Aug. 23, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PorchFest Celebrates Old East Dallas’ Historic Peak’s Addition Oct. 7 Ribbon Cutting at Revitalized Buckner Park Highlights One of City’s Oldest Residential Neighborhoods
The second annual Dallas PorchFest in October will coincide with the grand reopening of historic Buckner Park following a $3 million city-financed revitalization.
Set for Oct. 7 from noon to 8 p.m. in the 4600 block of Worth Street and adjacent Buckner Park, 4550 Worth St., the music, art, and food event is free to attend. Ribbon cutting for Buckner Park takes place at noon, sponsored by the Parks Department of the City of Dallas.
“This is a block party for our Old East Dallas neighborhood,” said one of the event organizers, Leigh Martin. “And the whole city is invited.” Local artists will sell art, jewelry, and a variety of crafts. Local establishments will offer food, beer, and wine.
Local musicians will perform on Worth Street homes’ expansive front porches, an iconic feature of many Peak’s Addition residences. “Our front porches are the original social media,” says Martin. Other organizers include Elizabeth Nelson and Wendy Millsap.
Last year, more than 600 people attended Dallas PorchFest. Event proceeds are going toward the planting of 50 trees and repair of more than 1,500 feet of sidewalk. Similar beautification projects are planned for this year’s proceeds.
Peak’s Addition, roughly bounded by Live Oak, Peak, Worth and N. Fitzhugh streets, was founded in 1855. It is East Dallas’ oldest residential neighborhood and is known for its architectural diversity and meticulous restorations. Victorian, Craftsman, Prairie, Classical Revival and Queen Anne homes line the streets.
Background: Part of a grassroots movement begun in Ithaca, NY, in 2007, PorchFest is a celebration of local music, arts, and food that enables neighborhoods to raise money for community programming and beautification. Dallas PorchFest, is 501(c)(3) non-profit event.
• Dallas PorchFest, Oct. 7, noon to 8 p.m., 4600 block of Worth Street and Buckner Park
• Revitalized Buckner Park ribbon cutting at noon, 4550 Worth St.
• Free to attend
• Featuring music, art and food
See historic and event photos below.
“Social Networking” in Peak’s Addition
Photo Courtesy of Historic Collection of Jim Anderson
Photo Courtesy of Juliette Fowler Communities Foundation Collection
2016 PorchFest: Band entertains from front porch in Peak’s Addition Photo Courtesy of Zelman Brounoff