The Grand 1894 Opera House will celebrate its 122nd birthday in “Grand” style on Tuesday, January 3 with an open house from noon to 5:00 p.m. In addition to complimentary tours of the theatre, visitors to The Grand may enjoy cake and refreshments served throughout the afternoon. The event is free and open to the public. It is a great opportunity to view the magnificent The Grand 1894 Opera House. For more information on upcoming performances, call 800-821-1894 or go online at www.thegrand.com/.
It all started in 1894 when Henry Greenwall raised $100,000 from affluent families and 15 businesses from around Galveston for construction. The first live performance of “The Daughters of Eve” featuring Marie Wainwright was on January 3, 1895. Marie was daughter of Commander Wainwright who was Captain of the USRC Harriet Lane (1857). He was a hero defending the ship during the Civil War’s Battle of Galveston since he refused to surrender his gunboat to the Confederate forces. He died on January 1 1863 defending his ship at a locale near what is now Seawolf Park.
Designated by the Texas Legislature in 1993 as the “Official Opera House of the State of Texas.” The Grand 1894 Opera House continues to deliver the Best in Broadway, comedy, Holiday Shows, and eye-popping new productions embracing a thrilling mix of music, movement, and spectacle. For three centuries, The Grand 1894 Opera House has hosted a distinct variety of musicals, concerts, dramas, operas, ballets, films and symphonies. It is a fully operational performing arts theater, and continues to be ‘Grand.’
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The Galveston Arts Center (GAC) has reopened ArtWorks, a museum store located inside the newly restored location at 2127 Strand Street, Galveston, TX.
ArtWorks officially reopened November 13, 2015 on the eve of Galveston Art Center’s Coming Home gala celebrating the return to our pre-Ike location on Strand Street. The store focuses on unique, fine art craft and handmade designer goods from artists in Texas and throughout the country. From home wares, décor and jewelry to handcrafted wooden sunglasses, almost every item is a carefully curated collection from independent artists. The shop also has a children’s section with puppets, large floor pillows, stuffed animals, puzzles, games, and art supplies that educate, inspire, and entertain.
Visitors to Galveston Island State Park, situated on 1, 921 acres, can spend a whole day paddling, fresh and saltwater fishing, bird watching, hiking and biking. Or, if you prefer, spend just 30 minutes on the Duck Lake Trail and see a lot of nature. Galveston Island State Park is chocked full of hiking and biking trails.
by Mike McCann
Whether you cross a channel with their car, bicycle or on foot…or enjoy the breezes coming off the Texas Gulf Coast, the ferry system serving Port Aransas and Galveston-Port Bolivar transports more than eight million passengers annually. The two routes operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting. Peak months are June, July and August, however, March can be busy with those celebrating Spring Break and the winter months can also be busy with an influx of "winter" residents.
by Brian McMillan
Galveston, Texas has been a sunny seaside respite for families, heads of state, and celebrities for well over a century. A walk along the Seawall on a typical sultry Texas day is to experience that feeling of carefree oneness with the ocean and breeze that can only be found along the coast. Families frolicking in the water, the sounds of laughter and screams from the amusement parks, the smell of popcorn and cotton candy wafting down from the pier, all combine to create not only a beautiful sea-going experience but also serve as the foundation of wistful nostalgia for years to come.