Tashina Richardson

Tashina Richardson has been with Sundown Collaborative for 6 years, and currently serves as the Artistic Director. She has directed and acted in many productions for the company, and has also performed almost every technical role possible. She believes theatre should be an experience that invites discussion and emotional response. She has lived in Denton off and on since 1999.


The Day Before

The following story actually occurred several years ago. What I thought then was an isolated wake-up call has since become my mantra, a paradigm shift worth sharing for the difference it makes. Like many people the week before Christmas, I was dashing around trying to get last minute holiday preparations wrapped up. The radio was […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 30, 2018

“That’s What Christmas is about, Charlie Brown.”

This is my favorite season for TV. I confess, I am a sucker for sappy Christmas movies and always have been. I don’t watch much TV the rest of the year. But starting with “The Charlie Brown Christmas” special and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” I am in until my boys take over the TV for […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 23, 2018

Retirement Next in Chuck Carpenter Story

John Steinbeck first brought Route 66 to life in his 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction novel The Grapes of Wrath, a sad saga of Tom Joad and his family trying to escape The Great Depression’s grip after losing their farm to the Dust Bowl. The story is about their difficult journey to California along Route 66, […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 16, 2018

A Denton Holiday Shopping Guide

When I was a kid, Christmas began when the Sears catalogue arrived in our mailbox. I am the eldest of four, and my mom gave each of us our own colored marker with which to scour the catalogue and circle things we wished Santa might bring when he and his reindeer landed at our house […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 09, 2018

Think Local

In the world of destination marketing, visitors are considered the target. Hotel stays are typically a major focus, and considering the primary funding source for most destination marketing ventures, it makes sense. The marketing is usually fueled by hotel tax generated by overnight visitors with the purpose of reinvesting the money in more marketing to […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 02, 2018

Here We Come A-Wassailing

Christmastime is here. You know that smell the heater makes the first time it comes on for the season? That’s one of the smells that tell. Other signals to the senses are pine and spruce, cinnamon and cloves, chimney smoke, pumpkin bread, roasted pecans, and wassail. Wassail is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I […]

Published on: Sun, Nov 25, 2018

Thanksgiving offers chance to reflect on blessings

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday.According to History.com, this is how it all began:“In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. […]

Published on: Sun, Nov 18, 2018

Nouveau: Beaujolais and Football Meet in Denton

“Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!” Translation: The new Beaujolais has arrived. Actually, it is arriving in Denton right on time this Thursday, November 15 at the Campus Theatre’s 21st-annual fundraiser, “Beaujolais and More” wine, beer and food festival. It’s right on time because the third Thursday in November is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official release […]

Published on: Sun, Nov 11, 2018

Welcome Center Launches Denton-Centric Gift Service

Something new is happening at the Discover Denton Welcome Center (DDWC) in downtown Denton. Randi Sue Surratt joined the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) team in October 2016 as the DDWC Merchandising Manager. Store sales support about one-third of the DDWC’s operational costs, private sponsorships and a portion of Hotel Occupancy Tax comprising the […]

Published on: Sun, Nov 04, 2018

The Planner’s Zone: Wowed About Denton

The following story is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. It was pure luck of the draw that got her stuck with the job. Mr. Morgan gave the task to his top admin team. “It doesn’t matter to me which of you takes this on, but one of you own it […]

Published on: Sun, Oct 28, 2018

CVB Servicing Key to Denton Tourism

They clustered along the sidewalks. They wandered in groups. Here and there, they gathered at tables and browsed in shops. They crowded Armadillo Ale Works for live music, Twilight Tunes having moved to its rain location. Downtown was full of them this past Thursday night, easy to spot with bright red Discover Denton lanyards around […]

Published on: Sun, Oct 21, 2018

Industrial Street Pop Festival Turns Back Time

Hypothesis: While the body ages with time, the mind picks a spot and just stays there. It’s a glorious sunny day. The sunroof is open, I’ve got my shades on and the warm breeze tosses my hair as I cruise along the street. The radio is turned up, and I’m belting out the words because […]

Published on: Sun, Oct 14, 2018

CVB Credits Carpenter for its Start

Denton: circa 1976. City population was 45,000; Denton County’s 110,000. Downtown Denton was quiet and sleepy. Parking wasn’t a problem and traffic jams were something that happened in “big cities.” In 1976, Denton had three hotels, one high school, two universities half the size they are today, and miles of green space between the city […]

Published on: Thu, Oct 04, 2018

The Limelight is on Us, Denton. Find Out Why.

The speaker was just beginning his presentation when he did it. “Does anyone in here know what this is?” he asked the 50-some-odd Texas Travel Summit attendees in the breakout session. He held up his right hand, fingers positioned in what sure looked to me like an eagle claw. Beaming, he clicked to advance the […]

Published on: Sun, Sep 30, 2018

Horse Country, Denton TX

A Legacy and a Dream Pave Way for the Future

Seemingly unrelated events sometimes connect in surprising ways. It is often only in hindsight that we see how. “He is the last of the true cowboys – tough, full of grit, but always a gentleman,” a friend recently said about Weldon Burgoon. Tomorrow morning, Denton’s most famous cowboy will be laid to rest. Weldon Burgoon […]

Published on: Sun, Sep 23, 2018

Everyone is a Philanthropist on North Texas Giving Day

Philanthropy. It’s a word that reads and sounds like something big, important and monied. Dictionary.com defines philanthropy as “altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.” Even philanthropy’s […]

Published on: Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Olathe, Kansas Chamber’s Study Tour of Denton

There is an ancient saying that originated in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. It comes from the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 1, verse 9. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” While not based specifically on the Ecclesiastical quote, […]

Published on: Sun, Sep 09, 2018

Labor Day: Labor for Some, Play for Many

This is Labor Day Weekend. For as long as I can remember, these three days are summer’s last hoorah when we cook out, swim, head to the lake, hit the beach, take a hike, go fishing, or maybe pitch a tent in the woods. We play. Since the 1880s, the U.S. Department of Labor says […]

Published on: Sun, Sep 02, 2018

O’Neil Ford Exhibit and Self-Guided Tour Open this Friday

We see them when we drive downtown. Many people frequent them: some for business, others for leisure, educational or even spiritual pursuits. Some just stay because they live there. They are buildings scattered around Denton. Denton City Hall. Emily Fowler Library. The Denton Civic Center. First Christian Church. The Little Chapel in-the-woods on TWU’s campus. […]

Published on: Sun, Aug 26, 2018

North Texas’ Big Fair & Rodeo Plans for Bigger

It is fair week in Denton! The North Texas Fair and Rodeo (NTFR) opened this past Friday night to thousands of fair-goers delighting in Denton’s oldest and longest (lasting nine days and nights) festival of the year. For the past 90 of its documented 132-year history in Denton, the North Texas State Fair Association (NTSFA) […]

Published on: Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Shiloh Field Exemplifies “Sense of Community”

This column is dedicated each week to things that make Denton Denton: our essence, attributes, sense of place, and people.  The stuff that defines Denton, like our sense of community for example. Last Wednesday, I discovered one such community asset, one I drive by almost every day without notice.  It sits near the intersection of […]

Published on: Sun, Aug 05, 2018

Denton CVB Launches Video Campaign to Woo Conventioneers

By the time O’Reilly Hospitality broke ground for the Denton Convention Center project on March 21, 2016, convention and meeting dates were already filling the calendar. That’s because there is nothing last-minute about the convention business and why the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and O’Reilly teams were promoting the “coming soon” venue since […]

Published on: Sun, Jul 29, 2018

Good Things on the Other Side of Change

A few years ago, I dedicated this column one Sunday to the fable of Chicken Little. Most of you likely recall the little-tale-with-a-moral from childhood. In a nutshell, Chicken Little induced communal hysteria that the sky was falling and the world was coming to an end after an acorn fell on her head. An acorn, […]

Published on: Sun, Jul 22, 2018

CVB Introduces New Denton On A Dollar Itineraries

“What is Denton like?” I’m reminded of a story. Little Johnny was riding in the car with his dad one day when he popped the question, “Dad, where did I come from?” Dad becomes immediately nervous, little beads of perspiration popping out on his brow as he glances at his six-year-old. He has dreaded this […]

Published on: Sun, Jul 15, 2018

A Farewell Tribute: Mayor Euline Brock

I first arrived at the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) at the beginning of 2003. My initial focus as the new-kid-on-the-block was meeting the movers and shakers. I began at the top and scheduled a one-on-one meeting with then-Mayor Euline Brock. Prepared to offer my best handshake, I entered her office, my words already […]

Published on: Sun, Jul 08, 2018

Discover Denton Celebrates Two Years on the 4th of July

Happy 4th of July! This is one of my favorite holidays. When I was a kid, this day was about our core family of six piling into the station wagon to join the big family at Papa’s lakehouse, where we played with cousins, ate watermelon, made homemade ice cream and shot fireworks off over the […]

Published on: Sun, Jul 01, 2018

For Which It Stands: Denton’s 9-11 Memorial

Thomas J. Ashton. Albert Conde. Diane Lipari. Kevin Williams. Tawana Griffin Johnson. Guy Barzvi. Clara Hinds. These and hundreds more were names and faces plastered across New York City on chain-link fences, in subways, at bus stops and in hospitals in the days following September 11, 2001. They were missing dads, moms, sisters and brothers […]

Published on: Sun, Jun 24, 2018

Denton Celebrates Make Music Day

This Thursday is the summer solstice when the sun will be up longer than on any other day in 2018. How better to fill this longest day than with music? That’s what Jack Lang and the staff of France’s Ministry of Culture decided to do back in 1982, and it’s happened every summer solstice since. […]

Published on: Sun, Jun 17, 2018

Full Circle

Some 20,000 of you read this column each week in the printed rather than online version of the Denton Record-Chronicle (DRC). I imagine your Sunday morning similar to Tim’s and mine. We traipse out to the front yard, pick up the paper from the driveway and then sit leisurely, sipping coffee and sharing sections of […]

Published on: Sun, Jun 10, 2018

Access Art Alley Opens in Discover Denton Welcome Center

The Discover Denton Welcome Center (DDWC) on the square will turn two years old on July 4th, and my, my, how it’s growing up. As is true with any new life, it’s taken a village to get the DDWC from crawling, to walking, and finally running, a success other cities are studying now and hoping […]

Published on: Sun, Jun 03, 2018