Live Music at Central Market

If you’re thinking of celebrating Cinco de Mayo a couple of days early tonight, April 30, it’s okay. No one is going to badmouth or flog you. Instead, you’ll be rewarded with a 3 1/2 hour musical potpourri of Latin pop, classical rock, and big band sounds as played by Canta.

Unfortunately last night’s music was cancelled due to weather, but tonight/Saturday, beginning at 5:30 PM, you’ll want to meet your friends at Central Market, 4651 West Freeway, I-30 at Hulen, for some mighty sweet sounds. If you decide to really relax and not cook supper, you can buy your evening’s repast at the deli. Want to eat before you get there? Fine, too, especially if you’re on a budget or saving for your vacation. Just get a coffee and a dessert from the bakery. Hard choice when you’re standing before that pastry case. At least, it is for Annie. As Jackie Gleason used to say, “How sweet it is!”

Annie Ambles is eager to hear Canta’s music

The Artist’s Eye

The Artist’s Eye
Devon Nowlin

Saturday, April 30, 11 am

Please join artist Devon Nowlin and Jennifer Casler Price, curator for Asian and
non-Western art at the Kimbell Art Museum, for a gallery talk. Nowlin’s Monument to the Loved will be on display at the Kimbell during the talk, and she will discuss her own artwork in relation to works in the Museum’s collection, including a 13th-century
French reliquary casket.
Admission is free. No reservations required.
Kahn Building galleries
Left: Devon Nowlin, Monument to the Loved, 2016, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and
Artspace 111
Right: Reliquary Casket, c. 1200–1220, champlevé enamel on copper, wood core. Kimbell Art Museum
Annie Ambles shares Kimbell Art Museum information

 

Your Choice

My goodness, where did April go? Here we are at the end of the month staring our last Friday in the face. What to do? Where to go? As Annie sees it, we have three choices–Mayfest, Latin Express, and Sid Richardson Museum. Let’s look at each, taking into consideration the impending storm forecast by our weather-casters.

Mayfest opens at 9:30 this muggy Friday morning for special needs children. If you love and care for one of these darlings, by all means go to Forest Park and enjoy the activities. If not, you’ll have to wait until 3:30 this afternoon to enjoy the activities, food, and music. Bring your umbrella! There is an admission charge this afternoon.

Well, your choices have shrunk to two. Stacey at Central Market just told me that the free Latin Express live music experience has been cancelled due to the weather; however, tomorrow night Canta will be playing Latin pop, classic rock, and big band music, starting at 5:30 PM and ending about 9:00 PM. Central Market is at I-30 and Hulen, actually 4651 West Freeway. If you want to call to be sure of its events, call 817-989-4700.

The Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art is having a free lecture tonight at 6:30 PM. Please call 817-332-6554. to make a reservation as space is limited. While you’re there, browse the current exhibit Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story. You’ll see items related to our own Archer City novelist Larry McMurtry’s much loved novel that was made into a four-part TV mini-series.

Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story exhibition poster

Annie Ambles wishes she could be two places at once

 

Mayfest 2016

Tracing its roots all the way back to the 1973 Trinity River Festival, Mayfest has become one of the biggest family events of the year in Fort Worth. It’s a traditional town fair-style event with carnival games, rides, live music and other performances and, of course, food and drink available for sale. Tickets tend to be very affordable, and the festival goes for April 28-May 1, along the shores of the Trinity River in downtown. The festival has also featured 5k and 10k runs, petting zoos, gift markets and athletic activities like paddle-boarding, and it has an adorable mascot in River the Mayfest Raccoon.

Mayfest’s four-day family festival is held on 33 picturesque acres in Trinity Park. 225,000 people attend Mayfest each year to experience the many different attractions and areas. From young to old, Mayfest includes something for everyone and entertains the entire family. There is a cost to get in, but it’s only $5 for seniors. If you don’t want to pay, you can be a volunteer.

With three dedicated music stages playing over 58 hours of live music, everyone will definitely be entertained – no matter what their taste in musicis! Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz, Texas Country, Bluegrass, Cover bands, and more are heard throughout the festival grounds. If you love music, you’ll love Mayfest!

The number one priority of Mayfest is to produce a safe and secure festival. Mayfest works in conjunction with the Fort Worth Police Dept., Fort Worth Fire Dept., Office of Emergency Management, MedStar, Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Hospital, R.A.C.E.S., Homeland Security, and others to provide a secure environment for everyone at Mayfest.

There are two missions for Mayfest– To raise funds to support community programs and recreational development of the Trinity River and Fort Worth City parks and To continue to produce an outstanding family festival for Fort Worth. Mayfest has given more than $6.9 million to the Fort Worth community in its 43-year history. Good for you, Mayfest!

Annie Ambles checks out Mayfest

Fort Worth’s Historic Cemeteries (Class and Tour)

Oakwood Cemetery

You’ll probably visit Oakwood Cemetery on the tour, but Annie can’t guarantee it. It’s sometimes called the Westminster Abbey of Fort Worth. Founded in 1879 by John Peter Smith, one of Fort Worth’s first settlers, who donated 20 acres to the city of Fort Worth, the cemetery was later enlarged to 100 acres. The burial area consists of three cemeteries: Oakwood, Calvary, and Trinity.

The Center for Texas Studies and TCU Extended Education present a classroom session this Thursday evening, April 28, 6:30-8:30 PM, followed by a motorcoach tour and lunch, Saturday, April 30, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. You’ll make some interesting stops and gather more historical data about Fort Worth and its dearly departed residents.

From nearly forgotten pioneer burial grounds to the mausoleums of cattle kings, this adventure explores the rich history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County through the stories of the city’s historic cemeteries. Annie did the historic cemeteries with Leadership Fort Worth way back in the 80’s. Fascinating!

The two-hour evening lecture combined with a six-hour Saturday tour, including lunch, will feature the lives of the soldiers, statesmen, former slaves, immigrants and extraordinary people whose efforts to build a great city resulted in the diverse and vibrant Fort Worth we all share.

Historian Quentin McGown leads this course organized by the Center for Texas Studies for TCU Extended Education. Discounts are available for seniors ($25 and change off the regular fee) and for TCU faculty, staff, and students. The Thursday evening class will probably be held on the TCU campus. The tour, more than likely, departs from and returns to the TCU campus on Saturday. You won’t get exact locations until you register. What fun!

Unfortunately, this adventure is not free; it will cost you $130. Call 817-257-7132 to register or go online <https://lifelong.is.tcu.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=16SCTS29&gt;. The code is 16SCT529. You’ll want to confirm, too, where the class meets and the bus departs. As of yesterday at 4:00 PM, there were still 15 available seats.

Annie Ambles shares information

Passport Services

new united states passport book.jpgFort Worth’s City Council just voted 8-0 to allow our downtown Central Library to process passport applications. Located at 500 W. Third Street, our Library can now perform these passport services. Wonderful! Travelers, the Central Library staff will submit the applications to the U.S. Department of State for approval. These passport services are available from 2:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM on Saturdays. Parking is free on the weekend. You can park in the parking garage for 1 1/2 hours. It’s free, but you need to get your parking ticket stamped at the Library’s front desk.

Check the State Department web site <www.state.gov> for requirements. There is a “wizard” to walk you through either the new passport or renewal steps. Just be sure you are on the official government web page. You will need a couple of passport photos which you can have taken at Walgreen’s (nearest store to the Library is Henderson and Texas), most Walmart’s, and other photo processing places. Other documents are required, if this is your first passport. Everyone, yes, even your infant or grandchild, requires a passport these days.

Don’t expect to get your passport in a week. A renewal or first time passport takes about six weeks to process. Of course, you can pay to have the process expedited, but that still takes about three weeks. The message here is to plan ahead. You can complete the application online, fill out the form, and print it off to take with you to the Library. If you don’t use a computer, call 1-877-487-2778 to talk to a real live person.

Annie Ambles thanks the Council for the passport services

Early Voting

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It’s an exciting time for us Tarrant County registered voters. The polls open today, Monday, April 25, for early voting that runs through May 3. We can cast our ballots in local city and town councils, school boards, library and water districts, and city charter elections. If you don’t do early voting, please be sure to vote in the May 7 election. Yes, dear heart, your vote does count and your voice needs to be heard.

There are 11 amendment changes to the 1924 Fort Worth city charter. To make Fort Worth’s charter current with state law, there are seven propositions we need to consider. The other four will affect the pay, term lengths, and council size of our Fort Worth City Council.

If you can’t make it to a polling place, you can download an application for a ballot by mail from the elections website. This must be submitted by tomorrow/Tuesday, April 26. As Annie often remarks, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” Well, you know that we can always complain, but voting makes it legitimate, doesn’t it?

Annie Ambles to the Tarrant County Plaza Building to cast her ballot