Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Veterans’ events in Fort Worth, Hurst, Arlington to honor military service

The Massing of the Colors in 2015.
The Massing of the Colors in 2015. Courtesy photo

Among the many local Veterans Day programs planned are the Massing of the Colors on Nov. 13 and on Friday, ceremonies in Arlington and a Salute to Veterans in Hurst.

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The Massing of the Colors ceremonies are set for Nov. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn Ave., hosted by the Fort Worth chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars.

Patriotic and veterans organizations, Scout troops and ROTC units will assemble at 2 p.m. carrying their organizational and American flags before an impressive processional into the church.

“The annual Massing of the Colors is a time-honored event which goes back to the end of World War I and the Society of the Massing of the Colors,” said Robert J. Williams, a retired Air Force major. “It is our way of providing the community with an event honoring the colors of the United States of America and the men and women who are currently serving or have served under those colors.”

The Dallas Military Frontier band will perform during the assembly time around 2 p.m., and Brig. Gen. Howard Palmer of the Texas State Guard will be the main speaker before the program honoring the national colors.

Contact Williams at or 817-308-1386 with inquiries.


The Arlington Great Southwest Rotary Club will host ceremonies at 11 a.m. Friday in Veterans Park, 3600 W. Arkansas Lane. The featured speaker will be Jamie Peace, a retired Marine captain.

“This year’s Arlington Veterans Day ceremony will have special recognition for all Purple Heart recipients,” Rotary member Susie McAlister said. Anyone in the community who was awarded the Purple Heart is asked to contact Jim Runzheimer at 817-795-2020 or by Monday.

Information about each Purple Heart honoree will be compiled and printed in the program to be handed out at the ceremony.

Before a complimentary lunch is served at the park pavilion after the ceremonies, guests will enjoy patriotic music performed by Tarrant County Criminal Court Judge Brent Carr and the Cowtown Music Club.

To make reservations for the luncheon and for more information, contact Runzheimer.


The sixth annual Salute to Veterans at the Hurst Conference Center on Friday is two events to honor veterans and provide entertainment, military exhibits, refreshments and a chance to visit.

According to Jack Bradshaw, president of the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce, a dove release is planned at 11 a.m. on the steps of the center before guests mingle inside while viewing exhibits provided by the Military Museum of Fort Worth, the USO and the POW/MIA Association, to name just a few.

“There will be distinguished combat veterans from WWII through current conflicts featured at tables to answer questions and provide amazing stories. One of our special guests is a 100-year-old World War II veteran,” Bradshaw said.

At 12:30 p.m., talented performers from Taps ‘N Tunes Productions will present music and dance numbers from the Big Band era through the 1950s.

The second event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring live music presented by the Panther Jazz Band along with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Admission and parking are free at both events. Call 817-268-0388 for information or visit

Taste of Northeast on Wednesday offers food, shopping, music to support the arts

For those who enjoy “crawl” events — as in a restaurant crawl or a shopping crawl — Taste of Northeast on Wednesday will be right down your alley. Instead of asking attendees to take a self-guided tour of local restaurants or retailers in a particular neighborhood as crawl events do, this time it’s all under one roof. And better still, it’s not just food and not just shopping — it is both.

Taste of Northeast will feature food from more than 25 area restaurants and shopping at a dozen or so retail shops, all while you sip on your favorite beverages, visit with friends and listen to live music from local party band BluPrint. It all happens from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center.

Shoppers will find trendy fashions at the Hautebox and Union of Angels booths, garden accessories at Marshall Grain’s exhibit, the latest trends in cosmetics at the shop set up by LipSense by SeneGence, lovely pieces from the Jewelry Lady store, one-of-a-kind art from Not Just Canvas and great shopping finds at several other vendors.

The event is produced by the Bedford-based Arts Council Northeast and raises money to promote the arts and to fund art-related programs in the area. One of its signature programs is the MasterWorks concert series.

“We encourage our communities to come to the Taste of Northeast,” said Cherí Ross, vice president of the board of directors. “This is an amazing event. You will have the opportunity to sample delicious food from various restaurants, purchase holiday gifts, bid on fabulous silent auction items and get a chance to win a $500 gift card.”

The bustling culinary scene will include Abuelos, Anna’s Mexican Grill, Applebee’s, Bizzi’s Bistro, Crepes Bistro, Green Girl Gourmet, Nona Tata, From Across the Pond, and Italiani’s, to randomly name just a few of the fine restaurants that will serve up their signature dishes.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase online at or call the council office at 817-283-3406.

Fort Worth Margarita Ball Nov. 19 will collect toys for needy children

A couple of thousand guests dressed in “Texas formal” (boots and Western hats worn with tuxedos and glittery dresses) — each carrying toys worth at least $35 — will stream into the Worthington Renaissance Hotel on Nov. 19 ready for a night of merriment that will benefit needy children in the area.

“The Fort Worth Margarita Ball is the largest fundraiser for Children’s Charities of Fort Worth,” said Steve Ortega, vice president of the organization. “It’s one evening, one ticket, one toy that brings Christmas joy and endless smiles to 12 local children’s charities serving underprivileged children within our community.”

There’s plenty to like about the festive evening that will include a special VIP celebration to honor sponsors and let them meet folks from the charities who are beneficiaries. Ball guests will sip complimentary Hornito’s margaritas and nosh on elaborate hors d’oeuvres as they peruse a silent auction or pose with Santa for pictures.

Casino games, a cigar station and fun photo booth are on the agenda as well as dancing on two dance floors to music by the Walton Stout and the Rodney Booth bands. New this year is an exclusive experience in the Hornito’s Backstage Lounge. Trips to Rome and Walt Disney World, golf at the Fairmont St. Andrews and a classic Wrigley rooftop experience will be among the auction swag.

Admission is a $100 ticket per person plus a new, unwrapped toy valued at $35 or more for kids up to age 16. A cash donation can be substituted for the toy. Advance purchase at is recommended. Admissions at the door may be purchased if space is available.

Every apron has a story

An exhibit of more than 70 vintage aprons will be on display at the North Richland Hills Library from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The aprons are from the special private collection of Kathleen Brown, apron curator and speaker.

Brown says that “every apron has a story” and tags her special exhibit with “aprons don’t tie us down — they tie us together.” Presentations about the history of aprons along with an audience “wear and share” time and a vintage apron trunk show are planned for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

“Dinah Shore music will take you away to another era and renew your enthusiasm for homemaking, even it if just means eating from a glass plate instead of a paper plate,” Brown said. “It’s just a lovely way to encourage homemakers — young, old, male, female — and remember a time when women actually sat and worked on a new apron to share with friends.”

More information at Contact Brown at 817-456-7169.

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