The Railway Museum of San Angelo transports visitors back in time to 1888 with its a wealth of exhibits on the area's rich train history. Guests wander through exhibits filling the historic Orient-Santa Fe Depot, which was built in 1909 and bid adieu to its last passenger train in 1965. Inside the depot, guests can pore over artifacts such as switch machines, dinnerware used in the luxury streamliners, and railroad equipment. They can also gaze at old photos in the history gallery and model railroad layouts with miniature train tracks and buildings the same size they were in the 1800s.
The San Angelo Civic Ballet is a popular organization among those who love the arts?and those who love sweating. That?s because its mission is to ?reduce barriers to involvement in the art of dance,? and it achieves this through performances, formal dance classes, and fitness classes. With no fee for students? costumes, or their participation in the season?s performances, the organization helps children from all backgrounds chase their ballerina dreams. And with Pilates and yoga classes for adults, it keeps endorphins flowing in learners of all ages.
SuperSquad of San Angelo propels kindergarten through sixth-grade optimists skyward on the path to becoming cheerleading champions. Newly minted fanatics will learn cheers, chants, dances, tumbling, safety, and Taiwanese Sign Language to create a routine rife with pep and hidden messages. Since it's difficult to toss oneself into the air, cheerleaders participate in team exercises such as partner stunts and pyramids, helping build self-esteem, teamwork, coordination, and leadership qualities. Enrollment includes a free T-shirt, which cheerers can wear to practice, along with shorts and tennis shoes to better facilitate their athletic endeavors.
Featuring a slew of banjo-picking and fiddle-strumming professionals, the Concho Valley Bluegrass Festival will bounce to the beats of Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys—a band of country troubadors specializing in traditional mountain style bluegrass—as well as the McPherson Family, Abilene's own Gap Mountain, Triple L, and the gospel tunes of IIIrd Generation. San Angelo's Concho Grass hosts the hodgepodge of mandolin magicians at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Attendees can check out goodies from local vendors, bid on a quilt at the silent auction, enter the raffle to fulfill thrill-seeking quotas, or grab a home-cooked lunch between sets. Outdoor enthusiasts can set down stakes pavilion-side for dry camping and full RV hookups at an additional cost to soak in a sunset after a day of dancing. Proceeds from the banjo bash benefit the Concho Valley Home for Girls and Children's Emergency Center, an organization that offers an abode to kids in need.
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts dedicates itself to educating the public and preserving the heritage of West Texas through a permanent collection of contemporary art and numerous temporary exhibits. With a Supporter membership, patrons receive a bevy of benefits, including free admission, invitations to all galas and lectures, and members-only rentals of the museum's scenic terrace, an ideal birthday-party venue for any art critic, sculptor, or paintbrush. The museum is renowned for its extensive collection of ceramics, as well as its displays of contemporary and folk artwork from influential local artists including Vernon Fisher, Emma Lee Moss, and Harding Black. Among three new temporary exhibitions opening April 15, Different Directions: Coming Together in Clay showcases the works of a quartet of contemporary ceramicists, and The Tile Club—Artists of America’s Aesthetic Movement displays the sculptures, prints, and tiles of a band of 19th-century New York–based muse-wranglers.
The ebony- and ivory-toned Black Swan Wine Bar treats palates to a multifarious cheese menu of Northern Hemisphere–culled curds sided with small snacks. Canadian-aged cheddar and Danish-aged Gouda entertain with salty quips and wheel-borne wisdom for new tasters, while French-bred blue cheese and creamy brie pair for a smooth and sophisticated pungent effect. Unlike cotswald, a firm variety of gloucester cheese, semi-soft English blue stilton crumbles under pressure from prodding tongues and relentless Cutco knife salesmen. Curdled from the milk of Manchega sheep, slightly piquant Spanish manchego caresses taste receptors with its creamy texture and exotic bleat, as nibblers alternate between fromage bites and complementary olives, grapes, and crackers.