Tuesday Talk Series

Every month, we host free educational and entertaining speakers to speak on a broad range of topics including health and wellness, finance, cooking, history and even musical performances.  The Tuesday Talk Series is an hour or two well spent for any and all life-long learners.

Each Tuesday Talk event is held on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm.  Due to COVID-19, all events are being held virtually on Zoom for the foreseeable future.  If you would like to RSVP and receive a link to any of the upcoming events, please fill out the form below.

Schedule and Topics

September 21, 2021 — Paint and Powder with Bayou Bend Docent Speaker Julie Sias

Paint and Powder is about make up in the 18th century. The elite were poisoning themselves while rural folks had healthier skin. Suffering for beauty is as old as the human race.

Julie Sias is a native Houstonian and has had the privilege being a Bayou Bend Docent since 2014. She has three children and grandchildren each and has been active with her book club for 30 years, all of which keeps her on her toes.


October 19, 2021 — Mister McKinney’s Haunted Houston

Join Houston Historian and TV’s Mister McKinney as he takes you on a journey through Houston’s Haunted past with a few of his favorite Haunted Houston sites in Downtown Houston from his popular tour. High energy and very knowledgeable about our city’s past you won’t want to miss this spooky talk complete with historic photos!

Mister McKinney is an active member in the historical community, he lectures at Rice University, gives weekly tours onboard Houston’s only mobile history classroom, the Houston History Bus, and serves on the boards and commissions of numerous non-profit museums, libraries, and educational organizations.

You can follow McKinney at @MisterMcKinneysHistoricHouston on Facebook and social media and catch him on KHOU Channel 11 and 90.1 FM KPFT.


November 16, 2021 — Winter Vegetable Gardening for Maximum Deliciousness with Dany Millikin, Director of Education at Houston Botanic Garden

Daniel (Dany) Millikin joined the Houston Botanic Garden as its new director of education on Aug. 2, 2021.

Dany is a plant health enthusiast who loves soil, soil biology, root anatomy, and the way they all work together. He loves introducing beginner vegetable gardeners and native novices to new or better ways to grow their own plants.

Most recently, Dany served as Executive Director of the Organic Horticulture Benefit Alliance—a Houston non-profit dedicated to the education of organic and sustainable lawn and garden practices, and previously owned and operated an organic, edible-focused landscaping company. He also hosts the radio show “HomeShow Garden Pros” on SportsRadio 610 every Saturday morning.

Dany has developed and launched an exciting speaker series, horticulture training in Spanish, and an organic certification at OHBA, led corporate/volunteer events at Memorial Park, and partnered with local chefs to present fun programs on plants and the culinary arts.

Although new to the Garden’s official team, Dany knows the Houston Botanic Garden well, having consulted with Landscape Art to help install the Global Collection Garden and lending his advice to the Garden’s horticulture team on many topics during the planning and planting of the Garden.

Daniel is a ninth-generation Texan, and, due to his strong Texan heritage, he is drawn to native Texas plants and conserving the healthy natural setting.

December 21, 2021 — Christmas with Bayou Bend Docent Speaker Julie Sias

Julie will provide a slice of how Christmas was celebrated in the 1700’s through the time of Ima Hogg, the founder of Bayou Bend. Different rooms in the house have been set up to display events based on letters written at the time period being exhibited. For example, the Chillman Parlor shows a child’s Christmas party given in the White House during the time of Andrew Jackson and quotes the letter that the scene is drawn upon.

Julie Sias is a native Houstonian and has had the privilege being a Bayou Bend Docent since 2014. She has three children and grandchildren each and has been active with her book club for 30 years, all of which keeps her on her toes.

January 18, 2022 — Estate Planning with Wesley Wright


February 15, 2022 — Chocolate with Bayou Bend Docent Speaker Julie Sias


March 15, 2022 — Health and Wellness with Liliana Burnett


April 19, 2022 — Space City Weather with Matt Levey


Recorded Past Events

August 17, 2021 — Ten Life-Changing Wellness Tips with Liliana Burnett

Learn 10 simple but life-changing wellness tips that will make a big impact on your day-to-day health, happiness, and well-being.

Liliana Burnett leads Holly Hall’s wellness team as our Director of Wellness and uses her background in nutrition, wellness, fitness, and psychology to create Holly Hall’s current wellness programming options.

Click here to watch the recorded presentation and here for the at-home exercise video.


June 15, 2021 — Breezing into Summer:  A Cooking and Cocktail Demonstration with Chef Peter

Our Chef Peter - Holly Hall - Assisted Living in Christian Community - Houston TexasImagine sitting on your patio with close friends watching the sun go down. You want to impress your friends with a simple but elegant dinner without a lot of fuss. With some pre-planning and prep work already done, assembling this menu is easy and ready in just a few minutes.  You can sit back and relax, enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail, and wait for the compliments to flow.

The menu includes Smoked Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Dressing and Heirloom Tomatoes, Vodka Strawberry Lemonade, and Summer Breeze Cocktail.  Here are the recipes so you can follow along and enjoy them at home!

Chef Peter Huber has served as Holly Hall’s Executive Chef and Director of Dining Services for 8 years.  Chef Peter graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, previously worked at Houston Baptist University and River Oaks Country Club, and has had the pleasure to cook for former US Presidents and dignitaries.


May 18, 2021 — The Force Behind the Forces: History and the Future of the USO with Loren Westerfield

The USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.

Click here to watch this recorded presentation!


January 19, 2021 — Preservation Houston:  History in Progress

Since it was founded in 1978, Preservation Houston has worked to save and educate Houstonians about the city’s irreplaceable architectural and cultural heritage. Programs Director Jim Parsons will discuss Preservation Houston’s work in the context of the Bayou City’s growth and development, highlighting some of the award-winning restorations bringing new life to Houston’s historic structures.

Jim Parsons, a native of Baytown, puts his lifelong interest in local history and architecture to work as Preservation Houston’s Programs Director. Jim coordinates programs and educational outreach for Preservation Houston, including architectural walking tours, video tours and lectures. He has co-authored and photographed several books on Art Deco architecture in Texas, including Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast, and he has written about and photographed cities across the United States.

Click here to watch this recorded presentation!




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