Santa Visits Ebby Offices


With Christmas rapidly approaching, we’re making it easy to update your family photos with Santa Claus. Over the next few weeks, Santa will make appearances at eight Ebby offices across North Texas. So bring the kids – yes, big kids are welcome, too – and catch up with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his big night.

 

Santa Visits Ebby Offices

 

*  December 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Ebby Campbell/Coit, 7517 Campbell Road, Suite 616, Dallas

 

*  December 2, 1-3 p.m. – Ebby Preston Plano Parkway, 5013 W. Plano Parkway, Plano

 

*  December 2, 1-4 p.m. – Ebby Lakewood/Lake Highlands, 6441 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas

 

*  December 3, 3-5 p.m. – Ebby Sherman, 3445 FM 1417 N, Sherman

 

*  December 9, 4-6 p.m. – Ebby Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard, 2900 Ridge Road, Rockwall

 

*  December 10, 3-5 p.m. – Ebby Allen, 955 State Highway 121, Suite 130, Allen

 

*  December 11, 4-6 p.m. – Ebby Prosper | Celina, 1170 N. Preston Road, Suite 160, Prosper

 

*  December 14, 6-8 p.m. – Ebby Flower Mound/Lewisville, 6000 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound

 

*  December 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ebby Southlake, 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake

 

“This popular holiday tradition started several years ago at Ebby’s Lakewood/Lake Highlands Office and has grown in both number of visitors and number of offices ever since,” says Vice President and Director of Marketing Randall Graham. “At Ebby Halliday, we’re happy to offer these opportunities for photos with Santa before Christmas arrives. I encourage you to make plans to take advantage of this easy and convenient way to update your family’s holiday photos.”

 

With locations across North Texas, Ebby Halliday is one of the oldest and most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. Our Associates and employees seek every day to elevate the home-buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be. To learn more, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Scardello Artisan Cheese


A cheese board is a never-fail addition to any holiday gathering, whether it’s a small friendly get-together, or a large family celebration. With that in mind, we visited our friends at Scardello Artistan Cheese in Oak Lawn to learn how to create the perfect one. Watch the video below to see how you can ace your next cheese board.

Ace Your Cheese Board

• Include a combination of three firmnesses of cheese – soft, medium-firm and hard.

• Feature different animal milks (i.e. cow, goat, sheep).

• Add a twist by featuring different regions of the world.

• Include a variety of accompaniments like cornichons, dried fruits, nuts, olives or charcuterie.

• When displaying a cheese board, set out a knife for each cheese on the platter. This way, the flavors won’t be compromised.

• Set cheese out for at least 30 minutes to reach room temperature.

• Before any guests arrive, cut a few slices of cheese and arrange them on the board. Present each cheese with its own knife and allow your guests to continue to cut slices for themselves. These measures will prevent the cheese from drying out and allow the full flavors to emerge.

Still unsure of where to start? Don’t be afraid to venture into Scardello and ask for help. The knowledgable staff will work with you to create the perfect cheese board for your palate or gathering.

Happy cheese hunting!

 

Holiday Market Benefits Collin County Charities


 

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Ebby Halliday Realtors is a proud sponsor of the Junior League of Collin County’s 22nd-annual ’Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, taking place November 9-12 at The Plano Event Center.
 
Shop the selection of home décor, ladies clothing and accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items and gourmet food from over 100 carefully selected merchants. You’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list while making a difference in the community.
 
’Neath the Wreath provides funding for the Junior League of Collin County, a nonprofit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
 
Advance tickets are $12 at area Tom Thumb stores and at neaththewreath.org. Tickets at the door are $15. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit neaththewreath.org.
 
Ebby Halliday Realtors has served the residential real estate needs of Collin County since 1971, when Ebby personally opened a one-room office in Plano. We now have 10 offices serving Collin County: 190-RichardsonAllenCampbell/CoitFriscoMcKinneyPlanoPlano/Willow BendPreston KellerPreston Plano Parkway and Prosper | Celina.

North Texas Halloween Weekend Roundup 2017


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Make your Halloween memorable this year with one of these Halloween-themed events in North Texas. 

 
Day of the Dead Festival
 
Celebrate the fall season and pay homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween at a Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28. This free, family-friendly event in Denton offers trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, games, local food and art, and activities for all ages including a salsa cook-off, street performers, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and offers events all day.
 
Glow Yoga Class
 
Put on your best ’80s and ’90s workout costume and head to this 45-minute, glow-inspired yoga class on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hosted by the Arlington Yoga Center and taking place at the legal Draft Beer Co., enjoy an afternoon of stretching and fun music, followed by a pint of beer. Admission is $15.

Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo

 
Head to the Dallas Zoo each night until Oct. 29 to enjoy a family friendly Halloween event in a “wild” setting. Children can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at stations situated throughout the zoo. You’ll also find bounce houses, games, frequent animal encounters, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Admission is $10 and includes six candy coupons; parking is $7.
 
Halloween Skate
 
Get into the spirit and head to the Allen Community Ice Rink on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a Halloween-themed skate event. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., skate your heart out and enjoy candy, raffles, and more. If you wear your Halloween costume, you receive a free skate rental, or you can pay a $5 entry fee plus $3 to rent skates. All donations will benefit the Allen Community Outreach Program.
 
Howl-O-Ween Pup Social & Doggie Costume Party
 
Let your pup strut his or her stuff during a mini parade and costume contest at the first-ever Howl-O-Ween Pup Social in Watauga. Head over to Chef Point Cafe and enjoy live music, local rescue organizations, and pet-focused local businesses. Your pooch can enjoy “doggie beer” and a selection off of the doggie menu, while you can enjoy a refreshing Halloween cocktail or draft beer. Admission is free.
 
Poe in the ‘Hood
 
Head to Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff on Saturday, Oct. 28, for the highly anticipated return of Poe in the ‘Hood. This fun, scary literary event features the works of Edgar Allen Poe told by storytellers while guests enjoy food and drinks.
 
Six Flags Fright Fest
 
It’s the time of the year when zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags Over Texas. Taking place until Oct. 31, enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the park during the day, and extra frightening events at night, including haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets range from $61.99 to $86.99.
 
Sticker Treating at the Dallas Arboretum
 
Enjoy a twist on traditional trick-or-treating with “sticker treating.” Wear costumes and discover the spooky side of nature while exploring the gardens and collecting stickers along the way. This event takes place all day Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
 
Stranger Things Halloween Bash
 
Deep Ellum’s Quixotic World Magical Event Space is hosting a Stranger Things-themed Halloween party tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. This 21+ event features a photo booth, a gourmet waffle bar, a costume contest, and a midnight showing of the recently released season of popular television show, “Stranger Things.”
 
Trick or Treat the Square
 
Frisco Square will host its seventh-annual Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Presented by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, this family and pet-friendly event presents children under 12 the opportunity to wear their best costumes and trick or treat at popular restaurants, shops, and businesses in Frisco Square. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, horse-drawn wagon rides, a pooch parade/costume contest, and a dog adoption event. Admission is free.

The State Fair of Texas’ Food: ‘Batter’ Than Ever


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Chances are, if you have heard of the State Fair of Texas, you have heard about the — always outrageous, always delicious — food. Each year, State Fair concessionaires debut their latest edible innovations to the public in hopes of winning the Big Tex Choice Awards.
 
The judges have spoken. Here are your 2017 Big Tex Choice Award Winners.
 
Best Taste-Savory/Most Creative
 
Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger
 
Best Taste-Sweet
 
Gulf Coast Fish Bowl
 
Here are your 2017 Big Tex Choice Award finalists competing for the titles of “Best Taste – Sweet,” “Best Taste – Savory,” and “Most Creative.”
 
Savory Finalists
 
Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick
 
Texas Fajita Fries
 
The Tamale Donut
 
Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat
 
Sweet Finalists
 
Deep Fried Froot Loops
 
Pinot Noir Popcorn
 
Fried Texas Sheet Cake
 
Fat Smooth
 
Tickets to the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Judging/Tasting are now on sale. It’s never too early to make a list of your must-try unique foods!

DSO on the GO Visits Southlake


DSO on the GO Visits Southlake

 

For the third year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

 

On Sunday, October 15, at 6 p.m., the DSO will bring the music of Dvořák, Copland and Edgar Meyer to Southlake. The performance takes place at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., in Southlake.

 

Tickets are $19 at mydso.com, APEX Arts League seniors are $15 when you use promo code APEX at checkout, and student tickets are $9 when you use promo code STUTIX513 at checkout.

 

For more information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO.

 

 

State Fair Headliners You Don’t Want to Miss


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It’s time to get excited about the State Fair of Texas – our state’s most beloved event of the year. While there is notable debate over what the best part of the fair is, there’s no doubt the free concert series draws a large crowd every time. Below is a list of who you can (and should) see live on the Chevrolet Main Stage this year:
 
Thursday, October 5

Israel Houghton & New Breed – 8:45 p.m.

 

Friday, October 6

The Peterson Brothers – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 7

Ro James – 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 8

The Spazmatics– 2 & 4 p.m.

Wilson Phillips – 5:30 p.m.

 

Monday, October 9

Temecula Road – 4 p.m.

Daya – 5:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, October 10

Tristan McIntosh – 11:30 a.m., 5:45 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 13

Prophets & Outlaws – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 14

Pat Green – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 15

Charlie Daniels Band – 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 20

Waterloo Revival – 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 21

For King & Country – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 22

Los Traileros Del Norte – 3 p.m.

 

In addition to the headlining acts who will perform each weekend over the course of the Fair, another set of regional bands and musicians will play this year during weekdays on the Chevrolet Main Stage. To see their schedule, click here.

North Texas Pumpkin Patches


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Searching for the perfect pumpkin? A trip to one of these North Texas pumpkin patches won’t disappoint.
 

 
Country Critters Farm Pumpkin Patch

South of Mansfield, the Country Critters Farm features bounce houses, pony and hay rides, and duck races. Children can also enjoy cookies and apple juice during storytime. Then, choose a pie-size pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate it to your liking.
 
Dallas Arboretum

The arboretum’s 11th annual fall festival features the 1-acre, nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, which features more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. Take a stroll through the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch to purchase and take home a pumpkin of your choice now through Nov. 22.
 
Dallas Farmers Market

Visit the Dallas Famers Market now through Oct. 31 and do double duty with shopping and pumpkin picking. Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors will be available for purchase.
 
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Travel to the Double Oak Ranch in Flower Mound and find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. Click here for more information.
 
Halls Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze

Take a trip to Grapevine and experience a 2-acre corn maze, hayrides, farm animals and, of course, pumpkins – fresh off the vine. Daily through Oct. 31. For more information, visit hallspumpkinfarm.net.
 
Preston Trail Farms

Formerly known as the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm, the family owned Preston Trail Farms offers feed, hardware, food, and gifts at its new location in Gunter. Pick pumpkins off the vine or peruse the pumpkin patch as much as you like. Don’t forget to visit the farm animals!
 
Storybook’s Pumpkin Patch

Owned and operated by the nonprofit River Ranch Educational Charities, Storybook’s Pumpkin Patch features a historic western town, made up of authentic late-19th-century buildings. Children can also enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo and hay maze. Don’t forget to collect your mini pumpkin on your way out! And, for those who get a late start on the pumpkin search, this one is open until Nov. 1.

 

Explore North Texas Winemaking


North Texas Wineries
 
North Texas is home to an extraordinarily vibrant culinary scene, so it comes as no surprise that it’s home to established winemaking as well.
 
Texas has over 4,000 acres of producing vineyard farmland, according to Texas Wines & Grape Growers Association, and the wines have a lot to offer. Explore the rich winemaking culture in North Texas by visiting these local wineries, and discover what makes Texas wines unique.
 
4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery

Situated in the Red River Valley, this stunning location is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Taste estate wines produced from the Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards on the ranch, as well as other varietals crafted from carefully sourced grapes.
 
Checkered Past Winery

Located in Dallas’ South Side neighborhood, Checkered Past Winery is an urban wine pub that offers quality wines from Texas and beyond. One of the standouts under their own label? The Red Red, a tantalizing blend of Carignane, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and Cinsault.
 
Cross Timbers Winery

Get a glimpse into the history of Grapevine by visiting this true Texas winery. Located in the historic Brock Family farmhouse, the winery features a tasting room with indoor and outdoor seating for guests to enjoy wine tastings and education. The winery offers a widespread portfolio of red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines. Rosé fans can rejoice after tasting the Texas Blush, a vivid nonvintage rosé with tropical fruit and citrus spice flavors.
 
Eden Hill Winery

Situated 40 minutes north of Dallas by Celina, this family owned winery produces wines made from grapes grown on the estate vineyards as well as other vineyards around Texas. Visit the tasting room and wine store to taste wine, walk around the vineyard, and spend time with the chickens. If you’re a fan of Italian wines, this winery makes some stellar Italian varietals — Marsanne, Aglianico and Montepulciano — in addition to their other offerings.
 
North Texas Wineries
 
Fortunata Winery

At this family owned winery in Aubrey, you’ll find everything from sweet whites to sparkling wines. Visit the tasting room and pair the selections with brick oven pizza or a cheese board. One selection you won’t want to miss is the Fortunata Symphony, a hybrid varietal created with Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris. If you like tropical, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc, you should check that out here, too.
 
Inwood Estates Vineyards Inc.

While truly based in Fredericksburg, Texas, this winery offers a Dallas location for those desiring the taste of Texas wines in an “urban winery” setting. Visit the tasting room for happy hours, “wine down” events and more. Started in 1981, Inwood Estates offers high-quality wines made from Texas grapes, especially Tempranillo.
 
Landon Winery

With locations in Greenville, McKinney, and Wylie, this winery is home to award-winning wines made from both Texas and California grapes. Enjoy a bite at the bistro, or join the wine club and get the chance to taste these wines every other month. If you enjoy full-bodied Tempranillo, a trip to this winery should be on your bucket list.
 
Lonestar Wine Cellars
Enjoy wine tasting Texas-style at Lone Star Wine Cellars. This family operated winery is situated inside McKinney’s historic Old Ritz Theater Building and offers award-winning wines under The Ranch Wines and Lone Star Wines labels. Enjoy a glass while listening to live music Wednesday through Sunday.


Messina Hof
Started in 1977, Messina Hof was one of the pioneers of the Texas wine industry and has now grown into a winery producing 130,000 gallons each year. With locations in Bryan, Fredericksburg and Grapevine, the winery is highly awarded and offers a mouth-watering GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) blend and some complex Rieslings.

North Texas Wineries

 
San Martino Winery and Vineyards
This small, family owned winery just outside Rockwall specializes in handcrafting wines using modern techniques while maintaining the traditional winemaking of northern Spain. Be sure to taste the Mataro, a medium-bodied red with firm, smooth tannins and long, spicy finish.
 
Sloan & Williams Winery

This Grapevine winery specializes in mouthwatering wines made from California and Texas-grown grapes — areas hand-picked by Sloan & Williams due to their unique soils, climates, topography and geographic locations. Stop by the tasting room in Grapevine to enjoy a glass and even a scoop of wine-infused ice cream.
 
Times Ten Cellars

With locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, this winery sources grapes from its vineyard in Alpine, Texas. The mineral-rich, rocky, volcanic soil creates the perfect growing conditions for rich, Spanish and Rhone-inspired wines (i.e. Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache). You can also find wines made with fan-favorite grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux’s ideal blending grape — Cabernet Franc.

Savvy Savings for the State Fair of Texas


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The countdown to the State Fair of Texas has begun! For those planning to go, below are great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from Sept. 29 – Oct. 22. Just think of all the extra mouth-watering treats you can indulge in after your savings!

 

Advance Tickets

Buying in advance (and printing yourself) will save you a couple of bucks on general admission. You can also purchase tickets through the DART GoPass app, which will save you $2 on every ticket, any day and allows you to access them right from your phone. Lastly, add tickets to your Kroger shopping list: $16.50 for general admission.

 

Big Tex Insider

Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and get the latest ticket discounts delivered right to your inbox as they’re announced. Insiders also receive first access to pre-sales, information on every show and attraction at the 2017 State Fair of Texas, discounted merchandise from the Big Tex store, and a happy birthday message from Big Tex on your birthday!

 

Coca-Cola $7 Thursdays

Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product on any Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19) and enter the Fair for only $7.

 

Dr Pepper $6 Tuesdays

Don’t throw away those empty Dr Pepper cans! Bring one in on any Tuesday during the Fair (Oct. 3, 10 and 17) and pay only $6 for general admission.

 

Dr Pepper Half Price After 5 p.m.

Bring an empty Dr Pepper can after 5 p.m. each day and admission is half price!

 

Free Attractions

Listen to the various free concerts scattered throughout the grounds, catch one (or more) of the daily shows, visit the auto show, and always stay for the Starlight Parade. Sticking to these attractions will keep a few extra bucks in your pocket. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

 

First Responders Day

All active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency services agencies will receive free admission to the fair when they present a valid badge or ID card, plus up to three admission tickets for their family, on October 13.

 

Group Tickets

For groups of 20 or more, the Fair has a deal for you. The Fair can get your group through the gates for as low as $12/person, saving you 33 percent overall.

 

106.1 KISS-FM Fridays

Visit the radio station’s website on Fridays to download a coupon for $5 off general admission.  You can’t get this deal at the gate, so remember to download and print before you go.

 

Military Appreciation Day

On opening day, all active military, retired military, and veterans receive free admission when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate. For information on how to obtain your Military ID Card before you visit the fair, click here.

 

McDonald’s

When you’re done eating those tasty nuggets, be sure to grab the coupons from your tray liner or to-go bag. They’ll save you $5 on general admission or half the price of a kid’s admission on any day.

 

North Texas Food Bank Wednesdays

Bring in four cans of food for donation on any Wednesday during the Fair (Oct. 4, 11 and 18) and enter the Fair for only $4.

 

Opening Day

Bring a sealed 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water or any other Coca-Cola product to the gate on opening day (Sept. 29) and snag half-price tickets. Donated products benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

School Tickets

Chances are your kid(s) will be given a free Fair ticket from whichever North Texas school they attend. Take the opportunity to treat them. Or, save them for another day.

 

Season Passes

Who doesn’t go to the Fair multiple times? For around $40, the season pass will grant you access every single day and includes 100 food/ride tickets. Also, all season passes come with a free bag of Fair goodies. Season passes can also be purchased at Kroger for $34.95.

 

Senior Thursdays

Senior citizens (60 years and better) receive free admission every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19).

 

Thrifty Thursdays

Thrifty Thursdays are back! Special food pricing is available every Thursday during the Fair. Featured items include corny dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and more. Download the Thrifty Thursday map here.

 

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit BigTex.com.