The brief intervals of warm weather in the month of March has me so excited for the opening of the Viridian Sailing Center for the 2017 season. On March 5th, the Viridian Sailing Advisory Board woke up early on a chilly morning to rig and clean boats in preparation for sunnier days filled with paddle boarding, racing and socializing at the docks. That night, returning pass holders gathered for pizza, prizes, and a sneak peak of the new season. Hint: there will be fun for all ages and experience levels. The new sailing center manager, Kelly Gough has expanded this year’s program to include junior and teen sailing camps in the summer. I’m so looking forward to teaching sailing!
Note: Viridian residences are invited to come out to learn more on March 25th’s Open House at the Viridian Sailing Center. Come join in the fun!
We’ve have had several adventures this month, specially to the Dallas and Fort Worth’s city centers, which are conveniently in driving distance from our community or by rail line. Lynn, our foreign exchange student from Germany had her seventeenth birthday on Texas Independence Day of all days! Stephen and I took her to Reunion Tower’s Five Sixty for her birthday dinner, about a 40 minute drive from the Viridian. We marveled at the dazzling lights of the Dallas Skyline and the Omni Hotel flashed with the Texas flag. As the sunset over the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the waiter brought out a lovely chocolate cake for the celebration. Lynn was full of smiles by the end of the night! I hope to take her later this month on an expedition to Klyde Warren Park where we can sample some of the food trucks and see the Dallas Arts District.
Lynn and I ventured on her spring break to Fort Worth’s Cultural District, about a 30 minute drive from the Viridian! While there, we visited Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Kimbell Art Museum, two of my most favorite places to visit when I myself was in high school art class. The buildings themselves in conjunction with the paintings and sculptures are breath taking. It was so much fun to point out to Lynn where the architects employed rhythm within the structure by gaps of natural light and building materials. For lunch, I took her to Sundance Square to one of my favorite restaurants, Bird Cafe in the renovated 1889 Land Title Building. We picked a table in the sun and in view of the lively square and Bass Performance Hall. So much historic architecture to be seen from one spot! It was so nice to take it all in and get in a little break as well.
-Rachel Coward, Resident Blogger
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Award-winning Viridian is one of the only master-planned communities in Texas designed to meet Audubon Gold Signature Standards. Boasting acres of lakes, streams and waterways, the enclave offers residents a sailing club, fitness center and activities planned by a full-time lifestyle director. Viridian is located south of Highway 183 and north of Interstate 30 approximately 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth.
Rachel Coward has been a resident of Viridian since May 2016. When not helping people buy and sell homes at DEN Property Group, Rachel — along with husband Stephen — can often be found on Viridian’s trails, biking to River Legacy Park, or at the sailing center testing their skills on an Aero or Quest sailboat. Holding a degree in environmental design from Texas A&M, Rachel particularly admires how the community has been mapped to provide exceptional quality of life, with parks and amenities in walking distance.
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