This morning, before the temperatures started marching up to the 90s, local media turned out for a cool story to cover. Not only was it taking place indoors at NorthPark, it was the debut of Dallas CASA‘s 2023 Parade of Playhouses, and what a collection of playhouses it is. Creativity was in full bloom with everything from a Hobbit House by DPR Construction and Kimley-Horn and a Dilbeck House by Highland Park High School Maps Students, Lee Lewis Construction and Stantec to the Starbase Alpha by Earthbound Martian and the Yellow Submarine by Amy Butscher and Butscher Construction.
The early-morning walkers were checking out the gems. One gal, upon spying the Seaside Sanctuary by Coats Homes, with its pink doors and shutters, ivory curtain tied with pink ribbons, pink beach towels and a white shag rug, thought it was so in keeping with the recent Barbie-mania. A fellow putting the finishing touches on the white playhouse admitted that hadn’t been the original plan, but it wasn’t a bad one.
Presenting sponsor Crest Cadillac Infiniti Volvo patriarch Mike Brosin was being interviewed about his entry — Crest Auto Group’s CaddyShack that’s just right for a future Scottie Scheffler or Jordan Spieth.
Each of the houses has special touches that have to be seen to appreciate the planning, work and effort that went into production of the 28th Annual Parade of Playhouses.
Extending from NorthCourt to SouthCourt via the Macy’s Court, there are 13 little cottages that will be raffled off on Sunday, July 30. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. They can be purchased in person or online.
Oh, and there’s one item in the raffle line up that doesn’t have four walls. It’s a NorthPark $1,000 gift card that fits nicely in any wallet.
Funds raised by the raffle will support Dallas CASA’s “providing more volunteer advocates to help children experience safe childhoods and grow into resourceful, healthy adults.”
For a look at all 13 mini-mansions, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.