Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Open house Sunday celebrates completion of Fielder House Museum renovations

The Fielder House Museum has a new look inside and out.
The Fielder House Museum has a new look inside and out.

Everyone loves to show off their house after they spruce it up, and that’s what the folks at the Arlington Historical Society have in mind for an open house on Sunday. Lovely renovations and improvements at the Fielder House Museum were recently completed, and the community is invited to come check them out.

A come-and-go open house is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. at the stately home. The Fielder House, at the corner of Fielder and Abram streets, was built for Mr. and Mrs. James Park Fielder Sr. as their private residence in 1914. Surrounded by towering oak trees, the two-story house was one of the first brick homes in Arlington.

Historical Society board members Wanda Marshall, Nancy Bennett and Rebecca Tucker have been instrumental in setting up new exhibits for the open house, said museum Executive Director Geraldine Mills.

“We are excited about our wonderful lighted case upstairs and the great Arlington Downs racing exhibit we installed,” Mills said. “Our complete upstairs has been redone with wood floors and updated exhibits.”

The museum is open year-round where guests can enjoy artifacts from Arlington’s history curated for exhibits in each gallery with new themed exhibits installed regularly. The recent renovations have created new exhibit and archival storage space. Exterior improvements were financed by a grant from the city, and interior changes were funded by donors and fundraisers.

The Arlington Historical Society is also responsible for Knapp Heritage Park in the downtown area and the historic cemeteries on Arkansas Lane. Mills said the organization is going through a rebranding process to become identified as “Your History Connection.”

“We are connecting you to Arlington history at our three historic attractions through tours, programs, changing exhibits and special events. We present the ‘Faces of Arlington’ — people, places and things — through these venues.”

The museum is at 1616 W. Abram St. and there is no admission fee. To inquire, call 817-460-4001.

“We are excited about our new look inside and outside and hope everyone will come check us out and see how many ‘Faces of Arlington’ they recognize,” Mills said.

Heart & Soul Charity Auction funds camp for abused and neglected children

Two weeklong camps each summer provide a nice respite for abused and neglected children through the efforts of local charity Trinity Kids. How can you help? Make plans to come to the Heart & Soul Charity Auction on Feb. 6 at Bob Duncan Center for a fun evening of food and an impressive collection of auction swag.

The mission of Trinity Kids is “to create and nurture positive memories for abused, neglected and abandoned children.” The organization hosts two weeks of Royal Family Kids Camps each summer as well as a ConnecTeen mentor program and other activities.

The fun evening will include delicious food provided by Mercado Juarez and auctions offering sports memorabilia, event tickets, jewelry, specialty baskets, restaurant gift certificates and more.

“Studies show that a third of abused children will become abusers. Help us so that the future doesn’t have to equal the past,” wrote Trinity Kids volunteer Stacy Womack, who is spearheading the event.

Dress is casual, and tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. The venue is at 2800 S. Center St. Visit www.trinitykids.org or call 817-459-8597 to make arrangements to attend.

Masquerade Ball theme for Daddy-Daughter Dances

Valentine’s Day is a great time for dads to make special memories with their daughters at the annual Daddy Daughter Dances hosted by the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.

Three dances — at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 and at 4 and 7 p.m. Feb. 13 — will feature wonderful refreshments, dancing and other fun activities for daughters ages 2 and older. Bob Duncan Center will come alive with the party and the enchanting decor depicting the masquerade theme.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity for dads to give their daughters special time, to show daughters what it means to be respected and honored,” said event manager Yvonne Falgout in a news statement.

“This event helps to build memories of first formal events for the girls. It builds their confidence and truly does build a stronger relationship between dad and daughter. We have had so many couples share their enjoyment for this dance and the uniqueness it provides to their memories,” Falgout added.

Dads who want their daughter to have a limo experience can make arrangements for a ride around scenic Vandergriff Park that begins on the red carpet at the Duncan Center.

Early registration by Jan. 31 is $25 a person. Admission is $35 per person until Feb. 8, when registration closes. Tickets include a corsage, refreshments, dessert and punch, parting gift for daughters and a keepsake photograph. Limousine rides are an added fee of $5 per person.

Register online at bit.ly/1S0BGv2 or call 817-459-5474. Dances tend to sell out, so early reservations are suggested.

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