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Plano Balloon Fest

Every year, there is a weekend in September that is filled with hot air and lots of color.  The Plano Balloon Fest has become a very large event for the City of Plano. (For those not from DFW, it’s pronounced “Play-no”).  Despite having lived mere miles from the event, I had never been before.  I made up for that by going two evenings in a row.

Peter and I went on the Friday afternoon, hoping to watch the evening balloon launch.  We arrived just after 4pm and parked at the nearby Methodist church. (Note: this will cost you ~$15).  The Balloon Fest takes place Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.  The city blocks off Spring Creek Parkway between Jupiter Rd and Parker Rd for the event, so there is a large area for food vendors and others to set up booths.

Looking out  across the balloon launch area.  To the right is the mass of food vendors and games for kids.
Looking out across the balloon launch area. To the left is the mass of food vendors and games for kids.

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Afternoon Tea, Anyone?

Last week, I had an afternoon to myself so I decided to check out Into My Garden tea room in Downtown Plano.

I spent my elementary school years in England, so I was brought up drinking hot tea and eating scones.   I have a nostalgic fondness for afternoon tea services.  The elegance, the conversations, the small sandwiches, mini desserts.  Yum!

For Into My Garden, reservations are a MUST.  I actually emailed the day before I went in and received a prompt response.  All I had to do was look at their online menu and select the type of service I wanted and they would have it ready for me.  You can call to make a reservation too: (469) 360-5821  I selected the “Afternoon Tea in the Garden” service which includes two sandwiches, two tea breads, an English scone, and a variety of small pastries.  The required strawberry jam and Devonshire cream accompanied the service as well.

This table greets you as you walk in.
This table greets you as you walk in.

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