The Hippodrome is opening it's doors in SEVEN days, and Historic Waco Foundation is excited to be the first organization to host an event in the 100 year old theatre. We are also excited to announce that this event will be a celebration of the theatre's centennial anniversary! The evening will be a special one for many reasons. Since it's a week out, we thought we'd give you 7 great reasons to hop in on this special moment in Waco history and celebrate one of the most iconic gems of downtown.
1. Sneak Peak Tours
Attendees will participate in docent-led tours throughout the newly renovated theatre, and be able to learn about what parts of the theatre are true to its history, and what parts are exciting new additions. This will be the first chance for the public to explore the much anticipated theatre!
2. Get Your History Fix
The walls of the Waco Hippodrome have seen a lot throughout the last 100 years, from crowds traveling to Austin Avenue to catch a glimpse of John Wayne, to Elvis trying to discretely enjoy a film with the regulars. HWF Executive Director Don Davis will paint magical pictures of Waco History surrounding the Hippodrome that will make you appreciate the potential grandeur of downtown Waco even more.
3. Join the Buzz of Downtown Waco
Melissa Green, The Hippodrome's Program Director, will be speaking on the theatre's future. In case you haven't heard, downtown is filling up with movers and shakers who are bringing a lot of excitement downtown. You can't seem to get away from people talking about the growth of downtown these days! This event will help you put a face to the name of one of the biggest movers and shakers on Austin.
4. A Second (and Last) Chance to see Les Miserables!
Okay. So, out of my personal bias for my favorite musical ever, I wanted to save this for last, but I just couldn't wait that long. The Waco Civic Theatre will be performing selections from their sold-out Les Miserables on stage at the Hippodrome! This means you will be able to see the first performance on the brand new stage, which is special in itself. It's also important to mention that this musical hasn't only sold out for the entire month of October, but the waiting lists even filled completely up before a lot of people (like me) were able to even think about it! Come hear some of your favorite selections from Les Mis, from love songs to war anthems, and get lost in the timelessness of the theatre.
5. Treat Your Tastebuds
The event will have appetizers, beer, and wine served throughout the evening. The appetizers will be prepared by the Hippodrome Restaurant, so now is the time to listen to the curiosity in your head nagging you to try all the newest places in town!
6. Special Downtown Promotions Just for You!
Speaking of trying out new places, your Hippodrome Ticket will act as a coupon to go out for dinner or more drinks after the Hippodrome event! You can walk into Muddle, Portofinos, Klassy Glass, Ninfas, Kuma, and a couple other places downtown, and receive an exclusive deal just for Hippodrome attendees - Free queso, free cocktails, $5 off a bottle of wine... This is so worth it! The only hard part will be deciding where to go! HWF and the Hippodrome are excited to use this event as a platform to brag about all of the good things coming to downtown and to encourage you to join in!
7. Support Local Non-Profits
This event will be benefiting HWF (surprise!). This is exciting, though! By coming to this event, you help us preserve the fascinating history of downtown and continue to celebrate other core preservers, such as Shane and Cody Turner. You help us hold community events, family education programs, and summer camps. Finally, you help us unite McLennan County in its pride and identity and invest in its future. Explore our site to learn more about what all HWF does!
Call (254) 753 - 5166 if you would like to buy tickets and/or be an event sponsor.
We look forward to seeing you on the 4th!