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Aledo | Hudson Oaks | Springtown | Weatherford | Willow Park Issue 5 | November 2013

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BAKERS RIBS Award Winning BBQ and Oh My, the Pies!

The Railhead presents:

Country music’s award winning Randy Brown!

13th Annual Christmas Tyme in Aledo and 36th Annual Arts and Craft Fair

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December 7th - NOON - 5PM

FREE event hosted in beautiful downtown Weatherford. Live Entertainment & Activities!

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Old Town!

12:00 to 7:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. www.hollowhilleventcenter.com Hollow Hill Farm Event Center.

Art:

Geri Lowry Page 6

Theater:

Granbury Opera House Page 21

Music:

The Randy Brown Show Page 22

Dining: Bakers Ribs Page 24

Artist and Author, Geri Lowry says: “Listen to what’s tugging at your heart right now, and reach out and grab it!” .

A 127 year old legend reopens with a Grand Gala!

The Railhead presents country music’s award winning Randy Brown!

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Movies

Movie listings for City Lights Theater in Weatherford.

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Art

Geri Lowry Artist and Author. Local gallery / museum listings.

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Shopping

Shopping opportunities all over Parker County!

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Lodging

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

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Life in Parker County Photos by Wyatt Nantz

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

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Aledo Fall Festival photos

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Activities

Aledo Christmas Tyme and Annual Arts and Craft Fair. Plus a local listing of parks, and golf courses.

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Theater

Texas Opry Theatre and TOTS, Theater off the Square Events. Plus the Granbury Opera House reopening.

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Parker County

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Calendar of Events Parker County

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Music & Nightlife

Railhead presents Randy Brown, Listings of Live Music at Local Venues!

Dining

Bakers Ribs, local dining listings . . . .

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Cover Photo: City of Aledo East Parker County

Down home Texas BBQ and scrumptious fried pies!

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Don’t miss the 13th Annual Christmas Tyme in Aledo and the 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Event on December 7th.

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Welcome to My Hometowns Texas

Cultural & Entertainment Magazine of Parker Countiy

Just yesterday, I came across a quote that seems to sum up my thoughts as another Thanksgiving is just around the corner. “Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love.” As leaves turn to vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow and the end of another year approaches, November always seems to be the perfect month to reflect on all we are thankful for. Family, friends, lifestyle and everything that makes being in a smaller community worthwhile are sometimes taken for granted the rest of the year, as we bustle along, going about the business of daily life. So, it’s appropriate to say “thank you” to all the folks who work so hard to make Parker County, and the surrounding areas, the unique, diverse and friendly

places to live in that we have come to appreciate so much. In this edition of “My Hometowns Texas Cultural and Entertainment Magazine”, we feature just a few of the many artists contributing their talents to make our nights special and our days interesting. Country singer/songwriter Randy Brown lights up the nights entertaining us with his unique brand of down home music, while artist and author Geri Lowry shares her enthusiasm for seizing the day and following your dreams at any age. Aledo celebrates friends and family this holiday season with a day-long festival at their 13th Annual Christmas Tyme in Aledo and 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. And, dreams turn into reality, as The Granbury Opera House holds its grand re-opening Gala and brings live theatre back as a holiday

gift to the community. As any resident of Parker County can attest to – you might come to this part of Texas because you like the hometown atmosphere and charm but you

will stay because of the warm and welcoming citizens… all that said, what’s not to love? Happy Thanksgiving Parker County!

Jim Galley Jim@myhometownstexas.com

Art Department: Denise Zitzevancih denise@myhometownstexas.com

Publisher: Joe Adams

Contributing Photographer: Wyatt A. Nantz

joe@myhometownstexas.com

Sales: Kathy Cheek kathy@myhometownstexas.com

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

Amy Smith amy@myhometownstexas.com

To list your business or event, email us at: events@myhometownstexas.com

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Movies movies

1000 Cinema Drive Hudson Oaks (817) 341-3232 www.citylightstheatres.com

scan for the latest movie information:

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TOP MOVIES THIS MONTH Thor: The Dark World The Book Thief The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Ender’s Game Las Vegas Free Birds About Time The Delivery Man

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Art little rat in their own image. “The Rats of Grandville” is on its second printing, and her second book, “Watertown Rats” is due out in December, 2013.

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Glass artist, Anne Simms, spurred Geri on to her next adventure by providing the guidance and expertise necessary to build her first art glass tower. Geri’s towers were a real hit at the Autumn Art Walk, held this past October, at Chandor Gardens in Weatherford. The artist sold out of her beautiful and unique pieces during the festival and, as a result, her towers hold court in gardens throughout Texas.

Geri Lowry Artist and Author

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eri Lowry credits her experience as a wife, mother, Girl Scout leader, accomplished sailor, professional seamstress, shopping mall manager and leasing agent along with her thirty-year career in commercial real estate for the “substance” of her writings and the basis of her many adventures in life. She began serious writing in high school and her passion for telling stories continued into college, where she wrote news and feature articles for her college newspaper and following that wrote a weekly column in the city’s community newspaper.

Marriage, family, and several careers took priority until retirement, when she returned to her passion for writing stories. “I love to make people laugh and have fun with what they read,” she says, and her stories confirm this.

and reach out and grab it!” The ladies are in constant demand as guest speakers for various groups and are planning to hold workshops in the near future to encourage other people to follow their dreams. Geri’s life philosophy can be summed up by the opening question she poses to her audience… “What’s the worst that can happen?” And the answer just might be you’ll experience the adventure of your life! To find out more, contact Geri. Lowry@icloud.com

Cynthia James, another glass artist and owner of Artefactz on the Square in Granbury has joined Geri in her latest adventure. Recognizing they had a message to share, they decided to inspire others to follow their passion. “And Speaking of Empowerment...!” is a program they created for groups looking for a unique motivational presentation that lifts its listeners off their seats with a very clear message: “Listen to what’s tugging at your heart right now,

Geri claims, “Things evolve from one adventure to the next. For me, it started with knitting, and I simply had to write about the incredible enjoyment I was having with newfound friends.” Her first published book, “The Rats of Grandville” came out in 2012, and is the first in a Trilogy about a group of women who gather to knit but unexpectedly find themselves making a furry

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Art

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

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

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

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

National Vietnam War Museum 12685 Mineral Wells Highway Weatherford 940-325-4003 nationalvnwarmuseum.org

Springtown Legends Museum 839 N. Main Street Springtown 817-523-5939

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Galleries and museums

From the Folk Art Nativities Exhibit Musuem of the Americas

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East Parker County

SHOPPING

Aledo Treatment Project Wins Texas Muncipal League Honor

Congratulations to the project team for the Aledo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, which was honored in October by the Texas Muncipal League. The project won the 2013 Municipal Excellence Award in the category of Public Works, Cities Under 25,000.

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Pictured: Aledo officials with their award at the Texas Municipal League annual conference in Austin: Ken Pfeifer, City Administrator; Kit Marshall, Mayor; Deana McMullen, City Secretary; Gordon Smith, Public Works Director; Robert McGee, Freese and Nichols Client Rep

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The project expanded Aledo’s wastewater treatment plant under challenging site conditions — a flood plain on one side and a steep bluff beneath an affluent neighborhood on the other — and finished on time and $600,000 under budget. It is also the first treatment plant in Texas to use a microwave-powered ultraviolet disinfection system.

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SHOPPING

Springtown shops and businesses

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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 10. Mystic Vapors

Springtown, Texas


SHOPPING

Where country beings


Shopping - Weatherford Antique & Specialty Shops Fall Open House

Downtown Merchants Association

Nov. 7th 5:00 - 8:00 pm

SHOPPING

Back to Yesterday - Visit us on Facebook!

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PARKER County picture perfect!

Photos by: Wyatt A. Nantz

October around Weatherford, the wind is out of the North....

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CALENDAR

A place to have fun

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EVENTS

Open everyday!

Every Friday

Chandor Gardens 711 W. Lee Avenue, Weatherford Monday – Friday 9 – 5 PM Saturday 9 – 3 PM & Sunday 12 – 4 PM

Every Saturday & Sunday

Weatherford Farmers Market 213 and 217 Fort Worth Street Mondays - Sundays, 8 AM - 6:15 PM

Clark Botanical Gardens 567 Maddux Rd., Weatherford Monday – Saturday 7:30 am – 6 pm Sunday 10 am – 5 pm 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 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 THURSDAY’S Fresh Gulf and Blue Points, raw and grilled oysters and dinner 5:30 - 8:30 6925 Confederate Park Rd. 817-237-2626

East Parker County Library Storytime for 2-5 yr olds 201 FM 1187 North, Aledo 10:30 am Lucky’s Landing MX 11031 W IH20 Millsap luckyslandingmx.com

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st Pecan Valley Centers’ 3rd Annual Golf Tournament. Canyon West Golf Course 8:30 am-1 pm 817-579-4435 Doss Heritage Cultural Center 10 year Celebration of Hope 6:30 - 8:30 pm 817-594-0266 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 8 pm Hulagan/Hula Haze Acoustic 1st through Dec. 21st Museum of the Americas 216 Fort Worth Hwy. Weatherford Folk Art Nativities of the Americas 1st – 2nd Day of the Dead CelebrationSassy Gals Antiques 121 Dallas Ave, Weatherford 10 am-5 pm

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st - 3rd Weatherford 1st Monday Trade’s Day 9-4 pm Corner of Santa Fe & Hwy 180, Weatherford

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nd Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm - Petsmart Weatherford

Creative Keepsakes Art & Craft Fair 1306 Peaster Hwy., Weatherford 9 am – 4 pm 817-304-3378 Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 8 pm Marley Prase Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9 pm The March Divide

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rd 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 Royal Rhythmaires 6925 FM 1886 817-237-2626

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Nov. 4th – Dec. 4th

Annual Fantasy Forest Christmas Tree Decorating Weatherford City Hall - 817-598-4124 Vote for your favorite tree!

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h Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park Randy Brown and Jody Booth

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th Copper Creek Weatherford 7 pm Acoustic Music Show 216 Interstate 20 W. 817-599-3977 Main Street’s Electric Parade – Aledo

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Fall Open House - Weatherford Downtown Merchants Association | 5:00 - 8:00 pm

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th Second Annual Western Art Show and Sale Doss Heritage and Culture Center The event includes dinner from Copper Creek Restaurant and will feature Red Steagall as host | 6-11 pm 817-599-6168 | www.dosscenter.org Shop Local Luncheon “Keep It Home for the Holidays” Sheriff’s Posse Event facility 11 - 1pm Box Lunch and shopping Outlaw Bar B Que 7 pm Mike Calaway

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th Belk Charity Sale 6 – 10 am 205 Adams Dr., Weatherford

CDA Craft Fair - 4th Annual 1802 Bethel Rd., Weatherford 9 am-3 pm 817-596-9585 Veteran’s Day Parade, Weatherford 9:45 am Starts at the 9th Grade Center on S. Main Street, going North on Main Street. Texas Opry Theater 319 York Ave, Weatherford 3 - 6 pm Tribute to Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton by Rhonda Medina Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9 pm Chris Edwards Trinity Christian Academy Gift & Craft Market 10 am – 4 pm 817-732-5815 4954 E. I-20 Service Road South, Willow Park www.myhometownstexas.com


NOVEMBER PARKER COUNTY Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm Petsmart Weatherford

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

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th Schricks Liquors Fire Oak Grill Winemaker Dinner, 5 Couse meal with McPherson Cellars Winemaker- Kim McPherson TO MAKE RESERVATIONS CALL FIRE OAK AT 817-598-0400

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th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 8 pm The Dirty Pesos Randy Brown and Tom McElvain

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th Copper Creek Weatherford 7 pm Acoustic Music Show 216 Interstate 20 W. 817-599-3977

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Home for the Holidays Parker County Extension Assoc. 10 am – 1:30 pm 817-598-6168 Couts United Methodist Church 802 N Elm Street Fire Oak Grill 6:30 pm Van Darien

th Squaw Creek Golf Club 1605 Ranch House Rd., Willow Park - Couples 9-Hole Play Day 5 – 7:15 pm Lightcatcher Winery – Fort Worth 4-7 pm Jazz Sunday – Aurora Bleu 6925 FM 1886 817-237-2626

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th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park Randy Brown and BlackTop Gypsy

NCHA World Championship Futurity 8 am – 9 pm 817-244-6188 Will Rogers Memorial Complex 3400 Lancaster Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76107

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Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 8 pm Charla Corn Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm Petsmart Weatherford

Copper Creek Weatherford 7 pm Acoustic Music Show 216 Interstate 20 W. 817-599-3977

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Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 8 pm Gary Kyle & The No Standards Band

Santa Fest at Belk -- Weatherford 12 – 5 pm 817-594-2295 205 Adams Drive

th Squaw Creek Golf Club 1605 Ranch House Rd., Willow Park Senior 2-person partnership 11:30 am - 1 pm

Nov. 21st - Dec. 14th

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

Texas Opry Theater 319 York Ave, Weatherford 3 - 6 pm Ernest Tubb Tribute Show

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th Copper Creek Weatherford 7 pm Acoustic Music Show 216 Interstate 20 W. 817-599-3977

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

th Aledo 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Trot 5K and 1-mile run 1 mile starts at 8:00 am and 5K starts at 8:30 am. aledothanksgivingtrot.com

th Cutting Horse Bar & Grill – Weatherford 8 pm Adam Hood

th Home for the Holidays Gift & Craft Fair 9 am – 3 pm 817-304-2754 First Baptist Church of Weatherford 306 Palo Pinto

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nd Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 7:30 pm Steve Helms Band Weatherford College Annual Coyote Chase Race 5K and 1-mile run 1 mile starts at 9:00 am and 5K starts at 9:30 am. Contact Brent Baker: 817-598-6275. rd Coyote Chase Race -Weatherford 5K and 1-mile run. Fundraiser for Weatherford College Foundation 6:30 am – 12 pm 817-598-6275 225 College Park Drive

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Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm Petsmart Weatherford Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 7:30 pm Scott Lyle Band

th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 7 pm Aaron Sandoval Band

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th Celebration of Christmas Lights - Parker County Courthouse Square 5 – 10 pm - 817-598-6166 Outdoor ceremony begins at 7 pm Clark Gardens Holiday Festival 5 – 9 pm 940-682-4856 Santa, Stroll through light display, live reindeer, Entertainment, hayride, snow to throw Parker Paws Pet Adoption 11-2 pm Petsmart Weatherford Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 120 S Ranch House Rd Willow Park 7:30 - Danny Wood Band

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 7th - Holiday Parade 7th – Christmas on the Square 7th – Santa Claus coming to Old Town 7th – Christmas Tyme in Aledo 14th – 32nd Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes 14th - City of Springtown Christmas on the Square

Fall Festival -- Weatherford The Doss Heritage and Culture Center 1:30 – 3:30 pm 817-599-6168 1400 Texas Drive www.myhometownstexas.com

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PARKER County picture perfect! City of Aledo’s Fall Festival!

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Angels Nest

Bed & Breakfast

Lodging

1105 Palo Pinto St. Weatherford 817-596-8295 angels-nest.com

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

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

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 www.bestwestern.com Econo Lodge 2207 Old Dennis Road 817-599-3705 Econolodge.com Fairfield Inn & Suites 175 Alford Drive 817-599-4040 Marriott.com Hampton Inn 2524 S. Main St. 817-599-4800 PET FRIENDLY Hamptoninn1.hilton.com Heritage Inn 1927 Sante Fe Drive 817-594-7401 Bestwesterntexas.com

1915 Wall Street Just off Adams Street 817-594-448 PET FRIENDLY www.lq.com 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 www.angels-nest.com

Mama’s Wish 414 W. Lee Ave. 817-757-7111 www.mamas-wish.com

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 Sleepandgo.com

The Getaway Cabins 2859 Thompson Road 817-596-3528 www.thegetawaycabins.com

Sleep Inn & Suites 119 Wall Street 817-594-9699 SleepInn.com

The Texas Star Ranch & Retreat 5950 FM 920 817-613-1949 www.thetexasstar.com

Super Value Inn 111 West I-20 817-594-8702 www.myhometownstexas.com

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 www.oakcreekrvpark.com Weatherford KOA 2205 Tin Top Road 817-594-8801

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

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

Super 8 Motel 720 Adams Drive 817-598-0852 Super8.com

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

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

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

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LODGING

WEATHERFORD HOTEL/MOTEL


Activities

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13th Annual Christmas Tyme in Aledo and 36th Annual Arts and Craft Fair

come together for a day of holiday celebration! Sponsored by The City of Aledo and The Aledo Economic Development Corporation, this free event has been a truly special gift to everyone attending for 13 years and counting. For more information about the festival, or about participating as a craft/ merchant vendor or a performing artist, email lori.wedgeworth@aledo-texas. com or call 817-441-7016. 13th Annual Christmas Tyme in Aledo and 36th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair Schedule of Events:

ACTIVITIES

Arts and Crafts Fair 10a.m. – 8p.m. Aledo Community Center

Annual Holiday Event Lights Up Aledo! Aledo’s year- long celebration of 50 years of Incorporation draws to a close with a magical day-long festival in historic downtown Aledo. The 13th Annual Christmas Tyme In Aledo and the 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on December 7, 2013. This old-fashioned holiday celebration lures hundreds of people each year to the charming town of Aledo to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with specialty shopping, animated window displays,

wagon and train rides, outdoor movie, dancing, a live nativity scene, a petting zoo and even live holiday longhorns! The sound of music from choirs, live bands and Christmas carolers brings the holidays to life and fills the streets of historic downtown with the sounds of the season. Local stores offer fun and educational activities for families, where visitors will enjoy holiday ciders, hot chocolate and a variety of light refreshments at participating businesses. Visitors to the Aledo Community Center will discover unique holiday gift shopping with over 75 craft and merchant vendors at the Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. The highlight of this special day is the annual lighting of the Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa at the Aledo Community Center. A professional

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picture session will provide an opportunity to have your little ones photographed with Santa that evening. And, bring your own cameras, for lasting holiday memories with Rudolph, Frosty, Ms.

Christmas Tyme in Aledo 5p.m. – 9p.m. Historic Downtown Aledo Lighting of the Christmas Tree And Santa’s Arrival - 6p.m. Aledo Community Center

Clause, a toy soldier on stilts, or any of the other popular holiday personalities roaming throughout the festival. This highly anticipated event, originally called “Light-Up-Aledo”, began in 2002 to highlight local Aledo businesses and to expand the activities held around the lighting of the community Christmas tree. It has grown in scope and popularity over the years and continues to be a means for locals and tourists alike to www.myhometownstexas.com


Parks ALEDO Bearcat Park Howards Way Park

This ‘Ol Hat

Now this ‘ol hat was made for me by Manny Many a round up ago I guess if you counted them up It’d be thirt four year or so When it was new It was a pretty sight Now it’s old and worn like me But it fits my head jist right. Through pouring rain and bitter cold It’s kept my head real warm But jist like an old ranch house It still retains its charm Some folks may say “Have a new one made” I reply you can’t Take an ‘ol friend in to trade I’ll wear this ‘ol hat So it isn’t real clean But those of you that have had a hat That long know exactly what I mean. “Ain’t it the truth”

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

GOLF COURSES WEATHERFORD

Canyon West Golf Club 160 Canyon West Dr. 817-596-4654 Canyonwestgolf.com 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 www.lakeweatherfordmarina.com 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 Sugartreegolf.com

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

WILLOW PARK Squaw Creek Golf Club 1605 Ranch House Road 817-441-8185 Lmra.org/golf Weatherford

Disc Golf

115 E. Lake Drive on the corner of Mikus Road and East Lake Drive at Lake Weatherford. http://ci.weatherford.tx.us/ 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 www.tpwd.state.tx.us

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ACTIVITIES

Activities


Theater

BAD SEED!

THEATRE

THEATRE OFF THE SQUARE continues the second production of their Fall Mini Season, “Bad Seed”, written by Maxwell Anderson, from William March’s novel, and presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. The psychological thriller is directed by Wally Jones, with Hank Minor and Laurie Jones as Assistant Directors and Kathy Manning as Stage Manager. The final weekend runs Friday, November 1 and runs through November 3. The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their 8 year old daughter Rhoda. On the surface little Rhoda Penmark is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, and admired by all her elders. Several disturbing incidents cause Rhoda’s mother to have an uneasy feeling about her. Christine’s quiet, idyllic world is changed, as she begins to uncover secrets long buried by her subconscious and unlocks the mystery of a murder that hits a little too close to home.

Please join us for a thrilling drama like none other at TOTS. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Theatre Off The Square, the only live theatre in Weatherford, is located at 114 N. Denton St. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors (60+), students, and children under school age. Matinee tickets are $11 for all ages and no other discounts apply. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $12 at Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. Reserved seating is available and recommended by calling 817-341-8687. You can now pick your seats and purchase your tickets to any performance online! Visit their website or call 817-341-8687 www.theatreoffthesquare.org AUDITIONS for Rex’s Exes November 11, 12, & 13 NEXT UP….. ”The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” - December 6 – 22 The 2014 TOTS Season Tickets are now on sale!

Members of the cast include nine year old Sierra Cherryhomes as Rhoda, with Jordyn Mahar and Andrew Justice playing her parents. Others include Rebecca Young, Chuck Hudson, Jon R. Kruse, Holly Kiehn, Scott Campbell, Naomi Henley, Ray Shannon, Joe Ray, Paul Kiehn, and Brian Smith.

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Theater

Granbury Opera House – On a mission to warm the heart, uplift the spirit and tell worthy stories! Recently, I had the privilege of touring the soon to be completed Granbury Opera House renovation with Andrew Barrus, Creative Director of the Granbury Theatre Company. While being issued our hard hats in the office construction trailer, I noticed blueprints of building plans and quickly realized the extensive planning that went into the improvements to the Opera House, which was originally constructed in 1886. The plan included keeping the historic landmarks intimate, rustic feel, with its exposed limestone walls and pressed tin ceilings, while making it a larger state of the art theater that would meet Americans with Disabilities requirements. Many of the improvements are backstage, where rehearsal spaces, new dressing rooms, and places to build and store sets have been added to replace a Quonset hut that was torn down. After putting on the hard hats, we walked to the back of the theatre where work crews were busy cleaning rock walls, installing floors, building stairs, and doing masonry work on the building. Completion of the Granbury Opera House is in its final stages, and the construction crew is dedicated to working seven days a week to assure the black-tie

gala on December 5 and the opening of “A Christmas Carol” on December 6 will take place on schedule. As we walked through the building, Andrew pointed out where the rehearsal room was located, and showed me the new dressing rooms, elevator and storage spaces that have all been very carefully planned and constructed. The spectacular stage boasts a new orchestra pit and the building contains new lighting and a state of the art sound system. Beautifully curved staircases grace the lobby and lead to the upper three stories while a functional basement remains located under the stage. Built in 1886 The Granbury Opera House has managed to rise like a phoenix from the ashes more than once in her 127 year existence. Opera houses were once plentiful in Texas between the late 1800’s and World War I and most major towns had one, but their popularity waned in the early 20th century as movies and radio took over as the most popular forms of entertainment. After closing in 1911 and remaining dark for 64 years,

the opera house came back to life in 1975 and thrilled theatregoers from across North Texas for 20 years. In 1995 the theatre suffered a financial set-back and to avoid closing, once again, was taken over by the City of Granbury. Barrus, who started the Granbury Theatre Company in 2011, believes that there is definitely an audience for live theatre in this north Texas town. “We think the Opera House will dramatically help our tourism,” Granbury City Manager Wayne McKethan said. “We see it as a complement to the lake that will bring more people to Granbury.” Today, in Texas, opera houses are a rarity, which makes the rebirth of the Granbury Opera House a unique entertainment experience for the community and visitors alike. Once open, supporters say, the theatre will be used for a multitude of purposes including children’s theatre

and lecture series, with ballet, symphony and live concert performances possibly added down the road. The full potential of the renovated structure is just waiting to be discovered!

THE BIG EVENT

On December 5th, 2013, the Granbury Opera House will reopen at a Premiere Gala extravaganza with dignitaries from around the state in attendance. This red carpet, black tie event includes valet parking, hors d’oeuvres and champagne, with music provided by a world class string quartet and excerpts performed from Granbury Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Carol”. The evening concludes with guests entertained in VIP style in an outdoor tented area featuring dancing, music, drink and light appetizers. Tickets are $100 for the evening Gala, and may be purchased at www.granburytheatercompany.org or by calling 817-579-0952. By: Joe Adams


Music/Nightlife

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andy Brown - Making music that turns every night into a Honky-Tonk Saturday Night!

Over the years, Brown has received numerous accolades and awards including winning the Texas Music Associations Male Vocalist of the Year award in 2008. That year he was also nominated by the Association for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Live Band of the Year. In 2010 Randy was nominated as Texas Music Associations Entertainer of the Year.

of the singles from that album have been near the top of the Texas Music Chart. “My Days are Numbered” reached #28 and remained on the chart for 12 weeks while his most recent single, “Trouble Is”, sky rocketed to #6 and remained in the top 10 for 5 weeks. Randy Brown’s versatile songwriting, diverse vocal range and enthusiasm for true country music have earned him a place in the hearts of music lovers worldwide! For more information and a concert schedule go to: www. randybrownmusic.com

Brown’s latest release “High Price of Low Livin” (released in 2011) displays his wide range of musical talent and with the help of his group of “musical brothers” demonstrates offthe-charts musicianship. Two

MUSIC

Fort Worth native, Randy Brown, has been a singer, songwriter, musician and showman for over a decade and for almost six years he has been sharing his talents with those lucky enough to hear him at The Railhead in Willow Park most every Tuesday evening. The popular singer/songwriter series at The Railhead draws a great crowd each week. “It’s always fun! We have regulars that never miss a show and then there’s always new folks coming in,” says the country artist. “We start swapping

songs about 7:30 p.m. each week and have had everybody you can think of at one time or another, including legends like Gary P. Nunn to new Texas/Red Dirt guys like Johnny Cooper and Deryl Dodd.”

Randy’s passion for music began at an early age and was nurtured by a youth filled with rodeo dances, chuck wagon campfires and big dancehall nights. His earliest memories are of cowboy suits, twin fiddles and crying steel guitars at honky-tonks in Fort Worth where every Saturday night was a who’s - who of real Texas music. In fact, his live album, “Heroes, Legends, Friends, and Me” was recorded in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards and includes many songs from Randy’s influences that have been part of his arsenal for years.

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LOCAL VENUES

Cutting Horse Bar and Grill 2132 Tin Top Rd, Suite 100, Weatherford | 817-599-8667 facebook.com/CuttingHorseTX

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

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

Light Catcher Winery 6925 Confederate Park Road Fort Worth | 817-237-2626 www.lightcatcher.com/events.htm

st Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells - 8:00 pm Hulagan/Hula Haze Acoustic

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nd Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 8:00 pm - Marley Prase

th The Texas Opry Theater 8:00 pm Ernest Tubb Tribute Show Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 8:00 pm Charla Corn

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9:00 pm The March Divide

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9:00 pm Darrin Kobetich

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th Outlaw Bar B Q 7:00 pm Mike Calaway

th Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells 9:00 pm Chris Edwards th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 8:00 pm The Dirty Pesos Randy Brown Show

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th Fire Oak Grill 6:30 pm Van Darien th Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 8:00 pm Adam Hood

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

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th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ - Randy Brown and BlackTop Gypsy

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nd Railhead Smokehouse BBQ - 8:00 pm Steve Helms Band rd Railhead Smokehouse BBQ - 7:30 pm Scott Lyle Band

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th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ - 7:00 pm Steve Helms Band

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th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ - 7:00 pm Aaron Sandoval Band

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th Railhead Smokehouse BBQ 7:30 Danny Wood

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Dining Bakers Ribs

DINING

A delicious assortment of down home goodness! Walk through the door at Baker’s Ribs and the smell of wonderful BBQ welcomes you back to a time when great food, friendly people and a relaxing atmosphere were the hallmarks of a good eatery... and Baker’s Ribs is just that. Owners, DeeAnna and Brian Krier, along with their excellent staff, give patrons to this Weatherford staple a perfect family dining experience. The distinctly Texas fare, from brisket to chicken, sausage, and of course, their wonderful smoky, sweetly crusted, falloff-the bone tender ribs pair wonderfully with the distinctive dill potato salad, spicy pinto beans, perfectly seasoned slaw or any of the large variety of delicious sides available. But great barbeque is only half of the story at Baker’s Ribs. As a recent patron said, “You must try the fried pies – Oh Mama - the fried pies - better than my Nanny made!” And that seems to be the general consensus of all who have had the opportunity to indulge in the yummy goodness of these pies made fresh daily. Cherry, apple, peach, blackberry and apricot share the stage with a variety of less traditional flavors including an autumn favorite, a delicious, spicy pumpkin, at The Fried Pie

Shoppe located within the Baker’s Rib building. Their fried pies make the perfect ending to an awesome barbeque meal. Voted Best in Weatherford 2012 and Best of 2013 by Fort Worth Weekly, Baker’s Ribs is open daily from 7a.m. to 9p.m. and offers dine-in as well as take-out service. Catering and a delivery service is also available and with the Holidays right around the corner be sure to take advantage of their delicious full family meals… and, please, don’t forget the pies! Baker’s Ribs 1921 S. Main Street, Weatherford, TX. 817-599-4229 Open daily – 7a.m. to 9p.m. All major credit cards accepted

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Dining Restaurants and Bars Parker County

HUDSON OAKS

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Garden of Eat’n at Agape 108 Jeral St. (817) 441-7770 gardenofeatn@gmail.com

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

Joe’s Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant 311 S Fm 1187 Ste 200 (817) 441-2960

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

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

Maria Bonita 100 S. Front St. (817) 441-1652 The Bearcat 421 FM 1187 N (817) 441-8981

BROCK / MILSAP Brock Junction 7458 W I-20 (817) 594-6626 Aledo Doughnuts 701 FM 1187 N (817) 441-0011 Aledo Taqueria 100 FM 1187 (817) 441---7940 Chuck Wagon Store & Cafe 613 S Fm 1187 (817) 441-2072

Brazos River Catfish Café’ 10771 W I-20 (817) 596-2994 Brazosrivercatfishcafe.com Mikey’s 2100 Fm 1189 (817) 598-9074

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BIG BURGER 3322 FORT WORTH HWY (817) 374-4965

Golden Chick 2813 Fort Worth Hwy (817) 599-6646 R & K Cafe 3311 Fort Worth Hwy (817) 594-7701

SPRINGTOWN A & G Bar & Grill 600 E Highway 199 (817) 523-4111 B & B Burgers 101 E. 1st St. (817) 523-7520 Candlelight Drive-In 638 N. Main St, (817) 523-4182

Chicken Express 502 E Highway 199 (817) 523-0009 Chinese Express 332 E Highway 199 (817) 523-5225 Don Jose’s Mexican Cuisine 104 S. Main St. (817) 523-7501 El Cerrito 407 Old Springtown Road (817) 523-7278 Howell’s Western Cafe 401 W Highway 199 (817) 220-7915 Shinola’s Texas Cafe 301 Martin Ave (817) 523-0010 Woody Creek Bar B Q 205 N Avenue A (817) 220-2008

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

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

Fire Oak Grill 114 Austin Ave (817) 598-0400

Pastafina 807 S Main St (817) 599-5861

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

Fuzzy Taco Shop 1217 S Main St (817) 613-8226

Peaster Grocery & Grill 6231 Fm 920 (817) 341-4326

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 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

DINING

Crave Frozen Yogurt 1302 S Main St (817) 594-9091 Cutting Horse Bar & Grill 2132 Tin Top Rd Ste 100 (817) 599-8667

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

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

Short Chef Creations 136 College Park Drive 817-594-7000 shortchefcreations.com Skinny’s Hamburgers 504 Palo Pinto St (817) 594-3101 Starbucks Coffee Company 2010 S Main St (817) 341-2547

Yogurt Story 325 Adams Dr Ste 315

WILLOW PARK

Fish Creek 4899 E I-20 Service Rd N (817) 441-1746 Milanos Pizza & Pasta 119 S Ranch House Rd Ste 900 (817) 441-6737 Railhead Smokehouse Barbeque 120 S Ranch House Rd (817) 441-2525

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

Ohana Japanese Steak House 126 E Interstate 20 (817) 596-2871 Olive Garden 315 E Interstate 20 (817) 599-4207

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

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

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

Outlaw BBQ 3101 Ranger Hwy Unit B (817) 599-3520

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

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Yesterday’s 201 N Main St (817) 599-3903

Chicken Express 101 Ranch House Rd (817) 441-7177

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

Downtown Cafe 101 W Church St (817) 594-8717

Wild Mushroom 1917 Martin Dr (817) 599-4935

Busy Berri Yogurt Shop 108 S Ranch House Rd (817) 441-1100

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

Whistle Hill Cafe 104 S Walnut St (817) 599-4311

Wanda’s By Jr 1503 Fort Worth Hwy (817) 599-7421 Which Wich 220 Adams Dr Ste 230 (817) 598-0200

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