Port Isabel Celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 11/1 4-11p


Altar Display Application: dod-altar-registration
Vendor Application: vendor-application


Booth 2 – Perry Aby “Aby’s Snack Bar” …Soft Drinks (Diet Coke, Coke, Dr Pepper & Sprite), Iced Cold Water Bottle, Nachos, Hot Cheetos w/Cheese & Frito Pies

Booth 3 – Diana Baston “Agua Frescas” …Agua Frescas (Watermelon, Lemon Pepino, Lemonade, PineApple, melon & Horchata)

Booth 4 – Erica Luna …Candy apples (Original Red & Chile), Chocolate Candy Bars, Cornnuts, Pickles, Mexican Candy & Popcorn

Booth 5 – Flor Hall …Gorditas (de Carne de Puerco (Pork) w/Salsa, Nopales con Carne, Chicharron, Picadillo, Frijoles (Beans) w/Cheese & Tamales de Verecuzanos de Pollo (Chicken) & Puerco (Pork)

Day of the Dead Celebration, Movie at the Lighthouse & Street Dance!

Lighthouse info updated, see below.

Port Isabel has big plans for the Halloween and Day of the Dead Weekend!

Beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29th, the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema will be hosting the last show of the season featuring \”Coraline\”. Free, family fun at the Port Isabel Lighthouse! Concessions are available.

On Saturday, October 30th, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Port Isabel celebrates Day of the Dead! There will be special exhibits in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, hands-on activities, sugar skull making classes, special presentations, live entertainment, over two dozen vendors offering food and day of the dead crafts and more! For a preview watch Rick Diaz Con MI Gente on Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m. and again at 6:20 p.m. on KRGV Channel 5. For a complete schedule of day events, click here: http://portisabelmuseums.com/mopi/2010/10/day-dead-los-colores-muerto/

Then join us for the City of Port Isabel HALLOWEEN STREET DANCE! Beginning at 8:00 p.m., Risueno will provide live music until 11:00 p.m. Vendors will offer all kinds of great food, there will be Door Prizes and a Costume Contest!

LOCATION: Museums of Port Isabel, 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602. Free admission to the Museums throughout the day. Museums hours will be extended until 6:00 p.m. The Lighthouse will be closed until further notice as repairs are made to some of the steps.

RISUENO: About the band…

risueño, -ña adj.

1 Que muestra un gesto de risa en el semblante: entró risueño y le preguntamos por qué estaba tan contento.

2 Que se ríe con facilidad.

3 Que tiene un aspecto agradable.

4 Que es favorable o prometedor: parecía que el porvenir sería muy risueño.

Translation: happy

Risueño started 12 yrs ago in Brownsville tx. Some of the music performed by Risueño is original lyrics together with plenty of cover songs by other major artists but with a risueño style.

The Style of music Risueño performs is targeted towards a family atmosphere. Lots of rapid, move your hips Cumbia’s, and Huapango’s which in most part intended to have the crowd forget; unwind and loosen up on what comes with a hard days worth of work and stress.

Risueño’s band members consist of Dad (Sabas Lopez Sr) who plays the squeeze box Accordion and (Sabas Lopez Jr) who is the lead singer and stums the 12 string Guitar together with the runt son of the family in the drums (Daryl Lopez) together with fill in precussions.

Risueño has recorded 5 music cd’s and has given out 1000’s of cds in concerts and private events over the past 12 yrs.

Port Isabel Museums Day of the Dead Celebration 10/30 1-7p

The Museums of Port Isabel Celebrates their Annual Los Colores del Muerto!

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, their Annual Day of the Dead festival – “Los Colores Del Muerto” on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Port Isabel Historical Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. in Port Isabel.

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican custom of celebrating all souls and all saints day in a festive atmosphere. Because the Mexican culture find joy in remembering loved ones who have passed away, they spend a night and a day at the burial sight of the deceased family members, honoring the memories of their lives. Traditionally, the Day of the Dead was a three day and three night festival that mixed Spanish Catholicism with Mesoamerican Indian roots. The ancient custom has now been transformed to fit the Mexican-American households of today. The Mexican culture believes that deceased children return to visit Earth on the last day of October, and the faithful dead return on November 2nd. At this time every year, families gather at cemeteries to clean and adorn the graves of their deceased loved ones. The Museum celebrates the heritage and artistic expression of this custom with traditional and non-traditional altars and festivities.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Throughout the day there will be Day of the Dead Altars and Artwork on display in the Treasures of the Gulf Art Gallery.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Live Music with Laura Cerda

2:00 p.m.: Skull candy workshop with Jessica Villescaz & Omar Fonseca & Altar making in a cigar box workshop with the Laguna Madre Art League

3:00 p.m.: Special Day of the Dead Play by Gloria Bates

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Ken Trevino featuring Short Stories, Poetry & Music

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.: TBA

DAY OF THE DEAD T-SHIRTS: A limited number of Day of the Dead t-shirts will be available! Based on the poster design, the artwork features a stylized skull using motifs important to Port Isabel history, including the Port Isabel Lighthouse, a shrimp boat and Gulf shrimp. They will be available for sale at the Museums Gift Shop.

VENDOR INFO: If you are interested in vending opportunities at the Day of the Dead event, contact Jeannie Marie Aby at 956/943-7602 or email: jrivera@copitx.com.

NEW!!! -From 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – A PORT ISABEL COMMUNITY STREET DANCE will be held on Railroad Ave. in front of the historic Champion Building! The public is invited to attend this free event. Live music, vendors and lots of family friendly fun!

Port Isabel Decorates for the Holidays!


Port Isabel, come celebrate Christmas at the Coast!

See full Holiday Schedule here: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/?p=70. 2008 Holiday photos: http://www.portisabel-texas.com/200812_pichristmas/

The Museums of Port Isabel will be hosting a variety of Christmas and Holiday events beginning with a \”Christmases of the Past Postcard\” display. On loan from the Brownsville Historical Association, “Christmases of the Past” will present popular images and scenes of the holiday season through antique postcards collected from members of the Rio Grande Valley community over the years. The display will be hung along the stairwell leading to the first and second floor of the Champion Building beginning on November 30, 2009 through January 4, 2010.

Take advantage of the Museums Gift Shop Holiday Sale from November 30th through December 19th. Visit gift shops at both the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historic Museum to find something for that history or collectible buff.

On Wednesday, December 2, the museums of Port Isabel will host an open house so all visitors and art enthusiasts will be able to meet the artist of the Carola Art exhibition, Carol Plumb. The open house will run from 6:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Open to the public. Wine and hors d’oeuvres. No admission.

Join the community for our Annual City of Port Isabel Tree Lighting and Christmas Celebration on Friday, December 4th at at 7:00 p.m. The City of Port Isabel will host its annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Celebration in front of the Historic Champions Building. Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Chorus will perform traditional Christmas music and members of the community are invited to participate in Christmas caroling and Christmas karaoke. Children are invited to meet with Santa Claus, and youth of all ages can create their own unique Christmas cards. Both the Port Isabel Historical Museum and Treasures of the Gulf Museum will be decorated in holiday trimmings and open to the public for viewing. No admission.

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce will host the 23rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. Starting at White Sands Restaurant at 6:00 p.m., decorated boats of all types make their way across the Laguna Madre Bay to South Padre Island. www.portisabel.org/boat-parade or call the Chamber at 956/943-2262 for more information.

The Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum will be festively decorated for the holiday season on Friday, December 11th, for the Annual Museums of Port Isabel Christmas Open House. During normal operating hours, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the public is encouraged to view the Christmas displays. No admission.

For more information about the Museums of Port Isabel Holiday Season Celebration call 956/943-7602 or email: museumdirector@copitx.com. http://www.portisabelmuseums.com/.

Day of the Dead, “Los Colores del Muerto” Celebration 10/31

Day of the Dead, “Los Colores del Muerto” Celebration continues at the Museums of Port Isabel! For more information visit the Museums’ Day of the Dead website at: http://portisabelmuseums.com/dod/.

The Museums of Port Isabel, in collaboration with the City of Port Isabel, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, the Laguna Madre Art League, and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, is proud to present the 7th Annual “Los Colores del Muerto”, Day of the Dead Celebration.

On Saturday, October 31, 2009, the Museums of Port Isabel will host a full day of activities, all at no charge to the public, including Day of the Dead arts and crafts, food, exhibits, hands-on activities and live entertainment. The celebration is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Altar exhibit will remain on display through Saturday, November 14, 2009.

The Museums of Port Isabel is determined to preserve the heritage, culture and arts of the Laguna Madre area. The Los Colores del Muerto is an opportunity for both the community and the visitor to learn about and participate in an important part of our heritage. Self guided tours of the City of Port Isabel Cemetery are also available.

For more information about participating in the Los Colores del Muerto, please email museumdirector@copitx.com or call 956/943-7602.