Archive for February 2009

Junior Woman\’s Club\’s 8th Annual Golf Tournament

by Joy Donovan on February 23, 2009

Date: 2009-04-25

Location: The Resort at Eagle Mountain Lake, 5700 Resort Blvd., Fort Worth

Start Time: 11:30 am
URL: Click here
Description: \”Fundraising and Fashions on the Fairway,\” a benefit for Junior Women\’s Club\’s scholarships. Advanced registration required. Cost is $100 prior to March 25, $125 after. Contact Tonia Carr at

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Junior Woman\’s Club 52nd Annual Spring Show

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Date: 2009-02-14

Location: Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth

Start Time: 7:00 pm
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Description: A comedy mystery musical for the entire family. Tickets $15 in advance or at the door. Contact

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Junior Woman\’s Club 52nd Annual Spring Show

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-03-13

Location: Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth

Start Time: 8:00 pm
URL: Click here
Description: A comedy mystery musical for the entire family. Tickets $15 in advance or at the door. Contact

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And the Oscar Goes To…

by Joy Donovan on

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Oscar wear winners and losers…

Lots of great-looking ladies in red. Loved, loved, loved the red gown with the giant bow “Mamma Mia!” star Amanda Seyfried wore, and the modern design sported by Virginia Madsen. Natalie Portman’s fuschia strapless gown was a stunner, too. Best supporting actress nominee Viola Davis in that gold haltar was gorgeous, and “Slumdog Millionaire” actress Frieda Pinto looked beautiful in that blue asymmetrical gown.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s frock scared me–needed a bit more fabric. Maybe she grabbed the wrong size?

Hugh Jackman…wow. Great-looking and great host…gotta love a song-and-dance man in a tuxedo.
Thought Mickey Rourke looked like an unmade bed in that rumpled white suit and open collar. It’s the Oscar’s, for gosh sakes, and would it kill ya to put on a tux? And what was up with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s skull cap?

Oscar for the cutest of the night, though, goes to those adorable children from “Slumdog Millionaire.” Great movie, by the way. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.

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Peppers and Pinantas Party

by Joy Donovan on February 22, 2009

Date: 2009-09-29

Location: Joe T. Garcia\’s, 2201 N. Commerce, Fort Worth

Start Time: 6:00 pm
Description: Food, margaritas, silent auction and entertainment benefiting the Mental Health Association\’s Operantion Healthy Reunions and Information and Referral programs. Contact 682-518-7343.

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Blondes, Rat Pack, Mary Poppins and Nixon Kick It Up in North Texas with Some Broadway Style

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"Legally Blonde the Musical" will bring its perky pink self to North Texas this summer.Blondes, “The Rat Pack,” and Mary Poppins all have a place in Dallas this year.

Variety rules The 2009 Dallas Summer Musicals’ ( line-up which features everything from “Legally Blonde the Musical” to a Las Vegas visit with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and it won’t even take a spoonful of Mary Poppins’ sugar for these shows to go down easy.

Season tickets currently are on sale at The Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, Dallas. Subscribers tickets for the Music Hall Classic Series range from $88 to $523. Prices for subscriber specials range from $9 to $85.

The Majestic Series, showcased at The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. in downtown Dallas, begins with “The Rat Pack–Live at the Sands” March 3 through 8.

“The Pajama Game,” featuring the song “Hernando’s Hideaway,” is set for March 10 through 15, followed by the face-off between David Frost and President Richard Nixon, “Frost/Nixon,” April 28 through May 3.

The Musical Hall Series, with all performances held at the Music Hall at Fair Park, begins with “Happy Days, A New Musical” May 26 though June 7. “The Wizard of Oz” blows its way on stage June 9 through 21, with “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” planned for June 23 through July 5. Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “A Chorus Line” takes the stage July 7 through 19, and then Elle Woods brings “Legally Blonde the Musical” to Dallas July 21 through Aug. 2. Musical group ABBA’s songs string together in “Mamma Mia!” Aug. 18 through 30.

Original Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee will star in “Disney and Cameron Mackintosh present Mary Poppins” during the 2009 State Fair of Texas. The production is scheduled to run Sept. 24 through Oct. 18.

Subscriber specials are planned beginning this month. “Bob the Builder Live!” will be presented Feb. 21 through 22 at The Majestic Theatre. Then May 5-10 will feature original cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in “Rent, The Broadway Tour” at The Music Hall at Fair Park. Then “Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol” is set for May 19 through 24 at The Music Hall.

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Boot Scootin\’ Dinner and Auction

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-03-07

Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 1319 Brown Trail, Bedford

Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 11:30 pm

Description: 5th annual fundraiser hosted by Mid Cities Ambucs. Barbecue, auctions and music. Tickets $15 per person. 817-308-1314.

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by Joy Donovan on February 20, 2009

Date: 2009-05-31

Location: Central High School, Keller

Start Time: 2:30 pm
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Description: Full-length ballet presented by North Central Ballet. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. 817-428-8232.

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Saddles in the City Gala

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Date: 2009-03-05

Location: Eddie Deen\’s Ranch, 944 S. Lamar, Dallas

Start Time: 6:30 pm
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Description: Gala benefiting The Texas Horse Park, a 600-acre equestrian facility being developed south of Dallas. Former Dallas Cowboy Walt Garrison will serve as honorary chair of the event. Tickets $100 each. Contact 214-269-5699.

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Salt or No Salt, Time to Celebrate!

by Joy Donovan on

Every day is worth a celebration, but one for which you might want to make special preparation is coming Sunday.

Buy some limes and grab the tequila. Officially, it’s Margarita Day!

Named for a real life woman named–what else?–Margarita, the drink supposedly was created in 1948 in Acapulco. What a trend setter she was since now the margarita is ranked as the number one cocktail in the good ole U.S. of A.

“I would take any day as margarita day myself,” said foodie Debbie Gore, who has a new, non-food-related book coming out. ( And being such a fan, here’s Debbie’s recipe for a fabu margarita. You’re on your own for the chips and salsa.

 Debbie Gore’s Top Shelf Margarita


Serves: 2


Simple Syrup

2          cups sugar

1          cup water


Martini Margarita

1/2       cup freshly squeezed lime juice (juice from 6 medium limes)

2          tablespoons simple syrup (recipe above)

1/2       cup tequila

1/4       cup orange liqueur (see note below)



To make the simple syrup, mix together the sugar and water in a small pan, heat until sugar dissolves. Combine measured ingredients in a cockatail shaker with ice and shake 30 times. Strain into the chilled martini glasses (if using margarita glasses, double recipe). Serve with a lime wedge. Store left over syrup in a sealed jar and refrigerate for later use.


Tip: Grand Marnier, Cointreau and Gran Gala are both orange liqueurs. Choose your price point.  We go for the Gran Gala!

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