Partly Cloudy with a 100% Chance of FUN!

Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:30 PM by Carol Stoddard

Folks, do you ever just sit back and think how richly blessed we are here in Irving?  We get to enjoy a myriad of great restaurants, literature, the arts, music and a wide variety of events, while still enjoying that small town feeling.   And this weekend they’re all rolled together for one special event - Irving Main Street. Come on down to the Irving Heritage District at 217 S. Main Street 75060 and enjoy the heart of Americana, where you can listen to live music, look at classic cars, watch the kids play in the Fun Zone, eat great food, and did I mention there’s shopping?    But wait, there’s more.  Click here to see what bands are playing on the Main Stage, what’s going on in the Children’s Fun Zone, who’s performing on the Children’s Stage and what you can expect at the Car Show.  Admission and parking are FREE.  It’s open on Friday, September 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from noon until 6:00 p.m. 

Irving, Texas - Sept 2-4

Friday, September 2, 2016 12:52 PM by Carol Stoddard

It’s Labor Day weekend – a day where Americans rarely participate in the very activity we’re celebrating. Right? Actually, Labor Day is not just a bookend for the summer months or a cue to begin adding pumpkin spice to everything; it was created in 1887 to commemorate the social and economic achievements of American Workers who bring strength, prosperity and well-being to our great country. And so now you know. But for me, I like to celebrate it with food and fun!  What better way to ring in the holiday weekend  than with these great food, beverage and fun combos? For additional events across the Metroplex, check the events calendar.

Irving, Texas - Aug 26-28

Friday, August 26, 2016 11:33 AM by Carol Stoddard

It's the weekend y'all!  That glorious pair of days where you can travel anywhere your imagination takes you.  It's the magical time where school and schedules give way to sneakers and simplicity.  For parents and children alike, the weekend is a time to dole on that inner child that keeps us looking for the next adventure.  So you're in luck, because this weekend holds a ton of fun, right here in Irving, Texas. For even more events than what's listed below, in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.

Irving, Texas - August 19-21

Friday, August 19, 2016 2:35 PM by Carol Stoddard

Well, kids and parents, the reality of summer's end is at hand.  It's time to open a new chapter of our lives with a brand new school year on Monday.  While you're making your checklist of last minute preparations, let us throw a few more suggestions into the mix.  For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar

Irving, Texas - Aug 12-14

Friday, August 12, 2016 7:30 PM by Carol Stoddard

Just two more weekends before the kids start back to school, so you know what that means . . . IT’S STILL SUMMER VACATION! You have time to fit in one more staycation. And we make it easy by helping you plan your stay. These pairings below are just what you need to round out your summer. For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.


Pop Fest Party and a Bed & Breakfast

Texas Pop Fest Exhibit Kick Off Party

Location: Texas

Irving, Texas - Aug 5-7

Thursday, August 4, 2016 11:38 AM by Carol Stoddard

We’re now entering those dog days of summer, where it seems arduous to enjoy anything outdoors. Fret not, we have several great indoor events! In fact, Irving has so many things to see, do, drink and eat, you’ll have to pace yourself.

For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.


Walk Through History


Liars or Liberty Exhibit
Location: Mercury Studios, 6301 Riverside Drive 75039 (formerly the Las Colinas Studios)

New Eats and Fun in Irving

Friday, July 29, 2016 5:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Phil came home on Friday, exhausted from a week of selling fabrics to his apparel clients.   But as tired as he was, he still had the energy to fire up the grill.  Phil was a master griller.  In fact, his neighbors, family and friends became very familiar with Phil's grilling.  The delicious smell would travel for blocks.  Phil wore a cowboy hat to keep the sun off his head and he'd tie a red bandana around his neck because sitting next to a grill all night sure works up a sweat.  That's how he earned the nickname "Cowboy Phil."  Tonight it was three whole chickens on a skewer that would roast slowly until  perfection.  Of course his wife, Jeanette, gave the chickens a good rub with her special blend of spices.  Once the charcoals were at just the right color, Phil sprinkled on some mesquite chips that had soaked all day.  He had just set the chickens to grill when the phone calls began.  By dinner time, he had eight guests and happily prepared more chickens.  After a lengthy discussion, and against the advice of their friends, Cowboy Phil and Jeanette decided to open their first restaurant in Dallas.

For two weeks before opening their doors to the public, curious shoppers stopped by to see what they were up to. Cowboy Phil gave them free samples from his menu, so by the night of the grand opening, a group of new customers, neighbors, family and friends created a line that stretched around the corner.  Phil was delighted!  Word got out about his hand-rubbed, slow roasted chicken, as well as his homemade side dishes.  And don't forget dessert.  Jeanette makes a great apple cobbler, too.  Once everyone was seated, he spent some time ringing up orders, greeting everyone, explaining his process, answering questions, until suddenly he realized that no one was in the back cooking

So into the kitchen he went, only to discover there was no fire in the grill!  Somehow, while everyone was visiting, the wood just began to smoulder.  Cowboy Phil apologized to the crowd, who was very forgiving. 

"Don't worry, we'll wait," they all said.  So back in the kitchen he went.  He placed the chickens on a skewer and set them to roasting.  Phil was so excited that he would finally be able to serve dinner and watch as his customers cleaned their plates.  Only when he went to check on the chickens, they had all slid off the rod and into the fire.  There was no food to serve on opening night.  It was the disaster of all disasters. 

Phil and Jeanette were devastated.  With a broken heart he began to tell his customers one by one there would be no food that night.  He started giving everyone's money back, but some people refused to take it.  They said they would just come back the next night.  Although the crowd was forgiving, Phil and Jeanette began to question their decision to risk everything and open a restaurant.  But because of their tenacity, they became even more determined to make a go of it, and they opened the next night to another large crowd.  That night they served everyone.  And their customers came back.  And they kept coming.  Phil ran his restaurant that first year in the evenings after he worked all day selling fabrics.  And the customers kept coming.  He was doing something right!

That was 1981 and twenty some odd restaurants ago.  Today, Cowboy Phil is accompanied by a full staff who make sure all of his restaurants have that down home feel.  And most importantly, he makes sure that what he serves is still good, honest food that keeps customers coming back time and again.  You can visit Cowboy Phil and try out the newly opened Cowboy Chicken, located at 3351 Regent Blvd. #100, here in Irving.  You can also visit them online at  Look in their website for next week's calendar.  It's full of grand opening activities and specials.

Let's Play - #VisitIrving Go

Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

It’s the weekend y’all!  You’re now free to use your smart phone and go find stuff.  Really.  It’s fun.  You don’t even have to download an app to play.  There are several characters around town and they’re waiting for you to go find them.  To give you a hint where they are, we’re showing you what they look like and what time they’ll pop up.  How easy is that?  So join us in finding fun stuff to do this weekend in Irving.  Who knows, this game may catch on and you’ll be sharing with your friends all about what you found.

Soothe Your Soul in Irving - July 15-17

Friday, July 15, 2016 2:36 PM by Carol Stoddard

With our hands folded in prayer, hugging a loved one or wiping our tears, we watched this week as one by one our beloved Dallas officers were remembered.  How do you move on from this?  In searching my soul for answers and ideas to help heal the wounds of this tragedy, I always return to my hometown roots to care for those in my sphere of influence.  It’s a pretty good start.  Talk to your neighbors.  Visit loved ones.  Wave to strangers.  Mow your neighbor’s yard.  Bring groceries to the elderly.  Because when we can all come together we create stronger cities, states and an overall country. But, it first starts in us.

While you’re in your home town this weekend, or if you’re visiting here in Irving, why not take in some down home music to soothe your soul.