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WINE & BREW FESTIVAL

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FOOD & WINE ENTHUSIAST SAY HI TO HYE, TEXAS

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Lifestyle Reader, The golf course at Comanche Trace looks fantastic and warmer weather is just around the corner. We are mowing the entire property (native areas) and cleaning up, just as we do every winter. We are excited about another great year ahead of us. Real estate activity remains positive with sales up. Tours were up 18 percent in 2012 over 2011. We have seen more interest in lots, which would result in more building, and we are on track for a fourth straight year of strong custom home construction. A new event scheduled this year is the Texas Hill Country Wine & Brew Festival at Comanche Trace on Saturday, July 6th. You can access the dedicated website from www.ComancheTrace.com or go to www. WineandBrewFest.com for details. We recommend that you purchase tickets early, online, to avoid the lines on the day of the festival. Ticket purchases will be refunded up to 30 days after the event, if the festival is cancelled due to weather. Like us on Facebook and receive frequent updates via Twitter! Several exciting bands are on the lineup including Grammy winner, Bonnie Bishop of Nashville, Johnny Cooper, and Kyle Bennett Band of Fort Worth. Numerous wineries such as Becker Vineyards, Messina Hof, Singing Water, and Bending Branch, among others, will serve wine tastings. Several craft breweries will be represented, and your wristband will afford you tastings of both wine and beer. Terrific attendance is anticipated! There are several sponsors of this event; I want to thank James Avery, Centennial Bank (formerly HCSB),

April 1, 2013 Mercedes Benz of Boerne, and Peterson Regional Medical Center for their generosity in helping us kick off this day of fun. Other great news is the recent remodel of the Vista Room. When this facility was originally built, the Vista room was an office for Bobby Shelton. The space is no longer as functional for the needs of an active club, so we have opened it up, expanded the seating area and installed new flooring. This provides a better space for the dance floor, as well. The decks around the Vista Room and Pinnacle Grill will be replaced with a wood-alternative decking. We have also updated the Pro Shop and the downstairs men’s meeting room, with plans to do the same to the ladies’ meeting room soon. With these updates, we can even better serve events such as weddings, birthday and anniversary parties, business meetings, and more. Comanche Trace is especially well-known for catering specialty events in a warm, comfortable environment. We have so much for which to be thankful. New memberships are increasing, real estate activity is strong, and the future is bright. All the best, Trevor L. Hyde

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In THIS issue

lifestyle

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o f C O M A N C H E T R A C E A N D the T e x a s H i l l C o u ntr y

M A G A Z I N E S TA FF

8 | GOLF UPDATE 12 | HILL COUNTRY TREASURES Texas Arts & Crafts Festival

16 | FITNESS

48 | Gardening

Trevor Hyde - President and Publisher

Organic Pest Control

(trevor@texaslifestyle.org)

54 | THEN & NOW

Jarrick Cooper - Editor in Chief

Golf Comes to the Heart of the Hills

(jarrick@texaslifestyle.org) Kristin Smith - Art Director

Fit for Golf and Life

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20 | CALENDAR

Valerie Chambers - Managing Editor

22 | FOOD & WINE

Hill Countr y Events

Say Hi to Hye, Texas

26 | MEMBER PROFILE

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Great Friends – Great Golf

(valerie@texaslifestyle.org) Gena Teer - Advertising Sales (sales@texaslifestyle.org) Colby Nash - Editorial Assistant (colby@texaslifestyle.org) Jan Bradley - Copy Editor

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Colby Cobb, Colby Nash, Don Grogg, Gena Teer, Jane Garbish, Joe Herring Jr., Lynne Schuneman, Reggie Cox,

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Tony Johnson, Valerie Chambers

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FEATURE STORY

The Grand Plans of James Avery

58 | HILL COUNTRY EVENTS calendar 62 | ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Fabulous Kerrville Find

39 | MEMBERSHIP & EVENTS 41 | KID’S CORNER 42 | PET PROFILE

Max & Butter Morris

44 | Culture

A Must See in the Hill Country

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66 | REAL ESTATE UPDATE Truly a Dream Home!

70 | Featured Home

Anderson Jenkins Opens Model Home in Comanche Trace

72 | REAL ESTATE LISTINGS 76 | MAP

Mark R. Haufler, Shawna Morris

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Colby Nash, Don Grogg, Jarrick Cooper, Jenny Kistler

Additional photography sources iStockphoto, MorgueFile, James Avery, Joe Herring Jr., Kerrville Arts & Cultural Center, Texas Arts & Crafts Fair LIFESTYLE is published bi-monthly by Lifestyle Productions, LLC. No reproduction in any form is authorized without the consent of Lifestyle Production, LLC. 2801 Comanche Trace Dr., Kerrville TX 78028. Printed in the USA. All rights reserved 2013. No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited submissions. Manuscripts, photographs, and other submitted material can be acknowledged or returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The content contained does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of Lifestyle Productions, LLC, or Comanche Trace residents. Lifestyle Productions, LLC assumes no liability for misinformation, omissions, or errors.


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which means the golf course is busy with people practicing for our upcoming member tournaments!

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the big cup

Don Turkelson and Bill Cavin

Don Capps and Steve Phillips

Hugh Rees and David Barker

On March 16th Comanche Trace will host a member/ member event called The Big Cup. This is a unique tournament in that the cup is bigger than normal, which is something we have all wished for at one time or another! Saundra Gensler and Carla Barlow won the Ladies Division last year and Don Turkelson and Bill Cavin won 1st flight for the Men’s Division. Don Capps and Steve Phillips won the 2nd flight. The 3rd flight winners for the Men’s Division were Hugh Rees and David Barker. This event is always fun and it will be interesting to see if last year’s winners can maintain their titles!

The Valero Texas Open Qualifier

The Valero Texas Open Qualifier will be April 1st. It is exciting to watch the professional golfers play Comanche Trace. The low score last year was a 66 shot by William Osbourne on the Hills and Creeks courses. I can’t wait to see what the field has in store for us this year!


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Im prove Yo ur Ga me Wi th Th e Lates t Te ch no log y

The Staff Skins Game

The Staff Skins Game is April 7th at 3 p.m. with a Silent Auction to be held April 6th at 6 p.m. This event is special to Comanche Trace because the members get to watch Tony Johnson, Colby Cobb, Mac Wylie, Scott Parker, and Chuck Tondre battle it out for 9 holes on the Hills. Last year, Colby Cobb won five skins on the 5th hole with a four foot par putt. Everyone went into a playoff on #9 of the Hills, which Tony Johnson won with a tap in birdie after hitting the green in two. Please mark your calendars for this April 6th event! There are always great items donated to the Silent Auction that members can bid on.

It’s that time of year when the equipment manufacturers begin releasing their new products. TaylorMade® has come out with many new products that are sure to improve your game, and we have a wide variety of them for you in the Comanch e Trace Pro Shop! Also offered in our Pro Shop is the new adiZero™ tour shoe from Adidas®, said to be the most comforta ble and light weight shoe on the market.

The Brute is another member/member tournament and it is held April 27th & 28th. Last year’s winners of the championship flight were Tim Dylina and David Conley. Sam Poorman and Alex Dingman won the 1st flight. The 2nd flight resulted in a tie between the teams Jeff Giles and Glenn Andrew, and Mike Sigerman and Mike Mathy. Make a point to play this tournament! The competition is always good and the bragging rights, if you win, are even better!

David Conley and Tim Dylina

Alex Dingman and Sam Poorman

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We have men’s and women’s rental sets if you are interested in trying out their new clubs. With all the new technology they are offering, there is sure to be somethin g to help lower your score or make you mor e comfortable on the golf course. This is a great time to get fitted for a new set of clubs that are perfect for you!

The MGA and LGA/Lady 9ers

The MGA and LGA/Lady 9ers continue to play and more and more people are joining these organizations as Comanche Trace expands its membership base. If you want to join, or know of someone who may want to begin playing with these groups, please call the Comanche Trace Pro Shop for more information, (830) 895 8500.

Mike Mathy and Mike Sigerman, Jeff Giles and Glenn Andrew

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here are many benefits to gardening whether growing fresh vegetables and herbs or containers filled with beautiful flowers. Gardening is great exercise for the body and therapy for the mind and soul. Whether your project is do it yourself or contracted, it can be a substantial investment; thus it is important for the consumer to spend time researching and collecting information before making that final selection. Here in the Hill Country we experience varying weather conditions and other obstacles including drought, intense heat, extreme cold, and those ever present whitetail deer. Some things to consider before planting are sun exposure (sun or shade), drainage, and watering options. It is important to select shrubs and trees that will grow well under these conditions. Gather your ideas and information, snap a photo, and visit your local nursery for assistance with your project. Seek information with the understanding that quality products and proper installation are essential to the longevity of your landscape. The lowest estimate does not always mean the highest quality. A beautiful landscape is an investment that creates comfortable outdoor living spaces and enhances the architecture of your home. If your project is substantial, a landscape design can be extremely beneficial in formulating a long term plan. Consider a rainwater catch system, as well as drip irrigation, as a means of watering while participating in much-needed water conservation. Avoid becoming overwhelmed‌this Spring, embrace the challenge and move forward toward that long awaited outdoor project! Alltex Nursery and Landscapes is family owned and operated with Danny providing landscape design and consultations; sons, Logan and Tobin, are on-site job managers, as well as Texas licensed irrigators. Wendy manages the nursery. Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals can answer those tough gardening questions and assist you with plant selections and organic solutions to pest and disease control.

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In 1970, the Texas Tourist Development Agency (TTDA) began the search for a perfect place to hold an Arts & Crafts Fair. Kerrville was chosen and plans were soon underway for the first Fair to be held during the 1972 Memorial Day Weekend. Schreiner College (now Schreiner University) in Kerrville agreed to let the Fair be held on their campus annually. This turned out to be a good location, where attendees could easily park in close proximity to the fairgrounds.

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he Texas Tourist Development Agency, under the direction of a TTDA manager, Phil Davis, ran the Fair for three years. After this period, a committee headed by Kerrville’s Gene Lehmann, a well-known businessman and local volunteer, was formed to work with and observe Fair operations. In 1975, after three very successful years, the directorship was turned over to the newly formed sixteen-member Board of Directors and the event was renamed the Texas Arts & Crafts Foundation.

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As a non-profit foundation, the Fair is committed to offering educational programs in the arts and to sustain its financial responsibility to operate the Fair. Being solely a State of Texas project, only Texas artists are selected to exhibit and market their original hand-crafted work at the Fair. In 1995, the Texas Legislature elevated the status of the Fair to the Official Arts & Crafts Fair for the State of Texas. Representing our state as an officially authorized state project has opened the Fair to statewide marketing possibilities and greatly broadened the opportunities to build an even greater Fair. A major step took place in 2002. The Foundation entered a forty-year lease agreement with Kerr County

for 7.5 acres of land adjacent to Flat Rock Lake Park on the Guadalupe River. This gave the Fair a highly suitable permanent home with plenty of acreage available for parking and peripheral events. The property itself was named River Star Arts & Event Park and was made available as rental property during the year. In 2002, the Emerging Texas Artist Scholarship Program was introduced with the intention of awarding scholarships to university level students to help further their art education.

Following the decision in 2002 to move the Fair from Schreiner University to a new location, a local foundation gave a 2003 grant in the amount of $198,643 for initial infrastructure and facilities at the park. A Small Business Association loan funded the move to the new property plus the handicap-approved, air conditioned rest rooms, office buildings, roads, utilities installations, pads for large tents, and fencing the property. In 2003, the first Fair was held at the new location at 4000 Riverside Drive.


Children at the Fair are given special attention with craft events designed particularly for young people. The children enjoy hands-on demonstrations where they create their own art projects. In 2005, a 4,000 square foot pavilion with a covered stage was built with funds from the Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation (EIC). Tables and chairs, sound systems, and concession stand facilities were funded in the grant. To maintain grasses and plant life, an irrigation system was installed throughout the grounds. In 2006, James Avery Craftsman, Inc. agreed to fund the “Emerging Texas Artist Scholarship Program” for five years at $15,000 per year. This commitment was renewed in 2011, extending the program to 2015. To date, the James Avery Foundation has given $105,000 to our Emerging Artist Program. In 2007, an attractive amphitheater, with a covered stage and a tiered seating capacity for 250 people, added a venue for outdoor entertainment during the Fair. A grassy green park-like setting surrounds tiered flagstone trimmed seating. A grant from a local foundation funded the amphitheater. This year, a special focus was given to engaging top flight Texas musicians who add a very upbeat and fun atmosphere to the Fair. Fair visitors also enjoyed unusual demonstrations sprinkled around the grounds, such as the old art of spinning and weaving, and the fascinating art of creating sculptures from Styrofoam. Artist participation has increased throughout the years. One-hundred and-thirty artists from all over Texas participated in the 2012 Memorial Day Fair. Joining the artists were the winners of the Emerging Texas Artist Scholarship Program who also exhibited their work. The Emerging Artists were identified as being sponsored by James Avery Craftsman. The Official Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair has come a long way from its first season in 1970 on Schreiner University campus. With the support of local foundations, businesses, and our citizens, the Fair’s steady growth through the years has added permanence and stability to the project. The location in the Texas Hill Country proved to be a wise choice for the Fair. We are very proud to have the officially designated Texas Arts & Crafts Fair in Kerrville.

Please make plans with your family and friends to join us for this year’s Fair which will open the evening of

Friday, May 24 through Sunday afternoon, May 26. We look forward to seeing you then!

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Although we’re lucky in the Hill Country that outdoor activities, including golf, can be done nearly year around, and April just personifies perfect golf weather. Temperatures are warm (but not hot), grass is green, flowers and shrubs are in bloom – and the golf course is calling! We can finally put away the cart covers and warm-up jackets and really enjoy pleasant days on the course. Whereas winter golf can be sporadic because of the weather, limiting your weekly rounds, Spring allows for much more consistent play.

Are you ready?

Or should I ask – is your body ready? WHAT DOES GOLF DO TO YOUR BODY? Even though golf may seem like a rather tame sport – after all, it’s not a contact sport like football – it doesn’t have the jarring impact of tennis, and certainly lacks the danger factors of snow skiing. It’s just a walk in the park – with a set of clubs – right? Well, not exactly. The golf swing is actually a complex and rather unnatural series of movements that work the entire body. From the feet all the way up to the shoulders, every joint in between must be either mobile or stable in order to execute the swing properly and to avoid injury. Every major muscle group is also involved, holding those joints in place or allowing freedom of movement. There really is more to the game than just getting the proper set of clubs and shoes, learning the rules, and then setting out on the course. Even going to the expense of lessons from a golf professional and hours of practice will not guarantee a satisfactory experience. A golf pro will instruct you on proper set up and swing techniques, but success will be limited by what your body allows you to do. Most golf pros will have to adjust your swing to compensate for bodily limitations, but that just reinforces poor movement patterns and further increases the risk of injury.

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GOLF CONDITIONING As with any other sport, exercise will help you become better and safer, and the proper conditioning must be golf-focused. Only by knowing what is required of the body in an effective golf swing can you understand which types of exercise are needed. Many golfers only focus on POWER. “I want to hit the ball farther.” DISTANCE will come, but only when the body has enough flexibility, joint mobility

and stability, muscle endurance, and balance to execute the proper swing. Do golfers need aerobic exercise? Definitely! Any exercise which elevates the heart rate for an extended period of time will enhance fitness level, whether it is brisk walking, running, bicycle riding, swimming, or elliptical use. Golf is usually a four hour sport, necessitating a proper fitness level, especially in hotter weather.

Do golfers need strength training? We all need to work on building muscle mass and maintaining muscle strength, especially as we age. However, golfers need to focus on light weights with more repetitions in order to avoid building bulky muscles, which will limit their ability to maintain flexibility, essential for a fluid golf swing.

So, what kind of exercise is particularly suited to golfers?

PILATES-BASED EXERCISE

Why Pilates? Pilates is a method of body conditioning that strengthens and tones muscles while, at the same time, increasing flexibility and balance. The exercises encourage the use of the body as a whole unit, developing strong, lean muscles, rather than allowing individual muscle groups to develop isolated strength and become bulky. Here are five Pilates’ concepts that specifically correlate to golf: • Core Strength – If all the core muscles, including abdominal, low back, hips and buttocks, are strong, the body has a solid foundation from which to swing a club.

• Lengthening the Spine – The exercises lengthen the spine and separate the vertebrae, which, along with core strengthening, lessen the chance of back pain.

• Strength with Flexibility – Muscle groups are stretched as well as strengthened, resulting in flexibility.

• Alignment and Posture – Proper spinal alignment and posture is emphasized, leading to efficient movement and increased rotational ability.

• Stability and Balance – The deep abdominal muscles are worked, which stabilize the pelvis and back, preventing injury and improving balance.

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PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Every Monday morning at Comanche Trace, a group of club members gathers in the clubhouse for Pilates class. Some have been attending for over four years, while new members are welcomed at any time. Some are golfers, some are not, but all of them benefit from the series of exercises which emphasize the above-listed benefits. Although not specifically golf-based, the exercises help to condition their bodies not just for golf, but for everyday life activities. Here are a few of their stories:

Trish Butler – Trish lived overseas when she started playing golf, which meant walking

and carrying her bag – four to five miles per round. That ended when she moved back to the states, but she still tries to walk regularly outside of golf. She’s taken Pilates for over four years. The benefits she has recognized include increased balance and more efficient breathing. Her neck and core muscle strength have improved, leading to better range of motion and flexibility.

Chuck Williams – Chuck has consistently exercised for the last thirty years. In addition

to Pilates, he does aerobic exercise on the elliptical and stationary bikes, strength training and stretching. He has taken Pilates classes for twelve years. He used to have lower back issues most of the time, but Pilates has nearly eliminated that problem. Eleven years ago he began to have knee problems and a doctor predicted a knee replacement would occur within ten years. So far – same knee! He also feels that Pilates has enhanced his shoulder and trunk flexibility.

Margie Hirsch – Margie claims to be the oldest in the class. I’m not sure about that, but I can affirm she is one of the strongest! You should see her in a full plank position – impressive! She has had a regular exercise program for at least twenty-five years, which includes stretching, light weight training, and walking. She’s done the Pilates class for over three years and feels it has given her greater flexibility, better core strength, and fewer back problems.

Steve Hultquist – Steve moved to Comanche Trace in 2011 and won the MGA Championship later that same year, so obviously he had already mastered the game of golf. What did happen to him, however, was a back injury shortly after that. He began a doctor recommended stretching program, and then last December joined the Pilates class. He found that the stretches were compatible to what he was already doing, and the core strengthening was also helping him to recover. His biggest benefit so far is not having to take ibuprofen every time he plays golf! Maybe there is something to this Pilates… 18 LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013

THE BENEFITS Four different golfers and four different handicap ranges, but very similar conclusions. Pilates can help with physical conditions that limit the golf game, primarily lower back issues. The core strength gained will enable golfers to extend their years of playing time, and the greater flexibility makes the game even more satisfying. From a golfer’s perspective, who could ask for more?


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alendar of Events Calendar of Event

April APRIL 12

Twilight Golf 5:00 p.m.

April 6

april 1 Valero Texas Open Qualifier

Skins Game 9-holes 3 p.m.

APRIL 13

Wounded Warrior Alliance Golf Charity 1:00 p.m.

APRIL 16

Bridge Club 1:30 p.m. Book Club 4:30 p.m.

APRIL 2

APRIL 17

Bridge Club 2:00 p.m.

MGA 9:00 a.m.

APRIL 3

LGA 9:00 a.m.

APRIL 18

MGA 9:00 a.m.

Lady 9’ers 9:00 a.m.

Skins Game Silent Auction 6:00 p.m.

APRIL 20

MGA Red vs. Blue

APRIL 24

Mah Jongg 1:00 p.m.

APRIL 25

APRIL 9

Bridge Club 2:00 p.m.

Lady 9’ers 10:00 a.m.

APRIL 10

APRIL 27

MGA 10:00 a.m. Mahjongg 1:00 p.m.

Member Happy Hour 5:00 p.m.

APRIL 4 LGA 9:00 a.m.

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Lady 9’ers 9:00 a.m.

APRIL 11

LGA 9:00 a.m. Lady 9’ers 9:00 a.m.

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LGA 10:00 a.m.

The Brute Member / Member

APRIL 28

The Brute Member / Member

APRIL 30

Bridge Club 2:00 p.m.


MGA 9:00 a.m.

MAY 2

MAY 7

Bridge Club 2:00 p.m.

MAY 8

LGA Member / Guest

MGA 9:00 a.m.

MAY 3

Mah Jongg Spring Fling Luncheon

LGA Member / Guest

Member Happy Hour 5:00 p.m.

May 5 Texas Amateur Championship Qualifier

MAY 9

LGA 9:00 a.m. Lady 9’ers 9:00 a.m.

MAY 10

Twilight Golf 5:00 p.m.

MAY 18

MGA Spring Partnership

MAY 19

MGA Spring Partnership

MAY 21

Bridge Club 1:30 p.m. Book Club 4:30 p.m.

MAY 22

Mah Jongg Practice 1:00 p.m.

MAY 23

LGA 9:00 a.m. Lady 9’ers 9:00 a.m.

MAY 25

Sr. Club Championship

MAY 26

Sr. Club Championship

May 12 May 7 Bridge club 2:00 p.m.

MOther’s day buffet MAY 14

Bridge Club 2:00 p.m.

MAY 16

May 27 Club open

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Club Closed

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Say Hi to Hye, Texas About an hour from Kerrville up State Highway 16, to US 290 and then east on US 290, is a very small burb called Hye, Texas. Hye is getting more tourism attention thanks to the William Chris Winery and Garrison Brothers, Texas’ first bourbon distillery. Directions to everything are painted on the wall of the Hye Market liquor, wine, beer, and feed store. Jason Cook, the store’s proprietor, gave me a lesson in Hye history.

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William Chris Winery William Chris Winery is owned and operated by Bill (William) Blackmon and Chris Brundrett. They have assembled a very knowledgeable, wine smart team. Bill and Chris are principally grape farmers managing some 40 plus acres across Texas that provide the fruit for their premium wines. While the tasting room begins in a somewhat restored historic home built in 1905, a hallway connects it to an ultra-modern tasting room complete with some much needed indoor restrooms. Even by 10:30 a.m. the tasting room was getting very crowded. Karen O’Neill gave me a private tasting in one of the side rooms so we could discuss the wines and the winery history. Karen is very knowledgeable of the history of the area and the

Aunt VI’s

Stacked Enchiladas {Very Easy}

C h e f D o n G r o gg For as long ago as I can remember, several weekends a year, we would jump in our 1949 Nash Sedan and drive up old two-lane Highway 290 from the Houston Heights to my Uncle Otto and Aunt VI’s house just the other side of Brenham. They lived in a big two story house on top of a hill with a couple hundred acres surrounding it for my brother and me to romp, play, fish for perch in the stock tank, and later on, hunt wild rabbits. The big event of the trip was the Saturday evening meal of Aunt VI’s stacked enchiladas. My aunt and my grandmother or my mother would set up in the kitchen and make the bright plateful delicacies for the entire family with the two of them eating after everyone else was fed. The recipe that follows feeds 8 to 10 adults. 4 dozen Tortillas – ½ Corn and ½ Flour – everybody chooses which one they want in their enchiladas

making of the wines I tasted. Almost all of the William Chris wines are blends with names of something sentimental to them. Some of my favorites were “Enchante”, vinted from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc from Granite Hill Vineyards in Willow City, Texas, and “Emotion” made from Zinfandel, Merlot, Mouvedre, and Cabernet Sauvignon. To complete the selection, I tried “Jacquez”, a fine port made from Jacquez (a.k.a. Lenoir) and Black Spanish grapes, fortified with a superb California brandy. California? Yes, because no one in Texas has yet to take on the task of making a brandy. William Chris is also a spot to buy retired professional football player Alphonsoe Dotson’s rare “Gotas de Oro” Muscat Canelli from Tow, Texas. This is probably Texas’ best sweet, white dessert wine. William Chris provides a really great Texas winery experience – nice facilities, tasty wines, and a truly intelligent wine conversation with Karen. Wines are very limited production and a bit pricey compared to say, Becker or Messina Hof. Best way to obtain them and save a few bucks is through William Chris’s Hye Society Wine Club. For more information go to: www.williamchriswines.com

Big pot of your favorite Chili con Carne (I don’t like them, but the beans are up to you) Mix 6 cups of regular tomato sauce with 6 oz Pace Mild Picante Sauce & Garlic Salt to taste – heat in large open skillet big enough to dip cooked tortillas in. • 2 heads of Iceberg Lettuce chopped very finely

Building the Enchiladas – custom built to order for everyone Heat about ½” of vegetable oil in a 12” skillet to medium heat Fry a tortilla in hot oil for five to ten seconds on each side to soften it Place a large spoonful/handful of the lettuce/onion/cheese mixture in the center of the tortilla Place a ladle of chili on the lettuce/onion/cheese mix

• 1 medium Sweet Yellow Onion chopped finely

Then a big spoonful of the tomato sauce

• 16 oz shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese (the sharper the better)

Repeat process again to create an enchilada stack (for adults, singles for children)

Toss lettuce, onion and cheese together in a big bowl

Serve with sour cream, chopped cilantro, sliced jalapenos, and guacamole

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Garrison Brothers Distillery (five minutes southeast of downtown Hye)

Arriving early (a must for any tour) on a cool February morning for the Noon tour, I was greeted by Stephanie Whitworth, Director of Hospitality and Events. There was a nice fire in a fire ring with some comfy rough cut cedar furniture and an Honor Box cooler filled with cold local beers & ales, sodas, and William Chris wines. No bourbon is sold because Texas law prohibits the consumption of more than a gratis ½ ounce taste of bourbon at the distillery property. Tours are $10 and last about an hour. Garrison Brothers has been written up by Time Magazine and the Smithsonian as well as a wide assortment of local and regional publications. After graduation from the University of Texas and then ten years in New York in marketing technology, Dan Garrison began fulfilling his dream to make the best bourbon in the State of Texas. He obtained the first bourbon distillery permit issued in Texas. Dan bought his first still that was originally built in 1972 for Wild Turkey from Buffalo Trace Distillery. It is an all polished copper still that Buffalo Trace used for experimental batches. Dan calls it the “Copper Cowgirl” and she is capable of 30 gallons of bourbon production per day. It has been joined by two 500-gallon-per-day copper stills made especially for Garrison Brothers. Most people assume that Tennessee’s Jack Daniel’s is the number one selling bourbon in the country. Jack Daniel’s is actually not bourbon and bourbon does not show up on its label. Even though it smells and tastes like bourbon, it is actually Tennessee whiskey because of the “Lincoln County Process” that filters it through a series of sugar maple charcoal filters to give it that mild flavor. It is filtered twice to make Gentleman Jack. As I learned during the tour, “bourbon” does not have to be made in Kentucky. It has to be produced in the U.S. from a grain mixture of at least 51 percent corn, be free of additives, and rest in previously unused American oak barrels that have been charred inside. At Garrison Brothers they use Texas grown organic corn, North Country barley, and red winter wheat that Garrison Brothers grows and harvests themselves; at the distillery. These are stored in silos and funneled into a mill, where they are ground into coarse grained flour. The flour is mixed with well water to create a thick soup, then cooked and fermented with yeast. When the alcohol content has reached a 16 percent level or so, the mash is then moved to a still, where it is distilled into barrelready 129 proof alcohol. During distillation, this “white dog”, as they call it, 24 LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013

is constantly monitored by the distillation team, who routinely smells, and tastes it (nice job, eh). Once the white dog is barreled, it is required by federal law to age a minimum of two years in new oak barrels to be called “straight bourbon”, and straight bourbon is exactly what Garrison Brothers makes. The barrel proof whiskey is strained through a screen and cheesecloth and then mixed with the contents of the other barrels in a large tank. The whiskey is then cut with rainwater gathered from the roofs of the distillery to bring it to the finished, sippable 94 proof. Dan Garrison dons white gloves and inspects each and every bottle before he signs it and gives it a serial number. If you are bourbon and Coke or 7-Up drinker, go ahead and use one of the readily available bourbons for your mix, like Jim Beam who makes 35 million bottles per year. If you like it neat (by itself) or savored over a couple of ice cubes, Garrison Brothers, at a production of about 15,000 bottles a year, is the treat you have always wanted in a fine glass of bourbon. Garrison Brothers is not a cheap drink. If you can find a bottle, it will set you back between $75 and $100 depending on where you buy it. When I wrote this article in early February, The Hye Market had a good stock of Garrison Brothers. At the Republic of Texas Bar at the Corpus Christi Omni Hotel, where I stay every other week on business, a decent shot (poured by Michael the Bartender) of Garrison Brothers is $14. www.garrisonbros.com

See you again in June, with a sampling of the rare Hill Country’s artisan bakers. If you know of an artisan baker worth featuring, email me at flavor@texaslifestyle.org – Don Grogg, Food and Wine Editor


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Great Friends Two Guys Who Have It Made!

By R e g g i e C ox P h o t o g r a p h y B y J a rr i c k C o o p e r

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of the very best things when writing an article about people is getting to know them. I have seldom met two guys with more engaging smiles – their smiles are reflected in their eyes. Digger Gray and Art Luppino have been members of Comanche Trace for some time. They came to Kerrville on different roads but once they started playing golf together, a friendship was born that comes into a life far too rarely. They have so much fun and are both great golfers.

I sat with them just listening and trying to take it all in but I was laughing so much it was hard to write. They are just delightful people. Digger was born in Pecos, Texas and went to the University of Texas where he earned a degree in Geology. Post graduation, he was drafted into the Army three consuctive times). After he got out of the Army, he went to work for Magnolia Petroleum, where he was the last permanent employee hired before the company became Mobil Oil. He worked there for 23 years and then moved to Moore-McCormick Energy, where he was Senior Vice President of Exploration. Moore-McCormick was bought out by Canadian Occidental, where Digger finished his career. In 1997, he moved to Kerrville. The natural conclusion is that Digger acquired his nickname in the oil business, but not so! He was a fan of the TV show, “The Life of Riley”. There was a character in the series named Digby “Digger” O’Dell. He was a very funny undertaker and Digger started imitating him for all his family and friends. Naturally, they all started calling him Digger and the name stuck so well that he even had his business cards printed with the name C. D. “Digger” Gray on them. Digger began playing golf when he was six-years-old on a 9-hole sand course in Pecos – no grass on the

greens. He played with a 5-iron, putter, and driver. He played on a two-man team in high school. Digger loves golf and plays everyday that he can – even in the rain, on days in the 30s, and on very windy days. Art said Digger convinced him to play one day in a 40-degree drizzle, but he probably won’t be able to do that again. Art Luppino was born in La Jolla, California and attended the University of Arizona, where he obtained Masters Degrees in Physiology and World Literature. He said they still studied about the human body using “Gray’s Anatomy”. Art spent a lot of time surfing – he surfed in California, Western Samoa, and the island of Yap, where he became acquainted with sharks – lots of sharks. He said they were small sharks, but very hungry looking, and that it was probably better to be eaten in one bite by a big shark than nibbled to death by 100 small ones. I can certainly understand why he took up golf. Art loves the game of golf because it is about the individual and not a team sport. He said golf has a freedom all its own. He can work on his game and improve his skills with his own effort and does not have to rely on others. He likes to challenge himself to play the game better. He enjoys the competitive aspect of playing better than his opponent does. (Continued on page 28) LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013 27


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When I asked Art what the best thing that ever happened to him was, he said, “Marrying Miss Highland Park back in Dallas in 1954.” He said his life has been pretty sweet since then. He started playing golf when he was 50 and loves to play – particularly, with his friend, Digger. He truly enjoys beating Digger. Digger and Art play together as often as they can. Digger says that Art is the better golfer, but when we followed them around the Valley course, they both hit the ball extremely well. They are exceptionally good players but the game for them is all about the friendship. All I heard were comments like “great shot”, “you got it”, “you are right on”, etc., etc., and oh – those smiles! Lots of smiles and laughter! I asked them what brought them to Comanche Trace. They both told me they like the leadership at the Club because it is professional and smooth. “There is a boss, he is in charge, and he knows what he is doing,” they both agreed. The

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condition of the golf course is another of their favorite aspects of Comanche Trace. They touted high praises for Scott Parker (aka Scotty), who keeps the course in such excellent shape. Digger and Art change every round of golf by modifying the rules to keep it interesting. After all, it is boring to play by the same rules everyday. Both of these guys are gentlemen. They applaud each other after good shots and keep each other entertained. I have never had the time to take up the game of golf but after watching them play, I would love to learn enough to be able to have that much fun everyday. In case you are wondering about that cigar in Digger’s mouth, he told me he has had one in his mouth for a long time, but he never lights it.

After all, it is boring to play by the same rules everyday.

In case you are wondering about that cigar in Digger’s mouth, he told me he has had one in his mouth for a long time,

but he never lights it.


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The Grand Plans

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of James Avery By Gena Teer and Valerie Chambers. Photography provided by James Avery.


J

ames Avery, a family-owned jeweler in the Texas Hill Country, has a Cinderella story that began in 1954, with $250 and a wooden workbench in his mother-in-law’s (Gladys Ranger) garage. Having left a teaching career, he knew he needed to make a living to support his growing family. With three children, one of them a newly-born future President and CEO of the company, he worked alone for the first several years to create jewelry that had a special meaning for him and his customers, as well as pieces that had lasting value for each generation. Thus, James Avery Craftsman was born, and the rest is history; but sometimes history has a way of evolving and adapting, changing creative direction – not at today’s James Avery. President and CEO, Chris Avery, James Avery’s third of six sons who worked in most areas of the business while in high school, discusses e-commerce web shopping with customer wish lists, call centers, manufacturing and distribution centers. Together with brother, Paul Avery, Executive Vice President and sixth son, Chris tells us about the importance of keeping the founding design principles of simplicity, integrity, meaning, and universality. They sat down with us in their corporate offices to talk about their grand plans for the future as they to the past. According to Paul, “We are one of the only truly, vertically integrated companies in any business segment; meaning, we design, manufacture, and sell our own product.” Almost all aspects of operations are completed in-house, from the original concept of each piece of jewelry to producing the pieces for their retail stores, to designing their catalogs, and even building their own furniture. Every detail has a purpose geared toward quality-control and making the customer’s experience a memorable one that remains true to the original spirit. Employees of James Avery are as loyal as their customers. Twenty years of service is not unheard of. Employees are corporately recognized for their longevity, with several staff who have worked for James Avery thirty, even forty years. Employees are treated like family and they are valued beyond what they produce for the company. It’s a quiet culture in a clean, safe work environment that is

reflected in the shopping experience. James Avery employs as many as 2,700 people in peak season, with 1,400 being the average for full-time personnel. 330 people work at the Kerrville headquarters. With workshops in four different Texas communities, they represent one of the largest private employers in the area. Considering the populations in Comfort and Hondo, with 150 and 90 employees, respectively, they are definitely the largest employer in those towns. They employ 60 in their Fredericksburg workshop as well. Customers can shop several different ways with James Avery. Many make the pilgrimage to James Avery’s Kerrville store based on the 40-acre corporate campus. Driving onto the property, you notice the well manicured landscape is. Limestone rock buildings with mature oak trees scattered about indicate you are somewhere special; this is the heart of the Hill Country. Visitors are directed to the retail store or Visitor’s Center. Holiday shoppers may find parking at a (Continued on page 32)

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premium but patience will prevail as some happy buyer drives away with their bounty. As with many retailoriented businesses, James Avery ventured into internet commerce about nine years ago. In the beginning, it was strictly an online catalog and you called to place your order with a customer service representative. Since then, JamesAvery.com has developed into a dynamic tool that allows the shopper to develop Wish Lists (because we get what we want when we make lists!) and browse by every imaginable category. The promise of a new direction in e-commerce became a reality when John McCullough came on board in 2006. As VP of Sales & Marketing, John has oversight of marketing, sales, and real estate. He comes across as contemplative, and has a quiet focus that complements the executive team. Focus on the customer to drive the future is something on which they all agree on; this is accomplished by providing the right shopping environment, whether it’s the retail store, online, or through the call centers. It is totally dependent on how the customer wants to shop. When asked about the catalogs, they are quick to note that technology may be driving the future of jewelry sales, but catalogs will continue to be a means of communication with the customer. Each year, James Avery designs and produces seven separate catalogs of various titles and sizes to be mailed to consumers; (Continued on page 34) 32 LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013


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this year alone, more than 29,000,000 catalogs (using recycled paper) will be delivered through the US Mail. There is just something about receiving that textured paper booklet and sitting down with a cup of tea to peruse and dream. Retail stores are still a mainstay of sales for James Avery. What began in a garage almost sixty years ago, with one man, has expanded to sixty-nine stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, as well as Texas. According to Chris, “We think there are [still] opportunities in Texas, but we also believe that we need to be successful outof-state. Out-of-state growth will be a major focus over the next five-toten years.” McCullough adds, “We have opened more stores out-of-state rather than in-state, in the last few years.” This poses a unique challenge in developing brand recognition and bringing it up to the same level as their Texas presence of more than 50 stores. The buzz about a new retail store in Kerrville is true; you heard it here first. They are in the midst of planning to build a larger store on the corporate campus. It will provide glimpses of the past with a fresh, updated look that will be gradually implemented into other locations. The new store will also be built in conjunction with a new Visitor’s Center. Attributes, such as a “well thought-out” showroom floor and “better access with more parking” will be part of its contemporary design. If we know anything about the history of this group, it will 34 LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013

The buzz about a new retail store in Kerrville is true; you heard it here first!

remain true to its roots and the new style will blend effortlessly with the existing one. Though it is still a secret as to when work will begin, we learned they are working toward a summer 2014 completion. Ladies, mark your calendars for the Grand Opening! We came away with confidence that the company is in trusted hands with its present leadership and the future is promising. James Avery is experiencing steady growth and plans to add another 85 employees in manufacturing this year. They believe they are on the right track and are excited about the future grand plans.


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Howdy!

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You might recognize me from my walks through the neighborhood with my human. We walk everyday with my little brother. My name is Einstein Xavier Maximus Morris, but my humans call me “Max”. I know… it is quite a name. The little girl humans at home got to name me and, since there are three of them, I got three names. I am five-years-old and a third generation Texan. They say I am a Black Labrador Retriever.

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I was trained early on to be a hunting dog. Back then, I mostly liked to swim in the lakes and ponds and chase my littermates. I’ve never been interested in birds or retrieving. Maybe it is because I am bored easily; but my training has made me very obedient. My humans like obedience. One day about six months ago, my family brought home a new puppy. It has been life changing and I still don’t understand why they did it. I overheard them talking and saying they thought it would be great and would “keep Max young.” Well, I completely disagree and am a bit offended. I feel young, I don’t need this puppy. He has been nothing but a nightmare from day one.

You see, this new puppy is called “Butter”. He came here with his name, the (now teenaged) girl humans didn’t get to name him. I think his name should be “Buffalo” or “Tyrant”. He is a Yellow Lab and, although they say we are related by breed, it cannot be true. You see, he is Canadian ... and that is all I have to say about that. The tyrant has not been trained like I have. He misbehaves often and he has a nervous bladder. So every time the girl humans try to pet him, well… it is embarrassing and messy. My humans don’t like it and are constantly cleaning up after him. Butter likes to run everywhere, even inside our home. He runs into walls and moves the furniture. He doesn’t sit pretty like I do. He leans against the

walls and slides down them, finally laying down. Really--this behavior is unacceptable. My humans say he is a puppy and will calm down, but I just don’t know. If only I could get my paws on some puppy Prozac. In the meantime, I must endure and I pray he will get better. On the bright side, he loves to chase a butterfly…maybe that is how he got his name? It is quite cute to watch and my humans laugh at him a lot. You know, I guess he isn’t that bad. Butter is a pretty good playmate. He also loves to retrieve which takes the pressure off me. You know, this might work out...as long as he stays out of my food bowl! Well, I hope y’all will wave at us as we walk through the neighborhood. My human likes to wave at other humans and now you know who we are! LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013 43


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The National Museum of the Pacific War P h o t o g rap h y b y C o l b y N as h an d J enny K istler

With over 100,000 visitors per year, the National Museum of the Pacific War is a hidden gem in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Located in historic Fredericksburg, the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, it is the only museum in the nation dedicated entirely to the story of WWII in the Pacific.

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xperience the story of WWII in the Pacific like only the National Museum of the Pacific War can tell it. The Museum has more than 45,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space with over 900 artifacts, and 15 macro– artifacts on exhibit including a Japanese Midget Sub (the only one of its kind in the U.S.), a B–25 Bomber, FM-2 Wildcat Fighter, Japanese Kawanishi N1K “Rex” Float Plane (also the only one of its kind in the U.S.), Admiral’s Barge, and a PT boat (only wooden PT boat in the U.S.). The interactive tour incorporating audio, video, imagery, commentary from actual veterans, computer interfaces, and sound effects of creaking ships and planes overhead really allows your imagination to visualize what it may have been like during the Pacific War. The museum sits on 6 acres composed of the George H.W. Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Pacific Combat Zone, Memorial Courtyard, Japanese Garden of Peace, and the Plaza of the Presidents.

In the George H.W. Bush Gallery, follow the war from the seeds of conflict to the signing of the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. Go island to island with the brave Marines and Army as they fight their way to ensure America’s freedom. Sail with the U.S Navy Pacific Fleet as they battle for the seas of the Pacific. The Admiral Nimitz Museum is located in the historic Nimitz Hotel on Main Street, which was built by Admiral Nimitz’s grandfather Charles Nimitz Sr. The first half of the Nimitz Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the town of Fredericksburg and the Nimitz family. The second half is dedicated to Chester Nimitz’s long and impressive naval career. A block-and-a-half down from the George H.W. Bush Gallery sets the Pacific Combat Zone. The Combat Zone is accessed by guided tours at the top of every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Step onto a Japanese island beach head complete with tall bamboo and palm trees and equipped with Japanese weaponry

and entrenchments. Get an up close look at U.S. and Japanese vehicles used in the Asiatic–Pacific Campaign; on certain weekends throughout the year you can also enjoy the Combat program. During the Living Museum demonstration, there is a pyrotechnics display of gun fighting, tank fire, explosions, as well as a flame thrower. Onlookers can safely watch all of this from their place in the bleachers overlooking the Combat Zone. Stroll the Memorial Courtyard filled with over 1800 plaques dedicated to those who served in the Pacific during World War II. The Japanese Garden of Peace was a gift from the Japanese government in honor of all that Fleet Admiral Nimitz did to improve U.S./Japanese relations after the war. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Tickets are very affordable and are good for 48 hours. This Museum truly honors our nation’s heroes and tells the human story, while inspiring new generations.

For more information, including a schedule of Living History Programs, visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org or call (830) 997–8600.

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2013 Calendar of Events

February 24

Fleet Admiral Nimitz’s Birthday (Time and Place TBD)

March 9 – 10

Living History (3 shows each day)

March 15

Family Fun Day (Time and Place TBD)

April 19

Possible Speaker Series with Donovan Campbell

May 27

Memorial Day Observance 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Memorial Courtyard

June 14 4th Annual Nimitz Golf Classic Flag Day Army 238th Birthday

July 6 – 7

Living History (3 shows on Saturday, 2 on Sunday)

July 13

Living History (3 shows on Saturday, 2 on Sunday)

War Dogs Memorial Courtyard (Time TBD)

May 25 – 26

August 3

April 20 – 21

Living History (3 shows each day)

Family Fun Day (Time and Place TBD)

August 4

Coast Guard 223rd Birthday

Aug. 31 – Sept. 1

Living History (3 shows on Saturday, 2 on Sunday)

September 18

Air Force 64th Birthday

September 21 – 22 Symposium (Time and Place TBD)

October 12 – 13

Living History (3 shows on Saturday, 2 on Sunday)

October 13

Navy 238th Birthday

October 14

Columbus Day Authors’ Forum (Time and Place TBD)

November 9 – 10 Living History (3 shows each day)

November 10

Marine Corps 238th Birthday

November 11

Veterans Day Ceremony 11:00 a.m. Memorial Courtyard

November 28

Closed for Thanksgiving

December 7

Pearl Harbor Observance 12:25 p.m. Memorial Courtyard

December 24 – 25 Closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


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Did pesky insects get the best of you and your garden last year? Were you witness to overnight attacks on your vegetable crop? Are you a bit worried that this year might bring a repeat performance? You invest a lot of time, effort, and money into planning, preparing, and planting your garden. So it’s extremely disheartening when, one day you check your garden plot to see everything flourishing and then the next day, you find your garden has been devoured. Believe me, I know firsthand how frustrating it can be! Never fear! With a little strategy and forethought, common garden pests can be managed.

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Be a Smart Cookie! Outsmart garden pests. The easiest way to prevent insect damage in your

garden is to discourage them from coming in the first place. Keeping your garden healthy is the best defense. Pull out weak plants and dispose of them away from the garden area. Weak plants may already be infected with insects. If not, they will most certainly attract predators.

Look to the Sea! Use seaweed in your garden. Seaweed helps to promote healthy, vigorous growth

in your plants, making them more resistant to insect attacks. Regularly spraying your garden with liquid seaweed through the spring and summer will help prevent damage caused by sucking insects like aphids.

Take Out the Trash.

Clear garden area of rotting debris and weeds which are breeding places for insects.

Turn! Turn! Turn! Rotate crops. Insect pests are often

plant specific. When plantings are mixed, pests are less likely to spread throughout a crop. Rotating crops each year is a common method to avoid re-infestation of pests. Crop rotation allows you to naturally interrupt the life cycle of pests and diseases so they cannot become established.

Go Undercover. Sometimes the best way to head off insect trouble is to stretch some row covers over your crops. Besides keeping out pests, such as cucumber beetles and squash bugs, row covers speed crop growth by trapping a blanket of warm air around new seedlings and established plants. Floating row covers consist of lightweight opaque material which is draped over the garden bed. Sunlight and water go through, but insects and birds are kept out. Row covers are great for protecting seedlings. They are even more useful during the growing season because it makes an effective barrier against flying insects looking for a plant on which to lay their eggs.

Mix It Up. A mix of scents can help deter certain insects. Try mixing plants

from different families. Instead of planting long rows of a single crop, plant onions alongside broccoli, tomatoes with basil and chives, and peas with carrots. Better yet, interplant edibles with ornamentals. Add a few hot pepper plants to your flowerbeds, or edge your vegetable beds with low-growing annuals like marigolds.

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Ladybug, Ladybug … Don’t Fly Away Home! Adult ladybugs eat aphids, mites, and mealy bugs, and their hungry larvae do even more damage to garden pests. Plant dill, fennel, and yarrow to attract them or order live ladybugs from garden catalogs.

Don’t Call A Plumber. Let it drip and keep foliage dry. Use a drip-irrigation

method to deliver water to the plant roots without wetting the foliage. If a dripirrigation system is not an option for you, water early in the mornings and water at the base of the plant so foliage will be dry for most of the day. Wet foliage draws insects to your plants and promotes foliage burns as well as fungus.

Pull Back the Mulch. Mulch maintains soil moisture and improves soil quality. Unfortunately, under certain conditions mulch can also provide a home for

insects that feed on tender young plants, such as slugs, sow bugs, and pill bugs. If these pests typically pose a problem in your garden, pull your mulch at least two inches away from the stems and stalks of transplants and young seedlings.

Deter Them. Neem oil kills most garden pests and many are repelled by neem oil, which means that they stay away from the plant on which neem oil is

sprayed. Apply neem oil about once a week and apply it like you would other oil based sprays in that you should make sure that the leaves of the plant are coated, top and bottom. An additional bonus for neem oil is that it does not kill bugs that do not chew on leaves. All beneficial bugs fall into this category, so you can spray your plants with this organic spray and be sure that you will kill the undesirable bugs while keeping the bugs that help your plants like bees, butterflies, and spiders. Neem oil is also an effective fungicide. Applying it to plants can kill harmful fungi.

If you’ve done everything you can to prevent pests from invading your garden and you still find that something has been snacking on your vegetables, instead of turning to chemicals choose from one of the many organic, homemade remedies. Homemade solutions are inexpensive and, best of all, you know what is going in to your garden. Here are a few simple formulas: 50 LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013

Suckers. Little sucking insects like aphids, mites, and thrips are easy to dispose of by mixing up a

homemade batch of insecticidal soap. Mix a few drops of non-antibacterial liquid dish soap and a tablespoon of canola or other vegetable oil into a quart of water. Mix well and pour into a spray bottle. Apply the spray to all affected areas, being sure to spray both the tops and undersides of leaves.

Chewers. Caterpillars, grasshoppers, and even some larger pests like squirrels, rabbits, and deer aren’t big fans of spicy flavors. To discourage them from munching on your plants, mix up a few tablespoons of hot pepper sauce with liquid dish soap (again, non-antibacterial) and a quart of water. Shake well and allow the mixture to sit overnight. Spray on both sides of leaves, re-shaking regularly, and reapply after any rain. Slugs. Slugs are not only gross, but also incredibly destructive! To get rid of slugs, leave a shallow pie plate filled with beer out overnight. The slugs are attracted to the beer and will crawl into the pie plate. However, once they get in, they can’t get out! Natural pest control is less expensive than buying and applying pesticides, and more importantly it’s safer for your garden, your family, the natural wildlife, and the environment.


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Golf Comes to the Heart of the Hills

The First Course in Kerrville

By Joe Herring Jr. The story of golf coming to Kerrville is told in a rare 1924 edition of Grinstead’s Graphic, a monthly magazine about Kerrville and the Hill Country, published early in the last century by J. E. Grinstead. The little booklet also tells a story of early real estate development here, which is interesting, too. 54 LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013


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rinstead served Kerrville in many ways, from editing the Kerrville Mountain Sun, to serving as mayor, as president of the school board, and representing this district in the Texas Legislature, where he was elected poet laureate; but mostly, Grinstead was a serial publisher. After selling the Kerrville Mountain Sun and a kerfuffle during his term as president of the Kerrville school board, he settled down to write pulp westerns and periodically published magazines. His Grinstead’s Monthly and Grinstead’s Graphic magazines are quite collectible; over the years, I thought I’d seen every issue. Recently though, while trolling through listings on eBay, I ran across a title I’d never seen before. It has a title on the front that tells it all –– “Golf Number.” Please don’t tell Ms. Carolyn, but I bought the magazine.

“Some of the Graphic’s readers complained last month,” Grinstead writes, “because I used a word several times that the preachers talk about every Sunday. Well, you won’t find it in this number. The worst word I’ll use is Golf.” The little booklet measures about 6 3/4 by 10 inches and, at one time, 32 pages. It was published in October 1924. My copy is missing the middle four pages and is thus, incomplete. It is illustrated with twelve photographs in the story pages, plus five more in the advertisements. (As you know, I’m particularly keen on old Kerrville and Kerr County images.) Like most of Grinstead’s magazines, this one includes some “booster” copy, extolling the unblemished virtues of our neck of the woods, and also a short piece of fiction. “...Golf has come to Kerrville. It seems strange that in this mountain retreat, where so short a time ago smoke was rising from the campfires of the Comanche, such a modern thing as golf links should be at hand. Fifty years ago [from 1921, that

is 1871], a golf course here in these mountains would have been quite a curiosity. Yes, and 50 years ago, a woman with bobbed hair or a man wearing bell-bottomed pants would have been shot for a new kind of varmint. Fifty years ago, if just one automobile had run through Kerr County at night, the population would have been reduced by those who broke their necks trying to get away. “The world has progressed, and Kerrville has progressed with it. As a step in that progress, the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, the liveliest civic body I know anything about, decided that Kerrville needed a Country Club and a Golf Course. When the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce decides that their town needs a thing, they go get it.” Looking over the photographs, I believe this “country club” and its golf course were spread out over the same acreage as today’s Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course. Of the images in the little magazine, I have the negatives to two, which helps me know approximately how old they are.

Some of the Graphic’s readers complained last month,” Grinstead writes, “because I used a word several times that the preachers talk about every Sunday.

Well, you won’t find it in this number. The worst word I’ll use is Golf.

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“What a picture that presents to the reader. I love Grinstead’s phrase ’a brawling mountain brook’.

The golf course had been completed only a few months before the “Golf Number” was published. The early board “of governors” of the Kerrville Country Club were Scott Schreiner, president; E. Galbraith, vice-president; Cecil Robinson, secretary; A.C. Schreiner, Jr., chairman of the golf committee; Ally Bietel, chairman of the finance committee; E.H. Prescott, chairman of the entertainment committee; Dr. J.D. Jackson, chairman of the house committee; Dr. A.A. Roberts, chairman greens committee; and S.H. Huntington, A.B. Williamson, and Hal Peterson rounding out that first board. Judging from the photographs, it looks like they were taken before work was complete on the course. The clubhouse porch, for instance, has no steps down to the course, and there is a rough workman’s table in front of the porch. And the greens, to be extremely charitable, look a tad rough. “Through the course runs Quinlan Creek,” Grinstead wrote, “a brawling mountain brook, which affords no less than seven water hazards. No matter where the player may look, he is confronted by natural scenery, mountain, valley and stream. This sporty nine-hole course was designed by John Bredemus, well-known golf engineer and architect. The designs were carried out under the supervision of O.J. Dobkins, who is, at present, the professional in charge of the course. Mr. Dobkins was assisted in the work by Hal Peterson.” I love Grinstead’s phrase “a brawling mountain brook”. What a picture that presents to the reader. Grinstead accurately predicted that other courses would be built here. Consider the layout of Kerrville in those days; the country club was on the far northern edge of town, in what was farm and ranchland,

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just past the then-new streets of Golf, Prescott, Wheless, and Myrta, which were developed about the same time. As an amenity, this new subdivision had the new golf course. Seeing the names of Hal Peterson and E.H. Prescott among those involved with the course confirms that the development of the new subdivision and the development of the course were guided by many of the same folks. This pattern continued here later, where a new development boasted a new golf course, just as Grinstead predicted in 1924. Driving through Comanche Trace, one cannot help but be impressed by the style and type of homes built there, and the way the development addresses the needs of its residents.

Consider, then, as you drive the more humble streets of Wheless and Prescott, that these homes were once in a similarly blessed neighborhood –– blocks of new homes in a new development adjacent to a new golf course. I find it interesting that these blocks attempted to meet the needs of their residents in similar ways to more modern developments, though the definition of those needs have obviously changed over time. Those who moved into that neighborhood in the 1920s would have been astounded by a modern development –– and by a modern golf course. A few of the older homes are really grand and I’m glad they’ve been preserved. I’m glad, too, that history continues to be made in such places as Comanche Trace. I look forward to seeing what the future brings.


Hill Country Events

Comanche Trace is hosting the Texas Hill Country Wine & Brew Fest on Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. This year’s festival is presented by James Avery and Centennial Bank and will be held around Comanche Trace Lake. Other sponsors for the event include Peterson Regional Medical Center and Mercedes Benz of Boerne. By Colby Nash The festival will feature wineries and craft breweries, along with various food vendors and retailers. Becker Vineyards, Messina Hof, Singing Waters, William Chris Vineyards, and Bending Branch have all agreed to attend the festival thus far. Ben E. Keith of Kerrville and Brown Distributing from Austin will also be attending and will have different craft breweries for tastings. Food vendors from Kerrville and surrounding areas, such as Chef’s Kitchen, Bejas Grill, Buzzie’s BBQ, and Crepe Nation, will also be attending and selling scrumptious food for everyone to enjoy. Live music and performances by Grammy winner, singer/songwriter Bonnie Bishop, Wichita Falls native, Johnny Cooper, and Kyle Bennett Band are on the schedule for your entertainment. Bonnie has Texas roots but now calls Nashville her home, where she writes and performs. Bonnie wrote the single for Bonnie Raitt’s album, “Slipstream” that won “American Album” of the Year at this year’s Grammys. Johnny Cooper is an infusion of soul, blues, rock, and pop music and is promised to put on a show. Kyle Bennett Band will open the festival with a southern style country sound combined with some great classic rock. We also have Kevin Fitzpatrick of Bandera, who will be performing his trick and fancy roping along with his horse, Chief. From wine and beer tastings to food vendors, retailers, a kid’s playground, and even hot air balloon rides, the event is sure to be a great time for the entire family! You can purchase your tickets today by visiting our website at www.wineandbrewfest.com. If the event is cancelled due to rain, you will be refunded the price of your tickets. So what are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets today so you do not miss out on this wonderful Hill Country festival right here in Kerrville. LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013 57


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APRIL 5

1st Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg Fredericksburg 1st Friday Wineshare Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library Kerrville

APRIL 5 – 6

Texas Deer Association BBQ Cook Off Concan

APRIL 5 – 20 (Weekends)

Tigers Be Still Cailloux Theater Kerrville

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APRIL 5 – 21

Barefoot in the Park Cailloux Theater Kerrville

APRIL 13

Hill Country Holler Motorcycle Rally 242 Hwy 46W Boerne 2nd Saturday Art & Wine Boerne

APRIL 13 – 14

Boerne Market Days Main Plaza Boerne

April 19 – 21

Fredericksburg Trade Days Fredericksburg

APRIL 20

Community Homecoming Celebration for Johnny Manziel Tivy Antler Stadium Kerrville Texas Street Customs Car Show Texas Street Customs Lost Bandera

APRIL 22 – May 11

Art in the Hill Country Hill Country Arts Foundation Ingram


APRIL 26

4th Friday Jam Night 803 Buck Creek Dr. Bandera

APRIL 27 – 28

15th Annual Lavender Festival Becker Vineyards Stonewall Bands for Band Music Festival Yett Memorial Park Blanco Kerr County Market Days Courthouse Square Kerrville

MAY 2

Symphony’s Greatest Hits Cailloux Theater Kerrville

MAY 3

1st Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg 1st Friday Wine Share Riverside Nature Center Kerrville

MAY 10

Relay for Life Kerrville

May 11 – 12

Boerne Market Days Main Plaza Boerne

May 11

2nd Saturday Art & Wine Boerne

MAY 17 – 18

Kerrfest Hill Country Youth Event Center Kerrville

MAY 24

4th Friday Jam Night 803 Buck Creek Dr. Bandera

MAY 24 – 26

Quilts in Motion Schreiner University Kerrville Texas Arts & Crafts Fair Kerrville

MAY 24 – 31

Hardware National Ceramics Hill Country Arts Foundations Ingram

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comfort in knowing they can reach one of the owners at any time. We believe open lines of communication are the key to a positive home building experience. With a larger corporate builder, chances are the owner of the company will never know your name or set foot on your jobsite. Both Shayne Anderson and Jeff Jenkins have been in the home building industry for over 14 years. Shayne serves as the President of the New Braunfels Home Builder’s Association, and Jeff serves as the Vice President of the Texas Custom Builders Guild. We believe in using the same materials and subcontractors for our customers’ homes that we use for our personal homes. Anderson-Jenkins takes careful consideration to use superior materials and labor compared to our competitors. Extra care and attention to detail upfront will save potentially expensive problems at the end.


We guarantee that you will not be able to find a better built home for our price. We are also confident that you will not find a company that cares about their homes and their customers more than we do. But don’t take our word for it. Please contact us and we would be happy to provide you with a customer reference list with more than 60 names. This is the most crucial research you can do with any builder you are interviewing. Ask for a list of previous customers and expect to receive a list of 10 to 20 past customers from any builder you are considering. When you get close to making the important decision on who will be your custom home builder, please make time to talk with us.

We invite you to come tour our model home at 1009 Club House Road and meet with us. Please Visit Our Website at www.ajsignature.com or call us at 830-606-1414

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arts and entertainment

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| Art for everyone

Kerrville Find By Reggie Cox. Photography provided by Kerrville Arts & Cultural Center.


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ne of the happiest circumstances in the life of an older building is to find a whole new purpose that brings joy to the hearts of many. This is what happened to the “old” Kerrville post office building on Earl Garrett Street. Some artists with vision saw that the building would be perfect for galleries to bring art to Kerrville residents and visitors alike. Those artists, with some help from James Avery and Bank of the Hills, purchased the building. With lots of dedication and hard work, it became the perfect place for artists to display and sell their creations and to teach classes in techniques like watercolors, oils, and fabric arts. The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center (KACC) became that and so much more. The yearly schedule of exhibits is quite impressive. The Texas Furniture Makers Show is a furniture show where each piece is

hand crafted by wood artists. The furniture show has become a “not to be missed” event and one of most attended shows at the KACC. I love the furniture show and find myself finding the perfect spot in my home for those beautifully crafted pieces. I once saw a king size mesquite bed that had a headboard with turquoise stones and other embellishments in the nooks and crannies of the wood. It was unlike anything I had seen before—truly a work of art. I simply do not miss this show – it will be back October 31st through November 30th this year. Most of the furniture is for sale, so start saving up right now. One of the most whimsical shows that comes to the KACC every year is the Southwest Gourd Fine Arts Show; there will be at least 150 of the most interesting and beautiful gourds. I have seen gourds that become people, Indian pots, vases, and flowers; the imagination of the artist is the only limit to what a gourd can become. If you have never been to see the gourds, you really should take time to go – you will be amazed. This year the show will be held May 23 – June 23. My favorite gourd was a camel; that camel was priceless and spoke to me. Actually, we had quite the conversation. There are all types of exhibits and traveling shows that come to the KACC. For example, the American Plains Arts, Signature Members Show will be held May 2nd – May 19th. The show will feature sculpture and paintings focusing on the American Plains as inspiration. You are sure to find something that will delight and intrigue you. May is a beautiful time in the Hill Country and a great time to stop by for a look at KACC. I have kept one of the best pieces of information for last. Guess what their key fundraiser event is every year! One

big hint is that it is delicious. That’s right – CHOCOLATE! Every February, KACC holds “Chocolate Fantasy”, a whole weekend of tasting seminars, fine food, fine wine, and lots of other indulgences. There are not many activities that are more fun than chocolate, wine, and great food. The part that makes it an even more fun and worthwhile weekend is that the proceeds go toward making KACC even better! Be sure to make plans for 2014. In addition to all of the art, the building itself is a good example of an art deco building. Come and take a look at the building; there are always knowledgeable and friendly docents to assist you with any questions you may have. The gift shop offers the opportunity to purchase a nice card, jewelry, books, art, and other treasures for yourself or other deserving person. Be sure not to miss the beautiful James Avery sculpture that is located outside on the corner and has a story all its own. KACC is located at 228 Earl Garrett Street in Kerrville. Their phone number is 830.895.2911. They are open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more about them at their website www.kacckerrville.com.

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Rarely does a custom home of this quality become available here in Comanche Trace. The large courtyard provides an elegant path to the entry way. From the moment you walk in the beautifully handcrafted front door, you are entranced. The foyer, with its hand-cut stone floors and 20-foot ceiling, welcomes you home. Just past the foyer, the large dining room, with its tall and elegant windows, awaits your dinner party. The custom made window treatments are just right and provide a warm and private atmosphere. From the dining room, you can walk into the great room and sit by the fire. The tall ceilings add so much to the atmosphere in this beautiful room. The kitchen is all you have ever dreamed of. The handcrafted tile backsplash and hood are one of a kind. The Dacor gas range has six burners, a convection oven, and regular electric oven. The ceiling in the kitchen is hand cut brick and looks so artistic. There are so many one-of-a-kind touches in this home! The large butted glass windows over the sink look out into the courtyard. When the roses are in bloom, it is quite a sight. This kitchen has so many features that make it special. The butler’s pantry leading from the kitchen into the dining room offers so much storage and everyone loves a well-served party. There is also a large pantry. The bar is beautifully designed. The room is round and the accordion windows are spectacular—they open up completely to the large covered back porch. This house is made for entertaining family and friends – large gatherings are easily accommodated. This home speaks of quiet elegance and the views will simply take your breath away. You will love the way the views just go on forever with no boundaries. The house sits high on a hill overlooking holes 2 and 3 of The Hills course. If you sit on the huge covered porch, you will be in your own slice of heaven. The porch leads to the negative edge swimming pool. The pool is so relaxing and will give you plenty of relaxation or exercise.

The master suite is something special. The bedroom is 20-feet by 30-feet with soaring ceilings. A huge stone fireplace graces one end of the room. The en-suite bath has two large counters with sinks, a very large shower, and a beautiful tub. The water closet has both a toilet and bidet. The suite has his and hers closets and a separate utility room for convenience. Of course, the views are just breathtaking. There is also a large study with built-in book cases and a doorway leading to the back porch. This room just screams “Texas”. It has an understated quality that says, “Important things happen in this room.” There is a beautiful casita with its own private balcony and a breathtaking view of the course and Hill Country. The casita has a large closet and en-suite bathroom with a large shower. It is perfect for guests both long and short term. It affords a lot of privacy and is just steps away from the main house. The living room has the view and lots of space and there is another large stone fireplace. It is a very comfortable room overlooking the gorgeous back porch. This house is truly one of a kind! You can begin to get a sense of it as you drive up Comanche Trace Drive to the top of the ridge and see it sitting on the hill across the golf course. Once you get to the house, you will never want to leave. There is so much character and charm in this Hill Country treasure. LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013 67


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Showcasing Our Newest Preferred Builders B y R e g g i e C o x . P h o t o g r a p h y b y J a rr i c k C o o p e r .

Anderson-Jenkins Opens Model Home in Comanche Trace

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Comanche Trace is delighted to announce the opening of the Model Home built by Anderson-Jenkins. The Model Home is open on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For tours on other days, stop by the sales office and we will be happy to show you the home. Anderson Jenkins Signature Homes has introduced themselves to Comanche Trace with a big splash. Since the first part of 2012, they have completed three custom homes and have two more under construction. We are happy that their sixth home is a stone and stucco Model Home that is fully furnished and designed to show off their skills as designers and builders. This beautiful home overlooks the green on the first hole of The Creeks course. The home also features a very pretty view of the lake and waterfall. At the Grand Opening on March 23rd, the builders were on hand to talk about their model home, their leadership in the building business, and some of the innovations they have brought to the table. Jeff Jenkins and Shayne Anderson are rightfully proud of this model and love to show it off and answer questions. Find out how they can build a new home for you at a very competitive price. Anderson Jenkins also has model homes located in New Braunfels and Fair Oaks Ranch. Comanche Trace Realty is happy to have them join the other preferred builders in our community to help lot buyers build dream homes.

Located at 1009 Club House Road, the model home is 3,468 sq. ft. of gracious living. It features a Berridge colored, standing seam metal roof, Bosch appliances, knotty alder cabinets with full extension guides on all cabinetry, granite on every countertop, beautiful tile flooring in all rooms except bedrooms, which will have carpet, Rheem tankless water heaters, foam insulation in attic roof lines, high end lighting and plumbing finish out, and 15-seer, variable speed HVAC with media air filter. The home is fully furnished and decorated. Anderson Jenkins designers and decorators selected the flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures, granites, cabinets, paint colors, etc. Ricks Furniture supplied the furnishings. The floor plan flows effortlessly from the foyer into a huge great room with elegant stone fireplace and a large butted glass wall that emphasizes the view. The large open kitchen features white cabinetry and a dramatic granite counter accented by pendant lighting. The comfortable master suite includes a private office, luxurious en-suite bath with two granite topped

counters and sinks, a large shower with seat, beautiful bathtub for those stress relieving soaks, and huge closet. For convenience, the utility room is adjacent to the master closet. The other wing of the house includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious media room, and a wet bar. The home has a three-car garage with side entry. A large stone fireplace graces the covered patio. What a wonderful place to enjoy the lifestyle here in Comanche Trace. Beautiful views, gracious home, and perfect spots to sit and enjoy it all. Anderson Jenkins can build this house with the level of finish shown throughout the home for $445,900 on your lot. Price does not include the media package, music speakers throughout, landscaping, or the lot. There are lots available – both on and off golf – in several different neighborhoods in Comanche Trace, where the house will fit perfectly. The model is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and can be seen any other day during the week by appointment. Call the sales office at 830-895-8505 and ask for a tour.

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3505 Trail Head

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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2904 Dry Hollow

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Car Garage + Golf Cart Garage Approx. 2442 square feet, Price: $429,000

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Lovely single family home with views of Comanche Trace Lake. Entertain on covered back porch with fenced yard. Spacious kitchen with beautiful granite and lots of cabinet space provides ample storage. Great room features a stone fireplace and large dining space. Master suite has large shower and walk-in closet. This home is conveniently located near walking trails, fishing lake, and community garden.

2813 Rock Barn

2 Bedrooms + Study, 2 Baths, 2 Car Garage + Golf Cart Storage Approx. 1810 square feet Price: $344,900

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Beautiful view of the golf course from this home located on Hole No. 5 of The Valley. Lower the motorized solar screen for private entertaining on the back porch. The study/3rd bedroom has a hidden nook that can be used as an office! There is room just off the dining area to display a piano or create a music room. Must see this charming home to appreciate the quality and decorator touches.

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2709 Indian Wells

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2 Car Garage, Approx. 1536 square feet Lovely garden home with private entry courtyard. Great room has large dining area and a stone fireplace. Master bedroom includes a large closet and an en suite bath with two sinks, separate tub and shower. Gazebo in backyard for gatherings.

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This gracious Tuscan style home located on Toscano Way is perfect for the hill country lifestyle. The lovely flagstone courtyard features both a fireplace and a fountain. The views from this well situated home include both the championship golf course and the surrounding Hill Country. Kitchen includes granite countertops, Kitchenaid appliances, and a propane cooktop. The spacious great room is graced by a fireplace and hand troweled walls for that old world feel. Master suite is designed for comfort and easy living with two sink areas in the bathroom as well as both a tub and large shower. The bonus room upstairs is ready for your crafts with natural light and quiet space.

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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3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Garage and Golf Cart Garage Approx. 2791 square feet

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

3509 Trail Head

4 Bedrooms + Study + Workout Room, 3.5 Baths, 3 Car Garage, Pool, Cabana, Approx. 4200 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.

ON GOLF! Enjoy the fabulous views of the Hill Country and golf course from this private back courtyard. You will feel like you are on vacation in your own backyard. This home built by Stavinoha Homes features dry stacked stone exterior and fireplaces, custom black walnut and alder cabinets, travertine stone floors, tall ceilings, wood windows, wood beams, gas Thermador cooktop and much more. The master suite features private exercise or sitting room and a beautiful master closet. The open floor plan is great for entertaining.

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2061 Toscano Way

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Garage Approx. 2518 square feet Price: $475,000

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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.

3200 Pinnacle Club Drive

Units 9 and 10 Under Construction – May 31, 2013 completion 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Garage, Approx. 2069 square feet Price: $379,000 These beautiful golf villas should be ready to move into by the end of May. German Cottage design with standing seam metal rooms, and stone and stucco construction. Stone fireplaces in great room and on back covered porch. Located on golf with great views of surrounding Hill Country and golf course. Call sales staff for updates.

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3117 Mulligan Way Circle

3 Bedrooms 2.5 Baths 2 Car Garage plus Golf Cart Garage Approx. 2831 square feet Price: $459,000 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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