My, oh, my, it’s truly a day of music, merry making, and good cheer this Sunday in downtown Fort Worth. You have three wonderful events that are totally free for everyone.
There is an eleven:eleven celebration (11:11 AM) in First Methodist’s Wesley Hall. Storytelling, the comic interpretations of Improv First, and the musical and lyrical genius of Minnesota singer/songwriter Peter Mayer will charm and inspire you. Come early to 800 W. 5th., say about 10:45 AM, for hot cider, coffee, pastries and “Holiday Favorites” with Brad Thompson and the Revolution Band.
Enjoy lunch at any of the many fine restaurants and cafes in downtown Fort Worth. My favorites for a light lunch with a quick in and out are Oliver’s, Frankie’s, Jake’s, or Five Guys. Parking on the street is free on weekends.
Then by 1:00 PM, it’s time to be at Milan Gallery for the Charles Duke Carolers. You may even be invited to sing along with the group and its pianist. I’ll be standing in the back, singing low, as I do have a bit of a challenge to sing on key. Oh, well, hope my neighbors won’t mind.
Only a few short blocks and a brisk walk will take you to the Central Library where at 2:00-4:30 PM, there’s a jazz concert, the third freebee of the day. Bring the family to enjoy Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite and big-band style swinging arrangements of holiday favorites. The Chris Milyo Big Band, featuring vocalist J. E. McKissic, will perform for your listening pleasure.
The afternoon will be young at 4:30 PM, so you can walk down Third Street to Sundance Square to revel in the beauty of Fort Worth’s living room, gain some moments of peace by watching the dancing waters, and grab a smoothie or hot chocolate from the Square’s merchants.
All in all, it’s a day to celebrate the season. Joy to the world! Peace on earth, and good will toward all men, women, and children. Animals, too.
Annie Ambles enjoys a musical day in lovely downtown Fort Worth