Classic Game Fest took over the Palmer Events Center last weekend. This two-day event was advertised as “The Biggest Retro Video Game Convention in Texas.” That seemed like a valid claim. It was big. Continue reading
Once again this summer, Bill and I are enjoying The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series. The historic Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue has hosted classic films for 41 summers now and has recently upgraded their projection and sound equipment. Films are shown on most summer evenings, with some weekend matinees.
Bill and I celebrated another July 4th in downtown Austin with family and friends. The annual Austin Symphony concert started at 8:30 PM, followed by fireworks an hour later.
Formerly the site of a power plant, the build-out of the Seaholm District is nearly completed. The old power plant building was renovated last year and now houses offices for athenahealth and Umbel. Trader Joe’s Seaholm has been open for over a year now. People are filling up the condos at the 30-story Seaholm Residences.
Bill and I visited the 2nd Street Soundcheck on Saturday afternoon. This street fair was designed to entice customers to visit the 2nd Street District merchants and restaurants who, in turn, donated a percentage of their sales to the Austin Music Foundation and NPR music station, KUTX.
Although the United Nation’s World Refugee Day is officially today, World Refugee Day was observed in our city with a Saturday afternoon celebration at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The event was sponsored by the Austin Refugee Roundtable, a coalition of non-profits who provide services for local refugee resettlements.
The Republic of Texas Rally was held last weekend at the Travis County Expo Center. This annual three-day event attracted thousands of bikers to Central Texas. Again this year, a parade of motorcycles traveled the eleven miles from the Expo Center to downtown Austin on Friday evening.
Central Texas is soaked. For almost two weeks, a stationary low pressure system pumped huge amounts of moisture into the area. The Austin airport reported 15.80″ of rainfall last month, making for the wettest May on record. Downtown Austin had no major flooding, but many homes were affected both downstream and upstream from the city.