There’s a good reason to go to the scrimmage at Guyer High School. (Aside from the football, we mean.) The Helpful Honda Free Ice Cream Truck will pull up and get generous with the ice cream sometime between 4:45 and 5:45 p.m. Friday at the school, 7501 Teasley Lane. From the looks of Honda’s promotion of the truck, you can get just about any type of ice cream available at your average ice cream truck.

Some Denton residents appeared to hold their noses on social media on Wednesday morning, which is when locals started uploading photos of the shiny new Buc-ee’s sign going up at the Denton location.

The pro-mom-and-pop-shop crowd still thinks the news of the new location is as pleasant as a forgotten dirty diaper that’s rolled under the driver’s seat.

However, on the other hand, we know many traveling parents will hit the baby changing stations in the some of cleanest convenience store bathrooms on the Lone Star highways.

If you’ve driven along Texas highways from the middle of the state to the east, Buc-ee’s seems like a ubiquitous presence beckoning us to stop for Beaver Nuggets and a giant soda. (We should know. We used to stop at the wedge shaped, four-pump store just outside West Columbia on our way to Clear Lake because the crushed ice was unmatched.)

Hannah Werchan, a Denton native and a Texas Woman’s University student, won first prize in the 2018 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition. In addition to winning $10,000, Werchan secured a place in a traveling exhibit titled “Detours.” She is one of 15 artists with a disability represented in the yearlong exhibit.

Werchan will travel to Washington, D.C., in early September for a three-day professional development workshop and a reception of the winning work at the Rayburn House Office Building. VSA is an arts organization that serves artists with disabilities and promotes their art.

If your head is spinning because it feels too soon to be sending kids and college students back to school, hold on to your hat: We are just around the corner from influenza season. It’s not to early to make a date in October for your shot. Really, don’t skip it. Last year’s flu season claimed around a dozen lives in Denton County.

We had so much fun eating our way through the North Texas Fair & Rodeo Food Court on opening day last Friday. Too bad it took us 45 minutes to park. We were directed to and then bounced from two parking areas before finally getting it right on the third. The Fair Association has been staging the fair and rodeo for about 90 years. They should have a reliable training process for the volunteers who get motorists into a legal parking spot by now.

We’ve seen storyteller Elizabeth Ellis on stage and behind the scenes of the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton for years. Well, kudos to Ellis. She’s sharing the stage with some top guns at the Wine Country Spoken Word Festival in Petaluma, California from Oct. 19-21. She’s on the lineup with W. Kamau Bell (comedian and host of CNN’s United Shades of America), Denice Frohman (Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion), Bil Lepp (five-time Champ West Virginia Liars Competition), Zahra Noorbaksh (comedian, host of Good Muslim/Bad Muslim podcast) and Steve Connell (performed for President Obama and the U.N.).

Josh T. Pearson, a beloved onetime Denton musician best known for his work as lead vocalist for Lift to Experience, has done something we’d never have predicted. He covered Depeche Mode’s “Cover Me” as a stripped-down song. Pearson said it’s a country version of the song, but it sounds more indie-folk to us.

Denton makers, take note. The DIME Handmade Harvest 2018, a fall bazaar selling handmade items, is accepting applications for its 50 booth spaces through Aug. 28. This year, the harvest will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center, 3100 Town Center Trail in Denton. Event officials will choose vendors by Sept. 1.

Denton Parks & Recreation will host a free screening of the Disney-Pixar movie Coco from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 14 at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. Coco tells the story of a boy who aspires to be a musician, Miguel, who enters the Land of the Dead. He hopes to find his great-great grandfather, a legendary singer. But if he doesn’t find him in a certain amount of time, he’ll be trapped in the Land of the Dead for eternity. Rated PG, 105 minutes. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. A free marshmallow roast and a crafts will start at 7 p.m. The movie starts on the giant screen at 8 p.m.

Parting shot

”Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.” — President George Washington

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at cbreeding@dentonrc.com.

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