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Saturday, March 2

Both the champagne and the conversation were flowing at this morning's Mardi Gras brunch at 'The Cottage'. Thanks to everyone who came out and contributed dishes-- the spread was fit for a king (cake).. 

Wishing all of our wonderful EEHDA members a fun and safe rest of the weekend! Here are some of our favorite photos:

A monthly update from EEHDA President Jeff Patterson

This is the time of year when our thoughts start to turn to Spring--we believed the groundhog when he said winter is over; although for us Game of Thrones fans, winter is coming! And with that, what do we need to do to get our yards and gardens back  in shape. I've always heard that Valentine's Day weekend is the time to trim up the crepe myrtles, but please, no crepe murders! If you have questions about what you should, and shouldn't be doing, you are in luck. 

The guest speaker at our March EEHDA Social will be gardener extraordinaire Karl Lewis. For those that don’t know Karl, he retired to the Island in 2005 after being a part time resident here for many years, and has worked at Tom Thumb's Nursery since early 2009. I know many folks who have received lots of great gardening advice from Karl over the years, and he will be at the Social on March 7th at 6 p.m. to answer all your questions. You won't want to miss it!

This is also Mardi Gras time, and we hope you will be joining us for our annual Mardi Gras Brunch at the Cottage from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please come share mimosas and yummies with your neighbors. Cohosts Connie Patterson and Ronna Stults have been working hard to put together a nice event for us; if you haven't contacted them yet, there is still time to let them know what dish you would like to bring to share. Laissez le bon temps router!

Rebecca Walker and her merry band of thespians have been rehearsing hard for the upcoming Melodrama in the Park; this year they will be putting on '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; we will be having our Spring block party at the Cottage on that same day at 5 p.m., so you can come enjoy the refreshments and fellowship at the block party, and then head over to watch the play. What a wonderful way to spend a Friday night. 

Don't forget about the EEHDA Tarnished Treasure Sale coming up on Saturday, March 30. Our thanks for Stephanie Lang for organizing this, and for Kristi Graves for volunteering her house. Remember that you can bring your tarnished treasures to Kristi's house at 1428 Broadway every Saturday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.; and if you've been to Kristi's house, her basement is filling up fast! And we will be having a "EEHDA Members Only" pre-Sale for the event. More details to come.

For those that weren't able to attend the February EEHDA Meeting and Social, you missed a very informative evening with Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell. Among many things, he talked about the work that will done on 18th Street replacing and upsizing the drainage system that takes water to the Harbor, which will help alleviate flooding in our area. 

This $11+ million project was approved as part of the Bond election last year, and in fact, is the largest single project in the set of projects being funded by those bonds. The project is in the design phase, and he expects construction to begin next Spring. 

He also gave us an update on the $30 million grant the city has obtained to build the first pump system for storm drainage, which I personally believe Galveston will need in the future to be able to contend with rainwater. The pump station will be located somewhere on the east side of the island and should help improve drainage in the East End. Mr. Maxwell said that one of the complexities of designing and building this pump station is that all of the storm drainage on the Island has become interconnected over the years. They will have to figure out how to "disentangle" the pipes in the area of the pump station so that it can function effectively.

It is exciting to see these projects moving forward. Mr. Maxwell also talked about the major redo of 45th Street, and that the start of the construction for that project has been delayed until after Mardi Gras. From what he said, the city has learned some lessons from the similar project on 43rd Street, which they are incorporating into the projects on 18th and 45th Streets. They learned that when installing new and larger drainage pipes in one area, they also have to look at the size and capacity of the pipes those are draining into, otherwise it can create a bottleneck in the new drainage system, which is unfortunately what happened on 43rd Street. 

It has been great to see the new streetlights on Church and Sealy now fully installed and functioning; it certainly does make a difference as you go down those streets at night. Thanks again to the EEHDA Historic Streetlight Committee and our former and current council members who made this possible. We are looking forward to working with Councilmember Collins and the city on incorporating streetlights for the remainder of the streets in the East End into the master lighting plan that the city is putting together, and eventually, into capital projects to get them installed. 

Lots of great things happening in Galveston and in the East End. Thank you for your support of EEHDA; please come join us in March at the board meeting and social. 

EEHDA President
Jeff Patterson
Jeff Patterson

Tel: 281.433.4417  |  E: JMPatterson80@Yahoo.Com

Help needed for March 30th

First off, a huge THANK YOU to all who have donated items and helped thus far! We have received some great pieces and look forward to showcasing a considerable amount of treasures.



If you have not already, please light your Spring Cleaning fire and feel the warmth of in a less cluttered, more organized space by donating items you no longer want or need.  If we all donate a little, it will do a lot to freshen our 2019 budget.

Drop-Off items EVERY SATURDAY in 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.


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 need help with 2-hour event shifts.You will be able to sign up the night of our board meeting meeting or you can email me at We only need a little bit of your time to help make this event a success. NOTE: Please don’t shy away in fear of heavy lifting – we have college kids for that!


If you have a folding table we could borrow to use for setup and display, please let me know. Email me at or call 281.785.1375.


All paid members of the EEHDA will have the opportunity to shop the collection of treasures we acquire on Friday evening March 29th from 5-7 p.m. before the general public for a $10/member donation. 

Yes, this means friends, family and neighbors who are not current members of the EEHDA will be excluded from the Preview…. Unless they pay their membership dues ahead of time or at the door. This is a fundraiser after all, and beverages, fellowship and the opportunity to hunt treasures before everyone else is included in the price of admission.

We can’t publicize this event enough, so I hope you all received at least one flyer for the Tarnished Treasures Sale in your mailboxes already, and that you’ve shared it with those you know who would love this sort of thing.

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

For questions, or to coordinate a donation drop-off or pick-up assistance as needed, please contact:

Stephanie Lang | | 281.785.1375

Kristi Graves | | 832.225.5454



Streetlights are up on Sealy and Church streets.


Please plan to join us for the March Board Meeting and Social at the Cottage, 1501 Postoffice. The Board meeting will be at 5 p.m., and the social starts at 6 p.m. 

In addition to GPD and Councilmember Collins, our special speaker will be gardener extraordinaire Karl Lewis to talk to us about what we need to be doing to get our gardens ready for the spring, which according to the groundhog, is coming soon!

For those that don’t know Karl, he is originally from Corpus Christi and grew up in Houston. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Baylor, he served in the Peace Corps in Thailand before returning to Texas in the early 70's, where he worked in residential sales and management and as an escrow officer. He and his spouse Sandy purchased a second home in Galveston in 1997 and then retired to the island in 2005. 

He has have worked at Tom's Thumb Nursery since early 2009. He says that his paternal grandmother was an award winning gardener and that he got his love of gardening from her. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!


For those who missed buying a brick inscribed with your name for the Darragh Park gardens, the bricks are back by popular demand.

Each brick costs $100 and is inscribed with your name or the name of a person you choose to honor. See the form below.

All proceeds benefit replanting the park. When that's done, funds will be used to paint the fence and gazebo.

Thanks to Jill and Robert Peveto for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the East End Historical District Association.

A monthly update from district 3 representative David Collins

Be careful what you wish for, east-enders. 

The decorative streetlight project has taught many of us more than we ever thought we wanted to know about lighting – wattage, lumens, pole styles, light color, bulb styles, and the meaning of ‘luminaire’, which is just a short-hand way of saying ‘light fixture.’

Here’s an update on lighting, some of which gets a tiny bit technical.

All new streetlighing is now being done with LEDs, replacing a number of old styles, mostly high-pressure sodium lights. All the burned out lights on Broadway were sodium; all the new ones are LED. The decorative lights on Postoffice are sodium, but will be switched to LED in the future. The new ones on Church and Sealy are LED. FYI, LEDs use much less electricity and last a lot longer.

A major concern was the color temperature of the lights (expressed in degrees Kelvin. It’s all about color, not how hot the bulbs get). The overhead ‘cobra’ lights on the street corner are 4000K LEDs. They’re bright white, somewhat close to sunlight. The sodium lights are in the 2500-3000K range, making them more yellow, closer to moonlight. We were careful to specify to Centerpoint that the new lights should be the lower color temperature. 

The new lights are up, wired, and on at night, on Church and Sealy, from 10th to 19th. Just what we’ve been trying to achieve for the last several years. 

But…they’re bright white. So much so that I’ve already gotten a number of complaints. I stand in front of my house and compare the decorative light on the corner with the cobra fixture across the street, and I don’t see a lot of difference. EEHDA President Jeff Patterson, who’s also getting complaints, took the question to Centerpoint. Nope, they insist, those are 3000K lights, just what you ordered. 

Google ‘LED lights’ and ‘environment’ and you’ll find people all over the world are pushing back on the brightness and color of streetlights. The old yellow light at night was just less jarring, and less disruptive to sleep and the environment. Bright LEDs could turn out to have long-term health effects. The research is growing, and it’s not positive.

Galveston has more than just a good night’s sleep at stake. The ‘sunlight’ from higher-color LED bulbs confuses birds and the bugs they feed on, and may cause them to shy away from traditional nesting grounds, looking for some place darker. 

Bird watching is big business, and we’re considered one of the premier bird-watching spots in North America. The island is home to tens of millions of migrating birds summer and winter. Birders, are generally higher-dollar tourists. Want a ‘higher-value’ tourist? Ones that are more interested in nice hotels and restaurants, and less likely to leave their Bucee’s trash on the beach? Nature tourism may well be our future.

We’re looking into alternatives to the lights, but given that Centerpoint doesn’t actually have to listen to us, and the cost of finding and replacing the bulbs, even if we talk them into it, these lights are going to be with us for a while.

Blackout curtains are available at Target.

Council Member, District 3
David Collins
David Collins

Tel: 409.443.7134  |  E: DavidCollins@GalvestonTX.Gov

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By Marsha Canright

Spring is here and it's time to kick dust mites to the curb and put sparkle and shine into your home sweet home.

“Your house is a major investment and it makes good sense to take care of it,” said Howard Knighton, owner of Burden’s Vacuum Cleaner, a Houston company that offers a range of cleaning products and quality vacuums.

“We’ve all been inside because of the rain and cold weather and now it’s time to make everything fresh again, inside and out,” he said.

For savvy homeowners, spring-cleaning is more than a deep scrub and a quick culling of possessions. It’s the ideal time to check household systems and schedule home repairs that are important but also out of sight and out of mind.

"Good maintenance keeps your home running efficiently and helps you trim costs by identifying problems early and making repairs before they become major,” said Kyle Ray, owner of Geek Window Cleaning.

His crew makes windows shine but they also inspect for cracks and seals and arrange repairs when they are needed.

But your windows aren’t the only system that need a little love. 

What major systems do you need to check?

Here are 16 household tasks that need your attention at least once a year. If you take action now, you'll make your house more efficient, comfortable, and you'll have less chance of a system meltdown.

1. Air Conditioning: Schedule a tune-up for your air conditioning unit before the peak season begins. You’ll be at the front of the line and it won’t take as long for a scheduled visit. Routine service is the best way to keep your air conditioner in good operating condition. A technician will check refrigerant levels, clean the evaporator and condenser, check the components and controls and recalibrate the thermostat. If you’ve got a problem, you’ll be able to resolve it before the summer heat sets in.  Something to remember all year long: Clean or replace your AC filters every month.

2. Backflow prevention. If you have a sprinkler system, you’ll need to have a plumber or a licensed backflow specialist check its proper operation at least once a year. Backflow is the reverse flow of nonpotable water into the public water system or the customer's water system. You don’t want to have a mix-up mishap. 

3. Blinds. Cleaning blinds and window coverings is a slow-going project that takes patience but the results are eye-catching.

Larry Thomas of City Blind Repair says the best way to clean your blinds is the old-fashioned way.

“If you have a soft bristle attachment on your vacuum cleaner, that will work or you can take a Swiffer on the top and bottom of each blade,” he said.

Yes, it is time-consuming but with Houston’s dust and humidity, a film forms quickly on blinds and can be stubborn to remove, Thomas said.

If there are any broken parts or faulty mechanisms, don’t toss them out.  In your home or from his shop, Thomas is able to repair, restring and gets blinds working again, even the motorized ones.  

4. Brick repair, repointing, and replacement. It’s important to keep tabs on the brick in your house. Damaged, cracked or crumbling bricks should be replaced as soon as possible, according to Roberto Zumeta of Houston’s Brick Restoration Inc.  If the masonry between the bricks is starting to erode from time or weather, the bricks may need to be repointed. This is important because if there is space between bricks, water can soak in and can cause significant problems.

5. Caulking-painting exterior/interior.  There’s nothing like a coat of paint to give new life to your house, inside or out. Filling cracks and holes with caulk in your home's trim and siding before painting not only makes the final result look better, but it makes the paint last longer.  The caulk is a substance designed to seal a joint between two surfaces and to fill small holes, which if untreated, can collect water and cause paint to peel.

6. Ceiling fans. Properly cleaning your ceiling fans will help to keep the rest of the house dust-free. You can use an extendable duster or if you’re climbing a ladder, you can use a pillowcase to catch the dust on the sides, top and bottom. To keep dust at bay, use a repellant spray like Endust on both sides of the blades. You should also wipe the pull chain and the motor housing with a clean cloth.  Be sure to note which way your ceiling fan is moving. If it’s counter-clockwise, it helps to cool the room; clockwise will keep the warm air down.

7. Chimney cleaning & repair: Despite our relative lack of freezing weather, many Houston homes are equipped with wood-burning fireplaces. An annual chimney inspection is recommended and can alert you to the need to remove a soot buildup or blockages.

8. Concrete repair, resurfacing. Concrete is ubiquitous in urban life, whether it’s a concrete driveway, garage floor, exterior walkway, steps, a pool deck or even an interior concrete floor. While it’s a sturdy long-lasting material, concrete should be examined for heaving or settling, stains, cracks, chips and flaking. You’ll want to have it repaired before the damage goes too far.

9. Deck inspection/sealing.  Without a protective seal, the life of wooden decks and exterior steps will be cut short.  Lots of sunlight or rain on a horizontal surface will cause deterioration of stain or sealer.  For that reason, most area professionals recommend you apply a new stain or sealer every two to three years after prepping, cleaning and drying the surface.

10. Fencing: A wood fence needs regular maintenance every three years at minimum.  Apply a mildew-removing product with a scrub brush. After the fence dries, look for problem areas that might need to be repaired.  After necessary repairs are made, apply paint, stain or a clear sealant to keep the moisture out. 

11. Floors: Clean hardwood floors are a thing of beauty. If you want to perk up what’s underfoot, Kevin Kaley with Klein Floors recommends cleaning the dirt and debris with a vacuum and following up with a towel on the end of a push broom. 

“But, you should never mop wood floors,” he said. 

Kaley suggests the Bona System if you want to do it yourself. However, if floors are dull or damaged, especially in high-traffic areas, it’s a good idea to have professionals clean and wax or rescreen and oil your floors. 

Except for certain prefinished flooring materials, there are three basic hardwood floor finishes, polyurethane, wax, and oil.

Congratulations to Christina and Alex Perez for having EEHDA's 'Yard of the Month' for March.

Christina and Alex, 607 11th St., moved to the East End about two years ago. He is a surgeon at the University of Texas Medical Branch and she is teaches biological sciences at College of the Mainland. Christina is a master gardener."We moved to Galveston from North Carolina and the climate is quite different," she said. That makes for changes and challenges in gardening, but she is enjoying experimentation.

April 5

Our melodrama in Darragh Park will return Friday, April 5. This year's production will be 'Treachery at Cartilage Creek' or 'Our Hero Has A Bone To Pick' by Tim Kelly. Jill Peveto will reprise her role as stage manager and Mary Jean Sargent will return at the piano.

Get ready for some 'applause' and 'boos'-- it's going to be a fabulous show!



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

The fun continues...

11 a.m., Seawall Blvd.

Noon, Trolley Station, 2021 Strand

Noon, Trumpets Building, 2217 Strand

Noon, Dragon & Tobyn Building, 23rd Street and Strand

Noon, Jockusch Building, 2025 Strand

1 p.m., Strand District

2:30 p.m., Strand District


Annually celebrated by thousands, this free event provides food, fun and live entertainment for people with special needs as well as their families during Mardi Gras weekend.

Noon to 4 p.m.; Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd.; For more information, click here


The Friends of Moody Gardens will host the seventh annual Gulf Coast Herb Fair and Luncheon. Activities include lectures, vendors and herbs for sale. Concetta Maceo-Sims, of the Maceo Spice & Import Co., will be the guest speaker. There also will be a hands-on hypertufa workshop after the luncheon for an additional cost.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Moody Gardens Visitor Center, 1 Hope Blvd.; For more information, click here.


Set sail at the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation’s annual Seaside Spring Soirée featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, libations, a silent auction and live entertainment. The event will raise funds to support the foundation and the Grants to Teachers and Schools program from which financial assistance is provided to purchase learning materials and implement innovative programming in Galveston Independent School District.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 1880 Garten Verein, 2704 Ave. O;

For more information, click here.


One of Texas’s favorite songwriters will headline back-to-back nights.

8 p.m.; 413 20th St.; For more information, click here.


Calling all craft beer connoisseurs, party down for the release of Galveston Island Brewing’s spring seasonal, Flip Flop Pale Lager, which will be available on tap and in cans. There will also be reggae sounds from local bands, Dem (2-5 p.m.) and The High Mile (6-9 p.m.) and other fun activities.

2-9 p.m.; Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Road; For more information, click here.

Stroll the streets of downtown Galveston and check out works by local artists and artisans in a wide variety of media.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries; For more information, click here.

Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park on the second Saturday of the month.

6  p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand


Galveston Arts Center presents a solo exhibition by Austin-based artist Brad Tucker with an artist talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tucker’s exhibition, Standard Tan, includes a collection of wood, fabric, and painted sculptural objects that explore color, texture, and language. Often mimicking tools and utilitarian objects, his work plays with the loose ends of craftsmanship at the border between painting and sculpture. Tucker’s experience as an artist, skateboarder, musician, and teacher reveals itself in his work through the use of abstracted shapes, text, and sound elements encountered in his daily life. This exhibition will remain on view through June 2, 2019.

6  p.m. to 8 p.m.; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries; For more information, click here


Through music, song and dance, the audience will experience the struggles and dreams of a people fighting for liberty, freedom, dignity and, above all, family.

8 p.m. March 9; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; For more information, click here


Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally grown produce, prepared foods, and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas during their Thursday market at The Bryan Museum.

3-6 p.m.; 1315 21st St.; Fore more information, click here.

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.


Join the Galveston Art League as it celebrates the expansion of its gallery in downtown Galveston. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and self-guided tours of gallery exhibits, which include dozens of diverse works by local artists. 

4:30 p.m.; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2119A Postoffice St.; For more information, click here


Make plans to attend the Jamaica Beach Market featuring homemade items from a variety of vendors.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Jamaica Beach Park, 16721 Jolly Roger Road; For more information, click here.

The Galveston Island Market offers a festive outdoor event where local artisans, handcrafters and growers can showcase their creations for island residents and visitors.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mechanic and 23rd streets;  For more information, click here.


Conducted by Trond Saeverud, this ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians will perform The Great C Major Symphony featuring music by Copland, Mozart and Schubert.

4 p.m.; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; For more information, click here.


As a member of the EEHDA, you will have the opportunity to shop the collection of treasures we acquire before the general public. 

$10/member donation; 5-7 p.m., 1428 Broadway


EEHDA's annual treasure hunt returns this spring. 

8 a.m.-3 p.m., 1428 Broadway


Membership in the
East End Historical District
Association is easy and fun!
To find out more, click here.


Find out who to contact about a streetlight outage, how to watch council meetings & more. 
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To find out more information, contact EEHDA President Jeff Patterson at 713.291.7043 or via email.

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