Weekend Events Around Texas

Image: Tour d’Italia — The cyclists line up for the one minute warning.  The Lone Star Cyclists will converge upon the town on Friday night, some camping at Italy High School.  The rally will begin at 8:00 am Saturday morning on Main Street.  Get into gear and let’s ride!

Tour d’Italia — The cyclists line up for the one minute warning. The Lone Star Cyclists will converge upon the town on Friday night, some camping at Italy High School. The rally will begin at 8:00 am Saturday morning on Main Street. Get into gear and let’s ride! (Anne Sutherland)

Traveling with the family can be fun if you have a well planned trip in store. Take a minute and peruse the fine fare the Italy-Neotribune has gathered for you. You will have a hard time deciding where to visit first.

Tour d’Italia is Saturday, June 20, 2009. Sponsored by the Lone Star Cyclists Club, the 24th Annual bike tour will be fun for everyone. Benefitting Italy High School’s Scholarship Fund, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the North Texas Food Bank, Brighter Tomorrow (a women’s shelter in Grand Prairie) and Texas Bikes For Tykes. The routes for the cyclists will range from 12 to 63 miles. The bike rally will actually begin downtown Italy on Main Street at 8:00 am this year. Anyone registering late will begin at Italy High School 8:15-9:00 am.

Rest stops will include Dresden and Frost, where the ever popular “Elvis” Carl Cassady will perform for the riders, fresh fruit and water will be provided.

The activities actually begin on Friday night, June 19 with an “All you can eat spaghetti supper”-$7 for adults and kids 12 and under are $5. The pancake breakfast begins at 7:00 am and everyone eats for $5. The IHS coaches will cook lunch and hamburgers are $2.50, hot dogs are $2 and chopped beef sandwiches are $3. Everyone is welcome to come and eat and visit with our cyclist friends.

Lone Star cyclists is an organization of road bicycling enthusiasts mainly from Arlington, Grand Prairie and other areas south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. “We are dedicated to the interests of recreational bicycling, bicycling safety and camaraderie of the highest nature in our membership. We like to ride our bikes, get home in one piece and seriously enjoy having fun,” explained on their website. Check it out for more details.

June 19-21 Summer Balloon Classic located at the Midway Regional Airport on Hwy 287 between Waxahachie and Midlothian. Free admission to the public but bring $10 for parking. This aviation extravaganza will feature hot air balloon launches, “Lite the Nite” Balloon Glow, gliders, helicopters, skydivers, radio controlled aircraft, kites static displays, demonstrations and fly-overs, children’s area, food, arts & crafts, exhibits and much more. Fun for the whole family. The schedule is Friday 4pm-8:30pm, Saturday 6:00 am- 9:00pm and Sunday 6:00 am -8:00 pm. For more information, please visit their website.

Farmers Market is every Saturday 8:00am-1:00pm around the courthouse square.

June 19-20 are the dates of the Kerrille Charity Rodeo. This includes riding, barrel racing, rodeo clowns, roping and other rodeo events. The events begin at 8:00 pm at the Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center located at 3705 Hwy 27 E. Call 830-257-9437 for more details.

Stonewall Peach Jamboree & Rodeo is June 19-20. This celebration includes the annual peach crop with peach judging, crowning of The Peach Queen, parade, food, music and rodeo. For more details, please visit their website or call 830-644-2735.

Old Bandera Downs Trade Days are June 19-21. This will feature 350 vendors and is located at the grounds of the old Bandera Downs Race Track. For more information, visit their website or call 817-832-9936.

Berges Fest Celebration & Parade is June 19-21. This features a parade, live entertainment, lawnmower races, Weenie dog races, watermelon eating contest, carnival, mud volleyball, canoe races, lots of food and drinks. Located at the Kendall County Fairgrounds, visit their website or call 210-347-2131.

Saturdays in June are Symphonic Saturdays. You bring the blanket and the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Richardson Symphony Orchestra will provide the music. Located at Beckert Park (formerly Esplanade Park), admission is free. For more details, visit their website.

Texas Monthly tells us about the following:

BLANTON MUSEUM Jun 21—Sep 27: Francisco Matto: The Modern and the Mythic—this exhibit of more than 75 works is a rediscovery of both the Uruguayan artist’s prowess (as seen in his landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, abstractions, and sculptural totems) and the rise of modern abstraction in Latin America. Inspired by pre-Columbian art and the geometric patterns of Aztec sculptures, Matto was a student of Joaquín Torres-Garcia and is considered a pioneering transitional figure between his teacher’s modernism and the abstract art of the Americas. Open Tue—Fri 10—5, Sat 11—5, Sun 1—5 (every third Thur 10—9). Gen adm $7; senior citizens $5; college students with ID & youths 13—21 $3; children 12 & under, museum members, and UT staff, faculty, and students free (Thur everybody free). For more information, please see their website. The museum can be seen at UT campus, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd at Congress Ave (512-471-7324).

Strings Attached: The music of Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard & Jimmy LaFave on June 20. Located at Threadgill’s at 301 W. Riverside Drive. For more details, visit their website.

On June 21, Father’s Day Concert in the Park features marches, Broadway show tunes and band classics. The music begins at 7:30 pm at Zilker Hillside Theater. Please visit their website for more details.

Mamma Mia is June 23-28 at the Bass Concert Hall. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs, this show celebrates mothers and daughters, old friends and new family. For more information, go their website or call 800-731-SHOW.

Ghosts of the Warehouse District or Capitol District-June 19-20 and weekends throughout the summer, you can witness the paranormal firsthand. On the Austin Ghost tour, you will explore the city’s fascinating history on a one-and-a-half-hour walk through downtown’s shadowed streets. Re-live Austin’s unforgettable history, legends, murders and true ghost stories with your guide. The tours begin on the front porch of the haunted Hofheintz-Ressig building known today as Moonshine’s Patio Bar and Grill. For more details of when and where, visit their website or call 512-853-9826. Tickets are $20 each. This tour is listed in the Top Ten Ghost Tours in the country.

GOSS-MICHAEL FOUNDATION Jun 19—Aug 22: Eat Me Drink Me—inspired by the whimsical tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this group exhibition features new acquisitions by a slew of contemporary British artists—including Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, John Isaacs, Rachel Kneebone, and Gary Webb—and aims to make sense of our long-held preoccupation with myths and the supernatural. Open Tue—Fri 10—6, Sat 11—4. Free. For more details, visit their website. The address is 2500 Cedar Springs Rd (214-696-0555).

WILCO The alt-country band is rolling out its eighth album (which was leaked on the Internet before its official release date) in the wake of the sudden death of former member Jay Bennett (who had just sued for breach of contract last month). But despite these difficulties, the summer tour goes on, with a single stop in Texas. Singer Jeff Tweedy recently told the El Paso Times that he thinks the current lineup—guitarist Nels Cline, guitarist-keyboardist Pat Sansone, keyboardist Mike Jorgensen, bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche, and himself—is “the ultimate version of the band.” Jun 17 at 8. $23.50 & $28.50. Abraham Chavez Theatre, 1 Civic Center Plaza.

CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN Jail House Rock: A Tribute to Elvis—impersonator Kraig Parker will have you all shook up as he sings some of the King’s biggest hits. Pack a picnic (or bring cash for the on-site concessions), spread out your blanket, and enjoy dinner under the stars. Post concert, stick around for a fireworks display. Jun 20 at 8 (gates open at 6:30). Lawn: gen adm $18 ($15 adv), children 10 & under free. Tables: gen adm $25—$45 ($22—$42 adv), children 10 & under $10—$45 ($10—$42 adv). Look for more details on their website. The address is Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd (817-665-6000).

JUNETEENTH Galveston celebrates the emancipation of slaves with a Gospel by the Sea, the Juneteenth Parade down Ball Street, the Annie Mae Charles Jubilee Picnic, the 30th annual Emancipation Proclamation reading and prayer breakfast, and more. Jun 13—19. For schedule, prices & locations, go to their website.

A GULF COAST JUNETEENTH Celebrate the day—June 19, 1865—that a Union general stepped ashore in Galveston to inform the last slaves in the Confederacy that they were free, with this evening of musical tributes performed by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, and Diunna Greenleaf with Houston blues legends I.J. Gosey and Earl Gilliam. Jun 19 at 7. Free. For more information, visit their website Miller Outdoor Theatre. The address is Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr (713-521-3686).

BRAVO! AN EVENING OF SONG AND DANCE Reconnect with San Antonio’s Spanish and Mexican roots through this colorful and impassioned presentation by the Fandango and Alamotion dance troupes, who will perform Mexican folkloric, Spanish flamenco, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical dance. Jun 17—Jul 23. Wed & Thur at 8. Tickets are $8. For more details, visit their website. The address is Arneson River Theatre, 418 La Villita (210-207-3132).

BELL COUNTY MUSEUM Jun 20—Aug 8: The Inspired Line: Selected Prints of Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn—this exhibit of about forty prints illustrates how two masters—one a sixteenth-century Roman Catholic German, the other a seventeenth-century Protestant Dutchman—approached the same biblical themes and narratives. By viewing their religious works side by side, viewers can note the extraordinary differences in aesthetic movements and religious influences. Open Tue—Sat noon—5. Free. To see more details, visit their website. The museum is located at 201 N. Main (254-933-5243).