Any visit to one of Fort Worth’s most beautiful landmarks, Thistle Hill, is always special because of the grandeur of the expansive 1904 cattle baron mansion. Now you can expand your Thistle Hill experience at a new pop-up exhibit at the home on Nov. 19-22 that will pay homage to local personalities who have helped make Cowtown famous.
Guests at the exhibit will stroll throughout the mansion to view displays of iconic clothing and accessories from more than 40 Fort Worth celebrities along with anecdotes about each article.
“As Fort Worthians, we should be so proud of the talent that was either born here or that have chosen to call Fort Worth their home,” said Gail Landreth, chairman of “Cowtown Stardom.” “Bobbie Wygant, the honorary chairman, is being appreciated for her many years of celebrity interviews, which introduced these stars to her viewing audience.”
The exhibit is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19-21 and from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $20 each.
A Champagne Preview Reception is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, where guests can meet Wygant as they nosh on hors d’oeuvres, sip champagne and see the amazing collection of clothing curated for this event. Dress for the night is cocktail, and tickets are $125 each.
Clothing from nearly 40 Fort Worth celebrities in the exhibit has been graciously loaned for this occasion. See iconic apparel or accessories from such personalities as Paulie Ayala, Sandra Brown, Betty Lynn Buckley, T Bone Burnett, Ruth Buzzi, Amon G. Carter, Van Cliburn, Barry Corbin, Gennifer Flowers, Larry Hagman, Ben Hogan, Ruta Lee, Tim Love, Mary Martin, Ginger Rogers, Johnny Rutherford, Bob Schieffer, Gracey Tune and many others.
Proceeds benefit the many programs of Historic Fort Worth Inc. Learn more at www.historicfortworth.org or call Suzy Coleman at 817-336-2344, ext. 100.
Festival of Trees and Holiday Home Tour to benefit Mansfield charities
No intention to rush past Thanksgiving, one of our loveliest holiday traditions, but it’s time to get a few Christmas events on your calendar lest you miss something special. And special barely describes the upcoming Festival of Trees hosted by the Mansfield Women’s Club on Nov. 20-21 at St. Jude Catholic Church near downtown or the Dec. 6 Home Tour.
Back again after a successful start last year, the tree festival event will feature a roomful of beautifully decorated trees that will be sold by silent auction. There will also be a Christmas market filled with great gifts for those on your holiday list. Visit Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21 for some added fun and photos.
The Women’s Club says the beautiful trees will be adorned in whimsical, contemporary and traditional styles with something to fit just about every taste.
“This event will showcase glittering displays of elegantly decorated artificial trees donated by individuals, businesses and other organizations. We limit the trees to pre-lit artificial trees between 2 and 4 feet tall,” spokesman Jan Strickland said. “Each tree will be fully decorated with lights and tree skirt, and some trees will also have gifts, toys or desirable auction items or experiences that will be auctioned with the tree.”
In charge of the event are chairwoman Debby Frear and co-chair Suzi Hogan with help from a dedicated committee. Funds raised will go to Harvesting International Food Bank that is housed at the Mansfield Women’s Club Caring Center.
Don’t forget to buy a $10 raffle ticket for a chance to win a three-night stay at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., or gift cards valued at $500 and $250.
The Festival of Trees will be open both days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The church is at 500 E. Dallas St. Admission is free. To inquire, contact Frear at 817-483-3323.
In other Mansfield Women’s Club news, the annual Holiday Tour of Homes has been set for 1-6 p.m. Dec. 6. This popular event is one of the community favorites during the holiday season and will feature five gorgeous Mansfield homes.
Chairing the tour are Karen Payton and Gayle Lambert, who have arranged for tourists to visit the lovely residences of generous families willing to open their homes for visitors. Each house will highlight special Christmas collections and decorations belonging to each family. Homes on the tour are located on Diamond Oaks Drive, Castle Creek Drive, Trailside Court and Piccadilly Court. Preview the homes on the club website.
Tour tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door of each home on the day of the tour. Buy tour tickets at the tree festival or go to one of these local retailers: Tom Thumb (U.S. 287 and Walnut Creek Drive), Poured (1601 E. Debbie Lane), and The Cellar on Main in downtown Mansfield.
Events at a glance
▪ The Great Seed Bomb 15-mile fun ride is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at Clear Fork Food Truck Park, 1541 Merrimac Circle, Fort Worth. During the ride, seed balls — made of clay, organic compost and native, non-GMO milkweed and wildflower seed — will be thrown and launched from bikes by riders. A portion of funds raised will be donated to local environmental nonprofits. The route will be along the charming Trinity Trail/Clear Fork natural area. Registration fees range from $10 to $34.50. www.greatseedbomb.org or contact Monica Diodati at 214-883-9982.
▪ One Day University is from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 at W.E. Scott Theater in Fort Worth. Attendees will hear Rutgers University professor Louis Masurteach a class that begins with the Revolutionary era and thoroughly covers the Civil War and Reconstruction. Tickets are $75-$99. Sign up at www.onedayu.com.
▪ World Diabetes Day Luncheon Symposium & Expo is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. This event will feature numerous speakers from the community who will give their perspective on the health and welfare of North Texas. Business leaders will share what local companies are doing to promote wellness in their organizations. Register at www.diabetes.org/ntwdd or call Roxann Pishnick at 972-392-1181, ext. 6095.
▪ Holiday Hoedown is from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 at Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine. Hosted by the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, the casual evening offers fun, food, dancing, auctions and raffles to raise funds for the group’s community-based school supply and Christmas spirit programs. Tickets are $60 each. Purchase at www.grapevinechamber.org or call RaDonna Hessel, CEO, at 817-481-1522.