2016 Jane Long Festival Now a 2-Day Celebration of the 'Mother of Texas'!

BOLIVAR, September 26, 2016 – The 2016 Seventh Annual Jane Long Festival — reflecting the success of this celebration of the Mother of Texas — is expanding to a two-day October event with even more Fort Travis installations now open for tours to complement re-enactments by the Texas Army and Sons of the Republic and other groups.

The free, family-oriented Festival is held annually — now on the third weekend of October — at the historical Fort Travis Seaside Park, near the Bolivar-Galveston Ferry landing and across Jane Long Highway (Hwy. 87) from the landmark Bolivar Lighthouse, on the same side of the highway as the Jane Long Pavilion.

As always, entertainment will focus the spotlight on the “Mother of Texas.”  Most of us know her name, Jane Long, from our school history books.  But, what else do you know about this incredible woman who was

• left alone on Bolivar Peninsula during the coldest winter on record to that date
• scared off threatening Indians and, oh yes,
• gave birth to a daughter and, later . . .
• become a invaluable assistant to such famous Texas Independence fighters as Stephen F. Austin, Mirabeau B. Lamar, Sam Houston and William B. Travis during the fight for Texas Independence.

The Jane Long Festival will feature vendors galore, delicious food, games, fun children’s activities and continuous music, all surrounded by the spectacular views of passing freighters, cruise ships, fabulous sea birds and hoped-for sightings of wonderful porpoises that make this the most beautiful festival site in the State of Texas.

The Jane Long Festival is sponsored by the Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation, of which the Jane Long Society is a member.  Direct questions to:
            • Margo Johnson, Festival Chairman - margojohnson2@yahoo.com
            •  Sherry Morgan, Vendor Chairman - sherrymorgan47@yahoo.com
• Paula Isenblatter, Raffle Chairman - pauwwa@sbcglobal.net

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