Join Us for the Pokemon Bash

Pokemon Bash
Pokemon Go in Dallas, TX

What better way could you imagine celebrating Halloween than by going to a throwback party with Pokemon costumes? That’s exactly what is happening on Saturday, October 22 at Quixotic World on 2824 Main Street in Dallas, Texas. This party most certainly is not limited only to fans of Pokemon. Whether you’re a nerd, geek, or someone from any other fandom who likes to party, you’re welcome at this year’s event. Of course, Pokemon costumes are encouraged, but you’re welcome to wear any other type of costume as well. The point is to have fun and enjoy yourselves. You do have to be at least 18-years-old to enter, but you have to be 21 to drink. There is going to be two Pokestops on-site, and there will be lures all night. Guests will also be treated to a cash bar and a candy bar, along with live DJ sets all night. The party costs $15 at the door (or they can be bought online), and it runs from 7pm-11pm. You will receive a coupon at the Pokemon Bash to use for a free drink at the Stranger Things after party at the Taboo Lounge. We can’t wait to see you on October 22. Ewing Buick GMC is excited to see the turnout around here.

GMC Named Most Ideal Popular Brand for Third Straight Year

Most Ideal Popular Brand
Perfect Day. Perfect Truck

GMC is known for offering some of the most popular vehicles on the market and it’s been recognized by AutoPacific for doing so year after year. Now, GMC has been named the Most Ideal Popular Brand for the third consecutive year. Three GMC models led their segments, making GMC one of only two automakers to accomplish the feat. GMC took home the top honor in AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards thanks to the Acadia, Yukon/Yukon XL, and the Sierra pickup. The Acadia topped the Large Crossover SUV segment while the Yukon/Yukon XL dominated the Large SUV segment. The GMC Sierra tackled the Light Duty Pickup segment for the second year in a row and also served as the brand’s bestselling model. Of the three, the 2017 GMC Acadia is all-new for the model year and boasts an impressive interior, advanced infotainment system, innovative safety technologies, and more. The SUV offers a comfort-oriented ride that makes it perfect for both short and long trips. In order to determine what brand and vehicles took home the top honors, the 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards surveyed more than 65,000 owners. The survey took place after 90 days of ownership and asked customers what changes they would make in their vehicles in 15 categories. GMC featured the least amount of requested changes, earning it the top spot for the third year in a row. Here at Ewing Buick GMC near Dallas, TX, we’re proud to see GMC taking home another top honor!

2016 McKinney Oktoberfest

2016 McKinney Oktoberfest
2016 McKinney Oktoberfest

This year’s McKinney Oktoberfest offers the very best in authentic German music, food, drink, costumes, dancing, and much, much more! A family-friendly event, Oktoberfest also features activities for children. The beer garden spans a total of 14 blocks through McKinney’s Historic Downtown square, leaving visitors and locals alike with plenty of room to explore. Remember, the 2016 McKinney Oktoberfest isn’t complete until everyone has had a craft German beer and bratwurst! Several downtown streets will be closed for the duration of the Oktoberfest festival and on-street parking will be limited as well. Attendees are welcome to park in any of the free parking lots located around downtown McKinney. Free parking is also available at the Sheraton Hotel, located at 1900 Gateway Blvd., and the First Baptist Church, located at 1615 West Louisiana Street. Free shuttles will run to and from both locations for the duration of the event so come on down and celebrate the German way! Tell us how you liked our Oktoberfest at Ewing Buick GMC. We are just a short drive away from Mckinney, TX!

Rear Seat Reminder Helps Prevent Child Fatalities

Rear Seat Reminder
Rear Seats Are Now In Check

Life can be hectic, especially when you’re driving the family around and running errands. In order to prevent unnecessary injury or death, GMC has developed the innovative Rear Seat Reminder system. Using a series of sensors and warnings, this system can prevent you from leaving a child unattended in the back seat.

Believe it or not, about half of the children under 14 who die of heatstroke in a vehicle are forgotten, according to GMC. The Rear Seat Reminder works to prevent this by activating whenever a rear door is open and closed within 10 minutes before the vehicle is started (or while the vehicle is running). The next time the car is turned off, you get a warning to check the rear seat.

“General Motors has developed a new technology for the GMC Acadia, the Rear Seat Reminder, to give busy parents an important reminder to check the back seat before leaving the car,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “We must always remember that the safest way to protect a child from heatstroke is to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.”

This feature can’t detect every item or individual in the back seat—it’s simply meant to prevent some incidents. That’s why it’s still important to always check the back seat, especially if you have small children.

To see this and more awesome features, visit Ewing Buick GMC near Dallas, TX when you can!

The Path to the Presidency Exhibit: Experience the History of Elections

Path to the Presidency exhibit
Dallas Presidential Library

Now is the perfect time to visit the Path to the Presidency exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. You can experience what the candidates see as part of this special exhibit on the history of campaigns and elections. This great new installation is just one of many fun and educational things to do in Dallas.

According to the Dallas Culture Map, the event started back in early August, but it goes until October 9. Its open every day at 9:00am, except for Sundays when it’s open at 12:00pm. You can deliver a speech from a podium using a teleprompter to see how difficult it really is, you can pose for a campaign ad, and watch clips of historical political ads. You can also learn about famous elections and losses, as well as the influence of technology and cultural changes on elections.

This is a great way to put things into perspective for this upcoming election. By understanding the history of elections in the US, you can learn the context for today’s politics. There are also displays on campaign and election memorabilia, documents, photos, artifacts, and more.

Want to make a day of your visit to the Path to the Presidency exhibit? Stop by the Old Chicago restaurant, the People’s Last Stand, and Trinity Hall. The Angelika Film Center and Café are located nearby, as well as the Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub.

If you go, tell us at Ewing Buick GMC near Dallas, TX. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Come to Weatherford for the Parker County Peach Festival

Parker County Peach Festival
Peach Festival Power!

Every year, Historic Downtown Weatherford comes to life for the annual Parker County Peach Festival, a massive one-day event that attracted over 45,000 visitors in 2015. For 2016, the peach festival is coming up quick on Saturday, July 9th, and features over two hundred activities, arts & crafts, and food vendors in addition to live music, the Peach Pedal Bike Ride, and the “42” Domino Tourney. The peach festival always takes place on the second Saturday in July in Weatherford, Texas. For 2016, the festival is celebrating its 32nd year in business. Children 12 and under are free to enter, whereas adults pay $5 for tickets or $4 is they bought their ticket in advance from the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce Office. The peach festival opens at 8 AM on the 9th and ends at 5 PM; however, if you’re taking place in the Peach Pedal Bike Ride, the activities begin as early as 7:30. The event offers free remote parking with a free shuttle that runs to the lots. Festival guests may take the shuttle to the festival to avoid busy crowds close to the grounds. A list of vendors will be available on the official website closer to the date, while the live entertainment, including a children’s stage, will span three stages throughout the festival. All of us Ewing Buick GMC will make it out from Plano, TX. See you there!

Come Celebrate at Plano’s All-American Fourth

Plano’s All-American Fourth
Fireworks Lighting Up The Sky

Fourth of July is right around the corner, and maybe you’re finding yourself wracking your brain about where to take the family because you didn’t think to make plans ahead of time. Or maybe your family cookout is a different day, and you’re just looking for something to do on the Fourth. If you live in or near Plano, Texas, Plano’s All-American Fourth celebration is coming back for 2016 and provides a fun, exciting, and free way to spend the evening. The place is Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. Parking is available for free at Collin College, Plano Centre, and First United Methodist Church. As stated above, admission is free. Festivities begin as early as 5 PM, when the food truck vendors open for business. A live DJ will amp up excitement during a pre-Fireworks party with live music, while the fireworks themselves will begin at 9:30. Plano’s All-American Fourth will celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show choreographed to music. Viewers will be able to enjoy the show by turning the radio station to 97.5 KLAK to hear the music from their car or radio. Come to the show for a night of live music, great local food, and, of course, a dazzling fireworks display. Most of us from Ewing Buick GMC will be there in Plano, TX for all the fun!

Welcome the New Elephants at the Dallas Zoo

new elephants at the Dallas Zoo
Like Elephants, You Won’t Forget the Dallas Zoo

The zoo can be one of the most magical places to visit around. And, here in the Dallas area, we have one of the best zoos in the country. Recently, visitors got to experience new elephants at the Dallas Zoo, and they were really excited! In March of this year, the Dallas Zoo brought five elephants from a drought-stricken zoo in Swaziland. Since then, the new elephants have been getting slowly acquainted with the Golden Girls, the Dallas Zoo’s resident matriarch elephants. The five new elephants, named Zola, Tendaji, Mlilo, Amahle, and Nolwazi have been doing well adjusting to their new home and have started gaining weight. Elephants are incredibly social animals and just like humans, they have to work out their relationships with each other. The zoo says they have been communicating with trumpeting, ear flapping, vocalizations, and a lot of trunk-touching. “It’s a wonderful sight to behold,” the zoo said. “Over the next few months, look in the Savanna and you may catch these amazing moments.” Have you visited the new elephants at the Dallas Zoo yet? What is your favorite animal exhibit at the Dallas Zoo? Tell all of us at Ewing Buick GMC near Dallas, TX in the comments below!

Ewing Buick GMC Teacher Photo Contest Winners

Ewing Buick GMC teacher photo contest
One of Our Teacher Contest Winners
Last month, we hosted a Teacher Photo Contest on our Facebook page for local area teachers. Visitors shared photos and videos along with words of praise for their favorite teachers. The posts that received the most “likes” were declared the winners. Each winning teacher will receive a $250 Visa gift card. For April, the winning teacher was Aisha Murtadah. She currently teaches at Dooley Elementary School in the Plano Independent School District. Parent Jay Rankin said this about Mrs. Murtadah, “She taught my (mildly) special needs son in 2nd grade. She changed his life with her patience, understanding, and knowledge. We saw him grow so much in the year that she taught him, and it still brings tears to our eyes (and his) when we think about it… All of the staff at Dooley are amazing, but Mrs. Murtadah is the kind of teacher any parent would want for their children, and there is no teacher more deserving.” In early May, on Teacher Appreciation Day, we announced the winner of our Frisco Teacher Photo contest, Anton Bucher. Mr. Bucher teaches theater at Pioneer Heritage Middle School in the Frisco Independent School District. Parent April Trawick Emerson said, “My daughter suffers from severe anxiety that impacts her daily activities. She has always been very shy and very timid… Once Bucher came into her life, she was a changed little girl. She was becoming more social; she spoke to people and not just when they asked her question; she was blossoming. It was beautiful to witness. Bucher also began a Partner’s Theatre class at PHMS. General education students ‘partner’ with special education students from our functional academics classroom. Kids have signed up to be partners in this class because of the servant’s heart that Bucher has instilled in his kids.” We are so pleased by the success of our Ewing Buick GMC Teacher Photo Contest and want to congratulate both Mrs. Murtadah and Mr. Bucher on their success with their students. We can tell they are excellent teachers who love what they do every day. Like the Ewing Buick GMC Facebook page to see more updates and more contests, or visit us near Dallas, TX.

Rethinking Style: New Buick Envision Design Wows Critics

Buick Envision design
Envision The Buick Envision

The new 2016 Buick Envision is on the horizon, set to hit the market sometime this summer. This premium model comes with a powerful engine, the latest technologies, and luxury equipment. There’s nothing quite like the new Envision. According to Edmunds, the new Buick Envision design will have incredible features, including a hands-free liftgate, fog lamps, and projector-beam halogen headlights. Upper-level trims come with exclusive features like HID headlights, a heads-up display, and more. The Envision is ideal for owners looking for something between the Encore and the Enclave. Under the hood of the upcoming Envision is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets up to 252 horsepower. This is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, a great feature for harsh terrain and weather. Believe it or not, the 2016 Buick Envision is coming this summer, while the 2017 model year will appear in the fall. This provides you with tons of options and features, making it easy to find the Envision that fits your needs.