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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 8-12

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Honor everyone who served our country this Veterans Day weekend and check out the fantastic events and live music happening this #WacoWeekend. 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. For more events, head over to our blog, the Grackle, at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


Make your way to the Art Forum of Waco for Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda and Art Exhibit. Rocio Ramirez-Landoll’s ofrenda honors loved ones that have passed while preserving a cultural tradition. Artists from Texas and Mexico display their art in the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) art exhibit. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through November 17. Call 730-3949 or 652-5119 to learn more.

Have you ever wanted to see what Waco once looked like? Cultivate 7twelve, partnering with the Baylor University Press, presents “The Fred Gildersleeve Collection”! Admire Gildersleeve’s work from his pioneering days photographing Waco’s history. The exhibit will be open through November 28. For more information and exhibit hours, visit
Laughter and mayhem reign in the satire “American Hero” presented by McLennan Theatre. For three workers in a sandwich shop, the days keep growing weirder and weirder as they try to serve bizarre customers when their manager abandons them and their supplies run out. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Music and Theatre Arts Building at McLennan Community College. Visit for details.
Fall into the love story between an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant in Waco Civic Theatre’s “Once.” Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $16 and $18. Call 776-1591 or visit to purchase tickets.
See the return of the Bosque Arts Center’s annual book fair: Books on the Bosque! Friday evening enjoy “Dining with the Authors” starting at 6 p.m. Saturday morning will feature children and young adult authors followed by a writer’s workshop and book talks from authors, including the Wacoan’s own Anna Mitchael. Admission costs $60 for the Friday dinner, $50 for Saturday afternoon or $100 for both. Saturday morning’s event is free, but reservations are required. Visit for a full schedule of events and author bios.
Wacoans one and all, the Professional Artists of Central Texas welcomes you to its inaugural Brazos Fine Art Show and Gala at the Hilton Waco. A VIP preview gala will be held Friday from 6:30-9 p.m. The evening will include music, wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres. The art show and sale will be held Saturday from 10 am. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the Friday gala costs $50 each or $75 for a couple. Saturday and Sunday are free. Visit to purchase tickets.

Thursday, November 8


Local artists got creative and repurposed old items into something new to be auctioned off at the Salvation Army’s fourth annual RePurpose for a Purpose event, held at The Phoenix Ballroom at 6 p.m. The evening includes live music, food and door prizes. Funds raised support Sally’s House, a facility for homeless children and their families. Tickets to attend cost $50. To learn more, visit
Books plus Waco plus pictures gives you “Gildersleeve: Waco’s Photographer,” a new book by John S. Wilson and Geoff Hunt. Join The Texas Collection and Baylor University Libraries at the Mayborn Museum for a lecture about Gildersleeve’s life and work. Wrapping up the event is a book signing and reception. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Visit for details.

Go Bears! Watch the Baylor Lady Bears Basketball team compete against St. Francis University. The game will be held at the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Kick off your music-filled weekend with The Traveling Red River Songwriters at Waco Hippodrome at 7 p.m. A group of individual singers and writers join forces this fall for their eighth annual tour of Texas. For the first time in their yearly tour, the songwriters are playing in Waco. Tickets cost between $15 and $25. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Early Music Ensembles, Armstrong Browning Library, 5:30 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January & Nate Rodriguez (Americana/soul), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Jazz Ensemble, Glennis McCrary Music Building, 7:30 p.m.
• Derek Minor & Canon (hip-hop/rap), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $18-$35
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd, The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Friday, November 9

Enrich your child’s artistic side with Cookies & Coloring sponsored by the Art Center of Waco. Children in kindergarten through 6th grade will learn about an artist and one of their famous works. They will also receive a project idea and coloring pages related to the artist discussed. The free event will take place at East Waco Library from 4-5 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit or call 752-4371.
Kick your boots up with Tracy Byrd! The country music star will perform at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill at 9 p.m. An opener will warm up the stage at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $20. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Songs and Tales from a Ballad of the West (Bobby Bridger), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $10-$12
• Rhythm-n-Roses (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Marjorie Owens (soprano), Distinguished Artist Series, Glennis McCrary Music Building, 7:30 p.m., $15
• A Night with Jack Ingram (concert fundraiser for St. Paul’s Episcopal School), Downtown 301, 8 p.m., $150-$250
• Jayme Wade (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 10


Everyone is invited to join Cameron Park Zoo for the H-E-B Zoo Stampede. Run the 1K, 5K or 10K race, each beginning and ending at the zoo. The 1K fun run/walk will start at 8 a.m., the10K at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 5K at 8:45 a.m. Participants of all ages are welcome, but children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult racer. After the race, partake in the zoo’s Wildlife Wonderland Experience. For additional information, visit or call 750-8400.

What time is it? Time for the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! You know the drill. Get up and get to 500 Washington Avenue for a fantastic time with great vendors offering local food and products. The farmers market will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Follow the turkeys to the Dr Pepper Museum for Pop-Up Saturday: Thanksgiving. Have some fall fun and make holiday crafts using recycled soda tabs. Snack on delicious fall-themed food with Dr Pepper in the recipe. Access to the event is included in regular admission to the museum. The event will be held in the Holt-Getterman Gallery in the East Wing Building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit to learn more.
Explore a different side of our city with Waco Walk: Greenwood Cemetery. Bob Darden will lead you on a tour of the cemetery while sharing its history and notable stories. The walk will be a little more than one mile. Meet at the cemetery at 2 p.m. Email or visit for more information.
Let me hear you roar! Watch the Baylor Bears Basketball team face Southern University. The game will begin at 5 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. For details, visit
Wind down with a nice glass of wine at Waco Winery. To make the night even better, Jennifer Pisarcik will perform. Here the native Texan sing a variety of genres, from Americana to folk and more. Music will begin at 8 p.m.
Live Music
• The Ballards (country), The Catch, 6 p.m.
• Dueling Hearts (bluegrass), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Rockin’ Rick (alternative/indie), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Beth Ullman (pop), The Hightop at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• Creekside Republic (Americana), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7 p.m.
• TBA Music (folk pop/soul), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Braden Guess (alternative rock/folk), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Sam Riggs (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15
• The Armadillo Mudflaps (eclectic), The Warehouse, 10 p.m.

Sunday, November 11


Did you know this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I? Keep that in mind this Veterans Day. This federal holiday recognizes the moment when fighting ceased the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. If you see a veteran, thank them. While Sunday is the official day, Monday is Veterans Day observed.
In honor of Veterans Day, Historic Waco Foundation invites you to Salute the Veterans Family Fun Day. Learn proper etiquette for folding the flag and enjoy fun games and patriotic art activities. Admission costs $10 per family. The event will take place at McCulloch House from 1-4 p.m. For details, call 753-5166 or visit
Enjoy a double bill of “Signor Deluso” and “Trouble in Tahiti” with the Baylor Opera Theater. The former show is based on the Moliere story “The Imaginary Cuckold.” The latter show is Lenard Berstein’s opera in celebration of his 100th birthday this year. Catch the performance at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Theater at Baylor University. Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $5 for students, faculty and staff. Visit or call 710-1865 for more information.

Monday, November 12

Honor heroes past and present at a Veterans Day Celebration hosted by Providence Hospice at Greater Waco Chamber. Enjoy light refreshments at 9 a.m. followed by the program. University High’s ROTC will present color guard and play taps. Retired Brig. Gen. George Brinegar will present certificates to all attending veterans, who will also receive carnations. The speaker will be Ann Ammon, wife of retired Lt. Col. Robert of the Air Force. To learn more, call 399-9099 or visit

Show your appreciation for our country’s veterans at Waco’s annual Veterans Day Parade, starting at 11 a.m. Watch floats, bands, cheer squads, drill teams, local organizations and, of course, veterans parade down Austin Avenue toward Heritage Square. If you can’t make it downtown, don’t worry. Waco City Cable Channel will broadcast the action live on Spectrum cable 10, Grande channel 10 and online at The corner of 5th Street and Austin Avenue will host live parade commentary. Celebrate those who defended our freedom while serving our country!