Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Southlake Historical Society to Honor Local WWI Heroes with Exhibit and Reception

The Historical Society’s upcoming Town Hall exhibit tells the stories of farmers, cowboys, tradesmen and other small-town Texans who fought in one of the most significant wars in modern history.

During World War I, nearly 200,000 Texans served in the armed forces. “The Yanks Are Coming: How Texans Helped Win the Great War” will take you to the battlefields and into the hearts of the families left behind. The free exhibit can be seen July 7 through August 30 in the Town Hall lobby and the Southlake Library (1400 Main Street). Exhibit hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

The public is invited to join the Southlake Historical Society for a free exhibit reception with music and refreshments on Sunday, July 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby.

WWI Texas Soldier

Image courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission

“When the U.S. entered the war in 1917,” said Anita Robeson, historian and archivist of the Southlake Historical Society, “nearly 1 million Texans registered for the draft. More than 5,000 died in battle or of disease. Like all Americans, Texans back home made sacrifices. They bought Liberty Bonds, supported the Red Cross, conserved food and, if a loved one fell, mourned.”

World War I was a windfall for Texas business. The Fort Worth Stockyards became the largest equine market in the world. More than half of the U.S. military’s mobilization and training facilities for the war were in Texas. “Texas became a place on the map,” Robeson said.

Accompanying the exhibit will be authentic WWI items collected by Southlake Carroll grad Paul Porter, who became intrigued with WWI at age 11 after reading a book he found in study hall. On display in the Library will be the uniform and personal belongings of a combat infantryman, gas masks, helmets, hats, assorted medals, a U.S. field radio and “trench art.” Soldiers and prisoners of war frequently recycled shell casings, spent bullets and other refuse to create personal art, jewelry and decorative items such as ornately-carved artillery shells and painted helmets.

“We have partnered with the Southlake Library for several years now during our exhibits,” said Connie Cooley, president of the Southlake Historical Society. “The Library opens their doors to us so we can extend our exhibit area and showcase more memorabilia, books and art.” Visit the Southlake Library’s website to learn more about their programs, events and collaborations.

For more information about the Southlake Historical Society and their upcoming WWI exhibit, visit www.SouthlakeHistory.org.

“Create, Connect and Care” at 19th Art in the Square April 27–29

Art, music, food and fun return to Southlake Town Square for the 19th annual Art in the Square, Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

Art in the Square will showcase the artwork of over 160 internationally renowned artists, local emerging artists and aspiring high school artists. Hosted by the Southlake Women’s Club, the community fundraiser will benefit women, children and families in Northeast Tarrant County. The family-friendly event will offer free admission as well as free parking in Town Square’s parking lots and garages.

Ranked 8th in the nation’s top 10 art festivals of 2018 by the renowned Art Fair SourceBook, Art in the Square has evolved into one of the most popular art festivals in the country. With hundreds of art pieces on display and for purchase, the event celebrates all artists, from recognized professionals to up-and-comers. Even area high school students will participate in a juried Youth Art in the Square, and the winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the rotunda of the State Capitol for one week.

In addition to offering the best in visual arts, Art in the Square will also feature a continuous lineup of musicians and performing artists on two stages throughout the weekend. The Main Stage will offer performances from some of the hottest acts, starting with The Walton Stout Band on Friday, April 27 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday is Tribute Day, with two headliners celebrating the creative idols of yesteryear: Free Fallin will honor the work of Tom Petty at 7:00 p.m., and Chase & Ovation will perform A Salute to the Music of Prince at 9:00 p.m. The Gazebo Stage will feature local talent and family entertainment.

Art in the Square is a family festival with plenty of fun for children of all ages. Young children can have hands-on art experiences in the Kids Korner, while The Zone will host a variety of thrills for teens and ‘tweens, including inflatables, a rock climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and more.

Guests looking for a bite to eat will want to head over to Le Bistro for festival favorites like BBQ, pizza, funnel cake, chicken on a stick and more. Route 66, conveniently located on Main Street in front of Malouf’s and Mi Cocina, will also offer delicious food, fabulous art and great street entertainment. Quench your thirst at one of four beverage stations, or stop by one of the many lemonade stands throughout the event for a refreshing treat.

For additional information, including event hours, a map and an entertainment schedule, visit www.artinthesquare.com.

MasterWorks Concert Series Brings Free Family Fun to Southlake

A Southlake tradition, the MasterWorks concert series offers community members a variety of free musical performances all summer long.

Presented by the City of Southlake and Arts Council Northeast, MasterWorks concerts are open to both Southlake residents and visitors. Concerts will be held from April through October at Rustin Pavilion in Southlake Town Square (1400 Main Street) and Aria Amphitheater at The Marq Southlake (285 Shady Oaks Drive). Music lovers of all ages are invited to come out and enjoy these free Saturday night concerts with family and friends. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, coolers and bug spray! Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted at either venue.

The 2018 MasterWorks concert series will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 when the Zack King Band brings their unique style of Texas rock to the stage at Town Square’s Rustin Pavilion. On May 18, the Southlake Community Band will perform at Aria Amphitheater at The Marq. Composed of more than 70 adult amateur musicians who play music for the sheer fun of it, the Southlake Community Band is always a MasterWorks favorite! Come out to Town Square on June 2 for a children’s concert presented by Vocal Trash, a group known for blending elements of music and dance into its energetic and entertaining performances.

Visit the MasterWorks webpage to see a full schedule of this year’s MasterWorks concerts! For more information, please call Southlake Special Events at 817-748-8919.

Six Things To Know About The Southlake Superhero 5k & Fun Run

The Southlake Superhero 5K & Fun Run is fast approaching, so we thought we would share our list of things you need to know.  The festivities kick off on Saturday, April 2, at Bicentennial Park. The race begins at 8:00 AM, and a celebration concert begins at 11:00 AM. Visit the Southlake Superhero 5k & Fun Run website for more information at: LiveFitSLK.com.

Southlake Summer Reading – Every Hero Has a Story

Southlake Summer Reading

Southlake Summer Reading

It’s here! Southlake Summer Reading is the highlight of the summer when kids, teens, and adults win prizes for reading and using their library. Kids and teens win prizes for every 5 hours they read up to 25 hours. They also earn a large prize drawing slip for each 5 hours, with no limit on the number earned. They will use the drawing slips to enter large prize drawings for fun rewards like electronics, bicycles, games, pool toys, and more. Adults can get into the fun by earning a drawing slip each time they check out from the library or bring a child to a library program. Limit 1 per day. Prizes are donated by area businesses and will be on display in the library throughout the program.

Kids can enjoy over 60 special programs and performances, including Story Times with special guests and shows with magicians, comedians, puppeteers, and live animals. There are also hands-on workshops for cartooning, juggling, and becoming an animal ambassador.  Teens can work directly with author Jenny Martin to find their own unique writing voice in a 3-part teen writing workshop. Kroger will lead kids in cookie decorating and Yogee’s Yoga will offer yoga and yogurt. The Library will also offer crafts and a weekly movie matinee for kids. The Southlake Historical Society will host a special kids event at the Southlake Log Cabin.

Southlake Summer Reading is a free program that encourages families to make reading and the library part of their summer fun. Children who participate in programs such as summer reading, maintain and improve their literacy skills over the summer and are better prepared for the next school year. Families who read together, create an enjoyable reading experience that encourages lifelong learning. The Library’s goal is to support Southlake as a creative and educated community. We look forward to building relationships with our families this summer.

Southlake Summer Reading with Southlake Public Library is supported by our presenting sponsors, Friends of Southlake Library and Brigg’s Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Its theme and artwork are copyright of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) organization.

Concerts in the Park Come Early, First Performance on March 2nd!

Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake are pleased to welcome BluPrint for a concert on Saturday, March 2nd in Southlake Town Square from 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Masterworks is a free concert series that comes to Southlake each summer. This year, the series will stretch from spring to fall to include the beautiful weather the seasons bring for families to enjoy the outdoors.

BluPrint is a diverse, high-energy cover band, homegrown in the DFW area in 1997.  Founder, James Byerly, has brought in musicians and singers over the years that have played for and performed with the likes of Johnny Kemp, Yarbrough and Peoples, and Ron Grant. BluPrint’s music style covers many genres — pop, blues, classic rock, top 40, R&B, funk, big band and jazz.  Each band member takes pride in the fact that BluPrint plays and sings every note, every performance, and every song, without reliance on mechanical tracks.  View BluPrint’s website for more information on the band.

Through the MasterWorks Series, Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake present free performances  designed to offer a variety of quality family entertainment to the community by utilizing the talent of local, regional and national artists.

View the 2013 schedule for a list of all the upcoming performances. For more information, please call (817) 748-8019.