Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Photos: Dallas Heritage Village Charleston’d its way through history on Saturday
Spats, pearls, and liquor swirls rounded out "History With a Twist."
DALLAS When organizers began planning Dallas Heritage Village's annual fundraiser this year, it was mere serendipitous coincidence that Baz Luhrmann's contemporary Hollywood take on The Great Gatsby, the archetypal tale of Jazz Era glamour, is still fresh among the pop cultural zeitgeist. But, it certainly didn't hurt. A lunch at nearby The Cedars Social inspired Executive Director Gary Smith to step away from the event's traditional variations on a "Texas theme."
"We went into The Cedars Social because it's nearby, and I was just astounded by the cocktail menu and Michael Martensen's attention to historical detail," said Smith. "The fact that there's a movie out right now only made a 1920s theme all the more fun."
Martensen is co-owner of the bar and overseer of its cocktail program. For this year's fundraiser, "History With a Twist," he curated three thematic cocktails -- a "Hemingway Daiquiri," cucumber cooler, and raspberry fizz.
Those raised in and around the city likely regard Dallas Heritage Village with an aura of nostalgia -- it's a standard field trip destination for area schoolchildren. Located in Old City Park, it houses 38 structures from the 19th and early-20th century structures. While the City of Dallas does provide funds for upkeep of Old City Park and its historic buildings -- about 14 percent of the overall budget -- the Dallas County Heritage Society, a 501(c)3 fills in the gaps. This year, that meant raising funds Gatsby-style ... though technically "Gatsby style" would be "rum running." At Dallas Heritage Village, it meant "puttin' on the Ritz."
In addition to Martensen-designed cocktails, the evening also featured jazz music by The Singapore Slingers, dance instruction by The Rhythm Room, and light bites from Wendy Krispin Catering. Guests purchased additional swag to supplement period costumes, took spins in a vintage car, sent friends to "jail," and placed bids in a silent auction for goods from local merchants.
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