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Aledo | Hudson Oaks | Springtown | Weatherford | Willow Park Issue 4 | October 2013


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Sassy Gals Antiques

Shopping with an Attitude!

Talking Tombstones

10th Anniversary Tour

Keeping It Local

Aledo’s Urban Farmers’ Market

Chandor Gardens presents

Goblins in the Gardens A Spook-Free Good Time! | We are mobile and desktop ready!

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Movie listings for City Lights Theater in Weatherford.



A solid beginning for local artist Sarah Lundy, Plus Chandor Gardens Autumn Art Walk. and local gallery / museum listings.



Sassy Gals Antiques and Vintage treasures! Shopping maps for Springtown and Weatherford.



Lodges, Bed and Breakfasts, Hotel or Motel, we can help you decide where to stay.


Life in Parker County Photos by Wyatt Nantz


We got it all! Want to know want’s happening today, check here....


Springtown Wild West Festival photos



Aledo Farmers’ Market, Talking Tombstones Tour. Plus a local listing of parks, and golf courses.



Texas Opry Theatre and TOTS, Theater off the Square Events.


Music & Nightlife

Kevin Townson Listings of Live Music at Local Venues!



Howell’s Western Cafe, local dining listings . . . .


Parker County

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Sarah Lundy Page 6

Sarah Lundy has been drawing since she was old enough to pick up a pencil!

Issue 4 • October 2013

Calendar of Events Parker County

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Talking Toumbstone Tour Page 18


Kevin Townson Page 22


Howell’s Western Cafe Page 24

Talking Tombstones Tour – Celebrates 10 years – sharing stories of the “departed”.

Local musician Kevin Townson – Guitarist, Composer, and Mentor.

Howell’s Western Café – Serving Springtown for 50 Years!

Cover Photo: Melissa Madey Everyday Moments Photography

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Welcome to My Hometowns Texas

Cultural & Entertainment Magazine of Parker Countiy

October is a

BOOtiful month in Parker County!

Falling leaves, shorter days and an end to the dog days of summer are a preamble to the fun filled days ahead. Annual autumn events are plentiful in October, beginning with a special evening for the kids at Weatherford College’s Safe Halloween event on October 1st , held in the Cout’s Hall parking lot on the Weatherford College campus. Adults will enjoy their own entertaining evening at the 93rd Annual Weatherford Chamber of Commerce Banquet, There’s No Place Like Home, held at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse event facility on October 3rd. Even our canine friends won’t be left out of this month’s activities since Parker Paws holds their second annual Dogtoberfest at Fish Creek Restaurant and ACE hardware in Willow Park on October 5th. This event includes a doggie costume contest, wiener dog races, and a special visit from McGruff and the Parker County Cruisers car club. Ladies will enjoy Belk’s department store’s Girls Nite Out, Thursday, October 10th from 5 to 8:30 p.m., where they can indulge in refreshments, music, a fashion show and drawings for gift baskets full of fantastic goodies. Families are invited to spend a fun filled day at the Second Annual Hometown Heritage Stampede on Saturday, October 12th, in historic downtown Weatherford. This free event will include music by Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band and the Legends of Texas Band. Visitors to the Stampede will enjoy a stroll down Antique Alley for mom and dad followed by a visit to the Kiddie Korral for the little buckaroos. Another free event this month is the fourth annual Business Expo at Willow Park

Baptist Church on Thursday, October 17th. The Expo will bring together more than sixty diverse business exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Food trucks will provide snacks and treats and the afternoon will include live musical entertainment. October also brings the return of The Talking Tombstone Tour. The annual event is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, October 19th at Weatherford’s Old City Greenwood Cemetery with their latest offering titled, “Men of the Cloth”. Docents have been guiding visitors to different sites throughout the Cemetery, where they are greeted by period-attired actors sharing the life stories of early day citizens, since 2004. This fascinating history-based event is sponsored by the Parker County Heritage Society and draws hundreds of visitors every year. The list of annual October events draws to a close with two popular Chandor Gardens’ offerings. Sunday, October 20th the Gardens will host their 3rd Annual Autumn Art Walk where visitors will be invited to stroll the grounds and visit with a multitude of area artists and craftsmen; showing, demonstrating, and selling their creations. The day includes food, live music, and tours of the Chandor grounds and home. Last, but not least, in the long list of October offerings, is Chandor Gardens’ popular

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Photos from City of Springtown’s Wild West Festival - page 16 “Goblins in the Gardens”; a spook-free, daytime, trickor-treat event for the whole family, held Sunday, October 27th from noon to 4p.m. Costumes are encouraged and a themed area decorated for the season will be available for taking personal photos of your little ghosts and goblins.

Whew!! There is no shortage of fun things to do in October! And, while you’re out attending all the area events, don’t forget to take time out to Eat, Shop and Stay at our many fine restaurants, specialty stores and hotels in Parker County. Happy trails from your friends at My Hometown’s Texas

Art Department: Denise Zitzevancih

Contributing Writer: Steven Chamblee Contributing Photographer: Wyatt A. Nantz Publisher: Joe Adams

Sales: Kathy Cheek

My Hometowns Texas Parker County 1145 Sante Fe Drive, #72 Weatherford, TX 76086 817-219-4166

To list your business or event, email us at:

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Movies movies

1000 Cinema Drive Hudson Oaks (817) 341-3232

scan for the latest movie information:

TOP MOVIES THIS MONTH Gravity Runner Runner Captain Phillips Machete Kills Broadway Idiot Romeo & Juliet Carrie Escape Plan The Fifth Estate The Counselor Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Blue is the Warmest Color

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Sarah Lundy has been drawing since she was old enough to pick up a pencil!


nd, since Sarah is just a sophomore in high school, that wasn’t all that long ago. But, for one so young, Sarah has managed to rack up an admirable list of accomplishments and awards in the art world. When she was only seven years old, she won her first art contest in school competing with students from first through sixth grade where she managed to place third, right behind a couple of upperclassmen. She then went on to place

second in a county competition between people of all ages… and Sarah was ten years old! For a period of time, Sarah stopped competing and even considered dropping out of art altogether but was encouraged to try again by a very special teacher who believed in her abilities. She then went on another winning streak and was even able to skip a grade in art, making her one of very few sophomore students taking Art 3.

since the first time you picked up a pencil. And, always remember, that no two artists paint the same and no two see things in the same colors. Everyone is unique, with their own vision of the world around them. Experts also agree that the most important thing for aspiring artists to do is expose themselves to the great art of the world. As you increase in sophistication you will be able to appreciate the sophistication of great artists.

Sarah is the perfect example of someone who is born with talent. Although experts in the art world agree that being born with ability isn’t absolutely necessary to become an artist, most would also say that those who are talented as children have a much easier road to travel. Advice from folks who have already walked the path that Sarah is on include a few guidelines for success as a struggling artist; when you finish your first sketchbook, buy another! By the time you’ve finished that you will have improved dramatically. They also advise keeping all of your books and looking back at them when you are feeling uninspired and ready to quit. You will be able to see how far you have come

Unlike a lot of artists, Sarah will most likely find success in her

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lifetime. She has already used her talents in graphic design to create logos for several businesses and has been commissioned to create an original piece as well as to do restoration work on a painting. A solid beginning on an artistic road that will contain its share of twists and turns along the way but will surely be exciting and ultimately fulfilling for this young talent.


Corks and Canvas Painting Class

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Join this Granbury Art Activity - This month they are painting pumpkins. Supplies and instruction along with a glass of wine for inspiration all for $35. Yours to take home and hang up in your home. RSVP required 817-573-7200 D’Vine Wine - 107 E Bridge Street, Granbury

Galleries and museums

Firehouse Art Center & Gallery 119 Palo Pinto Street Weatherford 817-599-3278

Stone Creek Fine Arts 114 Russell Court Weatherford 817-599-6757 Open by Appointment

Museum of the Americas 216 Fort Worth Highway Weatherford 817-341-8668

Doss Heritage and Culture Center 1400 Texas Drive Weatherford 817-599-6168

October 3rd - December 21st Folk Art Nativities of The Americas October 26th - November 16th Day of the Dead Altar exhibit

Gardens of our Heart The art of Glenda Green Trail Drivers exhibit

Springtown Legends Museum 839 N. Main Street Springtown 817-523-5939 National Vietnam War Museum 12685 Mineral Wells Highway Weatherford 940-325-4003

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Shopping Sassy Gals Antiques d r o f r e Where you can always find h t a e something old that’s new! W d n a e u q i t s An p o h S y t l a Speci SHOPPING

“If it’s rough, rusty or old kitchen, then it’s probably something I’ve brought in” says Jo Smith, owner of Sassy Gals Antiques in Weatherford. Jo, along with her seven “contributors”, make Sassy Gals anything but your typical antique shop.

Repurposing is a very important aspect of the business. “We love to turn the old into something new and exciting”

says Jo. Her primary interest is primitives but she says she is likely to drag in anything that sparks her interest. Jo’s contributors include Rhonda, who creates ingenious, one of a kind lighting from old repurposed items. Katie, whose motto is “from silverware to what you wear”, makes beautiful jewelry, unique wind chimes, key chains and money clips from silverware. Debra

Texas Opry Theatre

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She also makes beautiful wreaths as well as fabric and burlap flowers. Laurie uses old family photos to create vintage inspired cards and gift tags. Linda and her husband

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design and create a beautiful line of resin jewelry and Kelly repurposes orphaned furniture for a new life as unique painted pieces. Founded in December 2012, Sassy Gals is the culmination of Jo Smith’s twenty year old dream to own an antique shop. At this eclectic antique boutique you can be assured of a truly unique shopping experience with a mix of attitude and style from a truly unique group of Gals!


handcrafts colorful rugs, seat pads, kitchen, and bathroom ensembles from strips of fabric in the same way our grandmothers did. Linda dries flowers that are beyond their prime and turns them into lovely mini bouquets.

Open Monday – Friday, 10a.m. to 5p.m. 121 Dallas Avenue, Weatherford 703-975-3662

Back To Yesterday Arbor Lane Sassy Gals Just 3 Days +1 Antiques Main Street Mercantile Back To Yesterday

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce

East Parker County Chamber of Commerce

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Springtown shops and businesses

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Uncle Money’s Pawn B&B Burgers Senior Center Chamber of Commerce Howells Cafe Springtown High School

7. West Side Storage 8. J & E Air Conditioning 9. Still WaterS Retreat

Springtown, Texas

Where country beings


2013 Wild West Festival Catty Roos and Hearts on Fire Booth


Fairfield Inn & Suites 175 Alford Dr, Weatherford, TX (817) 599-4040


Americas Best Value Inn 1110 Fort Worth Highway 817-599-3800 americasbest

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 850 Interstate 20 East 877-865-6578 PET FRIENDLY

Candlewood Suites 215 Alford Drive 888-223-0369 PET FRIENDLY


Comfort Inn & Suites 215 Alford Drive Weatherford, TX 817-599-9999 Cutting Horse Inn & Suites Best Western 210 Alford Drive 817-599-3300 PET FRIENDLY Econo Lodge 2207 Old Dennis Road 817-599-3705 Fairfield Inn & Suites 175 Alford Drive 817-599-4040 Hampton Inn 2524 S. Main St. 817-599-4800 PET FRIENDLY Heritage Inn 1927 Sante Fe Drive 817-594-7401

1915 Wall Street Just off Adams Street 817-594-448 PET FRIENDLY Motel 6 150 Alford Drive 817-594-1740 PET FRIENDLY Quality Inn & Suites 2500 South Main Street 877-424-6423 PET FRIENDLY

Weatherford Inn & Suites 809 Palo Pinto 817-599-8683 Western Motel 809 Palo Pinto Street 817-599-8683

Bed & Breakfast Angels Nest 1105 Palo Pinto St. Phone: (817) 596-8295

Mama’s Wish 414 W. Lee Ave. 817-757-7111

Quest Inn 1106 West Park 817-594-3816

Pecan Bottom Ranch 801 N. Lake Drive 817-797-3477

Sleep & Go Motel 1709 East I-20 817-599-0500

The Getaway Cabins 2859 Thompson Road 817-596-3528

Sleep Inn & Suites 119 Wall Street 817-594-9699

The Texas Star Ranch & Retreat 5950 FM 920 817-613-1949

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R.V. PARKS WEATHERFORD Hooves & Wheels RV Park and Horse Motel 4128 Granbury Hwy Weatherford, TX 817-599-4686 Oak Creek RV Park 7652 West I-20 Weatherford, TX 817-594-0200 Weatherford KOA 2205 Tin Top Road 817-594-8801

The Rose Garden Cottage 212 East Lee Ave. 817-219-3435

Quality One Motel 2213 Old Dennis Road 817-594-0055

Super 8 Motel 720 Adams Drive 817-598-0852

R.V. PARKS ALEDO Cowtown RV Park 7000 East I-20 817-441-7878

Victorian House Retreat 110 E. 5th Street 817-475-9009

SPRINGTOWN Outwest Campground and RV Park 4009 West Hwy. 199 (817) 220-0476 Springtown RV Park 3080 W. Hwy 199 817-220-4678 Still Waters Retreat Center of Texas 383 Country Road 3672 Springtown, Texas 817-220-2681 WILLOW PARK Knights Inn 5080 E I-20 Service Road S Willow Park, TX 76087 817-441-5443

PARKER County picture perfect!

Photos by: Wyatt A. Nantz

Do the dead tell tales?

October is a perfect month to visit our silent citizens!

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A place to have fun Open everyday!

Weatherford Farmers Market 213 and 217 Fort Worth Street Mondays - Sundays, 8 AM - 6:15 PM Chandor Gardens 711 W. Lee Avenue, Weatherford Monday – Friday 9 – 5 PM Saturday 9 – 3 PM & Sunday 12 – 4 PM Clark Botanical Gardens 567 Maddux Rd., Weatherford Monday – Saturday 7:30 am – 6 pm Sunday 10 am – 5 pm



Every Friday

East Parker County Library Storytime for 2-5 yr olds 201 FM 1187 North, Aledo 10:30 am

Every Saturday & Sunday Lucky’s Landing MX 11031 W IH20 Millsap

Every Saturday

Aledo Urban Market – Downtown Aledo 8 am – 1 pm

Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm Petsmart Weatherford Spicest Festival Around-Clark Gardens Chili Cookoff, Half Marathon, Music 11 am – 5 pm 940-682-4856 Le Chateau K-9 Day Spa Annual Pet Food Drive and Blessing of the Animals 5011 E. I-20 Service Rd N. 10 am-3 pm Willow Park 817-4418844 Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 8 pm Shane Mallory

Doss Heritage Cultural Center 1400 Texas Dr, Weatherford Exhibits: Trail Drivers & Photographing the West-David R. Stoecklein Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am till 5:00 PM | Sun 1:00 till 5:00 PM

Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 2132 Tin Top Rd, Weatherford 12 pm Mike Stanley Band 8 pm Running Ragged

Museum of The Americas 216 Fort Worth Hwy, Weatherford Beads and Rawhide: Heritage of the Plains Indians Tues. – Fri. | 10 – 5 PM Saturday 11 AM


Every Monday & Thursday Weatherford Public Library After School for Teens 1014 Charles Street, Weatherford 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Every Tuesday & Thursday YOGA at Chandor Gardens 5:30pm 711 W. Lee Avenue, Weatherford

Every Wednesday

Weatherford Public Library Pre-School Storytime 2-5 yr olds Toddler Time – 6 mo-36 mo olds 1014 Charles Street, Weatherford 10:30 am

Every Thursday

LightCatcher Winery & Bistro FRESH OYSTER THURDAY’S Fresh Gulf and Blue Points, raw and grilled oysters and dinner 5:30 - 8:30 6925 Confederate Park Rd. 817-237-2626

Downtown Aledo Farmers’ Market 8 am-1 pm South Front Street th - Dec. 21st Museum of the Americas Folk Art Nativities of the Americas


st Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 2132 Tin Top Rd, Weatherford 9 pm - Maurice Davis Band Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd - Willow Park 5:30 pm Tori Martin 6 pm Whiskey River Ramblers


rd Fire Oak Grill 114 Austin Ave, Weatherford 6:30 pm Bodie Powell/Kyle Redd


th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 7:30 pm Cody Robbins Band Tommy Alverson’s Family Gathering 1550 Old Millsap Hwy – Mineral Wells 3 pm Tommy Alverson & 8 bands


th – 6th Weatherford 1st Monday Trade’s Day | 9 - 4 pm Corner of Santa Fe & Hwy 180, Weatherford


th Parker Paws Dogtober Fest 12 - 4 pm Fish Creek Restaurant and Ace Hardware-Willow Park 817-694-5718

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th Squaw Creek Golf Club 1605 Ranch House Rd., Willow Park Parent/Child 9-Hole Tournament 5 pm – 7:15 pm Lightcatcher Winery – Fort Worth 4-7 pm Jazz Sunday – The Brehms 6925 FM 1886 817-237-2626

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th Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm Petsmart Weatherford

th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 7 pm Steve Helms Band


th Girls’ Night Out at Belk 5-8 pm Fall Fashion Show, Live DJ, Food andCocktails, Door Prizes, Cosmetic Makeovers – 20% off ladies fashions 205 Adams Dr., Weatherford


th Greenwood Farm Fall Horse Trials Horse Triathlon 2100 Greenwood Rd., Weatherford 817-599-8159 Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 8 pm Gary Kyle & The No Standards Band Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9 pm Rags O’Hooligan




Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm Petsmart Weatherford

th – Nov. 16th Museum of the Americas Day of the Dead Altar th 13th Annual WC Foundation Golf Tournament Canyon West Golf Club-Weatherford 12 – 7 pm 817-598-6275


th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park | 8 pm Steve Helms Band


th Hometown Heritage Stampede Downtown Weatherford Buffalo Bills Cowboy Band 10 am-4 pm | 817-598-4034 Downtown Aledo Farmers’ Market 8 am-1 pm South Front Street Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm Petsmart Weatherford WHS Kangaroo Craft Sale WHS Gym 2121 Bethel Rd Lots of Vendors Kick Off Holiday Shopping 10 am-4 pm | 817-304-0618 Brazos Lounge – Mineral Wells 8 pm Barefoot Dixie Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9 pm Zach Seth Band Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 7 pm Casey Thompson Band


th Texas Opry Theater 319 York Ave, Weatherford 3 - 6 pm Miss Connie Smith The Real Deal of Country Music


th Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 2132 Tin Top Rd, Weatherford 9 pm Maurice Davis Band


th The Wild Mushroom’s 65 Roses And Food Extravaganza at La Paloma Ranch 6008 Hwy 377S 7 – 10 pm | 817-249-7744

th WHS Homecoming – Kangaroo Stadium 7:30 – 10 pm | 817-598-2867

Downtown Aledo Farmers’ Market 8 am-1 pm South Front Street

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9 pm Darrin Kobetich


th Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm Petsmart Weatherford

Downtown Aledo Farmers’ Market 8 am-1 pm South Front Street Talking Tombstones Tour 1-4 pm Old City Greenwood Cemetery 300 Front St. Weatherford Park Fest ’13 – Willow Park 10 am – 4 pm 516 Ranch House Rd Education Foundation Gold Star Gala 6 – 12 pm Omni Fort Worth Hotel Fundraiser for WISD teachers & students Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 7:30 pm Sand Dollar Rodeo


th Autumn Art Walk Chandor Gardens 12 – 4 pm - Area artists selling unique Artwork as well as food, music & tours 817-613-1700 Lightcatcher Winery – Fort Worth 4-7 pm - Jazz Sunday – String Theory Manouche 6925 FM 1886 | 817-237-2626


th Chandor Gardens 817-613-1700 Goblins in the Garden Spook-free, daytime, trick-or-treat experience for the whole family. Costumes encouraged.


st Clark Gardens -- BOOtanical 5 – 8 pm Gone to the Dawgs!


November 1 – Pecan Valley Golf Tournament 8 – Doss Heritage & Culture Center Annual Western Art Show & Sale 9 – Veterans’ Day Parade 9-10 -- Trinity Christian Academy Annual Gift & Craft Market December 7 – Christmas on the Square

Squaw Creek Golf Club 1605 Ranch House Rd., Willow Park Couples 9-Hole Play Day 5 – 7:15 pm


nd Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 2132 Tin Top Rd, Weatherford 9 pm – Maurice Davis Band Railhead BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 9 pm American Aquarium


th 2 Outlaws – Weatherford 609 N Main St., 817-594-5449 6 pm Cactus Jack & His Band of Outlaws/Darrin Kobetich

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PARKER County picture perfect! City of Springtowns’s Wild West Festival 2013!

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Aledo – Keeping it Local with their

Urban Farmers’ Market

Area residents are being encouraged to take the pledge to THINK first of their local community, SHOP first at their local businesses, and BUY first from local companies. To this end, the City of Aledo and Aledo Economic Development Corporation will host the Urban Farmers’ Market each Saturday from September 23rd thru October 26th from 8a.m. to 1p.m. on North Front Street in Historic Downtown Aledo. “The new attraction will provide a gathering place where everyone can socialize, listen to live music, make new friends or just enjoy browsing the Market’s selection of fresh produce and handmade crafts and specialty items from Downtowns’ finest boutiques,” said Aledo Community Events Planner, Lori Wedgeworth.

vegetable plants. They also carry artisan breads, organic roasted coffee, cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses, tamales, soaps and bath products. Mayor Kit Marshall is excited about the city’s “Keep it Local” campaign and invites everyone to join the movement! “We are on a mission

The upscale Urban Farmers’ Market features producer, Jazbac Farm, who offers a variety of home-grown fruits and vegetables, raw honey, cut flowers, herbs, and flower and

to partner with business leaders, and strengthen the focus on educating local consumers about the economic and social advantages that independent and local businesses bring to

the Aledo community. Although we have been excited about the highway construction we have also been concerned about its impact on our businesses since the beginning. Aledo’s goal to build and support a sustainable economic community has become our mission now more than ever,” says Marshall. The Urban Farmers’ Market and Aledo’s “Keep it Local” campaign are sure to keep the community energized and thriving during the highway construction and well beyond it.

For more information on the “Keep it Local” campaign or the Urban Farmers’ market, please call 817-441-7016 or visit the website at You may also email inquiries to lori.wedgeworth@

Parker County Master Gardeners

on hand to offer local growing tips!

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[ strengthened rather than compromised by the strenuous lifestyle of a dedicated officer of the church.

Cemetery, then the ultimate goal of the Talking Tombstones Tour has been achieved.” TALKING TOMBSTONES TOUR 2013 Theme: Early Day Men of the Cloth Saturday, October 19, 2013 Old City Greenwood Cemetery 300 Front Street Weatherford Tickets available at the front gate of the cemetery on the day of the event Adult $10.00 10 years and older Youth 5 years to 9 years $5.00



Celebrating their 10th Anniversary!!! For the past nine years, visitors from around the state of Texas have traveled to Weatherford to meet the “Silent Citizens” of Old City Greenwood Cemetery at the annual Talking Tombstones Tour. On October 19, docents will once again guide visitors through the cemetery from one site to another. They will be greeted by periodattired presenters who will share the life stories of “departed” residents of Weatherford who impacted the history of this area during the 1800’s. Included on the 10th anniversary tour will be: 1. Duncan Alexander, a local educator, who will portray Reverend Reuben A. Eddleman, a Methodist circuit rider who pastored the C.M.E. church during the War Between the States. 2. Reverend Van N. Houser, Senior Pastor of North Side Baptist Church, will portray Reverend William Gaston Parsons, a 36 year-old Cumberland Presbyterian pastor who was mistaken for a wild turkey, was shot and killed.

3. Pastor B. Gee Pearson will portray Reverend Henry Day Bantau, an editor of Disciples of Christ periodicals and an educator who organized Add-Ran College in Thorpe Springs, Texas.

6. Dr. Randolph Coney, Retired, will portray Reverend Father Patrick F. Brannan, a 14 year-old Confederate drummer boy-poet who became a lawyer, a Mayor of Weatherford and a Catholic priest. Volunteers for the 10th Anniversary tour include Linda Bagwell, Larry Bartoli, Kathleen Baker, Jean Bennett, Gwendolyn Dowdy-Nash, Dale Fleeger, Andra Franks, Ron Gaskill, Carolyn Glenn, Kaye Huse, Jacquie King, Kathy Mosby, Karen Nantz, Barbara Osborne, Lana Robinson, David Smith and Janice Smith.

4. Reverend Dave Goodrich, Pastor of Poolville United Methodist Church, will portray Pastor Charley Witte Byron, “The Clown Preacher” who wrote the song “Diamonds in the Rough” which describes his experience when he found salvation in Hell’s Half Acre in Fort Worth. 5. Reverend John Thielepape, Director of Missions for the Parker County Baptist Association, will portray Reverend Thomas W. Hines, an itinerant preacher whose consumptive lungs were

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Tour Coordinator, Jonelle Ryan Bartoli, expressed her gratitude to the Parker County Heritage Society and the Weatherford Parks and Recreation Department for their continuing cooperative efforts toward the maintenance of Old City Greenwood Cemetery. “Weatherford is so fortunate to have citizens today who recognize the importance of preserving the historical pieces of stone memorial art found in Old City Greenwood Cemetery.” Mrs. Bartoli continued, “If a visitor exits the cemetery affected by the life-story of a ‘Silent Citizen’ or the ambiance of Old City Greenwood

First tour begins 1:00 p.m. Last tour begins 3:00 p.m. Tours begin approximately every 15 minutes. Each tour is approximately 75 minutes in length. Wear comfortable shoes. No baby strollers allowed. No on-site restrooms. Tour is not recommended for very small children or those visitors who require assistance with walking. Proceeds from the tour are dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of Old City Greenwood Cemetery, a Texas Historic Commission recognized Texas Historic Cemetery. The Talking Tombstones Tour is sponsored by the Parker County Heritage Society

Parks ALEDO Bearcat Park Howards Way Park

Branded YO In the Hill Country of Texas, on a part locals call the Divide Capt. Charles Schreiner built a ranch and branded the Longhorns hide

A great ranch was created And the legend began to grow For over a hundred years the Longhorn cattle have been branded YO

He bought a herd in Gonzales County and slowly trailed’em West established the ranch on rugged land and now he faced the test

Through the good years and the lean times the YO still survives With a mix of hard work, sweat, blood, determination and a continuin’ pioneer drive

The test between man and nature a test all ranchers know Droughts and floods, snow and ice and times when inflation was the only thing that would grow

If you’re ever at the ranch when the West suns settin’ low you can almost hear the ol’ ranch sounds from a hundred years ago

He drove Longhorn cattle up the trail to railheads goin’ East providin’ work for lots a Cowboys and meat for city peoples feast A lotta good cowboys worked for Capt. Schreiner they were the ranches strong right hand they never shirked the hard work days and knew what it meant to ride for the Brand

The sounds of ‘hosses’ and cowboys come to life and you hear the Longhorns bawl all around, the sounds of history and from horse back Capt. Schreiner oversees it all Well they no longer drive’em up the trail like they did so long ago But they still raise and work Longhorn cattle and they’re still branded YO

Triangular Park in the Downtown Business District Mockingbird Lane Park property.


Canyon West Golf Club 160 Canyon West Dr. 817-596-4654 The award-winning Par 72 golf course that winds through 6,653 yards of the roaming foothills of Parker County.

EAST PARKER COUNTY Bearcat Park 151 FM 5 South Aledo, TX 76008

Crown Valley Golf Club 1204 Mikus Rd 817-441-2222

Cross Timbers Park 105 West Stagecoach Trail Willow Park, TX 76087

The 6659 yard, par 70 layout includes the banks of the Brazos River

Paul Balint Jr. Memorial Park 516 Ranch House Road Willow Park, TX 76087 Meditation Garden Off of Ranch House Road Willow Park, TX 76087

SPRINGTOWN Springtown Park 201 South Avenue A

WEATHERFORD Chandor Gardens 711 W Lee Ave. 817-613-1700 Clark Gardens 567 Maddux Rd 940-682-4856 Cartwright Park 100 Cartwright Park Road Cherry Park 300 S. Alamo Holland Lake Park 1419 Holland Lake Road Love Street Park 309 Love Street Lake Weatherford Marina 210 West Lake Drive Marshall Park 115 East Fifth Street McGratton Park 645 North Main Street Miller Park 1501 Ball Street Soldier Spring Park 200 Thrush Street Town Creek Hike & Bike Trail Trail Head Locations: Holland Lake Park, Weatherford Police Dept., First Monday Trade Days

Horseshoe Bend Country Club – Semi Private 305 Lipan Trail 817-594-6454 Live Oak Country Club Semi Private 1734 Bethel Rd Sugar Tree Golf Course 7510 FM 1189 Dennis, TX 76087 (817) 596-0020

ALEDO Lost Creek Golf Club 4101 Lost Creek Blvd (817) 244-3312 Split Rail Golf Club 2151 Old Annetta Road 817-441-4653

WILLOW PARK Squaw Creek Golf Club 1605 Ranch House Road 817-441-8185 Weatherford

Disc Golf

115 E. Lake Drive on the corner of Mikus Road and East Lake Drive at Lake Weatherford. index.aspx?NID=181

Vine Street Park 700 West Vine Street Cherry Park Pool Hours CLOSED FOR THE SEASON Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway Trail Head at Cartwright Park. Total Distance 20 miles

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Theatre of the Square presents a spine tingling thriller!

The Bad Seed October 18-November 3, 2013 Written by Maxwell Anderson, from William March’s novel Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Theatre Off the Square opened its Fall Mini Season with the popular play “Bus Stop” and continues its tradition of quality theatre with their second offering, “The Bad Seed”. Set in a small Southern town, Maxwell Anderson’s play, based on the William March novel, is the story of eight year old Rhonda Penmark and her parents Kenneth and Christine. On the surface, little Rhonda is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, and admired by all her elders. But those who know her more intimately suspect there is something ugly beneath all the surface charm; her peers can’t stand her, her teachers see a disturbing lack of feeling or sensitivity in her, and her parents, who dote on her, wonder if she’s capable of love, affection, remorse, or any of the characteristics that make us human. When one of Rhonda’s schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark is alarmed, for the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhonda felt she deserved. This edge of the seat story, starring Sierra Cherryhomes , a budding young actress from Weatherford, as Rhonda, was written by March in 1954 but has lost none of its vibrancy through the passage of time, and holds itself in the lead of creeping, stealthy thrillers that will curl your toes and straighten your hair!

The entire Addams Family will make an appearance and perform their theme song!

Come join the fun and support your local theatre at Theatre Off the Square’s Halloween Bash! Thursday, October 31st, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 114 N. Denton (the theatre) Silent Auction Contests: Best Costume/mask/ face painting – Win two 2014 season tickets Karaoke contest – win two 2014 season tickets Pumpkin Carving Contest Bring your pumpkin pre-carved – Best pumpkin wins $50 and 2 tickets to “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” in December

Visit their website, for more information and for tickets to any event

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Music/Nightlife be 80 years old and he’s playing guitar to people that are absolutely spell bound.” Kevin goes on to say “I wanted to be like that when I got old, which happens to everybody eventually.” In 2003, Kevin had a set back and was diagnosed with hereditary colon cancer which sidelined him

kevin townson



classical/flamenco guitarist and composer here in the Parker County area, Kevin has performed extensively as a soloist and with his Latin-Jazz group, The Kevin Townson Band, for a variety of events throughout the DFW Metroplex for over two decades. He has released two CD’s to date featuring his unique blend of flamenco, jazz and pop sounds. Pictures from Spain (2003) and Between The Lines (2005).

In addition to his classical training, he is quite passionate about other genres of music such as Spanish flamenco music and jazz. Kevin says, “these genres of music show the full range of what the guitar is capable of achieving.” He goes on to say “Discovering music of other cultures and how that music connects with ours is something that’s very interesting and intriguing to me.” Kevin says he also likes to work on a popular tune every now and then; they’re fun to play and it keeps him in touch with what’s contemporary in our own culture. A native Texan, Kevin attended the University of North Texas in Denton where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Classical guitar performance. Kevin says “going to UNT was such a wonderful experience. Just hanging out with musicians of that caliber and from all over the world was amazing.”

Kevin has been teaching guitar since the mid 1980’s and is presently Director of The Childbloom Guitar Program here in Parker County, which introduces music through the guitar to young people 5-12 years of age. He has been teaching this method since 1995, including the past 12 years here in Parker County. Kevin says “I really love teaching this method. It’s so wonderful to see the kid’s eyes just light up when they learn something they thought was not attainable. It’s such a fun way to communicate with young people and hopefully inspire them to greater goals.” Kevin is also an adjunct faculty member at Tarleton State where he teaches Classical and Jazz guitar.

for a few years but this year has been diagnosed as cancer free. He states, “It was such a rough portion of my life struggling everyday with this disease, to overcome it and be released from the doctor this year was a massive weight lifted off of my shoulders.” Since marrying his wife Kimla in 2008 he has taken on a new, deeper responsibility. Kimla was a sponsor for a family of refugees

from Africa, the Hassani family. Kevin tells me, “they have been a joy to mentor and nurture as well as guide them through the problems of acclimating to our culture.” Since he and his wife do not have children, they involve themselves heavily in those kids lives, along with all of his Childbloom guitar students. Kevin says he hopes to continue teaching, guiding, and inspiring young guitarists to reach their full potential both as musicians and individuals. He’s also looking forward to growing and discovering new and interesting ways of writing, and finally to recording a new CD. You can listen to Kevin this month at the following venues. Octocber 4th - 7pm to 11pm Barking Rocks Winery Duo Kevin Townson and Mike Brittain October 6th - 1pm to 4pm Red Caboose Winery October 20th Childbloom Bella Corda Group - Chandor Gardens

Inspiration for playing the guitar came as a teenager, when he saw a TV program featuring the great classical guitarist Andrea Segovia playing a concert at the White House in the late 1970’s. He says “I was just blown away at the fact that this guy must

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Cutting Horse Bar and Grill 2132 Tin Top Rd, Suite 100, Weatherford | 817-599-8667

Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S. Ranch House Road Willow Park | 817-441-2525

FIRE OAK GRILL On the Square | Weatherford 114 Austin Ave, 817-598-0400

Light Catcher Winery 6925 Confederate Park Road Fort Worth | 817-237-2626

st Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 9:00 pm Maurice Davis Band

Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 5:30 pm Tori Martin 6:00 pm Whiskey River Ramblers 8:00 pm Phil Hamilton


rd Fire Oak Grill 6:30 pm Bodie Powell,/ Kyle Redd


th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 7:30 Cody Robbins Band

Tommy Alverson’s Family Gathering 1550 Old Millsap Hwy – Mineral Wells 3:00 pm Tommy Alverson & 8 bands


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9:00 pm Zach Seth Band Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 7:00 pm Casey Thompson Band


th Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 9:00 pm - Maurice Davis Band


th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ - 8:00 pm Steve Helms Band Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9:00 pm Darrin Kobetich


th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ - 7:30 pm Sand Dollar Rodeo

th Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 12:00 - Mike Stanley Band 8:00 - Running Ragged


Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 8:00 pm Shane Mallory


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th Lightcatcher Winery Jazz Sunday’s - The Brehms th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 7:00 pm Steve Helms Band

th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ - 8:00 pm Gary Kyle & The No Standards Band


th Lightcatcher Winery Jazz Sunday’s - String

nd Cutting Horse Bar & Grill - 9:00 pm Maurice Davis Band Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 9:00 pm American Aquarium


th 2 Outlaws - Weatherford 609 N Main St 817-594-5449 - 6:00 pm Cactus Jack & his band of Outlaws

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9:00 pm Rags O’Holligan


th Brazos Lounge - Mineral Wells 8:00 pm Barefoot Dixie

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Howell’s Western Cafe No designer burgers here, just classic country cooking like grandma used to make!



hat’s the philosophy behind the success of Howell’s Western Cafe. Originally opened in Azle around 1960 by Claude and Dorothy Howell, the country style restaurant made its permanent home in Springtown in 1962 where it has been going strong since. Today, the restaurant is run by Shirley Fletcher and Harold Buffington, daughter and grandson of Claude and Dorothy. Shirley remembers eating fried chicken at the original Azle location when she was a small child. “The fried chicken was made using a cast iron skillet and was the best I’ve ever eaten” says Shirley. She keeps that tradition alive and makes most everything with the same time honored recipes used by her parents. Dorothy Howell willed the restaurant to her daughter because, Shirley says, “she knew I would keep it running and she also wanted her grandson to get involved with the Cafe.” Today, Harold is enjoying the legacy left to him by his grandmother and working with his mother to continue Howells tradition of what one diner described as “nothing pretentious, just good food and friendly people”. Howells menu focuses on favorites such as enchiladas, pan fried steaks, chicken fried

steaks, cheese burgers and, of course, breakfast items, including homemade biscuits and gravy. In fact, most everything at Howell’s Western Cafe is made from scratch,

food their regulars will order each day they almost always know exactly what they want to drink. “We’ll see them coming through the door and have their drink order at the table before they sit down!” says the owner. When asked how Cafe culture has changed over the years Shirley admits that the “fast food” revolution has changed the eating habits of much of the population. “Some people are just looking for fast and quick these days. Older people remember when you knew that whatever you got was going to be good because restaurants cared about quality.” Howells has managed to hold its own in an increasingly difficult industry for over fifty years by sticking with their original philosophy of good food prepared well, and lots of it! Howells is open seven days a week and for four of those days it is open a staggering twenty-four hours! Shirley says overnight patrons differ in that they are mostly late night shift workers, truck drivers or travelers, whereas daytime customers tend to consist of more area townspeople. But no matter what the time of day, you will be greeted with a good meal and

a friendly smile at this Springtown treasure. The owners would like to thank all of their customers and employees who have been loyal to Howells all these years. “Unless the building falls down around us, we intend to keep going!” … parting words from a woman who truly understands the necessity for a good dose of “comfort food” when you really need it. Howell’s Western Cafe 817-220-7915 401 Hwy 199W | Springtown Hours: Monday and Tuesday - 6a.m. to 10p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday - 24 hours Sunday - Open till 10p.m.

including their hand cut french fries and onion rings. Some regular customers of the Cafe have been coming for more than thirty years to enjoy the food, drink coffee, and socialize. Shirley admits that even though the staff might not guess what

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Dining Restaurants and Bars Parker County

Maria Bonita 100 S. Front St. (817) 441-1652

Crave Frozen Yogurt 200 S Oakridge Dr. (817) 598-9090

Don Jose’s Mexican Cuisine 104 S. Main St. (817) 523-7501

ALEDO Agape Coffee Haus and Bookstore 108 Jearl St (817) 441-7770

The Bearcat 421 FM 1187 N (817) 441-8981

Golden Chick 2813 Fort Worth Hwy (817) 599-6646

El Cerrito 407 Old Springtown Road (817) 523-7278


Aledo Diner 205 N. Front St. (817) 441-9753

Brock Junction 7458 W I-20 (817) 594-6626

R & K Cafe 3311 Fort Worth Hwy (817) 594-7701

Howell’s Western Cafe 401 W Highway 199 (817) 220-7915


Aledo Doughnuts 701 FM 1187 N (817) 441-0011

Brazos River Catfish Café’ 10771 W I-20 (817) 596-2994 Brazosrivercatfishcafe. com

Shinola’s Texas Cafe 301 Martin Ave (817) 523-0010

Aledo Taqueria 100 FM 1187 (817) 441---7940 Chuck Wagon Store & Cafe 613 S Fm 1187 (817) 441-2072 Garden of Eat’n at Agape 108 Jeral St. (817) 441-7770 Joe’s Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant 311 S Fm 1187 Ste 200 (817) 441-2960

Mikey’s 2100 Fm 1189 (817) 598-9074


A & G Bar & Grill 600 E Highway 199 (817) 523-4111

Woody Creek Bar B Q 205 N Avenue A (817) 220-2008

B & B Burgers 101 E. 1st St. (817) 523-7520


Candlelight Drive-In 638 N. Main St, (817) 523-4182

Alvin ORD’s Sandwich Shop 914 S Main St (817) 599-5211

Chicken Express 502 E Highway 199 (817) 523-0009

Antonio’s Mexicana Restaurant 1900 Santa Fe Dr. 817-594-6183

Chinese Express 332 E Highway 199 (817) 523-5225

Applebee’s 208 W Interstate 20 (817) 599-3188


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Dining Baker’s Ribs Inc 1921 S Main St (817) 599-4229

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant 809 S Main St (817) 599-4400

Pizza Place The 1218 S Main St (817) 594-0591

Bangkok Thai Cuisine & Sushi Bar 314 South Main Street 817-594-7012

Golden Moon Restaurant 1410 S Main St (817) 594-1692

Polo’s Mexican Cafe 6239 Fm 920 (817) 594-3732

Grannys Kitchen 1802 Santa Fe Dr (817) 598-9025

Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant 304 S Main St (817) 594-0361

Joe’s Pasta & Pizza 1115 Fort Worth Hwy Ste 400 (817) 341-2200

Rosa’s Cafe 28 1920 Martin Dr (817) 599-5335

Kincaid’s 220 Adams Dr Ste 290 (817) 594-7773

Sake Japanese Steakhouse 114 College Park Dr (817) 598-5955

Blind Horse Saloon 1886 Mineral Wells Hwy (817) 599-6501 Buffalo Wild Wings 320 Adams Dr (817) 598-0432 Buffet City 106 College Park Dr (817) 599-5568 Chick-Fil-A 2525 S Main St (817) 594-3001

LA Playa Maya 1445 Fort Worth Hwy (817) 613-8686

Marys Brazos Cafe 5090 Tin Top Rd (817) 594-0203

Chicken Express 1711 Bethel Rd (817) 598-1555 Chili’s 128 E Interstate 20 (817) 594-1661 China Harbor 1810 Main St. (817) 598-0061 Copper Creek Fine Texas Dining 216 W Interstate 20 (817) 599-3977 Cotton Patch Cafe 1964 S Main St (817) 599-0706 Cracker Barrel 132 E Interstate 20 (817) 598-9070 Crave Frozen Yogurt 1302 S Main St (817) 594-9091


Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 2132 Tin Top Rd Ste 100 (817) 599-8667 Downtown Cafe 101 W Church St (817) 594-8717

Mcalisters Deli 215 Adams Dr Ste 209 (817) 594-3314 Montana Restaurant 1910 S Main St (817) 341-3444 Nizza Pizza Pasta & Subs 1016 S Main St (817) 594-9090

Wanda’s By Jr 1503 Fort Worth Hwy (817) 599-7421 Which Wich 220 Adams Dr Ste 230 (817) 598-0200 Whistle Hill Cafe 104 S Walnut St (817) 599-4311

Logan’s Roadhouse 325 E Interstate 20 (817) 594-5455 Malt Shop 2028 Fort Worth Hwy (817) 594-2524

Tokyo Seafood & Steakhouse 126 E I-ww20 Ste 100 (817) 596-2871

Short Chef Creations 136 College Park Drive 817-594-7000

Wild Mushroom 1917 Martin Dr (817) 599-4935 Yesterday’s 201 N Main St (817) 599-3903

Skinny’s Hamburgers 504 Palo Pinto St (817) 594-3101

Yogurt Story 325 Adams Dr Ste 315

Starbucks Coffee Company 2010 S Main St (817) 341-2547


Sunny Street Cafe 1314 S. Main Street (817) 594-2210

Busy Berri Yogurt Shop 108 S Ranch House Rd (817) 441-1100 Chicken Express 101 Ranch House Rd (817) 441-7177

Ohana Japanese Steak House 126 E Interstate 20 (817) 596-2871

The Shed Texas Kitchen and Bakery 4019 Fort Worth Hwy. (817) 594-5533

Olive Garden 315 E Interstate 20 (817) 599-4207

The Tamale Kid 204 Dennis Rd (817) 341-8543

Milanos Pizza & Pasta 119 S Ranch House Rd Ste 900 (817) 441-6737

On The Border 114 Interstate 20 East (817) 594-2174

Tin Top Cafe 7974 Bethel Rd (817) 598-1222

Railhead Smokehouse Barbeque 120 S Ranch House Rd (817) 441-2525

Fish Creek 4899 E I-20 Service Rd N (817) 441-1746

Outlaw BBQ 3101 Ranger Hwy Unit B (817) 599-3520 Pastafina 807 S Main St (817) 599-5861 Peaster Grocery & Grill 6231 Fm 920 (817) 341-4326

Fire Oak Grill 114 Austin Ave (817) 598-0400 Fuzzy Taco Shop 1217 S Main St (817) 613-8226

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4th Issue for Parker County Texas, your hometown source for arts, theater, movies, music and night life, dining, lodging and more. Aledo, H...

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