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EDITOR’S LETTER

TEXAS is full of must-see Christmas attractions

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n this edition of Lifestyles, we are happy to draw attention to Marshall’s fabulous Wonderland of Lights. Millions of lights transform downtown into a destination that attracts tens of thousands of visitors who love holiday experiences. If you haven’t ever seen it, go. You won't be disappointed. Put it on your to-do list. The Wonderland of Lights got me thinking about other must-see Texas destinations for those who can’t get enough of holiday lights and events that capture the joy of this special time of year. An internet search for “top Christmas destinations in Texas” brings up lists recommending where to go and what to do. Besides Marshall, another top Christmas season destination is Galveston, which also is featured on our pages. The website wideopencountry.com praises Galveston as the place that brings “Christmas to life” with the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens and Dickens on The Strand, which recreates a 19th-century London holiday celebration. The great news is that many must-see holiday sights are a relatively short drive from East Texas. Just a few miles north of Marshall is the little town of Jefferson, which observes Christmas on the Bayou. Visitors ride the Rail of Lights Christmas train, tour historic homes on the Candlelight Tour of Homes, and walk through the Enchanted Forest, where more than 100 trees twinkle with holiday lights. In Grapevine, north of Dallas, visitors can “view millions of Christmas lights and decorations that seem to adorn the entire city,” says the website tripstodiscover.com. Attractions include the ice sculptures and 100-foot Christmas tree at the Gaylord Texan Resort, the North Pole Express train ride and outdoor showings of Christmas film favorites. Other Texas holiday destinations that top lists include Fredericksburg, the Hill Country town that mixes holiday traditions with its German heritage; Grand Prairie, which has a spectacular drive-through light display and holiday village; Austin, which attracts thousands with its trail of lights in Zilker Park; and San Antonio, which transforms its famous River Walk into a holiday destination featuring lights and parades. Perhaps the most important thing is not where you go for the holidays but who you go with. Spend time with the people you love this holiday season. Your time and creating new experiences is the best gift you can give people you love. And it is easy with all the beautiful lights and fun experiences to forget that Christmas is a remembrance that God sent his Son to die for man’s sins. And that was the best gift God could give the people he loved.

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CONTENTS

80 THE GOOD LIFE 10 PAIRINGS

54 ISLAND ADVENTURES

Galveston is not the only Texas island worth visiting.

Who knew that vintage and modern was a match made in heaven.

BALANCE

23 CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

59 TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

ADVENTURE

62 PET LOVERS' CHRISTMAS

Champion mixologist Molly Wellmann shares her favorites.

36 MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS Wonderland of Lights makes Marshall sparkle.

44 HOLIDAYS GALVESTON STYLE The island celebrates with lights and revelry.

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Self care is important during hectic holidays

64 78 COME TOGETHER

Make exercise a family affair.

CULTURE 80 SEASONAL SETTINGS

Let family traditions shine through on the holiday table.

90 GLASCO REVISITED

Think about the pet parents on your holiday list.

Tyler Museum of Art presents the work of Tyler-reared Joseph Glasco.

64 GIFT OF LOVE

96 CULTURE CALENDAR

Nothing says Merry Christmas like an edible gift.

Art, theater, music


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PAIR INGS W H O K N E W T H AT V I N TA G E AND MODERN WAS A M AT C H M A D E I N H E AV E N

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hase and Whitney Williams know how to create a dream home for others. It is a skill they have perfected in their family business, Chase Homes. He is homebuilder and she is an interior designer. When their twin boys, Luke and Jack, now 5, were younger, the couple moved six times. Those days are behind them. Chase and Whitney are now looking forward to spending the festive holidays in a beautiful home they built and decorated for themselves.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 10 The smiles on the faces of Jack and Luke show they couldn't be more thrilled with the prospect of joyful holidays. Chase and Whitney say their Tyler home totally reflects their approach to homebuilding. Walk into the home and to the left you will encounter a sturdy wooden door that looks like it was pulled off a New England barn in the 1950s. The door slides open to reveal a room in which there’s a vintagelooking piano and art reminiscent of the work of midcentury abstract masters. From the vaulted ceiling hangs a large rectangular light fixture that screams modern. Welcome to the Williamses’ world where yesteryear merges

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| CONT. FROM PG. 13 with today. Call it a marriage of vintage and modern. The photos with this article are from their home, which was on the 2018 Tyler Area Builders Association Parade of Homes. Lifestyles Magazine recently caught up with the couple. Below are their written replies to questions. LIFESTYLES: Both of you started in different careers. When did you know that homebuilding was your true calling? CHASE AND WHITNEY: We started Chase Homes six years ago when Whitney was pregnant with our twin boys, Luke and Jack. (At that time Whitney was a registered nurse working in a doctor’s office and Chase was working for an oil and gas pipeline company.) We both decided we wanted to explore building before the birth of our boys, since we knew life would only get crazier! It was a natural path to explore as Whitney’s family has been in the building industry for decades. What started out as a college job with Whitney’s father (David Humphrey, Johnson Humphrey Homes) turned into one of my greatest passions. Having such a huge knowledge base at our disposal was so advantageous. Whenever there was something we needed help with or a question we didn’t know, we had decades of experience from people we love who were always willing to help us be successful. Whitney’s grandfather, Raymond Johnson, has been building in Tyler since the 1960s. He is such a wonderful example of a hardworking and respectable man. Whitney’s Dad, David Humphrey, and uncle, Kevin Humphrey, have provided us with an invaluable firsthand knowledge base. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the help from our family. Early in our career, we built and moved many times. We gained invaluable knowledge through firsthand experience. Our boys, who are now 5, have moved six

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| CONT. FROM PG. 15 times, but we are finally settled for now. We’ve discussed many times that the ultimate goal of Chase Homes should be a husband and wife team — builder and designer. LIFESTYLES: What are the advantages of being a builder and decorator team? CHASE AND WHITNEY: The idea of building a custom home can be overwhelming. We understand that it’s a personal process and an investment to build the home you have been dreaming of. Not only is it time consuming to think about every fixture and finish, but to also be confident

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that it’s going to be cohesive throughout the entire home. Our goal is to alleviate as much stress as possible during this process. Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram are wonderful tools for gathering ideas, but after saving thousands of pictures it can be hard to narrow down mood boards to concrete ideas. We are here to bridge the gap from idea board to reality. Having a builder and designer that work so closely together is the absolute best way to make sure all ideas are executed properly and at the right time in the process. There are two people closely involved, communicating about every detail during the construction process.

Depending on our clients’ needs, we have two ways that we can achieve their goals. We can assist with their selections and design throughout the process or we can offer a full design service where we meet and get a real feel for who the client is and how they want their home to look. From there, we can take on the task of making all those selections and decisions and getting the clients’ approval on the work. LIFESTYLES: How do you make your partnership work so well? CHASE AND WHITNEY: We both love what we do and are very passionate about building.

We work so well together because we have separate skill sets that complement each other. Whitney’s skills lie in taking designs and ideas and putting them together so they work cohesively in a home. Chase’s skills are much more suited to running a company, and all that entails. We trust each other in our separate crafts to execute our own expertise. LIFESTYLES: You describe your style as a blending of vintage and modern. How do you pull this off? CHASE AND WHITNEY: Blending vintage and modern for us is all about balance. We love to

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| CONT. FROM PG. 15 add in vintage artwork and antique rugs to add warmth to a space and give it a personal one-of-a-kind touch. There is a great local shop, the Noble Knot, that offers beautiful selections of vintage rugs. We find most of our vintage artwork through different Etsy shops. Adding personal touches like this really makes your home feel like your home. Depending on the room, we often add in more modern elements through lighting and custom cabinetry design, but our ultimate goal is to find that balance in all the selections to maintain a timeless look. It is definitely a process (for us it’s a fun process) to make sure all the elements in a room are working together to create that perfect mix of modern and traditional. We find a good place to start is with selecting finishes that will last the test of time and then we add in personal touches through paint colors, lighting, wall treatments flooring and decor. We want the overall feel of the houses we are building and designing to be warm, inviting and livable. Design is all in the details. You cannot go wrong with natural stone and hardwood flooring. We add in texture with wall treatment such as wallpaper, v groove, shiplap and wall moldings. We love to mix metal finishes on lighting, hardware and plumbing. When we use finishes that could be considered trendy, for example patterned tiles, we want to make sure that they are classic enough to not look outdated in five years. LIFESTYLES: In your home, the light fixtures are big, bold and unique. Why such an emphasis on light fixtures? CHASE AND WHITNEY: Lighting is a great fun way to really show your personality. Unique lighting fixtures can really make the house feel like you. It's one of the first things people see when they walk into a house. It’s a great place to go more modern 18

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| CONT. FROM PG. 18 and then tie in more traditional or classic elements elsewhere. LIFESTYLES: Your stove is amazing. Tell us more about it. CHASE AND WHITNEY: Our stove is from La Cornue. We purchased it through Williams Sonoma. It shipped from France and it took 10 weeks to arrive. We were a bit nervous as our house was in the Parade of Homes and we had a very strict deadline. Luckily it arrived within a week from the parade’s start. We often are asked if we cook on it or if it’s just something to look at. People always say they’d be scared to use it. The truth is, we cook on it every single day. It functions just as amazing as it looks. It was an investment well worth it. LIFESTYLES: What do you do to make sure you and your clients are on the same page? CHASE AND WHITNEY: The No. 1 thing you have to do is to listen to what your customer wants, but you have to know what questions to ask in order to arrive at that point. Anyone who wants to build a custom home has ideas of what they want their home to be like. We listen to their ideas, give advice and figure out how to really achieve the look they are going for. Gaining and maintaining trust is a major aspect of the builder/client relationship. There’s so much thought and time that everyone’s putting into a home and we want to feel like our customers have complete faith and trust in us throughout the process. We would love our clients to describe the building experience as totally worth it. There is absolutely no other way to get the exact layout you want with all the latest and most efficient features like spray foam, low-e windows and high-efficiency HVAC. We want to be known for taking out the stress and invoking confidence in our clients that they are going to get the house of their dreams all while making it as smooth, fun and as stress-free as possible. 20

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Christmas Craftiness: Cocktails

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Molly Wellmann, a mixologist super star, replaces sugar-laden artificially-flavored syrups with simple syrups handmade with herbs and spices on top of a stove! STORY BY ANN BUSH PORTRAIT BY AARON M. CONWAY

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olly Wellmann is many things — a successful business woman, club owner, bartender, mixologist, speaker, author and history buff. Oh, and award winner. The Nightclub & Bar Media Group selected her as the 2019 Bartender-Owner of the Year. The prestigious award recognizes the movers and shakers of the industry across the nation, those who have shown excellent expertise in their field, but also strive to improve the nightclub and bar industry. A self-taught mixologist born raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she has shaken up the cocktail scene by throwing out the sugar-laden artificially-flavored syrups and replacing them with simple syrups handmade with refreshing herbs and spices on top of a stove. Her goal is to bring back the good old fashioned cocktail our grandparents remember. She states in her book, “Handcrafted Cocktails,” that drinks should “reflect the same quality as those made a hundred years ago, when bartenders used quality, fresh ingredients and balanced the flavors instead of making them too sweet.” Her love of history began with reading old books about her hometown, Cincinnati, rich in history of German immigrants bringing their beer and sausage-making skills with them. During her younger years, Molly worked as a bartender in San Francisco but perfected her skills when she returned to her hometown. Eventually, she purchased an old hair and wig store and turned the place into a thriving vintage bar named it Japps.

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Mulled Wine Sometime during the second century, Romans began heated wine during cold winters. As the Romans conquered much of Europe during the next century, their love for mulled wine spread throughout their empire. Spices were added according to the local region to promote health, or improve on the flavor of a sour wine. Wine merchants began to promote their spiced wines during the holiday season when demand for wine soared, which is why mulled wine is associated with Christmas. INGREDIENTS

4 cups apple cider 1 (750 ml.) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon 1/4 cup honey 2 cinnamon sticks 1 orange, zested and juiced 4 whole cloves 3 star anise 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

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l Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice,

cloves and star anise in a large saucepan.

l Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for ten minutes. l Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve. . Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten found on the Food Network website

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Handcrafted Chilled Eggnog For many years, Monks were known to drink a posset with eggs and figs for good health, much like the smoothies of today. When the mixture was first heated is not known, however the British were heating the milky ale-like drink in the 13 th century. Eggnog became popular during the holidays in the colonies when chicken farms were inundated with eggs during the cool season. How eggnog got its name is still a mystery, however one theory is that the name comes from the Dutch word “noggin� meaning wooden cup.

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4 egg yolks 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon 1 pint of whole milk 1 cup heavy cream

3 ounces bourbon 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 egg whites

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l In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they

lighten in color.

l Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is

completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir to combine. l Place the egg whites in the bole of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running, gradually add the 1 teaspoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. l Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve. Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown found on the Food Network website

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| CONT. FROM PG. 26 “I wanted a place that presented an entirely new bar experience for twentyfirst century patrons by creating an environment that referenced a bygone time when people drank and socialized at a bar without needing to scream to be heard,” she said. Alcohol has affected almost every civilization around the world for thousands of years. Humans have been drinking beer and wine since 8,000 B.C., and distilled spirits since around 800 B.C. Legends say the fermentation process was discovered by accident when water leaked into stored grain, and then drunk, making someone feel better. Used as a medicine for many years, the fermentation process soon spread across the globe creating pleasure drinks. The Persians fermented grapes, the Asians rice and the Europeans grains. A cocktail is defined as a drink in which multiple ingredients are mixed, consisting of one or more spirits (hard liquor) and at least one fruit juice. A mixed drink is any drink that includes one spirit, such as a whiskey soda or bourbon added to tea. Molly’s philosophy in making drinks is to balance the sweet, the sour and the bitter along with the complementing spirit so the end result is delicious and interesting. A minimum of three items make up a cocktail — the spirit, a modifier and a perfume. The Spirit: The secret to a good cocktail starts with the best quality spirit. People around the nation debate which distiller makes the best whiskey, bourbon, vodka, tequila or rum. Today, a large selection from around the world is available resulting in making the decision more difficult. Wines also qualify as a spirit and champagne is often used for commemorative cocktails. Only your taste buds will help you choose the right brand to purchase. However, advice from a bartender is a good place to start. The modifier: The modifier is usually a sweet or savory syrup, but could be a vermouth or flavored cream. During Prohibition, black market liquor was hastily made with poor ingredients, making the drink taste bitter and sour. Adding sugar was the easy solution, but sugar takes a while to dissolve. Bartenders began to boil the sugar with water beforehand, in order to serve the drinks quicker. Most bars purchase pre-prepared syrup full of fructose corn syrup and artificial flavoring. Molly prefers to make her own syrup and includes a variety of recipes in her book. Her simple syrup recipe is three basic ingredients: 1 cup of water added to 1 cup of sugar plus flavoring all brought to a rolling boil. Molly’s favorite items for extra mega flavor are orange peel, split vanilla beans, sliced ginger root, fruit, cinnamon, cloves or dried lavender. Turn down the heat and simmer for about five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. The perfume: The perfume could be freshly squeezed citrus fruit, flavored water or bitter. Bitter is a spice made by infusing herbs and spices and the dominant flavor of a high-proof spirit. Bitter ingredients are placed in mason jars and stored in a dark place for at least seven days. Bitters can be purchased, but Molly prefers to make her own. Her favorite is Allspice Bitter, made of whiskey, vanilla beans, allspice berries and wormwood. Molly has become a cocktail chef, unearthing old favorite recipes and creating new drinks by adding her own twist that craft unique flavors. In her book, her research on cocktail history is mingled with recipes from America’s past.

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BARTENDING TECHNIQUES Have you ever wanted to master the art of bartending? In her book, "Handcrafted Cocktails," mixologist Molly Wellman of Cincinnati, says that to be a bartender, you must master the following techniques. MUDDLING: Mashing a small amounts of fruits, vegetables and herbs into a fine pulp to release their flavors. It is often done in the bottom of the glass in which the drink is served using a muddler. MEASURING: Wellmann says that when it comes to measuring, the bartender's best friend is the jigger. Accurate measurements "ensure all of the ingredients in a cocktail work together to create a great drink experience," Wellmann says in her book SHAKING: The trick, says Wellmann, is to add the ice just before shaking it. Use a shaking tin that fits snugly onto a glass, hold the tin in one hand and glass in the other. Position this over our shoulder and shake vigorously. It takes 10 to 15 shakes to get the job done. STIRRING: Some drinks require stirring not shaking to incorporate the ingredients. The stirring is always the final step. Wellmann recommends to hold the top of a glass during stirring. MAKING A TWIST: Twists are the small curled up pieces of lemon, lime or orange used to decorate a cocktail. The citrus peel adds a kick of freshness. Keep the strip thin and narrow. To make it curl, run a channel knife or zester flat along the peel.

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“I wanted a place that presented an entirely new bar experience for twenty-first century patrons by creating an environment that referenced a bygone time when people drank and socialized at a bar without needing to scream to be heard.” — Molly Wellmann


Beet Around the Christmas Tree Tequila was first produced in the 16th century in Tequila, a city in central Mexico and distilled from the rare agave plant. Mexico authorities have a long history of regulations on tequila to ensure the spirit’s quality and authenticity. True tequila is made from the blue agave plant which only grows in the central western state of Jalisco, Mexico. Tequila had denomination of origin, meaning is must be produced in Mexico in designated states. The trendy “worm” is found in tequila’s “lower-quality” cousin, mezcal and does not add flavor to the spirit. INGREDIENTS

2 ounces tequila 1-ounce fresh beet juice 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed 3/4 ounce vanilla simple syrup Soda to top

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Add all ingredients but the soda to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain over ice in an old fashioned glass. Top with soda and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Recipe courtesy of Molly Wellmann, 2019 Bartender-Owner of the Year

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Hot Buttered Rum Also known as the Hot Toddy, a Hot Buttered Rum has a long history in Europe when cold long winters created a craving for hot drinks using rum imported from the Indonesian island of Java. New Englanders began making their own rum over 300 years ago from molasses using African slaves brought to the Colonies from England. Today, most rum is made from sugar cane and imported from Cuba, Puerto Rico or Barbados, where the spirit was called rumbullion, translating to “kill-devil.� INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1/4 cup honey 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves Pinch salt 3/4 cup spiced rum 2 cups boiling water Cinnamon sticks for garnish

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l Using an electric mixer, eat the brown sugar, butter, honey,

cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. l Transfer the mixture to a 4-cup or larger measuring cup. l Add the rum and then 2 cups boiling water. l Stir until the butter mixture dissolves. l Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve. Recipe courtesy of Duchin Lounge during a Rachael Ray $40 A Day episode

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THE LINGO Are you interested in being a mixologist? Here are some terms you'll need to know.

“Drinks should reflect the same quality as those made a hundred years ago, when bartenders used quality, fresh ingredients and balanced the flavors instead of making them too sweet.” — Molly Wellmann

BITTERS: Bitters are made from herbs and berries and have subtle but significant bitter flavor. CONDIMENT: Ingredients that add flavor and can be anything from bitters and sugar syrup to Tabasco and horseradish. DIRTY: The request to add an olive or a little of the brine to the mix. DOUBLE STRAINING: Straining a drink through a regular cocktail strainer and then a finer strainer. DRY: Cocktails which tend to incorporate dry vermouth. FLAIRING: The theatrical display of shaking a cocktail that can include juggling or throwing. HIGHBALL: The Highball is a spirit on ice with a carbonated mixer. INFUSION: Spirits that have an ingredient that seeps in over days, weeks or months. LIQUEUR: Drinks made by distilling neutral spirits with the like of fruits and herbs. MARTINI: Originally ta gin or vodka and vermouth cocktail. Now it describes any short drink in a martini glass. MIXER: A soft drink that enhances the hard drink. PROOF: One degree of proof is equivalent to one-half of a percent of alcohol volume. ROCKS: Ice in drinks. SOUR: The key ingredients of this drink are lemon juice, sugar and a spirit. To create a Fizz, add soda. SPIRIT: Any alcoholic drink produced by distillation. SPLASH: A liquid measurement that is a bit more than a dash but less than an ounce. STRAIGHT UP OR UP: A cocktail without ice. Source: thecocktaillovers.com

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Rosy Cheeks The first reference to gin is in a 13th Century Flemish manuscript as a spirit distilled from grains flavored with “genever’ — Dutch for juniper berries. By the 1600’s, gin distilleries thrived in Amsterdam when gin was used by chemist for treatment of ailments such as gout and dyspepsia. Gin became popular during the Thirty Years’ War when British soldiers fighting on Dutch land found extra courage by drinking gin. Gin is made the same way today, with the berries creating a unique flavor. INGREDIENTS

11/2-ounce gin 1/2 ounce spiced cranberry simple syrup 1 egg white Juice of half of a fresh lime

DIRECTIONS

l Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. l Add the ice and shake vigorously. l Strain into a cocktail glass and rest until foam floats to the top. Recipe courtesy of Molly Wellmann, 2019 Bartender-Owner of the Year

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BEAUTY YOUR WAY Joseph Glasco (1925-1996).Yellow Annimal, 1955 Casein and ink on paper, 28 x 44 inches. Tyler Museum of Art Permanent Collection

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STORY BY DANNY MOGLE

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hen I was a little boy, my parents each year took me and my brother on driving trips to look at neighborhoods that had beautiful holiday light displays. It was our way of getting into the Christmas spirit. We loved looking at houses and yards in which the homeowners went allout with lights and displays. As I look back on that period decades ago, I must confess that it didn’t take much to get us excited. I can only imagine how blown away we would have been had Marshall’s Holiday of Lights Festival existed back in those days. Conceived in 1987, Wonderland of Lights has grown to rival the best Christmas lights displays in the country. It is hard to say how many lights make the city’s downtown sparkle like a Christmas star. Tourism officials simply put the number at millions. Those who go to Marshall will find plenty of other things to do, including skating on an outdoor rink; listening to live music; riding the Holly Trolley, Wonderland Express or restored vintage 1948 Herschel Carrousel; touring neighborhoods known for fantastic light displays; or strolling through Santa’s Village, a collection of tiny homes each featuring a fun and free activity. More information is available at marshalltexas.net.

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Galveston really knows how to throw a holiday party

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the classic Chris Van Allsburg story, and receive the first gift of Christmas after Santa boards the train on this magical one-hour ride. Wearing pajamas is highly encouraged, but not required. Take a trip around the world in only one night — just like Santa — at Ice Land. The magnificent 28,000-acre crystal wonderland carved from ice is part of the festivities at Moody Gardens. Travel from Russia to Egypt to China and beyond amid stunning ice sculptures, some reaching heights up to thirty feet, and see how other cultures celebrate the season. How does one stay warm amid 2 million pounds of ice? Courtesy parkas are provided to offset the chilly 9-degree temperature. It is highly recommended to bring jackets, gloves, and hats, especially for the little ones. They will likely want to go down the Ice Slide more than once, and you definitely won't want to rush through this unique venue. Back outside, stroll through the Festival of Lights. This milelong trail features more than a million lights and animated light

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GALVESTON ISLAND This barrier island is equal parts historic mansions and waterfront fun. Families and couples alike will love Galveston Island's unique architecture and mansion tours, boating, beach relaxation, eco-tourism, dolphin- and whale-watching excursions and museums.

SEAWALL URBAN PARK

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With ten miles of the nation’s longest continuous sidewalk. The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park is packed with rollercoasters that soar over the Gulf of Mexic.

1877 TALL SHIP ELISSA ELISSA, a three-mast sailing vessel, is one of the world’s oldest sailing hulls still in operation. There is a museum and theater for visitors to gain a better understanding of ELISSA’s history as well as her rescue from the shipyard and her restoration. 2200 Harborside Drive, Galveston

N E E D A N I S L A N D G E TA W AY ? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN TEXAS. HERE ARE 6 TO EXPLORE. PADRE ISLAND The largest barrier island of Texas' many, Padre Island is home to both familyfriendly beaches and spring-break party resorts.

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SCHLITTERBAHN GALVESTON ISLAND Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is 26 acres of fun. With dozens of spectacular adventures, it provides yearround entertainmen. There are three speed slides, four tube slides, three kids' activity areas, a heated pool, a secluded beach, a surfing wave, and the famous Torrent Tidal Wave River. 2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston

THE STRAND HISTORIC DISTRICT The Strand Historic District, or the Strand, is located in downtown Galveston and is registered as a National Historic Landmark District. It consists of a number of beautiful Victorian buildings that house boutiques, restaurants, galleries and antique stores.

GALVESTON ISLAND RAILROAD MUSEUM The Galveston Island Railroad Museum and Terminal was created to depict the

Hotel Galvez right on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Hotel Galvez Spa is a 10,000 square foot oasis of tranquility. The spa is designed to pamper your body and mind. The highly qualified staff will improve your circulation, relive muscle soreness and reduce stress through a series of customized services.

history of rail transportation. 2602 Santa Fe Place, Galveston

EAST END DISTRICT The East End Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark and covers 50 city blocks. The district, placed on the National Register of Historic Places, gives visitors a peek into what it was like in Galveston’s “Gilded Age”. 1501 Post Office St, Galveston

PELICAN ISLAND North of Galveston Harbor, Pelican Island is an ideal spot for seasonal festivals, fishing, bird-watching, beaches, art and history museums. Stroll downtown for dining and art, watch seasonal festivals like Oktoberfest take fishing pier.

MOODY MANSION MUSEUM The former home of W.L. Moody Jr., one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Wealthiest Americans in 1950, the Moody Mansion Museum is filled with antiques, furnishings and personal effects from the Moody family. 2618 Broadway — Galveston

MUSTANG ISLAND With more than 18 miles of barrierisland shoreline, Mustang Island’s wildlife, beaches and marine preserves make it a Gulf island worth visiting. Camp on sandy beaches or in protected forests, enjoy sunny days on the water, or take to museums and the local University of Texas Marine Science Institute to immerse in the wildlife native to the island. And at the island’s northern end you’ll find Port Aransas and its many shops, restaurants and accommodations.

MOODY GARDENS Moody Gardens aims to connect visitors to nature through conservation, education and recreation. Visitors will find an aquarium, worldclass theaters, a paddlewheel boat, a museum and zipline courses.

HOTEL GALVEZ SPA Located in the 100-year-old majestic

SAN JOSÉ ISLAND Just north of Mustang Island, San José Island boasts untouched beaches rife with seabirds and shells. A private island, this former ranch is now a wildlife sanctuary reachable by ferry. Stay in nearby Port Aransas, which has many cozy cottages to rent. Its local waterfront neighborhoods are perfect for exploring, eating and shopping.

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A remote island accessible only by boat, it is home to Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area. It is an ideal spot for campers up to the challenge of zero electricity or running water. Go truly off-grid in exchange for saltwater fishing, in-season hunting, birdwatching and stargazing.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 52 displays. Stop along the way to grab some hot cocoa, go ice skating or “snow tubing” (yes, they make snow), listen to carolers and even visit with Santa. The trail wraps around the iconic Moody Gardens pyramids and along Offatts Bayou, providing a beautiful waterfront view. The opportunity to consume heaps of fresh seafood in Galveston is a given, but be sure and save room for dessert. Pecan pie is synonymous with the season, and no one does it better than Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant. Operating in Galveston for more than 100 years, its famous pie, made from a secret family recipe, is a must-eat. A warm slice with its all-pecan crust, creamy center full of gooey deliciousness, topped off with vanilla ice cream is tough to beat. Located just 50 miles southeast of Houston makes Galveston an easy trip from East Texas. For event details, hours of operation, and ticket sales visit Galveston.com.

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’Tis the season for taking care of yourself Unfortunately, with gifts to buy, crowded shopping centers, back to back diet-busting parties and loads of family obligations, it may not feel so wonderful at times. STORY BY TAMI BROOKS

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elf-care is essential year-round, but during a busy holiday season, it’s even more crucial. Self-care as any activity that we do deliberately to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although the concept is super simple, it’s often overlooked. The thought of adding one more thing to an already long to-do list may make you cringe, but it’s the key to maintaining personal health and well-being. “It’s important to take care of yourself to have the energy and stamina to take care of others during the hectic holiday season,” says Janice Terry, of Janice Terry Counseling Services. Being healthy and relaxed will make it much easier to accomplish all of the marvelous things you want to do for family and friends this holiday season. You might even find that the holiday spirit comes a bit easier. So put yourself on your gift list and give yourself the gift of peace. It’s easy and inexpensive. Here are a few tips to get you started.

MAKE A PLAN

As invites arrive and obligations mount, take a realistic look at what you can accomplish. “Set your intentions for the week, while allowing room for some flexibility,” Terry says. Planning also helps designate specific time frames for tasks that need to be completed allowing you to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

ESTABLISH BOUNDARIES

“Take some time at the beginning of the season to prioritize. While you can feasibly attend three events in one evening,

can set us up for unrealistic expectations as we dream of Norman Rockwell perfection. According to Terry, “Happiness is not a matter of perfection but balance. Know your limits and stick with your plan.”

SET TIME FOR YOURSELF

Take a few minutes to set your intention for the day. A few moments alone allows you to reconnect with yourself, which can boost mood, decrease stress and improve overall well-being.

ENLIST YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM

you probably won’t enjoy any of them,” Terry says. “Pick what’s important to you. The holidays are supposed to be fun and meaningful.” If there are work or family obligations that cannot be skipped, Terry offers the following advice. “Establish why you’re going and find the one positive aspect of the situation. Sometimes we go for the cake.”

JUST SAY NO

It’s natural to feel guilty or even selfish when you switch your thoughts to self-care. But give yourself permission to say no to others to create time for yourself. Terry says, “Before agreeing to yet another commitment or obligation, ask yourself what will it cost mentally, physically and spiritually to say yes. Then decide if the benefit is worth the cost.”

LET GO OF PERFECTION

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There’s no need to go it alone. “I once heard a woman tell the story of a brilliant ship maker who was drowning in the middle of the ocean. Your support system is there for you, be brave enough to ask for help,” Terry suggests.

PAY ATTENTION TO EXERCISE AND NUTRITION

In this season of overindulgence, it’s easy to neglect regular routines. “Again, it comes down to having a plan," Terry says. “If you know you’re going to a party in the evening, try to make the other two meals that day healthy. The 80/20 rule works well. As for exercise, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Even a fifteen-minute walk has proven to have terrific mental and physical benefits.” We’ve all been on an airplane when the flight attendant instructs passengers to secure their oxygen masks first before attempting to help others in the event of an emergency. The same thing applies here. While making yourself a priority may initially feel selfish, it’s an act of love, and everyone who depends on you will benefit. Tami Brooks is a freelance writer

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East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents

Discovering Abstract Expressionist

Victor Thall

Thall abandoned New York in 1950 as the Abstract Expressionist movement rose to fame. For the first time, a retrospective of Thall’s body of work will be on display.

Brahms’ First Piano Concerto Jan 25, 2020 , 7:30 p.m. UT Tyler Cowan Center An epic tour de force for both piano and orchestra, featuring soloist Daria Rabotkina.

The Art of Listening:

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• 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt • 3 ripe bananas, Ardenmashed Moore has shared the following • Optional, scoop of vanillarecipe • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce from her cookbook, protein “Realpowder Food for Dogs.” • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded • 1 cup golden raisins MARVELOUS MUTT MEATBALLS coconut • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1/4 cup sliced almonds • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegarINGREDIENTS 1 pound of lean ground beef orunsweetened, sirloin dried berries • 1/4 cup • 1 cup coconut flour 2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 large carrot, finely chopped Instructions 3/4 cup bread crumbs briefly until just incorporated. • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line • Use an ice cream scooper to place the 1 egg, whisked dough(low-sodium) 2 inches apart on the prepared a baking sheet with parchment paper.paste 6 tablespoons tomato baking sheet. Flatten slightly. Bake • In a food processor, combine the for 25-35 bananas, applesauce, coconut oil, DIRECTIONS minutes, until golden and baked through. raisins, vanilla extract and vinegar. l Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. • Allow toincoola for 5 minutes on the Pulseluntil smooth. all the ingredients Combine pan, then transfer to a cooling rack. • In amedium-sized medium bowl combine the bowl. Store in an airtight container in the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking l Scoop out by the spoonful and roll into fridge.Serves 20. soda,mini-sized salt, and protein powder. Add meatballs. equals 86 calories, 3gwith fat, 61 mg. sodium, to thelfood processor pulse until onOnea serving Place theand meatballs cookie sheet 10 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, and 5 g. protein. combined. Add the coconut flakes, non-fat cooking spray. Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com almonds and dried berries. Pulseminutes. l Bake for 15 to 20

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The GIFT of love comes as homemade {and healthy} treats

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omemade edible gifts make the holiday season brighter. These types of thoughtful, personal presents take some planning, but they convey to the recipient how much you really care about them. Many of our fondest holiday memories involve food, from our favorite delicious seasonal indulgence to the aroma of spices indicative of this enchanting time of year. It’s truly heartwarming not only to receive an edible gift, but also to give one. Even if the holidays have snuck up on you this year, you still have time to make these simple, tasty and healthy treats. Take your gift up a notch by pairing it with a bottle of wine or packaged in a decorative bowl or plate. If baking is your love language, get “talking” in the kitchen and spread some holiday cheer.

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Pumpkin Caramels INGREDIENTS

12 ounces (approx. 1/4 cups packed) medjool dates, pitted 2 tablespoons pumpkin butter or pumpkin puree 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds

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seeds on a baking sheet. Bake seeds for 5-7 minutes and then set aside. If the dates are not sticky and moist, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes and then drain thoroughly. Add dates to a food processor and mix until a ball forms. l Add in pumpkin butter or puree and spices and mix. While mixing, stream in melted coconut oil until a paste forms, scraping down sides as needed. If it the mixture isn’t combining well, add 1-2 tablespoons hot water. l Transfer mixture to the freezer to chill/harden for at least 2 hours, but preferably 4 to 6, so the mixture is sticky enough to handle and roll into balls. l Once set, remove date caramel from freezer and scoop out rounded tablespoons and roll between your palms to form a ball. l Roll in pumpkin seeds to coat and sprinkle the tops with sea salt. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or plate and return to the freezer to set. l Keep these in the freezer for freshness until you are ready to share them.

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Snickerdoodle Cookies INGREDIENTS

2 1/4 cups superfine almond flour 6 Tablespoons tapioca starch/flour 3 Tablespoons cane sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract Cinnamon sugar coating 6 tablespoons cane sugar 1 tablespoons +3/4 ž teaspoon ground cinnamon

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l Preheat the oven to 375°F and line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. l Add the almond flour, tapioca, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk very well, making sure to break up any lumps from the almond flour. l Add the syrup and vanilla and stir with a spoon for several minutes until it all comes together into a thick, sticky batter. Keep stirring and pressing the mixture with the back of the spoon. Add more syrup a little at a time if necessary to achieve a batter. l Combine the sugar and cinnamon for the coating on a plate or in a shallow bowl and whisk well. l Form balls with the batter using about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cookie dough. Roll into tight balls with your hands. The batter should be somewhat sticky, but you should be able to roll into balls. If it is too sticky to roll into balls, then place the batter into the fridge for 15 minutes or so. l Place each ball in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and rotate it several times to coat them well. l Add them to the pan 2 inches apart. l Press each cookie down between 1/4- to 1/2-inch, making sure the whole cookie is pressed evenly to help them crackle as they bake and spread. Bake 1 pan at a time for 10 minutes. The cookies should puff up and slightly crackle. Leave them to cool on the pan 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooler rack to cool another 10 minutes. They will flatten back out a bit as they cool. Store sealed in a container. Adapted from Minimalist Baker

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Layered No Bake Peanut Butter Brownies INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw walnuts 1/2 cup raw almonds 1 cup medjool dates, pitted 1/4 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder Peanut Butter Layer 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted 1/2 cup raw almonds 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts /2 cup natural peanut butter

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processor to form small pieces. Remove from processor and set aside in a small bowl. Add walnuts, almonds, chocolate chips and cocoa powder into the processor and pulse until well combined. l While the processor is running, drop the dates in until a dough ball is formed. Press the date mixture into an 8Ă—8 pan lined with parchment until it is flat and then place in the freezer. l For the peanut butter layer, process dates to form small pieces. Remove and set aside in a bowl. Add raw almonds and peanuts to the processor and pulse until they form small pieces. l Add dates back into the processor with the peanut butter and process until well combined. l Press on top of brownie layer until smooth. Placing parchment or wax paper on top of the top mixture and then using a pastry roller over the paper can help get the layers completely flat. l Freeze for at least 15 minutes before removing from pan and cutting.

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Chocolate Nut Clusters INGREDIENTS

1 cup dark chocolate 3/4 cup mixed raw nuts 7 tablespoons coconut or date sugar 5 tablespoons cold water 1/3 cup coconut milk Desiccated coconut or sea salt to garnish

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l Break the chocolate into small chunks and

melt it either in the microwave or in a heat proof bowl over a pan of boiling water on the stove. l Divide the mixed nuts between the twelve holes in a mini cupcake tray. Pour 1/2 tablespoon of the melted chocolate on top of each pile of nuts and place the tray in the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden. l Meanwhile, make the caramel by heating the date sugar and water together in a pan over a medium heat. Bring to a boil before adding the coconut milk and reducing heat to a high simmer. l Cook for 10 -15 minutes until the caramel thickens, stirring regularly and watching so it doesn’t burn. When the caramel is ready remove, the cupcake tray from the fridge and spoon approximately 1/2 teaspoon of caramel on top of each of the clusters. l Add a final tablespoon of melted chocolate on top and garnish with desiccated coconut or sea salt. l Refrigerate again for 10 minutes. l Once the clusters have cooled and set, use a knife to loosen the edges and remove them from the cupcake tray. l Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to a week. Adapted from My Fussy Eater Leslie Harrison, of Tyler, Texas, is a certified Food For Life nutrition and cooking instructor.

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1. SET ACTIVITY TIMES

Determine time slots throughout the week when the whole family is available. Devote a few of these times to physical activity. Try doing something active after dinner or begin the weekend with a Saturday morning walk.

2. PLAN AHEAD, TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

Write your activity plans on a family calendar. Let the kids help in planning the activities. Allow them to check it off after completing each activity.

Hey couch potato families, get moving. It’s easier than you think!

3. INCLUDE WORK AROUND THE HOUSE

Involve the kids in yard work and other active chores around the house. Have them help you with raking, weeding, planting or vacuuming.

4. USE WHAT IS AVAILABLE

Plan activities that require little or no equipment or facilities. Examples include walking, jogging, jumping rope, playing tag and dancing. Find out what programs your community recreation center offers for free or minimal charge.

5. BUILD NEW SKILLS

Enroll the kids in classes they might enjoy such as gymnastics, dance, or tennis. Help them practice. This will keep things fun and

interesting, and introduce new skills!

6. PLAN FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS

Choose some activities that do not depend on the weather conditions. Try mall walking, indoor swimming or active video games. Enjoy outdoor activities as a bonus whenever the weather is nice.

7. TURN OFF THE TV

Set a rule that no one can spend longer than 2 hours per day playing video games, watching TV and using the computer (except for school work). Instead of a TV show, play an active family game, dance to favorite music or go for a walk.

9. INCLUDE OTHER FAMILIES

Invite others to join your family activities. This is a great way for you and your kids to spend time with friends while being physically active. Plan parties with active games such as bowling or an obstacle course, sign up for family programs at the YMCA or join a recreational club.

10. HAVE FUN

When it is time to celebrate as a family, do something active as a reward. Plan a trip to the zoo, park or lake to treat the family.

8. START SMALL

Begin by introducing one new family activity and add more when you feel everyone is ready. Take the dog for a longer walk, play another ball game or go to an additional exercise class.

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From Thanksgiving dinner until the New Year’s Eve toast, we weave family traditions, culture, food and happy conversations while gathered around the holiday table. STORY BY PATRICIA WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARA CAMPBELL

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Decorate the holiday celebration table to reflect your most cherished traditions

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e come together as blended families, extended families and dear friends. Connected by tradition and spirituality, we are multigenerational and multi-cultural. Creating a beautiful table for holiday observances celebrates the ties that unify us. Decorate the table using objects that represent the traditions and have emotional impact specific to your family.

TRADITION

When I was a child, my large extended family spent Thanksgiving at my cousins’ house. The lavish buffet was laden with Italian foods as well as the traditional American Thanksgiving meal of turkey with the trimmings. Every year Grandma Theresa gifted us with dozens of cookies that she baked and decorated in the Eastern European style of highly detailed intricacy. Her gift of edible art remains a fond memory. One year I made bracelets decorated with a Celtic heart for my two sisters to celebrate our Irish heritage. We’ve used these sister bracelets on the holiday table as napkin rings to show how we are connected to one another.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 82 Whether it be for an elaborate buffet, a formal dinner or the morning coffee bar for just your spouse, decorating the table is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season, friends and family.

THEME

Let a theme that resonates with your heart guide your decorating decisions. Think about the feelings that you want the decorations to communicate visually. I choose themes that allow me to celebrate traditions while creating opportunities that will become special memories. I combine vintage and new in a style I call Beautifully Blended. Some of the Beautifully Blended themes I have used include Glow of Gratitude, Believe in Magic, Joy to the World, Winter Wonderland, Sparkle and Shine and Faith in the Future.

COLOR

A white tablecloth is the backdrop that supports all colors. Using the white tablecloth as a starting point, I build a palette featuring complementary pastel shades that are offset with vibrant accents. For the Thanksgiving table, I feature the colors of white, silver and coral and use a silver hand-blown glass pumpkin as the centerpiece. The centerpiece has little leaves in vivid coral that add vibrancy.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 85 The feelings I want to convey are warmth and gratitude. To celebrate Christmas, I replace the traditional colors of red and green with the softer versions of pink and mint. To celebrate Chanukah, I opt for aqua and pastels. My Chanukah palette is white, silver and aqua. With all of these celebratory holiday tables, I use copper accents to add balance.

FLOWERS

For high impact, I bring to the holiday table floral arrangements featuring roses in bright coral shades. And because Casablanca lilies are among my favorite flowers, I mix themwith the roses. Complement floral arrangements by using linens with a floral patterns and china with a floral pattern.

LIGHT

Whether your family and friends are lighting the Chanukah menorah or lighting the Christmas tree, be sure to bring light to holiday the table. It also is a way to pay tribute to the importance that light has in our holiday traditions. For brilliant sparkle and shine, use combinations of candles, twinkle lights, rice lights and oil lamps. Put a votive at each table place setting or weave strings of tiny lights 86

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GIVING

A common thread of the season is that of the joy of giving. Draw upon the magic of mysterious elves by surprising your guests with small keepsake items. My darling mercury glass ornaments are the perfect tiny size to be given as favors on each place setting napkin. Create place-setting cards with hand-written words of inspiration: grateful, Blessed, Joy, Hope, Faith, Peace and Belief. These uplifting words are gifts that your family and friends can take home and turn to for inspiration all year.

NEWNESS

The New Year’s Eve celebration is a golden explosion of sparklers, confetti and champagne. This colorful bash is bubbly and noisy. My table centerpiece for the New Year’s Eve party celebration mimics that! I combine colors and decorative elements into an electrifying centerpiece, complete with a string of rice lights. I use fuchsia champagne flutes to toast the New Year with faith and optimism. The feelings to convey at this holiday table are celebration and good cheer! Patricia Wilson is an artist and interior designer registered with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. Connect with her at PatriciaCWilson.com 88

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T R A C T A N D H A S A L WAY S B E E N.’ Tyler Museum of Art explores the abstract w o r l d o f t h e l a t e, g r e a t J O S E P H

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n the middle and late 1900s, Joseph Glasco was one of the most praised abstract expressionist painters in the United States. His work was being added to the collections of some of America’s most prestigious museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Glasco lived much of his life in New York City and then Galveston, where he died in 1996. But his earliest years were in Tyler. “A lot of people don’t know that he lived here,” said Tyler Museum of Art curator Caleb Bell. Since his death, the recognition of Glasco’s contributions to the abstract

| CONT. 0N PG. 94 Joseph M. Glasco (American, 1925–1996)

Lebrun at the Jeppson Art Institute

1925 Born in Paul’s Valley, OK 1942 Studies at The University of Texas, Austin

1948 Studies at School of painting and Sculpture in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

1945 Studies at Portsmouth Art School, Bristol, UK

1948 Studies at the Art Students League, NY

1945 Studies under Rico

1996 Died in Galveston, TX

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| CONT. FROM PG. 91 expressionist movement continues to grow, Bell said. It is Glasco’s connection to Tyler and his status in the art world that prompted Bell to put together “Works by Joseph Glasco,” a major retrospective of his art, opening Nov. 24. Bell assembled pieces, both well known and often overlooked, from museums, galleries, private collections and TMA’s own permanent collection. It will be the museum’s first exhibition devoted solely to Glasco. “It will have a series of his lithographs that have rarely been seen,” Bell said. “It will be a very significant show.” Glasco was born in rural Oklahoma in 1925 to a father who was a wildcatter. When the East Texas Oilfield was discovered in 1931, the family moved to Tyler and Glasco began taking art lessons. He continued studies while at a boarding school in Missouri and later at the University of Texas at Austin and in Europe. He served in the Army in World War II and then moved to New York City, where he became part of a group of painters, including Jackson Pollock, who were exploring abstract art. A show of Glasco’s work at a New York City art gallery caught the attention of Dorothy Miller, the curator of the Modern Museum of Art. Miller purchased some of Glasco’s paintings, making him the youngest artist in the museum’s collection. She was so impressed with Glasco that she included him in the museum’s influential exhibition“15 Americans” in 1952. Miller proclaimed Glasco as among America’s “distinguished artists” who use “form and symbol to express the quality and dimension of his (life) experience.” “‘Fifteen Americans’ put him on the map,” Bell said of Glasco’s

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inclusion in the show, which featured art by his better known peers Pollock, William Baziotes and Mark Rothko. From the 1950s through the 1970s, galleries and museums in New York City displayed Glasco’s paintings and sculptures, which ranged from stylized figures to increasingly more abstract imagery. “He (Glasco) stood apart from his peers in that his paintings were abstract yet figural, merging landscapes with biomorphic forms,” art historian Pete Gershon

Joseph Glasco’s “Untitled,” c. 1980s, is an oil or acrylic on illustration board, 59 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches, from the Tyler Museum of Art Permanent Collection. noted in a book on contemporary art. Glasco once wrote of his style, characterized by geometric patterns that double as linear figures: “There is no modern painting. There is no abstract painting. The very nature of art is abstract and has always been.”


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NOVEMBER / Here are some of the opportunities in East Texas for those who love music and theater. ONGOING HOLIDAYS ON TRACK: The Texas State Railroad re-creates a trip to the North Pole as captured in the “Polar Express” children’s story about the power of belief. Excursions are set throughout November and December. Information: texasstaterailroad.net. 11/02 NIGHT OF MAGIC: During the Magic of Bill Blatt Live, expect interactive magic and jawdropping illusions. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903-2333080, belchercenter.com.

11/07 “BANDSTAND”: In the awardwinning Broadway musical, men who return home from fighting in World War II find a new purpose when they form a band. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler's Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-566-7424, cowancenter.org. 11/09 MUSIC AND NATURE: East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents classical music, as imagery of the Northern Lights, solar flares and other natural phenomena are projected on a

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In the award-winning Broadway musical “Bandstand,” men who return home from fighting in World War II find a new purpose when they form a band.

screen in a concert that celebrates the wonders of nature. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-566-7424, etso.org. 11/15 MICKEY GILLEY: With “City Lights,” “Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time” and dozens of other hits, Mickey Gilley continues to thrill country music fans. Showtime: 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall in Tyler. Tickets: libertytyler. com.

11/18 “THE COLOR PURPLE”: A young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the South is told in this production that took the Tony Award for best musical revival. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler's Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-566-7424, etso. org.


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The Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” Christmas extravaganza features worldclass artists.

11/18 NUTCRACKER-RUSSIAN ST Y L E : The Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”Christmas extravaganza features world-class artists, dazzling costumes and towering puppets. Showtime: 7 p.m. at LeTourneau University's Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903-233-3080, belchercenter.com.

11/23 VIENNA BOYS CHOIR: The world-famous Vienna B o y s C h o i r s h a re s a n g e l i c harmonies during a tour of the United States. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at L e To u r n e a u U n i v e r s i t y ’s B e l c h e r C e n t e r i n L o n g v i e w. Tickets: 903-233-3080, b e l c h e rc e n t e r. c o m .

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12/03 MARTINA MCBRIDE: Country superstar Martina McBride shares the songs that made her famous and some holiday cheer. Showtime: 8 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903566-7424, etso.org. HAIL TO THE CHIEF: George W. Bush shares stories of his time as 43rd president as the debut of the East Texas Speakers Forum. Presentation: 7 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903-233-3080, belchercenter.com. 12/05 MISTLETOE & MAGIC: The Junior League of Tyler’s annual holiday market features nearly 100 specialty merchants, music and events. The market, Dec. 5-7, is in Tyler’s Harvey Convention Center. Information and tickets: juniorleagueoftyler.org. 12/06 HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Longview Symphony Orchestra teams with Longview Civic Chorus and East Texans Dana Pundt and Jon Starling in performing holiday favorites and carols. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center. Tickets: 903-2333080, belchercenter.com. TJC’S “NUTCRACKER”: The Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance continues its tradition of staging “The Nutcracker” with a large local cast and professional guest artists. Performances are set for Dec. 6-8 at Tyler’s Caldwell Auditorium. Information: tjc.edu/academyofdance. 12/10 AN IRISH CHRISTMAS: Join Ireland’s Keith and Kristyn Getty for “Sing! An Irish Christmas” as

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featured on PBS. Showtime: 7 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903233-3080, belchercenter.com. 12/12 SILVER BELLS AND DIAMONDS: The Diamonds quartet puts the audience in the Christmas spirit with a fast-paced ride through holiday favorites. Showtime: 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall in Tyler. Tickets: libertytyler.com. 12/15 THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: In “Twas the Night

Before Christmas” stage show, a mouse, elf and spunky little girl offer a joyful tribute to the holiday season. Showtime: 6 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903233-3080, belchercenter.com. 12/20 SOULFUL CHRISTMAS: George and Anita Faber entertain with a night of soulful renditions of holiday favorites. Their cabaret show is set for Dec. 20-22 at Tyler Civic Theatre. Information: tylecivictheatre.com.


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