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Happy 99th Birthday TO Queen Edith

By Linda Elissalde
“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.” William Shakespeare
Shakespeare composed these words to describe Cleopatra, but they also describe the incomparable Edith Smith who will be 99 on October 12, 2023. Queen Edith beguiles all with her charm, wit, beauty and

See You At The Pole

By Linda Elissalde
See You at the Pole began with a small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas who gathered for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. It spread throughout Texas as many teenagers started similar prayer meetings at their schools. They chose to meet at school flagpoles and pray for friends, school and leaders. Eventually 20,000 students

Hello to FALL

By Linda Elissalde
Summer has ended. Fall has arrived. How do we know? Well, the calendar says so, and Crystal Canal held their annual END OF SUMMER PARTY on Saturday. Al White’s band provided great music; Sunset provided beautiful atmosphere. Elaine and Dennis Rollfing welcomed all arrivals to their lovely home and

BPCF Fantastic Fall Fair

By Linda Elissalde
Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation (BPCF) hosted their annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair September 16, 2023. This event continues to be a success that promotes the arts and brings profits to vendors and the foundation. Also, it is fun for all attendees of all ages. In addition to over 30 presenters, the Galveston Ukulele Band provided

Queen Emogene Rodriguez!

By Linda Elissalde
When Emogene Clark Rodriguez turned 90 her beloved sister Iva Dale declared, “My sister is 90, and that signifies royalty.” Everyone agreed with her declaration. Nearly 300 guests including multiple family and friends gathered at Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department on September 9 to celebrate. Attendees arrived from

September 11, 2001

By Linda Elissalde
September 10, 2001: Marcel picked the best tomatoes from his great vegetable crop in central Pennsylvania. He carefully wrapped each one in paper and gently placed each in a large, cardboard box. We mailed them from Houztdale, PA Post Office to fellow tomato aficionados Sharon and John Pope in Houston, Texas. This was after

Thank You, Educators

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22, 6
By Linda Elissalde
Bay Vue Methodist Church and Second Going Resale Store honored Bolivar Peninsula educators as they began the 2023 school year. Second Going gifted each teacher with $500 and $100 to other employees and also

Mystic Merry Crystal Beach Candy

By Linda Elissalde
Satin Hamilton shared a delightful tale of taking her grandchildren to CRYSTAL BEACH CANDY CO. The grandchildren loved this new beach establishment. They discovered so many sweet selections; The place was beautiful; Satin’s grandchildren learned the delights of sharing. What exactly is Crystal Beach

FAN-tastic

By Linda Elissalde
PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE is the wonderful slogan mounted above a door in Seaside Lumber Company. Nowhere is this more true than in Southeast Texas and on the Bolivar Peninsula. Examples abound all along our coast. Entergy Texas, Inc. gifted Texas Crab Festival Charities with a grant of $1000 as a contribution to

Tomatoes Rule!

By Linda Elissalde
It has always been my contention that Eve did not give up the Garden of Eden for an apple, but for the botanical fruit TOMATO (Solanum lycopersicum). Apples are certainly healthy and good for you. However, a tomato is much more delicious. No one puts an apple into a BLT sandwich. Ah! But, the tomato is a vegetable you

Bay Vue Beach Library

By Linda Elissalde
Bay Vue Methodist Church (BVMC) joined with Eagles and others to create a Beach “Lending” Library. Pat Tinsley built the unique edifice. Elinor Tinsley, George Strong, Jo and Don Evans helped with painting. This Beach Library contains beach play equipment for youngsters to borrow. When they finish, they can return the items

Happy Birthday, George!

By Linda Elissalde
Bay Vue Methodist Church (BVMC) Sunday Services always open with George Strong’s strong welcome of, “GOOD MORNING, CHURCH”. Where upon, congregants strongly shout back, “GOOD MORNING, GEORGE!” This is always an uplifting experience. George Strong turned 86 on June 8, 2023. Yes, he is still going

Spirit of 76!

By Linda Elissalde
Lovely Sherry Morgan’s 76th birthday fell on May 28, 2023. Sandwiched between Memorial Day and July 4, it seemed that a patriotic theme would be appropriate for her party. (Although it must be added that Sherry does not look anywhere close to 76 years of age.) Jose’s once again provided the perfect venue for

Mary Raney Meditation Garden

By Linda Elissalde
Mary Raney was diagnosed with numerous cancers in 2018. One prognosis decreed that she had only 18 months to live-a prediction that was so wrong. With her belief, “Nothing shall separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Mary placed her health in the hands of good physicians and her faith in the hands of

On the road again

By Linda Elissalde
After the devastation of Hurricane IKE, we lost friends, businesses, homes, and felt we had lost our community. That is when the spirit of Jane Long surfaced to tell us – She survived desertion, Indian attacks, and the terrible winter of 1821 on Bolivar Peninsula – and thrived. We survived, and like The Mother of Texas Jane Wilkinson

Splish! Splash!

By Linda Elissalde
Lazy Ladies Aerobics Group celebrated the end of their Fall, Winter and Spring Work Out Sessions with a Pool Party. Charismatic leader Elinor Tinsley hosted this event at the Tinsleys’ beautiful home on Melody Lane. Everyone provided delicious snacks that included Dirty Martini Dip, Chips with Cheese Dip, Deviled Eggs,

Bay Vue Methodist Women honor Crenshaw Teachers

By Linda Elissalde
BAY VUE METHODIST WOMEN (BVMW) met in Fellowship Hall April 10 and prepared special gifts to honor Crenshaw teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 2. BVMW President Elinor Tinsley had everything prepared for members and friends who joined them. Each box had a teacher’s name with designs honoring their

Strictly for the Birds!

By Linda Elissalde
Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation (BPCF) hosted a Birding Event at Smith Oaks Rookery on April 25, 2023. Members treated the group to wine, beer, cheese and crackers. Famed biologist Winnie Burkett spoke to an enchanted group of 35 people. She detailed how High Island was formed, explained the rookery and

BPCF Brings Sunshine!

By Linda Elissalde
Weather forecasters predicted rain for Saturday, April 15, 2023. However, those prognostications were proved wrong when BOLIVAR PENINSULA CULTURAL FOUNDATION (BPCF) held their SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR. It was a sun shiny day as copious numbers of shoppers came to support vendors and

An Angel was dancing in Heaven

By Linda Elissalde
“The bliss of Heaven has been characterized by the dance of angels and the illumination of light.”
Michael Feighan and Whitecross were able to perform at Crystal Beach because of Minh Tran head of Paradise Park at Camp Margaritaville. It looked as if high tides would capsize plans for this highly anticipated

Waffles

By Linda Elissalde
My most favorite breakfast food in the whole wide world, and I have eaten many breakfasts in many places in the whole wide world, is crispy, fried bacon (Marcel is a fantastic bacon fryer). My second most favorite is crispy WAFFLES!. I mean the kind that dad used to serve up from our old waffle machine. Thick Belgian ones, or those

Easter Amaryllis

By Linda Elissalde
Every year around the end of February my dad mailed two boxes to South Houston Elementary. One was sent to my teaching friend Sharon Pope, and one to me. Inside was a pot with a planted Amaryllis bulb. We set them in our windows. The first student in every morning checked to record their progress. Easter does not

“Good things come in small packages” (Aesop)

By Linda Elissalde
Galveston County Museum (GCM) is a perfect example of Aesop’s saying. It serves as a depository of wonderful treasures in a small space. The size adds to this museum’s charm. GCM was housed in historic Moody National Bank until 2008 when it was badly damaged by Hurricane IKE. Now the museum’s home is Old Galveston County

Bake Sale Extraordinaire

EXTRAORDINARY BAY VUE METHODIST WOMEN
By Linda Elissalde
If Bay Vue Methodist Women hold a Bake Sale, people will come. This year some arrived from as far away as Michigan. Art the Greyhound originally lived in Ireland. Bay Vue Methodist Women (BVMW) completed their most successful Bake Sale on May 11, 2023. It is no wonder

18 or 81?

“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.” William Shakespeare

By Linda Elissalde
Age does not matter when you are the always youthful and busy Fran Griffin. Fran is that charming lady in charge of SECOND GOING RESALE STORE. This highly successful resale shop gives generously to many

My life flows on in endless song

By Linda Elissalde
My life flows on, and so do the years. I warbled with joy to turn 82 on February 14, 2023. Some folk call that Valentine’s Day, but in my family it has always been Linda’s Birthday. My sweet, dear friends probably dread the arrival as they know my birthday will flow on and on and on. Cards and phone calls begin arriving en masse quite a while before

Our Wonderful Ambassadors

By Linda Elissalde
Our Crystal Beach Ambassadors are one extraordinary group. They drive along the peninsula’s beach to provide assistance and information as needed. They help guests purchase beach parking stickers, hand out blue trash bags, and answer any questions posed by visitors. Ambassadors share information about restroom locations

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