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3rd Annual History with a Twist Denise Sansing, celebrating her birthday at History with a Twist - by Lisa Stewart


Great costumes, music and dancing, vintage car rides, silent and live auctions, themed food and cocktails, and even some jail time made for a memorable evening


As guests entered the gates of Dallas Heritage Village and stepped onto the red carpet of “The Heritage Club,” on April 25, they were transported back to a time when jazz music and dancing were ushered in and the American cocktail and flappers were born.  The scene at the 3rd Annual History with a Twist, sponsored by Sidley Austin, LLP, was a very different one from this nationally accredited history museum’s normal routine, when thousands of school kids and families visit Dallas Heritage Village every week to learn about life in Dallas from 1840-1910.  This night was for adults to have fun, learn a bit about history themselves, and raise important funds to support historical learning opportunities for students and adults at Dallas Heritage Village.


Honorary Chairs Sally and Forrest Hoglund and Event Chair Wynne McNabb Cunningham greeted the flappers and gents, who struck a pose in front of Model T. Fords parked at the front and then moseyed into one of four buildings on historic Main Streets offering cocktail creations by noted Dallas Mixologist Brian McCullough of The Standard Pour.   This year’s creations included Americano, Gin Smash, Miss Sue’s Pickford Cocktail, and TK’s Old Fashioned. Themed food by Jim Lee Catering included the New Yorker Speakeasy (reubens, meatball sandwiches, cheesecake); Great Gatsby Splendor (shrimp and smoked salmon); and Mafia Gangster (cheese tortellini, crab stuffed mushrooms).  


As the Singapore Slingers played, the dance floor filled with those getting pointers from dance teachers from the Rhythm Room.  Throughout the buildings on Main Street, guests could get a bite to eat or visit the silent auction. 


Guests had to watch out for the Main Street Sheriff, who could make an arrest at any time and put them in jail.  Fortunately bail was raised for each inmate so they could return to the party.


“It was a great night, and we want to thank our Honorary Chairs Sally and Forrest Hoglund, our Chair Wynne McNabb Cunningham, and Brian McCullough for embracing this event,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “We are also extremely grateful for our donors and guests who helped us raise important fund for ongoing education programs at the Village.”


For more information on Dallas Heritage Village visit or call 214-421-5141.

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