League City Post 554 was all over West Texas Pecos Post 460 from the get-go, cranking out four home runs in an 18-0 run-ruled win in the American Legion baseball state tournament championship Friday at Lutheran South Academy.
Friday, conditions began improving with light south to southeast wind prevailing over our area. Brandon Rowan and Kelly Groce, of Mariner Magazine, joined me for a morning of fishing that turned out to be much slower than we anticipated.
The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County will hold its annual casino fundraiser Saturday.
Typically in July, I start receiving inquiries from concerned homeowners about strange, misshapen growths on the leaves of their oak trees. These growths, known as galls, are often the result of certain types of insects depositing their eggs or feeding on leaves.
Starr, a nationally known author who lives in Winnie, will conduct classes on reading bones and working with prosperity candles from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Witchery, 2116 Postoffice St.
My orange and satsuma citrus trees have a problem. The newest leaves look strange. They have become twisted and shriveled, and I don't know what to do.
The Doolin Maritime Careers Camp, a week long residential camp, July 31 through Aug. 6, is now accepting applications for students that are rising eighth- to tenth-graders.
Q: There are clusters of lime-green colored caterpillars feeding on my blackberry plants. What are they, and what can I spray to control them?
The competition will be swift as the paddles meet the water at Ocean Fun Fest Saturday and Sunday at East Beach and Offatts Bayou.
From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Galveston’s Scholes Field, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Coastal Skies Aero Club will present their “Maximum Fun, Minimum Cost” seminar in hopes of creating such a new club on the island.
By most accounts, Harry Bennett was a modest man: a shy bibliophile who kept to himself.
July has arrived and that means that the year is about half over and the days are getting shorter. It also means that the warm temperatures of summer have set in for sure. Most of us put our gardens into a holding pattern in July. We just try to keep the bugs and weeds at bay and to keep cool. Here’s your gardening checklist for July.
Q: My squash plants bloom and set fruit well, but many of the fruits quickly become covered with a black, beard-like moldy growth while young.
Rosenberg Library proudly announces the opening of its newest exhibit Made in America: The Early American Pressed Glass Collection of Mary Moody Hutchings.
A new pest has emerged that threatens all ash trees, although it is not yet in Galveston County: Emerald Ash Borer.
The tiny library has a traveling sister set of books, one that visits local nursing homes and assisted-living centers. The two have spawned a book club that meets in the Goodwin house.
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image will host the Texas Film Round-Up Thursday through Saturday at the library, 2310 Sealy St., where archive staff will collect films and videos from the public for free digitization.
Look up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the second annual Kite Festival, which takes flight this weekend at the Texas City Dike to show off some of the coolest homemade kites in the United States.
The Pride of Barbados has long been a favorite accent plant for tropical landscapes where it provides a fiesta of vibrant color in our growing area from late spring to early autumn.
For the next eight months, Galveston Historical Foundation will examine the founding of Galveston by the Galveston City Company and the first two decades of the city’s existence with “Harbor City Ambition; Life in Galveston from 1838-1859.”
Anderson has made his mark on the city’s landscape as one of Galveston’s premiere artists. His studio at 2224 Church St. has become a draw for art aficionados, old and young.
Rosenberg Library has announced its selection for its Summer 2016 Museum Club series: "Dead Wake — The Last Crossing of the Lusitania," by bestselling author Erik Larson.
You can invite butterflies into your landscape if you provide the right conditions and the right plants. If you want butterflies in your yard, there are certain things to do and certain things not to do.
During the month of June, Rosenberg Library will exhibit a small collection of items related to the Garden of Tokio, a beachfront, dancing pavilion that opened in 1921 as part of Galveston’s Joyland Park. On display are a dancing trophy from 1924, a vintage dance card and historic photos of Joyland Park and the Garden of Tokio.
If there’s anything I’ve learned about bird migration, which I studied in graduate school 30 years ago, it’s that no two migrations are the same. And this year’s has been one for ages.
Our landscapes also require some attention and thought when it comes to preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of the high winds and heavy rains that hurricanes bring.
On Saturday, Galveston's East Beach will play host to the annual AIA SandCastle Competition.
Effervescent Lady Fiona Carnarvon invites visitors to explore Highclere’s multiple gardens and decorative outbuildings called “follies;” in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1716-1783). Countess Carnarvon and her husband Lord George Herbert, Earl of Carnarvon, own Highclere which was chosen as Downton Abbey via acquaintance with acclaimed Downton writer-creator Lord Julian Fellowes.
June signals the start of the summer season. Even though our summers tend to be on the warm side, productive home gardeners still can gather colorful bouquets from the landscape and fresh vegetables from the garden. The productive landscape and garden will call for early summer care and important and timely gardening chores.
It’s that time of the year when the kids will be out of school for the summer and looking for something fun to do. There’s a host of summer camps planned throughout Galveston County. Here’s a wrap-up of some of them to consider:
The growth is produced by organisms known as slime molds.
When growing conditions are favorable, banana plants will bear edible fruit.
The Master Gardener volunteers and Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office will co-sponsor a Fruit Orchard and Garden Tour on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is free and open to the public.
Step back into the not so distant past with a special selection of mid-century modern homes on Galveston’s beautiful Harbor View drive. Opened only for this special event during Galveston Historical Foundation’s annual Historic Homes Tour, these homes showcase the unmistakable design of mid-century architecture with an evening of vintage fun.
The days of May will bring warmer nights and longer, sunnier days — a change of seasons. While rainfall has been overly generous for the past few weeks, here’s hoping that the rainfall over the month of May occurs in evenly spaced installments over time and amounts.
During the month of May, Rosenberg Library remembers the iconic Nathan’s Department Store in Galveston. Nathan’s operated on the 2200 block of Postoffice Street from the 1920s through the 1970s.
Lola was one of two students from League City Elementary to be honored by the Houston Inventors Association for their creative inventions. She was awarded a patent application scholarship.
Over the past few days, I received several calls regarding the identification of a shrub-like plant that is growing along the Seawall on Galveston Island.
Q: Is it really possible to grow a pineapple from the top portion of a fresh pineapple purchased from the grocery store?
Betty Massey will receive the 23rd annual Steel Oleander award at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. on April 21 at the 1880 Garten Verein, 2704 Ave. O. There will also be a reception at 6 p.m. today at Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway. Tickets for both events are available through the Galveston Historical Foundation.
As a kid up north 60 or 70 years ago, I would look out the window at the winter snow and ice storms and urge spring to finally get there. I guess I’m still that kid looking out at the milder winter storms here and urging the winds to die down and the daytime tides to rise so that I can get the kayak out into the bay periphery of the State Park. The winters are milder and shorter, but the wait is no less frustrating. To paraphrase Sinatra, “It’s a long, long time from December to April.” I guess and I hope I’ll never grow up.
Spring in Galveston always offers an outstanding array of flowering trees and shrubs. Currently on display are orchid trees (Bauhinia). All around the island you can see small trees covered with large pink to purple or white blossoms. We lost a number of these to Hurricane Ike but they seem to be returning to local landscapes in large numbers. This is not surprising, as they are spectacular during blooming season.
Happiness, habits and human nature are the focuses of Gretchen Rubin’s lively research and writing.
The Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office will be offering a variety of horticulture-related educational programs for Galveston County residents this week as follows:
The Galveston Art League will hold its annual spring juried show April 28 through May 29 at the Art League gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. Unlike the Art League membership shows that are held nine times a year, the three annual juried shows are open to all local artists who wish to participate.
The Galveston Arts Center will present two solo exhibitions featuring Texas artists: “Vital Signs,” by Margaret Smithers-Crump and “The Habit of Being II,” by Mari Omori. “Vital Signs” includes intricately sculpted Plexiglas and paintings on Plexiglas. The upstairs galleries feature a site-specific installation by Omori, in which she re-examines the “everyday” with a minimalist yet poignant perspective. The overall aesthetic of both shows is one in which materials and the artistic process become an important focus for understanding the intrinsic meaning of the work.
Grand prize winning photo from the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest.
With the Republican and Democratic primaries in full swing and the field of candidates narrowing, politics is in the air. Ads are inundating the airwaves, mailboxes are crammed with fliers and candidates continue to make to talk show rounds seeking an edge over their opponents. Usually this means attacking records, digging up dirt or unflattering photographs, scandalous relations and so on. Candidates have been known to go to extreme measures to gain an edge, and perhaps none more famously than Richard Nixon with the Watergate scandal. The Rosenberg Library has a unique display related to this dark chapter in American politics for the April 2016 Treasure of the Month.
Since its founding in 1990, the Rotary Club of Galveston’s Galveston Rotary Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to mostly local agencies and organizations to improve our island’s quality of life. The foundation’s purpose is to greatly enhance the Rotary Club of Galveston’s ability to fund projects, primarily in the Galveston community, for humanitarian purposes and to promote peace throughout the world.
The winners of the fourth week of the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest have been announced. The contest is held in the weeks leading up to Galveston’s annual spring birding and nature photography festival.
April is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoor garden. Many citrus trees are in full bloom, and azaleas are nearing the end of their spring bloom season. Trees are putting out their new foliage that is such a delicate green. Add the pleasant temperatures and you have a strong invitation to get out in the garden.
Few flowering bulbs can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis.
The final winners of the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest have been announced. The contest is held in the weeks leading up to Galveston’s 14th annual spring birding and nature photography festival.
To a commercial peach producer, the sight of colorful blooms signals an approaching task known as fruit thinning.
Entries are now being accepted for the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest, held in the weeks leading up to Galveston’s 14th annual spring birding and nature photography festival.
While most gardeners ignore the phases of the moon in regards to optimum planting times, the moon and its phases are given significant credit by some for their gardening success or failure. Planting by the moon does not mean going out at midnight to put your garden crop in.
Spring is here with thousands of migrating birds and hundreds of nature enthusiasts not far behind, as the island gears up for the 14th annual FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival. The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council signature event is set for April 14 through April 17.
Gray winter shorebirds explode into brilliant color and pattern with quick molts. But nothing matches the diversity of our warblers — more than two dozen painted with all colors, especially yellow.
Over the past quarter century, the tiny Central American country of Costa Rica has become the unquestioned leader in tropical American ecotourism.
Q: My broccoli plants produced a bountiful display of yellow flowers. Why did this happen?
Margaret Atwood is one of the authors whose books I buy no matter the subject.
This month, Rosenberg Library will display an antique water pitcher presented to Galveston resident William Scrimgeour 155 years ago on March 15, 1861. Scrimgeour served as first officer of the Confederate steamship General Rusk during the Civil War. He later became a bar pilot and the harbormaster for Galveston. The presentation pitcher was donated to the Rosenberg Library by his grandson, William Manning Morgan.