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CHARM March 2017 | Vol. 1, Issue 5

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CONTRIBUTORS The Apple Capital of Texas is home to Love Creek Orchards and the “Pie Run”

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Robert Earl Keen. Rodeo. Dancing. Loretta Lynn. Enough said.

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Art, shopping, history, relaxing on the river and unique experiences in Ingram

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The mighty Guadalupe River is the lifegiving force running through the Texas Hill Country and our contributors and share their stories about the why these waters have such meaning

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The most beautifully relaxing yet artistic spaces are replete with touches of nature brought inside make for a touch of down to earth glamour to appoint your surroundings

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Get lost in history, nature, wine, spirits, fresh food and art all close to home Community leaders, kiddos, livestock, champagne and BBQ Remembering the service of our Texas Rangers in Center Point Why oh why does this icon make us feel we have arrived?

Photo Credits: Bottom photo courtesy Big on the Banks Restaurant; Top right photo by Tom Holden; Middle photo courtesy Camp Comfort; Right photo by Tom Holden

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CHARM March 2017 - Volume 1 - Issue 5

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EDITOR’S LETTER I always look forward to March with great anticipation. With winter in the rear view mirror, this time of year is when I want to reconnect with nature, enjoy the river, pack away the coats and ready myself for a reawakening. It feels like a thaw in every area of my life and a time to breath in some fresh air and ready myself for the spring equinox (this year on March 20th at 5:29 a.m.); plan a Texas Independence Day party (March 2nd) with Texas wines, barbecue and venison chili; reconnect with friends for outdoor music in the middle of nowhere; and, take in a view over dinner. You will find some ideas about all of these things in this month’s issue. For me, this particular March is also a new beginning professionally. At the time I am writing this letter, I have been editor-inchief of Hill Country Charm Magazine for about a month. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work and you will see some growth of this title over the next few months. I look forward to your input and you growing with us. There are so many incredible stories to tell about the Texas Hill Country and I feel compelled to do so. I am thanking my lucky stars that Neice Bell, the publisher of the Daily Times has brought me on board. Who knew that we went to high school together in San Antonio (go Rams!) and are having fun with the “do you remember…..?” game. I am thrilled to be here. It feels familiar and just exactly where I should be. We have added some new departments in this issue and you will see more additions in our upcoming annual Culinary issue in April. I moved back to Texas about five years ago after more than 25 years as a magazine editor and TV personality in New York City and Los Angeles. I was fortunate to visit my home often and over the years found myself staying longer with each visit. There really is not anywhere else like the Texas Hill Country. If you are a native, you know what I mean and if you are a visitor or new resident, well, I think you know what I mean. The mighty Guadalupe River is with us no matter where we travel throughout the Hill Country and as a steady and constant companion, it never disappoints with a myriad of options to connect with the river. Our cover was photographed by the talented Aaron Yates of Kerrville who really captured the essence of our beautiful river near Hunt. The Daily Times photo editor Tom Holden trekked deep into the Hill Country to photograph the headwaters of the north fork of the Guadalupe River exclusively for Hill Country Charm. There are so many things to be inspired by in the Hill Country and the great state of Texas. Keep picking up our magazine and look for our new Website and digital newsletters debuting this spring where you will find more stories and photography about our slice of heaven on earth.

My “neighbors” in Comfort, Brian & Diane Truesdell and their beautiful daughter in the lobby of their newly reborn Hotel Faust. See page: 49

Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. With this document signed by 59 people, settlers in Mexican Texas officially declared independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas. See page: 22

My long-time pal Chef Kerry Heffernan doing what he loves even more than cooking: fishing! You know Kerry from Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters among many other culinary accomplishments. See page: 25

One of my favorite spots to relax waterside. Aren’t those grand Cypress Trees beautiful? See page: 30

I am on the Wine Committee for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and our annual Champion Wine Auction was held at the gorgeous Witte Museum where we raised funds for kid’s scholarships. My friend Beth Warren of Midland joined the bidding. See page: 56

I couldn’t wait to take a bite of the most delicious (and famous) Ahi tuna Tartar at Geoffrey’s Malibu. Yum!!! See page: 36

Until next time,

ceslie.armstrong@charmhc.com @Ceslie

I towed my pit to Boerne on Feb. 10th and had so much fun participating in the Capital Title Chili Cook-off and won the “people’s choice” award with my venison chili. See page:56 MARCH 2017

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Bill and Lisle Drake Lisle Drake, NEA award-winning graphic/digital artist, and Bill Drake, best-selling non-fiction writer, live and work at Mermaid Springs Ranch on Johnson Creek in Kerr County, Texas. They provide professional, compelling freelance advertising graphics and copywriting services for Hill Country artists, arts organizations and arts-related businesses. lislejdrake@gmail.com

Aaron Yates A native of Kerrville, Aaron Yates is a professional photographer and videographer specializing in shooting commercial, architectural, and real estate covering the greater central Texas area. As the owner of KerrvillePhoto.com he enjoys all types of outdoor pursuits, including backpacking, hiking and kayaking. His photos appear on the cover and in the Fly Fishing feature of this month’s issue.

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Working alongside his legendary winemaking parents Paul Vincent and Merrill Bonarrigo—the founders of Messina Hof Wine Cellars based in Bryan and Fredericksburg—Paul Mitchell gained knowledge in all aspects of the vineyard and winery including sales and marketing. After serving as the operations manager, he became the chief executive officer in 2012. He also serves on the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association board and legislative committee. He writes about toasting to Texas Independence Day in the Texas Made department this month.

Kathy Simmons Kathy Simmons, RN, BSN, is the founder of Bella Luz MD. She is an advanced skills master injector, skin care expert and has been inviting local residents to “Come & Glow” since 2006. Her advice on men’s skincare can be found in this month’s Be Well department. bella@ktc.com or 830-792-3552

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Don Grogg Don Grogg’s culinary training started with his German aunt and grandmother. He attended a cooking school taught by famous restaurateur Tony Vallone and participated in the first Flavors of the Napa Valley Food Enthusiast course at the Culinary Institute of America, in addition to studying toward becoming a CIA-Certified Wine Professional. dlgrogg@gmail.com


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Keith Chatham Keith Chatham is the owner of PrecisionFit Golf in Kerrville. He has been in the golf equipment business for over 25 years. In 2006, Keith won the International Clubmaker of the Year award from the Professional Clubmakers Association. In 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, Keith also was awarded Texas Clubmaker of the Year by the Golf Clubmakers Association. This month, he contributed to the Motion department. 830-257-1234 or pfg2003@gmail.com

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CONTRIBUTORS Leah Thomason Leah Thomason is a creative portrait and fashion photographer based in Kerrville. Her photography is inspired by what inspires her: authentic beauty, dramatic colors and adventure. She believes everyone should have the opportunity to feel beautiful in a photograph and strives to create images that are both timeless and artistic. Her work for this month’s issue can be seen in the On Point trend department and the home decor accessories feature. leahthomasonphotography. com, 209-206-1755 or info@leahthomasonphotography.com

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Michael C. Anglin of michaelanglin photography is a commercial/portrait photographer and shoots anything else that gets in front of his lens. He is inspired by the chance to reveal the beauty and power of people in any setting. michaelanglin photography offers professional, artistic photography to capture any event or individual in an amazing way. This month, he contributed photos to the the Hidden Gems department. m@michaelanglin.com or visit michaelanglin.com

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Mindy Wendele Mindy Wendele serves as the executive director of Families and Literacy Inc. in Kerrville. Visit familiesandliteracy.org for information about this important organization that strengthens the bonds of families and connections to the community. In this month’s cover feature, Wendele shares her insights about family fishing, Hill Country Fly Fishers, family tips and stories from the Ingram Bass Club. 830-896-8787 or mwendele@familiesandliteracy.org

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Nancy Foster Nancy Foster retired to the Texas Hill Country with her husband, Raymond and their spoiled rescue cat, Ink. While retired, she launched Foster Tourism Marketing in 2008. She enjoys staying current with technology, reading nonfiction and trying to figure out what landscaping the deer won’t eat. This month, she reports on fishing at any age and catches up with anglers in the prime of their lives for the cover feature. Foster also wrote the 5 Musts feature on Ingram. nfoster11@yahoo.com

Duane Shortt, a certified personal trainer and strength & conditioning specialist is the owner and general manager of Peak Fitness in Kerrville. This month, he contributed to the Fun Kerrville River Trail Facts feature. 830-315-PEAK (7325) or duane@kerrvillepeak.com MARCH 2017

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The Sweet Life in Medina LOVE CREEK ORCHARDS AND THE APPLE STORE HAVE BECOME A DESTINATION FOR LOCALS AND GLOBE-TROTTERS AS A RESPITE TO IMBIBE, RELAX, LEARN AND TAKE IN THE SURROUNDINGS

Photo Credits: Top photo by thinkstock/ xalanx; bottom photo by Michael Anglin

BY ROBIN AMERINE The legendary drive to Medina is known for its wooded the famed Apple Store. canyons, hairpin turns, steep twisting hills, and breathtaking Carol and Baxter Adams passionately planted their first views around each bend make the trip a driver’s dream. apple orchard in 1981 and opened the country store in 1988. Motorcyclists, classic car collectors, bicyclists and rag-top The orchard was the first commercial apple orchard in Texas weekenders hit Highway 16 to reap real reward that awaits and the first commercial dwarf apple orchard in the United in Medina: The Apple Store of Love Creek States that began on dwarf root stock. Orchards where people of all walks of life, Both the store and orchard have grown ages and origins gather for some serious throughout the decades. Owned for the The one fact about indulgence. us, that a lot of people past 10 years by Bryan and Stacie Hutzler, This incredible stretch of highway has the store includes a gift shop with unique do not know, is that become known as the “pie run” and visitors Texas items, many varieties of jams and (especially on weekends) may see everyone jellies, spice mixes, apple butter, pickled Medina is the Apple from kiddos playing in the orchard to bikers vegetables, and more. One can find the Capital of Texas... in their leathers eating cinnamon ice cream sumptuous jellies in 5-star hotels across the cones to riders on horses (the animals, not U.S. and many varieties have cult following. – CAROLYN LaCOUR General Manager the bikes) enjoying a rest. “What I’m most passionate about is our Strudel and turnovers, cookies the size products,” said general manager Carolyn of a small dog’s head, jams and jellies, as LaCour. “We use all natural products, no well as the pièce de résistance: apple pie. All of these offerings artificial sweeteners nor preservatives. We strive to produce a celebrate the fruit and particularly the apple. Medina is the quality product that people enjoy. We’re proud of our varieties Apple Capital of Texas and the bounty of the orchard amidst of jams and jellies, our pies, our cookies and pastries. All of our a wide variety of fruit-bearing trees nurtured employees take pride in our business. We have customers both from seedlings and planted internationally and across the United States who have planned on the acreage adjacent to their vacations around Love Creek Orchards and the Apple Store.”

NOT JUST YOUR AVERAGE ORCHARDS “The one fact about us, that a lot of people do not know, is that Medina is the Apple Capital of Texas,” said LaCour. “At one time, there were 17 apple orchards operating in here. We now are the last one in the area. We have a pick-your-own and we have a variety of fruit you can enjoy during the year. Our apple picking season is July through September. We have 14 different varieties of apples that people can choose from.” MARCH 2017

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Trees are for purchase at the orchard—and not just apple trees. Texas’ own bigtooth maples are available, as well as fig and ornamental cherry trees. Each weekend in October, the orchards are home to The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch, an enormously popular Hill Country attraction boasting more than 25,000 visitors in 2016. Lunch with the locals A destination for locals from Bandera County and beyond, the indoor-outdoor cafe behind the store boasts one of the best burgers in Texas (Texas Monthly named the SPJ, or Spicy pepper jack burger one of the “Top 50 Greatest Burgers in Texas” in 2016) and lunch is lovingly prepared and true to the Hill Country palate. According to restaurant manager Lindsey Raab, “we make our own apple chutney for the chicken salad and it adds such a distinctive flavor.”

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A MOUNTAIN OF A PASTRY According to bakery manager Dodie Hoelsher, four pounds of Golden Delicious apples are sandwiched between the two flaky crusts—a perfect topper is the store’s apple ice cream. This pie has been featured in a Food Finds episode on the Food Network, as one of nine “Pies of Texas” that the Texas Monthly staff picked in 2008 and one of Southern Living’s “Top 10 Places for Pie in Texas” in 2014. And the pie’s popularity soars during holidays, both as table desserts and mail-order gifts. “We’ve had the opportunity to make our pies commercially available in stores and on shopping websites,” said marketing director Genie Strickland. “But we’ve chosen to stay focused on hand-made quality rather than quantity.”

MEDINA APPLE PIE RECIPE 1 T. lemon juice 1 c. sugar 2 T. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. nutmeg 1/8 tsp. salt

6 – 8 tart Texas apples, peeled, cored, & thinly sliced (approx. 6 cups) Pastry for 2 (9-inch) deep-dish pie crusts Sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle apples with 1 T. lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix with apples. Line 9-inch pie pan with pastry. Fill with apple mixture and dot with butter. Put on top crust, cutting slits for the steam to escape. Seal edges. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 50 minutes. Serve warm.

Photo Credits: Inside Store photo by Michael Anglin; All other photos courtesy of The Apple Store & Love Creek Orchards

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OUR PICKS TO CELEBRATE TEXAS’ INDEPENDENCE THIS MONTH WITH LEGENDARY ARTISTS AND LEGENDARY FUN – HILL COUNTRY STYLE! BY LORI HEISS behalf of Yancey, our families, and “theOnextended family of loyal visitors at Tejas Rodeo Company are looking forward to kicking off our 10th Anniversary Season with an outstanding weekend of fun, rodeo, food and music...

Photo Credits: To photo by Tom Holden; bottom photos courtesy Loretta Lynn & Frank Castro

– Trey Martin, co-owner Tejas Rodeo Company

STARRY NIGHT Music legends at the Hill Country Youth Orchestra Gala Celebration The stars will be out on March 4th when HCYO is celebrates its 30th season with a special Celebration Concert headlined by the one and only Robert Earl Keen, with his special guest Grammy Award winning artist Lee Ann Womack. This night of feel-good music will benefit the HYCO and its musical programs for kids created to bring the joy of the orchestra experience to the youth of the Texas Hill Country. General admission tickets start at $15, but you can get up close and personal with these musical superstars with packages including a pre-concert reception and meet & greet with Robert Earl Keen himself starting at $125. Tickets at hcyo.org

LEGENDARY SONGSTRESS Loretta Lynn’s intimate concert at Gruene Hall Country music fans should head over to Gruene Hall to hear one of the biggest stars of all time on Friday March 3rd. The Coal Miner’s Daughter has been entertaining fans for over 50 years rising from her impoverished roots in the Kentucky hills to achieve international fame. This true blue American icon and Country Music Hall of Famer has earned 52 Top 10 hits and 16 #1s, and her life has inspired an Oscar-winning film. Don’t miss this Grammy award-winning artist at Gruene Hall with Emmy Rose opening for the inimitable Loretta Lynn, it will be a night to remember. Tickets are $85 at gruenehall.com

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Saturday nights are made for dancing at Tejas Rodeo Company Head over to Bulverde where the Hill Country comes alive every weekend at Tejas Rodeo Company. For 10 years now, Trey Martin and Yancey James have entertained hundreds of thousands of visitors from the local area and around the world at their family run entertainment destination. They will be celebrating their 10th season opener on March 11th with live music and entertainment, the revamp of the Tejas Steakhouse & Saloon with super-chef Johnny Hernandez at the helm and the best professionally-produced rodeo in Texas. Dance the night away at the main stage with live music from Ben McPeak, one of the rising stars of the Texas country music scene, or enjoy acoustic performances in the Steakhouse & Saloon and elsewhere throughout the property. Every Saturday night throughout the season folks can come down and enjoy the best rodeo, food and music in the Texas Hill Country. Doors open at 5pm, Rodeo at 7:30pm and music from 9pm to 1am every Saturday through November. Adults $12, Kids 6-12 $6, 5 and under free. Come for the rodeo, stay for the music tejasrodeo.com MARCH 2017

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5 MUSTS High culture in a rural setting

A shopping and dining experience

Insight into community’s history

Ingram, Texas

OUR MUST-DO DESTINATIONS TO EXPERIENCE INGRAM BY NANCY FOSTER HILL COUNTRY ARTS FOUNDATION

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T. J. MOORE LUMBER YARD AND MURALS

Old Ingram Loop, a one-third mile A two-story building sits at 112 Texas stretch of roadway off Texas 39 that was 39 in Ingram and houses T.J. Moore once a well-traveled stagecoach stop on Lumber Yard. On the south and west the Great Western Trail. Today, its rustic sides of the lumberyard’s exterior are 16 carefully detailed murals, which were buildings have morphed into an eclectic painted by area artist Jack Feagen, mix of specialty shops, art galleries, that show a glimpse of what life in the two bed and breakfasts, a recreational area was like spanning 1846-1927. A vehicle park and two dining outlets, descriptive plaque beside each mural adding up to a perfect “shop ‘til you provides a testament to family life, drop” excursion. hardship, commerce and trade including It is easy to park and stroll the cattle drives, Indian skirmishes, the wooden boardwalk; browse irresistible arrival of the railroad and the advent named shops including Southwestern of the automobile. Make time to stop Elegance, Junk in the Trunk and Perfect here and visit this trusted company Surroundings. specializing in building supplies, paint, Art abounds at Old Ingram Loop with lawn & garden, hardware, and more the craftsmanship at Clint Orms; the bronze works and canvases at Tom Moss that has serviced building contractors, ranchers and homeowners since 1892. Studio; as well as, the fine art at Winters “We credit much of our store’s success to Gallery and Studio and Copper Cactus. providing top quality merchandise and “I’ve been at the Loop for almost 30 service, precisely what our customers years selling vintage Latin American have come to expect,” said Lane Taylor, home décor and attire,” said Marena general manager. Robinson, owner of Horsefeathers. tjmoorelumber.com or “My customers like coming here, facebook.com/OldIngramLoop because we are unique and a little bit secluded.” Store hours vary, but most are open on weekends. Keep an eye out for a forlorn red shop, once home to Miss Kitty’s Saloon as this time-ravaged property is a plein air artist’s dream come true. ELEGANTLY UNIQUE cityofingram.net One-of-a-kind carved doors, Southwestern Elegance,206 Old Ingram Loop and southwesternelegance.com

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Picture yourself settled in comfortably at the Smith-Ritch Point Theatre as the Guadalupe River flows gently in the background. “The Point,” as it is commonly known, is a 722-seat outdoor amphitheater and part of the Hill Country Arts Foundation complex that sits on 13.5 manicured acres at the confluence of the river’s edge. HCAF has satisfied the cultural needs of visitors since 1959 and is one of the oldest multidiscipline arts centers in the nation and longest running outdoor theater in Texas. “Our 2017 season,” said artistic director Sarah Derousseau, “offers a wide variety ranging from comedies to dramas, musicals to mysteries and we are partnering with Encore Restaurant for a unique dinner and show experience.” The 100-seat Elizabeth Huth Coates Point Indoor Theatre and adjacent Duncan-McAshan Visual Arts Center showcases the works of acclaimed local, national and international artists and offers a multitude of classes and workshops in the arts. “We are fortunate to live in an area with many gifted artists and craftsmen, and our gallery exhibits provide the public with a way to appreciate their talents,” said Rosanne Thrall, director of visual arts and development. hcaf.com

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For first-timers traveling through Ingram, expect to do a double take when passing by Stonehenge II. This towering steel and concrete monument to its English counterpart sits prominently on the front acreage of the Hill Country Arts Foundation (HCAF), making it extremely visible to passing motorists on Texas 39. According to HCAF’s website, Stonehenge II was constructed more than 20-years ago and is 90 percent the height and 60 percent the width of the original prehistoric monument in Salisbury, England. This much-photographed landmark, the whimsical art project of Hunt resident Al Shepperd with assistance from his neighbor Doug Hill, originally sat in the middle of Shepperd’s pasture in Hunt alongside two 13-foot tall Easter Island head replicas. Much publicity as a Texas curiosity caused it to draw tourists from around the world. Following Shepperd’s death, the structures were moved in 2011 to HCAF, where they continue to

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INGRAM DAM AND LAKE When the temperatures rise to sizzling, as it tends to do in Central Texas, folks love to head to the sweet spot where generations before them have gone to cool off—the picturesque Ingram Lake and Dam, where water fun awaits the old-fashioned way. Ingram Dam offers a more natural waterpark. According to the Upper Guadalupe River Authority, the dam, towering at a height of 20 feet, was constructed in the late 1950s. It features a swift overflow of 561 gallons per seconds, so expect an adrenalin rush when cascading down its slick slope into refreshingly cool waters below. “Ingram Lake is one of those quintessential places in Western Kerr County,” said Tara Bushnoe, natural resources coordinator for the UGRA. “Images of dam sliding, fishing and boating immediately come to mind whether you have lived in Ingram your entire life or are just here for a visit.” The lake itself is not huge, but it covers 59 acres and has an average depth of 7.6 feet, making it perfect for water activities including kayaking, tubing and jetskiing. Visitors can bring their own mat or float, and they can access both the dam and lake near the intersection of Texas 39 and 27, one mile west of Old Ingram Loop.

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be a vastly popular attraction. Visitors wanting mementoes of the huge stone structure other than selfie photos can find them inside HCAF. “Our Stonehenge II souvenirs are big sellers,” said Lanza Teague, Point gift shop manager, visitors love our t-shirts, hats, magnets and stress ball Easter Island Mo’ai heads.” hcaf.com MARCH 2017

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15 THINGS

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TEXAS’ LEADING LADY OF FOLK MUSIC REVEALS 15 THINGS TO DONNA GABLE HATCH PHOTOGRAPH BY AARON YATES ON THE KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL GROUNDS

TWO. Her dream job was to become a teacher “and have dozens of kids” of her own.

THREE. She’s a purveyor of talented musicians, but she does not play a musical instrument herself. FOUR. She has a degree in psychology from the University of Houston, “it has come in very handy.” FIVE. If her gig at the festival were to come to an end, she’d look for work in the music industry, preferably an interview-style show featuring songwriters. SIX. She used to have an antique shop in Houston. SEVEN. While a college student, Allen helped start the Coffeehouse Series, a showcase for musical performances, that helped prepare her for her role as the Kerrville Folk Festival founder Rod Kennedy’s trusted right-hand woman.

organizations. I knew everyone from the university president to campus security to the janitors, and I had a great relationship with them all. I learned that it is the teamwork and respect that makes it work, and that knowledge is invaluable to this day.”

NINE. She’s not much of a daredevil, but Allen is a risk-taker when it comes to her pursuit of musical talent: “A guardian angel has certainly been watching over me, as I wandered into places that maybe weren’t so safe for me.” TEN. If she could have dinner with one celebrity or historical figure—living or dead—she’d choose the legendary—and fiercely independent—Katharine Hepburn. The dinner topic of conversation would be how the headstrong actress managed to remain true to herself in a male-dominated studio system.

ELEVEN. If she could bring one musician back from the dead, she’d choose singer-songwriter and author Steven Fromholz, Poet Laureate of Texas for 2007: “He wasn’t done giving yet, and he was so damn funny. And because I loved him.”

TWELVE. If she could master one skill she doesn’t already have, it would be home remodeling.

THIRTEEN. Her biggest fear is to lie on her deathbed and regret having spent too much of her life on the treadmill of a work existence.

FOURTEEN. Her personal heroes are people “who

EIGHT. For Allen, college was more than securing

stand up for what they believe in and each other,” like her mentor, the late-Rod Kennedy: “He was so tenacious and direct, and he lived his life full-out, not stopping to consider, ‘Can I do this?’ He just knew that he couldn’t not do it.”

an academic education: “I was very involved and I worked in several offices on campus, from maintenance to the cashier’s office, and I was in charge of one of the two major student

FIFTEEN. If Dalis Allen could go on vacation anywhere in the world, she’d go to New Zealand “for at least a month.”

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Dalis Allen, producer of the internationally renowned Kerrville Folk Festival, is considered a folk goddess by countless singer-songwriters who found their voice and owe their success to the festival’s Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition—among them Grammy Award winners Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, and Kerrville’s own Robert Earl Keen, who was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association Hall of Fame in 2012. Allen’s reputation as an advocate for emerging songwriters and the folk music genre has garnered a legion of friends and fans around the globe. Here, 15 things even her closest friends might not know about Allen, such as how she got her unusual first name.


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No, she’s not from Dallas. The New York native said her name is a mispronunciation of her birth name—Dalice.

“I was actually

supposed to be named Dalice, pronounced sort of like ‘Denise.’ My mom made it up, but it was spelled ‘Dalis’ on my birth certificate.

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GROOMING 101 ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS FOR TRANSITIONING FROM WINTER TO SPRING BY KATHY SIMMONS, RN, BSN

Kathy Simmons’ 3 Golden Rules for Healthier Skin Exfoliate

Moisture

Using a facial scrub will help exfoliate away excess oil, dirt, blackheads and dead skin. Exfoliating before shaving helps to open up pores and lift facial hair to prevent cuts and ingrown hairs.

Applying a moisturizer each night will help soften and hydrate for better looking skin the next day. A good moisturizer will seal in moisture to repair the skin from the dry air and harsh environments it combats each day. In the mornings, it is important to use a lightweight moisturizer with plenty of Sun Protection Factor to protect your skin.

Cleanse We encounter so many pollutants throughout each day, that it is necessary to wash off all the dirt and gunk every night.

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EXPERT’S TIPS FOR WINTER TO SPRING TRANSITION KATHY SIMMONS, RN, BSN, FOUNDER BELLA LUZ MD, KERRVILLE, TEXAS If you know a man who is in need of a “freshen up,” purchase a gift certificate for a comprehensive facial, such as a HydraFacial MD medical-grade treatment for his birthday or another occasion. He can’t say “no,” and that will get him in front of a skin care professional who can gently suggest comfortable baby steps toward looking his best. All of the skin care treatments used by women are equally as effective for men. Yet, generally, men don’t or won’t take advantage of anything past a rub of soap and a splash of water. That’s where the woman in their life comes in.

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MedSpas across the country are seeing an increase in men seeking skin care treatments. But oddly enough, anecdotal evidence tells us that women are the driving force behind “getting the men in the door.” Women care about the skin of the men in their life, and they know the benefits of a professionally-created skin healthcare and appearance plan. They know the amazing results that can be achieved using state-of-theart treatments such as lasers, dermal fillers, pharmaceutical-grade products, and Botox. Most men simply don’t know what goes on behind those MedSpa doors. The men who visit our MedSpa regularly tell me, “I wish I would have known you could do all that,” and, “I would have been in here long ago.” They are thrilled with learning they can eliminate skin issues that have bothered them for years. Men, if you made it this far, don’t be shy; your skin’s health is vitally important. Take the first step and go visit a skin care professional. Consultations are free at most MedSpas, and you might enjoy looking years younger and sporting a fresh face.


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SHAWN NORTON, MANAGER When you are ready to shave your winter beard off, MATADOR GROOMING, HELOTES, TX remember the skin beneath the beard hasn’t seen sunlight We use grape seed oil and hot towels to moisture the skin. in awhile so instead of just shaving it off clean (which can be When transitioning from winter to spring, always moisturize, quite liberating) it’s better to go with a number two guard on but switch to a lighter lotion. We educate men—especially men a trimmer. Just enough to let the sun hit your face before your who work outside and are in the sun a lot—to use a lotion with go clean shaven. UV protectant that is usually included in lighter-weight lotions. When it comes to balding, it’s almost always a lack of Keep it as natural as possible and interaction. When men begin to go bald, it’s don’t use products that are too heavy in generally not as much to do with age, but If you like your hair, parabens and always use sulfate-free. We rather due to neglect of hair maintenance or recommend Cetaphil cleanser and lotion. constantly wearing a hat. For hat wearers, pull on it for five it’s really important to offer your hair minutes a day every JULIUS ARLT, STYLIST & GROOMER compensation by providing stimulation. If single day and it won’t you take large pieces of hair and tug on it for 11TH STREEET SALON, BANDERA, TX Regarding hair styles and grooming, five minutes a day, generally your hair will ever go away. we live in a time where anything goes not only stay on your head, but you’ll get – JULIUS ARLT and ‘retro’ style of the moment is the more of it. If you’re going to use shampoo, 11th Street Salon, Bandera pompadour era—the Elvis and James Dean you should not only massage it into your looks. For the beard, it’s important to edge hair but pull on it to stimulate it. up, otherwise you like a mountain man if The best products for guys, nowadays, you don’t and not in a good way—unkempt is unkempt. Get is the same thing that our granddads used when they were some grooming cream or gel and get some control. I’m not a younger: barber-style grooming products and they are readily big fan of globs and globs. I think hair should feel like hair. If it available at salons and many drug store retailers. Coconut oil starts feeling oily, you’re probably doing something wrong. does a great job at preventing dry scalp and doesn’t look oily.”

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TAKE A CUE FROM A TEXAS WINEMAKER’S PICKS TO PAIR TEXAS WINES & BBQ BY PAUL BONARRIGO The only wines to drink during March, the month of Texas’ Independence, are well, Texas-made wines. The Texas wine industry contributes more than $1.88 billion to the Texas economy and employs more than 11,000 people, according to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association’s website, txwines. org. It is truly a great example of supporting local agriculture, local jobs and local culture. Texas wine is more than just about the wine. It is about the people, the grapes we grow and the passion we share for what we do. Everyone from the grape grower to the person serving you a glass is part of the journey of wine—we are a true craft industry. Remember, every glass of wine has a story and the Texas story is one worth exploring. I am a Texas winemaker and proud of it. Our state is the fifth largest in wine production in the United States, producing 120 varieties of wine, according to txwines.org. You may not realize this, but Texas wines have won top honors in competitions around the world. In fact, a total of seven Texas wineries won a Best of Class award this year at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest

competition of American wines, which received 7,000 entries from 28 states, according to winejudging.com. That’s a huge recognition for the high quality wines that we make.

TOAST TO TEXAS INDEPENDENCE The best pairing for such a special month is Texas barbecue. Barbecue comes in many styles, so, in most cases, the sauce determines which wine will pair best. For spicy barbecue, I recommend a wine with a little sweetness and big flavor, such as a sweet red wine, which is perfect for this type of dish and most other barbecue dishes. The sweetness helps to calm any heat from the spice, and the tannin and weight of the red wine goes well with beef barbecue. Barbecue that is on the mild side of heat pairs well with more fruit forward red wines such as zinfandel, syrah or GSM — a blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre. Sam Houston didn’t defeat Santa Anna so that Texans would buy California wine. This March, enjoy a little taste of Texas by drinking Texas wine.

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MOTION

TEE UP FOR SPRING

HILL COUNTRY EXPERTS AND PROS SHARE THEIR TIPS BY KEITH CHATHAM

GRIPS You probably need new grips. Most grip manufacturers recommend changing grips at least once a year. The grip is where you hold onto your golf club, so if it’s slippery, dirty, or worn out, you probably will lose several strokes per round.

“The best advice I can give is if you haven’t played in awhile is to take a golf lesson from a professional because after a long break, the first thing that leaves their golfing memory is fundamentals.”

– JOHN WESTLEY, head golf professional The Buckhorn Golf Course in Comfort

According to PGA Master Professional and 6-time PGA section Teacher of the Year Brad Redding, golf professionals have their clubs regripped three to four times a year. If your grip can’t stay consistent due to slippage, then your feel and swing can’t either, it’s time for new grips. LOFTS AND LIES Most golfers rely the manufacturer’s Website for loft and lie information. Manufacturers have a plus or minus 1-degree of tolerance for loft and lie. It is very important to have your lofts and lies checked once a year.

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LOFT If the loft is not correct, you won’t hit the ball the distance you are expecting. Have your lofts set properly to get equal gap distances between your clubs. For an average golfer, each 1-degree of loft will get around 2.5 yards of distance. This assumes a 10-yard difference between clubs. If your 7-iron is 34 degrees of loft and your 8-iron is 36 degrees, then you will only have a 5-yard distance between these two clubs. On the other hand, if the 7-iron is a 34-degree loft and your 8-iron is a 41-degree loft, then your distance between these two clubs is 15 yards.

“Come out an hour at a time and keep the rust off your game even if you can’t play a full 18 holes.”

– MATT TREVINO director of golf Riverhill Country Club

“The best suggestion I would say is always apply face tape to the club, to leave an imprint, it really helps you understand if you’re hitting it off the toe or the heel.”

– TONY JOHNSON head golf professional The Club at Commanche Trace

Lie angle This specification is all about accuracy of your irons as is the way the toe of the club is delivered to the ball at impact. If the toe is too flat, you will push the ball. If the toe is too upright, then you will pull the ball. Assuming you’re a right-handed golfer, a flat lie means you push the ball to the right, and an upright lie means you will pull the ball to the left. For an average golfer, a 1-degree wrong lie angle is about 5 yards to the right or left of the target line. Now, that 5 yards push or pull means a minimum 15-foot putt just because your lie angle is wrong for you.

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Spring is about renewal and what is more lifegiving than water? The Hill Countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portion of the beloved Guadalupe River has inspired us this month to renew, reclaim and recall many aspects of the life we live in and around this mighty body of water. This image of the headwaters of the north fork of the Guadalupe begin our features this month dedicated to water and its natural surroundings that impact our health and wellness, activities, style, decor, and most importantlyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; time spent with others. We say Salud! to the mighty Guadalupe this spring.


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Fly Fishing CAST OUT A LINE by Jennifer Reiley


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hether seeking a cooling wade in the heat of the Texas summer or braving the chilly waters of the Guadalupe River during the dead winter, fishermen throughout the Hill Country are able to enjoy a sport year-round: fly fishing. “It’s a hoot,” said Gene Ingram, who has been fly fishing about a dozen times. “I’ve caught some small bass.” Fly fishing can come in handy in a variety of fresh and saltwater environments, and can be used to catch a diverse species of fish, including trout, grayling, salmon, pike, bass, panfish and carp. Unlike traditional fishing, fly fishing requires the fishermen to cast out a line rather than relying on gravity to pull a heavier lure into the water. The most common cast, the forward cast, involves the fishermen whisking the fly into the air, back over the shoulder until the line is nearly straight, then forward, using primarily the forearm. As the fly travels, the waves it moves in are called loops. Ingram said the rods used in fly fishing are lighter than traditional rod and reels. Ingram, who works at Gibson’s Discount Center, said casting was something he struggled with at first. “When you bring the rod forward, it’s not supposed to crack like a bullwhip,” Ingram said. “I had trouble finding the patience to wait for the line to come back before I cast it forward again.” Along with selecting the right rod and reel, flies also play a role in the fishing experience. The hand-tied flies, which typically resemble natural invertebrates, such as baitfish or other food organisms, are used to attract a variety of fish. Ingram said staff sell fly fishing merchandise all year long, ranging from rods and reels to ties. “Most of fly fishing baits are poppers and bugs, which are good for the top water in the Guadalupe,” he said. “We’ll have people float down the river in kayaks, fly fishing as they go.” However, for those who are devoted to learning to tie their own ties, the community can be a good resource. The Hill Country Fly Fishers provides an opportunity to practice fly fishing skills and travel throughout the area for fishing trips. The organization was founded in 1994. “Our purpose is to promote the sport of fly fishing through monthly meetings, regular outings, conservation efforts and education,” said Brian Bowers, a club spokesman. “We would love to have you come check us out and see what we are all about.” Members generally meet at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Dietert Center, 145 Guadalupe St. For more information about the club, people can email hillcountryflyfishers@hcff.org or visit www.hcff.org. The internet also has become a tool for fishers, with multiple tutorial videos demonstrating how to not only create ties, but also tie secure knots and talk beginners through what they will need while out on the water. From Hunt following south along the Guadalupe River, there are a number of inlets available for fly fishers. In Boerne, Joshua Creek Ranch offers gear available for rent. “Some guests opt to spend their whole day casting a line to the fish, hoping to discover the one fly that will prove irresistible to the trout,” a spokesman with the ranch said. For those who are new at fly fishing, the ranch also offers instruction and guides to provide for a fun, productive experience. Ingram said fly fishing is an experience that anyone should try. “Don’t hook yourself in the ear when it comes back by you,” Ingram joked. “It’s different because you’re using really light tackle. It’s just a lot of fun. You have to experience it.”


Water Workout by Duane Shortt

The Kerrville River Trail Kerrville has created this great path that accompanies the river and creates a great environment to cycle, run or walk. Team up with some friends and support each other. Accountability is key. Aquatic options The Guadalupe River provides many options for exercise, whether it be swimming, kayaking or paddle boarding, all are great to increase your heart rate and help develop your muscle and increase strength. Yoga or Tai Chi If you are seeking a slower pace suitable for all fitness levels, maybe yoga or Tai Chi would be an option. Classes are commonly held in a studio, but were traditionally held outdoors. These workouts can help with flexibility, relaxation, circulation and increase mental concentration.

Guadalupe River Basin Map Below is a map outlining the Guadalupe River Basin and the major cities and counties within GBRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tencounty statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun and Refugio counties. Photo Credit: Bottom two photo by Tom Holden; Map courtesy photo; Top photo courtesy Mo Ranch

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here are a lot of different paths you can follow to reach your fitness goals. Now that the weather is changing, take part of your exercise program outside. The Texas Hill Country has some of the most scenic views anywhere in the country. Take advantage of what mother nature has created to get excited and charged up about exercise again. Here are just a few suggestions that can add some zest to your workouts:


Did You Know? by Tara Bushnoe Natural Resources Coordinator Upper Guadalupe River Authority

• The Guadalupe River starts in Kerr County and travels to the Gulf of Mexico.

• The Guadalupe bass is the state fish of Texas and is a popular game fish in the Hill Country. The Guadalupe bass is endemic to the streams and rivers of Central Texas, which means that it is not found anywhere else in the world.

• The Guadalupe River is a source of Kerrville’s drinking water along with many other communities downstream.

• The Texas Hill Country is one of the most flash-flood prone regions in the United States. Steep limestone canyons shed rain so rapidly that even a 1-inch downpour can result in massive amounts of runoff. Be mindful of flood alerts because rain falling upstream can quickly engulf downstream stretches.

Photo Credit: Photo by Tom Holden


HEADWATER OF NORTH FORK OF THE GUADALUPE RIVER

Boneyard, Bass & Bragging Rights

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isions of great mounds of bones in a riverbed came to mind the first time I heard my late mother talk about the Boneyard in Western Kerr County, just beyond the entrance to the Kerr Wildlife Management Area. Boneyard Crossing—aptly named from the stories of great piles of animal bones collected in this one area—is at the headwaters of the north fork of the Guadalupe River. It’s amazing, really to think about standing at the Boneyard watching the river rise from springs here and running to the Gulf of Mexico some 255 miles away. Anglers of all ages can participate in catching the “big one” as freshwater fishing is more popular than ever. The Guadalupe River is home to rainbow and brown trout and the famous Guadalupe bass and it’s kinfolks including the largemouth, smallmouth, striped and white. The Guadalupe bass is found only in Texas and is our official state fish and is typically found in flowing water, whereas largemouth bass are found in quiet water, according the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Hill Country Fly Fishers, who fish for all species of fish, was founded in 1994 as a fly fishing club in Kerrville with the purpose of promoting the sport of fly fishing. hcff.org Bass fishermen and fisherwomen of the Ingram Bass Club have a monthly club meeting to develop their fishing calendar and schedule community service projects. The club has more than a dozen expert anglers. The name of the club is misleading as members are from all across the Hill Country,

and they vie for the prestigious honor of being named Angler of the Year by participating in monthly tournaments. The award is based on total pounds of fish caught throughout the year. Contact Tom Cauthen at 936-581-4300 or Raymond Holloway at 830-377-8472. Current honoree, retired Kerrville Fire Chief Raymond Holloway, discussed his passion for freshwater fishing following this year’s award presentation. “In the early 1970s when I was a rookie at the fire department, fellow firefighters encouraged me take up the sport. I knew very little about fishing but learned quickly from these seasoned veterans,” said Holloway. “We no longer depend on fishing to survive, so it’s become a sport that people can enjoy for a lifetime, passing down techniques and knowledge to the younger sets.” Groups like the fly fishers and bass club are always looking for new members from the novice to the knowledgeable. Take along a child or grandchild. As the Guadalupe flows for hundreds of miles so should fishing her waters flow through the generations. Family Time Tip of the Month: Take advantage of our local and state parks, located on the banks of the Guadalupe River, as we can fish nearly 12 months out of the year. Admission is nominal and a king’s ransom is not required for equipment. For the best times and locations to fish, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website: tpwd.texas.gov

FLY FISHERS GO TO MEXICO ~ DOUG TETER OF KERRVILLE “In April of 2009, Dennis Glenewinkel, Bill Elgin, Dianne “I cast out and, not a second later, I hooked one. It seemed Williams, Glenn McCullough, Charley Boyle, Roy Hickman, like only a few seconds had elapsed when the fish was 150 John Sheffield and I — all members of the Hill Country Fly yards away. It took absolutely no time. Finally, he slowed Fishers (the local fly fishing club) — went to Xcalak, Mexico, down and that was the exact time Nato looked at my reel.” to spend a few days fishing for bonefish, tarpon, snook and “It had about two wraps left when he started the boat going permit. These four saltwater fish make for great fun when to the fish, so I could take in some line. After starting to get caught on a fly rod. Tarpon, snook and permit were hard to the fish coming to me, I was told to jump in the water and find that week, but we caught a lot of bonefish.” reel him in slowly and keep the rod tip up. I eventually got “On one day, my fishing partner Charley and I asked our the fish close enough, so Nato’s helper could catch the fish guide, Nato, to try and find some permit. It happened to be by the tail. All in all, it took about a half hour to get the fish my turn to be on the platform in the front of the boat when to the boat.” a school of permit came at us. Nato was yelling ‘cast, cast!’ “A little side note: Nato told Charley the next day that the fly and, to be honest, I didn’t see them until they were right on was a barbless one. The permit weighed between 25-30 us.” pounds, according to Nato.”

Photo Credit: Bottom photo courtesy of Doug Teter; Top photo by Tom Holden

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Go Fishin’ by Nancy Foster

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ishing is fun at any age, but as we progress into our retirement years and have more free time, the Hill Country is the perfect place to be. With the Guadalupe River nearby, numerous public access points and year-round favorable weather, conditions are prime for anglers to satisfy their chase for the “big one.” I caught up with a few anglers who do just that.

Fishing with the grandkids Dick Luebke knows a great deal about fish, having spent 29 years stationed at the Heart of the Hills Fisheries Science Center in Mountain Home as research program director for Inland Fisheries, a division of the Texas Park and Wildlife Department. Now retired, Dick loves to fish area waters from land or his V-bottom 14-foot boat in search of lively perch or caoppie, his favorite fish to eat. A natural bait fisherman, he especially enjoys fishing for Guadalupe bass, which are indigenous mainly to the waters of the Edwards Plateau region. Ranking high on favorite memories is teaching his grandchildren the elements of the sport. “I teach them that fishing is like a cat and mouse game you never tire of, and that fish are a renewable resource and nutritious food source,” Dick said.

A fly fishing paradise

Photo Credit: Courtesy photos

Bill Emshoff of Kerrville has been fly fishing for 60 years, usually once or twice a week. One of the founders of the 90-member Hill Country Fly Fishers club, which is now in its 23rd year, Bill is proud of the group’s achievements in conservation and educational efforts. This avid sportsman finds fishing a satisfying opportunity to get out on the river and become immersed in the natural environment. “The thrill of catching a Guadalupe bass, rainbow trout or perch is the ultimate prize,” he said. “We who can fish yearround live in a fly fishing paradise.” Danny Wheat, also of Kerrville, casts out at least once a week. He considers fly fishing a “thinking sport, where you strategize on what you want to catch, where you need to be, and how best to entice the fish.”

Danny makes his own flies, as do most serious fly-fishers, and each has a no-barb lure for catch and release. When asked how someone new to fishing could learn the sport, Danny recommended investing in inexpensive gear as a good way to start out. “Most of us are self-taught,” he said. “So go out, experiment and have fun.” Both Bill and Danny are longtime supporters of the Hill Country Fly Fishers club and see membership as a great way for men and women to learn techniques, further sound fishing practices and join special fishing events. For more information, visit hcff.org.

A lure for visitors Many retirees and winter Texans are among those who stop at the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau to ask about fishing, according to KCVB Executive Director Charlie McIlvain. The bureau markets recreational fishing to lure potential visitors and has compiled a Kerr County River Recreational Guide, listing more than a dozen public access spots, which is available at the KCVB, 2108 Sidney Baker. For more information, visit kerrvilletexascvb.com.


Photo Credit: Cityscape by Alan-Silverman; Meal photos by Doug Lyle Thompson; Bar photo by Alexander Pincus


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MEXICO Inferno at Liberty Hall 106 E. Cotter Port Aransas, TX Since 1992, chef Guy Carnathan has built a loyal following amongst people who know seafood at his various locations. His newest incarnation is Inferno at Liberty Hall where guests put their dining experience in the capable hands of this fresh catch-obsessed chef. Other stand-outs are the fried chicken, house seasoned filet, lobster roll, and skillfully prepared sauces.

Our don’t miss dish is the crispy fried whole flounder and whatever Chef Guy is most excited about that day.

Photos courtesy of Liberty Hall

Port Aransas is a the only established seaside town on Mustang Island located north of Padre Island and is known as one of the longest barrier islands along the Texas Gulf Coast as well as a laid-back beach town. City-dwellers within a three to four hour drive are “regulars” in this one-time sleepy little town that is now home to some of the toniest residences in the south.


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Community and charity-minded, Peterson rose from busboy to owner in 1999 and is known for opening Geoffrey’s Malibu to host organizations in need. The uniqueness of the location, architecture, attitude of the staff and quality of ingredients is the perfect combination for this classic to reign over Malibu for many decades to come The Lobster Cobb is a go-to favorite of locals: One pound Maine lobster, Nueske’s Bacon, Tomatoes, Avocado, Egg, Blue Cheese with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette.


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STAYCATION

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Free and Easy in Comfort, Texas Established by immigrant German intellectual “Freethinkers” in 1854 who sought freedom in America, this artistic and incredibly interesting town provides a myriad of truly unique experiences that could easily fill a month’s long vacation. Here, our weekender version with suggestions within walking or biking distance for your relaxing yet captivating “staycation” in another Hill Country treasured destination. – by Ceslie Armstrong MARCH 2017

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Authentically Comfort Only minutes from San Antonio and centrally located between Fredericksburg, Boerne and Kerrville, it is compelling to know that this small town in central Texas was once a center of Union sentiment during the Civil War and lost many young men at the battle of the Nueces in 1862. Comfort is home to the Treue der Union monument that was erected in 1866 and much of Comfort’s structures are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Included in those beautiful and architecturally important structures are businesses that have maintained and repurposed the original mission of the buildings to house restaurants, hotels, B&B’s, galleries, gift stores, services and more. Comfort has a very respected Heritage Foundation and active library with constant programming open to the public. Fine art programming abounds in this town that was founded by immigrant artistic intellectuals and one may experience a foursome of string musicians, or domino playing story-tellers, or painters with canvas and paints in tow to set-up strategically on High Street (the main drag and center of town) to find that perfect light. An easy driving destination, we suggest you arrive, park at your hotel and other than a possible excursion to Singing Waters Winery or the Bending Branch Winery Estate—both located minutes outside of town—spend your staycation walking or biking around Comfort. Spend time engaging with the shop keepers and proprietors along and adjacent to High Street and you will hear their enthusiasm about the relevance of the building they inhabit and the unique products they offer. From handmade authentic pizza; to pottery inspired by the native-Americans who inhabited this area; to cactus and jalapeño distilled spirits; to award-winning wines; to hard-tofind yarns; to rare books; to art and upscale fine accomodations, Comfort is a hidden treasure trove of interesting people, places and things.

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STAYCATION

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Hotel Faust Hoteliers Diane and Brian Truesdell have lovingly and stylishly redefined the 130-yearold Texas Historic Landmark that the New York Times reported as the “crown jewel” of Comfort. Among other refined, yet comfortable, bed and breakfast destinations within walking distance, Hotel Faust offers finely appointed amenities that well-seasoned travelers will appreciate. A sublime combination of maintaining the historic elements and combining them with needs expected for the times, this destination can serve as your home base for your staycation, or when attending a Hill Country wedding, visiting wineries or a business conference off-site. It is not uncommon to see a Tesla plugged into the charging station next to a sherbet colored bicycle. There is no request that the Truesdell’s won’t help their visitors realize—and there are a growing number of recurring ones—to make their stay easy, comforting and memorable. hotelfaust.com 717 High St., Comfort 830-995-3030

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Your staycation at the historic Camp Comfort where you can walk down the steps behind the cabins to stroll along the gorgeous shores of Cypress Creek.

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Camp Comfort Your “camp directors” Lisa and Phil Jenkins have created the ultimate staycation respite along the banks of Cypress Creek (near the Guadalupe) and maintained the moniker Camp Comfort as the German settlers in 1850s named the compound. Comfort’s original social gathering place, the camp included a bowling alley that is now the communal dining room and social hall that has touches and amenities with the Jenkins’ style stamp that is carried through the design of this one-of-a-kind destination experience. Lovers of live music, the former New Braunfels’ residents have, like the Truesdells at Hotel Faust, infused the refurbishment and transformation of Camp Comfort with love, attention to detail, well-spent investment capital and design acuity. The center of the camp includes a performance stage and seating areas that are surrounded by the cabins, rooms and social hall. Within walking or biking distance from the center of town, you may also ask Phil for a lift in the Camp Comfort vintage Ford van and he will happily oblige. A fixture on High Street, the local residents are always delighted to see the Jenkins’ bright yellow transporter with visitors in tow. Amenities abound throughout Camp Comfort—just ask Lisa—and shop their fun gift items. camp-comfort.com 601 Water Street, Comfort 830-995-2356

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Comfort, Texas Staycation Directory Here, some walking or biking Comfort destinations to visit in and around the High Street area: DON’T MISS Antiques On High Blackbird Antiques & Interiors Comfort Antique Mall ReDefined (serves wine) The 8th Street Market Elizabeth Daniell Boutique Fabulous Finds Too Arts & Textiles Comfort Crockery & The Loom Room Intermezzo Gallery & Studios The Tinsmith’s Wife Juniper Green Antiques Huckleberry’s (serves beer & wine) Miss Giddy’s (serve’s pie & gourmet market) The Elephant Story Turkey Ridge Trading Company Alamo Meats & Lockers (market items) Rescue Dog Coffee Company

LIBATIONS Branch On High Tasting Room Cocky Rooster Bar Comfort Meet Market Hill Country Distillers Newsom Vineyards at Comfort

OF INTEREST Treue der Union Monument Comfort Barber Shop Comfort Heritage Foundation Comfort Public Library

WORTH THE DRIVE: Hill Country Pottery Happy H Ranch Singing Water Vineyards Bending Branch Winery Estate

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Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Haiden Boyd, senior, prepares her cross gilt for a turn around the ring during the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show

Contestant Clayton Forster is with his Grandpa “Opi” Bobby Balser

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Amelia Balser showing her Duroc

Fallon Ferguson, 17, poses with her Duroc gilt Ruby before showing at during the county show.

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Terri Walker of eXp Realty Boerne, Rodeana Reynolds producer of the Capital Title Chili Cook-Off, Allan Walker, Marti King Ashcraft of James Avery Jewelry, Terry Ashcraft Bud Hughes of Happy H Ranch, Mary Fritze of RE/ MAX Associates Born, David Fritze of Fritzeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ

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LEGACY

TEXAS RANGERS REST ASSURED More Texas Rangers are buried in the historic cemetery in Center Point, Texas than anywhere else. The Texas Historical Commission marker states there are 32 fallen Rangers buried amongst the early pioneers and settlers of which the earliest gravesite marked is that of Lydia Burney (17951875); however, according to Joe Davis, president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, there are an additional three “modern day” Rangers who requested to be buried in the same location as their Texas Ranger brothers making the total 35. “Our organization has placed over 650 of the markers we created throughout the U.S. to honor the service and dedication of the fallen Texas Rangers and commemorate their grave sites for their families and the public,” said Davis, “Our first ceremony was at the Center Point Cemetery where we commemorated all of the known Ranger graves that we could identify; however, they may be more,” states Davis. The FTRA has continued the program they began in 1999 and have recently launched the Texas Rangers Heritage Center in Fredericksburg where thousands of visitors are learning more about how the non-profit organization is serving current and former Texas Rangers and their families.

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Photo Credit: Bottom photo by Jack Parker; Top photo courtesy Former Texas Rangers Association

THE 35 TEXAS RANGERS BURIED IN THE CENTER POINT CEMETERY ARE HONORED BY THE FORMER TEXAS RANGERS FOUNDATION


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PUBLISHER’S LETTER I chose to move back to Kerrville. I didn’t have to, I wanted to. This is where I went to college, where I raised my daughter, where I have spent most of my adult life. This is also where I want to live for the rest of my life. It’s where I want to cultivate the roots I planted long ago. In doing so, my husband, Jeff, and I have decided to build a home. It will be no ordinary house. It is our hope that it will serve as our forever and ever house. We don’t want to go anywhere else. We are here to stay. My family is all conveniently located close by and then there’s the wonderful plethora of friends I’ve been happy to collect since 1977 when I first moved to Kerrville. I chose to come back to this area because of The Kerrville Daily Times. It was my very first real grown-up job. I grew up and matured at the newspaper. I love the work I do and the people I get to meet through my job. And, now, I’m also loving our Hill Country Charm magazine. We have taken what we do at the newspaper and elevated those skills and specialties to a whole new level. Most people probably wouldn’t know this, but producing a newspaper and producing a magazine are two completely different animals. While using some of the same skills that are required in journalism, putting together a high-quality magazine also

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requires a very particular knowledge base. That’s why I decided to hire Ceslie Armstrong to be our Hill Country Charm editor. She has vast experience in magazine publishing and possesses the qualities that can help us deliver an even better product to our readers. We launched Hill Country Charm on a strong foundation, but Ceslie will be able to help us shape it into something truly remarkable. We are enjoying this transition, are excited about the direction we are headed and we hope, when you settle down to read our magazine, that you will find it informative and entertaining, from cover to cover.

Neice Bell Publisher neice.bell@dailytimes.com

“There’s nothing better than to be surrounded by dear friends and family at the Kerrville Rotary (Super Ball) party the night before a record-setting world-class Super Bowl.”

left to right: Shelly Thigpen, Sam Thigpen, Ruth Busby, Lisa Walter, Mark Busby, Michael Walter, Tom Cook, Nancy Cook, Neice Bell, Jeff Bell

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CHARM Hill Country March 2017  

CHARM Hill Country is a journalism-based monthly print and digital media platform for and about the Texas Hill Country. Based in the heart o...

CHARM Hill Country March 2017  

CHARM Hill Country is a journalism-based monthly print and digital media platform for and about the Texas Hill Country. Based in the heart o...

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