Saturday, April 22
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday morning at Tenison Park Pollinator Garden.
We currently have 14 species of nectar and host plants in the ground; this Saturday, we are planting to double that.
Diversity in the garden is not only aesthetically pleasing but also leads to an overall healthier garden.
Providing a variety of nectar and pollen sources in our garden supports beneficial insects during all their life stages.
Biodiversity offers a ton of protection for a garden: soil organisms and insects improve soil condition,
and birds and predatory insects keep pests under control.
Encouraging our garden to become an ecosystem creates a more self-sustainable
and productive garden…more reward with less effort!
Check out this story from Candy's Dirt. Make sure you visit the link to see the before and after photos and to enter the contest for free home tour tickets.
Home Tour season is upon us. From my vantage point, nobody does it better than Hollywood, and I don’t mean Los Angeles.
I’m a bit biased as I’ve lived in Hollywood Heights since the beginning of the tour’s 26-year history. Having been involved, I can attest to the fact that organizing a home tour is a daunting operation. It takes patience, persistence, and problem solving and you have to love your neighborhood. Fortunately, you can’t find a tighter-knit group of neighbors than those in Hollywood Heights.
This year, five unique historic homes are on tour — from a two-story Tudor, complete with original blueprints to the remarkable renovation we’re sharing today at 1014 Clermont.
Shortly after the home was built in 1936, the Bert family moved in. If you know anything about the State Fair of Texas, you’ll have heard the name. Samuel Bert, or “King Sammie,” as he was known throughout his life, worked at the fair for 65 years. He’s best remembered for inventing the snow cone machine. He and the family ran multiple rides including the Merry-Go-Round and owned the Cotton Bowl Roller Rink and Restaurant. The fourth generation of Bert’s family is still actively involved with the fair.
It’s hard to believe in this quiet leafy neighborhood that “yeggmen” could have ever tied kids up with Venetian blind cords and blown open a safe!
The home sat unoccupied for years. When it finally went up for sale, the entire neighborhood worried it would be split up, and ugly new faux Tudors erected. I raced over and took a few photos of the original home, in preparation for a blog post. We all thought it would take ages to sell, and be an eyesore for years due to the necessity of rezoning it as three separate properties. However, no sooner had I loaded photos of the knotty pine attic, the clown portraits, and the vintage kitchen than I got the good news. ReNewell Design had purchased the lots and the existing 1936 Tudor home. A collective neighborhood sigh of relief was almost audible. We all knew David Kennedy and Ashley Holbrook, the father-daughter team behind ReNewell, have a passion for restoration. They always do the right thing.
This house was quite a challenge as you can see from the before photos, but the results are nothing less than spectacular. ReNewell hit a home run. The house is now 2,867 square feet with three bedrooms. The present owners, Kerri and Colin Watson, added a third bathroom in the fantastic attic space and put in glass panels to let more light flow up the stairs — brilliant touch. It’s gorgeous.
The 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour runs next weekend, April 28-30. This is one of the best collection of homes I’ve seen in years so, to encourage you to get out and see them we’re giving away tickets!
The auction party at the Dallas Arboretum is a highlight on Friday night, along with a candlelight tour of the homes. On both Saturday and Sunday, Hollywood Art in the Park will offer activities for kids and an arts and crafts market for adults.
To win a pair of tickets comment on CandysDirt.com and let us know what you love most about Hollywood Heights or if you know the definition of “yeggmen”!
Email your full name and daytime phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Hollywood Home Tour Ticket Giveaway.”
The contest closes at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. Good luck!
See the before and after photos at Candy's Dirt.
Casa Linda resident Jim Waskow and his partner Stan Nauman are living the post-recession American dream. After years in the corporate world, Waskow at Sherwin Williams and Nauman at General Electric, they hung up their suits to pursue their real passion: beer.
Friends since they were students at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, the pair has been interested in beer their whole lives, so they decided to make it their profession. Last year, they opened Craft Beer Cellar, the first Texas franchise for the East Coast chain, and have been serving up the suds ever since.
“We’re just a couple of corporate guys looking to do something fun,” Waskow smiles. “On our worst day, at least we’re working with beer.”
The business model is part specialty beer shop, part taproom. On the shop side, customers have hundreds of styles of beer to peruse and can mix-and-match their own six-pack. Craft Beer Cellar specializes in rare and European brews, but if you don’t see the one you want, just ask. They’re happy to order it for you. On the tap side, there are 16 beers on draught, which are switched with a new brew every time a keg runs dry.
“We do have one tap dedicated to German beers and another for Belgium beers,” Nauman says.
The partners consider themselves a bottle shop first and say 70 percent of the business is retail shoppers, versus customers who belly up to the bar. They also offer growlers for those who want to take fresh beer home.
The shop regularly offers beer education events, inviting in brewers from all over the world to talk suds and offer samples. On April 7, attend the free beer-and-cheese pairing with Real Ale Brewing Company, or come down April 14 when Founder’s Brewing releases its cult-followed KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout for those not in the beer-know).
While getting the business off the ground took longer than either Waskow or Nauman imagined, now that it’s up and running, they’re thrilled with the first six months. “It’s a chance to enjoy coming to work for the first time,” Waskow says. “That’s a welcome change.”
Did you know: Stan Nauman collected beer cans as a child, which he tucked away at his parents’ home for decades. When he opened Craft Beer Cellar, he fished them out to decorate the shop.
The Advocate - Emily Cherrier - 12 April 2017
Liz Simmons is the undisputed queen of the holidays in her Hollywood/Santa Monica neighborhood. From her over-the-top Christmas displays to her spooky Halloween haunts, she does not shy away from showing the full spirit of the season, albeit in her own way.
Take the annual Newellian Easter Parade, with its taxidermy animal floats, zombie bunnies, Elvis impersonators and so many other whimsical and weird wonders. “It has always been a dream of mine to have a parade of snakes, especially a 20-foot Burmese being carried by four or five people in bunny or chicken suits. I don’t know why, it just makes me happy,” Simmons told us in 2015, when we profiled the unusual event.
Country music legend Kinky Friedman has served as grand marshal of the affair, showing the magnetic power of this unusual event. Simmons says they are still looking for floats to join this Sunday’s parade, which steps off at 3 p.m., traveling down Newell Avenue from Lindsley to Santa Fe. Everyone is invited to come down as a spectator or participant, and enjoy the weird.
Hollywood Home Tour 2017 from Ebby Halliday, Realtors on Vimeo.
This is our kind of history lesson.
D Magazine - Gabrielle Asadoor - 10 April 2017
This isn’t our first walk around the Hollywood Home Tour block, so we feel safe saying these lovely abodes are sure to impress. The 26th Annual Home Tour will feature five historic homes, commencing Friday, April 28th with a candlelight tour and Dallas Arboretum action party overlooking White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline.
The weekend wraps up Sunday, April 30th with home tours and the 6th Annual Hollywood Art In The Park, an outdoor marketplace featuring local and regional artists, an array of children’s activities, live music, and some crave-worthy Dallas food trucks. Tickets and information can be found here and proceeds benefit local schools.
With 25 years of charming homes under the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association’s belt, this year will be no exception. But don’t take our word for it, check out our sneak peek of what this historic affair has to offer.
See more on the story at D Magazine
Native Plants and Prairies Day
May 6, 2017
Join us for a FREE fun day at White Rock Lake!
The North Texas Master Naturalists will host the fifth annual Native Plants and Prairies Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 AM to 3 PM, at the Bath House Cultural Center grounds at White Rock Lake.
Highlights for the day include 15 thirty-minute wildflower and prairie walks guided by local experts, a lecture series by naturalist experts, and 30 demonstrations/information/outreach booths, raptors, and snakes. For the first time we will have local artists displaying their nature-inspired creations for purchase.
Come help us construct our own Climate Ribbon tree during the event. The Climate Ribbon project is an opportunity for us to share what each of us stands to lose to climate change and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it.
Other offerings include a raffle with terrific gifts provided by event sponsors, children’s activities, and food trucks.
This FREE family event has been enthusiastically received by the local community for its focus on Texas plants and animals and the benefits of using native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species. Our native birds, animals, and insects all depend on these native plants for survival.
Major sponsors for the event include: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Dallas Zoo, Pariveda Solutions, Texas Discovery Gardens, Whole Earth Provision Co., Wild Birds Unlimited, Arborilogical Services, Inc., Rohde’s Nursery and Nature Store, Earth Day Texas, and the Dallas Sierra Club.
For more information, updates on the latest event developments, and the detailed descriptions of the speakers, walk guides, artists, and exhibitors, go to ntmn.org
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Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 140763 Dallas, TX 75214