Mrs. Eugene McDermott Announced as Honorary Chair of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society 2014 Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series and Historic Home Tour Architects of Distinction Presented by Pritchett IV and D HOME


Harlan Crow will speak on “Architectural Features and Historical Collections in the Harlan Crow Library” at the luncheon on Wednesday, April 2


The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) is honored to announce Mrs. Eugene McDermott as the honorary chair of the 2014 Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series and Historic Home Tour Architects of Distinction presented by Pritchett IV and D Home.
“Mrs. McDermott’s joining our luncheon as honorary chair is truly an honor,” said Al McClendon, president, PCHPS. “Her appearance and literally pulling the switch at the lighting of the Highland Park pecan tree at Armstrong Parkway during the last holiday season reminded us of her dedication to our community. At that same time, PCHPS unveiled a landmarking plaque celebrating Highland Park’s Centennial and commemorating the Cole Family Farm, where the tree stands. Now Mrs. McDermott joins us in this 2014 Home Tour kick-off raising awareness of the unique attributes of the Park Cities, which we seek to preserve and protect."

Lucia Hrncir, luncheon chair, agreed with McClendon, saying, “This is PCHPS’ third annual Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon and Mrs. McDermott’s involvement and support as honorary chair, along with Harlan Crow as the featured speaker, is a celebration of the history of our community. We are all looking forward to an exciting event.”

Harlan Crow is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crow Holdings, a private family business holding company.  The company owns and manages real estate investments throughout the United States and overseas.  Mr. Crow serves on several boards, including those of AEI, Supreme Court Historical Society, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and as a member of the American Antiquarian Society.  He serves the Dallas area as Honorary Consul of Denmark.  He and his wife, Kathy, have three children, Jack, Rob and Sarah.

Former honorary chairs were Lindalyn Adams in 2012 and Ray and Heather Washburne in 2013.  Former speakers were Ray Washburne in 2012 and Dealey Decherd Herndon in 2013. 

Slated for Wednesday, April 2nd at the Dallas Country Club, the luncheon features Crow’s presentation entitled “Architectural Features and Historical Collections in the Harlan Crow Library” and will include a slide show. Scott Murray is emcee.

Proceeds from the luncheon will fund scholarships at Highland Park High School for graduating seniors who plan to study architecture, history, preservation, or another major related to the preservation of our heritage.  The purpose of the scholarships is to promote interest in education in fields of study related to historical preservation of the Park Cities Communities.

Underwriting and sponsorships are available. Tickets are $125, $250, $500, $1,000 each with different benefits in seating, private reception with the speaker, according to the level of purchase.  For details visit the website at, email or call (214) 528-0021.

Also, remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 12 for the12th Annual Historic Home Tour Architects of Distinction from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open to the public, tickets will be available at Park Cities Tom Thumb stores beginning March 29th.

What: Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) annual Historic Home Tour is themed “Architects of Distinction” and is presented by Pritchett IV and D HOME. The home tour and luncheon celebrate historic preservation and are designed to generate awareness of the role history and preservation play in enhancing the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the Park Cities communities.

Details: The 2014 Historic Home Tour will feature architecturally and historically significant homes of the Park Cities.

 •  The purpose of the annual Historic Home Tour is to showcase architecturally and historically significant homes of the Park Cities and illustrate how these homes have been restored or remodeled and updated to serve the lifestyle needs of families today. 

•  The Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon are the Society’s only fundraiser each year. The proceeds are allocated for scholarships and to help further our mission to promote, protect and preserve the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic legacy of the Park Cities.

 •  The Society landmarks architecturally and historically significant homes in the Park

Cities, some of which are on the Historical Home Tour. 

•  Members of the Society enjoy historic and preservation oriented educational programs. 

Overview: PCHPS mission is to protect, preserve and promote the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic legacy of the Park Cities. A portion of the proceeds of the 2014 Home Tour Weekend will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, which was the second home built in Highland Park. It also funds the Society’s landmarking ceremonies. The proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series will go toward the PCHPS scholarship program for Highland Park High School.

 Crow Library Exterior by Dan Piassick


Photo of Crow Library exterior by Dan Piassick




Friends Friends of  Wednesday’s Child Luncheon Celebrates 30 Years of Transforming Students’ Lives in Foster Care by Improving Their Educational Path

Libby & David Hunt / The Nancy & Herbert Hunt Family Foundation are presenting sponsors for the luncheon featuring Darlene Ellison, M.S. as keynote speaker

               (January 25, 2014 - Dallas, TX)  Join us as Friends of Wednesday’s Child celebrates its 30th anniversary with a luncheon on Wednesday, April 9th at Union Station in Dallas featuring Darlene M.  Ellison, M.S., as the featured speaker. Author of The Predator Next Door, Darlene has appeared on Oprah, 20/20, a special television segment of Dateline NBC, an interview with D Magazine and more. Libby and David Hunt/The Nancy and Herbert Hunt Family Foundation is presenting the luncheon, chaired by Cachet Weinberg. Libby is honorary chair.

                 Transforming  the  lives  of  students  in  foster care  by  improving  their  educational  path, Friends of Wednesday’s Child builds a road to hope and ensures kids in foster  care  have  the opportunities   they  equally  deserve  to  reach  their  full potential by supporting their educational needs.  Foster children in North Texas are 50% more likely to drop out of high school or not graduate on time compared to their peers.      Without educational success, foster children are ill-­‐equipped to support themselves.

                Cachet says, “We are raising money to transform foster children’s lives by providing them access to academic and essential supports to be successful in school and in life,  everything from education expenses and enrichment activities ranging from after-school tutoring, college scholarships, dance lessons and so much more.” 

     Support of the Friends of Wednesday’s Child Luncheon helps ensure that foster children graduate high school on time and have a plan for their future.  

                Sharon McGowan, executive director, FWC, says, “We’d love for the public to join us in celebrating this milestone year. A gift truly makes a long-term  difference  for the 5,600 foster  children  in North Texas that we serve.”

                Libby and David Hunt agree, saying, “We have chosen to be involved with Friends of Wednesday’s Child since Libby served on the Crystal Charity Ball charity selection committee and CCB chose them as a beneficiary years ago. This agency so beautifully exemplifies how effective even a small staff can be with dedicated hearts and a professional level of effectiveness.  FWC exists to meet the educational needs of foster children when state funding and other resources are unavailable.”

            Luncheon tickets begin at $175. A $300 ticket includes the VIP champagne reception. Underwriting and sponsorships begin at $1,500. For questions or more information, visit the website at contact Sharon McGowan at or call 972-­‐231-­‐1433, ext. 202.

About Friends of Wednesday’s Child:

Friends of Wednesday’s Child mission is to transform the lives of foster children through education.  The fact is the drop-out rate for children living in foster care is more than three times that of other students.  Part of that is because, on average, these children move eight times before they are 18 making it hard to get academic traction.  By supporting foster children as they pursue their education, we can help.  We know that when kids stay in school and graduate they’re off to a better start in life.  Your support for such things as tutoring, enrichment programs, extracurricular activities, and academic scholarships makes it possible.  The Ryan Foundation is the Sustaining Sponsor for Friends of Wednesday’s Child. 


Organization website:

 Friends of Wednesdays Child












(Photo of Bill and Cachet Weinberg)                                                         




   Friends of Wednesdays Child 2

(Photo of Libby and David Hunt)



Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR., adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. 

In this program, concentration is on Broadway style dance training and singing skills taught by a DSM Academy choreographer and music director. A stage director will teach acting skills. All performances are open to the public and free, so invite the neighborhood! No theatrical experience is necessary to participate. Most costumes and props will be supplied by DSM Academy and some may be borrowed from home. Join us and let the kids learn the skills and confidence that belong in the spotlight!

Mondays at Town North YMCA, Ages 6-14
January 13 - April 28, 5:15p - 7:15p
Performances on May 4
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Tuesdays at Plano - IMC, Ages 6-16
January 28 - May 13, 5:00p - 7:00p
Performances on May 17
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Thursdays at Park Cities YMCA, Ages 6-14
January 16 - May 1, 5:15p - 7:15p
Performances on May 4
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Saturdays at Park Cities YMCA, Ages 10-18
January 13 - April 28, 11:00am - 4:15p
Performances on May 3
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All Classes End With Performances
at Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie!


This course is designed to help the actor think on their feet, to problem solve, to react honestly to the moment and to respond to one’s immediate environment and feelings. Students of improvisation techniques experience an increase in confidence, social comfort (on and off the stage), refined brainstorming abilities, improved decision-making tools and better team skills. The result of this program is often new thought patterns and ways to act and react.

Instructor, Steven Kavner, is the Peabody Award winning Producer of the PBS series, Wishbone, and a former member of the famous improvisational company The Groundlings. Steven has taught at the acclaimed Stella Adler Academy in LA as well as his own studio, Improv for the Actor. Improvisational skills are not only a requirement of a successful actor, but also a requirement of many university majors unrelated to the theatre.

Join us and look at the situation around you differently. The program ends with public performances on May 17 & 18, 2014 in the Uptown Theater Cabaret, Grand Prairie.

Tuesdays at Plano - IMC, Ages 10 & Up
January 28 - May 13, 7:00-8:00p
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Saturdays at Park Cities YMCA, Ages 10-18
January 18 - April 26, 11:00a-12:00p
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Saturdays at Plano - IMC , Ages 10 & Up
January 25 - May 11, 1:00-2:00p
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Free Introductory Class
January 25th, 1:00-2:00p
International Music Conservatory,
3321 Premier Dr., Plano,Texas 75023
For information, call: 214-969-7469.

Students explore and perform a variety of Broadway shows and styles.
A choreographer/director is joined by a music director to hone acting, singing and dancing skills. This class will perform at area special events throughout the year. Students and parents may select which performances to be involved in. This is an ongoing performance troupe with an annual membership fee. Students may attend either or both the Thursday and Saturday classes for additional fees.

Ongoing Thursdays and Saturdays at
Plano - IMC, Ages 10 & Up

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The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society invites everyone to join community leaders and fellow residents on Sunday, November 10th as the organization dedicates three Centennial Historic Landmarks in Highland Park as part of the celebration of Highland Park’s 100th year.

     The ceremonies begin at 2:00 p.m. at Armstrong Elementary School, 3600 Cornell Avenue at the main entrance on Cornell. Then at 2:45 p.m., join us at the Dallas Country Club, 4144 Mockingbird Lane at the main entrance to Dallas Country Club building. The final landmark will be at 3:30 p.m. at Highland Park Village, 4200 Mockingbird Lane, in the center court near the clock tower, between Billy Reid and Lela Rose.  

The exact wording on the plaques will read as follows:

 Highland Park Independent School District
In 1914, the Highland Park Independent School District was founded for the education of the children of this community. John S. Armstrong School opened that year, and was named for the developer of the Town of Highland Park.

     Grades K - 10 met in this four room schoolhouse, but students completed high school at Bryan St. High School in Dallas until a district high school was built in 1922 on Normandy Ave. The District currently has seven campuses.

     The high school is consistently ranked among the nation's best, excelling in academic, athletics and the fine arts. Alumni have earned distinctions including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Grammy Award, Heisman Trophy, Olympic metals, and have served in leadership roles in many fields. They personify the District's motto, "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve." 

Dallas Country Club
Founded in 1896, Dallas Country Club is the oldest country club in Texas, and among the oldest in the United States. It was also one of the first to be used as the centerpiece of a residential development.

     The Club has been the site of many firsts in Texas golf, hosting the first Dallas tournament in 1898, the first state-wide tournament in 1903, and the first Texas Golf Assn. Tournament in 1906.

     The Club moved to its current location from Oak Lawn in 1912, and became the center of social activity in Dallas. This clubhouse is the sixth, and opened in 2012.

 Highland Park Village

     Highland Park Village is located on land that was originally part of the Cole family farm, and later became Henry Exall's wheat field. As the Town of Highland Park grew, its developers, Hugh Prather and Edgar Flippen decided to create a town square for the community. Seeking inspiration for the Spanish-Mediterranean style, they traveled with their architects, Marion Fooshee and James Cheek, to the 1929 Barcelona World's Fair as well as Mexico and California.

     When it opened in 1931, the only tenants were a gas station on Preston Rd. and the block of shops at the southwest corner of the center. The Village is recognized as the first planned shopping center with a unified style and stores facing interior parking. The Village Theater was opened by Karl Hoblitzelle in 1935, and was the first suburban movie theater in Texas.      Completed in 1947, the Village is today one of the most exclusive shopping centers in the country.


More about PCHPS:

     The mission of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is to preserve, protect and promote the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic attributes and traditions of the Park Cities.  New members are always welcome!

     The next general meeting is a very exciting one, open to members and guests on Monday, November 11, 2013:  Remembering JFK at 6:30 p.m. entitled “The President’s Been Shot and They Are Bringing Him to the Emergency Room”         

     Ronald C. Jones, M.D. FACS, Department of Surgery, Baylor University Medical Center: In 1963 Dr. Jones was Chief Resident of Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital when President John F. Kennedy was shot.  He treated both President Kennedy and the presumed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.  Dr. Jones is featured in the Parkland Hospital exhibit on the first floor of the Kennedy Museum in Dallas. His deposition for the Warren Commission was taken by attorney and former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.

     Pierce Allman: Pierce was a young reporter who did the only on-scene broadcast of the JFK assassination from the lobby of the School Book Depository Building. Later Secret Service confirmed that the individual he asked for the telephone location was Oswald on his way out of the building.

     For details on membership and more information call 214-528-0021 or email or visit the website at


More about The Highland Park Centennial Celebration:

     Highland Park is special, retaining a sense of place, and people. The town occupies land, originally four land grants, dating from the Republic of Texas. The founders of Highland Park were entrepreneurs, leaders not just in development, but in the quality of life for the larger community including Dallas. That tradition of citizen participation endures. One hundred years of leading and learning shows our Centennial theme!
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Revealed! Dallas Summer Musicals 1st High School Musical Theatre Awards

 Winners will be announced and finalists will perform at the red carpet extravaganza on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at The Music Hall at Fair Park

Finalists from all high schools are listed here: 

 (Dallas, TX – April 9, 2012) Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals and Tracy Jordan, Director of Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards program (DSM HSMTA) presented by Comerica Bank, today announced the awards finalists in a special appearance on WFAA-TV’s DAYBREAK. See attached listings for details. 

Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, the DSM High School Musical Awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in the production of high school musical theatre. If you love theatre, you do not want to miss this show!

Slated for Saturday, May 5th at The Music Hall at Fair Park, top nominated schools will perform a number from their show, nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress will be showcased and the winners will be announced at the red carpet extravaganza as show biz professionals and celebrities come together to celebrate and spotlight excellence in area high school musical productions. Bring your cameras! The celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. with paparazzi at the red carpet reception. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

One of the award presentations will be made, in person, by Cathy Rigby, a former Olympic champion, who visits Dallas again when she stars in PETER PAN, running July 10 – 22 as part of DSM’s regular season at The Music Hall.

          “This will be an exciting night, not only for DSM, but for the performers and their families,” Jordan said. “Thirty high schools participated in our first-ever musical theatre awards program. It was a diverse list of high schools from as far away as Granbury, McKinney, Corsicana and all across the Metroplex. The musicals were a wonderful mix from classic, like Red Oak High School’s Singin’ in the Rain, and dramatic, like Denton High Schools’ Jekyll & Hyde to Highland Park High School’s Once Upon a Mattress, a comedy.”

          Jenkins, who has been involved in the production side of musicals for over 50 years and travels the world scouting shows for DSM’s seasons, said, “I was overwhelmed with pride when I saw the level of talent in performance and production in our high school musicals. We are thrilled to bring this program to Dallas. It has been in research and development for the past four years. We believe it will encourage participation in the musical arts not only in the high schools, but throughout our community. All of this would not be possible without the generosity of the DSM High School Musical Awards founding donors, Leah and Jerry Fullinwider and presenting sponsor, Comerica Bank. I’d also like to thank our chairs, Gail and Bill Plummer and DSM HSMTA media sponsors, WFAA-TV Channel 8 and The Dallas Morning News.”

A visionary leader in Dallas’ entertainment community, Michael’s resumé includes six (6) Tony® Awards, two (2) Drama Desk Awards® , a Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Award, and 38 nominations for both him and DSM.
          Tracy continued, “Due to the kind generosity of the many sponsors and underwriters, DSM will be awarding eight (8) $3,000 cash scholarships to outstanding participating students of the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards.

          Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress will receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Nederlander Award) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

          The process: Three judges visited each school and judged performers in 15 categories: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Performer.
          Ballots were submitted to the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton and the finalists determined.

          Tickets are priced from $20 to $50. Visit the web site at: or or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, #542 in the Preston/Royal Shopping Center or call (214) 691-7200 for more information

For more details about the Dallas program, visit the website at .

Updates. photos and comments  are posted continuously on our Facebook page at:
          Link to the national program website here:   


About Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas.  DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region. Dallas Summer Musicals season sponsors are American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News, Metro PCS, WFAA Channel 8, and Texas Instruments.  Visit the website at