“There’s No Place Like Home”

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What an interesting place to explore–the shop that can save you about half off the high retail prices of beautiful high end furnishings. “There’s No Place Like Home” has lovely things for every room in your home. It’s open seven days a week at 855 Foch Street, just off 7th. Street in our wonderful city of Fort Worth. If you find something that you like, no matter what, take a photo or get the web site, share either or both with “There’s No Place Like Home” staff. They can order the piece or pieces for you. It’s better than an online dating site the way they can match you up with the exact thing your little heart desires.

Annie thinks the best time to pay a call is on Sunday afternoon when you can share some refreshments with the staff. On Sunday, drop by at 12 noon or anytime within the following five hours; the shop closes at 5 PM. It’s open on weekdays at 10 AM and closes at 9 PM.   Browse until your heart is content. Warning–there are so many wonderful things that you’ll want to make yours.  Give them a home, not only for the holidays, but for the years to come.

Annie Ambles to look at furniture and dream a little of House Beautiful

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After Hours at Kimbell’s Saturday Party

Come join Annie tonight, Saturday, December 9, 5:30–7:30 PM at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Get festive with blood orange mimosas, stunning art, and live jazz. After Hours guests will enjoy docent-guided tours of Casanova: The Seduction of Europe, live music by the Joey Carter Trio, prizes, appetizers, and a cash bar with wine and beer in addition to a custom cocktail.

After Hours is free for Museum members; nonmembers pay $30 at the door. Reservations are not needed. To receive e-mail reminders, send a request to membership@kimbellmuseum.org. It’s all happening later today at the Renzo Piano Pavilion.

Learn more about the Kimbell Art Museum by calling 817.332.8451, or visiting its web site at http://www.kimbellart.org. Become a member and join the fun.

Annie Ambles to the Kimbell for After Hours party

Fascinating Man–Free Lecture

Photo of the Piano Auditorium panel discussion and audience during a State of the Arts programThe Kimbell Art Museum is presenting a Friday evening lecture that is free to the public with no registration requirement. Just show up to learn about “Casanova in Hogarth’s London” as presented by Duncan Robinson, director emeritus of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom, and former director of the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. The lecture is about an hour long, starting at 6:00 PM, this Friday, December 8, 2017.

As Samuel Johnson famously remarked, “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” The city that Casanova visited was a rapidly expanding metropolis, a place of stark contrasts and social tensions, which was true of eighteenth-century England as a whole. In this lecture, Duncan Robinson explores the way in which the art of Hogarth and his contemporaries both captured and commented on the rich fabric of London and the varied fortunes of its inhabitants.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Evening lectures by distinguished guest speakers, held throughout the year, address a range of topics relating to the appreciation and interpretation of art. They are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Pavilion Auditorium; simulcast in Kahn Auditorium. Come one, come all, to learn more about the fascinating personality of Casanova. There is underground parking that is also free to the public.

Annie would amble with you to the Kimbell, but she’ll be at her condo’s Christmas party Friday night.

Lonesome Dove Part I.–“Leaving”

If you’re a fan of the Lonesome Dove TV mini-series, you’ll want to put May 20 on your calendar. Starting at 6:30 pm on that Friday night, the Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art will show the first episode.

It’s free, but you do have to register. Today Annie learned that there are only nine (9) more available seats. Go to the Museum’s web site <www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org/event-info> to reserve your seat. You may also register through the Museum’s Facebook page. This one’s for you, Michael.

The outstanding staff will make you feel welcome and even provide popcorn, candy, and soda/water. It’s a fun night. The other three episodes will be scheduled later, so check back to see when each will be shown. Annie thinks episode 2 is on June 17, but registration for that showing has yet to open.

Sid Richardson Museum's photo.

Annie Ambles to the Sid Richardson Museum to see Episode 1 of Lonesome Dove

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

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

Kimbell After Hours

Annie looks forward every month to the second Saturday night.You may want to join her about 5:30 PM at the Kimbell Art Museum and begin your second Saturday evening with great jazz, international art, appetizers, tours, prizes, and a delicious signature cocktail. There is a cash bar; credit cards are accepted.

The event is free for members (number of free tickets the same as for exhibitions); $30 for nonmembers. No reservations are needed.  You don’t need to really dress up, and parking is free.

Annie Ambles to After Hours