MySweetCharity Summer Pitch: Dallas Heritage Village

Melissa Prycer*

According to Dallas Heritage Village President and Executive Director Melissa Prycer,

If you have never visited Dallas Heritage Village, Old Fashioned Fourth is a perfect occasion to pack a picnic lunch and bring the family! In fact, for many North Texas families, this annual event has become a tradition. Not only can you enjoy all of the fun fourth activities, the Village’s historic buildings will be open for touring, and costumed interpreters will be on hand to visit about what life in North Texas from 1840 to 1910.  Dallas Heritage Village, one of only five nationally accredited museums in the Dallas area, showcases a Victorian Main Street, a railroad complex, a log cabin, a pre-Civil war home, an 1860’s farmstead with livestock, a 19th century church, schoolhouse and more. 

Dallas Heritage Village*

On this special holiday, families decked out in red, white, and blue, begin coming into the gates around 10 a.m. with picnic baskets, bikes, and little red wagons to spend the day making memories together. The event runs until 3 p.m. with the highlight being the patriotic parade at noon.

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In this parade the kids are the stars! However, don’t tell our Mammoth Jack Donkeys that – each year they lead the parade and like to think it’s all about them. For many years Nip and Tuck have led the parade, but they have now relinquished that duty to the young newcomers – brothers Willie and Waylon. Nip and Tuck are OK with that, but they hope you will stop by and take your patriotic pictures with them so they won’t feel left out!  And don’t forget to say hi to the sheep. They tend to get their feelings hurt with all the fuss over those donkeys.

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Before marching in the parade, come by the craft station and decorate your bikes, wagons, and even yourself with patriotic items we will provide at no cost. Our Dallas Junior Historians will be hosting the annual carnival again this year, and we encourage you to bring a little extra change to participate – 25 cents for each game or 5 games for a dollar. Games include our famous stick pony race for ages 3-11, “go fishing” for prizes, and bean bag toss. And it wouldn’t be Old Fashioned Fourth without checkers games (stations will be set up to play), horseshoes and graces, as well as a July 4th craft – painting fireworks with cardboard tubes and making Uncle Sam with Popsicle sticks! This year’s guests will also be able to get sneak peek at our exciting new early childhood learning space, which will have a grand opening in September.

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Dallas Heritage Village is located in the heart of the booming Cedars area at 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, 75215, near urban living and restaurants and the popular Dallas Farmer’s Market complex. Admission for Old Fashioned Fourth is $5 for ages 13 and older. Those 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.  Visit dallasheritagevillage.org or call 214.421.5141 for more information! We look forward to seeing you soon!

* Photo provided by Dallas Heritage Village

MySweetWishList: Dallas Heritage Village

According to Dallas Heritage Village President and Executive Director Melissa Prycer,

Melissa Prycer*

“My Christmas Wish for Dallas Heritage Village is that we enter our next 50 years with as much vision and enthusiasm as when we got our start in 1966. This entire year has been about looking back at our own institutional history, and I think we’ve all realized what extraordinary vision our founders, such as Mary Aldredge, Ruth Ann Montgomery and Lindalyn Adams had in those early days. They set us on an extraordinary path.

“Over the past 50 years, we’ve changed quite a bit, but the core of our mission remains the same: connect the present with the past. We see over 20,000 children each year, and those field trips are often their first exposure to ‘real” history.’ We’re active in discussions shaping the future of our historic neighborhood, the Cedars.  We continue to host remarkable special events, including Candlelight (celebrating its 45th anniversary this year), Old Fashioned Fourth and the newer Jazz Age Sunday Social. Thirty historic buildings are in our care, and it’s a constant battle against the elements to keep those buildings whole—and able to teach about the past. And this is just a snapshot of all we do—and all we are to our visitors, volunteers, and neighbors.

“If you’re still calling us Old City Park, it might be time for a return visit! To find out more, check out our website: www.dallasheritagevillage.org And I hope you’ll consider moving the past forward by becoming an Urban Pioneer this year. (http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/supporters/memberships ).”

-By Melissa Prycer, Dallas Heritage Village president and executive director

* Photo provided by Dallas Heritage Village

Share-A-Date: History With A Twist

Saturday, May 18: Many oldtimers know the area as Old City Park. But they also remember when Harvey Gough redefined “grilling.” Nowadays, the former Old City Park is known as Dallas Heritage Village and it’s surrounded by ever-developing downtown Dallas.

Back in 1876 it was Dallas’ first official city park. Over the years other parks were established, and the poor darling took on a Miss Havisham reputation. Following World War II, things were looking pretty bleak for the park. Then it happened. According to sources, “The future of City Park looked dim until a group of women determined to save a historic plantation house [Millermore] from the wrecking ball offered the park a new role in the culture of Dallas. The ladies who rescued Millermore stored the disassembled pieces in a warehouse, and then called Ray Hubbard, president of the park board. He agreed with their idea to reconstruct the house in City Park, where it became the first of 21 buildings transported here to become a village.”

Since then the 20-acre park has become a favorite for schoolchildren, Dallas history lovers and folks who just want to enjoy a charming past in a world of uber motion.

To help raise funds for the maintenance of Dallas Heritage Village, they’re holding “History With A Twist” on Saturday, May 18, at Dallas Heritage Village.

What’s the twist? It’s what the party is all about. Dallas Mixologist Michael Martensen of Cedars Social and soon-to-be opened The Establishment is going to be celebrating classic American cocktails with various stations set up around the park.

Of course, there will “heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment” plus beer and wine, a silent auction, a photo booth, vintage car display and period music by Singapore Singers.

In keeping with the blending of history and cocktails, the attire and feel will be around the Prohibition period. Yes, we know. That was way before your time, but you’ve seen enough movies, so pinstriped suits, spats, flapper dresses and bee-hive lips will be right in place. But please leave the tommy guns at home.

Share-A-Date: Dallas Heritage Village’s “Gone To Texas 2012 – The Big Deal Casino Night”

Saturday, March 24: Oldtimers knew it as Old City Park, but it’s a new day and the charm of life in Dallas before there was an Internet or even land-line phones is now known as Dallas Heritage Village. While many moms with young ones probably haven’t taken advantage of this charming memory of times gone by, they can bring their adorable best beaus and gal pals to a night of blackjack, craps, roulette and poker to raise funds for the spot where 25,000 children and visitors visit yearly.

The fundraiser, “Gone To Texas 2012: The Big Deal Casino Night,” will not take place at the “village.” Instead Event Chair Kelly Dybal has arranged for it to take over Eddie Deen’s Ranch, just down the road from the village, and it’s being presented by Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Along with the games, there will be food and beverage for which Eddie Deen’s is known, and “quick-moving” live and silent auctions. Hmm, a quick-moving silent auction sounds like a stealth auction around here.