Santa and Mrs. Claus came to town

Santa and Mrs Claus came to town, making their rounds before the big journey on Christmas Eve. They visit the Peninsula every year for the Crystaland Parade. The Bolivar Chamber of Commerce invites Santa each year to lead the parade and spend the evening with the town to spread holiday cheer. Kris Kringle and his wife started the parade at the fire station and cruised down Crystal Beach Road


Holiday Lights

Crystaland Lighting ContestIt’s not quite Christmas without the twinkling lights and brightly colored decorations around the house and place of work. But when should we put the decorations up? Is the day after Thanksgiving too early? And each year we decide to set up the same as last year, or come up with a new plan. Do we use colored or white lights? Should we wrap the trees and posts or just the bushes? Wreaths on the windows or


Snow…at the Beach?

Snow on the BeachThe Texas Gulf Coast was a winter wonderland last week. A good amount of snow – actual snow – fell on the peninsula and most of the state. And it lasted long enough for many photos to be taken and shared across the globe, and even a few snowmen formed in yards around town. They may have been a mixture of snow and sand, but snowmen they were. Too bad the snow didn’t last very long. As is typical


Crenshaw’s 8th Grade Trip

Crenshaw Bake SaleCrenshaw’s 8th grade class is heading to San Antonio and they need your help to make it a true success! Support our students at the bake sale and fundraiser this Saturday, December 16th at The Big Store starting at 10:30am. Grab some sweets and pick up your new 2018-2019 Calendar featuring local photos from Bolivar. Thanks for supporting our community.


Geminid Meteor Shower to peak Wednesday night

Geminid Meteor ShowerThe Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14. The Geminids are considered to be one of the more spectacular meteor showers during a year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak. A waning Crescent Moon will make viewing conditions good for the shooting stars. Unlike most other


BPCF Holiday Celebration

BPCF Holiday CelebrationBy Linda Elissalde
It was a grand Holiday Celebration at Margo Johnson’s house on December 7. The Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation (BPCF) Board recognized members who have contributed to the foundation. This festive occasion included honoring BPCF volunteers and Beach Art Project Artists. Eve Bradford and Glenda Mastin were noted for their outstanding


Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 15: Recommendations – Part 6: Fueling and Fuel Management

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. The list of equipment required by federal law is very minimal; however, the Coast Guard has several recommendations


Forgiveness is hard work

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
This is the time of the year that people think of relatives, family members far and near, old and new neighbors, co-workers, and even long ago classmates and teachers. Perhaps some of the water between these relationships has been muddied over the years, and it just might be one or the other parties ought to seek and ask for


The Big Chase

Sand BucketBy Georgia Osten
There we were, me and Maezy, Day 1 of our 4-day weekend, just the two of us. Ah, we were looking forward to whatever would come our way. It was a beautiful day, mellow temps, so I had the front door open like I usually do. One of the back windows was open to get a nice cross draft going. I, sitting at my computer, Maezy sleeping under my chair, when all


Oh Dear! A trip to Wally World!!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Normally RR and I do not go to Wally World together to browse for things we are thinking of purchasing. This is one of those stores we are in and out with a list and maybe a nerve left over. Not this time, we headed out on our beautiful water ferry, and went straight to Jack-in-the-Box for tacos. You have to be fortified to spend extra time


Eagles Breakfast

Eagles BreakfastBy Bill Agnew
The Men of our local Fraternal Order of Eagles have started a Sunday morning breakfast on the second Sunday of each month. The Men do the cooking, serving and cleaning. For the first two breakfasts, they served scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and biscuits or rolls with gravy. They start serving around 9:30 a.m. Breakfast is


5K Stocking Stuffers

Texas Crab Festival 5KGive yourself and a friend a Santa Gift by registering for the Texas Crab Festival 5K-1K with a $5.00 off coupon until Christmas day! Just sign up below and add Santa2017 in the coupon code box at checkout. It will automatically reduce your cost by $5.00 for any category. And a big Thank You to our returning sponsor, Sweat Fitness. Check out their new State of the Art workout facility in Crystal Beach!


Upcoming Events

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 Saturday, December 16
Santa coming to The Big Store


 Saturday, December 16
Lighthouse Krewe Christmas Dance


 Sunday, December 24
BVUMC Christmas Eve Service


 Sunday, December 24
FBC Christmas Eve Service


 Friday, December 29
Jerry Diaz Bonfire on the Beach


 Saturday, February 10, 2018
Lighthouse Krewe Mardi Gras Parade



Bonfire on the Beach/Full Moon Party

There is a Bonfire on the Beach/Full Moon Party scheduled for December 29th from 7-10 pm, at the end of Gulf Shores Drive. Featuring Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef and Friends. This is the same as before but it is likely to be colder and will be a little more intimate. We will have a controlled fire on the Beach. Gulf Shores Drive is the road next to the Crystal Beach Post Office.


2018 Mardi Gras Parade

2018 Mardi Gras ParadeThe 28th Annual Lighthouse Krewe Mardi Gras Parade will be February 10, 2018. The theme is “Viva Las Vegas”. The Lighthouse Krewe asks all floats to throw beads or candy. Please contact Mark Hunstiger (832-492-1212) or Bobbey White (409-771-5170) if you need information where to buy beads. Parade will begin promptly at 11:30 am at the Avocet Subdivision, WEST of CoCoNuTs & EAST of


Adopt-A-Beach Children’s Art Contest

“Treasures of the Texas Coast”
This contest is open to students in grades K through 6. Last year, more than 3,200 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 special to the student. Deadline for entry

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