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IMG 1733Piney Woods >Tyler

Blooming Azaleas

Tyler celebrates the arrival of spring on weekends March 20-April 5 with its 56th Annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail. Two driving and walking trails featuring azalea gardens are the main attraction, but the city rounds out the season with dozens of special events. Among the most popular are historic home tours, the Rose City Artisans & Flower Market, and the Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour. Learn more and monitor the timing of the azalea bloom.

pacific-combatHill Country >Fredericksburg

Pacific Combat

With machine guns, tanks, explosives, and a flamethrower, Fredericksburg’s National Museum of the Pacific War extends its portrayal of World War II to the battlefield with the Pacific Combat Living History Program. About 40 reenactors participate in the staged battle at the museum’s Pacific Combat Zone. The 90-minute presentation starts with a weapons demonstration and discussion of tactics, and culminates with American troops storming a Japanese stronghold. The program is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 14-15, and repeats one weekend per month through November (except June). Call 830/997-8600.

fran-stallings-1PRAIRIES AND LAKES>Denton

Tales–Short and Tall

March 12-15 at the Denton Civic Center, the Texas Storytelling Festival honors the ancient craft of storytelling with performances and workshops for children and adults. The event features about 35 “tellers” weaving tales about everything from ghosts to urban life to American Indians. “It’s very nurturing to have the opportunity to listen and imagine without a lot of visual stimulation, to just embrace the story and make the pictures in your own mind,” says Elizabeth Ellis, a featured storyteller and artistic director for the event. “It’s something humankind has done for hundreds and hundreds of years.” Call 940/380-9320.

S91-Clash-at-the-AlamoOUTH TEXAS PLAINS>San Antonio

Remembering the Alamo

Join the San Antonio Living History Association as it honors the anniversary of the March 6, 1836, Alamo battle with events at Alamo Plaza. The “Dawn at the Alamo” ceremony at 6 a.m. March 6 includes the lighting of 13 candles for the 13 days of the Alamo siege, a reconciliation peace prayer, and a salute to the fallen on each side. On March 7-8, the association will present reenactments of Santa Anna’s order to attack the Texian defenders, as well as a battle reenactment with muskets, cannons, and smoke. 

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