The new year is bustling in Rockport and the calendar has an exciting run of recurring and unique events. After the busy holiday season, January is laid back with market events, community gatherings and a whole new year of fun plans for Rockport. January is a favorite month here with amazing weather and a full community with many seasonal residents enjoying the southern climate. It’s a great month for fishing in the bay with redfish being active. Hunters also have open seasons for late whitetail deer hunts and waterfowl. It’s a great time to be an outdoors person in the local area. For those not into hunting and fishing, kayaking, boating, hiking, biking and bird watching are always excellent options for those wanting to get outside and take advantage of the abundant nature here.
Closing Out December
December was jam packed with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Just before the year turns over, the Holiday Window Wars and Rialto Theatre open mic night take place. After these events, most residents return home or attend informal gatherings to ring in the new year. The first couple days of the year are nice and slow. Take advantage of this time to rest up because the remainder of this month is filled with great opportunities.
The recurring events really anchor the community with regular volunteer opportunities and gatherings that support local businesses. A few are designed for pure fun and relaxation as well. Bingo is one of these recurring events that draws a great crowd each week. The first is on January 3rd and it continues weekly throughout the month.
On the volunteer front, the Coastal Bend Troop Support group meets weekly to assemble care packages for troops stationed around the world. The group is 100-percent volunteer run and funded by donations. It’s a great cause and a way to stay busy each week.
The Rialto Theatre runs a weekly open mic night and opens the doors to performers and theatre enthusiasts. Another event in the musical category is Pickin’ on the Porch event on January 8th. It brings some talented musicians and performers together with local faces and others visiting from around the state.
Other important recurring events are community based with Chamber of Commerce events and local business gatherings. Network Wednesday is a great way to meet other professionals in the area. The Women’s Club of Aransas County also has regular meetings. Any ladies spending time in the area should take a look at this productive group of locals. Leadership, board, staff and specialty group meetings for the Chamber are also following the regular scheduling in January.
Lastly, the Rockport-Fulton Market Days continues throughout January with the first session taking place on the 4th and 5th. The market days are a big hit in the area and many locals attend every single week. Take advantage of the good food, live music, local art and great deals on crafts and other goods from the area. With pleasant weather in January, it’s really a nice time to soak up these outdoor events.
Highlights for January in Rockport
The Texas Winter Market is a nice compliment to the Rockport-Fulton Market Days. The market offers free parking and visitors will find a large variety of exciting crafts and art. Glass blown art is a favorite and everything from handmade furniture to carvings and jewelry are on display and for sale. The event takes place on January 12.
On the first Thursday of each month, the Fulton Mansion stays open late and does the Moonlight on the Mansion by staying open until 8 pm. Self-guided tours run the regular hours and self-guided tours are open until the late closing time.
The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is running multiple sessions with some exciting presentations this month. Local Wayne White is presenting on January 6th on early Antarctic Explorations and his own experiences in Antarctica. On January 13th, retired engineer and merchant marine, John Williams is presenting “Rescue at Sea” about his daring rescue of a ship in the Pacific. This is an exciting rescue and an incredible story to hear firsthand. On January 27th, author Mary Jo O’Rear is presenting on a number of topics surrounding Zachary Taylor’s Army of Exploration in Corpus Christi Bay.
Other events to attend in the month of January are the Winter Texan Appreciation Day, Piecemakers by the Bay Quilt Guild and the Charmer Tour. The Sacred Heart School Annual Winter Gala is taking place for those with children attending the school. They will want chaperones to monitor and help with the event as well so consider volunteering.