Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony! 12/4 6p


Mayor Joe E. Vega & The Port Isabel City Commission invite you to attend City of Port Isabel’s 7th Annual Community Tree Lighting on Thursday, DECEMBER 4 at 6 p.m., Beulah Lee Park. Public is invited! 213 N. Yturria St. Next to the Public Library.

Special appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, Music Performances, Crafts for Children, Christmas Caroling, Food Booths and Goody Bags! DJ Aaron Olvera! For more information, please call (956) 943-2682.

Performances scheduled: Pee Wee Tarpon Cheerleaders, Garriga/Derry Choir, Silver Stars – Jr. High Drill Team, High Cheerleaders, Silver Belles – High School Drill Team, PI High School Cheerleaders, PI High School Band and DJ Lapita Gonzalez.


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6:00pm Welcome ~ Mayor Joe E. Vega
6:05pm Prayer ~ Commissioner Maria de Jesus “MJ” Garza
6:10pm Pledge of Allegiance ~ City Commission
6:15pm Marlisa Martinez ~ Star Spangled Banner
6:20pm Christmas Tree Lighting ~ City Commission
6:25pm Garriga/Derry Elementary Choir
6:30pm Garriga Elementary Sparkling Sapphires
6:35pm Garriga Elementary Folklorico
6:40pm Pee Wee Tarpon Cheerleaders
6:45pm Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Madre
6:50pm Port Isabel Junior High Silver Stars
6:55pm Port Isabel Junior High Cheerleaders
7:00pm Port Isabel Junior High Silver Spirit Squad
7:05pm Port Isabel High School Saxophone Quartet
7:10pm Port Isabel High School Mariachi Plata
7:15pm Port Isabel High School Cheerleaders
7:20pm Port Isabel High School Silver Belles
7:25pm Mayor Joe E. Vega & Commissioners welcome Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus & Elves who will be giving Candy to all children!

The Santa Mobile Is Coming To Your Neighborhood!

On Wednesday, December 15, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. the City of Port Isabel will be sending a group of judges in a decorated, caroling Santa-Mobile throughout Port Isabel looking for the best ten lighted and decorated properties (commercial or residential). Property owners with the best lights and decorations will be given a winning ticket which they can redeem for their prize package at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum at 317 E. Railroad Ave. beginning on Tuesday, December 22. Look for the decorated, caroling Santa-Mobile in your neighborhood after 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15th!

If you have a property you would like to nominate, please contact the Port Isabel City Hall at 956/943-2682 by December 14th, 5:00 p.m.

Get Ready for the World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off! 11/7

cookoff-logo(800)Gates open at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, November 7th
for the 17th Annual World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off. Located in the the parking lot of the old Wal-Mart (site of Sutherland Express, LLC) on Highway 100, this culinary tradition is expected to be even bigger and better!

Dozens of professional and amateur will expertly prepare over one ton of fresh wild caught Gulf shrimp in a wide variety of ways from boiled to coconut to cocktails to fried and scampi. While munching on tasty shrimp you can shop for jewelry, collectibles, art and more from the vendors set up on the grounds. There will be a mini-carnival for the kids, balloon animals, face painting and games. See flyer here: picc-cookoff-fp-fc(20100906).

20091101_shrimpcookoff-82Another World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off tradition,
The Agency will be performing all day under the big tent!

For more information about this event contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2265. For sponsorship information, click here.

Sponsored by: City of Port Isabel ~ Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation ~ Sutherlands Express, LLC ~ Coleman Hall & Heinze Insurance ~ Port Isabel South Padre Press & Parade ~ Coastal Current Weekly ~ H. E. B. ~ AEP Texas ~ L & F Distributors / Budweiser ~ Texas Department of Agriculture

Museums’ Lighthouse Market Day 10/9~ Big Family Fun!


On Saturday, October 9, 2010, the City of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Museums will be hosting their annual Lighthouse Market Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Lighthouse grounds.

Vendors on the Lighthouse Square will be offering a variety of food, antiques, arts & crafts, art and more. For vendor information, click here.

Special admission prices to museums and lighthouse! The Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will have a special admission price of $1.00 for each site. The Lighthouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. also with a special admission price of $1.00. Come join in the fun, enjoy historic Port Isabel during Lighthouse Market Day.

Event Info:
Vendor Space Map:
Vendor Form:

For more information contact the Museums at (956) 943-7602 or email Jeannie Marie Aby at

The Lighthouse Market Day is an extension of the Museums of Port Isabel mission to collect, preserve, and interpret the art, history, and culture of the Laguna Madre area through preservation, educational programs, tours, exhibits, and workshops. Held annually on the second Saturday of October, Lighthouse Market Day celebrates our historic roots, our community and the beauty of the Port Isabel Lighthouse.

Live music by MEZA! Originally started as a side project for the Woodsboro High School Band in 2008, MEZA is now a versatile trio playing a variety of music such as rock, oldies and even country music. David Meza Jr., a 17 year old and a junior at Woodsboro High School is the lead guitar and vocals. Edward Meza, 15, a freshman at Woodsboro High School plays bass and David Meza, Sr. (Dad) on drums. MEZA has played many venues in the Corpus Christi area, such as The House of Rock and Disc-Go-Round, and local clubs in Woodsboro. Additionally, MEZA has won second place in the Battle of The Bands in Corpus Christi in 2009. They also have played for local benefits such as Back to School Bash, Christmas on the Square and local Church Festivals.

Lighthouse Establishment Cinema 2010 Survey


The Lighthouse Establishment Cinema will begin Season 6 on June 18, 2010! Six showings are scheduled for the summer and one during Halloween and Day of the Dead weekend on October 29th. 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.

The 2010 Summer Schedule includes the following dates: June 18th, July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13 and August 27. All movies start on Friday at 9:30 p.m. just after the South Padre Island Fireworks display over the Laguna Madre Bay.

Please participate in our MOVIE SURVEY now through June 1st.

For more information,
contact the Museums of Port Isabel at 956/943-7602 or email Museum Administrator, Jeannie Marie Aby at NO ADMISSION CHARGE. Concessions available.\"\"

THANKS to the Museums of Port Isabel, the City of Port Isabel, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation and our generous sponsors! If you would like to participate in a sponsorship, call the Museums of Port Isabel, Jeannie Marie Aby at 956/943-7602 or email (Sponsorship info> sponsor-pamphlet.)

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Sponsored by: SOUTH PADRE BANK, N.A. (understudy), Museums of Port Isabel, City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation.

Queen Isabella Market Day 4/10

\"\"The Museums of Port Isabel and the City of Port Isabel invite you to enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, family fun on the grounds of the Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse! Queen Isabella Market Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 10th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. T\"\"here is no admission charge to the event. Vendors offering collectibles, antiques, local art, jewelry and more will be lining the sidewalks around the lighthouse. A tent with tables and chairs near the live entertainment 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!

The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission just $1.00 during Market Day. And plan to visit the Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, just a short walk across Highway 100 where admission is also just $1.00 to each site.

If you are interested in a vendor booth, please call the Museums of Port Isabel, Jeannie Marie Aby at 956/943-7602 or email For more information, click here: