GET OUTTA TOWN

Highways & Byways: See & Be Scene ::: Seen & Herd in Texas.

Weather Forecast: God reigns & The Son shines.

Stop, Drop & Roll Won't Work in Hell. (Hell is: Sometimes Outta Town.)
Get Your Kicks on Route 66…hard to do now, the legendary Route 66, which
originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, was de-certified
on this date: June 27, 1985.

I am lost-I have gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back,
Please ask me to wait. (Of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.)

Stark Museum of Art, 409-886-2787, 712 Green Ave. Orange, TX. 77630. Stark Foundation.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 409-670-9113, 2111 Park Ave., Orange, TX 77630.
Lutcher Theatre, 409-886-5535, 707 Main Ave. Orange, TX . 77630.
Lutcher Theatre for the Performing Arts 409-886-5535, 707 Main Ave. Orange, TX . 77630. It is the largest performing arts series from Houston to Jacksonville, Fla. with annual attendance of approx. 30,000 adults and children. Parking is available at no charge directly adjacent to and surrounding the theatre.
Frances Ann Lutcher Theatre for Performing Arts is a 1,450-seat facility owned by the Nelda C. & H.J. Lutcher Theatre, 409-886-5535.
Orange, TX is located approx.. 110 miles to the east of Houston.

Red & White Gallery, 713-818-9766, 102 W. Main, Fayetteville, TX.

Red & White Gallery Blackbird Farm Lodging
www.redandwhitegallery.com www.blackbirdfarmtexas.com

Nacogdoches, TX: The Garden Capital of Texas and oldest town in Texas.
888-564-7351. visitNacogdoches.com .
Alabama-Coushatta Naskila Gaming, 15 minutes East of Livingston, Hwy. 190.
540 State Park Road 56, Livingston, Texas 77351. 936-563-2946
Gaming action: 24 hour. One hour from Houston, Jackpots Y'All !
Celebrating One Year Anniversary.

Kathy Kupper, public affairs specialist at the National Park Service,
Wash. D.C. NPS.gov

Attention Cruise Travelers:
Having served as chaplain on many cruises, here are four hints recommended:
Get to the port city one day ahead of time to avoid travel delays.
Buy the cruise lines' air package. If there is a problem with a delay at the end of
the cruise, the cruise line will help re-arrange flights home.
If you want to avoid the expense of excursions, go to one of the taxis lined up at
the port; ask what the fee would be for two hours to see the Best Things in that
port city.
Don't complain ! Some people have one foot on the ship and still have one foot on
the gangplank, and they are already starting to complain. Sit back, relax and cruise. Houston Chronicle Heloise Hints 7-20-17 byline: J.K.C. in Nebraska

Hints From An Airline Employee: Please Read and Heed.
To avoid hassles on your flight: Please follow instructions issued by the crew.
If you are told to turn off your cellphone or buckle your seat belt: Do It.
Please keep your shoes on your feet. In case of emergency, you may need to
evacuate quickly.
Do not be disruptive. Yelling, fighting or causing a disturbance will not be
tolerated. This includes children who will not stay in their seats.
Do not wear provocative clothing. If in doubt: Cover Up. (Good Advice !)
Heloise/Houston Chronicle 6-2017
Protect Against Lost Luggage:
Arrive Extra-Early at the airport with a well-labeled bag. Watch the gate agent
tag it. Make the bag distinctive with decorations that set it apart from similar lug-
-gage. Choose airlines with good reputations for luggage handling; such as Jet-
-Blue, Virgin America and Delta, instead of regional airlines such as Skywest and
ExpressJet, which tend to lose more luggage. Source: USA Today.
Save On Airline Baggage Fees:
Pack everything you are taking in a carry-on bag. Wear bulky clothes on the plane
to free up bag space. Consider upgrading to a higher travel class or roomier seat-
sometimes that will cost less than the cost of checking luggage and typically waives the checked bag fee. Buy Ultra-lightweight luggage to reduce the chance
of overweight baggage fees.
Source: WiseBread.com BottomLinePersonal 9-1-2017
Pack It: By Heloise.
When packing soft-knit items such as t-shirts, place them face down, fold arms back, smooth out ripples and roll. Saves space. Use see-thru bags from cleaner
to individually cover clothes in a garment bag; keeps wrinkling to a minimum.
Carry-on Bag: Make-up, Meds, a change of clothes and shoes. Emergency food:
trail mix, protein bar, etc. A light-weight shawl or small blanket for use on plane.
And finally, work, files and a paperback book in case you may not be allowed to
use electronics !
(Road Warrior Heloise has over 2.5 Million air miles, sharing
her Hints.) Houston Chronicle 8-25-2017
Antique Shows: Washington County.
Sept. 18-Oct. 8 Carmine, Round Top, Warrenton: Just Show Up.
Gumbo Cook-off :
Sat. Sept. 30 Downtown Brenham, TX: 12 noon-3 p. $5 Tasting & Vote for Best.
Free Live Music.
OktoberFest:
Sept. 21-23 Fort Worth, TX:The Shack @ Panther Island Pavilion, 817-698-0700,
395 Purcey St. 76102, Authentic German Food, Bier, Music, Dachshund Races,
Midway Rides, Keg Rolls, Stein lifting & More ! Brave Combo Band, Alpine
Village Band, Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express, Das Ist Lustig, Alpenmusi-
-kanten, Walburg Boys, Alpine Dancers and More !
OktoberFest:
Sept. 22-24 McKinney, TX: Annual Event: authentic German Music & Food,
Traditional costumes, dancing, dog races, carnival, children's activities.
www.McKinneyOktoberfest.com .
Trans-Pecos Festival of Music+ Love:
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 Marfa, TX: The creative class descends en masse on the desert
town for a long weekend of camping, yoga, hikes, workshops, concerts, and barbecue when the hotelier Liz Lambert's Hip Hangout El Cosmico hosts the
annual event of the year. Guests can bunk somewhere in the compound's no-
-madic assemblage of vintage trailers, tepees, yurts, and safari tents.
A perfect day at the festival might begin at dawn with yoga, and continue with a
class in medicinal plants, a communal barbeque, and a concert under the stars.
There is a lot going on; but regulars also take advantage of the isolation, says
Isadora McKeon, one of the organizers.
(Are y'all going to be there ? ?)
Garden & Gun Mag Aug.-Sept. 2017

Scarecrow Festival:
Oct. 14-15 Chappell Hill, TX. Annual Fun Family Event. Public Invited to the
Pumpkin Patch with the Scarecrows.

Brenham// Washington County Events.
Unity Theatre: 979-830-8358, Brenham, TX.
Sept. 28-Oct. 15 A Grand Night for Singing: Music by Richard Rogers & Hammerstein.
Nov. 2-12 The Syringo Tree.
Nov. 29-Dec. 3 The Best Christmas Pageant-Ever !
UnityBrenham.org
First Sundays: Fundays ! Historic Downtown Brenham.
Live music, Shopping, Arts, Food, Drinks & Specials in Downtown Brenham !
Opry Show in Brenham:
Silver Wings Ballroom, 979-451-0816, 4100 Hwy. 105, Brenham, Texas.
Bluebonnet Opry House Band: Duane Wavra, Craig Schmidt, Doug Boggs,
Harris Kubos, Sr. Terry Barnett, John Dujka, John Amelang. Doors open:
5:30 p
. Show: 7:30 p. Tix: $5. Opry every 3rd Thurs. Funds: Donated to Hospice.
Public Welcome !
Downtown Art Gallery: Come see us.
Bed & Breakfast: Puddin' on the Ritz.
Lillian Farm Bed & Breakfast: Private cottages & country serenity.
Texas Seafood and Steaks.
Guadalajara Mexican Food Restaurant: Lunch Buffet.
Brenham: Downtown. Unity Theatre.
Shop: JR's Antiques: 1 block from Courthouse.
Stay: Brazos Bed and Breakfast-2 miles from Washington on the Brazos.
Eat: BT Longhorn Steakhouse & Seafood, Downtown Brenham. Y'all Come !
Bluebird Boutique flew off the Square and is now nesting in a larger, new location: 202 W. Alamo. Come By and Buy !
Hello: Cupcake !
Bliss Candy Co. is now making fresh cupcakes daily. Which is your fave?
Back Lot Gallery: featuring local artists. Great selection of pottery, art, paintings, sculpture, jewelry. Weekends Only.
More News & Info: Brenham-Washington Co. Chamber of Commerce-CVB
115 W. Main, 888-273-6426/////979-836-3696.
Bandera, TX: Cowboy Capital of the World.

Freddy Fender:
Texas Tornados Band: original members: Flaco Jimenez, famed accordionist &
Texas treasure , & San Antonio native, Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and Freddy
Fender. Flaco and Augie are still members. The other two are deceased.
Swiss Alp Dance Club :
KC Hall Schulenberg, James Freytag 361-596-4357, dance to music by Donnie
Wavra Orchestra. 3-6 p. Cover: $10. Guests Welcome.
Dances each Sunday in Feb/Apr/May/Aug/Oct/Dec.

Drinking Wine Spoodie Oodie, Drinking Wine………….

Pirates of the High Seas Fest:
Oct. 6-8 Columbus Day Weekend: Fun-filled affair, including a geocaching ad-
-venture, pirate invasions, parades, fun for entire family !
VisitPanamaCityBeach.com/events .
Austin City Limits Festival:
Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-15 Austin City Limits performers will perform across 8
stages include the following: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, the
Killers, Gorillaz and Martin Garrix. Jay Z will be a headliner.
Save the Date: Chili Pepper Festival in Cancun:
Oct. 22-28, 2017 Riviera Maya, Cancun: One of a kind culinary extravaganza !
Combining 5 nights at El Dorado Royal Spa & Resorts by Karisma. Get Away
Travel featuring 5 world--class chefs to satisfy your spicier side of Mexican food
and entertainment. Yelba's Latin Band is scheduled for a return engagement !
www.2getawaytravel.com/chilipepperfestival.html www.yelba.com
Dance Hall Tour:
Thurs. Oct. 26 Galveston : Garden Verein presents: Ray Benson's Asleep at the
Wheel Band and Dale Watson. texasdancehalltour.com
Fri. Oct. 27 Sealy, TX: Peters Hacienda Community Hall presents: Amber Digby,
popular Texas classic country singer w/ a high lonesome touch, sweet tone, with
Austin-based band, The Derailers, old time honky-tonk with some rockabilly.
texasdancehalltour.com
Sat. Oct. 28 Cold Spring, TX: C.S. Agriculture Society Hall presents: Favorite
native daughter & singer, Jamie Lin Wilson, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis.
texasdancehalltour.com
Sun. Oct. 29 Bellville, TX: Bellville Turnverein presents: Ray Benson & Asleep
at the Wheel Band. texasdancehalltour.com .
OktoberFest: located on U.S. Hwy 82, 14 mi. west of I-35, approx.. 70 mi.
north of Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.
Oct. 28-29 Muenster, TX: Heritage Park Pavillion, 301 N. Ash St. Live music,
Stein Hoisting, 5 K and Half Marathon, Kids Area, Rides, Games, German Dan-
-cers, Weiner Dog Races, Arts, Crafts, German Food and Beer. Tix: $5.

CAF Hangar Dance: San Marcos.
Sat. Nov. 11 CAF Centex Wing Hangar in San Marcos inside the WWII Vintage
CAF Hangar. With the Sentimental Journey Orchestra bringing your favorites
from WWII for dancing/romancing. Details to follow. Info: 830-895-1535.
Save the Date: New Year's Celebration.
Sun. Dec. 31 New Year's Eve in San Marcos, TX: Dinner Dance with the
Sentimental Journey Orchestra @Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center.
Swing in the New Year with a Party ! Details to follow.

EARTHWEEK:

Spacecraft Cassini: Facing Fiery Finish.
After a 20-year voyage, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is poised to dive into Saturn
this week to become forever one with the exquisite planet. It will careen through
the atmosphere and burn up like a meteor in the sky over Saturn. Every tidbit of
date radioed back from Cassini will help astronomers better understand the entire
Saturnian system, rings, moons and all.
The only spacecraft ever to orbit Saturn, Cassini spent the past five months explor-
-ing the uncharted territory between the gaseous planet and its dazzling rings. It's
darted 22 times between that gap, sending back ever more wondrous photos. Last
Monday, Cassini flew past jumbo moon Titan one last time for a gravity assist-
a final kiss goodbye, as NASA calls it, nudging the spacecraft into a no-way-out
path .
The mission has been insanely, wildly, beautifully successful, and it's coming to an
end, said NASA program scientist Curt Niebur. Telescopes on Earth will watch
for Cassini's burn-out nearly a Billion miles away. The plutonium on board will
be the last thing to go. The dangerous substance was encased in super-dense
iridium as a safe-guard for Cassini's 1997 launch and has been used for electric
power to run its instruments. Once the iridium melts, the plutonium will be dis-
-persed into the atmosphere.
The $3.9 Billion U.S.-European mission has accomplished its objectives many
times over since its 2004 arrival at Saturn following a 7-year journey, and
Cassini's fuel tank is almost empty. Cassini and its traveling companion, the
Huygens lander, actually provided the first hard look at Saturn, its rings and
moons. They are named for 17th century astronomers, Italian Giovanni Domenico
Cassini and Dutch Christiaan Huygens, who spotted Saturn's first moon, Titan.
The current count is 62. Cassini discovered six moons-some barely a mile or
two across-as well as swarms of moonlets that are still part of Saturn's rings.
All told, Cassini has traveled 4.9 Billion miles since launch, orbited Saturn near-
-ly 300 times and collected more than 453,000 pictures and 635 gigabytes of
scientific data.
Houston Chronicle//Associated Press 9-13-2017 byline: Marcia Dunn
Walrus: Ice-free repose.
Rapidly retreating Arctic sea ice has driven several hundred Pacific walrus to an
Alaskan barrier island two weeks earlier than ever observed. The marine mammals
have historically conducted their haulout on sea ice, where they rest and feed.
But they began showing up instead on Point Lay along the Chukchi Sea coast in
2007 as global warming melted their icy habitat. Up to 40,000 of the marine mam-
-mals have crowded onto the narrow island in recent years, putting them at risk of
a deadly stampede
. EarthWeek 8-27-2017
Canadian Invaders:
The species of mosquito most responsible for the transmission of human Zika virus
cases has been found for the first time in Canada. An adult Aedes aegypti mos-
-quito was captured in a southern Ontario trap only a week after two Aedes albop-
-ictus mosquitoes were also found in the area.
It has long been predicted that climate change will result in expanding habitats for
disease-carrying insects. (Sounds like the Plagues sent from God.)
EarthWeek 8-27-2017
Blue Dogs of Mumbai:
Untreated industrial waste dumped into greater Mumbai's Kasadi River is blamed
for a rash of blue dog sightings. India's Hindustan Times reports that blue dye use
to manufacture detergents is being absorbed by stray dogs that wade into the pol-
-luted water in search of food.
One animal-care officer said the dye seems to be waterbased and is not causing
any ill effects for the canines, other than a blue tint in their fur, which washes out.
Pollution control officials say the company also releases dye powder into the air.
(Are they also blowing blue smoke from their noses ?) EarthWeek 8-27-2017
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