Father’s Day In Temple

Father’s Day Weekend In Temple

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  This special holiday celebrates all the beloved dads and fathers by making sure they feel especially loved.  Father’s Day takes place on June 20th, 2021.  With this holiday coming up soon, its time to think about how you can celebrate the fathers in your life.  Between local dining restaurants and activities, Temple has plenty to make the holiday fun. At Discover Temple, we believe dads deserve to celebrate the entire weekend.  Let’s kick off Father’s Day with some special events happening on Saturday night.

Saturday Activities

If you want a head start on Father’s Day celebrations, take the family to Bird Creek Burger Co. for a hearty, savory lunch.  American classics like hamburgers and fries are always a hit, so why not take it a step further and offer them lunch at a gourmet-style burger restaurant?  Bird Creek Burger Co. is a local, downtown Temple restaurant with delicious, flavorful entrees.  After lunch, take a minute to relax and enjoy some quality time together at home or out shopping in Temple while you wait for the next big activity to start.

The Great Race is a fun, exciting classic car rally that makes pit stops through various towns on the ten-day journey to the finish line.  Temple is The Great Race’s first overnight stop on the tour this year.  Head to Santa Fe Plaza to meet and greet drivers and their coordinators. While there take a look at some vintage, classic cars ranging from 1916 to 1973.

After you’ve had your fun checking out the classic cars that can be found at this checkpoint,  head over to Belton for a fun night of entertainment at Bold Republic Brewing Co.  Bold Republic is hosting an event for all the dads in the Bell County area.  The event on Saturday is Father’s Day Name That Tune Bingo.  Purchasing a $2 bingo card will grant you access to hours of entertainment and opportunities to win prizes like free beer. Free beer?  Dads everywhere will swoon.  This lively, local brewing company’s event is sure to be a hit with every dad.

Sunday Morning Activities

On the day of Father’s Day, get a kickstart to the day by treating dad to a cup of coffee from another downtown favorite, First Street Roasters.  After you are done drinking some hot, caffeinated coffee, head over to Crossroads Park for a free family activity of disc golf.  With several courses in the area, disc golf is a fun pastime for local Temple and Belton residents.  Crossroads Disc Golf course is a fun course to try with the family.  With 27 holes, and a mixture of open and wooded areas, dads will find this course to be a fun challenge they are ready to conquer.  This activity is likely to entertain the family for hours if you want to try to get through all 27 holes in the course.

Next, take a midday lunch break.  Pizza is a classic dish that dads and families enjoy.  Head over to Treno Pizzeria and Taproom for some creative and customizable pizza options. Some specialty pizzas are local favorite such as the Smokey Bird, Margherita, and the King Brisket.

Sunday Afternoon Activities:

After this delicious meal, head over to the neighboring city of Belton for a lake day afternoon.  Belton Lake has several access points for boat ramps. At these access points, there are trails, fishing spots, and swimming areas.  For dads who love the outdoors, this is an activity they will thoroughly enjoy.  Bring your fishing and outdoors supplies and take a few hours to relax and have a good time out on the water.

The downtown district of Belton is where you will find the perfect spot, Miller’s Smokehouse. This barbecue restaurant is dad-worthy.  Nothing beats a good brisket or pulled pork, and at Miller’s Smokehouse there’s plenty of barbecue items to choose from.  Family dinner here is an excellent choice to wow and excite dad at the prospect of a great barbecue meal.

And for the dads that are still full of energy and ready for more,  head over to Spare Time for a night of bowling, laser tag, or arcade games.  Additionally, Spare Time offers a daily special called Sunday Funday.  You can grab some shoes and bowl all day for only $9.99 a person.  If you’re looking for more reasons to head outdoors, Spare Time also has several outdoor activities for the family such as batting cages, go karts, ropes course, and sand volleyball. Let the fathers feel like kings of the competition at this fun family activity.

Fathers Are For Celebrating

Father’s Day can be celebrated through many activities.  Dads can spend the day doing activities such as eating good food, relaxing at the lake, or battling it out on arcade games.  Whatever you decide to do this Father’s Day, make the most of this time together.  Dads will enjoy the time spent with some of their favorite people and the memories that are made.  Happy Father’s Day!


Freshness Of Farmers Markets

 

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes a need for time outside enjoying the warm weather that has finally arrived.  With the weekends longing to be filled with amusements and things to do, there’s no better time to explore the outdoors through local market events.  With an abundance of farmers in Bell County, it comes as no surprise that farmers markets are a summer staple. The local farmers, bakers, and crafters come together to sell their home-grown and homemade goods.  If you long for a day full of shopping and supporting county farmers, Temple is the place to be.

Temple Farmers Markets

Officially open for the season, the Farmers Market at West Temple Park hosts events on Tuesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm through Sept 30th.  Located at 121 Montpark Rd, this market is a much-needed stop on your tour of Bell County’s best farmers’ markets.  The frozen food sitting at home doesn’t sound as appetizing with the variety of local options mere steps away.  Rich in flavor and fresh off the farm, locally grown produce is the real treat at these market days.  Additionally, The Downtown Temple Farmers Market offers another great opportunity to sample your soon-to-be favorite local farmers’ fruits and vegetables.  This special event is typically held once a month in the City Hall Parking Lot.  The upcoming farmers markets are held on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Small Farm Market is open Thursday-Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Located at 5242 Cedar Ridge Park Rd, this market has local produce and home goods. Come out to this farm for another exciting farmers market experience.

These farmers markets provide a lovely escape from a busy work week with a morning of shopping for local treats.  Summer days are for making memories, as well as soaking up a little vitamin D and taking the day easy. What is the secret to taking care of all three of these checkpoints in one activity? Stopping by a local farmers market.  You can enjoy the outdoors in addition to casually strolling around the booths overflowing in produce with unique flavors and aromas. It is easy to make these events memories to last. With their assortment of home-grown produce, sweet jams, and savory snacks, the local farmers markets are sure to leave you feeling content and anxiously awaiting the next one.

Belton Farmers Markets

Along with the farmers markets being held around Temple, events have started in the surrounding cities of Belton and Salado.  Located just a short drive away, these farmers markets keep the excitement fresh and provide a change of scenery with new locations and vendors.  Belton holds several farmers markets throughout the month . On every third Saturday of the month, Belton Market Days takes place.  From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. take a stroll through Downtown Belton for locally harvested honey, homemade salsas, and vibrant, flavorful vegetables.

While some of the farmers markets occur once monthly, a few host market days several times throughout the month. For instance, the Water Street Farmers Market is held every Saturday and located in the heart of Downtown Belton. This market boasts an array of vendors, including jewelry and craft-makers, and hearty items like chicken jerky and goat cheese. Similarly, the Bell County Farmers Market is another fantastic stop, holding events on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting at 7:00 a.m. This market is held at various locations in Belton and Temple. For more information regarding locations for market days, the Bell County Farmers Market Facebook page regularly updates the location details. Plan an early morning trip here to get the best pick of the crops.

Salado Farmers Markets

Located less than a half-hour away, the Barrow Brewing Co. is continuing with their market days.  Barrow Brewing started their market days in 2020.  With new vendors ready to participate, Barrow Brewing has decided to open again for the season from April to September.  These events are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  What’s more, the adults in your circle can stop in and sample some local craft beers as you walk around, enjoy the day, and see what the vendors have to offer.

Rogers and Troy Farmers Markets

Located in Rogers, Texas the Central Texas Farmers Market is held on May 31, 2021.  This farmers market is a semi-annual event and boasts over 40 vendors.  This market has activities for everyone.  One activity the children will enjoy is learning about the bees found on the Walker Honey Farm.  The Central Texas Farmers Market offers raffle drawings for prizes as an incentive when you make purchases at vendor booths.  Each vendor purchase awards you a raffle ticket towards prize drawings that happen throughout the day.  For pet-owners who want to spend the day with their four-legged friends, the Walker Honey Farm also allows leashed dogs on the grounds. This special occasion is fun for the whole family and one that will be the talk of the county for the remainder of the season.

For those wanting a more intimate gathering, the city of Troy hosts a market day that still gives the opportunity to shop local, while sticking to a smaller scale of size. This farmers market is located on 201 E Main St. in Troy and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Though on the smaller side compared to some of the bigger markets in the area, this market boasts having caring and passionate vendors as well as plenty of arts and crafts to see.

Farmers Markets Are a Must-See Event

Market days are truly a joyful experience. Not only can you take pride in the fact that you are helping to support local farmers and small businesses, but you also get to spend the days surrounded by the delicious smell of local, wholesome foods, and enrich yourself in the flavors that commercial quality produce can’t quite replicate. With many cities in the Bell County area participating in hosting farmers market events, there are enough markets to sightsee and participate in for the duration of the season. Enjoy your weekends with a day in the sun and a taste of Temple.


Girl’s Night Out in Temple

One of the best plans you can make is a weekend getaway with friends, specifically one with your gal pals! In honor of National Girl’s Night Day, Discover Temple has compiled a list of the best events and things to do with your girls this weekend and after! Experience the perfect Girls Night in Temple!

Cooking With Class

Have a love for cooking? Sign up for a cooking class at Temple’s catering and cooking instructions attraction, Over The Plate.  Learning new recipes can be a lot of fun, especially if you’ve got a group of your closest gal pals to share the experience with. At Over the Plate in Temple, you can sign up for a private class or take on one of the special event classes they offer.  Over the Plate has several specialty class events coming up in the next few weeks. If you want a private class with the girls where you can learn a recipe for something you’ve always wanted to make, you can register with Over The Plate for a private group class.  There’s all kinds of appetizers, entrees, and dessert recipes out there that your friends would have the best time making!

Autumn Entrees At Over The Plate

With Oktoberfest right around the corner, there will be a special event on the 25th for guests to learn how to make spaetzle, schnitzel, and more! Nothing says fall food quite like an Oktoberfest-themed meal! Pasta lovers unite! In the Pasta 101 class that takes  place on October 2nd, students will make linguini and ricotta and spinach stuffed ravioli. On October 10th, Over The Plate has two specialty events happening with one starting in the morning and the other taking place in the afternoon. From 11 am- 1 pm, you can attend a brunch cooking class where you can make frittatas and French toast. Who doesn’t love a hearty breakfast meal?

From 3 – 5 pm on October 10th, you can attend a fall-themed cooking class. At this event you will make a pumpkin and beef curry, a cauliflower fried rice dish, and a delicious French apple galette on puff pastry.  This class sounds like a lot of fun for any autumn enthusiasts out there! Some of our best memories are often made cooking in the kitchen with family and friends. If you and your friends love to cook, your next girls night trip should include a reservation at Over The Plate for one of their incredible cooking classes!

Do Something Creative

Let your creativity flow this weekend with a paint session at Painting with a Twist or That Art Place.  At Painting With a Twist you can choose from a themed designs or make something uniquely yours! One of the best parts of the attraction is that you can bring a bottle of wine and pop the cork as you paint!  Share a few glasses of wine with your girls and get ready to paint your next masterpiece! That Art Place, located a short drive away in Belton, has pottery, fused glass, and board art.  Schedule a trip or show up when you have the time, reservations and walk-ins are accepted.  You can design matching drinkware, plates, figurines, or try your hand at fused glass projects.  Whatever you decide to do, the gals will love this opportunity to hang out, have fun, and get creative!

Or if your friends are avid lovers of art museums, take them out to the Cultural Activities Center (CAC) to explore the galleries and current exhibits.  Or plan your girls night trip around one of the many concerts held at the venue. The Cultural Activities Center does a music series featuring different genres and musicians. The next concert for the Texas Music Series is coming up on October 9th featuring Shinyribs. Additionally, on September 26th, there will be a concert featuring Empire Wild, a trio of genre-bending musicians that add elements of pop, folk, Broadway, and more into their songwriting.

Discover Local Wines

Temple, and the surrounding area, has several incredible wineries that are a must-see on your next girl’s night in town.  3 Texans Winery has a beautiful patio that you can sit at and enjoy the aromatic, delicious wine options available!  Nothing says Girls Night Out like a trip to the local winery. Moose & Goose Winery is another fantastic addition to the Temple nightlife scene.

In the neighboring town of Salado, you can find a few more exciting, unique wineries.  Stop by the Salado Winery, Axis Winery, or the Lone Star Winery for a delightful time!  Chupacabra Craft Beer & Lone Star Winery also has karaoke nights throughout the month. If you time your girls’ night right, then you might get a chance to showcase your vocals and dancing skills! Sign up to sing a perfect hit song and enjoy a glass of wine while you and the gals have a great time!

Get a Head Start on Fall Festivities

Now that Autumn is officially here, its time to get your best friends together and do some seasonal activities.  Grab a fall-themed coffee at First Street Roasters or Atrium Coffee Co. and experience the rich, aromatic flavors of autumn. Or walk through the downtown district and take pictures with the fall décor. The downtown district is home to several antique and vendor-based shops.  With the fall season officially here its time to start shopping for all the pumpkins, scarecrows, and fall décor that you can get your hands on!

For an experience to remember, dress up in your favorite fall outfit and head to The Robinson Family Farm.  This wonderful attraction is perfect for everyone! Find your way through a corn maze, go on a trip around the farm on a hayride, or pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. With plenty of photo opportunities and the cutest fall décor, the girls will love this Temple attraction.  With autumn finally here, there is an abundance of possibilities to create wonderful experiences with your gal pals.

For the best introductory event for fall festivities, be sure to check out the Oktoberfest First Friday event! This special First Friday event has deals on food, craft and draft beers, as well as German food staples such as pretzels, schnitzel, and more! Enjoy a night out in the downtown district where you are sure to find all kinds of deals whether its for food, beer, or shopping!

Create Memories To Last

Whether you are looking to book a cooking class, paint some pottery, or visit a vineyard, the best part of the experience will be the memories -and photos you manage to snag- you’ve made throughout the day!


Holiday Head Start

The Holidays Are Near

We are in the home stretch of 2021 and it is finally the holiday season.  We all know the drill.  The holidays sneak up on you one after the other. And as fun as holidays are, they can be very stressful.  Discover Temple is here to give you all the information you need to prep for the holiday events hosted throughout the season and give you the inside scoop on all things Christmas in Temple!  Take some of the holiday stress away by getting a head start on your plans.  Here’s a handy tip for  you:  buy tickets early for any ticketed events you know you’d like to go to.  Tickets for holiday events can sell out quickly! Make sure you are up to date with social media pages and websites so you can know when tickets go on sale and when events are happening.

The Hub Holiday Decor

Destination: Christmas in Downtown

In the beginning week of December, First Friday in Downtown Temple will take place. This event gives visitors the perfect excuse to head to the downtown district and explore all the incredible businesses as well as the possibilities of more to come. With all the buildings decorated for the holidays and the Christmas lights on display, walking through our downtown scene will be a stunning sight to see.  Not to mention, there’s nothing like a gorgeous lit-scenery of festive lights and décor to get you in the holiday spirit!

Also in the downtown district of Temple, visitors can stop by to attend the special Downtown Holiday Market on December 11th from 2 pm to 7 pm.  This fantastic event is the perfect time to shop for gifts for the whole family. With plenty of local vendors with all kinds of goods for sell, this market day will give you time to enjoy shopping for the holiday season. Our neighboring city of Belton also has their own holiday market event taking place on November 20th.  Be sure to check out these farmers markets for more local goodies that make the perfect stocking stuffers.

For another fun-filled holiday shopping event check out the Sami Show held at the Bell County Expo Center. The Sami Show will be held on December 11th.  This arts and crafts show has vendors from all over with their own unique crafts and more.

Santa Fe Plaza Christmas Tree

Santa At the Depot

Santa At the Depot will take place on Saturday, December 4th at the Santa Fe Depot.  The event is fun for the whole family and the children will love the opportunity to see Santa! Put on your pajamas and get ready to enjoy a magical evening with Santa! Visitors will have the opportunity to see the light displays on the Santa Fe Plaza and enjoy Christmas music.  While you wait to see Santa, you can buy a scrumptious hot chocolate treat from Kona Ice and celebrate the magic of the holiday season.  Tickets are on sale now for Santa at the Depot.  Be sure to grab yours before they sell out!

Holiday Christmas Carols

[Image by Christopher Winston]

Music and Carols

For fans of live music and entertainment, visitors can buy tickets to the Todd Snider concert held in the Cultural Activities Center (CAC). Tickets can be purchased on the CAC website. This concert is part of the Cultural Activities Center’s Texas Music series showcase.  For another excellent concert, and one with an extra special holiday setlist, check out the Temple Symphony Orchestra.  This local orchestra is hosting a special concert in honor of the holidays.  This concert takes place on December 4th at the Temple High School.  Tickets for this special concert can be purchased here.

And for fans of ballet, visitors will want to grab tickets to a special performance.  The Texas Nutcracker production will be performed by the Classical Ballet Conservatory.  This production brings a lovely Texas twist to a ballet classic. Tickets can be purchased through the CAC website.  There is a showing of the production each night from December the 10th through the 12th.

Holiday Christmas Parade

[Image by Christopher Winston]

75th Annual Christmas Parade

Discover Temple is hosting a Social Media Countdown.  This countdown takes place through the Discover Temple Facebook page and will countdown to Temple Parks and Recreation’s 75th Annual Christmas Parade event. This Social Media Countdown is for visitors and locals alike. Each day Discover Temple will post in the Facebook event page with a new 12 days of Christmas photo.  Visitors and locals are invited to participate by finding the location of the photo and taking their own, unique photographs. Show us your holly jolly Christmas spirit and holiday cheer! The countdown ends with the spectacular 75th Annual Christmas Parade event that takes place on Monday, December 6th at 6:00 pm. With a new theme every year, this event is a favorite among locals and is a beloved Christmas tradition.

Bend of the River Christmas

Boots, Hometowns, and Cowboy Santa

Another local Holiday favorite is the Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River Christmas event.  The event takes place on December 18th from 11 am to 3 pm at the Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River grounds. This hometown holiday event features snow slides, a chance to meet Cowboy Santa, a snow party, and tons of other great activities and delicious, tasty treats! Tickets are $5 per person!

Let There Be Nature In Lights

It’s always a great idea to get out and explore the outdoors, but the colder weather can make that difficult as the snow starts falling. However, The B.L.O.R.A.’s Nature In Lights trail is an excellent way to explore the outdoor scenery and bring in the Christmas cheer! This five-mile trail features all kinds of themed light displays.  One of the best – and certainly among the most cherished – family traditions is heading out to look at all the Christmas lights.  At just $15 for the entrance fee, this lit trail is a sight you’ll be craving for years to come.

The B.L.O.R.A. also hosts a Santa’s Village and Depot scenic area that will be open in December.  This incredible area has a climbing wall as well as toy and food vendors.  With hot cocoa, holiday treats, novelties, pictures with Santa, and more, its no surprise this event is a favorite for visitors and locals alike!  People come from all over to witness the incredible displays within this nature scene. Nature In Lights at the B.L.O.R.A. runs from November 12th to January 2nd.

Salado Glassworks -BYO Ornaments

Blow-Your-Own-Ornament

Salado Glassworks is also doing ornament crafting events during the months of November and December.  Artists can choose from two ornament categories to create.  The basic ornaments cost $55 per person and the “extra” ornaments that include swirls and other customizable design ideas cost $65 per person.  These exciting events sell out quickly so be sure to book tickets as soon as you can. To reserve your spot, check out the Salado Glassworks website.

Robinson Family Farm Holiday Event

Robinson Family Christmas

The Robinson Family Farm is selling Fraser Fir Christmas trees and wreaths starting November 20th.  Come out to the farm to enjoy a hot mulled cider or hot cocoa as well as take photos with the gorgeous trees!  The farm is open for the tree-buying season until they run out of Fraser Firs.  You’ll want to plan to stop by the farm early on if you’re looking to purchase a tree or wreath. For more information on this holiday opportunity to see the farm, check out the website here.

City Hall Holidays

The Holidays Await

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Between the Christmas parades, holiday lights, and all the festivities, Temple has plenty to do this holiday season.  Discover Temple is counting our lists and checking them twice. We can’t wait to see you at our holiday events!

Mark your calendars and countdown to Christmas with us!

 

 


Imagine the Possibilities Tour

Everyone is invited to participate in the 2021 Downtown Temple ‘Imagine the Possibilities Tour on Wednesday, May 26th from 5:00-8:00 PM.

The Imagine the Possibilities Tour will be a self-guided tour of downtown buildings that are either for sale or for lease, or that are about to be rehabbed or restored, or that have recently been rehabbed or restored.

Taking the Tour is easy.   Tour guests will receive a map showing the 25 Tour stops – a map is attached – and then they will travel at their own pace to visit any or all of the buildings that are featured on the Tour. Tour maps will be available at our Tour starting-point in the lobby of the Santa Fe Depot at 315 W Avenue B in downtown Temple and they will also be available at every stop on the Imagine the Possibilities Tour.

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Each Tour stop will offer a reception with snacks and beverages, and building owners or their representatives will be present to provide information about their building or business development concept and to answer questions.

Imagine the Possibilities Tour Stops:

City Eats Food Hall 106 & 108 N Main Street Patrick Guillen
The Fishbowl Building 17 N 2nd Street Seleese Thompson
FoxDog 209 N 7th Street John & Ashley Vernon
Remodeled Office Building 1 S Main Street Joe Shepperd
The Loft – Event Space 7 S 2nd Street Callie Ring
Arcadia-Hawn-Sears Bldgs 5 N 4th Street

Reception held at 5 N 4th St

Jonathan Garza
‘Central Plaza’ 103 E Central Ave.

Reception held at 303 W Calhoun Ave

Tanya Reed
MRB Group Offices 303 W Calhoun Ave.

Reception held at 303 W Calhoun Ave

Tanya Reed
Main Street Hall 12 S Main Street Ron Prince
Green Door 12 S 2nd Street Randy Caldwell
Tour Temple 13 S 2nd Street Dan Elder
Temple Children’s Museum 11 N 4th Street Joelle Bedwell & Kathryn Hermans
In the Mood Ballroom 13 S Main Street Bo Harvey & Bruce Bates
Fire Base Brewing 8 S 1st Street JD McBride
First Street Roasters & Treno Pizzeria 110 & 112 S 1st Street Jacob Bates
Future Restaurant & Brew Pub 8 S 4th Street Bo Harvey & Bruce Bates
American Print 14 & 16 S 4th Clinton Harwell & J Restivo
The Yard Food Truck Plaza 212 S Main Street Holly/Amanda Mike
PJ’s Tabletop 10 W Avenue B Jack Folsom & Paula Jackson
Moe’s Railyard Saloon 8 W Avenue B Jack Folsom & Mike Mulholland
Relik’s Antiques Future Development 201 S Main St. Jack Folsom
Vacant Shop Space 11 E Ave. B Ryan Flores
Santa Fe Plaza 315 Ave. B Ayanna BR & David Patrick
Tri-Light Jazz Lounge & Co-working Space 11 N Main St. Deonta Davis & Monica Ortega
Space Available 14 E Central Ave. James Fertsch

So we encourage everyone to explore the exciting new redevelopments that are coming to downtown Temple, to see the cool developments that have been completed since our last Tour, to explore the downtown properties that are available for sale or for lease, and of course, to ‘Imagine the Possibilities.’

Press can contact the City of Temple, Main Street Program Manager, Dan Kelleher, 254-314-0095, dkelleher@templetx.gov, for basic background information about the Tour or visit DowntownTemple.com

 


Independence Day in Temple

History of Independence Day

Independence Day is a time of celebration and joy. On July 4th, 1776, The United States of America gained its independence.  America was officially able to make its own decisions, take care of its people, and celebrate the American dream. Today, we celebrate with fireworks, get-together’s, and parades in honor of this significant, joyous event in history.

Fun Facts

How much do you really know about Independence Day? Let’s look at a few fun facts about this national holiday to help us get in the mood for celebrating. To honor the original 13 states, the liberty bell – located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – rings 13 times on July 4th. Collectively, Americans spend over $1 billion on fireworks each year. Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, was one of three presidents who signed the declaration that have died on July 4th.  The other two presidents are John Adams and James Monroe. Another interesting fact is that Independence Day did not become a federal holiday until 1870. This was nearly a hundred years after America won its independence. For more fun facts on July 4th, check out this exciting list.

City of Temple Celebrations

There will be a special Independence Family Day celebration at the Railroad and Heritage Museum on saturday, July 3rd. Kids will enjoy doing patriotic crafts and have the opportunity to learn about some of the influential people that helped inspire the American Revolution. The event is free and takes place from 10 am – 1 pm.  From 2 pm- 3:30 pm on July 4th, locals can participate in the 4th of July Scooter Scavenger Hunt. This scavenger hunt is hosted by Tour Temple and people age 18 and over can sign up to form a team of 2 and find the most items to win prizes. Sign up for the scavenger hunt here.  Along with these fantastic events, the Historic Preservation League of Temple (HPLT) will be having an Independence Day Parade. This parade takes place on Saturday, July 3rd at 9 am.  Get yourselves, your bikes, and your wagons decked out for this parade! The parade route starts at N 9th St. from French to Nugent.

This year, the City of Temple plans to have a celebration taking place on Sunday, July 4th at Crossroads Park. This event marks the 23rd annual H-E-B Family Fun Fest and Fireworks Show. The celebration starts at 4 pm. The fireworks celebration takes place later in the evening, at 9:30 pm.  You can show up earlier at the start of the event to check out the food vendors and enjoy time together with others who are equally as excited to celebrate the United States of America and all the things America has accomplished since winning its independence. This exciting, family fun event will be one for the history books. The event is free and open to the public. Make sure to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and friends or family to share in the celebrations and have a grand time.

Belton Celebrations

On the 3rd, there will also be a few Independence Day events taking place. At 10 am, there will be a Belton Independence Day Parade starting at UMHB and ending near the Belton Police Department. Starting at 11 am, the Festival on Nolan Creek will begin.  At this event, a hot dog eating competition will begin at 12 pm. There will be food vendors and entertainment. Also in Belton, there will be a few firework shows happening on the 4th. Drive out to the lake and pack the car full of lawn chairs, waters, and snacks to watch the fireworks by the water.  Or head to downtown Belton for a fireworks show and live concert at Schoepf’s BBQ.

How to Handle the Outdoor Heat Like a Pro

July is one of the hottest months of the year.  To keep your family safe this holiday, here are a few tips to beat the heat this July 4th. Don’t forget to pack the mosquito spray. When heading outside for an extended period of time, it is always better to be safer rather than sorry. Getting a multitude of bug bites from one exciting evening out is not how you want to spend the aftermath of this event. And, perhaps most important, make sure to pack lots of water. Pack a cooler full of ice-cold water. Hot summer nights make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Stay hydrated by bringing enough water for the whole family. Before you head out for the celebration, make sure to wear your best red, white, and blue attire. Celebrate America’s Independence right by wearing our nation’s patriotic colors.


Let There Be Donuts

In the nineteenth century, Elizabeth Gregory fried flavored dough with walnuts as a special treat for her son. Combine the two and the doughnut, or donut, was formed. Of course, during this time donuts didn’t look the way they do today. The modern donut has come a long way. For instance, the hole in the donut was not introduced until the late nineteenth century. From there on, the donut has been molded and customized to be flavored and topped just how you want. Now, donuts come in a variety of options. Some of the most popular donut options include filled, sprinkled, glazed, and cake.

Most people know the basics of this beloved treat, but have you explored the fun and wonderfully entertaining facts about this doughy confection? Apparently, it would take 3,660 donuts to reach the top of the statue of liberty. In addition to this, to reach all the way from Long Beach, California to Long Island, New York it would take more than 55 million donuts. Imagine a trail of donuts that seems impossibly endless. If you had roughly 55 million donuts, the approximate span of the donuts would equal 2, 850 miles. Whether as a breakfast meal, a midday snack, or midnight craving donuts are a delicious, sugary treat enjoyed by many.

Now that Donut Day is officially here, let’s explore the different ways you can celebrate this fun holiday. The easiest and quickest way to celebrate donut day is simply by buying a few donuts or a few dozen. No judgment here, though you might want to pawn off a few on family and friends. Whether you’re a donut chain or a local mom-and-pop shop kind of person, there are enough donut shops in the area to make sure your cravings are satisfied.

Moreover, if you have a little more free time on your hands, why not try making some donuts at home? You can follow this simple recipe to get a delicious, hands-on donut experience. These bite-size pieces, or commonly referred to as donut holes, take only fifteen minutes to make and are coated in a delicious sugar and cinnamon mixture that leaves your sweet tooth satisfied. No complex recipe here, just a basic, scrumptious treat that will allow you the chance to really experience the national day and make some fun, wholesome memories.

Like documentaries?  Celebrate Donut Day by watching a video on how donuts are made. An avid lover of donuts will enjoy watching exactly how their beloved treats are made. Another great idea for celebrating at home is to make some donut-themed crafts. This way of celebrating is particularly great for the younger children. Basic household supplies like paper plates and markers or crayons can be used to make simple donut arts and crafts. With the paper plate concept, grab a single paper plate and draw a circle in the inner center of the plate. Then have the children design their ideal donut. Additionally, you can utilize other crafting supplies around the house to make for a very interesting donut.

What are you waiting for? Get out and explore the town’s local donut shops and experience the way national donut day was meant to be celebrated; with a donut in one hand and a half-eaten one in the other.

Have a favorite donut? Tell Discover Temple your favorite in the comments below.

 

DONUT SHOPS IN TEMPLE

Temple Donuts: 2016 S 1st St. Temple TX 76504; open 5 a.m. -1 p.m.
Shipley Do-Nuts
• 115 N 31st St, Temple TX 76504; open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• 1005 Marlandwood Rd #121 Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• 5 Meadowbrook Dr #A Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Donut Shop: 3 S 25th St. Temple Texas 76504; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jack N Jill Donuts: 1303 S 57th St. Temple TX 76504; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Baker Donuts: 5075 S 31st St. Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
317 Donuts: 9309 TX-317, Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

DONUT SHOPS OUTSIDE OF TEMPLE

Shipley Do-Nuts: 521 E 6th Ave. Belton, TX 76513; open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jack N Jill Donuts: 510 Sparta Rd Belton, TX 76513; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Academy Donuts: 109 State HWY 95 Little River-Academy TX 76554; open 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Creamy Donuts: 213 N Central Ave Troy TX 76579; open 5:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Sources:
http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Doughnut.html
https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/news/2017/05/12-things-you-never-knew-about-doughnuts

Let’s Hear It For the Boys

We’ve all heard of Girl’s Night Out, but how about Guy’s Night Out?  The men of our lives need their own bro-bonding sessions and weekend getaways. Ladies, that means more me-time for you! So, for all the men looking to celebrate a milestone, grab an ice-cold beverage, or simply hang out with the dudes, Temple has plenty of things to do! Whether you are here for a weekend, day trip, or a night out, we’ve got a list of incredible attractions and entertainment that will make your time in Temple a huge success!

Guy's Night in Temple: BitBar Temple

Bits, Bars, and the Best of The Best

Want a chance to play arcade games from the golden days? BitBar in Temple has retro arcade games from the 70s, 80s, and 90s! Come out to this epic bar for nostalgia and fun!  This local attraction is a place where friends can get together, have a good drink, and battle it out on the arcade games that made history.  These games are unlimited free play upon paying the entrance fee! With favorites like Pong, Street Fighter, and Pac-Man, this arcade bar is destined to be lots of fun!

Got Any Spare Time?

Looking for some fun with the boys that will unleash your inner child? Better yet, do you have a need for speed? Spare Time located in Temple has a new racetrack that is sure to be a lot of fun with the group!  Pretend you’re living out your best Mario Kart dreams and race your friends at this awesome track.  Races last for ten minutes, with races taking place every twenty minutes. There’s nothing like a good race against the pals to get the night started!

Guy's Night In Temple: Batting Cages at Spare Time

Hey Batter, Batter!

Along with the racetrack in Spare Time’s newest additions to Shaker’s Backyard, this facility now offers eight outdoor batting cages. Whether you enjoy speedballs, curveballs, or a good fastball, Spare Time will give you plenty of chances to find out if you’re an ace pitcher or not! Enjoy a top-of-the-line pitch or two at this local attraction. Want to make it more challenging? Tally up the hits and misses and see which man is the better pitcher!

Guy's Night Out in Temple: Disc Golf

Fore!

For fans of golfing or outdoor recreation, take some time to head out to the golf courses at Sammons Golf Course or Wildflower Country Club. Wildflower’s 18-hole course is filled with rolling hills and natural ponds. This course is as picturesque as it is entertaining and challenging. Sammons Golf Course also features an 18-hole course, as well as a driving range, putting green, pitching/chipping area, and much more! Stay for the entire course or simply head to the driving range and tee up! Both golf courses are excellent attractions and will keep your morning or afternoon busy!

Let’s not forget about disc golf. Temple has three disc golf courses.  You can find one inside Lions Park, one in South Temple Community Park, and a 27-hole course at Crossroads Disc Golf Course.  Bring the boys and a few discs and get started on this fun activity.  The courses are all challenging, entertaining, and rewarding.  It’s always satisfying to finish the course without losing a disc and getting the best score.

Guy's Night Out: Fishing at Belton Lake

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Fill up the cooler with ice-cold beer, grab the bait, and park out by the lake for a great time outdoors with the boys. Belton Lake has all kinds of fish like largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, white bass, hybrid striped bass, and sunfish. Another great area for fishing is at Lake Polk. The types of fish that can be found here include striped bass, catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, blue catfish, and rainbow trout.

Before you head out on a fishing excursion to Belton Lake make sure to get a fishing license! To purchase a fishing license, follow this link. This will allow you to catch a certain number of fish each day. Some perfect fishing spots along Belton Lake can be found at Cedar Ridge Park, White Flint Park, Owl Creek, Arrowhead Point, Rogers Park, and Temple Lake Park. Scope out the different parks and see where the best location is for fishing with the boys.

Guy's Night Out: Hunting in Central Texas

Outdoorsmen and Hunting Season

Hunting has always been an active pastime for men through the seasons. With the cooler weather finally here, its time to get out the big guns and go on a boy’s weekend retreat of hunting. Currently, the wildlife hunting season features Quail and Dove. Dove Hunting Season is open until October 31st. Following Dove season, you can hunt geese (starting Nov. 6th) and ducks (starting Nov. 13th).  Looking for more places to hunt in Central Texas?  Fort Hood, located less than an hour away, has plenty of hunting options! For information regarding hunting in Fort Hood, click here.

Want to brush up on your shooting skills? Head to Weber’s Shooting Range and Hawkeye Shooting Academy and Indoor Shooting Range to test your skills or master them before your next trip. For local hunting spots, head to Salado to Mustang Creek Ranch and Solana Ranch. Mustang Creek Ranch has a large range full of whitetail deer. Solana Ranch has wildlife such as whitetail deer, turkeys, hogs, and dove.

Guy's Night Out: Dining at Bird Creek

Football and Fan-Food

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Football is finally here. Now fans of the sport have fantasy leagues scheduled on the side and are counting the points their players are racking up! You can’t get the boys together to watch the game without a few good flavors of wings in the mix! Catch a game with the boys over at Scores Pizza & Wings and Wings Pizza N Things for a good time and delicious fan-favorite foods. Wings Pizza N Things is conveniently located off the SW H K Dodgen Loop. If you enjoy a good ranch dressing equally as much as the entrée itself, you will love Wings Pizza N Things. The ranch dressing is so good you can buy a bottle to-go. Scores Pizza & Wings can be found in the neighboring city of Belton. Both restaurants have incredible wings, pizza, and more, and are a fan-favorite on game days!

Along with these restaurants, the guys might enjoy some of our other delicious, hearty restaurants. Treno’s Pizzeria, Bird Creek Burger Co., and 3 West Alehouse & Grill all have specialty, gourmet options whether the entrees are pizza, burgers, or classic bar snacks. Want to catch a live football game? The neighboring city of Belton is only a short drive over and is home to the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. Enjoy stadium seating and catch an exciting game!

 

Guy's Night Out: Men Having a Drink at Fire Base

Brews For the Boys

Fire Base Brewing Co. is a craft brewery located in the downtown district. This business has plenty of beer and trivia night events to keep you entertained. An ice-cold beer never broke your heart but losing trivia night just might! Trivia Nights at Fire Base Brewing Co. occur every Thursday night and are full of laughs and friendly competition. If you’re not first, you’re last… Prep your trivia skills and head on out to the downtown district for a fun night at this local, veteran-owned brewery!

Looking for more brews? BJ’s Brewery & Tasting Room also located in the downtown district has a wide selection of flavors and brews to try. Corkys, Green Door On Second, O’Brien’s Irish Pub, and Mo’s Railyard Saloon also have specials, brews, and more. Our downtown nightlife is in full swing. Get your fix at any of these fantastic places!


National Disc Golf Day

 

Soar into summer with this fun national day.  August 7th is National Disc Golf Day. This day marks a new chance to get outside and learn a new recreational sport, or for seasoned disc golf enthusiasts, a chance to play a few rounds.  Bring your own discs and come out to one of the many disc golf courses that Temple has to offer.  Whether you are an experienced player or a casual first-timer, this recreational activity is fun for everyone!

Crossroads Disc Golf Course

Crossroads Disc Golf Course is located in the Crossroads Recreational Complex at 1020 Research Parkway.  This course is one of the newest disc golf courses built in Temple. The Crossroads course was established in 2019. The course has twenty-seven holes to play with mixed terrain such as open flatland and wooded areas. The mixture of scenery creates a fun challenge for even the most experienced players. 

Player Tip: watch out for the heavily-wooded areas. The abundance of trees and the creek that runs through a few of the holes can be tricky to navigate. It is not uncommon to lose a disc or two on this course. The extra obstacles in the way can make the course more challenging; however, the added difficulty makes the game more fun.  On top of that, when you make it through the course with all your discs intact, there’s a new sense of accomplishment and pride. 

This disc golf course primarily has par three holes with varying short and long distances. Of the twenty-seven holes, twenty are par threes. The remaining holes are par fours.  To break even on this course with a perfect par, players will need to score eighty-eight.  Between the extensive amount of trees, creek crossings, and the connection through Pepper Creek Walking Trail, the course provides an excellent challenge for players of all skill levels.

Lions Park

Located at 4320 Lions Park Road, this disc golf course was established in 2005.  The course terrain is moderately hilly and wooded. There are twenty-one holes with sixteen of them being par threes. This course has several shorter holes as well as some challenging, longer holes. To breakeven on this course, players will need to score a total par of sixty-five. The course is a great option for anyone who wants to play for a few hours, have a great time, and experience different course terrains.  

Additionally, if travelling in a group with other people that aren’t keen on disc golf, you can play the course while they check out a few of the park’s other amenities.  Lions Park has playgrounds, softball fields, and hiking/biking trails.  For players who want to bring their beloved four-legged companions, Lions Park is also home to the Central Texas Bark Park. Your pet will love being outdoors by your side as you disc golf, but they will enjoy it even more when they see the wonderful dog park located on the grounds. Play this recreational sport in rounds of seven and take your dog to the Bark Park for a break before heading back out, or play through the course and let your pet play after.  This park’s course is excellent if you’re looking to play the course and do a few more activities in the same place.

South Temple Community Park

Located at 5000 South 5th St, this course is another fantastic option to play through for national disc golf day. The terrain is lightly wooded with mostly flat surfaces.  The course has eighteen holes.  Fourteen of these holes are par threes with the remaining four set at par fours.  Six of the holes pass through or around the creek located in the middle of the park. To break even on this course, players will need to end with a score of 58. With par threes and par fours, this course is great for players travelling solo or in a group.

Heritage Park

Heritage Park located in Belton was established in 2019. This course has eighteen holes and a mixed terrain. Twelve of the holes are par threes. The remaining holes are par four.  Some holes are long and span across the park’s large flatlands and stretch along the Leon River. Other holes on the course are nestled in the woods and prove to be an excellent challenge for any disc golfer. Break even with a final score of sixty on this course. This course is also PDGA-approved and hosts tournaments throughout the year. 

UMHB Disc Golf Course

The course located at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is perfect for beginners to the recreational sport.  Located approximately fifteen minutes from Temple, this course in Belton is a mere car ride away and plenty of fun.  This course is relatively short compared to others in the area, but don’t let that discourage you.  With varying terrains, hills, and gorgeous landscapes, this course is a shorter course that provides just as much fun and challenge as longer courses in the area. The course has 9 holes and is full of par threes. To get a perfect par score on this course, disc golf players will need to score 27. For players looking for a disc golf experience with limited time, this course is short enough that players can finish fairly quickly and have time to head out to their next activities.

May the Course Be With You

Whether you are a beginner, a novice, or a professional, the courses located in Bell County are fun and challenging.  Disc golf is a sport that can be enjoyed alone or in a group.  With an excellent range of courses in both terrain and length, there are several options for avid disc golf enthusiasts to test out.  Let your discs take flight and enjoy the many courses Bell County has to offer.  


National Wine & Cheese Day

 

Wine and cheese is a dynamic duo, a powerful pair, and a fan favorite that makes an afternoon at the vineyard a dream come true.  With the promise of flavorful wines and gourmet cheeses, there is no better way to spend the weekend.  July 25th marks National Wine and Cheese Day.  This year, this day takes place on a Sunday.  With Sunday marking the end of a weekend, take time on Friday and Saturday to celebrate.  Here in Temple, and its surrounding areas, there are several wineries that will welcome you in for celebrations and cheers.

3 Texans 

A family-owned winery and vineyard located in Temple. This winery is operated by a mom and her two daughters who have made the winery and tasting room vibrant, full of life, and enveloped in an inviting atmosphere. The vineyards at 3 Texans was created in 2009 with the planting of 4,000 grapevines. An additional 1,000 grapevines have been planted since its opening. In 2019, the on-site tasting room was added to the vineyard.

With an outdoor patio and an indoor area, guests can come out to the winery and enjoy a nice, relaxing afternoon of wine tasting.  The 3 Texans Winery has an exquisite selection of flavors boasting in decadent aromas and berry tastes. Wine flavors from the 3 Texans include: Sweet Blush, Sunset Rose, Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, and more. Enjoy a wine flight in which you can sample five different wines for $10.  Open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 pm to 7 pm, you can stop by the 3 Texans Winery on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to enjoy some celebrations. 

Moose & Goose Winery 

Open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm, Moose & Goose Winery is another great winery to explore for Wine & Cheese Day. This winery has a wonderful selection of delicate and impactful flavors.  Wine flavors include: Blueberry, Tripleberry, Alpenglow, Midnight Sun, Texas PearBerry, and many more.  This lively, upbeat winery provides a fun way to spend the weekend.  Sample some favorites, enjoy a wine tasting, or bask in the summer sun on the patio with a glass of wine you’ve never tried before.   

Dancing Bee Winery 

Beginning in 1930 as a bee farm, the Walker Honey Farm has served the Central Texas Area for nearly a century.  Expanding its roots in September of 2011, Dancing Bee Winery was created.  Honey wine is the heart of this winery, with honey locally harvested from the farm’s bee populations. This winery located in Rogers, TX is sure to have your taste buds soaring with their sweet honey wines and mead. Mead flavors include: Logi’s Libation, Texas Two Step, Cyser Apple Melomel, Sparkling Cranberry, and much more.  The Dancing Bee Winery offers six tastings for $10.  A charcuterie board is available for purchase with price varying for amount/different cheeses and other options, $8 to $20.   Hours for the winery are Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. 

The Vineyard at Florence 

This gorgeous vineyard is located forty minutes away and serves as an event venue and winery.  This winery is open on Fridays from 4 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays from 12 pm to 9 pm, as well as Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm.  Enjoy a wine tasting and a charcuterie board.  Take time to sip a delicious wine on the patio or take it to go in a classy bottle for an on-site picnic.  Some of the vineyard’s unique wine flavors include: Southern Aspect and Texas Elevation.  The Vineyard at Florence is a picturesque landscape that sparks true romance and happiness.  This spot is an ideal place to celebrate Wine and Cheese Day with a significant other.

Wineries Around Central Texas

The Salado Winery, Salado Lone Star Winery, and Axis Winery are all located in Salado, approximately eighteen minutes away from Temple. Located twenty-two minutes away in Lorena is the Country Spring Vineyard.  Take a half-hour trip outside of Temple to visit these wineries and try something new.

The Perfect Cheese Board 

For an affordable, delicious option, head to Buc-ee’s for a cheese sampler platter.  Want something more luxurious?  Order ahead with Honey Bri and Charboxerie.  Honey Bri is located in Belton and has prices starting at $15. Charboxerie is located in Salado and has prices starting at $30.  At the Dancing Bee Winery you can order a charcuterie board while you are sipping some of the wineries’ famous honey wines.  The charcuterie boards at Dancing Bee are priced from $8 to $20. 

Bring the girls, your significant other, or your best friend.  Whether you go in a group or by yourself, celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day right with a flight of delicious, flavorful wines and a charcuterie board with all the cheese you can dream of.   Cheers!