April 01 2014 - August 29 2014
Come see what’s happening this month at American Airlines Center.
April 01 2014 - August 29 2014
Come see what’s happening this month at the Dallas Performing Arts Center.
April 01 2014 - June 04 2014
Come see what’s happening this month at Verizon Theatre.
April 21 2014 - April 26 2014
There will be a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to and from the festival Wednesday through Sunday (donations accepted). Call Donnie Hill at (254) 592-7931 or (254) 965-4179 to schedule a ride.
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday: Will start picking up at 6:00 am and run around the clock thru 5:00 am Sunday morning.
You can call the day you need the ride but it helps if you call 24 hours in advance. You can bring your coolers on the van but NO open containers allowed.
Provided by Cornerstone Assembly of God, Jesus Crew Ministry, Stephenville, TX
April 25 2014 - April 27 2014
The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is a celebration of the arts in a community known for embracing and nurturing music, dance, choral, drama and the visual arts. The free event is produced by the Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. with the generous support of sponsors such as the Dallas/Fort Worth American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 and the city of Denton. Held the last full weekend in April at Denton’s Quakertown Park, the event features seven stages of continuous music, fine art, crafts, and food, games and information booths in a beautiful, outdoor setting.
McKinney’s Franconia Brewing Co. has been around since 2008, but only recently started bottling their beers. Owner and brewmaster Dennis Wehrman was adamantly against the added waste that bottling creates without a recycle/return program, but the brewery now balances the environmental impact by running “off the grid” — Franconia is completely self-powered, produces enough energy that it feeds back into the power grid and reuses 85% of the water in its facility.
The evolution of Ben E. Keith Company has occurred through visionary management and the beverage story is no different from those humble beginnings in 1906 as a produce company. Then, Ben E. Keith was known as Harkrider-Morrison Company and was a wholesaler of groceries and sundries. Within a few years of its founding, Ben E. Keith’s knowledge of routing, operations, and sales pulled him into a leadership role, and, by 1931, the company was renamed after him.
While Keith accomplished many remarkable achievements, none are more valuable to the Beverage Division as his decision to venture into the selling of ice cream syrups to offset the summer loss of sales of vegetables and fruits. In 1928, Keith visited St. Louis and met with Adolphus Busch, whose brewery was making syrups, baker’s yeast and other products since it could not brew beer during Prohibition. When Prohibition ended, Ben E. Keith Company became a wholesaler of Anheuser Busch beers.
Then enters Gaston Hallam, the father of Robert and Howard, our current owners. Gaston began his career with the company in 1924 and later became a major stockholder, president and chairman. He was witness to much of the lack of regulation during the first years after the repeal of Prohibition, the formation of the WBDT (wholesale beer distributors of Texas), and the evolution of refrigerated, package trucks. When Gaston decided to step down from his Chairman position in 1979, he announced his son Robert as his successor.
It was under the leadership of Robert that many things began to change. Under Robert, the food division went from being a produce distributor to one of the largest full-service institutional distributors in the country.
The Beverage Division achieved a milestone in December of 1982 when it was the second distributor in the country to sell a million barrels of beer in one calendar year. Both Food and Beverage continued to grow over the next several decades but the next milestone for Beverage did not come until 2007.
It was in that year that Ben E. Keith began distributing products outside of the Anheuser-Busch portfolio and in 2008, purchased C.R. Goodman Company and picked up 60 import & craft brands. Later that same year we acquired Authentic Distributing and added another 30 brewery partners. And again in 2009, Ben E. Keith acquired 60 additional brands from Glazers Distributing. These three purchases brought the company to the forefront of the beverage industry and the ability to sell many brands statewide. Now in our 107th year of business, the beverage division sells over 39 million cases of beer all through the state. It is the continued vision of our leaders throughout the years that has made Ben E. Keith Company a success.