Despite what its name suggests, there's a lot more to Karate of Mansfield than just karate. Sure, their instructors teach kids and adults Japanese karate techniques, but they also instruct in Brazilian jiujitsu and Hatha yoga. Additionally, they host fitness-focused boot camps, putting participants through intense circuit training with kettlebells, free weights, and other equipment.
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.
At Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, visitors step back in time more than 100 years, immersed in the buildings and lifestyles of those who populated the land from 1840 to 1910. These historic structures have been slowly relocated over the last century to represent north-central Texas's storied past in one location: Dallas Heritage Village, the town’s first city park. Spanning 20 acres, the village is populated by 38 historic structures including a railroad complex, farmstead, church, and pioneer and Victorian homes, where actors donning period clothing await to educate guests on their customs while making them wonder if they accidentally traveled back in time. The site hosts regular student history hunts and seasonal learning programs, such as Plow, Plant, and Shear and Civil War on the Homefront.
Several years ago, Branndon Bargo and his brother set out on a mammoth adventure. Not sure what they were after, they biked 4,000 miles to Baja, Mexico from Alaska and found themselves submerged in the open waters of the Pacific, scuba diving with great white sharks. After a harrowing climb of Mount McKinley in Alaska, Branndon began questioning his motivations for staying at his desk job. So in 2005, he gently kissed his cubicle goodbye and founded Live Adventure as a means of encouraging others to challenge themselves while discovering deeper connections with the world around them. Within Cedar Hill State Park, Brandon organizes team-building programs and encourages groups to kayak, synchronize swim, and fish on Joe Pool Lake. Other expeditions include rock-climbing outings and custom guided jaunts around the planet.
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.
With an ambitious repertoire that mixes ancient classics with groundbreaking new plays, Broken Gears Project Theatre puts on socially conscious spectacles aimed at challenging both spectator and performer. Creditors, on view through March 3, is a darkly comic tale of how old debts can reopen old wounds. Running March 17–26, The Magadalen Whitewash explores a dark chapter in Irish history when women were forced into abusive convents for becoming pregnant outside of marriage. Between April 21 and May 8, players don masks for a take on Sophocles' ancient Greek melodrama Oedipus The King, but utilize multimedia techniques to give it a decidedly modern feel. Finally, La Mano (The Hand) presents a magical realist fable about a rich man that buys a hand on the black market, and the original owner who wants it back, from June 6–26.