Four decades have passed since that infamous November 1963 day in downtown Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. For elders in need of a refresher course or members of a new generation that hasn't yet heard every minute detail of the assassination, the Dallas Historical Society's first JFK Tour: In The Steps of Lee Harvey Oswald will provide a unique revisit to the tragic event.On Saturday, a bus tour of the landmarks of the assassination, focusing attention on the man accused of the shooting and his movements in the immediate hours afterward, is on tap. With an en route narration by local historian Ken M. Holmes Jr., the tour will begin with the route taken by the president's motorcade as it traveled from Love Field toward the Dealey Plaza site where the shooting occurred. It will then follow Oswald's hurried escape from the Texas School Book Depository to the Oak Cliff boarding house where he was living at the time. Along the way, tourists will visit the intersection where Oswald encountered and shot Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit, then travel on to the Texas Theater where the accused assassin was finally apprehended and arrested. Additionally, tour officials are in the process of trying to gain admittance to the downtown police department parking basement where local nightclub owner Jack Ruby later shot and killed Oswald as he was being transferred from the city jail to the nearby county jail. And, finally, there will be a visit to Oswald's grave site. Along the way, Holmes will share information and little known facts from his own files about the event that sent Dallas and the nation into mourning. A video presentation providing a timeline of the events he'll discuss will be shown during the tour.
The bus is scheduled to leave the Hall of State building in Fair Park at 9 a.m. and will return at 2 p.m. Cost for Historical Society members is $35 and for nonmembers $45. A lunch stop along the way is included. Call 214-421-4500, ext. 105. --Carlton Stowers
Grab your cowhide canteen
Put down those 12-sided dice, and take a break from that four-DVD Lord of the Rings boxed set; it's time to publicly prove your medieval dorkitude at the Scarborough Faire. This 23rd installment of Waxahachie's annual Renaissance festival gathers 35 acres of everything you loved about the 16th century, besides the bubonic plague, lack of electricity and general pestilence. Witness actual actors pretend to be from another era while they do battle, create wares and speak in a manner you haven't heard since 10th-grade Cliffs Notes. Though the press release says "the whole family will enjoy...full combat jousting and birds of prey exhibitions," your little ones may better appreciate the less-fearful Children's Realm, where they can ride camels, join Easter egg hunts and romp in playgrounds. Meanwhile, don't forget to stroll through the various "shoppes" to buy various medieval "producttes," and make sure to dig into the food, from the Faire staple of giant turkey legs to the most famous of Renaissance treats, pizza and Pepsi. Fear not, parents: There is beer, and considering how many people are going to be dressed up as 12th-level dragon mages at this thing, you'll probably need it. Scarborough Faire runs every weekend and Memorial Day until June 1. Call 972-938-3247. --Sam Machkovech
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Gettin' Down on the Farm
Life in the swinging '60s
Ah, we remember it well, back in the day...hitching the oxen to the plow, breaking sod in the south field, slopping the pigs, hunting for eggs, waking up to find our house had been picked up by a tornado and ended up on top of a wicked witch. Yeah, country life was hard, but that commendation from the Lollipop Guild made it all worthwhile. So, if you'd rather be carding wool than underage drinkers, swing by Old City Park's Plow, Plant and Shear day. Cast off ye olde day job to learn how to plant crops, churn butter and shear sheep by hand, just like they did in the '60s. The 1860s, of course. Plow, Plant and Shear takes place April 12 at Old City Park, 1717 Gano St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children 3 to 12. Call 214-421-5141. --Michelle Martinez
Wine Time Live
In Dallas, hot jazz plus great wine plus a rocking train might be an equation for an airsickness sack. But not in Grapevine, a town where seven Texas wineries have parked tasting rooms, and is host to the New Vintage Wine Trail. The annual Texas new vintage release celebration begins Friday evening with a five-car, live jazz and wine train journey from Grapevine to Fort Worth and back again. On Saturday, bring a rosary and observe the blessing of the vines and wines ceremony that will morph into wine tastings along the tasting-room trail complete with tasty cuisine to flush down. The Grapevine New Vintage Wine Trail trains run 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, departing from the Grapevine Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St. Tickets are $35 for the Grapevine Wine Trail plus $7 for winery tours and $50 for the Jazz Wine Train. Call 1-800-457-6338. --Mark Stuertz