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Candlelight Advice from the Candlelight Experts

Published on Friday, December 05, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/jlehman-candlelight.jpg) Candlelight is a Dallas Heritage Village tradition that has been around for numerous years. However, some of you might find yourself in my position, of being a recent transplant and having never attended Candlelight before. So you may be thinking, “What is this Candlelight? How does it work? What should I be prepared for?” Seeing as how I cannot answer that, I turned to the Dallas Heritage Village staff, who are Candlelight veterans. They have imparted their wisdom and advice for us first time “Candlelighters.” Helen Muncaster, our Director of Sales, importantly suggests that you purchase discounted tickets in advanced instead of having to wait in line at the door. It saves you some money and allows you m ..

Our family tradition can be your family tradition

Published on Monday, November 17, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/cl2013_ll089.jpg) As someone still relatively new to the Dallas area (I moved here last August) I am learning more and more about the city everyday. I have gone to my first State Fair, visited a handful of the numerous museums the metroplex has to offer, and have been to my fair share of sporting events. However I find that sometimes I am still missing out on some of the great things that Dallas has to offer to make new family traditions. One of those great things is Candlelight. Every year Dallas Heritage Village has a winter celebration in which the museum is open at night and is lit by the glow of countless candles. Our period homes are decorated for the holidays in historical fashion, and you can find the various ovens being put to use with cooking ..

Every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed donkey

Published on Saturday, October 18, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
No equine on earth can wear a hat as well as our own Nip and Tuck. The team’s natural sense of style, physical poise and ability to make love to the camera have driven their successful modeling career. None could argue that they broke new ground in this photo of them modeling their leg warmers. (http://dhvblog.org/2012/05/07/flashdancing-donkeys/) (http://dhvblog.org/2012/05/07/flashdancing-donkeys/) Tyra Banks was rather jealous, and the boys refused to compete on her show as their elevated status was already secure. They are often voted more stylish than Tyra, and we encourage them not to gloat. No fashion model can make it without a great designer to dream up those fabulous couture originals. Nip and Tuck owe their success to Marta Smith, whose haberdashery s ..

A Day in the Life with Mr. Kennedy

Published on Friday, October 17, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
If you have been to Dallas Heritage Village lately odds are that you have met this history educator back at our farmstead. Louis Gene Helmick-Richardson (we know him as Gene) plays Mr. Kennedy, a fairly well-off cotton farmer at the “ragged end of Reconstruction,” about 1870. Gene comes to us with plenty of experience being a history interpreter in places such as the Georgia Agrirama in Tifton, Georgia, Pryor Creek at the Homeplace, and the TVA’s Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. He also currently is a professional storyteller with his wife Peggy as Twice Upon a Time Storytellers. His resume even includes being the Director of the Collin County Farm Museum for a few years! His experience is not limited to museums, however. Gene has a PhD in Entomology from  ..

A Day in the Life on Main Street

Published on Friday, October 10, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
Kelly Renee Grandjean is a new face to our museum. She has been recently added to our staff as the Main Street Educator and takes on the task of playing two characters in two buildings. During busy days with school kids, you can usually find her in the General Store as her character Miss Constance (Connie) Muller. On Saturdays you can find her slinging drinks (root beer) in the Saloon as Mrs. Elsa Spiess. Kelly was born in Ennis, Texas and was adopted at a young age by an Air Force doctor, his wife, and two sons. Being part of a military family afforded Kelly the opportunity to live in a variety of places including Italy. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees including a Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film, and Theatre from California State Univers ..

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