Main Street Music Festival

Sam’s Table

Jessica Cuevas

On a Thursday evening, Yvette, Professor Yawn, Ms. Stephanie, and I leaped into a new experience by having dinner at a local restaurant, Sam’s Table. The ambience is intimate but uncrowded, with a bit of retro, downtown feel–the perfect dinning spot!

The menu has many options: salads, pasta, steaks, burgers, and much more. Thus, we had to take a closer look to see what appealed most to us. For starters, we got the Bruschetta Neapolitan, Garlic Crostini (toasted bread) topped with flame seared tomato, basil, and with a balsamic vinegar drizzle and parmesan cheese, and Patatas a la Brava, red potato cubed fries with an aioli sauce. 

Ultimately, Yvette and I ordered the Sam’s Secret Burger, Professor Yawn the Fettuccine Alfredo, and Ms. Stephanie got a seafood platter.

 The burgers were gourmet and delicious.

For dessert, Yvette had a slice of cheesecake and Professor Yawn a Copa Alexandra, both of which were excellent. It was pleasant experience making it a good way to start off our evening before heading to see the Main Street Music Festival hosting the Double Vision band.  

Main Street Music Festival 

Yvette Mendoza 

As the LEAP Ambassadors finished a savory meal at Sam’s table we then rocked out at Main Street’s live concert featuring Double Vision, the Ultimate Foreigner Experience.

This wonderful event was hosted by the Main Street Manager Annel Guadalupe, a former LEAP president, along with other hardworking city officials that we had the opportunity to meet: Tammy Gann, Director of Economic Development; Aron Kulhavy, City Manager; and Sarah Faulkner, the Cultural Services Manager. 

From the city officials to the families who attended you could see the smiles on everyone’s faces when their favorite throwback rock songs, “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Hot Blooded,” were being played. Some were even bobbing their heads back and forth, while others were playing the air guitar. Everyone seemed to enjoy every second of what the band, Double Vision, did as they played their songs so all downtown Huntsville could hear.  

Although we all wished they would play all night, they wrapped it up with one final song before opening the stage for pictures with the band.

Afterwards, the LEAP Ambassadors stayed to volunteer, taking down the lights and carrying everything back into the Main Street’s Coordinators office. 

Concluding our night, we enjoyed every bit of the concert’s songs and the atmosphere. We not only were able to learn cultural music and meet city officials, but we were able to help our beloved Huntsville Community. 

Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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