Above: Folks enjoy dinner Saturday, May 7, at the Tarpon Inn courtyard during a gala to benefit the Port Aransas Museum and Farley Boat Works. The theme, ‘El Mar Rancho,’ celebrated the first ranch settled on Mustang Island in 1853 by Robert Ainsworth Mercer. The evening included a chuck wagon, trick roping and a western swing band. The two-day gala opened with an evening at the Farley Boat Works on Friday, May 6. Guests were able to see the progress of the Maritime Museum building adjacent to the boat works while enjoying food, drinks, live music and silent auctions. At left, Leroy Hoskins, owner of the historic Tarpon Inn, bids on the old street signs shown above the table where he is placing his bid in the silent auction. The event, sponsored by the Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association, was sold out.