Musical and Sports Greats get Museum Honors
Museum of the Gulf Coast is one of the hottest stops in Port Arthur and plenty is going on this fall. The popular Music Hall of Fame has a new look and new equipment. A rededication is one of many activities you’ll want to experience. Read on to rock on:
Hall of Fame’s New Look
The colorful psychedelic replica of Janis Joplin’s Porsche is still the headliner of this area. But get a load of new touch screens that play honorees’ hits, new display cases and more “real estate” to show off famous folk of the area, Tom Neal, director, says.
“We’ve got 80 honorees and more to come,” Neal says.
Ron and Susan Arceneaux have sponsored this project to continue the Museum will serve the next generation, Neal says.
The rededication will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. Stick around to see the following temporary exhibit:
Woodstock: The Exhibit
Four Port Arthur area artists played Woodstock in 1969. Were you there? Come groove at this exhibit that features tributes to Janis Joplin, whose voice is still wowing fans; Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter, the Beaumont brothers with innovative rhythm & blues and electronic rock sounds; and Larry Graham, bass player for soulful Sly and the Family Stone. On view through January 13, 2022.
Sports Honorees: Coach James Gamble, Jack Johnson, Frank Robinson
Sports Hall of Fame inductees, set for 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, are:
Coach Gamble of Lincoln High School holds unequaled Texas records and wins. He coached and mentored multiple players who went on to careers with the National Basketball Association.
Jack Johnson, the “Galveston Giant,” is a Ken Burns Documentary series subject. At the height of the Jim Crow area, he became the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion.
Frank Robinson, a professional baseball outfielder and manager in Major League Baseball, played for five teams and became the only player named Most Valuable Player of both the National League and the American League.
Hal Wiggins honored
Noted horse trainer Hal Wiggins won nearly 900 races and trained horse Rachel Alexandra. He will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame as part of a Thomas Jefferson Class of 1960 reunion at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.
Drive Thru Halloween
Get a head start on goodies by driving past the Museum from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
December Family Fun Day
Santa and other special guests will be part of this day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.