Annual Fundraiser

21st Annual Museums of Port Isabel Fundraiser featuring Pelican West 2/2 7p

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The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 21st Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring fresh local fare & PELICAN WEST!

The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Dishes prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages. Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price.

This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs. Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel or online: http://bit.ly/2018mopi

The Museums of Port Isabel is a complex consisting of three diverse facilities, the Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and the Point Isabel Lighthouse. All three are within walking distance of each other and are open year around to the public.

PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE

Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands. In 1952, the Lighthouse was opened as a State Park and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf coast open to the public. The Lighthouse has just undergone a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department restoration and reopened to the public on January 2, 2018. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage which is on the grounds of the Lighthouse, is open to the public and houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Port Isabel Visitors Center. There is no admission charge to the Keepers Cottage. Lighthouse tickets can be purchased at the Keepers Cottage or at the Lighthouse. A combination ticket is available. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. or 1/2 hour before closing.

PORT ISABEL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Port Isabel Historical Museum is a state-of-the-art facility located in the Champion Building. Built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, it now houses two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S.-Mexican War. The facade features the famous ‘fish mural’ painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. The fish mural was restored in the fall of 2017. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.

TREASURES OF THE GULF MUSEUM

Treasures of the Gulf Museum spotlights three 1554 Spanish shipwrecks. Meeting their fate just 30 miles north of Port Isabel, they are brought to life with murals, artifacts and hands-on activities. Also featured is a Children’s Discovery Lab, Ship theatre and Nautical Gift Shop. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.

 

 

20th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre Museum Fundraiser 2/3

 

The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 20th Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring fresh local fare & PELICAN WEST! The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 3, 2017, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Dishes prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages. Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price. This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs. Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel.

The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 20th Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring fresh local fare & PELICAN WEST!

The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 3, 2017, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Dishes prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages. Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price.

This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs. Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel or online: http://bit.ly/2017mopi

Taste of the Laguna Madre Fundraiser! 2/12 7-10p

Taste of the Laguna Madre Museums Fundraiser. Live music with Pelican West. Dancing, Silent Auction, Food & Fun! 1/12/16 7-10p

19th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre! This is THE Museums of Port Isabel FUNDRAISER! Scheduled for Friday, February 12th, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, the fundraiser proudly presents live music with PELICAN WEST! Tickets are on sale now at the Port Isabel Visitors Center, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, Port Isabel Public Library and online at https://2016-mopi-fundraiser.eventbrite.com.

For more information call Jeannie Flores or the Museum Staff at 956/943-7602.

Thanks to our SPONSORS & DONORS!

Silent Auction Donors

Ben’s Liquor ~ Welcome Aboard ~ The Leeman Company ~ Carol Plumb ~ Sea & Sun Hair Fashion ~ Rusty Pelican Nautical Gifts & Home Decor ~ Art Sea ~ Tesori ~ Island Cinema North ~ Vida’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon ~ Dee-Dee Boutique ~ Pearl South Padre ~ Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar ~ Schlitterbahn Beach WaterPark ~ Holiday Inn Express ~ The Light House Lighting Center ~ Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker ~ The Inn @ South Padre ~ Salon Samuels ~ DeJa Vu Consignment Apparel ~ Anna’s Hair & Nail Salon ~ South Padre Island Adventures Park ~ Veronica’s Beauty Salon ~ SouthWind Inn ~ SPI Dolphin Docks Inc. ~ Coastal Winds ~ Laguna Madre Art League ~ Causey’s Liquors & Circle Drive In ~ Anglers’ Marine Center ~ Captain Murphy Charter Service ~ Bridgeview Flowers & Gifts ~ Bettie Lane Bragg (wine selection) ~ Gloria Bates ~ Rio Bravo Gallery ~ O’Reilly’s

Restaurant Donors

Palm Street Pier ~ Mexiquito Restaurant ~ Mary Gorball ~ El Buen Pescador ~ Rincon Veracruzano ~ El Papa’s Restaurant ~ Reyes Seafood Oysters ~ Subway Sandwiches & Salads ~ WhiteSands Restaurant ~ PadreRita Grill ~ Manuel’s Restaurant ~ Doubledays Sports Bar

Sponsorships

QUIK STOP ~ TEXAS PACK ~ PORT ISABEL SAN BENITO NAVIGATION DISTRICT

18th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre Fundraiser with PELICAN WEST! 2/13

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The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 18th Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring SHRIMP & FISH & FARE & PELICAN WEST!

The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 13, 2015, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Seafood, prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages.

Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price. This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs.

Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel. Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/1FXNqc4.

Thanks to our sponsors! PADRE ELITE TEAM, TEXAS INTERNATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT, PORT ISABEL – SAN BENITO NAVIGATION DISTRICT, 1st NATIONAL BANK of SOUTH PADRE ISLAND ~ QUIK STOP!

Thanks to our RESTAURANT, FOOD & BEVERAGE donors! Pirate’s Landing Restaurant ~ Rincon Veracruzano Restaurant ~ Whitesands Restaurant ~ Gulf Seafood Market & Joe’s Oyster Bar ~ El Papa’s Restaurant ~ Manuel’s Restaurant ~ Reyes Seafood Market ~ Doubleday Bar of Champions ~ L & F Distributors ~ Mary Gorball ~ Quik Stop

Online ticket sales: https://2015-mopi-fundraiser.eventbrite.com

Thanks to our SILENT AUCTION donors!

  • Déjà vu Consignment Apparel – Beaded W/Shells beige w/Dust Cover Purse (Mary Frances)
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts – Socket Set
  • Tip to Toe – (1) $25 Gift Certificate
  • Holiday Inn Express, SPI – (1) Gift Certificate / One Night Stay
  • Art Sea gallery & Goods – (2) Port Isabel Lighthouse Stoneware Mugs
  • Welcome Aboard – South Padre Island Tote Bag
  • The Inn @ South Padre – (1) Gift Certificate / 2- Night Stay & Hot Breakfast
  • Coastal Winds – Dot Painting
  • Bridgeview Flowers & Gifts – Red Orchid Flowers / Black Ceramic Vase
  • Kool Kuts Barber Shop / Beauty Salon – (1) Gift Certificate $60 Value Short Hair / Perm & Cut
  • Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar -  (1) $50 Gift Certificate
  • SouthWind Inn – (1) $100 Gift Certificate
  • Laguna Madre Art Gallery – Marge Ford Print “American Bold Eagle”
  • Veronica’s Beauty & Barber Salon – (1) $30 Gift Certificate
  • Schlitterbahn Waterparks – (4) 2015 All-day Admission Tickets
  • T. Leeman Company – Painted Print – PI Lighthouse Framed
  • Rusty Pelican Nautical Gifts & Home Décor – Wood Handle Holder / Glass Hurricane w/Candle
  • The Light House Lighting Center – 52’ White PRO Builder Ceiling Fan
  • Vida’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon – Free Hair Cut
  • Parrot Eyes Watersports  – (2) Gift Certificates / (1) One Free Kayak Ride
  • Pearl South Padre – (1) Gift Certificate / 2 Night Stay
  • Osprey Cruises – (1) Gift Certificate for 2 persons / Thriller, (1) Gift Certificate for 2 / Pirate Adventure Cruise, (1) Gift Certificate for 2 / Bay Fishing & (1) Gift Certificate for 2 / Sea-Life Safari
  • Subway Sandwiches & Salads – (2) Gift Certificates / Free Ticket – 6” Sandwich & Coffee
  • Pelican Station @ Dirty Al’s – Dirty Al Bayou Grill & Senor Donkey T-Shirts
  • Coral Reef – Coral Reef T-Shirt & Cap
  • South Padre Island Adventures – (1) Gift Certificate for  2 Persons / 1 Hour Horseback Ride
  • Causey’s Liquor – $50 Gift Certificate
  • Carola Art – Canvas on Oil Painting / Feathered Serpent Head Sculpture, Mexican Pyramid, Teotihuacan

 

Partnerships Make ALL The Difference!

17th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre Wrap Up

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PadreRita Grill’s Karen Hagerty prepares a Paella at the 17th Taste of the Laguna Madre Museum Fundraiser!

On Friday, February 7, the Museums of Port Isabel hosted their 17th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre. Oh, the weather outside was frightful, but more than a half an hour before the doors opened at the Plains Capital Bank, attendees were already streaming in.

This year, the Museums partnered with Plains Capital Bank, Assistant Vice-President Banking Branch Manager Norma Mendoza, for a location. The bank’s facility offered flexibility, ample room and convenient parking. Mendoza and her staff were very helpful and accommodating and plans to utilize the space fell into place.

The Port Isabel South Padre Press and Parade featured material announcing the Plains Capital Bank and Museums of Port Isabel partnership arrangement. Hundreds of emails were sent, advertisements placed, social media plied and invitations mailed.thank-you-ad(1x10)

Local musical legend Leslie Blasing joined the partnership with the offer to perform for the event and the Port Isabel South Padre Press and Parade printed the story.

The approach to this year’s event was meant to feature the Taste of the Laguna Madre through the fishing and shrimping history of our area and the fact that this event has always been an all you can eat affair. The Port Isabel South Padre Press and Parade spread the word.

Plains Capital Bank, Leslie Blasing and the Port Isabel South Padre Press and Parade were just the beginning of the partnerships. Local restaurants led by PadreRita Grill on South Padre Island, pledged to donate seafood and sides to the Taste of the Laguna Madre. Other participating restaurants included: El Papa’s Restaurant, Pirate’s Landing Restaurant, Los Tortugo’s Seafood Market, Rincon Veracruzano, Feldman’s Liquor Store Marcello’s Restaurant, Pelican Station @ Dirty Al’s, Kiki’s Restaurant El Original, Joe’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Manuel’s Restaurant and Reyes Seafood.

The Taste of the Laguna Madre traditionally offers a silent auction and this year was no exception, the amount of silent auction items offered by the local business community was, however, exceptional. For three weeks leading up to the event, the Port Isabel South Padre Press and Parade ran stories on the event spurring business community participation. Dozens answered the invitation and donations poured in.

On the evening of the Taste of the Laguna Madre, crowds showed up in record numbers. A combination of access to the information, the cover of the Port Isabel South Padre Parade, a ticket price of $25 which was half the usual amount, the lure of freshly prepared seafood and all you can eat and drink and the foundation laid by the partnership between the Museums of Port Isabel, City of Port Isabel, Plains Capital Bank, Leslie Blasing, Port Isabel South Padre Press and Parade and the business and restaurant community made this Taste of the Laguna Madre one of the most successful.

Funds raised through this event will go to make improvements to the historical Champion building. With the completion of the construction of the Port Isabel Event and CulturalCenter, efforts are underway to ensure that the façade of the Champion building will enhance the aesthetics of the area. Additionally, exhibits will be maintained and updated so that visitors can enjoy the full experience of the colorful and rich history of the Laguna Madre area. All thanks to the partnerships built for the Taste of the Laguna Madre. Plans are already underway to make 18th annual even bigger and better.

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