Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Junior League aims for Guinness World Records on Oct. 23

A cornhole tournament and family fun day is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium hosted by the Junior League of Arlington.
A cornhole tournament and family fun day is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium hosted by the Junior League of Arlington. Star-Telegram archives

A cornhole tournament and family fun day is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium hosted by the Junior League of Arlington. The women’s organization hopes to set a mark recognized by Guinness World Records for the largest cornhole tournament in the world.

The public is invited to attend the event and participate by forming two-person teams to have fun tossing beanbags and collectively set the record. The tournament will be a single-elimination, bracket-style competition. To ramp up the fun, prizes will be given for the top finishers, best costume and best team spirit.

“We are so excited to bring a fundraising event to Arlington that the entire family can enjoy,” said league President Julie Reinhardt. “Cornhole, also known as beanbag toss, is tremendously popular among all ages, and we hope everyone will come out and join us.”

Those who don’t want to compete can cheer on their favorite team and enjoy live music and good food while they stroll through vendor exhibits or visit the kids zone. “We wanted to make sure we had something that every member of the family can enjoy,” said Misty Lockhart, who is chairing the event. “It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”

Vendors include Anything Goes, Fox & Fig, The Soulful Gypsy and several local Etsy vendors all selling unique, fun merchandise. And kiddos will be entertained as they play on an inflatable obstacle course or see the colorful creatures created by a balloon artist. They can also get their faces painted or walk away sporting a wild glitter tattoo.

“This is a great way to involve our local residents of all ages to come out, have some fun and raise money for a great cause,” said Lockhart. “The special part is that we’re confident we’re going to put Arlington, the American Dream City, in the spotlight again.”

“We will also have the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC on display that we’re raffling off this coming February in celebration of our 35th anniversary as a Junior League. Tickets will be for sale for $35,” said Reinhardt. The family fun day is the first of three events kicking off a new suite of fundraisers for the league that highlights the organization’s 35 years of service in Arlington.

All proceeds from the event will go toward abuse prevention, the league’s community impact focus area. “This money stays right here in the Arlington community helping make a difference in our residents’ lives,” said Reinhardt.

Two-person teams can register for $50. Admission for spectators is $10 and kids under age 5 are admitted free. Parking is $10. The stadium is located at 1307 W. Mitchell St. To purchase tickets or register your team, visit www.JLArlington.org.

South Street Art Festival Friday through Sunday in Arlington

Remember those lyrics to the great oldies tune by the Orlons? “Where do all the hippies meet? (South Street, South Street). Do you hear that groovy beat? (South Street, South Street).” These lyrics may be old, but they describe perfectly Arlington’s own South Street as it is transformed into the hip and groovy South Street Art Festival, which opens Friday and runs through Sunday.

Dozens of artists will have booths set up along South Street along with live music from local and regional bands performing all weekend long on the Longhorn Harley-Davidson Stage. Food will be available on site in addition to all the downtown eateries ready to serve festivalgoers.

Featured artworks include the beautiful jewelry made by Jeannette Teel from Allen using old keys, padlocks, clock gears and gemstones or the metal textilelike mosaic creations by Hannah Dreiss & Nemo from Comfort. Shawn Graham from Cedar Creek makes wood containers from fallen trees, and Gloria Shanahan from Shawnee, Kan., will be selling beautiful pencil art.

Cheryl Fahringer and Alan Jackson from Midlothian will be there with their beautiful nature and architecture photography, and Sophy Sam from Plano will be selling photos of flora used as a background or to spell inspirational words.

Nicole Brin of Colorado uses metal to create beautiful sculptural work, and see the pretty paintings created by Shelly Burden of Grapevine and the glass works by Heather Crouch of Joshua. Pieces of hand-painted and textured papers are the creations of Lisa Morales of Houston. And there are dozens more artists in several categories whose work will thrill the veteran art collectors or those just beginning to acquire art.

Police officers will be on hand for meet and greet and photos throughout the festival, so bring the kids by to meet the men and women who protect our city. On Sunday, bring your furry friends for the Art, Craft Beer and Dog Walk starting at 11 a.m. Dress up your pooch for some early Halloween fun.

New this year is the Craft Beer Garden where 10 craft beer breweries will be highlighted. “Whether you want to enjoy a pint or sample all the different beers, if you are a craft beer lover, you will not want to miss this,” an event promo says.

Admission is free. Festival hours are 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.southstreetartfest.com for more.

Fall festival Saturday at Viridian Overlook Park

Gather the family for a fun-filled fall festival at one of Arlington’s most scenic spots, Overlook Park next to the Lake Club in the lovely Viridian community. The event will feature live music, craft beers and harvest-themed activities from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the park, at 1210 Viridian Park Lane.

The event “ will be an opportunity for Arlington residents to enjoy everything that makes autumn great — cooler weather, fall leaves and great food,” said Robert Kembel, general manager of Viridian.

A farmers market will have fresh foods and unique products from local farmers and craftsmen. All ages can play giant games of Jenga and Connect Four, see an amazing stilt walker and visit a pumpkin patch. A delightful petting zoo will open at noon.

Drop by to be introduced to some adorable four-legged furry friends ready to be adopted and become part of a family. The pet hopefuls will be brought in by the Trinity High School Girls Awareness Program and the Euless animal shelter.

Plan to have lunch at the festival with tasty selections available for purchase from on-site food trucks, including Pokey O’s and Not Just Q. Guests will be serenaded throughout the day with live music performed by the talented local musicians Chris Acosta, Tony Rey and Joshua Irwin.

“A highlight of the celebration will be a craft beer tasting featuring ales, stouts and lagers brewed up by Arlington’s own Legal Draft Beer Co. Also on tap will be home brewers New Main Brewing and Dirty Job Brewing — both in the process of getting their first tap rooms up and running,” writes a spokesman for the event.

Sales from a pumpkin patch will benefit the Dads Club at Viridian Elementary School. Club President Don Sickels said, “We are looking forward to helping with the pumpkin patch and like to help out with anything to support the community.” Club members participate in a couple of fundraisers each year and “strive to be active role models and caregivers for elementary-age schoolchildren.”

“This will be a fun day for the whole family as we have a range of activities centered on living well,” Kembel said. Viridian is a master-planned community on 2,000 acres of lakes, streams and waterways. Visit www.Viridian.com to learn more.

And a shoutout to

  • The Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA recently provided more than 700 backpacks to students in the Arlington and Mansfield school districts. The Y’s annual membership promotion offered to waive the Y joining fee for anyone who purchased a $20 YMCA backpack. Visit www.ymca-arlington.org for more information.
  • Tom Cravens received the inaugural Dream Builder Award from the Downtown Arlington Management Corp. at its recent annual meeting. Texas Trust Credit Union conceived the award and worked with the corporation to establish it as a way to honor residents who have who have had a significant impact on downtown Arlington. Congratulations to Cravens, a lifelong Arlington resident and prominent businessman and philanthropist, and kudos to the corporation and Texas Trust.

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