Wednesday, June 24th


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 4:32 PM


Matt Wixon
Author "The Great American Staycation: How to Make a Vacation at Home Fun for the Whole Family (and Your Wallet!)
Matt joins us every Wednesday this month for some of his favorite local " staycation" destinations. His book can be found at your favorite bookstore or online at. Here is what that website says about his book:
Layoffs are rampant, gas prices are volatile, airlines are cutting flights, and Americans are feeling the economic pinch of a recession. As much as we hate it in this country of big dreams, big cars and Big Macs, we have to find a way to cut back. For many Americans, that means turning the Great American Vacation into a "staycation," which is the big buzzword of the year, having appeared in articles everywhere fromto Newsweek. But what does a staycation really mean? Newspaper humor columnist and frequent staycationer Matt Wixon shares with readers the definition of a staycation as well as:
  • Rules for a successful, satisfying vacation at home or nearby
  • Motivation and encouragement for people who can't afford the big, traditional vacation
  • Ways to make the most of time off from work
  • Strategies and experiences from more than a dozen staycationers, as well as hundreds of Internet links and specific ideas to help plan a vacation in your hometown.
From alternatives to destination theme parks to making the most of out local amenities to reigniting the flame in a relationship, Americans will find this guide a humorous and invaluable guide to staying home on vacation. Matt Wixon (Dallas, TX) is a writer and columnist for The Dallas Morning News who has three sons ranging in age from almost six years to almost six months. His parenting duties include piggyback rides, administering timeouts, and explaining to his kids that self-flushing toilets cannot hurt them. Mr. Wixon and his wife of twelve years, Janell, have made most of their vacations staycations since having kids.
This week Matt is talking about Romantic Staycations. Topics could include:
Wine tasting and winery tours
Sunset/dinner cruises on Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Lewisville, Lake Grapevine
Bed and breakfasts and whether a stay at a hotel or resort is worth it
Romantic hiking/picnics/camping
Help finding a babysitter
Here is a good list of links that could be used as a graphic and we could discuss:
List of bed and breakfasts nationwide
List of area wineries with info about tours, tastings, special events
Creative romantic ideas submitted by couples
Low-cost massages
Babysitter finding service


Dallas Summer Musicals, presented by Comerica Bank, flies CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, the most fantasmagorical Broadway musical in the history of everything to the Music Hall at Fair Park June 23-July 5, 2009.
Based on the timeless novel by famed James Bond author and creator Ian Fleming, the production features the music and lyrics by the legendary Sherman brothers , composers of Mary Poppins. The national tour features an original script and fresh adaptation directed by Ray Roderick.
The Broadway production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG received 5 Tony Award nominations, 10 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and 4 Drama Desk nominations during its Broadway run at the Hilton Theatre. It opened on April 28, 2005. The London production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG was nominated for 3 Laurence Olivier Awards in 2003, including Best New Musical, and won Best Musical at the Variety Club Awards in 2003. The production opened on April 16, 2002 to rave reviews and record-breaking business at the London Palladium and continues to sell-out on tour across the U.K.
This stage adaptation of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG features a beloved score, including memorable classics such as "Truly Scrumptious," "Toot Sweets," "Hushabye Mountain" and the Oscar-nominated title song, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."< /strong>
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG was originally directed by Adrian Noble on Broadway. This newly conceived version, with direction and adapted script by Ray Roderick, features sets and costumes by renowned English designer Anthony Ward, additional set designs by RobertBissinger and lighting by Charlie Morrison. New choreography is by JoAnn M. Hunter.
The national tour of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is executive produced by Daniel Sher of Big League Productions, Inc., celebrating its 20th season of producing, general managing, and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world. This season Big League is proud to have the opportunity to produce the 30th Anniversary National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical Ain't Misbehavin' with direction by the Tony Award winning Director Richard Maltby, Jr. and starring American Idol winner recording artist Ruben Studdard as well as Frenchie Davis of Idol fame. Also touring this season is a new dynamic production of the stage adaptation of the iconic children's film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which will prove to be the most technically challenging production for Big League to date. The booking department at Big League, helmed by the Vice President of the company, John Starr, is among the most respected in the industry. Upcoming productions for 2009-2010 will include the highly-acclaimed Hip-Hop sensation, Groovaloo. Visitfor more information.
All performances of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will be at the Music Hall at Fair Park, with the following schedule:
WednesdayJune 24 8 p.m.
Thursday June 25 8 p.m.
FridayJune 268 p.m.
SaturdayJune 272 and 8 p.m.
SundayJune 282 and 8 p.m.
Monday June 29 DARK
TuesdayJune 30 8 p.m.
Wednesday July 1 8 p.m.
Thursday July 22 and 8 p.m.
FridayJuly 38 p.m.
SaturdayJuly 41 and 5:30 p.m. (special time due to firework display)
SundayJuly 52 p.m.
Tickets for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG are on sale now at the Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, and all Ticketmaster locations including The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm Street. Tickets range in price from $12-$71. To Charge-By-Phone, call Ticketmaster at 214-631-ARTS (2787) or purchase online at. Groups of 20 or more should call 214-426-GROUP.