According to my parents, about the same time I could lift my head and see the television, I was hooked on the commercials. I would play between commercial breaks only to look up when the commercials returned.
That is how when millions of people around the world watched the Apollo 11 space mission land the first two men on the moon, I alone may have focused more on the commercials that aired on either side of that momentous occasion.
The moon landing was 50 years ago and what many call the most daring and distinguished space adventure. For the last 50 years, the lunar landing has remained one of history’s most iconic and inspirational events. Houston First Corporation is commemorating this extraordinary anniversary with special offers from participating partners and citywide celebrations. The festivities kick off at the CITGO Freedom Over Texas event on July 4 from 4-10 p.m.
“Space City is the hub for inspiration and innovation,” said Brenda Bazan, the president and CEO of Houston First Corporation. “The Apollo 11 landing solidified Houston’s place in history and the 50th anniversary is deserving of an unforgettable, citywide-celebration.”
More information about Space City Month events and a listing of partners and their offerings are available online at www.visithoustontexas.com/spacecity.
A handful of friends and artists representing First Saturday Arts Market will be at the CITGO Freedom Over Texas event. Since 2016 (well, except last year), we’ve set up a giant “canvas” and helped the public paint. Everyone has a great time and the adults get to let out their inner artist.
There will be commemorative activities celebrating the moon landing anniversary, but City of Houston officials were tight-lipped about what to expect. The quality of events the Mayor’s Office of Special Events puts on are extremely impressive, so it’s totally worth your time to attend. Come see us in the Dr Pepper Zone on Lamar Street near the freeway.
First Saturday Arts Market has its final evening show for the summer at 530 W. 19th St. Next month the market takes part in White Linen Night in the Heights and moves to West 19th Street for the night.
The night markets are easily a favorite with cooler evening temperatures, and the dozens of glowing white canopies make the evening appear magical. The magic, of course, is under the tents where artists showcase their latest creations, and this month is no exception. Many will showcase moon-themed art, so look closely.
First Saturday Arts Market is Houston’s first monthly outdoor market, founded by yours truly in 2004. The market has exceeded my exceptions, and I always credit the exhibiting artists for that. A little-known fact about the market is that the artists actually review the applications and decide who gets into the event.
The big event on my radar is July 13 at Sawyer Yards. Not only is the The Market at Sawyer Yards open at night, the surrounding studios are open from 6-10 p.m. Moon-related activities will be ongoing throughout the vast art complex. Several fine artists with moon- or space-themed art will join this normally artisan craft market for July.
The namesake for The Silos at Sawyer Yards, aka the grain silos, will be turned into an impromptu outdoor movie theater where CineWhim will screen the NASA footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
After several rainouts and perhaps a much better fit with all the activities, Houston-based artist Jack Gron will finally bring his mobile foundry to Sawyer Yards for Expressions in Molten Metal. Under the big train shed, Gron and his assistants will help anyone interested carve a mold and pour molten aluminum in the empty shell, for free. Take it home that night.
Details on all Sawyer Yards events are at SawyerYards.com. It’s located at 2101 Winter St.
Don’t stay home and watch commercials. Get out there and live!
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com.