By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
The last hurrah of summer has faded, slowly melding with the relentless sound of waves washing ashore on South Padre Island. The last ebbs of Labor Day traffic has gone across the Causeway and Laguna Madre locals are sharing photos on social media of beaches with plenty of space to breathe.
We’ve officially entered the off season, but that doesn’t mean everything has come to a standstill. Now’s the time when locals take advantage of the still-temperate weather to kick off their heels and take a well-deserved break after a summer of hard work.
Earlier this week, Survivor Fest saw locals enjoying food and drink specials on the bay while this weekend all are welcome to attend the Second Annual Island Folk Festival at Clayton’s Beach Bar. The four-day long fest has something for everyone, with free music every afternoon and evening on two stages, plus a craft village and an art show. Fest activities begin bright and early with yoga at 9 a.m. Folks will also have a chance to learn a variety of crafts at various workshops throughout the day, including sandcastle building with the Island’s own ‘Sandy Feet,’ Lucinda Wierenga. Mom and dad can let the kids have fun painting rocks, learning how to build kites and hanging out in the Kid’s Corner. A $30 wristband will get fest-goers access to all the workshops all four days, but volunteers can trade helping out for hanging out.
If the surf is favorable, the Texas Gulf Surfing Association plans on holding a surf competition. Performance artists, the Vibe Tribe will be mingling among the crowd, as well. It’s sure to be a fun, family-friendly block party atmosphere, and that’s exactly what event organizers are hoping for.
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the responsibilities of everyday life: going to work, running errands, paying bills. The Island Folk Festival is the perfect reminder to pause a moment and come up for air. Soon enough, Winter Texan season will be upon us, which brings with is a whole host of ecotourism.
So, while the weather is still good and the surf is still warm, give yourself permission to enjoy it. Take in a show, cast a line in the water, grab a table at a local restaurant and enjoy a fine meal. We work hard, we deserve it. Feel free to tell us how you choose to wind down at www.portisabelsouthpadre.com.
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