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chuco

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 From what I have been reading in this forum about Ice Houses, there are many in Houston. I took a ride last November to find where Mack's Ice House was. I found it and  surprised me because I thought that since it had  been an Ice House, I thought it was a humongous place/it wasn't.

In my hometown, Laredo, way back in the late 40s early 50s, we had only one Ice House. Allow me to inform you that it was a huge place.  This place also served as a place where they would butcher cattle and refrigerate it in the Ice House.
 
Going by what I remembered of OUR Ice House, I was disappointed in Mack's Ice House stature, lol...
 
Does anyone from Houston know exactly how many Ice Houses, which have been converted to dance halls, does Houston have? I go through Houston on an at least once a year basis. That town does thrill me. Once, when I was looking for Gabbanelli accordions, we went to Houston. Rented a motel room. Got a Houston map and found Mike's place.  
 
We stayed a couple of days in Houston and we roamed the town up/down/sideways. Man, the downtown area is outa site. Funny though because we went all over and all of a sudden we found ourselves in an area which didn't look so friendly. We rushed out of there as fast as we could, lol..
 
Downtown, in one of the Plazas, they were having some kind of "fiesta"..traffic was heavy through that area. I  slowed down because I saw many of OUR people in the park. I figured that they were having an accordion festival. There were many a policeman around. I asked one of them as to what event was going on. The rude policeman told me to keep moving. He didn't respond to my question.
 
Houston, a great town to visit and maybe I would like to live there, who knows, with all of our music concentrated there, I  imagine it would be a lot of fun...Am I right? Chuco

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Que tal Mr. Jesus, segun lo poco que entendí, estos lugares funcionaban como bodega para almacenar productos como la carne y despues lo utilizaban como salones o pistas de baile.

Es asi ?


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chuco

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CARCARODON, yo pensaba que significaba que eran cases donde hacían el hielo??? Quizás estoy equivocado??? Chuco


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No a lo mejor yo soy el que me equivoqué, la verdad no entendí.

Entonces son fabricas de hielo que posteriormente se acondicionaban como lugares para ir a bailar y escuchar musica ?


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Chuco, Mak's is not now a traditional ice house although it was before they enlarged and enclosed it.  It used to be a tin shed with garage doors and a bar and the music and dancing took place outside under trees.  It is still relatively small but they still pack about 200 people inside on Sunday afternoons.  Best party in Houston, small or not.  You should have stayed, you would not have been disappointed.  The best conjuntos in Texas play there, including your amigo Mingo.

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Back in the day i used to got to one called Palmers ice house,its been years.There was another one close by but i cant remember the name.

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Yeah, Palmer's was a good one.  Last time I went there Emilio was performing.  Roy Meza owned it.  And you're right, there's another big one just up the the highway that I can't remember the name of.  Another authentic ice house booking conjuntos now is Scooter's on Hwy 35 in Pearland. 

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Was it Emilianos?

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CHUCO   surely   you  don`t  think  SNOWCONE  shops  SALE  SNOW.
 
A  TEXAS  ICEHOUSE  IS  A  PLACE  THAT  SALES  BEER  AND  IT  HAS  BIG  ROLL  UP  DOORS   AS  YOU  WOULD  HAVE  IN  YOUR  GARAGE  INSTEAD  OF  WALLS

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Before I moved to upstate new york, I worked in an Ice House in Fresno on Cherry Street i think (it was a long time ago), but it was an ice house, no bands playing - 104 in the shade and I would wear a coat and gloves to work - great job!
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RUSS:   I   think   it  was  called  an  ICE  COMPANY.   my  wifes  uncle  own  one  in  ALVIN  TX   and  a  few  years  later  he  open  an  ICE  HOUSE  to  sale  beer  and  have  music  and  dance 

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Cool
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Good morning Chall. So, then, the "Ice House" monicker is just a "Misnomer", right?  As I said an  Ice House to me is where ice is made. 
 
Russ, I worked at "The Western Turkey Packing Company" in Fresno. As you said, it was so very hot outside but we wore coats inside. We had our own Ice House where the Ice was made. We had our own ice shredder where the floor was so very slippery and we threw the huge blocks of ice into the shredder.
 
So very dangerous because if you made a false move you could end up in the shredder, God forbid. I heard nothing of the sort in the short time I worked there but what I did hear and saw were many employees getting very sick because having to go out in the inferno weather and then back into the ice house.
 
Some would even developed pneumonia. Although I was making very good money there, I quit because I got called from the V.A. Hospital in Fresno to work at an almost half the  packing house salary.
 
Figuring it was worth it to me to work for half as less than to end up in the hospital and since I couldn't join the Union just yet, didn't have any benefits. Would have ended losing money.
 
I did well, thank God...

 

GILBERTG, WOW!! now my day has been ruined. I allus thought they did sell snow, darn it...now, back to the drawing board, lol...




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In the old days before many people had electricity, ice houses supplied ice and doubled as meat packing plants.  Nowadays an ice house is a very informal beer joint.  Usually a shed-like structure, big garage doors that open during the summer to reveal a bar, pool tables, picnic tables, juke box, maybe a dance area, gravel parking lot, etc.

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Tigre, I guess that's the reason they are so popular because of the heading" "Ice House"..One of these days, I shall be in one of those and in Houston, man. Chuco 


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Chuco, when you come to the Festival this year, GilbertG & I will turn it into one big ice house!  By the way, I'm hearing through the grapevine about some of the bands that are coming this year.  Gonna be an epic event!

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Well Tigre, it's going to be even bigger because you are going to play the Bajo Sexto to my playing the accordion. Think of the song you want to learn so that I can start practicing it today...


Mr. Tejada shall be announcing: And now, ladies and gentlemen, to close the Biggest Event Of  The Year, The San Antonio Conjunto Festival, here are "Salt & Pepper"...We shall be coming out to the thunderous/tremendous/noisiest of yelling/whooping/whistling and hand clapping that the San Antonio Conjunto Festival has never and shall never, ever again, hear!!!!

I am waiting Tigre...That's  not an  LOL ....Chuco

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That is a very scary thought!  I better rethink this. 

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