ON THE SCENE
By Richard van Cleve
WATCH for changes in the Old Plantation. Soon, early in the spring, the Old
Plantation will be opening to the out-of-
doors with the addition of a Beer Garden.
Work has been underway for the past few
weeks towards its completion. Part of the
landscaping is finished with bamboo
planted along a new eight-foot wooden
fence. Potted plants, lanterns and furniture will shortly be installed. The bar in
the Western room is to be extended onto
the patio for the convenience of the Garden's patrons, and the same nostalgic
music provided in the Western room will
be heard in the Garden.
The Western bar is also undergoing
changes. The dance floor is being enlarged, and windows and a door facing
the Beer Garden will be added. More
shooting gallerys and pinball machines
for the arcade are on requisition.
SOME of the women at T.J.'s of Dallas
are forming a motorcycle club to be
known as the Hobos. The summer agenda
will include camping outings and cycling
excursions for state-wide trips - the first
planned for March 23. If you are interested in joining, drop by T.J.'s or give
them a call at (214) 526-9368.
FOR THE PAST month, the Sundance
Kids has been showing movies each Sunday night at 9 p.m. preceded by a beer
bust. So far, the movies have been good
- a mix of classic camp and light coined
By Allen Reid
IS COORS CHICKEN?
Game time was 2 p.m. March 8 at the
Forest Park soccer field, and the mighty
651 Texans were panting for action . ..
but, alas, their challengers - Coors Distributors - didn't show.
Well, there were fans to appease and
please, so the "home" team, dressed in
their cut-offs and pullover shirts, split into two teams of six each and played for
three-and-one-half hours of the fastest,
feistiest, funniest football ever seen in Ft.
Yet, the future programming promises to
be better - if you like horror and science
fiction, and who doesn't after a couple of
The date, place and event schedule of
the Wranglers' annual Stampede are set.
The date is June 20-22; the place is the
Roanoke Dude Ranch outside of Grapevine; and the event schedule will be announced in the next issue of CN.
FOR THOSE thirsty nomads ever in
search of a new palm-ringed watering
hole, there is one in town - for women -
the Olive Branch Saloon at 2827 McKinney. The Olive Branch is not exactly
new, for it has been in business since late
December; but what is new, and crucially
so, is the soon-to-be-obtained liquor
Shane, the manager who is fresh out of
hotel management, reports that he and
the owners are drawing up an ambitious
calendar for future months. As standard
features the Olive Branch will celebrate
each holiday with a ball and special drink
prices, groups can reserve tables for anniversaries or birthdays, and there will be a
weekly movie night showing gay female
Many of the Olive Branch's regulars are
signing up for a packaged, Saloon-sponsored bus trip to San Antonio's April Fiesta. And those regulars who won't be on
the trip are staying in Dallas to practice
for the season's first baseball game in Dallas Softball League. Both the bus trip and
ball team are still open to more participants. For more information, contact the
Saloon in person or call 824-2770 or 823-
SWAMP TRASH, that classless but in style
bistro, is having a parade of events. To
lead off the parade will be a dandy, March
30, Easter Hat party. Stepping quickly
up behind in April will be a Jockey Short
party, a pageantry of sizes, shapes, and
brand names - B.V.D.'s and Fruit of the
Loom. This progression of galas will naturally climax in that show of shows, the
Academy Awards presentation to be
viewed (with buffet) via the color tube at
the Swamp Trash. Free gin punch will be
served every Saturday at 5 p.m. as a continuing attraction.
POLICE harassment of Dallas gay bars?
Perhaps. It is not clear yet whether
recent encounters between the police and
the bars is intended by the police as selective badgering of gay bars or a change
in police policy regarding all bars. But
what is known is that the police are now
enforcing an unused and forgotten city
ordinance prohibiting after hours dancing
and that police renewed enforcement of
the ordinance has been both tacdess and
absurd. All the gay bars in the city have
taken a wait-and-see attitude, suspending
their after hours dancing.
GARY SHANNON of the Encore is now
casting for his new production of "Pur-
lie." Any interested person may contact
him at the Encore.
THE BAR had a sex change. What was
once women's is now men's. The Place
is the name, and 3019 N. Haskell is the
place. While Joe's Other Place was astrological and mystical, The Place is Polynesian and carefree.
Final score: 30-26. Great game, fellas!
This definitely should be done again.
Meanwhile, those Coors people have some
explaining to do ....
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A FRIEND IN NEED . ..
Who says there's no community spirit in
Fort Worth. Gays in Fort Worth proved
beyond any doubt this month that they
care for their own.
When the home of James Norris burned;
individuals immediately rallied to his sup
port. Some ofthe 651 crowd got together
with MCC and presented a special benefit
show with proceeds going to assist James.
The audience also helped by bringing
clothes and household items to the show
for James and his mother.
Customers at the Other Place made
sandwiches and bought a keg of beer
which they sold Sunday afternoon, and at
T.J.'s Back Door, a $1 charge for reserved
tables went to the project. In addition, all
performers donated all of their tips for
Praise to all the people who worked together in this endeavor. Let's keep on
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