Monthly Archives: May 2013

Airplanes, History and More!

Cavanaugh Flight Museum - Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pquan/4269815427/

If you love airplanes, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum is the perfect place for you. With all kinds of fun for the entire family, you can come out and enjoy airshows, the museum and more. Along with the extensive aircraft collection, the museum features a collection of armor and vehicles. Whether you want to guide yourself through the museum, enjoy one of the many shows or you want to take a guided tour, you can find it all here.

Ride in a Warbird

You can actually take a ride in the P-51 Mustang. This is a 30-minute experience and you must be 18 years old to enjoy this tour. Other Warbirds are available for rides, as well including:

  • Boeing Stearman N2S-4 Kaydet
  • North American T-28B Trojan
  • Eastern/Grumman TBM-3E Avenger
  • Douglas AD-5 Skyraider
  • Bell Helicopter OH-13 Sioux
  • And More!

These rides are excellent for gifts and great for a unique flying experience.

Tours

A tour of the museum’s massive collection of planes is also available. You can take a self-guided tour by using the informative signs around the facility, but if you prefer a guided tour, those are also available.

Museum volunteers guide each of the tours and they know their stuff. These tours are for groups of 10 to 100 and work great for field trips and other events.

Hold Your Events at the Museum

If you have a special event coming up or a birthday you want to celebrate, you can rent the museum facilities. This gives you so many great opportunities for tours and a great facility for your event. From formal gatherings to family reunions, you can hold any event you want at the museum.

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and on Sundays from 11am to 5pm. Admission for adults is $10, seniors and military are $7 and children ages 4 to 12 are $5. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

Best Shopping Choices Throughout Dallas

Dallas features many great shops from toy stores to clothing boutiques. Some of the stores found throughout the city are far better than others. Here’s a short list of some of the top shopping options throughout the city.

Best Toy Store

Froggies 5 and 10 is one of the best stores for toys. This is a huge store with all types of toys ranging from gadgets to superheroes and everything in between. It was named at the Best of Big D: Best Toy Store in 2010 and 2012, along with receiving the Readers’ Choice: Best Toy Store award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. You can find Froggies at 3211 Knox Street and they are open daily.

Best Shoe Store

The top shoe store in Dallas is Gregory’s. This store provides all types of shoes for men, women and children. It’s not cheap, but if you want the best shoes you can find, you’ll find them here. With shoes from Chrissie Morris, Gianmarco Lorenzi, Nicholas Kirkwood and many other top designers, it’s easy to see why they’ve been named as the Best of Big D: Best Shoe Store for three years in a row.

Best Furniture Store

Smink is the top furniture store in Dallas and located at 1019 Dragon Street. It’s a great place to bring the family for shopping and you will find everything from modern-furniture to art at Smink. The store is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 11am – 4pm. They’ve received the Best of Big D award for Best Furniture Store in 2010 and Best Contemporary/Modern Furniture in 2012.

Best Women’s Clothing Boutique

The top choice for women’s clothing in Dallas is Elements. It’s located on Lovers Lane and provides all types of designers from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for something from a vintage collection or from a local designer, you can find it here. Elements received the Best of Big D award for Best Women’s Clothing Boutique in 2011 and 2012, along with the Readers’ Choice award for the Best Women’s Clothing Boutique in 2010.

A Broadway Musical Comedy for the Whole Family

Sister Act is coming to the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas from June 4th to June 16th. This is one of the hottest Broadway musical comedies and features music from an eight-time Oscar winner. If you don’t know the story, it’s about a wannabe diva named Deloris Van Cartier. She becomes a nun to hide because of a crime she witnessed. This is a “laugh out loud” type of show perfect for ages eight and up.

The authors of the story are Cheri and Bill Steinkeller, with music handled by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The director is Jerry Zaks and the choreographer is Anthony Van Lasst. Whoopi Goldberg is the producer and was the lead character in the movie. The show is 2 hours and 30 minutes long with a 15-minute intermission.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Prices

  • Tuesday, June 4th and 11th at 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 5th and 12th at 7:30pm
  • Thursday, June 6th and 13th at 1:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Friday, June 7th and 14th at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, June 8th and 15th at 1:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, June 9th at 1:30pm and 16th at 7:30pm

Tickets range from $33 to $410 for weekday performances and from $37 to $410 for weekend performances. The seating chart includes Balcony and Lower Floor choices.

If you can’t make the show in Dallas, it will also be performed in Forth Worth from June 18th through June 23rd. The Fort Worth show schedule and ticket prices include:

  • Tuesday, June 18th at 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30pm
  • Thursday, June 20th at 7:30pm
  • Friday, June 21st at 8pm
  • Saturday, June 22nd at 2pm and 8pm
  • Sunday, June 23rd at 1pm and 6pm

All Fort Worth shows will be held at Bass Performance Hall and tickets range from $88 to $368.

The ProRodeo Series is Coming!

RodeoMesquite is about to see the ProRodeo Series kick off on May 31st. This starts a summer long series held every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm with the final day August 24th. Each show is unique and provides plenty of entertainments. Throughout this 12-week series, you can enjoy the many Cowboys from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. If you enjoy old-fashioned entertainment, this is the right event for you.

Participants will accumulate points throughout the series and will compete for a spot in the Pro Rodeo Series Finals. You can follow along with the event all the way through the summer. This is the 56th season of the series and thousands of fans will come out to witness the fun.

The series is perfect for family entertainment and families have always been a big part of the attendance. With a great venue and plenty of entertainment, both adults and children will have fun. The series includes:

  • Bareback Riding
  • Team Roping
  • Bull Riding
  • Barrel Riding
  • Tie Down Roping
  • Saddle Bronc Roping
  • Steer Wrestling

The doors open at 6:30pm, which gives families plenty of time to enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, western store, get autographs and grab a bite to eat in the BBQ pavilion. The action starts at 7:30 with a fun laser show followed by all the rodeo events. Another part of the event, which kids love is Mutton Bustin and the Dash-for-Cash.

Tickets range from $14 to $60, depending on the seats you choose. Club and VIP seats include a dinner buffet from 6pm to 9pm. You don’t have to worry about the heat because the facility is air-conditioned and you can even watch replays on the huge video boards throughout the arena. The arena is about 12 minutes from downtown Dallas, located at 1818 Rodeo Drive in Mesquite.

Introducing Northwood Hills

A neighborhood established in 1955 and known as a Park Cities environment with beautiful homes, this area of Dallas features many luxury homes. Many residents consider Northwood Hills as the “best kept secret” in the city. It contains homes very similar to those found in Preston Hollow, but they come at a much smaller price. Great restaurants, abundant shopping and top schools are also found throughout the area.

The neighborhood is found between Belt Line Road and 635/LBJ with a west border of Coit Road and an east border of Preston Road. Nearly 1,200 homes are found throughout and the average price for a home in the area is $550,000. Most homes are around 3,500 square feet and sit on about a half-acre of land.

With the Belt Line roads nearby, residents enjoy plenty of great restaurants, such as Dream Cafe, Fish on Fire and Canary Cafe. Whole Foods Market is very close and the area is also home to an excellent library. Residents enjoy all that’s offered at Fretz Park, which provides soccer, swimming, tennis and basketball.

Most of the homes were built between 1955 and 1970 and feature low ceilings. However, developers are working to raise ceilings in many of the homes, as they renovate. Most homeowners have chosen to add-on and renovate instead of tear down and start over. Master suites are a popular addition, along with open kitchens and new surfaces.

Children can walk to school and Northwood Hills is served by the Richardson school district. Many families, professionals and new couples are moving into the area because of the price and the close proximity to all the best shopping and entertainment. With the right prices, a strong homeowner’s association and all the amenities you can find in other luxury neighborhoods, you can get more home for less money here.

What’s the Buzz Around the Food Scene in Plano?

New things are always happening in Dallas when it comes to food and dining. Foodies get to choose from many new events every year, but there’s more than just events happening. Other things, such as restaurant openings are also in the works. Two specific events have recently been announced for the Plano area.

Bandito’s is Out and Katy Trail Ice House is in

The 4700 West Park Boulevard location of Bandito’s is closing and the Ice House is moving in. Buddy Cramer is one of the owners of Katy Trail Ice House and recently let the secret out of this move. He’s also a general partner in Bandito’s and says this move just makes sense for the Ice House. It should be opening very soon, as they announced this secret at the beginning of May with hopes of opening before the end of the month.

One of the biggest reasons for this move is the ability to put in a huge patio. This patio won’t be quite as big as the one at the Uptown location, but it will still seat 200 guests. It will be across from the Nosh Euro Bistro and Yao Fuzi, which provides a great location.

A Second East Hampton Sandwich Co. is Coming

Another addition coming to Plano is the East Hampton Sandwich Co. This will be the second location for this restaurant, which specializes in sandwiches and salads. The location will be opening at The Shops in Legacy and the plan is to open it this summer. They will take over the old Au Bon Pain space on Legacy Drive.

Both of these openings just so how much the Plano area is growing. It’s a popular part of the Dallas Metro Area and with these two additions, the food scene just got a little bit better.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun and Fireworks

Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cakesquared/3971108472/May 27th will feature a concert and fireworks show in honor of the fallen heroes of the United States. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will put on a patriotic concert, which is free for the entire family. You can bring your own picnic and enjoy an evening of great music and fireworks.

This is just one of the many concerts held here and if it rains, they move the concert inside at the Meyerson Symphony Center. After the concert, a magnificent firework show will commence. If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day as a family, this event provides the perfect choice.

Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda will be in charge of leading the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through many classical favorites. The DSO is able to put on these free concerts because of generous donations from corporations and individuals. With Memorial Day right around the corner, it might be time to add this concert to your calendar.

The concert will be held at White Rock Lake on Flag pole Hill. This is a unique venue perfect for this type of event. Plenty of lawn space will be available for your chairs and blankets. YYou can come out early and get set up in the perfect place to enjoy the concert and once it’s over, lay back on your blanket and stare up at the sky as you enjoy a beautiful firework display to celebrate this great holiday.

Flag Pole Hill Park is found on Doran Circle, which is just off Northwest Highway no the northeast side of the city. It’s just s short drive from Richardson, Mesquite, Garland and downtown Dallas making this event a great choice for a variety of residents. The concert starts at 8pm, but get there early to claim your spot for the show.

Discover Emerging Playwrights at the New Works Festival

The Kitchen Dog Theater will play host to this years’ New Works Festival, which will feature plenty of up and coming playwrights and a main stage performance of Se Llama Cristina. You can also enjoy a one-man cabaret show, the playwrights under progress (PUP) fest and six staged readings. The event starts on May 24th and runs until June 22nd with performances nearly every day.

Se Llama Cristina

The feature main stage performance come from San Francisco playwright Octavio Solis and will be directed by Christina Vela. This story is about a man and a woman trapped in a room without a memory of how they ended up there. They continually push each other’s buttons and struggle with many things, such as how they lost their daughter and their identities. The story takes the audience on a unique journey and shows why it’s so important to live for every moment.

Tickets for this show are $30 for opening night, $25 for Saturday performances, $20 for Friday performances and $15 for performances on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The first 25 people on Wednesday and Thursday can take advantage of the pay-what-you-can deal.

The One Man Show

The One Man Show by Tim Johnson is another huge part of the New Works Festival and is directed by Tina Parker. This is a very unique show and one you don’t want to miss. Opening night tickets include a reception and are $20. All other performance tickets are $15.

Staged Readings and the PUP Fest

Many staged readings and PUP Fest performances will take place, but they’re not all on the calendar just yet. PUP fest will be free for those wanting to enjoy the many afternoon performances of short plays written by youth talent and co-produced by Junior Players. Tickets for staged readings will be available at the door.

A Melting Pot of Culture and Cuisine

The Dallas International Festival is set for May 25th from 10am to 8pm. This event is perfect for those looking for plenty of unique food and fun. Three stages will feature plenty of dance and music, while a food court will provide everything from Mexican to Korean food. Kids can enjoy a craft and activity area just for them, along with a drum circle and so much more.

You can bring the entire family to this free event and enjoy a Saturday full of fun, food and entertainment. Some of the things you will find at this year’s Dallas International Festival include:

  • Global Cuisine Pavilion
  • Master Chefs in Cooking Demos
  • Three Stages of Global Music and Dance
  • Drum Circle
  • Passport to Adventure
  • Parade of Nations
  • Children’s Discover Center
  • International Bazaar

Children can get their name written in a number of different languages including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Vietnamese and many others. They can also enjoy making many different types of crafts from African shells to Serbian face painting and Mexican paper flowers. The Passport to Adventure will include games from Germany, China, India, Nepal, Peru, USA and many other countries, as well.

Performances are scheduled throughout the entire events and some of the highlighted choices include:

  • Dallas Tap Dazzlers – 11:05am
  • Latin Mix & Canza Cultura – 12:35pm
  • Parade of Nations – 2:50pm, 3:05pm and 3:20pm
  • Cora Connection – 3:15pm
  • Noopur Dance Academy – 3:45pm
  • Rhythmic Ribbon of Texas – 4:35pm
  • 4 Ever Young – 5:05pm
  • Saturday Ocean – 6:35pm
  • SOMATIX International Dance Company – 7pm
  • A Touch of Paradise – 7:20pm

Many other performances will happen on the Eurasia stage, Global stage and the Americas and Africa stage.

The festival will be held at the Centennial Building at Fair Park and will start at 10am on Saturday May 25th. Admission is free and parking is $15.

What’s the Best Burger in Dallas?

BurgerThe best burger found in the city of Dallas comes from Liberty Burger. This restaurant received the “Best of Big D: Best Burger” award in 2012 and lives up to this award. Liberty Burger is a family-friendly establishment serving up many gourmet burgers with a variety of meats. Whether you prefer a traditional beer burger or you want something a bit different, such as bison, grilled chicken or a vegetable patty, you can find it here.

This burger joint has two locations complete with great burgers, full bar service and more. You can find Liberty Burger on Keller Springs Road or Forest Lane at Inwood. Both locations serve the same burgers, which include:

  • The Liberty Burger – A traditional burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard and mayonnaise.
  • The Nappa – Served with gorgonzola cheese, roasted tomatoes, green olives, basil garlic aioli, onion and wild arugula.
  • Chillerno – Served with queso blanco, poblano pepper and BBQ sauce.
  • Baby Bella – Served with queso blanco, baby bella mushrooms, an onion ring and basil garlic aioli.
  • South of the Burger – Served with cheddar, tortilla strips, avocado, refried beans, lettuce and pico de gallo.
  • Wild West – Served with bacon, pickles, BBQ sauce, cheddar and onion.
  • Ahi – A burger made from ahi tuna meat and served with wasabi aioli and sesame slaw.
  • The Nooner – served with bacon, ham, hash browns, American cheese, ketchup and a fried egg.
  • The Libertine – A turkey burger served with avocado, tomato, cucumber, liberty mustard and arugula.
  • Woodstock – A vegetable burger served with Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, spring greens and basil garlic aioli.
  • Jackie O – A lamb burger served with baby spinach, tomatoes, tzatziki sauce and feta.
  • The Bach – A chicken burger served with tomato, cranberry sauce, mayonnaise and spring greens.

Other limited-time-offer burgers are found in both locations throughout the year. These include burgers made of other meats and with seasonal toppings. Both locations also serve salads, other sandwiches and sides. Choose from sweet potato fries, skinny fries or big onion rings to compliment your burger.