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The Woodlands Annual Waterway Arts Festival

the woodlands waterway art festival

Planning is well underway for the 7th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, a Showcase of Visual and Performing Arts set for Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 from 10 am – 6 pm along The Woodlands Waterway® and in Town Green Park.

This juried art show featuring 200 international, national and regional fine artists has now become an annual tradition in The Woodlands. The Planning Committee, comprised of local artists, teachers, art enthusiasts and marketing professionals, is under the direction of Jenny Wright, festival director. The festival is presented by The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to provide regional cultural enrichment opportunities that encourage, support and promote the visual and performing arts.

More than 16,000 people attended last year’s festival. The variety of original artwork that will be available at the festival includes clay, drawing, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D and 3D, painting, pastel, photography, sculpture, textile, watercolor and wood. The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is ranked among the Top 100 Art Festivals in the U.S. by ArtFair Source Book.

“The spectrum of art and fine craftwork displayed at The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival appeals to a wide range of tastes and budgets,” said Wright.

Patrons enjoy performing arts and live entertainment throughout the festival weekend. Performing artists are now being sought to perform at the festival on the main stage overlooking The Woodlands Waterway®. Dancers, musicians, singers and performance artists are encouraged to share their talent with the community by applying to perform at the festival. Those interested should go to http://www.woodlandsartsfestival.com/forms/performing.application.asp and complete the application. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 9 and applicants will be notified by March 14.

Other highlights of the festival include the Student Scholarship Exhibit, showcasing award-winning art created by area high school students; Artopoly, where young artists can create and take home art projects guided by The Woodlands Children’s Museum and The Woodlands Arts League; and The Palette Café, serving excellent cuisine from area restaurants and a large selection of wine and beer.

New this year will be “The Art of Food”, featuring cooking demonstrations by chefs from area restaurants sponsored by Hubbell & Hudson.

You can also visit the Art in Montgomery County area, where festival-goers can meet members of local non-profit performing and fine arts organizations.

For detailed information about the festival and to purchase tickets online, visit www.woodlandsartsfestival.com. Tickets are $10, or $15 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Hundreds of volunteers are also needed for the festival. The volunteer sign-up sheet is available on the website at www.woodlandsartsfestival.com/volunteers.2012/asp.

Proceeds from the festival benefit area non-profit art organizations. Major sponsors of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival 2012 include The Woodlands Development Company, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau and Houston Area Chevy Dealers.

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Community Outdoor Events Town Center Waterway Square

The Woodlands “LIVE AT NIGHT” Returns To The Woodlands Waterway Square

The Woodlands Live At Night

Another season of the popular outdoor concert series “Live at Night,” returns to Waterway Square in The Woodlands every Saturday in March from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This year’s free concert series feature a variety of entertainers including rocking Texas country band Dunville, classic rock and blues sensation Heated Frenzy, contemporary jazz group Jazz Avenue, classic rock rhythm and blues band RockitBayou and the cover band Soulshine.

Live at Night’s spring entertainment schedule is as follows:
• March 3, 2012 – Dunville
• March 10, 2012 – Heated Frenzy
• March 17, 2012 – Jazz Avenue
• March 24, 2012 – RockitBayou
• March 31, 2012 – Soulshine

Located along Waterway Avenue, Waterway Square is a one-acre public plaza with unique water features and green spaces that serve as the “centerpiece” of The Woodlands Town Center.

“Live at Night has become one of the most popular live music settings in the area,” says Nick Wolda, president of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With the Fountains at Waterway Square as its backdrop, people of all ages flock to enjoy the scenic venue while listening to the sounds of local and regional favorites.”

“Live at Night” attendees will find limited, free curbside parking along Lake Robbins Drive, Waterway Avenue, Waterway Square Place, and Timberloch Place. Paid covered parking also is available at the 24 Waterway Parking Garage (located at corner of Fountain Plaza & Lake Robbins Drive), the Waterway Square Parking Garage (between Fountain Plaza and Woodloch Court). Additional uncovered parking is available in the surface parking lot along the corner of Waterway Avenue and Timberloch Place.

“Live at Night” is free and open to the public, thanks to generous sponsors including Kyle Sherburne – State Farm Insurance, The Woodlands Development Company and Munday Chevrolet.

For more information on The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, please visit www.thewoodlandscvb.com or call 281-363-2447. You can also “like” The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VisitTheWoodlands or “follow” on Twitter. www.twitter.com/TheWoodlandsCVB.

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Community Outdoor Events Town Center

The Woodlands Pavilion ranked fifth in listing of world’s top amphitheaters

The Woodlands Pavilion

According to the Jan. 16 edition of Pollstar magazine, the concert industry’s leading trade publication, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ranked fifth in its listing of the top 100 amphitheaters in the world based on the number of tickets sold in 2011. The Pavilion’s ticket sales totaled 277,099 for shows played between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011.

“The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion consistently ranks in the top five amphitheaters for total tickets sold each year. We are fortunate to be located in a strong market and have as our partner, Live Nation, the No. 1 concert promoter in the world,” said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion. “The venue itself, its location and our staff also contribute to our success.”

The Pavilion had eight sold-out concerts in 2011 including Arcade Fire (May 4), Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band (May 5), Stevie Nicks (Aug. 13), 94.5 The Buzz/Bud Light Weenie Roast (Aug. 28), Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow (Sept. 3), Maroon 5 and Train (Sept. 24), Journey with Foreigner and Night Ranger (Sept. 25), and Buzzfest XXVII (Oct. 22).

According to Pollstar magazine, 2012 concert business is looking to be a record-breaking year with a stellar array of talent set to hit the road. The Pavilion is gearing up for the new season and has announced two concerts including The Black Keys April 24 and Il Divo June 21. Stay tuned for more announcements of upcoming concerts and events.

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Community Outdoor Events Town Center

The Woodlands Oktoberfest 2011

The Woodlands Rotary International

The Woodlands Oktoberfest 2011, benefiting The Woodlands Rotary Club Foundation, will be held October 14 – 16, 2011, at beautiful Town Green Park on the banks of The Woodlands Waterway, centrally located in The Woodlands, Texas.

The dates and times for this third annual Oktoberfest celebration are as follow:
Friday – October 14th – 6pm – 9pm
Saturday – October 15th – 12pm – 9pm
Sunday – October 16th – 12pm – 6pm

What’s new this year? Glad you asked! We are bringing more elements of fun and education to this year’s event, including:

BEER– We will have traditional “biergartens” where you can sample the finest of Oktoberfest brand beers. While there, you can participate in many fun games and activities. In addition to these biergartens, we will have a “Craft Beer” Tent where we will feature specialty brews. In this Craft Beer Tent, we will have a special stage, where local breweries will provide fun and interesting information about their specialty brews.

WINE– new this year, we will have a “Winery” Tent that is dedicated to wine vintners who will feature labels of their signature wines. In this tent, you can sample these specialty wines as well as purchase bottles of your favorite wine. In addition, we will have a special “Winery” stage where the wine vintners will provide fun and interesting information about their specialty wines.

FOOD– We will have a large food area that will feature area restaurants with their specialty chefs on hand to provide small bite size portions of their signature food. There will also be a voting system in place, where festival patrons choose their favorite chef/restaurant, and the one with the most votes receives a special prize to feature in their restaurant throughout the year. In addition, we will have a “Foodie” Stage where local chef’s will provide fun and interesting information about their specialty food items.

Music– on our Main Stage, we will have classic Oktobefest music earlier in the day, followed by popular music as our headlining acts later in the day.

VIP– We have created a wonderful package that will allow you to have a fantastic VIP experience.

Oktoberfest will be held rain or shine.

A portion of the proceeds will go to The Woodlands Rotary Club Foundation raising funds for student scholarships benefitting local students and their families.

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Community Outdoor Events Town Center Waterway Square

The Woodlands Live at Night Series Featuring Yelba on Saturday, October 1

Yelba at The Woodlands Waterway

The high-energy Latin sounds of Yelba will highlight the finale of the fall “Live at Night” concert series on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Waterway Square in The Woodlands.

With the impressive Fountains at Waterway Square as a backdrop, the free Live at Night concert series has become one of the most popular live music settings in the area. While at the concert, families can purchase food and beverages from Americas. Plus, dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in The Woodlands will perform throughout the evening.

Live at Night is free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from State Farm Insurance – Kyle Sherburne, The Woodlands Development Company, Munday Chevrolet and Berripop

Live at Night attendees will find parking in the Waterway Square Parking Garage (between Fountain Plaza and Woodloch Court), 24 Waterway Parking Garage (at corner of Fountain Plaza & Lake Robbins Drive), the surface parking lot at the corner of Waterway Avenue and Timberloch Place and the corner of Six Pines and Lake Robbins Drive as well as curbside along Lake Robbins Drive, Waterway Avenue, Waterway Square Place and Timberloch Place. Parking costs vary.

Waterway Square, located along Lake Robbins Drive between Waterway Avenue and Woodloch Forest Drive, features a 120-foot long, 10-foot high stone water wall where ribbons of water flow down seven terraced levels to a lower pond with 20 cascade jets. The water wall is flanked by stairs and stepped water cascades, all leading to an upper fountain containing 80 jets and three boomer jets that shoot water up to 75 feet high. The water jets, waterfalls and cascades are designed to create a variety of displays and effects ranging from the subtle flow of water over a stone wall to dancing columns of water, to intense bursts of water shooting several stories into the air. Waterway Square features seven speakers on the upper level and 12 speakers on the lower level.

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