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The premier concert series "Cool Thursdays" at the Dallas Arboretum, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, presents The Dallas Winds, a patriotic tribute to America, on July 2 as the series’ final concert for the summer. As Dallas' only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn, the weather is perfect to enjoy this outdoor performance and beautiful sunset. Tickets are still available for purchase online.

 

The Dallas Winds are the leading professional civilian wind band in the United States today. Comprised of 50 woodwind, brass and percussion players, the band performs an eclectic blend of musical styles ranging from Bach to Bernstein and Sousa to Strauss. They combine the tradition of the British brass band with the musical heritage of the American town band and the pioneering spirit of the 20th century wind ensemble.

 

Housed in Dallas’ Morton H. Meyerson Concert Center, The Dallas Winds are one of only a handful of professional windbands left in the U.S. Since their debut in 1985, The Dallas Winds have entertained more than a million people both at home and increasingly, on tour. Among those entertained was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for whom the The Dallas Winds gave a command performance in March 1991.

 

Missy Whisler, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of sales, said, “It makes sense to have such an esteemed, premier wind band to not only wrap up our summer concert series, but also in order to celebrate our country’s independence. We encourage guests to participate in the weekly costume contest to win prizes. This week’s theme is to wear your best and brightest red, white and blue outfit to win the ‘Lady Liberty or Uncle Sam’ award.”   

 

In addition to the coolest view of White Rock Lake, attendees can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from food trucks including The Guava Tree, Cajun Tailgators and Bobaddiction.  The gardens are also open to stroll through before the concert to enjoy the Summer at the Arboretum display and the various gardens.

 

The Cool Thursdays Concert Series begins again in the fall on September 3 with China Grove, the Doobie Brothers All Star Tribute Band.

   

Fourth of July Weekend Features $5 Admission:

 

To continue the celebration of America’s independence in true red, white and blue style, the Dallas Arboretum will offer active and retired members of the armed services free admission and all other guests a reduced $5 admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 3-6. Guests will enjoy patriotic music and flags throughout the garden.

 

In addition, the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will feature festive, interactive activities for children all weekend. Some activities include the Patriotic Scavenger Hunt, A Star Spangled Galaxy OmniGlobe Presentation, The Stars and Stripes Craft Corner and Red, White and Fruit in the Incredible Edible Garden.  Admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden is an additional $3.

 

To see a full list of all Fourth of July activities going on in the Children’s Adventure Garden, go to www.dallasarboretum.org.

 

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum. More information is available at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214.515.6500.

 

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The premier concert series "Cool Thursdays" at the Dallas Arboretum, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, presents The Buddy Holly Revue, a tribute to Buddy Holly, on June 25. As Dallas' only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn, the weather is now perfect to enjoy this outdoor performance and beautiful sunset. Tickets are still available for purchase online.

 

The Buddy Holly Revue is a tribute cover band dedicated to the late Buddy Holly, who is often considered to be one of the main figures of rock and roll in the mid-1950s. Honoring one of the earliest and greatest rock icons, the lead singer of The Buddy Holly Revue, Johnny Kempt, is said to have an almost identical voice to the late Buddy Holly.

 

 Missy Whisler, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of sales, said, “As a tribute to a rock icon who is greatly remembered and missed, we are excited to have The Buddy Holly Revue here at the Arboretum. We encourage guests to participate in the weekly costume contest to win prizes. This week’s theme is to wear your best rockability costume to win the ‘Old School Cool’ award.”   

 

In addition to the coolest view of White Rock Lake, attendees can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from food trucks including The Butcher’s Son, Rock-n-Ricks and The Guava Tree.  The gardens are also open to stroll through before the concert to enjoy the Summer at the Arboretum display and the various gardens.

   

The concert series continues every Thursday through July 2 and again in the fall. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the spring concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  Single tickets start at $10-$27 and are available for purchase online. Tickets include parking. 

For group tickets of 15 or more, call Susan Armanovs, 214-515-6520. On-site parking is complimentary for all concerts, and the Arboretum encourages attendees to take advantage of the close covered parking available at the new parking garage located across from the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. 

 

The final concert for the summer series will celebrate Independence Day:

 

July 2       The Dallas Winds: A Patriotic Tribute to America

Costume Contest: “Lady Liberty or Uncle Sam Award” - Wear your best and brightest red, white and blue costume!
Sponsored by Retirement Rescue Advisors LLC

 

The Cool Thursdays Concert Series begins again in the fall on September 3 with China Grove, the Doobie Brothers All Star Tribute Band.

 

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.More information is available at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214.515.6500.

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is home to the now 15 feet tall Agave victoriae-reginae plant that will only bloom once for 2-4 weeks in its entire 10-50 year lifetime. This specifically impressive Agave plant is approximately 20 years old and is currently starting to open up. It is expected to flower at the Dallas Arboretum for only 2-4 more weeks.

 

Native to the Sierra Madre mountain range of Chihuahua, Mexico, the Agave victoriae-reginae plant is endangered in its native and current habitat due to over-harvesting. Named for Queen Victoria of England, the Agave prefers full sun to very light shade, well-drained soil and very little water.

 

Beneath its towering 15-foot flower spike, the Agave’s leaves are rigid and dark green. The Dallas Arboretum Agave shows off-white blooms peeking through, although flower color varies from plant to plant.

 

Dallas Arboretum horticulture manager Kevin Wiley said, “Our Agave has just seen its first blooms, and it will only flower for 2-4 weeks. It will then die and the stalk will fall over. We encourage you to come to the Children’s Adventure Garden and see this exciting plant in bloom, stand next to it and treasure it with us while we can!”

 

To learn more about the unique Agave plant from Dallas Arboretum horticulture manager Kevin Wiley, watch this video featuring the garden’s exciting plant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCdIJh7oYWA

 

The Agave victoriae-reginae will be in full bloom during WFAA’s Family First Day on June 13 in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Puppet shows, hands-on outdoor science experiments, fruit tastings in our Incredible Edible Garden, and scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (with the Dallas Junior Players) round out a family-centered day anchored by a special presentation with WFAA Meteorologist Greg Fields at the OmniGlobe at 1 p.m. For this day, admission to the RMCAG and main garden is only $8 at the gate with $8 parking available for advance purchase online. Hot dogs are just $2. 

 

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular general admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under.  See website for special discounts. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

 

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Fathers who love the outdoors will want their families to take them to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden on Father’s Day weekend, June 20 and 21 when they can enjoy a garden they don’t have to tend. Weekend events include a concert, children’s activities, crafts, a picnic on the lawn and more.

 

Father’s Day Weekend Concert
Multilingual Balladeer Frank Obregon on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Saturday, June 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Enjoy an eclectic spectrum of music from Tony Bennett to Nat King Cole, and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Sinatra. Relax with dad (on a lawn he doesn’t tend!), sip his favorite beverage, have a picnic and maybe take a twirl around the stage!


Sunday, June 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Children, grandchildren and their dads and granddads are invited to the Children’s Adventure Garden for a craft activity—constructing and painting flower pots and bird houses—hosted by Home Depot. First come, first served. Dads and their children can explore the eight-acre scientific garden with more than 150 interactive exhibits in 17 galleries. Check the website for daily activities, such as labs and tours of various galleries.

 

Sunday, June 21, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Rosine Hall

Bring the superman in the family to the Arboretum to enjoy classic superhero cartoons shown in the air-conditioned comfort of Rosine Hall. On Father’s Day, Rosine is open for a come-and-go, blankets welcome viewing of vintage cartoons that can be enjoyed by the young and young-at-heart. Each short is approximately 10 minutes. There is no additional cost with paid entry to the garden, and popcorn and snacks are available onsite.

 

Topiary Flower Houses: Fairy Tales with a Texas Twist
Summer at the Arboretum continues with four 12-foot-tall topiary houses covered with flowers. Each house features a fairy tale with a Texas twist. There is also a chuck wagon, two life-size topiary horses, two large longhorn cattle with real horns and a 15-foot-tall Texas Star.  

 

Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum, said, “We’re inviting all families to bring Dad and Granddad out to the garden to celebrate their special day. Pack a picnic, and treat him like a king.”

 

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular general admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Tour des Fleurs has announced that the W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic is the presenting sponsor of the 10K and 20K races benefiting the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Hosted by the Dallas Arboretum, the race is set for Saturday, September 19 with the start and finish line located on the lakeside trail of White Rock Lake.

 

Touted as "Dallas’ best after race party,” this year's party will be a huge celebration of the 10thanniversary featuring a wide array of food and beverage donors, a physical therapy clinic at the W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic booth, massages, yoga and freebies from a variety of TDF sponsors, as well aslive music provided by “Dr. Buz and the Medicated Trio.” This classic rock band features one of the W.B. Carrell Clinic’s own doctors, Dr. W.Z. Burkhead, Jr., as the lead singer.

 

Rick Weymier, CEO of the W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic, said, “We are pleased to be the presenting sponsor of 10thanniversary Tour des Fleurs, one of the premier running events in Dallas. The W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic has enjoyed a tradition of excellence in orthopedics and sports medicine since 1921 and have a great many patients and employees who are active in sports and athletics so we see the Tour Des Fleurs race as a natural partnership for us.”

 

This year’s race chairman is East Dallas resident Todd Howard, th+a architects president and Dallas Arboretum board member. Assisting him will be Logan Burgess who organizes race coordination and logistics.

 

Tour des Fleurs has become a tradition for more than 3,000 runners, and online registration is now open for the September event at http://www.tourdesfleurs.com/. Luke’s Locker is involved in the race, and participants can pick up their packets there closer to the race date.

 

The race starts and ends at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.The new Arboretum’s 1,100-space parking garage, located directly across the street from the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, opens at 5:45 a.m. for runners. The 20K race starts at 7:00 a.m., and the 10K race starts at 7:40 a.m.

 

Afterwards, the post-race celebration will feature fabulous food and beverages from Starbucks, Lucky's Cafe, Chick fil A, Highland Park Cafeteria, Alligator Cafe, Kroger, Tom Thumb, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Fresh Market, to name a few.   This celebration takes place at the Dallas Arboretum’s Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake.

 

The race also kicks off the opening of Autumn at the Arboretum, which features the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village with houses created out of 65,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, named one of America's best pumpkin villages by Fodor's Travel.

 

For more information and registration, visit www.toudesfleurs.com.

For more information about the W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic, visit www.wbcarrellclinic.com.

 

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.   

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is partnering with WFAA/Channel 8’s Family First on Saturday, June 13 to showcase its nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. In honor of Family First Day, admission to the Dallas Arboretum, including the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, is discounted to $8 per person on that day for tickets purchased at the gate only. The rate does not include parking; however guests are encouraged to purchase parking online in advance for $8, subject to availability. The special activities are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Children’s Adventure Garden, but guests are welcome to come as early as 9 a.m. and stay until the garden closes at 5 p.m.

 

WFAA’s Family First, sponsored by Children’s Health, Stacy Furniture & Design and Christian Brothers Automotive, provides community-focused broadcast content and event-based information to help North Texas families live stronger, safer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Stephanie Wilcox, Family First manager and director of community marketing, said, “We are excited that the Dallas Arboretum’s nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is hosting WFAA’s Family First again this year. What a perfect place to reinforce family, education and nature coming together for our viewers.”

 

Guests can explore the one-of-a-kind scientific Children’s Adventure Garden, which includes eight acres of more than 150 interactive exhibits in 17 indoor and outdoor galleries. Guests also have an opportunity to meet Arboretum mascots who will make appearances to teach science concepts throughout the whole garden. 

 

Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Arboretum said, “We are honored to be part of WFAA’s Family First Day again, and we encourage families to mark their calendars to join us on June 13 at the Children’s Adventure Garden, where families will connect science and nature in nature.”

 

In addition to the regularly scheduled daily activities, the Arboretum also features a wide variety of engaging activities throughout the garden that are offered exclusively for the Family First Day. WFAA news anchors and reporters are scheduled to make appearances and interact with various science experts and viewers from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Children’s Adventure Garden.

 

Family First Activities include the following:
   

Nature Puppet Show
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Glade – Puppet Theater
“Finding My Way Home”: Come along on Kyle’s journey of discovery through the Children’s Adventure Garden. Meet his new friends, Savannah, Toby and Zach as he searches for a place to call home.

OmniGlobe Demonstration with Meteorologist Greg Fields
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Exploration Center Globe Theatre
Meteorologist Greg Fields and Dallas Arboretum Science Techs will discuss global weather patterns, forecasting and the science of global and regional weather mapping using indoor five-foot-tall interactive OmniGlobe. Children and people who attend will have an opportunity to chat in-person with WFAA’s meteorologist featuring the largest OmniGlobe in the state with touch-screen technology.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Presented by Dallas Junior Players
11 a.m. & 12 p.m. at The Glade – Puppet Theater
The Dallas Junior Players, the oldest children’s theater in Dallas, will present two scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The Junior Players have provided arts and creative programming to children across North Texas since 1955, presenting traditional theater productions performed entirely by children and teenagers.

Plant Lab Demonstrations
Plant Lab: Amazing Race - Dirt Edition

11a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Exploration Center
Dirt is important and has a special job. From growing vegetables to creating a habitat, each different kind of soil has a purpose. Get down in the dirt with us to learn the methods scientists use to classify different soils and take part in what we call The Amazing Race!

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

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Terry Lendecker | VP of Advertising & Promotions | 214.515.6523 | tlendecker@dallasarboretum.org
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DALLAS, Texas (May 28, 2015) - The premier concert series "Cool Thursdays" at the Dallas Arboretum, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, will feature the world’s #1 tribute band to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bruce In The USA on June 4. As Dallas' only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, crowds have shown up despite rain or shine and tickets are selling quickly. Tickets are still available for purchase online.

Bruce In The USA delivers a high-energy musical experience that is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show. Sponsored by Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bruce In The USA is sure to give a powerhouse performance with its seasoned, world-class professional musicians that take the stage. Originated on the Las Vegas strip in 2004, the show invaded the senses of guests in a fun-filled party atmosphere on the Vegas strip, while winning over the toughest skeptics.

According to Missy Whisler, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of sales, “This show is high energy, much like how the band started in Las Vegas. We encourage guests to participate in the weekly costume contest to win prizes. This week’s theme is to wear your senior prom outfit – aka embarrass your children – for the ‘Glory Days Award’.”   

In addition to the coolest view of White Rock Lake, attendees can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from food trucks including Jack’s Chow HoundRock-n-Roll Tacos and The Guava Tree.  The gardens are also open to stroll through before the concert to enjoy the Summer at the Arboretum display and the various gardens.

The concert series continues every Thursday through July 2 and again in the fall. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the spring concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  Single tickets start at $10-$27 and are available for purchase online. Tickets include parking.  

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.

For group tickets of 15 or more, call Susan Armanovs, 214-515-6520. On-site parking is complimentary for all concerts and we encourage our guests to take advantage of the close covered parking available at the parking garage. 


Upcoming concerts:

June 11      Four Way Street: Crosby Stills and Nash Tribute Band
Costume Contest: “The Original Hipster Award” – Wear your best Woodstock outfit!
Sponsored by Capital One Bank

June 18      Le Freak: The Greatest Disco Band in the World
Costume Contest: “Boogie Oogie Oogie Award” – Wear your best 70’s disco outfit!
Sponsored by The University of Texas at Dallas

June 25      The Buddy Holly Revue: A Tribute to Buddy Holly
Costume Contest: “Old School Cool Award” – Wear your best rockability costume!

July 2       The Dallas Winds: A Patriotic Tribute to America
Costume Contest: “Lady Liberty or Uncle Sam Award” - Wear your best and brightest red, white and blue costume!
Sponsored by Retirement Rescue Advisors LLC

More information is available at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214.515.6500.

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