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Community Contribution

The Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill opens at 1:15 p.m., Oct. 6 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, adding another feature to the internationally recognized display gardens.

The 2-acre site, originally a ravine filled with bamboo and poison ivy, has been transformed into a series of Texas Stream cascades and reflecting pools lined with Encore azaleas and woodland plants, and featuring more than 80 varieties of Japanese maples.

More than 200 trees were hand-selected and range in size from weeping varieties only 2 feet tall to a large, signature specimen believed to be more than 100 years old.

Mike Rawlins, Dallas mayor, Joan Walne, Park Board president, Steve Coke, chairman of the Arboretum board, city officials, and other dignitaries will be in attendance, including Rowland Jackson, president of Newman, Jackson Bierbestein, along with architect Milton Powell and Partners, who designed the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn and Stage four years ago.

A gathering plaza off the Arboretum’s main walkway, the Paseo de Flores, is at the top of the hillside. Clear sheets of water spill from the limestone walls into two large bowls that flank the view of the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and White Rock Lake in the distance.

At the plaza level, a reflecting pool cascades down the narrow boulder-shaped ravine and meanders down a stone runnel to dark reflecting pools at the base of the hill. The concert lawn walk is enhanced with views of natural waterfalls and rivulets for concert patrons.

More than 1,000 tons of giant boulders were installed by the Beck Group to create this natural water course. Winding walkways lead visitors down the hillside, crossing the rill, or stream, on a featured Maple Bridge.

West of the bridge is the Maple Terrace display that features circular rows of contrasting colors of maples. Distinctive night lighting will create a magical setting for evening concerts, garden parties, and weddings.

The Red Maple Rill completes the master plan for the adjoining concert lawn and stage that was also commissioned by Mrs. Rutchik in honor of her late husband, Martin Rutchik. The completion of the Red Maple Rill provides additional VIP concert seating in an overlook that offers a  vista of both the rill and White Rock.

Completing the Red Maple Rill also increases the Arboretum’s collection of Acer species and cultivars to more than 120 varieties, said Jimmy Turner, senior director of gardens.

“This installation will help us evaluate these new varieties and species for their adaptability to Texas gardens and landscapes. From a horticultural standpoint, the Red Maple Rill is an important addition to the gardens because of the impressive collection of maple species and cultivars.”


By Bruce Felps

The East Dallas Networking group started connecting local business people three years ago, and now looks to organization members to help fine tune operations.

The group meets at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 6, at Highland Park Cafeteria for its weekly meet-up lunch. Admission costs $2, RSVPs required, and lunch costs regular prices through the cafeteria line. Continue Reading »

"Flying Skeletons" — Mixed-media by Rebecca Guy

By Bruce Felps

The Bath House Cultural Center and participating artists — 59 of them — pay tribute to the dearly departed, be they people, things, or ideas, this month with the opening of the Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead art exhibit.

The gallery opens Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 12, at the Bath House. An artists reception takes place from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 16. The exhibit and reception are free. Continue Reading »

Shelia Huffman and Kathy Harris — Courtesy Photo

Community Contribution

The launch party for the “Vickery Place Centennial Cookbook, Recipes and Recollections: Vickery Place Cooking Since 1911,” which took place Saturday, at Downing Hill Garden Studio, attracted the curious and the contributors.

Attended by friends and neighbors of Vickery Place and surrounding neighborhoods, co-editors Kathy Harris and Shelia Huffman were thrilled with the turnout.  Continue Reading »

"And This is How It All Began" — Color photograph by Sharon Neel Bagley

By Bruce Felps

The Lady of the Lake makes a return visit to White Rock Lake, her favorite haunt, during an art exhibit at the Bath House Cultural Center.

The exhibit, titled “The Lady,” features interpretations of the ghostly legend as seen by 17 artists. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

National Night Out returns to East Dallas tomorrow with the ultimate goal of preventing neighborhood crime.

The national program serves communities on the neighborhood level. It focuses on relations between residents and city services, police and fire departments, charitable organizations, and each other. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

A pair of canine-centric events take place tomorrow and present a doubled-up opportunity for anyone looking to add a dog to the domicile.

Operation Kindness takes to Flagpole Hill from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 1, to put on Dog Day Afternoon.

The event, according to the website, features “vendors with samples, free goodie bags, K9 contests with great prizes, a free pet psychic, an alumni parade, free face painting, live music by GT Texas, and complimentary microchipping for the first 50 dogs.” Continue Reading »

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By Bruce Felps

In conjunction with its centennial celebration, Vickey Place Neighborhood Association whipped up a few recipes and published them in a commemorative cookbook titled “Recipes and Recollections: Vickery Place Cooking Since 1911.”

Neighborhood residents Shelia Huffman and Kathy Harris compiled a collection of 150 recipes from Vickery Place residents past and present 15 local landmark restaurants, neighborhood photographs dating back to the 1920s, and historical trivia. Local historian Rose Mary Rumbley wrote the foreword. Continue Reading »

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By Bruce Felps

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands puts on its first community celebration of Octoberfest just as the calendar changes over to October. Timing is everything.

The near-daylong festivities run from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Oct. 1, at the Lake Highlands Town Center, southeast corner of Skillman Street and Walnut Hill Lane.

Admission to the party is free, and tickets will be available for food, beer, and games. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

The Lower Greenville and Lakewood Heights neighborhood associations plan a couple of events designed to help make the community a safer place.

The city’s Community Emergency Response Team — or CERT, because everything needs an acronym — presents an emergency preparedness seminar at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 29, at Skillman Church of Christ.

The session covers preparing a family or group of individuals to take action in the case of a tornado or other disaster. Continue Reading »

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