October 7, 2011

Everybody Needs a Friend: Reptile Hospice & Sanctuary of Texas

Frank Saling and Teresa Shisk-Saling have created a haven for reptiles of all shapes and sizes.Twenty-two years ago, one iguana set off a life-long mission for Teresa Shisk-Saling. A couple had seen the iguana, thought it was a snake, and proceeded to hack at it with a weed whacker.  When they realized it was an iguana they took it to the veterinary hospital where Saling was working and asked her to save it. Saling helped nurse the iguana back to health and even took it home to see that it was properly rehabilitated. For Saling, this was the beginning of the rest of her life.

There are animal shelters for almost every type of animal, but when you search for reptile shelters almost nothing comes up. Saling wants to change that. Reptiles have as much right to love as puppies or kittens do, says Saling. “We find that people buy these animals when they’re small, they either realize they’re not the best pets or they’re too much trouble, so I really try to give them good homes.” It’s devotion like this that makes the local community and even people all across Texas trust the Reptile Hospice and Sanctuary of Texas with the reptiles they can no longer care for.
October 4, 2011

Culture Shock: From Sound of Music & Shakespeare to Chinese Acrobats, See it All!

The Theatre Company production of Sound of Music opens October 7-9 and continues for two additional weekends.Get planning now so you can enjoy as many of the eight theater productions on tap over the next five days as possible beginning Wednesday with Guys & Dolls (October 5-9) presented by Theatre Under the Stars at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston. Show times are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. For more information regarding seating and tickets, call 713-558-TUTS or visit  

Stagecenter Theatre in Bryan presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream October 6-8; all performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children and $6 for Thursday shows.

October 4, 2011

30 years of magical music

The 30th Celebration concert will take place October 9 at Rudder Theatre. For tickets, call (979) 696-6100.Music is a magical experience that can lift the spirit or simply fill the soul. Consider the music of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra: “There’s a moment at the end of the piece where time seems to stand still,” says Mary Koeninger, executive director of the Brazos Valley Symphony Society. “The audience and the orchestra become one, and then suddenly the applause happens. It’s pure magic.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra helping to fill the local musical soul. Originally, there were two orchestras: the Brazos Symphony Orchestra and the Bryan/College Station Chamber Orchestra. When the two merged and became the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra they also brought into being the Brazos Valley Symphony Society, a nonprofit organization that provides administrative support for the orchestra. Together, the two groups make beautiful music – and events – happen.

October 4, 2011

Celebrating Service: The Junior League of B/CS

You don't have to be a member of the Junior League to attend the Charity Ball on November 12. Call (979) 774-4759 or email for ticket information.On November 12, the Junior League of Bryan/College Station will celebrate 30 years of volunteerism at their annual Charity Ball. Amid the music, live band and a return of The Follies – skits performed by local celebrities – will be reflections on the impact of the League and its service to the community over the past three decades.

“The Junior League is a community service organization focused on improving the lives of children and youth in Bryan/College Station,” says Lizett Hawkins, League president. Begun in 1982 as The Service League with 108 charter members, the group was admitted to the Association of Junior Leagues International in 1988. Today, 380 active Junior League members take on a variety of projects each year all aimed at enriching the lives and education of area children.

Through donations and service, Junior League has contributed more than $2 million to the Bryan/College Station area, Hawkins says.
October 3, 2011

Brazos Valley Worldfest: Making international learning a local experience

Brazos Valley Worldfest will host a variety of different cultural activities Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.Brazos Valley Worldfest 2011 will celebrate cultural diversity at the Wolf […]
October 3, 2011

Rally Car Wash: Rallying for Veterans

Rally Car Wash will participate in the Grace for Vets FREE Car Wash Program on Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.On Nov. 11 at […]
October 3, 2011

Habitat for Humanity: 200 homes, Over 800 lives changed

Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity will celebrate their 200th home on Nov.12 at 9 a.m.The Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity will be celebrating its 200th home […]
October 1, 2011

The Art of Craft: Renaissance Festival hosts unique art vendors

Michael Moore's shop at the Texas Renaissance Festival features hundreds of different fairy and gnome doors of all styles and colors. Only three weekends remain for this year's event, including the Friday after Thanksgiving.The Texas Renaissance Festival is an opportunity for visitors to take a trip back in time, but only three weekends remain in this season. While you're there, you can shop for a handmade souvenir you can't find anywhere else. Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 were School Days at the festival and gave grade school children a chance to experience the wonders of the festival and purchase unique items from the plethora of vendors.

People flocked into tent after tent of different vendors selling everything from wooden swords to handmade leather satchels.  One tent tucked away amongst the mass of other artists and craftsmen was a man who added his own unique touch to his renaissance art.

Visions in the Wood is a shop that has been featured at the Texas Renaissance Festival for the last 18 years.  Michael Moore, artist at the festival, and his family hand craft wooden products to sell every year.

October 1, 2011

Help Rescue KEOS Radio: Get Texas Renaissance Festival Tickets

Get tickets through KEOS Radio to the Texas Renaissance Festival, which takes place every weekend through November 27.KEOS, Bryan/College Station's public access radio station, is giving tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival as thank-you gifts to donors who give funds to keep the station in operation. Anyone making a donation to KEOS Radio of $25 will recieve two adult tickets. Regular ticket prices are $25 each at the gate and $20 each online, so radio station supporters are getting tickets at half price for their donation. You can also receive a child's ticket for each $5 donation to KEOS, making this is the best deal out there for Texas Renaissance Festival tickets.

To get tickets and support local community access radio, stop by the KEOS studio at 202 E. Carson Street in Bryan, call them at (979) 779-5367, or visit

The Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville continues every weekend through November 27. Visit for festival dates and hours.

September 26, 2011

Congratulations Chef Tai – America’s #1 Food Truck is from College Station!

There was plenty of screaming at Sunday night's Watch Party at Veritas restaurant in College Station when the Food Network announced at the end of the Great American Food Truck Race that Chef Tai's Mobile Gourmet Bistro had won the Great American Food Truck Competition. After six weeks of voting, going head-to-head with trucks from New York and Las Angeles and then being left in suspense when the Leader Board disappeared from the Food Network website two hours before voting ended last week ... Chef Tai won!

The contest included a $10,000 prize for the winner and the chance to appear on Season 3 of the Great Food Truck Race. Tai says he was interviewed by phone and told he was in the 'Top 5" contenders for the prize. Asked what he thought his chance of being selected for the show, he shrugged and said with a smile, "I was quirky. Who knows?"

September 21, 2011

How to Get Your Glee On Around the Brazos Valley

A variety of area theater groups offer opportunities to get involved in all aspects of theatre production for all ages.The Brazos Valley may be far from Broadway, but it’s home to an abundance of theatrical talent showcased in a variety of local theater companies, and each group offers a different focus and mission. While supporting the local arts community by attending these productions is certainly encouraged, many people don’t realize how easy it is to get involved with a theatre group or how welcoming these groups are to new volunteers.
September 14, 2011

Trivia Quiz: Test Your Brazos Valley IQ

Score 1 for every question you get right.

Trivia Scores:


You’re new to the Brazos Valley by way of Azerbaijan. Glad we could help you get acquainted with your new hometown.


Not bad … for recently transplanted Canadian. Try to make all the Aggie sporting events this season, and you’ll blend in even better, eh?


You may have too much time on your hands and/or you’ve been helping us plan this update to Insite’s 1991 Brazos Valley Trivia issue since … 1992.


Seriously? You were born here and one of your parents was a history teacher and the other was a reference librarian. Try to get out more.

Trivia Quiz: The Brazos Valley


True or False: The Dixie Chicken serves the most beer per square foot of any bar in the U.S.?

True! This says a lot for College Station, Texas, the bar capital of the world (most per capita).

 Hearne native Rosie Lee Moore Hall is known for her portrayal of which southern cooking icon?

Aunt Jemima. Rosie was the last actual person to portray the character "Aunt Jemima" for the Quaker Oats Company. Over the years, several women played the part of Aunt Jemima, but the last "real" woman was Rosie Lee Moore Hall from Robertson County.

September 14, 2011

Championship Peruvian Horse Show

September 16-18 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day, the Camino Real and Lone Star Peruvian Horse Clubs are presenting their annual combined Championship Peruvian Horse show at the Brazos County Expo Center. Peruvian horses are renowned for their “no bounce” ride, especially comfortable for those riders with back or leg problems that may no longer be able to enjoy riding a trotting horse. The show includes classes for breeding and pleasure horses, professional, amateur and junior riders all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
September 14, 2011

Chamber Concerts: Always World Class, Always Free

Quarteto Vivace Brazil will perform October 10 as part of the Community Chamber concert series.The Board of the Friends of Chamber Music has announced the 16th season of Community Chamber Concerts. The 2011-12 season will feature six concerts with three in the fall and three in the spring. Leading off the season will be a performance by Ars Lyrica Houston with the renowned French-Italian soprano Céline Ricci on Thursday, September 22, at First Presbyterian Church in Bryan. Ars Lyrica (“lyric arts”) is an instrumental and vocal ensemble specializing in music of the 17th and 18th centuries and featuring period-instrument programming.

The second concert will feature a unique blending of instruments – guitar, flute and percussion – as represented in the Quarteto Vivace Brazil. The quartet’s appearance, also at First Presbyterian Church, on Monday, October 10, will include a mixture of both familiar classical pieces and works by Brazilian composers. 

September 14, 2011

Bubba Moore’s Memorial Group Keeps His Spirit of Giving Alive

One of the many things Bubba Moore is remembered for is 'Bubbatat' when he lived inside a Plexiglass house in Post Oak Mall to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.They say what goes around comes around, and for those who live their life with the purpose of doing good things for other people, what comes around is a legacy of love that never dies. The Bubba Moore Memorial Group is a nonprofit, charitable organization that raises funds for local organizations and people in need of assistance primarily due to health-related issues. Formed in 2004 in honor of William Fowler “Bubba” Moore, Jr.’s life, the organization has become the legacy of a local Good Samaritan.