Best DFW Events in July You Don’t Want to Miss

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Summer is in full swing, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area is ready to celebrate. The metropolitan area is bustling with nonstop festivals, concerts, July 4th fireworks displays, museum exhibits and so much more. The following four events are ones you don’t want to miss in the DFW area this July.

Buckets and Boots Benefit Concert

Head over to the Rocker B Ranch in nearby Graford, Texas, for the Buckets and Boots Benefit Concert on July 9 and 10. This must-visit, sixth annual event raises money for the Palo Pinto County fire departments and includes world-renowned musicians, like Jerry Jeff Walker, Jason Boland, Jack Ingram and Wade Bowen.

Bastille Day Celebration

Downtown Dallas’ Arts District is guaranteed to come to life on July 14, for the annual Bastille Day Celebration. This unique and artsy event features champagne, dancing in the street, and exhibits at the three of Dallas’ top art museums. Street musicians, performers, endless shopping, foods and drinks will be on hand for the must-visit event.

Spark! Create with Cocktails

Combine exercising and playing with your favorite cocktails at the Spark! Create with Cocktails event. Attendees can make an attempt at silk-screening, climbing a 6,000-foot climbing wall, a slide sculpture and so much more. Light snacks are provided and it’s just $10 per person to see and play with all of the latest and greatest Spark! toys and activities.

Celebrate Summer at Classic Chevrolet

Classic Chevrolet is the No. 1 place in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to find the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for unbeatable summer prices. Stop in and see why Chevy has been the most awarded car company for two years in a row.

Best Places to Travel in the South

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It’s summer and it’s vacation time, but you have no idea where you want to head out to. With a brand new vehicle or a just-serviced vehicle from Classic Chevy, you are ready to hit the road. If you have time for a lengthy road trip, consider some of the best places in the south to visit for the food, the education or just to have some fun by visiting someplace you’ve never been before.

Take a trip to Maryland even if it is just to get the best crab cake in Maryland at The Crab Claw. The restaurant has been in business for over 45 years and is located in St. Michaels. While you are gorging on crab – or crab cakes – you’ll be able to watch the yachts and sailboats on the Miles River. Be sure to stop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum while you’re there. If you’re in the area because you rented a boat, you can also dock at the restaurant. For more information and directions, visit thecrabclaw.com or call (410) 745-2900.

If Maryland is a little far for the amount of time you have, consider a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the best live music in Tennessee. Be sure your visit includes a Saturday night so that you can visit the Grand Ole Opry and take in some of the best music – just like the rest of the world has since 1925. Visit opry.com for more information, including entertainer appearances.

It’s history you want? Then head out to the best historic site in Virginia – Colonial Williamsburg. Stop by the Trellis Restaurant for Death by Chocolate – originally created by the restaurant. While touring the blacksmith shop, be sure to visit The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for a customized 17th-century-style apothecary scrub or ride in a carriage on Duke of Gloucester Street. For more information on the Trellis, visit thetrellis.com and for more information on the area, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.

If you only have a few days for your vacation or you just don’t feel like doing a several-day road trip, visit the best dance hall in Texas, located between San Antonio and Austin. The Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in the state. It was built in 1878 and saw the likes of George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and the Dixie Chicks. You never know who you might run into. For more information, visit gruenehall.com or call (830) 606-1281.

Even if you plan to stay local, be sure to have your vehicle checked over or serviced at Classic Chevrolet before you leave. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now would be a great time to visit us – you could take your road trip in a brand new Chevy.

Stay Cool During the Summer Months!

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Staying cool during a Texas summer is something we joke about in the Lone Star State. It seems impossible to keep the sweat beads from forming the moment you step out your front door and into the summer sun and stifling humidity. The following are 15 tips to help you stay cool this summer.

1. Use a sun umbrella to keep you shaded anywhere at anytime. Traditional rain umbrellas work just fine too.

2. Stop the ice cream truck, grab a tasty popsicle or ice cream cone and remember how much fun summer was when you were a kid.

3. Wrap a wet paper towel around your beverages before sticking them in the freezer. They’ll be ice cold in a fraction of the time.

4. Reach for ice cubes whenever you can. Whether you’re at home or digging in a friend’s cooler at a soccer game, ice cubes can offer a brief escape from the heat.

5. Enjoy iced coffee instead of hot coffee. Pour a pot of coffee into your ice trays, then use those cubes for your iced coffee, so it doesn’t become diluted.

6. Carry a paper fan. It may seem a bit primitive, but a good-old-fashioned paper fan can keep you cooler than if you travel without one.

7. Use a wet towel to cool yourself and your pets down. Place that towel in the freezer or refrigerator first for a whole new level of cool.

8. Bust out the fans. Even those with fully-functional air conditioning units can use fans in stuffier areas of the home. Place one by your bed for extra comfort at night.

9. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothing can make you unbearably hot on summer days. Opt for loose-fitting clothing that wicks the moisture and heat away instead.

10. Place ice packs or cold compresses on your wrists, elbows, ankles, neck and other areas for immediate relief when you’re feeling uncomfortably hot.

11. Give yourself some space. Unbearably hot summer days are not ideal for cuddling. Sleeping or laying alone keeps your partner’s body heat at bay.

12. Find your local watering holes. The heat of summer is one of the best times to start locating your town’s nearest swimming holes. Rivers, lakes and pools are some of the best (and most fun) solutions to sweaty Texas days.

13. Stay low in your house. Hot air rises, so you may notice your upstairs bedrooms becoming outrageously hot in summer. Opt for a summer of sleeping in the basement or living room instead.

14. Step back from the grill. Steer clear of turning on the stove, oven or grill. Hot summer days are ideal for enjoying cool sandwiches and salads instead.

15. Spend some time in your new Chevy. If you’re tired of dealing with the sub-par air conditioning in your everyday driver, stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet to feel the cool breeze of air conditioning in your brand-new Chevy.

Chevrolet Silverado High Desert Offers Refined Utility

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The Silverado High Desert version will be available at Classic Chevrolet later this fall; and this model is based on the concept model that was revealed at the 2014 SEMA show. This new model gives truck buyers even more choices; and it’s content is unique, bringing something new to the Silverado’s special editions.

Trim Levels

The High Desert version is available on the LT, LTZ and the High Country trim levels. The package features a new cargo system that is water resistant and locks, refined exterior styling and, if you add the package to the High Country trim level, available magnetic ride control suspension.

If you choose to add the High Desert package to the LT, you’ll get 20-inch wheels with all-season tires. If you add the High Desert package to the LTZ or the High Country, 22-inch wheels with all-terrain tires are available.

Utility

If you’ve been looking for a truck that combines utility and luxury, adding the High Desert package gives you just that. According to Sandor Piszar, the director of Chevrolet truck marketing, the High Desert package gives consumers luxury, the flexibility of a pickup truck bed and a lockable cargo area.

The locking storage system is installed over the steel bed and adds dual side storage bins plus a three-piece hard tonneau cover. A cargo divider is also part of the equipment; and this could be used to secure smaller items. Lower the cargo divider if you need access to the full bed.

Additionally, the tailgate locks with the key fob, so you can lock the back of the truck with the push of a button.

Powertrains

The LTZ and High Country features the EcoTec3 6.2-liter V-8 engine backed by the Hydra-Matic 8L90, Chevy’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Silverado LT, LTZ or High Country and order it with the new High Desert package if you are looking for a vehicle with luxury and utility. If you can’t wait until the fall, stop by our showroom to test drive a Silverado or one of our other special edition Silverado trucks.

Great Country Kitchen Recipes for Summer

June is National Country Cooking Month, and that means it’s time to start enjoying more home-cooked meals. Without busy school schedules, summer is one of the best times to delight in some country cooking with your family. These two mouthwatering country-style recipes are guaranteed to wow your friends and family this June.

Hearty Squash Casserole

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 pound yellow summer squash (cut into 1/4-inch slices)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray and set the dish aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using a fork, beat the eggs and sugar together until frothy.
  3. Add 1 cup of cheese to the large bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise, pepper and salt and mix thoroughly. Stir in the squash and poor the entire mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top of the casserole and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, top it with the remaining cheese, and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. The casserole should be heated through, and the cheese should be golden.
  5. Serve as a side with your favorite country-style entree.

Country-Fried Steak with Gravy

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What you’ll need:

  • 4 beef cubed steaks (pounded to 1/4-inch thickness)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (divided)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Cooking instructions:

  1. Season the steaks with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set the steaks aside.
  2. Pour the buttermilk into a shallow dish. Place 3/4 cup corneal in a separate shallow dish. Dish the steaks into the buttermilk first, then into the cornmeal. Make sure they are coated completely.
  3. Heat the shortening over medium-high heat in a large, deep skillet. Heat until hot but not smoking. Place the steaks in the skillet and cook them for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. They should be cooked through, and the coating should be golden.
  4. Drain the steaks on a paper towel-lined platter. Cover the steaks to keep them warm while you prepare the gravy.
  5. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 3 tablespoons flour to the skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture has browned, stirring often.
  6. Add the milk and continue stirring until the gravy thickens.
  7. Serve the steaks hot and topped with the gravy. Serve alongside the hearty summer squash casserole for an unbeatable country-style meal this June.

Summer is a time for cooking, and it’s also a time for road trips. Stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, to find the perfect road trip vehicle for your summer travels today.

Texas’ Best Kept Secrets

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If you are looking for a day trip or a great weekend trip, consider visiting some of Texas’ best kept secrets. A weekend trip – or even a week-long vacation to visit more than one of the “secret” sites – is a perfect way to celebrate the new car or truck you just bought at Classic Chevrolet.

If you head out to Big Bend National Park or the Davis Mountains, be sure to stop by Marfa’s Mystery Lights. The lights are small-town Marfa’s claim to fame and show up between Marfa and Paisano Pass on clear nights. To see the lights, face toward the Chinati Mountains. The first record of these lights was in 1883. Sometimes the lights look like they are fusing and splitting, sometimes they move and sometimes they are colored. To this day, no one has figured out what the lights are from.

Glen Rose features the Dinosaur Valley State Park. While you can’t dig up your own dinosaur bones, you can see dinosaur footprints and other dinosaur-related things. The park is located on the Paluxy River and you can also see mudstones, limestones and sandstones that were deposited in that location about 113 million years ago. The area used to be a sea.

If you like treasure hunts, visit Mason County to hunt for natural topaz. The stone, which is Texas’ state gem, is commonly found in ravines and streambeds, but only in Mason County. There is no commercial mining in the area, but several ranches in the area will set you up for topaz hunting. The ranches are usually closed during deer season, so if you don’t make it out there before then, you’ll have to wait until deer season is over.

If you prefer hiking, stop by Colorado Bend State Park in Hill Country to hike to Gorman Falls. The hike is about 1.5 miles of rougher terrain, but the falls – an oasis in the middle of Texas – is worth the climb.

If you haven’t purchased or leased a new vehicle yet, but want to take some of these trips, be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle checked before you head out, especially if you take some of the longer trips. Ask our service manager about any service specials that we might be running.

Texas Road Trip: Chevy Style

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After you pick up your new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet, take a Texas road trip while you still have that new car smell. You’ll be able to travel without worrying about the vehicle breaking down or the air conditioning deciding to go south on you.

Austin

Whether you take a long weekend or a week or two, you’ll enjoy over 250 live music venues when you visit Austin. Or, if you prefer a more relaxing time, head to the Lake Austin Spa Resort for over 100 different treatments. Visit South Congress, Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Park, Barton Springs pool and more.

Corpus Christi

Head out to Corpus Christi for some fun in the sun and some relaxing days at the beach. Or, visit the U.S.S. Lexington aircraft carrier, the area’s floating museum. If you love wildlife, visit the Texas State Aquarium to take in a dolphin show. If all of this is too tame for you, go surfing, deep sea fishing, kite boarding, parasailing or kayaking. Learn how to windsurf at Worldwinds Windsurfing on Padre Island. And, for those who have to have some dancing, go to the Sports, Entertainment and Art District for live entertainment and a beer or three, cocktails and mixed drinks.

Plano

Visit the Heritage Farmstead Museum or learn how to play cricket at Horseshoe Park on a Saturday morning. Head out to Southfork Ranch to take a guided tour of the Ewing Mansion. Visit the Interurban Railway museum if you’re a train buff. Or, hike the 1.3-mile Arbor Hills Loop to see turtles, take a break in the shade or check out the Blackland Prairie.

Laredo

Visit Laredo for bird watching and getting in touch with nature. Enjoy Lake Casa Blanca International State Park or walk the Paso Del Indio Nature Trail. Or, shop San Bernardo Avenue for artwork, furniture and Mexican pottery. Visit the San Agustin Plaza and the El Meson de San Agustin and Zaragoza Grill.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new Chevrolet and to learn more about your favorite model’s convenience, entertainment, safety and security features.

Forget Tools, Get a Chevy for Dad!

Don’t wait until the last minute this year. Show your dad how important he is to you by purchasing him his dream car, truck or SUV. The following are 10 reasons why you should choose a Chevy, instead of a gift certificate or another box of cigars for dad.

1. The 2016 Camaro combines meticulous design with the latest and greatest elements of performance technology, so dad can always be the coolest guy on the road. The available 455 horsepower engine goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4 seconds.

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2. The Chevy Malibu is all-new for 2016, with a dramatic design, more efficiency and the industry’s latest and greatest technologies. Give dad the gift of 37 miles per gallon on the highway.

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3. Help dad maximize his workday with the 2016 Chevy Silverado. With class-leading V8 towing and available 420 horsepower, he doesn’t have to sacrifice performance for convenience and cargo space.

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4. Feeling even more generous? The Silverado 3500 HD features a max payload of 7,153 pounds and a max towing capability of 23,200 pounds. Whether dad’s towing and RV, a boat or another favorite toy, he’ll never have to worry about overworking his Silverado.

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5. Help dad save more on gas and stay connected on the go with the 2016 Cruze Limited, featuring available 4G LTE WiFi from Onstar and an EPA estimated 42 miles per gallon on the highway.

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6. Give dad the gift of speed, power and style with the new 2016 Corvette Stingray. There’s no better looking vehicle on the road this year, and this high-performance vehicle can go from 0 to 60 in an astonishing 3.7 seconds.

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7. The 2016 Chevy Colorado is now available in a number of special editions to suit your dad’s interests, whether he’s into paddle boarding, surfing, off-roading, camping or a number of other outdoor hobbies. The Colorado Shoreline is available with GEARON tiered storage racks, a stand-up paddle board carrier and premium floor liners.

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8. Make sure your dad stays safe behind the wheel with the Malibu’s 11 available active safety features and available Chevrolet MyLink technology. It’s no wonder the 2016 Malibu received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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9. Whichever Chevy vehicle you choose for dad, be sure to equip it with the new, built-in 4G LTE WiFi, so you can stay connected to him from anywhere and at anytime. The Malibu was the first vehicle in its class to offer built-in 4G LTE WiFi, but it can now be found in a number of 2016 Chevy models.

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10. Choose a Chevy because you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Here at Classic Chevrolet, you know you’re getting the best price on the latest and greatest Chevy models.

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Stop in and see us in Grapevine, Texas, to start shopping for Father’s Day today.

Summer Love with a New Chevy

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new Chevy that you can have fun with all summer long including the Spark, Trax and Sonic. Any of these are great for someone – or even a couple – who want to spend the summer doing things, but prefer not to spend much on gas.

The Sonic’s Mechanical and Safety Features

This model features a 1.8-liter engine with variable valve timing and sequential multi-point injection. The engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, puts out 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 125 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm. The Sonic also features a battery with 438 cold cranking amps and rundown protection.

Safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, hill start assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, panic brake assist, daytime running lights, 10 airbags, StabiliTrak, traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system, the LATCH system for child seats, rear child security door locks and OnStar Guidance for 6 months.

The Spark’s Mechanical and Safety Features

The Spark features a 1.4-liter engine backed by a continuously variable transmission. This front-wheel drive model features a battery with 375 cold cranking amps and four-wheel ABS brakes.

Safety features include StabiliTrak, brake assist, hill start assist, a rear vision camera, 10 airbags, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in WiFi hotspot for 3 months or until you use 3 gigabytes of data, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The Trax’s Mechanical and Safety Features

If you prefer something with a bit more space, then test drive the Trax. This model features an EcoTec 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that makes 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque at 1,850 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission backs the engine; and this front-wheel drive model features four-wheel ABS brakes.

Safety features include a tire pressure monitoring system, StabiliTrak, traction control, daytime running lights, 10 airbags, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar Basic for 5 years, a ear vision camera, driver and front passenger bolster knee protectors, the LATCH system for child seats and rear child security locks.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one of these fun vehicles so that you can have more fun this summer with lower gas bills and lower vehicle payments.

The 2016 Chevrolet Trucks Stun Critics

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The Chevrolet Silverado continues to impress the critics because of its versatility and brawn, along with the many trim packages that are available. You can see the new 2016 model year at Classic Chevrolet. This year, the Chevy Silverado has some new design features and interior features.

New This Year

The whole lineup got a new front grille design and accent LED lighting on the outside. The interior got two touch screens so that you can more easily navigate the infotainment system. Plus, you can opt to add the enhanced driver alert package with high-tech safety features.

Trim Levels

The top three trims are the WT, LTZ and the High Country. If you want complete comfort in a truck, choose the High Country with its luxury features, 20-inch wheels, a premium Bose audio system, custom grille, navigation, parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats and the optional 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

The LTZ features 18-inch alloy wheels, tow hooks, LED fog lights, LED headlights, LED taillights, remote start, power folding mirrors, heated power seats, dual zone automatic climate control, leather interior and more. This trim level does not come with a regular cab.

The WT is the work truck option. You can get this trim level in all three cabs and it features 17-inch steel wheels, power locks, cruise control, a bed light, vinyl seating and more. The floors feature vinyl instead of carpet so it’s easier to keep clean.

Cab Options

The Silverado features three cab options: regular, extended and crew cabs. The WT, LS and LT trim levels are available with the regular cab. You can get an extended cab or a crew cab on the WT, LT, LS and LTZ trims. And for the High Country and the Silverado Custom, you can order crew cabs.

Engine Options

The Silverado offers two standard engines: the 4.3-liter V-6 that makes 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of toque and the 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The WT, LS and LT trim levels feature the base 4.3-liter engine while the LTZ and the High Country trim levels come standard with the 5.3-liter engine. You can also upgrade the LTZ and the High Country to a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Standard Safety Features

You’ll find many standard safety features on the Silverado including stability control, traction control, ABS disc brakes, four-wheel disc brakes, and several airbags including dual front impact airbags and side impact airbags. Higher trim levels may include curtain airbags, overhead airbags and knee airbags. All of the trim levels except the WT feature OnStar, which includes stolen vehicle assistance, roadside assistance and more. Optional features include parking sensors, rearview cameras, collision warnings, lane departure warnings and more.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and to learn more about your favorite trim level and to learn why the Silverado impresses the critics. If you are not sure which trim level is right for you, ask your salesperson to outline standard features in the higher trim levels.