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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 18-21

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell, Brianna Borrego & Juliana Mudd

You’ve survived a freezing week and lucky for you, this #wacoweekend is bound to be significantly warmer. You can finally put those puffy coats and mittens away! Celebrate the increasing temperature by going out and enjoying what Waco has to offer. Be sure to let us know what you’re up to by tagging @wacoan and using our hashtag, #wacoweekend. You just might be featured in Monday’s Waco Weekend Recap. Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


The Baylor English Department presents a T.S. Eliot Symposium. Talks will focus on works by Eliot only recently made available to the public. Dr. Julia Daniel of Baylor University will present a lecture on “Eliot and Earth” at 5 p.m. Thursday in Carroll Science Hall, Room 101. Friday will feature lectures from Dr. Jayme Stayer at 2 p.m. and Dr. David Chinitz at 3:30 p.m., two of the editors of “The Complete Prose Works of T.S. Eliot.” The talks will be followed by a panel discussion at 5 p.m. with all three speakers on the future of Eliot studies. Friday’s events will be held in the Armstrong Browning Library Lecture Hall.
Brazos Theatre Group presents “The Pirate’s Revenge: An Interactive Murder Mystery Event.” The captain of a pirate ship has been found murdered, and everyone on board is a suspect. Exercise your sleuthing skills and see if you can figure out who the murderer is. Dress up as a pirate for a chance to win prizes! Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights. General admission tickets cost $16.50 for the performance only or $26.50 with dinner. Visit for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Head over to the Premier Gun Show at the Extraco Events Center Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 or $12 for a weekend pass. Children age 11 and under are admitted free as well as uniformed peace officers. Only cash will be accepted for admission fees. Purchase tickets online for a discounted price. Visit for more information.

Thursday, January 18

Enjoy the artwork of Baylor faculty members at the Biennial Baylor Art Faculty Exhibition, opening at 10 a.m. at the Martin Museum of Art inside the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. The opening day of this exhibit will feature presentations on art history by faculty members in the Hooper-Schaefer’s lecture hall from 4-5:30 p.m. A reception from 5:30-7 p.m. will follow the lectures. All events are free and open to the public. This exhibit will run through February 25. For more information on this event and for museum hours, visit

Waco Symphony Orchestra presents “Dance, Dance, Dance!” Admire the grace, fluidity and technical mastery of the professional dancers performing waltz and Argentinian tango onstage alongside the orchestra. The musical program for the evening will feature a selection of pieces from composers including Strauss, Bernstein and more. This event will take place in Waco Hall on Baylor campus at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $25 and are available for purchase at

Friday, January 19

Don’t miss the third annual Waco Masonic Concert at The Backyard, featuring the musical talents of Texas country artist Brandon Jenkins. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and are available at Proceeds from this event fund Waco Masonic Lodge’s scholarship opportunities for local students and other charitable giving efforts within the local community.

Saturday, January 20


Start your day off at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Who doesn’t love meandering through the vendors or grabbing some breakfast? Enjoy the farmers market at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Light up your day at Design Den: Glow from 1-4 p.m. at the Mayborn Museum. Kids of all ages will have fun learning about the science of light and exploring phosphorescent materials. Anyone ages 6 and up can create a scribble bot and watch it draw glow-in-the-dark designs. Visit for details.

Take a trip through Baylor University’s campus on Waco Walks: Baylor History and Traditions. Visit the oldest parts of campus and landmarks like the campus statues and Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat while your guide shares stories of Baylor past. Leashed dogs are welcome, but please note they are not allowed near the bear habitat. The walk begins at 2 p.m. in front of the Bill Daniel Student Center. To learn more, visit or contact Stephen Sloan at

Think whiskey is more of a guy thing? Barnett’s Public House wants to change your mind with its Women of Whiskey event from 2-4 p.m. Female distillers will be on hand to speak about their experience in the whiskey business and to answer questions. There will also be tastings of women-made whiskey and a discussion of the effect women have had on the whiskey industry. There is no charge to attend this event, but food and beverages can be purchased afterward.

Can the Baylor Lady Bears continue their impressive winning streak? Cheer them on as they face Big 12 opponent Kansas State at 6 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.
Glow and golf in the dark at the Glowball Tournament, hosted by Lake Waco Golf Club. This event will take place at 6 p.m. The $35 entry fee includes a golf cart, one glow ball, food and the opportunity to win prizes. This is a four-man scramble tournament limited to 18 teams, so reserve your spot quickly by calling 756-2161.

Sunday, January 21


Craving some delicious barbecue or scrumptious baked goods? Stop by the Sanctity of Human Life BBQ & Bake Sale at the Crestview Church of Christ community center. This event is come and go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit Care Net of Central Texas. Visit to learn more.

Congratulations and best wishes, engaged couples! Don’t know where to begin planning your wedding? Look no further than the 29th annual “With This Ring Bridal Extravaganza” at the Waco Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get some inspiration for your big day by exploring nearly 100 booths and talking with experienced wedding professionals. Tickets cost $10 for adults and brides and $6 for children. For details, visit

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro, 7 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers Band, Klassy Glass, 7 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (pianist), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Twelve12 (acoustic), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro, 7 p.m.
• Brian Brown (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7:30 p.m.
• Byron Swann (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers (rock ‘n’ roll), Lakeside Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Dave Wild & Chuck Jennings (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Five Dollar Shake (jazz), Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Erick Willis (alternative/indie), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

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