Five things to do Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is more than just an extra day off work. It's a time of reflection to honor our nation's heroes. There are several ways to celebrate with your family and friends, depending on your interests. The Victoria Advocate has compiled a list of activities for the physically fit, music enthusiasts and wine aficionados. Enjoy.



OPTION 1. Memorial Weekend Bash

Riverside Park will be packed with jamming Tejano sound. Houston-based group La Mafia, which has won multiple Grammy awards, will hit the stage at Riverside Park's Special Event Area. Other acts include La Calma, Dotado and Elida.

There are so many activities, organizers had to split the events into two days. In addition to the live entertainment, there will be a cook-off, car show and poker run.

Promoter Frank Salazar expects 15,000 attendees because of the diverse activities. "It's a family atmosphere," he said.



If you go

WHEN: Noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Riverside Park Special Events Area, Victoria

HOW MUCH: $10 at the gate, $5 pre-sale

FOR MORE INFO: Call 361-655-1348 or 361-237-0351



OPTION 2. Shiner Picnic Sunset Fun Run

On your mark, get set, go. Shiner will host its first fun run to coincide with the picnic. Competitors can enter 5K and 10K races. Children won't miss out on the fun because they have a contest as well. Participants can reward themselves the next day filling up on barbecue goodness while listening to live music at theCatholic Spring Picnic.



If you go

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday. On site registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Knights of Columbus Park, 102 S. Avenue G, Shiner

HOW MUCH: $30

FOR MORE INFO: Call 361-772-8831 or email dbeal@shinercatholicschool.org





OPTION 3. 2012 City Championship

Golf lovers can play on three different courses - Victoria Country Club, Colony Creek Country Club, and Riverside Golf Course. There will be divisions for men, women and junior players vying for the prize. The event is open to anyone who resides in Victoria County. Claud Jacobs said the weekend-long tournament is a unique opportunity for golfers to play on different courses with different competitors and having fun while doing so. "Golf has a way of bringing people together," he said.



If you go

ENTRY DEADLINE: 3 p.m. Thursday

WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday through Monday

WHERE: Victoria Country Club, Colony Creek C.C. and Riverside Golf Course

HOW MUCH: $100 per person for adults; $60 per person for juniors, (dinner is not included)

FOR MORE INFO: Call Victoria Country Club, 361-575-6161; Colony CreekCountry Club, 361-576-0020; or Riverside Golf Course, 361-573-4521





OPTION 4. Gary T. Moses Pool opens

Pack your towels, flip-flops and suntan lotion; it's time to take a dip. The Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool will open just for the holiday weekend. For more than 30 years, the Ben Wilson hangout has been filled with swimming enthusiasts. Danielle Williams, the park's department recreation specialist, said there's always a huge turnout for the special opening. The former students have become the parents passing on the tradition. "It's kind of like a family heirloom," Williams said.



If you go

WHEN: 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool, 211 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria

HOW MUCH: $1.50

FOR MORE INFO: Visit victoriatx.org



OPTION 5. Rockport Wine Festival

The Rockport Wine Festival will offer more than 100 varieties of wines, food demonstrations, vendor booths and live music on the grounds of the Texas Maritime Museum. There are also VIP packages.

The wines will be supplied by Texas companies Republic National Distributing Company and Braman Winery. Beer drinkers be not dismayed, you have a selection to whet your palette. "You don't have to leave the grounds you can get it all here," said Kathy Roberts-Douglass, CEO of the museum.



If you go

When: 4-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Texas Maritime Museum ,1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport

HOW MUCH: VIP $50, one day, $90, two days; General Admission, $20, one day; Children ages 12-21, $11. Under 12 are free.

FOR MORE INFO: Visit texasfestivalofwines.com