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Welcome to GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS! I’m Sarah Gish, an info-preneur and culture sleuth who finds the unusual and cool in Houston each and every week. Join me as I shine a light on special gems and unique Houston fun. I love this city and want to show you the people and the places and the events that make it great (see more about my wishes for that here). And I want to make it easy so I sort through the cornucopia of events offered each weekend and PICK only three for FAMILIES and three for ADULTS to recommend to you. That way you’ll be all set when Friday hits! If you’re new here, please read below for more about this blog and then check out my PICKS for this weekend, further below.

Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, please GO.FIND.FUN. wherever you can, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!


It’s officially the holiday season in many parts of the world! If you’re curious about the MANY celebrations, check out my fave go-to Calendar of Observances” created by ADL because, as their website says: “The increasingly pluralistic population of the United States is made up of many different ethnic, cultural, faith, and religious communities. To enhance mutual understanding among groups and promote inclusive communities, the ADL offers this resource as a tool to increase awareness of and respect for religious obligations and ethnic and cultural festivities that may affect students, colleagues and neighbors in your community.” You can grab their 2019 calendar here. And if you are interested in learning about other upcoming holiday celebrations, check out this list compiled by Religious Tolerance.

I went to a Goethe Pop Up Houston film screening recently and it reminded me of my dad’s deep influence in bringing the study of German culture to Houston and to Texas. I wrote a lengthy post on Facebook about it and I’ve sprinkled some German culture into this week’s blog. I hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy the VIDEO PICK about German-built St. John Church, owned by the Heritage Society. And you have two opportunities this weekend to catch the Houston Saengerbund, a German singing group founded in 1883 which is the oldest musical association in the city! You can hear them this Saturday, December 7 at their annual Christmas concert and this Sunday, December 8 at the GISH (German International School of Houston)’s St. Nikolaus Market.

I’m highlighting a different Houston-based nonprofit each week during November and December as a way to help those in need over the holidays. This week’s spotlight is the Living Hope Wheelchair Association, an organization that works to improve the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injuries or disease.  Founded in 2005, their goal is to improve access to services, promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, foster independence, enhance mobility, and demand equality.


We are the most diverse city in the country, not only because of the over 150 languages spoken here every day, but also because of the diversity of events offered and places to hang our (cowboy) hats. Because of that, I decided back in 2004 to start sharing my adventures in Houston and my knowledge of it with others via GISH PICKS. And, since 2016, I have been bringing it to life with my PICKS-ON-WHEELS Facebook Live segments in which I travel around our city in my Phoenix Rising Art Car. Stay tuned here for more details! My adventures will sometimes be posted as my weekly VIDEO PICK in this blog.

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Please be sure to tell your friends about GISH PICKS – the more people who know about these unique cultural events, the more unique cultural events the organizations will offer us. Please also tell the orgs that I sent you. My business grows by word of mouth so I thank you for your continued support.

And, last but not least: this blog is free to you, my dear reader, but it’s not free for me to produce. I pay my designer and I spend many hours researching, compiling, and writing GISH PICKS each week. If you have an event you’d like me to PICK, please email me and let’s see how I can help. With me on your team, you’ll reach thousands of Houstonians in a quick-and-easy way!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of December 6 - 8, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of December 6 - 8, 2019

Houston Saengerbund


Houston Saengerbund, Houston’s oldest musical association (founded in 1883!), is presenting their first “Christmas Pops Concert” this Saturday, December 7 at 2pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church downtown. Traditional holiday classics for all generations will be sung and there will be a special visit by the Sugar Plum Fairy. And if you can’t make it to that concert (or just want more), you can hear the Saengerbund again this Sunday, December 8 at 3pm at the GISH (German International School of Houston)’s St. Nikolaus Market.

Midtown Management District


Come join the fun this Friday, December 6 from 5-10pm and Saturday, December 7 from 10am-6pm at the Mistletoe Market at Midtown Park. This destination, high energy NYC style holiday-inspired market features contemporary craft, makers, fine foods, lots of activities, DIY gift stations, live entertainment, and artists selling their original and series works (see the full schedule here). Look for the beautiful outdoor setting with custom made red and white tents and holiday décor. Sip, stop, and play -- Santa is on his way!

Children's Museum of Houston


My favorite annual multi-cultural holiday exhibit is “Seasons of Sharing” which is at the Children’s Museum of Houston through December 11. Ramadan (May 5-June 3), Diwali (October 27), Hanukkah (December 22-30), Las Posadas (December 8), Christmas in Norway (December 25), Kwanzaa (December 26-January 1), and the Lunar New Year (January 25) are all represented in the unique display. Kids can learn about each culture through hands-on activities, workshops, and performances.

Houston Ebony Opera Guild


This Sunday, December 8 at 4pm, the Houston Ebony Opera Guild presents their 2019 annual Christmas concert -- "Christmas for Us All". Kiana Day Williams will be the Guest Conductor and the concert is free (donations are appreciated!). The Guild was founded in 1984 by the late Dr. Robert A. Henry (1916–1996) as a company of African American classical singers who are committed to presenting quality opera, traditional Negro Spirituals, and other classical music genres.

Emancipation Park Conservancy


Head over to the “Tre” (aka Third Ward) for the first annual free “Holiday in the Tre” celebration this Sunday, December 8 from 4-8pm at beautiful Emancipation Park. The event will be a fun, family friendly evening of food, entertainment, vendors, a kids zone, photos with Santa, and much more. And if you’ve never been to the park, you’re in for a treat! It was established in 1872 and recently underwent a $7 million renovation (read its history here).

Mildred's Umbrella of Houston


Female-focused and always interesting Mildred’s Umbrella is kicking off their new season with “FEMFEST HOUSTON: Voices of Israelthis Saturday, December 7 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and this Sunday, December 8 at 2:30pm at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. The show features three Houston premiere staged readings by Israeli women playwrights and is the inaugural FEMFEST HOUSTON reading series, created to highlight work by women from around the globe. Talkbacks will take place after each performance.


I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" most Mondays at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 11am-5pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. If you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both), I will serve as your Life Path Guide. One session is all you need to get ignited! I use my intuitive skills and my many years of reading people to help you FOCUS - on you, your dreams and desires, and how to manifest them. And if you don’t know what your passions are, I will guide you in discovering them. I also help people who are struggling with ANY kind of issue they may encounter along life’s path: grief, relationship problems, work troubles, etc. My goal is to help people listen to their heart and to connect with sources of inspiration or guidance or support. Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store - 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at713.993.0550 to book an appointment. I also do Life Path Sessions by telephone - we can connect from anywhere, anytime! Call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about that service. Please note that the fee for sessions by phone is the same.

Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store - 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at ‪713.993.0550 to book an appointment. I also do Life Path Sessions by telephone - we can connect from anywhere, anytime! Call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about that service. Please note that the fee for sessions by phone is the same.

Heights Ironworks Holiday Market

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Holiday Market at Heights Ironworks (Saturday, December 14)Life Path Sessions with Sarah at Body Mind & Soul (Mondays)Video: German immigrants to Houston built historic 1891 St. John ChurchFEMFEST HOUSTON features "Voices of Israel""Christmas for Us All" with Houston Ebony OperaMistletoe Market at Midtown Park Emancipation Park's "Holiday in the Tre" "Seasons of Sharing" at the Children's Museum Houston Saengerbund "Christmas Pops Concert"