In case you haven’t noticed it over the years, we love Fourth of July. It might be because small Texas towns do it so well. We’re particularly partial to the parades, picnics and barbecues, a day on the beach or the boat, all topped by a glorious display of fireworks.
As is our tradition, we enlisted food stylist Alicia Cahill to create a beautiful Fourth of July spread. Cahill delivered a setting that was patriotic and complemented our sailing theme.
Of course, there’s a serious side to Fourth of July. The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Now, as much as any time in U.S. history, we have reason to celebrate freedom and celebrate being Americans.
We thought it fitting that the July issue feature a family who celebrates the kind of freedom that sailors often experience on the open sea. Our cover story is all about the sea-loving Cerdas family, whose patriarch has a very American tale of enduring a difficult journey as a young man from Costa Rica to Galveston, where he wanted to obtain U.S. citizenship, start a family and learn to sail. He achieved all that and more.
In this issue, you’ll also find the first of what will be a recurring feature on fishing and anglers. We call the feature Hook, Line and Sinker, and we hope you enjoy it. You’ll find these stories and so much more.
Happy Fourth of July
Coast Monthly would like to extend sincere thanks to John and Cat Viggiano for the use of their gorgeous island home and beautifully landscaped backyard for our Seaside Soirée photo shoot featuring a Fourth of July theme.
The home, built in 1934 and previously featured in Houston House & Home magazine, is the only surviving building in Galveston by native-born architect Donald Barthelme. Barthelme designed the house for Robert K. Hutchings, an officer of the Hutchings-Sealy National Bank, and his wife, Drusilla Davis, according to the Galveston Architecture Guidebook.
The backyard and pool supplied a picture-perfect backdrop. The Viggianos, who have the 1718 35th St. house on the market, were gracious hosts in true Texas Gulf Coast fashion. We’d also like to thank Gale Hightower, a close family friend of the Viggianos, who helped us with the photo shoot. Hightower is a regular contributor to Shutterbugs and finds much inspiration from the Viggianos’ backyard.