Category Archives: Holidays

Happy Labor Day!

Wishing you and yours a restful break from “the grind.”

 

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CITY OF GRAPEVINE HOSTS 37TH ANNUAL JULY 4TH FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA FROM NEW LOCATION

All-New Viewing Locations for 2019!

65662283_10162293749330268_1954354391926439936_nCelebrate the red, white and blue at the City of Grapevine’s 37th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a free, festive 30-minute fireworks spectacular. Set to patriotic music, the show is the perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday. The show begins at 9:30pm.

Due to remaining elevated lake levels at Grapevine Lake, the launch location has been relocated this year with public safety as our priority. The new launch location will be near Great Wolf Lodge, allowing spectators to view the show from many public parking lots throughout Grapevine.

LIMITED FIREWORKS VISIBILITY FROM ALL GRAPEVINE LAKE PARKS: There will be limited to no visibility of the July 4th fireworks from the Grapevine Lake Parks. Rockledge Park has been fully reopened but will offer limited fireworks visibility. Katie’s Woods and Oak Grove Parks have been reopened, however, there will be very limited visibility and space (with picnic areas still under water).

All City managed boat ramps will be CLOSED on July 4.

A map of public parking locations is available at bit.ly/2YoMuJe. Necessary street closures (9pm-10:30pm) for the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza may be viewed at bit.ly/2FO8UfT. The music that accompanies the show is available at GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us to you!

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5 holiday-themed events in Grapevine and Southlake this weekend, Dec. 7-9

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ChristmasThe holiday season ushers in a host of Christmas-oriented events in the community.

Friday, Dec. 7:

1. Christmas preparations in Grapevine

Families and friends can help Nash Farm get ready for the holidays by making ornaments and decorating the tree while enjoying cider and cookies. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. sessions. $3 per person. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3558. www.nashfarm.org

Saturday, Dec. 8:

2. Holiday open house in Southlake

The Southlake Public Library hosts a holiday open house event, featuring a jazz concert, craft activities and food. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake. 817-748-8243. www.cityofsouthlake.com/93/Library

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Parade of Lights hits Main Street TONIGHT

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Photo: Grapevine Chamber of Commerce

Bring the entire family TONIGHT from 7 – 9 pm to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.

The Grapevine Chamber and City of Grapevine, with the support of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, work together to create the Annual Grapevine Parade of Lights.

For more information, call (817) 481-1522 or send an email.

Please refer to the map below for parade route and parking information.

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‘The Christmas Capital of Texas’ is in Full Swing

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If you didn’t already know, Grapevine is called “The Christmas Capital of Texas.” Here’s why:

 

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(Photos by Stacey Doud)

For more information, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/.

Editor’s Corner: Why I Hate the Holidays

By Stacey Doud, Editor-in-Chief

how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-postcI have been called “grinchy,” a “party pooper” and a “complete holiday ruiner,” but I don’t even care. I HATE the holidays. “Why?” you ask? Let me tell you, my patient readers.

I’m not trying to sway anyone to my way of thinking or to ruin anyone’s holidays. If you don’t want to read a grinchy post, then please move on. But here are my complaints:

  • Christmas, which is supposed to celebrate the birth of Christ (even though “they” got the time of year wrong), has turned into a frenzied ball of materialism. I overheard a conversation in a grocery store recently between an adult and a child of about 10 or 12 (I don’t know how they were affiliated…babysitter, aunt, whatever). The child was talking about going to visit her grandparents on Christmas Day. “I’m just gonna go for an hour or two just to eat and get my presents,” the young lady said. It took everything in me not to go over to them and freak out. Is this what Christmas has come to?
  • I do NOT need to be bombarded with Christmas carols and decorations from September – December. This just reinforces point one above. Can I please go Trick-or-Treating and celebrate Thanksgiving before you stuff your shiny Christmas balls down my throat? Please?
  • Sometimes, family gatherings just suck. Some families don’t get along that well. They would never pick each other to be in their lives if it wasn’t for that blood connection. Yet, if you don’t go spend time with your family, then you suck as bad as your family dynamics. Why get together with people you don’t even like? Sure, someone gets drunk and there’s drama and that can be fun, but mostly, it bites.
  • Food, food, food. You or someone you may care a little about slaves away for hours (or days, for that matter) to make a beautiful meal for family and friends. Those piglets come in for 10 minutes, shovel food down their faces and then go watch football or take a nap. Yay you, for working so hard. And then you have to clean everything up after that.
  • Gifts: If I get you a $50 gift card and you get me a $50 gift card, then how stupid are we?? I know there are people that put lots of thought into gifts and I’m not talking about you. I’m speaking to my kinfolk (the lazy people). Why not just forgo exchanging gifts with adults and just get stuff for the kids while they still think Christmas is fun?
  • Decorations: Yeah, let’s spend hours and tons of money on decorations that will be up for six weeks max! YAY!! Go on vacation instead. It will probably cost about the same.
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Decorations or THIS? Hmmm…

Yes, I am grinchy. Hopefully, you are not and think I just need a good massage, therapy, psychotropic drugs or something. But if you’re as green and furry as I am, then you feel me.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and Happy Diwali. If I forgot your religious celebration, email me at biteme@holidays.com.

But seriously, THANK YOU for reading. We appreciate each and every one of you and wish you the happiest of holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Colleyville cancels annual Haunted Trail Fest due to weather

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The Haunted Trail Fest has been canceled due to bad weather. (Courtesy City of Colleyville)

The city of Colleyville has canceled its Haunted Trail Fest after recent rains this week flooded the park at the Colleyville Nature Center. The event was scheduled for Oct. 20.

A statement on the city’s website said there was a concern the weather would affect the featured robotic characters and therefore the participants’ safety during the event.

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A job fair and Halloween events: A guide of things to do in October and November

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Quick Takes:

Oct. 19—Nash Farm Barn Dance: www.grapevinetexasusa.com/event/nash-farm-barn-dance/20737

Oct. 20—Butterfly Flutterby: www.grapevinetexasusa.com/events/butterfly-flutterby

Oct. 21—Firebird Family: concertwww.apexartsleague.com

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The annual Monster Mash event in Southlake will feature a costume parade and trick-or-treating. (Courtesy Southlake Parks and Recreation Department)

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