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Texas State Fair Tips and Discounts

Fried Nutter Butter at the State Fair of Texas

Fried Nutter Butter at the State Fair of Texas

It’s that time of year again!  The temperatures are in the mid-80s and the smell of fried food is in the air at the State Fair of Texas.  Now that the TX/OU crowds have left Dallas, it’s the perfect time to hit the fair grounds (last day is October 23).  Below are some tips and tricks to help you fully enjoy your State Fair experience!

Food Glorious Food

2011 Best Taste Winner – Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack.  This delicious dish contains a boneless spicy buffalo chicken tender wrapped in a pancake, deep fried & served with a side of syrup.  It might sound weird, but it is the perfect blend of salty, spicy & sweet.

2011 Most Creative Winner – Fried Bubble Gum.  We didn’t get a chance to try this one, but what we can recommend to you is the Fried Nutter Butter (see photo above).  Rich, delicious & covered in powdered sugar, its everything a State Fair dessert should be.

Must Have – Everyone who attends the fair must have at least one (we had more)  Fletcher’s Corny Dog.  They are crispy, delicious & worth waiting in line for.

Non-Fried Option – If you’re looking for something a little less battered & deep fried, try the Cuban Sandwich at the Taste of Cuba booth.  You won’t be disappointed!

Map your food tour in advance with their online Guide http://www.virtualonlineeditions.com/publication/?i=82408

Tips & Tricks

All the food & drinks can be purchased with coupons, but you need to buy a separate game pass for all the games in the Midway.  So don’t buy a ton of coupons thinking you can use them on everything!

The best bathrooms are in the Coca-Cola Food Court (just past Big Tex under the Texas SkyWay).  Air conditioned & clean!

Best day to go is Tuesday – admission is $4 with a Dr Pepper can, most rides are reduced to 5 coupons & the lines aren’t too bad.

Parking is a whopping $15.  Be careful of the lots that don’t say “Official State Fair Parking” – there have been reports of people charging fair-goers to park in unofficial areas, and their cars have been towed.

Deals & Discounts

Kroger Advance Tickets: $14.95 – general admission. $29.95 – season pass.  Purchase at the check-out counter or at the service desk. The DART Combo ticket is $17 and includes fair admission and a one-time round trip on DART.

Dr Pepper $5 after 5: Any day after 5 p.m. Bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $5 after 5 p.m.

Dr Pepper $4 Tuesdays: Bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $4 every Tuesday. Most rides (excluding the Thrillway and the Texas Star Ferris Wheel) are 5 coupons.

Coke $5 Thursday: Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter for $5.

Any Day: McDonald’s has $4 off general admission coupons (can be found on tray liner or bag stuffer) any day of the Fair. They also offer free child ticket (with purchase of general admission).

Kroger $2/Can Food Drive Wednesdays: Admission is $2 for each visitor bringing 3 cans of food for area food banks on Wednesdays.

Cinemark Free Thursday Admission: Bring a Cinemark ticket stub and get free admission on Thursdays.

Seniors Day: Senior citizens (age 60 and over) may enter for free every Thursday.

Get out there & enjoy the fresh air & fried food!

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FREE Fall Concert at Austin Ranch

Gramercy Residents are invited to attend the FREE fall concert at Austin Ranch featuring the 80’s cover band – THE SPAZMATICS!!

The concert is this Thursday, 9/29, from 7-9pm on the Village Green at Austin Ranch. The Village Green is the big green park located on Saintsbury in front of the Dry Creek Lodge leasing office.

There will be an 80s costume contest as well as food & drink booths provided by local vendors. All you need to bring is your lawnchair, blanket, beverage of choice & best 80s costume.  Dogs are welcome to join too, as long as they are on a leash!

Hope to see you there!!

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Free Sandwich for Gramercy Residents

Who wants a FREE SANDWICH?? The first 20 residents to come to the Smiling Moose Deli this Friday, 9/23, and show their Gramercy Resident Key Tag Pass will get a free regular size sandwich.

The Smiling Moose Deli was started in Vail, CO and has been rapidly expanding in the Central United States thanks to their delicious menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and wraps. This is their first location in the Lone Star State so let’s give them a big Texas welcome!

Bring your appetite and your access card this Friday to 3216 Hebron Parkway. See you there!

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Things To Do In Dallas This Labor Day Weekend

Gramercy on the Park Apartments in North Dallas

The weather forecast predicts the 100 degree heat to continue through Monday, so being close to water is a must this labor day weekend. You can always keep cool at our refreshing West End Pool, but if you want to venture outdoors, here are a few things to do around Dallas:

Hit the Lake – Did you know Dallas has 63 lakes within a 100-mile radius? That’s a lot of water! You can keep cool in any one of them, including Lake Lewisville, which is just 10 miles from Gramercy on the Park. Rent a boat or jet ski at the marina or if you’re more of a landman, sit on the shore & play a game of sand volleyball at Sneaky Pete’s Bar & Grill. There is also a Fireworks show over Lake Grapevine this Friday night, just a 20 minute drive from Austin Ranch.

Hit the Malls – Beat the heat & shop in the air conditioning. According to Wikipedia, Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the U.S. Lucky for you, some of the best shopping is right down the street from Gramercy – Stonebriar Centre, Willow Bend Mall and The Galleria are all within a few short miles of our community.

Hit a Concert – Whether you want a big concert or small, intimate show, there is a music venue to fit every taste in Dallas. Labor Day concerts include – Kid Rock & Cheryl Crow at Gexa Pavilion, Better Than Ezra at the House of Blues, Drive By Truckers at the Granada Theatre, Marvin Hamlisch at the Dallas Symphony, Asleep at the Wheel at the Dallas Arboretum (includes an outdoor picnic)….and the list goes on and on. Catch more details at Guidelive.com.

Hit the Spot – KRLD Restaurant Week is still in full swing, with select restaurants extending reservations through September 4th. $35 gets you a gourmet prix-fixe dinner at some of Dallas’ top restaurants and $7 of each dinner sold will go to the North Texas Food Bank. Be sure to book in advance at Open Table to secure a spot!  If you can’t book a table, try one of the on-site restaurants at our sister property, Austin Ranch! They have plenty of great food & drink specials at Cafe Gecko, Zen Bar, McSwiggan’s Irish Pub, Centro Tex Mex and Lone Star Coffee Bar.

As always, play it safe, stay hydrated and enjoy your 3-day weekend!

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Top 5 Independence Day Celebrations in Dallas

You can’t think of the 4th of July without thinking pools, barbecues and fireworks!  We’ll keep the pools cold and the grills hot at Gramercy on the Park, but there are several other fun events happening in the area.  Here are the top 5 4th of July celebrations in Dallas!

KaboomTown

Sunday, July 3rd, 5pm-Midnight
The annual fireworks display in Addison, Tx gets bigger & better every year.  Rated one of the top places to watch fireworks in the country by USA Today, Travel + Leisure and The Wall Street Journal, the fireworks show can be seen from anywhere in Addison, including the Addison Circle Park watching party.  The dazzling 30-minute fireworks show is choreographed to music and a live radio simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM. Plus there is great food, live music on the Dos Equis Stage and the spectacular Addison Airport Air Show featuring the Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover.

For more information, visit: http://www.addisontexas.net/events/kaboomtown/

Plano’s All American Fourth Fireworks

Monday, July 4th, 9:30-10:45pm

Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show from the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve.  Tune into 97.5 KLAK radio for a simulcast of the fireworks show which will be synchronized to patriotic music.

For more information visit http://planocvb.net/eventscal/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=566&year=2010&month=07 or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 972-941-7250.

Park Cities Parade & 5k Fun Run

Monday, July 4th, 9am

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Euclid Avenue near Highland Park Town Hall and will travel up Preston Road and east on University Boulevard to Goar Park, adjacent to University Park City Hall.  Before the parade, you can take part in the 5k Fun Run through the beautiful streets of University Park at 7:30am. Following the parade, make sure you take time to visit the many free activities in the park.

For more information, visit http://uptx.org/index.cfm?FuseAction=Page&PageID=000017&ArticleID=624&fromHome=1

Southlake Stars & Stripes

Sunday, July 3rd, 6-10pm

Southlake does everything big & their 4th of July celebration is no exception.  Join them in the Southlake Town Square for live entertainment, activity booths, an interactive gaming area and an amazing fireworks display that starts at 9:30pm.  Bring your own blankets & chairs or walk around and enjoy 4 live bands, kid and adult craft stations and a playground area with inflatable attractions for the kids.

For more information visit http://www.visitsouthlaketexas.com/stars_and_stripes/general-info.htm

Lakewood Parade

Monday, July 4th, 10am

The Lakewood Parade is a slice of Americana in the middle of the bustling city. If you’re looking for a small, neighborhood parade with homemade floats & kids selling lemonade, then you’ll want to visit Lakewood for the 4th.  Refreshments, music & awards for best float, best costume, etc will be given out following the parade.  For those of you who need to let off some steam, there’s a Fun Run prior to the parade that starts at 8 a.m. at the intersection of Lakewood Blvd & Cambria.

For more information, visit http://lakewoodparade.com/

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St Patrick’s Day Parties in Dallas

Despite not having deeply Irish roots, Dallas is known nationwide for its St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Whether you’re new in town or just wondering where everyone is each year on this day, here are a few things to do in town during the Ides of March:

GREENVILLE AVENUE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – a tradition since 1979, the St Patty’s parade grows bigger & more outlandish each year. Parade-goers line Greenville Ave from SMU Blvd to Lovers Lane watching the outrageous floats & costumes. The parade starts at 11am, but people start getting there to grab a spot around 8am.

For those of you who are fans of the Dallas band The Toadies, there will be an outdoor concert hosted by the Dallas Observer in Energy Square – a parking lot on the corner of Greenville & University. Gates open at Noon. Tickets are $12. For more info, visit http://microapp.dallasobserver.com/stpatricksday/2011/

GREENVILLE AVE. STREET PARTY – becoming even more popular than the parade, is the annual street party on Lower Greenville. The street is blocked off between Vanderbilt & Vickery to allow revelers to literally party in the streets. People arrive at 6 or 7 am to stake their claim on the patio seats at Stan’s and The Dubliner, but the party really gets started around 10am (and by 2pm, its usually too full to get in). There is a $5 charge to get in, so bring cash.

DASH DOWN GREENVILLE 5K – for those who want to “try” to start the day off right, there is a 5k walk/run down Greenville Ave before the parade starts. Thousands of people dressed in anything from running clothes to leprechan costumes meet at Central Market (corner of Greenville & Lovers) at 8:30am. It’s more of a party than a run, with live music, food and beverages (yes, even beer). For more information, visit http://www.dashdowngreenville.com/

MCSWIGGAN’S IRISH PUB – IRISH BREAKFAST
McSwiggan’s Pub (located in our sister property Austin Ranch) serves Irish breakfast every Saturday & Sunday, but they will be opening early on March 12 so that parade & party-goers can get the hearty breakfast before making their way to the festivities.

No matter what you do, the best piece of advice I can give you is leave your car at home – between the crowds and street closures, you won’t be able to park it anywhere anyway. If you live close to the DART rail, try taking the train to Mockingbird Station & walking to the festivities.

Stay safe & may the luck of the Irish be with you this St Patrick’s Day!!

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Things To Do Around the Neighborhood

All those snowy days gave us all cabin fever.  You can’t beat having 75 degree weather in February, so get out there & have some fun while the weather holds up!

  • GRILL OUT – grab some friends & hit the courtyard
  • CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco is hosting the Cirque Du Soleil show OVO – watch a lively ecosystem of insects as they work, eat, crawl, flutter, play & fight – you know if it’s a Cirque show, it’s going to be amazing.
  • SHOPPING – not necessarily a warm weather sport, but we do have some of the best malls within miles of Gramercy.  Check out The Shops at Willow Bend, Dallas Galleria, and Stonebriar Centre, to name a few!
  • JOIN THE FRO-YO CRAZE – grab some frozen yogurt with delicious toppings like Kit Kat, Cap’n Crunch cereal & gummy bears at Yogurtville, located off Park Lane, just west of Midway.
  • DISC GOLF – take a trip back to your college days and play some frisbee golf!  There are tons of courses in the area, try Jimmy Porter Disc Golf Park off Josey, just south of Keller Springs.
  • TOP GOLF – if you haven’t hear of it, you will soon.  The new Allen location will open Spring 2011.  In the mean time, you can go to the Dallas location to play – it’s similar to a driving range, but there are computerized microchips within each golf ball.  Each ball contains the player’s information and then awards points by hitting targets that look like dart boards. This isn’t just for men – ladies love the sport too!
  • CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH AT CENTRO – visit our sister property, Austin Ranch, and enjoy brunch at Centro Tex Mex & Tequila Lounge, from 11am – 2pm on Sunday.  Happy Hour specials last all day and they have an amazing patio so you can soak up some warm sunshine!  Centro is within walking distance of several other bars & restaurants, like Cafe Gecko, Zen Bar, McSwiggan’s Irish Pub & Lone Star Coffee Bar, so you can make a day of it!

Most of all be safe & enjoy this time with friends & family!

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