A Day of Service at Turner House

Thanks to everyone who helped to make our Volunteer Work Day on Friday, February 18th at Turner House a success! Our volunteers from Mountain View College, Marci Garrott, Alice Atchison, Becky Heiskell, Leonard Garrett, Randy Dunlap, Ella Barton, Jesse Gonzalez, and Weldon Briggs did a fantastic job, led by Heather Marsh. They were enthusiastic, hard-working, and seemed to really enjoy giving back to Turner House. Plus they were a lot of fun! We accomplished A LOT in a single day!
Thanks to Jan Daugherty & Michael Anderson for providing food, cleaning supplies, encouragement, and knowledge about where to focus the efforts of our volunteers. Also helping out from the OCSFA Board were Scott Chase, Linda Holt, and Russ Aikman. A special thanks goes to Barbara Roy who helped to connect Mountain View volunteers to Turner House.

Inside Action Items Completed:
• New lock on back door installed
• New light switch for basement installed
• Small shelving unit assembled and all paint/hardware stuff moved from kitchen island cabinet to basement
• All loose tools removed from stairs
• Kitchen island base cabinets cleaned
• Kitchen pantry cleared out, cleaned and reorganized
• OC Parlor drapes vacuumed (they were filthy)
• Proposed new drapery design temporarily installed and photographed in OC Parlor
• Windows and mirrors cleaned in OC Parlor, entry, Blake Salon (more filth!)
• Loose parquet tiles glued down in entryway & Blake Salon

Outside Action Items Completed:
• Blake Salon windows on South side cleaned, along with brick and siding around them (the new Windex system I bought really works!)
• Weeded all flower beds and put in new mulch on South, East, and North sides
• Trimmed shrubs in front of house, and all around parking lot
• Trimmed small shoots at base of all crepe myrtles
• Pruned tops of crepe myrtles in front yard
• Removed chain link fence in Northwest corner of property, including vines still growing in the fence!
• Removed one of the clothesline poles
• Cleaned the benches at the front entrance

Nicole McWilliams Joins Turner House as Rental Coordinator

Say hello to our Rental Coordinator, Nicole McWilliams.  She oversees the rentals here at the Turner House for events like weddings, receptions, parties, and recitals.  Nicole lives in Winnetka Heights and has lived in Oak Cliff for ten years.  She is an opera singer and is Director of Opera at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  Her first encounter with Turner House was as a performer in the Salon Series in 2009.  She immediately fell in love with the space and has been involved in various events here ever since.  Nicole will be the point of contact for all your rental needs.  We are fortunate to have her as part of the team at Turner House.    Don’t miss Nicole for her performance of Mexican Bolero songs in the Spring Salon Series on April 14th

2011 Spring Salon Series

“Celebrating Women in the Arts”

Culinary Art, The Slow Food Movement

Thursday, March 10, 7:30 to 9:00 P.M.

On Thursday, March 10th, chef Claudine Martyn will give a presentation on culinary art, the history and current practice of the Slow Food Movement both in Dallas and internationally.  She will be joined by the current co-leaders of the Dallas Slow Food Chapter, Chris Tuck and Jim Shade.  All are Oak Cliff residents.

Sponsors for this event include Urban Acres, Artisanal Beverage, Miranda Realty Company, Square Foot, Inc., Scott Chase and Debra Witter, Marguerite Domatti and Gay Addington, and Methodist Health System.

Music and Photographs of Mexico

Thursday April 14, 7:30 to 9:00 P.M.

Singer Nicole McWilliams will perform a program of Mexican Bolero music from the 40’s and 50’s, accompanied by two guitarists.  On exhibit will be photographs from Mexico from Carolyn Brown, a Dallas based photographer featured in numerous exhibitions and publications.

“A Century of Women in Architecture:

A Short History”

Thursday May 12, 7:30-9:00 P.M.

Susan Appleton, AIA, Rebecca Boles, AIA and Dr. Norma Figueroa, CAAPPR present an illustrated lecture on “A Century of Women in Architecture: A Short History.”  All three are colleagues/assistant professors at UT Arlington and well respected for their research.  They will cover the important contribution of women to architecture over the past 100 years.

Refreshments will be served for all events.  Tickets will be $15 per event or $40 for the series for non-members and $10 per event or $25 for the series for OCSFA members.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or through this website.


Salon Series Ticket Options




Sponsors for the Spring 2011 Salon Series:

Miranda Realty Co.

Square Foot, Inc.

Scott Chase and Debra Witter

Marguerite Domatti and Gay Addington

Methodist Health System


For more information please call Kenda North at 214-563-9852 or contact Kenda North.