Sunday, September 27, 2009

GrapeFest blacksmith


photos by Mark M. Hancock / &copy NewsEagles

Blacksmith Lonnie Robinson of Wagon Wheel Forge & Gallery removes a glowing-hot railroad spike from the fire during the 23rd annual GrapeFest in Grapevine on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009.


Custom wine racks hold bottles as blacksmith Lonnie Robinson of Wagon Wheel Forge & Gallery works on another piece during the 23rd annual GrapeFest in Grapevine.




Customer Lynn M. Farestad (left) holds the end of a steak turner as blacksmith Lonnie Robinson (right) hammers a monogram into the railroad spike at Wagon Wheel Forge & Gallery during the 23rd annual GrapeFest in Grapevine.

Please also see:
Historic Grapevine
GrapeFest flame worker
GrapeFest sculptor
GrapeFest People's Choice Wine Tasting


Saturday, September 26, 2009

GrapeFest flame worker


photos by Mark M. Hancock / &copy NewsEagles

Flameworking artist Corbin Fonville, 16, makes glass marbles during the 23rd annual GrapeFest in Grapevine on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009.


Hot glass glows as flameworking artist Corbin Fonville, 16, makes colorful marbles during the 23rd annual GrapeFest in Grapevine.


Please also see:
Historic Grapevine
GrapeFest blacksmith
GrapeFest sculptor
GrapeFest People's Choice Wine Tasting


Friday, September 25, 2009

Historic Grapevine


A windmill-powered water tower welcomes visitors during the 23rd annual GrapeFest in Grapevine on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. Historic Grapevine is Tarrant County's oldest settlement. It was founded in 1844, a year before Texas joined the United States.


photos by Mark M. Hancock / &copy NewsEagles


A 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive pulls passengers in authentic 1920s and 1930s Victorian-style coaches as they ride The Grapevine Vintage Railroad along part of the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards.


Rather than post a visual opus slideshow of the annual GrapeFest, I'll add vignettes. Please see the additional sections as they post during the next few days.

Please also see:
GrapeFest flame worker
GrapeFest blacksmith
GrapeFest sculptor
GrapeFest People's Choice Wine Tasting


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Seminary golf backup


photos &copy Mark M. Hancock for The Texas Catholic

Serrans and seminarians visit during a Serran dinner at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. The annual golf scramble was rained out. However, the Serra club provided dinner, a raffle and golf-related competition in the seminary game room.


Fr. Michael F. Olson (left) talks with Serran Richard Stanzel of Dallas during a Serran dinner at Holy Trinity Seminary.


Seminarians ladle barbecue sauce onto brisket during a Serran dinner at Holy Trinity Seminary.


Fr. Michael F. Olson (left) laughs while seminarian Giuseppe Spoto (right) claims the top prize during a Serran dinner at Holy Trinity Seminary. Spoto, who is not an avid golfer, gifted the bag to another seminarian before dinner was completed.


Serrans and seminarians watch as the putt of Paul Bechter's ball approaches the cup after a Serran dinner.



Serrans and seminarians react as the putt of Paul Bechter's ball misses the cup after a Serran dinner at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving. The annual golf scramble was rained out. However, the Serra club provided dinner, a raffle and golf-related competition in the seminary game room.



Wednesday, September 16, 2009

DPD Helicopter Unit's 40th Anniversary


photos &copy Mark M. Hancock and The Dallas Morning News

Tactical flight officer Sr. Cpl. Charles Sherek (window) watches for obstacles as pilot Sr. Cpl. J. Rucker performs a fly-by during the Dallas Police Department helicopter unit's 40th anniversary celebration at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field in Dallas on Aug. 8, 2009.


Commemorative patches greet guests during the Dallas Police Department helicopter unit's 40th anniversary celebration at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field.


Organizers push a Dallas Police Department helicopter into the Frontiers of Flight Museum during the DPD helicopter unit's 40th anniversary celebration.


Guests visit during the Dallas Police Department helicopter unit's 40th anniversary celebration at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field.




Former Police Chief Frank Dyson visits with other officers during the Dallas Police Department helicopter unit's 40th anniversary celebration at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field. Dyson founded the helicopter unit while he was chief.


Astronaut and Dallas native Jim Reilly (left) talks with Sr. Cpl. Charles Sherek (right) during the Dallas Police Department helicopter unit's 40th anniversary celebration at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field.


Thomas Mitchell (left) and W.D. Smith (right) catch up during the Dallas Police Department helicopter unit's 40th anniversary celebration at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field in Dallas. Mitchell was one of the original two civilian instructor pilots while Smith was one of the original four DPD pilots in the program.


Photos of fallen officers are displayed on an "In Remembrance" table during the Dallas Police Department helicopter unit's 40th anniversary celebration at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field in Dallas.

Please read, "Dallas Police Helicopter Unit looks back over four decades" by Tanya Eiserer / The Dallas Morning News

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Homeschooling Convention


Darren Douglas mans the booth of HipHop-Edu of St. Louis during the 14th Annual Summer Homeschooling Conference at Plano Centre in Plano on Aug. 8, 2009.


photos &copy Mark M. Hancock and The Dallas Morning News


Patrons shop during the 14th Annual Summer Homeschooling Conference.


Elijah West, 5, (left) and his sister Sasha West, 3, (right) of North Richland Hills patiently watch their father shop during the 14th Annual Summer Homeschooling Conference at Plano Centre.


Howard Berg of the New American School in McKinney and the only Guinness World Record-holder for speed reading (left) prepares for a presentation and talks with organizer Stephen Lunsford of the North Texas Home Educators' Network (right) during the 14th Annual Summer Homeschooling Conference in Plano.


Susan Kimmons (left) and her son Connor Kimmons, 12, (right) test language software at the booth of My Father's World of Rolla, Mo. during the 14th Annual Summer Homeschooling Conference at Plano Centre in Plano.

Please read, "Plano homeschool conference draws 2,500" by Katherine Leal Unmuth


Monday, September 07, 2009

Dallas World Aquarium


A red howler monkey stretches against a tree at The Dallas World Aquarium in Downtown Dallas' West End on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009.


photos &copy Mark M. Hancock / NewsEagles


See a larger version of this slideshow.

Fayrouz and I went toured the world without leaving the city at The Dallas World Aquarium. I have a field guide for the animals and will identify most of the animals soon. Please also see Fayrouz's take.

Named in this slideshow are: TK.
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Friday, September 04, 2009

Hardeman family golfs


photos &copy Mark M. Hancock and The Dallas Morning News

Royal Hardeman of Murphy (right) practices chipping with his daughters Ashley, 19, (left) and Amber, 18, (center) at Pecan Hollow Golf Course in Plano on Thursday, July 30, 2009.


Amber, 18; (from left to right) Ashley, 19; Royal and Wanda Hardeman of Murphy celebrate a good putt during a round of golf at Pecan Hollow Golf Course.


Ashley, 19; (from left to right) Amber, 18; Royal and Wanda Hardeman of Murphy complete a hole during a round of golf at Pecan Hollow Golf Course.


Royal Hardeman of Murphy (center) and his wife Wanda (right) tease their daughter Ashley, 19, (left) during a round of golf at Pecan Hollow Golf Course in Plano.

Please read, "Three Dallas-area families show how to make fitness fun" by Nancy Churnin / The Dallas Morning News


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Selling the farm


photos &copy Mark M. Hancock and The Dallas Morning News

Carol King (left) talks with family as Bob King (right) listens before an auction at the King family farm in Celina on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009.


Carol King (right) tries to cheer up Bob King (left) before an auction at the King family farm in Celina. The King family auctioned all their farm equipment now that Bob King's sight has declined.


Bob King (left) talks with his niece Mary Wade (right) as her grandsons Grant Creach, 2, (center) and Wade Creach, 5, (lower, right) listen before an auction at the King family farm.


Carol King (right) tries to cheer up Bob King (left) before an auction at the family farm in Celina.


Bob King (left) watches as pieces of his farm are auctioned in the rain at the family farm.


Auctioneer Jim Stafford (top) with Bob Mitchell Auctioneers barks out bids during an auction at the King family farm in Celina.


Farm equipment withstands the rain and settles into the mud before an auction at the King family farm.


Plants continue to grow during an auction at the King family farm in Celina.

Please read, "Farming family in Celina forced to let it all go" by Sam Hodges / The Dallas Morning News