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MAY 2018



60 Minutes in the Hill Country LARA LOGAN LOVING SMALL TOWN LIVING

When we needed it most,

our hospice nurse Joyce was there with strength and a smile. I’ll never forget how she put our worries on her own shoulders so we could focus on our mother.

Joyce W., RN and John R. - Fredericksburg


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Contents 9


Features 21


FAMILY FIRST Lara Logan loving the small town life GIFT GUIDE The perfect present for Mother’s Day

Your Home in the Hill Country 49 59 2


BUNDLE OF JOY Baby nursery decorating HOME SHOWCASE Gorgeous views from Summit home

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Departments 9

GOOD TASTE Breakfast in bed





MADE From Scratch Farm  ILL COUNTRY H SCENE Hill Country Camera Club UNCORKED A growing interest in wine clubs HEALTHY LIVING Women’s health through the years



WHEELS Spend a day at an area car show THE ARTS Enjoy theater this summer


HERITAGE Long history of Fredericksburg Sunday houses



OUT & ABOUT Hill Country Charity Ball EVENTS May calendar

ON THE COVER Lara Logan, “60 Minutes” correspondent and mother calls the Hill Country home. Photo by Tom Holden

Top left photo by William Houghton; bottom left photo by John and Polly Holmes; right photo by Tom Holden


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The Kerrville Daily Times 429 Jefferson St., Kerrville, Texas 78028 www.dailytimes.com | Phone: 830-896-7000 | Fax: 830-896-1150 Copyright: Hill Country Culture is published by The Kerrville Daily Times under Southern Newspapers Inc. No portion may be reproduced in whole or in part by any means, including electronic retrieval systems, without written permission of the publisher. Editorial content does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher of this magazine. Editorial and advertising does not constitute advice but is considered informative.

CONTRIBUTORS John and Carol Aceti Teeth In A Day

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After encouragement from Dick Holmberg, owner of Singing Water Vineyards, John wrote “Wineries of the Texas Hill Country Plus One Fine Brewery” in December 2016. After visiting 30 wineries in the Hill Country, he is convinced the area has plenty to offer wine connoisseurs and casual wine enthusiasts.  

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Kerr County native Michael Bowlin is a former staff writer for The Kerrville Daily Times. His most popular articles were on the rich history of Kerr County and the surrounding area. He continues to promote, preserve and protect Kerr County’s history as a member of the Kerr County Historical Commission, serving as vice chairman.

Jeff Cunningham Jeff Cunningham has worked at Kerrville-area theaters for more than 20 years. Currently, he serves as the director of university theater at Schreiner University and as a theater associate at the Point Theatre.

John and Polly Holmes John and Polly Holmes are longtime gearheads. They have written for automotive publications for more than 40 years. Now, they’re going to bring our readers some interesting stories about things with wheels in the Hill Country. Their perspective comes from years of racing, restoring classics and participating in car club activities.

Stacy Whittemore Stacy Whittemore is a kitchen coach and certified master preserver. Her cooking blog, wayfaringspoon.com, is dedicated to smaller sized recipes along with home canning inspiration. She was raised in Utah and is the proud mother of three daughters. Her passion is teaching and sharing the art of home-cooked meals.  MAY 2018 | TEXAS

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EDITOR’S LETTER Since then, I’ve done more research on the disease and have come to realize that she was probably stronger than ever fighting through the disease. Looking back with what I know now, she has somehow become more spectacular to me. I didn’t start writing this to try to dampen your mood, but I’m sure we all had a spectacular person we have lost. No matter how spectacular someone is, there is no way for them to know how long they will grace us with their presence. So celebrate the spectacular women in your life. Do I have a clear cut definition of what makes a woman spectacular? No, but I think that is OK. Cheers to all the spectacular women out there!

Autumn Bernhard Magazine Editor autumn.bernhard@dailytimes.com

Left: A tattoo I got in honor of my Oma. Above: Myself and my grandmother. Above right: Myself, mother and sister. Right: My best friend, MaKayla, myself and sister, Amber.



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Top photo by Amber Bernhard; far left photo by Victoria Skuce; top middle photo by MaKayla Jenschke; bottom right photo by Matt Ward

Hello readers, As I’m sitting here trying to write this letter, my mind can’t help but wander to all the women who I’ve came across. I have had the privilege to meet some amazing women throughout my life so far, and I imagine I will continue to meet more. However, I also can’t help but think: What makes a woman spectacular? I went ahead and did a quick search on how many adjectives there are to describe people. Affectionate, charismatic, classy, gracious, social, sympathetic, just to name a few. When you picture a spectacular woman, what do you picture? For me, one person comes to mind, my grandmother on my father’s side. Don’t get me wrong, I know and hold dear to my heart other spectacular women, like my mother, sister, grandmother on my mom’s side and best friend. But the truth is, I have always and will always compare every woman I ever met to my Oma. She was the strongest woman I ever met, which is why it made it so tough to see how Alzheimer’s affected her. That strong woman that I was so used to seeing just seemed to disappear. At least that’s how I thought of it in the moment and for the next years to come.

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Earn five stars with breakfast in bed for mom By Stacy Whittemore


other’s Day is a time when I reflect back on the many memories of my mother and my journey as a mom of three daughters. When I became pregnant with my first child, I looked up the definition of motherhood hoping to better understand what was in my future. It was very vague. I was looking for specifics. Maybe just a hint of what’s to come: “Warning! Your daughter will paint the cat green, swallow a quarter because her sister dared her and fry the kitchen outlets with tin foil in her attempt for better cable reception. These

GOOD TASTE types of activities will continue for a few years. Don’t worry; she will turn out just fine.” Then it hit me, there are no specific instructions. The true definition of panic is the moment when the alarms go off in your head, and you know that for a very long time, God willing, this small being will call you mother. By the grace of God, and relying on my own mother’s rule — the kitchen is the heart of the home — I raised three amazing daughters. By my estimates, I cooked more than 30,000 meals, taught fractions with measuring cups and built science projects with sugar cubes. I conducted one solemn gold fish burial, nursed scraped knees and broken hearts. Spent countless hours on my knees asking God to help me keep it all together, and learned the love of a mother is fierce and unwavering. I treasured the homemade cards, macaroni necklaces and the occasional breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day. One memorable morning they served me coffee and cinnamon toast. They learned that day that the measurement for coffee is three scoops, not three cups. There weren’t any instructions on motherhood, but I wouldn’t have traded a single moment of being a mom, head cook and bottle washer. Here are some of my favorite recipes for the special mother in your life.

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Scotch Eggs Servings: 6 Total time: 1 hour I grew up in the mountains of Utah. Deer hunting was an annual event for my family. These eggs bring fond memories of crisp, fall mornings at the deer camp with my father. Before the light of day, plates were heaped with hash browns, fluffy pancakes and Scotch eggs. We drank campfire coffee waiting for sunrise and a chance at the ever elusive “big” one. INGREDIENTS Oil for frying 6 hard-boiled eggs, cooled and peeled 1 1/2 pounds bulk Italian or regular sausage 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon sage 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, or as needed 2 eggs, beaten

1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F. 2. Mix sausage, mustard, pepper and sage together in a bowl. Shape into 6 equal-size balls. 3. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on a flat work surface. Place 1 ball of sausage mixture into the center of the plastic wrap, fold the plastic wrap over sausage, and flatten into an 1/8-inch thick oval shape. Pull plastic wrap back and place 1 egg in the center of the sausage. Pick up plastic wrap, moisten fingertips, and press sausage around egg to cover completely, sealing sausage around egg. Repeat with remaining eggs and sausage. 4. Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Pour flour into another shallow bowl. Beat remaining 2 eggs in another shallow bowl. 5. Gently press eggs into flour to coat, and shake off excess flour. Dip eggs into the beaten egg, then press into bread crumbs. Gently toss between your hands so any bread crumbs that haven’t stuck can fall away. Place the breaded eggs onto a plate. 6. Working in batches, cook eggs in the preheated oil until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, at least 5 minutes.

Photos by William Houghton

Recipe modified from Allrecipes.




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Italian Torte Servings: 12 Preparation: 50 minutes; Bake: 1 hour Taste of Home Magazine was the first yearly subscription my mom gave me when I moved into my own place. I felt so grown up testing out recipes and calling my mom about my latest dish I had prepared. This recipe is a nod to my Italian heritage and is my all-time favorite breakfast/ brunch dish.



3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add spinach and mushrooms, cook and stir until mushrooms are tender. Drain on several layers of paper towels, blotting well. In a large bowl, whisk 6 eggs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and pepper.

Photos by William Houghton

2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls, divided 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 7 large eggs 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham 1/2 pound thinly sliced hard salami 1/2 pound sliced provolone cheese 2 jars (12 ounces each) roasted sweet red peppers, drained, sliced and patted dry

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Place a greased 9-inch springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 inch square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Unroll one tube of crescent dough and separate into triangles. Press onto bottom of prepared pan to form a crust, sealing seams well. Bake 10-15 minutes or until set.

4. Layer crust with half of each of the following: ham, salami, provolone cheese, red peppers and spinach mixture. Pour half of the egg mixture over top. Repeat layers; top with remaining egg mixture. 5. On a work surface, unroll and separate remaining crescent dough into triangles. Press together to form a circle and seal seams; place over filling. Whisk remaining egg; brush over dough. 6. Bake, uncovered, 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees, covering loosely with foil if needed to prevent overbrowning. Carefully loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove rim from pan. Let stand 20 minutes.

Originally published as Italian Brunch Torte in Taste of Home April/May 2011. MAY 2018 | TEXAS

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Orange English Scones Servings: 10 Preparation: 1 hour My first KitchenAid mixer was lifechanging as a busy mom and avid cook. This was my first recipe from the cookbook. It has been adapted for use without a mixer. These scones are my daughters’ favorite, most requested food when they come home. INGREDIENTS 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup unsalted butter, chilled 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1 large egg 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 tablespoon grated orange peel

PREPARATION 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 2. Lightly butter a baking sheet or place a sheet of parchment paper on baking sheet. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes and distribute them over the flour mixture. With a pastry blender or two knives used scissors fashion, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 3. In a small bowl, stir together the cream, egg and vanilla. 4. Add the cream mixture to the flour mixture and stir until it combines. 5. Stir in the orange peel. With lightly floured hands, pat the dough into a 1/2-inch thick circle on a lightly floured cutting board. 6. Cut the circle into 10 triangles. 7. Separate and place on baking sheet. 8. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. 9. Remove the baking sheet to a wire rack and cool for 5 minutes.


10. Using a spatula, transfer the scones to the wire rack to cool.

1. Mix together 1 teaspoon of orange juice concentrate and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Lightly brush over slightly cooled scones.

11. Brush on glaze mixture. 12. Serve warm or cool completely and store in an airtight container. Modified from KitchenAid recipes.

Photos by William Houghton

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Breakfast Banana Split Servings: 1 Preparation: 15 minutes



a binder. This Kraft recipe is an easy breakfast in bed for mom. I would love to have this served to me on Mother’s Day!



1 banana, peeled 2 small scoops (about 1/4 cup each) low-fat vanilla or strawberry frozen yogurt. You can freeze two yogurt containers overnight, then scoop out 1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained 1/4 cup Cocoa Puffs Cereal 2 maraschino cherries with stems, if desired 1 tablespoon melted Nutella

1. Cut banana in half, and place the banana pieces on opposite sides of bowl. Top with 2 scoops of the frozen yogurt.

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2. Spoon the strawberries over 1 scoop and the pineapple over the other scoop. Sprinkle with the cereal. Drizzle Nutella over the toppings. Top with cherries. Recipe from Kraft recipes.

Photos by William Houghton

I lost my mother in 2011, but her legacy lives on in all her cookbooks that I kept. During the 1960s, every month she received a Kraft recipe card, which she faithfully put in

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Made from scratch Boerne mom’s business known for homemade, natural products By Nancy Foster



ntrepreneur, mom, photographer, superwoman. Amy Bierstedt juggles a lot of roles, and it seems effortless for her. This soft-spoken dynamo with a larger-thanlife personality is well-suited for her multiple business endeavors, and she does them all well. Amy runs an appealing combo shop at the far-north end of Borne’s popular Hill Country Mile called From Scratch Farm. Most of the shop houses Shutter-Happy Photography, the studio she has run for the past 14 years. The other part is From Scratch Farm, her sideline business that was spawned from her desire to incorporate more pure and natural cleansing and cleaning products into her own home. As she puts it, “I make products that you can feel good about using in your home.” The beginning Amy began experimenting with ingredients for her own family five years ago. After friends and family saw and sampled what she “cooked up,” they encouraged her to go public. In 2014, she debuted her first product — a healing salve made with olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, vanilla and lavender essential oil. She soon added lip balm and sugar body scrub to the mix and began selling at the local farmers market. Customers loved her products, and From Scratch Farm began to flourish. Amy learned as she grew, doing extensive research, product testing, modifying and refining until each product met her high standards. Products are mixed, assembled and labeled at the Borne home she shares with her two sons, five hens and dog.

Photo by Amy Bierstedt

The products Amy prefers to use as few ingredients as possible. “I love that our products are made with a lot of love and attention. I want people to appreciate that they are made in my own kitchen,” she said. She is also very conscious of the environment. From Scratch Farm uses

HILL COUNTRY MADE containers that can be recycled, repurposed or returned for a discount on a later purchase, adhering to her quest for “cleaner living for our health, for our planet and for your home.” To this day, the original healing salve that started out her endeavor remains the company’s top seller. Other products include creamy peppermint lip balms; healing salves in lavender/vanilla and rosemary/tea tree; and body scrubs and soothing bath salts in sweet peppermint, lemon drop and lavender. Her vapor rubs, made with beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, provide a delicate and soothing relief for congestion. The home cleaning line includes a stain-fighting laundry detergent and Amy’s static-fighting homemade wool dryer balls, which are meant to cut drying time significantly. New this year is an all-purpose cleaner laced with OnGuard essential oil blend and lemon essential oil. The shop also carries clever custom T-shirts designed by Amy, doTERRA essential oils, scented warmer melts, pink Himalayan salt lamps, Monat Hair Care and beautiful rosewood essential oil necklaces and bracelets.

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Photo by Amy Bierstedt

Family first This personable “mompreneur” loves her career, but her first love and priority

is obviously her sons — Ben, a busy high school freshman, and Evan, an engaging third-grader. Both boys support their mom’s business, and Evan oftentimes acts as the official customer greeter. With Amy’s busy schedule, she still manages to find time to use her innovative creativity to develop, brand, market, sell and ship her products. Her photography expertise (her studio specializes in photos of children younger than 12) is evidenced in the enticing product photos on her website and on her very engaging From Scratch Farm Facebook page. Success story From Scratch Farm products can be purchased at the Boerne retail store and online. Products are also sold at several retail outlets throughout the Hill Country and at the semi-annual Boerne Handmade Market. The company is also a proud member of The Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce and supports the Go Texas program. Amy’s latest project is launching “National Handmade Day” on the first Saturday of April each year, heralding all the talented artisans and crafters across the country to complement the national “Shop Small” movement. This creative lady is no doubt headed for another success story.

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60 MINUTES in the Hill Country with

Lara Logan

Photo by Tom Holden

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Putting her family first CBS journalist relocates to Hill Country for health, kids, happiness

Photo by Tom Holden

By Autumn Bernhard


n just a couple of years, one woman was brutally sexually assaulted by hundreds of men in a foreign country, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a controversy at work that led to her having to take a leave of absence from the job she loved. Lara Logan’s life was turned upside down. But looking back on it now, Lara considers herself fortunate. “I feel lucky that the things I’ve had to deal with have impacted me more than anyone else,” she said. “I really do look at myself and think, ‘Wow — I’m so incredibly lucky!’” All of those struggles brought a lot of changes for the “60 Minutes” correspondent. One of them being the decision to relocate 1,500 miles from Washington, D.C., to Fredericksburg, Texas, almost three years ago. “When we moved here, it was largely about my health,” she said, noting that she was in the hospital eight times in six months before the move. “I realized I couldn’t compromise on my health anymore. I didn’t want to compromise



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FAMILY FIRST my kids, so that only left work.” Fredericksburg was the only option, because her husband, Joe Burkett, was born there and is a Texan in “heart, body, soul and mind.” The couple moved with their children — Joe, Lola and Ashley — and is now living comfortably in their “homely home” in the Texas Hill Country. Since then, Lara has been able to make family her first priority, while still being passionate about her work at “60 Minutes.” “I’m still working at the same level I was, and the distance makes it harder for sure,” she said. “The hardest part in my life has been trying to be a mother and do my work. Finding a way to do both — working out time for work and kids — is part of the challenge. But then I step back and think how lucky I am, because I can have the ability to do that.”

Photo by Tom Holden

Work life For the majority of Lara’s life, she has been a journalist reporting from some of the most unsafe places in the world, including Afghanistan, Angola, Kosovo and Iraq. In fact, few television reporters have spent as much time in Afghanistan as her since the 9/11 attacks. People often ask her how she does all the dangerous work. “You never do it unthinkingly or unknowingly. You take the chances because you believe in the relationships of people who have got you there,” she said. Her award-winning reporting has ranked her among the world’s best foreign correspondents. She has been a full-time “60 Minutes” correspondent with the newsmagazine since May 2012. Before that role, she was named CBS news chief foreign correspondent in 2006 and chief foreign affairs correspondent in 2008, all while contributing to “60 Minutes” beginning in 2005 and “60 Minutes II” from 2001. The journalist began her career at the age of 17 in print as a general news reporter for the Daily News and the Sunday Tribune, both located in Durban, South Africa, where she was born. “When I grew, up there was a big foreign media presence in South Africa and a lot of interest. I started in local newspapers and met journalists from foreign papers,” she said. “A correspondent from The Times of London told me to work for an agency. He said the best place to learn hard news skills and to fine-tune those skills is at a news agency. “But I’ll never forget, he said, ‘Don’t stay too long, because those agencies are full of two kinds of people: Those who are cutting

“I was one of those people who never considered pretending to be something I wasn’t. It’s just not in my DNA.”

- Lara Logan

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their teeth and learning, and those who have stayed too long. And you can tell the difference, because (the latter) are the bitter ones.’” So when Lara graduated from the University of Natal in 1992, she got a job at a television news agency Reuters Television. “I talked my way into there. I think I worked there for a year and a half before they made me interview for the job,” she said. While freelancing there, Lara covered international topics and made a lot of contacts. “We worked with the best, and it was incredible,” she said. As part of the job, she did everything from being in front of the camera, editing stories and doing sound. “I did everything, because on a Saturday I would tell the guys to go be with their families, and I would edit the stories. I really learned so many aspects of the job from the ground up,” she said. “I would never pretend to be a cameraman, but if I have to, I could.” After that, she served in a variety of freelance assignments, including as a correspondent for ITN and Fox/SKY, an assignment editor for CBS News and ABC News in London, and an editor/producer for NBC, CBS, the European Broadcast Union and CNN. Being herself When Lara was starting out being a foreign war reporter, she was told that no one would take “a woman like me seriously in the battlefield.” “It was offensive to me the idea that I would have to cut my hair, wear less makeup or be less feminine to be taken seriously. I just found that ridiculous,” she said. At that point, women were allowed to have jobs in 24


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FAMILY FIRST entertainment type positions on the morning news, but the evening foreign news was largely for men, manly women or older women, she said. Young, attractive, feminine women were not going to make it. “But I was one of those people who never considered pretending to be something I wasn’t. It’s just not in my DNA,” she said. “I’m not going to not wear makeup, cut my hair and dress in a sack so I can be taken seriously. I like being a woman. I enjoy being feminine. I enjoy being who I am. I like to know where I stand, and I like people to know where I stand. I was always going to be myself. That’s how I am naturally and instinctively.”

Photo courtesy of Lara Logan

A woman in a man’s field Throughout her career, Lara has experienced problems with men in her industry questioning her ability. “The hardest part was being taken seriously in my own realm rather than in Afghanistan or Iraq. When you come in as a foreigner, you get a free pass and access to all levels of society,” she said. “When I was doing my job in a foreign country, I never had a man stand in my way because I was a woman. I never had a man assume I was stupid because I was a woman. I never had people doubt what I was saying because I was a woman. The hardest part was being treated like that in my own industry,” she said. But Lara was up for the challenge of proving any man wrong. “I don’t get frustrated by those things because, I guess, I expected them and they’ve always been a part of the business,” she said. “I’m a fighter. So I never looked at something and thought, ‘That’s not fair.’ My mom MAY 2018 | TEXAS

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Motherhood Lara welcomed her son, Joe, in 2008 and her daughter, Lola, in 2010. Ashley is her husband’s daughter from a previous marriage. “I was never prepared for what it would mean to me to be a mom. I thought I knew who I was, what I wanted in my life, what it meant to have kids and what it was going to mean to me, and I was wrong on all four,” she said. In an effort to put her kids first, Lara spends much of her time off with her children. “I didn’t realize how much, as my kids get older, they need you more. When they need you, and you’re not there, you don’t get those moments back,” she said. “If I am in town, most of the time I can choose to be home with my kids, and I make the choice to stay 26


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raised us to believe that life isn’t fair. So for me, the fact that things aren’t even was part of life. I didn’t mind fighting my way through that.” She recognizes that, typically, women have to fight harder and longer in certain areas than men do. “I still don’t think my voice carries the weight it would carry if I was a man. When women are younger or they look younger, and you’re warm and have an open heart and treat everyone with respect and give everybody an opportunity to be equal, sometimes I think that gets misconstrued as weakness. And there could be a lack of respect that comes with it,” she said. Although there have been many struggles that come with being a woman in a predominately male role, Lara also recognizes the fact that men have helped her get to where she is today. “Don’t forget the only reason I am in the position I am in today and done all the things I’ve done is because, along the way, there have been men who have believed in me and given me a chance, who stood by me or walked that path with me,” she said. “I didn’t get here just because of how amazing I was. I didn’t get here on my own by any stretch.” No matter gender, race, occupation or income level, we all have some advantages and disadvantage, she said. “I’m okay with having to fight to overcome mine. I’m never going to teach my daughter that she’s entitled to everything. I will teach my kids to fight for their place, always,” she said. “You fight to do stuff based on merit. We are all fighting for relevance in one way or another.”


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home with them.” Lara gives her children power over her choices more than she ever thought she would. “You have your kids, and if you get to be with them more, you start giving up something like the career you had. I felt like I gave up who I was. But I chose to become someone else and be a mother. I chose to be the person I’ve become. It doesn’t take the power away to make the choices, but it definitely changes your options.” A dark few years In February 2011, Lara nearly lost the ability to make any choices when she was almost killed in Tahir Square in Egypt, when she was sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob of some 300 men while reporting a story on the Egyptian Revolution. “No one is the same after they live through a catastrophic event, physically or emotionally. I have scars. I wonder if sometimes the enduring pain is just a part of my life. Everyone is dealing with something, so I don’t think I’m unique for that,” she said. While Lara could have let the assault consume her, she realized that accepting what happened to her was more beneficial. “They took so much from me that night, why would I give them everything? They don’t get the rest of my life,” she said. “Those men took more of me than they ever deserved — they didn’t deserve any of me, but they took it. I can’t pretend they didn’t, so now I get to decide how much of me they have. “For me, healing is not forgetting or erasing it. Forgetting implies you want to remember it. Erasing it, pretending it never happened, is not healing for me,” she said. “You carry emotional scars with you to your grave. Learning how to live with them and making peace with them is healing. I’m at peace with my scars and my memories. I don’t dwell on them, but I don’t need to forget them.” Embracing her experience has made her a source of inspiration for many women and made her an advocate for sexual assault awareness. “There are so many people who turn to me now for understanding, because that’s all I can give them. If I was busy erasing and forgetting, it would be hard for me to embrace that. Being able to help other people is a gift,” she said. “We have this idea in society that if we don’t erase it and return to the person we were before, then somehow you haven’t healed. That’s a burden we put on 28


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FAMILY FIRST ourselves. You’re not the same, but you’re not meant to be,” she said. “They make you who you are going forward.” A year after the attack, in 2012, Lara was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy and six weeks of radiation. “When I was gang raped, you know what it is. It may be terrible, but it’s defined,” she said. “Breast cancer is terrifying because you live with this inside you and has you on a path to death, and you don’t even know it. I really struggled to come to terms with that part. I’m always scared to call myself a survivor, because I’m not really sure what that means. I mean, I know in a way I am, I get that. But it seems like tempting fate if I say that. “I’ve never had a single moment when I thought, ‘Why me?’ I’m so grateful that I didn’t die in that square and that my breast cancer was treatable,” she said. A year after her diagnosis, Lara had to apologize for a “60 Minutes” report about the attack on Benghazi that had an account from a security officer that was later discredited. “The substance of the story did not depend on him,” she said. “But he was what everyone focused on and caused doubts about the story. He disappeared and wasn’t around to answer any questions.” She was forced to take a leave of absence from the job she had so much passion for. “You keep going because surrender and defeat is not an option. You keep going because you want to, because you have so much to live for,” she said. “To me, life is worth living. It has always been worth living — I have my babies and my work to live for. I probably do it the same way that everybody else does.”

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A different life Today, Lara is just happy to be with her family living in a small Hill Country town. “It is just a different world here. I love everything about living here. I love being in a small town, being away from the city. I love the space and the sky and the sun. I love our town and the sense of community we have here,” she said. “We all know that you should treat people the way you want to be treated, but in this town, you have to live it. Because if you don’t, you’re going to see those people, and it won’t go away.” Lara will continue to prioritize her family and work, in that order. “I get to do my work that I love more than anything and do it from the place that I love,” Lara said. “I feel like there was a reason that my path lead me here.”

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Reap the rewards Sit back and sip easy knowing you got a good deal By John and Carol Aceti and Autumn Bernhard


here is nothing that compares to sitting back and sipping on a glass of delicious new wine from a Texas vineyard. The popularity of Texas wines has increased substantially over the years, which has brought about more wine clubs. In fact, a large majority, if not all, Hill Country wineries have wine clubs. The biggest decision you have to make is choosing which club to belong to — not an easy task with so many choices out there. But it is certainly a pleasure. This involves a lot of visits to wineries, much wine tasting and



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possibly advice from wine aficionados, or oenophiles. But after you make your decision, the benefits will begin almost instantaneously. Wine clubs have developed into one of the easiest ways to ensure you are always up to date on the newest wine selection, have your favorite wine for your next dinner party and even get some exclusive new varieties, blends and releases. This subscription-based service allows you to sample hand-picked selections, as well as getting special treatment when visiting

UNCORKED the winery. Many wineries offer club members discounts (up to 15-30 percent off) on their purchases, complementary wine tastings and various club events, complete with food and music. Wine clubs will invite members for a pick-up party or ship to them their wine bottles three to five times a year. The winery may choose three, six or 12 bottles per shipment. There are offerings of various combinations of whites and reds costing from $60 to several hundred dollars. Sometimes members choose what specific wines they want, and other times the winery chooses. A popular choice is selecting a club that allows you to fill out your wine preferences, then the winery picks the best ones to fit your palate. Each winery has different club membership levels, varying in price and what the member receives. Most allow the option to choose the number of desired bottles in a shipment or pick up. Joining a club is easy — most wineries have access to an online application through their website. However, it is recommended that you visit the winery in person, to get a feel for the winery.

Common wine club rules • Members must be at least 21 years old • If wine is shipped, the person who signs for the order must be at least 21 years old • Members are responsible for any shipping, return and re-shipping costs • Membership typically lasts a year and there are cancelation fees, if members wish to terminate their contract • If you wish to end your membership, it must be with a week’s advance of the next shipment in writing

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Remaining healthy What to be concerned about based on age By Autumn Bernhard


very year, National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day. It seems fitting. After you have a day for yourself, beginning with breakfast in bed and ending with a dessert — or two — it’s time to really think about getting healthy. After all, it’s never to early, or late, to really put in the effort to become your healthiest self. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Services, women ages 30-49 years old should be trying to eat healthy, get at least 30 minutes of physical activity and at least 7-8 hours of sleep every day, reach and maintain a healthy weight, get help to quit or don’t start smoking, limit alcohol use to one drink or less, not use illegal drugs or misuse prescription drugs, wear a helmet when riding a bike and wear protective gear for sports, wear a seat belt in cars and not text and drive and take 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid daily. Once women turn 50 years old, taking a daily dose of folic acid is unnecessary. Here is a list, complied from the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Services, of things you can do to stay health throughout your life.

*The decision to get any medical test or procedure is a personal one between you and your doctor, at any age. These age ranges are suggested by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and may not apply to every person.



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30-39 Talk to your doctor at least once a year about:

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Ask about these tests, medicines or vaccines:

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Hot wheels Dream about your next set of wheels at area car shows Story and photos by John and Polly Holmes

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pril showers bring May flowers, so May must bring lots of car shows. Be sure to check The Kerrville Daily Times for the next one in the area. Even if you aren’t a car nut, you’ll enjoy seeing some fantastic rides and talking to their passionate owners. Find out the history of that vehicle while meeting a new friend. Car shows are held all over the Hill Country. There’s one almost every weekend during May. A big one is held on the Veteran’s Hospital grounds. It’s well laid out with lots of attendee parking. You can stroll around and look for your favorite ride — the first one you had in high school. Or maybe it’s the one you always wanted, but acquiring a family got in the way of getting that sports car you wanted back then. You probably wound up with a minivan and a company car. Well, now’s the time to look around for the special one you always wanted. Walking around the VA lot last year, I saw everything from a 1926 Model T truck to a


2008 Dodge Challenger SRT 8. I liked the 1931 Ford Roadster and loved the 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 H. You name it, and it was there. Make sure to put attending a car show on your bucket list.

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ConsCious and subConsCious Minds We all have a conscious and subconscious mind. Your conscious mind is like the RAM in your computer. It is the program that acts and reacts to what is in front of you. The subconscious mind is like the hard drive in your computer and has two basic responsibilities: to keep all internal systems functioning properly, and to record and store everything learned with no distinction of good or bad. Everything you have seen, heard, touched, tasted, smelled or sensed (either good or bad) is recorded within your subconscious mind. The professionally trained hypnotist uses relaxing techniques with you so your conscious mind is relaxed or distracted allowing your subconscious mind to be open and receptive to specific suggestions as it relates to your desire to change an unwanted behavior. Hypnosis is the simple act of following a suggestion given to ourselves or accepted from others. There is nothing mystical or magical about hypnosis. Hypnosis is simply a state of concentration that we enter naturally, but we think of it as daydreaming rather than hypnosis. Call us when you want to explore this powerful self-improvement tool.

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Adding the touches you and your baby will appreciate By Chelsea M.K. Stack


ecoming a parent brings a lot of change. Whether you’re welcoming your first or are a seasoned parent with the fifth on the way, things will inevitably be different. You will have to budget for another mouth the feed, adapt to a new schedule with probably little sleep and need a place for the bundle of joy to sleep. While that last one could be a headache, Amanda Avery, owner of Fredericksburg Natural Baby, advises to think long term in decorating a nursery to minimize the need to change the room often. “Try to find quality pieces that will still be fun for the kid once they’re in their toddler years,” she said. “Parents think they need all of the extras, but what you actually use and appreciate in a nursery are very small things. It’s more of the special moments that you’re going to remember and focus on, so find items that are going to help you with those moments, not having a picture-perfect nursery.” There are five items that every new parent should consider getting for their child’s nursery. A low-lit lamp tops the list, followed by a nice, comfortable chair. The third thing is a swaddle blanket that can

be hung behind the crib as art. The fourth is stuffed animal characters on the wall, followed by photos of mom and dad. “I really enjoy stuffed animal character heads on the wall. You can take them off the wall, play with them and talk about animal sounds. Those are becoming trendy, and you can coordinate them with your nursery theme — like foxes and owls for a forest theme or farm animals for the Hill Country area,” Amanda said. “You wouldn’t think of putting pictures of yourself in their nursery, but it helps them get to know you when they are alone in the nursery — especially black and white, because it’s easier for them to distinguish those colors.” She also suggests putting an extra bed, like a day bed, in the nursery for mom or dad to sleep on. Amanda said the most basic nursery can cost $2,000: $600-2,000 for a crib, $150-300 for a changing table, $200600 for a nice chair and $50-300 for a swing or automated moving chair. Last year, Amanda said the popular trend was woodland themes and that she’s seeing that same theme this year, too. Arrows, teepees, real wood accents and Native American themes have been popular. She said unicorns have been trending for girls and odd animals, such as sloths, hedgehogs, abstract penguins, etc. MAY 2018 | TEXAS

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Channeling boho chic


im Russ began designing her 10-monthold daughter’s Kerrville nursery when she purchased an area rug she bought online. “I bought it when I was very early in my pregnancy and before we had our gender reveal party, so it stayed rolled up and hidden in the closet for months,” Kim said. “I wanted the nursery to have a boho theme and thought the rug was a great start.” From there, she had her color palette set. She decided to paint the walls in Isabelle “Izzy” Gail’s room a neon green/turquoise to match. Growing up, Kim had an “Alice in Wonderland” picture in her room and had it reframed for Izzy’s nursery. She wanted to tie the room into the picture, so she had a chandelier custom made based on it. The valences on the windows were custom made at Hester Window Coverings, Kim’s business, and the storage totes came from Fredericksburg Natural Baby. “We have been so blessed that most of (the items in the nursery were) given or made for Izzy. The room was remodeled right before her arrival, and Izzy’s Papaw designed, made and installed the bookshelves and bench. He also made the changing table for her. The flowered ‘I’ and frame are from her baby shower hosts, as well as most of her wall decor have been thoughtful gifts from friends and family,” Kim said. Izzy’s grandmother on her dad’s side, her Nina, made the name sign and hanging fairy garden outside Izzy’s window. She also gave Kim the swinging turtle as something for her to concentrate on when she was in the hospital, preparing for delivery.

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Photos by Tom Holden

Isabelle’s name comes from both of her grandmothers: Isabelle is Kim’s mother’s middle name and Gail is Mike’s mom’s middle name. The “Make a Wish” sign was from a friend, the glass slipper was also in Kim’s childhood room, and Kim’s sister made the afghan that hangs on the crib. When asked what her favorite piece is in Izzy’s nursery, Kim said, “It may be the birdhouses that Isabelle’s grandmothers and aunts each painted for her. I also love the area outside of Izzy’s window that we set up and call ‘Izzy’s Garden.’ I love the whole nursery, inside and out. I think that it is beautiful and funs and a place that is comfortable for Izzy to play and grown up in.” In June, the month of Izzy’s due date, two of her grandmothers and aunts, along with Kim, got together and painted the birdhouses for the nursery.



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The aqua blue crib that all the Fuller children used as infants. Camille used it in her room, pictured here, until her younger brother came along, page 56.



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white for bedding to keep it gender neutral, so she wouldn’t have to buy new ones every time she and her husband, Ben, welcomed a new bundle of joy. “A lot happens to baby bedding in the course of infancy,” Trish said. “At first glance, you’d think white is a bad idea, but you can easily bleach it. And if (the colors are) gender neutral, you can change it up in a variety of ways. It’s nice when you want (the room) to take on new life with each baby.” The quilt draped over the crib rail was made by Ben’s grandmother, Frances Camille, who Camille is named after. “At our wedding, we had quilt squares instead of a normal guestbook,” Trish said. “Each guest signed a quilt square, and she put it together.” The mobile hanging above the crib was made by Trish’s sister. “She just asked for the colors,” Trish said. “She made every little paper petal flower, folded and glued together.” Camille’s room also features a bed that belonged to Ben’s greatgrandmother and a side

hen looking around the nursery in Trish Fuller’s home, it is apparent that it was decorated with love. Besides the obvious incredible Hill Country view out the window, the Fredericksburg nursery is complete with crafts from friends and family and hand-me-downs. The completed look became a happy accident with no planned theme. “She (Camille “Mille” Hope) has the best view from the whole house,” Trish said. “I’ve done an unconventional approach, rather than choosing a theme that lasts for only a year. I pick things that can grow with them (my kids) — it helps streamline costs to not change it up again once she outgrows her crib.” Each of Trish’s three children — Jackson “Jack” Ward, 4, Camille, 2, and Luke Thomas, 3 months — were able to spend their infant years in the nursery’s crib. Trish painted the crib aqua blue for Jack’s nursery, and instead of repainting it when Camille came along, she decided to base her nursery color palette around it. She chose solid

table that was made from a wash stand that belonged to Trish’s grandmother. Other decor in the bedroom includes a fawn painting that Trish’s mom painted for Camille; mismatched frames, a clock and mirror that Trish spraypainted black, so they were all the same color; a dress that belonged to Ben’s mother when she was a baby; a “Camille Hope” sign that Ben’s sister had made; a floral arrangement from Trish’s tea party-themed baby shower and a tea set she received at the shower, because she collected them as a girl; and verse set pictures that were framed by Trish’s childhood friend. “Her room paints a story of a lot of love from family and friends — an eclectic heritage,” Trish said.





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Trish Fuller with her three children — Jack, Luke and Camille — in the boys’ room in her Fredericksburg home.



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hen Trish and Ben Fuller welcomed another boy to their family, it was logical to create a boys’ room for the two. “We used the crib (previously used by Camille) is done different. The way that I accessorized is totally different,” Trish said. “The boys’ room is an adventure theme — animals, cowboy stuff, picture and globe. Camille’s room is very feminine.” The stuffed animals in Luke’s crib came from Kenya, Africa, where Trish and Ben did a mission trip before they were parents. She bought them to specifically be used in a nursery. The stars and moon mobile belonged to his older brother, Jack, and was a baby gift from a friend. Ben is a carpenter, and he built a measuring chart with little pegs in the boys’ room. The bookends and cowboy boots used to be Ben’s when he was a boy, and the boots have his initials on the spurs. When asked about her favorite piece in his nursery, she said “I love the Audibon (rabbit and hawk painting) in here. Ben and I found it at Larry Jackson (Fine Art and) Antiques — we love that vintage vibe and drawing, it’s perfect for a boy’s room.”


Left photos by Chelsea M.K. Stack; right photo by Lisa Treiber-Walter

The fawn and cowboy paintings were done by the same artist. They bought the mounted stuffed deer heads from Vaudeville, while the classic wooden baby toys came from PlanToys and Grimm’s. The orange and gray blanket is from The Land of Nod and the one with dots is from Fredericksburg Natural Baby, while the rest of the baby bedding came from Restoration Hardware. “My biggest piece of advice when designing (a nursery) is have longevity in mind, so it can grow with the child and other children. I’ve been able to use it for all three kids. Choose pieces you love that are versatile. It should be a space you enjoy, or functionally it’s not working. The baby won’t notice it, you’re going to spend the most time there,” Trish said.



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Great opportunities in the Hill Country for theatergoers By Jeff Cunningham

Earlier this year, Norah Distel and Beth Cunningham were honored for their Outstanding Performance as “The Stepsisters” in the Youth Theater Program production of Cinderella. Summer is a great time to get kids involved in theater in the Hill Country.



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t’s midnight as I am writing this, following the day’s third rehearsal. The coffee is stale but strong. I can proudly report that your community’s theater students, volunteers and artists are working around the clock with zeal that borders on obsession. The passion that drives theater artists to create something wonderful is inspirational. Hundreds of people in and around Kerrville work double time to provide their friends and neighbors with as much high quality and entertaining amateur summer theater as you can possibly experience. If you are new to the area, your kids are getting older or you are just looking for something new and rewarding to do, let me be the first to say it: Summer really is an exciting time for theater in the Texas Hill Country. For 60 years, our area has been an oasis of art in Central Texas, and summer is the season when theater blossoms like wildflowers: bright, fresh and exciting. The Hill Country Arts Foundation’s Point Theatre has a full season of summer shows: • “Doublewide, Texas Christmas,” May 4-19 – yes Christmas in May. • “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” June 8-23 • “Back the 80s: an “Awesome” Musical,” July 13-28 • The Odd Couple (Female Version), Aug. 10-25 To get children involved in theater, the Point will have its Youth Theatre Camp for three weeks, July 9–27, for ages 5 through teen. In Kerrville, Playhouse 2000 will present Beth Henley’s “Impossible Marriage” June 15–July 1. “Impossible Marriage” was first produced 20 years ago in 1998, the same year Playhouse was founded. In addition to the show, Playhouse 2000’s Youth Theatre Program runs

its summer camp beginning June 18 through July 27 for ages 5-18, culminating in a production of “Seussical the Musical” at the Cailloux Theater. Meanwhile, our neighbors to the north, at the Fredericksburg Theatre Company, have just announced their season, which includes: • “The Music Man,” June 15-July 1 • “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Aug. 10–19 The Freddyburg Youth Theatre Camp runs July 2–29 and they, too, will end with a production of “Seussical Jr.” Finally, Art2Heart — the singing and dancing, high energy youth program — offers its Performing Arts Camp June 1–30. I know by August, my girls will be joyfully exhausted from performing, watching and learning more about theater this summer. I cannot brag enough about the rare and wonderful resource our local performing arts community is to artists and art students of all ages. Do yourself a favor this summer and go see some theater. Whether outside on the beautiful Guadalupe, or inside in the air-conditioned comfort of the Cailloux, summer theater is a must on your list of Hill Country experiences.

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A long standing history Centuries old Sunday houses resemble tiny dwellings today Story by Michael Bowlin Photos by Autumn Bernhard



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he tiny house movement is nothing new in Fredericksburg. Before the turn of the century, there were more than 100 of the structures that boasted between 300 to 500 square feet. Back then, these tiny buildings were known as Sunday houses. Fredericksburg appears to be the only city where Sunday houses played an important part in the social and economic life of its pioneers. Popular from 1890 to 1920, and usually built near churches, a Sunday house’s main purpose was to provide a place for farm and ranch families to stay when they came to town to buy supplies and attend church. Before the turn of the century, the horse and buggy was still the main mode of transportation, and if a rancher wanted to come to town for supplies or bring his family to church, he could expect it to be an all-day excursion. Building a Sunday house gave the farmer a place to spend a whole weekend in town before heading back to the farm. The houses were often used in times of emergency. If a family member became ill and needed to be close to a doctor, the Sunday house was a convenient place to stay. In the spring, the “town houses” sometimes were used by school-age children brought into Fredericksburg for religious confirmation. With the invention of the automobile, Sunday houses lost their usefulness, and many were torn down or remodeled into permanent residences.


Above: Weber Sunday House on the grounds of the Pioneer Memorial Muesum Left: Loeffler-Weber Sunday House at 506 W. Main St. Top: Johann Joseph Knopp House at 309 W. Schubert St.

More than a dozen of the unique homes are still intact today — just within walking distance of downtown Fredericksburg. While some of the 100-year-old structures are still occupied and not open to the public, there are some that can be toured for a fee, and some can even be rented as guesthouses.  One Sunday house available for viewing is the 104-year-old Weber Sunday House on the grounds of the Pioneer Memorial Museum, 325 W. Main St. The historic structure, built in 1904 near the intersection of West San Antonio and South Cherry streets, was moved to the museum grounds on the back of a flatbed truck in 1972. In her 1981 book, “Old Homes and Buildings of Fredericksburg,” the late author Elise Kowert gives a brief history of the Weber home. “There was no running water in the house and there was no well near it, so they (the Weber family) brought their water to drink and cook with from their home in the country in a jug,” writes Kowert. “There was no electricity, so lamps and candles were used, but the Webers usually didn’t stay overnight, as they departed for home before dark. “The (16-feet-by 20-feet structure) had a small front porch supported by four turned posts,” she continued. “At center front above the porch is a wooden opening into the attic. This is the only door into the room, flanked by a window at each side under the porch. Each side had one window with solid wooden shutters, but there is no opening in the back wall.” Another well-preserved Sunday house that can be seen from the street, but is not open to the public, is the Heinrich and Louise Moellering House at 216 E. San Antonio St. Built in the early 1870s, the house had a large front room that served as a bedroom. Behind that was an original kitchen with steps leading to a sleeping loft. The front of the house sported a double front door that was flanked on either side by two “six over six” windows. When it was built, there was only one window in the east wall of each room. Another small window provided the only light for the stairway. More windows and rooms were added to the structure when it was remodeled in the 1920s. Other standing Sunday houses in Fredericksburg include the Vogel Sunday House at 418 W. Austin St., the Metzger Sunday House at 406 W. San Antonio St., the Johann Joseph Knopp House at 309 W. Schubert St., the Christian and Elizabeth Crenwelge House at 307 W. Schubert St. and the Loeffler-Weber Sunday House at 506 W. Main St. All of these properties are privately owned.  MAY 2018 | TEXAS

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