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

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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

Cowtown Goes Green

Stockyards Station will host Cowtown Goes Green, the city’s largest and most family friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration, today, Saturday, March 19, 12 noon until 5 PM.

The event in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District will feature free activities for kids including armadillo races, a petting zoo, face painting, games and contests with 92.1 Hank FM, live music, and gunfights. Check out the longhorn wearing a green cowboy hat in honor of St. Paddy.

Our own special Western/Irish themed Cowtown Goes Green Parade follows the 4pm cattle drive traveling down Exchange Avenue. It’s a little chilly and windy, so you’ll want to wear your winter coat, hat, and gloves. Be sure to visit the Visitor’s Center and the shops.

All activities are free of charge and are open to the public.

Annie Ambles celebrates in Fort Worth’s Stockyards

Sketching at the Modern

 

DRAWING FROM THE COLLECTION

Yes, we all know who you are. Our friend the shy artist. The one who longs to do something artistic, but is just too afraid, too busy, too broke, to take private art lessons.  Put all your cares, concerns, and/or worries aside this Sunday afternoon, March 6, 2-3:30 pm. It’s going to be an special time when you and your inside artist meet with artist instructor Erika Duque to take a drawing lesson at the Modern Art Museum.

This is only your first chance. You’ll be able to learn with several local artists as they lead informal basic drawing classes in the galleries. This free class is open to adults at all skill levels—just bring a sketchbook and pencils. If you don’t have a sketchbook, bring some copy paper. No one is going to criticize you. Registration is not required, but participants should sign in at the information. Annie encourages you to sign in 10-15 minutes before the class begins.
Annie Ambles wishes you a happy experience

Transforming Lives Tours

Join us for a Transforming Lives Tour! The name has changed from the YWCA to be more in tune with the times. The Center For Transforming Lives is located at 512 West 4th Street in beautiful downtown Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Please call 817-332-6191 for additional information or directions.

Transforming Lives Tours are hosted at the historic Fort Worth facility, last no longer than one hour, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at what the Center for Transforming Lives does to move women, children and families in Tarrant County from poverty to independence. You’ll be amazed.

Take a tour in April on Wednesday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. or Tuesday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Can’t make it in April? Well, May is another good month. How about Wednesday, May 18 11:00 a.m. or Tuesday, May 24 5:30 p.m?

Okay, the third time is charm, I’ve heard it said. Here is a third month to take a tour. You can tour on Wednesday, June 15 11:00 a.m. or Tuesday, June 28 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to host, attend or confirm a guest for a Transforming Lives Tour, please contact Audie Kuhn at 817-484-1547 or akuhn@transforminglives.org.

Annie Ambles goes for a tour