Overhead view of The Backyard at The Stella Hotel, site of the Summer Star Parties series jointly sponsored by The Stella and Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy. (Credit: The Stella Hotel.)


The Stella Hotel and the Texas A&M University Department of Physics and Astronomy are teaming up to celebrate the official start of summer and longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere with a Summer Solstice Star Party, set for Thursday (June 21), from 9 to 11 p.m.

Members of the local community and visitors are invited to gather on The Stella's expansive outdoor lawn, The Back Yard, for the upcoming stargazing and skywatching event -- the first in a summer series at The Stella scheduled to take place on the third Thursday of each summer month, weather permitting -- led by Texas A&M astronomer Dr. Jennifer Marshall.

Each star party will feature 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 beverages. For those looking to get the parties started early, The Stella will offer a complimentary dessert bar starting at 8 p.m. 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 events.

The Star Parties at The Back Yard are free and open to the public. Additional Summer Star Parties will occur on July 19 and August 16.

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 star parties scheduled on the Texas A&M campus and for Downtown Bryan First Fridays, 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, 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 a 5-acre lake, waterfront park and pavilion, observation tower and more than 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's coffee shop, P.O.V., 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. To learn more, visit http://www.thestellahotel.com.


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

Hutchins Shana

  • 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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