By Nicole Goldman
The LSRPCA Tour “Food and Culture in Rural Texas” was unexpectedly on the same day that Former First Lady Barbara Bush was taken to her final resting place in College Station on Saturday afternoon, April 21st, 2018. Our tour Organizer George Bishop shared with us that he remembered on the first time he met Barbara Bush she opened the door for him and she introduced herself with “I am not the Grandma but George Bush’ wife”. He had many fond memories of Barbara and George Bush since he worked with them for several times in the past.
Local Houston News recommended people set up at the Buccee’s on Highway 290 in Waller County to watch the motorcade. Our tour starting point was going to be at the same Bucee’s later that afternoon. It was heartwarming to see so many people lined up for the funeral procession with the American flag to pay their last respects to the First Lady.
At 4 PM that afternoon we began our Tour with 7 beautiful Porsches and a truck. A heavy overcast subdued the sky but no roadblocks to Brenham / Washington County, a scenic and historic region located halfway between Houston and Austin on Hwy. 290, renowned as the “Birthplace of Texas.”
Part of the grounds of our route was taken by Sam Houston’s troops in the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21. 1836. It was a very beautiful ride with plenty of hills, curves, and wildflowers. Upon our arrival at Las Americas Latin Cuisine for dinner the sky was black and it started to drizzle. The moment we sat down for dinner the rain came pouring down and it never stopped raining the rest of the evening into the early morning of Sunday.
The performance of the comedy, Becky’s New Car (a twin turbo!) in Brenham’s Unity Theatre was so much fun. The viewer was asked if they ever have been tempted to flee their own life? Becky Foster the lead player was caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life and the audience is offered a chance to ride “shotgun”. If you had the chance to live a life you’ve always imagined and never dreamed possible, would you take it? Becky’s New Car was a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, and a delightful drive down the road not taken.
The end of the Tour was the end of this great performance. Some stayed over for the night and others drove back to Houston in terrible weather conditions.
But, bad weather will not stop LSRPCA members from getting together for a drive in their Porsches to explore the roads and enjoy international cuisine and wines together.
A big Thank You to George Bishop for organizing this fun Tour!
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If you have any suggestions or new ideas for a great tour, please contact Chairperson Edwin Goldman.