Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Party for a Purpose returns to support youth initiatives

Holly Potter-Harvey, right, and Gara Hill are co-chairs of this year’s Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs Party for a Purpose.
Holly Potter-Harvey, right, and Gara Hill are co-chairs of this year’s Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs Party for a Purpose. Courtesy photo

Guests wearing dazzling Roaring ’20s fashions will be worthy of any red carpet show on E! Entertainment as they arrive at the Party for a Purpose on Oct. 10 at the Arlington Convention Center. With a different theme for each of the past five years, a “swanky Roaring ’20s affair” describes this year’s soiree, which will have no trouble measuring up to its predecessors.

The ritzy evening, complete with cocktails, a gourmet dinner, casino games, unique auction items and the superb music of the Roof Raisers is guaranteed to be the “Cat’s Meow.”

Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, the event will raise money to support programs that nurture and enrich the lives of children in the community and enable the agency to continue to produce confident, educated and responsible members of society.

Leading this year’s event committee are co-chairs Holly Potter-Harvey and Gara Hill with help from a stellar group of community volunteers including Carol Camp, Dana Queenan, Joe Sholden, John Landry, Karen Bass, Lori Henegar, Mike Gerro and Serena Kundysek just to randomly name only a few.

“We are so excited about leading the planning of the 2015 Party for a Purpose Gala,” writes Potter-Harvey. This year’s theme “will transport you back to a time of flappers and sheiks, evolving fashions, silent movies, the jazz evolution and the stock market crash.”

David Finfrock, NBC 5 chief meteorologist, will emcee the program. Partygoers will participate in a Kendra Scott jewelry lottery and enjoy a game of heads or tails and big spender. Make the night unforgettable with a visit to the photo booth.

Amazing swag in big-board, live and silent auctions includes unbelievable dining and trip packages including a week’s stay in the Bahamas at The Reef Atlantis in a deluxe studio condo, a private suite for 20 guests for a day at the races, a Randy White autographed jersey, designer purses, spa visits and other luxury items.

Tickets are $150 per person. Make reservations by calling Holly Clinton at 817-275-6551, ext. 229, or email hclinton@bgcarlington.org.

PantegoFest has small-town charm and big town attractions

It’s festival season, and you won’t find one with any more attractions and fun than at PantegoFest, opening Friday in this charming town nestled on Arlington’s western border. Few, if any festivals, can boast craft beer samplings, a pet parade and pet fashion show, limbo, hula hoop, pie-eating and lip-sync contests along with great bands, a kids area and delicious food.

“The town of Pantego is offering PantegoFest to support local businesses by showcasing our community and displaying our small-town charm,” said City Manager Matt Fielder. “PantegoFest is a very exciting weekend, and we welcome the opportunity for visitors from near and far to come and experience our hometown atmosphere.” April Coltharp is the festival coordinator.

Returning after getting huge crowd approval last year is a lineup of tribute bands including Incognito, Me & My Monkey (a Beatles tribute band) and Escape (a Dallas Journey tribute band). The headliner band on opening night is LeFreak, taking the stage at 9.

“Festivalgoers will be able to stroll through arts-and-crafts and business tents while enjoying a myriad of activities each of the three days,” writes festival spokeswoman Lisa Richardson. “This year the festival will have an extended kids zone that offers inflatables that appeal to all ages as well as bubble runners, bumper boats, a kiddie train and a mechanical bull, all offered for a small fee per ride.”

At 9 a.m. Saturday, a 1-mile fun walk begins followed by a 5K race at 9:30 before the festival opens at 10.

Admission is free to the family-oriented event located at the archway to Pantego in the shopping center at 2229 W. Park Row Drive. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details at www.PantegoFest.com.

South Street Art Festival to create lively weekend scene in Arlington

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.

Margarita Party on Saturday beckons new Arts League members

The good folks at the Arlington Arts League say “It's margarita time!” as they host a Membership Social and Margarita Party on the south lawn of the historic Fielder House, at 1616 W. Abram St.

This annual event marks the conclusion of the group’s membership drive and is the perfect opportunity for guests to meet and mingle with members. Anyone in the community who wants to get more engaged in local arts activities and initiatives should consider becoming a member.

In charge of the event is 1st Vice President Robert Murillo with help from Mark Williams and Nan Sansone and other board members.

The league’s mission is to promote the arts and art education in Arlington. Last year it awarded more than $12,000 in scholarships to students in the fields of visual arts, music and theater. The organization also operates art docent and ArtReach programs and other community service projects.

“We hope people will come on out and join us for complimentary margaritas and light Mexican fare,” said Murillo. “We would love to have new members, so please come out and enjoy the fun.”

A $10 donation or the purchase of a new membership is the suggested admission cost for guests and prospective members. Memberships start as low as $20 per year.

Reservations are due today. RSVP by calling 817-274-5790 or send an email to artsleague@arlingtonartsleague.com.

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