2011 “Best of Galveston” Winners Announced

The Tex-Mex Fandango cruise is almost here!  As of January 4th, it’s only 24 more days!  Get packing, and don’t forget to pack your dancin’ boots…

For our guests that are coming into Galveston the day before the cruise, here are some exciting restaurants, nightlife spots and sights to enjoy:

 

2011 Restaurant Winners include:

Favorite Italian Cuisine: With 3,473 votes cast in the category, Mario’s Seawall won 1st place with 1,206 votes; second place was Mario’s Ristorante with 979 votes

Favorite Place for Coffee & Dessert: With 1,148 votes cast in the category, MOD won 1st place with 401 votes; second place was LaKing’s Confectionery with 309 votes

Favorite Deli or Bakery: With 2,466 votes cast in the category, EATcetera won 1st place with 582 votes; second place was Tremont Cafe with 565 votes

Favorite Mexican Cuisine: With 1,709 votes cast in the category, The Original won 1st place with 570 votes; second place was Salsas with 304 votes

Favorite Greek Cuisine: With 1,538 votes cast in the category, Olympia the Grill at Pier 21won 1st place with 677 votes; second place was Olympia Grill on Seawall with 408 votes

Favorite Continental Cuisine: With 2,132 votes cast in the category, The Steakhouse won 1st place with 623 votes; second place was Bernardo’s with 551 votes

Favorite American Cuisine: With 2,897 votes cast in the category, The Jungle won 1st place with 718 votes; second place was Mosquito Cafe with 487 votes

Favorite Asian Cuisine: With 1,651 votes cast in the category, Sky Bar won 1st place with 455 votes; second place was Yamato with 442 votes

Favorite Barbecue: With 2,348 votes cast in the category, Leon’s Finest In & Out won 1st place with 1,287 votes; second place was Queen’s with 918 votes

Favorite Seafood: With 2,607 votes cast in the category, Saltwater Grill won 1st place with 473 votes; second place was Gaido’s with 429 votes

Favorite Place to Find Locals: With 1,768 votes cast in the category, Shrimp N Stuff won 1st place with 530 votes; second place was Sonny’s Place with 462 votes

Favorite Special Fare: With 1,540 votes cast in the category, The Rainforest Cafe won 1st place with 355 votes; second place was Maceo Spice & Import Company with 283 votes

 

2011 Nightlife Winners include:

Favorite Live Music Venue: With 1,255 votes cast in the category, B. Jigger’s won 1st place with 374 votes; second place was Yaga’s with 305 votes

Favorite Pub / Tavern: With 1,027 votes cast in the category, The Press Box won 1st place with 334 votes; second place was Murphy’s Pub with 228 votes

Favorite Ultra Lounge: With 1,226 votes cast in the category, H2O won 1st place with 471 votes; second place was 21 with 463 votes

Favorite Beach Bar: With 1,367 votes cast in the category, The Spot Tiki Bar won 1st place with 451 votes; second place was Riptide with 244 votes

Favorite Gay-Friendly Bar: With 1,064 votes cast in the category, 3rd Coast won 1st place with 484 votes; second place was Stars with 366 votes

Favorite Social Bar: With 1,336 votes cast in the category, The San Luis Bar won 1st place with 471 votes; second place was Toujouse Bar with 388 votes

2011 Tourism Winners include:

Favorite Museum: With 3,372 votes cast in the category, Seawolf Park won 1st place with 724 votes; second place was Rosenberg Library with 688 votes

Favorite Historic Building: With 2,166 votes cast in the category, The Bishop’s Palace won 1st place with 1,116 votes; second place was Ashton Villa with 382 votes

Favorite Arts & Entertainment Venue: With 2,960 votes cast in the category, The Grand 1894 Opera House won 1st place with 1,043 votes; second place was ArtWalk with 730 votes

Favorite Art Gallery: With 1,906 votes cast in the category, Wagner Sousa Modern Art won 1st place with 417 votes; second place was Rene’ Wiley Studio & Gallery with 319 votes

Favorite Event: With 5,321 votes cast in the category, Mardi Gras won 1st place with 1,048 votes; second place was Dickens on The Strand with 768 votes

Favorite “Thing to Do’ on Galveston Island: With 22,113 votes cast in the category,Galveston’s Beaches won 1st place with 8,900 votes; second place was Moody Gardenswith 2,515 votes

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

Tex Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise IV Wig Night

Have you ever wanted to go all out and let your hair down and be someone else?  Well you can.  The Tex Mex Fandango Cruise Wig Night is just the time to do this!

Tex Mex Fandango Cruise Wig Night

The cruisers wore their wigs to supper and boy did they turn everyone’s heads!  Even the waiter got confused by who showed up for supper…

At the dance, we all danced and had fun as if we were someone else, but at the end of the night we all made it back to our cabins with our other loved one.

Wig night is on the last night of the cruise and is totally optional.

I’ve always wondered if Blondes have more fun….maybe I’ll be blonde this year!

Enjoy our fun Tex Mex Fandango Cruise Wig Night video while listening to Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and his song ‘Who Were You Thinkin’ Of’.

 

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

4 Nights to dance to T. Gozney Thornton and Guests on Tex Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise IV

Augie Meyers, T Gozney Thornton, Joe Forlini, Joe Dianda, and Manuel Burciaga

Augie Meyers, T Gozney Thornton, Joe Forlini, Joe Dianda, and Manuel Burciaga

There is always plenty of entertainment on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, but the action is with T. Gozney Thornton, Old Hat Band, and all his special guests!

There are 4 performances to ‘Get Yer Dancin’ Boots‘ on and have a Fandango of a Time!  3 of the performances are private just to our Tex Mex Fandango group and are open bar.  In the Lotus Lounge: 1/29 from 8pm – 10pm; 1/31 and 2/4 9pm – midnight.

There is a Shipwide performance for all guests on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas on 2/3 in the Lotus Lounge from 8pm to 10pm, cash bar.

Don’t forget Wig Night on 2/4 at the private performance (Optional to wear wig!) Take a look at the next post ‘Tex Mex Fandango Wig Night’ and see what a great time we have.

At the last performance we draw for $500 towards your final payment if you have reserved the next annual Tex Mex Fandango cruise with just $25 per person.

Cindy Jordan and Tiana Thornton

Don’t think that T. Gozney Thornton and all his friends only perform at night….they also like to jam during the days at sea. You can join in and listen to them jam, or you can join in with Cindy Jordan and her Sing-A-Longs to favorite songs.

The Jam Sessions are in the Cloud Nine Lounge on 1/30; 1/31 and 2/4 from 2pm – 3pm.





Watch some of our dancers while you enjoy listening to T. Gozney Thornton singing his song ‘Strawberry Stallion‘ from his CD ‘Legends Before the Fall ‘.

 

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

Sheila Douglas Won The Autographed Fender Guitar!

T. Gozney Thornton, Sheila Douglas, and Ramona Werst

Congratulations to Sheila Douglas of Iraan!  She won the Fender Guitar, autographed by Jeff Strahan and sponsored by Main Street Music.

Sheila and Sam Douglas have attended T. Gozney Thornton’s Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise for the previous 3 years and are attending T. Gozney Thornton’s Tex-Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise IV this year too.  Sheila and Sam are dear friends of ours and we are so happy Sheila won the guitar!

I think she’s going to take lessons too!!!

The Werst Halloween Party was a SMASH!!!  Some pretty crazy costumes, super decorations by Linda Decker, delicious food, and fantastic entertainment by T. Gozney Thornton.

Enjoy a photo album of The Werst Halloween Party!

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

Tex Mex Fandango Jam Sessions

During the day on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, you can enjoy as much fun or activities as you like, or as little as you like.  It’s your vacation!

You can enjoy the swimming pool, hot tubs; a relaxing massage or workout in the Gym; dining casual at the buffets or a sit down meal in the restaurants; Bingo in the theater, Ice Skating, Rock Climbing or just enjoying lounging around the poolside; you might even just enjoy the sea air and read a book.  Sometimes we like to just sit and people watch with a cup of coffee on the Promenade.

If you want to listen into T. Gozney Thornton, Augie Meyers, Jeff Strahan, Joe Forlini, and Cynthia Jordan at a Jam Session, you can join them each day while we are at sea.  Heck, if you can play an instrument or sing, you can jam with the best!

Enjoy listening to T. Gozney Thornton’s song ‘Legends Before The Fall’, while you watch our video of last year’s Jam Sessions on Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas.  This year on the Mariner of the Seas we will have a reserved special room to Jam in!  So if you’re not too busy, sit in, sing along, play along, and get to know everyone at the Jam Sessions, we’re going to have a Fandango of a Time!

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

2012 Group Shore Excursion

We’ve put together a great Group Shore Excursion for the 2012 Tex-Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise.

The Group Shore Excursion is on our stop to Cozumel.  It will include Ocean, Beach, Open Bar, Delicious Buffet, and lot’s of fun activities.

With a mixture of essences, Cozumel brings together a perfect union of Mexican culture and the warmth of its Caribbean friendly people.

Located in the western Mexican Caribbean, at the eastern side of the Peninsula of Yucatán in the state of Quintana Roo, Cozumel is a unique island surrounded by turquoise crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, incredible flora & fauna, interesting archeological sites and shopping diversity. Enjoy a fun the more time on whats considered the second world’s most famous diving & snorkeling reef system that holds and endless number of marine species and unique tropical ecosystems that makes of this island an exotic destination.

Treat yourself to a memorable experience in PLAYA MIA GRAND BEACH PARK®; one of the main attractions in Cozumel where you will find a great variety of services & activities that join together the special qualities that define the island.

We will also have a private area on the beach for our group to enjoy the open bar and buffet. Check out the Open Bar and the Buffet Menu, I know you will want to join us for this 5 hour shore excursion.  Space is limited and you don’t have to pay until December, you just need to RSVP.

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Activities

  • Access to the underwater Mayan City (snorkel gear available for rent)
  • Lounge Chairs
  • Showers
  • Fully equipped bathrooms and dressing rooms
  • Kayaks
  • Water Trampoline
  • Aquatic iceberg
  • Sailboats
  • Paddle boats
  • Floating mats
  • Water bicycles
  • Inflatable hubs
  • Ping pong tables
  • Volleyball court
  • Soccer court
  • Trampoline
  • Huge board games
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hammocks
  • Shopping area
  • Lifeguard
  • Rescue boat
  • First aid center & paramedic
Unlimited Open Bar

 

  • Purified bottled water
  • Draft beer
  • Assorted soft drinks
  • Juice
  • Tequila
  • Mezcal
  • Brandy
  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Margaritas
  • Piña colada
  • Rum punch
  • Daiquiris assorted flavors
  • House wine
(For safety reasons straight shots are not provided, alcohol beverages are served as mix drinks)

 

Buffet Menu

 

  • Breaded Mushrooms
  • Shrimp with cocktail sauce
  • Shrimp on cream cheese and bread
  • Calamari rings
  • Turkey and Cheese Croissant
  • Mini beef meat balls
  • Guacamole and Pico de Gallo with Chips
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Sweet & Sour Pork with Pineapple
  • Beef Fajitas
  • Mexican Rice
  • Penne Rigate with Napolitano Sauce
  • Refried Beans
  • House Bread selection
  • Dressing and Salsa selection
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Soft blended Ice Cream
(Subject to changes by disposition of the Chef)

 

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

What’s there to do in Roatan?


After two days at sea, our first stop is Roatan, Honduras…

Take a look at some exciting adventures you’ll find in Roatan! Enjoy listening to Augie Meyers song ‘Hey Baby, Kep Pa So’.

 

Language

English is so widely spoken in the Island, that some people don’t even speak Spanish. About 45,000 people reside on the island full time and about 7 million in Honduras proper. And even though Spanish is the official language of Honduras, most people on Roatan speak both Spanish and English so cruisers should not have any problems communicating while onshore.

Roatan is one of the fastest growing cruise ship destinations in the world and for good reason. The local population is very accustomed to hosting cruise visitors, and is very welcoming. The Port of Roatan at Coxen Hole is a secure and safe port, adhering to international standards for port security required by the major cruise lines and United States Homeland Security.

The Royal Caribbean ships dock at Coxen Hole.

Location

Roatan is located in the Caribbean Sea, 30 miles off the coast of mainland Honduras. Yep, it’s an island in the Caribbean. The island is 40 miles in length and about 8 miles wide. The island has a mountainous backbone and is surrounded by coral reefs, offering superb diving and excellent fishing. The island has year-round tropical weather with an average temperature of 80 to 85 Degrees Fahrenheit. During the year, the water temperature varies from 70 degrees minimum to 80 degrees maximum.

Money issues

Don’t worry; the US dollar is very good here. The Lempira is the official currency of Honduras, but United States dollars are accepted all over the island. This is not the same case for Euros, which are accepted in very few places. It is important to know that the exchange rate for foreign currency may slightly vary from place to place, however, most businesses accept credit cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club. VISA and MasterCard machines are more widely available, and extremely few ATMs will accept Discover cards.

($1.00 USD = 19.00 Lempiras) Banco Ficohsa, a leading Honduran bank, has a branch in the Town Center. Other banks including Bank Credomatic and Bank HSBC have offices in Coxen Hole. Banks are typically open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. If you plan to travel to the western parts of Roatan, do your banking at the Town Center or in Coxen Hole before, as there are no banks in West End.

Beaches

Roatan is surrounded by the world’s second largest barrier reef. The reef hugs most of the island’s shore and features amazing biological diversity which is often called “the rain forest of the sea”. Public beaches include West Bay Beach, West End Beach & Camp Bay Beach. Texas Cruise Company has had many reports of West Bay Beach being a wonderful beach to spend time on, but in reality, any of the beaches are rated as good!

Transportation

There is regular bus service available when you arrive at the dock. Taxis are also available at the dock. Typical taxi fares are $5 USD per person to town and $15 – $20 USD per person round-trip to the West End. Always, always confirm the price of a taxi ride. Before entering a taxi, confirm the fare. If the driver says 20, make sure he’s quoting USD, not lempiras.

Most cabbies accept both U.S. dollars and Lempiras.

How to get to town

When you arrive at the Port of Roatan at Coxen Hole, you are already in town. The Port is the Town Center. The Town Center has a mix of shopping and entertainment options, which will make your stay in Roatan an enjoyable experience.

About 1/2 mile from the Roatan Port is the town of Coxen Hole. From Coxen Hole, regular bus services can take you to Sandy Bay or West End, or east to Brick Bay, French Harbour or Oakridge-Punta Gorda. West End is approximately 14 miles from Coxen Hole.

Just off the pier at Coxen Hole

There is an open market with plenty of merchants at the end of the pier. The nearby town of Coxen Hole is not really a tourist destination, although visitors will find a number of fun and interesting shops.

At West End beach, a destination for many of the ship’s tours, guests will find some nice shops and boutiques. Keep a lookout for the works produced by local artists and artisans. Some of their creations are very creative and unique. There is a bus route that runs east and west. Besides Internet access, an ATM, a small shopping mall and a handful of restaurants, there’s little here for tourists. It’s a good place to buy cold drinks and sandwiches before venturing east toward French Harbor and

Oak Ridge, and west toward Sandy Bay and the West End. Don’t be afraid to tour the island.

Ship provided excursions:

Be sure and check with Royal Caribbean’s website and look at shore adventures and excursions offered through them. I looked recently and found 28 different shore excursions offered in Roatan by booking them with Royal Caribbean. There is a special desk as you board the ship and you can almost immediately start booking excursions when you board. If you have something special you want to do, book it quickly as it may fill up. You can also make reservations online very easily. You have to have a booking number to reserve the excursion, but you can look through the excursions without booking.

Here are some of our ‘Best Bets’ for visiting cruisers

Things to do here: Kids and beginners can join experienced equestrians in a memorable horseback riding trip along the beach and into the hills at West Bay (Keifetos Resort) or between Calabash Bight and Paya Bay on the island’s south side (Roatan Ridge Ranch).

Here’s another: Sueno del Mar Dive Center (800-298-9009), voted best on Roatan by Scuba Diving magazine, offers introductory diving lessons. Certified juniors, ages 10 to 15 years, must dive with an adult.

Snorkeling and Kayaking: After paddling down the coastline at either Half Moon Beach or West Bay Beach, leave your kayak onshore to explore the coral reefs. Snorkeling equipment is available for rent through tour operators as well as dive shops, some restaurants, and gift shops.

The Butterfly Farm: Located just before the entrance to West End. A couple of hundred exquisite butterflies representing 15 to 20 species flit around a 3,000-square-ft. enclosure. This is also home to stunning hummingbirds, parrots and toucans (guided tours, open daily except Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

Best Beach to visit for activities: West End offers beaches, coral reefs for snorkeling, places to eat, and water sports like sea kayaking, diving and sailing. At the entrance to West End is palm-lined Half Moon Bay beach. Be prepared for large crowds on cruise ship days.

Best family Beach: West Bay Beach, near the northern tip of the island, features clear, shallow water (about five feet deep) teeming with coral and colorful fish right offshore. With a dozen stations marked by buoys, the Natural Aquarium Snorkel Trail at the Bay Islands Beach Resort at Sandy Bay is a fun way for kids to see everything from eagle rays to sergeant majors (open daily from 9 am until 4:30 p.m.).

For adventurous families with children: Ages ten and older, the Tabyana Beach and Canopy Tour has a great beach and snorkeling tour and features a zip line canopy tour. This tour starts at Creation Rock, where you are outfitted in a harness, pulley and gloves and attached to a cable. With 11 stretches of cable and 13 tree-top stations towering 18 to 30 feet above the ground, this will make some great family memories.

Best Secluded Beach: Camp Bay Beach past the village of Diamond Rock is a two-mile idyllic stretch of white sand with swaying coconut palms perfect for snuggling under. Rent a 4-wheel drive for the unpaved road and don’t forget a picnic lunch.

Casual Lunching: In-Town: In the center of Coxen Hole, Warren Supermarket’s is a 50’s-style cafeteria that scrambles up eggs, along with fried beans and tortillas (open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m).

The Lighthouse, located in West End on the south side of the point, offers some of the best fish tacos, grilled lobster and conch soup on the island (open 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily).

Gourmet Lunches: Pura Vida, in the center of West End, cooks up homemade pasta, pizza, and seafood (open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily).

Las Rocas at West Bay is known for authentic Bay Island dishes like shrimp with rice, chicken in coconut milk, and beef in coconut milk (open for lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily).

 

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

What’s There to do in Cozumel, Mexico?

Cozumel, Mexico is a favorite port for us. There is so much you can do.

The cruise ships dock at the pier, and you can walk off the ship and you are in downtown Cozumel.

Linda Wright, Shirley Looney, Phil, Ramona & David Werst at Palmeras in Cozumel, Mexico

There are several ship shore excursions to enjoy, from Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming with the Dolphins, Horseback riding, or jump on a boat and head over to Cancun. You don’t have to take a shore excursion to enjoy Cozumel. There are plenty of shops from Jewelry Stores, Duty Free Liquor Stores, Tequila Factory Stores, Boot Stores and even Cuban Cigar Stores. You can also have a relaxing delicious meal at several famous restaurants: Pancho’s Backyard and Palmeras. Or have fun and have an upside down Margarita at Senor Frogs or Carlos and Charlies…you’ll have to go to Cozumel to experience this, just don’t miss the boat!

Take a look at just a few fun things we found to do in Cozumel, Mexico! Enjoy listening to ‘Jose Cuervo, You are a Friend of Mine‘, by Cindy Jordan.

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

Look Who’s Coming to Dinner on Royal Caribbean…

There are so many events on a Royal Caribbean ship and Dinner time is one of them!

Linda Wright, David Werst, and Shirley Looney

I think Dinner time is one of my most favorite events on a Cruise. Like at home with our family it’s when everyone gets together and talks about their day. It’s where we laugh, share special moments, and enjoy a delicious meal together.

The meals are so fantastic! Each night you will have a choice of different gourmet meals to choose from. Starting with an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Did I mention that you can order as much as you want, or can eat? For example on Lobster night, (Yes there is a Lobster night!) you can order as many lobster tails that you can eat! The best part is that it’s included in your cruise! No bill is presented to you after your meal. If you want a scoop of Vanilla and Chocolate ice cream, go ahead…it’s your vacation and you can create your own meal.

There is also a standard menu included each night. What I mean by standard is you can order steak every night if you don’t want to venture to the gourmet meal. Or, heck order both! You can!

Dress code for the main dining room is very simple. Think of dressing as though you are going to a

David and Ramona Werst at Formal Night

restaurant in your home town. Not a fast food restaurant, but a sit down nicer restaurant. For women, cocktail dress, or resort casual wear. For men, khaki pants, polo shirts, or resort casual wear. What I’m trying to explain is that you won’t be turned away, they discourage shorts and tank tops, but you won’t get turned away. Funny story, some people decided to see how far they could push the dress code. 5 of them came down to dinner in the bathrobes from their staterooms and slippers. They did get a look, but guess what! They weren’t turned away!

There are 2 formal nights. This is not mandatory! The theory behind the formal nights, is so that you can dress up and have your pictures taken by a professional photographer. It’s also fun. In the olden days, every night on a cruise ship was a formal event! Formal to one person, is not the same for another person. You will see everything from Sunday dress, to cocktail attire, to Tux’s and formal gowns. Heck in Texas, ironed jeans and a hat is formal, and you’ll see that too.

Just have fun and remember, ‘It’s Your Vacation and you can dress the way you want!’

Enjoy the Photo Album of our guests from the Tex-Mex Fandango III while listening to T. Gozney Thornton’s new song ‘Necesita Nada Mas‘.

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

3rd Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival

David and I enjoyed a full day at the 3rd Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival. The winner of the Blues Band Competition is: Blues Boy Willie & Texas Blues Runners! They will compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

There were 15 bands in this year’s competition:
Eli Westin; Barefoot Mark; Trinity; Avalon; Reload Blues; Gasoline Alley; Spring Mill Grind; Thumpin’ Puppies; Blues Scientists; Swamp Sauce; Danny Brooks; Immediate Blues; Blues Boy Willie & Texas Blues Runners; Jennifer B. & Groove Kings; & Blues Crew.

We worked the Tex-Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise IV booth right in front of Sealy Flats Diner, ‘the coolest place in town‘! The music was fantastic, the food was delicious, and watching The San Angelo Blues Society working so hard made us appreciate the day even more.  This was an event that you could have easily spent $50 per person for, but because of the sponsors, it was all for FREE!

The day started with the Blessing of the Bikes, and the bike riders then headed out on the town for a poker run.  There was an old time Car Show, the 1967 GTO won.  And there was a Rib and Gumbo Cookoff along with plenty of Vendors, and Music all day long.

The evening was fantastic too.  Grady Champion, winner of the 2010 International Blues Challenge, performed that night.  He’s not one to perform on stage either.  He gets right into the audience while singing and playing his harps.

Grady Champion is a young, blues singer and harmonica player, born October 10, that has been compared to Sonny Boy Williamson, and people can hear exactly why on his Shanachie debut Payin’ for My Sins released August 24, 1999. The album includes a version of “Don’t Start Me to Talkin'” that really shows Grady’s high-energy singing and harmonica playing and an update of the traditional blues lament “Goin’ Down Slow” with an AIDS parable — a hard-bitten vignette of modern life. His revved-up, soulful vocalizing and the charm and insight he brings to his songwriting in numbers like the campy “My Rooster Is King” and the classic-sounding tale of infidelity “You Got Some Explaining to Do” (co-written by his producer Dennis Walker, who helped Robert Cray reach national fame) mark Grady as an important new talent.

We met a lot of interested cruise folks, talked all about Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. Talked about the new ship for Galveston, Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, and all about T. Gozney Thornton, Augie Meyers, Jeff Strahan, Joe Forlini, Cynthia Jordan and all the dancing that goes on.  We told everyone that we’ll have a Fandango of a Time!

Organizers from Midland were attending the event, giving away t-shirts to promote the Tall City Blues Festival, July 29 – 31st, 2011.

We have found out that Jeff Strahan and his band will be performing in the Tall City Blues Festival in Midland, Texas, July 29 – 31, 2011.

It’s really a fun packed event and if you are a Blues Music Fan, you will want to attend. If you are a Jeff Strahan fan, you will want to attend and cheer him on.

July 29th - July 31th, 2011

Tall City Blues Fest will take place in Centennial Park Plaza located in downtown Midland, TX. Centennial Park Plaza is located between the old County Courthouse building and the Midland Center and is bound by Texas Street to the north and Wall Street to the south.

 

The Festival grounds will include the Midland Center, the Hilton Midland Plaza, and the old County Courthouse building, Texas Street (from Colorado to Main) and Wall Street (from Colorado to Main).

 

 

 

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.