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SoutheastTexasEvents.com
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Ford Park: They Built,
Now See Who Has Come
Get Out:
Spring into the Outdoors
Library Time
The Bunny is Back
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Tabetha Franklin
Amie James
Gerald Patrizi
Melissa Tilley
Elizabeth Waddill
Emily Wheeler
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A collage of photos from Ford Park events since 2003, left
to right: Snoop Dogg, Cirque du Soleil, 3D Laser Light Show
to Pink Floyd, Cher: Never Ending Farewell Tour, The South
Texas State Fair, YMBL Rodeo, Baseball at Ford Fields, Katt
Williams, Carrie Underwood and ZZ Top.
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Editor's Letter
Rearrange for Spring
O
ne recent morning, at
2:37 a.m., I awoke with
a most important
vision. In my mind’s
eye, the loveseat in
my sunroom was
positioned where the
Christmas tree had
been just a few months prior. The vision was clear
that the pinstripe-ish, green couch for two, currently situated back-to-back with two arm chairs
that faced out into the adjacent den needed to
be re-arranged to the side of the arm chairs. This
would allow better traffic flow between the two
rooms and to offer more inviting seating for engaging conversation. One snort from a loudly but
peacefully sleeping husband and I felt I had all the
confirmation I needed to do what I love and seem
to always find myself doing in the spring - rearrange furniture!
Like the maturation of crawfish and blooming of
Azaleas, my desire to redecorate is seasonal. After
a few months of “winter,”- a cycle of cooler days,
rainy, warmer days, higher humidity and a gray daymy home décor creativity blossoms.
Sadly, my natural inclination has not pollinated
among other members of my household. The
strongest. most able bodied and most likely furniture moving partner, my husband,
doesn’t understand the sudden and immediate need
to put the couch where
the dining room table
is and to switch area
rugs. And while I
consider my urges
for
remodeling
signs of a creative
brain and the
prerogative of a
woman who loves
to live in her home,
he argues that my
middle-of-the-night
visions about home décor are symptomatic of cabin
fever and I need a change of scenery.
Can a Southeast Texan really have cabin fever? We’re never stranded in our homes
for days with snow drifts to mid-window like Dakotans. We don’t have weeks on end of trudging
through cold dreary rain like Washingtonians. But
we do have less greenery... brown patches of earth,
no water sports and stretches of time
where outdoor projects, like gardening and activities like exercise, cease.
For us Gulf Coasters, even a five-day
stretch without a walk in the yard,
dirt to dig, frogs to gig, bikes to ride,
hikes to take or birds to watch while
we bury our toes in the sand can be a
downer and cause us to do seemingly
irrational things at odd hours.
Thankfully, March rolls in with
warmer temperatures, new tree
leaves and a touch of coloration from early bloomers.
Signs of spring appear on the social scene, too.
People, 2000-plus, will run The Gusher Marathon.
See the story of a life changed as a result of our
local marathon, page 34. Meet Jean McFaddin,
an expert markswoman and organizer of the LIT
Shootout on page 18. The Farmers’ Market reconvenes; the Big Thicket offers more hikes and Shangri La announces a whole host of activities. Birding
climaxes and planting takes place everywhere, especially at our community garden The Giving Field.
(Outdoor activities, pages 8 & 10)
Plus, The South Texas State Fair comes to town.
Since 2009 this event has served as the precursor
to months of outdoor fun, page 30, including Easter egg hunts, page 15.
March ushers in the fundraising season which
continues through May. This month, some of the
big events are Le Grand Bal, Go for the Gold reverse drawing and Texas Energy Museum’s Blowout, all page 27.
It’s time for a change of scenery. This March rearrange your schedule, not your furniture. Attend
several of the great indoor and outdoor events
Southeast Texas has to offer.
I’ll see you there.
Thanks for reading the EventsBook.
10 years of exciting events
KENNY CHESNEY • KEITH URBAN • 50 CENT • ALABAMA
• JAY-Z2013
• TRACY
BYRD • SHINEDOWN
• MARK CHESNUTT
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• PATTI LABELLE • 3 DOORS DOWN • MARSHALL TUCKER
BAND • POISON • WAYNE TOUPS • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH • MILLER LITE TITLE BOXING • HILARY DUFF
(SOLD OUT) • BILL GAITHER HOMECOMING •
PAT GREEN • GARY ALLAN • WWE RAW • BILL
GLASS CRUSADE • RINGLING BROS. BARNUM
& BAILEY CIRCUS •CHER (SOLD OUT) • PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING • AMY GRANT • VINCE GILL •
NELLY • CHAMPIONS ON ICE • HOT HEARTS CHRISTIAN
CONFERENCE (SOLD OUT) • BIG & RICH • GRETCHEN
WILSON • YOLANDA ADAMS • LIPIZZANER STALLIONS •
MONSTER JAM • KIRK FRANKLIN • TEXAS WILDCATTERS
HOCKEY • MAVERICKS BASKETBALL • DRILLERS FOOTBALL • TEXAS STRIKERS SOCCER • SPIINDLETOP ROLLERGIRLS • CAN JAM • CINCO DE MAYO • MARY MARY
• DORA THE EXPLORER • GEORGE JONES (SOLD OUT)
• GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING • SKILLET • MERLE HAGGARD
(SOLD OUT) • PAPA ROACH • DISNEY ON ICE • LORETTA
LYNN • SESAME STREET • ZZ TOP • HANK WILLIAMS, JR.
• FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS • ULTIMATE CAGE FIGHTING
• SCOOBY DOO • MICAH STAMPLEY • KEVIN FOWLER •
WWE LIVE (SOLD OUT)• JOURNEY • ALAN JACKSON • PILLAR • BUSTA RHYMES • SEVENDUST • DAVID ALLAN COE
• JUSTIN GUARINI • AARON CARTER • BARNEY • SAMMY
KERSHAW • FMX RAMP TO RAMP • ZYDECO JAMM FEST •
ROYAL HANNEFORD CIRCUS •MAZE WITH FRANKIE BEVERLY • ELI YOUNG BAND • CRUNKFEST • CLAY WALKER •
WWE SMACKDOWN • YMBL RODEO • MONSTER TRUCKS
ON ICE • CHRISTUS PRO CELEBRITY TENNIS WITH PETE SAMPRAS
AND ANNA KOURNIKOVA •SEETHER • PWA WRESTLING • MY
LITTLE PONY • VICKIE WYNANS • CANDLEBOX • WWE RAW
(SOLD OUT) • LIL WIL • STAIND • KATT WILLIAMS • JEFF DUNHAM
• TRAPT • SHRINERS CIRCUS • KELLY CLARKSON • 1000 FOOT
CRUTCH • LIL WAYNE • CURIOUS GEORGE • JASON ALDEAN
(SOLD OUT) • HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS • ZONA JONES • THE
O’JAYS • CARRIE UNDERWOOD • CHEAPER TO KEEP HER • TYLER
BRYANT • CIRQUE DU SOLEIL • DAVID CROWDER • ROCKFEST
’77 • HUNTER HAYES • HINDER • JASON BOLAND • CHEVELLE •
MONSTER NATION MONSTER TRUCKS (SOLD OUT) • GODSMACK
• WWE LIVE • TYRESE • WADE BOWEN • THE PISTOL ANNIES • FIVE
FINGER DEATH PUNCH • KEVIN HART (SOLD OUT) • JOE NICHOLS
• DIERKS BENTLEY • SNOOP DOGG • CRAIG MORGAN • ADELITA’S
WAY • KID ROCK • JEFF FOXWORTHY • BILL ENGVALL • LARRY THE
CABLE GUY • NIGHT RANGER • 9/11 CHRISTIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
• HAITI RELIEF FEST • JOHN P. KEE • JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION •
ROCK UNDER COVER TOUR • BUCKCHERRY • PUDDLE OF MUDD
• EDGAR WINTER • JASON MICHAEL CARROLL • ERIC HUTCHINSON • JASON GRAY • FALL AS WELL • EIGHT DAYS GONE • J. PAUL,
JR. • KAISER BROTHERS • ROBERT FRITH • JOHN REUBEN • DIZMAS
• ALTER BRIDGE • BUILDING 429 • NUTTIN BUT STRINGZ • COWBOY TROY • BREAKING BENJAMIN • THREE DAYS GRACE • BLACKSTONE CHERRY • RANDY ROGERS BAND • LIL BOOSIE • MOLLY
HATCHET & BLACKFOOT • RONNIE MILSAP • MIRANDA LAMBERT •
CAGE RAGE • RAZZMELA • JOSH KELLY • LIL KEKE • ERIC CHURCH
• STONEY LARUE • TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA • LA MAFIA •
EMILIO • LOS LONELY BOYS • HOOBASTANK • SAFETY SUIT • SUPERCHICK • RED • JOHN RODRIGUEZ • GENE WATSON • JOHNNY
BUSH • BLACK CROWES • SAVING ABEL • JONATHAN TYLER & THE
NORTHERN LIGHTS • SONS OF SYLVIA • THEORY OF A DEADMAN
• POP EVIL • THE JANE DEAR GIRLS • MICHAEL W. SMITH • THIRD
DAY • HALESTORM • THE JOSH ABBOT BAND • DEAD SARA • NEW
MEDICINE • JUNETEENTH • TOBY MAC • WINTER BOAT SHOW •
THE PEDDLER SHOW • OUTDOOR EXPO • GOLDEN TRIANGLE
HOME SHOW • DINOSAURS • BILL PICKETT TRAILRIDERS • BEAUMONT KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW • BAYTOWN KENNEL CLUB
DOG SHOW • TX JUNIOR BRAHMA ASSOCIATION • COWBOYS
ON THE COAST • TEXAS HARLEY OWNERS GROUP • NATIONAL TAE KWON DO TOURNAMENT • WOMEN OF
DESTINY • CHEF’S DELIGHT • TASTE OF THE TRIANGLE
• SOUTH TEXAS STATE FAIR • NATIONAL GERMAN
SHEPHERD DOG SHOW • FMCA RV RALLY • HEB FEAST
OF SHARING • BIRD FAIR & EXPO • DELTA KAPPA GAMMA
STATE CONVENTION • FEAST OF CULTURES • UNITED
CHEER & DANCE • CATTLE BARON’S BALL • TEXAS DEER
ASSOCIATION BANQUET • NRA FUNDRAISER • BORN 2
LEAD YOUTH CONFERENCE • ANTIOCH FAMILY FUN DAY •
INDUSTRIAL FIRE WORLD • WILD HORSE & BURRO ADOPTION • LAMAR STEEL BRIDGE COMPETITION • TEXAS/ L A
SUPER RIDE • CHRISTUS LIVEWELL CONFERENCE
• CHEER USA REGIONALS • CHEER USA NATIONALS • BARN BURNER • BPD MOTORCYCLE TRAINING • LIT TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOL • PAGEANTS
• PROMS • HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS •
ANNUAL COMPANY PICNICS • HURRICANCE
CONFERENCE • TEXAS MOTORCOP RODEO •
JEHOVAH WITNESSES STATE CONVENTION •
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10 Years of Ford Park…
the vision was clear- one complex, five entertainment venues. What was a bit fuzzy
In
2003,
about building a Southeast Texas entertainment complex was the age-old question, “if we build it, will they come?”
A decade later, we celebrate 10 years of Ford Park and those who have come to Southeast Texas- Carrie
Underwood, Cher, ZZ Top, Jason Aldean, Monster Nation, Merle Haggard, Kid Rock, Snoop Dog, national
baseball and softball tournaments, Journey and Cirque Du Soleil, to name a few.
Fact is, since the inaugural concert featuring Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban, Southeast Texas’ worldclass entertainment complex that includes an all-weather ballpark, a 9,500-seat arena, 48,000-sq.ft. exhibit
hall, 14,000-plus seat pavilion, and 9-acre midway with 70,000-sq.ft of agricultural barn space, the SMGmanaged facility continues to accommodate events not previously foreseen.
Built to host concerts and conferences, baseball and company picnics, no one considered that the facility would be home to 2,000 New Orleans residents evacuated after Hurricane Katrina or a FEMA staging
area after Hurricane Rita with landing area for helicopters including a Black Hawk carrying then Secretary of
Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.
Other bonus uses? The Ford Park parking lot is an 18-wheeler truck driving course for Lamar Institute of Technology’s truck driving school and a great place for police training concourses as well as motorcycle rodeos.
The glassed Exhibit Hall lobby is a fantastic reception area and the grassy knoll of the Pavilion is perfect for
casual concert watching, under the stars.
Initially, Ford Arena was home to an ECHL ice hockey team but has also accommodated arena football,
professional and high school basketball, tennis, women’s roller derby, taekwondo and now is home to professional indoor soccer team The Texas Strikers.
Just about any type of event can be held somewhere on the 221,000-acre property including those needing special amenities, like dirt. Motocross, Monster trucks and rodeos all require 1200 cubic square yards of
dirt to be trucked in and spread on the arena floor. It’s messy to put in, but clean up is colossal.
And because the facility has multiple venues, some of these events are concurrent. Over Labor Day weekend in 2005, while 2,000 people lived inside Ford Arena, a huge concert was held hosting thousands more
in the Pavilion. Many weekends host multiple events- tournaments at the fields, a ticketed arena event and
perhaps a trade show or company picnic in the Exhibit Hall.
Ford Park has significantly contributed to the Southeast Texas economy not only by making it possible for
the area to host massive events that attract visitors from all over the country for extended periods of time
such as six-state RV rallies, baseball and softball tournaments and motorcycle rallies, but also by helping
nonprofit organizations raise funds.
Ford Park’s economic impact to the community is incalculable. Last year alone, during the baseball tournament season February to November, Ford Fields hosted more than 2,000 teams generating 14,000-room
nights and millions of revenue throughout the community. In addition, more
than 80 nonprofit groups have worked the concessions during Ford Park
events and received the proceeds for their organizations, totaling more than
$500,000 given to these entities in the last 10 years.
\If you have heard someone say there is nothing going on at Ford Park,
rest assured there are many events taking place all the time that are not advertised, ticketed shows - high school graduations, large company picnics,
banquets, receptions, conferences (local and national), dog shows (local and
national), training seminars and tradeshows, to name a few.
What distinguishes Ford Park from other complexes is the ability to
transform into a variety of spaces to accommodate almost any type of
event. If you dream it, it seems Ford Park can do it.
For its entertainment value, memory making
and economic impact, we celebrate Ford Park
through pictures and reminiscences...
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more than we expected with the pictures and memories to prove it
fun ford flashbacks
ZZ Top has played Ford Park three times.
More than 14,000 people came to the
ZZ Top/Hank Williams, Jr. concert, the
largest attendance to date.
Audiences rocked out Easter weekend
2006, braving freezing rain, to see and
hear ZZ Top, Los Lonely Boys, Cross Canadian Ragweed. Ford Park’s Director of
Marketing & Sales Linda Waggoner recalls,
“People in the boxes were wearing fur
coats but they were there.”
Beaumont-born, child musical prodigy
and multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter
performed with ZZ Top at the third and
most recent appearance.
Ford Park’s first sell-out concert was Hillary Duff in the fall of 2003. The facility offered a “parents place” for those parents
who brought kids but didn’t really care to see
the concert. Parents hung out and chatted in a
large room adjacent Ford Arena.
Cher’s “Never Ending Farewell” Tour was a sellout in the fall of 2004. To this day, Cher holds
the record at Ford Park for the most costume
changes and wigs. She was also the first to be
lowered from the ceiling and the only to perform a Las Vegas-style show.
If laughter is your bag, Ford Park has top-named
comedians that brought down the house: Katt
Williams, Jeff Dunham and most recently Kevin
Hart. Comedian Kevin Hart sold out his first
Arena show ever at Ford Park. He requested
that the “big ticket” made to hang in the facility designating the success be duplicated and
shipped to him in Los Angeles. Ford Park fulfilled his request.
For four years Ford Park General Manager John
Hughes worked diligently to book a Cirque
Du Soleil show. In 2011, he succeeded and
Cirque’s Dralion performed four shows over
the Thanksgiving weekend. The show holds the
record for the most number of 18-wheelers.
There were 16 carrying equipment.
Ford Park has hosted all three types of World
Wrestling Entertainment- Smackdown, Live
and Raw. Raw was broadcast live on national
television and sold out.
George Jones and Merle Haggard was a soldout show and the only concert that had a
dance floor. Southeast Texans two-stepped to
the country and western singing sensations.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
has come to Ford Park on several tours. After
the fall 2012 production, two female elephants
had a bit of tiff back stage causing more than
$30,000 of damage to a 24-foot overhead door.
One tennis event has been held at Ford Park,
the CHRISTUS Classic, featuring tennis superstars Justin Gimelstob, Anna Kournikova and
Hall of Famer Pete Sampras, who has won 14
Grand Slams and ranked number one six consecutive years.
Jason Aldean has packed both Ford Arena and
the Pavilion first with Luke Bryan, who is now
a headliner, and then with Eric Church, also a
headliner. He is the only performer to have a
runway built over 20 rows of seats out into the
Pavilion crowd.
Beaumont boys Zona Jones, Tracy Byrd, Mark
Chestnutt and Tracy Lawrence have entertained the crowds at Industry support Labor
Day shows.
Ford Park management couldn’t fathom why
in its rider Journey requested a plate of thicksliced salami to be placed in a room by itself.
“We couldn’t imagine what that was for,” said
John Hughes, Ford Park General Manager.
“Come to find out Neil Schon, Journey’s guitar player, warms up using the salami to slide
along his guitar strings to make them slippery
before performing.” Many were apprehensive
about Journey’s sound when Philippine Arnel
Pineda replaced Steve Perry as lead singer. But
none were disappointed and the integrity of
the American rock band music was maintained.
For the first time in its six-plus decade history,
the South Texas State Fair was cancelled not
once, but twice. The first time, the carnival,
vendors and rodeo were called off because of
Hurricane Rita and the second time due to Ike.
After cancelling in 2008, the Fair moved from a
fall date to a spring date and has been held in
March since 2009.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has performed twice at Ford Park. On one tour the
massive production of 100 musicians and stagehands began their national tour with the Ford
Park date and therefore came a week early to
rehearse using the facility for practice sessions.
Waggoner remembers this group as one of the
most fan friendly and always available for autographs and accessible to people who come to
their shows. Southeast Texans were honored to
have creator and founder of TSO, Paul O’Neill,
at the show. O’Neill spent two hours after the
show talking to fans.
Monster trucks have three performances annually, selling out and have performed on dirt
and on ice.
Snoop Dogg is the Ford Park entertainer who
came on stage the latest- 11:40 p.m. The basketball game he was engrossed in went into
overtime and he wanted to see the final outcome. When the game was over, Snoop took
the stage, giving his audience the performance
they came to see.
Twice Carrie Underwood has graced the Ford
Park stage. On the last occasion, she was driven
out over the audience in the back of a truck
(pretty sure a Ford) that was suspended from
the Arena ceiling. It was one of the more elaborate set ups for any performer.
Every year Sesame Street comes to Ford Park
for a series of shows including school performances that only cost $9 a ticket. Other children’s shows that have stopped at Ford Park
include Dora the Explorer, Barney, My Little
Pony, Curious George and Disney on Ice.
HEB provides free holiday meals during its annual Feast of Sharing, held at Ford Park since
2005, allowing it to double in size, with 5,500
meals served last year.
The only concert to be held in the round to
date at Ford Park is Bill Gaither Homecoming.
It has been performed three times at Ford Park
with one sell out.
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Warmer weather is here which means there is more
to do outside. Featured here are a few of the fun activities offered compliments of Mother Nature. So
say goodbye to cabin fever and let the sunshine in.
Hook It: Orange Makes a BIG Hit with BassMaster
Elite Series & Orange County Riverfront Festival
The City of Orange landed the big one. The BassMaster Elite Series Sabine River Challenge presented
by Stark Cultural Venues is taking over the Orange
City Boat ramp March 14-17, 2013. More than 100
professional anglers will compete
for the grand prize- $100,000and a guaranteed spot in the
Bassmaster Classic 2014, the
super bowl of fishing.
With so many out of towners (Bassmaster tournaments
draw as many as 10,000 guests)
dead sticking for honey holes in the Sabine, not to
mention the entourage of media including ESPN
24/7 coverage, spectators and fishing enthusiasts,
Orange is throwing a party; a festival with food,
arts and crafts and of course live music. In addition,
jumbo screens will be erected on the boat ramp
giving constant updates of fish caught.
Festivities launch faster than you can set a hook
Thursday March 14 at 2 p.m. and go until 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to
11 p.m. and Sunday March 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Each day fishermen will be eliminated at afternoon weigh-ins beginning at 3 p.m. On Sunday
only the top 12 anglers will fish for a hawg or a
lunker, aka, a trophy bass.
Still the party is on in Orange. In addition to
live music every night, including a free Neal McCoy concert March 16 at 5 p.m., the City is offering
special events the entire week to accommodate
guests and locals alike. Guess the theme?
Groundwater Awareness Week
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center,
409.670.9113
A variety of self-guided activities, demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities will be
available March 12 through 16. Attendees can stop
by between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to learn more about
the importance of groundwater and what every-
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one can do to help in its conservation. Groundwater Awareness Week is celebrated nationwide
March 10 through March 16, 2013.
Drop-In Scavenger Hunt on Gone Fishing
Stark Museum of Art, 409.886.2787
Find images of fish and water throughout the
Museum and earn a prize. This family friendly activity is offered during Museum Monday through
Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the price is included with museum admission.
Be Gone
Outdoor Activities
Spring Up Area Wide
Director’s Favorite Items on Display
Mastering Fish: American Natural History Illustrations at the W.H. Stark House Carriage House
Stark Museum of Art, 409.886.2787
This mini-exhibit highlights natural history illustrations that document the appearance and characteristics of American fish. The Museum is open
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Wild Beauty: The New Mexico Setting
Stark Museum of Art, 409.886.2787
Paintings by Southwestern masters explore the extraordinary New Mexico environment. The museum is
open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Art in the Park
712 Green Avenue, 409.886.2787
Booths will offer fun, family-friendly activities.
Visit the Stark Museum of Art booth at the Art in
the Park Festival to create your own work
of art. Free for all ages.
Shangri La Saturday Adventure Series:
Ladybugs and Aphids: Garden Combat
2111 West Park Ave, 409.670.9799
Saturday March 16 at 9:30 a.m. you
can become an organic gardener by
exploring problems gardeners face and
natural solutions available to solve
them. Learn to distinguish between
helpful and harmful insects and
all about natural pesticides.
This indoor and outdoor
family program is free and
offers a hands-on learning
through exploration of
the natural world.
610 W. Main Avenue, 409.883.0871
Director’s Favorite is a new exhibit showcasing
retiring Stark House Managing Director Patsy Herrington’s favorite decorative art objects from
The W.H. Stark House collections.
The W.H. Stark House is open
Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
Eat Fresh:
Beaumont Farmers’ Market
For the fourth year the Beaumont
Farmers’ Market will open for the season March 16
and run until mid-November. The open-air market located at the Langham Athletic Complex on
College Street in Beaumont, is
extending its hours from 8-11 a.m.
Fifteen vendors are expected to help
open season with leafy green vegetables
like broccoli and lettuce and lots of herbs
as well as cheeses, soaps and olive oils. As the
season peaks in May and June, additional vendors will join the farm-to-table event. Shop local
by bringing cash -small bills - and your own recycled
bags if you have them. For more information, see
the Farmers’ Market Web site at beaumontfarmersmarket.org or call them at 409.363.0495.
Take Flight: Birding in High Island
Whether you’re a birder or a dude, a casual birder, who likes pretty surroundings and nice weather,
now is the time to see the most species of birds
along the Texas Gulf Coast.
spring infographic
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Southeast Texans don’t get stuck indoors for weeks in the winter due to freezing temperatures and snow, but because we’re used to being outdoors and active, after
a few weeks of dreary gray days and 40 degree temps, we costal dwellers can suffer from symptoms of cabin fever. To combat it we start planning for spring, despite
the temperature. Unlike the rest of the country which allows a groundhog to predict the coming of spring, in Southeast Texas, where no animal needs to hibernate,
we know spring is coming when the plastic cover comes off Rao’s porch and every drug store is out of Zyrtec. If you have symptoms of cabin fever, spring is coming.
Identify the signs and look for opportunities throughout this EventsBook to be a part of Southeast Texas spring.
signs of spring in the area
✿ Farmers’ Market Opens
✿ You sniff and sneeze
✿ Mowers and ATVs sell faster on SoutheastTexas.com
than you can pull the trigger at the LIT Shootout
✿ Even Tex Mex restaurants serve fish on Fridays in observation of Lent
✿ A leaf blower seems to be nature’s song heard in every neighborhood
✿ Swimming lesson signup is as prevalent as flip-flop sales and tanning bargains
✿ County Home & Ranch’s nursery is in full bloom and mulch is stacked to the roof
southeast texans' spring brain activity
Nature’s Way of Announcing Spring
in Southeast Texas
Mockingbirds dive bomb the cat
Light yellow pollen dusts sidewalks, cars and people if they stand still
Red buds and dogwoods bloom
robin sightings
Earthworms, earthworms and earthworms
are especially visible on sidewalks after a rain
Number of southeast texans that suffer
from these symptoms of cabin fever
Infographics is loosely based on fact embellished with fun.
■ Baseball Girls, boys, college... any!
■ Going to the Beach Even if the
water is cold, just walking in the
sand makes you sing!
■ Planting/Gardening
■ Easter Egg hunting
■ Crawfish eating
■ Golfing
■ Fishing
How a
Southeast Texan Brings in Spring
Replaces the crockpot with the
crawfish pot in the kitchen
Spends more money on mulch
and weed & feed
than on groceries
Renews interest in
exercise in anticipation of
swimsuit and shorts
weather
Goes to Shangri La, the Big Thicket,
Tyrrell Park and Village Creek
Rides the
despite the temps
Ferris wheel
and eats funnel cakes at the
Cuts, prunes and weeds
South Texas State Fair
oral disorder
drowsy eyelids
chili and/or gumbo remnants in the corners
of the mouth and possibly on the shirt
from sleeping longer during the
extended periods of darkness
hat hair
shrugging shoulders
baseball, gardening, boating or visor in
anticipation of an outdoor activity of choice
from restlessness and too much television;
watch the Oscars and then get outside!
rounder girth
pale green thumb
from satisfied sugar cravings and less activity
from lack of digging in the dirt
brochure obsession
catalogue compulsion
beach cabin rental brochures in one pocket
seed and bulb catalog in the other pocket
thank goodness i'm a southerner
Percentage of Southeast Texans who,
although they might complain a bit
during the winter months, know it
could be much worse and are overall
thankful for our moderate climate
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Roll with It: Biking the Big Thicket
Southeast Texas, namely High Island, is the first
respite for a bird flying over the Gulf of Mexico
when returning from its winter home in South
America. The area is ideal for observing hundreds
of species of birds now through May. High Island
is a salt dome and higher than other coastal areas
supporting tree growth that provides good shelter
and food for a large population of bird species.
According to the Houston Audubon Society,
which operates two sanctuaries at High IslandBoy Scout Woods and Smith Oaks- spring migration is at its peak at the end of March through the
end of May. Workshops, guided walks and educational programs are available for the serious and
weekend looky-loos.
The cost is $7 to visit one of the sanctuaries or
$25 for a season pass. A free open house is being
hosted on April 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Smith
Oaks sanctuary and will include family friendly
activities. For information about birding in High
Island visit the Houston Audubon Society Website
at houstonaudubon.org and click “High Island Information” on the left side.
In addition, birding walks are scheduled at the
Anahauc National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, call them at 409.267.3337.
There are 97,000 acres of
Southeast Texas Big Thicket National Preserve to
explore, why not view
some of it on two wheels?
The Southeast Texas Hike and
Bike Coalition is hosting a Big
Thicket Bike Tour March 16 beginning at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m.
The ride starts and finishes at Big Thicket Baptist Church, which is located seven
miles north of Kountze, Texas in Hardin County on
U.S. Highway 69 at the junction of FM 420. Courses
start at five-minute staggered intervals with 100mile riders leaving first. The course closes at 4 p.m
at which time all support will be removed. Individual pre-registration is $35 or $80 for a family and
$45 or $90 day of ride. See the course and register
at www.funtrails.org/BTBtour.html or contact the
organizers at [email protected]
Funds raised will be used to expand educational
and safety programs including bicycle safety rodeos.
Dig In: Garden with The Giving Field
In less than a year The Giving Field, a community
garden located on Liberty Street at the base of the
Maury Myers bridge closest to 11th Street, has fed
more than 1,800 people with more than 800-lbs of
organic veggies.
Every second Saturday of the month from 9
a.m.-noon the community is invited to stop by and
help with the duties of the garden or to just come
see what's happening.
Additionally The Giving Field is hoping to turn
local diggers into serious gardeners. On March 9
at 8:30 a.m., The Giving Field is hosting an Organic
Workshop featuring gardening experts
who will present six classes:
• Growing Delicious Organic Tomatoes- Mary Mahlie, Master
Gardener and Co-Chairman of
The Giving Field
• Landscaping with Edibles- Joseph Johnson, Director of Horticulture Shangri La in Orange
• It's All In The Soil...and Compost- John Ferguson, Owner of Nature's Way Resources
• Let Nature Help You. The Secrets of Beneficial
Plants- Mark Bowen, General Manager for Nature's
Way Resources
• Organic Fertilizers. Easy
Solutions for a Healthy
Garden- Mike Serant,
Owner of San Jacinto Environmental Supplies &
MicroLife
• Feeding Your Family
From Your Backyard
Garden- Katharine
Carmichael, Owner
& Chef of Katharine
& Company
For advanced tickets
and more information,
find The Giving Field on
Facebook at facebook.com/thegivingfield. Tickets can be purchased
at the door the day of the event for $10 and all proceeds will go to support the community effort.
At any time you can participate in The Giving
Field by dropping off donations of bagged leaves,
grass clippings and cardboard for compost piles.
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Its springtime and there’s no better way to enjoy Southeast Texas than a gourmet picnic in the park. On your way
to Tyrrell Park, stop at Abbie’s Imports on Fannett Road
at Walden and bask in the glory of specialty foods from
around the world. This full service deli, grocery store and
olive bar has an incredible assortment of Mediterranean
delicacies that will leave your picnic basket overflowing
with treats. Orzo feta salad, gyros, falafel sandwiches and
Details: Abbie’s Imports
Cuisine: Mediterranean, olive bar, cheese and meats
Address: 5335 Fannett Road (at Walden)
Contact: 409.842.2895 to-go orders, www.abbiesimports.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Sunday closed
made-to-order pizzas are just a few of our favorites. Try
the new Beltway…toasted ciabatta roll with oven roasted
onions, tomatoes and corned beef, topped with melted
provolone, spinach and pesto wasabi cream sauce. For a
simple picnic, grab some olives, cheese, hummus and sliced
meats. We never forget the homemade pistachio baklava…it is divine. Say hello to Abbie and enjoy your picnic!
Highlights:
Hummus and pita $2.75
Gyro or Greek Gyro $6.00
Falafel Sandwich $5.50
Orzo Feta Salad $8.00/lb
NEW Beltway sandwich $7.50
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It's March: Time to eat something on a
By Tabetha Franklin
Main Dish Studio Kitchen
It seems that March brings a flurry of events for families and the young at heart
alike. Festivals, fairs and getting reacquainted with your grill on great weather days
all gives you the chance to try something on a skewer. While my family spends a
week in the livestock barn at the YMBL South Texas State Fair showing steers and
chickens, we discover numerous variations of food on a stick. We also spend our
spring break eating dinner most nights at the Nederland Heritage Festival while
my son hangs with friends and my daughter spins around on the Music Express
ride no less than 100 times. But my favorite part of March is the chance to get
back to outdoor cooking, sitting on the deck eating a quick dinner on, "gasp," a
paper plate! This quick kabob goes together in no time but has that finger licking
goodness that food on a stick is known for. Just 5 ingredients make it light on the
wallet and simple enough to let the kids do some of the prep work. Create a casual outdoor dinner for your family this month and come see me in the Livestock
Barn at the Fair. I can't wait to hear about your favorite food on a stick!
Saucy Meatball Kabobs
32 frozen fully cooked meatballs, thawed
1 red bell pepper, cut into large cubes
1 green bell pepper, cut into large cubes
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
Heat grill to medium-high heat. Thread meatballs and peppers alternately onto
skewers. Microwave the apricot preserves for 15 seconds, then mix in BBQ sauce.
Brush 1/2 of the glaze onto meatballs. Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning
occasionally until heated through. Brush with
any remaining glaze in the
last 2 minutes of cooking.
Easy & delicious!
Makes 4 servings,
2 kabobs each.
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There’s more to check out at the local library than a
book. Parents looking for entertainment for their kiddos
over spring break should see the great list of events happening in March at Beaumont’s four circulating libraries the Theodore Johns Library, the Elmo Willard Library, the
R.C. Miller Library, and the Beaumont Public Library.
Each of these libraries has designated pre-school story
times every week at 10:30 a.m. on different days. Johns and
Willard host story time on Wednesdays; Beaumont offers
stories on Thursdays and Miller invites munchkins to story
time on Fridays. In addition, the Miller Library offers a Leaping Lizards Book Club for homeschoolers grades K-2 on the
second Tuesday every month. On March 12, they’ll feature
the book How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
The Willard offers a Home School
Book Club on the 2nd Wednesday
at 2 p.m. and will feature the first
chapter of the A Long Way from
Chicago by Richard Peck.
During the week of March 11
Spend Some
special activities for kids ages 5-18
have been scheduled at the libraries, and best of all…they are FREE!
Kids are invited to play
board games and enjoy
a “book toss” at the
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can kick off their shoes for a movie matinee.
The Elmo Willard gets a little wild March 12 when they present the
alligator keepers from Gator Country. The program is at 11 a.m. next-door
to the library in the Northend Community Center. A special story featuring
the Big Thicket is on Wednesday the 13th at 10:30 a.m. and includes a
craft or activity and then on Friday the 15th at 2 p.m. the library is hosting a “School’s-Out Movie of the Week” for teens. In addition to these
spring break specials, the Willard invites all kids to a special Easter
craft program on March 26 at 4 p.m.
The R.C. Miller Library is enticing kids to come to the library
for a spring break contest March 8-15 and guess the number
of M&Ms in a big jar. The winner will be notified on Saturday
March 16 and get to take home the jar of candy.
Tweens and their imaginations are invited to come to the
Miller on the 5th for a craft day at 4 p.m.
Adults can find entertainment at Beaumont’s libraries this
month also. Dr. Brent Bost will present at the Miller March 7 at
6 p.m. from his latest book, The Hurried Woman Syndrome. He’ll be
selling and signing his book for a cost of $10 and all of the proceeds will
go to the Miller.
Learn vegetable gardening with the
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at the
Miller on March 18 at 2 p.m., Spanish on
March 12 at 4 p.m., healthy eating habits
on March 1 and sign language on March
15. Join a book bunch to discuss Margaret
Frazer’s book, The Novice’s Tale on the 20th
at 2 p.m. The library will offer an Easter Celebration on March 22.
The Miller also has some weekly events. Every
Monday at 11 and every Wednesday at noon
the community is invited to e-book training.
March 21 is World Poetry Day and the Willard Library is hosting an adult poetry reading
at 6:30 p.m. Dorothy Clover will be reading
from her book Cornucopia: A Book of Poetry.
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Groves Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m. at West Groves Park, 5600 W. Washington St., Groves, 409.962.3631.
Divisions are 0-3 years, 4-5 years and 6-7 years.
City of Beaumont Easter Egg Hunt
Noon at Sterling Pruitt Center, 2930 Gulf
Trinity United Methodist Church Easter Egg-stravaganza
3 p.m. at 3430 Harrison, 409.892.8121
Face painting, snacks, pictures with the Easter bunny and, of course, an Easter egg hunt;
one for pre-school and younger, and one for kindergarten through 5th grade.
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Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
7 p.m. at Christus Health & Wellness Center, 3030 North, 409.454.0417
Easter picture, games and then three separate age-division hunts.
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Gator Egg Hunt
2 p.m. at Gator Country Adventure Park, 21559 FM 365, 409.794.9453
Not your average Egg hunt! Enjoy a Gator Egg Hunt, prizes and much more!
Adults, $10. Children, $8.
St. Mark's Annual Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m. at St. Mark's Church- Under the Oaks, 680 Calder Street, 409.832.3405
Wesley UMC Easter Eggstravaganza
10 a.m. at 3810 N. Major Drive, 409.892.7733
Easter Egg Hunts for all age levels from toddler to 6th grade.
Also children will be invited to decorate their bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters, etc.
for the parade. Games, food and fellowship and the Easter Bunny.
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My hot spot for a cool time in Southeast Texas
Jean McFaddin is Gunning for the LIT Foundation
It sure does help if you’re planning
a clay shooting fundraiser to have an
All-American shot gunner on your
committee. But where to find one in
Southeast Texas? Plum out of Beaumont, nearly to Port Arthur, there’s Jean
McFaddin, a renowned markswoman
who’s been shooting for four decades
and now shares her talents and exper-
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cartoon corner
tise to raise money for local charities.
McFaddin, 79, an Arabian horse
breeder and grandmother of six,
great grandmother of five, great, great
grandmother of one, is coordinating
the 6th Annual Shootout for the LIT
Foundation March 23 at the 1-in-100
Gun Club in Lumberton. We found
her, with her husband, Gus of 45 years
and her pack of rescue dogs at home
on Plum Nearly Ranch, 2125 Herbert
Road in Beaumont (but it really does
seem far enough to be Port Arthur).
At the age of 33, a tall, lean, fashionable and fiercely independent
Jean decided shot gunning was her
sport. Despite the fact none of her
girlfriends shot, her mother was apprehensive and she couldn’t afford a
gun (Her money was going to pay for
a boat, which she’d chosen to purchase instead of a car.) So, she borrowed a shotgun, bought one box of
shells and a round of skeet each week
and started shooting.
Soon the older fellas at the shooting club took to Jean and coached
her in her shooting. One of those
advisors was Gus McFaddin’s father,
Perry McFaddin.
“Gus and I met 46 years ago at the
1-in-100 Gun Club and we’ve been
shot gunning ever since, and haven’t
shot each other,” said Jean, throwing
a loving grin toward Gus. “Needless to say we have been all over the
country- north, south, east and westshooting shotguns.”
Both Jean and Gus have been
members of the All-American Shotgun Teams; Jean’s been a member for
nine years. She loves the competition and encourages other women
and young people to join the sport.
“Competition is what makes it fun,”
said Jean. “More and more women
are shooting. What’s most important
for everyone, women and juniors, is
gun handling and safety instruction.”
An avid outdoors woman who has
been present at the birth of 300 foals
on Plum Nearly Ranch, Jean uses her
shooting skills to hunt- quail, dove,
duck and deer- but she also enjoys the competitive sport of clay
shooting, the most contemporary
shooting competition.
Only since the mid to late 1980s
has clay sport shooting gained
popularity in the U.S. but today, according to Jean, there are
shoots somewhere every weekend.
Clay shoots are similar to golf
tournaments. Participants journey
through a course of 10 to 15 stations
where they’re challenged with flying,
moving, jumping and racing targets
that they aim to shoot. Players can
join teams or compete individually.
The “tourney” structure makes a clay
shoot a perfect fit for a fundraising
event and appeals to all ages and
both genders.
The Shootout for the LIT Foundation, a National Sporting Clay Association Fun Shoot for experienced and
non-experienced shooters, was an
overwhelming success last year. Jean
was the chairperson. This year Jean is
a coordinator or advisor of types.
“My only contribution will be that
we’ve been to the good, the bad and
the ugly; we know what they (gunners) want and we can help with
that,” said Jean. “I plan for the party to
be successful and anyone who looks
around and realizes what LIT does for
our community- training firefighters,
EMT personnel, law enforcement,
first responders and many more - will
want it to be successful, too.”
To participate in the Shootout
March 23, call 409-839-2983.
Lamar Institute of Technology
(LIT) is an open-door postsecondary
institution with more than 50 degree
and certificate programs.
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Bee Aware March
By Elizabeth Waddill
Magnolia Garden Club's BEE
AWARE conservation campaign
The journey of our food... it need
not bee a long one!
Please join me this month in beeing aware of our food. In thinking
about this topic, remember, “There is
no shame in not knowing; the shame
lies in not finding out.” We all need
to find out more about our food and
pay attention to where it is grown
and raised!
I discovered that most of our meals
have journeyed a very long way from
home. In fact, some of what ends up
on our plate has traveled as much
as 1,500 miles around the world to
reach us. All of this shipping uses large
amounts of natural resources and
contributes to pollution, thus creating extra trash from the packaging.
The simplest and best way we can
bee aware of the food we eat is to
celebrate and support locally and regionally grown food.
The Beaumont Farmers’ Market,
which starts this month, is a perfect opportunity to learn about our seasonal,
sustainable and delicious food. Here
are a few important benefits from supporting our farmer’s market:
• A regular trip to the farmer’s market is
one of the best ways to reconnect with
where your food comes from...know
your farmer and know your food!
• The Farmers’ Market is a community gathering place. You will probably see a live cooking demo, learn
about a vegetable you were always
scared to try, sample some honeycomb from a local beekeeper, see
that friend you miss so much, or buy
a sweet treat from a new local business... all while occasionally catching
some live music! It’s just FUN!
• Local produce is better for you and
tastes better.
• Local food is GMO FREE. Local farmers don’t generally have access to
genetically modified seed and most
would not use it anyway. If you are op-
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posed to bioengineered food, you can
know that local produce was grown
how nature intended. (Tip: to ensure
you’re eating GMO-free foods
from the store, look for USDA
certified organic label or the
Non-GMO project verified seal).
• Buying local food preserves
open space. The farmer’s landscape will survive only as long as
farms are financially viable.
• Local food is about the future. By
supporting local farmers today, you
are ensuring that farms will stay in your
community for future generations.
One thing we can do at our local grocery is to buy what is in season. A helpful Website for this is pickyourown.org.
Ask the produce manager what is
grown regionally or close to home if
it’s not marked.
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Drinkability: When to Lay Down
By Gerald Patrizi
Wine Manager at Debb’s Liquor
Here's a good question I get asked often: "When
do you know a wine is ready to drink?" Here are a
few guidelines from my wealth of wisdom gathered
over the years.
Most of these tips really apply mostly to red
wines because those are the ones with the most
structure and issues to resolve. The reason for this
is that they are generally fermented with their skins
and sometime stems, which result in an abundance
of tannins introduced into the juice. Tannins are
that bitter flavor you get when you taste just the
skin of the fruit. Depending on the growing season, these tannins can either be in balance with the
sweetness of the grapes or can be very dominant.
As a wine ages over several years in the bottle, the
bitterness can mellow and the wine, if well made
from good fruit, will show both a sweetness and
wonderful aromas. Sometimes a wine that is overly
tannic in its youth may never come around and
you may have wasted time aging it and thinking it
would magically turn.
Normally as a bottle of wine goes through the
aging process it enters a window of drink-ability.
For some wines this happens upon release from
the winery and for others, many years hence. A really good wine will stay in this window for many
years but some, though very good, may only stay
in that window for a brief time. Most inexpensive
wines should always be consumed in their youth
because as a wine leaves that window of drinkability, it loses it fruit taste and begins to fall apart.
Some good quality old world wines have been
known to age for more than 20 years. Conversely, a
lot of more inexpensive (but still good) California
wines are at their best upon release. The key is to
inquire about a wine’s reputation. If you are serious
about aging then you need to make sure you are
buying a wine that is up to the task.
So what is the point? The point is that aging wines
can really bring out the best potential and quality
that the wine has to offer. But, like with anything
worthwhile, aging a wine takes patience. I mean
come on; it’s called “aging” for a reason! The key is to
age the right kind of wine in the proper environment.
Here are my recommendations:
1.) If you like the way a wine tastes
when it is young, drink it!
2.) It is always best to age a wine that has a
proven track record of improving with age.
3.) Try to always buy several bottles of
a wine you plan to lay down (wine geek
talk for aging) so you can periodically
taste it to see how it is doing.
4.) From my experience, when a wine’s
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tannins have softened, a sweet fruit taste and
bouquet emerges, then the wine is ready.
5.) There is always one caveat: some wines like red
zinfandel may never completely lose their tannic
edge before they start losing their fruit taste and
that is why I like drinking these wines young or
with just a few years of bottle age. They have a
certain zest that way.
6.) Try to store wines in a cool, dark place.
Heat, vibration and light are a wine’s enemies.
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Part 3 of 3... Dark Beer Series
By Brandon East
Imagine campfire s'mores with a
singed marshmallow, 50-80 percent
cocoa dark chocolate, soft vanilla caramels, thick crema from a well-crafted espresso, the smell of waffle cones
being made at an ice cream shoppe,
toasted bread crust lathered in soft
butter, dark fruits (plum, red currents,
fig, blackberry, pomegranate, raisin,
cherry), chocolate milkshakes with
malt, a well-aged bourbon, rum or
coke, roasted walnuts and almonds,
the smell of bridle leather, a peppered
rib eye with fatty charred ends, a glass
of Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec,
newly cut fir tree for Christmas, fudge
brownies baking in the oven and
whiffs of aromatic pipe tobacco.
If these things trigger happiness and
fond memories, then I urge you to
try an imperial stout. This ale has real
strength, depth, weight and in some
cases, unimaginable complexities that
can be experienced for less than $10.
On a trip to London during the late
18th century, Empress of Russia Catherine the Great fell in love with the
complexity and flavors of stout. She
requested that some of the dark ale be
shipped back to Russia, but her newly
discovered libation would face spoilage
because of the long voyage through
the Baltic Sea. To fight the bacteria,
Thrale's brewery of London loaded the
stout with more hops that acted as a
preservative and offset rancid microbes
and also added a heartier roasted malt
backbone to give more sweetness and
assist with the balance of the added
hops. What transpired was something
extraordinary- a beer around 10 percent ABV that was dessert-like with bitter chocolate and roasted coffee notes.
This brew became an instant triumph
at the Russian Court and this style became known as Russian Imperial Stout
(RIS). Today, only a handful of breweries
in the United Kingdom have this beer
style in their portfolio, but American
brewers are beginning to craft these
Russian Imperial Stouts and have also
expanded the style to what is known as
the American Double/Imperial Stout.
Russian Imperial Stout (also written
as Imperial Russian Stout) vs. American Double / Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stouts will have
dark fruitiness and heavier roasted,
burnt characteristics. Most are
brewed using only use water, hops,
yeast and barley. American Double/
Imperial Stouts tend to be sweeter
with more chocolate and coffee
notes and can carry more noticeable
hop aromas and flavors. Additionally,
you'll see American brewers include
various ingredients like cacao nibs,
coffee beans, vanilla beans, licorice,
chilies, hazelnuts, cinnamon, oats
and coconut. Aging these imperial
stouts in oak chips, charred oak barrels and spirit (bourbon, brandy, rum)
barrels has become quite popular in
the past five to ten years. Imperial
Stouts can age and mature very well,
some for decades.
Russian Imperial Stout Shopping List:
• North Coast Old Rasputin XV Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout $20/500
ml bottle
• North Coast Old Rasputin $10/four
pack of 12oz bottles
• Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
(no actual chocolate added, the
name comes from the malt) $8/four
pack of 12oz bottles
• Oskar Blues Ten Fidy $15/four pack
of 12 oz cans
American Double / Imperial Stouts
Shopping List:
• Sierra Nevada Narwhal (2012
GABF Gold Winner) $9/four pack of
12oz bottles
• Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged
Yeti $11/22oz bottle
• Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
$6/22oz bottle
• Victory Storm King Stout $12/six
pack of 12oz bottles
Courage Imperial Russian Stout
Last year, this gem hit the states
thanks to Wells & Youngs and the
Belkus distributorship of College Station. If you try one Imperial Stout,
seek this one out, although it may
be difficult to track down. Not only
for posterity sake, but this will give
you a very good foundation for what
the style has to offer and how it has
stood the test of time.
Jet black pour with a khaki crown.
Nose is grainy roasted malt, burnt
sugar (slightly similar to crème brulee), silky chocolate, earthy hops,
caramel, dark fruit (boysenberries,
blackberries). Flavors of chocolate
covered cherries, some char, a slow
draw of aromatic pipe tobacco, anise
and molasses. A light carbonation,
yet creamy with a medium body.
$6 each 275ml bottle | ABV: 10%
Find it: I believe Courage RIS can only
be found here in Southeast Texas at
Spec's. On my most recent visit they
were temporarily sold out but ordering more. My favorite thing about
this beer is that it uses the recipe
transferred from Thrale's Brewery in
London, which crafted the original
recipe for Imperial Stout for Catherine the Great!
Pair with: Walgreens has a Good
& Delish 57 percent Belgium Cacao Chocolate Bar with Pear and
Almonds that I found to be quite
a magnificent and complementary
pairing with Courage Imperial Russian Stout. Try the G&D caramels too!
Chocolate desserts are a no-brainer with imperial stouts. While you’re
at Walgreens, pick up a pint of Blue
Bell vanilla or chocolate ice cream,
rent a movie and serve up an imperial
stout beer float for a great night in.
Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse
Imperial Stout
What the crew at Jester King has
accomplished in the past two years
for the Texas beer scene is simply
astonishing; including new beer law
reform, collaborations and wild yeast
used to craft phenomenal brews.
Pours very black, mocha and inky
around the glass. Nose is crushed
malty, slightly peaty and earthy (almost like a highland scotch with an
essence of pepper and mint chocolate), roasted, nutty, toffee and burnt
marshmallow. Tastes include bitter
dark roasted coffee and blackberries
with earthy, scotch-like flavors coming
through. As it warms, it finishes with a
flavor of walnut or pecan brownies.
Chewy and smooth mouthfeel.
$10 each 750ml bottle | ABV: 9.3%
Brandon East
Pair with: Robust cigar, coconut flan,
Éclair, chicken mole tacos, smoked
bacon, pancakes with maple syrup
Find it: Miller's Liquor and Debb's
Liquor (Debb's may also have a few
more bottles of Weasel Rodeo that I
highly recommend picking up)
Imperial Stouts are much higher in
alcohol than most styles, so please
drink responsibly. Enjoy beer with
food and share with friends. Cheers!
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SoutheastTexas.com STATS february
SoutheastTexas.com: A Lot to Love in February
If you want to buy and sell local, YOUR
best choice is SoutheastTexas.com.
Contact live support at
www.southeasttexas.com/help/index2.cfm or
call 409-832-9869, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
SoutheastTexas.com had a record-breaking month in February with an average visitor rate of 30,000 unique viewers a
DAY! In addition, we opened a MOTORCYCLE category. In
the past motorcycles were a part of the autos' section but
now recognizing motorcycles are in a category all their own
here in Southeast Texas, we decided they should be distinguished online too! See the new motorcycle tab right from
the homepage and find all types of motored two-wheeling
machines and accessories!
In February we also launched the SoutheastTexas.com
weekly e-letter sent out to several hundred-thousand subscribers and giving the best of the best Southeast Texas jobs,
real estate, classifieds and events for the week. To subscribe,
send an email to [email protected]
And finally, follow us on Facebook.
In the month of February we
picked up nearly 3000 new
followers. As a connector
to SoutheastTexas.com, our
Facebook helps us disseminate
messages quickly about lost
and found animals, great deals
that have just hit the site, new
jobs and real estate postings and
much more. LIKE us!
February Numbers
Active Classified Ads: 7,709
Active New and Used Autos: 3,016
Active Motorcycles: 206
Active Jobs: 655
Total Resumes: 69,180
Active Real Estate: 1,606
Active Singles: 16,374
classified pick of the month
Swing Time
Swing into spring with a custom-made porch swing or glider. Bob Jackson
has been making beautiful solid wood swings and gliders just for Southeast
Texans for more than 15 years. His outdoor recreational motion chairs are
constructed from white wood and pine and come in a variety of sizes to accommodate several sitters or for solo swinging.
Bob’s swings are stained light or dark, made with rust-proof screws and
customized with a design of your choosing like a Texas star, cross or heart, etc.
Sizes and prices are:
5-foot swing: 4-foot swing: 5-foot swing glider: 4-foot swing glider: 1-person swing: 1-person swing glider: $325
$300
$475
$425
$225
$325
Chains for hanging swings are included in the
price but cup holders on a chair’s arms and extra
designs are an additional charge.
Bob delivers and sets up swings free of charge
to Mid-County, Beaumont and Port Arthur.
For a 50% deposit, Bob will start building your
swing or glider and have it ready in 10 days or
less. Call him at 409.722.1078 or 409.548.5808.
[email protected]
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artisan who advertises on
SoutheastTexas.com?
Contact us to be
featured in this section.
Call 409-201-9934 or email
[email protected]
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visual arts
Watercolor artist uses color to express feelings
By Melissa Tilley
Artist Alice Powell says she was
born with a pencil in her mouth, rather than a silver spoon. Even now, art
calls to her and is always on her mind.
The Orange resident can most often
be found at her space at The Art Studio, Inc. filling a canvas with color.
Powell works mostly in watercolor
and mixed media. “Color theory and
negative space play an important
part in my paintings,” she said. “Most
of my inspiration comes from memory and references. My thought process goes on for quite a while. Before I
start, I like to evoke nostalgic feelings
in my work; most are done from happy memories or future desires.”
Powell said she has always had mentors to inspire her throughout her
journey including Frank Gerrietts and
Judy Betts, among others. Now Powell
is becoming a mentor to other artists
by teaching workshops and private
lessons. “I always get excited about art
when I am teaching or doing a workshop,” she said. “I love just watching
someone’s face light up when they finally get it right. Going back to the basics is always rewarding to refresh your
memory and get you kick started.”
Powell currently teaches a watercolor painting class at the Beaumont
Art League, where she is a board
member. She is also the 2013 BAL
Portrait Show chair. The Portrait Show
will be on view from March 2-27 and
will feature artwork in many mediums
all focused on the artistic representation of a person in which the face and
its expression are predominant.
Powell is also offering some of her
artwork for sale on the Southeast
Texas Arts Council’s new Web site
The Bayou Bauhaus (www.thebayoubauhaus.com).
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featured exhibits
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Museum of the Gulf Coast
500 Main, Beaumont, 409-832-3432
700 Procter St., Port Arthur, 409-982-7000
Edge of Mists: Photography
by David H. Gibson
Through April 7
The Texas Pop Music
Festival Revisited
Through March 24
San Angelo Ceramics
Through April 7
Stark Museum of Art
Café Arts: Artwork
by Cynthia Fontenot
Through April 19
Protégé High School
Art Competition and Exhibition
through March 24
Beaumont Art League
2675 Gulf, Beaumont, 409-833-4179
“Homeward Bound” by Alice Powell
BAL 2013 Portrait Show
March 2-27
OPENING RECEPTION:
March 2 at 7 p.m.
City of Orange
409.883.1011
Art in the Park
March 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dishman Art Museum
1030 E. Lavaca, Beaumont, 409-880-8959
Matthew Neil Gehring:
Brilliant Corners
March 26-April 30
OPENING RECEPTION:
March 29 at 7 p.m.
712 Green Ave., Orange, 409-886-2787
Mastering Fish: American Natural
History Illustrations
Through April 20
Wild Beauty: The New Mexico Setting
March 16- June 8
Art Quest
For grades 1 and 2
March 12 & 13 from 9 a.m.-noon
For grades 3-5
March 14 & 15 from 9 a.m.-noon
Drop-In Scavenger Hunt
on Gone Fishing
March 12-16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
W. H. Stark House
610 W. Main Avenue, 409.883.0871
Director’s Favorite Items on Display
Through April 20
W.H. Stark House Celebrates
Victorian Valentine’s Day
Through April 16
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performing arts
Cinderella: Ballet Showcases Talent and Diversity
People young and old love the
story of Cinderella, but can everyone
relate? This year’s Beaumont Ballet
Theater Guild’s Cinderella Ballet, being performed March 22 and 23 will
feature an African American Cinderella and an Asian Princess, hoping to
not only showcase local talent but
help everyone in the audience connect to the much-loved fairy tale.
Ariana Coleman, a junior at West
Brook High School, is Cinderella
and Betty Chen, a Lamar University
student, dances the part of a newly
created role, an Asian princess who
performs a Chinese fan dance.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for
the local community to support these
girls from our school systems, not just
BISD but private schools, and to encourage them and the arts in our area,”
said Kim Coleman, Ariana’s mother.
“This year adding an Asian princess
adds one more nationality on stage
that audiences can connect with.”
Ariana has been dancing with the
Bonnie Cokinos School of Dance
since she was seven years old playing
the roles of a bird, a horse, a Spanish
princess, spring and fall fairies and a
stepsister. She is also a straight-A student in all advanced classes as West
Brook and a junior lieutenant in the
West Brook Stars Drill Team.
“It’s been a long journey and hard
to keep Ariana, I guess all girls- African American, Spanish- focused
on one thing,” said Kim. “There are
so many things that they can do it’s
hard to keep them focused and not
spread too thin. I think that’s why
you don’t see more diversity in dancers. They just do other things.”
But many young people will witness the success of more than 50
local dancers, including Ariana and
Betty, as they take to the stage for this
two-act ballet under the artistic direction of Bonnie Cokinos. In celebration of the Beaumont Ballet Theater
Guild’s 29th anniversary season, two
free shows for area kindergarten and
first grade classes will be performed
Friday, March 22 at 9:30 a.m. and
12:30 p.m. The public can see Cinderella Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. and
Saturday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets for the ballet are available
at the Beaumont Civic Center Box
Office 409.838.3435 and at Bonnie Cokinos School of Dance, 4555
Calder in Beaumont and by calling
409.892.0169. Grand Patron tickets
are $20 per adult/$10 per child and
General Admission tickets are $10
per adult and $5 per child.
A Wedding Feast and light buffet
supper will be hosted for Cinderella
and Prince Charming and the public
at the Julie Rogers Theatre on Saturday, March 23 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Feast are available at
the Bonnie Cokinos School of Dance.
More Performances this Month
Passion Play
Celebrate Easter with a passion play,
“The Last Days of Christ” performed
daily March 28-30, from 6-10 p.m.
at Legacy Christian Academy, 8200
Highway 105. Attendees will be transported back to the most dramatic
scenes of the last days of Christ, entering the city gates of Jerusalem where
more than 500 actors portray the
events of the time. Admission is free.
Murder Stage Right:
Who Killed Hamlet?
Who Done It? Find out at the
100-year-old mansion in the woods
when the Kirby Hill House, 210 West
Main in Kountze, hosts its Murder
Mystery Dinner Drama Murder
Stage Right- Who Killed Hamlet? The
production by Philip Lester and used
by special arrangement with Artistry
Matters is the 23rd season of interactive murder mystery entertainment
at the Kirby-Hill. The performance,
which includes a formal dinner and
tour of the house, benefits the museum and costs $55. Come with a
group donning your 1940's and 50's
fashion. Call 409.246.8000.
March 2, 2013-March 16, 2013
Every Friday, Saturday
Doors, 6:30 pm. Curtain, 7:00 pm.
$55/person
(includes dinner and show)
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featured
performances
Professional
Lutcher Theater for the
Performing Arts Center, 409.886.5535
Biloxi Blues
March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
ImaginOcean
March 8 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
One Night of Queen performed
by Gary Mullens and the Works
March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Dreamgirls
March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Community
Betty Greenburg Center for the
Performing Arts, 409.833.4664
The Importance of Being Earnest
March 1, 2, 7, & 9 at 7:30 p.m. and
March 2 at 2 p.m.
The Rabbit Hole
March 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Port Arthur Little Theatre,
409.727.7258
9 to 5: The Musical
March 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m.
student
University Theatre, 409.880.2250
Macbeth
March 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1
at 11 a.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m.
Beaumont Civic Ballet
at the Julie Rogers’ Theatre,
409.838.3435, ext. 1
Spring Into Dance
March 3 at 5 p.m. and
March 4 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Ariana practices for her
upcoming role as Cinderella.
Beaumont Ballet Theatre Guild
at the Julie Rogers’ Theatre,
409.892.0169
Cinderella
School Performances
March 22 at 9:30 and 12:30 a.m.
Public Performances
March 22 at 7:30 p.m. and
March 23 at 6 p.m.
Beaumont Ballet Theatre Guild
Cinderella's Wedding Feast
March 23 at 4 p.m.
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charity
On Track…Lamar’s Friends of the Arts
Host 38th Annual Le Grand Bal
All aboard the “Cardinal Express”
on route to fine arts, entertainment,
dining and the celebration of a life of
giving to the arts.
Lamar University invites you to Le
Grand Bal, a black-tie gala evening
March 23 honoring Sallye Keith and
her past donations and volunteer activities to support the arts at Lamar.
Keith, who came to Beaumont in
1957, is a longtime supporter of all
the arts programs at Lamar including
Lamar Theatre, which honored her
with a star on its Wall of Fame. She is
an honorary member of the Friends
of the Arts board, has previously
been named Le Grand Bal’s “sweetheart,” and is known for her patronage at art events in addition to her
financial support. She is also known
for her love of trains.
"We selected the theme because
our honoree, Sallye Keith, has a lifelong love of trains and that mode
of transportation,” said Allison Getz,
chair of Le Grand Bal. “So, in honor of
her and her interests, we decided to
do a takeoff of the "Orient Express"
idea. We are doing an art deco type
of décor, and I think the invitation
kind of reflects the feel."
This 38th annual event sponsored
by Lamar University Friends of the
Arts begins with a reception and
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silent art auction from 7 to 9 p.m.
in the Dishman Art Museum. The
art auction features more than 200
works by students, faculty and alumni – a diverse range of original painting, drawing, print-making, photography, ceramics and jewelry.
Afterward, guests depart for the
Montagne Center for a gourmet
buffet, dancing and entertainment
by The Night & Day Orchestra and
Commercial Art, a Houston band
specializing in vintage soul, classic
rock and a wide variety of music.
The funds generated by the Bal
enable the Friends of the Arts to
contribute to scholarships and educational enhancements such as master classes, visiting artists and trips to
clinics and workshops that expand
learning opportunities for students
and add to faculty members’ academic credentials. The funds provide
faculty enrichment and enable students to expand their horizons.
Tickets are $150 per person or $300
per couple, with underwriting opportunities available at levels ranging
from $750 to $10,000.
Call 409.880.8137
to reserve
your tickets
today.
featured events
Daily
Until April 2
Customer Donation Program at H-E-B.
Shop at your local H-E-B stores and
support the March of Dimes by purchasing a $1, $3, or $5 coupon through
the Customer Donation Program.
Last year through this program H-E-B
raised $16,000 in SETX to support
March of Dimes-March for Babies.
Until March 21
Drop off your new or gently used
prom or formal gown at any Munro’s
Dry Cleaning location. Senior girls will
be allowed to shop these donated
gowns. For more information, contact
the Junior League at 409.656.7982 or
Munro’s Dry Cleaning at 409.832.1417.
1
7:00 PM
Annual Anayat House Fundraiser at the
Beaumont Event Centre, 409.833.0649
2
8:00 AM
Mud Race- Benefit for Stephanie
Thomas at Old Salem County Road,
409.936.4638
10:30 AM
"Carnival of Quilts: Luncheon and
Quilt Auction at Lamar University John Gray Library 8th Floor,
409.749.0818
6:00 PM
Hair Show Fundraiser at L.L. Melton
Family Life Center, 409.553.9341
6:00 PM
11th Annual Guys, Dolls and Spicy
Meatballs at Holy Cross Lutheran
Church, 409.722.1609
7
6:00 PM
Miller Library Presentation &
Fundraiser with Dr. Brent W. Bost
at R. C. Miller Memorial Library,
409.838.6606
6:30 PM
18th Annual Go for the Gold Party
and Reverse Drawing at Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 409.832.3432
9
7:30 AM
Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher
Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K at
Montagne Center, 409.781.2932
9:00 AM
2nd Saturdays At The Giving Field at
The Giving Field, 409.351.2612
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7:30 PM
Help bring a new Film "Girl Rising" to
Beaumont
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4:00 PM
Calcasieu Council on Aging Super
Bingo at CCOA Bingeaux Palace,
337.478.4891
15
6:00 PM
Goodwill 40th Anniversary Gala
at Holiday Inn & Suites Beaumont
Plaza, 409.838.9911
16
7:00 AM
2013 Firefighter Memorial Golf
Tournament at Bayou Din Golf Club,
409.673.6811
19
11:00 AM
St. Joseph’s Day Celebration, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 409.833.6433
21
6:30 PM
Texas Energy Museum Annual Fundraiser "BlowOut 2013" at Beaumont
Civic Center Complex, 409.833.5100
22
8:00 AM
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas
Foundation 2013 Cajun Classic at
Beaumont Country Club, 409.212.6113
23
8:30 AM
5th Annual LIT Foundation
Shootout at 1-in-100 Gun Club,
409.839.2983
4:00 PM
Beaumont Ballet Theatre Guild
Cinderella's Wedding Feast at Julie
Rogers Theatre, 409.892.0169
7:00 PM
Le Grand Bal and Art Auction at
Dishman Art Museum and Montagne Center, 409.880.8137
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8:00 AM
CASA’s Tee it up for Kids- Tom Mulvaney Memorial Golf Tournament at
Beaumont Country Club, 409.832.2272
9:00 AM
The 10th Annual Garth House Golf
Classic- "Fore the Children Golf
Classic" at Brentwood Country Club,
409.838.9084
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Health, Wellness & Education
Alzheimer’s Association Dementia ConferenceExploring Clinical and Social Issues
By Emily Wheeler
It is estimated that 5.4 million
people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease. The
Alzheimer’s Association is not only
spreading awareness about the disease but also ensuring that caregivers
and medical professionals are armed
with the tools and knowledge they
need to help those living with this
devastating condition.
On Thursday, March 21, the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting the
Beaumont Dementia Conference at
the Baptist Cancer Center Auditorium (3555 Stagg Drive) from 8:00
am until 4:30 pm. The conference is
free, but registration is required and
includes lunch.
Through the involvement of Lamar
University and the East Texas Geriatric
Education Center, the conference will
offer 6.5 hours of continuing education
credits for nurses and social workers.
In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from several panels
and featured guest speaker Christine
Jensen, PhD, Director of Community
Health Services at the Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health in
Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Jensen also
teaches at the College of William and
Mary at Virginia Commonwealth and
her research interests are in elder care
and dementia.
The conference focuses on coping
tools and managing care, in addition
to the latest dementia research. Several topics will be of particular interest
to caregivers and range from driving
with dementia to understanding the
early signs and stages of the disease.
The local Alzheimer’s Association
chapter currently hosts a monthly activity in Beaumont for individuals in
the early stages of dementia and their
caregivers. The meetings take place
on the fourth Wednesday of each
month from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
and include activities like trips to the
art museum and music therapy.
For more information about the
Beaumont Dementia Conference or
other services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, please call Clarissa Urban at (409) 833-9657 or register online at alztex.org/beaumont.
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featured events
Weekly
Mondays
9:00 AM
$25 Doctor's Visit at IBM Sina
Community Clinic, Port Arthur,
409.724.7462
11:30 AM
E Book Training at R. C. Miller Memorial Library, 409.838.6606
6:00 PM
Support Group for Survivors of Domestic Violence at Family Services
Counseling Center, 409.833.2668
7:00 PM
Beginner/Intermediate Salsa Workshop
at City Dance Center, 409.832.7772
Tuesdays
6:00 PM
Anger Management For Men at
Family Services Counseling Center,
409.833.2668
Wednesdays
9:00 AM
Frank Gerrietts Painting Class at
Beaumont Art League, 409.833.4179
11:30 AM
Miller Library E Book Training
at R. C. Miller Memorial Library,
409.838.6606
1:00 PM
Art Class- Oil Painting at Beaumont
Art League, 409.833.4179
5:30 PM
Living Life with Loss- A 6 week
Bereavement Program at CHRISTUS
Outpatient Pavilion, 866.683.3627
Thursdays
6:00 PM
Batterer's Intervention and Prevention Program at Family Services
Counseling Center, 409.833.2668
7:00 PM
Citizen’s Police Academy Courses
at Beaumont Police Department,
409.880.3825
1
9:00 AM
Five Choices of Extraordinary Productivity at Lamar University College
of Business, 409.880.8604
5:30 PM
2013 Community Parenting/Grandparenting Conference at North End
Baptist Church, 409.899.1906
2
8:00 AM - 2013 Community
Parenting/Grandparenting Conference at North End Baptist Church,
409.899.1906
9:00 AM
Basic Computer, E-mail and Internet
at LIT, 409.880.8114
9:00 AM
Microsoft Excel at LIT, 409.880.8114
10:00 AM
Genealogical Research Help at Tyrrell
Historical Library, 409.833.2759
4
6:00 PM
English as a Second Language at LIT,
409.880.8114
5
6:00 PM
Learn Spanish the Fast & Fun Way at
LIT, 409.880.8114
7:30 PM
Texas Two Step and Polka! at City
Dance Center, 409.832.7772
6
10:00 AM
New Century Hospice Volunteer
Orientation at New Century Hospice, 409.832.6700
8
9:00 AM
Medication Aide Update at LIT 855
E. Lavaca, Beaumont, 409.880.8114
9
9:00 AM
LIT Microsoft Access 2010 at Robinson Center in Silsbee, 409.880.8114
9:30 AM
Anger Management- Orange at
Neighborhood Facility Meeting
Room, 409.727.6400
10
4:00 PM
Down Syndrome Family Group
Meeting at St. Stephens Episcopal
Church, 409.838.9012
12
1:15 PM
CPR Class at Christus Health & Wellness Center, 409.899.7777
4:00 PM
Beginner Spanish Classes at R. C. Miller
Memorial Library, 409.866.9487 ext. 3250
18
5:30 PM
AutoCAD Basic at LIT, 409.880.8114
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2:30 PM
LIT One-on-One Resume Workshop
at LIT, 409.880.8189
21
8:00 AM
2013 Beaumont Dementia Conference at Baptist Cancer Center
Auditorium, 409.833.9657
12:00 PM
Pink Power Network Support Group
at Baptist Hospital Dauphin Center,
409.833.3663
5:30 PM
Transparenting at Family Services of
Southeast Texas, 409.833.2668
6:00 PM
Pink Power Network Support
Group at Julie Rogers Gift of Life,
409.833.3663
22
9:00 AM
InsideOut Coaching for Performance
Breakthrough at Lamar University
College of Business, 409.880.8604
23
9:00 AM
Aerial Lift Training at LIT, 409.880.8114
9:00 AM
LIT Microsoft Word 2010 at Robinson Center, Silsbee, 409.880.8114
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4:00 PM
Healthcare Provider CPR Training at
LIT, 409.880.2137
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celebrating seniors
Belles and Beaus Square Dance Club Offers
Free Lessons for the Entire Family
By Emily Wheeler
The Belles and Beaus Square Dance Club is offering three free
square dancing lessons on Thursdays this month: March 14,
March 21 and March 28 from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm at the St.
Anne Catholic School cafeteria (375 N. 11th Street). According
to the club’s Presidents and square dancing couple, Barbara and
Curtis Powell, this heart-healthy hobby is a great stress reliever
and is a family friendly environment for all to enjoy. The dancing duo encourages anyone, age 10 and older, to join the group,
which will celebrate its 34th anniversary this year.
The free lessons give new dancers a chance to test the waters
before they make a commitment. In April, lessons will cost $10
per month and will continue on Thursday evenings. No experience is required and both couples and singles are welcome.
Dancing partners are available if needed.
Teens are encouraged to participate, especially those interested in attending college, as they may have an opportunity
to receive college scholarships. In the past, two local students
received scholarships from the Texas State Square and Round
Dance Association for their participation as square dancers during their junior and senior year of high school.
For more information, please call Barbara and Curtis Powell at
(409) 860-9543 or (409) 659-1131.
featured events
Daily
Thursdays
9:30 AM
Ripples- Older Adults at Trinity United Methodist Church, 409.892.8121
8
11:00 AM
AARP #923 at Best Years Senior
Center, 409.838.1902
11
11:30 AM
Prime Timers at St. Mark's Church,
409.832.3405
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Fair Time in Southeast Texas
By Emily Wheeler
Funnel cakes, ferris wheels, ring
toss and rancorous rides, it is FAIR
time in Southeast Texas! Celebrating
70 years of fun-filled fair goodness,
the Young Men’s Business League,
commonly known as the YMBL, is
hosting the South Texas State Fair
from March 21 until March 31, with
a commitment to provide full tum-
mies and big smiles for eleven days.
With 25 acres of rides, games, exhibits and fried favorites, guests can
expect all the familiar comforts they
know and love. Hoping for perfect
weather is Fair Chairman Jessie Gonzalez, who said this year’s fair will be
better than ever before. Southeast
Texas is in for a real treat with the addition of “The Flipper,” a popular ride
special Fair Days and Deals
Thursday, March 21
5:30 PM- Opening Ceremonies
Unlimited Ride Wristbands $20
Friday, March 22a
5:00 PM- Fun Friday
7:00 PM- Rodeo
Tuesday, March 26
Conn’s Ladies Night
Women with coupon from Conn’s get free
gate admission and $1 carnival rides all night.
Wednesday, March 27
5:00 PM- Sonic Drive-In
“Two for One” Buddy Night
Saturday, March 23
10:00 AM- Kid’s Day
With a coupon from Sonic, 2 patrons
enter the Fair for the piece of one.
Unlimited Ride Wristbands $20.
5:00 PM- Rodeo
Friday, March 29
12:00 PM- Good Friday /Kid’s Day
Free gate admission for students
ages 11-17 until 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 24
12:00 PM- Advantage Plus
Homecare Senior Citizen Day
Individuals 60+ years of age receive FREE
gate admission and ride the Ferris Wheel and
Merry-go-round rides free until 5:00 PM
Monday, March 25
HEB $1 Night
Patrons with coupon from HEB are
admitted for $1 and ride each ride for $1.
Free gate admission for students
ages 11-17 until 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 30
10:00 AM- Kid’s Day
Sunday, March 31
Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Cantastic Day
Free admission for those with
6 empty Coca-Cola product cans.
Unlimited Ride Wristbands $25
all the way from Germany, deep-fried
cinnamon rolls, chocolate covered
bacon and the opportunity to pet a
live stingray in the exhibition hall.
Inside the arena, Fair goers can
peruse rooms full of art created by
Southeast Texas youth, in addition
to the familiar exhibition hall overflowing with wares from across the
nation. From clothes to whirlpools
and the latest tech gadgets, there is
something for everyone. This year,
Texas Marine will have more than 40
boats on display for public viewing.
Youngsters will be in hog heaven
(literally) at the Fair’s famous Exotic
Petting Zoo, open daily at 5:00 p.m.,
with camel and pony rides. The Children’s Barnyard, open all day, is an
all-time favorite for little ones,
offering them the opportunity to hold baby
ducks and chickens.
This annual endeavor
is maintained by
groups of local 4-H and FFA Club
members. Of course the livestock
show and rodeo will be in full swing
with exhibits and competitions occurring all week.
Be sure to stop by the Plaza Stage
Entertainment area for lively musical
acts, Zumba, comedy and even karaoke, all included in gate admission!
A featured act from New Orleans,
the band known as Bag of Donuts
will play the second Saturday of the
Fair and are sure to wow the crowd.
Additional acts include: Dale Jones
comedy Juggler, Long Neck Road
Band, Twangster’s Union Band, BB
& Company, Z-Fitness Zumba, Cur-
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tis Breaux & the Cadillac’s, David
Joel, Gregg Martinez & the Delta
Kings, Al White & Chaparral, Night
& Day Orchestra, Legacy Christian
Academy- One Voice, Jerryatricks,
JAG, Karaoke Night, Wayne Toups
& ZyDeCajun, High Street Band, Ken
Marvel & Swamp Pop, Time Travel
Band, Rachel Honza, Mixx Fixxers,
Jerry Nichols & Texas Thunder, 3 Car
Garage, Lamar State College- Section
51, and Bayou City Rollers.
There will be scooters and wheel
chairs available for rent and additional
ATMs in the Plaza. Adult admission
is $8.00; Student Admission (Ages 1117) $4.00; Senior Citizen Admission
(65+) $4.00. Kids (Age 10 and under)
FREE. Carnival tickets are $1.00 each
or $20.00 for a sheet of 24 tickets.
For more information, please visit
online at ymbl.org.
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Weekly
Mondays
11:00 AM
Lunch at the Event Centre at Beaumont Event Centre, 409.212.0020
Wednesdays
10:30 AM
Story Time, Arts & Crafts at Willard
Library, 409.838.6606
10:30 AM
Weekly Story Time at Theodore
Johns Branch Library, 409.842.5223
Thursdays
10:30 AM
Story Time at Beaumont Public
Library, 409.838.6606
Fridays
10:30 AM
Pre-School Story Time at R. C. Miller
Memorial Library, 409.838.6606
4:30 PM
Fish Dinner at Knights of Columbus
Hall, 409.866.9390
1
6:00 PM
Kids Night Out at Trinity United
Methodist Church, 409.892.8121
7:00 PM
Lagniappe Film and Music Festival
at Crockett Street Entertainment
District, 409.422.3378
7:30 PM
Biloxi Blues at Lutcher Theater,
409.886.5535
9:00 PM
Lagniappe Film and Music Festival
Gala, 409.422.3378
2
9:30 AM
Saturday Adventure Series: Bringing
the Night Sky Inside at Shangri La
Botanical Gardens, 409.670.9799
10:30 AM
Red Bud Festival at Buna Bridal Club
Arena, 409.382.9741
10:00 AM
Mauriceville Crawfish Festival
Pageant at LCM High School Gym,
409.745.4448
4:00 PM
Standing Ovation and Court Party at
Montagne Center LU, 409.880.1715
6:30 PM
Kirby-Hill House Murder Mystery
Dinner Drama at Kirby Hill House,
Kountze, 409.246.8000|
7:00 PM
Lagniappe Film and Music Festival
at Crockett Street Entertainment
District, 409.422.3378
9:00 PM
Lagniappe Film and Music Festival
Gala, 409.422.3378
3
3:00 PM
Lamar Facility Brass Quintet at Lamar University Music Bldg. Rothwell
Recital Hall, 409.880.8144
3:00 PM
Lagniappe Film and Music Festival
at Crockett Street Entertainment
District, 409.422.3378
9:00 PM
Lagniappe Film and Music Festival
Gala, 409.422.3378
5
4:00 PM
Tween Craft Day at R. C. Miller Memorial Library, 409.838.6606
7:30 PM
Texas Two Step and Polka! at City
Dance Center, 409.832.7772
7
12:00 PM
Women's Club of Beaumont Annual
Luncheon and Style Show at The Clubhouse, 409.722.3136/409.860.4277
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5:00 PM
Buna Redbud Festival at Buna High
School, 409.994.5586
5:00 PM
First Thursdays at the Mildred at
Sidewalk and Shops on Calder,
409.880.3749
7:30 PM
Lamarissimo! University Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands Bands at
Julie Rogers Theatre, 409.880.8144
8
8:15 AM
"Laugh your way to a Better Marriage" at First United Methodist,
409.832.0295
4:00 PM
International Women's Day: Friendship Tea at Calder Baptist Church,
409.892.4251
5:30 PM
Parents' Night Out at Wesley United
Methodist Church, 409.892.7733
6:30 PM
Murder Mystery Dinner Drama at
Kirby Hill House, 409.246.8000
7:00 PM
2nd Fridays Monthly Drumming
Circles at Unity Southeast Texas,
409.842.0271
7:00 PM
"Laugh your way to a Better Marriage" at First United Methodist,
409.832.0295
8:00 PM
Comedian George Lopez It's Not
Me, It's You Tour at Julie Rogers
Theatre, 409.838.3435 ext 1
9
9:00 AM
2nd Saturdays at The Giving Field,
409.351.2612
9:30 AM
Saturday Adventure Series: Bare
Bones at Shangri La Botanical Gardens, 409.670.9799
10:00 AM
Sesame Street Live "Can't Stop Singing" at Ford Arena, 409.951.5400
1:00 PM
Barrel and Pole Practice Day at 3
Cross Cowboy Church, Kirbyville,
409.659.3494
6:30 PM
Murder Mystery Dinner Drama at
Kirby Hill House, 409.246.8000
7:00 PM
Billy Currington at Nutty Jerry's,
877.643.7508
8:00 PM
Redbud Open Rodeo at Buna Bridle
Club, 409.745.1471
10
10:00 AM
Sesame Street Live "Can't Stop Singing" at Ford Arena, 409.951.5400
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6:00 PM
11th Annual Guys, Dolls and Spicy
Meatballs at Holy Cross Lutheran
Church, 409.722.1609
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11:30 AM
Leaping Lizards Book Club For
Homeschoolers Grades K-2nd
at R. C. Miller Memorial Library,
409.838.6606
4:00 PM
Tween Craft Day at R. C. Miller Memorial Library, 409.838.6606
4:00 PM
Beginner Spanish Classes at R. C.
Miller Library, 409.866.9487 ext 3250
12-17
Varying Times
Nederland Heritage Festival, Boston
Avenue, Nederland, 409.724.2269
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5:00 PM
Wine Tasting at the Lake at Beaumont Event Centre, 409.838.3435
15, 16 & 17
9:00 AM
Orange Trade Days, 409.883.4344
15
6:30 PM
Murder Mystery Dinner Drama at
Kirby Hill House, 409.246.8000
7:00 PM
3rd Fridays Game Night at Unity
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8:00 AM
Bike Tour at Big Thick National
Preserve, 409.781.5872
8:00 AM
Beaumont Farmer's Market at
Beaumont Athletic Complex,
409.363.0495
9:00 AM
Annual Azalea Festival, Jasper,
409.384.2762
9:00 AM
Art in the Park, City of Orange,
409.883.1011
9:30 AM
Saturday Adventure Series: Ladybugs and Aphids: Garden Combat
at Shangri La Botanical Gardens,
409.670.9799
6:30 PM
Murder Mystery Dinner Drama at
Kirby Hill House, 409.246.8000
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10:00 AM
70th Annual South Texas State
Fair Kids Rodeo at Ford Park,
409.951.5440
5:30 PM
70th Annual South Texas State Fair
at Ford Park, 409.951.5440
22, 23 & 24
7:00 AM
Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days in
Kountze, 409.246.3413
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9:30 AM
Beaumont Ballet Theatre Guild Cinderella *School Performance* at Julie
Rogers Theatre, 409.892.0169
12:30 PM
Beaumont Ballet Theatre Guild Cinderella *School Performance* at Julie
Rogers Theatre, 409.892.0169
5:00 PM
70th Annual South Texas State Fair
at Ford Park, 409.951.5440
7:30 PM
Beaumont Ballet Theatre Guild Cinderella *Public Performance* at Julie
Rogers Theatre, 409.892.0169
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8:00 AM
Beaumont Farmer's Market at
Beaumont Athletic Complex,
409.363.0495
9:30 AM
Saturday Adventure Series: Build-ABird Feeder at Shangri La Botanical
Gardens, 409.670.9799
10:00 AM
70th Annual South Texas State
Fair- Kid's Day Saturday at Ford Park,
409.951.5440
3:00 PM
Easter Egg-stravaganza at Trinity United Methodist Church,
409.892.8121
4:00 PM
Beaumont Ballet Theatre Guild
Cinderella's Wedding Feast at Julie
Rogers Theatre, 409.892.0169
6:00 PM
Beaumont Ballet Theatre Guild Cinderella *Public Performance* at Julie
Rogers Theatre, 409.892.0169
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9:00 AM
70th Annual South Texas State
Fair School Field Trips- Dairy
Show & Petting Zoo at Ford Park,
409.951.5440
10:00 AM
70th Annual South Texas State Fair
at Ford Park, 409.951.5440
28-30
6:00 PM
Last Days of Christ Outdoor Passion
Drama at Legacy Christian Academy,
409.239.7283
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7:00 PM
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Christus Health & Wellness Center 3030
North, Beaumont, 409.454.0417
25-28
5:00 PM
70th Annual South Texas State Fair
at Ford Park, 409.951.5440
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12:00 PM
70th Annual South Texas State Fair
at Ford Park, 409.951.5440
7:30 PM
Dreamgirls at Lutcher Theater,
409.886.5535
30
8:00 AM
Beaumont Farmer's Market at
Beaumont Athletic Complex,
409.363.0495
9:00 AM
Our Mother of Mercy's Annual
Easter Rodeo Weekend, Liberty,
936.402.6020/936.402.2076
9:30 AM - Shangri La Saturday Adventure Series: Morning Bird Stroll
at Shangri La Botanical Gardens,
409.670.9799
10:00 AM
70th Annual South Texas State
Fair- Kid's Day Saturday at Ford Park,
409.951.5440
10:00 AM
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at St.
Mark's Church- Under the Oaks,
409.832.3405
11:00 AM - H-E-Buddy Story Time at
HEB, 409.866.2007
2:00 PM
Gator Egg Hunt at Gator Country
Adventure Park, 409.794.9453
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9:00 AM
Our Mother of Mercy's Annual
Easter Rodeo Weekend, Liberty,
936.402.6020/936.402.2076
12:00 PM
70th Annual South Texas State FairCoca Cola / Dr Pepper Cantastic
Sunday at Ford Park, 409.951.5440
2:00 PM
Groves Chamber of Commerce
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Groves
Sports Complex, 918.786.9079
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START: Tourism Talks for All Southeast Texas
Business Owners and Residents
By Emily Wheeler
You say you’re not in the tourism
industry, eh? According to Kathi
Hughes, director of the Ben J. Rogers’ Visitors Center, everyone living in
Southeast Texas is part of its tourism.
“Everyone touches a tourist,” says
Hughes. “When someone from out
of town stops to get gas and you
look across with a pleasant look on
your face, that traveler will say he
had a good experience and likely say,
‘I drove through there one time and
it seemed like a nice place.’”
As a resident of Southeast Texas
and members of the tourism industry, at least per Hughes, we’re all invited to quarterly START meetings.
START is an acronym for Southeast
Texas Area Regional Tourism and it
represents a group of business owners, nonprofit organizations, the staff
from area visitors’ centers and tourist attraction venue personnel from
the Southeast Texas’ nine county area
who meet and share “what’s going on”
with the other members of the group.
Every quarter, the group picks a
different Southeast Texas venue and
meets at 9:30 a.m. in a round-table
forum to share information that
could help others give information
to travelers in the area.
“Everyone gives their elevator
speech,” said Hughes. “For two minutes they introduce themselves and
tell what’s going on. This helps all
of us when talking to travelers, and
even locals, share what’s happening
at any particular time.”
Hughes says the group’s size varies
from meeting to meeting but typically includes about 25 people. The
hosting venue, which has included
the Port Arthur Civic Center, area
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museums, Bruno and George Winery, D’Vine Wine, Spindletop Gladys
City, Adventure Kingdom, Ford Park,
Ben J. Rogers’ Visitors Center, McFaddin Ward House, the Big Thicket, The
Barn in Hardin County and a favor-
ite- Heritage Village in Woodville because of its proximity to the Pickett
House, where the group shares lunch,
provides light refreshments. Meetings
usually last for two hours.
To learn about the group and to
be informed of their meetings, call
the Ben J. Rogers’ Visitors’ Center at
409.842.0500 and ask to be put on
the email list. The next meeting of
START is April 18 at the Sam Houston Regional Library in Liberty.
Tourism in Southeast Texas Fun Facts
In 2012 68,572 travelers stopped at the Ben J. Rogers’ Visitors Center.
Since the Ben J. Rogers’ Visitors’ Center opened June 21, 2007, 321,370 have visited the Center.
Travelers from nearly 90 different countries have visited the Center including a recent tourist from Dubai.
featured events
Weekly
Tuesdays
11:30 AM
SETX Referral Group at Rockin A
Cafe, 409.842.0010
Fridays
7:30 AM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of
Commerce Business Connection at
MCM Elegante Tavern, 409.838.6581
1
2:00 PM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of
Commerce Ribbon Cutting: Better
Business Bureau 409.838.6581
3-5
9:00 AM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of
Commerce Golden Triangle Days
2013 in Austin
5
2:00 PM
Better Business Bureau Torch Award
Workshop at Better Business Bureau,
409.835.5951
6:00 PM
Orange County Christian Writers
Guild at Brown Hearing Center,
409.988.2588
6
10:30 AM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of
Commerce Ribbon Cutting: Safelite
Auto Glass, 409.838.6581
1:00 PM
Budget Preparation & Management Workshop at Southeast Texas
Nonprofit Development Center,
409.832.7532
7
7:30 AM
Better Business Bureau “Morning Mix Tour” Stop in Cleveland,
409.835.5951
3:00 PM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of
Commerce Ribbon Cutting: Renal
Ventures, 409.838.6581
8
9:00 AM
Strategic Planning Process Workshop at SoutheastTexas Nonprofit
Development Center, 409.832.7532
10:00 AM
Better Business Bureau Torch Award
Workshop at Baptist Hospital Board
Room in Orange, 409.835.5951
12
4:30 PM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of
Commerce Mix & Mingle: Albanese
Cormier, 409.838.6581
14
6:30 PM
Monthly Meeting of the Progressive
Democrats of Southeast Texas at
The Beaumont Club, 409.898.7355
17
1:30 PM
Golden Triangle Computer Club at
Howell Furniture Community Room,
409.866.4398
21
7:30 AM
Better Business Bureau Morning Mix
Tour Stop in Nederland at Mobil Oil
Federal Credit Union, 409.835.5951 x117
9:00 AM
Board Development & Board Meeting Success Workshop at Southeast
Texas Nonprofit Development
Center, 409.832.7532
4:30 PM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of
Commerce Mix & Mingle: Capital
One, 409.838.6581
6:30 PM
ARC of Greater Beaumont Third
Thursdays of the Month Adult Social Club at Spindletop MHMR Rec
Room, 409-784-5556
25
1:00 PM
Good Governance and Ethical Practices Workshop at Southeast Texas
Nonprofit Development Center,
409.832.7532
26
12:45 PM
Pioneering Women unveiling of the
2013 Shattering the Glass Ceiling
Honorees at Beaumont City Hall,
409.842.1577
27
1:00 PM
Managers and Supervisors- Take a
LOOK at HR! at Southeast Texas
Nonprofit Development Center,
409.832.7532
28
9:30 AM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of
Commerce Ribbon Cutting: The
Home Depot, 409.838.6581
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sports and recreation
Local Events Change Lives
By Amie James
How important are local events in
your community? Do the Exygon &
Baptist Hospital’s Gusher Marathon,
Half Marathon and Kinsel Ford 5K really make that much of a difference in
the lives of Southeast Texans? Why
should I sponsor, participate or support
a local marathon? Can't those people
who want to run just go to other cities?
Having local events is important,
a fact I've reiterated a thousand
times or more. It gives people here a
chance to do something they might
not do otherwise and learn some
important things about themselves
along the way. Pamela Romero is one
December 2009
of those people. One of your people.
She wrote me and candidly detailed
her journey from morbid obesity to
fitness. She did it all with exercise,
education and determination.
As one of the race directors for
the Gusher and a director for the
local nonprofit Sports Society for
American Health, I might be a little
biased, but then again I get to hear
stories like the Pamela's on a regular
basis. Pamela inspires me. I hope she
inspires you too.
Pamela's Story:
I have fought my weight all my life.
Needless to say, it has been a constant
battle. The older you get the more
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weight you put on until you feel like
you are about to die. I didn't care. I
honestly figured it was meant to be.
Fighting depression meant answering
it with whatever multiple candy bars
I could eat or feasting at the buffet. In
2009, my weight had ballooned to my
highest at 403 pounds. I had a double
fracture in my left foot that took over
6 months to heal. In the summer of
2010, it was all I could do to walk from
the parking lot of the office. I work on
the third floor. Short of breath and
drenched in sweat, an unexplained
rash developed all over my belly. I had
my lab work done on July 22, 2010. My
blood sugar was 235. I was diagnosed
Type II Diabetic. It was God's wake up
call. I could either give in and die an
early death or fight. I decided to fight. I
first went to Diabetic Education classes at The Medical Center of Southeast
Texas. They gave me a plan on how to
watch my carbohydrates and told me
to eat my vegetables. I never ate salad, much less plain spinach. I started
walking regularly around at Gulf Terrace Hike and Bike. The weight was
coming down! In 2011 I decided to do
my first event, The Exygon & Baptist
Hospital’s Gusher Marathon Kinsel
Ford 5k. A 5K is 3.1 miles. This was a
first for me. Upon completion of the
walk, I began a new lifestyle. I joined
the Sea Rim Striders and since then
have done multiple events. This past
year was no exception. I completed
the 2012 Exygon & Baptist Hospital’s
Gusher Marathon Kinsel Ford 5K on
March 11th and in May I was able to
stop taking my Victoza injections. My
HGB A1c was healthy 5.4. I realized, “I
can control this without medicine!”
I even completed my first cycling
event- the Spindletop Spin! This past
summer the damage of what I had
done to my body all these years was
causing great difficulty. I had a huge
ventral hernia and I was bleeding out
of my belly button. The extra skin from
the weight loss of 105 lbs was causing
the hernia to hurt more. On top of
that, I developed some other health
issues. June 24, 2012 was my last event.
I went to see Dr. Wade Rosenburg at
Methodist Hospital who consulted
two other physicians, Dr. Tue Dinh
(plastic surgeon) and Dr.Eric Haufrect
(ob/gyn). Since my diabetes was under control I was able to have an operation that has changed my life. September 4, 2012 I went to have a ventral
hernia repair, a total hysterectomy,
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and a panniculectomy (where they
remove skin and fat). I was in surgery
for 8 hours. Yes, all three major surgeries in one day at the same time. They
were able to remove 15 lbs of skin and
fat and take care of everything else. I
am still healing from the surgeries, but
I am still making progress. As of today,
I have lost 138lbs! At my last checkup
my labs were excellent and again my
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HGB A1c is 5.4. The Exygon & Baptist
Hospital’s Gusher Marathon is what
started this for me. Walking literally
saved my life. I have had a huge support group of family and friends help-
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ing me along the way. I hope my story
helps someone else. My chapters are
not finished yet, as I plan to be back
again for Exygon & Baptist Hospital’s
Gusher 2013! I can't wait!
featured events
Daily
Pool Swimming- All Levels- BISD,
Natatorium, Beaumont
Weekly
Sundays
7:00 AM
Road Run- Beaumont Exygon
Mondays
5:30 PM
Golden Triangle Strutters, Orange
Leaf/Delaware Extension
Tuesdays
5:30 PM
Cycling MobilOil Federal Credit
Union- Intermediate to advanced,
Beaumont to Sour Lake/30 miles
5:30 PM
Cycling all levels, 20 mile loop in
Orange, Little Cypress Admin. Bldg.
5:45 PM
Golden Triangle Riders, Nederland
High School, Nederland
Wednesdays
5:00 PM
Open Water Swim Training- No
Lifeguard Duty, Boomtown in Vidor
5:30 PM
Golden Triangle Strutters, Orange
Leaf/Delaware Extension
7:00 PM
Road Run, Nederland Exygon
Thursdays
5:30 PM
Cycling MobilOil Federal Credit
Union- Intermediate to advanced,
Beaumont to Sour Lake/30 miles
5:30 PM
Cycling all levels, 20 mile loop in
Orange, Little Cypress Admin. Bldg.
5:45 PM
Golden Triangle Riders, Nederland
High School, Nederland
Fridays
6:30 PM
On The Run- Beaumont
Saturdays
7:00 AM
Golden Triangle Riders, Nederland
High School, Nederland
8:00 AM
Cycling- All levels- various distances,
Colonnade Shopping Cntr., Beaumont
Sundays
7:00 AM-Nederland High School,
Golden Triangle Riders, Nederland
1
6:30 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Columbia at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
2
1:00 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Columbia at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
4:00 PM
Lamar Women's Basketball vs Oral
Roberts at Montagne Center Lamar
University, 409.880.1715
4:00 PM
Standing Ovation and Court Party at
LU Montagne Center, 409.880.1715
4:00 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Columbia at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
6:00 PM
Lamar Men's Basketball vs Oral Roberts
at LU Montagne Center, 409.880.1715
6:00 PM
LSO-PA Basketball Seahawks vs Angelina College at Carl Parker Center,
409.983.4921
3
11:00 AM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Columbia
at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium, Beaumont, 409.880.8135/409.880.8974
5
3:00 PM
Lamar Women's Softball vs.
Prairie View A&M at Ford Fields,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
5:00 PM
Lamar Women's Softball vs.
Prairie View A&M at Ford Fields,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
7
7:00 PM
Citizen Bee Competition at Performing Arts Center, Main Theater, Port
Arthur, 409.983.4921
8
6:30 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Massachusetts at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
9
7:30 AM
Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher
Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K at
Montagne Center, 409.781.2932
1:00 PM
Barrel and Pole Practice Day at 3
Cross Cowboy Church, 409.659.3494
1:00 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Massachusetts at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
4:00 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Massachusetts at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
8:00 PM
Redbud Open Rodeo at Buna Bridle
Club, 409.745.1471
10
8:00 AM
Southeast Texas Kayak and Canoe
Group Annual Kayak Fishing Trip at
Sabine River north of Toledo Bend
11:00 AM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Massachusetts at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
8:00 PM
Redbud Open Rodeo at Buna Bridle
Club, 409.745.1471
11
8:00 AM
Southeast Texas Kayak and Canoe
Group Annual Kayak Fishing Trip at
Sabine River north of Toledo Bend
12
8:00 AM - Southeast Texas Kayak
and Canoe Group Annual Kayak
Fishing Trip at Sabine River north of
Toledo Bend
1:00 PM - Lamar Women's Softball vs. Bucknell at Ford Fields,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
3:00 PM - Lamar Women's Softball vs. Bucknell at Ford Fields,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
6:30 PM - Lamar Men's Baseball
vs. Prairie View A&M at Lamar
University Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
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8:00 AM
Southeast Texas Kayak and Canoe
Group Annual Kayak Fishing Trip at
Sabine River north of Toledo Bend
6:30 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Texas
Southern at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium, 409.880.8135/409.880.8974
14-17
12:00 PM
BassMaster 2013 Elite Series Sabine
River Challenge, Sabine River System,
Orange
19
6:30 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Houston
Baptist at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
20
6:30 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. Houston
Baptist at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
22
6:30 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. McNeese
State at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
23
2:00 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. McNeese
State at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
4:00 PM
Lamar Women's Softball vs. Sam
Houston State at Ford Fields,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
6:00 PM
Lamar Women's Softball vs. Sam
Houston State at Ford Fields,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
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1:00 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. McNeese
State at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
3:00 PM
Lamar Women's Softball vs. Sam
Houston State at Ford Fields,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
26
6:30 PM
Lamar Men's Baseball vs. McNeese
State at LU Vincent-Beck Stadium,
409.880.8135/409.880.8974
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3
• Lamar Student Brass Ensembles at
Lamar University Music Bldg. Rothwell
Recital Hall
4
• Better Business Bureau “Morning Mix
Tour”- Stop on the Bolivar Peninsula
• Lamar University's Scholarship Dinner
5
• Reception: Matthew Neil Gebring: Brilliant Corners at Dishman Art Museum
6
• 2013 Beaumont Trash-Off at 5 Locations (See ad, page 31)
• Shangri La Saturday Adventure Series:
Bird Ballet at Shangri La Botanical
Gardens
• Girl Scouts- Me and My Guy Spring
Fling- Father-Daughter Dance at Wesley
United Methodist
• “Symphonic Story Celebration” Master
Series 4 Concert at the Julie Rogers
Theatre
• Lamar A Cappella Choir and The Symphony of Southeast Texas Chorus at the
Julie Rogers Theatre
7
• St. Mark's Artist Series - Jospeh Causby,
Organist at St. Mark's Episcopal Church
9
• Hal Holbrook Mark Twain Tonight at
Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts
• Lamar Student Brass Ensembles at
Lamar University Music Bldg. Rothwell
Recital Hall
13
• Hope Women's Resource Clinic Walk
for Life at Adventure Kingdom
• Magnolia Garden Club Garden and
Home Tour "Through the Garden Gate"
at McFaddin-Ward House
• Breakfast with the Bishop at St. Jude
Church
• Moonlight Masquerade Ball at the
Chambers House Museum
• Lamarissimo! Cardinal Singers & Cardinal Dancers at the Julie Rogers Theatre
14
• Beaumont Children's Museum Mini
Masters Tournament
• Young Audiences, Young Artists at the
Home of Lauren Bourquein
• A Night of Music and Laughter to
Remember!- An Alzheimer's Awareness
Event at Ford Park
16
• Neches River Festival King's Arrival and
Media Party at Beaumont Country Club
• Better Business Bureau "Laws of Life"
Banquet at the Holiday Inn and Suites
Beaumont Plaza
• Lamar Civic Orchestra at Lamar State
College Port Arthur Performing Arts
Center
18
• Neches River Festival Citizen of the Year
at the MCM Elegant Hotel
• Champagne and Ribs at Harley Davidson Dealership
19, 20 & 21
• 33rd Annual Mauriceville Crawfish
Festival
19
• Shangri La Eco-Fest 2013 Exhibits at
Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature
Center
• Opening Reception: Sally Chandler: The
Lost World and for David Everett at the
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
• West Brook High School Stars Stellar
Revue at the Julie Rogers Theatre
20
• March of Dimes 2013 March for Babies
on the Lamar University Campus John
Gray Center
• Shangri La Eco-Fest 2013 Exhibits at
Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature
Center
• LIT Allied Health Open House at LIT
• BBB "Shred It and Forget it" at Central
Mall
• Neches River Festival Downtown
Parade Year at Crockett Street
• Harbor Hospice 4th Annual Butterfly
Release "Celebration of Life" at Tyrrell
Park
• Shangri La Saturday Adventure Series:
Butterflies that Flutter By at Shangri La
Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
• The Christus Health Foundation of
Southeast Texas’s 33rd Annual Gala at
the Beaumont Civic Center
22
• Great Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Lobsterfest Golf Tournament at
Bayou Din Golf Club
• Lamar University's Industrial Carillon
Concert at Mobil Oil Federal Credit
Union
23
• CASA of Southeast Texas - Justice is
Served at the MCM Elegant Hotel
25
• Better Business Bureau “Morning Mix
Tour”- Stop in Beaumont at A-OK Moving, Shredding & Storage
• American Heart Association Go Red
for Women Luncheon at the Beaumont
Country Club
• Lamarissimo! Cardinal Singers at the
Julie Rogers Theatre
26 & 27
• Olde Tyme Derrick Days at Lions Park
in Sour Lake
26
• Great Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Lobsterfest Dinner/Dance at
Beaumont Event Centre
• Girl Scouts- Adult Recognition Event at
Broussard's Centre'
• American Cancer South Jefferson Relay
for Life at Nederland Bulldog Stadium
• American Cancer Hardin Relay for Life
at Silsbee High School Tiger Stadium
• American Cancer Woodville Relay for
Life at Woodville High School Football
Field
• Stars of the Arc Celebrity Style Show
and Dinner at Holiday Inn Beaumont
Plaza
27
• Shangri La Saturday Adventure Series: •
• What’s Jumping at Shangri La at Shangri
La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
• Neches River Festival Coronation and
Ball immediately following Coronation at
the Julie Theatre
28
• An American Sampler: An Evening
of Classic One-Act Plays at University
Theatre
30
• Lamar Civic Orchestra at Lamar University Setzer Student Center Ballroom
38
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membership directory
Nonprofit Member Organizations
a
Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/texas, 409-833-1613
American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, 877-227-1618
American Heart Association- Golden Triangle, www.heart.org, 409.980.8800
American Red Cross- Beaumont Chapter, www.redcrossbeaumont.org, 409-832-1644
Anayat House, www.anayathouse.org, 409-833-0649
Arc of Greater Beaumont, www.arcofbmt.org, 409-838-9012
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, www.amset.org, 409-832-3432
b
Beaumont Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, www.mhbh.org, 409-212-5000
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation, www.bhset.net, 409-212-6113
Beaumont Children’s Museum, www.beaumontchildrensmuseum.org, 409-658-8927
Beaumont Civic Ballet, www.beaumontcivicballet.net, 409-838-4397
Beaumont Civic Center Complex, www.beaumont-tx-complex.com, 409-838-3435
Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau, www.beaumontcvb.com, 409-880-3749,
Beautify Beaumont, www.beautifybeaumont.org, 409-656-7400
Beaumont Heritage Society, www.beaumontheritage.org, 409-832-4010
Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center, www.co.jefferson.tx.us/VisitorCenter/brrvc.htm,
409-842-0500
Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas, www.beaumont.bbb.org, 409-835-5348
Big Thicket Association, www.btatx.org, 936-274-1181
c
CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc., www.casasetx.org, 409-832-2272
Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, www.catholiccharitiesbmt.org, 409-924-4400
Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth, www.christushospital.org, 409-892-7171
Christus Health Foundation, www.christushealthfoundationsetx.org, 409-899-7555
City of Beaumont, www.cityofbeaumont.com, 409-980-8311
City of Beaumont Parks and Recreation, Recreation Division, www.beaumontrecreation.
com, Best Years Senior Center 409-838-1902, Sterling Pruitt Center/Athletic Complex 409838-3613, Henry Homberg Golf Course 409-842-3220
f
Family Services of Southeast Texas, Inc., www.westrengthenfamilies.org, 409-833-2668
First United Methodist Church, www.firstbeaumont.org, 409-832-0295
G
Garth House, www.garthhouse.org, 409-838-9084
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, www.gssjc.org, 409-832-0556, ext. 102
Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, www.goodwillbmt.org,
409-838-9911
Golden Triangle Republican Women, 409-832-6269
Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, www.bmtcoc.org, 409-838-6581
Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce,www.portarthurtexas.com, 409.963.1107
H
Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County, www.beaumonthabitat.org, 409-832-5853
Harbor Hospice Foundation, www.harborhospice.com/harborhouse-beaumont.html,
409-840-5640
Heartbeats of Hope, www.setxsocialcenter.com/heartbeatshope, 409-651-8390
Home Instead Senior Care, www.homeinstead.com/216/Pages/HomeInsteadSeniorCare.
aspx, 409-892-7494
Hope Women’s Resource Clinic, www.pregnancyhopecenter.com, 409-898-4005
For Profit Members
j
Accommodations
Julie Rogers’ “Gift of Life” Program, www.giftoflifebmt.org, 409-833-3663
Junior League of Beaumont,www.juniorleaguebeaumont.org, 409-832-0873
MCM Elegante Hotel,
www.mcmelegantebeaumont.com, 409-842-3600
Kirby-Hill House, www.kirbyhillhouse.com, 409-246-8000
Painting with a Twist,
www.paintingwithatwist.com/beaumont, 409-866-0399
k
l
Lamar Cardinals Football, www.lamarcardinals.com, 409-880-1715
Lamar Institute of Technology, www.lit.edu, 409-880-8321
Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation, www.lit.edu/foundation/LITFoundation,
409-880-8321
Lamar State College- Port Arthur, www.lamarpa.edu, 409-983-4921
Lamar University, www.lamar.edu, 409-880-7011
Lamar University Small Business Development Center, www.lamarbmt.sbdcnetwork.net,
409-880-2367
Lutcher Theater, www.lutcher.org, 409-886-5535
m
Arts and Crafts
Catering
MCM Elegante Catering,
www.mcmelegantebeaumont.com, 409-842-3600
Entertainment Venues
Ford Park, www.fordpark.com, 409-951-5400
Food and Beverage
The Main Dish Studio Kitchen,
www.yourmaindish.com, 409-866-MAIN
Sports and Recreation
March of Dimes, beaumontmarchofdimes.blogspot.com, 409-835-7606
McFaddin-Ward House, www.mcfaddin-ward.org, 409-832-2134
Monsignor Kelly High School, kelly.beaumont.tx.us, 409-866-2351
City Dance Center,
www.beaumontcitydance.com, 409-833-7772
Nutrition and Services for Seniors, www.seniormeals.org, 409-892-4455
Kountze Big Thicket Trade Day,
www.tradedayskountze.com, 409-880-5667
n
o
Orange Community Players, Inc., orangecommunityplayers.com, 409-882-9137
p
Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, www.portarthurtexas.com, 409.963.1107
Progressive Democrats of Southeast Texas, www.pdsetex.org, 409-898-7355
Trade Days
Spas
MCM Elegante Getaway Spa,
www.mcmelegantebeaumont.com/getaway_spa,
409-842-3600
s
The Salvation Army Beaumont Corp., www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_beaumont.nsf,
409-896-2363
Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas, www.sccset.org, 409-727-6400
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, www.shangrilagardens.org, 409-670-9113
Some Other Place, www.sopbmt.org, 409-832-7976
Southeast Texas Arts Council, www.setxac.org, 409.835.2787
Spindletop Center, www.spindletopcenter.org, 409-839-1000
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown, www.spindletop.org, 409-835-0823
Stark Museum of Art, www.starkmuseum.org, 409-886-2787
St. Mark’s Church, www.stmarksbeaumont.org, 409-832-3405
Symphony of Southeast Texas, www.sost.org, 409-892-2257
t
Trinity United Methodist Church, www.trinitybmt.org, 409-892-8121
u
Ubi Caritas, www.ubicaritas.org, 409-832-1924
w
The W.H. Stark House, www.whstarkhouse.org, 409-883-0871
Wesley United Methodist Church, www.wesleyumc.com, 409-892-7733
Winnie Chamber of Commerce, www.winnietexas.org, 409-296-2231
Wilton P. Hebert Health & Wellness Center, www.christuswellnesscenter.org, 409-899-7777
Y
YWCA, www.ywcabeaumont.org, 409-899-1011
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