Outdoor Events

Disc Dogs Soar in Crystal Beach

dogs0Kicking off the dog days of Spring this past weekend at Gregory Park in Crystal Beach was the inaugural Disc Dog Competition. The event is one of several held throughout Texas in the spring as a qualifier for the national tournament held in September. With disc dog competitions spreading internationally, the winner at Gregory Park receives an invitation to the national tournament. Crystal Beach

Crystal Corral Horse Camp

The Crystal Corral Stables hosted the Peninsula’s very first 3-day Horse Clinic. Fifteen girls, ages 9-14, arrived for 11:30 am check in Friday morning. One participant came as far away as San Angelo. The girls began preparation for the non-stop activities on the agenda. The first event began at 2:30 pm on Friday. Horses and riders saddled up for an obstacle course race, where each participant rode

A Sight to Behold – Mardi Gras Crystal Beach – Endless Summer!

People lined Hwy 87 from Avocet to Gregory Park, sometimes 2 to 3 rows thick to watch the 50+ floats trickle by, throwing beads, buttons, 2012 Crab Festival Shirts, candy, cups, doubloons and even doggie treats for those 4 legged viewers. The parade was sponsored by the Bolivar Peninsula Lighthouse Krewe, whose float carried the entire Court: Kings, Queens, Dukes and

TPWD Crab Trap Cleanup Progam

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers interested in helping to remove abandoned crab traps — ghostlike killers of marine life — from their haunts along the coast. Starting Feb. 15 and continuing through Feb. 24, all Texas bays will be closed for crabbing. Any traps left in the water will be assumed to be abandoned and considered “litter” under state law. This allows volunteers

Mardi Gras Parade

The 22nd Lighthouse Krewe Mardi Gras Parade will be held on February 9, starting at 11:30 am. The parade begins in the Avocet Subdivision (west of Coconuts) and travels east on Hwy 87 to Gregory Park. Come out and join the fun. The theme this year is ‘Endless Summer’ and it should be the biggest and best ever…you will not want to miss it. If you want to enter a vehicle in the Parade,

A Bolivar Coastal Christmas

We hope you had a chance to witness the Bolivar Coastal Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, December 1st. Across the Highway from The Big Store stands the giant 20′ spruce donated by Reaves Tree Farm out of Deweyville. Yet another group effort provided by this loving community! The platform was reinforced to hold the mighty tree, and the Weisingers, Flanagans and Maxeys strung

GCA serves up gumbo for Bolivar charities

This past Saturday, the Gilchrist Community Association served up over 30 gallons of gumbo to hungry fisherman at Rollover Pass. The Gilchrist Community Association held the gumbo sale as part of their 2nd Annual “Hands Across Bolivar” event. This event is geared towards raising money for local charities on Bolivar Peninsula. Last year, through proceeds from the event,

Gulf Coast Redfish tour targets Bolivar

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
The Gulf Coast Redfish Tour plans on bringing a BIG Trout Tournament to Stingaree Bait Camp & Marina for its 2013 tournament tour. Gulf Coast Tournament Tour Director, Gene Thornton, visited the Bolivar Peninsula recently targeting an interest in scheduling a series of Speckled Trout events to be held at Stingaree Bait camp & Marina.

Third Annual Jane Long Festival

The Third Annual Jane Long Festival, a tribute to the life of the “Mother of Texas”, will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 10 am to 4 pm at Fort Travis Seashore Park on Bolivar Peninsula. Admission is free and everyone is invited to enjoy the History, Art and Music that make the festival a special event on Bolivar.


Peninsula Market Day

Peninsula Market Day, Sponsored by the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, September 22, 2012, 10 am – 4 pm, at the EAGLES Building in Crystal Beach. Art, Plants, Jewelry, Crafts, Pottery, and much more. Open to the public. Please – no pets.

Vendors Welcome. Call 409-684-5940 for Application.


Once in a Blue Moon

The Blue Moon is an astronomical event only occurring every two or three years, and the full moon we enjoyed on August 31 was one.

The definition of a “blue moon” is the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. Typically, there are three full moons in a season, twelve per year. However, the lunar cycle is slightly less than a calendar month, so the

Breast Cancer “Celebration of Life” Event at Moody Gardens

Breast cancer family 5k and 10k certified runs, 5k walk, and 1k kid’s event. “Celebration of Life”, rain or shine at Moody Gardens on Galveston Island on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Special Sara P. Rose Breast Cancer Survivor Hospitality Tent. Free chair massages. Free color 5 x 7 picture taken of groups 6 or more. Group packets delivered to Captain before packet pick up week. Kid’s 1k event includes

Golf: Par 3 Tournament

Starting September 4, the Crystal Beach Community Golf Course will be host a Par 3 tournament every Tuesday at 5:30. All holes will be converted to 135 yards or less. This weekly event is open to all golfers. The entry fee will be $20. For more information, please call Mike, 409-684-9597.


GCA Fish Fry Great Success

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors

Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, TX.

When Rollover Pass began to reach its noon hour peak, anglers began catching, not only fish, but the wonderful aromas for the reasons of catching those fish.

Of Redfish, Crawfish, and Saving Fish Pass – We Helped Save Rollover

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Saturday, May 26, 2012. Rollover Pass, Bolivar Peninsula, TX.
GCA (Gilchrist Community Assn) 2nd Annual Memorial Day Crawfish Boil Fundraiser.

Purr-fect weather conditions drew record crowds to the Peninsula and beyond, with a steady influx of

Texas Crab Festival Picture Gallery

Gallery of photos taken at the 2012 Texas Crab Festival, starting with the set-up on Friday afternoon, through Ezra Charles’ performance on Sunday.

27th Annual Texas Crab Festival – WOW

by Georgia Osten
The 27th Annual Crab Festival got off to a ZyDeCajun Rockin’ beginning May 11th! Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun band entertained a record-breaking crowd on Friday evening. The booths were set up, the carnival rides were twirling and the beer was flowing.

As we were shutting ‘er down at midnight, the skies

Bolivar Slam Fishing Tournament, May 19

Bolivar Slam 2012 Fishing Tournament
Time: May 19, 2012, 6:00 am
Location: Stingaree Restaurant & Marina Crystal Beach, TX
Individual Fee: $75 Team of 4: $275
Guaranteed Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
Entries must be recieved by 5/18/12
CLICK HERE for Tournament Registration Form and Rules

Bolivar Chamber Crab Fest Raffle Winners

The 2012 Texas Crab Festival concluded with the drawing of the winning tickets in the Chamber of Commerce Crab Fest Raffle. Prizes were donated by local sponsors, and proceeds help support the Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.

A special thanks to all who participated.

The raffle winners are:

Cub Scouts earn their way to Johnson Space Center

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle items that the cub scouts awarded at the Texas Crab Fest 2012.  There were 5 winners.  Carey and Peggy Rutledge of Cobb Real Estate  won the single man Pelican Castaway  kayak with 3 fishing  pole holders.  Other prizes were a 20 quart igloo cooler

Texas Crab Festival, May 11-13

Make your plans to attend the Texas Crab Festival on Mother’s Day Weekend 2012 at Gregory Park @ Hwy 87 Bolivar Peninsula, Crystal Beach, Texas. Come on down! And try some of the tastiest seafood on the Gulf Coast.

Bring your family for three days of Fun in the Sun! Live Music including headliner Kyle Park, and

Council action to protect Gulf habitat

A motion made at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting last week in Mobile, Alabama, could be the first step to protecting what has been regarded as the largest man-made reef in the world – the vast forest of energy-related structures in the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Bob Shipp’s request to have Council staff clarify the definition of what qualifies as artificial structure could pave the way

Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program

Crab Trap Removal Program


Starting Feb. 17 and continuing through Feb. 26, all Texas bays will be closed for crabbing. Any traps left in the water will be assumed to be abandoned and considered “litter” under state law. This allows volunteers to legally remove any crab traps they find.

To facilitate volunteer trap removal efforts this year, TPWD will provide trap drop-off sites at several locations in each major bay system along the coast starting Feb.18, from 8 a.m. to noon, depending on the weather. Additionally, at all sites, dumpsters marked with banners will be available to receive traps for the duration of the closure.

Go to TPWD website

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