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Greetings and welcome to GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, a free weekly e-newsletter/blog I created as a service to the Houston community. Please enjoy!

I am loving this rainy weather – it’s a perfect day to read, get caught up on work, or watch movies. Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re taking the hint from nature to slow down and enjoy. Something I plan on enjoying this weekend is ArtHouston 2012, a feast for the eyes that features art at more than 30 galleries all over Houston this Saturday, July 14, all day long. It’s free so grab the kiddos and enjoy some mighty fine shows. Speaking of art, the International Museum of Women/IMOW has launched a wonderful online exhibition, “MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe,” which features a monthly rotating online gallery of the art, stories and ideas of a new, global generation of mothers. They’ve also spearheaded a global pop-up photography project called “Making Mothers Visible.” IMOW is seeking financial donations – especially ones that can help their MAMA exhibition -- so if you can assist them in this endeavor, please do so by clicking here.

The Colorado fires have been heavy on my mind – thankfully, as of yesterday, they have been fully contained, but the state still needs help in recovering from this most destructive wildfire in its history. If you’re so moved, go to to help. Some good news here locally is that Historic Houston has recently re-opened its Salvage Warehouse, which is a great place to find reclaimed materials for your building needs. I love that kind of preservation in action! The warehouse is open Wednesdays-Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Speaking of preservation, Preservation Houston is leading a walking tour of downtown Market Square Park this Sunday, July 15 at 2pm. It’s a great way to teach your kids about Houston’s history firsthand.

I’m always doing workshops, talks, and art activities, so please come out and see me when you can – for a complete list of my upcoming schedule click here.

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Have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.

Events for the Weekend of July 13, 2012

Children's Museum of Houston


This is a yummy delight! It’s “National Ice Cream Day” this Sunday, July 15 so our friends at The Children’s Museum of Houston are chillin’ with the cream during their “2012 Summer of Fun” events and they want you to join in the fun.

Here’s the SCOOP on all you can do:

  • Ice Cream Making: Get ready for this brain freezing extravaganza as you shake, rattle, and roll your way to this tasty frozen treat you make yourself in Kid’s Hall.

  • Design Your Own Ice Cream Flavor: What flavors would your ideal ice cream have? So many combinations to choose from and YOU get to decide at Junktion.

  • Ice Cream Patterns: Swing by Junktion and follow this unique ice cream making game.

  • Wemberly’s Ice Cream Star: Go on an adventure with Wemberly’s story and explore the properties of matter and why our ice cream melts at Junktion.

  • I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream: Avoid the brain freeze and figure out all the possible combinations of a two-scoop ice cream cone using 3 different flavors at the Exxon Mobile Math Cart.

  • Testing Simple Sugars: Go beyond making and eating your ice cream by testing the sugar contents in all your favorite treats in our Power Science Lab!

The Children’s Museum of Houston is open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK in the summer (Mondays-Saturdays, 10am-6pm and Sundays, noon-6pm) and is located at 1500 Binz. There is a “Free Family Night” on Thursdays from 5-8pm and the doors open at 9am for members the second Saturday of every month. Please note that the activities, events and times are subject to change for the Children’s Museum celebration of “National Ice Cream Day,” which was established in 1984 as the third Sunday in July by President Ronald Reagan.


This Sunday, July 15 at 7:30pm, the Houston Symphony hosts their annual summer “Chronicle Dollar Concert” at Jones Hall in which all seats are only a dollar and there will be a special performance on the harp by Megan Levin, this year’s Gold Medalist in the 2012 Ima Hogg Competition. Music on the program will be Shostakovich: Festive Overture; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; and Ginastera: Harp Concerto.

And coming up on July 21, the Houston Symphony is presenting a musical accompaniment to the movie “The Wizard of Oz” as it plays on the big screen above the orchestra, also at Jones Hall. See all the details here.

Houston Symphony

Dosey Doe's Big Barn


This Sunday, July 15 at 7pm, head to The Woodlands and Dosey Doe’s Big Barn for the “Real Life Real Music Songwriters Camp Showcase.” Under the guidance of professional songwriters Susan Gibson, Kathryn Hallberg, and Kyle Hutton, budding young songwriters spent the week learning the mechanics of writing, recording and, now, performing their own compositions. Says the Dosey Doe website “Expect to be surprised & teary eyed!” The Dosey Doe Big Barn has become known as one of the great listening rooms in the country featuring nationally recognized artists from contemporary to country, from jazz to bluegrass and everything in between. Their dining hall is a 150 year old barn from Kentucky that is made entirely of 300 year old growth oak and birch.

The “Real Life Real Music Songwriters Camp Showcase” is $10/person and the Big Barn is located at 25911 I-45 North.

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My goal is to serve as an information resource for Houston parents through my various endeavors, including:

  • GISH PICKS, which is online and emailed out to thousands of parents and caregivers;

  • THE SUMMER BOOK®: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS which comes out annually in March and is sold at bookstores all over Houston, including Barnes and Noble; and

  • OTHER SERVICES including SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS, and ART PROGRAMS that cover topics such as summertime fun, passion-finding (for adults, children and families), marketing, historic preservation, art classes, and activism. All of these services can be tailored for any audience and budget.

Sarah Gish
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone/fax: 713.482.7065

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