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East End's New Little Library Is Something To Love
LOVE STORIES

A little library is a book-sharing medium and can take the form of many things – benches, old newspaper holders, or tiny bookcases nestled in parks, neighborhoods, playgrounds, community gardens. The concept is simple – take a book, share a book. 

This concept comes from Little Free Library - a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. 

The person responsible for bringing a little library to the East End is Mercedes Pang.

"I knew I wanted it in the East End. Somewhere I could walk to and visit. I reached out to Jill Peveto about possibly installing one in the East End and she found it the perfect home," Pang said. "It has a nice ring to it too -- The little library in the little pocket park."

While Pang doesn't live in the East End Historical District, she lives in close proximity and takes time to enjoy the architecture when she goes for a walk or run.

So, how can you support the little library?

"Keep the cycle going! Take a book, share a book, spread the word," Pang said.

To find out more about building your own little library and more about the non-profit, click here.

CAPTION: (From Left) Mercedes Pang and Kenyan Mobli with Robert and Jill Peveto.

Open Call
AUDITION FOR THIS SPRING'S MELODRAMA IN THE PARK

Things are falling into place for the return of our melodrama in Darragh Park scheduled for Friday, April 5. Now, the most important part, is getting all of you involved.   What to know:

Title: 'Treachery at Cartilage Creek' or 'Our Hero Has A Bone To Pick' by Tim Kelly. The play is very funny.

Cast members: 10.

Open Audition Date: Monday, February 11, 2019.   Auditions will be from the script.

Location: EEHDA Cottage, 1515 Postoffice St.

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Please come to the audition if your schedule will allow you to participate and invite anyone new to our neighborhood who might enjoy joining us. Jill Peveto will reprise her role as stage manager and Mary Jean Sargent will return at the piano.

A monthly update from EEHDA President Jeff Patterson
PRESIDENT'S COLUMN

One of things I love about living in Galveston is that no matter what season/event  we have just been through, there is always another one right behind it. Please plan to come join us at the Cottage on the second weekend of Mardi Gras, Saturday, March 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for mimosas at our annual Mardi Gras Brunch. Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler!

I wanted to thank those of you that came out and participated in the Vision Galveston session at our January Board Social. Lots of good input and discussion. The Vision Galveston project is now moving into what they call the "deep outreach" phase where they will be sharing the key messages/themes they have gathered in the input phase and will be engaging with the community on how to achieve them. The project has reached 75 percent of its goal of hearing from 15 percent of the Galveston community, ie. 7500 people. Thank you again to those that came to give your perspectives on Galveston's future. If you haven't done so yet, its still not too late to take the Vision Galveston Survey. Just click here.

I also want to congratulate our new board members/officers who were elected by the membership at the January board meeting: yours truly, President; Ryan Murray: VP; Jill Peveto: Secretary; Gwen Goffe, Treasurer. board members: Kristi Graves, Lisa Hoff, Doug Van Kay, Adana Haynes and Lyn Fair. And, a big THANKS once again to our departing officers/board members: Larry Wygant, Floyd Pollock, Ronna Stults, Tracy Tatom, Beth DeKeyser and Carol Gilman. 

It's a very dynamic and diverse group, and I'm very excited about what we will accomplish together as a board in 2019. We had our quarterly board workshop on January 12th, and the energy and enthusiasm level were outstanding. We also have several new key committee chairs for 2019. Connie Patterson will be taking over as chair of the block party committee this year from Fran Kelly. Along with Ronna Stults, they are working on some exciting events for us for this year. Kristi Graves will be taking over as chair of the membership committee from Tracy Tatom. Ryan Murray will lead a new committee that, not unlike the Vision Galveston effort being undertaken by the city, will work on developing a long-term vision for EEHDA and what we need to do to achieve that. More to come on that effort. And LIsa Hoff has agreed to be the co-chair of the Holiday Homes Tour with Deanna Johnson this year, with the plan for her to take over as chair for 2020. 

We are also very excited that Rebecca Walker will be back directing the melodrama in the park this year, after a very well deserved break for 2018. This year's play will be 'Treachery at Cartilage Creek', or 'Our Hero Has a Bone to Pick'. The play will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5th at Darragh Park. Auditions are coming up on Monday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m. at The Cottage. There are six female and four male roles, with a wide age range, so please channel your inner thespian and come out on the 11th to join the fun.

I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to Jill and Robert Peveto for their work on the two Parks owned and maintained by EEHDA - Darragh Park, at 15th and Church, and Alderdice Park at 15th and Ball. Jill was the "brains" that spearheaded the recent fundraiser we held of selling engraved brick pavers to raise money to replace the damage the Parks sustained from the freeze last year. And Robert is the "brawn" that has been planting the new landscaping. Thanks to the Peveto's for their dedication and commitment. And due to popular demand, now that the brick pavers are being installed...again, thank you Robert!..... we are doing one more round of brick pavers....thank you Jill. Please contact Jill at pjpeveto@yahoo.com if you wish to order an engraved brick. 

And as Spring, and thoughts of spring cleaning, start to roll around.......only six weeks away according to the Groundhog!.....don't forget to hang on to those "tarnished treasures" for EEHDA's Tarnished Treasure Sale on Saturday, March 30th, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1428 Broadway. Our fundraising chair, Stephanie Lang, is spearheading this event, and Kristi Graves, has graciously offered us the use of her house. You can drop off your tarnished treasures every Saturday in March from 12 p.m. to- 2 p.m. at 1428 Broadway. 

I hope all of you are able to join us at our next board meeting and social on Thursday, February 7th at The Cottage. As we did last year, the Administrative part of our Board Meeting will be at 5 p.m., and the social will at 6 p.m. Our special guest at the social will be Galveston city manager Brian Maxwell; he will be talking about parking, drainage, traffic, and any other issues that you would like him to cover. Please let me know if there are any specific topics that you would like him to address. In addition, we will hear from our council member David Collins, and Officer Harris from GPD. It promises to be a very informative meeting. Come out and join your neighbors! 

EEHDA President
Jeff Patterson
Jeff Patterson

Tel: 281.433.4417  |  E: JMPatterson80@Yahoo.Com

'TARNISHED TREASURES' FOR THE TAKING AT EEHDA RUMMAGE SALE

After a long hiatus, the East End Historical District’s Tarnished Treasures Sale will return on Saturday, March 30th at 1428 Broadway, the home of Jim & Kristi Graves. A huge Thank You to Jim and Kristi for graciously allowing us to use their air-conditioned, indoor basement to put on this fun event. I cannot wait to see what unique pieces begin to roll in!

We need your help to put on our version of a big, fat, glorious garage sale. What exactly tarnished treasures, you ask? We're looking for:

  • Furniture
  • Art
  • Glassware
  • China
  • Collectibles
  • Jewelry
  • Costumes
  • Holiday décor
  • Architectural Salvage
  • Tools
  • Garden Implements
  • Housewares

These are all things we’d love to receive, but the options are endless! Nothing is too large or small. One note: items will be reviewed prior to sale, and any unutilized items will be donated to a local charity. For further clarification, please contact Stephanie. Find her contact information below or send her an email by clicking here.

Have you been watching Marie Kondo’s Konmari theory of organization on Netflix? Do you have the urge to clean and purge? 

I know I do, so while the weather is nice, I’m going to work hard to make it through some of the areas in my home that need a little attention. Is that basement, attic, back bedroom closet or garage getting to you? If so, please join me in a good Spring Cleaning session, and consider donating unwanted items to the EEHDA. The money we raise from this sale will go a long way to freshening the budget for 2019 so that we may continue our mission of Historic preservation and education.

Drop-off items EVERY SATURDAY in February and March from 12-2 p.m. at 1428 Broadway. Please note that the basement is entered through a black door on the 15th street side of the house – not the front door facing Broadway. 

What’s in it for me? Funny you should ask!

As a member of the EEHDA, you will have the opportunity to shop the collection of treasures we acquire before the general public. Friday evening March 29th, we will hold a MEMBERS-ONLY preview from 5-7 p.m. for a $10/member donation. Beverages and fellowship included in the price of admission!

How can you help?

Besides donating items, you can:

  • Volunteer – Soon you will hear from us with requests for assistance, so stay tuned!
  • Loan Us Tables – If you have a folding table we could borrow to use for setup and display, please let me know.
  • Bags and Beverages – We will need a collection of bags (plastic/paper grocery or reusable) for shoppers to carry their treasures home. We would also like to sell water and sodas during the event. So, if you’d like to pick up a case of something the next time you’re at the grocery store or donate some of your bag collection, please bring these items to Kristi’s house during the designated item drop-off times, or to our next EEHDA meeting. Anything unused during the sale will be kept at the cottage for future events. 

I hope you all received a flyer for the Tarnished Treasures Sale in your mailboxes already, so please mark your calendars with the details for quick reference:

Members-only Preview at 1428 Broadway | Friday, March 29th – 5-7 p.m.

Tarnished Treasures Sale at 1428 Broadway | Saturday, March 30th – 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

For questions, or to coordinate drop-off or pick-up assistance as needed, please contact either of us.

Event Co-Chairs
Stephanie Lang & Kristi Graves
Stephanie Lang & Kristi Graves

Stephanie Lang | Tel: 281.785.1372 | E: SEL@Vitol.Com

Kristi Graves | Tel: 832.225.5454 | E: Kristi.Graves@Yahoo.Com 

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NEWS BRIEFS
February 7
EEHDA Board Meeting & Social

I hope that all of you are able to join us at our next EEHDA board meeting and social on Thursday, Feb. 7 at The Cottage, 1501 Postoffice. As we did last year, the administrative part of our board meeting will be at 5 p.m., and the social will at 6 p.m. 
Our special guest at the social will be Galveston city manager Brian Maxwell; he will be talking about parking, drainage, traffic, and any other issues that you would like him to cover. Please let me know if there are any specific topics that you would like him to address. In addition, we will hear from our council member David Collins and Officer Harris from GPD. It promises to be a very informative meeting. Come out and join your neighbors! 

UPDATE
STRAND BRICK PAVER REPLACEMENT

Beginning Monday, January 28th, traffic along the Strand, between 20th and 25th Street, will change to eastbound one way only. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

DARRAGH PARK IN-PROGRESS

When many of the plants were lost to last year's freeze, Robert Peveto stepped up to replant Darragh Park. Peveto and his wife, Jill, sold bricks to raise money for new plants. As the volunteer park manager, Robert has been putting some major muscle into the project-- exercising his green thumb and meticulously laying new brick borders. The result is absolutely beautiful. Thank you to the Pevetos for their hard work!

CAPTION: To transport the new plants, Robert Peveto used his boat and trailer in lieu of a flatbed 

WATER RATE INCREASE WILL BEGIN IN MARCH BILLING CYCLE

Beginning in March, water rates for the City of Galveston will increase on average by approximately seven percent to account for an increase in rates from the city’s water supplier and to fund important water infrastructure repairs and improvements. City council approved the increase to continue its ongoing Capital Improvement Plan with improvements to water and wastewater capital assets across the island. This is the first time the city has raised its water rates since 2015.

To find out more information, click here.

UPDATE
2019 PARKING STICKERS AVAILABLE

Save yourself the agony of getting a ticket when parked in front of your house. The new residential parking stickers are available at Galveston Police Department. 

A monthly update from district 3 representative David Collins
CITY HALL UPDATE

Finally, lights!

After five years of planning and waiting, the decorative streetlights are going in on Church and Sealy. Our thanks to EEHDA president Jeff Patterson and committee chair David Fortenberry for sticking with it and getting the lighting style chosen, the locations hammered out and finally getting the project through the city to Centerpoint. 

This round of lighting was funded through the Neighborhood Funds program, a one-time allocation of federal funds that was split between council districts several years ago. 

When complete, we’ll have lights from 10th to 19th on Post Office, Church and Sealy. I’m working with the city now to get the remaining EEHDA streets – Ball, Winnie, Market, and Mechanic – worked into the city’s master lighting plan and funded through the capital improvement plan. 

As the decorative lights are installed, the cobra head lights will be removed. There will be approximately the same amount of light per block, but it will be more evenly spread along the street. The decorative lights also provide a more historic ambience, and counter to what you’d think, brighter lighting has been shown to have no effect on reducing crime. Overly bright lights create pockets of glare alternating with areas of darkness where it’s easier to hide. 

About that Master Lighting Plan: currently there are at least six types of streetlights in the city, most of them high-wattage mercury vapor or high-pressure sodium. They use a lot of electricity, and because they burn very hot, require more maintenance. The master lighting plan calls for reducing lighting styles to two: the cobra heads at intersections, and decorative lights in the historic districts, and to convert all streetlights to LED. That will save taxpayers a lot of money.

Centerpoint is conducting an island-wide survey to find and remove the oddball lights and do the LED conversion. 

The new lights going in on Church and Sealy will be LED, and the existing lights on Postoffice will be converted to LED. In the end, all the lights will be night-sky compliant, meaning they will be capped to keep light from shining upward where it isn’t needed. 

LEDs also last longer. The don’t require venting and so aren’t as vulnerable to wind, rain and salt air. Exposure is what killed the lights on Broadway. You may notice that more of them are already LEDs, and some of them are being kept on day and night to test the circuitry. By summer, we hope to have Broadway once again lighted for its entire length. 

One other note that should please East Enders. The city is in the process of re-evaluating streets to prioritize them for resurfacing. I talked an assistant city manager into driving the 16th St. from Broadway to Market and then telling me it didn’t need fixing. He was convinced. They should start the resurfacing by July at the latest. 


Council Member, District 3
David Collins
David Collins

Tel: 409.443.7134  |  E: DavidCollins@GalvestonTX.Gov

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Congratulations to George and Ann Schaumburg for having EEHDA's 'Yard of the Month' for February.
YARD OF THE MONTH

Both George and Ann like talking about gardening and trying new plants and mulching. They had a landscape designer when they moved into the house 10 years ago.The bed in front of the house has been recently redone and planted with a colorful array of pansies. The bed is lined with bricks that they found at the house when they moved into the house. 

The couple decided to move to the East End after their Bolivar beach house was totally destroyed in Hurricane Ike. George and Ann both grew up in Beaumont where they lived most of their life up to now. They even started nursery school together when they were four years old. This year, they sold their home in Beaumont and moved to the island full time. 

"We love our house and it's wonderful to be next door to Darragh Park," Ann said. 

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MEET THE TEAM

New officers and board members ready to make a difference in the East End.

Board Member
LISA WALLACE HOFF

1. Tell me a little about you. Where did you live before moving to the East End? How long have you been here? Tell me about your family…

My husband Stuart and I met seven years ago and have been married for five years. We moved to The East End three years ago from West University in Houston. Between us we have four adult children in varying stages of life! I attended Lamar High School and The University of Texas at Austin majoring in mathematics and secondary education. We love travel, cooking and the Astros!

2. What brought you to Galveston?

My family, going back three generations, has always had a presence in Galveston, but mainly on the West End. My parents would move us down to our bay house every summer where we would fish and be kids, and finally in high school I landed a job at Sea Arama in their ski show. So, Galveston has always been home to me. Four years ago, when my husband and I had the opportunity to leave Houston traffic and move here permanently we never looked back!

3. What is your vocation and/or avocation?

I’ve had quite a variety of occupations, leadership & volunteer experiences ranging from raising my children, teaching, managing a food pantry, being the parent association chairman, Junior League, and working for an outfitter leading ladies fly-fishing trips to South America. Currently, my sister and I own our own business, Cannon Hoff Home Consultants. We are a project-based company specializing in concierge moving consultation & management, interior design, and art assessment and procurement. Click here for more information!

4. Are you interested in history? Have you always loved old houses? Tell me more about the one in which you live.

My husband and I love old homes. We recently undertook a two-year restoration of our second home, an 1870 stone house located in Leakey. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be a caretaker of history! Currently, we live in the 1883 Levy Bowden House located on Winnie St., but are always looking for that next neighborhood project! 

5. What attracted you to the neighborhood association? And why do you feel it's important to HAVE a neighborhood association?

With our unique and diverse neighborhood, it’s especially vital to have a robust and thriving association that meets everyone’s needs: social and fellowship, historical resources and education, tourism (Christmas Homes Tour) and preservation advocacy. 

6. What do you like most about living in the East End and what changes would you most like to see? 

We love the architecture of the homes, but especially the people we now call friends. Neighborhood watch programs to combat crime is always on my list of improvements. 

Secretary
JILL PEVETO

1. Tell me a little about you. Where did you live before moving to the East End? How long have you been here? Tell me about your family…

I spent the majority of my life in the Beaumont area, working 38 years for an oil and gas company in Procurement. We moved to Galveston about 6 years ago.  I’ve been married to Robert for almost 40 years.  We have a daughter and son-in-law in Houston and our son and his wife live in Bangkok.

2. What brought you to Galveston?

 Robert and I would visit Galveston through the years, driving around the neighborhoods, talking about how Galveston was where we should retire!

3. What is your vocation and/or avocation?

I enjoyed my career in procurement as I love negotiations.  The best thing about retirement (other than not waking up to an alarm) is having the time to travel.   

4. Are you interested in history? Have you always loved old houses? Tell me more about the one in which you live.

I’ve always been fascinated with Victorian homes and the old plantation homes along the Gulf Coast.  The creativity and craftsmanship is always amazing.  To be honest we didn't know what we were getting into when we bought a house built in 1890, as we have always built new houses.  It is a totally different experience as you never know what you are going to find when you start tearing into the walls or ceilings. 

5. What attracted you to the neighborhood association? And why do you feel it's important to HAVE a neighborhood association?

I think a strong neighborhood association is critical to a happy neighborhood.  They create opportunities for friendship, improvement to the area and learning more about the history of our homes.

6. What do you like most about living in the East End and what changes would you most like to see? 

There are so many benefits to living in the East End; the ability to walk everywhere from restaurants to the beach, so many activities from festivals to watersports and the wonderful friends we've made in the East End.  As far as changes, I would love to see more full time residents and continue with the lighting of the streets and my personal favorite change would be to discontinue Postoffice and Church as one way streets.

Treasurer
GWEN GOFF

1. Tell me a little about you. Where did you live before moving to the East End? How long have you been here? Tell me about your family…

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with my three younger brothers. I am a died in the wool Steelers fan.  I got my BA from Connecticut College and my MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. I moved to the East End in the summer of 2002. I had my Ball Street house as a second home until I moved here full-time in the summer of 2018. I travel up to Houston approximately three days a week with my two standard poodles, Sasha and Walker. They go to doggie day care while I am working. 

2. What brought you to Galveston?

I came to Galveston for the first time in 1988 after I was recruited to work at the MFAH. It took me a while to get used to the Texas coast after growing up going to the New Jersey and Delaware beaches, but I grew to love it in Galveston and decided to commit first to a second home here and finally as my full-time residence. 

3. What is your vocation and/or avocation?

I worked for 42 years in the not for profit arts sector in Washington DC at the Corcoran Gallery and School of Art and retired in 2013 from the MFAH after 25 years. I was Assocaite Director for Investment and Finance and served as the interim Director for 13 months after the death of Director Peter Marzio. Now I work part time for The Brown Foundation, Inc. as the Chief Investment Officer. 

4. Are you interested in history? Have you always loved old houses? Tell me more about the one in which you live.

I live on Ball Street-- I like my neighbors, the neighborhood and the easy way my friends and neighbors and I are able to spend time together.

5. What attracted you to the neighborhood association? And why do you feel it's important to HAVE a neighborhood association?

I was active in Houston in city initiatives and would like to see Galveston embrace a more active leadership role in the county, region, state and in the country. We have so many resources here. The possibilities seem endless if we work together for the betterment of the island, its residents, its students and its environmental challenges. 

6. What do you like most about living in the East End and what changes would you most like to see? 

I am looking forward to the Vision Galveston exercise at the annual meeting to learn about ways we can enhance our presence and our voice on the island. In my Houston neighborhood we had block captains to spread the news, welcome new neighbors and act as a security and social safety net for one another. This might be a way to encourage more engagement from all East Enders. I think that we need to keep the residential character of the East End. If people open B&Bs for example I think they need to be registered. If they are conducting a commercial business out of their home that needs to be registered and monitored as well. 

Board Member
KRISTI GRAVES

1. Tell me a little about you. Where did you live before moving to the East End? How long have you been here? Tell me about your family…

I am originally from Alvin, and have been married to Jim Graves for the past 24 years. I have two aaughters, Britni who manages an Imaging Center and is the mother of my two granddaughters, and Jami who is currently a junior at Texas A&M-Galveston pursuing her Maritime Administration degree. We raised the girls in the Tomball Area where I have owned a promotional business for the past 14 years.

2. What brought you to Galveston?

Always had a love for Galveston beginning as a young child, loved going to the beaches and playing in the sand, having picnics and building sand castles. Since being married we discovered we both had a love for Galveston and would often visit and stay in some of the most interesting bed and breakfasts where we could be walking distance to all the downtown amenities, and also be able to take in the rich history of Galveston's historical homes. Then in 2014 one of our dreams became reality when we purchased a home away from home on one of the Mardi Gras parade routes in the Silk Stocking District on 25th Street. As we continued to build upon memorable experiences we realized there was more to Galveston than what we originally were coming here for.

3. What is your vocation and/or avocation?

Business owner.

4. Are you interested in history? Have you always loved old houses? Tell me more about the one in which you live.

Yes, particularly in the history of the island's beautiful homes. When we decided to make Galveston our primary place of residence, we began looking for a historical home to restore, so that we could do our part to preserve the history of Galveston and also have a place to live. After many months of research we finally chose our home at 1428 Broadway on the island or, as Islanders may tell you, the house chose us. We have now been in the home for a little over a year and although we are really enjoying the home it is still under renovation and will continue to be for a while.  She was in need of a lot of TLC.

5. What attracted you to the neighborhood association? And why do you feel it's important to HAVE a neighborhood association?

I find it very valuable and important to actively participate in the EEHDA in order to help preserve, maintain and improve the neighborhoods in the community we live in. The Membership role is a roll I am very much looking forward to. I love meeting new people and listening to their fresh ideas on how our community can improve and to their stories on how they arrived to the decision of making their home Galveston.

6. What do you like most about living in the East End and what changes would you most like to see? 

The people, community, proximity to beaches and the many activities available.

Vice President
RYAN MURRAY

1. Tell me a little about you. Where did you live before moving to the East End? How long have you been here? Tell me about your family …

I think I am the first in my family to be a Galvestonian, although my grandmother tells me my great grandfather’s brother (or some distant relative) worked on the Galveston port docks during World War I. I am the middle child of three having an older brother and and younger sister, all two years apart. I met my wife, Rachel, while attending Texas A&M University in College Station. Rachels tells me that I am an annoyingly ‘abnoxious’ Aggie football fan. Its borderline unhealthy, but I am working on it. 

2. What brought you to Galveston?

We married in 2014 and lived apart for a few years after Rachel took a position at UTMB. I finally moved to Galveston full-time in 2016 to begin raising our family. We welcomed our baby “BOI” Charlie to the world in February of 2018 and he is the center of our universe. 

3. What is your vocation and/or avocation?

I am a Quality and Compliance Project Manager for  a contract pharmaceutical manufacturing company. The plant is located in the Pearland area, so I survive my commute on audiobooks and NPR. All worth it to live in the neighborhood, plus I’m always current on news! 

4. Are you interested in history? Have you always loved old houses? Tell me more about the one in which you live.

Rachel and I purchased a 1912 Edmund J. Cordray home. Originally built and appearing on property records as a rental property with Cordray as the owner. Cordray was a pharmacist and owned and operated the Cordray Drug Store once located at the site of the East End Cottage. The house was rented from 1919 to 1941 to a variety of tenants including the Alpha Kappa Kappa medical fraternity, a mechanic, a bookkeeper and a manager at the Galveston Piano Company. Cordray’s daughter Florence moved into the home in 1941 and lived here until 1985. 

5. What attracted you to the neighborhood association? And why do you feel it's important to HAVE a neighborhood association?

I want to make a difference locally. From lighting, street quality, and obviously the sidewalks, I want to make our neighborhood accessible and safe for residents and visitors alike. Alongside our  neighbors, with our councilman, and the city, I want to be creative and collaborative in how we enhance our efforts to make our neighborhood and city truly beautiful. 

6. What do you like most about living in the East End and what changes would you most like to see? 

Walkability! The main motivator in our decision to move to the East End was the great walkability of the neighborhood. Close to bars, restaurants and other entertainment, the neighborhood is very amenable to the lifestyle that we wanted and the lifestyle that historic cities were built around in the past. And of course, there is the fantastic collection of homes in the neighborhood. It’s a great feeling to walk around your neighborhood and feel like your living in an larger than life art gallery.

Board Member
ADANA HAYES

1. Tell me a little about you. Where did you live before moving to the East End? How long have you been here? Tell me about your family…

I moved here with my husband five years ago from Katy.

2. What brought you to Galveston?

I have enjoyed coming to Galveston since I was a kid. I love the beach and the historic district. Once our kids were in college we decided to move here and enjoy the beach and live in an historic home. 

3. What is your vocation and/or avocation?

I work from home for a bank consulting company.

4. Are you interested in history? Have you always loved old houses? Tell me more about the one in which you live.

I have always loved historic houses. Our house is George Fox's first house. He opened the first bakery on the island. It was built in 1875.

5. What attracted you to the neighborhood association? And why do you feel it's important to HAVE a neighborhood association?

We joined the neighborhood association to become more involved and to be more connected with what's going on in the neighborhood.

6. What do you like most about living in the East End and what changes would you most like to see? 

I love walking/running in the East End. Each house is unique and different. The one thing that I would change is somehow keep people from throwing their trash in our streets. I not only hate seeing it in our beautiful neighborhood it really messes with our drainage system. I do my best to pick it up when I'm out and about but it's never ending.

March 1, 2019
EEHDA MARDI GRAS BRUNCH

Join EEHDA members for a Mardi Gras Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cottage, 1501 Postoffice St. Bring a brunch dish to share. Mimosas will be served.

FEBRUARY CALENDAR

Find out what's happening this month in the East End and beyond.

MARDI GRAS | FEB. 22

SATURDAY | FEB. 2

GALVESTON RESTAURANT WEEK
This annual gastronomic event brings the island's culinary scene to life for two full weeks of delicious dining. Restaurant Week will showcase the freshest ingredients, most flavorful dishes and tastiest culinary gems that Galveston has to offer.

Home of the finest Gulf Coast seafood and some of Texas's most delectable restaurants, Galveston Island proudly welcomes visitors to Galveston Restaurant Week, where patrons can choose from Galveston's most delightful and delicious eateries for prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus - in attractive price you're sure to savor!

Continues through Feb. 10, To view a list of participating restaurants, click here.

SEA TURTLE SATURDAY
As the 2019 Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nesting season approaches, you'll want to make plans to attend this event presented by Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council to learn about and celebrate the sea turtle. You will also find out how you can become involved in helping preserve this extremely endangered species.

With recent changes in the management operations of the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Galveston, the ability to tour the sea turtle barn has become problematic.  We’ve attempted to provide access to the scientists, researchers and conservationists that continue to save Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.  Join us in learning more about how saving sea turtles is a career pursuit for these dedicated professionals.  After hearing their stories and asking them questions, you’ll be free to tour the Moody Gardens “Turtles in Crisis” exhibit located within the Discovery Museum upstairs.  This 1100 ft2 complex was designed and built by Moody Gardens to augment the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle interactive display.  The complex showcases Desert, Forest, Aquatic and Marine turtles that are all facing significant challenges in their natural ecosystems.

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., For more information, click here.

SUNDAY | FEB. 3

JERSEY BOYS
For one performance only, The Grand 1894 Opera House presents the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first notes. They had a sound nobody had ever heard.  But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story − a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

$38-$108; 7 p.m., The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

THURSDAY | FEB. 7

WINE NIGHT @ THE BRYAN
In conjunction with the Thursday GO! Farmers Market, The Bryan Museum puts on a relaxing wine event where attendees enjoy conversation with friends, family, and museum staff along with wine, beer, and complimentary bar snacks, served inside the museum shop.

3 to 6 p.m.; The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st St., For more information, call 409.632.7685.

SATURDAY | FEB. 9

POLYMER CLAY WORKSHOP
Join award-winning designer Paula Kennedy for her quarterly workshop at GAC. Learn how to make imitation wood-patterned coasters, which have the look of real wood. For adults and teens ages 14 and up. No experience necessary.

$75, all materials are provided; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand; For more information, click here.

SUNDAY | FEB. 10

GO! FARMERS MARKET
Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally grown produce, prepared foods, and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas every Sunday morning. We strive to foster a greater sense of community; all while supporting farmers + producers, and connecting individuals with their local food economy.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st St. 

THURSDAY | FEB. 14

VICTORIAN SWEETHEART TOUR
Stroll the romantic passageways of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, which will open its doors for a special Valentines Day tour. There will be refreshments, including champagne and chocolate and a discussion on the history of Victorian courting.

$30; 5:45 p.m.; Bishop's Palace, 1402 Broadway; For more information or to RSVP, click here.

SATURDAY | FEB. 16

CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER
Author Robert Craig Bunch will speak about his book, The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists, in conversation with Galveston-based artist Robert Dampier who is featured in the publication.

FREE; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand; For more information, click here.



SUPER BOWL | FEB. 3

WEDNESDAY | FEB. 20

PRESENTATION: GALVESTON'S WINTER SONGBIRDS
Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council welcomes Winter Texans and residents to attend a monthly presentation. This month's presenter will be Jim Stevenson.

FREE; 7 p.m., Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy St.

THURSDAY | FEB. 21

GO! FARMERS MARKET
Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally grown produce, prepared foods, and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas every Sunday morning. We strive to foster a greater sense of community; all while supporting farmers + producers, and connecting individuals with their local food economy.

9 a.m. to 1p.m.; The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st St. 

GALVESTON READS: ST. VINCENT'S OPEN HOUSE, SPEAKER PANEL
A presentation of the history of St. Vincent’s and discussion featuring former board members and board presidents. Michael Jackson will moderate this discussion. 

In its 16th season, the Galveston Reads series promotes community involvement in Galveston County with a wide range of events, activities, and thoughtful discussions.  The 2019 Galveston Reads Book choice is No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine by Rachel Pearson, M.D. As described by the publisher, this title is a “brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk”.

FREE; 7 p.m.; Rosenberg Library, Harris Gallery, 4th floor, 2310 Sealy St.; For more information, click here.

FRIDAY | FEB. 22

MARDI GRAS
The island’s 108th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held February 22 through March 5 is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees to its concerts, parades, balcony parties and elegant balls.

-FUNKY UPTOWN UMBRELLA BRIGADE BALCONY PARTY
5 p.m., Trolley Station, 2021 Strand

-PARDY GRAS! PROCESSION
5 p.m., Strand District

-GEORGE P. MITCHELL MARDI GRAS AWARD PRESENTATION
5:30 p.m., The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic

-GEORGE P. MITCHELL MARDI GRAS PARADE
7 p.m., Strand District

-FUNKY UPTOWN UMBRELLA BRIGADE
8:30 p.m., Downtown 

-MARDI GRAS GALVESTON PARADE
10 p.m., Strand District

SATURDAY | FEB. 23

MARDI GRAS

The fun continues...

-JOLLY JESTER JAUNT 5K
11 a.m., The Strand

-MARDI GRAS HEADQUARTERS BALCONY PARTY
Noon, Dragon & Tobyn Building, 23rd Street and Strand

-MARDI GRAS! KING'S COURT BALCONY PARTY
Noon, Trolley Station, 2021 Strand

-MARDI GRAS! QUEEN'S COURT BALCONY PARTY
Noon, Trumpets Building, 2217 Strand

-MYSTIC KREWE OF AQUARIUS KICK-OFF PARADE
Noon, 57th Street and Seawall Boulevard to the Strand

-Z KREWE BALCONY PARTY: ZESTIVAL
Noon, Jockusch Building, 2025 Strand

-EIGHTH ANNUAL ZANIEST GOLF CART PARADE 
1 p.m., Strand District

-KREWE D'IHEARTMEDIA ART CAR PARADE
3 p.m., Strand District

-KREWE OF GAMBRINUS PARADE
6 p.m., Strand District

SUNDAY | FEB. 24

MARDI GRAS
The fun continues...

-FIESTA GRAS PARADE #1
1 p.m., Strand District

-MEGA 101 FIESTA GRAS PARADE
4 p.m., Strand District

THURSDAY | FEB. 28

COOKING CLASS: BOOZY CREOLE FEAST
You're invited on a tasty tour of the bayou with Chef Bailey Shinn that will get you in the Mardi Gras spirit. To start, we'll blend a batch of knockout fresh fruit Mardi-ritas to sip on. Next, you will prepare light and crispy GIB Tiki Wheat beer batter hush puppies with a classic remoulade dipping sauce. Next, you will learn a new twist on a traditional dish: shrimp and grits! You will prepare cheesy cracked pepper grits smothered with a white wine reduction cream sauce loaded with shrimp, andouille sausage and the holy trinity. For dessert, you will learn to bake an irresistible Bailey's bread pudding with drizzled with decadent whiskey sauce from scratch! Laissez les bon temps roulez!

$65; 6:30 to 9 p.m.; The Kitchen Chick, 2402 Market St., For more information or to reserve your spot, call 409.497.2999.

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