A motorcoach full of Relyance Bank Crown Clubbers recently took a trip to Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas.


After stopping in Texarkana at Cracker Barrel for lunch the group headed to Grapevine, their destination for the next two nights where they were greeted with a wine and cheese reception.


“They then departed for dinner in downtown Grapevine alive with millions of magical lights, enormous decorations, more than 80 shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants along historic Main Street,” a spokesman said.


After the Magic of Christmas Light Show at the town square gazebo, they departed for the Gaylord Texan Resort overlooking Lake Grapevine featuring 4.5 acres of indoor gardens of tropical plants and waterways.


The next morning the group departed for a guided tour of historic Grapevine. Founded in 1844, Grapevine is the oldest community in Tarrant County and has nearly 50,000 people.


The group had an afternoon free to explore and shop Grapevine. Many enjoyed additional museums, glass blowing and Dr. Sue’s Chocolates. Later they attended the presentation of “The Gift of Christmas” at Prestonwood Baptist Church.


“The ‘Gift of Christmas’ production includes visually stunning elements and favorite songs of the Christmas season followed by the Gospel message brought to life through a breathtaking and powerful presentation depicting the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. This year’s presentation included elaborate staging and lighting, state of the art high-resolution video technology with a massive LED video wall, live 50-piece orchestra and nearly 1,000-member cast and choir. It also included a brilliant musical score, flying angels, live animal including camels, the Living Nativity and much more. Everyone agreed the spectacular multimedia presentation was a wonderful opportunity to experience The Gift of Christmas,” a spokesman said.


Those taking the Christmas trip were Jackie and Bobby Barringer, Tenie Bullard, Elaine Dial, Rose Clark-Akenhead, Ann Woolley, Marnelle Clement, Bobbie Kurrus, Kay Garrison, Marilyn McKelvey, Patsy Stone, Renee and Ronnie Kimsey, Jimmie Lee Nichols, Cara Morris, Judy Reese, Liz Rinchuso, Esther Rowell, Jane Bettison, Nancy Sumner, Betty and Henry Kamisato, Kay Turner, Jeannette Vontungeln, Sharon King, Sue and Neb Ryall, Betty Bradshaw, Kandy Moore, Pat Bethea and Crown Club Director, Cindy Cullins.