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COVER STORY South Texas towns offer some of the best holiday traditions, keeping locals local for the holidays.

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DINE Looking for a Wine Country Excursion with the best bed & breakfast cabins and food from an award winning restaurant, head to Cotton Gin Village

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COMMUNITY INSPIRATION

Fourth generation luxury customized fine quality cabinetry at KingWood makes them the best of the best.

For a Germantown holiday in Texas, visit Fredericksburg!

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IN THIS ISSUE

TEXAS

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PUBLISHER Adaku Okoro

ART DIRECTOR Elisa Giordano

ASSISTANT EDITORS Robyn Milora Chinyere Okoro Kim Young

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Chinyere Okoro

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rita Heck Chinyere Okoro Evie Reichel Kim Young

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Jason Roberts

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Table Talk

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A Note From the Publisher

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Contributors

Events

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Green 34

Glass Block

Community Inspiration 44

GSABA and Building Believers Annual Military Thanksgiving Luncheon

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Beach Weddings

The Color Purple NHOME Fall Mixer

While there may not be snow and forests of Christmas trees, South Texas is full of holiday spirit. The following list offers many places to visit for a little Christmas spirit – South Texas style.

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a note from the publisher

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE ESPECIALLY GENEROUS AND FESTIVE! MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR IS UPON US; IT'S A GREAT TIME TO REFLECT ON BOTH THE PASSING YEAR AND THE PREVIOUS YEARS. It's also a time many people analyze both personal and professional decisions, and how to PROUD MEMBER OF: improve and enhance in all areas of life by making changes here and there. In Texas, no matter our changes for the next year, we take pride that most holiday traditions, festivities and celebrations seem to be old fashion and constant. In South Texas, we may not get the white snow for Christmas but there is so much holiday spirit in the air that we don't focus on having “a white Christmas”, we appreciate the warm weather that allows for a variety of outdoor holiday festivities. Texas is a good place to be from and we encourage non-Texan residents to join us for the holidays! There are many small and large towns, and cities with old fashion “Yuletide past” celebrations mixed with some newer ideas. From Corpus to McAllen, Harlingen, Castroville, Brownsville, Hidalgo, San Antonio, Boerne, Comfort and especially Fredericksburg, you'll find many fun holiday traditions making us proud to live in South Texas. The most important part of the holidays is making sure we take time out for quality family fun, and time to reflect on reason for the season. NHOME reflects on the people and places we have enjoyed!   We thank and appreciate all of our advertisers, all of our readers and supporters!   Praying you have a blessed holiday and a productive new year!

Adaku Okoro, publisher adaku@nhometx.com

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contributors

RITA ZENZEN HECK

In her hometown of Chicago, Rita Zenzen Heck was a newspaper and magazine editor and TV copywriter. She currently lives in San Antonio and volunteers with the Majestic Theatre, the San Antonio Sports Association, the San Antonio Conservation Society, the San Antonio Council for International Visitors and the San Antonio Downtown Residents Association. Heck worked for Stars and Stripes, Overseas Weekly and Made In Europe magazine, as well as in advertising and PR, before opening her own Creative Overflow. She added The Green Connection in 1995, also producing green building showcases and her own green building and education magazine and events. Since 1995, she has hosted and produced The Green Connection television show on digital cable channel 20, which airs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

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KIM YOUNG

Kim Young, a native Texan and second-generation realtor, is a broker/ associate with BHGRE Bradfield Properties. She has been assisting luxury homebuyers and sellers in the San Antonio/ Hill Country area since 1999. She is a five-year recipient of the coveted National Five Star Professional Award and a four-year past recipient of the Platinum Top 50 Award. She is a certified Texas Real Estate Commission MCE instructor and a CARTUScertified buyer/marketing specialist, and she serves on the Texas Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee and she is a board member of the 2017 SABOR board of directors. In addition to her real estate career, she is an author and co-author of the Creating Machine series, and she writes for various publications and websites.


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The Cotton Gin Village

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he soothing sound of water spilling into the koi ponds under shady cypress trees can be heard while relaxing on the porch of an 1800’s era log cabin. From the porches of this charming bed & breakfast village, views of ivy clad walls, twinkling string lights and gardens flush with butterflies, one feels right at home in the center of the Texas Hill Country. The Cotton Gin Village has set itself as the premier destination for food and wine lovers looking for rustically romantic lodging

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nestled within the wine country that surrounds the charming town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Centrally located for exploring the area wineries, hiking to the summit of Enchanted Rock or shopping the unique boutiques along Main Street, Fredericksburg has an endless variety of activities to offer visitors. With the Cotton Gin Village being located just a few minutes from downtown, guests are never far from the heart of Fredericksburg and all it has to offer. The cabins themselves are each adorned with a variety of

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antiques and unique Texas spirited accessories that embody that rustic image of years gone by. But modern amenities are also prevalent, such as the deep jacuzzi jetted tubs, mini kitchens and Keurig coffee brewers. Velvety bamboo sheets and hand stitched quilts covers, plush deep mattresses set in log timber bed frames. Long leather couches set before the large stone wood burning fireplaces in each cabin are the perfect spot to relax while sipping and swirling a glass of wine from a local vineyard. Breakfast in bed? A hot handmade breakfast is delivered every morning directly to the privacy of the cabin door, so there is no need to dress and leave the comfort of one’s quarters. Hot, gooey cinnamon rolls, house flavored yogurts, fresh juices and handmade breakfast entrees are just a few of the items that change daily as provided by a cheerful staff in wicker Amish picnic baskets. Guests also find unique amenities such as handmade soaps, boutique toiletries, a welcome variety of Keurig coffee choices and even the fixin’s for Smores to be used within the cabin fireplace or outdoor fire pits. Just steps away from the Hill Country’s most highly rated restaurant, The Cotton Gin Village is a foodie nirvana. The award-winning Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant provides a true Hill Country flavor in every dish while utilizing locally farmed produce and artisanal fares. Executive Chef & owner, Ross Burtwell, author of the book Texas Hill Country Cuisine, has created a wine centric atmosphere within the restaurant that is both comforting and casual while delivering a polished level of service. A commitment to the nation’s largest exclusively Texas wine list is one of the hallmarks of the Cabernet Grill. Sommelier Elizabeth Rodriguez hand selects every bottle for the list while visiting with the individual wine makers directly to discuss the intricate aspects of each wine. Sincere pride and an overwhelming commitment to delivering authentic Texas Hill Country atmosphere and spirit is prevalent in all aspects of the Cotton Gin Village and the Cabernet Grill. This destination awaits your excursion into its charming, romantic and delicious environment. ■

For a closer look and to reserve your perfect Hill Country getaway visit CottonGinVillage. com or call 830-990-8381.

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cover story

Let’s Celebrate! A SOUTH TEXAS CHRISTMAS // BY: KIM YOUNG

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he Christmas season, for many of us, is a favorite. This time of year in South Texas, looks a lot different than anywhere else, and for good reason. German, Mexican... a little Cajun, and the Old West have converged to create a very eclectic holiday season. Our wreaths are barbed wire. We use cowboy boots and cactus as decorations, beat piñata's and Rudolph is replaced at the front of Santa's sleigh by Bevo or T-Bone. We eat tamales and menudo, fried, baked or BBQ turkey, sausage, roast goose or duck, corn meal dressing and potato salad. We start the celebration as soon as we can get the Christmas Tree up.... usually before Thanksgiving. Some hang exterior lights, put up nativity scenes or line the sidewalk with luminaries. We drink Wassail, sing Christmas carols, have parades, gain 10 pounds and of course, leave milk and cookies for Santa. What is not different among the cultures is the gathering of family, worship of Jesus Christ, gift giving and the Three Wise Men. I especially like the Posadas of Mexico, nine parties occurring one a day from the 16th until the 24th of December. The parties reenact Mary and Joseph asking for lodging before arriving at the manger. Half the party goers are innkeepers who stay inside. The other half are outside singing and asking for lodging in a candlelit procession that lasts until they reach the place of the party. Once everyone is gathered inside the party begins. Christmas carols, fruit punch (I wouldn't be surprised if a little tequila is added), and a star-shaped piñata are part of the festivities. The German influence, from which many American Christmas elements have come, such as the song, “Silent Night” was composed in Austria in 1818. The Advent calendar that starts December 1 is a German tradition. Kris Kringle came from Christkindl or “Christ Child". It's Christkindl who brings gifts on Christmas Eve in Germany. Thomas Nast (1840-1902), a German-American political cartoonist, created the modern image of Santa Claus in the 1860s. At Christmas time, you'll have the Texas cowboy enjoying a good country band, boot scootin' on the dance floor, or in the roping ring followed by a huge potluck dinner, and gifts under a big majestic Christmas tree. But what I love best about a South Texas Christmas, are the big Texas hearts and giving spirits towards the less fortunate. There's nothing like Christmas in South Texas. ■


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functional design

Kingwood Cabinets THE BEST OF THE BEST // BY: KIM YOUNG // PHOTOGRAPHY: PRANA BY JONESIE

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've seen a lot of cabinets a in my 20 years as Realtor; so when I see a extraordinary set, I know it. The name is KingWood, fine cabinetry handcrafted in Fredericksburg, Texas. Greg King began his career as a general contractor, with hands-on experience and talent, working out of his truck in the 70's, with a focus on millwork. Because there was a need for fine millwork, builders began calling Greg for their construction projects. It reached the point that millwork was the only thing Greg had time or a desire for. And since millwork was a passion, it was an easy transition. KingWood is a 4th generation company. Son, Dana runs the plant and daughter, Marci handles the front end. They proudly open the doors of a 3000 square foot showroom where they treat their clients to an unparalleled experience in cabinet design and selection. Cabinets truly make the home; a fashion piece in every room. KingWood offers a wide range of styles, from Contemporary to Old World. Their cabinets are comparable to fine furniture, making a statement not only about the cabinet maker but the homeowner who selects them, much like one would select a fine wine. Speaking of wine... when you see what KingWood offers, you might think you've found yourself in the most luxurious of wine establishments. And not to be outdone, their bathrooms will have you immediately relaxing from the spalike experience. Don't forget the closets. Their systems prevent clutter and offer organization day in and day out. No need to spend stressful minutes searching for the perfect item necessary to compliment your ensemble. KingWood proudly boasts a staff of 40 plus members who contribute to the superb quality of their cabinets. "It's a team effort that utilizes individual talents and a collective effort in working together towards the ultimate goal of a happy customer," Greg said. It's easy to understand why KingWood is the best of the best when you hear that their cabinets grace the homes of owners from San Francisco to New Your City. They've produced more than 5,000 kitchens and related projects, varying in size, style, finish and wood types. â–

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green

Glass Block YEAR ROUND GLITTER // BY: RITA HECK

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ll that glitters during the holidays is not just tinsel, tree lights and candles. In some trendy homes glass block is twinkling with filtered outside light, inside privacy and security and sustainability all year round. Bercy Chen Studio, based in Austin with offices in Los Angeles, Taiwan, China and Mexico, designed their ultra sustainable Austin Beverly Skyline residence to transfer light inside-out with glass and glass block inspired by their European/Asian backgrounds. “Ever since Pierre Chareau built the Maison de Verr in Paris in 1928, architects have been smitten with the use of glass block as a monolithic expression. This home (Beverly Skyline) uses glass block along a wall facing a hillside for a faceted texture, light, solidity and translucency. Just the right amount of wood and nature complement the palette, and the effect is beautiful,” explained Thomas Bercy. Taking advantage of use/reuse, Bercy Chen salvaged 600 glass blocks from a demolished hospital, and included a roof dam for rainwater collection with a balance tank to help manage water levels. Steel frame fabricated off-site was hoisted in place to minimize construction time and waste and provide additional shade, condensation from air conditioning units runs to a reflection pool, and gardens are completely xeriscaped.

GLASS BLOCK WALLS Innovative Building Products Fort Worth recently completed two Coach retail stores (one at Dallas International Airport and their flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue) with glass block exteriors that light up the interiors. “Glass block is making a comeback both for residential and commercial exterior and interior projects because of improved insulation, color and pattern options and its ability to bring in light without sacrificing privacy,” said Steve Weddle, national

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COACH’S FIFTH AVENUE AND DALLAS AIRPORT STORES EMPHASIZE THE NATURAL INDOOR/OUTDOOR GLASS BLOCK THAT SAVES ON UTILITY BILLS, RESPECTS THE ENVIRONMENT AND ADDS STYLE AND BEAUTY.

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PHOTO COURTESY BERCY CHEN STUDIO

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PHOTO COURTESY BERCY CHEN STUDIO

OUTSIDE…RECYCLED GLASS BLOCKS FORM A PRIVACY WINDOW/WALL FOR BERCY CHEN’S BEVERLY SKYLINE HOME IN AUSTIN WHICH IS ATTRACTIVE AND SECURITY/SOUND PROOF


PHOTO COURTESY BERCY CHEN STUDIO PHOTO MASONRY & GLASS BLOCK SYSTEMS

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PHOTO COURTESY BERCY CHEN STUDIO

INSIDE…THE BEVERLY SKYLINE HOME’S GLASS BLOCK WALL/ WINDOW TRANSFERS OUTSIDE LIGHT WHILE STILL OFFERING PRIVACY MAKING A DISTINCTIVE DESIGN STATEMENT IN THE ROOM.

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sales manager, Innovative Building Products. ”We’re hoping to see more designers create more glass block projects that are energy efficient and beautiful,” he added. More than twenty years ago, I personally designed glass block back splashes for my corner kitchen which still reflects twinkly light day and night. Glass block windows in the bathroom and a bubble patterned shower enclosure have been a blessing - lots of filtered light and easy maintenance. Fred Daues, manager of Masonry & Glass Systems headquartered in St. Louis with outlets in Houston and San Antonio, has witnessed the love/hate history of glass block. “Glass block has been in for commercial projects and is slowly making a comeback in residential windows and showers. More creative uses (skylights, floors, interior walls) are still in the works.” Dates said. “With more colors, patterns, sizes and shapes, Seves, our European supplier, is now offering their patented Energy Saving block that reduces thermal transmittance of the classic glass block up to 50% allowing architectural facades to offer energy conservation that safeguards the environment.”

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GLASS BLOCK FUTURE Pittsburg Corning is formerly a major glass block producer in the US. The company has discontinued its production, even after investigating the possibilities of adding solar features between the two hollow layers that form the system. Modern innovations can also include filling the blocks argon gas to increase their heat resistance value. For architects and designers, glass block is becoming a more interesting option — an attractive product to transfer light, offer security and privacy, easy to maintain, and durable. Something to think about for your new/rehab projects. Glitter and glitz are the trademarks of the holiday season with lights, ornaments and decor brightening the day. But once the holidays are over, so is the glamour – unless you have glass block in your life. This late 1800’s German discovery presented a building product option that could literally light up your life bringing daylight into a building and at the same time cutting down on heat and sound transfer. This late-1800’s German discovery presented a building product option that could literally light up your life: bringing daylight into a building while, at the same time, cutting down on heat and sound transfer. In the late 90’s, when I built my house in back of Hemisfair, I included glass block back splashes, windows and showers that have withstood the strains of time: easy to maintain, energy savings and a glitter that only improves as daylight moves on. ■

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holiday getaway

Fredericksburg HOLIDAYS GERMAN STYLE

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t doesn't take a multi-hour plane trip to experience the ultimate holiday experience in Germany. Fredericksburg, just a few miles down the road from San Antonio, has it all. Elaborate lighted Christmas trees, oompah music, wiener schnitzel, beer and 150 whimsically decorated shops featuring unique items, many handcrafted locally and from around the world. Fredericksburg's magical holiday season is kicked off with the ceremonious lighting of the German Christmas Pyramid and a

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30-foot community tree located on opposite sides of the iconic Vereins Kirche at Marktplatz. Not to worry if you miss the opening, every night during the holiday season will be as breathtaking as the opening, a feast of lights for your eyes. Light the Night Christmas Parade floats down Main Street on Friday, December 1, followed by After Glow at Marketplatz to re-energize yourself with food and drink. View authentic holiday decorations at the Fredericksburg Holiday Home Tour on

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Saturday, December 2, featuring elaborately decorated historic homes winding up with a shopping spree at the Market brimming with one-of-a-kind artisan items perfect for gift giving...maybe to yourself. Capture the true spirit of the season on December 8 and 9 with a 10-minute drive-thru to view the Christmas Journey, a live presentation of the Christmas story by Bethany Lutheran Church with live characters and animals, music, special effects, and professionally handpainted scenery . Fredericksburg Trade Days (December 15-17) boasts more than 400 vendors to tickle your shopping fancy before taking a break in the centrally located Biergarten offering authentic German food specialties, and of course, lots of beer. Kids and kids at heart will love the Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Rink opening November 24 thru New Year’s weekend. All day passes are just $15. For more information and a complete schedule: www.skateinfred.com Southern Living Magazine named Fredericksburg one of The Best Small Towns for Christmas in the South highlighting the town's old-fashioned celebrations and “nostalgic downtown shopping”. Staying in Fredericksburg is every bit as charming as a European pension with dozens of historic hotels and pensions. And if you want to trot out of the box, several wineries and historic farms are just a stone's throw away, some with overnight accommodations. ■

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O U R S E C R E T I S T H E L O C A L LY S O U R C E D I N G R E D I E N T S — S T A R T I N G W I T H O U R C H E F. A menu this mouthwatering can only come from a culinary

Stuffed Shrimp, and Chicken Fried Pecan Pie, but partners

passion as big as Texas. Chef Ross Burtwell, author of

with local growers to ensure the freshest taste possible.

Texas Hill Country Cuisine; Flavors from the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant, not only cooks up exotic dishes like Bacon Wrapped Lockhart Quail, Green Chili & Crab

Top that off with pairings from the largest Texas wine list, knowledgable waitstaff, and a casually elegant atmosphere — and you’ve got yourself an experience that’s hard to keep to yourself.

Take the taste home with Chef Ross Burtwell’s new book Texas Hill Country Cuisine.

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community inspiration

GSABA and Building Believers Annual Military Thanksgiving Luncheon

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The Greater San Antonio Builders Association (GSABA) hosted more than 200 Air Force recruits on Friday, November 17 for the Association’s annual Thanksgiving Military Luncheon. Local home builders donated food and volunteered their time to prepare the luncheon in honor of young men and women from around the country that volunteer to serve the country. “I am always deeply humbled by this event and your commitment to service,” GSABA President Wayne Moravits said in an address to the audience. 2017 marks the 11th year that GSABA has hosted servicemen and women for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. ■

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Montford Named Recipient DOLPH & JANEY BRISCOE LEGACY AWARD SPECIAL TO NHOME

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he Briscoe Western Art Museum today announced Debbie Montford as the recipient of the newly established Dolph & Janey Briscoe Legacy Award. This award honors an individual who has demonstrated the philanthropic spirit of the late Texas Governor and his wife through altruistic contributions and support of the Briscoe Museum and all of South Texas. Montford will be presented with the Briscoe Legacy Award during a luncheon in her honor on Wednesday, December 6 beginning at 11:30am at the Briscoe’s Jack Guenther Pavilion. For more than 30 years, Debbie Montford has dedicated her philanthropic expertise and generous support to nonprofits across the state of Texas. Through her exceptional leadership and tenacious efforts as chairman of the board for the Briscoe Museum, Debbie was integral in the grand opening of the Museum in 2013. She is currently an advisory board member of the Briscoe, board secretary of Humanities Texas, and an advisory director of the Plum Foundation. “The Briscoe Museum is deeply grateful for Debbie Montford’s unwavering dedication and advocacy,” said Michael Duchemin, President & CEO of the Briscoe Museum. “Her continuous philanthropic efforts and devotion to our Museum aptly embody the core values of this award.” Debbie has served on numerous boards and has received many notable awards including the Champion of the Arts Award presented by Texas Monthly in association with


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Texas Women for the Arts. With a personal approach to fundraising and a deep passion for the arts, education, and the health of the San Antonio community, Debbie and her husband, John T. Montford, are often dubbed "the dynamic duo," with a goal to raise $1 billion dollars for charity in their lifetimes. “Debbie Montford has been a great champion of the arts. She has been a leader in creating The Tobin Center and The Briscoe Western Art Museum. San Antonio is fortunate to have Debbie Montford contributing to our community in such a dynamic and dedicated fashion,” said the Honorable Nelson W. Wolff.

Legacy Award Luncheon chairs include Jane Macon, Tracy Wolff, and Nancy Loeffler. The award itself will be presented to Debbie by her husband, John T. Montford, a former member of the Texas State Senate (District 28) and former chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. ■

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Beach Weddings CINNAMON SHORE ON MUSTANG ISLAND

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ea Oats Group, developers of Cinnamon Shore, the incomparable Texas Gulf Coast vacation community on Mustang Island near Port Aransas, today touted their seaside village as the ultimate Texas beach wedding destination. “For couples who have their hearts set on a beach wedding on the Texas Gulf Coast, there is simply nothing else like Cinnamon Shore,” said Jeff Lamkin, CEO of Sea Oats Group. “We have it all – the most intoxicating, romantic settings; the finest dining and catering services on the Texas Coast; luxurious beachside guest

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accommodations; walkability to restaurants, shops and amenities; and an experienced, enthusiastic wedding team to help pull it all together for a picture-perfect seaside wedding.” From the dune-crested shoreline to classic architectural beauty, Cinnamon Shore offers the ultimate in romance and elegance for Port Aransas weddings. This picture-perfect seaside village is the ultimate storybook wedding destination for parties of all sizes. There are a variety of breathtaking natural settings to fit any preference or need, all within the security and safety of the resort. Whether a couple is planning a small, intimate gathering or a big

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bash, and no matter what look and mood they have in mind, Cinnamon Shore has a perfect backdrop for their special day: • Cinnamon Shore Beach. Carpeted by soft, warm sands against a canvas of emerald-green Gulf waters, the resort’s immaculate private beach is a breathtaking, majestic setting for wedding nuptials, and is easily accessible by two boardwalks. • The Great Lawn. The sweeping, velvety grandeur of the Great Lawn offers an acre of immaculately manicured turf for a graceful natural setting of understated elegance that accommodates up to 500 persons. • Kiera’s Pool. For intimate parties of up to 75 guests, Kiera’s Pool offers the tranquil setting of an infinity pool, surrounded by elegant fountains and overlooking Lake Gavin. Kiera’s Pool is also home to Cinnamon Shore’s Seaside Café. • Town Center. Situated at the heart of the Cinnamon Shore community, Town Center features an alluring lawn, an open-air stage and easily accessible restrooms. Legacy Ventures, Cinnamon Shore’s onsite catering partner, provides sumptuous catering and beverage service for weddings at the resort, as well as for rehearsal dinners served in an elegant oceanfront home or private venue. As an alternative, couples may choose the catering services of Lisabella’s Bistro and Bar, either at a site of their choosing or in the restaurant itself, conveniently located in Town Center. Lisabella’s Chef Kris Amundsen works with couples to customize menus with a variety of specialty dishes, including fresh, mouthwatering classic American seafood appetizers, salads, entrees, steaks, pasta dishes and desserts. Cinnamon Shore can host the wedding party and guests in luxurious style in designer-decorated beach condominiums or homes that sleep up to 20. In addition, guests have access to all Cinnamon Shore amenities and nearby activities, including links-style golfing, unique shopping, parasailing and charters, all effortlessly booked for residents and guests through Cinnamon Shore’s exclusive concierge services.

CINNAMON SHORE OFFERS FULL-SERVICE CATERING AND WEDDING COORDINATION, GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS AND AMENITIES IN SPECTACULAR BEACHSIDE SETTINGS Nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes and just minutes from Corpus Christi, Cinnamon Shore is the ultimate expression of coastal living. The vibrant, master-planned new urban development on Texas’ Coastal Bend combines elegant housing, work spaces, retail amenities, parks and recreational facilities in a highly livable, walkable seaside resort community. In June, Sea Oats Group announced a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion of Cinnamon Shore. Phase II will include a 3,300-foot wide beachfront, maintained daily. Eventually, the development will lie on both sides of State Highway 361, about a mile south of Cinnamon Shore North, with a golf cart bridge enabling residents to easily access amenities on both sides of the highway. “With Texas’ mild winters, Cinnamon Shore can accommodate spectacularly beautiful weddings and receptions year-round, rivaling any setting available in Mexico or other far-away resort settings,” said Lamkin. “Why not have your destination wedding right here in Texas, so as many of your family and friends as possible can share the most important day of your life?” ■

For more information, please contact the Cinnamon Shore wedding coordination team at (866) 639-9919 or visit www.cinnamonshore.com/weddings.

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orth Park Lexus' "Broadway In San Antonio" at the Majestic Theatre has announced that the individual tickets for the San Antonio premiere of the Tony Award®winning Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE will go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, October 27. THE COLOR PURPLE plays eight performances February 6-11, 2018. Tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE, starting at $30, are available online at www. ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982.ARTS #2787, or by visiting the Majestic Box Office. The Majestic Box Office does not accept single ticket orders over the phone; all ticket sales must be made in person. Majestic Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours vary weekly, call 210- 226-3333 to verify. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling 210-226-5967. THE COLOR PURPLE opens with performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday; 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. For venue information, visit www. MajesticEmpire.com. For information on Broadway in San Antonio, please visit www.BroadwayInSanAntonio.com. Cast members from the 2016 Broadway revival lead the touring company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act - Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost – National Tour, Rent - Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me, Shrek the Musical – National Tour) as Sofia. They will be joined by Gavin Gregory

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WHILE THERE MAY NOT BE SNOW AND FORESTS OF CHRISTMAS TREES, SOUTH TEXAS IS FULL OF HOLIDAY SPIRIT. THE FOLLOWING LIST OFFERS MANY PLACES TO VISIT FOR A LITTLE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT – SOUTH TEXAS STYLE.

Nov. 29 Port Isabel will hold it’s fifth annual City of Port Isabel lighting of the Community Christmas Tree in Beulah Park next to the library.  There will be food booths, Santa Claus, entertainment and caroling.  For more information call (956) 943-2682. The Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas concert, “A Touch of Frost,” will be held Nov. 29 at the McAllen Civic Center with the Valley Symphony Chorale and Mariachi Azatlan at 8 p.m. The concert will feature the music of Rutter, Bass, Moncayo, Anderson, Tchaikovsky, Handel and Williams/Bricusse.

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Harlingen residents will want to make plans to attend the annual Arroyo Holiday Lighting Ceremony in McKelvey Park, located at 1325 S. 77 Sunshine Strip, at 6 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs. For information call (956) 216-5951. Don’t miss the Vintage Christmas Post Card display at Mission Historical Museum. The event runs from Nov. 29-Dec. 30.  On Nov. 29 the museum will host its annual Christmas Luncheon at from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the annex building, 200 Tom Landry Blvd. Our Lady of Guadalupe Band & Choir will perform.  Tickets are $14 and can be purchased in the museum

office at 900 Doherty. Call (956) 580-8646 for information. South Texas College in McAllen will be presenting “A Tuna Christmas” Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 at the Pecan campus in McAllen. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Call  (956) 872-2693 for more information. The residents of Texas’ smallest town report on Christmas events taking place in their town of Tuna with hilarious results. Looking for a special gift for that hard-to-please relative?  Or do you need a special holiday decoration to complete holiday decorations?  Try shopping at the

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annual Dias Festivas, sponsored by the McAllen Junior Service League, which features all sorts of unique Christmas holiday decorations and gifts. It will be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the McAllen Civic Center. Admission is $7.  The show will be open Friday, Nov. 30 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7. Edinburg’s annual Night of Lights will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m.  The parade will begin at the corner of University Drive and Sugar Road and proceed down SH 107 to the Hidalgo County Courthouse parking lot.  This lighted Christmas parade will feature decorated floats and Santa Claus. One of the most popular Valley Christmas events, the Hidalgo Festival of Lights featuring over a half million lights in Christmas displays, starts in Hidalgo on Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 31.  Follow the signs to see the lights or make reservations for a dinner and entertainment (Dec. 2-18) along with a trolley ride.  This year’s theme is “A Victorian Christmas.”  Call (956) 843-2286 or (956) 878-4688 for reservations. The programs and dinners are at the Hidalgo City Hall, 704 E. Texano Dr. The Magic Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines will perform their Christmas concert in Weslaco at the Tower Theater from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. daily.  Tickets are $5 but seating is limited so call (956) 969-2386 for reservations. On Dec. 1 San Benito will celebrate the holidays with a Community Christmas at the Amphitheater, 705 N. Travis Street at 6 p.m. Brownsville will have a “Heralding the Holidays” Concert at 80 Fort Brown, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. It will feature the Master Chorale, Symphony Orchestra, Rio Bravo Wind Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and One O’Clock Jazz Band.  Music ranges from traditional carols to lively favorites. Tickets are $15 for orchestra and $10 for balcony seating. Proceeds go to scholarships for the UTPABrownsville Music Department.  Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the tree lighting ceremony and pre-concert that begins at 6:30 p.m. On Dec. 1 Edinburg will host the Night of Lights Parade and Festival. The fes-

tival will be held at 415 W. University Dr. from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The parade starts at the corner of University Drive and Sugar Road at 6:30 p.m. so Winter Texans will want to arrive a little early to stake out a spot to watch the parade. For those wishing to see a different kind of parade don’t miss a chance to see the Port Isabel Boat Parade that goes across the Laguna Madre to South Padre Island and ends at Louie’s Backyard.  All kinds and sizes of boats dressed in Christmas lights will leave the marine and sail along the coastline before crossing the water.  Take lawn chairs and line up along the coastline to see this unique parade. The Stillman House Museum in Brownsville, 1325 E. Washington, will celebrate the holidays by presenting “Happy Christmas! A Victorian Holiday Celebration” Dec. 1 through Dec. 31.  The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (956) 541-5560 for information.  Admission for the entire Brownsville Historic Complex is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors over 55. On Dec. 3 Brownsville will hold its annual Christmas parade on Elizabeth Street starting at 6:45. Admission is free. The Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood, will hold its annual Christmas Extravaganza Dec. 4 though 21. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Call (956) 216-4901 for information. Brownsville will have its traditional Washington Park Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6.  The park is located at 1338 E 8th Street. One Dec. 6 the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash, will sponsor “A Christmas Affair,” a shopping event for women only, with a marketplace of Christmas gift items from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, door prizes and a mini style show will be part of the fun.  Items for sale include Christmas décor, arts and crafts, gourmet goodies and more.  For tickets call Gerry Garcia at 682-2871. Zapata will have its annual Christmas Parade and Lighting of the County Plaza on Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call (956) 765-4871. The annual Harlingen RGV Jaycees Christmas Parade with theme “Famous

Christmas Songs,” will be held Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. downtown Harlingen. Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, will present its annual Zoo Nights & Lights Dec. 7-9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $2.50 or a toy to be donated to the Toys for Tots campaign for needy children. Handel’s Messiah will be presented on Dec. 8 at The Arts Center, 80 Fort Brown on the campus of The University of TexasBrownsville.  It is a collaboration between the Brownsville Independent School District, the UTB music program and the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts.  Tickets are $12.  Call (956) 882-8587 to reserve a ticket. McAllen will host its traditional Candlelight Posada from noon to 10 p.m. on Dec. 8 in Archer Park.  Instead of the traditional two-day affair, events will be compacted into a one-day event beginning at noon.  It will feature entertainment, food booths, and the Posada processional at 5:30 p.m. The McAllen Illuminated Christmas parade will follow at 7 p.m. On Dec. 8 the City of San Benito will sponsor its lighted Christmas parade, billed as the longest lighted parade in South Texas.  This year’s theme is “Neon Christmas”.  The parade will be held in downtown San Benito. Call (956) 399-5321 for information. The Rio Grande Valley Ballet will perform its annual presentation of “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 8 and 9 at the McAllen Civic Center, 1300 S. 10th Street. The Saturday performance is at 7 p.m. while the Sunday performance is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25; call (956) 681-3800. On Dec. 15 Valley Metro will sponsor a “Stuff the Bus” 5K race at Harlon Park, 1020 W. 18th Street, Weslaco from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Admission is a child’s toy of $10 or more value. Participants are encouraged to dress in holiday costumes.  Register at www.rgvevents or wwwraceit. com. Join the fun on New Year’s Day by joining the hearty crowd of beach lovers as they participate in the 15th Annual Polar Dip, which will take place on the beach in front of Boomerang Billy’s Beach and Surf Motel at 12 p.m. Call 1-800-767- 2373 for information.

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