Plano Super Bowl lets the pins fall all night long with round-the-clock, 24-hour lane availability for bowlers of all levels. The alley keeps its doors open year-round, encouraging bowlers to stop by for competitive league nights or noncompetitive gatherings at the game room, bar, and snack bar. Rollers can also gather for kids' and adults' lane-side parties, enjoyable for both beginners and seasoned veterans who know the differences between strikes and spares.
Sugar Ridge Winery's rolling acres once held everything from white-speckled fields of cotton to waving meadows of hay. Then owners Don and Michele Andrews planted their first rows of varietal and transformed the land into a verdant, nectar-giving paradise. Michele inherited the acreage from her grandparents and honors their legacy through a red heritage wine that fills the tasting room's antique wooden shelves alongside chardonnays, tempranillos, and cabernets. This pride in the vineyards' history shines through in the decor as well: Outside the tasting room, a wood-sided well stands flanked by giant urns. Shaded by trees, a tranquil fountain babbles on a stone patio and a resident cat and kittens prowl the grounds, guarding the grapes and playing cat games such as Parcheesi. In addition to public and private wine tastings, Don and Michele also host tasting afternoons paired with an outdoor massage and encourage winery visitors to pack their own picnics.
BADASS Dash?s organizers live in a world of imagination. Where others see cargo nets, they see giant webs to be scaled. School buses become climbing walls and bales of hay turn into tunnels filled with grass and mud. In city after city, they place 30+ of these obstacles along a 7-kilometer course, and invite individuals and teams to compete against each other in elite matches, or beat their personal best in recreational races. Afterward, the organizers throw a celebratory bash filled with bonfires, food, and prizes for top finishers. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the charity Autism Speaks.
Screams Halloween Theme Park' macabre workforce of professional ghoulish actors populates five eerie attractions and activities designed to cull shrieks from frightened visitors. Anxious explorers tread lightly among Peril Point's island of three-dimensional apparitions and the Castle of Darkness, the scariest of all royal haunts, which incurs skyrocketing bills for scepter bedazzling and red-carpet steaming. Circumspect eyes stay peeled during spine-tingling treks through the straight-jacketed Arcane Asylum or while viewing the menacing circus performers in Unkel Koy's Klown Maze and the undead specters roaming the Ghoulish Graveyard. Tense nerves take a rest with more lighthearted activities including face painting, classic-horror-movie screenings, and Scary-oke singing that disguises terrified shrieks as showcases of falsetto vocal range.
From honky-tonk to Tejano, Texas music has made myriad contributions to the world of song. Texas Music Expo 2012 celebrates the impact the Lone Star State has had on music with three days of events. The new-and-vintage-guitar marketplace displays a slew of handpicked new and used instruments and vintage music posters available for purchase. A collectible record show allows visitors to complete collections, and a free appraisal of collectibles by Heritage Auctions enables expo-goers to discover the value of their existing goods. Renowned musicians, such as Nazareth’s Manny Charlton, will be on hand to sign autographs for star-struck fans, along with Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day By Day, Night After Night author Craig Hopkins and former 98FM KZEW air personalities. Texas recording artists will entertain onlookers with live sets.
The Waxahachie Civic Center transforms into a yuletide village, sparing shoppers from Black Friday tussles and the hustle and bustle of malls at the Waxahachie Holiday Showcase. Those looking for stocking stuffers, or even stockings, can gander at the handiwork of more than 125 vendors whose original art, decorations, and crafts are certain to satisfy those who are hard to shop for. Eschewing the ho-ho-humdrum of mall Santas, the holiday showcase welcomes Cowboy Santa, who gladly poses for photos and shares ranching tips with folks on his "good" list. Attendees are welcome to bring their own cameras to capture each child or adult's two-minute session with Santa. The showcase also raises funds for non-profit organization, Greatest Generation Aircraft, who preserve the fleets that shaped our history.