Moving onward from Hurricane Harvey

 

(SOURCE: Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce)

Hurricane  Harvey has not stopped Rockport-Fulton from being a thriving community.  Though the process was difficult, Rockport-Fulton has made unbelievable  progress after the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. One year later, the  community will celebrate the resiliency of its residents through a  Hurricane Harvey Anniversary Series of Events on Friday, Aug 24 through  Sunday, Aug 26.  

The  anniversary event will begin on Friday, Aug 24 at 6 p.m. with a Harvey  Grateful Fence, where everyone is encouraged to hang their items of  those they are grateful for (those that helped them in the recovery  process) onto the fence of the Texas Maritime Museum and the white  picket fence beside Charlotte Plummers. There will be banners, ribbons  and other items of remembrance on the fences. Stars of hope will be  placed every 10 feet along the fences. 

A  Harvey Reflection Gathering begins at 7 p.m., and the public is  encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the stage area of the Festival  Grounds. The gathering will include: community choir, special thank  you’s, and announcements of events happening over the weekend. At the  gathering, a common community prayer will be read for those to reflect  on throughout the weekend and at all church services. Colorful ribbons  will be distributed to hang on a Live Oak tree in remembrance and  appreciation of our trees. Wildflower seeds will be distributed.  Everyone is encouraged to spread the wildflowers throughout Aransas  County to symbolize that we are bringing life and color to our community  and moving forward. A county wide moment of silence will begin at 8:03  p.m. and butterflies will be released at that time.

 The  event continues on Saturday, Aug 25, at 9 a.m. with the Kid’s Zone  located at the Festival Grounds, and the Harvey Grateful Fence. At 10  a.m., book signings, refreshments and Harvey photography will be  featured at the Woman’s Club at Rockport Harbor. A First Responders  Recognition Program will begin at 10:30 a.m., which will feature Aransas  County First Responders and their vehicles.  At 11:30  a.m., there will be a public picnic sponsored by HEB, and everyone is  encouraged to wear patriotic clothing and to bring picnic blankets. A  block party hosted by the Rockport Little Theatre and the Rockport  Cultural Arts District will begin at 6 p.m. North Street and Main Street  will be closed. There will be music by Janelle, food trucks, beverages,  vendors with Harvey art, and kid’s games. Local merchants are  encouraged to stay open late. The  event concludes on Sunday, Aug 26, where everyone is encouraged to  attend the church or reflection area of their choice for the Common  Prayer Reading and other activities. 

 For more information, visit http://www.aransascounty.org/harvey or contact the Long Term Recovery Hotline at (361) 790-9496.

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