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Nee Nee’s Tearoom in Plano
As a special Happy New Year’s gesture, Nee Nee’s is offering Tea in Texas readers a free dessert for their table in the month of January (just mention that Tea in Texas sent you). Whether you choose lunch, an afternoon tea service or a little girl’s Princess party, you will enjoy Nee Nee’s fabulous recipes and home cooking. To receive a free desert, please call for a reservation. One free desert per reservation.
Visit www.neeneetearoom.com or call 469-441-4679.
Chestnut Square, McKinney Tours
History comes to life in a tour of the charming homes and structures of Chestnut Square Historical Village at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets: $7 adults, $5 students. Trolley tours of the historic district are on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 11 a.m. Groups can book a special tour with tea in a historic home! Call 972-562-8790 or visit www.chestnutsquare.org.
Mineola’s Music in the Street
Mineola invites you to visit its lovely downtown while enjoying music from some of the best local artists. Learn more about Mineola at www.mineola.com.
January 3 – 6, January 31-February 3
Canton’s First Monday Trade Days
Explore an amazing, outdoor world of antiques, home decor, clothing and gifts at Canton’s First Monday Trade Days. While in town, visit the charming Square. At the First Monday Grounds, there are more than 7,000 vendor’s spaces, providing an amazing treasure hunt. 1-877-462-746 firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 5 and February 12
Celebrate Mardi Gras, Shreveport-Bossier
Celebrate Mardi Gras close to home in Shreveport-Bossier, located in Northwestern Louisiana, less than a 4-hour drive from Dallas. Mardi Gras season begins January 5 and runs through February 12. Two of the largest evening parades are the Krewe of Centaur (www.kreweofcentaur.com) at 4:30 on February 2 and the Krewe of Gemini (www.kreweofgemini.com) at 5 p.m. on February 9. Both parades begin at the corner of Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street in downtown Shreveport. Learn more about the parades and Mardi Gras balls at www.shreveportbossierfunguide.com.
The Granbury Doll House Doll Museum Grand Opening
This new doll museum features a variety of modern dolls and designed to look like an actual doll house is located in Granbury’s historic district off the square. The collection includes dolls representing Prince William and Kate Middleton, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Little Debbie, the Campbell Soup Kids, and an extensive array of international dolls, Native American dolls and Madame Alexander dolls. An exhibit near the museum’s entrance expresses the heart of the Granbury Doll House’s purpose, demonstrating some of the types of dolls made of different materials. Museum directors hope to host events showcasing doll-making techniques and mini collections of dolls. Monthly storytelling sessions at 2 p.m. the last Saturday of every month. The first temporary exhibit at the museum is a group of four dolls loaned by the founding queen mother of the Lubbock Red Hat Society. 421 Bridge St., Grandbury. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Private tours by appointment: 817-894-5194.
Music Events in Natchitoches
January 27 and February 1, 4 and 25
Natchitoches is rich with cultural events, and this season, it turns its attention to music. On January 17, Northwestern State University hosts “Horn Day” at the Magale Recital Hall from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Louisiana Piano Series brings a performance by pianist Jennifer Hayghe, and a Jazz Festival is planned for February 4 at Magale Recital Hall. On February 25, catch Northwestern Symphony The Concerto Winners at 9:30 a.m. Call 318-357-4522 to learn more.
February 13 Valentine’s Tea and Conversation
Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, McKinney
Lorie Fangio offers simple recipes and no-nonsense advice to help families connect Around the Table. The presentation is at 2 p.m., followed by a lovely tea and tour of The Heard Craig House. $25 for non-members, $20 for members. Call 972-569-6909 or visit www.heardcraig.org.
SAVE THE DATE:
May 3 and 4 66th Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage
The gardens are in bloom and the historic homes are ready for company as this gracious, historic city welcomes guests to its incomparable Pilgrimage. The celebration includes home tours and a spring festival. Highlights include the Diamond Bessie Play, the Pilgrimage Parade and Town Skirmish, “Stitched, Woven and Hooked” Quilts and Heritage Fiber Arts Show, craft fair and plan sales, Civil War re-enactment and the Jefferson Guard’s Presentation of Colors, a Twilight Garden Stroll and Fine Art Exhibition and Sale as well as the Southern Heritage Grand Ball, with period dress and black tie. For advance tickets and information, call The Excelsior House at 800-490-7270 or www.jeffersonpilgrimage.com Tickets:
$20 adults, $3 children under 12.
June 2013 Dallas Tea Affair hosted by TEA in TEXAS
Every Saturday – Serenitea Tea Room – Sugar Land
Serving breakfast starting 9:00 am! Expanded menu for lunch and Tea Service. Visit our website at www.SereniteaTeaRoom.com for menu details. Visit us at 13889 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX (Hwy 59 and the Sugar Creek exit).
January 18 Tea + Tour: Rienzi’s Romneys
Enjoy an afternoon tour of Visions of Fancy: George Romney, 18th-Century Paintings and Drawings, paired with a traditional English tea featuring various teas and an assortment of savory treats. Package Includes Afternoon tea featuring an assortment of savory and sweet treats, with tea service and talk by the Path of Tea, sparkling wine, a 50-minute docent-led tour and valet parking. Two Options for Tea + Tour: 3 p.m. tea seating followed by 4 p.m. tour, 3 p.m. tour followed by 4 p.m. tea seating Tickets :$40 MFAH Members, $45 Nonmembers
For information, call 713.639.7800
Longhorn Tea & Victorian Sweetheart Ball
Please join us and make a memory with your sweetheart or friend as we re-create 19th Century ambience. Rangle at the Lornhorn Museum for lunch/tea. Re-visit The Victorian Ball Room, as you step lively to the music of Celtaire String Band and enjoy the Dance Mistress J’Nean Henderson calling her favorite dances. Victorian or Evening Attire is Requested. Tickets @ 713-299-4777
February 13-14th Sweetheart Tea
Four Friends Tea Room – Pearland, TX
A special Valentines menu will be offered with heart-shaped sandwiches and cakes, fresh fruit, scones, and tea. Cost is 16.00 per person. Reservations are suggested. Contact Four Friends at email@example.com or call 281-485-6484.
February 12th Chocolate Tea Tasting
February 14th Valentines Candlelight Dinner
Silver Sycamore Tea Room – Pasadena, TX
By Reservation Only, special menu, desserts and ambiance for special couples. Two Seatings available, last year this event sold out! 2013 Special – add a Bed and Breakfast stay at discounted rates. Call 281-487-4033
Rio Grande Valley
January 7 30th Annual Boar’s Head Festival, Corpus Christi
Featuring Irish dancers and Tippi toes at the First Christian Church of Corpus Christi.
February 14-25 Washington’s Birthday Celebration
One of the Top 100 Events in North America. Destinations magazine indicates that the Washington’s Birthday Celebration offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world. Events include: Washington’s Birthday Parade, Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant & Ball, Taste of Laredo, and the International Bridge Ceremony. Saturday 23- Bridge Ceremony and Parade, Sunday 24- Fireworks Extravaganza
Halletsville Cultural Center Presents:
January 26 Karolina, renowned pianist, is performing on Saturday at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. A public reception following. Karolina is designing the concert series for 2013 for the Englein Haus Hallettsville Cultrual Events Center.
January 1 – January 31 The Patsy Evins art show and the Mieko Mahi oilfield art photography exhibition will be open to the public- free, refreshments will be served.
January 1 – February 28 The Ron Vaughan exhibition of miniature paintings in oil and acrylic will be on display.
Quilt Show Calendar
January 25 – 27 Quilts on The Bayou, Jefferson
Head to Texas’ southern belle, for a fabulous quilt show celebrating its 10th anniversary! Raffle quilt and vendor fair. Featured exhibits: Hoffman’s Lavendar Collection, and a special hanging of Sharon Newman’s Collection of two centuries of quiltmaking. The featured workshop will be “Crazy Quilt Style,” by Sherril Lewis.
January 25 -27 Quilting Retreat, Happiness is Quilting
Kathy Dunigan, a nationally-recognized quilting instructor, leads the retreat on Symphony of Blue Wreaths, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Happiness is Quilting on the McKinney Square. Cost is $199. Special hotel rates available.
January 31 – March 23 “Pieces of the Past” Quilt Exhibit, Collin County Historical Museum
Open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays, this exhibit showcases historically significant quilts from Collin County. Each weekend will feature a special event with additional quilts on view. On Quilt ID day, two local historians will review family quilts. The Museum is located at 300 East Virginia Street in McKinney.
January 17 through March 31 Off the Wall, Maverick Quilts at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
This exhibition of 35 surprising and exceptional “Maverick” American quilts, most never before displayed publicly, explores the ingenious, wide-ranging, and sometimes unexpected ways that American women interpreted traditional quilt designs. The museum is located at 1720 Gendy Street in Fort Worth. Hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday and 12 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Cowgirl.net.
February 21 – 24 QuiltCon, Austin
The inaugural conference and show by The Modern Quilt Guild will be an international affair featuring top modern quilt instructors. Quiltcon.com.
February 28 – March 4 Beauty in Blue Art Retreat
Gather your crafting friends for an East Texas artistic girlfriends getaway led by artist Karen Hillman. The event includes artist-taught projects, shopping excursions, fabulous dining, and take-home gifts. Space is limited. Beautyinblueevent.blogspot.com.
March 8 – 10 Dallas Quilt Celebration
Mark your calendar for the Dallas Quilt Guild’s Quilt Celebration. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. The theme will be “Edibles.” More than 400 quilts on display with appraisals, vendor fair, mini quilt auction, more than $14,000 in prize money, lectures, exhibits, demonstrations, and quilt tours. It’s always a fabulous show! 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12– 5 p.m. on Sunday. Dallas Market Hall. Quiltersguildofdallas.org.
March 9 – 10 Funky Finds, Fort Worth
The 5th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. This indie art and craft show will feature hand-crafted items from more than 100 artisans. The event also features a charitable raffle benefiting CASA of Tarrant County and the Humane Society of North Texas
March 22 – 23 Victoria Quilt Show
QUILT GUILD OF GREATER VICTORIA presents “Threads In Bloom” at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 704 Mallette Dr. Victoria, TX 77904 (361) 293-3788
March 22 – 23 Quilters Guild of East Texas Quilt Show
“Red and White Renaissance” is the theme of this show, showcasing many red and white quilts in the Harvey Convention Center. It is a judged show with 250 quilts, vendors, demonstrations, silent auction, bed turning, cafe, door prizes and raffle quilt. Held during Tyler’s Spring Azalea and Flower Trail.10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. QGEtx.org.
April 19 – 20
15TH BIENNIAL KINGWOOD QUILT SHOW
Kingwood Area Quilt Guild presents “The Quilted Forest Quilt Show at the Humble Civic Center located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble. QUILT SHOW Friday 9 to 5 and Saturday 9 to 3. LIVE AUCTION Saturday at 3. KingwoodAreaQuiltGuild.com
April 26 – 27 Brownwood Quilters Guild 9th Annual Heart of Texas Quilt Show, Brownwood
Save the date for this popular show, which includes door prizes, donation quilt benefitting the Pregnancy Care Center, demonstrations, vendors, scissor sharpening and more. Admission is $7 for quilters, and husbands and children-free. Brownwood Coliseum. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. BrownwoodQuiltersGuild.org.
May 3 – 4 Baytown Quilt Show
Hosted at Lee College Sports Arena in Baytown, 2013 “Quilt Happening”. will be sponsored by the Lee College Senior Program. They are preparing for a fantastic show that will consists of a grand display of quilts created by members as well as Vendors, a Cafe, an annual Raffle Quilt, and more. Baytownareaquiltguild.com