Breakfast with Santa 2008

December 15, 2008

Saturday morning on South Padre Island there was a chance for kids to have breakfast with Santa at Schlitterbahn.


The fine folks at Schlitterbahn piped in wonderful Christmas carols and created a beautiful Christmas scene so everybody was in a festive mood.


Of course the big moment was Santa’s arrival.


Island Princess Face Painting had lines of excited kids as usual. 


 We called this the “Wassup Santa.”


 cause good Santas are badass.


 This cutie seems to be thinking, “You mean all I gotta do is write this down and the dude behind me delivers?”


 There was Christmas storytelling


 and some of the most adorable kids you could ever see.


 downright cooolllllllll……….



Their artworks were prominently displayed and will be at city hall as well.

Like, duh, why wouldn’t it be? They’re masterpieces right?


Mrs. Santa was so pretty. So is Island Princess, Jr. there on the left.


This Santa couple was the epitome of Christmas class and made it a complete success again.


South Padre Island is a great place for families with children. You can find out more about South Padre Island here.

Willie Nelson in Concert

November 2, 2008

Today featured the highlight of the South Padre International Music Festival.



The sky was so blue and clear.








Can you believe this is NOVEMBER?

You can when you realize this is SOUTH PADRE ISLAND we are talking about… paradise in South Texas.

This is just one of the HUGE speakers they used.


Mayor Pinkerton greeted the crowd before the concert.

People of all ages had gathered for the culmination of the music festival.

There were lots of cold refreshments.


Notice the guy in the bottom left corner of this picture below.


What do he and this woman have in common?


When I heard screams, I knew who was coming. He was flanked by security guards.


It was none other than the king of country.

The crowd sang along during, “Beer for my Horses.”


“Whiskey River” was a crowd favorite.

as was, “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”


The sandcastle was not featured in red lights as it was for last night’s metal acts.


Quite a few people showed up to dance, sing, scream and clap along to Willie’s hits.

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”


“Good Hearted Woman”


“If You’ve Got the Money (I’ve Got the Time)”

He threw his bandana into the crowd near to a blonde girl who had been holding up her shoe the whole concert with a sign that said, “Sign my shoe?”

Blue Oyster Cult in Concert

November 2, 2008

South Padre Island is a veritable paradise with its balmy weather and spectacular sunsets.

Golden, spectacular sunsets are the norm here.









What is out of the norm is seeing really great big name rock-n-roll bands.

The Last Vegas played at Schlitterbahn and tore it up!

This was a high energy rock band.

They were from New York and had everyone screaming, jumping around and banging their heads.

The singer literally bounded around the stage with all his energy

and boy were the girls screaming for him!

I noticed that the huge red face with the dark, empty eyes looming over the crowd was only the sandcastle lit up in red.

The highlight of the night was seeing Blue Oyster Cult Saturday night.

Eric Bloom (above) was on vocals, rythm guitar and keyboards.

The famed Buck Dharma made his excellence on guitar look effortless.

He kept the crowd mesmerized with his guitar mastery.

 When they played, “Godzilla,” the crowd went wild.

“Don’t Fear the Reaper” had everyone singing along.

Buck Dharma was nothing less than awesome.

 Their presence was made possible because of the South Padre International Music Festival.