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Harris County, North Texas Take Top Honors Tuesday

by Joy Donovan on June 30, 2009

Miss Harris County, Kira Morris

Miss Harris County, Kira Morris

Miss North Texas, Kristen Blair

Miss North Texas, Kristen Blair

Kira Morris, Miss Harris County, and Kristen Blair, Miss North Texas, won the preliminary competitions of the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant Tuesday night at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Morris was named the winner for “physical fitness in swimsuit, and Blair sang the classical piece Nessun Dorma to capture the talent prize during the second evening of competition at Texas Hall on the UTA campus.. Both are 22 years old and students at the University of North Texas. Dunn, 19, attends Baylor University and won the swimsuit competition. Nelson, a 21-year-old student at Houston Baptist University, took top honors in the talent competition for her vocal performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

This week 37 young women are vying for the Miss Texas title and the chance to go on to January’s Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. The last preliminary event will be held Wednesday evening, with the finals scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday. The pageant will be broadcast live Friday via a webcast, and details are available at www.misstexas.org.

Monday night, the first night of the pageant, Kathryn Dunn, representing Frisco, and Adrianna Nelson, representing Texarkana, were named preliminary winners. Dunn, 19, attends Baylor University and was awarded the swimsuit honors. Nelson, a 21-year-old student at Houston Baptist University, took home the talent award for her vocal performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

The Miss Teen Texas Pageant is being held simultaneously with the Miss Texas competition. Winning Tuesday evening were Reilly Johannsen, Miss Teen Ellis County, for physical fitness and Micayla Merrifield, for talent by playing My Heart Will Go On on the harp. Monday night preliminary winners for the teen pageant were Miss Teen Frisco, Taylor Lowery, for physical fitness and Miss Teen Plano, Madison Fuller, for talent with her ventriloquism act.

The Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant will crown a successor to Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008. Robinson, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Spanish, performed a high-energy tap dance to “Hey Pachuco!” to win the Miss Texas title. Among her many accomplishments this year, she was chosen to sing the National Anthem at The Cotton Bowl and was selected as the subject of a United Way of America video promoting education.

To become Miss Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition within the state. During preliminaries, the competitors are broken into three groups, with each group presenting a different part of the competition for the judges’ review. Those scores will be used to select finalists to compete in Friday’s finals.

The Miss Teen Texas Pageant, a competition that began in 1990, also will crown a new title holder Friday evening. The current Miss Teen Texas is Sydney Capello.

Tickets are available from Central Ticket Office. Check CentralTicketOffice.com.

Preliminary winners will be updated this week at www.eSocialWorld.com.

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Frisco, Texarkana Win Prelims at Miss Texas Pageant

by Joy Donovan on June 29, 2009

Miss Frisco, Kathryn Dunn

Miss Frisco, Kathryn Dunn

Miss Texarkana, Adrianna Nelson
Miss Texarkana, Adrianna Nelson

Kathryn Dunn, representing Frisco, and Adrianna Nelson, representing Texarkana, were named preliminary winners in the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant Monday night at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The two received the honors after the pageant’s first evening of competition, being held for the first time at Texas Hall on the UTA campus. Dunn, 19, attends Baylor University and won the swimsuit competition. Nelson, a 21-year-old student at Houston Baptist University, took top honors in the talent competition for her vocal performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

They are two of 37 young women vying for the Miss Texas title and the chance to go on to January’s Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. Preliminary competitions will continue Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with the finals scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday. The pageant will be broadcast live Friday via a webcast, and details are available at www.misstexas.org.

The Miss Teen Texas Pageant is being held simultaneously with the Miss Texas competition. Preliminary winners for the teen pageant were Miss Teen Frisco, Taylor Lowery, for physical fitness and Miss Teen Plano, Madison Fuller, for talent with her ventriloquism act.

The Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant will crown a successor to Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008.  Robinson, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Spanish, performed a high-energy tap dance to “Hey Pachuco!” to win the Miss Texas title. Among her many accomplishments this year, she was chosen to sing the National Anthem at The Cotton Bowl and was selected as the subject of a United Way of America video promoting education.  

To become Miss Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition within the state. During preliminaries, the competitors are broken into three groups, with each group presenting a different part of the competition for the judges’ review. Those scores will be used to select finalists to compete in Friday’s finals.

The Miss Teen Texas Pageant, a competition that began in 1990, also will crown a new title holder Friday evening. The current Miss Teen Texas is Sydney Capello.

Tickets are available from Central Ticket Office. Check CentralTicketOffice.com.

Preliminary winners will be updated this week at www.eSocialWorld.com.

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Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant

by Joy Donovan on June 28, 2009

Date: 2009-07-03

Location: Texas Hall at the University of Texas at Arlington

Start Time: 7:00 pm
URL: Click here
Description: The winner of this pageant will compete for the title of Miss America. Miss Teen Texas also will be crowned. Tickets available through Central Ticket Office.

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Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant Preliminaries

by Joy Donovan on

Start Date: 2009-06-29

Location: Texas Hall at the University of Texas at Arlington

Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Date: 2009-07-01
URL: Click here
Description: Preliminaries for the Miss Texas title, a part of the Miss America organization.

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Tastings…a Fun Place for Tastings

by Joy Donovan on

Wine, love it. Especially with friends.

Tried a new spot the other day with some friends, and we all got to taste as many kinds of wine as we wanted. The place? Tastings, A Wine Experience at 909 S. Main St., in Grapevine.

Here’s how it works…you put whatever amount of money on a little plastic card they give you. Then, card in hand, you peruse the bottles of wine lining the wall. Descriptions displayed with the bottles help you narrow your selection, and so do the prices. Insert the card, and then choose a quarter glass, a half glass or a full glass of any wine. The amount you sample is deducted from the pre-paid amount loaded on the plastic.

Clever idea and part of a franchise with five stores in the U.S. and a sixth one in the works. We had a great time tasting wine, and the noshes were good, too.

Oh, and there’s happy hour, too. 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check www.awineexperience.com for more info.

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Miss Texas Pageant Begins in Arlington

by Joy Donovan on June 27, 2009

Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008

Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008

The Dallas Cowboys football team isn’t the only organization making a move to Arlington.

The Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant (MissTexas.org) is pulling up stakes in Fort Worth, a city it’s called home for 46 years, and making the move to Texas Hall at the University of Texas at Arlington. Preliminary competitions are set for 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at UTA, with the final competition set for 7 p.m. Friday.

The new Miss Texas will follow Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008. The winner will represent the Lone Star State at the Miss America Pageant, which in recent years has moved from its traditional home of Atlantic City, NJ to Las Vegas, NV.

Robinson, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Spanish, performed a high-energy tap dance to “Hey Pachuco!” to win the Miss Texas title. Among her many accomplishments this year, she was chosen to sing the National Anthem at The Cotton Bowl and was selected as the subject of a United Way of America video promoting education.  

To become Miss Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition. This year contestants will represent 37 areas from acorss the state. During preliminaries, the competitors are broken into three groups, with each group presenting a different part of the competition for the judges’ review. Those scores will be used to select finalists to compete in Friday’s pageant where the new Miss Texas will be selected.

The Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant will be held concurrently with the Miss Teen Texas Pageant, a competition that began in 1990. The current Miss Teen Texas is Sydney Capello.

Tickets are available from Central Ticket Office. Check CentralTicketOffice.com.

Preliminary winners will be updated this week at www.eSocialWorld.com.

Sydney  Capello, Miss Teen Texas

Sydney Capello, Miss Teen Texas

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Efforts Launched to Save Annual Festival

by Joy Donovan on

This photo from 2008 shows what Mayfest could have been if not canceled this year because of the threat of an outbreak of swine flu.

This photo from 2008 shows what Mayfest could have been if not canceled this year because of the threat of an outbreak of swine flu.

The masses have spoken, and they say, “Save Mayfest.”

The spring festival, held annually along the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, was canceled this year because of the threat of a swine flu outbreak. The 11th-hour cancellation left the organizers holding the bag with debts large enough to threaten the 37-year-old festival’s future.

One idea for rescuing Mayfest came from an email written by Kelly Reeves, a longtime supporter of the festival. As a result, Mayfest, Inc. is searching for 1,000 people to donate $100 each in 100 days.

Reeves’ email reads, “If just 1000 people donated $100.000 we can HELP SAVE MAYFEST. I know if we had been at Mayfest this year I would have easily spent that money on bounce houses, knick knacks, great food.”

Donations to SAVE MAYFEST can be mailed to Mayfest, Inc., 255 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth 76107 or made online at www.mayfest.org. Donations are tax-deductible because Mayfest, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization.

In another fundrasing effort, a benefit concert, also named SAVE MAYFEST, has been announced for noon to 10:30 p.m. July 12 at LaGrave Field, Fort Worth. Scheduled to perform are Reckless Kelly, Micky and Motorcars, Crossroads, 281 South and Clay Jarvis Band.

Tickets will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12 years of age. Children under 5 will be admitted free. Open seating will be available, but attendees also may bring blankets and lawn chairs. Parking will cost $5.

Fort Worth’s oldest family festival, Mayfest is organized by Mayfest, Inc. and annually draws more than 200,000 people. The four-day festival was canceled just three hours before it was scheduled to open April 30th in an effort to prevent an epidemic of swine flu.  For more information, check www.mayfest.org.

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Cliburn at the Bass

by Joy Donovan on June 26, 2009

Date: 2009-09-22

Location: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Start Time: 7:30 pm
URL: Click here
Description: Van Cliburn gold medalist Nobuyuki Tsujii will perform in concert. Single ticket prices $15 to $90. Call 817-335-9000.

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Hometown America

by Joy Donovan on June 25, 2009

Start Date: 2009-07-04

Location: Granbury

End Date: 2009-07-05
URL: Click here
Description: Arts, crafts, parade and fireworks.

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Taste of Dallas

by Joy Donovan on

Start Date: 2009-07-10

Location: West End, Dallas

End Date: 2009-07-12
Description: Food samples, wine tastings, entertainment and carnival midway. Contact Dave Demer at 214-991-0199.

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