Sunday, July 23, 2017 – Houston City Tour

How long have you lived in the Houston area?  Have you ever toured the city of Houston before?  Here is your opportunity to see the city with a professional tour guide. Richard will narrate as we do the “Rich & Famous Tour” driving through the River Oaks area including driving by the “Terms of Endearment” house and George H. W. Bush’s home.  We will see the Rice University campus, the Museum District and hear the story of Texas independence as we circle the statue of Sam Houston.  We will drive through Downtown and see Minute Maid Park, the Metro Rail, the Alley Theater, Jones Hall, the Rice Hotel, the Old Main Building, Market Square, the Clock Tower and hear a brief description of early Houston history as we see Allen’s Landing.  We will see the George H. W. Bush Statue which represents a great photo opp of the city.

During our tour, we will stop for lunch at Yia Yia Mary’s Mediterranean Kitchen. We will also stop at the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park which features a 64-foot semi-circular architectural fountain that re-circulates 11,000 gallons of water per minute as it cascades down the structure’s inner and outer walls. The Hines Waterwall Park, surrounded by 186 live oak trees, has been and will continue to be the community centerpiece for Uptown Houston.

We will also stop to tour the Rothko Chapel.  The chapel is non-denominational. The interior serves not only as a chapel, but also as a major work of modern art. On its walls are fourteen black but color hued paintings by Mark Rothko. The shape of the building, an octagon inscribed in a Greek cross, and the design of the chapel was largely influenced by the artist.  The chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

To complete our day, we will visit “The Cistern”.  The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park is a former drinking water reservoir built in 1926 for the City of Houston. As one of the city’s early underground reservoirs, it supported the municipal water system’s goals of fire suppression (water pressure) and drinking water storage. After operating for decades, an irreparable leak was discovered and after a few years, the reservoir was decommissioned in 2007.  Buffalo Bayou Partnership restored and repurposed the Cistern into a magnificent public space to house an ambitious program of changing art installations.  It is 87,500 square feet with 221 slender columns which are 25 feet tall spanning the space.  There is a 17 second echo inside. The Cistern got its name because it is reminiscent of the ancient Roman cisterns under Istanbul.

We have a bus which will accommodate 19 members. Since this is a Sunday, WE WILL NOT MEET AT THE METHODIST CHURCH OUTREACH CENTER. The Precinct 4 bus will arrive at the RANDALL’S PARKING LOT AT LAKE HOUSTON PARKWAY & KINGWOOD DRIVE at 9:15 am and depart at 9:30 am on Sunday, July 23.  The cost is $15 per person.  Lunch is not included in the cost.

The deadline for sign-ups, receipt of all checks and cancellations is Saturday, July 15. The hosts for this event are Claire & Mike Garrett.  Please go to to sign up and send your checks made out to Mike Garrett to 19414 Water Point Trail, Humble, TX 77346. For questions or concerns, please call Mike at 781-771-7805. (Just a reminder, all cancellations must be done via e-mail and confirmation of receipt will be by e-mail at

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