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Seminar 2019: Local Area Attractions

Local Area Attractions

Houston welcomes ANG!

America's fourth-largest city is a exciting destination, offering a mix of technological innovation (Space Center Houston), to south Texas history, international culture and world-class dining.  There's always something to do in this "Southern hospitality meets urban chic" city. Come explore YOUR Houston!

Message from the Local Seminar Coordinators:

Houston hums with energy and an independent spirit all it’s own. Not technically in the center of Texas, but Houston is the Heart of Texas Stitchin’. Although Lone Star is the host chapter, our area sister guilds: Bay Area, Lake Houston, Needlepointers of the Woodlands, and Piney Pointers are helping to bring you a seminar as big as Texas.

The home for our Seminar is the beautiful Marriott Marquis Houston, which overlooks Discovery Green Park, and is located in the Avenida District of Downtown Houston. Bring your swimsuit for a cooling float around the hotel's Texas Shaped Lazy River overlooking downtown. The hotel is two blocks from MinuteMaid Park, home of the 2017 World Champion Astros. In addition, Houston is the Culinary Capital of the South, and we have over 20 restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

There is a lot to see and do in the Houston area. Located just outside Houston, in the Clear Lake area, Space Center Houston with NASA's historic museum and Johnson Space center is a popular destination along with our Museum District, which boasts 19 museums. We have several very nice parks and an arboretum to explore. Shopping in the Galleria is unbeatable. Most importantly, there are five needlework shops in Houston proper. All are unique, as wonderful as you have heard, and worth a visit. We invite you to come a day early or stay after seminar to enjoy all that Houston has to offer.

The Lone Star Chapter is offering three items for sale. Participant Name Tag kits, the Texas Scissor Fob, and the Toro Frame Weight are available on the ANG website. ANG National is selling the tote bags. The Lake Houston Chapter is also offering an item to tempt you.

We are excited to welcome you with open arms and Houston hospitality. Mark your calendars for August 14–19, 2019 for Deep in the Heart of Stitchin’.

Lynn Bahm and Kay Simonds, 2019 Local Seminar Coordinators

For More Information:

Check out and
Both of these sites list tours. Twilight tours, downtown walking tours, backstage at Toyota Center, the ballpark-Minute Maid park tour, Heritage Society Historic home tour, and Segway tours.
  • Asia Society Texas Center  1370 Southmore  713-496-9901
  • Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens  6003 Memorial 713-639-7750
  • Holocaust Museum Houston  5401 Caroline  713-942-8000
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft  4848 Main  713-529-4848
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science  5555 Herman Park Dr.  713-639-4629
  • Menil Collection 1522 Sul Ross  713-525-9400
  • Museum of Fine Arts 1001 Bissonnet  713-639-7300
  • Clayton Library (has a tapestry made by Lone Star!)


  • Ensemble Theatre
  • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
  • Theatre Under the Stars
Nature centers/Parks:
  • Cockrell Butterfly Center and Rainforest Conservatory connected to the Museum of Natural Science
  • Houston Arboretum and Nature center
  • Herman Park with a zoo and Japanese gardens
  • Discovery Green (next to the hotel, with a lot of activities)
  • Market Square park
  • Memorial Park
  • Sam Houston park (downtown)
Shopping areas:
  • Highland Village
  • Rice Village
  • River Oaks District
  • River Oaks shopping center
  • The Galleria
Needlepoint Shops:
  • Chaparral
  • Chandail
  • Needle House
  • Nimblefingers
  • Stitches in Time

Check the Visitors Bureau for area information, including a calendar of events for August, 2019 

See recommendations on the Trip Advisor site

Catch a game (or a tour of Minutemaid Park) with the 2017 World Series Champions The Houston Astros.

Plan to spend a few extra days before or after Seminar to explore Houston!

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