It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
I am so pumped! I love this time of year and all the seasonal festivity, joy and focus on family, love and giving. I hope that you are starting your holiday season out with the same enthusiasm, not only for the opportunities to celebrate love, but also for the potential for your business in 2014. This is a great time to regroup, redesign, take a relaxing breath and create a new strategy to set you on your way. I am doing just that.
I spent the last few days with mom and dad for Thanksgiving. The entire family was gathered (except for my son who was moving to SLC), it was the best of times. I am so thankful for the love and the closeness our family shares. We had a feast of food and fellowship with over 50 family members traveling from Utah, New York, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Texas to be together. Rich!
Today, I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to each of you who have supported Lyric Marketing, read my blog posts and emails, and have basically become a part of my business family. I pray that 2014 will bring a wealth of prosperity, good health, joy and love to you and your business! I am working on a couple of new programs that I will be announcing in the next few weeks, so stay tuned. PLUS the 52 weeks of marketing tips will be released as an ebook toward the end of the month – so stay tuned.
I am calling this month’s Hot 10 List the MUST NOT MISS list. Every event is something I would like to attend myself! There is so much going on in this great city of ours this month, I hope to see you out and about spreading the holiday cheer at one or more of them!
Warmest wishes for a blessed holiday season, love and hugs,
December 3 at 7:30pm: Messiah – Bass Performance Hall – 817-212-4280 – http://www.basshall.com. Celebrate the holiday season in grand style with the return of Fort Worth audience favorite, Handel’s Messiah. Conductor David Thye of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary conducts the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale. The area’s finest Messiah collaboration never disappoints, and is sure to dazzle audience members from all over the Metroplex.
December 6 at 5:00pm: AT&T Performing Arts Center Holiday Festival – Winspear Opera House – 214-880-0202 – http://www.attpac.org. ATTPAC’s big holiday party starts with Christmas carols and ends with a massive display of fireworks with all sorts of fun in between. There will be zoo animals and a winter play area for the kiddos (complete with snow), plus performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s brass quintet and songs sung by members of the cast of Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol. Country star Jack Ingram takes the main stage at 6:15 p.m.
December 6 at 8:00pm: The Nutcracker at Winspear – Winspear Opera House – 214-880-0202 – http://www.attpac.org. Let the Texas Ballet Theater transport you to a magical night filled with battling mice, exotic sweets, and snowflakes that twirl to one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved compositions. Reserve your tickets to see Stevenson’s dazzling sets, lavish costumes, and stunning choreography bring this holiday classic to life.
December 13-27 at various times: The Nutcracker at Bass – Bass Performance Hall – 817-212-4280 – http://www.basshall.com. The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for all ages. This classic story tells the tale of a young girl, Clara, who receives a Nutcracker and goes on a magical journey to discover the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets alongside her Nutcracker Prince.
December 7 from 10:00 – 11:00am: Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade – Adolphus Hotel – Downtown Dallas (in front of The Adolphus) Commerce Street and Houston Street. This annual holiday tradition starts the season off right. Join a crowd of thousands to see a procession of floats, dancers, marching bands, and other performers make its way through the streets of downtown. If you want to fork over some extra cash, you can reserve bleacher seats online, which will make it all the better to see Santa slip by on his sleigh. Proceeds for the ticket sales and donations benefit Children’s Medical Center Child Life services, a division of patient care that helps sick kids cope with extended stays in the hospital as well as work through diagnoses.
December 7 from 3:00 to 9:00pm: Lantern Light – 1914: A Holiday Homecoming – Heritage Farmstead in Plano – 972-881-0140 – http://www.heritagefarmstead.org. Inspired by the 1914 return of little Hunter Farrell to the home of his grandmother, Mary Alice Farrell, more than 100 kerosene lanterns will light the way into an evening of strolling storytellers and choirs, horse-drawn wagon rides, tours of the Victorian-era Farrell Wilson House, period costumes, games, crafts and demonstrations, and train displays by conductors Jeff Campbell and Russ Kissick of the Interurban Railway Museum.
December 11-22 at various times: Porgy and Bess – Winspear Opera House – 214-880-0202 – http://www.attpac.org. George and Ira Gershwin premiered this sprawling opera, based on the novel and subsequent play by DuBose Heyward, in 1935. It was ambitious, clocking in at four hours and blending several different musical styles. The original, rarely produced in full, was richly detailed and inventive. It was also tough to sell. This new adaptation, which won several Tony Awards, was stripped down to its essentials by playwright Suzan Lori-Parks, composer Diedre L. Murray, and director Diane Paulus. The action centers around the fictional Catfish Row, a tenement house inhabited by freed slaves in 1920s Charleston, South Carolina, where the down-on-her-luck Bess takes up with the crippled beggar Porgy despite varying impending disasters.
December 12-20 at various times: Black Nativity – Bishop Arts Theatre Center – 214-948-0716 – http://www.tecotheater.org. This inspirational Christmas production is the creation of acclaimed poet Langston Hughes, a driving force behind the artistic movement of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and `30s. The performance, an interpretation of the Biblical story of Jesus’ birth with an all-black cast, consists of spoken word, pantomime, gospel songs, and folk spirituals.
December 21 at 7:00pm: A Spune Christmas: Midlake, Air Review, Bethan, Datahowler – The Texas Theatre – 214-948-1546 – http://thetexastheatre.com. A Spune Productions tradition that dates back to 2004. Shining North Texas stars Midlake, Air Review, Bethan, and Datahowler make the bill. There will be food, cocktails, and plenty of seasonal cheer.
December 3-24 at various times: A Christmas Carol – Wyly Theatre – 214-880-0202 – http://www.attpac.org. Charles Dickens’ classic tale of greed and redemption graces the stage every year courtesy of the Dallas Theater Center, but this is the first time the DTC will present a completely new version inside the Wyly Theatre, complete with flying advice-giving ghosts and special effects to mimic the soft fall of snow. Directed by Kevin Moriarty and choreographed by Joel Ferrell, the cast will regale us with the story of how old Ebenezer Scrooge’s heart of stone softens as he’s offered a look at his past, present, and future.
December 4: Justin Timberlake at American Airlines
December 9: Beyonce at American Airlines
December 21: Jay Z at American Airlines
December 27 & 28 at 4:00pm: Lights all Night at Dallas Convention Center – 214-939-2700 – http://www.dallasconventioncenter.com. Expect the best and brightest in electronic and dance music for a two-day party. Each night features two stages full of big names—Deadmau5, Icona Pop, Fergie (just a DJ set, but, still Fergie), Major Lazer, Krewella, and plenty