Forget Cyber Monday and Black Friday because you can get all of your shopping done earlier at an epic holiday shopping market right in your own backyard. Christmas in Cowtown is back and touting more merchants than ever.
The Fort Worth Junior League has assembled 200 (yes, you read it right — two hundred!) specialty gift merchants to set up boutiques Oct. 15-17 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall for eager shoppers to go wild.
“There are 13 different categories, including children’s, gifts, gourmet foods, holiday decor, home, books and stationary, jewelry, men’s, art/photography, spa/personal care, toys, women’s apparel, and sports and leisure,” said JLFW spokeswoman Jennifer Kirby.
Market Chairwomen Katie Stadler and Wendy Wright and their amazing committee believe that this year’s event offers more shopping than ever before. Allow plenty of time (it may take you two days to cover it all) to explore each of the boutiques.
Be sure to drop by CaBella a Casa to see some sparkling holiday decor, and for some special finds in children’s clothing, check out Covey House. If you’re on the hunt for specialty aprons, organizers and totes, don’t miss the store set up by Two Lumps of Sugar. And at the Funky Wright Designs booth you’ll find beautiful watercolor designs, stationery and prints.
Add to your collection of custom-designed Christmas in Cowtown Christopher Radko ornaments — or start your collection this year — when you shop the Junior League booth. While you’re there check out the cookbooks and other must-haves from the well-edited assortment of merchandise.
The market is open Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Market tickets are $12 with group discounts available.
Special events at Christmas in Cowtown
My personal favorite, the Cocktails in Cowtown Preview Party on Oct. 14, is a paradise for both shopping fanatics and foodies. While you shop, a bustling culinary scene set up by the area’s finest eateries will beckon hungry guests. All this while you sip on cocktails and enjoy live music.
The roster of participating restaurants includes Reata, Joe T. Garcia’s, Mama’s Pizza, Leah’s Sweet Treats, Chadra Mezza, Terra Mediterranean Grill, Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen, Thirteen Pies, Del Frisco’s, McKInley’s Bakery and Cafe, Blue Sushi Sake, Pacific Table and J. Rae’s.
The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $80 and include free valet parking and a chance to participate in the raffle and pick-a-package activities.
If you want to expand your experience to the sensational level, then get a ticket for a Luke Wade meet-and-greet session at 5:30 p.m. Purchase a ticket for $125 and meet the man behind The Voice talent competition and follow it up with the preview shopping and dining.
What could be better than enjoying a decadent luncheon with your gal pals before you do some preview shopping? Treat yourself to this marvelous occasion by getting a ticket to the High Heels and Holly Private Shopping and Luncheon on Oct. 15. Guests will enjoy private shopping in the market from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and then a scrumptious meal catered by Reata. Tickets are $75.
All money raised will help Junior League of Fort Worth fund such community organizations as ACH Child and Family Services, Catholic Charities, Easter Seals, Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, Fortress Youth Development Center, Rivertree Academy, SafeHaven, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Texas Ballet Theater and YWCA.
See a list of merchants and learn more about Christmas in Cowtown at www.JuniorLeagueFW.org.
South Street Art Festival to create lively scene
The emerging art scene in Arlington will continue the march toward excellence when the South Street Art Festival opens Friday with 60 carefully selected artists putting their talents on display.
“We are excited to be at our new location on South and Pecan streets surrounding the Levitt Pavilion,” said event organizer Steve Moya. “The move gives the festival a more intimate feel — different from the first two years. I can’t wait to see how the event looks this year once all the artist booths are up and the streets are filled with festivalgoers.”
The free three-day festival features artists from across the country in several categories, great live music and, natch, yummy food.
Bands performing during the festival will all be on the Levitt stage. On Friday at 8 p.m. is Luke Wade, finalist from The Voice. And on Saturday and Sunday evenings, enjoy great performances by the UT Arlington Wind Symphony and Stefan Karlsson and Magnus Broo with the UTA Jazz Orchestra.
The Friday night opener is Scant Band at 5:30, and Saturday has the Fender Benders at 1 p.m. and the Texas Cartel at 3 p.m. On Sunday, enjoy some great tribute bands and the Jace Bersin Trio before the evening show.
Dishing up yummy goodness will be Fuzzy’s Tacos, Dickey’s Barbecue, J. Gilligan’s and Samson’s Hot Dogs. Food trucks from Dough Boys and Crazy Fish will roll in, and VIP Pizza, Jim & Lor’s candy and Steel City Pops will serve up their specialties.
A spotlight moment of the weekend is at 7 p.m. Friday with the unveiling of the long-awaited Dream sculpture, a larger-than-life milled steel sculpture to be temporarily located in the grassy area west of the Levitt Pavilion. It will later move to future park site in the downtown area.
“When Bob Pruitt approached the board of the Downtown Arlington Management Corp. with his idea to bring Dream to downtown, we immediately recognized the synergy and natural fit,” said corporation CEO Tony Rutigliano. “Public art can do for a city what nothing else can — it creates connection and enhances the visual identity of a place in ways that are inspiring and enduring.”
Details about the festival are available at www.southstreetartfest.com.
Local women feted at charity luncheon
Fifteen local women will be honored at the Oct. 1 Legacy of Women luncheon at the Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel, where filmmaker and actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom will give the keynote address.
Honorees are chosen from Arlington, Fort Worth and Northeast Tarrant County and represent five fields of expertise — arts, business, education, health and human services, and volunteerism. This is the 23rd edition of the venerable event that raises funds to operate local shelters for victims of domestic violence.
Honorees are Heather Simmons, Rose Pearson and Lee Koch from the arts world; Letatia Teykl, Marilyn Gilbert and Robin Burrill from business; Anita Copeland, Cathy Sewell and Erin Stansberger from education; Andrea Wilson, Susan Garnett and Lisa Rose from health and human services; and community volunteers Barbara Thompson-Beaucham, Karen Barlow and Tammy Nakamura.
The guest speaker is an award-winning filmmaker, advocate for women and girls, and founder and CEO of Miss Representation.org. Newsom’s documentary film Miss Representation, about the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America, premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in 2011.
Don’t miss a chance to win a fully stocked wine fridge; a luxury weekend in Fort Worth with hotel, dining and concert; golf, entertainment and spa packages; and TCU and Mavericks tickets in the raffle.
Funds raised will enable SafeHaven to continue providing 24-hour care at emergency shelters in Arlington and Fort Worth to families fleeing violent situations. The agency also offers domestic-violence prevention programs at high schools throughout Tarrant County.
Happy Hour to benefit Mid-Cities SOS
Enjoy $10 cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Petroleum Club in downtown Fort Worth and know that the money you spend will all go toward the fight against domestic violence.
“This event is open to anyone wishing to support Mid-Cities SOS and our mission to end domestic violence. Please gather your friends and family and join us,” said SOS President Tara Hutchins-Welsh.
“Thank you to David Harmon, with Jefferson, Harmon and Associates, for serving as our VIP bartender and providing us this wonderful opportunity.”
Mid-Cities SOS works year-round to support SafeHaven of Tarrant County and to educate victims of domestic violence about available refuge and support services. The club hosts two major fundraisers to increase community awareness of domestic violence and raise money for the children living at the shelters.
No reservations are needed, and the attire is business casual. Contact Hutchins-Welsh at email@example.com with any questions.