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Peanuts exhibit in Grapevine takes a lightheated view of life

A visitor reads some "Peanuts" comic strips concerning the environment on March 14, 2015 at the "Peanuts...Naturally" exhibit held at Grapevine's Tower Gallery. The exhibit took a look of the natural world through the view of "Peanuts" comic strips.
A visitor reads some "Peanuts" comic strips concerning the environment on March 14, 2015 at the "Peanuts...Naturally" exhibit held at Grapevine's Tower Gallery. The exhibit took a look of the natural world through the view of "Peanuts" comic strips. Star-Telegram

Saturday was a fun day for those who attended a city-sponsored presentation of the nationwide touring exhibit “Peanuts ... Naturally.

The huge stuffed Snoopy seemed to take all the hugs in stride, even when a mean kids pulled off his eyes — they were quickly reattached.

Visitors to the show that runs through April 22 found that Charlie Brown is in hot water, Lucy knows the Earth has 48 suns and Snoopy and Linus are planting french fries in the garden.

These are just a few of the misadventures and explanations gone wrong as the Peanuts Gang explores the natural world at the exhibit in Grapevine’s Tower Gallery in downtown Grapevine.

The exhibit takes a lighthearted look at Peanuts creator Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through “Peanuts” comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations.

Among those getting a Peanuts-eye view of the universe and Charlie Brown’s escapade Kembre Roberts, children Hannah, 9, Hayley, 7, and Dylan, 5, and her mom, Teresa McElmurry, who was visiting from Hawaii.

A resident of Caddo Mills, Roberts was taking advantage of spring break to visit Grapevine.

“I love Charlie Brown,” she said. “I love Snoopy’s reaction to everything. It wasn’t overly animated like some cartoons today.”

Activity stations allow children of all ages, from preschool to adults, to learn more about and appreciate the wonders of the natural world.

Promoters said Schulz, who drew the “Peanuts” comic strip for nearly 50 years, was immensely curious, an avid reader and took a keen interest in the latest research findings in a variety of fields. They said it is not a surprise that many of these findings and facts found their way into his comic strip, carefully interpreted through his characters’ unique, and sometimes wacky, understanding of their world.

Their understanding of the world apparently goes beyond the U.S.

Megan Steward and Caroline Bailey of Manchester, England, were in Grapevine for a medical conference and used their free day Saturday to visit Grapevine, which included a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and the Peanuts exhibit.

“The cartoon is quite big in England,” Bailey said.

The show is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, Calif.

The free exhibition will be open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

The Tower Gallery is located in the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Headquarters at 636 S. Main St.

For more information about Grapevine or any of its events, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com or call 817-410-3185.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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