Archive for May 2012

Add Up the Reasons

by Joy Donovan on May 20, 2012

There are at least three reasons to see the national tour of  “Memphis,” the current offering at The Music Hall at Fair Park:

The music.

The dancing.

The history lesson.

The score by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, the terrific production numbers and the glimpse into the U.S. racial landscape of the 1950s are all great reasons to see this show. The cast is top-notch, so you can add that as reason number four to see this show. Bryan Fenkart plays the white, goofy radio DJ, Huey, and Felicia Boswell portrays the ambitious, black singer. Both are outstanding in the two leading roles, and are backed-up by singers and dancers

Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, this national tour of the show that won the 2010 Tony for best musical runs through May 27th. Check for “Memphis” ticket information and show times.

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Happy Mother's Day

by Joy Donovan on May 12, 2012

Katie, Meg and Claire with their mom.

Sunday is Mother’s Day, a special day for a lot of people.

This week I heard Martina McBride’s song, “In My Daughter’s Eyes,”  during my exercise class this week, and it reminded me of a lot of things. I wanted to leave some of the song’s lyrics here for my three girls. Katie, Meg and Claire, I’m so glad you made me a better, happier and luckier person than I would have been without you. Love you lots and lots!

In my daughter’s eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter’s eyes…

In my daughter’s eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she’ll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I’m gone I hope you see how happy
she made me
For I’ll be there
In my daughter’s eyes

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Forty Under Forty

by Joy Donovan on May 9, 2012

Date: 2012-05-23

Location: Fort Worth Club

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Description: Fort Worth Business Press honors outstanding professionals, all under the age of 40.

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Angels Among Us Gala

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Date: 2012-10-13

Location: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

Start Time: 5:30 pm
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Description: Black-tie gala benefiting Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange.

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Dallas International Festival

by Joy Donovan on May 6, 2012

Date: 2012-05-26

Location: Dallas Arts District

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 7:00 pm

URL: Click here
Description: Free family event featuring musical entertainment, international food court and marketplace.

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National Train Day

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Date: 2012-05-12

Location: Dallas Union Station

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Description: Train tours, displays and children\’s activities.

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Colleyville Garden Club Promenade

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Date: 2012-05-06

Location: Colleyville homes

Start Time: 11:00 am
End Time: 4:00 pm

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Not Cinco de Mayo…It's Derby Day!

by Joy Donovan on May 4, 2012

Claire Brandon, far left, and her sorority sisters are off to the races.

I love hats.

I wear one every Easter and every Mother’s Day, and you won’t have to ask me twice to wear one to a tea party or bridesmaids luncheon. Lavender, being my favorite color, is the hue of a couple of my hats, and I do have others in both straw and felt.

Many reasons I like hats–they’re pretty, they’re fun, they complete an outfit. Even better–they enable you to sleep longer because you don’t have to do your hair. For that reason alone I don’t understand why more women aren’t flocking to hats.

Saturday is a day I look forward to. Not because it’s Cinco de Mayo giving us all a reason to eat more Mexican food, but it’s Derby Day. The Kentucky Derby  (, outside a royal wedding, just may be the ultimate hat destination.

Watching the Kentucky Derby was a tradition that goes back to a time when my dad and I would watch on that first Saturday of May. He, of course, was interested in the horse race, but now that he’s gone I toast him still and check out all the hats.  

Who will have the best this year? Pass the mint juleps…let’s watch the show.

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