It is hard to believe that in a couple of weeks (in some cities) school will be starting and families will be looking for some last minute “Stay Vacay” fun. Here are a few suggestions for some nearby Dallas / Fort Worth vacay fun:
Only about 35 miles north of downtown Dallas, McKinney offers a great getaway for the day or the weekend. Plan to spend some time discovering the shops, boutiques and outside dining options in and around the charming downtown square, anchored by the courthouse. Favorites include Cadillac Pizza Pub, Landon Winery and the Sweet Spot bakery and coffee shop, which has the best scones around. Many of the establishments invite you to linger with live music during the evening. Wildlife and hiking fans will enjoy the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary with its 289-acre nature preserve and miles of nature trails, plus a plant garden, butterfly house and indoor exhibits.
Halfway between Dallas and Austin is the college town of Waco, home to a world-class zoo and several museums for children and adults alike. Adjacent to the Brazos River, the 52-acre zoo is spread out and has lots of shade and splashing waterfalls, so it’s a perfect antidote to the Texas sun. Be sure to check out the Komodo dragon and Galapagos tortoises, along with the orangutans and Sumatran tigers. The Mayborn, on the Baylor University campus, is especially fun for children because of its interactive stations and displays. Adults will also enjoy the natural history, especially the Waco Mammoth exhibit. Here, guests can walk on a see-through floor to look down upon casts of the Columbian mammoth bones displayed exactly as they were unearthed at the Waco Mammoth Site, just five miles from the Baylor campus. Visit the Collin Street Bakery and enjoy a slice of pie, a macaroon, or their famous fruitcake. For those in search of a bit more protein, Rudy’s BBQ will certainly hit the spot. There’s ‘Sissy Sauce’ for those who prefer a little less kick.
One hour southwest just off Highway 377 is the quaint town of Granbury. Spend the day shopping and exploring the stores and old jailhouse on the square. Stay in one of the many bed and breakfasts or inns to take full advantage of the nightlife, including ghost tour and the historic Brazos Drive-In movie theater. Whatever you do, don’t miss a production at the beautifully renovated 1886 Opera House. If you are there on a Saturday afternoon, check out the widely popular Revolver Brewery.
Tyler and Bullard
While most people head to Tyler (just two hours east of Dallas on I-30), for the roses, there’s plenty more to discover while in the area. Just a few miles south of town, the American Freedom Museum, located on the campus of The Brook Hill School in Bullard, has an expansive collection filling 15 galleries. The Hall of Presidents includes a signed document by every president, from George Washington through to President Obama, and the Hall of Freedom chronicles the major conflicts in which the United States has been involved since the Revolutionary War. Ten minutes east of the museum is Kiepersol, an estate winery, distillery, restaurant and bed and breakfast. Founded by South African native Pierre de Wet, the estate is well known for its quality and service. Wine tastings are at one’s leisure, and both wine tours and distillery tours are offered at designated tour times with no reservations needed. Stay for dinner and enjoy steak or seafood while surrounded by the two-story wine cellar with hundreds of wines from around the world.
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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, 2019. How do you celebrate your father (or, honor his memory)? Did you know that Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and a number of other countries around the world?
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Welcome to the third month of the year—or, if you were born before 150 B.C., the first! According to the oldest Roman calendars, one year was ten months long, beginning in March and ending in December. It may sound crazy…………. READ MORE https://www.rd.com/culture/month-of-march-facts/
It’s the best month for basketball (but worst for productivity)
For civilians, on the other hand, March is known for one thing above all others: brackets. March Madness, as the NBA calls it, runs from March 11 to April 2 this year, and the safest bet you can make is that lots and lots of people will be distracted…… READ MORE https://www.rd.com/culture/month-of-march-facts/
It’s also the best month for vasectomies
March Madness is a cherished time to reacquaint oneself with the couch, especially during the early tournament days when dozens of games unfold consecutively. In other words, it’s the perfect week to recover from a vasectomy! READ MORE https://www.rd.com/culture/month-of-march-facts/
March was named for war—and lives up to its title
So, if so many months were named for their Latin numbers, why wasn’t March called… unumber? Firstly, because that sounds ridiculous, and secondly, because the Gods had dibs on it……READ MORE https://www.rd.com/culture/month-of-march-facts/
Beware The Ides of March unless you’re a cat
We’ve all heard it uttered, but what does “beware the Ides of March” actually mean? On the Roman calendar, the midpoint of every month was known as the Ides. The Ides of March fell on March 15th. This day was supposed to correlate with the first full moon of the year (remember, winter didn’t count then) and marked by religious ceremonies……. READ MORE https://www.rd.com/culture/month-of-march-facts/
Need more reasons to love March?
March 1: As the saying goes, March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb.” That was certainly true on March 1st, 2007, when a detachment of 170 Swiss infantrymen accidentally invaded neighboring Liechtenstein when they got lost on a training mission.
March 2: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned from space after one full year, setting a new record for the longest uninterrupted trip to space.
March 5: Thirsty bros observe Cinco De Marcho, initiating a 12-day drinking regimen for anyone who wishes to “train one’s liver for the closing ceremonies on St. Patrick’s Day.” By the way, this is why we wear green for St. Patrick’s Day.
March 6: The Day of The Dude encourages participants to honor The Big Lebowski by takin’er easy all day, man.
March 13: Daylight saving time begins, freeing American city-dwellers from the constant refrain of “it’s dark before I even leave work.” Don’t miss these other daylight saving time facts you probably didn’t know.
March 14: Pi Day celebrates the annual occurrence of 3/14 with math jokes, pi-reciting competitions, and (of course) freshly baked pie.
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day turns the Chicago River green, and too many livers cirrhosis-damage-brown. (You’ll want to check out these St. Patrick’s Day “facts” that are actually false.) And on this day in 1973, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of The Moon” first hits the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 95. A mere 14 years later (736 chart weeks, to be exact), it finally leaves the top 200 for the first time, setting a still-unbroken world record. (You’ve got a long way to go, Adele.)
March 20: The sun shines on the equator for the Vernal Equinox, giving us a near 50-50 split of day and night.
March 21: The 10th anniversary Twitter founder Jack Dorsey inaugurating the social media site with its profound first tweet: “just setting up my twttr”
March 27: Easter Sunday
March 28: Gorge Yourself on Discount Easter Candy Monday
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The purpose of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is to promote the cultural, educational and industrial interests of the East Dallas Area so that its businesses, neighborhoods and citizens shall prosper.
The multifaceted approach of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce provides benefits to our members in a variety of different arenas. We offer a number of forums for the promotion of all of our member businesses. We are also proud to provide our members with relevant information regarding the East Dallas community, as well as insight into local, state and national government issues. The events that provide a conduit for these benefits, and others, include our monthly luncheons that highlight a variety of topics addressed by featured keynote speakers. We also present an annual Economic Summit – essentially a “state of the union” with respect to the Dallas Economy. Member businesses and guests are encouraged to gather and exchange information through our numerous networking events, especially our Business After Hours excursions, which are hosted by a spotlighted member business. Sponsorship opportunities abound for these events, as well as for many of our other Chamber gatherings. For more information, please contact the chamber directly.
2018 GEDCC Board Members
Darlene Ellison, Chair
Mike Nurre, I Vice Chair
Carmen Fort, Secretary
Cheryl Barnes, Treasurer
Ross Williams, Legal Counsel
Andrea Sanders, Immediate Past Chair
Michael Alcantar, Denise Aver-Phillips, René Barrera, Brian Bessner, John Botefuhr, Vick Clesi, Gretchen Darby, Brad Grist, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Ben Lauer, Greg Mangelsdorf, Steve Moore, Tammy Oliver, John Olson, Roger Perry, Kert Platner, Drew Shea, Jesse Simmons, Stephanie Taylor Muckleroy, Fred Welsh, Debbie Van Zant
The 2018 GEDCC Advisory Board Members include: Karen Brown, Dick Clements, Susan Falvo, Colleen McCall, Mary Poss, MaryBeth Shapiro, Rick Wamre, Sherryl Wesson