TIAA toured this 100,000 sq. ft. building which holds over 30 aircraft and space vehicles including a full-size model of the 1903 Wright Flyer. Artifacts from the airship Hindenburg and other giant dirigibles are in one gallery. In the war gallery, scale models of military aircraft tell the stories of America’s major conflicts in the Aviation Age. The Apollo 7 spacecraft and the only moon rock on display in North Texas resided in another gallery along with a full-size reproduction of Sputnik I flying overhead.
TIAA members took a luxury bus to Elm Mott to visit the Heritage Village Sweet Sorghum Festival. We looked, talked, shopped, ate and then came back to TI thruogh West, TX, to buy some kolanches. Unfortunately, that was the weekend for Westfest in West and not a parking spot was available for our bus. Maybe next time ...
Ride with us to their historic downtown Main Street and experience their 27th annual wine festival. Their People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic – the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation – will have wines from around 35 Texas wineries. Their carnival, midway, arts and craft vendors, and Culinary Pavilion featuring great chefs from across North Texas will be accompanied by live entertainment all evening.
With regret, we have had to cancel the tour of the candlelight homes in Waxahachie.
Not enough retirees signed up to cover our costs.
This event is held in the Resistol Arena which is an enclosed, climate-controlled venue with high-definition video boards over the bucking chutes. This is considered the premier rodeo of the North Texas area and is a family-friendly venue so feel free to bring your grandkids. Timed events will include tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronco riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing.
TIAA members had so much fun watching the thoroughbred horse races in June that, by popular demand, we’re going back to see the quarter horse races this fall. There is no minimum age for live racing (although children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent) and there is no dress code so wear comfortable clothes. We will load the bus at 5:00 pm and the first race is at 6:35 pm which gives us time to travel, find our reserved counter seats in the second level of the glass-enclosed, air conditioned grandstand, get something to eat (at your own expense), check out the horses in the paddock
Get ready to shout Bingo! when you join us in conference rooms C1-C2 at the Texins Activity Center at 10 am. Wrap up one of those strange gifts you have stuck away in a closet and bring a covered dish to be shared after the games. The gifts will be used for prizes and laughs, and TIAA will furnish the meat, iced tea and paper products. Please be sure to register by calling 214-567-8444 so we’ll have enough food.
Get ready to amaze your brain through hands-on learning experiences by joining us on a visit to this “world of wonders”. We will wait until mid-afternoon so the kids will be returning to school. We can wander through eleven, hands-on exhibit halls on a self-guided tour experiencing various activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. All public areas are accessible by either elevator or ramp to accommodate wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and visitors who prefer to avoid stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Elm Mott. Step aside from the rush of urban living and observe firsthand some of the sustainable life skills and crafts that agrarian people have practiced for decades at their 18th annual festival. In the morning we will see the traditional method of making sweet sorghum syrup beginning with pressing the cane in a horse-drawn cane press. This will continue all morning, followed in the afternoon by syrup cooking in a 12-ft copper pan over a wood- fired furnace.