Texas with a Little Something Extra
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There's always something big happening in Beaumont, Texas! With our well-known fairs and festivals, each change of season offers another must-see event. And when it comes to food & shopping, we get serious. We don't like to brag or anything, but our food is worth planning an event around - which is why we have food festivals for all of our favorite dishes in southeast Texas. Beaumont also has an eclectic mix of museums that celebrate everything from art to energy. Our quirky-ness is portrayed throughout these museums that offer a variety of arts & culture exhibits and events. Parents, the kids will love Free Family Arts Day offered quarterly by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Plenty of other events just for kids can be found happening year 'round as well.

In Beaumont, we tend to do things a little bigger than other places in Texas. That's especially true of the performing arts you'll find here. Spread throughout the city are world-class concert halls, theaters and arenas that bring the best in performing arts to Beaumont. These same great facilities, along with nightlife hotspots, also support a host of live entertainment acts that can be enjoyed regularly.

Fan-friendly Beaumont has a true love for the game. From watching the Lamar University Cardinals football team bring home a win, to experiencing the hard-hitting action of the Spindletop Roller Girls roller derby team, there are plenty of sporting events to be found in Beaumont. Beaumont may owe its prosperity to oil, but it's not the only natural resources we're blessed to have. With dense forests, sandy beaches and shallow wetlands, southeast Texas is overflowing with outdoor activities. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Beaumont, and experience Texas with a little something extra! 

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100 Years of Literature: Reading Makes You Think

July 23, 2014 – August 31, 2014

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Youth (10-17), & Students, $5.

W.H. Stark House, Carriage House
610 Main Street
Orange, TX 77630
409-883-0871
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Visit the Carriage House of The W.H. Stark House and reach into this exhibit to read an unfamiliar book or rediscover an old favorite! Leave a note at the exhibit with a list of the books you would have selected.

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Art Quest Summer Camp

July 23, 2014 – July 31, 2014

9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Members, $45. Non-Members, $60. Applications due by 6/6.

Stark Museum of Art
712 Green Ave
Orange, TX 77630
409-886-2787
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Create and learn with us this summer at Art Quest children's classes. Participate, get messy, make art & meet new friends.

June 17-19: Patterns & Prints (Students entering grades K, 1 & 2)
Get ready to get messy as we explore the art of repeating images! Students will learn about the art of
printmaking & create prints using six different methods. Students will enjoy daily visits to the
Museum for an interactive gallery experience & will have the opportunity to discover how artists have
used similar methods to create the artwork on view. Over the three-day camp, students will create
their own monoprints, relief prints, collograph prints, screen prints, stamps & crayon etchings.

June 24-26: Twins, Turn Arounds & Textiles (Students entering grades 3, 4 & 5)
Discover the wonders of weaving! During this three-day camp, students will explore how artists
created the fiber & textile art on view at the Museum. Students will build their own clay looms &
create a weaving to be permanently displayed on it, design a painted tapestry & create a felted
landscape painting.

July 15-17: Cast, Coil & Carve (Students entering grades 3, 4 & 5)
Get ready to jump off the page and onto the pedestal during this three-day camp! Students will
explore how sculpture is made as we look at bronze, marble, wood, and ceramic art in the Museum
and try our hand at these methods. Discover the art of mold-making and plaster casting as we make
life-casts of our hands, build clay sculptures, and carve relief tiles.  

July 29-31: Thirst for 3-D (Students entering grades K, 1 & 2) 
Break into the third dimension and discover how artists think in 3-D! During this three-day camp,
students will visit the Museum to see examples of sculpture created with metal and clay & then
create their own multimedia sculptures. Students will explore additive & subtractive methods of
sculpture by hand-building clay vessels, assembling recyclable metal sculptures & designing molds
for plaster casting.

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ARTSkool Summer Camp

July 23, 2014 – July 25, 2014

Morning, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. Afternoon, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Cost per session, $100.

The Art Studio, Inc.
720 Franklin
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-838-5393
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The Art Studio, Inc. is offering summer art lessons for kids ages 10 and up. Morning classes feature drawing and printmaking and afternoon classes feature ceramics and photography. No two classes are the same and students attending both weeks will have a different experience each time. 

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Artwork by Annie Orchard in Café Arts

July 23, 2014 – August 10, 2014

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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Café Arts regularly features artwork by local artists.

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Beili Liu: Chine

July 23, 2014 – August 31, 2014

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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Beili Liu: Chine will include a site-specific installation with materials suspended from the gallery ceiling. Suspended in the center of the gallery space, hundreds of thin, dark iron stakes will form a massive column of sweeping strokes. Liu's work strikes a balance between old-school emotion and progressive innovation. Her ingenious use of materials and process are a blend of Eastern and Western sensibilities.

An Associate Professor in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, Liu seeks the impossible balance between the light and the dark, the harsh and the gentle, and entanglement and fluidity through her installation. The viewer experiences the installation through alternating moments of silence and sound, and is taken at once by the overwhelming tension, while at the same time drawn towards the subtle lyrical movements and sounds.

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BME State Congress of Christian Education Annual Congress

July 23, 2014 – July 25, 2014


Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza
3950 Walden Rd
Beaumont, TX 77705
409-832-2258
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Brentwood Entertainment Complex Soccer, Golf & Tennis Summer Camp

July 23, 2014 – July 25, 2014

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Weekly Rate, $150. Additional Child, $75.

Brentwood Entertainment Complex
4201 S. Major Drive
Beaumont, TX 77707
409-840-9440
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Come have fun and enjoy a summer camp experience for ages 7-15 at the newly remodeled Brentwood Entertainment Complex. Activities include Golf, Tennis and Soccer with everyone getting lunch provided and afternoons at the pool. Sign up now because though the fun is unlimited the space is not.

Camp Schedule:
June 9-13, Soccer
June 16-20, Golf
June 23-27, Tennis
July 7-11, Soccer
July 14-18, Golf
July 21-25, Tennis 

 

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Camp Lookinback Summer Camp

July 23, 2014 – July 25, 2014

9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Members, $65. Non-Members, $75.

John Jay French Museum
3025 French Road
Beaumont, TX 77706
409-898-0348
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Camp Lookinback is a fun and educational four day summer camp held on the grounds of the historic John Jay French Museum. Children, ages 6-11, experience another time in Texas history while in a safe and enriching environment. Hands-on activities will be conducted each day. Camp Lookinback is fun for both boys & girls! Courses are listed below.

Camp Lookinback will be held in two identical sessions:
Session 1: July 15-18
Session 2: July 22-25

In the Kitchen with Sally:
Long before drive-thru restaurants and grocery stories, people had no choice but to do for themselves. Experience a morning in the life of Sally French. Make biscuits, butter, and soap from scratch - and learn all about bees and their honey!

A Civil War Adventure:
Can you believe some ladies worked as spies to help get important information to the troops? Find out how they did it. Make a silhouette portrait like they did before there were cameras, and take part in firing a real Civil War cannon!

Work and Play:
On the frontier, the French family, like many others, relied on the bounty of the land to survive. Learn how to find animals by identifying their tracks and skat. See why the French family was the first to grow rice in our area and then relax with some old fashioned 1800s games!

French House on the Frontier:
Today we get to tour the John Jay French Museum. Find the pie safe in the kitchen and make your own punched metal panel, then visit with the horses to learn about their importance to life on the frontier. Go, horse power! 

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Conversational Bike Ride

July 23, 2014

Every Wednesday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10
Beaumont, TX 77703
409-860-5959

An easy conversational speed bicycle ride around Beaumont. No one is left behind and speed is adjusted to slowest rider.

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CrossFit Bridge City Sport Performance Summer Camp

July 23, 2014 – August 08, 2014

Ages 6-12, 10:00 am - 10:45 am. Ages 12+, 11:00 am - 11:45 am.
Two week session, $85.

CrossFit Bridge City
405 Parkside Drive
Bridge City, TX 77611
409-313-4679
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Get your athlete ready for fall sports this summer with our Sports Performance Camps, led by certified CrossFit Coaches. Our program safely teaches your athlete to be fast, explosive and powerful, giving them a competitive advantage in their sport.

Classes are Monday, Wednesday, Friday on the following dates:
June 16-27
July 7-18
July 28 - August 8

Times are as follows:
Ages 6-12, 10:00 am - 10:45 am.
Ages 12+, 11:00 am - 11:45 am. 

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EcoRangers Summer Camp

July 23, 2014 – August 01, 2014

8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Varies by class, $65 - $125. Applications due 6/13.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
2111 W. Park Ave
Orange, TX 77630
409-670-0803
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Each summer, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center sponsors summer camps, called EcoRangers, for students entering grades 3 through 9. Some of these camps are science camps taught solely at Shangri La, and some camps are planned in partnership with the Stark Museum of Art. Camps planned with Stark Museum of Art introduce students to a variety of concepts about science and art.

All camps have a low student-to-teacher ratio, which enhances hands-on learning in all environments. Depending on the camp, students may explore a variety of ecosystems, study different critters, complete art projects, and engage in many hands-on activities and active games.

July 1-4: Colors to Dye For (Students entering grades 5 & 6)
Discover the wonders of color and plants. During this camp, students will learn to identify local plants that can be used to make colored dyes. They will collect plants, make dye baths, spin their own wool, and dye the wool in the natural dyes. Students will build looms that they can take home with them, and use these looms to create a weaving project using the hand-spun, dyed wool. Their time will be split between Shangri La Botanical Gardens and the Stark Museum of Art. There will be many outdoor learning experiences (including trips along the bayou and trail hikes) and indoor experiences as campers learn about textiles and create their weaving using inspiration from our Navajo weaving collection.

July 8-11: Wild Patterns & Designs (Students entering grades 3 & 4)
Become a detective as we search for patterns and designs in the wild. Plants and animals use color, texture, patterns and designs in many different ways. We will play exciting games, make and keep a nature journal, and become an artist as we re-create some of these patterns using various art media, like sketching, painting, and textured materials. Campers will enjoy at least one outpost tour on Adams Bayou, take exclusive hikes on trails not open to the public, and the opportunity to stalk our native wildlife (like rabbits, squirrels, and birds).

July 15-18: Scales & Slime: Reptiles & Amphibians (Students entering grades 7, 8 & 9)
Join us for an adventurous discovery of reptiles and amphibians in their native habitats at Shangri La.
Students will create and keep nature journals to record our observations through the week. We will learn to identify at least 7 common reptiles and amphibians, and discover the fun of taxonomy and scientific names. Campers will examine internal and external morphology of the bullfrog through dissection. This camp will include outpost tours on Adams Bayou, exclusive hikes on trails not open to the public, and the chance to "meet" native reptiles and amphibians. An unforgettable experience! 

July 22-25: Living Landscapes (Students entering grades 3 & 4)
Explore the variety of ecosystems of Shangri La! Campers will visit four different ecosystems this week, where they will do experiments, take soil samples, and learn about the plants and animals that depend on the land. They will spend time at the Stark Museum of Art examining how artists portray a variety of landscapes in different media. Campers will be introduced to basic painting techniques and have a chance to create multiple landscape masterpieces throughout the week.

July 29 - August 1: Nature Superheroes (Students entering grades 5 & 6)
Is it a bird? Or a plane? No - it's a Nature Superhero! Join us for 4 days of heroic challenges, like creating the best windmill design to harness wind power. We will uncover the world of geothermal energy and discover how it is used at Shangri La. We will build solar ovens and compost bins that campers will take home. Campers will explore unique ideas for re-using our "garbage" as we repurpose common articles from around the house to make useful items. This camp will include trips along Adams Bayou, and hikes on trails not open to the public.

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Golden Triangle Strutters Weekly Run

July 23, 2014 – August 20, 2014

Every Wednesday
7:00 pm

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
3015 Dowlen Rd, #250
Beaumont, TX
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Join the Golden Triangle Strutters for their weekly runs, every Wednesday. Three and four mile options available. All paces welcome.

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Josh Britt

July 23, 2014

7:30 pm
No cover.

Luke's Icehouse
2325 Calder Ave
Beaumont, TX 77702
409-347-8139
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Karin Broker: Wired, Drawn, and Nailed

July 23, 2014 – August 31, 2014

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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The exhibition wired, drawn, and nailed is organized by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. This Houston-based artist's exhibition will be comprised of collages, monotypes that utilize etchings, wired objects and large boxes. AMSET will collaborate with the Dishman Art Museum who will be featuring printmaking and organizing workshops. Although this exhibition does not include direct printmaking per se, all of the artwork is either informed by printmaking or incorporates preprinted materials. Preprinted materials such as vintage printed metals are used in collages and assemblage box constructions.

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Lamar All-State Choir Summer Camp

July 23, 2014 – July 24, 2014

Residential, $295. Commuter, $150.

Lamar University
4400 ML King Jr Parkway
Beaumont, TX 77704
409-880-8144
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Lamar University's All-State Choir Camp (July 21-24) introduces students to the repertoire for the All-Region and All-State Choir auditions. The four days of intensive instruction feature sectional and full rehearsals, sight-reading classes, composers forum, conductors forum, auditioning tips, diction classes, optional private voice lessons, talent show, recreational activities and vocal health.

Students may choose either residential or day camp. Cost is $295 (for four days of instruction, meals and accommodation). Tuition for TMEA 2014 All-State Choir members is $165. Students may also choose a commuter option of $150. Camp t-shirts are included in the price of all tuitions.

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