September 3, 2011

Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival Just One Washington County Delight

Oct. 8-9 in Chappell HillStraw-filled funny faces topping floppy bodies announce that it's time for the 35th Annual Scarecrow Festival on October 8-9 in the quaint, historic town of Chappell Hill. The Scarecrow Festival boasts more than 300-juried exhibitors offering home accents, holiday items, clothing, jewelry, and so much more. Enjoy the live entertainment and music lining the streets of Chappell Hill. Delight in the magical land of scarecrows with a charming pumpkin patch and a special Children's Activity Corner which provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train rides and more. You won't go hungry either. Sample the many booths featuring delicious country-style food. It's hearty and filling, perfect for an autumn day.


September 3, 2011

get ready for a steak & grape time

Admission is free Friday night during Downtown's First Friday event. Saturday admission is $5 per person ages 13 and up.For the steak and wine connoisseurs, Bryan is the place to be October 7-8. Admission is free on Friday and will include all the regular First Friday Downtown Bryan activities in addition to the festival. Admission on Saturday is $5 per person for ages 13 and up; ages 13 and under are free.

Texas Reds features fine Angus beefsteaks, which will be provided by Bryan’s Ruffino Meats and Food Service. Twenty Texas wineries are featured annually at the festival, chosen by the Festival committee from their applications based on awards, pricing and varieties offered. Once inside the festival, guests can purchase steak, wine tasting and Kid Zone tickets. Prices and packages are available at Texas Reds.

September 1, 2011

Benefit Concert Features St. Michael Alumni

On Saturday, October 8, beginning at 4pm, enjoy classical music brought to life by the fabulous piano-violin-voice performances of St. Michael's Episcopal School alumni Nathalie Schweikert, violin; Ian Scarfe, piano; and Melissa Shell Hronek, mezzo-soprano. Works by Beethoven, Copland, Rachmaninoff and Brahms will be performed in the school chapel. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling (979) 822-2715 or at the door. Saint Michael's is located at 2500 South College Avenue in Bryan.

Schweikert attended St. Michael's for 12 years, graduating in 1993. She began her violin studies at the age of three, and as a student performed with numerous ensembles including the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. During summers she studied and performed at the Bowdoin, Musicorda, and Encore music festivals, and for two summers participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Schweikert earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

August 31, 2011

Reality Show and Tell: What it takes to be elected president

The new Headed to the White House exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum gives visitors a behind-the-scenes experience of being on the campaign trail..Just in time for the 2012 election, “Headed to the White House,” a new exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will help current and future voters understand what it really takes to become president.

“I think people will be able to gain more of an appreciation for current and past presidents if they are able to understand what they went through to get the position,” says Public Relations Director Will King.

August 31, 2011

StageCenter: Ribbon Cutting, Mystery Dinner Theatre & Open House

StageCenter Theatre is hosting a B/CS Chamber of Commerce Deluxe Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, September 1, 4:30pm-5:30pm followed by A Mystery Theatre Dinner. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and tickets will be available for the Mystery Dinner Theatre fundraiser that will follow. Come back the following evening during First Friday for an Open House and to meet the actors and directors.
August 31, 2011

‘Muslims For Life’ Blood Drive Honors 9/11 Victims

The blood drive hosted by the Brazos Valley chapter of Muslims for Life on September 3 is part of a nationwide event. The Muslim Community of Brazos Valley "Muslims for Peace" is hosting a blood drive Saturday to honor and commemorate the victims of 9/11 by collecting blood donations that will save lives.

September 3 beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m., the blood drive will be conducted at Easy Shop, 1910 Labrisa Drive in Bryan (77807). The blood drive is being held in conjunction with the "Commit for Life" program of The Blood Center of Brazos Valley.  

August 30, 2011

Wanted: Families to Share Texas Hospitality

Visit for more information on the English Language Institute or call (979) 845-7936 to sign up as a Texas Family. (Above) Jan Lee hosted an Easter egg hunt for Aggies Saif Al Shammari and Yasser Alghafees as part of the Texas Famiilies program.Hospitality is a worldwide concept, and by doing it bigger in Texas, local families can make sure students from all over the world feel at home here in the Brazos Valley. The Texas Families program at Texas A&M University is looking for families who would welcome the chance to really bring that message home to students from around the globe.
August 29, 2011

For the Fun of It: Garrison Keillor Is Special 2011 OPAS Event

Garrison Keillor's September 8 performance is a recent addition to the OPAS Season.After 39 years of bringing world-class entertainment home to the Brazos Valley, MSC OPAS is dressed to impress with its 2011-2012 “For the Fun of It” season. The article of clothing in the spotlight? Red shoes.

Garrison Keillor – author, storyteller, radio personality and host of the Minnesota Public Radio Show A Prairie Home Companion – is returning to Rudder Auditorium during his Summer Love Tour, and he’s bringing his signature red sneakers. Tickets sold out early when Keillor last came to Aggieland.

“We are obviously very excited to have Mr. Keillor back again,” says Anne Black, MSC OPAS’s executive director. “He came a couple of years ago for an evening of storytelling, and tickets sold out. We have been trying to get the whole show to come to Rudder for about five years now. People who are public radio listeners who are also A Prairie Home Companion listeners should be excited to know that Fred Newman will also be here.”
August 24, 2011

Have A Ball for the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley

The Children's Museum fundraiser is October 6 at the Hilton College StationOn October 6, the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley is hosting the “Let's Have a Ball” fundraiser at the Hilton in College Station from 6 pm-11pm. Along with the dinner and fun games that will be going on at “Let's Have a Ball,” there will also be a raffle for a week-long Disney Cruise vacation. Tables for “Let's Have a Ball” are being sold for $1,000; individual tickets are $50; and the Disney cruise raffle tickets are available both in advance and during the event for $100 each. For more information visit
August 24, 2011

USA Archery Olympic Team Trials Take Aim in College Station

Spectators are encouraged to watch the archery competition Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M.








Spectators, family and friends are all invited to come out to cheer on athletes who are working toward representing the United States in the 2012 Olympics. The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Archery Trials will be at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at the Penberthy Rec Sports Complex on the Texas A&M Campus.

Texas A&M University is hosting the 2011 USA Archery Olympic Team Trials right here in Aggieland, September 28 through October 1. The event is expected to attract 150 high-caliber contestants who are all taking aim at joining the USA archery team. 

August 24, 2011

Cards for a Cause a Beautiful Way to Help

Cards for a Cause are $10 for 10 Cards and 100% of the proceeds benefit MHMR clients.MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley now has Cards for a […]
August 24, 2011

A Blooming, Growing Good Time

The Brazos County Master Gardeners Fall Gardening Seminar is August 27, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brazos Center in Bryan.Whether you want to learn how to collect heirloom flower bulbs, plant a fall vegetable garden or create floral designs from natural and unexpected materials, you'll want to sign up for the Brazos County Master Gardeners 2011 Fall Gardening Seminar on Saturday, August 27, at the Brazos Center in Bryan.

Bulb collecting adventures have turned into a life-altering quest for Chris Wiesinger, president and owner of The Southern Bulb Company. Chris tells of searches for heirloom bulbs across the south in "The Bulb Hunter & Heirloom Bulbs" seminar where he will share bulb collecting stories, horticultural information and landscaping ideas using these beautiful, but not forgotten, elements of days and places gone by.

August 23, 2011

Old Friends, New Faces at Cenare

‘Noel & Daisy Mae,’ an oil portrait by Ceci LuepnitzRestauranteur Houda Cerone has returned to Cenare Italian Restaurant in College Station, and she is ready to […]
August 17, 2011

VOTE: B/CS in Running for Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race

Help put the Brazos Valley food scene on the national map by voting every day through September 12 in the Great Food Truck Race sponsored by […]
August 17, 2011

Hog Splash 2011: MUDD Volleyball Tournament this Saturday

Support Hospice Brazos Valley at Hog Splash 2011 on August 20.Saturday's first ever MUDD Volleyball Tournament benefitting Hospice Brazos Valley was GREAT! The Insite Mud Daubbers were undefeated in the first three games, but sadly, were pulled under the mud in the first championship round. Next year -- beware the Insite Mud Daubbers -- we'll be back!

The first Hospice Brazos Valley & Slovacek Sausage “Hog Splash” will be volleyball at its finest this Saturday, August 20, in the MUDD! The tournament pits will rotate 48 co-ed teams (8-10 players per team), playing against each other knee-deep in MUDD. More than 600 participants are expected to play in the tournament and spectators are encouraged to come support the teams and Hospice Brazos Valley.

Come out Saturday, 9am to 5pm, to Snook, Hwy. 60, just behind the Slovacek Sausage store. It’s possible to have an outrageously good time in support of an organization that provides a serious and vital mission.