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TrainTopia and Videogame Museums at Frisco

This is a two-for-one trip!  Never have we seen a train exhibit approaching the size and scope of the one that was donated to the Frisco Discovery Center by the Sanders family of Dallas – they plan a grand opening in June so let’s go fix that fact! Valued at more than $1 million, the G-scale model layout spans more than 2,500 square feet with multiple  trains running on different tracks. All of the little pieces that bring the scenes to life — from the woman in a blue dress with her luggage to the guy hauling a crate of Spud King potatoes — are in place.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” performance & Granbury Parade

This musical is a happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political side-stepping which recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy bordello until Miss Mona finds her business suddenly under attack from a television evangelist and local politicians, with even the local sheriff unable to do much to stop the sudden switch in public opinion.

Fair Park Tram Tour, November 15, 2017

On a cool, cloudy day 25 TIAA members/guests journeyed by bus to Fair Park and hopped on a covered tram.  Craig Holcomb, President of the Friends of Fair Park,  entertained and educated us as we traversed these 277 acres the easy way.  We left from Magnolia Lounge which was built in 1935 in the shape of an ocean liner (well, yes, that's obvious after he tells us!)  He said approximately 2.2 million folks attended the State Fair this year (about half of the estimated 5.4 million annual visits) and spent $54.5 million on food, rides, etc.

Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Game

We shall enjoy the national pastime plus support “our” team in their quest to win the big prize in baseball this year, the World Series.  We have seats in the Upper Reserved section looking down the third-base line in one of the prettiest baseball stadiums in the nation. (Of course we will also see the progress of their new, indoor A/C stadium which will open in 2021.)  We will leave at 5:30 pm, grab something to eat and drink at our own expense (remember, this is a $1 Hot Dog Day!) from one of the many ball park vendors, enjoy the game and return around 11 pm.

“Bullshot Crummond”, Denton Community Theater

This parody of a British pulp hero and bored pilot (Bulldog Drummond) takes place pre-WWII.  It concerns a  plot by the dastardly Count Otto Von Brunno to ruin the international diamond market by kidnapping Professor Rupert Fenton. Working against them are Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond and Rosemary (the professor's daughter). Of course, the characters are highly stereotypical:  a German supervillain, a femme fatale, a pet falcon, an absent-minded professor, a damsel in distress and Crummond, a highly intelligent and quick-witted hero.

Enchant Christmas-Globe Life Park

The Lone Star State is about to get a lot brighter! We are going to experience some Christmas wonder at Enchant, The World's Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market at Globe Life Park in Arlington.  We will be surrounded by millions of dazzling lights to put us in the holiday season, see the world's largest light maze, take photos around the largest Christmas tree in North Texas, walk around the ice-skating pond and visit the Enchant Christmas Market with over 85 vendors, including the Texas Christkindle Market Lane.

Pocket Sandwich Theater-"Don't Dress for Dinner"

This smash hit has played in theatres all over the USA and is a comedy where Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his mistress whilst his wife is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along to provide the alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well, let’s go watch the confusion ensue right in front of our eyes. We will meet at the Pocket Sandwich Theater, located on 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, at 6:30 pm to enjoy dinner there on our own and then see this hilarious play.

TI Jazz Band Concert, McKinney PAC

The 18-piece Texas Instruments Jazz Band will be performing on Sunday, Jun 25th in the historic Courtroom Theater in the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in downtown McKinney. The concert is a 4 pm. 

Tickets should be on sale via the MPAC box office soon. To purchase tickets, please click here. You will find a link there to the MPAC box office. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors (65+), and $10 for kids and students (age 6-22). 
 

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