Fireworks on the boardwalk

Fireworks will light up the night sky over the Kemah Boardwalk every Friday beginning tonight.

KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News file photo

With the lazy days of summer approaching, The Grand 1894 Opera House will open its annual summer entertainment season with a special presentation by one of Galveston’s favorite conversationalists, Victor Lang, who will present his one-man tribute “The Way It Was” at 4 p.m. Saturday at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston.

Lang, a native Galvestonian who has worked as a congressional staffer and lobbyist in the private sector for more than 40 years, will share old island folklore, facts, fictions and fantasies that BOI’s (Born on the Island) and IBC’ers (Islanders by Choice) will find enjoyable, surprising and funny at the same time.

Lang is the author of two one-man shows, “Tales of Galveston” and “Washington: Fact and Fable.”

Tickets are $15 and can be bought by visiting or by calling, 409-765-1894 or 800-821-1894.

Bands on the Sand returns to Palm Beach

Get ready to rock the night away as Palm Beach at Moody Gardens brings back its annual Bands on the Sand summer concert series, which will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday at 7 Hope Blvd. in Galveston.

The concerts will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 9.

To get things started, The Line Up, which plays a variety of genres, will perform Saturday.

Velvet Punch, Jared Waggoner, Intercoastal Pirates, Brandon McDermott, Madigan, and the Zydeco Dots round out the itinerary for June.

Admission is $12.

For tickets and a complete schedule of performers, visit or call 800-582-4673.

Kemah Boardwalk has a lot going on

OK ... school is out for the summer, so why not celebrate with the whole family?

Well, the city of Kemah is inviting the entire family to its School’s Out Summer Bash that will include family-friendly fun and games on its most famous attraction — the Kemah Boardwalk.

Festivities will be available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. And the best part — it’s all free!

Activities include a Kid’s Corner, bean bag toss, hula hoops and jump rope, a photo booth, and Slime Time Trivia and prizes. DJ Forrest will play your favorite beach tunes to get you in the mood.

The Kemah Boardwalk also will host Fireworks Friday, which will take place at 9:30 p.m. Fridays through July 25.

The popular show will light up Galveston Bay with fireworks and also will include on the Fourth of July a special patriotic-themed fireworks show.

Visit www.kemah or call 281-535-8100.

Also, the public is invited to World Oceans Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kemah Aquarium, 11 Kemah Rail Road, in Kemah.

All activities are free, except for the Scavenger Hunt that will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, visit

Get ready to party for a good cause

It’s not too late to get your tickets to the 2014 Plankowners’ Syndicate Party and Auction set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Galveston Historical Foundation’s Texas Seaport Museum, 2200 Harborside Drive, in Galveston.

The annual fundraiser will feature hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine during the silent auction, a buffet dinner and a live auction conducted by Greer Auction Services.

Tickets are $65 per person or a reserved table of eight on the dock is $600.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by visiting www.galvestonhis or by calling 409-765-3435.

Angela Taylor-Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News. Have an item for Hot Ticket? Email

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