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It’s a red, white and blue celebration during the Fourth of July weekend at Gaylord Texan Resort. For family fun that includes something for everyone, Gaylord Texan has a robust lineup of activities, recreation, entertainment, fine dining, spa treatments and more.

The resort has gained national attention for its unique offerings, as well as its 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens under glass kept at 72 degrees year-round. Here are some of the exciting experiences waiting for you at Gaylord Texan Resort.

Fourth of July Special Fun
Beginning July 3, the resort has a jam-packed lineup of family entertainment and activities in honor of Independence Day. Balloon artists, stilt walkers and juggling unicyclists are onsite, and kids can get their hair braided, opt for a glitter or airbrush tattoo, and have their likeness drawn with a caricature artist. Guests can inquire with the concierge for a detailed schedule of events.

On Friday night, come on out to the resort parking garage for DJ music and fun at 7 pm (or visit the Glass Cactus for ages 21 and up). The fireworks show starts at 9:30.

Get Soaked in Paradise Springs
Paradise Springs is the resort’s private water park, with a 6,000-square-foot lagoon, 600-foot lazy river, 27-foot-tall winding waterslide, 25-foot zipline, two hot pools, water basketball and a dedicated pool for kids. Resort guests can opt to rent private cabanas, and the water park features plenty of beach chairs and seating. During park hours, resort guests can enjoy DJ music, drink specials and more.

Summer Bash
Need more reasons to hang out at Gaylord Texan this weekend? There are plenty. Summer Bash runs through Labor Day, and there’s something exciting happening every day. The full list of activities is here, but highlights include:

  • Junior chefs camp: A popular interactive day camp geared for kids ages 8-16. Here, kids learn how to cook, plate and serve dishes. The fee is $90 per person, and you can purchase tickets online.
  • Family snaps: Grab the family and get gussied up for an old-time Western photo shoot at the Western House Saloon on Fridays and Saturdays, 4-8 pm, and Sundays, 10 am-2 pm. Prices vary by package.
  • Live piano music: Stop by the Silver Bar every evening from 6- 9 pm to enjoy live piano music.
  • Wine and cheese pairings: Enjoy three expertly paired wine and cheese selections at the Old Hickory Wine Bar. Ages 21 and up; cost is $35 per person.
  • Sunset patio hour: Savor appetizer and drink specials on Glass Cactus’ two-tiered outdoor deck overlooking Lake Grapevine.
  • Margarita madness: Enjoy a margarita or other cocktails at the River walk Cantina. For ages 21 and up; additional charge applies.
  • Summer music series at Glass Cactus: In the resort’s popular live music venue, the dancing never seems to stop. Music plays Friday and Saturday nights; there is a $10 cover after 8 pm. For ages 21 and up.

Culinary Experiences
Gaylord Texan Resort is proud to offer guests exceptional dining at any one of its four award-winning restaurants: Old Hickory Steakhouse, Zeppole Coastal Italian, Texan Station and Riverwalk Cantina. Or, if you prefer an in-room meal, the resort also offers room service.

Spa Time
Relâche Spa is the perfect place to enjoy a little down time. The spa features several summer specials, including the Green Tea and Lemongrass Experience (body polish, facial, pedicure). Book your appointment online.

Celebrate Independence Day at Gaylord Texan Resort. Make your reservation online or call 817-778-1000. You can also visit us on Facebook.

Enjoy fireworks Friday night.

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Enjoy fireworks Friday night.
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Family fun happens during summer staycation at Gaylord Texan Resort

Family-Friendly Resort

Looking for local family fun that appeals to both adults and kids? Gaylord Texan Resort is poised to be your favorite staycation spot. In addition to unique activities, recreation, fine dining and comfy accommodations, the resort is known for its 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens under glass kept at a comfortable 72 degrees year round.

During Summer Bash, the resort features special programs, unique camps and extras for all ages. Check out the lineup of fun and adventure taking place through Labor Day.

Let the Kids Cook
Spots are filling up quickly for the junior chefs camp, a popular interactive day camp geared for kids ages 8-16. Here they learn how to cook, plate and serve dishes. Advanced tickets are required to reserve your spot, which you can purchase here. The camp fee is $90 per person; the payoff is delicious food you don’t have to prepare.

Soak up Paradise
There’s room for the entire party at Paradise Springs. This water park comprises a 6,000-square-foot lagoon, 600-foot lazy river, 27-foot-tall winding waterslide, 25-foot zipline, two hot pools, water basketball and a dedicated pool for the youngest family members. The water park features plenty of beach chairs and seating, as well as private cabanas for rent that include TVs, refrigerators and fire pits. In the park, you’ll find drink specials, DJ music and more. All resort guests have access to Paradise Springs.

Day In and Day Out
From morning to evening, there’s something exciting going on during Summer Bash. The full list of activities is here, but highlights include the following:

  • Chillin’ with checkers: Get competitive with a friendly game of checkers or bean bag toss in the Lone Star Atrium.
  • Family snaps: Everyone smile and dress up for an old-time Western photo shoot on Fridays and Saturdays, 4-8 pm, and Sundays, 10 am-2 pm, at the Western House Saloon. Prices vary by package.
  • Live piano music: Stop by the Silver Bar every evening from 6-9 pm to enjoy live piano music.
  • Friday night fireworks: In the resort parking garage, the night kicks off with music at 9 pm (or Glass Cactus for ages 21 and up) and fireworks at 9:30 pm.
  • Summer music series at Glass Cactus: Keep the good times going with live music every Friday and Saturday night, for ages 21 and up. There is a $10 cover after 8 pm.
  • Wine and cheese pairings: Three expertly paired wine and cheese selections are yours to enjoy at Old Hickory Wine Bar. Cost is $35 per person, for ages 21 and up.
  • Sunset patio hour: Enjoy appetizer and drink specials on Glass Cactus’ two-tiered outdoor deck overlooking Lake Grapevine.
  • Margarita madness: We’ve got your margarita favorites and some unique cocktails too in the Riverwalk Cantina. Additional charges apply; for ages 21 and up.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Gaylord Texan also features four award-winning restaurants: Old Hickory Steakhouse, Zeppole Coastal Italian, Texan Station and Riverwalk Cantina. Or, if you prefer an in-room meal, the resort also offers room service.

Your staycation starts now. Make your reservation with Gaylord Texan online or call 817-778-1000. You can also visit us on Facebook.

Float along the Lazy River in Paradise Springs.

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Float along the Lazy River in Paradise Springs.
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Gaylord Texan Resort has everything you need for sensational summer getaway

Summer Fun

With all of the summer excitement bundled into Gaylord Texan Resort, a staycation is just what the family ordered. From bounding down a curving water slide to enjoying a chef-prepared meal, Gaylord Texan has a unique lineup of activities designed for relaxation, togetherness and fun.

Pool-A-Palooza
Paradise Springs provides 10 acres of waterpark enjoyment. Registered resort guests have access to private cabanas, a curving slide, lazy river floats, water basketball games, DJ music, drink specials, airbrush tattoos, hair braiding and more. Bring your sunscreen and loads of energy for this outdoor party.

Summer Bash
From family fun activities and live entertainment to culinary programs and dining specials, we invite you to experience Gaylord Texan’s Summer Bash event taking place now through Labor Day weekend. Here are some of the highlights:

During the day

  • Junior chefs camp: This fun, interactive day camp teaches kids ages 8-16 how to cook, plate and serve dishes ($90 per person).
  • Chillin’ with checkers: Mix up your family fun with some old-school activities. Play a game of checkers or get competitive with a bean bag toss (located in the Lone Star Atrium).
  • Family snaps: Dress up the whole family — think cowboy hats, chaps and bloomers — for an old-time Western photo shoot on Fridays and Saturdays, 4-8 pm, and Sundays, 10 am-2 pm, at the Western House Saloon (prices vary by package).

In the evening

  • Friday night fireworks: The music begins at 9 pm in the resort parking garage (or Glass Cactus for ages 21 and up), and the fireworks start at 9:30.
  • Summer music series at Glass Cactus: Within this popular music and dance venue, keep the good times going with live music every Friday and Saturday night ($10 cover after 8 pm).
  • Wine and cheese pairings: Three expertly paired wine and cheese selections are yours to enjoy at Old Hickory Wine Bar. For ages 21 and up ($35 per person).
  • Live piano music: Every evening from 6-9 pm, enjoy live piano music in Silver Bar.
  • Sunset patio hour: Savor appetizer and drink specials on Glass Cactus’ two-tiered outdoor deck overlooking gorgeous Lake Grapevine.
  • Margarita madness: Margaritas and summer go hand-in-hand. Try one of Riverwalk Cantina’s specialty margaritas. For ages 21 and up (additional charge applies).

Learn more about the Gaylord Texan’s Summer Bash and get the full list of activities.

Sights to See
Gaylord Texan is a unique destination for many reasons, including the fact that it features 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens under glass kept at a comfortable 72 degrees year round. From the aroma of fresh flowers to the bold beauty of blooms, guests can enjoy the diverse color and greenery. We also encourage guests to take a free self-guided horticulture tour or embark on an Atrium Art Walk showcasing local artists’ sculptures, paintings and blown-glass displays.

Grab a Bite
Gaylord Texan features myriad dining choices, from steak dinners to burgers to brunch. Enjoy fare from the resort’s four award-winning restaurants: Old Hickory Steakhouse, Zeppole Coastal Italian, Texan Station and Riverwalk Cantina. The resort also offers room service.

Come stay with us! Start your staycation fun with the Gaylord Texan online or call 817-778-1000. You can also visit us on Facebook.

Get your splash on at Paradise Springs, a 10-acre waterpark at Gaylord Texan.

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Get your splash on at Paradise Springs, a 10-acre waterpark at Gaylord Texan.
Photo courtesy of Gaylord Texan Resort

5 exciting reasons to book your staycation at Gaylord Texan Resort

staycation

A Texas staycation means all-day pool lounging, frozen margaritas, boot-scooting music, family-friendly entertainment and decadent cuisine. And it also means booking a visit to the grandest resort destination in the state: Gaylord Texan.

We’ve got the top five reasons why your summer vacation plans just got a little more exciting.

No. 1: Summer Bash
No one throws a summer party like Gaylord Texan. Local visitors and resort guests will enjoy all of these Summer Bash activities and many more:

  • Summer Music Series at Glass Cactus: Get your groove on at our 39,000-square-foot live music venue, and enjoy a cocktail at Sunset Patio Hour on the two-tiered outdoor deck that overlooks Lake Grapevine. ($10 cover after 8 pm, Friday and Saturday nights)
  • Friday Night Fireworks: The party with DJ tunes begins at 9 pm in the resort parking garage (or Glass Cactus for ages 21+), and the fireworks begin at 9:30.
  • Margarita Madness: Have you ever experienced a jalapeño margarita? For ages 21+, additional charge applies.
  • Wine and Cheese Pairings: Three expertly paired wine and cheese selections are yours to enjoy. For ages 21+ ($35 per person)
  • Junior Chefs Camp: This is an interactive day camp designed for ages 8-16 that teaches youngsters how to cook, plate and serve their dishes. ($90 per person; purchase tickets here)

Learn more about the Gaylord Texan’s Summer Bash and get the full list of activities online.

No. 2: Explore the Sites
Gaylord Texan is situated within 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens under glass kept at a comfortable 72 degrees year round. This means there’s something blooming beautifully everywhere you look. Take a self-guided horticulture tour or enjoy an atrium art walk showcasing local artists’ sculptures, paintings and blown-glass displays.

No. 3: Make a Splash
Pool time is essential when its summer in Texas, and Gaylord Texan Resort has water features galore. Resort guests can get their splash on at Paradise Springs outdoor pool playground. From private cabanas and floating the lazy river to water basketball and the winding waterslide, you don’t want to miss the 10 acres of outdoor fun.

No. 4: Eat, Drink and Be Texan
Have a Texas-sized appetite? From steak to burgers to brunch, Gaylord Texan features several dining options to satisfy any craving. Delight your taste buds at one of the resort’s four award-winning restaurants: Old Hickory Steakhouse, Zeppole Coastal Italian, Texan Station and Riverwalk Cantina. Add in room service fare, and you’ll see that the resort caters to all appetites.

No. 5: Just Say Spa
If there was ever an excuse for some downtime, it’s during your vacation. Relâche Spa features several summer specials, including The Green Tea & Lemongrass Experience (body polish, facial, pedicure). Book your appointment online.

It’s time to make your summer staycation plans. Reserve your stay at the Gaylord Texan online or call 817-778-1000. You can also visit us on Facebook

There is always something beautiful blooming in the glass-enclosed resort.

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There is always something beautiful blooming in the glass-enclosed resort.
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Nickelback's upcoming tour stop rocks this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Juggernaut rock band Nickelback is touring summer 2023 with stop in Dallas. Nickelback is back: Canadian-born rock juggernaut Nickelback is going on tour in summer 2023 to support their new album, Get Rollin'. Called the "Get Rollin’ Tour," it'll hit 38 cities, including Dallas on July 22 at Dos Equis Pavilion.

2. Behind the wall of greenery and other Dallas restaurant must-haves. If you're a Dallas restaurant in 2023, you're nowhere without a wall of greenery. Walls covered with greenery are among the features restaurants are deploying these days to lure in diners. Food is still the official reason people go out to eat, but restaurants these days are more experience-oriented. Here are few features being rolled out at restaurants around town.

3. Affluent Dallas neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. South Polk Pizzeria in Dallas' Oak Cliff slings perfect pies in pizza desert. Dallas has plenty of pretty pizza these days — but nearly all of it is found north of I-30. So let's hear it for South Polk Pizzeria, a new shop that opened in late December in Oak Cliff, at 3939 S. Polk St #527, just off US-67 and north of Loop 12, slinging the same kind of artisanal pies that are being slung across Deep Ellum, Oak Lawn, and North Dallas.

5. 12 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants score coveted James Beard Award nominations. The James Beard Foundation has revealed the semifinalists for its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards. A dozen Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants have been included in both national and regional categories. Here are the nominees.

Event celebrating Dallas' Braniff Airways a must for fashion & flying buffs

Fashion News

Dallas' original hometown airline is having a moment: Braniff International will celebrate its 95th anniversary with an event that promises to be a must for fashion and airline buffs alike.

Called The Braniff Style Tour & Fashion Show, it'll take place on March 11 at the Alexander Mansion, with David Preziosi, Braniff Airways Foundation Board Member and Executive Director of Texas Historical Foundation, presenting a program on what a release calls one of the most revolutionary airlines in history.

The event will include lunch and a mini fashion show featuring Braniff’s epochal flight attendant uniforms created by haute couture fashion designers Emilio Pucci and Halston.

Braniff International began in June 1928 with a small Stinson Detroiter single-engine six-passenger airplane that flew its first flight from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. It operated as an airline until 1982.


braniff airlines stewardess Braniff Airlines flight attendants decked out in stylish uniforms.Courtesy photo

Braniff Airways is now a branding/marketing, online retail and historic airliner tour firm with a portfolio of licensing agreements worldwide. Its history has been preserved by Braniff Airways Foundation, an organization created by Richard Ben Cass, a former pilot and Braniff collector and expert whose book Braniff Airways: Flying Colors was published in 2015.

The Foundation curates the Braniff International Heritage Archives, formerly Braniff Flying Colors Collection, which contains Cass' lifetime collection, and includes original Braniff Airways Advertising Department records and archives.

The collection was founded in 1972, and has become the largest and most comprehensive collection of Braniff memorabilia that includes more than 1000 crew uniforms.

The Foundation also acts as an advocacy group for Braniff buildings in danger of demolition, including the mid-century themed Braniff Operations and Maintenance Base in conjunction with lead Flying Crown Land Group.

In 2014, they authored a nomination for the Braniff Hostess College to determine its eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The Hostess College is undergoing a complete restoration and will become a public use facility in the future.

The fashion show promises lots of stretchy fabrics and zowie colors, while the lunch menu is a fun throwback, inspired by vintage Braniff flight menu, with chicken Romanoff, a garden vegetable medley, and strawberry cheesecake.

The Braniff Style Tour & Fashion Show is March 11. Doors open at 10:30 am, with the style show beginning promptly at 11 am, and lunch at 12 pm. Tickets are $60 for "First Class" (includes lunch) and $20 for "Coach" (style show only). Tickets are available online. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Alexander Mansion.

New play about Uvalde shooting takes the stage at DFW university

#UvaldeStrong

A TCU faculty member has written a new play called For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the Robb Elementary School, and it's premiering January 28 both in-person on-campus and online via streaming.

Playwright Ayvaunn Penn, who is part of the Theatre TCU faculty, also wrote a play in 2020 inspired by the Botham Jean shooting by police officer Amber Guyger.

The premiere staged reading of For the Love of Uvalde promises a similar evening of art for social change, paired with a panel-led community discussion. This staged reading will feature select songs and monologues from the show.

The original play uses testimonies to explore the aftermath and varying viewpoints of the families, politicians, and medical professionals affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU Chief Inclusion Officer; James McQuillen, director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana; Professor Lisa Devine, UNT Theatre for Social Change professor; and Shania Tari, M.S, LMFT-A & EMDR trained.

A collaboration between Theatre TCU, TCU School of Music, and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, the event is free to attend, though tickets are required and may be reserved here. It begins at 6:30 pm at PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the TCU campus.

El Progreso Memorial Library will also stream the event on YouTube so that community members may join and participate in the discussion and reflection.