First Fridays in Downtown Bryan

Every first Friday of the month, Downtown Bryan hosts many exciting events and exhibits for our residents and visitors. Starting from artists, musicians, variety of vendors, poetry readings, movies, carriage rides, food and drinks, First Friday is offers many more live entertainments and fun to the public! 

Here are some events coming up this first Friday, July 5th for you and your family and friends to enjoy!

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 - “Field of Dreams” at 8:30pm in Sale Park. Brazos Valley Bomber baseball players will be signing autographs before the movie!      

- Carriage rides beginning at the courtyard of the La Salle Hotel at 6pm.

- Special kids’ games area in St. Andrew’s Church parking lot.

- Free First Friday concert feat. HI FI, Christ Taylor Band, Wes Taylor Band & Daniel Gonzales at the Grand Stafford Theater starting at 5pm.

 

Come enjoy a fun first Friday of the month in the beautiful historic downtown Bryan!

For more information, Visit Aggieland – First Friday.

Enjoy some live music for your summer evenings!

Wine Depot is hosting 8 evenings of live music and great wine starting tonight, June 27th at 7pm!

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Joe Barrientos is a singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas that will be performing tonight at Wine Depot. He has a history of performing with metal bands starting from his teen years, to what he has now transformed into the country scene. “Going from playing in heavy metal bands to country bands was not just a matter of growing up; ‘it’s all about how the music makes you feel, genre doesn’t play a role in that.’ He now enjoys putting all that experience to work with his band and solo performances.” (Quote from Joe Barrientos)

Come sit out on the patio and enjoy your summer evening with some delicious wine and great live music!

List of events:

Thursday, June 27th – Joe Barrientos @ 7pm

Friday, June 28th – Johnny St. Clair @ 8pm

Friday, July 5th – Taz and Santi @ TBA

Thursday, July 11th – Joe Teichman @ TBA

Friday, July 12th – Jeremy McBee @ TBA

Thursday, July 18th – Karl Kehn @ TBA

Thursday, July 25th – Johnny and Lise @ TBA

Friday, July 26th – Johnny St. Clair @ TBA

 

More information can be found at VisitAggieland.

 

Get creative for 4th of July!

4th of july cakeWhy not spice up this 4th of July with a patriotic cake?!

Here is a delicious recipe I found on Pinterest. Check out our BCS CVB Pinterest page for a variety of ideas to prepare for this holiday!

Patriotic Cake:    (Makes: 1 4-layer, 8-inch Cake)

 For the Cake Batter
3 cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter
1 ½ cups Sugar
4 eggs
2 tbsp. Vanilla
2/3 cups Milk
2 tbsp. Red Food Coloring
2 tbsp. Blue Food Coloring
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
10 Egg Whites
2 cup Sugar
Pinch of Salt
4 cups (8 sticks) Unsalted Butter, Softened
1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Flour and grease 2 8-inch round cake pans.  Set aside until needed.

To make the cake batter, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.  Mix in the vanilla.  Add the flour mixture, alternatively with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour.

Pour half of the batter into another bowl.  Mix in the red food coloring to one half of the batter, and then blue food coloring into the other half.  If you would like your colors to be more intense, you can always add more food coloring.  Pour the batter into the prepared pans – the red batter in one pan and the blue batter in the other.

Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.  Cool the cakes in the pan for about 15-20 minutes, then remove from the pans and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.

While the cakes are cooling, make the swiss meringue buttercream frosting.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the egg whites, sugar, and salt.  Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water.  Whisk constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture reaches about 150 degrees F.

Take the bowl and attach it your mixture, fitted with the whisk attachment.  Whisk the egg white mixture until it reaches room temperature and stiff peaks have formed, about 5-10 minutes.  At this point the mixture will be thickened and white.  With the mixer on low speed, add the butter, 2 tablespoon as a time.  Once all the butter is added, raise the speed to medium high and mix until the mixture starts to come together.  Remove the whisk attachment and replace with the beater attachment.  Beat until the buttercream comes together fully and is smooth.  This will take time, about 5 minutes.  Once finished, mix in the vanilla.

Before assembling the cake, wrap each cake in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about 20 minutes, just to firm it up.  Cut each cake horizontally in half using a large serrated knife.  Place the bottom half of the blue cake, top side up, on a cake stand or plate.  Top with an even layer of frosting, leaving ¼ inch at the edge of the cake.  Top with the top red half, bottom side up, and top with frosting.  Continue with the other 2 layers.  Place a large dollop of frosting on top of the cake and spread it down until it is a thin even layer.  Frost the sides of the cake thoroughly with a thin layer of frosting.  This will seal in the crumbs.  Place the cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Remove from the refrigerator and finish frosting as desired.

Recipe from Krissy’s Creations.

Here at your service!

Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to assist any groups and organizations host their meetings and events in our community. Our goal is to make your time and experience here in Bryan-College Station an easy and memorable one in result of our efficiency and service! 

Here are some of our services and support that we offer:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCKS:
We can help you reserve your room blocks at the hotels nearest your event venue at the right price range! 

REGISTRATION:
Any kind of registration assistance can be provided, including staff and experienced clerks.

NAME BADGES:
We provide name badges at free of charge and even with your organization’s logo if preferred! 

VIP GIFTS:
Our Convention and Visitor’s Bureau can provide gift baskets catered toward your event or specifically for speakers or other VIPs.

SPECIAL EVENT PLANNING:
Who else knows about Aggieland as much as the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau?! We can help plan and coordinate activities geared toward specific groups throughout your event. 

PUBLIC RELATIONS:
Our Convention Services Department provide Aggieland Photography, brands, logos and local media contacts and assistance upon your request!

PROMOTION ASSISTANCE:
The Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau offer a welcome arrangement from the mayors of Bryan and College Station or any other city officials as well as welcome letters from the mayors.

ATTENDANCE BUILDERS / PROMOTIONAL BROCHURES:
Our services are here to help build more attendance and gain more attention for your group and organization! Our staff will help produce and mail any promotional items. 

REGISTRATION BAGS:
We can get together bags of your materials, gifts and goodies for your group or organization. All the arrangements can be made upon request of registration bags.

 

We are here at YOUR service!
Feel free to call our office number at 979-260-9898 for more information.

More information can be found at:
 http://www.visitaggieland.com/meetings/meeting-planner/meeting-services/

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We all could use a little Class Act!

sum_04_0044What’s a better way to learn etiquette than through a fun summer camp?!

Class Act Etiquette Summer Camp provides an awesome opportunity for our kids and young adults to learn about proper social skills when it comes to dining, etiquette and ballroom dancing. These sessions include everything from basic manners, dining etiquette, job skills and cell phone courtesy ; all very essential for their future!

Dr. Susan Quiring is an energetic ballroom and etiquette instructor, and she is hosting this summer camp at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum from Monday, June 17th through 20th.Ages 7-10 will attend their daily sessions from 12:45 – 2:15 pm, and ages 11-18 will attend from 2:30 – 4:30 pm.

 

More information can be found on our website, under Events Calender: http://www.visitaggieland.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/

Tradition-rich programs to face off in inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl

Football! Football! Football!

The Brazos Valley Bowl presented by Blinn College will bring a wealth of tradition to its first-ever contest on Dec. 1.
The 11th-ranked Kilgore College Rangers and the 13th-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers were selected today to play in the brand-new NJCAA bowl at Kyle Field!

You can buy tickets at:  http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/ticket-center/brazos-valley-bowl.aspx