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Hope Village

May 26, 2011 – Hope Village Fashion Show & Luncheon | Friendswood

Once again a sold out event, the Fashion show & Luncheon presented by Hope Village was a complete success.  Eight of the villagers, started off the show with a bang; modeling fashions featured in the Hope Village Resale Store. These playful models walked the runway waving, throwing kisses and beaming with smiles; an absolute hit with the audience. Bouquets of flowers were presented to each of the villagers. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Brittany Booker, Miss Houston.

Strawberry Festival 2011

May 20- 22, 2011 – 38th Annual Strawberry Festival 2011 | Pasadena

Thousands of beautiful red strawberries lined the entrance.  All for packaged and ready to take home and boy were they absolutely delicious. Vendors galore lined the inside of the Pasadena Convention Center and visitors came through shopping and eating pieces of one huge Strawberry Shortcake. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with some of the fun loving people at the Pasadena Strawberry Festival.

World Turtle Day League City Texas

May 21, 2011 – World Turtle Day | League City

Tortuga Haven consists of several different facilities.  Each facility is run by a caring, loving, experienced individual. Each facility interacts with each other and shares a vast amount of knowledge and information from which charges in our care will benefit. Learn a little bit about Box Turtle and more as Talk of the Bay visits with Alma Solice, Director at Tortuga Haven.

Bay Day 2011

May 21, 2011 – Bay Day | Kemah

A celebration hosted and presented by the Galveston Bay Foundation, is a fun learning experience for both kids and adults. Held at the Kemah Boardwalk, families and groups of kids on a field trip wondered throughout the boardwalk enjoying exhibits, arts & crafts, live entertainment and interaction with critters. Listen in while Talk of the Bay visits with Julie Mintzer, of the Galveston Bay Foundation and some enthusiastic participants enjoying the hands on experience of Bay Day 2011.

Stomp at the Grand Galveston

May 13 – Stomp at the Grand 1894 Opera House | Galveston

Now, in it’s 20th year, Stomp continues to entertain, amaze and inspire audiences around the globe. The talented cast uses a variety of everyday items from plastic grocery bags, brooms, empty paint cans, inner tubes and even kitchen sinks to produce high energy rhythm and dance music. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Maureen Patton, Exec. Director of The Grand and John and Andre of Stomp. 

eCycle at JSC Space Center

May 7, 2011 – eWaste Recycling Event | Nassau Bay

The Johnson Space Center Contractors (JSC) Environmental Partnership hosted a Spring eWaste Recycling Event.  Folks around the bay area brought in every kind of electronic equipment and gadgets, some were familiar while others left you scratching your head trying to figure out what they were but all were being collected by volunteers to save our environment. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Kevin Evans, of SIMS Recycling Solutions.

Kemah Gumbo Cook Off 2011

May 1, 2011 - Gumbo Cook off and Blessing of the Fleet | Kemah

It was a full and fun weekend out in the city of Kemah. Friday night kicked off the Kemah Music Festival with rock music by the King Pins and Navigators. Saturday, brought out  cook-off competitors for the 3rd annual Gumbo Seafood Cook off with one a mandatory ingredient; wild caught Texas shrimp. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Tom Holts, one of the event organizers.

Keels and Wheels 2011

April 29 - May 1, 2011 – Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance | Seabrook

Lakewood Yacht Club, a beautiful marina and harbor nestled along the shoreline of the city of Seabrook, played host to the 16th annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance. This amazing event is a collection of the world’s finest classic automobiles and wooden boats. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with some of the folks participating in this year’s event.

Champagne Wishes Caviar Dreams 2011

April 17, 2011 – Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams | League City

It was a gorgeous day to celebrate the annual Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams on the Big White Boat.  Clear Lake glistened in the sunlight as sailboats and powerboats passed by. It was a gathering of people enjoying a Sunday afternoon cruise while helping to raise funds needed to send kids afflicted with cancer and blood disease to Camp For All. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with two very special passengers on the cruise.

Southwest International Boat Show 2011

April 14 - 17, 2011 – Southwest International Boat Show | League City

The third annual Southwest International Boat Show, now in the Spring, called South Shore Harbour Marina home once again.  Blue skies, mild breezes and sunshine brought in a beautiful weekend for boat shoppers.  Boating manufacturers and distributors lined the transformed parking area and piers. Everything from huge cigar boats to outdoor kitchens could be checked out and purchased. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Abby; Peter Bryant, the event organizer and Paul Fenn, President of Jeanneau.

Kemah Crawfish Festival

April 15 - 17, 2011 – Under The Bridge Crawfish Festival | Kemah

The first annual Under The Bridge Crawfish Festival was held under the Kemah bridge; a unique venue for a unique festival.  The smells of the spicy crawfish boil wafted through the air as tens of thousands of visitors strolled through the festival grounds.  Vendors selling their wares and food wagons serving anything from corn dogs to tasty tacos were all on hand. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with James Wimberly and Domino Taylor, the Director of Fun & Excitement for the City of Kemah.

April 14, 2011 – Galveston County Fair & Rodeo | Santa Fe

Like many other outdoor events the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo enjoyed the benefits of the wonderful, sunny weather this past weekend. Add to that the great fun things happening at the rodeo and country fair and you have the perfect weekend.  Thousands of folks strolled into the country fair enjoying the art work, wonderful shopping, great music, lots of rodeo and live stock activities and of course BBQ. Listen as Talk of the Bay visits with some of these competitors, behind the pits.

Galveston Cty Fair and Rodeo

April 8 - 16 – Galveston County Fair & Rodeo | Santa Fe

Hold on!  Don’t put those boots and hats away yet, we’ve got the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo coming up on April 8 – April 16; nine days of rodeo excitement, carnival fun, live entertainment and great eats.  Livestock auctions, a Seafood Cook Off and of course the traditional BBQ Cook Off are all a part of this family friend event. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Paul Tibaldo, of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo.

Coastal Photo Workshop Kemah

April 8 thru 10, 2011 – Coastal Photo Workshop | Kemah

The Kemah coastline offers an abundance of opportunities for both the professional and amateur photographer. Ruth Burke, a renowned artist, led the Coastal Photo Workshop where students learned how to enhance their artistic skills, technical knowledge and personal enjoyment through the art of photography. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as our own Eddie Harper, tags along on one of the field trips.

Galveston County Fair and Rodeo 2011

April 8 thru 15 – Galveston County Fair & Rodeo | Santa Fe

Cook off teams lined the edge of the fairgrounds, the carnies filled the center of the grounds with brightly lit carnival rides, the barn area was filled with hopeful FFA students, bands played their music and the rodeo cowboys ruled the arena. The Galveston County Fairgrounds was filled with activities of all kinds. Listen in with Talk of the Bay as we visit with folks throughout the fair grounds.

Hermann Memorial Kemah Triathlon 2011

April 1 thru 3 – Memorial Hermann Kemah Triathlon | Kemah

More than 1400 athletes converged on the little town of Kemah for a weekend of athletic competitions. Friday, April 1 served as a welcoming time where contestants could complete their registration and then enjoy an evening of camaraderie. Early Saturday morning the competitions started. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visited with one of the award winning competitors.

World of Wines Friendswood

March 26, 2011– Passport to the World of Wine | Friendswood

Guests at the Hope Village Passport To The World Of Wine event enjoyed the fruits of the vines; from sparkling wines to wonderful ports.  Along with the wonders of the world of wine was a wonderful assortment of appetizers and buffet with a choice of selections.  Keeping things fun and light hearted, there was a special visit by two artists from Performance Pizzazz, characters that can best be described through photos. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we have some fun at the Passport To The World of Wine.

Pan Jam Kemah Texas

March 26 & 27 Pan Jam Steel Drum Festival | Kemah

From all angles the songs of steel drums could be heard in the Kemah Lighthouse District. Vendors selling variety of wares from beautiful orchid arrangements made from clay to funky sunglasses; from hats of all kinds to Jamaican dreadlocks. There certainly was something for everyone. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visited with Sandra Williams, event director.

Trash Bash Bay Area Park

March 26 – Trash Bash – Galveston Bay Area

More than 700 volunteers joined together to help clean up the shores and waters of Galveston Bay.  The Galveston Bay Foundation supported the event as volunteers waded, kayaked and canoed through reeds and water to get to the targeted area. Listen as Talk of the Bay visits with some of these eco-friendly people….Go Green Thing!

Hooters to Horns 2011

March 17 – Hooters to Horns | Bay Area

The last Yee Haaw for the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Metro Go Texan Committee was a huge hit.  Green furry cowboy hats, sparkling vests and even green hair; were all part of the duds worn by some 500 bus riders all heading to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Hooters To Horns, is ten bus loads of fun loving people meeting at Hooters for wings and beer. There's more with the Talk of the Bay...

San Antonio Tx

March 12 – San Antonio Riverwalk Celebrates St. Patti’s Day | Bay Area

Signs of spring were popping up everywhere; trees and flowers so recently dormant were starting to show signs of life and blossom. The sun was shining and the temperatures were mild, it was a great time to take a quick getaway to San Antonio. Millions of people stroll the Riverwalk each year and any weekend on the Riverwalk is a great people watching experience but this weekend was exceptionally fun. read on...

Krewe Babalu Balcony Party

March 4 – Mardi Gras with Krewe Babalu | Galveston

Galveston’s Mayor, Joe Jaworski, declared March 4, 2011 as Krewe Babalu Day. Krewe Babalu hosts the All Krewe Parade each year which travels through the historical district of downtown Galveston. They also host a notoriously fun balcony party before, during and after the parade just to keep the fun rolling going; this year was no exception. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

ZKrewe Balcony Party

March 5, 2011 – Z Krewe Balcony Party Gallery | Galveston

A storm blew through Galveston very early Saturday morning causing havoc for the Mardi Gras Festival, throughout the historical downtown district. However, by the time the gates opened that day everything had been put back together and Mardi Gras came back to life once again. Listen in with theTalk of the Bay...

Childrens Parade Galveston Tx

March 6, 2011– Firefighter's Children Parade | Galveston

Every year, there always seems to be a beautiful day set aside just for the Pet Parade, hosted by the Krewe of Barkus and Meaoux and the Firefighter’s Children’s Parade; this year was no exception. The warmer temperatures were wonderful after Saturday night’s chilly temps and blowing winds. The Children’s Parade followed directly after the Pet Parade. Kids from all around the bay area community participated; many wearing themed costumes; they were of course all adorable. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Barkus and Meoux 2011

March 6, 2011 – Barkus and Meoux Parade | Galveston

Every year, there always seems to be a beautiful day set aside just for the Pet Parade, hosted by the Krewe of Barkus and Meaoux and the Firefighter’s Children’s Parade; this year was no exception. The warmer temperatures were wonderful after Saturday night’s chilly temps and blowing winds. This year’s pet parade was so much fun to watch. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Fat Tuesday Galveston Tx

March 8 – Mardi Gras 2011 | Galveston

The culmination of the 2011 Mardi Gras season started with the traditional Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade. Gathering at the staging area, members from various krewes, from Galveston and Kemah, came together once more to celebrate the final parade and party. Although the weather damped the bodies of parade participants and revelers it certainly did not dampen their spirits. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Kemah Yachty Gras

March 5 & 6 – Mardi Gras in Kemah | Kemah

Saturday March 5, the “Yachty Gras Grand Night Boat Parade” will be parade along the Kemah Boardwalk. The event started as a chance for the area yachting community to decorate their boats and celebrate Mardi Gras. The parade starts at 6pm so be sure to get over to the Boardwalk to get the best spots. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Yachty Gras Kemah

March 5 & 6 – Mardi Gras in Kemah | Kemah

Saturday March 5, the “Yachty Gras Grand Night Boat Parade” will be parade along the Kemah Boardwalk. The event started as a chance for the area yachting community to decorate their boats and celebrate Mardi Gras.  The parade starts at 6pm so be sure to get over to the Boardwalk to get the best spots. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Go Red Event 2011

February 25, 2011 – Go Red Luncheon | League City

The Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national campaign to increase awareness of heart disease – the leading cause of death for women – and to inspire women to make the choice to take charge of their heart health.Its fundraising efforts support the educational programs the American Heart Association provides and the life-saving research it funds to reduce the effects of heart disease in women. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with Mary Colombo and Teresa Ehrman.

HLSR VIP Night

February 24 – HLSR International BBQ Cook Off | Houston

Without a doubt, the 2011 Rodeo Season has started. More than 300 BBQ Cook Off Teams are camped out in front of the Reliant Stadium. Hundreds of thousands of people will flock to the rodeo BBQ to partake in the outrageous fun and activities happening in both the public and private party tents. We got a chance to visit some of these fun folks on the opening night; listen in to Talk of the Bay as we tent hop and enjoy a true Texas tradtion…RODEO!

Clydesdales Visit Kemah Tx

February 23, 2011 – Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Kemah | Kemah

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, paid a visit to the City of Kemah. Arriving and unloading at the Kemah Visitors Center, these gentle giants had fans following them throughout the Kemah Boardwalk and the Lighthouse District. The eight-horse team was harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon which delivered beer to Kemah restaurant and bars. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with Adam Bogan with Del Papa Distributing.

Flame on Stage

February 22, 2011– Trail Riders Dinner Dance | Nassau Bay

The trail riders arrived at Johnson Space Center on Tuesday afternoon and the NASA, Clear Creek Rodeo Committee was ready and waiting. Each year, this committee hosts a fun evening of live music, auctions and, dancing and last night was no exception. Event Coordinator, Elizabeth Taylor, did a great job of keeping the fun going throughout the evening. The tasty meal, sponsored and served by the good folks at Carrabas started off the evening. Listen in with Talk of the Bay as we visit with some of the trail riders...

Nick Goldschmidt

Feb. 15 – Wiredin To Wine & Food at Opus Bistro | Clear Lake Shores

New Zealand native Nick Goldschmidt educated and entertained the capacity crowd at Opus Bistro. We were very fortunate to have Nick come by and spend some time with nearly 60 attendees for a recent dinner at Opus Bistro in Clear Lake Shores. Nick shared some of his learnings, from a couple of decades of winemaking, on every wine producing continent on earth. Listen in with Rolfe Schaumberger...

Z Krewe Disco Dayz 2011

February 12 – Disco Fever Hits Z Krewe | Galveston

The Zanies out did themselves at their 2011 Coronation Ball!  John Travolta would have watched with envy as the Z Krewe Royal Court competed in their disco dance contest. But compete as they may, the winners were clear as they out sparkled, out lighted and out danced the other contestants.

Listen in as the 2011 King and Queen have some fun with Talk of the Bay.

Epicurean Evening Taste of Space

February 3 – Epicurean Evening | Nassau Bay

Hundreds of folks from the bay area and beyond filled Space Center Houston for A Taste of Space. More than 40 restaurants presented and served samples of their wonderful cuisine. It was an evening to try everything from Cajun Crawfish Etouffe, from the Paradise Reef in South Shore Harbour Resort, to totally addicting Infused Chocolate Cake Balls, from the Colosseum Italian Restaurant and Catering. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with some of the participating restaurants.

Commodores Ball Seabrook, TX

January 29 – Commodore’s Ball at Lakewood Yacht Club | Seabrook

Lakewood Yacht Club was filled with members and guests attending the 2011 Commodore’s Ball.  The evening’s celebration included a warm reception, a wonderful dinner and ceremonies honoring past Commodores and the welcoming in of Commodore and Mrs. Thomas B. Taylor. Listen in as Talk of the Bay speaks with Marcy Fryday, Marketing Director of Lakewood Yacht Club.

Arbor Day in Kemah TX

January 29 – Arbor Day On The Bay | Kemah

Representatives from the Kemah Bay Area Garden Club, the Kemah Kroonies, the Kemah Boardwalk, Kemah City Council, Kemah Community Development Council (KCDC), Trees of Houston and Mayor Matt Wiggins gathered early on Saturday morning for the first Kemah Arbor Day. The City of Kemah, like so many other communities around the Bay Area had loss many trees because of Hurricane Ike. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

All That Rodeo Jazz 2011

January 21, 2011 – All That Rodeo Jazz | Nassau Bay

2011 Fashions spiced with Roaring 20’s flair were presented at the All That Rodeo Jazz fashion show hosted by the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Go Texan Rodeo Committee. This 45th year of the fashion show was a huge hit with Lenny Matazuski at the helm. Choreographed to combine modern fashion trends with both the fun flair of rodeo and the roaring 20’s really took some talent and Lenny did an awesome job. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

TAACCL Cirque

January 16 – A Carnival of Cirque – Nassau Bay

Opening the evening was the bay area’s own MacKenzie Mellen performing ‘Tomorrow’. MacKenzie is 11 years old, a pint sized artist with a wonderfully huge voice. She has been taking singing and dancing lessons from Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts since she was five years old. Listen in as Mary Williams, event coordinator, tells Talk of the Bay how the funds raised from this evening will benefit TAACCL throughout the upcoming year.

Wiredin.cc Flash Mob Dance 2010

Wiredin.cc Flash Mob Dance

Hi Everyone, If you know what a Flash Mob Dance is then you know what we’re trying to accomplish. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this crazy idea, here’s the definition: A flash mob is a group of strangers who organize themselves, using electronic media such as cell phones or the Internet, to gather together in a public place, behave in a predetermined manner for a predetermined amount of time, and then quickly disperse. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Trail Ride Dinner Dance Feb. 22 2011

February 22 – Trail Riders Dinner Dance – Nassau Bay

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is coming up on March 1 thru March 20. As a part of this annual Texas tradition, the Independence Trail Riders will parade through the Clear Lake area on Tuesday, February 22. That same evening the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood rodeo committee will be hosting a dinner dance, at the Gilruth Center, for these trail riders and y you are invited to join the fun!! Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Taste of Space Epicurean Evening

February 3 - A Taste of Space | Nassau Bay

Join us for "A Taste of Space" at Space Center Houston on Thursday, February 3rd and enjoy samples from more than 40 area restaurants and food establishments. With purchase of your $30 ticket ($35 at the door) you can taste the best of the Clear Lake/Bay Area Houston, enjoy live entertainment, shop 'til you drop at the silent auction and let the kids play at the Pepsi Kids Space Place. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Kemah Tx Arbor Day

January 29 – Arbor Day On The Bay | Kemah

On Saturday, January 29, the City of Kemah will be hosting and celebrating their first annual Arbor Day On The Bay. In conjunction with the Kemah Community Development Council (KCDC) and Trees for Houston, the City of Kemah will open up the Kemah Visitor Center to folks wanting to help plant and learn about planting trees. Listen in to Talk of the Bay  as Mayor Matt Wiggins tells us about the first Kemah Arbor Day. 

All That Jazz Fashion Show

January 21 – All That Rodeo Jazz Fashion Show – Nassau Bay

The NASA/Clear Creek/Friendswood Metro Go Texan Committee of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo presents the 45th Annual Fashion Show & Speakeasy. Following tradition this fabulous extravaganza will once again be produced by Lenny Matuszewski. Lunch will be provided by Texas Roadhouse. The “ALL THAT RODEO JAZZ!!” fashion spectacular will be held on Friday, January 21, 2011. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay for more...

Carnival of Cirque Nassau Bay

January 16 - Carnival of Cirque Celebration – Nassau Bay

On Sunday, January 16 Space Center Houston will take on a whole new appearance. The internationally renowned Cirque Magnifique from Canada will be performing in the center of Space Center Houston. The Carnival of Cirque Celebration promises to be an evening filled with Circus to Cirque excitement, fun, mystique, and suspense; an evening where imagination will run wild, silliness will abound and stunts will amaze and mesmerize guests. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

wiredin to wine 

Dec 9 - Villa Banfi Italian Wine Dinner At Opus Bistro | Clear Lake Shores

Wiredin.cc is very excited to team up with Villa Banfi and Opus Bistro for our first, in a series, wine dinners and tasting events. This first wine dinner pairing will feature five Italian wines each paired with culinary delights prepared by Opus Bistro chef Chris Simon. Please join me and my long-time friend, Italian wine expert and Villa Banfi representative Tim Ryan, at Opus Bistro on Thursday Dec 9th at 7 P.M. as we will journey through the world of Italian wines. find out more...

Bay Area Holiday Celebrations

Another Week of Holiday Happiness – Bay Area

It was another week of holiday decorations, celebrations, and fun. The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual holiday celebrations with live music, great munchies and some holiday spirits. Members and guests enjoyed the camaraderie. On the same evening, the North Galveston County Chamber hosted their own holiday celebration in the old time train depot, in Dickinson. check it out...

Clear Lake Boat Ln Parade

December 11 – Christmas Boat Lane Parade | Bay Area

Thousands of holiday spectators lined the shores of Clear Lake. From Nassau Bay to the Kemah Boardwalk families gathered to watch the 49th annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we chatted with Cindy Herald, President and CEO of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Domino Taylor, Director of Fun and Entertainment for the city of Kemah.

Hope Village Pagent Friendswood TX

December 6 thru 10 – Holiday Celebrations – Bay Area

The week was filled with holiday gatherings; a time for being with friends and family. We had the opportunity to attend a couple of these celebrations. The first was the League City Chambers Holiday Celebration at the Butler Longhorn Museum; even the Longhorns got into this one. White Christmas played in the theatre area as League City residents, friends and business folks took time out of their busy schedules to enjoy the movie and each other. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Clear Lake Boat Lane Parade

Dec. 11 – 49th Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake – Bay Area

Start your holiday season off with a wonderful fireworks show and an awesome Christmas Boat Parade. The annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade starts in Nassau Bay with their annual holiday fireworks. The decorated boats travel from Nassau Bay through Clear Lake and out into the Kemah channel. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we chat with Jim Christiansen about this year’s holiday parade.

Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre

Year Round – The Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre – Clear Lake

The 2010-2011 season for the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre (BAHBT) got off to a wonderful start last night at the Bay Oaks Country Club. The excerpt from Dracula performed by Dwain Travis and Heather Steele and the performance of Tomorrow by Mackenzie Mellen were fabulous. Listen in as Jill Reason, the Volunteer Executive Director, tells Talk of the Bay about the upcoming holiday season performances and the wonderful 2010-2011 performances, including an on-site performance at NASA.

BAHCVB

November 18 - BAHCVB Holiday Party | Clear Lake TX

The holiday attitude was kicked off with a great start at the Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau’s holiday gathering on the beautiful FantaSea. Guests from around the bay area gathered together for fun and laughter. The holiday spirit flourished as the boat cruised around Clear Lake. Listen in on Talk of the Bay for the special message from guests of the Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. check out the pics...

Salute to Service Kemah TX

November 11 thru 13 – Salute to Service | Kemah

The buses from San Antonio rolled into Clear Lake Park around 2pm on Veteran’s Day.  Welcoming cheers from the Patriot Guard Riders and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, who proudly escorted the buses into Kemah, brought a warm feeling to everyone looking on.  Area citizens lined the roadside and greeted the 134 wounded soldiers and their families as their buses rolled into the city of Kemah.  Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Kemah City Councilwoman Robin Collins and a couple of our soldiers.

Antiques by the Bay Kemah TX

November 4 thru 7 – Antiques By the Bay|Kemah

Approximately 40 antique dealers from neighboring cities to neighboring states setup shop for this 4 day event. There were wonderful Chinese antiques to old wooden buggies and wonderful linens and bedding, all under huge white tents.

Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Jewel Boone hailing from Saraland ,Alabama and event promoter, Curtis Ann Davis.

Salute to Service Kemah Texas

November 12 thru 14 | Salute To Service |Kemah

Plans are currently underway to honor and thank our veterans in a very special and unique way. With the help of Houston’s Bay Area communities and our patriotic and generous donors, the Salute To Service, Kemah Texas event will bring some of our heroes and their families to Kemah, the Gateway to the bay, on November 12-14. This special weekend promises to be filled with an array of military and land activities. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Heather Hardwick and Eric Hitchcock...

2010 ReMax Ballunar Fest

October 29 thru 31 – ReMax Ballunar Liftoff Festival – Clear Lake

Up, up and away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon…Early Saturday morning, beautiful hot air balloons could be seen floating overhead towards the Johnson Space Center. Taking off from strategically planned starting points these amazing aircraft use wind currents to reach their targets. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visited with Doug Grimes, Bill Adler, and Mike Summerlin.

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Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook at the Admiral Club

For the 8th year in a row, talented amateur chefs came together in the Admiral Club for the annual Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook (CCWC). In the spirit of this friendly but fierce culinary competition participants transformed their stations into a festive array of Halloween themes. Popular for the great food, silent auction and live music, by the Kelly McGuire Band, the evening, once again, was a huge success. Listen in as Talk of the Bay as we have fun with some folks

Wings Over Houston 2010

October 22 thru 24 – Wings Over Houston | Bay Area

Bombers flying overhead, Japanese Zeros attacking, bombs bursting, aerial acrobatics and the Thunderbirds thrilling everyone; all this excitement happened this weekend at Ellington Airport. With more than 90,000 visitors, the 26th annual Wings Over Houston was a huge success. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with event coordinator, Col. Bill Roach and Guy Yount, of  Houston’s Key magazine. Enjoy the exciting photos and video…

Antiques by the Bay Kemah November 4 thru 7 – Antiques By The Bay - Kemah

Fall brings wonderful weather and beautiful antiques to the city of Kemah, Texas.  Once again this bay side community will be home to the Antiques By The Bay show.  The one of a kind antiques and the wide variety of collectibles will be a ‘must see’ for antique collectors and admirers.  Scheduled for the first weekend of November, Antiques By The Bay will be a 4 day event bringing antique merchants and antique lovers together in the quaint Galveston Bay village of Kemah. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...
cowboys and cowgirls who cook clear lake tx

October 28 – Cowboys & Cowgirls Who Cook VIII – Clear Lake

The NASA/Clear Creek/Friendswood Houston Metro Go Texan Subcommittee of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo TM will host the Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook VIII at The Admiral on Clear Lake at Endeavour Marina, 3101 NASA Parkway on Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:00–10:00PM. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit Rick Wade, a veteran chef of Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook.

ReMax Ballunar Fest Clear Lake Texas

October 29 thru 31 – ReMax Ballunar Liftoff Festival | Nassau Bay

One weekend each year The NASA/Johnson Space Center site transforms into a one-of-a-kind tribute to human flight; from the beauty of mass hot air balloon ascensions to the high-tech world of modern space flight. This event is meant to thrill and educate visitors with exciting hot air balloon competitions, evening balloon glows, skydiving feats and exhibitions, commercial exhibits, concession booths, arts & crafts, missile launches and live entertainment. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Mike Summerlin.

Harvest Moon Regatta

October 21 thru 23 - Harvest Moon Regatta

You and all of the yachting friends you can round up are invited!  Harvest Moon Regatta® is an open regatta and there is plenty of room for 200+ yachts. If you subscribe to the axiom, "Gentlemen don't go to weather," then this offshore regatta is for you. Unlike heading out for a Gulf crossing to Mexico or Florida, you will remain relatively close to shore.  Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Andrea Todaro the Harvest Moon Regatta Chairman, and Carl Drechsel, the Captain of the Fleet at Lakewood Yacht Club. 

2010 Wings Over Houston Airshow

October 23 & 24 – Wings Over Houston – Bay Area Houston

The 2010 Wings Over Houston Airshow features amazing aerobatic performances by Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, Julie Clark in the Chevron Mentor, and John Klatt Airshows. The always-popular Tora!Tora!Tora! will reenact the World War II air power attack on Pearl Harbor. A new addition to this year’s line-up is the Smoke-n-Thunder USO Jet Car, a 26-foot long rocket that never leaves the ground. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with Bill Roach, Exec. Director of Wings Over Houston.

J-Fest Lakewood Yaght Club

October 16 & 17 - J/Fest Regatta

Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC) Race Committee Chairman Dwight Bengtson announced that the club will be hosting the first J/Fest Regatta held in the southwest part of our country. “J/Fest Regattas have been held for over 25 years in such venues as Annapolis, Newport Beach, CA; New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle,” explained Bengtson. “This will be a great opportunity for Lakewood to promote and support a national caliber event.” Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Dwight Bengtson, the Race Coordinator for the J-Fest and Carl Drechsel, the Captain of the Fleet at Lakewood Yacht Club. 

Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo

October 1 – 9 – Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo - Pasadena

The lineage of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo started in the late 1940's when several Pasadena businessmen conceived an idea that meant the City of Pasadena would become home to a new community organization.

Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with, Dawson McKee,  a bull rider from Dayton and Tim Cobbs, President of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Assistance League

Year Round - Assistance League of the Bay Area – Clear Lake

Assistance League Bay Area is a chapter of National Assistance League® which was founded in 1935. Assistance League of the Bay Area is a nonprofit philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Bay Area by providing services, education and financial aid to at-risk populations, including children and the elderly. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with President Carol Latimer and PR Chairman, Jenny Verghese.  

Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo

October 1 thru 9 – Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo – Pasadena

The Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo consists of dozens of committees and more than 1500 volunteers, all working towards the same goal; that goal is to achieve success through student education. Started in the late 1940’s this organization has successfully hosted the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo and achieved their goal for more than 60 years. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Tim Cobb, President of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo, as he talks about this Lone Star Tradition.

Cheryl Tiegs on Wiredin.cc

September 17 – Gulf Coast Film Festival – Clear Lake

The 2010 Gulf Coast Film Festival started off with a meet & greet at Villa Capri. It was a lively evening filled with interesting conversations between directors, producers, actors and anyone else that had something to do with the film industry. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with Cheryl Tiegs, Hal Wixon and some of our up and coming film makers.

Signing autographs

Southwest Little League Champions Parade Pearland

As the pictures and video help to capture, the Pearland community came out in full force to cheer the accomplishments of the 2010 Pearland Little League team upon their return from the World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania. Our parade coverage began with heartwarming interactions with the players and their families. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay as Shana gets with some parade goers...

redfish raftup 2010

September 5 – Redfish Raftup 2010 – Galveston Bay

More than 300 boats gathered around Redfish Island for the annual Redfish Raftup concert, hosted by Galveston Bay Foundation, Star Fleet, Kelly McGuire and Wiredin.cc. The concert got an early start with the great sounds of Southbound. Playing from their deck of their boat, Steve Johnson and Jimmy Johns, entertained the early crowd of boaters. Around 11:30, the Star Spirit anchored and Andy and the Dreamsicles took over the music venue. Listen in as Talk of the Bay captured some of the fun out there on the water.

Cheryl Tiegs

September 17 thru 19 - Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival – Bay Area

Lights! Camera! Action! - The Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival will be September 17, 18, 19, 2010. The festival will have events all around Clear Lake, including Kemah, Nassau Bay, Seabrook and League City. This film festival was established 10 years ago and has gained international recognition in the Independent Film Community. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Hal Wixon, President of the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival and Domino Taylor, Kemah’s Director or Fun and Excitement. 

Gene Adam Sue

August 21 - Soap Opera Drama – San Leon

Saturday, Eddie and I were invited over to Sue and Gene Geiger’s home to visit with friends and talk with their son Adam Mayfield, aka Scott Chandler of the very popular soap opera All My Children. Adam attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and graduated in 2000 with a BFA in Acting from the Depaul Theatre School. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Adam, on the bay, in good ole San Leon.

Celebrity Celebration Kemah

August 30 – Celebrity Celebration – Kemah

It was Oscar nights in Kemah, winning films like Saving Private Ryan, 101 Dalmatians, Scarface and The Wizard of Oz along with many others were all represented at the Celebrity Celebration hosted by the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Go Texan subcommittee.  Cruella de Vil, Dorothy and her magical red shoes and the Good Witch of the North enjoyed this themed evening with the characters from the Field of Dreams and Patton. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with HLSR Vice-President George Buschardt,  Life-Time Vice-President Bubba Beasley, and Cattleman Bruce Buffaloe.

Clear Lake Sailboat Races

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races on Clear Lake

Ahoy there, looking for something to do Wednesday evenings? Try checking out the Wednesday Night Sailboat Racing. Each week, for more than 40 years now, sailors have been racing around Clear Lake and for the last 15 years Buddy Brown has been at the helm, organizing these races. Each week, anywhere from forty to sixty boats, some hoisting colorful spinnakers, participate. Listen in as Buddy Brown tells Talk of the Bay about how they prepare for the weekly sailboat races.

Redfish Raftup 2010

September 5 – Redfish Raftup – Redfish Island in Galveston Bay

Calling all boaters and friends of boaters!  Gather up and tie up for 6ht annual Redfish Raftup on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, September 5. Paddle up, float up, motor up or sail up, this concert on the water will be the place to celebrate the holiday weekend. Benefitting the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) there will be live entertainment happening throughout the day.

Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...
Kemah Kasuals

August 13 – Kemah Kasuals Auction & Style Show - Kemah

Unique items including fishing and hunting trips, wine tastings, and original art were all offered up for auction at the Kemah Kasuals Auction & Style Show. Mayor Matt Wiggins, entertained guests while coxing higher bids, raising money for the upcoming weekend in November when Kemah will play host to wounded warriors. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with several guests attending the first annual Kemah Kasuals Auction & Style Show.

Celebrity Celebration Kemah Texas

August 30 - Celebrity Celebration: Night at the Oscars - Kemah

The purpose of the NASA/Clear Creek/Friendswood Metro Go Texas Subcommittee is to promote the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo ™ and to raise funds for scholarships. These scholarships go directly to high school graduates within the Friendswood and Clear Creek Independent School Districts. In order to accomplish this task, the NASA Rodeo committee hosts five very special events throughout the year. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Warrior Flags

August 13 – Wounded Warrior Fundraiser - Kemah

The Kemah Kasuals Auction & Style Show will be held on Friday, August 13, from 7:00 - 10:00pm at Landry’s waterfront restaurant in Kemah. Both a live and silent auction will be held to raise funds for the upcoming Wounded Warrior Weekend in November. Listen in as Eric Hitchcock, a war veteran himself and Domino Taylor, Kemah’s Director of Fun and Entertainment, visit with Talk of the Bay to tell everyone about the upcoming fundraiser and the Wounded Warrior Weekend in November.

Rocking the Kemah Scene

July 23 – Kemah Pub Crawl – Kemah

The Scene celebrated their 100th issue on Friday, July 23 with their traditional Kemah Pub Crawl. Party goers assembled at T-Bone Tom’s  and shared their stories about the Scene. Around 7pm this fun loving group moved to their second stop, Devine Wine where wine-aritas were drink de jour. Next up were the Monkey Bar, Zone 504 and Bakkhaus Greek Restaurant. Listen in with Talk of the Bay as we got a few words from John and Betsey and some of their fans.

Hilton Live on the Lake

Summer Time - Hilton NASA Clear Lake – Bay Areas

Things are rocking at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake with the Live on the Lake series happening every weekend during the summer. The sun is hot, the drinks are cold, the pool is refreshing, the music is great and people are having a fun time. Listen in as Matt Wev, Food and Beverage Manager tells Talk of the Bay what the agenda is for the rest of the summer. The Live on the Lake series will continue through August so get out there and enjoy!

the Boat Club

Year Round - The Boat Club – Bay Area

The BOAT CLUB is a non-profit organization devoted to boating safety while having a lot of fun.  And these members certainly know how to play hard! Poker Runs, Scavenger Hunts and Raftup Parties are just the beginning of their social activities. Friendly, fun loving, these folks know how to enjoy and care for our bay waters. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with members, Pat Patrick and Mike Stone.

Texas Mariners Cruising association

The Texas Mariners Cruising Association (TMCA) – Galveston Bay Area

Founded in 1979 the purpose of TMCA is to have fun on land and water. They accomplish this by promoting and hosting cruising, throughout the year, to destinations on Galveston Bay and along the Gulf Coast Waters. Organized cruises may range anywhere from a day cruise, to a weekend trip or up to two weeks in Mexico. Take a minute to listen to Andy Upchurch, a long time member of TMCA as he visits with Talk of the Bay.

W A D E Clear Lake

July 12 thru 14 – Water Activities Day Events (W.A.D.E.) – Clear Lake

The Houston Safe Boating Council and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, once again will host the annual Water Activities Day Events (W.A.D.E).

Listen in as Cpt Shayne Ellis, a co-director of the program, tells Talk of the Bay about this fun-filled and educational 3 day program.

Clear Creek Theatre

Year Round – Clear Creek Community Theatre – Nassau Bay

Its summer and there a number of great things that kids can do.  Performing and learning acting techniques is one of the opportunities that the bay area offers. With that in mind Eddie and I stopped by the Clear Creek Community Theatre to see what was on the agenda for the summer and their upcoming 2010-2011 season. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Andy Taylor

Ted Nugent

July 11 – The Band for Brothers & Sisters – Pasadena

Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent, was born on December 13, in Detroit, Michigan. He originally gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes and has since had an amazing career in rock-n-roll. He has also made appearances in movies, TV, talk shows and was even a regular contributor to the Waco Tribune-Herald. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Dan Wallrath the Founder/President of BABA.

Kemah 4th of July

Bay Area 4th of July Weekend Activities

Where do you start when there is so much stuff going on? Why not the Children’s 4th of July Parade in Kemah? The parade was lead by Kemah’s Mayor Matt Wiggins on his vintage Glide Deluxe Bicycle. He led 50-60 kids that had adorned their wheels with the red, white, and blue. Next up was the Kemah 4th of July Parade. There were plenty of entries. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay.

Ted Nugent Stars

July 11 – Bands for Brothers & Sisters Presents Ted Nugent – Pasadena

Bands for Brothers & Sisters concert will be held on July 11, 2010 at the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo grounds. 100% of the proceeds raised at the concert will go towards building homes for wounded & disabled veterans and also the widows of the fallen who have scarificed to defend our country in the global war on terror. Listen in as Daniel Vargas of Bay Area Builders Association tells Talk of the Bay about BABA and this awesome concert, just around the corner. For more information visit www.BABASupport.org.

W A D E Clear Lake

June 14 thru 16 – Water Activities Day Events (W.A.D.E.) – Clear Lake

The Houston Safe Boating Council and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, once again will host the annual Water Activities Day Events (W.A.D.E).

Listen in as Cpt Shayne Ellis, a co-director of the program, tells Talk of the Bay about this fun-filled and educational 3 day program.

Hope Village Friendswood

June 10 – Love is in the Air – Friendswood - gallery 2

Love was in the air, sitting around the tables and on the stage. The annual Hope Village Fashion Show started off with a lively performance by the dancers from the Bonnie Siscoe School of Dance. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we chat with Heather Fisher, Director of Community Development at Hope Village, and Ann Hacker, of Black Rose Steel, presenting sponsor of this style show and a great supporter of Hope Village.

marsh mania logo

June 5 - Marsh Mania – Bay Area

Galveston Bay Foundations’s(GBF) Marsh Mania events are  nationally-recognized.  Groups of friends and families return each year and become Marsh Maniacs.  Their goal is to restore the wetlands around Galveston Bay and have fun doing it.

Listen in as Bob Stokes, Executive Director of Galveston Bay Foundation, tells Talk of the Bay about these upcoming events and how you can join in on the fun.

W.A.D.E. clear lake tx

June 14 thru 16 – Water Activities Day Events (W.A.D.E.) – Clear Lake

The Houston Safe Boating Council and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, once again will host the annual Water Activities Day Events (W.A.D.E). Listen in as Angie Rizzo, a co-director of the program, tells Talk of the Bay about this fun-filled and educational 3 day program. Two sessions will be held. The first is scheduled for June 14 through 16 and July 12 through 15. If you have children, who love to participate in boating activities, this is THE water safety course you will want to enroll your kids in.

love is in the air

June 10 – Love is in the Air – Friendswood

 Sitting in the heart of Friendswood is Hope Village, a haven for villagers that need some extra help with day to day living. Hope Village is a quiet, caring environment that hosts a wonderful little Tea Room and Gift Shop. The Tea Room menu is filled with a great selection of sandwiches, soup, quiche and yummy desserts and the Gift Shop carries a lot of crafts, hand made by the residents. Listen in as Heather Fischer, tells Talk of the Bay about the Village, what it has to offer the community and about their upcoming event.

strawberry fest

May 14 thru 16 – Strawberry Festival – Pasadena

The 2010 Pasadena Strawberry Festival carried on the tradition of great fun; lots of things to see and do and one gigantic strawberry shortcake. In spite of the bad weather challenges, the show went on. Cook off teams brought in sawdust and plywood rebuilding the floors of their cook off tents. Mud volleyball players truly got their fill of mud; literally from head to toe. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as we give you a flavor of this great Pasadena tradition. 

Bay Day Kemah

May 15 – Bay Day – Kemah

So where can you find alligators, snakes, crabs and pretty cheerleaders all in the same spot? At Bay Day, hosted by the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF). On Saturday, May 15 vendors, sponsors and visitors gathered at the Kemah Boardwalk for a hands-on and unique opportunity to learn a little bit more about Galveston Bay and to have fun doing it. Listen in as Executive Director Bob Stokes and Volunteer Coordinator Julie Mintzer tell Talk of the Bay about Bay Day and the other environmental events coming up this summer.

marsh mania logo

June 5 - Marsh Mania – Bay Area

Galveston Bay Foundations’s(GBF) Marsh Mania events are  nationally-recognized.  Groups of friends and families return each year and become Marsh Maniacs.  Their goal is to restore the wetlands around Galveston Bay and have fun doing it.

Listen in as Bob Stokes, Executive Director of Galveston Bay Foundation, tells Talk of the Bay about these upcoming events and how you can join in on the fun.

Pump-Don't Dump

Year Round – Pump Don’t Dump – Bay Area

The Pump Don’t Dump campaign addresses the issue of illegal sewage discharge into Galveston Bay through targeted outreach and education to boaters. The purpose of the campaign is to decrease the incidence of discharge of boater sewage waste to the Galveston Bay Estuary, particularly Clear Lake that has the third highest concentration of privately owned marinas in the U.S. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

armand bayou

Year Round – Armand Bayou Nature Center - Pasadena

If you’re curious how Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) is working to preserve the habitats surrounding Armand Bayou, come out and see for yourself. Enjoy a ride on the Bayou Ranger an electtric pontoon boat or take a guided canoe tour. And if you’d like more information, come and enjoy the special events happening at ABNC every 2nd Saturday of the month. Listen in as Tom Kartrude, tells Talk of the Bay about ABNC and the special things happening around our bayou.

 

taaccl

Year Round – The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake – Nassau Bay

2010 will bring new ideas and new opportunities for artists and members of The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake (TAACCL). Talk of the Bay took some time to visit with Darby Mair, the Executive Director of TAACCL to find out more about the exciting new membership offers and exhibits coming up. There's more, listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

pasadena strawberry fest

May 14 thru 16 – Strawberry Festival – Pasadena

It’s Strawberry time and we’re ready! The Pasadena Strawberry Festival is a three day event held annually in May. Held on the 106 acre grounds of the Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds Complex, this award winning event offers a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities, attractions and entertainment.Listen in as veteran Bert Muston, Executive Director of the Strawberry Festival tells Talk of the Bay about this year’s festival and all of the events leading up to this weekend of fun for everyone.

bay day kemah

May 15 – Bay Day - Kemah

Bay Day is a one-day celebration presented by the Galveston Bay Foundation and numerous community partners. The event will be held on Saturday, May 15 on the Kemah Boardwalk from 11:00am – 5:00pm. It is a fun event for families and adults that allows attendees to experience and learn more about Galveston Bay, the largest bay in Texas and one of the most productive estuaries in the country! Listen in as Executive Director, Bob Stokes, tells Talk of the Bay about the event and the fun to be had by all. 

Divas

May 4 – Diva’s Denim and Diamonds – League City

From the moment the doors opened, we knew this event would be a huge success and it was. Ladies flowed into the reception area where they were free to shop, try new products and talk with shop owners. Friends traveled together booth to booth browsing through boutique bling, cute flip flops to specialty health care. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with some of the ladies at the event.

keels and wheels

April 30 thru May 2 - 2010 Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance - Seabrook

Starting with the preview of automobiles up for sale, to the closing parade, Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance was superb. From the amazing collection of classic cars nestled under the trees of the beautiful Lakewood Yacht Club to the wonderful antique boats tied up along the harbor.  Listen in as Talk of the Bay visited with some of the exhibitors. 

gumbo cookoff kemah

April 3- thru May 2 – Bluegrass Festival, Gumbo Cookoff  &  Blessing of the Fleet – Kemah

The little city of Kemah was big in entertainment this past weekend. The annual Blessing of the Fleet was held on Sunday, at the Kemah Boardwalk. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visited with some of the fun loving folks at these great events happening in Kemah.

Marsh Maniac

May 1 – Marsh Mania – Nassau Bay

On Saturday morning, approximately 50 volunteers gathered at Nassau Bay Park. These volunteers were there to make a difference; by planting marsh grasses along the edges of the Nassau Bay peninsula. Twice a year, Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) hosts Marsh Mania, at multiple locations around the bay.  The primary purpose, of the event,  is to restore those transitional areas between land and water. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Courtney Miller, of GBF, to explain a little bit more about this event. 

April 25 – Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams – League City

Elegantly decorated in gold and white from ceiling to floor, the FantaSea Yacht gleamed as guests arrived for the 3rd annual Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams cruise. This elegant gala on the water is a fundraiser for the Jeanette Williams Foundation. Having lost 9 members of her family to cancer, founder, Dianne Troop has her heart vested in helping young children attend “Camp For All”, each summer.  Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visited with Dianne and Julie Johnson, a board member. 

the Piers in San Leon Tx

April 24 – Oyster Restoration Party – San Leon

The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) held a fundraiser at the 18th Street Pier Bar and Grill, in San Leon on Saturday, April 24. Bands played  throughout the night, while guests decided which raffle basket to stake a claim in. 

Listen in as Bob Stokes tells Talk of the Bay a little bit out spats and what the plans are for our oyster reefs.

marsh mania logo

May 1 and June 5 - Marsh Mania – Bay Area

Galveston Bay Foundations’s(GBF) Marsh Mania events are  nationally-recognized.  Groups of friends and families return each year and become Marsh Maniacs.  Their goal is to restore the wetlands around Galveston Bay and have fun doing it.

Listen in as Bob Stokes, Executive Director of Galveston Bay Foundation, tells Talk of the Bay about these upcoming events and how you can join in on the fun.

keels and wheels seabrook

April 30 thru May 2 – Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance – Seabrook

The 15th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance presents the largest collection of classic cars and wooden boats in the United States. These beauties will be on display on the manicured grounds and sheltered harbor of the Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC) in Seabrook. Educational and awe-inspiring, Keels & Wheels is an event for people of all ages, and a great chance to immerse yourself in automotive and marine history. Listen in as veteran director, Bob Fuller tells Talk of the Bay about the exciting events going on at this year’s show.

Blessing of the Fleet

April 30 thru May 2 – Blessing of the Fleet, Bluegrass Festival & Gumbo Cookoff - Kemah

The Annual Blessing of the Fleet will be held Sunday May 2 at 2:00 p.m. on the Clear Creek Channel along the Kemah Boardwalk. The ‘Blessing’ will include Shrimp Boats and Pleasure Boats that will be colorfully decorated and will file past the Cadillac Authentic Mexican Restaurant where they will be blessed by the officiating priest and minister. listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

oyster benefit

April 24 – Oyster Restoration Benefit – San Leon

The Galveston Bay Foundation will host the 1st Annual Oyster Restoration Benefit on Saturday, April 24th at the 18th Street Pier Bar and Grill. Doors will open at 6 pm and there will be a $10 admission fee. There will be food and raffle tickets for purchase and three bands that will play from 7 pm – 1 am. Listen in as Bob Stokes and Emily Demmeck, from the Galveston Bay Foundation, tell Talk of the Bay about this fun event.

state of lake

April 22 – State of the Lake – Clear Lake Area

The annual State of the Lake was hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake. Current economic times are challenging for the cities surrounding Clear Lake but each city representative was optimistic and encouraging regarding the future of the Houston Bay Area. read on... 

Haley and sondra at seabrook men who cook

April 20 – Seabrook Men Who Cook – Seabrook

The Seabrook Police Officers Association and the Seabrook Rotary celebrated this year with more than 30 guest chefs at the annual Seabrook Men Who Cook. These celebrity chefs baked, grilled, sautéed and served their favorite recipes to hundreds of guests while Pee Wee Bowen, a bay area favorite, entertained the crowd. And its great fun to boot! Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with event organizers.

Lyc Blessing of Fleet

April 11 - Lakewood Yacht Club's Blessing of the Fleet - Seabrook

Still keeping with 55 years of tradition, the Blessing of the Fleet was held yesterday at Lakewood Yacht Club.  The club was decorated with red, white and blue ribbons.  Flags lined the walkways, flowers in full bloom and grounds perfectly manicured. Boats washed and waxed and adorned with festive signal flags. Listen in as Commodore Don Rauscher fills Talk of the Bay in with this grand annual event.

crawfish earrings

April 10 – Clear Lake Crawfish Festival – Clear Lake

This annual tradition has always been a great crowd draw. This year the weather was a bit wet in the morning but as the weather cleared and the sun came out the crowds came in. And it’s a good thing that they did. There were 5000 pounds of crawfish being boiled along with gumbo tastings. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay

kemah texas emhe

April 4 – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Viewing Party – Kemah

Building plans started in November and within weeks the project was off the ground and running.  Blu Shields, of Blu Shields Construction and Patrick Henderson, of Energy Solution Homes, pulled together a team of Trades and Support Leads to make up their Cobra team. What normally would take 6 months to plan, took less than 6 weeks. What normally would take days to pull together was done in hours. Listen in as some of the party goers tell Talk of the Bay a little bit about their own experience.

pan jam 2010

March 27 – Pan Jam 2010 - Kemah

The Kemah Visitors Center came to life over the weekend.  Nine different bands, including the San Jacinto College and the Lone Star College bands performed in the Lighthouse District for the annual Pan Jam Festival.  Hundreds of spectators enjoyed the beginning of spring, fun festival food, games, shopping and of course the great Caribbean style music. Listen in to Talk Of The Bay as we have some fun with this event. 

EMHE-Kemah

April 4 – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Viewing Party – Kemah

The City of Kemah will host the Extreme Makeover: Viewing Party on April 4th, 2010 Easter Sunday evening, in the heart of the Kemah Lighthouse District. The Kemah Episode #719 will air on ABC at 7:00 p.m. CST (local affiliate Channel 13) with the festivities beginning at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m. For more fun details listen in as Bill Kerber, City Administrator, tells Talk of the Bay about the fun evening planned.

pan jam

March 27 - Kemah Pan Jam – Kemah

Pan Jam is a collection of authentic Caribbean steel drum, calypso music and reggae singers who have performed all over the world, at events ranging from backyard parties to Presidential receptions. On March 27, the streets of the Kemah Lighthouse District come to life with the lively beat of steel drums and Caribbean style music at the annual Kemah Pan Jam Steel Drum Festival. Listen in as Sandra Williams, coordinator of the event, tells Talk of the Bay a little bit about what we can expect for the day.

hooters

March 11 – Rodeo Bus Trip – Clear Lake

The rodeo was in full swing and 500 bay area party people headed to the show on 10 buses hosted by the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Rodeo Committee. The fun started out at Hooters where wings and beer were flowing like water.  Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we catch up with Kimberly Fleming, as she takes her 5th trip with us on this crazy bus ride.

bay cup award

March 6 – Bay Cup I - Seabrook

This is the 5th year for the Bay Cup series, which includes two races…..Bay Cup I (March each year) and Bay Cup II (August each year). These two events offer the opportunity to sail in Galveston and Trinity Bays in a competitive “ handicap rating” format. The courses begin in Galveston Bay (midway between San Leon and Kemah), proceed through the South Boater Cut into Trinity Bay. more with the Talk of the Bay...

bus ride

March 11 – Rodeo Bus Trip – Clear Lake

Brad Paisley will entertain about 500 of the bay area’s rodeo goers, this year. On March 11, the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood rodeo committee will host the annual bus ride to the rodeo. Ticket holders will gather at Hooters on I45 & Nasa Rd 1 for Wings & Beer then load up on buses and head off to the rodeo. Once at the stadium, these merry makers enjoy the concert and the fun happenings at the Corral Club. Listen in as Dianna Jones, event coordinator tells Talk of the Bay about the plans for this year’s trip. 

hlsr award

February 23 – Trail Riders Dinner Dance – Nassau Bay

The day started off overcast and chilly but things brightened up as the trail riders originating in Brazoria County, rode into Webster.  By the time the sun set they had circled around the Gilruth Center and settled in for an overnight stay. Each year the Clear Creek, NASA, Friendswood Go Texan rodeo committee treats these rodeo goers to a special dinner from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, some live C&W music and a couple of great auctions; this year was no exception. check it out with the Talk of the Bay...

wines

February 20 – Passport to the World of Wine – Pearland

Hope Village was transformed to an evening of wonderful wine tasting and great culinary delights. Guests traveled table to table sampling wines from different countries. With passport books in hand, guests were able to rate the wines they tasted based on their own preferences. No one went away disappointed. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Heather Fischer talks about the evening as it draws to a close. 

lsu gnome

February 20 – Gumbo Cookoff – Seabrook

We had just finished with the Clear Creek Cleanup so we decided to take a little side trip over to Outrigger’s Gumbo Cookoff. We weren’t disappointed; there was some really good gumbo to be had, delicious boudain and of course a few adult beverages. And for you gumbo fans out there; think about this…several of the cookoff teams served their gumbo over potato salad instead of rice.  We tried it and it was pretty darn good, who would of thought??? Listen in to Talk of the Bay.

trail rider

February 23 – Trail Riders Dinner Dance – Nassau Bay

Trail Riders coming in on the Independence Trail Ride will be parading through the Webster/Clear Lake area on Tuesday February 23rd.  Originating in Brazoria County the riders will be heading towards the Johnson Space Center around 3pm; where they will camp overnight. Great live entertainment will be provided by The Posse, along with both live and silent auctions. Listen in as Alice Lyons, event coordinator, tells Talk of the Bay about the doin’s for this fun event. 

passport to wine

February 20 -Passport To The World Of Wine - Friendswood

Come and join us for a wonderful evening of culinary delights, wonderful wines and great auction items.  Hosted by Hope Village this is a great opportunity to share an evening with friends while enjoying the wonderful things life has to offer. Listen in as Heather Fischer, Director of Community Affairs, tells Talk of the Bay about Hope Village, their cheerful and very popular tearoom and their wine tasting event, Passport to the World of Wine. 

clear creek cleanup

February 20 – Clear Creek Clean Up – Clear Lake Area

The main waterway of Clear Creek provides recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, birding, and wildlife observation. In the lower reaches of the Creek, the estuarine habitats serve as nurseries for species such as menhaden, shrimp, and blue crab. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Rex Ward, the Keeper of the Creek, and Lloyd Thornton tell us what the status is of Clear Creek for this year’s cleanup.

skull

February 5 – Mardi Gras 2010 – Bay Area

Opening weekend of Mardi Gras is here!  Krewes unveiled floats and kicked off the 2010 Mardi Gras with beads, masks, costumes and revelry.  We started off our weekend celebrating with the official Krewe of Kemah, Krewe du Lac.  Lead by their Premier of Fun, Annabelle Ruch, the Krewe celebrated at Bakkhus Taverna, for a night of good food, fun and drink. Listen in as Talk of the Bay catches some of the fun moments with both of these Purple, Green and Gold loving Krewes!

epicurean melon

February 4 – Epicurean Evening – Nassau Bay

More than 40 different restaurants gathered under the stars and spaceships at Space Center Houston, each offering wonderful delights varying from sushi to shrimp and grits.  Displays were elegant, elaborate, some very unusual even to the point of including a live snake. The evening was filled with kids playing in the maze of the super sized, super fun Kids Space Place while parents sampled wonderful treats and bid on some very unique auction items. Listen in as Talk of the Bay picks up on some of the fun of the evening.

baehp

January 27 – BAHEP Power Breakfast – Nassau Bay

The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership has established a committee that will reach out to the community and to our bay area business to offer a hand in learning more about health care. Listen in to as Monica Millican, Chairman of the BAHEP Healthcare Partners and Kevin Venable, of AMOCO Federal Credit Union tell Talk of the Bay about their roles in this committee.

pedal power

Kicking Back and Enjoying the Bay Area

Eddie and I decided to take the week off to regroup and recover from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project.  The weather was warmer and the pace a little slower both elements that made for a wonderful relaxing weekend.

The weekend started off with a fun visit to Sundance Grill II, at Waterford Harbor to enjoy dinner and some great music. more with Talk of the Bay...

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January 15 - A Safari of Fashion - Clear Lake

Leopard spots, zebra stipes and exotic bird feathers were the focus at the Safari of Fashion Show hosted by the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Rodeo subcommittee. Local celebrities donned clothes from bay area boutiques and stores and strutted down the catwalk. Everything from formal wear for both men and women to sophisticated casual wear from Back Bay Boutique were featured. there's more with the Talk of the Bay...

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February 4 – Epicurean Evening A Taste of Space – Clear Lake Area

More than 40 bay area restaurants will come together in one spot.  Everything from Mexican food to Seafood, from club sandwiches to steak sandwiches, from familiar cuisine to totally innovated culinary ideas.  You will find all of this and more at the Epicurean Evening, A Taste of Space, scheduled for February 4 at Space Center Houston. Listen in as Rick Galyean, committee chair person, tells Talk of the Bay about the fun ready and waiting to happen….YUM!

January 15 – A Safari of Fashion, Rodeo Gone Wild - Clear Lake Area
 
Held at the Gilruth Center at the Johnson Space Center; easily accessed off of Space Center Blvd, the NASA, Clear Creek Friendswood rodeo committee will be hosting one of the most popular events in the bay area.
 
Listen in as event organizer, Stephanie Rice, tells Talk of the Bay about the highlights of the event.
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December 31 – New Year’s Eve – Clear Lake

A wonderful meal, sparkling champagne, great dance music and a beautiful yacht filled with people ready to celebrate.  It all happened on the FantaSea, The Big White Boat. 

Listen in as Cruise Director Janet tells Talk of the Bay a little bit about our cruise. 

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2009 – Holiday Message from Chiquita and Eddie – Bay Area

Wiredin.cc has covered more than 125 events in 2009, some were small and cozy and other were huge spanning over several days. We were very happy and honored to participate in all of them. Both Eddie and I want to thank each of our event coordinators for all of their effort and time dedicated to each of the events. You did a great job! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for next year’s themes. listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Dickinson Festival of Lights - Dickinson Texas

WOW! That was my first reaction. I planned to photograph this event this year but I went to the old location on hwy 3, it wasn’t there. It moved from that location in 2003 to Paul Hopkins Park on FM 517, and what a move! This was an idea hatched between a couple of neighbors (history) to an event of consisting of millions of lights and hundreds of Christmas displays.  This is a great place to bring the family and truly is a Festival of Lights. Best of all it’s free but they do have a donation jug set up to help with expenses. more...

December 12 - Clear Lake Christmas Boat Lane Parade – Clear Lake
 
Thousands of spectators lined the edges of Clear Lake to watch the 48th annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade. Both sail and motor boats floated past the judges’ stand in hopes of capturing the top prize.
 
Listen in as Shari Sweeney, of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, visits with Talk of the Bay about this wonderful bay area tradition.
December 12 – Clear Lake Christmas Boat Lane Parade – Clear Lake

Whether it’s really chilly or one of our balmy December days, the Clear Lake Christmas Boat Lane Parade is an event that brings out the holiday spirit in everyone. Starting in the Nassau Bay area these colorfully decorated boats make their way under the Kemah bridge and out to the bay. Hundreds of families pack up the kiddos and head out to their favorite spot to watch the passing of the boats. Listen in as Jim Christiansen, long time veteran of this parade, tells Talk of the Bay about the parade and where some of the really good viewing spots are.
fried turkey November 25 – The Miller Lite Bunch “Turkey Fry” – Pearland

The Miller Lite Bunch Cooking Team was founded more than 30 years ago by Dave Robertson and Rocky Mauldin. Along the way, a few of these fun loving folks started a group Turkey Fry. Now, years later, it has become a tradition where a community of people bring their turkeys to the experts to get them cooked for Thanksgiving. Listen in as Dave, Rocky and Robin tell Talk of the Bay about this fun Thanksgiving Eve tradition.
Christmas in Kemah - Kemah Lighthouse District November 20 thru 22 - Christmas in Kemah – Kemah Lighthouse District
 
Santa came rolling in on a fire truck and kiddos, standing on the door steps, were cheering him as he walked into the room. Then Santa worked his magic and turned the twinkling lights on all the trees in the front of the Kemah Visitors Center. Beautiful Christmas magic! Listen in as Domino Taylor, at the Kemah Visitors Center, tells Talk of the Bay about the excitement happening all season long at the Kemah Lighthouse District.
Christmas in Kemah - Kemah November 20 – 22 – Christmas in Kemah – Kemah
 
 Ho, Ho, Ho. Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho. Who wouldn’t go? Down to the Boardwalk, click, click, click. Up to the Lighthouse Dis-ter-ick! Okay, so I don’t write lyrics well but I do know how to shop and when I do shop for the holidays, I like to find unique and different items for the folks on my list. And you will find those unique items in the wonderful little shops along the Kemah Lighthouse District. Listen in as Sandra Williams, a member of the Kemah Merchants tells Talk of the Bay about this very special weekend down by the water’s edge.
Antiques by the Bay - Kemah November 5 Thru 8 – Antiques By The Bay – Kemah
 
It was another beautiful weekend as folks strolled through the first annual Antiques By The Bay, in the Kemah Lighthouse District. Furniture, pottery, glassware, silver pieces, furs and antique linens were all on display ready to find a new home.
 
Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as we wonder around in Yesteryear and visit with some of the merchants.
Arts Festival & Stages - Clear Lake November 7 & 8 – Arts Festival & Stages – Clear Lake
 
 Artists working in every medium you can imagine gathered together for the Bay Area Arts Festival & Stages at The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake (TAACCL). Recovering from Ike, this event has expanded to fill the inside and outside of TAACCL. Beautiful jewelry, paper art and unique pottery pieces filled the spaces within the building. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with some of the artists. 
November 6 – Mystic Krewe du Carnaval Royal Court – Clear Lake
 
The excitement was in the air as the members of the Mystic Krewe du Carnaval gathered at the Bay Oaks Country Club for the announcement of the 2010 Royal Court.
 
Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as Kathleen Courville, a founder of the Krewe talks about the Krewe makes the anticipated announcements for King and Queen.
November 5 thru 8 – Antiques By the Bay - Kemah
 
 A walk through time at the water’s Edge; the perfect description for this brand new event in the Kemah Lighthouse District. Kicking off, on Wednesday, November 4, with a Premiere Night Under the Kemah Stars; you’ll be able to mix and mingle with Kemah officials and show sponsors while enjoying wonderful food and drink. And of course you’ll get an sneak preview of the wonderful antiques being offered for sale. there's more details...
Nov. 6 & 7 – Bay Area Houston Arts Festival & Stages – Clear Lake
 
 What: Third Annual Bay Area Houston Arts Festival and Stages, featuring food, entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase original creations from an array of area artists and crafters. The festival has expanded to include “stages”--venues in two Bay Area communities close enough for everyone to join in the fun. Each venue integrates food, art, and entertainment. Plenty of hands-on arts activities for kids of all ages, as well as moonwalks, rock-climbing and more at the Arts Alliance Venue. Listen in with Talk of the Bay
IMG_6405 October 29 – Cowboys & Cowgirls Who Cook VII – Clear Lake

Start off your Halloween weekend with the Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook. Put on your favorite (socially acceptable) costume and head on over to the Admiral room of the Endeavour Marina. Hosted by the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Metro Go Texan Committee, this culinary event will not only be a tasty one but will be filled with entertainment by Kelly McGuire and both a live and silent auction. Listen in as Shelly Rogers, the event coordinator, tells Talk of the Bay about this year’s happenings.
October 31 & November 1 - Wings Over Houston Airshow - Clear Lake

The 2009 Wings Over Houston is proud to welcome back the US Navy Blue Angels! An amazing demonstration of Naval aviators exhibiting choreographed aerial skills. Tora, Tora, Tora; a favorite of war bird fans will also be putting on a exhibition. And soaring out of the clouds the RE/MAX® Skydiving Team will open the Airshow with their graceful and artistic jumps and maneuvers. Listen in as Bill Roach, the Executive Director, tells Talk of the Bay about this weekend of thrills.
IMG_9945 October 23 thru 25 – Re/Max Ballunar Liftoff Festival – Nassau Bay

Not only is this an educational event it is totally fun and exciting. Looking overhead you will see a sky filled with hot air balloons of every color you can think of and there’s even one that looks like a cow. It’s amazing to watch the pilots maneuver their balloons across the fields, heading for the prized target zone. And when all the balloons have come back down to earth the sky-divers take off. Listen in as Mike Sumerlin, of Re/Max, tells Talk of the Bay about the excitement laid out for the 2009 event.
IMG_9339 October 6 - Wings Over Houston Media Day – Clear Lake

Capt. A.J. High a B25 pilot in the Aleutian Islands and Col. Joe McPhail, a member of the “Death Rattlers” a Marine Fighting squadron in 1945 are both WWII Veterans and heroes. Both are a part of the Wings Over Houston airshow coming up on October 31 and November 1. A special treat, this year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Wings will be the Blue Angels. Listen in as Capt. High and Col. McPhail tell Talk of the Bay a little bit about their careers and General Patton, strongly encourages everyone to attend this special silver anniversary of Wings Over Houston.
IMG_4190 October 3 – Kemah Car Classic – Kemah

Temperatures had dropped a few degrees and there was a gentle breeze which made a great day for the Kemah Car Classic. We got out to this car and art show, fairly early, to visit with our friends from the North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce.

Listen in as Kim Woodard and Annabelle Ruch tell Talk of the Bay about the event and Eddie talks ‘car talk’ with Tom Munch.
August 20 thru October 8 – Flotsam & Jetsam – Clear Lake

In observation of the 1 year anniversary of Hurrican Ike, The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake (TAACCL) will be hosting a very special invitational and juried art exhibit, Flotsam & Jetsam. Opening on August 20 and running through October 8 this exhibit will feature local artists that were impacted by Ike and are now ready to express those feelings in their works. Listen in as Darby Mair, Executive Director of TAACCL, tells Talk of the Bay about this very unique and interesting event.
September 26 - Chairman's Ball – Clear Lake

With shiny disco balls and retro dancing the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (CLACC) celebrated the passing of the guard between Cathy Turner, the 2008-2009 Chairman and Michael Divine, 2009-2010 Chairman. It was a reflection of a year of challenges because of Ike and a look towards a very hopeful future. Listen in as Cindy Herald, President and CEO of the CLACC, Cathy Turner of the Houston Chronicle and Michael Divine of Visiting Angels spend a little time with us on Talk of the Bay.
October 2 & 3 – Classic Car Show & Coastal Starving Artist – Kemah

Once again, this year’s Classic Car festival will be held staged in the parking lot of the Kemah Visitors Center located at the corner of 6th & Bradford Streets. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Kim Woodard, President of the North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce, tells us about this event on Saturday, Oct 3 and also about the cruising caravan event happening on Friday, Oct. 2.
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September 12 - Havana Daydreamin’ – Clear Lake

The first annual Havana Daydreamin’ event was held in the ballroom at the Lakewood Yacht Club. Stepping back in time to a period of gambling, excitement and wonderful music, the theme was 1950’s Cuba.

Listen in, as Talk of the Bay captures some of the fun and the reason this evening of fun was put together.

September 6 – Redfish Raftup – Clear Lake

When the Star Gazer motored up to Redfish Island there were more than 100 boats anchored around the island. It didn’t take long before Kelly McGuire and his band cranked up the volume and got the music going. This is one of those unique concerts where the audience is either dancing on the bows of their boats or floating around on the water enjoying the music. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Kelly McGuire, Capt. Dick and Danny, and Bob Stokes, from the Galveston Bay Foundation.

September 12 – Havana Daydreaming – Clear Lake

The Jeanette Williams Foundation is throwing one heck of a party, and you are invited! 1950’s Cuba, before Castro, a time when ladies wore colorful Latin dresses and men donned their best Guevara shirts for some spicy Saturday night fun. A time when, Havana cigars were treasured and the music was festive, fast and The Jeanette Williams Foundation will be re-creating that wonderful and exciting era at the Lakewood Yacht Club. Listen in as Dianne Troop tells Talk of the Bay about this fun and flamboyant event.

September 1 – Celebrity Celebration – Kemah

The NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Go Texan committee proudly hosted their first event for the 2009-2010 season. The Celebrity Celebration honored the Trail Bosses and Ranch Hands that have so generously support the committee and its efforts to raise funds for bay area high school scholarships.
The theme of the evening was a celebration around the world. Committee members acted as an ambassador to different countries.  Listen in as Anita Fogtman tells Talk of the Bay about the evening.

September 6 & 7 – Redfish Raftup – Clear Lake

One of the largest, in the water, boating events in our area is the Redfish Raftup. If it isn’t the largest, it certainly is the most fun! Each Labor Day Weekend, the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) presents this extremely popular concert on the water, featuring one of our favorite bands, Kelly McGuire. Approximately 150– 200 boaters gather up around Starfleet’s Star Gazer for this fun Labor Day celebration. This year the Kelly McGuire Band will be out on the water from 12:30 – 2pm both Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay as Bob Stokes tells us the details of the event.

Year Round - A Glimpse of Puerto Vallarta – Jalisco, Mexico

In years gone by, Puerto Vallarta was a small fishing village. Now, it is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Mexican Riviera. Forming the coast line around the Banderas Bay (Bay of Flags) Puerto Vallarta offers every water sport you can think of, some of the best seafood I’ve eaten, sun, sand and wonderful memories. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as we traveled around Puerto Vallarta.

Year Round – Know Your Tequila – Mexico

Just outside of Puerto Vallarta is a small tequila distillery. We spent part of a day learning about how the blue agave plant is used in making naturally distilled tequila, the national drink of Mexico.

Listen in as Alfredo tells Talk of the Bay, about the differences between factory tequila and naturally distilled tequila.

August 31 – Celebrity Celebration - Kemah

Thank You, that’s one goal of the Celebrity Celebration. It’s a way for the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood rodeo committee to show their appreciation for their sponsors and supporters for the 5 events that are hosted by this committee each year. It’s also a great way to enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment, dinner and fun.Listen in as Gene Hollier, a long time member of the committee, tells Talk of the Bay a little bit about this celebration.

Year Round – Texas Mariners Cruising Association – The Bay Area

Straight from the Texas Mariners Cruising Association (TMCA) wesite: TMCA is a non-profit corporation formed in 1979 to promote cruising and related activities. Cruises are organized throughout the year for many destinations on Galveston Bay and Gulf Coast waters. Numerous social events are also scheduled on a regular basis, ranging from informal dock parties at local marinas to the Annual Commodore’s Ball. Listen in as Andy Upchurch, a long time member of TMCA, tells Talk of the Bay about the club he enjoys so much.

IMG_6341 April 24 thru 26 – Saint John the Theologian Greek Festival – Clear Lake

OPA! Wonderful Greek music, colorful dancing, food, friendly people and of course the wonderful Greek wines, what more do you need to have a great time? Hundreds of bay area folks came out, to Landolt Pavilion at Clear Lake Park, to enjoy everything the Greek culture has to offer. There were vendors selling hats, food items and jewelry. A children’s play area; where the kids had a ball. Listen in to Talk of the Bay to get a taste of this Grecian celebration. OPA!

May 2 & 3 – Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance – Clear Lake

If you have ever dreamed or were curious about exotic automobiles and boats, this is your event. If you like vintage or muscle cars this is your event. Or if you are a vinatage or antique wooden boat kind of a person, this is your event. One of the more elegant and extensive car and boats shows happens right here in the bay area, at Lakewood Yacht Club. Listen in as Bob Fuller, the event coordinator, for all 14 years, tells Talk of the Bay all about this year’s show.

April 25 – Vineyard Feast at Haak Vineyard & Winery – Santa Fe

Sitting outside, overlooking the budding grapevines, Eddie and I spent an enjoyable afternoon talking with Raymond Haak. Raymond’s passion and love for his vineyard and winery were obvious and delightful.

On Saturday, April 25, you can join the Haaks and their guests for a fabulous Vineyard Feast. So, listen in to Talk of the Bay as Raymond gives us a ‘flavor’ of this wonderful evening.

April 25 & May 30 – Marsh Mania – Bay Area

Earlier this week, we caught up with Bob Stokes, Executive Director of Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), to talk about Marsh Mania; an annual outdoor event hosted by GBF. It’s a day of getting to really know Mother Nature, specifically our bay area marshlands. It’s also a day of friendship, food, fun, entertainment, and giving back. Listen in as Bob explains Marsh Mania to Talk of The Bay and you.

April 24 – 26 – Saint John the Theologian Greek Festival – Clear Lake

Rich in sprit, excited to share their culture, traditions, entertainment, food and of course their wines, our Greek friends will be hosting the Clear Lake Greek Festival on April 24 – 26. The festival will be held at the Landolt Pavilion in Clear Lake Park. We attended their wine tasting event, at the Bakkus Tavern and Bar, as a sneak preview of what we can expect at the festival. We got a little taste of the wonderful foods, some wine, table dancing and did I mention the wine? Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Yia Yia Eleni and Angela Fanos tell us about their wonderful Greek culture.

April 17 thru 25 – Galveston County Fair & Rodeo – Santa Fe

The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo is everything you’d expect a county fair to be and then some. We attended this event last year and had a great time. Between the Seafood Cook Off and the BBQ Cook Off…Yummy! Then there’s the great entertainment, the carnival rides, the rodeo competitions, the livestock auction….it’s just 2 weeks of good ole Texas style entertainment. Listen in as Paul Tibaldo, the event organizer, tells Talk of the Bay what events will be featured this year, including who the headline entertainers will be.

Year Round - Armand Bayou Nature Center – Pasadena

Eddie and I took a trip across the prairie and out on Armand Bayou to get reacquainted with the Armand Bayou Nature Center. In the short period of time that we were out there, we learned and saw so many different examples of wildlife including a young alligator, about 4 foot long.Listen in as Tom Kartrude, the Executive Director of Armand Bayou Nature Center and Mark Kramer the Stewardship Coordinator, tell Talk of the Bay, about the center, some of the activities offered, and volunteering.

April 3 – Crawfish Festival – Clear Lake

The Landolt Pavillion, out at Clear Lake Park, was filled with folks enjoying some good old Cajun music and some spicy crawfish. Grandparents and parents swirled around the floor with children while everyone was enjoying the crawfish and all the trimmings. Friday night was just the start of a fun filled weekend. Saturday would bring the Gumbo cookoff, silent auction and even more crawfish. Listen in as Talk of the Bay, talks to some of the folks enjoying the festival.

April 3 & 4 – Clear Lake Crawfish Festival – Clear Lake

Held at the Landolt Pavillion, in Clear Lake Park, the annual Clear Lake Crawfish Festival will once again make up a fun weekend.

The fun starts on Friday night with the Thibodeaux Cajun Band and Crawfish Races. And of course, there will be tons of boiled crawfish and other goodies to eat. Listen in, as Dedra Flynn and Andie Comeaux tell Talk of the Bay all about the event.

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March 17 – Hooters to Horns – Clear Lake

St. Patty’s Day and Hooters to Horns all rolled up into one. People started arriving around 4pm to enjoy the wings and beer at Hooters. Green hats, scarves, vests and even green hair could be seen all over the ‘backyard’ of Hooters. About 500 hundred folks showed up for the bus trip from Clear Lake to the rodeo. Listen in, on Talk of the Bay, as we get reactions from those that have gone before and the newbies, and we threw in a little bit of Keith Urban.

IMG_4182 March 10 -Sentinels of Freedom Golf Tournament and Dinner – Clear Lake

South Shore Harbour Golf Course and Resort was the venue for the first Sentinels of Freedom Golf Tournament and celebration dinner. This very special fundraiser for severely wounded military personnel is led by Deborah Bly and Gail Payne, of The Bly Team of realtors. A very ambitious group of volunteers who have ensured that at least one more wounded soldier will have the opportunity to rebuild his life. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we talked with some of the guests and Sgr. Bozik.
IMG_4487 March 12 – The New Voice of Elvis and Texas Legends Tour – Clear Lake

The New Voice of Elvis and Texas Legends Tour came to Clear Lake on Thursday, March 12. Jesse Aron, a tribute artist and headliner for the show, was great. You could ‘hear and see’ Elvis in Jesse’s voice, his facial expressions and body movements brought back memories of many years ago. Listen in with on Talk of the Bay, as Jesse Aron, Tarie Aron, Wayne King, and Ray Covey, a collection of talented artists, pay tribute to their favorite performers. 
March 17 – Hooters to Horns – Clear Lake

Yeeeeehawwwww and a great big Howdy! Yup, rodeo time is here and boy do we have a fun night for you. On March 17, The NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Rodeo committee will be hosting their annual bus trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. 500 folks will enjoy wings and beer at Hooters, get on 10 buses and head out to the rodeo. Fun, Fun, Fun! It’s the most fun you can have on a bus and still be legal. Listen in as Dianna Jones, tells Talk of the Bay, about the bus trip and where you can get your tickets.
March 10 – Sentinels of Freedom Golf Tournament – Clear Lake

We shall never leave you, we shall never forsake you. This is the promise of the Sentinels of Freedom. The state of Texas has more than 1100 soldiers that are casualties of war. This is not a political statement but a statement of fact. These soldiers are now facing a life time of adjustments. The Sentinels of Freedom is an organization that is here to help our soldiers through these transitions. Listen in as Deborah Bly and Gayle Payne tell Talk of the Bay about this organization and about the upcoming golf tournament.

March 12 – Voice of Elvis & Legends Texas Tour – Clear Lake

Wiredin and Park Avenue Showplace are proud to present Jesse Aron in The New Voice of Elvis & Legends Texas Tour

Where: Bayou Theater, U of H Clear Lake 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, 77058
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Tickets: $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door Call: 281-358-4867 listen in for more with the Talk of the Bay
February 27 – Greek Wine Tasting - Kemah

Have you ever wanted to venture out and experience some wonderful Greek wines or Greek foods? Perhaps, listen to the language or some of their colorful history? Well, your chance to enjoy all of this is coming up. The Clear Lake Greek Festival will be hosting a wine tasting event on February 27, at Bakkhus Taverna Greek Restaurant & Bar, in the Kemah Lighthouse District. All the fun starts at 6:30pm. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as Angela Fanos and YiaYia Eleni talk about the wine tasting event, their Greek foods and of course the wines.
IMG_0075 February 21 – Clear Creek Cleanup ’09 – Clear Lake

For several weeks now, Eddie and I have been following the work of the Clear Creek Environmental Foundation (CCEF).

We have watched them pull everything imaginable out of the waters in our bay area. Golf carts, seafood storage units, cars, commercial fans, and building materials from what used to be Maribelle’s and other establishments, in the area. It has been an amazing sight to see.  listen in with Talk of the Bay...
February 22 – An Evening with Elayne Boosler – Clear Lake

The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake (TAACCL) came up with yet another interesting evening for the bay area. Hosting an evening of dining under the stars and entertainment by comedienne Elayne Boosler was the brainchild of Lisa Hamilton and Dayna Steele. And what a great idea it was.

The evening started out with a wonderful meal, served under the stars, in the Starship Gallery, at Space Center Houston. listen in with the Talk of the Bay

Mardi Gras and the Mystic Krewe du Carnaval – Clear Lake

The Mystic Krewe du Carnaval is probably the newest krewe in the bay area, but don’t let that fool you, they are steeped in the traditions of a New Orleans. During their 2 years of existence this krewe has hosted beautiful galas, honored their regal courts with entertainment to suit the His Royal Highness and his Queen and participated in multiple parade and social events. Lots of energy and lots of fun. Listen in as Kathleen Courville, Captain and Co-founder of the krewe and Era Lee Caldwell, a former queen, tell Talk of the Bay about their krewe.

Mardi Gras and the Krewe du Lac – Kemah

Krewe du Lac, the official krewe of Kemah, will be celebrating their 8th year together. The goal of this krewe is to promote the cultural, educational and traditional customs of Mardi Gras and to provide information, guidance and activities to any individuals and groups interested in the similar pursuit. Family oriented Krewe du Lac will bring in the 2009 season in true Mardi Gras spirit.

Listen in as Annabelle Ruch, Captain of the krewe, tells Talk of the Bay about all the fun this krewe has, year round.

February 21 - Rex Ward & the Clear Creek Clean Up – The Bay Area

For weeks now, Eddie and I have been tracking Rex Ward and the Clear Creek Clean Up Foundation. They have spent weeks out in the Seabrook and Kemah areas cleaning up after Hurricane Ike. We are trying our best to show you what Ike did to our bay waters. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Eddie spends some time talking to Rex about what they’ve accomplished and where they’ll be working at.

February 5 – Epicurean Evening A Taste of Space – Clear Lake

Okay, I admit it…we all ate too much but it was delicious! There were so many restaurants with wonderful displays of the culinary delights and the music and entertainment was great. Each booth entry competed for awards on presentation, creativity and overall showmanship. I know that the judges had a tough time selecting the winners.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we hear from some of the judges and event goers.
January 10- Clear Creek Environmental Foundation Cleanup – Seabrook

It was a windy morning and the cold front had just blown in, but the group of kids from Sugar Creek Baptist Church kept working. Wearing blue t-shirts, knee high waders, gloves and a smile these kids pulled, tugged and wrestled with debris left behind by Ike. Pieces of gym equipment buried under commercial air conditioner units, sheets of metal curled up like a spring, huge pieces of unrecognizable debris all poking up out of the water, these are some of the challenges facing Rex Ward, the Keeper of the Creek, and the Clear Creek Environmental Foundation. listen in with Talk of the Bay
January 29 - CCISD FFA Livestock Show and Auction – Clear Lake

The 27th CCISD FFA Livestock Show & Auction was dedicated to Domenico “Nick” Delesandri, the ringmaster for this auction for more than two decades. Noted for the prodding of bidders, with his big cane, Delesandri dedicated his life to helping build the CCISD FFA program. Listen in as Cindy Schnuriger, Show Chairman; Darryl Krogman of The Sign Shop; Auctioneer Mark Riley and Toni Randall, Mayor of League City tell Talk of the Bay about why they participate in this program.

January - February 21 - Clear Creek Cleanup – Clear Lake

Every year for 10 years, the Clear Creek Environmental Foundation spends five weeks cleaning debris out of Clear Creek. This is debris that has made is way down into the creek via the tributaries running throughout the bay area. Rex Ward, is the founder of this organization and is ‘the Keeper of the Creek’. This year Rex and the foundation have an exceptional challenge in front of them. And they will spend the majority of their time trying to clean up the debris thrown into other waterways by Hurricane Ike. Listen in as Eddie talks with Rex Ward and Lloyd Thornton on Talk of the Bay.
And Then There Were None - January 16 - February 1 - Clear Lake

The bay area has several community theatres, they are all wonderful. I love going to large theatres like the Alley but our community theatres offer a cozy environment where you can enjoy local talent. Agatha Christie mysteries are one of my favorites so I had to get over to the Clear Creek Community Theatre to see And Then There Were None. A three act play taking place in a living room of a house on Soldier Island, off the coast of Devon, England. I was not disappointed. Listen in as Director Aprille Meek tells Talk of the Bay about the play.
Epicurean Evening February 5, 2009 - Clear Lake

Epicurean Evening is a chance to taste all of the wonderful foods offered by restaurants and hotels in the bay area. YUMMY! It’s an evening filled with fun things for both kids and adults, an evening to gather up the family and head on out to Space Center Houston.

Listen in as Shari Sweeney and Joseph Mire tell Talk of The Bay about this great evening.

January 23 – Rodeo Fashion Show -Salute to the Military – Clear Lake

Hosted by the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Metro Go Texas Committee, this year’s fashion show theme was A Salute to the Military. And Irene Pavig, Committee Chair, made sure that the honors were paid. Gorgeous gowns and dresses were sashayed down the runway in the true Lenny Matazewski style.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay, to the reactions of several guests and sponsors.

January 26 thru 29 - CCISD Livestock Show and Auction – Clear Lake

The week starts off with three full days of FFA students showing their animals and plants. Everything from swine, turkeys, rabbits, cattle to floriculture and horticulture will be brought before the judges. CCISD is proud of its students. This is an opportunity to showcase the work effort and commitment these kids have put into their projects. Listen in as Nancy Mallini, Director of Career and Technical Education for CCISD, tells Talk of the Bay about the event and how you can support these students.
Rodeo Fashion Show: A Salute to the Military – January 23, – Clear Lake

For forty two years now, this fashion show has been one of the most popular events in the bay area. Produced by Lenny Matazewski and hosted by the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Go Texan Rodeo Committee this event has sold out every year. That’s quite a full day, if you ask me. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as Irene Pavig the committee chair for the event tells us what to expect this year.

Fashion & Trunk Show with a Mardi Gras Flair on Wednesday, January 7

What: A fashion and trunk show with a wonderful Mardi Gras flair.
Featuring beautiful evening gowns from Jill's Fashions & Bridal and custom designed Mardi Gras masks from Joe Sam's Fun Shop. Music will be provided by Musical Cheers! Food, drinks and great company.

Why: Its a chance to take a look at the latest fashions for those wonderful galas and balls coming up. And a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Jeanette Williams
Foundation, contributing money to cancer research focusing on children. And to have fun! find out more...

December 25- Christmas Day - Everywhere

Christmas can be so hectic and yet so wonderful all at the same time. It’s a time to buy gifts for special people in your life, enjoy being with family and friends, and it’s a time to worship, give thanks and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Eddie and I both are grateful and amazed at the acceptance of Wiredin and Talk of the Bay. listen in...
December 31 – January 1, New Year’s Eve – Bay Area

2008, a year a lot of us will never forget. Eddie and I got curious and started looking through our collection of Event Photos for 2008. Naturally, it spawned conversation about some of the really cool events that we attended in the last 12 months. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to randomly select photos and create a 2008 in review gallery. So take a look and enjoy our Talk of the Bay Reflection of 2008. And from all of us, Happy New Year!!

47th Annual Boat Parade, December13 – Clear Lake

A wonderful fireworks show announced the start of the Clear Lake Christmas Boat Parade. In spite of the ravages of Ike, a windy night and impending rain, the parade prevailed. Hundreds of folks lined up along Upper Bay Rd in Nassau Bay to watch and enjoy each passing , boat. Although the number of boats were certainly down from previous years, these boats, their captains and crew were making a statement for one and all to see; we shall prevail and we will enjoy the Christmas holiday!!. there's more...
December 13 – Clear Lake Christmas Boat Parade – Clear Lake

Starting with five boats, 46 years ago, Clear Lake has had a Christmas Boat Parade every year. This year, in spite of Ike, the 47th Clear Lake Christmas Boat Parade will once again make its way from Nassau Bay out to the bay. It's been, and still is, a difficult time for our folks around the lake so bringing some holiday cheer to the area is great. Listen in with Talk of the Bay as Shari Sweeney, with the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, tells us what will be different about this year’s parade and what will remain the same.
November 13 – Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook – Clear Lake

A rodeo event with an Island State of Mind, that’s the Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook. Held once again at the Endeavour Marina, this event, in spite of the bad weather, was a huge hit. With more than 45 chefs presenting and serving their culinary delights and great sounds from Kelly McGuire and his band the evening was great fun. Listen in as we visit with chefs Kevin Venable of AMOCO Federal Credit Union, David Reiss of Haak Winery and Shelley Rogers, chairperson for this event on Talk of the Bay.
Gulf Coast Film Festival, November 14 – Clear Lake

Starting out with a relaxing and very enjoyable mixer at the Villa Capri, the evening of Gulf Coast Film Festival gave guests an opportunity to mix and mingle with others passionate about the world of film and video. It also gave folks a chance to speak with actress Erin Gray. This lovely lady is best known for her role as Col. Wilma Derring in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century series, a few years ago. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we chat with film artists and Erin Gray.

Bay Area Divers Scuba Expo and Market, November 16 – Clear Lake

If you ever wanted to get a good deal on SCUBA equipment the Bay Area Divers SCUBA Expo and Market was the place to be. Each year, vendors come in from all around Texas to sell diving equipment. New, this year, was the expo portion of the event. Several conservation groups hosted lectures on their organization, informing and teaching visitors about our bay area and some of the endangered species, like the Ridley Turtles. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we enjoy the expo and market.
Small Works By Great Minds – November 8 – Clear Lake

It was another great event and evening at The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake (TAACCL). More than 100 pieces of art, donated by local artists, were displayed on the walls and tables at TAACCL; each piece up for auction. During this past week, visitors came by selecting their favorite pieces and placing bids.

Listen in as Dayna Steel, the emcee for the evening, Lisa Hamilton, executive director of TAACCL and Dee Gay tell Talk of the Bay about this fun evening.

Bay Area Divers’ SCUBA Market and Expo – Sunday, Nov. 16 – Clear Lake

Most people don’t think of SCUBA diving when you think of Texas but actually there are a large number of bubble blowers in our area. In the bay area, we have the Bay Area Divers (BAD) club. This organization meets on the last Wednesday of each month, except in December, at the Clear Lake Community Center at Clear Lake Park. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Jim DeLane, President of BAD tells us about their club and the huge market and expo coming up.
November 13 – Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook – Clear Lake

The NASA/Clear Creek/Friendswood Houston Metro Go Texan Subcommittee of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo TM will host the Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook VI at the Endeavour Marina. Guests will enjoy the opportunity to sample dozens of culinary masterpieces; more than 45 chefs, will be serving their favorite dishes. The committee promises a wide variety of foods and a few secret recipes. listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival – November 14, 15 & 16 - Seabrook

The Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival has rescheduled for November 14-16. “This is Our Hollywood” is this year’s theme for the festival. The celebrity guest is film, television and stage actress Erin Gray, best known for her roles as Kate Summers in Silver Spoons and Colonel Wilma Deering in the science fiction TV series, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Erin will also be receiving the lifetime achievement award. Listen in as Hal Wixon tells Talk of the Bay about the activities making up this 3 day festival of stars.

Small Works by Great Minds – October 30 – November 8 – Clear Lake

Eddie paid a visit to Lisa Hamilton, the Executive Director, of The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake specifically to get a sneak peek at some of the art pieces that are up for auction. This is a week long auction taking place at TAACCL, from October 30 and culminating in an evening of fun on Saturday, November 8. Small pieces of original art, in a wide variety of media, have been donated by Bay Area Houston artists to TAACCL. Great entertainment, beautiful works of art and wonderful food; it promises to be a fantastic evening. Listen in as Lisa and tells Talk of the Bay about the excitement we can look forward to.
Wings Over Houston, October 26 – Clear Lake

What a great event. Patriotic, family oriented, exciting, and filled with the sights and sounds of WWII aircraft. The 24th Wings Over Houston (WOH) started early in the day with the ReMax Sky Diving Team, lead by Al Saylor, then the planes started flying. Everything from the F18 Hornet to the Oracle Challenger, re-enactments by Tora, Tora, Tora, to a pilot down in a field in Vietnam. Listen to the sounds of Talk of the Bay as we enjoyed our day at the Wings Over Houston.
Shrimporee 2008, October 25, Saturday – Clear Lake

It was a Chamber of Commerce day and hundreds of families and friends got together to enjoy it, at the Space Center Rotary Club’s annual Shrimporee. A lively auction called by Judge Louie Ditta, a silent auction, great music and of course 1100 pounds of shrimp and BBQ were all part of the fun.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we enjoy the Nuevo Flamenco music of Jando and we talk to Scott Rainey and Jon McKinnie.
Masked Magic Gala, October 25 – Clear Lake

It was an evening filled with talent and entertainment. Minstrels, Peter, Paul and Mary strolled around each table entertaining guests with a wide variety of songs. Peter Wuenschel, the Executive Director of the Communities in Schools (CIS), his brother Paul and his sister Mary make up this talented musical trio.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we captured some talented bay area folks as they vied for the title of the Bay Area Idol.

Pasadena Rodeo and BBQ Cook Off, October 23, Thursday – Pasadena

We went strolling through the Pasadena Fairgrounds and across an interesting camp setup by the Texas Redneck Cook Off Team. From a tricked out bus to oversized undies, handing out to dry, to a leopard printed outhouse these folks were set to have a fun weekend. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with some fun folks and enjoy the sights, sounds and entertainment at the Pasadena Rodeo BBQ Cook Off.
 
Wings Over Houston, October 25 & 26 – Ellington Field

The 24th annual Wings Over Houston Airshow will be held on the ground and in the air above Ellington Field. Produced by the Commemorative Air Force, this show of aerial skills and talents will feature the USAF “Thunderbirds” demonstration team, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, Julie Clark’s Chevron Mentor T-34 along with many others. Listen in as Col. Bill Roach, of the Commemorative Air Force, tells Talk of the Bay what we can expect to see during the show along with some tips for event attendees.

Masked Magic Gala, October 25 Saturday - Clear Lake

Communities in Schools (CIS), is a year-round, in-school program that uses a case management, multidisciplinary approach to help students. On October 25, CIS will host their annual Masked Magic Gala. This is an event for everyone. Superman; Peter, Paul and Mary, and the Pope all attended last year.

Listen is as Peter Wuenschel, Executive Director of CIS and Sue Ferguson tell Talk of the Bay about CIS and the evening of magic that is planned.

October 18 - Bay Area Houston Arts Festival – Clear Lake

Wonderful piano music played by young students, oils, watercolors, glass, porcelain, clay, wood and sketches, all different mediums used to express art. Bay area artists, of all ages, participated in this year’s Bay Area Houston Arts Festival hosted by The Arts Alliance of Clear Lake (TAACCL). The exhibits were both indoors and outdoors; hundreds of people wondered around the festival, admiring, buying and enjoying. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with some of these folks.
Prairie Pandemonium - October 18, Saturday - Clear Lake

What a gorgeous day to be out and about; even more so when you’re lending a helping hand to Mother Nature. The Armand Bayou Nature Center hosted the Prairie Pandemonium day, a day to replenish some of the tallgrass prairies at the nature center. Nature lovers showed up early Saturday morning went out to plant more than 2000 individual native grasses. So many folks turned out to help that the task was done hours earlier than expected…Way to Go! more...

Just a Pretty Table – October 8 – Clear Lake

The Just a Pretty Table luncheon, hosted by the Bay Area Museum Guild was held on Tuesday, October 7. Just a Pretty Table; a complete understatement! In reality there were 20 absolutely gorgeous, creative, ‘gotta have tables’ filling the banquet room at Bay Oaks Country Club. Each table had its own theme and the creators of these works of art decorated to the max. Now in its 3rd year, this event was a complete sell out. listen in with Talk of the Bay

Nassau Bay Community Dinner – October 5 – Clear Lake

Residents of Nassau Bay and their families gathered for a much needed community get together. Lisa Hamilton, Executive Director of The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL) reached out to the art community, looking for suggestions on how TAACCL could help the bay area.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Lisa Hamilton, Bette Johnson, Mayor Pro Temp of Nassau Bay, and photographer Kyle Roher tell us about the evening.

Clear Creek Community Theatre – Clear Lake Area

Live theatre is always exciting and entertaining. Here in the bay area, we are fortunate to have several community theatres. Running on a lot of work and modest budgets these theatres manage to put on top quality entertainment.

Listen in as Andy Taylor, who played Stella and Aprille Meek, President of the Board tell Talk of the Bay about both the play and this great little theatre.
Bay Area Art Festival – October 18 & 19 – Clear Lake

This two day festival featuring more than 100 artists coincides with the already popular crafts festival held for the last 23 years by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. In addition to the display and sale of fine art, the art festival will present musicians, food, and interactive creative children’s activities. Listen in as Lisa Hamilton, Executive Director of The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake tells Talk of the Bay what we can look forward to. For more information please visit www.TAACCL.org

September 30, Wings Over Houston, Media Day – Clear Lake

All it took was for Bill Roach, Executive Director of Wings Over Houston, to say ‘come fly with me’ and we were there! Eddie and I went to Ellington Field for the Wings Over Houston media day and boy did we have a blast. Listen in as Bill Roach, Al Saylor and Air Boss, Ralph Royce talk about the show. And our very own Tora-Tora-Tora pilots Dan Reedy and Patrick Hutchins tell Talk of the Bay about their ‘hobby’. Thanks guys, it was AWESOME!

Collage of Recovery

Eddie and I have been so impressed with all of the help and recovery efforts that are now going on. In League City, we stopped at the Interfaith Caring Ministries Hurricane Relief Center. Here, some of volunteers are sorting and stacking supplies that are being donated by the community. Other volunteers are helping give out the supplies. Clothing, new and used, canned goods and non-perishables are brought in stocked and then handed out. It’s the cycle of caring and sharing. Listen in as folks, from each of these recovery centers, tell Talk of the Bay about their special story.

September 30, Wings Over Houston, Media Day – Clear Lake

All it took was for Bill Roach, Executive Director of Wings Over Houston, to say ‘come fly with me’ and we were there! Eddie and I went to Ellington Field for the Wings Over Houston media day and boy did we have a blast. Listen in as Bill Roach, Al Saylor and Air Boss, Ralph Royce talk about the show. And our very own Tora-Tora-Tora pilots Dan Reedy and Patrick Hutchins tell Talk of the Bay about their ‘hobby’. Thanks guys, it was AWESOME!

Mother’s Speakeasy Beauty Contest – Clear Lake Area

The weather was perfect, the motorcycles were shiny and the girls entering the bathing suit contest were beautiful. What more could you ask for. Okay, I have to confess I’ve never judged a bathing suit contest before and the only reason I got the job was because Eddie had to go out of town for the weekend.  Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we talked with Annette Nicholson, the owner; Megan Bowen, one of the contestants and Kenny Smith, long time emcee of beauty contests in the bay area.

Water a Themed Exhibit – Opening Night – Clear Lake

Opening night for the Water exhibit at The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake (TAACCL) was a great success. Everything from high speed photography by Martin Waugh to imaginative pieces of art made from items found on the beach. Beautiful wooden pieces accented with sea creatures to photographs of children playing in the water. Listen in as some of the artists talk with us on Talk of the Bay. Oh, and don’t panic the ‘leg’ that Simon Urbanic refers to is from a little plastic doll.

Bay Area Divers’ SCUBA Market and Expo - Sat., Sept. 20th 10am – 4pm

Most people don’t think of SCUBA diving when you think of Texas but actually there are a large number of bubble blowers in our area. In the bay area, we have the Bay Area Divers (BAD) club. This organization meets on the last Wednesday of each month, except in December, at the Clear Lake Community Center at Clear Lake Park. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Jim DeLane, President of BAD tells us about their club and the huge market and expo coming up.

Redfish Raft up – Clear Lake

Hundreds of boats, calm water, fun in the sun and really great music; how could it get any better? The Galveston Bay Foundation hosted the 4th annual Redfish Raft-up celebration on Sunday and Monday of the Labor Day Weekend.

Take a few minutes, enjoy the music from Kelly’s new album ‘Boat in Belize’, check out the photos and listen to Kelly as he gives, Talk of the Bay a little insight on this event and how it got started.

Redfish "Raftup , Sunday August 31 and Monday September 1 – Clear Lake

Galveston Bay Foundation’s (GBF) 2008 annual Redfish Raftup in Galveston Bay will take place this year on two days - Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1, Labor Day. Popular local singer/songwriter Kelly McGuire will perform in concert both days from the top deck of Star Fleet Yacht's Star Gazer beginning at 4:00 p.m. Listen in as Vicki Conley and Bob Stokes of GBF tell Talk of the Bay about this party literally, on the water.
Ms. Lily’s Groove 2008

S. Denise McNeal is the author and the director of Ms. Lily’s Groove. The play is about a middle aged married woman, living in a typical small town and attending an average small Missionary Baptist church. Ms. Lily is a Deaconess in her church and, in her spare time, a pimp. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we captured a bit of the play, spoke with Denise and talked with cast members afterwards.

We’ll announce future showings of Ms Lily’s Goove so stay tuned.
Lunar Rendezvous Coronation Ball 2008

The 43rd Lunar Rendezvous Festival culminated with the 2008 Coronation Ball held at the San Luis Convention Center in Galveston. Putting on the Ritz, yes indeedy it was that. The ballroom was elegantly decorated in a red and black theme. Listen in, on Talk of the Bay, as Master of Ceremonies, Colonel William McArthur, Jr., announces the 2009 Lunar Rendezvous Royal Court and Dawn Kayser, 2008 Festival Chair, gives a sigh of relief and gratitude.

Ms. Lily’s Groove July 26 and 27 – Clear Lake

There’s a new theater group coming to town. Shabach Enterprise, in conjunction with Watch My Groove Entertainment, presents the stage play Ms. Lily’s Groove. It’s a story of a church lady who lives a double life…as a madame. This play carries a PG-13 rating for adult content and will make its bay area debut on July 26 at 6:30pm and July 27, at 4:00pm at the beautiful Bayou Theater in Clear Lake. Listen in as Denise O’Neal, the Executive Director and author of Ms. Lily’s Groove tells Talk of the Bay about her organization and the play.

Water Activities Day Events - Clear Lake

The Houston Safe Boating Council and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, are once again hosting the 10th annual Water Activities Day Events (W.A.D.E).
The program will be held on July 21 - 23 at Clear Lake Park, on NASA Parkway. Sessions are held at the Clear Lake Park on NASA Parkway. Listen in as Officer Russell Grimes, one of the founders of the program, Talk of the Bay about this 3 day program.
Lunar Rendezvous – July Events – Clear Lake

The Lunar Rendezvous Festival of events wraps up, in July, with four more great events. On Saturday, July 19 the Lunar Rendezvous 5K is held at Space Center Houston. This well established and very popular run kicks off at 7:30 am. Following the 5K, on Sunday, July 20, is the Sunset Service at Gateway Community Church, focusing on the lives of the young adults making up the court. Listen in on Talk of the Bay, as Dawn Kayser, Director of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival, tells us about the events happening throughout July.

Texas EquuSearch Fun and Fundraiser – Clear Lake

Having worked well of 900 cases, the Texas EquuSearch (TES) crew may have started off with horses and ground pounders but they are much more now. Using ATVs, airplanes, helicopters, tracking dogs, boats, jet skis, divers, infrared cameras and drone airplanes TES has greatly enhanced their chances of locating missing persons. Listen in on Talk of the Bay as we captured some of the event.
Lunar Rendezvous – July Events – Clear Lake

The Lunar Rendezvous Festival of events wraps up, in July, with four more great events. On Saturday, July 19 the Lunar Rendezvous 5K is held at Space Center Houston. This well established and very popular run kicks off at 7:30 am. Following the 5K, on Sunday, July 20, is the Sunset Service at Gateway Community Church, focusing on the lives of the young adults making up the court. Listen in on Talk of the Bay, as Dawn Kayser, Director of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival, tells us about the events happening throughout July.

Texas EquuSearch Fundraiser – Saturday, July 19 - Dickinson

The Texas EquuSearch (TES) Mounted Search and Recovery Team was founded in August of 2000. The mission was to provide Volunteer Horse Mounted Search and Recovery for Lost and Missing persons. The team's efforts and existence is dedicated to the memory of Laura Miller, a young woman abducted and murdered in 1984. Laura was the daughter of Tim Miller, the director of TES. Listen in as Cheryl Lawless tells Talk of the Bay about Texas EquuSearch and about their upcoming fundraiser.

Geocaching – Clear Lake

Recently, Eddie and I met a family of Geocachers, Steve Berenzweig, who works for NASA, and his two young children Sydney and Jacob. Now Steve is really into this sport and has a streak going of more than 418 days, straight, of looking for and finding caches. Come and join us as Steve takes Eddie and me on our first cache hunt and tells Talk of the Bay some of the interesting things about this high tech scavenger hunt.

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Speed Networking at Club Classic

There's a new game in town and it's called Speed Networking. It was served up by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce. This is how it works: Just like speed dating you get 4 minutes 1 on 1 with a fellow Chamber member. You get 2 minutes to introduce yourself and your business. Then you listen for 2 minutes as your peer does the same. What a great idea! About 45 people participated while Brad Emel (owner of Club Classic) served up the adult beverages and appetizers. I'm sure there were some business connections made, we'll have to keep an eye out for any other connections made outside of business. check out the photos...

4th of July Fireworks – Clear Lake

After the 4th of July Parade in Galveston, we all headed over to the Endeavour Marina to oooh and aaah over the fireworks show hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (CLACC). The banquet table was set and guests arrived with an array of pot luck dishes to share. Dave Robertson of Musical Cheers entertained guests with a great mixture of dance and patriotic music. Folks gathered outside, on the balcony, and selected their favorite spots to watch the display of fireworks around the lake. there's more...

Lunar Rendezvous – June Events – Clear Lake

June brings to the bay area four fun events, as part of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival.
Starting the summer off, is the Family Fun Night at the Putt Putt Fun House. Lazer Tag, Rock Climbing, Bumper Cars are just a few of the activities that kids and adults alike can participate in. Cool! Listen in on Talk of the Bay, as Dawn Kayser, Director of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival, tells us about the events happening throughout the month of June.
Kemah Classic Car Show – June 28, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm - Kemah

Live music, Door prizes and lots of goodies await car enthusiasts at the Kemah Classic Car Show. Last year there were about 125 cars that were shown. This year the North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to hosting move than 150 entries. Everything from classic to muscle cars will be stationed along the Kemah Boardwalk for visitors to Oooohed and Aaaaahed over. Speaking of Talk of the Bay, listen in as Brenda Holcomb tells us about the chamber and this hot rod classic on June 28.
4th of July Celebration – Clear Lake

Freedom, independence and honoring our heroes are all great reasons for celebration. The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to raise the money needed to put on a huge fireworks display. And this year is no different. Starting at 9:30pm, Friday, July 4, the sky will be lit up with beautiful color. And just to make it even better there will be several other fireworks shows around the lake. Listen in for more details as we speak with Shari Sweeney of the Clear Lake Area Chamber, on Talk of the Bay.

Water Activities Day Events - Clear Lake

The Houston Safe Boating Council and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, are once again hosting the 10th annual Water Activities Day Events (W.A.D.E). The June program in currently I session but there will be a second session on July 21 – 23. Sessions are held at the Clear Lake Park on NASA Parkway. Listen in as Officer Russell Grimes, one of the founders of the program, Talk of the Bay about this 3 day program.

Water Activities Day Events, June 16 – 18 and July 21-23 - Clear Lake

Summer is here and that means water activities. The Houston Safe Boating Council and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting the 10th annual Water Activities Day Events (W.A.D.E). There will be two sessions, the first on June 16 – 18 and the second will be on July 21 – 23. Both sessions will be held at the Clear Lake Park on NASA Parkway. Listen in as Mindi Funderberg tells Talk of the Bay about this great summertime opportunity and how you can get your kids registered.
Good Skipper Gala – Clear Lake

The Good Skipper Gala, once again, was a beautiful evening. Hosted by the Boys & Girls Harbor and chaired by Amy and Paul Dunphey, Kelly and Paul Williams were honored as the Good Skippers of 2008.
Listen in on Talk of the Bay as Richard Gruen of the Boys and Girls Harbor, explains about what that is. And by the way, Kelly once sang and danced professionally after college, and we got the opportunity to hear this very talented lady. Way to go Kelly!

Yawl Ketch the Spirit – Wednesday, June 18 - League City

The Friends of Devereux are helping make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents and seniors in the bay area. On Wednesday, June 18, this group of fun loving folks will host the Yawl Ketch the Spirit of Devereux party. Split between the Endeavour Marina and the Spirit of Texas Paddle Wheeler, you can party on land or on the water. Listen to Talk of the Bay, as Nancy Rocha, Marketing Specialist for Devereux tells us a little bit about Devereux and Diane Morris talks to us about the Yawl Ketch the Spirit fundraiser.
Good Skipper Gala – Saturday, June 14 – Clear Lake

A home and a safe harbor for at-risk children, the Boys & Girls Harbor is celebrating their 60th anniversary. The harbor offers a new beginning, in a family lifestyle, for children who have suffered family tragedies.

Listen in on Talk of the Bay, as Tracey Halverson, Director of Special Events, tells us a little bit about the Harbor and the upcoming gala.

Bay Day – May 17 - Kemah

Thousands of people will be attending the annual Bay Day Festival at the Kemah Boardwalk on Saturday, May 17. Hosted by the Galveston Bay Foundation, the mission of this festival is to educate people on the importance of the bay, in our everyday life. They relay this message through some very entertaining and interactive booths and some great exhibits. Listen in on Talk of the Bay, as the Galveston Bay Foundation President, Bob Stokes tells us about the organization and Vanessa Mintzer tells us about Bay Day and Marsh Mania.

Disco Daze Casino Night – Clear Lake

DJ Dave Robertson, of Musical Cheers, kept the disco music playing all night. With Saturday Night Fever playing in the background, the Bay Oaks Country Club was reliving the days of polyester leisure suites and platform shoes.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Kim Edman talks about the event, Whitney Wilson persuades us to bid on a beautiful necklace.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival

As we walked into the Pasadena Convention Center we were greeted by the aroma of strawberry shortcake, yup, more than 1400 square feet of strawberry shortcake! Outside on the fairgrounds were the mud volleyball teams. I have never seen anything like that before. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we chat with Jorge De La Garza of HEB, Brian Larson of the Bay Area Bashers and Dave Robertson of the Lite Bunch Cook Off team.
Disco Daze Casino – Friday May 16 – Clear Lake Area

Break out your gold chains, polyester and your best John Travolta moves, the Community Assistance Providers of Clear Lake (CAP) will be hosting a night of disco fun at the Bay Oaks Country Club. On Friday, May 16, the Disco Daze Casino will include lots of gaming fun, great raffles and lots of that great disco sound by Musical Cheers. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Michael Divine gives us some background on the Community Assistance Providers of Clear Lake and Kim Edman, the president of CAP tells us about this fun event.
Strawberry Festival – May 16 – 18, Friday – Sunday - Pasadena

Pasadena once held the title as the Strawberry Capitol of the South. Now we can brag on having the largest strawberry cake in the world. On Friday, May 16, at 5pm, the 2008 Strawberry Festival will officially open for a weekend of live entertainment, mud volleyball championships, carnival rides, and of course crates of strawberries. Listen as LaDonna Page tells Talk of the Bay what will be happening during and before the Pasadena Strawberry Festival.

Blessing of the Fleet, 40th Anniversay- Kemah

The 40th annual Blessing of the Fleet was held in Kemah, on Sunday May 4. Shrimp boats, fishing boats and pleasure boats decorated and all carrying very happy passengers and crew, floated past the Kemah Boardwalk.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Monsignor Eugene Cargill tells us about this wonderful tradition and Emcee Kelly Williams introduces some of our VIPs.
Keels & Wheels Concous d’Elegance - Clear Lake Area

Thousands of visitors were greeted by an awesome collection of beautiful cars, sitting under a canopy of trees, along the entrance to Lakewood Yacht Club. Strolling the grounds, were car collectors from around the United States and Europe, some were here to sell and some where here to buy and some were just enjoying the opportunity to show off their pieces of art. Listen in as owners and collectors or these beautiful cars and boats tell Talk of the Bay about their pride and joy.

Seabrook Men Who Cook, Lakewood Yacht Club  -  Clear Lake Area 

Music, celebrity chefs, more music and more chefs, the Lakewood Yacht Club was full of fun,  great food, a little of the adult beverages and LOTS of dancing.  Hundreds of bay area folks came out to the yacht club in support of the Seabrook Police Officers Association and to have some fun. Listen in as some of the veteran chefs talk about their dishes and co-coordinators, Cheri Smith and Janet Southard, give Talk of the Bay their reaction to the evening. 

Blessing of the Fleet – Sunday, May 4 – Clear Lake Area
 
 The 40th annual Blessing of the Fleet will be held on Sunday, May 4. Nearly 100 shrimp boats, fishing boats and pleasure boats will gracefully float past the Kemah Boardwalk. As each vessel passes the boat, captain and crew will be blessed by both a priest and a pastor for a safe and successful season.
  
 Listen in as Tom Hults, coordinator for the Blessing of the Fleet, tells Talk of the Bay a little bit about this age old tradition and what we can expect to see this year.
The 13th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’ Elegance will be held at Lakewood Yacht Club, in Seabrook

The event is open to the public on Saturday, May 3, 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, May 4, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

The largest classic car and vintage wooden boat show in the United States, Keels & Wheels will feature more than 200 automobiles and nearly 100 boats.
Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Bob Fuller fills us in on some great big details.
Galaxy of Stars Style Show - Clear Lake

About 75 models strutted down the catwalk at the NASA Hilton Hotel, on Friday night. Everything from great shorts outfits to gorgeous evening gowns were shown off under the bright lights. It was very obvious, that the models, primarily high school juniors and seniors from the Clear Creek Independent School District, had a ball.
Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as Gene Hollier explains why these funds are necessary and we got a little reaction from Gloria Wong, the event coordinator.

Seabrook Men Who Cook, Lakewood Yacht Club  -  Clear Lake Area 

Music, celebrity chefs, more music and more chefs, the Lakewood Yacht Club was full of fun,  great food, a little of the adult beverages and LOTS of dancing.  Hundreds of bay area folks came out to the yacht club in support of the Seabrook Police Officers Association and to have some fun. Listen in as some of the veteran chefs talk about their dishes and co-coordinators, Cheri Smith and Janet Southard, give Talk of the Bay their reaction to the evening. 

Seabrook Men Who Cook – April 22 - Clear Lake Area

On April 22, the annual Seabrook Police Officers Association Charities will be hosting the Seabrook Men Who Cook event. Now in its 14th year, this event gets bigger and better each year.

Listen in as Cheri Smith and Janet Southard tell Talk of the Bay what will be going on and how much fun we’ll all be having that evening.

Galaxy of Stars Fashion Show - Friday, April 25 – Clear Lake

The Clear Creek Education Foundation will be hosting their second annual Galaxy of Stars fashion show “Runway Extravaganza at the Hilton” on Friday, April 25, 2008 at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake.

Listen in as Gene Hollier and Gloria Wong tell Talk of the Bay about the Clear Creek Education Foundation and the Runway Extravaganza at the Hilton.
Clear Lake Crawfish Festival and Gumbo Cook-off – April 11 – 12 – Clear Lake Area
The 13th annual Clear Lake Crawfish Festival and Gumbo Cook-off will be on April 11th (new Friday night FUN) and April 12th at Clear Lake Park Landolt Pavilion. This family festival will feature lots of tasty crawfish, a gumbo cook-off, music, crawfish eating contests, crawfish races, arts & crafts, silent auction, games and more…
Listen in as Shari Sweeney, of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, tells Talk of the Bay about the Crawfish Festival.
Starlight Starbright Style Show – Thursday, April 10 – Friendswood

Elvis is alive and he performed at Hope Village! That’s right, The Starlight Starbright Style Show, at Hope Village, started off with a very special rendition of Blue Suede Shoes by Mike Pennington. And, as it should be, the ladies were screaming for Elvis. Between Elvis, the wine, the wonderful lunch, and the enthusiastic guests, I knew this was going to be a fun time. Listen in as some of the guests, models and Heather Fischer, the Director of Community Development, speak with Talk of the Bay.
Clear Lake Crawfish Festival – Clear Lake Area

3000 pounds of crawfish were purged, cooked, served and eaten at the Clear Lake Crawfish Festival held at Landolt Pavilion this past weekend. Some of the highlights, of this really fun event, included crawfish races, a silent auction and of course crawfish eating contests. Our very own Eddie Harper entered one heat and came in third but Eddie was the only one to make a live crawfish stand on its head! Now that is true talent. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay
Bay Area Rally – Thursday, April 10 – Sunday, April 13 – Clear Lake Area

The excitement of the first Bay Area Rally will start on Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 am. This 4 day motorcycle rally promises to have something for everyone.

Listen in as event coordinator, Patric Pearson tells Talk of the Bay about the 4 day event calendar.
Yuri’s Night at the Bay Area Rally – Saturday, April 12 – Clear Lake Area

One of the exciting events happening, as part of the Bay Area Rally, is our very own Yuri’s Night celebration. An international celebration and salute to space exploration, Yuri’s Night will be one of the many family oriented events at the rally.

Listen in as Michael Frostad, tells Talk of the Bay about the events happening that day and what a G-Force One ride is like.

A Day by the Bay – March 28 – 30, 2008 - Clear Lake

The Houston Symphony League Bay Area will be hosting A Day by the Bay.

This is a unique home tour, of five distinctive waterfront homes, in the Clear Lake area. The home tour itself will be Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30th. Listen in as Co-chairman Natalie Ong tells Talk of the Bay all about this opportunity to visit and browse through some interesting bay area homes.
Off the Cuff and On Your Ear, March 28, 2008 – Clear Lake Area

What does wine from Tommy Smothers’ vineyard, cufflinks from Governor Rick Perry, and a garbage can lid autographed by Stomp all have in common? They are a wonderful sampling of the different kind of items up for grabs at the first, annual, Off the Cuff On Your Ear celebrity auction.

Listen in as Bonnie Lem tells Talk of the Bay about this exciting and fun filled evening.

Grow Your Own Butterfly Garden – Saturday, March 29 – Clear Lake Area

The Seabrook Eco-Tourism Committee invites the public to attend a free presentation on “Grow Your Own Butterfly Garden” from 9:00 – 11:30 am at Seabrook City Hall. The guest speaker will be Eddie Holik, the Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  Listen in as Sara Thompson, of the Eco-Tourism Committee tells Talk of the Bay about butterflies, the gardens that they love and introduces us to Hester Park.
Off the Cuff and On Your Ear – Clear Lake Area

The Women that Wine hosted an extremely unique and successful event, Off the Cuff and On Your Ear. Guests mingled in the lobby drinking champagne while listening to Labella Cello’s, Della Grigsby. Listen in on Talk of the Bay, as Women Who Wine members, Johnette Norman and Bonnie Lem talk give us their reaction to this wonderful event and guests Phyllis and Mike Foster enjoy the comfortable elegance.
Clear Lake Night at the Rodeo Bus Trip – Thursday, March 20 – Clear Lake Area

On Thursday, March 20 about 500 fun loving bay area residents met at Hooters on the Gulf Freeway for wings and brew. One hour later, ten buses were loaded up and everyone headed for the Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM.

Listen in as Talk of the Bay, checks in with some of the participants along the way.
Mermaids Rendezvous with Fashion – March 13 – Clear Lake Area

On Thursday, March 13, the Nassau Bay Garden Club hosted their luncheon and fashion show, “Mermaids Rendezvous with Fashion”, at the beautiful Lakewood Yacht Club. As guests entered the beautiful reception area, they were tantalized with wonderful baskets, throughout the silent auction. The ‘Basketheads’ as they are affectionately known as, are members of the garden club, listen in with the Talk of the Bay...
Opposites Attract, Feb.14 – Mar. 20, 2008 - Clear Lake

The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL) and San Jacinto College South present Opposites Attract, a national art competition focusing on work of high contrasts. Listen in as Lisa Hamilton, the Executive Director of TAACCL tells Talk of the Bay about the exciting opening night events and the exceptional art that will be exhibited.
The Lite Bunch Cooking Team Feb. 28 – 30 – Clear Lake

The bay area’s favorite cooking team is gearing up for the ‘big show’. This World Championship BBQ Cookoff, hosted by the Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM, is slated for February 29 – 30. Hundreds of teams from around the world congregate in the parking lots of the Reliant Center. And one of those teams, is our very own Lite Bunch. Preparing to feed thousands of hungry cowpokes, Dave Robertson, co-founder of the cooking team tells Talk of the Bay what it takes to pull this off.
Trail Riders Parade and Dinner Dance February 26 – Clear Lake Area

It was a bit windy and a little nippy as the Texas Independence Trailriders made there way over the Gulf Freeway, on the Nasa Parkway overpass.
These trail riders were coming in from Brazoria County and slowly making their way to the Johnson Space Center. Once there, they circled around the Gilruth Center and setup camp. Each year, it’s a sight to see, when trail riders setup camp under the shadow of the space vehicles at NASA. Listen in with Talk of the Bay
Lite Bunch Cooking Team at the HLSR International Cookoff Clear Lake Area
The rodeo is in town! How can you tell? Just drive by the Reliant Center and you’ll see several hundred tents, all belonging to cooking teams. These teams come from all over the world to compete in this cook off. And one of those teams is our very own ‘Lite Bunch’. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we chat with Dave Robertson, the Papa of the Lite Bunch; Rocky Mouldin, co-founder and crawfish king and the Sweeneys.
Texas Independence Trail Riders Parade and Dinner Dance – Tuesday, Feb. 26. Gilruth Center, JSC - Clear Lake Area

On Tuesday, February 26, 2008 the Texas Independence Trail Riders will be making their grand entrance into the bay area. A parade down NASA Parkway to the Johnson Space Center will mark their grand entrance. About 200 – 250, trail riders will be heading towards the Gilruth Center, to camp out overnight. Listen in as Gene Hollier and Diane Lackey tell Talk of the Bay about the day’s events.

5K For Fireworks Fun Run Sunday, Feb. 24 – Clear Lake Area

We arrived at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, early on Sunday morning. The sun was trying hard to peek through the fog while runners and walkers of all ages were preparing for the 5K For Fireworks Fun Run. Hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, this along with several other activities, is a fundraiser for the chamber’s fourth of July fireworks fund. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as some of our younger runners talk about their running strategies and find out whether Richard Simmons, Chairman of the Board for the chamber, plans to run another race.
Clear Creek Cleanup – Feb. 23 – Clear Lake Area

The Clear Creek Environmental Foundation (CCEF) is instrumental in bringing attention to past neglect and degradation of Clear Creek. And attention they did bring. Hundreds of volunteers, dedicated to preserving and restoring the natural habitat of Clear Creek, showed up early Saturday morning at the League City Boat Ramp on Hwy. 270. Listen in as volunteers, crew and Rex tell Talk of the Bay, what its like to get out and make a difference.

5K “4” Fireworks Run/Walk Sunday, February 24 - Clear Lake

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is at it again!!
This time they are hosting the 5K “4” Fireworks Run/Walk to raise funds for the beautiful ‘Salute to America’ 4th of July fireworks display that happens over Clear Lake. A 30 year tradition, this fireworks display is one of the pride and joys of the chamber. The money from multiple fundraisers is pooled to pay for this beautiful display over the water. Listen in with Talk of the Bay for more.
Epicurean Evening 2008 - Clear Lake

On Thursday, February 7, 2008 you will have a culinary opportunity that is not to be missed. The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2008 Epicurean Evening at Space Center Houston.

Listen in as Shari Sweeney, Joe Mire and Mark Yoder tell Talk of The Bay about this great evening.
An Evening of Art In Motion – Clear Lake

Greeting guests at the door were a king sized royal couple. The King and Queen of Clear Lake Art Alliance were at least 8 feet tall, dressed in royal garb from head to toe. What a clever and entertaining start to a wonderful evening!

Listen in as co-coordinators Mary Williams and Angie Weinman tell Talk of the Bay about all the fun things planned for the evening.
Epicurean Evening, February 7 – Clear Lake

A culinary event not to be missed is the Epicurean Evening, hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Held on a Thursday night this year, Space Center Houston was filled with lively music, the smells of wonderful foods, and happy chatter from hundreds of guests. Tasting and enjoying samples from more than 40 bay area restaurants was the theme for the evening. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay
Mystic Krewe du Carnaval Royal Ball, January 12, 2008 – Clear Lake

Viva Las Vegas! The Royal Ball for the Mystic Krewe du Carnaval was held on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Transforming the Johnny Arolfo Civic Center into a Vegas like casino, this year’s King and Queen were presented to the Krewe in a grand manner. Beads were tossed into the crowds as court members, dressed in themed attire and head dress, danced their way to center stage. Listen in as Talk of the Bay, captures the excitement of the court members, back stage, prior to the official presentation.
Its Five O’clock Somewhere Fashion Show– Clear Lake

The Nasa, Clear Creek, Friendswood Metro Go Texas Committee will be hosting their fashion show and casino party on Friday, January 18th at the Gilruth Center at the Johnson Space Center. This event, a favorite of the bay area, has sold out completely for the last 41 years. Listen in as Irene Pavig, event coordinator and former committee captain, tells Talk of the Bay about the upcoming fashion show, on Friday, January 18, 2008.
An Evening of Art in Motion Gala, February 2, 2008 – Clear Lake Area

An evening that promises to be like no other, the Evening of Art in Motion Gala will bring together performing arts, music and a unique Wearable Art Show.

Listen in as, co-chairs, Mary Williams and Angie Weinman tell Talk of the Bay about this exciting evening to be held at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center.
NASA Metro Go Texan Rodeo Fashion Show – Clear Lake Area

It’s Five O’clock Somewhere and the NASA, Clear Creek, Friendswood Metro Go Texan Subcommittee of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo TM hosted another entertaining and successful fashion show.

Listen in as models Jeff Moore, Kevin Venable and Al Saylor tell all to Talk of the Bay and party goers Dan Leonard and Gloria Wong give their reactions.

HO HO HO Santa’s Here December 2007

Eddie and I got to visit one of my very favorite people at Bay Brook Mall….Santa! With his beautiful Christmas trees all decorated for the holidays and his comfy green velvet chair, Santa took time out of his busy day to tell us some of his favorite stories.

Listen in as Chiquita visits with Santa on Talk of the Bay.

Christmas Boat Lane Parade – Clear Lake

The weather was great for the 46th annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade in Clear Lake. Over 100 boats were decorated from stem to stern and port to starboard. Dancing Christmas Trees, Santa, elves and Dolphins were outlined in twinkling lights. More than 100,000 spectators lined the shores of Clear Lake to enjoy this nautical tradition.
Listen in with the Talk of the Bay

Feliz Navidad Christmas Market November 30, 2007

Hosted by the Ladies Association of Lakewood Yacht Club, Feliz Navidad was filled with great shopping, beautiful jewelry and furs, everything you need to complete your Christmas shopping list. You’ll want to make sure this event is on your Christmas list for next year! And who says men don’t enjoy shopping; just ask Eddie about all the different kinds of jams he tried while photographing this fun event.
Listen in as Talk of the Bay goes shopping at the Feliz Navidad Christmas Market.
46th Annual Clear Lake Area Christmas Boat Lane Parade  Saturday, Dec.8, 2007
 
More than 100,000 people will make their way to the shores of Clear Lake on Saturday, December 8.  At 6:00pm, approximately 150 boaters will traverse the Clear Lake channel, from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon, towards Galveston Bay. Listen in with Talk of the Bay
Feliz Navidad Friday November 30, 2007

For 5 years now, the Ladies Association of Lakewood Yacht Club have been hosting and participating in a wonderful Christmas Market. Approximately 30 vendors will display their Christmas gift ideas, in the ballroom of the Lakewood Yacht Club. So if you’re looking for some Christmas decorations, gifts, holiday ideas or some yummy food and wine baskets be sure to stop by the yacht club and do a little shopping. Listen in on Talk of the Bay

Christmas in Kemah – November 17, 18 & 23- 25, 2007 

Be sure to head down to Kemah, on November 17, 18 or on the Thanksgiving weekend.  Santa will be visiting the Lighthouse District and amazingly enough there will be tons of snow for the kiddos to play in. Listen in as Sandra Williams, of Boardwalk Fudge, tells Talk of the Bay all about the event.

Hart Fest – Fun for the entire family – Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tragically, on September 22, 2007, Brandon Hart, the General Manager of Top Water Grill in San Leon lost his life in a motorcycle accident. Also severely injured in the accident was Brandon’s wife Jacqueline. The Hart’s have 6 children that are now trying to cope with this tragedy, in their lives. Listen in as Ginny Ward, a close friend of the Hart family, tells Talk of the Bay, what the festival is about and how you can help and have a day of family fun too.
Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook V – Thursday, November 8, 2007

An Island State of Mind filled the Endeavour Marina, on Thursday, November 8. The Nasa Go Texan Committee, once again hosted an extremely successful culinary event. With Kelly McGuire and his band playing a variety of their tunes, more than 300 guests tasted some mighty fine cookin’.
Listen in as guests, chefs and Shelley Rogers, the event coordinator tell Talk of the Bay, all about one heck of a fun time.
Deck the Halls – 23rd Annual Christmas Market
November 9 & 10, 2007

23 years ago, this event started in the kitchens of 6 industrious Seabrook ladies. Setting up this tiny market in their own homes to sell their jams, jellies and artwork, these ladies knew they had a good thing going.
Listen in as Domino Taylor, Marketing Director for the Seabrook Visitors Center, tells Chiquita, of Talk of the Bay, all about this yummy event.
Lucky 13 Casino Night at the Bay Oaks Country Club – November 13, 2007

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce transformed the Bay Oaks Country Club into a night of Las Vegas excitement. Cards were dealt, dice were thrown and the roulette wheel was spinning all night. The gaming tables were fully occupied as everyone tried to win over Lady Luck.
Listen in to Talk of the Bay

 Lucky 13 Casino Night - Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the first annual Lucky 13 Casino Night on Tuesday, November 13 at the beautiful Bay Oaks Country Club. Gaming tables, great food and drinks, and a surprise raffle will keep guests entertained all night. hear's the rest...Talk of the Bay

RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff – From the Air November 2-4, 2007

The RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff was 3 days of aviation excitement. More than 10,000 people came out to enjoy live entertainment, hot air balloon races, beautiful balloon glows, shooting rockets and exciting skydiving exhibitions.

The excitement started very early Friday morning. Hailing from Austin, the colorful, Texas Twist, piloted by Sam Edwards was one of more than 60 balloons participating in the races. hear the rest with Talk of the Bay
RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff – From the Ground November 2-4, 2007

The final balloon race, for the 2007 RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff, started Sunday morning off with lots of excitement. Al Saylor, Captain of the RE/MAX skydiving team explains how the scoring works for the balloonists. Tom Banaitis, of Freedom Boat Club, along with Stephanie Rice, of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (CLACC), describe what the race was like from within the target zone. And Al explains what happens during the skydiving exhibition. Listen with Talk of the Bay

Deck the Halls – 23rd Annual Christmas Market
November 9 & 10, 2007

Strolling through the Harbour Event room of the Back Bay Bed & Breakfast, you can see, smell, and taste the upcoming holiday season. The Deck the Halls Christmas Market is filled with homemade goodies.

This Christmas tradition started 23 years ago, in the homes of several local entrepreneurs. Listen in as Kathy Viscariello chats with Talk of the Bay.

IMG_4028 Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook - Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Nasa, Clear Creek, Friendswood Metro Go Texan Committee will be hosting the 5th annual Cowboys and Cowgirls Who Cook event, at the Endeavour Marina on Nasa Parkway. This event, a favorite of the bay area, has more than 40 celebrity chefs cooking their favorite dishes to share with event goers
listen with Talk of the Bay
RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival
Friday through Sunday, November 2 – 4, 2007

At 6:00 PM on Friday, November 2, the gates at the NASA/Johnson Space Center will open up for the 15h RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival. Benefiting Houston’s kids studying Space Exploration and Aviation through math and science, this festival is one of the largest attractions in the bay area. Hear the rest in Talk of the Bay
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34th Annual Shrimporee Festival  Saturday, October 27, 2007
It was an absolutely beautiful day out at Clear Lake Park.  And once again, the Space Center Rotary Club hosted the event.  Hundreds of families came through to enjoy the fun, games, auctions and of course the food.  2000 pounds of shrimp were boiled in a ‘cauldron’ style tub, briskets by the truck load and sides of corn on the cob and baked beans were just some of the delicious food available. listen in with Talk of the Bay

Harvest Moon Regatta,   October 25 – 28, 2007 

At 2:00 PM on Thursday October 25, approximately 260 yachts circled near the Flagship Pier, all waiting for the start of the Harvest Moon Regatta, 2007.   Hosted by the Lakewood Yacht Club, this nautical race from Galveston Bay to Port Aransas, is very likely the most popular sailboat race in the bay area.  Racing throughout the night, boats started arriving in Port Aransas on Friday afternoon. hear the rest in the Talk of the Bay

IMG_7753 Jeanette Williams Foundation - Lunch for Life Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dianne Troop, founder of Jeanette Williams Foundation has turned a tragedy in her own life to a light of hope, in the lives of children stricken with cancer. Through the Jeanette Williams Foundation, Dianne will make a difference. hear the rest in Talk of the Bay
Harvest Moon Regatta - Lakewood Yacht Club, Thursday, October 25 - 28

Lakewood Yacht Club is a both a relaxing and exciting retreat for its members. Nestled in the middle of Seabrook, on the edge of Clear Lake, it has something for every member of the family. hear some more details...on the Talk of the Bay
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Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer - October 11, 2007 at Taco Milagro
 
It was a perfect "Chamber of Commerce day" to enjoy good food, great drinks and excellent socializing.   The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their October Mixer at Taco Milagro, on the Gulf Freeway and it was a huge success. Get the rest...
 
Clear Lake Shrimporee Festival - Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Space Center Rotary will once again be hosting the Clear Lake Shrimporee Festival. The rotary members anticipate serving about 2500 guests attending the Shrimporee. Dick Gregg, rotary president tells us what we can look forward to at the festival; listen in on Talk of the Bay. listen in with Talk of the Bay

 

 

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