May 20, 2012

Activities For All Ages At The Bryan+College Station Library

There are numerous activities at the Bryan and College Station Libraries this summer for all ages.You don’t need to spend a fortune visiting exotic locales this summer … just read a book! The Bryan+College Station Library has activities for kids, teens, tweens and adults.

For kids, the Youth Services Department hosts the “Ready to Read” program, which is held every Thursday through August 2. The Ready to Read program encourages children age 3 and up to enjoy a fun-filled story-time at the Clara B. Mounce Public Library.

The Youth Services Department also has a Children’s Summer Reading Club as well as “Babies and Books” that allows infants through the age of 2 to enjoy story-time as well.

Saturday, June 16, beginning at 10 a.m., the library will host Motorcycle Mania. The public is encouraged to visit the bike display outside of the Bryan library courtesy of the Jericho Riders. The goal of The Youth Services Department is to instill a love of reading in all children.

May 19, 2012

Integrated Social Marketing

You Know You Should. You Just Don't Know How.

Business owners should keep up with the digital age or risk extinction.

It’s a familiar pattern: over a couple of decades something completely changes business in America. Transportation moved goods and money outside a central area first by horse and wagon, then by rail, highway and air. Communication, first by telegraph, moved both information and money over vast distances in a short time. The telephone shifted business inside the home allowing consumers direct communication with businesses and to receive goods. At each juncture, businesses that didn’t adapt became extinct.

The Internet age is different. Sometimes referred to as “the great equalizer,” the Internet makes marketing tools and information previously available only to well-capitalized businesses available to small businesses and startups.

Inbound marketing has done the same thing, allowing small businesses with vision the ability to compete on many fields with the big guys. Also referred to as permission marketing or relationship marketing, inbound marketing attracts customers by offering useful information or content.

May 15, 2012

New Orleans Jazz Jam Today at Downtown Uncorked

Enjoy live jazz music at Downtown Uncorked from 6-9pm on the first Sunday of every month.Head down to Downtown Uncorked in Downtown Bryan tonight for the […]
May 15, 2012

Just Down The Road: Destinations, Festivals & Fun

A Colorful Garden

Spend a day in the garden at Barrington Living History Farm during their “Colorful Garden” weekend. See how they grow heirloom varieties of vegetables as they did in the 1850’s according to Thomas Affleck from Gay Hill at Glenblythe Plantation. Try your hand at making old-fashioned crafts to take with you. Create your own botanical journal as many women of the time did. Help them harvest their rye the old fashioned way, then take a break on the dog run porch and learn about the Anson Jones family and life 160 years ago.

May 26-27: Colorful Garden from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 16-17: They Were Here First – Native American and Tree Rings – Silent Witness to History

July 21-22: Riding the Range and Stories of the Runaway Scrape

August 18-19: Crew, chew chew and Water Everywhere and not a drop to drink

Barrington Living History Farm

Located in Washington-on-the-Brazos 

State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

(979) 878-2214

100 Days of  Summer Festival

St. Mary Parish in Brenham will host its fifth annual “100 Days of Summer” Festival May 27 beginning at 9 a.m. on the parish grounds. Activities include a live auction, silent auction, games for kids, live music, cakewalk, talent show and food booths from many different ethnic groups.

May 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 701 Church St., Brenham

(979) 836-4441

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site Presents On Time and Cradled Like a Baby

In “On Time and Cradled Like a Baby,” a Nineteenth century writer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) referred to his ride on a Concord Stagecoach across the midwest as being gentle as a baby carriage gently swaying back and forth. Arriving on time was the goal of all early mail coaches and as the mail carriers combined mail delivery with public transportation the challenge soon became that of moving mail and people aboard a large, heavy stagecoach in a timely manner.

Stepping onto the Fanthorp front porch is a passage into yesteryear as guides take visitors back to Texas in the 1850’s. It’s a unique event the whole family will remember and enjoy.

In addition to special events, Fanthorp Inn is open Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission fee, but a donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under is appreciated.

May 12: Cradled Like a Baby

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

June 9: Music Makes a Celebration

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 14: Going Postal in 1800’s Texas

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barrington Living History Farm


State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

(979) 878-2214

May 14, 2012

Blue Baker Adds Local Color To Austin

Founder Dave Fox stands in front of the bakery in the newest Blue Baker location in The Arboretum in Austin. The store opens to the public Wednesday, May 16, at 7 a.m.Look familiar? The new Austin Blue Baker brings a little bit of local B/CS color to Austin.There is nothing like the warm, delicious smell of freshly baked artisan bread or pastries to get the stomach growling and the mouth watering. This reaction has been all too familiar to residents and visitors to the Bryan/College Station area since 2001 when Blue Baker first opened its doors on Dominik Drive in College Station.

The multifaceted bakery, sandwich shop and café has continued gaining the hearts and appetites of the Brazos Valley, opening a second store on University Drive in 2007 and new this year, the marketplace innovation of hot, fresh cookies delivered to your door.

This month Dave Fox, founder of Blue Baker, has just opened the newest location in Austin at the Arboretum, a far cry from their local following. With new markets for the bakery to serve, Fox is excited about the restaurant’s move to the live music capital of the world.


“We know there is a lot of work in front of us,” Fox says. “We are not nervous, but more anxious to get going.”

Fox also points out that since the job of choosing the location is done, the new focus will be on serving Austinites and marketing in the new city. The first step, according to Fox, is connecting with people who live in Austin who already know the Blue Baker brand.

“We are trying to find ways to connect initially with people who may have lived here [College Station] in the last ten years and might know us,” Fox says. “That revolves a lot around the A&M community and how to touch base with them.”

That marketing strategy will be employed during the first three to six months of the store opening, Fox says, and once a base is established there will be a shift in focus. After the initial six months, Blue Baker will look for other ways to reach the Austin community.

“We are trying to find some groups to partner with that are analogous to what we are doing here. We are working with local publications to advertise our opening and are and finding resources in Austin that work similarly and have more of a local, small-business focus,” Fox says.

May 14, 2012

The Brazos Locavores Hold Semi-Annual Luncheon

The Semi-Annual Luncheon will be at the Village Cafe in Downtown Bryan.The Brazos Locavores will hold their Semi-Annual Luncheon 12:30pm on Saturday, May 19, at the […]
May 14, 2012

Camp Hearne Hosts Radio POW Event

Camp Hearne is located north of Hearne off of FM 845. Camp Hearne is sponsoring its first amateur radio field event in the POW Camp Theatre […]
May 9, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars Presents ‘Best Little Whorehouse In Texas’

"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" will run June 5-17 at the Hobby Center for The Performing Arts.The Theatre Under The Stars presents “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” June 5-17 at the Hobby Center for The Performing Arts in Houston. Guests will enjoy big songs and big hair during this energetic musical about a real brothel in Texas.

The musical features “Chicken Ranch,” the infamous brothel that’s put into the spotlight by reporter Melvin P. Thorpe. The story is brought to life by a town sheriff, the Texas A&M football team and Miss Mona’s risqué girls. Experience favorites such as “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place” and “Hard Candy Christmas.”

Tickets are available online at, by calling 713-558-TUTS (8887), or at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office from10am-6pm Monday through Friday and Saturday through Sunday 11am-4pm.


May 9, 2012

Tourism Showdown Thursday at Bryan H-E-B

The Mayors celebrate with their carts and the H-E-B Buddy after last year’s Tourism Showdown.On Thursday, Mayor Jason Bienski and Mayor Pro Tem Dave Ruesink will […]
May 4, 2012

It’s Art Step First Friday in Downtown Bryan

Grab the whole family and enjoy the free screening of Rataouille as part of First Friday's Art Step.FREE Movie With Madden's: Ratatouille

Don’t miss the free movie at Sale Park as part of Art Step in Downtown Bryan. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy Ratatouille beginning at 8pm. Art Step will be passing out stickers to estimate attendance, so grab one from a volunteer to help them count.

Stop by the Queen Theatre to purchase tickets for a drawing to win a porch swing made entirely out of salvaged wood from the Queen Theatre.

The swing was handcrafted by Andy Ramirez, a local retired fireman and TEEX instructor, and his brother, Bobby Ramirez. Tickets are on sale for the next few months and the drawing takes place August 31. T-shirts will also be on sale.

For more information about Art Step and the First Friday activities, visit

Carriage Rides

Enjoy a relaxing carriage ride through Downtown Bryan during the First Friday celebration from 6pm to 10pm.

The ride includes highlights of First Friday events, businesses in Downtown Bryan, and a few historical facts about Downtown. Bring your family, friends or a date – and don’t forget your camera.

Carriage Rides begin at the courtyard of the LaSalle Hotel. The rides are $25 for a group of 4 and $5 for each extra person. Call 979-778-3688 for more information.

Art Step Features

Follow the footsteps all around downtown to find original work by artists and artisans, live music from jazz to medieval to country, theater, artist demonstrations, and information about arts organizations.

May 1, 2012

Police Officers Unite to Host Take 25 for Kid Safety

Take 25 will take place Thursday, May 24, at Grand Station from 4-7pm. The Bryan and College Station Police Departments, Texas A&M University Police Department and […]
May 1, 2012

FamFest 2012: Families Helping Families Prevent Child Abuse

Country Star Rodney Atkins will headline Family Fest 2012 at Wolf Pen Creak on May 12.

Family Fest 2012 will take over Wolf Pen Creek in College Station on May 12 with a daylong lineup of music, food and kid-friendly activities all in support of a local nonprofit that has family at the heart of its mission. Country music award winner Rodney Atkins will be headlining at this unprecedented Brazos Valley family event.

Atkins’ country music career is rich with accomplishment including six number one hits like “Watching You” and “These Are My People” to his most recent smashes, “Take A Back Road,” and “Farmer’s Daughter.” His work has been nominated for multiple awards including Song of the Year, Top Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and more.

Atkins’ life hasn’t always been so blessed; his infancy seemed very bleak at first having survived three adoptions. Rodney was born to a frightened teenager who became pregnant after a traumatic first date. She chose adoption for him instead of having an abortion, but her plans took some time to hit their mark. His first adoptive parents soon returned him to the adoption agency after he developed a major respiratory illness. He was adopted a second time, but once again the adoptive parents were not prepared to handle his health issues. By the third adoption, Rodney had a permanent home with Allan and Margaret Atkins. Now, as a wildly successful country music artist, Rodney Atkins has become the spokesperson for the National Council on Adoption. 

May 1, 2012

StageCenter Theatre Presents “Black Comedy”

The show begins at 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday. StageCenter Theatre will present Peter Shaffer’s Brirish comedy, “Black Comedy,” Thursday-Saturday through May 12. Struggling artist Brindsley Miller and his fiancée […]
April 28, 2012

Community Theatre Around The Brazos Valley

Bring the whole family to experience local theater at its best with these performances by Troupe Over the Hill and StageCenter Theatre.  Troupe Over The Hill […]
April 25, 2012

Brazos Valley Symphony Hosts Derby Day Gala Fundraiser

The Derby Day Gala Fundraiser will be May 5 at the Hilton Bluebonnet Ballroom. On May 5 beginning at 4pm, the Brazos Valley Symphony will host […]