Saturday, September 30, 2023

Home-Grown Staff: From Senior Recreation Specialist to Hospitality and Sales Assistant

The City of Southlake and the Community Services Department emphasize internal movement and staff development. When opportunities become available, we love filling them with our world-class staff.

Tammie Garcia began working for the City in early April as the Senior Recreation Specialist at the Senior Activity Center. In her short time with the Department, she quickly made a great impression by providing world-class service to our senior members. When the Hospitality and Sales Assistant position became available in Legends Hall, we knew Tammie would be the perfect fit.

Let’s get to know her a little bit better.

What drew you to a career in local government?
My daughter, DeLaney, drew me into local government. She has worked for the City of Southlake for four years, and during that time, she suggested job opportunities to me. I decided to apply and was very excited about being offered the position at Legends Hall.

What are you most excited about in your new position?
I am excited about the people I work with and the opportunities for a new challenge. Most of all, I am excited about helping families create memories and milestones every day.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read and try new restaurants. I enjoy being with my husband and children, and we love to travel!

What’s something every Legends Hall visitor should know?
Anyone walking into Legends Hall should know that our entire team is here to answer any questions regarding the Senior Center, book an event, or give directions!

If you find yourself near Legends Hall,  say hello to Tammie! Congratulations on your new position! We’re so happy to keep you on the team.

Meet World Class Employee Emily Wood

October is a beautiful time to host a wedding, and there’s no better place in the DFW metroplex to get married than in Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake.

Legends Hall is a gorgeous state-of-the-art wedding and events venue located in the heart of Southlake. On any given weekend our venue hosts life’s most memorable occasions such as weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. Booking ahead of time is the key to securing your spot in this beautiful place. If you’ve ever wondered who’s in charge of keeping our venue busy, and profitable, look no further than Sales Specialist Emily Wood.

Let’s get to know her better.

Emily has vast experience in the wedding and event industry. She began her career in 2010 during an internship in the Marketing and Events Department of NYLON Magazine in New York City. She’s worked for multiple wedding planners and restaurants as an Event Coordinator and helped open a wedding and events venue in Fort Worth called BRIK. Emily was at BRIK for two years selling and marketing the venue and working closely with clients on their events. Emily’s career eventually took her to Napa, California, where she worked for Visit Napa Valley, the Marketing and Tourism bureau for the City of Napa. In 2019 she returned to Fort Worth as an Event Coordinator for the ToroToro restaurant in the Worthington Renaissance Hotel. Emily made her way to the City of Southlake as the Sales Specialist for Legends Hall in August 2020.

In her current role, Emily enjoys “making that initial connection with clients. Whether it’s for their Wedding, Birthday Party, Anniversary, or Graduation, they are always so excited to find the right venue and start the planning process. It can be fun to be a part of that journey!”

Working in the events and wedding industry means that Emily keeps tabs on emerging trends. While not so common at Legends Hall, “we are seeing a lot of smaller, more intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples are really prioritizing who they want present for their special day. They aren’t worried about inviting everyone they’ve ever met.”

Emily has a lot of fun hobbies she enjoys when she’s not booking deals and helping customers plan the most exciting celebrations of their lives. As a new Dallas resident, she enjoys exploring new neighborhoods and finding great local spots! She also likes spending time with her boyfriend Kelly, her dog Sookie, and kitten Eleven. A woman of many interests, she appreciates wine tasting, working out on her Peloton, and spending time with friends and family.

Legends Hall wouldn’t be the success that it is without dedicated employees like Emily. If you are looking for the perfect venue for your next big event, give her a call!

Schedule a tour today.

Legends Hall Wins “Venue Choice” Award at The Southern Social and Chic Network’s “The Chic Social Gala”

The world-class, award-winning team at Legends Hall has done it again!

Legends Hall’s most recent recognition is winning the “Venue Choice” award from Southern Social. This designation was announced at “The Chic Social Gala” sponsored by The Southern Social and Chic Network on December 12, 2021 and hosted at Legends Hall.

The Southern Social is a Texas-based bridal magazine and blog that features “artful and elevated weddings with romantic and authentic stories.” The “Venue Choice” award was given to Legends Hall in recognition of the team’s outstanding work.

“We are honored to win this award! The entire Legends Hall team works very hard to create world-class experiences for our couples and are thankful to win recognition from an esteemed industry partner,” stated Legends Hall Sales Specialist Emily Wood.

Legends Hall is the premier destination for an elegant and elevated social event in DFW. If you plan on tying the knot in 2022, our team is ready to help you every step of the way. Schedule a tour today to see how we can turn your wedding dreams into reality. Reserve your big day by February 28, 2022 and receive 10% off our fabulous event packages!

Congratulations to the hard-working Legends Hall team!

Celebrate Southlake 2021 Starts Sunday

Celebrate Southlake kicks off another year of celebrating culture, history and community through food, music, performances and entertainment.

This year, the event will be held virtually March 21 – 27.

Tune in with your neighbors and enjoy games, recipes, virtual performances and much more! The best part is that all are events are free to join.

Check out a full event schedule.

2021 Celebrate Southlake Calendar


For more information, please visit


Award Winning Legends Hall to Host a Sip and See Event on March 7

Spring is just around the corner and that means that event season is almost here!

Are you interested in safely hosting an end-of-year banquet, graduation, or birthday celebration? Perhaps you recently said, “I do,” and are on the hunt for the perfect wedding destination. Whatever the occasion may be, Legends Hall invites you to visit us on Sunday, March 7 for our Sip and See event.

Tour our award-winning venue with Legends Hall experts and get the answers you need to plan your big event! Join us for some light bites from one of our local favorites, Scratch Catering and Fine Foods, along with some drinks served from one of our very own preferred vendors–HD Liquid Catering. Admission is FREE.

When you plan your celebration with us, you can rest assured that our staff always keeps your safety top of mind. Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake is operating under state and CDC guidelines limiting to 50% capacity, requiring face coverings, providing hand sanitizer, and more to ensure the safety of each guest.

We can’t forget to mention that Legends Hall is currently offering 10% off all Event Packages for 2021 dates through March 31, 2021. This is a fantastic savings of up to $1,000! Our Spring and Summer dates are filling up quickly, and we only have a handful of prime Saturdays available in the Fall.

Say yes to being impressed and let go of planning stress! We look forward to seeing you at Legends Hall.

Butterflies released at Monarch Butterfly Festival join the great migration

The Bob Jones Nature Center hosted the City of Southlake’s 2nd annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on the morning of Saturday, September 26. 280 guests of all ages joined in the release of 400 monarch butterflies to celebrate the monarch migration.

The Perennial Garden Society (PGS) sponsored the butterfly purchase with a $1,500 donation. Master Gardeners from the Tarrant and Denton County chapters spent the entire summer working hard to prepare the garden beds around the Nature Center for butterfly and human visitors alike. Their hard work paid off, too, because the grounds are absolutely stunning.

With help from PGS, all 400 butterflies were “tagged” with a small sticker on their outer wing printed with a unique identification number. All butterflies released are registered with Monarch Watch, a University of Kansas research project focusing on the migration and well-being of the monarch population. Any citizen who finds a tagged butterfly can contact Monarch Watch, report the identification number, and assist researchers in tracking this year’s migration.

The monarch migration continues to be one of the most intriguing events in natural history that inspires and amazes scientists, naturalists, and onlookers alike. “Being able to partner with the Perennial Garden Society to be a part of this research project is so important for us,” said Nature Programs Coordinator Hannah Nyquist. “Southlake’s position along the migration path gives residents the opportunity to observe and aid monarchs as they make their journey. Having a combination of nectar plants and milkweed (a host plant for caterpillars) available is incredibly important for the success of the monarch population.”

This year, the COVID-19 outbreak posed a unique challenge for the event’s organizers considering the event has seen hundreds of attendees in years past. However, the Southlake Community Services team was able to successfully recreate the structure of the event in order to keep attendants safe while still hosting a beautiful and educational celebration of the amazing monarch butterfly. “At first we weren’t sure we were going to be able to have the event,” says Special Events Coordinator, Sarah Binion. “But this event is important for the community and we were determined to find a way to make the festival happen. It brings so much joy to the people who come and we didn’t want our residents to miss out. Especially in a year when so much has already been taken away, we wanted to be able to give the community this special day.”

Instead of one large gathering and a scheduled release of all butterflies at once as is typical for the festival, the event was divided into pre-registered sessions to maintain smaller numbers. Each family group was escorted to a private station where they were instructed about how to release their butterflies. This new setup inadvertently created a much more intimate and personalized setting for each group to move at their own pace, making this year’s event a truly unique experience.

For more information on how to help monarchs year-round, please visit


Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake Bridal Open House

Fall in love at Legends Hall’s annual Bridal Open House on Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake. Admission is free. This event is perfect for eager brides, event planners, or individuals looking to host fun social events. Legends Hall will host a variety of vendors that will be sure to engage all of your senses and create an exciting, but safe, night out!

Not only can you choose from world-class vendors and venues but each one will be offering large incentives and promotions to celebrate Legends Hall’s five-year anniversary! Did we mention we will have swag bags to give away to our first 100 guests?!

Legends Hall preferred caterers will offer complimentary menu tastings and samplings and will be available to chat with guests about their booking policies. Culinary Art Catering, City Kitchen, G Texas Catering, Loveria Caffe, and Scratch Kitchen will be sure to amaze you with all of their offerings! HD Liquid Catering will also provide complimentary signature cocktails, and the Bubble Tap Dallas mobile champagne will be sure to delight.

No wedding planning is complete without a cake tasting! Sugar Bee Sweets, Sinsational Cakes, and Sweet Memories will also indulge all your sweet cravings for the evening and help you design the perfect look for your special day. Not interested in cakes, cupcakes, or cookies? Peace Love and Little Donuts Southlake will spread the love with their yummy bites as well!

Dan Quinn Entertainment will provide all of the evening’s entertainment that will be sure to keep your feet moving! Learn more about DQB Entertainment and AVSD production services and all they can provide for your special event.

Do you have your floral décor decided yet? Out of the Garden and Devin Designs will surely excite you with all of their beautiful displays! Have you considered a decorator? Are you looking for custom linens, chargers, or décor? AM Linens, Marquee Event Rentals, and Simply Elegant could take care of all of your needs.

Almost all venues will recommend an event planner–even just for the day or month prior to your wedding! MK Event Boutique, LM Events, and Wedding Stone will be on property to help you plan all of your large and small details!

Photos and videos capture the day’s events so you can remember them for a lifetime! Do you have a photo booth or photographer booked? PHOTOConcepts and PLUSH photobooths will be onsite to amaze you with their services and creativity to create stunning visuals of your big day.

Do you have a getaway vehicle? Are you looking for transportation for your night out? Take you There Limo Service will be on property to showcase their signature limousine. Have you secured your honeymoon? Southlake Travel can help concierge all of your travel questions, especially at this time!

Legends Hall is waiting to host your next event as safely and efficiently possible. We can’t wait to meet you and show you all we can offer for your big day! For more information, visit Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake Facebook Event Page or visit the website at


Legends Hall staff ensures that all vendors will be appropriately distanced as well as wearing masks. Staff will also be cleaning high traffic areas throughout the night, and multiple hand sanitizer stations will be available at each door entry point. All guests are required to wear masks while socializing and walking through the venue.


Celebrate Southlake Returns this March

UPDATE MARCH 12, 2020: Celebrate Southlake has been postponed. Read more here.


Join us March 20-22 for a weekend of celebrating our diversity at The Marq Southlake!

Celebrate Southlake is a community event designed to bring the people of Southlake together in celebration of our cultural diversity through food, music, performances, entertainment, and engaging conversations. This year’s event will be expanded into a full weekend of family activities, starting with a community dinner on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. Sit side-by-side with your neighbors, taste a variety of world cuisines, and feast on engaging conversation.

Return to the Aria on Saturday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. to “travel the world” by visiting cultural booths and collecting stamps in your Celebrate Southlake passport. Your passport will make the perfect keepsake to commemorate the festival and all your discoveries. You’ll also take in performances, entertainment, music, crafts and more as you explore.

The weekend will wrap up with a family-friendly trivia day at Champions Club on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Teams of 6 will compete to answer questions and prove their knowledge of local and world history and culture. Prizes will be awarded each round, with the last team standing taking home the grand prize.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Celebrate Southlake
March 20-22, 2020
at the Marq Southlake

Visit our website for more info.

Southlake Lights Up for Home for the Holidays 2019

What twinkles and glistens and lights up the City of Southlake with holiday cheer? Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting of course! The annual celebration returns this year to bring you a merry and bright season on Saturday, November 23 from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in SouthlakeTown Square!  The Tree Lighting ceremony, sponsored by Classic Chevrolet takes place approximately at 6 p.m.

This family-friendly event is filled with activities that everyone can enjoy.  Grab a cup of hot chocolate and delight yourself in holiday festivities; take a ride on a carriage through Town Square or to the sounds of the Christmas Carolers. If you have little ones, Santa Claus and his elves will make a special appearance in Santa’s Village for pictures or they can hang out in the kids craft station and try their hand in cookie decorating and ornament making.  For a fun adrenalin rush, slide down the 12-foot high four-lane snow hill. Want to build your own snowman? Guess what? We have that too! Snowman building will be located near the snow hill.

This year, we are expecting it to be a bit chilly so make sure you bring mittens or gloves for your little ones to play in the snow.

Parking will be available at the East Garage and West Garage. If you plan to use a ride share service, please direct them to our designated drop off location at Summit Park located at 1501 Main Street.

For real-time updates before and during the event, please text H4HSLK to 888777.  For questions or concerns, please call 817-748-8019.

To review the full list of Home for the Holiday festivities please visit our website.

We would like to share a special thank you to our sponsors: Title Sponsor, Classic Chevrolet and our other event sponsors Sprouts, Fort Worth Christian School, Springfree Trampoline, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake and Madison Reed Color Bar.

Have a Happy Holiday Season.