MAY VOTE: MEET CANDIDATES FOR UP COUNCIL, HP MAYOR, SCHOOL BOARD 8, 14
MAY 2018 VOLUME 38 NO. 5
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OPTIMISM ABOUNDS AS TOURNAMENT TURNS 50
FOOTBALL COACH DOES RETIREMENT REVERSAL
FAITH GIVES MOTHER HEART FOR OTHERS’ CHILDREN
AT&T Byron Nelson organizers excited about new location, future on the PGA, and ongoing service to the community.
Just weeks after saying 19 seasons was enough, Randy Allen says he loves his players too much to leave team now.
Family seeks opportunities to serve by foster parenting and sees answers to prayer in everyday experiences.
2 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
NEW SCHOOLS NEED BETTER ARCHITECTURE
t seems odd that a school district that is so imbued with the idea of Tradition in its high school should be so intent on destroying it in its elementary schools. W hen residents voted in a bond election for new school buildings, they should not be surprised to discover that WICK ALLISON the school district is building them. But they are right to be surprised and offended at the mediocrity of the buildings being built.
“Beauty is not expensive but it is hard. The argument for practicality is made by people who don’t recognize beauty when they see it and certainly are incapable of creating it.”
We should be thankful that the family controlling Highland Park Village have been careful stewards in its updating. But committees – and with the school district, as with the country club, it is always committees – always seem to tilt to the lowest common denominator. Members see themselves more as accounting clerks than stewards. Good taste and beauty, hallmarks of the generations who built the Park Cities and whose legacy the school district seems intent on ignoring, are regarded as mere ornamentation and not as the very soul of what makes our community the special place it is. It is a deadening attitude toward life that is all the more pernicious for representing itself as practical. Beauty is not expensive but it is hard. The argument for practicality is made by people who don’t recognize beauty when they see it and certainly are incapable of creating it. Their argument only reveals a shriveled spirit and a blind eye. The opponents are right. The school district should pause, reflect, and rethink. Fast.
Considering how ugly the towering new Dallas Country Club is compared to its low-slung, light-filled predecessor, the danger is always that the new will be contemptuous of the old.
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4 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
S KU L D U G G E RY of the MONTH
MAN VS. MACHINE
A thief went all in when it came to hatching a plan to steal from an ATM between 4 and 6:40 a.m. March 21. Step 1: Steal a forklift valued at $100,000 from a construction site in the 4100 block of Glenwick Lane. Step 2: Break into the Vista Bank money dispensary in the 6800 block of Preston Road. The culprit couldn’t get any money from the machine but caused a great deal of damage.
CRIME REPORT MARCH 12 - APRIL 8 MARCH 12 The window at Orvis in the Plaza at Preston Center was broken around 1:32 a.m. and about $350 in merchandise was stolen: binoculars, a knife, and a watch. The builder of a new home under construction in the 2800 block of University Boulevard reported around 5:20 p.m. that it appeared someone was breaking into the home. Police searched the home and found a window and door unlocked, but no one was in the home. They did, however, find a black backpack with identification inside. MARCH 14 Stolen before 8 a.m.: a black Rossi 357 revolver from a white 2008 Jeep Wrangler parked overnight in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue. Damage to the vehicle included the top vinyl cover being cut into and the glove compartment lock broken. A Tory Burch wallet was stolen from a patron of the Moody Family YMCA sometime between 9:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. MARCH 16 Two thieves walked out of the CVS in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane with some paid and some not-paid-for merchandise. The stolen items from the 4 p.m. shopping trip included feminine hygiene products. MARCH 17 A 20-year-old male pedestrian in the 3200 block of Daniel Avenue was struck by a vehicle around 5:35 p.m. The driver did not stop.
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MARCH 18 A Highland Park officer searching in the 4600 block of Mockingbird Lane around 11:45 a.m., came across a broken gate and fence that appeared to be broken just enough for a large person to enter or exit through. While nothing appeared to be stolen from this location, another home in the same block and one in the 4600 block of Livingston Avenue weren’t as fortunate. On Livingston, the fence-breaking
burglar walked away with a black watch, a Collezio pocket watch, a black Lorus Mickey Mouse watch, and a small pocket knife. The other Mockingbird Lane home had a more interesting story to tell. The homeowner happened to peak out the window when he heard banging in his backyard and saw a man holding what looked to be a chainsaw. The homeowner didn’t make it downstairs fast enough to confront the bandit, who ran away with two Apple computers, a Dyson vacuu,. an LG cellphone, a MacBook Pro, and a Dell laptop. Police later arrested 34-yearold Fredrick Yeager in connection with three burglaries. MARCH 19 Sometime between 9 a.m. March 12 and noon March 19, a 2014 black Mercedes G550 was keyed on both sides while parked at a garage in the 3600 block of Wentwood Drive. MARCH 22 Smashed between 8:30 and 9:51 p.m.: the driver’s side window of a 2012 black Land Rover LR4 while parked in the 4000 block of Wentwood Drive. Shirts, jackets, and other clothing items valued at $1,000 were reported stolen. MARCH 23 The glass front door of Quickset Jewelry Repair in the 4800 block of Lemmon Avenue was shattered in a burglary sometime between 4 and 6:45 a.m. The owner noted to police that all valuable jewelry was in a safe, however, about $200 in jewelry repair pieces were stolen. MARCH 24 Found: An envelope of cash. A Highland Park resident and her grandmother were out for a walk around 5 p.m. when they noticed a white envelope leaning against the retaining wall of a home in the 3500 block of St Johns Avenue. Inside the envelope was $85 in cash, four $20 bills, and five $1 bills. The money was handed over to the Highland Park Department of Public Safety.
MARCH 25 On the loose: A jogging stroller. A Highland Park dad lost control of his jogging stroller around 10 a.m. – don’t worry no children were harmed – when he stopped by a bench at Legacy Park to help his son off of a balance bike. The dad said he was unable to stop the stroller as it rolled into Turtle Creek – taking with it an iPhone 7 and a Samsung S8. MARCH 26 Sometime between 1 and 9 a.m., a small safe containing $10,000 in cash was stolen from Sachet, a restaurant in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue. The employee who opened the restaurant stated all outside doors had been locked and there was no sign of forced entry. MARCH 27 A 22-year-old man from the 3400 block of Normandy Avenue reported that around midnight he was scammed on Craigslist for concert tickets. No word on which artist he was trying to see. MARCH 28 Sometime between 3:50 and 4:45 a.m., an unspecified amount of money was stolen from a Chick-fil-A in the 6400 block of Hillcrest Road. The suspect or suspects gained entry through the rear door of the restaurant. MARCH 29 You know it’s officially Spring when thieves stop stealing Christmas decorations and move on to lawn furniture. A patio umbrella, valued at $150, was reported stolen sometime between 7 a.m. March 29 and 1 p.m. Friday from the backyard of a home in the 3400 block of Wentwood Drive. MARCH 31 Instead of checking to see if the doors were unlocked, a burglar went the extra mile to break into a 2008 white Jeep Wrangler parked overnight in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue – he sliced through the vehicle’s black soft top, causing about $600 in damage. The owner,
who said he keeps his vehicle unlocked and free of any valuables, reported that the damage occurred sometime between 9:30 p.m. March 30 and 8:39 a.m. March 31. The thief walked away with a $30 crowbar. APRIL 1 Two backpacks, one containing a Macbook Air valued at $600, were stolen around 1:55 a.m. from the front porch of a home in the 4400 block of Purdue Avenue. APRIL 2 The owner of Facelogic Highland Park in the 4500 block of Lovers Lane reported to police around 2:15 p.m. that sometime between Jan. 1 and April 2 that a former employee stole $7,180.61. APRIL 3 There’s nothing like going online and seeing items stolen from your front porch listed for sale. But, that’s what one homeowner in the 3400 block of Amherst Street says happened. The 37-year-old man reported to police around 7:30 p.m., that the Nordstrom Rack jeans, Louis Garneau helmet, and road pedals delivered to his home late March were being sold online. APRIL 4 A white 2011 Range Rover, valued at $25,000, was stolen overnight before 8 a.m. from the 4500 block of South Versailles Avenue. APRIL 5 A 2012 Lexus LS460 and a 2016 GMC Yukon in an open garage in the 3100 block of Lovers Lane were ransacked sometime between midnight and 7:08 p.m. A small bag was stolen and left in the the alley. APRIL 7 A package holding $400 worth of pants was stolen sometime between 2 and 5:30 p.m. from the front porch of a home in the 3300 block of Villanova Drive. APRIL 8 Stolen before 9 a.m.: A 2007 black GMC Yukon, valued at $10,000, from the 2800 block of University Boulevard.
8 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
EARLY VOTING RUNS APRIL 23-MAY 1 FOR MAY 5 ELECTIONS Six candidates contend for four seats on University Park City Council
TAYLOR ARMSTRONG Architect/developer UP resident for 68 years
JEFF BARKER Sales UP resident for one year
RANDY BIDDLE Attorney UP resident for 64 years
LIZ FARLEY Registered nurse UP resident for 18 years
NICK FARRIS Attorney/developer UP resident for 41 years
GAGE A. PRICHARD Consultant UP resident for 60 years
Why are you running? The simple answer is that I want to continue to give back to a city that has given so much to me and my family. After two terms on the City Council, I have a real appreciation for what a special place this is as well as how well it is run.
Why are you running? With two kids at Bradfield [Elementary School], I want to build upon the greatness of the community and provide a voice for family residents of the community.
Why are you running? I am running for re-election to give back to the community and to help carry on the efforts and actions of previous City Councils to maintain the integrity, character, and quality of life that we have come to expect from the City of University Park.
Why are you running? I would like to continue to give back and feel like I can bring a unique perspective to the Council.I do not have an agenda or a political motivation to serve. I truly serve because I am thankful to get to live in University Park and want to do my part to make sure that it is passed down to the next generation in good stead.
Why are you running? I want to serve the people of the city that I love and call home. As a City Council member, I will always listen to residents’ needs and concerns and will respond with a solution. I want to help ensure that UP is always the best place to live and raise a family.
Why are you running? The city of University Park will require steady hands to manage maintenance and planning and focused leaders to handle infrastructure, narrow streets, parking issues, and issues that come with having a university campus in the city.
How would you address concerns about construction? Part of being a first-class city is delivering first-class services and being ultra-responsive to residents’ concerns. The height of Hyer Elementary School is a good example of where local leaders and city staff could have done a better job informing and listening to taxpayers. When we have controversial issues that could impact property values, our quality of life, and create new traffic issues, the city needs to do everything it can to reach out to residents and obtain their input — even if it means going door-todoor to engage them one at a time.
How would you address concerns about construction? The construction in older cities is generally a very healthy sign that people want to live in and reinvest in the city to continue to make it a better place. School district growth is certainly a healthy indicator showing where families want to live. Our city has developed numerous codes and procedures for the variety of redevelopments in University Park to help protect its heritage and citizens property. I will be proactive for further improvements in the codes and procedures for future projects and redevelopments.
How would you be a good steward of taxpayer money? We need to establish and stick to a baseline principal: All of the city funds belong to residents and taxpayers. Therefore, the City Council has a responsibility to make sure property taxes remain reasonable, while city services remain outstanding. Every person on the City Council should always remember that it’s the residents’ money, not the city’s, and act accordingly. I certainly will.
How would you be a good steward of taxpayer money? I support past efforts to keep city taxes stable or flat. While expenditures are reviewed by staff, advisory committees, and thoroughly vetted by the council, I firmly believe that the city of University Park should not spend more than its tax base provides to prevent any longterm debt. I agree that expenditures should be viewed thru the lens of what makes sense for the long term.
How would you address concerns about construction? Our major commercial sites, as well as churches and schools, are in Planned Development Districts which ultimately come to the City Council for approval of changes. Each presents a unique set of circumstances which require open and thorough deliberation. In the end, we must make the process as transparent and open to input from all stakeholders as possible, which produces a resolution that is in the best interest of the City as a whole. In addition, I would be a proponent of seeking ways to have as much construction parking sent to remote locations as was done successfully during the construction of the YMCA. How would you be a good steward of taxpayer money? The only thing worse than paying taxes is seeing them spent unwisely. Fortunately, University Park has a tradition of being very responsible in its spending of tax dollars. It should be pointed out that only about 12 percent of property taxes go to the city, and for that relatively small amount, we enjoy the best of services.
How would you address concerns about construction? Let me first address the school district construction with having two kids at Bradfield. First, I believe the school construction needs to reflect the fabric of the community. I too have been concerned about losing the charm of our schools, and we should be providing architecture that matches the ascetics of our neighborhoods. Second, on commercial construction, it has to be a community effort. The reality is we are a landlocked area and must agree on construction solutions that work both for businesses and the community while maintaining University Park’s charm. How would you be a good steward of taxpayer money? The first principle in being a good steward of taxpayer money is providing value. The other component of being a good steward of tax money is driving efficiencies within the city. What I bring to the table is a technology background and understanding of how other cities leverage technology to drive a better community experience.
How would you address concerns about construction? As a council, we have been very cognizant of the concerns of our fellow residents when it comes to construction and do not take the matter lightly. We believe it is important to hear f rom neighbors, so we may address their concerns and at the same time respect an owner’s property rights when it comes to developing its property. After public hearings on the matter, we make a decision based on what we believe is right and best for the community as a whole. As to school district construction, we try to work with HPISD and the neighbors to try to reach a reasonable outcome. How would you be a good steward of taxpayer money? I will continue to oversee and question requests for purchases of city equipment and the costs for city projects to obtain the most favorable results and benefits for the residents of this city.
How would you address concerns about construction? I would listen and hear their concerns. I would read about their concerns. I would research solutions that have been successful in other municipalities. I would listen to the input from our city staff and balance all of these with the needs of our current community and our future goals. Progress and preservation are both laudable, and finding a balance between them is necessary. How would you be a good steward of taxpayer money? One of the issues that I am most proud of about the City of University Park is that we are debt free. In a time when so many cities are in financial straits, the leadership of University Park has wisely stewarded the funds of our citizens. I plan to continue this fiscal conservatism that has allowed us all to enjoy safe streets, high-quality emergency services, beautiful parks, and sound infrastructure.
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12 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Scholarship To Memorialize Guy Delaney
By Tim Glaze
P e o p l e N ews pa p e r s A committee of students from Jesuit High School has been created to establish a scholarship in memory of Guy Delaney, a student killed in a work zone wreck in March. Jesuit’s student committee met in midApril with the school’s development gift officer regarding the scholarship’s donation platform, award criteria, fundraising, and awareness efforts. “Guy’s parents have been consulted about this project and are very supportive,” said Julie Nickols, whose son, Will, is Jesuit’s sophomore class president. “I think they are particularly happy to know the effort is being led by Guy’s friends and teammates. Guy’s friends have really committed to keeping Guy’s memory alive through this memorial.” Delaney was a passenger in a car hit by a
white Mercedes around 10 p.m. March 7 on Dallas North Tollway. The driver of the Mercedes, Terrelwin Jones, struck several vehicles as he sped through a work zone, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. “We always urge drivers to exercise great caution and obey traffic laws, especially in work zones,” TxDOT executive director James Bass said. One of the vehicles struck was an Acura occupied by Neil and Guy Delaney. Both were transported to Parkland Hospital, where Guy died from injuries suffered in the wreck. Jones, 30, is facing felony charges, including manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid, according to Dallas County records. He was arrested March 18 and later released on bond. Bond was set at $75,000. Lt. Lonny Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the investigation into why Jones did not slow down as he approached a group of cars is still ongoing. Following the wreck, the All Saints Catholic School class of 2016 delivered a flower memorial to the Delaney household– a sign, surrounded by flowers, with painted on words, “You will always be in our hearts.” The flowers had his name on the petals. Delaney was a member of Jesuit’s junior varsity soccer team, and he played club soccer for Highland Park Academy. Soccer was one of Delaney’s loves, and he also excelled at table tennis. His friends and family described him as “a quiet, yet effective leader.”
14 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Highland Park Mayor Candidates
HPISD School Board Place 2
MARGO GOODWIN Civic volunteer Highland Park resident for 43 years
SAM TAMBORELLO Investor Highland Park resident for 15 years
RENEE ARUMUGAM Professor HPISD resident for six months
LEE MICHAELS Retired attorney HPISD resident for 22 years
Why are you running for mayor? Working the last four years with the other council members, the mayor, and the excellent town staff has shown me what careful, thoughtful decisions can do to further the wonderful community in which we live.
Why are you running for mayor? I will be a fresh perspective to our Town Council who will help bring efficiency back to town hall and object to unnecessary spending on wasteful projects.
Why are you running? My role as a parent to a Highland Park High School student and a member of this community is to maintain the academic excellence of HPISD through a conscientious effort of retaining the traditions that have served us well, preserving the integrity of the community’s educational vision, and stewarding HPISD to a place much better than where we are today.
Why are you running? Because of my daughter’s outstanding education as students in our school district, I wanted to give back by serving as a trustee. Now, I would like to continue serving as a trustee in order to implement the programs that the board has been working on for the past three years, and see them through to completion.
What is the town’s biggest challenge? To paraphrase what is considered the town motto: The function of government in Highland Park is the protection of the home, undisturbed by conflict of commercial or political interests. Challenges come in many forms, from infrastructure to public safety, but living up to this motto may be the biggest challenge. How would you address concerns about construction? None of us wants the construction to stop – it brings us new neighbors, new schools, and new shopping and dining opportunities. But, during the work, we need to minimize the inherent disruption. As mayor, I would ensure all neighborhood concerns receive a fair hearing and that all protective ordinances are followed.
What is the town’s biggest challenge? Stop wasteful spending on projects that create huge annual expenses for our property owners. HP Town Council mandated a water conservation program for homeowners, but then spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new fountain using millions of gallons of water. Further, spending $6 million on Hackberry Creek for lighting, flowers, benches, and trails is wasteful. Its natural beauty has been around for over 100 years and is fine as is. How would you address concerns about construction? As a community, we need to respect private property rights. However, there are times and cases when construction raises questions and those should be immediately addressed and resolved before town permits are issued to anyone.
How would you address concerns about the designs of the new elementary schools? The call to preserve the symbolic quatrefoil in the pre-existing buildings and rehabbing instead of razing the current structures is worth addressing. Our community’s support is crucial in continuing the educational mission of the Park Cities. What is one thing you would change, or aim to improve, within the district? I will commit to having more open and honest conversations with the community, and seek to open more traditional and non-traditional conversational spaces to address the concerns of the community.
How would you address concerns about the designs of the new elementary schools? We need to continue to meet with neighbors and listen to their concerns, and make adjustments to the plans if warranted and practically feasible, based upon the overall goals of the bond. What is one thing you would change, or aim to improve, within the district? Creating a less stressful environment for our students. Unfortunately, with the pressures of college admissions, our community’s focus on achievement, and the role that social media plays in our children’s lives, it is easier said than done.
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16 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
RESIDENTS RESIST WHAT THEY SEE AS INAPPROPRIATE ARCHITECTURE
Nonbinding peer review aims to improve Bradfield designs By Tim Glaze and William Taylor
ome Park Cities residents look at Highland Park ISD’s plans for rebuilding Bradfield Elementary School and see what’s missing. Architectural drawings show no pitched roof, no double-hung windows, and no cast stone decorative quatrefoils like those common on the 91-year-old school building facing demolition.
“We’re about to tear down a 91-year-old building, and we need to replace it with one that will stand the test of time in Highland Park for the next 100 years.” Kristen Woolery
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Spanish Colonial Revival elements such as cast stone detailing used on the entrance at Bradfield Elementary (top) are missing or misused on the new school designs (bottom), some residents complain.
“Quatrefoil is basically our town logo,” Kristen Woolery, an interior designer and one of many residents fighting for changes, told the Highland Park Town Council in April. “We can’t neglect our architectural integrity. We have a responsibility to future generations.” Even efforts to add Spanish Colonial Revival details to the design by Stantec, the district’s architectural firm, have been met with derision from residents who formed a group called Concerned Park Cities Citizens. At concernedpccitizen.com, Woolery and designer Melissa Gerstle describe proposed detailing as overdone, stylized, out of scale, unbalanced, incorrect, and inappropriate. “There’s a right and a wrong when it comes to our architecture history,” Woolery said. “We’re about to tear down a 91-year-old building, and we need to replace it with one that will stand the test of time in Highland Park for the next 100 years.” However, Woolery and others seeking to get the district to “pause, rethink, [and] adjust” its elementary school rebuilding plans are running out of time with Bradfield. The Town Council has already approved the planned development district zoning and site
plan for the school, clearing the way for the district to proceed with demolition and reconstruction as soon as the school lets out for the summer. But council members got district leaders to agree to submit the Bradfield designs to nonbinding peer review by Russell Windham, a Houston architect with a practice committed to the classical tradition. In coming weeks, Windham, working pro bono for the town, will review plans and brainstorm with Stantec architects to find affordable aesthetic changes aimed at making the new building better fit within the neighborhood beside Highland Park Village. Affordability will be key, said Jim Hitzelberger, HPISD school board president. “I’d love for our buildings to be dripping in stone like SMU,” he said, but the district doesn’t have that kind of money. Town and district leaders called the peer review agreement a compromise that allows the district to keep to a tight construction schedule aimed at opening the new Bradfield in time for the 2019-2020 school year, while creating an opportunity to address concerns about the look of the building. “This was a good example of how a government works – a compromise that gives everyone something they want,” Hitzelberger said. However, those who object to repositioning the school building on the Bradfield campus and having some portions of it go three stories tall likely won’t get what they want. After nearly two hours of public comments mostly opposed to the district’s plan, Town Council members gave the district permission to locate the new school building on the wider west end of the campus, instead of the east end where the school is now, and include a three-story section with a height of 47.3 feet. District leaders said they are not open to changing those details at this point. They’ll only need to return to the Town Council if the School Board wants to implement any of the proposed aesthetic changes, and superintendent Tom Trigg expects board members will want to do so. “We’ve always said that we were open to the idea of changing the look of the school,” Trigg said.
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Spanish Colonial Revival Details Kristen Woolery and Melissa Gerstle, both professional designers, authored “Honoring Our History,” a presentation given to the Highland Park Town Council and HPISD School Board and made available online at concernedpccitizen.com.
In it, they explore the use of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in Highland Park and contrast the style’s use in existing buildings with what’s seen in drawings for the Bradfield Elementary School rebuild project. Here’s a summary of their analysis:
Quatrefoils, decorative architectural details somewhat similar to a flower or four-leaf clover, are used as a repetitive motif on the 91-year-old Bradfield Elementary (left) as well as on Highland Park Town Hall (right), but are missing in recent designs for the replacement school building.
The arches used on Highland Park Town Hall are well balanced and to scale, but those seen above in drawings for the new Bradfield appear excessive, stylized, oversized, and unbalanced.
The added third-story of Town Hall was designed with a pitched roof to reduce the impact of the building’s height and help it feel appropriate in a residential neighborhood. Proposals for the three-story Bradfield don’t include a pitched roof, making the 47.3-foottall building feel overbearing next to adjacent homes. While Spanish tile covers all of Town Hall, the material in proposed designs appears to only cover parts of Bradfield.
3 Vertical Light Single Narrow Pane Round Town Hall has symmetrically divided double-hung windows, as did Bradfield decades ago. Drawings for the new school (above) don’t show similar windows. Those shown appear inconsistent in size and style, and are scarce and small on the north and east elevations.
18 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Community PEROT CEO LEADS MUSEUM INTO FUTURE
Linda Silver embraces evolution of science, looks to ‘refresh’ exhibits By Tim Glaze
he lure of working at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science was too much for Linda Silver to pass up – even from her post in Abu Dhabi. Silver was hired as the museum’s chief executive officer in March of 2017 after a highly successful stint in the United Arab Emirates, where she helped the country establish plans for its first-ever science center.
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“Science is always evolving and changing, so it’s important that our exhibits represent that.” Linda Silver, Perot CEO
With her son set to begin school at Jesuit and her daughter enrolled at St. Alcuin, it was a natural choice for Silver and her family to settle down in North Dallas. “My children were used to such an in-depth education in Abu Dhabi, and I was blown
Linda Silver, left, developed science museums in Abu Dhabi before accepting the CEO position at the Perot Museum in Dallas.
away by how quality the schools are,” she said. “The job [at the Perot] was perfect, but if I had to move two teenagers to Texas, it was important for me to find schools that could match what I wanted for my kids. ”
With her children happily settled in school, Silver turned her attention to the ever-expanding, never-static nature of Dallas’ 180,000 square-foot facility that, among 11 other permanent exhibits, hosts a renown dinosaur exhibit featuring a full-sized
Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. Since Silver began, the museum has set in motion plans for several more dinosaur-related events, including an “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibit in June, “DinoFest” over Labor Day weekend, Star Wars-themed exhibits and activities on May 4 and 5, and the continuation of Social Science Nights, where adults 21-years-old and older can enjoy a different approach to touring the museum. It’s all a part of the museum’s plan to “refresh” the existing exhibits over an eight-year period,
while also adding new ones, Silver said. “One of the pillars of this museum is to show that science is never static,” she said. “Science is always evolving and changing, so it’s important that our exhibits represent that.” In 2017 alone, the museum served more than 600,000 people with workshops, stations, lectures, school field trips and other demonstrations. Those are numbers Silver is used to: she once organized a science festival in Abu Dhabi that drew 150,000 people in 10 days. It’s imperative that children become enthusiastic about science at a young age, Silver said, as studies have shown, that’s when the seeds are planted for the eventual pursuit of a career in the fields of technology, science, engineering, and math. That’s one of the reasons why Silver lights up when talking about Fridays at the museum – the busiest day of the week for school field trips. “There’s always examples you hear of these scientists who, at a young age, saw an exhibit that stuck with them, or learned something at a museum that really peaked their interest,” Silver said.
New Location, Same Mission for AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament
PGA event celebrates 50 years, keeps raising money for children’s center By Tim Glaze
People Newspapers The skyrocketing popularity and national exposure of the AT&T Byron Nelson has not stymied the joy tournament officials get from giving back to the community. In fact, this year’s beneficiary stands to receive a huge contribution as the 50th anniversary of the tournament commences. Connected at the hip with Momentus Institute – an organization focused on transforming the lives of children through therapeutic work in social and emotional health – the Byron Nelson tournament has raised $155 million since 1968. With aid from the tournament, Momentus has been able to impact 6,000 kids a year since 1997. Originally dubbed the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the organization began tailoring to children with a focus on developing self-regulation, communication, problem-solving, empathy, and optimism. With a major backer in the Byron Nelson, the school has grown to two campuses in Dallas. The Byron Nelson raised a tournament-re-
cord $6.8 million in 2017. This year’s tournament will be played at Trinity Forest Golf Course, a links-style course that sits on 150 acres, after a highly successful run of years in Irving. Dates for the tournament are May 14-20. “Over the past 50 years, this tournament has helped transform the lives of more than 100,000 children in our community through Momentous Institute,” said Eddy Moore, tournament chair. “We can’t wait to start this new chapter in Dallas and see what the future beings for our tournament and the children we serve.” Moore spoke at a Rotary Club of the Park Cities meeting, stressing the importance of Momentus in the community and expressing his personal excitement at bringing the Byron Nelson to Dallas, where the new course sits atop a closed landfill. “It’s pretty cool that we’re taking a space that was previously unused and turning it into a real landmark that will help a lot of people,” he said. “There are no trees or water on the actual course, and there’s golf on every side at the venue. So, spectators will get to enjoy as much golf as they want, whenever they want.”
Spanning more than 150 acres, Trinity Forest Golf Course in Dallas is the new home of the AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament. COURTESY PHOTO
Moore added that Jesuit and University of Texas-alum Jordan Speith has committed to play at the tournament, along with many others from the top 144 PGA money-list golfers. “[Speith] is really excited to play here,” said Moore. “This is his hometown. Plus, one of his personal instructors teaches at Trinity Forest, so he’s been around the course a lot.”
2 0 1 8 AT&T BY R O N N E LS O N WHERE: Trinity Forest Golf Course WHEN: May 14-20 COST: $45 PARKING: General parking at Fair Park
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Yet Even More Streets, Roads As a public school first grader, right after I finished my Dick and Jane readers, my class and I started on our first chapter textbook, Streets and Roads. That was followed by More LEN BOURLAND S treets and Roads. (They’re still available on Amazon.) Who knew that would be a harbinger of life to come? It seems my days are now filled with just trying to navigate from point A to point B with minimal frustration in Big D. The best route is discussed in Dallas the way Italians discuss olive oil and wine. Everyone has a driving tip. GPS and Google maps may show the level of traffic but not which streets are closed down to one lane, which have detours for those ubiquitous orange cones, and which have so much construction going on that you can’t squeeze past all the cement trucks and pickups. Don’t even think about running to the grocery or anyplace else unless it’s during school hours. There’s noon traffic, drivetime traffic, school zones, and all the traffic lights that are so poorly timed that somebody should run for Street Manager. Listening to books on tape is my only salvation. With the potholes, which gave way to the repair of a broken water main that has been going on for weeks, and weeks, and weeks, going down the artery in my neighborhood is not dissimilar from a ride I once took from the airport in Honduras to the coast. If there were any of those green and yellow f reebie city bikes near me, I might pedal to the nearby stores, except I’d probably be run over by a steamroller or excavator. So I’ll just take a trip down another road – memory lane. Remember when Lover’s Lane Church was on Lover’s Lane, when Inwood Cycle was on Inwood Road, when you could leave an hour before a domestic flight and still make it, when you could drive around town admiring the azaleas without nearly getting side swiped, and leave a parking lot without encountering an anonymous door ding? So move to a small town lady, right? No, I’m just waiting for drones to ferry me around. In the meantime, I’m considering writing a manual on Dallas navigation tips titled Yet Even More Streets and Roads. Author and Columnist Len Bourland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
20 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Anti-Trafficking Group Raises $150,000 at Dallas Event
Former Preston Hollow resident, CIA operative promotes awareness By Tim Glaze
People Newspapers While serving overseas in the Central Intelligence Agency, Matt Osborne got a firsthand look at the horrors of human trafficking. It drove him, eventually, to join Operation Underground Railroad – or O.U.R. – a global nonprofit aimed at aiding the rescue of individuals from trafficking. And for the second consecutive year, O.U.R. held a fundraiser in Dallas, this year raising more than $150,000. More than 300 people attended the event at the Dallas Marriott City Center earlier this year, and Osborne said he hopes next year’s event brings even more residents eager to learn how they can help in saving lives. “We’ve got such great people in Texas,” said Osborne, who was born in California but
FROM LEFT: Adam McGough, Faith Johnson, and Matt Osborne.
moved to Preston Hollow when he was 3. “We had over 300 people show up on a Thursday night to learn about a really tough topic in child exploitation, and we want people to show up again in 2019 and bring even more people. Everyone needs to hear about this. These are actual child victims.” Osborne was recruited to join O.U.R. by his college friend, Tim Ballard, who founded the nonprofit and is now the chief executive officer. Ballard knew Osborne, with his myriads of overseas contacts and experience in the CIA, would be a strong asset to the anti-child trafficking cause. An added bonus: Osborne was able to move back to Texas and work out of his home in Prosper. “I got a really good look at the horrors of child exploitation while working for the government,” Osborne said. “With O.U.R., most
of our work started out overseas, because that’s where the need was greatest. But we quickly realized people were asking us what we were doing here at home, in the United States. So, we started a domestic program.” In four years of existence, O.U.R. has rescued more than 1,000 victims and aided in the arrests of more than 450 traffickers worldwide, the agency reports. In 2017 alone, 25 victims were rescued in Mexico, 32 in Haiti, 15 in Guatemala and, domestically, 17 in Washington. “Our motto is ‘break the chain,’ because there’s this terrible cycle were children become trapped in these exploitation circles, and then if they can’t escape, they may actually become recruiters later in life for the traffickers,” he said. “We want to start a new chain where those kids are able to escape and help stop trafficking.”
Building Dedicated in Missionary’s Memory
FROM LEFT: Leah and Jerry Fullinwider with Reconciliation Outreach founder Dorothy Moore.
Reconciliation Outreach, an inner-city ministry on Peak Street in Old East Dallas, dedicated a building in memory of the Rev. Hunter Fullinwider, an early Christian missionary in Texas. The Brannon Building, 4301 Bryan Street, was donated by Jerry and Leah Fullinwider, who provided the $850,000 for purchasing it. Jerry Fullinwider, the great, great grandson of the Rev. Fullinwider, is a
fifth-generation Texan who graduated from Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he had a long career in oil and gas production and became active in numerous civic and church endeavors. The Brannon Building has been renovated and is being leased for office and restaurant use. Income from its rental will support operating expenses of Rec-
onciliation Outreach, which provides faith-based programs for low-income children, teens, and adults. Ministries include a residential rehabilitation program for homeless and needy men and women, transitional housing for the working poor, an after-school program for children, a summer camp, youth program, and job training. – Staff report
22 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Real Estate Quarterly VAUGHN MANSION AUCTION DRAWS INTEREST
Historic house boasts distinctive midcentury modern style By Bill Miller
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Architect Robert Goodwin’s design illuminates interior spaces by exposing them to nature.
Preston Hollow mansion billed as an architectural “masterpiece” went to auction in February, but this was no “fire
sale.” Known as the Grady Vaughn home, 5350 S. Dentwood Drive, it is among high-end Dallas properties with sellers sidestepping traditional listings and going straight to auction. The 9,500-square-foot home on 1.37 acres listed at $6.9 million but dropped to $5.5 million. It didn’t sell at auction—starting bid was $2.9 million—but the event stirred lots of interest. In early April, a potential buyer was in negotiations with the heirs of the last owner— late Dallas developer Allan Zidell. “The auction did exactly what it was supposed to do, and that was to draw in the interested parties,” said Mike Jones, president of auction services at United Real Estate Holdings, Dallas, which handles luxury homes all over the world. Jones, who worked on the Vaughn project, explained auctions show what the market is willing to bear, especially for properties that rise above the neighborhood “comps” because they have more valuable amenities or features. The Vaughn home, for example, is prized for its architectural significance. In 1951, oilman Grady Vaughn Jr. hired architect Robert Goodwin to design a home in midcentury modern — a style that illuminates interior spaces by exposing them to nature. The Vaughn home does precisely that with floor-to-ceiling windows that invite views of exquisite landscaping, including a pond and
majestic century-old trees. In 2017, Preservation Dallas added the home to its roster of “Most Endangered Historic Places,” and called it “truly a midcentury modern masterpiece in Dallas and one that hopefully will not meet the fate of a wrecking ball.” That’s no exaggeration. Jones said a lot of high-end real estate in Dallas is bought only for the dirt. “They’re tearing down a perfectly good home to build a more stylish home,” he said. Auctions also have advantages for agents/ brokers. The National Association of Realtors reports the process can generate a list of ready and qualified buyers, help assure property is sold quickly at true market value, and even spark interest in other listings. However, not all properties are suited for auctions. Scott Swenson, a longtime friend of Jones and fellow auctioneer, said two factors help decide when they’re appropriate. “One, time needs to be of the essence,” said Swenson, president of Jones Swenson Auctions in Austin. “Like, a customer might have a great deal of cash tied into a property and decides there’s something else they want to use that money for; they need it now.” The next thing is “they have to have equity in the property,” he said, about 50-60 percent. Jones added, “Say you have a client who says, ‘Look, we need $5 million,’ and the appraisal is four-point-nine. Well, there’s no margin there. It would be better for a traditional listing. “Your best client is an educated client and, as long as they know the odds, you’ve done your job.”
Another Hall of Fame For Jerry Jones The North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals will induct Jerry Jones and Tobin C. Grove into its Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame on May 10 at the Dallas Country Club. Jones is founder and CEO of Blue Star Land as well as owner and president of the Dallas Cowboys. Grove is president of KDC. Additionally, chairman of Americans for CBRE Mickey Ashmore will receive the Michael F. McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual who has dedicated time to organizations committed to the real estate industry and
to charitable pursuits. Under Grove’s leadership, KDC has been at the forefront of major projects, including Legacy West in Plano, CityLine in Richardson, and eight acres in Deep Ellum that will be known as “The Epic.” Legacy West covers 240 acres, CityLine is expected to contain 5 million square feet of office space and “The Epic” will house a 250,000-square-foot office tower. “Grove is a brilliant leader whose deep ‘start-to-finish’ knowledge of the industry at every level makes him one of the most respected and trusted leaders in the real estate community,” said Greg Cannon, a NTCAR
Jerry Jones Hall of Fame committee member. Jones’ Blue Star Land has developed several projects since 1992, including Starwood, a 550-acre residential development in Frisco; Riata, an apartment community in Austin; and StarCreek, a 500-acre mixedused development in Allen. Jones also oversaw construction of AT&T Stadium in Arlington and
Tony C. Grove The Star in Frisco. “Whether he’s managing the Dallas Cowboys, building a groundbreaking stadium or a mixed-use residential or commercial development, Jones is going to leave his mark in an exceptional way,” said Darrell Hurmis, chairman of the NTCAR Hall of Fame committee. Ashmore served on the NTCAR
Mickey Ashmore board of directors in 2010 and 2012 and was an executive board member in 2011. He created an educational program that featured three classes – Cold Calling Techniques, Building Meaningful Relationships, and Pathways to Prosperity, and Happiness in Commercial Real Estate. – Staff report
24 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Church Construction Plans Continue To Raise Concerns in Neighborhood
HPPC gets OK to build underground parking garage, must stay on existing campus
By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
A growing group of neighbors near Highland Park Presbyterian Church have expressed concerns over a yet-to-be drafted public development agreement between the church and city of University Park.
”We are very cautious because they [church leaders] haven’t been straightforward through the entire process.” Bob Dill McFarlin Road resident Bob Dill said concerns center around what appears to be an effort by HPPC to use the agreement to skirt the planning and zoning process to use two of its single-family residential properties as construction sites and close Shannon Lane, a heavily used neighborhood thoroughfare. The two items were originally part of the church’s request to build an underground parking lot – a plan that’s changed at least twice to appease neighbors during the past seven years. Howev-
er, to comply with the Planning and Zoning Commission’s order to keep construction “on existing campus,” the church removed the two items from its application. It worked, and the commission unanimously passed the church’s request to amend its planning development district to demolish its Hunt Building and construct a three-story building above an underground parking lot. Dill said the approval looks like a “win, win” for everyone involved. But, he remains concerned about the possibility of a public development agreement that could include using the homes for construction sites and closing Shannon Lane. “We are very cautious because they [church leaders] haven’t been straightforward through the entire process,” Dill said. “Everything we’ve found out [about the private development agreement] has been through the back door.” Right now, the PDA doesn’t exist. And getting city or HPPC officials to discuss it has been unfruitful. “Call me when it’s an agenda item,” the church’s representative Dallas Cothrum said when asked if HPPC would try to include the two items in a PDA.
Rendering shows rebuilt Hunt Building with underground parking off Shannon Lane. While Cothrum said it’s too early to discuss what would be included in an agreement, he addresses the issue in a March 23 letter to Patrick Baugh, the city’s community development director. “It is our understanding that city staff would like this agreement to include all utility, paving, or construction work in the public rights of way on Shannon Lane, McFarlin Blvd, or if necessary other public rights of way,” Cothrum writes. “The agreement would also
provide for temporary construction staging ... and the closure of Shannon Lane.” If the church chooses to move forward with the private development agreement, officials say it will have to be approved by the City Council – a step Dill said he has full faith in. “It’s going to have to stand on its own legs,” he said. The city has used a handful of public development agreements in the past, such as with the Bush
Library and at The Plaza at Preston Center. But UP communication director Steve Mace said it would be like comparing apples and oranges to compare any of them. As to why the city would have suggested such an agreement and whether it could include closing Shannon Lane or using homes as a construction site, Mace wasn’t able to provide answers, because “it’s tough to talk about an agreement that doesn’t exist.”
26 May 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Housing Demand Remains High, But Picky Buyers May Slow Market By Tim Glaze
People Newspapers The slew of people pouring into the Dallas-Fort Worth area is keeping housing market prices high, real estate agents say. But an evening-out process is slowly forming. Prices per square feet in Preston Hollow remain near $300, and Park Cities boasts prices greater than $400 per square feet.
“The issue is that the supply is low, and buyers are looking for perfection.” Marti Voorheis Despite those high prices, a combined 137 houses were sold in March alone. This shows the popularity of North Texas, thanks largely to the area’s continuously growing job market. “Demand will remain elevated giv-
en the influx of people moving to the Metroplex, and properties at lower price points are obviously moving the fastest,” said Marti Voorheis, an agent with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. A strong 2018 in the real estate market comes after a market correction, agents said. The market experienced a period of inflation – especially in the Dallas-Fort Worth area – where sellers could name their prices, because of the number of transplants heading to Texas for jobs. But conditions are changing. There’s less of a “desperation” for homes, and buyers are becoming pickier, Voorheis said. “Prices continue to increase overall, but have slowed since last year,” Voorheis said. “The issue is that the supply is low – at less than three months – and buyers are looking for perfection.” Lots continue to be scarce in Preston Hollow and Park Cities, though. Dirt lots in Highland Park can end up costing a buyer nearly $6 million after constructing a house, and older homes are getting renovated at a much higher rate to keep up with property values.
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Price per Sold to Active Days on Months’ sq. foot list price listings market supply
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Source: North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc.
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HarborChase Opens Near Preston Center Retirement mid-rise offers 134 apartments
HarborChase boasts a boutique-hotel feel with an array of ameneties. Silverstone Healthcare Company, which owns and develops luxury senior living communities, has opened HarborChase of the Park Cities, billed as a “new generation” assisted living and memory care community. The $50 million-plus mid-rise, terraced, eight-story community features 134 luxury apartments at 5917 Sherry Lane, near the Dallas North Tollway and Preston Center. “We are excited to open HarborChase of the Park Cities and welcome residents to their new home,” said Denny Alberts, chairman and CEO of Silverstone. The senior living community offers spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with private bathrooms, wood floors, carpeted bedrooms, walk-in closets, ceiling fans, and granite countertops. The interior is designed to create a boutique-hotel feel. Residents have an array of amenities to enjoy, including a community activity room, creative art studio, game room, and a wellness and fitness center. A full-service salon with manicure, pedicure and massage rooms is available, plus each floor has unique social gathering and
lounge areas. Formal, private and casual dining offer nutritious and seasonal chef-prepared meals served daily by director of hospitality Ke’o Velasquez, former executive sous chef at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. “We will provide the residents of HarborChase of the Park Cities with not only a safe and secure home, but also a wonderful place where they can truly enjoy life,” said Tim Smick, chairman and managing partner at Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA). The second floor consists of 29 apartments with controlled access and is dedicated specifically to memory care. Residents can enjoy private dining in a bright and colorful room designed to stimulate their senses, as well as their own private terrace and outdoor seating. The community also offers 14 apartments in “The Sound,” a program designed to provide residents with mild cognitive impairment with acceptance, attentiveness, patience, and meaningful engagement. A dedicated team of care partners will be available 24 hours a day to assist residents. – Staff report
TOP: Built in 1916, and former home of Sally and John Stemmons, this prairie styled Italian Renaissance home was renovated by Suzie and Bunker Curnes. (Right) Designed by Harwood K. Smith in 1941, this French colonial was one of the first in its community to use antique brick. The home is now owned by Venise and Larry Stuart. BOTTOM: The 1933 Cape Code inspired home, now owned by Glenda and Jerry Cotner, includes its original sleeping balcony and tiles on the front porch. (Right) With a heavy focus on the arts its no wonder this Fairfax Avenue home once belonged to actress Dorothy Malone.
Historically Landmarked Four Park Cities homes were recently landmarked by the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society, bringing the total amount of landmarked buildings in the Park Cities to 226. The homeowners were celebrated March 24 at a landmarking ceremony where University Park councilman Taylor Armstrong shared noteable facts about the homes on a
neighborhood tour. Homes included a 1933 Cape Cod owned by Glenda and Jerry Cotner; the former home of Dorothy Malone – now owned by Luci and Chris Armstrong; a Prairie style Italian Renaissance combination recently restored by Suzie and Bunker Curnes; and the 1941 French colonial/New Orleans home of Venise and Larry Stuart. - Compiled by Bianca R. Montes
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 3412 Wentwood Drive
his striking, modernist home in University Park was designed by an award-winning architect and is listed for $2.595 million. The utmost attention to design and detail has been paid with a focus on commercial- and energy-efficient construction. The wide 80-foot lot allows
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ample room for the pool/spa and three-car garage with hard-surface play area behind a sliding gate. An impressive living area with 24-foot ceiling provides the perfect entertaining and everyday living space keynoted by floor-to-ceiling windows for a seamless indoor-outdoor relationship.
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING CONTENT BRIGGS FREEMAN SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Know Your Architecture: Mediterranean
The Mediterranean home at 3821 Beverly Drive is listed by Caroline Summers for $10,950,000 Where it came from: Mediterranean Revival is a style introduced in the United States in the late 19th century, variously incorporating references from Spanish Renaissance, Spanish Colonial, Beaux-Arts, Italian Renaissance and Venetian Gothic architecture. In the 1920s and ’30s, Hollywood movies featured romantic Mediterranean sets, and celebrity magazines showed stars living in glamorous Mediterranean manors. What to look for: Symmetrical façades, stucco walls, red tile roofs, arched windows with grilles and balconies made of wood or wrought iron. Other flourishes range from large, heavy wooden doors with ornate carvings and articulated surrounds to multicolored tiles for the risers of staircases. How it works: The signature tile roofs copy those of Spanish and Mexican missions and are usually made of clay. The air pocket under each tile helps keep the roof cool — perfect for Texas’ warm climate. Stucco protects the house from rain, sun and those same warm temperatures. Famous examples: In Miami, Vizcaya, built in the early 1900s by businessman James Deering, and Casa Casuarina, once the home of fashion designer Gianni Versace. In Beverly Hills, Greenacres, the 1920s estate of actor Harold Lloyd. Why it’s for you: Mediterranean-style homes can be found all over North Texas, desirable for their warm-weather suitability and special sophistication. Your Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent can find the perfect one for you.
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Betty Crawford’s French Streets listing filled with designer touches
New England charm reimagined for 2018. This French streets home at 4507 Arcady Ave. (4507arcady. daveperrymiller.com) is filled with the character and sophistication you might expect from looking at its exterior. Offered by Betty Crawford of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home with pool is listed for $1,695,000. Encompassing 3,463 square feet, it has the desirable space and easy flow to accommodate an active family. The traditional exterior does not give away any of the contemporary secrets hidden inside the multi-level interior. Spectacular millwork including custom built-ins, moldings and banisters, plus lustrous, dark hardwoods, floor-to ceiling windows and designer lighting ― they all work together to bring a sense of stylish harmony to the everyday. An updated gourmet kitchen, family room with dry bar and fireplace, study and a formal living/dining room complete the downstairs. Over the detached two-car garage, separate 22-by14-foot guest quarters have a bath and 7-by-10-foot kitchenette. To schedule a private showing, contact Crawford at 214-770-4268 or email@example.com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., with five locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.
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Stevie Chaddick Offers The Tower Residences at Updated Tudor in HP The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas ALLIE BETH ALLMAN URBAN
2555 North Pearl Street #201 2 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths | Study | 2,760 Sq Ft Offered For $2,295,000. One-of-a-kind floor plan featuring oversize living and dining areas with designer finishes ideal for entertaining. This executive residence overlooks the private resort pool and courtyard. Separate study is located off entry foyer as is powder bath and and a private guest bedroom with en-suite bath. Stunning rotunda with custom lighting makes this high-rise home truly special. Gourmet kitchen features granite counter tops and limestone flooring with Wolf double-oven and six burner gas stove and grill, double Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezers, two wine coolers, ice maker and Asko dishwasher. The utility room has a sink as well as a separate service entrance and accommodates a fullsize washer dryer. Huge master suite with three closets, luxurious spa bath featuring Calacatta Vagli Marble finishes, Jacuzzi soaking tub, dual vanities and seamless glass shower with rain forest and standard fixtures. Managed exclusively by The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, The Tower Residences offers the finest in Five-Star services and amenities, including 24-hour valet and Concierge service, private resort pool and fitness center, as well as preferred status at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hotel and Fearing’s restaurant. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214-538-1310 | firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sanders Avrea (214-458-1964 | email@example.com).
Boasting a stellar location within walking distance of Highland Park Middle School, this updated Tudor exudes sunny European charm. Situated on a 50’ x 192’ lot, the home offers today’s amenities and finishes, including wood and stone floors, without sacrificing period character. The amazing floor plan features a formal living room with a fireplace that adjoins the formal dining room with French doors; an adjoining large family room with a wood-beamed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by built-ins; and private study. The island kitchen has gleaming granite counters, custom cabinetry, and stainless appliances including double ovens and dishwashers and a gas cook top. A butler’s pantry offers added convenience. Nothing is amiss in the master suite with a lovely cathedral ceiling with arched beams, a coffee bar and sitting area with a fireplace. The luxurious bath has double vanities, a separate tub and walk-in shower. Three additional bedrooms and x baths are located upstairs with a utility room with a sink. A back covered porch with a built-in grill provides a serene place to entertain al fresco. Added amenities include a mud room and screened side porch. 3609 Normandy Ave. is Offered at $1,795,000. Contact Stevie Chaddick at 214-533-1234, schaddick@ virginiacook.com.
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Preston Hollow Homes
Wooded creeks, winding driveways and grand, multi-acre estates: The Preston Hollow area has been drawing residents to its country-in-the-city beauty ever since its first homes were planned in the 1920s. This north-of-Dallas area has grown and changed dramatically since then, but what hasn’t changed is Preston Hollow’s neighborhood feel. Allie Beth Allman & Associates is the expert in this premier neighborhood, selling the most in 2017 according to the Multiple Listings Services. Here are some homes currently available: The estate at 4717 Park Lane encompasses the neighborhood’s old-world charm. Designed by acclaimed architect O’Neil Ford, it sits on 1.7 acres with gorgeous creek views. With over 8,000 square feet, this home was built for grand-scale entertaining. Another great perk of living in Preston Hollow is its accessibility to Dallas’ best school. The home at 4621 Ridgeside Drive is walking distance to Hockadey, Jesuit Dallas, and St. Rita Catholic Community School. It also features a large backyard and spacious master suite. If you’re looking for a home that’s move-in ready, look no further than 6622 Desco Drive. This home features a gourmet kitchen, an antique French brick fireplace and a backyard oasis perfect for entertaining, including a kitchen, pool and fire pit. To learn more, visit www.alliebeth.com.
Clean Lines and Classic Design
The classic French design at 3921 Southwestern Boulevard is listed by Joan Eleazer for $2,395,000 A classic French exterior combined with fresh, clean lined interiors make the home at 3921 Southwestern in University Park perfect for today’s buyer. Situated on a beautiful treed lot and located within walking distance of Hyer Elementary, the home offers wonderful living spaces and amenities. The large foyer has lightly scraped wood floors, a beautiful curved staircase and is flanked by a sleek study with bookcases. The family room has exceptional seating space, a fireplace, beamed ceiling and adjacent breakfast room, kitchen and wet bar. The family room overlooks a covered patio with fireplace and a beautiful pool and landscaped rear grounds. It has a large opening to the kitchen with black granite countertops, white cabinetry, large island with stainless top and vegetable sink, built-in SubZero refrigerator and freezer, six-burner gas range with griddle and ovens and two Viking ovens. There is a butler’s pantry off the kitchen, leading to a beautiful dining room with tall windows. Upstairs, there are five en suite bedrooms. The master overlooks the rear yard and has a large bath with his and her vanity areas, oversized shower, whirlpool tub and separate closets. A large game room with full bath and storage is located upstairs and is accessible from the rear staircase. Additional amenities include an elevator, sprinkler system, security system and excellent storage.
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Unique resort lifestyle opportunity on Lake Athens available
The Links of Lake Athens is a one-of-a-kind private lakefront resort. The Links is a 52-acre, gated development subdivided into five separate parcels. Ownership in three of the parcels is being offered exclusively by Ashley and Malcolm Ross of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Some of the property amenities owners will enjoy include: 2,500 feet of lake frontage; a beautiful fourhole golf course that plays like an 18-hole, par-72 course; an eight-stable equestrian center; and two grass tennis courts. Lake Athens is considered one of the most pristine lakes in Texas and is only an hour and 15 minutes east of Dallas. The price for all three parcels is $7,500,000, and includes a 7,200-square-foot, seven-bedroom home, plus two guest houses. The three parcels can also be purchased individually. For more information regarding the property or partnership, please contact Malcolm at 214.207.8200 or go to www.linksatlakeathens.com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., with five locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.
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Modern Homes on Trend
Both in the national and local markets, clean, contemporary homes are the hottest trend. In the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, moderns are popping up next to traditional Tudors and Mediterranean beauties. Here are some contemporary properties that may be the perfect fit for the next phase of your life: 3840 Wentwood Drive: Thanks to its stuccocovered exterior highlighted by dramatic glass-andsteel door and large windows, this home is a show stopper. Designed by William S. Briggs and built by Robert Raymond Homes, this home was created with luxury at mind. Includes countless windows, natural stones and tiles, a gourmet kitchen, wet bar and so much more. Listed with Erin Mathews 11460 Royalshire Drive: Sleek and sophisticated. Those are two words that come to mind when you this Preston Hollow stunner. It’s open floor plan downstairs is perfect for family living and entertaining, featuring the master suite, study and living area with high ceilings. Listed with Jill Long. Learn more about these properties and to find more modern homes, visit www.alliebeth.com.
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Grand Vie Showcases Luxury Living
Visit grandviemagazine.com to view the spring/ summer 2018 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 25th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Rosewood Mansion,” profiling the Texas gem on Turtle Creek; “Celebrity Homes,” a peek at the spectacular properties of notable owners like singer Kelly Clarkson; “The Scoop,” highlighting fresh retailers and restaurants budding around town; “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; a special section for lake and ranch properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in the spring/summer edition: Partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares tips for getting your home in shape this season. “Not only has our magazine’s distribution grown significantly across Dallas-Fort Worth, it also includes some of the very best luxury real estate companies outside of our local market, in such locations as Beverly Hills/LA, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Palm Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara and Vail,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com.
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At Home in HP
ALLIE BETH ALLMAN
Allman Agent Achieves Biggest Sale
ALLIE BETH ALLMAN
Park Cities Homes for Sale
The largest residential sale to date at 6700 Turtle Creek Boulevard, was achieved by Cindy Stager with Allie Beth Allman & Associates, who brought the buyer and closed the sale in a short period of time. “The home has one of the most desirable sites in University Park, overlooking the Town Hall, Turtle Creek and unobstructed view of Goar Park.” said Ms. Stager. The price was not disclosed. “The grounds are landscaped to reflect the character of the 12,458 square foot English Tudor Revival home, which has been a favored style in the Park Cities since their beginnings. The limestone used was imported from Bath, England, and assembled onsite by English craftsmen. It’s a special property.” The Allman firm is known for its luxury leadership. Agents have sold 4 properties to date in the $5 millionplus range. Recently, acting in a strategic partnership with the Concierge Auction firm, Allie Beth Allman & Associates helped set a record for the largest residential sale at auction in U.S. history. That sale involved the former 25 acre Crespi/Hicks estate. To learn more about Allie Beth Allman & Associates and to see some of the current Estates they have on the market, visit www.alliebeth.com.
Highland Park and University Park are premier communities with great access to great schools, the arts and outstanding shopping. Just a few miles north of downtown Dallas, the Park Cities have the benefits of a large city with the feeling of living in a small town. In 2017, Allie Beth Allman & Associates sold the most in the Park Cities, according to the Multiple Listing Services. Here are some of the homes the are currently offering: 4343 Beverly Drive: Located on one of the Park Cities’ most famous streets, this gorgeous estate comes with all of the bells and whistles. Features include: A master with a resort-like bath, theater and infinity pool. 3400 Harvard Avenue: This Tuscan beauty is perfect for family and entertaining. Host guests in the large kitchen, game room and media room, or the covered patio with a fireplace and flat screen TV. The backyard also includes a pool with a diving board and slide. 4416 Bryn Mawr Drive: This new construction home has beautiful designer finishes and is move-in ready. Light and bright with an open floor plan, the house also features large windows, custom millwork and cabinetry, hardwood floors, a chef’s kitchen and much more! To learn more about these properties, visit www.alliebeth.com.
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Bright at Home
Preston Hollow Village Residential is now open and movein ready, with three mid-rise apartment buildings able to suit your lifestyle and budget. With apartment homes ranging from 650-2700 SF, each building depicts its own unique identity and amenities. Whether you are looking at The Preston, The Douglas, or The Royal, you will feel bright at home in the upscale yet casual neighborhood. It’s the perfect place to get refreshed, get connected and get living. PHV is located at the Northwest corner of Walnut Hill and N Central Expressway. Anchored by Trader Joe’s, the six phase master-planned community encompasses upscale shopping and dining, and will have six upscale residential neighborhoods featuring over 1,300 homes. Preston Hollow Village complements the modern, on-the-move lifestyles of its residents. Here, everyone can walk to chic restaurants, a neighborhood grocery store, superior shopping and services, and a future three-acre park. Please visit: www.liveatphv.com.
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Lakewood Elementary home checks all the Buyer’s Boxes
Stunning home featured European Sensibility in Architectural Digest with Sophisticated Styling 6455 Kenwood Ave - $1,250,000
The home at 3608 Harvard Avenue is listed by Jennifer Ferguson and Alex Trusler for $2,225,000
Enjoy European styling in a serene setting at 6809 Golf Drive. Listed by Madeline Jobst for $3,495,000
Located on a beautiful block in the heart of Highland Park, 3608 Harvard Avenue has been renovated to look and feel like new construction, embracing today’s modern take on traditional style. High ceilings, smooth finish walls and wide room transitions set the tone for the first floor of this gracious home, built in 1994. There are three living areas downstairs, and a painted panel study at the front of the house is accessed through double doors off the living room. The living room receives light from all sides and is a beautiful setting with a stone fireplace. Two double openings connecting the living room to the family room contain a fully equipped wet bar and the main level powder room. The kitchen has crisp, white cabinetry, white limestone countertops and stainless Viking appliances. A generous butler’s pantry connects to a beautiful dining room. Upstairs are four spacious en suite bedrooms. The master suite has a sitting area, vaulted ceiling and a white marble bath equipped with separate vanities, his and hers closets, a soaking tub and frameless glass shower. This home is within easy walking distance of Armstrong Elementary School and the Highland Park swimming pool. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Highland Park, all of North Texas and around the world— go to briggsfreeman.com
Inspired by the European sensibility, 6809 Golf Drive is perfectly situated on an expansive lot along Turtle Creek. Multiple rooms enjoy stunning views of the terraced pool and spa, manicured grounds and shaded creek. The finest materials have been selected throughout the fivebedroom, six bath home which features formals, two dens, chef’s kitchen, two fireplaces, upstairs utility room, balcony, covered terrace with outdoor kitchen and a spectacular pool and spa. The gracious foyer features herringbone hardwood floors and a glass stairway with wood trim. Ahead is the great room with a steel fireplace that opens onto the covered terrace through French doors and shares pool and creek views with the adjacent breakfast bay and chef’s kitchen. The second level is distinguished by French doors leading to a den with a wall of rich chocolate brown leather, a wet bar with granite counter, copper sink and refrigerator. The master suite is a serene private space with tray ceiling and deep moldings, a walk-in closet and white marble and limestone master bath with a barrel-vault ceiling, dual vanities, soaking tub and steam shower. The covered flagstone terrace with brick columns and bead board ceiling includes a grill and refrigerator, sound system and ceiling fans. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in the Park Cities, all of North Texas and around the world—go to briggsfreeman.com.
This 2014 Lakewood Elementary home has five bedrooms, four baths and two half-baths in 5,040 square feet (per appraiser). Open floor plan includes formal dining, chef’s kitchen with butler’s pantry, and family room with fireplace and wet bar. Private study and en suite guest room complete the downstairs. Second-level master has walk-in double shower and jetted tub. Also upstairs, three additional bedrooms, game room, media room and laundry. Covered outdoor living space includes fireplace.
This exquisite home at 4017 Hawthorne is filled with details throughout that are not to be missed. Selected for Architectural Digest, this home is the inspiration of lighting design pioneer, Craig Roberts, with a masterful use of natural and artificial light and unerring eye for detail to create a setting fit for a world class boutique hotel, all set in this close-in location that backs to multi-million-dollar Highland Park residences. 4017 Hawthorne is being offered for $1,399,000 and features two bedrooms, two full and one-half baths, 3,334 square feet of living space on 0.17 acres. The master and guest suites are conveniently located downstairs with exquisite millwork, flooring and finishes. Upstairs is a second living area with a built-in bar area that doubles as a media room with drop down projector and blackout screens. Outside is a private oasis with a covered terrace made of steel and glass and mirrored panels that overlooks a pool and trellised loggia. Please contact Ryan Streiff (ryan@ daveperrymiller.com) for more information or visit DPMFineHomes.com.
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The Night is Ours
If you have been noticing how North Dallas is looking even better when the sun goes down each evening, chances are you have Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to thank. Their stunning custom outdoor illumination design plans – accented with meticulous installation and maintenance – are fast becoming the talk of the town. For a Free Design Consultation to see how they can transform your home for greater curb appeal, functionality, safety and security, call them at 972-432-7930. As an aside, right now they are featuring an exclusive offer for our readers: a complete 7-light system for $1700 and a 10-light system for $2500. Call for details.
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SMOKE CAUSES TEMPORARY SAUSAGE SHORTAGE Kuby’s rebounds quickly after fire, thanks customers By William Taylor
hrowing away food goes against everything Karl Kuby Jr. learned as a boy. His family emigrated from Germany and never threw anything away.
“It could have been worse. Someone could have got hurt, the building could have burned down, but it didn’t. I’m glad it was what it was.” Karl Kuby Jr. That’s why Kuby Jr. got upset and took it personally when smoke from a small fire on an exterior door forced him to toss out all of the food and beverages at Kuby’s Sausage House and European Market – about a couple of hundred thousand dollars’ worth. “It went against everything in my body to have to throw way that stuff,” he said. “That could have fed a lot of people.” What he also takes personally is appreciation he receives from the community. News of the March 22 fire prompted an
outpouring of concern on social media. Many customers dropped by to check on the business in Snider Plaza, some even offering to help with the cleanup. Kuby Jr. didn’t accept help – his staff had the cleanup under control – but he felt thankful to hear it offered. “That’s the loyalty of the customers Kuby’s has, and that’s what makes us special,” he said. Kuby.com tells how the Kuby family traces its history in the sausage business to 1728, when Friedrich Kuby opened a neighborhood meat market in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Karl Kuby Sr. brought the family tradition to Dallas, opening Kuby’s Sausage House in 1961. The business includes a meat market and delicatessen, grocery, bakery, and restaurant. It also offers meat processing services, catering, and gift baskets. Much of the business’ merchandise is either self-manufactured or imported, providing a special challenge after the fire. Kuby’s had to stay closed for four days, primarily because its shelves were empty. The University Park Fire Department has labeled the fire accidental. “Unless someone comes forward
FROM LEFT: Karl Kuby Sr. and Jr.
with specific knowledge, it is not possible to determine the exact cause,” said Steve Mace, the city’s director of communications and marketing. However, Kuby Jr. has a theory: A cigarette tossed on the pavement by someone walking by afterhours likely got blown up against some leaves at the door and eventually ignited a fire, he said. The fire didn’t spread into the building, but because some smoke did, Dallas County inspectors ordered a thorough cleaning and condemned all the food, Kuby Jr. said. “I can’t prove it’s not contaminated unless I open every jar,” he said. “Even the meats in the back freezers and coolers that are sealed like coffins, they had to be discarded.” Fortunately, he had some products warehoused – thanks in part to some recent orders his wife had made – and could mobilize his sausage factory to get the store about 60 percent stocked in a hurry. Getting to 100 percent would take several weeks as products shipped from overseas. “It could have been worse,” Kuby Jr. said. “Someone could have got hurt, the building could have burned down, but it didn’t. I’m glad it was what it was.”
Comings and Goings Boardroom The Hill
Perfect Union Pizza Co. Highland Park Village A pizzeria from chef Nick Badovinus has opened in space previously occupied by Marquee Grill and KT Burger on the ground level of the Highland Park Village Theatre. Perfect Union’s menu consists mostly of pizza – topped with high-end cured meats and cheeses such as soppressata – along with some Italian-American classics.
Designed to be a comfortable, masculine, 1920s country club-inspired salon, similar to a sophisticated men’s club, Boardroom features dark wood paneling, a relaxing lounge with oversized leather chairs, a pool table, and a great vibe. Clients also have the opportunity to purchase an annual membership, which comes with the freedom of unlimited haircut services, plus 10 percent off all other services and products for one year.
Hat Creek Burger Company Walnut Hill neighborhood Straight out of Austin, this fast-casual burger chain is expanding to North Dallas with an anticipated opening date later this year. In addition to the burgers on the menu, the restaurant also serves up breakfast in the morning, along with salads, shakes, and a selec-
tion of chicken sandwiches. Regular and sweet potato fries are on offer, along with a pouch of pickles or veggies that serves as a decidedly healthier alternative to fried potatoes.
Orignial ChopShop University Park/Park Lane and Preston Road A neighborhood eatery is expanding into North Texas with four restaurants, including locations in University Park and near Preston Hollow. The chopshop prides itself on offering wholesome, flavorful food, made from scratch on-site with real, quality ingredients. ChopShop also provides a variety of dietary-friendly items for adults and children, including food free of gluten, dairy, lactose, and soy, along with vegetarian and vegan options. While there are no set opening dates, press says it will be by the end of the year. A Las Colinas location opened in April.
Uncommon Man 6609 Hillcrest Ave.
A new men’s made-to-measure boutique is opening right in the heart of Dallas. In a city that prides itself on having the perfect suit, Uncommon Man brings exclusive fabrics and tailoring to Dallas clientele – whether that’s in-shop by appointment or at their home or office. The opening night celebration will come in May, details will be posted on @ShopUncommon on Instagram and Facebook.
Cauldron Ice Cream Uptown
An innovative ice cream brand is bringing trendy scoops to Dallas this summer. The parlor has become known for its made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream served as traditional or rose-shaped scoops. The concept’s small batch flavors include a mixture of unique mainstays, like Earl Grey Lavender, Milk and Cereal, and H20 Rose, while also offering seasonally rotating flavors to keep the menu fresh and intriguing.
Cauldron Ice Cream
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HIGHLAND BELLES SERVICE OFFICERS NAMED Award-winning drill team honors top performers
Dean Holland Honored
FROM LEFT: New officers Carmen Sarfatis, Alexandra Whitlock, Kennedi Feigl, Sarah Fielder, and Ava Jahant.
he Highland Belles announced its 2018-2019 service officers during a recent end-of-year banquet celebrating another award-winning year. Ava Jahant, is the new president; Sarah Fielder, vice president; Kennedi Feigl, secretary, Alexandra Whitlock, treasurer; and Carmen Sarfatis, chaplain. The service officers were selected by their peers and directors and are assigned to organize and implement all social and outreach
FROM LEFT: Silver Belle winners Ellie McFarland, Jillian Ellis, Kaki Glieber, Kate Kilpatrick, and Barrett Groves.
activities for the Belles during the 20182019 school year. Also honored at the banquet were the 2018-2019 Silver Belle award winners. Barrett Groves was named Most Improved Belle; Ellie McFarland, Best Attitude Sophomore Belle; Kate Kilpatrick, Best Attitude Junior Belle; Kaki Glieber, Best Attitude Senior Belle; and Jillian Ellis, Best Belle. The Highland Belles successful 20172018 season included competing in the
Contest of Champions National Drill Team Competition in Orlando, Florida, where the team excelled in several categories. “This competition gets tougher each year, and our Belles meet the challenge head on,” director Shannon Phillips said. In the Extra-Large Team Category, the Belles were named National Grand Champion and scored first places finishes in XL Pom, XL Jazz, XL Kick, and XL Contemporary. – Staff report
Meadows School Dean Sam Holland received the 2018 Music Teachers National Association Achievement Award for his work with the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, a New Jersey nonprofit he co-founded and led for the past 20 years. The award, MTNA’s highest honor, is given in honor of significant and lasting contributions to the music teaching profession.
Erick Johnson Award
Bobby B. Lyle received the 2018 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award for his work as an engineer, community leader, business executive, philanthropist, and mentor. The award is given to those who epitomize the spirit of moral leadership and public virtue. Lyle, an SMU trustee for 30 years, had the school of engineering named in his honor in 2008. For more than 25 years, he has been the leader of the natural gas and petroleum industry.
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THE SAGA OF RANDY ALLEN’S SHORT-LIVED RETIREMENT Nineteen seasons not enough for Scots winningest football coach By Todd Jorgenson
old off on the retirement party, and delete all the congratulatory send-offs on social media. Randy Allen will return for a 20th season as Highland Park football coach, after all.
“I love coaching at Highland Park and making a positive impact on the lives of our players.” Randy Allen Three weeks after announcing his retirement, the winningest coach in school history reconsidered and will return to the sideline next season, and for the foreseeable future beyond that. That seems to be good news for everyone involved, but getting back to the status quo involved some bizarre drama. Allen has been a head coach for the past 37 seasons overall — in-
Randy Allen, center, will return for another season as the Scots head football coach. cluding stops at Ballinger, Brownwood, and Abilene Cooper — but sounded definitive on March 21 when he spoke about retiring at a press conference. “I’ve given much thought and prayer to this decision and shed
many tears over the past few days, because I love these players and coaches so much,” Allen said then. “This is the right time to retire and I am at peace with the decision.” After all, he has won three state championships with the Scots, in-
cluding the past two years in a row. He has a 96-1 record at Highlander Stadium since arriving in 1999. His 376 career victories rank third alltime in the state, and second among active coaches. Allen, 68, has won 223 games
at HP, for an incredible average of 11.7 per season. His HP teams have earned 17 district titles, and the same number of seasons have ended with at least 10 wins. Those numbers suggest he doesn’t have much left to prove. But his decision to return was more about the relationships that he wasn’t ready to give up just yet. “I simply didn’t realize how much I would miss these players and coaches,” Allen said on April 10, the date he announced he would come back to HP. “My true calling in life is to help guide young men to success. I love coaching at Highland Park and making a positive impact on the lives of our players. During the last few weeks, I have been so thankful for the outpouring of love and appreciation from so many former players, coaches, the community and the administration. It has all helped me realize that being on the Scots sideline is where I belong.” HP will wrap up its annual spring practice schedule in midMay, and will open the 2018 regular season at home against Rockwall on Aug. 31.
Senior Pitcher Has Been a Calming Influence on the Mound Yale-bound Kipp building on opportunity he got as a junior By Todd Jorgenson
Grant Kipp has seized his opportunity on the mound in 2018.
Grant Kipp’s outlook on baseball changed at the beginning of his junior year, when he was presented with an opportunity. Highland Park lost one of its top pitchers to an injury, and Kipp, who lacked much meaningful varsity experience, was suddenly the next man up. “It almost forced Grant into the No. 2 spot. We had to log more innings with him as a junior, but he fit right in and became one of the best pitchers in the area,” said HP head coach Travis Yoder. “We knew we had something with Grant, but he exceeded our expectations last year.” The tall right-hander wound up pitching more than 60 innings with a remarkable earned-run average of 0.91, helping the Scots reach the second round of the playoffs.
This season, Kipp has been the ace for a young squad that is looking to return to postseason play, and he’s again stepped up to the challenge. “With a lot of different moving parts this year, it’s one of the things that calms us down,” Yoder said. “We need somebody with experience who we feel comfortable throwing against anybody.” After playing several sports in middle school, Kipp didn’t commit full-time to baseball until his freshman year at HP. He played on the junior varsity team as a sophomore, and sat in the varsity dugout during the playoffs. The following spring, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Class 6A powerhouse Allen in an early-season tournament. “I just wanted to be part of the rotation in some way. I knew some guys were in front of me,” Kipp said.
“It gave me an opportunity to show what I can do.” Behind the scenes, he was preparing for a breakthrough. Kipp intensified his weightlifting regimen, and also attended high-profile camps that improved his throwing mechanics and velocity. “I started to believe I could have a future in the sport,” he said. He cemented that future after pitching well during a camp at Stanford University last summer. Afterward, coaches from Yale showed interest. Kipp committed after visiting the Ivy League campus a few months later. But first, he’s focused on his new role this season at HP, and trying to push the Scots toward a lengthy playoff run. “It definitely feels different,” Kipp said. “I feel more of the younger kids are looking up to me. I’m trying to lead by example.”
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Hosch Comes Up Aces On and Off the Course
Highland Park golfer ready to lead Scots in state title defense By Todd Jorgenson
state’s top junior golfers. Hammer lives in the Houston area, but was forced to evacuate due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey. So the duo, inspired by the charitable acts of players on
People Newspapers Turner Hosch credits his parents for encouraging him to always see the big picture. Ever since he first picked up a club at age 2, the Highland Park junior has practically been a golf prodigy. So while he’s always posted unusually low scores for his age — allowing him to verbally commit to national power Oklahoma even before he was in high school — he knows that the value of the game isn’t always reflected in the number on a scorecard. In May, Hosch will lead the Scots in their effort to defend the Class 5A state title. With three of the top four players returning, HP likely will be among the favorites at the state tournament on May 14-15 in Georgetown. Yet just as much as the trophies, Hosch cherishes the experiences golf has provided, especially since he’s started traveling regularly to some of the top junior events in the country.
“I went down there with low expectations, just trying to make the cut. I saw that I could compete with the best of the best.” Turner Hosch
Turner Hosch shot a 67 at the District 15-5A golf tournament.
“Some of the friendship I’ve been able to make with skids f rom all over has been really cool,” Hosch said. “I try to look at the big picture instead of always putting pressure on myself to win.”
Last fall, while preparing to compete in the AJGA Junior Championship at the iconic TPC Sawgrass course in Florida, Hosch was playing a practice round in Dallas with Cole Hammer, another one of the
the PGA Tour, hatched an idea — persuading the American Junior Golf Association, which organized the tournament, to donate $10 to hurricane relief for every birdie or eagle at the event. With other sponsors pitching in, too, the effort raised more than $28,000.
“Both of us sent out a tweet about it, just to see what could happen,” Hosch said. “The AJGA came back and agreed to do it.” Hosch started playing competitive golf when he was 5. Four years later, he made his first appearance at the Kids Golf World Championship in North Carolina. In recent years, he’s qualified for the Junior PGA Championship in St. Louis, the Wyndham Cup in California, and even the Junior Presidents Cup in New Jersey — held in the days leading up to the real Presidents Cup. But perhaps his best victory came at an AJGA event in April 2016 at Horseshoe Bay near Austin, just days after Hosch suffered through a poor performance at the District 15-5A tournament for HP. “I went down there with low expectations, just trying to make the cut. I was able to free my mind up a little bit,” said Hosch, who rallied to win with a final round of 67. “I saw that I could compete with the best of the best.”
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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION AT CAMPS
KD students explore acting, improv, filmmaking By Cynthia Mendez
er actors’ studio is turning 40, a Dallas institution, but Kathy Tyner wonders: Do people know we’re here? “Really, we’re a well-kept secret in Dallas,” she said. “We just want more people to know about us and that we are honest. “We want to tell people the correct way to pursue their career and their passion.” If that is acting and/or filmmaking, the Irving native says KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts – founded in 1979 – can get hopefuls started on their career. Or at least help them build some self-confidence, just as valuable, in her opinion. “They always have a blast,” she said. The studio’s annual summer camp is scheduled for June 4 to Aug. 10 with oneand two-week classes for ages 7 to 18. No experience is necessary. At the end of each camp, students have an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned. “You should leave your camp feeling
A summer camp in Dallas this summer will focus on filmmaking. comfortable in an audition situation with a camera or an audition situation on stage,” said Reis McCormick, director of development. “You will have been exposed to commercial copy, lots of improv. It’s a fun way to learn, and the parents are always thrilled to see how much their kids have learned in
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terms of confidence. Not everybody is going to be an actor, necessarily, but they sure are going to walk away with life skills.” The studio opened in 1979 when, after 15 years as the manager of a friend’s agency, Tyner took the leap. She approached her boss with the idea, they found the money, and to-
gether opened a studio where actors could practice, practice, practice. “Out of that, we started workshops and improv classes, and we decided to become accredited and degree-granting, and here we are 40 years later,” she said. There’s a reason why actors should know about KD and other studios. More than two dozen professional theaters operate in Dallas-Fort Worth, and four network television shows shoot nearby, plus one in Austin and one in Shreveport. Funimation, the creators of Dragon Ball Z, has its headquarters in Flower Mound. “Two of the stars of Dragon Ball Z have come back to study here in the short courses at night,” McCormick said. KD grad Clinton Greenspan is in the lead role of Aladdin in Disney’s national tour. Other successful KD alumni include Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Chace Crawford. “That’s just an example. We’re a family, McCormick said.” And they don’t want it to be a secret.
Summer Excitement Begins With Packing Tips for making sure your camper is ready
The good news is you probably have many things child HELENE ABRAMS your needs for camp in your house. Take the packing list (usually found on the camp website or in the welcome packet) and check around the house before heading off to the store. Find out how often the camp offers laundry service. Most likely, you will only need to pack enough clothes for one to two weeks. For items you do need to buy, check out these helpful websites for ordering camp gear: campstuff4less.
com, everythingsummercamp.com, and beebeedesigns.com. Also, labeling everything is a must. Check out Label Daddy – labeldaddy.com – for super cute labels and use our 20 percent discount code: Tipsontrips. Of course a black sharpie always works too. To help keep your child organized, use large baggies to pack small items, underwear, socks, etc. Remember, you want your child to have fun and not worry about ruining their clothes. It’s not about the clothes, it’s the enriching, fun time your child will experience at camp.
After your child comes home from camp, pack away things in the duffle or trunk for the next summer (flashlight, fans, laundry bags, water bottles, old towels). When next summer rolls around you will be that much more ahead of the game. Camp is one of the best times of your child’s life, make packing easy, fun, and part of the experience. Helene Abrams, an advisor with Tips on Trips and Camps, a free summer camp and trip advisory service, helps parents of children ages 7-18 find enriching summer overnight experiences. Reach her at 214-484-8141 or email@example.com.
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Area School Camps
• Summer Dance Camps • Ages 18 mos - Adult • Ballet, Contemporary, Hip hop, Tap, Jazz, Acro
5400 E. Mockingbird, Ste. 207, Dallas, TX (214) 821-2066 www.contemporaryballetdallas.com
Episcopal School of Dallas WHAT: A variety of camps, taught by professionals, will focus on areas of study such as art, photography, government as well as sports and adventures. WHO: Age 3-grade 12th WHEN: May 29-Aug. 3 WHERE: 4100 Merrell Road COST: $75-1,500 CONTACT: esdallas.org
think intellectually, become good problem-solvers, learn, and want to learn. WHO: Grades kindergarten-12th. WHEN: June 4-Aug. 3 WHERE: Main Campus, 2720 Hillside Drive, and Roger L. Perry Campus, 7401 Ferguson Road. COST: $240- $315 CONTACT: lakehillprep.org/summer-camps
Summer on the Hill WHAT: Children get to interact and do fun activities that range from Lego engineering to cooking. WHO: Grades PK-12 WHEN: May 29-Aug. 10 WHERE: Greenhill School, 4141 Spring Valley Road, Addison COST: $150-185, half day; $325, full day camp CONTACT: greenhill.org/page/summer-onthe-hill Hockaday School WHAT: Boys and girls discover and learn about their abilities and strengths in a camp designed to help campers learn responsibilities and develop confidence. WHO: Grades PK-12th WHEN: June 4-July 20 WHERE: 11600 Welch Road COST: $200-$900 CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org Lakehill Summer Camps WHAT: Educational camps help students
Students direct light waves during one of Parish Summer’s STEM day camps. Parish Episcopal School WHAT: Fun education camps explore a variety of subjects for each age group. WHO: Ages 3-18 WHEN: May 29-Aug. 17 WHERE: Hillcrest Campus, 14115 Hillcrest Road, and Midway Campus, 4101 Sigma Road COST: $75-$1,325 CONTACT: parishsummer.org
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YMCA Camps Collin County Adventure Camps WHAT: Camps focus on spending time outdoors and having adventures (fishing, rock climbing, etc.) to help children develop their leadership skills and teamwork. WHO: Ages 5-14: WHEN: June 4-Aug. 10 WHERE: McKinney YMCA, Plano YMCA, Frisco YMCA, and Princeton YMCA COST: $205-$510 CONTACT: collincountyadventurecamp.org
Camp Olympia at Lake Livingston will be held from June 3 to August 11.
Hill Country and Central Texas Camps Camp Longhorn WHAT: Children challenge themselves with new activities; gaining confidence while having fun and making friends. WHO: Completed grades secondninth WHERE: Two camps at Inks Lake and one at Indian Springs WHEN: Jun 3-Aug. 11 COST: $1,772, one week; $3,489.70, two weeks; $4,607, three weeks. ($250 deposit required) CONTACT: camplonghorn.com Camp Lonehollow WHAT: A camp offering more than
60 activities with the purpose of motivating each child to find their greatest self and grow while having fun. WHO: Grades second-11th WHEN: June 2- Aug. 5 WHERE: Vanderpool COST: $1,831-$5,991 CONTACT: lonehollow.com Camp Mystic for Girls WHAT: A Christian summer girls camp focused on making sure campers grow as individuals and spiritually. WHO: Completed grades second11th WHEN: Jun 1-Aug. 16
WHERE: Hunt COST: $5,875, first and second term; $3,600, third term. CONTACT: campmystic.com Camp Olympia WHAT: This overnight summer camp offers more than 40 activities. Campers choose the ones they like and go through character development to help them connect to others and God and grow as individuals. WHO: Ages: 6-16 WHEN: June 3-Aug. 11 WHERE: Lake Livingston COST: $1,895-$4,595 CONTACT: campolympia.com
Camp on the Lake
Camp on the Lake WHAT: This waterfront day camp helps children learn life skills, explore nature, make new friends, and memories. WHO: Ages 6-13 WHEN: May 29-Aug. 17 WHERE: Lake Lewisville COST: $220-$270 per week. CONTACT: ymcadallas.org/ locations/camp_on_the_lake Camp Grady Spruce WHAT: This outdoor based camp helps children develop character and skills, appreciate the environment, and build their relationship with God. WHO: Ages 6-16 WHEN: June 17-Aug. 4 WHERE: Graford COST: $790-$990 CONTACT: campgradyspruce.org - Compiled by Sarah Jamal
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LETTING FAITH OVERCOME FEAR
Family learns lessons through foster care CHILD ABUSE BY THE NUMBERS IN DALLAS COUNTY IN FISCAL YEAR 2017:
By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
ave you ever wanted to send God a text message simply stating, “LOL?” Alexis Wagoner has. The University Park mother of three has found herself finding God in the smallest of details more and more since opening her home to a foster child. “It’s almost comical,” she laughed telling a story about trying to purchase a polka-dotted suitcase for a 5-year-old little girl placed in her home full of boys. “I was literally Googling on my computer a polka-dotted suitcase and then my doorbell rings,” she said. There her friend was, holding a polka-dotted suitcase full of clothes. “I just wanted to text God, LOL, good one,” Wagoner said. “Even in the tiniest of details you can just see God’s hand.” Wagoner has spent many Mother’s Days surrounded by the love of her own children, all boys ages 9, 14, and 15. But for the past two years foster children have been a part of the celebration. While there isn’t a simple answer to explain why she and her family opened their door to a foster child, Wagoner said there is a culmination that led to the decision. It all began about four years ago when her middle child was 10. A family they knew was mentoring a child and her son latched onto the idea. She still remembers the excitement in his voice when he gleefully said, “we need to do that.” But, at the time, their plate was full, and it just didn’t make sense to take on a family mentorship. So, like any curious 10-yearold Wagoner’s son did his own research and
allegations of abuse or neglect were made to CPS
children were confirmed as victims of abuse or neglect
Alexis Wagoner takes a break from her sales career to foster children. looked for a similar opportunity he could explore. “No one was willing to let a 10-year-old step up and help that way,” Wagoner said. While her son found another way to volunteer, the situation left Wagoner and her husband wondering: How do we let our children have access to people who need help? “Most of the volunteering for young kids, it’s hard for them to see who’s benefiting from packing the backpacks or serving the food in the food bank,” Alexis Wagoner said. “It’s hard for them to make that connection. They don’t understand.” It wasn’t until two years later and a few more revelations by God that had the Wagoner Family at Buckner Foster Care in Dallas. It took eight months to get licensed, almost the length of a pregnancy, Wagoner noted.
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They used that time to process a host of insecurities; What if they bring us a child we cannot handle? What if they bring us someone we can’t love? What if they bring us someone we love too much? Ten days after being licensed, they received their first placement call. Through it all, Wagoner said her faith has taught her two things: One, to trust God. Two, to have faith in Him. “I get such sweet glimpses of validation,” she said. “You know, sometimes I worry. My youngest son had a birthday just a few days after [her latest placement, a nine-year-old girl] got here, and we were in such a frenzy to take care of her immediate needs that I wanted to make sure he didn’t feel he was being cast aside on his special weekend.” And then she got a sweet note from his
children were removed from their homes
children died as a result of abuse or neglect SOURCE: CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
teacher. In the classroom, they had read a book about someone who inspired people. Afterwards, the teacher asked the class who inspired them and Wagoner’s son raised his hand and said, ‘My Mom.’ “The things that I worry about, I feel like God answers those prayers by saying, ‘Stay on course, this is going to all work out.’ ”
Crossing Racial Divides
Dallas pastors swap pulpits for the fourth year By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
Park Cities Baptist Church pastor Jeff Warren isn’t afraid to say there are people in his congregation that don’t know anyone of color. “Not really,” he said.
“I am learning that the racial story for a white man is dramatically different than a black man.” Jeff Warren
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PCBC pastor Jeff Warren greats guests at Concord Church.
He even extended the statement to those outside of his church who live in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow neighborhoods. So, what do you do about that? “Do I ask the person at the grocery store to go to lunch with them? Maybe,
yeah, maybe,” Warren said. And that is what he’s done since returning to the pulpit at PCBC in 2010 as the senior pastor. His journey began by joining a south Oak Cliff pastor for lunch. From that simple act of breaking bread, Warren and the Rev. Bryan Carter, senior pastor at Concord Church, connected with other area pastors at nearly 30 churches to routinely discuss racial relations and in 2015 swapped pulpits to continue the conversation with their parishioners. Their work, both pastors agree, proved fruitful in the wake of the July 7, 2016 Dallas police ambush during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. “The Pulpit Swap is an essential part of the work we’re doing,” Carter said. “It communicates and demonstrates the importance of our roles as Christians in this matter of racial reconciliation. It
also serves as a model for others and a call to action for both us personally and corporately to move away from racism and work toward unity.” As a pastor, Warren said he does find it challenging to bring the sensitive topic of race to his church – especially today – but said God calls us to step out of our secure places. “I am learning that the racial story, everyone has a story of race, for a white man is dramatically different than a black man,” Warren said. “I think so much of it has to do with how we were raised in our families. We take on the perspective of our parents, so we talk about teaching our children to love everyone. “When you show up in a cross racial [environment], grace abounds. Especially if you’re among God’s people. It is palpable. You don’t experience that when we’re just all white.”
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Anne Graham Lotz will speak May 20 at HPPC.
Continuing Billy Graham’s Legacy Late evangelist’s daughter to speak at HP Presbyterian By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
The late Rev. Billy Graham had a simple message: God loves you. That message continues to live on at Highland Park Presbyterian Church through his extended family, The Bells. Anne Graham Lotz will visit the church this May at the annual Legacy of Faith to echo her father’s word. In the spirit of Graham’s evangelism, this year’s event will be open to the public, said Janie Bell, the church’s women’s ministry director. On the heels of Graham’s funeral, Bell said she wrote a note to the women of her church. While announcing the guest speaker for the annual event, she took the time to remind the congregation that while attending the funeral of America’s Pastor – an event attended by the president and first lady, noted politicians, and celebrities, “Billy was not the single focus of the day.” It was Jesus. That, to her, is the message she wants to live on. “That is what we’re trying to do here among the women, and that’s why we’re bringing Anne,” Bell said. The Legacy of Faith, an event that started as a mother/daughter dinner to hear speakers talk about handing down faith, has grown over the years to welcome anyone in the congregation. But, Bell said with the news of Graham-Lotz attending this year, everything changed. “If you’ve ever heard her speak, she is very much like her dad: powerful, strong, huge message for anyone and everyone to know the love of Jesus,” Bell said. “We thought we really need to change everything. This [event] needs to not only be for our church, but for anyone who
wants to hear about Jesus.” To prepare for as many numbers as possible, the church decided to drop the dinner and instead book their largest sanctuary, Elliot Hall. Peggy Bell, Billy Graham’s sister in law, said she has watched his daughter, Anne, grow over the years and develop a voice just as powerful. When it comes to continuing the legacy of sharing the love of Christ, Peggy Bell said it is not just one to be followed by only her family and church. It is a message every Christian is called to deliver, she said. “I think each one of us has a responsibility to our Lord Jesus Christ to speak up and share the good news of the gospel whenever possible,” Peggy Bell said. “I think we need to be ready and I think we need to be comfortable with it and seize whatever opportunity the lord gives to us.” Her son, Nelson Bell, who is also the pastor of community life at the church, said having that legacy gives one an anchor and a foundation, “because the world can’t give you that.” “It is a blessing to have parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles that hold on to that faith, as well,” he said. “By having that legacy of faith, you’ve seen many people that have gone before you and you’ve seen God be faithful to them, and you know God will be faithful as well to you.”
I F YO U G O WHAT: Legacy of Faith featuring Anne Graham Lotz WHEN: 5-7 p.m. May 20 WHERE: Highland Park Presbyterian Church REGISTRATION: Visit hppres.org/women open through May 13
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Church Works Seven Years To Purchase New Pipe Organ
Patrick A. Scott will perform in May By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
The call to worship is sounding a bit sweeter at Royal Lane Baptist Church. “We had our first meeting seven years ago,” music director Harry Wooten said about plans for the church to purchase a new pipe organ. At the time, he said the house of worship had an old pipe organ that was in disrepair.
“I love that they took such care for this to be perfect, and no one ever sees it.” Harry Wooten The final pledge was paid off a few months ago., marking the actual ownership of the instrument The grassroots-like effort included 175 individual donors. The church has planned a May concert to celebrate and dedicate the pipe organ. Patrick A. Scott, the assistant organist-choirmaster at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta will perform. The new pipe organ is about twice the size of the former one. The main windchests are installed one above the other to take advantage of the ceiling height – and a towering trumpet climbs the back wall of the building. Built by Dan Garland, of Fort Worth, the pipe organ incorporates 50 ranks of pipework – some new, some completely revoiced, and some rescaled – and seven digital voices. At Royal Lane, with small chambers, there was no possibility of installing pipework in place of the digital voices. The builder said the voices greatly enhance the tonal ensemble adding to the excitement and flexibility of the instrument. “I love that they took such care for this to be perfect, and no one ever sees it,” Wooten said as he walked through the church’s small chambers, pointing to the thousands of pipes that filled the space. For example, Wooten pointed to some vin-
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Harry Wooten stands among thousands of pipes.
tage pipework reclaimed from old churches. “While searching, I found this set of pipes that had been in storage for decades,” Garland, the builder said. “The pipework was built by Hook and Hastings in 1915 for First Christian Church in Fort Worth. “After listening to these pipes in the voicing room in our shop, we realized they were simply extraordinary. The tone produced by this pipework truly sounded like an orchestral flute.” Other pipework dates back to an organ that was dismantled in the 1920s from East Dallas Munger Place. Wooten, who calls the pipe organ an integral part of worship at Royal Lane, said he is very pleased with the end result. “This is our call. This is our purpose,” Garland said about the construction. “We feel blessed to have been given the opportu-
I F YO U G O WHAT: Pipe Organ Dedication WHEN: 7:30 p.m. May 8 WHERE: Royal Lane Baptist Church
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rs. Linda Sue Dixon and Mr. Roy Michael Cummings of Portland, Ore. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Janet Dixon Cummings, to Robert O’Neal Gray II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sargent of Preston Hollow and Mr. and Mrs. Robert O’Neal Gray of Highland Park. The bride is a 2005 graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore. She received a Bachelor of Science in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Morgan is a corporate strategy consulting leader at Southwest Airlines. The groom is a 2004 graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in real
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estate from the University of Mississippi. O’Neal is president of SFRC Holdings. The couple plan a mid-May wedding at the Texas Discovery Gardens.
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Living Well DALLAS COUNTY PREPARES FOR WEST NILE SEASON
Virus survivor talks about having ‘some kind of pain every day’ By Tim Glaze
allas County health and city officials are wasting no time jumpstarting their yearly offensive against the West Nile virus. Health and Human Services representatives held a press conference recently to give prevention and clinical updates on the mosquito-based virus that has claimed 42 lives in Dallas since 2002 – including 20 in 2012. Speakers included city commissioner John Wiley Price, DCHHS medical director Christopher Perkins, mosquito control director Scott Sawlis and Sean Lemoine, a virus survivor. Mosquito season in Dallas County is from May to November. Like in previous years, officials are urging citizens to abide by the “Five D’s” to protect themselves from mosquito bites: Dress in long clothing, drain standing water, avoid being outside during dusk and dawn, using spray containing DEET chemicals, and treat clothing with perethrin. Price added that it’s safe to apply
a light amount of DEET to the face by spraying it on your hands and then patting it on the cheeks and forehead. “[West Nile] is a very real threat, but one that’s avoidable with the proper prevention methods,” Price said. Dallas attorney Lemoine, who attends First Unitarian Church in Highland Park, said he had zero knowledge of the West Nile virus before he obtained it. “The year I got it, in 2009, there was only one reported death and 16 reported cases,” he said. “It’s not that you shouldn’t enjoy nature and being outside, but you should definitely avoid being outside at dusk and dawn unless you’re wearing long, loose clothes. You don’t need to be afraid, but you need to be conscious.” Mosquitos become infected when they feed on infected birds; the bugs can then transmit West Nile to humans and animals. While the disease can vary in severity – most infected people will show no symptoms until three to 14 days after a mosquito bite – people 50 years of age and older have the
Dallas health officials collect and test mosquitoes for West Nile during the summer months. highest risk of severe reactions. Strong infections can lead to neurologic complications, such as encephalitis. A special blood test is needed to diagnose the disease. There is no specific treatment for the infection, according to DCHHS. Patients will receive supportive medical care and rehabilitation depending on the severity of the infection.
Lemoine, 36, said he’s “in some kind of pain every day” since obtaining the disease. “My life will never be the same,” he said. “I don’t take any medication, because there’s nothing I can do for my paralyzed nerves. Flu season really scares me now, because if I get the flu, I’m in trouble. My body can’t handle that, and theoretically, my life ex-
pectancy is probably way lower. But it really comes down to an ounce of effort to prevent a lifetime of suffering. Being aware of the disease and using easy methods to protect yourself will go a long way.” “We want people to know that the disease is out there, but not to panic, and to just be cautious,” added Price.
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Home, Housewares Show Provides Cool Ideas For Summer Each spring, I attend the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago to identify trends and CHRISTY ROST discover new appliHOME + KITCHEN ances, useful kitchen gadgets, and stylish tableware destined for memorable gatherings. For one who devotes her personal and professional life to all things HOME, attending this show is like being a kid in a candy store. I want to taste it all! But as I explored further, select items grabbed my attention – a complete redesign of Corelle dinnerware that’s fresh, contemporary, yet durable, even as the beloved 60 year old “Blue Cornflower” pattern is reintroduced to their CorningWare; Lodge Manufacturing’s “Wildlife Series” of cast iron skillets and griddles featuring bear, moose, duck, or fish designs etched into the bottom; Farberware’s nesting skillet and saucepan sets that require less cupboard space; Hestan Cue’s new smart induction cooktop, guided cooking videos and connected cookware; Eureka’s powerful, but sleek cordless vacuum; Witloft’s leather aprons made in Amsterdam but with a look that’s pure Texas; and Bene Casa’s large pit barbecue pig roaster and multi-burner camp stove. My Top Three Housewares Picks for 2018 touched all spectrums of home cooking and entertaining. Viking Culinary’s three-in-one polished stainless steel roasting pan functions as a versatile covered roaster, Dutch oven or
stockpot, but with summer entertaining season just around the corner, I saw a striking container for chilled wine or carafes of ice-cold cocktails, tea, and lemonade. The deep roasting pan is ideal for a large floral centerpiece or food-for-a-crowd, while the shallow lid would be stunning filled with hot-off-the-grill steaks and corn-on-the-cob. Bartisian’s countertop cocktail machine began as a Kickstarter project in 2015 and is like a K-cup coffee maker for cocktails. The host fills four containers with preferred liquor; then selects one of six pre-mixed cocktail ingredient pods and inserts it into the machine. When the machine reads the pod’s barcode, it dispenses the correct liquor for that cocktail. After a brief demonstration, my inner-hostess kicked in and I pictured summertime drinks in frosted glassware with little umbrellas. My final top pick is Hamilton Beach’s indoor flavor searing grill. This lightweight grill-with-lid is easy to clean, features a sear option, cooks everything from steaks to shrimp, and is perfect for grilled sandwiches or kabobs or summertime gatherings on our covered patio, I’ll use this space-saving countertop grill to prepare grilled fruit desserts, as well as my Puerto Rican Coffee-Rubbed Pork Skewers. Served with mango salsa, our guests are going to love this hot-off-the-grill, zesty appetizer! For additional recipes and entertaining tips from cookbook author and public television chef Christy Rost, visit christyrost.com.
Puerto Rican Coffee-Rubbed Pork Skewers
• 1 tablespoon ground Puerto Rican or other dark-roast coffee • 1 tablespoon garlic powder • 2 teaspoons onion powder • 1 teaspoon cumin • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander • 3/4 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat • 1/2 red onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces • 1/2 orange bell pepper, rinsed, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces • 10 -12 wooden skewers, soaked in water 10 minutes
In a small bowl, stir together ground coffee, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, smoked paprika, cayenne and coriander. Set it aside. Slice the meat crosswise into 1-inch thick rounds. Cut each round into 4 to 5 cubes and coat them well with the seasoning mixture. For appetizers, thread two cubes of meat onto skewers alternately with the onion and orange bell pepper. Spray the grill lightly with nonstick spray, preheat on the SEAR setting, and when it is hot, place skewers on the grill. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side for a total of 12 to 16 minutes, or until the meat has dark grill marks and the vegetables are crisp-tender. Serve with mango salsa or desired condiments.
Yield: 10 to 12 appetizer skewers * Visit our website for my mango salsa receipe.
Try These Reads To Change Your Life Have an issue? Not feeling your best? Want to do something STEPHANIE CASEY new but need motivation? No problem – everyone has been there, and will be again. The solution is to learn from others who have gone before you. During the past few years I’ve consumed tales, notions, and interviews about chasing your best you. That may mean building the big dreams, getting healthy, achieving financial stability, or changing the way you interact with people.
Here are some of my favorites. Hope one or two of them will inspire you, as well. Anything You Want by Derek Sivers WHY: You’ve got ideas. You don’t want to be like everyone else. WHAT: Derek created CDBaby and did everything his own way with the sole focus of helping musicians. In this quick read you’ll find inspiration about knowing your purpose and sticking to your mission. QUOTE: “If you find even the smallest way to make people smile, they’ll remember you more for that smile than for all your other fancy business-model stuff.”
Sick In The Head by Judd Apatow WHY: You crave anthropological insight from those most adept at dissecting and regurgitating the human condition in ways we all understand and relate to. WHAT: Beginning in high school, Judd starting interviewing comics. Stand-up comedians are keen observers of how people act and the motivations behind why they act that way. These ideas are delivered in thought-provoking and entertaining interview snippets. QUOTE: “We always want to know, ‘Where’s the intention?’ and, now, let’s find a path to that intention.”
Just Kids by Patti Smith WHY: You are interested in the history or development of arts, music, New York City or just people, in general. WHAT: In her autobiography, Patti gracefully walks through her past in the most innocent and observational way. Her insider’s insight into what made some of the era’s most notables tick is fascinating but this is also a tale of a girl in the world growing up. QUOTE: “It’s like drumming. If you miss a beat, you create another.” Visit the books page at lovageinc. com for more cool reads.
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Great Dental Health Must Start Early Maintaining proper oral health matters more than just keeping a sparkling smile – it’s also important for good DR . MARSHALL DAWER overall health. That is especially true for children, as decay in baby teeth can lead to speech problems, oral infections, and damaged adult teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tooth decay is largely preventable, yet it ranks as the most common chronic disease among children. About 33 percent of children ages 2 to 8 have cavities in their baby teeth, and 20 percent of them have cavities in their adult teeth, according to the CDC. Proper dental health habits should start early. A recent UnitedHealthcare survey found that just 31 percent of Americans correctly recognized that most medical professionals recommend children should visit the dentist for the first time by age 1.
For baby’s teeth and gums: Never put a baby to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, fruit juice, or sweetened liquid. When these liquids pool in a baby’s mouth, they form a sugary film on the baby’s teeth, leading to decay and infection. Starting at birth, clean the baby’s gums with water and a soft cloth or child-sized tooth brush. Once a child reaches age 2, parents can start brushing a baby’s teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and a smear-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste (no larger than a grain of rice), making sure to teach the toddler to spit out the toothpaste.
Schedule the baby’s first dental visit when the first tooth comes in, usually between the child’s first six to 12 months.
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harity luncheons occur throughout the year, helping raise money and awareness for causes and nonprofits. Those who attend can benefit by meeting new people, learning about the work of area organizations, and discovering ways to get involved in their community. But how do you get the most out of the charity luncheon experience and make the best impression? Katherine Mathes Bullock and Melinda Cheney Mathes co-chaired Appetite for Advocacy, a luncheon on April 20 to raise money for Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) and awareness of the center’s anti-child abuse efforts. Bullock and Mathes offered these tips for charity luncheon goers:
1. Look Your Best
A good outfit for a luncheon would be either a nice day dress or a suit.
Five Tips for Making the Right Impression at Charity Events INSET PHOTO BY CARLISCH PHOTOGRAPHY
FROM LEFT: Katherine Mathes Bullock and Melinda Cheney Mathes.
2. Arrive Early
It is always better to arrive 35-45 minutes early from the time set for the event to start. Doing so provides time to drop by the registration desk, account for traffic delays, and meet people. “It’s really a nice time to be meeting people,” Mathes said.
3. Research The Organization
“I think that it’s always helpful to research the group before you are attending and learn a little bit about them before you arrive so that you’re not completely closed to the cause or the group,” Bullock said.
4. Be Attentive
It is highly important for you to be present in the moment. That means giving the speaker and organization your undivided attention. It’s frowned upon to be spending time on your phone, texting, emailing, or even talking while someone is speaking.
5. Get Involved
Do send a thank you note after the luncheon, but the most impactful way to thank a hostess is to contribute that day to the event. “There are so many ways to donate, whether it is your time volunteering, whether it is supplies, or your network, helping them find other people who might be able to give as well.” Bullock, said. “So I think that part of being involved in your community is not only financially supporting different organizations but through your time as well.”
ABOUT DCAC: The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is recognized internationally for its expertise in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse cases; for its cutting-edge therapy programs for victims; and for its community and professional education programs. Source: dcac.org
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Night on the Blue Nile Party, benefiting Dallas Children’s Theater, 6928 Vassar Drive, 6-9 p.m.
Children’s Cancer Fund Gala – Celebrating 30 Sweet Years, benefiting research and treatment programs in pediatric oncology at Children’s Health, 6-11:15 p.m.
JDRF Dream Gala, benefiting JDRF, Omni Dallas Hotel, 6-11:45 p.m.
United for Heroes Mother Daughter Fashion Show, benefiting the Army Scholarship Foundation, Belo Mansion, 2-4 p.m.
Hope for Children, benefiting Buckner International, Dallas Market Center, 6-9 p.m.
Modern Pearl 30th Anniversary Luncheon, benefiting Bryan’s House, 3015 Trinity Groves, 11:30 a.m. Savor the Symphony, benefiting Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, 6:30-11:45 p.m.
Day at the Races, benefiting Oak Lawn Park Junior Conservancy, Arlington Hall and Oak Lawn Park, 4-7:30 p.m.
Can Do! Luncheon, benefiting The Wilkinson Center, Dallas Country Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Triumph Over Alzheimer’s Forum and Dinner, benefiting Triumph of Alzheimer’s, George W. Bush Institute, 6-9:30 p.m. FORE! Golf and Tennis Tournament, benefiting The Family Place, Lakewood Country Club, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WINGS Mentors and Allies Awards and Luncheon, benefiting Wings For Women and Children, Hyatt Regency Dallas, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Strut Your Mutt, benefiting SPCA of Texas’ Animal Cruelty efforts, Trinity Grove/ Continental Bridge, 8:30 a.m. to noon
TOPPs Celebration, benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Frontiers of Flight Museum, 7 p.m.
Wish Night Gala, benefiting Make a Wish Foundation, Hilton Anatole, 6 p.m. to midnight
Dallas Wine Opener, benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Empire Room, 7-11 p.m.
2018 White Party, benefiting The Wilkinson Center, Marie Gabrielle, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Pot of Gold Luncheon, benefiting Rainbow Days, Hilton Anatole Hotel, noon to 1:30 p.m.
The Olivia Aldrege Silent Auction & Benefit Concert, benefiting the One Wing Foundation, The Foundry, 7-11 p.m.
Equest Boots & Salutes, benefiting Equest’s Hooves for Heroes, Equest at Texas Horse Park, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Men’s Show, Dallas Market Center, spans through July 30
Roundup for Austism Pegasus Ball, benefiting The Autism Treatment Centers of Texas, Fairmonth Hotel Dallas, 6:30 p.m.
Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon, benefiting Crystal Charity Ball, Neiman Marcus, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala, benefiting Dallas Symphony Association, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 6-11:45 p.m. Ron J. Anderson, M.D. Public Servant Leader Award Dinner, Hotel InterContinental Dallas, 7-9:30 p.m.
SPCA of Texas Fur Ball Gala, benefiting the SPCA of Texas, Hyatt Regency, 6:30 p.m. to midnight
The Spirit of Taos, benefiting The Wilkinson Center, location TBA, 7-11:45 p.m.
TACA Party on The Green, benefiting TACA, Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park, 7-11 p.m.
First Sight Fashion Show and Luncheon, benefiting The Dallas Opera, Winspear Opera House, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
First Night Dinner and After Pary, benefiting The Dallas Opera, Winspear Opera House, 6 p.m. to 1:30 a,m.
Zoo To Do, benefiting Dallas Zoo, Dallas Zoo, 5:30-11:45 p.m.
Halloween At The Heard, benefiting Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, Heard Sanctuary, 6-10 p.m.
Cattle Barron’s Ball, benefiting the American Cancer Society, Gilley’s Dallas, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Help Our Heroes Luncheon, benefiting Army Scholarship Foundation, Brook Hollow Golf Club, 11:30 a.m.
A Night for Nexus, benefiting Nexus Recovery Center, The Statler Hotel, 6 p.m.
The Runway Report Transforming Lives Luncheon and Fashion Show, benefiting KidneyTexas, Inc., Brook Hollow Golf Club, 10:30 a.m.
The Family Place’s Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, benefiting The Family Place, Omni Dallas Hotel, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Texas Ballet Theater Swan Lake Dinner, benefiting Texas Ballet Theater, Winspear Opera House, 6-10:30 p.m.
Fur Ball, 2017
The Salvation Army Fashion Show and Luncheon, benefiting The Salvation Army, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
House of DIFFA, benefiting DIFFA Dallas, Omni Dallas, 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
La Fiesta Presentation Gala, benefiting educational, charitable, and civic needs in the Park Cities, Hilton Anatole, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Genesis Women’s Shelter 25th Annual Luncheon, benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter, Hilton Anatole, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Family Place celebrating their 40th anniversary all year long!
House of Diffa, 2017
Bloomin’ Ball, benefiting AIDS Interfaith Network, Renaissance Dalas Hotel, 6 p.m. to midnight
2018 Woman of the Year Gala, benefiting Les Femmes du Monde, Dallas Country Club, 6:30 p.m.
TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Gala, benefiting amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art, The Rachofsky House, 6:30 p.m.
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DALLAS STARS CASINO NIGHT
Anna Virta, Fanny Hammarsterand, and Taylor Zakarin
Breanna Bannister, Julia Vivian, and Kevin Hardey
Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen deals BlackJack
David Fine, Jordan Morley, Paige Morley, and Jonathan Heisner
Ashley Ard, Katy Anderson, and Anna Tressler
Lynn Wadani and Emily Sechser
PHOTOS BY STEVE FOXALL
Hundreds of Stars fans turned out for the 19th annual Dallas Stars Casino Night at Park Place Lexus Plano. The event raised $350,000, making it one of the most successful Casino Nights in its 19-year history for the Dallas Stars Foundation. The Starstudded event featured the entire Stars hockey team serving as casino dealers, including players, coaches, play-by-play announcers, and front office staff. DJ S.O.U.L Jah entertained the crowd as fans bid on a selection of autographed memorabilia, including jerseys from current and former Dallas Stars players.
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TACA ANNOUNCES 2018 SILVER CUP
Past Silver Cup Recipients – (back row, left to right) Deedie Rose, Caren Prothro, Ruben Esquivel, Hal Brierley, Diane Brierley, Dolores Barzune, Frank Risch, Mary Cook, Brad Todd, Jim Wiley, Don Glendenning, Elaine Agather, and Kern Wildenthal (front row, left to right) Nancy Nasher, Patricia Meadows, Julie Hersh, Don Stone, Rebecca Fletcher, and Linda Custard
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Nick Even, Tara Lewis, and Kirsten Rettig
Elaine Agather Lee Cullum and Lynn McBee
Melinda and Jim Johnson
PHOTOS BY GARY DONIHOO
The Arts Community Alliance hosted its 40th annual TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Neiman Marcus, on March 20, at the Hilton Anatole. This year’s award lunch honored Julie K. Hersh and Donald J. “Don” Stone. The TACA Silver Cup Award recognizes two individuals for their volunteer leadership and contributions to the arts in North Texas. The luncheon serves as an opportunity to cast the spotlight on two individuals who contribute richly to the cultural fabric of the community through their unparalleled devotion to Wolford McCue, Julie Hersh, Don Stone, and Michelle Thomas the arts.
10 Spring 2018 | People Newspapers | Society
MAD HATTER’S A GARDEN BY THE SEA
Steve and Laura Holden
Winner of Gilded Age True to Theme, Cathy Cothrum
Melissa Lewis and Venise Stuart
Yvonne Crum and Donna Darling
Carole Ann Brown
Donna Arp Weitzman, Kay Hammond, Whiteley Felton, and Barbara Daseke
Jan Strimple Brooke and Connie Carreker
Group from TOOTSIES
PHOTOS BY DANA DRIENSKY
Pat McDonough, Natalie Taylor, and Jan Ward
Kunthear Mam Douglas, winner of To The Nine’s People’s Choice, with Alanna Sarabia
Joe Vilaiwan presenting Grace and Folly Most Creative ????? to Carmen Hancock
Dr. John Gilmore and Dr. Laura Burk, honorary chair, receives a gift from the Women’s Council presented by Ron Corning.
An ode to the Guilded Age, Dallasites filled the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Mad Hatter’s Tea and Luncheon – A Garden by the Sea. The April 12 event was chaired by Venise Stuart and very special thanks was given to Dr. Linda Burk and her husband, John Gilmore, for their generosity in underwriting the water feature in A Woman’s Garden. The fashion show was presented by Jan Strimple, featuring fashions from longtime sponsor TOOTSIES.
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ARBORETUMâ€™S SECOND FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Parigi Lopez, Chef Janice Provost, Samantha Meril, and Will Brown
Colleen and Michael Coyle
Tyler and Louise Bexley
Phil Fishvan and Sara Weaver
Shi Mcgowan, Brando Smith, Saundra Crowder, Tanika Haggan, and Kimberly Lane Clark
Chef Robert Lyford
Veronika Davis, Chef Blythe Beck, Diamond Singleton, and Cathy Flangann
Amanda and Jeremy Scott with Chene Smith
Chef Sharon Van Meter
Stefany Reese and Caitlyn Mcnair
Steve DeShazo and Mark Wolf PHOTOS BY STEVE FOXALL
Rene Ward and Ethel Johnson
Diego Faccioni and Jim Keller
Camille and Jerry Liebbe
Eddie and Emily Hodge
Chris McKenzie, Genevieve Hage, Stephanie Hight, and Sabrina Ahmed
Man and Leslie Le
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden held its second international-themed food and wine festival on March 22 to celebrate cuisine and libations from many cultures, set against the backdrop of its spring festival Dallas Blooms. Themed A World of Flowers, Dallas Blooms featured more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs. This spring social event featured savory bites made by awardwinning chefs from many fine restaurants around the metroarea, with guests sampling fine wines and craft beers.
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DSOL Ball: A Three-Generation Tradition
Debutant joins mom, grandmother in supporting symphony
ancy Duncan and daughter Denise Duncan Beutel have done the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball together before. In 1991, Nancy was the proud debutante mom as Denise took her bow. In 1996, they co-chaired the ball. And at this year’s 32nd annual ball, they were there for the debut of Caroline Beutel, who’s looking forward to following her mother and grandmother into leadership roles. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep this tradition one day by chairing it with my mom or have my daughter be a debutante,” Caroline said. All three women spoke about their love for the symphony and appreciation for how the league’s debutant season raises money for the orchestra and its youth programs while creating, as Nancy put it, “memorable experiences that bond young adults and their families with the community and the symphony.” Why is this important to you? DENISE: I have such fond memories of attending the symphony with my parents while growing up. I remember when the Meyerson opened and the complete awe I felt when I attended a concert there for the first time. Later, when I was in college, I was a DSOL debutante. I fondly remember that year, the beginning of my own bond with the symphony – one separate from that of my parents and that as a child.
JAMES FRENCH AND COURTESY PHOTOS
TOP: Nancy Duncan with Caroline and Denise Beutel: 2018. BOTTOM LEFT: Denise, Lowell, and Nancy Duncan; 1991. BOTTOM RIGHT: Nancy and Denise Duncan; 1996.
What compelled you to take a personal role and commit your time and energies? NANCY: When I was asked to chair the 10th anniversary symphony ball, I knew the value of community service work and the joy one derives from friendships made while volunteering for the symphony. What did you learn from the experiences of your grandmother and mother?
CAROLINE: My grandmother brought over the scrapbook of pictures from when my mother was a debutant and when they cochaired the ball. After we stopped laughing at the hairstyles and fashion, they shared that this was more than just a party, and more than just the pictures. The presentation ball is a commitment of support for the symphony and helping to raise money for children so they could appreciate and learn from the symphony. How did the stories of their experiences compare with your own? CAROLINE: Just like the scrapbook promised, the whole process was something I am so grateful for and will never forget. I have met so many great people and loved being able to include my college friends for the final ball. To be able to be on stage at the Meyerson with my father and knowing that my mom and grandmother were in the audience holding their breath while I was making my bow is something I will never forget. – Staff report
DEB LEGACIES THREE GENERATIONS: Sharon McCullough co-chaired the inaugural ball in 1987 when her daughter Debbie McCullough Hayhurst was among the first debutantes. Debbie’s daughters made their debuts: Libby in 2014 and Gracie in 2015. TWO GENERATIONS: Lucy Myers Lambert also made her debut in 1987; her daughter, Madeleine Hendrick, in 2017. 2018 debutante Claire Fletcher’s mom, Mary Rebecca Enloe Fletcher, and aunt, Sara Elizabeth Enloe, made their debuts in 1988.