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IT’S CHRISTMAS TYME AGAIN Staff Reports The Community News

The 10th annual Christmas Tyme in Aledo on Saturday, Dec. 4 year promises to add to the event’s success in the past. While Christmas Tyme has been a project of the East Parker County Chamber of Comerce in the past, this year the City of Aledo and the Aledo Economic Development Corporation took over the sponsorship of the event. “On behalf of the council and the Economic Development Corporation, we are excited to host Christmas Tyme in Aledo this year,” said Mayor Kit Marshall. “We think it’s an outstanding evening of fun and entertainment. There is something for all family members.” Events will range from the arrival of Santa Claus at the Aledo Community Center, to live entertainment, food and activities throughout the business district of the city.

“It is something to bring the community together while showcasing many of our local businesses as we enter the Christmas Season,” Marshall said. One of the anchors of the event each year is the Aledo Arts and Crafts Fair, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. The booths have sold out, and the remodeled Aledo Community Center will provide a bright venue for the numerous vendors of crafts, home decorating, and, of course, food concessions. The Arts and Crafts Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Then, starting at 5 p.m. the outside of the Aledo Comunity Center comes to life with Christmas carolers from Faith Presbyterian Church, the Klassy Kloggers and other entertainment. Santa Claus arrives on a fire truck at 6 p.m. for the ceremonial lighting of the community Christmas Tree at the Community Center, and then the jolly old man will hang around to find out what the kids want for Christmas. Turn to TYME, page 3C

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Santa Claus visits with a local youngster during the 2009 Christmas Tyme in Aledo. Santa will be back this year for photos, toy requests, and to light the community Christmas tree.

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from page two From Santa’s Workshop at the Community Center, a land train will ferry passengers around the southwestern quadrant of the city, where a petting zoo and other activities will be located. Looking east, horse drawn wagons will carry passengers to the southern shopping areas of town for additional activities in the southeast quadrant from Jorge’s down to Subway.

In the midst of hay rides, cookies and a bookmark craft project, the East Parker Library will offer the opportunity to adopt-a-book during Christmas Tyme in Aledo on Dec. 4.

Another horse drawn wagon will carry passengers in the historic business district area, where even more entertainment and activities (and refreshments!) are discovered. Among activities in the historic district will be belly dancers and a choir performance at Aledo Yoga. Members of the East Parker County Catholic community will sing at Chattel. The north end of town will also be in on the act. At the north end of the Aledo business district, a bounce house will be on hand at Agapé, and Doyle Moss insurance is hosting the Clearfork Jazz. First Financial Bank will have face-painting, music, cookies and wassail (cider), and a tractor-drawn hay wagon will provide transportation from that area of the city down to the East Parker County Library, where there will be story time and more caroling. “It’s a huge year for us,” Marshall said. The 10th anniversary of Christmas Tyme in Aledo and the 30th anniversary of the Aledo Arts and Crafts Fair ought to combine to make a fun event for everyone.

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The petting zoo has always been a popular feature of Christmas Tyme in Aledo.

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The Adopt-a-book campaign will help the library pay for children’s chapter books for the library, and your child can sign a bookplate that will be attached to the front page of the book. The adoptable books needed by EPC will be on display at the library. As always there will be a great selection of gently used books and cloth book bags available for purchase as well.

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Christmas Tyme in Aledo Participant List Wagon Sponsors Blue Ridge Signs Bryant Grain Company Farmers Insurance Faith Presbyterian Church First National Bank of Weatherford Forte H & R Block The Community News

Wagon Stop Sponsors Aledo Florist, Inc Aledo Tan & Salon Boutique John Askew Company Fidelity National Title Willow Park Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant Law Office of Josh Norrell Moss Insurance Group The Bake Shoppe

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Historic downtown Weatherford celebrates Christmas on the Square Weatherford’s annual Christmas on the Square promises to be lots of fun for people of all ages. The festival in Historic Downtown Weatherford is Saturday, Dec. 4. The annual Christmas Parade will kickoff the day’s events at 1 p.m. It will begin at the Ninth Grade Center, go up South Main and around the Courthouse then head west on Palo Pinto Street. This will be the kids’ first chance to catch a glimpse of Santa as he makes his way through town as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Christmas on the Square will take place from 4 - 8 p.m. all around the Courthouse Square. Because of support from numerous event sponsors, there is no charge for admission and virtually all activities are free. Santa Claus will be on hand, and children will be able to take home a picture with Santa at no cost to mom and dad. There will also be characters like Frosty and The Grinch roaming the

square for the little ones to meet and take pictures with. The Kids’ Area will have a giant inflatable slide and a mini-train ride. New this year, an outdoor movie screen will be brought in and classic Christmas flicks like Frosty and Rudolph will be shown starting at dark. The free horse-drawn carriage rides are a hit every year, providing riders a jaunt through the historic streets of Downtown Weatherford. There will also be two live entertainment stages where choirs, carolers and other performers will be showcased all evening long. In the southeast quadrant of the square there will be a classic car show with the Parker County Cruisers classic car club to benefit United Way of Parker County. People who attend the show can vote for the one that should win “Crowd Favorite.” Turn to SQUARE, page 9C

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The annual Weatherford Christmas Parade always has lots of surprises. This year’s parade will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4

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SQUARE from page seven Prizes will be awarded in a food competition for cookies, fruitcake and pecan pie. In addition to the vendor booths around the square, many of the stores

will be open that night and are offering special promotions, so there will be plenty of opportunities to peruse their selections of holiday gifts and decorations. To help patrons get around with all of their goodies, shuttle golf carts will be available for this year’s event. For more information, visit www. christmas-on-the-square.com or call 817-596-3801.

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COLOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CLASSY Kole Interior Designs, Inc. in Atlanta. “People don’t decorate because it doesn’t occur to them that something other than red and green can be festive. But if they were to see it, they’d know it’s very festive, exiting and unique.”

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The inventor of Christmas colors was probably color blind - no one with good vision would want to decorate with two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Want to try orange and blue for Easter? Purple and yellow for New Years? But escaping redand-green color condemnation is tough when holiday aisles are stuffed with fake green boughs, gleaming red plastic berries and chuckling Santas. “When I walk through stores with the typical holiday decorations and I see something like a pine wreath with a bow on it, I don’t get excited,” says Joann Kandrac, co-owner of Kandrac &

Kandrac and her co-owner Kelly Kole say black and white decorations make the holidays look smart. Start with fabrics. Patterns like houndstooth, harlequin, toile, damask, zebra, check, polka dot, and fleur-de-lis work for tabletops, runners, pillows and tree skirts. Do it in layers; put cloth over a white tabletop or a black tablecloth, then garnish with white roses or white poinsettias, a large silver candelabra with black and white candles. Or use mercury glass, silvery double-walled art glass that gives a classy gleam. Then spray paint pinecones and old figurines black and white to give them an entirely new twist. Turn to COLOR, page 11C

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COLOR from page 10 Pick a third accent color like pink to make everything pop. Black and white presents tied up with pink bows under a silver tree with black, white and an occasional pink bulb would make quite a holiday statement, Kole and Kandrac say. If you subtract some of the holiday flair, you can use what you made all year round. Take your color theme one step further by incorporating it into parties. Black and white food adds a playful, edible touch. Oreo cookies, black and white M&M’s, chocolate pudding with CoolWhip, marshmallows and cupcakes mare great for kids, and adults can have flavorful black-and-white olives and cream cheese, or black and white sushi. “When you really start going with it you can have a ton of fun,” Kole says.

Silver and White Going glitzy is an easy way out of red and green. Silver and white have always been holiday staples, but if you follow through on every aspect of the scheme it can create an unexpectedly calm, clean look, according to Patricia McLean who owns Patricia McLean Interiors in Atlanta. She says white flowers like fluffy hydrangeas, lilies and white poinsettias can incorporate a bit of natural green without going

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overboard, and planting in a Waterford crystal basket makes commonplace flowers into a classy statement. When you go for the silver, don’t just think bows and ribbons. McLean says sterling star and snowflake ornaments on a tree with white lights creates a stunning glow, and ornaments can be hung on ribbons from chandeliers to catch the light. “Using sterling, crystal and more elegant things creates more elevated style, more dressy for a special occasion,” McLean says. “At night during a party, those things will catch the light and sparkle and shine.”

Purple and White “A deep, bluish purple is really a beautiful color, especially in velvet,” says Pamela J. Enz, who owns Tangible Space in Arden Hills, Minn. Clear glass bowls filled with purple bulbs on coffee tables, clear glass candelabras over the fireplace, and clear glass votives let the light into every corner. White poinsettias in purple pots tone things down and keep it natural. For table-setting, Enz says to match the tree. Get a purple velvet tablecloth and use silver chargers underneath plain white plates. “When people see my house decorated like this at first they’re surprised, but it still looks like Christmas,” Enz says. She says purple and white makes an easy transition into the New Year so you don’t have to double decorate. © CTW Features

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THE COOK’S HOLIDAY you baste, dear?” on taking her first taste of white meat.

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Ah, the holidays. The decorations. The gifts. The friends and family. The wishes for peace and good will. And, the cooking. For as long as celebratory feasting has been a part of our history, many family cooks have looked forward to preparing the holiday repast with the same combination of dread and anticipation often reserved for an upcoming root-canal procedure. The effort can require hours of chopping, sautéing, baking and roasting, and the end result may still be a mother-in-law who asks, “Did

Today, though, feast-fixing phobia doesn’t have to be a part of your holiday experience. Many home chefs now are turning to outside preparers to do the work of creating their holiday meals. Just as rotisserie chickens from supermarket deli sections have become dinnertime staples, store-roasted turkeys, hams and other meats, along with all the favorite side dishes and desserts, are becoming an increasingly popular option. “I’m sure there are women who do this and never tell their guests,” says Diane Hardesty, a coastal North Carolina resident. Several years ago, as an overworked executive living in Southern California, she turned to a local gourmet market, Bristol Farms, for her Thanksgiving feast. “I thought it was very good – I don’t think anyone would tell the difference.” Turn to COOK, page 14C

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The dinner included a whole turkey, potatoes, stuffing, other side dishes and dessert. And it came complete with reheating instructions, including directions on when individual items should be rotated in and out of the oven so everything arrived hot on the table at the same time. “It was idiot-proof,” she says. “They made it very easy.” Now retired, Hardesty does most of her holiday cooking herself. But she still relies on her new prepared-food resource, Harris Teeter, a supermarket chain familiar to Southeastern U.S. shoppers, for hors d’oeuvres and deli trays. But whether it’s a full meal or just a snack tray, she always comes up with a way to display prepared foods that makes her – and her guests – feel what she’s serving is her own creation. “I’m very particular about presentation,” Hardesty says. “I’ll place it in a serving dish and add fruit or other garnishes to make it look pretty. It always has my personal touch, which confuses people.”

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without the stress For an even more personal touch, stressed-out hosts can turn to a personal chef. A growing number of these professionals – more than 5,000, according to the U.S. Personal Chef Association Web site – are available to fix meals to your liking in your own home. They bring in all the groceries and do all the preparation and cleanup, leaving your home filled with fresh-cooked aromas, and leaving you time for last-minute shopping and decorating chores. Any special dietary needs are a breeze, because all meals are made to order. “If you don’t like onion, then there are no onions, and if you’re allergic to dairy, there’s no dairy,” says Addie Deacon, owner of Addies Everyday Gourmet, a Binghamton, N.Y.-based personal chef service. She’ll cook all you need for a holiday dinner party, and even do all your holiday baking. She’ll also work with your recipes, so you don’t have to give up that favorite chocolate torte or sweet potato pie. “I’ll use anybody’s recipe,” she says. “I can prepare just about anything you’d need for a holiday meal ahead of time and leave detailed instructions for reheating.”


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Finding a middle ground For time-stretched hosts who still like spending some time in the kitchen, semi-prepared options can help cut preparation time while still giving cooks the satisfaction of setting a home-cooked meal in front of their guests. For example, while die-hard gourmets may turn up their noses at canned vegetables and pie fillings, some experts say canned versions can actually work better than fresh, especially with such fibrous fruits and vegetables as green beans and pumpkin. “It’s a more nutritious product,” says chef Andrew Schloss, author of “Homemade in a Hurry” (Chronicle Books, 2006), who says the canning process helps break down stringiness and trap nutrition in fiber-filled varieties. “It’s a better tasting product than you could make from scratch.” Similarly, Schloss argues that roasted vegetables from the takeout counter are a great option for harried cooks. Many of these dishes, such as turnips, carrots and sweet potatoes, are based on

fibrous root vegetables that benefit from long, slow store cooking. However, Schloss suggests that turkeys and other meats are best roasted at home. “Roasted meat doesn’t hold up well,” he says, adding that cooks are often unnecessarily intimidated when faced with a 20-pound turkey. “Roasting is the easiest thing to do – you just put it in the oven and walk away.”

Picking and choosing However, even with tasty alternatives, some people see fixing traditional family specialties from scratch just as much a part of the holiday experience as hanging ornaments and kissing under the mistletoe. For Hardesty, Christmas Eve means cooking up an old-world seafood-and-pasta dish, using a recipe passed down through the women in her Sicilian family for generations. However, she will turn to store-prepared hors d’oeuvres and desserts to accompany this feast. The variety of ready-to-heat and ready-to-eat alternatives now available makes

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such a strategy a delicious alternative to even more hours spent over the stove. Celeste Mulvehill of Westlake Village, Calif., uses a similar mixand-match approach to preparing her traditional Christmas Day buffet. She wouldn’t dream of letting someone else fix the Lebanese specialties that are part of her family’s culinary legacy, but she’s quite content to turn to her local Gelson’s supermarket when it comes to starters and sweets.

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“I don’t like to bake,” she says, adding that the markets and bakeries in her neighborhood offer such a wide variety of dessert options that she can stretch her wings – and her guests’ taste buds – with meal-enders that are far beyond the ordinary. Last year, for example, she chose a “Princess” cake, which was a light Genoise cake with a custard filling and almond-paste fondant.

Andrew Schloss, chef and author of “Homemade in a Hurry” (Chronicle Books, 2006), offers the following advice on what to make at home and what to buy prepared for cooks who need to cut some corners this holiday season.

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Best bets for takeout: • Appetizers • Desserts • Side dishes and casseroles Acceptable prepared ingredients: • Canned vegetables and fruit fillings (especially fibrous varieties) • Canned broths and cream soups

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Texas Girls’ Choir offers free ‘Gift’ concerts Members of the Texas Girls’ Choir present their annual Christmas “Gift” Concerts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. The choir’s Christmas “Gift” Concerts are performed in memory of the choir’s founder, Shirley Thompson Carter of Aledo, who founded the choir in 1962 and passed away in December of 2002. The annual Christmas Concert was always her favorite. The Texas Girls’ Choir’s five choral choirs and four handbell choirs will perform holiday selections from classical to secular and favorites, including the famous “Hallelujah Chorus” (during which former Texas Girls’ Choir members will be invited on stage to sing with the Choir); also “In Dulci Jubilo” arranged by Rutter; as well as traditional carols including “Silent Night,” “Joy To The World,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “Away In A Manger, “ and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” (when the audience will be invited to sing with the choir). Children will be entertained as Frosty, Rudolph, and Santa make guest appearances during the Concert. There will also be a “live” Nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Shepherds and Kings. The concert is about one hour and forty-five minutes of continuous holiday music from beginning to end, with choirs processing in and out, singing. The finale will include all the members

of the Texas Girls’ Choir performing their “Here Comes Christmas” Medley arranged by Assistant Director -Alissa Layne Trent and will end with the entire choir singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas (from the Texas Girls’ Choir)” arranged by the choir’s founder Shirley Carter. The Texas Girls’ Choir is under the direction of Debi Weir, Executive Director, and Alissa Layne Trent, Artistic Director and Accompanist. In

addition, accompanying the choir will be Elizabeth Barney and Rief Kessler on keyboards, Dan Ristow on guitar and percussionist David Owen. Other music staff assisting with the concert include rehearsal assistants April Kessler, Lilliamely King, Tami Owsley and Amber Woods, and Holly Owen Bell, Choir Assistant Director. The Christmas “Gift” Concert is the choir’s gift to the Metroplex. Admission is free. For more infornation or direc-

tions, call the Texas Girls’ Choir Office at 817-732-8161. The Texas Girls’ Choir will hold auditions for new members Jan. 4 - 27. Girls age 8 to 12 years old can audition by singing the first verse of “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee.” For more information, visit www.texasgirlschoir.org. Both concerts will be held at the Texas Girls’ Choir Concert Hall located at 4449 Camp Bowie Blvd, in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.

Very Crafty Christmas Tyme in Aledo Arts and Crafts Fair The annual Arts and Crafts Fair in conjunction with Christmas Tyme in Aledo will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Aledo Community Center. The annual event features numerous vendors from the area offering everything from food to home decorations and jewelry to kitchen utensils.

Paul Stone, organizer of the event, said he’s looking for additional vendors who are ready to sell homemade and handcrafted items, as well as food vendors. Booth rental fee is $25. All rental proceeds will benefit the WC Foundation, which provides scholarships for qualified students. For more information, call the WC Police Department at 817598-6316.

Weatherford High School Weatherford College Arts and Craft Sale Crafts Fair Weatherford High School will hold The annual Weatherford College Arts and Crafts Fair has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Alkek Fine Arts Center on the College’s Weatherford campus. WC Police Chief

its second-annual craft sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the high school. The event, which runs in conjunction with the Kangaroo Classic Basketball Tournament, is sponsored by the WHS Senior Class of 2011, and will feature

approximately 100 unique vendors to help fulfill holiday shopping needs. To sign up as a vendor, call Christine Goss at 817-598-2858, ext. 3582, or e-mail cgoss@weatherfordisd.com.

Slippers for seniors Several local businesses have signed up as drop-off points for “Slippers for Seniors,” a drive to collect warm slip-

pers (preferable the slip-on type) for senior citizens this Christmas. Slippers can be dropped off at any of the following locations until Dec. 23: Le Chateau K-9 Day Spa, Dollar General, Brookshires, Aledo Vet Clinic and Railhead Smokehouse in Willow Park; Kwik Kar and Walgreens in Hudson Oaks; Jorge’s in Aledo and Weatherford Chiropractic in Weatherford.


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LISTEN UP! No money required for these Christmas music opportunities Jingle Jam New River Fellowship in Hudson Oaks will host the Jingle Jam at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, 18, and 19. The event features comedy, cookies and music. Admission is free, but advance registration is required at http://www.newriver.tv/jinglejam/.

the Weatherford College main campus, 225 College Park Ave. in Weatherford. Admission is free. For more information, call Sheila Kinkead at 817-5986458, e-mail kinkead@wc.edu, or visit www.events.wc.edu.

McAnally Choir Concert The McAnally Choir Concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 in the McAnally Cafeteria.

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McAnally Band Christmas Concert

The Promise The Promise of Christmas will be presented at the Texas Amphitheatre in Glen Rose on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, and Friday-Saturday, Dec. 17-18. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is required at www.thepromiseglenrose.com.

The McAnally Band Christmas Concert will be 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 at the Aledo High School auditorium.

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The Aledo High School Choir Concert will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Aledo High School auditorium.

The Messiah A community choir will present selections from G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 at the Alkek Fine Arts Center on

The Vandagriff Elementary School Fourth Grade Program will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. The choir will sing before the program.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

If It’s Monday, This Must Be Christmas Theatre Off the Square presents “If It’s Monday, This Must Be Christmas” by Pat Cook, courtesy of Dramatic Publishing Company, beginning Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 and running weekends through Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Director is Jacquie King and Yvonne Hall is assistant director for this family friendly holiday comedy. As Harrigan’s Department store prepares to open on Christmas Eve, there is trouble afoot as the store’s payroll and bonuses are missing and the store Santa has disappeared. But did he disappear or was he kidnapped? Finding out what happened to the payroll and Santa takes a professional private detective named Harry Monday. Uncovering clues to unravel the mystery and what actually happened takes some interesting turns and reveals some background facts about the store employees that makes them all look suspicious. Could the culprit be the newest staff member at Harrigan’s or the very friendly clerk behind the counter? Or perhaps Trixie, Santa’s elf? Or is

it the work of the missing Santa? Time is running out for Mr. Monday as he works to solve the case before Christmas Eve turns into Christmas Day. Audiences will be invited to join Christmas caroling prior to the show and a clue table will be available during intermission to see if you can solve the mystery of the missing payroll and the disappearing Santa. Patrons are invited to bring cameras for pictures with Santa at the close of the show. Tickets are $10 in advance at Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and Weatherford Senior Center. Prices at the door are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and matinee tickets for $9. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting www.weatherfordtots. org and selecting “tickets.” Season tickets are also available at a cost of $70 for seven shows. For more information, call 817-341-8687 (TOTS) or visit www. weatherfordtots.org. Theatre Off the Square is located at 114 N. Denton in Weatherford.

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Candlelight Tour of Homes set Dec. 11 ◗ Three locations on tour

have never opened to the public The Parker County Heritage Society invites visitors to tour seven different Weatherford locations during the annual Candlelight Tour from 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. “This is our 29th annual tour and it’s a great opportunity to see inside some beautiful homes,” said Kathleen Baker, President of the Parker County Heritage Society. “And with the funds, the Parker County Heritage Society can continue doing its good works preserving our rich history.” This year’s tour venues include: ◗

312 N. Brazos Street

This charming cottage style home was built in 1944 by political leader Donald Diamond and his wife Faye and was the location of many meetings that included future Speaker of the House Jim Wright. Other owners included a car dealer, a former mayor and then the home was purchased in the 1990s by a descendent of the Diamonds. ◗

405 W. Lee Avenue

Only three owners in 100 years have occupied this large, transitional Victorian farmhouse built sometime prior to 1905 by Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Richards, the owner of a sporting goods store on the downtown square. The home has four fireplaces that share two chimneys, large pocket doors in the front living area, original heart-of-pine floors and a wrap around front porch. Designed around a large central foyer, the home boasts separate women’s and men’s parlors, a formal dining room, large kitchen, office, and another living area downstairs ◗

413 W. Baylor Street

The arts and crafts style rock house was built around 1930. The house has many patterns that are part of the rockwork including a star, heart and even a fish on the chimney. Petrified wood is used as material in the house itself and in the fence surrounding the house. The house was called the fairy house by children in the neighborhood because many of the rocks would glitter when light would hit them.

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Moses Sandborn Gordon built the house at 810 S. Alamo in Weatherford before 1905. It os one of seven stops on the 2010 Candlelight Tour of Homes.

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es. Stop in to see the newest exhibits – Where it all Began – a history of the National Cutting Horse Association and Three’s Company, an exhibit by three talented local artists. Other exhibits include artifacts and information about Weatherford native Mary Martin, and about our earliest inhabitants and pioneer settlers in the historical gallery. The Doss Heritage and Culture Center will sell tickets throughout the day and accepts credit cards.

Parker County’s rich tapestry of cattle barons and cowboys, Broadway stars and political leaders is beginning to be shared and showcased in spacious state-of-the-art exhibit spac-

More than 100 homes and buildings from previous Candlelight Tours are now displayed at www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com and can be found

810 S. Alamo

Moses Sandborn Gordon built the house prior to 1905, along with two others for his daughters. Gordon was interested in ranching and then became an importer of goods from Europe and Mexico. The house was sold to Samuel Cooper whose family owned it until 1999.

by clicking on the Heritage Map. The information is organized by quadrants of the city and then by all of the houses on an individual street. “If you’ve driven by a beautiful house time and again and you’ve wondered about who built it, or what its architectural style is, you can now visit our Web site and check it out,” Baker said. The histories were researched and written by homeowners during the last 28 years of Candlelight Tours and will soon include the houses on this year’s tour. Most all of the histories include a recent photo of the home or building. Turn to TOUR, page 22


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8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

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TOUR from page 20 Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce (401 Fort Worth Highway) and the Doss Heritage and Culture Center (1400 Texas Drive). Tickets can also be purchased at www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com. An additional fee is charged for tickets purchased online to cover postage and handling. Parker County Heritage Society promotes the preservation of buildings, homes, and sites of historic or architectural significance within Parker County, Texas, to the maintenance of documents and records which describe the heritage of the County, its citizens and their ancestors and promotes civic interest in historical projects, education, and culture throughout Parker County. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month in a member’s home. For more information, visit www. parkercountyheritagesociety.com.

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BLRW collecting for troops in Afghanistan

Breakfast with Santa Parker County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) presents its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Central Christian Church, 1602 S. Main in Weatherford. There will be two separate serving times: 8-9:30 a.m. and 10-11:30 a.m. Admission for children 12 and under is $10, which includes breakfast, a photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus story corner, sleigh rides and crafts. Adult admission is $5. All proceeds benefit Parker County CASA. To purchase tickets, call CASA at 817599-6224.

Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford are collecting boxes of supplies to be sent to the unit of Sgt. Jeffrey E. Perry in Afghanistan. Sgt. Perry had a reaction to an Anthrax inoculation shot and went into cardiac arrest. He was given a shot in his heart, and he requested to return to duty.

his mother, who had been one of Mrs. Estes’ students when she was a sixth-grade teacher in 1957!

Soldiers in the unit have requested the following items: darts (they have dart boards…no darts), Frisbees, small games (they can have dice), black socks, foot powder, toothpaste with whitener, magazines, snacks, baby wipes, Christmas décor, books (one soldier likes books about the presidents and historic battles), or any other items deemed appropriate.

An anonymous benefactor will pay for all shipping if as many as 45 boxes can be collected.

Carolyn Estes of the BLRW found out about Sgt. Perry from

“She found me online and we have been friends every since,” Estes said. “We were chatting on Facebook and she told me about it. She and her daughter suggested the list of items we can send.”

BLRW is requesting that boxes be obtained from the post office and filled. They can be taken to First National Bank of Weatherford for collecting. Un-boxed items will be combined and boxed up for shipping. Deadline for collections is Dec. 17. For more information, call Carolyn Estes at 817-341-0237.

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PERSONAL FINANCE

Staying off the ‘Naughty (Spending) List’ ◗ Ten ways to manage your

finances and avoid postholiday regrets The holidays bring all those personal and family images and sensations we cherish. But for many of us, there are a few not-so-joyous holiday sights (a purse overflowing with credit card receipts) and sounds (the ca-ching! of the cash registers marking our escalating debt). These negatives can easily outweigh all that we love about the holiday season, especially during this lessthan-prosperous economic period. “Overall, the recession has brought about a renewed dedication to saving,” said financial expert Eric Tyson, author of “Personal Finance for Dummies.” “Before the recession, our national personal savings rate was close to zero, and now it’s around five percent. But it is very important that you not let your holiday spending zap all of the saving progress you made during the year.” “Whether it’s a dedication to the giftgiving tradition, a sense of obligation, or a feeling that the holidays entitle us to have a little more fun than usual, too many of us seem to turn a blind eye to the budget-busting reality of all that spending over just a couple of months,” Tyson said. “Don’t let excessive holiday spending cause any unnecessary financial stress for you and your family.” What if you could have a wonderful, memorable holiday and avoid the financial hangover afterwards? Tyson provides great tips on how to keep your holiday spending in check. ◗ Find an alternative to gift-giving during the holidays.

Many people feel they have to give gifts during the holidays, either because it’s a family tradition or because they know their friends and relatives have gotten gifts for them. There are plenty of great ways to trade in this tradition for another one that is even more meaningful, and chances are your family and friends will be happy to save gift-buying dough as well. “Instead of exchanging gifts, your family members might want to pool their money and spend it on a holiday outing,” Tyson said. “If you have kids, you’ll probably want to get them a little something, but set strict spending lim-

its. Instead of piling up the toys, let each child choose an outing or event that he or she gets to spend with you one-onone. Kids will look back on the valuable time you’ve spent together a lot more fondly than they will any toy or video game they use a couple of times and then toss aside.”

If you must buy gifts, cut your expenses elsewhere as necessary.

Perhaps you’d rather dine out or go to the movies less, or maybe you can forego that new pair of shoes you’ve been wanting for yourself in order to afford gifts for the grandparents. “It doesn’t matter where you make cuts, just that you make them,” Tyson said. “Keeping your other spending under control while you’re out there doing your shopping can be a challenge, but just keep repeating to yourself the importance of not over-spending. That way when it comes time to actually pass out those presents you’ve purchased, you can do it without grimacing as you think about the damage they did to your bank account.”

Set a budget and keep tabs on what you are spending.

While you’re doing your holiday shopping, your new best friends should

be your checkbook register, credit card statements, and all of your receipts. It’s easy to get into a spending rhythm when shopping for yourself or others, and that’s why you need to physically write down every purchase you make and make sure you don’t go over your budget. “When you start to add up everything you’re spending, you may be shocked at what all those expenses from this store and that store add up to be,” Tyson said. “And don’t forget about all those ‘necessary’ holiday extras. Most people don’t budget their shopping and don’t realize that by the time you buy all the presents, plus wrapping paper, cards, decorations, etc., it’s added up to a ridiculous amount. Having a budget that you know you must stick to will help keep your impulse spending from getting out of hand and will help you hone in on the most reasonably priced holiday items.”

Plan what you are going to buy, and don’t get any extras!

Particularly during the holidays, companies pull out their most appealing packaging in hopes of snagging the eyes of shoppers. That’s why along with your budget, you’re going to want to take an exact list of what you want to buy for your gift recipients. Don’t

go shopping for someone’s gift until you know exactly what you are going to buy. “It’s very easy to go in with no plan, see something you like, and get it simply because you have no idea what else to get for a hard-to-buy-for relative despite the gift’s significant price tag,” Tyson said. “Another temptation that the list will help you squelch is the desire to buy those little knickknacks here and there that you think will make nice small additions to the gifts you’ve purchased. Very rarely are things like this necessary, and if you’ve got your list in hand, it will be easier for you to pass them by without hesitation.”

Use the season to set a good example for your kids.

Your kids learn about money from you. And if they see you spending left and right during the holiday season, the lesson they come away with isn’t going to be a good one. During the holidays, it’s very easy for the “gimmee gimmee gimmee” materialistic attitude to get out of control. After all, kids are bombarded with constant advertisements for toys, clothes, and the latest gadgets you can be guaranteed they’ll want (or at least think they do!). Turn to FINANCE, page 26C


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FINANCE from page 25 “There’s plenty you can do to help kids appreciate the true meaning of the holidays,” Tyson said. “Have them give some of their money to a local charity, participate in a program in which they buy and wrap gifts for underprivileged kids, or volunteer at a soup kitchen. It can be an eye-opening experience for kids to see that not everyone has enough money to have an enjoyable holiday.”

Watch out for deals that seem too good to be true. ◗

Retailers run all sorts of specials to induce consumers to buy now, and the holidays offer these companies easy prey in the form of deal-seeking, cashstrapped consumers. For example, furniture stores frequently offer that if you buy now, you don’t have to pay a thing for a year, and you might even get free delivery. This sort of “push” marketing can make it harder for you to say no. “This is just one example of how stores coax in shoppers,” Tyson said. “Always remember that free financing for, say, a year is not a huge cost to the dealer, but it is a cost, and if you forgo

Christmas Guide 2010 it, you should be able to negotiate a lower purchase price. Retailers find that buyers are less likely to negotiate the price if they are getting a short-term financing break. Read the fine print on any deal you are considering taking before you go to the store to make the purchase. It can be even harder to say no once you get to the store, so you’ll want to know what you are in for before you get there.” ◗

Leave the plastic at home.

Many of us can explain away spending so much on gifts because we simply charge everything and reason that we can pay it off gradually after the holidays. This is a great way to create a never-ending cycle of consumer debt for yourself. It only creates unnecessary financial stress for you after the holidays. “Use your budget to figure out how you can purchase the gifts you want to purchase without putting them on your credit card,” Tyson said. “If you are so cash-strapped that you think it will be difficult to avoid charging gifts, then you may want to sit down with other friends and family and propose a limit on how much gifts can cost this year— or propose no adult gift exchanges at all. Far from being disappointed, it’s

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likely they’ll view this reprieve from gift-buying as a gift in its own right.”

Invest in your kids’ financial futures.

It may not seem as exciting to your kids as a new iPod, but a contribution to their financial well-being will be appreciated long after such expensive “toys” are obsolete. “Have the grandparents contribute to a college tuition fund or savings account rather than buy them more stuff they don’t need,” suggests Tyson. “Or make one of your gifts to your kids a stock fund portfolio that can start accruing now. Also, make them aware of the budgets and tools you are using to keep your spending in check. The holidays are a great time for them to truly learn that money doesn’t grow on trees.” ◗

Give the gift of time to your kids.

Often, parents buy gifts for their kids with the best of intentions. Either you don’t want to deprive them of the toys and gadgets all of their friends have, or you want to give them the things you didn’t have as a kid. “Both of these tendencies are perfectly understandable, but I’ve found that parents who buy too much for their kids often have difficulty changing the

habit,” Tyson said. “The holiday season offers great opportunities for you to show your kids how much you love and care for them. For example, you can make time with them each week to watch a holiday film or TV show, go on a walk to see your neighbors’ holiday lights and decorations, or emphasize that ‘giving back’ message again and take them caroling at a local retirement home. All of these activities cost next to nothing, and they will be fun for the kids and for you!”

Remember that meaningful gifts don’t necessarily have a big price tag.

“Sure, it might be nice to give your mom a brand new TV, but there are other things out there that will be even more meaningful and enjoyable for her—like a photo album with candid shots of the grandkids or something they’ve made for her themselves,” Tyson said. “If you are looking to give a gift that truly means something and that will keep its value for years to come, you are better off looking for nonmaterial gifts to give than for something your gift recipients could get themselves at the local big box store.” Turn to MONEY, page 27C

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MONEY from page 26 “Money can easily become the focus of the holidays when it should be the last thing you are thinking about,” Tyson said. “By keeping your spending under control, you can have a great holiday and avoid the sick feeling in the pit of your stomach that occurs when you start getting those credit card bills in the mail. If you prepare properly, you can achieve a happy balance of spending and saving during the holiday season. That’s a great gift in and of itself, for both you and the people you love.”

The Aledo High School Future Business Leaders of America recently wrapped and stuffed more than 30 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Their annual community-service project is a way of giving the simple gift of Christmas to children around the world. FBLA members brought in small toys and hygiene items for the shoe boxes. FBLA members also collected monetary donations at lunches totaling $131. That money helped to pay shipping costs for the boxes. SPECIAL TO THE COMMUNITY NEWS

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