Daffodils and tulips are blooming and the days are getting warmer - it's time to get out and have fun! Here's your list of activities to enjoy during March and early April. Make some plans and experience some of the great things going on in our community.
We begin with something that's very different and exciting! Starting today and continuing through the 5th, the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum presents World War II Living History Days as the 101st Airborne 502nd Able Company will be on the museum grounds for the weekend. Plan a visit to see this WWII re-enactment group who will be setting up their camp. The encampment will include period uniforms, parachute equipment, medical supplies, weaponry, tents and a field kitchen. Able Company honors the history, traditions, and sacrifices of the WWII paratrooper by showing a variety of vintage and accurately reproduced uniforms, equipment, weapons, and vehicles to depict the contributions and sacrifices of WWII Paratroopers. Come find out what it was like to be a soldier during WWII. Visiting the encampment on the museum grounds will be free. There will be regular admission charge to go through the museum. Museum hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days.
Tuesday, March 8th also brings something really fun and new to the area: the Creative Arts Community hosts a free Community Art Expo at the Hunt County Fairgrounds from 6-9 pm. Whatever your idea of art is, you'll find examples being demonstrated: culinary arts, watercolor, sculpture, performing arts, video, music, quilting and other needle-arts, woodturning, photography, painting, jewelry design and more! There will be activities for kids, too, so bring the whole family. Admission is free! More information is available on their Facebook page.
Buy your tickets now for the 2016 Special Olympics Comedy Talent?? Showcase on Saturday, March 12, at Greenville High School. The annual event, a hilarious evening of skits, songs and unusual hijinks, benefits Hunt County Special Olympics. Local business and community leaders participate in this event in some very, very surprising ways! Tickets are $6 for the show only or $20 for dinner & the show (very few of these left). Children under 5 are free. Dinner catered by Ernies BBQ begins at 6:00 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm. And it all goes to a wonderful cause - helping our Special Olympics athletes compete and enjoy success. Here's a fun video preview of what you can expect. Call 903-456-0270 to buy tickets.
Country Legend Tanya Tucker is appearing on Friday, March 18th at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium. This is a presentation of the Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series. Appearing on the bill with Tucker is special guest Kimberly Dunn. Tickets can also be purchased online or in person during business hours at the GMA, 2821 Washington Street, Downtown Greenville. Tucker is supposed to perform an unforgettable stage show. On one side of the coin, she can show her vulnerable side - through the emotional lyrics of many of her heartbreaking ballads. But, there's that other side of Tucker - which she showcases her flirtatious and sensual side. Both of these elements have kept Tucker a crowd favorite for many years - and are among the reasons that her fans are grateful that she is returning to the road after an absence of a few years.
On Friday, March 11th, the Greenville Entertainment Series presents Mike Farris. His unique sound marries old time roots gospel with his own unique arrangements that are mainly inspired by New Orleans, Sax and the blues. In 2008 he won the American Music Association's "New & Emerging Artist of the Year" award and his official live recording of "Shout! Live" won the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award for "Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year" in 2010.The concert will take place at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Admission is part of a subscription series. For more information, visit the GES website.
If you don't want to hear, "Mom, I'm bored!" during Spring Break, you might want to enroll your kiddos in the YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County's 2016 Spring Break Camp to be conducted March 14 - 18, (over the GISD Spring Break period). The daily camp offers children ages 5-12 the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including arts & crafts, swimming, theme games, and exercises. Campers have fun just being kids in a safe and enriching environment. Camp registration is available for the whole week or on a day-to-day basis. Hours are 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and camp will be held at the YMCA, 1915 Stanford Street in Greenville. There is a registration fee of $25 per child and the fee for the entire week is $75 for YMCA members and $90 for YMCA non-members. The drop-in rate is $35 per day. The YMCA will also offer half-day sports camps March 14-17 from 9 am - 12 pm, allowing kids to learn the fundamentals of different sports and the importance of team work. The schedule is Monday - Tennis, Tuesday - Basketball, Wednesday - Baseball/Softball and Thursday - Soccer, and the price is $30 for the week, with Spring Break Campers receiving a 50% discount. Those interested in learning more can contact the YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County at 903-455-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, March 17th, celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as they present "Celtic Fire." Hailed as "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times, Grammy-Award® winning Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band bring a very special St. Patrick's Day concert to Greenville with the Dallas Symphony. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik conducts, making his Greenville debut! The concert will be at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Tickets are part of a subscription series and information is available on the Dallas Symphony Greenville website. This is an affordable option to hear a world-class orchestra right here without having to drive to Dallas.
Tickets are now on sale for the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum's Annual Easter After Dark, the adults only Easter Egg Hunt, to be held on Friday, March 18th at 7:30 pm on the grounds of the museum. There are lots of great prizes to be won, including automotive supplies, restaurant gift cards, admission tickets to museums in Dallas, tickets to the Nascar race in November and small and large cash prizes, including one egg with $75! These are just some of the prizes being gathered to fill 700 eggs for everyone to find! Tickets cost $10 in advance and for museum members, or $12 on the day of the event. There are a limited number of tickets available so get yours early! Participants must be at least 18 years old. Call 903-450-4502 to get tickets.
The morning hours of March 19th will be filled with folks walking around the track at the Greenville High School Indoor Athletic Center for the "Remember for Me" Memory Walk. It's a time for current and past Caregivers as well as other members to come together to honor their family member(s) that are currently suffering or had suffered from Alzheimer's. Participants who sign up early will receive a free lunch provided by Alliance Bank of Greenville. A balloon release (weather permitting) is planned at the end of the event. RFM Tshirts are available for purchase before and during the event. There is also an award for largest group participation! Come join us and learn more about Remember For Me - Hunt County's Alzheimer's Awareness and Support Organization. Complete information is available on their Facebook event page.
On Saturday, March 19th, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, the Northeast Texas Equifest will be held at the Top Rail Cowboy Church Arena, 262 Horsemans Road (the old Horseman's Club at Exit 97 off I-30 east of Greenville). An all day, all breed horse fair with educational and entertaining demonstrations and seminars to appeal to all ages of horse lovers! Top trainers, equine health experts, rare breed exhibitions, vendors, silent auction, bake sale, raffles, and full concession. The event has both indoor and outdoor exhibits and shopping. $5 general admission and free parking. More details on Facebook.
Broadway comes to the GMA Stage on Saturday, March 26th, when Alton Fitzgerald White performs "Disney My Way." White captivates audiences whenever and wherever he performs. The triple talented singer, actor, dancer has starred in six smash Broadway hits, including Miss Saigon, The Who's Tommy, Smokey Joe's Café, Ragtime, The Color Purple and The Lion King, where he originated the role of Mufasa on the 1st National Tour. He has since passed the milestone of over 4000 performances as Mufasa. October 2012 marked the release of his critically acclaimed, smash hit CD, Disney My Way, full of wonderful re-imagined Disney classics from Aladdin, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Beauty & the Beast, and more. If you love Broadway...or Disney music...or both, you won't want to miss this concert! Tickets are available at the GMA website.
And if you haven't had enough of Alton Fitzgerald White, on Sunday, March 27th, the Texan Theater hosts a dinner event where he will share stories of his remarkable career on Broadway. If you love Disney's The Lion King, here is the opportunity to hear what it was like to perform as Mufasa, the iconic father role. The Texan Theater is a wonderful experience where one price covers everything for a memorable evening: close parking, gourmet four course dinner and beverages, luxurious table seating, intimate show, and all gratuities always included. More information and the link to purchase tickets are available on the Texan's Facebook Events page.
Saturday, March 26th is Keep Greenville Beautiful's Annual Home & Garden Show. The show is designed to appeal to a broad range of consumer interests that involve the home and related activities indoors and out. Each year's show offers visitors a tremendous opportunity to compare many home items available plus new innovations for building, remodeling, decorating, landscaping, and all aspects of outdoor living. It's held at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.
Saturday, March 24th, from 6-10 pm is the time for the Greenville Parks & Recreation Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt and Movie in the Park. It will be held at the Greenville Sports Park, 3601 Leo Hackney Blvd. Gates will open at 6:00 pm. Attractions include bounce houses, 16,000 Easter Eggs, coloring contests, a visit by the Easter Bunny and a free movie in the park. Ages 0-4 hunt at 6:30 pm. Ages 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12 hunt at 7:00 pm (on three different fields so it's fair for all). "Shaun the Sheep" will start after the egg hunts are finished. For more information, you can call 903-457-2994 or visit the website.
On Monday, April 4, at 2:00 pm, the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum hosts a very special Tea Party and Style Show. On the runway will be beautiful Henson-Kickernick nightwear from the 1940's - 1980's. Henson's was a local manufacturer of lingere and nightwear and had a national reputation for quality and style. After the company was sold, the museum was given their fashion collection - a treasure trove of history! Tickets are $22 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Delicious tea-time delicacies and historic fashions - a great combination! Call 903-450-4502 to get tickets. Seats are limited, so get yours right away!
On Friday, April 8th, at 5:30 pm, the Greenville Educational Enrichment Foundation will hold their annual Adult Spelling Bee, Dinner and Silent Auction at the Greenville High School cafeteria. Did you ever think watching adults spell could be entertaining? Well here's your chance to see it in action! Teams of teachers, administrators and volunteers from each school campus compete for bragging rights as the best spellers. The evening is full of fun and mayhem and all funds raised go to the Foundation for their educational grants to teachers. Call 903-408-4427 for more information. Tickets are available here.
On Saturday, April 9, there will be 11 different artists who open their studios and put their work on display as Hunt County Public Art presents the annual Artists' Studio Tour day. For just $10, you'll be able to meet some amazingly talented artists who are working in the Commerce area. They'll have artwork for sale at a variety of price points, and it's lots of fun to see the studios where they do their work. Studios may be toured in any order. (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Coffee and muffins will be served from 10 a.m.- noon at the Magnuson Hotel in Commerce, and a closing reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the A&M-Commerce Gallery on University Drive. Proceeds benefit Hunt County Public Art. The tour is sponsored by the City of Commerce. Tickets for the Artists' Studio Tour are available for $10 and can be purchased at the Magnuson Hotel, Commerce City Hall, Commerce-Chamber of Commerce, Greenville-Chamber of Commerce, any Artists' Studio or buy tickets online (there is a $1.54 per ticket service charge).
And one thing to share that is not an event, but still something special in our community...the Greenville Daybreak Rotary Club is selling flag subscriptions for the 2016 year. American flags are placed in neighborhoods around the city on six holidays: President's Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans' Day. It's a beautiful sight to see the flags waving at house after house along the street. A year's subscription is $36 for a residence and $60 for a business. The money raised is put back into the community by the club. If you are interested in having a flag at your location, please call 903-456-2257 or email email@example.com.
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