Fall Back fun
Don’t want to drive?
You don’t have to.
Organizers of the event have arranged for a bus to take revelers to and from the event on Saturday, Oct. 29, on the grounds of the C Bar Café at Cinnamon Shore.
A bus will depart from Pelican’s Landing at the corner of Alister and Roberts streets in Old Town, at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
The bus will make return trips at 9:30, 10, 10:30 and 11 p.m.
The cost is just a tip for the driver, Fred Waring, who is a regular bus driver on the RTA’s B-bus.
The bus being used for this event is courtesy of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The 17th annual Fall Back Festival will be from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring a wine tasting, samples of food from Port Aransas restaurants, live music and dancing, a Chinese auction and a costume contest. Cost is $30 a person, and it benefits the Port Aransas Community Theatre.
Advance tickets may be purchased at Gratitude Gift Shop, 316 N. Station St. Tickets also may be purchased at the gate.
The fun will take place on the grassy knoll surrounding the C Bar Café at Cinnamon Shore. Those who want to drive their own vehicles need only to travel one mile south of the golf cart bridge at Newport Dunes Golf Resort on State Hwy. 361.
Party-goers will find a large lighted grassy circle surrounded by a low wooden fence with many openings. This is a new venue for the Port Aransas tradition, and will offer plenty of tables and chairs for chatting with friends.
A bandstand in the center is where the Myndfields will play. Back for their second year, the band with leader Glynn Garcia, will perform a variety of music genres, including pop, western, rock and blues that had the crowd rocking out last year.
Food tables and wine tables will be alternately placed around the circle inside the fence. A number of area restaurants, including Pelican’s Landing, Fins Grill & Icehouse, Castaways Seafood and Grill, Shell’s Pasta & Seafood, Haydee on the Side Catering, Lisabella’s Bistro, Coffee Waves, Port A Pizzeria and Slice of Chicago, will provide tasty treats. More may join their ranks before festival time. Seating also will be set up on a brick patio area beside C Bar Café.
Additional tables will be set up in front of the café where a Chinese auction will be held. Those participating in the auction will have a chance to claim jewelry, a two-night stay in a condominium, gift certificates to stores and restaurants and more. Tickets for the auction will be sold for $1.
Plenty of parking may be found along the sides of the lane on the south side of the festival area and on at least one side of the lane on the north side. Parking may also be found along the lanes into and out of the festival circle.
The event was named to honor the time change from Daylight Savings Time to Central Standard Time, but event planners actually schedule it closer to Halloween to present the opportunity of wearing costumes for the Best Costume Contest. All those wearing costumes qualify to compete in the contest. Many of the servers will be in costume.
The event is jointly sponsored by Pelican’s Landing, C Bar Café and Cinnamon Shore , and is held as a benefit for the Port Aransas Community Theatre.