Thursday, October 18, 2012

One Arts Plaza's Fall Block Party Goes to the Dogs

One Arts Plaza hosted its third annual Fall Block Party on Sunday, October 14 from noon-4 pm as part of the Dallas Arts District’s Art in October Celebration. The Plaza was closed off for pedestrian-only traffic and guests enjoyed food demonstrations from foodie favorites Tei-An, Fedora and Jorge’s along with newcomers The Greek and CafĂ© Des Artistes.

Big Rich Texas new cast member, Wendy Walker with her son, Austin and dog, Rigby
Tara Harper and Cindy Morris represent Paws In The City 

My favorite part of the day was the infamous Cocktail Competition judged by CultureMap Dallas editor Jennifer Chinnis, Most Eligible Dallas cast member and Paws In The City activist Tara Harper, Mike Hiller editor of Escape Hatch Dallas, America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru Steve Kemble and moi, Cynthia Smoot. But, kids of all ages loved the Doggie Halloween Costume Contest! Click here to see a complete album of all of the adorable doggie entries!!  SPOTTED in the crowd were stars from the Style Network's smash hit Big Rich Texas, Wendy Rae Walker with her son, Austin and Melissa and Maddie Poe

Seventeen local food and gift vendors, such as The Feather Junkie, Kruffles Dallas, Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, Pop Star Popsicles and Three Dog Barkery, set up shop around the plaza for adults, kids and dogs alike. The Southland Swing Band provided a jazzy soundtrack all afternoon. Paws In The City, DFW Rescue Me and Greyhound Adoption League of Texas were on hand featuring pet adoptions and information.  TV host, model and actress LeeAnne Locken served as emcee for this fun-filled fall celebration.  If you missed this event, don't fret! They will be doing it again in the Spring!!  For more information on One Arts Plaza's upcoming events, visit

Jennifer Chininis, Tara Harper, Mike Hiller, Steve Kemble and Cynthia Smoot judge the
cocktail competition with directive from emcee LeeAnne Locken