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Our guide to cool characters, hot tips, best buys, must sips, and dozens of other winning ways to do a Dallas summer. Plus: the premiere of the Summer Pleasures calendar. Tear it out and keep it handy for three months of sizzling fun!


A ride on the McKinney Avenue Trolley: fifty cents gets you a seat on one of the four antique trolley cars that travel along McKinney Avenue. SUMMER 2 PLEASUAE An with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra outdoors: June 2 at 8 p.m. marks the first performance of the symphony on the newly improved Concert Lawn stage at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden. 8525 Garland Road (327-8263). Seating faces the lake, and DABS has recruited The Corinthian Sailing Club of White Rock Lake to provide a cast of sailboats to serve as backdrop. SUMMER 3 PLEASUAE Sunsets and wine: all the pinks, purples, reds, and oranges can be seen from just about any western elevation, but for the full experience we suggest: a rooftop view from Gator’s, 1714 N. Market; a lakeside view from the east side of Lake Grapevine on the south end of the dam; a patio view from Spatz, 2912 N. Henderson; a hilltop view overlooking the western edge of Joe Pool Lake. SUMMER 4 PLEASUAE Fountain wading: we can’t think of anything more summery and more gloriously tempting. Check out First Interstate Bank Building at Fountain Place, 1445 Ross Avenue, with its unpredictable dancing fountains, waterfalls, and lush landscape; City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla, with its thigh-high water and floating red/orange sculpture; the stairstep fountains on the southern side of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Reunion Blvd.; and the immense Fair Park Esplanade located right down the center aisle of the Fairgrounds, I-30 and Second Avenue. SUMMER 9 PLEASUAE Swimming: the best place to swim in the city is at SMU’s outdoor pool, 6024 Bishop, open from 12-5 seven days a week. It’s darn near the only pool around that doesn’t feel like lukewarm bathwater by the end of the season, plus there’s plenty of room for everyone. SUMMER 6 PLEASUAE Texas Rangers baseball: if you can only make it out to the stadium for one game this season, circle July 29 on your calendar right now. You’ll catch two games for the price of one that evening. Starting at 6 p.m., it’s the fourth annual Old-Timers Game, and at bat this year will be former Rangers players versus former Houston Astros players. After that, it’s this year’s roster battling the Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets to this double play go fast, so plan ahead. (817) 273-5100. SUMMER 7 PLEASUAE Sno-Cones: if it’s not an Aunt Stelle or a Mrs. Dale sno-cone, don’t put it in your mouth. Aunt Stelle enters her twenty-eighth season this year, and she still does things the old-fashioned way. In fact, she’s so particular about her sno-cones, she even manufactures her own ice at her own ice plant. The number one seller is the strawberry pink lady (“tastes just like real homemade vanilla ice cream with strawberries on top”). and her cones (twenty-five other flavors as well) range from 60 cents to $1.20. 1101 Marlborough Ave. 946-1431. If you find yourself in Fort Worth, you need to pay a visit to Dale’s Sno-Cones. After thirty-six years in the same place, Mrs. Dale is just as persnickety. Her ice is shaved, never crushed, and she’s adamant that every cone, priced from $1 to $1.30, get “full strensth syrup flavor.” Her favorite? She’s partial to her cola cherry sno-cone but she says people come calling from all parts to taste her cinnamon. 1111 1/2 Roberts Cut Off, Fort Worth. SUMMER 8 PLEASURE Farmer’s Market: it just wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the Farmer’s Market. Summer down here means fresh peaches from Parker County, vine-ripe tomatoes and black-eyed peas from East Texas, Pecos County cantaloupes, ruby red watermelons (Crimson Jubilee and Charleston Gray are the best) from the Valley, and summer squash grown right here in Dallas County. 1010 S. Pearl Expressway. 670-5880. SUMMER 9 PLEASUAE Movie-watching: United Artists Plaza, a 106,000-square-foot entertainment complex located at Park Lane and North Central Expressway, is the first of its kind in the country. Two state-of-the-art 750-seat theaters as well as six 300-seaters are sandwiched in between retail spots, bars, and restaurants. Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade made its exclusive Dallas debut here.SUMMER 10 PLEASUAE A night out on the town by way of the West End/McKinney Avenue Connection: board eilher the yellow or red convertible Yellowstone National Park touring coaches (circa 1936-1939) at any one of their fifteen stops (Actuelle, Routh, 8.0, Dallas Alley, Bahama Bob’s, and ten others) and let it shuttle you from spot to spot on the route. Endless transportation for your evening costs only $5, and the buses can be picked up at any of the stops every half hour. For more info, call746-3780.

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