•    Agenda July 15, 2014 Texas Tropical Trail Region Partner Event/Business Meeting   

    Partner Event/Board of Directors Meeting
    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    The Boot Company Bar & Grill
    205 E. Hidalgo Avenue
    Raymondville, Texas                      ________________________________________________________________________________________

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 106th monthly Partner Event

    9:00 – 9:45 am – Welcome & Refreshments – The Boot Company Restaurant – 205 E. Hidalgo Ave, Raymondville

    9:45 – 10:15 am – travel to Grace Heritage Ranch by caravan

    10:15 – 11:00 am – Tour Grace Heritage Ranch

    11:00 – 11:30 am – travel to BethelLutheranChurch by caravan - 8233 Park Ave, Lyford

    11:30 am -12 noon – Tour and history of Bethel Lutheran Church

    12 noon – 1:00 pm – lunch- BethelLutheranChurch

    Tucker’s Barbecue of Lyford will cater our lunch.

    Please note that your first choice will be your meat:

    Brisket or chicken?  If you choose chicken, do you prefer white or dark meat?

    Your lunch will also include pinto beans and potato salad and banana pudding for dessert.

    You have another choice to make –

    Iced tea – sweet or unsweet?

    Cost per person will be $15 including tax and gratuity.  CASH only please.

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    1:00 – 1:30 pm - RGV Civil War Trail program - BethelLutheranChurch

    1:30 – 2:00 pm – Review of David Vassberg’s book, “Stockholm on the Rio Grande 1912 – 1985″

    2:00 – 4:30 pm - business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Bethel LutheranbChurch

    Business Meeting

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes- May 20 Kingsville Meeting

                                    June 17 Rockport-Fulton Meeting

     Review and Approve May Financial Reports

                                         June Financial Reports

     Executive Director’s Report

    THTP Statewide Meeting – June 11 and 12 – Round Rock

    Use Agreement for Photographs

    Upcoming Workshops- FY 15 Scope of Work/Budget Workshop – July 21 in Lyford

    Board Members and Officers- Elections

    Proposed THC/HT Partnership Agreement

    FY 14 Scope of Work Updates

    Implementation of 2013/14 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill 

    Manage & Acknowledge Financial and In-Kind Resources – Wanda Greenhill

    Advocate for Legislative Support of the Texas Heritage Trails Program – Bart Wales

    Collaboration with other Heritage Trails and pursue a joint venture project to sustain the Texas Tropical Trail Region and the Texas Heritage Trails program (LLC Update)- Rick Stryker / Bart Wales/Nancy Deviney

    Plan Diverse and Dynamic Monthly Meetings – Nancy Deviney
    (Develop National / Cross Trail projects relating to the Nationally Designated El Camino Real de los Tejas and the Chisholm / Western Cattle Trails)

    107th Partner Event – August 19 – Corpus Christi

    108th Partner Event – September 16

    109th Partner Event – October 21 – Laredo (tentative)

    Provide Logistical Assistance for Workshops Developed and Presented by THC and Other Agencies as Appropriate. 

    -         THC/TAM Interpretive Writing Workshop in Mission – June 20

    -         THC Historical Marker Workshop in Corpus Christi – July 9

    Offer a Regional Scholarship Program. Assist Partners with Funding for Furthering their Education in Various Heritage and Cultural Tourism Education Fields.

    Update on CTA Scholarships -

    Promotions / Marketing – Valerie Bates

    -          High priority on website, travelogue and social media for Executive Director.

    -          Distribute marketing pieces and collateral materials promoting the Region and the Byways.

    -          Collaborate with CVBs, VisitorCenters, and Chambers of Commerce that do tourism marketing as well as Hotels, RV parks, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hospitality Organizations.

    Other Business:

    Adjourn

  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Raymondville/Lyford 7/15   

    On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 106th monthly Partner Event in Raymondville and Lyford, Willacy County, and we invite you to join us.
    If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, July 11.  Lunch will be $15 per person; please plan to pay CASH.  Please state your lunch choices (3) when you RSVP (see choices below).
     
    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
     
    Plans
    We’ll begin our day at The Boot Company Bar & Grill in Raymondville with a welcome by restaurant owners Sonia & Cruz Tijerina and refreshments provided by the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce. Plan your arrival to allow time to shop in Sonia’s “Boot Company Boutique” – you probably won’t find any boots, but she has lots of other bling!
    We will leave The Boot Company at 9:45 to travel, caravan-style, to Grace Heritage Ranch, located near Santa Monica TX.
    Grace Heritage Ranch…
    The Ranch was founded in August 2010 by Brian Schalk with his dream of a self-sustaining homestead for his family.  Brian wanted to have a source of healthy organic food, become more self-reliant and instill in his children the wisdom and perseverance of past generations.
    The Schalk family (with a daughter and five sons) downsized their home and upsized their land inviting the public to come and tour their Ranch filled with endangered heritage breeds of animals and heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables.
    Tilling service at the Ranch is provided by their pet, pot-bellied pigs and soil amendments are courtesy of the compost bin and the animals.  They raise Nigerian Dwarf goats, a French Angora rabbit, and Embden geese among others. Brian hopes to increase awareness of the forgotten qualities and characteristics of these unique breeds and be influential in their rediscovery.
    We’ll, again, drive caravan-style when we leave the ranch to Bethel Lutheran Church in Lyford.  The rest of our day, including educational programs, lunch and the business meeting will be spent at the church.
    Bethel Lutheran Church…
    Upon arrival at the church, we’ll take a tour and hear a history of this nearly 100 year old place of worship.  Following the tour, we’ll enjoy a barbecue brisket or chicken lunch (see complete menu options below).
    Our first program after lunch will be an update on the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail project presented by Roseann Bacha-Garza, UT-Pan American University Edinburg CHAPS Program Project Manager.
    CHAPS (Community Historical Archeology Project with Schools) will create a “virtual” Civil War Trail, from Brownsville to Laredo, to guide visitors through a series of key locations in the Rio Grande Valley that played significant roles in the U.S. Civil War history of this region.
    Our next program will be a book review of David Vassberg’s book, “Stockholm on the Rio Grande”, by the author’s brother, Stephen Vassberg.  The book tells the story of the Swedish farming colony of Stockholm on the mesquite frontier of southernmost Texas from 1912-1985.
    Lunch
     
    Tucker’s Barbecue of Lyford will cater our lunch.
    Please note that your first choice will be your meat:
    Brisket or chicken?  If you choose chicken, do you prefer white or dark meat?
    Your lunch will also include pinto beans and potato salad and banana pudding for dessert.
    You have another choice to make –
    Iced tea – sweet or unsweet?
    Cost per person will be $15 including tax and gratuity.  CASH only please.
    Our hosts for this day in Willacy County are The Boot Company Bar & Grill, Raymondville Chamber of Commerce, Grace Heritage Ranch and Bethel Lutheran Church.
     
    Schedule
     
    9:00 – 9:45 am – Welcome & Refreshments – The Boot Company Restaurant – 205 E. Hidalgo Ave, Raymondville
    9:45 – 10:15 am – travel to Grace Heritage Ranch by caravan
    10:15 – 11:00 am – Tour Grace Heritage Ranch
    11:00 – 11:30 am – travel to Bethel Lutheran Church by caravan - 8233 Park Ave, Lyford
    11:30 am -12 noon – Tour and history of Bethel Lutheran Church
    12 noon – 1:00 pm – lunch- Bethel Lutheran Church
    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates
    1:00 – 1:30 pm - RGV Civil War Trail program - Bethel Lutheran Church
    1:30 – 2:00 pm – Review of David Vassberg’s book, “Stockholm on the Rio Grande 1912 – 1985″
    2:00 – 4:30 pm - business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Bethel Lutheran Church
     
    RSVP
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, July 11.
    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $15 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.
    For the tour of Grace Heritage Ranch, please wear appropriate clothing for an outdoor/barn tour including closed-toed shoes, cool clothes, hat and sunglasses.
    You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
     
    Upon receipt of your RSVP and lunch choices, you will be sent a confirmation and map/directions to The Boot Company Bar & Grill in Raymondville.
    Thank you.
    Nancy
    Nancy Deviney
    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
    Nancy Deviney
    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
    nancydeviney@yahoo.com
    home/office – 361 547-8033
    cell – 361 701-0555
    fax – 361 394-5672
  •    Agenda June 17, 2014 Texas Tropical Trail Region Partner Event/Business Meeting   

    Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
    319 Broadway Street
    Rockport, Texas  

    Partner Event/Board of Directors Meeting
    Tuesday, June 17, 2014                          

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 105th monthly Partner Event

    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome and Refreshments – Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway Street, Rockport

    10:00 – 10:10 am - Travel to HistoryCenter for AransasCounty, 801 E. Cedar, Rockport

    10:10 – 10:30 amTour of History Center for Aransas County

    10:30 – 10:45 amTravel to Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Blvd, Rockport

    10:45 – 11:45 amTourTexas Maritime Museum

    11:45 am – 12 noon - Travel to Eleanor’s General Store, 3316 N. Highway 35, Fulton

    12 noon – 1:00 pmLunch- Eleanor’s General Store (with a little extra time for shopping)

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    1:00 -1:15 pmTravel to Fulton Mansion State Historic Site Education and History Center located directly behind the Fulton Mansion on the corner of Henderson and Nancy Ann Streets

    1:15 – 1:30 pmEducational Program – Book Review by Diane Probst, CEO of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce – “Chamberology – by Diane Probst” – Find out what it takes to be a Chamberologist – Fulton Mansion Education and HistoryCenter

    1:30 – 2:00 pm – Educational Program – “Update on FultonMansion Historic Site Restorations” by Marsha Hendrix, Site Manager – FultonMansion Education and History Center

    Optional 2:00 pm – optional tour of Fulton Mansion Exhibit and Gift Shop area (adjacent to the Education and HistoryCenter)

    2:00 – 3:30 pm Business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Fulton Mansion Education and History Center

    Business Meeting

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes- May 20 Kingsville Meeting

    Review and Approve May Financial Reports

    New Executive Director

    Executive Director’s Report

    THTP Statewide Meeting – June 11 and 12 – Round Rock – Bart Wales

    -         Proposed THC/HT Partnership Agreement

    FY 15 Scope of Work/Budget Workshop – July 21 – Raymondville (tentative date and site)

    FY 14 Scope of Work Updates

    Implementation of 2013/14 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill

    Manage & Acknowledge Financial and In-Kind Resources – Wanda Greenhill

    Advocate for Legislative Support of the Texas Heritage Trails Program – Bart Wales

    Collaboration with other Heritage Trails and pursue a joint venture project to sustain the Texas Tropical Trail Region and the Texas Heritage Trails program (LLC Update)- Rick Stryker / Bart Wales/Nancy Deviney 

    Plan Diverse and Dynamic Monthly Meetings – Nancy Deviney
    (Develop National / Cross Trail projects relating to the Nationally Designated El Camino Real de los Tejas and the Chisholm / Western Cattle Trails)

    106th Partner Event – July 15 – Raymondville

    107th Partner Event – August 19

    108th Partner Event – September 16

    109th Partner Event – October 21 – Laredo (tentative)

    Provide Logistical Assistance for Workshops Developed and Presented by THC and Other Agencies as Appropriate. 

    -         THC/TAM Interpretive Writing Workshop in Mission – June 20

    -         THC Historical Marker Workshop in Corpus Christi – July 10

    Offer a Regional Scholarship Program. Assist Partners with Funding for Furthering their Education in Various Heritage and Cultural Tourism Education Fields.

    Update on CTA Scholarships -

    Promotions / Marketing – Valerie Bates

    -          High priority on website, travelogue and social media for Executive Director.

    -          Distribute marketing pieces and collateral materials promoting the Region and the Byways.

    -          Collaborate with CVBs, VisitorCenters, and Chambers of Commerce that do tourism marketing as well as Hotels, RV parks, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hospitality Organizations.

    Other Business:

    Adjourn

  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Rockport 6/17   

    On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 105th monthly Partner Event in Rockport-Fulton, Aransas County, and we invite you to join us.
     
    If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, June 13.  Lunch will be $14 per person; please plan to pay for your lunch at the restaurant.  Please state your lunch choice when you RSVP (see choices below).
     
     If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
     
    Rockport-Fulton History
     
    Aransas County was formed from Refugio County in 1871.  Its county seat is Rockport.  The area is commonly referred to as Rockport-Fulton since there are two separate communities in close proximity.
     
    Aransas County is one of the smallest counties in Texas.  It is located on the western side of the Gulf of Mexico yet is separated from the Gulf by barrier islands that form the intracoastal canal.  While the county covers more than 326 square miles, much of the county is under water.  The county is composed of peninsulas, islands and bays.
     
    Aransas and Copano Bays were first documented in 1519 by Captain Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, the first European to sail the Gulf of Mexico.  The earliest known inhabitants were the Karankawa Indians, documented by Cabeza de Vaca in 1528.  In the 1700s, missions were established in the area by Spain.  After the war between Spain and Mexico, the area was claimed by Mexico.
    In 1826 James Hewetson and James Power applied for an empresario grant on Aransas Bay. Colonists were recruited from Ireland to settle in the area.  The town of Rockport was founded in 1867.  George Fulton completed his mansion in 1877 (today’s Fulton Mansion State Historic Site) in the community now known as Fulton, next to Rockport.
     
    Plans
     
    We’ll begin our day with a welcome and refreshments at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.  From there we’ll head east a few blocks to the History Center for Aransas County for a tour of this new facility.
     
    Our next stop will be the Texas Maritime Museum near Rockport Harbor.  Gulf coast history from pirates to fishing to oil drilling is told through exhibits and artifacts.  This is the “Official Maritime Museum of Texas”.
     
    We’ll move on to Fulton for lunch at Eleanor’s General Store with a showroom filled with old-fashioned candy, collectibles and homemade products including baked goods and honey.  And their showroom also includes a collection of “muscle” cars that gives the impression of being in a car museum.
     
    The afternoon will be spent at the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site Education and History Center.  Our two educational programs and business meeting will be held here.  Our first program will be a book review by Diane Probst, CEO of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, of her book, “Chamberology”, filled with tips on how to run a successful and award-winning Chamber of Commerce.
     
    Our next program will be an update on the restoration of the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site presented by Site Manager Marsha Hendrix.
     
    The Mansion is closed during these restorations but you will have the option to close the day by visiting the Mansion’s Exhibit Area and Gift Shop adjacent to the Education and History Center.
     
    Lunch
     
    We’ll enjoy lunch at Eleanor’s General Store located at 3316 N. Highway 35 in Fulton.  Please visit Eleanor’s web site at www.eleanorsgeneralstore.com. You may want to plan on doing a little shopping while we’re there.
     
    You will have two choices for lunch:
     
    Half a chicken salad sandwich on a croissant with a cup of potato cheddar soup
    Or
    Bowl of Chicken & Dumplings
     
    Ice tea, coffee or water, and homemade apple dumplings for dessert
     
    Cost per person will be $14 including tax and gratuity.
     
    Our hosts for this day in Rockport-Fulton will be the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, History Center for Aransas County, Texas Maritime Museum, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site and Eleanor’s General Store.
     
    Schedule
     
    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome and Refreshments – Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway Street, Rockport
     
    10:00 – 10:10 am - Travel to History Center for Aransas County, 801 E. Cedar, Rockport
     
    10:10 – 10:30 amTour of History Center for Aransas County
     
    10:30 – 10:45 amTravel to Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Blvd, Rockport
     
    10:45 – 11:45 amTour Texas Maritime Museum
     
    11:45 am – 12 noon - Travel to Eleanor’s General Store, 3316 N. Highway 35, Fulton
     
    12 noon – 1:00 pmLunch- Eleanor’s General Store (with a little extra time for shopping)
     
    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates
     
    1:00 -1:15 pmTravel to Fulton Mansion State Historic Site Education and History Center located directly behind the Fulton Mansion on the corner of Henderson and Nancy Ann Streets
     
    1:15 – 1:30 pmEducational Program – Book Review by Diane Probst, CEO of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce – “Chamberology – by Diane Probst” – Find out what it takes to be a Chamberologist – Fulton Mansion Education and History Center
     
    1:30 – 2:00 pm – Educational Program – “Update on Fulton Mansion Historic Site Restorations” by Marsha Hendrix, Site Manager – Fulton Mansion Education and History Center
     
    Optional – 2:00 pm - optional tour of Fulton Mansion Exhibit and Gift Shop area (adjacent to the Education and History Center)
     
    2:00 – 3:30 pm Business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Fulton Mansion Education and History Center
     
    RSVP
     
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, June 13.
     
    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $14 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.
     
    You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
     
    Thank you.
     
    Nancy
     
    Nancy Deviney
    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
     
    Nancy Deviney
    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
    nancydeviney@yahoo.com
    home/office – 361 547-8033
    cell – 361 701-0555
    fax – 361 394-5672
  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Kingsville 5/20   

    On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 104th monthly Partner Event in Kingsville, Kleberg County, and we invite you to join us.
    If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, May 16.  Lunch will be $15 per person; please plan to pay for your lunch at the restaurant.  Please state your lunch choice when you RSVP.
     
    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
     
    Kingsville History
     
    Kingsville was born on the Fourth of July in 1904 when the train came through town on the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad.  The town is located on part of a Mexican land grant purchased by Captain Richard King in 1852, and its story is told through two local museums – the King Ranch Museum located in the Henrietta Memorial Center and in the 1904 Train Depot Museum in downtown Kingsville.
    Aside from the railroad, Kingsville’s history includes the King Ranch family and their connections to the American Civil War in South Texas and their contributions to the development and legacy of the town named in their honor.  More recently, the Kingsville Naval Air Station has played a significant role in this history including adding to the economy of the town and the defense of our country.
    This day in Kingsville will focus on the heritage of the King Ranch, the railroad and the Navy and will also tell the real stories of the American Civil War in South Texas and highlight one of the most unique professions in preservation – house moving companies specializing in relocating historic buildings.
    Plans
     
    We’ll begin our day with refreshments at the 1904 Train Depot Museum in downtown Kingsville located at 104 E. Kleberg Avenue.  While there, we’ll enjoy a look at the Museum’s artifacts plus an overview of the Museum and of the Kingsville Main Street/Downtown Program.
    From there we’ll head west on Kleberg Avenue to the site of the 1909 H. M King High School, presently being rehabilitated to assume the role of Kingsville City Hall, for a guided tour of those hallowed halls that once echoed with the voices of generations of Kingsville students.
    After an early lunch at Butch’s Steakhouse, we’ll move on to the Henrietta Memorial Center/King Ranch Museum for the remainder of our day.
    While at King Ranch Museum, we’ll tour their latest exhibit, “King Ranch and the Civil War in South Texas”, and also enjoy a look at the books available for sale at the Museum gift shop.
    Our next program will be a history of Naval Air Station Kingsville and its importance to Kingsville today. The Commanding Officer of NAS Kingsville will be with us to lead this narrative that begins just prior to World War II.
    We’ll close the day with a look at an occupation that is little thought of but very important in the world of preservation – relocating historic buildings to be re-purposed as museums, offices, visitor centers, heritage centers and the like.  Sometimes these relocations are blocks within a town and other times hundreds of miles away.
    Lunch
     
    We’ll enjoy lunch at Butch’s Steakhouse located at 200 E. Yoakum Street near downtown Kingsville.  You will have two choices for lunch:
    Chicken fried steak with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, hot rolls, coffee, tea, soft drinks or water
    Or
    Grilled chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, hot rolls, coffee, tea, soft drinks or water
    Cost per person will be $15 including tax and gratuity.
    Our hosts for this day in Kingsville are King Ranch. the City of Kingsville and NAS Kingsville.
     
    Schedule
     
    9:00 – 9:30 amWelcome & refreshments- 1904 Train Depot Museum – 104 E. Kleberg Avenue
    9:30- 9:45 amOverview of 1904 Train Depot Museum and Kingsville Main Street/Downtown project – Cynthia Martin, Interim Director, Dept of Tourism & Heritage, City of Kingsville
    9:45 – 10:00 amTravel to 1909 HM King High School – W. Third Street
    10:00 – 10:45 am - Tour 1909 HM King High School – Annette Peterson, Chair, H. M. King High Historical Foundation
    10:45 – 11:00 am - Travel to Butch’s Steakhouse – 200 E. Yoakum Street
    11:00 – 11:45 amLunch
    11:25 am – Individual Introductions and Community Updates
    11:45 – 12 noonTravel to Henrietta Memorial Center/King Ranch Museum – 405 N. Sixth Street
    12 noon – 12:50 pm - Educational Program – “King Ranch and the Civil War in South Texas” exhibit plus a look at the books available at the King Ranch Museum gift shop – Toni Nagel Mason, Director King Ranch Museum & Visitor Services Program – Henrietta Memorial Center (HMC)
    12:50 – 1:00 pm - Break
    1:00 – 1:45 pm – Educational Program – “History and Overview of NAS Kingsville” – CAPT Chris Misner, Commanding Officer, NAS Kingsville – HMC
    1:45 – 2:30 pm - Educational Program – “Relocating/Moving Historic Buildings” – Lilly Wilkinson, owner Ram House Movers, Sinton – HMC
    2:30 – 4:00 pmBusiness Meeting – HMC
     
    RSVP
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, May 16.
    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $15 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.
    You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
    Thank you.
    Nancy
    Nancy Deviney
    Board Member, Texas Tropical Trail Region
     
     

    Nancy Deviney

    361 547-8033 – home
    361 701-0555 – cell
    361 394-5672 – fax
  •    Agenda April 15, 2014 Texas Tropical Trail Region Partner Event/Business Meeting   

    Partner Event/Board of Directors Meeting
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Marcello’s Italian Restaurant
    110 N. Tarnava Street
    Port Isabel, Texas                                

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 103rd monthly Partner Event

    9:00 – 9:15 am – Meet at Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC for refreshments – Brownsville Shrimp Basin

    9:15 – 9:30 amPresentation by the Texas Shrimp Association Executive Director Andrea Hance – a nonprofit association with a mission to promote the importance of protecting and growing wild caught Texas Gulf Shrimp.  Texas Gulf Shrimping is a way of life for many families and is a vital part of our Texas heritage.

    9:30 – 10:30 amShrimp Boil & Tour.  Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC, showcases the Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp as we learn about the Gulf Shrimp industry.

    10:30 – 11:00 am – Travel to Port Isabel – As you drive Highway 48 to Port Isabel, you will drive parallel to the Brownsville Ship Channel (to the right) and see the Bahia Grande on the left.  The Bahia Grande is the largest wetlands restoration project in the world.  When Highway 48 was constructed, it was called Airline Highway as it connected Port Isabel to the Brownsville airport.

    11:00 – 11:35 amTour Sea Life Center – Captain Scarlet Colley will host the tour

    11:45 am – 12 noon – Travel to Marcello’s Italian Restaurant, 110 N. Tarnava St on the Lighthouse Square

    12 noon – 1:00 pm – Lunch will be a buffet and will feature Beef Lasagna, Shrimp Carbonara (yes, they are Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp), Chicken Alfredo, Salad, Fruit, Tiramisu, Bread & Ice Tea, Water or Soda.  Cost per person:  $15 per person including tax & gratuity

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    1:00 – 1:30 pmEducational Program by Greg/Chris Londrie, Texas Gulf Trawler, LLC – “The Transition from the Shrimping Industry to Shrimping & Tourism” – Marcello’s Italian Restaurant

    1:30 – 2:00 pmEducational Program by Edward Meza, Port Isabel City Manager – “Port Isabel and the Texas Tropical Trail Region – a partnership”

    2:00 pmOptional – Tickets will be provided to attendees to the Port Isabel Lighthouse, Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum located within a block of Marcello’s Italian Restaurant.  You may tour the museums or return at a later date.  Tickets will not expire.

    2:00 – 4:00 pm – Tropical Trail Region monthly business meeting – Marcello’s Italian Restaurant – (optional) – All are welcome to attend

    Business Meeting

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes- March 18 Refugio Meeting

    Review and Approve March 2014 Financial Reports

    Posting for a new Executive Director

    THTP Statewide Meeting

    National Tourism Week Luncheon – May 8 – Corpus Christi, sponsored by Corpus Christi CVB – Purchase a Table

    THTP Single Brochure

    FY 14 Scope of Work Updates

    Implementation of 2013/14 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill

    Actively participate in the LLC with other Heritage Trails – Rick Stryker/Bart Wales

    Advocate for Legislative and Corporate Support of the Texas Heritage Trails Program – Bart Wales

    Manage and acknowledge the financial and in-kind resources – Wanda Greenhill

    Plan Diverse and Dynamic Monthly Meetings – Nancy Deviney (Develop National / Cross Trail projects relating to the Nationally Designated El Camino Real de los Tejas and the Chisholm / Western Cattle Trails)

    104th Partner Event – May 20 – Kingsville

    105th Partner Event – June 17

    106th Partner Event – July 15

    107th Partner Event – August 19

    108th Partner Event – September 16

    109th Partner Event – October 21 – Laredo (tentative)

    Provide Logistical Assistance for Workshops Developed and Presented by THC and Other Agencies as Appropriate.  THC/TAM Interpretive Writing Workshop scheduled in Mission – June 20

    Offer a Regional Scholarship Program. Assist Partners with Funding for Furthering their Education in Various Heritage and Cultural Tourism Education Fields.

    Update on CTA Scholarships -

    Promotions/Marketing – Valerie Bates

    April 10 – meet with Corpus Christi CVB CEO & staff – Bart Wales, Rick Stryker, Valerie Bates and Nancy Deviney plus Ann Neese, ED of Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council

    April 16 & 17 TTIA Texas Travel Fair/Travel Counselors Conference (South Padre Island) – Valerie and Wanda

    April 24-28 Texas Time Travel Sweepstakes trip – destinations chosen by winner – Kingsville/King Ranch, Harlingen, Brownsville and Rio GrandeCity (also possibly Roma)

    Social Media and Website Development -

    Distribute marketing pieces and collateral materials –

    Collaborate with CVBs and Chambers of Commerce that do tourism marketing as well as hotels, visitor centers, RV parks, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hospitality Organizations –

    Solicit potential vendors is our region for the LLC Travel & Trade Show -

    Other Business:

    Adjourn

  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Port Isabel 4/15   

    On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 103rd monthly Partner Event in Port Isabel and CameronCounty, and we invite you to join us.

    If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, April 11.  Lunch will be $15 per person; please plan to pay for your lunch at the restaurant.

    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 

    Port Isabel Shrimp Industry

    In the 1950s, Port Isabel proudly flew the banner of “Shrimp Capital of the World”.  During the peak season, boats from as far away as Houston and Louisiana would join in with the Port Isabel fleets, numbering over 150.  Support businesses employed locals in building and repair of boats and nets and engines with an estimated 1200 to 1400 jobs.

    1940s view of a shrimp catch in Port Isabel!

    1940s view of a shrimp catch in Port Isabel!

    Shrimp was processed in houses along the South Shore Road area in Port Isabel where it was packed and shipped all over the world. Port Isabel’s close proximity to the Gulf meant that vessels had quick access to the Gulf waters and abundant shrimp.  By 1958, Port Isabel had 10 processing plants and 173 shrimp boats operating from local docks.

    A 1968 article, titled, “They Farm the Sea”, boasts that Port Isabel had the largest tonnage of shrimp in the United States with an annual harvest of 20 million pounds!  In 1967, the industry was valued at over $100 million, exceeding tuna and salmon.  Restaurants proclaimed, “The shrimp you eat here slept in the Gulf of Mexico last night”.

    This month’s Partner Event in Port Isabel pays homage to Port Isabel’s roots in the Shrimping Industry and with the tour of the SeaLifeCenter also features local marine life, its preservation and role in tourism.

    Plans

    Shrimp boat on the way to the Brownsville Shrimp Basin.

    Shrimp boat on the way to the Brownsville Shrimp Basin.

    We will begin our day at 9 am with refreshments at the Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC (behind Zimco Marine) at 1430 Everglades Road in the BrownsvilleShrimpBasin located on Highway 48.

    While at the ShrimpBasin, we will enjoy a presentation by the Executive Director of the Texas Shrimp Association and then a Shrimp Boil and Tour of a working shrimp boat (and the boat will be docked the entire time). Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC showcases the Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp known as Texas Gold.  We will learn about the Gulf shrimp industry from a family who has been in the business since 1950.

    We’ll see the operation and how the industry works and learn the difference between Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp and imported farm raised shrimp as we visit one of the largest shrimp operations on the Gulf.

    A portion of the tour will be conducted on an actual working shrimp boat dockside.  There will be an opportunity to purchase Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp (fresh frozen), so bring your ice chests. Ice will also be available for purchase; please leave your ice chests in your vehicle until needed.

    Next, we’ll travel to the SeaLifeCenter in Port Isabel located at 110 N. Garcia Street on the Lighthouse Square. Touch tanks and aquariums and exhibits highlight the abundant marine life found in the LagunaMadreBay just off the shoreline of Port Isabel and South Padre Island.  We will enjoy a guided tour and learn the unique history of the local dolphin tribe.

    Lunch

    We will enjoy lunch at Marcello’s Italian Restaurant across the street from the Lighthouse as well as our educational programs and business meeting.

    Lunch will be a buffet and will feature Beef Lasagna, Shrimp Carbonara (yes, they are Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp), Chicken Alfredo, Salad, Fruit, Tiramisu, Bread & Ice Tea, Water or Soda.  Cost per person:  $15 per person including tax & gratuity.

    Our hosts for this day are City of Port Isabel, Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC, Texas Shrimp Association, Sea Life Center and the Museums of Port Isabel.

    Schedule

    9:00 – 9:15 am – Meet at Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC for refreshments

    9:15 – 9:30 am – Presentation by the Texas Shrimp Association Executive Director Andrea Hance – a nonprofit association with a mission to promote the importance of protecting and growing wild caught Texas Gulf Shrimp.  Texas Gulf Shrimping is a way of life for many families and is a vital part of our Texas heritage.

    9:30 – 10:30 am – Shrimp Boil & Tour.  Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC, showcases the Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp as we learn about the Gulf Shrimp industry.

    10:30 – 11:00 am – Travel to Port Isabel – As you drive Highway 48 to Port Isabel, you will drive parallel to the Brownsville Ship Channel (to the right) and see the Bahia Grande on the left.  The Bahia Grande is the largest wetlands restoration project in the world.  When Highway 48 was constructed, it was called Airline Highway as it connected Port Isabel to the Brownsville airport.

    11:00 – 11:35 am – TourSeaLifeCenter – Captain Scarlet Colley will host the tour

    11:45 am – 12 noon – Travel to Marcello’s Italian Restaurant, 110 N. Tarnava St on the Lighthouse Square

    12 noon – 1:00 pm – Lunch will be a buffet and will feature Beef Lasagna, Shrimp Carbonara (yes, they are Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp), Chicken Alfredo, Salad, Fruit, Tiramisu, Bread & Ice Tea, Water or Soda.  Cost per person:  $15 per person including tax & gratuity

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    1:00 – 1:30 pm – Educational Program by Greg/Chris Londrie, Texas Gulf Trawler, LLC – “The Transition from the Shrimping Industry to Shrimping & Tourism” – Marcello’s Italian Restaurant

    1:30 – 2:00 pmEducational Program by Edward Meza, Port Isabel City Manager – “Port Isabel and the Texas Tropical Trail Region – A Partnership.”

    2:00 pm – Optional – Tickets will be provided to attendees to the Port Isabel Lighthouse, Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum located within a block of Marcello’s Italian Restaurant.  You may tour the museums or return at a later date.  Tickets will not expire.

    2:00 – 4:00 pm – Tropical Trail Region monthly business meeting – Marcello’s Italian Restaurant – (optional) – All are welcome to attend

    RSVP

    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, April 11.

    Please wear comfortable, walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen as necessary.

    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $15 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.

    You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required. Directions to the tour sites will be sent to you once you RSVP.

    Thank you.

    Nancy

    Nancy Deviney
    Board Member, Texas Tropical Trail Region

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  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Refugio 3/18   

    On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 102nd monthly Partner Event in Refugio County, and we invite you to join us.
    If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, March 14.  Lunch will be $10 per person (CASH only); please plan to pay for your lunch once you arrive.
     
    Plans
     
    We will begin our day with refreshments at the Refugio County Museum (102 W. West St just past the corner of Hwy 77 and West St) at 9 am.  We will have complimentary transportation (vans or a charter bus) available at 9:30 am to take us to two historical ranches in Refugio County and to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
    Our first stop will be the O’Connor Ranch on the San Antonio River where we will take a guided tour of the St. Dennis Chapel.  Thomas O’Connor emigrated from Ireland in 1834 with the Power-Hewetson Colony that settled in Refugio County.
    Next, we will stop at the Fagan Ranch where we will enjoy a guided tour of the Fagan Plantation and have an opportunity to visit the Peter Fagan Mausoleum & Cemetery next door to the Plantation.  The Mausoleum is built of while carrara marble.
     
    Lunch
    We will enjoy a chuckwagon lunch ($10 per person) at the Fred Fagan Ranch before heading to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell where we will, hopefully, catch a glimpse of an endangered whooping crane.
    Our hosts for this day in Refugio County are the Refugio County Museum. the Refugio County Chamber of Commerce, the Refugio County Community Development Foundation, the O’Connor family, the Fagan family and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
     
    Schedule
    9:00 am – Meet at Refugio County Museum (102 W. West Street in Refugio) for refreshments
    9:30 am – Transportation departs Refugio County Museum
    10 – 10:30 am – Guided tour of St. Dennis Chapel on the O’Connor Ranch
    10:45 – 11:30 am – Guided tour of Fagan Plantation and Peter Fagan Mausoleum on the Fagan Ranch
    11:45 am – Chuckwagon lunch at the Fred Fagan Ranch house ($10 per person) including introductions & community updates
    12:30 pm – Educational Program by Seneca McAdams, Executive Director of the Texas Independence Trail Region – “Highlights & Attractions of the Texas Independence Trail Region”
    12:45 pmEducational Program and historical re-enactment by a member of the Fagan family
    1 – 2:00 pm – Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell – Visitor Center
    2:00 pm – Bus departs for return to Refugio
    2:30 pm – Arrive Refugio
    2:45 – 4:00 pm – Tropical Trail Region monthly business meeting – Refugio County Community Development Foundation board room – (optional) – All are welcome to attend
    RSVP
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, March 14.
    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $10 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.
    You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
    Thank you.
    Nancy
    Nancy Deviney
    Board Member, Texas Tropical Trail Region