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Sawhawks on the Seawall 5K Fun Run

Seahawks on the Seawall 5k Run/Walk will be on May 17, sponsored by Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Start and finish for the chip-timed event will be from 1800 Lakeshore Drive. Watch for more information. … [Read more...]

Toups, Watson & Creager play RiverFest


PORT NECHES – Power boat races and music will highlight RiverFest at Port Neches Park April 30 – May 4, brought to you by Neches Federal Credit Union. RiverFest will offer a variety of Food and Arts & Crafts vendors Thursday through Sunday. Wednesday, April 30, will be youth night, featuring the Christian band, Sidewalk Prophets.  Other entertainment on Wednesday night is Micah Tyler, … [Read more...]

Easter Bunnies bring spring to Holiday Inn Park Central

Easter at Holiday Inn Park Central

A dapper couple of rabbits dressed in heels and beaded jackets pause by a flower cart to observe another frocked rabbit paint eggs. Hotelier Kathy Rachwal keeps Holiday Inn Park Central in holiday themes. An annual Christmas display draws families with cameras and a Mardi Gras scene “floats” along the lobby. Her Easter menagerie is back after nearly a decade’s hiatus to usher in the … [Read more...]

Affair of the Arts

Groves Affair of the Arts

Get creative in Groves with the whole family. At Affair of the Arts, children will get a free canvas to do their own thing and their grownups will be encouraged to shop local artisans’ booths for quilts, jewelry, sculpture and paintings. The affair showcases the artsy side of Groves from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Celebration Park. Make this a family day  in the city’s old … [Read more...]

Step Right Up!

Step Right Up

The noblest art is that of making others happy” - P.T. Barnum Dramatic pageantry of an American tradition sets up at Museum of the Gulf Coast from April 5-May 26 with “Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965.” The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed … [Read more...]

Spring plant sale a blooming good time

Bee Balm 500

Bring home some local honey, jewelry, crafts and even a tree if you have room. The Jefferson County Master Gardeners Plant Sale and Market Day is a must-go event for Spring. This is the place to find healthy plants regionally-grown and carefully-selected to thrive in our hot, humid Southeast Texas climate, say event chairs Phyllis Smith and Stellina Reed. Load up on colorful annual and … [Read more...]

Babe Didrickson Zaharias honored in new book

Babe Didrickson Zaharias

 Famed female athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias’ legacy is brought back to life with a new children’s book, “BABE CONQUERS THE WORLD: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias,” written by husband-and-wife team Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace. In celebration of the new book, Beaumont’s Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum will host a meet and greet with the duo from 4 … [Read more...]

Journalist Bergen part of Distinguished Lecture Series


Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaeda, existed as one of the most wanted men in the world after he orchestrated the attack on the World Trade Center buildings in New York.   Years before those horrific attacks, journalist Peter Bergen arranged for the first television interview with bin Laden, one in which he declared war against the United States for the first time to a Western … [Read more...]

Feel the Fair in the air!

Fair ride night 2012 500

Is that funnel cake we smell? Get ready for a carnival-riding, mutton-bustin’, rodeo ridin’ good time at the South Texas State Fair, March 27-April 6 at Ford Park in Beaumont. David Joel and other performers will join vendors who bring us food on a stick and other delights. Visit to map out your visit from petting zoo and rides to fried foods and games of skill. While in … [Read more...]

Set Sail for Spring Fling!

Pleasure Island Marina on Lake Sabine

  Texas Mariners Cruising Association has chosen Pleasure Island Marina, with totally new floating docks, as the destination for the 2014 Spring Fling Cruise, May 15-18. Events will include a night sailing race to Pleasure Island Marina, a trade show with vendors and a live band, in-the-water events, boating classes, seminars and awards. To get on board, visit … [Read more...]

Taste of Gumbo, Etc.

Gumbo from The Schooner

Taste all the gumbos and tell them what you love. This year Taste of Gumbo, Etc. attendees can get their fill of seafood, chicken and sausage gumbos, then vote on what they loved the best. That’s straight from Libby Arnold, Queen Gumbo for this popular Rotary Club event. A new craft show is part of the lineup, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Robert A. "Bob" Bowers Civic … [Read more...]

Go Dutch at Nederland Heritage Festival

Nederland Heritage Festival

Tex Ritter Park has a Windmill to celebrate Nederland’s Dutch heritage. Cajuns also flocked to the city and visitors to the Nederland Heritage Festival can see how they lived at the La Maison Acadienne home. Stop by during the festival on Boston Avenue, in the heart of the city, from March 11-16. Check out the Cuisine Walk, chili cookoff, motorcycle show, carnival and … [Read more...]

Jivin’ Gene Bourgeois named Mardi Gras Grand Marshal

Jivin' Gene Bourgeois

  When the subject of Mardi Gras comes up, certain people immediately come to mind. Gene Bourgeois is without a doubt one of those people. Bourgeois, better known to his fans as “Jivin’ Gene,” has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas celebration. He will sit atop the Lamar State College-Port Arthur float on Saturday, March 1, and lead the Total Krewe … [Read more...]

What’s that King Cake baby up to?

There's a baby in the King Cake!

King Cake lesson: If there’s a little plastic baby in your slice of king cake, then you’re supposed to buy the next round of cake. Visitors new to this Mardi Gras tradition must be warned not to bite down on the baby as they enjoy this pastry oval covered in purple, green and gold icing. Baby Jesus is the “king” and the shape represents the circuitous route the Three Wise Men took … [Read more...]


Port Arthur typically hosts a parade and other activities in downtown Port Arthur. For information, call Carolyn Thibodeaux at (409) 543-0436. … [Read more...]