‘Revival and Reflections’ marks first anniversary of Hurricane Ike. Plus Galveston Pride. AND, first-ever video on the OutSmart website, watch David Purdie’s short video Galvest-gone!
See also: Galveston Pride 2009
It’s a story of strength and survival as much as it is a story of tragedy. This month, Islanders commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ike with Revival and Reflections, a series of events scheduled September 8 through 13.
With theatrical and musical presentations, historical films, a celebration of pets, and a “rebirth race,” the events are as diverse as were the victims of the greatest natural tragedy to hit Galveston since the 1900 hurricane.
Galveston Island’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s public relations manager, RoShelle Gaskins, says the wide variety of events are intended to continue to heal those affected by Hurricane Ike’s wrath.
“So many people have been expressing themselves with their art, or sculpture, or quilting,” she says. “We thought this would be a great way to recognize how far we’ve come.”
The events begin with a luncheon hosted by the United Way, thanking and honoring the many volunteers who responded to the Island in its time of need.
“We’ve worked really hard, and I think everyone deserves a pat on the back,” Gaskins says.
Gaskins particularly recommends the Revival and Reflections closing ceremony, a commemorative walk through Galveston’s downtown historic district that was decimated by the storm.
“I think people will be very moved by the before and after photos on display,” she says.
Simultaneously, the Grand 1894 Opera House screens two films depicting Hurricane Ike as well as the Great Hurricane of 1900, offering an opportunity to those who have never experienced the opera house to see the grandeur of the venue.
For a complete roster of the commemorative events, log on to galveston.com or call 888/425-4753.
Galveston Revival and Reflections Events
A Salute to Galveston. Moody Mansion Museum, 2618 Broadway. Presented by the Treasure Ball Association Sept. 5-13, 5:30 p.m.
The 2009 United Way Galveston Kickoff Luncheon and Hurricane Ike Volunteer Celebration. Sept. 8, 12 p.m. Frances Anne Moody Ballroom at the Moody Gardens Hotel.
Revival and Reflections Opening Ceremony and Torch Relay. Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m. Fort Crockett Park, 4700 Seawall Blvd.
Remembrance Concert with the Lance Aldridge Band, featuring multi-media presentation of Ike’s wrath and destruction and scenes of Galveston’s rebirth and redevelopment. Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand. Free.
Remembrance Concert with the Galveston Beach Band, featuring a multi-media presentation of Ike’s wrath and destruction and scenes of Galveston’s rebirth and redevelopment. Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand. Free.
25th & Market Street Revival and Street Party features food, music, and raffles to raise money for replanting of Galveston’s trees. Sept. 11, 6 p.m. 25th and Market.
Remembrance Concert by Chameleon, featuring a multi-media presentation of Ike’s wrath and destruction and scenes of Galveston’s rebirth and redevelopment. Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand. Free.
Opening of the Ike Quilt Exhibit and Poetry Readings. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice, Sept. 11,
Mostyn Law Firm Galveston Rebirth Race, hosted by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m. galvestonhistory.org.
Warbird Flights and Scenic Air Tours: An Aerial Celebration of Galveston. Sept. 12, 9 a.m. Lone Star Flight Museum, 2002 Terminal Dr.
Galveston Island State Park Open House, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. 14528 Stewart Road.
Making Tracks to Recovery features mini-train rides and museum tours. Sept. 12, 10 a.m. 25th & Strand.
Artist Studio Tours/Beachtown Open House Photo Exhibit, presented by Artist Homestead Galveston Island and sponsored by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Sept. 12, 1 p.m. Beachtown, East Beach Drive.
“Celebration of Endurance” YMCA Benefit. Sept. 12, 3 p.m. Crazy Oaks, 12410 Stewart Road.
Revival and Reflections Closing Ceremony, with activities throughout the downtown historic district including the “Shine a Light” Remembrance Walk from Saengerfest Park to The Grand 1894 Opera House. Sept. 12, 6 p.m. Saengerfest Park, 23rd & Strand.
Ike: The Documentary and The Great 1900 Storm. Sept. 12, with screenings at 6 and 9:30 p.m. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. Free.
9th Annual Paws Gala: Meowling Bros and Barkum and Bailey Circus. Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Galveston Island Convention Center, The San Luis Resort, 5222 Seawall Blvd. Benefits Galveston Humane Society.
Sunrise Service: Stewart Beach Pavilion. Sept. 13, 7 a.m.
Galveston Symphony Pops Concert. Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Moody Gardens Hotel Ballroom, 1 Hope Blvd. Free.
Musical headliners promise a gay ol’ time at 3rd Annual Galveston Pride 2009
Tiffany, the darling of ’80s pop music, headlines Galveston Pride 2009, scheduled October 24. Far more accomplished than her shopping mall reputation would have you believe, Tiffany’s 1987 self-titled debut album produced three top 10 hits, with “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been” selling 4 million copies. Her 2000 album, The Color of Silence, was called “one of the finest pop albums of 2000” by Billboard magazine.
Local entertainers also perform at the festival, with Houston Pride Idol 2009 AJ Cabrera singing cuts from his recently recorded four-song demo CD. American Idol contestant and Katy, Texas, resident Kady Malloy is also scheduled to perform. The festival features vendor and information booths, and takes place at Saengerfest Park, 23rd Avenue and The Strand in Galveston. The Pride After Party is hosted by Pink Dolphin, Seawall Blvd. and 9th Avenue. For information, call 832/392-1361.