Galveston Historical Foundation
ELISSA Sundowner Party

ELISSA Sundowner Party

The Official Tall Ship of Texas welcomes you onboard her storied decks for the 2020 Sundowner party. Held in conjunction with her annual day sail series, this special sundown event features access onboard, craft beer, wine, food, music featuring Kevin Anthony & G-Town, and more surrounded by the staff and crew of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA. The Sundowner party will be held on Saturday, June 6 from 7-9 p.m. at 2200 Harborside. Tickets for the ELISSA Sundowner Party are $50 per person and money raised from this event goes to Galveston Historical Foundation and the continued preservation of the National Historic Landmark ELISSA.



  • Beef Wellington Bites
    Cognac Wild Mushroom & Beef Stuffed Flaky Golden Pastry
  • Chicken & Vegetable Samosas
    Offered with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Glaze
  • Tail On, Peeled & Deveined Cold Boiled Shrimp
    Offered with Classic Zesty Remoulade Sauce
  • Sesame Grilled Ahi Tuna Skewers
    Glazed with Wasabi Ponzu & Offered on Elegant Bamboo Pics
  • Bow Tie & Fusilli Pasta Salad
    House-Prepared Marinade with Sliced Black Olives & Roasted Sweet Peppers
  • Chocolate-Dipped Delights
    Candied Ginger, Fresh Strawberries, Crispy Ginger Snaps & Exotic Fruits

Complimentary craft beer, wine, water and, specialty mocktail, The Sundowner.

GHF brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrapyard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum that would actively sail. Today, ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a seaport and active waterfront.


Kevin Anthony & G-TownHarry Choates may be all but forgotten today but in the 1940s he was Elvis, Hank Williams and Jimmy Hendrix all rolled into one. Choates never left the Gulf Coast’s warm embrace but his impact, while often unacknowledged, is still felt in both Cajun music and in the Texas coast gumbo of country, Texas swing, blues and Tejano.

Kevin Anthony & G-Town is honoring that impact on their new album celebrating Choates’ music. Best known for his reworking and recording of Jole Blon, Choates is the only musician to take a Cajun song into the top five of the Billboard Charts. While known for his Cajun songs, Choates loved Texas Swing and his live shows were a mixture of songs in English and French.

Kevin Anthony grew up in Galveston and he remembers listening to a mixture of country, Cajun and blues music growing up. One of the first songs he learned to play was Jole Blon, taught to him by his grandmother on the porch of their house. “Harry did so much to bring these different types of music together,” Anthony said. “Whether it’s Cajun music or Swing or Blues or Tejano, they are all talking to each other, they can all work together. That’s what we’ve been trying to do in this band since we started.”


GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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