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Things to Do in DFW This Summer {Video}

Head to Arlington and experience the largest indoor sandbox in Texas and incredible sand art inspired by “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”  Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

We still have a few weeks of summer left, so it’s time to play! Grab your friends and family and head out for great adventures that include everything from playing in a giant sandbox to enjoying the big top.

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It’s the Summer of Solds in DFW

SOLD: 635 N. Montclair Avenue in Oak Cliff. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Buyers are kicking off the summer season in fantastic new homes throughout the area. In the past week alone, agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty helped buyers close on more than $53 million in properties and put another $80 million under contract.

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Hiking Dallas’ Unknown Forest – Trinity Forest Spine Trail

The Trinity Forest Spine Trail will feature 17.5 miles of hard-surface trail that runs from “the Audubon to the Arboretum.” Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Dallas is preparing to open a new world – a forested world – to residents in a way that has not been done before.

The Trinity Trust is charged with raising funds to complete the Trinity Forest Spine Trail, a 17.5-mile trail that winds through the Great Trinity Forest.
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Brunch for Mother’s Day – Metroplex Picks

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Surely, Mom doesn’t want to cook on Mother’s Day. But can you live up to her expectations? Best to play it safe … take her to brunch this weekend.

Our friends at CultureMap Dallas have compiled a list of great places to eat for Mother’s Day. Here are some highlights. See the link at the bottom for the full list.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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We wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings!

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Join Us: Walk, Run and Play for PKD!

Finding a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease is personal for Southlake City Councilmember Carolyn Hill Morris. At 25, her husband was diagnosed with the incurable disease, known as PKD, and died fighting it 22 years later.

Their daughter was diagnosed as a high school senior with the disease, which is transmitted genetically from parents. She received a kidney transplant in 2006. Like her, her son has a 50 percent chance of being diagnosed with PKD.

This disease, which affects more than 600,000 Americans, causes cysts to grow in the kidneys and leads to kidney failure. Clinical trials searching for a cure are ongoing, as is research in medical centers across the country, including the University of Texas Southwestern.

Morris has joined Sally Wilson, a PKD survivor herself, and the national PKD Foundation in building awareness and raising money to help find a cure. The annual North Texas Walk for PKD at Southlake Town Square will be Sept. 20.

There will be a timed 5K run starting at 8:30 a.m., a children’s walk at 9, and the walk for PKD will stride out at 9:30.

The event will kick off with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Southlake and Colleyville Lions Club. Elsa from the movie Frozen; Ranger, the horse mascot for the Texas Rangers, and characters from the movie Star Wars will entertain.

Now in its 10th year, the event raised more than $90,000 last year.

Sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the event includes a raffle for an over-the-top playhouse, built by a custom homebuilder and on display at Southlake’s Central Market from Sept. 5-14.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

To register for the walk/run, go to walkforpkd.org/northtexas.

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Fun for Fall: Top Things to Do In Texas, Starting Now!

At last! It’s time to embrace the sights, sounds, food and fun that make Texas a great place to play in the fall.

An Oscar Event

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“Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” celebrates the fashion designer’s inspiring life and award-winning work, featuring 60 garments that include ensembles worn by First Ladies Laura Bush, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through Oct. 5. bushcenter.org

North Texas Giving Day

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In only five years, this day of giving, founded by the Communities Foundation of Texas, has put more than $60 million into North Texas communities. Log on and raise funds for 1,350 local nonprofits. Sept. 18. northtexasgivingday.org

Cliburn Gold Encore

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The Plano Symphony Orchestra proudly welcomes Haochen Zhang, Cliburn Gold Medalist, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor for the Fall 2014 Opening Night celebration. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. planosymphony.org 

Blues at the Arboretum

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Put on your black suit and grab your Ray-Bans for the Blues Brothers Revue, part of the popular Cool Thursdays concert series at the Dallas Arboretum. Sept. 25, 7 p.m. dallasarboretum.org

Howdy, Big Tex

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Raise your corny dogs and salute Texas’ biggest, boldest icon. The annual State Fair of Texas welcomes performers Kool & the Gang, Deryl Dodd, Danielle Bradbery and others. Sept. 26-Oct. 19. bigtex.com

Musée D’Orsay in North Texas 

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No time to travel to Paris for the weekend? “Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée D’Orsay” at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is showcasing works by Monet, Degas, Renoir and more. Oct. 19-Jan. 25. kimbellart.org

Obsession and Opera

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Royalty, passion and religious fervor come together in “Salome” by Richard Strauss, a lush rendering of Oscar Wilde’s play set in ancient Judea. Oct. 30-Nov. 8. dallasopera.org

Opulently Modern

Enjoy a day submersed in the art, architecture and design of early 20th-century Vienna and learn more about the Wittgenstein collections and commissions. Nov. 15, 10 a.m. dma.org

Night at the Museum 
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What will the world of tomorrow look like? Explore the possibilities and enjoy a night of dining and dancing in support of The Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s annual Night at the Museum fundraiser.  Nov. 15, 7 p.m. perotmuseum.org

Bird’sEye View 

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Enjoy the wild outdoors at the Trinity River Audubon Center’s Free Third Thursday events. Hike the trails, explore in the exhibit hall, and picnic in the café. Nov. 20. trinityriver.audubon.org

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a 47-year tradition for friends and families who call it a great way to start Thanksgiving Day. Nov. 27. Thetrot.org

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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Buying a Home: What to Bring to the Closing Table

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Expert agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty make the entire real estate experience extraordinary, helping navigate the real estate process from listing to closing. Once the deal has been sealed, use these smart tips for a smooth and successful closing.

Bring complete identification (valid, government-issued ID) to closing, including any person signing with a power of attorney.

If your transaction is linked to another closing (if you’re selling and using the proceeds on another purchase), let your escrow officer know so he or she can coordinate all the moving parts.
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The Perfect Place for Homework: Keys to Your Kids’ Success

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Good study habits are a fundamental part of the learning process, and environment plays a big role in how well children study at home. Just as each child is different, so are their study space needs. The essentials include a quiet location, good lighting, an organization system, comfortable furniture and connectivity.

Here are some tips for creating a great study space.
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Spotlight on Sotheby’s: Ancient Chinese Calligraphy {Video}

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Watch a Sotheby’s expert unfurl a classical Chinese scroll and discover the lines and marks that make each scroll unique. This scroll will be offered, among other works of calligraphy and paintings both classic and contemporary, at the Sept. 18 sale of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy in New York.

Here’s an overview of the sale, via Sotheby’s:

After the successful sale in March, Classical Chinese Paintings in New York has once more selected a group of paintings and calligraphy from private collections around the world for the upcoming auctions in September.

Offered in the main sale Sept. 18 are calligraphy masterpieces respectively by Wang Shouren, Xie Jin, Wen Zhengming and Ni Yuanlu. These works represent the individual styles of the Ming masters. The cursive-styled calligraphy by Xie Jin is unique in combining calligraphy and painting techniques. Written at the age of 86six, Wen Zhengming’s small-character handscroll presents a poem composed by himself in the early years.

Classical paintings include “Bamboo and Rock” by Zheng Xie, “Wait for a Boat in Autumn” by Tang Yin, “Figures” by Chen Hongshou, “Portrait of Hanshan” by Luo Pin, “Autumn Scene” by Wu Li, “Flowers” by Li Fangying and “Landscape” by Li Shan. Among all paintings, the large work by Zheng Xie is a remarkable piece rare to find in the market. Luo Pin’s work depicts Hanshanzi’s spiritual world, and comes directly from the renowned collector and connoisseur R. H. Ellsworth.  

As importantly, there are modern works by Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi. “The Landscape after Shixi” by Zhang Daqian is formerly in the collection of Zhang Qun, former governor of the Sichuan province in the Republic period. This is one of Zhang’s best works imitating the style of Shixi painted in his middle ages.

Immediately following the main Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy sale, at approximately 5pm on the 18th, there will also be a special auction of eight pieces formerly in the collection of General Zhu Shaoliang and Mrs. Zhu. Perhaps the most important work by Zhang Daqian in this sale is a portrait of Avalokitesvara in the style of murals in the Mogao caves, painted by Zhang during his stay in Dunhuang in the early 1940s. The painting depicts Avalokitesvara holding a crystal plate and a whisk. With rich color and dignified figure, this work absorbs the best quality of the Dunhuang art.

Click here for full details, exhibition times and catalog.

This post appears on the Boots to Beijing blog, a production of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake