community development

November Downtown Bryan Night Bazaar

Friday, November 3, marks this month’s Downtown Night Bazaar for Bryan, an intimate evening in the heart of our downtown area for local artists and appreciators to gather, mingle, and deliberate over the high-quality craft of our community.

With coffee, stoneworks and jewelry, and soaps and body products on display, it truly felt like a trip to an exotic land as vendors poured into the SEAD Gallery to showcase their finest works and samples for the public eye. Between the bustle of the crowd and the glow of the lights, November’s Downtown Night Bazaar offered an old-world sort of atmosphere for our friends and family, and with it, a sense of wonder at the vibrancy of our local community.

With vendors both new and old making a welcome appearance at the Gallery just in time for the holidays, the Bazaar proved to be another unique experience in local artistry and entrepreneurship, one which AGX gladly embraces as part of its mission to promote community engagement and cultural preservation, as well as economic growth.  

For more information about November’s Downtown Night Bazaar, please visit the SEAD Gallery Facebook page or its website, linked here. For inquiries about the Bazaar or First Fridays, drop us a line at We can’t wait to hear from you!

Rhonda Brinkmann October Author Talk

October 19 marked another exciting evening at the SEAD Gallery and its Author Talk series. This month’s guest was Rhonda Brinkmann, author of the Darla King Mystery Series under the pen name Rosalee Richland.

Thursday’s Author Talk, served over cookies and tea, featured a dynamic conversation over coauthor collaboration and writing groups, since Brinkmann collaborated with fellow author, Cyndi Riccio, to bring the Darla King series to life.

Along with readings from the mystery series, Brinkmann offered her audience an exclusive look at her upcoming projects to provide a unique perspective on authorship and what it means to collaborate in a creative setting. When asked about such influences on her writing, Brinkmann credited to Brazos Writers, saying that “[t]his regional writing group has some excellent writers, multiple published authors, and programs and activities that inspire me to write—and challenge me to write better.”

October’s Author Talk was another in a series of community gatherings geared to bring local enthusiasts together for an opportunity to engage with local culturally and artistically minded people. It was a fun-filled evening of development and enrichment, and Advent GX looks forward, with the SEAD Gallery, to December’s Author Talk.

For more information about Rhonda Brinkmann and the Darla King Mystery Series, please visit the SEAD Gallery webpage for an exclusive interview with the author! For general inquiries about other future events, please contact us at We hope to hear from you soon!

Software Developer’s Cartel Meets for October Gathering

Tuesday, October 17, Advent GX was proud to partner with the Software Developer’s Cartel for an evening of learning, networking, and best tech practices.

This month’s speakers were Tom Peck, a software developer for Serverless, and Dean Brundage, former software developer/system administrator.

Peck, the first to present, kicked off the evening with a lecture that’s tough to beat by discussing new fronts in serverless computing, the latest trend on Amazon Web Services. Highlighting Cognito, Lambda, and API Gateway, Peck explained how these new services provide a new way to build web applications and back-ends (which provides simplified access to data storage) for mobile apps. Think better security, lower cost, simpler maintainability, and greater scalability for your web and mobile applications.

Brundage, following this, offered a lecture titled “Break Out of the Loop”, which examined how software developers can improve their arduino programming using C++ classes. Focusing on multitasking with classes that perform specific actions, this was a great lecture for anyone with an interest in interactive objects and stimulus response (i.e. robotics).

October’s Software Developer’s Cartel meeting, as always, offered a unique community experience for our technically minded friends. By creating a space where hackers can interact, the Cartel continues to grow and maintain a community for curious and passionate hackers. Consequently, hosting October’s event at Ice House on Main was an honor for Advent GX. Together, Advent GX and the Cartel worked to create a space for community and professional development in Downtown Bryan. With this, AGX looks forward to potential opportunities and new experiences with the Software Developer’s Cartel in the future.

For more information about the Software Developer’s Cartel, please visit their website online. To learn more about AGX or the Ice House as a partner (venue), drop us a line at!

Evening on 26th Street Raises Funds for Hospice

AdventGX and Astin Mansion teamed together to create the first Evening on 26th Street, a downtown experience showcasing three of Downtown Bryan’s most unique event venues.

The evening’s events progressed from SEAD Gallery, through the Night Bazaar at the Amity of Bryan, and culminated with dinner and dancing at Astin Mansion.

At SEAD Gallery, one of the venues managed by Downtown Bryan Events, guests enjoyed an interactive art experiment with exhibiting artist Mick Burson and tasting of Texas wine. At Amity of Bryan, Haley Cole provided live music while guests enjoyed exploring the wares of GO TEXAN vendors at the Night Bazaar and College Station’s Blackwater Draw providing tastings of locally brewed beers.

The evening culminated at the elegant Astin Mansion where guests enjoyed Texas Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp courtesy of GO TEXAN and HEB Towerpoint. Astin Mansion’s in house chef prepared a variety of recipes for guests to enjoy along with wine from Los Pinos Winery. The weather was idyllic and guests took full advantage, enjoying a relaxing evening on the patio and dancing to the tunes of Tyler James under the twinkle lights.

The evening benefited Hospice Brazos Valley, the community’s only non-profit, community-based, and community-supported organization offering comprehensive care in a life-affirming manner when curative treatment is no longer possible or desired.


An Evening on 26th Street – 2015 from Jay Robinson on Vimeo.