San Jacinto Day Festival – Part III – Danza Azteca Taxayollotl and Chikawa Aztec Dance…to name a few

Photo Above:  (Left) Eheca – Chikawa Aztec Dance.  (Right) Javier Herrera – Danza Azteca Taxcayollotl

We are back at it again…STILL posting about our day at the San Jacinto Day Festival! Wow…lots to cover!!!

Several Danza Azteca groups performed, but I met the two above, Eheca and Javier prior to their show for a few photos. Sadly, their names were the only ones I wrote down before it became too hectic. I have to say, the extreme passion shown by Mr. Herrera for the dance was beautifully touching!!

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Getting ready for the dance
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About 5 minutes before the Danza Azteca groups performed, it started to get crowded – this was about 10 minutes before!
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Aren’t the colors magnificent!
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Everyone seemed mesmerized by the dancers in their colorful attire
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It was touching to watch the ceremony of it all!
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Let the dance begin!
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The intricate head dressings were stunning too!
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Everyone seemed to really enjoy the show!!!!
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Mr. Herrera just delivered such an incredibly passionate performance the crowd noise seemed to hush watching him and the other dancers.

Photo:  (Above) Mr. Javier Herrera – Danza Azteca Taxcayollotl

Without a doubt, respect was shown to/by the dancers indigenous traditions – I’m sure their families are all quite proud as they should be!

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Just thought I’d be me and throw some randomness in here – I saw this while riding down the road en route to the Festival – thought it was appropriate for the day to snap a quick shot.

More cool stuff to follow so “stay tuned” … we’ll see more about The Buffalo Soldiers, Hawks, a Golden Eagle, Screech Owl and more!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth and Max

P.S. Don’t forget about the Houston Press BrewFest 2017 May 20th, 2017

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San Jacinto Day Festival-Part II

As promised, here is Part II of the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment event yours truly attended on Saturday, May 22, 2017.  I stepped back in time to April 21, 1836 for the Battle of San Jacinto…General Sam Houston led the Texian Army to fight and defeat General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s Mexican Army.  The fight lasted just 18 minutes.  Good thing for ME I am not THAT old, as I couldn’t stand the thought of no air conditioning! Ok, on to the fun stuff….photos!

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Photo:  The Taylor Family

I met this charming, beautiful family standing beside the “Flags of Texas”.  Please help me welcome our newest Houstonians from Malaysia! They are already following the blog here so please extend them a warm Houston and blogger world welcome!

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All the little ones were having a blast with their train whistles riding the San Jacinto Day Express!

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There were TONS and TONS of food and drink vendors – variety out the ying yang!!

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Steps to the San Jacinto Monument – we aren’t kidding about our Texas Pride!!

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Photo Above:    Oscar and Suzi Aleman 

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Above Photo:  Charles Lara of Bandera, TX (President, Alamo Legacy And Missions Association Inc.) at the Black Beaver Trading Company (right) and Paul Washington (Buffalo Soldiers National Museum) (left).

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Loved seeing this as I walked by and tried to imagine “back in the day” the folks that would show up to see the traveling medicine shows! (sad I missed this show).
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Fred Rusk and The Zydeco Hi-Steppers provided some great entertainment for the crowds!
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Did I mention camels??? This young man sure had fun riding one!
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Kuddos to the organizers for this event! Very well done! There were so many things to do and see!  Everyone got to learn about what life was like during 1836 in fun, interactive ways.
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I’m telling you – Texas Pride was EVERYWHERE! I was happy to take a break under one of the tents and cool off and sip on my old fashion sarsaparilla drink and eat a corn dog.
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Of course there were plenty of goodies to buy too!

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I’ll leave you – JUST for TODAY 🙂 with a photo of all the ongoing activities during the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle reenactment so you can understand why this will be a multi-post event!

Thank you so much for reading and your support of Houston Photo Journey!! Welcome to Houston – Taylor family!!!

See ya and “stay tuned” for more of the San Jacinto Day Festival! 

Elizabeth and Max (who is equally as happy we weren’t around in 1836-he’s a lover not a fighter! and definitely is NOT used to “ruffing it”!)

P.S. Late breaking news….. 🙂 … for the Houston Beer Drinking Crowds 🙂 🙂 

Houston Press has just let me know about this limited time special for BrewFest 2017 “while supplies last” 🙂 ….

BEER ME PACK:  Beer Me Pack includes 4 General Admission Tickets for $100 ($25 per ticket) – $40 Savings! All General Admission Tickets includes access into the event, entertainment and craft beer sampling – Eight (3oz) beer samples are included in the ticket price. Additional drink samples are available for purchase.

Beer Me Packs can be purchased at  here!  #BrewFestHOU, Facebook Event Page

 

San Jacinto Day Festival and Battlefield Reenactment 2017 – Part One

(Above photo:  Mr. Bill Lewis and Mrs. Kaye Lewis – Houston Area Square Dance)

I met this charming couple in their Square Dance attire and HAD to get their photo to help illustrate the fun of the day ahead.

Saturday, May 22, 2017 was the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battlefield Reenactment. It’s one of those events I’ve heard about for years and thought – maybe? This year I made it a point to check it out.  So glad I did!  I met some extraordinary people and the festival itself was extremely well organized! Parked at a chemical company parking lot – signage stating “Take a photo of what lot you are in” – happy I did! A shuttle then picked up our group in the G parking area.  Fast forward to leaving the event after the Reenactment – I thought we would be in a massive shuttle exit line, but it was probably the BEST organized shuttle line system I’ve ever seen in a festival situation! Kuddos to whomever organized that part of the festival!!! Great Job! Oh, bonus…parking and the festival entry were my favorite four letter word…FREE :)!

Note:  This festival series will be spread over several posts as I met far too many interesting people to put everything in one post so “stay tuned”!!

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Who was the first person I couldn’t help notice upon exiting the shuttle? The fun and lively “Mama Goose”.  Mama is a second grade reading teacher at Channelview ISD at DeZavala Elementary school and is the author of “Reading and Rhyming with Mama Goose” Mama Goose gears her words towards K-6th grade audiences.  Ms. Goose was additionally awarded Teacher of the Year within Channelview ISD and is a motivational speaker.  So lovely to meet someone promoting the importance and fun of reading to our youth and in such a magical manner!

 

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What child wouldn’t be entranced by Mama Goose reading them a story?! I just personally, really loved Mama’s positive energy and passion! 

UPDATE: From Mama Goose (##mamagoose), “How do we help children develop a love for reading? One nursery rhyme at a time. How do we capture the brilliance of their imagination? One picture at a time. Mama Goose grew up with Mother Goose nursery rhymes as a child. The classic style and simplicity of life taught her valuable lessons, as well as a spark for reading. Mama Goose grew up in the United States of America and wanted to share with the world traditions, values, and concepts that are germane to the U.S.A. Mama Goose is not a fictitious character; she is as real as the air we breathe. She’s a potpourri of Mary Poppins, Mother Teresa, and Willie Wonka all rolled into one. Get ready for a magical journey of nursery rhymes that are sure to inspire any child to fall in love with books.”

Ok, so far we have the Lewis square dancing couple and Mama Goose… gosh, I barely got off the shuttle and into the festival!

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The San Jacinto Monument (click link at beginning of post to read more about the day and history-no sense in me retyping it :)) 

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The crowds were fun and lots of families were out enjoying one of our great weather days! 

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Mr. Paul Washington represented the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum well to the delight of many of us festival attendees – he was a super nice gentleman too.

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(Above Top Two Photos:  Mr. Paul Washington-The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum-Houston, Texas)

Mr. Washington speaks to inquisitive crowds at the festival, generously sharing his knowledge.  (we’ll learn plenty more about the Buffalo Soldiers Museum soon – promise! It warrant’s it’s own post!!)

Hope you enjoyed Part One of the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment!  Stay tuned for more fun – promise it won’t be what you expect!

Thanks for sharing your time with Houston Photo Journey!

Elizabeth and Max (he refused to attend once I explained it was an outdoor event as his majesty prefers the inside during hotter weather, his air conditioning and a light blanket!) 

Max a few years ago-still just as cute!

Not your typical “kid artwork” you stick on the fridge!

Today we’ll visit City Hall…no eye rolling people! No politics…I’m “Choosing Happy” today…some beautiful and unexpected artwork! Scroll on down for a very diverse collection of art! Enjoy!

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Blown away by the incredible display of art from our TEENS!!!!! This piece just grabbed me!!
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Guess I should show you what Houston’s City Hall looks like while I’m at it 🙂

Ok, back to this fantastic hallway FULL of great rising star artists – All are local teens!!

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Note:  For those of you not living in Houston, we have a famous piece of graffiti on I-45 S, near downtown, off a train bridge that simply reads “Be Someone” and looks very similar to what this artist has portrayed on the top of this piece.  Clever and I love it!!
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Walking down the City Hall hallway you’ll see all sorts of impressive art by our Houston teens!

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I loved seeing all the fantastic art and it was so crazy, good!! I wanted to show them all!

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I feel this way if I am forced to read any instruction manuals – rather be daydreaming!!!
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How elaborate and graceful! Just gorgeous!
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The artist is Claire Chen and the piece is titled ” Paralyzed” – beautiful right?!

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“Timeless” by Hai Yi Chan

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But wait! There’s more!!! (Do I sound like an info-mercial???!!)

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You still have time to take a look and bid
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Really???? This artist is in 7th grade???!! Wow!
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How great is this one by a 4th grader!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Me and my sidekick Max appreciate you all!!!

Elizabeth and Max

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I’m hungry! Quit typing Ma!!!

 

 

 

 

Houston Underground Tunnels – My Tour With Houston Historical Tours! (Highly Recommend!)

Traveling to Houston for the first time – wonder why there aren’t more people walking around downtown??? Well, the answer most likely is that they are walking 20 feet below the sidewalks, underground in the 7 miles of underground tunnel systems – 95 city blocks!  

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A More Detailed Tunnel Map
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Houston City Hall

I began my tour with Mr. Keith Rosen of Houston Historical Tours in front of City Hall. You truly can’t image the incredible wealth of knowledge about Houston that Mr. Rosen possesses!!! Dates, fun facts, history and humor are what made this tour absolutely SPECTACULAR and fun!!! I would HIGHLY recommend Houston Historical Tours.  (I have zero affiliation, etc. with them-just my 100% honest review)

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My fun tour group in front of the San Felipe Cottage (1868), in Sam Houston Park – no, I didn’t just see the tunnels! 🙂 but I wouldn’t want to spoil your Houston tour so not telling all I learned on the tour 🙂 – but it was a lot!! 🙂 

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See anything special about this building? I’ve gone past it so many times…it’s the giant T for Texaco!!
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The tunnels are easy to get lost in and you’ll crack up listening to more stories from Mr. Rosen! He rescued a few lost, grateful folks during our tour.
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Each tunnel segment is quite different from the next based on the time it was built and added to the tunnel system!
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It wasn’t packed with people as it was Good Friday, but pretty cool discovering underground Houston right?!
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Notice the difference in flooring and walls throughout (see above 2 for comparison)!
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If this were noon, Monday-Friday on a regular work week it would be jam packed!
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Aren’t all the different aspects of the Houston Tunnels wonderful?!

(YouTube by Fox 26 Houston)

Let’s face it…Houston is HOT – I swear it gets to 200F degrees!! Ok, I’m slightly exaggerating but 100F degrees happens plenty of times!!! I know when I worked downtown, that’s where I would be! Everything from restaurants, dry cleaners, dentist offices, shops – you name it – all can be found underground. 500+ businesses and 10 food courts await your arrival!

The tunnels were underwater due to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 but have since had special doors, etc. installed to prevent a repeat performance.

I knew Tunnel Tours existed and reached out to Mr. Phil Stewart who is the President of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Houston and Owner of Discovery Tours. Although Mr. Stewart is not offering Tunnel Tours, he was kind enough to refer those interested to both Urban Adventures and Houston Historical Tours. I emailed both and Mr. Keith Rosen of Houston Historical Tours responded right away to offer his assistance in providing me photos as I can never seem to take the tour as I work during the week. As luck would have it though, I was off for Good Friday so guess what? Yes!!! I  got to take the Houston Historical Tours – Tunnel Tour!!!

In researching a little before my tour, I learned Mr. Rosen of Houston Historical Tours has been conducting tours in Houston since 1985.  He was also a Professor of History and Government with Houston Community College and has been either selected/nominated for Teacher of The Year four times! Pretty good credentials I’d say!!

Note:  If you are visiting without a tour, please be aware the tunnel system is only open Monday-Friday 6am-6pm!

Discover Houston Tours, LLC can be reached at (713) 222-9255

Houston Historical Tours at (713) 392-0867 (See their website for Monthly Specials!)   “Houston Historical Tours offers three different 2.5 hour tunnel tours that in totality cover the vast majority of the tunnels.  They range from 2.5 to 3.5 miles.  Tour A goes into several historic buildings as we see and learn about the interiors.  It has the least amount of walking.  Tour B has the most variety with sky bridges an observation deck, and the most visual stimuli of different buildings.  Tour C goes through long corridors and into hotels and businesses.  It has the most walking.”

 Every individual who prints and gives us a copy of this blog post to Houston Historical Tours will receive a:

$$$$   20% discount!!!  $$$$

 

(Courtesy of Mr. Keith Rosen of Houston Historical Tours)

Thanks for stopping by! I always love to read your comments!! I’d rate Houston Historical Tours as 5 stars easily, no question!!

Elizabeth and Best Pup in the World…Max 🙂

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I’m doing investigative research for Ma!

 

 

Taiwan Yes Houston Festival

The Taiwanese Association of America led by Mr.  Kevin Chou, President has held this event the past four years.  Taiwan Yes Houston Festival is modeled after Taiwanese Night Markets.  Parking and admission were free and the rest of the costs for food, games, etc. I found to all be quite reasonable. Fun day!

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Welcome to the Taiwan Yes Festival!

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Enjoy all sorts of tasty treats!

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Plenty of things to look at and shop – this lady was too fun!
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Cute to see everyone having such fun at the ring toss game
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Hungry?

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Taiwanese Rapper Witness Huang
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Cool musical ornaments (Ocarinas) and other goodies were available.

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Everyone was having fun making these little paper umbrellas
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The Dough Figurines were a huge hit too! Super cute!

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This gentleman was amazing and make me an “English” one…it read “Be Happy” 
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He had a quick wit and sense of humor!!
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What a polite young man and good sport to pose for me 🙂 – thanks!
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She was a sweet young lady and showed off their food
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Pinball Wizard 🙂 
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Home Depot was there to help with crafts

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I have to say this crowd may have been the nicest crowd I’ve even seen!

 

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While I won’t tell you their ages…the gentleman in the green shirt did and I was blown away.  Do you see the lady in the white jacket? Well, she was the most beautiful soul ever…sometimes one doesn’t need to speak in order to convey feelings and her touch to my arm and certain gestures just made me adore this kind and lovely lady. There was just something VERY special about her!!

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I loved the excited children in awe of the puppet show!

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Techno-dancing Third Prince (known as a divine prince with a playful and rebellious spirit)

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Thanks Taiwanese Community Center and Taiwan Yes Houston Festival! Had a blast!

Elizabeth LaHoustonian

Terms of Endearment was filmed here! This one’s for vinnieh.wordpress.com

My fellow blogger friend, “Vinnieh” at “vinnieh – Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind” made me think about getting photos for this post.  He does lots of cool movie reviews, so naturally he came to mind – go check out his blog too for interesting reads!  Both Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in the film, Terms of Endearment but Shirley took home the prize for the 1983 film. I thought both ladies were great! Some of the movie scenes were shot right here in Houston! (See below).

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Jack Nicholson’s House or rather, astronaut, Garrett Breedlove’s home in Terms of Endearment
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Shirley MacLaine’s house as Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment

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I can imagine myself watching Shirley and Jack running between each other’s homes… “just like in the movies” 🙂

And…just because we are “in the area” here are some of the other nearby homes….I wouldn’t mind living in any of them if only I could pay their electricity bill!!!…much less the mortgage!!! 🙂 !!!

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I can totally see myself sipping my morning coffee on the upper patio here! (Dream on me!!)
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Can you imagine the water bill or light bill living here!!! Even if the house was free I couldn’t make the regular bills!!!
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I’ll take the house AND the car please!
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These people even have a darn sculpture in their yard!!!
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I couldn’t fit the whole house in the shot!

Nice to dream 🙂

Thanks for visiting and playing rich folks with me 🙂

Elizabeth and her pup that thinks he was also born to live in the lap of luxury 🙂