Social Eyes: Art on the Greene festival opens Friday

03/20/2014 1:17 PM

03/20/2014 1:17 PM

Art on the Greene, opening today, will feature more than 80 artists during a three-day festival in one of the loveliest settings in North Texas: Richard Greene Linear Park nestled between the Rangers’ ballpark and the Cowboys’ stadium.

Guests at the festival will stroll tree-lined paths alongside a picturesque lake as they view the remarkable Caelum Moor sculptures in the park with two world-class sports facilities as the backdrop.

Sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry, glass, 2-D and 3-D mixed-media, photography, metal, wood and fiber are mediums that collectors and art lovers can find while browsing the work of talented artists in the juried event.

Live music throughout the event begins today at 4:30 and the closer band at 9 p.m. is Jon Christopher Davis & Lone Star Attitude. On Saturday, the music begins at 9 a.m. and runs continuously until 10:30 p.m. when a Rolling Stones tribute band will close the day. Sunday is a day of jazz performances from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

A comfortable seating area awaits festivalgoers as they dine on burgers, wings, bratwurst, pizza, crepes, desserts, nuts and beverages.

Admission and parking are free. The festival opens today at 3 and closes at 11 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit www.ArtontheGreene.com for details.

Fort Worth

Big Taste of Fort Worth benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

The perfect combination of fine dining and premium wine sampling is what guests at the 35th annual Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth will experience at the Omni Fort Worth on March 30.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, beneficiary of the event, announces that Gov. Rick Perry and first lady Anita Perry are honorary chairmen of the premier food and wine event.

“Big Taste has been a favorite of Fort Worth foodies and everyday diners for more than 30 years,” writes event chairman Greg Kalina in a news statement. “As Fort Worth’s culinary reputation grows, so too does the quality and diversity of the event. Attendees can expect to enjoy both long-standing favorites as well as new vendors that reflect our city’s vibrant restaurant community.”

Petite menu selections from Del Frisco’s, Eddie V’s, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Michaels Restaurant and Ancho Chile Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Blue Mesa Grill, Little Red Wasp Kitchen, Capital Grille, Wild Mushroom, Zodiac and many other upscale eateries will await hungry guests.

Besides the impressive roster of restaurants at the affair, equally popular is the wine-tasting portion of the evening.

After sampling prime beef tenderloin, smoked salmon, beer-braised short ribs, handmade tortellini, grilled fish tacos and other wonderful dishes, gourmet bundt cakes, bananas foster and other delicious desserts will be served.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Trey and the Tritones, and the silent auction will feature unique and exclusive items.

A Best of Big Taste award will be presented for the best overall food at the event and is chosen by a panel of celebrity judges, while attendees vote on the People’s Choice award.

All proceeds of the event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs and the Barrett Martin Havran Little Steps Big Futures program.

Open-seating tickets are $125; $200 tickets include a VIP wine-tasting. Make reservations quickly because the event typically is a sellout. Visit www.BigTaste.org or call 888-887-2447.

Northeast Tarrant

Denim & Diamonds offers dining, talent show and auction

Mark your calendar for March 29 for one of Northeast Tarrant’s signature events, Denim & Diamonds, featuring a dining showcase of local restaurants, an enormous auction and an entertaining talent show. A new venue, the NYTEX Sports Centre at 8851 Ice House Drive in North Richland Hills, will welcome throngs of guests at the festive occasion hosted by the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce.

Guests will sample specialty food dishes from some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers while they browse more than 300 auction items.

“Denim & Diamonds attendees come back year after year because the event is so much fun, inexpensive, and the proceeds benefit the programs of the nonprofit chamber, which include annual college scholarships and Leadership Northeast,” said chamber President Jack Bradshaw.

“Plus having the event at the NYTEX Sports Centre this year allows us to serve beer and wine to go along with the great food that we showcase.”

Allow plenty of time to see the expansive auction of home decor, entertainment packages, Rangers and Brahmas tickets, golf outings, spa days, jewelry, art, children’s items, and many more specialty items. And buy a raffle ticket to take home a piece of custom jewelry.

Participating restaurants include 3 Parrots Taco Shop, Abuelo’s, Bonefish Grill, Chef Point Cafe, Cisco Jack’s, Cotton Patch, El Chico, Jersey Mike’s, Jet’s Pizza, Lucky Strike, Mama’s Pizza, Niki’s Italian Bistro, Quiznos, Spring Creek, Sweet Memories Cakes, Sweet P’s, The Egg & I, Zonga’s and ZuRoma.

Superb entertainment from a fun-filled talent show called D&D’s Got Talent will feature area performers competing for top talent honors that include cash prizes and a recording session.

Advance tickets for adults are $15 and $20 at the door. Kids ages 6-12 are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Kids 5 and under are free. Call the chamber office at 817-281-9376 or visit www.netarrant.org to reserve tickets.

Colleyville Woman’s Club hosts fashion show

Lunch with the Girlz, the Colleyville Woman’s Club annual fashion show and luncheon, is set for April 4 at the Hurst Conference Center.

This 29th edition of the popular event will feature professional models walking the runway wearing the collection highlights of seven Dallas fashion and accessory designers. Co-chairwomen of the event are Juli Gerrard and Mandy Eliot, and Carol Wollin is president.

The event will pay homage to both vintage and contemporary fashion with a nod to glamorous icon Marilyn Monroe. Models will wear red lipstick and beauty marks to illustrate the theme.

Jan Strimple of Jan Strimple Productions will once again produce the event. Dave Lieber, well-known author and newspaper columnist, returns as the emcee. Christine Cashen, an international speaker, humorist and author, is the mistress of ceremonies.

Silent and live auctions will offer bidders a vast array of special products and services. New this year is the Dine & Dash drawing for vintage plates, each hiding a special gift certificate to a local restaurant. Also, watch for a travel board of exciting trips. Trunk shows following the program will give 10 percent of the proceeds to club.

Colleyville Woman’s Club has raised over $3.2 million for Northeast Tarrant County charitable organizations during the past 35 years.

Tickets are $75 each, and silver-, gold- and platinum-level tables are available. Make reservations online at www.c-w-c.org or call 817-358-1805.

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