Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks Switch to Flip Flops

Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks

The 4th Annual Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks and Switch for Flip Flops will be held March 16, 2019.  This unique event invites everyone out to various marinas and resorts around the lake as mariners welcome the arrival of spring.   This is a Lake Texoma tradition that you won’t want to miss!

Legend has it that the manager of the Annapolis Yacht Yard, Captain Bob Turner, decided as he was leaving work on the first day of spring, to burn his socks.  Over the years, the tradition has expanded along the east and west coasts and in between.

What began in the 1970’s by east coast mariners has come to Lake Texoma. Terri Weir, Association Director of the Lake Texoma Association, brought the idea to Lake Texoma in 2015. From only a few participants that first year, the event continues to grow with more Lake Texoma Marinas participating and more activities being added each year.

Mariners all over the country will be holding sock burning events to shed heavy winter wear for summer attire.  In Texoma Flip Flop season begins with the week of the Spring Equinox which marks the moment when the center of the sun appears directly overhead at the Equator.

Burning of the socks Flowing Wells

The Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks Switch to Flip Flops Celebration will be a day full of family friendly fun.  Along with the burning of the socks there will be lots of other fun events. 

Here is a schedule of the events planned around the lake this year.

  • Bridgeview Marina
    Flea Market begins at 8am
    Festivities begin at 11am
    Fire truck hose & ring the bell, drawings, weenie roast, bonfire
  • Buncombe Creek Marina
    Festivities begin at 11am. Please join us for this fun filled family even which will include the Band-C7, Chili Cook-off, Polar Plunge, Dunk Tank, Bounce House, Weiner Roast and Several Carnival type games for the Kids
  • Big Mineral Marina 
    Beach Clean Up 9-11:30am
    Bonfire, hotdogs, free flip flops 11:30am-1pm
  • Cedar Mills Marina
    Festivities begin at 4pm
    Bonfire, Rocky & the Bullwinkles, drink specials
  • Eisenhower Yacht Club
    Festivities begin at 4pm
    Street tacos, Customer Appreciation Dinner
    Diaper drive to support True Options Pregnancy Center
  • Flowing Wells Marina
    Festivities begin at 5pm
    Bonfire, bring lawn chairs & beverages!
  • Highport Marina  

Burn your socks and bring your flip flops to celebrate the arrival of spring!

When: 11 am
Where: The parking lot between Mo’s Grill and the Island Bar & Grill
The burn pit will be set up in front of the Island Bar & Grill. A donation basket will be available for donating new socks to the Stockings for Seniors Charity.
At the Island Bar & Grill- ALL YOU CAN EAT shrimp boil
– Grey Guymon will be performing from 11 am – 2 pm
At Mo’s Grill – After-Burn Party with St. Paddy’s Irish food and drink specials.

Austin College Chef Completes Rigorous Training

Chef Josh Brigman Austin College Chef

Austin College and its Dining Services partner Aramark announce Chef Josh Brigman as a recent graduate of Culinary Institute of America ProChef II Certification Training. Brigman completed CIA training in San Antonio, demonstrating proficiency in general culinary applications, basic food science, baking and pastry, healthy cooking and nutritional analysis, management and supervisory skills, dietary guidelines for Americans, and the basic concepts of financial controls of a food operation.

Chef Josh Brigman

“Josh is a respectful leader who is passionate about providing high-quality food that enriches and nourishes lives,” said Thomas Hermanson, Director of Food Services at Austin College. “His creativity allows for unique and tasty innovations. His work ethic and commitment to excellence are contagious.” Brigman has worked with Aramark at Austin College since June 2017.

“Aramark’s partnership with the Culinary Institute of America is part of an ongoing commitment to provide our leading culinary chefs with the training and tools needed to excel in their careers while delivering outstanding outcomes for our clients and customers,” Hermanson said. CIA is accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

“Aramark’s partnership with the Culinary Institute of America is part of an ongoing commitment to provide our leading culinary chefs with the training and tools needed to excel in their careers while delivering outstanding outcomes for our clients and customers,” Hermanson said. CIA is accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

Aramark at Austin College is a complete custom catering business with experience in weddings, anniversary dinners, parties, receptions, banquets, corporate events, cookouts, and school functions. For more information on facility rental and catering at Austin College, contact Hermanson at 903.813.2366 or thermanson@austincollege.edu.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives,Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with 46 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Lake Texoma fishing with Capt Steve Barnes

You know it’s about spring when the red birds start singing their song.

March is big fish month on Texoma — Big fat pre-spawn fish will move up out of the deep water to feed before making their annual run up the river. February fishing is ok but I love the springtime so I spend some of my time in February for boat maintenance and preparation for the upcoming season. I can’t believe it’s Valentine’s day already.

Spring dates are booking up fast and before you know it I will be out on Texoma chasing big striper every day. My bait of choice in the spring time is a 5″ swim bait on a 1oz jighead. I will fish with any color as long as it is glow or chartreuse. On days when I have experienced anglers we will cast them but when my crew is lacking casting skills we troll them on spreader rigs.

Big striped bass caught on Lake Texoma with Capt Steve Barnes Feb 2019

Most days you need to concentrate on shallow structure in 10 – 25 foot of water. I describe structure as any difference in water depth like points and humps or a difference in bottom composition from the normal like gravel, rock, timber and man made structures. While fishing structure always keep your eye open for working birds as that can happen anywhere at anytime in the spring. It’s about to get serious up here on Texoma and I’m ready.

Capt Steve Barnes – Lake Texoma Striper Guide