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It’s spring on the island! That means fabulous weather paired with exciting events. From the annual Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival to FeatherFest, there is definitely something to attend for everyone. This year’s Food & Wine Festival has expanded its festival area to include 21st and Market streets. Read the event details on page 36.

I had the pleasure of photographing Bark in the Park Chairman Allison Schoenvogel and her event co-chair Cynthia McEldowney at the Galveston Island Humane Society along with Domino, Isabell and Spencer. Spencer, was fortunately adopted while putting together this issue. Domino and Isabell came into the shelter together and have been there the longest. Both are available for adoption. Domino is five years old and has heart worms. Isabell is 6 years old and is heart worm negative. Excutive Director of the shelter, Caroline Dorsett says that both dogs adoption fees have been paid, and Domino has $250 toward her heart worm treatments. Caroline would like the dogs to be adopted together if possible. These dogs attend quite a bit of the shelter events and Caroline says they play nice with other dogs.

Being an advocate of our local shelter I have to agree with Caroline and say … adopt don’t shop! I myself have two shelter dogs and am extremely proud of Allison and Cynthia for creating this fun family event. Read more about Bark in the Park on page 14.

Chef’s table this month features a recipe for making pizza by Chef Toni of Bacchus in League City. During spring break I had the pleasure of meeting her and tasting this yummy pizza with my daughters. Try it yourself, page 34.

Exciting changes on the island … Moody Garden’s Cafe in the Park (page 11), Harbor House Hotel’s make over (page10) and the reopening of the Pelican Club (page 38). At the Galveston Railroad Museum, local artist Derek Anderson has been restoring murals. Find out about it and more going on at the museum on page 46.

Zach Tate has featured Dru Long, a.k.a. Soulfiya in the past as one of his Texas Music Profiles. I had the opportunity to sit down with Dru and learn about how his hobby is quickly becoming his career with the release of his new album Reality. Discover more about it on page 52. Loving reggae music, I was pretty impressed with his music.

I want to say a special thank you to Joey Quiroga for shooting the cover and photos for the feature on Paco Vargas and Denise Vargas. A special thanks to Paco and Denise for all they do for our community. As always, it is my hope you enjoy this issue and the month of April on Galveston. Here’s to warmer weather!

Zach Tate Interviews Sherita Perez for The Islander Magazine