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Social Eyes: Enjoy some ‘Yuletide Chic’ at this year’s Holiday Magic

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ARLINGTON

For those of you already under the influence of the holiday spirit, festivities have arrived early. The 31st annual Holiday Magic gift market hosted by the Junior League of Arlington opens Friday through Nov. 10 at the Arlington Convention Center. The “Yuletide Chic” theme promises guests at the event a chic holiday experience.

Shoppers will enjoy strolling among 75 merchants in the festively decorated exhibit hall. Holiday music and continuous performances on the market stage by local performing arts groups will make it seem like it’s already Christmas.

While you’re in the market, bring the kids to visit Santa and believe in the magic of Christmas as your child climbs on Santa’s lap to give him that wish list to deliver on Christmas morning.

“Holiday Magic is one of the largest merchant marketplaces of its kind with merchants from the area and the U.S. specializing in clothing, jewelry, gourmet food, holiday decorations and unique gifts,” league spokeswoman Laura Penuel said.

Before the market opens, the Champagne and Sparkles Fashion Show and Luncheon offers guests the chance Friday for preview shopping before lunch and a high-energy fashion show produced by Belinda & Karl Marshall Productions.

Popular CBS 11 news anchor Karen Borta will be master of ceremonies for the style show, and CBS 11 meteorologist Jeff Jamison will be among the celebrity waiters at the luncheon.

On the runway, professional models will showcase the latest fashions from Dillard’s and feature stunning outfits designed by Geoffrey Henning, Johnny Was and Tony Bowls.

New this year is a family event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 9 after the market closes. Guests are invited to wear pajamas or comfy holiday clothing to enjoy watching The Polar Express camp-style with a sleeping bag or blanket. Snacks will be provided; tickets cost $10.

Two children’s parties Nov. 9 will make some special Christmas memories for the little ones in your life. The first, from 10 a.m. to noon, is suggested for kids 6 and under. They’ll get a picture with Santa and enjoy a book-signing party with Debbie Reece, author of The Christmas Pumpkin. The afternoon party from 1 to 3 is suggested for kids over 6 and includes a fondue party provided by the Melting Pot, a picture with Santa and a take-home craft.

A party from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 is recommended for ages 5 and up and offers a picture with Santa, a fun party with snack provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes and a take-home craft.

Admission is $25 per child and $8 for adults. Hurry and make reservations, because only a limited number of spots are available.

A 23-member committee led by Laura Hayward and co-chairwoman Leslie Johnston has worked on Holiday Magic for a year. In charge of securing merchants are Lauren Bowie and Kristi Graves-John. Handling all the special events are Jodie Garcia and Julie Meyer.

“We are so very proud to be the premier holiday market venue in North Texas,” league President Lori Lane said. For over 30 years Holiday Magic has allowed us to raise more than $1,195,000 for our community and donate over 1 million volunteer hours to the agency projects we support such as the Boys & Girls [Clubs] TEAM mentoring program and All Star Equestrian therapeutic horseback-riding for children.”

Gift Market hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 6-12. Children under age 6 are admitted free. Fashion show tickets are $75 each.

To learn more, call the League office at 817-277-9481 or email holiday.magic@jlarlington.org.

A Night With Nature set for Nov. 15

An upscale evening of fun, nature and woodland chic awaits the lucky guests at A Night With Nature on Nov. 15 at the River Legacy Living Science Center. Back for a second year after a successful debut last year, the party will raise money for the second phase of the center’s exhibit renovations.

In charge of the event are Julie Ryan, Linda Church and Leslie Friedman. Honorary chairs of the event are Richard and Sylvia Greene, longtime supporters of River Legacy.

Guests will mingle at the center and surrounding grounds sipping on cocktails provided by Deep Eddy Vodka and craft beer from Dog Leg Brewery and nosh on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres expertly prepared by Blue Mesa Grill.

Mouthwatering desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Lindt Chocolate Outlet, Chick-fil-a and Lee and Leslie Friedman will be the piece de resistance for this very special dining experience. Outdoors at the fire pit, guests will enjoy a s’mores bar. Billy Herzig and Friends will play live music.

Partygoers may choose to take a stargazing stroll led by a professional from the Fort Worth Astronomical Society or enjoy a Nature Hike at Night along the beautiful River Legacy Parks trails. Making two special appearances during the evening will by Lucy O’Possum escorted by the staff naturalists at the center.

“A Night With Nature is a fun fall evening at the science center that gives adults a chance to connect with nature and enjoy some of our environmental education programs on an adult level. It was created last year to help raise money for the first phase of our exhibit renovation, and we hope it will be just as successful this year as we look forward to phase 2 renovations, which include new interactive, museum-quality exhibits,” spokeswoman Kristi Payne said.

A highlight of the party will be the silent auction featuring more than 20 amazing woodland wreaths. You can preview and bid on them in advance online or see them on display at The Parks at Arlington mall. Each is totally original and designed by a talented local artist. Check the beauties out at www.riverlegacy.org.

Tickets are $100 each. Purchase tickets by emailing reply@riverlegacy.org or contacting Payne at 817-860-6752, ext. 107

FORT WORTH

An Artists’ Christmas benefits Camp Fire

Seventh-five beautiful pieces of art will be on display and up for bid Nov. 9 at An Artists’ Christmas at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel. The theme for the party is Renaissance of Art.

As party guests enjoy a cocktail reception, they can view the art and decide which pieces will get their bids. The art pieces were chosen from more than 175 entries in a juried process.

The media include photography, oil, glass, metal bronze and ceramics. The beautiful artwork can be previewed on Camp Fire’s Facebook page for advance bidding.

In charge of the event are Linda and Jake Jacobson and art chairs Pam and Bill Campbell. Honorary chairs are Cheryl and Fred Moore. Their hardworking committee has planned a fabulous evening for this 29th edition of An Artists’ Christmas that includes a lovely dinner, auctions and a program presentation.

The live auction definitely has the wow factor with such premium items as a trip to Rome including a VIP package that includes a private tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican, five nights at the Hotel Ponte Sisto and airfare for two.

The lucky winners of a raffle drawing will take home a $1,250 Pier 1 shopping spree, a Port Aransas vacation, a Fort Worth distillery tour, a women’s luxury basket including a $1,200 pair of diamond drop earrings and a red leather coat from David Hunt Furs.

After the program, guests can dance to the music of the David Whiteman Band.

Spokeswoman Christy Jones writes, “Camp Fire supports the arts community by donating a portion of the proceeds to the Emergency Artists Support League, which provides financial support to area artists with emergency needs.”

The remainder of the proceeds enables Camp Fire to continue programs offering child care, after-school and summer programs, camping, outdoor education, training for child-care professionals, service learning and truancy prevention.

“It is our privilege to support our community through this long-standing organization. It is providing the opportunity for children and young people to develop their abilities and identify their passion and ‘spark’ within,” Moore said. “We challenge the community to support Camp Fire’s programs that are truly investing positive attributes in the lives of our future leaders.”

Tickets are $250 each. To make reservations contact Evey Hull at 817-831-2111, ext. 167. Learn more at www.CampFireFW.org.

Celebrities to roast Randy Galloway at Nov. 13 gala

The Lifetime Achievement Award Gala presented by the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation will have a new twist this year as members of the local media and sports personalities “roast” the honoree, Randy Galloway.

The Star-Telegram sports columnist and longtime sports talk show host said in a statement, “It’s a great thrill to be the Bragan Foundation’s honoree this year.”

“It should be a fun evening, especially with the format. I hope they have an eight-second delay ready like we did at the radio station because there is no telling what some people might say. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Scheduled to appear as roasters are longtime Rangers radio announcer Eric Nadel, with WFAA Channel 8 sportscaster Dale Hansen and former American League President Bobby Brown.

Other roasters will be former Dallas Cowboys Nate Newton, Walt Garrison and Everson Walls. Former Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and former Star-Telegram sports columnist Jim Reeves will also be among the roasters. Gala master of ceremonies will be Rangers TV analyst Tom Grieve.

Galloway has been a sports columnist for the Star-Telegram since 1998. Before that, he wrote for The Dallas Morning News for 31 years covering the Texas Rangers the first 10 seasons after the franchise came to Arlington. A sports talk show host since 1986, he first worked at WBAP Radio and later ESPN Radio’s Dallas affiliate. He recently retired from his radio talk show.

Since 1991 the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in college scholarships in $2,500 increments to more than 600 deserving eighth-grade students across North Texas. Gala proceeds benefit the foundation.

The gala is Nov. 13 at the Renaissance Worthington. Tickets are $2,000 for a table of 10 or $250 each. Make reservations by calling 817-870-2300.

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