There's a Wonderful Woman in our region that you might be interested in meeting. Jen Rubinowitz is another one of those "I got here as soon as I could!" transplants to the coast. She made full-time residence status in 2002 after twelve years of escaping here for weekends and vacations. You might have run into her at area arts events or as the driving force behind the renovation of the Rialto Theater and founder of the non-profit organization that runs it now.
After an interesting career playing a telecommunications gypsy and traveling the world, she left corporate life to pursue nature photography, fish & kayak every day. She was selected Poster Artist of the 2005 Shrimporee Festival. It wasn't long, though, before she was looking for something else to do and decided to tackle a major 1909 cottage renovation. Then the Rialto Theater was just too tempting to pass up. Given those great experiences, she decided to get her real estate license to help other people find their place and now manages two offices for a local real estate company.
Jen met & got to know her husband, Jake, (another world traveler) through area music jams and art openings. Now she sings and he plays guitar at occasional gigs and they host open jams at the theater during the fall & winter seasons. You might have seen her alter-ego singing in "Always, Patsy Cline" (at the Rialto Theater) during very successful stage runs over the last two years. They feed their gypsy souls by traveling as much as they can between being responsible citizens. Spare time is spent doing some smaller renovation projects, fixing up houses needing some help from time to time and building a little off-the-grid casita ("La Casita de Tortugas") on their 2 acres under huge oak trees in the Callendar Oaks area of Rockport.
Jen has a strong desire to leave things better than she finds them so it's natural that she's doing everything she can to "leave nothing but footprints." Jake installed solar panels at a retreat they share in New Mexico and will be adding solar to the casita here as well, along with the water well & composting toilet in place now. This year, she bought the first all-electric car sold by Mitsubishi in Corpus Christi and switched to an electric provider that is powered solely by wind generation.
So, say "hi!" to her when you see her out and about and if you can get her to slow down enough to chat, she'll be happy to talk to you about travel, art, alternative energy, historical buildings, or renovation.
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