Overhead view of The Backyard at The Stella Hotel, site of quarterly star parties to be jointly sponsored by The Stella and Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy. (Credit: The Stella Hotel.)


It's a match made in heaven, er, the heavens for one of Bryan-College Station's crown jewels in boutique hospitality named after a star and a rising star on the international astronomical research and instrumentation scene.

The Stella Hotel is partnering with the Texas A&M University Department of Physics and Astronomy to host a new quarterly Star Parties series, set to kick off later this month.

On Thursday, July 27, at 9 p.m., the local community and visitors are invited to gather on The Stella's expansive outdoor lawn, The Back Yard, for the inaugural stargazing and sky watching event, led by Texas A&M astronomer Dr. Jennifer Marshall.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Dr. Marshall and her amazing team from Texas A&M," said Peggy Trott, general manager for The Stella. "The Back Yard is the perfect spot for an evening of stargazing under the Lone Star sky, and we look forward to having families and friends gather there throughout the year."

Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy is home to world-leading research in subjects including astronomy, atomic physics and quantum optics. The Stella is collaborating with Marshall and the university to host an experiential evening featuring a variety of telescope stations that will be pointed at different celestial bodies, including planets, constellations and the moon. Members of Marshall's team will be stationed at each telescope to help guide visitors through the viewing process.

Throughout the Star Parties, The Stella will offer an al fresco bar serving a variety of refreshing, festive beverages, including the Embers cocktail with Tito's vodka infused with vanilla, Creme de Cacao, whipped cream, marshmallow and a brown sugar graham cracker crust. Additionally, the hotel is offering a 10 percent discount at their on-site restaurant, Campfire, for those who plan to stop by the restaurant prior to the event.

The Star Parties at The Back Yard are free and open to the public. Additional Star Parties will take place in the fall and winter, tentatively set for Thursday, September 28, and Thursday, December 14, respectively.

For more information, visit www.thestellahotel.com, www.astronomy.tamu.edu or call (979) 421-4000. Reservations for Campfire can be made through OpenTable or by calling (979) 421-4444.

To learn more about Texas A&M Astronomy or additional summer 2017 star parties scheduled on the Texas A&M campus, visit http://astronomy.tamu.edu.

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About The Stella: The Stella, managed by Trust Hospitality, brings comfort and sophistication to Bryan-College Station, Texas, welcoming guests with genuine Texan hospitality. The Stella anchors Lake Walk, the vibrant 180,000 square-foot town center of Atlas and Traditions Club, and is complemented by restaurants, retail stores, a 5-acre lake, waterfront park and pavilion, observation tower and over two miles of hiking and biking trails. The 176-key property is adjacent from Traditions Club and Community and Texas A&M University and is at the epicenter of the Texas A&M Biocorridor. The Stella's on-site restaurant, Campfire, offers seasonally-driven fare, and the craft cocktail bar, Hershel's, is reminiscent of a speakeasy. Specialty brews and snacks can be enjoyed at the property'' coffee shop, P.O.V. (opening July 2017), or at The Watershed, the property's pool with a full-service bar and private cabanas. The Stella's expansive outdoor lawn, The Back Yard, evokes a front porch feeling that encourages patrons to relax and socialize. The Stella is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or Dr. Jennifer Marshall, (979) 862-2782 or marshall@physics.tamu.edu

Sarah Jacober Spitzer

  • Stella is defined as a singular noun meaning "a star or star-shaped figure." (Credit: The Stella Hotel.)

  • Dr. Jennifer Marshall

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