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Galveston Seawall Chronicles
Release Party & Book Signing
Join local author and
Galveston Monthly
Editor Kimber
Fountain in celebrating the release of her debut book,
Galveston Seawall Chronicles
, on Saturday, May 13 from
6pm-9pm at The Proletariat, 2221 Market Street. Books will be
available for purchase and light appetizers and adult beverages
will be served, with an opportunity to have your book signed
and talk one-on-one with the author.
Available May 8 from The History Press,
Galveston Seawall
Chronicles
tells the story of Galveston’s seawall from its
inception and construction to present day. The seventeen-foot-
high, ten-mile-long protective barrier was a response to the 1900
Storm and remains a stoic protector more than a century later,
shielding the island frommuch more than physical destruction.
As the foundation of Seawall Boulevard, this structure created an entirely new tourism
industry that buoyed the city’s economy through war, the Great Depression, and
hurricanes. Adapting to the cultural trends and political movements that defined the past
century, the seawall represents the unbreakable spirit of Galveston’s resilient population
and provides a fascinating glimpse into bygone times.
This month Kimber will also be signing copies of her book at the Galveston Island
Beach Revue on May 20from 3pm-4pm at the merchandise booth and May 27 at
Gracie’s on the Strand from 1pm-5pm. Follow@AuthorKimberFountain on Facebook
for more events scheduled throughout the summer.
Books are available for pre-order and purchase at ArcadiaPublishing.com.
Moody Gardens reveals
NEW
Aquarium Pyramid
on May 27
Behind the doors of Moody Gardens’
Aquarium Pyramid awaits an awe-
inspiring underwater experience, and
fortunately these new treasures will not
remain hidden for much longer. On May
27, Moody Gardens will host a Grand
Reveal, giving guests the first glimpse
into the completed multi-phased
$37 million renovation project at
the Aquarium Pyramid.
Journey to new depths with five
new ocean exhibits, each highlighting
different marine sanctuaries and
conservation messages while exploring
the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, South
Pacific, North Pacific and the Caribbean.
The exhibits includes a new Humboldt
Penguin Habitat, a Mangrove Lagoon
touch tank that is home to stingrays and
sharks, a multi-level 30,000 gallon Oil Rig
Tank, a tribute to Flower Garden Banks
National Marine Sanctuary, seals and sea
lions, and a jellyfish gallery.
These new exhibits will not only inspire
visitor interest and empathy, but also
connect guests to specific ocean habitats,
further establishing the Moody Gardens
Aquarium Pyramid as the largest and
most diverse aquarium in the southwest.
For more information, please visit
MoodyGardens.org or call 800.582.4673.
Book Signings at
Galveston Bookshop
Two book signings with local
authors are scheduled at
Galveston Book Shop this month.
On Saturday, May 13
,
from 2pm-4pm, the
bookshop will host Harold C. Raley and his
collection of essays entitled,
Points of Light:
The Art of Being Human.
With his trademark
wit and brevity, well established in his work
for the
Galveston Daily News
, Raley tackles
a diverse range of philosophical
topics.
The following weekend on
Saturday May 20, from 2pm-
4pm, meet James B. Morgan,
author of
Not Quite Home: A
Soldier’s Search for Belonging
. This memoir
of Morgan’s twenty-four years of military
service examines life on and beyond the
battlefield and peers into the soul of combat
brotherhood.
Galveston Bookshop is located at 317 23rd
Street. For more details call 409.750.8200 or
email OleanderCity@yahoo.com.
Island ETC
Presents Classic
Side-Splitting Comedy
for the Entire Family
Larry Shue’s hilarious
farce
The Foreigner
follows Charlie Baker, a
proofreader by day and
a boring husband by night, as he
adopts the persona of a foreigner
who does not understand English
in an attempt to find some peace
and quiet. But as others begin to
speak freely in front of him, Charlie
becomes privy to secrets both
dangerous and frivolous. His plan
for solitude turns simply hilarious
as he finds himself in over his head
when the locals dish up mysterious
schemes that lead to hysterical and
unexpected results.
Performances are May 12-27;
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
evenings at 8pm and two Sunday
matinees on May 14 and May 21
at 2:30pm. All performances are at
Island East-End Theatre Company,
2317 Mechanic. Tickets are $30
for adults and $25 for students
and senior citizens. Tickets may be
purchased online at IslandETC.org.
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Penguin image courtesy of Moody Gardens