Shrimply Irresistible

Who among us is a shrimp lover? Yes, Annie sees those hands going up all across Texas and maybe even as far away as Florida. Annie loves eating them, especially if they are peeled and deveined with tails still there to get a grip. Then, she’s ready to eat ’em by diving into her favorite gumbo, scampi, or just straight from the boiling pot. Well, you can get P&D Shrimp 21/25 count for only $9.99/pound right now at Central Market and eat ’em for yourself. That’s a savings of $8/pound, and you don’t have to go all the way to Aruba to get them.

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While you’re there at I-30 and Hulen in Fort Worth, you may want to take the New Orleans Steakhouse cooking class, Friday, May 13, 6:30-9:00 PM. Call 817-989-4700 for details, including the cost. You’ll spend some time in the kitchen learning to make a delicious meal inspired by the best of the Crescent City. What’s cooking? Oysters Bienville, Muffaletta Salad, Steak with Crawfish Bordelaise, Creamy Grits with Corn and Anduillo Sausage, and Classic Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. Rumor has it that you’ll eat what you cook. Let Annie know.

Before you take the class, you may want to sit on the patio this Friday, May 13, at 6 PM to hear a free musical treat of dueling pianos played by Tim Georgeff and Mississippi Street Thomas. They’ll be playing until 9 PM. Park on the huge lot for free, too.

Annie Ambles to Central Market for food and music


Double Feature

More is always better. Right? If you’re a fan of double dip ice cream cones, two or more pizza slices, and the free refillable coffee cup, you’re Annie’s kind of person. Taking that into consideration, just think how wonderful it is going to be tonight to have music provided to us by two of Fort Worth’s fine jazz groups.

Sundance Square’s Band on the Bricks should be called Bands on the Bricks tonight as the Paschal High School Jazz Ensemble plays in downtown from 5:00 until 6:00 PM. Young musicians play their hearts out. Annie for one is grateful. You can buy food and drink to eat in the Square, too, between the two performances.

After a thirty minute break, the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Ensemble takes the Sundance Plaza Stage at 6:30 PM and plays until 8:00 PM. More jazz to lift your spirits and get your feet tapping. Annie hopes the weather cooperates, especially after last night’s storm blew through downtown.

You will need to pay for parking if you come for the 5:00 PM performance, but after 6 PM, it’s free on the streets and in some lots. Please, please, please, pay for that hour and don’t chance getting a ticket. The traffic citation bicycle people come by every 10-15 minutes. Believe you me, you will get a parking ticket if you don’t pay.

Annie Ambles to Sundance Square Plaza to hear some mighty fine jazz

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 <> 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

Band on the Bricks

It’s going to be a great evening to drive or walk to Sundance Square Plaza to hear a fun Austin band–The Nightowls. The free music begins at 6:00 PM. Bring a sandwich or buy something at the Plaza. Don’t worry about paying for parking. It’s free after 6:00 PM.

Annie Ambles to Sundance Square

Cinco de Mayo Lunch

The theme for our May first Friday  Y luncheon is Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Celebration! After we eat, we’ll play bingo and enjoy one another’s company. Annie hopes to win one of the prizes, but she’ll be happy to go home with a full tummy and pleasant memories.

According to Wikipedia, “Cinco de Mayo (pronounced: [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for “May 5th”, or literally, “Five of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.”

Now you have the facts. Come on all you lovely senior citizens who frequent the downtown YMCA on Lamar. Friday, May 6 is our Potluck Luncheon. Gather in the large meeting room on the second floor across from the Wellness Studio at 11:30 AM to put out the dish you have brought to share. Please plan to have it serve 6-8 people. Happy eating!

Annie Ambles to the Y for First Friday Potluck Luncheon



Chandor Gardens

There is always something more to learn about our beautiful area. One of those interesting things is a special garden built by renowned English portrait artist Douglas Chandor in Weatherford in the early twentieth century. Yes, I know, Annie limits her blog to Fort Worth, and this is all about the story of the lovely gardens. It’s a tale told in Fort Worth that you’ll want to hear.

As part of the Community Workshop series, The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and the Fort Worth Library are uniting to present “The Story of Chandor Gardens”as told by Steven Chamblee, Chief Horticulturist. You can hear it all free on Saturday, May 7, 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, at Fort Worth Central Library’s Tandy Hall, 500 W. 3rd. Street. Mr. Chamblee will share the site’s history and recount the labors that have restored the garden’s former glory. After the program, he will be signing his new book, The Story of Chandor Gardens.

Annie wants to share more information about Steven Chamblee who sounds like the original plant doctor. He is a consulting editor and author for Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine, writes an e-newsletter column Native Son, and is an Adjunct Instructor for Tarleton State University. And, Annie is inspired to make the drive to Weatherford to see Chandor Gardens. Wanna go? Just let me know.

Annie Ambles to the Library Saturday to learn more about Chandor Gardens



Blues Rock

The long-haired brothers from Austin Amplified Heat pride themselves on a brand of blues-rock that can shake the foundations of the venue. They call it pure fearless rock. The band is now coming up north on I-35 to liven up or even destroy our Monday blues. The music starts at 10:00 PM at the Grotto, 517 University Drive in Fort Worth. Yes, that’s a little late start time for some of us, but it’ll be fun. Kinda different. Annie thinks it’s important to keep up with the times and listen to some different music once in a while. Admission is free; beverages are not. Call 817-882-9331 for more information, as needed.

Annie Ambles to the Grotto to hear Amplified Heat