Play Here's Activity Roundup for Aug. 17 to 24

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Cody Wilson and Sydney Berg star in ALT's "Constellations."
Photo by Chip Chandler

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Check here for details on the final weekend of Texas, parties, fundraisers and more. Don't miss out on any of the fun!

 

Thursday

"Texas" wraps up its 52nd season with performances through Saturday in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
Photo by Chip Chandler

  • Constellations: The 91st season for Amarillo Little Theatre opens with this mindbending two-person romantic drama about a beekeeper and an astrophysicist and the swirl of possibilities new love and quantum universes can bring. My preview helps you make sense of it, I hope. (7:30 p.m. Thursday, ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)
  • Texas: The outdoor musical drama continues its 52nd season. (8:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. Pioneer Amphitheatre. Adults $16.95 to $30.95, plus fees; children $12.95 to $26.95, plus fees. Dinner: $16 adults, $9 children. 806-655-2181)

 

Friday

Artist Rachael Edwards will combine street and fine art in a new exhibition, "The Back Alley Gallery."
Courtesy Rachael Edwards

  • National Pinot Noir Day: Celebrate the luscious red wine with live music from Stephanie Brackett, and food and drink specials. (6 p.m. Friday, Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. $10. 806-488-2214)
  • Atlatl in the Evening: Learn about the atlatl, the main hunting weapon for prehistoric tribes, at this special event at Palo Duro Canyon. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink. Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Meet at the park headquarters. (6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227)
  • Create! VIP Preview Party: The Create! downtown arts festival from Center City of Amarillo will kick off with a VIP preview party from 6:30 to 11 p.m. in the new Embassy Suites Amarillo Downtown, 550 S. Buchanan St. — the first event held at the new hotel. The party features  painting with Burn Studio, food and beverages, a photo booth, caricatures done by Kyle Singleton, and art show and sale, silent auction items and a performance by The Cassettes, an Amarillo '80s cover band. (6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Embassy Suites Amarillo Downtown, 550 S. Buchanan St. $75. 806-372-6744)
  • Tour of The Village: Visit the remains of one of the earliest camp sigtes in Palo Duro Canyon — the Art Camp, or The Village, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink. Meet at the El Coronado Lodge Visitor Center. (6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227)
  • The Back Alley Gallery: Artist Rachael Edwards will turn downtown alleys into fleeting fine art galleries in this new concept show. (7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, between First and Fourth avenues east of Harrison Street in downtown Amarillo. Free.)
  • Constellations: The 91st season for Amarillo Little Theatre opens with this mindbending two-person romantic drama about a beekeeper and an astrophysicist and the swirl of possibilities new love and quantum universes can bring. My preview helps you make sense of it, I hope(8 p.m. Friday, ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)
  • Texas: The outdoor musical drama continues its 52nd season. (8:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. Pioneer Amphitheatre. Adults $16.95 to $30.95, plus fees; children $12.95 to $26.95, plus fees. Dinner: $16 adults, $9 children. 806-655-2181)

 

Saturday

The Texas Panhandle Craft Beerfest is Saturday.

  • Celebration of the Plains Indian Culture: Learn about Native American bison hide tanning practices at the third in a series of cultural weekends at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument visitor center, free. 806-857-3151)
  • Amarillo Community Market: The downtown farmers and crafters market returns for a second year (which runs through Oct. 14). Look for live music and activities weekly. (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday around the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St. Free.)
  • The 806 Extra Vaganza: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of The 806 Coffee + Lounge with birthday cake and a bake sale, a silent art auction and raffles beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a performance by Maggie Burt and Wade Tosh and a birthday roast of the coffee shop, 2812 S.W Sixth Ave., at 9 p.m. Saturday. The day conclude with an afterparty featuring Amarillo instrumental rock band Glyphs and post-punk gothic rock band Deathbelles at 11 p.m. Saturday at Golden Light Cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave. (10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-322-1806)
  • Howdy Neighbor Day: The town of Fritch will welcome folks for a 10 a.m. parade, festival and car show. The Drake Hayes Band will perform for an evening dance. (10 a.m. Saturday, Fritch. 806-678-7847)
  • Create! 2017: This indoor/outdoor family arts festival from Center City of Amarillo, featuring food booths, arts and crafts, children's activities, film screenings, story time and more, as well as music by Andy ChaseThe DustJackets and Mike Fuller. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-372-6744)
  • End of Summer Bullnanza: Bulldogs from around the region will compete for top honors. (11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Regency Room, 401 S. Buchanan St. Free. 806-517-8900)
  • Palo Duro Rocks! Geology Tour: Take a ride through Palo Duro Canyon to learn more about the geological forces that built it and the rocks and minerals that comprise it. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink. Children out of booster seats are welcome. Sign-in is required, and space is limited. Meet at the park headquarters. (4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227)
  • Texas Panhandle Craft Beerfest: Get hopped up for this party featuring local breweries and other favorites. Tickets are $100 for VIPs, which includes early admission at 3 p.m. (regular admission begins at 4 p.m.), a catered meal and more; or $35 in advance and $45 day of event, which includes a souvenir tasting glass.  (3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $35 in advance, $45 Saturday, $100 VIP. 806-355-9777)
  • EQTX Summer Soirée: This cocktail and dinner party will raise funds for Equality Texas(6:30 p.m. Saturday, 1201 N. Western St. $85 at the door. 806-570-7889)
  • Constellations: The 91st season for Amarillo Little Theatre opens with this mindbending two-person romantic drama about a beekeeper and an astrophysicist and the swirl of possibilities new love and quantum universes can bring. My preview helps you make sense of it, I hope(8 p.m. Saturday, ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)
  • Texas: The outdoor musical drama closes its 52nd season. (8:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. Pioneer Amphitheatre. Adults $16.95 to $30.95, plus fees; children $12.95 to $26.95, plus fees. Dinner: $16 adults, $9 children. 806-655-2181)
  • Nearly New Moon Hike: Join a park interpreter at Palo Duro Canyon for a hike on one of the darkest nights of the month. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink and a flashligh or headlamp. Meet at Wolfberry Day Use Area next to Juniper Camping Loop near the back of the park. (8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227)

 

Sunday

  • Celebration of the Plains Indian Culture: Learn about Native American bison hide tanning practices at the third in a series of cultural weekends at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument visitor center, free. 806-857-3151)
  • Constellations: The 91st season for Amarillo Little Theatre opens with this mindbending two-person romantic drama about a beekeeper and an astrophysicist and the swirl of possibilities new love and quantum universes can bring. My preview helps you make sense of it, I hope(2:30 p.m. Sunday, ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

     

    Monday

    • Solar Eclipse Viewing Picnic: Witness the highly uncommon solar eclipse during a picnic at Don Harrington Discovery Center. The eclipse will begin to be viewable at 11:29 a.m. and at its maximum at 12:56 p.m. Lunch will be available from Thumpers Grill food truck. A limited supply of special solar eclipse glasses may be available. Check here for my colleague Mike Smith's comprehensive guide to other eclipse events in the area and more information about the solar event. (11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. $5. 806-355-9547)

     

    Tuesday

    • Starlight Theatre: Cover band Insufficient Funds will perform for the final concert of the season. (7 p.m. Tuesday, Sam Houston Park, Western Street and Line Avenue. Free.)

     

    Aug. 24

    • Menopause the Musical: This high-spirited musical, in which four strangers bond over their bodily changes, returns to Amarillo for an add-on performance for the Broadway Spotlight Series. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets  $41 to $46, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
    • Movie Night: Kick off the fall semester at Amarillo College with a screening of The Goonies in a public event sponsored by the Student Government Association. (8:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Amarillo College amphitheatre on the Washington Street campus. Free. 806-371-5000)

     

    Ongoing

    • Amarillo Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (during Music in the Gardens season) and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children through eighth grade. Call 806-352-6513.
    • Amarillo Escape and Mystery: Attempt to escape a variety of themed locked rooms in 60 minutes at this attraction, 12208 Canyon Drive. It's open daily by reservation; games must be booked two hours in advance. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-414-2382.
    • Amarillo Historical Museum: Learn more about the city's past at this museum, 1612 S. Johnson St. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays, or by appointment. Call 806-206-3926.
    • Amarillo Museum of Art: The museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Amarillo Biennial 600: Architecture is on view through Oct. 1. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.
    • Amarillo Public Library: Look for daily events for children (and book clubs for adults) throughout the summer at all branches. Call 806-378-3051.
    • Amarillo Railroad Museum: The museum, 3160 I Ave., is open 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Call 806-335-3333.
    • Amarillo Suite Escape: Visitors can attempt to escape from three rooms with rotating themes at this attraction, 715 S. Lamar St. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-640-3831.
    • Amarillo Zoo: The zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children ages 3-12, and free on Monday. Call 806-381-7911.
    • American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: The facility, 2601 E. Interstate 40, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed holidays). America's Horse in Art show and sale is on view through Oct. 12. Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 veterans, $3 children ages 6 to 18 and free for active-duty military and children 5 and younger. Call 806-376-4811. 
    • Bill’s Backyard Classics: The classic car and truck museum, 5309 S. Washington St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-373-8194.
    • Cerulean Gallery: The gallery, 814 S. Taylor St., features Modern West through Sept. 22. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays. Call 806-576-0063.
    • Don Harrington Discovery Center: The center, 1200 Streit Drive, is featuring Physics @ Play and Cubelets Robot Blocks through Sept. 17. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the summer. Admission is $11 adults, $8 children and students (to age 22), military and seniors. Call 806-355-9547.
    • The Galleries at Sunset Center: The galleries, 3701 Plains Blvd., are generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 806-353-5700.
    • Harrington House: The historic home, 1600 S. Polk St., features a summer exhibition through Wednesday9. Free tours are conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 806-374-5490.
    • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area: The park, located 50 miles northeast of Amarillo near Fritch, is open 24 hours a day. The area also includes Area includes Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Admission is free. Call 806-857-3151.
    • Palo Duro Adventure Park and Zip Line: This attraction, located near the entrance of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the summer. Call 806-488-2260.
    • Palo Duro Canyon State Park: The canyon, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227.
    • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: The museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, is featuring The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains through Dec. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through August. Admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children and free for members and children younger than 4. Call 806-651-2244.
    • River Breaks Ranch: This attraction, 7802 Durrett Drive, offers sporting clays, team roping, horse racing and more. Call 806-374-0357.
    • Texas Air & Space Museum: The museum, 10001 American Drive, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 806-335-9159.
    • Wildcat Bluff Nature Center: The center, 2301 N. Soncy Road, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and children. Call 806-352-6007.
    • Wonderland Park: The park will continue its 66th season. Park hours vary throughout the summer, so check their calendar for the most up-to-date information. Full access passes are $31.95 for Tuesdays through Thursdays, $33.95 for Fridays, and $39.95 for Saturdays and Sundays. Spectator passes are $5. WOW passes are available in any amount. Miniature golf is $5; hours are 5 p.m. to close Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 p.m. to close Saturdays and Sundays. Call 806-383-3344. 

     

    Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at Chip.Chandler@actx.edu, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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