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Afternoon of free family fun includes wide range of activities and entertainment

The Connemara Conservancy will host a holiday celebration in its Meadow Nature Preserve Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9, from noon to 4:30.

The afternoon of free family fun will feature hayrides, hammocks, a photo booth, possible Elf sightings and more.

Holiday music will be provided by the Allen Philharmonic Tuba Euphonium Quartet. Holiday cookies and brownies will be provided by Market Street.

More details, including directions to the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve, is available at ConnemaraConservancy.org.

About The Connemara Conservancy

For more than three decades, the Connemara Conservancy Foundation has been at the forefront of land conservation and environmental education in Texas. Connemara works closely with farmers, ranchers and other landowners as well as local governments and forward-thinking developers on land preservation. Today, Connemara protects more than 7,000 acres throughout North Texas. In addition, thousands of students, families and organizations participate in Connemara’s restoration and environmental education programs each year. Connemara is an active member of the National Land Trust Alliance, the Texas Land Trust Alliance and the Center for Nonprofit Management.  More information on the Connemara Conservancy Foundation is available at connemaraconservancy.org.

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The Connemara Conservancy invites you to join us Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve as we celebrate the holiday season with an afternoon of outdoor family fun.

We will have a marshmallow roast, hay rides, carolers, holiday crafts, cocoa, candy canes, a photo booth and more.

In addition, anyone making a donation to Connemara can register for one of these great private events in the Connemara Meadow Preserve:

Bee Hive Tour:  You will have a chance to join the Meadow Bee Keeper for a working visit to the hive.  You will be dressed in a full bee suit, work the smoker and provide other assistance.  Photos and video of the experience will be provided.

Private Hot Dog and Marshmallow Roast with Hay Rides:  You and 11 of your friends will enjoy a 2-hour private hot dog/marshmallow roast in the Meadow on a Saturday night in December or January.  Hay rides are also included!

Holiday music will be provided by Allen Philharmonic Tuba Euphonium Quartet. Christmas trees and treats will be provided by Whole Foods Market.

More information and directions at www.connemaraconservancy.org.

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FallFest Photo Booth Connemara FallFest in the Meadow is Sunday, Oct. 22.

The Connemara Conservancy is hosting an afternoon of fun for the entire family in the Meadow Nature Preserve on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Admission is free to FallFest in the Meadow, which will feature a wide range of activities, including:

•Hay Rides

•Face painting

•Butterfly Garden Tours

•Mazes

•Pumpkins

•Photo Booth

•Artwork In The Meadow

KONA ICE will be serving up frozen treats from 1:30 - 3:30 and we will have hammocks provided by REI for those who just want to spend a lazy afternoon outdoors.

The entrance to the Meadow Nature Preserve is on Alma Road just south of Bethany Drive in Allen. More details, including directions to the Meadow, is available at ConnemaraConservancy.org

About The Connemara Conservancy

For more than three decades, the Connemara Conservancy Foundation has been at the forefront of land conservation and environmental education in Texas. Founded in 1981 as one of the first land trusts in the state by Frances Montgomery Williams and her daughter, Amy Monier, Connemara works closely with farmers, ranchers and other landowners as well as local governments and forward-thinking developers on land preservation. Today, Connemara protects more than 6,000 acres throughout North Texas with more in progress. In addition, thousands of students, families and organizations participate in Connemara’s restoration and environmental education programs each year. Connemara is an active member of the National Land Trust Alliance and the Texas Land Trust Alliance.  More information on the Connemara Conservancy Foundation is available at connemaraconservancy.org.

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The Connemara Conservancy will host an evening of music and fun this Friday, July 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Meadow Nature Preserve. 

There is no charge and residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and coolers as local musicians Tony Stanzo and Mark Wood will present a mix of popular folk music and patriotic songs. Free Hayrides through the Meadow will also be available.

The Meadow Preserve is located on the border of Plano and Allen just to the east of Alma Drive between Hedgcoxe and Bethany.

More information is available at connemaraconservancy.org.

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Art returns to the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve from 1 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 16 when the Connemara Conservancy and the Allen Arts Alliance team up to present “Art In The Meadow,” an afternoon of art and fun for the entire family. The event is free and open to the public.

Local artists are scheduled to have their nature-inspired work available for purchase in the Connemara Meadow Pecan Grove. In addition, there will be music as well as a variety family activities including a pumpkin patch for photos, face painters, nature walks, hayrides, mazes, and other Fall related activities.

For over a decade in the 1980s and 1990s, the Connemara Meadow hosted large-scale sculpture shows as a way to attract people to the 72-acre nature preserve on the southeast corner of West Bethany and Alma Drives. Now, the Allen Arts Alliance will use the natural beauty of the Meadow Pecan Grove as the setting in which local artists can showcase their work.

“When many people think of Connemara, they often think of the sculpture shows,” said Connemara Board President Marcus Yarbrough. “This is a great opportunity to bring art back to the Meadow as a way to enjoy the great outdoors,”

“It’s a perfect partnership of art and nature,” added Allen Arts Alliance Board Chair Kathy Litinas. “Our logo reflects nature’s most dramatic and intricate piece of art, the tree, which makes the Connemara Pecan Grove a perfect backdrop for our artists to display their work.”

For more than three decades, the Connemara Conservancy Foundation has been at the forefront of land conservation and environmental education in Texas. Connemara works closely with farmers, ranchers and other landowners as well as local governments and forward-thinking developers on land preservation. Today, Connemara protects more than 6,000 acres throughout North Texas. In addition, thousands of students, families and organizations participate in Connemara’s restoration and environmental education programs each year. Connemara is an active member of the National Land Trust Alliance, the Texas Land Trust Alliance and the Center for Nonprofit Management.  More information on the Connemara Conservancy Foundation is available at connemaraconservancy.org.

The Allen Arts Alliance began as a city advisory board in 1998 to support arts and culture in Allen. In 2006, the Arts Alliance became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the umbrella organization for the arts and cultural organizations in the Allen community. The mission of the Allen Arts Alliance is to promote and nurture arts, culture, heritage and enrichment programs throughout Allen and neighboring communities through:

  • Facilitating collaboration between local arts organizations
  • Broadening the understanding of the various arts forms available to the citizens
  • Increasing opportunities for community involvement in the arts
  • Ensuring access to arts and cultural opportunities to all
  • Actively seeking financial support for the arts and practicing good stewardship

More information on the event, including directions to the Connemara Meadow, is available at at connemaraconservancy.org or allenartsalliance.org.

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The Connemara Conservancy will extend the Earth Day celebration an extra day with a special family-friendly Hops For Habitat fundraiser on April 23 at Experimental Table in Lucas.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature local chefs George Brown (Experimental Table), Matt Hamilton (Local Yocal Farm To Market) and Robert Lyford (Patina Green Home And Market). They will unleash their creative talents on pounds of smoked pork, charcuterie with house made pickles, fresh farm eggs and cool vegetables. All capped off by pastry chef Katie Brown’s homemade smore’s.

There will also be a special menu for the kids.

Tickets are $75 per person and $10 per child and available at connemaraconservancy.com. The event is sponsored by Experimental Table and Nine Band Brewing Co. with proceeds benefitting the Connemara Conservancy, which has been at the forefront of land conservation and environmental education in North Texas for more than three decades.

Connemara Conservancy works closely with farmers, ranchers and other landowners as well as forward-thinking city officials and developers to improve the quality of life in North Texas.  This is done by helping protect and preserve our most important assets – land and water.

Connemara now protects more than 6,000 acres as both fee land holdings and under conservation easements with conservation-minded landowners. In addition, thousands of students, families and organizations participate in the Conservancy’s environmental education programs each year.