One year ago, a massive storm developed in the warm waters of the Gulf. Named Harvey, it hopped along the Yucatan peninsula until it set its eye on the Texas coast. , Rockport and Fulton received a direct hit late on the evening of August 25. Our news feeds were filled with destruction, words like “wiped off the map” were tossed around. The storm moved further up the coast. But here’s the thing about Texans, you just can’t keep them down. And the Rockport-Fulton area has bounced back from “wiped off the map” in a strong way.
This weekend, the strength of this coastal community will be honored in a series of Harvey Anniversary events. They will begin Friday evening with reflection and gratitude. A moment of silence will be observed followed by a butterfly release.
6 PM – HARVEY GRATEFUL FENCE
Everyone is encouraged to hang their item of gratitude (in honor of someone who helped them) onto the fence of the Texas Maritime Museum (Rockport) and the white picket fence North of Charlotte Plummer’s (Fulton). There will be banners placed on the Texas Maritime fence and on the Charlotte Plummer’s fence. Stars of Hope will be placed every 10 feet along the fence. All items must be picked up by 6 p.m. Sunday evening.
7 PM – HARVEY REFLECTION GATHERING
Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the stage area on the Festival Grounds.
— Community Choir Sings
— Special thank you’s and announcements
— A Common Community Prayer will be read and shared at all church services throughout the weekend.
— Colorful ribbons will be distributed to hang on a Live Oak Tree in remembrance and appreciation for the trees lost (each family will take one ribbon)
— Wildflower seeds will be distributed to those present to be spread throughout Aransas County to symbolize new life and color to our community.
8:03 PM – COUNTY WIDE MOMENT OF SILENCE & BUTTERFLY RELEASE
Everyone in the six-county disaster declared region of the Coastal Bend is urged to stop what they’re doing and take a few minutes for a Moment of Silence, to reflect on the events of last year. Butterflies will be released. The father-daughter team of John Jackson and Sarah will perform the song “Hymn of Promise”.
Saturday marks the year anniversary of the storm. Events will be hosted all day celebrating the community, including a Kids Zone, picnic, and theatrical performances.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 – Hurricane Harvey One-Year Anniversary
9 AM – KID’S ZONE at the Festival Grounds.
9 AM – HARVEY GRATEFUL FENCE
10 AM – BOOK SIGNINGS, REFRESHMENTS & HARVEY PHOTOGRAPHY Woman’s Club at Rockport Harbor
10 AM – FIRST RESPONDERS MEET AND PROGRAM at the Festival Grounds. First responders will be by their different vehicles allowing the public to formally thank them.
11 :30 AM – HEB SPONSORED PICNIC OF HAMBURGERS, CHIPS AND DRINK
***Everyone is encouraged to bring picnic blankets and wear patriotic clothing.
6 PM – ROCKPORT LITTLE THEATRE & ROCKPORT CULTURAL ARTS DISTRICT BLOCK PARTY
North Street and Main Street will be closed for a block party with live entertainment by Janelle. There will be food trucks, and beverages, vendors with Harvey art, and games for children, and more entertainment.
6 PM – FULTON HARBOR – HILDA LAMAS PERFORMS
At the white fence next to Charlotte Plummers
Finally, the weekend will close with remembrances at church services area-wide.
Here’s what you need to know:
The beaches are beautiful.
The waters are calm.
And the harbor is full.
Rockport-Fulton is #TexasStrong. The beaches and boats are back and they want you back, too!
Visit Rockport-Fulton and help leave Harvey way in the rearview mirror.