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.
September 13, 2011

I Am Curious (Yellow)

I AM A TRIVIAL PERSON, and I’m okay with that. At the height of the Trivial Pursuit craze,* our family bought several of the boxed games since we were forever arriving at family gatherings having left ours behind. Being trivial doesn’t make you organized. With a bit o’ luck and some excellent partners, I don’t think I’ve ever lost a trivia game, though the Sports & Leisure category remains my Achilles** and the Arts & Literature category my coup de grace.***
September 13, 2011

Sunday & Monday: LobsterFest & Golf Classic

Tickets for LobsterFest and reservations for the Golf Classic are still available by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 979-260-5200 or visiting, the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce's LobsterFest will fill the Brazos Center with food and fun from 6p.m. to 9 p.m. Lobsters flown in from Maine and steaks cooked by Outback are both on the menu. Besides featuring a tempting array of must-have items, the live and silent auctions raise funds for the educational programs sponsored throughout the year by the Chamber. Tickets are $75 each or Reserved Tables are $1000.
September 12, 2011

Open House & Ribbon Cutting for Brazos Valley Fair & Expo

The community is invited to enjoy refreshments and tours during today's ribbon cutting and announcement for the upcoming Brazos Valley Fair & Expo.The newest fair in Texas is coming to the Brazos Valley! Today at 4:30 p.m., the Brazos Valley Fair & Expo will be introduced to the community beginnig with a ribbon cutting, hosted by the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. in the Brazos County Expo Ballrooms (directions

Immediately following the ribbon cutting, the community is invited to stay for an open house reception from 5p.m.-6:30p.m. to celebrate and showcase the completion of the Brazos County Expo’s phase II expansion. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

September 7, 2011

Weekend Overload: Kolaches, County Fair & Street Truck Throwdown all Saturday

The Caldwell Kolache Festival is Saturday 9am to 5 pm.You’re going to want to get up early Saturday, September 10, to take in all the fun […]
September 7, 2011

Make $20,000 = $40,000 With Voices for Children Matching Grant

Voices For Children must raise $20,000 in just under six weeks to receive a matching grant from a private, local donor. Donate securely online at local, private funder has offered to match up to $20,000 in donations to local non-profit Voices For Children of the Brazos Valley, but the match offer will expire in just under six weeks.

Voices For Children purchased its current downtown Bryan office space in January 2006 and has successfully paid down two-thirds of the balance to date. Retiring more of the debt through this generous matching grant will help the organization achieve its mission to provide a trained community volunteer to assist a child or sibling set who have been placed in the state's custody because of abuse or neglect.

September 7, 2011

Get a 365 Deal For U & Support CARPOOL

Through September 11, 365 Deals for U ( is donating 10 percent of all sales to CARPOOL (Caring Aggies R Protecting Over Our Lives).

“CARPOOL is a very deserving organization that puts forth a tremendous effort keeping the streets of our community safe,” says David Flash, president of 365 Deals for U.

CARPOOL gives free rides to anyone – students, community residents or visitors – who calls (979) 693-9905 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the spring and fall semesters. The confidential rides are often, but not always, to get intoxicated partiers home safely. CARPOOL coordinators stress that anyone can call for a ride: whether you need to ditch a creepy date (it happens a few times every semester); if you don't have a designated driver for the evening; or you get stuck at the grocery store after the shuttle bus stops running (it's happened).

September 6, 2011

Conference to Feature Award-Winning Authors and Acclaimed Editors

College Station author Kathi Appelt will be one of the faculty at a writing conference to be held November 12 at the Courtyard Marriott in College Station.On November 12, award-winning author Kathi Appelt will present “What Makes Your Characters Tick?” at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Brazos Valley conference from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University Dr. in College Station.

Two editors from New York houses, Martha Mihalick of Greenwillow Books and Claudia Gabel of Katherine Tegan Books, are also on the faculty for Connections & Craft 2011, along with author-illustrator Brian Floca and authors Doris Fisher and Molly Blaisdell.

The fees are $135 for SCBWI members and $155 for non-members. A downloadable registration form is available at For more information contact Regional Advisor Liz Mertz at

Books sales at the conference will include titles by the faculty, their recommendations, and works by SCBWI members attending the conference. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the conference at the Courtyard Marriott, 3939 S.H. 6 South, College Station, TX 77845, phone 979-695-8111.


September 5, 2011

Museum of the American G.I. Offers A Living History Experience

The Museum of the American GI in College Station will be open November 6-11 and will host a special Veteran's Day Celebration on November 5 from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.There is the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, but according to retired veteran Frank Kocman, Jr., sometimes a subject is worth 10,000 words, and that is part of the mission of The Museum of the American G.I. Opened in 2001 by Brent and Leisha Mullins and Emmett Fox to preserve the legacy of those who fought in war, the museum is designed to be a living history tool for younger generations. Believing that schools are not presenting history in a way that is fascinating and draws children in, and wanting to create a local connection to wars that seem distant, the founders established the museum at 1303 Cherokee Street in College Station as a place for veterans to share personal history and create a living, local connection to history. The museum serves as a repository of equipment, uniforms and memories of American Servicemen.

In addition to putting a local face on the history of war, the Museum of the American G.I. has created a network for area veterans. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum is important to veterans in part because it preserves articles significant to military history. The museum also connects the personal experience of local veterans with the many events written about in history books.

The museum’s collection includes armored vehicles, artillery and 20th century weapons of war, uniforms and artifacts. It is also home to one of the nation’s most complete libraries of technical and training manuals for military vehicles and weapons.
September 4, 2011

Everyone Needs A Buddy: Annual Walk Raises More Than Funds

Buddy Walk will be held October 9 at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater and includes a day of family entertainment and activities. When the crowds take off walking on October 9, it will be the eighth year hundreds of participants have gathered for Buddy Walk, a fundraiser hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley. Though proceeds from Buddy Walk account for 90 percent of the nonprofit’s budget, the event also serves to increase awareness and acceptance of those with Down syndrome.

“Buddy Walks were actually started as a way to increase awareness of Down syndrome and to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome,” says Sondra White, secretary of the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley, “and then they grew from there. The actual one-mile walk is ceremonial. It’s the promotion and fundraising that bring change.”

Everyone is invited to participate in Buddy Walk, which will take place at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. The festivities will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with kid-friendly moon bounces, music, food and a wide variety of entertainment.

September 3, 2011

5k Run for Hope to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the first “5K Run For Hope” benefitting the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center will be held in conjunction with the Texas Reds Festival in Downtown Bryan on October 8. All Sports Timing will be timing the runners. Highlights include cash prizes for the top runners in four different categories plus raffles offering prizes such as four tickets on Southwest Airlines, free rooms at any Best Western hotel, and lots of local business gift certificates and many restaurant gift cards.