Parker Hurley

As an aspiring journalist with over 20 published articles, Parker Hurley is a student studying journalism at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

All the Fun of Carnival in Foiana della Chiana – Tuscan Trends

February 5, 12, 19, 26 & March 5: CARNIVAL. Foiano della Chiana, located a little over an hour southeast of Florence. The oldest carnival in Italy, the Carnival of Foiano della Chiana began in 1539 and is celebrating its 484th edition this year. Parades start at 3 pm. Carnival in Italy is a time for celebration and gives the community the opportunity to come together. Derived from the Latin word carnevale, which means farewell to meat, the purpose behind carnival is to celebrate the days preced

The Taste Festival: The Foods (and Beverages) of Italy –

Sat. 4, Sun. 5, Mon. 6: TASTE Food Festival. Fortezza da Basso. Open to the general public Saturday & Sunday from 2:30 – 7:30 pm, Monday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Admission: €20; children under 12 free. This year’s 16th edition of Taste, a food fair showcasing the fine ingredients that make any Italian meal complete, will welcome over 500 participating producers and companies. It will showcase a wide variety of food and drink products including but not limited to cured meats, fish, cheeses, pasta, org

Tourist Drives on Ponte Vecchio: Stopped –

A California tourist was given a substantial fine after driving a rental car across the Ponte Vecchio, a historical bridge in Florence that stretches across the Arno River. The Ponte Vecchio, the only city bridge that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, is a unique attraction amongst tourists and locals in the area. From the beautiful sights of the Arno River to the fine jewelry shops that are built on it, the 14th century bridge is a fan-favorite for many reasons. On Jan. 26, the famous bri

Golf swings, family things: Sports bring Hankamers together

Dallas Hankamer said he picked up a golf club for the first time when he was just 5 years old. Golf has dominated as a sport throughout Hankamer’s life — his two older brothers, Dalton and Dane Hankamer, played collegiate golf and his maternal grandfather, Ed Moehling, played in the PGA circuit. The Belton native really honed in on a golf career beginning in high school in 2017. He signed onto the Texas A&M men’s golf team in 2020. Dallas was ranked No. 35 by Junior Golf Scoreboard coming into

Aggie men’s golf comes out on top at Blessings Invitational

The Texas A&M men’s golf team and junior Daniel Rodrigues both set tournament records at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Finishing with the second lowest score in the history of the tournament, the maroon and white shot 11-under par at the over 7,900 yard, par-72 Blessings Golf Club. The team claimed victory by 20 strokes, which is the largest winning margin by seven shots in the tournament’s history. A&M coach Brain Kortan has helped the team

Men’s golf on the road again for the Blessings Collegiate Invitational

Aggie men’s golf will compete in the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., after clinching the 3-2 match play win over No. 13 Auburn at the SEC Match Play. The 54-hole, stroke play tournament will take place Oct. 3-5 and will feature 11 teams. After taking home first place in the Badger Invitational, the No. 17 Aggies climbed up the rankings to No. 6 after the SEC Match Play Championship. The maroon and white are the highest ranked of all teams competing. The event will be p

Men’s golf takes home first place at the first season tournament

Texas A&M men’s golf finished in first place at the Badger Invitational on the 7,259-yard, par-72 University Ridge course in Madison, Wisc. Senior William Paysse received co-medalist honors on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and earned his second career victory shooting a 9-under-par 135. Ranked No.17, Aggie men’s golf finished first at 20-under par. Wisconsin finished in second at 9-under par, with Illinois State going 7-under, Nebraska going 5-under and Purdue going 3-under par. Brian Kortan, coach for A&

Men’s golf tees up fall schedule in Wisconsin

The Texas A&M men’s golf team is back in swing as they head to Madison, Wis., on Sunday, Sept. 11 for the Badger Invitational, the first tournament of the 2022 fall season. Ranked No. 17 after the spring-only 2022 season, according to USA Today Golfweek, A&M may be poised to move up after fifth-year senior Sam Bennett won the U.S. Amatuer Champion title in August and Daniel Rodrigues competed for Portugal at the 32nd World Amateur Championship. The team also boasts 10 returning players on the r

Austin Meade with Kody West at Hurricane Harry’s

Hurricane Harry’s once again is bringing the heart of country music right to College Station! On Tuesday, May 3, come out to Harry’s to see Austin Meade and special guest Kody West to get your country music fix during the craziness of finals week! Meade started his music career as worship leader for his father’s church in Brenham, and while attending Texas A&M to earn his degree in business, Meade played as a drummer in a cover band. After playing many shows and being around music all the time,

ABBA The Concert With the BVSO

What would you say if someone told you that you could be a dancing queen for one night, right here in the Brazos Valley? Lucky you, because ABBA the Concert will take the stage and fill Rudder Auditorium with the sounds of the 70s and 80s on Sunday, April 24. This top tier ABBA tribute group will be performing alongside the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra for one amazing night filled with ABBA’s famous hits. This magical and uplifting performance will take you back to the glory days of Mamma M

Friends of Chamber Music Presents: Arod String Quartet

The Arod String Quartet will be taking the stage at the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan on Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m.. Hosted by Friends of Chamber Music (FCM), this is an event that will open your ears and welcome you into the magical world of music with the famous Mozart, Bartók, and Ravel. The Paris-based Arod String Quartet is composed of Jordan Victoria, 1st violin, Alexandre Vu, 2nd violin, Tanguy Parisot, viola, and Jérémy Garbarg, cello.​​ Elena Reece, Artistic Director at FCM, says t

Eli Young Band and Josh Weathers at Hurricane Harry’s

The Eli Young Band and Josh Weathers are about to tear it up at Hurricane Harry’s! Grab your boots and some friends and head on over for some beers and an unforgettable night at Harry’s on Friday, March 4! Nothing beats a Friday night at Harry’s, where dancing is strongly encouraged and fun is required. The rustic ambiance, affordable drinks, amazing music and western vibes are sure to show you a good time. Eli Young Band not only knows how to show their crowd a good time while they’re rocking

Spring Wedding Show & Benefit

Beautiful venues, gorgeous flower arrangements, honeymoons that are to die for… all in one place! On Sunday, February 27, The Wedding Association of the Brazos Valley is presenting their 31st annual Spring Wedding Show and Benefit. Located at the Brazos County Expo, this is an event for anyone, whether you’re just starting the wedding process or wrapping it all up! Rebekah Stallsworth, Business Manager for The Wedding Association, has worked with them for over 10 years and says she always gets

Cavalry Court Presents: Lane Smith

Imagine a Friday evening spent in the beautiful outdoors at one of College Station’s most happening places, Cavalry Court’s Canteen Bar & Grill. To top it off, the evening will be filled with the country music of Lane Smith– something anyone would consider the perfect end to a busy week. Located in Century Square, the Canteen Bar and Grill boasts a modern, welcoming atmosphere. With one of their hand-crafted mojitos in hand, sit back and enjoy the flickering flames of the firepit as you unwind

Valentine’s Day with Ronin

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: a week filled with festivities to celebrate the day of love. Chocolates, flowers, plush stuffed animals, and a bottle of red wine will all pair perfectly with two special events hosted by the Ronin Farm & Restaurant in Downtown Bryan. Ronin is hosting two separate events the week of Valentine’s Day; Valentine’s Day Cocktails and St. Valentine’s Dinner in the Forest. At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, the beverage cl

OPAS Presents “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Imagine an evening filled with a heartwarming performance by phenomenal actors, who take you into a different world and leave you wanting more after the stage goes dark. There’s no better evening than one at the theatre, where extraordinary people morph themselves into a character to tell a story, to entertain, and to inspire the audience. On Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, OPAS will present “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at Rudder Auditorium. Directed by Marc Bruni and chor

Hurricane Harry's: Shane Smith & the Saints

Gear up with your boots and belt buckles and grab your cowboy hats for a performance by Shane Smith & The Saints with guest Tanner Usrey on Friday, January 21 at 9 p.m. at Hurricane Harry’s. Shane Smith & The Saints, a five piece band from Austin, has been touring all over the world since 2015, and these experiences led to their 2019 album, “Hail Mary.” Their Texas country “Red Dirt” style paves the way for a successful night at Hurricane Harry’s, one of the most country-inspired spots in all o

Weekend at The Canteen Bar and Grill

Nothing beats a night under the College Station stars in front of the fire, listening to country music at The Canteen Bar and Grill. Head on over on January 14 and 15 to hear Shadow Canyon and the Brandon McDermott Band. Shadow Canyon will start your weekend off right on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Known for their 90’s inspired country music, this Bryan-based group always shows their audience a good time with their beautiful acoustics and high energy, leaving a lasting impression on their audience! On

Urban Table: Wood & Steel: "Country With A Roots-Rock Chaser"

These days, we’re kinda getting used to the idea that change is the name of the game, and Urban Table, one of the Chef Tai family of restaurants, definitely shows us how it’s done with their reimagined concept and fresh take on food. This weekend, pair an extraordinary Saturday morning meal with live music when Wood & Steel take the Urban Table stage on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. Here in Aggieland, Chef Tai is known not only for his exceptional food but also for his ability to reinvent the loc