Friday, March 25, 2011
Best bets for Earth Hour on Saturday in Dallas
Businesses and residents who love their planet are making the switch for one hour on Saturday.
At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, North Texas will go dark. It's all in honor of Earth Hour, the annual event that asks residents and businesses to shut non-essential lights off for a precious 60 minutes to celebrate the planet and conserve energy. Earth Hour is celebrated nationwide -- and in fact, it started in Sydney, Australia. It's organized by the World Wildlife Fund.
North Texas is having a small smattering of events, and we've picked the ones we think you'll like best. If you're not up for going somewhere to watch the skyline go black, you can still participate by turning your own lights off from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
In the most dramatic of Earth Hours, a Dallas environmental group is hosting a "celebration" at the Belmont Hotel Saturday evening. The group, Dallas Greendrinks, has lobbied to get downtown Dallas buildings to participate in Earth Hour. The group will gather on BarBelmont's patio -- which has a famous view of downtown Dallas -- and wait for the 8:30 p.m. switch, when the Dallas skyline will (hopefully) go dim. DART has already said that their headquarters on Pacific Avenue will participate.
New Dallas restaurant Cedars Social is hosting dinner and drinks by candlelight between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Uptown bar The Nodding Donkey, along with neighbor State & Allen Lounge, are also turning their lights off. We've seen The Nodding Donkey when it's hopping, and that's usually on a Saturday. It'll be a hoot to see how the patrons cope if the bar is full of people.
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