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PUBLISHER'S LETTER

In this issue of BSCENE, we explore the use of grills and how they can be used to throw a backyard bash. I have had my fair share of not getting things perfect when lighting up the grill, so our feature has presented itself at the right time. It is June. It is summer. It is that time when most of us men will be doing that thing our wives and friends love us for: grilling! For Kelly, when I grill, it is a time for her to relax. She gets a chance to sit back and put her feet up for a few hours. As for me, it does not feel like manual labor. I enjoy grilling. Grilling is practically like playing a sport. Those who do it, love it, and you can throw me into that mix. But, it is not all fun and games people. A lot of prep goes into the grill and its use, and I pride myself on knowing exactly how it all goes down.

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In this issue of BSCENE, we explore the use of grills and how they can be used to throw a backyard bash. I have had my fair share of not getting things perfect when lighting up the grill, so our feature has presented itself at the right time. It mentions how one is to maintain a grill. Who knew you had to fully cover a grill and make sure it stays well maintained through-out the year, even at times when there is no use for it? About placement, I just leave our grill in a convenient location. But no, you should place it where the heat will not

destroy your home when in use. Next, if you are planning to grill for a party, plan to map out the whole night. Remember that statement I made earlier, about Kelly putting her feet up and relaxing while I grill? Well, I admit to being the guy that just picks up a few food items before the party and throws them on the grill once people arrive. That does not work out in my favor because I usually end up side-by-side with the grill throughout the party while Kelly picks up the pieces and tries to cover for me. I have been going about event planning all wrong. There are steps to throwing a successful party. Those steps run on timing. Thankfully, I can now go about grilling and parties in the right direction after reading Serious Summer Sizzle on pg. 30. You should give it a read as well because whether you plan to grill or simply just throw a party, you will find a lot more tips than the ones I have mentioned. Enjoy your summer backyard bash!

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EDITOR'S LETTER

What makes her inspiring is that she did this in a world where, typically, a man builds a business. Hearing about Dawn defying that rule got me excited to read her feature in this issue of BSCENE. I am always inspired by a woman that can run her own business and do it pretty darn well. It takes a lot of guts to push aside gender rules in the workplace and have a willingness to lead. But when a woman takes a dream and builds it from the foundation up to a successful business, now that blows my mind. It is a venture that many men do not tackle, let alone women. It is scary guys and who knows the outcome. Why lead when you can follow, right? Oh no, no! Some women, such as Dawn Leatherwood, are natural born leaders and she is living up to the leader's expectations.

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A little fascination with how wine was created and with some encouragement from her husband, Dawn invested all of her energy to not only kickstart her business, but keep it running. What makes her inspiring is that she did this in a world where, typically, a man builds a business. Hearing about Dawn defying that rule got me excited to read her feature in this issue of BSCENE. If you are just as eager to hear her story, check out pg. 12.

In our June cover story, we follow Dawn's journey from simply loving wine to planting her own vineyard. This was not just some backyard project. In 2007, Dawn took 8 acres of land, at the Rio Neches Ranch and added to it continuously over the years by planting and maintaining a vineyard. It all led up to what is now a successful business: Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery. I mean, I do love me some wine, but I do not even know the first step to starting a vineyard.

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JUNE 2014

CONTENTS Publisher’s Letter 02 Editor's Letter 04 Street Scene 10 Cover Story 12 The Magic of Music 22

56 Bringing Down The House 62 Summer Lovin' 66 Overstatement Pieces 74 Less Is More

Serious Summer Sizzle 30

79 Outtakes

From Harvest To Home 44

80 From Dinosaurs to Da Vinci

Dining Guide 48

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Music is intrinsically tied to our lives. Find out how the mysterious, magic of music helps us heal mentally and physically.

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The Taste Of Tyler visits Harvey Hall and Dr. Aubrey Sharpe was on hand to give us his take on all the delicious vendor vittles.

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Get ready to slap your knee, split your sides & bust your gut. The 3rd Annual East Texas Comedy Festival is right around the corner.

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20 MAY 2014 COVER UNVEIL 32 SHOOTING STARS CLAY SHOOT BBB LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON 40 WINE & CHEESE FUNDRAISER NO HUNGRY CHILDREN BENEFIT 42 DINE OUT FOR THE CURE RACE FOR THE CURE 46 BUSINESS EXPO 56 65 ROSES GALA 68 HOLLYTREE LUAU JLT SPRING CRAWFISH BOIL 72 AZELWAY/DELEK TOURNAMENT GET IT ON THE GREEN 84 NIGHT WALK FOR HOPE SPIRIT OF HOPE AWARDS 90 NATIONAL HEALTHCARE WEEK 100 PASSION FOR THE CURE CMN WINE DINNER

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They're having a blast, it happened so fast. See why this months fashion is summer lovin' that's here to last.

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74 AT HOME

The "Tiny Home" trend is sweeping the nation and Kim Lewis is here to tell us why less may be more.

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Armed with a new EP and a hectic concert schedule, the Young Ones show us how they are making music on their terms.

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STREET SCENE What is “STREET SCENE”: glimpses of glitter, photos of friends, a few lines of life and laughter. Like a school's yearbook, Street Scene chronicles life in East Texas. You'll find businesses and others commemorating anniversaries. Celebrations and charities gloss these pages, accompanied by faces you know. Music, theater and other cultural events also make the scene.

The Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the G.I. Lab expansion at the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, on May 8.

Will Butts was named this year's Children Miracle Network Hospital's Champion Texas Ambassador, at the Courtyard by Marriot, on May 16.

Fountainview Estates Assisted Living was officially welcomed into the folds of the Longview Chamber of Commerce, with a ribbon cutting celebration, at its location in Longview, on May 14.

Bridgette and Harley Hooper hosted a wine and cheese party, at their location in La Piazza, to welcome nationally recognized photographer David Stevenson to Tyler. Mayor Barbara Bass was on hand to present him with a key to the city and to proclaim May 12 David Stevenson day in Tyler.

Outdoor Escapes was welcomed into the Longview Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting at its location, on May. 7.

A ribbon cutting was held for the completed annex building of the Angel Layette House in Flint on Apr. 11. Angel Layettes brings comfort to families grieving over the loss of an infant from miscarriage, stillbirth or death shortly after birth, and honor and dignity to the memory of the precious baby by providing, without charge, custom designed burial layettes and keepsakes.

Salsarita’s became a member of the Longview Chamber of Commerce at its new location in Longview, on May 8.

Complete Business Systems was welcomed into the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting at its location in Tyler, on May 8.


After a short absence, El Charro proudly opened the doors at its new location, El Charro on the Ridge, next to Fresh by Brookshire’s in Tyler, on May 5.

Ivan Smith Furniture was inducted into the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce at its location in Tyler, on April 24.

The Longview Chamber of Commerce proudly welcomed the Amberwood Apartments into their ranks with a ribbon cutting at its location in Longview, on May 8.

Cancer Foundation For Life cut the crimson tape symbolizing their induction into the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce at its location in Tyler, on May 8.

Chili’s in Tyler donated 15 percent of the revenue earned between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m., on May 7, to go towards Sock Hop charities of choice, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Artists Jason Bennett and Alexia Serio stand with Richard Hunting in front of Bennett’s oil painting, “Jenks stopped hitting me when I told him I loved him.” Bennett and Serio were both selected as Hunting Art Prize finalists for their respective oil paintings, on May 10.

Mistie Sadler proudly welcomed money-minded guests to the opening of the new Edward Jones Investments location in Bullard, on Apr. 22.

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce inducted Trans Canada into their ranks with a ribbon cutting at its new location in Tyler, on May 8.

Robyn & Dr. Scott Lieberman visit the Tyler Museum of Fine Arts for the “At the Vantage Point” Exhibit, a photography gallery shot exclusively by Dr. Lieberman himself, on May 15.


DiVine Life

Article by: Veronica Terres, Photos by: Noel Martin

As if a piece of Napa Valley were planted right here in East Texas, Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery is the culmination of owner, Dawn Leatherwood’s blood, sweat, tears and passion.

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Right before the Tyler Pounds Airport going westbound on State Highway 64, there’s a single, little blinking, yellow light flashing day and night. If drivers turn right onto the farm-tomarket road (that light helps signal,) and continue along its winding path, they will not see anything out of the ordinary. In fact, for these parts, all that is in view are the everyday sights of East Texas: cows and longhorn grazing in the pastures, wild flower patches dotting the roadside fields, buzzards perched high above the treetops and of course the ever-beautiful, piney wooded-curtain, draping the background. Continuing, about five miles down and a couple more county roads over from Farm-to-Market 416, lies something that is pretty remarkable, and not so ordinary for these parts. Along this route lies Rio Neches Ranch. While the ranch itself is not an odd find in Tyler—think breathtakingly picturesque, with its rolling hills and resident cattle lingering off in the distance, what does make it extraordinary is the vineyard and winery perched atop its land. As if a piece of Napa Valley were planted right here in East Texas, Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery is the culmination of owner, Dawn Leatherwood’s blood, sweat, tears and passion. Quite simply, the planting and maintenance of the vineyard she established eight years ago became a reality because of her true love of the vine. However, it was not until her husband encouraged her to pursue other projects reflecting this passion that she resigned from a career that meant working long hours and being away from home. “I’ve always been fascinated with the making of wine, and the science and art behind it, so it was a natural progression for me, thinkingwise.” Keeping that in mind, she revisited her interest melding her math and science background into the vines that would cultivate her life’s new direction. Established in 2007, among a fenced-in, 20-acres of land, Dawn started the vineyard by planting eight acres and produced her first harvest a year later. After that, she built a small winery in 2010, a little bigger winery in 2011 and last year, she built the final and permanent winery located right at the start of the driveway near her homestead. Working as “Head Honcho,” as is printed on her business card, she and her right-hand-man, Francisco Altamirano, keep Pelle Legna’s daily operations growing.

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The vines, Francisco and Dawn work around the clock to care for, bear an array of grapes, that ultimately, become the palate-pleasing wine varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cab Franc, Sangiovese, Mourvédre, Malbec, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. While her passion for wine does not necessarily favor one over the other, she does like a little cabernet for her personal consumption. The beauty of her boutique winery is that she can produce an array of varieties to please all kinds of wine lovers, even if it means experimenting with grapes that typically pose challenges for growers. Staying on top of the process, Dawn seeks to hone her craft by learning as much as she can through a bit of old-fashioned "trial and error." She also looks to others in the industry near and far to continue moving her passion forward. In fact, two of the first experts she called on, even before she started planting, were her now mentors, Pierre de Wet (owner of Kiepersol Estates Vineyards & Winery) and his daughter Marnelle de Wet Durrett. Kiepersol Estates, also located in Tyler, was hand planted in 1998 and 1999 and encompasses 61-acres of vineyards, that produce estate-grown red and white wines, explains their official website. “Pierre probably gets 100 calls a day from someone saying, ‘Hey, I am thinking about starting a winery.’ But, [when I called], something about what I was saying made him believe that I was serious,” she explained. “So, Pierre came out and checked the land and made sure we had a good site for

“Just grow what you like to drink and you’ll make it work.”

it. And, we did!” With that confirmation, Dawn plowed ahead, despite the uphill battles she knew she would face. In fact, it was at the start of her grape-growing education that she learned about one challenge this region faces in growing grape varieties, known as vitis vinifera. Dawn explained, vinifera are a species of grapes used to refer to Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, to name a few, versus other native grapes or hybrids like Blanc du Bois, Black Spanish and Muscadine. The challenge with vinifera in Texas is due to Pierce’s disease caused by a glassy-winged sharpshooter “piercing” the leaf and infecting the plant with a bacterium that prevents the vine from taking up water—eventually causing its death. Kiepersol taught Dawn how to battle the disease. Accepting the challenge, she worked out the bugs, grew her own vinifera and heeded Pierre’s advice when he said, “Just grow what you like to drink and you’ll make it work.” So, she did. “[Pierre was so right.] Up until last year, I was not selling my wine because I was scared to death thinking … ‘Has it been long enough? Have I put in enough work and has enough time passed? Is anyone ever going to drink this wine, like it and buy it again?’ So, last year, when everybody came out to the tasting, liked it—and we sold out—I thought to myself, ‘Ok, I can do this’!” By 2013, Dawn began enjoying the fruits of her labor. Pelle Legna Vineyards officially went to market with its first 200 cases last year, and within two weeks of introducing her wines; Dawn sold out of 75 cases of red.

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& Chop House, FRESH by Brookshire's, Harley's Liquor Stores (Longview, TX), Lago Del Pino, Lochinvar Golf Club (Houston, TX), Stampede 66 (Dallas, TX), Villa Montez and Willow Brook Country Club. Joseph Guzzetta Beer & Wine Manager for Fresh by Brookshire’s isn’t just pleased with the wine; he’s also impressed with Dawn’s efforts to produce a superior product. “Since FRESH opened, we have focused on quality and local. Pelle Legna is not just another Texas winery. Dawn is doing it the right way by growing her own grapes and producing the best wine she can from what the vineyard gives her,” he commented. “We don't just support Pelle Legna because it's local, it's really good.” With last year’s success, no time was wasted getting this year’s harvest ready. The vineyard is slated to produce more than twice the amount as it did last year. Presently, however, there’s much anticipation for the introduction of two new varieties including Vivace, a Rosé; and a red blend, Bilancia. With much still to learn and experimenting to do, Dawn continues to keep in mind that the art of making a great wine always starts from the beginning. “You cannot make a delicious wine if the grapes don’t taste good to start with or you didn’t keep your vines free of most diseases. Even starting with the right soil will have an effect,” she explained. “You have to have a healthy crop and good-looking grapes need to be harvested at the right time. All of that lends itself to giving it great flavor. All of that comes from what happened to it in the vineyard, as well as what happened to it at the winery.” Being that Dawn’s day’s can be consumed with the vineyard, it’s surprising to learn that she still has time to make sure she gives back to the community. As it has been in the past, the site of her beloved home, vineyard and winery—Rio Neches Ranch will host this year’s Cattle Barons’ Gala on June 14. Pella Legna Winery will be part of the event serving as the backdrop to the always, highly-anticipated Barons’ Reception. Like many whose lives have been touched by cancer, Dawn’s involvement and support reflect a personal commitment to help fight the disease. “Thank God I have not lost anyone close to me to cancer and I hope and pray that continues to be the case. I have been touched by it like many others. My husband lost his father to cancer, which in turn, has robbed me of the chance to ever get to know him. We also have dear, dear, friends and family who have overcome, or are facing, the illness with the utmost strength and determination. Because of these reasons, it means so much to be able to host Cattle Barons’ for the fourth time. Each time, it affords us an opportunity to create awareness and raise money

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that we know makes a difference in our community and beyond. We are particularly passionate about the Li’l Wranglers and getting those brave boys and girls well, so that they can enjoy a long full life.” That passion has lead Dawn and her husband, along with The Moss’ and East Texas Seed to sponsor the Li’l Wranglers every year. This year they’ve dedicated their sponsorship in honor of Ruben DeLong. Sowing the seeds to a passion-filled life will continue to move Dawn forward in the vineyard and out of it. And despite its everyday challenges, she’s just happy to have discovered that what she loves to do has given her the chance to do what she loves. “If I never sold one bottle of wine, it’s truly been one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had. I couldn’t have imagined it; and I just can’t even put into words just how exciting it is.”

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Music therapists are using this musical power to help Parkinson’s and stroke victims relearn the rhythms of moving and walking. The rhythmic qualities of music may also help improve speech and assist Alhziemer’s patients improve their memory. Speaking of the healing power of music, transplant patients even seem to recover markedly faster through the simple act of listening to music.

Why can we hear songs over and over again and never get tired of them? Don’t get me wrong, I know we all can think of a song or two we never have to hear again (for me it is "Born To Be Wild" and "We Got The Beat"), but songs that make us feel happy or sad or bring back great memories never seem to get old. Researchers in the field of Music Therapy are finding that music’s ability to evoke emotion has a scientific basis and is at the root of its usefulness as a tool of recovery and therapy. These benefits are being used to help people battling cancer, children with learning, behavior and emotional problems, and patients that are suffering from pain, stress and depression. However, this research is also showing how all of us can improve our lives by injecting a little more music into it. Music predates almost every significant invention of mankind. It is older than writing, farming and the wheel. Although the most ancient forms of music probably involved drumming or chanting, the oldest instruments ever found are fragments of bird bone flutes discovered in a cave, in Germany, and have been carbon dated to over 40,000 years old. A 9,000-year-old flute found in China can still play! However, what is it about music that humans find so appealing? It does not do anything. Unlike the wheel or computers, music does not seem to have many tangible or

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practical applications, yet there is not a place in the world where you will not find music playing. It reminds me of the Oscar Wilde quote, “The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.” It seems humans found music to have a significant value. Apparently, making tonal or rhythmic sounds soothes and provokes us, and provides a platform to create cultural rituals and became natural vehicles to communicate stories and history. In our modern lives music doesn’t just give us a beat we can dance to, but helps us shape our moods, establish our identities and bonds groups in common purpose, whether it is religious, a social cause or Punk Rock. Music is so intertwined in every culture and corner of the globe; It is hard for us to imagine a world without music. However how does it work? Research shows that music affects brain waves. Faster beats bring sharper concentration and more alert thinking, while slower beats can calm and create a meditative state. Along with these brain wave changes, autonomic nervous system functions such as breathing and heart rate can be altered as well, and over time can lower blood pressure, boost immune systems, ease muscle tension and more.

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It should not be surprising that music has this effect. We all experience that jump in our motivation when we throw on our favorite workout music or the aerobics instructor puts on that thumping house beat. By the same token, relaxing music helps us … relax. I am man enough to admit I am far too familiar with Enya’s catalogue, but it does calm me. It seems as if many of us already use music therapy, but we are just unaware of it. However, knowing that there is a scientific basis for music’s affect on us can help us shape how we are using music to benefit our lives. Science is showing these benefits can last long after the music has been turned off. There are three major ways to use music therapeutically. The first and most obvious is listening to music. Music and moving go together and may be the reason music originally took root in the human psyche. As we have already discussed, using upbeat music can sharpen our focus and motivate us to move. Music therapists are using this musical power to help Parkinson’s and stroke victims relearn the rhythms of moving and walking. The rhythmic qualities of music may also help improve speech and assist Alhziemer’s patients improve their memory. Speaking of the healing power of music, transplant patients even seem to recover markedly faster through the simple act of listening to music. The effects on the developing brains of children may be the most profound. Music researchers have discovered correlations between making and listening to music and increased language development, math ability, improved grades, better-adjusted social behavior and improvements in spatial-temporal reasoning, which is essential for problem solving.

Discussing emotions that arise while listening to music can take us down roads of thought we did not know were there. Talking exposes deeper-rooted meanings in our emotions and our lives. Also, listening to music can alter our state of mind. Though it may seem that when you are angry you should listen to soothing music to calm yourself, researchers are finding the opposite is true. Listening to angry songs when you are angry helps us process these emotions. So again if you think of it, it makes sense. It is why sad songs help us get through heartache and hymns help us through tragedy. As Sir Elton John sings, “Sad songs say so much.” So turn ‘em on. The second way to use musical therapy is by playing music. I play guitar, and the thing I love about it is that the guitar is always there. I can just grab it and start strumming. It never fails to put me in a better mood. If you have a musical ability, sharing this talent can help those who listen to you. Playing piano for the elderly or singing for your children’s class can encourage exercise, social interaction and learning. Playing may not only help the audience, but may also reduce your own stress and help you to find purpose in the music you make. You may say well I am not musical nor do I play an instrument. Sure you do. Most anyone can sing, whistle or beat on a drum. You may not do it well, but research is showing that may not

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matter. The simple act of trying creates a resonance and vibration in your body that may be beneficial. So whistle while you work! If you have ever had a desire to learn an instrument, it is never too late. In fact, taking up a musical instruction can fire up parts of the brain that may be neglected, and science once again is showing that stimulating our minds in this way may indeed protect our memory and brain function as we age. Lastly, talking about music can even help. Discussing emotions that arise while listening to music can take us down roads of thought we did not know were there. Talking exposes deeper-rooted meanings in our emotions and our lives. I am in these conversations all the time. I love to talk music. Though some may find it difficult to ascribe meaning to music and lyrics, reminiscing about music that brings us back to other times in our lives or exploring why we like or even dislike certain music can illuminate us to ourselves. We all know how music can affect us on an emotional and visceral level. Applying what science is discovering about the actual physical changes, that occur while we listen, play or discuss music, can help us better use this integral part of human history to improve our health and our general outlook on life.

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ou are a Back Yard Chef, Keeper of the Grill, Boss of Burgers, Lord of the Tenderloin. Your weapons are tongs and a splendid blend of spices and your secret ingredient ‌ fire. Your family raves about your offerings and you know it is time to share your gift with the neighborhood. However, a real summertime fandango is about more than your skills in taming the fire-breathing beast. Let me set the scene; summer day, sun high in a cloudless sky, crystal blue pool full of kids, cooler's stocked, grill is fired up and guests mill about, enjoying the first backyard barbecue of the season. I mean, sure you just slapped a few leftover birthday decorations up, and the balloons are sad, but everybody seems to be having a great time. Armed with your marinade, spatula and apron, you are ready to char some flesh to perfection and hear stories for years to come about that awesome summer party you threw, when suddenly, things start to go south. First, there are not enough cups, then not enough buns. The chicken comes out way before the corn gets done. A guest steps in a land mine left by your dog. The cold drinks are warming up because all the ice has melted. The paper plates you bought can hold either the half-pound slabs of meat you've cooked up or the potato salad, but not both. The plates crumble one by one in a contagion around the yard. Thank goodness you were not trying to throw a cob of corn on too or the paper plates wouldn't have lasted this long. Next the propane tank, which you forgot to check, runs out of fuel, and that last round of burgers goes uncooked. Now, the yard is littered with debris, and the dog is chomping down your perfectly dry-rubbed ribs. Red-eyed kids run from the over-chlorinated pool clamoring for relief. Now, your guests begin to look for the exit. Throwing a great backyard shindig requires planning and execution The devil is in the details. I know you can grill, but the food is just the centerpiece. To throw a truly great backyard blowout, you have to set the table too.

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Keeping the barbecue experience safe for you and your guests is a top priority. So here are a few tips to make sure no one gets hurt at your BBQ Bonanza.

KEEP IT CLEAN Bacteria can live on any surface and in just about any food (including vegetables) that is above freezing and below 165 degrees; every second your food is in this range, bacteria are replicating. Did you know you are more likely to get food poisoning than the flu? It is incumbent you keep all your menu items at the right temperature and all surfaces wiped down. And, do not make the final swipe with the same towel you used to clean up the meat drippings. Never place your cooked meats back on the same plate they were on when they were raw. The simple rules are: keep it clean, keep it cool, keep it covered, keep it cooked. And, you should always run a wire brush over your grate after each cooking session. Add a bit of oil to the grate and scrape it down while it’s still warm and you will remove the char much more easily. Doing this and regularly emptying your slag tray (the small tray on some gas grills for catching the drippings) will reduce instances of harmful bacteria and prevent rust from forming on the cast iron. You should also, every now and then, disconnect any gas lines, pull the grate off and remove all the char from the base.

FOOD TEMPERATURE Checking the internal temperature of your meats is super important as well. A quick online search to amazingribs.com will produce a Meat Temperature Guide that lets you know what temperature and color you are looking for to keep your steaks appropriately rare to well-done and your chicken and brats safe for guests to eat. Remember, most instances of so-called "flu" are food borne illnesses and children are especially susceptible. So invest in a good digital meat thermometer. They are relatively inexpensive and worth the investment to ensure your food comes out safe and at the correct serving temperature.

GRILL PLACEMENT I think I quote Frankenstein when I say, "Fire, bad!" Being aware of where your grill is placed is of vital importance. This is more of a problem with charcoal grills than gas grills, but either way you should make sure you maintain proper clearance from overhanging trees, eves, porticos, gazebos and pergolas. Avoid setting the grill next to your house. They can reach intense heats, charring wood and melting vinyl siding (I learned this last one the hard way.) Also, make sure your grill is away from primary walkways or play areas. You do not want guests brushing against or children running into your grill. You certainly don't want to top off your steaks with a Nerf® football.

LIGHTING IT UP You would think lighting your grill is where people would take utmost care, but every summer emergency rooms swell with boneheaded burn victims. First, never spray lighter fluid into a flame or even hot coals. The stream can act as a fuse carrying the fire to the bottle, turning you into a human Molotov cocktail. If you are using a gas grill, light the grill immediately after turning the burner knob. Allowing the gas to accumulate can create a flame burst, and you want to keep your eyebrows for the party. If there seems to be an issue with gas flow, turn off all knobs and valves and disconnect everything before inspecting the problem. Sometimes bugs or gunk can cause flow problems. Misplaced hoses can even melt over time. When I finish cooking on my gas grill, I take the extra precaution of turning off the supply valve; better safe than sorry. With the charcoal, you should close the lid and all vents when you are finished cooking, allowing the briquettes to burn out and cool completely. If you must dispose of them immediately, use long tongs to place them in a can of sand. DO NOT pour water over the coals. The intense heat can create a column of steam that can burn you in an instant and, in some cases, cause the coals to explode. So whenever you are cooking out, it's a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher at the ready.

THE POOL While a pool has little to do with grilling, pools can create many potential health hazards. The most obvious is drowning. It is easy at these backyard events to get distracted by socializing. Always designate an adult to keep an eye on the pool. Even with a group of strong swimmers, accidents happen. Drowning can occur in any depth of water. Don't assume because it is a baby pool nothing can happen. Also, in large pools, keep a close eye on pH levels to make sure harmful bacteria are not able to thrive, but also so you are not burning out the eyes of your guests with too many chemicals. Always, sun-block up, swim and sun-block up again. Sunburns can happen quickly, and the remedy is easy enough. Cont’d on pg. 53 B SC ENEMAG. COM

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ROSE CITY FARMERS MARKET Bring home locally grown fruits and vegetables straight from the farm. Rose City Farmers Market is your one-stop shop for all things organic.

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This summer we want you to think fresh over processed. Think local over corporate. It may be easy to stop by your local grocery store and pick up the essentials; however, you could use your free time to go pick out foods that haven't been in a box, for a few days, prior to being on display. And in Tyler, where best to do that than at a farmers market, while supporting our Tyler farmers and food artisans. B SC ENEMAG. COM

Last month, Tyler welcomed a new farmers market, at Juls, in South Tyler: The Rose City Farmers Market. In efforts to push for the farm-to-fork initiative, the farmers market brings local produce to your kitchen. So why do we think you should think local and fresh? Well first and foremost, the food you will find at Rose City Farmers Market is as tasty as it can get. The fruits are ripened in the field

before being picked and sold to you. You may even want to eat the strawberries you are eyeing down, right then and there. The food is also seasonal and flavorful. It is an opportunity to take in the season by treating yourself to foods that are meant to be eaten right now. Next, think about how much healthier food is compared to the food found at a grocery store. Grocery stores are known to sell food J U N E 2 0 14

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BUSINESS EXPO KATE MCKNIGHT, MELANIE NEWMAN, CAITLYN SMITH

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that is processed and grown by using chemicals. They think in terms of quantity over quality, and want to deliver as much produce as possible. For farmers, it is the opposite. Sure farmers grow little, but it is all natural. Sun and water are the main factors that help grow the fruits and veggies found at a market. As far as the animals go, the animals that produce the eggs and meats you will find are either on natural diets or simply just eat green grass. Markets are a great location to mingle, as well. Not just in terms of making new friends but by talking to the people that bring you the food you eat. It is an opportunity to learn how the produce is grown and where it comes from. Some chefs may even give you a few tips on cooking and meal pairings. And the Rose City Farmers Market isn't just a location of sell and buy, but also an entertaining event. With live music, children's activities and an opportunity to indulge in mimosas, Bloody Marys and True Vine Brewery beer, you can make this an outing for the whole family. Did we mention, pets are allowed? The Rose City Farmers market is open every Tuesday and Saturday through the last Saturday in July, from 8a.m. to 1p.m.. In addition to vegetables, fruits, and local and pasture raised meats and eggs, you will find cheeses, local honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, canned goods, locally crafted coffee and gluten-free or allergen-free foods. The open air market also offers handcrafted skin products, flowers, baskets and a variety of other hand or home made products.

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Family Owned and Operated since 1976 Bruno’s Pizza And Pasta has been providing East Texans with delicious homemade Italian food, pizza, pasta and more for decades. We have catering and takeout available, and our banquet room seats around 55. We also offer appetizers, salads, specialty pizzas and sandwiches. Whether it’s a quiet evening with the family or sharing a slice after the game, Bruno’s has you covered! Be sure to call us and ask for our daily lunch special! And, don’t forget to bring your favorite wine or ice cold beer for the ultimate Bruno’s experience!

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This second generation, family-owned/operated bakery is much more than a great place to share a simply delicious pastry and gourmet coffee. Chez Bazan offers daily lunch specials and truly innovative cake and pastry designs. LET CHEZ BAZAN CUSTOM CATER ANY OCCASION! Like us on facebook to find out our specials and promotions! 5930 Old Bullard Rd • Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.561.9644 chezbazan.com Café Hours: 11a.m. – 2p.m. M-S Bakery Hours: 7a.m. – 6p.m. M-F, 8a.m. – 4p.m. S, Closed Sundays


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MERCADO’S AUTHENTIC TEX-MEX

Mercado’s has been serving up some of East Texas’ best Tex-Mex for over 30 years. Come on in and try one of our 25 new items featuring Taco Al Pastor and handmade Gorditas! With all this variety you are certain to find a dish that satisfies. Mercado’s is also equipped with a full bar, so ice cold beer or your favorite cocktail is always on hand. Oh! And, don’t forget about our fresh, made-by-hand tortillas or free chocolate and vanilla soft serve. Bring the family, bring your friends and join us for some great atmosphere and authentic Tex-Mex cuisine.

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DAKOTAS PRIME STEAK & CHOP HOUSE

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Cont’d from pg. 31 Since grilling recipes are legion, I am going to assume you have the ones you need and focus our cooking section on how you get it to come together.

MENU Your menu will be a blueprint for not only what and how much you serve, but the order in which you prepare it. You cannot go wrong with burgers and hotdogs. They are barbecue staples. It is great to have these on hand, especially for finicky eaters or kids. However, cooking-out is your chance to show off your chops (no pun intended) behind the flames. There are many amazing marinades, rubs, cuts of meat and ways to grill. Use this moment to be adventurous and take some chances. Offer your guests something different at your get together. A couple good rules of thumb are: whatever you choose to cook, keep your menu limited. Trying to do steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and dogs, as well as some grilled veggies, might just be too cumbersome. By keeping the menu limited to a couple of selections, you can focus on quality. If the dish is something you have never cooked up before, do a trial run. Note your cook times, taste and decide if you need to make changes.

TIMING YOUR COOK Timing the items on your menu is critical to making sure everything comes out in the correct order and cooked to perfection. Eyeballing the grill might be fine for a couple of hot dogs, but when you are prepping food for a dozen or more guests, it becomes even more important. Have a game plan. Think about what all you are going to serve and take the time to determine exactly how much you'll need. Write down the order in which these foods should go on your grill. Potatoes baked on the grill are amazing but will take much longer than the meats. Corn, peppers and some vegetables can all take longer than burgers and dogs, so give some thought to how you expect the food to come off the grill. Put the steak and chicken on a timer. A good use for that little clock on your smart phone is to set an alarm for each menu item. Remember, some people prefer their steak rare and some not so much. Keeping your food "on the clock" will ensure they do not all turn out the same and nothing ends up burnt to a crisp. Also, get a grilling time chart. There are several available online that will tell you how long to cook each side for what kind and thickness of meat. Remember again always to check the temperature of your food before you pull it off the grill.

SIDES If you are not a total control freak or you want to keep your food budget to a minimum, your best bet is to have a potluck style dinner. When you invite your guests, ask them to bring a side. Have a list ready of the items you think will go well with what you are serving; salad, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes etc.. Also, get them to tell you what they are planning to bring so you can mark it off your list. Otherwise, you could end up with 12 bags of potato chips.

DRINKS / ICE To booze or not to booze? I personally cannot imagine a BBQ without good beer, but not everybody drinks and not every party is that kind of party. The important thing to remember here is the variety; plenty of lemonade or sweet tea, juices or sodas and above all, water, water, water! On hot days, you can quickly sweat out your liquids, and if you are serving adult beverages, extra water will prevent rapid dehydration keeping your guest from getting too soused too fast. I can tell you for a fact this is the most consistent backyard party faux pas; not enough ice. For some reason, people think a bag or two will suffice. Trust me, load up. You want to have plenty of ice to keep the brews and sodas cold. You may also want to have a second cooler or bucket just for iced drinks like tea, lemonade or any mixed drinks you may be serving. Have ice ready with a spoon or a set of tongs, so your party-goers do not have to use their hands.

EASY-START YOUR CHARCOAL Getting a good bed of coals going is often the hardest part of charcoal grilling. I despise loading up charcoal with lighter fluid. I find the meat always has a faint, funky, fuel taste. The Weber Chimney Starter eliminates the need for lighter fluid and ensures you get a good set of coals going the first time. If you have never used a chimney starter, prepare to be a convert. Chimney starters are metal cylinders in which you only place some rolled up newspaper and coals and light. The coals ignite from the bottom and in about 15-20 minutes they will be glowing. It takes some care in handling and pouring the coals into your grill once heated. The time and frustration you save getting a solid set of coals is well worth the trouble. Cont’d on pg. 70


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In its 30th year, the Taste of Tyler has experienced a resurgence over the last two years spurred on by wine and beer sales in Smith County and the "Buy Local First Initiative." "We want to encourage folks in Tyler to shop, eat, and do all their business right here in Rose City," says Bob Westbrook, powerbroker behind the East Texas tradition. This fun filled event has been a partnership between the Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club and the East Texas Restaurant Association for the past four years of its 30 year history. However, this year, the East Texas Food Coalition (including Rose City Famer's Market, Tru Vine Brewing Company, Porch Culture Coffee Roasters, Chef Demo, Silverleaf Resorts, and Vanderbilt Creamery,) stepped in and Carmen Sosa, of the Rose City Farmer's Market, joined hands with Westbrook to take it to a new level. The result is that a fantastic synergy has emerged between the restaurants and the food producers for this and future events. At the heart of all the changes is the effort to bring more attractions of food, produce, cheese, wine, craft brewers and coffee roasters in the Tyler East Texas area. The hope is that the next step is an allencompassing East Texas Wine and Food Festival. Thus, the magic of chefs and exceptional cooks come together with product producers to promote a more dynamic food culture in the Tyler area. The

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overall end-game is for an increase in the quality and quantity of great restaurants and entertainment for everyone. How cool is that?! Listen, over 60 Friends, In-Kind contributors and Sponsors "bellied up to the bar" to make "The Taste" happen. But wait, there's more! Twenty-nine fantastic restaurants were there in full force serving up beautifully prepared, pallet pleasing delights for all. The Annual People's Choice Awards are always a special attraction to the throngs of Tylerites who roam Harvey Hall sipping, nibbling and chattering throughout the night. This year's winners were: Best Decorated Booth—Razoo's Cajun Café; Best Entrée of Pecan Brisket, Bar-B-Que Chicken, and Smoked Sausage—Stanley's Famous Bar-B-Que; and Best Dessert of Wonderful "Can't Stop Eating Mother Sadler's Strawberry and Coconut Cream Pies"—Sadler's in downtown Jacksonville. One centerpiece of "The Taste" is the East Texas Restaurants Association's High School Culinary Program Cup Cake War. Five of the sixteen East Texas high schools had students participate by preparing, exhibiting and selling the audience on why their cupcake is the best. This fantastic program teaches life skills and entrepreneurship to these students with inquiring minds. The proceeds from the event go to $1,000 scholarships granted to the High School Culinary Program and to the Sunrise Rotary's, Southside Children's Park Project with the City of Tyler. Such a deal! Ya get all you can eat and drink, wonderful entertainment (Robert E Lee Fiddlers, TJC

AT THE HEART OF ALL THE CHANGES IS TO BRING MORE ATTRACTIONS OF FOOD, PRODUCE, CHEESE, WINE, CRAFT BREWERS, AND COFFEE ROASTERS IN THE TYLER EAST TEXAS AREA. THE HOPE IS THAT THE NEXT STEP IS AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING EAST TEXAS WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL. Jazz Band and George Faber and Friends) and the proceeds all go to great community causes. Well, my partner in crime, Bryan Stewart, and I, stuffed to the gills, yet still made room for two slices each of Sadler's pies. We eased out into the evening for a nightcap at Chris and Sam's Bar and Grill, where we closed the place down. So, if you're out and about, look for us, we'll be about town.

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For the past three years, guys like Jamey Whitley and Brandon Davidson have been working themselves to the (funny) bone to turn Tyler into a haven of laughs. Whitley insists that when places like Dallas and even Paris (no, not Paris, France but the one due north of Tyler) have a lively comedy scene, there's no reason that Tyler should not as well. So with little more than the help of a few regional comedians (Davidson among them) and sheer force of will, Whitley and the crew have managed to put on a number of increasingly successful comedy shows featuring well-known talent, among them the now annual East Texas Comedy Festival.

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The festival, in its third year, will assault downtown Tyler with a full-frontal salvo of jokes and improvisational comedy on June 13 and 14, at Liberty Hall, and it looks to be the biggest, most ambitious iteration of the event yet. Local and regional comedians will take the stage, but the heaviest hitters are the festival's headliners: Second City alumni Susan Messing and Frank Caeti, as well as Jimmy Pardo, best known as the warm-up act for tapings of Conan O'Brien's shows. Previous iterations of the festival would see each night include a mix of stand-up and improvisational comedy. This year, however, the two have their own dedicated night. Friday's show will focus on stand-up, with sets by Messing, Pardo and Paris, Texas', stand-up Daryl Felsberg, while improv comedy will be the focus of Saturday, with a performance by local improv comedy troupe, Card 53. However, that is not all. Whitley and Davidson are getting ambitious when it comes to presentation. After a full lineup of stand-up acts on Friday, the evening will conclude with the premiere of "Brandon Davidson's Local Late Show" at 11 p.m. It is billed as a stand-up show with a "Tonight" show twist and will feature a full set by the winner of the recent East Texas' Funniest Comic competition. Local pop/rock band Struck by Hammerz will serve as "house band." Saturday will feature two improv classes open to the public. Frank Caeti, an alumnus of world-famous comedy theater The Second City Chicago and MADtv regular, will lead the morning session, while Messing (also a Second City alumnus) will lead the afternoon session. The two will also appear as headliners that night performing as Alice and Edward (their middle names). The improv classes are recommended for those with theater experience. Whitley feels especially excited to have Messing on board the festival. She is considered one of the best improvisational comedians alive, spending more B SC ENEMAG. COM

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than two decades in the business in addition to developing and teaching an improv curriculum. "If I were told three years ago that Susan Messing would be here teaching improv classes, I would have been like, 'No way'," Whitley said. "The level of talent she's able to teach is unbelievable. I'd have been happy just to have her teach, but now that she is performing (the festival) feels even bigger."

Mexico. It is a thriving community that just wants to laugh. That's what I see more than anything." Comics and comedy clubs in Dallas have taken notice of the East Texas Comedy Festival and are asking how something this big is happening in East Texas. Though any success the festival has seen, Whitley and Davidson are quick to deflect credit. "People are always impressed that the City of Tyler is behind this," Davidson said. "When we talk to other people who are trying to do festivals, other comics or other venues in Texas will reach out and say ‘How did you guys do this'? When we start to talk about the buyin from Liberty Hall, which is owned by the city, they're really taken aback."

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THE REAL COUP OF THE WEEKEND, THOUGH, IS IN THE SCHEDULED APPEARANCE OF PARDO. "He fills one of the most sought-after roles in comedy right now. I had a chance to see Jimmy a couple years ago here in East Texas and saw people drive from Little Rock, Tulsa, Austin and parts of Louisiana," Davidson said. "I watched him get on stage for an hour and just destroy the room and I've never had more fun watching a comic work. In one way, I see this as a gift to Tyler. People may not understand how big of a deal it is for him to be here." Indeed, the East Texas Comedy Festival is quickly turning into a big deal thanks to the strength of the material and the prominence of its guests. There is, as a number of successful comedy events have proven, a definite hunger for this type entertainment in Tyler and it is starting to get noticed by folks outside the Piney Woods. "Theater Jones ranked us alongside the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, one of the biggest in Texas. The Oklahoma City Comedy Festival, we were mentioned before even them. It is proving that comedy can be done in East Texas," Whitley said. "To me it makes sense. We are right here in the middle of Dallas and Shreveport; it's a great hub for both sides to come together. There's more population here than in Santa Fe, New

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Whitley agreed. "The comedy clubs in Dallas publicly called out city officials there and pointed to Tyler because everyone from Mayor Bass to our city councilmen, to local business people is backing this festival," said Whitley. The two also give credit for the festival to Liberty Hall's director, Anne Payne, whom Davidson and Whitley approached separately in 2011, prior to the completion of Liberty Hall's renovation and grand opening. Davidson and Whitley had yet to meet, but both approached Payne pitching a Stand-up and Improv show, respectively, as one of the Liberty's first events.

HOW THE EAST TEXAS COMEDY FESTIVAL CAME TO BE "I had been working with Anne to do a couple of Card 53 Comedy shows in Tyler, but Brandon was talking to her about doing Stand-up," Whitley said. "So, she said ‘Why don't we just do this one big event and we'll just do a comedy festival.' That is how it originated." J U N E 2 0 14

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Davidson first met Whitley at an open mic night where Davidson was performing, but it was not until the ball began rolling for the first comedy fest that their collaboration would take shape. "Tyler Elliott, another local Stand-up comedian who helps put on the festival, and I had been driving to Dallas to do open-mics, and we thought that instead of driving to Dallas, we could probably do this here," said Davidson. "So, we approached Legends Bar and Grill, which is in one of the hotels here in town and said ‘Hey, can we try this on one of the off nights?' They gave us a Thursday night, and we did it. We had about 40 people show up and it was fun. So then, we tried it again, and like, five people showed up, and it was not as fun (laughs). However, we knew that we wanted to continue to do this." Davidson continued going to Dallas to hone his Stand-up skills, but wanted to see Tyler become a place where top comedians would want to perform. "At that same time, we asked Anne, ‘Do you guys ever do Stand-up here?' We thought maybe she could bring acts here, and we could open for them, or there was some way that we could work together. She said, ‘Well, Jamey does comedy stuff.' She had not quite figured out stand-up and improv," Davidson said. Whitley and Davidson both wanted a comedy event in Tyler, but neither was sure their two very different types of comedy would meld. But, Payne instructed the two to talk to each other and find away to make it work. "Traditionally, those two (comedy types) don't always work together," Davidson said. "But, it has been dazzling to see. I do not think at the time we realized that this was something, maybe, other than a one-time event. Then, as we talked about it, we were like ‘Why couldn't this be a festival'?"

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STAND-UP COMEDY AND IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Both styles have a single goal: Make audiences laugh. How each style achieves that goal, well, that's a different story. "They are very much different, and I think the biggest difference is that a stand-up is one person with a mic, talking to a crowd with jokes that they had written before (they go on stage)," Whitley said. "Improv, you're usually with a team; a group mindset. It is scenes that are completely acted out without a script. It's almost like watching a sitcom, but there's no script."

STAND-UP, HOWEVER, IS A BIT MORE INTIMATE. "At its simplest, Stand-up is a guy or a girl, their thoughts and a microphone," said Davidson. "Not even their thoughts, but their point of view. Stand-up and Improv can be seen as complimentary, especially improv in forming Stand-up comedy. Some of the best comedians out there have backgrounds in improv." Regardless of their method, Whitley and Davidson just want to make Tyler a funnier place, and if they can inspire others to either take up the comedy route or strike out into

their own original entertainment ventures, all the better. "This is not the end of comedy in Tyler or East Texas. So it's cool to be in on the ground floor of it. I have no idea how long Jamey and I will be shaping comedy in town," Davidson said. "But I know that if we stop, someone else is going to step in and fill that gap. We want it to be as good as it can be. I'd love if we inspire other people to try other things in the area." The third annual East Texas Comedy Festival, presented by Prosperity Bank, will hit Liberty Hall June 13th and 14th at 8 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit www.libertytyler.com.

Jamey Whitley has been trying not to fail at Improv for five years. He is the likeable little brother you never had. In 2009, he founded Card 53 Comedy with Aaron Smith while attending The University of Texas at Tyler. He trained for a brief stint at the infamous Second City in Chicago and in Dallas under Chad Cline, Jason Folks and Dan Glaser all of whom he is honored to also now perform with in the group Fourth Wall Comedy.

Brandon Davidson's comedy spans from personal subjects to social commentary. He is a husband, father and a disappointment to his parents and others. He calls his Stand-up comedy, “Intelligent, honest and super-duper adorable, just like him.” He also professes to be a great cuddler.


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Cont’d from pg. 53 Executing the perfect cookout requires the right tools. If you have been waiting for an excuse to collect some new backyard accoutrement, a summer party may be the perfect opportunity. Here are some suggestions on quality equipment that will not only give practicality to get you cooking, but will also add some style that will give your outdoor event flavor.

PLATES & CUPS At many backyard parties, the host will scrimp on the dinnerware and opt for paper plates and disposable cups instead. I know you do not want to break out your best china for these gettogethers, however, spending the extra money can keep food off the floor and give your party a more upscale feel. Whether it is IKEA or the local Dollar Store, you can find inexpensive plastic plates and cups that can add a splash of color and style to your party. If you already own plastic dinnerware you do not mind using, then save the money you would have spent on disposables and put it toward another area of the party budget. Yes, you will have to wash them afterwards, but you are kinder to the earth, avoiding bags of trash and will also be able to use them again.

GRILLS The right grill depends on your preference. Whether you go with a built-in gas or freestanding propane, charcoal or pit smoker, you can find great deals for the good stuff or you can spend a fortune on top-notch institutional quality equipment. Since most of us are not going to be opening a restaurant or competing in state-wide grill-offs, I have kept my grill selections in a more reasonable range.

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COOKING WITH GAS If you are wanting to go propane, you will not find a better grill for the money than the Charbroil Classic 6. With more than 650 sq inches of primary cooking area, this grill can accommodate almost any party. It utilizes 6 stainless steel burners, has a dedicated searing burner and can burn a total of 65,000 BTUs. The primary cooking area is covered with porcelain coated cast iron grates and is complimented by a chrome wire swing away warming rack that adds an additional 250 sq inches of secondary cooking space. The Classic 6 also features a locking caster system for easy mobility and secure placement of the grill. It has an electronic ignition for no hassle lighting and at a price point of around $350. The Classic 6 has the best combination of value and quality.

COOKING WITH COAL In my opinion, if you prefer charcoal, Weber makes the best grills. Their One Touch Kettle series come in a variety of sizes, but all have their easy clean feature and the same high quality porcelain-enameled bowls and lids. I do like the larger Gold Series because their hinged cooking grate makes prepping and maintaining coals a snap. You can get cheaper charcoal grills, but at around a hundred bucks, going with Weber ensures you will get years of use out of your grill.

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COVERS Regardless of how much money you spend on a grill, you will want to protect it. Grill covers keep Mother Nature from ruining your grill before its time. Not only can it keep the unit in the shade and protected from dirt, wind, and water, but the cover will also deter critters from perusing your grill for leftovers. Everybody from Home Depot to Target carries an assortment of grill covers, but the determining factor in your decision should be local weather. If you're in Southern California, a light cover, may be fine, but in an area with greater variations in temperature and precipitation, you will want to consider something more fitted, made of a heavier tarpaulin material.

TOOLS A set of grilling tools is a must have. Longer handles keep the food turning and the hair on your knuckles. William-Sonoma carries a good assortment. They are not only practical; you can find some that are super-stylish and as somebody who has used his Williams-Sonoma Monogram Series set for the last 11 years, I can vouch for their quality construction. Your set should include a fork, tongs, spatula, knife and a basting mop. Several even come with their own carrying case. In addition, two items necessary for any grill master are a quality wire cleaning brush and a jumbo chef's press.

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THE FINAL TOUCH No grilling ensemble would be complete without an apron and mitts, and my favorite is the Leather Apron with Mitts and Gloves offered through Broadway Panhandler. It is surely durable, and the heatproof gloves provide the best protection for your hands and wrists. The apron keeps you guarded against splatters. It includes two pockets for holding your grilling tools and the beaten brown leather looks cool and classic. Cont’d on pg. 86

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his week I find myself working on designs for a new television show, quite the opposite from my days on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The title is still a secret, but I can tell you the keyword is TINY. Standing at 4’10” tall myself, now this is a word I hear pretty often! So, have you seen the tiny home movement trending across our country right now? There is a growing passion for a smaller footprint. Homeowners are becoming more interested in having a mortgage that doesn’t bind them up inside their home. Downsizing their lifestyle gives freedom to experience more of this world, outside of the home.

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It is pretty simple. A lower mortgage rate might just allow you to do more of the things you love … travel, own a boat, go to the theater more, take dance classes or just breathe a little easier. As much as I believe our home space is important, I do not think our home should lock us into not experiencing the world around us. Simplifying our home life could and should richen our overall well-being. Henry David Thoreau in Walden wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” So, what exactly defines a “tiny home?” “The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet,” (www.thetinylife.com). A tiny home can be mobile, like an Airstream or camper, or it can be stationary, built on a solid foundation. In my travels, I’ve met so many couples who have sold it all to live in a trailer. They travel across the country and educate their kids not just with books, but with life experiences.

“The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100400 square feet,” POTENTIAL CONS 1. Only keep the bare necessities. No more attic clutter, linen closets or garage spaces stacked with boxes. Oh! And try defining bare necessities. It’s not easy. Suddenly you realize you have 10 pairs of the same jeans, but you can somehow rationalize why you need to keep all 10 pairs. 2. One bathroom for the entire family (Yes, this means sharing with the teenager!) 3. No dishwasher … hand washing it is! 4. Creative use of storage space. We’re talking every inch matters. Stairs, sofas and anything you can think of become storage space. 5. Furniture becomes multi-functional. You might eat, work and play cards all at the same table, that actually folds out from the wall.

Earlier this year when I ventured into the California desert, I stayed in this teardrop trailer called "The Pony." It was the perfect retreat. I���ll be honest, with my backpack on, I had to turn sideways to get through the entry door, but once I was in the trailer, the trailer felt like home to me! Because it was small, it forced me to sit out under the stars, go to the pool, sip coffee on the porch, swing in the early morning and visit with neighbors.

6. If two (maybe three) of you stood arms stretched across the living space, you could each touch the wall on either side.

As I am brainstorming about designs for tiny homes, I am looking at what families might have to sacrifice in these tight spaces. Here’s a list of just a few examples, if you can imagine:

10. No more king size mattress. You might not even have a “proper” nightstand.

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7. Your bedroom might be in a lofted space, where the pitched ceiling height prevents you from being able to stand up. (I might even have to duck!) 8. Stairs to a lofted bedroom might actually just be a ladder. 9. If you have space for a washer and dryer, it might only be a stackable unit.

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However, there are a lot of families taking the plunge to this drastic of a lifestyle change. Why, you ask? Well, let’s look at some positives it might lead to!

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POTENTIAL PROS 1. The debt on your home is not such a burden. Less stress is always healthy! 2. Financial freedom to experience more in life. 3. You spend more time outside with the family and neighbors. You might actually use that hammock now! One word comes to mind: Community. Our nation calls itself a “front porch community,” but with television, video games and iPads, are we not deviating from that? 4. De-clutter. De-clutter. De-clutter. 5. You live more environmentally friendly. A smaller footprint is less wasteful. 6. Simplifying to the necessities gives us a fresh perspective on what is important. We cannot help but become more socially and globally aware of our surroundings and other cultures when we have ourselves down sized to a more efficient lifestyle. 7. You might have more freedom to help others around you. 8. Lower monthly expenses for utilities and taxes. 9. Living in closer quarters might mean you spend more time with your family. (I suppose to some, this could be seen as a negative.) 10. Less square footage means less to clean!

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So, maybe these positives are still not convincing enough for you to jump on the "Tiny Home" bandwagon? Here’s a different idea to consider, and a similar trend I am finding in the world of architecture. How many of us are working from home these days? Alternatively perhaps we have a hobby that calls for a separate, detached space from our home? Building additions to homes can be very costly. Earlier this year, at the International Builder Show, my friends at Ply Gem (www.plygem.com) featured the work of Sett Studio, out of Austin, Texas. Sett Studio specializes in the construction of sustainable and responsible design. At the tradeshow, they featured the idea of auxiliary structures about 10’ x 16’ that are custom designed, modularly constructed and can add square footage in your own backyard. In most regions, a structure like this may be added to your property without permitting, noting only electrical is allowed, but not plumbing lines. Be sure to check with your City regulations on secondary structures and the setbacks on your property.

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… it felt like home to me! Because it was small, it forced me to sit out under the stars, go to the pool, sip coffee on the porch swing in the early morning, and visit with neighbors. The average shed size is about 10’x 12’ to help you visualize the scale. I interviewed Mike Speciale, owner of Sett Studio, and he told me that, “With the changes in the housing market over the last several years, we have seen a shift from homeowners ‘wanting’ a more sustainable home, to families ‘needing’ more sustainable lifestyle.” Speciale says his clientele ranges from self-employed entrepreneurs working from home to artists, musicians and more. The idea of these modular secondary structures offers a more affordable alternative to add square footage to your home, and given the modular construction, you can take the unit with you if you sell the home!

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Look, we all crave to have our spaces function properly for our lifestyle. The misconception we have fallen for is that more space equates to better living. Let me recommend a book to you: “The Not So Big House,” by Sarah Susanka. Whatever you decide, I think we can all agree that size does matter … and bigger is not always better for our home, even if you are in Texas.

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Tyler science centers reteam for Leonardo da Vinci exhibit From dinosaurs to da Vinci. From the T-Rex to the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci's ideas and designs for flying machines and weapons of war were ahead of their time. "Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion" offers an upclose look at 40 of Leonardo's inventions, built with materials and tools that would have been used during the Renaissance. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC and Discovery Science Place. For information and tickets, go to davincisummer.com. Their collaboration on last year’s Jurassic Summer was such a roaring success, The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College and Discovery Science Place have embarked on yet another joint venture. “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion” is an unprecedented, interactive dual-venue exhibition which runs through Sunday, Sept. 7, at both locations. The exhibition offers 40 handson, full-size working machines, straight from da Vinci’s mind and manuscripts – known as “codices” – and brought to reality by a team of modern scientists and artisans who used the craftsmanship that Leonardo would have used in his time. “This internationally acclaimed exhibition provides an engaging combination of education and entertainment in a completely hands-on experience that explores history, science, mechanics and physics, invention and innovation,” said Dr. Tom Hooten, TJC science center director and professor of physics and engineering. “Putting the exhibit pieces together was an intensive, twoweek process. We’re thrilled to be bringing da Vinci’s inventions to East Texas.” The exhibit is organized into four parts, based on pre-scientific studies of the elements of nature: earth, water, air and fire. The Discovery Science Place will be hosting earth and fire exhibits, and The Center for Earth & Space Science Education will be hosting water and air. Highlights include a revolving crane, a full-size armored tank (large enough for several visitors to explore inside), a working

robot, and four flying machines. Exhibits include such visionary inventions as the helicopter and glider, the drive transmission, the printing press and the bicycle. Most of the materials used in the construction of these machines were available in Leonardo da Vinci’s era, and are the ones proposed by him in his manuscripts, including wood, rope and glue. The materials were crafted by hand (using tools prescribed by the master himself), and then reinforced for the traveling exhibition. Visitors can also experience Leonardo’s Workshop, featuring hands-on stations where visitors can build a bridge, fire a catapult, create flying machines and more. Combination tickets, which include the da Vinci exhibit at Discovery Science Place as well as TJC’s Center for Earth & Space Science Education exhibit and a domed-theater show, are $12 for adults and $9 for children. There’s also a da Vinci Plus option, which includes all of the above plus general admission to Discovery Science Place, for $16 for adults and $12 for children. The Center for Earth & Space Science Education is located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 12:305 p.m. Sundays. Call 903-510-2312 for more information. Discovery Science Place is located at 308 N. Broadway Ave. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MondaysSaturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 903-533-8011 for more information. Sponsors for the exhibit are Southside Bank, KLTV Channel 7 and The University of Texas at Tyler.

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Never Fold: Young Ones Making Music on Their Terms Article By: Karli Hetherington, Photos By: Noel Martin

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he phrase "making it" could mean anything. For example, "making it" could refer to chart-topping-pop-icon success. But perhaps a more mature way to "make it" is about making music that you love to write and play, and fans love to hear. Making a little money along the way would not hurt, either. Young Ones is a group of friends in Tyler, Texas, who decided to play music together (after a little coaxing) in 2012: Brian Braquet, vocals; Chris Unger, guitar; Michael Pugh, guitar; Russell Polvado, bass; Eric Meeks, drums. The most recent addition of Seth Lord in April, on keys/vocals, rounds the group out to six. They are quick to describe themselves as influenced by Jimmy Eat World and other similar upbeat, melodic late-90s bands. "A unique mix of alt

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rock, indie rock and pop punk" that has produced "a passionately catchy sound," their online bio reads. With Seth on keys, Braquet said he can feel it heading more toward Panic at the Disco or Cartel. "All that old stuff we grew up loving, but with a modern spin," Braquet describes. There was lots of singing and more than a few nods during the interview to their threepart harmonies making way into the live show. Polvado is the only member who finds himself in a new role with Young Ones. He was initially a drummer, but apartment living led him to pick up an acoustic guitar. Unger and Braquet approached him to learn the bass parts for one show with them, leading the new role to success. "We had enough response and everyone had enough fun," Polvado recalled. They knew they were onto something. B S CE N E M A G.COM


Most of the guys have been in other bands over the years and experienced some level of burnout. They each found themselves ready to play music again with other people around the same time. Braquet had most of the material written for the first EP, "So This is Love," before the band formed. The guys played in Battle of the Bands at Kiepersol in 2012, and from that developed a relationship with a producer in Nashville. They began to work long-distance with the producer on songs for their second EP, and even traveled to the studio a few times. The songs and EP recorded, in Nashville, never saw the day of light, sadly. "It's really powerful. It is really good. [But] it's really not our band. I realized that we could do it at home, and it would sound [more] like us," Braquet explained. After recording their material, the band decided to focus on making music at home. For now, he has chalked up his Nashville deal as a great learning experience and looks forward to seeing if the music recorded in Nashville will make it live someday or not. Regardless, the band took away industry scoop. "I learned a lot about radio production ‌ What made it sound good. What gear to buy," Braquet said. B SC ENEMAG. COM

The plan was not always to build a home studio and self-produce their music, but by doing so the band "had full creative control here (in Tyler) and nothing but time to play with it," Polvado said. And because the time was no longer costing money, they still wanted to release their music somewhat quickly. They created a schedule and did their best to stick to it. Released April 1, 2014, "A to B" was a collaborative effort self-recorded and selfproduced. "We spent two months tracking the record. Working as a full time job, recording until 1 or 2 a.m." Unger said he "was tired of this music by the time it came out!" Pugh credits Unger for his time and energy spent on the songs. "He has got a brilliant mind when it comes to writing and producing," Pugh said. They pushed themselves to try new ideas and new sounds, and even had a few guest appearances by friends and artists. "I grew up on 90s bands with million dollar budgets," Unger said. "If we are able to do anything that nods to big production value – I get giddy about that." Overall, each member is pleased with the end five-song result, and from what they hear – the fans are, too.

Unger recalled their recent live shows as being encouraging after spending so many hours in the studio. "You can see the fruits of your labor with the room filling up while you play, or staying packed through the set," he said. However live shows are becoming harder to get. "All of us have been playing shows for a long time. How to book, how to get out and play has changed in the last 10 years. [There is] such an oversaturation of musicians and bands," Unger added. Despite this fact, Braquet said he believes the music scene in Tyler is in a good place. Bands that may not have the same sound are on bills together, getting paid fairly and, perhaps most importantly, having a strong turnout. Braquet explained that, as a frontman who happens to be a Christian playing (usually) at a bar, it's become important to him to introduce his songs and share a quick phrase or sentence about what the song means to him. He claimed that it is a deal breaker for him to not share that positive message with whoever is listening. Braquet elaborated, "It is your moment, no matter if it is for 5 people or 100. It is your moment to get whatever it is that inspired you J U N E 2 0 1 4 No. 83


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to write it, out [to the audience]." His own realization that "making it" in music while being just about the music has made it fun for him again. This is the first band Braquet has played with in recent years where the end goal or hope was not about "making it" in terms of success, or about getting signed, going on tour and getting big. He's accepted that music is and will be a part of his life, something he needs as an outlet. "If it is your medicine, you have to take it. The expectations go when you are not putting all of it on [yourself]." When it comes to writing new material, there isn't a set process or formula the band collectively uses. Unger likes to get inspired by "any

“Digital media is so diverse and expansive. We’ve been able to reach larger audiences. People stumble across us listening to the Jimmy Eat World station on Pandora. It gives us the ability to reach more ears.”

good idea. Be it a lyric, melody or riff." Braquet said he writes lyrics first, and then develops the melody. With Braquet's songs, you'll usually notice a positive message permeating through the speakers. Some topics are off limits, but he's not afraid to share his experiences and feelings through music. "Just like I hate songs ending with minor chords, I like [my lyrics] to resolve," Braquet explained. "A lot of it is me talking to myself. [It is] questions from younger me and advice from older me." Aside from the work of recording their own music, rehearsing for live shows and writing new material, an unexpected perk came out of building the home studio, Never Fold Studios. Young Ones have laid the groundwork for a budget-friendly recording space for other local bands. They offer an opportunity to get demos recorded without having to sacrifice potential college tuition or car payments. "We've had other local artists come in and eat up the studio, because it gives them a chance to see what a song could sound like. This is all thanks to Brian. He is the one who commits financially and commits time to support local music," Polvado said. "Anybody actively being in a band, playing original material," he said, gets an invitation to swing by the studio to check it out and record something. It is also a revenuegenerating strategy for Young Ones, who will use the money earned from recording artists to fund their work. (Like maybe those songs still sitting in Nashville…!) For Braquet, it is important to provide a studio option, after seeing bands (including his own) get taken advantage. "You pay too much for a product that's not worthy of what you need to make in order to [pay] for it," Braquet mentioned. Instead of letting bands get stuck financially, he enjoys working with new bands and guiding them by passing on advice and tips he has learned, the hard way, over the years. Young Ones' music can be found all over the Internet, on iTunes, Amazon and mobile apps such as Pandora and Spotify. The guys agree that the digital age of music is a game-changer, but they like the direction it's going. "Digital media is so diverse and expansive. We've been able to reach larger audiences. People stumble across us listening to the Jimmy Eat World station on Pandora. It gives us the ability to reach more ears," Unger explained. Polvado is an advocate of Spotify, a mobile app that lets users pay a small monthly fee to stream specific albums or songs. "Asking someone to buy an album is taking a gamble. [With Spotify], they can just try it out. There's no risk." They also hope to branch into licensing their music for commercials, web ads, movies and television shows. There is more money to be made in this area than any album sales or touring could hope to produce for a local band these days. "You just spend and spend and spend, and you can't be successful in music if you aren't bringing something in," Braquet said. The end goal is to be able to sustain the band's recording, merchandise and small tours. As Unger said, "We do it because we love doing it, but not going broke in the process is even better!" Become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/realyoungones, or tweet @realyoungones to engage online with the band!

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If you're going to do something, do it right. Right? Great parties are not just about the grill; they are about the total vibe. Talented hosts do not just serve food; they create an experience for their guests. Taking some time to think about the experience you want your friends and family to have makes the planning process easier and much more fun.

Always get in a good deep cleaning before the party. Your guests will feel so much more comfortable if your home is free of clutter and the toilets are clean. Wherever you set up your serving line, make sure it makes sense and flows logically. Start with plates, then load ‘em up with food and end with napkins and silverware. You do not want guests doubling back for stuff. Also, guests are constantly refilling drinks, so set your drinks up in a separate area, this way food-getters, aren't in the way of drink-getters.

INVITES First, always take into consideration how many people you can accommodate. I like to keep it relaxed and allow my guests to bring friends along, but you also need to take this into consideration. Send your invitations out at least two weeks ahead of time and ask your guests to RSVP so you have an idea of the supplies your party will require. Again, I like to keep the party loose and comfortable, and it usually turns into an all day affair. You can tell them the event kicks off at Noon till whenever, but you will want to let your guests know when the grill will be fired up so they can get a hot meal, and so you are not on grill duty for the whole affair. If you are grilling between 1:00 and 3:00, mention that on the invitation. Also, it is always good to note what will be on the menu and any other important info like whether it is BYOB or potluck, Etc.

THEME IT Themed parties give focus to everything you do; from the look of your invitations to the music you play to the decorations you hang up to the food you prepare. Want to create a tropical paradise? Play some Beach Boys or Bob Marley, throw on some grass table-skirts, put an umbrella in every drink and try your hand at jerk chicken. Want to try down home BBQ? Wear a cowboy hat, play some Willie and Waylon and do up some ribs. Remember, it is not a costume party. The theme should not overwhelm the event, but a well-themed party sets the tone and allows your guests to loosen up.

DECORATION Create your own décor or invest in a couple of pieces you could keep after the party for another use. Don't go buy a bunch of paper decorations at the party store. You're just creating more trash for yourself and the environment. With a few helpful online hints, a bit of imagination and whatever you have lying around the house, you would be surprised what you can design. Decorations will make your party unique. Decorate with potted annuals instead of cut flowers. You can get way more color for the money, and you can let them bloom all summer long.

MUSIC Having the right music may be the most important thing and with iTunes, Spotify and Pandora it is way too easy to have a playlist that fits the theme you wish to create. Music keeps the party flowing, reduces the pressure to talk through awkward silences and gets your guests in the mood.

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THE OUTSIDE Throw open the doors and (as they say) bring the outdoors inside. Allow your deck or patio to become an extension of your living room. Another often overlooked detail is seating. Make sure you have enough chairs. Kids may be fine sitting on blankets picnic style, but be sure to set a place for the adults. Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to find cheap, extra chairs and often the eclectic mix of chairs adds more ambience and style than a dozen plastic or folding chairs from Wal-Mart. Adequate shade is also an important consideration during the hot months. If you have an exposed yard, it is vital you have umbrellas. You can also go online and check out some ingenious do-it-yourself solutions for creating extra shade. If the party is going to run into the evening, candles, tea lights and loosely strung up white Christmas lights are better than backyard flood-lights. Keep the ambience stylish and relaxed. Also, don't water the yard 2-3 days before the party. Outdoor furniture legs can sink in a soaked yard, and the soggy ground can ruin any games you have planned. If you have pets, do a thorough inspection of your yard. Few things can ruin a good time more quickly than stepping in dog poop.

ACTIVITIES It is always good to plan something for your guests to do. If you have a backyard pool you can pretty much mark this one off your list, but horseshoes, volleyball, badminton and even croquet are all great backyard sports in which almost any age or skill level can participate. If you do not have any backyard games, here's your excuse to go get some. However, avoid the big 5 in 1 backyard game sets. You end up with plastic horseshoes, volleyball net that won't stay up, crumpled birdies and two other games you'll never play. It is best to buy quality sports equipment and take some time to build a good horseshoe pit or set up a solid volleyball area. Focus on creating a good tournament of competition around one sport. The memories created during these activities are priceless. Your backyard barbecue should be more than just a party. With a little forethought, creativity and love, your Summer Solstice, Independence Day or regular old BBQ will be far from ordinary. It will be an event. It will be a memory-making machine. Now roll up your sleeves, prep the burgers and invite your friends and family over for a time they will not soon forget! B S CE N E M A G.COM


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COMFORT vs. HUMIDITY (The Summer Battle)

Let’s face it; we live in the heart of East Texas, and our summers are brutal. They are hot and muggy, and can be very uncomfortable if you are not prepared, and especially if your biggest ally is not prepared. Who is this friendly ally that will keep you comfortable during this battle? Is it your swimming pool, the sprinklers, maybe spending time at the lake? No, it’s your AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM! It’s important that you have a properly functioning air conditioning system to reduce home humidity. Reducing humidity creates a healthier environment, makes your family more comfortable, and it helps control damaging mildew and mold. Can your AC system win the battle?

Leaky ductwork can also contribute to high humidity. Ductwork that was installed more than 10 years ago may not have been sealed properly, because the codes were not as strictly enforced. This lets the duct pull in hot humid air making your AC system less efficient and your home more humid. It also brings in more dust. The ductwork should also be sized properly to match the AC system.

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Proper sizing is the key to removing humidity, while maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout the home. An AC system that is too small will not be powerful enough to keep your space at a comfortable temperature and draw humidity out of the air. It can run continuously even in moderate weather, and still not win the battle. When oversized, the AC system cools your home too quickly, and will not run for a sufficient amount of time to dehumidify the space. This can cause mildew and mold issues. Oversizing is a common problem, since a number of contractors do not take the time to calculate what is actually needed, and generally, people think ‘bigger is better’. When it comes to comfort, ‘bigger’ loses the summer battle.

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