Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Art in the Square offers amazing collage of art, music, food

Art in the Square Saturday headliner Dallas Smith.
Art in the Square Saturday headliner Dallas Smith. Courtesy photo

Opening Friday in Southlake, the 17th edition of Art in the Square will have an outstanding collection of must-haves in art, music, food and fun. It is the main economic engine of the Southlake Women’s Club as they fund more than 30 local charities by presenting a well-edited assortment of top-notch visual and performing artists in a 2  1/2 day festival.

The festival is a great destination for both browsers and collectors, and shoppers can also experience a tremendous lineup of musicians and performing artists, choose their dining preference, see friends and enjoy the atmosphere at Southlake Town Square.

A jury committee has chosen 150 artists whose work in dozens of media will be on display in the Artists Plaza at the event. Don’t miss seeing the work of this year’s People’s Choice award, Gregory Strachov of Floral City, Fla. Strachov’s paintings are hanging in private collections all over the world. Before you go, it may be smart to preview the work of 13 other featured artists at the event’s website to help you decide on your acquisitions. Or just be spontaneous and pick what strikes your fancy on the spot.

“Art in the Square continues to elevate the quality and popularity of the festival. We were named 12th in Art Fair Sourcebook’s ‘Elite 20’ list for fine arts festivals in the country,” said festival chair Kris Nelson. “We had 841 artist applicants this year for our 150 spots. We are beyond proud of what our Southlake Women’s Club has accomplished.”

Friday’s headliner on the Sabre Main Stage is the Walton Stout Band, and Saturday night’s headliner is country rocker Dallas Smith, who will take the stage at 8:30. Local performers will entertain throughout the festival on the Gazebo stage.

If festivals give you an appetite, no problem at Art in the Square. A dozen or so food vendors will have all sorts of offerings in the La Bistro area. Quench your thirst at the King & Queen Pub or the Cadillac Ranch Geer Garden. Food truck alley will have a cadre of trucks serving up your favorites.

Brings the kids to play in Kids Korner, where hands-on art experiences await them, or they can get physical in The Zone on a rock climbing wall, zip line and inflatables.

Club President Sarah Close said: “This year we will be helping 30 wonderful local nonprofits. We’re very blessed to combine art, culture, community and charity in this way.”

Festival hours: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free at Southlake Town Square. Details: www.ArtintheSquare.com.

Cardboard boat races splashy way to help River Legacy Foundation

The race is on again at the family-friendly cardboard boat regatta Saturday at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. It’s a sight to behold for guests when they see the innovative designs and witness the sheer will to win that all the racers share — especially when you consider that their vessels are made entirely of cardboard.

It’s a nail-biting experience to watch the various categories of boats brave the waves in the giant wave pool as they compete to win races — or spectacularly sink. The event is presented by the River Legacy Foundation.

“We have more than 160 boat entries so far,” spokeswoman Kristi Payne said. “I am always amazed at what our participants — young and old —can create out of cardboard.”

Payne said event organizers are always pleased about the hands-on math and science applications that the students who enter take away from the regatta.

“We invite the community to come check it out, cheer on the crews and soak up the event day fun that includes Hook’s Lagoon, a children’s area featuring a mini boat regatta with pinewood boat kits and a hula-hoop contest,” Payne said.

For those who didn’t plan in advance, there are boat kits for sale and time to build your boat on site. “There’s a chance to win a whale of a prize, such as a Fitbit and more, in our Whale Sail Raffle,” Payne added. For $10, guests can also buy ride wristbands for unlimited spins on the Tornado, Tsunami Surge and Typhoon Twister.

Besides awards for the fastest boat in various categories, there are other hilarious award presentations including a Bribe the Judge award, the Titanic award for the most spectacular sinking, the Best of Show for outstanding boat design and the Rah Rah award for the most spirited team.

It is one of the most entertaining events around the area, and the proceeds benefit the education and preservation programs of the River Legacy Foundation. Worthwhile to see video of past events on www.riverlegacy.org to get you revved up for this year’s hilarious competition.

Admission is $8 per person at the gate or $6 in advance if purchased at River Legacy Living Science Center by Friday. Events hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Questions? Call 817-860-6752, ext. 107.

HRA casino night aims to be a Game Changer

For people with disabling conditions, finding solutions to help them live their lives more independently can be a real game changer. This reality inspired the folks at Helping Restore Ability to name their upcoming fundraiser the Game Changer.

The Game Changer Casino Night and silent auction is set for May 6 at the Arlington Museum of Art.

“Dinner and drinks will be complemented by casino-style gaming, a silent auction and the musical stylings of the Marcus Rockwell Trio,” HRA spokeswoman Cindy Delgadillo said. “The evening promises a Vegas-style good time and best suited to invite all of your friends.”

The auction will feature baskets filled with tickets and gift cards for wonderful products and luxury services. Not to spoil the surprise of what’s up for grabs, but rumor has it that there will be Dallas Zoo tickets, Disney Park-Hopper passes, a stay at The Joule Dallas, American Airlines miles, Texas Rangers tickets, a wine tasting and lots more. Gamers can also cash in their casino tickets to win some nifty prizes as well.

The fun will be enhanced knowing that your ticket and auction purchase will help HRA continue providing in-home care to a vulnerable population — those who are impoverished who also live with physical or intellectual disabilities. The Ladies Auxiliary for HRA is in charge of the Game Changer Casino party.

Tickets are $80 per person. Make reservations at hragamechangercasinonight.eventbrite.com, or contact Kimmie Hack at khack@hratexas.org or 817-635-6020.

Triple Crown Affair to benefit the arts

If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, worry not. You can still choose your perfect Derby hat and experience the thrill of the Run for the Roses at Lone Star Park on May 7 at the Triple Crown Affair hosted by Arts Council Northeast.

“The event will be in the private Alysheba Ballroom where attendees will watch the live races from the large terrace and cheer on their favorites as they cross the finish line,” council President Lee Koch.said. “The Kentucky Derby will be simulcast live on the televisions in the ballroom.”

A lavish buffet, complimentary beer and wine, live and silent auctions, along with a Derby hat contest, will add up to a spectacular party. In charge of the event is Cheri Ross with a big assist from committee members Joan Matzke, Jessica Farrell, Laurel Harty and Tina Price.

Bidders will vie to win a suite for 25 at Lone Star Park including food, drinks and valet parking passes along with a beautiful strand of pearls and an incredible $4,000 package at Corinthian Spa among other attractive auction swag.

Tickets are $150 per person, and proceeds will enable the Arts Council Northeast to continue providing arts programs such as Masterworks concerts, Summer Arts College and the new Art on Wheels program for senior citizen centers. Make reservations by calling 817-283-3406 or visit www.artscouncilnortheast.org/Triple_Crown_Affair.aspx.

Events at a glance

  • Hometown Heroes annual luncheon is at 11 a.m. Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth Fossil Creek. Presented by the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce, the event “celebrates the unsung and tireless efforts of local Hometown Heroes from military veterans to police, fire and healthcare professionals to the volunteers who make the great efforts of our local nonprofits possible.” Co-hosts are Super Bowl 30 MVP Larry Brown and Channel 8 meteorologist Colleen Coyle. Tickets are $35 per person. Call 817-281-9376 or visit netarrant.org.
  • The MJ Event is Friday through Sunday at the Fort Worth Marriott Hotel and Golf Club at Champions Circle. The family-friendly event includes three rounds of golf, a 5K, 10K and half-marathon, concerts and a home giveaway to a returning veteran. Proceeds benefit the lifesaving work of Leukemia Texas. Sign up at www.MJcancerfree.com.

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