Category: Features

Exploring chainmaille artistry at Alchemaille Exploratorium

Words and Photos by Gaige Davila The Port Isabel Lighthouse, though built in 1852, is not the oldest piece of history in Port Isabel’s Market Square. Down the hill of the lighthouse sits Alchemaille Exploratorium, the workspace and store of Michael DeVeny, Port Isabel’s only chainmaille artist.  “I saw a chainmaille shirt sitting over a …

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Rio History: January Moments in Time

Curated by Steve Hathcock Editor’s note: These articles appeared in the Port Isabel-South Padre Island PRESS on January 8, 1976.   Cable TV Comes to the Laguna Madre At a meeting of the South Padre Island town council, Tom Russell, a representative of the Laguna Madre Cable Company told the council about his companies’ proposal to …

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Daiquiris to-go comes to South Padre

Photos and Words By Gaige Davila South Padre Parade Louisiana has made its mark on South Padre Island, in the form of a familiar drink served in an unfamiliar way, served to-go.  Island Daiquiris 2 Go is now serving frozen cocktails just off South Padre Island’s entertainment district, with old favorites and new flavors for …

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Houston reflects on 11 years as mayor

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Late last year, Susie Houston sat on the Laguna Vista Town Council dais for the last time. In her post-mayoral life,  Houston told the PRESS at Laguna Vista’s Roloff Park last November, there’s a void, after serving as the Town of Laguna Vista’s mayor for 11 and a half years, from …

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Details of sails: Delgado’s creative remembering of life in PI

By Rene Torres Special the NEWS/PRESS Editor’s note: This Story is based on an interview conducted by Clint Schroeder of the Brownsville Herald in 1979. Excerpts were taken from the original article written by Schroeder. The history of a town is the story of its past generations who leave behind facts and fiction.  One of …

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The Alba White Truffle makes its South Texas debut

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  An Alba white truffle has unexpectedly made its South Texas debut, traveling more than 5,000 miles between Alba, Italy, and South Padre Island because of a now-familiar set of coronavirus circumstances.  The truffle, scientific name tuber magnatum pico, arrived at F&B (Food & Beverage), the restaurant of Executive Chef and Co-Owner …

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South Padre Island’s journey to National Seashore

By Rene Torres Special to the PRESS South Padre Island, which is 113 miles in length, is the jewel of South Texas.  It was originally granted to Nicolas Balli in 1759 by King Carlos III of Spain.  The land was passed on to his grandson, Padre Jose Nicolas Balli, of which the island is named …

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ABI continues creating amid pandemic

By Gaige Davila Editor’s note: This feature appeared in the November 2020 issue of the Parade magazine. All photos are courtesy of ABISPI.  A global, viral pandemic did nothing to stop South Padre Island’s art scene from flourishing, almost a year after South Padre Island’s Art Business Incubator (ABI-SPI, pronounced “abbey”) opened its doors. The …

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Sea Turtle Inc. looks towards future

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Sea Turtle Inc. has new leadership, but its mission remains the same, even as the facility expands perpetually, with further development planned at the 43-year-old nonprofit. Jeff George has retired from Sea Turtle Inc., after working there for 28 years. He told the PRESS he came to the decision while he …

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At Reyes Bakery, PI’s collective memory regains its space

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Reyes Bakery’s regulars know the familiar force of warm, sweet smelling air will greet them each time they pull open the bakery’s small wooden door. For some time, there was a quiet wonder if that unique, unreplicable salutation would ever return. Thankfully, it has, viral pandemic or not. On Sept. 24, …

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