Activities

Port Isabel’s 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 12/1 6-8p


City of Port Isabel Announces Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and “Hometown Christmas” Holiday Parade

The City of Port Isabel will kick off the 2018 holiday season with their 11th Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. On Saturday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m., Beulah Lee Park will once again be the site for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event will feature live performances by school groups from Garriga and Derry Elementary Schools and the Port Isabel High School. Vendors will be selling festive foods and drinks. Vendors will be open at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to come together with the community for this holiday tradition.

Also on December 1, for the second year is a Holiday Parade. The theme for the parade is “Hometown Christmas”. Staging for the parade will take place at 4:30 p.m. in front of The Laguna Madre Youth Center on Port Road. The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. The parade route will head east on Queen Isabella Blvd. (Hwy 100) and end at the Port Isabel Events & Cultural Center.

Parade applications must be in by Friday, November 23, 2018. Any application received after Friday, November 23, will be inserted at the end of the parade line-up in the order it is received. A $25.00 Entry Fee is required for all Political and Commercial Floats. No application fee is required for Non-profits and Schools.

Parade line up begins at 4:30 p.m., and the parade begins at 6:00 p.m. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall. Winners are announced later that evening at the Annual Community Tree Lighting in Beulah Lee Park. Winners not attending can pick up their prizes at the Port Isabel City Hall the following day.

Applications can be mailed to 305 E. Maxan Street, Port Isabel, TX 78578, emailed to salcocer@copitx.com or faxed to (956)943-2029. Applications can also be dropped off at the Port Isabel City Hall (305 E. Maxan Street). For more information call (956)943-2682 or email citysecretary@copitx.com.

VENDOR: Vendor Registration & Information

PARADE ROUTE: (Parade Rules & Waiver)

8th Annual Pachanga in the Park! 9/29 6 – 11 pm ~ Laguna Madre Park

The 8th Annual Pachanga in the Park will be held at the Laguna Madre Park, on Port Road, Saturday, September 30, from 6 – 11 p.m. Pachanga in the Park will feature live music by LOS GARCIA BROS. and Juan Garza y Los Ultimos, lots of great local food vendors, rides and games and contests. No admission charge. Family friendly.

VENDORS (vendor-application)

Booth 1 – “Museums of Port Isabel” – Nachos, PopCorn, Sweet & Sour Candy, Chocolate Candy Bars, Assortment Peanuts & Corn Nuts, Pickles, Hot Assortment Chips w/Cheese & Frito Pies w/Chili & Cheese
Booth 2 – Sergio Guzman “Tacos Checo” – Corn on a Stick / Cup
Booth 3 – “Port Isabel Police Department” – Hot Dogs w/Chili & Cheese, Candy Apples & Tostaditas (Bag) w/Chili, Cheese & Limon
Booth 4 – Maricela Rodriguez “Rapas Rodriguez” – Rapas, Fruit Cups & Tostadas de Pollo (Chicken) w/Lettuce &
Booth 5 – “Claudia C. Guerrero” – Spiral Potato, Hamburgers w/French Fries & Chicken Flautas
Booth 6 – Stephanie Wilson “Capable Kids Foundation Lower Valley” – Shirts, Caps & Cups
Booth 7 – Veronica “El Buen Pescado” – Strawberries w/Crème, Churros (Sugar) & Fried Bananas
Booth 8 – Jorge Pineda “Pineda Toys & More” – Light-Up & Inflatable Toys
Booth 9 – Cecilia Zamora “Tu Salud Si Cuenta” – Information Booth
Booth 10 – Martha Vidal – Tostadas de Res Desebrada (Shredded Meat) & Totas de Ahogadas de Pollo (Chicken)
Booth 11 – Tony Medrano “Round Up BBQ” – Blooming Onions
Booth 12 – Flor Marin – Garnachas de Res, Tamales Verucruzanos de Pork & Clayoyos W/ Beans
Booth 13 – Kelly G. Hernandez “Kid’s Toys & Much More” – Light Up Toys, Bubbles, Inflatables & Much More
Booth 14 – Gloria Ramos – Crazy Cucumbers, Chicken Salad Plate & Tacos: Potato, Beans & Shredded Meat
Booth 15 – Hope Aguilar “C & H Photo N Crafts” – Figurines made of Bead, Necklaces, Keychains & Collectables
Booth 16 – JulieAnn Moore “Moore’s Ride & Concession” – Funnel Cakes, Turkey Legs & BBQ Chopped Brisket Sandwich
Booth 17 – JuileAnn Moore “Moore’s Ride & Concession” – Balloon Pop Game
Booth 18 – JulieAnn Moore “Moore’s Ride & Concession” – Basketball Game
Booth 19 – Karina Diaz “Karina’s Designs” – Tarpon Wear
Booth 20 – Alma Villanueva – Tacos: Bistek &  Tripa& Chalupas: Chicken & Shredded Meat
Booth 21 – Anna Ibarra “IbaSisters Handmade” – Handcrafted Polymer Clay Jewelry & Accessories Inspired by South Texas Culture
Booth 22 – “Scarlet’s Crepas” – Crepas, Chicharron Preparado
Booth 23 – Maria C. Barrera Vargas “Casa de Bendicion Jereh” – Pozole, Menudo & Gorditas de Picadillo, Nopales de Chili Rjo & Chicharron
Booth 24 – Maria C. Barrera Vargas “Casa de Bendicion Jereh” – Tamales: Chicken, Beef & Beans
Booth 25 – “Irma Garcia” – Mexican Pizza (Memelas), Cheese Enchiladas & Sopes de Beans, Cheese & Lettuce
Booth 26 – Ernie Rodriguez “FlashCopters” – LED-LIT Helicopter
Booth 27 – Cecilia Garcia “Tita’s Food Mobile” – Sopes de Pollo (Chicken) & Empanadas de Pollo (Chicken)
Booth 28 – Mario N. Lucas “Nava Tacos” – Tacos de Tropo
Booth 29 – Sergio Rodriguez “Texas Kettle Corn” – Kettle Corn
Booth 30 – Margie Jacobs “Laguna Madre Youth Center” Cake Spin, Chicken & Pork Sliders
Booth 31 – Jorge Pineda – “Pineda Toy’s & More” – Light-Up & Inflatable Toys
Booth 32 – Denise Hernandez “Build Your Own Belt” – Arts & Crafts / Belts
Booth 33 – Manny Villapondo “Southern Careers Institute” – Face Painting / Educational Information
Booth 34 – Edward Torres “RGV Tiger Sharks” – BBQ Chicken Plates w/Rice & Potato Salad & Beans
Booth 36 – Jared Coy “Cameron County Department of Elections & Voter Registration” – Election & Voter Registration Information
Booth 37 – Jose Cantu “Team Explosion” – Fried Shrimp Plate w/Fries & Shrimp Cocktail
Booth 38 – Kelly G. Hernandez “Kid’s Toys & Much More” – Light Up Toys, Bubbles, Inflatables & Much More

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

SITE MAP:
7th Annual Pachanga in the Park in Laguna Madre Park. September 30 from 6 to 11 p.m.

Summer 2018 Lighthouse Establishment Cinema Schedule!

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and friends and family for a memorable evening on the grounds of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.

June & July: all movies start on Friday at 9:30 p.m. just after the South Padre Island Fireworks display over the Laguna Madre Bay.

June 1: Despicable Me 3
June 8: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
June 15: A Wrinkle in Time
June 22: Black Panther
June 29: Moana
July 6: Lion King
July 13: Cars 3
July 20: Beauty & the Beast
July 27: Coco

Schedule is subject to change. Rain dates will be announced. Visit our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

For more information, contact the Museums of Port Isabel at 956/943-7602 or email Museum Director, Jeannie Marie A. Flores at museumdirector@copitx.com.

NO ADMISSION CHARGE. Concessions available.THANKS to the Museums of Port Isabel, the City of Port Isabel, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation and Quik Stop!

RESCHEDULED: Queen Isabella Market Day 4/21 at the Lighthouse!

The Museums of Port Isabel and the City of Port Isabel invite you to enjoy a day filled with music, vendors, food, family fun on the grounds of the Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse! Queen Isabella Market Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special admission price to the Port Isabel Lighthouse and Port Isabel Historical Museum & Treasures of the Gulf Museum, $1.00 each site, all day, Saturday, April 21.

There is no admission charge to the event. Vendors selling collectibles, antiques, local art, jewelry and more will be lining the sidewalks around the lighthouse.

A tent with tables and chairs will offer the opportunity to sit down and relax while enjoying some tasty tamales, baked goods or other dishes local vendors and restaurants will be offering. Or just roll down the grassy hill of the lighthouse! Relax and let us entertain you during a family fun day in Port Isabel!

See VENDOR INFO & SPONSORSHIP INFO.

VENDORS:

#9- Margarita Walton

#10- Manny’s Collectables

#14 & 15- August Traders

#17- Origami Owl Custom Jewelry

#18- Pieces of Padre

#19- MOPI Gift Shop

#21- Mavelia Calvillo

#22- Cricket Wireless

#23- Iy Cuffs

#25- Aloe Re-Leaf

#26- Foxy’s Boutique

#29- Brushed Up Dreams Booth Space

#30- Junk in my Trunk / Shabby Chic

#31- Susie Gee’s Arts & Crafts Booth Space

#34- Mary’s Jewels & Things Booth Space

#35- Moda Frida Artesanias Booth Space

#47- MOPI Concession Booth Space

#48- JulieAnn Moore “Moore’s Ride & Concession”, Funnel Cakes & Turkey Legs

#56- Pat Avery

#57- Maria Luisa Perez

BACKGROUND:

Queen Isabella Market Day dates from the 75th Anniversary of Port Isabel. Celebrated in 2003, the 75th Anniversary of Port Isabel included a street parade, open house at the Museums and the Lighthouse and the first ever Queen Isabella Market Day. The City of Port Isabel also minted a limited edition coin to commemorate the historic event. Queen Isabella Market Day continues as an outreach of the Museums of Port Isabel.

THE QUEEN ISABELLA CONNECTION:

In 1492, Queen Isabella financed Christopher Columbus’ exploratory expedition to this part of the New World. Community leaders in the Laguna Madre area recognized the importance of this partnership and named not just one causeway in her honor in 1954, but again in 1974, when the second causeway was constructed it too was named in her honor. On July 4, 1954, the grand opening of the first causeway was graced by the Consulate of Spain who was among the dignitaries on hand to cut the ribbon. Queen Isabella is further honored at our annual Market day each April.

EVENT INFORMATION:

Jeannie Flores, Museum Director
956/943-7602
museumdirector@copitx.com

Museums of Port Isabel Fundraiser featuring Pelican West! 2/2 7p

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The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 21st Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring fresh local fare & PELICAN WEST!

The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Dishes prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages. Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price.

This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs. Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel or online: http://bit.ly/2018mopi

The Museums of Port Isabel is a complex consisting of three diverse facilities, the Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and the Point Isabel Lighthouse. All three are within walking distance of each other and are open year around to the public.

PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE

Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands. In 1952, the Lighthouse was opened as a State Park and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf coast open to the public. The Lighthouse has just undergone a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department restoration and reopened to the public on January 2, 2018. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage which is on the grounds of the Lighthouse, is open to the public and houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Port Isabel Visitors Center. There is no admission charge to the Keepers Cottage. Lighthouse tickets can be purchased at the Keepers Cottage or at the Lighthouse. A combination ticket is available. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. or 1/2 hour before closing.

PORT ISABEL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Port Isabel Historical Museum is a state-of-the-art facility located in the Champion Building. Built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, it now houses two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S.-Mexican War. The facade features the famous ‘fish mural’ painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. The fish mural was restored in the fall of 2017. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.

TREASURES OF THE GULF MUSEUM

Treasures of the Gulf Museum spotlights three 1554 Spanish shipwrecks. Meeting their fate just 30 miles north of Port Isabel, they are brought to life with murals, artifacts and hands-on activities. Also featured is a Children’s Discovery Lab, Ship theatre and Nautical Gift Shop. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.

 

 

Lighthouse Establishment Cinema ~ Summer 2017

RESTORATION CONTINUES: The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be closed until late August 2017 as Texas Parks & Wildlife undertakes some much needed renovation on the historic structure. The Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage is still open to the public. Stop in and say hello!  LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT CINEMA: The Summer 2017 movie schedule will be cancelled. Plans are underway for the Summer 2018 movie showings.RESTORATION CONTINUES: The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be closed until late August 2017 as Texas Parks & Wildlife undertakes some much needed renovation on the historic structure. The Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage is still open to the public. Stop in and say hello!

LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT CINEMA: The Summer 2017 movie schedule will be cancelled. Plans are underway for the Summer 2018 movie showings.

BACKGROUND: The LHEC is a unique program which utilizes the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse as the backdrop for the projections of movies. Since 2004, during the summer months, family friendly movies are projected onto the side of the lighthouse. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a memorable evening under the stars. Mentioned in Texas Monthlyas one of three reasons to get in your car and GO!We invite you to get in your car and go to the Port Isabel Lighthouse and grab a memory of your own! Admission: Free. Public invited. Pets allowed, but must be kept on a leash and mindful of their well trained owners who are prepared to clean up after them. Concessions offered. No alcohol allowed.

For more information: info@portisabel-texas.com.