Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration 7/4 10a-2p


Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration!

Friday, July 4, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parade (Start Garriga Elementary. To: South Shore Drive. End: WashingtonPark)
Food (Free Hotdogs)
Music (DJ Epifanio Valdez)
(Costume Contest, Sack Race, Best Float, Hotdog Eating Contest,
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest)

Sponsored by:
City of Port Isabel
Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation
Museums of Port Isabel

Parade Entry contact: Robert Salinas (956)943-0705
Vendor contact: Jeannie Flores (956)943-0789

Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration and Parade

Mayor Joe E. Vega and the Port Isabel City Commissioners invite the public to attend the Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration and Parade. The parade will begin at 10am at GarrigaElementary School and follows a route to South Shore Drive continuing down Musina Street, and finishing at WashingtonPark. There will be a celebration at WashingtonPark immediately following the parade.

The City of Port Isabel is excited and proud to celebrate this special day with the community. Music and games including a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack race, best costume and hotdog eating contest will be featured. Food vendors will be set up in WashingtonPark and free hotdogs will be given courtesy of Blue Marlin and HEB.

The Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration is sponsored by the City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation and the Museums of Port Isabel. For more information about the event contact Robert Salinas at (956) 943-0705. For vendor information contact Jeannie Flores at (956) 943-7602.

Art Exhibit Reception 5/8 4-8p MARIA GUTHRIE

An invitation to:


Opening reception on May 8, 2014 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the

Treasures of the Gulf Museum
317 E. Railroad Avenue
Port Isabel, Texas 78578

Local Artist Maria Guthrie shares her love of nature, botanicals and still life.

For more information call Jeannie Flores, Museum Director 2 956/943-7602 or email


Gabriel Trevino to Exhibit “Defining a Culture” during March & April (Reception 3/5 5-8p)

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Mexican-American painter Gabriel Trevino will open a one man show at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Trevino will present a collection of paintings for a show he titled “Defining a Culture”. ” Defining a Culture” consist of his most recent artwork produced by combining pre-Columbian style imagery with a contemporary method approach.

Reception: There will be a reception for Gabriel Trevino on Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Treasures of the Gulf Museum (317 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.). The public is invited to attend and meet the artist. Refreshments will be served.

Artist Bio

  • 1976 – Born in Brownsville Texas
  • 1997 – Fine Arts Program – University of Texas at Brownsville,
  •  Richardson Art Gallery First Solo Exhibit
  • 2006 -”Emerging Artists” : Gabriel Trevino, Mauricio Saenz, Jesus de la Rosa, Luis Valderas – Richardson Art Gallery (University of Texas at Brownsville)
  • 2007 -Invitational  “As Of Now” South Texas Artists – Ben Bailey Art Gallery – Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Texas
  • 2009 – “Tres” – Art Exhibition: Gabriel Trevino, Carlos G. Gomez, Antonio Antinori at Historic Brownsville Museum (Brownsville, Texas).
  • 2012 – “LIBERTY AND HOPE” Solo art exhibit – Rusteberg Art Gallery – University of Texas at Brownsville


NewsTaco – Austin Texas 2011

Beyond Arts Magazine  Aug. 2012

Voices of Mexico  UNAM  no.95

Queen Isabella Market Day! 4/12 at the LIGHTHOUSE

The Museums of Port Isabel and the City of Port Isabel invite you to enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, family fun on the grounds of the Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse! Queen Isabella Market Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.ltr-poster(500) There is no admission charge to the event. Vendors offering collectibles, antiques, local art, jewelry and more will be lining the sidewalks around the lighthouse. A tent with tables and chairs near the entertainment will offer the opportunity to sit down and relax while enjoying some tasty tamales, baked goods or other dishes local vendors and restaurants will be offering. Or just roll down the grassy hill of the lighthouse! Relax and let us entertain you during a family fun day in Port Isabel!

The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission just $1.00 during Market Day. And plan to visit the Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, just a short walk across Highway 100 where admission is also just $1.00 to each site.

If you are interested in a vendor booth, please call the Museums of Port Isabel, Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602 or email For more information, click here:

Partnerships Make ALL The Difference!

17th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre Wrap Up


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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