Damon Langlois has been awarded 1st Place for his incredible sand sculpture, “Liberty Crumbling”, at the 2019 Texas SandFest. The 23rd annual Texas SandFest drew 35,000 people to Port Aransas, Texas and is recognized as the largest native-sand sculpture competition in the United States.
Texas SandFest’s mission is to give back to the community by raising funds for local charities and scholarships for high school students. This year they raised $355,000 and have raised $1,261,750 for charities in the last 8 years.
To see all of the winners from this year’s competition click here.
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By Teresa Gubbins
The iconic Lakewood Theater will soon be home to a new bowling alley, when a Colorado-based concept called Bowlski’s opens in the long-vacant venue. According to their website, they’ll open in summer 2019.
Bowlski’s is a family-run bowling business started in Colorado by Craig and Jennifer Spivey, who have more than 10 years’ experience in the restaurant industry and five-plus years operating as bowling proprietor.
Bowlounge and Bowlero are bowling cousins. (Courtesy photo)
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The Challenger Disaster is the true story of the night before the Challenger explosion in 1986 when a hot headed engineer leads a desperate attempt to stop the launch and the subsequent cover up and whistle blowing. This is the 2nd film by Nathan VonMinden.
Now available on iTunes and Amazon.
By Alex Bentley
The documents will be on display, free of charge, during regular box office hours and during each performance. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
A copy of the Declaration of Independence and other historical American documents will go on display during the run of Hamilton in Dallas, April 2 to May 5.
Dallas Summer Musicals, in partnership with the Dallas Public Library and Seth Kaller Inc., will present a collection of Revolutionary War and Founding Era documents in the lobby of the Music Hall at Fair Park during the show’s run.
The centerpiece of the display will be the Dallas Public Library’s rare, July 4, 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence.
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Mark your calendars for our Texas Independence Day Celebration. We will be hosting an event on Saturday March 2nd at the Torian Cabin, 215 S. Main Street, located in Liberty Park in Historic downtown Grapevine, from 10 am – 2:00 pm.
There will be live music, chili served from a covered wagon, hayrides and lots of fun for the whole family to enjoy as Mayor of Grapevine William D. “Bill” Tate kicks the event off, in honor of Texas Independence and Grapevine’s 175th birthday festivities.
Special Kick-Off Program at 10:30 am: Honorable William D. Tate / Council Woman Duff O’Dell / State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione / David Hansford as “Sam Houston”
** Free admission!**
Our March program will feature Jack Edmondson – a Texas Historian and accomplished author, whose works include The Alamo Story, several journal articles, performances in several films, and on the History and Discovery Channels. Since 1985 his primary passion has been historical reenactments of famous Texas characters including Jim Bowie, Sam Houston, William Travis, and General Tarrant. Please join us on Monday, March 25 at 7:00 PM at the Grapevine Public Library to hear his reenactment during this month as we celebrate Texas independence. Our programs are always free and open to the public with refreshments served at 6:30 PM.
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By Renee Yan
Several local events take place this weekend.
Friday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Jan. 27:
1. Theatre production in Grapevine
Runway Theatre premieres its latest musical production “Fly by Night.” Set in New York in 1964, the story follows protagonist Harold and his connection with two sisters. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $22-$25 per ticket. Runway Theatre, 215 N. Dooley St., Grapevine. 817-488-4842. www.runwaytheatre.com
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This week’s newsletter includes upcoming holiday camp info, registration openings, details on downtown Christmas lights, and a reminder that tickets are on sale to The Greatest Showman inspired Daddy Daughter Dance happening in early January!
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Courtesy of Grapevine Parks & Rec
Check out downtown Grapevine’s Christmas light shows and attractions! Here is some of what you can expect right here in the Christmas Capitol of Texas®!
- There is a synchronized lightshow in Liberty Plaza that includes singing The Chilly Dawgs, City Hall lights and the Chunnel. The show is about 30 minutes long and runs continuously from 9:00 am – 11:00 pm. This attraction can be enjoyed during the day, though it is more impressive after dark. Don’t forget there is 100% chance of snow flurries every half hour (6:00 – 11:00 pm).
- At the Town Square Gazebo, our oversized singing tree performs a nine-song synchronized light show on top of the drum 24/7 right inside of Whoville. This attraction is also more impressive after dark. And don’t forget there is 100% chance of snow flurries here too, every half hour (6:00 – 11:00 pm).
Registration for the Spring Youth Baseball & Softball season is now open! In the spirit of the holiday season, we have a discount gift of $10 off your league registration when you register in the month of December. Divisions will begin to fill up quickly, so make sure to register prior to February 1 to avoid a late fee. The Spring GBS season will begin Saturday, March 23. Visit GBSA.org for division pricing and registration.
Grapevine Parks & Recreation has teamed up again this holiday season with Higher Goals to provide Christmas and New Year’s youth basketball camps. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-15 at all skill levels. The camps are a great mix of fun and learning and provides an awesome way to stay in shape during the holidays. Each camp is $90 for all three days. Please register at GoGrapevine.com, or for more information, call 817.410.3450.
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By Renee Yan
The holiday season ushers in a host of Christmas-oriented events in the community.
Friday, Dec. 7:
1. Christmas preparations in Grapevine
Families and friends can help Nash Farm get ready for the holidays by making ornaments and decorating the tree while enjoying cider and cookies. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. sessions. $3 per person. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3558. www.nashfarm.org
Saturday, Dec. 8:
2. Holiday open house in Southlake
The Southlake Public Library hosts a holiday open house event, featuring a jazz concert, craft activities and food. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake. 817-748-8243. www.cityofsouthlake.com/93/Library
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Photo: Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
Bring the entire family TONIGHT from 7 – 9 pm to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.
The Grapevine Chamber and City of Grapevine, with the support of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, work together to create the Annual Grapevine Parade of Lights.
For more information, call (817) 481-1522 or send an email.
Please refer to the map below for parade route and parking information.
Photo Courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge
On the heels of the resort’s 10-year anniversary at 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, Great Wolf Lodge will complete a transformation for its 605 guest rooms and update its grand lobby by Dec. 31 this year.
“We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year and plan to enter our next decade in grand style with the most extensive resort renovation to date,” said Phil Cunningham, general manager at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, in a news release. “We’re so excited to provide our guests with a completely new room experience to further enhance the incredible family getaway offered at Great Wolf Lodge.”
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