Posts Tagged ‘Parkie Pic of the Week’

Parkie Pic of the Week: Halloween Graveyard

Posted by    |    October 29th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

If there’s one things we Parkies love to do, it’s decorate our yards.  Whether its flying college flags, displaying yard signs to show our school spirit, or displaying wacky yard art you can always could on great curb appeal from Park Cities residents.

A holiday like Halloween is fantastic because you have a whole month to celebrate its ghoulish awesomeness. Don’t be scared… Below are photos of my house decked out it all it’s spidery, creepy scariness!

Parkie Pic of the Week: First Couple of Halloween

Posted by    |    October 22nd, 2010 at 8:04 am

How very Highland Park to not have the typical scarecrow symbolizing Fall’s triumphant return to town. Oh no, instead this home owner has Thurston Howell III and Lovey greeting you at their their humble abode.  Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present, the first couple of Halloween…

Photo by Daniel Lewis

Parkie Pic of the Week: The Doorway

Posted by    |    October 15th, 2010 at 8:14 am

Sometimes, it’s not the big picture, but the close up that counts. Example: This is a very nice home. But you’d probably drive by it at 40 miles an hour and not think much about it.

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Parkie Pic of the Week: How to Frame a Door

Posted by    |    October 8th, 2010 at 8:56 am

While driving around, this house caught my eye. Not because the home itself is so spectacular, but I thought it was cool how the tree in front of the house arcs perfectly above the front door. It’s kind of a random spot for a tree.


Do you think anyone has ever bonked their head coming out of the front door? Seriously, look where that branch is… (more…)

Parkie Pic of the Week: Glass Gate

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2010 at 9:40 am

You’ve heard how people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Well, what if they are throwing glass stones? These things could kill you!

The first photo is the street-view of this beautiful gate on Euclid Street. I love that the house behind this gate is set back from the road. I also like the flagstone path leading up to the entryway.  It’s an interesting juxtaposition of textures and shapes.

Get closer and you see that this gate is formed of huge pieces of blue glass.  Now THIS is an entrance!  I’ve never seen anything like this and it’s a most impressive vision.  I love that they’ve taken the concept of an ordinary gate and created a unique art piece.

For those of you who live outside the area, University Park and Highland Park are together called Park Cities. Citizens of these fabled Texas towns  are called “Parkies”.  Hence, my weekly fun feature which I call “Parkie Pic of the Week” in which I like to highlight an unusual or spectacular feature of my neighborhood.

Click on any photo to enlarge it and enjoy in greater detail.

About the Author

Cynthia Smoot is a very busy girl: She spends her days developing social strategies for clients with Gangway Advertising , is the Vice President of the Social Media Club of Dallas, and Contributes as a Social Media expert for The Examiner. Cynthia and her husband are the proud parents of a 10 year-old son , dog, cat, betta fish and a colony of Sea Monkeys. She is an in-demand resource for many sites on the subject of Mommy Blogging and life in Dallas and Park Cities. You can follow her on Twitter @OhSoCynthia and @GangwayAdv

Parkie Pic of the Week: Teddy Bears

Posted by    |    September 17th, 2010 at 8:48 am

Last week, my Parkie Pic of the Week was about Turtle Creek as a whole.  This week, I thought I would highlight one of my favorite sculpture installations within the Turtle Creek area – The Teddy Bears.

The Harlan Crow Family has been very generous to our community, donating land and art that you can find all throughout the city, especially in Highland Park (where the Crows reside).

This particular installation was placed here in 1995 and actually borders the Crow home on Lakeside Park on Turtle Creek.

There are four bears in the installation. A Mama Bear and three Baby Bears.  This is my 10 year-old who climbed up on the Mama Bear to give you an idea of the scale of these things.

They are a whimsical collection tucked away in a corner of the Park, barely visible from the road.  There are always kids crawling on them.  Like moths to a light.

For those of you who live outside the area, University Park and Highland Park are together called Park Cities. Citizens of these fabled Texas towns are called “Parkies”.

Hence, my weekly fun feature which I call “Parkie Pic of the Week” in which I like to highlight an unusual or spectacular feature of my neighborhood.

Click on any photo to enlarge it and enjoy in greater detail.

About the Author

Cynthia Smoot is a very busy girl: She spends her days developing social strategies for clients with Gangway Advertising , is the Vice President of the Social Media Club of Dallas, and Contributes as a Social Media expert for The Examiner. Cynthia and her husband are the proud parents of a 10 year-old son , dog, cat, betta fish and a colony of Sea Monkeys. She is an in-demand resource for many sites on the subject of Mommy Blogging and life in Dallas and Park Cities. You can follow her on Twitter @OhSoCynthia and @GangwayAdv

Parkie Pic of the Week

Posted by    |    September 10th, 2010 at 9:30 am

Look at these beautiful scenes of country life. I took these over Labor Day weekend when the little guy and I went on an outing to get some quality nature time. We didn’t take a weekend trip to Cedar Springs or Possum Kingdom Lake. We didn’t go down to Fredericksburg or Gruene, Texas.

Nope.  We went to Turtle Creek, right here in the heart of Dallas.  I think Turtle Creek is such a treasure to the Park Cities. We love, love, love to spend an afternoon wandering the creek beds, exploring all the nooks and crannies, catching minnows and little frogs and feeding the ducks.

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Parkie Pic of the Week

Posted by    |    September 3rd, 2010 at 8:42 am

Last week, my post was about the flag phenomenon that prevails in Park Cities.  This week, it seemed fitting to point out another unique trend to Park Cities – THE YARD SIGN.  Drive around any neighborhood in Highland Park or University Park and you’ll see sports and school signs dotting the yards of houses on almost every block.

My guess is, that these yard signs started out as fundraisers for the various school programs that rely on private donations to exist and flourish.  Most people think of HPISD as a “rich” district with an inordinate amount of wealth.  Residents know that the district’s recapture (Robin Hood) payment* to the state is our largest single operating expenditure, and it continues to increase as local property values increase. With the 2008-09 operating budget, the district paid more than $825 million to the state for recapture.

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Parkie Pic of the Week

Posted by    |    August 27th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I’ve noticed a particular phenomenon in Park Cities, Texas.

FLAGS

It’s like a tattoo, for your house. A symbol that shouts (waves, really) to the world your identity and loyalty to a particular college, state, country or club. It says in no uncertain terms, “This is who lives here and if you don’t like it go fly a kite, ‘cuz we’re waving a flag!”!”

Highland Park High School has it’s own flag of yellow and blue.  Go Scots!

No matter who you are or what you like – there’s a flag for it! Do you have a flag outside your house?  What does your flag say about you? (more…)

Parkie Pic of the Week

Posted by    |    August 13th, 2010 at 10:31 am

Just look at this incredible home I discovered on Crescent Street in Highland Park, Texas.  It looks like a Southern Castle where a modern day Scarlet O’Hara would live. Except instead of wearing hoop-skirts, she’d be in Oscar de la Renta and Christian Louboutin stilettos. I mean, have you ever seen a castle with a wrap-around porch? Divine. And you can tell there’s a basement because of all the half windows on the bottom of the house. Who has a basement in Texas?!

Nouveau riche to the gaudy extreme – and I LOVE IT.

For those of you who live outside the area, University Park and Highland Park are together called Park Cities. Citizens of these fabled Texas towns are called “Parkies”. Hence, my weekly fun feature which I call “Parkie Pic of the Week” in which I like to highlight an unusual or spectacular feature of my neighborhood.

Click on either  photo to enlarge it and enjoy its grandeur in greater detail.

About the Author

Cynthia Smoot is a very busy girl: She spends her days developing social strategies for clients with Gangway Advertising , is the Vice President of the Social Media Club of Dallas, and Contributes as a Social Media expert for The Examiner. Cynthia and her husband are the proud parents of a 10 year-old son , dog, cat, betta fish and a colony of Sea Monkeys. She is an in-demand resource for many sites on the subject of Mommy Blogging and life in Dallas and Park Cities. You can follow her on Twitter @OhSoCynthia and @GangwayAdv