Ice in Texas

We left the blustery weather in Michigan just in time….snow arrived in just days, and BIG snow arrived in just weeks (14 inches on the streets that overlook the St Joe pier and light house!).

Our travels passed through Kokomo, IN to see Grandma Fell, then onward to Dayton for a fast round of routine doctor appointments and other necessary stops, then onward to Albemarle, NC for five days with the boys’ Mama Sharon.

Then we put the coach in gear and dropped the hammer. Three days of driving…interrupted by two nights parked in Home Depot lots…found us in Keene, TX, just south of Dallas/Fort Worth.

This was a special stop of just over a week: to connect with some dear friends from days of old, to allow Robyn’s sister, Marion, to catch up to us and accompany Robyn to hear an old friend, and to give us a chance to catch a very special production for the winter season.

We missed by days a special memorial service in Dallas to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy in that city. It’s fair to say the citizens and leaders of Dallas are still horrified at their special place in history as a result of this event.

Marion drove in from visiting her daughter and grandchild in Indiana, so she could accompany Robyn to a Josh Groban concert in Dallas! It was an unusual “concert in the round” and the girls had a wonderful time!

Perhaps the highlight of our stop…mostly because it was so very unusual…was our visit to the Gaylord Texan hotel. Already a high-profile place with grand and dramatic architecture, it was time to begin their celebration of the holidays with lights, decorations, and events!

You can see from the following photos that the lobby was festooned with lights from the glass canopy ceiling down to the fountains and rivers below floor level!
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But wait, there’s more….

We really scheduled ourselves for this visit to Gaylord Texan because their holiday season celebration included a show simply called “ICE”.

There was nothing about the show that was simple….

A group of artists from China had been working for weeks to create figures and settings from “The Nutcracker” all in the form of ice: clear, frosted, and colored ice. We wore big parkas and walked around these works of ice inside a huge freezer building.

The photos below barely begin to capture the beauty and artistry of these works of ice. Click on each to see the detail.

The display concluded with a full nativity scene that included animals, magi, and shepherds. All figures were made of clear ice, with some subtle color provided by lights.

We were profoundly impressed by the big way in which Texans bring ice to their winter!
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