Juneteenth Virtual Heritage Festival 2022

Juneteenth Virtual Heritage Festival 2022

ENTREPRENEUR AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER STEDMAN GRAHAM HEADLINES A MONTH OF JUNETEENTH ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY JIM AUSTIN ONLINE

Jim Austin Online is excited to announce a full month of events celebrating Juneteenth! The National Juneteenth Virtual Heritage Festival runs Wednesday, June 15 – Saturday, June 25, 2022! 

Business opportunities will be booming at the kick-off Mega-Mixer at Texas Live! on Wednesday, June 15th. Business owners and professionals are encouraged to attend this area wide networking event. Attendees will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and door prizes while building relationships and their brand! World Famous “Mr. T” Impersonator Sterling Hunter will be the guest speaker for the evening. The Mega-Mixer will take place at Troy’s at Texas Live! located at 1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Suite 100, Arlington, TX 76011. This event is free to attend. Reservations are required at https://TexasLiveMegaMixer. Eventbrite.com

On Thursday, June 16th, Jim Austin Online will honor Tarrant County College Alumni at the Juneteenth Legends Awards Gala benefitting the Tarrant County College Foundation. This extraordinary night of music and recognition will raise funds for the TCCD Scholarship Fund. This year’s honorees are CHEF KARRIEM (Arts & Entertainment), DR. CARRIE TUNSON (Education), MS. LILLIE BIGGINS (Healthcare), MS. NICOLE COLLIER (Politics) and DR. GWEN MORRISON (Capstone Award/Ms. Erma Johnson Hadley Award). Iconic Jazz Saxophonist JOSEPH VINCELLI will provide the evening’s entertainment. The awards gala will take place in Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theatre located at 2401 N. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX, 76164. Tickets are $45 for General Admission and $75 for VIP and are available at https://TCCJuneteenthGala.Eventbrite.com. 

Howard Hill’s Yester Day’s Children Show & Review will light up the stage at the Isis Theatre on Friday, June 17th! Don’t miss this rip-roaring, foot stomping Southern Soul and Blues Musical Review. Tickets for this local fan favorite are on sale now. VIP tickets are $75 and General Admission tickets are $35 and are available at https://YesterDaysChildrenJuneteenth.Eventbrite.com. This event is BYOB. 

On Saturday, June 18th, individuals will have the opportunity to be inspired by internationally renown motivational speaker and entrepreneur STEDMAN GRAHAM in an exciting lecture series. Graham is the best-selling author of several self-help books including You Can Make it Happen: A Nine Step Plan for Success and Identity Leadership: To Lead Others, You Must First Lead Yourself. During his tenure with B&C Associates, a public relations firm, he worked on behalf of Black causes and represented such high-profile clients as Maya Angelou and Winnie Mandela. Graham is also the founder of Athlete’s Against Drugs, a non-profit organization that provides services to youth and has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships since its founding in 1985. It also arranged for sports figures to educate children about substance abuse. He is also a member of the Indiana Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Graham will be speaking in Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theatre at 1 PM and 7 PM. Tickets are on sale now at https://StedmanGrahamJunetenth.Eventbrite.com for $45 for General Admission and $100 for VIP.

The annual Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo: Texas Connection Series charges into Cowtown Coliseum located at 121 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, TX, 76164 on Saturday June 18th with shows at 1:30 PM and 7 PM. From barrel racing to bronc busting, the rodeo packs in a full day of family fun and excitement for children of all ages!  Tickets are available on https://www.etix.com for $25. 

Theatre lovers are in for a treat on Sunday, June 19th when Finally, Free at Last! is performed live on stage at the Isis Theatre! Writer and director Dion Hood is thrilled to present this exciting story of how Texas slaves did not know that they were free until after the war ended in the spring of 1865, when General Granger arrived in Galveston that June signaling freedom for Texas’s 250,000 enslaved people. Thus, Juneteenth was born and in December of that same year, slavery was formally abolished with the adoption of the 13th Amendment. “We are thrilled to present this powerful new stage play in its debut performance,” says promoter Jim Austin. “Finally, Free at Last is a soul-stirring, musical trek through our nation’s journey towards equality for people of all races and ethnic backgrounds.”  Finally Free! The Musical will perform at 3 PM and 7 PM. Tickets are on sale now at https://JuneteenthFinalyFreeMusical.Eventbrite.com and are $20 in advance, $30 at the Door and $55 for VIP. Children twelve and under are admitted for $12. 

The month of celebrations concludes on June 25th, with the Juneteenth Health Expo! Families and individuals are encouraged to come out for free COVID screenings and booster shots! The expo runs from 11 AM to 4 PM at The Warehouse located at 1125 E. Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX, 76110, and features entertainment throughout the day and prize drawings! This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at https://JuneteenthHealthExpo.Eventbrite.com. Vendor booths are available for the expo. 

Join Jim Austin Online for a month of exciting events celebrating Juneteenth as part of the 2022 National Juneteenth Virtual Heritage Festival. All events are both in person and streaming. For more information on vendor booths and sponsorships, or to purchase tickets, contact Lucinda Harvey at receptionist@jimaustinonline.com or call 817.923.9305. 

 

The National Juneteenth Heritage Festival event line up is presented by NBCDFW and Jim Austin Online.com. Sponsorship has been provided by Wrangler, Amazon + Snap, Dallas Mavericks, Fidelity, Simmons Bank, TCU, Justin Brands, NBC 5, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, Visit Fort Worth, Frost Bank, Fort Worth Business Press and What’s Up Fort Worth. 

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Cinco de Mayo 2022

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Cinco De Mayo | 2022

As you plan your Cinco de Mayo festivities in the Fort, you might want to know the special significance that Fort Worth had in Mexico’s victory over the French Empire in the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo in 1862. FORT WORTH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MEXICO’S VICTORY– ZIP, NADA!

We could reach and find a significance or a degree of separation between Fort Worth and the Battle of Puebla, but why?  Aren’t we all just looking for another reason to shut it down early on Cinco de Mayo and grab our favorite margarita?

What’s Up Fort Worth invites you to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your favorite margarita in your hand.. Maybe it will be at one of these great Fort Worth restaurants or bars. 

Here’s the Top 10 List and More.  Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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GEORGE STRAIT ANNOUNCES TWO NIGHTS IN FORT WORTH

The King of Country Headlines Dickies Arena on November 18 & 19 // Tickets On Sale Friday, May 13 at 10:00AM
Tenille Townes Joins as Special Guest

Texas’s own George Strait has announced a two-nights-only event in his home state, with back-to-back concerts set for Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 2022 at Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena. The King of Country Music will be joined by special guest Tenille Townes for both dates.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. CT via Ticketmaster.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. CT through Thursday, May 12 at 10 p.m. CT.

As previously announced, Strait will also perform back-to-back nights at Austin’s Moody Center grand opening celebration tonight, April 29, and tomorrow, April 30, in addition to a headlining date at Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on July 30.

Since his record-breaking Cowboy Rides Away Tour in 2014, Strait has performed for limited engagements, including appearances in 2021 headlining both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival as well as Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium. He also extended his Strait to Vegas series at T-Mobile Arena earlier this year and recently performed a one-night Strait to the Natural State show at Little Rock’s Simmons Bank Arena before returning to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for his 31st performance at the event.

With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts—more than any other artist in any genre—during the span of his 30+ year career, Strait has collected 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any other Country artist and ranking third across all genres behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. The Texas troubadour is the only artist or act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and recently earned his 100th entry on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with his latest single, “The Weight of the Badge.” He has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards, including induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Mother’s Day Brunch 2022

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Treat Mom to a Special Brunch this Weekend!

Say NO to social distancing this Mother’s Day and give MOM as many hugs as you can.  Fort Worth offers a ton of brunch opportunities and outdoor family fun, or you can plan your own special day for your special MOM.  

Here’s the list the What’s Up staff came up with.  BRUNCH…and other fun things to do with Mom!

1. Mother’s Day Brunch at….Home

It’s time to step up Guys and Kiddos—

Here’s a fun twist on Mother’s Day Brunch

Make all of Mom’s favorite brunch goodies, turn off the television, phones, Everything!  Make mimosas, order flowers, what else does Mom like?

Then when you think you have done enough, turn on her favorite movie and either 1) Enjoy it with her, or 2) Get lost and let her enjoy it alone.  Let Mom decide whether #1 or #2 work better for her.

2. Pick Your Favorite Mother’s Day Brunch Spot in Fort Worth 

If you are not so adventurous to create your own Brunch for Mom, Fort Worth Foodies offers this list……..

B&B Butchers Clearfork,  https://www.bbbutchers.com/

Beacon Cafe 287 Northside  https://beaconcafe.hrpos.heartland.us/

Del Frisco’s Downtown Fort Worth, https://delfriscos.com/locations-search/?my_location=fort+worth 

Ellerbe Fine Foods Near Southside http://ellerbefinefoods.com/

Pinstripes Clearfork https://pinstripes.com/fort-worth/

Sky Creek Kitchen Southlake http://www.skycreekkitchen.com/

Taste Community Project Near Southside http://www.tasteproject.org/

Trulucks Southlake https://trulucks.com/locations/southlake-texas/

Waters Sundance Square http://www.waterstexas.com/

Wicked Butcher Downtown Fort Worth http://www.wickedbutcher.com//                                                                                       

Joe T Garcias Northside https://joetgarcias.com/ 

If you consider yourself a Foodie or you just like to see What’s Up in the Fort Worth culinary scene, you need to check out Fort Worth Foodies.  Click here for the 

Fort Worth Foodies website, or Facebook page.

3. Enjoy a Stroll or Bike Ride Along the Trinity Trails

The Trinity Trails is always a great family outing.  Extending through Fort Worth for over 70 miles along the Trinity River, The Trinity Trails is a wonderful trek for hikers, bikers, runners, and horseback riders and a special outing with Mom.

https://www.fortworth.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/trinity-trails/

4. Every Mom loves flowers!

Here’s an idea that doesn’t take any social distancing thought to it.  Order Mom flowers or a beautiful spring flower arrangement.  What’s Up staffers use Gordon Boswell Florist.  

https://www.gordonboswell.com/occasions/mothers-day-flower-delivery-fort-worth/ 

5.  Enjoy a Winery Tour and a Glass of Wine with Mom

Cowtown Winery, located on Mule Alley in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards,  offers a  sneak peek behind the scenes at Cowtown Winery! See how it all happens and let the wine maker walk you through a journey of turning juice from the grape into your favorite wine! You will see all the equipment, learn the different processes it takes, discuss the vineyards and of course sample a couple of wines. With the tour you will receive a souvenir wine glass and two glasses of wine. Cowtown Winery offers tours on select Saturdays at 3:00 pm

https://www.cowtownwinery.com/winery-tours-index#winery-tours 

6. Indulge in Some Retail Therapy with Mom

Every mom has “a thing” or favorite store.  Treat your mom to an afternoon of safe, social distanced shopping and buy her something nice, something she would not have bought for herself.   Be safe and Buy Local.  That makes Mom happy and keeps the Fort retail wheels turning.  #Support Our Fort.  We love supporting Fort Worth businesses so that’s always a Bonus.  A good day of shopping is always followed by a good glass of wine at your favorite spot.   See #5!

7. Host Your Own SIP and PAINT Class

Bring some creative fun home by buying some art supplies and opening a bottle of your finest Cab. Pick a subject (like the fruit bowl on your kitchen counter or Dad lounging on the sofa) and start painting. Just don’t expect  Mom to hang your work of art in the living room?  Don’t like the PAINT part of this idea, no problem…..Host Your Own Sip and Sit with Mom.  How’s that?

8. Give Mom a Mani-Pedi

Treat Mom to a little pampering to encourage mother-daughter bonding. You’re out with Mom and  pampering her (and yourself).  Doesn’t that feel good?

9. GARDEN TOGETHER

Stop by your favorite garden center, back to #Support the Fort, and plan a day of gardening with Mom.  It can be as intense or light as you want.  It might end up with a nice Sip and Sit with Mom on the back porch…and that’s always a good thing!

10. Adopt an African Penguin for Mom

Celebrate Mom all year long with an African penguin adoption from the Fort Worth Zoo. This adoption includes an African penguin plush, a personalized adoption certificate, an animal fact sheet, a coloring kit and a zoo publication all packaged inside of an animal carrier box! This unique gift is the perfect way to show your appreciation for Mom while supporting the care and feeding of the animals at the Fort Worth Zoo.

https://www.fortworthzoo.org/mothers-day-adoption-package 

11.  Plan a Game Night for Mom

You know what games Mom likes to play—card games, board games, charades, or any other party game.  If Mom likes it, let’s play it!

12.  No Work Pass

OK this should be a given.  Moms do not work on Mother’s Day.  If your mom tries to participate in work activities,  present her with a “No Work Pass” for the day.  Sit her down and take over.

13. Custom Coupons for Mom

Put  a coupon book together for things that you  and Mom can do together, for her day and for the next few months.  Can you ever spend enough time with Mom?   Ideas are easy—lunch and a movie, a wine outing or Happy Hour, a spa day.  The list is endless and it gives Mom lots more things to look forward to.

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Sky High Entertainment for NASCAR

Sky High Entertainment for NASCAR

Beware of large falling objects from the sky during the NASCAR All-Star Race weekend set for May 20-22 at Texas Motor Speedway.

While the majority of adrenaline-pumped, all-star daredevils will be on track competing for the $1 million payday in the NASCAR All-Star Race, The “Rocketman” Valencia and Great American High Dive Show will give them a run for their money as the featured entertainment acts for the weekend.

“Rocketman” Valencia is a human cannonball who propels out of a giant cannon at more than 55 miles per hour, reaches heights of over 65 feet and travels into a safety net some 165 feet away. He will be front and center Saturday (May 21) and Sunday (May 22) during the Xfinity Series race and NASCAR All-Star Race, respectively, as he will perform in front of the race crowd from the infield scoring pylon.

“Rocketman” Valencia will make his Texas Motor Speedway debut at the conclusion of Stage 2 of Saturday’s SRS Distribution 250 Xfinity Series race and once again following the checkered flag. The SRS Distribution 250 begins at 12:30 p.m. CT (TV: FS1).

The human cannonball returns the next evening for the NASCAR All-Star Race, where he will perform following the conclusion of Rounds 2, 3 and 4. The NASCAR All-Star Race begins at 7 p.m. (TV: FS1) but on-track action officially opens at 5 p.m. with the Open Race for non-qualifiers to earn a berth in the all-star field.

“Rocketman” will have competition for air space from the Great American High Dive Show.

This act features a team of Olympic-caliber, national and world champion divers who will perform dramatic human torch fire dives, thrilling high dives from an 80-foot platform mixed with a patriotic All-American show and costumed clown diving act. The high dive act will be located near Gate 3 of the Fan Zone with two performances Saturday (10:15 & 11:30 a.m.) and three Sunday (12:30, 1:45 & 3 p.m.).

But wait, there’s more.

Country music superstar Blake Shelton will perform a one-hour, pre-race concert beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday prior to the NASCAR All-Star race activities. The concert will take place from the frontstretch stage and free to all in the grandstands.

For those wanting to get more intimate with Shelton on stage, Texas Motor Speedway is offering a limited “Track Pass” for just $99 ($79 for season ticket holders) as an add-on option to a race admission ticket. “Track Pass” holders will move from the grandstands to in front of the stage for the concert, driver introductions and also have pre-race pit access included.

In addition to the high-flying entertainment music, there is a variety of acts for adults and kids alike ranging from full-armor, medieval fighting to acrobatic dogs. The free entertainment is available all three days as soon as the public gates open. The entertainment will be featured primarily near Gates 3 and 7 of the Fan Zone. Click here for a full public schedule of race weekend events.

The entertainment line-up includes:

  • Canine Stars – Featured on the hit show “America’s Got Talent” last season, Canine Stars features a world-class team of dog trainers and their adopted dogs from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands and South Korea showcasing their athletic ability and extreme discipline. Location: Fan Zone near Gate 7. Performance Times: Friday (3:30 & 5 p.m.), Saturday (9:30 & 11 a.m.), Sunday (12:15, 2 & 3:30 p.m.).
  • Full Steel Combat – This is not a video game but actual steel-clad, medieval soldiers taking part in a tournament that features individual duels with axes, swords, shields and maces, team combat and a grand melee where it is everyone for themselves. Location: Fan Zone near Gate 7. Performance Times: Saturday (10 & 11:30 a.m.), Sunday (1 & 2:45 p.m.).
  • Tumbleweed Crossing – This is a traveling comedy Wild West gunfight stunt show on the Western town set of Tumbleweed Crossing. Enjoy a 25-minute show featuring stunts, comedy and special effects with an Old West theme. Location: Fan Zone near Gate 3. Performance Times: Saturday (9:45 & 11 a.m.), Sunday (12:45, 2 & 3:15 p.m.).
  • Robert Castillo’s Freestyle BMX team – This group of nationally recognized extreme action sports athletes will amaze with thrilling and entertaining BMX stunts that will amaze you. Location: Fan Zone near Gate 7. Performance Times: Saturday (10 & 11:30 a.m.), Sunday (1 & 2:45 p.m.).
  • Face Painter & Balloon Artist: Kids will love the opportunity to get their faces painted as well as watch a balloon artist create all kinds on fun designs. Location: Fan Zone. Performance Times: Friday (2 – 6:30 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. – Noon), Sunday (12:30 – 4:30 p.m.).
  • Mobile Escape Room Texas – A popular, interactive experience where players use teamwork and communication skills to find clues and solve complex puzzles inside this state-of-the-art, climate-controlled adventure trailer. Location: Fan Zone. Performance Times: Friday (2 – 6:30 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. – Noon), Sunday (12:30 – 4:30 p.m.).
  • Smacking Axes – Another interactive display where fans get the opportunity to throw axes at targets. A Master Axe Smacker will be on hand to help you with proper technique and having fun with this popular entertainment. Location:Fan Zone. Performance Times: Friday (2 – 6:30 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. – Noon), Sunday (12:30 – 4:30 p.m.).

The $1 million-to-win NASCAR All-Star Race is the marquee event of a race weekend (May 20-22) featuring all three of NASCAR’s premier series. The SpeedyCash.com 220 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be held Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch) and the SRS Distribution 250 Xfinity Series race on Saturday, May 21, at 12:30 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, PRN, and 95.9 The Ranch). The NASCAR Open will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch)  and the NASCAR All-Star Race at 7 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch).

TICKETS:

Tickets for the May 20-22 NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend, are on sale now at www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/season-tickets/.

MORE INFO:

Keep track of all of Texas Motor Speedway’s busy schedule by following on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Keep up with all the latest news and information on the speedway website and TMS mobile app.

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The Judds: “The Final Tour” at Dickies Arena this Fall!

THE JUDDS: “THE FINAL TOUR” TO CARRY ON AS A TRIBUTE THIS FALL AT DICKIES ARENA Wynonna Transforms “The Final Tour” Into the Ultimate Girls Night Out Country Music Hall of Famer and global superstar Wynonna Judd has announced that the highly anticipated, previously...