Summerblast and Fireworks Show Kicks Off This Weekend

Grapevine, TexasSee your summer sparkle at Grapevine’s SummerBlast! From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Grapevine’s SummerBlast festivities include fireworks, water fun, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, fabulous outdoor activities, great new attractions and more. With a full lineup of amazing attractions, spectacular summer savings and fun for family and friends, Grapevine is your summer destination!

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday nights burst with fun at the SummerBlast Fireworks Show over Lake Grapevine starting at 9:30 p.m. Relax and enjoy this great Grapevine tradition with the entire family! Great viewing spots are located around Lake Grapevine and you can see the show from miles around. For even more fun, download the music that accompanies the show at www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer (available May 25). And as a special treat for your taste buds, have dinner in Grapevine before the fireworks to celebrate summer. Many of Grapevine’s restaurants are offering “Hot Bites on Friday Nights” specials and coupons. Check out all the summer savings at www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer.

For water fun of a different sort, swim your way to Paradise Springs at the Gaylord Texan Resort. This 10-acre resort pool complex features a 42-foot zip-line, a 600-foot Lazy River with walk-in beach and two horseshoe hot pools. And guests at the Great Wolf Lodge will definitely feel the fun of the Great North Woods at the 80,000 square foot indoor water park, the largest indoor water park in Texas. There’s an outdoor complex as well. At both hotels, the water parks are reserved for hotel guests only, so there’s never a long wait to enjoy all the summer fun.

Make a splash this summer with a host of water activities throughout Grapevine. Enjoy boating, fishing and kayaking on Lake Grapevine! Enjoy the serenity of the 8,000 acre lake aboard a sailing or fishing charter. Head out to Silver Lake Marina to rent jet skis, pontoon boats and more. For fishing fans, stop off at Bass Pro Shops to get everything you need for a spectacular day on the lake including fishing licenses, gear and more. Paddleboats and kayaks can be rented at Meadowmere Park and guests at the Vineyards Campground can also rent kayaks, bicycles and paddleboats.

All aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad! From Memorial Day through Labor Day, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, experience a ride on this celebrated vintage railroad. On Saturdays and Sundays, you just might see some notorious outlaws and the deputies in search of them along the way. The train departs Grapevine at 1 p.m. for the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and returns at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Bring your future architect or construction manager to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth for hours of summer fun. With more than 2 million bricks, a LEGO bricks version of the Metroplex and more, children and adults alike will surely enjoy this unique experience. Opening this summer is the exciting LEGO® City Forest Ranger Pursuit, for the adventurous visitor who wants to help capture the robbers who’ve stolen the golden bars.

Want to see an octopus up close and personal? Want to learn more about the life of a cephalopod? Swim on over to SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium to see the new Octopus Garden and to learn all about these unique sea creatures. In addition to Octopus Garden, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium features more than 30 spectacular displays of sea animals for visitors to enjoy. Children of all ages can experience life in the sea as you walk through the glass-enclosed ocean tank and the underwater tunnel. Make sure to ask about the behind the scenes tour!

Looking for some super summer shopping? Grab your girlfriends and come out to the Grapevine Market and Grapevine Farmer’s Market. Shoppers will delight at the eclectic jewelry, home décor and collectibles at the charming open-air Grapevine Market, now open on Thursdays and Saturdays through October 22 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Liberty Park. And foodie fans, head to the Farmer’s Market for the freshest in local produce and products. The Farmer’s Market is open now through October 22 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

And while you’re here, come see Grapevine’s Glockenspiel Clock Tower featuring two, larger-than-life, 9-foot tall Glockenspiel characters, known as the Would-Be Train Robbers, Nat Barrett and Willy Majors. Approximately 75 feet above ground, these figures emerge from the Tower each day shortly before noon and 6 p.m. to attempt a lucrative train heist. Visitors gather each day to see this exciting look into Texas history. Just as glockenspiels in Europe are rooted in history, Grapevine’s Glockenspiel Clock Tower figures reflect the Western lore that many visitors from outside Texas find interesting and entertaining.

Early Review of Main Street Days 2012

Here is a quick recap from Friday at Main Street Days in Grapevine, Texas:

Our favorite part is always the live music and the lineup on Friday night did not disappoint.  Of course we got to enjoy seeing Hudson Moore play, but we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of several other performers as well.  TJ Broscoff was great up on the Eatzi’s main stage.  Josh Weathers also did a wonderful job.  And late night on the Bud Light Stage, Brian Dunne absolutely killed it as well.

Note:  Hudson Moore will be at Billy Bob’s Texas in July, so look for him then if you missed him.

We participated as a judge in the Friday night Grilling Competition sponsored by BBQ Outfitters of Southlake. Thanks to the good people at the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau for letting us sit in as a judge. It was a lot of fun.

The food of course was delicious.  And not just in the Grilling Competition.  The Pizza Piazza is back and bigger than last year.  And of course, it wouldn’t be Main Street Days without a cold beer.

We are giving this Main Street Days an A+ so far.  Friday night was a blast.  And the good news is there are still two more days to go.  Enjoy a few photos below.

***and thanks to our good friend Sean for taking a few photos.

Josh Weathers (left), TJ Broscoff (right)

BBQ Outfitters of Southlake Grilling Competition (below)

Grapevine Texas

Grapevine Texas

Hudson Moore (below)

Main Street Days 2012

Brian Dunne on the Bud Light Stage (below)

Main Street Days Bud Light Stage

The Pizza Piazza at night.

Not sure about these two.

Main Street Days 2012

Enjoy Main Street Days 2012. Hope to see you there!

Nine Local Restaurants to Compete at Main Street Days 2012

Grapevine, TexasOne of the most fun events at Main Street Days last year was the Pizza Piazza and the pizza tasting competition between local restaurants.  This year there are nine local restaurants competing at Main Street Days for the title of People’s Pizza Pick (say that nine times fast).

Some of our favorite places to dine and enjoy pizza are in this years competition.  You can enjoy pizza all weekend long on May 18th through 20th at Grapevine’s 28th annual Main Street Days.

Here is the list of great restaurants:

  • Amore’s Pasta & Pizza
  • Boston’s Gourmet Pizza
  •  California Pizza Kitchen
  • Cliff’s Star Grill
  • Farina’s Winery
  • iFratelli
  • Napoli’s Italian Cafe
  •  Palio’s Pizza Cafe
  • Papa Murphy’s Take n Bake

Enjoy the all the delicious pizza. We hope to see you at Main Street Days 2012.

Pizza Grapevine Texas

 

Main Street Days 2012

Well, you can almost smell the hot, fresh enticing aroma of funnel cakes in the air.  It is (nearly) time again for that annual festival in Grapevine called Main Street Days.  Here are the details:

When –  May 18th through May 20th

Friday, May 18th – 10 am to 11:30 pm

Saturday, May 19th – 10 am to 11:30 pm

Sunday, May 20th – 11 am to 6 pm

Where

Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine, Texas

How Much

Grapevine, TexasAdmission is free on Friday 10 am to 5 p.m.

• Adults: $7
• Children (6-12): $5
• Children under 6: FREE
• Weekend Pass Pin: $15
• Weekend Souvenir Pass Pin: $20
Festival coupons must be purchased for rides, pizza tastings and food.

Again this year, Main Street Days will have an underlying pizza theme called “A Pizza Experience.” Last years event was a lot of fun not only with the indulgence in great pizzas, but with voting for your favorites.

Here are some of the activities for the weekend:

  • Midway
  • Carnival Rides
  • Live Music
  • Kid Zone
  • Central Market Grilling Competition
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Food
  • Plenty of Pizza

We would be remiss not to mention that we will be a judge in one of the Central Market Grilling Competitions. We will be judging in the Friday night at 7 pm event. Please come by and say hello.

Our favorite events of the festival are the continuous live music performances throughout the weekend. We are really looking forward to Hudson Moore on Friday night on the Bud Light stage. We’ll be over there right after the Grilling competition.

Grapevine Texas MusicHere’s the full list of live music on three stages:

eatZi’s Main Stage

at Franklin & Main
Friday – May 18, 2012

TJ Broscoff 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Josh Weathers 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Joe King Carrasco & the Crowns 7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Emerald City 10 p.m – 11:30 p.m.

Saturday – May 19, 2012

K3 Sisters Band 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Raybans 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Derryl Perry 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
NRBQ 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Independent George 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Back in Black 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sunday – May 20, 2012

Evenfold 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Brian Dunne 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Good Question 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Bud Light Stage

Friday – May 18, 2012

David Correa & Cascada 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ripper & the Bitter Pills 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Hudson Moore 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brian Dunne 9:30 p.m – 11:30 p.m.

Saturday – May 19, 2012

Parallel Play 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Brad Thompson 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Chaz Marie Band 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Stacy Mitchhart 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Alison Scott Band 8:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison 10:15 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sunday – May 20, 2012

Amanda Cevallos 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stacy Mitchhart 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Russ Hewitt Band 4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Pizza Piazza Stage

Friday – May 18, 2012

Tom Braxton Band 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Alison Scott Band 7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Hunter Sullivan and His Large Band 9:45 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Saturday – May 19, 2012

Nightshade Swing Orchestra 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
David Correa & Cascada 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Joseph Vincelli Group 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Russ Hewitt Band 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Dave Cave Orchestra 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sunday – May 20, 2012

Tom Braxton Band 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hunter Sullivan and His Large Band 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Spring Into Nash Farm 2012

Grapevine TexasWhat: 11th Annual Spring Into Nash Farm

When: Saturday, April 21, 10 am to 2 pm

Where: Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine, Texas

How Much: Admission is FREE

This is a fantastically fun (and free) community event each year. Come out and enjoy a day at Nash Farm. Here is more from the press release:

On April 21, celebrate springtime on the farm at Grapevine’s 11th Annual Spring Into Nash Farm. This annual, family-friendly event is held at Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Events and activities include heritage toys, kitchen gardening, cotton planting, farm animals, hayrides ($1 per person), field cultivation, wood carving demonstrations, jump rope making, wood-burning stove cooking demonstrations and blacksmith demonstrations. Kids of all ages will enjoy stepping back in time to experience life on the farm and how Grapevine’s earliest residents lived. Coupons can be purchased for those activities that require a fee.

Nash Farm, circa 1859, is the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County. Through interpretive programs, events and exhibits, Nash Farm educates the community about the heritage and importance of the Grape Vine Prairie and Grapevine’s pivotal role in the development of North Texas.

Persons interested in becoming a part of Grapevine’s rich agricultural history can join the Grapevine Heritage Foundation. Membership tables will be on-site at the 11th Annual Spring Into Nash Farm. Volunteer opportunities at Nash Farm are also available through the Nash Farmhands. Information on the Nash Farmhands program will be available at the membership tables during the event.

For more information, please call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

2012 AMBUCS Big Bike Run

Downtown Grapevine TexasThis looks like a really fun event for a great cause.  Here are the details:

When: SUNDAY ~ APRIL 22, 2012, 11 am

What: Grapevine AMBUCS 9th Annual Poker Run

Where: Starts at Wilhoitte’s in Grapevine

What is AMBUCS?

AMBUCS is a national, non-profit organization consisting of a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. One way we do this is with a special, therapeutic tricycle we call the AmTryke.

The fun and freedom that comes from riding your very own bike is something everyone should enjoy! Our AmTrykes, which can be motored by hand/or foot, are designed to accommodate riders of all ages, sizes and varying degrees of physical limitations. The Grapevine Heritage chapter of AMBUCS is asking for your help in one of our biggest fundraisers of the year! Please help us provide trykes to disabled individuals who otherwise may never feel the freedom of their on bike!

What is a Poker Run?

A Poker Run is an organized vehicular event where riders/drivers travel a prescribed course and select playing cards a designated stops along the way. At the end of the run, the person with the best poker hand wins a prize. A poker run usually requires a fee to enter with part or all of the proceeds donated to a charity. This poker asks for a $25 donation – all proceeds going to Grapevine Heritage AMBUCS – a 501.C3 charity.

This year, the Grapevine Heritage chapter of AMBUCS will celebrate 20 years serving our community! And we plan to make our 9th annual Poker Run a day you’ll never forget! Riders and supporters from all over will come to visit with old friends, make new ones and experience the feeling of what helping others is all about. Our Poker Run participants and sponsors alike will see an AmTryke presentation, and the families of our recipients will get to visit with those that make things happen.

How can you make a difference?

This year, we are asking for your support. Can you sponsor our event? Or offer a cash donation? How about a raffle prize or service donation? Can you join us on event day to ride along? We sure hope so.

Thank you in advance for your consideration! One person cannot do this alone – it takes all of us working together to truly make a difference!

If you have any questions, you may contact our Big Bike Run Chairperson – Lacee Cleland. Lacee may be reached via phone at 817-456-5854 or via email at info@grapevineheritageambucs.org.

Details of the Big Bike Run

1st Stop – Willhoite’s
423 S Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

Registration will begin at 11am. Draw first card. First bike out at noon.

2nd Stop – Sneaky Pete’s
2 Eagle Pointe Drive, Lewisville, TX 75067
Draw 2nd card. Buy more if you like!

3rd Stop – Hard Eight BBQ
205 S Oak Street, Roanoke, TX 76262
Draw 3rd card. Buy more if you like!

4th Stop – Back Porch Grill & Tavern
210 N Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
Draw 4th card. Buy more if you like!

Final Stop – Love and War in Texas
2505 E Grapevine Mills Circle, Grapevine, TX 76051
Draw 5th card. Buy more if you like!

AmTryke presentations, live entertainment, raffle prizes, and poker hand winners announced.
All bikes in by 4:30 pm.

Live entertainment at Final Stop –
The Randy Brown Show