For “Travel Tuesday”: Let’s visit Forth Worth, TX
About Fort Worth
“The 16th-largest city and still growing rapidly, Fort Worth is a destination redefined. New and renovated hotel offerings, restaurants and exciting tourism attractions are enhancing the City's reputation as one of the premier travel destinations in the nation. Named the #4 value friendly destination in the United States by Hotwire.com, Fort Worth attracts over 5.5 million visitors per year.
In only a few days, you can enjoy an enormous range of experiences - from longhorns to longnecks, from salons to saloons. Discover the artistic masterpieces of the Fort Worth Cultural District. Explore the true American West in the Stockyards National Historic District. Shop and dine in the 35-block Sundance Square, one of the most exciting downtown areas in the nation. See a magical show at Bass Performance Hall. Stroll through the Museum of Living Art at the top-ranked Fort Worth Zoo. And that's just the beginning of what you'll experience in Fort Worth.”
National Day of the American Cowboy, July 28, 2012
“Saddle up for an entire day dedicated to the American Cowboy and a whole lot of fun! The National Day of the American Cowboy hosted in the Stockyards National Historic District has been named the "Best Cowboy Tribute" event in the nation by western lifestyle magazine, American Cowboy.
You'll find cowboy activities and events throughout the day along East Exchange Avenue including contests such as "Cowboy Karaoke" and "Best Mustache." Events and contests are open to the entire community to come together and celebrate the heritage of the American Cowboy!”
Cowboys and Culture
“Cowboys and Culture isn't just a tagline, it's a way of life for our citizens and provides a completely unique guest experience. Nowhere else can you find the western heritage that is so quintessentially Texas, beautifully preserved and honored through our Stockyards National Historic District and Sundance Square in Downtown.”
Cowboys and Culture rarely combine in such a harmonious mix, but Fort Worth is rare city that celebrates both in BIG Texas style.
“Fort Worth once was a rough-and-tumble frontier town, dusty and lawless, home to the brave and the brawling, the soldier, the frontiersman, the outlaw. Today, Fort Worth is the one of the largest cities in Texas and the 16th-largest city in the United States. It's a destination shaped by a commitment to its downtown revitalization and urban renewal, a dedication to its world-renowned cultural arts district, rich pride in its Western heritage and a loyalty to major-league sports and family attractions.
Cowboys and Culture isn't just a tagline, it's a way of life for our citizens and provides a completely unique guest experience. Nowhere else can you find the western heritage that is so quintessentially Texas, beautifully preserved and honored through our Stockyards National Historic District and Sundance Square in Downtown.
The city leaders who celebrated Fort Worth as "Where the West Begins" also had the vision to establish us as the cultural destination of the Southwest. Our Cultural District is home to five world class museums, in a park-like green-space, within walking distance of one another. All are internationally renowned in their own right: the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Add to that our coveted Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Bass Performance Hall, independent galleries, world-class symphony, ballet and theatre programs.
Our reputation for being safe and friendly makes us a perfect getaway for families as well. The Fort Worth Zoo is a top five zoo in the nation and a national draw, and our proximity to major league attractions like Texas Motor Speedway, Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium and Six Flags makes us the perfect place to stay the night.”
Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive
Twice a day they drive a herd of Longhorns through the streets.
“Managed by the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Fort Worth Herd presents Stockyard visitors with a glimpse into the past and Fort Worth's rich western heritage with the world's only twice daily cattle drive. In preserving its heritage as Cowtown, the City of Fort Worth has its own herd of 15 Texas Longhorns - one for each decade of Fort Worth's 150-year history.
11:30 AM & 4:00 PM Daily, weather permitting
The Cattle Drive travels through the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards on E. Exchange Avenue in front of the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange Building and then back to the holding pens behind the Livestock Exchange Building for viewing.”
Things To Do
“In only a few days, you can enjoy and enormous range of experiences - from art to animals, from fashion to family fun. See priceless masterpieces in the world-renowned Cultural District. Explore the true American West in the Stockyards National Historic District. Shop and dine in the 35-block Sundance Square, voted one of the top downtown's in the nation. Catch a fabulous show at Bass Performance Hall. Stroll through the Museum of Living Art at the top-ranked Fort Worth Zoo. Or see life in the fast lane at Texas Motor Speedway.”
See More at: http://www.fortworth.com/things-to-do/
Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible: Ancient Artifacts, Timeless Treasures
July 02, 2012 - January 13, 2013
Address: 4616 Stanley Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76115
Times: Mondays – Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m. Handicap Accessible: Yes
Contact: Exhibition Team Phone: 877-789-0876
“They’re the greatest manuscript discovery of the 20th century—and they’re in Fort Worth for just six months. Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to view 16 actual fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls—including eight being exhibited publicly for the first time in history. Come view the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll fragments—including biblical passages from Exodus, the Psalms and Daniel—along with other ancient artifacts and interactive kiosks that illuminate this archaeological find.
You'll walk through a replica of one of the original caves where the scrolls were found. You'll check out actual excavation tools from the original site. And in the specially-designed scriptorium, you'll have the chance to view the scrolls as scholars do now, as high-definition images that reveal even the thickness of the ink. Come for the chance to view rare artifacts—including a portion of a Gutenberg Bible and a 1611 King James Bible—and take the time to enjoy the shade of a giant, authentic Bedouin tent made of goat hair, or get your hands dirty in the simulated archaeological dig located just outside the exhibition. Learn more and get tickets at http://seethescrolls.com/”
On This Day:
"Wrong Way" Corrigan crosses the Atlantic, Jul 17, 1938:
“Douglas Corrigan, the last of the early glory-seeking fliers, takes off from Floyd Bennett field in Brooklyn, New York, on a flight that would finally win him a place in aviation history.
Eleven years earlier, American Charles A. Lindbergh had become an international celebrity with his solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic. Corrigan was among the mechanics who had worked on Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis aircraft, but that mere footnote in the history of flight was not enough for the Texas-born aviator. In 1938, he bought a 1929 Curtiss Robin aircraft off a trash heap, rebuilt it, and modified it for long-distance flight. In July 1938, Corrigan piloted the single-engine plane nonstop from California to New York. Although the transcontinental flight was far from unprecedented, Corrigan received national attention simply because the press was amazed that his rattletrap aircraft had survived the journey.
Almost immediately after arriving in New York, he filed plans for a transatlantic flight, but aviation authorities deemed it a suicide flight, and he was promptly denied. Instead, they would allow Corrigan to fly back to the West Coast, and on July 17 he took off from Floyd Bennett field, ostentatiously pointed west. However, a few minutes later, he made a 180-degree turn and vanished into a cloudbank to the puzzlement of a few onlookers.
Twenty-eight hours later, Corrigan landed his plane in Dublin, Ireland, stepped out of his plane, and exclaimed, "Just got in from New York. Where am I?" He claimed that he lost his direction in the clouds and that his compass had malfunctioned. The authorities didn't buy the story and suspended his license, but Corrigan stuck to it to the amusement of the public on both sides of the Atlantic. By the time "Wrong Way" Corrigan and his crated plane returned to New York by ship, his license suspension had been lifted, he was a national celebrity, and a mob of autograph seekers met him on the gangway.”
While I was gathering this info about Forth Worth, it made me realize that during the six years that I lived in it’s neighbor city, Dallas, I had never explored Fort Worth. There is so much to see there, maybe one day I can go and experience it.
Misty and I had our walk around here, as we didn’t hear from Jay in the morning.
Ray came over and put the first coat of paint on the little chest that we have on newspapered tables in my grooming room, as it is still too humid to paint outside.
At midday, I took some things down to Claudia, and I saw Jay, he was still in his robe, as he said he was sick in bed. I would think that he would be sick and tired, of being sick and tired! I am so glad that I don’t get sick, but I do get tired.
We had about 20 drops of rain just as Misty needed to go out for her ‘last call’ of the day.