This year marks the 116th anniversary of John Wayne’s birthday. | Photo by FTWtoday
Friday marks the 116th anniversary of John Wayne’s birthday and the party is just getting started. Kick up your boots and get ready to celebrate Hollywood’s favorite on-screen cowboy with a series of events in the Stockyards.
An honorary Texan
If you’re wondering why Texas proclaimed its own John Wayne Day, you’ve come to the right place.
Marion Robert Morrison — known professionally as John Wayne — is an actor that rose to fame while starring in roles during Hollywood’s Golden Age, specifically those that personified the Old West. His American cowboy image was a favorite among Texans as he starred in films like “Texas Cyclone,” “The Lucky Texan,” “Texas Terror,” and “Three Texas Steers.”
In 2015, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Texas Legislature declared May 26 John Wayne Day to honor the legend’s birthday, celebrate his lifelong career + make him an honorary Texan.
Catch a screening of “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” (1977) with a special guest appearance from the icon’s son, Patrick Wayne. Admission is free with the purchase of two concession items.
Birthday Bash | John Wayne: An American Experience | Friday, May 26 at 4 p.m.
Join the Wayne family at the one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring hat branding, embroidery, Gold Handle Coffee + Duke Spirits tastings, a book signing, and the launch of the new “Why I Love Her” 50th Anniversary Collection.
Celebrate the newly opened cafe with The Duke’s family, $2 coffee drinks, and a giveaway for a Gold Handle soft cooler. The coffee shop is inspired by John Wayne’s unique tradition of gifting personalized gold-handled mugs to the cast and crew of his movies. Inside, guests will find walls adorned with photos and memorabilia like coffee cups and hats.
2023 Tom Vandergriff Night of Champions Awards Banquet | Thursday, May 25 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Arlington ISD Athletics Complex, 1001 E. Division St., Arlington | $25 | The Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor Foundation will recognize past and current Arlington coaches, players, administrators, boosters, and contributors.
Friday, May 26
FWSO’s Concerts in the Garden | Friday, May 26-Sunday, June 11 | 8:30 p.m. | Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth | $28 | Grab a blanket and lawn chair for the summer concert series featuring live performances from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
“Alice in Wonderland” | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth | $82-$263 | This family-friendly ballet showcases charming characters and a fantastical journey narrated by Alice.
Saturday, May 27
Goat Yoga | Saturday, May 27 | 10-11 a.m. | Martin House Brewing Company, 220 S. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth | $20-$32 | Get your weekend started with goat yoga followed by a cold one at the brewery.
Sunday, May 28
Dallas Memorial March | Sunday, May 28-Monday, May 29 | 12 p.m. | Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas | Free | The two-day event celebrates fallen heroes with a 20-hour march followed by a closing ceremony on Memorial Day.
Monday, May 29
“Lest We Forget” 5K | Monday, May 29 | 8 a.m. | Trinity Park Pavilion No. 1, 2300 W. 7th St., Fort Worth | $8-$15 | Join other runners to run or walk in memory of fallen service members.
The Army Corps of Engineers is asking for residents to provide feedback on the proposed alteration of the new city hall by Sunday, June 4. Earlier this month, the city requested to alter the federal floodway in order to build the Future City Hall along with a parking garage and other features.
City leaders approved the creation of a new nonprofit organization to manage the Historic Stockyards. The Stockyards Preservation Foundation of Fort Worth Inc. will oversee the planning, advocacy, and management of the neighborhood + will be governed by a board of directors.
Electric car maker Tesla is considering a new distribution center in far north Fort Worth. According to an application, Tesla would build a 53,000-sqft facility on nearly six acres of land near Fossil Creek Boulevard and I-35W. Tesla has a second location on University Drive.
The Humane Society of North Texas waived all adoption fees for dogs over 30 lbs + six months old. In honor of Barkuation, all locations (excluding Hurst) will waive fees through Wednesday, May 31. Stop by the Fort Worth facility at 840 E. Lancaster Ave. to find your new fur-ever friend.
The Fort Worth Public Library’s Summer Concert Series will kick off next month with the sounds of smooth soul, jazz, and Western swing. The first concert will be Thursday, June 22 with Ginny Mac and Duane Durrett at the Golden Triangle Library. Note: The location varies month-to-month, stay updated on social media.
Here’s something sweet to celebrate — National Donut Day on Friday, June 2. TX Whiskey, FunkyTown Donuts, and JD’s Hamburgers are getting together for a one-of-a-kind celebration. Head to TX Whiskey at 6 p.m. for a donut + cocktail pairing, burgers, live music, on-site engraving, and a donut hole bar. Tickets are $35.
Panther City Lacrosse Club will host a three-day camp starting Monday, July 17 for students in grades 1-8. Panther City players and coaches will put the campers through drills, team play, footwork, games, and more. Registration is $120 and includes a T-shirt, camp prizes, a home opener ticket, and autographs.
Don’t leave Memorial Day weekend menu planning to the last minute. Mama Angie’s has your back with delicious party platters of Mexican food that everyone will love. Think: enchiladas, tamales, salads, and (of course) great guac. Eat in or order by phone.*
Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
The new bridges will span the upcoming Panther Island bypass channel. | Photo by the City of Fort Worth
Consider it the season for TLC — more than a dozen bridges across the city will get major repairs and rehabilitation starting this summer.
After months of evaluating bids, city leaders approved a contract this week with Balch Springs contractor Gibson & Associate Inc. for nearly $943,000. The funds will go toward the repairs of 17 projects with a proposed completion time of about seven months.
Chief Communications Officer Reyne Telles said, “It is important to maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure, and consideration of the 2023 bridge rehabilitation contract will be a crucial step in ensuring the safety and efficiency of Fort Worth’s bridges.”
Explore the bridge locations + the improvements using the interactive map at the button below.
Last week, we asked y’all what local businesses and organizations you think should get together for a collaboration. Here’s what y’all said:
Hao Grocery + Proper | “Proper cocktails made with Vietnamese-inspired ingredients from Hao’s including Vietnamese coriander, lemongrass, perilla, etc.”
Mama’s Pizza + Enchilada Ole | “Can you imagine a pizza with a white jack cheese sauce, topped with green chilies and chicken, and covered with mozzarella and cheddar? This is only one of the deconstructed dishes that could go on top of a crust.”
Swiss Pastry + MELT Ice Creams | “The Black Forrest cake would make an incredible ice cream.”
I certainly didn’t need a study to tell me this — but, apparently, DFW is the worst metro in Texas for mosquitos and ranked No. 5 in the nation, according to Orkin. Be sure to check out the tips and tricks on how to repel and prevent mosquito bites.