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Newman Village Provides Luxury City Living Without the Feel of the City

Newman Village at a Glance

Newman Village is one of the top gated communities in Frisco. Here you will find gorgeous European inspired homes. Being a master planned community, only some of the most prestigious custom home builders have been chosen to display their work. Builders were critiqued on several factors to include their reputaion, history within our community, attention to detail, and quality of product. Builders such as Balman and Associates, Belclaire Homes, Bob Bobbit Custom Homes, and Darling Homes scored very well and have helped this wonderful new community take off with homes starting in the 400′s.

Location

Newman Village is located on Eldorado Parkway between Dallas North Tollway and Teel Parkway. Minutes from the Tollway, residents enjoy being in one of the top locations in Frisco. Here you are not hassled with the constant traffic of Preston Road, but you have immediate access to all of Frisco’s amenities. Frisco has been one of the fastest growing cities in America over the last several years and, as a result, there is no shortage of shopping or dining opportunities. Take a stroll through Old Downtown Frisco to learn about Frisco’s rich history or visit Shops at Starwood for an upscale experience. Frisco Square is only minutes away and do not forget about Shops at Willow Bend where you can find over 150 unique stores.

Sports and Recreation

I have never seen a small suburb like Frisco offer so much in the realm of sports and recreation. Choose your favorite sport and you will find professional teams playing just minutes away. FC Dallas, a professional soccer team, plays at Pizza Hut Park. Additionally, there are 17 championship-quality soccer fields outside of the stadium that are used throughout the year for various youth activities. The Texas Legends, an NBA D-League team, and Texas Tornado Hockey team play at Dr Pepper arena where they host many great opportunities for families and couples alike. How is your golf game? The Trails of West Frisco Golf Club and the Plantation Golf Club offer championship golf courses where you are sure to be challenged while enjoying fabulous scenic views around the course.

Schools

If schools are important to you, then this section is for you. Newman Village’s children attend Frisco Independent School District where elementary children attend Pink Elementary School. Pink Elementary is one of the most sought after elementary schools in Frisco. With an Exemplary Rating, the Texas Education Agency has recoginized Pink as one of the top schools in the state. Middle School students attend Stafford Middle School which is rated as a Recognized school. During 2010, there were approximately 671 students attending Stafford. During the exciting high school years, students attend Lone Star High School. Lone Star is new and has not been rated yet by the Texas Education Agency.

Misc Information

Newman Village houses approximately 263 acres of land and is located in Denton County. The community is gated and offers a wide variety of home options ranging from upscale single family and patio homes. You can find both front and rear entry homes throughout the master planned community. For tennis and swimming fans, the Swim and Tennis Center will house four tennis courts for league play as well as a very beautiful pool. Home Owners’ Association fees are $900 semi-annually which includes management fees and partial use of facilities. Landscaping surrounding Newman Village is always very elegant and scenic.

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A Guide to the Towns and Villages on North Devon (Part I)

Appledore

The fishing village of Appledore was first settled in the 14th century by Cistercian monks and has been a thriving port ever since. In 1588 the village was granted ‘Free Port’ in recognition of the vital role in played in the defeat of the Armarda, supplying ships and men to fight the Spanish. Today the sleepy village of narrow streets and fisherman’s cottages plays host to a number of different festivals throughout the year and offer beautiful views of the river taw and the Bideford Estuary

Barnstaple

The ancient borough of Barnstaple (the oldest in the country) was first settled over 1,000 years ago by the Saxons. Today the town is the commercial centre of North Devon with a number of leading national stores as well as local and independent stores. The architecture of the town boasts a mixture of Medieval, Victorian and Georgian buildings and its floral displays are second to non after winning Britain in Bloom and World in Bloom.

Bideford

Bideford or the Little White Town as it is also known lies on the banks of the River Torridge. The town was the third largest port in Britain in the 16th century and still to this day has boats coming in and out including the MS Oldenburg which take people to the nearby island of Lundy. One of the landmarks of the town is the statue of writer Charles Kingsley one of the Bideford’s most famous residents.

Braunton

Braunton is the largest village in all of Britain. The village is on the site of archaeological and natural importance with examples of medieval strip farming and the UK’s largest expanse of sand dunes at Braunton Burrows with stretches an amazing 6km along the shore and 2km inland. Braunton is a popular stop with surfers with a number of surf shops selling everything a novice or expert could need.

Clovelly

Clovelly is perhaps one of the most famous villages in the country. The village is famous for its steep cobble stoned streets where donkeys once transport people and goods up from the quay to the cliff top. Today the village remains largely unspoilt and still retains its original old world charms.

Combe Martin

Combe Martin was once a prosperous harbour thanks to exporting of local strawberries and hemp. Today Combe Martin is a popular destination for tourists where its main street is said to be the longest in all of Britain at over 2 miles long. One of the town’s most famous landmarks is the Pack of Cards Inn which was built in the 17th century by a landowner who used his winnings from a game of cards to build the inn. The inn has 4 floors, 13 rooms and 52 windows to represent a pack of cards.

Croyde

Croyde is an ancient village which dates back to pre Saxon times. The village is often regarded as one of the prettiest in Devon which it’s many thatched chocolate boxed cottages. Coryde is a hugely popular destination for surfers and is regarded as one of the best surfing locations in the country.

Preservation of Ethnic Dutch Culture – Nelis’ Dutch Village Theme

The Dutch Village Theme was the main purpose and destination of our trip to Tulip Times.

On the way from Muziekparade to the Nelis’ Dutch Village through Holland, I noticed numerous different colors of tulips planted along streets by the city or by residents. It was amazing to see thousands of flowers from both sides of streets. The city and residents compassionately plant 500, 000 tulips every year not only to attract tourists, but also to beautify their area for themselves as well.

I was amazed by a Dutch community successfully preserving their identity not only for the future generations, but also as they promote and share their culture, history, tradition, and crafts so that other interested parties can learn more about the ethnicity of a small city, Holland, Michigan, which only consists of 35,000 people, a large percentage of which are of Dutch descent.

The Nelis’ Dutch Village Theme met us with sun and twelve provincial flags from the Netherlands flanking the walk to the people waiting to enter a spectacular Carillon 25-Bell Tower, a lovely entrance to the replica of Dutch Village.

My first impression of the Dutch village was a working water wheel, used to power equipment to grind grain or saw wood, and life-sized statues scattered thought the village. The statues represent ordinary people in ordinary walks of life, from a baker to a fisherman. They were handcrafted in cement by local artist Joyce Sweers, attracting visitors’ attention.

We had enough time to look around before the Dutch Folk Dance Performance began. Our tour began from the reproduction of the Weighhouse in Qudewater, NL. Some people were brave enough to be tested and possibly to be found guilty of practicing witchcraft. We decided to step on the Heksenwaag, a 200-year-old “witches’ scale.” This device was used in inquisition tests during a Middle Ages ritual of judges before making decision on whom they would burn at the stake and whom they would let live. After our “trial,” everybody received a sealed “Certificate of Proof of Innocence of Witchcraft” as testimony of the Act of Weighting in Weigh – House at The Dutch Village.

It was fun to see how some people took this entertainment very seriously. One woman was even disputing the accuracy of her weight. After receiving a Certificate of Innocence, we visited the Klederdracht (costume) Museum, which features authentic costumes and settings, a Dutch country diorama, and an extensive doll exhibit of provincial costumes.

Walking along an imitation of a canal and over small bridges, we had an idea of environment of Dutch villages surrounded by water.

We had the opportunity to observe a farmhouse cheese-making operation using old world equipment, from cow’s milk to finished cheese wheel, as well as wooden shoe carving and blue delft making with antique, automated machinery. Watching and admiring these ancient crafts kept us busy, and the demonstrations of old techniques was capturing. It truly felt as if we had somehow returned to everyday life in old Dutch times.

The Nelis’ Dutch Village offered attractions and activities to the families with kids too. First, we visited a Frisian Farmhouse and Barn where there was a demonstration of typical Dutch family life. Most animals were outside, thanks to the nice weather. At the Petting Zoo, kids could take goats for a walk. We enjoyed watching small kids having a good time with their parents.

We spent several minutes at the Zweefmolen, a Dutch Chair Swing ride, and restored Draimolen, a 1924 Herschell-Spillman Carousel, to gaze at families having a great time. It’s a nice touch to the park. These activities are very important part of the Dutch Village to keep attracting numerous families for visit year after year.

A story about genuine “De Tiet,” Amsterdam Street Organ, with demonstration of some perforates changing by service man to play a different sound was quite capturing our attention. The man was enthusiastic in describing the working process of the organ. In the adjoined building, we observed dozens of accurately stored perforates.

Authentic Dutch architecture, picturesque walks, canals, and flowering gardens reminded me of my European trips. Smaller patches of tulips that spread throughout the ground of this doll village offered some kind of charm to the village. Different colors, sizes, and types of tulips were amazing. Here, I learn the name of black tulips because each plot of tulips is identified by numbered stakes. The “Queen Night” is a perfect name for this beauty. I took lot pictures of these beautiful flowers.

Before leaving to see the Klompen (wooden shoe) Dancer performance, we decided to buy souvenirs. The small souvenir mall was like a museum, with an incredible variety of gifts from around the world, and it even has a large collection of Russian nesting dolls. We had bought candles on our last visit here and wanted to purchase more this time, so we entered the Holland House Candles shop.

The gift shop was full of buyers and viewers of the candle-making process performed by three or four employees. Some tourists requested candles made with a special design and a customized color. The colorful process of hand-carving candles was startling. We bought different kind of candles and delft souvenirs for our friends and family members.

We concluded our trip by attending the Dutch Folk Dance Performance. The dancing arena was surrounded with seats for spectators from one side to watch a performance by Klompen dancers in authentic Dutch costumes. Opposite seats was a playing street organ.

In the beginning of this show, the dancers’ costumes were delft blue with white organdy caps and aprons, costumes patterned after the traditional dress of the Dutch provinces. I was completely relaxed watching six enthusiastic young dancers dressed in costumes of the Netherlands and performing four folk dances to the tunes of the Golden Angel Street Organ.

This spectacular Amsterdam street organ is one of the largest street organs ever built and has been in use since 1880. The great size was one of the reasons the Dutch government allowed it to be sold to Dutch Village.

We left Holland, Michigan with a sense of appreciation for the small Dutch community for the preservation of their European old culture and traditions – not only for descendants, but also for the enjoyment of all of us living in the multicultural society. It was not easy to maintain these traditions, but they made it happen, and now many other ethnic groups have opportunity to learn a way of keeping and teaching their own history and culture to their children.