The Near Southside has been seriously buzzing since we moved here three years ago. With highly-anticipated restaurant openings like Heim BBQ and a variety of neighborhood happenings like Friday on the Green, there’s never a dull moment in this reviving neighborhood.
Even more than the fantastic openings from 44 Bootlegger and Bentley’s, what I’ve most enjoyed lately, are the creative spaces that line Magnolia and give it that funky, hometown vibe. I’m obsessed with this new mural outside of Brewed. It’s such a clever piece of word art and such a sweet offering to the city.
One of the latest little hot spots is the new Magnolia Micro Park, the first of its kind in Fort Worth. This experimental public space created by Leadership Fort Worth & the Near Southside Inc. offers the perfect kid-friendly, outdoor environment with hands-on interactive displays like the xylophones and creative crate formations. On Saturdays, you’ll find artists painting, kid-friendly activities and some cool arts and crafts for sale.
This could have easily been a wasted space. Fortunately, the Near Southside and Leadership Fort Worth realize the importance of public space and its impact on sense of community. Next time you’re taking a stroll in the neighborhood, be sure to check it out. Louie sure enjoyed it.
My grandpa, George Dewey was born in 1923. Fast forward 90 years later, and the Zieser/Dewey clan (from Texas, Arizona and D.C.) came together to celebrate his milestone birthday. As a family, we visit Oregon every summer – usually a trip to Portland, Cannon Beach, Wilsonville and Salem, to name a few, but this trip was different – mostly because we all know that our time with Georgie is limited, and this trip would be for him.
After a family photo sesh in a local park, we gathered around a table in my aunt and uncle’s colorful backyard in Salem for a celebratory feast. We laughed, shared memories and moments that hopefully Georgie will remember and be proud of for the rest of his years. There was so much love all around, and it was very surreal to sit around a table and know that not one of us would be there if it weren’t for him and Nana. The two have been married for 64 years, and last night, we relived the memory of how they met, their engagement and so many sweet stories in between. Sure, I’ve seen them bicker and argue like any other couple, but the love, compassion and gratitude they share for each other is extremely hard to put into words. It’s a rarity these days to see a couple share a lifelong bond like they do and all I can do is learn and be grateful to be a part of it.
Not many have the chance to meet their grandparents, let alone share a full bank of lasting memories with them, but if you’re grandparents are around, give them a call, write them a letter, make their day, tell them you love them and cherish them for everything they have done for you. After all, if it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t be here.