Programs

Telling Our Stories~ How to Care for Turtles 6/28 6:30 p.m.

Topic: How to Care for Turtles
Presented by: Sea Turtle, Inc., Kat Lillie

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, June 28th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on “How to Care for Turtles”.

Kat Lillie, an Educator and Volunteer Coordinator will be giving a presentation on “How to Care for Turtles”. Sea Turtle, Inc. is a non-profit sea turtle rescue center founded in 1977 by Ila Loetscher, the Turtle Lady of South Padre Island. This “Telling our Stories” session will outline the Sea Turtle, Inc. three (3) part mission of sea turtle conversation, education and rehabilitation. Lillie will talk about injuries they see in the hospital and the rehabilitation process, tell some exciting stories of beach patrols with the endangered nesting Kemp’s Ridleys, and talk about the Sea Turtle, Inc. educational programs. Lillie will also share what people can do to help these critically endangered animals survive the many human-inflicted dangers in the ocean. Shells and bones will be available for people to touch and a special “LIVE” guest will be on hand.

Please join us as we learn about “How to Care for Turtles”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and are being sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals 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 Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the last Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is free.

Sponsored by: Museums of Port Isabel

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

Telling Our Stories~ Museum History with Edward Meza 5/31 6:30p

Today’s Telling our Stories has been re-scheduled for next Thursday, May 31 @ 6:30 pm.

Edward P. Meza presents “The History of the Port Isabel Museums”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, May 24th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on “The History of Port Isabel Museums”, presented by Edward P. Meza.

Edward P. Meza, born in Alice, Texas and raised in Corpus Christi. Meza graduated from Texas A & M University in College Station with a B.S. in Museum Studies under the Wildlife and Fisheries Department. Mr. Meza worked in the Museum field for 20 years, as a Executive Director for the Grayson County Historical Museum in Sherman, Texas, Curator of Education and Programs for the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, Executive Director for the Webb County Historical Foundation in Laredo, Texas and Director of Historical Preservation for the Port Isabel.

Meza was selected to attend a two week Leadership training course at the Smithsonian Institute in 1990, as one of twenty participants from throughout the United States. Meza has also served as chair for the following organizations, Chair of the Grayson Historical Commission and Sherman Historical Society, President of the Northeast Texas Museum Association, Member at Large for Texas Association of Museums, Board member of the Dallas Historical Society, Chair of the Webb County Historical Commission, Cameron County Historical Commission and the Los Caminos del Rio Historical Board and Charter member of the Tropical Trails Committee.

Throughout his museum career he also worked as a consultant for various museums in designing and developing exhibits including the: Van Alsytne Museum in Van Alsytne, Texas, the Dallas Chapter of Public Accountant’s Museum in Dallas, Texas, the George West Historical Museum in George West, Texas, the San Benito Historical Museum featuring the Freddy Fender Museum, South Texas Conjunto Hall of Fame, and the San Benito Historical Society, the Brownsville Historical Association’s Historical Museum, the Brownsville Historical Association’s City Cemetery Center and the Weslaco Historical Museum.

Currently, and for the past three and a half years, he serves as the City Manager for the City of Port Isabel.

Please join us as we learn about “The History of Port Isabel Museum”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and are being sponsored by Ron & Cecilia Bliss of South Wind Inn.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals 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 Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the last Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is free.

Sponsored by: Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bliss – South Wind Inn

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

Telling Our Stories~ Poetry Readings 4/26 6:30 p.m.

Ken Trevino & Port Isabel High School Students w/Poetry Readings

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, April 26th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30 p.m. This month’s topic will be a “Poetry Reading”.

Ken Trevino has been an English teacher at the Port Isabel High School since 2000.  He is a published poet and playwright as well as a co-founder of the Laguna Madre Writers Forum and a member of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Writers Forum.  He has read poetry across theRio GrandeValley, at the Northeast Vista College in San Antonio and at Casa Mata Museum in Matamoras, Mexico.

Telling our Stories at the Museums of Port Isabel promises to be unique of the gatherings of the minds.  Students from the Port Isabel High School will be reading a variety of their own original poetry as well as their favorites from other poets.  This event will be the sixth time that students have gathered this school year to read poetry.  October, November and December 2011, students read at the Port Isabel Public Library. To date, 33 students have been inducted into the Laguna Madre Writers Forum and they have created their own unique book of poems and short stories.  Some students who have excelled in poetry this year include: Ruvid Perez, Perla Rodriquez, Eric de la Cruz Morales, Ian Hook, Jesus Lopez, Angel Flores, Ana Martinez and Angel Romero.

Please join us as we learn about “Poetry Reading”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and are being sponsor by the Museums of Port Isabel.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City ofPort Isabeland the Laguna Madre area. Our goals 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 Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the last Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is free.

Sponsored by: Museums of Port Isabel

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

Telling Our Stories~ Ken Trevino “Jalapeno Blues” 3/29 6:30p

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, March 29, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Ave at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be a theatrical play “Jalapeno Blues”, written by Ken Trevino.

The play Jalapeno Blues was written by poet and playwright Ken “Bluetown” Trevino, in the spring of 2006. It is based on an anthology of poems by the same name, written by Chicano poet Trinidad Sanchez Jr. The play organizes bits and pieces of the anthology’s poems into dramatic play format depicting the life and times of Trinidad “Trino” Sanchez. Trino’s widow, Regina Chavez y Sanchez provided all the specific facts, words, dates, times, and places. Los Angeles playwright and poet Ron Allen offered the guidance of inspiration for the storyline.

Jalapeno Blues starts off portraying Trino as a child of Mexican immigrants who move from Monterrey, Mexico to Detroit, Michigan in search of a better life.  Trino shows his stron sense of spirituality when he enters the monastery and serves for twenty-seven years.  During this time period he learns to write poetry like his father. He meets a woman along the way who inspires him.  He soon finds injustices in the monastery and begins teaching poetry in various public schools.  Regina Chavez Y Sanchez, whose father Santiago Chavez was one of the leaders of the Chicano Movement in Denver, Colorado meets and inspires Trino. Trinidad and Regina marry and move to San Antonio.  Embedded in the storyline are two characters, the suitcase Pachuco and the Calico Cat that play off of each other symbolizing the need for harmony and racial unity.   In the end, Trino dies, but through his words, his Chicano spirit is set free.

The cast of Jalapeno Blues is made up of: Meliton Hinojosa, an auto mechanic instructor at San Benito High School and a published Chicano poet, as Joe Suitcase Pachuco; Jesus Lopez, an eleventh grade student, poet, and writer at Port Isabel High School, as the Calico Cat; Ken “Bluetown” Trevino, poet, playwright, and English teacher at Port Isabel High School, as Trino; Mitzi Franco, and eleventh grade Port Isabel High School student, poet, and writer, as Trino’s mother, Sophia; and Perla Rodgriuez a twelfth grade student, poet, and writer at Port Isabel High School, as Regina.

Ken Trevino has been an English teacher at Port Isabel High School since 2000.  He is a published poet and playwright as well as a co-founder of the Laguna Madre Writers Forum, and a member of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Writers Forum.  He has read poetry across the Rio Grande Valley, at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, and at Casa Mata Museum in Matamoros, Mexico.  Trevino has a Bachelor’s degree in English, with a Spanish minor, from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, and an Associate Degree in Behavioral Sciences from San Antonio College.  He taught at Blessed Sacrament Academy in San Antonio for one year, then at South Palm Garden s High School in Weslaco for three years before moving to Port Isabel.  He is married and has two lovely daughters.  Locally, Trevino has read at Paragraphs Bookstore on South Padre Island, the Port Isabel Lighthouse, Day of the Dead Celebrations, the Port Isabel Public Library, and Telling of Our Stories at the Port Isabel Museum.  Trevino started a night of poetry and music known as Beat Night for the last five years which is poetry read by, and written by, Port Isabel High School Students.  Other plays that he has written, produced, and directed include Home of the Brave, and modified versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Othello.

Please join us as we are entertained by “Jalapeno Blues”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, following the program.

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

Sponsored by: Laguna Madre Museum Foundation

For more information on “Telling Our Stories” or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956-943-7602 or visitwww.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email tomuseumdirector@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories~ Gloria Bates & “Tres Lloronas” 1/26 6:30p

A play by Gloria Bates “Tres Lloronas” ~ Two Shows

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, January 26, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Ave at 4:00 and 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be a theatrical play “Tres Lloronas”, written by Gloria Bates and performed by Gloria Bates and friends.

“Tres Lloronas”, sad, tragic love stories, written by Gloria Bates is the legend of La Llorona, the weeping woman and is timeless. This story has been told in the Latin American countries for as long as legends have existed. The popular folk legend is about a woman who killed her children as revenge for the man that betrayed her love. She is forever searching the rivers and streets at night looking for her lost cildren. Parents used the story as a warning to keep their children in late at night, and also away form the rivers to avoid falling in and drowning.

Cast: Dona Margarita Champion de Orive (Carol Plumb); Luna Maria Zamora de Trevino (Gloria Bates); Cuca Adelita Zapata de Romero (Cathy Shelton). Circa: 1880s and returning to the present time in Port Isabel, Texas in the City Cemetery during “Day of the Dead” Celebration.

Please join us as we are entertained by “Tres Lloronas”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, following the program.

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

Sponsored by: Museums of Port Isabel

For more information on “Telling Our Stories” or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956-943-7602 or visitwww.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email tomuseumdirector@copitx.com.

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