Day of the Dead Celebration! 10/28 4 – 11 p.m.

Day of the Dead. Museums of Port Isabel. 10/28 4 - 11 p.m.


VENDORS: (vendor-application or call 956/943-7602)

Booth 9 – “Will and Jack’s Burger Shack” – Assortment of Baked Goods (Cookies, Rice Krispy, Sugar Skulls, etc.) & Candy Apples

Booth 10 – “Texas Kettle Corn” – Kettle Popcorn

Booth 11 – “Moore’s Rides & Concession” – Funnel Cakes, Turkey Legs & Baked Potato w/butter, Cheese & Chili

Booth 12 – “Moore’s Rides & Concession” – Basketball Game

Booth 13 – “MOPI” – DoD Décor, Jewelry, Books, etc.

Booth 14 & 15 - “MOPI” – Nachos, Frito Pie, Hot Cheetos w/Cheese, Sweet & Sour Candy, Chocolate Candy, Assortment of Chips & Peanuts, Corn Nuts  & Popcorn

Booth 23 – “Tita’s Food Mobile” – Chicken Empandas, Chicken Sopes & Chili & Cheese Fries

Booth 25 – “Kona Ice of SE Cameron County” – Shaved Ice (Raspas)

Booth 26 – “Claudia Chapa” – Hamburger/CheeseBuger w/French Fries, Flautas: Chicken & Spiral Potatoes

Booth 27 – “PIHS Band Booster” – Brisket Tacos & Brisket Sandwiches

Booth 28 – “Jorge Pineda” – Light-Up Toys & Personal Globes

Booth 29 – “FlashCopters” – LED Lit Helicopters

Telling Our Stories: 10/26 7pm Day of the Dead (Cemetery Tour @ 6pm)

Museums of Port Isabel Oral HistoryThe Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2017.

On October 26 at 7 p.m., George and Virginia Gause will present this month’s topic, “Day of the Dead in Oaxaca”, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum (308 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.). Preceding the presentation will be a walking tour of the historic Port Isabel Cemetery at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

George and Virginia met in 1972 at Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, while they were pursuing their Master in Library Science (MLS) degrees. George was born in New York and Virginia was born in Alabama. After graduation in 1973 they came to the Valley to work as librarians at the Pan American University now known as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The Gauses have enjoyed collecting Mexican folk art for over 40 years. Attracted by both color and creativity they have traveled and visited with folk artists while enjoying excursions to Mexico City and the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Yucatan, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán, Jalisco and others. Their favorite area is Oaxaca which they have visited over forty times.

It was in Oaxaca that they learned the most about the Day of the Dead. Their presentation will consist of slides on the subject of Day of the Dead that they took during various trips to Mexico as well as some three-dimensional objects from their collection.

Before his retirement in 2011, George Gause served as Special Collections Librarian with emphasis on local Valley history and Hispanic genealogy. Virginia retired as Media and Marketing Librarian in 2015. For the past eleven years she has been moderator of, an electronic calendar highlighting cultural events in the Valley.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with George & Virginia Gause about the “Day of the Dead in Oaxaca”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

“Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goal are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit or you may also send an email to

Champion Building Fish Mural Restoration


Historic Champion Building’s Fish Mural Undergoes Restoration

Port Isabel, Texas

In 1906, just seven years after the 1899 construction of the Champion building, local fisherman and artist, Jose Morales was commissioned to paint a fish mural on the front of the 2-story structure. It was meant to promote sport fishing in the area. Over 200 images represent the species that can be found in the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico off the beaches of South Padre Island.

Over the decades, the mural has been restored several times. Weather and other factors create conditions that require periodic restoration, so it was early in the spring of 2017 that plans were made to undergo this latest restoration. The Museums of Port Isabel has commissioned local artist, Angel Hernandez, to restore the 212 images that grace the building.

Restoration of the Champion Building Fish Mural


Other improvements also being made on the grounds of the Champion building includes the reconstruction of the walkway that leads to the Port Isabel Historical Museum entrance. Designed using the architectural details on the front of the Champion building, the walkway will feature the same millwork, proportions and colors that make up the gallery on the south side of the structure.


The Museums of Port Isabel will be fundraising for the historical fish mural. Those interested in participating can select the fish they would like to sponsor and contact Museum staff for payment processing. Selections are first come, first served. The project is estimated to be completed in the next couple of months.

The Fish Mural will be celebrated on October 27th at 7 p.m. Festivities will include recognition of the donors and a presentation of the history of the fish mural. Details to follow. For more information on the fish sponsorship, please visit:, email or call 956/943-7602.

See what’s sold and what’s available:



Image # Species Donor Amount
1 Background Sherwin-Williams
2 Mullet
3 Shad
4 Angel Fish
16 Pelican Mary Ann Brown 200
17 Yellowtail Pompano
18 Amberjack
19 Tiger Shark
20 Sting Ray
21 Needle Gar
22 Sea Turtle Mary Laddis 85
23 Sargent Major
24 Rock Grouper
25 Angle Fish
26 Ray
27 Sunfish
29 Mako Shark
31 Snook
32 Yellow Grouper
33 Mangrove Snapper
34 Shad
38 Sunfish
39 Sea Turtle Mary Laddis 85
43 Sea Turtle Kristi Collier 200
45 Mullet
46 Croaker
47 Yellow Tail Snapper
48 Flying Fish
49 Angel Fish
51 Sea Trout
52 Grouper
53 Flounder
56 Snapper
64 Sea Bird Valerie Bates 200
65 Lady Fish
71 Spanish Mackeral
78 Piggy Perch
80 Stripped Sea Bass
82 Lane Snapper
83 Red Snapper
84 Flying Fish
85 Snook
86 Flounder
87 Grouper/June Fish
88 Barracuda Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
89 Squid Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
90 Spanish Mackeral Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
91 Shark Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
92 Trigger Fish Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
93 Hake Fish Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
94 Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
98 Skate Fish
100 Blue Fish
101 Mako Shark
104 Red Snapper
105 Sunfish
108 Whiting
109 Rock Grouper
110 Shark
111 Snook
112 Mangrove Snapper
114 Snook
118 Trigger Fish
119 Jack
121 Red Snapper
122 Eagle Southwind Inn 200
123 White Marlin Edward Meza 85
124 Barracuda
125 Spanish Mackeral
126 Pompano
127 Redfish
128 File Fish
129 Yellowtail Grouper
131 Angel Fish
132 Whiting
135 Rock Grouper
136 Mangrove Snapper Mary Gorball 85
138 Skate Fish Manuel Hinojosa 85
140 Wahoo Charlotte & Edward Champion 85
141 Lily, James & Justine Jacobs 85
142 Christopher Champion 85
143 Tuna Sarah & Jake Champion 85
144 Carlos & Patricia Champion 85
145 Triple Tail Fred & Benita L. Champion 85
146 Jason & Cristina C. Sims 85
148 Black Tip Shark Mary Bertha Mallet & Family 200
149 Angler Fish Debbie Green 85
150 Sea Bass
151 Tiger Shark
152 Snook
155 Angel Fish
157 Jack Crevalle
158 Jack Fish
159 Guitar Fish Duane A. Rasmussen 85
160 Tarpon Bobbie Wells 500
161 Sheephead
162 Flounder
164 Black Drum
165 Sting Ray Edith R. Rasmussen 85
166 Redfish
168 Angler Fish Emery Green 85
169 Shark Mary O. Gonzalez 200
170 White Shrimp
171 Spot Shad
173 Sunfish
174 Redfish
175 Snook
176 Jackfish
177 Angel Fish Perry Jr. & Mary Aby 85
178 Dolphin Laguna Madre Art League 85
180 Sailfish Frank Yturria Family 700
181 Hardhead Catfish
183 Flounder
184 Sheephead
186 Grouper
188 Whiting
190 Skip Jack Carlos & Jeannie Flores ~ Julisa, Tommy & Steve Rivera 85
192 Spot Shad
194 Flying Fish Debbie Green 85
195 Black Tip Shark
199 Hake Fish
201 Lightening Whelk
203 Blue Crab
204 Menhaden
205 Crab
206 Look Down Fish Louis & Shirley Champion ~ Kathy, Tom, Terry & Freddy 85
207 Mako/Tiger Shark Justin & Any Champion ~ Miles Champion ~ Mason & Mackenzie White 85
208 Skate Fish Rey & Rose Champion 85
209 Spotted Sea Trout Brett & Jenilee Champion ~ Augustus Champion 85
210 Manta Ray Charles A. Champion Family 600
212 Snook
213 Lighthouse Gloria Bates 200

Contact Information:

Valerie Bates
City of Port Isabel Marketing Director
(956) 867-7002

Lighthouse Establishment Cinema ~ Summer 2017 (Cancelled)

RESTORATION CONTINUES: The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be closed until late August 2017 as Texas Parks & Wildlife undertakes some much needed renovation on the historic structure. The Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage is still open to the public. Stop in and say hello!  LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT CINEMA: The Summer 2017 movie schedule will be cancelled. Plans are underway for the Summer 2018 movie showings.RESTORATION CONTINUES: The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be closed until late August 2017 as Texas Parks & Wildlife undertakes some much needed renovation on the historic structure. The Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage is still open to the public. Stop in and say hello!

LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT CINEMA: The Summer 2017 movie schedule will be cancelled. Plans are underway for the Summer 2018 movie showings.

BACKGROUND: The LHEC is a unique program which utilizes the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse as the backdrop for the projections of movies. Since 2004, during the summer months, family friendly movies are projected onto the side of the lighthouse. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a memorable evening under the stars. Mentioned in Texas Monthlyas one of three reasons to get in your car and GO!We invite you to get in your car and go to the Port Isabel Lighthouse and grab a memory of your own! Admission: Free. Public invited. Pets allowed, but must be kept on a leash and mindful of their well trained owners who are prepared to clean up after them. Concessions offered. No alcohol allowed.

For more information:

Telling Our Stories: “Destination, Port Isabel!” by Manuel Hinojosa 4/27 7p

Queen Isabel Inn. Rio Grande Railroad. Arrival in Port Isabel from Brownsville.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2017 on Thursday, April 27th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 7pm. This month’s topic will focus on “Destination: Port Isabel” by Manuel Hinojosa.

Public is invited. Refreshments will be offered. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.

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