JANUARY 16. 1987 / MONTROSE VOICE 21
A Travel Rally and the Changing of Tuam
Around Town by Elroy Forbes
Montrose Voice Social Director
d Travel Rally
Merlin, Ken Simmons, Reba Wench,
King Henry VIII & Queen Anne Boleyn,
The Mystery Monk and Fifi, the French
Wench, three members of the British
Caledonia Bagpipe Band were but a few
of the entertainers as some 500 travel
agents and guests filled the Central
Ballroom ofthe Hotel Inter-Continental
Wednesday night at the British Caledonia Travel Show.
A mystery play was solved and two
winners won round trips to London.
Other drawings included a free trip to
Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva and Brussels. Some 32 booths promoted European tours, continental hotels, castle
tours, English pubs and the like. A lavish buffet and several bars treated the
crowd as royalty.
Attending agents from our community included Advance Travel's David
and Ted; Kevin Hill of World Travel
International; Glenn Slade of
Adventure Tours; Almeda Travel;
Atlas Travel; Freda of Travel
Unlimited; and Kenn of International Travel, plus many others. Mike
Wiengart, founder of Houston Business
Journal, now president of Utopia
Travel was there.
On Monday, the entire show goes
aboard a Mississippi River boat to
The old Exile
The day after Christmas, the historic
Exile Club on Bell Street was bulldozed. A slice of history bit the dust. But
on Valentine's Day, Exile II will open
on Tuam at Baldwin Street. The new
club will have a stage, dressing rooms,
game room, a long L-shaped bar, a
cruise rack and a half-block parking lot.
The space, formerly the Greek Island
Restaurant, is up the street from popular Harry's Restaurant and The
Lazy J. Owners Tony, Peter (Smokey)
Elijelizalde, Bob Weaver and Joel
Cooper plan to preserve the best of the
old Exile with super innovations.
At 109 Tuam, you can wave goodbye
to the Same OI* Hole. New owners are
carefully redoing the building to open
the later part of February. Watch for
King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn are yours truly and Catherine
Pirsarski at the British Caledonia Travel Show
steam out of New Orleans. I want to be
there for that.
□ Our Changing
The old trolley line stopped on Fairview
al Mandell. For five cents you could ride
up Fairview past Taft Street, around the
bend and onto Tuam. At Smith Street
you connected with the trolley for downtown. The trolley lines were closed in the
40s and the tracks taken up. Except for
some minor changes, Tuam has
remained the same.
Today, Tuam is about to leave its
sleepy past and rival Pacific Street for
action. A few blocks north lies the BRB.
Going east, with some clever driving,
you can can reacji The Venture-N.
announcements about this location.
FYI: remember the Wonder Bar,
Montrose at Westheimer? That may
give you a clue as to what will happen at
this location. Meanwhile, improvements will convert the top of the 01'
Hole to an apartment. The popular patio
will be remodeled, too.
Farther up Tuam is a structure that
has caused much controversy. Conservatives claim it is a waste of "our"
money. But civic groups such as Avon-
dale, Neartown, Neartown Business
Alliance and The Greater Montrose
Business Guild plan to send awards to
this unique HL&P substation. A square
block of unsightly electrical transformers was changed into a landscaped
pavilion containing plaques to honor
outstanding Houstonians who lived
near (his new landmark. Brick, tile.
The owners of Exile II
glass and aluminum have transformed
this block into a marvel of urban design.
Next time I will tell you about
changes on West Gray as it transcends
out of decay.
□ Alley Benefit
1 hope that you have your tickets for the
Jan. 30 and 31 performances of Larry
Kramer's The Normal Heart. Proceeds
from these two evenings are being
donated to the AIDS Foundation Houston. Mail orders are due by Jan. 23. The
$25 donation, which can be charged to
your Master Card or Visa, may be sent
to AFH Tickets, P.O. Box 27703, Suite
2 ItS, Houston, TX 77027. More info: 524-
New hosts are being sought for the 1987
Parade Party. A meeting will be held
Not the same OF Hole
Sunday, 4:00 p.m., at Tony P.'s. 219
Marshall No. 237, 526-4942. The last
party was one of the best of the year.
Kevin Trayor, visiting Houston from
Seattle, had his truck stolen from
behind the Boobie Rock while he was
exploring the mystery of Mary's. Naturally he wants the two-tone brown Ford
F-100 pickup truck back. If you see
Washington license PDQ-003 on a 1983
pickup, please call 522-8970 and leave
word. All of Kevin's luggage was inside
The Wildlife is really back at Mary's.
Saturday at 11:00 p.m. there will be a
"Welcome Home Pickles" celebration.
Hot deejay David Royalty reports the
Brazos River Bottom signed a contract with Isaac Pay ton Sweat, also
known as the king of the Cotton Eyed
Joe. He will perform four shows in two
days, Jan. 30 and Feb. 1. David is so
excited he spun the first public playing
of Isaac's newest song, "The Joe Bailey
Roll" and is anxiously awaiting for the
disc to hit the national charts.
Decorator Warren Duncancson has
arrived back from Hawaii after a vacation with Tony. W.D. stopped over in
Los Angeles to visit an ailing aunt when
he met the Rev. Jesse Jackson at L.A.
International Airport. Warren had to
purchase another ticket for, in his
excitement, he had Jackson autograph
the only thing handy, his air ticket.
While Warren is busy getting ready for
the Christmas in Montrose meeting
(Jan. 26, 7:00 p.m., 1413 Westheimer),
Tony has flown on to Chicago for business.
Robert Howery reported, while dining
at Charlies, he is planning a London
playcation in the very near future. Others in the crowd included Joe Porro, Tim
Pah I, and Alton Marshall.
To the unintiated who may have
stumbled into The Ranch last Tuesday, the mayhem was centered around
Becky's birthday celebration. Congrats
and many more to Becky. ,., ......;