In partnership with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University, The Stella is thrilled to announce a new quarterly “Star Parties” series. On Thursday, July 27th at 9:00 pm, locals and visitors are invited to gather in The Back Yard at The Stella for the kick-off of stargazing and sky watching, led by Texas A&M astronomer Dr. Jennifer Marshall. Throughout the Star Parties, The Stella will offer an al fresco bar serving a variety of refreshing, festive beverages. Additionally, the hotel is offering a 10% 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 on Thursday, September 28 and in the winter on Thursday, December 14. For more information, please visit www.thestellahotel.com or astronomy.tamu.edu.