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Treasures abound in Texas! Antiques from Europe, Asia and pure Americana. Find great pieces in Canton (pg 7) plus see the best Houston Antique Shops (pg 48). Let our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide (pg 50) inspire you and create an Antique Christmas (pg 46).

WINTER FESTIVALS It's the perfect travel weather: Head to Baytown (pg 35), Katy Christmas (pg 36), Old Town Spring (pg 43) and the First Texas Tea Festival in Austin (pg 52).

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Raise Your Cups! Merry Christmas Friends, Sometimes it's easy to take for granted how much fun there is in Texas. Sure, it's harder and harder to find places that haven't been explored, but it's also become easier to forget places that we've already been. That's exactly what my husband and I discovered when re-exploring local antique shops this season, and lucky for you, pictures say a million words. The adventure of finding restored pieces rescued from homes, attics and barns is thrilling.

It is art that speaks to us, history that wishes to be preserved in our home. We shall do you justice! In case checking antiques isn't cool enough, winter home tours around Texas showcase precious antique gems in their full glory. It's candy for the eyes, fruit cake for the soul.

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Shoppers who love antiques find endless possibilities in the 450-acre treasure trove that is Canton’s First Monday.

Held the weekend before the first Monday of the month in this convenient East Texas destination, First Monday presents a vast assortment of items, ranging from collectibles to home decor. One can also find art, jewelry, clothing, memorabilia, crafts and quilts. Tea in Texas found sought-after antiques, such as Staffordshire figures, Wedgewood china, vintage quilts and needlework, and antique sewing machines and clocks on a visit to First Monday in the Fall. We always begin our antique expedition at the Canton Civic Center and then explore the grounds for more. We found several examples of the china and silver in the specific patterns we were looking for, a wonderful range of quilts to choose from, and many other antiques to give us inspiration for new collections. What will you find in Canton? First Monday is on October 30–November 2 and November 27–30.


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Second Saturdays: An Evening of Art, Music and Wine, McKinney Explore downtown art galleries, great local and regional music and enjoy dinner at one of McKinney’s outstanding eateries. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. November 15 Children’s Gingerbread Workshop, Bosque Arts Center, Clifton Create your own Gingerbread house! Instructed by Ann Paul, suitable for children of all ages. Reserve by November 10: 254675-3724.

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Boutique — Bistro — Bake Sale December 4-7, 2014, 11:00am - 4:00 pm Adults $10 (advance) $12 (at the door) Children under 12 $5 Bistro $15 Reservations Required

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Harvest Tea through Nov. 26 , Holiday Tea Nov. 26 – Jan. 4, 12 Days of Christmas Exhibit at The Dallas Arboretum Celebrate fall with an elegant tea in one of the country’s most beautiful botanical settings -- definitely an affair to remember! You’ll enjoy three courses in the charming Restaurant DeGolyer,tour the historic estate, then view the nationally acclaimed pumpkin village during the Harvest Tea, which is offered until November 26. During Holiday Tea, November 28 – January 4, take in the 12 Days of Christmas, a Victorian collection of 3-dimensional, life-sized gazebos filled with charming characters from the beloved Chrstimas carol. Reservations required. 214-515-6511; November 27-30, January 1 - 4 Canton’s First Monday Trade Days Explore a world of antiques, home decor, clothing and gifts at Canton’s First Monday Trade Days. While in town, visit the charming Square. At the First Monday Grounds, there are more than 7,000 vendor spaces, providing an amazing treasure hunt. 1-877-462-7467 November 29th and December 6th Christmas Tea Beatitudes Tea Room, Grapevine A memorable Christmas experience with two seatings at 11:00am and 1:00pm. $24.95 per person; A delightful 3 Tiered server with delicious savories, fresh fruit, scones, breads and a lovely selection of sweets! Served with Festive Teas. 817-488-8850 December 4-7 One Enchanted Christmas in Dallas The Alexander Mansion, home of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, is one of the oldest residences in Dallas. Visit this stately home for tour, boutique and bake sale.

December 9 and 10 Holiday Tea and Tour, Chestnut Square, McKinney Enjoy a lovely tea luncheon and historic home tour with a fashion show; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 972-467-9823. December 10 Holiday Tea and Conversation Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, McKinney A delightful holiday program featuring the beautiful voices of the McKinney High School Jazz Choir, followed by a bountiful afternoon tea in the lovely Heard-Craig House. Home tour completes the afternoon. $25 ($20 for Heard Craig Members). December 11-14, 17-20 One Enchanted Christmas Tea, Dallas The Alexander Mansion hosts the European Tea Room, served on elegant bone china and tablescapes. Inclusive of champagne and gratuities. $47 January 24th 3rd Annual Tea Tasting Tea Beatitudes Tea Room, Grapevine A fabulous tea service complete with 5 different Teas to taste, a lovely afternoon Tea, door prizes, live music and a surprise guest speaker. Reservations required $24.95 per person. 817-488-8850

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November 6-13 Christmas at the Caswell House, Austin The Austin Junior Forum presents a line up of tea events; www. November 15 and December 20 Prairie Street Heritage House, Columbus Tea is available in Columbus, Texas at The Camellia Tea Room. Stop by for tea in a traditional elegant tea room fare in an historical venue and atmosphere. High Tea will be offered at 2:00 p.m. Rate is $15 per person. Reservations required. 979-732-5555,


November 28 – January 4, 2014 Holiday Tea, Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans An esteemed New Orleans tradtion! Traditional English tea service in Windsor Court’s Le Salon, surrounded by magnificent holiday decorations, including the famed 20-foot tall Christmas tree, and the joyful sounds of holiday music on piano; 504-596-4773,

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Great Houses of the South by Stephanie Miller The celebrated houses of the South are like a brick-and-mortar tribute to ideals the South holds dear. The region’s great historic homes represent culture and refinement, education, family, reverence for nature, and sometimes a nod to theatricality or eccentricity.

“What makes a great house is the vibrancy of the story the house tells: the story of the people who commissioned it, the architect who designed it, the families who lived in it and saved and the people who continue to visit," Ossman said. “Historic preservation is the way these stories are passed down.”

Romanticized and idolized, the Southern home is often treated as a member of the family. Sometimes these houses even have names, always they have stories and fond memories, and, without fail, they occupy a special place in a Southerner’s heart.

Speaking at the Historic New Orleans Collection’s Antiques Forum last Summer, Ossman showed images of many iconic homes. They ranged from Thomas Jefferson’s acclaimed Monticello, George Washington’s picturesque Mount Vernon, which she said is the most recognized home in the United States; Louisiana’s gracious Oak Alley Plantation, which she said looks “exactly like one would expect” a Southern home to look; the glorious Drayton Hall in South Carolina, New Orleans ’distinctive Gallier House and Hermann-Grima as examples of how stately homes related to bustling cities, and Natchez’s

In her book “Great Houses of the South,” Laurie Ossman, director of Museum Affairs with the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, documents some of the South’s most remarkable architectural treasures, in an effort to encourage preservation of these sometimes-fragile gems.

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Drayton Hall Photos Courtesy of Wade Lawrence

imposing Stanton Hall as an example of the rural form used in a city setting to convey status, wealth and prestige. Many splendid homes were built near rivers, the source of commerce, as in the case of Louisiana Plantation homes along the Mississippi River, Shirley Plantation alongside the James River in South Carolina, and the Ashley River’s Drayton Hall. Drayton Hall, located in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, is the oldest surviving example of Georgian Palladian architecture in the United States. John Drayton began its construction in 1738 and seven generations lived there until the home was sold to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1974. Drayton Hall, used by both Colonial and British forces as a staging ground, is the only plantation on the Ashley River to survive intact, and remains remarkably close to its original condition. A fivepart Palladian form with connecting buildings, Drayton Hall is wonderfully classical. Its majestic and expansive grounds, graced with moss-laden oak trees reflected in the pond, give it a poetic beauty. Shirley Plantation is an example of a great house that conveys authority through architectural form and mass, Ossmann said, noting that it has similarities in scale to the Governor’s House in Williamsburg.

Ossman said the refined architecture of the early great homes was used to “colonize the wilderness,” as in the case of Farmington, a Louisville, Kentucky, Federal-style residence that was designed from a sketch of a home designed by Thomas Jefferson. The Hermann-Grima House in New Orleans’ Vieux Carre was inspired by Colonial homes in Virginia and Philadelphia, but its second floor gallery shows the influence of Caribbean culture, and adaptation to New Orleans’ climate. The Founding Fathers recognized the opportunity the Colonial period presented to shape the nation’s image through architecture. Thomas Jefferson looked for architectural inspiration in Europe and “what an American aristocrat would be like and what that lifestyle was going to be. He used architecture to shape a national character.” L o n g w o o d in Natchez, Mississippi, is an example of whimsy and a touch of eccentricity. Dr. Haller Nutt commenced building this opulent, 32-room octagonal mansion with design by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan in 1859, and contracted workmen from Philadelphia to build it, Ossman said. When the Civil War began, Dr. Nutt’s cotton and land were seized, and construction stopped. One would never guess it from the gracious and stately exterior, but the Staton Hall by NPRO Studio

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We’ve Got Your Kupa Tea! Kupa Tea Tea Room serves Lunch and Sunday Brunch Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m We specialize in loose teas, which are also available to purchase for home use. Parties, showers, and afternoon tea by reservation. 222 N. Walnut Creek Drive- Mansfield, Texas - 76063





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upper floors were never finished. For decades, the family lived in the basement. Descendants remained in the home until the 1970s, when the property was acquired by the Natchez Pilgrimage Garden Club. Southerners have always held a gracious home in high esteem. Proud owners of plantation homes and great houses took the task of furnishing and decorating very seriously, recognizing how the home defined their image. Families traveled to Europe to acquire furniture and commission paintings to display culture and refinement, grand libraries were built to house impressive book collections to display knowledge. The house is a stage, and the South values a sense of theatricality. As new areas of the country were developed in the 1900s, a beautifully designed, grand home was an important marketing tool for developers. Ca’ d’Zan, a Mediterranean Revival Residence in Sarasota Florida, built by John Ringling, circus owner, developer and art collector, was one such home that represented the good life. The grand 36,000-square foot mansion is an extravagant testatment to the American Dream. It was inspired by the Ringlings' European travels and specifically Venice’s Ducal Palace, Grunwald Hotel and Ca d’Oro. While the South is known for “honoring tradition,” Ossman said today’s great homes show how the region honors change within that tradition, as in the case of Longue Vue in Metairie, Louisiana. A Classical Revival mansion situated on eight acres of glorious gardens, Longue Vue is home to a stunning modern art collection housed alongside American and English antiques, antique pottery, and French and Oriental carpets. Great houses often have beautiful sentiment associated with them, such as Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, where decorative elements paid a charming tribute to the preferences of his late wife, Rachel.

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Stories like these are what give these great homes their life, and their essence, and they are surely part of the reason a great house can touch our hearts and have such power over us. “The Great Houses are those that challenge us to tell the stories, and the challenge is to find our own stories for the next generation,” Ossman said. | Winter 2014

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NOV 22 Holiday Home Tour, Brenham Enjoy Brenhams fine historic homes dating to the 1800's; noon – 5 p.m., tickets at the Giddings Stone Mansion; DEC 5 Lighting of the Village @ Le Village Country Market and House Tour, Eunice, Louisiana The official lighting of the historic Le Vieux Village begins with the sounds of the Opelousas High School marching band followed by the illumination of thousands of lights in the village, then the arrival of Santa Claus. The event also provides a unique shopping experience where vendors offer a variety of goods, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m; 828 E. Landry Street, Opelousas, LA 70570; 337-948-6263 | DEC 4-5-6 & 12 Louisiana’s Candlelight Tour of Homes, Shreveport Two elegant homes, one Victorian and one Edwardian, both expertly restored to their original splendor and decorated with lovely antiques will be featured. Homeowners share home history. Tour departs from Festival Plaza at 5:30. $26 per person, includes light refreshments. DEC 5-6 Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour, Houston Select homes in the Houston Heights will be all dressed up for the season and open to the public in this tour of one of the city’s most cherished neighborhoods, rich in its diverse mix of architectural styles. The annual event attracts crowds of locals and is a popular holiday destination. 713-861-4002 DEC 6 Christmas in a Small Town” Home Tour, Terrell Tour lovely historic homes, a historic church, and enjoy shopping at the holiday market in this event by the Social Science Club of Terrell, benefiting local charities. Tickets: 15 in advance, $20 at the door, sscofterrell. com DEC 6-7 McKinney’s 41st Annual Tour of Holiday Homes Tour presents some of the city’s most charming architectural gems, with proceeds benefitting Chestnut Square and Samaritan Inn. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; DEC 6-7 Waxahachie’s Candlelight Home Tour Stroll the glimmering streets of Waxahachie and take in lovely homes spanning the Victorian era to the 21st century; 972-937-2390 DEC 10 & 17 MFAH Rienzi House Museum, Houston Celebrate the season by touring Rienzi while it is beautifully decorated for the holidays. Docents guide visitors through the home, highlighting the Masterson family heirloom ornaments. Enjoy live seasonal music and a reception of holiday sweets, including wine and eggnog. 713-639-7300 DEC 13 Christmas in Historic Montgomery 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Head out to historic Montgomery Texas for a fantastic day with a family atmosphere of activities for everyone including Arts and Crafts sale, Breakfast with Santa, a parade and cookie walk. Then, visit the many decorated and lighted historic homes during the candlelight home tour. DEC 13 Minden Louisiana’s Wrap it Up A full day of holiday festivities including a trolley ride through the historic district, a tour of the areas picturesque historic residential district and Candlelight Tour of Homes, including Greek Revival, Spanish Colonial, Farmhouse and Victorian. $10. Learn more at DEC 13-14 Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour, Houston The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park will host the annual candlelight tour showcasing eight of Houston's oldest historic structures trimmed to perfection in traditional 19th century decor. There will be family friendly entertainment from storytellers and re-enactors to local children's choirs. Children may also have their photo taken with Santa, play in the snow, enjoy a holiday story reading, and make crafts at Santa's Workshop. 713-655-1912 DEC 20 Natchitoches, Louisiana Home Tour Natchitoches Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. by Natchitoches Historic Foundation, presents lovely historic homes in Louisiana’s Oldest City. Also, from noon – 4 p.m. at the Badin-Roque House, the St. Augustine Historical Society will host special tours and Creole holiday stories. 800-259-1714


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McKinney’s tradition of opening historic homes to the public during the holidays began in 1973, when the Heritage Guild of Collin County opened their homes to raise money to purchase the 1916 Dulaney House and Cottage and the grounds that became Chestnut Square. This year, the 41st Annual Holiday Tour of Homes runs Saturday, December 6 , from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, from noon – 5 p.m. (rain or shine) Tour Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door. The tour showcases a recently restored farmhouse and a Queen Anne Victorian that has been renovated to become the McKinney Bed McKinney circa 1900s and Breakfast; a neo-classical Tudor built in 2008 in Tucker Hill and a beautiful 1880 neo-classical downtown church that has been brought back to life, as well as a 1920s former hospital that is now Cornerstone Christian Academy. Proceeds benefit Chestnut Square. This year, Chestnut Square is partnering with The Samaritan Inn, Collin County’s only homeless shelter. The Samaritan Inn will decorate one of the homes on Hunt Street with items from its Thrift Store, and items will be for sale. A portion of ticket sales will benefit The Samaritan Inn as well. Call 972.562.8790 for more information or visit

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HOLIDAY TEA & TOUR Tuesday 12/9 and Wednesday 12/10 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Reservations at 972-467-9823 Visit us online for more details and tickets. Proceeds benefit Chestnut Square.

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in a Small Town Some of Terrell’s loveliest historic homes, decorated for the holidays, are featured in the December 6 “Christmas in a Small Town” tour. Terrell, a city just outside of Dallas that was incorporated in 1874, has lovely examples of the architectural styles that were popular in fine homes of this era: Victorian, Classical, Prairie and Colonial. Established as a depot town along the Texas and Pacific Railroad Companies’ line from Longview to California, Terrell became the headquarters of the Texas Midland Railroad, which was one of the nation’s most prosperous short-line railroads. Its president, Ned Green, made the first automobile trip in Texas. Today, Terrell is a welcoming town with charming downtown shops and dining, and events such as the home tour in December and the Terrell Heritage Jubilee in the Spring. The Christmas in a Small Town Home Tour is a fundraising event organized by The Social Science Club, established in 1894 to promote “a better acquaintance among those interested in educational attainments and to enlarge opportunities for intellectual development and service”. In that tradition, the annual Christmas Home Tour helps raise funds for local charities, civic and educational organizations, and scholarships, while creating awareness of the historic city of Terrell. The tour will be held on December 6 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. (tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door). For more information, visit Winter 2014 |


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Eight lovely ladies of the Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano were the lucky recipients of a spring-time themed tea luncheon hosted by the chairpersons of the club’s Antique Lovers and Tea Time Activity Group. The tea was offered as an auction item at the club’s holiday event and the high bidder was Genevieve McCreary who attended the tea with her guests Sherri Allison, Karen Busby, Anna Eberhard, Toni Jenkins, Carol MacDonald, Paula McIntyre, and Brenda Morris. Raynell Kuehler hosted the April luncheon in her beautiful Frisco home. Guests were ushered into the elegantly decorated dining area to a formally set table which featured pink table linens and floral patterned heirloom china. Strains of classical music added to the ambience.

Enjoy Holiday Tea at the Dallas Arboretum NOVEMBER 28 – JANUARY 4 Seatings at 11am & 2pm • Daily Come and celebrate the holidays with a visit to the charming Restaurant DeGolyer. Enjoy a three course elegant tea presented by Gil’s Elegant Catering, tour the historic estate of Mr. and Mrs. DeGolyer and view The 12 Days of Christmas – a Victorian collection of three-dimensional, life-size gazebos filled with the charming characters made famous by the beloved holiday carol. Reservations required. Call 214-515-6511 to reserve your seating. 8525 Garland Road • Dallas, Texas 75218 214-515-6500 The Dallas Arboretum is a non-profit organization that is supported, in part, by funds from Dallas Parks & Recreation.

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A three- course menu created by Becky Watts, included savory butternut soup, chive and cheddar scone, and an heirloom tomato salad followed by tea sandwiches featuring turkey pate on pumpernickel, cucumber and dill cream cheese on white, and an apple sandwich with cinnamon and pecans on raisin bread. The dessert course offered a honey lavender cupcake, fruit tartlet, chocolate tea bread with orange creme, and a dark chocolate dipped orange candy. Margie Wilkov of Tea and Chocolate provided a selection of wonderful specialty teas that complimented the menu and entertained the guests with stories along with facts about the enjoyment of tea. Mary Lou Smith and Raynell Kuehler printed lovely place cards and menus for each guest who also received a parting favor to remember this very special event!

Tea Party Scare

The ladys were having a spooky tea time at the Heights Antiques on Yale, Houston. This spirited booth featured timeless friends enjoying fun courses including bloody lady fingers, rat kabobs and lamb's head. The table was set for four, but all goblins were invited to partake of tricks or treats while discovering antique treasures.

Cast of Wicked Has Tea in Liverpool

The cast of the wildly popular musical “Wicked” recently paid a visit to our friends at Tea Parlour in Liverpool to partake in that quitessentially British pastime – afternoon tea. “This good-looking group apparently stops for afternoon tea at every city they visit on the UK tour, so it was lovely that Tea Parlour was their top choice in Liverpool to continue the tradition,” Tea Parlour reports. Tea in Texas can only imagine how fabulous it must have been to have Elphaba, Glinda and the gang in the house! We think tea and theater are a delightful combination.

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What woman doesn’t like to make that grand entrance and be showered with compliments such as, “Darling where did you get that stunning outfit?” The Chic Cherie Boutique at High Street loves helping customers feel like stars in a classic attire, accompanied by timeless accessories, and just the right costume jewelry. “My customers tell me how great vintage makes them look and feel,” said Chic Cherie Co-Owner Marilyn Harris. “I love to hear about their experiences in these outfits.” One of Marilyn’s clients scored her new job hands-down when she was interviewed in an impeccable 1940s suit. “They couldn’t take their eyes off of her,” Marilyn effuses. Another client, a trial lawyer, dazzles with confidence in the courtroom wearing vintage dresses and suits. An out-of-town architect flies in to shop at Chic Cherie. She makes all her presentations in vintage. “The way she looks and feels gives her great confidence,” Marilyn says. Shoppers can select a gown that once sold for hundreds or thousands, at a fraction of the original price. Expert alterations by co-owner Regina Wittenberg ensure the perfect fit. “The quality of the fabrics, the classic designs, craftsmanship and economic benefits make vintage a winning combination,” Marilyn says. Stop in Chic Cherie, and don’t miss the regularly scheduled fashion shows–the Holiday fashion show, the 1960’s vintage lingerie event, February’s romantic fashion show, and the Spring Vintage Bridal show with Steven Porterfield.

Louisiana’s festive Holiday Trail of Lights brings you a not-to-be-missed calendar of events. Light festivals, music and parades, historic homes and charming shopping districts, museums and performing arts, and even a German Christmas Festival. The Holiday Trail of Lights is a 30-year tradition that spans I-20 and I-49 in North and Central Louisiana. Starting in mid-November, festivities include: The Festival of Lights in historic Natchitoches, November 22 – January 6; Fleur de Lis Arts and Crafts Show November 29, and the 88th Annual Christmas Festival. December 6- a daylong festival in Louisiana’s oldest city with live music, arts, crafts and food vendors, a parade and a magnificent fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the riverbank of Cane River Lake. Highlights include, 1 p.m. - Festival of Lights Parade; 2:30-6 p.m. - Musical Entertainment on the Downtown Riverbank; 6 p.m. - Fireworks over Cane River Lake. Shopping and entertainment at the Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk in Shreveport-Bossier City. The holiday season kicks off with the November 13 lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree at the Outlets. Seasonal festivities include twinkling lights, fireworks, parades, fabulous holiday shopping and lovely historic homes all dressed up for the holidays. Les Boutique de Noel, November 20 - 23 at the Bossier Civic Center, is a great place to find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list, and proceeds benefit the Shreveport Opera. On December 4, two elegant historic homes open their doors for the Candlelight Christmas Tour. The Fasching Festival celebrates German heritage in Minden with German food and exhibits on November 22; as well as fireworks, parades, amazing lights, Christmas concerts and tours of the historic downtown and residential districts. Christmas at the renowned Dorcheat Historical Museum, November 20 – December 20, offers a charming glimpse of Christmas past. On December 6, there is a Germantown Christmas Concert, and on December 13, the historic district offers a Candlelight Tour from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., which includes a trolley ride. Shopping and dining in Monroe-West Monroe’s Antique Alley. Seasonal celebrations kick off November 11 with the Lighting of the Freedom Trees at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, and the calendar also includes two parades, a spectacular fireworks display, ballet performances, fun family activities, and dancing light displays on Antique Alley and throughout downtown. Christmas at the Biedenharn, a historic home with lovely gardens, includes special events with music, wassail and Santa, December 12-14. Christmas parades in Alexandria-Pineville. In the heart of Louisiana, this area’s holiday celebrations include sparkling lights, community parades, appearances by Santa, and performing arts, as well as shopping and Christmas carols during their 12 Nights of Christmas. There will be story-telling, concerts, and a “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem,” a guided tour of a dramatic recreation of 1st Century Bethlehem with music and drama.Get more information at


Join the chorus and get in the holiday spirit as eight of our most festive cities have decked the halls just for you and your family. Brilliant lights, great food, awesome music, festivals and parades as only we can do.

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are a Festive Holiday Tradition in New Orleans Plantation Country Louisiana always puts a distinctive spin on its celebrations, and, along the Mississippi River in New Orleans Plantation Country, bonfires provide that unique touch over the holidays. Christmas Eve bonfires in New Orleans Plantation Country are one of the oldest holiday traditions in the United States, held along the Mississippi River levees since the 1720s. Each year, more than one hundred wooden bonfires, over 30 feet tall line the river for miles, and the festive display attracts thousands of visitors. It’s a great spectacle, and a way to experience Louisiana’s joiede-vivre in a time-honored local tradition. Holiday shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts and culinary

adventures and holiday teas also provide special memories of a holiday visit to New Orleans Plantation Country. To learn more about special Holiday Events – see for more information, and mark your calendar for these:

Oak Alley’s Champagne Christmas Brunch and evening Bonfire Party, December 6 - Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie Norco Christmas Parade, December 7 – Norco St. Charles Parish Annual Tree Lighting December 11 – West Bank Bridge Park, Luling Festival of the Bonfires December 12-14 - Lutcher Park, Lutcher

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Celebrating 300 years, Natchitoches is Louisiana’s oldest permanent settlement established in 1714. As part of this year’s Tricentennial celebration, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights will be an event to remember!

Christmas Festival December 6

1 pm • Parade with Grand Marshal Robert Harling, III (writer and creator of Steel Magnolias movie)

6 pm Fireworks Show

Join us for these other events: Holiday Kids Fest Christmas Tour of Homes Christmas Gala

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Covington's English Tea Room: A Welcoming Mix of Tradition and Pop Culture

where you can savor the tea, the fellowship, and the peace that surrounds you,” says Judy Tryl, teacher and fitness trainer. Van Turner, member of the Doctor Who book club that visits monthly, praises “a tea menu to rival most beer and wine lists.” Reservations are recommended on the weekends, but walk-ins are always welcome, whether in casual or fancy dress.

The English Tea Room gets top billing in the September 23, 2014“Gambit” article “Where to drink tea in New Orleans”. Originally opened in Hammond in 2001 by Jan and Tim Lantrip, the cottage hosts traditional events like wedding showers, baby showers, birthday parties, and children's teas. However, the costumefriendly pop culture-themed dinners may

The Tea Room serves a full High Tea including finger sandwiches, mini quiches, scones and tiny treats such as a mini tart or chocolate covered strawberry, along with a pot of the tea of your choice – from 200 varieties!

come as a surprise. Dozens of Royal Doulton Toby Jugs perch on high shelves in the front room, portraying historical figures, like Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria. Tea quotes and historical photos pepper tablecloths. Elegant teapots and cups for sale gleam on open shelving, along with tea books, accoutrements, and loose teas that are also available. The Tea Room mascot, a Scottish terrier named Nigel, greets new arrivals on the front porch. In the garden, the Alice in Wonderland cottage welcomes children's tea parties with mural-covered walls and cups and saucers in a rainbow of colors. “It is truly a divine getaway

Special event din n er s s el l out, so prepaid reservations a r e recommended. Themes have included Churchill's Favorites, Downton Abbey, Steampunk, Doctor Who, Monty Python, and The Beatles. Games and skits accompany the dinners, and costumes are welcome. For Sherlock Holmes night, Tim played the victim, bloodied with strawberry jam, but couldn't resist rising to greet guests! Elizabeth Williams, a local business owner, says “Real men DO drink tea … especially my grandsons, ages 11 and 3, and my son-in-law! The 3 year old mixes chocolate milk in his...It’s also great fun to dress up for their special Friday night events. What a wonderful gem to have in Covington!”

“My joy is making something special for you to enjoy at tea time.”

Always handmade just for you! And visit Grandma @ for Teapots, Trinket Boxes and Inspirational Gifts

Restaurant & Tea Shoppe Join us at the English Tea Room for a relaxing get-away. Enjoy a pot of tea from our selection of over 200 choices! It's a unique, European experience right here in Covington, Louisiana! Breakfast, Lunch & High Tea served daily 734 E. Rutland St. Covington, LA 985-898-3988 and or call 973-664-0986

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Grandma Rae rescues abandoned Teapots and Tea Cups from thrift stores, estate sales and antique centers. She searches out teapots and tea cups with notable hallmarks as well as those that are charmingly sweet. Grandma tidies them up, and packages them in gift boxes along with a sample of wonderful loose leaf tea. All of Grandma's Rescues are waiting for their new homes. You'll find charming antique as well as whimsical contemporary pieces. Add to your Teapot or Tea Cup collection or economize your Holiday gift giving. It’s all waiting for you on Grandma Rae’s fun website for you to browse and enjoy. It is required holiday shopping for tea lovers! Stop by and say "Hello" http://www., and if you have teapots in need of a new home, do contact Grandma.

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As anyone who enjoys antiques knows, putting together a special collection of china is an exhilarating pursuit that can keep us on the hunt for years! If your collection needs a few new tea pieces, or perhaps you would like some inspiration in starting a new antique or vintage collection, Grandma Rae has you covered.

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Add a few stars to your Christmas celebration by visiting the My Stars! Rising Star (or Sunburst) c 1850 quilt

Antique Quilt Exhibit at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton. The exhibit, on loan through the Texas Quilt Museum, opens Saturday, December 6, in conjunction with the Norwegian Country Christmas Tour in Clifton and runs through Saturday, December 27.

and her cousin Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, co-directors of the Texas Quilt Museum, are responsible for this special collection of star-themed quilts. Bresenhan and O’Bryant Puentes credit their love of quilts, to their experiences of receiving star quilts as wedding presents, hand-pieced by their great-grandmother. These original star quilts were specially made and quilted at a family quilting bee. Bresenhan and O’Bryant Puentes have spent several decades collecting quilts.

Three of the Center’s four galleries will contain these antique quilts, each of which is unique in its color and star pattern, many being from the 19th century.. Quilts for this present touring exhibition were selected from the Collection of International Quilt Festival by Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator for the Texas Quilt

The exhibit includes 28 quilts created The Bosque Arts Center is the first recipient from 1845 to 1935. Karey Bresenhan of the My Stars! collection for exhibition.

My Stars! Antique Quilt Exhibit December 6 - December 27, 2014

Museum, LaGrange, Texas. The Screen Door Inn in downtown Clifton provided the funding for the presentation of this unique quilt collection. The exhibit free to the public.

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Bosque Arts Center A collection of 28 antique quilts circa 1845 through 1935 on loan through the Texas Quilt Museum

The Bosque Arts Center, originally known as the Bosque County Conservatory of the Fine Arts, and in operation in Clifton since 1982, is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a nonprofit, it is the umbrella organization for a number of visual and performing arts clubs and guilds in Bosque County and is known nationally for its collection of cowboy art.

Quilt Images: Wild Goose Variation with Floral Border, c. 1890 (top); Lone Star with Chintz Double Borders, c.1870 (right)

Sponsored by The Screen Door Inn, Clifton Free to the Public Open: Mon. - Fri. 9a-5p Sat. 10a - 5p

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Wild Goose Variation with Floral Border c 1890 quilt

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Many years later, my husband and I were in Old Town Spring for an outing. I visited Juliene’s Quilt Shop and saw a quilt top on the wall with a sign that said “Make this in one day”. Huh? I called my best friend and we signed up. We had our fabric pre-cut for the class and we did make our quilt tops in one long day. It was doable and that experience hooked me forever! Just knowing that I created such a memorable item thrilled me and I still use it today, almost 20 years later. If you are lucky enough to live near a quilt shop, go in sometime and feed your soul on the inspiring quilts on display. Touch the bolts of fabric and

Jefferson Quilt Show

"Quilts on the Bayou" Jefferson, Texas

January 23 - 25 Friday & Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm Jeffersonian Institute 120 East Austin Street, Jefferson, Texas

For Quilt Entry Form Contact: Jefferson Quilt Show PO Box 316, Jefferson, TX 75657 Email:

$5/Adults $4/Children 6 - 12 $9/3-Day Show Pass FEATURED EXHIBITS: *THE HOFFMAN CHALLENGE Collection The Quilts of Karen Thornton


Even if you don’t know how to quilt, don’t let that stop you. Take a beginner level class! You will be joined by others wanting a venue to channel their creativity. Literally, if you can press down on the foot pedal of a sewing machine and guide fabric, you can make a quilt! So as you sip your tea this afternoon, leaf through a magazine and see if there is a project that speaks to you. Maybe it is time to visit a quilt shop, take a chance and learn to quilt! You just might love it as much as I do! Rose Ann Cook is the owner of Quilter’s Emporium Quilt Shop in the Houston/Stafford area. The store celebrates its 10th year in 2014 and has been featured as a Top 10 Shop in the Fall 2010 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine. Rose Ann is the author of “Czecherboard Quilts-Stories from My Father’s Family”.

Putting The Pieces Together... Beautiful quilting fabric, kits, books, patterns, sewing machines, quilting cruises, classes and more. Classes for quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting and more are available. Helpful and friendly staff.

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Chosen as a Top 10 Quilt Shop by Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler magazine (Fall 2010)

Open 7 days a week Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

FEATURED SPEAKER: Karen Thornton – “A Quilter’s Journey of Faith”

Viewer’s Choice Open Show With: Cash Awards, Ribbons, Demonstrations, Lectures, Door Prizes, Raffle Quilt and Merchant Mall & Special Exhibits Sponsored by the JRQA and the Jeffersonian Institute

(281) 491-0016, (800) 395-7794 11925 Southwest Freeway, Suite 11 Stafford, TX 77477 (just outside of Houston)

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A few years ago, a customer asked me when and why I started quilting. Hmmmm. My first attempt at quilting was after I graduated from high school in 1974. No one in my family quilted but I was inspired by the Earth Movement and leading a more back to nature kind of life. Having said that, my first quilt was small, made from double knit fabric (indestructible and ugly), cardboard templates and scissors. It was atrocious, so it is now in a landfill, probably still in perfect condition. So much for my contribution to the Earth!

find one that speaks to you. Quilting cottons have changed a great deal over the years. They are not the same ditsy calicos that were used in our grandmother’s quilts. Is a child turning three? Is a loved one graduating or getting married? Maybe a new baby is on the way. All of these joyful occasions can be punctuated with the gift of a quilt.

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Institute of Texan Cultures Puts Classic & Contemporary Quilt Artisanship on Display

Quilts have brought warmth and comfort to Texas for generations. From being a matter of necessity to becoming a family heirloom, to a modern work of art, quilting traditions run strong in the Lone Star State. “Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces,” are two traveling art exhibits from the Texas Quilt Museum, being presented by the Institute of Texan Cultures through January 11. The exhibits feature more than 40 contemporary, artistic quilts. “Modern Masterpieces by Texas Quilters, 1989 – 2010” showcases 20 works by Texan aritsts, covering themes ranging from stars to gardens to fishing. New interpretations of old favorites allow these pieces to push the boundaries of Texas quilt making. “Texas Art Quilts, 1993-2011” presents 26 works by Texas artists, embracing abstract and representational modes. Themes include science, fantasy, political causes and natural beauty. Employing color and pattern in a painterly fashion, the artists show that contemporary quilt art in Texas represents a vital aspect of visual culture. “Texas quilts embody the spirit of enterprise and innovation of pioneer women in the Lone Star state," said exhibit curator Sandra Sider. “Contemporary quilts interpret that rich legacy for today’s world, with superb artistry and imaginative compositions,” she explained. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. Cesar Chavez Boulevard, a short distance from the Alamo and River Walk. Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8, adults, $7 over 65 and over, $6, children and free for members, UTSA or Alamo Colleges I.D. Call 210-458-2300 or visit www.TexanCultures. com. Project is funded in part by a grant from the Quilters Guild of Dallas, Helena Hibbs Endowment Fund.

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Quilters’ Roundup

We have rounded up the Best Quilt Shops!

40 Shops for your shopping pleasure. Larger - 32,000 sq ft of shopping paradise! Door Prizes and Demos

February 27 & 28 Friday - 10 am 5 pm Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

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Waco Convention Center Chisholm Hall 100 Washington Ave Waco, Texas

Admission $6

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quilting & craft CALENDAR


Through Nov 2 International Quilt Festival, Houston 713-781-6864; Through December 9 Split Nine Patch Quilts from the Pilgrim Roy Collection, National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY 270-442-8856;

February 16 – 28 Seeing Double Quilt Exhibit, Winedale Historical Complex, Fayette County February 27-28, 2014 Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop

November 4-December 2 Rail Fence Beginner Class, Texas City 409-965-9778;

April 12-19, 2015 2015 Texas Quilting Cruise from Galveston Join Cactus Quilt of Texas City, Texas, on their second annual cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas.

November 7-8 Buda Quilt Bee Show & Christmas Bazaar 512-644-3136 ; onioncreekseniorcitizens. org Nov 29 Grand Noel, Grand Coteau, Louisiana Start your Christmas shopping with a visit to historical Grand Coteau. 337-945-4314; Dec 5 Lighting of theVillage, Eunice, Louisiana 337-948-6263; visitors/events

2015 Through January 3 Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, Stark Museum of Art 409-886-2787;


Through March 7 “Reflecting the Times,” W.H. Stark House, Orange 409-883-0871;

Through December 20 Countdown to Christmas, Texas City 409-965-9778;

December 6-13 My Stars Antique Quilt Exhibit, Bosque Arts Center, Clifton (254) 675-3724;

Cultures, San Antonio 210-458-2300;

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May 10-17, 2015 Cruise the Eastern Caribbean on the Round Bobbin Sew Fun Cruise Set sail for an adventure with Round Bobbin’s Sew Fun Cruise, the only “sewing” cruise on the seas! March 13-15 Dallas Quilt Show Dallas Market Hall; May 24-31, 2015 Quilt at Sea with Rockport Tours, Bear Thread Designs Rockport Tours and B ear Thread Designs hosts a quilting adventure at sea. Ongoing - A Celebration of American Quilts, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia 888-965-7254; art-museums/ Ongoing - Louisiana Quilt Trail Six individual trails in Central and Southern Louisiana. Closest starting point to Texas is Washington Parish,

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by Michelle Lindsey Houston Yacht Club is known as the “friendliest yacht club on the Texas Gulf Coast” and many friendships are formed and blossom at the HYC Women’s Sailing Association established in 1983. The association hosted its annual Sail to High Tea event August 16 and neither wind nor rain could dampen the spirit of these members. The weather was not cooperating as the event attendees left on their voyage with the sail leaving from HYC in Shoreacres (Texas) to WSA President, Sabra Francis' beautiful bay-home in Morgan's Point (Texas). As soon as the boats left the harbor, the sunny day disappeared. The weather closed in... cloud cover, 15-knot breeze, chop with whitecaps. But, the tea party guest would not be deterred. Holding tight to their decorative hats, they braced against the winds with their eyes towards the shore. Once they reached their destination, the attendees were not disappointed and they were soon rewarded for braving the rough seas. Along with a variety of savory and sweet treats, members enjoyed silver blossom flowering tea, a green tea, plum ooling tea, masala chia, traditional Earl Grey, & a special holiday red rooibus as well as Long Island iced tea, wine, and champagne. The Houston Yacht Club’s Women’s Sailing Association hosts racing, social and educational events throughout the year. The events are sometimes formal, sometimes informal, but always fun. To learn more visit OnTheWater/WomensSailingAssoc.aspx. Winter 2014 |


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gulf coast event CALENDAR November 1 The 41th Annual British Festival, Sugarland The festival will include fabulous Christmas shopping, delicious British food, including cakes, jellies, pies, sausages, and traditional English cream tea and pub lunch. Entertainment includes Houston Highlanders Pipe Band, Royal Scottish Country Dancers, St. Thomas Episcopal School Highland Dancers and more. November 3-5 Indoor and outdoor sidewalk sale, Your Cup of Tea, Houston Enjoy a pot of tea while doing early holiday shopping including collections of china teapots, china cups and saucers, tea items, china pieces, glass pieces, frames, and Christmas items. There will be many wonderful collectables all at great prices. 713-334-4832, November 1 and December 6 First Saturday Arts Market, Houston First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists.

The place in Houston for: •Baby Showers and Birthdays •Lunch served all day •Cooking classes •Afternoon Tea - $30 per person •Catering •Over 50 organic loose leaf teas 20% off online orders! Offer ends 1/31/15 code: TEA2014

Monday - Saturday 9AM - 5PM 713.218.6300 5305 Bissonnet St, Bellaire, TX

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Located in the Historic Houston Heights, the market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. Enjoy live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s best gourmet food trucks. 713-802-1213, November 8 – December 21 Annual Home for the Holidays Celebration, Old Town Spring There will be live entertainment each weekend, come enjoy your favorite school or church choir, bell ringers, dancers, cloggers, carolers and more. Over 150 shops decorated with red bows, thousands of twinkling lights and ropes of garland will welcome visitors. Photos with Santa will be available at Santa's Workshop located on Main Street across from the Spring Historical Museum. Ride the ‘Be An Angel’ Christmas train through town. November 16 Annual International Tea, Houston Come join us at The University Museum at Texas Southern University as we celebrate the tea and culture of Sri Lanka, Italy, Costa Rica, and The Philippines. 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. 713-313-7145, November 20, 2014-January 4, 2015 Yuletide at Bayou Bend, Houston Bayou Bend is renowned for its annual Yuletide tradition featuring festive lights, decorations, and holiday room settings that bring Early American celebrations to life. Bayou Bend offers several evening programs including events for families on Friday nights and for adults during the week, when guests may tour the exhibition, then enjoy holiday refreshments and entertainment outside. 713-639-7750, December 5-7 Dickens on the Strand Festival, Galveston The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items. 409-765-7834, December 6 17th Annual Christmas on Texas Avenue, Baytown A magical holiday event in historic Goose Creek with food, fun, music, entertainment, gifts galore, classic car show, sidewalk chalk art, new car exhibits, pictures with Santa and much, much more. 281-674-5163 December 7 Holiday Tea The Heritage Society Tea Room, Houston Relax and enjoy tea, savories and sweets while you listen to festive holiday music, take a tour of the Museum Gallery and chat with friends and family at The Heritage Society's

December 10 and 11 Annual Holiday Afternoon Tea Your Cup of Tea, Houston Enjoy a special tea service including fresh berries, finger sandwiches, scones with cream, pastries, house blend tea, chocolate tea and champagne. There will also be door prizes. Reservations required. 713-334-4832, December 13 Holiday Tea at Serenitea Tea Room Sugar Land Enjoy a three-tiered Afternoon Tea service with assorted finger sandwiches, traditional scones served with lemon curd and clotted cream, homemade desserts, and your choice of pot of tea. All Holiday Tea guest will receive a gift compliments of Serenitea. 281-491-4588; December 13 Conroe Christmas Celebration, Heritage Place, Conroe 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The holiday festivities include pictures with Santa, two snow hills, trackless train, 180’ mobile zip line, carriage rides, face painters, petting zoo, live Christmas music, live nativity scene, and vendors selling holiday goodies. The Kiwanis Club Christmas parade will begin at 1 p.m. through downtown Conroe. Concessions will be available. Don’t miss this merry time. 936-422-3900,

BECAUSE LIFE IS ABOUT THE LITTLE INDULGENCES. Afternoon Tea Served Every Saturday 2-4 pm. Four course tea featuring our special chai blend, Champagne, tasty open faced sandwiches, home made desserts and scones with clotted cream. 4100 Westheimer (next to Highland Village) 713.960.8472

BritishINIsles THE VILLAGE Where Houston Shops in Britain January 10- January 31 8th International Clay Texas Teapot Tournament, Houston

Presented by C.A.M.E.O. and 18 HANDS GALLERY at 249 W. 19th Street, the opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 10 from 6-9 p.m. This exhibit is open to all artists who work in clay. 713-869-3099 2366 Rice Blvd. 713.522.6868

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17th Annual

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in Historic Goose Creek, Baytown, Texas Magical Holiday Event BASKETS OF HOLIDAY FUN VISIT SANTA !

FOOD & ARTS, CRAFTS, ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES Vendors - inquire at 281-674-5163 or

Visit Baytown! The Art Center of Baytown (110 W. Texas Avenue) Fallen Hero Memorial Wall Contests, Music and Family Fun! | Winter 2014

Featuring our 60th Annual Christmas Gift Gallery:

At the Art Center November: Wed-Sat 10-4 pm Dec- extended hrs: Mon-Sat 10-4 pm, Sun 1-5 pm.



Creative Community Baytown has a rich history, with its legacy tracing back to the Texas War of Independence and earlier as well as a deep history in the oil and refinery industry, serving as the catalyst for Howard Hughes' fortune. But the community’s history is more than war and drilling. Baytown has a softer, creative side, where artists of different backgrounds have called this city home, including actors, singers, songwriters, journalists and painters. When it comes to cultivating the creative talents of Baytown’s residents, The Art League of Baytown is ready to lend their support. The Art League of Baytown’s mission is to promote the fine arts of painting, sculpting, and ceramics and to create fellowship among practicing artists. That has been the organization’s focus since it was incorporated in 1954. From providing classes to raising awareness of the arts in the community, The Art League of Baytown is dedicated to making its community a better place, and in some cases a more colorful place. The organization continued to grow as it continued to promote fine arts, and set its sights on a brick-and-mortar facility to help promote the city’s creative community. In 2008, with the help and support of the City of Baytown, the Art League acquired a residence at 110 W. Texas Avenue in the Historic Shopping District of Old Goose Creek. The building, which was originally constructed as F.W. Woolworth’s c. 1924, was named The Art Center of Baytown. Though the building was badly in need of repair, the organization’s members saw it as a blank canvas ready to be turned into a masterpiece. Though the facility is still a work in progress, the Art League continues forward with the continued support of its members and the financial contributions from community businesses, industries and citizens. Now, six years later the center hosts a full schedule with various workshops, classes and events.

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Winter is the busiest time of the year for The Art League of Baytown. In addition to the activities at the Art Center, the organization hosts the Christmas on Texas Avenue and the Christmas Gift Gallery. The Christmas on Texas Avenue Festival, December 6th, 2014 is in its 17th year and the fourth year that the Art League has sponsored it. Texas Avenue in Old Goose Creek is closed off to through traffic for vendors and food trucks to set up for the crowds that come rain or shine. But there is always fun at this magical holiday event. Activities include pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside the Art Center, Kiddie train rides, face painting, caricatures, prizes for best costume and best decorated booth, door prizes and shout outs. Local businesses are open during the day. Starting the first week in November, the Art League begins its 60th annual Christmas Gift Gallery which will feature the art and crafts of over forty members, with creations in various art media such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, hand-painted porcelain, photography, greeting cards and casual crafts for the kitchen and home. The Art League is already planning the activities for 2015 as well, which will include an Afternoon High Tea Fundraiser in January. For more information on these events or to learn more about classes, workshops or membership in The Art League of Baytown, visit them at or call The Art Center at 281-427-2222. Winter 2014 |


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As the holidays draw near, its time to start shopping for all those people on the Christmas list. It may be a little overwhelming if you haven’t started yet, but don’t stress, let Old Town Katy be your all-in-one shopping location.

quiches to pies, the food at Kay’s is prepared and baked fresh everyday and served by smiling staff members who cheerfully double as unofficial tour guides to the community.

Old Town Katy is home to antique shops, boutiques, furniture shops, and more. For the adventurous explorer, there are parks, museums, a brewery and variety of restaurants. There’s something there for everyone on your list.

Kimberly’s Junk in the Trunk is a shop filled with antique sewing machines, vintage flowers, craft supplies and unique home décor. As many as 150 machines can be found in the store. Junk in the Trunk is one stop for all your sewing machine care and repair needs. If you want to enjoy a little holiday activity with your Christmas shopping, join Old Town Katy for their 5th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas on December 6.

This quaint little community offers many of these businesses within four square blocks providing a unique day trip experience. If you are shopping for a gift for mom, needing presents for co-workers and looking for a unique tea room for a quiet lunch, Old Town Katy has it all. Kay’s Tea Parlour serves fresh, home-style food with European flair. From

Home style food with European flair Lunch served Monday - Saturday Sandwiches, salads, quiche, pot pies Home made pastries, pies and cakes Tasty hot and cold lunch specials daily.

There will be snow, pictures with Santa, vendors, entertainment, and a tree lighting. To learn more, visit www.

Kimberly’s Junk in the TruNk

Based in the heart of Old Katy, Open 6 days a week.

Antique Sewing Machines and Unique Home Decor


We sell and service antique sewing machines. One of the largest selections of antique sewing machines for sale in Texas!

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PINK POWER Passions In Your Life

by GiGi Lewis

Have you ever been in a group yet felt isolated or alone? It happens all the time. At Second Baptist Church-Woodway, we encourage community. While the Heights Bible Study Class has various activities, the women wanted something more. Because of that desire to build friendships through community, “Pink Power” was born! We wanted to grow lasting relationships for women transitioning through all phases of life and are thrilled with the success. Recently, a couple of women in the group learned they shared a love for hospitality and hosting authentic English Teas. After hours of brainstorming and planning, “Passions In Your Life – An Authentic English Tea”, became a reality! The tea was hosted by Leslie Moore with the help of class member Teresa Brooks. Guest speakers were: Penny Ward, TEAinTEXAS Etiquette Columnist; Heather Clary, Houston’s only Certified Tea Master; Clista Woods, Personal Trainer and Certified Rehabilitation Specialist; and Coppelia Acevedo, Morning Show Host of KSBJ 89.3. Each woman shared personal stories about passions in their lives, while enjoying Leslie’s homemade traditional English tea fare of finger sandwiches, old world cookies, scones, tarts, and an assortment of Heather’s perfectly brewed teas. Pink Power continues to reach and change lives within our Bible Study and Houston. We give thanks to God our Father, our church, the women of Pink Power, our hostess, and our special guests. These women are amazing leaders in their respective industries who demonstrated their support and encouragement for each of us to follow our passions in life.

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Book Reviews

by Susan Wittig Albert

holiday season fast approaching, W itharetheyoufestive looking for fabulous gift ideas? If books are high on your gift list the following selections offering adventure, history, mystery, and delectable tea treats just might be your cup of tea.


by Elroy Haverlah

Readers from ages 8 to 80 will find themselves enthralled by Elroy Haverlah’s recently released Anna’s Journey: A Story of Early Swedish Immigrants to Texas. July, 1848 finds Anna Palm aboard the ‘Augusta’ alongside her husband A nde rs a nd her six young sons. Desiring a better future for their sons, they leave Sweden and follow their nephew to Texas. Their experiences, shared from the viewpoint of young Andrew Palm, are inspirational and educational. Readers will develop a new appreciation for how the early


Texas immigrants overcame obstacles while settling the new frontier. Humor and romance intertwined with bits of history provide dimension to this novel. In addition, their hope “based on confidence in our own abilities and in God’s providence,” enables them to survive tumultuous sea travel, illnesses, harsh winter conditions, and provide food by hunting and gardening. Anna’s courage during difficult days provides an example for us to remain steadfast in our times of uncertainty. Today the Palm family legacy continues through various venues and business endeavors. History buffs might enjoy traveling to Round Rock, Texas where Anna Palm is buried in the Palm Valley Lutheran Church cemetery. The two homes built by Andrew Palm are open to visitors. One is a museum and one is located on the “original site where Anna and her sons first lived in tents.” Bibliophiles will be interested to learn that many of the 100,000 books donated to the University of Texas at Austin in 1897 by Swante Palm are currently housed at the Harry Ransom Center and the Perry Castaneda Library. | Winter 2014

While author Susan Albert Wittig is primarily known for her popular mysteries, she puts her sleuthing skills to good use in her bestselling novel A Wilder Rose. “Based on Rose Wilder Lane’s unpublished diaries and letters,” Wittig successfully unravels “the surprising true story of the…collaboration that Rose and her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, concealed from their agent, editors, reviewers and readers.” A “scholarly debate” began in the 1970’s when manuscript discrepancies were discovered, and Wittig provides clarification primarily from Lane’s point of view. Spanning eleven years (1928-1939), Wittig’s novel resolves this “literary mystery” as it vividly brings to life the relationship b e t w e e n Rose and her mother Laura. “It is the tale of two exceptional women: a m o t h e r who had a fascinating pioneer story to tell but whose writing skills were not up to the challenge of shaping and polishing it for publication; and a daughter, a gifted and much-published author who had both the skill to turn her mother’s stories into memorable books and the publishing connections that would get them into print.” Readers will gain a deeper respect and understanding of both Wilder and Lane as A Wilder Rose explores the many aspects of their complex relationship. Especially poignant is witnessing Lane’s “struggle with the daily angers, frustrations, and fears that distanced her from her mother and the duty, compassion, and caring that pulled her closer.” Devoted fans of the “Little House on the


from the editors of TEA TIME magazine

When it comes to holiday entertaining, nothing conveys ‘special’ better than a tea party. The newest publication from the editors of Tea Time magazine, Tea & Sweets– Fabulous Desserts for Afternoon Tea, provides tips for making this charming venue a memorable experience. Exquisite photos offer table presentations which can be easily adapted to any teatime decor providing a warm and inviting welcome for your guests. And, with the inclusion of tea steeping and tea pairing guides, hostesses can be confident their tea(s) and food flavors will complement each other, thus enhancing the teatime ambiance. Whether your guest list includes two or two hundred, preparations will be simplified as you choose from the 100 recipes (including gluten-free) ranging from cakes, cupcakes, tarts, cheesecakes, cookies, bars, and other sweets. For starters, readers might like to try the delectable recipes from featured tea rooms: Carrot Cake Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Sweet Remembrances, Cocoa-Cottage Cheese Cake from The Victorian Parlor, Toffee Tea Cakes from Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea, Pear Tartlets from Swan House Tea Room, Blueberry-White Tea Shortbread from Pickwick Society Tea Room, Coconut-

Cranberry Bars from Avalon Tearoom & Pastry Shoppe, Lemon Currant Cookies from Teaberry’s Tea Room, Macadamia Nut-Banana Bars from Ivy Garden Tearoom, Mojito Bars from The Baron’s Tea House, Black Forest Cake in a Glass from Desert Dove Tea Room & Cafe, Butterscotch Praline Layer Dessert from The Pink House, Emmai’s Cherry-Champagne Sorbet from The St. James Tearoom, and last, but not least, Eton’s Chaos from The English Rose. After being inspired by TEA & SWEETS, readers might find that offering holiday hospitality to family and friends will become their favorite highlight of this special season. Who knows, teatime may become your much anticipated and treasured annual tradition.

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by Marcia Kaylakie with Janice Whittington The cover quilt was mistakenly attributed to Amelia Holt Perry, the mother of Governor Rick Perry. Mrs. Perry’s “Lone Star” quilt is featured on pages 214 and 219. The correct title of the cover quilt is “Starry Night” by Shirley Fowlkes Stevenson, 2009.

Janet Pool enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, paper crafts and, of course, anything related to tea! Read more with Janet at

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Prairie” series will find A Wilder Rose to be an engrossing read. While providing readers with the ‘rest of the story,’ Wittig reassures them that regardless of the “circumstances of authorship…Rose and Laura’s stories are a continuing testament to the strength, resilience, and courage of American pioneers and to our enduring belief in what it means to be an American.”

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Tea at the ready

Ta ck on Tea

by Paula Myers, Houston

The holiday season is upon us and one glance at the calendar makes it disappointingly clear that there is no time for that lavish tea you’ve been dreaming of hosting this year. The solution: Tack Tea onto your schedule! Almost any activity on your overflowing calendar can be enhanced with a spot of tea. After the traditional shopping day with your girlfriends, the school Christmas performance with the family next door, or even the annual home tour with your favorite cousin. Rather than fight the crowd at the coffee shop, invite your group into your home for a post-event teatime. All you’ll need is a seasonal tea blend, a little festive music and a simple treat or two. Not only will you extend your time together but you will also be setting a sweet example of the Tea at the Ready style of hospitality that you’ve been cultivating all year long.

Keep calm and Tack on Tea! Mix up these pretty sandwiches, add packaged gingerbread men and put on the kettle for an almost instant holiday tea party! Olive Tea Sandwiches 12 oz cream cheese, softened 3/4 c finely chopped pecans 1/2 c finely chopped pimento-stuffed green olives Combine all ingredients and use as spread on thin white bread with crusts removed.

Your Cup of Tea

A quaint and traditional English Tea Room in the heart of Houston. Open for Lunch and Tea

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5 Hour Bus Outing in Houston! Step-On Guide educates guests on Houston’s Heritage and It’s Craze with Tea, Local Museum Visit, Door Prizes, Three-Course Afternoon Tea, Shopping and Tea Tasting.

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for the finest floral arrangements at Boyd’s Blossoms and stay for lunch at the Mustard Seed Tea Room.

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TEAinTEXAS MAGAZINE 832-955-1767 $19.95 + Lunch for Seniors (min 20) $39.95 + Lunch for Groups (min 8) Transportation not included, Call for details. Lunch stops at local tea rooms vary on group size $14-16.

...a charming and friendly Texas tearoom with a unique atmosphere for you and your friends with a garden, gifts and great food!

Open Mon. - Sat. 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Reservations Encouraged - (281) 426-3670

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ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT! A world of German treasures beer steins | cuckoo clocks pyramids | glass ornaments amber jewelry | nutcrackers plus German food items

Family Fun Entertainment

Santa Claus Be an Angel Train

210 Gentry St | Spring.TX


The Hat People 213 Main Street Spring, Texas 77373 281-288-4772 Open 11 am - 5pm Wednesday - Sunday

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Opening Ceremony November 8th at Dusk Shop an eclectic mix of 150 shops, eateries and galleries. Exit 70A North or South 20 miles north of Houston 281-353-9310

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The lights are festive in OTS! Old Town Spring is a community rich in historic heritage dating back to the 1800’s. Just south of the Woodlands, OTS has quaint shops and eateries for the whole family. Today, the Town showcases an old-town atmosphere of historic buildings housing an exciting array of specialty shops filled with antiques, home decor, jewelry and art, a variety of eateries and much more. Antique finds at CR Collectibles include Texas rustic, Victorian classic and true Americana furniture. Stop in this winter for Texas-sized fun!

Home of Old Town Spice Tea Lunch · Afternoon Tea Freshly Baked Scones Desserts Gg’s is a unique gift boutique filled with fun & casual to simple & elegant. Find items that we all know & love to those that will become your new favorite!

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Tea Etuquette Q&A

First Time Holiday Hostess?



This year will be my first time to host our families for holiday dinner. As it gets closer, it seems a bit intimidating for a first-time hostess! Do you have any ideas for a simple and quick, but festive holiday table? Also, I could use basic instructions on how to properly set the table. Being the hostess can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! A little planning and organization can make the difference between a calm and confident hostess and a frazzled one. Do as much as possible ahead of time. Setting the table is one thing that can easily be done in advance.

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For the table decorations, begin with your tablecloth. If your dinner is informal, use a festive tablecloth that reflects your personality. If it is more formal, use white, ivory, or something a little fancier from your collection. If your tablecloth doesn’t quite fit, layer several to add extra interest and texture to your table. For napkins, always use cloth! Cloth napkins elevate even the most informal occasion into something a little more special. Go simple for the centerpiece. Use elements from nature like leaves, flowers, nuts, pumpkins, and fruit. Add unscented candles for sparkle. Make sure your centerpiece is low enough for your guests to see over! Even the most beautiful and elegant centerpiece is unwelcome if your guests cannot see each other. After all, the purpose of the dinner is to share a special occasion with one another. Now is the time to use the dishes you have saved for special occasions. If you don’t have enough place settings, mix and match with colors that complement each other. It adds character to the table! For more tablescape ideas, check the Tea in Texas magazine archives. There are a few examples of fall tables that I previously did for the magazine; or, you can consult my website. You will find lots of illustrations on the internet of how to set a table, but be aware that they are not all correct. I have come across many beautifully set tables that have elements of the table setting out of place!

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The easiest way is to start with your dinner plate in the middle of your place setting. You may use a charger underneath to add color and interest. Silver ware is placed around the plate in the order it will be used, from the outside to the inside. Remember that forks always go on the left; knives and spoons go on the right. Knives are placed next to the plate with the blade of the knife facing the plate; the spoons to the right of the knives. The napkin is placed either to the left of the forks, or in the center of the plate. The bread plate is placed above the forks, with the spreader placed across it. Water glasses go on the right at the tip of the knife. Dessert forks and spoons may be placed above the dinner plate or brought out with the dessert course.

Sandwiches, Soups, Ice Cream, Milk Shakes, Malts, Ice Cream Sodas, Sundaes, Banana Splits and Homemade Specials!

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I like to use place cards to add a personal touch to the table. They convey a sentiment of “welcome; I planned for you” to your guests. Always keep in mind that being a good hostess is so much more than just the decorations, the food, or a beautiful table. It is about taking time with family and friends to build memories. It is about making them feel welcome, valued, and blessed. My wish for you this holiday season is that you will enjoy the abundant blessing of family and friends!

Penny Ward is a Certified Etiquette Instructor and Certified Tea & Etiquette Instructor. She is a speaker, event planner, and the owner of It’s an Affair of the Heart. She is also the founder and director of Houston Academy of Etiquette and Protocol, and can be contacted at

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the leftovers from food that filled her family’s hearts and stomachs, sits waiting to be cleared. A china cabinet sits nearly empty and will soon be filled again, with dishes ready for food, made with love. She smiles as she watches her son ask his children once again to be careful near a glass vase or figurine. She has learned through the years that the children’s laughter is more valuable than the lamp he is trying to protect. Years later, a similar rocking chair, buffet or lamp found in an antique shop may remind a family member of the warmth and happiness that they experienced at those family gatherings.

As the holidays draw near, we look for ways to create new memories while reminiscing about those of our own past. Nostalgia is one of the most power elements in our daily lives and the holidays tend to increase those feelings. Whether its unwrapping treasured ornaments while decorating the Christmas tree or recreating a cherished family recipe for a holiday dish. The focus of these memories may be on an event or family activity, but in the background sits a stage with elements that lend itself to the creation of those memories whether we realize it at the time or not.

Antique shops are filled with treasures that once lay witness to a family making memories. Shop owners are the keepers of these treasures as they transition from one family to another and begin to experience the creation of more memories.

Imagine, its Christmas Day, and a grandmother sits rocking in her chair while she watches the children play with their new treasures. Peeking out from the dining room is a buffet where

Greg Nolte, owner of Gen’s Antiques in Houston’s Heights, agrees that antiques, whether it’s a piece of furniture, a decorative piece, or holiday decor, have the power to trigger memories when paired with the right person. “There is nothing more intriguing than the history or possible stories a piece could tell,” says Nolte.

Photos taken at Heights Antiques on Yale, Housotn.

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Walking through an antique shop has the power to evoke emotion and memories such as, recalling the excitement felt at your grandparents’ farm, or listening to your parents talk long after they thought you’d gone to bed. Shops are filled with similar furniture, patterns of china, or old quilts which sat quietly in the background while those memories were made, and the sight of them can trigger a time long forgotten. Texas has an eclectic array of shops where these treasures can be found. From its large cities to its small communities, Texas is home to more than 2,000 antique shops, resale shops, flea markets and auction houses. Shopping at these venues combines the excitement of an exploration and the satisfaction of finally finding the “holy grail”. Their uniqueness and individuality is what makes them desirable. “Antique items have so much more character,” says Nolte, adding that whether you are buying these pieces to incorporate into your own home or give as a gift, it makes the piece that much more personal and unique. Notle knows that those looking at these shops for the first

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time may be overwhelmed, but says it doesn’t have to be. “Find something that you have a passion for and many times that will give you an advantage as you gain knowledge (of the item) and the ability in finding those treasures with quality and value.” He adds that these pieces also retain their value better when cared for properly. “You can almost always break even when you want a change (in furniture) versus buying something new and paying someone to haul off the old piece.” Although purchasing for nostalgic purpose may be the initial reasons for acquiring a piece, one should consider the purchase as an investment as well. Nolte states that considering antique shops for holiday and celebratory gifts has the added bonus of giving a unique gift with character.

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Houston ANTIQUE Shops


Mimi's on Main Conroe 936-441-0002

Kimberly's Junk in the Trunk Katy 281-253-9785 Heights Antiques on Yale St 713-861-3335 Antiques on Memorial 281-920-9424

Gen's Antiques 713-868-2368

Big House Galveston 409-762-0559

ANTIQUE Shows NOV 15-16 Woodlands Antique & Vintage Market Exhibitors from around the US & France will showcase American, European and Primitive furniture, Silver, Glassware, Estate Jewelry, Books, Linens and much more. 281-536-2147

November 20-23 62 Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show Treasures and Traditions One of the best-known and oldest high quality Antiques Shows in the country. Top dealers from through out the USA come to this beautiful show. 713.622.3560



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Located in the Historic Heights

Heights Antiques on Yale is a collaborative of more than 40 antique dealers, designers and decorators offering a variety of antique and vintage furnishings and decorative items, including architectural salvage, industrial pieces, painted furniture and much more for your home and garden. 2110 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008 (713) 861-3335

Great Fabric Selection

OPEN: Mon-Fri 10 AM - 5:30 PM Saturday 10 AM - 4PM

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Gen’s Antiques

When you're outfitting your home, Gen's Antiques has the selection of furniture, art and collectibles to satisfy any taste and budget.

From Seeburg Jukeboxes to Mid-Century and Classic European and American Antiques. BBB Accredited Business

(713) 868-2368

540 W 19th St Houston, TX 77008

With over 300 pieces of local and vintage art on display, Gen’s Antiques is proud to partner with The First Saturday Arts Market every month.

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Clockwise: Bib-style necklace’s holiday colors present sparkle and elegance to draw admiring attention. $350 20% off! Chic Cherie 972-509-7878 Plano | Beginning at a young age and continuing throughout adulthood, antique dolls are prized and preserved. Find or repair your precious one at Good Things! $$ 940-634-2707 Gainesville | Enjoy Almond Bliss Gourmet Tea and Flour Sack Tea Towels that benefit Texas preservation. $12-20 Dallas Women’s Forum 214-823-4533 Dallas | Custom handmade and embellished burlap stockings for French-country mantle. $15 up Heights Antiques on Yale 713-861-3335 Houston | Exclusive tea set celebrating Queen Victoria’s 100-year anniversary at Buckingham Palace. $65-$214 English Tea Room 985-898-3988 Covington | A Texas Bed and Breakfast Gift Card never expires or declines in value. It is the perfect gift for everyone on your list! $25+ Valid at 200+ historic inns. texasbb. org Texas Proud | Winter White Mid-Brim Lady’s Hat with Feather Starburst, made of fine quality wool felt with velvet and satin trim. $$ The Hat People 281-288-4772 Spring | A touch of class from another era! Lace and Pearl Pillows accent your timeless decoration. $48 CR Collectibles 281-528-6445 Spring

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! t i s i v e m Y 'a l l co by Ellen Simonetti

The Texas Tea Festival is Born!!! The great state of Texas has every kind of festival you can imagine—wine, hot sauce, music of every genre, food for every appetite, peaches, pecans, olives, lavender, holidays and rodeos. You name it, we’ve got it—except, of course, for one very important omission: a tea festival. After our third of four types of light-roasted Oolongs at the Steeping Room in Austin, my fellow tea lovers and I decided to take action. As we were wistfully discussing possibly attending the NW Tea Festival, the New York Tea Festival, or perhaps the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival, an idea was born. Why not ost our own tea festival!? And we’ll do it Texas style!


TEXAS TEA FESTIVAL Tea Tastin’ Texas Style (y’all!)

Mark your calendars! The 1st Annual Texas Tea Festival will take place on Sunday, February 8, 2015, all day, at the historic Saengerrunde Hall in Austin, Texas. There will be tea tastings (porcelain tasting cup included with admission), tea vendors, tea time treats, tea talks, a children’s tea party, live music (this is Austin, after all), and tons more fun! This will not be a dry, boring tea festival—it will be a lively, fun event for the tea connoisseur and novice alike! There will be a variety of teas to sample, including herbal teas, iced teas, and Kombucha. We hope to see y’all there— big Victorian hats, and all! For reasonably priced tickets, festival schedule, vendors, sponsors, and more, visit There is an advance ticket discount—so pack your car and bring your friends! It’s the perfect time for a Tea in Texas road trip!

Prairie Street Heritage House Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room

1118 Prairie Street Columbus, Texas 78934 979-732-5555 |

Tea tastings, tea talks, tea samples, tea time treats, children’s tea party, and tons more fun!

More info and tickets:

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Offering High Teas - $15 - 3rd Saturday of month, 2:00 p.m. Reservations required 979-732-5555

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No matter where your holiday and winter travels take you; whether “over the river and through the woods” to grandma’s house, or to quaint Texas towns on the plains, hill country, or near the ocean, one thing is for sure you will need a place to stay. This year, why not book a bed and breakfast to add to the enjoyment and experience of your travels? Each property is unique and has a character and personality all its own. The choices range from cabins on a ranch or in the woods, Victorian mansions, small cottages in town, or sea side bungalows and more. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, most will be creatively decorated to bring in the festivities of the area. Some will be participating in open house tours, dinners, tea parties, and more. Check specific properties and chambers of commerce or visitor centers for events in the area. The attention to details in customer service, ambience, and management usually far exceeds that which one receives from the


larger chain hotels. There is something very special about visiting with the owners of a bed and breakfast and getting to know the area and its people first hand. A stay at a bed and breakfast makes a wonderful and memorable gift. Most B&B’s offer gift certificates for future use. The recipient will be most delighted. If you have never had the opportunity to stay at a bed and breakfast, let this be the year you venture out and try one. If you have stayed at a Texas B&B property, you will return for another great time.

100-year old colonial revival home

Sandstone Street Bed & Breakfast

Three upstairs Rooms non-smoking, newly decorated, with period antiques, spa robes, Wi-Fi, HD-TV Full three-course breakfast served in dining room Afternoon Tea served daily

325-423-2581 508 E. Sandstone Llano, Texas

“Where southern charm and Texas hospitality reside”

Within walking distance to Courthouse Square, Shopping, Restaurants, Library, Museum, Llano River Available for small events such as Small Weddings, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Birthday Parties, Tea Parties, Card/ Bunco Luncheons

We think He had this in mind all along?

Blisswood Bed & Breakfast

Have afternoon tea at Enchanted Lake, surrounded by beautiful country scenery. Then spend the evening gazing at stars before turning in to your choice of turn-of-the-century Texas Homes. 13300 Lehmann Legacy Lane, Cat Spring,Texas


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Central Texas Dallas - North Texas

by Virginia Walker Innkeeper, Sandstone Street Bed & Breakfast

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Sequin - Hill Country

Cooking Class At Mosheim Mansion to Feature Cookies that are Edible Artifacts The art of making cookies from detailed elaborate molds dates back over 500 years! In Germany, France, Switzerland, Holland and other European Countries, these unique and exquisitely detailed cookies were used to tell stories and commemorate important life events. Bakers used elaborate wood, or metal molds depicting Christmas, Biblical tales, betrothals, weddings, victories and such. When many people could not read or write, these cookies served a very important societal purpose.

we have engaged one of the few American bakers expert in the necessary techniques. Her name is Connie Meisinger. She is owner of House on the Hill, Inc in Chicago. They provide working replicas of historic and hand carved molds and teach the art of using them to bake the most exquisitely beautiful cookies in the world. They are divinely delicious as well!

Few of these incredible molds survived the centuries and most of those that did are housed in museums. However, molds made from the original museum pieces are now a v a i l a b l e through a few precious sources.

The Mosheim Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Seguin Texas is a Victorian jewel and the perfect setting in which to master this the art of Springerle, Gingerbread and Frankfurter Brenton ( an almond paste based molded cookie). The class will be held at the Mosheim Mansion December 6th, in time for holiday baking. The class runs from 10:30AM to approximately 5:30PM. A lunch and after class reception is included. Tuition is $125 and registration is required. Molds will be available for purchase. This is a hands-on class, not just a demonstration. To register or get more information call the Mosheim Mansion at 830 372 9905.

Springerle Cookies (Swiss and German), Gingerbread (speculaas) and other cookies produced with these molds are rarely seen anymore. Baking them is nearly a lost art. In the interest of preserving this important part of European culture and artisan baking,

MOSHEIM MANSION Celebrating Food History

and Tea Culture Consciousness Cooking Classes Events Stay 409 N Austin St, Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 372-9905

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"I am Swiss and German and enjoyed these as a child and was very excited to sponsor the class and work with Connie." says Hirschi, owner and chef at the Mosheim Mansion. "We are real foodies here, with a great interest in German and Swiss food." This will be the first in a series of unique cooking classes to be sponsored by the Mosheim Mansion. Other classes will include: Swiss Cookies called Bratzeli made with a special iron, Rosettes (a delicate paper thin fried cookie), baked German Pancakes, the perfect omelet and many more delicious dishes. For a complete list of classes call the Mosheim Mansion at 830 372 9905 or visit

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TEA Blessings Texas Original Scones $7.95 Available in: Pecan Praline Pumpkin Spice Makes 8 large scones

Available At Fine Shops

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DILLectable Cucumber Sandwich Min $3.95 Makes 36 sandwiches

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Cactus Quilts 2015 ‘n Friends

Quilting Cruise

April 12-19 Galveston to Jamaica Aboard Royal Caribbean’s NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS Discover Jamaica, Grand Cayman & Cozumel Quilting Classes/ Workshops during 3 fun Sea Days with: Veronica Cox is the owner of Bear Thread Designs, Inc. and has traveled extensively, teaching the art of fusible appliqué, using The Appliqué Pressing Sheet™.

Lynn Roddy Brown is a Designer, Teacher and Author of Quilting Books using scraps. Several of Lynn’s scrap quilts have appeared in Quilt Magazines. Karen E. Overton is owner of Quilts ‘N Kaboodle, a company founded in 2003 that specializes in longarm quilting and T-shirt quilt creation. Karen is a certified Square ‘N Square instructor.

Kits are available for classes, supply lists will be provided. Quilters will have various chances to enter a drawing for a quilt. See MORE of the Caribbean with us!

Cruises by Al & Pat Magee 713-729-3040

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