What Happens When the “Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy” Can’t Go to the Beach?

What Happens When the “Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy” Can’t Go to the Beach?

For the past 13 years, Mark Landrum has been known as the “Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy.” The sand artist teaches lessons on how to build sandcastles, but is also commissioned to create custom works for marriage proposals, businesses openings, family greeting cards, and more. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Landrum has had to face the ultimate challenge to his way of life: How do you work with sand when you have limited access to the beach?

How to Make the Best Brisket at Home According to Hutchins BBQ

How to Make the Best Brisket at Home According to Hutchins BBQ

Although the temperatures outside might be nearly equal to those of a post oak-filled pit, summer is still the preferred time of year to hone the barbecue craft—the COVID-19 pandemic has only served as encouragement to give it a shot. Hutchins BBQ, a DFW staple since the 1990s, has simple tips for the home pit master.

My Favorite Texas Trip: To Grandmother’s House We Go

My Favorite Texas Trip: To Grandmother’s House We Go

Seeing that orange “W” logo about a mile before the Colorado River not only meant that we were eating at Whataburger for lunch, but that my grandma was there to meet us and drive me on to South Texas. I looked forward to spending time with my grandma every summer, as our laughs usually started when we got in her truck for the second leg of my trip.

Five Historic Texas Theaters Share Their Strategies for Survival

Five Historic Texas Theaters Share Their Strategies for Survival

Since mid-March, theaters have been unable to book their usual slate of shows and special events resulting in lost ticket sales and lost revenue. Many theaters were expecting to reopen in June, and even put all of the necessary precautions in place to keep staff and guests safe. Then COVID-19 cases began to spike again in Texas, and reopening wasn’t feasible. Some theaters have postponed their reopenings until August, while others have canceled their seasons entirely.

How Two Small-Town Radio Stations Are Serving Their Rural Communities During COVID-19

How Two Small-Town Radio Stations Are Serving Their Rural Communities During COVID-19

Community radio was made for times like these. Not-for-profit and listener-supported public radio stations exist to provide critical information in times of emergency as well as to entertain. During the COVID-19 pandemic, two Texas stations are living up to that mission statement. 

Jonny Rhodes on Closing Indigo and His Plans for the Future

Jonny Rhodes on Closing Indigo and His Plans for the Future

In June 2020, Texas Highways profiled chef and restauranteur Jonny Rhodes of Indigo in Houston. Shortly after the story was published, Rhodes announced on Instagram he would close Indigo for good after one more year of service. For many fans and customers, the news came as shock.

Weatherford Shifts Annual Parker County Peach Festival to Parker County Peach Week

Weatherford Shifts Annual Parker County Peach Festival to Parker County Peach Week

This year’s festival was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but that doesn’t mean the city will stop celebrating its summer bounty. Instead of a one-day affair, Weatherford is hosting an entire week of smaller celebrations from July 11 to 18.

Austin’s Historic Commodore Perry Estate Set to Open as a Hotel

Austin’s Historic Commodore Perry Estate Set to Open as a Hotel

The property opens to the general public as luxury hotel Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection on June 29. Featuring a swimming pool, English gardens, and restaurant, the lodging returns the 10,800-square-foot mansion and its grounds to its former glory, with some new additions. The manse features five suites designed to reflect the original inhabitants, and a neighboring three-story building houses 42 rooms and seven suites.

Q&A: Writer-Director Channing Godfrey Peoples Talks Her Debut Film, “Miss Juneteenth”

Q&A: Writer-Director Channing Godfrey Peoples Talks Her Debut Film, “Miss Juneteenth”

We spoke with Peoples to learn more about the process of creating “Miss Juneteenth,” bringing a film crew to Southside Fort Worth, and how the holiday is viewed today.

A Texas-Themed Book Club Connects Readers Virtually

A Texas-Themed Book Club Connects Readers Virtually

The Big Texas Read, a virtual book club, aims to bring discourse back to reading while paying homage nationally acclaimed and burgeoning writers with Texas roots.

“Plogging” Might Be the Next Outdoorsy Trend in Texas

“Plogging” Might Be the Next Outdoorsy Trend in Texas

“Plogging” has been gaining popularity in the U.S. within the last few years. The term comes from the Swedish word plocka upp, meaning “pick up,” and “jogging.” Plogging isn’t limited to jogging—people can plog while walking, hiking, cycling, and kayaking. Cities such as Galveston, Dallas, Austin, and Houston have already seen organized plogging events over the last couple of years.

Drive-In Movie Theaters Across Texas See an Increase in Business Due to COVID-19

Drive-In Movie Theaters Across Texas See an Increase in Business Due to COVID-19

Drive-in theaters have been part of the American landscape for nearly a century. The first one opened in New Jersey in 1933, and by the 1950s, Texas had nearly 400, with outdoor screens blossoming across the landscape like massive sails on an armada of landlocked schooners. Today, with a health crisis worthy of a sci-fi thriller threatening to crush summer fun in its path, drive-in screenings are the season’s hottest ticket for those hoping to practice social distancing while still getting out of the house.


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