April in Paris

Paris in the Springtime!

There is something wonderful about Paris -- Texas -- in the springtime. And after last year's drought, it seems like we are all loving our southern spring even more than ever. The flowers are blooming and art abounds.

Yes, art -- which isn't surprising given our city's name. We are a very artistic community, in many forms. We have a number of shops in the downtown area that feature interesting buys, including original paintings, pictures, books, pottery and handcrafted woodwork. The Paris Art Gallery houses the originals of those artists who are members of the Guild. I own a number of their works and am always looking for another one to add to my collection. (For a preview, go to http://theplazagallery.com ).

Paris is also host to one of the longest running community theaters in Texas, which has a number of "season" shows a year, as well as Christmas, Children's Theater and Teen's Theater shows. Also new to Paris's artistic world is the Community Choir and "Off the Square" black-box type theater, both sponsored by PCT.
(PCT picture courtesy of Laney Kerstetter of Lane Olivia Photography).

The City of Paris also boasts of the existence of one of the longest running municipal bands, which is featured on Friday night summer concerts; such evenings take you back to days of yesteryear. All of this happens in the downtown area.

So what does this have to do with springtime in Paris? Well, an event was recently held that brought together Paris and the Arts, in the springtime, with a wine tasting tour hosted by merchants of the downtown area.

It grew dark before I could take many pictures, but at the starting location we were given downtown maps, wine bags, and wine glasses, then we were free to mosey, look, taste and buy. It was fun, edifying, and just an all-around great night.

If you missed it this year, you won't want to miss it -- or the gorgeous weather -- next year. Thank you to all who participated and brought us "April in Paris, Wine & Art Fest, sip, savor, shop . . ."

(Pictures by Sydney Young except where noted).


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