Event Recap: Holiday in The Plaza and Tree Lighting
Hundreds of families attended last Saturday's Holiday in the Plaza and enjoyed many of the free activities and a free photo-op with Santa! The Hebron High School choir kicked off the event by performing some holiday music for those in attendance, which included many of their family members. Paragon Dance Centre also held a little dance performance featuring some of their students. Lines formed quickly around the plaza for all of the activities which included: face painting, balloon artists, bounce houses, petting zoo, trackless train and carriage rides to name a few. A second photo-op that included a sleigh and backdrop garnered a long line as well, as a live monkey dressed in a Christmas outfit was also on hand for the pictures. And before the night ended, Santa made time to take a break from the photo taking to light the 70-foot Christmas tree, where a small crowd gathered to count down and watch as the lights turned on and illuminated the night sky.
Event Recap: Fall Festival
It was another successful Fall Festival in the Plaza. Hundreds of families came out to enjoy the weather and the multiple free activities that were offered. Long lines could be seen at the pony carousel, the steer photo-op, hay rides, petting zoo, face painting and even the pumpkin decorating station. Paragon Dance Centre even had many of its students dance on stage during the event and many of the dancer's family members were in the audience to watch.
Event Recap: Star Warp Marionette Show
A big crowd came out to see "Star Warp" by the Le Marionette Theatre last Friday night. This special tribute show featured characters from Star Wars and Disney! Prince and Princesses graced the stage, followed by light saber duels and even dinosaurs made an appearance! After the show, children picked their four favorite characters for a photo-op next to the stage.
Event Recap: Classic Car & Truck Show
A 1981 DeLorean was one of the many classic cars that participated in the Classic Car & Truck show last Saturday, and it garnered a lot of attention from the spectators that attended the event. Though it wasn't the same car as in "Back to the Future," it definitely brought back memories from the movie despite not having a flux capacitor. A steady stream of people from outside and inside of the community came to the event. The weather was overcast and was a bit cooler. A total of 40 cars and trucks showed up to compete against one another in their respective categories. The DeLorean won Castle Hills Choice award.
Event Recap: Art & Wine Walk
The rain didn't dampen the spirits of those that attended the Art & Wine Walk last Thursday. A sudden rain storm popped up Thursday night, which made most of those in attendance stay inside the participating stores in order to stay dry. The majority of the participating artists were inside stores, while three of the artists were outside, but under a covered walk way. Before the rain came, many of the participants decorated their own wine glasses, or sat for a free caricature. Thankfully, the rain stopped just as quickly as it had came and people were able to walk from store to store sampling wine for the rest of the night.
Event Recap: July 4 Freedom Festival
Castle Hills and Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza celebrated July 4 last Monday with fireworks, food trucks and lots of free activities for the family. Families had a lot of activities to choose from in the plaza and many walked from the park to the plaza, so their children could experience them. When dusk fell, the start of the show began with a series of fireworks flooding the night sky, as patriotic music played in the background.
Event Recap: LIVE80
Before LIVE80, sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center of Carrollton, took the stage, the plaza was buzzing with fun family activities! It was a hot early Saturday evening as the festivities started at 6:30pm. Lines started right away for the face painting and carnival ride. The families with smaller children enjoyed the bounce houses and carnival games and a line started to form for the black light photo booth located behind the plaza stage. By the time LIVE80 hit the stage, the lawn in front of the Queen Margaret Community Center was filled by around 600 adults and children. The band provided musical hits from the early, mid and late eighties and started the concert off with a popular Prince track and ended the night with a song Queen song request that had a lot of children dancing in front of the stage.
Event Recap: Classic Car & Truck Show
Over 200 people showed up to the Classic Car and Truck Show last Saturday. A steady stream of people from outside and inside of the community came to the event. The weather was overcast, which provided a bit of relief from the heat of the day. The registration table was open early as cars began to roll in for the show. A total 53 cars and trucks showed up to compete against one another in their respective categories. A 1939 Plymouth P8 Business Coupe won Castle Hills Choice award.
Event Recap: BLUFFETT
The 2016 Castle Hills Spring Concert Series kicked off with BLUFFETT, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, last Saturday. Before the concert, family activities like the bounce houses, face painting and photo booth started at 6:30 p.m. and many families came out early to enjoy them. For the first time, a costume contest was held for the best dressed Parrotheads and the winners were announced on the main stage before the start of the concert. By the time BLUFFETT started at 8:00 p.m. over 400 people were in attendance, or still enjoying the family activities in the plaza. Overall, the weather was mild and cool, just like a night at the beach in Margaritaville.
Event Recap: Dallas Zoo
It was beautiful weather for the Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures and an even larger crowd than last year came out for the event. A crowd of mostly families with children came out to watch this educational event. The zoo keepers brought out several animals including an owl, lizard, anteater, and a penguin to name a few, and explained the animal’s origins, while the children stirred with enthusiasm.
Event Recap: Large Crowd Shows Up For Holiday Event
For the first time, Santa was inside a store for Holiday in the Plaza. Dr. Krieger Orthodontics & Smile Design hosted Santa, while Kim Ortiz Photography took photos. Another first also included a free printed photograph to those visiting Santa! Many of the activities such as the face painters, crafts, cookie decorating and carnival games were moved into a vacant store space due to the cold weather, but a large crowd was still in attendance to enjoy all the festivities and the tree lighting. The children enjoyed their time with Santa, and even had photos with a live monkey dressed in a Christmas outfit!
A big thank you to Elite Care Emergency Room for sponsoring the free hot chocolate and for Kroger Marketplace that sponsored the hot chocolate toppings, which was given to the first 300 people that showed up that night.
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Hundreds of people visited Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza last Saturday to enjoy the Fall Festival. Free candy apples were given to the first 100 people in attendance and it was the free activities that were the highlight of the event. Live music was also provided by the Rhythm & Beards Band, which kept the atmosphere fun and grooving.
Many in attendance were families and their children, excited to try all the free activities that included a six-pony carousel, hay rides, a steer photo-op, cookie decorating, a balloon artists, arts and crafts, bounce houses and carnival games.
A big thank you to Orange Theory, Credit Union of Texas and Kroger Marketplace that sponsored the face painting, photo booth and petting zoo, respectively, and those activities were among the busiest during the event.
Kroger Marketplace also provided the pumpkins for the pumpkin patch and every pumpkin sold by the end of the event. Many of the children took the time to decorate their pumpkins at the nearby tables manned by some members of the Hebron High School Choir. Overall, it was another successful Fall Festival at the Plaza.
Event Recap: Spooky Strings
The popular Le Theatre's marionette show entertained a large crowd last Friday night. The show, "Spooky Strings," consisted of a variety of characters including Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, as well as, some spooky ghosts, a mummy and a monster! This was Le Theatre de Marionette's fourth performance in the plaza and the weather couldn't have been any nicer. Many families decided to bring their own chairs, while the children sat in front of the stage to get the best views. During a few of the performances, the children were able to see the marionettes up-close when the performers stepped off-stage to walk closer to the children.
Event Recap: Classic Car & Truck Show
The Classic Car & Truck Show took place Saturday morning until early afternoon in the parking lot between Renee Mears Real Estate and American Pup Culture. A total 38 cars and trucks showed up to compete against one another in their respective categories. The weather was clear skies and people from inside and outside of the neighborhood dropped by to check out cars and trucks from the 40’s to present day muscle cars and trucks. First-time sponsor Credit Union of Texas was present with a tent and giving away a lot of free stuff that many in attendance took home with them.
Event Recap: Another Great July 4 Freedom Festival
Castle Hills and Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza celebrated July 4 last Saturday with fireworks, food trucks and lots of free activities for the family. Families had a lot of activities to choose from in the plaza and many walked from the park to the plaza, so their children could experience them, including enjoying the live music provided by The JR Byrd Band. This year’s fireworks show was the best yet with many families choosing to stay in the plaza area to relax and enjoy the show.
Event Recap: Country Legend Entertains
By the time Johnny Lee & the Urban Cowboy Band performed their signature song, “Lookin’ for Love” the estimated crowd of 600 were already in the palm of his hand. He performed many of the songs featured in the movie “Urban Cowboy,” that starred John Travolta and Debra Winger, and turned 35 this year. Before Lee hit the stage, Luke Robinson, a young country singer out of Nashville, entertained the crowd with original and cover songs. Many of the families in attendance had their children enjoy many of the free activities and food trucks. PI.E 3.14 Everyday Eatery hosted a beer tent, while sponsor Kroger Marketplace had a booth and handed out free water bottles during the event.
Event Recap: Classic Car & Truck Show
The rescheduled Classic Car & Truck Show took place Saturday morning until early afternoon in the parking lot between Renee Mears Real Estate and American Pup Culture. The registration table was only open for eight minutes before the cars began rolling in. A total 45 cars and trucks showed up to compete against one another in their respective categories. The weather was overcast and provided relief from what would normally be a hot June day in Texas. People from inside and outside of the neighborhood dropped by to check out cars and trucks from the 40’s to present day muscle cars and trucks
Event Recap: Fiddlin’ Around For Spring Concert Series
The Quebe Sisters started off the Castle Hills Concert Series with their blend of swing, vintage country, bluegrass and jazz. As their swingin’ fiddle-playin’ band started to play to the excited crowd sitting before them, others in attendance enjoyed the free children’s activities and food trucks. PI.E 3.14 Everyday Eatery hosted a beer tent, while sponsor Baylor Carrollton had a booth and gave a way bags, hand sanitizer, golf towels, cold packs and mini-kits with Band-Aids and antiseptic wipes. Another sponsor, Kroger Marketplace, also had a booth and gave away water throughout the event.
Event Recap: Movie Night Kicks-Off September Events
It was a great evening to launch September events at Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza last Friday night. It was movie night in the plaza featuring the animated film "The Nut Job" (PG) starring: Will Arnet, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. Many of the people in attendance took advantage of free ice cream being given away, and before they settled into their seats, they stood in line and waited to choose between an ice cream sandwich or an ice cream cone. Some of the children even came back for seconds.