Archive for April 2011

Burn the Floor Steamin’ Hot

by Joy Donovan on April 17, 2011

Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev were just two of many reasons to check out the white-hot dancing at Fair Park.

I needed to turn up the air conditioning as you drive to “Burn the Floor” at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

The show was that hot.

Think of “Dancing With the Stars” on steroids. Think more energy than your two-your-0ld nephew and more electricity than a southern thunderstorm. These people can dance!

Not only did they put on a mesmerizing show, each dance smoothly faded from one fantastic number to the next. From a hypnotic waltz to a fiery cha cha, the high style parade of human artistry was the type of show that could be seen again and again.

The show’s two-week run is over, but I hope Dallas Summer Musicals ( brings it back.

I guess you can say I liked it.

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Eddie Deen’s Site of Texas Heritage Celebration

by Joy Donovan on April 12, 2011

Executive Director Gary Smith, Annette Smith, event chair Don Baynham and Barbara Baynham enjoy the recent party.

DALLAS _ More than 300 guests attended the 7th Annual Gone to Texas at Dallas Heritage Village March 26 at Eddie Deen’s Ranch.

 The annual event serves as the largest fundraiser for Dallas Heritage Village, a site dedicated to hands-on history programs for area school children and tourists.  Each year more than 25,000 school children participate in education programs at Dallas Heritage Village. 

“It was a great evening of Texas fun for a wonderful cause,” said Don Baynham, event chair and chairman-elect of the board at Dallas Heritage Village.  “From the Texas-style feast to music by the Breckenridge Band and the ever popular line dancing, to the most successful silent auction on record with 50 items featured, it was a fun and memorable night for all.” 

Nip and Tuck, the famous Dallas Heritage Village donkeys, benefitted from the evening as well with a number of bales of hay sold to celebrate their 15th birthdays.  Those who bought five bales of hay were invited to select a small plush Nip or Tuck to take home.

“Gone To Texas” is named in honor of the 19th century Southerners who decided to pick up and move to a land of better opportunity.  Upon departure, they marked their front doors with “GTT” to announce they had gone to Texas.

Dallas Heritage Village depicts life in Dallas during the years 1840 to 1910. Its 38 historic structures include a log cabin, a Victorian Main Street and an 1861 farmstead. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and  noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.  For more information, visit or call 214-421-5141.

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Mayfest Giving Returns for Tax Day

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In honor of Tax Day–April 15–discount tickets will be sold for Mayfest, the upcoming outdoor festival for $4.15.
And since Uncle Sam is extending Tax Day, Mayfest benefits have been granted an extension, too.


Organizers for the 39th annual festival, set for May 5 through May 8 in Trinity Park, will offer discount tickets for $4.15  April 15 through April 18. They may be purchased online at by visiting and entering the code, TAXDAY. Regular prices for tickets purchased at the festival gates are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5  and under.

This marks the second year Mayfest has offered the a  Tax Day discount, with more than 1,500 tickets sold during the 2010 promotion.

Mayfest again will include many familiar activities, such as a children’s area and the Great American Duck Races. Also scheduled are the  All American Lumberjack Show, Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show and the Texas Parks and Wildlife “Life’s Better Outdoors Experience.” In addition, music and performing arts entertainment can be seen and heard across the 33 acre park as local groups perform on seven stages.

Mayfest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Partners in this annual community event are Streams and Valleys, The Junior League of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Parks and Community Services.

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Grapevine Garden Club Plant Sale

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Date: 2011-04-30

Location: Farmers Market, Grapevine

URL: Click here
Description: 15th annual plant sale with annuals, perennials, heirlooms and Texas natives.

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Cook Children\’s Charity Classic

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Date: 2011-04-25

Location: Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth

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Description: Golf tournament to benefit Cook Children\’s Medical Center.

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Fairmount Home Tour

by Joy Donovan on April 7, 2011

Start Date: 2011-05-07

Location: Fort Worth

End Date: 2011-05-08
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Description: The Fairmount Tour of Homes will kick off with a neighborhood parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event also will feature an expanded artisan area with local artists and craftspeople.

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Charlie Sheen Not Entertaining? Wow.

by Joy Donovan on April 3, 2011

All this Charlie Sheen phenomenon is lost on me.

I don’t think he’s funny, and I think his recent TV show is crass and crude. I’ve watched some of the recent news coverage of his rantings, and it’s an awful lot like watching a train wreck. He’s a mess, and I feel sorry for him, really. Then my next thought, as a journalist, is why this is worth so much valuable media coverage.

A friend even asked  if I wanted to buy a ticket to watch his live “performance.” No, I said, and wished her a good time at the show, but secretly I was scratching my head as to why anyone would pay to see more of Charlie Sheen’s bad behaviour. Then this weekend he opens his tour in Detroit, and the show is so bad people walk out. They were surprised?

On the other hand, I have experienced plenty of things recently I would recommend people spend time and money seeing. Here’s a brief  list for those needing entertainment suggestions:

  • The very fun and creative Apron Chronicles exhibit at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
  • Sipping wine in a Grapevine, TX winery.
  • Browsing the lovely china displays at downtown Dallas’ Neiman Marcus.
  • Checking out the antique shops in McKinney.
  • Reading “The Help” by the Katheryn Stockett.
  • Seeing Tommy Tune explain the difference in a single, double and triple time step at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

So if you’re needing entertainment, there are other options besides witnessing the outbursts of a disturbed Hollywood bad boy. Let’s promote more positive things, shall we?

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Art in the Square

by Joy Donovan on April 1, 2011

Start Date: 2011-04-15

Location: Southlake Town Square

End Date: 2011-04-17
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Description: Southlake women\’s Club presents an outdoor juried art festival.

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North Texas Wine Opener

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Date: 2011-04-09

Location: Old Town Lewisville\’s Royal Affairs Ballroom

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Description: Food prepared by chef Morris Salerno will be combone with Arentinean wines with procees benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northeast Texas. 214-871-2222.

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New Vintage wine and Gallery Trail

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Start Date: 2011-04-08

Location: Grapevine, TX

End Date: 2011-04-09
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Description: Wine-related activities include the Blessing of the Vines, a jazz wine train and Wine Trail. 817-410-3185.

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