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Aransas County and the Cities of Rockport and Fulton are rich in natural resources.

Our wealth of historic sites, birding opportunities, water-based recreational opportunities and the dedication of the community to their preservation are self evident in the many organizations that have been established to preserve and enjoy them.

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News about Aransas Pathways

As the work progresses on the Aransas Pathways Project we are frequently in the news. Watch for highlights here. We are making an investment in the future of Aransas County, Rockport and Fulton.


The Aransas County Newseum: 145th Anniversary of the Rockport Pilot Exhibit Opening

The Aransas County Newseum: 145th Anniversary of the Rockport Pilot exhibit will feature a timeline beginning during the early days of Charles Bailey publishing the local newspaper, the Transcript, to the publishing era of Roy Rogero and Roy Wood, through today with Mike Probst serving as editor and publisher of The Rockport Pilot. The exhibit will include a timeline of history relating to the news of Aransas County from 1869 to 2014. Items related to publishing as well as the editor’s lives will be displayed. It will also feature exhibits showing ways gathering the news, publishing and dispensing the news has changed and yet stayed the same. Other exhibits, “Power of the Press” and “Keeping Rockport, the Charm of the Coast” feature headlines and editorials, which impacts decision-making in Aransas County.

Book Signing - 30 Years Through the News/Lens, By Mike Probst

A 300-plus page book with more than 160 pictures highlights the news in Aransas County (Rockport and Fulton) from the pages of The Rockport Pilot newspaper between 1984-2013. Mike Probst has been the editor and publisher of The Rockport Pilot newspaper since 1984. He has been involved in every aspect of community newspaper publishing during his 33-year career, all associated with the Hartman family of newspapers. He has taken thousands of pictures, written more than 1,500 weekly columns, won many awards and has covered thousands of events. With this book, he captures the highlights of 30 years at the helm. "30 Years Through the News/Lens" will help you understand why the city he calls home is embedded in his soul. It is through the news/lens you will relive memories and reflect on days gone by. The books will be available for sale for $30. All proceeds from the book benefit the History Center for Aransas County.

Visit www.aransashistorycenter.org for more information.

The Friends of the History Center would like to thank The Margaret Sue Rust Foundation for their support of the exhibit "The Aransas County Newseum: 145th Anniversary of the Rockport Pilot" and for their support for the book "30 Years Through the Lens/News" by Mike Probst.

The History Center for Aransas County is part of Aransas Pathways, a venue tax project focusing on recreational activities for visitors and residents of Aransas County.


2014 Christmas Tour of Historic Homes

Tour proceeds will benefit the History Center for Aransas County (pictured below) at 801 E. Cedar St. The History Center showcases regional history for visitors of all ages.

Christmas Tour of Homes 2013Save the Dates!

December 6 and December 7, 2014
Sat. 1–5 p.m., Sun. 1–5 p.m.

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The holly and mistletoe will festoon the venues for the 2014 Rockport-Fulton Tour of Historic Homes - Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, 1:00 - 5:00 PM each day. Seven venues will be decorated for the holidays. Each year different homes are featured on the tour to provide new experiences for the guests.

Docents in vintage dress appropriate to the house will greet visitors and provide a commentary. Historical facts about the homes and their owners will connect Aransas Pathwaysthe visitors to the real history of these local treasures. Unique to the Tour will be” Salty Pines”, a weekend retreat nestled in the oaks and pines along Little Bay. In Fulton, the Old Fulton Dance Hall will invite folks to imagine the lively events that went on inside. One of the first homes on Key Allegro will call attention to the fifty year anniversary of that development. The History Center will feature the "Newseum of Aransas County: 145th Anniversary of the Rockport Pilot" with displays of artifacts and photgraphs from publishing and printing.

Venues on the Tour include Salty Pines (Ray & Raymond Chilton), 1511 Broadway in Rockport; Sparks-Kubelka home (Gene & Kay Kubelka), 1027 N. Live Oak; Dalton and Kay Wallace home, 21 Nassau; History Center for Aransas County, 801 E. Cedar St.; Harbor Lights Cottages, 108 Laurel (Dyllas and Rangel & Canann); Old Dance Hall (Tica Gibson & Marion Winsett), 407 Broadway in Fulton; and Fulton Schoolhouse (DRT), 205 7th St.

If you would like to volunteer to be a docent, contact Francine Coxwell at FCoxwell@navyarmyccu.com. Vintage costumes are available for loan during the Tour.

If you would like to be an underwriter at $1000, $500 or $250 or more, please contact Jackie Shaw at Jackie@interconnect.net.

Download flyer here. Download press release here.


Aransas PathwaysThe First Way Finding Sign Installed

August 19, 2014, the first of several Way Finding Signs was installed at the corner of Live Oak and E. Cedar in time for the Premiere Opening of the Connie Hagar “First Lady of Texas Birding” Exhibit. The Exhibit is presented by the Friends of the History Center for Aransas County made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The History Center will also be hosting some of our hummer guests.

The History Center located at 801 E. Cedar is a venue of Aransas Pathways. Pathways provided the funding for the Way Finding Signs.

FMI: www.aransashistorycenter.org 361.229.3607

 

 


Connie Hagar Exhibit Opening August 28 at the History Center

Connie Hagar"Connie Hagar - First Lady of Texas Birders" will be the featured exhibit at the History Center for Aransas County, 801 E. Cedar St., Rockport, in September and October, 2014. The opening will be August 28, members' preview 5:30; opening 6:30.

The display will showcase Connie's early life and adolescence in East Texas as well as her fascination with nature and then will relate the significance of her many years in Rockport. The Hagars’ move to Rockport was mutually beneficial to the community as well as Jack and Connie. The observations and records that Connie kept documenting the birds in the area drew ornithologists and avocational birders to this coastal fly-way. Her work, in the male dominated birding world, also paved the way for women to be taken seriously in science. The story will be related in interviews, posters, timelines and stand-ups of Connie and her associates as well as numerous artifacts. Hannah Hawes, intern at the History Center, curated the exhibit.

The items on display will include several field guide cards Connie used to record bird sightings, a star map that dates to her childhood, numerous poetry books with personalized inscriptions, and various awards Hagar collected throughout her lifetime. Through this exhibit we hope to highlight not only Connie’s contribution to Rockport birding, but also the extraordinary person she was – a tiny woman with a big heart.

This exhibit is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The History Center is a venue of Aransas Pathways. The History Center for Aransas County at 801 E. Cedar St. is open on Fridays and Saturdays 10AM - 2 PM. Extended hours 10 AM - 4 PM will be offered September 19 and 20 during the Hummer Bird Celebration. See www.aransashistorycenter.org for more information or call 361.229.3607 to arrange a special tour of 15 or more.


Pathway's Kayak Launch Site Opening

The first Pathway's Kayak Launch Site Opening was on Tuesday April 29, 2014.

Directions:
End of Airport Rd-crossing over FM 1781 ending at Copano Bay.

The Airport Road Kayak Launch site was the first to be opened by Aransas Pathways. Other kayak sites are being developed with easy access to the water. The sites are spread across the county and each site has multi-purposes and levels of difficulty. Paddlers can enjoy the scenery of our gulf prairies and marshes or kayak the open bays. Birding and fishing are very popular kayak activities in our area.


History Center Preparing for Grand Opening

Freshly painted and landscaped, the Grand Opening was May 17th.

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The History Center for Aransas County was getting ready for its Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting on May 17, 2014 from 10 AM to Noon. The painting inside and outside is ready for guests to enjoy the historical displays and entertainment. Docents will be on hand in period clothing to provide information about the house and provide refreshments. The Education Committee is working to decide what items will be included in the “Now” and “Then” display in the Parlor. There will be matching children activities to be enjoyed by the younger guests. They will also share information about each of the men who owned the house.
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Before the flowers can be planted, the group has to work the soil and remove the rocks. The work is following a design done by the Master Gardeners to use many native plants that will enhance the cottage feel of the house. New pathways surround the house to view the outside displays when the History Center is not open. The History Center will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. It will also be available for meetings and rent for special events.

Groundbreakings and Openings

Aransas PathwaysPathways Center Groundbreaking was Tuesday April 1.
Located at 2491 Hwy 35 N (Walmart entrance next to Tule Creek). Pathways Center, upon completion, will be the "go-to" place for information for all of the Aransas Pathways projects. These projects consist of: Birding, History, Kayaking, and Hike and Bike Trails. Plans for Pathways Center include: pavilion with informational kiosks, an open center for meeting space, benches and a deck for relaxing and observation of Tule Creek and the adjoining nature site. The project also includes a bridge which will connect the North and South sides of Tule Creek and Shellcrete Birding and Nature site.

Kayak Launch site Opening was Tuesday April 29.
Located at the end of Airport Road - crossing over FM 1781 ending at Copano Bay. Airport Rd. Kayak Launch site was the first to be opened by Aransas Pathways. Five Kayak sites are being developed with easy access to the water. The sites are spread across the county and each site has multi-purposes and levels of difficulty. Paddlers can enjoy the scenery of our gulf prairies and marshes or Kayak the open Bays. Birding and Fishing are very popular Kayak activities in our area.

Linda S. Castro Birding and Nature Sanctuary Grand Opening was Saturday, May 3.
Located at 4041 Highway Business 35 North Fulton, Texas, this 4 ½ acre site is still under construction. Numerous bird drips are being installed. A new pavilion for viewing has been erected with a large slab for viewing. The viewing site drops off to a natural low spot that becomes a large pond during rainy times. Native plants have been placed around the slab and on each side of the site entrance. There is a good example of a remnant prairie that has a meandering path. Birds that can be seen: Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, sparrows, Pine Warblers and Eastern Phoebe.

The History Center had its Grand Opening on Saturday May, 17.
Located at 801 East Cedar Street the Bruhl-Paul-Johnson house was moved in August 2012. The center is a Queen Anne-Victorian cottage that will provide space for displays, workshops, meetings and gatherings. It houses the offices of Friends of the History Center and is the History Center for the County. FMI – on the History Center -361-790-7788.


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Printed Map of Sites now available

A printed, 'take it with you' map of the Aransas Pathways project sites is available for your use now. the Birding and Kayak sites are over-laid on a map of the full Live Oak and Blackjack peninsulas with a legend. The inside of this folded 8½" by 11" map are aerial shots of the area with the Bike trails marked with their Ease of Use level.  Expanded views of Downtown Rockport and Downtown Fulton with a legend of Historical sites is also included. Plan your custom tours with this valuable map.

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