More than 65 vivid clan tents cover the grounds at each year?s Texas Scottish festival, where Scots strut proudly around, wearing kilts and displaying their clan tartans. The notes of bagpipes float through the air, blasted from the lungs of talented soloists or from the year?s featured pipe-and-drum band. Market stalls show off Scottish and Celtic wares, from kilts and tartans to artisan Celtic jewelry and art. Competition flourishes amid Scot-descended attendees and curious festgoers at professional or amateur athletics as well as in an all-Scottish-breed dog show. While multitudes of Scottish beers wet whistles and fortify bagpiping or kilt-twirling courage, food vendors sell American fair food alongside traditional Scottish sundries that include meat pies, Scotch eggs, and haggis?chopped meat cured in a sheep?s stomach to the sound of Highland lullabies.
Living in a big metropolitan area has its downsides, as the night sky is blocked by light pollution that blocks out the stars. At the Planetarium, guests are seated underneath a 60-foot-diameter dome, where they peer skyward at stunning images of the universe, educational films, and Texas stargazing, which is presented live by a scientist at The Planetarium at UT Arlington. A Digistar 5 DLP Projection system displays its photonic glory across the cosmic screen as booming surround sound rumbles into ears. Regularly scheduled public shows educate and thrill guests with explorations of distant stars and music shows.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Stage 1 Bar and Grill, a local favorite. Stage 1 Bar and Grill is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Stage 1 Bar and Grill visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here. There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at Stage 1 Bar and Grill — the restaurant has tons of space for big parties.
Weekends are when crowds really head to Stage 1 Bar and Grill, so plan accordingly. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Stage 1 Bar and Grill is ultra casual.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Meals at Stage 1 Bar and Grill are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
A neighborhood is most often defined by its people, its businesses, and its recreational facilities. Arlington Parks and Recreation is dedicated to making Arlington a more enjoyable place to spend time with your family in the great outdoors. Scattered throughout the city, the affiliated parks, swimming pools, and athletic centers summon people to get moving. Have a picnic, play a game of horseshoes, and wander down a wooded path at your local park, or jump into the nearest swimming pool to escape the heat of a hot summer day. Families can also take part in a variety of special events throughout the year such as Light Up Arlington, when the entire city celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, and Ecofest, which teaches environmental awareness with do-it-yourself ecological demonstrations.
One Yoga USA founder Jennifer Buergermeister approaches yoga's many forms with a mastery honed over 20 years—and the philosophy of a gardener. OYUSA's mission likens yoga to a tree: many branches, deep roots. In that spirit of multiplicity, it has designed flexible training programs that branch out from foundational training into a phantasmagoria of elective modules that total anywhere from 300 to 1000 hours. On the way to certification, students can immerse themselves in almost every flavor of yoga and supplement it with a buffet of Sanskrit, organic eating, anatomy and physiology, and neurolinguistic programming—forging a self-created major with far more real-world applications than their doctorate in unicorn dressage.
With the help of a team of trainers, owner of Cover All Bases, Chris Gay, gives little-leaguers a leg up on the competition. During his clinics, he spends much of the time working on the sport's most essential motion?the swing?in private hitting lessons. But to help build all-around athletes he and his four trainers lead sessions geared toward pitching, fielding, catching, and the closely related art of hitting softballs. A high school athlete himself who went on to pitch for the University of Texas at Arlington and double-A minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox for 2 1/2 seasons, his love for the game shines through in his training sessions. "(I) love teaching baseball to kids and helping them make their high school teams," he says.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Private hitting lessons and token cards
Pro Tip: It's more comfortable when you bring your own bat
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes