A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 05, 2013
Christmas Capital of Texas (Grapevine nickname)

The city of Grapevine (a suburb of Fort Worth) holds many Christmas events. The nickname “Christmas Capital of Texas” was trademarked by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau with a first use of March 2008.

In 2009, Grapevine attempted to get “Christmas Capital of Texas” officially designated by the Texas legislature. However, Arlington and Fort Worth representatives claimed that their cities also hold many Christmas celebrations. Texas Legislature Online shows that the “Christmas Capital of Texas” resolution was withdrawn from calendar on May 27, 2009. However, Grapevine still advertises “Christmas Capital of Texas,” even though it is not an official capital.


Wikipedia: Grapevine, Texas
Grapevine is a city and suburb of Fort Worth located in the U.S. state of Texas. The city is almost entirely located in northeast Tarrant County, with small portions extending into neighboring Dallas and Denton counties. As of the 2010 census the city population was 46,334. The city’s moniker is derived from the native grapes prevalent in the area. In recent years several wineries have opened in Grapevine, and the city has been very active in maintaining its historic downtown corridor. The city is adjacent to Grapevine Lake, a large reservoir impounded by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1952 and serves as both a source of water and recreational area. Part of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located within Grapevine city limits, the largest portion of any municipality bordering the facility. In 2007 CNNMoney.com rated Grapevine as one of “America’s Best Places to Live.”

GrapevineTexasUSA.com
Grapevine - The Christmas Capital of Texas®
Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas! Grapevine is the perfect place to create wonderful Christmas memories with your family and friends this season. You’ll be amazed at the more than 1,400 Christmas events in 40-plus days, as you see Grapevine sparkle with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and a whole lot more! Whether you’re looking for a night out with the family, an opportunity to enjoy the holiday with someone special or a unique holiday getaway, Grapevine offers some of the most magical moments of the season!

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Christmas Stocking
‏@XmasStocking
Know where the Christmas capital of Texas is?  Grapevine!  Who knew? http://tinyurl.com/3vly3a
6:30 PM - 10 Oct 08

Texas Legislature Online
2009S0416-1 02/18/09
By: Nelson S.C.R. No. 40
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, The Legislature of the State of Texas takes pleasure in recognizing the City of Grapevine as the Christmas Capital of Texas; and

WHEREAS, Throughout the past decade, the City of Grapevine has been engaged each year in expanding its repertoire of Christmas activities in order to offer one of the most enjoyable experiences of Christmas in Texas; and

WHEREAS, During the Christmas season, the city is now the site of over 1,400 Christmas activities and special features that range from alluring light decorations to magnificent stage productions at the Palace Theatre; and

WHEREAS, The attractions also include the Gaylord Texan Lone Star Christmas ICE! event, the Great Wolf Lodge “Snowland,” Christmas on Main entertainment, horse-drawn buckboard and carriage rides, the North Pole Express, and the Christmas Gnome Village and North Pole Polar Bear display; and

WHEREAS, Animated Victorian characters are installed throughout the city, and residents in costumes stroll the Historic District; choreographed light shows are held every evening at Town Square, and countless Christmas lights illuminate the streets; and

WHEREAS, The arrival of the Christmas season in Grapevine is an opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate the city’s rich history, its charm, and the many amenities it offers today; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas hereby declare the City of Grapevine the Christmas Capital of Texas and extend best wishes to all who contribute to the unique experience of Christmas in Grapevine; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be prepared in honor of Grapevine and its impressive Christmas seasons.

Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram—PoliTex
MAY 24, 2009
Grapevine the Christmas Capital of Texas? Not so fast
AUSTIN - A resolution proclaiming Grapevine as the Christmas Capital of Texas got iced in the state House on Sunday in a tedium-breaking face-off between three Tarrant County representatives.

At one of the end of the House chamber was Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Keller, who sponsored the resolution.  At the other end were Reps. Paula Pierson, D-Arlington, and Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, who clearly didn’t like it.

Truitt, in trying to help Grapevine make its case, noted that the city has 1,400 Christmas activities, including “North Pole Express” at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, “Christmas on Main” entertainers and the “Christmas Gnome Village” at the Torian Log Cabin.

But Pierson fired back with plenty of examples from Arlington, which prides itself as one of Texas’ leading entertainment destinations.
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-- Dave Montgomery

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Kathleen Thompson
‏@ktnote
No better place to spend #Christmas, but GV is not the “official” Christmas Cap of TX and the CVB shouldn’t say so. http://bit.ly/GzHMzj
7:31 AM - 1 Oct 13

(Trademark)
Word Mark CHRISTMAS CAPITAL OF TEXAS
Goods and Services IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Promoting tourism in Grapevine, Texas area. FIRST USE: 20080300. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20080300
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 77546974
Filing Date August 14, 2008
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition December 23, 2008
Registration Number 3587001
Registration Date March 10, 2009
Owner (REGISTRANT) Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau municipal corporation TEXAS One Liberty Park Plaza Grapevine TEXAS 76051
Attorney of Record Linda W. Browning
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “CHRISTMAS” AND “TEXAS” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

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