Author: Andrea Slaydon

Andrea Slaydon is an Emmy award winning journalist who is proud to call Beaumont her hometown! A graduate from Lamar University, Andrea got her start in TV news at KBMT in Beaumont and went on to produce national news programs in cities across the country. She now contributes for magazines, businesses and other media outlets. In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, running, hitting up thrift shops and pretending to know how to cook!

One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is to drive around town looking at holiday lights and decorations. We put on our PJ’s, pile in the car, crank up the Christmas music and head out! But where are the *best* places to see lights in the Beaumont area and beyond?  Here is a great list to get you started! Beaumont St Elizabeth Hospital 2830 Calder Ave Beaumont, Tx 77702 Cost: Free A Christmas lights tradition for years, St Elizabeth hospital always does a beautiful holiday lights display. You can see an ornate nativity scene and lights decorating dozens of trees

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You better not pout or cry because December is the time of the year to get out and enjoy the holidays with your family! We have a complete list of 20+ holiday events and activities going on in Beaumont just this month. Share with your friends, mark your calendars and let us know about the fun you have!  Entertainment Scrooge the Musical December 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., December 16 at 2:00 p.m. Beaumont Community Players 4155 Laurel Street Beaumont, TX 77707 Cost: Varies The BCP tradition continues with the return of our beloved

As you create your holiday shopping lists, consider keeping it local. From homemade hand soaps to custom-made jewelry or even a Spindletop mug, you’ll find the perfect gift right here in Beaumont when you choose to shop small. Shopping at local stores is also the best way to get one-of-a-kind items and keep your money in southeast Texas.  Fun fact: for every $100 you spend in a local small business, $68 stays in your community. (At a chain store, only $43 remains.)  Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Black Friday) is coming up on November 24 and is a day set aside

It’s not very often that you get the chance to go back in time and enjoy something unique from long ago. At Classic Movie Nights at the Jefferson Theatre you can! The complete movie experience is a blast from the past for people in our area and it’s so popular there are now more chances for you to go. The historic theatre is back in business and booming with activity! “People enjoy the experience of seeing the movie in a theatre that was built in 1927 because it’s not like any other place you will see a movie,” said Emily Wheeler. “The Jefferson truly is a

Living or visiting in Southeast Texas, you know that the weather can change in a flash. Don’t let a rainy day put a damper on your plans! There are plenty of things you can do indoors to enjoy everything the great city of Beaumont has to offer. (This is also a great resource for things to do to escape the hot dog days of summer.) Bowling, Skating or Arcade Play What kid doesn’t like bowling or skating? Head indoors to Crossroads Bowling Center and Bowl Star for a day of bowling. For classic skating, Manning’s Texas on Wheels is fun for all and you will also find arcades and a

Red, White & Blue - and fireworks and music too! Celebrate America the good ole fashioned way with a parade, music, food and fireworks. Preparations are underway for The City of Beaumont’s Fourth of July Celebration and the annual community parade July Fourth morning. These family friendly events are free and fun! Calder Place 1929 Fourth of July Parade BISD Administration Building 3395 Harrison Ave Beaumont, Tx 77706 9 a.m. Free You can show your patriotic pride and get the whole family involved. The annual Calder Place 1929 Fourth of July Parade begins in the parking

You know you were a kid in the 80’s in Beaumont… if… I was a kid in the late 80’s and early 90’s living in Southeast Texas. I wanted to be a Goonie and my wardrobe consisted of Hypercolor shirts and slap bracelets. From the Rogers Park pool to Friday nights skating, Beaumont is where I made most of my childhood memories. It’s why I love Beaumont so much and if you were around then - you probably do too. 1. The Pool at Rogers Park: When I was a kid, Rogers Park had a huge cement pool where all the kids would gather to play. From what I remember, it was

Pho? In Beaumont! Yep! First off, It’s OK if you don’t know what Pho is. After doing much research I’ve discovered “pho” is often called liquid heaven. It can cure a broken heart and apparently is the best hangover remedy ever. Pho = happiness. And, now you can get your pho fix in Beaumont. Sweet Basil Vietnamese Noodle House is now open at 4026 Dowlen Road. Owners Calvin & Be Pham grew up in Southeast Texas. They graduated high school and college from Beaumont and have always wanted to serve the community in some way.  “We’ve always dreamed

I come from a family of nature and art lovers. My mom loves horses and taking pictures of wildlife. My dad could spend all day snorkeling in the beautiful waters off the coast of Florida. My grandma has been known to hand draw personalized cards for my kids. So, when my Aunt Sharon talked about her frequent visits out to Cattail Marsh , I wasn’t surprised that she had fallen in love with the beautiful landscape tucked away in Tyrrell Park . But, she’s not just visiting. Sharon Rigsby has turned her love of nature into works of art and she’s hoping to share her passion with

Treat your kids to something free and tasty this summer! Going out to lunch or dinner with the family is always a special treat, but it can really add up. We’ve collected all of the places around town that offer “kids eat free” specials during the week. Bonus: we couldn’t pass up a few places that have kids meals for less than a dollar. Check out these free meal locations and let us know if there are more to add to the list! Kids Eat Free Fuddruckers 4545 Dowlen Rd Beaumont, TX 77708 Grab a kids meal for free Mondays from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Fuddruckers has a fun