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.