The Palace Theater will be the site of the first Downtown Bryan Film Festival Saturday, July 21, beginning at 6:30pm. The festival will feature work of A&M Consolidated High School Audio Video Production alumni. The program has graduated students to film schools across the nation, beginning the careers of talented filmmakers. Working with the Downtown Bryan Association, Kent Juliff, Madeline Packard, Maurice Vellas, Cody Tatge are among those who served on the Film Festival’s board to help create a showcase event where Brazos Valley residents could see the work of alumni. Tatge explains that while there isn’t a huge film scene in the community, there are many local filmmakers with work worth seeing. Part of the reason the festival was created is to show the community that the filmmakers aren’t just in Los Angeles or New York or even Austin, they are also right here in the Brazos Valley.
Two of the program’s most recent graduates, Kent Juliff and Madeline Packard, were looking for a place where they could share the films they have been working on. It will also provide locals with the opportunity to see a different side of the film industry, outside of the movie theater.
“Film Festivals give people a chance to explore a different side of the big budget Hollywood films,” explains Tatge. “They are usually where the creators of those big budget Hollywood films get their start in the industry.”
Enjoy fireworks, food, music and games and more at the College Station Noon Lions Club’s “I Love America” Celebration July 4 at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until 10 p.m.
The Bush Library and Museum will be open with free admission for everyone all day. The event itself is free, but guests will need to buy tickets for any food they wish to eat except for watermelon.
This is the 51st year the College Station Noon Lions Club has presented the “I Love America” Celebration as a way for the Bryan-College Station community to gather and celebrate our country’s birth, and the 14th year the event has been hosted at the Bush Library and Museum.
The master of ceremonies for the event is K.O. from 104.7 The Mix’s morning show. Musical entertainment includes the Scott Shelby Band, The Docs, Jason Adams as Elvis, and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra presented by HEB. Listen live on KAMU-FM or streaming online at kamu.tamu.edu.
Free parking is available in the West Campus Garage, the Reed Arena parking lots, and lots 97, 74 and 61. Disabled parking is available in the north side of Lot 41 (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum).
Overflow in Lot 111 (Bush School of Government and Public Service) must display the proper disabled hangtag to be granted access to these lots. For more information about shuttles and parking go to transport.tamu.edu.
Special thanks to the City of Bryan; KAMU-FM; Bryan Coca Cola; the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation; RDM Audio; Slovacek Sausage; Texas Commercial Waste; Astin/Winkler Charitable Trust; and the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.
Event sponsors include 104.7 The Mix; KBTX Media; Texas A&M University; the City of College Station; and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra presented by HEB.
Brazos Valley Symphony Will Play A Free Concert Before The Fireworks Show:
The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra has always accompanied the fireworks show at the July 4 celebration. This year, the symphony will play a free concert an hour before the fireworks show begins. A few musical selections include Born on the Fourth of July, Battle Hymn of the Republic and Stars and Stripes Forever. Make sure not to miss out on this free event. Visit http://bvso.org for more information.
9:30 a.m. Bush Library and Museum opens; free admission all day
4:30 p.m. Barbara Bush Drive closes; free shuttles begin from West Campus Garage and Reed Arena parking lots
5 p.m. Concession stands open; games and live entertainment begin
Elizabeth Lutheran Church in Caldwell presents the 16th Annual July 3rd celebration on the church grounds just off Hwy. 21 east of Caldwell. The family friendly event offers games for the kids, bingo, Bluebell ice cream, but the homegrown tomatoes they serve with the hamburgers steal the show. Hotdogs, a raffle, silent auction, and fireworks round out the night.
The Olympics are coming up, but you don’t have to hop the pond over to London to see elite athletes compete for a medal. This Sunday, anyone on the Texas A&M University campus will be hit with a wave of future Aggies showing off their athletic prowess during the 2nd annual TRI Aggieland Kids Triathlon. Raising money for The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, kids ages 6 to 15 will compete to win in several different categories. Good news for those 16 and older: a new adult sprint triathlon will be taking place on July 15.
The community is encouraged to come out to cheer the kids on this Sunday, and those who want join the fun can still sign up for the adult sprint triahlon. While it is the second year for the kid’s triathlon, this is the first year the event has been expanded to include an adult competition. The adult triathlon sprint on July 15 will consist of a 400-meter swim in the Texas A&M natatorium, a 12-mile bike race through campus and College Station, and a 5k run through the Texas A&M campus, which includes a detour through Kyle Field. The deadline to register for the adult sprint triathlon is July 10.
A corporate relay division will allow teams of three people to compete against other businesses as one team member swims, one bikes, and another runs to complete the course.