News: May 2009 Archives

Okay, don't forget that Bud Clay Thomas's closing reception is coming up this Saturday at Artwalk/Re-Birthday extravaganza and the [Surface Tension] will end on June 2nd!  (Read all about it on Mondos' post here!)

Also, hold on to your hats because this Saturday's CHOCKED FULL of heady funness with the Re-Birth Day Celebration!  This fine event is being coordinated by the good folks of the Historic Downtown Strand Seaport (old-schoolers might know them as the DRC, or the Historic Downtown Galveston Partnership most recently!) who are constantly advocating business owners, residents and good stuff in general for downtown...  The event is sponsored by Mitchell Historic Properties (Happy Birthday Mr. George Mitchell - where would G-town be without his dedication to the Island??!?!) and will even feature tours of the fabulous Tremont House from 2-4!

Check out the entire list of activities online at but basically it starts at noon on Postoffice Street between 21st and 23rd and ends at the "Pier 21 party zone" (21st and Harborside) at 8pm.

Stay tuned for the newest official Beach Revue pics as well!!!.....

First up: the hard facts (courtesy of Farmer John's fiance Katie)

Farmer John Ray's banjo was stolen several weeks ago. To replace the beloved banjo, we are having a Benefit Show next Wednesday at the Old Quarter. If you have enjoyed his music over the past 4 years, please come out and show your support!

Broken Spoke's last show with John Ray, plus the musical stylings of Kristy Mitchell Wednesday, May 27th,  9 - 12pm Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, 20th and Post Office

Now onto the story behind the story...

John Ray and Katie were neighbors of mine a few years back when I lived on 10th and Ball. They both lived in the houses 2 and 3 doors down from me and after some missed BBQ invites they soon became regulars at my Sunday Supper Clubs and I at their great big backyard BBQ's.

Aside from John Ray's departure for his residency, and that of some other very dear friends over the next few weeks, it also marks his last show as a part of one of my favorite local bands, Broken Spoke.

For anyone that has spent any time around me at all, my love for music shouldn't be a shock to anyone. Broken Spoke's music has always struck me as unique and well placed. Their original songs are well crafted and cover songs always appropriate. I'm sure the fact that they play the Old Quarter with frequency doesn't hurt. Nor does Kevin, Clark and John Ray's great knowledge of music. Also of note is a guest appearance by Kristy Mitchell (aside from being a salty poker player, she is a very talented musician in her own right).

I run into a lot of people that have yet to experience the Old Quarter and although that could (and should) be a post on it's own, you can get a little taste for it over at the Houston Press.

For anyone with the free time (and please also note the other reason for this concert - the replacement of John Ray's stolen banjo) I encourage you all to come out and join us for a night of great LOCAL music and all around good causes.

It has been an insane whirlwind since, well, I guess since IBC announced that we were resurrecting Galveston's legendary Bathing Beauties contest back months ago.  The last couple of days have been no different!

So, back to the rest of the Island now . . . 

We mentioned in an earlier post that we were invited to the Pachyderm Club to talk about IBC bringing back the Beach Revue.  The coolest part  - aside from meeting some really nice folks and the ginormous Bathing Beauties panoramic when you walk in - was getting to meet a couple of the Ball High School students & the teacher who created the Ike documentary


Aside from getting all mush-faced watching the documentary preview again (I so cried watching it the first time), we at IBC were so honored to meet these guys.  They are incredible people, Islanders, and brilliant to boot!  Seriously, Ball HS gets no props! 

Aside from buying an ad in the movie premiere brochure, IBC decided to donate a portion of the Bathing Beauty proceeds to this endeavor.  You know why? 

Because this project rocks.  The students rock.  Mr. Weiss rocks.  Our Island rocks.  The message of the film is about hope - and that rocks.  They are trying to go to The Big Apple and get on some talk shows.  Oh, and they are submitting this puppy into a bunch of film festivals.  Sweet Action!!!  

And all of us here at IBC love our Island and support all people getting involved in our community - particularly young people. 

So, tomorrow, we hope to see all of you at the world premiere!

Tomorrow, Thursday May 21, 2009, Islander By Choice  - and probably as much of the Island that can fit in The Grand 1894 Opera House - will watch the world premiere of Ike: A Documentary The Story of a Torn City Rebuilt by Everyday Heroes!  BYOH (Bring Your Own Hanky).

In case you haven't been witness to their insane media coverage (hurrah!), the documentary was done by some of Gtown's own Ball High School students and their teacher, Robert Weiss!  For full bios on these phenomenally talented and incredible human beings - visit the website and read "Our Story."

"In a parade of beehive hair-dos, demure, frilly one-pieces and coquettishly-brandished parasols, and catcalls of "hubba-hubba" and "va-va-va-voom," the ghosts of Bettie Page and Galveston's glorious past were brought back to life Saturday. After a 77-year absence, the Galveston Bathing Beauty Contest, a.k.a. "the pageant of pulchritude," returned to the seaside. Yours truly bit the bullet and signed up to serve as a judge." - John Nova Lomax

Click here to read one of our celebrity judge's review of our Bathing Beauties contest!
"In pin curls, polka dots, leopard prints and knee socks, the bathing beauties of the 1920s resurfaced Saturday to parade their style and reinstate a long-ago beach tradition." - Galveston Daily News

Swing by the Galveston Daily News for their feature on this past weekends Bathing Beauties Contest!

View entire story online here.

IBC is tweeting!

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Far be it for us not to join the cause - we've signed up our own fancy little twitter feed and will be tweeting live from the Bathing Beauties contest tomorrow! Follow us at

Also, Mondo and I just picked up the custom designed beach cruiser for the silent auction tomorrow and it's unbelievable. Everyone coming out tomorrow is in for a real treat. We've got two great emcee's, PHENOMENAL (that's for you fellow IBC'ers) auction items and best of all, a great roster of people ready to come have a great time with us.

See you tomorrow everyone, let's kick summer off in true Galveston style!

EDIT: I couldn't leave you all without a little sneak peak!

This time tomorrow, IBCs will be down on the beach setting up for the 2009 Galveston Beach Revue!  I can't believe it's finally here!

Important FYI:  The weather on the Island is gonna be "top notch" (to quote WillThing at City Council yesterday)!  And remember, just because rain is forecasted for Houston does not mean we'll have rain here on the Island.  Usually, if we have any rain, it blows right in and right out!  So get your sunglasses, big floppy vintage hats, & sunblock ready to go!

Here's an update:  we are so excited to announce that the vintage category is now full!  We are, however, taking alternates just in case some of the lovely 2009 Bathing Beauties do not show.  (knock on wood that everyone will make it) 

We still have quite a few slots open in the contemporary/modern category, so give us a call or shoot us an email to enter.  To get details and to register, go to the event website and visit the Registration Tab.  We will be on the beach early tomorrow, so if you still want to register, give Adrienne a call at 409-770-7360 to register on Saturday. 

IBC's have spent this week getting last minute items taken care which included a marathon of shirt tagging.  We've also been out talking to media and the community - the Culpepper's are at Fox 26 news studios this morning and as I type are waiting to go live!  We stopped by City Council last night to invite the council and the entire Island out to the event.  We'd also like to thank Charles Killebrew for inviting us to talk about the Bathing Beauties Contest at the Pachyderm Club yesterday.

We'd also like to thank all of our sponsors, judges & emcees, media supporters, friends, and contestants for their support and excitement!  Without your support and encouragement, we couldn't have made it this far without you.  This has definitely been a labor of love for us here at IBC.

And last, but most certainly not least, I'd like to thank our official Event Coordinator, Adrienne!  Dude - you are a rock star and most definitely without you, we'd still be trying to get sponsors!  Thank you for taking the bull by the horns!  Much love to you our fellow IBC!

See all of you on the beach tomorrow!

2009 Galveston Beach Revue: Bathing Beauties Contest
Saturday, May 16
2p to 4pm
Seawall Blvd & 33rd Street on the sand

Official Event Afterparty & Auction
Float Pool & Patio Bar
2828 Seawall Blvd
Head on over after the Revue
IBCs & Bathing Beauties will arrive shortly thereafter
* Drink specials from 5pm to 7pm

p.s. Hope you'll stop by Mod Coffee & Teahouse today as they have re-opened!
podcast.gifFor those that missed it a few weeks ago, our good friends at 1540 KGBC just sent us over a copy of our IBC Radio Hour for your listening enjoyment.

No word if they gave us the only copy in hopes of it not returning. We're optimistic that's not the case though.

All in all thought, we each had a great time getting to do something that none of us have had the chance to do and hope you all enjoyed it (or for those new ones listening that you enjoy your first listen).

We've talked about returning to the airwaves again soon for another installment, our question to our faithful followers, should we?

Click here to launch the player and be sure to tune into 1540 KGBC on your radio dial.

Six days - count 'em 6 Days - until the 2009 Galveston Beach Revue: Bathing Beauties Contest! Woo-hoo!  All of us here at IBC are so excited to be bringing back another incredible part of our Island's history!

Hope to see all of you out there at Seawall & just east of the 33rd Street jetty (basically, across from The Spot).

We still have some slots open in both the vintage & modern swimwear categories - so please, give us a ring, send us a message, and send in your entry form.  Registration/entry forms are available on the event website at  Also, for you Facebookers, the event was posted this morning. 

Reminder that the event is free to attend & is $10 to enter.  Join us for the official event afterparty at Float Patio & Pool Bar where we will also be auctioning off some awesome items including a specialty package unlike you've seen before including a specialty surfboard, concept bicycle, and tourism package!!!

See you there!!!

Yah for making national media!!!  Gtown is on the homepage of MSN!

Unless you've been living under a rock here lately, I'm sure you've heard that Galveston's downtown cast iron architecture has been named one of the "11 Most Endangered Most Endangered Places" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation!!! 

Mad props goes to the Galveston Historical Foundation for their yeoman's efforts in recovery of our historic properties, their support of all neighbors and communities over the years & particularly post-Ike, and for striving to keep Gtown in the spotlight!  I heart you GHF!!!

And, since I called the National Trust out a while back, I'd like to now say thank you very much for supporting our beloved historic Island and recognizing that Galveston Island Matters!  I guess I heart you too.  :0)

Check it out:  "The assemblage of late-19th century Greek Revival and Italianate buildings with elaborate cast-iron storefronts in Galveston's 12-block Strand/Mechanic National Historic Landmark District is one of the largest collections of historic commercial buildings in the country. This is a photo of the Galveston Arts Center before Hurricane Ike."

P.S. Brian &  Denise - kudos for getting your photos out on the giant World Wide Web!

Hello all! Check it out - IBC was on Great Day Houston this morning pump'n our phenomenal Island & the 2009 Galveston Beach Revue: Bathing Beauties Contest!

IBC's own Adrienne & CVB's Roshelle Gaskins were on this morning - check them out:

Special thanks to our major supporter, the CVB, for their incredible support & for hooking us up with this great spot! (oh, and Melody & Roshelle, you ladies rock!)

Reminder that the Beach Revue is coming up quick! We hope to see all of you out there on Saturday, May 16 at 2pm, located at Seawall Blvd just east of the 33rd Street jetty. Aside from fantastic fun celebrating Gtown's history, vintage swimsuits, and great Gtown camaraderie, we'll be having a silent auction & after-party at Float Pool & Patio Bar!

We still have a couple of slots left in both the vintage and modern swimsuit categories! Check out the website to download the application & mail it in! Ooohhhh, and for those who are concerned, this is a family friendly event which means we have a strict dress code when it comes to showing flesh!

Looking for great gift ideas, authentic island made apparel or need to replace your favorite t-shirt post-Ike? Look no further than Islander By Choice apparel! Click here for our current inventory!

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