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Memo from the Manager

Time to be a part of history

  Twenty-five years ago, a group of Farmers Branch visionaries decided thatGary D. Greer even though the City was uncommonly progressive among first-ring metropolitan suburbs, we also needed to celebrate our heritage on a scale unlike other cities.

And, the Farmers Branch Historical Park was born.

   Now, boasting 27 acres and including, in addition to the original park campus, the nearby bird sanctuary, Liberty Plaza and the Keenan Cemetery, the Farmers Branch Historical Park attracts 50,000 people a year who want to pause and "take a step back in time."

   In a few months, the park will again come alive with the sights and sounds of Liberty Fest. In the meantime, we invite everyone to come by March 26 through April 1 for anniversary activities and help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the hidden gem of the Metroplex.  




Hard to hold

Jessie's nemesis, Rick Springfield to headline Liberty Fest 2011; tickets on sale April 1


With his hits like "Affair of the Heart," "Hard to Hold" and "Jessie's Girl" permanently embedded in the consciousness of pop culture, 80s icon Rick Springfield will headline the 2011 edition of Liberty Fest in Farmers Branch, coming May 27 and 28, over Memorial Day weekend.

Rick Springfield

Formerly known as Dr. Noah Drake on TV's "General Hospital," Rick Springfield has been steadily engaged in his "other" job for three decades.


Springfield will cap the weekend festivities with a concert in the Farmers Branch Historical Park. New this year will be a kickoff concert on Friday night with 38 Special.  

Tickets will be required for admission to the Historical Park each night and go on sale April 1 for $10 each at Farmers Branch City Hall and the Community Recreation Center. Half-price coupons will also be available at participating sponsor locations. For a listing of sponsors along with more info on Liberty Fest 2011, go to www.fblibertyfest.com.


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Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
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Vintage Base Ball makes the majors
Past weekend's local tournament caught interest of New York Times


FARMERS BRANCH / NEW YORK ~ Last weekend's Vintage Base Ball Vintage Base Ball pitcher on the moundtournament at the Farmers Branch Historical Park not only drew enthusiasts of the great game from around the state, it caught the attention of the New York Times.
Joining the Farmers Branch Mustangs to engage in America's pastime, via rules from the 1860s, were teams from Irving, Boerne, Rockwall and Fort Worth.
The Texas Tribune section of the Friday New York Times features activities going on around the state this weekend and included the Farmers Branch tournament in their edition of Friday, March 11.


Bark in the Park sets four-footed fete
"Top Dog" dance troupe to entertain dogs and their humans
Bark in the ParkThe annual festival of all things canine returns as Bark in the Park makes its annual appearance at Gussie Field Watterworth Park, 2610 Valley View Lane near City Hall, on Sunday, May 1 from 12 until 5 p.m. Activities will include a silent auction, working dogs, therapy dogs, cat and dog adoptions, $10 microchipping, clowns and facepainting, children's games, concessions and more. Additionally, there will be a performance by the human and dog dance troupe, Top Dog and there will be an artist on hand to compose drawings of pets. Proceeds benefit the Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center and its volunteer organizations. 972.919.8770. 


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Coming Soon:
  • Apr 9 . John Burke Nature Preserve Dedication
  • Apr 9 . CityWide CleanUp Day
  • Apr 17 . Easter Eggstravaganza




Rick Springfield coming to Liberty Fest
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Historical Park celebration
Staff Mini-Profile
LBJ Express report

In the Banner

Yesteryear Sunset

A brilliant sunset splashes the log culture area of the Farmers Branch Historical Park with almost unimaginable color. As the 25th anniversary celebration of the park's founding approaches, Historical Park Superintendent Derrick Birdsall makes plans to spend the week, living by 19th century means, in the log cabin (in the foreground).  

Photo by Derrick Birdsall

Historical Park 25th Anniversary 



March 26

Civil War Drill & Camping Under the Stars

March 27

Geocaching & Vintage Base Ball 

March 28

Frontier Skills Demonstrations
March 29
Campfire Storytelling
March 30
Music Around the Campfire
March 31
Ladies Night: Beginning Crochet & Knitting & Exhibit of Local Handmade Goods & Tea and Cakes
April 1
Boys Night Out: Card Games, Coffee & Cobbler

Through the entire celebration week, Park Superintendent Derrick Birdsall will be living in the log cabin on the park grounds. Come by to see how he's doing without 21st century conveniences.



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Staff Mini-Profile

 Pam Smith 

Name: Pam Smith

Claim to Fame: TRAPS Equipment Rodeo

State Champion

Plant Identifier
Position: Landscape Manager
Facilities: Gardens
Years with the City: 15
 Personal: "I'm a new Grandma. 'Nuff said." 

Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, crafts, traveling and looking at gardens
What Do You Like Most About Working for Farmers Branch:

"I am fortunate enough to make a living doing my passion. I have a whole city to garden in." 




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