We should take a minute to thank both county and city work crews that got the downtown Denton Square ready for last Friday’s holiday lighting festival. The fencing around the gap where the Downtown Mini Mall was located, was moved to clear the Locust Street sidewalk. Landscaping crews spruced up the lawn around the courthouse, and the lights looked beautiful. Denton police also were speedy and friendly as they warned revelers that lightning and a coming storm forced officials to shut down the festival about an hour early.
The bad weather was a bummer because it ended the festival right as the “Very Merry Denton: A Holiday Spectacular” concert was set to start.
Denton musician and concert bandleader David Pierce has developed a really good show, and we’re bummed we didn’t get to see it this year.
We were a little surprised to see that director Eric Ryan launched a fundraiser for the Music Theatre of Denton’s 2019 production of Newsies. Denton’s performing arts groups are seasoned fundraisers, but this is the first time we’ve seen a director post a fundraiser for a show on Facebook.
Ryan is trying to raise $2,000, and the online campaign says the money is earmarked for the production.
We’ve been following the Denton comedy scene for a few years — including the rise and fall of two local comedy festivals. The scene just got an angel of sorts.
Bill Hensley, a member of the local band Wirerims, donated a PA system to the Bearded Monk for the 7 p.m. open mic the growler bar hosts each Sunday. Denton comic Joey Johnson is the master of ceremonies for the weekly open mic.
Bus and train passengers, take note: Denton County Transportation Authority won’t run the train or buses on Christmas or New Year’s days.
Sure, you’ve seen Denton-themed T-shirts, ballcaps, tote bags and wall art, even recycled Barbie dolls. Now there’s a pinball game.
Free Play Denton, the retro gaming arcade and craft beer joint on Hickory Street, now unveiled what it calls “the best Denton themed pinball machine in the entire world.” “Denton Heat” is a modified Hollywood Heat pinball machine that’s still in beta testing mode — the management says on Facebook that they’re continuing to tweak and refine the gameplay.