Telling Our Stories

Museums Telling Our Stories: “Sea Turtle Patrol” 8/22 7p

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History

“Sea Turtle Patrol”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, August 22nd, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Sea Turtle Patrol” a presentation by Mrs. Linda McGonigle.

Mrs. Linda McGonigle is a free lance artist, calligrapher, and a retired teacher from public schools for 33 years.  She studied art at Texas Tech University & received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A & I University (Kingsville) now, Texas A & M. She completed a 500+ mile walk in 2013, following the original pilgrimage called “Camino de Frances”, a route through France & Spain.

Mrs. McGonigle has resided on South Padre Island for the past 27 years.  She is an active member of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, Texas Coastal Naturalist and volunteers her time in numerous activities that support nature, including Sea Turtle Inc. where she volunteered for many years and been an ATV patroller for 15 years, and she is also a member of St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church & co-founder and teacher of the Adult Literacy Program at the Church.

Mrs. McGonigle is a longtime member of the PI/SPI Shell Club. She has been a consultant and active volunteer at the Native Plant Center & Island Arboretum on South Padre Island and does presentations about nature sketching and nature journaling for a variety of groups and organizations.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mrs. Linda McGonigle on a presentation on “Sea Turtle Patrol”.  All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By:
Museums of Port Isabel

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 / (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Museums’ Telling Our Stories: “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33” 4/25 7p, presented by Duane Rasmussen

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History“Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, April 25th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33” a presentation by Mr. Duane Rasmussen.

Mr. Duane A. Rasmussen has been a Valley resident as a Winter Texan with his late wife, Edith, since 1987 when they began coming first to McAllen, then Port Isabel and finally Laguna Vista.  Duane’s Valley roots go back to his Uncle who came to Pharr in 1918 and became one of the salesmen who returned to Iowa to sell farmers on investing in the Valley where production could be three crops a year.  Duane’s parents had been Winter Texans for many years because his mother was a sister of the Uncle.

In 1997, Duane & Edith moved permanently to Laguna Vista after selling out in Minnesota.  He had been publisher of two weekly newspapers and a large shopping guide as well as owner of a large central printing plant before retiring in 1993.

Duane & Edith participated in several area organizations with the most interest in the American Legion, Masons and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation.  Mr. Rasmussen had a double minor in History and political Science from the University of Minnesota, so history has always held his interest.  His late wife, Edith passed in 2017, leaving Duane to his tasks with his favorite groups.

Mr. Rasmussen was raised to the Master Mason’s degree in 1950, his junior year in college and will reach the milestone of 70 years in 2020, if the Lord wills it.

Duane is a charter member of the Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33 which has a fascinating history in its early start in 1846 about the time the Mexican-American War began.  He continues his memberships in Fidelity Lodge No. 39 in Austin, MN and in Forest Lake, MN, Lodge No. 344.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mr. Duane Rasmussen on a presentation on “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33”, he will relate the early and current history of the Lodge as is known from the few records that are known to exist.  All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By:  Museums of Port Isabel & Laguna Madre Museum Foundation

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 / (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories: Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto 3/28 7p

Museums of Port Isabel, Telling Our Stories! October 27th. 7 p.m. Treasures of the Gulf Museum.“Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, March 28th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto” a presentation by Mr. Douglas Murphy.

Mr. Murphy is the Chief of Operations at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, managing daily operations of the site and public programs.  He has researched and written extensively on the history of the Battle of Palo Alto and the U.S.-Mexican War.  Presentation will provide an overview of the US-Mexican War on the Rio Grande and offer some aside on interesting takeaways from the actions.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mr. Douglas Murphy on a presentation on “Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto”.  All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By:  Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bliss

PI Historic Preservation Board Members

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 / (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories: Mary Laddis ~ “Ila Fox Loetscher” 2/28 7p

“Ila Fox Loetscher”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, February 28th, at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 East Railroad Ave. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Ila Fox Loetscher” a presentation by Ms. Mary Laddis.

Ms. Laddis became a permanent resident of South Padre Island in 1993 and became a Docent at the Docent at the Gladys Porter Zoo. In early 1994 Ms. Laddis learned about Ila Fox Loetscher, the Turtle Lady of South Padre Island and became a volunteer with Ila and her turtles.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Ms. Mary Laddis on a presentation on “Ila Fox Loetscher”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By: Museums of Port Isabel

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 / (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Day of the Dead Celebration ~ Shrimp Cook-Off ~ Telling Our Stories & more…

Day of the Dead Celebration ~ Dia de los Muertos! Washington Park. 10/29 4 - 11 p.m.

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION ~ DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

The Museums of Port Isabel, in collaboration with the City of Port Isabel, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, the Laguna Madre Art League, present their Annual Day of the Dead festival – “Los Colores Del  Muerto” on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 11 p.m. in Washington Park (new location, 156 W. Madison St.) in Port Isabel.

The event includes hands-on activities including sugar skull decorating and altar making, vendors with a variety of food and wares, costume contests, dancing and music. No admission charge to the event.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse, Historical Museum and Treasures of the Gulf Museum (where the altars will be on display) will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 29th. Special event admission: $1 for each site.

Altar Display—

The Treasures of the Gulf Museum (308 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.) will be exhibiting altars made by the Laguna Madre area residents. A special admission fee of $1.00 applies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Altars will remain on display through November 15.

Museums of Port Isabel, Telling Our Stories! October 27th. 7 p.m. Treasures of the Gulf Museum.October’s Telling Our Stories features an original Play by Gloria Bates~ “Capt. Isley Bell & Los Ratones”.
Captain Bell is the Customs Administrator of the Custom Duty House on St. James Island off Point Isabel in 1857.
This exciting drama includes the Texas Rangers, the local town beauty, Queen Isabella (suffering memory loss due to amnesia), a princess stowaway (from Spain that lands on Brazos Island) and a dashing Capt. Bell, the hero.
Lots of wheeling and dealing and tricks! Justice prevails in the end! Honesty pays! And the truth triumphs!
The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2016 on Thursday, October 27th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 7pm.
No admission charge. Open to the public. Refreshments. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.

Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. 1st Sunday. 9a-4p. Beulah Lee Park.

Sunday, NOVEMBER 6 & 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. Beulah Lee Park on Highway 100. Dozens of dealers & thousands of deals! March – October: 1st Sunday of the Month. 1st & 3rd* Sunday 9a-4p November – February. FREE ADMISSION! For more information: Gloria Bates 956/455-6798.

23rd Annual World's Championship Shrimp Cook-Off! Sunday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Live music by "The Agency", vendors & more...

 

Spiderman 2 at the Lighthouse Movies ~ Thursday Night Fireworks ~ Telling Our Stories ~ TIFT & More!

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SPIDERMAN 2 at the Lighthouse!

Season 11 of the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema continues Friday, July 17th at 9:30 p.m., with “The Amazing SPIDER-MAN 2” (http://on.fb.me/1dKt49g). Got a SPIDER-MAN costume? Wear it to the movie for ONE FREE POPCORN! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and make a summertime memory with your family at the Port Isabel Lighthouse! For more information call the Port Isabel Visitors Center at 956/943-0755. 2015 schedule, EVERY Friday in June & July at 9:30 p.m.

The Lighthouse Establishment Cinema is sponsored by: Quik Stop, Texas Pack, Inc., City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation & Museums of Port Isabel.

Movies will be projected on the side of the lighthouse every Friday in June and July at 9:30 p.m. This a FREE, family friendly event. Concessions available.

DSC_4409THURSDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS OVER THE BAY!

Thursdays through September 3rd at 9:15 p.m. Lots of viewing areas in Port Isabel! Port Isabel Historic Lighthouse Park, the longest lighted pier in Texas at Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier, the Black Dragon CruisesPelican Station! Sponsored in part by Black Dragon Cruises.

MUSEUMS TELLING OUR STORIES. Thursday, July 23 at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2015 on Thursday, July 23, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum at 7pm. (317 E. Railroad Ave.)

Topic: A Video Presentation on the History of T.I.F.T. by Ms. Barbara (Bobbie) Wells.

“Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By:  Port Isabel Merchants Association

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

COMING IN AUGUST

tift-logo-20076th Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) starts July 29th and runs through August 2nd. Register and fish from a pier or a beach or a jetski or a boat, just grab a pole and join the fun! For more information visit http://bit.ly/1HceBdQ.

Proudly sponsored in part by the City of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation.

Sunday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. Beulah Lee Park on Highway 100. Dozens of dealers & thousands of deals! March – October: 1st Sunday of the Month. 1st & 3rd* Sunday 9a-4p November – February. FREE ADMISSION! For more information: Gloria Bates 956/455-6798.

A LOOK AT OUR HISTORY…

1960s-spipavilion-dusk(pc)ISLA BLANCA PARK CIVIC CENTER

The Pavilion on South Padre Island! A look back at the Pavilion or Civic Center, the Island’s first civic center, which was site to so many memories from movies to concerts, dances, art shows and parties! Join in the conversation on Facebook:  http://on.fb.me/1JMIxnP. A 1950s brochure says: “A new Recreation Pavilion provides a place for conventions, meetings, parties, dances, movies or any gathering that requires enclosed space.”

PORT ISABEL VISITORS CENTER

The Port Isabel Visitor Center (in the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage) is now open. Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 956/943-0755.

Port Isabel Lighthouse Summer Hours start on Monday, June 1.

  • Sunday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Regular hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.): will resume September 1.
  • Tickets can be purchased on site.
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