Category Archive: South Padre Parade

Apr 21 2017

Writer’s Block: Happy Earth Day!

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This Saturday, April 22 marks a wonderful day to celebrate a wonderful thing: this incredible blue and green marble we call home — Earth. Saturday is Earth Day! According to my sleuthing via another wonderful thing — the internet — Earth Day got its start in 1970 after …

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Apr 21 2017

Rio History: Metal Detecting Tips

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS To me, Spring Break is the unofficial opening day of a new metal detecting season. Thousands of college kids partying on the beach, losing coins, jewelry and sunglasses. Ahh yes, just beneath the warm sands of South Padre Island, lies a veritable treasure trove awaiting discovery. For surf hunting, …

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Apr 14 2017

Writer’s Block: A Three Hour Tour … Almost

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Just like those times when I was a kid, right before piling into the car to begin a family road trip, I was advised to make one final trip to the restroom before the group set off. I laughed mentally as the advice momentarily took me back to …

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Apr 07 2017

Rio History: Why the First Sewing Machine in Texas was Delivered to Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS If it were not for a chance meeting of two brothers on the streets of New York City, separated for almost a quarter of a century, the name Singer might never have become synonymous with the sewing machine. In 1851, you could say that Isaac Singer’s future was “hanging …

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Apr 07 2017

Writer’s Block: Perennial Prickly Pear

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly. If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden!” That quote has stuck with me since the moment I first …

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Mar 31 2017

Rio History: A Long Time Ago on Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Much has been speculated about the original Americans who inhabited the lands lying between the mouth of the Rio Grande River and the Nueces River 130 miles to the north. Oftentimes, the Spaniards would accuse the local populations of horrible crimes against humanity. In this way, they could justify …

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Mar 31 2017

Writer’s Block: Pastel Sunset

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “Are you a birder?” asked a woman as I walked across the promenade behind the South Padre Island Convention Centre earlier this week. I stuttered for a second, first hesitantly saying “no” then “yes” before pitching my voice to better travel the distance between us. “Well, sort of,” …

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Mar 24 2017

Writer’s Block: So Long, Farewell!

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Though the beats are still bumping at the beach and bayside parties, Spring Break 2017 is quickly winding down, it seems. Once again, the seasons are changing — Monday ushered in the first official day of spring with sunny skies and a warm breeze. As our college coed …

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Mar 24 2017

Rio History: The Pearl That Was Not

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Finding a gem in your food that is worth thousands of dollars isn’t an every day  event. No, that kind of luck is like winning the lottery, not improbable, just highly unlikely. But it happens. George Brock was dining at Dave’s Resort in Lake Worth, Florida a couple of …

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Mar 17 2017

Do You Have a Flag?

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com You might have seen some flags waving in the breeze at the entrances to the beach here on South Padre Island. Lately they’ve all been a bright shade of crimson, but it’s not because we’re all fans of the color red. The flags mounted to the beach access …

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