, check out Brews Brothers Brew Pub (2404 Strand) for some totally wicked stout. OFF THE BEATEN PATH Boliver: Take 20 minutes out of your life and catch the Boliver Ferry at dusk to watch the sun set, birdlife and dolphins. This is a good, relaxing way to wind down, get in touch with nature and best of all – it’s free! Café Michael Burger: Always packed; always awesome. Worth the extra few miles: 11150 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd. Overnight Suggestions: From five-star hotels to camping on the shoreline, there are hundreds of choices. Beachfront rentals, condo rentals, B&Bs and time shares—the choices are endless. Nostalgia buffs will enjoy the century-old Hotel Galvez or the historic Tremont House with its nifty birdcage elevators. The nautical Harbor House at Pier 21 is perfect for ship gazing. Club Ten Guest Rooms at the San Luis Resort are plush and pricey, but standard guest rooms offer the same magnificent Gulf views. For as little as $15 a night, you can get a similar view (if you don’t mind a little sand in your S’mores) and pitch a tent at Galveston Island State Park. Visit or call the Galveston Island Visitor Center at 2328 Broadway or 888-425-4753 for more info.
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 U.S. 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. 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.
1601 NASA Parkway • 281-244-2100
2. MOODY GARDENS
6. BATTLESHIP TEXAS
10. ELLINGTON FIELD
14. HAAK VINEYARDS & WINERY
1 Hope Blvd. (Galveston)..800-582-4673
3523 Highway 134 ..........281-479-2431
510 Ellington Field ........713-847-4200
6310 Avenue T. ............409-925-1401
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7. LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM
11. SAN JACINTO MONUMENT
15. SOUTH SHORE HARBOUR
710 4th Street ..............281-334-9880
2002 Terminal Dr. ......409-740-7722
One Monument Circle ......281-479-2421
2500 South Shore Blvd.....281-334-1000
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12. NOLAN RYAN CENTER
16. BIG LEAGUE DREAMS
2026 Lockheed ............409-770-9283
2501 Seawall Blvd. ....1.855.789.7437
Texas 35 and Mustang ....281-388-1134
1150 Big League Dreams...281-316-3400
5. CLEAR CREEK WINERY
9. PIRATES BAY WATER PARK
13. ARMAND BAYOU NATURE CTR. 17. GULF GREYHOUND PARK
709 Harris Ave. (Kemah)..281-334-8300
5300 East Road (Baytown) ..281-422-1150
8500 Bay Area Blvd.........281-474-2551
1000 FM 2004..............409-986-9500
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18. SYLVAN BEACH PARK on Galveston Bay in La Porte . . . . . . .281-471-5020 19. BAY FOREST GOLF COURSE 1900 South R Street (La Porte) . . . .281-471-4653 20. PINE GULLY PARK 535 Pine Gully Rd. @ Todville (Seabrook) . . . . . .281-474-3286 21. OLD SEABROOK NASA Parkway @ Hwy 146 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-474-3869 22. PUTT PUTT FUNHOUSE 806 NASA Parkway . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-333-0579 23. BUTLER’S LONGHORN MUSEUM 1220 Coryell (League City) . .281-332-1393 24. HELEN’S GARDEN/HISTORIC LC Main Street (FM 518). . . . . . . .281-338-7339 25. THE LINKS AT GREEN CAYE 2100 Caroline St. (Dickinson) . .281-337-2021
26. CINEMARK 18 20915 Gulf Frwy. (Webster) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-332-0951 27. BAYBROOK MALL 500 Baybrook Mall Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-488-4620 28. MAGNOLIA GREEK GOLF COURSE 1501 Bay Area Blvd. . . . . .281-557-0555 29. BEACON LAKES GOLF CLUB 801 FM 646 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-337-1459 30. SOUTH SHORE HARBOUR CC 4300 South Shore Harbour . . . . .281-334-0521
31. GALVESTON EAST BEACH 1923 Boddeker Drive . . . .409-762-EAST 32. THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE 2020 Postoffice St.409-763-7173 33. THE STRAND HISTORIC DISTRICT Galveston . . . . . . .713- 629-3700 34. MARDI GRAS MUSEUM 2309-2311 Ship’s Mechanic Row . .409-765-5930 35. MOODY MANSION MUSEUM 2618 Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . .409-762-7668 36. BISHOP'S PALACE 1402 Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-762-2475 37. GALVESTON RAILROAD MUSEUM 25th & Strand .409-765-5700 38. TEXAS SEAPORT MUSEUM Pier 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-763-1877 39. OCEAN STAR OFFSHORE MUSEUM Pier 20 . . . . .409-766-STAR 40. SEAWOLF PARK Pelican Island via Seawolf Parkway . . .409-797-5114
41. HOBBY AIRPORT 7800 Airport Boulevard . . . . . . . . . . . .713-640-3000 42. RELIANT STADIUM One Reliant Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .832-667-1400 43. HOUSTON MEDICAL CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .713-791-8805 44. DOWNTOWN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT . . . .713-658-8938 45. TOYOTA CENTER 1510 Polk Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .713-758-7200 46. GRB CONVENTION CTR 1001 Avenida de las Americas .713-853-8000 47. MINUTE MAID PARK 501 Crawford Street . . . . . . . . . .713-259-8500 48. BBVA COMPASS STADIUM 2200 Texas Avenue . . . .713-276-7500 49. DOWNTOWN HOUSTON AQUARIUM 410 Bagby .713-223-3474 50. HOUSTON ZOO 6200 Hermann Park Drive . . . . . . . . . . . .713-533-6500
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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. Beach House ....................731 Seawall Blvd. (Galveston) 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. Classic Cafe......................................2511 Nasa Parkway 20. Clear Creek Winery ..........................709 Harris (Kemah) 21. Chelsea Wine Bar ............4106 Nasa Pkwy # F (El Lago) 22. Chitsuru Sushi & Hibachi ..2860 Gulf Freeway S, Ste. A 23. Coastal Crossing Grill ......113 East Sealy Street (Alvin) 24. Cock-Eyed Seagull ......................1010B E. Nasa Road 1 25. Coffee Oasis ....................................4650 Nasa Parkway 26. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack ........309 4th Street(Kemah) 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. Dan’s Pizza Company ................................15148 Hwy 3 31. Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse ..........2111 FM 517 32. Don Pico’s - Clear Lake ..................2110 Bay Area Blvd. 33. Don Pico’s - Pasadena ..............4940 Fairmont Parkway 34. Don Pico’s - Pearland ..............9811 Broadway (FM518) 35. D’Vine Wine - Galveston ..............................2110 Strand 36. Esteban's Cafe & Cantina..............402 West Main Street 37. Fatty’s........................1717 2nd Street (Seabrook) NEW! 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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41. Gabacho’s Mexican Grill ......................4449 NASA Rd. 1 42. Gio’s Flying Pizza ....................................630 FM 517 Rd 43. Gordon St. Tavern....................114N. Gordon St. (Alvin) 44. Hugh & Jeff’s Car Wash & Grill ............1232 W. FM 646 45. Jackie’s Brickhouse ..1051 Marina Bay Drive (FM 2094) 46. Jackie B’s Sports.Spirits..................352 N. Gulf Freeway 47. Joe Lee’s Seafood Kitchen ..........1108 Marina Bay Drive 48. Kahuna Joe’s ..................812 East Main Street (FM 518) 49. Katie’s......................................................315 Grand Ave. 50. Kemah Asian Cafe ....................1201 Hwy 146 (Kemah) 51. La Brisa - Bacliff ......................................4001 Hwy 146 52. La Brisa - League City ..........501 Wesley Drive (@ I-45) 53. Laredo’s TexMex ....2119 Bayport Boulevard (Hwy 146) 54. Las Haciendas • NASA ......................1020 NASA Rd. 1 55. Las Haciendas • I-45 ......................12933 Gulf Freeway 56. Latitudes Restaurant ........1817 Ave K (San Leon) NEW! 57. Luna’s Restaurant (Hilton) ............3000 NASA Parkway 58. Main 101 Grill & Bar ..............101 E. Main St. (La Porte) 59. Main Event ......................................1125 Magnolia Ave. 60. Mainly Drinks ..................223 W. Main Street (La Porte) 61. Mamacita’s - Clear Lake........................515 E Nasa Rd 1 62. Mamacita’s - Pasadena ..............7325 Spencer Highway 63. Maribelle’s ....................................3136-C NASA Road 1 64. Mario’s Italian • Seabrook ......1304 Bayport (HWY146) 65. Mario’s Italian • Webster ................618 NASA Parkway 66. Masa Sushi Fusion ..............................977 Nasa Road 1 67. Masa Sushi Sake Bar ............................1804 W. FM 646 69. Mediterraneo Market & Cafe ........18033 Upper Bay Rd. 70. Mely’s - League City......2951 Marina Bay Dr. (FM 2094) 71. Merlion on 4th ........................................1301 4th Street 72. Michiru Sushi & Asian Bar 20911 Gulf Freeway, Suite A 73. Monkey Bar ..........................................605 6th Street C 74. Nick’s Pizza, Pasta & Gelato 210 S. Hwy 3 (League City) 75. Noah’s Ark Restaurant..............4438 Boulevard (Bacliff) 76. Opus Bistro ........................................1002 Aspen Road 77. Palapa’s......................................608 6th Street (Kemah) 78. Pelican Grill ..................3142 Nasa Parkway (Seabrook) 79. Pier 27 Tavern ................3202 Marina Bay Blvd. Suite F 80. Pizza King ........................103 Davis Road (League City) 81. Pomodoro’s Cucina Italiana ........2700 Marina Bay Drive
82. Pomodoro’s Pasta & Pizzeria ... 83. Pomodoro’s Italian Restaurant & 84. Roger’s Bar & Grill..1271 E. FM 5 85. Roger’s Malt Shoppe ................4 86. San Luis Resort ........................5 87. Scout Bar ................................... 88. Sherlock’s................................... 89. Signature Bistro ..........1918 NA 90. Skipper’s..................1026 FM 20 91. Smoking J’s ....................550 FM 92. South Shore Harbour Resort..250 93. Sporting News Bar & Grill ......... 94. Star Cinema Grill ..................102 95. Sudie’s ..............................352 G 96. Terrace Cafe ....................609 Br 97. Tequila Mia’s ............................... 98. The Spot ........................3204 Se 99. The Davenport ......................12 100. The Hop.................................... 101. The Paint Pub ..1840 NASA Par 102. The Tree House ........................ 103. Three Oaks Fine Wines ............ 104. Time Out Sports Bar #1 ........... 105. Time Out Sports Bar #2 .......... 106. Time Out Sports Bar #3 ..........4 107. Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Ba 108. Tookies..................................... 109. Topwater Grill ......................81 110. T-bone Tom’s............................ 111.Tuscany Bistro..................2951 112. Union Tavern ............................ 113. What’s Cookin’ at the Bistro ..... 114. Zone 504 .................................
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2012 Texas Outlaw Challenge
A MORNING AT THE RACES The SCENE is Galveston Bay on a sunny Friday morning. I’m a guest of Ron Culbreath and Tammy Mazoch aboard their yacht, Bucket List, which is serving as an official patrol boat and the VIP boat for the “Extreme Shoot-out Runs” of last month’s Texas Outlaw Challenge. These shoot out runs are for 100-mph-plus boats that one-by-one take to the long, straight course that stretches from south Kemah to Bayshore Park in San Leon. The boats are built for speed and look the part to be sure. The goal is simple, go as fast as possible in an attempt to reach the top speed of the day. It is basically drag racing on the water, only one boat at a time with the boat speeds logged into the team's GPS. I later learned that despite less-than-optimum conditions (water was a little rough), the winner of the day topped 160 mph receiving the Big Gun Shootout Award. The event’s signature six-shooter gunslinger trophies were awarded in a number of classes. It was truly an awesome spectacle and great time on the water. Having great hosts definitely didn’t hurt. In just five years, The Texas Outlaw Challenge has turned into a premier high-performance boating destination offering an extended weekend full of poker runs, parties, million-dollar boat displays, dinners, live entertainment and bikini contests and attracting guests and boats from all over the country. - John Ennis
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On the Water
LAKEWOOD’S BAY CUP II SLATED FOR AUGUST 11 Lakewood Yacht Club Race Committee Chairman Gerhard Wittich has announced that the 2012 Bay Cup II will be held on Sat., Aug. 11. This is the second in a series where Bay Cup I was held last March. Wittich explained that there will be overall class winners for the Bay Cup Series which will be presented at the awards ceremony on the night of Aug. 11 in Lakewood Yacht Club’s lounge. The race is open to the public with a $70 registration fee. Racers can register on line at Lakewood’s website: www.lakewoodyachtclub.com under the racing button. “Bay Cup II will feature long distance racing in Galveston and Trinity Bays,” related Wittich, “with multiple legs for a total of about 5 – 25 nautical miles, depending upon wind conditions. This should be a navigational challenge for the racers as well.” Classes include PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF Non-Spinnaker, Cruising Spinnaker, Classic Canvas, Multihull, SOS, and others. There will be a Sat. night pool party with dinner and entertainment. The awards that night will be for the winners of Bay Cup II as well as the 2012 Bay Cup Series. Wittich wanted to thank the sponsors of Bay Cup II: Sea Lake Yacht Sales and Bay Access, Inc., which is a not-for-profit organization fostering amateur sailing. Racers are encouraged to attend the Bay Cup II Skippers meeting which will be held at Lakewood Yacht Club’s ballroom, 2425 NASA Parkway, Seabrook on Friday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m.
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HYC Summer Series #2 July 7 • Galveston Bay #3 July 21 • Galveston Bay WSA Women's Sailing Weekend July 28 • Catherine Spiller Regatta July 29 • Women’s Regatta Lightning North American Championship (hosted by HYC) July 31 - Aug 4: Masters/Youth/Women Aug 4 - 10: Championship Regatta Houston Yacht Club 281-471-1255
Basic Boating Class & Certification: July 14 Galveston Bay Sail & Power Squadron’s one-day basic boating class, including Texas Parks and Wildlife certification, will be held Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Designed for ages 12 and above, this class, “America’s Boating Course,” covers a wide range of topics such as numerous safety matters, general information about many types of boats, rules and regulations, right-of-way issues, and tying commonly used marine knots. Texas Parks and Wildlife recommends a basic boating course for all boat operators and requires such a course for anyone born on or after September 1, 1993, who operates a motorized vessel over 15 horsepower or a windblown vessel over 14 feet long. Cost is $60 for the course, textbook, materials, and lunch. This course makes a great Father’s Day gift, especially if the whole family attends, and family discounts are available. First-time participants in the ABC class are eligible to apply for six months of free membership. Contact Jim Hammond 832-385-1357 or Pam Sanders 713-9628878 for more information.
Bay Cup II August 11 • Galveston Bay
Harvest Moon Regatta Oct. 29-30 • Gulf of Mexico Lakewood Yacht Club • 281-474-2511
Rum Race 4 • July 7 Rum Race 5 • July 14 Rum Race 6 • Aug 6 Galveston Bay Galveston Bay Cruising Assoc. • gbca.org
Wednesday Night Races On Clear Lake Info: 281-636-3508 7/11 ......Series 4, Race 3 ........6:15pm 7/18 ......Series 4, Race 4 ........6:15pm 7/25 ......Series 5, Race 1 ........6:15pm
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JUJU’S BEACHWEAR: MORE THAN BIKINIS! After stepping inside JuJu’s Beachwear in Seabrook, you will find yourself immersed in a wide variety of fashionable designer swimwear, from one-piece bathing suits to bikinis in a wide palette of colors and sizes and coordinating accessories. JuJu’s Beachwear is a cozy and welcoming shop. Owner and Seabrook resident JuJu DeBusk is a petite, bubbly blonde with a passion for helping clients find the perfect swimwear and complementing accessories. DeBusk opened the store after she realized the need for a local swimwear shop. The choices abound with over 1,000 suits in stock. There is something for everyone!
professional airbrush tanning through a local vendor and can even further customize a swimsuit with airbrushing or embroidery to match events or even boats. Enjoy a free consultation all year long when you visit the shop at 4634 NASA Road 1 at Kirby Drive. Be sure to fan JuJu’s Beachwear on Facebook! - Rhonda Meredith
Since March 2010, the boutique has carried swimwear for men, women, and children. The styles include everything from bikinis, onepieces, tankinis, board shorts, and more. All women’s top sizes from ADD-E, and specialty sizes up to G. Suit sizes range from X-Small to XX-Large. Finding the right fit just became easier since all swimwear is sold as separates. Brands include Vix, L*Space, Sunsets, Miracle Suit, Swim Systems, Body Glove, Betsey Johnson and more. Possibly the most important fit is that swimwear at Juju’s Beachwear fits all types of budgets! JuJu’s Beachwear also offers custom competition suits and they are stunning. After the client picks the perfect fabric and rhinestone accents, DeBusk will tailor make the suit typically over a two-week period. If you enter into a contest at the last minute, do not worry. “Often times, a first time contestant will come in and purchase a suit that day to win first place in a completion that night,” said DeBusk. The store is a sponsor for a lot of organizations and charities including Miss Kemah, Miss Houston, Miss Bay Area, and each corresponding “Teen” contest, the Texas Outlaw Challenge and all local boating events, as well as many fitness competitions. JuJu’s Beachwear was selected as TOPPS Power Boat Club Corporate Member of the Year in 2010. But the boutique is more than just swimwear. Cover-ups, wraps, shorts, jewelry, sunglasses, and other accessories are available to complete your shopping experience. Don't forget to purchase Summer Solution's swimsuit cleaner to keep your investment in tip-top condition. JuJu’s Beachwear even offers
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Fab 5 @ Cullen’s
Loose Notes: Continued from Page 48 ON KEEPING IT COOL - Okay, so some of us tend to fade in the heat after awhile. Never fear ’cuz Kevin and the team at Cullen’s Live keep their music cooking, and the AC is set low. This month, the area’s longest running Beatle tribute band, The Fab 5, had the place twisting and shouting the night away – which is always a good thing. The other coolest hang out this summer has got to be the Cock-eyed Seagull. We caught Big Tip Todd there for the first time. We didn’t put them on the New Band Alert list earlier, and, thus, do so here. These guys don’t just have it down musically, but do so with a flair and social conscience, too. Somehow, the music’s simply better when the latter two gets folded in. Fab 5 @ Cullen’s Ever notice?
Briefcase of Blues @ Moody Gardens Kurland Street Band @ League City
Trapt @ Scout Bar
Madigan @ Dempsey’s
Big Tip Todd @ Cock-Eyed Seagull
The summer solstice is behind us, and while the days will be getting shorter, we’re happy to say we still have the best nightlife action happening. Indoors or outside, on the water or inland, you folks do it all. Keep doing it well, and we’ll do it with you out there on The SCENE!
Big Tip Todd @ Cock-Eyed Seagull
Briefcase of Blues @ Moody Gardens
Photos by Andy Eng & Carmen Bates
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TOUR, TASTING & TV (REALITY SHOW) Galactic Coast Brewingâ€™s Made-For-Reality TV Launch Party @ Lone Star Flight Museum. Stay tuned for broadcast date & viewing party info. Special thanks to Mama Tried, Morphis Art, Paparazzi Houston and La Brisa.
Texas Beer Revolution • Continued This has left those dominating the market, Big Beer Water, with an advantage they don't deserve but spend millions in campaign contributions to maintain. In a future installment of this series, we will take a closer look at issues with current TABC laws, the recent victorious lawsuit by the new Austin brewery Jester King against TABC, the challenges that remain within the state and the Open The Taps grassroots organization of craft beer consumers and the changes they are fighting for. But this month, we will focus on a more positive topic, the explosion of new craft breweries that have opened in Texas and the impact they are already making locally, statewide and nationally. As you probably noticed on the previous page, the last year and a half has been an active one for the state’s brewing scene. Austin is quickly becoming one of the nation’s top beer cities with unprecedented growth. And not only are these new breweries opening and serving the Austin community, but making a name
for themselves nationally as well. Austin Beer Works, which opened last year, took home a 2011 Great American Beer Festival silver medal in the English-style summer ale category for their Peacemaker Extra Pale Ale just five months after opening. Another new Austin brewery, Hops & Grain Brewing, has continued the momentum landing a gold for its Alt-eration in the German-style brown ale/Dusseldorf-style altbier category at the World Beer Cup. A good example of the creativity new Texas breweries are bringing to the table is the Oatmeal Pale Ale (OPA) from San Antonio’s Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling. It is described as “a central Texas take on the classic American Pale Ale” and is both as unique and delicious as they come. So promising with potential is the Houston Craft Beer market that prolific brewmaster and brewery consultant Eric Warner (who was hired to consult on the construction of Houston’s new Karbach Brewing) decided instead to join the company full-time leaving his post at Flying Dog Brewing and moved his family to Texas. Stay tuned for more on the Texas Beer Revolution. Cheers!
Saint Arnold Brewing Co. • Continued At that time, Saint Arnold was coming off 30 percent growth (17,811 barrels in 2007) and put their brewhouse in action around the clock to finish 2008 up another 28% (22,749 barrels). Despite outgrowing the brewery, Saint Arnold managed 13% growth (25,710) in 2009, its final year at the original brewery. As reported in The SCENE at the time, Saint Arnold purchased and transformed an abandoned Houston Independent School District food distribution headquarters into the current brewery, installing a huge brewhouse shipped from a Bavarian brewery that had been brewing since 1295. The new brewery (referred to as the newery prior to and during the move) brought greatly increased brewing capacity, allowing Saint Arnold to surpass 40,000 barrels (40,416) for 29 percent growth in 2011. Good enough for 43rd on the list of Top 50 American Craft Brewing Companies. The move also gave Saint Arnold the perfect venue allowing for more tours in a larger, historic and air-conditioned brewery. Despite all the recent success, Saint Arnold only continues to grow and raise the bar. It has expanded its market now selling into Louisiana and expanded its product line launching a number of highly-regarded new beers in the last 12 months including three that medaled in the World Beer Cup competition. (Pumpkinator: Silver in “field or pumpkin beer category;” Endeavour Imperial IPA: Silver in the “imperial India pale ale category;” and Santo: bronze in the “American-style dark lager” category.) So even with added competition from new craft breweries, it is obvious that no one will be forgetting about Texas’ First Craft Brewery if Wagner has anything to do with it.
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Loose Notes: Continued from Page 48
ON REINVENTION Coaches will always say it’s a good idea to hang on to what works. And a Mambo Jazz King show never fails. Not many Houston metroplex venues can readily host Mambo’s team but Jackie’s Brickhouse does Mambo Jazz Kings @ so with ease. Aside from Jackie’s Brickhouse the tried and true, we’ve been enjoying the new talent Jackie’s has been bringing in, and this month, it was Boot Jam with Mandi Powell, Susan Hickman and Presley Lewis taking turns on the indoor stage. It was a great way to spend a hot Saturday afternoon. Perhaps best of all, however, this month, is Jackie’s Monday Steak Night and Open Mic. We knew the cooks at Open Mic @ the Brickhouse were Jackie’s Brick- capable of some serihouse ously fine culinary cuisine, and what they do with a steak is incredible. May we recommend, too, the side of shrimp and stuffing all the way? The Open Mic – hosted by Lynn Raggio, Myrna Sanders, and Cisco Ruiz – is first rate, too, with a good mix of musicians stopping in for the evening. Monday Night Football is a ways away. In the mean time, we’ve got Jackie’s Brickhouse’s Steak Night and Open Mic. Make this a regular evening on your Monday night schedule. ON CONSISTENCY Which is Scout Bar and their steady lineup of local, national and international touring acts. Summer vacations caused some of us to miss the sweet spot of last month’s lineup, but we did catch Brett Cardiff at his last show at Scout Bar with IDR. Over the months catching Brett’s ever-steady nitty-gritty work on the bass hasn’t gone unno-
ticed - For many to play at such a level on a single night would be pretty cool but to see his intensity level each and every night is truly remarkable. If John Madden were to have an All American Team of Intense Bass Players, Brett would be on that team. Cheers! - Continued on Page38
Mambo Jazz Kings @ Jackie’s Brickhouse
IDR @ Scout Bar IDR @ Scout Bar
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Loose Notes: Continued from Page 51 THE TEST OF TIME - Old Town League City was where it happened in a good old fashion way with a concert in the park and regional touring group, The Kurland Kurland Street Street Band in the Band @ League City gazebo. Originally made up of musicians who worked for HL&P in 1985, these professionals have since been dispersed as is typical in modern corporate America. Yet as musicians, they’ve stuck together keeping big band swing alive covering the era of the 1920s through some of today’s new artists for all us young at heart. Reckoning this through, the Kurland Street Band and their music truly passes the test of time. Put them on your watch list.
Briefcase of Blues @ Moody Gardens
THE HEAT IS ON - One of the finest North American tribute bands stopped by the Moody Gardens, and we were there. Briefcase Full Of Blues was their name, and these cats gave forth the finest rendition of the infamous American tradition, The Blues Brothers – handcuffs and all! Joining the high-energy traveling entourage were our very own Andy Upchurch, Fred Linton, David Watson, and Paul Chapman (keys, sax, bone and sound). On this evening, the beach was cooking the music was even hotter. *THIS* is a group this area deserves to see more often!
NEW BAND ALERT and CONNECTING THE DOTSJoe Palmero (from Six Car Pileup) doesn’t often send us event invites, so when he does, we take notice. And boy, does his new group, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, score a mention on our watch list. We caught this group at Dempsey’s – a place never afraid to try something new – pulled it off well. It’s no secret people here like ’80s Madigan @ Dempsey’s dance bands, and I suspect we’ll see more of these folks in the months ahead. This group had a bright sharp cadence elevating the evening’s edge nicely – and with Dale on the mixing board – was sonically precise to the nines! (That's a rare score folks!) Check ’em out! While we’re with Dempsey’s, we dropped in on the Wells Alliance Benefit (thewellsalliance.bbnow.org) who has been doing good things for several years running. We were able to catch After Party and Madigan After Party @ Dempsey’s that day. By my informal accounting, Madigan is amongst the leaders appearing at charity events throughout the year. Don’t forget their rocking, highenergy shows, and you can connect the dots yourself... - Continued on Page 44
Kurland Street Band @ League City Breakfast at Tiffany’s @ Dempsey’s
After Party @ Dempsey’s
Featured Music Venue July 6: The Fuse 9-1 Playboyz 6-10 DJ Johnny Hook
July 7: Bad Boyfriend 9-1 Shawn Michael 7-11 DJ Ernel
Sights, sounds and spirits – Music lovers will be impressed by the many options available to satisfy their live music cravings, all in an upscale setting where the drink specials abound.
July 11: Geeks who Drink 8-10pm Steak night July 12: Jon Bittick 5-8 The Pub Affair 9-12 DJ Kaliente (industry night) July 13: The Reds 9-1am Stephen Chadwick 6-10 DJ Johnny Hook
Welcome to Cullen’s LIVE! It is no coincidence that the venue’s name shares the description of the music found behind the heavy glass doors and bold brick exterior. Cullen’s LIVE is all about live music. Located inside Cullen's Restaurant (11500 Space Center Blvd. in Houston – just south of Genoa Red Bluff Road), Cullen’s LIVE is easy to get to and even has parking spaces available for charging electric vehicles. Inside, visitors will find the rich decor appealing to the senses. The main music area has a large stage that sits raised above the ample tile dance floor. The state-of-the-art lighting and sound system makes the night come alive as national acts and area favorites perform. Cullen’s LIVE takes pride in offering a variety of musical stylings. Bands such as the Velcro Pygmies, Flock of Seagulls, Mambo Kings, The Slags, The Spicolis, Space Monkeys and The Fab 5 have been known to perform on the main stage. In July, you will be able to get out and dance to The Reds, Bad Boyfriend, The Pub Affair, Video Stars, and many more! Maybe you are a little unsure about your dance moves? That’s ok, too. Cullen’s LIVE is presenting the “Geeks who Drink” pub trivia challenge. If you think it’s just trivia, then think again. (Ask for details.) As you are shaking your groove thing on the dance floor, you can't help but look up at the huge opening in the ceiling revealing a second floor. A discreet staircase and elevator are nestled over to the side taking party-goers to the upstairs lounge. Its cool and swanky furnishings are home to a DJ that spins various music genres, and it doesn't hurt that there is an additional bar upstairs.
July 18: Geeks who Drink 8-10pm Steak night July 19: Jon bittick 5-8 Raf Rivera 9-12 DJ Kaliente (industry night) July 20: Video Stars 9-1 Nervous Rex 6-10 DJ Johnny Hook
of Brian “BC” Carrion, July 21: Encore 9-1 Jared Wagoner and Nigel Edison 7-11 DJ Ernel Heart & Soul have enterJuly 25: Geeks who Drink tained on the terrace. 8-10pm Steak night This month, Shaun July 26: Jon Bittick 5-8 Michael and Raf Rivera Raf Rivera 9-12 are among the talented DJ Kaliente (industry night) musicians scheduled to perform. Sit underneath July 27: 11th Hour 9-1 Bryan Shane 6-10 the stars and decorative DJ Johnny Hook lights and soak in the feng shui vibe in comfy July 28: The Pub Affair 9-1 The Liars 7-11 DJ Ernel outdoor chairs or iron benches next to the waterfall wall and fountain bursts. Visit www.cullenshouston.com (click “Cullen’s LIVE” for information on music, dinner and drink specials). It’s easy to remember that the music starts early and finishes late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Bands who wish to perform at Cullen’s LIVE should send their information to Info@Cullens Houston.com. Cullen’s LIVE welcomes Muir Sunil as the bar manager and entertainment director. Be sure to ask for him and welcome him to the SCENE!
It’s a one, two, three punch at Cullen’s LIVE! One is the main music area. Two is the upstairs lounge. Three is the 3,000 square foot patio outside. Take time to experience acoustic music at its finest. The likes
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Michael Stephens Band @ Jackie B’s
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The Miami Heat are this year’s NBA champions; the dog days of summer are around the corner; and we cooled off by taking our music-loving ears to the water. Last month, we spent time with the Yachty Gras folks and the Shuttlebration Celebration armada. The Yachty Gras group is busy planning a new and exciting season, and we look forward to more good times ahead. Also, we hung out with another popular annual event, the Texas Outlaw Challenge. These amazing creations make the most impressive music to the Cerebelus @ ears when screaming Mainly Drinks across the water. In the months ahead, we’ve prime time sailboat racing to enjoy and throughout it all, the live music remains alive and well. Let’s run through the month! ON THE WATER - Out on Galveston Bay at Noah’s Ark, Casey Bennett’s put together a fun new band calling themselves the Black Light Mannequins with plenty of the neon painted models on hand, custom vintage hippie lighting, and tie-dye galore. Musically, these guys moved seamlessly from one song to the next touching the ’60s and ’70s rock spectrum (rockabilly, classic, southern, Hendrix electric) you’d play on a ’70s crosscountry road trip. Out on the water at Outriggers, we decompressed in the cool Kemah Channel breeze with buckets of iced beer, great chow for everybody and Southbound on the stage. These guys have been weaving some new originals into their nonstop playlist and have a remarkable way of setting the atmosphere to “beach quality”-perfect everywhere they play. Heads up: August heat in Houston can be maddening for which we recommend getting away with Southbound on their five-day trip to Cozumel leaving August 3. Check out the itinerary. This is
Southbound @ Outriggers
Black Light Mannequins @ Noah’s Ark
a deal you won’t want to miss. Surf over to www.southboundus.com and book your getaway while there’s still room. FOLLOW UP- A couple months ago, we fell in love with a new stop, Mainly Drinks in LaPorte, and knew a follow up was in order. Turns out, we had it right as the place was packed for dinner with Cerebelus (Rachel Naomi Walker and Armando Vazquez) filling the air with soulful R&B bent towards a Rock/Pop sound. Duets are amongst our favorite groups where performances tend towards tight eclectic. Enjoy Cerebelus at Mainly Drinks, Signature Bistro and other fine locations on the SCENE. This month, we also followed up Black Light Mannequins @ Jackie B’s outdoor stage catching the Michael Stephens duet along Noah’s Ark with Wood & Wind. Bobbie and Steve Revak have been steadily adding a whole bunch of new songs to their playlist. The eclectic ones you rarely hear performed locally live. Special guest included radio personality Lee Jolly on the bass. Musically, both evenings scored two thumbs up. Cheers! Wood ‘n Wind @ Jackie B’s
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SCENE HAPPY HOUR GUIDE Where: 707 Hwy. 146 (Kemah) When: “Happy Hour & a Half” Mon-Fri • 5-6:30pm What: 99¢ Fish or Shrimp Taco, $1.49 Shrimp Cocktail, 99¢ Dom Draft (16 oz. Glass) $3 Half Pitchers (Domestic) $6 Pitchers (Domestic) Excluding holidays
-------------------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: 605 A 6th Street When: M - Fri., 11am to 7pm What: $2 Dom Pints, $3 Wells, $4 Wine by glass, $4 Ouzo shots ($3 Mimosas & Bloody Marys Sunday)
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: 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.
Shot Specials. Wed. Be Your Own DJ: $2 Dom & $3 Import Pints. Thurs. NEW! Live Music Acoustic Sets: 3 U-Call-Its (Excludes Premiums)
------------------Where: 3202 Marina Bay Dr. When: MF: 3-7pm What: $2 16oz Dom Drafts, $2 Dom. Bottles, $2 Wells, $3 House Wine
Where: 315 Grand Ave. When: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm What: $2 Dom Draft, $2 Dom Longnecks, $3 Wells. (On Mon. & Wed.: $2 Ritas; On Sun.: $2 Well Vodka Drinks (noon to 7pm)
-------------------Where: 1717 2nd Street. When: Mon-Fri 2PM-7PM What: Sat $4 Long Island Iced Tea; Sun $2.50 Bloody Marys; Mon $2.50 Margaritas; Tues $4 “U Call It” Tequila
Where: 504 Kipp Ave. (Kemah) What/When: Mon. Karaoke, $2 Dom & $3 Import Bottles. Tues.: Tues. Dart Tourneys: $3 Wells &
Where: 352 N. Gulf Frwy, League City 11am-7pm 7 days a week: $1 draft Bug & Miller Light, $2.50 wells, $2 dom bottles. All day Sun., Mon., Tues.: $1 drafts, $2 dom bottles, $2.50 wells & $3 shot specials
Where: 435 El Dorado Blvd #A When: 28pm daily. What: FREE Billiards, Steel Tip Darts and Great Specials
-------------------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
Friday AWOL Happy Hour 4-9pm (Live Music) What: Happy Hour pricing $1 off everything in the house.
Where 1026 FM 2094 (Clear Lake Shores) When: All Day, Every Day What: $2.75 Domestics, $3.50 Imports
Where: 1840 NASA Parkway in Nassau Bay Townsquare When: Wed-Sat All-Day What: $2 Domestic, $3 Import and $4 Wine
Where: 3612 W. Main Street (FM 518) What: 75¢ dom drafts; $1.50 dom bottles; $2 wells; $3 premiums; $4 super premiums + free jukebox!
Where: 1303 NASA Parkway What/When: Everyday 11am7pm; $2 Domestic Beer; $2.50 Imports & $3 House Wine
Where: 2513 NASA Parkway on the water in Seabrook. When: Mon-Thurs 4 to 7pm;
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-------------------Where: 515 E. NASA Rd. 1 When: Mon-Wed 11-10pm; Thurs-Sat 11-7pm What: $3.95 Ritas, $1.75 Domestic Draft
-------------------Where: 4438 Boulevard When: M-F 9am - 6pm What: $1.50 Draft Beer, $2 Wells. Plus, Saturday 8am - 4pm & all day Sunday, $2 Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers & Mimosas
-------------------Where: 1051 Marina Bay Drive When: Mon-Thur 11am-7pm; Fri 119pm & Sat-Sun 11am-6pm What: $2 Domestic Pints, $3 Import Pints, $3 Wells
Roger’s Bar & Grill
Where: 1271 Deke Slayton Blvd (FM 518) League City, What/When: Sunday – All Day $5 Domestic Pitchers. Wed7pm to Close $1 wells; Sat3pm-11Pm $3 domestic pints
Where: 21st St & E. Bayshore Dr., San Leon When: All Day/Every Day What: 2 Longnecks Sunday $2 Bloody Marys
-------------------Where: 3136C NASA Parkway When: 11am to 7pm Daily; Fri-Sat Power Hour 810pm What: $2 Dom. bottle beer; $2 Wells/
Where: 11500 Space Center Blvd. When: Tues-Sun 11am to 7pm Thursday 11am to 11pm What: Brand new drinks specials listed below:
VERONICA @ SCOUT BAR
Calls; $3 Premiums & $4 Super Premiums
SCENE HAPPY HOUR GUIDE
SHE’s back at Scout Bar! After a stint bartending in mid-town, Veronica says “There is no place like home.”
native was featured as a “Hottest Bartender” finalist.
What is it about Scout Bar that feels like home? Rock and Roll baby! I love live music and the laid back crowd.
Veronica’s favorite holiday is… Halloween! Out of her “technically” 55 tattoos, she has a coffin, bats, and pumpkins.
What drink separates the men from the boys? The 25 year-old says a Jack Daniels shot.
Favorite music? ‘80s hair metal and classic rock. Journey is her #1 all time band. LOVES them!
BUNNY OR TURKEY? Both… Veronica’s birthday is around Thanksgiving and she was featured in Playboy Magazine!
Veronica trivia: She worked at NASA for a year. Loves Velveeta Mac & Cheese…can eat the whole box. Watches Hollywood news and celeb fashion shows on TV. Tip – know what you want to order on a busy night!
Repeating the words “Playboy Magazine…” In the February, 2011 issue, the Pearland
IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE A.W.O.L. AT CABO! By Rhonda Meredith
and queso. This is a recipe that seafood lovers will appreciate! An 8ounce Ahi Tuna is seared and blackened on a hot skillet in a lime butter sauce and served rare for the best flavor. Pair the entree with a salad and your choice of baked potato, fries, onion rings or grilled asparagus.
The summertime party season is in full swing at Cabo! Cabo is a premier place to unwind, let loose, and just have a good time any day of the week. That’s why the term “A.W.O.L.” (After Work On the Lake) has become more than a battle cry. A.W.O.L. has become the much appreciated transition from work to play. The friendly crowd that assembles at Cabo knows how to have some fun! The waterfront venue is located in the heart of Seabrook at the intersection of Nasa Road 1 and Lakeside Drive. Cabo is spacious and has numerous amenities to keep you entertained. There is something for everyone, such as pool tables, ping pong table, darts, electronic games, jumbo-sized Jenga blocks, and a shuffleboard table.
The Sunset Burger is made from 100% Angus beef and topped with a fried egg, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and a side BBQ sauce. It comes with fries, onion rings, or chips and the option of lettuce, tomatoes, and onion.
But Cabo is more than just fun and games. Cabo is happy, and it shows! The generous “Happy Hour” specials are more than pleasing. Some examples of nightly drink specials are $2 drafts, $1.50 wells, $2 Jagers, and $2 domestics. Try the signature “CABO-tini.” The rich and intense flavor of raspberry vodka is fused with the fresh and fruity character of peach vodka and blended with orange liqueur for a very potent start to a cool looking drink potion. Yum! The drink specials go hand in hand with the tasty kitchen deals. On Wednesday nights, Cabo offers $5 burgers. Then on Thursdays, it’s “Steak Night” with your choice of a $10 rib-eye, $12 filet, or $9 pork chop. Inspired by Head Chef Matt Williams are Cabo’s newest menu items: Green Chile Pulled Pork Tacos, Blackened Ahi Tuna, and the Sunset Burger. The savory and satisfying Green Chile Pork Tacos are made of stewed prime pork, green chile sauce, queso fresco, onion, and cilantro. It is complimented with a side of chips
Other restaurant quality food choices range from appetizers to sandwiches. Mark your calendar for Cabo’s “POOR MAN’S POKER RUN” on Saturday, July 14.
Enjoy your meal at the bar, at a table inside or outside on the deck. Cabo has abunSign up at the venue dant outdoor seating. or check their Facebook It’s a beautiful site page for details! watching the water and boats, and the gorgeous sunset. The atmosphere immediately draws you into camaraderie with other like-minded folks. It feels so good to be A.W.O.L.! Cabo has live entertainment seven days a week. After dinner, hang out until one of the area’s top bands begins to perform live on the ample stage. On Monday nights, Mama Tried takes the stage with an open mic night offered between sets. Big Richard is live every Tuesday night and Obsolete August each Thursday. Musical duos and trios, like Cassette Tape, are rotated on Wednesday nights. To complete the entertainment line-up, Cabo books DJs with awesome turntable skills who will take you back to the old school tunes and forward with progressive mixes.
FAMILY FORCE 5 to Krunk-Rock the Kemah Boardwalk Tuesday, July 31 By Rhonda Meredith On July 31, as part of the Boomin' by the Bay Concert Series brought to you by KSBJ, Family Force 5 (FF5) will be “krunk-rocking” the Kemah Boardwalk with their unique blend of southern-fried dance music. Solomon "Soul Glow Activatur" Olds, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Family Force 5 (Tooth & Nail Records) spoke with The SCENE Magazine about their new records, zombies, and coming to Kemah. Last October, the band released a full-length album called “III” and in May, they followed up with an EP titled “III.V.” Olds said, “Fans do not want to wait years to hear a band’s new music. We want to give them fresh music as we record it.” The philosophy has been successful. Two singles from “III” have emerged from the rest of the album’s songs. “Wobble” is a parody to a certain current party song bearing the same name. “Paycheck” is a personal favorite that is a bit slower and more serious song with lyrics reflecting the state of those trying to work and survive. On “III.V,” the band introduced three new songs and added three acoustic versions of past fan favorites. The EP is full of standout tunes. “Kountry Gentlemen,” “Superhero,” and “Zombie” are most notable.
Static-X Thursday, July 19 SCOUT BAR
BOOMIN BY THE BAY SUMMER RETURNS TO KEMAH BOARDWALK NGEN radio, the source for Christian hits and hip hop, brings back its annual Christian summer concert series, Boomin by the Bay. Held at the Kemah Boardwalk the last four Tuesday evenings in July, Boomin by the Bay is a free, family-friendly concert series featuring favorite Christian music artists. The 2012 Boomin by the Bay Concert Series includes:
Justin Van Sant Saturday, July 21 JACKIE’S BRICKHOUSE
July 10, 7pm ............Plumb & Nine Lashes
In fact, when FF5 announced a $10,000 kickJuly 17, 7pm....Manafest & After the Well starter campaign to raise funds for fans to produce the video for their song “Zombie,” their devoted fans July 24, 7pm ....KJ52 and An Epic, No Less raised almost July 31, 7pm ....Family Force 5 & Shonlock $28,000! Fans who contributed were able to take part in the video as zombie characters and their names appeared in the credits. “When I walked into the warehouse where we were filming and saw how much care our fans were taking in dressing and looking the part, I wanted to cry,” Olds said. “Our fans are the best.”
Cassette Tape Tuesday, July 24 UNION TAVERN
FF5 has never performed at the Kemah Boardwalk before, but are looking forward to the date. At the beginning of July, they were in the DFW area filming a video for the “Cray Song.” Olds says the band’s favorite thing to do is be creative and performing for their fans. FF5 also makes it a point to be accessible to all whether through social media or after a concert. Family Force 5 hails from Georgia and is made up of brothers Jacob, Joshua, and Solomon Olds, and “brothers-from-other-mothers” Nathan Currin, and Derek Mount. Check them out on Facebook and www.FamilyForce5.com. For more information on the Kemah Boardwalk, go to www.KemahBoardwalk.com.
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