Posts by Rick Lopez
Highland Park High School’s annual Spring Benefit takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Highlander Stadium. Council member Shannon Shiffer tells us that the carnival, which costs $10, will feature the usual thrills — face-painting, inflatables, games, food, autographs from Scots team captains — and even a free T-shirt. The event will benefit C.O.P.S., or Concerns of Police Survivors, which helps families of slain law-enforcement officers.
Looks like Fair Park is getting a taste of the Park Cities this summer.
The Highland Park Soda Fountain, which turned 100 last year, is among a handful of Dallas restaurants chosen to wow tastebuds at this year’s Summer Adventures in Fair Park, which begins May 4th. Organizers promise three months of rides, games, stage shows, and water attractions for families.
The restaurant plans to offer as much of its menu as possible without creating a conflict with other vendors, manager Robert Terry said Monday. However, you can count on sandwiches and ice-cream treats making the cut, he said.
“We’re still putting all the details together,” Terry said, adding that most customers still don’t know about the partnership. “I think we’ll fit in pretty well.”
Which menu favorites do you hope to see there?
Lucky Dog Books at 633 W. Davis St. is hosting a reading Saturday at 8 p.m. by author Rod Russell-Ides, a Junius Heights resident and SMU graduate who just penned a memoir called “Sparky and the Dip****.” Yes, that last word rhymes with “dipstick.”
The author, as some of you might know, is a longtime landscape architect, singer, and now a writer.
Before any dog owners get excited, let me warn you: this doesn’t appear to be a “Marley & Me” story.
From the news release: “For one summer Rod Russell-Ides and his older brother were a perfect synergy of high jinks and well intentioned mayhem to themselves, their dysfunctional family, and the Great Bend, Kansas population. From medical specimens in the refrigerator to adventures with dynamite, [the book] takes us on a wild ride you won’t want to end. How they survived the summer of 1961 is a darkly funny, harrowing journey recounted by a master storyteller.”
Read more about the event here.
Only the luckiest people in Dallas have enjoyed a cocktail inside the “red room” at Ken and Patti Crews’ 1935 Tudor in University Park, which is among four spectacular sites chosen for this year’s Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s Centennial Home Tour. Read about their home and much more in our premiere issue of “Homes and Design” which you’ll find inside this week’s paper.
Alice Hurmis, 81, went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2013, in Dallas. Born November 5, 1931, to George and Sona Ameer in Yonkers, N.Y., she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Bob Ameer and Sonny Ameer; and her sister, Sadie Sargis.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, David Hurmis; her son, Darrell, and wife Kim, her daughter, Darlene Hurmis Morley, and husband Rob; and her four granddaughters who were her pride and joy and will miss their Nana dearly: Holly Hurmis Langford and husband Chace, Jordan Morley, Callie Hurmis, and Paige Morley.
Alice was the most loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother one could ask for. She was a longtime member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church and a 38-year breast cancer survivor who looked forward every year to participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Dallas.
A memorial service honoring Alice will be celebrated Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4151 Royal Lane, Dallas. Memorials may be made in her name to John Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Almost 1,000 young dancers descended upon Dallas last weekend for the National Cheerleaders Association’s All-Star National Championship. Four Park Cities girls who study at North Dallas Tumble and Cheer were among an elite cheerleading team that took first place in the Level 2 junior division: McCulloch Intermediate School sixth-graders Madeline Brown, Sidney Stamm, and Alexandra Yeager; Lindsey Bailey, a fourth-grader at Bradfield Elementary School; and Alexandra Barge, a fourth-grader at Hyer Elementary. The team, under the direction of Tom Stec and Julia Whitside, will compete in May at The Summit at Walt Disney World Resort.
Remember those four years of Fashion’s Night Out in Dallas? Last year alone, it included parties at Elements on Lovers Lane, Jan Strimple’s huge show at Highland Park Village, and tons of fanfare at NorthPark Center (not to mention other soirees at Bittano’s and Tootsies).
According to today’s announcement from the organization’s headquarters in New York, the annual event will “go on hiatus” in the United States but will continue “in select international cities.”
Last week, Highland Park resident John Benda — owner of Fuel City on Riverfront Boulvard — added a pregnant white buffalo named Lone Star to his pasture of longhorn cattle and donkeys that straddles the Trinity River.
According to news reports, Benda’s listened to pleas from animal-rights activists and American Indians — some who consider white buffalo sacred — and, consequently, he plans to relocate Lone Star from his gas station to a sanctuary. Critics accuse Benda of using the buffalo as a promotional gimmick; but others believe Benda was simply making one of nature’s wonders accessible to the public (though, arguably, too close to Fuel City’s taco stand for comfort).
What are your thoughts?