June 3, 2012

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Welcomes New Member

Pippa the Short Tail Opossum enjoys her new home and her new friends at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.A new animal has made its home at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Pippa, a female, short-tailed opossum will reside in the BVMNH’s Discovery Room.

If you enjoy animals, stop by the museum to meet Pippa. Ask someone at the front desk to introduce you to the newest member of the Museum family.

A pet breeder in Huntsville donated 5-month-old Pippa to the BVMNH. Her scientific name is Monodelphis domestica, and the species originated in the rainforests of Brazil, Paraguay, and northern Argentina.

Short-tailed opossums were brought to the USA in 1978 and have been bred and kept as pets. This species does well in captivity because they bond to humans and can be litterbox trained.

June 1, 2012

Blues Festival Kicks Off Tonight in Downtown Bryan

Downtown Bryan will host the inaugural Bryan Texas Blues Festival and Celebration on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the Palace Theater (105 S. Main Street).

The Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society (BVAAHCS), while partnering with the City of Bryan, have put together a line-up of renowned jazz musicians who all have roots in Bryan, and attended Bryan schools.

Nat Dove, an inductee in the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame is serving as director of the festival and will also perform. Donald Ray Johnson, a Grammy award-winning musician is also in the line-up. Other scheduled performers include Damu Sudi Alii, Sunny Nash, and William Walker. (See attached schedules.)

In addition to the music at the Palace on Friday and Saturday evenings there will be a community parade on Saturday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Carver Early Childhood Center, and ending at Sadie Thomas Park.

At 2p.m. on Saturday at the Brazos Valley African American Museum (500 E Pruitt St) all of the scheduled musicians will host a free meet and greet session where they will talk about musical history in Bryan and answer questions from attendees.

Full Schedule & Performance Line-Up

May 31, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Faith Subdivision Groundbreaking

Soon this land will be full of homes for families in need in the Brazos Valley.The Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity will hold a groundbreaking ceremony […]
May 28, 2012

SARC 9th Annual Softball Tournament Saturday

The Sexual Assault Resource Center will hold its 9th Annual Bob Wiatt Crosstown-Lockdown Softball Tournament on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 9am at Veteran’s Park in […]
May 28, 2012

Learn About All Things Gluten Free at Friday’s Extravaganza

Local support group meetings are held the second Friday of each month at 7pm. This Friday’s special Extravaganza is designed for gluten intolerant individuals and for […]
May 24, 2012

2012 Issues

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May 23, 2012

Art By Murder a Creative Good Time in Downtown Bryan

The Art By Murder event includes a hands-on painting project that is designed for art newcomers but is equally enjoyable for those who have actual artistic talents.

You don't have to be an artist to create a masterpiece of fun with Art By Murder, the new event in Downtown Bryan that is equal parts tour, murder mystery, scavenger hunt and actual hands-on art creation that leaves everyone feeling a tiny bit like da Vinci. 

Art By Murder is the brainchild of Barbara German and Cynthie Hanks, who invited Insite to join a recent event and sleuth along with a group of 10 art adventurers. After meeting at Square One, we wandered through Downtown Bryan searching out clues to a murder mystery outlined in a series of mysterious phone calls, recordings and letters in manila envelopes. Hint #1 to future scavengers: rugs and shrubs are your friends when on the hunt for clues. Hint #2: the StageCenter actors want you to know the clue is OUTSIDE, not inside where they are rehearsing for a play. Oops.

May 21, 2012

Juried Art Exhibition at MSC Forsyth Center Galleries

The MSC Forsyth Center Galleries presents the 4th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition through August 19. The exhibit features contemporary works of art in different mediums from […]
May 21, 2012

Helping Hands Make A Difference

An organic farmer stands in his field next to a pesticide-laden field.Local Doctor's Mission Changes Hearts and Lives

Lani Douglas Ackerman, M.D., associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and practicing family physician at Scott &White Clinic, is more than just a doctor. She literally HELPS others, having founded the nonprofit organization Health Environmental Learning Program with her husband Tim, an ecologist. This grassroots, faith-based nonprofit helps the people of Nepal learn to develop their communities through education about using their natural resources to promote health and economic freedom.

Dr. Ackerman grew up knowing that she wanted to help people and share her faith in Christ. The child of university professors (her father has a PhD from A&M), she went to medical school with the intention of obtaining a medical degree so she could use it to help people around the world.

Texas A&M’s College of Medicine Class of ’85, Ackerman went on to complete family medicine residency and attended seminary to learn about different cultures and how to spread the love of Christ among them. With this experience, she and her husband departed in 1990 on initially a short-term mission trip, soon returning for two years of service as volunteers in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. They spent their time there providing medical care to the locals, and teaching and training doctors and young leaders.

After returning to the U.S. and working for five years in their respective fields with a focus on international work and development, in 1997 the couple had the opportunity again to return to the Himalayas as volunteers, but to the country of Nepal.  

May 21, 2012

Fun For Everyone This Summer

Bring the whole family to enjoy these local attractions this summer.Vacation time is approaching fast, but you don’t have to break the family budget to have fun all summer long. With a wealth of activities and “staycations” right here in Bryan/College Station, you can relax now knowing there is something to please everyone in your family and out-of-town guests for the long, hot weeks ahead.


Make a Splash

With temperatures reaching above 100° during the Texas summer, it’s important to stay cool. To beat the heat this summer, make a splash! Spending the day at Lake Bryan is an easy, inexpensive way to make summer memories. Just go for the day or bring a tent and camp all weekend. You and your family can go swimming, play sand volleyball, enjoy some of the nature trails around the lake, or go jet skiing. There are even several events to enjoy throughout the summer.

But that’s not the only way to keep cool this summer! There are several pools in the area offering the right kind of excitement for any family. If you have teenagers, you might want to try out one of the pools with waterslides such as Adamson Lagoon, Bryan Aquatic Center, or Henderson Harbor.  Splash pads at Tanglewood Park and Tiffany Sale Park also offer a fun, cool alternative to a traditional pool and are great for younger kids.

Lake Bryan
8200 Sandy Point Road, Bryan

Adamson Lagoon
1900 Anderson, College Station

Bryan Aquatic Center
3100 Oak Ridge Drive, Bryan

Henderson Harbor
1200 Ridgedale Street, Bryan

May 20, 2012

Brazos County Master Gardeners Summer Schedule

The Brazos Valley Master Gardener’s offer free gardening classes and programs each month.The Brazos County Master Gardeners have announced their class schedule for the months of […]
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