Festivals & Events

Queen Isabella Market Day 4/13 at the Lighthouse!

Queen Isabella Market Day. 4/13, 9a to 4p at the Port Isabel 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 13th 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 13.

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 & APPLICATION.

VENDORS!

Booth Space 10 “Ofelia Daniels” – Jewelry made out of Spent Bullet Casings

Booth Space 11 “Colorful Crochet Creations” – Crochet Stuffed Animals

Booth Space 16 “Resurrection” – Jewelry & Antiques

Booth Space 17 “Aloe Re-Leaf Skin Care” – Aloe Vera & Natural Skin Care Products

Booth Space 18 “Elvia’s Little Jeans” – Jewelry, Hair Accessories

Booth Space 19 “MOPI” – Gift Shop Merchandise

Booth Space 24 “Enhance Sales Inc.” – Handmade Ceramic & Wood Crafts

Booth Space 25 & 26 “Abel Loredo” – Woodwork Items & Cacti and Succulents

Booth Space 27 “Pieces of Padre” – Seashell Art & Misc …

Booth Space 28 “Doug-Glass” – Dichroic Jewelry

Booth Space 29 “PW Farm” – Blackgarlic, Blackgarlic Spreads, Blackgarlic Jelly

Booth Space 31 “Origami Owl” – Custom Jewelry

Booth Space 32 “Serendipity Jelly” – Gourmet Jellies & Jams

Booth Space 38 & 39 “Twisted Iron Imports” – Wrought Iron Decor

Booth Space 46 “Chick-fil-A Boca Chica” – Chicken Sandwiches & Chips

Booth Space 47 “J & R Tacos” – Tacos de Bistek & Lonches de Bistek or Groundbeef

Booth Space 48 “Texas Kettle Corn” – Kettle Corn Popcorn

Booth Space 51 “Claudia Chapa” – Spiral Potatoes, Funnel Cakes & Agua Frescas

SPONSORED in part by: City of Port Isabel, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel EDC & Chic-Fil-A (Boca Chica)

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 22nd Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre 2/1 7p

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The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 22nd 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 1, 2019 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/2019mopi

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 & WildlifeDepartment 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.

THANKS TO OUR ALL OUR DONORS!

SILENT AUCTION DONORS
Laguna Madre Art League Batik 16 x 20 Unframed Painting “Poppies”
Coastal Winds Montana West Purse
Yummies Bisrtro $20 Gift Certificate
American Diving & the Original Dolphin Watch Six (6) Gift Certificates
Veronica’s Beauty & Barber Salon $30 Gift Certificate
P. I. Nails $40 Manicure & Pedicure Gift Certificate
Sea & Sun Hair Fashion $25 Shampoo & Hair Set Gift Certificate
Vida’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon $10 Hair Cut Gift Certificate
Osprey Fishing Charter & Black Dragon Cruise One (1) Pirate Adventure Cruise “Black Dragon” for Two (2) Gift Certificate, One (1) Sea-Life Safari “Osprey” for Two (2) Gift Certificate & One (1) Bay Fishing “Buccaneer” for Two (2) Gift Certificate
Anonymous Mesquite Dolphin & Palmtree Cross
T. Leeman Company 16 x 20 Framed print “Ladies in Red Hats”
Mexiquito Restaurant $25 Gift Certificate
Sea Ranch Restaurant $50 Gift Certificate
Carol A. Plumb 8 x 10 Oil Painting “Seashell” & Ceramic Puppy Cookie Jar
The Inn @ South Padre Inn Hotel Two (2) Night Stay Gift Certificate
The Light House Lighting Center Elk Hane Wooden Turtle
Mel & Donna Poyzer Sunset w/Ducks Jewelry Box & 2014 Black Label Clarer Wine Bottle
Captain Murphy’s Charter Service $30 Isla Tours Dolphin Watch Gift Certificate
Gulf Seafood Market & Joe’s Oyster Bar Dinner for Two (2) Gift Certificate
South Padre Island Adventure Park Horse Back Riding for Two (2) Gift Certificate
Anonymous Glass Love Swans & Glass Turtle Dove Décor
Anonymous Silver Fish Dish
Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort 2- All Day Tickets
Anonymous Flower Beige Ollipop Bracelet
Anonymous Colorful Cross Flower Ollipop Necklace
Anonymous Wood Rose w/Turquoise Necklace, Bracelets & Earrings Set
Gabriella’s Italian Restaurant $25 Gift Certificate
O’Reilly Auto Parts Power Torque Ratchet & Socket Set
Art Sea Gallery & Goods Breathe in the Sea Basket
Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker (3) Candy Bags & (12) $3 Gift Certificates
Gloria Bates 8×10 Acrylic “Dragon’s Teeth” Painting, 8×10 Acrylic “Bessie & Babe” Painting, 8×10 Acrylic “Gold in Them There Hills” Painting & 8×10 Acrylic “Three in Rhythm” Painting
Anonymous Camouflage Sling Bag
Island Cinema North (5) $10 Gift Certificates
Pearl South Padre (1) 2-Night Stay in a Deluxe Room Gift Certificate
Welcome Aboard Lighthouses of the Gulf Coast T-Shirt & Robin Ruth “Texas” Handbag
Dirty Als’ Family of Restaurants (2) Two $15 Gift Certificates
Jesse Olvera Art Glass Bowl
Tesori Murano Gold Plate Over Sterling Silver Ring & 12×18 Canvas Painting “Dog-Pitbull” Computerized Copy of Original by Dean Russo
Unique Jewelry Art & Crafts Lovers Embrace Statue – Natural Stone (Soap Stone from Kenya)
Isla Marble & Granite Company Granite Marble Polished Centerpiece
Laguna Madre Art League 10×20 Black Frame – Painting of Lighthouse
Marcello’s Italian Restaurant & Bar $30 Gift Certificate
Salon Samuel’s $35 Shampoo & Style Hair Cut Gift Certificate w/ Anita Ramirez
Bridgeview Flowers & Gifts Large Nautical Wreath / Rope Wreath w/Starfish & Anchor
Causey’s Liquors & Circle Drive In $50 Gift Certificate
Rio Bravo Gallery 2 – PI Lighthouse; 1 Troy Ounce & .999 Rare Silver Coins
Gloria Bates 5×7 Acrylic ‘Fish in the ocean” Painting & 8×10 Acrylic “Stormy Gulf” Painting
Anglers Marine Center 40oz Yeti Rambler Tumbler & 20oz Yeti Rambler Tumbler
Tropical Home Furnishings Wooden Fish
Museums of Port Isabel Mermaid Lamp
Peninsula Island Resort & Spa One (1) Night Stay from October – February, Deluxe Standard Room, Two (2) persons & Continental Breakfast included
Museums of Port Isabel Cast Iron Chapel Window Candle Holder
Museums of Port Isabel Cast Iron Brackets
Gloria Bates Black Framed Three (3) Growing Tulips
Gloria Bates Brown Framed Tropical Fish
Museums of Port Isabel Sterling Silver Pendant: Garnet, Amber, Peridot & Citrine
Museums of Port Isabel Sterling Silver Garnet Necklace & Earrings Set
Museums of Port Isabel Sterling Silver Onyx Ring
SPI Dolphin Docks Inc. Two (2) Dolphin Watch Cruises & Two (2) Bay Fishing Trips
Museums of Port Isabel Sterling Silver Bracelet: Amber, Garnet & Peridot
Museums of Port Isabel Cast Iron Sitting Mermaid
RESTAURANT DONORS
Doubledays Bar of Champions
L & F Distributors
Chillito Pikin
Subway Sandwiches & Salads
El Buen Pescador Restaurant
Porky’s Pit
El Papa’s Restaurant
Quik Stop
Manuel’s Restaurant
SPONSORSHIPS
Texas International Fishing Tournament
Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District
Texas Pack, Inc.

Lighthouse Market Day! Saturday ~ October 13 at the Historic Lighthouse

Lighthouse Market Day. 10/13.

Port Isabel is proud to host the Lighthouse Market Day on the grounds of the newly restored and historic Port Isabel Lighthouse! For vendor information, click here> vendor-application. To reserve space contact Jeannie Flores – email museumdirector@copitx.com or call 956/943-7602.

VENDORS:

Booth 9 – Tony Medrano “Round-Up BBQ” – Blooming Onion & Spiral Potato
Booth 11 – Anai Ysaguirre “BonWorth” – Ladies Clothing
Booth 14 – Manny & Linda Campos “Manny’s Collectables” – Military Items, Flags, Caps, T-Shirts, Jewelry & Crafts
Booth 15 – Bonnie M. Waller “Aloe Re-Leaf” – Aloe Vera & Natural Skin Care
Booth 16 – Jorge Ayala “Scentsy” – Warmers & Scent Bars
Booth 17 – Reva Ayala “Origami Owl Custom Jewelry” – Lockets, Charms & Chains
Booth 18 – Elvia Vargas “Elvia’s Little Jeans” – Jewelry, Homemade Décor, Etc.
Booth 19 – “Museums of Port Isabel” – Gift Shop Merchandise
Booth 24 – Bonnie & Terry Heaton – Handmade Items,  Household Items & Tools
Booth 25 – Alannah Gardner “Douglass” – Glass Jewelry & Handmade HeadBands
Booth 26 – Terry J. Fox “Foxy’s Boutique” – Customize Stainless Steel Tumblers & Ladies Clothing
Booth 27 – Alma Barham “Resurrection” – Vintage
Booth 28 – Elisa Baker “Elisa Baker Art” – Original Art Coasters, Cutting Boards & Mugs
Booth 30 – Cassandra Bazhaw “Cassandra Original Art” – Fine Art, Cards, Cups, Coasters & Prints
Booth 32 – Joanna Ochoa “T-Moble” – Wireless Company Accessories
Booth 41 – Michael Alvardo – Fajita & Sausage Tacos
Booth 45 – Sergio Rodriguez “Texas Kettle Corn” – Kettle Corn
Booth 46 – “Museums of Port Isabel” – Nachos, PopCorn, Sweet & Sour Candy, Chocolate Candy Bars, Assortment Peanuts & Cornnuts, Pickles, Assortment Hot Chips w/Cheese & Frito Pies w/ Chili & Cheese

Happy Independence Day! Special movie at the Lighthouse: National Treasure 7/4 9:30p

Movies projected on the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse during June & July! LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT CINEMA: Summer 2018!  EVERY Friday night in JUNE & JULY @ 9:30 p.m. movies will be projected on the side of the Lighthouse! You are invited to bring your family and enjoy a true Port Isabel tradition!  June 8: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle June 15: A Wrinkle in Time June 22: Black Panther June 29: Moana JULY 4: NATIONAL TREASURE July 6: Lion King July 13: Cars 3 July 20: Beauty & the Beast July 27: Coco  LIGHTHOUSE SUMMER HOURS: June 1 - August 11 Sunday-Thursday 9a-6p Fridays 9a-5p Saturday 9a-7p  Sponsored in part by: City of Port Isabel, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel EDC & Quik Stop!  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 Monthly" as 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.

The Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum will be closed Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT CINEMA: Summer 2018!

EVERY Friday night in JUNE & JULY @ 9:30 p.m. movies will be projected on the side of the Lighthouse! You are invited to bring your family and enjoy a true Port Isabel tradition!

JULY 4: NATIONAL TREASURE
July 6: Lion King
July 13: Cars 3
July 20: Beauty & the Beast
July 27: Coco

LIGHTHOUSE SUMMER HOURS: June 1 – August 11
Sunday-Thursday 9a-6p
Fridays 9a-5p
Saturday 9a-7p

Sponsored in part by: City of Port Isabel, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel EDC & Quik Stop!

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 Monthly” as 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.

Port Isabel Lighthouse Restoration Completed, Opening Scheduled for January 2, 2018

The Port Isabel historic lighthouse has been closed and undergoing renovation since November 2016. The exterior has been resurfaced and two sets of railings at the top of the lighthouse have been manufactured and replaced.

As has not been the case since some time in 2014, the catwalk will now be accessible to the public. This optional part of the tour adds an immersive 360° 16-mile view.

An opening date of January 2, 2018 at 9 a.m. has been scheduled. And plans are underway for a mid-January Grand Re-Opening Celebration. That date will be announced shortly.

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily (weather permitting). Tickets may be purchased in the Lighthouse, the Keepers Cottage (Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center), the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

The Lighthouse is part of the Port Isabel Museum Complex with also includes the Port Isabel Historical Museum in the Champion Building and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Combination tickets can be purchased and do not need to be redeemed the day of purchase.

Contact: Port Isabel Visitors Center at 956/943-2262 or the Museums of Port Isabel at 956/943-7602.

QUICK FACTS:
• Date of construction: 1852, construction was completed in 1853.
• Decommissioned: 1905.
• Built on the grounds of Fort Polk which was used in 1846 – 1848 during the US/Mexican War.
• Port Isabel Lighthouse is the only lighthouse that is open to the public on the Texas Gulf Coast.
• There are 16 lighthouses on the Texas Coast.
• The Port Isabel Lighthouse is a State Historic Site owned by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
• The lighthouse is approximately 72” tall.
• There are 75 steps to the top of the lighthouse, including 3 short ladders.
• Summer programming at the lighthouse includes the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema. Fridays at 9:30 p.m., during June and July, movies are projected on the side of the lighthouse. Free admission to the movies.
• Group tours are available. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.

HISTORY

The Port Isabel Lighthouse has long been a dominant feature at the southern tip of the Texas Gulf Coast. Its heavy brick walls have stood against the elements for more than a century, and for most of that time, its light has been a familiar aid to seafarers.

This area, long known to coastal Barrado Indians, was discovered by the Spanish explorer Pineda in 1519 while on a mapping expedition of the Gulf shores. Spanish control was established here in the late 1700s, as ranchers began moving into the vicinity from Mexico. By the 1830s a small settlement El Fronton de Santa Isabella, served as headquarters for a large Mexican ranch owned by Don Rafael Garcia.

The Point Isabel region passed almost uneventfully through the period of the Texas Republic to statehood, but it gained widespread attention in 1846. In late April, General Zachary Taylor moved his troops into this area north of the Rio Grande when hostilities between the United States and Mexico seemed imminent. Within two weeks war had begun. The opening battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma were fought north of present-day Brownsville. Point Isabel received the wounded form these initial struggles and served as an American supply depot for the duration of the war.
The point continued in use after the war to supply two military stations on the Rio Grande–Fort Brown and Ringgold Barracks. Because of the heavy shipping traffic through Brazos Santiago Pass to Point Isabel, a navigational light became a necessity. Land at the point was made available by the War Department, money was authorized by Congress, and construction of a lighthouse was underway by 1851. Two years later, the brick tower had been completed and was topped by a stationary white light that could be seen for almost 16 miles. The Civil War brought armed conflict once again to Point Isabel. Confederate forces held this area in the early stages of the war but gave way in 1863 to Federal troops who were sent to strengthen the blockade on Southern shipping. Both sides used the lighthouse as an observation post. At nearby Palmetto Ranch, Union and Rebel soldiers clashed on May 13, 1865, more than a month after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, in what has since been acknowledged as the last battle of the war.

Top of the Lighthouse. 1920s.

In 1866 the lighthouse was repaired and relit. For the next two decades its beacon guided large numbers of commercial vessels to southernmost Texas. The light was extinguished between 1888 and 1894 during negotiations over ownership of the site; when finally reactivated, its years of service were numbered. The lighthouse was abandoned permanently in 1905 after shipping traffic declined. And although the coast was later active with defense measures during the two world wars, the tower at Point Isabel stood a dark watch.

The lighthouse and its associated buildings were donated to the state in 1950 as a historic site by Mr. & Mrs. Lon C. Hill, Jr. and the Port Isabel Realty Company. The State Parks Board remodeled the tower by replacing the iron platform with concrete and by raising the glass dome to provide easier access for visitors. Additional repair work by the Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD Point Isabel Lighthouse flyer) was completed in 1970. At present, the tower with its mercury-vapor light is marked on sea charts as an aid to navigation. Of sixteen lighthouses constructed along the Texas coast, Port Isabel Lighthouse is the only one now open to the public.

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily (weather permitting). Summer hours are extended to 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in the Lighthouse, the Keepers Cottage (Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center), the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum.