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Author: Pete Radowick

  • San Jacinto Monument
    February 20, 2017
    Newcomers flood into Texas from every corner of the country, every reach of the globe, every day. With such an infusion of humanity, ignorance of local history can be forgiven. But not for long. Perhaps most surprising to newcomers is that Texas was an independent nation first, a state second. Yes, Texas was its own republic for nine years before it became America’s 28th state in 1845. (Texas declared its secession from the U.S. in 1861 to join the rebels of the Confederacy, but...
  • Ice Skating at Discovery Green (night)
    November 21, 2016
    In Houston, where warm weather is both a blessing and a curse, winter is gleefully welcomed by those fond of ice skating. In fact, the unofficial start of winter season in the downtown Avenida Houston district precedes Thanksgiving by two days with the opening of the largest outdoor ice rink in the Southwest. Tuesday night marks the start of Frostival! – not a festival, get it? – as a family fun evening celebrating the opening of the skating rink at Discovery Green as well as the...
  • Houston Redstone Golf Club
    January 25, 2016
    One of the reasons we love Houston is year-round golf, even in January. With temperatures ranging from the low 60s to mid-70s, it's no wonder golf enthusiasts flock to Htown. While golfers in wide swaths of the country were hunkering down amid record snowfall, a quick sampling of Houston-area courses found very brisk business. “We had 192 golfers out on Sunday, which is really good for a Sunday in January,” said Chuck Silva at Memorial Park Golf Course. “And the driving...
  • Market Square Park - Kid Friendly
    October 12, 2015
    Market Square Park, located downtown at 301 Milam, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this Saturday night. This block was the seat of power in Houston's early days. Donated in 1854 by Houston's founder, Augustus Allen, it was briefly used as the state capitol. City Hall was located at Market Square, though twice destroyed by fire. (Today's City Hall fronting Smith Street has remained intact since it was built in the 1930s.) Today, Market Square remains a happenin' place....
  • Lankford Market Burger
    October 6, 2015
    As a matter of course, one rarely flips burgers on the grill on a week night, but we are tonight. And not because the Astros are in a wild-card playoff game. Tonight is America's 31st annual National Night Out commemoration and it's a big deal on our street in the Spring Branch area of town. Given post-work constraints, there's not time enough to prepare elaborate fare and fancy décor. We keep it simple. We grill hamburgers and hot dogs and everyone brings a side dish or...
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