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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

February 1-4

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell and Brianna Borrego

We blinked our eyes and before we knew it, January had disappeared and February had arrived. Excuse me, 2018, please slow down! Time goes by too quickly for boring weekends at home, so get out there and explore this beautiful city. 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!


All Weekend

Wishes are a tricky business, and if you’re not careful, your simple wish could turn dangerous. Christian Youth Theater invites you to the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum for its family-friendly adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical “Into the Woods Jr.” Several characters from the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales interact as they each make a wish that doesn’t come true quite as they had hoped. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $8-$12. Visit to purchase tickets and to learn more.
Ten hard-luck Texans are given the chance for a new start in Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “Hands on a Hardbody.” With nothing but their humor and doggedness, these Texans engage in a hard-fought contest. The prize? A brand-new truck. The rules? Keep at least one hand on the truck at all times. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $16-$20. The show is rated PG-13. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

Thursday, February 1

Believe it or not, Waco was a stop on the Chisholm Trail: a long journey for cattlemen traveling from ranches in Texas to railheads in Kansas. These cattlemen faced numerous obstacles such as natural dangers, rustlers and conflicts with Native Americans. Already at the edge of your seat? Come to the Mayborn Museum’s forum The Chisholm Trail: Cattle & Crossroads of History. This event will provide conversations, music, coffee and pastries, and a panel discussion. The forum will begin at 10:30 a.m. Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for children and $7 for seniors. For more information, visit

They’re savvy, sassy and swingin’. The Beat Divas are ready to spice up your night with a repertoire that includes original works, jazz standards and the best of American pop music jazzed up. Joining The Beat Divas is Jeff Hellmer, the University of Texas director of jazz studies. Catch this spunky trio at McLennan Community College’s Steinway Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at MCC’s Ball Performing Arts Center. Community tickets cost between $10 and $12. Tickets are available at the McLennan box office Monday-Friday from 12-3 p.m. by calling 299-8200. To learn more, visit

Friday, February 2


First Friday is back. Tell a friend! Watch Downtown Waco come alive with people and activities that the whole family can enjoy. Local businesses unite to offer special deals, live music and much more. Stop by the Waco Hippodrome for some First Friday Trivia from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy some laughs and improv comedy at the Brazos Theatre at 8:30 p.m. Or head to the Dr Pepper Museum for free admission from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or Balcones Distilling after hours for drink specials. Visit for a full list of participating businesses.

Don’t fret, Dichotomy is here to lift your spirits (literally and metaphorically). At Dichotomy University: A Guide to Spirits, become enlightened with the history of spirits and drink mixtures. This week’s topic is brandy and the lecture will feature two brandy cocktails and a tasting flight of three special brandies including Remy Martin XO. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $45 by February 1 or $50 on February 2. To make a reservation, call or text 719/213-7044 with your name, phone number and the number in your party.
Some of the most talented musicians in Texas are right here in Waco. The Baylor University Symphonic Band is comprised of advanced musicians that will perform a wide array of selections including chamber works, masterworks for band and contemporary wind literature. Here’s the best part: admission is free! The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Concert Hall on Baylor University campus. For more information, visit

Saturday, February 3


You know what they say, keep your friends close and your farmers closer. Support local farmers at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! From the freshest produce to the sweetest pastries, the farmers market has it all. Catch the farmers market at 500 Washington Avenue between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Did you know Barnett’s Public House has the largest collection of whiskey in the state? They recently hit 501 different whiskeys (but don’t worry, they aren’t stopping there)! Join Barnett’s in celebration of this milestone at 501 Whiskeys. Drink whiskey, enjoy 25 percent off whiskey all day and maybe buy a private bottle of Barnett’s 500th and 501st whiskey. The celebration will last from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Visit to learn more.
Is there a limit to how many basketball games you can watch in one day? We sure hope not! The Highlassies Women’s Basketball team plays at 2 p.m., and the Highlanders Men’s Basketball team plays at 4 p.m. at The Highlands Gym at McLennan Community College. Then, the Baylor Men’s Basketball team will play at the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. Let’s go teams!

The “Chords & Conversations” Songwriters Event is a rare opportunity to connect with three of the most acclaimed songwriters in the music industry in a stripped down performance. The songwriters perform in front of a small audience equipped with only their guitars, a handful of songs and the stories from which those songs grew. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Palladium with catering by the Waco Hilton. Catch the main performance at 8 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome. Then, a dessert reception will be at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $150 and benefit scholarships for Texas Tech University at Waco students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Love a performance that makes you want to dance in your seat? The Midway High School choirs and Goal Tenders dance team’s “Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance” will do just that! Enjoy this one-of-a-kind production at 7 p.m. at the Midway Performing Arts Center. General admission tickets cost $10. To purchase tickets, visit

Sunday, February 4

Get out the jerseys. Prepare those nachos. Behold, Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Who will win this year’s game — the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots? All eyes in the NFL world will be on Minnesota between now and Sunday. The game begins at 5:30 p.m. Even if football isn’t your forte, you can still tune in for legendary commercials and a halftime performance by Justin Timberlake.

Barnett’s Public House welcomes you to the Super Bowl Watch Party at 5:30 p.m. Whether you’re sporting nautical blue or midnight green, cheer on your team and have some fun! Food specials include Bucket O’ Nachos and Dollar Dogs. Drink specials include $8 steins and $2 American classic cans. For details, visit

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras (jazz), The Grape 7 p.m.
• Huser Brothers (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Devon Gilfillian (blues/soul), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $10
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (jazz), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Tanner Newman (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape 7 p.m.
• Live Music, Waco Hilton, 7 p.m.
• Indian and the Jones (pop/folk), Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
• Brett Hendrix Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Propaganda with Joseph Solomon (Christian hip-hop), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $12-25
• Braden Guess (alternative rock), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Sloppy Joe Band with Jackie Darlene (rock/pop/country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Matt & The Herdsmen (country), Melody Ranch, 10 p.m.

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