It’s hard to believe it has only been two weeks since we last ran the Island Hopping column reporting the details of Galveston’s lively social scene. In a sequence of events that’s only parallel to science-fiction/futuristic movies, our island grew eerily quiet overnight with every social event wiped from the foreseeable future in the name of social distancing.

After more than 15 years in the events industry, this shocking turn of events has given me whiplash over the emotions I’ve dealt with the past few weeks: sorrow for the brides I’ve worked with for a year now who have had to postpone their weddings and receptions; fear of the virus itself for my loved ones and our many friends who work in health care; compassion for the new moms whose baby showers and deliveries are now far from what they envisioned; exhaustion from helping these clients maneuver postponements and tough decisions, while attempting to set up a homeschool routine for my own daughters; and finally, like in the stages in which we process these hard phases in life, acceptance. This is where the celebration comes back into life, and eventually a column.

Hayley Hardcastle covers the social scene in Galveston. Her column appears each Sunday. Contact her at with “Island Hopping” in the subject line.


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Terriel Fox

Old boi stuck self quarantined at home in channelvie (waiting on disposable gloves and mask before going out to shop 4 groceries son-in-law drops off anything I might need till then. But miss my hometown so much. Where I grew up where I wanted to take my last breath of Galveston’s gulf breeze.

Terriel Fox

Terry and Gary Fox best friends Larry Bell, Randall polk. Grandfather owned W.Rogers wholesale produce 1919 strand across from steves cafe next door to farmers marine on one side and the drydock cafe on the other.

Terriel Fox

Moved back to Texas from the Portland Oregon area. (Wanted to be close to grandchildren). Wife of twenty+ years passed away February 14th 2016 really want to go home almost 70 with agent orange complications ( numerous) not much time left I think. VA docs don’t communicate well. But I wanna go home

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