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Queen Isabella Market Day at the Port Isabel Lighthouse

Queen Isabella Market Day

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 14th 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 14.

There 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 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. Or call 956/943-7602 for more information.

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

Upcoming Events! Queen Isabella Market Day ~ Ay Chihuahua ~ Summer Causeway Run

Upcoming Events. Port Isabel, Texas.

Queen Isabella Market Day. April 8, 2017. PIECC.
APRIL 8:
The City of Port Isabel will host their Annual Queen Isabella Market Day at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center in April! Vendors, music, food and family fun! For more information call Jeannie Flores at 956/943-7602 or email museumdirector@copitx.com.

NOTICE: New location at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center (309 E. Railroad Ave.) due to the renovation at the Port Isabel Lighthouse.


MAY 19: Join the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter for its 6th Annual Ay Chihuahua Fundraiser, scheduled to be held on May 19, 2017 at the beautiful Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center! Every year the shelter uses this fundraiser to help raise funds for a project to help make life a little brighter for the homeless pets we care for until they find their forever home. Our event features a delicious Mexican buffet, specialty margaritas, beer, wine, music, live and silent auction, and last but not least the announcement of the Whiskey Barrel Raffle Winner! This is definitely a fiesta you don't want to miss! Tickets will be available for purchase at the shelter, Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center and online at http://bit.ly/2017animals! Give us a call at 956-943-3888 for more information!

MAY 19: Join the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter for its 6th Annual Ay Chihuahua Fundraiser, scheduled to be held on May 19, 2017 at the beautiful Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center!

Every year the shelter uses this fundraiser to help raise funds for a project to help make life a little brighter for the homeless pets we care for until they find their forever home. Our event features a delicious Mexican buffet, specialty margaritas, beer, wine, music, live and silent auction, and last but not least the announcement of the Whiskey Barrel Raffle Winner! This is definitely a fiesta you don’t want to miss!

Tickets will be available for purchase at the shelter, Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center and online at http://bit.ly/2017animals! Give us a call at 956-943-3888 for more information!


JUNE 3: Online registration is NOW OPEN for the 3rd Annual Summer Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk June 3rd, 2017. http://bit.ly/2017-summerrun. Register before May 23rd & take advantage of our early bird registration fees: $25-5k walk, $30- 10k run, $15 for students & military with ID. Both courses start at Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island, cross the historic Queen Isabella Causeway and end in Port Isabel. Every participant to cross the finish line will receive a medal. T-Shirts are guaranteed to the first 1,000 participants to check in.

JUNE 3: Online registration is NOW OPEN for the 3rd Annual Summer Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk June 3rd, 2017. http://bit.ly/2017-summerrun.

Register before May 23rd & take advantage of our early bird registration fees: $25-5k walk, $30- 10k run, $15 for students & military with ID.

Both courses start at Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island, cross the historic Queen Isabella Causeway and end in Port Isabel. Every participant to cross the finish line will receive a medal. T-Shirts are guaranteed to the first 1,000 participants to check in.


Point Isabel Lighthouse 2016 - 17 Texas Parks & Wildlife Department renovation.LIGHTHOUSE INFO:
The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be closed until late May / early June 2017 as Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 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!

Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse Gets Needed Repairs: (Updated) Scheduled reopening late Summer

The historic Port Isabel Lighthouse, which has been closed since October 2016 in preparation, begins the re-stuccoing process today (March 1, 2017). A reopening date of late May / early June has been tentatively set.

March 1, 2017. Port Isabel lighthouse begins re-stuccoing.

 

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.

1930s photo of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.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. Pre- 1905 photo of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.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.

1940s picture postcard of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.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.
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Port Isabel Lighthouse.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.
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Admission: Adults ($4.00); Seniors ($3.00); Students with id ($2.00). Last ticket sold 1/2 hour before closing. Children 5 & Under (must be at least 38″ and 4 years old tall to climb the lighthouse): Free.