Free Admission to Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum for Military Personnel
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov.
The Haunted Hotel Galvez
Hotel Galvez opened on June 10, 1911 and was built at a cost of $1 million as a symbol of recovery following the nation’s deadliest natural disaster, the Great Storm of 1900. Hotel Galvez and the City of Galveston are both named for Bernardo de Galvez. De Galvez, who never set foot on the island, was a Spanish hero of the American Revolution.
The Galvez is probably one of the most haunted places the team members of Haunted Galveston have ever had the opportunity to investigate. The hotel was built in 1911, eleven years after the devastating hurricane that killed some 6,000 Galveston Island residents and leveled most of the buildings on the island. The hotel was built on the site where the Beach Hotel, Electric Pavilion, and Pagoda Bathhouse once stood.
Of Pirates and Such
Most of us are intrigued with pirates and their exploits. From the swashbuckling characters played by Errol Flynn to the Johnny Depp portrayal in the Pirates of the Caribbean, our imaginations have been shaped by Hollywood inspired heroes. Heroes whose exploits have resonated with so many of us because we are at heart really incurable romantics.
A New Attraction on the Island
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually stand on the deck of an oil rig? Those massive structures that we see in the Gulf of Mexico that seem to rise up from the ocean floor as if someone went about sowing seeds and, voila, up they came. At a distance they seem to float mysteriously on the surface of the water like lily pads floating in a backyard pond.
Celebrate Easter in Galveston
Spring has come, and all over the state, people are celebrating spring holidays, the change of seasons, and the beautiful spring weather. In Galveston, annual Easter and Earth Day festivities are underway, as well as the annual County Fair and Rodeo and the return of the Food and Wine Festival. Whatever you have to celebrate this spring, consider taking your merry-making to the jewel of the Gulf—Galveston Island.
April 11 – 14, 2013
Galveston Island, one of the nation’s top locations for birding, will host the 10th annual FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photography Festival April 11 – 14, 2013.