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Celebrate the 37th Annual Main Street Fest “Reimagined”

Make plans to attend the 37th Annual Main Street Fest “Reimagined,” presented by Bank of the West in Historic Downtown Grapevine on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. This year’s Main Street Fest harkens back to an earlier time and puts local businesses at the heart of the festival. Bistros, cafes and boutiques will extend their storefronts onto Main Street to provide unique alfresco dining and shopping experiences. European-style theatrical street performers push the limits of imagination with their gravity-defying stunts and interactive comedy.

Live music performances on three intimate stages immerse audiences in genre-spanning lineups. Craft brews, tasty treats and festival food favorites are sure to satisfy kids of all ages. Activity Alleys invite visitors to leave their mark on a Gratuity Wall, participate in the Grapevine Escape, or play an oversized game of checkers or chess in the Game Garden. Admission to the 37th Annual Main Street Fest is FREE.

New Look & Feel

At Main Street Fest “Reimagined,” shoppers will experience an outdoor paradise, as more than 80 locally-owned shops with their uniquely crafted treasures spill onto Main Street. With everything from locally-crafted jewelry to one-of-a-kind fine and decorative art, treasures abound.

Hankering for traditional festival food or hungry for a hearty meal? Local restaurants, bistros and cafes take their menu outdoors to satisfy every craving. Indulge your sweet tooth or enjoy a savory bite while dining outside, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the festival.

Theatrical Performers

European-style theatrical street performances will wow the crowds during their recurring half-hour sets of gravity-defying shows and comedic banter. Wonder and delight in the high-energy acrobatics of The Red Trouser Show as performers deftly balance on stilts and juggle a myriad of objects, including each other. Rob & Miss Jane are sure to entertain with rapid-fire circus stunts and outrageous, family-friendly comedy. Who knows? You might even become part of the show!

Visit the tropics and laugh till you cry as you witness the hula hooping antics and side-splitting comedy of The Flyin’ Hawaiian. You won’t want to miss her climb up a 15-foot high coconut tree! British super-secret circus agents, Honeymoon and Butterfly, are on a mission in Her Majesty’s Secret Circus Show to entertain you with their sharp wit and an arsenal of acrobatic antics. Hop on by to check out multiple Guinness-world-record holder Pogo Fred with his gravity-defying 10-foot jumps on super-sized pogo sticks.

Magic Money

This year coupons are replaced by Magic Money touchless payments. in the form of Magic Money and will be used for festival food and drinks. To get started, download the Magic Money app or load funds onto a Magic Money Gift Card, available for purchase from an onsite kiosk. There is a one-time $3.50 activation fee. Payment to Main Street restaurants and merchants can be made via cash or credit cards. Due to COVID-19 concerns, a modified duty of care has been adopted to keep guests safe.

Craft Brews & Live Music

The Craft Brew Experience, sponsored by Gaylord Texan will open and offer more than 50 craft brews from 12 states. Tastings are served in a collectible Belgian-style tasting glass. The 37th Annual Main Street Fest coincides with American Craft Brew Week and will be the largest celebration of its kind in North Texas. While enjoying a craft brew, get your mojo going with The Mojo Brothers as they perform rock and country favorites from the likes of Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and more at the Liberty Park Plaza Stage. Additional performers TBA.

If hops don’t get you hopping, visit the Lone Star State of Mind brew and wine pavilion, located in the Foust Event Center Parking lot. Cotton Belt Railroad Historic District (701 S. Main St.) The good vibrations continue on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station (815 S. Main St.) which will also serve craft beer, wine and festival food. Catch another set of Rob & Miss Jane’s rapid-fire circus stunts and outrageous, family-friendly comedy while you sip and savor festival favorites.

Find more brews, flavors to savor and music from every genre at the Town Square Gazebo Stage (325 S. Main St.). Groove and move to R&B, country and rock with Chaz Marie, featuring Quinten Hope. The Jon Christoper Davis Band blends rock, country and Texas attitude in a performance you won’t want to miss. Dance the night away to everything from Pat Benatar to the Bee Gees with Suzy & The Sissies. Soak in the sounds of Chris Raspante’s unique blend of bluesy rock and Americana that echoes the vibes of the Black Keys, the White Stripes and Wilco.

Activity Alleys, Game Garden & Pint-Size Crafts

Take in the fun of a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Mural or leave your mark on the Graffiti Gratuity Wall. Or, grab your friends for a round of Daylight Golf or Grapevine Escape. Kids, and those who are kids at heart, can enjoy the Game Garden which will feature oversized checkers, Connect 4, Jenga and horseshoes. Leave your mark on the Chalk Walk, make pretend crown crafts or build with a Home Depot kit at Pint-Size Crafts, located in Napoli’s Italian Market parking lot (309 S. Main St).

To plan the ultimate Main Street Fest experience, or for more information about Main Street Fest, visit https://www.GrapevineTexaszUSA.com/Main-Street-Fest/ or call 817.410.3185.

Parking & Rideshare

Parking is available at Grapevine Main Station parking garage (225 E. Dallas Rd.) and various locations throughout Grapevine’s Historic District.

About Bank of the West, Presenting Sponsor of the 37th Annual Main Street Fest

Bank of the West is proud to be an Independent Community Bank, headquartered in Grapevine and serving North Texas for more than three decades; helping to create flourishing communities by putting your dollars to work LOCALLY…with decisions made LOCALLY. Bank of the West, Member FDIC.

About Grapevine, Texas

Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a getaway or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, art galleries, bistros and cafes. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, world-class shopping and much more. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

Congressional Art Competition Reception, Winners Announced

The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to partner with U.S. House Representative Beth Van Duyne to display high school student artwork submitted for the annual Congressional Art Competition for the 24th District of Texas. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 4 at a reception hosted by Rep. Beth Van Duyne from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau Tower Gallery (636 S. Main St). 

The 24th Congressional District Grand Prize winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and will be featured on the House of Representatives’ (House.gov) Congressional Art Competition page.

The exhibit in Washington will also include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country.

The People’s Choice competition invites the public to vote for their favorite artwork.

Voting, located at the Tower Gallery, opens on Tuesday, May 4 and closes on Friday, May 7 at 3pm.

About the Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition, created in 1982, is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of high school artists and across the nation. Hundreds of thousands of talented high school students have represented their communities and have served as artistic ambassadors. The competition is open to public, private, and home-schooled high school students. Students could submit up to two pieces of two-dimensional art ranging from the following mediums: paintings, prints, drawings, collages, mixed media, computer-generated art or photographs. All entries had to be original concepts and designs.

About Grapevine, Texas

Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a meeting or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, internationally renowned festivals and events, world-class shopping, delectable dining at more than 200 bistros and cafes and much more.

For more information, visit Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at 636 S. Main St., visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com or call 800.457.6338.

Get Into the Swing of Spring at Nash Farm’s Annual 1860s Baseball Game on May 1

Calling all baseball fans! Experience Grapevine’s annual 1860s Vintage Ballgame at Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Saturday, May 1. Cheer on the teams as they play no glove baseball with 1860s rules in a Town Ball exposition game, complete with historic uniforms. Gates open at 5 p.m. with concessions and a carnival midway. The first pitch of Game 1 is at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and includes popcorn and lemonade. Additional concessions of hot dogs, Sloppy Joes and more will be available. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

The Town Ball exposition game, played using 1860s rules, regulations and terminology, includes the use of a larger, heavier but softer ball known as a “horsehide” or “onion.” In place of a typical baseball diamond, the game will be played on a square playing field with a batting plate and four stakes with flags serving as bases. Five positions make up the field-of-play. Players will make the experience authentic as they wear the historic 1860s uniforms. Batters will be known as strikers, and the use of gloves is not permitted as they were not used during that time period.

This heritage event pays homage to Grapevine’s rich baseball history, which began with the first organized team, the Grapevine Browns, in 1907. The Grapevine Browns were the sons of early settlers and traveled by wagon to and from games against other area teams. Grapevine’s original ballpark was located at the north end of Main Street. Ball Street, where Nash Farm is located, is named so because it led out to the baseball fields.

For more information about the 1860s Vintage Ballgame, Nash Farm or to purchase tickets, please call 817.410.3185 or visit NashFarm.org.

Grapevine Main officially opens on April 24 with much fanfare

After navigating COVID, a winter blizzard and more than a few other obstacles, Grapevine Main was finally welcomed to the community by way of a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting on April 24.

Everyone was invited to listen to presentations, sip a little vino, enjoy some finger snacks, and watch their kids play in the fountain at Peace Plaza, which is located right in front of the clock tower. Tours from the ground floor to the Observation Tower were given to those that came out to celebrate.

Grapevine Main Station is a brand new 42,000 square foot brick and cast stone Station, which includes Harvest Hall on the first floor, where citizens and visitors alike can enjoy 7 different European style food and drink vendors; Third Rail, which offers a more private meeting space; offices on the second floor; and meeting spaces, ballrooms, and rooftop terraces on the fourth floor.

The front of the Station, Peace Plaza, is a 38,000 square foot outdoor space with outdoor seating, an interactive fountain for the kids (and kids at heart) and native landscaping. Hotel Vin, which is part of the campus, is a 120-room boutique hotel run by Marriott.

The Station also features a 15-story-high clock tower, which includes an observation deck. The tower offers views of AT&T Stadium, downtown Dallas and downtown Ft. Worth. The four 12-foot diameter glass clock faces were custom designed by Electric Time Company, which has been a manufacturer of tower and street clocks since 1928.

The main reason that this project was implemented was to provide a more all-encompassing, one-stop-shop for folks that ride the trains, as well as for visitors who come to Grapevine for all the events available throughout the year. Grapevine has a long history of train service, and these new additions not only make transferring from train-to-train easier, but also offers travelers, as well as locals, upscale shops and dining venues. If an overnight stay is planned, Hotel Vin offers rooms of ultimate luxury.

Several members of City Council presented their outlooks of Grapevine Main before staff contributors; Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board Members; staff from ArchiTexas, which served as the architect for the project; members of Manhattan Construction Company; and Coury Hospitality, who made sure all of the guests were taken care of, were recognized.

“’Next stop Grapevine Main,’ was the conductor’s call heard back in 1888 when the cotton belt steam engine pulled into the new wooden depot on Main Street,” said Mayor William B. Tate in his dedication speech.

Even though times have changed, including the installation of the modern Trinity Metro TexRail system and the improvements on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, conductors still use the call, “Next stop Grapevine Main.”

“With will and determination, Grapevine’s voice was heard, and the design of this fabulous Main Street Station complements our Main Street, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places,” Tate said. “The architectural elements demonstrate our appreciation for great rail stations in the past. The mural on the east wall features vignettes that are dear to our community. On Grapevine Main’s exterior and interior, we have put our heart on the line for the world to see.

“Welcome to your hometown. We hope this place touches your heart. We invite you to always make your ‘Next Stop Grapevine,’” said Tate.

The two cornerstones, one that was inscribed with the names of the people that were involved in the project, and the other, which contained the address in large letters and presented some words of purpose, were unveiled.

The symbolic ribbon was cut after a champagne toast, which was poured and handed out by members of the Grapevine Wine Pouring Society. Members of City Council, Mayor Tate, representatives from the CVB, Architexas and Manhattan Construction Company participated in the ribbon cutting to officially open the building.

Tours of the Grapevine Main Station, including Harvest Hall, the Observation Tower and Peace Plaza were offered.

As the hallways are navigated, the ceiling lights change form from a spiral to a x-shape to horizontal lines. The tour guide explained that folks can find the horizontal line lights to take them to the train depot.

The upstairs meeting and ballrooms were elegant and spacious, with unique chandeliers throughout. Access to the outdoor Roja Rooftop Terrace, which is a feature for guests of Hotel Vin, was available on the fourth floor. The seating area surrounds the skylight to Harvest Hall and offers temperature-controlled “bubbles” in cold weather, as well as open seating in warmer seasons.

“This is incredible,” said attendee Cindy Feldner. “I’ve lived in Grapevine most of my life, and it seems like they keep offering so many new things. This town is very different from what it was just five or ten years ago.”

Grapevine Main Grand Opening on April 24

Everyone is invited to come take a look at Grapevine Main, located at 815 S. Main Street from 11am until 3:30pm!

Come on out for:

  • Free Commemorative Items (for first 250 guests)
  • Community Toast with a Keepsake Champagne Flute
  • Entertainment by Decades, DFW’s Premier Party Band (see video below)
  • Observation Tower
  • Complimentary Refreshments

Additional Food and Beverages Available for Purchase Inside Harvest Hall as well as Mimosas on the Plaza

Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station
A 38,000 square-foot expansive outdoor plaza located at the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road in Historic Downtown Grapevine featuring music, art and wellness events.

Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection
A luxurious six-story, 120room Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel with urban inspired style.

Harvest Hall
A European-style food hall featuring seven globally-inspired kitchens showcasing high-quality, chef-driven, specialty foods.

Third Rail
An intimate entertainment venue inside Harvest Hall with indoor seating for up to 100 people, a gorgeous outdoor patio for 60, a large horseshoe-shaped bar and catering services.

For more information, click HERE.

Grapevine PD Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.

On the Grapevine Police Twitter account, they posted their appreciation for the Mayor’s recognition of this important week.

The NPSTW website states that, “We encourage all of you to celebrate and honor yourselves, your co-workers, your bosses and your employees. Host a party, reach out to your local media and public officials, or launch an awards program. Use the tools and suggestions on this blog to help you make National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2021 a memorable one for you and your colleagues.

“Thank you, again, for all the sacrifices you make to create a better and safer world for the public. Your commitment to your profession is appreciated by all of APCO International, the public safety communications community, and the citizens you serve.”

Jakes Burgers and Beer focuses on community in Grapevine

By Ian Pribanic

From left: Jakes Burgers and Beer team members include Luis Gonzales, Laura Hill, Mike Akers, Kendra Shier, Jenny Donovan, owner Diane Garvey, Jill Price and owner Greg Garvey. (Courtesy Jakes Burgers and Beer)

From the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last March, family-owned Jakes Burgers and Beer in Grapevine has worked to set a standard for sanitation and to make guests feel comfortable, said Kendra Shier, vice president of operations for seven Jakes locations across Dallas-Fort Worth.

Jakes Burgers continues to do more than is necessary to keep diners safe, Shier said, with regular cleanings every two hours, a face mask requirement for employees and employee health checks.

The Grapevine Main Street location, which has been open since 2012, has also found ways to stay engaged with the community, she said.

“We really [focused] on taking extra care of our guests to make sure we were there to add a little brightness,” Shier said. “We’re a family-owned business. These are our friends, and this is our home.”

In facing numerous obstacles, including a disruption to the restaurant industry’s supply chain, it was teamwork that has helped Jakes Burgers and Beer weather the pandemic and the recent winter storms, Shier said.

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A Lax Lacrosse Program: What’s Up with That?

Today, I happened upon a girls’ Lacrosse game as I drove by the Middle School near my house. The school has a football field and a track, so I am used to seeing kids out there during the school week, folks of all kinds walking the track when the kids aren’t using it and people using the field for sporting events. I wrote about my experience with Flag Football last month, and as of the publishing of this article, “Dem Boyz” are first in their league!

Today’s games were all-girls’ Lacrosse. As I walked up to find someone “official” to speak with, I heard a lot of laughter and teasing from the girls that were playing. That made me smile. I know that playing sports helps girls’ self-esteem and also helps them expand their social circles.

According to ESPN and the Women’s’ Sports Association, studies show that playing sports increased girls’ confidence, body image, academic performance and personal relationships. That’s pretty awesome in this crazy world of COVID, girls telling other girls to “just go kill yourself,” at the slightest perceived infraction on social media and dealing with silly girl stuff, like rumors.

I say “silly” because it all happened to me when I was a kid (Except social media. All I had was a telephone), and it would sometimes temporarily ruin my world. Now that I’m an adult, I see how ridiculous (and mean) this stuff is. So, it was really nice to see smiles and laughter instead of cruelty.

Chandler Ferguson, who is the father of 6th grade player, Ryleigh, explained to me what makes these games different from school or sponsored leagues.

“For this league, you just show up and play. Basically, you show up and get assigned white or blue,” Ferguson explained. “If one team is [obviously] better than another, they’ll reassign kids so they can get a wider range of play. We don’t keep score; I mean, the coaches kind of know what the score is. I call them, ‘Coach,’ but they’re really there to kind of make sure the field is even, so they’ll move players around, so the game is competitive in its own right,” Ferguson added.

“The girls don’t seem to care what the score is anyway. They’re just out there to have fun. Look around and you won’t see scoreboards or anything,” Ferguson added. “I think a lot of the girls know each other, so it’s a social activity in that sense. They can come out here and play with their friends.

“It’s been great for my daughter because she can watch the older girls play. She’s said, ‘They can do this, so I can try to do it too.’ She has individual lessons with Faith and plays on a Club Team, she plays out here and she plays for Grapevine MP, too.

“I coach the Mustang-Panther Girls Youth Team. (K-8th) We have teams for different age groups: K-2, then a 3-4, then a 5 – 6 team and a 7-8 team,” Ferguson explained.

The program is called, “Just Play Lax,” and is the brainchild of Faith Renner and her partner, Chris. Last year (2020) was their inaugural year.

“We just wanted to give the kids in North Texas an additional opportunity for playing girls’ Lacrosse. The only opportunities really are the school and town teams, but it’s not a UIL sport yet. We wanted them to have a way to play that wasn’t focused on instruction or critiquing but focused more on letting them just play.

“I think the need was there, and so when you start something to meet that need, people will take advantage of it.

Faith said they really didn’t even have to advertise, as word of mouth brought girls and their parents out to see what it’s like to have a laid-back game or two.

According to the website, Just Play Lax offers a, “7 vs. 7 playing opportunity for girls. With just 12 total field players (plus 2 goalies) in a 30-yard x 65-yard playing area, each player will receive maximum touches on the ball. More repetitions in a game setting means more opportunity for development and more opportunity to try new moves. Players will be more willing to be creative and less afraid to make mistakes – a perfect combination to improve your game and prepare for the spring season.”

No matter what the mission is or who the players are, it was very nice to hear encouragement instead of criticism, laughter instead of anger or tears and proud moms and dads who are super-supportive of their daughters.

Police Obtain Arrest Warrant for Shooting Suspect

Grapevine Police have identified a suspect in a shooting that occurred on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. a small group of men got into an altercation at the Shamrock gas station at 2713 Mustang Drive. Witnesses say two of the men were shoving each other when one displayed a handgun in his waistband. The suspect fired his weapon multiple times. One of the bullets struck the victim’s foot, while another shattered the glass of a neighboring business. No witnesses were injured.

The suspect got into his car and drove off, while the victim was driven away in another vehicle. On the way to the hospital, the victim spotted an ambulance parked at the 7-Eleven on Mustang and Ira E. Woods and stopped for medical assistance. Medics then transported the victim to the hospital for treatment.

Officers were able to identify the shooter through witness accounts and surveillance video. The 21-year-old suspect faces charges for Deadly Conduct, a third-degree felony. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. His name will not be released prior to booking.

The victim is identified as an 18-year-old man from Grapevine. He has been treated and released from the hospital.

Grapevine Police appreciate the assistance from witnesses in helping to identify the shooter. Investigators do not believe others are in danger.

Grapevine Police are proud to announce the launch of an online store

Employees, volunteers and the public can now order GPD-branded merchandise online using the link: http://bit.ly/GPDstore.  The store includes a selection of sweatshirts, t-shirts, mugs, tumblers, pens, challenge coins and bottle openers. More items will be added throughout the year, including a stuffed animal mascot of K9 Maverick next month! Proceeds will help fund the annual Grapevine Police Awards Banquet, which honors exemplary acts by sworn and civilian personnel.

Please allow three business days for orders to be processed. Pickup will be during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) at the front desk of the Grapevine Public Safety Building, located at 1007 Ira E. Woods Avenue, Grapevine, TX 76051.

http://bit.ly/GPDstore