A Midnight Clear

A Midnight Clear offers a nontraditional take on Christmas Eve as people with uniquely different personalities and experiences bring nostalgia and bittersweet memories together on what is traditionally a joyful, sacred time.

This play offers artistic insight into the world and perspectives of the homeless and familyless during Christmas.  Ultimately, music unites and brings lasting bonds.  The Stages cast portrays these characters with depth and emotion.

Written and directed by Kenn McLaughlin (Playwright and Director) and David Nehls (Music Director), Stages Theatre is proud to feature the World Premiere of A Midnight Clear.

Not recommended for children.

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George Ranch Texian Days

Texian Days at George Ranch
Texian Days at George Ranch

One beautiful October day, we stepped back in Time to the Texian Days at George Ranch. The ranch’s biggest event of the year, Texian Days portrays the life and times of Texians of the Republic of Texas from 1836-1846. Anglo settlers who supported the Texas Revolution are Texians.

Texian Days brings the Ranch to life with homestead tours, battle reenactments and Civil War campgrounds, cattle herding, blacksmithing, and hands-on activities.

Food trucks and handmade crafts abound. Guests will enjoy Bar-b-que, an array of sweet treats, including root beer floats, fresh mango sno cones, and goat milk popsicles (replete with a goat-milking demonstration) and more.

George Ranch houses 4 homesteads, the 1830s Jones Stock Farm, the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home, and the 1890s Davis Victorian Complex,  and the George Cattle Complex.  Saturdays, visitors enjoy an era-themed 6-course dinner at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm cooked on an ornate cast-iron oven.

J.R. Thomas, the Site Lead for 1830s Jones Stock Farm, said Texian Days is put on by 12 paid staff and numerous volunteers, who generously give of their time and expertise and come from far and wide for this annual event.

Click here to read more about  George Ranch.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best of the best!

Texian Market Days – A Festival of Living History


Saturday, October 21, 2017
at the George Ranch Historical Park


RICHMOND – Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of more than 150 years of Texas history at the 34th annual Texian Market Days festival! Set for Saturday, October 21 at the George Ranch Historical Park, the annual folk festival is a community fall favorite benefiting the Fort Bend History Association. Guests can expect a day full of historical activities, including battle re-enactments, cattleworking demonstrations, cannonfire, vintage games, an artisan market, local food vendors and lots of hands-on activities.
  • Texas Revolution and Civil War Battle Re-Enactments
  • One-Room Schoolhouse
  • Live Folk Music
  • Historic Games and Activities
  • Cotton & Cane Vintage and Handmade Market
  • Dr. Bushrod’s Medicine Show
  • Antique Cars & Bicycles
  • Cattleworking Demonstrations
  • And so much more!
“Texian Market Days is so great because it gives people of all ages something to enjoy and embrace. It makes history something real and something to talk about long after the event itself,” said Steve Nelson, 2017 Texian Market Days Co-Chairman and Fort Bend History Association Board Member.
The George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. Festival admission at the gate is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children ages five to 15. Children four and under are free. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. Regular Park trams do not run on the day of the festival, so guests should prepare to walk the History Circle (just over one mile) and bring strollers, etc., for the little ones. For more information, visit TexianMarketDays.com or call 281-343-0218.

The George Ranch Historical Park is managed by the Fort Bend History Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of sharing and preserving Fort Bend County history.

Best Concert Hall In Texas: Round Top Festival Institute

Round Top Festival Institute

If you are looking for a truly unforgettable weekend in Texas, we have a recommendation for you: visit Round Top, Texas.  Round Top is a quaint little town with a hearty character.  But its most prized attraction is the Round Top Festival Institute. (www.festivalhill.org).

We frequent this venue because it is one of the most special and unique places we have seen in Texas.  The Round Top Festival Institute’s main attraction is its concert hall and the world-class musicians who play there.

The Round Top Festival Institute has 18 additional buildings on the grounds.  The property makes one of the best places in Texas for events, conferences, retreats, and receptions.  We attended a party on the veranda.  It was one of our favorite travel experiences of all time.

What we love about Round Top Festival Institute is that it’s only 1 1/2 hours away from Houston or Austin.  You can make a day-trip or weekend-trip out of it.  We recommend spending the night.  The accommodations are comfortable.  An on-side bed and breakfast, the Menke House, makes succulent meals.

The Round Top Festival Institute truly is the best concert hall in Texas.  And it’s an incredible place for a weekend getaway, too.  In addition to a first-rate performance venue, the grounds and gardens are lovely.  It’s just a great place to visit for any occasion.

Find out more at www.FestivalHill.org

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

TGR Exotics Wildlife Zoo

TGR Exotics Wildlife Zoo – Spring, Texas

If you are looking to experience a Safari in your own backyard and you live in Houston, Texas or surrounding vicinities, we have a recommendation for you. TGR Exotics Wildlife Zoo is a family-owned and operated collection of some of the friendliest exotic animals around. The zoo houses over 100 types of animals.

On the day we went, there were 3 private tours taking place. The up-close and personal interaction with the animals made for an unforgettable experience. We met Chaco the Camel, Buffy the Water Buffalo, an ant eater, fast-moving sloths, and an ancient armadillo as well as a bearcat.

The animals have special scratching posts that look like they tumbled out of the Wild West. We were surprised to learn that these “scratching posts” were actually recycled Christmas trees. Each year, people donate their Christmas trees to the zoo. Chaco the Camel sat on his, using it as a cushion. The goats ate the greenery and then used theirs as back scratchers. And most amusingly, Walter the Warthog jubilantly tossed his Christmas tree 9 feet up in the air and played with it for many days before making it into a personalized scratching post as well.

To our surprise and delight, large pigs came charging toward us – and once we started petting them, they fell over on the ground and went straight to sleep, laying there for several minutes. And when we went to see the sloths, one of them was crawling around his cage as fast as a relaxed monkey. We have never seen such a happy or fast sloth.

They really take care of their animals and care about them. It is very apparent the animals are well-loved. They have very amazing creatures who are very responsive to humans. Everything is clean and well-maintained.

The zoo is spacious and each tour is highly personalized. The animals are well-loved and cared for, yet they are not pets. Rather, they are sold to zoos across the country.

Tours last 1 1/2-2 hours. Strollers are welcome. You must wear closed – toed shoes.

During summer and during the year, the camp has the zoo has a camps, programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and all kinds of other activities. However, you must register in advance because this is a privately and facility. 6:30 PM is the best tour time for summers.

We highly recommend TGR Exotics Wildlife Zoo as a “best of the best” family outing for summer and year-round fun. It is an animal adventure you don’t want to miss.

Website: www.TGRexotics.com

The wildlife park is located 10 miles east of Tomball, TX in Spring, TX.

Texas Renaissance Festival


The Texas Renaissance Festival is a magical wonderland of medieval folklore, fairies, and dramatic characters amidst a festive atmosphere of entertainment, gastronomic delights, shopping and unforgettable memories.

The Texas Renaissance Festival runs from September 30-November 28.  The festival is fun for all ages.  We highly recommend it!

Website: https://www.texrenfest.com/

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

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Cirque Joyeaux Noel

Christian Stoinev Photo Credit: Lone Star Circus
Christian Stoinev Photo Credit: Lone Star Circus Cirque Joyeaux Noel

December 16-25 2016, Moody Gardens presents Cirque Joyeaux Noel Dinner and Show.  An acrobatics show, a scrumptious holiday buffet, and the Festival of Lights are included in the price of admission.

The Holiday Buffet

Executive Chef Felipe Gonzalez creates a memorable holiday feast for the whole family to enjoy, replete with adult and children selections.  We especially enjoyed the prime rib.  It is tender, flavorful and delectable.  Adults and children delighted in the array of desserts, from cupcakes to a chocolate fountain.

The Show

Cirque Joyeaux Noel is memorable and enchanting.  The show is directed by Lone Star Circus’ Creative Director Fanny Kerwich.  The show consists of several acts performed by an international cast.  The cast includes Christian Stoinev of America’s Got Talent with his charming dog, Scooby and Anna Stankus, a mesmerizing performer who has also been featured in Cirque De Soleil.  Our favorite acts included Christian Stoinev, Anna Stankus’ twirling hula hoops act, and the Poema family, who performed mind-defying, handless summersaults in an unforgettable Risley act.  We also especially enjoyed the quick-change act of Evgeny Vasilenko and Anna Zgurovskaya.

Festival of Lights

Add to your holiday enchantment with a stroll through the Festival of Lights.  Enjoy a stroll among 100 colorful displays feature more than one million lights accompanied by music.

Audience Response

The audience loved it!  They laughed, cheered, and enjoyed holiday merriment and world-class talent throughout the show.

Rating: 4 Stars – Very Good

We really enjoyed the evening.  A scrumptious dinner and memorable show make for an evening you do not want to miss.  This is an evening both adults and children will enjoy and remember for years to come.

Find out more here: http://moodychristmasshow.com/

Turkey and Greece With Barbaros Yachting

Blue Cruise Agean Sea Turkey with Barbaros Yachting and Best Of The Best LLC

If you want to take a trip of a lifetime, we have a recommendation for you: take a Blue Cruise. A “Blue Cruise” is a 7-14 day voyage on the Aegean Sea on a handmade, wooden Turkish yacht called a gulet.

We interviewed and researched several companies. We finally chose to go with Barbaros Yachting. Barbaros Yachting gave us a first-rate experience and a vacation of a lifetime at a reasonable price. The trip included a private gulet rental, a 4-person crew, including captain, personal chef, and bartender, and all-inclusive, delicious Turkish cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eating great food, swimming and snorkeling in crystal-clear water with 12 of your closest friends. What more could you ask for?

We highly recommend Barbaros Yachting. Their staff was professional, courteous, and experienced. When we left, we felt like we were saying goodbye to family.

You can find out about their current travel schedule at www.BarbarosYachting.com. We are certain you will be glad you did!

Also, always know we are happy to advise you to arrange these travels.

We visited the following places: Cos, Rhodes, Nissyros, and Symi, Greece and Bodrum, Knidos, and Datca, Turkey.

You can find out more about Blue Cruises here.

Here are some more pictures from our Blue Cruise.

Blue Cruise Yacht on Aegean Sea

Symi, Greece

Bodrum Castle, Bodrum Turkey

Rhodes, Greece

Blue Cruise On Aegean

Houston Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet

If you are looking to enjoy one of the most beautiful renditions of all time of Romeo and Juliet, we recommend the Houston Ballet. This moving performance captures the most poignant moments of this beautiful and tragic love story. The supporting international cast do a magnificent job.

Houston Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet is performed against a backdrop of colorful and intricate sets. Whether you are treating someone to romantic date or wanting to show your friends some of Houston Ballet’s finest works, Romeo and Juliet is ideal. Find out more and purchase tickets here.

Amaluna with Cirque Du Soleil

Amaluna Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna debuts in Houston, Texas from February 12-March 22, 2015.  Immersed in a blue-green oasis of tranquility, you feel like you are in a mystical, surreal rainforest surrounded by mythically acrobatic creatures. Etherial music lulls the audience into a state of mesmerization in the midst of a peacock feather forest.  World-class performers bend, twist and turn their bodies with effervescent grace and mind-defying stunts.

Cirque delivers a “best of the best” performance.  It is a wondrous experience for the whole family.  We highly recommend it.

Rating: Five stars!  Best!

Find out more here at www.cirquedusoleil.com.