When it comes to Southern hospitality, it’s not all about fine china and formal wear. It’s entertaining at a tailgate party!   A tailgate party, originating in the United States, is a social event held on grounds of a stadium, a parking lot, an arena and usually before, during or after a sports event or a concert. It’s a new way to entertain friends, business associates or family. Tailgate parties have spread to the pre-game festivities at sporting events besides football, such as basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball. They also occur at events such as weddings, barbecues, and concerts.

Jill Fortney Productions, Inc. has opened up a new division of her existing event production business. Totally Tailgating!  She will provide the catering, rentals, flowers and decor, wait staff, liquid refreshments and an atmosphere where guests feel welcome.  She sets up a vignette in your private parking space or on any lot.  Whether it is at the tailgate or cheering from the crowds, these Southern snacks are sure to please your guests. Mustard-rubbed ribs, nacho bar with pulled pork, buttermilk fried chicken wings, Charleston cheese dip, maple bacon crack, gourmet hot dogs with 10 toppings, mini meatball sandwiches, pimento cheese ball bites, chopped salad in a cup and at TCU she serves Purple Potato salad as a side. Jill Fortney can be reached at or 817 738 8018.


Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 6 p.m., hundreds of illuminated floats, half a million lights, and tens of thousands of people will fill the streets of Downtown Fort Worth for the 34th annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights.

Not only has the Parade of Lights become one of Fort Worth’s most beloved traditions, it has also grown to be the largest illuminated holiday parade in Texas. In addition to the decorated floats, the parade will also display brilliant antique cars, lively marching bands, precision equestrian units, horse-drawn carriages, and groups of carolers celebrating “The Melodies of Christmas” on the 1.58-mile parade route. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be making an appearance on the specially designed, LED-lit, grand finale float, sponsored by parade producers, Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc.

XTO Energy Parade of Lights has already received a substantial amount of support from the Fort Worth community. Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce is serving as the 2016 Parade of Lights’ grand marshal. Other confirmed participants include Mayor Betsy Price and other city leaders, title sponsor XTO Energy, official vehicle of the parade and Premier Float Sponsor GM Financial, and nonprofit organizations such as the Cowboy Santas Program, Inc. and the Fort Worth Bicycling Association, all coming together to light up the night and bring “The Melodies of Christmas” to Downtown Fort Worth.

Although the event is free to attend, participants can purchase reserved “Street Seats” online in advance, starting at $8.50 at

Heroes of Hope Luncheon on November 10 to Commemorate Seven Decades of

Supporting Cancer Patients, Caring for Caregivers and Empowering Survivors

In the summer of 1946, a group of physicians and community leaders had a vision to assist low-income, underserved cancer patients facing numerous non-medical challenges, including loss of health insurance, lack of transportation to treatment and the inability to pay for cancer-related medications. The compassionate advocates created a unique and inventive organization for cancer patients – the Fort Worth Cancer Society. Seven decades later, the vision of a few has become the reality of thousands each year for today’s Cancer Care Services.

Now serving nearly 5,000 individuals annually throughout Tarrant, Parker and Hood Counties, Cancer Care Services is commemorating its 70th Anniversary through a fundraising luncheon:

Heroes of Hope Luncheon celebrating the Joy of Life

Thursday, November 10

11:45 a.m.

Ridglea Country Club – 3700 Bernie Anderson Avenue, 76116

Thanks to the generous support of Texas Oncology, there is no cost to attend the luncheon; however, a charitable donation will be requested. Table hosts are still welcome; reservations are required. For more information, contact Deanna Stuart –

Ballet Concerto Announces “A Holiday Special” Dance Concert

Ballet Concerto announces its 2016 holiday dance concert schedule of performances to be held December 9, 2016 at the Will Rogers Auditorium.  The annual A Holiday Special will feature Winterwonderland set to familiar Christmas tunes and choreographed by Margo Dean; The Christmas Grump choreographed by Margo Dean and restaged by Webster Dean; and “A Hanukah Flamenco” which will introduce the audience to the story of Hanukah.  The program will wrap up with a reenactment of the nativity, O Holy Night with choreography by Margo Dean. “Bringing dance to the community in a festive and enchanting program in the heart of Fort Worth reflects our core mission at Ballet Concerto to make dance accessible to our local youth and inspire them to pursue it,” said Margo Dean. A Holiday Special is presented in partnership with Imagination Fort Worth’s outreach programs.  The concert is made possible by the generous support of the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and other foundations and supporters. Performance is scheduled for Friday December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Will Rogers Auditorium, 3401 W. Lancaster Fort Worth, Texas 76107.  Current ticket prices for the concerts range from $12 – $25.  For tickets and information, visit