Category: South Padre Parade

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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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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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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European technique meets local flavor at F&B

Photos and Words by Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Editor’s note: This feature is from the Parade’s November 2020 issue.  If any word should come to mind when discussing F&B, it should be “intent.” There’s intent behind every facet of F&B (for “Food and Beverage”), a joint venture between owners Walter Greenwood, executive chef, Brandi Hackett, general …

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Life on the Boardwalk: Big Padre’s Last Meals of the Year

By Javier Gonzalez Naturalist Educator SPI Birding and Nature Center Special to the Parade The fall season is here, the weather is getting cooler, and Big Padre, our captive 12.6 foot rescued nuisance gator, will likely be having his last brisket meals (no BBQ sauce) of the year this month as he goes into brumation …

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Perfect planting season is upon us

R. Lewis J&R Landscaping Special to the Parade October is one of my favorite gardening months of the year.   The “To-Do” list of gardening activities for October is a long list of fun things to do outside in the garden, and the weather is a little more comfortable as well. September rains have helped our …

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Beach Bar Beat: Padre Island Brewing Company

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Padre Island Brewing Company can lay claim to several instances of doing something before it was “cool,” or, in other words, a mainstream, normal facet of life.  The lone brewing company on South Padre Island, Padre Island Brewing Company has been making beer in its large in-house tanks since 1995, …

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Rio History: A Cure for the Dreaded “Writers Blah!”

By Steve Hathcock steve@southpadreislandtv.tv Clouds were feathering along high up where the blue was so intense it…Nah, that won’t work…I was doomed…I had picked up a bad case of the dreaded “Writers Blah!”  My article was due for the Parade Magazine and I was so out of ideas that I could not even think of …

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Leading the Way: Jared Hockema, City Manager of Port Isabel

Interview by Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The South Padre Parade virtually interviewed Jared Hockema, City Manager of Port Isabel, to learn about his administrative role in the coastal community several thousand call home. Want to see a local leader featured in the Parade? Email editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com with your suggestions.    What is the city manager’s role in …

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Rockin Restaurant Review: Causeway, now a Bar & Grill

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Causeway Cafe returned after several weeks of closure, with a name, menu and design change.  In the downtime, after Texas Governor Greg Abbott closed in-room dining at restaurants for several weeks, Causeway’s owners and staff remodeled the space nestled just to the right of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, enclosed their …

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