The Advocate - May 29, 2017
Raymond Erwin’s legacy of cooking of salty traditional barbecue with true Texas flair began in 1952, when he took a job under restaurateur Jimmy Underwood, who had establishments all over Dallas.
Erwin spent decades learning the craft of barbecue, from how the make fall-off-the-bone ribs to never-dry turkey to the perfect Southern sides that brought the whole plate together. He spent much of his time at Underwood’s Barbeque, which opened in 1964 at 10920 Garland Road. In 1981 he took over the location and renamed it Raymond’s Bar-B-Q.
It was a no-muss, no-fuss kind of place where food was served on cafeteria trays and sodas cost 85-cents even into the 2000s. The butter-yellow booths and kitschy ‘50s décor made it seem like one of those true road-side restaurants you see in old photos on Texas highways.
He sold the building in 2004, but his namesake business kept on until new owners moved their Monterrey BBQ and Mexican Cuisine into the Garland Road location.
But during his many decades in Casa View, Erwin was known for doing things the same way. He kept his flavors consistent and used the same chili bean recipe since 1957. Here it is, first shared with the Advocate in July 1999, and dusted off just in time for the summer grilling season.
Raymond’s chili beans
2 cups dried kidney beans (Raymond prefers Colorado Mile High Beans)
5 cups water
½ cup chili powder
¼ cup salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
Dash of cayenne pepper (to taste)
Soak beans overnight in the water in a large pot.
Bring beans to a boil and add shortening, waiting until it melts to stir.
Reduce heat to low and cover, cook until beans are soft (about 2 hours). Add water if necessary to keep beans fully covered.
Add spices, and cook another 5 minutes.
For best taste, let beans sit at least 45 minutes to soak in all the flavor.
HSMNA Quarterly Meeting
Come spend an hour with your neighbors!
Tuesday July 18th
Times X Cellars Too
2018 Kidwell Street
My Family's Pizza & Wine!!*
Welcome: Jarrett Stampes, President
Real Estate Report: Britt Lopez
ENP Report: Chris Ball
*First glass of wine is FREE!
It's Bulk Trash Monday
Put it all out on the curb to be hauled off.
Come join us at the Quarterly Meeting of HSMNA
18 July 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
*First glass of wine is FREE!
Food to be provided by a local sponsor.
Help us keep White Rock Lake Park beautiful! The rains have brought more litter into the park and of course we have the lovely ring of litter along the shoreline. Help us get it all collected into the trash or recycling. Get your friends and colleagues together and enjoy a nice day in the park and give back to the community at the same time. Thanks to our Second Saturday sponsors, we can provide snacks and clean up supplies. We hope to see you there!
When: Saturday, July 8th
Sign in: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Spruce Up: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet Up Location: For the Love of the Lake Office
1152 North Buckner Blvd #123
(Casa Linda Plaza near Compass Bank, Facing Buckner)
Scheduled volunteer days are 2nd and 4th Saturdays
July 8 and 22
August 12 and 26
September 9 and 23
9-11AM - Bring your hat and hand tools
We hope to see you there!
The Advocate - WIll Maddox - 29 JUN 2017
Darrion Green, a hearing-impaired football star and Woodrow graduate, is headed to the Deaflympics this summer. The Deaflympics are exactly what they sound like: athletic competitions for deaf athletes from all over the world.
Green was picked for the U.S. Deaflympic track and field team, which will compete in Turkey July 18-30. Green will run the 110m hurdles, the 200m dash and the 4x100m relay.
More than 2,500 athletes from 77 countries competed in the last Deaflympics, when the U.S. team took home 29 total medals.
The athletes do not receive any financial support from the US Olympic Committee or the government. Fortunately, Green was able to raise the $4,500 he needed for travel, accommodations and uniforms from private donors, many of them from the Woodrow and deaf community in Dallas.
The 23rd Summer Deaflympics will be held in 21 sports across 39 venues in Samsun, Turkey. The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) is the second oldest international competition, next to the Olympics.
A press release from the ICSD reads, “For us it is an opportunity to remind people that this sport event is not only a performance for the medal. This is a chance to find new friends, this is new experience and these are the positive emotions.”
In a fundraising letter, Green writes, “It brings me great honor to be representing the deaf community, Woodrow Wilson High School, and our great nation. Thank you again, and look for my name when they raise the American flag upon receiving the gold medal.”
It’s Fourth of July weekend, and we’ve got all the neighborhood celebrations here.
Here’s an offer you can’t refuse: as part of their Summer Movie Nights series, the Sundown at Granada is having a screening of “The Godfather” this Wednesday at 8:30 pm. Admission is free and whiskey is half off.
Beginning this Thursday, June 29, the Pocket Sandwich Theater is presenting “Star Trip,” a satirical comedy based on Captain Kurt and Smok as they travel through space to defeat Darkness. The show will run every Thursday to Sunday until Aug. 19. Tickets are $10-$25. Visit pocketsandwich.com for showtimes.
Join volunteers from K-9 Search and Rescue at the Lakewood Library Auditorium this Friday, June 30, at 1 p.m. as they discuss, with the help of their furry friends, how they search and find missing people and pets in the aftermath of natural disasters and emergencies.
Let your pup soak up the fun at a puppy pool party this Saturday, July 1, from 2-6 p.m. at Haymaker Dallas. There will be kiddie pools, dog toys and free samples while owners can enjoy drink specials and sno-cones. Part of the sales from the event will be donated to Dallas Dogrrr, which rescues some of the most needy dogs in Dallas.
Retired Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown will be at Half Price Books this Thursday, June 29, at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of his memoir “Called to Rise: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me.” Numbered passes for specially priced books will be given out Thursday morning starting at 9 a.m.
If you enjoy pounding the pavement in the heat, then head to Winfrey Point Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for the Dallas Running Club‘s Independence Day 5k and 10k races. The race will take you around the lake and up White Rock Trail. Click here to register.
This Fourth of July weekend, celebrate the Red, White and Blues at the Dallas Arboretum from Saturday-Tuesday, and enjoy live blues music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The garden will feature a different band each day as well as $2 hot dogs and root beer floats.
Who doesn’t want a treat after they give blood? Hypnotic Donuts is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at 9007 Garland Road, in the parking lot. Those who give blood will receive a T-shirt and a free doughnut. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Donna Diehl at 817.343.1249.
There is nothing more American than an eating contest which is why Haymaker Dallas is hosting a Habanero house-pickled egg eating contest this Sunday. Join this Independence Day celebration by seeing how many pickled eggs you can eat in 5 minutes. The contest begins at 3 p.m. and there is a $20 entry fee. Each contestant gets a T-shirt and free drink of choice while the winner walks away with $250. You must be 18 years old to participate.
Start the week with breathing and relaxation techniques to help you get through the rest of the week. Join Kurt Johnsen on the rooftop at HG Sply Co. for Sunday morning yoga at 10 a.m. Bring your own mat.
White Rock Hills Library will host the Southwest Dairy Farmers mobile classroom, where instructors will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk makes it from the farm to the consumer and then answer questions from the audience. The dairy experience is brought right to the children, and is targeted for second-eighth graders. The program will be just outside the library this Thursday, June 29 at 11 a.m.
The White Rock Hills Branch Library will also be hosting a free 1-hr yoga session on Sunday, July 2, from 1-2 p.m. in the auditorium.
Will Maddox contributed to this post.
Residents urged to enter Water-Wise Landscape Tour
Dallas Water Utilities is now accepting entries for inclusion in the 2017 tour
The 23rd annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour (October 14) is open to all landscapes of Dallas Water Utilities customers. The Water-Wise Landscape Tour is co-sponsored by City of Dallas Water Utilities and the Dallas County Master Gardener Association, Inc.
• The tour will feature landscapes (back yard landscapes may be included at the discretion of the homeowner).
• A Dallas County Master Gardener volunteer will assist on tour day. Demonstration gardens and commercial landscapes will not be eligible for prizes or volunteers on tour day.
• All entrants must agree that their landscapes may be photographed for publicity and educational purposes.
• All winners must agree to be present to answer visitor questions from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on tour day.
Aesthetic appeal; composition; use of color and plant variety
• Water Conservation
Efficient irrigation/water use; use of non-vegetative materials such as fences, walls, walks, etc.; use of native or adapted plants; reduced turf area; and use of mulches
• Appropriate Maintenance
Landscape tidy - healthy, disease and pest free plants; no weeds; plants pruned as appropriate
Entry Deadline August 18, 2017.
Entries will be judged in late August. The public tour of landscapes will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Submitting Call for Entries
Click here to complete the online Call for Entry form, including uploading a minimum of 3 current photographs (including at least one overall view) of your landscape.
You can also click here to download a PDF of the Call for Entries form, filling it out and sending a minimum of 3 current photographs (including at least one overall view of your landscape) by mail or fax to:
City of Dallas Water-Wise Landscape Tour
1500 Marilla Street, Room 2AN
Dallas, TX 75201
Fax: (214) 670-5244
Questions? Call (214) 670-3155 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Advocate - Will Maddox - 15 Jun 2017
Since Lakewood Theater’s final performance in January 2015, the building has sat vacant. Due to requests for and approval of landmark status, the iconic theater has remained in the new.
Since February of this year, CBRE has been looking for new tenants. Jonathan Diamond is one of the brokers representing Willingham Property Co., who owns the theater, and is hoping to find a single tenant to take on the entire space but is open to other options, too.
What’s next for the landmark?
One possibility, he says, is a Bowl and Barrel-type concept. The upscale boutique bowling alley serves craft beer and cocktails, with a location in the Shops at Park Lane. Diamond mentioned being in touch with The Rustic, the Uptown concert venue and restaurant, as another possible option, as well as Alamo Drafthouse, which will soon be opening at Skillman and Abrams, and Landmark Theatres, which is owned by Dallasite Mark Cuban.
Diamond says that the sizable ceiling heights and lack of columns are advantages for the space, which could be broken into multiple parcels as well. “There’s a hole in that market for soft goods,” he says, referring to non-restaurant uses such as clothing, beauty and pet supply stores.
Diamond says the owners have “gutted it and done all the remediation,” though they have been careful to preserve what made the building a landmark. Norman Alston, a Hollywood-Santa Monica neighbor and architect who specializes in historic structures, worked with the owners to preserve the facade and iconic tower, as well as the interior murals by Dallas Nine artist Perry Nichols. He also discovered from the Lakewood Theater’s original architectural drawings that there likely were plans to add retail space to the theater’s southern wall, which gives the owners the option to build onto the south side and create openings in that wall.
When we spoke with Alston a few months ago, he told us that “the owners think restaurants are the most likely scenario,” but that the brokers were still in conversations with performance and entertainment venues.
“At one point I thought, ‘Well, we’ve been through that list,’ but it turns out that list is much bigger,” Alston says.
Diamond’s view of an ideal tenant for the theater is “a cool bowling alley or another movie theater.”
Whether that’s a likely outcome, however, “comes down to economics,” he says. “There’s a great market. If you look at the demographics over there, they’re very strong. People have money.”
Additional reporting by Keri Mitchell
Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 140763 Dallas, TX 75214