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Dallasites have a long hot summer ahead of us. My husband and I have just returned from a glorious river cruise vacation, so we won’t be leaving anytime soon. Not to worry, there’s plenty to keep us busy. Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to.
In Rockwall County
Restaurants like Gloria’s and Dodie’s line the patios of The Harbor complex. Couples and family of every description frolic on different levels, enjoying fountains, views and often entertainment. On Summer Thursdays, the Concert by the Lake Series brings in a variety of tribute bands that will get your toes tapping and inspire you to get up and dance.
If you’d prefer to be on the water then you want to Sail with Scott. Captain Scott offers two ways to enjoy Lake Ray Hubbard: The Seawolf and Harbor Lights. The Seawolf is a 40 foot long hand-built catamaran of Spanish Cedar. There are daily cruises at 1,3,5,7 &9 costing $30 per person – but go online and make reservations, because Scott won’t be there if no one has made a reservation. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments. Whether you need a little “me” time, want to have a special evening for two or to plan a party for you and 48 of your friends, the Seawolf is a great option.
If you’ve got a larger group to entertain, then you’ll want to talk to Captain Scott about chartering a Harbor Lights cruise. Habor Lights is a 57-foot double decker party barge accommodating 95 passengers. It can be chartered for weddings and other special events or you can join one of the public cruises. For instance there will be a Memorial Day Cruise complete with BBQ and swimming. The price is $50 per person (less for kids depending on age) and all you have to do is bring your swimsuit.
Downtown Rockwall is another fun place to visit, the old courthouse square has been beautifully renovated and the square is lined with darling shops of many varieties and a smorgasbord of restaurants.
The San Jacinto Music Series started May 13. Every Friday and Saturday night through the summer the San Jacinto Plaza plays host to musicians from 6:30 to 9:00. The concerts are free and you don’t worry about a map. Downtown is at the intersection of 66 and 205. Park by the courthouse, listen and follow the music. You can bring your own vintages and victuals or try out one of our delicious restaurants sprinkled around the courthouse. Some seating is available, but you can bring your own or make yourself at home on the brick sidewalks.
On Saturday mornings you can find me at the Rockwall Farmers Market. If you like fresh, you’ll love this! You’ll find some of the most gorgeous vegetables you can imagine here, grown by local farmers and everything was just picked. But there’s more than fruits and vegetables to enjoy. Musicians play in the shade of trees. Fresh-baked pies, home-canned pickles and a variety of specialty foods are also available. Sampling is encouraged! It’s a fun morning and quite relaxing, because it’s hometown style rather than downtown style.