EEHDA November Newsletter
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Happy Friendsgiving!

If you don't have big plans for this Thanksgiving--or you just can't get enough turkey--EEHDA will host a potluck feast in honor of Turkey Day at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. All East End residents, EEHDA members and guests welcome. The dinner will be held at Purity Dairy, 1202 Postoffice St., in Galveston. Donations will be accepted for a local charity.

For more information, contact Ralph and Lynn McMorris at 281.536.6788.

President's Column

Well, it seems like every time I go to write my article for the newsletter, we are just recovering from a heavy rain. According to City Manager Brian Maxwell, on Wednesday night, October 24th, we had a four-foot tide along with five inches of rain in about 90 minutes. 

Fortunately our little pump and gate system kept the water out of our lower floor, but I know others were not so fortunate. We have speakers booked  for our November and December EEHDA meetings, but I will ask Brian to come to one of our first meetings next year to talk to us about drainage. 
A big thanks to Jill Peveto and all the volunteers who made the Garden Tour possible; she even managed to get us a sunny day!  We hope that you were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful homes and gardens and also to browse through all the cool stuff being offered by the vendors at the Cottage. Congrats to the winners of the silent auction. I also want to thank the volunteers who made this possible ...thank you Robert Peveto, Lynn McMorris, Fran Kelly and her grandson Jason, Marsha Canright, Carol Gilman, Rebecca Walker, Laura Dawson, and Judi Glaubig for all of your efforts. And a special shout out to our docents. It definitely does take a village, or in our case, a neighborhood. 
I also want to thank Floyd Pollock and his wife Sandra for agreeing to host the National Night Out evening on Oct 2. My wife and I were out of town on vacation and not able to make it, but I understand that it was a really nice get together. Getting out and meeting and interacting with your neighbors is a key part of what makes the East End such a great place to live. I’m continually amazed at how many people stop by to ask me if I need any help with my pumps when the heavy rains come. Neighbors helping neighbors, that’s what it’s all about. 
We hope that you are able to come out to the next EEHDA social meeting on Thursday, Nov.1 at 6 p.m. to hear Rodger Rees, the CEO/Port Director for Galveston talk to us about all the exciting things that are going on at the Port. If you haven’t heard, the port is projecting a $5.4M profit in 2019, which is a 2000 percent increase over their profits in 2018. Now that is impressive! You won’t want to miss Rodger come talk to us about how they have done this. 

One issue that I do want to make you aware of is that the city council and the mayor have recently voted to significantly reduce the amount of funds from HOT, better known as the Hotel and Occupancy Tax, given to what is known as the “one year recipients”. 

This includes a total of eight local organizations including EEHDA, as well as the children's museum, the Galveston Art League, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council and the Cavala Historical Foundation. We have not really been given a formal explanation as to why the funding for those eight groups has been reduced by over 50 percent the last three years, but a recent article in the Galveston County Daily News would suggest that the mayor would like to use the funds for part of the renovations planned for city hall to construct a small art gallery and/or museum as part of those renovations. A key part of the requirements for receiving HOT funds is that the activities funded by those funds, in our case, the holiday homes tour, the garden tour, and the very popular East End walking brochure, promote tourism and put “heads in beds”. It’s not quite clear how a small display at city council would accomplish that. 
In any event, what that means is is that we can no longer reliably depend on the HOT funds as a source of funding for EEHDA. This means that your membership and your continued support of EEHDA activities, like the upcoming Rally for the East End on Nov. 3., becomes even more critical. Hope to see you there, and also at the board meeting on the Nov. 1.

Regards,

--JEFF PATTERSON

T: 281.433.4417

Booze, Bites & Bucks

Calling all East End locals...

Let's make some noise for the East End and it's a fun way to rev up the budget for the neighborhood association. The event will be held 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The suggested donation is $10 per person. Bring your drink of choice, a dish to share and bucks to donate. 

Preview of East End Holiday Homes Tour

Hope to see everyone on Nov. 30! For more information, see this month's 'Out & About'.

EEHDA Events

Make sure to mark these upcoming events on your calendar.

November 1
EEHDA Board Meeting

November 3
Rally for the East End: Booze, Bites & Bucks

November 10
EEHDA Community Thanksgiving Dinner
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November 30
East End Holiday Homes Tour

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City Hall Update

A monthly update from council member David Collins

There is an idea floating about these days – one being encouraged by some special agendas – that Hotel Occupancy Tax, known as HOT tax, funding has been taken away from EEHDA and other nonprofit groups to fund the rehabilitation of city hall. It isn’t true.

The money that organizations like EEHDA, GHF, the opera house, the symphony, the art center, etc.receive from HOT comes from a sliver of the total tax collected which goes into a special fund overseen by the Arts & Historic Preservation Committee. The fund totals about $1.2M a year, and it’s expected to grow at a rate of about 10% a year. Until recently the Committee gave two-thirds of it to GHF and the Opera House. Some organizations, like EEHDA, had to apply annually, and some of the larger ones only had to apply every three years. The previous Council decided to move everyone to a two-year cycle. They also wrote in some limits on how much GHF and the opera house could get annually, and established a reserve fund that would be used for public art.  

A couple of months later – shortly after the election, when I took office – Finance realized that the way the ordinance was written, one-year organizations wouldn’t be eligible to receive any funds this year at all. That was clearly not what council (or most of it anyway) had intended. So we voted to fund the one-year organizations one time to fill the gap. The decision was made to fund them at the same level as last year. Trouble was, that was less than the amount that EEHDA had become used to, and that wasn’t immediately obvious to council, and no one on the committee made a point of it. As I recall, no one from the committee was present at the council meeting where we voted to continue funding at the previous year’s level.

The discrepancy comes from retaining what are called forfeited funds, basically funds that had not been disbursed in earlier years, and adding them to the reserve fund.

When the difference came to light, I talked to my fellow council members about it, but there didn’t seem to be a majority in favor of going back again and changing the funding. In fact, the mayor has argued that as the funds are discretionary, nonprofits should not depend on receiving them. As more groups apply over time, the allocations may well shrink.

There are those inside the committee and out who think all the HOT funds should be governed by the Hotel and Lodging lobby, and that small organizations can’t prove they’re putting ‘heads in bed’, i.e. making money for the hotel industry, so they shouldn’t receive anything.

I have argued that small organizations and relatively small events, like Christmas Homes Tour and Garden Tour, are part of a ‘net’ of activities that will help snag visitors and keep them around an extra day or two. The beach and Moody Gardens aren’t all there is to Galveston, and to be a robust destination venue, we need a varied and interesting calendar of things to attract visitors.

That conversation continues.

Back to city hall. It is being remodeled with Sales Tax monies, not HOT Tax. There is a small silo of HOT money earmarked for preservation that will be used to establish a small visitors museum display on the first floor. A few years ago, that was the source of the funding used to restore the San Jacinto monument on Broadway.

So bottom line, EEHDA isn’t receiving as much as it did two years ago, but the shortfall is not being used to remodel city hall.

On another note: it seems all we talked about last month was water. The National Weather Service reported more than 29 inches. The city's rain monitor downtown recorded 32 inches. It was one of the wettest Septembers ever recorded, and the brief but intense storm on the evening of October 24-25 dumped another three to six inches of rain on us.

Along with it came the flooding, exacerbated by high tides. As the sea level rises, we're going to have to get creative about managing everyday storm water. There are things we can do.

New Orleans, another city living with water, is taking some innovative steps to manage runoff. They recently passed a new-development ordinance that requires developers to include drainage, storage, and surfaces that retain or detain up to 1.25 inches of rain for up to 10 hours. Essentially, permeable surfaces and retention areas prevent runoff from reaching the streets during a storm. By letting the water onto the street more slowly, it keeps the system from being overwhelmed.

We're looking into different ways to divert and hold water during heavy rains. We'll have more to report about that in the near future. 

You may have also heard about our barnacle problem. When our storm sewer system was built, it was high and dry. But no more. Now, there's seawater in it all the time, and barnacles have been found as far in as Market St. The 37th St. outfall was 70 percent occluded. Crews are busy now cleaning the drains, and the city is instituting an annual inspection and cleaning plan.

We can't stop the water completely, but if we can slow down the rate at which it gets into the storm sewers, we have a much better chance of keeping it out of homes and stores.

--DAVID COLLINS

T: 409.443.7134
E: DavidCollins@GalvestonTX.Gov

Gain Update

News from the Galveston Alliance of Island Neighborhoods

The public is invited to GAIN monthly board meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Randall Room of the Rosenberg Library.

Regular attendees available to answer questions are Officer Jovan Harris of the Galveston Police Department and Marshall Michael Gray from Code Enforcement Division. GAIN has been following the Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Feasibility Study and notes that the "Planning and Environmental Documents for Public Review: Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement" can be viewed at here or on CDs at the library.

Public comment is encouraged during a period of 75 days starting Oct. 26. GAIN will study the documents and solicit comments from neighbors in order to provide feedback to the city. There will be public meetings in Galveston, League City, Beaumont and other places along the coast. Questions and comments can be sent here.

Vision Galveston, also known as Galveston 2039, is a community focused project from the Roundtable of Foundations. It will be similar to the comprehensive plan prepared by the city every 10 years except this one is focused on community input. The survey, which will be used in the vision project, can be found here.
To view the city's comprehensive plan, click here.

--JONATHON TROMM

E: eislamia@comcast.net

News Briefs

County Historical Museum May Open in December

The county museum has been closed since Hurricane Ike flooded its old site inside the former City National Bank building on Market Street in 2008. While none of the museum’s artifacts were damaged, the building was no longer usable as a museum. In 2014, the county moved thousands of the museum's artifacts to the courthouse building, 722 21st St., and hired Jennifer Wycoff as the museum’s new director and curator.

Inside the museum, there’s a mix of completed displays and incomplete projects. An antique harp needs to be restrung, and a mural dedicated to the county’s most historical moments still needs to be touched up.

Wycoff hopes to have the museum opened in some form by December, though it was apparent there is still a lot of work to be done in the exhibition space. She does most of the planning and design of the museum with one part-time employee that helps with cataloging and historical research for the exhibits. Much of the exhibit construction is being done by trusties from the Galveston County Jail and they also receive help from from Texas A&M-Galveston students, she said. 

Live Oak Tree Remembers Mayor Coggeshall

A new Live Oak living on the west side of Rosenberg Library was planted this October in memory of former Galveston Mayor Jan Coggeshall, a longtime member of the East End Historical District Association.

Mayor Jim Yarbrough, city officials and volunteers with the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy held a tree dedication for Galveston’s first female mayor.

Yarbrough credited the North Broadway revitalization plan to Coggeshall and said her legacy will live on through Galveston as it grows and changes.

Many who knew Coggeshall said a tree was the perfect way to honor her. She was always dedicated to making Galveston great and beautiful.

Brick Fundraiser Update

Brick orders for Darragh Park are still being accepted. The deadline to order your engraved brick for the parks has been extended until Nov. 1.

Get your order in ASAP. Please send requests to Jill Peveto at pjpeveto@yahoo.com.    

New electric power grid for downtown events

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees has agreed to provide $20,000 to help fund a new electric power grid for special events downtown. By the time the Lone Star Rally rolls into town on Nov. 1, the area around the Strand between 21st and 24th Streets will be wired so that portable generators will not be required to provide power to vendors.

Those generators, which make a lot of noise in addition to the revving of motorcycles, require large amounts of diesel fuel and belch out smoke, a good reason to get rid of them in the opinion of Trey Click of the Downtown Partnership.

Award honors city's railroads

The City of Galveston has received a community heritage award from the BNSF Railway group to honor the city's historical association with railroads.

It comes with two $5,000 grants, one for the Galveston Railroad Museum downtown and another for nonprofit Better Parks for Galveston.

The award is partly in recognition of the museum’s efforts to restore damage to trains and museum material caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

In Bloom

Garden tour, auction helps EEHDA's budget grow

After all the rains of September and predictions of rain for the first weekend of October, the Fall Garden Tour had a beautiful sunshiny day.

"We sold right at 150 tickets, so sales were down, but the silent auction was a huge success and generated almost $3,000 on its own," said Jill Peveto, chairman of the event.  

Earnest McElroy provided the winning bid for the five night trip to St. Croix and already has his trip planned.

Thanks again to all the volunteers that helped make this fundraiser a success. Special thanks to the individuals who opened their yards to visitors and to the craft market vendors and local businesses that donated items for the silent auction.

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Mihovil Restores Antique, Faded and Damaged Photographs

Freelance photographer Robert John Mihovil now restores old or damaged photographs and is able to bring new life to precious pictures that are torn, faded, and might seem impossible to save. He has specialty skills that make it possible for him to restore old prints to new vitality for a reasonable fee.

A professional photographer for 37 years, Mihovil’s photographs have appeared in news and feature articles for Coast Monthly, Coastal Living, National Geographic, Newsweek, Offshore, People, Smithsonian, Texas Highways, Texas Journey and Time. The Austin American Statesman, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, New York Times and USA Today have also published his work.
Look for his ad in the EEHDA newsletter. You can email Robert at art@mihovil.com.

Jane & Bob Chapin Say Farewell

Remembering the early days of EEHDA

Jane and Bob Chapin, early members of the East End Historical District Association, left Galveston in October to live closer to their children in Houston after 45 years on the island. 

The couple came to Galveston in 1973, just a year after the East End had become the city’s first official historic district, and they were an active part of the association’s beginning.   

As many of us have, Bob and Jane fell in love with the Victorian homes. They bought and restored their house at 1721 Church where they lived for decades, raising their two children and being actively involved in the neighborhood.

“We joined EEHDA at the very beginning: To raise money, we did gingerbread sales at Dickens Evening on The Strand, counting the proceeds in Steve Huffman’s living room; all the nickels and dimes,” Jane said.

They were there when the Cottage was moved to its current location from 6th and Market, and it was Jane, with Mike Gilbert, who organized the first Christmas Homes Tour.

“I did all the research for the docents to use in their presentations and I helped to train them.  Our home at 1721 Church was on the first tour,” Jane said..

The Chapins hosted one of the first block parties at 17th Street between Winnie and Church.

“It was a great time to be in the East End,” Jane said.

They started a co-op with two other couples in the East End and helped to restore each other’s homes. Rich and Donna Perry and Art and Beverly Woodward worked with Bob and Jane three weekends each month doing sheetrock and painting; the fourth weekend they all worked on their own homes.

“Casino Night was a major event in those early years and Sara Hermes “basement” was the perfect “Joe sent me” site for some harmless gambling that attracted interest all over town,” Jane said.

“When we lost Sara the casino went dark for years until EEHDA president, Mike Gilbert, launched his term with a call to revive the event.  Bob took the job on and we had a Casino Night in Charlie and Rosemary Smith’s front yard. Later Ralph and Lynn McMorris offered us the Purity Dairy site and Bob chaired the event for years to come.

Joan Mader produced the first East End newsletters, which were delivered door-to-door by block captains. Later, Don Peak took over the newsletter and was editor for 15  to 20 years. Bob was editor after Don and served for six years. In those days they were distributed door to door by “block captains”.  Don Peak took on the newsletter, serving as editor for probably 15 to 20 years. Bob was editor after Don and served for six years. Jane also created the East End Cookbook to help raise operating funds.

“During those years Bob worked for Guaranty Federal and I worked for the Galveston Historical Foundation. Bob took sail training in 1982 and became part of the Elissa Committee. He was chairman of the committee when Elissa sailed in the Tall Ships parade past the Statue of Liberty in 1986,” she said.

The East End has been a part of the couple's lives for decades. One of their favorite memories: their daughter Sharon was married in the Burke Evans Pavillon in Darragh Park nine years ago.

Thank you Bob and Jane for all your contributions in the East End. We wish you well in your new home at 356 Champions Colony III, in Houston, 77069.

 

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Yard Of The Month

Congratulations to John Ener at 1815 Sealy for having the “East End Yard of the Month” for November.

Ener lives at 1815 Sealy in the in the 1898 Joseph Goldstein House, a double galleried raised Victorian.  

Symmetry and simplicity create a handsome yard for this historic home. The neatly trimmed boxwoods and Japanese Jew frame the front of the house with seasonal flowers and greenery by the stairs. Liriope lines a curving path to the ample backyard. 

4 Fun Things To Do In November

November 9-10

DEEP IN THE ART OF TEXAS

If you haven't already, get your tickets to The Bryan Museum's two-night, four-band, musical gala weekend.

The fun starts Friday evening with the Gala Kickoff Party with music by Tommy Lewis, auction preview, and fine hors d’oeuvres and libations! In addition to dancing and delicious food, the Gala Kickoff Party is also our opening reception for “Mayfield Parrish: The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals".

The excitement continues Saturday, November 10, as we honor John L. Nau, III for his extraordinary work to preserve the Story of Texas and the American West. Enjoy specialty cocktails, a gourmet experience, a one-of-a-kind auction of rare objects, and three unique blends of entertaining music by Kickin' It Dixie, Radio Live and The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra. 

For more information, click here.

November 17

RED LIGHT DISTRICT WALKING TOUR & BOOK SIGNING
Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy and infamous Red Light District.

Called simply “The Line,” the unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came alive every night with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love. A stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years, it finally shut down in the late 1950s. But ridding Galveston of prostitution would prove much more difficult than putting a padlock on the front door.

Join author Kimber Fountain on a walking tour of Galveston's red-light district as she pursues the sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them.

For more information, click here.

November 23

HOLIDAY LIGHTING CELEBRATION
Get in the holiday spirit at Hotel Galvez's 11th annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration. The event will feature performances from The Nutcracker, area choirs and dance groups and the Galveston Community Band.

The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration begins with the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, followed by the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree with a count-down led by Santa Claus and Galveston’s Mayor Pro-Tem Craig Brown. KHOU-TV’s Mia Gradney will emcee the event.

Dickens on The Strand’s Queen Victoria and other special characters will also make appearances during the festivities. Additionally, children will be able to pose for a souvenir photo with Santa for $15.

Free, 6-7:30 p.m., 2024 Seawall Blvd.
For more information, click here.

November 30

VICTORIAN HOMES TOUR
It will be a holly jolly good time at EEHDA's 29th  Holiday Homes Tour, which will feature four East End  homes festively decorated for the holiday season. Additionally, the EEHDA Cottage will be open for light refreshments, and guests will enjoy a variety of holiday music at Darragh Park and at some of the residences.

These elegant historic homes are the architectural products of skilled European immigrants during a time when Galveston was the wealthiest city in Texas. They were designed for wealthy merchants and entrepreneurs wanting to display their wealth and impress their neighbors. 

The proceeds of this event directly benefit the EEHDA and its continued efforts to preserve, protect and maintain the historic and architectural value of our neighborhood.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

November Calendar

Find out what's happening this November in the East End and beyond.

To view or download the calendar, click here.

Join EEHDA

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Contacts & Questions

Find out who to contact about a streetlight outage, how to watch council meetings & more. 
To find out more, click here.

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Your advertising sponsorship not only helps support the East End neighborhood but it helps you reach an interested, engaged audience for your product or service. Newsletters are distributed to our members, new residents of the East End, city council members, managers of city departments, Galveston-area civic organizations as well as Galveston’s Rosenberg Library. Let us hear from you!
To find out more information, contact EEHDA President Jeff Patterson at 713.291.7043 or via email.

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