Flashdancing Donkeys

Published on Monday, May 07, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/donkey-leg-warmers-008.jpg)Nip and Tuck look retro spiffy in their brightly striped leg warmers. Tuck chose yellow with discreet blue cuffs, while Nip went all out with pink and purple. All of which leaves you wondering why we would humiliate our donkey friends by forcing them in to such attire. The answer is that it is fly season in Dallas. If you are a human, you have noticed that our mild winter produced fantastic crops of weeds and mosquitoes. Your pets can attest to the healthy state of population growth among the fleas. For equines, the main enemy is the black fly, and flies seem to prefer the donkey over any other equine. Horses are nice, but donkeys are delicious. Flies buzz about the boys’ heads in an annoying manner, but for biting they ..

So Long, City Park Elementary School!

Published on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
One of our oldest and most beloved neighbors is leaving at the end of this school year—City Park Elementary School. Built in 1919 directly across from City Park, as it was then known, the school has long been an anchor to a neighborhood in constant change. When the school opened, Gano Street was a residential street forming the south border of Dallas’ first city park, and the neighborhood known as the Cedars was then a relatively well-to-do residential area a short walk, or trolley ride, from downtown. Over the years the neighborhood has changed dramatically. After 1940, car dealerships, manufacturing, and warehouses largely replaced the residential housing, and after Interstate 30 was built in the early 1960s, the Cedars was effectively isolated from the rest of  ..

How to throw a party for 3,000 Girl Scouts (and live to tell about it)

Published on Friday, April 20, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
This spring, our event calendar has been just a little bit different. Long-time patrons might have noticed that Plow, Plant and Shear got moved to a Sunday and was a much smaller event. There was a very good reason for that: the Girl Scouts were throwing a party. And the size of that one event demolished a few other things in its path. About a year ago, staff from the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Council ( us with an idea: the Girl Scout Centennial was coming up–what if the big council-wide party was held at DHV? We’ve worked with GSNETX for years–first by offering specific programming at the Village for Girl Scouts–badge workshops, tours, and one special Girl Scout Day. Several years ago, we collaborated with other Da ..

Becoming Browder Springs Hall

Published on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
It doesn’t look like much yet, but the changes underway in Browder Springs Hall are pretty thrilling. But wait–Browder Springs Hall? Is there a new building at the Village? Nope, Browder Springs Hall is the recently rechristened Print Shop. We’ve talked before ( how recurrent flooding is changing the way we interpret Main Street. The Print Shop has always been one of the most vulnerable buildings, but when the water was rising, we couldn’t exactly move that equipment out of the way. Cleaning up after a flood wasn’t easy either, and so we made the decision a few years ago to find a new, better home for the printing equipment showcased in that building. Some of it went to other museums, and some of it  ..

Special Delivery

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/pdk_mg_3298.jpg)Almost exactly one year ago, we re-opened the General Store. If you haven’t visited us in a long time, the space may surprise you. Just about everything is touchable, and there are plenty of activities and roles for visitors to play. You can shop, weigh beans, run a cash register, play checkers, write or sort mail, wrap packages–and one of our favorites–sweep and dust. (Is it wrong that we get such joy out of letting visitors help us clean?) Of course, whenever we do something new, there’s a familiar fear. Will this work? Will visitors understand? Are we setting ourselves up to be destroyed by a herd of 4th grade boys? Will they learn anything? Though we haven’t done any formal studies on the success of th ..

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