I want to grow up to be a Winter Texan!
The energy it must take to keep up with everything that goes on in this town boggles the mind. I get worn out just reading about it.
In last week’s South Jetty alone Winter Texans (and residents) were offered a First Friday artists’ reception, a lecture at the Port Aransas Garden Club meeting about European plants, a tour of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Mariculture Laboratory, middle school and high school girls’ and boys’ basketball games, a concert by a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, a free movie with popcorn, a “phlocking” of the Port Aransas Parrot Heads (i.e. Jimmy Buffett fans), a lecture on the cattle industry at the Port Aransas Museum, a Mardi Gras parade, a beach clean up, a benefit tennis tournament, a lecture at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute on spring and summer weather patterns, a meeting of the Book Club to talk about “Fahrenheit 451,” a VFW pork roast, the Rotary Club’s Shrimp Boil, a book sale and silent auction, and a lecture by and about air traffic controllers.
That doesn’t count all the fun and special deals offered by bars and restaurants in their ads. It also doesn’t count the special events that have already happened (Dine Around, Casino Night) and those that are to come (Whooping Crane Festival and productions at the Port Aransas Community Theater). And, it doesn’t count the gigs by the Medicare Band and the Port A Rockers – both bands composed of Winter Texans.
Nor does it take into consideration the activities and events that the condominiums and RV parks hold for their winter guests, down to and including a Corn Toss Tournament that was reported on in last week’s South Jetty.
Oh – I didn’t mention all the stuff listed on the JELM calender that ranges from aerobics to line dancing to bridge, needlework, yoga, beginner and advanced conversational Spanish classes, Tai Chi, weight loss classes, and Golden Oldie jam sessions.
Holy-moly! I’m going to have to start lifting weights and playing cardio-tennis!
There probably is not a day or evening of the week that there is not some event or activity to keep residents and visitors entertained.
You just have to have the time and the energy to partake of it all!
These activities are one way of showing that Port Aransas welcomes Winter Texans, because, believe me, if the Winter Texans weren’t here, few of these activities or events would be taking place.
The good news is that many of these events are benefits for local civic, church or youth organizations. So, Winter Texans are not only contributing to the local economy in terms of retail investment, they also contribute to our nonprofits.
More good news is that many Winter Texans eventually become fulltime Port Aransans where they volunteer their time, talents and experience to make Port Aransas a great place to live and visit.
So, for any of you with visions of becoming a Winter Texan in Port Aransas, start lifting weights, power-walking and getting in shape to enjoy “island time.”
Mary Henkel Judson is editor and copublisher of the South Jetty. Contact her at email@example.com, (361) 749-5131 or P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373.