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.
Jeremy, a water-loving Texas boy, first discovered standup paddleboarding in Costa Rica, and had an epiphany. He wanted to bring the activity to his home surf, so he started Lazy Locos SUP Paddle Boards. He rents out boards and paddles to anyone who wants to give the activity a try, and delivers the equipment to the body of water of their choice, whether it be Lake Arlington or their neighbor’s kiddie pool. As he watches first-time riders hesitantly paddle out on the waters, he enjoys what he says in the best part of his job, "[getting] to be at the lake."
Wayne Standefer, the head pilot at Balloon Adventures, is well versed in Dallas-area scenery and topography, knowledge that helps him regale passengers with information during flights. The adventure begins as the aircraft is brought to life before your eyes. Once his balloon reaches its full height—more than 10 stories—Standefer invites you inside the tightly woven wicker basket to soar above rooftops and trees and dip low over fields and rivers. Total flight time is usually around an hour, though the whole experience can take three times as long from start to finish.
Balloon Adventures also charters its services for weddings, arranges surprise flights for special occasions, and offers instruction in specific tasks such as rigging the balloon, navigating in-flight, and shooing away flocks of paper airplanes. In addition, the company participates in hot-air-balloon festivals, where clouds of bright purple, orange, and yellow balloons fill the daytime sky or illuminate the festival grounds at night.
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.