Category: Community

Wilkinson Center Announces New Location for 5th Annual Spirit of Taos

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Caitlin Hyatt and Laurann Cavenaghi - Spirit of Taos Co-Chairs

Scout at The Statler will be the home this year for the 5th annual Spirit of Taos, hosted by Friends of Wilkinson Center.

The Southwestern-themed soiree kicks off at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner featuring the culinary stylings of Chef Graham Dodds.

Highlights of the evening will include music by The Blake Martin Band and a Silent Auction and Raffle with items ranging from exciting travel destinations to luxurious baubles from some of Dallas’ favorite retailers.


True or false? Take this Fireworks Safety Quiz

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Dazzling kaleidoscopes of color light up the skies over American cities and towns while whistles, pops, and booms reverberate in the air.

Celebrating the Fourth with fireworks is as American as barbecue and beer, but what’s often forgotten is that all those explosives are downright dangerous.


Park Cities Archives Dedicated

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Scots football memorabilia is on display at University Park Library. (Photo: William Legrone)

New cabinets at the University Park Library house the Archives of the Park Cities, a collection that includes memorabilia from the five Scots football state championships.

“For years our society has been looking for a place to house these archives,” said Taylor Armstrong, Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society advisory board member. “Our goal was to create a repository for all that history.”


Biblical Arts Museum Exhibit Explores Iraqi Jewish Heritage

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View some documents recovered from a flooded intelligence headquarters’ basement. (Courtesy photos)

Coming full circle, The Museum of Biblical Arts’ newest exhibit on offer, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” ends its five-year tour around the country by returning to Texas.

Through 24 items, the exhibit tells the story of thousands of Jewish documents and texts that were saved from the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, the Mukhabarat.


Fourth of July Parade Memories

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For decades, Highland Park and University Park have celebrated Independence Day with hometown flair, “the redder, whiter, and bluer the better,” as authors Diane Galloway and Kathy Matthews describe it in The Park Cities: A Walkers Guide and Brief History.

The Fourth of July parade and picnic brings neighbors together to decorate floats and bicycles, ride from one municipality to the other, and share an old fashion patriotic picnic together.


This Year’s Grand Marshal: Karl Kuby Sr.

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Karl Kuby Sr., 2018 Grand Marshal. (Photo: William Legrone)

As a young boy growing up in Germany during World War II, Karl Kuby Sr. saw American soldiers for the first time after his first few days returning home from a military school.

Kuby admired the Americans because they were easygoing, friendly, and always laughing. They threw candy to some of the German children when they arrived.

Now at 85 years old, Kuby looks forward to throwing candy while serving as grand marshal during the Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.


Rotary Club Makes Parade a Hunger-Fighting Affair

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Last year, the Rotary Club of Park Cities and its strategic partners raised more than $22,000, and they’re in a position to raise $25,000 this year. (Courtesy Brad Bradley)

While the annual Fourth of July celebration in the Park Cities will be a red, white, and blue affair — full of food, face paint, and other festivities — the event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Park Cities, carries an objective far beyond a show of patriotism: helping to alleviate hunger in North Texas.

For the second year, the North Texas Food Bank will be the primary beneficiary of the annual parade, which travels two miles from Highland Park Town Hall to Goar Park.