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Step Back In Time

If you feel like you’ve walked into an updated version of your aunt’s 60s beach house when you enter the Hotel Lucine, then the owners have hit their mark. Visitors to this 61-room boutique hotel situated at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico on the Seawall will feel as though they are guests at the best house party on the island, in a throwback and relaxed atmosphere.

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Eyes In The Sky

In the vast realm of exploration, two seemingly disparate fields - molecular biology and drone photography - have found an unexpected connection. At first glance, one delves into the intricate study of biological molecules, while the other soars high above, capturing images through unmanned aerial vehicles. Yet, beneath the surface, a narrative of shared ...

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Smashing It

Disappearing Seashells

There has been a gradual decline of shells that are washing ashore on Galveston Island and collectors are left with more questions than answers about the disappearing treasures on our beaches. Have large storms, such as Hurricanes Ike and Harvey, changed the topography of the Gulf floor? Is a shift in currents depositing shells somewhere else? Is the loss of shells a cyclical event?

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Legacy of Two Visionaires

Two generations of Galveston’s Rapp family have left their architectural marks on the island, including the design of some of the city’s most recognizable structures. Well-known Galveston architect Raymond Rudolf Rapp, Sr. (1896-1959), the son of a carpenter, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, where he went to parochial school

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Caffeine Lovers Paradise

Nothing kick starts your day like a great cup of coffee. While coffee houses line almost every street in America, some have a cooler vibe than others - and I think we can all admit it, coffee shops are the one place where you can hang out alone and not feel lonely. Americans love their coffee.

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Effervescent Elegance

Champagne is the undisputed king of bubbly wines. There are dozens of reasons for this: the region’s long history of making sparkling wine - a process involving a long aging procedure in historic underground caves; its exclusivity for being served to France’s royal court in the past and the world leaders of today; and...

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Festival To Functional

As the holiday season comes to an end and the ornaments are carefully packed away, many households face the dilemma of what to do with their once-lively Christmas trees and greenery. Instead of contributing to the growing pile of post-holiday waste, consider the numerous benefits of repurposing these natural decorations.

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A Death At The Gallery

In her 2021 literary debut, “Early Galveston Artists and Photographers: Recovering a Legacy,” Galveston photographer and writer Pat Jakobi created a lushly curated visual journey exploring the lives and works of the men and women who wielded their lenses to capture the essence of Galveston Island over the years.

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What's NewMiracle At Daquiri Time Out

Tis the season of holiday magic and miracles - people are nicer to each other, politics is (largely) put aside, hope fills the air, and wonderful surprises can be right around the corner. 

In Galveston, a bit of that unbridled joy has popped up at a local favorite hangout in the trendy west Market Street district: Daiquiri Time Out. 

“During the holidays, we completely transform into Miracle at Daiquiri Time Out. Our whole place is decked out from wall-to-wall with holiday decorations. There’s festive glassware and a full menu of holiday-themed cocktails,” said owner Brad Stringer, who started the annual event in 2018. The sparkling speakeasy is serving up irresistible seasonal libations this year with such new monikers as Christmapolitan, Snowball Old-Fashioned, Carol Barrel, Koala Cooler, Marshmallows & Unicorns, Elfin’ Around #2, Jingle Balls Nog, and Rudolph’s Replacement, just to name a few. 

The holiday pop-up-palooza continues throughout December at DTO, a Galveston hot spot steps away from Maceo’s Spice & Import in the uber-cool WEMA District (west of Market Street).

 “We have bigger and better decorations every year, like the giant 26-foot inflatable Santa on the roof, and blow-up igloos. We’ll have dancing lights and a light arch Miracle at Daiquiri Time Out 

The annual holiday-themed pop-up extravaganza is Christmas overload around the island | Events Courtesy image outside. We’ve got some fun events planned, too.” 

Events include Christmas movies shown on the patio every Thursday, beginning at 7pm through December 21, courtesy of Martini Theatre. The featured movies include Scrooged on December 7, Batman Returns on December 14, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas on December 21. Food will be provided pop up style by Con Lagrimas.

 And, as in year’s past, toy donations are accepted for the Galveston Police Department’s Blue Santa program, which helps ensure area children have gifts at this special time of the year.

 Stringer said his annual themed holiday event is just one of the many on the island that illustrates just how close-knit and welcoming Galveston is, not just during the holiday season, but all year long.

 “The holidays in Galveston are already super special. It’s a great way for us to be a part of the holiday tradition here on the island,” he said. 

DTO is located at 2701 Market Street. Miracle at Daiquiri Time Out can be enjoyed from 4pm-12am Sunday – Thursday and 4pm-2am on Friday and Saturday through the end of December. 

For more details call 409.497.2760, visit dtogalveston. com, or follow DTO’s Instagram and Facebook pages to stay updated on all the information and events. GM

Pipe OrganTrinity Pipe Organ Extravaganza December 2

The event will be retiring concert organist Ronald Wyatt’s last extravaganza

Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston recently announced the return of Trinity’s Pipe Organ Extravaganza on Saturday, December 2, 2023 beginning at 7:30pm. Featuring Trinity’s retiring concert organist, Ronald Wyatt, the event will open with the Divisi String Quartet, followed by Mr. Wyatt’s concert. 

Trumpets, flutes, cornets, violas and more will mix magically in the air and fill the sanctuary as guests of all denominations discover this hidden musical treasure and witness the musical range of Trinity’s pipe organ which features 4,086 pipes ranging in length from approximately one inch to more than 18 feet. 

Presented during Galveston’s annual Dicken’s on the Strand celebration, the Pipe Organ Extravaganza will feature a pre-concert appearance by the Divisi String Quartet, followed by a selection of pieces performed by concert organist Ronald Wyatt that allows the opportunity for the audience to sing a selection of favorite Christmas carols with Mr. Wyatt’s accompaniment. 

A fixture of Galveston’s Christmas celebrations for more than 30 years, the Pipe Organ Extravaganza performance has become an annual tradition celebrating the holiday season. The organ is moved to the center of the altar facing the audience, giving guests the opportunity to witness the mastery of concert organist Wyatt as he plays this magnificent instrument. Wyatt also offers witty commentary on the music, interesting “back stories” that help bring new meaning to each piece. 

Tickets to the Pipe Organ Extravaganza are $15 and include an optional pre-concert tour of the church at 7pm and the seven-volume set of The Heritage Edition Saint John’s Bible.

Tickets are available online at and also in person at the Church office, 2216 Ball Avenue in Galveston. For more information, call 409.765.6317.

The Junior League of Galveston County Gala set for December 16

Workshop Will Focus on Creating a Traditional Japanese Fish Cart Lantern
Placeholder imagePlanning is underway for one of the best events of the holiday season - the annual Junior League of Galveston County Gala. This year’s event will be held at the historic Grand Galvez. 

The theme “The Secret Garden” is inspired by the name of the book published around the time the League began. This year the League has actively involved their longest serving members, the Sustainers, in the Gala planning process. 

 “ We believe our future is rooted in our history - no garden puns intended,” says Danni Dunn, this year's Gala Chair. “With 98 years of League legacy on the island, we had a lot to work with.” 

This year’s honoree is Dotsy Matthews Balentine, a warm and wonderful sustaining member with a tireless devotion to philanthropy that reaches all across Galveston County. 

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DECEMBER 2023 Issue

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Strand Chronicles
The Strand

The portion of Galveston’s Strand Street between 20th and 25th Streets is called simply, “The Strand.”

GFD History
Galveston Fire Department

Galveston Monthly presents a multi-part series on the history of the Galveston Fire Department.

Seawall Chroncilces
Seawall Chronicles

Built after the Storm of 1900 to protect Galveston from future storms.

Historical Homes
Galveston's Historical Homes

Histories of the incredibly rich past of the architecture in Galveston.