Christmas on the Beach


Here Comes Santa Claus…right down Santa Claus Lane. Despite the cold, blustery, and windy evening, adoring crowds showed up for the annual Crystaland Parade hosted by the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Decorated floats, vehicles, and golf carts donned holiday decor to participate in the fun, and perhaps take home a


All Lit Up

Everyone is feeling the spirit of the season as seen by all the lights twinkling and festive decorations around the peninsula. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the annual Home and Business Christmas Lighting Contest in conjunction with the Crystaland Parade. Judges drove around last week to see all the entries and find the winners. The decision was difficult as so many homes and businesses brought


This Weekend on Bolivar

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EAGLES Holiday Party
SANTA is coming to The BIG STORE
Corps of Engineers Public Meeting
Lighthouse Krewe Christmas Dance



Christmas Joy at the Arboretum

By Linda Elissalde
“Music, love and laughter poured out!” Lead Organizer Gerry Lang summed up the 12th annual Bolivar Peninsula Community Winnie Arboretum Christmas program on December 8, 2018. Maria McMillen was present to lend a gracious helping hand to all. There were bells ringing, choirs singing, reindeer and elves dancing all over


James “Greg” Cobb, Jr.

James Gregory Cobb, Jr., 65, of Beaumont, died December 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, under the care of Harbor Hospice. A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, he was born September 27, 1953, the youngest of the three children of the late Aleene Bernice and James Gregory Cobb, Sr. Greg attended Forest Park High School and Lamar University, where he was a proud member of


Recreational Boating Safety – The 12 Boating Gifts of Christmas

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
“The Twelve Gifts of Christmas” is a song parody written and sung by Allan Sherman in 1963. It is based on the classic Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and I always substituted Sherman’s gifts when singing the original classic, but under my breath, of course. For this


PSP Dance and Martial Arts Classes

To begin in January, Register this Saturday
Peninsula Sports Park is continuing to bring more athletic opportunities to the Peninsula in the form of Gymnastics, Ballet, Twirling, and Martial Arts. Classes begin In January and registration has already begun. The next opportunity to register will be Saturday morning at 10 am at the Studio in Crystal Beach Plaza next door to


Plant your own garden

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I am somewhere between the grief of a child and the grace of a woman as I write this column today. Ted, my sweet husband, has been gone four years now and this Christmas Season will be the fifth we have celebrated without him. It wouldn’t be so hard except that Ted loved every holiday. He loved the decorating, buying gifts, sending cards,


Where are my keys?

By Georgia Osten
I’ve already told you this is my favorite time of the year – it’s the shopping and it’s the going places and it’s the family, it’s all these things rolled into one. I missed the Nutcracker Market last year, so this year, I was DOUBLE excited to go. I bought the tickets for all of us from Randall’s, and the girls picked me up from my son’s house where I was


One way or another

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
We all knew him one way or another. Many of us were lucky enough to have shook his hand or had him listen to our story about our homes here after Ike. He was so approachable, and Mrs. Bush too. Many years ago, our Brown & Root volunteer group signed up to work MD Anderson Children’s Art Project. This program was just starting, we were


2018 Christmas Dinner

For the fourth year, Crystal Beach Community Church will be hosting the Bolivar Peninsula Christmas Dinner. This year it will be “In Memory Of…” with names of Peninsula residents or former residents who passed away in 2018 added. Full meals will be served buffet style at the Crystal Beach Community Church starting at 1:30 pm Christmas Day. Everyone is welcome, please join us early for


Backyard Citrus

Beach Bloomers Garden Club will be hosting BACKYARD CITRUS, Saturday January 12, 2019, 9-11 am at the Crystal Beach Fire Station, 930 Noble Carl Dr. Galveston County Master Gardener Robert Marshall’s presentation will feature the following topics: variety selection of citrus trees that grow well in this area, root stocks, nutrients, disease (citrus canker and citrus greening), insect problems, control of


23rd Annual Treasures Of The Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest

“Treasures of the Texas Coast”
All Texas students (public, private, and home-schooled) in grades K-6 are invited to participate. Last year, thousands of students from across the state submitted artwork illustrating what they value about the Texas Coast. Artwork should be based on the theme “Treasures of the Texas Coast” and should depict why the Texas coast is important or


Upcoming Events

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 Thursday, December 20
High Island School Christmas Program


 Tuesday, December 25
CBCC Christmas Dinner 2018


 Saturday, January 12
Beach Bloomers Garden Club BACKYARD CITRUS



Bolivar “Lighthouses”

Houston has Art Cows, Bolivar has Lighthouses
By Brenda Flanagan
The Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation held their “Lighthouse” unveiling at Stingaree Downunder on Sunday, December 2. The BPCF is working with a statuary in Odem, Texas to produce these 3-foot and 6-foot replicas of our Bolivar Lighthouse. We would like to see


Dottie (Hollenberg-Bush) Wells

Dottie (Hollenberg-Bush) Wells, 75, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018. Born Dorothy Marie Hollenberg in Houston, Texas on April 19, 1943. Dottie is preceded in death by her cherished son, Mark Anthony Hughes; grandparents Joe and Dot Massery; parents Harry and Bernice Hollenberg; two sisters, Catherine Rose DeMary and Martha Diane Davis; and beloved grandson,

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