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Tall Tale Postcards at Museum

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Stretch your imagination. Match wits with a man-eating trout, race with chickens, wrestle with whopper hoppers and fill your belly with the biggest watermelon you will ever see. “Story Telling Through the Mail: Tall Tale Postcards” uses exaggeration to prove a point in the foundation of America's storytelling heritage. Museum of the Gulf Coast in downtown Port Arthur will display cards Aug. … [Read more...]

E-Bird Trail Tracker

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  Port Arthur’s pink roseate spoonbill has been all over the map for area birders while the cliff swallow is no summer stranger. Orchard orioles and glossy/white faced ibis are as abundant as bird lovers sighting them and recording them on the E-Bird Trail Tracker, now under the birding section at www.visitportarthurtx.com. Those in the field – or the marsh or wildlife refuge – … [Read more...]

4Ever Rollin Car Club, Las Fenix, spice up Mexican Heritage Fiesta

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Shiny beauties from the ‘50s and Gator Country reptiles are new twists to the 46th annual Mexican Heritage Fiesta, Sept. 12-13 at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.  A whole extra day has been added Friday to pet and pose with the gators and visit with car owners proud of their rides from the 1950s through current models. On Saturday, enjoy music by the popular … [Read more...]

Exotic Bird Fair & Expo

The Triangle Bird Club will host the 21st Annual Exotic Bird Fair & Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17, at the Robert A. "Bob" Bowers Civic Center. Visitors can expect to find birds such as finches, parakeets, love birds, amazons, macaws, cockatiels and monk parakeets for sale along with bird-related items. Look for cages, toys and food. … [Read more...]

PA Pick! Sweet Cheeks Macarons

Sweet Cheeks Macarons

“Just so yummy” is how Sweet Cheeks Macarons bakers hear their colorful, crisp bites of heaven described. Almond flour keeps them gluten free, crispy meringue shell and all. Kelly Gerlach spends the day baking, and explaining the difference between gooey coconut macaroons sweet lovers may be used to and these crunch-yet-melty French macarons. Gerlach’s are like a tiny meringue sandwich … [Read more...]

PA Pick! Texas Artists Museum

Ines Alvidres

“Cash Flow” is a No. 2 pencil sketch of a blowing oil gusher, the kind of thing that brings money to Southeast Texas. Wendell Williamson draws patriotic themes of families fishing, the area’s wildlife and trains with a Norman Rockwell style of patriotism. Ines Alvidres of Chihuahua City, Mexico is all about color and culture with designs and paint drips inspired by her muses, including … [Read more...]

Forest Trail photo contest through July 27

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 Port Arthur is the end of the Texas Forest trail and looks so good you should take a picture. From June 27-July 27, photographers can compete for top honors in an online photo competition conducted by Texas Forest Trail Region to advocate for and promote the region’s 35-county service area as an integral part of the Texas experience. Judges comprised of Forest Trail staff, board members, … [Read more...]

PA Pick! Suburban Extended Stay Hotel

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel

  If the bright orange entrance doesn’t energize you, the Community Coffee should wake you up. Port Arthur’s new Suburban Extended Stay Hotel  is up and running. Cook up some of Port Arthur’s famous Gulf Coast seafood in room kitchens or grab a meal from the lobby. Frozen dinners are behind the glass doors for a quick meal at the end of the day. Then it’s pool time.   Suburban … [Read more...]

Southern Summer Night

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Southeast Texas bands Longneck Road and J.A.G. will fill the Carl A. Parker center with dance music and the Golden Triangle Chef’s Association and Christus St. Mary will flavor the foods as festive crowds gather for Southern Summer Night. Good music and food is what makes this night so popular. Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce will host the affair from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, … [Read more...]

Meet the Producers

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 A sly and hilarious musical look at Broadway will hit the stage as Lamar State College-Port Arthur and Port Arthur Little Theatre present the Tony Award-winning musical “The Producers.” Catch “The Producers” July 18, 19, 25, 26, and Aug. 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m., as well as July 20 and 27 at 2:30 p.m., in the Lamar Theater on the LSC-PA campus at 1700 Procter St.  “It’s a whole lot … [Read more...]

Where’d you get those peepers?

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The time capsule at Museum of the Gulf Coast yielded a baton that paratroopers had passed in mid-air among other vintage treats. Museum officials opened it as part of the big  20th and 50th anniversary celebration of Museum of the Gulf Coast   . This summer marks both the 20th anniversary of the Museum of the Gulf Coast sharing the region’s history – from Jurassic to Joplin --  at … [Read more...]

Port Arthur Pick! TownePlace Suites

Angela Gasper

Roomy swing-out desks at Port Arthur’s new TownePlace Suites by Marriott help business travelers spread out, but Angela Gasper suggests packing some furnishings of your own: Family photos. Guests are making TownePlace their home away from home, said Gasper, of the sales department. She proudly showed off the new hotel’s roomy breakfast area and lobby, gleaming in energizing reds and … [Read more...]

Fourth of July pops at Lamar State College-Port Arthur

Dwight Wagner performs at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

 The Fourth of July will sport a  Lamar State College-Port Arthur flair with performers taking the stage at the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center, followed by a flashy fireworks show over the Intracoastal Canal. The event, which is free to the public, starts with a prelude in the Parker Center at 7:15 p.m. The program starts in earnest at 7:30 with the posting of the Colors by members of the … [Read more...]

Juneteenth parade

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    Juneteenth parade   The African American Cultural Society will host Port Arthur’s Juneteenth Parade at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 19, beginning at Stilwell Boulevard and moving toward Barbara Jacket Park. Live cultural entertainment will follow at the park.   The 19th of June, 1865, is when the enslaved of Texas learned the Emancipation Proclamation had … [Read more...]

CavOILcade

This tribute to the area's oil industry includes a coronation on Oct. 5 and a parade on Oct. 11. … [Read more...]