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AYSA Adult Volleyball League

  • The Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-692-2972Sabrina Bingham
  • 09/09/21 - 10/21/21
  • 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

Thursday evenings, Sept.9 - Oct.21. Coed Divisions--A=Men's net height, and highest division of play. B=Women's net height and rec division of play. Guaranteed 2 matches per night. Matches will start as early as 5:30 pm and finish no later than 9 pm. Schedules will be posted a few days prior to the start of the season.

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 10/04/21 - 10/04/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Country Western Dance Lessons

  • Cobb Recreation Center
  • 2302 State St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6447
  • 10/04/21 - 10/04/21
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • $33-Single Ticket
    $45-Couples Ticket

Time to dust off those boots and sign up for Country Western Dance Lessons. From the Texas Two-Step to the Cotton-Eyed Joe, these classes will make you the most sought-after partner on the dance floor. Learn the Texas Two-Step, Waltz, Polka, Schottische, Cotton-Eyed Joe, and more. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Tie-Dye Tuesday at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 10/05/21 - 10/05/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Per Person (includes mini golf)

Bring something to dye or purchase something white from the shop. Whatever you bring, make sure it's natural (cotton, rayon, hemp, etc). Extra charges for multiple and oversized items.

 
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DJ Billy D Takes Over Fat Boss's

  • Fat Boss’s Pub
  • 216 Pine St.Abilene
  • 832-971-4248Tessa Sanchez
  • 10/08/21 - 10/08/21
  • 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Beverages available for purchase

Head to Fat Boss's every Friday as their house DJ Billy D provides everything from hip-hop, pop, and top 40 to house music. Fat Boss's loves and support the military and they're excited to have their very own active duty DJ with them every Friday evening. 

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 10/11/21 - 10/11/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Country Western Dance Lessons

  • Cobb Recreation Center
  • 2302 State St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6447
  • 10/11/21 - 10/11/21
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • $33-Single Ticket
    $45-Couples Ticket

Time to dust off those boots and sign up for Country Western Dance Lessons. From the Texas Two-Step to the Cotton-Eyed Joe, these classes will make you the most sought-after partner on the dance floor. Learn the Texas Two-Step, Waltz, Polka, Schottische, Cotton-Eyed Joe, and more. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Tie-Dye Tuesday at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 10/12/21 - 10/12/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Per Person (includes mini golf)

Bring something to dye or purchase something white from the shop. Whatever you bring, make sure it's natural (cotton, rayon, hemp, etc). Extra charges for multiple and oversized items.

 
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DJ Billy D Takes Over Fat Boss's

  • Fat Boss’s Pub
  • 216 Pine St.Abilene
  • 832-971-4248Tessa Sanchez
  • 10/15/21 - 10/15/21
  • 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Beverages available for purchase

Head to Fat Boss's every Friday as their house DJ Billy D provides everything from hip-hop, pop, and top 40 to house music. Fat Boss's loves and support the military and they're excited to have their very own active duty DJ with them every Friday evening. 

 
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Boo at the Zoo presented by Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-676-6085
  • 10/16/21 - 10/16/21
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $10-General Admission
    Free-2 & Under

The zoo will come alive with costume contests, a pumpkin craft, wild animal experiences, and pumpkin chunkin'. The zoo is pleased to add more attractions this year, a portion of which are decorated regions that will each have their own theme. There will be a new twist on the costume contest by including their ambassador animals - LIVE. There will also be performances by Princess Bubbles and her grand wand that feature mystical bubbles that can be morphed into something greater. Professional dancers will sweep through the Festival de Animales region. There will be life-sized piñatas, great for photo-ops. And, finally, the zoo will be including a presentation of two animals, Macho the Rhino and Athena the Burmese Python. DJ Swink will be playing spooky classics and Halloween mixes each weekend.

Little ghosts and goblins will be able to gather goodies at vendor trick-or-treat stations spread throughout the zoo, providing ample space for social distancing.

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 10/18/21 - 10/18/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Country Western Dance Lessons

  • Cobb Recreation Center
  • 2302 State St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6447
  • 10/18/21 - 10/18/21
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • $33-Single Ticket
    $45-Couples Ticket

Time to dust off those boots and sign up for Country Western Dance Lessons. From the Texas Two-Step to the Cotton-Eyed Joe, these classes will make you the most sought-after partner on the dance floor. Learn the Texas Two-Step, Waltz, Polka, Schottische, Cotton-Eyed Joe, and more. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Tie-Dye Tuesday at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 10/19/21 - 10/19/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Per Person (includes mini golf)

Bring something to dye or purchase something white from the shop. Whatever you bring, make sure it's natural (cotton, rayon, hemp, etc). Extra charges for multiple and oversized items.

 
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Hardin-Simmons University Homecoming

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1317
  • 10/21/21 - 10/24/21
  • Call for specific event times
  • Free; Football game ticket prices vary

A multi-facted celebration bringing the HSU community together from across the world.

 
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Total Feeds US Mounted Shooting

  • Taylor County Expo - Taylor Telecom Arena
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 501-864-5999Dale Armstrong
  • 10/21/21 - 10/23/21
  • Call for times & admission

USMS is a Mounted Shooting organization that provides a fun, safe, family-oriented environment for competition. The sport of Mounted Shooting is a fast-growing, high horsemanship, equine sport. 

 
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JD Lewis at Potosi Live

  • Potosi Live
  • 897 FM-1750Abilene
  • 10/21/21 - 10/21/21
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Food & beverages available for purchase

Enjoy great food and live music featuring JD Lewis.

 
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Sons Of The Pioneers

  • Wylie Performing Arts Center
  • 4502 Antilley Rd.Abilene
  • 325-864-9119Stan West
  • 10/21/21 - 10/21/21
  • 7 p.m.
  • $25-$45

Enjoy a good ol’ western concert by Sons of the Pioneers. They'll be performing hits such as "Riders In The Sky," "Cool Water," "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," " Happy Trails," and "The Old Rugged Cross."

 
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Haunted House at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977
  • 10/21/21 - 10/23/21
  • 8:30 to 11 p.m.
  • $10-Tour & Mini Golf

Enter the Lair if you dare. The Umpteenth Annual Haunted House at Play Faire Park has been revamped into the Dragon's Lair, a Labyrinth of Horror. Be prepared for a scare and watch out for dragons. 

 
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Bloodsucker's Blood Drive

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 13256984351Heather Miller
  • 10/22/21 - 10/22/21
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Hosted by Hendrick Regional Blood Center. Starve a vampire, donate blood! 

 
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Haunted Abilene

  • Swenson House
  • 1726 Swenson St.Abilene
  • 325-232-8454Swenson House
  • 10/22/21 - 10/23/21
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $15-House
    $15-Trolley
    $20-Combination Ticket

Prepare to walk through the halls to hear the kitschy witches. Come get your family-friendly scare, enjoy trolley rides, wander through the corn maze, stop by the children's play area, watch movies on the grounds, grab bites to eat at the food trucks, and tour the wonderful Swenson House.

 

 

 
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Jackson Hatch at The Ice House at LSDG

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 10/22/21 - 10/22/21
  • 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Food & beverages for purchase

Enjoy live music featuring Jackson Hatch.

 
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Dale Watson & His Lone Stars at Potosi Live

  • Potosi Live
  • 897 FM-1750Abilene
  • 10/22/21 - 10/22/21
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $20-Per Person

Enjoy great food and live music featuring Dale Watson & His Lone Stars.

 
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DJ Billy D Takes Over Fat Boss's

  • Fat Boss’s Pub
  • 216 Pine St.Abilene
  • 832-971-4248Tessa Sanchez
  • 10/22/21 - 10/22/21
  • 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Beverages available for purchase

Head to Fat Boss's every Friday as their house DJ Billy D provides everything from hip-hop, pop, and top 40 to house music. Fat Boss's loves and support the military and they're excited to have their very own active duty DJ with them every Friday evening. 

 
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Walk This Way: From Castles to Clouds

  • Downtown Abilene
  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-676-2556
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21

Calling all knights, princesses and friendly dragons to downtown for a special celebration and 3D storybook mural unveiling! Several events are planned to celebrate new railway tunnel underpass lighting, a dragon-and-castle-themed mural in the pedestrian tunnel behind the T&P Depot, and a new 20-foot kinetic sculpture at the Abilene Convention Center, 'In Cloud Light IV.' 

Register for a private breakfast with costumed characters and a crowning and knighting ceremony. Take your photo atop the mural dragon. Make crafts and enjoy live music from Abilene ISD performance groups. 

Prince, princess, knight and other storybook costumes encouraged! 

 
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Mayor's Cup Disc Golf Tournament

  • Will Hair Park
  • 101 East AmblerAbilene
  • 325-439-0186Erik Johnson
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • $120-4 Person Team
    Free-Spectators

Watch or play! This Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned event attracts skilled frisbee throwers from throughout the region. The Rotary Club of Abilene sponsors the championship disc golf tournament, which helps raises capital for disc golf course improvements. All players must be PDGA ranked or have played in a PDGA event in 2020. 

 
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Mayor's Hike

  • Cedar Creek Waterway
  • 170 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6217Jennifer Pacheco
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Free

Bring the whole family and start the day with a 3-mile hike along Cedar Creek Waterway. Mayor Anthony Williams will be your guide. Leashed dogs are welcome to join. Due to the terrain of the trail, strollers and bikes are not allowed. 

 
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Boo at the Zoo presented by Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-676-6085
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $10-General Admission
    Free-2 & Under

The zoo will come alive with costume contests, a pumpkin craft, wild animal experiences, and pumpkin chunkin'. The zoo is pleased to add more attractions this year, a portion of which are decorated regions that will each have their own theme. There will be a new twist on the costume contest by including their ambassador animals - LIVE. There will also be performances by Princess Bubbles and her grand wand that feature mystical bubbles that can be morphed into something greater. Professional dancers will sweep through the Festival de Animales region. There will be life-sized piñatas, great for photo-ops. And, finally, the zoo will be including a presentation of two animals, Macho the Rhino and Athena the Burmese Python. DJ Swink will be playing spooky classics and Halloween mixes each weekend.

Little ghosts and goblins will be able to gather goodies at vendor trick-or-treat stations spread throughout the zoo, providing ample space for social distancing.

 

3rd Annual Scarecrow Festival

  • Taylor County History Center - Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365Kenna Hogan
  • 10/23/21 - 11/06/21
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

Scarecrows inspired by Cartoon Characters and created by local students will be installed on the grounds of the Taylor County History Center this October! The opening event on Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00am-5:00pm is free and open to the public and will include a variety of family friendly fall activities and games. Scarecrows will be on view throughout the grounds of the Taylor County History Center until Saturday, November 6, 2021.

 
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Brunch with Style at the Elks

  • The Elks Building
  • 1174 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3775
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • $35

Join the Abilene Preservation League at the Elks featuring a signature brunch from Front Porch Coffee Co. Enjoy fall fashions presented by your favorite Abilene boutiques, while savoring mimosas and bloody marys. This brunch is sponsored by the Dian Graves Owen Foundation. Purchase tickets here. 

 
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Run for Life - Kristin Mitchell Memorial Run

  • Wilford-Moore Stadium
  • 1560 Ross Ave.Abilene
  • 325-793-4966Rexi Parcells
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 10 a.m.
  • $15

This 1-mile run/walk organized by the McMurry University Cross Country teams is to remember former McMurry cross country runner, Kristin Mitchell. In doing so, they would like to raise awareness to the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. All entry fees and donations go directly toward New Horizons. 

 
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Sonflower Women's Ministry Craft Show

  • First Church of the Nazarene
  • 2849 Beltway S.Abilene
  • 325-668-6589Carol Hehn
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free-Admission

Enjoy this craft show, bake sale and ministry fair featuring over 60 local vendors. There is something for everyone including handmade soaps, embroidery, jewelry, home-baked goodies, wood crafts, unique gifts, and much more. There will be a silent acution to benefit FCN music ministry. Be sure to get there early!

 
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Texas Star Book Signing: Penny Parker Klostermann

  • Texas Star Trading Co.
  • 174 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-672-9696
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • $16.99-Hard Cover
    $8.99-Board Book

Best-selling Abilene author, Penny Parker Klostermann, will sign copies of her delightful children's book There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight at Texas Star Trading Co.

 

 
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Corks and Collars

  • The Winery at Willow Creek
  • 4353 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-690-9463Maddy Green
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 12 to 5 p.m.
  • Food & beverages available for purchase

Bring your dogs for a day on the creek benefiting the All Kind Animal Initiative. The Winery will have live music, food trucks, raffles, and a silent auction. There will be a Halloween costume contest for the pups and nail trims by Frontier Vet Clinic.

 
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KAO Fall Festival

  • Matera Gardens
  • 833 S. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-283-1718
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 1 to 4 p.m.

KAO Lounge is turning one. Bring out the whole family for daytime fun at Matera Gardens. Activities include:

  • Pumpkin patch by The Pumpkin Man
  • Dunking booth benefiting New Horizons
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Three-legged race
  • Water balloon toss

1st place winner of games will receive a prize.

 
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Downtown Abilene Food Tour

  • The Fountain in Everman Park
  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-725-7702
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • $49-Per Person
    Alcohol option upgrade is an additional $18

Take a short walk and experience some of the absolute best flavors the big country has to offer. Each tour is a unique culinary adventure that combines food with history, architecture, and culture. You’ll stroll through downtown learning and chatting while filling your belly with some delicious food from some of the top eateries in all of Abilene! 

 
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Dragon Dance

  • Everman Park
  • 1007-1099 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-665-9880
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 4 p.m.

Join Cultura Local ABI and the Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team as they share and introduce the art of Dragon Dancing to our community.

 
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SoDA District Food Tour

  • Sockdolager Brewing Company
  • 833 S. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-725-7702
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • $49-Per Person
    Alcohol option upgrade is an additional $24

This walking tour highlights the revitalized and still growing SoDA District side of downtown and the incredible flavors it has to offer. 

 
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Boone Dugan at Betty Rose's Little Brisket

  • Betty Rose's Little Brisket
  • 3934 Catclaw St.Abilene
  • 325-698-8000
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy BBQ and live music by Boone Dugan on the patio.

 
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Cabin Dinners: Rightfield

  • SoDA Stage
  • 806 S. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 8 p.m.
  • $5

Enjoy live music on the SoDA Stage featuring Rightfield. 

 
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Danny and John at The Ice House at LSDG

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 6 pm to Midnight
  • Food & beverages for purchase

Enjoy live music featuring Danny and John.

 
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Happy Boos-day KAO Lounge

  • KAO Lounge
  • 137B Oak St.Abilene
  • 325-283-1718
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • Festivities Begin, 7 p.m.
    Judging Begins, 9 p.m.
  • Food & beverages available for purchase

Celebrate KAO Lounge's one-year birthday. There will be a costume contest, specialty cocktails, cornhole, mummy races, and more.

 
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Pilotcar at Potosi Live

  • Potosi Live
  • 897 FM-1750Abilene
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 8 to 10 p.m.
  • Food & beverages available for purchase

Enjoy great food and live music featuring Pilotcar.

 
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Play Faire Park Pumpkin Ball Featuring Ashen the Fall

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 10/23/21 - 10/23/21
  • 8 to 11 p.m.
  • $10-Haunted house (includes golf)
    Regular admission: $6-Adults; $5-12 & younger; Free-5 & younger
    $5 minimum-Cooler charge

You're invited to a spooky good time. Celebrate Halloween with a tour of the Dragon's Lair, a labyrinth of horror. If you survive, check the stage for Ashen the Fall. Costumes are highly encouraged. 

 
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2021 Busted Putter Golf Classic

  • Abilene Country Club
  • 4039 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241
  • 10/25/21 - 10/25/21
  • 9 a.m.
  • $900-Team of three plus an Airman

Break out your collared shirts, khakis, and golf shoes. The Chamber’s beloved Busted Putter Golf Tournament is back this year. This premier tournament for the Big Country aims to bring together local business leaders to enjoy fresh air while forging connections with local Airmen.

Each team will be paired with a Dyess Hero and each player on each team received:

  • Sunglasses from Maui Jim on-site
  • Complimentary breakfast and morning cocktails
  • Range balls
  • Goody bag
  • Seating and meals for the awards luncheon

Not a golfer? Not a problem. There are plenty of ways to get involved no golf skills required:

  • Gain exposure for your business with sponsorship opportunities priced to fit every budget
  • Showcase your company’s services to others by donating a prize for the goody bag
  • Get involved by volunteering

Shoot a hole-in-one and win!
Players have a chance to win any of the following prizes if you get a hole in one at select holes.

  • A vehicle of $30,000 in value
  • Round trip air fare for a domestic flight
  • New set of Iron Golf Clubs
  • $500 gift certificate in the Golf Pro Shop

Proceeds will support the Military Affairs Committee which includes the World’s Largest BBQ that thanks over 5,000 local military heroes and their families.

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 10/25/21 - 10/25/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Country Western Dance Lessons

  • Cobb Recreation Center
  • 2302 State St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6447
  • 10/25/21 - 10/25/21
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • $33-Single Ticket
    $45-Couples Ticket

Time to dust off those boots and sign up for Country Western Dance Lessons. From the Texas Two-Step to the Cotton-Eyed Joe, these classes will make you the most sought-after partner on the dance floor. Learn the Texas Two-Step, Waltz, Polka, Schottische, Cotton-Eyed Joe, and more. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Mall-O-Ween

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 13256984351Heather Miller
  • 10/26/21 - 10/26/21
  • Contest Registration, 6 to 7 p.m.
    Contest Beings, 7 p.m.
  • Free

Dress in your best costume, trick-or-treat and enter to win the contest. Games, prizes, and candy are provided by community organizations and trick-or-treating at participating retailers. Located in the Women’s Dillard’s Courtyard. Sponsored by Coca-Cola.

 
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Movie & Escape Room: Beetlejuice

  • Abilene Public Library
  • 1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.Abilene
  • 325-677-2474
  • 10/26/21 - 10/26/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

The Abilene Public Library will kick things off with a viewing of the hit film Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin. In this Tim Burton film, the spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home and they hire a malicious spirit to drive them out. This film is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 32 minutes. Stick around after the movie and see if you can make it through a themed Escape Room.

 
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Tie-Dye Tuesday at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 10/26/21 - 10/26/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Per Person (includes mini golf)

Bring something to dye or purchase something white from the shop. Whatever you bring, make sure it's natural (cotton, rayon, hemp, etc). Extra charges for multiple and oversized items.

 
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Stock Horse of Texas World Show & Derby

  • Taylor County Expo - Taylor Telecom Arena - First Financial Pavilion - Guitar Arena
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 940-631-4658Jill Dunkel
  • 10/27/21 - 10/31/21
  • Call for times & admission

Stock Horse of Texas (SHTX) is the oldest versatile stock horse association in the country – a true original that continues to innovate. Stock Horse of Texas is designed for riders of all experiences to learn and compete in an environment that is friendly, affordable, and designed to fit all levels of riding.

 
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Rise Fall Festival

  • Rise Church
  • 517 N. Pioneer Dr.Abilene
  • 325-704-5380
  • 10/27/21 - 10/27/21
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

Rise Church will be hosting a Fall Festival full of games, fun and candy.

 
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Braxton Keith at Betty Rose's Little Brisket

  • Betty Rose's Little Brisket
  • 3934 Catclaw St.Abilene
  • 325-698-8000
  • 10/27/21 - 10/27/21
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy BBQ and live music by Braxton Keith on the patio.

 
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Olivia Harms Acoustic Show

  • The Ice House at Lone Star Dry Goods
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 325-232-7897
  • 10/28/21 - 10/28/21
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of live music as Olivia Harms plays an acoustic show at The Ice House at Lone Star Dry Goods.

 
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Comedy Show

  • The Winery at Willow Creek
  • 4353 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-690-9463Maddy Green
  • 10/28/21 - 10/28/21
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • $13-Advance Ticket Sales
    $20-At Door

Come enjoy wine and belly laughs at The Winery at Willow Creek. Purchase tickets through the Facebook event.

 
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Abilene Philharmonic Bachtoberfest

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 10/28/21 - 10/28/21
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • This event is free for Mozart Level donors and up, or single tickets $40 per person. Must be 21+.

Party like it’s 1750! Maestro Itkin will lead a string orchestra from the harpsichord as patrons enjoy local brews, Oktoberfest eats, and the scenic Grace Rooftop.

 
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Frater Sodalis Haunted House

  • Old Cotton Warehouse
  • 602 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 903-617-8634Dylan Roundtree
  • 10/28/21 - 10/31/21
  • 8 to 11 p.m.
  • $10-Adults
    $5-Kids 12 and younger

Bring family and friends to a haunted trail and other activities to enjoy and support local ACU fraternity, Frater Sodalis.

 
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Haunted House at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977
  • 10/28/21 - 10/31/21
  • 8:30 to 11 p.m.
  • $10-Tour & Mini Golf

Enter the Lair if you dare. The Umpteenth Annual Haunted House at Play Faire Park has been revamped into the Dragon's Lair, a Labyrinth of Horror. Be prepared for a scare and watch out for dragons. 

 
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Abilene ISD Halloween Classic Girls Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback Golf Course
  • 1510 E Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-677-1731
  • 10/29/21 - 10/30/21
  • Call for times and admission.

Abilene Independent School District Halloween Classic Girls Golf Tournament. High school girls golf competition. 

 
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USA Softball of Texas Frightfest

  • Red Bud Softball Complex
  • 2808 Curry Ln.Abilene
  • 512-590-2516Mike Ruiz
  • 10/29/21 - 10/31/21
  • Call for details.

This is a double elimination tournament held at the Red Bud Softball Complex.

 
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Abilene Community Theatre Presents: CLUE

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271
  • 10/29/21 - 10/31/21
  • Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.
    Sun., 2 p.m.
  • Visit website for details

Based on the Paramount movie screenplay by Jonathan Lynn (based on the Hasbro game), this play is written by Sandy Rustin, with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price. Directed by Amanda Keith. 

 
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The Big Country Race Way 5th Fall Spooktacular

  • The Big Country Raceway
  • 5601 W. Stamford Rd.Abilene
  • 325-721-2021Sterling Robertson
  • 10/30/21 - 10/31/21
  • $15-Pit gate fee; $2 Off-Military & student with valid ID; Free-Children younger than 12 with paid adult admission

Summit ET Bracket Racing SERIE/SUMMIT Jr. Drag Racing at Big Country Raceway.

 
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Revel & Roam Photography Workshop

  • Front Porch Coffee Co. & Bakery
  • 702 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-704-0533
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • $125

This workshop will teach you how to master your camera and start shooting like a pro. 

What's Included:

  • 4 hours of in-depth photography training
  • Learn how to use your specific camera
  • A guided photoshoot downtown
  • Lightroom and photo editing tips and tricks
  • All the live Q&A you want
 
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2nd Annual HOWL-o-ween Dog Costume Party

  • Sockdolager Brewing Company
  • 833 S. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-261-3247
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Food & beverages available for purchase

Grab your pup and head to Sockdolager Brewing Company for their annual dog costume party.

 
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BOO-runch at the Brewery

  • Pappy Slokum Brewing Co.
  • 409 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-704-5161
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Food & beverages available for purchase

Enjoy brunch at the brewery featuring the Toasted Traveler's brunch menu and Pappy Slokum boo-mosas and boo-cheladas. There will also be a costume contest for dogs and humans. 

 
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Downtown Abilene Food Tour

  • The Fountain in Everman Park
  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-725-7702
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • $49-Per Person
    Alcohol option upgrade is an additional $18

Take a short walk and experience some of the absolute best flavors the big country has to offer. Each tour is a unique culinary adventure that combines food with history, architecture, and culture. You’ll stroll through downtown learning and chatting while filling your belly with some delicious food from some of the top eateries in all of Abilene! 

 
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SoDA District Food Tour

  • Sockdolager Brewing Company
  • 833 S. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-725-7702
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • $49-Per Person
    Alcohol option upgrade is an additional $24

This walking tour highlights the revitalized and still growing SoDA District side of downtown and the incredible flavors it has to offer. 

 
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Aldersgate Abilene Trunk or Treat

  • Aldersgate Abilene
  • 1741 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-672-7893Cheri Bates
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 5 to 7 p.m.

Aldersgate Abilene will be hosting its annual trunk or treat this year. Food, games, candy, and more.

 
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Halloween Trivia

  • The Winery at Willow Creek
  • 4353 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-690-9463Maddy Green
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 5 to 9 p.m.
  • $40-Per Ticket (Tickets reserve a table for a team of 4)

Grab your spooky squad, your thinking witch hats, and plan to spend your evening wining, dining, and testing your knowledge of all things scary and gross.

 
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Halloween in the Park

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • 325-572-3204
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • $10-Per Car

Come trick-or-treat through the campsites, learn about creatures of the night, and have a few screams on the haunted trail. Help support the Friends of Abilene State Park at their annual Halloween event! There will be educational programs, candy, and lots of screams! Bring flashlights as it will be dark and wear comfortable shoes for walking.

 
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Chorus Abilene Fall Concert

  • St. Paul United Methodist Church
  • 525 Beech St.Abilene
  • 325-673-7464
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 7 p.m.
  • $8-$10

This will be a combined concert with four choirs performing: Children's Chorus, Youth Chorale, Classical Chorus of Abilene, and the organization's newest pop-style a cappella ensemble, BackBeat. The Concert will feature a setting of the traditional spiritual text 'Hold On Just a Little While Longer,' by local composer, conductor, and church musician, Remel M. Derrick. Mr. Derrick, an ACU alum and AHS assistant choir conductor, is published by Walton Music, and this particular piece was featured in a reading session at the Texas Choral Directors Association. 

 
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Lyndsey Buchanan at Betty Rose's Little Brisket

  • Betty Rose's Little Brisket
  • 3934 Catclaw St.Abilene
  • 325-698-8000
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy BBQ and live music by Lyndsey Buchanan on the patio.

 
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Potosi Live's Halloween Costume Party featuring KISS Rock & Roll Over Tribute Band

  • Potosi Live
  • 897 FM-1750Abilene
  • 325-592-3111
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 7 p.m. to Midnight
  • $20

Summoning all goblins, ghosts, fairies, clowns, and creatures of the night. Jump on a broom, creep or float over to Potosi Live's Halloween Costume Party with KISS Rock and Roll Over Tribute Band. Prizes awarded for best couples costume, scariest costume, most original costume, and funniest costume. 

 
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Swenson BooBash

  • The Historic Swenson House
  • 1726 Swenson St.Abilene
  • 325-232-8454Melanie Tatom
  • 10/30/21 - 10/30/21
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • $75-Single Ticket
    Save $5 if you bring a friend

Swenson BooBash is THE Halloween party for adults. Enjoy an expansive costume contest with 10 categories, dancing, hors d’oeurvres, and beverages in the most elaborate Halloween venue in Abilene. This is a 21 and over event - IDs will be checked at the door.

 
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Paramount Halloween Film: "Get Out"

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Tré McLeod
  • 10/30/21 - 10/31/21
  • Sat. & Sun.: 7:30 pm
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors (60+), students, military, children

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

 
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El Dia De Los Muertos - Legacy Ceremony

  • North's Funeral Home
  • 242 Orange St.Abilene
  • 325-232-0117Eric Mallet
  • 10/31/21 - 10/31/21
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

In honor of Dia de los Muertos, North's Funeral Home is hosting a Legacy Ceremony with an altar, music, and reflection of those that have passed and to honor their memory and legacy. Free to the public, and you are encouraged to bring all photos of those you love and a small token from them to place on the altar.

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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Creating a Community: The State Epileptic Colony in Abilene

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 01/16/21 - 07/16/22
  • Tues.-Fri., 1 to 5 p.m. + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 p.m.
    Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

This exhibition will highlight the early history of the State Epileptic Colony in Abilene through over 50 photographs from The Grace’s permanent history collection. 

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - From This Day Forward: Wedding Dresses, 1870s-1950s

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 03/06/21 - 06/25/22
  • Tues.-Fri., 1 to 5 p.m. + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 p.m.
    Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

This exhibition highlights what we now call “traditional” wedding dresses belonging to various individuals in Abilene and the surrounding areas from the late 1890s to the 1930s, most of which are in the permanent collection at The Grace Museum. 

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Downtown Abilene: At the Crossroads of Rugged and Refined

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 05/04/21 - 11/13/21
  • Tues.-Fri., 10 am to 5 pm + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 pm
    Sat., 10 am to 5 pm
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

'Where glittering barrooms graced the night, Amid the songs of dance-hall queens; Where rugged men with boots and beards, Watched the swiftly moving scene, They bought their joy and paid in gold, When they came to Abilene.' The words of this 1936 poem by Walt Cousins still ring true, with urban development continuing to make its way into nearly every corner of Abilene. As the historic keystone of West Texas, this town has featured hundreds of unique businesses, has been home to entrepreneurs for all of its rich history, and has always welcomed many travelers to enjoy all that it has to offer.

This exhibit features a selection of early Abilene businesses that were prominent members of downtown commerce from 1900-1940. It also highlights the overall advancement, growth, and modernization of Abilene through objects and photographs from the permanent collection of The Grace Museum as well as photographs from other Texas institutions and publications.

This exhibition was curated by students Maia Bell, Kelci Campbell, and Kendyll Jacobs from Dr. Amanda Biles’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course at Abilene Christian University.

 
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The Center for Contemporary Arts: 'Women of the World' Exhibit

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 09/02/21 - 10/30/21
  • Call or visit the website to schedule a visit.
  • Free

See Eleanor (Ellie) Hamby's new exhibit, 'Women of the World,' in the Wright Photography Gallery. 

 

Dirty Drawers

  • Facebook Live
  • Facebook Live
  • 09/27/21 - 12/20/21
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Join the Center for Contemporary Arts on Facebook Live for Dirty Drawers, their weekly figure/gesture drawing session with their new Teaching Artist, Sergio Hernandez.

 
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CCAN 2021 Exhibition

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 09/30/21 - 11/27/21
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Open 5 to 8 p.m. every second Thursday for ArtWalk
  • Free

This national competition had over 350 entries submitted from over 30 states. 150 works were selected for exhibition in the Center’s Breed Gallery. Dallas- based artist, Liz Trosper served as juror for this year’s competition and is exhibiting her art in the Center’s Gallery 4 in correlation with the CCAN exhibition. Trosper’s exhibition is titled The Soft Machine.

CCAN 2021 Awards:

Acrylic: Ron Crouch, Men drinking wine (cold room)

Digital: Lauren Dana Smith, Burn This

Fiber: Jacob Wan, Secrettes

Mixed Media: Claire Kennedy, Painting in ceramic 1

Oil: Kristine Schneider, Covenants in the Wilderness

Pastel: T Smith, In the Year 2020

Photography: Lake Newton, The Lives of Others (01)

Watercolor: Hollan Holmes, Near Rhone Bailey Mesa

3-Dimensional: Alex Krajkowski, Untitled from knots

Best of Show: Kes Efstathiou, Laptop Cyanotype

Juror’s Award: Thomas Frontini, The Witch Gate, Sorceress Painter

Merit Award: Benjamine Lester, Reading

 
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The NCCIL Exhibition - Golden Legacy: 80 Years of Original Art from Golden Books

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Meredith Mathiews
  • 10/14/21 - 11/30/21
  • Free

Golden Books

 In 1942, the first full years of American involvement in World War II, a groundbreaking line of children’s picture books arrived on store shelves to cheer and comfort a nation and revolutionize the business of juvenile publishing forever. Fueled by the bold application of mass-market sales and distribution techniques to a sleepy backwater industry, Golden Books retailed for a fraction of the cost of traditional children’s books and could be found almost anywhere that young parents shopped: at five-and-dimes, drugstores, and supermarkets.

Easily as appealing as the affordable price tag was the books’ bright, unfussy signature design and the extraordinary art they featured—the works of some of twentieth-century America’s leading illustrators. Three of the most prolific Golden artists—Garth Williams, Tibor Gergely, and Feodor Rojankovsky- were wartime refugees who had fled to New York as the conflict in Europe began. Several more—Gustaf Tenggren, J.P. Miller, Aurelius Battanglia, Martin Provenses, and Mary Blair- were Disney Studio alumni who played key roles in the making of Snow White, Pinocchio, and other animation classics before opting for the picture-book artist’s life of greater creative freedom. Richard Scarry launched his remarkable worldwide illustration career as a Golden artist. Eloise Wilkin achieved enduring cult status as one.

Today, innovative illustrators like Dan Yaccarino and Bob Staake are creating new books for the imprint that first inspired them as children to love books and make art. -Leonard Marcus

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Kate Breakey: Journey

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 10/30/21 - 11/12/22
  • Tues.-Fri., 1 to 5 p.m. + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 p.m.
    Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

For this exhibition, ‘Journey’, Kate Breakey draws from several bodies of work made over a several decades of image making. Breakey has always altered her photographic images. Over her 40 year career, her techniques include hand coloring – laying the surface with pencil, oil paint or pastel, gilding images on glass (orotones) encaustic wax, and embroidering on silk, which she attributes too her early art school training in printmaking and painting.