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 firstname.lastname@example.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