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! 

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!

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Houston – a little of this and that

Happy Houston morning! The photo above was taken from the Chase Tower in Downtown. You can see for miles! 

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Did you know the first room to have air conditioning in Houston was in the cafeteria in the Rice Hotel in 1922? Bet they were sold out of food every day in the summer!!!

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More than 145 different languages are spoken here!

The Houston Grand Opera is the only opera company in the WORLD that has a Tony, Emmy and Grammy award.

In 1899 Houston’s first City park was opened – now Sam Houston Park

The first escalator in Texas was in the Sears building in 1939 at the corner of Richmond and Main.

The City of Houston’s population was over 2,300,00 in 2016.

The land of area of Houston is 669 square miles.

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As you know if you’re a “follower” of my blog, we have underground tunnels but also skywalks

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Funky and odd but I love this!

 

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The architecture at The Shops at Houston Center

Just a little randomness to jump start your day!

Thanks for visiting!

Elizabeth and Max

PS Stay tuned for TONS of photos of the 2017 San Jacinto Day Festival and reenactment! I met so many fascinating people it will take several posts!!!

Poor Charlotte!

(Above Photo Credit:  Handout and Houston Chronicle)  

Step back in time to July of 1939; when our current Houston City Hall’s building construction was completed.  The construction workers made between .40 cents up to a whopping $1.85 and hour! Nylons (panty hose) went on sale for the first time…yuck!  The Wizard of Oz would be released nationally, on August 25, 1939. The average cost for a new car…$750! A new home might set ya back about $4,000! A loaf of bread about .08 cents (without a coupon or reward card!!!). Anyway…the City Hall building was built in 1939 FYI 🙂 .

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I captured this in the lobby of City Hall.  I had to giggle reading this as if you live in Houston, you know “forever” for any building seems comical as we tear them down and put something new in its place constantly!! It is pretty nevertheless and of course wasn’t what the words above meant,  🙂 – I just thought it in my head and decided to “share”.

Joseph Finger, an Austrian born architect, was awarded the contract to build City Hall despite current Mayor Fonville’s opposition as he wanted A.C. Finn, the architect of the Jefferson Davis Hospital to win the contract.

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The sick side of my sense of humor couldn’t resist posting this photo and statement!!!  (you know how we all love to clown on our politicians – but there ARE some good ones that do try)

Mayor Fonville would be the first Mayor to move into the new digs that December. He served as Houston’s Mayor 5 times but not consecutively.

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The lobby ceiling

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If you look, you will see the easel display’s that we’ll get to in a second
Source: http://www.houstontx.gov/abouthouston/cityhallhistory.html

“Daniel MacMorris of Kansas City. The mural depicts industry, culture, law and municipal administration in Houston. In one panel a man appears to be wearing a Confederate officer’s uniform under his cape. Colors of dusty pink, saffron and rosy red were used to blend with the marble and the soft lighting in the lobby. The centerpiece of the mural is a plaster relief of the Western hemisphere, with the star of Houston in the center. The relief is surrounded by the signs of the zodiac. Local artists Grace Spaulding and John and Ruth Uhler assisted in painting the mural. Herbert Schneider of Houston did the gold-leafing. The artists were paid $6,000 for their work.”IMG_5819-1

Sculpturist, Lori Betz of Porter, Texas was commissioned to create the above pieces. (Left) Augustus Allen (Right) John Kirby Allen (standing at 5’5″) in front of City Hall.  We always equate the Allen Brothers as Houston’s founding fathers due to their land purchase in 1836 to start Houston.  But where in the world is Charlotte Baldwin Allen????!!!! (I learned about Charlotte from Mr. Rosen of Houston Historical Tours).  It was supposedly Charlotte, who was unable to own property as a married woman, (the law back then), that used her money to buy the land! Poor Charlotte – she foots the bill but got no statue!

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This is in the area connecting the parking area to the City Hall Entrance
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Remember above I mentioned I would tell you about what was on the easels of the lobby of City Hall? This is what was there 🙂
I just took photos (below) of the photos displayed, but see above for the artist Amit and Naroop – The Sikh Coalition

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So there ya have it – it’s not all about politics at Houston’s City Hall 🙂 

(Above is over 28 minutes but it is fun to see what it was like back in the day)

YouTube by UH Memories “World War 2 – The University of Houston: War and Growth, 1939-1950”

Thanks to my loyal followers for always stopping by and leaving their comments!!! I appreciate each of you!!!! It keeps me going 🙂 

Many thanks,

Elizabeth and Max

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What about me??! Where’s my statue for being the cutest pup in Houston?!!

 

Like Beer??? In Houston?? 2 FREE Tickets Giveaway!!! Whooo Hooo!!!!

Houston Photo Journey is proud to announce our partnership with Houston Press BrewFest 2017! But wait folks…that’s not all!!! I’m giving away TWO  F R E E   General Admission Tickets!!!!!! Sounds like a party to me! Food Trucks, Live Music, Craft Beers – Join me for a cold one!

QUESTION:  

I am dying of beer thirst and need fun in my life …. specifically on May 20th…Help… I NEED these 2 FREE Tickets!!!

How Do I Enter to Win the Two FREE General Admission Tickets???

ANSWER:

  1.  Go to http://www.HoustonPhotoJourney.com  comment on THIS POST – please keep it clean but  fun (Note:  In the comment field below, just skip the website area blank unless you wish to list your website – just need a name and email in order to comment below)
  2.  Then shoot me an email at houstonphotojourney@gmail.com with your name and age (MUST be 21+ years old) (No, you won’t be on any email, etc. lists!)

That’s it! The winner’s name will be announced on Monday, May 15, 2017 right here at HoustonPhotoJourney.com    Good Luck!!!!

Deadline to enter is Saturday, May 13, 2017. Tickets will be emailed a few days before the event. Winner will be selected at random by my sidekick Max using the old “pull your name out of an ice chest method”.

BREWFEST DETAILS:

When:  Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Time:  3pm – 7pm (General Admission)

Where:  Silver Street Station –  2000 Edwards St., Houston, TX 77007  

General Admission:  Includes access into the event at 3pm, live band entertainment and craft beer sampling – Eight (3 oz.) beer samples are included in the ticket price.  Additional drink samples are available for purchase.

VIP Admission:  Includes access into the event at 2pm (hour early), live band entertainment and craft beer sampling – Eight (3 oz.) beer samples are included in the ticket price.  Additional drink samples are available for purchase.  PLUS access to the VIP area with speciality beer sampling and complimentary appetizers! 

Age Requirement:  All guests must be 21+ years old with a valid I.D.

Join Houston Press and Lucky’s Pub at Silver Street Station as they celebrate the 5th Annual BrewFest! BrewFest in an indoor/outdoor beer sampling event and festival!

Can’t wait? Buy Tickets Here (Rain or Shine – no refunds)

Want a little sneak peak from last year’s event???

 

Thanks for stopping by and best of luck!!! Thank you to Houston Press!

Elizabeth and My Sidekick Max

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Cheers From The Most Interesting Dog In The World!

 

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!

 

 

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