Category Archives: Grapevine

Upcoming Oncor Work – January 12 – 22

Oncor Electric and their contractor, Southeast Power, will be conducting a fiber optic installation on Oncor’s transmission line from Kimball Avenue to Texan Trail, which includes a large portion along the TEXRail corridor.

This work has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 12 through Saturday, January 22. Due to the physical size restraints of the work area, Oncor will be utilizing a helicopter to shuttle both linemen and materials to the top of the poles. Intermittent roadway lane and sidewalk closures will be conducted during these project dates. A flight path map for this project may be viewed at bit.ly/3HXLzWr or on the graphic below.

SILHOUETTES BY HAND BRINGS TRADITION, HANDCRAFT AND HISTORY TO THE CHRISTMAS CAPITAL OF TEXAS®

Visit the Grapevine Christmas Village and experience portraiture that predates the invention of the camera! On Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5, world-renowned silhouette artist Lauren Muney of “Silhouettes by Hand” will hand cut a silhouette of you or a loved one. Within moments, you will own a classic portrait that is reminiscent of historic portraits from centuries past.

Her work is done freehand with only scissors and without drawing, tracing a shadow or using any machine. She employs only her eyes, paper and scissors to craft silhouettes.

Ms. Muney is one of only a handful of freehand-scissoring silhouette artists working in the world. She is self-taught and specializes in history events, helping visitors experience the past by participating in their own historical portrait. Ms. Muney has been featured in regional, national and international events, fairs, and museums, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Smithsonian Institution, international museums and events across the USA, in Canada, Australia and Europe. She is a nine-time Master Traditional Artist, working around the world demonstrating her historical silhouette skills to many thousands of people each year.

$40 per person includes two copies of one silhouette. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Walk-ups accepted if time allows. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Duration: 5 minutes per person.

To order tickets, call 817-410-3185 or visit https://tickets.grapevineticketline.com/event/silhouettes-by-hand.

DAR Celebrates Veterans’ Day at Cemetery

For more information, contact Martie Cenkci at 210.861.5005 (phone or text) or email cenkci@msn.com.

House of Shine Features Kid Entrepreneurs and a Holiday Craft Fair in the Christmas Capital of Texas

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House of Shine, a nonprofit, interactive museum dedicated to the study of self, is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair featuring young entrepreneurs on Saturday, November 13 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 334 S. Barton St. More than 30 students ages 8 to 18 will showcase their talents in painting, jewelry, pottery, photography, textile crafts, and much more.

Each student is mentored through the creation and promotion process by a local entrepreneur. 10% of each participant’s proceeds will go to a charity of their choice. Holiday music will be played and sung by local students in the House of Shine backyard.

Additionally, House of Shine is bringing joy all season long through their Santa’s Mailbox. Stop by the House of Shine to send a letter to Santa in their unique Santa Mailbox. Letters will be accepted Wednesday, December 1 – Monday, December 20. Volunteers from the Grapevine community will be helping Santa respond to the letters.

They are also hosting the Christmas-focused “Shineworks” experience, a DIY meets random act of kindness activity. Using everyday household items, participants become Santa’s elves working in Santa’s workshop and create one-of-a-kind holiday-themed crafts. They leave ready to share it with a deserving person in the community. November 23, December 7, and 21 from 3:34 to 4:45 p.m.

ABOUT HOUSE OF SHINE:

House of Shine is a nonprofit, interactive museum dedicated to the study of you. Our mission is to grow confident and self-aware leaders, ages 5 to 95, to make meaningful contributions in their corner of the world. We believe that inside every person is a unique set of talents and gifts that are just waiting to be discovered. Whether you are five or 95, our interactive museum, K-12 curriculum, and self-discovery programs will help you unearth your SHINE – uncovering who you are and how you can make a positive impact on the world. For more information, please visit houseofshine.com. To see our program schedule, please visit https://www.houseofshine.com/calendar/.

UNWRAP A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS IN GRAPEVINE,THE CHRISTMAS CAPITAL OF TEXAS ®

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (November 4, 2021) – Unwrap a classic Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas ®! Be amazed by a massive live Christmas tree on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station, walk among millions of twinkling lights and enormous decorations, and enjoy seasonal events to create lifelong memories.

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The Gaylord Texan Resort invites you to journey into Buddy the Elf’s world to save Christmas while Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland has a 100 percent chance of snow with daily indoor snow showers and holiday fun in their winter wonderland. Cozy up to hot mulled wines in Grapevine’s renowned winery tasting rooms. Grapevine’s chef-owned bistros and cafes will delight you with world-class tastes of Christmas dining and uniquely crafted holiday drinks. Watch classic Christmas movies on the big screen and see magical Christmas performances at the Palace Theatre. This Christmas, treat yourself to a classic Christmas in Grapevine.

See What Christmas is All About at Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas: Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas brings the joy of Christmas to life! Marvel at dazzling light shows, towering Christmas trees, magical miniature train sets, and thousands of shimmering ornaments. A new offering this year is Mission: Save Christmas Featuring Elf™, a Warner Bros.-themed Entertainment piece. Join Buddy the Elf and save Christmas. Team up with Mr. Narwhal and friends in the candy cane forest, stay ahead of the toy quota in the North Pole, prepare for Santa’s arrival at the iconic department store, take part in an epic virtual snowball fight in Central Park and so much more. Also, new this year is Merry & Light, a whimsical, walk-through of an outdoor Christmas lights attraction featuring more than 400,000 lights, a 40-foot-tall Christmas tree with an animated light show, a North Pole display with real falling snow, and more. Inside find a snow-tubing hill, indoor ice-skating rink, snow to build life-size snowmen, and many more family-friendly activities.

ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com, November 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022.

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Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. Enjoy daily indoor snow showers, Snowland Bingo, seasonally-themed crafts, holiday stories, and songs as well as “Twas the Night Before Snowland” Yoga Tails, and the evening Frost Fest Family Dance Party. Transport to a private oasis in a candy cane chalet within the Snowland Cabanas in the water park. Each Cabana features elaborate holiday-themed décor, inviting guests to cozy up on a lounge chair next to a glowing Christmas tree for a respite from the chilly winter weather inside the 84-degree water park. Each Cabana also includes a wreath-shaped tube to use on the Crooked Creek lazy river.

For information and reservations, visit GreatWolf.com, November 19, 2021- January 3, 2022.

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Be Enchanted by the Beauty of Christmas on Main: Unwrap a classic Christmas on Main Street this season and enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows, and wreaths, all set aglow with twinkling lights. Enjoy larger-than-life decorations galore up and down Historic Main Street. After a merry walk down Main Street, enjoy mulled wine at winery tasting rooms along the Urban Wine Trail and the flavors and aromas of Christmas at Grapevine’s more than 200 restaurants, bistros, and cafes.

To read about all of the events that Grapevine has to offer at Christmastime, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/

Grapevine Police Dept. asks for public’s assistance

Grapevine Police are investigating a fatality accident involving a pedestrian on SH-121. 

Just before 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Grapevine dispatchers received multiple calls about a person walking in a lane of traffic near the 500 block of North SH-121 northbound. A few minutes later, another motorist called 9-1-1 saying he hit someone in the roadway. 

Officers responded within five minutes of the first 9-1-1 call and discovered a female already deceased. 

Investigators spoke to two drivers who stopped in connection to the accident, as well as several passengers. All drivers and witnesses were fully cooperative. Nobody is facing charges for the female’s death.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner will release her name pending notification to the next of kin.

Officers shut down SH-121 as they investigated the crash, and received assistance from Grapevine Fire and DFW Fire to help block the roadway. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, a motorist crashed into a Grapevine Firetruck. Nobody was hurt. The driver was arrested for DWI.

Grapevine Police want to thank everyone who called 9-1-1 to report the person walking in traffic, as well as all of the fire personnel who helped ensure our first responders were safe as they investigated the accident. While the secondary crash was a result of intoxication, it is a great reminder to always slow down and move over when you see crews at work.

Case #21-46482

Grapevine Unveils Bronze Sculpture Honoring Cotton Farmers

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GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (October 21, 2021) – Grapevine’s latest work of public art, the life-size bronze statue “Choppin Cotton,” harkens back to a time when cotton was king. The sculpture, soon to be surrounded by rows of cotton, depicts a farmer in his field, head down and focused on thinning the weaker cotton growth with a hoe, to ensure maximum crop production. Sculpted by John Rule, the public artwork pays tribute to agrarian families who arduously farmed cotton on the Grape Vine Prairie to support themselves and their community.

Grapevine, founded in 1844, is the oldest settlement in Tarrant County and has a rich agrarian history. Area farmers succeeded only through hard physical labor, a subsistence lifestyle and dependence on local and outer market trade – initially reachable only by wagons and dirt roads. With the arrival of the railroad and the Cotton Belt Route in 1888, Grapevine’s agrarian community connected to the global trade market and the sale of cotton crops and other commodities expanded. A leading American export during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, king cotton brought Grapevine prosperity – and more hours spent “choppin cotton.”

The statue is located in the fields of historic Nash Farm, a living history farm where Grapevine’s 19th century agrarian traditions are preserved. The farm includes the original 1869 farmhouse, historic barn and other structures. The farm raises heritage breed livestock including Gulf Coast sheep, turkeys, and chickens, as well as heirloom field crops and produce.

Grapevine’s Veterans Day Parade and Fair Honors Purple Heart Recipients on Nov 6

Salute military veterans at the annual Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, November 6 at 10 a.m. in Historic Downtown Grapevine. Veterans and citizens are invited to experience this meaningful day for our country’s military servicemen and women.

This year’s parade will honor and give thanks to those who have been presented a Purple Heart Medal for their selfless sacrifices and commendable action. A Purple Heart, conferred to those who have been` wounded while serving in the U.S. military has been given to more than 1.8 million service members since the award was created in 1782 (USO.org).

Purple Heart Vietnam veteran Eric Newton will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Newton served as an armored vehicle driver with the 11th Armored Cavalry in 1968 and 1969. He received his Purple Heart medal for wounds sustained on November 26, 1968.

36 years after Vietnam, Newton went on combat operations in Iraq and mentored a new generation of soldiers with his old unit.

“The most important thing an old soldier can do is teach young soldiers how to become old soldiers,” Newton said.

Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne, of the 24th Congressional District, will also be participating in this year’s parade and will have a veterans assistance information booth. Van Duyne will also be presenting a Vietnam War Commemoration and a TX-24 Veteran Commendation, which serves as an opportunity to honor distinguished veterans of the 24th Congressional District to preserve their stories for future generations of Americans. Van Duyne is accepting nominations at her District Office through October 29.

Veterans and veteran groups along with Grapevine’s many civic and service organizations will participate in the parade.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Main and West Hudgins Streets and will travel north along Main Street, ending at East Wall Street. Free parking will be available throughout Historic Downtown Grapevine. Special photo opportunities will be available throughout the event.

Veterans Fair, hosted by VFW Post 10454 Grapevine and the City of Grapevine, is from 10am to 1pm. The event will take place in the large public parking lot behind the Town Square Gazebo (115 E. Worth St.) with more than 15 organizations in attendance providing veteran services, programs and benefits. Attendees can enjoy live music performed by Guitars for Heroes, an all veteran band that is part of the Wounded Warrior Project. View military vehicles, enjoy great food from AMBUCS and Elks Lodge, participate in activities and much more. For more information about the Grapevine Veterans Day Parade and Fair, visit https://grapevineveteransparade.com/.

Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Grapevine Veterans Day Parade is held to celebrate and salute the nation’s veterans. Organizers strive to highlight the true meaning of Veterans Day by informing veterans of available assistance programs, as well as how the community can contribute to help veterans in need.

For additional information about Grapevine, please contact the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817.410.3185 or visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

Grapevine PD asking for public’s help to ID suspect

Grapevine Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect.

On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at approximately 11:30 pm, a man walked into a convenience store in the 2600 block of William D. Tate Avenue and pointed a gun at the store clerk. He then demanded the clerk open the cash register. The robber grabbed the cash, still pointing his gun at the clerk, then walked out of the store. 

The robber is described as a short, Black man with a thin build, between approximately 5’5” in height. He was carrying a silver handgun with a black grip. He ran away from the store heading west. 

Grapevine Police is asking the public to look closely at surveillance video and photos. Anyone who recognizes the robber, or has information about him, is urged to call investigators immediately. Tips can be called in anonymously to the non-emergency dispatch line at 817.410.8127 or emailed to detectives at: cidmail@grapevinetexas.gov.

Have a Fang-Tastic Good Time at Grapevine’s Halloween-Themed Events

Have a fiendishly fabulous time during Halloween in Grapevine this October. From train rides and wine trails to scary stories and more, there’s something for Halloween trick-or-treaters of all ages.

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Spirited revelers are invited to don their best costumes for a ride aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Witches Brew Train. During this spook-tacular ride, enjoy two Texas craft brews served in a commemorative mug, deliciously freaky fare of savory bites and spirited entertainment. The Witches Brew Train is $39 per ticket and is open to those 21+ only. This train departs from the Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.) on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Start trick-or-treat early aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Trick ‘R Treat trains on October 30. Enjoy a Halloween storybook reading, interactive games and a pre-packaged bag of treats. Be sure to wear your favorite costume! These excursions are one-hour long. Trains depart at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $16 per person. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Ghouls and goblins of all ages will enjoy Bewitched by the Barn at Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Friday, October 22 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This family-friendly event features stories that become spookier as the night progresses. Guests may also enjoy popcorn and hot cider. Make sure to bring flashlights, chairs and blankets. Admission is $3 per person.

Participate in an All Hallows’ Masquerade at Settlement to City Museums (206 W. Hudgins St.) on Saturday, October 23. Learn Victorian Halloween traditions, make masks and enjoy tricks and treats from 10 a.m. to Noon. Visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com for more information.

Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre hosts classic Halloween-themed movies all month long. Enjoy dinner at a Grapevine restaurant before the show and receive a free small popcorn with a same-day receipt. Tickets are $6. The Palace Theatre is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine at 300 S. Main St. The upcoming movie schedule includes:

  • “Bride of Frankenstein,” Friday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. NR (1935)
  • “Beetlejuice,” Friday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1988)
  • “Dracula,” Saturday, October 9, 4 p.m. NR (1931)
  • “Young Frankenstein,” Saturday, October 9 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1974)
  • “Hocus Pocus,” Saturday, October 16, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rated PG (1993)

On Saturday, October 30, join Sound Bachs at the Palace Theatre as they play some of the best spooky classic rock songs by artists such as The Doors, The Who, The Rolling Stones and more. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $23 per person.

Little boos and ghouls will enjoy Halloween-themed cartoons and crafts each Tuesday in October at the Lancaster Theatre (300 S. Main St.). Watch Halloween classics such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “Scooby Doo: Mummy Scares Best” and “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure.” Then craft your own ghost door hangers, Halloween picture magnets, pumpkin glasses and more. Cost is $6 per child.

Vetro Glassblowing Studio is firing up the furnace this fall for their Hand-Blown Help Create Pumpkin Workshops, Fridays and Saturdays, October 1 through October 30. Glass artisans will help you create a pumpkin from molten glass. Twist your color to create your own personalized design. Advance reservations are required, ages 12+. Visit www.vetroartglass.com for dates, times and details. 701 S. Main St.

Get into the Halloween spirit on Saturday, October 30 along the “Witch Way to the Wine” Hallo -Wine Trail, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). Three wine tastings and food pairings will be offered at each participating winery. This event takes place rain or shine. The trail runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is $50 per person; day of event tickets are $55 per person. Visit https://grapevinewinerytrail.com/ to learn more.

Each Friday and Saturday during October, learn about Grapevine’s paranormal past on the Grapevine Night Watchman Tour, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). A blend of hauntings and history, the tour features tales about Main Street, such as the infamous bank robbery of 1932 and a haunted winery tasting room. Beginning at Grape Vine Springs Winery, the walking tour lasts 90 minutes through Grapevine and concludes with a complimentary glass of wine upon returning to the winery. Group tours available. Visit https://www.grapevinespringswinery.com/ or call 817.329.1011 for days and times.

Meet a cast of wily characters and try to figure out whodunnit as the Texas Star Dinner Theater (816 S. Main St.) performs “Dead, Dead on the Range” on Saturday, October 30. The town is bustling with elections, cattle drives, promises of a railroad, and murder! Horace Grimsby, the wealthiest Cattle Baron in Texas, has been found dead and it’s up to Marshal Jim Courtright to bring the killer to justice. Did the Mayoral nominee Roger “Rooster” Montebank get involved in an election scandal? Could the lead reporter for the International Inquisitor, Barbara Wawas, have made her own headlines? Perhaps Buster Beggs, the gentle sheep herder, was bullied by the bull king one too many times. Or was his wife, Emma Grimsby, tired of marriage and looking to get rich quick? Tickets are $59.95 + tax per person. Visit https://www.texasstardinnertheater.com/ for tickets.

Have a BOO-tiful time all October long at LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center. Their Brick-or-Treat event invites you to build your own haunted house, create your own DOTS bracelet or take a photo with a 6-foot-tall Jack-O-Lantern. Venture through MINILAND to spot skeletons, monsters, trick-or-treaters and more! On weekends help Master Model Builder, Thad, build a Dracula Big Build ® . For more information, visit LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com/DallasFW. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

For a frightfully good time, see divers carve pumpkins underwater at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium every Sunday and Wednesday in October, starting Sunday, October 10. Learn spooky fish facts at the aquarium’s several underwater Halloween adventures. VisitSeaLife.com/Grapevine for details. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

Gather your favorite ghouls and goblins and enjoy festive Halloween fun all weekend long at Grapevine’s many cafés, bistros and restaurants. Live music at various venues along Main Street will get you in the mood to shake, rattle and roll!

Stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort and enjoy family-friendly fun at their second annual Goblins & Giggles event that runs through October 31. Join in for Ghost Stories LIVE! where you become part of a spooky, interactive Texas ghost story. Participate in other events such as the Trick or Treat Expedition where you will experience a world of Halloween fun, Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunts with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the Goblin & Giggles Art Studio and more. For details on events and reservations, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/offer/goblins-and-giggles-package/654/.

Great Wolf Lodge invites guests to a month of Halloween-themed fun with a variety of fab-BOO-lous events and treats to celebrate the spooky season. Enjoy a game like Howl-o-Ween Trivia or Boo Bingo. Create spooky creations with craft kits or flex and stretch during a Halloween-themed yoga class. Put on your costume for trick-or-treat adventures and the Monster Bash Dance Party. Visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/listing/great-wolf-lodge/8/ for more details.