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Of 16 lighthouses constructed along the Texas coast, Port Isabel is the only one open to the public. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)As inland-bound 19th-Century sailors began the home stretch through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a beacon of hope shined during even the harshest of Gulf storms: the 72-foot-high Port Isabel Lighthouse, whose stationary white light was visible from 16 miles out to sea.

Just as it did more than 150 years ago, the 1852 Port Isabel Lighthouse continues to guide visitors to Port Isabel, a community of 5,000 residents across Laguna Madre from South Padre Island. It is the only lighthouse along the Texas Gulf Coast that opens to the public, and more than 50,000 history buffs travel each year to Port Isabel to tour the lighthouse and learn more about its important role in history. Tours to the top require only $3 (and some strong leg muscles!), but the reward—panoramic views of the Laguna Madre and South Padre Island—is worth it.

But the view at the lighthouse isn’t only from the top. Most Fridays throughout the summer, the Lighthouse Es--tablishment Cinema series invites movie-lovers to sit beneath the stars and enjoy new releases and classic films projected on the base of the lighthouse. Call 956/943-7602;
—Samantha Hyde

The tallest of the Black Dragon's four masts extends 57 feet above the waterline. (Photo by  Kevin Stillman)The gray-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico conceal unfathomable mysteries. After all, it was here, in the early 1800s, where the elegant, entrepreneurial pirate Jean Lafitte commanded a small navy of privateers and smugglers who seized silks, spices, and other cargo from ships bound for New Orleans.

Like most people who spend time out at sea, veteran fishing-boat captain Phil Calo found himself steeped in the lore and romance of the buccaneer lifestyle. And in 2008, with an eye toward diversifying his business, he paid homage to America’s fascination with pirates and commissioned a fantasy ship: a visually accurate replica of a 17th-Century Spanish galleon. A mirage of masts, poop deck, and cannon ports with a hull painted red, cream, and black, the Black Dragon docks in Port Isabel—at Pirate’s Landing, of course.

Eager to reenact my own buccaneering fantasies, I wander to the landing past skull-covered bandanas, tricornered hats, and mock daggers to sign up for the Black Dragon’s next two-hour cruise into the Laguna Madre. As I wait to board with a motley crew of family groups, seniors, and couples, fire-eating pirate “Wilson the Fi-rate” entertains us. We gasp as he casually snuffs flames with his hand, swallows a flaming sword, and spouts a fountain of fire from his mouth.

“Ruby the Pirate Queen” calls us to dockside to witness the firing of a black powder cannon replica. This, I can tell, will be no quiet harbor cruise.

With shreds of red sails flapping from yardarms, a skeleton tangled in the rigging, and a Jolly Roger displaying an appropriate note of lawlessness, the Black Dragon heads assuredly into the bay. After all, beneath the ship’s crow’s nest and high, raked decks operates a modern, 60-ton, diesel-powered vessel.

On board, Ruby raises our swashbuckling spirits as she reads us the Pirate Code from a weathered chart. Our mission, as if we didn’t know, is to find other ships and plunder their gold and treasure. But first, a lesson. Ruby has us chorus pirate words. “Ahoy!” we shout in unison. “Arrrrrgh!” Vowing to be true pirates, we zestfully raise our fists and slip into character.

Mimicking Ruby, the kids scan the seas before crowding around her for instructions in the sword-fighting skills so necessary for such high-seas malfeasance. The black-clad pirate Robatodo (roughly translated as “steals all”) jumps into the fray as the kids swing plastic swords at Ruby. “Pirates don’t have to fight fair,” Ruby shouts in triumph as she escapes, standing near a treasure chest brimming with red goblets, gold platters, and sparkling jewelry.

Go. See. Do.

altA new look for the Official Travel Magazine of Texas

We’re fired up about the new look for Texas Highways. As you can see in this collection of  “historic” Texas Highways covers, (below) the magazine’s new logo represents the fifth distinct look-and-feel in the publication’s 35-year life span.

We initiated the redesign process almost a year ago, but before we even started, we confirmed the importance of the Texas Highways legacy, which represents decades of popularity and excellence. And Texas Highways enjoys the reverence of more than a quarter-million readers who see the magazine every month and don’t hesitate to share their likes and dislikes.

So the challenge of the magazine redesign is to create ways to make the photographs and text work better than ever, and to offer even more information about travel in the Lone Star State. We wanted to add to the Texas Highways experience through the Web site, too.

The first major change to the magazine is the logo on the cover. We decided the words “Texas” and “Highways” deserve equal billing. After all, we all need the highways to travel from the Sabine River through a complete time zone to the Rio Grande on the western tip of the state.

Change represents our hopes for the future of the magazine, but it also harkens back to the past. Even though the new logo’s typeface—Triplex—is thoroughly modern, there’s a hint of a retro vibe to the new look. After all, there is something a little retro about the classic road trip, just as there should be a hint of romance about travel. Even for short trips. Taking off on the open road strikes a resonant chord for most of us—it’s the need to see a new place, or simply to experience something different.  It’s always a good time to get away from the grind. Sure, there are other ways to travel, but we see the highway as a metaphor for the experience.

New people, new places, and new things.  Exploration in general. That’s what Texas Highways is about. And readers in every one of the United States and in 65 countries are looking at this issue, and probably thinking about spending a few days at Port Aransas, or hiking in Palo Duro Canyon, or birding in the Rio Grande Valley, or marveling at the sparkling, velvety night skies of the Big Bend country.
It’s time to Go, See, and Do !

– Charles J. Lohrmann, Editor

Highland Park Pharmacy (Photo by Michael Amador)By June Naylor

Easing onto one of the shiny spindle stools at the soda-fountain counter inside Highland Park Pharmacy, I fight the urge to tuck in my feet and elbows and twirl the seat around. When I frequented this hallowed treat-stop as a child with my grandfather, that was acceptable—even approved—behavior.

The memory is as vivid as those I have of the little red coat I loved to wear and the beribboned braid that hung down my back from neck to waist. Such impressions burn brightly for everyone, it seems. I’ve brought my mom along today, and as we settle into the familiar setting, I watch her slip into habits she developed when she visited the Dallas landmark as a girl in the 1930s and 1940s.

The long, narrow space is exactly as it’s always been, with a big mirror running the length of the soda fountain that spans the east wall of the room.  

I ask Mom what she’s ordering for lunch. “Well, a chicken-salad sandwich,” she replies, looking a little like I must have lost my mind to even wonder. “On wheat, and grilled, of course.”

She’s in good company, as legions have made that choice a bestseller since H.S. Forman opened his pharmacy in 1912. Anchoring the corner of Knox and Travis streets in what’s called Old Highland Park, the brick facade, which is the color of yellowed newspaper, has changed not one bit.

Neither has much inside, for that matter. Pharmacy Manager Mary Duncan says the counter and black vinyl-topped stools are original; they’ve just been recovered through the years. “We even have one of the old cash registers on display,” she adds. “But it doesn’t work anymore.”
Pharmacists still fill prescriptions in the back, and you can still buy specialty health and beauty items, but it’s the delicious breakfast, lunch, pastries, and other desserts that bring the many customers who crave a taste of yesteryear, a hint of uncomplicated moments.

The real regulars are those who visit the pharmacy every day, says Duncan, who notes that some patrons eat meals here twice daily. Among the best customers is Norman Andres, who hires a taxi or driver to bring him daily for breakfast and then either for lunch or early supper. His favorite menu item? A pimiento-cheese sandwich called the Palm Beach.
“Everything they make here is good. And I like the atmosphere and the people,” says Andres, who first visited the pharmacy in 1948.

No need to figure out the exchange rate for the euro in Muenster. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith) The best thing about Germanfest–April 24-26–is that you can’t make a bad decision at this three-day, Texas-size party, because everything about it is designed with fun in mind.

The first Germanfest here was held in 1976, after local officials decided to honor the town’s German heritage in conjunction with the nation’s bicentennial celebration. In so doing, they were inspired by two old German phrases—Gemütlichkeit—meaning “Good Health, Good Food, Good Friends,” and Jetzt kommen die lustigen tage—translated as “Now Come the Joyful, Happy, Exciting Days.”

If you arrive at the right moment and feel a bit silly-nilly, you could be just in time to join the crowd lining up to do the “chicken dance”—that perennial frolic that promptly gets dancers and spectators alike laughing their feathers off.  But if you should arrive a bit later, fear not, for they’ll be “chicken dancin’” over and over again all daylong.  You’ll also be able to enjoy polka music, clogging, and folk dancing. Or, perhaps you’re more the Texas two-stepping type.  You’ll find that on tap, too, over at the pavilion, with live country music, as well as pop and rock.

Did we say “on tap?” There’s plenty of beer available, swell, for thirsty souls.

If competition is your thing, you can participate in fun runs and walks, both 5K and 15K, or bring your bicycle and have a “rally” goodtime at the fest’s Metric Century. And, if you think you’ve got the secret recipe of the gods, the Lodestar Barbecue Society holds a sanctioned barbecue cook-off in five categories—brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken, sausage, and beans.

Whenever I’m in Muenster, I can readily see why its residents take such pride in the community. Founded in 1889 by German immigrants, Muenster still maintains the ambiance of the “old country,” replete with restaurants where you can indulge in popular German fare. You can also see a series of murals in the center of town depicting a typical German village.

Here’s a tip: You’ll receive free admission if you arrive inauthentic German lederhosen, in costume as a milkmaid with braids, or dressed like famous characters such as Hänsel und Gretel. Or, let your imagination run wild and go as Bach, Beethoven, Martin Luther, Marlene Dietrich, Albert Einstein, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, models Claudia Schiffer or Heidi Klum, former tennis great Steffi Graf, NBA star Dirk Nowitski, or whomever you fancy. However you choose to dress, though, you’re welcome at Germanfest in Muenster. Here’s a toast to the town’s German heritage and endearing Texas hospitality.

By Ray Blockus

Muenster’s charm abounds, from its clean streets to manicured lawns and gardens, to its restaurants and gift shops, right up to the melodic glockenspiel atop Fischer’s Meat Market. But nowhere is Muenster’s heritage as apparent than in its restaurants and delis.

Fischer’s offers more than 30 varieties of German sausage, plus condiments such as spicy Düsseldorf mustard and the market’s own private label preserves and relish. Fischer’s huge selection of cheeses pleases, too. Fischer’s also sells authentic German confections and products, including Maggi Späetzle and Schlunder Black Forest Cake.

Those craving more German fare can find it at eateries such as Doc’s Bar & Grill on Main Street, or The Center Restaurant & Tavern and Rohmer’s Restaurant (both on US 82, which runs through town).

Doc’s German sausage platter—bratwurst and other German sausage, sauerkraut, and rye bread, plus homemade German potato salad and sweet cabbage makes for a Bavarian feast.

A German mood prevails at Rohmer’s, too. Try the Reuben sandwich with a dish of German potato salad and you’ll understand why the eatery has been popular since 1953.

At The Center, which dates to 1958, recommendations are for the jager schnitzel, followed by a slice of one of their homemade pies, like their famous German chocolate cake.

For a special dessert treat, I like to visit Bayer’s Kolonialwaren und Backerei, a small combination bakery-confectionery-gas station that has been a part of the town since 1964. Although the strudel is the only authentic German delicacy there, it’s one of the best we’ve ever eaten.

With a dozen colorful murals, a Main Street museum, a popular antiques mall, and a recent profusion of modern wind turbines, this small Texas community prides itself on welcoming visitors.

Nolan Ryan (Copyright Wyatt McSpadden)

Thanks to his involvement with three baseball teams, two ranches, and a variety of other business interests, Texas pitching legend Nolan Ryan crisscrosses the state regularly. Three of his favorite vacation spots are Big Bend, Palo Duro Canyon, and the Laguna Madre.

Lee Daniel  (Photo by Kevin Stillman)

Cinematographer Lee Daniel initially earned his chops collaborating with filmmaker and fellow Austin resident Richard Linklater, first on Slacker (1991), and then on a string of other successful projects (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Fast Food Nation, and subUrbia). Daniel is also renowned for his camera work on environmental documentaries, such as The Unforeseen (2007), a film backed by Robert Redford and Texas filmmaker Terence Malick that looks at issues surrounding Central Texas water rights.

Anvers, L'entree du Port by Eugene BoudinBy Charles Lohrmann

When you spend enough time studying and enjoying works of art, inevitably an individual painting, sculpture or photograph will take on personal, almost totemic, significance. Over time, if you visit and venerate the work often enough, the relationship that develops is almost like a friendship. You remember and think about the art at odd times, wonder what other viewers think of the piece, share your thoughts about the experience, and plan to visit again next time you’re in the neighborhood.
I have one particular group of such friends that I visit often and suggest you get to know as well. It’s an attractive group of five small-scale

Impressionist paintings in the collection of The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, on US 180 northeast of Abilene. The diverse subjects represented in the group—a still life of roses, a harbor view, a landscape, a nude, and characters cavorting at a masked ball—create an imaginary visual vocabulary for life in the late 19th Century, so there’s a definite romantic appeal. And the small scale—not much larger than the magazine you’re reading—makes these paintings seem all the more exquisite. The larger (and more typical) Impressionist paintings you’ll see in other museum galleries are amazing and engaging in their own way, but these small paintings, particularly in this intimate setting, seem more personal.
Even though I’ve been thinking of these paintings as my own for several years, I decided I needed to find out a little more about them. So, on a recent visit to The Old Jail Art Center, I asked Museum Director Margaret Blagg about the collection.
She explained that they were bequeathed to the museum by an Albany man named Marshall R. Young Jr., who had strayed from his hometown to become a magazine publisher in California. She also put my mind at ease by adding that—along with another favorite, a Modigliani—this set of Impressionist paintings (aka, the masterworks) would always be on view.
If it were my personal choice, this group of paintings would always have a small room of its own—a shrine of sorts—but that’s not in the cards. So I’ll plan to continue my drop-in visits to the museum to see them wherever they’re displayed.
After sharing a few more details about the Impressionist paintings, Blagg, as museum directors do, wanted to point out some other developments at the Old Jail Art Center. Turns out the museum, as part of a recent project, has just restored the jail’s windows to the original look, and now the glass is inside the bars instead of outside. So passersby can see the jail bars in the windows as they scrutinize the odd glyphs carved in the stones by the Scottish stonemasons documenting their work on the structure. The bars create a more authentic historic view of the 1870s, two-story building, which was the first public edifice in Shackelford County.
The Old Jail also has enhanced its already-appealing collection of Asian art with special selections on loan from the internationally renowned Arthur M. Sackler Collection. And, in the two rooms upstairs (the original jail cells), Blagg explains a new series of exhibits called A Cell of One’s Own, which will feature the work of contemporary Texas artists.
But, wait a minute. I have to ask, how does a small museum in a town of 2,000 manage such a diverse collection? The answer from Blagg is: “The museum was founded by art collectors, so it had a serious art collection from the very beginning. One of the founders, Bill Bomar, was an artist himself and was a member of the noted Fort Worth Circle. He and his cousin, Reilly Nail, were the co-founders.” Of course, prosperous ranching and oil interests in the area have a lot to do with the museum’s ongoing operation, but the original vision is still essential to the identity of the collection.

 What you'll find

The Old Jail Art Center’s collection of small-scale Impressionist paintings includes:
•    Nu Couché, vu de dos (Reclining Nude from Back) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
•    Paysage avec Rivière (Landscape with River), by Gustave Caillebotte.
•    Nature Morte aux Roses (Still Life of Roses) Henri Fantin-Latour.
•    Anvers, L’entrée du Port (Entrance to Port of Anvers) Eugene Boudin.
•    Au bal masqué—les fêtes Parisiennes—nouveaux confettis (Masked Ball) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
For more information on Albany’s Old Jail Art Center (at 201 South Second St.), call 325/762–2269;

By Charles Lohrmann

A view of Fort Griffin's administrative building from the ruins of the Army post's bakery. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)On most days, the sketchy ruins of stone buildings at old Fort Griffin will not offer many details of 19th-Century life in this rugged and hilly country 15 miles north of Albany. But on a recent late-summer afternoon, uncharacteristically overcast skies and an unusual misting rain cloaked the landscape in foggy mystery and muffled all sound, so that even the occasional passing of a truck on US 283 in the valley below the site registered as only a low whir. And in that silence so complete that even my own footsteps echoed slightly, the solemn, stolid buildings seemed willing to reveal their secrets.

First established in 1867, Fort Griffin prospered for less than 15 years as a supply post to serve other frontier Texas forts and to support the commercial hunters and cattlemen driving their herds on the Western Trail north. While the Army post occupied the high ground overlooking the Clear Fork of the Brazos, the hard-drinking, rough-hewn town known as The Flat (among other names) sprang up on the level river valley below. Legend has it that this town, organized as Fort Griffin in 1874, earned a notorious reputation for its walk-on-the-wild-side ways and for the visitation of characters such as Wyatt Earp, Big Nose Kate, Bat Masterson, and Doc Holliday. A few relics of the town—including a Sharps Rifle originally purchased at Conrad and Rath Merchandise—are on display at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany.

Even though the imaginary activity of the Fort Griffin Army Post in its bygone days enlivens my quiet stroll through the grounds, I’m as interested in learning a little more about the current activities at the site and check in with Site Manager Mitch Baird. He tells me that the Texas Historical Commission, the agency that now operates the site, has commissioned a major effort to restore the original grassland at Fort Griffin by removing invasive mesquite and prickly pear from about 75 acres surrounding the historic ruins.

Baird explains that the grassland restoration will not only return the site to its true 1870s appearance, but also that the work will enhance wildlife habitat. And, no doubt the enhanced grassland will be welcome for the State Long-horn Herd, now about 75 animals strong, that also rambles at Fort Griffin.

In addition to grassland restoration, the Historical Commission also has plans to stabilize the original military structures at the site, including the hand-dug, rock-lined cistern, in which water was stored for the post. Within the year, a local friends-of-the-park organization plans to take the first steps toward adding a roof to the powder magazine and stabilizing that building’s structure.

Today, eight sites (including Fort Griffin), along with the communities that support them, encourage history buffs to make the 650-mile-long drive called the Texas Forts Trail.
But Fort Griffin is not just for history enthusiasts. A 50-acre campground adjoins the Clear Fork of the Brazos and invites relaxed exploration with three easy trails that meander over the riparian landscape.

Brave New World

San Antonio's New World Wine & Food Festival's Totally Tejas event brings a cowboy out of the cantina. (Copywright Theresa Noyes, Studio 1408)On November 4-9, the San Antonio New World Wine & Food Festival marries cuisine from across the state to wine from around the world. Let’s all toast to that! Six days of classes, workshops, seminars and tastings mean you’ll have ample opportunities to learn more about pairing wine with food; cooking regional specialties from Mexico, France, and America’s Pacific Northwest; and eating locally (wherever you live).

If you’re interested in growing grapes on your own patch of land, a seminar on sustainable viticulture may help you decide to ditch your day job and take up farming (or not). For many festival-goers, the most anticipated event is the New World Grand Tasting, held this year downtown, in the native-stone “Grotto” adjacent to the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center: At this event, more than 30 local chefs pair offerings (goat cheese and fig canapés! Mushroom-and-basil ravioli! Grilled shrimp-tomatillo tostadas!) with their favorite food-friendly wines.

On November 9, cocktail attire makes way for blue jeans at an all-ages event called Totally Tejas, which takes place at Rio Cibolo Ranch, a Western-themed special-events center about 25 minutes northeast of downtown San Antonio. With golden hay bales and stately Longhorns as a backdrop, guests can sample wines and foods; enjoy live music; shop for locally made crafts, food items, and housewares; and even learn a few tricks with a lasso. (Trust us: It’s harder than it looks.)

Advance tickets range from $45 (Totally Tejas) to $80 (Grand Tasting). Call 210/822-9555;

Best Little Art Center in Texas

When potter Roger Allen and two other artists purchased an abandoned chicken farm on the outskirts of San Angelo in 1971, they hoped to build a supportive community where artists could live and work. Allen’s original partners have moved on, but over the past 30 years, the grizzled visionary has transformed the three-acre site into a lovely, rambling compound that includes 15 artists’ studios, two galleries, a B&B, and a small, topflight restaurant.
The Chicken Farm Art Center’s monthly First Saturday celebrations feature the work of a local artist and include live music, demonstrations by resident artists (a.k.a. Chicken Farmers), and art activities. First Thursday yard concerts spotlight local singer-songwriters. Annual events include an April ceramics weekend (in conjunction with the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ national show), a Blacksmith and Blues affair in May, and the three-day Thanksgiving Open House, a 35-year-old tradition that attracts more than a thousand visitors.
Held on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Open House reflects the generous, laid-back spirit that pervades the Chicken Farm. Peruse pottery, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, and mosaics by some 50 artists from across the state, listen to live music, take in demonstrations from blacksmithing to stone carving, have a massage, and enjoy free refreshments. Call 325/653-4936;


Lena Horne (Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive)Screen Images

Through November 30, the Grace Museum in Abilene showcases a cutting-edge collection of film posters representing almost a century of independent African-American cinema. Imaging Blackness, 1915-2002: Film Posters from the Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive includes 43 posters that explore the development of African-American roles in cinema. For example, the black-and-white poster for Richard Norman’s 1926 film, The Flying Ace, touts the movie’s “All Colored Cast,” “Six Smashing Reels,” and “Thrills! Action! Punch!” Norman, a filmmaker from Florida, sought to counter stereotypes of the day with positive film roles.
Compare the graphics for The Flying Ace with the poster for the 1972 “blaxploitation” film Superfly—with its stylized font and “stick-it-to-the-man” tagline. Then study the contrast between the somber graphics in the poster of 1985’s The Color Purple, which explored the life of a young African-American woman in the early 1900s, and the image on the 1991 poster for Spike Lee’s film Jungle Fever, which examined the thorny issues of inner-city racial stereotypes. Viewed together, the posters display the emergence of thriving African-American cinema.
The Grace Museum encompasses three museums in the 1909 Grace Hotel building, including The Art Museum, The History Museum, and The Children’s Museum. Call 325/673-4587; www. 


A Texas Time machine

Henkel Square, a site established as an authentic representation of culture and life in 19th-Century Round Top, sets the stage for an 1860 Living History event.
For two days—November 8-9—visitors to Henkel Square will get a glimpse of the everyday lives of Round Top citizens in November 1860, as living-history reenactors work, speak, and interact like they would have in the 19th Century. While portraying various residents (expect to see a doctor, a merchant, a telegraph operator, and more), the actors will demonstrate daily activities of the time, including washing clothes, sewing, cooking, and banjo playing. You might witness fervent discussions of the 1860 presidential election, which raised questions of slavery and states’ rights and helped set the stage for the Civil War.
Visitors can explore the 11 historic buildings on site, including several wooden houses (the Henkel and Zapp-Von Rosenberg homes are in their original locations), a general store, a church, and a post office, all of which are filled with period furnishings. While wandering the grounds, visitors are welcome to interact with the “residents” and ask them about their daily lives. Don’t be shy about knocking on doors and entering homes, sending telegrams, and checking for mail at the post office. You may even be approached by a curious newspaper reporter asking your opinion about Abraham Lincoln’s win at the polls. Call 979/249-3308;  
                                         —Caitlin Sullivan

Cranberries Come Later

The 41st Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, held in Big D on Thursday morning, November 27, is one of the largest events of its kind in the nation. From humble beginnings 40 years ago, this holiday fun-and-fitness fete now welcomes thousands of participants and onlookers, as well as competitive runners from around the country and the world.
There are plenty of noted Dallas landmarks to see over the course’s eight-mile route: architect I.M. Pei’s Dallas City Hall (the Trot’s start and finish); sculptor Henry Moore’s The Dallas Piece at City Hall Plaza; the Dallas Farmers Market; the Deep Ellum arts and entertainment district; the West End restaurant and entertainment district; the Sixth Floor Museum; Reunion Tower; the Houston Street Viaduct; the Trinity River; Lake Cliff Park; and the historic Jefferson Street Bridge connecting Oak Cliff to downtown Dallas.
Don’t have an eight-mile run in your exercise repertoire? Enjoy the Trot’s three-mile fun run/walk. Dogs and strollers are welcome. Or, just come watch and partake of the event’s buzz and good vibes. There are fun activities for everyone: a family tent, a petting zoo, clowns, pony rides, bounce houses, live music, and much more. The Trot supports programming at the Dallas YMCA. Call 214/954-0500;                                                          


Manet to Miró

Through December 2, the Meadows Museum in Dallas presents From Manet to Miró: Modern Drawings from the Abelló Collection, an exhibit of 64 drawings by some of the most important artists of the past two centuries. Chosen from the private collection of Spanish art collectors Juan Abelló and his wife, Anna Gamazo, the show includes pieces by Manet, Degas, Dalí, Miró, Goya, Pissarro, Renoir, and other artists. “I believe drawing to be the most immediate and spontaneous form of artistic expression,” Juan Abelló told Dr. Mark Roglán, the Meadows’ director. “It always astonishes me to see how a blank page can be transformed by a single line, the result of a rapid gesture that … gives birth to an idea, and by extension, the artist’s imaginative world.” Call 214/768-2516;



Ready to be thrown for a loop? Kemah Boardwalk recently opened its newest thrill ride, the Flare, a 75-foot-tall looping coaster.

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