Traffic Conditions for August 27th in Brazos Valley....AWFUL!!!
After one of the longest summers in recent Brazos Valley history the new school year is only a little more than a month away. Both Bryan and College Station ISD's, as well as most of the private schools, begin their school year August 27th. In past years school typically began around mid August with more breaks during the year. Plan on the kids hitting the books hot and heavy this year, with a more intense and crammed in schedule for the school year.
To make things even more intense this year Texas A&M University as well as Blinn College open their semester on August 27th as well. This will be the first year in recent history that both the college campuses and school districts begin their school year simultaneously. A contact at College Station Independent School District that I spoke with stated that they are well aware that it will be especially intense the first week of school this year. They are taking every precaution and would like to advise parents of children in the school system to please let their children take the bus during these first few hectic days.
Please parents, realize that with approximately 50,000 Texas A&M students, 10,000 Blinn students and the normal beginning of the school year madness it will be horrible out there. You and your children will probably be much safer if you allow the bus to take the kids to school. If not that, please drive very carefully.
The Eagle's Education Reporter has been notified and hopefully will write a piece about this in the local paper.
College Station's Texas A and M
is a school rich with traditions. One of the newest, but best, in my opinion, is First Yell
. First Yell is for the new students, returning students and the community to get acquainted. It's the start of football season with the promise of fall right around the corner. We lack the crisp apple weather, but not the crisp apple mentality!
Yell is by no means new. According to custom in 1907 when A and M
was a military college restricted to males only, a little company from the ladies was welcome. Aggies
would invite ladies from Texas Women's University to take the train ride to College Station for football games. Games are not an automatic admit! A certain amount of tickets are set aside for guest and these are doled out according to rank, with Freshman rarely getting the opportunity to bring guests. At one game, according to local lore, the Aggies
were being trampled and the lady guests were none to happy. The boredom of a losing game was to much for the ladies and they threatened to leave. Upperclassmen ordered the "fish
" to entertain the ladies. They stormed a janitors closet and out they trooped in white coveralls and, in grand tradition led the crowd with their cheers. This was the last time the underclassmen got to perform. After all, too much attention from the ladies isn't good for fish!
To find out more about the tradition of Yell go to http://yell.tamu.edu/
Today's First Yell
is an event! It has evolved from being an exciting prelude to the first game of the season to a stunning display of Aggie spirit and some great entertainment!9th Annual First Yell
is about to come out of the box!!!!! OK, in the past we've had some awesome headliners here; Bill Cosby, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Wayne Brady have graced our city with their presence
This year...drum-roll please...we are graced with the likes of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
, from the hilarious ABC show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", these stars have began touring together in a critically acclaimed 2 man improv show "An Evening With Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood".
This College Station
extravangza starts out with Aggie performers. The Singing Cadets
and Aggie Wranglers
perform! What a treat!!! These skilled groups are world class (and travel around the globe to show it!) then the headliner begins. Afterwards the talented performance at the Midnight Yell is enjoyed by all!
Tickets go on sale July 28th and can be picked up at Reed Arena, by calling 888-99-Aggie, or by visiting http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/
Celebrating a big event, or just want a quiet night on the town? Ready for some world class cuisine and excellent presentation? Head out to Christopher's World Grille located on the east side of Bryan off Booneville Road.
Lunch is served rom 11-2 and offers such selections as the Beef Tenderloin Enchiladas with ancho chili sauce, lime sour cream and salsa for $13.95. Whatever you do, don't forget to try some of the delicious soup!
Dinner offers fish dishes, steak and other incredible entrees and ranges from $18.95 to $29.95. Desserts are awesome and their selection of wine is incredible, so save some room!
Weekend Brunch is a nice get-away with moderate pricing!
See all their selections at http://www.christophersworldgrille.com/
Brie with mango chutney for appetizers is ALWAYS good! Dessert anyone? The desserts here will be the highlight of your evening.
Enjoy the building while you are there! A renovated and extended 100 year old farmhouse is at the heart of it. Stop by the Casablanca Piano Bar and enjoy live jazz music, or perhaps the vocal bliss of Karan Chavis.
On a beautiful day last week in my bright and sunny office in my favorite area of the world a prospective client and I were talking and she mentioned that moving here from Atlanta she would be giving up cultural events and all the excitement of a large town and didn't know if she could do it.
I was immediately shocked at her suggestion and rose to the defense of my city!
To give you some background, Bryan and College Station, Texas are twin cities smack in the center of most of the larger cities in Texas. Dallas is around 3 hours away, Austin around 2, Houston about 1.5 hours and San Antonio around 4. The combined population is approximately 130,000. Small right? Yes....but for Texas A&M, one of the largest colleges in the United States, this is home. Having a large university in your backyard certainly changes things! Cultural events and drawn by the university crowd, who enthusiastically respond! Beyond that we are the home of the George Bush Museum, and this brings even more speakers and fun to the area!
This post would get way too long if I mentioned all the performances in town. We have many peformers and speakers along the way and some awesome community theatre. I'll focus on OPAS for this write up, come back often for information about other events and venues. Come back often to find more entertainment in Bryan and College Station.
Texas A&M is proud to have MSC OPAS, whose mission is "Bringing World-Class Entertainment to the Brazos Valley". This year (2007 Season) is it's 35th year in operation!
Past performances have include Yo-Yo Ma, Van Cliburn, Itzhak Perlman, Stomp, Les Miserables, Rent, Hairspray and the world premier of the Bolshoi Ballet Brigorovich Ballet. This caused extra attention from international media here for OPA, including a write up in the New York Times.
This year for the 35th Anniversary they have quite the lineup for us!
September 24, 2007 The Ten Tenors
. An Australian group performing jazz, opera, modern and classical pop all in the same venue. For more information go to http://www.thetentenors.com/
February 1-2, 2008 A Ride With Bob
: The Bob Will Musical featuring Ray Benson and Ashllep at the Wheel. Bob Wills, the father of Texas Swing and renowned for such songs as "Route 66", "San Antonio Rose" and "Faded Love" is lovingly portrayed by this beautiful show. For more information go to http://www.aridewithbob.com/
February 21, 2008, Movin' Out
. (I ventured to New York to see this one, and can personally give it glowing reviews!). Billy Joel's musical tribute to two decades of Viet Nam, it is a powerful performance!
March 4-5, 2008 The Producers
. What more can be said than...A Mel Brooks Comedy! Visit http://www.producersontour.com/
for more information.
March 26-27, 2008 Blast
Winner of the 2001 (created specifically for it) Best Theatrical Event Tony!!! More information can be found at http://www.blasttheshow.com/
April 1-2, 2008 Chicago
. Decade old winner of 6 Tony Awards and 6 Academy Awards. Watch it right here and find more information in the meantime at http://www.chicagothemusical.com/
What do you think? A small city with a lack of culture and fun...? Didn't think so!!!!
College Station is now planning for it's 7th elementary campus, the new Creek View Elementary. Plans currently are to locate it on Graham Road, presumably where the newest elementary school, just opened last year was initially slated to be. Forest Ridge, the newest elemntary, is the fastest growing school in the district, but officials are taking no chances and commissioning a high priced, no doubt, study on where the growth lies.
According to current data most students live in the central part of the city. Most Realtors feel that the true growth that would support our younger citizens occurs at the southern portion of the city. With Creek Meadows in the far south side of College Station soon opening up over 1000 homesites, plus a slew of other new subdivisions breaking ground and Castlegate finishing completion, I don't believe it takes a report to figure out where the growth is.
Backyard BBQ's and family gatherings aside, there are lots of things to do in Bryan and College Station for the 4th of July. Two of the events are fairly longstanding, and either would provide enough entertainment for the family to talk about for ages!Washington on the Brazos
State Historic Site (If you don't know about this fantastic park stay tuned because I will be blogging later on it). The park is located between Brenham and Navasota off Texas State Highway 105 on FM 1155. The day starts early in Washington on the Brazos. Food vendors will be on the site 10 am to 9 pm.
The Barrington Living History Farm shows just exactly what kind of chores were in a typical late 1800's farm. The farm includes the original home of Anson Jones, the last president of Texas.
After the farm demonstrations meander over to the Star of the Republic Museum that chronicles Texas history during the period of independance. This site is administered by Blinn College and a testimant to their innovation.
Tour the site where the Texas Declaration of Independance was drafted and signed on March 2, 1836. The building is only a replica, but rests on the cornerstones of the original Independance Hall.
Activities really start cranking at 6:30 pm with FREE 1850's period children's games.
7:00 pm brings FREE Blue Bell ice cream and FREE Coca-Cola.
8:00 pm FREE "Back at the Ranch" Western Swing Concert and patriotic video.
9:00 pm H-E-B presents Firewords on the Brazos.
For more information call 936-878-2214 or visit http://www.birthplaceoftexas.com/
.George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
located off George Bush Drive in College Station will be hosting it's eighth annual 4th of July celebration. In conjuncion with Texas A&M and the Lion's Club International a great fireworks display will be enjoyed by all. Come early as the library will have FREE admission all day.
Entertainment begins at 5:30 pm with games and fun for the kids. An Elvis Impersonator will be performing (Jason Adams) and the TUB (Texas Unlimited Band) will perform as well. The fireworks will be accompanied by a concert by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.
For more information call (979)691-4068.
The Villages of Indian Lakes is a great subdivision with rolling acreage lots located in the south part of College Station. The netrance to the subdivision isn't the best, going past the back part of Nantucket as well as several relatively unkept rural properties. Once you pull in the subdivision,however, you know you've made it to a very special place!
Horseback riding trails dot the subdivision along with rolling hills and rustic looking signs. Attendance in the highly desirable Forest Ridge Elementary, College Station's newest elementary campus, is a definate plus.
Ten homes are currently for sale. They range in square footage from 3,085 to 5,329 and in price from $424,900-$824,000 (per square foot from $125-$175.5). Homesites range from 1.66 acres to 4 acres in these current active listings. All are built by outstanding builders.
19 homes have sold in Indian Lakes since the early part of 2006 These homes have ranged in price from $299,900 to $975,000 (sold price per square foot from $112-$175.47) and in size from 2599-5300 square feet.
Call today for your list of current active properties in the area, or to find out what your home is worth!