Advocate Editorial Board opinion: There is more available here than you think

By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 11, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated April 10, 2013 at 11:11 p.m.

Every town struggles with a perceived lack of activity. No matter how many events or options are available, there are always those who say there is nothing to do.

Victoria is not free of that perception. Even in the recent mayoral debate, one of the candidates proclaimed it. This attitude is hard to perceive when entertainment in Victoria has grown so much over the past few years.

Over the past few weeks, Victorians have had multiple options for entertainment both during the weekend and on some weeknights. The Victoria TX Independent Film Festival - which offered a variety of low-cost and free screenings of unique, independent films for all ages as well as art activities and live music - took place last weekend. The weekend before, the city was full of various family-oriented events to celebrate Easter including Wal-Mart's annual Easter egg hunt and activities sponsored by several churches. The weekend of March 22-23, downtown was the scene of a murder mystery sponsored by the Victoria Main Street Program, while the Texas Zoo held its Uncorked fundraising festival.

In just the past few weekends, Victorians have had their pick of events to attend and enjoy. Even when there is a lull between major activities, there are countless clubs and activities that meet regularly in our hometown. Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria host many free lecture series to enlighten, entertain and inspire. Arts and crafts lovers can get involved with the Victoria Art League or take part in the Knit Happens group at Hobby Lobby at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

For families with young children, the Victoria Public Library has daily story times where children can take part in all sorts of learning and developmental activities. The Texas Zoo holds daily educational events for children, and single adults can find multiple venues with live music every weekend.

With all of these events, we are perplexed how residents still see Victoria as a place that has so little to offer. The real issue is how to decide which event to attend. Our town is booming with activity, and we look forward to every chance to explore and see something new. So get out there and explore Victoria. You might be surprised what you find.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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