Posts by Jacie Scott
Several years ago, a collection of extravagant playhouses caught the eye of a young Henry Roseman as he left NorthPark Center. The structures were part of Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, and Roseman had to have one. Year after year, he would buy raffle tickets for the playhouse of his dreams, to no avail.
Today, the 14-year-old is no longer the child longing for a unique playhouse. He’s the creator of one.
The Preston Hollow resident channeled his inner architect and built a playhouse as his Eagle Scout service project. Such projects have to be involved ventures that demonstrate leadership and benefit the community in some way. Roseman saw it as the perfect match.
The Parade of Playhouses is an annual event that raises funds to support the Dallas CASA mission. On average, 2,000 Dallas County children can’t go home to a safe haven at night because of abuse or negligence. CASA steps in by advocating for the best interests of these children, helping them receive proper services.
Beverly Levy, Dallas CASA’s executive director and president, said the event shows what a big heart and a raffle ticket can do to help a child find a safe home. Roseman’s participation is a testament.
“It’s really wonderful when you can get kids involved in helping other kids,” Levy said. “Henry knows why he’s doing this, and it’s really wonderful.”
Roseman’s service project idea was not met with the best feedback at the beginning. His troop leaders were skeptical because it was, in fact, a big project. Under the Boy Scouts’ rules, he could not get help from construction or architectural firms, and the project could not be for commerical fundraising purposes.
Roseman didn’t shy away from the challenge. He drafted his project proposal explaining why building his playhouse would not only show leadership, but also benefit the community. He knew that it could and would be done.
More than 200 labor hours later, Roseman had planned, designed, and constructed a playhouse. Although he sought help from his architect uncle, family, friends, and fellow Scouts, the build was under his sole direction. Parade of Playhouses event sponsor Stacy Lillis agrees that this is perhaps the most unique aspect of Roseman’s playhouse, as most were created by architectural and construction companies.
“Henry has been as professional as any architect or builder could be with everything that he’s done with his playhouse,” Lillis said. “We’re really excited about all the work he has done.”
Roseman, who is about to enroll at DISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted, took an industrialized approach to his design. The playhouse, featuring a butterfly-sloped metal roof and a sitting area, was constructed of two UPS trucks’ worth of milk crates. Roseman used the crates because they allow children to see outside the house.
The project had its overwhelming moments, but Roseman takes pride in accomplishing what some thought was impossible.
“It was a real project,” Roseman said. “It was a real building-and-construction deal. It was a huge project.”
The event has come full circle for Roseman. He looks forward to seeing the children gazing in awe at the dream playhouses as he once did. Realizing that his own creation is in that assortment is priceless.
“I really hope that it will raise a lot of money for CASA and for children who need the help,” Roseman said. “I also hope that the kid who gets it enjoys it a lot — until they’re done with it,” he added with a laugh, “not until it falls apart.”
Have you been wanting to take your Lego design dreams to new heights? Maybe just wanting to get past your childhood level of Lego building? Well, Barnes and Noble has a treat for you.
The store is hosting a free Lego Architecture Studio event for teens and adults, featuring discussions with experts in the field, the chance to learn a few architectural concepts and hands-on building opportunities.
Make your way to the Lincoln Park location of Barnes and Noble this Thursday, July 25, for some architecture fun. Kyle Jeffery, design director at Gensler architectural firm, will be on board for discussion and Q&A. Fans will also get a sneak peek at the new Lego Architecture product available only July 25-28.
The event begins at 7!
Mark your calendars, and rally your young artists!
Entries from our Fourth of July coloring contest will be on display at the Zhen Music and Arts Institute on Thursday, July 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. View coloring masterpieces and enjoy cookies sponsored by Tiff’s Treats. Nice bonus, right!?
Winners of the contest will be awarded that evening and photographed for the July 26th issue of Park Cities People.
Email RSVP@peoplenewspapers.com to reserve your spot!
Outgoing University Park Elementary Dads Club president Robb Flint is no stranger to bringing attention to a brand, thanks to his career in marketing.
So when the father of three decided to put the construction of a sport court at the forefront of his presidential tenure, he found unorthodox ways to make the dream a reality.
Ground broke for the elementary school’s first athletics court on July 1 after a Borat-themed “cornhole” tournament spearheaded an initiative that garnered more than $55,000.
PTA president Dana Manley said the notion of bringing a sport court to University Park had been of interest for several years. Armstrong, Bradfield, and Hyer were ahead of the game, and Flint believed it was time to catch up.
“It’s one thing for one person to come up to you, but I literally had several parents come up to me and mention how those schools’ sport court facilities are nice, and it would be great if UP had something similar,” said Flint.
While Flint’s idea was met with support, he faced the challenge of acquiring enough money to cover construction costs. A cap of $75,000 was placed, and HPISD agreed to offset a third of the cost if the Dads Club raised $50,000.
As for the fundraising, Flint pulled from his own bag of unconventional tricks. In early May, he introduced the “Cornhole Extravaganza for Make Benefit Glorious Sport Court UP.” The title was inspired by Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2006 film.
The event featured a 40-team tournament of beanbag tossing, along with prizes, food, and drinks. Flint’s approach was to bring something different and fun to the community, and the combination of Borat and cornhole seemed like a winner.
“I don’t know how, but it just came to me. That’s how my brain works,” Flint said. “Using what I think is fun, innocent, harmless humor really helped get my message through, and it was fun for me.”
Proceeds from the extravaganza, combined with generous donations from supporters, exceeded the agreed-upon amount.
Manley applauded Flint’s humorous efforts, naming him the reason for the increase in Dads Club membership.
“Robb’s approach as Dads Club president was very effective,” Manley said. “He was able to use his sense of humor in emails that typically ensured they would be read in their entirety and generate a response.”
The sport court is expected to be complete by the start of the school year. Flint unconventionally expressed his gratitude to the community through a “We Have a Dream” email inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speech.
With his lively presidential term coming to an end, Flint looks forward to some down time. He plans to take the school year off, enjoy his “retirement,” and decide what’s next. Stay tuned.
Carson Art Gallery, one of the first art galleries to open in the Design District, will be closing its doors July 29.
Owner Diane Carson, University Park resident and “matron of the Design District,” is retiring after more than 30 years of providing services to national artists and the likes of Omni Hotels, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Hard Rock Cafe.
Goodbyes are sad, yes, but can you say bargain prices? Her lifetime collection is now open to the public for the first time at up to 70 percent off! Explore her extensive inventory of abstracts, landscapes, and still life images (to name a few), and send Diane well wishes in her retirement.
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
I’ve been told that using series of threes is more effective, both visually and verbally, when it comes to relaying messages to an audience. Apparently, this rule now applies in graffiti.
Last weekend, the tunnel in Davis Park bared some new artwork, courtesy of a few clever vandals and their stencils. According to a police report, three outlines of Tweety Bird were found along the tunnel, two in orange paint and one in blue paint. The words alongside sweet Tweety read — wait for it — “tweet tweet mother [trucker].”
A second set of graffiti featured three separate paintings of the Blues Brothers. The Saturday Night Live favorites were painted orange and blue, as well. The final piece in the graffiti showcase screamed from the center of the tunnel, “WHAT EVER WHAT EVER WHAT EVER,” painted blue in a block font approximately 3-inches tall. Talk about establishing a motif!
I don’t condone vandalism, but the combination of Tweety, Jake and Elwood, and an orange and blue theme in one setting simply could not be overlooked. Thankfully, the tunnel’s concrete coating is equipped for this type of situation. A good pressure washing should solve the problem, if it hasn’t already been done.