The Galveston Island Beach Revue takes place just a few feet from it’s original location on Galveston’s historic Seawall. One of the islands most iconic structures, the Seawall history is a key piece of Galveston’s history. Local author, and 2017 bathing beauties contest judge, Kimber Fountain, will be signing copies of her debut book, Galveston Seawall Chronicles, from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th at the Beach Revue merchandise booth.
Along Galveston’s Gulf Coast runs a seventeen-foot-high, ten-mile-long protective barrier—a response to the nation’s all-time deadliest natural disaster. The seawall remains a stoic protector more than a century later, shielding the island from much more than physical destruction. As the foundation of Seawall Boulevard, this structure created an entirely new tourism industry that buoyed the city’s economy through war, the Great Depression, and hurricanes. Adapting to the cultural trends and political movements that defined the past century, the seawall represents the unbreakable spirit of Galveston’s resilient population and provides a fascinating glimpse into bygone times.
Kimber Fountain grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast and was a frequent visitor to Galveston as a child and a teen. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin, she spent many years in Chicago before returning to Texas and making her present home on the island. Kimber has spent the past five years intently studying Galveston history within her work as a writer for several local publications and through her former position as an historical tour guide. She is currently the editor-in-chief and feature writer of Galveston Monthly magazine and serves as chairperson of the Arts and Historic Preservation Advisory Board to the Galveston City Council. Occasionally, Kimber can also be seen on stage at the Island East-End Theatre Company in downtown Galveston.