Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Massing of the Colors ceremony Nov. 8 honors military service

A previous Massing of the Colors. Hosted by the Fort Worth chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, this year’s event starts at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn Ave.
A previous Massing of the Colors. Hosted by the Fort Worth chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, this year’s event starts at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn Ave.

A patriotic event honoring the U.S. flag and those who have served under it is planned for Nov. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn Ave. in Fort Worth

Hosted by the Fort Worth chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, the ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. with a procession of flags followed by a brief program featuring guest speaker Rollie M. Stevens, a retired Navy captain.

Chapter member Robert J. Williams, a retired Air Force major, said the time-honored event dates to the end of World War I and is hosted each year by chapters across the country.

“It is our way of providing the community with an event honoring the colors of the United States of America and those men and women who are currently serving or have served under those colors,” Williams said.

Before the ceremony, the Dallas Military Frontier Band will perform a patriotic music concert. Dozens of local patriotic organizations, veterans groups, scout troops, ROTC units and others will be in the impressive flag processional.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact Williams at or 817-488-5524 to inquire. Visit to learn more.

Taste of Northeast Nov. 12 supports the arts

Get a taste of great food and a taste of early holiday shopping at the Taste of Northeast, set for Nov. 12 at the Hurst Conference Center. Hosted by the Arts Council Northeast, the festive event will feature signature dishes or drinks from 25 area restaurants and a fashionable array of retail shops.

“Sample a wide variety of food from many types of cuisine, along with several types of drink to try,” said Jessica Farrell, who is chairing the event.

“Taste of Northeast offers a great opportunity to shop for the holidays,” she said. “Our many vendors will be offering specialty gift items that are sure to delight — beautiful and unique jewelry, art and clothing, along with gift certificates for pampering your favorite people. Shop while eating, drinking and enjoying live music.”

Lee Koch, director of the Arts Council Northeast, said, “Blueprint band will return since they were such a big hit last year, with people dancing in the aisles.”

The venue is at 1601 Campus Drive. Parking is free, and the event is open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Arts Council members and Star-Telegram Press Pass holders receive a $5 discount on advance tickets. Purchase online at or call 817-283-3406.

Fort Worth Margarita Ball Nov. 12 helps kids at Christmas

While a margarita machine cranks out an endless supply of the tasty libation, guests dressed in their Texas formal best will party for a purpose to help out Children’s Charities of Fort Worth at the annual Margarita Ball on Nov. 21 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel.

Here’s how it works: Guests buy a $50 ticket and bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $35 or more. Evidently, this is not a problem because since 1989, the Fort Worth Margarita Society has given away more than 25,000 toys to needy local families.

“Guests will enjoy margaritas and hors d’oeuvres, while listening to live music from the Walton Stout Band, enjoying a 25-table Texas casino alley as well as photo opportunities with Santa and former NFL players,” spokeswoman Beth Hutson said.

“A VIP ballroom will feature a live auction with live music from Encore as well as a silent auction with signed sports memorabilia.”

Officers are President Mark Alexander, Stephanie Culver, Ann Allen, Carolann Morris, Gene Gregorio, Linda Garcia and Paul Braswell.

Shine up those fancy boots and hats and head to to purchase tickets. Direct inquiries to

Don ‘Woodland Chic’ outfit for A Night With Nature on Nov. 7

How many upscale parties do you attend that include an “eat a bug” adventure, stargazing, a nighttime hike and personal interaction with forest animals? That’s just part of the evening’s merrymaking moments at A Night With Nature on Nov. 7 at the River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington.

Hosted by the River Legacy Foundation, the inimitable night will give party guests something to tell their friends about because of the unique experiences attendees will enjoy.

“Guests will enjoy live music, s’mores by the fire, stargazing led by the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, and some unique nature adventures — including a rare opportunity to eat a bug and brag about it,” said Laura DiStefano, who is co-chairing the event with Leslie Friedman. Richard and Sylvia Greene are honorary chairs.

Blue Mesa Grill will be serving incredibly delicious cocktail appetizers, and guests will enjoy sipping unique varieties of mixed drinks provided by Deep Eddy Vodka. New this year are craft beer offerings served by Division Brewing.

Visit with friends as you peruse a silent auction that includes vacation stays in Colorado and Florida, a wine-tasting party and a Kindle e-reader.

And be sure to get a photo with one of the adorable animals that will be crashing the party. Back by popular demand (I loved this last year) is the Blackland Prairie Raptors organization, showing some of its beautiful birds, including owls and hawks.

Be sure to take home an exclusive, limited-edition River Legacy Living Science Center ornament that will be available for a donation to the charity.

“A Night With Nature celebrates and supports the environmental education initiatives of River Legacy Foundation by sharing its mission and programs with adults in an entertaining and social atmosphere,” spokeswoman Kristi Payne said.

Tickets are $100 per person, and sponsorships are available. All proceeds will fund the Nuts About Nature 2.0 capital campaign to support exhibit hall renovations to River Legacy Living Science Center.

The event is by invitation only. Request your invitation by calling 817-860-6752, ext. 107, or via email to Learn more at

Events at a glance

▪ Timeless Concerts series will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. Music will be a blend of French Impressionism, English pastoral melody and Irish folk tunes in the music of Ernest Moeran. Tickets: $29 each, $25 seniors, $15 college students, $35 for a concert and raffle ticket.

▪ Metroport Meals on Wheels 35th Anniversary Celebration is Thursday. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Contact to inquire.

▪ The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation’s “Bring the Conversation to Light” luncheon is Nov. 12 at the Roundup Inn at Will Rogers Coliseum. Former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple is the keynote speaker. The event is to help promote awareness of suicide and mental illness. For details, visit or call 817-485-1313.

▪ “Downsizing Made Easy” seminar is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Brookdale Arlington (formerly Town Village), 1250 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Registration is free. Sign up at or call 817-635-1043.

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