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Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014
The Sun

Just horsing around at Freedom Plaza


Published:   |   Updated: September 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Some enterprises may be on shaky ground these days, but Freedom Plaza is stable. It’s so “stable,” in fact, that it may require a thorough shoveling out by the end of September.

When it was decided that Freedom Frolics would be a part of September’s anniversary celebration this year – and given the title of the show, “Best Little Horse Town in Texas” – it followed naturally that the anniversary theme would be a Western one.

Residents were notified to dig out their denim, polish their boots and prepare to be lassoed in for some frontier fun … and that fun has begun.

The cowboy capers were kicked off with the Freedom Singers hosting a Western singalong. Residents filled the Atrium to sample Texas Tea with the kick of a mule, and then filled the air with familiar Western songs printed on song sheets. Popular tunes of yesteryear like “Deep in the Heart of Texas” mingled with cowboy classics like “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie.” The Freedom Singers, sporting bright red bandanas, elicited nostalgia and some resounding applause with renditions of “Wagon Wheels” and “Tumbling Tumbleweed.”

The anniversary’s frontier fun continues when country cowpokes and dance-hall dollies welcome “pardners” to Tuesday’sDirector’s Sip & Social, western-style, of course.

Although jeans are not normally acceptable attire in the Freedom Plaza dining rooms, an exception will be made during Anniversary Week. Resident rhinestone cowboys are invited to climb into their jeans for a lavish Denim and Diamonds event on Friday, Sept. 20. A cocktail party, special dinner, then cordials and desserts will start the festivities, and a Grand Ole Opry show will finish off the evening in grand style. The program features vocalist Michele Pruyn, comedian Dennis Lee and the Just Us Trio.

Visitors are always welcome at Freedom Plaza and especially so to enjoy a performance on Sept. 17 or 18 of the “Best Little Horse Town in Texas,” a benefit for the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $10, and they may be ordered by calling (813) 642-1215.

However anyone setting foot in Freedom Plaza during the week of Sept. 16 is advised to watch where they step as folks will be happily “horsing around” during this wild and wonderful western celebration of Freedom Plaza’s 21st anniversary.

Peggy Burgess is a resident programs associate of Freedom Plaza and columnist for The Sun.

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