2015 Best Of People & Culture

People & Culture    

Reader Pick: Trevone Boykin — TCU

Staff Pick: Trevone Boykin — TCU
The TCU Horned Frogs are hoping for — and expecting — great things from senior Trevone Boykin. There’s no reason to think he will disappoint. Minor wrist surgery on his non-throwing hand earlier this year isn’t expected to affect him. We’re still talking about the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl against Ole Miss where he completed 22 of 31 passes for three touchdowns and ran for 65 yards on 10 attempts. gofrogs.com

Reader Pick:
Artspace 111
Artspace 111’s unpretentious building belies what goes on inside, what has become a community for artists. The galley focuses on emerging and mid-career Texas artists. Plus, it has become a venue for parties, corporate events and weddings. Fort Worth’s skyline serves as a backdrop to events in the sculpture garden. 111 Hampton St., Fort Worth, 817.692.3228, artspace111.com

Staff Pick: Fort Worth Community Arts Center
The Community Arts Center exists to provide an affordable and quality event, visual and performing arts venue for all of the community. It presents a series of art shows from a wide variety of artists. Check the website for current and future exhibitions. There’s a satellite gallery at 2956 Crockett. 13009 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817.738.1938, fwcac.com

Reader Pick: Don Bell Cowboy Images
Don Bell graduated from West Texas A&M in the Panhandle city of Canyon and has seen his work featured in a number of locations, including the magazines Western Horseman, Horse and Rider and Southwest Art. He works in graphite and clay. His Facebook page has more than 15,000 likes. 903.651.5615, donbellcowboyimages.com

Staff Pick: Nancy Lamb
If you go anywhere in Fort Worth, you are likely to run into Nancy Lamb and her camera. And if you do run into her and she snaps your picture, you may wind up in one of her paintings. People who visit her exhibitions are always on the lookout for someone they know — or themselves. She admits that she paints people un-posed and off-guard. She’s represented by Artspace 111. artspace111.com/nancy-lamb

Reader Pick: Gary Patterson
No wonder he was picked. Gary Patterson became head coach at TCU in 2000 and is now the school’s all-time winningest football coach with 132 victories. Under him, TCU won a 2014 Big 12 championship in its third season in the conference. He has led TCU to six conference championships in three different leagues, and the 2011 Rose Bowl championship. Long may he live. gofrogs.com

Staff Pick: Jim Schlossnagle
TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle is only the ninth baseball coach at TCU since 1940. He became head coach in 2003 and has won more games — 465 — than any coach in TCU history. He is 465-221 (.679) as the head coach at TCU. gofrogs.com

Reader Pick: Maricia D. C. Johns/This is Your Best Year
Maricia D. C. Johns lives in the Fort Worth/Dallas area and writes for the Fort Worth Black News on a variety of topics. She says her blog is for and about women of a certain age, sharing suggestions on living life to the fullest. thisisyourbestyear.com

Staff Pick: Piece of Toast
Two sisters — Sally Ann and Molly Bernadette, who live and work in Dallas — do this lifestyle and fashion blog. They describe this as a virtual sketchbook that archives what catches their eyes and fuels their appreciation for things they like. Items featured link to the stores that carry them. Sally is a teacher’s assistant and Molly manages A Piece of Toast full time. apieceoftoastblog.com

Reader Pick: Jon Bonnell
Chef Jon Bonnell is widely admired in Fort Worth and not only because of his skill as a businessman and a chef. He’s also deeply involved in community events, often showing up himself to staff his booth at charity events, rather than delegating that to staff. He founded Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Waters — Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine. bonnellstexas.com

Staff Pick: Todd Phillips
J.R.’s Steak & Grill’s executive chef, Todd Phillips, walked away with the top honor at the Fort Worth, Texas magazine Top Chef Competition in 2014. He’s a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. jrssteaks.com

Reader Pick: MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival
The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival marked its 30th year in 2015. Started as a way to showcase what was then a downtown in distress, it has grown into the largest festival in the Southwest and is a nationally recognized fine art and fine craft juried art fair.
Downtown Fort Worth Inc. 777 Taylor St., Ste. 100, Fort Worth, 817.336.2787, Website

Staff Pick: Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival
Fort Worth, once a sort of restaurant food desert with some notable and famous exceptions, is that no more, and this festival recognizes and celebrates that. It also raises money for local grant programs and culinary scholarships and seeks to bring national recognition to the Fort Worth food scene. Contact is through the website. Website

Reader Pick: Aledo High School Football Team
The proof is on the playing field. Against Temple, the Bearcats were down three points, facing fourth-and-1 with about a minute left. They went for it, made it, scored on the next series and then intercepted a desperation pass into the end zone to win 49-45 in the Class 5A Division I championship game. Five state titles in six years. Six overall. aledo.schoolfusion.us

Staff Pick: All Saints’ High School Football Team
Since 2001, All Saints’ has played for the Southwestern Preparatory Conference championship and won it five times, losing the playoffs last season. The team hasn’t lost a district game in three years. Colleges recognize this as well. In 2014, 14 of 17 seniors went on to play at the college level. This year, eight of 16 got college offers. aseschool.org

Reader Pick: Fort Worth Zoo
Let’s say it is a Saturday and you want to get from Forest Park to University Drive. Don’t try to cut through the zoo. Traffic jams the area on good weather days. It’s the oldest zoo in Texas, founded in 1909 with a handful of animals, including a coyote and a peacock. And now it is a nationally ranked zoo with nearly 7,000 native and exotic animals. And during Spring Break, it seems like most of the rest of the world wants to visit it. 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, 817.759.7555, fortworthzoo.org

Staff Pick: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
In 1896, the first Fort Worth stock show on record took place on the banks of Marine Creek in North Fort Worth. In 2015, 1,248,500 people attended the stock show. If you live here — or even near here — and don’t go, you should be ashamed of yourself. This is the essence of Fort Worth in more ways than one. 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, 817.877.2400, fwssr.com

Reader Pick: Dan Jenkins
Dan Jenkins was born in Fort Worth, attended R.L. Paschal High School and then TCU and, while still in college, began writing for the Fort Worth Press. He later switched to the Dallas Times Herald, then Sports Illustrated, and then Golf Digest. He’s written books, including Semi-Tough and Dead Solid Perfect. He’s among a small group of media people in the World Golf Hall of Fame. And he’s graced the pages of Fort Worth, Texas magazine on several occasions.

Staff Pick: Tom Huckabee
Writer and filmmaker Tom Huckabee is a Fort Worth native. He’s known for films such as Carried Away (2009), Frailty (2001) and Prophecies (1998).

Reader Pick: Three Bishops Jewelry
The name comes from the family name of the three sisters who founded the company — Melody Bishop, Jennifer Bishop Blumenstock and Natalie Bishop Martin. They were born in Dallas, and Natalie now lives in Fort Worth. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted and ranges in price from $65 to $3,000. The line is carried locally by Maven, 3811 Camp Bowie Blvd.; Portfolio, 5224 Camp Bowie Blvd.; and You Are Here, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ste. 224.

Staff Pick: Megan Thorne
Megan Thorne founded her company, Megan Thorne Fine Jewels, in 2007, creating unique items inspired by Greek mythology and the Victorian age. Brides especially seek her out for a unique look. 1517 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817.920.7623, meganthorne.com

Reader Pick: Kimbell/Modern — tie
Sometimes we just take Fort Worth for granted until that moment when it dawns on us that we have two world-class museums next door to each other, each with stunning buildings, great cafes and world-renowned art. Do you know how many cities would kill to have something like that?
Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, 817.332.8451, kimbellart.org
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817.738.9215, themodern.org

Staff Pick: Fort Worth Museum of
Science and History
What is now the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History opened in early 1945 in two rooms in De Zavala Elementary School. Compare that to today’s amazing facility, which has something for every age. Kids, parents and grandparents love this place equally. 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817.255.9300, fwmuseum.org

Reader Pick: Luke Wade
Luke Wade was a finalist in Season 7 of The Voice, and although he didn’t win, he drew enough attention to start landing some really good gigs. That includes a June 28 performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Concerts in the Garden. He’s from Dublin, but because he’s sung at The Woodshed, we’ll claim him. lukewademusic.com

Staff Pick: Regan James
Burleson’s Regan James made it to finals on Season 7 of The Voice, and the Star-Telegram’s Preston Jones reports that she has just released a single from an upcoming album. She’s played local venues since the show, including one appearance at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge. reaganjames.net

Reader Pick: Betsy Price
If Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has her way, you are going to live a long time. But you’re going to have to help. She’s made health and fitness a centerpiece of her administration, and it’s something she practices as well as preaches. fortworthtexas.gov/mayor

Staff Pick: Ann
Zadeh, District 9
Ann Zadeh, elected in June 2014 to replace Joel Burns, is a whirlwind of activity in District 9. Just reading her Facebook posting can tire you out because she is seemingly everywhere all the time. She’s a welcome addition to City Council with her background in environmental studies and city and regional planning.

Reader Pick: Erin Wilde, Wakin’ Up the Wilde Way on 92.1 Hank FM
Erin is a small-town girl from South Dakota who completed her degree in broadcasting at a Minneapolis college. Her favorite part of her job is interacting and meeting her loyal listeners. In addition to being the morning show host on 92.1 Hank FM, Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-10 a.m., Erin is also the voice of country stations across the U.S. and the show voice of Power Source Country. Don’t forget to tune in! 921hankfm.com/Erin-Wilde

Staff Pick: Hal Jay
In an uncertain world, one thing is certain. Tune in the Morning News on WBAP 820 AM, and you will hear Hal Jay’s trademark laugh. You’ve been hearing it ever since 1981. He’s a native of Fort Worth, and it shows in his dedication and devotion to the city. In case you are wondering, he really did start as a teenager.

Reader Pick: Social Factor
Confused about how to boost your business in the fast-changing and complex social media world? Readers say you don’t have to do it on your own. They suggest Social Factor, which creates, activates and executes social strategies to guide you through the cyberspace jungle. 1412 W. Magnolia Ave., Ste. 210, Fort Worth, 817.708.2500, socialfactor.com

Staff Pick: Haden Shibley/Encore Live
Encore Live is a special events company with a broad range of experience and services. Haden Shibley, the marketing manager, is a TCU product, has broad experience in digital media and marketing, and has worked with a range of musicians during his career. 1635 Rogers Road, Fort Worth, 915.820.8793, encorelive.com

Reader Pick: Amon G. Carter Stadium
You could argue for Cowboys Stadium or The Ballpark in Arlington or whatever they are calling them now. But you would be wrong. The readers have spoken, and it’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, which opened in 1930 and underwent extensive renovation between November 2010 and September 2012. 2850 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, gofrogs.com

Staff Pick: Game On Sports
This organization bills itself as Fort Worth’s first and largest indoor soccer arena and offers an equipment shop as well as a venue for birthday parties and other special events as well and league and team play.  251 Settlement Plaza Drive, Fort Worth,  817.367.7800, gameonarenasports.com

Reader Pick: Rose Marine Theater
Artes de la Rosa, formerly the Latin Arts Association of Fort Worth, manages the historic 1920s theater, which was originally a movie house. It is on the National Register of Historic places. 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth, 817.624.8333, artesdelarosa.org

Staff Pick: Bass
Performance Hall
The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall was built entirely with private funds and serves as the home of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts. It opened in May 1998, and its signature angels overlook a vastly revitalized downtown. Tours are available Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. if there is no scheduling conflict. 4th and Calhoun Streets, Fort Worth, 817.212.4325, basshall.com