Scott Whittall steps down as ED of Cedar Springs Merchant Association

Scott Whittall

Cedar Springs Merchant Association Executive Director Scott Whittall announced his resignation Thursday effective Jan. 1.

Whittall sent out an email to the association highlighting its many accomplishments since its creation in 2006.

“My dedication and allegiance to our neighborhood and community will remain strong and I will continue to support this amazing organization and group of merchants who I sincerely regard as dear friends and colleagues,” he wrote.

Whittall, who has served as the executive director form the beginning, tells Instant Tea he planned to leave last year when he sold his business on the strip, Buli. But the board convinced him to stay on in his role for another year.

“Not really being a merchant, it seemed odd to be the executive director of a merchant association,” he said.

Time is also a factor in why he is leaving. Having purchased an imports business in July, in addition to a cattle business he and his partner oversee, he said he’s out of the country a lot and doesn’t have time to dedicate to the association anymore. However, he’ll still be involved in a supporting role in the community, he said.

CSMA board Chairman David Richarson will be in charge until the board decides whether or not to select another executive director, Whittall said.

Read Whittall’s full email announcing his resignation below.

—  Anna Waugh

Stonewall Democrats kick off week of LGBT holiday events tonight

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas will kick off the holiday party season with their annual holiday bash tonight.

Members will gather at the Round-Up Saloon on Monday for treats and the presentation of awards. Lunches with elected officials will also be auctioned off for a chance to dine with Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Judge Gena Slaughter and Judge Tonya Parker.

Donations for the group’s Santa’s Helpers Drive benefiting Legacy Founders Cottage will also be collected at the party. Needed items include socks, razors, toilet paper, paper towels, disposable forks and spoons, cleaning supplies, latex gloves, depends, soap and body wash.

• Don’t miss the Cedar Spring Merchants Association’s The Holidays on Cedar Springs Wednesday, Dec. 5, featuring live music on TMC: The Mining Company’s patio and the Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m.

• The GLBT Chamber of Commerce’s Holly Jolly Ball is 7 p.m. Thursday at Avneu Lounge, 2912 McKinney Ave. Proceeds benefits the chamber’s Leadership Education & Advocacy Program (LEAP).

• Metroplex Republicans will host its Christmas/Hannukah Party Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at President Rob Schlein’s home, 5502 Bent Trail.

• Also on Friday, is HRC’s DFW Federal Club’s Holiday Gala, complete with drinks, jazz and dancing beginning at 8 p.m. at Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St.

• Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats will serve up cheer at its holiday party Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. The party will be at the home of Julie and Dick Abrams, 4301 Briarhaven Road in Fort Worth. R.S.V.P. to felipetx76@gmail.com.

—  Anna Waugh

CSMA brings back outdoor movie screenings

I received the e-mail last night that the Cedar Springs Merchant Association Outdoor Movie Series is up and running again. The screenings begin again this Thursday with In & Out as the first screening.

Here’s the official scoop from CSMA president Scott Whittall.

Outdoor movies will be shown on the TMC Patio each Thursday night throughout the summer. Showtime is whenever it is dark (this week approximately 8 p.m.). And remember, the movie is FREE to all!! We show the movie rain or shine (inside TMC if it rains)..  Black Eyed Pea is on hand to take food orders and there is plenty of free popcorn for everyone.

—  Rich Lopez