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When Old is Better than New
Girls on the Run
Spring Festival Guide
Casting the Wildcat
Spring Landscape Maintenance Tips
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When Old is Better Than New A zebra skin: fiesta dinnerware; antique books; a fencing set: all mix to form an alluring, decorative impact in Gregg Harrison’s home.
If you think estate sales and small town antique stores are full of old junk and aren’t worth your time, you might be missing out on a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles. For Gregg Harrison, a local attorney and Coles resident, some of the treasures he finds decorate his home, while others makes him a profit when he refurbishes and sells them. “I grew up in the New York City area and my mom was an interior designer,” said Gregg. “We would always end up in warehouses, wholesale districts, furniture showrooms, and sample sales, throughout my childhood; she was always redecorating or re-doing something in the house. There were always tile or wood scraps or paint cans in the garage from a recent project. I guess it rubbed off on me. I’ve been collecting and going to auctions, estate sales and flea markets since right out of college” he elaborated. “I always remember my mom’s friends asking her advice for furniture, accessories and colors…now my friends do the same thing to me…” Gregg laughs as he pushes things out of the way as we wander through his garage where he stores items he is restoring. “My friends call this the warehouse,” as he points out three different lighting fixtures hanging from the ceiling. “I always have someone calling asking what I have that they can use for their own homes, “ he continues. “You should be here when we do the annual Coles Crossing Garage Sale. People line up early to see what I have for sale each year.” With all Gregg’s experience in finding beautiful quality antiques there is one general rule he imparted that I find especially important for those of us who might want to dabble at finding our own treasures: “Only buy if you can re-sell the item for the same price you paid.” Along with that rule, he shared with me some ways to begin treasure hunting for antiques that anyone can use. Some of Gregg’s tips: AUCTIONING – · Visit numerous auctions and see how items are bid on and for how much they are selling. In other words, at first - just go, watch and observe the auction process. Each auction is different and sometimes the crowd can seem overwhelming and intimidating. · Don’t bid on something unless you know how much you want to pay for it. If you go in blind with a credit card or check – it is easy to get caught up in the bidding – and you can easily overpay ! Remember – once you bid – you bought it! · Always attend the ‘preview’ portion of the sale – most auctions sell items ‘as is/final sale’ and you always want to inspect a piece before it goes up for auction. You cannot examine a piece when it is on the auction stand. · Find out what the ‘premium’ percentage is at the auction house – this adds money to your purchase so be aware. The percentage is usually 10-20% of the purchase price. · Know what you are bidding on and buying before you raise your paddle!!! Do your research! 8 CC-Style Magazine | March - April 2011
FLEA MARKETS/ANTIQUE STORES – This is a fun but tiring process and you have to wear your comfortable walking shoes to make a day of it. There are tons of antique stores throughout Houston and, of course, Texas! The Heights has great stores. Round-Top (twice a year) is a great place – but be ready to walk for hours and bring a truck. Every antique store or flea market has something of value in it and sometimes it is marked at a reasonable price. My general rule is “everything is negotiable” - always make an offer less than what it is marked. Sometimes you just have to search under piles of antiques to find your particular treasure. ESTATE SALES – These are random sales all year round at private houses. The crowds can be aggressive and are lined up before the doors open. I have seen everything from: valuable paintings, to sterling silver, to Lalique crystal, to animal mounts at estate sales – The thing is - you never know what you are going to find! Some homes are packed to the brim and it takes an estate sale ‘crowd’ to dismantle it! These sales can be a lot of work – but it is hard to walk away from an estate sale empty handed! · Only buy something that you enjoy and can see in your own home · Set a limit of spending at an auction sale · Never buy a piece that is still mass-manufactured or sold in today’s (current) stores · Research an artist in depth before buying a valuable piece of art. What Gregg has excelled in is recycling. He has rescued antique items from demolition and reclaimed them to bring a dramatic change to the rooms of his home. Using his skills to personalize his home, he has also added the element of fun to finding his personal treasures.
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Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an after-school program that is new to the Cypress area. Ashley Bass brought GOTR to the Coles Crossing neighborhood in fall 2010 and had a team of 24 girls. The program has already grown to two teams for the spring 2011 season - serving 36 girls in Coles Crossing. Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an international after school program for girls in 3rd - 5th grade that uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues, participants learn how to celebrate being girls. The program focuses on building self-esteem and improving emotional and physical health. During the 11-week program, girls are empowered with a greater self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building to help them become strong, happy and self-confident young women. Each session is led by trained female coaches who guide and mentor girls through a fun and uplifting curriculum. Coaches teach specific life lessons such as dealing with body image and the
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Roadside Bouquets Wild flower bouquets can be amazing elements of interior floral decoration, be it for your home or for a special occasion.They are a harmonious bend of color and form, with their predominantly bright colors and blossoms, that vary from large to small. When these wild flowers are arranged into a creative assortment, their beauty is enhanced to breathtaking heights. To make a simple yet stunning wild flower bouquet, the flowers should be cut to a desired height of various lengths. The larger flowers should be placed first, and the smaller wild flower blossoms should be arranged around them. Fillers like foliage, stalks and stems can be added in the end. Easy wildflowers to find in this area are: Black-eyed Susan, Indian Paint Brush, Coneflower, White Prickly Poppy, Bluebonnet, Daisy, Buttercups, Crimson Clover, Texas Dandelion, and Yellow Thistle.
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March 29-April 2nd Spring Antique Show Roundtop
One o f the top ten antique shows in America, this is the week to head over to Roundtop where hundreds of tents and dealers await you. Whether you are a seasoned collector, or a newcomer to the world of antiques, this is the place to be for best in antiques.
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April 23 Country Flavors Festival in Brenham
Features a Blue Bell 36-flavor ice cream smorgasbord. A wide variety of arts and crafts vendors will line the streets of downtown Brenham. The day will be filled with children's activities, and strolling entertainment all around the courthouse square. Free admission and free parking all day and evening. Hours: Sat., 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April 24 Champions Community Spring Extravaganza Craft Show
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Casting The Wildcat
Cypress may be a small town dwarfed by Houston, but Cypress Woods High School now sparkles with an awesome world-class sculpture, created by local Coles Crossing resident Shirley Skidmore. Installed just weeks ago, Shirley’s eight hundred pound bronze sculpture of a wild cat, the school mascot, is more than just a statue. It was the accumlation of study and determination to be one of the best at the lost wax process for bronze artwork. For ten years Shirley was a typical stay-at-home mom. But she still felt that their was something more she wanted to create. “Clay was something that always fascinated me,” Shirley told me. “As a child, I couldn’t wait to sit in front of a bronze sculpture and marvel at the thought that someone could create 18 CC-Style Magazine | March - April 2011
something so wonderful; that would last that long.” With that yearning, Shirley decided to take a ceramics class at Lone Star College. “ People would come up to me and ask me how I did my pieces so quickly and how much training I had prior to attending the classes. I had never had any kind of training, and so my curiosity grew as to why people were in such disbelief.” Her professor suggested that she enter an art show competition, where Shirley won first place in ceramics and the college purchased her first vessel. It was at that moment that she knew she could make something special, and the relationship between Shirley and her new found art grew more profound. “ I finally knew what I was born to do,” she said. For the next three years she worked in clay where she perfected her craft and moved into sculpting. When she hear that Cypress Woods was looking for a professional to sculpt a large wild cat for the school, she applied to win the opportunity to create the statue. “ I had nothing to loose; and everything to gain.” Through hours, days and months of work, the bronze statue took shape. Now it is the pride of the school, with an official ceremony for the display before the end of this school year. Shirley currently works on custom commissioned pieces for businesses, schools and churches. “There isn’t anything I won’t try to sculpt,” she said. Some of her work can be seen at The DaVinci Art Gallery in Tomball.
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News Room The Community Center Committee is excited to bring back Kidventure for another fun summer of Camp! General registration for all perspective families begins March 1st. For more information please check out www. kidventure.com or call 713.960.8989. **Camp brochures are also available at the community center.**
March 26th Reach Springfest Reach Unlimited’s annual Springfest will include a walk-a-thon, games, lunch, music and more. A nonprofit, Reach Unlimited is dedicated to providing quality support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more visit their website at: reachunlimited.org 11832 Mueller Cemetery Rd. 9:30 am 12:00 pm
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April 28th Cy-Fair Women’s Expo Entry is free and box lunches are available for $15.00. Grab your business cards and don’t miss the best event in NW Houston! The Cy-Fair Women’s Expo is a chance for Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) members and the community to market their goods and/or services, to increase health and environmental awareness, and to raise money for educational scholarships in the Cy-Fair community. The Cy-Fair Women’s Expo is proudly sponsored by Cy-Fair Medical Center and CYFEN 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Houston National Golf Club 16500 Houston National Blvd. Houston, 77095
May 20, 2011 Wounded Heroes Welcome Join MoMs USA in giving wounded warriors a Texas size welcom as they make landfall on Friday, May 20, 2011 at Houston Intercontinental Airport. Meet there at 8:30 am at the baggage claim in Terminal C to help us celebrate the arrival of these brave soldiers. The Warriors Weekend Organization will be hosting a fishing weekend at Port O’Conner for hundreds of wounded soldiers for the entire weekend. Learn more about The Warriors Weekend Organization at: www.warriorsweekend.org To learn more about MoMs USA contact Gale Muskiet at: 281-536-6999
CyFair Summer Camp Cypress-Fairbanks ISD will offer two unique summer options for children whose parents are looking for a safe, affordable and fun child care option. Club Rewind will host an all-day summer camp that will operate daily from 6:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for incoming kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Parents can choose from two different locations – Aragon Middle School or Goodson Middle School. The camp will begin on June 6 and conclude on Aug. 12, 2011.
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SPRING LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE TIPS by Chris Schneider
Spring is officially here, and the months of March and April are ideal times to get out and work in the yard. Whether you maintain your own landscape or have a yard maintenance service, these tips will help you maintain an attractive, healthy landscape to enjoy for months to come. If you have not done so already, have the soil tested by a reputable soil testing laboratory as soon as possible. Results will usually take about 7-10 days depending on the laboratory workload. Apply fertilizer according to the soil test recommendations. Remember to water the fertilizer in well. Avoid weed and feed type products around flowerbeds, trees and other susceptible plants. Prune back any dead wood or vegetation to allow for new growth, and apply mulch to about 3 inches deep. Avoid piling mulch around tree trunks, do not prune plants back more than 1/3 of their size, and keep string trimmers back from around any plant trunk or base. It is best management practice to water deeply and infrequently during dry conditions. Mow the lawn at the proper height according to the type of grass, and make sure the lawnmower blades are sharp. If insects, diseases, or weeds become a problem use pesticides sparingly and carefully, and always follow the label instructions accordingly. Most pesticides are available at local lawn and garden stores and feed stores. There are a lot of good sources of information out there, but make sure it is from a university or other reputable source and relative to your area.
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Meet our Gardening Expert Chris Schneider grew up in the Cypress area and graduated from Cy-Fair High School. He then went on to receive his Bachelors Degree from Texas A&M University. He also attended Texas Tech University and received his Masters Degree. Chris has been in the agricultural field for more than 30 years, most recently as a County Extension Agent specializing in agriculture and natural resources. He has worked closely with the county 4-H and youth development program. He has trained and worked closely with a great team of Texas Master Gardeners in three Texas counties. Chris has written hundreds of news releases and planned and conducted educational programs with grassroots committees. He enjoys sharing knowledge with others and landscape and horticulture consulting. Chris recently returned to and lives in the Cypress area and may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or further questions and consultation.
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Visit A Farmer's Market Farmers markets begin sprouting open as the first warm breezes start reminding us that spring and summer are just around the corner. Fertilized by increasing interest in foods that aren’t trucked or flown in from thousands of miles away, here are three great markets in our area that are stocked with fresh produce for your kitchen table.
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Opening April 2 thru July 30, providing the are eighteen weeks of the freshest, locally grown produce around. Conviently located at the corner of FM 2920 ( Main Street) and Cherry Street in Historic Downtown Tomball. 8am - 12 pm Daily.
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Fresh local produce,from town around the area. Working with the local farming community, they offer Dustin Eggs from Weimar, Reed Honey from Magnolia and our own produce from Kalbow farms in Cypress. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9am-6pm and Sunday, 9am - 4pm. Located at the Corner of Old Hempstead Hwy and Huffmeister Rd.
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A favorite of local chefs, Canino’s is a giant farmers’ market that has been offering a tremendous selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, vinegars, and even milk and eggs for years. Go to the very back for the best deals and the freshest hardto-find items. Whatever you do, don’t miss the tamales. Open every day 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 2520 Airline Drive
The Theiss Family has been producing vegetables and other farm and ranch products for over 158 years in Harris County. The main location of Theiss Farms Market began in the late 1970’s as a little stand under a shade tree selling homegrown tomatoes to friends and neighbors. We are known for our “Best tasting sweet Corn in Texas.” Come see us beginning with our opening in May, just behind the HEB store off Stuebner Airline, just north of Louetta. We sell our homegrown tomatoes and our summer sweet corn and a wide variety of fresh fruits and other home grown vegetables raised on our own farm. Open 7 days a week starting in May.
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ONCE UPON A TIME the weather was cold, the wind blew and the rain poured down. Those days are quickly receeding as Spring is coming to Texas. With welcoming warm weather, and blue skies, it’s the perfect time to venture out and enjoy the Texas sunshine. Texas has 168,648,320 acres of land to explore and fortunately not all this land is located along the Interstate. So release the automatice speed control on our car, and discover the beauty of farm-to market travel before the summer months usher in a whole new scene: blaring heat and infamous southern humidity. Bastrop State Park: Want a weekend camping experience without the hassle of loading up camping gear for the whole family. Then head to Bastrop State Park on April 16-17. Bring your family and friends to the park that is tucked within the "Lost Pines" and find adventure as you try kayaking, fishing and geocaching. All the camping equipment is included! For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-389-8903
Fayetteville: This little town has so many things to do. The town is in the middle of the “Golden Triangle” of Central Texas, and some say it is the “Best Little Weekend Town in Texas.” Market Days, Midnight Madness, Antiques Shows are just some of the scheduled events. To check out all spring weekend events visit the Fayetteville website at: www.fayetteville-tx.com Wonder World Park: This one-of-a kind theme park is known as the 1st show cave in Texas. Enjoy a guided tour and discover the nation’s only true example of an Earthquake-Formed Cave. Educational and fun for all ages, the cave and park attractions is just minutes from I-35 in San Marcos between Austin and San Antonio. 26 CC-Style Magazine | March - April 2011
Nacogdoches Azalea Trail: The thirteenth annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail will usher in springtime in East Texas March 12-April 2, 2010 with a mixed bouquet of new events and mainstay favorites. The trail is 25 miles of selfguided driving routes that meander through the city and include the stunning Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden - the largest in the state of Texas. Heritage Village: Located on Hwy 190 in Woodville, Heritage Village is a living museum of pioneer history, with a main street that is right out of the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s. Walk through an old-time blacksmith shop. Check out a railroad depot. Visit a livery stable or any one of the community’s log cabins. Or just stroll through the East Texas forest. Matagorda: Situated where the Colorado River empties into the Gulf of Mexico, Matagorda County is home to miles of glistening, sandy beaches, pristine waters, world-class fishing, and diverse wildlife. In fact, if you like being in and around the water, you may never run out of things to do. From sailing in the Gulf, canoeing down the Colorado, to fresh and saltwater fishing, swimming and surfing, you won’t find a better place for family fun.
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The Name Game - Coles Crossing From rustic to prestigious, a subdivision’s name can be a question without an answer
With subdivisions spreading faster than pink eye at a preschool, the names that developers give these subdivisions links their residents to a label. For years, subdivisions were tagged for the farmers who had worked the land. So, it was with that thought, that I began to wonder if a man named Cole used to own this land or if the name Coles Crossing had any historic meaning. I began to ask around and found that the developers of Coles Crossing chose the name without any thought to a farmer or history. The name had just won the drawing out of a hat. But then, as I dug deeper, a strange story began to emerge. The land that is now Coles Crossing began as the Bodin Land Grant. The grant was given to a man named Bodin in 1838. Butting up to this land was the Hamblin Land Grant and farm. There were very few families in Cypress at this time, and Texas had just won it’s freedom from Mexico. The oldest family in the area were the Burnett’s who lived on Cypress Creek where Telge Park now sits. For a short time, the Burnett’s farm was a stop for the earliest Republic Post Office called Big Cypress. When Mr. Burnett died in 1842, the post office closed. The center of Cypress moved to Burnett’s upstream neighbors, the Hamblins, who lived in the vicinity of today’s Randall’s on Barker Cypress. Here, they maintained a post office called Hamblin’s, until 1851. The 1850 Census 28 CC-Style Magazine | March - April 2011
shows the Hamblins, and a Mr. Allard who ran an inn in this area. Also, in this group of the 1850 census residents, were the Coulters, the Chambers, and David Cole. Who was David Cole? David became the first Post Master for the town of Cypress Top in 1851. This is the first mention of the formal name for Cypress Top in the records. Digging deeper into his life we find that he was born in Louisiana, but migrated to Texas around
1830. He was a war hero; in fact, he was one of the six men credited with the actual capture of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. After being Post Master in Cypress, Mr. Cole was granted a pension of $100.00 per year. By 1861 he was living in Colorado County where he became a rancher, lost his sight and was killed by Indians in 1871. I can’t say that the first actual Post Office was in Coles Crossing, furthermore, I have been told that the subdivision knew nothing about David Cole when the name was chosen. But it is a wild coincidence that 160 years ago, David Cole was here. It is another coincidence that the first post office may well have been located in or near Coles Crossing. We may never have all the answers, but to my mind, this makes Coles Crossing much more interesting than just a nice sounding name.
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A “ Taste of Louisiana” is this upcoming year’s festival theme beginning Friday, March 25th and ending Sunday, March 27th. Three days of fun, food, adventure, rides, live music, carnival games and support for our local businesses. Benefiting several area organizations, we look forward to Cy-Fest 2011 becoming a successful event and an annual tradition in our community.
Cy-Fest will be held on Old Hempstead Hwy between Spring Cypress Rd (behind the Target strip center) and Skinner Rd. Close to a half mile of road will be closed and fenced off to provide a s“ treet festival” like atmosphere. The food vendors will highlight a gallery of Louisianas’ best and most traditional plates including Spicy Boiled Crawfish.
The festival kicks off on Friday night at 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Admission will be free. The gate opens at 10:00 am on Saturday. Admission will be $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under on both weekend days. Cy-Fest concludes on Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
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