Expectations Are Raised for Lady Scots

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HP pitcher Katie Bell (Photo: Chris McGathey)

It took more than two decades before Highland Park reached the softball playoffs last spring.

In fact, the Lady Scots not only won a bi-district series in their postseason debut, but earned a program-best 15 wins to go with a runner-up finish in District 10-6A. HP defeated Irving before falling to Rockwall.

After placing so many check marks on the list of milestones in 2015, however, HP head coach Meredith Townsend is optimistic the Lady Scots can achieve even more this season.


Briggs Finds Success With Management Style

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history

1960: Briggs’ father founds Ben R. Briggs Real Estate.
1993: Briggs agrees to merge his father’s company with former competitor Charles Freeman.
2010: The company buys into the Sotheby’s International Realty franchise, becoming Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Over the years, Robbie Briggs’ philosophy has been attracting the best agents, running the best operation, and giving them the best tools to do the job.

That strategy has served him well as he turned his father’s business — now Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — into a company that continues to grow today.

After a two-year career in architecture, Briggs decided to pursue another career in a field he was familiar with through his father, who started the firm in 1960. According to Briggs, when he joined, it consisted of 12 agents. At the time, the company was localized, focusing mainly on Park Cities clients.

“They were very nice people,” Briggs said, “Basically in those days they sat around and waited for the phone to ring.”


A Focus on Female Artists

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Two exhibitions featuring three native Texans will be opening at the Meadows Museum on Feb. 14.

The exhibit, “Focusing on Pioneering Female Artists in 20th Century-Texas,” will feature Between Paris and Texas: Marie Conin, Portraitist of the Belle Epoque and Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner. 

Marie Conin, a Native Texan, travelled to Paris to further her career as an artist. After studying for five years under Catalan painter, Claudio Castelucho, the skills she learned later helped her with portraits of Texas statesmen and political figures.

Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner concentrates on two women artists and their unorthodox methods of photography and printing.

Both exhibits will be on display until June 5. More information about both exhibits can be found at the Meadows Museum.


HP’S Hepola Presents Memoir at DMA

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Sarah Hepola_BLACKOUT jacket artAs a part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Late Night event, HP grad Sarah Hepola will share the story told in her memoir Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.

I would tell you more of the author’s tale, but I have a feeling you might want to wait to check out the March issue of Park Cities People.

But if you want to hear it from the woman herself, she will be speaking as a part of the Fresh Ink portion of the DMA Late Night, starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19

Tickets for DMA Late Night’s are $15 and are available at the DMA beginning at 6 p.m. the day of the event.


Take at Trip to Narnia at HPMS

Join the Pevensie siblings in Narnia at Highland Park Middle School next week. (Courtesy photo) 0
Join the Pevensie siblings in Narnia at Highland Park Middle School next week. (Courtesy photo)

Step back in time and through a wardrobe to enter the magical world of Narnia Feb. 18-21 at Highland Park Middle School.

C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe will come alive with a cast of McCulloch Intermediate School and HPMS students led by drama director Susan McCormick.

“I love this classic story of good triumphing over evil,” McCormick said. “It teaches us the power of courage, loyalty and forgiveness.”

Join Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund on their epic journey from World War II England to Narnia as they battle the White Witch for the freedom of Narnians at the following show times:

  • Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the MIS/HPMS cafeteria on Feb. 18 and 19 or day of 30 minutes prior to start time.


Family Recipe Puts Spice in Business Venture

Preston Hollow resident Amee Joshi incorporates Indian and Tex-Mex flavors into her Jalsa products. (Photos: Claire Casner) 0
Preston Hollow resident Amee Joshi incorporates Indian and Tex-Mex flavors into her Jalsa products. (Photos: Claire Casner)

Those who frequent the Whole Foods at Preston Road and Forest Lane might recognize Amee Joshi. The Preston Hollow resident and entrepreneur can often be found handing out samples of Jalsa, her product that started with her mother-in-law’s recipe.

After working 20 years in corporate America, and a few years at home, Joshi decided she wanted to go back to work without having to clock in 70 hours a week. Little did she realize the answer was in the salsa recipe her mother-in-law had given to her on her wedding day.

So Joshi launched Jalsa in December 2013. While she got into small stores, such as Bolsa, quickly, it took her six months to make her way to the big retailers.


Jesters Gives Actors a Unique Chance to Shine

Actors in the Jesters theater troupe at Highland Park United Methodist Church have been rehearsing since September for their annual show in February. The production includes 36 special-needs performers. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Actors in the Jesters theater troupe at Highland Park United Methodist Church have been rehearsing since September for their annual show in February. The production includes 36 special-needs performers. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

By Rebecca Flannery
Special Contributor

One month out from the Valentine’s Day weekend premiere, members of Jesters, the Highland Park United Methodist Church special-needs theater troupe, made adaptations to their original time-period murder mystery script. Will they be ready for opening night? Time Will Tell.

That’s the title of this year’s Jesters production, for which the cast is comprised of 36 actors ranging in age from 18 to 60. While not everyone is able to participate with a speaking role, director Lisa Schmidt is sure to work with the roles to meet the needs of each member.

“In this theater, we adapt to the ability of the players,” Schmidt said. “[During rehearsal], we’re working constant modifications into the script. We’re always on our toes.”


Make Way for HP United Way Donors

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Hal & Diane Brierley

Hal & Diane Brierley

At the United Way Second Tuesday Tocqueville Luncheon today, two HP residents were honored for making the largest donation for a couple.

On the heels of the 90th year anniversary of United Way on Feb. 6, Hal and Diane Brierley donated $5 million to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, which was also the largest donation the couple had made to a social service organization.

“Diane and I are proud to be part of the Unite Forever Campaign, and to take this step to perpetuate our support of United Way and its mission to fortify the fabric of this great city for all who live and work here,” Hal, founder of Brierley & Partners, said.

Both Brierley’s have extensive philanthropical backgrounds, including the Dallas Opera, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, and the Dallas Arboretum, to name a few.