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Extraordinary women who lead in family, business, and community while inspiring through advice and example. Meet and celebrate these seven fun, hard-working, gracious and glamorous females.


Our Nancy Foster profiles generations of women whose family legacy is built on love, admiration, caring, protecting one another, and all the things women do best. Meet these exceptional women.

Leslie Bohl graces Hill Country Culture’s Annual Celebrate Women issue. Eli Halili Necklaces, Camilla Vneck Oversized Blouse: Wild Belle $470, White Cloud Cuffs

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From Derby Day to Memorial Day– celebrate across the Hill Country.



Kerrville’s interim city manager Don Davis doesn’t take life sitting down.



Cinco de Mayo means margaritas and Paula’s is our fave.



Summer’s make-up trends are sizzling with celebrity style.



Cave Without a Name is magical.


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Kerrville’s Phyllis Ricks continues to lead in business and community with family first.


Mother’s Day brunch is a yummy tradition. Our picks here.


Fish Camp on the Frio River and our don’t miss to-do’s.


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EDITOR’S LETTER Welcome to Hill Country Culture. I am so thrilled to debut the new branding for our continuing monthly magazine about “Living the Beautiful Life” in our region of Texas with the annual Celebrate Women issue. As our content and distribution grow in tandem with our rapidly growing Hill Country, we feel the transition to Hill Country Culture from Charm is fitting. You may know that our magazine is published by Southern Newspapers, Inc. who Me with my darling niece Ramsie also publish many magazines in the communities that their newspapers serve–as this title does with the Kerrville Daily Times. We now are aptly titled with our sister publications that include Brazos, Coast, Del Rio, New Braunfels, and more. In this issue it was important to me to recognize women who blazed paths while taking risks so that women in the Hill Country now can follow in their footsteps and bring generations of girls along with them. We have also featured mom’s who succeed on so many levels and are candid about the constant striving for balance between home and work life. Being a child of the 60s, I am reminded of the infamous Enjoli Fragrance commercial that aired in 1978 with the resonating line “...I can bring home the bacon; fry it up in the pan…” well, you know the rest. I was a junior in high school in San Antonio when that campaign hit and, largely raised by a single working mother, it truly made an impact. I went on to contribute to Cosmopolitan magazine where I met Helen Gurley Brown as well as spending time with Gloria Steinem of Ms. magazine. Not in the same room, of course. My grandmother always said there are at least two sides to every story. According to Ad Age, by the late 70s, advertising entered the era of the so-called “superwoman,” a career-minded female who does it all. That is how I saw my mother–and unfortunately wasn’t able to see her enough. She was a pioneer in the new “Electronic Data Processing” field and fought for the overtime hours (and pay) that were offered to train others–mostly men. Most of those men would then become her bosses. Even so, her consistent messaging to me was about kindness, work-ethic, integrity, confidence, fearlessness and continuing education. She passed in 1987 and I miss her daily. My story is not unique. It is 2017 and still many sources report that women working full time in the U.S. typically are paid just 80 percent of what men are paid. There is much said about this and are certainly reasons that affect those statistics. I am just glad it is in the consciousness of our culture and there are so many remarkable women leading by example and mentoring young women for leadership roles. You will meet many incredible women in this issue. The company I work for is helmed by a woman; the publisher of the newspaper where I work is a woman; and, the Hill Country has no shortage of women who are determined, capable, fun, in charge and making things happen. There are also incredible philanthropists in our great state who invest in women’s futures and leaders in education and business who actively are defining our future through teaching and creating opportunities. It is an exciting time for sure. So pull up your bootstraps or don your strappy sandals and get ready.

What a blast shooting my pal Leslie Bohl, news anchor for NBC4/WOAI. At press time, she had been nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year and I can’t think of a more deserving nominee. The talented Leah Thomason captured her for our cover. Doesn’t she look gorgeous in the Camilla of Australia dress from Schreiner Goods in Kerrville. Orange is Leslie’s favorite color. It works!

Here’s the look styled for Leslie Bohl by Keri Kropp at Schreiner Goods for our Power Women feature.

Another incredible woman and pal, Fern Mallis, the founder of New York Fashion Week and celebrated author of Fashion Lives accepted my invitation to visit San Antonio (her first visit) and we had a fun time with interesting guests, including Leslie Bohl, at Chef Steve McHugh’s Cured at Pearl. You may have seen him featured in our last issue. What a night.

My annual Cinco de Mayo margarita mixins’ from last year. Notice the Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur is empty. I won’t make that mistake again this year and will be making the Hibiscus Margarita on our Texas Made page.

Until next time,

Following the process I learned from my aunts in Acapulco to roast the veggies before making the salsa. That’s what I will be eating again this year with that Hibiscus Margarita celebrating Cinco de Mayo. MAY 2017


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CONTRIBUTORS Leah Thomason Leah Thomason is a portrait and fashion photographer based in Kerrville, Texas. Her style is inspired by authentic beauty and she believes everyone should have the opportunity to feel beautiful in a photograph. She strives to create images that are timeless and artistic, both in her studio and around the country. Her studio portrait work has most recently been published in Bevie Magazine and she is a recurring contributor to Hill Country Culture. This month, Thomason turned her lens on our Camilla of Australia fashion shoot for our “Power Women” and cover feature. View more of her work An outtake from Thomason’s shoot with Leslie Bohl. at

Vannessa Franco

Joe Herring

Vanessa Franco of Raw Mane Salon in Kerrville has been doing hair for eleven years, five years ago she took a leap of faith and ventured out on her own. Today she has a thriving team of stylists who are committed to bringing the Hill County the most up-to-date services and products. Franco enjoys being behind the chair, meeting new people, and helping her clients tell the story of their lives by creating their looks.

Joe Herring Jr. is a Kerrville native who writes a weekly column for the Kerrville Daily Times. He also helps run his family’s printing company, Herring Printing Company, which has been serving the Texas Hill Country since 1964. He is married to a lovely first-grade teacher, and they have two grown children.

Tom Holden

Tom Holden picked up photography about 40-years ago while dating his soon to be wife Debbie because she was a photography major. In 2009, Holden began his professional photography career as the photo editor of the Kerrville Daily Times and “has loved every minute of it.” His skills range from news photography and features to sports photography. His images This month marks his first piece for of landscapes are vast including stunning Hill Country Culture and his “Women Malibu Beach along the Pacific Ocean in Trailblazers” feature profiles five California and in March, he photographed the headwaters of the Guadalupe River for “We were extremely honored to do the remarkable women of Kerr County. this publication. As staff photographer for hair and make-up for these incredibly Hill Country Culture, you will see Holden’s accomplished women in the Hill Country,“ said Franco, “each of these women is so images throughout the pages including the lovely already.” “Leadership” feature of Phyllis Ricks; the “15 Things” featuring Don Davis, and the “My Mother, My Mentor” feature. 8 Hill Country CULTURE


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Celebrate May!

EVENTS A MOTHER WOULD LOVE BY LORI HEISS BENDING BRANCH WINERY DERBY DAY Break out your best and most fanciful hats for Bending Branch Winery’s 7th annual Derby Extravaganza on May 6th in Comfort. Emceed by San Antonio fashionista Michael Quintanilla, the Kentucky Derby-themed day will feature live music by the George Eychner Jazz Quintet, the winery’s famous mint juleps made with their own Single Barrel Blanc, wine tastings and an annual hat parade where competition for top prize is fierce. No worry if you don’t have a hat, you can buy one at the event from Graciela Creations. Make a day of it and bring along chairs and pop-up tents and enjoy a catered meal by Jimmy Lyn’s, a mint julep and a bourbon ball are all included in the ticket price and two dollars per ticket will be donated to the Comfort Area Foundation. Single ($50) or couple ($80) tickets available, as are reserved tables & VIP packages at


Celebrate all things culinary from May 18-21 at San Antonio’s Culinaria Festival Weekend. A true Texan feast for the senses, there’s much to choose from including fine dining dinners, grand tastings, tequila tastings and of course burgers, BBQ and beer. This food extravaganza is hosted by Culinaria, a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier food and wine destination while fostering community growth and enrichment within the city, and proceeds from their events are dedicated to culinary scholarships and their Culinaria Farm. Founded just this spring, the Farm’s mission to educate children on how food is grown and where their food comes from, as well as give them tools to grow their own food at home. You can support this worthy cause by buying tickets to festival events at various locations including Kirby’s Steakhouse and La Cantera Spa for a variety of adult and family-themed events the throughout the weekend. Tickets from $35 to $125.

Since the first note was sung at the inaugural Kerrville Folk Festival in 1972, over 1500 singer-songwriters have graced the festival’s stages including early career appearances by music legends such as Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Lucinda Williams. Kicking off at Quiet Valley Ranch on May 25th and running through June 11th this year, some 30,000 people from all over the world will converge on Kerrville to take part in one of the longest running music festivals in America. Featuring 18 days and nights of a wide range of jazz, folk and bluegrass music–including our don’t miss picks Jimmy LaFave, Terri Hendrix and Trout Fishing in America–festivalgoers can also enjoy camping, seminars, music workshops and special kids activities including a tent where children can do arts and crafts. Single day tickets start at $20 for midweek and $30 for weekends and a full 18-day ticket will run you $395. BANDERA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Bandera is the place to be on Saturday May 27th when the Cowboy Capital of the World hosts its annual Memorial Day parade. Kicking off at 11am, this yearly tradition is a colorful spectacle and a fitting tribute to all of our military personnel. Main Street, Bandera.

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FREDERICKSBURG CRAWISH FESTIVAL Head on over to Fredericksburg Memorial Day weekend for their annual Crawfish Festival at Marktplatz featuring live music, arts & crafts vendors, a carnival for the kids, a gumbo cookoff on Saturday and of course lots of crawfish! On the bill to perform are Little Texas, Roger Creager, Bush Holloway Band, Bayou Roux and Fred Rusk and the Zydeco Steppers. Starts Friday May 26th at 6pm and runs all weekend. Tickets from $10 are available at the gate or online at ARTS & CRAFT SHOW The ballrooms of the historic Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel in Kerrville will be transformed into a breathtaking gallery over Memorial Day Weekend as some of Texas’s finest awardwinning artists will display their creations at the Annual Texas Masters of Fine Art & Craft Invitational Show. Each of the 25 artists invited to exhibit is a recognized master of his or her chosen medium including painting, woodworking, sculpture and more. Now in its fourteenth year, the show draws people from all over the state to see this impressive collection of artists. Running Friday, Saturday and Sunday, admission is free.

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Emcee Michael Quintanilla

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Photo by Aaron Yates

Don Davis


Kerrville’s Interim City Manager Don Davis has swooped in three times to help the city through the transition process of finding a new city manager—in 2005, he stepped in for the retiring Ron Patterson; in 2008, he replace Paul Hofmann, who also resigned; and in October 2016, he was summoned to fill the gap left by Todd Parton, who accepted the city manager position in Beaumont, California. But even those who know Davis well don’t know everything about him.

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ONE. If he could, he would click his spurs together and be transported to the days of the Wild West. From the time he was a little boy, he’s dreamed of being a cowboy—and nothing’s changed.

SEVEN. If he could live in a book, it would be one of awardwinning author Elmer Kelton’s books about cowboy life in West Texas.

TWO. “I have so often said I was born 100 years too late. I

EIGHT. If he could bring one fictional character to life, it would be Gus from Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove.” “That’s the lifestyle I wish I could have lived,” he said.

THREE. He’s a son of the Lone Star State. Born and raised in

NINE. If he could be president of his own country, he would ask the citizenry to identify a master plan for what they want their country to be.

would have loved to have ‘cowboyed’ around the turn of the century,” he said. Lubbock, he graduated from Texas Tech University, where he met his wife of 50 years, Linda.

FOUR. If he could have dinner with one celebrity or historical figure— living or dead, he would pull out a chair for Theodore Roosevelt. “I would have enjoyed learning about the war, taming of the west, creating 150 national forests and politics,” Davis said. FIVE. He strives to emulate

“... If the end brings

me out wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

Abraham Lincoln, not worrying what people think because someone will always think you’re wrong. His personal motto? A quote from Lincoln: “If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how— the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

SIX. His biggest fear is failure.

TEN. His guilty pleasure is beer and nuts.

ELEVEN. If he had the power to

change any event in history, it would be the events and devastation caused by the attacks of 9/11.

TWELVE. If he could abolish one piece of modern technology, he’d ditch the computer. “It has replaced personal communication,” he said. THIRTEEN. The question he would most like to have answered is: “Why can’t we get along in the world?”

FOURTEEN. If he could say anything to the collective human race, it would be: “Love one another.” FIFTEEN. But he has no interest in being beamed up or shot into the stratosphere and beyond. If it were possible to colonize Mars in his lifetime, he wouldn’t go. “Nope, I’m happy where I am,” he said.

Photos Courtesy Don Davis; Tooled Leather Thinkstock/elvira butler

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Since this is the Hill Country Culture magazine’s annual “Celebrate Women” issue, we pay homage to the almost official cocktail of Texas with a female twist. Make your celebratory margarita totally floral with Hibiscus; fruity with Paula’s all natural Texas Orange Liqueur; fresh limes from the Rio Grande Valley to make your 100% Agave spirits proud. We love Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur that is 100% natural, gluten-free and made in Austin since 2005 by Paula Angerstein–the first woman and second person ever to be licensed to distill spirits in the state of Texas. Not to mention there is a full Texas valley orange in every bottle. Cheers!



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SUMMER BEAUTY TRENDS NAIL YOUR LOOK THIS SUMMER WITH SOME INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS, STYLISH CHOICES AND METALLICS TO SHINE BY LORI HEISS NAILING IT The key to Pinterest’s hottest look is literally at your fingertips: chrome manicures were the virtual pinboard’s pick for #1 trend for 2017 after searches for them rose a whopping 570%. Stars like Beyonce, Madonna and Katy Perry picked up on the trend during this winter’s award season, flashing mirrored nails on the red carpet. But it was Gigi Hadid who kicked off the mirror madness at last year’s Met Gala with a chrome manicure worth a whopping $2000! Luckily, you can get the look for (a whole lot) less with brands like Sally Hansen and Essie. Sally Hansen Game of Chromes $6.49 Essie’s No Place Like Chrome $9

GOT MILK? Everyone knows that milk “does a body good,” and its links to strong bones and healthy teeth have been promoted for years. But milk also has benefits for your skin which have been documented as far back as Cleopatra who was rumored to have bathed in the stuff. Rising in popularity once again, milk-based skincare products are all the rage right now, with moisturizing and calming effects among their key benefits. With proteins to help elasticity and lactic acid which acts as an exfoliator, milk can help repair dehydrated skin. L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate Body Cream $50 Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm $38 16 Hill Country CULTURE


DO THE TWIST Our hearts were broken when Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, but it looks like her influence lives on. In a heady tribute to her famous alter-ego Princess Leia, braids made a big comeback on the red carpet at this year’s award season including this look rocked by Sarah Jessica Parker at the Golden Globes. With braided top knots predicted as another top trend for this year by Pinterest, this is one you’ll want to try for yourself. May the force be with you!

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED…IT’S YOURS If you’re like us, your bathroom cabinets are full of creams, lotions and lipsticks bought with high hopes but left to collect dust for not being quite right for you. Being able to give beauty products a good test drive before buying is a great way to keep those cupboards full of things you’ll actually use, and there is a range of beauty box delivery services which will let you do just that. Whether it’s Birch Box’s 5 sample size treats or Glossybox’s 5 full size picks, a box full of beauty products selected by experts and tailored to you will bring

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Songstress Emmy Lou Harris gorgeous in grey.


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The ombre hair trend isn’t new, but it is still as hot as ever and the newest twist on this craze is one that looks good on just about everyone! Ash Balayage has the same dark roots and gradual colour change as all Balayage styles, but fades to a lighter ashy blonde before ending in a silvery grey at the ends. Another choice, take your cue from ever-gorgeous Emmy Lou Harris and reverse the trend: keep your natural grey atop and graduate the darker shade to the tips. We love it!

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Cave without a Name Cave Without A Name, named during a 1930’s contest by a local elementary student describing the cave as “too pretty to have a name,” is a magnificent display of one of nature’s masterpieces. The six cavernous rooms filled with clusters of virtually every type of cave formation, from delicate to imposing, earned the designation National Natural Landmark in 2009. Sheltered from daily weather changes, the constant 66 degree temperature of the cave is very enjoyable. The sound of water drops filtering through the limestone tell a story of a living cave with slow growing, sparkling crystalline formations, which delight our imagination. Within the cave, view a clear, subterranean, trickling stream with miles of water passages, some still unexplored. While many get to see little tri-color bats sleeping in the cave, some are lucky enough to see a salamander or crayfish in the water. Tour the cave, visit the nature-inspired gift shop; have a picnic; pan for gems; select a geode and discover the mystery inside; roam the trails, explore the hills and canyons above the cave. Look for deer, fox, turkey and a variety of

birds (including the Golden Cheeked Warbler and Painted Bunting). Look closely at the rocks and soil to see the occasional fossil. Concerts in the cave make use of the unique acoustics in the Throne Room - a very special treat with the backdrop of cave formations. The Moipei Trio will perform May 27th and Terri Hendrix will perform July 1st. A full listing of concerts is on the website. A new program this year is "Texas Cave Trail" where one can tour Cave Without A Name, Natural Bridge Caverns, Inner Space Cavern and Sonora Caverns within a year and receive a free t-shirt. The campground has RV hookups and primitive camping, with a covered pavilion and fireplace. Linger on the grounds, relax, listen, and discover the site, known collectively as Cave Without A Name. 325 Kreutzberg Rd., Boerne 830-537-4212


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A tapering structure hanging like an icicle from the roof of a cave, formed of calcium salts deposited by dripping water.

Deposited from calcite-rich solutions flowing along an overhung surface. Surface tension allows these solutions to cling to a wall or sloping ceiling as they stream slowly downward.

A mound or tapering column rising from the floor of a cave, formed of calcium salts deposited by dripping water and often uniting with a stalactite.

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Dr. Elizabeth McRae has been board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1991. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center where she received her Medical Degree. Dr. McRae received her internal medical training as part of the LSU Charity Hospital System. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. McRae has practiced Advanced Laser Aesthetics since 2005. She has been a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery since 2007. The Doctor has also published research for ASLMS Journal in 2013. Dr. McRae has trained with specialists in the Laser and Aesthetic fields, both plastic surgeons and dermatologists, to bring the latest in Aesthetic Services to the Texas Hill Country. Locally active, Dr. McRae was named Rotarian of the Year for her club in 1994. She was President of the United Way of Kendall County and has served every office of the Kendall County Medical Society as both a past president and charter member since 1996. She has also served as founding medical director for Medical Mission for health for 10 years and was named Hill Country Outstanding Woman in business in 1997. She has hand-picked an elite staff to serve her patients. This staff includes Lyn Augello, our aesthetician and Jamie MacDonald, our Master Ultherapist.


After spending more than 10 years in the Operating Room as First Assistant to a renowned San Antonio plastic surgeon, Kathy Simmons, RN, BSN, founded Bella Luz MD in 2006. She is an advanced skills master injector, skin and facial care expert. At Bella, she has performed thousands of treatments to remove wrinkles, add volume to faces and lips, and uses technological advances in laser skin treatments to help area residents bring out their best look. Kathy also is the co-owner of Tri-County Home Health Care and Alternative Health Care, both of which she founded 21 years ago. She has served the community in numerous executive and board positions, and is the past president of the Texas Home Healthcare Association. As an avid outdoors enthusiast, she has hunted game all around the world, and is a licensed Texas Concealed Carry instructor, and a NRA pistol instructor. Kathy is married to Mike Simmons and together they have six children and two grand girls.



"Can I do something about this?” Most women have no idea about the range of skin issues that I can “fix,” and they are thrilled to learn that they don’t have to “just live with it” any longer.

removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface. Exfoliation is involved in the process of all facials, HydraFacials, or chemical peels at Bella. If you are ONLY cleaning your skin, it is not as healthy and radiant as it could be.

2 Hydrate–Dry skin is not only uncom-

fortable and unsightly, but also leads to wrinkles and premature aging. Chemicals, wind and harsh soaps strip your skin of its natural oils and leave it feeling irritated. Cracks in dry skin allow skin infections to develop. If you keep your skin hydrated, you protect it from damage and slow the signs of aging. Diet, hydration products, and a consistent skin care routine help replenish lost moisture and keep your skin hydrated.

3 Protect–Use sunscreen EVERY

EVERY day, whether rain or shine. Never compromise on the quality of cosmetics or other skin care products you use, always choose superior quality products for your skin. Be happy! The happier you are, the younger and prettier you look. Keep negative facial expressions such as frowning or squinting off your face. Keep up with the smiles and laughter, this will make you look appealing, no matter what. Don't smoke, or consume alcohol in excessive quantity. This will majorly tarnish your skin. MAY 2017


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O YOUNG MD, LASER & MEDICAL AESTHETICS IN KERRVILLE Dr. Ode Young has extensive experience in the medical field spanning over 20 years in the Texas Hill Country, with 11 years devoted to medical aesthetics and cosmetic laser.Her medical education includes postgraduate training specializing in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she moved to Kerrville in 1994. Dr. Young was drawn to aesthetics because of her artistic background and passion as a physician to help people. Her unique approach to beauty enhancement is based on listening to client’s concerns, providing treatment options and allowing their goals to guide the process. “Aesthetics has allowed me to assist my clients in bringing forth their self confidence and a healthy self-image,” says Dr. Young. As a medical professional, she is committed to researching and investing in results driven products, cosmetic science and the most current technology available. This allows her clients to access progressive, cutting edge treatments that achieve optimal results.


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“I DO WHAT I DO TO MAKE OTHERS HAPPY. SEEING A CLIENT WHEN SHE IS PLEASED WHAT ARE YOUR THREE TOP WITH HER APPEARANCE TIPS FOR CREATING AND AND WATCHING HER SELF MAINTAINING BEAUTIFULLY HEALTHY SKIN FOR HILL CONFIDENCE BLOOM IS COUNTRY WOMEN? BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE TO 1 Must Have Maintenance–monthly/ SEE THE PROGRESS-THE bi monthly hydrafacial md or other cusTRANSFORMATION. I LOVE TO tomized skin "workouts" are important as well as a great skin health regimenHELP THESE WOMEN, AND customized to your skin concerns and MEN, FEEL GOOD ABOUT needs-one that incorporates a great cleanser, scrub, oil control or ph balWHAT THEY SEE IN THE anced toner, a great eye cream, an MIRROR AND ABOUT HOW antioxidant serum with DNA repair properties, retinol, and SPF (with THEY FEEL INSIDE-SORT OF and Titanium for broad spectrum MATCHING THEIR YOUTHFUL Zinc protection). HEARTS WITH THEIR HEALTHY 2 Your Power Treatments–These YOUTHFUL SKIN.” are clinical treatments you receive to

tighten, tone and correct sun damage and tame the aging process. The Halo, Forever Young BBL, Rejuvapen, and ZO Three step peel are several of the treatments that keep your skin in shape and help turn back the hands of time.

3 Corrective Measures–Filler and

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appoximately 43% of a golfer's strokes for a round of golf.”

The Putter is the most used club in the golfer’s bag. It has been estimated by that the Putter alone accounts for approximately 43% of a golfer’s strokes for a round of golf. Most golfers select a putter by going to a big retail store and putting with one they like, or, one that a high profile PGA golfer has been really “HOT” with. Finding the right putter is nothing more than trial and error. Here, my five critical putter fitting elements that if properly fit could reduce several strokes from you score. Putter Length Most golfer’s come in different heights and different arm lengths for their individual height, so it is imperative to have the putter custom fit to ensure a proper putting stroke. I prefer to have the putter long enough that the golfer is comfortable while standing over the ball and while getting their eyes over the ball at address or as close as possible. A putter that is too long or too short can cause an error in your stroke that will lead to inaccuracy. Putter Loft Too much loft will bounce after impact on to the ground and jeopardize your directional control and accuracy. Too little loft compresses the ball into the turf and can cause the same undesirable results. If a golfer has a forward press to start their stroke or they position the ball back of center in their stance, they will need more loft on their putter. And golfers, who 26 Hill Country CULTURE


usually position the ball in front of center of their stance towards the front foot, usually will need less loft. Putter Lie Angle If the toe of the putter is up in the air, you could pull the ball, and if the putter toe is down and heel of putter is up in the air, you could push the ball. An incorrect lie angle also causes a less than solid feel and produces less energy transfer to the ball at impact. The most important aspect of proper lie fitting is it promotes good posture and eye position over the ball. Grip & Grip Size The grip is the only connection your hands have with the putter. It should feel comfortable in your hands and allow you to have a light grip. Nowadays, larger grips like the Super Stroke grips are very popular. Some professionals believe that larger grips will give you a steadier hold on the putter as well as promoting a better shoulders-and-arms pendulum stroke, and also helps your wrists from breaking down during your stroke. Putter Weight Balance This is more than just the total weight of the club. How does it feel in your hands? And, does the weight allow you to make a consistent stroke? Counterweighting is also an option that allows many golfers to develop a smoother stroke. Using 60g, 80g, to 100g weights may help your stroke.

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Celebrate Women 2017

Photo by Wayfarer Photography

Michelle Ernst and daughter Eleanor Maxwell

Hill Country women past and present are a force of nature, and nurture. We celebrate those who blazed trails with grit and glamour. Those who have carried the torch and are lighting the torch so that others may find their way. And those who are emerging fearlessly to set a tone for growth in a grand way while honoring the past. Join us in honoring mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts–all women– through images and storytelling this month.

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WOMEN Seven leaders throughout the Hill Country who inspire through tenacity, creativity, diligence, grace and beauty whose leadership is crafting the future of the Hill Country. produced by Ceslie Armstrong photographed by Leah Thomason

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Leslie Bohl


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Mindy Wendele-Holloway


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Dawn Lehne Bourgeois

Comfort Interior Designer and Event PlannerOwner of Brandi Hines Events + Design Mother of one incredible four-year-old boy, Parker

Fredericksburg Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center Director Mother of threeLainey, Cole & Anna Grace

“The best advice I can give to women to succeed in life and in business is to seize the moment, do what you are passionate about and believe in yourself. Nothing pays off more than hard work and prayer.”

Leslie Bohl

Fair Oaks Ranch News 4 San Antonio Anchor NBC/WOAI-TV Mother of two daughters, Bailey-College Junior and Tabitha-High School Junior

Quick advice from: my mother—“Be assertive, not aggressive” my grandmother—“When life gets rough, just be “country tough” She lived her entire life on a ranch. my father—“Stay as calm and graceful as duck gliding across a lake, knowing it’s paddling like hell under the water!” I have a duck statue to remind me to stay focused and poised no matter how hard I must work to get to my goals!

Mandy Barton

Medina & Bandera Entrepreneur–Founder of Barton Logistics, Author of the acclaimed “Step One: Jump!” Mother of two–Claire and Steeler Ray

“Surround yourself with people more knowledgeable than yourself so you have the opportunity to continually learn! Lifelong learning will inspire you to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. I’ve been fortunate to find mentors of all ages and from all walks of life who have blessed me in both my personal and professional life. I think the gifts I’m able to share with my family, employees and the community I serve are a direct reflection of the people I learn from.”

Mindy Wendele-Holloway Kerrville Executive Director– Families & Literacy, Inc. Mother of one amazing daughter, Meredith Wendele Jakovich

“Be pure of heart in everything you do. Work hard keeping your standards high while giving thanks for the endless possibilities awaiting.”

“You have gifts to give this world because of your experiences that others cannot. If you are not giving and growing; you are dying. Invest in your personal development! You’re free to go big because the opposite of success is not failure, it’s actually mediocrity. Failure is just a part of success.”

Rodeana Reynolds

Boerne Business Development, Capital Title Mother of three boys in college

“Persistence is everything. Resilience combined with a positive attitude can literally change the world. Amazing growth occurs when we are baptized by fire. Our challenges, our crucibles are what make us strong, interesting and grateful for the good stuff!”

Rachel Fitch

Kerrville Certified Antique Appraiser, Fitch Estate Sales Three amazing children and a son- and daughter-in-law

“I try to live my business and my life ‘heart engaged.’ What I say is true and honest and I stand behind it. When you make a mistake, ask for grace. Literally. Your attitude is what will make you money or keep you from it.”

MY mother, MY mentor

The power of a mother-daughter relationship is a constant driven by love, example and value. Here, women who have encouraged vision, determination, and creativity while building character and good citizenship.

story by Nancy Foster and photography by Tom Holden

Diane Truesdell & Julian Truesdell Community involvement, faith and wisdom Diane Truesdell of Boerne wears many hats, but none is more important than being mother to her 14-year-old daughter, Julian Truesdell. CFO for The Truesdell Co., Inc., a Texas-based holding company, Diane is also president of the distinctive Texas Historic Landmark Hotel Faust in Comfort. Truesdell thinks that becoming a mom in her 30s was an advantage, adding that her wisdom allowed her to have time to expose Julian to many experiences and to guide her to develop her own passions. “I’ve always treated Julian as an independent person,” said Diane, “I impressed on her that we are all God’s children and that everyone should be treated with respect.” Wanting to give-back and to help others in the community, Julian volunteers after school at the Comfort Library. The eighth grade student at Geneva School of Boerne, also is growing her thespian talents. She has been involved with the Teen Troupe Program of the Boerne Community Theatre and participated in theatre summer camp for the past five years. An avid tennis player who confesses that she didn’t have a ton of friends at first, credits her mom’s encouraging words that ultimately led to a wider social circle and many new friends. Julian appreciates the time and guidance her mom always has for her and tosses in a compliment: “My mom is always nice to people. That makes me very happy,” smiles Julian.

Pam Likin & Jennifer Slaughter Caring for others strengthens their bond

Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville has a mother-daughter team among their employees who set the bar high for standards and excellence. We caught up with them during their busy workday and learned what motivates them for greatness. Both are residents of Kerrville, both are Tivy grads and both have the drive, compassion and eagerness to serve others. Pam Likin, Jennifer’s mom, gives credit to her own mother as being her primary influence to follow a career in medicine. “She has spent her entire lifetime caring for her family, numerous relatives and friends.” she says with pride. Likin’s goal is to use not only her skills but her compassion to help patients and their families as they combat the uncertainty of a hospital visit or stay. Of her daughter following her path into the medical field, she said, “I am so proud of Jennifer. Since she was a baby, she has always been eager to learn and grow, and my goal was to instill her with values of honesty, high morals and ethics,” beams Likin, “but, most of all, I impress on her the need to be happy in whatever she does.” Jennifer Slaughter is a physician liaison who has been employed at Peterson for eight years. “I enjoy my job,” said Slaughter, “I interact with new and current physicians and their staff indoctrinating them on aspects of our services and region.” Her decision to enter the medical field came during her middle school years when she became inspired by her mom’s enrollment at Schreiner University and her determination to serve others. When asked about her mom, her eyes light up with warm pride. “My mom is a major influence on my life and career,” she continued, “I’ve always admired who she is as a person. She follows the Golden Rule and will not ever compromise her standards. As far as work is concerned, she believes everyone should receive the same high standards of care and treatment. People appreciate those qualities in her and I strive to follow these traits in my own career.” This inspirational duo’s roots run deep at Peterson as both were born in Peterson hospitals as were numerous family members. Stressing their emerging tradition of trying to ensure the best experience possible for each patient and visitor-their tradition may well continue: Jennifer’s 15-year-old son has aspirations for a career in medicine.

Rozelia Watkins Glenn, Nancy Glenn Martin, Suzanne Martin McComack, April Glenn McComack & Martha McComack Simone Legacy: Four generations of women educators The Grandmother: Nancy Glenn Martin: Second Generation Rozelia’s daughter, Nancy Glenn Martin, taught in Ashland, VA schools early on before becoming an art teacher. She received an associate’s degree in Graphic Art and Fashion Illustration from Richmond Polytechnical Institute and later attended the University of Virginia to receive certification in Speech Therapy, a very new field in the 1940s. Nancy has taught reading and math lessons to prisoners in the Kerr County Jail as well as art to students at the Fredericksburg Art Guild. She taught art until 2016 and now, at 89, still enjoys painting and living in Fredericksburg, close to her daughter Suzanne.

“The ideals instilled in me from generations of brilliant women have been a heart for service and a lively spirit of curiosity.” - Suzanne Martin McComack

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Our search for mother and daughter mentors led us to a remarkable Hill Country family of teachers whose academic lineage in education dates back to Civil War years in Virginia. Five generations of this family committed their lives to teaching and advancing the importance of learning, and we are honored to share their story. The Great-Grandmother: Rozelia Watkins Glenn: First Generation Captain James Peyton Glenn (also an educator) had ten children. His sons tended the family farm while he taught, so the next generation in the field of education was son Edward’s daughter-in-law, Rozelia Watkins Glenn, a graduate of Longwood College in Farmville, VA. Rozelia also taught at Prospect School.

The Mother: Suzanne Martin McComack: Third Generation Suzanne Martin McComack displays a pleasing demeanor and calming grace, perfect qualities for her chosen field of education. She lovingly speaks of her mother who she says has been ever curious and filled with a love of learning and throws her heart into everything she does. Suzanne attended the University of Texas, is a graduate of Texas A&I in Kingsville and finished at Texas Tech with a Masters of Art Education. Her teaching career began at Calallen as the 5th grade History and English teacher. After the family moved to the MO Ranch in 1979, she volunteered in the community as well as the Hunt School parents’ organization. An accomplished artist, she painted the huge storybook mural commissioned for the Hunt School Library in 1984. Still fondly recognized by former students as Mrs. Mac, and the much-loved Ingram Elementary School teacher taught there from 1986-2005. A typical year would see her teaching 500 students to whom she was dedicated and reveals that, “I wanted to instill in them that art can be a bridge to success–art is another way to express yourself,” said the Fredericksburg resident where she teaches high school art, art history and Latin at the Heritage School. Of daughters April and Martha she says she taught them faith in God, love of family, and a lifetime love of learning. “I encouraged them to use their imagination to explore ideas. I love them as friends and as people as well as daughters. They inspire me. It was because of them that I got my master’s degree at age 63.” The Daughters: April Glenn Mc Comack and Martha McComack Simone: Fourth Generation April McComack is a energetic woman with a big personality and wide, gracious smile. For the past ten years, she has taught at Tivy in the AP English Language and Peer Assistance and

Leadership programs. It was a proud achievement when she and sister Martha both received their Master’s in Education and Principal Certification from Schreiner in 2007. “Growing up, my mother taught me to believe that I could accomplish anything. I always thought that would lead to a powerful career or prestige; however, as I grew older, I discovered her true lesson–that genuine accomplishment can only be found in the living out the values that she taught us through example: faith, love, and service to others. As an educator, I have an opportunity to do that each day,” said April. Martha Simone exudes a sincere charm and ebullient manner that embodies instant trust and easy conversation. “Our Mom raised us to follow the scripture. I am continually inspired by Phillippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me’ and the strength of generations before me provides confidence,” continued Martha, “my mom and Nana were always there for me and helped with all aspects of my life.” “My mother’s priority was to raise my sister and me. For many years, she was a stay-at-home mom as well as volunteer at Hunt School. I also am a stay at home mom who volunteers at Hunt School, and my current projects include Book Fair coordinator, Annual Fall Carnival and Eagle’s Nest mentor,” said Martha who also volunteers as Sunday School Teacher for preschoolers, Kerrville Mothers of Pre-Schoolers and Hunt School’s PTSA. She previously taught Kindergarten at Hill Country Elementary and Ingram Elementary and will teach pre-K at Hunt School this fall and states,“It is a privilege to teach.” Reflecting on this legacy of educators, Suzanne Mc Comack sums it up nicely: “The first generation of our ancestors proved that deep values run through our family. We have all enjoyed a love of books, a deep curiosity for learning about the world, a respect for questioning and a love for God.”

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Daughter. Sister. Mother. Innovator. To creative visionary Michelle Ernst, practicing and living her dreams in the Hill Country at the The Dienger Trading Company–that she imagined and created–is balanced with the reality of being a new mom with a new business. Interview by Ceslie Armstrong

Tell our readers how you came to create The Dienger Trading Company in this historic and important building in Boerne. My husband and I just moved here from Houston and I was volunteering for a nonprofit that I’ve been working with for years called Child Legacy International to help them find new office space. I just couldn’t believe this building–the Dienger Building–that I had driven past for almost seven years (because my husband’s family is from here) was possibly available. I met with the owner Raymond Lunsford and he was just walking me through each room and I didn’t say anything. I thought “not my place. I’m just I’m going to look around,” but he said later that he could see it in my eyes and my face. He said, “You know I can tell that you love this space, and you know what would you do.” So I gave him just a few little ideas just from looking at it start to come together in my mind. So all these years I’ve been driving by but I didn’t share that with him until after we were open. I didn’t want him to think that I had a preconceived notion. I know how significant this building is to the community and it wasn’t meant to fill a dream of mine. You were seeing blank canvas. It seems like divine intervention and truly meant to be. It was. And he gave me free rein. That is like something that dreams are made of. To me, that kind of stuff doesn’t happen normally. I would say, you know, I want to do something, my plan, and Raymond would just say, “Do it. I trust you.” I came from a background where there are procedures and processes and approvals signatures and all that stuff. So this was amazing to me. It was just unreal. The process was more like a partnership and he still runs it like that today. It’s amazing how that works because the both of us just work together equally and I’m so fortunate to receive that kind of honor from someone who didn’t know me. So it’s just been a dream. But it was a daunting task to say “Okay, here is this important meaningful building to this community. Where do I begin?” Well, you start with the history. So, that’s where I started–as a millennial who doesn’t feel like your average millennial-because I lover preserving history. So the changes were hard for me in some respects but good in others, and I like to honor history and people that were here before us. And Boerne is made up of a demographic of people that were here before us. And it’s so important to show that they’re still important and valued today. I feel like that’s almost a lost art. So that’s where I Michelle with one-year old Eleanor Maxwell

started. I went to the library and I sat in the archives and I read and read and read and read because there’s so many files in there and I took pictures of everything and I go back and then I would zoom in and I’d start reading again. There was just so much and the building has been so loved by so many people. It’s a special place. That’s when I really start to think, okay, how do we bring that that history into the building, yet, make it modern enough for the millennial that’s coming in. Modern vintage was my design idea and that was so hard for the contractor to understand. There were so many times he thought I was just insane. As for me, I have always worked servicing clients (in Public Relations) so working with companies like Fisher-Price and CNN–I knew how to go about that. But those companies were already built. I was just bringing some added value to those organizations. This was something that I was given the opportunity to build. I had to really step back and think about who the customer would be and what they would want. And as a consumer myself I’m all about an experience. If I go into a place I want to feel like I don’t want to leave. I love that feeling. Like this place is special. I’ve been so fortunate to travel in my life, in my career, and I have experienced so many different places where I had that feeling, and I thought–I need to create that here. And I love food and wine. We have hired a new chef, Andrew Chappell, who has cooked his way through many parts of the world so we are thrilled to be releasing a new dinner menu soon. I’m just trying to make a place for everyone really. That’s the goal. A place where everyone can come in and there’s something for everyone–a place where everyone feels comfortable and at home, and special. You carry a really wide range of inventory from books, to specialty foods, to apparel, home decor. This feels like a modern small town mercantile and reminds me a bit of Frost Bros. in San Antonio in the 60s and 70s. Yes, we are a specialty retailer for the Hill Country. Ladies and gentlemen come in and say that I carry the goods that they’re looking for and they’ll come here first before they go anywhere else because they know we will have what they’re looking for. And they don’t have to go far to get here. I have numerous customers that I know by first name. I know their kids’ names, and so much about them, so when I go to market on buying trips, I know the people I am buying for. Okay, so I must–for our readers–ask you about the stories of the building being haunted. There are always reports of it but I just feel like if Joseph Dienger is here, he’s happy. It’s his namesake on the building. I feel like we’ve created what he would have done today. I truly feel that. Upstairs is really special. Are you only doing private events in that space? We have a lot of private events that we also can do all of the design for but we also offer creative workshops upstairs. I love nothing more than a creative outlet and to have fun meeting new women while producing it so we are offering a few different creative classes throughout the year. Recently we had a chalk lettering class and we also do a floral pop-up shop with The Elegant Bee–the next one is during Mother’s Day weekend. You are a new mom bringing up a child in the Hill Country. Please share with our readers what that means to you. Being a new mother has truly been one of the greatest roles I have yet to experience in my life. I had ideas of what it would be like, but nothing could have prepared me for all the love I would feel for my sweet little girl. Being a mother has already taught me so much and we’re only a year in. Lessons like roles that I need to fill in my life, patience with myself, balance, and the understanding that everything is not always going to go as planned. Having a business to run while still being a good wife, mother, daughter and sister has been a balancing act. Like most working mothers, finding a good balance so that guilt doesn’t settle in is one of the most difficult hurdles a new working mother faces. I have learned how to maximize my time; learned to say no when necessary; and, accept help when I need it. I’ve fielded the questions of “will I keep working?” and “how do I do both and still have time for anything else?” But the truth is that the sense of accomplishment I feel in my work is not the same as being a mother or any other role in my life. It’s not better–just different. I love my daughter unconditionally, but, I love myself too. Raising my daughter in the Hill Country is almost like a fairytale. With picturesque backdrops and wholesome family living, it feels like a Norman Rockwell painting. We live a block off of River Road so walking to feed the ducks and then casually deciding to dine out alfresco is just a luxury that we have living in the Hill Country. Coffee and planning with Raymond Lunsford

“Raising my daughter in the Hill Country is almost like a fairytale.� -Michelle Ernst

Kerr County Trailblazers Margaret Thatcher famously suggested if you wanted someone to speak, ask a man; if you wanted to get something done, ask a woman. In my study of local history I’ve found that many of the successful efforts to make our community a better place have been achieved by women. This has been true from the earliest days of our community. It would be an exaggeration to suggest the communities of Kerr County would lack paved streets, that we would not have public schools or churches, and that bathing would be infrequent if it were not for women, but it’s not that far from the truth, either. The following stories are about a varied group of local women. Most were well educated. Some were wealthy but most were not. Many of them overcame tragedies; several lost a child. Most knew hardship. What unites them is their concern for others, well, that and hard work. I picked these stories because the few women mentioned really represent so many others. To tell all of the good accomplished by Kerr County women would take thousands of pages. came to Kerrville with her husband Christian in 1857 when there were only five shacks in the whole town, all scattered near the banks of the Guadalupe. They were immigrants from Germany. Christian was a millwright who built several waterpowered mills in surrounding communities. He built several in Kerrville, too. Christian was appointed postmaster in 1868, though, in reality, he was postmaster in name only. Rosalie ran the local post office from her home on Spring Street that still exists, but you have to know where to look. It’s opposite the front doors of Notre Dame Catholic Church on Water Street. The first post office fixture was a frame made by Christian Dietert out of cypress wood. Four feet high, three wide,

Butt family and others, circa 1915

Rosalie Dietert

Students of the Cabbage Hill School that was renamed in 1940 to The Doyle School after Annie’s death.

Rosalie Dietert

and seven inches deep, it contained 12 pigeon holes six inches high, along with three compartments 14 inches wide by 6 high for newspapers and packages. A lower section 17 inches high comprised the entire width of the frame and was used for the general “paraphernalia pertaining to the office.” That little piece of furniture handled the entire volume of mail in Kerrville the twenty years, until 1888. There were many firsts in the Dietert home. Because of the saw mill, theirs was the first house that used milled cypress lumber. They had the first stove, and the first Christmas tree in Kerrville. Years later she was asked by her great-granddaughter “What ever made you leave your home, brave the sea, and throw your lot in an unknown land?” “With me it was the spirit of adventure,” Rosalie Dietert replied, “All of the papers were full of the new world and of Texas.” What did she find here? “There were no roads, or dry camping places, and danger of Indian raids was ever present.” In Kerrville, there was “nothing but a cluster of five small log huts, of one or two rooms, a wilderness of trees, and grass as high as a man, with Indians skulking through.” About her life in Kerrville, she wrote “Hardly a day passed without its visitor or overnight guest, or a meal partaken that was not shared by some chance traveler.” Mrs. Dietert ran a very social home. She also taught many of the young people in the community how to dance. Her kindness and hospitality made Kerrville a community. Many know the story of the woman who started what is now H-E-B stores. She arrived in Kerrville in 1905 with her husband, Charles, their three sons and two stepsons. Charles was ill and suffering from tuberculosis; it would kill him eventually, and take their adult son Charles as well.

Florence Butt

Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library Construction

Images courtesy of Joe Herring

by Joe Herring

Looking today at the company she started you’d assume life was easy for Florence Butt–it was not. She started her grocery store out of necessity: she needed to provide for her family. Her husband, a pharmacist, was too ill to work. Kerrville was not particularly kind to families who brought tuberculosis with them to the community. The family lived in a tent on the outskirts of town for some time. Eventually Florence attempted to sell groceries door-to-door. At one house she was greeted with disdain: “We do not buy from peddlers,” she was told, as the door slammed in her face. At a time when few women attended college, Florence Butt had a college degree. In fact, she graduated at the very top of her class. At a time when few women started businesses, she started a grocery store. At a time when women were not allowed to preach, she was generous to the poor, taught Sunday School, and helped establish a congregation on the east edge of town, and, all of this was at a time when she could not vote. The thing about Florence Butt is this: she did not give up. She was unfailingly generous, especially to those in need. Florence Butt had a son named Howard who married extremely well, somehow persuading Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth to be his bride. was a Tivy graduate from a good Kerrville family. She graduated from college and trained to be a teacher. Mary was a teacher all of her life, though she spent very few of her years in a classroom. In the late 1960s she took on a special project in Kerrville: she and her husband built a library. Kerrville had a library, a little library in the building at the corner of Rodriguez and Water streets. Previously the library was in the first floor of the old Charles Schreiner mansion on Earl Garrett Street. Those old libraries were probably about right for a community the size of Kerrville in the 1960s. Small. Volunteer driven. Strapped for cash. Mary Butt and her husband dreamed bigger and could afford to help make that dream possible. In 1967 the oddly-named Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library opened with an impressive amount of small-town fanfare. Lady Bird

Mary Butt

Johnson attended the dedication ceremonies. Looking through the photographs of the event one can feel the excitement of the occasion. It was a really, really big deal. It was completely in line with Mary Butt’s life as a teacher and with that one project she opened a million doors for the community. Fewer know the story of Like Florence Butt, she had a college education, and was one of the best-educated women in Kerrville. She was married to a well-educated minister, Henry Doyle, who suffered from tuberculosis. Annie Doyle dedicated her life to teaching children, and the children she educated had been overlooked by the community. Her students, like Annie, were AfricanAmericans. There was no school for them because of the color of their skin. After Henry died, Annie stayed in Kerrville and taught elementary school in a building she helped obtain from the Kerrville school district and had moved to land she bought. For many years she was not only the principal of the school, she was its only teacher. And she was paid less than other teachers in the school district. When B. T. Wilson and his wife Itasco came to Kerrville, they asked that the school be renamed in Annie Doyle’s honor. And what of her students? They changed the world. I think and

Annie Doyle

Florence Butt at H-E-B

Clarabelle Snodgrass

Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt

Josephine Tobin Schreiner Parker

Annie Magnolia Walker Doyle

“I’m thankful for the hard-working women of our community, and proud of the community they helped build. The story isn’t over: the community continues to benefit from the hard work of its women.” - Joe Herring

Clarabelle Snodgrass Josephine “Dodo” Parker

might be surprised to find themselves bound together in the same story. Clarabelle grew up in the Turtle Creek community, and later she and her husband Ross ranched on the Divide. After moving to town she became active in the Kerr County Historical Commission. Dodo grew up in town; she was the great-granddaughter of Captain Charles Schreiner. Her husband, Clyde, was active in local businesses, including the Schreiner store downtown. Later in life she and others formed the Hill Country Preservation Society. They helped preserve the history of the community. Clarabelle Snodgrass was tireless in working within the historical commission to tell the history of the community. She obtained historical markers throughout the county, and her leadership helped save the original Tivy School building from demolition. That building now serves as the administrative offices of the KISD. Clarabelle was instrumental in the publication of the Kerr County Album, in which hundreds of local families told their story. Dodo Parker was just as tireless in preserving history. She and others worked hard to build a museum in the former home of her great-grandfather, the Schreiner mansion on Earl Garrett Street. For decades the old home served as a center for historic preservation. Her work likely saved the old mansion from being torn down. Both Clarabelle and Dodo are gone now, but the work they did helped preserve a great amount of of Kerr County history, and they helped build a foundation for those who follow.

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REAL ESTATE PROS IN THE HILL COUNTRY Are you moving in or moving up to the fastest growing region of Texas?

Profiles of REAL ESTATE Jo Groff, Vice President of Residential Sales Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® recently welcomed the new Vice President of Residential Sales, Jo Groff, to their Kerrville Sales Office. Jo Groff joins CBHarper from Jo Groff & Associates. Originally from Houston, Texas Jo has been a long-time Kerrville resident. Her extensive knowledge and professional training in the real estate industry stem back to 1987 when she graduated from the University of Houston, Real Estate Institute. In addition to being a long-time licensed broker, Jo has successfully led her own real estate business.

If so, you need to know these professionals in the Hill Country.

While many Kerrville locals may know Jo as a business owner and REALTOR®, she is also a proud mother of 7, booster club member and container gardener. Many folks might even know her from their HEB or Walmart shopping aisles. She is a down-to-earth woman with a great reputation for helping others. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is pleased to welcome Jo Groff as a new member of their “CBHarper Family.” 1712 Sidney Baker St. • Kerrville, TX 78028 830-896-5500 Phone • 210-483-4513 EFax •


Profiles of REAL ESTATE SHERMAN & CO. REALTORS® Locally owned Sherman & Co. REALTORS® has served the real estate needs of the Texas Hill Country since 1963. Founder Leslie Sherman sold the company to son-in-law, Terry Jacobs, in 1977; who, along with wife, Suzanne Sherman Jacobs, see to the daily Kerrville operations.

Having served on a long list of committees and offices through the years, Jacobs has also served three terms as President of the Kerrville Board of REALTORS(r). He has also served on various Boards and committees for the City of Kerrville, Kerrville Independent School District, and Kerr County. Outside the county, Jacobs has acted as an expert witness on real estate related court cases.

Also following the family legacy is Suzanne’s brother, Les Sherman. After graduating from Baylor University with a degree in Real Estate and Finance, he has worked as an appraiser and today, enjoys a successful career selling Austin real estate; operating Sherman & Co.’s Austin office. Preferring to conduct business on a local basis, Jacobs has declined to join franchise organizations. Another business decision is to act as a “noncompeting” Broker to better serve his agents, buyers, and sellers.

Through economic ups and downs, from 3-ring binders to modern technology, and from a contract for the purchase of residential real estate on a single page to nine pages and applicable addenda, the goal for Sherman & Co., REALTORS(r) has remained the same; provide representation to Sellers and Buyers by the best trained and equipped Agents.

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Profiles of REAL ESTATE Leslie Barnett, Senior Loan Officer Leslie Barnett has consulted and facilitated homeownership as a mortgage loan officer for local families for more than 16 years. A Tivy graduate, she knows how wonderful our Texas Hill Country is and believes everyone should own their own piece of paradise! She is committed to providing realistic expectations and simple solutions to help meet each buyer’s needs and is equipped with the knowledge buyers need to explore the many financing options available – Providing service to her clients beyond expectations is her main priority. She has been with SWBC Mortgage for 5 years and loves the way they do business, putting people first! SWBC Mortgage is committed to providing clients with a stress-free home buying experience. Offering in-house underwriting, processing and funding – ensuring consistency and timely closings. Your trusted mortgage lender… for more than 20 years 924 Jefferson Street, Suite 4 Kerrville, Texas 78028 830.928.9080 Phone 866.697.1547 Fax 15900 La Cantera, Suite 26230 San Antonio, Tx 78256 NMLS #225632 Loans are subject to credit and property approval. Other restrictions and conditions may apply. Programs and guidelines are subject to change without notice. Rates are subject to change daily. SWBC Mortgage Corporation. Corporate office located at 9311 San Pedro Avenue, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78216. NMLS #9741 (



most rewarding career and I find that helping people sell their home or find a new home is great. Thank you my dear clients!

Kerrville is a great place to call home. It has been my pleasure being an agent in Kerrville for approx. 19 years. My slogan or motto is “YOU HAVE A FRIEND IN KERRVILLE”. Many clients tell me they have found this saying to be very true. It is also a great honor to have many, many repeat clients.

I want to thank my husband, Ralph, who is the co-owner of our company and the technical master of our partnership. Ralph maintains our company website and produces all my professional photography for my listings and assists with other marketing for our firm. Dana Hirl, is my full time assistant and really like my right hand and some days my left hand too. I think we make a great team. Then add to that the 7 agents we have on board and you will find a well rounded group of professionals. Our agents include: Kelly Clifton, Mary Fletcher, Jerry French, Karin Buchanan, Karl Hayes, Don Robinett and Tinker Boos. Please drop by or call me, I’d love to help you with any real estate needs you may have. My clients have helped make me a 7 year in a row winner of the Five Star Professional Award Designation as one of the most highly rated agents in our region of Texas (to be published soon in Texas Monthly). Thanks again for your vote of confidence. Jo Anne English

Excellent service is my goal from beginning to end on every transaction. After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree, I taught elementary school for 13 years, returned to college and studied accounting and then became a legal administrator for 12 years. Later I began my real estate career and that has allowed me the opportunity to work with many people from all walks of life and experiences. This has been my Office: 830.895.1800 | Fax: 830.895.1802 1700 Sidney Baker North, Suite 320 Kerrville, TX 78028





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Phyllis Ricks

LEADING GENERATIONS–PAST AND FUTURE–IN BUSINESS, FAMILY AND PHILANTHROPY BY JUDITH PANNEBAKER For Phyllis Ricks, family is everything. As the vice president of Ricks Furniture Company in Kerrville, she has worked in the family business for 37 years. “My parents’ first store was in downtown Del Rio, and after school, my brothers and I would head there,” she recalled. “The store became kind of a babysitter for us.” Through the years, Ricks, became the second of three generations associated with businesses in Kerrville, Del Rio and Eagle Pass. Ricks’ son, John Skrumeda, serves as store manager in Kerrville and a nephew assists with the stores in southern Texas. “My entire business experience has been with our family’s furniture stores,” Ricks said. “While still in high school, I did administrative work while my brothers drove delivery trucks. They went into the family business full-time right out of high school.” Hard work runs in the family’s genes. After her children were in school, Ricks’ mother, Leota, returned to work with her husband, Philip. “She worked from 1958 until 2013. She passed a couple of years ago when she was nearly 90,” Ricks said. When the Ricks moved to Kerrville in 1980, Philip Ricks promised to “show (his daughter) the ropes,” and pass on his managerial skills. That tutorial ended when he died just three short years later. “His death made a big difference in my life,” Ricks recalled. “He was so wonderful.” Her father’s untimely death at the age of 60 affects her still. Recalling a salient piece of his advice, Ricks said, “My father always told me to tell the truth because then you don’t have to remember what you’ve said to everyone.” His sage advice might have contributed to Ricks “no-nonsense” persona. “If I have something to say, I say it and then everyone can move forward,” she said. “I hate to beat around the bush. It serves no purpose.” According to Ricks, employee motivation is another important managerial technique. “Remember, when dealing with a customer, employees are representing you,” she said, adding, “I am very pleased with our crew.” After acknowledging things have changed for women in the business world, Ricks also recalled, “When I moved here as a store manager in 1980, at times it was difficult for the public to accept a woman as an employer. I would spend

time talking with customers and when the sale was almost complete, they would point to a salesman and say, ‘We’d like to talk with him,’ continued Ricks, “and that was in 1980, which seems like yesterday. Young women today don’t realize how it was for women in the business world just 30 years ago.” Ricks also referenced her tenure with the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, that will celebrate its 95th anniversary this year. “I was president of the chamber during its 75th anniversary,” she said. “At that time, there had been only three women serving as president.” Happily, since then, women have served in that capacity “about every other term,” Ricks said. She added, “And, for that, I congratulate the chamber.” Her advice to women in business is “put family first,” noting, “You can have it all—family, career, personal life—but if family doesn’t come first, nothing will work. It will still be difficult, but not nearly as hard as it once was.” After describing her business as being in the “business” of helping families furnish homes, Ricks noted introspectively, “Of course, you need a home to be a family, but not everyone has a home—or even a family—and that’s a problem.” To rectify that issue, Ricks has combined her business career with her avocation, serving as president of the board of directors for Hill Country Crisis Council. HCCC components include FamilyCARES, which provides emergency services to victims of abuse and family violence; Kids’ Advocacy Place, a child-friendly facility for investigation intervention and treatment in child abuse cases; and KidCARES, which provides prevention programs in area schools and training for faculty and staff. “Domestic and child abuse, and sexual assault are rarely talked about, but we want to get the word out that free help is available,” Ricks said. “There is never a charge. Through the crisis council, all services to victims and their children are free of charge.” She said, “I’m very gratified to make a difference in the community.” Always recruiting for the crisis council, Ricks said, “We always need volunteers. For more information, just call 257-2400.” Yes, Phyllis Ricks is all about family—and not just her own family.

“You can have it

all—family, career, personal life—but if family doesn’t come first, nothing will work.”

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The Rio Frio



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WHAT: Garner State Park WHERE: 100 Legacy Drive (TX Highway 290) 75 miles west of San Antonio

WHAT: Enjoying The Rio Frio WHERE: Upstream from Leakey to Downstream from Concan

WHAT: House Pasture Cattle Company WHERE: 3064 CR 348 in Concan, 830-232-6580

WHAT: Frio Bat Flight Tours WHERE: (March–Sept.) 888-502-9387

WHY: Established in 1941, Garner State Park is one of many parks created under the Civilian Conservation Corps under president Franklin D. Roosevelt. Located on the Frio River about 10 miles south of Leakey and 75 miles west of San Antonio, this magnificent park is the most popular state park in Texas for overnight camping. Famous for its nightly summer dance, it has become a tradition for families throughout Texas. We recommend checking out the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for information. There are many public and private entrances to the park. It is worth the investment of time to do more research based on your favorite activities and plan a staycation you will never forget.

WHY: The springfed consistent flow of the Frio River is a playground for swimming, tubing, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. The beloved river is navigable from well above Leakey to about five miles downstream of Concan. There are many outfitters in the area for short-term rentals. The famous river’s meandering waters provide a perfect calming effect for taking it easy and floating your cares away. Fishing will yield channel catfish, largemouth bass and perch from its crystal clear waters. The Audubon Society rates the area as one of the best bird watching experiences in the US and wildlife abounds around the banks and the many adjacent ranches.

WHY: Near Garner State Park and the destination of locals and visitors who know their country and red-dirt music, “House Pasture” as it’s known, is a must for live concerts, large music festivals, really great food– the kind you want to eat near a river with Turnpike Troubadours wailing in the background–and even rustic weddings. This place is about as authentic Hill Country as you can get. From Willie and Merle to Pat, Wade, and Kevin...they’ve all played House Pasture. There are a variety of events throughout the year so, check the schedule on their site for more details. This is your destination if you want to hang out with the locals and recurring visitors to this compound of food, music and fun.

WHY: A truly one-of-akind experience is available March through September right before sunset at Frio Cave near Concan, Texas. More than 12 million bats emerge en masse from the cave with a thunderous appearance nightly. The Mexican Free-tailed Bats are a sight to see and locals know about and welcome the bat’s insect eating diet. This display boasts to be the second largest bat population in the world that is open to the public.

What: Bear’s Market Where: 608 Hwy 83 S Leakey, TX 78873 830-232-5559

WHY: Bear’s Market is the same ownership as the Laurel Tree in Utopia–and it shows. Only the best is stocked here and also everything you need from a last-minute freshly butchered steak for dinner to picnic supply variety to feed a hungry mob to gifts and river provisions, this is the one-stop shop locals and visitors have been waiting for. Cheeky and fun items to basics and necessities here. MAY 2017


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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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Photo Credit: Photos courtesy of Biga on the Banks

FISH CAMP ON THE FRIO The owners of Fish Camp on the Frio River set out to find a hidden, tucked away site in the woods, but on the water, hopefully nestled between two large picturesque hills. They wanted a place that had deep, private water for kayaking, fishing and swimming and panoramic views. They found Fish Camp. The site had a well appointed cabin with all the items one might think to find in a "fish camp." Initially, the owners had planned to use the site as a weekend getaway just for their families. After a few blissful months enjoying the place, they were inspired by the James M. Barrie quote, “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.” They decided to design and build an adjoining property that would add much needed space for short term rentals and would be harmonious with the cabin. The goal of creating a unique space that emphasized indoor/ outdoor living; incorporating locally-sourced woods, decorations, and designs; and, including plenty of seating to enjoy beautiful vistas of sunny skies, water, trees and hills were realized. In addition, the builder was able to construct an indoor/outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and decks galore and recommended the unique tiled roof design that has much more character than the ubiquitous standing seam metal roof. It was important to the owners to incorporate a "signature" on the site that screamed "this place is whimsical, memorable, different, and fun for kids," so they commissioned a renowned wood carver from Wichita Falls, Aurelio Castillo, to create carvings in all the cedar posts supporting the new structure, and in the large (dying) post oak tree near the cabin. At every turn on the property one finds a bear, fish, fox, owl, or native american gazing at the visitor. Castillo spent several weeks creating these pieces that will surely provide fun memories for guests. There are many unique and beautiful qualities at Fish Camp; and, most importantly, is the solitude and peacefulness. The crowds of “tubers” aren’t floating by this area of the river. On the banks of Fish Camp is deep, clear, beautiful Frio River water that guests can actually swim in and enjoy with others. BOOKING INFORMATION: Brad Hart 210-288-3449 MAY 2017


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Hill Country Networking Luncheon hosted by Boerne Chamber of Commerce Jennifer McInnis Fadal of Bending Branch Winery and Jacques Dubose of the Red Cross

Walt Koenig, Kerr County Chamber of Commerce and Joe Granados, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce

City Manager Reception Sponsors, Charles Kinibbi and Paula White of GVTC

Rolls Royce Rally

Mayor Bonnie White with Sneed Adams acting board member of the Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club Texas Region.

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Kerrville Mayor Bonnie White and newly appointed Kerrville City Manager Mark McDaniel


Hill Country Charity Ball Janee and Todd Odom

James Harris and Greg Bitkower Maikenzy Dezarn with Aaron Yates

Dylan Warmen, Carssa Taylor with Wendy and Charles Wickware

Fred and Biki Gamble with Gary Crozier

Schreiner University Dress for Success - Fashion Show Brianna Jones - Business Major

Mariza Hernandez with Paula Wilson Carreer Development for Schreiner University

Tatyana Carnes, Sulema Garcia, and Tracy Truong

Jose’ Otero and Alexis Morales

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Comfort Heritage Foundation BY CESLIE ARMSTRONG Housed in the circa 1907 Comfort State Bank Building on the prominent corner of 7th and High Streets anchoring the Comfort, Texas Historic District, the Comfort Heritage Foundation is a highly-respected all volunteer organization dedicated to its cause of preserving Comfort history and heritage while supporting their archives and caring for the Treue der Union Monument and Brownsboro Cemetery. Its members take to heart their mandate to “Promote and encourage, for the betterment of the community, the preservation and conservation of Comfort’s historical heritage.” Their important work includes preservation of historical structures, archives, cultural values, traditions and conserving the area’s natural beauty.

Photos by Ceslie Armstrong for NYTEX Productions LLC


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Why do we advertise in Hill Country Charm? Hill Country Charm is seen by more of our “would be” clients.

Charm Magazine has surpassed my expectations in both quality and content. It does a great job of representing Kerrville and the Texas Hill Country’s great outdoor living, good food, shopping, and amenities. Thank you Kerrville Daily Times for a magazine that brings it all together. TONI MANCHESTER Owner/Broker CENTURY 21 The Hills Realty

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75 YEARS OF LIVE MUSIC & LEGENDS If you are Hill Country local, the iconic neon sign pointing to the dancehall where you may have learned how to two-step (that is a real probability if you grew up in the Hill Country) is pointing to “John T’s” or simply “Floore’s.” To visitors from around the globe, the sign and locale is “John T. Floore’s Country Store” and the store part of of the name is reminiscent of the “ice houses” of years gone by in south and central Texas. Mentioned by his former partner in the original Willie Nelson Music Co. in Nelson’s “Shotgun Willie,” John T. Floore opened his now famous property in 1946. Nelson was the ever present Saturday night entertainment for many years and Hill Country music fans have enjoyed everyone from Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Ray Price, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, and Little Richard to Robert Earl Keen, Kevin Fowler, Reckless Kelly, Wade Bowen, and the Randy Rogers Band. Family Night & Free Dance is still going strong–as it has for decades–every Sunday. Sit outside on the picnic tables, patios or indoors in the dancehall. In 2006, a full kitchen opened and the food is authentic Hill Country fare including tamales, homemade bread, BBQ, tacos and a full liquor bar. 70 Hill Country CULTURE


Photo by Ceslie Armstrong


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Photo by Ceslie Armstrong


This is my mom and dad, Jean and Bill Busby, circa 1950. Shortly after their wedding day.

The May issue of Hill Country Culture is near and dear to my heart. Its main editorial focus is about celebrating women. Everyone has that one woman in their lives who has molded them, helped them, guided them and counseled them along their paths. I have had many women in my life who have helped me and I hope I can return the favor along the way. However, there is one particular woman who has done more for me than I probably deserve. That’s my mom. I love my mom. Not just because she is my mom but because of the type of woman she is. And everyone who knows her loves her too. I aspire to be like my mom, but will probably never quite hit the mark. She is fair, concerned, giving, loving, fiercely independent and smart–all rolled up into one. At 18 years old she started sorting mail in the basement of a bank in San Antonio. She retired 30 some odd years later as the senior vice president of the bank. I can only hope my work ethic is as good. Her life has never been easy, but she always made it through somehow. As a child growing up in very rural areas of Texas and Alabama, she was shuffled from family member to family member to be raised, finally landing in San Antonio to be with 72 Hill Country CULTURE


her mother–who was absent most of her young life. After graduating high school she went directly to work to support herself the best she could. After landing the job at the bank she worked her way up the ladder in a very male-dominated world. She only took time off to have three babies. In that day and age you didn’t get to take a leave of absence to have children, you had to quit your job and hope they would hire you again when you were ready to come back. I can’t even imagine raising three kids and working full time. And though I loved my dad dearly, I know he was not much help to her. And she still managed to be room mother for all of us, which always entailed baking cupcakes, running the cakewalk at the school fall festival and driving us to all our sporting events. I get tired just thinking about it. She was always there when I needed her and had an uncanny sense to know when to back away. During a very rough divorce, many years ago, she was always there to lend a sympathetic ear but she never said one unkind word about my ex. I learned years later that she had to almost bite a hole in her tongue to keep her mouth shut. Not long after retiring, my father started getting sick–the kind of sickness that slowly takes your life away a little each day for years. My mom took care of dad until the bitter end, never once complaining or asking for help. I know that is not the way she envisioned spending her retirement years. She is not only mom to three kids but she is also grandmother to nine and greatgrandmother to six, make that seven this November. She loves us all with every breath she takes. My story about my mom is not a unique one. I’m sure there are hundreds of similar stories out there that can and should be told. Mothers Day is May 14th so on that day remember all the selfless things your mom has done for you over the years and take this day to say thank you. So thank you, Mom, for putting up with me, guiding me and teaching me for all these years.

Neice Bell publisher

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