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April Showers… Bring Wildflowers to the Village

Published on Monday, June 22, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
March, April, and May are the prime blooming months in Texas, and my favorite time of the year. This is where the browned grass turns into a lush green, and a myriad of colorful wildflowers and vegetation starts appearing. Here at The Village we are lucky to have examples of the entire magnificent flora that a Texas spring has to offer. Starting in March, our visitors and staff had the privilege of witnessing our white, yellow, and violet irises. Now in April, our valley has been speckled with Texans’ favorite wildflower, the bluebonnet. of course, and a few other varieties of wildflowers. I am not sure if you all are aware of this, but Texas has over 5,000 native species of flowering plants. This is due to the multitude of plant habitats and weather conditions thro ..

Lessons from the Feathered and Furry

Published on Monday, June 22, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
There are lots of things you can learn here at DHV, but some of my best teachers are our non-human staff members. I try to apply their life lessons every day. Our sheep, Winston, Starbuck and MaBelle, frequently demonstrate the dangers of panicking under pressure. They are cute, and friendly, and make nice wool, but their limited brains are focused on food and avoiding death. They fear everything. Their only weapons are fleeing and staying together. Any sudden movement, however benign, and they close ranks and run–sometimes in exactly the wrong direction. They spend too much of their time suffering from unnecessary anxiety, and I now watch myself to avoid the pitfall of needless fretting. Chicken brains are a lot like sheep brains, only smaller. They also know safety lie ..

The Jazz Age!

Published on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
I am excited to be part of our second annual Jazz Age Sunday Social on Sunday, March twenty-second! This is a partnered event with The Art Deco Society of Dallas. It will be an afternoon filled with Jazz from The Singapore Slingers, Razzmajazz, and Amelia Fox Trot on two vintage phonographs. (/images/postimages/jazz-age-1.jpg) The Singapore Slingers are Matt Tolentino’s pre-Swing, 1895-1935, American orchestra since 2007. The Slingers consist of eighteen members and are completely authentic and period accurate in attire and music. The orchestra plays fox trots, waltzes, marches, one-steps, rags, tangos, castles walks, rhumbas, and the maxixe. Amelia Fox Trot is another one of our featured artists from the Austin Phonograph Company that specializes in vintage hand cr ..

The Power of Wind

Published on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
This week, I had the privilege of reading our featured book and theme for Spring Fling and Barnyard Buddies this year, Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hall Ets. Marie Hall Ets authored and illustrated this beautifully artistic children’s book about Gilberto interacting with the natural world around him. Gilberto is introduced to the natural force of wind. She personified wind by expressing various moods that children can relate to and easily understand. She also limits the palette to three somber colors that simplify, but also accentuate the power of wind and the child’s imagination. Now I do not want to give away too much of this wonderful book, just enough to pique your interest! (/images/postimages/wind-1b.jpg) This year we are lucky to have two events that  ..

Old Fashioned Fun: Junior Historian turned Entrepreneur

Published on Friday, February 27, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/sophia-picture-1b.jpg) This summer we featured Barbara Brockett, the talented manufacturer of the clothespin dolls sold in our museum store. The dolls are always a huge hit with all of our visitors, however she is not the only Village-related provider of handmade items. We, of course, have our blacksmith as well, but you may not realize that the craft kits sold in our store are made by Sophia Radke. Who is Sophia Radke you might ask? She is a high school student and part of our Junior Historian program, and the owner of her own small business, Old Fashioned Fun. Sophia first got the idea for her business four years ago (when she was only in the 6th grade) when her homeschool group hosted an entrepreneurial fair. Determined to take part in the one night ..

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