Chinese Lantern Festival

Several years ago, the Chinese Lantern Festival came to Fair Park in Dallas. It was a traveling exhibit that was here only for a short period of time. The advertising looked interesting; so, we decided to go. I had never seen anything quite like it before. I can’t imagine how many hours it took to put this exhibit together. Everywhere we looked, there were more and more beautiful lights.

As we walked into the doorway, we were greeted by a large family of Panda Bears. There were all kinds of family members, Dads, Moms, babies, and extended family members. They were located in a bamboo forest.

Next was a colorful dragon that seemed to go on forever and ever.

As we rounded the corner, we came to another set of exhibits. Among them was this blinking circular image of two peacocks. It took several tries to get a picture of it fully lit.

A little further down the path, we felt like we were in the middle of the ocean, along with fish, jellyfish, and mermaids.

In the center of the exhibit, there was a lagoon. All of the lights surrounded the lagoon making it doubly bright because of the reflections in the water. Here are pictures of a few of our favorites.

Near the middle of the far side of the lagoon, there was a display that had numerous ants playing different musical instruments.

That evening was very magical. So many bright, colorful lights lit up an otherwise dimly lit part of the city. We want to thank all the people who spent hours working on setting this display up in order to bring a little joy to our lives.

Unexpected Outing

Saturday, my son called about mid-morning. He asked if we wanted tickets to the musical at Fair Park Music Hall which was “Fiddler on the Roof.” The day before we both got the second shingles shot, and apparently we were having a reaction to it because we were both very achy. Luckily, we decided to go to the musical anyway. It was wonderful.

When I was first dating, way back when, I went to the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” on one of my first dates. So it brought back lots of memories. This film is one of my all-timed favorites. It has no sex, very little violence (no one actually gets killed), and has a terrific plot which is loosely based on history, and it is a musical. The world could use more entertainment like this.

Pictures were not allowed so I had to take this at the intermission.

Discovery Gardens at Fair Park

Outdoor walkway at Discovery Gardens

One of the most interesting places we have visited here in Dallas is the Discovery Gardens. It is located in Fair Park where the State Fair of Dallas is held yearly, although the Garden is open all year long. Fair Park could be a post all on its own, but the Discovery Gardens warrants its own post.

The grounds are 7.5 acres of 100 percent organically grown plants and trees. Each section showcases a variety of different plants, including a water setting. There is also a water fountain which is especially attractive to the children on the hot summer days.

Towards the back of the park is a exhibit of many of the snakes that can be found in Texas. Some are venomous and some are not. Even though I am not a fan of snakes, I can appreciate the role they play in the environment.

There is a working beehive with a side that is made of glass so that the bees can be seen in their native habitat. They are allowed to come and go as they please. It is always entertaining to watch them and to try to figure out which one of them is the queen.

Atlas Moth 12 to 18 inch wingspan

The major attraction is the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Inside this glass building is a re-creation of a tropical rain forest complete with beautiful plants and trees. It’s pretty warm and humid in the building, but that is to be expected. In this area, you get to see all different types of butterflies and moths soaring around in the two story building. There is a small case that shows young butterflies emerging from their chrysalises. One of the highlights of this area is the daily butterfly release. All the butterflies that have emerged since the day before are released into the building. There is a person who explains anything you wish to know about butterflies and moths available at the release.

Butterfly Release

If you would like to see more about the Gardens or Butterfly House, please go to the web page for the attraction.