Fort Worth’s historic Berkeley Place Neighborhood will host the 14th edition of the Hidden Gardens Tour on Sunday. Tourists will get a glimpse into the private green spaces of seven homeowners who have graciously agreed to share their personal garden retreats.
Many of the houses in Berkeley Place are from the 1920s era featuring brick and stucco and range from antebellum design to bungalow and streamline modern. On the self-guided tour that takes place rain or shine, visitors will see gardens that range from family-friendly to those suited for entertaining to some with a parklike atmosphere or spaces perfect for relaxing while enjoying nature’s beauty.
“With gardens of all sizes, this year’s tour will provide inspiration for all who attend. Our guests appreciate the garden owners for sharing their backyard paradises,” said Suzy Coleman from Historic Fort Worth, the host of the tour. “People on the tour always gather new ideas for their gardens and discover solutions for areas that require just the right planting.”
An added attraction will be artwork available for purchase painted by local artists “plein air” in each garden during the tour. Proceeds from the tour will enable Historic Fort Worth to continue its preservation projects and to maintain Thistle Hill and the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, two Fort Worth architectural and historic treasures.
Tickets purchased in advance are $20 per person, or $25 per person on tour day, May 21. Garden locations are disclosed to ticket holders only. Purchase online at www.HistoricFortWorth.org or at Archie’s Gardenland or C.C.’s Touch of Nature. Questions? Call Suzy Coleman at 817-336-2344.
Celebrating Women in Business Conference & Expo
Thursday will be a day to be inspired and to connect with fellow businesswomen, entrepreneurs and community leaders at the Women in Business Conference and Expo at the DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club. The event features dynamic speakers, a designer purse raffle, continental breakfast and a luncheon. It is hosted by the Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce.
“Our Celebrating Women in Business Conference & Expo is one of our most popular events of the year,” said chamber CEO and President Sally Michalak. “Not only will women have the opportunity to network with fellow business and community leaders, but they also will be inspired and re-energized. It is a great day of fellowship and renewal.”
The event theme is “The Roads We’ve Traveled: Past, Present and Future.” Keynote speaker, Twanna Rachal-Woods, president of Icebreakers Unlimited, will deliver a fascinating message called “Decades of Promise.”
Breakout session topics include “Work/Mom Balance” by Emily Conklin and “Stronger Than You Think” by Veronica Eisenhardt. Also Wendy Strain will have a session on “What’s Not in Your Purse” and Debbie Waggoner’s session on “Remaining Relevant in the Workplace” will appeal to many attendees.
Guests can sip and shop at the expo portion of the event where exhibitors include VER Skincare, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Premier Designs jewelery, Sengence Lipsense, Usborne Books and several others. Inspired by the event theme, organizers decided a designer purse raffle would be fun and fitting because “as we venture on life’s roads, the one item women never leave behind is their purse.”
Attendees are asked to bring gently used business outfits, shoes and accessories to donate for women in need of professional attire. Look for the area called “Baggage Check” to drop off donated items.
Admission is $75 for chamber members and $85 for nonmembers. Register at www.NWMCCWomeninBusiness.com by noon Tuesday. Check out the website for additional details. The venue is located at 3300 Championship Parkway and hours for the event are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Historical cemetery tour will teach dowsing skills
For anyone curious about how to locate buried objects using a dowsing rod, the Birdville Historical Cemetery Reunion on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be right down your alley.
The event will feature a fascinating tour of the cemetery’s historic site at 6100 Cemetery Road. Points of interest in the cemetery are gravesites of famous locals such as Rufus Snow, Fred McCullar and W.K. Melbourne. Guests are invited to bring a dish to share at the luncheon after the tour and presentation.
The program on dowsing will feature instruction on locating groundwater, buried metals or gemstones, gravesites and many other objects and materials without the use of scientific apparatus presented by Faye Elder, who learned the skill from an expert featured on the TV show “Texas Country Reporter.”
Admission is free. Call the Birdville Historical Society at 817-715-7066 with inquiries.
Levitt summer season opens Friday
Opening the summer season earlier this year, the Levitt Pavilion Arlington will kick off the summer series of free music at 8 p.m. Friday with the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band. While staying true to a traditional brass band, the group’s signature sound extends to funk and hip-hop.
On Saturday, Ambrosia makes a return visit playing soft rock from the ’70s and ’80s, including hits “How Much I Feel,” “You’re the Only Woman,” and “Biggest Part of Me.” Bleu Edmondson will be Sunday’s featured artist playing his “earthy, electrifying country music.”
Levitt’s Summer Concert Season runs through July 23. Concerts are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and offer open seating on the lawn, so bring chairs or blankets. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverage are available for purchase or guests can bring their own refreshments. The venue is at 100 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington. Check out levittpavilionarlington.org for a full concert calendar and other details.
Events at a glance
Seniors Jamboree is Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Camp Carter, 6200 Sand Springs Road in Fort Worth. Usually held in the fall, the event has changed both its location and timing. Attendees will enjoy a day at the lake having fun, playing outdoor games, fishing, hayrides, bingo, crafts, walking trail and live music. Special guests will be Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Cowboys alumni for meet and greet and photo opps. Contact Ronnie Parish at 817-281-1164, ext 121.
Jazz & Blues Fest is Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Marq Southlake Aria Amphitheater. Hosted by The Links Fort Worth chapter, the festival features Grammy-award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum. Other performers include the Yuko Mabuchi Trio, Freddie Jones Jazz Group, Breggett Rideau and Ashleigh Smith. Food trucks, artisan booths, and refreshing beverages will be available. Contact Paulette Turner at 817-689-5299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herb & Garden Festival is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Hosted by the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society, the event will have live presentations, silent auction, 35 vendors offering soaps, lotions, plants, honey, garden art, jewelry, herbal pet products, pottery, bird houses, seed bombs and more. Admission is $4 with kids under age 12 free. Details on Facebook page of GFW Herb Society.