Railfest and Lindy in the Park, New Year's Day, meet at 12:15 pm.
- MetroRail opens New Year's Day in the afternoon and
it's free to ride through Sunday. The El Orbits are
playing 2-5 p.m. at the Hermann Park/Rice U rail
Plan is to meet 12:15-12:30 p.m. at Laura's
(Curlylady) who lives 15-20 minutes walking distance
from the UH-Downtown rail station which is the
northern end of the line. We will walk to the station
and ride the train and enjoy the festivities which
will be taking place at each of the stops (including
the ribbon cutting for the new Main Street Square
fountain which shoots choreographed water jets 40 feet
into the air). Eventually we will arrive at the El
Orbits station and Lindy in Hermann Park. BRING
COMFORTABLE SHOES AND CLOTHING.
That station is near the Museum of Fine Arts and some
us will go there after the El Orbits to visit the
spectacular "Heroic Century" exhibit which features
200 paintings and sculptures from New York's Museum of
Modern Art, including Van Gogh's "Starry Night" as
well as legendary by Monet, Cezzane, Matise, Picasso,
Miro, Kandinsky, Dali, Pollack, etc. (admission for
this special exhibit and full access to all the
exhibits is $10 on Thursdays, but it's so worth it).
The Museum is open till 9 pm and we can also get
something to eat there in the Cafe Express.
Laura lives in Old Sixth Ward, immediately West of
downtown near the Municipal Courts (where you pay city
Laura's address is 900 Sabine #2, which is part of a
group of four brightly colored houses surrounding a
courtyard. She's in the PURPLE house at the back of
the courtyard. Park on Decatur which dead ends at
Call Laura at 713-223-4455 (h), or 832-372-3104; or
Jose at 832-725-1058 (I live down the street), if you
need directions or you want us to wait for you. If the
weather turns sour we can also car pool into Downtown.
From the Southwest, take 59N (Downtown) to 45N. From
45N, take first exit which is Houston Avenue. At the
light turn LEFT on Washington. Go down to the third
street which is Sabine (paved with turn of the century
bricks), and turn LEFT (the Wherehouse bar is on the
corner). Turn RIGHT on Decatur and park immediately
anywhere on the street.
From the South, take 288N to 45N and follow directions
from this point as above.
From North, take 45S (Downtown), to the Quitman exit.
Turn RIGHT at the four-way stop. Then turn LEFT at the
first light which is Houston. Continue for about 1/2
mile to Washington and turn RIGHT on Washington and
follow first set of directions as above from this
From Southeast, take 45N, exit Houston Avenue and
follow first set of directions above from this point.
From West, take I-10E (Downtown), exit Studemont, turn
RIGHT. Then Turn LEFT on Washington Ave. Sabine will
be about a mile down on your right. Turn RIGHT onto
Sabine and then another RIGHT on Decatur and park.
Please see link below for map to Laura's: