Aware Dallas President Venise Stewart Had A Very Busy Day On Wednesday, March 29

Venise Stuart had a very busy Wednesday, March 29. There had been her being featured in the Tradition Senior Living’s “Inspiring Lives” in the Dallas Morning News that morning. She claimed that she was amazed by the spotlight, but credited Linda Faulkner Johnston for easing her into it.

Venise Stuart

Then she was at the Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society Luncheon with James Farmer as the keynote speaker.

And that evening as president of Aware, she was attending the Aware Affair Patron Party at Aware Affair Co-Chairs Penny Reid’s and Thomas Nolan’s Highland Park home that night.

The Saturday, April 8th fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole’s Stemmons Ballroom would honor Pam and Dan Busbee, Myrna and Bob Schlegel and the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund.

Unfortunately, on this evening Pam was away in California. No problem. The party came off without a hitch.

Park Cities Historic And Preservation Society Has Expanded Home Tour And Distinguished Speaker Luncheon To Include Vintage Cars

Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society President Cynthia Beaird just announced that the 2016 Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Luncheon has been expanded. The society has added the First Annual Classic and Antique Car show to the fundraising program.

The trio of events kicks off with the luncheon presented by Doris Jacobs Real Estate on Wednesday, March 30, at the Dallas Country Club with Doris Jacobs and her daughters Kim Jacobs Callow and Teffy Jacobs co-chairing the event. Luncheon tickets range from $125 to $1,000 and may be purchased here.

The following Saturday (aka April 2), Classic and Antique Car Show Chair Dan McKeithen has arranged for the vehicles to be lined up at Burleson Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. But if you’ve got a vintage car and would like to have it on display and compete for a trophy, then it’s $25 per car in advance and $35 at the door. If Mother Nature decides to throw a temper tantrum, then the back-up plan calls for the show to take place the following Saturday (aka April 9) in the same place.

Cynthia Beaird and Venise Stuart (File photo)

Cynthia Beaird and Venise Stuart (File photo)

The final event will be the home tour that is being chaired by Venise Stuart, who has arranged for a killer lineup including homes belonging to Patty and Price Pritchett (3432 Bryn Mawr), Cynthia and Brice Beaird (4339 Potomac), Margaret and Robert Cowan (3640 Maplewood) and Jana and Hadley Paul (3429 Cornell). Advance tickets for the Home Tour are available at the Park Cities Tom Thumbs for $20. The day of the tour, tickets will cost $25.

Pulling double duty will be Jan and Fred Hegi, who will be the honorary co-chairs for both the luncheon and the home tour.

Ray Washburne Addresses PC Historical & Preservation Society, DCC Has Its First Burn Rubber Departure

It only seemed right that the Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society‘s first Distinguished Speaker Luncheon on April 13 was held at the Dallas Country Club. After all, it had all the PC trappings. Location: DCC. Entertainment: Members of the Highland Park High School Lads & Lassies. Honorary Chair: Lindalyn Adams. Sponsor: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Keynote speaker: Ray “Mr. HP Village” Washburne. Topic: Highland Park Village (HPV).

Needless to say, it so sold out beforehand that organizers had to remove the ticket link from the PCHP’s website days before the lunch. Perhaps they should have moved it to Highlander Stadium?

Lads and Lassies

Promptly at noon the Lads & Lassies sang a selection of songs including the blessing, despite many of the 300 guests having already eaten their salad and one poor dedicated server continuing to replenish water glasses.

Al Hill Jr.

As the speakers took their place on stage, it became apparent that sound was going to be an issue. Yes, there were two very large speakers near the stage with the sound man sitting underneath one of them. But at the back of the room, nada. The problem was if you increased the sound for the back of the room, you blew out the guests like Norma Hunt, Al Hill Jr., and Heather Washburne in the front.

Norma Hunt

From the rear of the room, Sharman Beasley Vesecky approached one of the guests standing on the sidelines, saying, “We can’t hear anything.” The guest then advised her that she ought to tell someone. “Aren’t you running this thing?” Sharman asked. The guest shook their head and Sharman walked off in search of a staffer.

First on the agenda was the honoring of Lindalyn Adams. After PCHPS President-elect Mike Tibbals read a score of her accomplishments with a multitude more to come, he told the audience, “They tell me I don’t have time to go on.” Lindalyn stood to acknowledge the tribute and was met with a standing “O.” In return she blew a kiss to the room.

Lindalyn Adams and Robbie Briggs

Next up was Robbie Briggs to introduce Ray. As he listed Ray’s many accomplishments, he mentioned that people enjoyed sitting on the patio above the HP Village Theatre at the Mercury Grill. Oops. A murmur went through the crowd and Ray grinned.

Ray Washburne

At 12:45 p.m. Ray with wireless mic and slideshow started his talk about the HPV that he and his family bought back in 2009. Highlights included:

  • “You can buy dog food in the morning, have lunch and go to Chanel in the afternoon.”
  • HPV was once advertised as, “It’s 10 degrees cooler in the Highland Park Village.”
  • The build of HPV took 30 years.
  • On a layout of HPV, he showed how the design is a high-tech version of the old town square.
  • Underground parking was added in 1953.
  • The colors of the lights in the town and the HPV flags will change when the occasion arises.
  • Plans call for a fountain to be added in front of the theater.
  • More trees and residential landscaping have been added to reduce the feel of concrete.
  • The “Starbucks building” will be renovated so that it is more in keeping with the overall design of the center.

At 1:07 p.m. Ray thanked the crowd and received a SO. He not only knew his stuff, he knew how to make it interesting for history lovers, and just long enough.

As guests waited for valet, the DCC porte-cochere got a baptism of sorts. One lady burned rubber when she peeled out. One guest suggested that “perhaps her heel got stuck.” Oh, those stilettos can be treacherous.

TRAFFIC TIP: When going to the DCC via the Mockingbird entrance, try your bestest to approach from Preston Road.

Park Cities Historic And Preservation Society’s Upcoming Events Features Ray Washburne And Tours Of Special Homes

Ray Washburne (File photo)

If you haven’t gotten your tickets for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’sFirst Annual Distinguished Speaker Luncheon” Friday at the Dallas Country Club, better hustle. With local PC son/HP Village main-man Ray Washburne as the featured speaker, it should be sold-out any second. Proceeds from the luncheon will go to a scholarship for Highland Park “seniors who plan to study architecture, history, preservation, or another major related to the preservation of our heritage.”

Ah, but if you can’t make the lunch. . . or even if you can, you will still want to attend the weekend activities like:

  • 4221 Versailles photographed by Sean Gallagher

    Saturday, April 14 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.): 10th Annual Historic Home Tour  of seven homes including 4221 Versailles designed by the late Anton Korn in 1925 & a boutique at 4416 Beverly Drive

  • Sunday, April 15: Preservation Sunday Open Houses will feature Park Cities properties of historical or architectural significance that are for sale.

BTW, this is the only fundraiser that PCHPS holds.