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25 All in a Day’s Work Don’t let your style suffer just because your schedule is full. You always have time for a quick-change. This month, we take a basic outfit and transition it three ways for all the girls who spend their lives on the go.

36 The Perfect Scary

It wouldn’t be October without a little spook. Parie Villyard from The Secret Garden shows how to decorate your house for Halloween without going traditional.

46 Bring On The Liquid Gold!

Forget that trip to Germany and celebrate Oktoberfest right here. With help from 575 Pizzeria, we give you the , beer basics so you know how to order the perfect pint (even if you want to order in German).



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40 These City Roots Run Deep

Amarillo started as a dusty railroad and cattle ranching town in 1887, and while the city boasts nearly 200,000 residents today, it began with only a handful of families who moved out west to start a new life. While many in this city come and go, some roots just run too deep to leave.

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was born and raised in Amarillo, and while it’s the only place I’ve ever known, I must admit that I didn’t feel connected to its history until now. My parents were very connected to their individual ancestry – my father comes from a large German family while my mother came from an equally large Italian one. They both traced their lineage to Russia and Italy, so as a child, I was proud to know the stories of my great-grandparents’ arrival to America. While the roots of my extended family tree began in Europe, I feel a deep-seated connection to this great city. I’ve always been a history buff, so I was additionally fascinated by this month’s cover story, which was more than just learning a bit of trivia. As we spent time with each person, their stories made Amarillo’s history come alive for me, and their family’s passion for shaping our city is an inspiration. Each one of them graciously shared their family albums with us, so it was remarkable to see the faces of the people whose names only used to represent places to me, names on a sign, not someone who actually lived here, names like Wolflin, Oldham, Sanborn, Oliver-Eakle and Barfield. Be sure to take the time and view our online photo gallery to see photos from Amarillo’s early settlers. We love hearing from our readers, and we take your requests and comments to heart. This month, we deliver on a particular request to celebrate the art of brewing beer (I think the actual quote was, “Enough about wine. How about featuring beer?”). What better time than for Oktoberfest? Though I’m not a big fan of beer, the folks at 575 Pizzeria really delivered. Read all about it in “Bring on the Liquid Gold!” It’s getting dark earlier, and as the weather cools off, we’re excited to welcome fall in all its glory. Working with Parie Villyard from The Secret Garden gave us more reason to celebrate. We think you’ll enjoy incorporating her original ideas into your spooky, or not-so-spooky, Halloween décor.

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In September, we asked, “Now that school is back in session, what is your secret to getting out the door on time?” We loved Josh Wood’s humorous response: Our secret to getting out the door on time is our night-before-school routine. We fix lunches and set everything out the night before. Yes, this sounds like a mundane, common sense thing to do. However, we have six kids ages 5, 3, 3, 2, 2, and 1 (three kids in diapers). Our oldest started kindergarten this year. By the way, no matter how thoroughly you wash your hands there is something wrong about changing two diapers and then making a sandwich! Selecting outfits is also an interesting challenge. “No, you cannot wear your pink dress up boots and a skirt to school.” So, I guess our secret is fighting the battles the night before rather than the day of school to save valuable minutes and get out the door on time.

Josh Wood Josh chose a year subscription to the Amarillo Globe-News.

This response from a reader earned an Honorable Mention: My secret is cooking several things on Sunday that can be frozen and used throughout the week for meals (lunch and dinner). We also keep a dry erase board on the fridge where we plan out meals for the week. This process speeds up dinnertime, so we have more free time in the evening to hang out, do homework and set things out for the next day.

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These City Roots Run Deep Flip through a gallery of photos borrowed from cover story family albums, some dating back to the late 1800s. We’ve also drawn out their family trees, just in case you need a cheat sheet.

YMCA Y.E.S. Program Also, get the scoop on a cornerstone local business Williams-Boyce Insurance that has been around since 1904.


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Enjoy a video from our visit to the YMCA North Branch and see how Director Myron Sims is impacting lives through the Y.E.S. program (Youth Excelling and Succeeding).

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Center City of Amarillo held its 14th annual block party on August 15th. The event is Center City’s largest fundraiser each year, but more than a dozen non-profit agencies were also represented. Festivities included live music from local bands on five different stages and booths with food, beverages and other items for sale from area businesses and non-profit agencies. Younger guests also enjoyed activities at the Children’s Area staffed with volunteers from the Amarillo Museum of Art, Golden Spread Boy Scout Council, Amarillo Flag Football, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Amarillo Kids Directory and Amarillo Youth Choirs. 1. Kenzie Combs, 2. Billy Helin and Lakee Mills, 3. Amy Braman, 4. David Dunn, 5. Larry and Lori Mireles, 6. Krista Jones, 7. Kirk and Ceciley Sehi, Chad Muse, and Sherri McKiernan, 8. Jordan Cooper, 9. Debra Craver


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Chuck Olson: Visual Histories Members’ Preview The Amarillo Museum of Art presented a new exhibit by Pennsylvania native artist Chuck Olson. A gallery talk was given by the contemporary artist on August 28th, opening night. His work, titled “Chuck Olson: Visual Histories,” includes 67 paintings created in response to Olson’s fascination with history. Objects and landscapes have been explored over the last 20 years as subjects of his work. The exhibition will hang through October 25th at the AMoA. Olson has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. 1. Paige Roush and Eric Byram, 2. Lesia Durrett and Bill O'Brien, 3. Chuck Olson, 4. Patrizia DaMilano, Kevin Ball and Anne Amerson, 5. Morgan Dezendorf, Jeremiah Bonilla and Mary Emeny


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United Way Kick-Off Luncheon United Way raises funds each year to support programs at local nonprofit organizations and to provide direct community services. The fundraising campaign for the local volunteerdriven organization was officially launched with a Kickoff luncheon September 9th at the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Room. This year proved to be one of the biggest turnouts in the history of the agency with more than 800 guests in attendance. 1. Nathan Brantley, 2. Walt Howard, 3. Greg Mitchell, John Harris and Cameron Monroe, 4. Irina Robinson, 5. Greg Meyer, 6. J. Patrick O'Brien, 7. Johnny Mize and Brent McClure, 8. Connie Henderson



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The Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual “Good Times Celebration” Barbeque Cook-off on September 10th on Polk Street. More than one hundred cooking teams offered selections of dozens of different foods such as ribs, brisket, sausage and other slow-cooked fare. Live music and friends made this a “meet and meat” event.

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1. Kristine Toledo and Shauna Moore, 2.Rose Hambrick and Jana Briones, 3. Abigail Rardon, 4. Angelina Huang, 5. Ashton and Cash Burris, 6. Landry Fletcher, Nichole Cagle, Missy Wilson and Eddie Douglass, 7. Lynn Rollins, 8. Brandy Bessent, Peggy Alexander and Keeley Heint, 9. Canda Henry and Melanie Castrow, 10. Esmeralda Gutierrez and Raul Reynoso PHOTos BY donna alexander

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An About-Face on Facebook “Ah, nap time.” “Where is Santa?” “6:15 a.m., breakfast of tea and oatmeal.” “I don’t want to be sap. I really don’t. So I won’t be.”


hose are just a few of the posts over the last day or so on my Facebook. It’s probably the first time in about 10 days that I bothered to look at Facebook, and now I remember why. I’ve done an about-face on Facebook, the social networking craze that now includes everyone from Tibetan monks to Mississippi sharecroppers. It may only seem like every man, woman or child has a Facebook page. Still, 69.3 million Americans do, and that’s an increase of 149 percent in the last year. I’m one – in name only. I was asked several months ago to join Facebook to connect with readers, and I’ve failed miserably. I’m a terrible Facebook friend because I post or comment only when I have something of slight interest to say, which is to say, not very often. With three columns and about 10 blogs a week, I’ve long exhausted anything interesting to say. Oh, I could post something like, “I’m staring at a hole in my brown sock,” which is exactly what I’m doing since I’m writing this from home, but who cares? Not that that would stop a lot of people. Take a look at your Facebook page right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Go back over the last 24 hours and I bet there are four people – the same four – who have posted 12 times. And if there’s two of the 12 with any substance at all, I’ll dance at your daughter’s wedding. Might pay for it too. My Facebook pages are filled with people I don’t know posting things I don’t care about. That’s probably not a good combination. In fairness, most come across much better in person


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than on Facebook, but that’s not quite the point. I won’t read Facebook for a week or more, and it’s like missing a soap opera for six months. Pick it up again and it’s like I never left. It’s nectar for the narcissistic. It’s the same people posting the same inane selfabsorbed things. I write inane self-absorbed things for print, but at least get paid minimum wage to do it. “I just made some guacamole.” “Why do they call it “southeast” and not “eastsouth?” “I’m a tired guy.” To borrow a line from George Costanza: “It’s not you, it’s me.” Millions love Facebook and look forward to the routine chatter. My wife has reconnected with old friends and thinks I’m a Scrooge. She says you get out of it what you put into it. She may be right on both accounts. It’s said we only have two or three really good friends anyway. I’ve got 124 friends on Facebook, which has to be on the small side. Some of them I actually know. I’ve got 49 friend requests I haven’t confirmed and may not. Don’t take it personally. To paraphrase Groucho Marx: “Anyone who would want me for a friend I don’t want to be friends with.” Facebook just seems on the whole like a waste of time. And I waste enough time online at various sites – all clean and legal by the way – as it is that it’s not worth the investment of my time. Maybe I’ll come around. Maybe I’ll see Facebook in a different light and not be such an extraordinary grouch. And who knows -- maybe, just maybe, I’ll feel compelled to shout into cyberspace that I just did my laundry. Of course, it could be worse. It could be Twitter. am

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YMCA Y.E.S. Program Myron Sims, Y.E.S. Program Director and Branch Director of the North Branch YMCA

Buckner and asked her if she had any other employees that would be a good fit for that position. She recommended me to him, and here I am today going into my seventh year as the Y.E.S. Program Director and fourth year as Branch Director of the North Branch YMCA.

Tell us about a treasured moment from working with your organization. There was a day about two years ago when I was having a group discussion with maybe 20 or so of the youth about why each of them came to the YMCA. Some of them were very candid with me, but one particular young man chose to keep silent and not get involved in the discussion. I then told him in front of the group, “And I know why you come up here.” Once the session ended, he walked up to me and said, “So why do I come up here?” I replied, “Because you don’t have a father figure in your life. That’s why you come up here.” He then looked at me with a big grin on his face and said, “How did you know?” At that moment, we both realized that we were in the right place.

What is your greatest life lesson? To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). What this teaches me is regardless of what I have, something is required of me. Whether I have much or not much at all, I can still do something for somebody.

What is your favorite thing about your organization? My favorite thing about the YMCA and Y.E.S. is the relationships that I have with so many different people. I’ve met a lot of neat people since I’ve been here, both kids and adults. I just hope they can say the same.

What are a few compelling statistics related to your organization? By year’s end, we will have served over 100,000 meals to our Child Care and YES/Teen Program Participants. The YMCA also gives out approximately $500,000 in scholarships to families throughout the city of Amarillo.

In what specific areas does your organization most need the help of volunteers? What is the mission of the Youth Excelling and Succeeding Program (Y.E.S.)? The Youth Excelling and Succeeding (Y.E.S.) Program’s mission is really just an extension of the YMCA’s mission, which is “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” We provide a safe place for the youth of the 79107 community to come and basically just have fun. Youth participate in various recreational activities which present opportunities for them to learn some valuable social/life skills in the process.

What motivated you to get involved with your organization? I started out working for Buckner Children and Family Services back in 1998. While there I found my calling, so to speak. I realized that working with youth and trying to impact their lives in a positive way was something that I wanted to do. My third year working for Buckner, the Y.E.S. Program Director position became available and a coworker of mine was offered the job. After he respectfully declined to take the position, the YMCA CEO at the time made a call to my supervisor at


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Here recently, in addition to the YMCA Board of Directors, we have been developing committees within our branches and our programs in an attempt to get more people from the communities that we serve involved in our YMCAs and in our individual programs. This will also ensure that we continue to provide programs that reflect the needs and wants of each community. A few of the committees that we have that could use more volunteers are: • North Branch Committee • Finance Committee • Arts Committee • Facilities Committee • Baseball Committee • Basketball Committee • Child Care Committee • Youth and Government/Teens Committee

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All in a Day’s Work: A transitional wardrobe for girls on the go


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to your health

Sleep Here, Sleep There, Sleep Everywhere You Can Samantha Huggins


hat is the one thing in life that everyone wants but can never get enough of? It cannot be purchased, saved or traded. It has no taste or smell. A person can do it at any time or place. It comes in a variety of shapes and forms. If you haven’t guessed it by now, this elusive treasure is sleep. Everyone can relate to the feeling of wishing for more sleep. We all dread the sound of the alarm clock, pressing eyelids tighter together, refusing to open them. Slumber can only last so long, because sooner or later, we’re forced to get up. Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your overall health and can be a key to success in your everyday life. Ernest Hemingway said it best: “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake.” When a person gets that perfect night’s sleep, it’s like a high from a drug; you feel as if you can conquer the world, you seem to get more accomplished, and the entire day goes


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better. According to a poll in 2002, 80 percent of all Americans do not get enough sleep each night. There are a lot of factors that can affect a person’s sleeping pattern and the effectiveness of a good night of rest. According to a CNN report in 1997, sleep problems are estimated to be the number one health-related problem in America. One advantage to sleep is that it keeps your heart healthy. A lack of sleep can increase blood pressure and cholesterol which are both major risk factors for heart disease. Try comparing sleep to a checking account. You make deposits to your sleep account by getting 7-9 hours of shut-eye a night. You’ll feel the benefits the next day. A lack of sleep deposits, like too many cash withdrawals, can create a negative balance in your sleep account. Sleep deficits can cause a variety of negative side effects. Some of these effects include an increase in reaction time, poor vision, reduced judgment, lack of motivation and an impaired short-term memory. Loss of sleep can also attribute to a decrease in daytime alertness, which can affect your job performance. In fact, according to a study by the National Sleep Foundation in 2008, 29 percent of those polled had fallen asleep or became very sleepy at work in the past month. Because sleep is such a vital part of life, affecting more than just the bags under your eyes, listen to your body when it’s telling you to get more rest. am

Helpful Hints Set your body clock. Everyone has an internal body clock, and you are in control of setting it. Much like the tedious job of winding an old Victorian clock, it takes work to set your internal clock. Set a bedtime schedule and try to go to bed at the same time every night. Try not to over sleep; sleeping late for just a couple of days can reset your internal clock. Most people get hungry within an hour of waking up, around noon, and early evening because they’ve eaten at those times for years. Going to bed at about the same time every night can make sleep as habitual as a person’s hunger pattern.

Get physical! Exercise or any kind of physical activity during the day is a must. This is especially important the day after a bad night’s sleep. When you sleep less, you should be more active during the day. Being less active is one of the worst things an insomniac can do. Strenuous exercise in late afternoon seems to promote more restful sleep. Also, insomniacs tend to be too inactive a couple of hours before bed. If you watch television for two hours before going to bed, you may have trouble sleeping that night.

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Foods that are high in fats take a lot of work for your stomach to digest and may keep you awake. Spicy or acidic foods in the evening can cause stomach trouble and heartburn, which worsens as you are lying down. Drinking lots of fluid may result in frequent bathroom trips throughout the night. Also, the types of liquids you drink have various effects on your body. Alcohol may initially make you feel sleepy, but it can interfere with sleep and cause frequent awakenings. Try to avoid food and drinks that contain caffeine, and that doesn’t just mean coffee. Some sources of caffeine that people often forget include chocolate, caffeinated sodas and teas. Resources Do You Get Enough Sleep?, Sleep Tracker, 2009 Longer Work Days Leave Workers Nodding Off On The Job, National Sleep Foundation, 2008 Myths & Facts, National Sleep Foundation, 2009 Sleep Deprivation Statistics, Insomnia Treatment, 2008 Sleep Benefits: Power Napping for Increased Productivity, Stress Relief & Health, Elizabeth Scott, 2009 Sleep Duration Affects Appetite-Regulating Hormones, Public Library of Science, 2004

Samantha Huggins

Samantha moved to Amarillo a little over a year ago with her husband Chris. She has been a teacher for six years and teaches Kindergarten at Lamar Elementary. After chasing a class full of kindergarteners all day, she is always ready for a nap as well as a good night’s sleep.

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to your health

Brush Up on Brushing Shannon Stapp, D.D.S.


Shannon Stapp, D.D.S.

An Amarillo native, Shannon graduated from dental school at the University of Texas HSC in San Antonio. He and his wife, Shelby, have two sons.


he phrase goes, “It’s as easy as brushing your teeth,” but the reality is that most people don’t brush correctly, brush long enough or use the right tools for their teeth. It’s a chore we all have to do, so we might as well do it right. The purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque, especially near the gumline. Removal of plaque is the most important factor in control of early and advanced gum disease and dental decay. There are several different brushing techniques recommended to patients but as a general rule, direct the brush at a 45-degree angle to the roots of the teeth. Gently press the bristles against the tooth and gumline and with short movements, brush back and forth with a vibratory action. Roll the bristles away from the gumline after the back and forth movements if you have adequate dexterity. Everyone should brush twice a day for at least two minutes and always choose a toothbrush that has soft or extra-soft bristles. The harder bristled brushes tend to be damaging to the gingival tissue. Removing plague from the teeth is not like removing barnacles from a boat. It only requires gentle pressure with a soft brush. More importantly, clean every surface of every tooth and the tongue. The tongue also carries bacteria which contribute to gum disease, dental decay and bad breath. Another option is using a rotary toothbrush, such as the Sonicare or the Oral-B version. Patients who use these brushes show significant improvements in oral hygiene on recall and hygiene visits. Most of these brushes have a timer so you know exactly how long to brush, and they don’t allow you to use too much force when brushing. Also, rotary brushes are extremely helpful for those who have poor manual dexterity (younger and elderly people). Really, all patients should take advantage of this technology. Manual brushing does work when done properly, but why use a slide rule when you have access to a calculator?

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If you are only brushing and not flossing everyday, then you are leaving approximately 40 percent of the plaque on your teeth. Flossing removes the plaque between the teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. Brushing without flossing is like washing your hands while leaving dirt and grime under your fingernails. There are several types of floss and flossing tools on the market that make cleaning between the teeth easier and more efficient. At our office, we recommend the Reach Access Flosser and Glide Floss Picks. Both of these products make flossing easier. One of our hygienists’ seven-yearold daughter uses the Reach flosser. It has a long handle and a head that is 90 degrees to the handle, which simplifies flossing. For patients who have large spaces between the teeth (usually from gum disease), there are inter-dental brushes that do a great job of cleaning between the teeth. Inter-dental brushes come in a variety of sizes. They look like small Christmas trees or pipe cleaners attached to a handle. The most important factor is finding a type that a patient likes and will utilize on a daily basis. Another great product for cleaning the teeth is the Waterpik. The Waterpik uses a stream of pulsating water to reach deep between the teeth and massage the gums. Although all patients can benefit from using a Waterpik or other oral irrigator, it is especially advocated for our orthodontic patients. It does a tremendous job cleaning around wires and brackets from braces. In general, patients who use a Waterpik show a significant improvement in gingival health. A combination of brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings is critical to maintaining good oral health. Patients should consult their dentist and dental hygienist to find out which techniques and products would best treat their oral health needs. am

Brush twice a day for at least two minutes and always choose a toothbrush that has soft or extra-soft bristles.

The Reach Access Flosser has a long handle and a head that is 90 degrees to the handle, which simplifies flossing.

Easy grip Glide Floss Picks make flossing easier.

A rechargeable square-head toothbrush uses sonic technology to remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

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Inter-dental brushes do a great job of cleaning between the teeth.

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Treasure Your Family Tree

Create a lasting heirloom to pass down through generations

Supplies You Need: Canvas Acrylic pa int Paintbrush es Scrapboo k paper (shades o f green and brow n) Pencil Metallic p ens Scissors Acid-free spray adhesive o r glue stick


elebrate your family by creating an original piece of art to pass down through coming generations. Instead of traditional lines and names, design an actual tree and write your relatives’ names on the roots and trunk, symbolizing the past, present and future of your family.


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1. Paint a background

2. Sketch the tree

3. Tear brown recycled

4. Cut or tear faux

5. Glue the tree and

6. Take a metallic

7. Position the cut-out

8. Write your family

of your choice on the canvas. Whether a sky scene or a textured pattern, it will give your artwork depth and interest.

paper for the ground and paste to the bottom of the canvas. Use varying shades of brown to give a layered effect.

roots to the canvas and brown paper. Let dry completely before going to the next step.

or torn leaves around your family’s names. Leave room on some of the branches for growing families.

and roots on the back of brown scrapbook paper and cut out. If you aren’t confident to freehand, find an image you like and trace it.

leaves from green paper. Try using shades of orange, yellow and red to give an autumn look to your tree.

pen and write the names of your family on the brown bark. Be sure of the correct spelling of names before putting them in ink.

name on the finished piece and display it proudly.

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Parie Villy

Special thanks to Wieck Farms for supplying the cornstalks


t’s time to decorate your house for Halloween, and instead of grabbing a bag of plastic spiders for the porch and a cardboard witch for the front door, think bigger. Pick a theme, commit to it and execute it with detail. This season, The Secret Garden created the perfect scary outdoor scene using Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds, and Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Raven, as inspiration. Combining black and purple with pewter and metallic accents, as well as incorporating traditional autumn items like pumpkins and cornstalks, an entire scene was built to give the house a sinister, yet original, look. am

Tips: - Keep costs low by spray painting dead or dying plants. Repurpose old Halloween décor, like foam pumpkins, when possible. - Subtlety isn’t enough when it comes to creating an entire theme. For example, instead of two or three crows, make 20 or 30 in different sizes. - Think outside the box. A Halloween theme doesn’t have to be gory or evil, nor do you have to stick to orange, green and black.

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PHOTos BY bevington studio

Left: Repurpose a plain metal container by spray painting it to match your theme. The fern in this pot was a bargain from a local greenhouse. Its leaves had started to wither, so they were spray painted purple to complement the door frame. Add hanging moss to cover the pot.

Below: This candelabra was fitted with pillar candles and hanging moss (notice the bugs).

Left: Up the fright factor with this simple terrarium. Fill any glass canister with water and green water plants (these contain button ferns). Add your favorite plastic creepy crawlers.

Far left: Use succulents in aged tin containers to replace withered summer flower arrangements.

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o replicate some of the pieces from The Secret Garden’s Halloween theme, all you need are a few inexpensive materials, a work space and a little bit of time to spare on the weekend. Transform your front porch into something perfectly scary just in time for trick-or-treaters.

Give Jack a Makeover Your front porch jack-o-lantern doesn’t have to be the same ‘ole scary face as last year. Instead, think outside the box. Use the pumpkin for your family or business name, or a place for your kids to scribble, or step it up a notch and go chic. Begin with either a paper-mâché or foam pumpkin, available at most craft stores in various sizes. Clean the surface thoroughly before painting it. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the pumpkin with chalkboard paint. After the first layer of paint is dry, check for areas that need touching up. Allow to dry completely before decorating with chalk. Get creative and change the design of your pumpkin as you countdown to Halloween.

If chalk isn’t your thing, try giving the pumpkin a sophisticated faux treatment. To duplicate Parie’s aubergine look, start with a base coat of Design Master spray paint in violet. Let dry completely before adding the next coat. Finish with Design Master spray paint in hickory wood tone, which gives the pumpkin depth and shine.

It’s for the Birds Forgo the ghosts and bats and try Parie’s suggestion. Ravens are equally as spooky and can be replicated with minimal materials. Find an image of a bird, either online or in a book, and enlarge it to different sizes. Trace the shapes onto black foam board and cut out. Position them throughout the entire display, using the larger birds as a greeter’s sign on Halloween night or even your house number. Sprinkle the smaller birds in tree branches, bushes or on porch columns.

Parie Villyard

Parie has owned and operated The Secret Garden Fine Flowers since 1992. She strives to create unique floral arrangements that surprise and delight.


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these city roots

By Jennie Treadway-Miller


Editor’s Note: Please note that these are each family’s personal stories passed down through generations in addition to staff research. Any historical inaccuracies in the way they are presented were without intention.

hen the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad connected across the Texas Panhandle in 1887, it was just the sign city settlers were looking for. In April 1887,businessman J.T. Berry moved from Abilene to plat the well-watered land around the playa lake. By August of that year, he had petitioned the votes of local ranchers and went on to win the seat establishing Potter County. The railroad was moving freight in and out of the newly-named town of Amarillo by October and the cattle business boomed. Colorado City merchants made their way to the budding town to set up shop to meet the needs of cowboys and businessmen passing through. Amarillo, originally named Oneida, seemed to thrive. However, by the following summer, rancher Henry B. Sanborn argued that Berry’s muddy town needed to relocate to prevent flooding. He purchased land around Polk Street and enticed the business owners in the “Old Town” to move. Sanborn’s instincts were confirmed after a rainstorm in the spring of 1889 nearly flooded Berry’s Amarillo. Convinced that Polk Street was the better choice, county and city officials, along with new business people and families moving to the

area, set down roots in what is now downtown Amarillo. More than a century later, some of those families still call Amarillo home. PHOTOS BY GRAY’S STUDIO

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Pattilou Dawkins When the Wolflin brothers came of age in Gainesville, Texas, previously from Canton, Missouri, they looked no further than Amarillo as the premier place to start a business. In 1890, George, Charles, and Frank moved to the newly formed city to open a mercantile store on 5th and Polk Street. “The Ft. Worth and Denver railroad came right through Amarillo,” says Pattilou Dawkins, the granddaughter of Charles Oldham Wolfin. “It was a place where cowboys could stay the night, feed their cattle and horses, and get back on the track the next day. It was a booming town.” Shortly after settling in the decadeold town, Charles O. met and courted Alpha Eunice McVean. One day the two stood on the corner of what is now Wolfin Avenue and Washington Street, where Charles O. confessed to his soon-to-bewife, “I have two desires in life: You and that piece of land.” “The story goes that my great-grandmother gave both of them to him,” laughs Pattilou, in her home on Travis. “She didn’t own the land at the time, but she had the money to buy it. She gave it to them as a wedding present. That was the start of the Wolflin Addition.” The area of Wolflin is bounded by four main roads: Washington in the east, 34th on the south, Georgia on the west and Wolflin Avenue on the north. The two married on March 30, 1897, and Charles O. operated a dairy farm on that plot of land for nearly two decades. Their son, Charles Alexander Wolflin, attended one of the then-top-rated

agricultural schools in the country – the University of California at Davis – with the intention of returning to Amarillo to run the family farm. However, when Charles A. graduated in 1924, after his father died, he realized the people of Amarillo wanted houses more than they wanted milk. “Together with his mother, Alpha, and sisters, Cornelia and Lela, my mother, they borrowed $100,000 in 1927 to put in streets, curbs, sewers and utilities, and 1,000 elm trees that still line the streets,” says Pattilou. “They used to carry buckets of water to every tree. That was one of their evening chores.” Forming the beginnings of what would eventually become the Wolflin Mortgage Company, Charles A. hired a city planner from Kansas City, and the two created Amarillo’s premier residential development, a neighborhood defined by brick streets, elm trees and elaborately-built homes. They even built a palatial home for their mother at 2800 Hughes Street, which stood as the family home for decades. Frank Wolflin built his home at 35 Oldham Circle, where Pattilou remembers spending holidays as a child. (George moved to California to seek his fortune there.) The original Wolflin home was built on the same corner of Wolflin and Washington where Alpha’s late husband first proposed a future together. The house was torn down in 1965 and replaced by a gas station and convenience store. “When the Depression hit, my grandmother had to sell the house on Hughes, when lots stopped selling. My mother and daddy courted at that house,” says Pattilou. Homebuilding began again after World War II, and Charles A. saw a need for a shopping center in Amarillo, similar to those he had seen in other larger, thriving cities.

I learned early on that to whom much is given, much is required. The economy of this city has been good to the Wolflin name. God blessed me. I’ve been very fortunate.

these city roots In 1953, he built Wolflin Village, a place where customers could meander away from the business district and enjoy a day of shopping. Charles O. quickly established himself and the Wolflin name as playing a significant role in Amarillo real estate. Pattilou was not only born and raised here, but she’s also always lived within the same quarter-mile radius, owning homes at various times on several of the streets in Wolflin. Surprisingly enough, she never considered running the family mortgage business until much later in life. “I graduated from Oklahoma University in 1957 with a degree in History and Philosophy, and I really wanted to go to law school after that, so I wrote my father a letter telling him that two friends and I were going to go to SMU, and he wrote me back the letter from hell,” she laughs. “He said I just wanted to play, and that I should go to Europe or whatever, but then I needed to come home and work. So he said no. And do you know what makes me mad? I didn’t dream that I could’ve done it myself. I had drive and ambition, but I didn’t know I could work and pay my way through school. I raised my daughters differently.” Pattilou did as was expected: She came home to Amarillo, got married, had four children and joined the Junior League. “You know what, I loved that stuff too,” she says, chuckling. “I’ve always done what I loved. I mean, I still do. I just saw Julie & Julia, and after that I went right out and bought Mastering the Art of French Cooking so I could make that Beouf Bourginion. I spent all day cooking that stuff and I am so tired! But it was fun.” She admits that the Junior League training paid off. Pattilou served on the Hospital Board of Managers in 1976 and went on to run the local phone bank as Telephone Chairman for the election of Bill Clemmons for Texas Governor that same year. (It also happened to be how she met Karl Rove.) After her divorce and the death of her brother and sister in a plane crash, Pattilou went to her uncle, Charles A., about working for the family company. He advised her to get her real estate license, which she did, as well as take business classes at Amarillo College. After his death in 1991, Pattilou stepped in as the operator of Wolflin Mortgage Company. “I learned early on that to whom much is given, much is required,” she says. “The economy of this city has been good to the Wolflin name. God blessed me. I’ve been very fortunate.” When Pattilou’s not in the office, you’ll often find her in her “playpen,” or rather, the garden in her backyard. “I raise artichokes and asparagus, and all kinds of things,” she boasts. “I just go out there and piddle.”

Jay Kirkman III

When it comes to family roots in Amarillo, Jay Kirkman III can claim both sides. Whether you trace his paternal or maternal family tree, either way, you’ll end up downtown. “My paternal great-grandmother, Annie Elizabeth (Gober) Kirkman, was the first woman to get a loan from the First National Bank to buy the land in 1917 at 4th and Pierce Street for a merchant building,” says Jay. “And my maternal great-grandparents, Jess and Nannie Slade, owned the buildings between 6th and 7th Streets, where the old Woolsworth used to be.” In fact, the family home at 1600 Bonham was built in 1938, the third oldest home in that area, and was paid for by the lease on those buildings. In addition to the buildings downtown, Great-Grandmother Slade wrote the check to buy the land at Georgia and Julian where the first Church of Christ, Scientist in Amarillo was built. “Rufus Kelly and my granddad were best friends, and they used to sit on his back porch and shoot jack rabbits in what’s now Wolflin Village, which was a playa lake then,” says Jay. “The house was built out of Klinker brick, which was popular in the 30s.” But let’s go back downtown. John Preston Kirkman was a merchant and sold goods in the buildings on the land his wife, Annie, purchased. This business arrangement at that time is significant because Annie was a certified land owner before she even had the right to vote. Shortly after acquiring the land, she sold part of it to two brothers who built the Liberty Theater. Because 4th Street was a main corridor for the railroad, it was a bustling place at the turn of the century. “Across 4th Street, there’s an alleyway before you get to Taylor Street. There was a house owned by the Cornelius family, who’s the oldest

I go to Llano Cemetery and see my whole family, and because my sisters don’t live here, I hate to give this up. It gets harder to think about leaving because you get more attached the longer you stay.


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family in Amarillo,” says Jay. “This was the first house built in Amarillo and it had a dirt floor. When I was a little boy, it was still there. The two Cornelius girls who were born there lived there until they died, so there’s a lot of history in those few streets.” The Gober family hailed from the North Georgia and Tennessee Valley region and arrived in the Panhandle in the early 1880s, when the original site for a new town was near the Canadian River. Once the railroad established the town farther south, the Gober and Kirkman families followed suit. James R. Gober, Annie’s brother, was the first Sheriff of Potter County. Jay is a fifth generation Amarillo native, and though he left his hometown for a brief spell, he returned five years ago and moved back into the family home on Bonham. “When I left, I had mixed emotions. I had enough family here and I knew it was okay to leave. I knew that house would eventually be mine,” says Jay. “But I came back because my mom was ill. I would come back twice a year and with each visit, I could see she was getting worse.” Jay graduated from the last class of the old Amarillo High School located downtown, prior to it burning down. He went to West Texas A&M for his undergraduate and graduate degrees in public administration. After working for Levi Strauss as the Human Resources Director, Jay moved to Columbus, Ohio, and then Raleigh, North Carolina, for the same position with International Paper. He spent another four years in Sacramento, California, working for Aerojet, and returned to Amarillo to care for his mother and run his special events company, Star Canyon Entertainment. “When I was a little boy, I saw the evolution of downtown. I could tell you where anything is in Amarillo. I mean, I could tell you where every pothole is,” he laughs. “I go to Llano Cemetery and see my whole family, and because my sisters don’t live here, I hate to give this up. It gets harder to think about leaving because you get more attached the longer you stay.”

B.R. Barfield

They used to call her “The Duchess.” At only 5’2” tall, Melissa Dora Callaway Oliver-Eakle was an unsuspecting woman with a prominent name. She carried a pearl-handled revolver after a kidnapping attempt, and whenever she was asked whether or not she worried about another, she promptly responded, “I’d like to see them try.” Mrs. M.D. Oliver-Eakle was Bourdon Rea Barfield’s grandmother and one of the leading businesswomen in Amarillo at the onset of the city. As a descendent of two prominent 17th-century Southern families, Melissa was born in Alabama and grew up in Georgia, where the Callaway name remains well-known. She graduated from the Georgia Female College in 1879 and married industrialist Capt. William Oliver five years later. They owned stock in the largest textile mills in the South, and after Capt. Oliver died in 1889, Melissa accepted an invitation from her brothers,

John and James, to visit them in the new Texas Panhandle town. By 1895, she moved to Amarillo permanently. “She was very astute. She rode side-saddle with an English Derby and was very well respected,” says B.R. Barfield. “They always said there wasn’t a horse she couldn’t break.” When Melissa arrived in Amarillo, she made a grand entrance with her horses, carriage and household help. Within a few years, she met and married her second husband, Oscar McIntosh (O.M.) Eakle, an early organizer of Amarillo National Bank, and gave birth to her only child on October 26, 1903, daughter Oliver Rea Eakle, B.R.’s mother. “She was such a proud woman, and at 38 years old, she didn’t want anyone to see her pregnant,” he begins. “So she and her nursemaid went to California in the last few months of her pregnancy to give birth. My mom was probably a month old when they came back to Amarillo.” Even though Melissa remarried, she continued to be an independent and feisty entrepreneur, characteristics that were rare in early 1900s women. In 1927, at 63 years old, she built “Amarillo’s First Skyscraper” and named it the Oliver-Eakle building, later renamed the Barfield building when B.R.’s mother acquired it. “For the opening, she invited the public and had food and an orchestra. My grandmother was one of those visionaries,” he recalls. “It was such a special building. All of the marble was poured in Italy, and she had two of what were considered to be the highest-speed elevators in the country. They were done in mahogany and the chair armrests were bronze and silver. It was so beautiful.” Melissa was one of the largest single property owners on Polk Street, investing her money from the 400 to 700 blocks for the construction of a thriving downtown. They owned land from 15th to 34th and Pierce to october 2009 • • Amarillo Magazine


these city roots Washington for the construction of the Oliver-Eakle Addition. She also donated a large block of land on 28th and Polk Streets to the city, which became Oliver-Eakle Park. The land was originally given to her by her brothers. “She loaned them $10,000 in 1892, but they were in the cattle business and the market fell out and they couldn’t pay her back,” says B.R. “Instead of paying her money, they gave her that piece of land. My mom said she just cried over it because she didn’t think it was worth the money she loaned them, so she ended up just giving it to the city.” Aside from real estate, she and her husband helped establish the first library and opera house in Amarillo, and subsequently passed down that philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit to her daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons. Oliver Rea Eakle, B.R’s mother, wasn’t necessarily business-driven, but because she’d inherited so much land, and her husband Bourdon had an interest, the two continued the family way of building the city of Amarillo. “They had the wedding of the century. It was called the Social Event of the Year, when my parents married,” says B.R. “My mother’s wedding dress was made in Paris and her shoes were white satin with a rhinestone buckle. I gave the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum a lot of my family’s things, including that dress. I’ve given them a lot of their turn-of-the-century furniture pieces so they could be preserved.” B.R., which stands for Bourdon Rea, and his brother, Oliver, inherited much of what used to be his mother’s and grandmother’s real estate. B.R. went on to graduate from the University of Texas with a degree in Business Administration and married his wife, Carolyn, in 1951. The two honeymooned in Havana, spending the first night in the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where Ernest Hemingway wrote the first chapter of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The family home was built near the corner of 16th and Tyler, where B.R. grew up. He remembers the days when his parents held grand

parties and events throughout the year. (He later used it as a personal office and eventually donated the building to his church.) As the family grew, the Barfield name became synonymous with Oliver-Eakle, and the efforts of B.R.’s grandmother to build a livelihood through the construction of a city helped inspire him. His mother sold the Barfield building in the early 1990s, when Amarillo was on the cusp of an economic downturn. The people who bought the building stripped it of its ornaments and décor, salvaging every last piece of Melissa’s skyscraper for money. “It made me sick to my stomach to see it stripped,” remembers B.R. “It was such a distinctive, handsome building, like a memorial to my grandmother. But I think downtown will come back. I think it will turn around.” Another area where the Oliver-Eakle name lingers is in Llano Cemetery. Melissa purchased a private room in the Mausoleum to help get the cemetery growing. The bronze gate bears her name across the top, and it’s in that room where she, along with her husband, is buried. “My parents and my son, John, are buried in Llano, too, in a separate area on the grounds. I think we still have 27 or 28 plots there,” he laughs. “My grandparents were great supporters of Llano, and I served on the board for a period of time. It’s such a special place for Amarillo. We used to drive over there on Sundays to visit the family graves. It was the respectful thing to do, an accepted ritual. But I guess times change, and we don’t go as often now.” The Barfields spent the bulk of their lives balancing work and play, between investing in the growth of Amarillo and traveling the world. While favorite destination spots include London and Paris, B.R. maintains that Amarillo is where he wants to stay. “The older you get, the more satisfied you are at home,” he says. “Besides, I stay here because my roots are too deep. I still own property here, and with all my family buried at Llano, I just couldn’t leave.”

I stay here because my roots are too deep. I still own property here, and with all my family buried at Llano, I just couldn’t leave.

The Gray Family: Capturing Amarillo for 99 years



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When the Gray family settled in Amarillo in 1910, it was to start a new life in a booming pioneer town. Pennsylvania native Jeduthan “J.B.” Gray opened a tailor shop at 304 E. 4th Street, and soon after, his son, Claude, began a photo business in the back. Originally named Gray Photo Shop, early advertisements read: Portraits of Kiddies Made in the Home. Fast forward nearly a century and Gray’s Studio is still thriving. The business jumped to several locations, holding a spot at 1222 W. 10th for nearly 60 years, and is now nestled in the antique district on 6th Street. Owned and run by Claude’s grandson, Art Gray, the photography business is not only a fixture in the history of Amarillo but also represents the bulk of Art’s life. “I remember going to work with my dad and watching him process film,” says the third-generation photographer. “I remember being in the dark room and seeing shapes move around. It’s spooky, you know? Until you realize it’s your dad. I probably spent about 15 years of my life in a darkroom.” Both his grandfather, Claude, and father, Bob, stayed on the cutting edge of photography, traveling to Los Angeles in 1929 to study artificial lighting via Hollywood and making the shift from black and white to color in 1957. “When you have a family business, you set things aside,” says Art, whose eldest son, Mason, works with him. “It’s the loyalty.”

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he Morrow family was headed west when they passed through the newly formed town of Amarillo, a thriving piece of property in the dry, windy Panhandle. Their daughter, Lillian, died at 24 years old and the family needed a place to bury her. She was laid to rest on a plot of land that belonged to J.T. Gillespie, who ended up donating more of his land to the county for the construction of a formal cemetery. “The cemetery was actually outside the city limits, and other burials started going on around her,” says Joe Alonzo, 10-year General Manager of Llano Cemetery. “There was a group ofladies who got together to tend to the graves and they paid dues, something like $1 a year, and they bought tools and trees to plant in the early stages. Then it just started growing.” Llano Cemetery is the resting place of a majority of people who make up Amarillo’s history, from notable families like the Harringtons, Whittenburgs, Bivins and Hagys, to civic leader Matthew “Bones” Hooks and astronaut Rick Husband. The first girl born in Amarillo, Mayvi Amarillo Cornelius, on July 18, 1888, was laid to rest there in May 1970. As the number of burials in Llano grew, prominent figures in the community contributed to the erection of a private mausoleum. It was built in 1929, despite The Depression, and was constructed out of Bedford Stone, the same natural stone used to build Westminster Abbey. Not only did Mrs. M.D. Oliver-Eakle purchase a private room in the now-public Llano Pantheon, she and her horse, Prince, led many a funeral procession in the early years of the cemetery. “In the back part of Llano are Civil War veterans and Confederate soldiers. Each grave is marked, even if it’s just a brick,” says Joe. Like most cemeteries built in the late 19th century, there are sections dedicated to infants (in Llano it’s called Babyland) where young children were buried after living only months, days or hours. The grave markers are small and compact. There are also sections where, before the Civil Rights movement began, people were buried in areas according to their race and ethnicity. “Back when people weren’t treated fairly, they’d bury them together. My great-great grandfather Raya is buried in the ‘Mexican section,’” says Joe, pulling back the headstone wreath, revealing that he died in 1937. Former Governor James Browning signed the charter for Llano on November 9, 1921, and incidentally, died that night. Though he was born in Arkansas, he was buried in Llano.

In 1964, there was an addition to the back of the Pantheon, though the addition was built underground. In fact, it was the first underground mausoleum built in the country. As the cemetery grew, so did the acreage. Currently, Llano holds 147 acres of developed land, with an additional 100 acres undeveloped. In 1990, Llano east was built and is home to the Field of Honor, a memorial for law enforcement officers, and the Garden of Angels, a place for babies and children. On the main grounds are other significant memorials, such as the Garden of the Four Chaplains, an outdoor mausoleum, and the Caretakers Cottage, where the cemetery manager used to live (until 1979). It currently serves as a meeting place for the board of directors. “I guess if it were still used as a home, I would live there,” says Joe, laughing. “You’re not going to get a lot of people knocking on your door in the evening trying to sell you something.” When Joe took a summer job mowing the Llano grounds with his grandfather 39 years ago, he never considered the possibility that he’d one day be the general manager. In fact, he wanted to be a mechanic and attended Amarillo College for such training. However, after helping several families when the cemetery was shortstaffed, Joe realized he had a talent, and subsequent desire, to guide people through their loss. “The foreman took a vacation and I was left in charge, and they said I had to go home and put on a suit. Turns out I still had the suit I got married in, so I wore that,” he recalls. “It felt different to be dressed like that. I was the same old Joe, but different. I was the Grounds Superintendent and then the Assistant Manager in 1996. I didn’t always like waiting on families because you just don’t always know how it’s going to go, but it’s become like a ministry for me. I’ve seen all types of losses.” In 1987, the Texas Historical Commission recognized Llano as an historical site. It was the first cemetery in Texas to receive the honor. “Llano is a special place,” says Joe. “You know, we used to take a drive after church on Sundays to visit graves. It was peaceful. That was just what people used to do. The first day I was here, we had about seven services. I thought, ‘This isn’t for me. People are dying, people are crying. This just isn’t for me. But I stuck it out a week and that week turned into 39 years at Llano. Sometimes I wonder, if these headstones could talk, what would they say?” am

In the back part of Llano are Civil War veterans and Confederate soldiers. Each grave is marked, even if it’s just a brick.

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Bring on the Liquid Gold! by Jennie Treadway-Miller



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The good news is that Oktoberfest can be celebrated without a roundtrip ticket to Germany. This year, 575 Pizzeria plays host to the beer-lover’s favorite holiday, and with more than 30 local and imported beers to choose from, even newbies will find something they like.



hen Crown Prince Ludwig of Germany married Princess Therese on October 12, 1810, the entire town of Munich was invited to a festival to celebrate. While the original celebration included more horse racing than beer drinking, it wasn’t long before beer stands were added to the fairgrounds in subsequent years to help quench the Bavarians’ thirst. With each festival, something new was added, like a carousel, then swings, giving way to the annual tradition of Oktoberfest celebrated the last week of September into the first week of October. By the early 1900s, beer stands were replaced by beer tents, halls that were large enough to house the revolving door of the thenthousands of festival goers. Today, over six million people attend Oktoberfest in Munich, which translates to 14 large tents where beer drinkers and bratwurst eaters may or may not find a seat. (Good thing each tent takes reservations, a must for large groups who want to sit together.) Nearly two hundred years later, Oktoberfest has come to be known as the Largest Volksfest – or People’s Fair – in the World. And while millions of Bavarians, Europeans and tourists enjoy the amusement park-style festival, getting their fill of traditional German cuisine and dancing to brass brand classics, everyone knows that it is all about the liquid gold.

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Amarillo native Brian Kelleher opened his pizza place on May 18, 2006, and they haven’t seen a slow day yet. Renamed 575 Pizzeria last year, it’s the kind of place to take your family for a weeknight treat as well as a hip hang-out spot on a Friday or Saturday night with friends. It’s also the place to be throughout October. The 575 Fall Beer Run is in full swing, and with so many ales and lagers available, patrons can try a different one every night for a month. (Happy Hour is 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Better get started.)

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? (Do you speak German?)

Beer Basics Stout, pilsner, porter, pale and dark… The list goes on when it comes to types of beer, which means you could spend a lifetime tasting domestics, imports and home brews before scratching the surface of all the beer industry has to offer. Simply, every beer can be categorized as either an ale or lager and is a mixture of four ingredients: water, barley (or rice), hops and yeast. The variation in taste, color and aroma come from added spices, the strain of yeast or type of starch used, and how the beer is brewed, stored and served. Even the mineral content of the water used can affect the overall result of a brew. Regional culture also plays a role, which is why you can travel to anywhere in the country (and the world, for that matter) and find strong opinions for or against what local pubs are serving. If you are looking to expand your beer-drinking experience and aren’t sure how to muddle through the ales and lagers, start here: Ales are brewed with top-fermenting yeast at a higher temperature, which translates to faster fermentation, a shorter mature time, higher alcohol content and a deeper, more robust flavor. Porters and stouts fall into the ale category, as they are darker and heavier than lagers. Lagers are characterized by paler shades and less alcohol content. They are brewed with bottom yeast at colder temperatures, which leaves the finished product dry, mellow and clean. Examples of a lager are Pilsner and Märzen. am

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Aufmischen (v.) To spank or wallop. Bitte/Dank Please/thanks Dackl (n.) Dachshund; popular Bavarian dog, in addition the Oktoberfest mascot. Dampfnudl (n.) A sweet dumpling, Bavarian speciality, often eaten with vanilla sauce or melted butter. Eihebn (n.) If you’re dizzy because of too much beer, you have to cling to something. Einer mehr bitte One more, please. Fetznrausch (n.) Totally drunk. Fingahackln (n.) Bavarian sport. Two men hook their middle fingers and try to pull the opponent over the table. Popular activity at Oktoberfest.

which cover the knees. A real Bavarian possesses both kinds of pants. Maß (n.) One litre beer, important Bavarian measurement. Maßkruagstemma (n.) A contest, where the contestant must hold one maß beer with straight arms. The one who can carry the beer longest, wins. Noagerlzuzla (n.) Person who drinks the last remainders from abandoned glasses (also used as a cuss). Ogschdocha (adj.) Tipsy Rauschada (n.) Drunk, drunkard; a relatively frequent sight at Oktoberfest. Rufen Sie mich ein Taxi. Call me a taxi. Schbei’m (v.) To puke, to vomit, sometimes also to spit.

Ich kaufe die nächste runde! I’m buying the next round! Kuaze (n.) Short Lederhose (leather pants), as opposed to long Lederhose,


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women in business

Alley Katz

Antiques, Gifts & Collectibles Q: Tell us about your current position. A: I am co-owner of Alley Katz Antiques & Gift Shop on

Historic Rt. 66. I own the store with my husband Stan. We have loved being in this business and have met some wonderful people traveling Rt. 66. Some return every year.

Q: Does your family background affect your work ethic? A: My parents have always worked hard and accomplished much. They had a great influence on me. I’m not quite a workaholic but very close to it. I love staying busy with the feeling of accomplishment and a job well done.

Q: Do you belong to any professional organizations or volunteer in the community? A: My husband and I belong to the Amarillo Chamber of

Commerce, and I recently joined the Women’s Council of the Chamber. As for volunteering, I helped a group of women build a home for Habitat for Humanities. That was a lot of fun and helped an Amarillo family.

Q: Do you have any advice to give to other women in business? A: Don’t be afraid to try new ventures. You don’t have to be Patsye Dodge, Owner, Alley Katz Antiques

super woman to own a business and take care of a family, it just takes organization. I always make a list and start my errands at the farthest point from home, then work my way back, so I’m not tempted to skip any of them.

Q: What book are you reading right now? A: I’m finishing Take Two, the Above The Line series by Alley Katz Antiques 2807 West 6th Amarillo, TX 79106 806-342-5432


Karen Kingsbury. I love Christian fiction. I prefer to read books that will help me to be a better person and a better witness. I want to live my life this way.

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Alix Ellis, Credit Analyst

Amarillo National Bank Q: Tell us about your current position. A: I am currently a credit analyst at Amarillo

National Bank in the Commercial Loans Department. In this position, I support nine loan officers with their loan underwriting as well as other various tasks. I get to analyze many different types of business ranging from dairies and feedlots, to oil and gas companies, to car dealerships.

Q: What are your hobbies outside of work? A: When I am not working, I like being outdoors.

I fish, hike, camp and ride horses. I also try to take time each day to exercise, whether that is taking a pilates class, walking my dog or working out in the gym. While I enjoy being active, I also like to take time to watch the latest movie or read a good book.

Amarillo National Bank PO Box 1 Amarillo, TX 79105 (806) 378-8000

Q: Do you volunteer in the community? A: Since I am fairly new to Amarillo, I felt volunteering in the community was a must. In November of 2008, I joined the Board of Directors of

Camp Fire USA. This opportunity to serve my new community has been challenging and rewarding. During these tough economic times, the Board is challenged to come up with innovative ways to continue to succeed.

Q: Do you have any advice to give to other women in business? A: If I were to give advice to women in business,

it would be to first get involved in both your company and community. Secondly, don’t let any opportunities pass you by. Finally, if you are not happy with what you are doing in your career, do something about it. Things in the business world are not going to be handed to you. You have to go out and work hard. Hard work will not go unnoticed.

Q: Tell us about your educational background. A: I graduated in December of 2005 with a degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Arizona. Since graduating, I have continued my education in banking through training and many seminars as well as attending Texas Tech School of Banking.



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Jennifer Gallardo, CSR Supervisor, Banking Officer

Amarillo National Bank Q: How do you balance career and family? A: The way I balance career and family is to try

very hard to maintain a structured weekly schedule. I am a newlywed, and my wonderful husband is very supportive in all I do. His support makes things a lot easier at home and at work.

Q: Does your family background affect your work ethic? A: Absolutely. My family is very traditional. I was

raised with strong values that include being loyal, hardworking and dedicated. I apply these values in both my personal life and in my career. My parents were always supportive in my upbringing and continue to be a huge part of shaping my character.

Q: What makes your company a good place to work? A: Where do I start? I work for the Amarillo National Bank

PO Box 1 Amarillo, TX 79105 (806) 356-5800

most incredible company! I am hugely blessed by all ANB has done for me. Without even touching company benefits, a free gym and paid holidays, I have to say the way they treat every employee is beyond words. ANB truly cares for their employees, customers


and the community. Having been employed at the bank for 16 years, I have seen it only get better as each year goes by.

Q: How do you try to be a positive influence at work? A: Being positive is so important in today’s world.

I know it is very difficult at times to maintain a positive attitude; however, it is crucial because it can be contagious. I’ve always believed that even in the midst of adversity or hard situations, you must try to see the bright side of things. That’s why I try to practice this type of mentality at work, home and daily living. As an officer of ANB, I need to be a good influence to my team as well as to customers and the general public.

Q: How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle in today’s busy world? A: Though I work five, sometimes six days per

week, planning plays a huge role in my daily routine. I try very hard to discipline myself in making healthy food choices and exercise regularly. I am very thankful that ANB is concerned about their employees’ health. They provide us with two health club facilities, free fitness programs and also keep us motivated with incentive awards.

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Animal Lodge, LLC Q: What got you started in this industry? A: In 1996, I was asked to help a friend teach some puppy

training classes during the summer. I agreed and never looked back. Then in 2006, we decided to expand the passion to include caring for dogs 24 hours a day. It’s the best decision we ever made.

Q: Do you belong to any professional organizations? A: I’m an endorsed member of the National Association of

Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI). This group promotes modern, humane dog training methods and elevates standards in the dog training profession. To attain such recognition, my training methods were closely evaluated by three professional dog trainers from around the country, and I had to meet strict experience requirements. I’m also a member of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. PIJAC is a trade association that represents the pet industry in legislation.

Q: How do you personally help your company set itself apart from the competition? A: Experience. I have spent countless hours over the last 13

years attending seminars, reading books and learning from the best “dog people” in the world. Dogs have their own language and it’s not barking. They speak with their body postures. I’ve learned to understand this canine language and now when I care for someone’s pet, I know how to make him happy.

Michelle Knevelbaard, Owner, Animal Lodge

Q: Did you have an inkling as a child you would work in this industry? A: I’d say it was more than an inkling. As a child, I loved to “train” my own dogs and my neighbor’s dogs. My sister and I even put on dog shows for the family.

Q: Does your family background affect your work ethic? A: Absolutely. I’m lucky to have most of my family right here Animal Lodge, LLC 3201 Western Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 351-PETS (7387) Toll Free: (866) 920-8266

in Amarillo with me. I grew up knowing my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins very well. Now as an adult, they hold me accountable to what I learned as I grew up. Something my dad taught me that I try to use everyday is being right isn’t as important as doing what’s right. He never said those words, just lived them.



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Mandy Williams, The Cake Company

The Cake Company

Q: What is your proudest achievement? A: Having a fantastic marriage and two beautiful

children are blessings from God. A defining moment in my life was my Walk to Emmaus, where I felt my prayers were answered and direction was given for me to continue to follow on my career path. This was obviously God’s plan for my life, no questions asked.

Q: Does your family background affect your work ethic? A: I had wonderful role models growing up. My

The Cake Company

father was self-employed. My mother worked many hours and even brought her work home at night. This was a true example for me to learn the needs of balancing work and family. I try to keep my business as family oriented as possible and feel the need to encourage my children to understand basic business values. I think it is very important to raise them with the strong work ethic my parents provided for me.

1502 5th Ave Canyon, TX 79015 (806) 655-8700

Q: Do you have any advice to give to other women in business? A: Love what you do and be passionate about it. When you stop


enjoying your work, change your approach or find another career. Incorporate other interests into what you are doing to keep your job exciting and a bit unpredictable. Make your work environment fun, yet professional. And never underestimate the value of outstanding customer service.

Q: Did you have any inkling as a child that you would work in this industry? A: I was always fascinated by decorated cakes,

almost mesmerized. My grandmother and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen creating by baking. Also with my father being self employed, I knew, with determination, that owning a business could always be a possibility for me. I taught myself the basics at 17 years old, moved to a few different locations, and now, here I am.

Q: How do you personally help your company set itself apart from competition? A: Providing great customer service and quality

products is how The Cake Company sets itself apart from the competitors. I always research the latest trends, something I love doing. And listening to what the customer wants and striving to achieve his or her cake “vision” is what I pride myself on. “Where fashion meets frosting” is our goal, and we make it happen!

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Coldwell Banker Q: Tell us about your current position. A: Commercial Real Estate Agent for Coldwell Banker specializing in office space, agricultural land and investment properties.

Q: Tell us about your educational background. A: BS Interdisciplinary from West Texas A&M University M.Ed. Instructional Technology from West Texas A&M University License and Certifications: CCNA, MCP, Texas Real Estate Salesperson License

Q: What did you do before this? A: Taught algebra and computer classes at the eighth grade

level. Served as the IT Division Chair and Director of Online Instruction at Frank Phillips College. While at Frank Phillips College, coached and mentored the IT Academic Team winning National AITP competition at Purdue University, competing against Division One Universities. Featured on Microsoft’s IT Academy web site. Provided corporate computer training for Chevron Phillips and Conoco Phillips. Senior Account Manager at CS STARS working with the Hartford/SRS Group. Managed the risk management needs of clients such as ARAMARK, Albertson’s and Lowes.

Q: How have your previous experiences prepared you for what you do now? A: My previous experiences have culminated into strong JonAnn Welch, Coldwell Banker Commercial

analytical and negotiation skills as well as a zeal for customer service. I am passionate about Commercial Real Estate, whether sales, office leasing, agricultural land or investment properties. I strive to provide knowledge and integrity to the process of solving the client’s real estate needs.

Q: Do you volunteer in the community? A: I am currently serving as a loaned executive for United JonAnn Welch

Coldwell Banker Commercial 2101 S. Coulter Amarillo, TX 79106 806-468-4832

Way. I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to serve our community in this capacity. It is amazing the number of people in the Amarillo and Canyon area that are touched by United Way. I am gratified by the fact that approximately 99 cents of every dollar Amarillo and Canyon citizens donate stays here to help those in need.



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Copper Bottoms a Kitchen Shoppe Q: What got you started in this industry? A: I was in the charter boat business cooking and

entertaining, and I owned a gourmet ice cream shop and a party store. I decided to go for it, since I felt the timing was right to combine my experiences and open a shop that would integrate cookware, kitchen gadgets and unique entertainment items.

Q: How do you deal with stress? A: The gym is my stress reliever. Any frustration I may feel is released in a kickboxing class, weight lifting or running. A personal trainer taught me the importance of discipline, mediation through breathing, and the strength to overcome challenges. After a good workout, I am prepared to tackle any situation.

Q: What has been the biggest obstacle to overcome in this industry? A: Opening soon after the recession was announced plus the media hype that followed has been a huge obstacle to overcome. I’ve never been the type to give up so it has definitely made me and my business stronger.

Q: What do you like about the size of your company? A: Being a small local business allows us to get to know our Terry Bovey, Owner, Copper Bottoms Kitchen Shoppe

customers and make them feel comfortable when they come in. We try to learn what they like and accommodate them as best as possible. We are constantly evolving to satisfy the needs and interests of our customers.

Q: Do you have any advice to give other women in business? A: You have to stay tough and know when to take risks. You Copper Bottoms Kitchen Shoppe 7406 SW 34th Ave Amarillo, TX 79121 (806) 352-3771 Come see us on Facebook!


don’t get many chances so if you really feel it, step up, go for it, and put forth your very best effort. Sometimes a woman in business has to be harder-hitting than her male counterparts and have a lot more fight in her to make things happen.

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Cindi Barela Graham, Attorney at Law

Law Offices of Cindi Barela Graham Q: Tell us about your current position. A: I practice Family Law which includes divorce

understand what my clients go through when they divorce. I can really relate to what they tell me, and I think they are often comforted that I know how they feel.

cases, custody cases, adoption, modifications of child support, and grandparent access issues. I am Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I have been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer for the years 2008 and 2009.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? A: The best part of my job is seeing that people’s

Q: What is the most difficult part of your job? A: Telling people what they do not want to hear.

lives have improved after they leave my office, after the chaos of a divorce or lawsuit has gone away. I also enjoy working with other lawyers and judges. Attorneys are usually very interesting people and working with them keeps me on my toes, helps me be a better lawyer, and always makes me laugh.

Cindi Barela Graham

600 S. Tyler, Suite 1814 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 345-3150

Q: How have your previous

experiences prepared you for what you do know? Having gone through a divorce, I know I am better equipped to


Often, people have done things in their past, or even present, which gravely affects their cases. I have to tell people how these things impact outcomes. Additionally, it is difficult to deal with people who are so caught up in their hatred for the child’s other parent that they would rather hate the other parent than hear my advice.

Q: Do you have a professional mentor that has helped to get you where you are today? A: I have had many great mentors and still do. We have a great network of lawyers in Amarillo, and I have been lucky to receive the advice of many great lawyers. Additionally, my husband has been a huge mentor to me, particularly in terms of running a business.



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Stephanie Hrycyk, Hrycyk Financial

Hrycyk Financial Q: Tell us about your current position. A: For 23 years, Hrycyk Financial has specialized in working with individuals who are retiring, inheriting or need help with their investments. Our objective is to offer investments that have gone through the test of time, providing equitable income with growth potential.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? A: I love seeing satisfied clients and ours have

become like extended family. Helping people reach goals is a privilege I appreciate each day. Working closely with investments that are leaders in their industry makes every day a new day with opportunities for more growth.

Hrycyk Financial 3000 W. 27th Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 331-6060

Q: How have your previous

experiences prepared you for what you do now? I taught in the public school system for seven years then went on to graduate school. I have always approached life through the eyes of



a teacher and it has worked beautifully in the world of financial planning. Two of my staff are former teachers. I do three or four seminars a year for my clients to keep them updated on their investments.

Q: Whether your company is large or small, what do you like about the size? A: Including me, there are five people in my

company. Our clients have the opportunity to get to know all of us. We all contribute different skills and meet often to make plans for the company.

Q: How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle in today’s busy world? A: One of the best decisions I have ever made was

to go to a three-day work week. I will see a client at any time, but the office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Keeping the atmosphere in our office low-key and comfortable gives us the ability to keep what’s really important in perspective. We choose to participate in the positive side of life – always seeing the opportunities.

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Kasey Robinson, Owner, NEST Interiors

NEST Interiors Q: Did your parents encourage you to pursue your college degree? A: College was something my parents let me

an item that is not created or found locally, then it has been purchased from a company that practices sustainable/green design or fair trade.

Q: Do you belong to any professional organizations? A: I am currently an Allied Member of the

mother. She always emphasized that work should never dictate the way you live your life but the opposite way around. Both my parents engrained a strong work ethic in my sister and me. My mother made sure that motivation was used mostly in the service of others. Anyone that knew her saw the inner light that radiated out of her into the community. One day, I hope people remember me the same way.

choose to pursue. They fully supported my decision to attend the Art Institute of Dallas to obtain my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. I attended there for three and a half years all year round and without their constant encouragement would not be where I am today.

NEST Interiors 2900 SW 6th Ave Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 418-2317

American Society of Interior Designers and recently became active in the Amarillo chapter.

Q: How do you personally help

your company set itself apart from the competition? At NEST Interiors, I make it my duty to research every product before it goes out on our floor. If it’s


Q: Does your mentor still maintain a strong presence in your life today? A: My mentor has been and always will be my

Q: Do you have any advice to give other women in business? A: The advice I have is mostly for younger women. Never let anyone make you feel conscious about your ability to do great things because of your age. It’s never to early to start living your dream.



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Cara Hardin, Director of Marketing, Scottco Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Scottco Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Q: Tell us about your current position. A: I am the Director of Marketing for Scottco. We

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Q: What has been your biggest obstacle to overcome in this industry? A: One of our biggest challenges is keeping up

Q: How do you balance career and family? A: It’s not easy. I have two little girls that I always

provide heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical services to commercial and residential customers in Amarillo and the surrounding areas. As Director of Marketing, I oversee Scottco’s sales and marketing activities. I also serve on the company’s management team.

with our rapidly changing industry. The “green” movement has created more efficient and technically advanced products. Part of my job is to help identify these products and bring them to the market. We also have to provide continuous technical training to 4121 W. 50th ensure that we are qualified to install Amarillo, TX 79114 and service these products.

Scottco Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (806) 355-8251


What makes your company a good place to work? Scottco has a great culture. We have over 120 employees, but it feels more like a big family. We focus on taking care of customers and have fun doing it. All Scottco employees own stock in the company which I think makes us even more committed to its success.

want to spend more time with. It helps having a very supportive husband and extended family. I could not do it without them.

Q: Did you have any inkling as a child that you would work in this industry? A: Honestly, no. I never thought I’d work for a

company like Scottco, but it has been the most rewarding position in my career. I’ve learned that it’s not about selling plumbing parts and heating and air equipment. It’s about providing solutions and a great service experience.

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Holly Willburn, Timeless Designs

Timeless Designs Q: Does your family background affect your work ethic? A: I come from a hard-working family. My dad,

A: It is important to maintain a balanced life. I try to eat healthy. I also make sure to set aside time to work out. To really relieve stress, I have trained for and run a couple of marathons. I find it gives me alone time to sort through my day and feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

a third generation business owner, is the hardest working person I know. He has taught me it takes passion, drive and determination in anything you do to be successful. When others are depending on you, don’t stop until the task is done. I have never known anything else.

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Letters Home From Prague, 1990 Mary Vanek


rom age six, the dark terrified me. So what did I do? Watch Bela Lugosi’s Dracula movies, of course.Whenever something scares me, I do research. If I woke from a particularly dense nightmare, sure the fat black shadow in the darkest corner of the room was the fanged thing itself, I’d go up and stick my hand into that dark. My mother, Patsy Ruth, gave me a fat book of Slavic folklore. In it, we discovered a ritual to protect one’s home from evil beasties. First, catch a bat. Second, slit its throat, and then walk that dying, twitching bat around one’s home three times. Third, bless the dearly departed bat then nail it upside down over the front door’s threshold. So I bought a black paper bat, blessed it with holy water, and fixed it with a 16 penny nail above the front door of wherever I lived. My mother knew her children well. Once I’d worked out my fear through the paper bat, she admired my solution and helped keep me safe by mailing me a bat for Halloween. The year I lived in Prague, she had trouble with the postage timing. I got that year’s bat Easter week instead of on Halloween. This poem was written almost twenty years ago. My mother died on October 8, 2004, so she was still alive when I wrote the poem. She’d seen the poem. Even liked it. There’s a time in recovery—or there has been for me—when that rebooting of the frontal lobes gets tricky. I got what I called the “whirlies.” Thoughts rushed, whooshed, swooshed, and just generally annoyed anything they could rub up against. If you’ve seen the first Batman movie, Batman Begins, think of the scene in the bat cave where Bruce Wayne stands still as the bats that terrified him as a young boy rush all around him. He simply stands still and lets them envelope him. I dearly love that scene. So when that time in recovery came for me—the whirlies—I learned to stand still and let it go. am

I do not want my mother’s drea ms. My own give me nightmares enough, Things I’d never tell her but for the screa ming That woke the house, how a shadow Of wings, imagined bats, could petrify me. Now, I sleep beneath a paper bat, A Halloween confection mailed Across the Atlantic by my mother Who knows how drea ms become plain desires. Still I do not want to know my mother’s drea ms, My place in them, the nightmares I’ve bred In my absence the moon keeps cycling her Through—they’re not something I can grant Or ease with a simple paper bat, and the real Thing, the thing itself, still terrifies me.

Mary Vanek, BA, MA, MFA, Ph.D

Mary has a Ph.D in English and earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana in Missoula. She has been published in the Bloomsbury Review, Cimarron Review, Blue Mesa Review, CutBank and the Indiana Review, among others.


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God Bless the Moon Katrina Donnell Kimble

“Trina, are you awake?” I rolled over and squinted at the clock. 3:30 a.m. Adrenaline slammed into my brain, my feet hit the floor, and I ran to the other end of the house. “Dad, are you okay?” “I’m all right,” he whispered. “Sorry to bother you, but could you get me a drink of water?” A diabetic for 40 years, Dad sometimes had insulin reactions that woke him in the middle of the night. The baby monitor by his bed allowed him to call me anytime. Trudging to the kitchen, I wondered why it couldn’t wait until 5 a.m. I was thankful to be able to take care of Dad in my home, but the mental and physical exhaustion were taking a toll on me. The baby monitor was a blessing, but his every move woke me. Dad took a sip of water before handling it back to me. He patted the bed, indicating he wanted me to sit. I let out a hushed sigh, rubbed the back of my neck and settled in at his feet. “What’s up, Dad?” “I had a dream about your sister, Tammy. She had a beautiful baby girl.” “You mean she adopted a little girl?” “No, no she gave birth to the child. It was so real but the strange thing is,” he paused and looked me in the eye, “I was in heaven looking down on her and my granddaughter.” Tears welled up in the corners of my eyes. I wasn’t ready to lose my Dad and the thought paralyzed me with fear. Trying to swallow the lump in my throat, I reached for his frail hand and muttered, “Dad, I wish Tammy could have a baby but the chances are slim. Besides she’s almost 40 years old. Why don’t you get some sleep, and we’ll talk about this at breakfast.” Unable to go back to sleep, I listened to his irregular breathing and prayed for him. When morning came, life kicked back into high gear. I had kids to get


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to school and business concerns. Much to my regret, we never talked about the baby again. Almost every evening, Dad and I sat on the porch and watched the day slip into darkness. As the sun settled behind the horizon and the yellow moon floated into a star studded sky, we reminisced. Often, my husband or one of our three boys joined us. The two older boys had a habit of drifting away, but my youngest son, Drew, was captured by the spell. He sat on a stool at his grandfather’s feet and listened intently as my father talked. One night as the moon appeared, Dad reached over, ruffled Drew’s hair and said, “I see the moon. The moon sees me. God bless the moon. God bless you and me.” These simple words became a nightly ritual between Drew and his Papaw, one I found myself looking forward to night after night. Sooner than I wanted, Dad was gone. Life forever changed for us all when this gentle man was no longer a physical part of our daily lives. I struggled to find peace in my heart, but I missed him greatly. My husband put the baby monitor away, we no longer sat on the porch in the evenings, and there was no nightly ritual of “God Bless the Moon.” A couple of years after Dad passed away, Tammy called with startling news. She was expecting a baby. Her miracle child was born in the spring, and we all welcomed Kalena into our hearts and arms with great joy. One evening, two-year-old Kalena climbed into Drew’s lap. “Look Cousin Dewsey,” she said, pointing at the window where the moon rose above the horizon. Drew looked at the moon and without hesitation said, “I see the moon. The moon sees me. God bless the moon. God bless you and me.” I had’t heard those words for over four years and it instantly took me back to those evenings on the porch. Life was hectic back then, but I’m thankful that we always made time to sit in the dark and watch a glorious moon rise. On those nights, the torch was passed from grandfather to grandson to carry the old stories and traditions into the next generation. am

Katrina Donnell Kimble

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book nook

Regional History

Historic Photos of Texas Oil By Mike Cox Turner Publishing, 2009

Go back in time to January 10, 1901, when oil first shot out of the Texas ground like a geyser, forever changing the role the Lone Star State would play in the nation’s economy. Historian Mike Cox takes readers on a journey through the history of the Texas Oil Industry with more than 200 vivid, story-telling photographs. vivid, story-telling photographs. Oil Industry with more than 200 through the history of the Texas Cox takes readers on a journey nation’s economy. Historian Mike Lone Star State would play in the forever changing the role the the Texas ground like a geyser,


National History

Just Like Us

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

By Helen Thorpe Scribner, 2009


South of Broad By Pat Conroy Nan A. Talese, 2009

By Douglas Brinkley Harper, 2009

This biographical study of Theodore Roosevelt focuses on his staunch environmentalism, before being “green” was the hip way to live. Drawing from his passion and concern for nature, the former president campaigned to save and preserve millions of acres for 45 National Parks. Brinkley also looks at the relationships between Roosevelt and other dedicated naturalists, like John Muir, focusing less on politics and more on conservationism.


When four young girls of Mexican decent reach their senior year of high school, it becomes clear that two of them will struggle in ways the others wouldn’t. Clara and Elissa were legal residents while Marisela and Yadira were not. Journalist Helen Thorpe, the wife of Denver’s mayor, followed the girls for four years, chronicling the road each took to overcome the choices their parents made.

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Conroy fans will be pleased with this dose of Southern fiction set in Charleston, S.C., circa 1969, centered on Leo King, a man haunted by his brother’s suicide. As he searches for direction, Leo befriends a menagerie of locals, and the book jumps to San Francisco in 1989 to follow their unfolding lives. South of Broad is as sentimental as readers hope it will be.


Historical Fiction

The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment

The White Queen

By Philippa Gregory Touchstone, 2009

By Scott Haltzman, MD Jossey-Bass, 2009

Going back in time, beyond her beloved bestselling Tudor series, Philippa Gregory again masters the art of bringing British royalty to life. This time, she introduces Elizabeth Woodville Grey, a powerful woman of force who marries House of York King Edward IV, giving birth to two sons who go missing in the Tower of London. Welcome to the War of the Roses. The White Queen sets the stage for another ongoing, addictive series.

After surveying 1,266 men and women on every topic ranging from sex to childcare, Dr. Haltzman reveals what he believes to be the eight fundamental strategies for building and maintaining a happy family, whether biological, adoptive, or blended. Using humor to keep it entertaining, he lays out the plan every family can follow to give their home a boost of happiness.


Health & Fitness

The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making us Sick -- And What We Can Do About It By Robyn O’Brien Broadway, 2009

When Robyn O’Brien’s daughter, Tory, had an allergic reaction from eating eggs, she went one step further than consulting the local allergist. She took on the entire food industry. In this eye-opening must-read for every parent, O’Brien examines how government regulations, or lack thereof, severely impact the foods we consume from costly organic produce to the neon orange dry mix in your kid’s mac ‘n cheese.

Details Men’s Style Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Making Your Clothes Work for You By Daniel Peres and the editors of Details Gotham, 2007

Leave it to Details magazine to pull together the one-stop shopping and style guide for menswear. In the constantly revolving world of fashion, it pays to know the basics, and then some. This piece-by-piece guide can help everyone from the clueless to the instinctively stylish.


Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home By Nando Parrado with Vince Rause Crown, 2006

Young Readers (ages 4-8)

Fancy Nancy: Halloween… or Bust!

After a plane carrying the Uruguayan rugby team crashed into the Andes Mountains in 1972, the few survivors had little to keep them going. Injured, stranded and starving, they turned to cannibalism and were finally rescued after 72 days. Author Nando Parrado tells his tragic yet inspirational story of survival when all hope seemed lost. all hope seemed lost. inspirational story of survival when Nando Parrado tells his tragic yet rescued after 72 days. Author to cannibalism and were finally stranded and starving, they turned little to keep them going. Injured, 1972, the few survivors had

By Jane O’Conner HarperFestival, 2009

Nancy is all about dressing up, so what better holiday to go all out than Halloween? In her latest addition to the fun and funky series, Jane O’Conner gives readers an opportunity to indulge their inner-fanciness by helping Nancy redesign her failed Halloween costume.


Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success By Joe Gibbs, Tony Dungy, and Jerry B. Jenkins Tyndale House Publishers, 2009

As a three-time Super Bowl and NASCAR champion, Joe Gibbs knows a little about what it takes to win, not just on the field or on the track, but in the ever-changing game of life. With contributions from Randy Alcorn, Tony Evans, Josh McDowell and others, Joe Gibbs gives the everyday man advice on issues ranging from finances and relationships to living a life on purpose and overcoming addictions.

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what’s cooking?

After School Refuel


chool is back in session and that means moms are back to managing that after-school-before-dinnertime part of the day. Kids come home hungry, and while it’s easy to pop something meaty in the microwave, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. We partnered with Opportunity School to come up with wholesome recipes that parents can make ahead of time (say, the weekend) and keep in the fridge for their famished family.

English Muffin Pizzas

Munch Mix

Orange Tornado

1 package of whole grain English muffins 1 small can of tomato sauce 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon onion powder Salt and pepper to taste Turkey Pepperoni slices Low fat shredded mozzarella cheese

1 box non-sugar cereal such as Cheerios or Chex 1 package dried bananas 1 package dried apricots 1 large box of raisins 1 package Craisins 1 bag of pretzels 1 bag of melba toast Unsalted almonds

2 cups orange juice 1 cup low fat milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 tablespoons honey 10 ice cubes

Combine tomato sauce and spices. Cut muffins in half. Spread with about 2 tablespoons of sauce. Top with meat and cheese, then bake in an oven or toaster oven until cheese melts and muffin is slightly browned, about 10 minutes.


Mix handfuls of each ingredient together in small Ziploc bags and shake to mix.

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Blend juice, milk, vanilla and honey in pitcher of blender. Add ice and blend thoroughly to mix. Serve immediately.

Calcium Vital for developing bone mass and healthy heart function, calcium is often one of the nutrients children lack the most. Children ages 4-8 require approximately 800 milligrams per day while ages 9-19 benefit from 1,300 milligrams. While that number seems high, put it into perspective: one 8 oz. glass of milk offers 300 milligrams of calcium. Add in a cup of yogurt, a few ounces of block cheese and calcium-fortified orange juice, and your child will hit the daily requirement.

Vitamin E This powerful antioxidant is essential for building a strong immune system, and while it’s found in many fatty foods, it’s the good fat that your child needs. Vitamin E is found in avocados, nuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, plant oils and spinach. For serving suggestions, one ounce of nuts will satisfy the needs of 4-8 year olds, while children 9-13 years old will benefit from a quarter cup a day.

Fiber Not only does fiber create that full feeling in your child’s belly, but it also keeps them, for lack of a better word, regular. Keeping their gastrointestinal tracts clean helps maintain a healthy weight and cholesterol level, as well as boost their energy. Fiber is found in most fresh fruits and vegetables (skip the canned) and legumes, like lentils, chickpeas, and beans. To

Potassium This nutrient is a key player in maintaining healthy fluid balance, heart and muscle function, and energy production. Processed foods are the culprit for deteriorating potassium levels in kids today, so counteract it by offering them fresh cooked meats and seafood, as well as dairy products. Children ages 4-8 should get 3,800 milligrams of potassium per day, while ages 9-18 should get between 4,500 and 4,800. (A cup of low-fat yogurt yields approximately 430 milligrams.) Other potassium-rich foods include bananas, oranges, sweet potatoes, and milk.

Special thanks to Salem Cook (left), Opportunity School Grand Street Campus Director and Sally Eddleman, Food Service Coordinator

Iron Low iron is a common concern in small children, so give them a boost by adding iron-rich foods to their diet. Essential for carrying oxygen throughout the body, increasing iron often helps your child’s attention span and energy levels, which are on demand during the school year. The requirements for all children over the age of one are 10 milligrams per day. Add iron to their diets through whole grains, lean meats, beans, greens, and iron-fortified cereals. Resources: Power Foods, Opportunity School, and Dietary Guidelines for Americans, USDA


Tasty Veggie Tacos

Yogurt Parfaits

1 bundle of small bananas Grape Nuts cereal or granola, for topping Low fat strawberry yogurt Popsicle sticks

1 package whole grain pita pockets Green leaf lettuce or spinach Tomatoes, diced Avocados, sliced Low fat shredded cheddar cheese Salsa

Strawberries, blueberries or raspberries Low fat yogurt Graham crackers

Cut each banana in half. Place a wooden Popsicle stick inside the two halves and put halves back together. Dip banana in yogurt and roll in topping. Freeze overnight.

determine how much fiber your child needs, add five to his age. For example, your 10-yearold needs 15 grams of fiber per day.

Fill pita pockets with vegetables. Top with grated cheese and drizzle with salsa.

Place graham crackers in a Ziploc bag. Use a large plastic spoon or simply roll the bag on a hard surface to crumble crackers. In an eight ounce cup, add a layer of fruit, a layer of yogurt, and a layer of graham cracker crumbs. Repeat layers until cup is full.

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Amarillo Gorillas Believe it or not, it is that time of year once again. The time for excitement, concessionstyle food and drinks, and fans gathered at the rink to cheer for their favorite local team has begun. Ice hockey action returns to the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum with the Gorillas’ 2009-2010 season. The Gorillas will play their first game at home on October 17th at 7:05 p.m. The opening weekend will wrap up Sunday, October 18th at the Coliseum versus the Mississippi River Kings. The 2009-2010 season consists of 64 games, with 32 at the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096.

Ticket Prices: Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum Adult Student Child

$20 (Silver Seats) $18 (Green Seats) $16 (Red Seats) $12 (With high school or college ID) $10

To purchase show tickets, call 242-PUCK (7825).


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October 1

Lips Goes Hollywood 6:30 p.m. Fundraising event benefiting Opportunity School. Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096, 381.0551

October 2

First Friday Art Walk 5-9 p.m. The Galleries at Sunset 3701 Plains Blvd., 353.5700

October 3

12th Annual Culinary Bash 6:30 p.m. benefiting the clients of Texas Panhandle MHMR. The event includes dining, dancing, a silent auction and raffle items. Tascosa Country Club, 2400 N. Western, 351.3284 Just Between Friends Consignment Sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Unsold consignment items benefit the Eveline Rivers Project. Regency Room at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 Casting Crowns in concert 7 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

Neil Simon’s California Suite Amarillo Repertory Theatre 8 p.m. 3701 Plains Suite 25 Blvd., 206.5915

October 10

Panhandle Plains Fall Festival 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Families can enjoy a day of crafts and activities for all ages that engage visitors in the rich history, art and archaeology of the region. Free to the public. 2503 4th Ave., Canyon 651.2244 Neil Simon’s California Suite Amarillo Repertory Theatre 8 p.m. 3701 Plains Blvd. Suite 25, 206.5915 “Cosi fan tutte” with the Amarillo Opera 7:30 p.m. Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts 500 S Buchanan St., 372.7464 Square Dance 7–11 p.m. Regency Room at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 Senior Steer Ropers Association National Finals Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. 3301 E.10th. 441.2917

Stars at Night 7-11p.m. Heritage Room Cycle City Promotions Arena Cross at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. competition. Amarillo National Buchanan, 378.3096 Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. WTAMU vs. Abilene Christian 2 p.m. 3301 E.10th. 376.7767 Homecoming game at Kimbrough KVII Green Expo 9a.m.-4p.m. North Stadium in Canyon, 651.1414 Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo Civic The Peddler Show 9am-6p.m. North Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo Civic Center An Evening at Fortress Cliff Ranch 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 7 p.m. Visit the Fortress Cliff Ranch addition to Palo Duro Canyon State October 11 Park and enjoy food, music and art. Senior Steer Ropers Association Benefits the Partners in Palo Duro National Finals Amarillo National Center Canyon Foundation. 488.2506 on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. 3301 E.10th. 441.2917

October 4

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale 12–3 p.m. Unsold consignment items benefit the Eveline Rivers Project. Regency Room at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

October 8

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October 13

Job Fair 10 a.m.–4 p.m. North Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

Flavors of Amarillo and Mariachi Festival 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a theatrestyle event with live Mariachi music and dining. The Courts of Amarillo, 26999 S. US Hwy. 87, 379.8800

Mamma Mia! Broadway Show 7:30 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

Ryan McGarvey in concert 8 p.m. Golden Light Cantina 2908 W. 6th, 374.0097

Mamma Mia! Broadway Show 7:30 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

October 9


The Peddler Show 11am-4p.m. North Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

October 14

October 15

Square Dance 7–11 p.m. Regency Room at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

Third Thursday 6:30 p.m.–9p.m. Amarillo Museum of Art. 2200 S. Van Buren, 371.5050

The Peddler Show 3-8p.m. North Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

Senior Fall Festival 9 a.m.–2 p.m. North Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

I Am A Woman of God Conference 10 a.m.–11: 30 p.m. Regency Room B at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 Mamma Mia! Broadway Show 7:30 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

October 16

Amarillo Gorillas vs. Odessa 7:05 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 or 242.PUCK (7825) Signature Chefs 6:30-11:30 p.m. Heritage Room at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 2009 Start! Heart Walk and 5K Run 9 a.m. Medi-Park, Area #9 1100 Wallace Blvd., 457.0090

I Am A Woman of God Conference 10 a.m.–11: 30 p.m. Regency Room B at the Amarillo October 18 Amarillo Gorillas vs. Mississippi Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 4:05 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic 378.3096 Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 or 242.PUCK (7825) Neil Simon’s California Suite Amarillo Repertory Theatre 8 p.m. 3701 Plains Blvd. Suite 25, Pioneer Gun Show 9 a.m.–5 p.m. South Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo 206.5915 Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.30967 “Time Steps: Rock of the Ages” 8 p.m. with the Lone Star Ballet at the Globe-News Center for October 20 the Performing Arts 500 S. Cowboy Mounted Shooting Buchanan, 372.7464 Association World Finals 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. 3301 October 17 E.10th., 376.7767 Route 66 Roller Derby 7 p.m. Live Roller Derby Action in the North Exhibit Hall at the October 21 Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Cowboy Mounted Shooting Buchanan, 378.3096 Association World Finals 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Amarillo National Center on Pioneer Gun Show 9 a.m.–6 the Tri-State Fairgrounds. 3301 p.m. South Exhibit Hall at the E.10th., 376.7767 Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 October 22 I Am A Woman of God Conference 10 a.m.–11: 30 p.m. Regency Room B at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 “Time Steps: Rock of the Ages” 8 p.m. with the Lone Star Ballet at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Buchanan St., 372.7464

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Finals 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. 3301 E.10th.,376.7767 Gary Allen 7:30 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 Samaritan Counseling Center Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

October 23

“Discover Heroism” with the Amarillo Symphony 8–10 p.m. at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Buchanan, 372.7464 Amarillo Gorillas vs. Odessa 7:05 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 or 242.PUCK (7825) Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Finals 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Amarillo National Center on the TriState Fairgrounds. 3301 E.10th., 376.7767 Head to Toe Women’s Expo 4-9 p.m. Heritage Room at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Top Ten Showcase 7 p.m. at the Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. 3301 E.10th., 376.7767

October 24

Amarillo Gorillas vs. Missouri 7:05 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 or 242.PUCK (7825) “Discover Heroism” with the Amarillo Symphony 8–10 p.m. at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Buchanan, 372.7464 Tour by Twilight at the Llano Cemetery, hosted by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Tour the oldest section of Llano Cemetery and hear stories of past people and places,



Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Finals Cowboy Mounted Shooting is the fastest growing equine sport that’s also described as the equestrian NASCAR. The CMSA World Finals start on October 20th. The 2009 season will wrap up with Randy & Heidi Gunn & the Gunn Point Band on Sunday, October 25th. The CMSA World Awards Banquet will be on Thursday, October 22nd at 6 p.m. All events occur at the Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. 3301 E.10th, 376.7767.

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as told by museum curators and friends. 2900 S. Hayes, 651.2244 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Finals 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. 3301 E.10th, 376.7767

Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers in concert Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 Taste of Home Cooking School 3-10 p.m. North Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

Christmas in October 10 a.m.-5 p.m. South Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

The Bridge Children’s Advocacy 20th Anniversary Luncheon 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza 401 S. Buchanan, 372.2873

WTAMU vs. Angelo State 6 p.m. Kimbrough Stadium in Canyon, 651.1414

October 29

October 25

Christmas in October 10 a.m.-5 p.m. South Exhibit Hall at the Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 Clarendon Arts Festival 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Featuring paintings and sculptures from Panhandle artists

Get Spooky The Big Boo “Beneath Hangar 13” opens every Friday and Saturday night during the month of October at 7 p.m. Tickets $15 Located at the Tradewind Airport 4105 Tradewind Road, 371.7469 6th Street Massacre Opens October 2nd at 7p.m. and continues every Friday and Saturday night through the 15th, then every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of October. Tickets $15. 3015 S.W. 6th Street., 584.7550. Center City Mayhem Open every Friday and Saturday in October starting 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 at the door. 816 Van Buren, 373.2292 Terror on Tenth Open every Friday and Saturday night during the month of October including Sunday the 25th. Tickets $10. 1701 E. 10th, Amazingly Fun Farm Corn Patch Open through November 1st, Fridays 5–9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sundays 1–6 p.m. Ages three and up $8, two and under are free. Located about ¼ mile north of South Loop 335 (Lakeside Drive) on Whitaker Road, 376.6293. Amarillo Magazine • • october 2009

October 26

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Overall Competition 7 p.m. at the Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. 3301 E.10th, 376.7767

Clarendon Arts Festival 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Featuring paintings and sculptures from Panhandle artists and live performing artists from Amarillo and the surrounding area. Clarendon College Bairfield Activity Center 874.1767


and live performing artists from Amarillo and the surrounding area. Clarendon College Bairfield Activity Center 874.1767

October 27

October 28

Larry the Cable Guy 7:30 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

October 30

Harrington String Quartet 7:30 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2525 Wimberly, 376.8782

October 31

“Boo at the Zoo” 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Spend an exciting, fun, family-oriented Halloween celebration at the Amarillo Zoo. The entire zoo is decorated for the occasion. Kids will enjoy live entertainment, carnival games, eerie crafts, plus trick or treating throughout the zoo. 2400 N. Polk, 381.7911

Farmageddon Opens October 2nd 8 p.m. to midnight and continues every Friday and Saturday night through the end of the month, including Sunday the 25th. Tickets $12. At Amazingly Fun Farm Located about ¼ mile north of South Loop 335 (Lakeside Drive) on Whitaker Road, 376.6293 farmageddon- Wieck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Open through November 1st, Monday– Thursday 4–8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 1-8 p.m. Ages 13 and up $5, five to 12 $3, and children four and under free. Located 5 miles north of Dumas on U.S. Highway 287, turn left at Etter Grocery and go to 306 Regier Drive, 922.3721, Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm, Giant Maze and Haunted Maze Open through October 31st, Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m. Tickets are $8, age two and under free. The Haunted Maze is open Friday and Saturday nights beginning October 2nd through the 31st, dusk to midnight. Tickets are $13. Located east of McCormick Road off Interstate 27, then left on Bell Street, 373.9600,

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After Chef Josh Fuller graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, the last thing he had to worry about was a job. His mother, Mary, bought OHMS in 1992, and since the Fullers are a family of cooks, coming back to Amarillo was the next best move. Chef Josh’s previous culinary experience is impressive, with time spent at the Metro Brasserie and Sushi Brokers in Scottsdale and Oba-Chine, Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in Phoenix. For October, the featured dish at OHMS is a warm welcome into autumn. Hungry patrons can enjoy a pork tenderloin stuffed with poblano and jalapeno peppers, red onions and Monterey jack cheese, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans and red peppers and a poblano cream sauce with cilantro pesto. To wash it down, the chef recommends a Viu Manent Reserve Malbec or an OHMS house margarita.

PRICING GUIDE $ most entrees under $10 $$ most entrees $11 to $20 $$$ most entrees over $21

RESTAURANT KEY Outdoor Dining ☎ Reservations Recommended T Live Music y

c Full Bar C Beer and/or Wine only ^ Best of Amarillo Winner

NEW New to Let’s Eat! UPDATE

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The Let’s Eat! Guide is a reader service compiled by the Amarillo Magazine editorial staff. The magazine does not accept advertising or other compensation in exchange for a listing. The guide is updated regularly. To correct a listing or recommend a restaurant for consideration, contact Michele McAffrey at

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let’s eat! 575 Pizzeria Toppings runneth over at 575 Pizzeria, not to mention the specials that rotate every month. (Check the board when you walk in.) It’s familyowned and family-friendly, so it’s a great Friday night dinner choice. 2803 Civic Circle 331.3627 $$ C T Antonio’s Bistro Italiano If it’s authentic Italian food you’re after, drive over to Antonio’s. The tiramisu is made fresh daily, and that’s reason enough to go. Not to mention you can totally reenact the spaghetti scene from Lady & the Tramp with your sweetheart. 2734 Westhaven Village 331.4996 $$ C ☎ T The Back Porch An Amarillo original, this quaint tea room serves up great lunch fare. The Chicken Avocado Sandwich on croissant is the way to go. Get the lunch plate with a cup of cheesy veggie soup and chips. Wash it all down with their excellent flavored tea. 3440 Bell 358.8871 $ The Bagel Place Whether for breakfast or lunch, the Bagel Place offers a wide variety of flavored cream cheeses bagels flavors. Zip through the convenient drive through for a great for a lazy morning take home breakfast. Try their variety of bagel sandwiches with Boars Head cheese and meat. 3301 Bell 353.5985 $ Bangkok Tokyo This casual, quaint place is often packed, so try it for an early dinner or a late lunch. Try the Crispy Chicken with Basil or the Bangkok Tokyo Fried Rice. Neither disappoints. 2413 S Western 353.4777 $$ Buffalo Wild Wings You can’t go wrong with Buffalo’s hot wings, especially on a Tuesday night. Keep busy with their interactive games and every televised sport under the sun. 5416 S Coulter 359.4386 buffalowildwings. com $$ c

Café Marizon Enjoy the quaint café atmosphere in a historic building on Polk. Great homecooked taste with consistently tasty specials of the day. Go early so you can have a piece of the homemade pie or cake. 705 S Polk 374.3058 $ y Carolina’s Wood Fired Italian Despite the small interior, Carolina’s is great for a date or even the whole family. Start your meal off right with their first-rate Caesar salad and garlic bread. You can’t go wrong with any of the authentic pasta entrees. 2916 Wolflin Avenue 358.2099 $$ C Catfish Shack & Seafood Grill The Catfish Shack serves up fresh catfish and tasty sides. Leave room their wonderful from scratch cakes and pies. 3301 Olsen 358.3812 $ Cattle Call Enjoy Texas style BBQ beef, sausage and chicken at Cattle Call. For something different, try the stuffed baked potato. It’s delicious. So are the onion rings. 2203 Paramount / 331.1227, 7701 I-40 West / 353.1227, 4111 Wolflin Ave. / 463.7900 $ C ^ NEW Cowboy Gelato Who says Italian-style gelato and cowboy hats don’t mix? We’ll admit that the saloon décor and “Hi ya’ll” greeting might throw you, but this isn’t your average ice cream shop (it is Amarillo, after all). After more than a few sample spoonfuls of gelato, we settled on the lime and the banana chocolate chip, but its all good. 2806 SW 6th Ave. 376.5286 $ NEW Cracker Barrel A homecooked breakfast for supper says comfort food like nothing else, especially when there’s a chill in the air. We love Uncle Herschel’s Favorite. It’s almost too much to handle, but we’re not afraid to try! 2323 I-40 East 372.2034 $ C ^ Crush Wine Bar & Deli Have you always wished for your very own Cheers? A place where everybody knows your name? Forget


Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy Since 1989, Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy has offered a unique flavor of Mexico to Amarillo. The restaurant offers an authentic atmosphere and enjoyable food whether you’re out for a romantic date or a lunch meeting. Treat yourself to the delicious, fresh flavors of Abuelo’s House Specialties with a Ribeye Steak and Enchiladas. For a lighter meal, try Stuffed Chicken Medallions stuffed with chorizo, Poblano and cheese. Regardless of your choice, always get the queso. Open Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 3501 SW 45th 354.8294 $$ ^ c


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the beer and peanuts, Crush Wine Bar & Deli has that beat by a mile. Not sure how to choose from the extensive wine list? No worries, they’ll school you on their favorites, and you can try a smaller pour just to be sure. Also try the excellent tapas, sandwiches and desserts, 701 S Polk 418.2011 $$ c y David’s Steakhouse The elegant renovations have even carried over to the revamped menu. New and improved is great, but David’s signature marinated filet is outstanding. For die hard Seafood Galley fans, you can still get their yummy fish and chips. 2721 Virginia Circle 355.8171 $$ c ☎ NEW Doug’s For a quick and tasty meal, stop at Doug’s and try the chopped beef sandwich. The menu is reasonably priced and their barbecue sauce is fantastic. 3313 S. Georgia 352.8471 $ NEW Doug Henks Next time you pass by, stop and order pulled pork; it is finger-licking good. If you like authentic Texas-style BBQ, this is the place to go. The staff is friendly and the prices reasonable. 4315 Teckla 359.3176 $ Eat-Rite The food at Eat-Rite isn’t just good for you, it’s delicious as well. Feast on the organic salad bar or choose from a variety of tasty sandwiches. 2441 I-40 West 353.7476 $ Eddie’s Napolis As one of our favorite spots for outdoor dining, Napoli’s created an oasis away from Amarillo that cannot be missed. Indulge yourself in the garlic rolls while you browse the ample menu. We gently nudge you towards the Amarillo Special or a personalized New York Style Pizza. 700 S Taylor 373.0927 $$ c ☎ T y NEW El Manantial If sea food is what you crave, try El Manantial’s Camarones a la Diabla, shrimp simmered in red sauce, oranges and cucumber slices served with white rice and salad. And for something refreshing, try the rice water also known as horchata. 3823 Amarillo Blvd. East 383.1852 $ C El Tejavan Their Ceviche makes for a great starter or a light meal. For authentic taste, try the soft corn tortilla chicken tacos. 3801 I-40 East / 372.5250, 3420 I-40 West / 354.2444 $$ c English Field House Restaurant Visit a piece of Amarillo history at the English Field House. Named for Amarillo’s first air field, the restaurant offers great cooked fresh café food. Take the family for Sunday breakfast. It’s worth the drive. 10610 American Drive 335.2996 $ Golden Light Café The Golden Light has been in business since 1947, all in the same location. For a great burger and fries, this is the place to go. 2908 SW 6th 374.9237 $$ C T

Green Chile Willy’s As the owners say, the way you like it is the way they fix it. Hand cut grilled steaks, excellent burgers and grilled chicken, you name it, they’ve got it. And you can’t beat the country atmosphere for a relaxing good time. 13651 Interstate 27 622-2200. $$ ^ Hoagies Deli Hoagies made a name for themselves with their delicious Phillie steak sandwich. Now they have a new location and a newly expanded menu. Fill up at lunch or dinner with a warm Panini or a generously portioned Colossal Spud. 2207 S. Western 353.5952 $ Hummer’s Sports Café Hang out with friends, Cheers style, and eat your fill of their great appetizers. Start off with a platter of raw oysters and a bucket of beer. We highly recommend the steak. 2600 Paramount 353.0723 $$


Jason’s Deli The options at Jason’s are endless - Sandwiches, paninis, wraps, baked potatoes, soups, salads, po’boys… The menu might leave you a little overwhelmed, but take heart. Everything is good. And there’s even free ice cream at the end. 7406 SW 34th 353-4440 $ ^ Joe Taco Great atmosphere and a variety of southwest favorites make Joe Taco a great place to sit and relax. Especially while enjoying one of their signature margaritas out on the patio. 7312 Wallace Blvd. 331.8226 $$ C ☎ T y NEW Johnny Carino’s For the taste of Little Italy, we recommend one of the house specialties like Angel Hair with Artichokes and Shrimp and an Italian Margarita. Don’t forget the excellent cheesecake as the perfect finish to a great meal. The great customer service is a plus. I-40 West 468.9375 $$ c Jorge’s Mexican Bar & Grill If you’re in the mood for fajitas, look no further than Jorge’s Mexican Bar and Grill, specifically their new location at Hillside and Bell. The new outdoor patio is a great place to relax and enjoy a night out with friends drinking some of the best margaritas in town. Portion sizes are generous and prices are reasonable. 6051 S. Bell 354.2141 $$ c y K - N Root Beer K - N celebrated their 40th anniversary last year. If you’ve tried their yummy burgers and floats, then you know why they’ve been a success for so many years. The K-N Special, a double meat, double cheese burger melts in your mouth. There’s nothing like the old fashioned icy mug of root beer! 3900 Olsen 355.4391 $ Kabuki Romanza Who says you can’t enjoy fresh sushi aboard a boat in the heart of the Panhandle? Kabuki Romanza serves teppan-style cooking and fresh sliced sushi in a dining area that resembles a boat, surrounded by special effects that add to the tropical feel. 8130 I-40 West 353.4242 $$-$$$ ^ C

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let’s eat! Kolache Café If you like authentic beirox, you’ll be delighted with the Kolache Café. And it doesn’t stop with the delicious bierox. Choose from a variety of meat and fruit fillings for a filling breakfast, lunch or midday snack. Everything on the menu is baked fresh everyday. Everything’s so affordable, that you can grab a dozen kolaches to go for a quick and tasty meal. 2207 S. Western, Suite B1-90 322.3279 $ La Fiesta Grande Authentic taste and a lively atmosphere make La Fiesta a great place to take the whole family. From nachos to barbacoa, there’s something for every taste. 2200 Ross / 374.3689, 7415 SW 45th / 352.1330 $$ C Las Brisas Las Brisas is the perfect place to unwind at the end of a hectic work week. Relax with friends, a great glass of merlot and a juicy steak served on sizzling butter. Heck, who needs to wait for the weekend? 3311 Olsen 331.2800 $$ c ☎ y Macaroni Joe’s Macaroni Joe’s isn’t just a place to eat a great meal. The Tuscan inspired rooms are the ideal place for creating memories. Whether for a first date, the start of a new life together, or celebrating important milestones, Joe’s offers excellent service and an exquisite food and wine menu. They’re at the top of our list. 1619 S Kentucky, Suite 1500 358.8990 $$-$$$ ^ ☎ C y Malcom’s Ice Cream & Food Temptations Malcom’s offers the ultimate in classic soda fountain food: burgers, sandwiches, and salads - everything’s good. Be sure you save room for dessert. Better yet, start with a treat. After all, it’s the most important part of the meal at Malcom’s. 2100 Paramount 355.3892 $ NEW Marty’s Stop by for Marty’s expansive Sunday brunch, and you’ll leave satisfied and ready for an afternoon nap. Their made-to-order omelets are definitely worth the trip. If you’re not in the mood

for traditional breakfast fare, try the prime rib and Canyon Rose chicken. 2740 Westhaven Village 353.3523 $$ T ^ c My Thai It’s hard to find authentic Thai cuisine that compares to My Thai. We recommend the angel noodle with sautéed tomatoes and mushrooms for a tasty alternative to fried rice. 2029 S Coulter 352.9014 $ ^ Nachos Bar & Grill Enjoy the fresh hot sauce and chips while you wait for your food. The wait staff are efficient and friendly, and the home town feel of Nachos makes this a great place to take the kids. 3333 S Coulter 322-1140 $ c OHMS Café & Bar Set in downtown Amarillo, OHMS serves lunch buffet style and dinner in style. The chefs feature specials each week that range from seafood to smoked duck to grilled beef tenderloin. Excellent cuisine and service make this a delightful place to linger. 619 S Tyler 373.3233 $$$ ☎ T C

Olive Garden They’ll tell you, “When you’re here, you’re family,” and that’s the absolute truth. A dinner at Olive Garden feels like a meal at your Italian Grandma’s, and the portions couldn’t be more generous. With endless salad and breadsticks, no matter the entrée, you’ll leave full. 4121 I-40 West 355.9973 $$ c Outback Steakhouse Let’s just start with the Bloomin’ Onion. We could actually end there and be completely satisfied, but what’s a trip to Outback without a Wallaby Darned and Pepper Mill Steak? Speaking of completely satisfied, leave room for the Chocolate Thunder From Down Under. 7101 I-40 West 352-4032 outback. com $$ ^ c Pacific Rim The Pacific Rim offers a variety of Asian Fusion cuisine in a unique setting. One of the best things


Baker Brothers American Grill With exceptional quality, healthy food and generous portions, what else could you ask for? Affordable food and rapid service? Wish granted. Next time you stop by Baker Brothers American Deli, try one of their award-winning salads or the Broadway Reuben specialty sandwich. Even the kids can choose between a pizza and a hot dog. You’ll leave with your appetite satisfied whatever you choose. Open Monday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 3300 S Soncy / 352.6135, 1901 S Georgia / 352-9000, $ y 80

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about this place is the greeting you’ll get from Andy when you walk in. But let’s talk food. Their lettuce wraps are outstanding. In fact, everything is good. They even offer speedy delivery. 2061 Paramount 353.9179 $ C Pei Wei Pei Wei is always busy, but it’s certainly worth the wait. Your dining experience isn’t complete without the lettuce wraps or crab wontons. From there, delight your taste buds with the beef ginger broccoli. 3350 S. Soncy 352.5632 $$ ^ C Pizza Planet For dine-in or take-out, Pizza Planet offers some of the best pizza in town. If you like a good chef salad, this is your place. Be prepared to share; it’s huge. 2400 Paramount 353.6666 $-$$ C The Plaza The many loyal customers of the Plaza can attest to the great food and affordable prices. The laid back atmosphere is great for a family night out. 2400 3415 Bell 358.4897 $ c Red Robin We recommend one hand for a gourmet burger and the other for the bottomless fries and onion rings. (And plenty of napkins.) You’ll leave happy if you finished with a raspberry shake. They are creamy goodness. If your family needs room to spread out, Red Robin is perfect for large gatherings. 8720 I-40 West 359-9800 $$ c Roosters Espresso Café Roosters offers more than just a good Cup of Joe. Stop in and plan on staying for a hot breakfast pastry or one of their delicious lunch specialties. It’s the perfect place to relax with your friends for lunch. 3440 Bell 353.7309 $ y Ruby Tequila’s Mexican Kitchen Ruby’s is Tex-Mex at its best. Fajita burritos, crispy tacos, stuffed poblanos, and savory meats off the grill are just a short list of what they offer. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere with a margarita in hand. 2001 S Georgia / 358.7829, 3616 Soncy $$

c☎ T


Sakura Choose from an extensive sushi menu that includes Nigiri style, cut rolls, special rolls, spicy rolls, sushi salads and for the beef lover, Texas sushi. At Sakura, be ready to be entertained by the chefs who prepare your meal at the table. We wholeheartedly recommend the swordfish. 4000 Soncy 358.8148 $$-$$$ c Scott’s Oyster Bar If you are a fresh oyster connoisseur, Scott’s is the place for you. Even though it’s a little on the small side, the outdoor dining is a great place to hang out and enjoy a great Amarillo evening. 4150 Paramount 354.9110 $$ C y Stockyard Café Experience the western heritage of Amarillo at the Stockyard Café. They serve up excellent steaks that will surely satisfy your beef cravings. Plus, the Stockyard also offers a hearty breakfast every day starting at 6 a.m. 101 S Manhattan 342.9411 $$ C

T.G.I. Friday’s T.G.I. Friday’s new, right portion, right price menu fills you up even when your wallet’s a little on the light side. Try the gourmet mac n’ five cheese meal for a delicious twist on a classic. 3100 I-40 West 4688000 $-$$ c Taqueria El Tapatio Delicious authentic Mexican flavor in every dish they offer. It’s just plain good food. The generous portions and affordable prices are easy on your pocketbook too. 3410 S Coulter 331.6248 $ C Texas Firehouse Sports Bar & Grill More grill than bar, Texas Firehouse offers everything from a delicious fried green bean appetizer to steaks, all in a family friendly smokefree environment. Watch all your favorite sporting events while you eat. 3333 S Coulter 351.1800 $-$$ C Texas Roadhouse This is one place that you don’t have to worry about your kids leaving a mess. Everyone knows it’s okay to throw your peanut shells on the floor at the Roadhouse. Bread lovers will rejoice over the rolls, steak lovers will drool over the meat on display as soon as you walk through the door. Be ready for a wait, but the food’s worth it. 2805 I-40 West 352.7427 $ c ☎

Wing Stop Wing Stop cooks up some of the best chicken wings around. There’s a flavor for every palate. If you haven’t had their sugared French fries, you just haven’t lived. 45th & Bell / 356.9464, I-40 & Grand / 331.9464 $$ ^ C

Village Bakery & Café The Village offers a large selection of handmade European pastries and breads to complement their fresh gourmet style breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The casual bistro setting makes it perfect place for a special lunch date. 2606 Wolflin Village 358.1358 $ ^ y

Ye Old Pancake Station With breakfast this good, you’ll be glad to know that the Pancake Station serves it all day long. They also offer great café style meals. We recommend the huge omelets and fresh pancakes. 2800 Virginia Circle 355.0211 $

Vince’s Pizza Vince’s calzones are some of the best we’ve had. He also offers wonderful Greek salads, gyros and a huge family sized pizza. The quirky atmosphere will make you feel like you’re in Little Italy. 2413 S Western 352.2656 $ Wheels, Chicken & Waffles You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time to a quaint old-fashioned diner when you visit wheels. The inside is covered with vintage car memorabilia and wheels galore. We love the southern fried chicken with waffles. The mix of savory and sweet is delicious. Save room for dessert when you dine. You won’t want to miss the waffle cheesecake. It’s a big Belgian waffle piled high with cheesecake filling, whipped cream and both chocolate and caramel syrup. 2710 10th Avenue 342.5400 $

Young Sushi The friendly greeting you’ll receive when you walk into Young’s is your first clue that your experience will be a good one. The helpful staff is always willing to offer suggestions regarding the sushi. If sushi’s not your thing, they also offer authentic Thai cuisine. 900 S Tyler 371-7200 $$ C Zen 721 Zen features Asian-American cuisine with a Japanese influence. The cozy atmosphere makes it a great place for a date night. The chef keeps things fresh with new nightly specials and excellent presentation for each dish. It’s a truly unique venue. 616 S Polk 372.1909 $$ c ☎ T


El Tejavan

Authenticity is on the menu at El Tejavan. Just let their warm, homemade corn tortillas speak for themselves. El Tejavan has been offering real Mexican cuisine in Amarillo since 1996. Come in and try their specialty carne asada, birria de cabrito (goat) tacos pastor, asada, adobada barbacoa, mariscos (sea food) camarones, ceviche oyster and tilapia fish. Full bar (cantina) west location only. Open Monday-Thursday 10:30a.m.9:00p.m., Friday-Saturday 10:30a.m.-10:00p.m. or Sunday 10:30a.m.-6:30p.m.. Stop by for Happy Hour 99¢ beer or margaritas Monday-Friday 3p.m.-7p.m.. El Tejavan is located at 3801 E I-40.

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history 101 20


1, 1890 Yosemite National Park is established by Congress.

18, 1951

2, 1957 More than 100 people attended a meeting to discuss plans for an Interstate Highway through Amarillo.

19, 1939

3, 1990

20, 1973

John Barrymore, Chill Wills and several starlets arrived in Amarillo during a Movie Time Tour of the Plains.

East and West Germany unite after

The Sydney Opera House opens after 15 years of construction.

45 years.

4, 1955 Amarillo Little Theatre opened its 29th season with its 107th show, “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker.”

21, 1959

The Guggenheim Museum opens on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.

22, 1962

President John F. Kennedy announces a blockade of Cuba, known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.

5, 1947

President Harry Truman makes the first-ever televised address from the White House.

6, 1989 7, 2003

23, 1971

Bette Davis dies.

24, 1861 Western Union completes the

first transcontinental telegraph line, allowing communication between Washington D.C. and San Francisco.


25, 1881

9, 1936

Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles via the Colorado River.

26, 1825

The Erie Canal opens, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean.

Braves beat the Yankees to win the World Series.

27, 1959

Forty-three Panhandle area bands marched in the annual Region XI Interscholastic League marching contest in the new Buffalo Stadium at West Texas State College. Twenty-four of those bands received a Division I rating.

Bill Clinton marries Hillary


12, 1492

Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches the New World.

13, 1997

British pilot Andy Green breaks the sound barrier in the Thrust SuperSonic vehicle.

28, 1965

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is completed.

14, 1964

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

15, 1951 16, 1958 17, 1931

Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison.


29, 1858 The first store opens in the frontier town of Denver, Colorado.

I Love Lucy debuts.

The West Texas State College football stadium was under construction and would seat 20,000 fans when completed.

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Pablo Picasso is born in Malaga,


10, 1957 11, 1975

Disney World opens in Orlando,


Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor of California.

8, 1956 Don Larsen pitches a perfect game in the World Series.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington



30, 1811 Sense and Sensibility is published. 31, 1517 Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenburg, Germany, which was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

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Andy Chase When I get in my car, the first thing I listen to is… Whatever Danielle was listening to last, or a very old Jerry Jeff Walker cassette that I keep stashed. My friends and family call me… Fuzz, Dad, Beautiful Man, Andy Man. My favorite meal to make from scratch is… Pasta. In an alternate life, I would’ve been a… Piano Player. My biggest pet peeve is… Bad drivers. If I had an open plane ticket to anywhere, I would go to… Jerusalem again. After a long, hard day, I love to… Hang with Danielle and my kids. One of my favorite childhood toys was… Tonka Toys: the jeep.

Andy Chase’s earliest memories of enjoying music and art date back to his preschool years, but because he grew up an Air Force brat, moving every few years from one end of the country to the other, his creative influences run the gamut. “I listen to everything from Bach to Led Zeppelin,” he says. “I have a hard time putting boundaries on the creative arts.” He describes his music as eclectic, drawing initially from singer/songwriters like Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. Andy moved to Amarillo from Clovis, NM, in 1990 to take a job on the KATP morning show. After spending 15 years in radio, he decided to pursue a musical career. He currently plays at 575 Pizzeria, the Blue Sky café, and Leal’s on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays consecutively, leaving the weekends free for traveling shows, church activities, and time with his wife, Danielle, and children, Jessi, 13, and Isaac, 11. “I just keep working at it. No matter how worn out you get, consistency is key. Even when you think you’re too old to be a musician,” he laughs.


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One movie I could watch over and over again is… The Milagro Beanfield War. If I were a character in a book, I would be… King David or Solomon.

When my children grow up, the one thing I want them to always remember is… God created them to be unique, and that they are totally surrounded by love. You may be surprised to know that I… Speak survival Turkish and once appeared on an episode of “ER.” One habit I wish I could break is… Eating after my gigstoo late to munch. My guilty pleasure is… The Sons of Anarchy. I know every word to the song… Well, about a thousand of them last time I tried to count. If I had the time, I would… Ride my motorcycle from Santa Monica pier to the Chicago stockyards on old Route 66. My favorite bad-for-me-food is… Fried chicken. When I get online, I always go to… Ebay. The thing I love the most about living in Amarillo is… The people that I have loved playing music for going on twenty years now.

The greatest piece of advice I’ve ever received is… ”Don’t worry about tomorrow; let tomorrow worry about itself.” Read the full story about Andy Chase at

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local exposure Michael Norris/Amarillo Globe-News

Combine City

A glimpse into the history of Amarillo wouldn’t be complete without the machine that changed the way farmers collected their leftover crop. Welcome to Combine City, where harvest machines are half buried in the ground about 11 miles south of Amarillo. Here’s a history lesson for you: John Deere began producing combines in 1927, when the self-propelled combine was a revolutionary invention. For the first time, the process of reaping, binding and threshing wheat could all be done with one machine and, for the first time, not pulled by a tractor. 86

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retro rewind


he city of Amarillo was established in the late 1800’s as a railway midpoint between Ft. Worth and Denver. As traffic through town grew, so did the population. Flipping through old black and whites from yesteryear is a quick reminder of how much Amarillo has grown – from a collection of cattle ranches to a city of nearly 200,000 residents. As the saying goes, you can’t move forward until you know where you’ve been.


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