Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Paragraphs has taken the best parts of library, book store, and social "salon"...and incorporated them into the island's only oasis for those of us who love books, love to visit, and enjoy hearing interesting people speak about their passions. I have been to book signings in the big city, lined up for a signature, no time to chat with the author...nothing like the book signings here! Paragraph's "Meet the Author Series" are like a "social"...people visit, there's usually snacks of some sort, frequently wine, coffee, or tea...it's like we've gone to Joni's home and she has entertained us at a fine, yet comfortable, soiree. (I can come with no make-up, shorts, and flip flops... I'd never have done that in the big city!) I've listened to Seth Patterson talk about his outstanding El Valle, I've joined a circle of exceptional women who talked about living their dream as they read excerpts from Pat Avery's Roll Call: Women's Voices and most recently I spent 3 hours watching an amazing young artist, Michael Clark, create an outstanding oil painting in just 3 hours as he described his technique and displayed his beautiful works highlighting scenes on the Texas Gulf Coast. (He also has roots in Austin so that was an extra perk for me :-) Upcoming events may be found on the Paragraphs' Facebook Page and they always seem to have something coming!
This week, Joni shared a fabulous little rum cake...I am determined to duplicate it. She said a friend shipped it to Griff from the Caribbean...something like a Tortuga Rum Cake. If I get around to making my take on it, I'll blog about it you can be sure! Past events have featured yummies from Zeste, cheese and crackers, chocolates, and other little yummies. What book store does that? We are so fortunate to have them.
Visitors needing to get out of the heat...this is a great place to stop in. You'll find activities you can take to the condo or hotel for the kids...lots of stuff on their shelves for the tots...including some toys and craft ideas besides an array of coastal-themed children's books. There are no whispering library voices in Paragraphs...just lots of happy and interesting people.
Living on or near South Padre Island is a wonderful thing...Paragraphs on Padre Blvd just makes it all the better!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!