Archive for September 2010

‘Elvis’ Will Be in the Building in November

by Joy Donovan on September 19, 2010

Kraig Parker will bring is Las Vegas-style Elvis act to Grapevine.

One icon–Elvis–will cross paths with another–Santa–Nov. 14 in Grapevine.

Elvis, as performed by Kraig Parker(, will bring his Las Vegas show to Grapevine’s Palace Arts Center for a fundraiser for Summer Santa. The “If I Can Dream” concert is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 14 .  A reception will begin at 6 p.m., with some of Elvis’s favorite foods provided by Cotton Patch Café . Rebecca Miller, Channel 33 meteorologist, will emcee the concert.

Summer Santa ( also will host a  V.I.P. party Nov. 4, 10 days before the “If I Can Dream” concert, at the Westlake home of Kelly and Scott Bradley to honor event sponsors, donors and long-time supporters. The party will be catered by Chef Point Café of  Watauga, and The LongShot Band will provide entertainment that evening. 

Summer Santa, a non-profit organization established in 1997, provides area children with back-to-school clothes, school supplies, toys, books, summer camps, sports team activities and physicals. More than 33,000 children from Keller ISD, Birdville ISD. Northwest ISD, HEB ISD, Grapevine/Colleyville ISD and Southlake Carroll ISD have been served by this all-volunteer charity since its creation.

Tickets and sponsorships are available for both the Elvis “I Can Dream” concert and the VIP party. Tickets to the “If I Can Dream” concert are $75 for premium seating and $50 for general seating and includes the reception. Seating will be assigned in order of payment received.

The VIP party tickets can be purchased for $50 each. Group ticket packages include concert and VIP tickets.

Please call 817-33-SANTA or email to for event and sponsorship information and ticket sales.

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***************UPDATE*************** Metroport Meals on Wheels to Host Fundraiser

by Larre Green on September 18, 2010


UPDATE: Joy and I will be emceeing the luncheon.  We are both thrilled.   

The Metroport Meals On Wheels Fall Fashion Show and Shopping Bazaar celebrates its fifth year this fall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Sept. 24 at The Marriott Solana, Westlake.

 The fashion show and luncheon will feature runway models wearing elegant and trendy fashions from the Doncaster Private Collection, David Hunt Furs and Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, coordinated by Fashion Directors, Candy Miller and Debbie Felps.  Ensembles from MMOW’s own Sadie’s Upscale Consignment & Resale will also be shown on the runway.  Runway models will again include many area elected officials and friends of MMOW.

“Metroport Meals On Wheels touches so many lives in the community through both the home delivered meals and senior luncheons.  MMOW provides a much needed link to so many of our area seniors,”  said executive director Mary King.

 This year Metroport Meals On Wheels launches its LINK Award.  Each year we will honor a community advocate who embodies the characteristics of the LINK Award:   L – Leadership, I – Inspiration, N – Nurture, K – Kindness.   This inaugural award will be presented to Roxann Taylor.  Taylor has been the driving force and presenting sponsor of the MMOW Fall Fashion Show from its modest beginning in 2006, according to King.  The Texas Realtor had the vision and determination to transform this event into a major fundraiser to provide much needed funds for meals programs.   She embodies all the characteristics of the LINK Award, King said, and MMOW is proud to honor Roxann Taylor this year.

Reservations must be made in advance and seating is limited for this sell-out event.  To inquire about sponsorships, purchase a table or make a donation, visit     For information, email Karen Malone at or call 817.491.1141.

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The Pleasure of Your Company Still Okay

by Joy Donovan on September 15, 2010

So the women of the ’70s–yes, the ones who burned our bras and loved Gloria Steinem’s aviator glasses–we haven’t ever been so very excited about a few other traditions.

One such tradition that just never caught on with the Baby Boomer females was losing our names when they married. The mothers of those Baby Boomers were happy, proud and delighted to become Mrs. John Q. Smith. Their daughters? Not so much.

Many of these brides of the ’70s and ’80s were happy to be married, but pretty darn reluctant to part with their very own names.  They hyphenated, they kept our “maiden” names, they tried a lot of ways to not lose their own identities. It seemed like a whole lot to give up. 

So now these Baby Boomers are becoming the mothers of the bride. These same Baby Boomer MOBs were the ones who wore tea-stained cotton dresses, sometimes barefoot and often with a simple flower wreath in their hair. Their daughters, however, are choosing a Princess Diana-style wedding with all the pomp and circumstance.

Well, these former hippie moms probably have decided to wear a proper closed-toe pump and to have their hair expertly styled by a hairdresser, but when it comes to those invitations, the line has been drawn. More and more of these MOBs are trashing tradition and issuing the invitations in a new way.

Instead of “Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Smith request the honour of your presence,” it’s now “Jane and John Smith request the honor of your presence.” That’s right–no Mrs. and you can forget that extra “u” in honour, too.

Bridezilla meet Momzilla. Deal with it, bride baby, because Momma is paying.

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The Joy of Life

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Date: 2010-10-14

Location: The Ashton Depot, 1501 Jones Street, Fort Worth

Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 9:30 pm

URL: Click here
Description: Music and fine dining paired with wines, featuring special guest Karla Morton, Texas poet laureate. Benefits Cancer Care Services. 817-921-0653.

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28th Annual Margarita Gala and Charity Ball

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Date: 2010-11-20

Location: Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way

Start Time: 7:00 pm
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Description: A gala highlighted by free margaritas. Coat-and-tie or cocktail dress. Invitation only.

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Best Part? Not What You Might Expect

by Larre Green on September 14, 2010

 So I went to the Dave Mathews Band concert this past Saturday night at the Center in Dallas. 

 Great music, no rain. We zipped through the parking mess because we opted for a cab. Best part of the whole night? Hanging out with our friends. 

Don’t get me wrong, The Dallas Morning News ran a review Monday with a headline that read “Dave Matthews Band delivers a solid show at Center,” which backs up what I am saying about the concert.   So for those who are Dave Matthews band fans, it was worth just being there for the music.  But no matter how much fun any concert is, it is always better when you are hanging with your buds! 

 The band performed eighteen songs, each ending with the crowd going wild.  The weather held out, which originally had posed a bit of a concern considering that there was a 30 percent chance of rain that evening.  However, the facts that this was a sold-out concert and the venue was packed to capacity weren’t  worries on any of these fans minds.

I can say we had a great time.  You know you can attend social functions for everything from “Save the Whales” to “Help knock out this disease” and yes you might get to chat or catch up with some of your friends, but really you end up moving from person-to-person in more of a “catch up with good acquaintances” conversations.   But when you just get a close group of friends’ together and great music, to me, it is just more relaxing and fun. 

 Don’t you agree??????? 

By the way, was able to swipe someone’s limo to bring us home.  Hey, cash speaks!

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The Dabney

by Joy Donovan on September 13, 2010

Date: 2010-10-01

Location: Golf Club at Castle Hills, Lewisville

Start Time: 11:00 am
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Description: The Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer will host “The Dabney,” its annual adult golf tournament. 214-361-2600.

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Festival of Trees

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Start Date: 2010-11-19

Location: Southlake Town Square

End Date: 2010-11-20
URL: Click here
Description: A community celebration in cooperation with the City of Southlake, Southlake Town Square and the Greater Southlake Women’s Society.

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Three Hotels

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Date: 2010-09-13

Location: Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth

Start Time: 7:00 pm
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Description: Play presented by Amphibian Productions. 817-923-3012.

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Lady Gaga Not on My List

by Joy Donovan on September 12, 2010


And this is how Lady Gaga meets the queen of England.

One of my favorite magazines–and I do love magazines–is Vanity Fair (

But, boy oh boy, does that publication get it wrong in its September issue.

Lady Gaga, she of the sky-high heels and glittery get-ups, actually wore a “meat dress” to Sunday night’s MTV Video Awards. This costume-wearing, attention-seaking songstress should not be on anybody’s best-dressed list. But there she is in on page 264 in all of her near-naked glory with her name on the magazine’s 2010 Best-Dressed List, under “Originals.”

Original? How about just weird? Or will-do-anything-for-attention? Lady Gaga, you might remember, showed up last June in Yankee Stadium in a half-buttoned team jersey (better to show off  her black bra), fish-net stockings and a bikini bottom.

Okay, so maybe the Vanity Fair editors missed that display. But in the midst of photos of such elegantly dressed beautiful people as news anchor Brian Williams, the U.K.’s first lady Samantha Cameron, designer Tory Burch and a sprinkling of the world’s royalty, we have Lady Gaga.

Her main photo depicts her sitting oh-s0-ladylike, legs crossed, tea cup in her lap while she wears half of a Star Wars-style costume. No pants, naturally. Just spangled hosiery and glittery platform shoes.

Individual style is one thing. Originality is okay, too. But this we do not need to reward.

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