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Charlotte Holmes: Texas author puts a spin on Sherlock

By Stacey Doud

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Author Sherry Thomas

I recently had the pleasure of listening to Texas author Sherry Thomas at the Irving South Public Library. Thomas is the author of the “Lady Sherlock” books. The library has hosted an “Adult Winter Reading Challenge” every year for the past three years. This year’s theme is “Sherlocked.” Participants are required to read five books of his or her choice within the theme and log them online. Upon completing the task, readers will win a limited-edition puzzle book, a Sherlock Holmes keychain and a free book.

Thomas’s “Lady Sherlock” book series puts a new spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular Sherlock Holmes character from the 1800s. Thomas imagined Sherlock as a woman named Charlotte Holmes and she compares and contrasts Charlotte’s behavior, personality and methods with the well-established Sherlock character.

ArtOfTheftSenior Librarian Karen Wong explained that, “This year, we wanted to focus on the mystery genre, but there are just so many great mysteries, so what book to pick? Eventually we realized that we should go with the most famous detective of all-time, Sherlock Holmes.”

Wong was tasked with finding an author that has altered the Holmes character in some way. “My first thought was Sherry Thomas,” Wong said. “I had just read her first book in the ‘Lady Sherlock’ series and enjoyed it so much.”

Sherry Thomas was born in China and left the country when she was 13 years old, when her family immigrated to Louisiana. She credits American romance novels as her English tutor, as Chinese was her original language. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU) and the University of Texas (UT).

With Bachelors and Masters degrees in accounting, life eventually led Thomas in a different direction. When asked where the idea of Lady Sherlock came from, Thomas said, “I had been a fan of Sherlock Holmes for my entire life. I read ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ in Chinese. I also watched the TV show in China in the mid-80s.

“Around the same time, I discovered ‘The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. (The Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.).'”

This book was written by Nicholas Meyer and was published in 1993. It looked at events from the perspective of Holmes’ sidekick, Dr. Watson, and includes Dr. Sigmund Freud as Holmes’s counterpart, with Watson chronicling their adventures.

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A video wall at the Irving South Library

“That showed me that a lot of other people have been writing Sherlock Holmes stuff. Right around the time I went to UT, I read ‘The Beekeeper’s Apprentice,’ which is the first book in a series called ‘Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes’, [which was written by Laurie King and published in 1994]. I loved that book so much that I would listen to audio cassettes of the book series,” said Thomas.

“It wasn’t until the new BBC [British Broadcasting Corporation] show with Benedict Cumberbatch came out that I thought, ‘I wonder what else people could do with Sherlock Holmes to bring him into the 21st century?’” Thomas said. “It was about the same time that CBS came out with their show, ‘Elementary,’ in which Dr. Watson was now a woman. That made me think about what would happen if Sherlock was a woman?”

Thomas’s Charlotte Holmes mirrors Sherlock in some ways but is completely different in others. When asked if Charlotte might be Autistic, Thomas answered in the affirmative and said that the original Sherlock was most likely “on the spectrum” as well.

“Sherry Thomas has a wonderful way with words, and she’s very funny and down-to-earth. She kept me captivated with her fascinating comments, and I think everyone left the event as either new fans or even more devoted long-time fans of this charming writer,” Wong said.

Thomas has written books in a variety of genres and plans to write ten “Lady Sherlock” books. She is currently writing the fifth installment of the series.

For more information, visit SherryThomas.com or The South Irving Library’s website.

Vetro Glassblowing offers visitors several treats

There are many things to do in Grapevine, but some interesting activities and shops lie “off the beaten path” from Main Street.

One such shop is the Vetro Glassblowing and Fine Art Gallery, which is located at 701 South Main Street, across from the historic railroad depot.

Their website describes the gallery: “Vetro (Italian for ‘glass’) is a nationally-recognized, active glassblowing studio and Fine Art Gallery. Vetro offers an extensive variety of professionally crafted glass art, ranging from hand-made sculptures to small glass art gifts.”

They offer classes, team building exercises and party packages year-round and visitors can sit in a small set of bleachers to watch the artists work. They also make custom orders. 

If you’ve never seen the amazing art of glassblowing, make sure that Vetro is on your list of places to visit when you’re in Grapevine!

Vetro Glassblowing and Fine Art Gallery, 701 S. Main Street, Suite 103; 817-251-1668

  • Summer hours: May 19 – August 31st, Tuesday though Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Winter hours: September 1st – April 30th, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Popeye the Sailor Man really existed

60356775_1251963668294665_149174994557992960_nHis real name was Frank “Rocky” Fiegel. He was born in 1868 in Poland. He was a retired sailor contracted by Wiebusch’s tavern in the city of Chester, Illinois, to clean and maintain order. He had a reputation to be always involved in fighting, so he had a deformed eye (“Pop-eye”). He always smoked his pipe, so he spoke only with one side of his mouth. He loved to be around children.

There is no accounting of his imaginary adventures which boasts about the exploits of his physical strength, ensuring he never lost a fight. The author of Popeye, Elzie Crisler Segar, born in Chester, met Frank when where the young man was to listen to their stories and years later honored him with the character Popeye the Sailor Man. Olive Oyl also existed, she was Dora Paskel, owner of a grocery store in Chester. She is also described to dress just like Olive Oyl. Segar kept in touch with Frank and had always helped him with money. Frank and Popeye also carried some inherent features like courage, chivalry and virility. 

Special Weekend Service for the 2019 State Fair of Texas

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TRE will operate special weekend schedules during the 2019 State Fair of Texas (see schedules here). The State Fair of Texas is open from Friday, September 27 through Sunday, October 20.

TRE passengers can easily transfer to the Green Line at Victory Station. The fairgrounds are connected to two DART Rail Green Line stations — Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Departure times of the last TRE train to Fort Worth:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:24 p.m. from Union Station and 10:33 p.m. from Victory Station (Last Green Line train to connect to the last TRE train from Victory Station Monday through Thursday is 9:48 p.m. from MLK, Jr. Station and 9:51 p.m. from Fair Park Station.)
  • Friday: 12 midnight from Union Station and 12:05 a.m. from Victory Station (Last Green Line train to connect to the last TRE train from Victory Station Fridays is 11:18 p.m. from MLK, Jr. Station and 11:21 p.m. from Fair Park Station.)
  • Saturdays and Sundays during the fair: 11:30 p.m. from Union Station and 11:35 p.m. from Victory Station. (Last Green Line train to connect to the last TRE train from Victory Station weekends is 11:08 p.m. from MLK, Jr. Station and 11:11 p.m. from Fair Park Station).

View the DART Rail System Map

View more information about DART State Fair service

Save money, hassle: Buy your 2019 State Fair of Texas tickets on the GoPass app
In addition to buying your transit passes, you can also use the GoPass app for Android and iOS smartphones to buy your State Fair of Texas general admission tickets. Show your purchased fair ticket on GoPass at the gates to get in. To make the deal even sweeter, you’ll save two dollars on every fair ticket by using GoPass!

  • Remember: Buy your tickets ahead of time but wait until the day of your visit to the State Fair of Texas to activate your tickets.
  • When approaching the gate, please have your State Fair of Texas GoPass general admission ticket(s) activated and ready to be scanned.

Sunset Live at the Gardens this weekend

71109372_10157664322307328_9014636213952315392_oThe Grapevine Botanical Gardens will feature 3 FREE nights of live music, delicious food trucks and an abundance of fun activities for the whole family! Join us October 3-5 for a FREE music-filled weekend! With bands like The Spazmatics (80’s Tribute Band), Infinite Journey – The Music of JourneyPOO Live CREW (Cover Band), Me and My Monkey (Beatles Tribute Band) and Motowners, you can have your live music experience any way you want it! Bring your chairs and blankets for a night under the stars with the family.

Doors open at 6:00 pm; bands take the stage at 6:30 pm. Looking for a VIP experience? We still have VIP tickets available for $25 at GoGrapevine.com/SunsetLive.

Sponsored by Grapevine Parks and Rec

State Fair of Texas moves opening day parade out of downtown Dallas

By Teresa Gubbins

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The parade will take place at the home of the State Fair. Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas, which lives by tradition, is changing one: It will move the location of its opening day parade.

After decades of having the annual Opening Day Parade proceed through downtown, like a real parade is supposed to do, the State Fair is shifting the location to its home turf at Fair Park.

According to a release, the parade will now take place in Fair Park, to accommodate other events and activities planned as part of the start to the 24-day State Fair.

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CONTEST! Win a ticket to the 7th Annual KL Birthday Bash!

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Kathee Livengood was a successful Realtor but found the time to belong to, or support, almost every civic organization and “cause” in Grapevine. She was known as the Beer Diva for supervising the Chamber beer booths and she was the expert everyone went to for help with auctions.

She worked at every Main Street Days Festival and every GrapeFest until her death. Over the years, her passion for helping people was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars to assist the elderly and children through GRACE and the Women’s Division; people injured and disabled through the Joey Wilkins Foundation; and anyone who was touched by cancer by founding the Relay for Life event in Grapevine.

Kathee passed away in May of 2012, and several of her friends wanted to find a special way to honor her. She had no children and no close relatives to help preserve her legacy with a scholarship. The scholarship was designed to be different from the usual good grades, financial need type for college students.

The KL Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2013. The scholarship is awarded to women in the Greater Tarrant County area who are gaining educational skills to obtain employment and/or to improve their earning potential. This scholarship may be awarded to vocational schools, culinary institutes, beauty colleges, healthcare training facilities, trade schools, community colleges and/or 4-year universities.

The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Foundation has provided us with a ticket to give away to one of our readers.*

HOW TO ENTER: If you’re interested in this opportunity, please let us know by sending us an email with your name and either your email address or phone number (all info will be discarded after we have a winner and your email address will NOT be used for anything except for this contest). Please use the subject CONTEST in your email.

Get your entry in by 3pm today (Wednesday, 9/4)! A winner will be chosen randomly at that time and will be notified by email. Due to the event being tomorrow, we will even meet you somewhere to get you the ticket or will deliver it in person to your home, as long as you are in the Grapevine area.

Thanks for reading our little publication and for supporting local causes!

[*The Grapevine Source has no investments or affiliations with the sponsoring businesses. We just like making people happy and spreading good news!]

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Download an application for the Kathee Livengood Memorial Scholarship HERE

Blue water returns to Galveston Island just in time for Labor Day weekend

By Rebecca Hennes

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Photo: Official Twitter Of Historic Galveston Island

Blue water has returned to Galveston island for the second time this summer, just in time for a perfect Labor Day weekend.

Galveston Island tweeted about the gorgeous view Thursday, asking residents if they had noticed the blue was back.

“ARE Y’ALL SEEING THIS WATER???” the tweet read.

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Editor’s Corner: Toyota Music Factory brings big city entertainment to Irving, TX

By Stacey Doud

TixI was fortunate enough to score free tickets to see G. LoveBlues Traveler and moe. on August 10, 2019 at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving/Las Colinas. I had never been to this particular venue, so I was very curious about how such a large complex opened in a town with only 240,000 residents. Of course, with me being from Houston, I was used to the Toyota Center and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, both of which serve a population of close to 2.3 million people.

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G. Love with the keyboardist from Blues Traveler

It turns out that there was a bond election in 2007, in which Irving/Las Colinas voters said “yes” to finance an entertainment center right off of State Highway 114, almost adjacent to the existing Irving/Las Colinas Convention Center and Hotel. The complex consists of about 210,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, which includes an Alamo Draft House movie theater, several restaurants and retail shops and a bowling alley. Next to these retail facilties is a 65,000 square foot music venue called “The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory,” which can seat 4,000 people with its walls closed, and 8,000 people with everything open in “amphitheater [outdoor] mode.”

Originally scheduled to open as the “Irving Music Factory” on September 1, 2017, construction delays caused the opening to be postponed until September 9. The developers announced that the venue was being renamed the “Toyota Music Factory” and would feature Texas rockers ZZ Top as its inaugural concert.

The new venue has done extremely well, featuring mostly “classic rock” artists, such as Ringo StarrLindsey Buckingham and Lauryn Hill, to up-and-comers such as G. Love, to family-friendly shows such as Kidz Bop.

I found the facilities very easy to navigate, from the parking garage to the music venue. Once inside (the roof was closed due to extreme heat), there was plenty of room to walk around and peruse the booths that offered show merchandise, as well as food/drink areas, which offered the usual concert fare and beverages, along with some franchise outlets.

The venue itself offered excellent acoustics and plenty of leg room in the floor seats (I am 5’5″ and had no problems. My hubby is 6’6″ and only had minor difficulties). I don’t know how it sounds in amphitheater mode, but I’m looking forward to going back when the weather is a bit cooler.

There were plenty of helpful employees stationed about to direct us newbies when we got lost. The restrooms were placed at good intervals and there were several food and beverage stands placed conveniently around the rotunda.

All in all, we enjoyed the concert very much. We are looking forward to seeing other acts there, and would very much like to try out the amphitheater feature of the venue.

BT

Blues Traveler

To learn more about the Toyota Music Factory and the talent line-up, visit https://toyotamusicfactory.com/.

Editor’s Corner: Grapevine Cruise Night ‘makes Main Street fun again’

By Stacey Doud

Show9I got to go to “Cruise Night” in Grapevine on July 19, 2019. It’s an antique (and sometimes not so antique) car display in downtown every Friday night at 604 S. Main Street in the Blagg Goodyear parking lot from about 6 – 9pm.

I was there to support my friend Richard and his 1937 Dodge police car, but I love antique cars and modern speed demons.

Cruise Night was started in April 2016 by Steve and Barbara Trenkle and Ben Flanagan. They grew up in Grapevine, where it truly was like the movie “American Graffiti.”

“We would cruise Main in our cars, then stop and discuss and compare cars and engines. We wanted to do that again. Our motto is, ‘Make Grapevine Main Street fun again’,” Barbara said.

The event has gotten so popular that the City of Grapevine has a web page for it.

The owner of the 1937 Dodge, Richard Borisenko, and I met around 5pm to set up. There was a steady stream of people all night – some were locals that come out to Cruise Night every Friday, and some were tourists in town, walking down Main and happening upon us.

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“Texas Rich” from Busted Knuckle Magazine (L) and Richard Borisenko

Car owners swapped stories and chatted with visitors, showing off their labors of love. There was also a representative from Busted Knuckle Rod and Truck Magazine which only features Texas vehicles, unlike the more widespread mags like Road and Track or Hot Rod.

It was a very pleasant evening, and Richard got to show off his “baby,” turning on the roof light, sounding the siren (which is so loud, it freaked people out!) and the undercarriage lights after it got dark. He brought his mannequins, “Bonnie and Clyde,” which were a big hit, especially since the dastardly duo had caused problems in Grapevine way back when. There is a plaque about them at the corner of Northwest Highway (Business 114) and Dove Road.

 

All of the car owners, without exception, were very friendly and happy to talk about how they had restored their vehicles.

Cruise Night happens every Friday in the Blagg Goodyear parking lot, located at 604 S. Main Street in Grapevine from about 6 – 9pm. Check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/GrapevineClassics/.