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The Kiss and Tella Challenge 2014

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It started in 2012, Stella feared the worst for New York City when Hurricane Sandy hit. She felt helpless watching the news and asked, “What can a KID do to help?!”

Her answer: cut down mistletoe, decorate it with bows and bells and sell it in the front yard. Her first stand sold out in thirty minutes. “Mistletoe is PURE PROFIT!”, she overheard someone say and indeed it was. By the time Christmas rolled around, Stella had raised $2,034 and had a check for the American Red Cross headquarters in New York City. After delivering the check in person, Stella learned first hand how the Red Cross disaster relief teams help people in need. She was invited to Brooklyn, meeting fire fighters who had saved entire neighborhoods, while their own homes succumbed to Hurricane Sandy. They thanked a kid for helping.

This year, the kids are back again selling mistletoe this month. And, 100% of the proceeds from the 2014 Mistletoe stands will go to the North Texas Food Bank! Did you know that One dollar feeds THREE meals at the Food Bank? Won’t you come and see the kids in the red hats at a stand this December? Or JOIN in the Kiss-and-Tella challenge! Help Stella and Quinn and gang reach their GOAL to feed 30,000 people with the help of the North Texas Food Bank.

Learn more here.

2014 Schedule at Highland Park Village

December 14: 1 to 4pm
Five and Ten (Highland Park Village)
60 Highland Park Village

December 20: 1 to 4pm
Five and Ten & Avant Garden
4 & 60 Highland Park Village

 

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Don’t Miss Your Family’s Holiday Tradition – A Christmas Carol is Selling Out!

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Last year 26 performances were sold-out! Buy your tickets today! Use code ACCINSIDER when purchasing your A Christmas Carol tickets for your chance to win a 2015-2016 DTC Subscription!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, when last season’s sold-out, family-favorite, holiday production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre. In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, featuring Chamblee Ferguson as Ebenezer Scrooge, the audience is surrounded by the actors, with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling on everyone. Full of traditional Christmas hymns and songs in fresh, toe-tapping musical arrangements, joyful bursts of choreography, and eye-popping special effects, A Christmas Carol is Dallas’ newest “must-see” holiday tradition. Appropriate for families. Recommended for ages 8 and above.

 

This post is sponsored by the Dallas Theater Center.

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Highland Park Village Holiday Celebration

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Join us on December 6th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at Highland Park Village for a family holiday celebration. Activities will include: Santa, Mrs. Claus, face painters, balloon artists, holiday cookies, hot chocolate and a toy drive benefitting the S.M. Wright Foundation’s Christmas in the Park. All activities are free and open to all of our friends and neighbors.

Our tree lights will be illuminated until February 14th. We would love to see your snapshots of the lights! Please use #HPVILLAGELIGHTS when you upload your photos to social media.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON, a very Merry Christmas and blessings for a happy 2015.

 

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A Special Christmas Celebration at Highland Park Village

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We hope you’ll join us for our special Christmas celebration on December 6th from 12-4 p.m. for a family holiday celebration including face painters, balloon artists, music and a toy drive benefitting the S.M. Wright Foundation’s Christmas in the Park. All activities are free and open to all of our friends and neighbors.

Our tree lights will be illuminated until February 14. We would love to see your snapshots of the lights! Please use #hpvillagelights when you upload your photos to social media.

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Style Card: Kevin Moriarty – Artistic Director for the Dallas Theater Center

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Kevin Moriarty

Today, we’re sharing a style profile with Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director for the Dallas Theater Center.  Moriarty dished on style, his career, and some of his favorite Dallas spots.

S&S:  What has your lifelong relationship like been with theater?

KM: When I was 8 years old I saw my first play (a touring production of The Sound of Music starring Shirley Jones); I instantly fell in love with the theater. I loved that lonely, sad children became happy through singing and dancing, that good triumphed over evil when the family escaped from the Nazi’s, and that the young nun and the handsome captain fell in love. As I grew older I saw plays that introduced me to characters, stories and ideas that resonated with me deeply but which I had not yet experienced in my own life, including issues of justice, faith, life and death and sexuality. As an adult, theater has become for me a place where people come together to share stories, connect to each other, and discuss how we can grow and change as individuals and as a community.

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Dallas Theater Center production – The Tempest

 

S&S: Do you have any favorite plays?

KM: Anything written by Shakespeare! The Tempest is my most favorite. Also all Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals!

 

S&S: What is your dream job?

KM: I have it! Being an artistic director of a major regional theater in a growing, thriving city.

 

S&S: What was the transition like moving from NYC to Dallas? How did you alter your wardrobe?

KM: I was very apprehensive about moving to Dallas – would I be accepted? Would I like it? And, then I instantly was welcomed into the community and made deep and lasting friendships. Also, I hate cold weather and snow, which I’ve had to endure my entire life before moving to Dallas (I lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Rhode Island), so even when it’s 100 degrees in Dallas I’m happy. And I love how friendly people are here and how much pride there is in the community and how much energy there is around growth and change. Also, the Arts District is fabulous.

As for my wardrobe: Dallas is definitely a more stylish, dressed up city than many. I wear a jacket and tie most days – but I also have an awesome collection of sneakers (in almost every color you can think of). I can get away with going to relatively formal events with jeans and sneakers because I’m “artistic.” Whew!

 

S&S: What are your favorite sneakers you own? Top five?

KM: It changes all the time. Though I wear mostly Nike’s, my most favorite pair is a Converse shoe that has images of Superman printed on it (he’s my favorite superhero), though there aren’t many places I can wear those shoes without being embarrassed, so most people haven’t seen them.

 

S&S: What are three things you couldn’t live without?

KM: Coffee, running, comic books.

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Dallas Theater Center production – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

S&S:  How would you describe your personal style?

KM: Consistent and energetic.

 

S&S: What do you like about Highland Park Village?

KM: The good taste, creativity and fresh style of the stores. Also, the Village Theatre is awesome.

 

S&S: What are 3 must-visit and dining spots in Dallas?

KM: The Dallas Arts District, Stampede 66, Klyde Warren Park.

 

S&S:  What is your favorite thing about your job?

KM: I get to meet so many varied people throughout the community: students, artists, donors, audience members and civic leaders. I’m constantly inspired by my peers, friends and community.

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Dallas Theater Center production –  Henry IV

S&S: Any travel plans this summer?

KM: I’m running a marathon in San Francisco, visiting family throughout the Midwest, and making a pilgrimage to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

S&S: Favorite movies?

KM: Pinocchio

 

S&S:  Your favorite meal:

KM: Anything Stephan Pyles makes!

 

S&S: Beverage of choice:

KM: Black coffee all day. Red wine at night!

 

Learn more about the Dallas Theater Center here.

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Support Labor of Love at Highland Park Village

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 Highland Park Village invites you to shop at LAFCO New York this week to help us support The Family Place and Dwell with Dignity.  LAFCO and Dwell with Dignity are partnering to bring safety and comfort to the families at The Family Place Shelter.  If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day gift, this is the perfect place to shop.  Through Sunday, February 16th, LAFCO is donating 15% of all House and Home collection product sales to Labor of Love.  For additional details visit familyplace.org.

 

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FoundDog Day 2014 Recap

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This past weekend, Highland Park Village celebrated our second annual FoundDog Day with Angies Friends and White Rock Dog Rescue.  From puppies to beautiful dogs of all ages, Highland Park Village guests met and played with pups of every kind – dog and cat food donations were accepted as well.

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Quite a few dogs and puppies found forever homes, but we ask that you follow Angies Friends on Facebook to help spread the word about some of our sweet four legged friends that still need homes.  Thanks to everyone who made it out to Highland Park Village this past weekend to help support these organizations.

 

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Concierge and Gift Card Headquarters

Buy that special someone on your list a Highland Park Village gift card accepted at more than 60 boutiques and restaurants purveying the best in fashion, accessories and jewelry. Purchase Highland Park Village gift cards at our concierge headquarters.

 

The store front is located at 3 Highland Park Village on the corner of Preston Road across the street from Anthropologie.

 

Hours:
Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

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Merry Mistletoe Sales Set For December

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Young philanthropist and Park Cities resident Stella Wrubel is corralling her elves to ensure the Christmas season is merry and bright. Last December, Stella, an eight-year-old at Lamplighter, sold bundles of mistletoe to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy after she worried about her godfather’s safety.

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This year Stella will be back again, but this time proceeds will benefit children who were affected by the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma. Stella will set up shop in front of Five & Ten on Sundays in December and sell fresh bundles collected from her family farm. Highland Park Village is proud to support a young, budding philanthropist as she works toward her goal of raising $10,000!

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Our Christmas Tree Lighting Is This Friday!

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We have lots of exciting holiday happenings this week of Thanksgiving at Highland Park Village! This Friday, November 29th marks our Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations from 1:30-5:30pm.  Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a visit to Highland Park Village beginning at 2pm this Friday. Our Christmas Tree will be located near our rag & bone boutique (across the street from Café Pacific) and this is where you will find Santa and Mrs. Claus throughout the day! Mrs. Claus will have a special story time session and Santa will meet with all of the children about their Christmas wish lists!

There will be photography available for Christmas photographs and don’t miss the balloon artist and face painters! They’ll be located at the Clock Tower in Center Court from 2:30-5:30pm.  And, finally, the Dallas Youth Repertory Project will perform dance performances across from the Clock Tower and near Tom Thumb on a stage that afternoon.

All of the lights at Highland Park Village will officially go on at 5pm and the formal Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled for 5:15pm.

Also, be sure to learn about our Concierge and Gift Card Headquarters! 

Buy that special someone on your list a Highland Park Village gift card accepted at more than 60 boutiques and restaurants purveying the best in fashion, accessories and jewelry. Purchase Highland Park Village gift cards at our Concierge and Gift Card Headquarters. The store front located at 3 Highland Park Village on the corner of Preston Road across the street from Anthropologie.

Cheers to a great Christmas season!

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