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What to Expect at the Pavilion in 2016

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When I first moved to The Woodlands, I was more than excited to hear about The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. It was such an insane concept to have one of the world’s best outdoor amphitheaters in my own town, just minutes away. Maybe this is because I am from a small suburb of Chicago, however, I couldn’t wait to see what big names were on the summer schedule! The first concert I saw at the Pavilion was Fall Out Boy for my friends birthday. My friends and I wanted to experience lawn seats – something we have not done11760079_10206069053418701_6728045389722769216_n before in Chicago. To my surprise, it was quite comfortable (even though we forgot a blanket!!) and we had an amazing view. Another plus was that the concession stand was directly behind us with no line! We had such a great night and couldn’t wait to plan the next concert.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is conveniently located right near The Woodlands Mall and Market Street. Below is the current 7EYAGfWqSzGUQrAWluIl51qpssMzHjw6gJPLbvESuokZEs3ec_PLUOuhQskLVZXyGNyM=w3002016 schedule, but be sure to go to https://www.woodlandscenter.org/events for updates because you never know when your favorite band will announce a tour! A really great way to be first to know about show updates is to subscribe The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion email list. Another option is to download the Bandsintown App on your mobile device and it will actually sync with your music library then notify you immediately when your favorite artists will be in town. It’s seriously one of my favorite apps!

2016 Event Schedule

Heart with Joan Jett & the Black Hearts and Cheap Trick
Friday, August 19th, 6:30pm

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
Saturday, August 20th, 7pm

Dierks Bentley with special guests Randy Houser, Cam & Tucker Beathard
Sunday, August 21st, 7pm

Def Leppard with REO Speedwagon and Tesla
Monday, August 22nd, 7pm

Slipknot with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice and Men
Friday, August 26th, 6:30pm

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long
Saturday, August 27th, 8pm

Houston Symphony, Music of Rolling Stones
Friday, September 2nd, 8pm

Fifth Harmony
Monday, September 5th, 7pm

Goo Goo Dolls & Collective Soul with Tribe Society
Thursday, September 8th, 7pm

Brantley Gilbert with special guests Justin Moore & Colt Ford
Friday, September 9th, 7pm

Houston Symphony, Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Thursday, September 15th, 8pm

5 Seconds of Summer
Sunday, September 18th, 7:30pm

Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival feat. Dane Cook, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jeff Ross, Iliza Shlesinger, Tom Segura, Jermaine Fowler, Ali Wong, Bobby Lee & Big Jay Oakerson
Thursday, September 22nd, 6pm

Ray LaMontagne
Friday, September 23rd, 8pm

Alabama Shakes with Corinne Bailey Rey
Saturday, September 24th, 7:30pm

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas
Sunday, September 25th, 6:45pm

Houston Symphony, Hocus Pocus Pops
Friday, October 7th, 7:30pm

Prophets of Rage
Friday, October 8th, 7pm

Luke Bryan
Thursday, October 20th, 7pm

Flight of the Conchords
Tuesday, October 25th, 8pm

21st Annual Children’s Festival
Presented by ExxonMobil
Saturday, November 12th, 10am to 5pm

21st Annual Children’s Festival
Presented by ExxonMobil
Sunday, November 13th, 12pm to 5pm

Holly Jolly Jingle
Thursday, December 1st, 7pm

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Sarah Murphy
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12 Most Beautiful Places in Texas

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There are some great websites and Facebook pages dedicated to interesting and fun facts about Houston and Texas at large. I came across this article at the Houston link from www.Thrillist.com and could not believe the beautiful pictures. I love finding out about hidden treasures, whether they are local restaurants, breweries or amazing vistas.  As you get settled into your new surroundings, don’t be afraid to plan a day trip (or get-away weekend) to one of these beautiful Texas sites!

The 12 Most Beautiful Places in Texas You Didn’t Know Existed

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Happy April!


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Upcoming April Events:

Live at Night Music Series
Now through April 30th
Saturdays from 6-8pm at Waterway Square

NCAA Final Four
April 2nd-4th
www.NRGPark.com

9th Annual TWFG Muddy Trails Bash
April 2nd
3-8pm at The Lodge in Rob Fleming Park

The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival
April 2nd
11am-6pm at Town Green Park

Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo & Spring Fling 2016
April 2nd
10am-4pm at Lone Star College

13th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
April 6th – 10th
www.SugarLandWineAndFoodAffair.com

29th Annual Art Car Parade
April 7th – 10th
www.TheHoustonArtCarParade.com

International Gem & Jewelry Show
April 8th – 10th
www.NRGPark.com

Montgomery County Fair & Rodeo 2016
April 8th – 17th
www.mcfa.org

49th Houston International Film Festival
April 8th – 17th
www.WorldFest.org

Earth Day GreenUp: Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off
April 9th
Pre-register at www.TheWoodlandsTownship-TX.gov

10th ‘Art in the Park’ at Elizabeth Baldwin Park
April 9th
www.MidtownArtInThePark.com

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Must-Do’s This Winter

One of my favorite finds when I moved to The Woodlands was the local publication, Houstonia Magazine.  They have great articles and wonderful local content, written in an interesting manner, which makes you want to come back for more.  In reading the December 2015 issue, I came across an article titled “65 Must-Do’s This Winter in Houston.”  What a great read – I highly encourage you to grab the issue yourself.  But if you are not inclined, I’ve pulled out some of my favorite items from their list:

 Gobble Up Galveston

Did you know that Galveston has an annual Restaurant Week?  The event actually runs from Jan 9-23.  Foodies can enjoy special prix fixe menus at most of the best restaurants on the island.  Check out www.GalvestonRestaurantWeek.com for more info!

Warm Beverages

I like to tell my friends and family from outside of Texas that we have three seasons: Hot, Hotter and Rainy.  However, we do get a small window where it is Chilly.  During those few sweet weeks, finding the best spot for hot cocoa or a hot toddy can be a welcome outing:

Hot Chocolate:
original_chocolatebarmontrose0Frozen hot chocolatewww.TheOriginalChocolateBar.com
Hot masala chocolateKiran’s, 4100 Westheimer Road; www.KiransHouston.com
Hot chocolate made from house-ground cocoa beansHugo’s, 1600 Westheimer Road; www.HugosRestaurant.net

new-homepage-bgHot Toddies:
The Double Barrel ToddyArnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby Drive, www.Picos.net
Mom’s Spiced TeaStone’s Throw, 1417 Westheimer Road; www.StonesThrowHouston.com
Graverobber’s GrogVoodoo Queen, 322 Milby Street

Enjoy being mosquito free

Even if only for a month or two!!

Get outside

To piggy back on the outdoors being less buggy (Houston ranks right up there at #4 for “buggiest” city), the winter climate in Houston begs for you to come outside, as long as there isn’t any rain.  There are beautiful parks that offer riding trails, kayaking and star-gazing, if you are into night exploring!

91e0d530-a2dd-44dd-a964-b78ce91cd1e6– Buffalo Bayou Park1800 Allen Parkway; www.BuffaloBayouPark.org
Bayou City Adventures1520 Silver Street; www.BayouCityAdventures.org
Discovery Green1500 McKinney Street; www.DiscoveryGreen.com
Brazos Bend State Park21901 FM 762, Needville; www.BrazosBend.org
brazos-bend-bikingCross Houstonwww.CrossHouston.com
– Terry Hershey Park15200 Memorial Drive; www.TerryHersheyPark.org
– Rob Fleming Nature Preserve 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands; www.woodlandsevents.com
– Riva Row Boathousewww.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/

Ice Skating

Yes, I said it!  Texans love to ice skate.  The Woodlands is currently in the planning stages of a permanent ice skating structure, near the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.  Here are some other “cool” spots to get your skate on!

Galleria-Dallas_Ice-Rink_ppl– Ice at the Galleria5015 Westheimer Road; www.IceAtTheGalleria.com
– Memorial City Mall303 Memorial City Way; www.SkateMemorialCity.com
– Aerodrome8220 Willow Place Drive N; www.Aredromes.com
– Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center16225 Lexington Boulevard; www.SugarLandIce.com
– The Ice at Discovery Green1500 McKinney Street; www.DiscoveryGreen.com/Ice
– The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center9606B Six Pines Drive; www.facebook.com/TheWoodlandsIceRink

Planting

Now is a great time to plant onions, lettuces, radishes, turnips, English peas, snap peas, beets, carrots & kale.  Gardeners can rejoice knowing the likelihood of freezes have passed.  Enjoy more temperate weather, with no fear of heat stroke!  Find a local nursery, like Cornelius Nursery in Houston (www.CorneliusNurseries.com) or The Arbor Gate in Tomball (http://www.arborgate.com/)

Cheer on the runners of the Chevron Houston Marathon

January 17 – visit www.ChevronHoustonMarathon.com for more details.

There is lots to love in Houston in the winter, and it sure beats shoveling snow!  Enjoy your around-the-town adventures!!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Halloween Activites

october-month-owlIt is hard to believe that we are already into our last few days of September. The cooler weather makes it a wonderful time to start adventuring out and seeing everything that living in The Woodlands and the surrounding areas have to offer. Although Halloween is a full month away, the festivities begin before you know it. And Halloween isn’t the only thing that draws crowds this time of year! I wanted be sure you were aware of some of the fun events that will be taking place around town during October.

Original Greek Festival
October 3-4

This event in Houston celebrates a long and proud history of the Greek community in the Greater Houston area. Part of the proceeds from the event are used to support various charities.
www.GreekFestival.org 

Houston Italian Festival
October 8-11 

The Houston Italian Cultural & Community Center sponsors this annual event that features music, games, shopping and most of all, food!
www.HoustonItalianFestival.com

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
October 9-11
Live music, street performers, car show, Kid Zone, fireworks & of course, catfish!
Scarecrow Festival
October 10-11
The Festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home décor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.), delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more.
Bayou City Art Festival
October 10-11
A sophisticated outdoor gallery under the iconic Houston skyline, transforming the streets of downtown into artistic avenues bursting with color and culture.
Texas Renaissance Festival
October 11-November 30
One of the biggest & longest-running festivals in the Houston region brings medieval magic to Plantersville, near Magnolia. Come for music, entertainment & lots of fun!

www.TexRenFest.com

The Wicked Wonderland Family Carnival
October 16

This year the carnival will be in Creekside Village at Rob Fleming Park on Friday, October 16, from 4-8 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy all the live performances and a ton of fun activities! This event is appropriate for all ages. Performances, contest participation, trick or treat stations and movie are free. Tickets for sale for games, concessions and night hike. For more information please call: 281-210-3950
www.WoodlandsEvents.com/fall/halloween-the-woodlands

The Haunting at Bear Branch
Weekend evenings beginning October 17

Don’t miss this October tradition! The 2015 Haunting at Bear Branch Park will be on October 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, from 8-10 p.m. The theme this year is Neighborhood of Nightmares. A tour guide will lead groups of visitors through a trail made to look like a manor in a neighborhood with a secret. Admission is $8 per person, ticket sales stop at 9:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 9 and older.
www.WoodlandsEvents.com/fall/halloween-the-woodlands

Wings Over Houston Airshow
October 17-18

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team headline this year’s Commemorative Air Force (CAF) 31st Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow, at Ellington Airport. The Thunderbirds, performing as a team of six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, return to Houston following their last Wings Over Houston performance in 2010. See these airmen and more at this weekend event.
www.WingsOverHouston.com

Galveston ARToberFest
October 17-18
Experience art, food & fun with over 100 artists in various mediums. This is the 18th year for this wonderful event that showcases amazing talent.

www.ARToberFEST.com

Hocus Pocus Pops
October 23
A magical evening is waiting for you at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops featuring the Houston Symphony beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanie and lawn seating are free courtesy of H-E-B. Tickets are not required for free seating. For a list of complete activities for this amazing evening, sure to delight everyone in the family, please visit:

www.WoodlandsCenter.org/tourarchive.html?n_id=2457

Annual Texian Market Days
October 24
Light the fire and sound the cannons! The 32nd annual Texian Market Days festival is set at the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, Texas. Discover more than 150 years of Texas history with hands-on activities, battle re-enactments, music and entertainment, historic home tours, cowboys, food, artisan vendors and more!

www.TexianMarketDays.com

Flea Market @ Town Center Parking Garage
October 24
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed yet, but The Woodlands does not allow yard or garage sales at individual residences. Instead, the Township sponsors a semi-annual event to get everyone in the same place to sell their wares. The event runs from 7-10:30 am.

www.TheWoodlandsTownship-TX.gov/villageassociations

Kemah Boardwalk Halloween Costume Contest
October 24 & 31
Dress up the kids in their spooky best for a chance at some great prizes. (12 & under) Or if you want to channel your inner “Walking Dead,” join in for the Zombie Night Party on October 24
where you dress up, walk and dance like a zombie! Costume contests, ride discounts and more!

www.KemahBoardwalk.com

Trick or Treat Trail
October 25
The Trick or Treat Trail is a frighteningly fun time for the whole family. This event features a costume contest for all ages, haunted attractions, appearances by children’s favorite tv and film characters, face painting, bobbing for apples, candy grabs and kid-friendly arts and crafts. Everyone in the family is encouraged to get in the Halloween spirit. The free, family-friendly event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 3-6 p.m. at Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, and along The Woodlands Waterway.

www.KemahBoardwalk.com

Spooktacular Fundraiser at The Woodlands Children’s Museum
October 31
From 4 to 8 p.m. The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts delightful… not frightful Halloween funtivities. Participate in pin the nose on the pumpkin, the mummy wrap game, haunted house bean bag toss, ghost bowling and more. Come dressed in costume. Member child $7/nonmember child $9, parents are free. Best for ages 7 and under.

www.WoodlandsChildrensMuseum.org/events.html?page=events&view=2015-10-31&month=2015-10

Finally, various pumpkin patches will soon be opening and you can find great lists of the options in the area at: www.WoodlandsOnline.com/spps/ahpg.cfm?spgid=678 and www.thewoodlandskidstuff.com/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=listcats&cat_id=149&Itemid=18

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Spectator Sports

nrg-stadiumThis is Texas, and football is a big deal! From little league to the NFL, Houston takes its football seriously. The Houston Texans play at NRG stadium for home games. It’s a quick trip down I45 and around the loop to catch a live game. Check out their web site for more information or tickets: www.houstontexans.com

MinutemaidparkIn addition to the Houston Texans, Houston boasts their MLB team, the Astros. Their home is Minute Maid Park downtown. They’ve had a few good runs, but as of late, have been shut out of the playoffs.  Reaching the 2005 World Series and getting shut out by the White Sox, we’re due for a title soon!
www.houston.astros.mlb.com

BBVA_Compass_Stadium,_North_FacadeFor the soccer fans, The Dynamos play at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamos have won two titles, 2006 and 2007. Additionally, the Houston Dash, the female equivalent, play in the same location. The games draw enthusiastic fans and are great fun!

 

109_Houston_Rockets_at_Toyota_CenterFor the basketball fans, the Houston Rockets round out the major sports teams. As the season approaches, you will notice t-shirts emblazoned with “Fear The Beard.” This refers to James Hardin, #13 at the shooting guard position. The Rockets play at the Toyota Center and also boast two titles, 1994 and 1995 with many playoff appearances as well. They face-off against the Dallas Mavericks their first game of the pre-season on October 7th.

 

1402348338-Sugar_Land_Skeeters_920Houston also offers quite a few minor league and semi-pro sports. The Houston Energy, H-Town Texas Cyclones and Houston Power are all women’s football teams. The Sugar Land Skeeters and The Woodlands Strykers are minor league baseball teams in the area, and the Houston Ducks are a minor league football team. You can take a look at the Sugar Land Skeeters venue in our OnLocation video, woodlandsrelogroup.com/on_location/view/24.

 

GrbccbldThere are also a number of annual sporting events that may be of interest to you. For the runners, the Houston Marathon is held each January. This event begins at the George R. Brown Convention Center and winds through the streets of Houston. More information can be found at: www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com

 

urlThe US Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championship has been held in Houston since 2001. It’s the only ATP world event held on clay courts.  You can catch this action in July each year.

 

B_cLIILUcAAZXuW.0.0Baseball fans will want to put The Houston College Classic on their calendar. This is a college baseball event that is held in February at Minute Maid Park: www.theadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/baseball/2015/03/09/cajuns-play-houston-college-classic/24669069

 

nrg-stadium-2-1200xx3760-2115-0-196The Rodeo is something that you will want to put on your list of things to do as well. This event is held during February and March at NRG Stadium. Save this website as it gets closer – www.rodeohouston.com. This an amazing event that hosts some wonderful concerts, but make sure you go early to see the actual rodeo too! The lineup will be announced and tickets will go on sale in January.

 

35697Lastly, for the golfers, the Shell Houston Open is held each year in March/April (March 28-April 3, this coming year) at the Golf Club of Houston. It’s the warm up round for the Masters each year as that is held the following week at the famed Augusta National. www.shellhoustonopen.com. If spectator golf is your thing, you can also catch the seniors play a major tour stop in The Woodlands – The Insperity Invitational, May 2-8, 2016.
www.insperityinvitational.com

 

Please let us know how we can be of service to you and your family as you settle in your new home.  Have a great week, and enjoy the fall weather!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

September is…

Autumn Leaves, New England, USASeptember is here! While it is still warm during the day, I can definitely tell there is an ever so slight chill in the air in the evenings. As the weather cools down, The Woodlands celebrates with lots of great outdoor activities. There are so many lovely parks in the area and these are just a few of the offerings this month:

Concert in the Park Series at Northshore Park- 5:30-7:30pm
     September 13th – The Spicolis (80s Rock)
     September 20th -Matt Mason (Texas Country)
     October 4th – Russell Boyd (Variety Piano Man)
     October 11th – Gary Michael Dahl Band (Jazz)
Live at Night concerts at Waterway Square

     Saturdays through September – 6-8pm
Arts in the Park at Rob Fleming Park

     September 12th – 3-7pm
The Woodlands Wildflower Festival at Town Green Park

     September 26th – 10am-2pm

September 22nd is National Voter’s Registration Day.  With quite an important election coming soon, you will want to make sure you are on the books! Visit www.mctx.org/election today to make sure you are registered before the Joint Election on November 3rd.

While these events are over a month away, registration will fill up quickly. For the avid runners out there, you will not want to miss the 10th Annual 10 for Texas Run on October 10th. This event usually sells out, but there are still registration spots open. This is a 10-mile run event, but they also have a 1-mile event for children. If you want to volunteer for the event, there are openings for that too! The event ends with a Texas-sized post-race party in Market Street’s beautiful Central Park! Runners and volunteers can sign up at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/index.aspx?NID=298.
If you are a walker, you might enjoy a different event. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsor and event titled Light the Night Walk.  These events start at 5:30pm. There is one at NRG Park in Houston on October 10th and another at Market Street on October 18th.  For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/txg.
Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Round Top Antiques Fair

fa38b5_f34dc6884614457c86d3ec8bba6c4f30.jpg_srz_p_391_501_75_22_0.50_1.20_0There is a unique event coming up next month that I wanted to bring to your attention. The Original Round Top Antiques Fair will run from September 28-October 3. Usually the event is only open to the public for the weekend, but they have extended the dates this year. This is an event that has been featured on HGTV on several shows, including the current hit, Fixer Upper.

The Antiques Fair runs every spring and fall and is headquartered in Round Top, TX. However, the event has grown so much, it actually spreads over 3 counties. I’ve been twice and I have probably only seen 10% of what this event can offer.

img_4913There are several reasons to make the pilgrimage to Round Top. The town boasts a population of 90 residents, but the town is teeming with several thousand people over the course of the event. If you are looking for something special and unusual, but won’t know it until you see it, this is the event for you. The event has some of the most wonderful antique dealers around. Also, the weather is usually wonderful and sometimes you need a destination to get out of the house. Depending on which location(s) you want to visit, the drive is 2-3 hours from The Woodlands.

If you are just going up for the day, try to park in Round Top and just walk around. The streets are lined with dealers of all sorts, as well as store fronts that are there year round. As you radiate out from the town center, some stops will have free parking and some will charge. Marburger Farm did charge, per adult, but had over 300 vendors who had some wonderful, high quality items. Other locations did not charge for parking and had great options too. I will encourage you to do your research so that you know what you are getting into.

For the official word in all things Round Top, visit the official website:

This is a great site that gives you the skinny on what you need to know and how to navigate the area:

Some publications have guides to help you navigate the show:

This is a fantastic event in the greater area and not informing you of the possibilities would be a crime. Please let us know when you go and how you enjoyed it. Feel free to post on our social media sites as well to let others know what you thought!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

AMAZING Texas Facts!

shutterstock_188642768One of my favorite parts of my job is researching the weekly newsletter.  I am always amazed at how much information is out there that I had no idea was there! This blog article came across my search (http://www.lovefortexas.com/lore/amazing-texas-facts/) and I thought it was fun.  It’s always great to have some local color and knowledge when talking to those out of state.  Some of my family is still in the Northeast and trying to explain number 1 and 27 below really blew some minds!  Enjoy a fun read (memorize just a few of these for your next office gathering!) and let us know if there is any way we can be of service to you this week. We are here to help you make The Woodlands home.

Our state is big, it’s wide, and it’s weird. Put those things together and you have a list of some amazing things about Texas.

1. Beaumont to El Paso: 742 miles, Beaumont to Chicago: 770 miles.

2. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas.

3. World’s first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883.

4. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston.

5. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.

6. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America’s only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

7. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.

8. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was “Houston…”

9. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island.

10. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43″ in 24  hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.

11. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.

12. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

13. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.

14. Dublin, TX has the oldest and only Dr Pepper bottling company that is still working and producing the original Dr Pepper.

15. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Austin.

16. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet).

17. The name “Texas” comes from the Hasini Indian word “tejas” meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas .

18. The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.).

19. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston.

20. Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.

21. More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.

22. Texas boasts the nation’s largest herd of whitetail deer.

23. The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870 and still in use today as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River.

24. In 1836 five sites served as temporary capitals of Texas: Washington-on-the-Brazos:
Harrisburg: Galveston: Velasco: and Columbia. Sam Houston moved the capital to Houston in 1837. In 1839 the capital was moved to the new town of Austin.

25. Texas’ largest county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles.

26. Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States: Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.

27. El Paso is closer to Needles, California than it is to Dallas.

28. Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation’s total area.

29. More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.

30. The state’s cattle population is estimated to be near 16 million.

31. More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.

32. Laredo is the world’s largest inland port.

33. The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the world’s largest rose garden. It contains 38,000 rose bushes representing 500 varieties of roses set in a 22-acre garden.

34. Amarillo has the world’s largest helium well.

35. The San Jacinto Monument in LaPorte, TX is listed as the tallest stone column memorial structure in the world, 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Fall Action Guide

shutterstock_305479520With the start of school days looming, so begins our attempt at getting back to some kind of schedule.  While I could go on for pages about all of the things to do in The Woodlands, The Woodlands Township does a wonderful job of offering recreation programs for all ages.  The Recreation Center is not just for kids!  Below are some highlights from the 2015 Fall Action Guide from The Woodlands Township that show the variety of programs offered.

The Woodlands Township Recreation Center is located on Research Forest Drive, west of Gosling Drive.  At this location, there are sports fields, Bear Branch pool, a skate park, a dog park and an inline skating hockey rink, just to name a few amenities.  Many of the programs operate from this location – while others are held in a variety of parks and facilities throughout town.

Outdoor Concerts

Concert-in-the-ParkIn the fall months, The Woodlands Township will sponsor 4 outdoor concerts at Northshore Park on Lake Woodlands Drive.  These events are free and run from 5:30-7:30pm

• September 13: The Spicolis (80s Rock)
September 20: Matt Mason (Texas Country)
This night is also the 5th Annual Family Sidewalk Chalk Competition, which starts prior to the concert.
October 4: Russell Boyd (Variety Piano Man)
October 11: Gary Michael Dahl Band (Jazz)
This night also features the 2nd Annual Jack-O-Lantern Challenge.

Labor Day

Labor Day is celebrated all weekend at Waterway Square.  Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6, from 6-9pm, you can enjoy live music, children’s activities and fireworks.

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Kayaking

RivaRow046Kayaking on Lake Woodlands is great for novices and experts.  Riva Row Boat House offers classes, private lessons and group outings, or you can just show up on a Sunday afternoon and take a kayak out the water.  They will often offer discounts through Groupon or AmazonLocal, so be sure to check that out as well.

For Kids

As you would expect, there are great options for preschoolers and kids, including venues to host a birthday party.  Several Fridays during the fall the recreation center will offer a kids night out. Kids Night Out is for ages 4-10 and is offered once a month on a Friday.  The Gorilla Hole is for 5th and 6th graders and runs during 6 Fridays in the fall from 7-9:45pm.

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But aside from i9 sports and tennis, the Recreation center offers classes for dance, engineering, art, tai chi, cooking, just to name a few! There is certain to be something for every kid (big and little) at the Recreation Center.

For Adults

Rec Center_thumbThere are tennis groups, aquatic programs, 7v7 soccer, flag football and softball leagues.  Get a group together, get active and have some fun! What about wilderness survival or fly fishing?  The Recreation Center has that covered too!  Not to mention, there is a wonderful fitness room, complete with cardio machines, free weights and resistance machines. You can sign up for a daily rate of $6 or get an extended monthly membership for $10/month.  You can’t get a better deal than that at any other fitness center around town!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor