At noon every day, a new flock of butterflies is released into the butterfly house at Texas Discovery Gardens, opening their colorful wings for the first time among the lush vegetation. Counted among their number are elegant species such as the monarch and the blue morpho, while an outdoor nursery attracts native butterflies with nectar-rich plants and attractive butterfly buffets. This is just one of the ten themed areas on the 7.5-acre estate, which brims with vibrant collections of plants collected from around the world and is maintained using sustainable, organic methods. The newly renovated Tribute Garden invites visitors to relax in the shade next to a bubbling fountain, and the Master Gardeners' Garden demonstrates landscaping practices that are both attractive and environmentally friendly.
The organization also offers education and outreach programs for children to teach them about life cycles and natural landscapes, as well as increase their understanding and appreciation for nature. Visitors can also attend festivals including the Butterflies and Bugs Family Festival on August 3, as well as special programing such as Sunrise Pilates and guided nature walks.
Fair Park brims with Art Deco statues, murals, and buildings dating back to the 1930s, when the park was the site of a World Fair celebrating The Republic of Texas’s centennial. During the Fair Park 5K Urban Dash, modern-day runners enjoy views of these historic landmarks, while overcoming obstacles that pepper the race route. These impediments include a wall climb, hurdles, and a dumpster dive, which add an extra challenge to the annual run without the confusion that an invisible finish line brings.
The African American Museum debuted in 1974 as part of the Special Collections at the historically black Bishop College. An independent operation since 1979, the museum steadfastly preserves the artistic, cultural, and historical legacy of the African American community, particularly that of East Texas. The 38,000-square-foot ivory-stone building holds one of the United States' largest collections of African American folk art, complete with pieces from luminaries like Mose Tolliver and Sister Gertrude Morgan. Elsewhere in the museum?s quartet of permanent galleries, African masks, gold weights, and textiles share space with American fine art from the 1800s to the present, video kiosks, and vintage photographs depicting the eras of slavery, emancipation, and reconstruction.
In addition to ongoing exhibitions, the African American Museum hosts temporary exhibits focusing on everything from lesbian families in the Deep South to winners of its National Black Art Competition. The museum?s events, meanwhile, include monthly concerts, annual jazz festivals, a kids' summer camp, and an invitational for black rodeo cowboys.
November 30 is an important day in American history?a day when, every year, people take to the streets and dance like zombies.?It's a tradition that began on that same date in 1982, when Michael Jackson released his iconic Thriller LP, prompting fans to celebrate each anniversary with flashmob dances inspired by the iconic video for the title track.?
Thriller Run expands these King of Pop-themed festivities by adding a race to the mix.?Just going to the starting point's kiosk is a spooky yet campy experience. As athletes sign up for race waves, they mingle with zombies, dancing ghosts, and normal-looking people who could very well be werewolves. Then, after warming up to beats from local DJs, they're off and running to the tunes of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, with an inevitable flash mob later in the day.
J. Pat Evans, M.D., then the team physician for the Dallas Cowboys, presented an idea to Boone Powell Sr., former executive director and senior consultant to Baylor University Medical Center. His dream was to build a sports medicine facility that would provide a medically based fitness center.