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VOLUME 4 ISSUE 4 August / September 2013

in this issue FEATURE STORY Schreiner University is in synch with the community

FOOD & WINE ENTHUSIAST Gourmet Mexican Recipes

THEN & NOW An Immigrant’s Gift

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Dear Lifestyle Reader, What a fun summer we have had at Comanche Trace! The Texas Hill Country Wine & Brew Festival was a tremendous success. One thousand plus people attended our one-day festival and tasted Texas wines and craft brews, ate delicious food, enjoyed music and lots of fellowship with friends. I would like to thank my staff for their work in preparing and hosting this first year. I also want to express my appreciation for our sponsors, without whom this would not have been possible. The vendors and retailers were exceptional and many are ready to return. This event was remarkable, but it would not have been a success without the people who came and enjoyed themselves. Thank you so much for your support. If you attended the festival, we would love to have your feedback. Email us at to submit your suggestions. Comanche Trace is seeing continued growth in new construction; five homes have been completed this year, 13 custom homes are currently under construction, and 26 more houses are in various stages of planning to begin later in 2013 and early 2014. Tours and web inquiries for real estate are up 18 to 20 percent over 2012 and, more importantly, year-to-date sales have exceeded all of 2012 in the first half of 2013. The nice thing about Kerrville is that the community sells itself, with a strong economy, low unemployment, diversified health services, highly-rated schools, and active arts patrons. Comanche Trace has great amenities and such nice residents that it is a natural fit within the culture of the Hill Country. Now is a great time to come see what all of the buzz is about, so contact us about our Stay & Play program, or reserve a villa on-site and experience the lifestyle. What are you waiting for?

August 1, 2013 Membership options at Comanche Trace allow affordable enjoyment of the club and its amenities – 27 holes of championship golf on one of the highest rated courses in Texas, fitness center with a personal trainer, cardio equipment, and a variety of weights, seasonal swimming pool open five months out of the year, 24,000 square foot clubhouse with recently renovated banquet facilities and restaurant, along with a full-service golf pro shop and knowledgeable staff. Members enjoy an active calendar of events throughout the year. Golfers play regularly with dynamic MGA, LGA, and Lady 9’ers groups. Those members with other interests can appreciate social gatherings within Book Club, Bridge Club, Mahjongg, and special member only events. Whatever your interest, Comanche Trace offers something for everyone. Come take a personal tour and stay for a weekend or a lifetime. All the best, Trevor L. Hyde



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42 | Culture


A Feast for the Soul






Thank You!

How’s Your Balance?

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Ropin’ the Win




Colby Nash, Don Grogg, Jane Garbish, Jarrick Cooper, Joe Herring Jr., Lynne Schuneman, Reggie Cox, Tony Johnson,

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56 | THEN & NOW

An Immigrant’s Gift

61 | KID’S CORNER Kid Comanche

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At the end of May, we hosted “The Senior Club Championship”. Leading after round one was Matt Griffin with a 72 and following him was Steve Hultquist with a 74 and BK Cody and Todd Ezell with a 76. Defending champion, Dennis Emerson, Mike Lewis and Bill Stillwell opened round one with a 77 and only trailed the leader by 5 shots. Matt Griffin closed round two with a 75 for a total of 147 to become our new Senior Club Champion. Coming in second was Steve Hultquist with a 74, 75 (total 149) and in third Dennis Emerson 77, 73 (total 150). Great playing, Matt Griffin, for winning the 2013 Senior Club Championship.


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President’s Flight In the President’s Flight, David Barker lead the net flight with an opening 72 and following was Steve Phillips with a net 73. Finishing the last hole in the rain, the two played strong and finished the round tied for First Place with net scores of 145 for both days. Coming in third was Jimmy Locke with a net total of 153. Congratulations to all those players who took first in their flights and great playing.

the Ladies Club Championship In June, the Ladies Club Championship was played to see who would be crowned the Ladies Club Champion for 2013. After round one, SuSu Meyer was leading the field with an opening round of 79. Cheryl Wood, Trish Butler, and Sherry Maytorena followed SuSu. On round two, SuSu followed up with an 84 to be crowned our new Ladies Club Champion. Congratulations, SuSu Meyer, for your great play and performance. In second place was Ariana Almond making a great comeback with her Round Two score of 86. Finishing in third place were Anne Hearn and Sherry Maytorena. In the Net Flight, Carla Barlow opened with her best round of the year with a net 66 and Marian Ezell followed behind in second. Carla held in her last round to finish the event with a net 66, 78 for a total of 144 to finish first in the Net Flight. Finishing in second place with a 73, 75 was Marian Ezell and coming in one shot behind Marian was Joan Spear with a 149. Great play all week and Ladies Club Champion for 2013: SuSu Meyer congratulations again to all the players.

The Futurity Right around the corner is this year’s 2013 Men’s Member Guest, “The Futurity”. The all-inclusive, threeday event will showcase our beautiful golf course, immaculate greens, and addition to our outstanding food and hospitality. This year’s event will be lined up with a full schedule of events, which will include practice round on Thursday, followed by competitive golf on Friday and Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be served on Friday and Saturday. Practice rounds will be included on Thursday for your guests and spouses. On Friday night, we will have a fabulous dinner lined up for you and your guests in the Vista Room, along with complimentary drinks. Spouses are welcome on Friday. Following the men’s starting times on Friday, we’ll have a Ladies’ Day Golf Tournament beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a fun format and lunch following play. On Thursday during registration, there will be a tee gift value for each player; equipment and soft goods will be available from vendors including Titleist, FootJoy, Taylormade, and Callaway. The staff and I are looking forward to making this year’s event a great success and yet a memorable one for you and your guests. To sign up or to receive further information for this year’s Futurity, please call the Golf Shop at (830) 895-8500.

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golf tip By Tony Johnson | PGA


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We would also like to welcome our new Assistant Golf Professionals – Robert Wenning and Stephen Knight. Robert grew up in Dallas and played golf at both Schreiner University and briefly at University of North Texas. Robert is newly married and excited to be a part of the Comanche Trace team. The things he has excelled at in the past, such as going above and beyond in the areas of customer service and work ethic, are attributes that he brings with him to the club. Stephen comes to Comanche Trace from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, where he was the Assistant Golf Professional at Shady Oaks before accepting the Head Golf Professional position at SugarTree Golf Club in Dennis, Texas. Stephen is also recently married and is delighted to now call the Hill Country “home”.

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Often, when people have trouble hitting pitch shots or even feel like they have the yips, it is not a case of something malfunctioning in their brain; it is a case of having the bottom of the swing hopelessly wrong. Good pitch ers (especially off of tight lies) create a very wide bottom of the golf swing. In laym en’s terms, the club head travels close to the ground just prior to impact and just after impact for a long time. People get into trouble when they pick the club up abru ptly and chop down; the excessive angle created by doing this requires an imm ense about of timing in order to hit. The long er the club travels along the ground, the better chance you have of catching the ball cleanly, solidly, and, most importantly, using the bounce of the club correctly. Som eone who demonstrated this beautifully was Raymond Floyd. So try keeping the club head below your knees with a half swin g; you’ll find you’ll have to swing the club head in a small arc to do this, which is desirable. As you do this, try to keep your body leaning towards your front foot very much as if you were on a down sloping lie.

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How’s Your > Balance

By Jane Garbish PHOTOGRAPHY BY Colby Nash

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you’re reading this magazine, there’s a good chance that you have already entered the second half of your life. That is, you have done the marriage thing, possibly have children that are or will shortly be out on their own, your careers are well established and you’re likely on the downhill side of full-time employment. What you’re looking for now are new places to visit and possibly settle. Retirement of some sort could be in your near future. Exciting things are on the horizon! What most of us envision in our retirement is finally having the time to pursue those hobbies we could only dabble at in our busy work and family years, traveling the country and the world to explore the places about which we’ve just been able to read, and actually having time to visit with family and friends. If you’ve been somewhat successful and invested wisely, these dreams might just come true. The only thing that could prevent them from happening is declining health. There is no shortage of information on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle at every age (and if you read my article in the last issue, you know it’s never too late to start!)

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How can you prevent falls? Exercise

It has been proven that balance can be improved with training, and the body can adapt to the stresses of sudden movements. Developing strong muscles, especially in the lower body – hips, glutes, legs, and ankles – can greatly improve your ability to balance. Also, engaging in activities that require quick movements and changes of position such as brisk walking, tennis, or dancing, aid in improved proprioception.


To see where you stand (literally), take the Single Leg Balance Test.

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Stand upright in front of a mirror, feet slightly closer than shoulder width, hands on your hips, and torso upright. Look forward.

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So, what does balance seconds have to do with it? 35 - 45Good off the floor, knee > Lift one foot in line with hip, and attempt to balance on the other leg.

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Actually quite a bit. > Record the time you can- balance without tipping or putting the raised foot toward the floor.

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Tack down all carpets and area rugs firmly to the floor. Arrange furniture so that there are non-obstructive pathways for walking.

So, what does balance have to do with it? Actually - quite a bit. Let’s first define balance.

There are three factors all influencing our balance: vision, hearing, and proprioception. If your sight and hearing are normal, either with or without correction, then balance problems usually stem from proprioception issues. If you have good balance, then your nervous and muscular systems are able to maintain the proper alignment and center of gravity, as well as coordinate the body during movement.

Why is that important? Lack of balance increases with age, unfortunately, and

brings the worst consequence – falls. A fall can be as minor as tripping over a chipped sidewalk, resulting in a minor bruise and embarrassment, to the other extreme of falling and breaking a bone, often resulting in surgery, hospitalization, rehab, and possible loss of independence.

Here are a few enlightening statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: More than one-third of adults ages sixtyfive years and older fall each year. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. (Continued on page 16) LIFESTYLE August / September 2013 15

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This exercise builds better balance in your golf swing, as well as more stability in your lower body.


Get into golf stance, then cross arms across chest.

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Lift left leg.


Lift right leg, and perform upper torso turns to the left, as in a follow through swing.

Rotate upper torso to the right, as in a backswing. Do several rotations back and forth. Then place left foot back on floor.

Balance and Golf Now let’s get back to one of those hobbies you may be hoping to pursue. How does balance (or lack of it) affect the golf game? Here’s a visual: Watch any professional golf tournament on TV and look closely at the golf swing of any one of the pros. Chances are his or her balance is impeccable, finishing the swing with his body turned toward the target and holding that pose for several seconds. Can you do that? Have your buddy film your golf swing with his smart phone. On the replay, notice for any sway you might have in your backswing. On your follow-through, do you transfer your weight onto your lead leg, or is your entire body sliding towards the target? Can you hold your finishing pose like a pro? If any of those issues are present in your swing, lack of balance may be the major reason.


Here are two exercises that, if practiced frequently, can help improve your balance, both on and off the course.

Lift right knee up toward your chest at a 90-degree angle. Bring right leg across body to the left, then out to the right, keeping upper body facing front. Repeat five times. 16 LIFESTYLE August / September 2013


Stand with your feet hip width apart.






Besides balance, this exercise promotes hip mobility and works on separation of upper body from lower body, very important in an effective golf swing.

Perform same sequence with the left leg.

Good balance will not only make you a better golfer, but it will make your entire life safer and easier. Isn’t that worth a few minutes of practice a day?

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This month, we are taking an adventure into gourmet Mexican foods. After searching far and wide for these items, I was well delighted with the results of the recipes I have included.

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Gourmet Mexican Recipes Epazote

Our first unique ingredient, epazote, can be found at Mexican Grocery stores or mail order from Penzey’s. Epazote is actually a poisonous weed plant if eaten in great quantities but two tablespoons make it a miracle worker in a pot of beans. Follow the directions. Two tablespoons of powdered epazote will make your beans an anti-flatulent meal. That’s right no gas! If purchased as a whole plant, it can be processed with your blender into a powder. It adds a bit of a sweet taste to the beans.

Ingredients 1 3 3 2

pound dried black or pinto beans cups chicken stock cups water large sprigs fresh epazote (or 2 tablespoons dried)


1 pound chopped fresh chorizo sausage (recommend Daddy Jims) 1 diced onion 2 diced carrots 2 diced celery stalks

1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 tablespoon ancho or New Mexico chile powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin

Method • Soak black beans overnight in cold water to cover. Drain and rinse. • Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place the beans, chicken stock and water, and epazote in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil on the stove top, skim off foam, then cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours. 22 LIFESTYLE August / September 2013

• In a large, heavy skillet, brown chorizo sausage. Remove the chorizo, leaving the fat in the pan. Add onion, carrots, celery stalks, and garlic to the pan and cook over medium heat until the vegetables become soft.

• Remove the pot of beans from the oven and stir in the vegetables and chorizo, along with ancho or New Mexico chile powder, ground cumin, and salt to taste. • Cover and bake for another 1 hour at 300°F, or until the beans are soft. Serve in pre-heated bowls with jalapeno slices and cornbread. Feeds 4 to 6 hungry people.


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The next gourmet ingredient is Machacado. It is a cured and finely chopped beef that is excellent in scrambled eggs. A good source is Cisneros Packing in Raymondville, Texas. 956-689-2448.

Ingredients 6 eggs 2 oz. Machacado 1/4 yellow onion, diced 1 clove garlic, crushed 1/2 jalapeno, finely diced (optional)

1/2 tomato, seeded and chopped (optional) 1/4 teaspoon chili powder Salt & pepper Coconut oil or butter

Method • Crack the eggs into a bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then lightly beat with a fork. Set aside. • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add coconut oil. I used about 1/2 tablespoon to start. If you’re leaner and more muscular than I am, feel free to add more fat! • When the pan is hot, add the onions and jalapeno. Sauté until the onions are tender and the vegetables are beginning to get nice brown spots, about 7-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. DON’T BURN THE GARLIC! M o r g ue F ile . c om

• Add the Machacado and chili powder. Continue to stir-fry until the beef is coated in the fat from the pan. Toss in the tomatoes and stir-fry until the tomatoes are beginning to soften, about 2-3 minutes. • Push the vegetables and beef to the side of the pan and add another dollop of coconut oil; I used another 1/2 tablespoon or so. • Add the scrambled eggs to the fat in the pan and push the meat and veggies into the egg. Let it rest for a bit so the egg gets a hold of the other ingredients, then gently stir with a wooden spoon. This is where your personal preference needs to dictate cooking time.

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Gold star if you serve this with: - Homemade pico de gallo or salsa - Sliced avocado or homemade guacamole - On the plate or with warm tortillas

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• Taste a bite and add salt and pepper as necessary … then dig in!

Double gold star if you don’t reserve this delicious dish just for breakfast. Serves 3 to 4 (Continued on page 24)

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4 to 6 pounds pork shoulder 1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed if possible 1/2 cup lime juice, juice of 4-5 limes 1 teaspoons salt 3 ounces of red (rojo) achiote paste, available in Latin markets or some HEB stores Pickled red onions (optional), for garnish Dry Mexican cheese (queso seco), for garnish Chopped cilantro, for garnish Lime wedges, for garnish

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Achiote paste in Cochinita Pibil

• The night before or the morning before you plan to serve this, mix the orange and lime juice with the Achiote paste and salt in a blender until combined. Be sure to rinse the blender soon afterwards, as the Achiote stains. Cut the pork into chunks of about 2 inches square. Don’t trim the fat, as you will need it in the braising to come. You can always pick it out later. Put the pork in a non-reactive (glass, stainless steel or plastic) container, then pour over the marinade mixture. Mix well, cover and keep in the fridge for at least 6 hours and up to 24 hours.

Achiote is a paste made from the annatto seed, garlic, and cornmeal. This is the same seed that gives orange cheese its color. Be careful as this stuff will stain almost everything absorbent that it touches.

• Cooking this takes 3-4 hours, so plan ahead. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large casserole with a double layer of heavy-duty foil, or a triple layer of regular foil – you want a good seal.

When pork shoulders are cheap, like $1 a pound at HEB recently, you have an opportunity to make a Mexican Yucatan specialty. This pork entrée is known as Cochinita Pibil that traces back to the Mayan regimes.

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If for some reason you don’t eat all your cochinita pibil at one sitting, it will keep for several days in the fridge. Achiote is an essential ingredient for this recipe, there is no substitute.

• When the pork is tender, take it out of the oven and open the foil. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon to a bowl, and then shred it with two forks. You don’t have to shred the pork, but I like it this way. Pour enough sauce over the meat to make it wet. To serve, either use this as taco meat or eat it over rice, garnished with cilantro, lime wedges and queso seco, a Mexican dry cheese a little like Greek feta. Pickled red onions are a traditional garnish, and if you like them, they’re good, too. Serves 6 to 10, depending on appetite.

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Ladies Luncheon & Fashion Show 2013

Wednesday, August 7 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Comanche Trace Shelton West | $15 per person Enjoy a Mimosa Reception; Choose three of your favorite salads for lunch: Shrimp/Avocado Salad, Homemade Chicken Salad, Fruit Salad or Greek Pasta Salad; Dessert includes parfaits and petit fours. RSVP to 830-895-8505

MEMBER HAPPY HOUR | Join us the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the Vista Room

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Ropin’ the Win The 8th Annual LGA Member/Guest Tournament b y D i a n a B a m e r i ck


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The last week of April and the first week of May promised to be typically pleasant, Kerrville spring weather – sun-filled days, temperatures hovering in the very comfortable 70 to 80 degree range, relatively calm winds. But wait ...

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T h e w in n in g t e ams

Flight 1

Member Michelle Tomlinson and her guest, Marilyn White Member Camille Luppino and her guest, Cheryl Redwine

Flight 2

Member Nancy McKeen, and her guest, Linda Riley Member Teresa Perdue and her guest, Kayla Hoffman

on by n prizes were w Closest to the Pi Becky White, Becky Brusilow, Ariana Almond, Linda Southwick

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Michelle Tomlinson, Marilyn White, Becky Brusilow, Polly Rickert

Day 2

Longest Drive was awarded to Tracy Partin and Straightest Drive was awarded to Jan Woolnough.

What is that blip on the weather radar screen? Is that a cold front racing toward Kerrville, predicted to arrive around May 2 or 3 – the dates scheduled for the 2013 LGA Member/Guest Tournament? The Comanche Trace Pro Shop kept a watchful eye on the weather station, the LGA Member/Guest Planning Committee and all registered participants kept their fingers crossed...please, please, please let the front bypass us – let us enjoy warm, temperate, spring weather for our yearly tournament!! Alas …Thursday morning, May 2nd in Kerrville, we all woke to sleety rain, unseasonably cold temperatures, and blustery winds nearing forty miles per hour. We might postpone the start time for the tournament, but we could

not postpone the tournament. Guests had arrived from St. Louis, Atlanta, Fort Meyers, Florida; Liberal, Kansas; Dallas, Houston, Huntsville, and the surrounding San Antonio area. In fact, the turnout for this tournament was record-breaking – fifty-six participants in all. What could the women of the LGA and their guests do? Well... we all put on our “big girl panties”, as well as rain and wind gear, gloves, woolen socks, ear muffs, hats, and extra layers for warmth. Bundled up, we bravely faced the weather and drove to our starting holes. The tournament must go on! After four hours of howling winds, stinging sleet, and cold, Joan and Randy Spear welcomed us into their lovely and warm home. They were hosting

us for cocktails and mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres. Randy, Todd Ezell, and Danny Almond were on hand to serve up beverages of choice and words of encouragement. We had a chance to finally thaw out, share tales of good holes, reconnect with old friends, and strengthen existing friendships. We all hoped for warming, calmer weather for the final day of our tournament. Alas ... Day two - Friday, May 3rd, weather proved to be a replica of our first day. The start time was delayed somewhat, but we had to move forward as a wonderful lunch was being prepared for us following play. We all did finish - and we were able to laugh as we renamed our “Ropin’ the Win” tournament – “Ridin’ the Wind”.

We are thankful to Comanche Trace for their support of this tournament, as well as Stavinoha Enterprises and White Construction, who each sponsored money for our Closest to the Pin prizes. Nannine Reynolds and Trish Butler donated door prizes. The LGA Planning Committee was chaired by Trish Butler, with much help from Margie Hirsch, Ariana Almond, Cindy Gosmano, and Jennifer Phelps. LGA Members, Linda Southwick and Sherry Maytorena, as well as Colby Nash and Jarrick Cooper from Lifestyle Magazine, were on hand to take our great photos. Tony Johnson and his Pro Golf Staff and Diane Hagne and the Food and Beverage Staff contributed hugely to the success of this tournament. Thank you all so much. And finally, thank you to all of the LGA members and their guests for their brave and cheerful commitment to this tournament. As we all lingered over wine and dessert after lunch and awards, we glanced out the windows as the sky cleared, turned a brilliant blue, and the winds ceased. The twoday cold front was moving on – typical, pleasant Kerrville spring weather was returning. We had truly “weathered” the storm and most of us were making plans for our next round of golf.

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Schreiner University is in synch with the community By Lane Tait | Photography courtesy Schreiner University

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Schreiner University President,

Tim Summerlin, once described the university chamber ensemble’s blending of instruments, passionate expression, and commitment to a musical composition as being much like orchestrating a university. “Thus it is, students with one another in search of learning; students with faculty, growing through the mentoring experience; faculty among themselves, critiquing the curriculum to shape it to agreed-upon ends; and every person who is a part of the campus community engaged in doing his or her part, fully committed to its importance for the whole mission and fully aware that the work of any one of us finds its full value in concert with the accomplishments of the whole.” However, Summerlin points out, far from playing a solo role, Schreiner and its Hill Country community have achieved thrilling harmony together.

A Premier Place of Learning During the last decade and a half, Schreiner has: • grown its enrollment by 67 percent to 1,100 students; • enhanced its distinctive undergraduate curriculum with an interdisciplinary core; • identified innovative signature programs (Life Sciences, Graphic Design/Communication Design, and Integrity in Business); • launched 13 new undergraduate degrees, most recently the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the graduate Master of Business Administration (MBA); • more than doubled facilities to support enrollment growth and student success; and • more than tripled endowment to $55 million.

What’s even more remarkable is the give and take that has made it all possible. (Continued on page 34)

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the future

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Higher education is evolving—and new technology, shifting demographics, and morphing public expectations have raised the rate of change to a crescendo. Schreiner University is adapting while holding steadfast to the vision upon which it was founded 90 years ago: to be an institution of opportunity where students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences learn through educational programs equipping them to achieve, excel, and lead. To ensure the university continues to be successful in this environment of flux, it has set three goals for itself:

(Continued from page 33)

1. To be widely known as a premier place of learning; 2. To provide facilities, services and campus ambience to support that reputation; and 3. To begin its second century from a position of ever-growing financial strength.

“Learning by Heart” The Presbyterian-related university has brought thousands of college students to Kerrville to get a transformative education, to intern in local businesses, to volunteer for community organizations and non-profits, and to make lifelong friends – all while they’re contributing to the local economy. Under the auspices of various student organizations including sororities and fraternities, campus ministry, athletics, and academic programs, Schreiner students participated in more than 80 distinctive community engagement service projects during the fall and spring 2013 semesters. Of course, Schreiner also has attracted an extraordinary faculty, whose contributions to the community are certainly felt well beyond the classroom. Hill Country residents and businesses have, in turn, supported Schreiner’s students with scholarship funds (Hill Country College Fund provides major support for area residents with demonstrated need), jobs, internships, and many have found that volunteering is a rewarding way to help out face-to-face. Schreiner’s volunteer program exists to create opportunities to engage the community, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff in meaningful volunteer activities that will empower, activate, and enrich its students’ lives. If you think you might be interested in volunteering, contact Mindy Wendele, Schreiner’s director of the Schreiner Mansion and Community Engagement. You can email her at or call 830-896-8633. Schreiner also offers many other ways of becoming involved in the life of the university. Every semester, the university invites the public to a wide variety of campus lectures, book reviews, concerts, performances and other activities. The full schedule is available on Schreiner’s web calendar at 34 LIFESTYLE August / September 2013

Increasing students’ access as well as achievement will strengthen Schreiner’s reputation. This goal will be borne out with more student scholarships, further development of key signature programs and attracting top-notch faculty. During the last 15 years, the 211-acre campus has undergone a metamorphosis. Just this summer a new plaza, landscaping and wide, “flowing” sidewalks have transformed the central academic quadrangle. All of these elements encourage the campus community and visitors alike to stop and chat, to connect with one another—a hallmark of a “Learning by Heart” education. (Continued on page 35)


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Currently, three major facilities projects have top priority and are in process: Mountaineer Athletic and Events Center The old gymnasium puts Schreiner at the bottom of its new athletic conference, NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), in terms of facilities. Even though Schreiner’s athletics program is nonscholarship and entirely focused on athletes as scholars, the lack of a modern gym complex is a considerable recruitment roadblock.

Auditorium/Chapel renovation The university’s popular Campus Ministry program is currently housed in a small former faculty residence and its chapel is the size of most people’s living room. The administration is working on plans to renovate the old Dietert Auditorium into a more usable facility with a large assembly space, a beautiful round chapel, and space for ministry staff, peer counseling, community service initiatives and vocational discovery.

Music Education Hall The university’s music program is not-too-comfortably housed in Dietert Auditorium. Plans are to transform the old Rex Kelly pavilion into a modern 10,000 square-foot music center, complete with practice and rehearsal rooms, performance space and offices for music faculty. Schreiner has worked hard to grow its endowment— funds that are never spent but generate income, a portion of which is used to provide predictable and steady support for scholarships, enhanced curricular and co-curricular programs, professional growth opportunities for faculty and staff, new instructional technologies, etc. Schreiner’s goal is to increase endowment funds to the equivalent of $100,000 per student, which will effectively double its current endowment to $110 million. Most major endowment gifts are individual bequests. 36 LIFESTYLE August / September 2013

the finale Schreiner University and its Hill Country community have joined together for years to both compose and perform this complex higher education symphony. Success, however, won’t be measured in applause that will inevitably fade to silence. This achievement will reverberate throughout time, in the individual lives changed and dreams realized.

campus events The public is invited to participate in many educational and cultural events on campus. The following is only a selection from the fall semester and you are urged to check Schreiner’s web calendar ( in case of last minute updates and to get more details. August 20 Panel discussion of World War Z, Schreiner University’s summer “Big Idea/Big Read” that is the basis for the yearlong examination of rights and responsibilities. Cailloux Campus Activity Center Ballroom at noon. Bring your lunch.

September 27 Texas Heritage Music Days educational event featuring more than 50 performers and demonstrators, with a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers. Robbins-Lewis Pavilion on campus, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

October 25 – 27 The House of Bernarda Alba, a play directed by Jeff Cunningham. Hanszen Fine Arts Building Studio Theater on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

August 23 Opening Convocation. Theme is “Being a Responsible Citizen”. 1 p.m. in Dietert Auditorium.

September 28 CSI Kerr County community service with Partners in Ministry.

November 6 Texas Coffee House Series, open mic for writers, musicians and artists to showcase their work. 7 p.m. in The Lion’s Den, Cailloux Campus Activity Center.

September 4 Texas Coffee House Series, Sideshow Tragedy headlines. Open mic for writers, musicians and artists to showcase their work. 7 p.m. in The Lion’s Den, Cailloux Campus Activity Center. September 23 Debate on the Second Amendment. “Big Read/Big Idea” Chautauqua and Constitution Day presentation. 7 p.m. in the Cailloux Campus Activity Center Ballrooms September 23 Monday Night Fiction. The Coffee Trader by David Liss. Discussion moderators are the author, David Liss, and Schreiner associate professor of religion, Dr. Cole Starr. “Big Read/Big Idea” at 7 p.m., Scarle-Philips Room in the Wm. Logan Library. September 26 – November 21 GAGA: Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association juried art exhibition in Cailloux Campus Activity Center.

October 2 Texas Coffee House Series, open mic for writers, musicians and artists to showcase their work. 7 p.m. in The Lion’s Den, Cailloux Campus Activity Center. October 10 “Promoting the Common Good Throughout the World”, with speaker Ruth Brown, a food security and development specialist working with the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC). Presented by Campus Ministry. Big Read/Big Idea. October 19 Past is Prologue workshop in Hanszen Fine Arts Center. Dr. Kathleen Hudson is the event’s organizer. October 21 Monday Night Fiction, The Dixie Association by Donald Hays. Moderator is Dr. Tom Wells, Schreiner professor of exercise science. At 7 p.m., Scarle-Philips Room in the Wm. Logan Library.

November 18 Monday Night fiction, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Moderator and guest speaker is Tom Woods, a graduate student in history at Texas State University. At 7 p.m., Scarle-Philips Room in the Wm. Logan Library. November 22 – 24 The 39 Steps, a play directed by Steve Roberts. Hanszen Fine Arts Building Studio Theater on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. December 1 – January 5 13th Annual Hill Country Art Survey juried exhibition of Texas high school students’ art. Cailloux Campus Activity Center.

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I am the luckiest dog in the world! Let me introduce myself. My name is Mack Mooney and I am a rescue dog. I am not sure what breed I am but they say I have some Sheltie in me. A young fun couple, Alicia and Josh, adopted me from Forgotten Friends Mixed Breed Rescue back in August 2008 and I’ve never looked back. I currently live in Austin with them. I happen to be a big Texas Longhorn fan, thus the name “Mack”, after head-coach Mack Brown. My owners frequently bring me to Kerrville to visit my grandparents, Dianne and Leo Clark. I love going out to the Hill Country as it offers a great break from city life. My grandma, Dianne, takes me for walks around the lake every morning and usually arranges play dates while I’m here with lots of new friends that I’ve met at Comanche Trace. I love going to K-9 Literacy and listening to the kids read to me and really enjoy going to Bark for Life whenever I can make it.

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A Feast

Soul World class art in Fredericksburg brings happy surprises for those who take a little time to slow down and take a peek into this marvelous place. 42 LIFESTYLE August / September 2013

by Reggie Cox


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Photography courtesy Whistle Pik Galleries


Fredericksburg is famous for its German heritage, food, beer gardens, and shopping opportunities. Tucked in the middle of all these chances for fun and frolic is a peaceful respite that will nourish your soul. Throughout the time mankind has spent on earth, art has been a sort of window into the human spirit. Whistle Pik Galleries (WPG) is right on the main street and has clients from around the world. Inside are all sorts of wonderful things brought together for your perusal and purchase by Tim and Pamela Taylor, beginning back in 1995. Their vision has materialized into a world class gallery that offers the works of top artists including national legend, G. Harvey. WPG is one of only two galleries in the world that sell his new original work each year. G. Harvey turns 80 this year and is still producing incredible western art. WPG sells his original art, limited edition prints, canvas prints, books, and bronzes. His work has been collected by past presidents and is owned by numerous museums. His art is all about the West and the cowboy and daily life. His art will transport you into the heart and soul of the men and women who made the West into what it is today. In addition to G. Harvey, other highly collected national artists the gallery represents include: Brian Grimm, Larry Dyke, Robert Moore, Robert Peters, Sandy Scott, Glenna Goodacre, Veryl Goodnight, Matt Smith, Andre Balyon, Jean Chambers, Michael Malm, Sonya Terpening, George Northup, John Cook, Mick Doellinger, Bill Mittag, Kent Ullberg, Bernard Vetter, Sara Winters, and others. These artists are some of the best in the traditional art world and they work in various mediums. You will find oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, bronze and mixed media. WPG is an inviting and educational place to find what feeds your soul. The heart wants what the heart wants, and I know I came away feeling better about the world. There was one perfect painting for me for which I will be putting some savings aside until I can bring it home. Whistle Pik Galleries is all about accessibility of art to everyone. A friendly greeting awaits visitors. The art is beautifully displayed in a warm and inviting atmosphere. No sterile white walls here. Between the two buildings that house the artists’ works, there is a delightful courtyard that

has monumental bronzes and lots of cool greenery. If you have always wanted to meet Ronald Reagan up close and personal, the larger than life bronze will “speak” to you. He is quite something special! There is a bucking bronco with a cowboy hanging on for dear life—you can hear the grunts of man and horse. Quite extraordinary! WPG has a website that will show you the collections they offer. Their client base is truly worldwide, but there is no substitute for a visit to the gallery so that you can “feel” the artists talking with you through their work. There is simply no substitute for being there. WPG is one of the founding members of The First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg and is open the first Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. During Art Walk, WPG holds special showings and artist demos. When you are in town on the first Friday of any month, stop by. The website has a listing of what will be going on. First Friday Art Walk now has over 11 galleries participating in this cooperative effort to show art patrons and anyone interested in learning about art what Fredericksburg has to offer. The galleries all support one another in this effort. Together they are quite a team. Don’t miss the next one. Kick off a trip to Fredericksburg with a First Friday Art Walk and some Hill Country hospitality, otherwise known as a glass of wine!

Whistle Pik Galleries is located at 425 E. Main. For more information on their current showings and available art, check out the website at or email To talk to them, call 830-990-8151 or 800-999-0820. WPG is open for gallery viewing Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas – Kerrville Branch, is part of the oldest, largest, and most successful mentoring program in the United States. Our mission is to help children in Kerr County reach their full potential through professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. A “Little Brother” or “Little Sister” who is matched with an adult is 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs and 27 percent less likely to engage in underage drinking. Our “Littles” have a greater than 90 percent high school graduation rate.

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ou can help Big Brothers Big Sisters – Kerrville in several ways. Please volunteer. Volunteering as a mentor is as rewarding for the mentor as it is for the child. A mentor is a friend, advisor, role model, and someone who can make a difference in the life of a child. We encourage our mentors to involve their “Littles” in their everyday lives. If you have two-to-four hours a month, you can tremendously impact your community by becoming a Big Brother or a Big Sister. We are looking for mentors of all ages and abilities.

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We also need businesses to partner with us in our new program that involves meeting with your little brother/sister once a month for lunch at your business.

We provide the lunch. If you have five or more employees who want to get involved with this new program please contact us as soon as possible.

Of course, Big Brothers Big Sisters – Kerrville depends on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations to keep its doors open and continue making a difference. All of your donations will stay in Kerrville to support our local program. Please consider getting involved by becoming a mentor and/or financially supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters – Kerrville Branch. Please contact Debra or Kristen at (830) 257-2447 or LIFESTYLE August / September 2013 51


Fall Vegetable Gardening |

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A fall vegetable garden is not only a source of fresh foods that don’t grow well in the heat of summer; it is also a visual treat against a backdrop of declining colors and browning grass.

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hard to believe that summer is almost over and I don’t have a single thing to harvest from my vegetable garden. That’s because the planting window passed before I had a chance to get a thing in the ground. Spring was just too busy and midsummer was here before I knew it. However, my failure to plant a summer garden easily allows me to plant now for fall, something I have never done before! That's right! August is the time to begin preparing and planting the garden for a fall harvest. Fall season vegetables do well in soil warmed by a season of sun. There are many vegetables that can be harvested in Texas in the fall. Planting these in the heat of late summer is the biggest challenge, but once they are planted, with a little maintenance, you will have a garden full of veggies by fall and sometimes into winter as well. Once the decision to have a fall garden has been reached, you must take action quickly if you have the remnants of a summer garden. You need to pull out some of those plants that have been nurtured from "babies" in the spring to monsters now. I know -- it takes courage and faith to rid your garden of the same plants you fostered for so many months but, before planting a fall garden, it is recommended that

all plants (weeds included) be removed. You may want to keep your okra, cherry tomatoes, and pole beans if the foliage is healthy. Largefruited tomatoes may have some small ones still hanging on but unless you have at least 20-25 good-sized fruit, pull them out. You will recall that the largest, best tomatoes you had this spring and summer were most likely the first ones produced. The tomato plant has gotten old. It will never produce an abundance again. Besides, it is too large to be manageable as far as insect and disease populations are concerned. Pull the old plants up and discard them; and remember, every time you prepare the soil to plant a new crop, always mix in as much compost as possible. Timing is very important for a successful fall garden. Heat-tolerant/cold-sensitive crops need to be planted in time to mature before cold weather slows and stops growth, while cool-season/heat-sensitive crops are planted late enough to avoid the heat, but early enough to take the first frosts of winter. A fall gardener needs two pieces of information before planting: the length of time to each plant’s maturity – plus a few extra days because the amount of sunlight is decreasing – and the average date of the first freeze for his gardening zone. Working backward from the freeze date tells the gardener when vegetable varieties need to be planted. This information can be

Timing is very important for a successful fall garden

found at your local nursery, your county extension office, or numerous online sites. Tomatoes and peppers need to be planted soon -- by the middle of August if they are going to make a good crop before the first cold temperatures. Grow fast maturing tomato varieties for the fall harvest. Look for varieties with less than 75 days to maturity. Most cherry tomatoes will bear fruit within 65 days of transplanting. When growing tomatoes and peppers in the fall, it is best to start with plants instead of seeds because rapid establishment of tomato and pepper plants in a fall garden must be accomplished in order to have a bountiful production. As hot as the weather can be this time of year, planting new, delicate plants is a bit risky, but transplants WILL survive the heat and full sun IF adequate moisture is available to the plant. Like summer vegetable gardens, daily moisture should be provided, on an individual basis, to the plants and a key thing to remember is that too much water (keeping roots soaking wet instead of moist) will cause root rotting and subsequent transplant stunting or death. Regardless of variety selected, if a gardener does not do the right thing at the right time, any chances of success are diminished. Fall vegetable crops are categorized as long-term and shortterm crops. Duration of these crops is dependent upon when the first killing frost occurs and the cold tolerance of the vegetables. Plant long-term, frosttolerant vegetables together. (Continued on page 54)

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gardening (Continued from page 53)

Frost- tolerant vegetables include beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, collards, garlic, kale, lettuce, mustard, onions, parsley, spinach, and turnips. Likewise, plant short-term, frost-susceptible vegetables together so that they can be removed after being killed by frost. Frost-susceptible vegetables include beans, cantaloupes, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, okra, peas, peppers, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, tomatoes, and watermelons.

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The end of September might be too late in most of the United States to finish planting your fall garden, but not here. In fact, I understand I can successfully plant onions as late as midOctober! In addition to planting the usual summer staples of tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions, I am looking forward to a fall harvest of vegetables that don’t grow well in the summer, like cabbage, broccoli, radishes, carrots, lettuce, and spinach. Fall vegetables are pretty hardy but, to give the garden a bit of extra protection, invest in a row cover to put over the plants in late fall. I was told that if temperatures tell me to put on a sweater, my garden needs a “sweater” too.

Fall is often a better time than spring to grow many vegetables in Texas because the days are warm, the nights cool, and the rain is gentle with less wind or severe conditions. Vegetables like lettuce, spinach, and radishes become bitter in the hot temperatures of summer, so they are perfect for fall harvest. Weeds and destructive insects will be less of an issue than in the warmer months. Shorter days encourage the plants to store more sugar so a fall vegetable will be sweeter than the same vegetable grown in the spring or summer.

When I realized I had missed the opportunity to plant a summer garden, I was disappointed at first; but then I reminded myself that things seem to happen for a reason. Had I been tending a summer garden up until now, I don’t think I would have the interest or energy to start a fall garden, let alone research what fall gardening is about; however, I am now excited to try something new. The sun will not bake me or my plants and, fortunately, our winter is relatively mild so harvesting the early winter crops shouldn’t be unbearable either. I imagine that it will be a joy to manage my garden during the wonderful Indian summer days of autumn. I have a feeling that fall gardening is going to become my favorite!

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then and now In the early days of Kerrville, there was a young immigrant with little formal education. His life was not an easy one; he lost his parents when he was young and was on his own at age 16. There were many years of hardship and even poverty for the immigrant and his family and some traces of his homeland never went away. Even late in his life, he spoke with a slight accent, a faint echo of his first language. Some of his manners were a bit foreign, too.

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He loved Kerrville and Kerr County and his actions proved his feelings for our community. The immigrant was a hard worker and he was smart. His business acumen was phenomenal. He was not trained in business, his father had not been a businessperson, and he was never an apprentice learning from a mentor. He was a gifted businessman, though, with an eye for value, and he was an excellent merchant. He built a great fortune. His customers liked him and his community trusted him; they elected him to several public offices, including county treasurer. Late in his life, after providing for his large family, he gave a lot of his wealth away in gifts large and small, mostly benefitting the community of Kerrville and our neck of the Texas Hill Country. The gift that has touched the most lives was his gift that started a school on the outskirts of Kerrville, a preparatory school for boys. The immigrant had the idea for the school before World War I. He announced his plan to donate $250,000 to establish the school with the provision that the work on it could not begin until the war was over and at least a year had passed from the signing of the peace treaties.

The gift that has touched the most lives was his gift that started a school on the outskirts of Kerrville, a preparatory school for boys. In those days, $250,000 was an enormous amount of money, much greater than it is today. In the years after the announcement about the school, the immigrant added to his gift; the total he gave for the school eventually added up to a little over $550,000. It wasn’t until 1922 that construction on the school began. Three buildings were erected—a three-story main building, a dormitory, and a headmaster’s house. The architectural style of the buildings was described in the Kerrville Mountain Sun as “English Colonial”, a style “which is specially adapted to the rugged surroundings and has the further advantage of being very homelike.” When the cornerstone was dedicated, the immigrant was there. In September of 1923, almost 90 years ago, the school opened its doors to students. Again, the immigrant was there for the festivities. That immigrant, of course, was Charles Schreiner; the school he started was Schreiner Institute, which is known today as Schreiner University. (Continued on page 58) LIFESTYLE August / September 2013 57

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There were several speakers at the opening of the school; two in particular stand out. They were J. E. Grinstead, who was a newspaperman and writer, and Dr. J. J. Delaney, the first president of the school. Their remarks were reported in the September 20, 1923 edition of the Kerrville Mountain Sun. Grinstead was a favorite local speaker at the time. He’d come to Kerrville at the turn of the century because his wife was ill with tuberculosis. In a few short years, he owned the newspaper, was elected mayor, then school board president and, later, state representative. He published a magazine, and spent his later years writing pulp westerns. He authored much of the image and myth of the Texas Hill Country. “A year ago,” Grinstead said at the opening of the school, “this spot was an open field. A crop of grain had been harvested from it, and I used to take walks out this way and think it was a dreary place. And now, look at the beauty of it! Almost like the story of Aladdin and his wonderful lamp. When you think about how it came about, quite as wonderful. From the rough surface of a field, within a few months have sprung these magnificent buildings. True, there were many artists and artisans at labor, but in effect a single man placed every brick, stone, tile, and shingle — a man who devoted his life to service. He was half a century accumulating the materials for this great institution, and it was he in effect who, having the materials at hand, raised on this eminence a wonderful monument to service. From this gift of Captain Schreiner, there is a wonderful lesson for you — the lesson of service: service to God, to your country, and to your fellow man. The building of the real edifice, the 58 LIFESTYLE August / September 2013

most beautiful thing of all, is just begun. You men of the first year of the Schreiner Institute are the foundation and cornerstone of that more beautiful building that shall grow and grow throughout the generations to come. A building of men whom, wherever they may be found, shall look back with pride and pleasure to the days they spent in this institution. You have opened the book, in which is to be written the history of Schreiner Institute. The pages are blank and white. Write upon them with the pen of inspiration, drawn from earnestness of purpose. Emulate, throughout your labors here, that splendid example of the unselfish service shown by the founder of your school.” J. J. Delaney presented an oil portrait of Captain Schreiner to the school, and remarked, “It is far more to us than a reminder of a man who gives generously of his wealth that the youth of Texas may have the opportunities of education. It should be a constant inspiration to high endeavor to every man who passes through these halls. “It is easy to envy Captain Schreiner the ‘opportunity’ and ‘luck’ and complain of our

disadvantages. Young men, the ‘luck’ of Captain Schreiner was to return after four years’ hard service in the Civil War with nothing but what he had in his own spirit except a noble wife and two small children. His ‘opportunity’ was to wrest a living for them from an untamed wilderness with his bare hands or starve. “The opportunities for you today are a hundredfold larger and the same qualities which have brought success to him will bring abundant fulfillment of any worthy ambition that burns in your hearts. “I wish that we might inscribe under this portrait just these words, ‘Integrity, Industry, Economy,’ for it is to these and not to easy fortune his success is due.” At the end of the dedication program, one member of the school’s faculty called the students together and led fifteen cheers for Captain Schreiner and for Schreiner Institute. That’s how the school started — with cheers for the immigrant and for the school he founded.

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German heritage is evident throughout the Texas Hill Country and it continues at the Heart and Star Ranch, home of Rolf and Juliane Smith, nestled deep in the community of Alamo Springs Ranch.



the early years of the Alamo Springs Ranch, a lot of folks lived in trailers or just camped out for occasional visits to enjoy their property, much like the Smiths, who acquired their 52 acres in 1976 when an old cattle ranch was subdivided. Rolf Smith, a retired Air Force Colonel, and the family were stationed in Germany for over ten years; although visits to the ranch during that time were few, they are treasured memories of time together and the joy of building their niche in the Hill Country. Once they were back in the States and settled in Texas their plans came together and in 2003 and the first cabin was built on Heart and Star Ranch. The Smiths ultimately moved to the ranch full time, from Houston, and built on their dreams, adding two vacation guesthouse rentals, a hunter’s cabin and a miniatures museum all tucked away in a little slice of heaven they call home. Halfway between Fredericksburg and Comfort, along the Old San Antonio Road, is the Old Tunnel State Park and Bat Cave, and the entrance to the Alamo Springs Ranch. The Heart and Star Ranch is about six miles down this road. At an elevation of 2,016 feet, Alamo Springs is one of the highest points in Kendall County, and it’s the reason for the Old Railroad Tunnel under Mt. Alamo, which is now the home of one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats in Texas. 62 LIFESTYLE August / September 2013

Heart and Star is a small working ranch with friendly longhorn cattle and calves, two curious llamas named Java and Zorro, a majestic white horse, a large colony of purple martins, macaws, an aviary, a handful of dogs and cats, and of course ... no ranch is complete without free-range chickens and a herd of whitetail deer! Rolf ’s favorite winged companion, an African Grey Parrot named “Chaos”, lives in the house and has developed an amazing vocabulary toppling well over 200 words. (Be careful around the house – fines are levied to those who teach him “inappropriate language” ... even IF by accident!) As an artist, Juliane works non-stop in her studio as ideas constantly flow into her imagination. As a result, the Smiths have established The Hill Country Miniatures Museum, featuring her Mousecapes – the varied collection of amazingly detailed miniatures depicting a variety of mythical and real-life scenes. Two of the more intricate miniatures, The Witches’ School (a haunted Halloween house) and Santa’s Home, have been on display in downtown Fredericksburg at Chocolat, and during different holiday seasons, her Mousecapes have decorated the windows of Tiffany & Co. in Houston. A personalized guided tour is included for guests staying in the Smiths vacation guesthouse, Das Maus Haus; otherwise, visits to the museum are by appointment only.

Keeping with their German ancestory and tying into Juliane’s affinity for country mice, the Smiths have named one of their charming rentals, Das Maus Haus – a Hill Country Vacation Guesthouse. Das Maus Haus is a rustic, yet elegant German-style upstairs guesthouse on its own little corner of the ranch. It’s a very comfortable “Home” (approximately 500 square feet), thoughtfully decorated with antiques, zebra rugs, and original art by Juliane. It has a full kitchen, dining area, bedroom/living area, and bathroom with shower. The private balcony overlooks the surrounding hills. Meadows with wildflowers are everywhere. “The Little B” is a private guest room and bath adjacent to Das Maus Haus, and is available if a second bedroom is needed for family overflow, visiting friends of the guests, or hunters during deer season. Das Maus Haus is situated at the top of the Smith’s property overlooking woods and cliffs with walking trails and the Old Ranch Creek running through them. It is an ideal vacation retreat for a weekend or even a week – to enjoy a small ranch experience. (Continued on page 64)

Rolf and Julie’s children have said, “Pasty Cline added ‘sweetness’ to the word Crazy,” with her 1961 re-recording of Willie Nelson’s song: Crazy. “The Smiths add the same to everyday life on The Ranch.”


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The kitchen is supplied with free-range eggs, fresh fruit, and, when in season, all the plums, peaches, pears, apples, and figs you can pick-and-eat on site from the little orchard nearby. The Smiths are “Pet Friendly” and Das Maus Haus has a separate private yard as well as an entire fenced acre for visiting pets to explore. With no ambient light or city noises, visitors enjoy totally quiet moments looking at the Milky Way, shooting stars, and star constellations in the amazingly clear night sky over the ranch. For a really different dinner experience, guests can usually talk Rolf into cooking out on their back deck; you can also join the Smiths for some

grilled Hill Country venison, rabbit, or free-range beef, “interesting” recipes, homegrown vegetables, and a glass or two of Fredericksburg wine. October through January, Heart and Star also offers Das Maus Haus to hunters for three- or five-day whitetail deer bowhunting leases on 100+ acres running along the creek. Several years ago, two German hunters and their wives spent a month on the ranch hunting with Rolf and they harvested thirteen deer. 64 LIFESTYLE August / September 2013

For those who don’t feel like cooking–you can tootle back up the road, (only a six-minute drive from Heart and Star, near the Old Tunnel State Park) to a little place called The Alamo Springs Café. It’s a quaint spot “Where everybody is nobody”, and you can try one of their famous hamburgers, ranked number three among “The 50 Greatest Hamburgers in Texas”, by Texas Monthly Magazine. The Cafe also features live music on Friday and Saturday nights in an intimate outdoor setting, so if you’re lucky enough to grab a table on the patio you’re in for a real treat! If that’s not enough to satisfy your hunger for good food and local entertainment you can head out to the legendary town of Luckenbach, where “Everybody’s Somebody”! “Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas, where the living is easy…,” sang Willy Nelson

– just fifteen-minutes away with more live music. It’s the perfect place to just kick back and relax for awhile. For a true Hill Country experience, an outing to Fredericksburg is a must, with its German heritage dating back to 1846, only a 30-minute scenic drive away. Whether you take a leisurely stroll through the central shopping district on Main Street, referred to as “The Magic Mile”, or venture into the historic neighborhoods off Main Street, both districts are layered with unique shops, spas, art galleries, museums, historical buildings, cafés and fine dining. Fredericksburg is a tourists delight that brings visitors from all 50 states! To make reservations at Das Maus Haus Vacation Guesthouse or “The Little B” call us at (830) 992-2122. To arrange a tour of the Hill Country Miniatures Museum e-mail or just give us a ring! Be sure to visit both Facebook pages for a peek inside!



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Comanche Trace Much Activity at

Comanche Trace is thrilled with the activity in 2013. There are three new phases, several new construction homes in the works, and Lot Incentives in Tuscan Village. By R e g g i e C ox | P h o t o g r a p h y by C o l by N a s h

The Vistas

We are excited that our new neighborhood, The Vistas, is taking off. These beautiful lots offer fantastic views of the golf course and surrounding Hill Country. The views are some of the best available in the entire community. The site sets high over several golf holes. There are only fifteen lots in The Vistas and four of them are already reserved. We are excited about the response to these lots. Pricing ranges from $129,000 to $199,000. The style of homes in The Vistas will be Texas Hill Country. Designs will incorporate standing seam metal roofs, stone, board and batt, and stucco. Call our sales staff for details or to come and take a look at the remaining lots.

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Tuscan Village Special Incentives The Tuscan Village is filling out nicely. For a short time, Comanche Trace is offering a membership special – never before offered – to lot purchasers in the Tuscan Village. Our website has the floor plans that are available in this neighborhood. The homes are Tuscan in design and there are eleven different plans to choose from. Check them out at – Go to Real

Estate – Homesites – Tuscan Village. This conveniently located neighborhood has a lot to offer. Call our sales staff today to find out about the special incentives we are offering. The incentives will not last very long. If you have been looking for a great opportunity to try out The Club at Comanche Trace and our fantastic golf course and lifestyle, this may be the perfect opportunity for you.

New Homes Are Going Up All Over Comanche Trace There are currently eleven homes under construction here. Approved by the Architectural Review Committee, there are 28 planned for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014 that are in the process of being designed, and for which builders are being selected. The growth is exciting and is bringing new residents from all over. The lifestyle here offers friendships, great golf, fitness, Guadalupe River fun, and of course, the beautiful Texas Hill Country. We are in the planning stages for a Tour of Homes to be held next July. Tour of Homes is an excellent way to take a look at Comanche Trace and our Preferred Builders. Mark your calendars for the last week of June and first week of July. Sales activity here has been quite good for 2013. Our tours are up 21 percent over the same time last year and our website has been humming with inquiries. Now is a great time to come and take a look at the lifestyle Comanche Trace has to offer. The Texas Hill Country Wine & Brew Festival that was held here on July 6 brought over 1000 people and they had a great time. Many said they are coming back to take another look. Don’t miss out on the premier master-planned golf course community in the Texas Hill Country. It is a beautiful place to be and great new friends are waiting to meet you. Come and see us! LIFESTYLE AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2013 67


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When we walked into this house, we were struck by the elegance and carefully planned interior. A chef’s kitchen with professional grade six-burner gas range and pot filler is something I have always wanted. This kitchen not only has them, it is beautiful to boot. I could not get over how the large skylight brings so much beautiful daylight into the room. There are so many custom alder cabinets for storage and display, a built in spice rack, a very nice farmer’s sink, a pantry and a butler’s pantry for all of my dinner party special things. Now I will have the ideal spot for all the beautiful wedding presents we received. There is even a storage closet that holds several sets of china. The dining room is large enough for my big round table for family dinners. When we have a dinner party 70 LIFESTYLE August / September 2013

for all our friends, we can use the huge back porch – 700 sq. ft. of tiled floor, remote controlled Phantom screens, stone fireplace, and a fabulous view. What a place to entertain. The large study is perfect for household business or the business person who works from home. There is space for a game of cards, chess, or Chinese checkers beside the staircase. This home has the “perfect spot” for breakfast, a dinner, or relaxing – the attention to detail is extraordinary. The master suite is simply elegant – the large bedroom and en suite bath have been thought out and designed for ease of living. The bathtub is beautiful and seems to be calling my name to draw a warm bath and sip on a glass of wine. The shower is huge and my husband just loves it. I am thrilled that the plantation shutters and silk draperies I love so much are already here. I see the perfect spot for my reading nook over in the corner. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a large bathroom. The wood floors are beautiful. A wet bar is located just outside the incredible media room. The star of the room is a 133-inch High-Tec screen. The equipment closet is well planned with doors in front and rear for easy access. The sharpness of the screen is enjoyed from comfortable movie style seating which is available for purchase with the house. We are blown away with this room. We can enjoy our favorite movies, sporting events, and my goodness, I thought Tony Romo was going to land in my lap – it was amazing. It is the coolest way to watch TV programs! There is even a popcorn machine and a beverage fridge! It’s the perfect place to entertain your friends or yourself! As the kids say, “It’s awesome!” Getting people to go home could be something of a challenge – but what a happy one. Just when we thought we had seen it all, we went into the garage. There was plenty of room for a truck and a car and a golf cart, an extra washer and dryer, a refrigerator, freezer, and workshop for golf cart maintenance and projects. Storage, storage, storage – with a place for everything and everything in its place! You just have to see this garage! We love this house and all it has to offer. LIFESTYLE AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2013 71

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 3 Car Garage Approx. 4200 square feet Beautiful views and located on golf, this Mediterranean style home offers such amenities as a handcrafted bentwood maple staircase, beautiful kitchen, master suite with his/her closets and fabulous bath. The view from the upstairs veranda will take your breath away. Putting Green and lots of space to entertain both indoors and out.


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3 Bedroom, 3.5 Baths + Study, 3 Car Garage Casita & Infinity Pool Approx. 6068 square feet $2,195,000 Magnificent Hill Country Tuscan estate home is located on one of the premier lots in Comanche Trace. Views are stunning! The craftsmanship and attention to detail in this home are truly extraordinary. From the palatial master suite to the kitchen, to the curved windows in the round bar, to the back porch and pool entertaining area, quality reigns. Separate casita provides private space for guests. If you are looking for the best Comanche Trace has to offer, this house will not disappoint.





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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Car Garage + Golf Cart Garage Approx. 2442 square feet, Price: $375,000 Lovely home with views of Comanche Trace Lake. Entertain on covered back porch with fenced yard. Spacious kitchen with beautiful granite, lots of cabinets, task lighting and pantry. Great room features a stone fireplace and large dining space. Master suite has large shower and walk-in closet with built-in chest. Carpeted stairs lead to floored attic that is ready for possible future bonus room. Located near walking trails, fishing lake and community garden.

2861 Rock Barn

2069 Toscano Way

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Including Casita), 2 Car Garage Approx. 2705 square feet

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, Study, 2 car garage Approx. 3,000 sq. ft. Price: $539,900



The casita and courtyard make entertaining a breeze. The location on the golf course provides both golf and Hill Country views. Kitchen boasts beautiful granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. This is a quality home throughout – including a beautiful stone fireplace and a bonus room upstairs for you to use to indulge in your crafts or perhaps as a media room.

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Stunning Tuscan home! There are so many extra touches in this home, there is not room to list them all. Extraordinary ceilings, beautiful kitchen with great design. Bathrooms utilize antique cabinetry and matching mirrors. Interior courtyard with fireplace provides cozy gathering place. Huge great room with fireplace and entertainment center. Master bedrooms suite has space to spare and an elegant bath – huge shower and closet. Covered back porch with views of golf course and surrounding hill country.


3 Bedrooms + Study + Bonus Room, 5.5 Baths, 2 Car Garage + Golf Cart Garage, Approx. 3919 square feet, Price: $795,000

2956 Dry Hollow

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths + Study, 2 Car Garage + Golf Cart Approx. 2976 square feet

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A classic home with outstanding views of golf course and Hill Country - Master wing has two ensuite bathrooms and 2 closets. Great room has large fireplace gorgeous wood floors on first floor - beautiful screened porch with tile floor for outdoor enjoyment. Amazing utility room - Bonus room perfect for media room or craft room. Enjoy Fabulous views from upstairs balcony.

Pretty white stone home with fenced yard located on quiet cul de sac. Large kitchen with granite counter tops and pantry. Dining room and breakfast room. Spacious master suite is newly painted and has beautiful views of surrounding Hill Country. Private door out to back porch and patio. Bonus room and bath upstairs offers lots of space for a media room, project room, or play room. You name it! Large covered back porch with space for entertaining. Stone fireplace in great room. This home has a great floor plan.

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Exquisite Tuscan home with a welcoming courtyard featuring a fireplace and grill. The beautiful front door will lead you into a gracious home with hand-trowel finished walls, knotty alder 8 ft. doors and cabinetry throughout. The large master suite has a walk in shower and jetted tub. The third bedroom is currently being used as an office and has a Murphy bed and built-in desk. The large back porch has spectacular views of the golf course and surrounding Hill Country. The great room has lots of built-in storage and an inviting fireplace. The kitchen has a gas cook top, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops, including a nice breakfast bar. The backyard is fenced. This home must be seen for you to appreciate all it has to offer.

3 Bedrooms 2.5 Baths 2 Car Garage plus Golf Cart Garage Approx. 2831 square feet






This welcoming home is located on spectacular green of Hole No. 4 - Valleys Course. Spacious great room with fireplace and pristine wood floors - dining room and breakfast room also have wood floors. Foyer is patterned tile. Master suite has walk-in closet and bath with garden tub and large shower. Glass block in bath brings in natural light. Large workshop space in garage and also separate door for golf cart and a hobby car. Home is on quiet cul de sac. Kitchen and baths are granite countertops. Beautiful curb appeal.

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3117 Mulligan Way Circle

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Garage Approx. 2518 square feet Price: $460,000










3200 Pinnacle Club Drive Units 9 and 10, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Garage, Approx. 2069 square feet, Price: $379,000 per unit These beautiful golf homes are ready for you to move in. German Cottage design with standing seam metal roofs, and stone and stucco construction. Stone fireplaces in great rooms and on back covered porches. Located on golf with great views of surrounding Hill Country and golf course.




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Custom estate home features interior stone walls, stone fireplace, travertine floors throughout with decorative inlaid tile in beautiful foyer. Large great room, octagonal breakfast room, bar, kitchen has knotty alder cabinets, granite counter tops. Large master suite with his and her baths and closets. Covered back porch – lots of room in back yard for adding a pool.








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