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The Women's Council of the Dallas arboretum presents A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea to be held Tuesday, February 10 in Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. There will be a special appearance by noted author and stylemaker Michael Devine.  

The multi-talented Michael Devine – former editor, fabric designer, shop owner and gardener joins us from Kinderhook, New York to present his book “An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors”.

A student of art history at the Ecole du Louvre, French at the Sorbonne and cooking at the Ritz Escoffier, Michael spent six years as style and party editor at HFN Magazine where he covered the glittering design world on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
Settling in the charming upstate village of Kinderhook, New York, Michael has pursued his design passion full time creating a bespoke fabric collection of modern traditional hand prints and unique accessories for the home.
 
Give yourself a very special Valentine treat…celebrate with Women’s Council and Michael at A Valentine Tea!

Doesn’t it sound divine?
 
Marilyn Hailey is the Honorary Chair and Dorothea Meltzer is the event chair. Marena Gault is the Women's Council President.
 
A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea Tickets: $75 each
For Patron Information and to purchase tickets online,
visit: www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org

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Ridgeway Garner, Lake Highlands High School 11th-grader, first place winds; David Danjul, an 11th-grader from Plano, first place Piano; Patsy Donosky, daughter of the late Juanita Miller; Jana Shafer, competition chair; and 10th-grader Fiona Shea, from Lubbock, first place strings division and grand prize winner.

 

Ridgeway Garner, an 11th-grader at Lake Highlands High School, won first place in the winds division at the 19th Annual Juanita Miller Concerto Competition held on January 10  at the Owens Art Center at Southern Methodist University. Ridgeway’s  father is a teacher at SMU and is also his music teacher.

Earlier in the daylong competition, Fiona Shea, a 10th grader from Lubbock, won first place in the strings division.  Shung-June (David) Danjul, a Plano 11th-grader, took first place in the piano division. A panel of three judges selected violinist Fiona Shea as the grand-prize winner for the 2015 Juanita Miller Concerto Competition.

Juanita Miller, the founding president of TASO, began the first concerto competition in 1997. She and her husband, Henry S. Miller, both of Dallas, provided the initial underwriting and subsequent gifts to fund these youth competitions, which now bear her name. Patsy Donosky, daughter of Juanita and Henry S. Miller, represented her late mother at this year’s competition.

The judges for the competition are always highly acclaimed musicians and esteemed educators. This year, the judge in the strings competition was Renee' Jolles  from the Eastman School of Music; the judge for the winds-brass division was Ronald Romm, University of Illinois School of Music; and the piano judge was David Cartledge, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

The young musicians competing in this event are as outstanding as their judges. From all over Texas, musicians in grades nine through 12 apply for this competition and are carefully prescreened before they can compete.

Not only dos the high quality of the judges and contestants make the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition one of the most respected and sought after competitions available to young musicians, but the prizes awarded to winners are also very attractive.  The first-, second- and third-place winners in all three divisions are awarded substantial cash prizes.

The first-place winner in each division will play his concerto at the Texas Association for Symphony orchestras (TASO) Conference in San Antonio in April. The grand prize is also awarded the opportunity to perform with the Waco and Mesquite Symphony Orchestras.

Now in its 19th year, the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition has always been hosted by members of TASO, a volunteer organization consisting of delegates representing over 30 symphony leagues from cities throughout Texas.

For further information: www.tasovolunteers.com.

 

Photo by Deborah Brown

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Congressman Pete Sessions with Chairman’s Award winner Kert Platner and Darlene Ellison, Chamber Chaiman.


              

Kert Platner, co-owner of Times Ten Cellars in Lakewood, was honored with the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce 2015 “Pete Sessions Chairman’s Award” at a luncheon on January 23 at the Lakewood Country Club.

 The award is given annually to an individual for their significant contributions to the Chamber through their professional experience, community engagement, and leadership. It was presented by Congressman Pete Sessions, who also presented Platner with a Congressional Plate.

In 2005, Kert and business partner Rob Wilson founded Times Ten Cellars winery in the original Lakewood Post Office building.  Times Ten Cellars now has 2 locations and employs over 50 Texans.  The winery has grown to be amongst the top 10 wineries in terms of production in the State of Texas.  Times Ten Cellars was recently listed as one of the Top 10 Urban wineries in the United States.  The winery has been featured in National publications such as USA Today and Southern Living Magazine.  

Times Ten Cellars is fortunate to have space for hosting events and since the beginning has been donating space for neighborhood association meetings, local charities, schools and churches to host their events.  The winery has helped hundreds of charities earn hundreds of thousands of dollars for their respective groups.  The winery also donates to thousands of local silent auction fundraisers all over the metroplex. 

For over 10 years Kert has served on the board of the two neighborhood associations where he has lived in East Dallas as well as chaired the Home Tour committee for three years.  He is currently the District 4 representative for the Lakewood Neighborhood Association and continues to serve on the board.  He also serves on the Board of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce.  

 

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1 Sue Ringle, Caroline Hunt- 2015 Founders Award.j Sue Ringle presents the Founder's Award to Caroline Rose Hunt

 

Caroline Rose Hunt was honored with the Founder’s Award from the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum at a program on Wednesday, January 21 at the Dallas Arboretum.

Caroline Rose Hunt has been closely associated with The Dallas Arboretum all her life. She grew up directly across the lake from what is now The Dallas Arboretum, at the beautiful Mount Vernon, in the home of her parents H. L. and Lyda Bunker Hunt.

In the early days of the Arboretum, she and her sister and brothers gave the money to build the Paseo de Flores, the Walkway of Flowers and named it for their mother, Lyda Bunker Hunt.

A major supporter of the garden for many years, The Dallas Arboretum approached her in 2011, to ask her permission in having her name attached to the garden’s major donor society, for those making contributions of $10,000 or more. Since she agreed to give her name to this group, it has grown to over $600,000 a year.

Attending each dinner and private event for this group and of course other Arboretum events, she always enthusiastically voices her support for our garden. She indeed is so beloved, a special rose bush was created and named for her by the Arboretum.

Through the Rosewood Foundation she and her family have also given an important permanent educational area, the Dripping Springs Trail in the Wetlands area of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden in the name of her son, Bunker Sands.

Yet Caroline’s passion for the garden seemingly never ends, with her willingness to give a program for the Women’s Council members recently with her daughter and granddaughters.

How lucky we are to have had her support continuously from our beginning days and now to be able to share with others that significant monies given in the name of her society have helped The Dallas Arboretum achieve record heights and international recognition,” said presenter Sue Ringle.

“It only seems right that she be named this year our winner for the Founders Award of the Women’s Council of The Dallas Arboretum.”

 

Photos by Chuck Clark

 

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Patsy Donosky, daughter of the late Juanita Miller, is pictured with 2014 Grand Prize Winner Patrick Pan from Houston.

The public is invited to attend the 19th Annual Juanita Miller Concerto Competition on January 10, 2015  at 3:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium at the Owens Art Center on the Southern Methodist University campus. Students from across the state compete in three divisions: piano, strings, and winds. First place winners in each of the three divisions will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Each will perform their concerto selection and the Grand Prize winner will be chosen from one of the three. 

The event is free to the public. Caruth Auditorium is located at 6101 Bishop Avenue and attendees are requested to be seated by 3:30 p.m.

The a statewide concerto competition is hosted annually by the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras (TASO) to choose an outstanding high school musician. The competition sets itself apart from others in that the grand prize winner receives a cash award along with the opportunity to perform the winning concerto with two symphony orchestras, Waco and Mesquite symphony orchestras.

In hosting this competition, TASO continues to employ a professional approach for selecting the winners by choosing outstanding judges from across the country. The judges are judges are: David Cartledge - Piano, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; Renee' Jolles - Strings, Eastman School of Music; and Ronald Romm - Winds-Brass, University of Illinois School of Music. 

The Juanita Miller Concerto Competition was named for TASO’s founder, the late Juanita Miller. In 1997, Juanita and Henry S. Miller provided the initial underwriting and subsequent gifts to fund this youth competition. It was Mr. and Mrs. Miller’s dedication, vision, generosity and devotion to music that led to the establishment of a statewide youth competition for outstanding high school musicians.

Miller’s daughter Patsy Donosky attends the competition each year to hear the finalists and congratulate the winners.

About TASO
TASO provides a forum for the exchange of ideas to promote, develop, and support symphony orchestras state-wide. The idea for TASO was originally conceived in 1965 at the Women’s Association for Symphony Orchestras (WASO) meeting in New Orleans. The Texas delegations from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio decided it would be beneficial to have such an organization at the state level.

An organizational meeting in Dallas in 1966. At this meeting, Mrs. Henry S. Miller of Dallas was elected the first President of the organization and presided over the first annual conference in 1968.

Each year approximately 150 delegates attend the annual conference to gather information and network with their colleagues. These delegates include presidents, presidents-elect, and volunteer leaders from the volunteer groups of Texas orchestras.

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2 Lexie Hood, Courtney Chavez, Margaret Hardage, E Lexie Hood, Courtney Chavez, Margaret Hardage, and Ellen Crowe.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League hosted parties and bow rehearsals for the 29th Annual Presentation Ball debutantes during the holiday season. The Bock Family hosted a Diamonds & Debs cocktail reception at their Preston Center showroom on December 20. Each debutante received a diamond necklace with their initial. On December 21, Bob and Myrna Schlegel opened their elegant home for the holiday party which included a surprise appearance by Santa Claus.

Photos by Deborah Brown

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DSOL hosts Presentation Ball Mother-Daughter Holiday Tea
at the home of Amy and Malone Mitchell

 

An elegant afternoon tea honoring Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s 2014 Debutantes was held at the palatial home of Amy and Malone Mitchell on December 18. Guests were greeted by the lovely sounds of Victorian Carolers when they arrived.  There were many mothers and daughters and a few grandmothers were also in attendance.

The party was chaired by Cynthia Beaird who, along with her husband Brice, is also Honorary Chair for the Presentation Ball.

“We are honored to serve as the Honorary Chairs for the 29th Annual Presentation Ball. We are grateful to all the many volunteers who make this all possible. There are many events leading up to the night of the ball and hundreds of volunteers are working behind the scene to make it all look effortless."

Venise Stuart is the Presentation Ball Chairman and Dixie Marshall is President of the League. There will be 40 debs making their debut on Saturday, February 7 at the Meyerson.

 

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Patsy Donosky, daughter of the late Juanita Miller, congratulates the 2014 winner Patrick Pan, a senior from Houston.

Public is invited to attend state-wide music competition at SMU

 

The public is invited to attend the 19th Annual Juanita Miller Concerto Competition on January 10, 2015  at 3:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium at the Owens Art Center on the Southern Methodist University campus. Students from across the state compete in three divisions: piano, strings, and winds. First place winners in each of the three divisions will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Each will perform their concerto selection and the Grand Prize winner will be chosen from one of the three. 

The event is free to the public. Caruth Auditorium is located at 6101 Bishop Avenue and attendees are requested to be seated by 3:30 p.m.

The a statewide concerto competition is hosted annually by the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras (TASO) to choose an outstanding high school musician. The competition sets itself apart from others in that the grand prize winner receives a cash award along with the opportunity to perform the winning concerto with two symphony orchestras, Waco and Mesquite symphony orchestras.

In hosting this competition, TASO continues to employ a professional approach for selecting the winners by choosing outstanding judges from across the country. The judges are judges are: David Cartledge - Piano, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; Renee' Jolles - Strings, Eastman School of Music; and Ronald Romm - Winds-Brass, University of Illinois School of Music. 

The Juanita Miller Concerto Competition was named for TASO’s founder, the late Juanita Miller. In 1997, Juanita and Henry S. Miller provided the initial underwriting and subsequent gifts to fund this youth competition. It was Mr. and Mrs. Miller’s dedication, vision, generosity and devotion to music that led to the establishment of a statewide youth competition for outstanding high school musicians.

Patsy Donosky, daughter of the late Juanita Miller, attends the competition each year to hear the finalists and congratulate the winners.

About TASO
TASO provides a forum for the exchange of ideas to promote, develop, and support symphony orchestras state-wide. The idea for TASO was originally conceived in 1965 at the Women’s Association for Symphony Orchestras (WASO) meeting in New Orleans. The Texas delegations from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio decided it would be beneficial to have such an organization at the state level.

An organizational meeting in Dallas in 1966. At this meeting, Mrs. Henry S. Miller of Dallas was elected the first President of the organization and presided over the first annual conference in 1968.

Each year approximately 150 delegates attend the annual conference to gather information and network with their colleagues. These delegates include presidents, presidents-elect, and volunteer leaders from the volunteer groups of Texas orchestras.

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Jeweler Richard Eiseman hosted a cocktail reception for the parents of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debutantes on Thursday, December 4 at his newly remodeled NorthPark store. The Dallas Cowboys were playing that evening, but the dads did not miss a moment of the game with Eiseman’s new cutting edge hidden television that is embedded in the store’s outer window. The party was chaired by Marie Dean and Shelby Fuqua.

The debutantes will make their debut at the 29th Annual Presentation Ball on February 7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

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The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden announces “A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea” featuring Guest Speaker Michael Devine at the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall, Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 1:30 to 3:30 pm. The event is open to the public.

Michael Devine is a tastemaker who has an internationally recognized line of hand-printed fabrics. His textiles and garden have appeared in numerous print and on-line magazines, including House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Traditional Home, World of Interiors, and the Peak of Chic. He is a weekly columnist for Lonny magazine and resides in the upstate village of Kinderhook, New York where is love of gardening  began.

Marilyn Hailey will serve as the Honorary Chair. A tribute will be presented highlighting her work as a model at Neiman Marcus. The event is chaired by Dorothea Meltzer. Marena Gault is the Women’s Council President.

In the indispensable entertaining guide, An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors, Michael Devine shows how the garden can be a perfect and easily transformable setting to stage enchanted events in every season. He shares the joys of outdoor dining in his exquisite garden, featuring get-togethers throughout the year from breakfast and lunch to cocktails and dinner.

From an iridescent butterfly-themed summer luncheon to a Christmas Eve feast in his cozy candlelit garden folly, Michael presents marvelous ideas for creating festive tablescapes, mouthwatering menus  and décor that befit each occasion.

A Patron Party for “A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea” Sponsors and Underwriters to meet Michael Devine is planned for Monday evening, February 9, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at a private residence.

Since 1986, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the centerpiece garden of the Arboretum.  A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 600 members of the Women’s Council make possible the continued expansion and improvement of A Woman’s Garden.

Funds raised from “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Series benefit A Woman’s Garden. Individual tickets for “A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea” are $85. For Patron and Sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets on-line, visit: www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org or call Carol Nelson, Reservation Chair, 214-528-8029.