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PUBLISHER'S LETTER

While I may not live for hunting season, nor enjoy waking up at 4 am to sit silently in the cold, I enjoy hunting and can appreciate the effort and patience that goes into “the hunt.” Alright men, “shave the date!” It’s No-Shave November and it’s finally acceptable to grow a little (or a lot of) facial hair! I suppose I follow the rules for No-Shave November all year round. About two years ago I started keeping a “Full Beard”, that’s a term you will learn a little more about on Page 38. Matter-of-fact, you will learn a lot about beards in this issue and all their machismo inducing power. It is a fact, a beard can take an average man and transform him into a Nordic God. And, the best part of No-Shave November is that it serves to remind us all of those who may be struggling with hair-loss associated with chemo-therapy. So, grow your beard, gentlemen and wear it proud.

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Just in time for your month of hasslefree, facial upkeep; it’s hunting season! I think a man should feel a little more manly, if he is hunting with a “full beard.” Now, while I may not live for hunting season, nor enjoy waking up at 4 am to sit silently in the cold, I enjoy hunting and can appreciate the effort and patience that goes into “the hunt.” And, being from Texas, I have met my fair share of hunters. In fact, I married into a family of die hard fanatics. But, one thing I have noticed more than anything over the past few years are the growing number of women who are taking to the sport. This month, our cover story focuses on some of these

ladies and the solace they find with a rifle in the wild. And, I don’t think you can mention hunting without mentioning safety. This month, my wife Kelly, our executive assistant Ashley and contributing writer Veronica, took a trip to Clayton Gun Training, in Whitehouse, to learn a little more about gun safety and the proper procedures for owning a weapon. It is always a good idea to brush up on safety, remember safety first! If you have any interest in learning more about gun safety or if you are someone looking to get your CHL (concealed handgun license) you must check these guys out. Yes, we have learned that November is much more than turkey and dressing, it is a gun-toting, full beard having, camo-wearing kinda month and we are embracing it whole heartedly all this month. So, what are you waiting for? November has just started and we’ve got lots to do!

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EDITOR'S LETTER

Now, some ladies I know would like to keep their camping trip as traditional as possible. These ladies embrace the wild unknown and are unafraid to carve their names in the rock that is the male dominated world of hunting. Over the past year I have found myself to be quite enamored with the idea of glamorous camping or “glamping” for the layman. I mean, I love camping, but Glamping is for all of us ladies who would like to take a bath at least once a day. A few comfort amenities can take a hot, mosquito-filled night in the woods and turn it into an experience that is a little more palatable for everyone. I must say, I am a little jealous. Our own Kim Lewis was given the opportunity to do a little glamping this past month and she has brought us back a whole lists of dos and dont’s that are sure to make your next camping trip as glamorous as possible.

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Now, some ladies I know would like to keep their camping trip as traditional as possible. These ladies embrace the wild unknown and are unafraid to carve their names in the rock that is the male dominated world of hunting. From the novice, to the seasoned pro, this month we give you an insight on the growing trend with Women in East Texas and all over the United States … Girls and Guns!

ownership. Whether you are using a rifle in the great outdoors or a handgun in your home, respecting these weapons and handling them properly is the first step in keeping our friends and family safe. And, while we are on the subject of keeping friends safe, another story we featured this month springs to mind. Many of our great nation’s elderly may go days or even weeks without visitation or a proper meal. For years, Meals On Wheels has been a key component in the fight against hunger. But these volunteers do not simply deliver food, they deliver hope to elders that would otherwise go without. I want to personally thank the volunteers at Meals On Wheels for their countless hours of commitment. This issue is filled to the brim with events as well. Jump in and spend a little time with the fun and inspirational stories that are sure to get your November started off on the right foot.

But, not all the fun was had by our lady “glampers” and hunters. A few members of the BSCENE crew and I hit up Clayton Gun Training, in Whitehouse, to see if we could get the low-down on gun safety and gun ownership. After a little “ballistic therapy” on the shooting range, we all left with a better appreciation for responsible gun

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CONTENTS Publisher's Letter 02 Editor's Letter 04 Street Scene 10 Cover Story 12 Special Delivery 24 Service Beyond The Showroom 36 The Bearded Man 38 Tasting Room 46

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54 Man About Town 62 Style File 70 Controlling The Chaos 76 Gone Glamping 84 Outtakes 86 Product Spotlight 88 Pulling The Trigger

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Many elders go without food or visitation everday. The volunteers at Meals On Wheels not only deliver food, they deliver hope.

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The "Man" and company take on Portifino's, in Tyler, to give you all the reasons this dining destination is perfetto!

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This month, BSCENE magazine gives you all the hot fashion to keep you looking cool this fall.

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NOVEMBER EVENTS 30 2ND ANNUAL STUD SHOW WSL LUNCHEON/STYLE SHOW 32 ETSO SYMPHONY RECEPTION 34 TURN TYLER PINK 42 TEXAS EQUESTRIAN GALA 44 COVER UNVEIL 48 BRAS FOR THE CAUSE 56 GREAT STRIDES 5K WALK 69 TRF LADIES' LUNCHEON TRF MEN'S LUNCHEON 74 CASA APPRECIATION DINNER TACC ANNUAL MEETING 80 STRUTTERS 75TH ANNIVERSARY TRF PAST PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION 82 TRF QUEEN'S TEA 92 HEART BALL KICK-OFF PARTY MOW BANQUET

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Take camping and glamour, fuse them together and you get "Glamping!" Kim Lewis breaks down this wild new trend.

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The BSCENE crew pulls the trigger on concealed hand gun licenses with Clayton Gun Training.

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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. TransCanada Corp. awarded 12 grants to local nonprofits through East Texas Communities Foundation, and The Tyler Musuem of Arts was one of the selected few. TMA received a donation check for environmental impact projects at its location, in Tyler, on Oct. 7.

The American Heart Association recognized Tyler-based Brookshire Grocery Co. as a gold-level, Fit-Friendly Worksite for promoting health and wellness at the corporate level, on Oct. 8.

Metroflex Gym held an epic grand opening at their training facility, in Tyler, on Oct. 18. The event included a meet and greet with 7 athletes, showcased local vendors and a car show.

Brookshire’s Grocery Company donated a check to Defeating Autism Through Applied Behavior Analysis (DATA) for $12,000 at their Bergfeld location, in Tyler, on Sept. 22.

The Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce helped the Heart of Texas Gift Gallery celebrate its 20 year anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its shop, in Nacogdoches, on Oct. 1.

Texas Rose Queen, Kathryn Elizabeth Peltier, cuts through a rosewrapped, ribbon signifying the start of the Texas Rose Festival events and festivities for the 2014 season dubbed, Cirque De La Rose, at the Tyler Rose Garden, on Oct. 16.

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Cappy’s Maps was welcomed into the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commmerce with a ribbon cutting at the chamber, in Nacogdoches, on Oct. 9.

Good Shepherd Medical Center sliced the crimson tape on its new, state-of-theart facility, NorthPark Medical Plaza, at its location, in Longview, on Sept. 30. The 77,000 sqft. facility offers comprehensive emergency care, family medicine services, advanced digital imaging and orthopedic care. B S CE N E M A G.COM


Cole and Co. hosted the Betty James Jewelry Fall Trunk show at their location, in Tyler, on Sept. 25. Designer, Nicole Potter, was on location to help patrons select the perfect new pieces for their fall wardrobe.

The Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas was honored with the 2014 BBB Outstanding Communications Award, in New Orleans, LA, on Sept. 23.

Stepping Stones Reading and Math was welcomed into the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting at its location, in Nacogdoches, on Oct. 1.

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the first group of stores to The Villages at Cumberland with a ribbon cutting at Gordman’s, in Tyler, on Sept. 26.

The Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital proudly cut the crimson tape on its all-new Women’s and Children’s Center, at the center’s new location, in Nacogdoches, on Oct. 13. Brookshire’s Grocery Company proudly welcomed guests to the grand opening of their newley remodeled location, in Flint, with a ribbon cutting, on Oct. 1.

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Oleta Jane Hair & Nail Studio was proudly inducted into the Longview Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting at its location, in Longview, on Oct 6.

The Longview Chamber of Commerce welcomed Highway 80 Rescue Mission Women & Family Shelter with a ribbon cutting at its new location, in Longview, on Sept. 23. N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 No. 11


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rowing up, my only sibling happened to be a brother who was six years my elder. We lived on a cul-de-sac and spent most of our free time with the only other kids within a safe walking distance, two older boys who lived across the street. I guess you could say I had no choice but to be somewhat of a "tomboy," tailing my brother and his friends on whatever adventure they had planned for the day. I

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suppose my brother got accustomed to having me around, so it seemed only natural that when he and my dad went hunting or skeet shooting, I was always invited to join in on their fun; but the atmosphere is changing in the outdoor sporting world and you no longer have to be a "tomboy" or surround yourself with men to get in on the fun of hunting. More and more women are grabbing their pink camouflage and

featherweight rifles and jumping in on the action in the field, and East Texas women are no exception! Whether they've been hunting since they were old enough to shoulder a rifle, or have adopted the hobby in recent years, the East Texas women featured in this article all have at least one thing in common: They will inspire you to grab your (or your brother's, father's, husband's or boyfriend's) rifle and get in the action of game hunting!

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THE BORN NATURAL For Melissa Jackson, hunting was never an option. It was a way of life. The year she was born, her parents purchased a deer lease near Brady, Texas, and began spending every weekend, during the winter months, traveling there with Melissa and her brother. From the time she could sit up, Melissa would accompany her mother (also an avid hunter) and father to the deer blind, taking along a favorite coloring book or toy to pass the time before she was old enough to actually participate in the shooting. Jackson shot her first deer around the age of nine and also began to shoot in sporting clay tournaments with her father. When she married her husband Jeff, who also grew up in a hunting family, he was thrilled that his wife shared his common interest. Many anniversary trips, weekend getaways and family vacations have revolved around outdoor sporting for the Jacksons. From taking an anniversary trip to the Bahamas for bonefishing to going on a once-in-a-lifetime dove hunt in Argentina with Melissa's parents, the couple has truly made hunting a family affair. Continuing the legacy, Jeff and Melissa introduced their two daughters, Jacqueline, 5, and Birdie, 3, to the outdoor life from a very young age. Both young girls have already spent several hours in a deer blind with their parents, and Jacqueline has begun to follow in her mother and grandmother's footsteps by working on her shooting skills using her very own pink camouflage BB gun.

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Last year, while hunting on their family deer lease, Melissa spotted the biggest buck she had seen in recent years. After spotting the 11-point a few times around the lease, she knew it was her year to bring in the big one. Leaving her husband Jeff at the house to babysit the girls, Melissa set out to the blind and, after a few unsuccessful hunts, finally bagged her largest buck ever, scoring a 147 7/8 on the Boone and Crockett Scale (the typical method for scoring a buck based on five different criteria). When asked the best tip she could pass along to women wanting to get involved in hunting, Melissa first and foremost emphasizes getting familiar with your gun and basic safety and shooting techniques. "The number one thing when guns are involved is gun safety. That's just something that everybody needs to be reminded of before each hunt. But the more you get out there and handle the guns and the more you become familiar with them, the more comfortable you feel being around them." Melissa says. So if you're dying to join your friends and family members on their next hunt, but aren't sure where to start, getting familiar with gun safety is the first step. We turned to local hunting expert Brent Gallo, owner of Double G Sportsman Adventures in Poyner, to get some insider information on the best steps to take, for a novice hunter, before the hunting season begins.

TIPS FROM THE EXPERT ON GETTING STARTED: Familiarize yourself with the gun you'll be shooting and take a shotgun instruction course from a reputable instructor. Rose City Sporting Clays in Tyler and Prairie Creek Ranch in Gladewater both offer basic shotgun instruction and can help get you trained and comfortable with your firearm. Take a Hunter's Safety Education Course approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This course is actually required by the State of Texas, in addition to a hunting license, and can be taken online. To be approved, the course must teach hunters to become: • Safe (by following all firearm and hunting safety rules). • Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws). • Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting) • Involved (in joining and participating in hunting and conservation organizations). Make sure you have a gun that you can handle. For women, Gallo recommends a "featherweight" shotgun, and a gas operated semi-automatic generally offers the most recoil reduction. He advises to stay away from guns designed specifically for youth as they tend to be too short. Most of all, hunting is meant to be enjoyed! There are so many options and different kinds of hunting out there to try. If you go once and you don't like it, don't give up. Try something else; just make sure you're only shooting what's in season!

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STATE OF TEXAS HUNTING REGULATIONS OVERVIEW 1. HUNTING LICENSE

• A hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle in Texas (except furbearers, if the hunter possesses a trapper's license). • No license is required for nuisance fur-bearing animals, depredating hogs or coyotes. • Non-residents under 17 years of age may purchase and hunt with the Youth Hunting License.

2. CLOSED SEASON

For any species, the period of time, if any, when hunting that species is not permitted.

3. HUNTER ORANGE

No hunter orange is required while hunting on private property, but it is recommended. Public hunting lands require 400 square inches of daylight florescent orange with 144 square inches appearing on both chest and back, and daylight florescent orange headwear must be worn.

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4. LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS FOR ALL GAME ANIMALS AND NON-MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS The period from one-half hour before sunrise to onehalf hour after sunset.

5. OPEN SEASON For Carlyle Mehling, 24, and Anna Snodgrass, 26, it wasn't a husband or boyfriend who peaked their interest in hunting. For Snodgrass, the hunting bug bit early in life. She accompanied her father on deer hunts starting at age 10. Snodgrass then shot her first buck, an impressive 8-point, at the age of 12. From the thrill of the hunt to the pride of being able to fend for herself in the wild, Snodgrass fell in love with everything about deer hunting. The next year, at just 13 years old, Snodgrass began hunting solo, spending hours alone in the blind every weekend during deer season, a tradition she continues even today. "I hate to say I am a loner, but I just like to go to my deer lease and do my own thing. It's fun when my dad and I get to do our thing, but when it comes down to the hunt, I guess I am kind of a loner," Snodgrass explains.

understand that hunting in itself is a vehicle for wildlife preservation and that it should always be done with respect for nature. "It's always been a respect thing. You hear about people shooting them [deer] and just cutting the rack off and stuff like that, but I would never do that. We take the whole thing, the rack, all the meat...we eat everything we kill," Snodgrass says.

While many women take up hunting as a way to spend more time with their significant others, Snodgrass has a passion for the sport that trumps most males she's ever known. "It's great to go with a boyfriend or husband, but I've never been that type. Once when deer season came around, it almost ended a relationship for me, because I go and I do want to be by myself. The whole month of November, I'm gone every weekend and I hunt all month long. The past few years I've even hunted on Christmas Day," Snodgrass confesses.

While Mehling does most of her hunting these days with her grandfather at their family's farm in Tatum, Texas, she is constantly on the lookout for girl friends who enjoy hunting as much as she does. She always encourages women to just go for it when it comes to hunting, but also cautions that you should get some practice in with your weapon of choice before heading out in the field.

There may not be many women out there so dedicated to the sport of hunting that they spend their rent money on a new scope for their rifle, but Snodgrass is proof that women can be just as passionate about hunting as men. She is not only passionate about hunting, but also about the goal that everyone, whether they hunt or not, would B SC ENEMAG. COM

After joining some friends at a deer lease four years ago, Carlyle fell in love with the strategy behind hunting and decided she wanted to have the skill to hunt her own meat. She takes pride in being able to compete in a male-dominated sport. "A woman doesn't have to compromise her femininity to become a hunter (or huntress). Pink cammo is my go-to," she states.

"Nobody wants to hunt with a woman that doesn't know what she's doing or that needs everything done for her. Get in some target practice and ask questions, " Mehling advises novice females hunters. Besides hunter safety and shooting instructions, there are a few hunting regulations from the State of Texas that you should know before you go.

You can find dates for open season by going to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us. The open season includes both dates and all days between. Unless otherwise specified, the open season is a "general" season and all legal means may be used in taking the species. Where the open season is designated as "archery," only legal archery equipment/crossbow as specified, may be used. Where the open season is designated as "muzzleloader only" only muzzleloaders (as defined by Texas Parks and Wildlife) may be used. When a season is designated as a "youth-only," special regulations apply.

6. SALE OF INEDIBLE WILDLIFE PARTS

The following inedible wildlife parts may be purchased or sold provided the part was lawfully taken or possessed: Hair, hide, antlers, bones, horns, skull, hooves, or sinew from the following game animals: mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, desert bighorn sheep, gray or cat squirrels, fox squirrels or red squirrels, and collared peccary or javelina. Feathers from ducks, geese, and brant may be used, purchased, or sold for making fishing flies, pillows, mattresses, and similar commercial uses. Feathers from migratory birds may not be purchased or sold for hats or ornamental purposes nor may a person purchase or sell mounted migratory game bird specimens taken by hunting. Feathers, bones, or feet of game birds other than migratory game birds (turkey, grouse, pheasant, partridge, quail, and chachalaca).

7. POSSESSION OF DEER HIT BY MOTOR VEHICLE

It is unlawful to possess a deer or any part of a deer that has been hit by a motor vehicle.

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THE GLAMOUR GIRL While you wouldn’t know it by looking at her, Katie Shew has been an outdoor adventure lover most of her life. She grew up fishing and shooting with her dad, but Katie wasn’t introduced to the world of freezing cold, super early mornings in a duck blind until she joined her boyfriend of three years for a hunt last season. As Shew puts it, that was all it took and she “was hooked.” “I enjoy the time not just being spent with him, but it also gives me some alone time because you’re sitting there quiet for hours at a time...that’s probably been my favorite part [of hunting] so far,” Shew claims. Working in the oil field keeps her boyfriend out of town most weekdays, so spending time together on their weekend hunting trips has become the couple’s favorite bonding activity. Shew says her boyfriend has always encouraged her to come along on his trips, even buying Shew her first gun and set of waders. However, he doesn’t always understand her pre-hunt methods. If the hunting schedule calls for a 3:30 a.m. wake-up call, you can bet Shew will be up at 2:30 a.m. to make sure her make-up and hair are done before they head out for the day. “He doesn’t understand that, but that’s who I am. I have black face paint all over me anyway, but it makes me feel better about myself to have my make-up on,” Shew jokes. As Shew proves, you don’t have to look like a rugged, outdoor woman to be a hunter. More and more outdoor sporting goods companies are realizing the increasing female presence on the scene and are making products that are both stylish and functional for the female hunter. From customized pink and leopard or zebra print waders, to pink camouflage shotguns, the perfect gear for even the most glamorous of hunters is available!


THE SEASONED PRO From hunting exotic Fallow Deer in New Zealand, to Pigeon and big game in Ireland, Dana Kelly has done it all. Along with her husband, Greg, the Kellys are members of the Dallas Safari Club, an organization that focuses on wildlife conservation, hunting education and protecting hunter's rights, as well as offering access to some of the world's greatest hunting adventures! Every Friday, Kelly heads to Dallas to participate in the women's luncheon at the Safari Club, joining a group of women from Marshall, Houston and Dallas with whom Kelly has shared many hunting experiences.

plan to participate in the shooting, make sure you are very well versed on the safety specifics of your gun, as well as properly educated, licensed and practiced before you head out. If you haven't had a chance to get adequately trained for the hunt, just go along for the ride! Grab your camera and be the official documenter of all the fun or just take a seat in the blind to enjoy the peace and quiet of being surrounded by nature. However, if you choose to get involved, as long as you're well prepared, you may be surprised at how much you enjoy yourself.

This group of ladies not only lunch on Fridays, but love to get away together for a little "girl time." While for most, the idea of a girls weekend conjures images of spa treatments and shopping excursions, for these six women, heading to Kelly's 3,000 acre ranch in West Texas to hunt deer, quail and wild hogs is more their speed.

Last, when it comes to hunting, patience is the key for almost every step along the way. Be patient when it comes to learning to shoot and hunt. Whether you're holding a firearm or a crossbow for the first time or you've been doing it for years, it takes a lifetime to perfect the skill and accuracy of shooting. Be patient with yourself and always ask for help from the pros whenever you have the chance. Also, remember hunting can be a competitive sport for a reason. It may take an entire season of sitting in a blind before you ever spot your prey. Be patient and don't give up. When you finally bring in your first kill, it will all be worth it!

While the Kellys support global hunting conservation efforts through the Dallas Safari Club, they also get involved locally by raising doe, bucks and quail on their ranch for release and repopulation. The family members are also firm believers that, while the sport of hunting is fun, you should eat what you kill whenever possible. "We don't really buy a lot of meat; we do a lot of deer meat because we have it all processed. We don't let anything go to waste," Dana claims. While all four of these women may have different styles and experience levels when it comes to their hunting style in the field, they all agreed on a few basic principles for getting involved in the male-dominated, hunting world. First of all, each one emphasized that women shouldn't be intimidated to try hunting. If you are afraid the man in your life might not be too excited for you to tag along on his weekend at the deer lease, just try asking him! You may be surprised at how excited he is that you're taking an interest in a hobby he loves.

As all the women featured here can attest, the opportunities for females in hunting are limitless. From customized guns that reflect your "girly" personality to fashion-forward and field ready hunting gear, the world of outdoor sportsmen is definitely opening the door for sportswomen more than ever before. Don't miss out on an opportunity to try something new and get your whole family involved. Before you know it, you just might be giving up your bi-weekly pedicures to make room in your budget for a new rifle or a share in a deer lease. Follow the tips and advice from the trailblazing women in this article and it won't be long before everyone will be referring to you as Annie Oakley ... so, Annie, get your gun!

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hey often go unnoticed. Very seldom does their work garner praise or public recognition. And yet, for so many, Meals on Wheels volunteers stand between a life plagued by hunger and isolation and the feeling of being forgotten or even worse - discarded. The thousands of homebound elderly and disabled clients of Meals on Wheels know that the impact made by so many volunteers is a life-changing effort, and one that forges a legacy made up of stronger stuff than earthy accolades.

“I think it’s just as important that we check in on these people each day, and we make sure they’re ok. Elderly people can be prone to injuries or falls, and often it is a Meals on Wheels volunteer who becomes their first line of defense against a serious injury or worse.”


Every day, hundreds of volunteers spread out across a 4,000 square mile service area in East Texas to deliver hot, fresh-made meals for Meals on Wheels Ministry (MOWM). They are prepared at the organization’s central Tyler location. This simple process has been replicated across the globe in an effort to meet the needs of an often forgotten population – our seniors and disabled adults – and in doing so, enable these precious people to live a life of independence in their own homes. Jimmy and Martha Mitchell, of Athens, Texas, have been quietly serving their neighbors for over 20 years, and together they were named “Volunteers of the Year” during the organization’s annual banquet, held on October 9. Jimmy and Martha have served an estimated 10,000 meals during their tenure as Meals on Wheels volunteer delivery drivers, and it all began as a favor to a friend. “The man who recruited me was Jimmy Browning,” Jimmy remembers. ‘We were in the Methodist Men’s group, and we were eating breakfast one day when Browning kept B SC ENEMAG. COM

telling me about this organization called Meals on Wheels. He said, ‘I need someone to come in and substitute for me when I’m not in town. You know it’s not but once a week, and it only takes an hour, hour and a half.’” After giving it some thought, Jimmy told his friend that he’d be glad to get involved; after all, he could certainly fill in every now and then. “Well, I went with him one day, and I learned the route. About two weeks later, [the Meals on Wheels office] called and asked if I could deliver that day. I said, ‘Yes, I told old Jimmy Browning that if he weren’t available, I’d come up there and deliver the meals for him.’” To Jimmy’s surprise, the office had news in store. “They said, ‘Well, the route’s yours! He’s not available; he moved to Phoenix, Arizona!’ So I’ve had the route since then, and I call Jimmy ‘the world’s greatest recruiter!’” That was 21 years ago, and Jimmy has been running the same route at least once a week all this time. He became a volunteer after retiring from working for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services for 31 years,

and he says the transition was a natural one. “This is in a way akin to what I’d been doing for years, providing for the less fortunate,” Jimmy says. Martha joined him once she retired after 26 years of working with the Athens Independent School District, and the two have shared many miles and even more memories serving together as volunteers. Each Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m., the two arrive at the Henderson County Senior Citizen Center, where the Athens Meals on Wheels site is located, and lend their hands. After so many years of serving, the two have made many friends. “We have had several individuals who we have become really close to, and would call us during the week to take them to the doctor, take them to the grocery store,” Jimmy claims, as he seems to remember faces from the past. “We had a little couple who we just loved, and it’s getting harder and harder every year to see those people move on.”

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Loss is often a harsh reality of being a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and Jimmy and Martha have said their fair share of goodbyes. “But it’s still gratifying. We look forward to it; no other activity takes priority over this. We just love the feeling we get when, you know, you feel like you’re helping somebody. You see those sweet little, old faces when you’re coming up, give them their meal and so many are so appreciative. It touches them that we take the time to bring them a meal.”

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For many MOWM clients, a volunteer is their only consistent visitor. Friends and family members fadeaway and move. The clients become less mobile themselves, and they pass away. Growing old can become a solitary experience. But volunteers not only deliver a fresh, hot meal, they deliver a friendly visit and provide a welcome break during what can become long hours. “I have a lot of little ladies, and they like to visit! So we like to talk, and Jimmy has to come get me sometimes,” Martha exclaims. “I think she’s gotten lost walking around in those apartments; come to find out, she’s been visiting with these little ladies,” Jimmy explains.

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At the core of the MOWM mission is the goal of enabling elderly and disabled individuals to live independently and with dignity in their own homes, as long as possible. The simple act of delivering a nutritious meal each day may be the only barrier standing between a client and a nursing home. For those who wish to remain in their homes, surrounded by their personal belongings rather than spending out their days in nursing home care, this simple solution is a key to safely living alone. “Delivering a meal is really just the beginning of what we do,” MOWM President and CEO Mike Powell says. “I think it’s just as important that we check in on these people each day, and we make sure they’re ok. Elderly people can be prone to injuries or falls, and often it is a Meals on Wheels volunteer who becomes their first line of defense against a serious injury or worse.” The daily visit doubles as a safety check, and all volunteers are trained to follow a simple emergency alert system, by which either the MOMW main office or EMS can be notified and then address any need a client may have.


“Volunteers like Jimmy and Martha are the lifeblood of this organization. We truly could not operate without them,” Mike comments. “We estimate that through their time, the gas they purchase, and the use of their own vehicles, our volunteers save the organization over $750,000 each year. That is the financial equivalent of nearly 143,000 meals that we are able to serve because of the contribution of volunteers.”

and they are concentrated to small areas so that as few miles are traversed as possible during each route,” Mike explains. “Most routes have between 10-15 stops, and they take between 45-90 minutes to complete, from the MOWM office to the last house. We want to make the process as easy as possible for our volunteers, and we believe that anyone who wants to deliver meals can make it work, even during the typical work day.”

Wheels Ministry volunteers truly embody the mission in every way, throughout every mile and with each friendly hug and handshake. “If someone in these communities would just try driving a route…they would love it,” Jimmy says. “I know I’ve influenced people to come try it once, and they’re still here today. I know it takes money and it takes time, but if you prioritize, you can do it, and you’ll fall in love with these little people.”

Becoming a MOWM volunteer is a simple and convenient process, and volunteers can give as much or as little of their time as they are able. Some drop in once or twice a week, others as little as once a month. Every little bit helps.

For most MOWM volunteers, what often begins as tentative exercise becomes a long term commitment. The relationship forged between volunteers and their clients is unique within the world of non-profits, in which so many times, volunteers are far removed from the people they are working to serve. Meals on

If you would like to learn more about the programs and services of Meals on Wheels Ministry, or if you would like to become a volunteer yourself, start by visiting www. mowmet.org and learn how you can embark upon what might be the journey of your lifetime.

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ook around, and I guess you can still see the remnants of pink flags, pink shirts and pink… well, everything, really. October just passed, and as you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s something near and dear to all of our hearts, of course, because there isn’t a single one among us that hasn’t had a wife, daughter, mother, sister or someone else close to us who struggled against Breast Cancer. And thanks to the efforts of researchers, physicians and the money raised buying everything pink you could imagine; more people are winning their battle than ever before. Awareness is at an all-time high and it’s incredible. But today, it is November and the charity-

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themed, disease-fighting, multi-milliondollar-fundraising adornment is a little more … brawny. Everywhere your eyes can see this month, there’s a good chance they’ll fall on a gentleman sporting a rather luxurious beard for a good cause. No-Shave November is upon us! From the American Cancer Society: “No-Shave" November is a unique way to raise cancer awareness. What better way to grow awareness than with some hair? Show your support and give back. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives

and aid those fighting the battle. Participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache … Giveback even more by picking up some sweet merchandise to show your support. If you're not ready to sport a new shaggy look, consider donating to support the cause.” More information, posters to print out, the Facebook page and much more can be found at no-shave.org But what sort of beard is best? The answer is different for every man. There are a lot of factors to consider here: the shape of your face, the color of your facial hair, whether or not you wear glasses, what your wife/girlfriend will allow – there are many components to examine. What do you want your beard to say about you?

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“The 5 o’clock Shadow” Description: This is the easiest look to pull off – at first. After a few days you get a nice growth, evenly distributed and you begin to feel a little bit rougher around the edges. Maybe that flannel shirt you picked up doesn’t seem quite so ironic anymore. But, after a few more days, it begins to really itch. So, in order to get things back under control, you hit it with the trimmers. And maybe you touch up the edges with a razor. You can’t let the neck get creepy. What about those cheeks, man, are you trying out for a show on TLC? Before you know it, you’re spending more time maintaining than when you were clean-shaven. Side note: studies show this is the facial hair style preferred by most women. Best For: The lazy man, or the man who needs to appear lazy but really spends half an hour every morning cultivating a delicate garden on his chin.

SOUL PATCH (Stand Alone)

“Check out my band’s demo.” Description: This is mostly just a cry for help. But also, a guy who, with a soul patch, might be a really excellent bass player. Best For: The “Fun” Uncle.

MUSTACHE (In All Forms)

“You’d Better Have a Good Reason” Description: This is old school, plain and easy. Your dad probably had a mustache – and if he did, he probably still does. I bet it looks great on him. Do you dress like your father? Do you have those high-waist, pleated jeans? I bet not. Do not co-opt his facial hair choices. If you’re an older gentleman, fine. If you work outdoors, even better. If you’re a policeman or a relief pitcher in the Major Leagues, then you’ve had a mustache since you were seven anyway and you wear the uniform every day. Otherwise, it’s best to avoid this look. There are some men that legitimately pull this one off – but the odds of one of them being you are microscopically small. Best For: Your great uncle, anyone you’d be afraid to ask for directions.

GOATEE

“I have an acoustic guitar.” Description: This is for folks looking to dip their toes into the waters of facial hair but don’t want to go swimming. It’s had a surprisingly long shelf life and has been worn by a wide array of men. Brad Pitt rocks the goatee regularly. So does Leonardo DiCaprio and Denzel Washington. Then again, so does Tiger Woods and every creepy guy who drives a van (by choice). The goatee can be a great standby facial hair choice. It’s a relatively safe choice, fashion-wise and looks good on a lot of different types of men. It’s also versatile and can be trimmed close like Will Smith or Jeff Bridges. Just don’t fall off the edge and dye the end of it or use it as a talking point. Your facial hair should never be your main conversation starter. Best For: Pretty Much Anyone (except Mel Gibson).

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The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose and letting it grow wild and free.

CHINSTRAP

“Nope.” Description: If it looks like you have to draw your facial hair on with a magic marker every morning, you should re-evaluate your personal style choices; it’s as simple as that. Bearers of the chinstrap will say how clean it looks, how it shows precision and that you take pride in personal grooming. Don’t fall into the trap – people will think you shave your initials into your chest hair. What it actually says is that I will say that on some guys (not white guys), this style can be accomplished with minimal embarrassment. But in the end, you’re still better off without facial hair that looks like licorice glued to your jaw. Best For: Probably not you. Seriously.

CASUAL BEARD

“I’m really into dark beer.” Description: This is the one you can probably get away with the easiest. It requires less maintenance than the goatee, but it’s not as affected as the full beard. It conveys masculinity and maturity. You can wear a casual beard to work at almost any job in the country – unless you want to be the President (look it up). But it could also be for the guy teetering on the edge of brewing his own beer or wearing corduroy more than once a week. This is the facial hairstyle that can completely alter someone’s look, for better (John Hamm) or worse (Shia Lebouf ). And we can never forget, the casual beard peak began with Ryan Gosling – that’s a potentially powerful force right there. Best For: Your boss, the off-season.

MUTTON CHOPS

“I have an extensive vest collection.” Description: You look like you have two giant hunks of meat on your face. Not a lot of mystery there. Best For: Old Timey Barkeeps.

FULL BEARD

“It’s not really that hot in the summer (wipes sweaty forehead indoors).” Description: This is the easiest beard to maintain because, after a certain amount of time, who really cares, right? It starts out as a fun hobby, and then it becomes a project, and then, before you know it you’re going camping on weeknights. The man with a full beard is an interesting creature. He can commit to something long-term, obviously, so that’s a good thing. But, not many people are terribly attracted to the Grizzly Adams look. A full beard on a full man can be a declaration of living life to the fullest. They can be worn with confidence, bravado and panache by men who are respected at home and in their work. They can also be worn by men who live in a cabin in the woods, all alone, without any contact from the outside world.

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Stephanie Foster Tammy Gibbons Meshell Horton Jackie Jones Vikki Jones

Bobbie McGee-Benson Becky Supercinski Jennifer Slade

Judy Buckner Thomas

Dr. Julia Van Burkleo

Celebrating 15 Years

Thursday, January 8, 2015 Speaker: Lee Woodruff

Doors Open at 11:30 a.m. Ceremony and Luncheon begin at noon Maude Cobb Activity Center 100 Grand Blvd. • Longview Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Ticket Information

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, November 3, 2014. To purchase, call Longview Regional Medical Center’s Marketing Department at 903-553-7406.

Speaker: Lee Woodruff

New York Times Best-Selling Co-Author of “In an Instant” & Contributing Reporter for “CBS This Morning”

For additional information on this event visit LongviewRegional.com.


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COVER UNVEIL PARTY ASHLEY WASHMON, JENNIFER GOATES-NEAL

DR. DAVID FLYNN, BAYLEE BROWN, DR. AUBREY SHARPE

Cork. Food & Drink hosted the October 2014 Cover Unveil for BSCENE Magazine, in Tyler, on October 2. Delicious appetizers, provided by Cork, circled the room as guests moved to the boomin’ sounds of DJ Shane Payne. A live performance by Kopastetic continued the evenings sound track. Guests also enjoyed give-a-ways and drink specials all night long. Zach Hall made the cover, representing the best high school football athletes East Texas has to offer this season.

MATT GOODMAN, MACY PARKINS, DARREN CABLE

SARA LUCAS, JOE BARTIN, RENEA DAVIDSON

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Don’t be afraid to stick with tradition here. Nothing can replace the joy of biting into a perfectly toasted marshmallow. And for a kid, campfire cooking may very well be their first time cooking anything. So, keep it simple and take a little time to enjoy these campfire classics, they never get old.

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CAMPFIRE

CLASSICS Article By: Lindsey Todd Morgan

A few campfire experiences are tried and true. As assuredly as “The Man With the Golden Arm” will be told around the campfire light, hotdogs will be roasted and marshmallows shall be toasted, some things are just right the way they are. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. There are so many things that I enjoy about camping and one of those things are the many delicious foods I am likely to eat in the great out-of-doors. And, while the Pinterest peeps may have you trying to bake a brownie inside of an orange peel, I feel it is time to take a step back and appreciate some of the campfire classics. One of the best aspects of campfire cooking is the campfire itself. So much flavor is added to anything you cook. The smoke generated permeates everything, taking on the mellow flavor of the type of wood you use to build your fire. And I am yet to find a common wood that doesn’t turn anything you cook into a smoky treat. Not long ago, I visited Albert Pike Recreational Park in Arkansas with some friends of mine. A certain camp site has been a hallowed retreat from the work-a-day world for my friends and I for some time now. With each trip to Albert Pike, we all want to try something new. For some it may be a tent, a great pair of hiking boots or maybe a really sweet utility knife. We also tend to have grandiose ideas of what we will be munching on while we are there. Some bring fruit, (which never seems to taste better than it does outside) granola, beef jerky, hotdogs, marshmallows, what I call the campfire essentials. But a few friends had a Pinterest-ish recipe or B S CE N E M A G.COM


two they wanted to try. Of course, hamburgers cooked inside of an onion sounds wonderful, but I promise you, on the camping trail, it is far from practical. There is a reason why most campfire food is cooked on a stick. Too much preparation for a meal takes time out of your overall camping experience. Time should be spent relaxing not fussing too much over what you are trying to have for dinner that evening. The more you have to prep for a campfire meal the more you will have to pack; a small one

person cooler turns into an ice chest full of spoilable foods you are most likely not eat all together. High-concept meal ideas quickly fall prey to practicality on the camping trail. One of my friends brought a can of croissant rolls and a bag of lil’ smokies. Of course, the idea was to make miniature pigs in a blanket. We were all pretty excited to taste-test the campfire treat. But, between simply trying to keep the dough on the lil’ smoky and waiting

for the dough to cook thoroughly over the fire, we were quickly discouraged. A few cast-iron pieces are essential for the campfire cook. Cast-iron cooking-ware is very durable and perfect for the extreme temperatures generated inside a campfire. A cast-iron skillet is a great, general-use cooking pan for your campfire meals and seems to carry over all the wonderful flavors from past campfire meals. A cast-iron tea-pot or kettle

One of the best aspects of campfire cooking is the campfire itself. So much flavor is added to anything you cook. The smoke generated permeates everything, taking on the mellow flavor of the type of wood you use to build your fire.

is also perfect for the camping trail. From coffee to stew, these pots can generally been interchanged and hang well from backpack, making them easy to travel with. And, one of my favorite meals from our last camping trip was a kettle-stew one of my friends made. He brought a few can goods, cracked them open with his handy Swiss-Army knife and through the contents in a pot with a few herbs and spices. The best aspect of the meal (besides from how ridiculously delicious it was) was its ease of preparation. The kettle set nested in a stack of coals beside the campfire. It slowly B SC ENEMAG. COM

cooked throughout the day, with little to no fuss, just the occasional stirring of the pot. From our tents beside the river, we could smell the stew, slowly boiling to perfection. The morning we departed, another set of friends (a couple) prepared breakfast for everyone. Cheesy eggs, sausage and onions set next to the fire in a cast-iron skillet. A simple and easy breakfast fed us all, very fast, and gave us the fuel we would need to tear down camp and hike out of the park.

Regardless of your particular tastes or preferences for campfire food, ease of preparation is paramount. And, for the “real” camping experience, leave the Pinterest ideas at home on your computer where all technology belongs when you are trying to get back to nature. Don’t be afraid to stick with tradition here. Nothing can replace the joy of biting into a perfectly toasted marshmallow. And for a kid, campfire cooking may very well be their first time cooking anything. So, keep it simple and take a little time to enjoy these campfire classics, they never get old. NOVEMBER 2014

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TYLER / 10.18.14

BRAS FOR THE CAUSE JENNIFER JOHANSON, JENNIFER BOMAR

TERI KILLINGSWORTH, KATIE HEIMER

Hundreds of women turned out to cheer on local firefighters at the annual “Bras for the Cause” event held at Cowboys, in Tyler, on October 18. The firefighters modeled bras created by East Texas businesses, for the auction, and winners received gift baskets valued at $200-$1000. The night was filled with laughter and loud cheering, and all proceeds go to the Susan G. Koman breast cancer fund and the Firefighters Care Family Fund.

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AMBER NEWPORT, CLAY WILLIAMS, SAMANTHA REED

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TINA GUMBER, AMBERLEE DAVIS

PAM ASMUSSEN, KRISTI COX

KRISTI SAMPSON, HILLARY KILE

APRIL MCGRAW, DANA LAWLESS, ANGELA HAWKINS

FIREFIGHTERS OF EAST TEXAS SPORT THEIR BRAS FOR THE CAUSE. B S CE N E M A G.COM


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BACK-PACKIN’

A PUNCH Article & Photos By: East Texas Food Bank

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or many of us Fridays are something we look forward to all week. The weekends are full of time with family, friends and food. However for some children in East Texas, when the Friday school bell rings, it means uncertainty about their next meal. In fact, one in four East Texas children are food insecure. This statistics is one that the East Texas Food Bank works to fight each year with the BackPack Program.

in the program. “It’s enough for them to have over the weekend when they aren’t getting their meals from school. It’s perfect!”

“The BackPack program is designed to fill the weekend hunger gap when school breakfast and lunch is not served,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank. “This program ensures that these children have the proper nutrition that they need which is vital to their growth, development and learning.”

“There is nothing wrong with asking for help for your children,” said Heather. “It’s not for you, it’s for your kids.”

The BackPack Program is designed for children who are identified as at-risk of hunger on weekends. Each Friday during the school year, participating children receive a backpack filled with easy-to-prepare items, such as soup, peanut butter, granola bars, fruit, juice and shelfstable milk. It is enough food to last them until Monday morning, when school meal programs resume. Heather’s family is just one of the thousands of families who are reached through the East Texas Food Bank’s BackPack Program. The impact of the food is one that seems small, but makes a world of difference. “It’s a huge help,” said Heather, a mother of two boys who participate B SC ENEMAG. COM

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Heather’s husband works, but suffered an injury which kept him out of work for over a year. “We have all those lost wages and our bills greatly exceed our income monthly,” said Heather. “Being able to get the kids these types of items is a huge relief.”

Shaunelius’ two children also participate in the BackPack Program. “It’s helped a great deal,” she said. “Sometimes at the end of the month, the food starts to get low. We have to make food stretch.” “I would like to say thank you for all you’ve done and are doing,” Shaunelius said. “I can’t ask for a better program than this.” The East Texas Food Bank’s BackPack Program currently operates at more than 100 sites across East Texas providing nutritious weekend meals to nearly 4,500 children, and distributes more than 143,000 backpacks. To make a donation to the East Texas Food Bank’s BackPack Program, go to EastTexasFoodBank. org/BackPack or call 903.597.3663. You can sponsor a child for an entire school year for $162.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014

UT TYLER ORNELAS ACTIVITY CENTER 3402 OLD OMEN RD. TYLER, TX

11:30 a.m. -1p.m.

Keynote Speaker – Patti Foster, Inspirational Communicator

Please join us as we honor East Texas Difference Makers while reminding East Texans to drive safe, sober and buckeled up.

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CHEZ BAZAN FRENCH BAKERY & CAFÉ

The holidays are right around the corner! Let Chez Bazan satisfy your family’s sweet-tooth with one of our many custom pies. Choose from pumpkin cheese, chocolate bourban pecan, forest berry and caramel apple, along with traditional favorites like pecan, cherry and chocolate cream. We also have pumpkin rolls, sweet bread loaves, carrot cake cupcakes, gingerbread cookies and fall iced cookies!. Be the hero, bring Chez Bazan! Make sure your order is ready for Thanksgiving by placing your order the week before! Visit the link below for our holiday pie list prices at www.chezbazan.com/holiday. Remember to “like” us on Facebook! 5930 Old Bullard Rd • Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.561.9644 chezbazan.com/holiday Café Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. MON. - SAT. Bakery Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. MON.- FRI., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. SAT., Closed Sundays

BREAKERS A SEAFOOD JOINT

It's the hit of the season! Breakers all you can eat snow crab special. Come in every Monday night from 5 to 9 and get all you can eat with corn and potatoes. This special is for a limited time only so don’t miss out!! Hours of Operation: MON. – WED. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. THURS. – SAT. 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., SUN 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 5106 Old Bullard Road • Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.534.0161 breakerstyler.com

CORK FOOD & DRINK

Enjoy modern Euro-Asian cuisine, from our famous Shrimp Mezcal and Lamb Chops to the market-fresh Sushi & Seafood. Cork Food & Drink is a unique casual dining restaurant with an extensive wine list, live music, hand-crafted cocktails & fabulous dining! Serving Lunch & Dinner Tuesday - Friday 4p.m. - Midnight Serving Brunch Saturday & Sunday mornings! Saturday & Sunday 10a.m. - Midnight We also cater. We are located in the Times Square Shopping Center! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. corktyler.com 5201 S. Broadway Ave. Ste 162 • 903.363.9197


LAGO DEL PINO TEXAS FOOD TEXAS FUN

Lunch or dinner, come for the Texas cuisine, spirits & live music…stay for a uniquely southern good time. Lago del Pino is the place to experience Tyler’s oasis in the countryside for your next client lunch or just a relaxing lunch with friends. We offer great lunch specials Wednesday to Saturday, and our menu prices start at just $4. Come try our Prime Rib Enchiladas, our Smoked Jalapeno Meatloaf, or our 18 oz. Brooks Cut Ribeye. Everything’s unique and delicious at Lago del Pino. Live Music Every Friday & Saturday Night Nov. 1 Something Blue • Nov. 7 Buggaboo Nov. 8 Dustin Becker • Nov. 14 Trey Dillon Nov. 15 Chase & The New South • Nov. 21 The Tuxedo Cats Nov. 22 TJ Broscoff • Nov. 28 Jaden Farnsworth • Nov. 29 The Elegant Few Lunch • Dinner • Sunday Brunch Closed MON. - TUES. lagodelpino.com • 14706 CR 1134 Tyler, TX 75709 903-561-LAGO

JANIE’S CAKES

PREMIUM POUND CAKES FOR POUND CAKE LOVERS The ultimate upgrade on a holiday tradition! An exciting new creation of a classic Janie’s with a surprise of pecan pie. All natural, made-from-scratch using only the finest ingredients. It’s the gift you are proud to give and thrilled to receive! Find us on Facebook! Local & Nationwide Delivery MON. – FRI. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

JaniesCakes.com 308 East Front Street • Tyler, TX 75702 • 903.592.6150

DAKOTAS PRIME STEAK & CHOP HOUSE Fall into the holiday spirit at Dakotas! Dakotas is the ideal place for all of your holiday needs with off-premise catering, private rooms and gift cards for your loved ones! With no room fee, our rooms get booked fast so make your reservations today! Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Thurs. 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 5:00 p.m. - Late Ladies Night: Every Wed. 1/2 price Cocktails “Like” Us On Facebook dakotasprimesteakandchophouse.com 5377 S. Broadway Avenue • 903.581.6700


BRUNO’S PIZZA AND PASTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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!

1400 S. Vine Tyler, TX 75701• 903.595.1676 15770 Old Jacksonville Hwy Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.939.0002

YAMATO

JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR

Specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine Steak-Seafood-Sushi Boats-Bento Boxes-Udon Soup Two Private rooms available Live DJ every Friday and drink specials from 9 p.m. until midnight Karaoke Every Saturday 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Happy Hour: MON. - THUR. 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Kids eat free on SUN. Find us on Facebook! 2210 WSW Loop 323 • Tyler, TX 75701 903.534.1888 • yamatotexas.com

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t’s no secret that Tyler and East Texas loves their family-owned restaurants. While we appreciate and support all of the ever increasing number of wonderful eateries making their home in beautiful East Texas, there is something extra special when the local owners meet ya at the door, isn’t there?

Well, on September 5th, an amazing new family owned restaurant opened its doors in the Southeast Crossing Center. Portofino’s Italian Restaurant, owned and operated by Benny and Julie Sechi, prepares the finest family recipes gathered from all over Italy. Fine food is the Sechi family tradition. Fino’s, in Plano, opened more than five years ago, serving the finest homemade and hand spun pastas, freshest produce and meticulously selected meats, chicken and sea food. Benny, born in Sicili, has worked with his brother, Alfredo, in Plano since 2004 and met his lovely wife, Julie, in the process, before coming to Tyler. The Sechi family loves Tyler. Alfredo worked here a number of years ago so when it was time for Benny and Julie to open their own place it seemed the obvious choice. Benny tells the “Man” that he has, “never met and worked with nicer people. It is such a pleasure serving them in Portofino’s.” The “Man’s” dear friend, Don Teeple, gave him a

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heads up about the new restaurant in early October. So, I discreetly tried a lunch for one. It was then, by myself, I experienced the cheery greeting at the door, the pleasant and timely service at the table and the most wonderful Rigatoni, with deep red and thick meat sauce with mushrooms, ever served. The side salad was a delightful taste of Italy and the fresh baked garlic bread was addictive. I was hooked. Benny, not knowing the “Man” from “Adam’s House Cat,” stopped by to check on the service and food with his winning smile. It was a “Man About Town” itchin’ to happen! Within a week, Linda and I met with my good friends Bruce Thomson, his wife Shirley, Kelly Sanders and his wife Cheryl, for dinner and a party. And let me tell you, Benny and Julie served us up a sampling of the finest of appetizers, entrees, and bottles of wine that were paired perfectly for every dish. In addition to the best homemade family Italian cuisine one could ever experience, the atmosphere speaks to old Europe at every turn. The large windows are arched with red brick, decorative wrought-iron rails separating the upper and lower levels of the dining room and the wooden pillars and ceiling beams ensure an authentic and cozy Italian mood.

Portofino’s offers dine-in, to-go, parties, full catering and a separate private room that will seat up to 100 people for your special event. Chefs Benny Sechi and Anthony Petrecca prepare the same fine food for whatever the occasion. Their sauces are original and prepared daily, as is the pasta. And listen, the New York style, thin crust, stone oven backed pizzas are to die for. You must try Benny and Julie's Portofino’s. You will just love them and go home raving about the food and dining experience. From the plethora of homemade lunch or dinner choices to the excellent and very affordable wine list by the bottle or glass and the homemade desserts, you’ll keep coming back for more. (The “Man” has already been there three times!) Well, after the party with the most fun group in a long time, and being treated and fed like royalty, there was one more over-the-top treat. Benny laid out one of all five of their specialty desserts. Whoa! The “Man” loves the Tiramisu. You’ll waddle home like he did. So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.

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From the plethora of homemade lunch or dinner choices to the excellent and very affordable wine list by the bottle or glass and the homemade desserts, you’ll keep coming back for more.

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GREAT STRIDES 5K WALK KATI BURKHAM, STEVEN DAY, CHELSEA OWENS

ALICE VOELCKER, AMANDA PATTERSON Bergfeld Park played host to the 2014 Great Strides Walk, in Tyler, on September 27. The annual 5K walk encourages participants to form teams at their workplace, through clubs, organizations or simply with friends and family. Each Team recruits as many members as they can to help raise funds that will go towards the fight against cystic fibrosis. The walk day featured family-oriented fun, including children’s activities, food, festivities and of course the 5K fun walk.

TRACY MALONE, CULLEN MALONE, PATRICK MALONE

TARA HENRY, STEPHANIE MOSS

CARLEIGH POWERS, SAVANNAH REEVES

ANNE KENT, EMILY KENT

STACY & JOSH BETTS

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THE NEW

EAGLES BLUFF COUNTRY CLUB

The often used term of “The 3rd Time is a Charm” originated in 1833 and it applies directly to Eagles Bluff Country Club. Eagle’s Bluff was established in 1999 in God’s country, only twenty minutes from the loop of Tyler, Texas. Eagle’s Bluff was well received, once being ranked the #1 golf course in East Texas. After three ownership changes, Eagles Bluff re-opened September 1st, 2014 with a fully renovated French Country style clubhouse and refurbished championship golf course under the new ownership of Eagles Bluff LLC. The membership welcomed the new ownership, which brought a passion for golf, significant capital resources, a business model with vision and a completely new professional management team.

Eagles Bluff is a private gated golf community located on the shores of Lake Palestine, a 26,000 acre lake, just east of Tyler, Texas. Eagle’s Bluff is a pristine, quiet setting surrounded by fifty foot towering pines, oaks, natural creeks, ponds and lakes that frame the signature golf course and the property. The award winning Carlton Gibson designed golf course is 6,997 yards framed by magnificent century old dogwoods, oaks and whispering pines, naturally blended with East Texas azaleas to create a canopied backdrop along the shores of Lake Palestine. Glimpses of the majestic lake and stately homes that line the streets of Eagles Bluff can be seen from many vantage points throughout the par 71 golf course. The club offers many new membership opportunities. In two months Eagle’s Bluff has welcomed over thirty new members, many leaving the stable of private clubs in Tyler. Course conditions are unmatched in the area and already both state and national golf associations are reviewing Eagles Bluff as a future site for major tournaments. Eagle’s Bluff allows outside golf events to be played at the club, usually hosting close to fifty a year.

JAY MILLER Past President of the California Golf Course Owners Association Director of Membership, Banquets and Outings – Eagles Bluff Country Club


The club offers a palette of completed amenities that the entire family will enjoy. Centered around a luxurious 27,000 square foot clubhouse with formal and casual dining, players’ lounge, a full service golf pro shop, a resort style swimming pool and a separate 24 hour fitness center, walking and biking trails, a new playground for the children, lighted all weather tennis courts, spectacular views, and a wedding / banquet center accommodating up to 450 guests.

THE EAGLES BLUFF BANQUET CENTER “THE GRAND CHATEAU” IS A SHOWCASE FOR OUR MEMBERS AND OUTSIDE EVENTS. Whether it is an elegant soiree, wedding, business conference, holiday party or banquet, the staff and venue offers the flexibility and menu to make your event memorable. New finishes, including carpet, chandeliers, artwork and design brings total elegance and comfort to the Grand Chateau.

CHEF RICK NEAL

Separation of fine private clubs is often measured by the menu and preparation of the food and

If you are interested in touring the property www.eaglesbluff.com , playing the

beverage served. Chef Rick Neal is one of the

course, inquiring about memberships, or booking a special event, contact the

most talented and well known chefs in East

new Director – Jay Miller at 903-825-1123 or E-mail membership.catering@ eaglesbluff.com

Texas. The recipient of the 2013 East Texas Culinary Association “Chef of the Year” Rick is creative, imaginative and talented as any chef in the nation.


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This month, BSCENE magazine gives you all the hot fashion to keep you looking cool this fall.

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TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL LADIES’ LUNCHEON GABC CROSSWALK CENTER / TYLER / 10.17.14

CINDY DOTSON, DIA WALL, MISTY WAGES

LAURA KELLOGG, JOANN GROOMS

EMILY BOYD, KELLY BOYD

MARLISE ECKHOUT, ELLEN ECKHOUT

DONNA METKE, AMY MCCULLOUGH

IRENE SKIPWORTH, LYNN HUNT

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SAM FORESTER, BYRON MEADS

MARY K KURZWEG, LIZ HARRINGTON

TRACY THOMPSON, REED RIPPY

SIDNEY VINCENT, BRIAN FOSTER

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DON BRISTOW:

CONTROLLING THE Article By: Laura Krantz

A

swirling spiral galaxy. An explosive supernova.

Printed on large aluminum sheets, Don Bristow’s artwork seems to glow as if lit from within. Each design looks like something that might have been captured by a powerful telescope peering deep into space. But these images were not taken from the cosmos, they were created in a space where mathematics and art collide. Bristow, a fractal artist, uses a powerful computer to explore solutions to mathematical equations that can result in interesting, sometimes surprising patterns and shapes. He uses his training in photography to assemble these patterns and shapes into one-of-akind compositions. “I know I’m looking for something beautiful, something unique that no one else has seen. I’m looking for compositional qualities and representation or meaning.

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Once I find something that might be worthwhile, as viewed in low resolution on my computer screen, I tell the computer to render that image and create a high resolution image file,” Bristow explains, adding that some images can take days to render. “Some can take longer. The technology is still not within my reach to do some of it.” Then the image goes into Photoshop for evaluation and correction. “Maybe one image in five has the qualities I’m looking for as a standalone piece or as a layer in another composition,” he says. “And like any other art form, there are issues to deal with. For example, where unintended motion blur is a killer to a photograph, noise is a killer to a fractal image.” The technological demands of this type of art have taken Bristow on a journey B S CE N E M A G.COM


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CHAOS that started over three decades ago. It began in 1981 after Sinclair Research, a company in Scotland, finally developed a computer that was affordable and widely available. Bristow was able to buy one with its four-inch thermal printer on his G.I. Bill student budget. He also acquired the book, “The Fractal Geometry of Nature” by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. The book contained illustrations of fractal geometry that captivated him. As Bristow used his new computer to explore what is commonly known as the “Mandelbrot Set,” he began to see inexplicable patterns develop when plotted on the tiny printer. Bristow tells how he would run the ZX81 computer for days and weeks as it printed a dot every 30 seconds or so, eventually producing long strips of paper with intermittent but mysterious patterns. Each day brought Bristow a new discovery and a heightened interest in fractal mathematics. Intrigued, he kept contemplating the beauty of fractal geometry but also worked to finish his B SC ENEMAG. COM

IN 2007, BRISTOW AND HIS WIFE SANDY MOVED TO BULLARD, FOLLOWING A JOB OFFER. “THE NEW JOB GAVE ME MORE TIME TO DEVELOP MY FRACTAL ART,” BRISTOW CLAIMS, “AND I NAMED MY NEW SERIES ‘CHAOTICA’ AFTER CHAOS THEORY, degrees in teaching and mathematics at California State University Sacramento. He taught high school mathematics for two years and then spent 20 years in the software development industry before changing careers again and becoming a professional photographer in 2003. “By 2006, I had already had 18 exhibits of my fine art photography work, and the computer and printer technologies in my studio were magnitudes beyond what I had in 1981,” Bristow remembers. “On my shelf sat my dusty copy of Benoit Mandelbrot’s book, and as soon as I opened it again so also began a perfect storm of mathematics, computer technology and art.” As he returned to the equations he once explored in black and white, they had both beauty and familiarity. Some resembled living cells viewed under a microscope while others appeared to be a view of the cosmos through a telescope. New technology now allowed Bristow to assign color values to variables such

as velocity, acceleration and proximity. The result was breathtaking. “I took a couple of samples to a well-respected gallery in California that represented me as a photographer,” Bristow says, “and I asked the owner and curator if she would consider it to be art. She was amazed and intrigued, and she encouraged me to continue to pursue mathematics as an art form.” In 2007, Bristow and his wife Sandy moved to Bullard, following a job offer. “The new job gave me more time to develop my fractal art,” Bristow claims, “and I named my new series ‘CHAOTICA’ after Chaos Theory, the field of mathematics that contends there is order in chaos.” A year later, the very first finished piece of Chaotica arrived in a crate. “Sandy and I were astonished when I opened the crate and pulled out ‘Vapor Sphere’,” Bristow shares. “It was one thing to see it on a computer NOVEMBER 2014

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screen. It was something entirely different to see it printed 48 inches by 48 inches on aluminum. I was so excited that I immediately called a neighbor to get her opinion. She came over and, when she saw it hanging in the foyer, said she had to have one. So I had my first sale within 10 minutes of uncrating my first piece. She saw something in it that had significance for her.” That seems to be how most people view Bristow’s art. He calls it “representational fractal art” because each viewer can associate a different meaning with what they see in the image. Very few realize upon first looking at it that each piece is generated from one or more mathematical equations. “Some people don’t realize it’s math unless I tell them it’s math. People interpret it differently depending on how they see things. When some people find out that it is math, they are even more interested,” Bristow says. Bristow launched his series CHAOTICA to the public on New Year’s Day 2009 at Cafe Tazza in Tyler. “I really didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure if people would love it or hate it. I only knew they would have probably never seen anything like it.” CHAOTICA was so well received that he was invited to be the featured artist at the 2009 eTX Natural Wellness Expo later that year. He's since had 13 shows in Texas Hill Country, DFW, and as far as

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West Virginia. While all of his sales have been to private collectors, he believes the best application for his work is commercial interiors, especially the walls of corporate offices where, he believes, his work can stimulate creative thinking. Finished pieces come in a wide range in sizes, from single 24” x 24” panels up to six 4’ x4’ panels spanning 24 feet across.

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While fractal art is still considered an experimental art form, it is not new. In fact, it’s something more and more people are discovering and posting on the Internet. But Bristow is critical of a lot of what he has seen. “There is so much bad stuff out there that fractal art has a bad reputation,” Bristow claims, adding that composition more often than not takes a back seat to coolness. So if there are so many people out there doing it, wouldn’t everyone start making the same patterns and designs? Bristow says, "no." “The equations that are being used to create fractal art are infinite, and each one can be manipulated by tweaking variables. Things really start to get interesting when zoomingin, panning and rotating. It’s a big universe. The chances of two fractal artists stumbling on the same image and thinking it’s good... it’s almost mathematically impossible,” he says. As he has worked to develop his discipline, Bristow continues to create and innovate. He has recently ventured into having his art printed on acrylic. “Acrylic as a medium has taken over a year to perfect,” Bristow explains. “I worked with a plastics

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company and two printing companies before achieving a product I was satisfied with.” His first piece on acrylic, entitled “Coral Reef,” is a triptych having three layers, with each layer a rendering of the same equation but with varying zoom values and color assignment. The result is a piece that seems to have depth, almost imitating the movement of the ocean when the viewer changes angles. The medium he chooses is often dictated by the composition itself. If a piece has white in it, then aluminum is the best choice because of its brightness. But acrylic gives the illusion of depth, so it’s the best for multi-layered compositions. Composition also dictates the number of square panels each piece spans. Bristow allows himself up to six panels, but only if a piece meets certain guidelines. Each panel needs to be unique from the others; each panel needs to stand by itself as a piece of art without the other panels; and each panel must work with the others to make the overall work better than the individual panel by itself. While Bristow is proud of his art, he insists he cannot take full credit for it.

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“I’m dependent on Benoit Mandelbrot and other mathematicians, on technologies including computers, printers, ink and specialized media, on software developers, and on the Internet to connect the dots. While equations may be discovered or invented, no man can take credit for the beauty that’s there to behold. Mathematical nature exists whether we can see it or not,

invent it or not. I didn’t invent it. I’m just a photographer who does ‘photography’ with equations, similar to a nature photographer,” Bristow says. This attribution of his art to a higher power is also why Bristow feels called to use his art to help those who are less fortunate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of his art goes to support missions by the International Institute of SPORT (IIOS) and Operation Go Quickly. The IIOS provides opportunities for disabled people to participate in adaptive sports designed for people with missing limbs. IIOS has assisted athletes in the Paralympic Games, Veterans Wheelchair Games and the World Amputee Football Federation. For more information, visit iisport.org. Operation Go Quickly is a Christian ministry that improves the quality of life for disabled and underprivileged people, particularly those in developing countries. For more information about Operation Go Quickly, visit goquickly.org. Bristow feels a pull to create his art and a similar pull to help others. He’s appreciative of the opportunity to do both. “This is why I create my art. I’ve sold a dozen or so pieces, but that doesn’t even dent the need,” Bristow explained. CHAOTICA is on display at Gold Leaf Gallery at 4518 S. Broadway Ave. in Tyler, at Executive Interiors in Irving, Texas, and Faux Artistry and Designs in Naples, Florida. For more information about Don Bristow and CHAOTICA, visit lightrayphotoimagery.com. NOVEMBER 2014

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ith autumn setting in and the hunting season upon us, weekend adventures outdoors can be fun for everyone in the family! It’s funny ... one of my first weekends back in Texas, this year, was spent with my best friend (also from Tyler) and we went boutique shopping in the morning and to a shooting range in the afternoon. If there’s one thing people know, it’s don’t mess with women in the South! So I want to know. Who says camping is for men only? Ladies have you heard of “Glamping?” GLAMOUR + CAMPING = GLAMPING You might be thinking; how on earth is camping ever glamorous? “Glam” here does not equate to gold and glitter…it’s more about style and bringing some creature comforts of home to the open air of nature. As a “Vagabond Designer,” I’ve learned how to take just enough with me on trips to make wherever I am feel like home. The same principle applies to “glamping.” Here’s how:

CLAIM YOUR STAKE Glamping is all about location, location, location. Find a plot of land with an inspiring view, whether you’re over the river, through the woods, on the lake or in the desert. The idea here is to spend time with nature. Get out of your comfort zone. So, maybe you are headed out to your family deer lease for a weekend? No problem, find the best spot and claim your stake.

PITCH A TENT Herein lies the key difference between camping and glamping. While there is nothing wrong with camping in a Coleman, picture one of these and tell me you aren’t curious? A canvas safari tent in Utah, a circus tent in Georgia, a yurt in Marfa, an airstream in Austin or a tree house in Costa Rica. Glamping is all about exploring and experiencing nature in a beautiful setting, with some of the comforts you would find at home: Getting out of your comfort zone, with a few creature comforts in your bag. Create your own temporary sanctuary under the stars. Check out glamping.com for a list of locations around the world. For Texas specific, glampinghub.com will provide great options. If you can venture to southwest Texas, I highly recommend El Cosmico in Marfa. They have this incredible mix of safari tents, airstreams, teepees and a yurt, all nestled around a hammock grove where you’ll fall asleep swinging under the trees. This summer I ventured there and stayed in a 1956 Airstream with my dog, Riley. This was our front door for three days. Folks, life doesn’t get much better than this. (And yes, that’s blue paint on my Moccasin boot you see). El Cosmico has an outdoor bath area, complete with private outdoor showers and a vintage claw foot tub under the metal tin roof. An outdoor picnic area and kitchen allow guests to cook up their own meals, without having to buy your own camping cookware.


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1. A hammock: Ultimate relaxation. 2. Your favorite coffee mug: Why change your morning ritual? (Mine is an old blue enamel cup I bought at the Brooklyn flea market for $4.) 3. Old school plaid thermos: Baby, it’s cold outside. 4. Journal: Nature will inspire you to reflect (detox from your smart phone)! 5. Pendleton blanket: Cozy up in style. 6. Crosley radio: Good tunes make for a great time (battery operated vintage style radio.) 7. Felt or Straw hat: Simple, effortless accessory to make you feel pretty, even on the muddy river banks. 8. Lantern: To light the way. 9. Binoculars: Get up close and personal with nature. 10. Butterfly chair: Comfort meets style. 11. Sunglasses: A must have for fun in the sun. B S CE N E M A G.COM No. 78 BS CENE


Most of this stuff, you already have at home, right? For functionally stylish camping accessories, check out Bush Smarts (bushsmarts.com.) For families who like to go camping once or twice a year, but don’t want to invest in all the camping gear, glamping is a great vacation option.

GLAMPING IS ALL ABOUT LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. FIND A PLOT OF LAND WITH AN INSPIRING VIEW, WHETHER YOU’RE OVER THE RIVER, THROUGH THE WOODS, ON THE LAKE OR IN THE DESERT. ADVENTURE AHEAD: Guys, I know what you might be thinking…"This all sounds too frilly and fancy for me! What’s wrong with my Coleman tent?" My response: Absolutely nothing. However, I have driven through those state parks with pitched tents one row after another, and honestly, that does not look like adventure to me! Personally, I love going off the beaten path. Whether you’re a guy or girl, we all have an inner pioneer, explorer, huntsman, gatherer, adventurer or even hippie inside of us. Getting out of your comfort zone, and being thrown into nature is healthy and humbling. The irony in glamping is this: When you bring a few creature comforts from home, you’ll find that someone who might not normally venture to unfamiliar territory, finds themself crossing the tracks to a newfound spirit of adventure. There’s a beautiful collision of balance that happens when we surround ourselves with familiar things from home in the open elements of nature. That, my friends, is what glamping is all about!


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Guests convereged on the Tyler Rose Garden for the 2014 Texas Rose Festival Queen’s Tea, on October 18. Tea attendees were given the opportunity to see the elaborate, hand-made Winn Morton gowns, up close and personal. The garden was transformed with circus wagons and 3D circus animals celebrating this year’s theme, “Cirque De La Rose.” Tourists showed up by the thousands to get the chance to meet the Rose Queen Kathryn Elizabeth Peltier and all the ladies of the Queen’s court.

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As a certified instructor, Alexander teaches gun laws and handling through various classes, including; private gun training, private firearms instruction, private group concealed handgun training and Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) classes.

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We’ve all seen the news, heard the reports or have partaken in our own conversations, maybe even arguments, about the controversial topic of our Second Amendment Right as citizens, the right to bear arms. This right, guaranteed in the United States Constitution by our Founding Fathers, continues to be an ongoing, modern-day dispute that regularly comes up for debate. Despite the controversy, however, there is no debate regarding the fact that if you’re a Texan, there are certain rights pertaining to handguns that the state allows its citizens to have. Some of those rights include carrying a concealed handgun.

Clay Alexander knows about guns. As a retired federal agent with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, 27 of which was with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Alexander has had more than his fair share of lifeexperience tracking down the bad guys, and investigating the worst of the worst. As recently as 2009, Alexander’s team took part in investigating the serial fires in East Texas, one of which burned down a church in Tyler. And, of course, everyone remembers the siege at The Branch Davidian Compound in Waco. Mr. Alexander came under fire there, was shot twice and lost his partner that infamous day.

“If you’re not prepared to shoot a person, a human being, which is hard to do ... Those of us who aren’t psychopaths are not wired that way so, it’s a hard decision to make. It has to be something that you made up your mind ahead of time, rather than saying, ‘I’ll have to wait and see what happens.’ “It just doesn’t work that way.” With those days gone by now, he continues his career, post retirement as a firearms instructor, through his business, Clayton Gun Training. As a certified instructor, Alexander teaches gun laws and handling through various classes, including; private gun training, private firearms instruction, private group concealed handgun training and Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) classes. In fact, the crew at BSCENE spent some time out at the shooting range with Mr. Alexander for some oneon-one basic firearms instruction broken down into sight alignment and trigger control—learning to focus on the front sight and smooth trigger—and found out some interesting information about obtaining a concealed handgun license.


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For those who are ready to pull the trigger on obtaining their license, Alexander explained that it starts with having the right weapon. Those who’ve always wondered what it takes to get a concealed handgun license may or may not find it surprising that it’s not that difficult. In fact, the state recently passed legislation in September that cut the CHL instruction time from about 10 hours, to four or six. Mr. Alexander explained some of the other requirements, including: 1. You have to be 21 years of age or within six months of age 21. 2. You have to attend a class taught by a concealed handgun license instructor. 3. You have to receive about four-to-six hours of instruction. 4. You have to apply through the state to get your CHL, which costs, about $140. (Other restrictions may apply on an individual basis once a person submits his or her application. Anyone seeking to find out about a specific question on a restriction, can visit the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website at www.dps.texas.gov.) Alexander schedules his group classes on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at a cost of $75 per person. The day is broken down

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into in-class instruction and range training. The in-class work is then broken down into four blocks including: Use of Force; Firearms Safety; Texas State Firearms Laws; and Conflict Resolution. Range training includes a firearms proficiency exam, during which the student must shoot 50 rounds and make a certain score in order to pass the class. Forty of the rounds are shot from about seven yards or closer. Alexander explained that it’s not a difficult course, and about 99 percent of his students pass the first time they take the class. But perhaps one of the more difficult aspects of the class is making the decision to be a concealed handgun carrier, and whether or not it is the right choice for the individual. As Alexander explained, the use of force aspect of handling and carrying the gun is an issue, one that he feels is one of the most important to address. “There are people who have taken my class and have said, ‘I will never be able to do this.’ So my comment to them is, ‘Well don’t waste your money by getting one and please don’t carry a gun thinking it is a deterrent because a bad guy will take that gun away from you, and use it against you. Don’t think it’s just going to be a scare tactic,’” Alexander explained. “If you’re not prepared to shoot a person, a

human being, which is hard to do ... Those of us who aren’t psychopaths are not wired that way so, it’s a hard decision to make. It has to be something that you made up your mind ahead of time, rather than saying, ‘I’ll have to wait and see what happens.’ It just doesn’t work that way.” Those who aren’t quite sure whether they need or want to move forward with having a concealed handgun license may be surprised to learn that they may not even need one if they only want to travel in the state with it. Alexander explained that Texas’ Castle Doctrine allows an individual the right to carry and store a handgun in their vehicle, boat, RV or other mode of transportation without a concealed handgun license, as long as they are in control of that conveyance. “The state of Texas allows you to do that already. You can’t carry it on your person unless you’re going to and from these certain areas, but a lot of people, that’s just what they are after. So, whether it be in a car, boat, RV, canoe—most means of conveyance—you’re allowed to do that in Texas without a CHL,” Alexander said. Another point he made, and one that is frequently asked in his class, is whether or not a person’s concealed handgun license carries over from state to state. Alexander explained B S CE N E M A G.COM


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that the Texas CHL is recognized to some degree in over 40 other states. But each state might have differences from Texas and the Texas CHL must adhere to those differences while in that state. Prospective students also must remember that even though they may end up obtaining a license, businesses are allowed to prohibit entry from patrons carrying a concealed handgun. Those who are already concealed handgun license owners, but are looking to renew their certification also, don’t need to sign up for the class. The recently enacted September legislation made it a bit easier on the carrier and discontinued in-class renewal, opting for online recertification. For those who are ready to pull the trigger on obtaining their license, Alexander explained that it starts with having the right weapon. While he recommends a small-frame revolver because it is user-friendly and reliable, he says it’s a personal choice with what you’re comfortable shooting. “The most important thing you can do is to find a weapon system that you’re comfortable with,” Alexander revealed. “One that you know how to use; that you can use in a very high stress situation; so that when your heart rate gets to that certain stage where you lose your fine motor skills—then all you have are your gross motor skills that are going to be working for you. Because that is what’s going to happen.”

For more information or to take classes from Clayton Alexander, visit claytonguntraining.com


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