May Calendar

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Upcoming May Events:

30th Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
April 29th through May 1st & May 6th-8th
www.TexasCrawfishFestival.com

Senior PGA Event- Insperity Invitational
May 2nd-8th at The Woodlands Country Club Course
www.InsperityInvitational.com

31st Annual Texas Crab Festival
May 6th-8th located in Crystal Beach
www.TexasCrabFestival.org

The 126th Brenham Maifest
May 6th & 7th
www.MaiFest.org

18th Annual Spring for Life 5K Run/Walk
May 7th
www.SprintForLife.com

16th Houston Dragon Boat Festival
May 7th & 8th
www.HoustonDragonBoat.com

Artwalk 2016
May 7th & 8th located in Fayetteville
www.ArtsForRuralTexas.org

Mamma Mia!
May 13th & 14th located in Galveston      
www.TheGrand.com

43rd Pasadena Strawberry Festival
May 20th-22nd
www.StrawberryFest.org

43th Annual Houston BBQ Festival
May 22nd
www.NRGPark.com

20th Annual Rockport Festival of Wine & Food: Pinot’s & Platinum
May 28th & 29th at the Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport
www.TexasFestivalofWines.com

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Bike The Woodlands Month in May

635962485662739961Untitled-1635971780102028552_small_optimizedOne thing you will notice as a resident of The Woodlands is the trails teaming with runners and walkers and the shoulders of the roads busting with bikers.  With our flat land and The Woodlands commitment to outdoor activities, it is hard to resist the urge.

The Woodlands has made a tradition of recognizing Bike Month in May for the last four years.  This year, the Bike The Woodlands Coalition is working with The Woodlands Township to take the celebration to a whole new level!  The Coalition wants to encourage safe cycling practices and generate a culture of respect and awareness by bicyclists and non-bicyclists alike.  Some of the events planned this month are:

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Bike The Woodlands Day celebrationSaturday, May 21, 2016 – For Bike The Woodlands Day, T-shirts will be available for pick up only at Whole Foods.

 Bike Shop Week

635962480459449435BTW_Day_2635963136599858092_crop_635963136655951970635971779415933687_optimized  The Woodlands Cycling Club Rides

TXTRI Tuesday Rides

 Pathway Riders Coffee Meetup

 Bike Maintenance Workshops

Bike-in Movie

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  Bike Happy Hours

Bike-Kayak-Bike

Public Art Ride

Bike The Woodlands Yoga

To keep up with the latest developments on Bike The Woodlands 2016 and for info on all of the amazing activities planned this month, download the Event Guide.  Happy Trails!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Pavilion Season

Outdoor concerts are a great way to enjoy a beautiful evening here in the Woodlands.  The Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion, located on the Waterway, is a favorite for artists and concert goers alike. The Pavilion ranks #2 in the top 100 amphitheaters in the WORLD!!

The outdoor pavilion features lawn seating and also has covered stadium seating.  My favorite feature of the Pavilion is that due to its location, you don’t have to buy a ticket to enjoy a wonderful night out.  There are lots of green-space options outside the Pavilion along the Waterway and at Town Green, where locals pack a picnic basket, a cooler and some lawn chairs to have a great night out with friends.  Concerts sell out here since some of artists prefer a tour stop here in The Woodlands instead of Downtown Houston.  For all you need to know about parking, tickets and more, visit the Pavilion website at www.WoodlandsCenter.org.

I’ve attached the complete 2016 concert schedule, which is subject to change, but have included some highlights dates below.  Additionally, you can download the Pavilion app for your smart phone, since the amphitheater is always adding new acts.  Note that there are several cultural events that feature free lawn seating and reduced price orchestra seating.

Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles
Friday, April 29th at 8pm
($20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine & lawn seating)

“Dreams Can Come True,” Music from The Little Mermaid
Thursday, May 5th at 7:30pm
($20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine & lawn seating)

Dave Matthews Band
Friday, May 13th at 7pm

Hall & Oates With Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Sunday, May 15th at 7pm

Jimmy Buffett
Saturday, June 4th at 8pm

Texas Musical Festival Orchestra 
Friday, June 24that 8pm
(FREE event)

Star Spangled Salute
Sunday, July 3rd at 8pm
(FREE event)

Comedian Jim Gaffigan
Saturday, July 9th at 8pm

Hank Williams, Jr. & Chris Stapleton
Friday, August 12th at 7pm

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

Music of The Rolling Stones
Friday, September 2nd at 8pm
($20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine & lawn seating)

Ray LaMontagne
Friday, September 23rd at 8pm

Music of The Rolling Stones
Friday, October 7th at 7:30
($20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine & lawn seating)

21st Annual Children’s Festival
Saturday, Nov 12th (10am-5pm) and Sunday, No 13th (12-5pm)
($8 in advance/$10 at the door)

Holly Jolly Jingle
Thursday, December 1st
(FREE event)

Complete schedule: www.WoodlandsCenter.org/events.html

If you want a smaller venue, some other music hot spots in the area include:

   northshore-concertsFree Concerts in the Park are featured on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm at Northshore Park overlooking Lake Woodlands. Each season’s lineup of free concerts contains an eclectic mix of music to appeal to many different ages and tastes. For a schedule of concerts, visit http://woodlandsevents.com/entertainment/northshore-concert-in-the-park.

In Market Street’s Central Park, the extremely popular outdoor concerts on Thursday evenings, 6-8:30pm in the spring and fall. For a schedule of events and performances, visit http://woodlandsevents.com/town-center/market-street/central-park-concerts.

The-Woodlands-Waterway-SquareThe Live at Night Waterway Music Series is currently looking for performers to round out its spring & summer schedule. Visit http://woodlandsevents.com/waterway/live-at-night for updates on performers.

Baker Street Pub, located at 25 Waterway Avenue is a great location to catch live music. http://bakerstreetpub.com/The-Woodlands/events/

overview2Dosey Doe (DoseyDoe.com) has two locations for great live music, good food and a wonderful atmosphere. Check out the Big Barn, which hosts seasoned artists from a variety of genres, located at 25911 N I-45. A full schedule for the Big Barn can be found at www.doseydoe.com/upload/upcoming-eventsbb.pdf.

maxresdefaultThe Music Café is a great venue to check out up and coming musical talent for a very reasonable cover, located at 463 FM 1488.  The schedule for artists highlighted at the Music Café is located at http://www.doseydoe.com/upload/upcoming-eventsmc.pdf.

I hope you find the perfect music venue to feed your soul and enjoy all that The Woodlands has to offer. As always, I welcome the opportunity to be of service in assisting you with your transition to the area.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

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

Best of The Woodlands 2016

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A great resource in our area is the annual “Best of The Woodlands” list. This list is voted on by The Woodlands residents, through Woodlands Online. There is a “Best in Show” category, awarded to the “Best Business” in the area, as determined by community members. However, it is a great resource for finding reliable, local businesses in almost any category. From events to financial planners, burgers to bakeries, air condition repair to pest control, this list is a compilation of the businesses in the area that are good at what they do, but also provide excellent customer service and great overall value.

Businesses and organizations who placed first through third will receive a special “Best of The Woodlands” logo on their business directory page for the next year, and first place winners will be awarded a plaque to hang proudly at their place of business.

Be sure to sign up at www.woodlandsonline.com to be kept up to date on all off the great events in the area and be part of the voting public for next year’s “Best of The Woodlands!”

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor