Frada Sandler displays one of our recyclable paper cups.
As always, the delicious lemonade was supplied by Top Shelf Beverage. But we put a new spin on the event this year by also giving away 500 flying discs branded with our logo. (Be sure to catch one as they fly through your neighborhood.) Meanwhile, at the other end of Goar Park, The Rhodes Group conducted dozens of watermelon-eating contests.
Melissa Rountree demonstrates how to throw our flying discs with style.
If you’re going to be looking at open houses on Sunday, be sure to stop by 4437 Potomac Avenue, which will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Youwould expect a home just two blocks from Highland Park Village to have a stylish flair, and the fact that the property is being marketed by Melissa Rountree ups the ante. Well, the seller — who works for Southern Living — has a photography and art collection that exceeds those expectations. The house has five bedrooms and four full bathrooms, and the asking price has recently been reduced to $1,385,000.
If you can’t make it to Sunday’s open house, schedule a private showing by contacting Melissa Rountree at 972-658-7363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of our sponsorship of the Zoo to Do, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates had 10 tickets to Saturday’s fundraiser at the Dallas Zoo. I gave them away in pairs via a random drawing at last Monday’s sales meeting, and when one of the winners was Melissa Rountree, I knew the event would be well-covered via social media. Here are just of the couple of the photos she posted that night. Keep track of Melissa via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, if you’re not already.
The Highland Park Independent School District marked its 100th anniversary last Sunday with a Community Centennial Celebration that included bounce houses, food trucks, student performances, and a museum documenting the district’s history. Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates were the presenting sponsors of the fun-filled family event.
“The schools have long been the heart of this exceptional community, and our company is pleased to help mark this significant milestone in a meaningful way,” said Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies.
Burleson, who graduated from Highland Park High School in 1953, received the district’s Distinguished Alumni Award last spring. She’s also a member of the Highland Park Education Foundation’s board of directors.
Burleson proudly wore her 10th-grade beanie to the Community Centennial Celebration, where she was among the dignitaries who addressed the crowd. The district’s anniversary dates to the opening of Armstrong School in 1914, and Burleson made sure everyone knew that she attended classes in the original building, not the current version of Armstrong Elementary that was built after a 1951 fire.
“Our kids, and our business, have thrived in this community,” said Elliott, who sells houses in partnership with her husband, Curt. They are the parents of one HPHS graduate and two current students.
The booth staffed by these Realtors was popular with current students, thanks to the bowls of free candy that sat between such promotional items as Ebby Halliday golf tees and Dave Perry-Miller sports bottles.
Nearby, the district’s Multi-Purpose Activities Center was transformed into a museum that detailed the history of each campus and profiled some of the high school’s notable alums. Among the items on display were the Heisman Trophy won by Doak Walker in 1948 and the Cy Young Awards won by Clayton Kershaw in 2011 and 2013.
CultureMap Dallas has announced the nominees for its inaugural Stylemaker Awards, and we’re heavily biased toward one of them. She’s Melissa Rountree, an associate who recently joined our Highland Park office.
As CultureMap says, “Her style withstands the test of time, which makes sense because she spent years as an executive at both Chanel and Dior. Says her nominator, ‘Melissa has been a style maven her entire life. She creates a sophisticated, polished look while staying fun and on-trend.’”
The list of 12 semifinalists will be winnowed to six finalists via online voting through Oct. 1. A readers’ choice and an editors’ choice will be announced Oct. 15 at Tootsies.