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Summer Fun in Texas For The Whole Family!

School’s out, which means that in a matter of weeks (or days) your kids are going to utter those two magic words: “I’m bored.” There are fun things to do in Texas all year long, but in the summertime, opportunities for summer fun in Texas are ramped up.

Protecting Your Land and Plants in the Cold Winter Months

Picture this: A blanket of snow covering a rolling countryside with icicles hanging from every tree branch. The streams are frozen over and the animals are tucked away but the sun is shining in every which way.


As beautiful as the above picture may be, before your land and plants freeze over there are precautions you need to take before the cold winter months to protect the health and beauty of your landscape.

Outdoor Plants: For outdoor plants that are rooted in the ground, cover the roots with heavy mulch to serve as insulation for the plant base. To protect the leaves, cover them in plastic but don't allow it to touch the leaves or flowers. Try sticking posts in the ground to protect them from the plastic covering. If the pots are easy to move then it is best to move them inside or in the garage if you know a winter storm is on its way.

Land: You want to mow your lawn one last time before winter hits and allow sparse leaves and mulch to lie around here and there. Mulch will return nitrogen back into the soil during the winter and spring months. You will also want to turn off your sprinkler systems and drain the pipes to prevent them from bursting.

Wounded Army Veteran Presented with a New Home at the Armed Forces Bowl

The weather was dreary and cool but the mood was warm and bright. Football fans from all over gathered at Gerald J. Ford Stadium to watch The Army Knights play the SMU Mustangs in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. They came to see a football game (and what a great game it was), but what they didn't know was they were going to experience the joy of watching the gracious family of a wounded war veteran receive a new, mortgage-free, custom home at The Bridges at Preston Crossings.

Operation FINALLY HOME and Southstar Communities to Surprise Veteran Family at Armed Forces Bowl

A wounded war veteran and his family will get a special holiday surprise at this year’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at SMUon Thursday, December 30. They will learn that they have been selected to receive land and a custom-built home through Operation FINALLY HOME. The mortgage-free home will be located at The Bridges at Preston Crossings community in Gunter, Texas, just outside of Dallas.

Things to Do in the South that are Absolutely Free

Photo Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle

Southern Living recently published an article highlighting the top things to do in the South that are free of charge. Surprising to some, there were hundreds of exciting festivals, museums, tours and much, much more that won’t cost you a dime. Here, we’ve broken down some of the tried-and-true happenings in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina specifically. Our Bluegreen properties including Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard, Havenwood at Hunters Crossing, The Bridges at Preston Crossings, Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake, The Reserve at SugarTree, King Oaks, Sanctuary Cove at St. Andrews Sound and Chapel Ridge are all within a short driving distance from these wonderful, free activities. Enjoy!

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The Bridges at Preston Crossings Breaks Ground on Homes For Wounded War Veterans

This past Saturday, the Bridges at Preston Crossings proudly broke ground on two new homes for wounded war veterans and their families. The recipient families were joined by Southstar Communities' president and CEO, Dan Koscher, as well as other business donors who are helping to provide the homes through Operation FINALLY HOME.

Operation FINALLY HOME Recipients, Sergeant Levi and Katie Wilson, Thank Southstar Communities

Southstar Communities Applauds CNN Top 10 Hero Dan Wallrath

We are happy to congratulate Dan Wallrath, founder of Operation FINALLY HOME, for being recognized as a CNN Top 10 Hero of the Year. We are proud to work with Operation FINALLY HOME to provide a total of six lots throughout Texas to honor veterans and their families.

Groundbreaking for Operation FINALLY HOME

Please join us on Saturday, September 25 for a groundbreaking ceremony to honor the families of two war heroes and participate in a day of fun. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. at The Bridges at Preston Crossings and will end at 4 p.m. Activities include horseback riding, fishing and a bounce house. Also, guests will get a chance to see Acme Brick’s “Baby Clay,” the world’s largest brick certified by the Guinness World Records, weighing in at 9,300 pounds and measuring 116 inches long.