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In Loving Memory

By Linda Elissalde
“Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind.”      (William Wordsworth)

Our time of “Splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower,” with Lauren Marie Brim (Biscuit) was brief. She was only

The Luck of the Irish

By Linda Elissalde
‘Twas the luck of the Irish when he spotted her across a crowded dance floor. He headed right over and invited her to dance. That moment led to Ellie and Tom getting married two years later in Burlington, VT at 4:00 PM on August 31, 1968. Ellie and Tom (Sandy) Pollard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Crystal Beach, TX

Bay Vue UMC Honors Teachers

Bay Vue United Methodist Church honors teachersBy Linda Elissalde
It’s that back to school time of year! Bay Vue United Methodist Church honored teachers who were starting a new school year. Principal Traci Camp and Crenshaw teachers were thanked for their contributions to Bolivar Peninsula pupils. Nursery and Children’s Church Superintendent Trish Smith and teaching volunteers took part in

United Methodist Women make plans

By Linda Elissalde
Bay Vue United Methodist Women (UMW) met August 13 to plan for their fall mission. Although they are officially the UMW, they could be called the Galvanizing Gals (GG). These ladies never stop. President Cindy Hunt sets the pace with her well planned meetings. The group made and delivered baby blankets to UTMB so that all newborn

21 PLUS 56

By Linda Elissalde
SURPRISE! That was the greeting Robert (Bob) Morgan received when he entered Tiki Bar on August 19. His sister Sherry had invited folk to a surprise birthday party in his honor. Beach pals, and friends from Port Arthur where Bob had served both as mayor and Justice of the Peace, convened and helped him mark the advent of

Cat Holtzclaw

Catherine HoltzclawBy Linda Elissalde
Catherine Holtzclaw is well known for her multi-talented artistic abilities. Not only does Cat paint, decorate houses, create artistic picture and furniture pieces, but she is also famous for her lovely floral arrangements. The altar of Bay Vue United Methodist Church bears witness to many of her endeavors. Mrs. Holtzclaw’s creation for the

Brilliant Blue Sky! Successful Fish Fry!

Brilliant Blue Sky! Successful Fish Fry!By Linda Elissalde
Weather reports continued dire. Rain and stormy skies were predicted for Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend. Members of Bay Vue United Methodist Church (UMC) met on Thursday to decide if they should go ahead with their 4th annual Bay Vue Fish Fry. Committees had everything planned. The fish and hush puppies were ordered. Some cobblers were

End of School Year SPLASH!

By Linda Elissalde
United Methodist Women (UMW) threw an End of School Year Party for Bolivar Peninsula children, family and friends. Many gentlemen volunteers helped by setting up and taking down canopies, tables and chairs. The event was a splashing success enjoyed by kids and adults. Everything was free to all guests. UMW ladies provided hot dogs, lemonade,

Teachers are a Blessing

By Linda Elissalde
“Thank you for giving yourselves to these students every day. You feed them with knowledge, so we want to feed you lunch as a token of our appreciation.” Pastor Valerie Hudson

Bay Vue United Methodist Women (UMW) provided lunch on Tuesday, May 8, to the teachers and staff of Crenshaw School. UMW wanted to show their gratitude

Tribute To Educators

By Linda Elissalde

Here’s to the teachers, The staff and the crew.
We are so thankful For all that you do.

Celebrity in our midst – Victor Emanuel

Celebrity in our midst - Victor EmanuelBy Linda Elissalde
There are so many reasons to be proud of our Bolivar Peninsula. We enjoy an open beach on the Gulf of Mexico. There are bounteous areas covered by grasses and trees. For many years we enjoyed our wonderful and free Rollover Pass, and the people who are fortunate enough to dwell here permanently are loving and generous in their

Sold Out Show! Stellar Cast! Stupendous Audience!

Sold Out Show! Stellar Cast! Stupendous Audience!By Linda Elissalde
It may have been way off Broadway, but the sparkle certainly reached New York City. JANE LONG AND THE 2ND GOING STYLE SHOW delivered on all of its promises. Mother of Texas Jane Long (Dr. Melanie Wallace), the handsomest man in the whole wide world James Long (Doug Romero), Mirabeau B. Lamar (George Strong) and Sam Houston

Jane Long and the 2nd Going Style Show

Jane Long and the 2nd Going Style ShowBy Linda Elissalde
Bolivar’s JANE LONG is back for ONE NIGHT only. This time THE MOTHER OF TEXAS will be accompanied by some stylish cast members. For only $10.00 you can enjoy a touch of history, a bit of music, an entertaining style show with local models showcasing clothes from 2nd GOING RESALE STORE and HOMEMADE desserts. There will also


SyncopeBy Linda Elissalde
Imagine your doctor bursting forth into pleasing song, or your therapist humming a relaxing tune! It could happen if you are lucky enough to have a member of SYNCOPE, an a cappella singing group, as your healer. We attended the yearly OLLI Jazz Brunch at Mario’s in Galveston. Not only were we treated to a fine jazz band, but also a surprise

Jane Loose, Person of the Year

Jane Loose, Person of the YearBy Linda Elissalde
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
These words from Matthew 25:21 certainly describe the Bay Vue United Methodist Church’s Person of the Year. Jane Loose is a wonderful and faithful servant of the Lord. Her contributions to local and global communities are works of love in Christ’s name. Although she is a

The Gift

The Gift

It was an invitation to entertain, too important to dismiss.
Would Crystal Beach come do a gig with carols and some gifts?


By Linda Elissalde
Ellie Pollard and friends celebrated her birthday with a luncheon at La Playita on October 24. It was a most festive occasion. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food, although no one was clear as to which birthday we were honoring. Rita Moseley’s scrumptious homemade carrot cake sported only one candle as did a charming birthday

The Amazing Journey of a Shoebox

By Linda Elissalde
The Amazing Journey of a Shoebox in BayVue United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall starts with the amazing Jane Loose. Jane presents a plan each Christmas that will help others around the world. The gifts this Christmas will be packed in special decorated shoeboxes. People pack shoebox gifts each year to send to children in

All Creatures Great and Small

blessing-0By Linda Elissalde
“All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small…”
Bay Vue United Methodist Church greeted creatures great and small at The Blessing of the Animals on October 8, 2017. What a joy it was to see humans and pets! Everyone obviously loved their own special animals, and were

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

CC00By Linda Elissalde
The good times certainly did roll when Crystal Canal marked the official end of summer. This community celebrated with their annual End of Summer party on October 8, 2017. Every year they host a great gathering that includes lots of good food and lots of good music. This year was no exception. Greg Holcombe and Dennis Rollfing stayed up all night

Mary Jean Sargent

sargent00By Linda Elissalde
The Sargents of Galveston, Texas are one fine musical family. Muli-talented mom Jean, sisters Mary Jean and Anna Leigh Sargent of EXODUS XV have performed for many venues. They graced the stage at our Jane Long Festival, played for Bay Vue UMC and entertained the Lafitte Society. Dad Bill Sargent is sometimes allowed to

In The Swim!

In The Swim
By Linda Elissalde

Another wonderful summer in the swim
Leaving our ladies most fit and trim…

On Sunday!

Sunday0By Linda Elissalde
Sunday is a special day for many people. Some celebrate religious beliefs, and others enjoy having a day off. It is not always a proverbial “Day of Rest” because a lot of folk save up chores for this occasion. Some consider Sunday to be the last day of the week while others think of it as the beginning of a new one. Still this Day of the Sun holds a unique

Bay Vue UMC celebrates the 4th

BayVue4th-00By Linda Elissalde
Bay Vue United Methodist Church celebrated The Fourth of July on Sunday, July 2, 2017. The sanctuary and Fellowship Hall were festooned in red, white and blue. Choir members dressed up in the national colors as well. The service honored America’s 241st birthday declaration of independence. Pastor Valerie Hudson delivered an

Fish! Fun! Fellowship!

FishFry-00By Linda Elissalde
Bay Vue United Methodist Church hosted its third annual Father’s Day Weekend Fish Fry. Thanks to the efforts of members, relatives and friends, and the participation from the Bolivar Community, peninsula visitors and guests, this endeavor was bigger and better. The Bay Vue cooking team fried up copious quantities of gourmet tasting

Cultural Foundation hosts Galveston Historical Commission meeting

bunker-0By Linda Elissalde,
What an interesting experience!!! The Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation (BPCF) hosted a Galveston County Historical Commission meeting in Battery Kimble bunker at Fort Travis. How often do you meet in a bunker? Margo Johnson and Marsha Fredenburg provided lunch for the group. BPCF board members Anne Willis and Ange

Appreciation Luncheon for Crenshaw Teachers and Staff

luncheon-0By Linda Elissalde
The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Bay Vue UMC and volunteers provided an appreciation luncheon for teachers and staff of Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School. They also honored the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) choice for Texas Elementary Principal of the Year

Men of Men’s Prayer Breakfast Dish it up for the Ladies

breakfast-0Members of Men’s Prayer Breakfast treat the ladies to a delicious breakfast in honor of Mother’s Day each year. They really dished up tasty vittles on Monday, May 7, 2017. Dennis Stafford created the fluffiest pancakes, and Bacon Man Marcel Elissalde presented crispy bacon crisped to perfection. Coffee, juice, and fruit along with butter and syrups completed the morning

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