Archive for May 2012

3rd Annual Run the Rails 5K

by Joy Donovan on May 30, 2012

Date: 2012-06-02

Location: Saginaw

Start Time: 7:30 am
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Description: 1K and 5K event

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by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2012-06-08

Location: Fort Worth Zoo

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Description: Annual music and tasting event. Call 817-759-7500.

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Red, White and Sousa

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2012-06-29

Location: Village of Colleyville

Start Time: 8:00 pm
Description: Free patriotic concert featuring The Vocal Majority Chorus.

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Given the Circumstance, I Love It

by Joy Donovan on May 28, 2012

Sir Edward Elgar composed a song most seniors in high school just love to hear.

Unlike a lot of people, when I get a graduation announcement, I flip open my calendar to see if I actually can go.

Oh, I know there are those who just sigh because they think they’re receiving a demand for a gift. I take it as a true invitation to an event, and if you don’t want me to ask your family to save me a seat, then don’t send me the announcement.

Yes, I love to attend graduations. I love all those students being honored for their years of hard work. I love the mortar boards. I love the gowns. I love seeing which names were popular for that age group. I love looking at the girls’ shoes.

I don’t usually love the valedictorian’s address because they all say the same thing. It usually goes something like this, “When I first began thinking about what to say to you today, I ….” and then trails off into something way too lofty for an 18-year-0ld who has never lived anywhere other than under Mom’s and Dad’s roof.

What I like best, though, is the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance.”  Sir Edward Elgar, born 155 years ago on June 2, 1857, composed the song in 1901. The name was inspired by a line in Act III from William Shakespeare’s “Othello,” that reads ”Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!”

It was never intended to become a graduation tradition. Sir Elgar wrote the music. pfficially ”Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1,” for King Edward VII’s coronation. Then when Sir Elgar, being such a big deal and all, received an honorary doctorate at Yale University in 1905, it was played as a recessional in his honor. Soon it became the graduation rage, being played at Princeton, then the University of Chicago and Columbia.

Now, be it by tinny piano or full-blown orchestra, Sir Elgar’s biggest hit just the tune to which everyone graduates. Can you imagine any other tune having so many grandmothers whipping out their hankies than Sir Elgar’s grand march?

Sir Elgar was such a cool dude that he even has a website and a society devoted exclusively to him. Visit, and you’ll be filled with all kinds of details The Elgar Society has cultivated on the man whose music brings tears to eyes across America this time of year.

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Great Trail Drive

by Joy Donovan on May 25, 2012

Date: 2012-10-13

Description: Fundraiser for Rocky Top Therapy Center.

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REVIEW: Fill Your Soul with the Rhythm of Memphis

by Larre Green on May 23, 2012

Playing at the Dallas Summer Musicals (May 15th – May 27th) is one of Broadway’s hottest musical, and this touring show does them proud!

Set in the 1950s, this musical blends rhythm and blues with rock and roll.  With an original score, Memphis transforms you back to the seedy clubs in Tennessee.  The fictional story is about a good old boy named  Huey Calhoun, who not only has a love for R&B music but also for a young black singer, Felicia Farrell.  During these times in our history, any mixed-race relationship was looked down upon; however, that doesn’t stop these two from being together.  As time moves forward, Huey becomes the top DJ in the Memphis market, and Felicia’s career begins to take flight.  Both face struggles and challenges from not only their own ambition but also from the objections from their loved ones and the outside world because of their relationship.

This show will have you tapping your toes and wanting to sing and dance along with the amazing music.  Often with any musical, one character is stronger than the other, but not in Memphis.  I have to believe that due to the powerful score, any singer in this show would have to have golden pipes…and in this production they all do!

Do not let this show go by without seeing it.  It is not to be missed!

For tickets go to www.dallassummermusicals.orgMemphis

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Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon

by Joy Donovan on May 21, 2012

Date: 2012-10-11

Location: Fort Worth Convention Center

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Description: Outstanding women in the community will be honored at this annual luncheon benefiting SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

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15th Annual Butterfly Flutterby

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Date: 2012-10-20

Location: Main Street, Grapevine

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Description: Celebration of the monarch butterfly\’s migration with a parade, costume contests and a butterfly release.

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Nash Farm Fall Round-Up

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2012-10-20

Location: Nash Farm, Grapevine

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Description: Family day of activities such as rope making, leather working, cotton picking and black smith demonstrations.

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26th Annual Grapefest

by Joy Donovan on

Start Date: 2012-09-13

Location: Downtown Grapevine

End Date: 2012-09-16
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Description: Largest wine festival in the Southwest.

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