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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season right around the corner, it is nice to take a moment and count your blessings. I am thankful for the cooler weather, even if it happens once a week. I am thankful for this community who has supported BSCENE Magazine for over seventeen years! I am thankful for my family and the wonderful, sometimes crazy, life we share together. And at the mention of “family”: I have a feeling most of you dream of a holiday like that in a Hallmark movie. In reality, how many of us actually have a holiday season that is more reminiscent of a “Pinterest Fail”? In this issue, BSCENE is to the rescue! We have embraced that life does not always turn out like a postcard and are here to make sure your holiday is full of cheer! You will find that “Reindeer Games” is sprinkled with amusing Christmas-themed activities to play with your family and friends. These festive games are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. A human Christmas tree? Santa Limbo? Now that sounds more like my type of Christmas gathering! “The Twelve DIY's of Christmas" provides suggestions for making your own holiday creations. While there are many talented readers out there who will no doubt create beautiful pieces of art; the goal with “DIY Christmas” is to enjoy this special time of year no matter what results in your do-it-yourself project.

nights are a rarity and family photos can be a chaotic tradition. In “Not So Silent Night”, we have accepted that life happens and sometimes that can be really beautiful! We have met with some local favorite photographers and gathered ideas for making your Christmas photo session a creative and fun family tradition. Our gorgeous cover model, Jennifer Darr, of Lindale Floral, is all about tradition. She loves her small town but also enjoys the growth that has come to Lindale. In order to keep small business owners relevant in a town welcoming an influx of new, larger businesses, Jennifer has created “Sharing is Caring.” With “Sharing is Caring”, Jennifer, and other small business owners have joined forces to help spread the word of the treasures to be found by shopping local. We want to see your DIY Christmas projects and family Christmas photos; whether they be a “Pinterest Fail” or Hallmark Hall of Fame worthy. Share your holiday season with us on your social media by tagging us @bscenemag and using the hashtag #bsceneChristmas2017. From our BSCENE family to yours: May your days be merry and bright and may love surround you this Christmas … even if your nights are not so silent!

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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. UT Tyler celebrates enrolling more than 10,000 students for the first time in history.

The Traveling Molly Rose boutique held a preview night in Downtown Lindale on September 21st.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Chipotle Mexican Grill on September 14th.

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating Inkredible Sounds’ new location on September 14th.

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Buffco Production Company at the People’s Petroleum Building in Tyler on September 13th.

ASAP Roofing was presented with a plaque welcoming them as a new member to the Lindale Area of Commerce on September 13th..

Texas Oncology Foundation invited the cheerleaders from Trinity School of Texas to cheer on the runners of the Celebrate Life Survivors 5K on September 30th.

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony of the Smith County Retired Teachers and School Personnel TISD Instructional Complex on September 12th.

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On September 21st, the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Back Down South Clothing Company.

On September 21st, the Tyler Area of Commerce celebrated La Vie Med Spa with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

On September 19th, the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Roden’s Barber Shop.

The Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce joined Heritage Land Bank’s Centennial Celebration on September 27th.

On September 27th, a few Junior League Members of Longview attended the State of the City Annual Luncheon.

On September 28th, Tyler Junior College officially adopted the campus with 17 zones as part of the Keep Tyler Beautiful’s Adopt-A-Spot.

On October 25th, the City of Lindale welcomed the renovation of MuttNation Station. The dog park and adoption center is located at Darden Harvest Park in a 1907 home donated by The Cannery Lindale.

Downtown Tyler was the scene for a 9/11 remembrance celebration as part of Revitalization of Patriotism.

On September 28th, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Hamptons Retirement Community.

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Keller Williams Realty on September 19th.

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Hometown Guardian Article By: Amanda Thibodeaux Kosmer Photos By: Jason Stitt

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here is a story about a flower that once grew in an open field. As time went by, a town was built around the flower and the open field became a sea of concrete. People arriving in the new town did not know about the flower’s existence, but those who remembered the flower’s beauty delighted in sharing its location so that the flower could be enjoyed by all once more. The Lindale Floral Shop is a lot like this flower. The Floral Shop opened in 1947 in downtown Lindale back when Lindale was a still a small town. It has since moved locations and now resides in a cozy cottage with a garden-like venue in the side yard. Jennifer Darr, owner of Lindale Floral Shop, says that she likes to think of her little spot in Lindale as a “hidden treasure.” Growth and change is inevitable and the city of Lindale is growing up around Jennifer’s boutique of flowers and gifts, yet here stands the shop, 70 years later… a beautiful reminder of small town charm and southern hospitality. With all the growth booming throughout Lindale, some citizens like the “mom and pop” atmosphere that the floral shop offers. Jennifer shares why she thinks the Lindale Floral Shop has been successful for 70 years: “We have people come in all the time that love the small town charm of the house and the items we carry. They love that when they are checking out, they are becoming not only our customers, but our friends; we know their names. I am all about customer service! I try to treat everybody like family that comes in. I think that is why we have been so successful.”

Sharing is Caring Jennifer is embracing the growth around her but wants to share the many other “hidden treasures” Lindale has to offer. She asked herself, “How are we still going to be significant here in this town? You worry about getting overshadowed. There are so many great little places here. I thought there had to be a way that I could go meet the owners of other local businesses and kind of co-market.” She came up with idea called 'Sharing is Caring' in which she interviews the other small business owners and shares their inventory on her Lindale Floral Shop Facebook page. “I introduce my customers to them and in return, those business owners share their customers with me. There are so many people in this town that will shop here at Lindale Floral but have not been to some of the other great local businesses. Once we started sharing with my customers what other area businesses had to offer, as well as their story, people would go visit them and in return, the other businesses would talk about us. The community really loved it. We got amazing feedback. And it kind of caught on like wild fire.” Jennifer continues, “What I have come to learn from meeting all these business owners is that everybody has their own dream and vision. It is all their own money and hard work. Once I started talking to the other owners, I had a whole new respect for them because they are going through the same thing I am going through: trying to make a living and serving their customers. Supporting one another is so much easier than thinking of each other as a threat. That’s the whole beauty of ‘Sharing is Caring’. It changed my attitude. I realized that we are all in the same boat. Why don’t we just support one another?”


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Main Street Market is an antique and vintage goods shop that has revitalized an original “hometown” shop in downtown Lindale. Run by Tracy and Audrey Turner and their son, Cameron, Main Street Market features handpicked items. Audrey explains that “we have carefully curated our antique and vintage items throughout the store. We don’t have reproductions that you can get anywhere else.” Audrey appreciates the comradery 'Sharing is Caring' has brought to Main Street Market. “It’s a great tool because it gives people insight into different businesses. We all have customers who haven’t been able to visit all the stores in town. This gives them an opportunity to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ what our store is all about! ‘Sharing is Caring’ also lends itself to showing our town that we all are connected and want to help each other succeed.”

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Tracee and Chad McCaslin are the third owners of the Lindale Candy Shop. The candy shop first opened in 1946 and remains in its original location 71 years later. Tracee is thrilled to share that they “still have the original recipes from Candy Jim and Mrs. Ruby as well as all the same kitchen equipment that Candy Jim had specially made for candy making in the store. [They] make [their] candy by hand.” About 'Sharing is Caring': “We absolutely love cross promoting for the local businesses in our town. We believe working together as a community is so important. Hometown businesses are the backbone of our community. We love having long time customers come in & share their stories of when they were young and would get to come to the store with their nickel to buy some candy. Although prices may have changed, we hope the experience hasn’t. That’s our goal.”

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“It’s these traditions that make me proud to be a business owner in Lindale.” Judson Turner is part owner/operator of Trail Creek Farm located just a few minutes from downtown Lindale. The tree farm has been open for over thirty years and boasts not only cut your own Christmas trees, but also a gift shop, concession stand, tractor pulls, play area, and a hiking trail. Judson shares, “More than sixty percent of our business comes from outside the Lindale and Tyler area. We have many families that drive from the metroplex to get out of the city and enjoy the small town of Lindale.  I have learned of many families including multiple generations that have been coming to our tree farm for over thirty years and consider the yearly excursion to Trail Creek Farm a family tradition. It’s these traditions that make me proud to be a business owner in Lindale.” Judson appreciates that “Jennifer recognizes the significance of family, community, and area traditions that are offered at Trail Creek Farm.  Her devotion to her hometown in Lindale, and the locally owned businesses, is evident with ‘Sharing is Caring.'

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Flourishing Among the Decades The Lindale Floral Shop is more than flowers (although the arrangements concocted on site are stunning pieces of art). “When I bought the shop, it was pretty much strictly flowers. I had a totally different vision for it. I saw a huge need in Lindale for people to be able to just run in and buy a sweet gift or flowers. I wanted to bring in clothing, home décor, bath products, jewelry, and gift items. And I have gradually been able to do that.” The shop offers John Hart designs, Circle E Candles, Mud Pie Gifts, Canoe Gifts, home décor and apparel … just to name a few. A local favorite line of candles and apparel is the “Hometown” collection inspired by Jennifer’s Grandma, Margaret Alice Lane. These items are graced with vintage paintings by Mrs. Margaret Lane and often include scenes of downtown Lindale. Featured next to a display of “Hometown” luxury soy candles is a memorial Jennifer wrote about the woman that motivates her still to this day: “Many in our community knew her as an expert painter, but I knew her as Grandma. She was a rancher’s wife, gardener, Christian, art teacher, avid cane pole fisher, and one of the greatest loves of my life.” Jennifer has also incorporated events into her floral business by building a garden area where an old parking lot once stood. This outside area, neatly landscaped with welcoming patio furniture, has been named “The Flower Mill.” Jennifer and her husband have worked tirelessly to create a sweet spot in the middle of town. “The Flower Mill” hosts “Photos with Santa,” “Taco Tuesday” (Curbside Taco of Tyler sets up outside and customers can visit “The Flower Mill” to enjoy their lunch), and “I Scream for Ice Cream Wednesdays.” Jennifer also holds painting classes and tea parties inside a shabby-chic party building nestled among the garden area. A new feature on its way to “The Flower Mill” is Jennifer’s latest project “Big Mama’s Photo Wagon.” Jennifer and her husband have restored a vintage camper-trailer and plan on setting up a photo booth inside. With Jennifer’s keen eye for decorating, this camper trailer is unlike anything you could ever imagine! Dreamy white and gold fabric drapes the windows while a vintage “Photo Booth” sign welcomes visitors inside. Jennifer’s creativity is always flowing and there is no telling what she will come up with next!

“She was a rancher’s wife, gardener, Christian, art teacher, avid cane pole fisher, and one of the greatest loves of my life.”

“The Flower Mill” is an extension to “Lindale Floral Shop,” but the two flow together as one. Everything Jennifer does at her hometown business is for the community. She shares what makes her little piece of Lindale so special: “The biggest compliment I have ever received about 'Taco Tuesday' was from a man who told me, ‘I went to Taco Tuesday last week and I have to tell you, that was the most pleasant experience I have had. I looked around and nobody was on their cellphones; everybody was sitting around and enjoying each other.’” Jennifer describes how that compliment made her feel: “That’s why I did this! It made me feel good that the community is embracing it, and they want places like this.”

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Jennifer feels blessed to be right where she is. “To move back here and actually own a piece of something you have grown up with is really sentimental to me. It is a labor of love. It is by the grace of God that I own this place. I cannot believe He gave me the courage to do it, and I know that I am supposed to be here.” In Lindale, shopping at locally owned businesses is an adventure. These “mom and pop” shops have found that “sharing is caring” and are flourishing in the process. You might be headed in knowing exactly what you want, yet you are likely to find something unexpected and unique… much like a beautiful flower growing among a sea of concrete.

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MAKING HISTORY: 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC TYLER WILLOW BROOK COUNTRY CLUB

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Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the members of Historic Tyler, Inc, held their 2017 Annual Meeting, party, and auction. Funds were raised for their mission to promote the preservation and protection of Tyler’s historic structures and sites through education, involvement, and public and private investment.

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Soul Sisters Article By: Amanda Thibodeaux Kosmer Photos By: Avah Bass

It is ten o’clock in the morning in downtown Tyler and I feel as if we are in sitting in a Norman Rockwell painting. The bright blue sky blankets us overhead with popcorn-like clouds. The city is alive with people as they go about their day; crossing over the century-old brick roads to say “good morning” to us as we sit in the center of it all, preparing to begin our interview.

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Callynth Finney’s photography studio is nestled among the buzzing Square in Tyler. I cannot help but feel the nostalgia surrounding me with the exposed brick store fronts from the city’s early days … brick that Callynth explains were made with mud and horsehair right here in Tyler. We are seated at a bistro table outside. Next to our perch is a well that once drew fresh water up to the surface from a spring that runs beneath Spring Street. Why have I never seen this well before? And, hello! That’s how Spring Street got its name! There is so much history right in front of us and Callynth is an excellent story teller but the past in my imaginative Norman Rockwell painting will have to wait. I am here to learn more about Callynth and her beautiful friendship with Karlene Haggerty-Akra, affectionately known as “Cookie”.

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Cookie and Callynth met in June of 2008 at a concert in Bergfeld Park. Cookie remembers that she had just made up a song and wanted to sing it for the lady who was performing that day. After the concert, Cookie found the lady behind stage and introduced herself and shared her song. It was there that she met Callynth who was also visiting with the performer. Cookie said that at that very moment, it was as if she and Callynth had known each other forever. “You know, sometimes you meet people and it is like you’ve known them for a long time.” Callynth calls the two friends “kindred spirits.” They have been known to wear matching clothes and share a child-like joy in the world around them. Callynth says about Cookie: “Whatever (joy, tenacious spirit) you had as a little girl; Cookie never lost that. She loves to sing and dance. If Cookie wants to do something, she’s going to do it. As long as she is having fun … that is what is important.” “Fun” describes the pair’s friendship as every day is an adventure just waiting to be had. “Cookie is 62 years old and she’s always ready to have fun!” Callynth beams as she describes her friend.

Cookie recalls an evening that she and Callynth were having a birthday dinner. Ironically, Cookie received a fortune cookie at the restaurant predicting that “you are getting ready to go on a road trip with a friend.” It was not long after the birthday dinner that the two flew to Colorado (in matching outfits). It was Cookie’s first time seeing the mountains and Callynth remembers the exuberant joy Cookie expressed while on her visit. “Cookie was talking to the Lord. In the morning, she would say Thank you, God, I’m waking up on the mountains!" Callynth laughs as she shares more of Cookie’s gratefulness to God’s creations. “Cookie would have her coffee and say I’m having coffee on the mountains!” Callynth also shares that she and Cookie visited Callynth’s relatives while on the two week trip. “Cookie was jumping on a trampoline and the whole time she was saying I’m jumping on a mountain, I’m jumping on a mountain!” While on their Colorado trip, Cookie and Callynth collected rocks (one of Cookie’s favorite activities). “We had so many rocks that I told Cookie we could not take all those rocks on the airplane back home.” Cookie begins to giggle when she hears Callynth share this story. “Cookie!” Callynth exclaims (hinting a bit of good-humored mischief in Cookie’s voice. “Did you sneak some rocks on the airplane?” Cookie grins, and, with her bold honesty, says, “Yes, I did! I put some in my clothes!” And the two friends share a laugh at the fun memories they had in Colorado.

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Cookie and Callynth do not have to be miles away on vacation to have a good time. A reoccurring subject during our interview was “rocks”. Callynth explains that Cookie has a creative talent for using rocks as instruments. “I play the rocks.” Cookie says,” I put two rocks together and play Jesus Loves Me.” Cookie recalls that a man from the Philippines once visited her church and taught her how to play songs by hitting rocks together. “All rocks don’t make the same sound,” Cookie explains. “They all have a different tune.” A wise and in-depth observation and I cannot help but think that Cookie is referring to more than just rocks. Is it not true, that in life, we all make our own way and follow a path set just for us? In fact, one evening, a band was playing on The Square in Downtown Tyler. Cookie found two rocks and kept rhythm with the band. A lady in the audience asked her if she was with the band on stage and Cookie replied, “I am tonight!” Callynth and Cookie laughed again at another fond memory that is a reminder to us all to find joy in everything around us … even rocks! As Cookie says, “Get out there and do your own thing!” “Cookie is the most emotionally intelligent person I have ever met,” Callynth says about her friend, “Cookie is encouraging and positive but not afraid to speak the truth if it needs to be spoken. Cookie would step in and save my life – she is very protective. There are some days I think Wow! Cookie was a hero today!” Callynth shares a story of a time when a man in mental distress was near the studio. “He had cuts on his arms and Cookie went up to this man, who most people would be really afraid to be near, and began praying over him and singing. The man just sat down and cried … his heart melted.” But Cookie says she was never afraid. “You know, the Bible says to treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself,” Cookie explains. Callynth adds that “Cookie represents Jesus in so many ways … kindness, boldness, and bravery.” And it really is as beautiful as that. How is it that in this day and time, two friends can come together and share a bond so beautifully woven? “Put God first and everything is going to come together.” Cookie says, “If you leave Him out, something ain’t going to come out right.” Callynth shares her thoughts on what makes this friendship special: “A lot of times you are drawn to people who are similar to you in culture, style, and interest. But I feel like everybody on earth has something to offer. Cookie and I both believe you can learn something from anybody. We are two different ages; we come from two different cultures; but we share the same personality. It is nice to have a friend that you can live out your personality with. We are ok with disagreeing and we don’t fight.” Cookie agrees, “I like being around Callynth. We always have fun.” Callynth also shares that it is “valuable to have a friend where you don’t have to walk on eggshells.” As our morning interview drew to an end, I found myself looking at the world around me with fresh eyes as Cookie and Callynth do on a daily basis. I noticed the beautiful blue sky and friendly people walking to and from work-many who stopped by to say “hi” to Cookie and Callynth at some point during our visit. The air felt crisper and the trees seemed to appear a deeper shade of green. I left that day with a renewed sense of child-like joy. And I realized that Cookie and Callynth not only see the beauty around them; they help open our eyes so that we, too, may see the Joy IN the World.

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MERCADO’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY MERCADO’S SEPTEMBER 28TH Diana Banda, Rachael Howe

Mercado’s celebrated 40 years in Tyler with a night of food and fun featuring JB and the Moonshine Band.

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Kari Su Cagle, Cash Cagle, Katie Cagle

Alexa Crosby, Sydney Jones, Sierra Crosby

Michael Reed, Ty Barr

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Fletcher Johnson, Carrie Parsons, Mike Harper

Sylvia Gurganus, Felipe Castillo, Grace Gurganus

Oscar Peralta, Edgar Peralta

Chuck Wemp, Maggie Hendrix

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Andrew Arrazate, Mandy Keeler

Kristin Carrasco, Bonnie Brown, Barrett Hunt, TJ Camara

Adrianne & Jeff Miller Joshua Miller, Jet Miller, Jachin Miller

Bria Morris, Heather Rodriquez, Justina Adangai, Allison Otero, Maurice Cardona

Bobby Doss, Andy Gugar, Sally & Leslie Daly

Chris Williams, Felisha Williams

Donna Wemp, Dr. John English

Megan & Ben Wright

ZERO PROSTATE RUN CUMBERLAND VILLAGE MALL SEPTEMBER 30TH Participants of all ages showed their support to end prostate cancer at the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run. They helped to raise awareness, educate the community, encourage early detection, and provided funds for future treatment and research.

Jennifer Moreno, Tatiana Ortega, Krystine Campbell

Marisa Collins, Layanna Saenz

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Kyle Lopez Knee replacement success story

“I was walking on my own in a week. No walker. No cane.” Years of athletics had taken a major toll on Kyle’s knees. He had one replaced in January of 2014. He had the second one replaced in October, with the knee replacement program at Longview Regional Medical Center. “The experience was amazing,” said Kyle. “The new pain medication allowed me to get up and walk just two hours after surgery without feeling groggy. They prepared me well, and taught my wife how to be my coach. People think they have to go to Dallas to get their surgeries done. But I’m telling them we have a great program right here in Longview. They did an excellent job!” For more information on The Center for Joint Restoration, visit LongviewRegional.com. Or, to register for our next free orthopedic seminar, call 903-233-4770.

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2ND ANNUAL MAD HATTER’S BALL DAKOTAS PRIME STEAK & CHOPHOUSE OCTOBER 7TH Amie Wilson, Linda Rudd

This magical night featuring a silent auction, chance drawings, and specialty food & drinks was filled with imagination. Live music by Lady Chazz and The Tramps was played throughout the patio. The Alice in Wonderland themed event benefitted the Children’s Miracle Network.

Lexi Clark, Edie Gobert, Robin Rowan

Shelby Leath, Rachel Dangel, Devin Taylor

John Feliciano, Stacy Betts, Myriah Boles

Holly & Andrew Pollard, Jessica Mize, Sherri & John Soules Tammie & Aaron Mills

Leah Troyer, Shannon Hood

Shawn Swinney, Allissa Boren

Laura Rumbelow, Marcus Hayley, Lori Rumbelow

Kelli Green, Steve Hellmuth, Chris Green

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Cindy Belt, Raegan Newman, Therapet Maggie

Members of Moore Middle School Cheer

Ashley & Steve Graham, Javier Destarac, Hans Li

Ailene Diaz, Christian Thornton, Ashley Burgos

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Josiah Taylor, Casey Duck

John Weaver, Bill Steinmiller, Steve Black

Lea Holland, Shelby Breeding

Venisce Cook, Natasha Cook, Lane Steward, Jamison Steward

Ericka & Kevin Prather

Karley Davis, Austin Hollek

Brandi Jones, Johnny Winningham, Jamie Sadler

Karen Willis, Kelsey & Austin Carpenter, Tinsley Carpenter

GREAT STRIDES WALK BERGFELD PARK SEPTEMBER 23RD The Great Strides walk benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was held on September 26th at Bergfeld Park in Tyler. Participants enjoyed games, food, and a dunking booth!

Bre’Anna & Tyrone Sanders, Bailey Sanders

Laura Bryan, Abbey Helbig, Kate Jordan

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BOTIQUE FASHION SHOW BOTIQUE OCTOBER 14TH

Liani Ward, Michael Thompson, Dale Booth, Buddy Booth

A Shoe Passion Launch Party and Fashion Show was hosted by Bo Botello of Botique in Bullard. Models walked the runway featuring new brands found only at Botique, With hors d’oeuvres, specialty drinks and musical performances, this was the fashion destination for all your menswear needs!

Javier Destarac, John Wright, Hayden McCullough, Patrick Smallwood

Glenda & Charles Humphreys

Bo Botello, Kaylee Black

Kailan Bellew, Malarie Hopper

Katherine Craig, Brandon Craig, Sherry Craig

Sheena Rozell, Tiffanie Noland

Travis Reed, Dezaren Perrecone

Paula & Dick Warren

Tisa Hibbs, London Hibbs, Phyllis Weiss

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Eddy Dow, John Oberg

Ron Stafford, Cory Dowler

Ben Jackson, Casey Hymer

Andy Ford, RJ Collins

Robert Reagins, Alfred Thompson

Todd Lynd, Jay Knight

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Patrick Granberry, Lacey Warren, Kailan Bellew, Malarie Hopper

Sandy Terry, Jess Hamilton

Ken Threlkeld, Grace Knight, Mike Lohner

Mike Craig, Jonathan Hill, Gabe Cassell, John Oberg

Lacey Warren, Margaret Perryman, Tim Peterson, Wendy & Derrell Bledsoe

Susan Alexander, Holly Burke, Cindy Julian, Jamie Sadler

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OCTOBER 16TH The Northeast Texas Tyler Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held a $100,000 hole-in-one contest at the Breathe Easy Golf tournament. Proceeds from this event supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in their mission to “assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.”

Andy Poston, Bret Paschall

Blake Drewry, Scott Drewry

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The Red Kettle: A Christmas ICON Article By: Addi McNeel Courtesy Photo

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“The kids can experience what it’s like to give back. It’s a way to make their Christmas even more meaningful.” -Captain Robert Parker

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rowing up, Christmas was a special time for me. It was the one day a year that our entire family, no matter how far apart, would come together. I have a lot of nostalgic Christmas memories, but some of my favorites were during the times I volunteered in the community. I loved the idea that with my contribution, even as a child with no money and tiny hands, I could make a positive difference in the lives of others. I loved helping in a myriad of ways, but I remember so vividly how excited I would get to see the Salvation Army’s red kettle in front of stores every year. First, I would hear the bell ringing, tipping me off that the red kettle was nearby. I would immediately look imploringly up at my mother, who was already digging around for change in her purse. Sometimes she would hand me cash and I would be thrilled. I would walk over to the bell ringer and slip whatever money I was given into the red kettle. They would smile brightly and thank me, and I’d glow inside knowing that our contributions helped someone somewhere. Most people have favorite holiday memories as a child. Perhaps that is what makes the holiday so special – it is nostalgic, family-oriented and brings the entire community together. With that sense of community in mind, charities suddenly get large donations, non-profits get an uptick in volunteers and neighbors gift each other home-baked

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goods. Good deeds during the holidays are thoughtful and kind, but it can be difficult to help out the community year-round and still get to give a little something during the holidays. However, the Salvation Army makes doing just that as easy as sticking loose change in a bucket. The red kettle is famous. Hanging outside store entrances, it is a gleaming beacon of the holiday season approaching, and frequently spotted in Christmas movies. Throwing in loose change, or dollar bills makes you feel good because you’re doing something important. It’s such an easy way to give back to the community. Even when the holidays are said and done, the money donated during that time is used every day for the rest of the year. It provides housing, food and clothing assistance to those in need, youth services, rehabilitation, counseling and spiritual care, as well as emergency disaster relief. Overall, fundraising during the Christmas season is responsible for around 70 percent of the funds allocated throughout the year. For those wanting to contribute even more and take it a step further, volunteering as a bell ringer can be highly rewarding. Each year, several people sign up to ring the bell for the red kettle. Some have been doing it for many years, like Tony Morgan. N OVEM B ER | DEC EM B ER 2 0 1 7

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Morgan first decided to become a bell ringer because of need and friendly competition. Tony was the former chairman of the Smith County Salvation Army. Being on the board, he understood how much the donations earned through the red kettle project helped the community and wanted to volunteer his time. There was also some inoffice competition that made giving back even more fun. Morgan has volunteered as a bell ringer for half a decade. Year after year he would stand in front of the stores, ringing the bell and collecting donations. Morgan explained that he was surprised by how many people would come up to him and tell him that the Salvation Army helped them in many varying ways. According to Captain Robert Parker, the commanding officer of the Salvation Army in Tyler, this openness is quite common. “It’s a cool experience, especially for those who are doing it for the first time, because people will come up to you and tell you stories about how the Salvation Army has helped them,” Parker said. “They’ll tell you about the time they overcame addiction or alcohol abuse with the Salvation Army’s help, or they might tell you about how the Salvation Army gave their grandpa donuts during World War II.”

In fact, East Texas has had quite its fair share of the bell-ringing spotlight. In 2013 Andre Thompson broke the world record in a threeway tie for the longest amount of time ringing the bell consecutively. He rang the bell non-stop outside of Walgreens on Rieck Road in Tyler for over 100 hours. In 2016, the Salvation Army recruited a few dogs to help them ring the bell. They were even specially trained to fetch donations from people. This year, the Salvation Army will hold a big red kettle kickoff event at the Broadway Square Mall on Nov. 10, but the project won’t really begin until the day after Thanksgiving, when you will begin to see the shining red kettle in front of stores and hear the ringing of the bells as soon as you step foot out of the car. Having appeared in several Christmas movies, the red kettle might just be one of the most famous symbols of the impending holiday. The red kettle project first started in 1891, and has been making appearances in films and outside of stores ever since.

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Morgan said bell ringers and volunteers are always needed. He recommends trying it out, even if you only have an hour to spare. “Put an hour into it and if you have young kids – bring them,” Morgan said.

community members are incredibly giving and this area is no stranger to raising the funds needed through creative and unique ways through the red kettle project.

It all began with Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee, who noticed many individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. He resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the people in the city, but he had to find a way to fund the mission. He came up with idea of using a pot to collect donations. The kettle was soon full and provided countless help to those who would have otherwise gone hungry on Christmas that year. The idea took off and began popping up in states across the nation. In East Texas, the red kettle has made its appearance every holiday season for over 100 years.

3,429 Active volunteers for the Salvation Army in Tyler 127 Countries being served by the Salvation Army

35 Average number of locations across Smith County with red kettles. 70 The percentage of total annual income the Salvation Army earns

Morgan said the kids love helping and it’s a great opportunity to show them that giving back can be fun, and hear the stories of those who were helped by the donations raised through projects like the red kettle.

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25 The number of MILLIONS of Americans assisted by the Salvation Army annually

By signing up to volunteer through the Salvation Army’s red kettle website, one can request certain hours and locations to ring the bell, and can choose whether to sign up as a group or an individual. As a group, families or co-workers can choose one kettle or more and each ring the bells. Like Morgan, Parker recommends that families bring their children along to help. “The kids can experience what it’s like to give back,” Parker said. “It’s a way to make their Christmas even more meaningful.” According to Parker, there are typically between 30 and 40 red kettle locations across Smith County each year. Several hundred volunteers are needed to fill the locations for the red kettle and to raise enough funds to meet their yearly goal.

In an ever-changing community and society, it is nice to know that one thing remains constant. Every year around Christmas time, the bell will start to ring, calling once again for people to come together, help each other and unite as one. Throw loose change in a bucket, ring a bell, help a neighbor, and give someone another chance to make even more Christmas memories this year. To volunteer as a bell ringer go to tylersa.volunteerfirst.org.

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These funds are allocated to fulfill different needs throughout the year and will go directly to Smith County residents who need help. Local

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PATH WEEK 150TH ANNIVERSARY GREEN ACRES CHURCH SEPTEMBER 7TH

Lisa Chatterton, Connie Schaefer, Nancy Kirk, BJ Hornbostel

A luncheon was held at the Green Acres Crosswalk Center in Tyler to honor the Christ Episcopal Church for 32 years of partnership with PATH as they celebrated their 150th church anniversary.

David Socia, Clint Childs

James Novy, Greg Grubb

Melba Medford, Linda Sandefer, Katherine Buhrkuhl, Alice Avery

Shannon Almand, Linda Vass

Melissa Barrett, Nancy Lamar, Alison Ables, Pam Lisner

Kenneth Cobb, Dorinda & Jeff Williams

Nick Pesina, Matthew Ramirez

social scene Ashley Stanley, Kelly Gill, Ginger Cuthbert

Ron Wegscheid, Allen Kerbholz, Kerry & Harry Suggs

Dallas Walker, Stacie Walker, Dru Wahl, Brant Crenshaw

Kira Tutaki, Martel Vanzanst

Deirdra & John Redmond

Kim & Roger Rivers

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Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, along with Earl Campbell and Gary Baxter, hosted a VIP reception to celebrate the opening of Project Rose Research Institute for Sport Science. On display were the Institute’s modern Micah Kendrick, Whitney Simpson fitness and rehabilitation equipment.

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SIGHT NIGHT: THE JOY OF SIGHT CALLYNTH PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO OCTOBER 3RD Lydia & Greg Dean

Local artists featured their work in a silent auction in downtown Tyler, benefiting Sight.org. Proceeds from the auction will give the gift of sight to the blind in Togo, Africa.

Jesus Gonzales, Cairo Reyes

John David McPhail, Rachel Baber, Hannah Campbell

Crystal & Mike Martin

Karlene Akra & Ashley Nguyen

Julie & Chris Langford, Adrienne & Walt McKenzie

Stephanie & Jason Mazingo

Lisa & Ben Horlander Dr. Sunni Boren-Atkinson & Nathan Atkinson

Taylor & Chase Borden

Kaye & Todd Hinkie

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Colleen Hughes, Ryan Fowler, Teresa Hughes

Tommy Lewis, Neshia Rudd

Laura & Terry Mebane, Katie & Scott Heater Michelle & Curtis Cannon

Robyn Allen, Gena Allen

Alesia Kirkpatrick, Debbie Kueck, Emily Allen, Kristin Thomas

Denise & Joe Yeakley

Michelle & Brett Lindig Anna Broderhausen, Judy Brumley

HOPE HAVEN PICKER’S PAVILION SEPTEMBER 16TH

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The Boots & Bling Gala held in Lindale, Texas, was an exciting night to raise support for Hope Haven, a nonprofit with the goal of providing a safe home environment for neglected adolescent girls in the foster care system. The event featured dinner, music by the Tuxedo Cats, silent, live, and dessert auctions, and more.

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Cork Food & Drink Is a–Movin’ On Up! Article by: Dr. Aubrey D. Sharpe Photos by: Bryan Stewart Featured Intro Photo by: Hannah Bauman

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Guess what! Cork Food & Drink has a new home. It’s the new and improved “Cork Screw” as the employees call it. We’ve got the same great staff and concept with a new location at 109 East Grande Blvd, Tyler, 75703. You can’t miss it. It’s a new building (two yrs old) that towers about Grande with strings of white lights that outline the structure and roof. There are three easy ways to enter 1) the first driveway East past the corner of Broadway and East Grande Blvd., 2) turn East off Broadway on to Barbee Rd. or 3) the first traffic light East of Broadway on Grande at Sutherland Rd. to Barbee Rd. on the right. There is plenty of parking behind the restaurant and extra parking across the street at Life Church when services are not in session. No more fighting the movie theater crowd for parking, as in days past. The restaurant is open Tuesday—Saturday, 4:00 p.m.—midnight (or later). The new facility is a little larger than the previous location with an excellent view of Tyler nights through six large windows overlooking Grande Blvd. The interior of exposed brick walls, open ceilings, and cozy lighting provides a retro look to the casual atmosphere. The paintings throughout are from local artists, and all of the flowers and food are local farm to table fresh. Jon and Ace are still at the helm and have plans for adding a large outside front patio for dining, a fresh organic herb garden in back and a family friendly casual patio for yard games and outdoor fun that is also pet-friendly. While the future expansions are exciting, currently, things are a-hoppin’ at Cork. Jon Florendo & Ace Estrella are providing enjoyable modern Euro-Asian food from their famous Shrimp Mescal and Lamb Chops to market-fresh Shushi and seafood. In Cork Food & Drink,

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these two creative fellas have sustained a unique casual-dining and social mediafriendly restaurant with an extensive wine list priced $22.00 to $100.00 per bottle and the average being a very affordable $32.00; live music Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights; hand crafted cocktails for $9.00 to $12.00 and domestic & craft beers, as well as a fabulous dining experience. Happy hour is Tuesday thru Saturday, 4:00—6:00 p.m. with $2.00 off all wine, beer, and appetizers. Coming soon is Brunch Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.). Brunch specialties include: chicken & waffles, French toast, eggs benedict, farmers veggie hash, omelets, and country fried steak. Happy Day! The “Man” will be a regular in the house. Another new addition, started in November, is lunch offered Tuesday— Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., serving fresh, healthy specialties as well as the regular menu. If that’s not enough, Chef Kyna Clendenin will be preparing “Healthy Meals to Go.” Order and pay on the website (www.corktyler.com) and pickup Tuesday—Friday after 5:00 p.m. Is there no end to the innovation at this place!! So, ya see, these folks love food and drinks and love having fun and enjoyable dining experiences with their playful and inventive craft cocktails, fine wine flight tastings with shareable snacks or “family style” full plates. What sets Cork Food & Drink apart is their specializing in small plates, tapas and appetizers featuring local organic ingredients from such local vendors as J. Scott Herod’s “Cut Beef ” naturally grass-fed and grain finished beef from his Ranch in Chapel Hill; Jonathan and Michelle Ramm’s “Porch Culture Coffee” from farms in the Dominican


Republic and fresh roasted in Tyler, and several other local providers of herbs and spices, flowers and chicken. Our group included several local vendors and friends of the restaurant. Jon and Ace provided a special “Man About Town” four-course menu, which included a number of house appetizers, plus grass-fed meat balls, beef sliders, and ribeye from “Cut Beef ”, and “Porch Culture Coffee” dessert-bites. Too, too good! Emmie Emerson, our server, kept the food and drinks a-comin’ and never missed a step all evening. Jon was the glue that held the group together. The highlight for the “Man” was being served at the bar two of the best craft cocktails created by Meredith Krause and Tyler Innerarity. First, was the classic hand crafted “Old Fashion.” It was to die for. Then came the House specialty “Fire & Ice” served with great flare and drama and flamed Rosemary Finale. Throughout the evening the live music was provided by “The Good Vibes” band with vocalist Natalie Rose, with their signature light jazz for what Cork calls “Wine Down Wednesday” serving ½ price for all bottles of wine. This was an especially fun and enjoyable event for the “Man.” The food, drinks, and people were delightful. It seemed that the entire restaurant was part of our party. The big surprise was when our dear friend, Bernard Gautier, owner of Bernard Mediterranean Bar and Grill, made a cameo appearance and shared a drink. We partied down so much that it was time to ease on out and “taker on home,” which is what we did very carefully. So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.

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With a beautiful aesthetic environment, accompanied by a full bar, lounge and elegant restaurant seating, along with a kind service staff, Kawa’s is your new go-to hibachi restaurant. A unique twist on Japanese Hibachi, fusion sushi rolls and Asian bistro, Kawa’s offers one-of-a kind plates for lunch and dinner. HOURS Mon - Thurs 11am - 10:30pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 11:30pm Sun 11am - 10pm What are you waiting for? Come join us at Kawa’s! FIND US ON FACEBOOK

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Celebrate the holidays at Dakotas by booking your corporate or personal event in one of our private rooms! Need us to come to you? Dakotas Catering Company can be off-site and offers full service with selections to meet any budget, style, or occasion. Please contact us for more details! RESTAURANT HOURS Mon - Fri 11am - 10pm Sat 2pm - 10pm LIVE MUSIC BAR HOURS Sun Closed Wed - Sat 8pm - 11pm Mon - Thurs until 11pm Fri & Sat until 12am Complimentary Valet

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Let us cater your holiday dinner! Bruno’s Pizza And Pasta has been providing East Texans with delicious homemade Italian food, pizza, pasta and more for over 40 years! Come get your pizza fix at our Tyler locations or for take-out night. Old Jacksonville location: Banquet Room available. Serving wine and beer ONLY at this location! BYOB to our Vine Street location!

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social scene DANIEL BABER, KRISTIN & GODWIN OSUAGWU, JANET BABER

SHERRI SOULES, SUSAN DEVINNEY

LYNDA & BILL EVANS, DR. JOHN ENGLISH

BOBBIE DANCE, ELEANOR STRINGER, KATHY AVANTS, APRIL MOORE

SHANNON & RANDY STEVENSON, KIM & MITCH RHODES, LEE RHODES

MATT & DR. RACHEL DEVANEY

BETHESDA BIRTHDAY BASH VILLA DE FELICITA SEPTEMBER 16TH The Bethesda Alliance hosted their 7th annual Birthday Bash at Villa De Felicita on September 16th. The theme was a masquerade party with live and silent auctions and music from The Doc Gibbs Band.

BRIAN YOUNG, LAURIE ROSSMAN

LAINEY & RUSSELL YANCY

LINDA BUCKNER, LAVERNE GOLLOB, KAREN & MICHAEL TIDWELL

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FAE & AMIR MIRMIRAN

BRENDA & DEAN CAGLE

JONATHAN BELL, NATASHA CHEN, AMBER OWEN, RAQUEL FRANKS-CARPENTER

GINA & SHANE BUTLER, SHANE MCWHA

SAMANTHA & JASON ELLMAN, CINDY & BILL ELLMAN

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No other season has a more lengthy “to do” list than Christmastime. Rightfully so, Christmas is a time of tradition: Pottery Barn inspired trees ornately decorated and flocked, gifts wrapped with neatly tied bows, freshly baked cookies for Santa (made from scratch, of course), Christmas cards with the family in matching outfits and perfect smiles. At the mention of “perfect smiles:” how would you like to shake the mistletoe a bit and put a fun twist on your Christmas cards this year? Now, I am all for Christmas dinner complete with Spode china, but stirring up a little holiday cheer should always be on the season’s “to do” list. We consulted some favorite local photographers and searched the internet to find the most ingenious and outrageously jolly ideas for Christmas cards. Now, if after hearing what the professionals have to say, you are still struggling to find inspiration for your festive family photo shoot, look online, where all creative searches lead to Pinterest.

"And for heaven's sake, don't all wear the same thing." Some of the best moments of life are unplanned. For your Christmas card this season, “let it go” and let life happen. Capture real life that brings out your family’s personalities. Callynth Finney of Callynth Photography in Tyler gives us this useful tip: “Do whatever you need to do to not be in a fight that day. Take some time to foster affection beforehand. No nagging anybody and don’t coach your kids ahead of time. The best you will get is a stiff body and a fake smile. Make it a fun game. Let them mess it up a few times. Let the fantastic photo come as a result of this “fun game.” If they need to get their wiggles out, let them. Who says you all have to be looking at the camera? Who decided that rule? And for heaven’s sake, don’t all wear the same thing.” Sawyer

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Trombley of Sawyer Trombley Photography in Whitehouse shares how she captures real life in family photos: “Just do it! The fun, goofy, silly photo shoots are always the best! If you can make it a fun experience instead of just another photo shoot, you have a way better chance of capturing who your family really is!” Rachel Stanley of Rachel Stanley Photography in Whitehouse says that “the main thing I tell my clients when they book their session with me is that we are going to have fun! We are there to enjoy the time and live in the moment!” Brush up on your family’s theatrics, and act out a scene from your favorite Christmas movie. Here are some suggestions from our favorite holiday movies: “It’s a Wonderful Life”- A blissful image of George and the family gathered around the Christmas tree. After all, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” “Home Alone”- Who can forget little Kevin left home alone to face the wet bandits or the infamous aftershave scene? “A Christmas Story”- Remember when Ralphie licks the frozen post, and his tongue gets stuck? You could also copy Ralphie’s signature look: adorable thick-rimmed glasses complete with a cheesy smile? “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Do you struggle to have the perfect Christmas like Clark Griswold? There are just too many memorable scenes in this holiday favorite. The squirrel escaping the Christmas tree and creating havoc during the Griswold’s Christmas dinner is only one moment that comes to mind. Your family is sure to have a blast reenacting these famous moments, and the recipients of your Christmas cards will delight in the joy of your faces all season long!

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Be “punny” with Christmas songs! Sawyer Trombley provided her witty take on “Silent Night” (or “Not So Silent Night”), what does she love most about the photos? “They are genuine! In these photos, you can get a feel for who the family is and what life is like with the Joneses. Three mischievous yet angelic kiddos, fun parents that always have everything under control, and a whole lot of love to go around. The kids had a blast getting to tie each other (and their parents) up in lights while eating popcorn and candy canes [and] having their photos taken.” Other songs we have found that bring out creative Christmas photos are “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “White Christmas,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Enlist a creative photographer with unique ideas, and you can “fudge” the elements. Oh, it's 98 degrees in Texas in November? No problem! Rachel Stanley uses photo editing programs that add a Christmas touch to her photographs when the unpredictable Texas weather is not cooperating. She used a real image of a reindeer in her winter wonderland scene and “edited it into the picture to make it look real.” Rachel enjoys creating a storybook-like world for her photo shoots. “My daughter is my inspiration for my photo shoots,” Rachel explains. “I want her to dream big and to chase her dreams, so in my photographs, I take her to the places she has never been and the places she can only dream about. That is exactly what I want my clients to feel when they book their creative sessions with me. I am taking them somewhere they dream about…”If you are looking for a fun and non-traditional family photo this Christmas, or any occasion for that matter, the possibilities are endless.

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BAGS, BLING & BINGO SEPTEMBER 12TH Andrea Atkins, Debra Turner, Laura Hill

The East Texas Builders Association Event Center hosted the Longview Habitat for Humanity’s “Bag, Bling, and Bingo” fundraiser. The event benefitted the Longview Habitat’s women’s build.

Amanda Saxon, Shantana Duke

Carmen Vogel, Kellie Ronan

Alexis Sigmon, Christi Sigmon

Emily Chevalier, Summer Sheehan

Susan Jones, Aliceson Howell

Pilar McLemore, Debra McLemore, Niki Groce, Jo Popma

Darlene Davis, Toni Sharp

Allison Benton, Radonna Cannon, Becky Nix, Deedee Parkhurst,

Cammie Camp, Ashley Camp

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Marie & Dr. Bill Starling

Jon Perry, Verna Hall

Anne & Dr. Mike McCrady

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Kim Lessner, Donna Metke, Mary Kay Lust, Marilyn Abegg-Glass

Debra & Mike Cobb

Sue & Steve Lander

Juanita Leblanc, Chrystal George

John & Ellen Musselman

Sheryl Palmer. Barbara Shtofman. Flora Wilson, Amy Faulconer

Agnes & Dr. Frank Ward

TMA LITTLE BLACK DRESS SEPTEMBER 14TH The Tyler Museum of Art’s fall celebration was held at Willow Brook Country Club on September 14th. The theme was “Little Black Dress Visits Warhol’s Factory”.

Robert Owen, Val Harness

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TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL MEN’S LUNCHEON THE CASCADES OCTOBER 20TH Bryan Hughes, Trent Brookshire, Josh Littauer

US Senator John Cornyn was the guest speaker at the Men’s Luncheon prior to the evening coronation of Texas Rose Queen, Emily Kaye Evans. Cornyn’s speech applauded Texas’ strength and resilience as he spoke on tax reform.

Brian Young, Matthew Young

Bill Evans, Lenville Evans

Wayne Dotson, Will Shelton, R.B. Shelton, Jimmy Negem

Liz Ballard, Betsy Jenkins

Greg Caton, Jim Thompson

John Minton, Louie Gohmert, Ben Morgan, Larry Parker

Corey Harbold, Casey Brownlow

Jimmy Bonner, Guy Griffeth, Bill Breedlove

Kathey Comer, Mayor Martin Heines

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Peni Barfield, Doris Polly

Claude Wilson, Gerald Dunn

Michelle Negem, Pauline Morris, Paulette McKinney

Staley Wynne Gray, Virginia Wynne Campbell

Roy Blount, Jr, Laurie Ann Frank

Carole Stewart, Katie Price

Debbie Rose, Tonya Hamlin, Dacia Edmonson, Kari Smith

Trudy Williams, Billie Carpenter Anna Kimball, Molly Bonner, Margaret Breedlove, Sue Harralson

Joel Woelkers, Dr. Kirk Calhoun, John Harkey Jr., James Wynne

Ellington Hull, Jenny Hull

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Allison McAnally, Deborah Vickery, Melissa Williamson, Diana Hall

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Article By: E ditor-in-Chic, Veronica Ter Photos by: H res annah Baum an, Kelly Lai ne Haney

Bounti-Fa l l Winter B oots!

Boot season has finally arrived! With the cold snap here, it’s time to break out some serious fashion-forward faves. No longer do I have to day dream about sitting under the Friday night lights wrapped up in my carefully-planned-cozy-chic outfit sipping a steaming cup of cocoa and marshmallows. During these cold-weather months, my time under the Friday night lights means I'll be found in a pair of must-wear, must-have, must-get, style staples: boots and booties of all heights, styles, and heel types—I don't discriminate! As we've seen in previous seasons, boots are BSCENE-stealers again, this year, especially because fashion houses seem to be showcasing a bit bolder and more playful designs. Open up any style magazine right now or scroll through Instagram posts and you'll probably see some hits that are offering fashionistas some major street cred including boots and booties in bright reds and bold whites. Yes. You read that right. White doesn't have to stay in your closet after Labor Day anymore! I recently found the perfect pair of red suede booties to be on trend through these East Texas streets. But, don’t feel like what’s already in your closet won’t work to keep up with today’s trends. I went through my own closet and found styles that can stand up with today's trends and remain completely relevant this season—ones in which, you can try incorporating in your own fall and winter wardrobes, too!


OTK Boot.

The acronym is basically a staple word, now! The over-the-knee boot has been around for years and isn't going away in 2017. I own several pairs, but my favorite encompasses a bit of "girly" appeal, tied up with a bow that sits directly behind the knee. I love these because they can easily add just a touch of flirtatious fancy, with not-too-high of a high heel.   I frequently style mine with a sweater dress or mini-skirt for a night out on the town.  The  OTK obsession doesn't end there, though. As a girl growing up in the '90s, during the height of the "grunge" music era and fashion movement, many teens rocked a rebel look with "combat" boots. Fast forward twenty-five years and this punk rock look is back. What better way to relive those days, than with a pair that revisits the time when Dr. Martens ruled the streets, like these, but with more of a, "today," feel since they are also OTKs.  This redux look is pulled off with a comfy sweatshirt dress also reminiscent of days gone by.


Another OTK favorite are these country babes I found at Cavender's! Who knew western wear could be so city-slick?! These are simply the perfect pair of boots to help this Detroit girl step into a bit of East-Texas-country-comfort.  They are the ultimate kickers for tromping around at some of the best festivals in our region and outdoor music events. Pair with an edgy or traditional denim jacket and you’re good to go.

Metallics.

Other statement-making trends this season include various metallics and textured fabrics. While I love the aesthetic, pulling off metallics for a daytime look can be a little tricky. The fix: I found these flat booties that have just a touch of the metallic look, which is then made even more subtle with their washed out finish.  Wear these to a football game with your favorite skinny jeans and pair with an off-the-shoulder knit sweater to add some playful, slouchy-casual appeal.


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'70's Throwbacks.

Speaking of slouchy...that '70s vibe is back in style! The ruched look is all over storefronts. While I can’t purchase every new style, I shopped my own closet and found a pair that make a similar statement and have a similar appeal ... with a bow to boot! These hit above the ankle, so skinny jeans or leggings tuck in nicely. But, they’re also great with a pencil skirt styled with a leather jacket in the same hue as the boots. 

The Basics.

Every girl needs a pair of black, dark brown or beige basic booties...Neutral is key to make pairing with outfits easier. Flat-heeled, high-heeled, mid-heeled, block-heeled booties...it doesn't matter. Just go get yourself a pair because they go with, pretty much, EVERYTHING! My go-to's are warn regularly with jeans, a T-shirt and an edgy jacket. Bottom line. It's all about the boots! Be a BSCENE-Stealer:  I've shared favorite boots from my personal wardrobe... Now share yours! Let BSCENE readers know what your favorite boots are by posting a picture of you in your boots to social media sites. Tag us @bscenemag and use the hashtags: #bsceneOOTD as well as the hashtag(s) of where you purchased your favorite boots and/or entire ensemble. Your picture just might make it into the next issue of BSCENE Magazine!


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BRAS FOR THE CAUSE KE BUSHMAN’S CELEBRATION CENTER OCTOBER 10TH Judy Kunzman, Cathy Brown

The fundraising event, Bras for the Cause, mission is to “increase awareness of great cancer and contribute to organizations which fund research and grants for women’s screening and care.” Some of the proceeds of this year’s event went to Susan G Komen of East Central Texas.

Beba Torres, Marisol Soto, Aaron Dias

Sgt. McEuen, Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Berry

Julia Gardner, Bridgette Thomasson

Candice & Morgan Shipp,

Scott Kelley, Jay Fuller, Joe French, Mike Quintal

Margie Fisher, Debbie & Dr. Karan Singh

Brad Johnsen, Collette Stem, Jamey Whitley

Cindy Cusunano, Ginny Padilla

Amanda Keller, Diana Zamora, Yonna Yelverton

social scene

Hannah Thompson, Keith Shaw

Shaun Galbraith, Chelsie Beare, Hugh Champion

Carl Owns, Gary Andrews, Joe Denson

Bobbie & Ken Dance, Martha Hook

Kelly Smith, Shannon Maradiaga

Trudy Williams, Jennifer Hines

Bonnie & John Genung, Michael Rogers

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Patti Mortis, Nanci Wright, Wendy Gandy, Deborah Bramble

Patty Sims, Agnes Lee

Zoe Lawhorn , Cindi Featherston-Shields

Kim Thompson, Allyson Samford

Julia Miller, Master Sgt. Miguel Fabbiani

The 44th anniversary banquet celebrating Meals on Wheels was chaired by Cindi Featherston-Shields. The event featured music by the TJC Jazz band, a silent auction, and lunch.

Larry Wickham, Zoe Lawhorn, Dr. Aubrey Sharpe

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS TRUE VINE BREWING CO. SEPTEMBER 28TH

Tanya Redic, Tamara McKenzie

True Vine Brewing Company hosted the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce’s September Business After Hours. Refreshments were provided by Social Roast Kitchen and Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que. Guests enjoyed “The Backyard” at True Vine with the brewery’s classic, seasonal, and exclusive tap room beers.

Nick Nunez, Andrea Tamez, Maria Gonzalez

John Cox, Frank Johnson

Lee Browning, Brian Tuttle, Tom Mullins

Ryan Dixon, Myranda George

Chris Ables, Cody Ables

Kevin Neathery, Cody Grace, Daniel Lyons, Britney Scott, Mallory Mazarakes

Arline Corey, Toni Stewart, Jackson Fitzgerald, Samantha Baird

Nicole Cox, Myranda George

Justin McCravey, Mary Margaret Nelson, Hector Hernandez

social scene

Ginnie Baldridge, Alice Ann Brown, Sue Ray, Vicki Brubaker

Grant Fenske, Nathan Gulley

Elizabeth & Dr. Jeff Pennell

Shelby Marks, James Kidd

John Berry, Rachael & Jacob Putman

Ed Santos, Buen Arago

David Stein, Phil Burks, Bryan Hughes, Gates Brelsford

Sean Fleming, Lindsay & Matthew Zurawski, Brett Keckeisen, Michelle Neilson, Niki Self, Cindy Davis

Latoya Young, Victor Valle, Felecia Herndon

Zairah Luke, Cindy Smoak, Mika Mullens, Jenni Wilson

Pat Flanagan, Mechele Mills, Brandon Reynolds, Kimberly Ashley, Olivia Levoy

Jana & Kyle Penney

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#OOTD We are so excited to announce our "Outfit of the Day" campaign! Feeling super fashionable? Take a selfie and share your picture with us! Post your #OOTD on your social media sites by tagging us @bscenemag & using the following hashtags: #bsceneOOTD as well as the hashtag of where you purchased your stylish ensemble!

Here are three featured “Outfit of the Day” posts from our BSCENE Facebook and Instagram pages. Share your #OOTD and you could be featured next!

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Queen’s Tea

Samantha Stewart, Parker Bates

Meghan O’Halloran, Garrett Smith

Carley Lowery, Audrey Lowery, Ferrell Clyde, Jack Roberts

Lauren Lyons, Jonathan Randall

Queen Emily Kay Evans, Grayson Faulconer

Riter Kerr, Caroline Bertram, Ava Rimato

Sheri & Craig Caton, Mary Hellen Caton, Anna Caton, Hayden Smith, Karie & Glen Smith, Reagan Smith

QUEEN’S TEA TYLER MUNICIPAL ROSE GARDEN, QUEEN’S COURT OCTOBER 21ST

John Borah, Shawnte Shaver, Taylor Denson, Shafen Borah, Scott Shaver, Summer Borah

Texas Rose Festival Queen, Emily Kaye Evans and her Court met attendees in their full coronation costumes at the Celestial Wonders Queen’s Tea. It is traditionally hosted by the Queen’s family and the Texas Mary Katherine Stair, Olivia Redwine, Rose Festival. The Tea is open to Ven Gill Clements the public.

Robert Cameron, Paige Cameron

Jimmy Negem Sr., Grace Elizabeth Negem, Michelle Negem

Stacey Hiles, Grace Hiles, Kristie Arnette

Frances Hackney, Benton Owen

Grace Knight, Payton Fanning

Jackson Willis, Nixon Richards, John Boone

Caroline Boylan, Richard Adams

Lauren Schroeder, Mason Parker

Claire Stratton, Braden Coates

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Without further ado, I present to you … The TWELVE DIY’s of Christmas: Can we all agree that it’s the sweet scents that make this the best of all seasons? I always enjoy the sweet smell of baking in the kitchen, as it wafts throughout the rest of the house. With these next two DIY’s of Christmas, your house will be looking AND smelling like Christmas.

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1. Pinecone Christmas Trees

2. Pinecone Ornaments

Pinecones can be used in a variety of ways! This is great for those of us who live in and near the piney woods. I have included three in this article, so keep reading for Christmas crafts that could start in your backyard! If you use real pinecones and want to make sure they’re free of little critters; wash them in some soapy water. The pinecones may close up; simply dry them on newspapers for about a day until they open again. You can also bake them at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes to rid of bugs.

What You’ll Need: -Pinecones -Paint -Paintbrush -Glitter matching paint -Small screw eyes -Ribbon or twine

What You’ll Need: -Pinecones -Paint -Paintbrush -Glitter matching paint -Small flowerpots -Stickers, foam cut-outs, small ornaments, or other trinkets that could be used as “tree toppers”

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Steps: - Paint the tips of the pinecones with paint. - Sprinkle glitter on the tips while the paint it still wet. - Paint the flowerpots if desired. - Place a pinecone in each pot and finish off with a tree topper.

Steps: -Paint and glitter the pinecones to match the Christmas theme of your tree. -Attach a screw eye in the bottom of each pinecone. -String a ribbon or some twine through the eyes. -Finally, hang on your Christmas tree!

3. Pinecone Wreath What You’ll Need: - Pinecones (about 55-65) - 12” Wire Wreath Form - Hot glue gun - Optional: evergreen branches, sprigs of berries, ornaments, LED fairy lights Steps: -Starting with the inner ring of the wire wreath, begin to glue the pinecones all the way around the circle. -Repeat the process on the outermost rim of the wreath. -Then glue the rest of the pinecones in the middle gap of the wreath so it is full. -Vary the direction and sizes of the pinecones so it looks a little more natural. -You can tuck some evergreen branches, sprigs of berries, ornaments, and LED lights to spice up your wreath. B SC EN EM A G.COM


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What You'll Need: -Candle -Cinnamon Stick -Rubber band -Ribbon -Small decorations Steps: - Wrap a rubber band around each candle. - Place cinnamon sticks under the rubber band so that they wrap around the candle vertically like a rustic votive. - Tie a ribbon or twine around the candle to hide the rubber band.

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Once completed, you can glue some buttons, little bells, or whatever suits your fancy to customize these candles. This is such a simple way to add some flair to your home. You can place a few of them on a platter surrounded by some potpourri for a nice holiday table centerpiece!

5. String Light Garland What You’ll Need: - String lights with unique bulbs - Paddle Wire - Wire Cutters - Florals/Greenery Steps: - Lay out the string lights. - Cut the greens into the length of the distance between each light. - Wrap the wire around the greens to attach them to the wire between the lights. - The process of wrapping the wire goes much faster to use one continuous piece of wire while unraveling from the wire paddle! - Hang this string light garland on your walls or on your fireplace mantle for minimalistic look. This garland will be much thinner than a typical Christmas garland and the focus will be on the lights.

6. Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments

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-Hot glue the bigger end of four of the new pairs together to form a cross. -Glue the same end of the four remaining pairs in the corners of the cross to form an asterisk. -Decorate your snowflakes! Don’t forget to cover the string with painters tape first. Use spray adhesive to glitter them, paint them, or add rhinestones with hot glue.

7. A Wine Christmas What You’ll Need: - Used wine bottles - Cardboard - Spray paint, color of your choice - Christmas sprays and picks Steps: - Take the old wine bottles outside and lay them on a piece of cardboard. - Shake the spray paint before spraying the bottles. - Test the paint by spraying it on the cardboard. If the paint doesn’t even out in color, resume shaking! Repeat until the color comes out evenly. It is better to use multiple thin coats of paint than one heavy coat to get even coverage and prevent paint drips. - Wait about 24 hours for the paint to dry completely before continuing this project. Once the paint is dry, it is time for the fun part! You can wrap some twine or ribbon around the wine bottles for some added flair. You can even use Modge-Podge to add some glitter to your bottles. Pop a few Christmas sprays and picks in the top to complete your up-cycled wine bottles!

8. Simple Centerpieces What You’ll Need: -Glass hurricanes, jars, or vases -Christmas candies, unused ornaments, cookies, ribbons, and other goodies Steps: -Fill glass containers with various Christmas treasures. -Tie ribbon around container if desired.

What You’ll Need: -Clothespins (8 per snowflake) -Fine glitter, rhinestones, paint, and other Really, that’s it! These simple centerpieces are decorations a gorgeous and classic touch to any table or -Spray adhesive buffet. Let your unique taste show through -Hot glue the items on display and the container itself! -String Going for a more rustic look? Try filling a large mason jar with imitation greenery and frosted Steps: red berries. Having a blue Christmas? Use -Remove the spring from the clothespins. -Hot glue the two halves of the clothespin navy, blue, and silver ornaments or wrapped candy to fill a few differently sized hurricanes. together backwards (complete six pairs). -For the final pair, attach the ends of a piece of string between the clothespins as you glue them together to create a loop for hanging the ornament.


9. Simmering Christmas Potpourri Nothing will get you into the spirit quite like this Christmas fragrance! The best part is, this recipe is super versatile. While you will need some oil and dry whole spices, you can alternate ingredients to what suits your tastes or smells. What You’ll Need: - Oil - Cinnamon Sticks (broken in half ) - Sprigs of Fresh Pine - Oranges, sliced - Cloves, whole or ground - Nutmeg, spice or whole berries - Lemon, sliced - Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary - Vanilla - Cranberries - Bay Leaves Steps: - Grab your crockpot or saucepan. - Fill it with about 4 cups of water and a little oil. - Set your burner to “low.” - Add the ingredients of your choice. - Bring to a simmer. Ta-Da! This potpourri will keep your home smelling Christmas-y for about a week.

10. Advent Calendar What You’ll Need: -A backdrop (bulletin board, plywood, empty frame) -String, twine, or thin elastic -Card stock -Markers -Thumb tacks or small nails -Clothespins or paper clips Steps: -Using the thumb tacks or small nails, secure the string to the backdrop of your choosing. (option: By doubling the thin elastic, you can secure the advent cards between the two strands instead of using clothespins or paper clips) -Cut card stock into smaller pieces and label each piece 1-25 to create Advent cards -Decorate the Advent cards! On the back of each card, include a Christmas tradition or “good deed” for that day. (e.g., “watch a Christmas movie” or “bake and take Christmas cookies to neighbors”)

11. Kodak Christmas Photo Booth If you’re hosting a Christmas party this season, or you just have a blank wall that is asking for some holiday cheer, this DIY may be for you! What You’ll Need: -Tulle or mesh -Ornaments -Fishing line -Ribbon, or curling ribbon -Tape, command hooks, or thumb tacks

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Steps: -Hang a horizontal strand (or a few) of fishing line as the anchor for the area you are decorating. If you are planning on using the area as a photo booth, be sure to hang the anchor high enough for the framing of the photos. -Vertically, drape the tulle or mesh in strips to create the backdrop. -Depending on the “look” you want to achieve, cut fishing line, curling ribbon, or a thicker statement ribbon in different lengths to hang ornaments. Consider combining the three styles for a more whimsical backdrop. -Hang your ornaments! Add a few twinkle lights for some extra magic.

12. Pool Noodle Wreath What You’ll Need: -Foam pool noodle -Duct tape -Hot glue -Shatterproof ball ornaments, tinsel, or fabric -Bows, berry sprigs, or any other “special touches” you may want to add to your wreath Steps: -Determine the size of the wreath. For a smaller wreath, cut the foam noodle with a box cutter or a pair of scissors. For a larger wreath, consider using two foam noodles. If you would rather skip this step, you can pick up a foam wreath in the floral section of your local craft store for about $5. -“Break in” the foam noodle by bending it back and forth, so it will maintain the circular shape of the wreath instead of springing into a teardrop or oval. -Cut the ends of the foam noodle(s) at an angle, so they will fit together like a puzzle. -Using duct tape, attach the ends of the foam noodle to create the base of the wreath. -Make the wreath match your style. Here are three options: 1) Use hot glue to cover the foam in shatterproof ball ornaments for a light weight outdoor wreath. 2) Wrap the foam in tinsel secured with hot glue for a glitzy and fun holiday feature. 3) Flannel fabric with a large velvet bow or silk poinsettia could complete your cozy front porch. So there you have it: The Twelve DIYs of Christmas. Hopefully, these projects will bring some creativity and joy into your holiday home. I wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy Crafting!

6. http://momspark.net/glitter-clothespinsnowflakes/ 7. http://sunlitspaces.com/2016/10/13/12ways-to-reuse-wine-bottles-christmas-decoredition/3/ 8. (http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/ holidays/christmas-ideas/how-to/g1608/quickchristmas-centerpieces/?slide=10) 9. https://www.thesitsgirls.com/diy/ homemade-simmering-potpourri/ http://www.make-haus.com/blog/ppyhaus. com/2013/12/a-winter-recipe.html 10. http://weekdaycarnival.blogspot. com/2012/10/modern-diy-x-mas-calendar.html 11. http://www.hotref.com/blog/50thwedding-anniversary-decoration-ideas/ 12. http://www.sweetpickinsfurniture. com/2012/12/christmas-2012-mantle-withornament-wreath-tutorial.html

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Santa Limbo

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Everything You Need

Everything You Need

- Limbo stick - Santa belly for each player (pillow) - Belt or elastic to hold Santa bellies in place

- Cones or markers of some sort - Balloons

How to Play This game takes a whole new meaning to “how low can you go”. To start this festive game, players must first add a Santa belly. Next, you will need two participants to hold the limbo stick. Line up the players and find a height to start everyone off at for the first round. As players advance to the next round, slightly lower the stick and have players limbo again. If a you touch the stick, you are out. This includes the belly! Continue to lower the stick each round until one player is left. This jolly player is the winner of Santa Limbo.

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How to Play For this Christmas game you will need to channel your inner penguin! To begin the game, the players need to separate into relay teams. For each team you will set up cones 15 to 25 feet apart. The first player starts off by putting a balloon between their knees and waddling down to the cone and back. When that team member returns, they must pass the balloon to the next “penguin” before they can go. The first team to have all four members complete the relay wins. But if any team members drop the balloon, they have to restart at the beginning. Happy Waddling!

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Everything You Need

Everything You Need

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- Garland - Tinsel - Lights - Wrapping paper - Tree topper - Plush ornaments

How to Play This fun and easy Christmas game involves the tastiest part of Christmas, candy canes! Players have one minute to place a candy cane in their mouths and hook as many candy canes as possible from an individual bowl. The twist is that players must use their mouths to hold the main candy cane. Take turns attempting to hook the most candy canes within the allotted time. The players who collects the most candy canes before time’s up wins the game!

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Gift Wrap-Up Everything You Need - Gift wrap - Scissors - Tape - Something to tie players' hands together - Optional: Ribbon How to Play I hope you have practiced your gift wrapping skills, because this game not only requires teamwork; it also puts your skills to the test. Before you start the game, have teams pair up and then tie one person’s right hand to their teammate’s left hand. Then, each team will attempt to wrap a gift. If you would like to increase the difficulty, you can always add a ribbon to make a bow. In order to win the game you must work together as a team and wrap the present the fastest. Remember, it is not how pretty the present is; but how fast the present was wrapped.

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