Galveston 120

'59ers in Galveston:    24-26 October 2014      It was a blast!
                   Friday Evening Welcome Gathering -  photos                           Saturday Evening Dinner - photos               
San Luis Resort
The October 2012 weekend in Fredericksburg was so enjoyed by all that suggestions were made to plan something similar in 2014.  After talking it over with some classmates, Galveston was selected because of its proximity to Houston and the many activities available.  Through Rollo Storey we obtained a very favorable rate at the San Luis Resort on Seawall Blvd, one of the top hotels on the island.  Some classmates stayed both Friday and Saturday nights; some stayed Saturday night only; others drove down for the day.  The weather was perfect, the dress was casual, and the smiles never stopped.


Who was there? 

Classmates in attendance: Betsy Johnson Anderson, Kay Ann Johnson Bednarski, Ron Brieger, Mike Blackledge, Maria Burke Butler, Nancy DeLorenzo, Susan Ellis Cooper, Sukey Fenoglio, Tish Compton Hale (Kinkaid HS '59), Tommy Henderson, Larry Hitt, Connie Guthrie Hogland, Jim Jennings, Barbara Hoffman Johnson, Joe Keathley, Rick McDowell, Wendell Mendell, Pat Shannon Needleman, Margaret Hoover Perkins, Barbara Pickard, Sharon Anderson Rose, Bob Sternenberg, Karen Ashmore Taussig and Carol Childress Turner. 

 Note:  After all his planning efforts on behalf of the Class, Rollo Storey was unable to get his visa out of Mexico to attend!  Rats! 

        Friday, 10/24At about 6 pm – a welcoming cocktail reception was held around the pool with an assortment of finger food and a cash bar.  The picture (shown above) was taken from the balcony when Maria, Rollo and Larry Hitt made a scouting trip to Galveston in early summer 2014.  The hotel reserved an area for our group where you see the lounge chairs in the photo.  To view a few photos from the event, click here

 Isbell Office

Saturday, 10/25
Ferry to Bolivar Island

On Saturday, classmates were on their own to enjoy the many sights and activities in and around Galveston Island.  Having traveled from the high desert area of New Mexico, Bonnie and Mike Blackledge decided to partake in the (free! courtesy of Texas DOT!) ferry to Bolivar Island, as suggested by Barbara Pickard.  They enjoyed lunch there at the Shivaree Restaurant (also recommended by Barbara) and Mike felt compelled to take a photo of the iconic Bolivar Island tree.  Tree on Bolivar Island
Saturday evening Class Dinner

Ayers HomeA special dinner was catered at the 1916 home of Attorney Allen C. Isbell, 1715 35th St, as hosted by his wife Mikey. 

This residence in Galveston is behind the seawall on 35th street, and has withstood several hurricanes since 1916.  Isbell, minister of the 100-member Broadway church in Galveston, is a practicing trial attorney who has preached without accepting a paycheck from the Broadway church since 1977.  The Broadway church’s ministries are essential to the island, Isbell contends. Working with the poor and the prisoners gives them a sense of purpose in a coastal area that is seen by outsiders not as a home so much as a vacation destination.

Click here for collection of classmate dinner photos at Attorney Allen (and wife Mikey) Isbell's historic home.

Here is the caterer’s menu we enjoyed Saturday night:

ˇ         Foreign and domestic cheeses with fresh and dried fruits and crackers

ˇ         Cold, peeled Gulf shrimp with two sauces

ˇ         Crab fingers with two sauces

ˇ         Salad of mixed greens with pears, fontina cheese and a basil vinaigrette dressing

ˇ         Lemon chicken breasts...boneless, skinless chicken breasts, lightly breaded, and baked with a light lemon butter sauce/sliced

ˇ         Scalloped potatoes

ˇ         Seafood casseroles...shrimp/crab/rice/wild rice/ veggies etc.

ˇ         Dinner rolls/butter      

ˇ         Wine, beer, tea, lemon ginger mint cooler nonalcoholic punch
ˇ         Dessert:   homemade Kahlua bread pudding with Kahlua sauce

  Sunday, 10/26we were on our own for breakfast.  Several of us ended up at the Sunflower Café.
Sunday Morning Coming Down  
The McDowells, Hendersons, Blackledges, Hitts gather at the Sunflower Café
Other restaurants suggested by Barbara Pickard and enjoyed by our classmates:  

"Top Water Grill" in San Leon, it's the best,

"Floyd's on the water" on Pelican Island just off Hwy.6 in Hitchcock, 

"Steve's Landing" in Bolivar (which involves getting on the Ferry),

"Top of Moody Garden" which is formal dining, 

"Sunflower" on 14th street, lunches & dinner

"Mosquitos" on 14th street, good lunches  

"The Spot" on the seawall, good hamburger, etc.

"The Olympia Grill" by Fisherman's Warf in back of the Strand Ave.

"San L. Steak House" in our San Luis Hotel

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