February 16, 2009: Busy Week Ahead!
      It’s going to be a busy week for your social reporter.  The media preview for the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum’s new immigration exhibit - “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to
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America Through Galveston Island” - is Tuesday evening, and I’m anxious to see how it turned out.  Not only did my mother’s family immigrate from Sweden through Galveston, but my mother and I contributed a video presentation of our family history for the exhibit.
    Wednesday night, Austin’s Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo launches its marketing blitz with a media dinner hosted by Hill’s Café.  Then Thursday afternoon, catch StandardAnswer.com website owner Marc Erwin and me in a double live interview with the Austin American-Statesman’s Michael Barnes for his popular “Out and About” column.
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     Friday brings the “Taste Washington” event at the downtown Hilton, where 55 Washington State wineries will be pouring more than 200 unique wines.  Hors d’oeuvres will be catered from several local establishments, including Dagar’s Catering, Dona Emilia’s Latin Cafe Austin, NoRTH Modern Italian Cuisine, Roy’s, Stubb’s and Finn & Porter.  The event is open to the public from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with tickets available through the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas.  Visit www.WineFoodFoundation.org for tickets and information.
    That same evening, the VIP Director’s Circle Preview Party for the Blanton Art Museum’s
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new “Birth of the Cool” exhibit happens simultaneously with the Bob Bullock’s members’ and sponsors’ reception for their new exhibit.  So we’ll be bouncing back-and-forth across the MLK and Congress intersection all evening.
    And to top it off, our apartment is going to be gutted so that the ceiling and bathroom walls can be replaced.  So we’ll be shuttling between Austin and Seguin, where husband JoeLane’s father has a second home that we’ll invade for a few days.