In This Issue

A scientist uncovers modern significance of ancient artifacts at the Museum of the Gulf Coast. An international music celebration lands in Beaumont, Texas, and local musician Freddie Pate reflects on a lifetime in the industry.

Welcome to Southeast Texas!

We welcome travelers to Southeast Texas, where winters are mild and summers subtropical. Whether you are looking for adventure, entertainment, or cultural enlightenment, we boast an ideal location. Uniquely situated between Houston and New Orleans, we offer a taste of big city talent without the traffic and long lines, and a combination of ethnic flavors with our Cajun, Creole, African, Hispanic, Asian, and European ancestry.

Beaumont has been working hard to develop a magnificent downtown hub with much to offer those with entertainment in mind. It hosts six museums, two historic theaters, a civic center, event center, a newly restored historical library, five parks, bike lanes, and fabulous architecture. It was recently designated an official cultural district by Texas Commission on the Arts. We highly recommend you visit the DOWNTOWN BEAUMONT Cultural Arts District. The new Event Center boasts 16,000 square feet of seating space and hosts a convivial assortment of galas and productions, and the downtown’s pedestrian walkways allow visitors to stroll easily to nearby parks, museums, and live performances.

Port Arthur, home of many acclaimed artists of every medium, has a unique history all its own. Visit the Museum of the Gulf Coast on Procter Street for an opportunity to view the history of man from beginning to present day. Enjoy exhibits on music, culture, and more at this diverse museum. Port Arthur has also lately begun hosting the Cajun Heritage Fest, a foot-stompin’ jamboree of Cajun and Creole culture.

Orange too, has much to be proud of. Home of the Stark Museum of Art, the historic Stark House Museum, and the Lutcher Theater, where shows from across the world come to perform, this small town will charm the most sophisticated visitor.

We are the center of information for arts and cultural events in Southeast Texas. To find out what’s up, anytime and anywhere, visit us at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @SETACTweets.

Sue Bard
Executive Director, SETAC

Fifty years in the music industry as a talented guitarist hasn’t brought Freddie Pate fame or fortune, but it has brought him satisfaction. Read more>

Often the “trash” in a museum storeroom is treasure waiting for someone with the eyes to see it. The Museum of the Gulf  Coast is opening a new exhibit of archeological “trash” with a fascinating story to tell about McFaddin Beach. Read more>

A festival that began in France is spreading all over the world. Last year, Make Music Day was held in Beaumont, Texas for the first time. Read more>

Browse the season announcements at our major art venues and organizations to plan your next night out! Check schedule>

Cajun Heritage Fest
April 2, 2022

Special Thanks to those who make this publication possible!

Beaumont CVB
Beaumont Texas CVB
Texas Commission on the Arts
Orange Texas CVB
Orange Texas CVB
Port Arthur Texas CVB
Union Pacific

SETAC Board of Directors

Amy Elizabeth – President
Penny LeLeux – VP Orange
Albert Faggard – VP Jefferson
Reggie Rogers – VP Hardin
Dexter Broussard – Treasurer
Pam Trosclair – Secretary

At Large
Maurice Abelman
Zach Bowman
Michelle Cate
Christle Feagin
Barri Hoffman
Ami Kamara
Sandra Laurette
Matt Morones
Debbie Hammon Pletcher
Laurah Riesen
Grover Roberts III
Terrie Salter
Carolyn Thibodeaux
Richard “Eddie” Vanderwalker

Greg Busceme
David Cargill
Bridget Johnson
Sharae Bassett Reed
Gloria Roy


Executive Director
Sue Bard
Creative Director
Blake Bertrand


Spring – Summer 2022 • Vol. 4, No. 03

Southeast Texas Arts Council

ISBN 1-886130-31-0
Off Ramp Magazine is published semi-annually by the Southeast Texas Arts Council.

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