On a gloriously sunny Saturday, Dallas-Fort Worth foodies turned out in droves for Park & Palate, the big fundraiser for Klyde Warren Park.
Bites from the who's who of chefs and restaurants awaited the hungry fans, who could also imbibe in sips from more than 30 wine, spirit, and brewery brands.
Guests could take a break from gorging to visit the Opt for Optimism tent, where Frost Bank and CultureMap were waiting with feel-good activities and a healthy dose of happiness.
Besides writing on the Call Me Optimistic chalkboards, attendees could also personalize "do-good" postcards for homeless kits that will be distributed during the holiday season through Dallas shelters.
One man shared that he actually used to be homeless, but had since turned his life around and was now thankful for his beautiful wife, who keeps him optimistic and inspired each day.
A "Good Fortune" teller was also on hand, predicting positive futures for those who sat for a reading.
A couple paused to tell how their house had just been destroyed by the Dallas tornado — they lost their cars, valuables, everything — but that they still remained optimistic. The reason? Their Yorkie dog was safe with them, and that was all they needed.
A pair of friends agreed that their friendship is keeps them optimistic and thankful, and that they are always there for each other no matter what. They said often attend events like this together, and that having fun as a team was always a priority.
CultureMap and Frost Bank will be hosting more of these pop-up events throughout the year, surprising and delighting folks all over Texas. Want to know where we might show up next? Sign up for our emails and follow along on Facebook and Instagram for hints about our next stop.