|It's spring! This time of year I always look forward to the beginning of a new sand castle contest season. 2002's first big event is relatively close to home - the "Texas Sandfest" in Port Aransas -- scheduled for April 11-14, 2002. This year the event organizers are trying something new - pairing up the competing masters with local businesses willing to sponsor specific sculptors. This is an interesting concept that I think we might try here with our own Sand Castle Days competition next October.
I really like Port Aransas. A little over a year ago, I was commissioned to do a small demo up on the north end of SPI. There wasn't much of a budget associated with this job, but I was furnished with a nice room on the island and thought maybe I could have a little fun while I was there. I was fortunate to run into an old friend, Mike Ellis, the editor of the Padre Island Moon. He offered to show me around the area a bit and I did not hesitate to take him up on the offer.
We hit several fun spots while out and about, but this story concerns one in particular - the Back Porch: a friendly palapa bar that attracts the same kind of folks as the watering holes I frequent here on SPI. In fact, I was warmly welcomed and immediately made to feel like one of the regulars.
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