December 17, 2014

  • Rug From ‘Downton Abbey’ Could Be Yours

    Dean Warden and Gene Kerns pose with the famous rug. (Courtesy photo)

    Dean Warden and Gene Kerns pose with the famous rug. (Courtesy photo)

    Heritage Antiques and Interiors has in its possession a rug from Highclere Castle, setting for hit series Downton Abbey. The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, who live at Highclere, commissioned a replica of the library rug for a World War One charity auction.

    The rug will be on display at the Forestwood Antique Mall through Jan. 31.

    “Antiques enthusiasts appreciate the renewed interest for many of our items that Downton has created,” Kerns said. “Some have even called this ‘The Downton Effect.’ We were fortunate to visit Highclere Castle two years ago and it was amazing. The castle and all of its furnishings are the set for the ‘upstairs’ scenes of Downton Abbey. Nothing is moved out, not even pieces like Napoleon’s desk. What you see on the screen is exactly as it is at Highclere.”

    By Dec. 17, 2014 | 12:53 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Ursuline Lacrosse Team Gives Holiday Salute to Kids

    Ursuline

    The Ursuline lacrosse team helped spread holiday cheer to military children in Fort Worth.

    By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

    The Ursuline lacrosse team recently cheered up children at the annual Snowball Express at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

    The event brings hope and happy memories to children who have lost a parent in the military. It was the second year the lacrosse team participated in the event, which began in 2006.

    Forty players spent time with more than 200 children ages 5-10. The Ursuline students made bracelets, played with Legos, and watched movies. They also danced and played ping pong.

    “This is by far my favorite volunteer service,” said senior Lauren Hebig, who first spearheaded the volunteer opportunity for her team last year. “At first the children are really shy, but they get comfortable with you. It’s sad, but it’s really great that they’re still smiling. Every kid deals with loss differently.”

    Read More…

    By Dec. 17, 2014 | 12:41 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Foodies Still Flock to Preston

    Craving sushi, sandwiches, burgers, Mexican, or pizza? Eateries at Preston Royal and Preston Forest shopping centers have been tantalizing taste buds for decades. Click on the photo to see a gallery of a few restaurants worth looking at. Bon appétit.

    THE MERCURY Cuisine: American Price: $$$ Popular Item: Black cod with blonde Miso, asparagus, bok choy, and pickled ginger

    THE MERCURY – Cuisine: American – Price: $$$ – Popular Item: Black cod with blonde Miso, asparagus, bok choy, and pickled ginger (Click here to view the full gallery.)

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  • December 16, 2014

  • Sixth-Grade Packers Win SVAA Super Bowl

    Team members include, from left, front row: Lorenzo Barbara, Nico Paramo, John Callis, Caleb Ainsworth, and Dwyer O’Brien. Middle row: Tristan Hassell, Austin Graham, Brennan Graham, Colin Bajec, Rex Ah Chu, Michael Norris, Austin Shaunfield, Cameron Clendening, Nick Roberts, and Jack Pratt. Back row: Coach Steve Graham, Jackson Goutcher, coach Chris Bajec, coach Bill Callis, and coach Raul Ah Chu.

    Team members include, from left, front row: Lorenzo Barbara, Nico Paramo, John Callis, Caleb Ainsworth, and Dwyer O’Brien. Middle row: Tristan Hassell, Austin Graham, Brennan Graham, Colin Bajec, Rex Ah Chu, Michael Norris, Austin Shaunfield, Cameron Clendening, Nick Roberts, and Jack Pratt. Back row: Coach Steve Graham, Jackson Goutcher, coach Chris Bajec, coach Bill Callis, and coach Raul Ah Chu.

    Congratulations to the Packers, a team of sixth-grade football players that recently won the Super Bowl in the Spring Valley Athletic Association. The team includes players from Good Shepherd, Parish Episcopal, Trinity Christian, Shelton, and Renner Middle School.

    The Packers were seeded third in the playoffs after finishing 5-3 during the regular season, but they were victorious in all three postseason contests, including a 19-7 upset of the undefeated Colts in the championship game.

    By Dec. 16, 2014 | 1:59 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ‘12 Days of Christmas’ Hit Arboretum

    The “seven swans a-swimming” feature includes six white swans and one black swan floating in ice. (Photo: Kathy Lawrence)

    The “seven swans a-swimming” feature includes six white swans and one black swan floating in ice. (Photo: Kathy Lawrence)

    Tom and Phyllis McCasland’s dream to provide Dallas with a spectacular Christmas display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is now a reality.

    The Preston Hollow residents have been supporters of the Arboretum since moving to Dallas 15 years ago. Among the projects they have sponsored is the sunken garden, named for them. That location, with the Chico y Chica de la Playa sculpture and fountain, is a favorite locale for weddings and other celebrations.

    Phyllis began thinking about a Christmas season display the Arboretum could showcase two years ago and said, “the Arb lends itself to big scale things,” such as the Chihuly installation three years ago, so she knew the venue could handle something large and magnificent. Read More…

    By Dec. 16, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 15, 2014

  • Jesuit Cyclists Keep Upstart Program Rolling

    Michael Hamer adjusts the gears on his bicycle prior to a recent practice session with his Jesuit teammates. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Michael Hamer adjusts the gears on his bicycle prior to a recent practice session with his Jesuit teammates. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Andrew Armstrong sees the cycling program at Jesuit as a method of allowing students to compete, but also promoting a lifelong sport.

    That dual purpose was part of what prompted Armstrong to launch the program almost a decade ago. And it’s continued to grow since, both in participation and in competitive success.

    Last spring, the Rangers won the Texas High School Cycling League State Road Championships. That’s a far cry from 2005, when the program began with just a handful of interested students who gathered informally after school. Read More…

    By Dec. 15, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 13, 2014

  • Developers Look to Spur Neighborhood Growth

    The proposed complex will mix retail and residential uses at the intersection of Inwood Road and Forest Lane. (Photo: Dodd Communications)

    The proposed complex will mix retail and residential uses at Inwood and Forest. (Rendering: Dodd Communications)

    A new retail and residential project aims to develop neighborhood harmony along with its shops and town homes.

    The proposed Forestwood complex on the northwest corner of Inwood Road and Forest Lane would replace existing 200-plus townhomes on property that have occupied the land since the early 1970s. The Daniel family has owned the 29-acre site, which once was a farm, for more than 150 years.

    “We’re really excited about the possibility of redeveloping that space and what it would bring to the neighborhood,” said Duke Nelson, a nearby resident and community volunteer. “This will be great if it’s done properly.” Read More…

    By Dec. 13, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 12, 2014

  • Nasher Donation to Fund Hockaday Arts Building

    Nancy Nasher

    David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher

    Hockaday alumna Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger recently made a $6 million commitment to the development of a new arts building at the school — Phase II of the Centennial Center. The Nasher-Haemisegger Family Center of the Arts will provide space for both the visual and performing arts.

    Their family is heavily tied to Hockaday. Both of their daughters have attended since pre-kindergarten, and Nasher, her sisters, and mother are all alumnae.

    Nasher is owner and manager of NorthPark Center. She and Haemisegger are supporters of both Hockaday and the arts in Dallas and elsewhere.

    By Dec. 12, 2014 | 2:43 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Candlelight is Coming to Dallas Heritage Village

    Christmas carolers in period costumes. What's not to like?

    Christmas carolers in period costumes. What’s not to like?

    You can take your holiday celebration back in time this weekend, when Dallas Heritage Village will hold its 43rd annual Candlelight Celebration on Saturday and Sunday.

    The festivities will bring a holiday twist to DHV’s usual depiction of pioneer and Victorian life in Texas, with an emphasis on holiday traditions and activities with actors in period garb. There also will be crafts and carols, along with plenty of seasonal decor.

    The Candlelight program is the largest annual fundraiser for DHV. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for children, with museum members free.

    By Dec. 12, 2014 | 2:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ESD, Parish Standouts to Play in All-Star Game

    After winning titles this fall in SPC and TAPPS, respectively, ESD and Parish Episcopal each will be well represented at the annual Tom Hillary DFW all-star game for private school seniors on Saturday.

    The game, set for 1:30 p.m. at Pennington Field in Bedford, will match a Dallas-area squad against one consisting of Fort Worth-area players.

    Among those on the Dallas team with area ties are ESD’s Winston Guillory, Thomas Fitts, Drew Winsauer, Paul Cooke, and Brock Anglin; Parish Episcopal’s Tom Stewart, Vinay Chemiti, and William LeMasters; Justin Jones and Sam Daniels of St. Mark’s; and Shelton’s Michael Williams.

    By Dec. 12, 2014 | 10:50 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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