Arts and Culture

The Texas Tenors

The No. 1 vocal group in the history of the popular television show America’s Got Talent brings Christmas cheer in a fun-filled concert appropriately titled “Deep in the Heart of Christmas” to the Lutcher Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

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Ornament photo by Eleanor Skelton

Advent calendars may seem too ’90s for some people, but a collection of ornaments that tell a story can allow for relaxation and creativity while preparing for a busy holiday season.

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Main Street Market

 

The Christmas shopping frenzy is soon to begin, and instead of fighting traffic and long lines at the “big box” stores, the Junior League of Beaumont (JLB) invites you to A Very Merry Main Street Market, a three-day, holiday shopping experience featuring unique merchandise from more than 100 carefully selected vendors from Texas and across the country from Thursday, Nov. 30 – Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Beaumont Civic Center. Shop for clothing, gourmet foods, children’s items, jewelry and more during the market. Admission is $10.

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Christmas in Boomtown returns December 9th to Gladys City

Did you know that the first mention of Santa’s reindeer was in 1823 in a poem titled “Old Santeclaus with Much Delight?” So, in 1901, that first Christmas after the Lucas Gusher, the children would have been watching for Santa’s reindeer.

“One thing we like to do in Gladys City is to take people back in time. We want people to imagine that first Christmas after the Lucas Gusher blew and the excitement people must have felt,” said Museum Director Troy Gray.

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Jaguar photo by Stephanie Adams

The Houston Zoo’s four-month-old jaguar cubs made their debut Thursday, Nov. 9. The male, Fitz, and female, Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20 and have spent the past few months behind-the-scenes bonding with mom. The pair can be seen exploring their habitat with mom most mornings, and have access to be out of public view in their night house or caves if they choose. Fitz and Emma are the first jaguars born at the Houston Zoo in 12 years. The jaguar range covers South and Central America, with some venturing north into Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

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Sheila Umphrey's Christmas bike

I started a tradition. I had an old bicycle in the garage and was going to get rid of it. I was talking to my yard man about it, and he suggested putting it on my porch and decorating it for different holidays.

 When searching the best place to put it, I decided I really liked it on the oak-tree branch in my front yard. So now, I put an elf at Christmas, a witch at Halloween, a rabbit for Easter, Uncle Sam for the Fourth of July and a court jester at Mardi Gras. People come with their kids and take pictures all year long. So much fun!

- Sheila Umphrey

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Nativity scene

The Stark Museum of Art celebrates the holiday season with an exhibit Spirit of Bethlehem: The Boehm Porcelain Nativity beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21 through Jan. 6 in the museum’s lobby.

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Emily Peacock artwork, which will be on display at 215 Orleans starting Nov 16

215 Orleans Project Space will be exhibiting Emily Peacock’s work in a new exhibit called “I Swore I Would Change” opening Thursday, Nov. 16, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery at 215 Orleans St., Suite 600, in downtown Beaumont.

Peacock is from Port Arthur but now lives and works in Houston. Running until Dec. 10, this will be her first solo show in Beaumont, the gallery said in a release.

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Buy Local

From the devastation of natural disaster, we come now to celebrate the things Mother Nature cannot take from us. Our friends, our family, our community – those that rode out the storm alongside us, and held our hand (and sometimes a hammer) as we recover are just a few of the many blessings even a 1-in 100-year storm can’t wash away.

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Courville's caters many food items

Big Rich Courville’s name is synonymous with everything that is good and that tastes good in Southeast Texas. If you lived in a box, odds are you would still know who he is because most likely, by gift or by commerce, he has fed you at some point.

Storms, floods, charity auctions, fundraisers or perhaps at his venue on College, Big Rich Courville, it seems, is always there for us. Now it’s our turn and time to remember those who are always here for us when we need them by supporting our local businesses.

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