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From acclaimed musical artists to sampling steaks, wine and more, when the 6th annual Texas Reds Festival takes over the streets of Downtown Bryan on October 12-13, there will be something for every age and every interest.
Artists and other vendors will join Downtown merchants for unique shopping while the Children’s Museum of Brazos Valley will provide a Kids Zone with games and activities for the youngest festival goers. Kid Zone attractions will be $1 for individual tickets or unlimited game wristbands are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate.
Look at your mental picture of a marathon runner: is it a college-age sylph with a high pony or a hard-body 20-year-old dude running for the beer at the end of the race? You need to get a new picture. “Most people would be surprised to learn that when the expected 3,000+ runners line up at the start of the Scott&White Healthcare BCS Marathon + Half Marathon, the average runner is a 32-year-old mother with a couple of children who has never done sports competitively,” says Race Director Chris Field.
With 2,350 runners already registered for the December 9 marathon and half marathon, the single largest demographic by far is women age 30-39. Men comprise 55 percent of the marathon registrants; women are dominating the half marathon at 68 percent. Why does it matter? Because regardless of your age or fitness background, whether you are in the race or cheering runners somewhere along the course, “everybody who goes to a marathon is inspired,” says Field.
Inspiration could easily be the BCS Marathon’s theme.
“When we announced [the first BCS Marathon] in summer 2011, we knew of one local running club that had about 25 members,” says Field. “A year later after the success of the first marathon, eight running clubs have formed and the original club has tripled in size and has about 75 members. Every trainer in town has watched this trend and has started a running club because clients demand it because of the race.”
“This year, we’ve added a kids marathon presented by Scott&White Healthcare,” says Field. “It started because Dr. Eddie Coulson, superintendent of CSISD, ran his first half marathon last year. We set up a meeting about a kids marathon; he was seeing families and kids running together. We wanted to give them an outlet for that.”
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI “OLE MISS”
Oxford, Mississippi, October 6
olemissfb.com / photos by Kyle Campbell
By air: Memphis International Airport is 1 hour, 16 minutes from Oxford
Road trip: College Station to Oxford, Mississippi – 10 hours 19 minutes on I-20 E
Mascot: The Rebels
Colors: Red & Blue
Chant: Hotty Toddy
Listed in Sports Illustrated as the nation’s number one tailgating school, Ole Miss is home to the The Grove located on 10 acres of land directly outside the stadium. It’s a sea of red and blue fans and tents as far as the eye can see. Don’t be surprised if you see women in heels and men in khakis and blazers – the Rebels come dressed to impress. Two hours and thirty minutes before the game is the Rebel’s Walk of Champions: the football team strolls through The Grove, for an up close look at the
Aggie’s competition. At gametime, the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field is full of fans filled with southern pride, dressed to the nines yelling Hotty Toddy, chanting school songs and proudly showing their school spirit. Aggies: this is your introduction to the SEC game-time atmosphere. Get ready for it.
Insider Tip: Fans will enjoy the historic downtown square with shops, restaurants, bars and galleries. Plus, you can catch the town’s famous double decker bus, which offers a free shuttle on game days, prior to kickoff (does not run during or after the game). – Mary Allyn Roulhac, tourism manager, Oxford CVB
“Having Down syndrome doesn’t mean that you can’t do something – it just takes a little longer,” explains Christy Knight, president of the Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley (DSABV). “We want to educate the public to see that we all are more alike than different.” Knight hopes the community will turn out when DSABV hosts the annual Buddy Walk so they can experience just how much alike we all really are. “Our kids are able to do what any other kid does,” says Knight,“Maybe not at the same speed, but with patience they can do anything.”
You don’t have to have Down syndrome or even know someone with Down syndrome to be a buddy and go for a walk on October 7. You just need to care. “A lot of people look at those with Down syndrome and think ‘Aww, that’s so sad,’” says Knight. “They need to realize they have all of the same abilities that we do.” Jennifer Seigert and her 17-year-old daughter Sara have been DSABV members since it’s beginning. “It helps me to meet other parents with teenagers like Sara,” says Siegert. “We listen to each other and try to help each other out. If I have experience with a situation that another parent is facing, I can share the things that have worked for me.”
Brazos Valley Chorale
(979) 776-1776 bvchorale.org
Directed by Jess Wade iii, the chorale is known and respected for its ambitious repertoire of choral masterworks as well as contemporary classics; it is comprised of college students to retirees who all just love singing.
Beethoven’s Boldest, Rudder Auditorium, November 4, 5 p.m.
The Brazos Valley Chorale, Texas A&M Century Singers and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Metropolitan Opera star Emily Pulley, Grammy Award winner Sasha Cooke, and Chris Hoffman. Marcello Bussiki will be conducting the concert.
Christmas Cheer, First Presbyterian Church December 8, 7:30 p.m.
“let it snow!” “Silver Bells” and “Winter Wonderland” are just a few of the holiday cheers the Brazos Valley chorale will be performing for this concert.
Tony Time!, College Station Hilton february 23, 6:30 p.m.
The annual pops dinner concert will be from Tony Award winning Broadway musicals.
Festival of Favorites, Christ United Methodist Church, May 5, 3 p.m.
Join the chorale as they celebrate Jess Wade’s 25th year and final concert comprised of Wade’s favorite pieces from over the years.
Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra
(979) 696-6100 Bvso.org
In the upcoming 31st season, the Brazos Valley Symphony once again brings great symphonic masterpieces to our community in live performance.
Music Director Marcelo Bussiki has planned exquisite selections that cross musical borders transporting audiences to worlds of joy, romance and mystery. experience the symphony’s breathtaking concerts this season and find time to support the orchestra’s topnotch fundraisers as well.
European Romance, Rudder Theater October 7, 5 p.m.
The Symphony kicks off its 31st season with orchestral classics and internationally acclaimed pianist Inon Barnatan joins the orchestra in performing Saintsaens’ Piano concert No. 2. Maestro Bussiki and the orchestra will close with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.
Golf tournament fundraiser Pebble creek country club, October 8
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History has several upcoming events that are perfect for the entire family including a 5K run, a chuck wagon cook-off, and a living history fair.
7th Annual Boonville Days Living History Fair
The Living History Fair will open on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year includes the 1stAnnual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. Meal tickets for the Chuck Wagon Saturday noon meal will be pre-sold at the Museum for $15.
During the fair, attendees can visit with characters in period costume; see an old stagecoach, musicians, dancers and more. Boonville Days will observe first-hand demonstrations of frontier skills such as spinning, weaving, blacksmithing and quilting. Children can enjoy creating pinch pots and other crafts from the time period.
Visitors can enjoy the delicious smells from the Chuck Wagon and listen to Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band. Professor Paisley from the Texian Institute of Oxenology will show Justice and Liberty, oxen showcasing Texas culture from 1830-1845. Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate and the traveling exhibit “No End of Vision: Texas As Seen by Two Laureates” are also included in the entertainment.
Runners will stampede their way through Bryan/College Station on October 6 at 7:30 a.m. as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 4th Annual Buffalo Stampede. This year’s race introduces the first half-marathon.
Athletes will have the opportunity to show off their skills by running 21,100 meters (a half-marathon) or 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). The course begins at the Museum, is USATF certified and the races are timed with Chrono Track System disposable bib tags to allow for accurate timing of all runners.
Register early at www.brazosvalleymuseum.org, where maps and race details are available. For more information about registration options call the museum at 979-776-2195.
Runners’ packets and late registration will be available on Thursday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Museum. Packets may also be picked up on race day beginning at 6:00 a.m. Race Day registrations will be accepted from 6:00-7:00 a.m., but prior registration is strongly encouraged. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.