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NEWS

Outdoor Adventure Awaits in San Antonio this Spring Break

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents Doug Aitken: Electric Earth -- May 28 - August 20, 2017

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: Katherine Bernhardt, -- April 8-July 9, 2017

Young Minds Have a New Place to Grow in San Antonio's New The DoSeum Museum

The Senna Hall of Fame Collection Debuts in Austin

Guests can Breathe PURE-LY in All-New PURE Guestrooms at The Highland Dallas

Cabela’s Inc.

ALLEN

Cabela’s

Cabela’s 100,000-square-foot new store located on Cabela Drive between U.S. Highway 75 and Allen Station Parkway, on the southern border of The Village at Allen, is open.
The store interior features an aquarium, gun library, boat shop, general store and bargain cave among the famous Cabela’s conservation-themed wildlife displays and trophy animal mounts. The building’s exterior reflects Cabela’s traditional store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront allows customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building.

AUSTIN

Where to Stay

Lake Austin Spa Resort Introduces Luxuriously Refined Guest Rooms

Lake Austin Spa Resort is pleased to introduce a multi-million dollar refinement on all 40 award-winning lakeside guest rooms, keeping them casually elegant and comfortable while incorporating new aesthetic touches and modern high tech conveniences.

The guest rooms were visualized by co-owner, Mike McAdams who, along with a team of interior designers, artists and staff members, worked for the past year to create the new décor, which is bright and fresh with splashes of color and similar to the residential feel of the LakeHouse Spa which opened in 2004 to great acclaim. Each room is finished to perfection with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring the ultimate comfort for guests.

Below is a sample of some of the newest additions to the rooms:

High Comfort:
• Artesian, handmade, crocheted afghan throws
• Beautiful hand-made quilts artfully displayed in each room
• Original photography by the resort’s own Director of Flora and Fauna, Trisha Shirey
• Commissioned art inspired by our guests and their experiences
• Eco-friendly “Aura®” Benjamin Moore paint
• Spacious writing desk
• Linen draperies
• Over-stuffed chairs and ottomans
• Custom-designed and custom-made furniture
• Egyptian cotton sheets
• Colorful rugs on Saltillo tile floors
• Down pillows & comforters in linen duvets (alternative available)

High Technology:
• Digital, high-definition, large flat panel LCD Samsung televisions with DVD
• AM/FM clock radio and an iPod docking station with remote control
• Complimentary high-speed Internet access, including Wi-Fi in each room
• Ceiling fan with remote control
• In-room safe and refrigerators in each room

Lady Bird Suite:
The beautiful Lady Bird Suite, named in honor of the former First Lady and one of Texas’ most beloved citizens, is the resort’s most spacious and versatile accommodation. It includes a living room, fireplace, private wildflower garden and outdoor whirlpool.

This breath-taking suite has been meticulously appointed with:
• Two custom designed, canopy queen-sized beds
• Hand-chosen, fine antiques
• Artwork crafted by local artists including a black and white drawing of Lady Bird’s childhood home, The Brick House in Karnack, Texas
• Comfortable, slip-covered, over-stuffed chairs
• Velvet, classic sofa
• Dining table
• Elegant wall paper on walls and ceiling of living room
• Most of the above High Technology and High Comfort Features

For reservations, call 1-800-847-5637 or visit www.lakeaustin.com.

What to See & Do

The Senna Hall of Fame Collection

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is delighted to announce the arrival of the Senna Hall of Fame (HOF) Collection - a unique compilation of race worn items used by Ayrton Senna himself and the cars he competed in. This never-before-seen collection will be on exhibit at COTA’s Downtown Paddock located at 304 E. Cesar Chavez Street.

Forming part of one of the largest private collections in the world, known as the Hall of Fame Collection, the one-of-a-kind exhibit of Ayrton Senna memorabilia will showcase items from each era of the legendary driver’s celebrated, almost mythical, career including his first Formula 1 test at Williams in 1983 and F1 drive with Toleman in 1984. The collection will also include items from his years at Lotus (1985-1987), his most successful period at McLaren (1988–1993) as well as his final few races with Williams in 1994.

The collection has been meticulously gathered over a period of 20 years by private collectors Howard Jacobs and Darren Jack who partnered to form “The Hall of Fame Collection.” Today, it stands as one of the world’s largest collections of helmets, driving suits, gloves, steering wheels, and various Formula 1 car parts. It also celebrates the careers of other motorsport greats but the Senna HOF Collection sits right at the top.

Jack, who grew up in England, first attended a Formula 1 Grand Prix at Imola, when he was just four years old, which coincided with Senna’s first F1 season with the Toleman team. The moment started a lifelong appreciation for the three-time Formula 1 World Champion and has resulted in this celebration of the late, great Brazilian’s life in motorsport. Carefully researched and documented by Jack and his team, each item tells its own distinctive story and provides a unique insight into one of the most enigmatic sportsmen of all time.

Speaking ahead of the Austin unveiling of the collection, Jack said: “Like so many people, I have had a huge appreciation for Ayrton Senna for most of my life. As one of the few sportsmen to truly transcend his sport, his enduring impact on the popular imagination remains as strong as ever and in some way I hope to contribute to his legacy via this collection. I am truly grateful to Circuit of The Americas for helping to make this possible during such an important week for them. By opening up this display to the public for the very first time, we will hopefully introduce a new audience to this true icon of motorsport and continue to shine a light on his timeless achievements.”

Circuit of The Americas President and CEO, Jason Dial added: “We are thrilled to work with Darren on bringing this magnificent collection to Austin. Ayrton Senna represents all that is great about Formula 1. He was a hero to millions of people and helped inspire entire generations with his bravery on and off-track. As Formula 1’s popularity continues to grow in the United States, the arrival of the Senna HOF Collection in Austin during Grand Prix week provides another wonderful opportunity to introduce an existing and new fan base to the very soul of the sport.”

The Senna HOF Collection includes:

- Race-used steering wheels from some of Senna’s greatest F1 cars
- Rear-wing endplates from almost every F1 car driven by Senna
- Complete front and rear wings from his most famous F1 cars
- Senna’s World Championship Winning Gloves from the 1990 Season
- Senna’s 1988 World Championship Winning McLaren Suit
- Signed Williams F1 1994 helmet
- Senna’s 1994 personal Williams driving boots
- Personal F1 jackets worn by Senna
- Various signed items and much, much more!

About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing. The 3.4-mile racetrack hosts the world’s most prestigious sporting events, including Formula 1, MotoGP, Lone Star Le Mans and ESPN’s X Games. The 1,500-acre campus is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater—PollStar’s 2013 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and a 2014 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” Pollstar nominee— and boasts impressive meeting and hospitality spaces and an iconic 25-story observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the circuit, amphitheater and downtown Austin. For more information and to download videos and photos, visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com. For an experience as unique as Austin and a rush you’ll never forget, visit Circuit of The Americas, where exhilaration happens.

BRAZOSPORT

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DALLAS

Where to Stay

Guests can Breathe PURE-LY in All-New PURE Guestrooms
at The Highland Dallas

Guests of The Highland Dallas can breathe extra easy and rest peacefully in the newly-available PURE guestrooms. Specially-treated to provide the highest purity in air quality, PURE rooms, with hypoallergenic elements and space-aged cleanliness, ensure ultimate comfort for health-conscious guests and their families.

“Enhancing the guest experience at The Highland Dallas is a top priority and PURE rooms truly raise the bar in terms of comfort and peace of mind,” said General Manager David Lemmond. “Asthma and allergy-sensitive travelers will sleep soundly knowing the quality of the air has been improved for their comfort, and really any of our guests will awake feeling energized in our new PURE guestrooms.”

PURE rooms offer the freshest air quality in the hotel industry. Characteristic include:

Air that is completely circulated at least four times per hour, removing 99 percent of impurities
Bedding and pillows that are encased in a protective, yet comfortable covering that is hypoallergenic and dust-proof
Eliminates all odor for the sensitive nose
In-room air purification system so advanced, it is recognized as a Class II medical device by the FDA.

The air an average person breathes can have anywhere from nine million to 15 million small particles per cubic meter. A significant reduction, PURE rooms are as low as 150,000 particulates per cubic meter. Each PURE room is re-certified every six months to ensure the utmost in quality.

A leader in luxury boutique hotel accommodations, The Highland Dallas features 198 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, offering a sophisticated and contemporary guest experience in a dynamic Dallas location. Each guestroom features a plush king or two plush double-sized beds with all cotton high thread count linens, designer headboards and spacious desks with ergonomic chairs. Guests are also offered luxurious bath amenities and a comfortable seating area for enjoying the state-of-the-art flat-screen plasma TV, iHome docking station and DVD player.

Guests can rejuvenate and reenergize in other wellness amenities offered at The Highland Dallas including exhale Spa, Dallas’ premiere destination for health and wellbeing. exhale offers daily superior fitness classes including Core Fusion Barre, Bootcamp, Cardio and Yoga. An expansive suite of spa therapy rooms accommodates a full menu of face and body treatment offerings and a eucalyptus steam room is also available.

The Highland Dallas is also home to the nationally-acclaimed, award-winning restaurant, Knife, a reinvention of the modern steakhouse created by James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar. Salon Pompeo specializing in the very latest in hair, skin and nail care is also adjacent to the hotel.

About The Highland Dallas
The Highland Dallas was unveiled in August 2014 as the first hotel in Hilton’s Curio Collection. A modern, 198-room luxury boutique hotel, The Highland Dallas is located at North Central and Mockingbird Lane and defines an intersection of style, culture, sophistication and comfort. Featuring world-class amenities, The Highland Dallas showcases Dallas’ popular exhale Spa, Salon Pompeo and the award-winning cuisine of James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar at its acclaimed restaurant, Knife. With over 9,000 square-feet of flexible event space, The Highland Dallas offers premier, customized service to host everything from intimate meetings to the ultimate wedding celebration. For more information about The Highland Dallas, please visit www.thehighlanddallas.com. Follow The Highland Dallas on Facebook and Twitter.

About Curio – A Collection by Hilton
Curio – A Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) is a global collection of distinctive hotels that are woven into the fabric of their destinations. While each one is unique, they are united in their individuality. Curio guests are passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences, while resting easier knowing the Hilton name is behind every stay.

Curio joins a portfolio of market-leading brands from Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Access the latest news at news.curiocollection.com or inquire about development opportunities at hiltonworldwide.com/development.

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging Group and Jin Jiang Hotels, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full and select-service hotels and resorts, convention centers and independent hotels worldwide. Interstate and its affiliates manage 440 hotels with more than 81,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, with ownership interest in 31 hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 39 hotels with over 6,400 rooms under construction or development throughout the world. For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts worldwide, please visit www.interstatehotels.com.

Break Away to the Warwick Melrose Hotel For Extra Spring Savings

Warwick Melrose Hotel offers 184 distinctive spacious guest rooms, including 20 suites and a Presidential Suite, all luxuriously restored while still maintaining its old world grandeur. The hotel is centrally located in Uptown (Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek area), one of Dallas’ most stylish neighborhoods and just five minutes away from Love Field Airport. Upscale bites, sips and entertainment are on offer at The Landmark Restaurant and The Library bar (named Best Hotel Bar in Dallas by D Magazine this year.)  

For more information or to book a room contact www.warwickmelrosedallas.com or by calling 214.521.5151.

ABOUT WARWICK INTERNATIONAL HOTELS

Warwick International Hotels (WIH) was launched in 1980 with the purchase of Warwick New York, a hotel originally built by William Randolph Hearst for his Hollywood friends. The WIH Group now includes more than 55 prestigious Hotels, Resorts & Spas worldwide located in city centres and resort destinations in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Bali, the South Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Further details can be found at www.warwickhotels.com.

FORT WORTH

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents Doug Aitken: Electric Earth -- May 28 - August 20, 2017

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Doug Aitken: Electric Earth, the first survey to comprehensively examine the full breadth of the artist's work. The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Since the 1990s, Aitken has created new and deeper levels of viewer involvement in narrative and the moving image. To immerse the viewer in images and sounds, Aitken projects his films across multiple screens in architectural environments. Conceptualized around the notion of the broken screen, Aitken's films present nonlinear narratives built from fragmented and repetitive abstract images. These films place the viewer at the center of an immersive multisensory experience. In his work across mediums and disciplines, he maps psychological, social, informational, and physical landscapes, often using imagery of the American West. Aitken's art is informed by media saturation and the ubiquity of information technology, what Aitken describes as the "landscape of fragmentation." The exhibition is organized by MOCA Director Philippe Vergne, with Wendy Stark Curatorial Fellow Anna Katz, and represents a full collaboration and dialogue with the artist and his studio.

"Doug Aitken pushes the limits of what an exhibition can be," remarks Vergne. "The exhibition creates its own space and time through the fragmentation of images and sounds and becomes a work in itself. It is a total environment that acts as a broadcasting tower for the issues of our time-the ethical and aesthetic questions that frame this moment, those of human, environmental, and social entropy-and does so in a way that is immersive, making the viewer a fully participatory protagonist of the work. Doug has introduced a new conception of narrative based on fragmentation and a new conception of sculpture not in an expanded field, but rather in an expanded time. What is distinctive about this new form is it provides a common ground for audiences, giving a physical space to the idea of communication as what is familiar to many."

Doug Aitken: Electric Earth comprises four major, large-scale moving-image installations -- from Aitken's earliest multichannel video installation, diamond sea, 1997, to his pivotal filmic installation electric earth, 1999, and more recent works such as SONG 1, 2012/2015 -- in addition to numerous sculptures and photographs. It unfolds around the major moving-image installations that articulate the artist's central thematic concerns -- the end of linear time, environmental depredation, unprecedented technological mediation, self-contained and decentralized communication, and the incursion of commerce into our social relationships. The uniqueness of the work reveals itself in Aitken's mesmerizing treatment of such concerns: he strategically structures architectural environments and edits images and sounds in order to envelop the viewer and overwhelm the senses. In immersive works like SONG 1, Aitken creates opportunities for the audience to share a communal experience, drawing viewers in through a nearly hypnotic aesthetic and cannily deploying a wide range of visual vocabularies from the realms of cinema, communications, avant-garde music, and the history of art. Conceptualized as an entropic landscape suspended between city, broadcasting machine, and labyrinth, the exhibition is punctuated by the signs, sculptures, and images unbound from vernacular language and culture at the center of Aitken's art.

The exhibition's logic incorporates that of Aitken's nomadic cultural incubator, cross-continental happening, and moving earthwork Station to Station, 2013, which, like so many of Aitken's works, embraced a collaborative spirit across disciplines and beyond walls to reimagine what a work of art can be and what an art experience can do. Similarly, a robust roster of accompanying public programs highlights how, over the course of his career, Aitken has been a creative conductor, bringing together musicians, performers, thinkers, other visual artists, and the public at large to experience collective cultural happenings. Recent examples of this type of collaborative programming include Doug Aitken: Special Happening & Performance (2015) at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, and Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening (2015) at Barbican Centre in London, a continuously evolving "living exhibition" with more than one hundred free events by over one hundred artists, choreographers, filmmakers, musicians, and others, including newly introduced and created works, live rehearsals, performances, talks, interviews, and workshops.

Doug Aitken (b. 1968) is an American artist and filmmaker whose work explores every medium, from sculpture, film, and installations to architectural interventions. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Vienna Secession, Serpentine Gallery in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Aitken earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation electric earth. He also received the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize and the 2013 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Doug Aitken: Electric Earth is accompanied by a substantial, full-color catalogue co-published by MOCA and DelMonico Books·Prestel. Like the exhibition, the catalogue surveys and contextualizes the full scope and depth of Aitken's work. Extensively illustrated, it is edited by MOCA Director Philippe Vergne and features essays by Vergne, Joseph Grima, Anna Katz, Norman M. Klein, and Glenn D. Lowry. Doug Aitken: Electric Earth is organized by MOCA Director Philippe Vergne, with Wendy Stark Curatorial Fellow Anna Katz. Lead support is provided by the Annenberg Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Aileen Getty Foundation, Eugenio Lopez, LUMA Foundation, Maurice Marciano, Carolyn Powers, and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

LECTURE

Thursday, May 25; 7 pm
Doug Aitken, artist, and Philippe Vergne, Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, are in conversation as artist and curator in conjunction with Doug Aitken Electric Earth.

LOCATION
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566
Fax 817.735.1161
www.themodern.org

Museum Gallery Hours
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Feb-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov)
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm

General Admission Prices (includes special exhibitions)
$4 for students with ID and seniors (60+)
$10 for adults (13+)
Free for children 12 and under
Free for Modern members
Free every Sunday and half-price every Wednesday.

CAFÉ MODERN
Lunch
Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm
Brunch
Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm
Dinner
Fri 5 pm-8:30 pm
Coffee, snacks, and dessert 10 am-4:30 pm

The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: Katherine Bernhardt, -- April 8-July 9, 2017

The FOCUS series is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for the Director's Council, a group that supports acquisitions at the Museum. The series features three solo exhibitions annually, organized by Assistant Curator Alison Hearst. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general museum admission: $10 for adults; $4 for seniors (60+) and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.

In Katherine Bernhardt's recent "pattern" paintings, various objects from everyday life repeat within a single composition. The combinations are often humorous, such as in the frankly titledWindex cigarettes basketball, 2016, where the three items repeat and float flatly atop a solid ground of cobalt blue. Emojis, Aquafresh toothpaste, cigarettes, Duracell batteries, and Sharpies are among the subjects Bernhardt paints using simplified, gestural forms. Drawn to these objects for their visual qualities more than for their thematic connections to one another, Bernhardt‚s compositions, or „patterns,‰ are primarily driven by her interest in color and form.

Bernhardt combines opposing styles and methods within any given canvas. For example, her backgrounds are abstract, thin pools of acrylic paint, while her figurative foregrounds are executed with spray paint, forming sketchy, drippy silhouettes. By combining lush washes of color with spray-painted illustrations, her works have diverse passages that simultaneously resemble color field painting and graffiti.

West African, Moroccan, and Caribbean textiles are strong influences, as Bernhardt states: "My interest is in Dutch wax printing on African fabrics, so that's what I've been influenced by. They have all these funny combinations of things that wouldn‚t necessarily go together˜sunglasses and birds, or whatever it might be." Her paintings are also inspired by travel; in the large-scale Untitled, 2017, included in the exhibition, brightly hued pink and black toucans, bunches of yellow bananas, and neon pink papayas suggest a tropical scene and are subjects the artist introduced after visiting Puerto Rico. The birds and fruits are set against a swirling neon green, orange, and brown field and are surrounded by Doritos and cigarettes, another example of Bernhardt'‚s intermingling of incongruent items in a manner similar to the textiles that inspire her.

Bernhard's paintings also echo the hand-painted signs at bodegas and markets across the globe, which advertise everything from fresh produce to laundry detergent. Her works reflect on the images and goods we are surrounded by on a daily basis. The artist's FOCUS exhibition at the Modern will feature eleven new paintings and a series of works on paper, each relating to her exploration of pattern and shape, which is rooted in ordinary subject matter but invigorated by Bernhardt‚s cartoonish style and bold use of color. This is her first solo exhibition in Texas and her second museum exhibition to date.

Katherine Bernhardt was born in Saint Louis and currently lives in New York. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely across the globe, including recent solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis; Carl Freedman Gallery, London; Venus over Manhattan, New York; CANADA, New York; Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Gallery Loyal, Stockholm. Bernhardt has participated in many group shows at such venues as the Atlanta Contemporary; Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen; Saatchi Gallery, London; Foundation Salomon, Annecy, France; Macro Future, Rome; and the Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp.

LOCATION

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566
Fax 817.735.1161
www.themodern.org

Museum Gallery Hours
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov, Feb-Apr)
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm

General Admission Prices (includes special exhibitions)
$4 for students with ID and seniors (60+)
$10 for adults (13+)
Free for children 12 and under
Free for Modern members
Free every Sunday and half-price every Wednesday.

CAFÉ MODERN
Lunch
Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm
Brunch
Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm
Dinner
Fri 5 pm-8:30 pm
Coffee, snacks, and dessert 10 am-4:30 pm

The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

IRVING

Where to Stay

Located immediately adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Irving, Texas boasts more than 75 hotels, 11,000 rooms and hundreds of restaurants. With a close proximity to both Dallas and Fort Worth, it is easy to enjoy the best attractions and entertainment in all three cities while visiting the area.

The unique location next to an international airport and in between Dallas and Fort Worth, two of the United States' largest metropolitan cities, makes Irving, Texas one of the most convenient and accessible cities in the country and an ideal location for business and leisure travel.

Las Colinas --

is a 12,000-acre master-planned community within the city of Irving, Texas. This area is home to over 2,000 corporations, and is the global headquarters of 5 Fortune 500 companies. Las Colinas is currently experiencing more than $2 billion in hotel, retail, entertainment, office, residential and meeting facility development, including the addition of a 280,000 sq ft Irving, convention center.

PEARLAND

What to See & Do

Bass Pro Shops

The newly opened store offers nearly 150,000 square feet of outdoor excitement including the area’s largest selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and marine. Much more than a hunting and fishing store, however, Bass Pro Shops also offers equipment for hiking, backpacking, outdoor cooking and more. Shoppers will find outdoor apparel for men, women and children, along with a fine selection of outdoor, casual and athletic footwear. A gift and nature center serves up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture.

The 8,000+ square-foot Islamorada Fish Company restaurant (pronounced ‘eye-la-mah-rah-dah’) will feature fresh seafood entrees, smoked meats and wild game, rotisserie broiled fowl, great steaks and more all in a relaxing ‘Florida Keys’ atmosphere.

Known for bringing the outdoors indoors, a typical Bass Pro Shops retail store features over 3,500 area antiques and artifacts, up to 400 trophy fish and wildlife mounts and many grand murals depicting scenes reminiscent of the area making it a true destination experience.

About Bass Pro Shops:

A major catalog and Internet retailer, Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 45 retail locations across the United States and Canada. The stores attract some 90 million visitors a year. In addition, Bass Pro Shops also provides products and services for thousands of independent dealers world wide through its subsidiary company, American Rod & Gun.

For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, visit www.basspro.com . Request a free catalog by calling 1-800-BASS PRO.--

ROUND ROCK

There's lots to do in Round Rock -- from sports to sightseeing to just plain rest and relaxation. If you're into sports, there are stadiums, fields, tracks, gyms, courses, courts, etc.

What to See & Do

Old Settlers Park -

Boasts 495 acres of playing fields, 2.5 miles of trails, 15 baseball fields, 22 practice softball fields, 5 softball fields, 2 football fields, 9 practice soccer fields, 5 full-size championship soccer fields, 12 tennis courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, 1 professionally designed disc gol course, picnic areas and grills, several concession stands and restroom facilities, and ample parking.

Dell Diamond -

Catch a game at the home of the Round Rock Express and the Houston Astros Triple A Franchise. Here you'll find 8688 fixed seats, 3000 lawn seats in the unique outfield berm area, 330 feet down the left field line, 325 feet down the right field line, 375 feet to both poweer alleys, 407 feet to the deepest point in center field, 8-foot outfield wall, 6 new luxury suites added this year, 3500 paved on-site parking spaces, 500 additional on-site gravel parking spaces, and several concession stands and restroom facilities.

For shopping

- there's a variety of eclectic shops as well as high-end shopping malls, including antique & boutique. Recently, Round Rock Premium Outlets opened featuring 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores offering savings of 25-65% every day. Or, visit LaFrontera, with more than 300 acres of shopping to keep you busy. IKEA is also here now.

Where to Stay

El Arroya

Want to indulge in eating and sleeping? From barbecue to gourmet cuisine, there's something here for all tastes. Unwind with a Mango Margarita at El Arroyo or have a heaping helping of slow-smoked brisket and the best peach cobbler in Texas at Round Rock Barbecue Company. Or, enjoy the filet mignon at the Main Streeet Grill.

When ready for some shut-eye, there are plenty of hotels and motels to stay in, including Marriott Austin North, Best Western Executive Suites, Candlewood Suites, County Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn, Extended Stay America, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and many more.

For more information, contact the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, 120 S. Brown Street, Round Rock, Texas 78664; 512-218-7023 or check web site www.SportsCapitalofTexas.com.

SAN ANTONIO

What to See & Do

Outdoor Adventure Awaits in San Antonio this Spring Break

Outdoor fun, theme park thrills and adrenaline-pumping excursions await in San Antonio this Spring. It’s not your average town and not your average adventure. Around every street corner and bend of the river there’s history to be made.

Here are just a few ways to live up the great outdoors in and around San Antonio:

1. Kayak the San Antonio River Walk’s Mission Reach

Explore one of the most notable sites in the world by Mission Reach is the southern stretch of the famous River Walk. This wildflower-lined section connects four of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions which have recently been designated a World Heritage Site.

2. Spelunk at Natural Bridge Caverns

Explore natural beauty in the recesses of the earth at Natural Bridge Caverns. For first-timers and avid cavers alike, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience hard to forget. Choose from a cave walking tour or opt for the ultimate underground adventure tour where guests climb, hike, rappel and explore caverns that are thousands of years in the making. Towering stone monuments, glistening soda straws and waves of colorful cave ribbons await.

3. Combine views and an adrenaline rush at Skydive San Marcos

The best Texas Hill Country views just might be 12,000 feet in the air. Take in the scenery aboard a turbine-powered aircraft before diving in with experts from Skydive San Marcos, just north of San Antonio.

4. San Antonio by Trail

Explore San Antonio’s more than 50 miles of hiking and bike trails that run through neighborhoods and downtown – connecting parks, hotels and noteworthy spots including Pearl and the San Antonio museum district. Trail stewards are on site to help with questions and directions.

5. Theme Park Thrills

Playtime in San Antonio means one thing: Texas-sized adventure. Whether young or young at heart, big thrills are plentiful at the Alamo City’s world-class theme parks.

Wild Days at SeaWorld San Antonio (March 4 - 26)

SeaWorld San Antonio’s Spring Break features 250-acres of family fun. For four weekends in March and the entire week of March 11-19, SeaWorld San Antonio hosts celebrity wildlife experts – including TV favorite Jack Hanna – as they explore the wonders of the animal kingdom. Additional special shows include SeaWorld Live, Flying High and all new  this year, Texas Untamed, an up-close look at the native wildlife of the Lone Star State. SeaWorld’s water park, Aquatica, will be open and travelers can add in a trip to Discovery Point to swim with the dolphins.

Mardi Gras Festival at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (March 24 – April 30)

It’s a Fiesta Texas-style Mardi Gras Festival, featuring Mardi Gras-themed food, merchandise, park décor and a parade with floats that have been artfully created by world-renowned New Orleans float designers, KernStudios. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is stocked full of rides, shows and attractions all themed around the cultures of Texas, from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for tots and the White Water Bay water park.

Spring Break at Morgan’s Wonderland (March 13-18)

This 25-acre, ultra-accessible park, designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone, will offer special entertainment in addition to its rides and attractions. Included will be “The Magic of Friendship,” a 20-minute interactive variety show in which guests will learn about inclusion and the art of making friends through the power of magic; musical performances; exhibitions by acrobatic dogs; feats of magic; appearances by the theme park’s butterfly mascot Joy; and members of The Wonder Squad, Morgan’s Wonderland super heroes.

While in town, stop by the Visitor Information Center across from the Alamo to grab a map, get more ideas on what to explore and have your San Antonio questions answered. Getaway packages, discounts and more information can be found at visitsanantonio.com

About Visit San Antonio:

Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6, and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 20.9 million overnight leisure visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $13.6 billion into the local economy and employing more than 130,000. More information about Visit San Antonio can be found at VisitSanAntonio.com.

Young Minds Have a New Place to Grow in San Antonio's The DoSeum Museum

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, The DoSeum, San Antonio’s new museum for kids opened. The DoSeum offers limitless opportunities for children to discover, explore, create and learn. With world-class exhibits and sustainable, thoughtful architecture, it is poised to be one of the leading children’s museums in the nation. Nearly 60 percent of The DoSeum’s exhibits focus on concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while others emphasize literacy and the creative arts to create a diverse learning experience.

At The DoSeum, kids are able to use their inner creativity and curiosity to feed their appetite for learning as they choose from an impressive menu of exhibits. Indoors, guests can explore six main exhibit areas: Sensations Studio, Explore, Innovation Station, Imagine It, Little Town and Spy Academy.

The DoSeum is expected to attract over 400,000 visitors annually to experience its innovative approach to education, and is another influential addition to San Antonio’s cultural corridor along Broadway that includes the Pearl Brewery complex, Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Zoo, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum.

The 104,000 square foot of indoor and outdoor space, The DoSeum offers children a variety of exciting and interactive exhibits:
· a state-of-the-art robot named Baxter
· a Puppet Parade controlled by children’s body movements
· a musical staircase
· a Children’s Stream and significant outdoor space with plenty of water features, shade, and an ADA-accessible treehouse

Visitors to the museum will enjoy amenities including free parking and an onsite café featuring healthy, kid-friendly meals. Summer hours at The DoSeum are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visitTheDoSeum.org.

The Spire

The Historic Sunset Station announces the latest addition to it's unique collection of meeting and special event venues. The doors are officially opened to The Spire. The new venue located at 230 Center Street has preserved some of the culture and heritage of downtown San Antonio.

The Spire was originally constructed in 1884 as the original stone structure of the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation relocated to a structure just three blocks away of this historic structure. The church still remains and is one of San Antonio's oldest African American congregations.

For more information on the Spire or other venues in the Historic Sunset Station call the sales office at 210-474-7640 or to learn more about what San Antonio has to office check out web sitewww.SanAntonioVisit.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

Turtle Days

A reigning king and queen, a few enthusiastic ukulele strummers, world-famous sand-castle builders and many other environmentally-conscious community members, will gather Friday at the South Padre Island Visitors’ Center for a ceremony marking the significance of Turtles Days.

“Turtle Days begins when the first nest is found and ends when the last hatchling swims away,” said Nancy Marsden, Turtle Days project manager. The 10 a.m. ceremony consists of an unfurling of the Turtle Days flag. However, the flag will not be raised until the first nest is found, and it will be removed when the season ends.

Last year, the first turtle nest was found in April, and the season ended in August, according to Lucy Guillen of Sea Turtle, Inc.

 For more information contact the South padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 7355 Padre Blvd.,  South Padre Island, TX  78597, (956) 761-3005 

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