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Cowtown, Texas (Ft. Worth) ;)
Ft. Worth, TX 76106 USA
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Just to make it clear, we're doing ONLY Ft. Worth and possibly Arlington or Grand Prairie this time. I originally wanted to do the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth area, but the sheer size of the DFW Metroplex, not to mention the less than stellar public transportation in the area, seems to make that untenable at this point. I am already thinking of having one for Dallas sometime in October (possibly during the State Fair of Texas). That's still up in the air, though.
Here are some ideas of stuff that we could do...
Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden (a beautiful arboretum which will probably have a fair amount in bloom in late May....it's the oldest botanic garden in Texas and it has great places for photo ops....some of my best friends have been married there, so I think that speaks to the beauty of the place)
Fort Worth Zoo (great place that is attractively landscaped and has lots of exhibits, including a special one on the wild animals of Texas...it's also been ranked by Zagat as the number one attraction in the DFW area)
Sundance Square (the main part of downtown Ft. Worth which has plenty of restaurants, shops, theatres, etc...in my personal opinion, this completely blows downtown Dallas and its restaurants and shops out of the water)
Stockyards National Historic District (excellent area where the history of the American West can be explored, along with seeing the world's only daily cattle drive, going to unique shops and saloons, and doing some two-steppin' at Billy Bob's, "the world's largest honky-tonk")
Fort Worth Museums (subheadings here)
---Kimbell Art Museum (one of the best "small" museums in the country that has works from all periods and by artists such as El Greco, Picasso, Matisse, and others)
---Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (the second largest modern art museum in the country, trailing only the Museum of Modern Art in New York)
---Fort Worth Museum of Science and History/Omni Theatre (pretty cool museum which also has an IMAX dome theatre that shows films on various subjects)
---Texas Civil War Museum (never been, but it apparently has the largest collection of Civil War memorabilia west of the Mississippi)
---Amon Carter Museum (features 19th and 20th century American art and photography)
Bass Performance Hall/Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra (there is a symphonic program going on that weekend, but I'd have to look into costs for us doing this...the Bass Hall is a beautiful place, though)
Right now the consensus is that Sundance Square, the Botanic/Japanese Gardens, and at least some of the Museums are "must-see" attractions. I'm very open to doing other stuff, too. Remember that I live here and I've already done most of these things, so I think it should primarily be about what y'all want to do. However, I would like to stress one thing...I believe that while it's great to go do things and see the city, the primary purposes of any CM gathering should be for us to hang out together, get to know each other, and grow spiritually and personally.
Of course, we'll go out to eat. I can think of a few restaurants downtown that are really good, and if we could get in, there's always Joe T. Garcia's near the Stockyards area, which serves some of the best Mexican food in the Metroplex (and there is a line on weekends...I think they take reservations, though).
I do anticipate we'll go to Mass on Sunday, although it's possible that we'll end up doing that in smaller groups. I know that some people would like to go to Latin Mass, but some would prefer it in English. St. Patrick's Cathedral is the diocesan cathedral where some of us may end up going.
Jelina from Texas is looking at hotels right now; she can get us the "travel agent discount." :) Kristen and Rhonda (also from Texas) have also volunteered to help out. Thank you all, ladies!
Just a few quick words about flying in should you choose to do so...since Dallas/Ft. Worth airport (DFW) is closest to Ft. Worth, I'd recommend flying into there as opposed to Dallas Love Field (DAL), which is much closer to downtown Dallas. American Airlines is the "big dog" at DFW, but you should be able to get there via any major airline.
Also, if you want to fly Southwest Airlines (who only fly into DAL, by the way), bear in mind that a Federal law called the Wright Amendment restricts direct flights to between DAL and cities in the following states: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama. If you wanted to fly Southwest into DAL from any other state besides these, you can NOT buy a "through ticket" (i.e. fly from Baltimore to Dallas via Houston, and buy one ticket while having your bags checked all the way through...you would have to buy two tickets and check your bags each time).
The planning stage is very early at this point, but that means that there's still time for you to suggest activities! Check the post I started in St. Pete's on 3/8/06 and indicate your interest there, or in this events section.
By the way, the 6:30 pm start time may or may not change...I just put that in there because I had to put something.
God bless and hope to see you in Texas for Memorial Day! :)
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May 27th, 2006 - Eugene-24885 said:
Saturday Rendezvous Information: Howdy,
Thanks to Clint for arranging dinner at Cabo Grande!
Here are a few options and rendezvous points discussed at dinner last night:
The group will be meeting again today (Saturday) at Riskyís Barbeque in the Historic Stockyards at 12:30PM for lunch:
140 E. Exchange Ave.
in Stockyards Station
Fort Worth, Texas 76106
Parking is available at the East end of Exchange Ave (towards the old Spaghetti Warehouse building: (http://www.fortworthparking.com/Index.cfm?FuseAction=Page&PageID=1000015 )
If you get to the Stockyards a little early, you will have a chance to view the Fort Worth Herd Longhorn cattle drive which starts at 11:30AM on the far East end of Exchange Ave: Click here from more details: ( http://www.fortworthherd.com/ )
Also, catch a classic Gunfight show in Stockyards Station at 11:45AM: ( http://www.stockyardsstation.com/index2.php) (hey, donít all Texans carry a six shooter?).
May 18th, 2006 - Rhonda-45054 said:
CM Fort Worth Transportation: Just wanted to let anyone know that if you are in need of transportation in and around Ft. Worth while you are there please let me know. I will be happy to accomodate you. I live in the South Arlington area and am centrally located between Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Just send me an e-mail through CM or you can reach me at 469-323-9878 if you are looking for a ride.