The 66th annual Freeport Lions Club Fishin’ Fiesta is on for July 3 – 7th this year! As usual, the event will include inshore and offshore fishing tournaments for adults, families and kids 16 years old and younger, with cash prizes awarded to the most impressive catch in each category. Last year, the adult inshore grand prize was $6,500, so don’t miss out on a chance to have a great time, live some great new “fish stories”, and maybe walk away with some extra cash!
But fishin’ isn’t the only activity at this fun-filled Fiesta. There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The Fiesta includes great events such as pageants, fireworks displays, cooking contests and eating contests. You can work off some of the great BBQ and other refreshments by competing in the horseshoe or washer tournaments, or relax and listen to the free live musical entertainment. Or try your luck in the carnival area where there are games and rides for kids of all ages.
The Lions will be giving away a 2012 Ford F150 pick-up truck at this year’s event. Raffle tickets cost $20 each or buy 6 for $100. All proceeds from the raffle help support the Texas Lions Camp, which has been offering summer camp opportunities at no cost to children with medical conditions and physical handicaps for over 60 years.
This year’s event will be held at the Freeport Municipal Park, located at 421 Brazosport Blvd in Freeport. Parking, admission to the park and live music are all free, and tickets for carnival rides can be purchased as individual tickets or an armband. Check out all the details at the Fishin’ Fiesta website.
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Born in 1882, the daughter of prominent Texas Governor James Hogg and his wife Sarah, Ima Hogg no doubt endured quite a bit of teasing throughout her long life as a result of her unusual name. Plenty of myths have been told about Ima for over a century, but the truth is simply that she was named for the heroine in a poem about the Civil War that was written by her uncle. Ima is her given name and she has no middle name. She did NOT have a sister named Ura. Often lost in the folklore is the incredible life that “Miss Ima” lived for 93 years, which included a long history of philanthropy, Texas cultural preservation, and support for the arts.
Miss Ima began playing piano at a very early age and studied music in New York, Berlin and Vienna as a young woman. This love of music led her to teach piano and then to help found the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 1913. She also served as the Symphony Society president in 1917 and then again in 1946 for a period of 10 years.
After both her parents had passed away, oil was discovered on the family property near West Columbia, and that discovery made Ima and her brothers very wealthy. Miss Ima shared her wealth with Texas throughout the rest of her life, including the founding of the Houston Child Guidance Center to counsel and treat disturbed children, and the establishment, along with the bequest from her brother, of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at UT. In addition, she has donated family property and holdings to Texas, including the family’s River Oaks Mansion (to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston) and the West Columbia plantation, now known as the Varner-Hogg Plantation (to the State of Texas).
Miss Ima worked on committees such as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, the committee to plan the National Cultural Center (Kennedy Center) and on an advisory panel for Jacqueline Kennedy to aid in procuring historic furniture for the White House. Miss Ima was honored throughout her life with a plethora of awards and recognition for her charitable contributions and work. During the presentation of one such award, the then governor of Texas, Allan Shivers, commented: “Some persons create history. Some record it. Others restore and conserve it. She has done all three.” So the next time that you hear the name “Ima Hogg”, instead of laughing about her name, remember all that she did for Texas during her incredible life! Additional details about Miss Ima are available from a variety of websites, including Wikipedia.
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Join your neighbors at Stevenson Park in Friendswood this spring for great entertainment under the stars. The City of Friendswood Community Services Department announces another season of “The Mitch & Artha Wright Concert in the Park Series” beginning on Friday, May 3rd and continuing each Friday evening in May and June until the final event which will be held on June 28th.
In addition to excellent live music, the concert series promises games and a chance to win prizes during the show intermissions. Bring your own food and drink, plus blankets and lawn chairs for relaxing during the show. Featured music genres include Jazz, Rock, Zydeco, Bluegrass, and Texas Blues from a variety of bands. Featured performers include:
- Luther & The Healers
- Lonestar Bluegrass Band
- The Fantastics
- Old Rascals Band
For a complete schedule, performer list and full details for each concert date, visit the City of Friendswood website. All shows begin at 7PM and last approximately 2 hours at Stevenson Park, located at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive. All concerts are free for the whole family.
Texas Gulf Bank’s Friendswood banking center relocated in 2012 to 1003 S. Friendswood Drive, just across the street and down the block from Stevenson Park. Stop by and discover the banking products and services available to help your family plan for the future. We’ll see you at the concerts!
Attention Brazoria County parents: Texas has recently made changes to the immunization requirements for public and private school students. Make sure you are aware of the guidelines, and ensure that your child is adequately protected with the necessary immunizations for Hepatitis A, MMR, Varicella, and Tetanus.
Complete details about what has changed and how your children are affected can be found on the Department of State Health Services website. For information about local clinics where your child can be immunized in the Brazosport area, plus additional information about the required vaccines, visit the Freeport City website. Avoid the back-to-school rush and make an appointment soon for your children!
Texas Gulf Bank is celebrating its 100th year anniversary during 2013. For the past century, we have been building relationships and providing excellent customer service in communities from our headquarters in Freeport to our banking centers located in Angleton, Lake Jackson, Clute, Brazosport, West Columbia, Friendswood and 2 Houston locations.
The Lake Jackson Civic Center is once again offering its annual spring concert series, running from April through June. This year’s shows will be on Friday evenings, rain or shine. The concerts are outside the Civic Center, so bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating and enjoy the show!
This year’s line-up includes a lot of great music from local musicians and bands such as:
- The Volumizers
- What It Is Band
- Intercostal Pirates
- Dennis Davis Band
- Buck Yeager band
So far, acts are booked for most Fridays until the end of June. For a complete list of performers and details on when they will be appearing, check out the full schedule posted on the YourSouthEastTexas.com website. All shows begin at 7PM and last approximately 2 hours at the Civic Center, located at 333 Texas 332 in Lake Jackson. All concerts are presented free of charge. So fill a cooler with your favorite food and drink (no glass containers please), kick back and enjoy the show!
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