Category Archives: Grapevine

Honorable Mayor William D. Tate and City of Grapevine to Honor Wally Funk with Parade, Community Celebration

WHO: The City of Grapevine will honor resident and hometown hero, Wally Funk, for her history-making experience aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin ‘New Shepard’ suborbital space tourism
rocket.

WHAT: Parade and Community Celebration
Parade along Historic Main Street immediately followed by a presentation by aviation leaders, peers, Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate and Grapevine City Council.

WHEN: Saturday, August 7, 2021, Parade Starts at noon

WHERE: Parade will head south on Main Street from Wall Street toward Dallas Road.
Parade will culminate on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station, 815 S. Main St., with
remarks by dignitaries and Wally Funk.

Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk emerges from the ‘New Sheperd’ capsule (Photo: Blue Origin)

Celebrate the Anniversary of Women’s Voting Victory with a Ride on Vintage Railroad’s Women’s Suffrage Train

Photo courtesy of Grapevine CVB

All aboard! Travel back to the 1920s on Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Women’s Suffrage Victory Train excursions to commemorate the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Dress in your finest suffragist style to commemorate this momentous moment in American history. During the journey, hear stories of those who fought to secure this powerful and important right for all women. 

Specialty trains run Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29. A specialty one-hour train will travel the Tahwahkarro Creek path on Saturday, August 28, departing at 11 a.m. The Cotton Belt Route to the Historic Stockyard Station in Fort Worth transforms into a Women’s Suffrage Victory Train on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, departing at 12:50 p.m. each day. 

The immersive experience begins on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad platform where passengers encounter living history characters dressed in their best 1920s attire. The entertainment continues once passengers board the Victorian-style coaches where living history characters will share pamphlets derived from historic documents and offer insight into the achievements of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, both in Texas and across the nation. Guests are welcome to get in the spirit of the event and wear their own 1920s clothing. 

Purchase tickets online at GVRR.com. Ticket prices vary from $10-$26 depending on excursion destination and preferred coach seating. 

While in Grapevine, explore Historic Main Street’s many boutiques, galleries, and historic museums. Enjoy WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE VICTORY TRAIN time with friends and family as you stop for a bite in our many bistros and cafes or sip Texas wines in our wine tasting rooms. 

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 and 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

Peace Circle Art Installation Unveiled at Grapefest®

Photo Courtesy of Grapevine CVB

WHAT:  The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the unveiling of the “Peace Circle” public art installation, an interpretation of the meeting of Republic of Texas President Sam Houston and 10 American Indian chiefs/ captains on the Grape Vine Prairie in 1843. Sam Houston and the tribal leaders met in a spirit of friendship, peace, hope and trust in an effort to establish a place – a line that would not be crossed – where the tribes could live in peace.  The Peace Circle meeting later lead to the signing of the Treaty of Bird’s Fort on September 29, 1843.

The installation features11 bronze statues standing 1.25 times life size, representing Republic of Texas President Sam Houston and American Indian chiefs/ captains from the Delaware, Chickasaw, Waco, Tawakoni, Keechi, Caddo, Anadarko, Ioni, Biloxi and Cherokee nations.  

The City of Grapevine commissioned Grapevine artist-in-residence Linda Lewis to recreate the moment of this historic meeting on the Grape Vine Prairie.  Lewis, along with members of the Peace Circle Advisory Committee, thoroughly researched Sam Houston and the American Indian representations to ensure their accuracy. The statue of Sam Houston depicts him as he was dressed in that final meeting – wearing his velvet, fox-embroidered suit, his silver spurs and an Indian blanket thrown over his shoulders. Each chief’s physical attributes and the finest details of their 1843 clothing were developed from consulting tribal members, studying photographs, paintings and/or relatives to ensure that the representations are accurate to each tribe. This information has been approved by the tribal nations they represent. The installation will be placed near the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road in Historic Downtown Grapevine.

The art installation dedication will consist of representatives from the tribal nations, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and members of the advisory committee.  Though the Comanches were invited but did not attend the original Peace Circle meeting on the Grape Vine Prairie, they will be attending the “Peace Circle” unveiling ceremony.

Some of the dedication events will include Comanche drum music led by June Sovo, Comanche Nation; Sia Eagle display and presentation by co-founder Bill Volker, Comanche Nation; the “Wyandotte Thanksgiving Address,” the words before all else, shared by Sallie Cotter Andrews, Wyandotte Nation; a Smoke Ceremony and Blessing by Eddie Sandoval, Apache Nation; presentation of the American, Texas and tribal flags with a Comanche flag song and more.  

WHEN:  Saturday, September 18 Dedication Ceremony from approximately 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. with festivities from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. during the 35th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West

WHERE: Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station, located at 815 S. Main St. 

PEACE CIRCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
Paul W. McCallum, Executive Director, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau; Dr. Sam Haynes, Professor and Director, Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington; Matt Reed, Pawnee Nation, Pawnee, Oklahoma; Eddie Sandoval, Apache Nation, Fort Worth; Leslie Thunderhawk, Rosebud Sioux Nation, Duncanville; Sallie Cotter Andrews, Wyandotte Nation, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau; Cody Jolliff, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Linda Lewis, Artist, Grapevine Founder

INDIAN NATIONS ADVISORS: 
Delaware Nation, Sonnie Allen; Chickasaw Nation, Laura A. Stewart; Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Gary McAdams; Caddo Nation, Derek Hill; Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, John Barbry; Cherokee Nation, Elizabeth Toombs;Mount Tabor Indian Community, Rusk County, J. C. Thompson.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Grapevine artist-in-residence, Linda Lewis, born in Lubbock, Texas, received her art education in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Utilizing detailed research by the Peace Circle Advisory Committee, Lewis has created and overseen the production of “Peace Circle” at the Grapevine Foundry located in the Cotton Belt Railroad Historic District, 701 S. Main St. For more than five years, she has been the owner/operator of the Grapevine Foundry and Fine Arts Program, bringing two decades of experience working with bronze to Main Street. She also is an art instructor, does mold making, wax working, sand blasting, bronze casting, welding and patina finishing.

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 and 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.

Rock Legends Berlin & Asia Set to Headline Grapefest Sept. 16 – 19

Get ready to rock out at the 35th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West! On September 16, 17, 18 and 19, festival attendees will experience non-stop live music on four stages during the four days of family-friendly festival fun. 

Friday, September 17 musical headliners include AshenMoon featuring Garry Beers of INXS starting at 7:30 p.m. and BERLIN featuring Terri Nunn starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Saturday, September 18 musical headliners include Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom starting at 7:30 p.m. and Asia featuring John Payne starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Additional live music performances and entertainment will occur all day each day throughout the festival. Visitors will also enjoy a carnival midway and a shopper’s paradise at local Main Street boutiques, galleries and select vendors. 

The 35th Annual GrapeFest opens on Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Admission for everyone is free all day on Thursday. Festival hours are Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday September 19 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit GrapeFest.com

ABOUT GRAPEFEST – TEXAS WINE. COME AND TASTE IT! 

GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. This year’s theme, Texas Wine. Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas. This year’s festival guest wineries from California’s Napa Valley and South Australia’s Barossa Valley will also be serving wines to suit every palate. Home to more than 400 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards producing nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year, Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Grapevine is home to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association and Texas’ premier Urban Wine Trail, featuring a variety of award-winning winery tasting rooms. 

ABOUT BANK OF THE WEST 

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, is the Presenting Sponsor of the 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience. 

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 and 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

Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate’s Expresses Support for Grapevine Resident Wally Funk’s Trip into Space

Wally Funk – Now and Then

In support of Grapevine resident Wally Funk‘s inaugural commercial space flight aboard Jeff Bezos’ rocket, Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate shared words of appreciation and support:

“It is a great day for Grapevine when one of our most treasured citizens participates in such a historic event. Wally Funk is a true trailblazer, and I and all of the residents of Grapevine are so proud of her as she propels not only herself but the entire world into the realm of commercial space travel.  

In her 82 years her passion for air travel led her to experience many firsts. She was among the first wave of Americans, and the first group of women, who trained for space travel during the first space race. She is now the oldest and among the first to chart an unprecedented course for commercial space travel. Wally, as you fly into space, your Grapevine community flies with you, and we hope you have the ride of your life!,” said the Mayor.

ABOUT WALLY FUNK AND BLUE ORIGIN:

82 year-old Wally Funk is one of a dozen women who have come to be known as the “Mercury 13,” which were women who were passed over from going into space. Until now.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, created private spaceflight company, Blue Origin, which is targeting today, July 20, 2021 for its first crewed “New Shepard” mission — a suborbital jaunt that will loft Bezos, his brother Mark, pioneering aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daeman, who took the place of a still-mysterious person who paid $28 million for his or her seat in an online auction but pulled out of the July 20 flight due to scheduling conflicts, according to Blue Origin. 

Blue Origin’s New Sheperd

Watch the entire process here on Blue Origin

Classic Movies Entertain Guests in Late July and August at Grapevine’s Historic Plaza Theatre

Classic movies entertain guests in July and August at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre, located at 300 S. Main St. Bring in a same day receipt from any Grapevine restaurant and get a free popcorn at the concession stand! Tickets are $6 per person. Below is the list of screenings for late July and August:

  • Friday, July 30 – “Top Gun” (Rated PG – 1986), 7:30 p.m. Students at the U.S. Navy’s elite
    fighter weapons school compete to be best in class. One daring pilot learns a few things from a
    civilian instructor not taught in the classroom.
  • Saturday, July 31 – Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday with a
    movie marathon! Tickets are $6 each or 4/ $20. Come in costume and receive a free popcorn! – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:” (Rated PG – 2001), 11 a.m. An orphaned boy
    enrolls in a school of wizardry where he learns the truth about himself, his family and
    the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
    – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (Rated PG – 2004), 2 p.m. Ron and
    Hermoine return to Hogwarts for their third year of study, where they delve into the
    mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young
    wizard.
    – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (Rated PG – 2007), 5 p.m. With their
    warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted
    by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at
    Hogwarts.
    – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” (Rated PG-13 – 2011), 8 p.m. Harry,
    Ron and Hermoine search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to
    destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
  • Friday, August 6 – “The Searchers” (Rated PG – 1956), 7:30 p.m. An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.
  • Saturday, August 14 – It’s Elvis night! Enjoy an Elvis double feature. Come in costume and get a free popcorn.
  • “Loving You” (Rated PG – 1957), 4 p.m. A musician and a publicist help a delivery man achieve stardom.
  • “Viva Las Vegas” (Rated PG – 1964), 7:30 p.m. Racecar driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.
  • Friday, August 20 – “Roman Holiday” (Rated PG – 1953), 7:30 p.m. A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
  • Saturday, August 21 – Sing-Along Saturday! Bring your friends and sing along as you watch movies at the Palace Theatre.
  • “Mamma Mia” (Rated PG-13 – 2008), 4 p.m. The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father is told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.
  • “Grease” (Rated PG – 1978), 7:30 p.m. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they are now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
  • Saturday, August 28 – Join us for Treasure Hunt Saturday!
  • “Aladdin” (Rated G – 1992), 4 p.m. A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Come in character and receive a free popcorn.
  • “The Goonies” (Rated PG – 1985), 7:30 p.m. A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure.

For more information about Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre or to purchase tickets, call 817.410.3100 or visit Palace-Theatre.com.

Grapevine Historical Museum Reopens

The Grapevine Historical Museum, located in the replica Grapevine Ice House Co. building at the Settlement to City Museums, will reopen on Friday, July 16, 2021. The museum tells the history of agriculture, commerce, childhood and other aspects of life and culture of early residents of the Grape Vine Prairie. Learn how life on this prairie connects to the larger story of settling Texas. The museum will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The front exterior of the museum with its wooden slats, white paint and large block letters replicates the appearance of the Grapevine Ice Company, originally built in 1940. For more than 30 years, the company provided ice to Dallas, Tarrant and Denton county customers to help them keep everything from food and milk to diabetic insulin cool.  For sweet summer treats, the ice was often used to make hand-cranked ice cream.

Once inside the museum, visitors will learn about ice manufacturing, farm and dairy processes and other aspects of daily life on the 19th century Grape Vine Prairie.  Wander through Grapevine’s attic, packed with historic artifacts. See how children on the prairie played through the displays of dolls, doll houses and other toys. Peruse restored wedding gowns from brides of days gone by as well as many other treasures. Travel further into the area’s history with the prehistoric artifacts exhibit which features fossils of dinosaurs who once roamed the area. Each of the museum’s artifacts was received from Grapevine-area residents.

The museum is organized by the Grapevine Historical Society which was chartered by the State of Texas in 1974 for the purpose of promoting an appreciation of history, the natural and social sciences and to preserve the history of Grapevine.  

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 and 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.

Celebrate Bastille Day in Grapevine!

Raise a Glass in Grapevine and Honor French Influences

WHAT: Don your best beret and your favorite red, white and blue as we celebrate French food and culture at Grapevine’s Bastille Day Celebration! For this fête, the Town Square Gazebo transforms into a Parisian pocket park, complete with French pop music, street food, mimes and artisans.

DJ Wild in the Streets will be spinning ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s soul, funk, R&B, lounge, vintage international pop and more. Chez Fabien will be offering a variety of French inspired street foods, breads, beverages and sweet treats at their pop-up location. The Ramazinis perform as French-style mimes, and local artists will be showing off their talents as they paint in the streets. This event is free.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main St.

Parking is available along Main Street and in various lots around town.

ABOUT BASTILLE DAY:

The French National Day is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a major event of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération that celebrated the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. One that has been reported as “the oldest and largest military parade in Europe” is held on July 14 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

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 and 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.

Grapevine 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza Information

SHUTTLE SERVICE ALERT

In observance of the July 4th holiday, the Grapevine Visitor Shuttles will not operate on Sunday, July 4. Service will resume on Monday, July 5.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th

Celebrate America’s birthday at the 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza complete with spectacular fireworks set to patriotic music. Viewing locations listed below include some of Grapevine’s lakeside parks and are subject to change, Parking or entry fees may apply.

Lake Parks Viewing Areas

— SUGGESTED VIEWING AREAS —

(Click on each location name for more information)

Boater/Trailer Parking at Boat Ramps is $10 per.

Due to capacity limitations, cars will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the park without paying an additional fee.

VIEWING AREAS WITH RESTRICTED ACCESS:

  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Sunday night. Gates are closed to general public. Click here to make your reservation)

We’ve got music to match the show! 

We have made it easy by giving you the option to stream the show here!

Follow the steps below to enjoy the show to the fullest! (Note: please check your data availability before beginning a stream or download. The Grapevine CVB is not responsible for cell phone charges for extra data use outside of your standard cellular plan.)

PLAY VIA SOUNDCLOUD

  • OPTION 1: If you don’t have the Soundcloud app installed, click on the black “Listen In Browser” button. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
  • OPTION 2: If you have the Soundcloud app, click on the orange “Play on Soundcloud” button. The app should automatically open. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
  • The Soundcloud app is free to download for in the Apple and Android stores. It is free to register for an account but is not required to activate the app.
  • If you have the app but have not registered an account, the song should still play. You may see a screen that says “create an account” while the song is playing. Click on the button, and then on the next screen click on “cancel” in the corner. This should display the standard playback controls.

Please note that some viewing areas have less cell phone signal than others. It is suggested you check how many bars of service you have and even practice starting the music to see how long it takes to begin playing in the case that buffer times are 30 seconds or longer due to lower cell service signal. We suggest hitting “play” at 9:29 p.m. and then pausing the track to be prepared to hit play once the first shell goes into the air so that the song has appropriate time to buffer.

When you see the first firework go into the air, hit play!

MUSIC FOR JULY 4, 2021 AT 9:30 P.M.

LINK TO MUSIC

For more information, click HERE.

Jeff Bezos picks Grapevine woman, an aerospace pioneer, to rocket into space with him

Blue Origin announced Wally Funk, from Grapevine, Texas, will soar atop Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, inside a capsule, as an “honored guest.”

In this 2019 photo made available by NASA, Mercury 13 astronaut trainee Wally Funk visits the Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (NASA via AP)

Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos has chosen an early female aerospace pioneer — an 82-year-old pilot denied astronaut wings decades ago because of her gender — to rocket into space with him in just three weeks.

The company announced Thursday that Wally Funk will be aboard the July 20 launch from West Texas, flying in the capsule for the 10-minute hop as an “honored guest.” She’ll join Bezos, his brother and the winner of a charity auction, as the first people to ride a New Shepard rocket, named for Mercury 7 astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space.

Funk is among the so-called Mercury 13 women who went through astronaut training in the 1960s, but never made it to space — or even NASA’s astronaut corps — because they were female. Back then, all of the NASA astronauts were military test pilots and male.

In an Instagram video posted by Bezos, Funk said she feels “fabulous” about being asked to launch.

“Nothing has ever gotten in my way,” she noted. “They said, ‘Well, you’re a girl, you can’t do that.’ I said, ’Guess what, doesn’t matter what you are. You can still do it if you want to do it and I like to do things that nobody has ever done.”

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