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Author: Carol Stoddard

Writer, organizer, support staffer, baby boomer. Lover of the DFW Metroplex and its history. When I’m not working, I’m writing or chasing my cat off the counter. I love to explore new places and try new area restaurants. The best keep popping up in Irving. Peace out. 

Rock the City!

Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Famous for its eclectic music scene and given its central location in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Irving is home to a thriving music scene. Abundant venues allow visitors to explore the creative side of Irving. Check out what live music is waiting for you this weekend. 

Allow me to introduce you to the stories behind many of our attractions and historic areas here in Irving, Texas. This week we'll look at one of Irving's most recognizable icons - the Mustangs of Las Colinas.  After the story, you can have fun with the Mustangs of Las Colinas Word Find and Mustang Coloring Page. Simply click on the images below to print it out. Now let's get started! 

Irving Summer Activities Roundup

Monday, June 1, 2020 12:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Summer is here and Irving is ready. Although the Summer of 2020 will be remembered in many different ways, you can still remember it as being FUN!  As the city is opening back up, there is a mixture of physical and virtual activities planned. Here are the top 5 activities in Irving for Summer 2020. 

Netflix & More Staff Picks

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty good at binge-watching these TV series I missed on the first go-around.  Sitting in my comfy chair with a Diet Coke and a bag of buttered popcorn (the calories cancel themselves out, right?), then turning on a great movie or binging on a show is like Netflix Nirvana to me. 

In our previous blog you learned all about the Visit Irving Marketing and Communications staff picks, so today I get to share with you what our award-winning Sales Team is watching.  They, too, love their movie time. Let's see what's playing! 

Allow me to introduce you to the stories behind many of our attractions and historic areas here in Irving, Texas. This week we'll look at what our downtown area used to look like, and we’ll concentrate on a favorite eatery – Big State Fountain & Grill. After the story, you can have fun with the Big State Sudoku Puzzle. Simply click on the puzzle below to print it out. Now let's get started! 

Throwback Thursday - Irving's Small Towns

Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

Allow me to introduce you to the stories behind many of our attractions and historic areas here in Irving, Texas. This week we'll look at the small towns that were “swallowed up” and became a part of Irving. In other words, you may be living in an area that used to be called a different name.  After the story, you can have fun with the crossword puzzle activity page. Simply click on the puzzle below to print it out. Now let's get started! 

Allow me to introduce you to the stories behind many of our attractions and historic areas here in Irving, Texas. This week we'll look at an Irving attraction located in the heart of our Heritage District – the Whistle Stop Plaza and Clock Tower.  After the story, you can have fun with the Clock Tower activity and coloring page. Simply click on the page below to print it out. Now let's get started! 

Throwback Thursday - Land for Sale

Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

Allow me to introduce you to the stories behind many of our attractions and historic areas here in Irving, Texas. This week we'll look at how one of the first groups of people came to live in Irving. The story begins a very long time ago, way back in 1902. After the story, you can have fun putting a puzzle of the Lot Sale together. It's a painting by a Western artist named Guy Deel that gives us an idea of what the Irving "Lot Sale" could've been like. Simply click on the image of the painting below to solve the puzzle online. Now let's get

Netflix & Staff Picks

Saturday, April 25, 2020 8:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

WHEN IT'S TIME TO TUNE IN AND CHILL OUT

There’s nothing like a good movie to draw your mind away from current events. Now that most of us are working from home, it’s especially important to break away at the end of the day. Ordinarily, that would include shutting down our desk, leaving the office and heading home. But now our office IS our home.

Perhaps you've borrowed a corner of the dining room table, or maybe you're lucky enough to have a spare room. Nevertheless, I'm guessing that your work pulls you back in to "the office" even after