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Lifestyle Letter

Reason # 58

MARCH 2016

I love Austin!

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e are heading into Spring, and I am so ready! The days of hunkering down at home are soon to be a distant memory. As a mother, I am looking forward to getting my littles out of the house and into the fresh air and warm sunshine. We are ready for picnics at the park, a day at the Zoo, drawing chalk scenes on our driveway, spring activities at the Wildflower Center,  the greening of plants and the promise of bluebonnets to come. This month, with the sun warming our backs, it is time for us to set out and explore some of Austin's unique and wonderful character. Which brings me to... Reason #58 I love Austin - Austin is known for many things. In fact, some would say the city wears many hats; and one of these is 'The Arts Hat.' From contemporary arts exhibits, dance, theatre and interior design, to craft brew creations, handmade jewelry, fundraising through painting and much more, the art of Austin is unique and ever evolving. I love that 'The Arts' are portrayed in many various ways around our city, allowing us to experience differing forms of creativity, imagination, life and character. This spring, there's a little something for everyone. If you would like to experience a theatre show in a fun, laid back way, then Austin has you covered. We actually have a company that performs plays at farms and on the roof of Whole Foods, and they're highly entertaining! You can enjoy breathtaking art exhibits, dance productions, culinary arts, the arts of craft brews, live music- the list is endless. So this season, get out and enjoy the character and culture of the art community in our city. This issue of Lake Austin Lifestyle is sure to only wet your artistic palette; perhaps it will even inspire you to check out the arts our city has to offer!

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14 Salt Therapy

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18 Present Company

The ‘Shakespeare Company’ performs theatre in a free, no-rules

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Giving Back

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DogBoy’s Dog Ranch 20th Anniversary

DogBoy’s celebrates twenty years in business (that’s 140 dog years!) by raising money and donating items for the Austin Humane Society. DogBoy’s has been improving the lives of dogs and their owners since the word 'kennel' was equivalent to dog storage, and pet care facilities were a rarity. PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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Around Town

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Shop at 512.288.1490, or stopping by the Zoo. You can also join in the fun surrounding Austin Zoo Revue the next time you visit the Zoo, by voting for your favorite animal. The six animals are now on display at the Zoo in the Picnic Grove area. The Zoo will announce a “People’s Choice” award based on your votes  at Austin Zoo Revue on  May 14th. For those interested in sponsoring the Gala, sponsorships are available at several levels. All sponsors will be acknowledged in the Gala program, on social media, the Zoo website and at the Zoo. If you would like additional information about the event visit AustinZoo.org.

Farmhouse Delivery acquired Austin based Greenling and Dallas based Urban Acres. The combined companies will now be able to serve customers in Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, and Houston. “We're excited to welcome Greenling and Urban Acres customers to the Farmhouse family. We appreciate their loyalty to eating local and supporting Texas based farmers, ranchers, and artisans,” says  Farmhouse Delivery founder, Stephanie Scherzer.  Farmhouse Delivery is a weekly subscription service that delivers a bushel of local vegetables and fruits to customers.  Started in 2009 on Scherzer’s east Austin farm, Farmhouse has grown to serve over 5,000 customers and includes a lineup of over 300 Texas sourced products. In addition, Farmhouse will also be offering 'Supper Club', a weekly delivery of locally sourced ingredients and a recipe that customers can use to cook a farm-to-table meal in their own homes. “We are excited to offer Supper Club in 2016,” says Amanda Cowan, VP of Marketing. “To our knowledge it’s the first and only 100% locally sourced meal kit delivery service in the country.” For more information about Farmhouse Delivery please visit FarmhouseDelivery.com. 

STUDENT ATHLETES ARE COLLEGE BOUND Congratulations to Westlake High School student-athletes who signed to play sports at the college level.   Girls Soccer:  Hailey Bishop—Southern Methodist University; Football:  Chase Cokley—Abilene Christian University,  Elias Garcia— University of Houston, Kylen Granson—Rice University, Reed Klubnik— Yale University, Max Mangum—Harvard University; Boys Soccer: Nick Marcin—University of Denver. This is an incredible achievement and we at Lake Austin Lifestyle applaud you.

AMPLIFY AUSTIN Amplify Austin Day is our city's annual community-wide day of online giving. The 24- hour period provides an easy and fun way for

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our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. Over the past three years, Amplify Austin has raised over $16.2M for

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, “Austin Zoo

hundreds of local organizations. In 2015, 41 percent of the 44,700

Revue” will feature the creative work of six Austin area artists. Last

Amplify Austin donations were first time gifts to nonprofit organiza-

fall these six artists were chosen to lend their talents to a fiberglass

tions. Together we raised over $7.7M for over 500 Central Texas non-

animal. Each completed creation will be auctioned off on the evening

profits. Last year, over 500 nonprofits participated in Amplify Austin

of The Gala at our Zoo, benefiting all of the animals.  The Gala will

Day. We are hoping to raise over $9M for more than 600 nonprofits

include a buffet dinner, live auction, silent auction, and Zookeeper

on March 8-9, 2016. All of these organizations play an important role

talks. Be a part of what will surely be one of the grandest events of the

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AUSTIN HAS A NEW GAME IN TOWN High5 opened its doors to the Lakeway area offering fun for all ages. The 47,000-square-foot facility has something to offer every member of the family. With a full-service restaurant; upscale bar and lounge; 28 bowling lanes; video game arcade with redemption gaming; and a two-story, state-of-the-art laser tag arena; High 5 ensures that all guests are having first-class fun.  The full-service restaurant and bar offers our guests a variety of American classics with a gourmet twist. The menu is inspired by both regional and southern favorites. Whether you’re stopping in for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or a small plate between games, rest assured we’ll hit the spot. High 5 has five private rooms throughout the facility that are available for reservations and can easily be converted to accommodate large parties and private events. They are dedicated to providing world-class service from the second a customer walks in the door to the moment they leave. Whether you’re planning a large corporate event or an intimate birthday party, the highly trained event coordinators will help you to plan your event from start to finish and ensure your next experience is easy, stress free, and most importantly, fun. High 5 is proud to be a homegrown, family-owned and operated business offering world-class service with a unique Austin vibe. High5 is located at 1502 Ranch Rd 620 S, Lakeway. BowlHighFive.com

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Healthy Lifestyle

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he crisp white powder crunches under foot, it sparkles all around you, but the white powder isn’t snow, it is salt. And these salt rooms, so common in European countries, are here in North Austin. Breathe It In is the first salt room facility in Austin and Central Texas utilizing the  centuries-old method of, natural and drug-free treatment to help people with their breathing problems.  “One 45-minute session is similar to spending 2-1/2 days at the beach breathing in the salty sea air, which helps relieve allergies, Bronchitis and Sinusitis, plus Eczema and Psoriasis,” says  Sabrina Gibson, owner and a former registered nurse, who has  experienced the benefits of salt therapy first hand.  While living in Colorado, Gibson’s son suffered from allergies and eczema but he found relief with weekly treatments at a salt room. After moving  to Austin, they found no local salt therapy rooms, and his symptoms returned. Her mother, Trish Arnold, who lives in 14

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Georgia and has asthma, suggested Gibson start her own business. Thus, Breathe It In Salt Rooms is family-owned and operated opening its doors in 2015.  The benefits of salt therapy are wide-ranging. Salt levels affect our cell activity, energy and blood sugar levels. A natural disinfectant, salt is antimicrobial and antibacterial. Besides allergy and asthma relief, salt therapy alleviates symptoms of COPD, coughs, ear infections and insomnia and stress and just

gives you an overall healthier feeling. “You breathe better, so you naturally feel better,” Gibson adds. The holistic approach is safe for all ages, and Gibson’s customers have ranged from a three day old infant to 97-years old. Breath It In has two rooms coated floor-toceiling with rock salt and pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride pumped into the air. Similar to a meditation session, you inhale the dry, salt-enriched air deep into the lungs. It loosens the mucus, purifies the lungs, and reduces bronchial inflammation making more room in the airways to breathe. Charissa Siegert was skeptical at first, but was amazed that she didn’t need her asthma inhaler since starting the salt therapy.  “Normally, I use my inhaler twice a day, but I haven’t needed it since I came here


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Giving Back

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uality and art has no borders. The beauty of a well-crafted gemstone bangle from Sri Lanka and a Malaysian Batik scarf loses nothing in translation as they travel into homes far from their native lands. They are stunning, contemporary designs created by artisans using age-old techniques and styled for modern American consumers. Yet these labor-intensive items cannot compete against mass produced ones. Enter Candorra Artisans, a socially responsible Central Texas company that practices Fair Trade to help at-risk women living in poverty stricken and war-torn countries achieve personal and financial freedom.  “Candorra Artisans support these businesses by providing training, mentor ship, quality control and on-trend designs. We give the artisans opportunities to sell to the U.S. market, something they could not do on their own,” says Amanda Thornton, 24 years old, founder and owner. Inspired in 2014 by her father to use her artistic talents and solid business sense, Thornton, a former college art major, contacted friends in Sri Lanka to establish business relationships with local women to create and sell handmade jewelry. Then she traveled to Sri Lanka to train several artisans in jewelry making and start a quality control guidelines program. Thornton trained many of the artisans as well as the trainers. Seeing first-hand how skills training, business education, and paying artisans a living wage changes lives and communities, Thornton’s life was given a new purpose.  

"It struck the fire in me to expand this business model to help as many women as I can. We've also helped to grow and develop businesses in India, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Africa," Thornton says.

Ranging from handmade soap to jewelry, the artisans create 100-percent Ecofriendly items made from natural materials with bright colors and lush textures of high quality. Among the more than 100 items on her company’s website, Candorra.com, are the Gold Druzy Wire Wrapped Bracelet Bangle; fivestrand polished Bone Necklace, 100-percent cotton Onesies for babies and handstamped and dyed Batik Infinity Scarves. Thornton buys up front from the artisans and then sells the products via her website, while encouraging them to sell to other vendors too.  “I can grow my company by practicing Fair Trade and sell as much as I can, so our businesses grow together,” says Thornton.  She operates the company from her apartment receiving and shipping items and storing inventory at her parent’s Temple home. Thornton sells wholesale, as well as locally at Georgetown Market Days and Austin’s Pecan Street Festival, with hopes of one day selling in boutiques and department stores. Naming her company was almost as difficult a challenge as starting it, and one that required some divine intervention. Candorra comes from the Latin word Candor, meaning bright light. Thornton was guided to the Biblical passage in which God revealed his presence to Saul through a blinding light, and that is what these businesses means to her and the artisans.  “It’s a bright light for them in a sometimes dark place.”  1. A Wire Wrapped Bracelet Bangle hand crafted using Gold Druzys and 24k double gold plated wire. 2. The Bone Necklaces are popular items that go with any style. 3. Made from 100-percent cotton, Onesies for babies. With ruffled skirt made from Indonesian Batik fabric. 4. Coin Necklace and Wire Wrapped Bracelet Bangles using Turquoise colored Howlite and 24k double gold platted wire. March 2016 | Lake Austin Lifestyle

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Present Company performs theatre outside of the perverbial box ARTICLE ALISHA MCDARRIS | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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Photo by Shawn McHorse

“W

e never really set out to have a

run there were 450 people crowding around

Unexpected ways include original scores,

Shakespeare company, but that’s kind

the stage to get a glimpse of the magic. The

live music, interaction with the audience, and

of what evolved,” Stephanie Carll, producing

farm was packed, actors lost their voices,

non-traditional casting (think women playing

artistic director at Present Company laughs.

and just like that, Present Company was

men’s roles and changing characters’ genders).

practically an Austin institution.

Unexpected places include Rain Lily Farm and

It’s funny, because the Austin theatre company—and the term theatre is used loosely

Since then, Present Company has brought

the rooftop of Austin’s flagship Whole Foods

considering they’ve never produced a play in

the comedy and tragedy of Shakespeare to

Market. Shakespeare on the Farm has since

an actual theatre—Is known for their innovative

the people with Midsummer Night’s Dream,

become a production of Doleshal’s En Route

takes on the Bard’s greats.

The Tempest, and Love’s Labor’s Lost, among

production company, but Shakespeare at the Market remains a Present Company staple.

It was 2011 when Carll and Lindsay

others, with effervescence that only they can,

Doleshal introduced Austin to their spe-

all of which were performed in unconventional

cial brand of theatre with Much Ado About

locations in lieu of velvet-seated theatres.

Costumes are often repurposed items expertly coordinated by costume design-

Nothing on a little urban farm outside the

“We bring theatre off of the traditional

ers like Liza Feldcamp and sets are hand

city center and it didn’t take long for the

stage and into people’s lives in unexpected

designed and built by La Ensterä and

community to take notice. By the end of the

ways and places,” Carll says.

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THE PLAY’S THE THING

(CON TI N U ED)

Present Company Production Coordinator

and free. There are educational pre-shows

Payne Award for Outstanding Comedy of the

and actor Sam Grimes and his team. Expertly

before every performance, and they’ve never

Year and there wasn’t a free seat in the house

hand built, Carll might add, though in 2014

charged for a production, only taking donations

for the entire run.

building inspectors assumed a set built to

to help pay their actors, another must for Carll.

“We were dying to do contemporary

look shoddy actually was during a produc-

“We’re trying to support artists in the com-

pieces and that it was so well received was

tion of “The Tempest.” Carll and her crew had

munity,” Carll says. “Austin is full of artists who

to appeal to the city, run around town getting

are bold, who take risks and are full of talent.”

The company will be revisiting the space

signatures and permits, and in the end only

She collaborates with local artists for works

for April’s “Hamlet.” That is, after they perform

spent one weekend of the run banned from

to display at the venues, contracts local pho-

on closing night at the Folger Shakespeare

using most of their set.

tographers for company headshots, and gets

Library First Folio Festival at Texas A&M in

local businesses to sponsor the productions.

celebration of the complete collection of the

It can’t all be rainbows and roses, but Carll

so encouraging,” says Carll.

tries not to take life too seriously as she and

She measures success by whether

the Present Company tribe create magic

she can pay her actors more for the next

However, fans of outdoor theatre need not

and play make believe in the name of art.

show, than she could for the previous, and

worry; Present Company will be back intro-

Carll herself admits the organization started

the community is making it happen. Two

ducing new fans to old art, supporting local

with duct tape and a prayer, but it all adds

to three thousand people are lining the

artists, and making Shakespearean English

up to exceptional productions with talented

Whole Foods Market rooftop with blan-

understandable, relatable, and enjoyable on

local actors who love what they do bringing

kets each run to experience the magic of

the rooftop of Whole Foods Market in the Fall

Shakespeare to the masses.

immersive theatre, and Carll is always on

with “Twelfth Night.”

Because Present Company doesn’t believe Shakespeare is just for classic literature buffs

the lookout for fresh new spaces to house the company’s art.

Bard’s works published in 1623.

It’s how Carll is utilizing her passion for acting, directing, and Shakespeare to help

or those who can afford box seats at the local

Most recently that space was the Museum

theatre, it’s for everyone. In fact, making art

of Human Achievement, a warehouse where

“I want to create opportunities for people

accessible was one of Present Company’s

Present Company celebrated their first foray

to have meaningful and challenging and

founding principles. The cast and crew make

into contemporary theatre with Picasso at

rewarding experiences, both artists and

Shakespeare fun, understandable, relatable,

the Lapin Agile last year. It won the B. Iden

audiences alike,” Carll says.

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make Austin a great place for the arts.


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ith all the germination, fermentation, carbon dioxide, saccharomyces, and alpha enzymes, it’s safe to say that brewing beer is a science. But just because ingredients are measured in milliliters and tools must be sterilized doesn’t mean it isn’t also an art. How could it not be with labels that boast monikers like Fire Eagle or Liberator and come in flavors like grapefruit cream ale and chocolate stout? And while Austin may not have quite joined the ranks of craft brew centric cities like Portland, Seattle and Denver, it’s well on its way with more craft breweries popping up all the time. “I think in the next three or four years we’re going to see an explosion,” says Dan Pishlo, general manager at Austin Homebrew Supply.


That’s good news for all the craft beer drinkers out there who, according to Will Golden, head brewer and co-founder at Austin Beer Works, outnumber the folks brewing it. This is why he’s trying to promote the art through the Texas Craft Brewers Guild: to help Austin on its way to being known as a brewing mecca. But it’s more than hops and grains and sugar and kegs. Much like in the culinary world, beer making is about the passion of the chef and experimenting with flavors and methods and techniques. It’s about creating something new and that people actually want to drink, even if it’s just your friends at your next backyard bar-b-que. Many of Austin’s craft brewers, including Pishlo and Dusan Kwiatkowski, head brewer at Live Oak Brewing, started in their kitchen or garage, mad scientist style, with a kit and a dream. They focused on making beer they wanted to drink, the camaraderie that comes with sharing a pint they created, and the satisfaction that comes with successfully testing new methods and flavors. Of course, the 5, 10, or 15-gallon payoff at the end of the process isn’t bad either. However, not every batch out of the keg can be a winner. CONTINUED >

Will Golden, co-founder of Austin Beer Works

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Hops & Vine

(CON TI N U ED)

Austin Beer Works

Dusan Kwiatkowski, Head Brewer of Live Oak Brewing Co., photo of courtesy of Tyler Malone

“In 25 years of brewing I can tell you I’ve come up with some concoctions that don’t taste so great,” Pishlo says. “Swill,” is how Kwiatkowski describes those early batches, but that didn’t stop them from pushing onward. Now Pishlo’s orange creamsicle cream ale made with orange peel and marmalade boasts wins at the Michigan State Fair, Live Oak Brewing’s Weisser Rauch has claimed a silver medal at the World Beer Cup, and Austin Beer Works claimed its own set of medals from the Great American Beer Festival for three of the brewery’s four year-round beers. Which is their favorite? “Whichever one is in my hand,” Golden says. Because all art is good art and each beer is the product of hours of passionate flavor-chasing, experimentation, and meticulous application of an artful craft. The beauty of craft brewing is in the locality, careful craft and  quality ingredients;  the less than 6 million barrels produced a year, the independently owned establishment, and the traditional brewing approach encompass the art of the craft brew. Plus, it just tastes better and is almost always served with a large, bearded smile. Because, after all, it isn’t just craft beer, it’s craft beer in Austin.

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Artist’s Palette

Chalda Maloff

DIGITAL ART TAKES ON A NEW LIGHT ARTICLE VAL VALDEZ

PHOTOGRAPHY RUSSELL W. ZEARS AND CHALDA MALOFF

"Peace Marble"

"Cloudscape"

Austin Artist Chalda Maloff "Anticipation of False Happenings"

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t first glance, the fish appears to be swimming in place just beneath

Today, her state-of-the art toolbox includes an electronic Wacom tablet

the water's surface with a luminosity behind it, like an inner glow.

with stylus, sophisticated software such as Corel Painter X3 ®, a Mac Pro

Then you blink and realize it's only an image, but it's so much more

computer ®, and an Epson 9800 fine art printer ®. She builds her images

than that. It is a piece of digital art by renowned Austin artist, Chalda

with freehand tablet drawing, combined with various digital effects and

Maloff, whose work is at the intersection of technology and hope.

filters, and sometimes uses a scan of one of her natural media drawings.

“The overriding theme to all of my art is optimism, it's positive work,” Maloff says.

In 2008, her work was included in the inaugural exhibit of the Museum of Computer Art in New York City. Her artwork has been exhibited through-

Maloff's aesthetic style is filled with shapes, faces and images of

out North and South America and in Europe, winning numerous awards.

nature, like fish, combined with the illusion of back lighting and trans-

Maloff is a member of Ceres Gallery, an artist-run organization in New

parencies that gives ambiguity to a space drawing the viewer in. She

York City dedicated to the promotion of contemporary women in the arts.

has worked in all art media, aquatint, ceramics, oils, and acrylics, but since 2002 digital painting is her medium.

Maloff was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1946. She was raised in California and later in Nevada. She holds a Bachelor

“When I say the word, 'digital,' everyone thinks my work some-

of Arts in Art History, a Master of Science in Computer Science from

how involves photography, but I don't incorporate photographs in my

the University of California at Berkeley, and a Doctorate in Human

work,” Maloff says.

Ecology from the University of Texas School of Public Health. In 1995,

As someone who is in the forefront of the digital art revolution, she is still surprised that many people within the art world have no idea what this work is and some consider it cheating. Back in the 1970's, Maloff was told her Computer Science graduate degree would be almost as useless as her undergraduate degree in Art History. But she persisted for decades successfully merging her two passions of art and technology.

she and husband, Russell W. Zears, left Houston searching for a new Texas home, and fell in love with Austin. “I like the attitudes and atmosphere here, it's such a friendly, supportive and enlightened community,” Maloff says. A quote by conductor Leonard Bernstein perfectly expresses Maloff's artistic viewpoint, “Art cannot change events. But it can

“The computer is a tool that allows me to create effects that

change people...People are changed by art - enriched, ennobled,

wouldn’t be possible with any other medium, and I can get an amaz-

encouraged - they then act in a way that may affect the course of

ing amount of detail.” says Maloff.

events by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.”  

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Driver’s Notebook

Family Water

Fun THE 2016 REGAL 2250 CUDDY ARTICLE VAL VALDEZ

PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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ruising season on Austin lakes is fast approaching, so if you’re eager to enjoy the water, then the 2016 Regal 2250 Cuddy is a solid choice for family fun. For non-boaters, a cuddy is a boat with a small cabin making it popular with people who want a little shelter but don’t want, or can’t afford, a larger boat. The 2250 Cuddy measures 22-feet long by 8-1/2 feet wide and offers a fairly spacious cockpit. L-shaped seating with multi-position chair lounge can hold up to 10 people, but 8 is a more comfortable-sized crowd. A V-shaped berth cabin at 75 x 60 inches is enough space for two people to relax and sleep, once the cushions are rearranged. The interior is furnished in LeatherCrest, a material that is more durable than vinyl and easier to clean. In the center of the berth is a standard chemical toilet, but a better choice is the optional pump-out toilet, you can empty it without removing it from the boat through the waste pump located under the anchor locker hatch. Two 200 watt Fusion speakers make the cabin sound like a home theater with four more speakers in the cockpit. Naturally, the Fusion radio has full integration for your smart phone. Also, the helm sits higher on the 2250, than on some other boats, allowing for better sight lines when steering. A one-piece plexiglass door leading to the berth is a step up from a bi-fold partition or a curtain. At first glance the steps to the walkthrough seem narrow, but you can swivel them to the side making wide treads that are easy to step on, and then swivel out of the way. The 2250 makes the most use of every inch with plenty of storage space from  beneath seat cushions and hidden compartments. One of the features that improves the speed is 28

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The V-shaped berth allows up to two people to recline, and then arrange the cushions for sleeping.

With a wraparound windshield, the helm sits higher than on other similar boats allowing for better line of sight.


MSRP $62,670.00

the FasTrac Hull with its vented hull that reduces surface friction. This makes the boat seem to go faster than its average mid-30 mph range, which is still a fun speed for towing water skiers and tubers. A great deal of options are available to customize the 2250 Cuddy to your wants, needs and budget, including engine  choices that range from 250-hp to 280-hp. The standard 56-gallon gas tank can easily fuel multiple trips, short and longer ones. To really make this boat seem like a floating backyard, add the optional sink with a cutting board, a faucet and a stainless steel grill for a BBQ. Nice! With its sleek, clean lines, towing ability and roominess, this Cuddy is more than the typical day sports boat. It is easy to envision summer family outings and nighttime star gazing onboard the 2016 Regal 2250 Cuddy anywhere on Austin lakes and beyond. 

This compact boat is Ideal for family outings.

The 2016 Regal 2250 Cuddy is powerful enough for all water sports.

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Tech Savvy

Digital Detox LOGOFF AND LOGIN TO LIFE (SEE WHAT WE DID THERE?) ARTICLE ERICA BONIFACE | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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acebook. Twitter. Instagram. Online gaming. Online shopping. Fantasy sports teams. Okay, we’ll just stop there.  With the world at our fingertips, thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to get sucked into the digital world. You keep up with friends and family on various social media platforms. You e-mail your  boss at all hours of the night. You post photos from your sweet ski trip. We get it—2016 is an online world. Everyone is logged into something. But when is it too much? When do you go from it being a hobby to it being a habit—or even, an addiction? We spoke to addiction psychiatrist from CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction  and Rehabilitation), Patrick Fehling, MD about digital addictions to get a better understanding. “The best predictor to someone having addiction to anything is a prior addiction to something  else. Those tend to be people who get in recovery from alcohol or pain killers for instance. We get them clean and a new addiction develops—like exercise addiction,” says Fehling. “The same rules would apply for Internet usage—social media has to do with wanting to feel attached and connected to people. People are watching you. The narcissism of humanity, they feel important and their lives are meaningful." But, come on. Don’t people want to see photos of our three-year-old’s preschool artwork and a play-by-play of potty training? “Most recovery involves two ingredients: Acceptance. You have identified a problem. You’ve accepted you have a problem. The second is commitment. You are committed to do better and makes changes. That’s how you would start,” explains Fehling. 

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Okay, shut down by Dr. Fehling, but we’ll still post that stick-figure artwork. So much talent. In all seriousness, Fehling explained that Internet Addiction Disorder often has a duel-diagnosis. Meaning you’re depressed, have social anxiety or something else going on—you want to avoid others so you tend to ignore them and spend time on the computer.  “You have found a way to keep partial attachment going while being isolative and having less motivation to change,” says Fehling.  It’s time for a digital detox. How do you learn to ignore your Fantasy Football Team? Won’t you  get fired if you don’t e-mail the boss at 10 p.m.? Here are four tips to get started:  1. Boundaries. Articulate boundaries with your friends, family and co-workers. Set a time when it’s okay to be online—and when it’s not. For instance, if dinner time and getting kids to bed happens from 6-8 p.m. set a rule that there are no smart phones or computers during that time. 2. Acceptance. If you have accepted that you’re obsessed with going online, be aware as to  how often you logon. 3. Commitment. If you’re ready to limit screen time, set up personal goals and stick to them. 4. Mindfulness. Once you’ve set boundaries, be mindful of your emotional state. When you go offline, how do you feel? If you find yourself more agitated and anxious, there may a level of addition.  “It’s nice to note that addictions are conditions. They have developed in the brain so you have nothing to be ashamed of—don’t be embarrassed. Our brains just develop these things from pressures. We want to extinguish stigma,” says Fehling.

Quiz: This is a good way to start the dialog—it’s not an official diagnosis. If you answer 'yes' to four or more of these questions, it may be worth talking to a professional. 1. Do you feel that your time spent on the computer or on your phone is out of  control? Have a tough time controlling your time. 2. Do you get annoyed or upset when friends or family confronts you about this? 3. Have you noticed that you are using the Internet or digital media and it has taken over some of your time you’ve invested in other activities in life? Such as spending less time with your kids? 4. Have you attempted to cut down your usage of internet and find you’re unsuccessful and can’t? 5. Do you find yourself obsessing over e-mail, social media, etc? 6. Do you use the Internet or phone to help you cope with mood or anxiety? Is it a soothing mechanism? 7. Do you mainly stay up-todate with friends and family online over catching up in-person?


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Lifestyle Calendar

March

MARCH 11 - 20 SXSW MUSIC, FILM, INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL VARIOUS SXSW® offers the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging

MARCH 4 - 6

MARCH 6

PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE

TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY

sional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier

CIRCUIT OF AMERICAS

BULLOCK MUSEUM

destination for discovery. New media presen-

The 2016 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) of-

Enjoy free exhibit admission all day, held the

tations, music showcases and film screenings

fers fans the best sports car racing on the

first Sunday of every month. Families can ex-

provide buzz-generating exposure for cre-

planet. More  makes and models race in

plore the Story of Texas through three floors

ators and compelling entertainment for audi-

the PWC than any other race series in the

of exhibits that showcase artifacts from

ences year after year. SXSW.com

world. Explore the open paddock, get up close

around the state. Special family programs

and personal with these cars and get to know

from 12-3pm combine art creation, presen-

MARCH 12 - 26

the drivers. CircuitOfTheAmericas.com

tations by partner organizations, and gallery

RODEO AUSTIN

activities. TheStoryOfTexas.com

TRAVIS COUNTY EXPO CENTER

MARCH 6

technologies. Fostering creative and profes-

Rodeo Austin offers up quite the fun, exciting experience for people of all ages. Over

ZILKER KITE FESTIVAL

the years it has grown to one of Austin's main

ZILKER PARK

events offering Pro rodeo events, live music,

Let's go fly a kite! Kick off spring at the park

stock show, fair and more! RodeoAustin.com

with the ABC Zilker Kite Festival, free to everyone. Enter various contests from the

MARCH 4 ANTI WORLD TOUR

50-yard dash with your kite, to most unusual kite, highest angle kite and much more. ABCKiteFestival.org

FRANK ERWIN CENTER Global superstar, Grammy Award®-winner and multi-platinum selling artist, Rihanna, announced her ANTI World Tour produced by Live Nation.  Special guest for her North American leg of the tour will be Travis Scott. UterWinCenter.com

MARCH 5 AUSTIN DANCE FESTIVAL

MARCH 8 & 9

AUSTINVENTURES STUDIO THEATER

AMPLIFY AUSTIN

MARCH 12

Austin Dance Festival will present the work

VARIOUS

#FLUFFY BREAKS EVEN TOUR

of 22 modern dance companies and inde-

Amplify Austin Day is a 24-hour online giv-

FRANK ERWIN CENTER

pendent choreographers for this one day.

ing day on March 8th at 6PM until March

One of America’s most successful stand-up

KdhDance.com

9th at 6PM. Go to AmplifyATX.org and

comedians, Gabriel Iglesias, performs a mix-

type in the name of the nonprofit(s) you

ture of storytelling, parodies, characters and

want to contribute to.

sound effects bringing his personal experi-

MARCH 5 BIG HAIR COUNTRY FAIR

ences to life. UterWinCenter.com

HOTEL ELLA

MARCH 10

Dine on all you can eat comfort food in the

WINE WALK

MARCH 14 - 18

beautiful Hotel Ella with a flowing open bar

HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA

MEGASPORTS SPRING BREAK CAMP

filled with our presenting sponsor, Deep

This is an unique wine and social gathering

WESTLAKE ATHLETIC &

Eddy Vodka. Take a stroll through the row

experience. Get to know the eclectic mix of

COMMUNITY CENTER

of carnival games and support Austin's

businesses in the Galleria while discovering

Campers grade K-8 will participate in a va-

youth. http://bighaircountryfair.org/

great wines from all over the world.

riety of activities in different sports such as

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Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Kickball, Flag Football and Dodgeball.

MARCH 17

WACCTexas.com

ST. PATRICK'S DAY FESTIVAL

MARCH 14 - MAY 31

VARIOUS A family fun event where families can come out to enjoy some

WILDFLOWER DAYS

Irish culture and excitement including live music and dancing.

LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER

StPatricksDayAustin.com

Celebrate Spring at the Wildflower Center from March 14 to May 31. Take in the bounty of nature, play in the Family Garden, take wildflow-

MARCH 19 & 20

er photos for your holiday cards, shop at the Store and have lunch at

ARTIST & ARTISANS FESTIVAL

the Cafe. Spring has sprung! WildFlower.org

LADY BIRD JOHNSON

MARCH 14 - 18

WILDFLOWER CENTER Take a break from SXSW crowds and join us to enjoy early spring

SPRING BREAK AT THE BULLOCK

blooms and purchase unique arts and crafts from local vendors during

BULLOCK MUSEUM

this annual festival. Featuring artists George Boutwell, Lisa Leal and

This week, the Museum is offering a variety of programs perfect for kids

Charles Allen, plus more than 20 vendors. WildFlower.org

and their adult companions, from hands-on activities, to story times, offsite workshops and cooking demonstrations. Drop in each day during

MARCH 26

spring break and get in touch with history through great activities for all

FUNKY CHICKEN COOP TOUR

ages. TheStoryOfTexas.com

VARIOUS

MARCH 14 - 18

Back for its 8th year, this tour is to encourage city residents to raise chickens at home by demonstrating the many ways that chicken (and

THE BROADWAY KIDS CAMP

other poultry) housing can be incorporated into urban residence.

BALLET AUSTIN

AustinCoopTour.org

The Lion King is a favorite of kids around the world, and this Spring Break the African Savannah comes to life with singing and dancing

MARCH 26

and plenty of jungle fun. This fun-filled Spring Break Camp will include

SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES

kid-friendly choreography and favorite songs from Pride Rock to the

HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA

jungle and back. BalletAustin.org

The Saturday night concert series is back! Join us at the outdoor amphitheater as we kick off this season's live music event. HillCountryGalleria.com

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Local’s Choice

MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEAM DONNA STOCKTON HICKS AND SHELLY ROSENBERG SHARE WHAT'S ON TREND THIS YEAR

5.

6.

WORDS SHELLEY SEALE | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

4.

7.

WHO: Shelly Rosenberg and Donna Stockton WHAT: Mother/daughter interior designers WHERE: Austin and Dallas 1. Wood with some sort of metal accent is a continuing trend 3.

in furniture, lamps and accessories. Chest from John Richards 2. Customized mixed patterns on and around the bed and

8.

upholstered headboards. Gone are bed skirts; in are clean matching side rails for upholstery headboards. 3. Everyone should update the framing of their art work with cleaner, lighter frames. 4. Modern art continues to be hot, whether in photography, modern abstracts or mirrors. 5. Mid Century Modern with its clean lines is represented in these metal and leather chairs. 6. Small side tables  are everywhere, with the most popular 2.

materials being mixed metals, stone tops, and wooden tops.

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7. Lucite and wood continue to be hot items. Photos 6. & 7. by Donna Stockton Hicks

8. Metal cabinets give functional pieces a wow factor, such as this painted metal frame with stone sliding doors. 9. Texture adds much-needed dimension to popular monochromatic design schemes and a luxury layer to more playful palettes. Faux fur is all over markets this year, but for the real deal, the shearling clad Sydney Chair from Brett Designs is a classic choice. 10. The twin Pantone Colors of the Year 2016 are Rose Quartz and Serenity, illustrated beautifully in a custom Silhouette 1. 34

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