Hands in the sand

Early SandFest event: Lesson Mountain


Jarrett Morris of Floresville takes a break from sand sculpting and peers out from under a sand arch he created at Lesson Mountain, part of SandFest 2021, on Oct. 9 last year. Activities at Lesson Mountain are among events leading up to this year’s SandFest, to be conducted on the beach in Port Aransas Friday to Sunday, April 8 to 10. South Jetty file photo

Jarrett Morris of Floresville takes a break from sand sculpting and peers out from under a sand arch he created at Lesson Mountain, part of SandFest 2021, on Oct. 9 last year. Activities at Lesson Mountain are among events leading up to this year’s SandFest, to be conducted on the beach in Port Aransas Friday to Sunday, April 8 to 10. South Jetty file photo

Texas SandFest 2022 is just a little more than one week away.

Two events are scheduled that traditionally kick off the sand sculpting festival set for Friday through Sunday, April 8 through 10.

Lesson Mountain

On Saturday, April 2, free sand sculpting lessons will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lesson Mountain.

Folks of any age are invited to the beach near Marker 9, at the north end of the festival site and near Sandcastle Drive, to get sandy and learn the techniques and tricks that the master sculptors use.

Chip Cooper and Linda Lu will be on hand to teach the four basic skills of sand sculpting.

“We will be teaching the drip and pile, wet stack, mold and mound techniques, as well as a few tricks of the trade,” Cooper said.

Cooper has been involved in every SandFest since its inception in 1997.

Those who come for the lessons on April 2 might want to bring some tools of their own from home, such as trowels, shovels or spades, spatulas, spoons, straws, chopsticks, plastic knives, etc. Of course, buckets are an important tool in the creation of any sand sculpture. Buckets will be provided, but it would be a good idea to bring some from home as well.

During SandFest, Lesson Mountain will move to the amateur sculpting area in the south end of the festival site for the free lessons.

Cooper and other volunteer experts will be on hand daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to teach sand sculpting techniques to kids of all ages.

Flag Raising Ceremony

SandFest organizers will host a flag raising on Wednesday, April 6.

Tribute Mountain was created by master sculptors to honor America’s military, and this year Texas department of Public Safety and Border Patrol personnel who are stationed along The Texas-Mexico border will be honored.

Fred Mallett, a U.S. Navy veteran, along with other master sculptors, will create the designs on the mountain of sand.

The Moore-McDonald VFW 8967 of Port Aransas will raise the U.S., Texas and SandFest flags over the site from the top of Tribute Mountain.

Shirlene Burroughs of Port Aransas will sing the National Anthem at 6 p.m. to begin the ceremony.

The flags will fly over Tribute Mountain throughout the three-day festival.

For more information about SandFest 2022, go to https:// texassandfest.org/.

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