Live Music at Fred’s

Annie is going to brave the strong winds today to have lunch at Fred’s Texas Café, a Fort Worth iconic landmark. Come on over to join her for a juicy burger and live music.
LIVE LIVE LIVE and FREE FREE FREE music at Fred’s on Currie Street in West Fort Worth this week end!!! Come on out for an award winning burger and stay for the fabulous live music on the OUTDOOR PATIO!
–Saturday April 14: Squeezebox Bandits at 8pm, Jay Smith at 3pm and Sam Anderson at noon.
–Sunday April 15: Van Darien at 6pm, Guthrie Kennard at 3pm and Paul Renna at noon.
SAVE THE DATES for these NOT TO MISS bands!
–Saturday April 21: Eric McFadden and Friends at 8pm.
–Thursday April 26: IdeaTeam at 8pm.
915 Currie Street. #freelivemusic #bestburger #fortworth #outdoorpatio #fredstexacafe

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A Couple of Fort Worth’s Outdoor Treats

The May 2017 issue of Fort Worth magazine has a wonderful article entitled “Hidden Fort Worth–44 Secret Things to Discover.” I found the magazine at Fort Worth’s Central Library, checked it out, and enjoyed the articles in the comfort of my home. Any one with a library card can check out all but the current month’s issue of a magazine. I digress. Oh, well, thank you Jocelyn Tatum for all the useful information on art, food, drinks, and hidden gems in Fort Worth.

Who doesn’t love riding a horse? Yes, nearly all of us. To enjoy horse back riding along the Trinity River is a snap. The rides are run by the folks at the Stockyards Stables, 128 E., Exchange Avenue, Suite 300. The views of downtown Fort Worth’s skyline are outstanding. Participants do have to be older than 11 to go on either a 30-minute ($40) or 60-minute ride ($70).

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As far as I know, just one set of naturally occurring waterfalls exist in Fort Worth. They’re called Airfield Falls and are located at 200 Pumphrey. Public access to the trailhead that leads to the falls was opened in April. You’ll want to take along your walking shoes.  With all the nice weather we’ve been enjoying, it’s time to get outside and thank Mother Nature.

Annie Ambles along the Trinity River on a trusty steed and savors Airfield Falls

Crockett Row’s Starlight Symphony

Get yourself over to University Drive North and West 7th. Street Friday or Saturday night, or both, to see the Crockett Row light shows that start at 6 pm and continue on the hour until 9 pm. There are free carriage rides, too, between 6 and 9 pm and lots of holiday entertainment that starts at 4 pm and winds up about 8 pm. Check out these and more activities at <CROCKETTROS.COM>. Better hurry because the light shows end on December 31.

Annie Ambles to Crockett Row for the nightly light show

Christmas in the Stockyards

There’s always something going on in Fort Worth’s Stockyards. Celebrate the season December 15-17 by having a photo taken with Santa and again December 22-24. If you’re more into the action scene, you can watch legends of Texas gunslingers shoot it out in gun fights 11:45 am and again at 4:15 pm, right after the daily cattle drive at 11:30 am and 4 pm. The little ones can enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus at 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and again at 3:15 pm.  For more adult fare, enjoy cowboy poetry at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Plan to make a day of it. Visit the stockyards web site at <fortworthstockyards.com>. You’ll need to pay for parking and any food, but you can window-shop until your heart’s content.

Annie Ambles celebrates the Fort Worth Way in the Stockyards

Senior Centers

 

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Healthy happy aging certainly does start with each of us, but we don’t have to do it alone. Do you know that Fort Worth has at least sixteen (16) Senior Center locations throughout the city geared toward meeting the needs of its older adults? Some centers even serve nutritious meals. Sometimes it’s more fun to eat with others than to eat alone, and who doesn’t like to take a mini-vacation from cooking. The meal menus are created by a registered dietician, and provide well-planned, balanced food that meets 1/3 of the recommended daily dietary allowance for adults. There is no income eligibility and no cost for the meals, but small donations, usually two dollars, are always welcome.That’s not going to break anyone, Annie hopes, but if you don’t have it, you won’t be turned away.

There are weekly activities designed to enhance and sustain physical, mental and emotional wellness, including health, fitness, education, arts, volunteerism, excursions, and recreational programs. Who wants to sit home and vegetate?

By providing transportation to local senior centers and beyond, seniors gain access to community resources, including meals, grocery shopping, social activities, and access to a local pharmacy. Even if you don’t have a car handy, you can still get around town.

If you want to make a difference in Fort Worth and feel more connected to our city, you can do some volunteer work as arranged through the Centers. This service matches seniors with volunteer opportunities in senior centers as well as various hospitals, nonprofit organizations, city government, and school districts. Volunteer training, social and recognition events, and personalized attention help us seniors make a positive difference in so many ways. Mama always said it’s good to give back.

Contact Senior Citizen Services by calling (817) 413-4949. You can reach Marcus Rockwell who is the Center Operations Manager via e-mail at mrockwell@scstc.org. Be sure to ask where your closest Senior Citizen Center is located. Annie’s is Casa, 3201 Sondra (76107), which is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Annie Ambles explores some Senior Citizen Centers

More Live Music at Central Market

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Can’t make it to  Friday night’s dueling pianos wingding at Fort Worth’s Central Market? Well, guess what–you’ve got another free music treat Saturday, May 14 at 5:30 PM. If the sky doesn’t open up again with a nightly shower, you’ll hear the group “Hightower” play all kinds of music. Hightower is a five piece Texi-Cali band with heavy influences of Soul, Rock, and peppered with a little country. Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, dark, sultry, and campy in nature, every member in the band has performed extensively throughout the U.S. There’ll be something for most every musical taste.

Speaking of taste, give yourself a break from cooking and buy something different from the store’s deli. You may want to get something you’ve never tasted before to find out if you have a new taste treat. Be adventurous!

Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clements, gave us some pretty good advice when he wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Annie Ambles tries unfamiliar food from Central Market’s Deli

DNA Happy Hour

Avanti Fort Worth - Fort Worth, TX, United States. Modern bar and seating

The May Downtown Neighborhood Alliance (DNA) happy hour starts at 5:30 PM and continues for two hours at the new Avanti Ristorante at 150 Throckmorton in downtown Fort Worth. Hope to see you there.

Most of us will be walking over to this new location near Sundance Square. It is my understanding that it is connected via a sky bridge to the Worthington Hotel and that the Central Library is just behind it.

There is a cash bar and half-price appetizers. Nothing free tonight, as is usually the case for most DNA happy hour food. Regardless, Annie can’t wait to see this elegant but casual setting where contemporary Italian classics are served with appeal. After all, as Annie’s artist friend Dee Anne once told her, “Presentation is everything.”

Annie Ambles to the DNA event at Avanti