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In Tribute To Our Friend Nancy Farina 1958-2012

Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
Nancy Farina was Vice President for Development and Capital Giving at Dallas Heritage Village and an employee at the museum from 1992 until her death this past week. Following is my tribute to our long-time friend and colleague. I first met Nancy when I was being interviewed for the director’s position in 1995. Then-trustee Walter Abbey organized a “get acquainted” lunch for me and several staff members at our Brent Place Restaurant. As we went around the table introducing ourselves, Nancy turned to me and asked me if I was a baseball fan. I replied that I was, and she nodded her approval, signaling that she knew we would get along just fine. Thereafter, few days passed where we did not have at least one brief conversation about the Texas Rangers. Nancy a ..

The Food Trucks are Coming!

Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/cl2011_bm0162.gif) Food trucks were first at DHV during Candlelight. Yes, the rumors are true! We are going to have Food Trucks here at DHV on a regular basis, beginning July 28. We are collaborating with a Cedars group that is serving as brokers, working as go-between for DHV and independent food trucks. As you have probably noticed, food trucks are the hottest new trend in the food business, and if you have been in the Arts District or at the Sigels Parking lot on lower Greenville, you’ve seen how popular they are. Our Cedars brokers have made arrangements with a pool of around 15 food trucks, all of whom are interested in participating in a new Cedars Food Park at DHV. A portion of the proceeds will benefit DHV. To start, we plan to h ..

The Quest for a Perfect Chair

Published on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
The dear mother of Miss Manners, who originally named her daughter Judith Martin, advised her that when sailing across the Atlantic, she should travel first or third class, but never in the mediocre middle. As Judith explains, “In first class, in those days, you had luxury; in third class, you had fun. This is the proper distribution of the world’s blessings. In second class, you had neither.” Remember the movie Titanic, which didn’t even bother to show the people in the middle? We saw the rich having cocktails and the poor having a dance to music they made for themselves. Finances here at the museum sometimes make me feel like one of those people riding in third class, also known as steerage. I produce exhibits and carry out repairs on a shoestring. It ..

Donkeys, Dog Trots, and Flutes: Field Trips at DHV

Published on Monday, May 21, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
A few weeks ago, I was on a trip with family. My cousin mentioned taking their young son to the Texas State Aquarium on Friday morning “when it wouldn’t be so busy.” I looked at him in disbelief: “Don’t go anywhere near there until late afternoon! On a Friday in May, the place will be overrun with school groups.” He looked at me, completely confused. I said “At the Village, we’ll see almost 1/3 of our total school field trip attendance just in the month of May. Fridays are the most popular. Go some other time!” He still didn’t quite believe me. But then they went to the Aquarium, getting there around 1 p.m. They were absolutely amazed at how many school buses were in the parking lot. Don’t get me wrong&ndas ..

Dallas Heritage Village goes Haute Couture!

Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
No, we don’t have Gaultier–he’s the wrong century for our museum. But we are delighted to have received a piece by Charles Frederick Worth. I don’t know if Madonna would have liked his clothing, but throughout the decades around 1900 all the other women in America longed to wear a dress by the undisputed leader of the Paris fashion scene. The House of Worth was the shopping destination for American women rich enough to journey to Europe for fitting and to spend amounts that would embarrass some of our modern fashionistas. Worth was known for some signature fashion touches, such as using lots of lace. But he championed the practice of constantly changing fashion trends. New shapes, details and colors rendered last year’s dress passé. Am ..

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