WHAT WE DID: APRIL 24TH 2017

Well, that was one hell of a weekend wasn't it? Those days in which there are so many events happening concurrently that making it to everything is a physical impossibility are just frustrating. It didn't help that the events in question were Redbud Festival, Thin Line X, the return of Twilight Tunes, the March for Science, and just so many other things that my fingers get tired at the thought of typing them. Oh well. So you didn't make it to everything. Don't worry -- we have plenty of photos of everything below. 

What We Did is our weekly photo round up full of images taken in or around Denton, TX in the past seven days. To have your image featured, make sure and tag #WDDI on your best Denton photos on Instagram. 

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DENTON PARENTS REJOICE! PENNY'S PLAYTOWN IS HERE

Words and photography by Kelly Caster

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If you are a Denton parent with small children then you have probably wondered why in the world there is not an indoor play area, aside from the library, that isn’t attached to a fast food restaurant in Denton. We love our dear sweet town but once we are knee deep in a sweltering Texas summer we find ourselves bargaining with the good Lord to help us get through summer with our kids without losing our sanity. Read on to find out how Amy and Brian Holt have come to rescue your sanityyear round by creating an indoor space solely dedicated to pretend play.


The Holt’s saw a play-space shaped need in Denton and stepped in to fill it. After being inspired by playscape experiences, they found that our town was lacking a space that was both fun and safe for kids who may be overwhelmed by an environment like Going Bonkers or Kid Mania. Those businesses offer great opportunities for physical play but are often loud and can be overstimulating. The Holt’s mentioned how Denton Public Library has provided a place for pretend play when there wasn’t much else indoors in Denton. According to an article in Psychology Today titled “The Need for Pretend Play”  imaginative play is a very important part of a child’s development. 

Penny’s Playtown, which was named after the Holt’s dog Penny, is located in the Stonehill Center near Rose’s Costumes. There is ample parking and the lot isn’t overly busy, which is important when you are crossing the street with young children in tow. There is a small coffee and tea bar and comfortable seating for adults to sit while observing their kids engage in exciting dramatic play. The bathroom includes a changing table, step stools for the toilet and sink and even a child sized potty seat (all important things to have when you are in the throes of potty training). It is perfectly set up for parents with small children in a range of ages. 

The Playtown is divided into several different sections that are jam packed with fun. There is a clinic, cafe, grocery store, library, gymnasium, camping, musical space, police/fire station, house, puppet theater, large blocks and small block play area, and even an arts and craft station. When we asked my 4 year old how he liked his visit he asked when we could come back and play again. He said he especially enjoyed playing dress up in the police station. The Holt’s and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. We recommend visiting Denton’s newest playscape and look forward to our next visit.


Admission price for open play at Penny’s Playtown is $8.50 per child Monday through Saturday 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. If you have a larger family like mine you pay $6.50 for additional siblings after the first $8.50 admission price. Adults and infants not yet walking get in free. Penny’s Playtown officially opens it’s doors April 24th at 9:00 A.M. located at 5800 I-35 N #402 Denton, TX 76207.

THIN LINE X WAS AMAZING

Once again, Thin Line’s strategic planning and hopeful execution made waves across Downtown Denton this weekend for Thin Line X. The free festival featured documentary films, live music, and photography and somehow managed to do a great job with all three. We had a wonderful time at the festival this year. Here’s a quick recap on what we managed to catch this weekend and why Thin Line X was one of the best festival experiences we have ever had.

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THE 1897 TEXAS AIRSHIP INVASION

Proving that history can indeed be a heckuva lot stranger than science fiction, today’s installment revisits a wacky wave of “Mystery Airship” reports that flooded Texas newspapers in 1897. Long before the infamous Roswell UFO crash sparked the public imagination and endless alien conspiracy theories in 1947, folks were spying odd “Aerial Travelers” during an outbreak of sightings between 1896 and 1897 that sounded like something straight out of a Jules Verne novel. The earliest autumn sightings were in California, but hundreds of reports quickly spread east into the Midwest and Texas by the following spring. You may have heard about the most famous sighting that occurred in Aurora, TX on April 17, 1897, which has been the subject of several books and numerous TV investigations, because it spectacularly crashed and locals purportedly buried it’s pilot thought to be “a native of the planet Mars” in their cemetery. The Aurora Spaceman’s graveyard even has a State Historical marker! The literally hundreds of other eyewitness encounters with various Mystery Air-Ships across Texas both before and after, however, are even more insanely entertaining and fantastically bizarre. Read on for more craziness! 

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