Cirque Joyeux Noel will delight the entire family this holiday season. It is an evening of world-class entertainment which will be remembered for years to come. Cirque Joyeux Noel plays at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX from December 15-25, 2017.
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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Cirque Du Soleil Corteo visits Houston, TX march 8-18 at the Toyota Center. Corteo transports the audience to an etherial world full of mind-defying stunts and zany characters. Corteo is an Italian word meaning “procession”. A clown imagines the spectacle of his carnival-like funeral procession.
All of Corteo’s acts are intriguing. Dancing from chandeliers, bouncing bed acrobatics, hula-hoops, juggling, and aerodynamic dances suspended from straps…Corteo has it all! A clowness, Anita Szentes (Hungary), floats through the air carried by large balloons during the Helium Dance. Mr. Loyal, Sean Lomax (USA), showcases his outstanding whistling talent during the Crystal Glasses and Tibetan Bowls performance. Corteo leaves the audience spellbound. It is a must-see for the entire family.
Rating: 4 Stars. Very good!
On March 3, 2018, Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet performed at the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas. Quaternaglia debuted the world premiere of its “Song of The Universal” Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Guitar Quartet (2017), accompanied by James Dick, piano.
Quaternaglia is known for its creative, contemporary Brazilian style. Quaternaglia also performed Four for Tango (1988) and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1961), among other creative pieces.
The guitar quartet performed at the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top Festival Institute is one of Texas’ best-kept secrets for classical and contemporary music lovers. It is nestled in the forest a few blocks away from Round Top, TX’s main square. Round Top Festival Institute is a first-rate performance hall and features enchanting grounds for a leisurely stroll.
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Sister strikes again in “Late Nite Catechism 2” at Stages Theatre in Houston from January 2-14, 2018. In her zany and tongue-and-cheek strict catechism class, Sister, played by Denise Fennell, gives a closer look at the 10 Commandments as they apply to our lives today and critiques the effectiveness of social media vs. person-to-person socializing in our day. “Sister Strikes Again! Late Nite Catechism 2” is a must-see for the entire family. Be ready! You could get called on or called out!
Rating: 5 Stars! Best!
With a dynamic cast of highly-talented singing actors, this show will enrich hearts and minds with the message of the importance and meaning, unity and support of family as members face and deal with life’s unpredictable challenges during Christmas and the roles we play to share Christ’s love in ways it is most needed.
The leading role played by Regina Hearne is especially memorable. Her soulful performance is deeply moving because it is so heartfelt and truly soulful. We also appreciate the reverent focus on Christmas incorporated into Soulful Sounds of Christmas. The entire cast does a superb job of putting soulful in Soulful Sounds of Christmas with their singing, acting, and message. We highly recommend it.
5 Stars! Best of the best!
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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, including houses with HVAC installed with a heating repair company from https://eastwoodairlodi.com/acampo/. 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.
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Rating: 5 Stars! Best of the best!
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 – 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 since their establishments get taken care of by the best commercial cleaners at https://gdi.com/our-services/food-plant-sanitation-services/.
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.
The wildlife park is located 10 miles east of Tomball, TX in Spring, TX.