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. 

More to Explore!

Friday, November 11, 2016 12:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

I admit it.  I am a history junkie.  Show me a busy road and I will show you where pioneers once blazed rough trails with their entire world inside a covered wagon.  Show me an old house and I will tell you a fantastic story of a family's history with memories and traditions.  I have lived in this area most of my life but I still love to explore new places. If you also fancy an adventure, you should plan a day out visiting Irving's museums. Most of them are free and they provide a vast array of this area's history.  Hop aboard my cyberwagon and I'll take you back to where Irving began.

Other area events await your arrival too, just visit our website's event page.

This Week's Exit, Stage Left

Friday, November 4, 2016 11:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

The relatively peaceful process of changing political leaders in our great nation began this week, and what better way to celebrate the end of early voting than with guns, girls, gossip and All That Jazz?  Yep. I am talking about CHICAGO, THE MUSICAL.  I hear it's the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.  Travel back to the roaring 20's where chorus girl Roxie Hart murders her lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap…until Amos finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Roxie gets sent to the pen and while waiting on death row, she and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines.  Neither woman will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity . . . and acquittal.  The musical begins this weekend and runs through November 19.

Also, check out other area events on our Visit Irving webpage

It's Halloween! Oct. 28-30

Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:19 PM by Carol Stoddard

This crazy weather isn’t ready to let go of summer, but we’re jumping right in to Halloween anyway.  With the sound of crunching leaves, aromas of pumpkin spice and popcorn balls, and a certain eeriness in the nighttime air, it can only mean one thing . . . it’s the weekend of All Hallows Eve, eve.  And there is plenty of Halloween fun for everyone.  Feast your ghoulish eyes on this . . .

For even more area events, visit our Events Page.

Autumn in Irving - Oct 22-23

Friday, October 21, 2016 5:21 PM by Carol Stoddard

Gather around boys and ghouls and I'll tell you a spooktacular story about what's going on in Irving this weekend.  Don't look behind you or you'll miss out on these fun activities.  There are Zombies and Dogs and Cats, oh my!  You'll think you forgot your head after having so much fun this weekend!  For even more area events this weekend, visit our Events Page.

It's Comic Con weekend! Oct 14-16

Friday, October 14, 2016 3:39 PM by Carol Stoddard

A long time ago in an empty field between Dallas and Fort Worth, the Irving Convention Center rose up and opened its doors to the people of the Metroplex!  It is during a period of boredom.  The City of Irving wrestles with a yearning to see and to do that which is above the ordinary, that which is unusual and exciting.  It yearns to cosplay. 

After defeating the evil empire of boredom and the mundane, the people of Irving rejoiced in a celebration of all things Comic Con.  Join them in this celebration for a weekend of Fan Days at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.  Beam up and be amazed!

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

Weekend Roundup - Oct 7-9, Irving, Texas

Thursday, October 6, 2016 4:47 PM by Carol Stoddard

Grab your sweater 'cause it’s going to be a pretty cool weekend!  The mild fall weather is beckoning you to get out and enjoy all the sights, sounds, food and fun that Irving has to offer.  Why not take advantage of our 90+ restaurants and have an easy, breezy dinner?  Hey, while you're out, you can wrap up your evening with some great entertainment around town.  Check these out . . .

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

Days of Old - Irving, Texas Sept. 30

Friday, September 30, 2016 1:57 PM by Carol Stoddard

Dear Diary, by Virginia Schulze

January 3, 1912 - Charles announced we’re moving from Dallas out West of the city to be closer to the lumber mill.   It’s such a happy time in our lives and we are quite the social couple.   How am I going to adjust?   I’m not even sure why Julius and Agnes decided to go back to Iowa and leave my Charles in charge.  Some say Agnes couldn’t stand the heat.  I think it was just too far from civilization way out there. 

February 26, 1912 - They call it Irving.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not totally void of people.  There are little communities already, but none like my home here in Dallas.  Now as Momma says, a wife’s place is in the home next to her husband.  I guess it’s time I stop writing in my diary and get busy with the wheel.

March 6, 1912 - This is more than I hoped for.  Today we packed a picnic and traveled to Irving to look at our new house.  It’s almost finished.  It's beautiful and the rooms are large.  There’s a great deal of trees in the area, with plenty of shade for the summer.  I can’t wait to start my orchard and garden.  The advertisement for Irving said it’s in the center of the "best fruit and vegetable land on the earth." 

June 23, 1912 - I’ve never seen more perfect Elberta peaches that grow out here in Irving.  We’ve only been in this house for two months but already the trees and my garden are almost ready for picking.  There are now four churches here, including our brand new Catholic church.  And no saloons!  It’s so much closer to the lumber yard, and I don’t have to worry about Charles making the long and treacherous trip every day.  I know the chickens are happy out here because the eggs they lay are plentiful.  I think this is a great place to raise a family.

November 14, 1912 - The doctor confirmed it.  We are expecting our first child soon.  I hope it’s a boy.  If it is, I’m going to name him Charles, after his father.  As generous as the sun is in the summer, the winters here have strong winds and rain.  It’s not as cold as back up in Iowa City where we visited Charles’ mother.  But just yesterday I got caught out in the wind without my parasol and bonnet.  It was right cold.  The lumber business is growing and Charles spends most of his time at the mill.  He says he’ll spend more time with me at Christmas though. 

December 24, 1912 – It’s Christmas Eve and I can barely fit on the stool at the spinning wheel.  This baby has grown so big.  But Charles will be surprised tomorrow when I present his scarf.  I just need a little more wool spun on the wheel and I’ll have enough yarn to finish.  The house is so very quiet today, except for our warm, crackling fireplace.  The Lively’s from down the street gave us welcome with a grand fruit cake.  It even snowed last night. 

January 2, 1913 – It’s a boy!  We named him Charles, just as I wanted.  He is a healthy eater and has healthy lungs.  He will grow up here in Irving and help his dad with the lumber business.  He will be active with the Catholic Church just like his dad.  He may even become mayor of this town.  Do you know there are already 500 people who live here?  I couldn’t begin to meet them all.  They’re building a fine school made from red brick near us.  It should be finished by the end of this year.  Little Charles will go to school there when he’s old enough.  I’ve already met Mr. Haley, the President of the Board of Trustees.  He is a nice man and his wife makes the best peach pies.

May 14, 1957 – I found this old diary in the back of the closet.  It’s fun reading how our little town began.  A town of 500 sounds so small since we've now grown over 5,000.  Alas, sadness overwhelms my heart because I know that my beloved husband, Charles, is not long on this earth.  We have lived here in this house for the past 45 years and raised our beautiful children.  It’s quiet in the house today, just like I remember on Christmas Eve the year we moved in.  What a lot of changes we’ve seen in this area since then.  My greatest hope is that people of Irving will know the history of this wonderful place and the loving people who helped build it.  I hope they won’t forget the hardships we endured, and will rejoice in the tremendous growth of our community.  I know somehow I can tell everyone our story, I’m just not sure how.

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.