Category Archives: Grapevine

Upcoming Road Closure in Grapevine

70453104_10162631651780268_8964929861651005440_nNorthGate Constructors will conduct work on Bass Pro Drive from SH 26 to southbound SH 121 frontage road from Thursday night, September 19 starting at 8pm until 6am Friday morning, September 20. Then, the majority of their work will take place from 7am on Saturday, September 21 until 7am Sunday morning, September 22.

This work will require a full closure of Bass Pro Drive from SH 26 to the southbound SH 121 frontage road.

  • Eastbound traffic on Bass Pro Drive will be detoured to the hook ramp at the southbound SH 121 frontage road.
  • Westbound traffic on Bass Pro Drive will be detoured to the northbound SH 121 frontage, then to Sandy Lake Road.
  • Drivers will still be able to cross the Bass Pro Drive bridge in order to turn left on the southbound SH 121 frontage road.
  • The 7-Eleven and Embassy Suites Hotel will still have driveway access on northbound SH 26.
  • Bass Pro Shops will still have driveway access from the southbound SH 121 frontage road.

View a map that describes the closure and detour routes at bit.ly/2kjZu44. This second map shows the business driveway closures at bit.ly/2km5nxH.

Visit DFWConnector.com or text DFWC4 to 77222 for real-time updates.

We Will Never Forget

Here are some photos from the aftermath of Grapevine’s ceremony this morning at the 9/11 Memorial on NW Highway at Texan Trail. It was obvious that there was an outpouring of love and remembrance. The City of Grapevine has photos of the ceremony on their Facebook Page.

Road closures and detours in Grapevine this weekend 8/16 – 8/19

67786291_2659990824012394_3533004183173070848_nMake sure friends know about road closures this weekend in Grapevine, so everyone can plan the best routes and avoid delays.

  • From 8:00 Friday (8/16) to 6am Monday (8/19) Bass Pro Drive will be shut down between SH-26 and SH-121. SH-121 traffic will also be diverted onto the frontage roads.
  • Northbound SH-121/FM 2499 will be shut down at Bass Pro. Southbound SH-121 will be shut down at FM 2499/Grapevine Mills Parkway.
  • Off-ramps connecting SH-121 and I-635 will also be closed, so plan alternate routes.

The closures will allow crews to demolish the old Bass Pro Drive bridge. You can see a full list of closures (and detour maps) at: www.dfwconnector.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/.

Editor’s Corner: The Grapevine Escape provides opportunities to exercise the brain, encourages teamwork

By Stacey Doud

GE Outside SignageMy stepdaughter and I recently visited The Grapevine Escape, located at 160 N. Main Street in Grapevine. We had a terrific time!

Escape Rooms are a relatively new form of entertainment in which the participants are “locked” in a room (there is always the option of leaving the room for potty breaks, illness or other needs) and are given 60 minutes to escape. Each room has a theme and a backstory.

Escape Rooms have gotten so popular that there was a movie made this year called, amazingly, “Escape Room.” It is classified as a horror/thriller, but fortunately, we were safe and sound in The Grapevine Escape.

FocusTecWhen we visited, our room was called “FocusTec Labs.” The backstory, which is available to read on the website, involved the Chief Technical Officer of the fictional FocusTec Labs going missing, and unfortunately, she was the only one who could keep the lab functional. Our job was to figure out a series of puzzles, find out what happened to the missing executive and escape the room.

When I say puzzles, I don’t mean crosswords or a box with 1,000 pieces in it. I mean that we had to investigate the room, find clues, keys, combination numbers and the like. It was a real mind-bender with some really awesome special effects. I am lucky that my stepdaughter has a natural talent for puzzles. I’d still be in the room had I been by myself! The rooms encourage critical thinking, teamwork, time management and problem solving, all which exercised our noggins!

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Co-Owner Amber Sebastian

Participants are allowed three hints, though our Games Master took pity on us and gave us a couple of freebie hints. Our Games Master was one of the owners, Amber Sebastian, who sat in a back room, watching and listening to everything we said and did. When we ran into a situation we couldn’t figure out, Amber was able to send hints to the television screen in the room.

“Building escape rooms is quite a challenge, but it is also lots of fun!” said Sebastian, who is co-owner, along with her husband, Russell. “We design rooms full of puzzles – a creative sandbox that kids and adults get to play in, and we simply love creating them! However, building escapes is only half the fun – watching teams escape them is the real joy,” she added.

The Grapevine Escape is not only fun for families – many companies use escape rooms as team building exercises. If more than one group books a room for the same time (10 people are allowed in a room at one time), then participants may be paired with strangers to give the experience a whole new dynamic.

There’s also an offering that I have never seen from an Escape Room company. “Escape Excursions” are travel rooms that are administered by The Grapevine Escape personnel in a remote location, such as a company, a birthday party, a family reunion or a just-for-fun party. While not as visually complex as being in one of their Escape Rooms, excursions offer the additional convenience and flexibility of the puzzles coming to you! 

While we didn’t actually “escape,” we came close and had a fabulous time trying. The Grapevine Escape currently offers three Escape Rooms. You can check out the backstories and learn more about the experience at TheGrapevineEscape.com or give them a call at 817-601-5663.

Editor’s Corner: Why my dad loved this farm

By Stacey Doud

My dad and stepmom came up from Houston to visit me this weekend. My dad’s birthday is always right around Father’s Day, which is partly handy and partly yucky. It’s like a person having a birthday around Christmas – double gifts or one big one? This year, I gave him the gift of my time, as we don’t get to see each other as much since I moved to Grapevine from the Houston area.

I decided to act as a tour guide as we drove around Grapevine. There is so much to do here! But knowing my father and my stepmom, I decided to show them Nash Farm first.

I have been there several times, so I got to tell them a little about the history. Thomas Jefferson Nash and his family bought 450 acres in Grapevine in 1859. Over the years, it got sold off, and what remains is a little over five acres of land, which is used as a working farm, as well as a tourist attraction and a tribute to the Nash family and Grapevine’s history.

Nash built the house on the property in 1869, and the folks at Nash Farm and the Heritage Society in Grapevine have renovated it and keep it in superb condition. All of the furniture, clothing, kitchen tools and décor are either original to the house or are items that one would find in the late 1800’s.

Outside, they keep chickens, turkeys, sheep and Leroy the Barn Cat. The Farm Store offers all kinds of information and wares that were common in the 1800’s, even though a bonnet may have been sewn last week. The craftsmanship shows that the folks that work and volunteer there really care about what they are doing.

They hold all kinds of fun events. The next thing on their calendar is an Ice Cream Social where folks can enjoy homemade ice cream while learning about the Farm, as well as farming itself.

I drive by Nash Farm a lot, just in my local city travels. I get to see the big field of crops that are grown out front. The crops are changed out by season. Right now, they are harvesting wheat and growing corn. As with everything at Nash Farm, it is obvious that they offer the best, grown with close attention, loving care and a bit of science.

My dad really enjoyed looking at the antique tractors and other farm equipment. My stepmom fell in love with the turkeys, so I didn’t mention that they would be someone’s Thanksgiving dinner.

The employees and volunteers dress in 1920’s clothing and may be found churning butter or sewing a bonnet on an authentic foot-powered sewing machine from that time.

The trip to Nash Farm was a big hit with my family, and they want to come back again to see more.

To learn more about Nash Farm, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/nash-farm/.

Grapevine Police Locate SUV of Missing Woman

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Joyce Payne

Investigators have located the SUV belonging to a woman reported missing in Grapevine two weeks ago. After multiple searches throughout the city and lake area, a team using sonar equipment at Grapevine Lake identified a vehicle submerged nearly 400 feet from the shoreline. 

Dive teams confirmed that the make, model, and license plate number match the vehicle owned by 66-year-old Joyce Payne. Due to the depth of the SUV and murkiness of the water, police have not yet been able to confirm if Payne is inside the vehicle.  

Police and fire personnel will remain on scene until the SUV can be removed from the water.  Grapevine detectives are in contact with Payne’s family, and have made them aware of the vehicle’s discovery. The Payne family is asking for privacy at this time as they await more information.

Grapevine Police thank the public for helping search for Mrs. Payne.  Any updates on the case will be made after the vehicle is recovered.

What’s going on with the water towers?

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Photo: Stacey Doud

Citizens of Grapevine May have noticed that something is going on with the local water towers. The one located on Shady Brook Drive (next to the Public Works building) has been tented on and off for the past few weeks.

According to a spokesperson at Public Works, the activity is for resurfacing and repainting the towers.

“The weather has been bad, so they haven’t been able to get things done as quickly as we hoped,” she said.

She assures citizens that the work being done will have no effect on water quality or availability.

Soon, we will have newly painted water towers that will freshly represent the great City of Grapevine.

For more information, call Public Works at 817.410.3330 or visit them at 501 Shady Brook Dr.

Texas Artist Partners with Mother Nature, displays at Main Street Festival

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Does Texas possess the most beautiful rocks in the world? State recognized artist Bob Wolf thinks so. Armed with a saw, grinder, and his imagination, he cuts, grinds, and polishes semi-precious rock and sets each one into a custom jewelry setting. He, along with one hundred other artists, will be showing their art at this year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest in Downtown Grapevine.     

“While painters use flat canvas, I use three-dimensional rock to produce pieces of art more beautiful than what I could make myself. Mother Nature is fun to work with,” says Wolf, whom the Texas Commission on the Arts has recognized twice as a State of Texas Artist finalist.

To bring out a stone’s best colors and patterns, slabs of rock are cut and then decisions are made on how to cut and shape the stone to best showcase what Mother Nature placed in the rock. Then a setting is custom made using silver and gold-filled wire. 

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Photo: Bob Wolf

Besides describing how he produces his work, visitors to Mr. Wolf’s booth can hold and see what Australian opal, Southwest raw turquoise, West Texas plume agate, and East Texas petrified palm wood look like before they are made into jewelry.

“For children, I have dinosaur bones and dinosaur coprolite to inspect with a magnifier.  When children learn what dinosaur coprolite is, they quickly return the specimens to the table,” says Mr. Wolf mischievously. [It’s fossilized dinosaur poop]

“This is our second appearance at Main Street Fest. Lots of good music, beverages, and food. We are looking forward to participating once again.”

This year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest will be held in downtown Grapevine from Friday, May 17 from 10 am to 11:30 pm; Saturday May 18th from 10 am to 11:30 pm; and Sunday, May 19th from 11 am to 6 pm. Mr. Wolf’s art booth can be found under a banner reading “State of Texas Artist Finalist.”

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Bob Wolf at Work (Photo courtesy of Bob Wolf)

UPDATE: Grapevine woman’s refusal to confront burglar may have saved her life

A woman’s decision to call police instead of confront a car burglar may have helped save her life.

On the morning of April 24, a woman at Aura Four44 apartments walked into the parking garage and saw a man breaking into her car. She ran back into her apartment and called 911.

Grapevine Police arrived within minutes, and after noting several cars with broken windows, spotted two men matching the descriptions given by the victim. The men were crouched down between a car and wall. An officer yelled for them to stop, but both men started running. The officer chased them over a parking garage ledge onto the ground below. At that point, another officer flashed his emergency lights, and the two suspects split up.

One officer followed a suspect through shrubs and into a nearby creek. The officer pulled him out of the water, but the two struggled before he was in custody. At one point the suspect started reaching into his waistband, but the officer was able to pull his arm behind his back. Once the man was in handcuffs and searched, officers found a stolen pistol, loaded and ready to be fired, in his waistband. The other suspect was chased to a nearby street and also taken into custody.

As more officers arrived at the apartment complex, they observed nearly a dozen vehicles with windows smashed. They also found stolen property in a car that had also been reported stolen. Although these cars were in a locked parking garage, the owners had left bags behind the seat where thieves could see them.

Grapevine Police want to remind everyone to go beyond locking their cars, and to remove anything that could tempt a burglar. Even a bag with nothing of value could attract thieves. Police also praise the victim who called 911 and kept herself safe from what turned out to be armed suspects. The first suspect was in custody six minutes after the 911 call was made, thanks to the quick action of the officers involved.

Charges include burglary, evading, resisting arrest, theft of firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal mischief, and an outstanding warrant.

Devieja Mitchell and Zavion Nunley (pictured below) were the two arrested.

[Source: https://www.facebook.com/GrapevinePolice/]