Monday, November 18, 2013

Conroe Symphony Orchestra

We are fortunate in Conroe to have our own Conroe Symphony Orchestra. To quote, "The Conroe Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a community orchestra made up of committed professional musicians and talented amateur musicians from all walks of life. It was founded the summer of 1997 with the mission of 'adding to the cultural enrichment of the community, assuring a better quality of life for the Conroe area'." 

Over on our Facebook page today, we have a giveaway for FOUR SETS of season tickets to the Conroe Symphony Orchestra. These season tickets include a ticket to each of the following performances:

A Christmas Celebration
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:30pm
Allyson Goodman, Viola Soloist
The Ark Church
A Romantic Celebration
Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7pm
David Kim, Violin Soloist
The Woodlands United Methodist Church
Celebrating Music
Monday, April 7 at 7:30pm
Adam Sadberry, Flute Soloist
The Ark Church
A Patriotic Celebration
Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Conroe High School
Plus two additional tickets, valid for any concert in the 2013-2014 season.
Head over to our Facebook page at to enter to win. And, be sure to check out one or more of the performances!
For more information about the Conroe Symphony Orchestra, check out their website or their Facebook page.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tastefest is on May 9th!

Mark your calendars for Tastefest on May 9th, from 5pm-8pm! There will be over 40 food and beverage vendors to sample from, music, fun, prizes, and more! Check out for more information, or call 936-756-6644.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

Facebook Giveaway for Tickets to the Conroe Symphony Orchestra!

Hey y'all, Happy Monday! Be sure to head over to our Facebook page for a chance to win tickets to Conroe Symphony Orchestra's "Images in Music" performance! Good Luck!

If the above link does not work for you, simply click over to

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring Birding Tours

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Conroe offers some of the best birding in Texas and the unique opportunity to spot the rare Red-cockaded Woodpecker. From 22,000 acre Lake Conroe west of town, to W. Goodrich Jones State Forest south of town, to the Sam Houston National Forest north of town, opportunities abound.
Darrell Vollert of the East Texas Birding Guide says, “Wonderful birding every season keeps drawing me back to Montgomery County year after year. From the majestic Bald Eagle to the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker to the topsy-turvy Brown-headed Nut-hatch, there is always something fascinating to see.”
This spring you can have the chance to go on a guided birding tour with Darrell himself, right near Conroe. Here are his offerings for spring:
Birding in the Navasota River Bottom Saturday, May 4
This tour will be conducted in the Peach Creek Community area on a 463-acre tract in southern Brazos County. Most of the property is old-growth bottomland hardwood forest. There are sloughs, a creek, a natural wetland pond, and Navasota River frontage on the property.
Some of the unique year-round residents that may be seen on the property during this tour include: Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, and White-breasted Nuthatch.
All of the nesting birds on the property will have arrived on territory by this time. Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting, and Painted Bunting will be singing their hearts out. We will likely see migrants such as empidonax flycatchers, Yellow Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, American Redstart, and Baltimore Oriole.
The cost for this tour is $30.00 per person and is limited to 10 participants. I will meet participants at the entrance to the property off of Highway 6 on Peach Creek Road at 7:30AM. We will bird the property until around 12:30PM. If the weather is pleasant, we can continue birding after lunch.
Participants should bring plenty of drinking water, a sack lunch, insect repellent, and wear sturdy, water-proof hiking boots. The restrooms in the hunting compound will be open, as will the kitchen. We can have lunch on the porch of the kitchen that overlooks the river bottom.

Birding at Camp Allen, Navasota Saturday, May 11
Camp Allen is a retreat owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. This 1100-acre forested property is located on FM362 south of Navasota. Most of the property is situated within Grimes County. A small portion lies within northern Waller County.
Three major eco-systems meet on Camp Allen. Post Oak Savannah, Blackland Prairie, and East Texas Pine Forest. There are several nature trails on Camp Allen where nature lovers can see Post Oak, Blackjack Oak, Water Oak, Red Oak, Black Hickory, Green and White Ash, American and Winged Elm, Sassafras, American and Yaupon Holly, American Beautyberry, Blackberry, Loblolly Pine, and many other trees and shrubs. Two large bodies of water attract water birds. Nature trails behind the conference center cross deep ravines. In the spring and summr this forested gem hosts Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Parula, Swainson’s Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Indigo and Painted Bunting, and many more. Red-headed and Pileated Woodpecker and Pine Warbler are a few of the permanent residents on the property.
Darrell has been given permission to conduct a group tour at Camp Allen. This is a wonderful opportunity to bird a site that is otherwise closed to individuals who are not staying at the retreat or attending a conference there. The rate for this tour is $25.00 per person and is limited to 10 participants. The rate includes a noon lunch at the conference center. Participants should meet Darrell in the conference center parking lot by 8am. Darrell will give participants detailed directions to the site.
We should see some late migrants during this tour. After lunch we can continue birding if participants are up for it.
Participants should bring drinking water, snacks, insect repellent, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. We will be near rest rooms at all times.

East Texas Nesting Warblers Memorial Day Weekend 2013
The primary goal of this two-day tour is to find all 14 species of nesting wood warblers in east Texas. We will bird in the Big Thicket north of Beaumont. We will leave Kountze before sunrise on the morning of the 28th in order to be at our first stop at first light to listen to the dawn chorus. We will start birding the second day(29th) of the tour at first light.
Among the good species participants will likely see during the tour include Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed and White-breasted Nuthatch, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Prairie Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo and Painted Bunting, and Orchard Oriole. Bachman’s Sparrow is also a possibility. We have encountered this species during this tour in previous years.
The rate for this two-day tour is $100.00 per person with a limit of 10 participants.
Bring drinking water, snacks, a hat, insect repellent, and wear sturdy shoes. Contact Darrell for suggestions on lodging in the Kountze and Beaumont area.

As always, you can download our free Birding Guide at Don’t forget to check our Pinterest page also for some new nature pins!

For more information about Darrell's tours, call him at 979.251.4986 or email him at