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Dear Lifestyle Reader,
December 1, 2012
This may be the most beautiful season in the Texas Hill Country. We have received several inches of rain; everywhere you look, new flowers are blooming and fall foliage has burst forth. At Comanche Trace, the golf course overseeding beckons players every day. Whatever your preferred outdoor activity, get out and enjoy it! It is hard to believe that the holidays are upon us. I highly recommend a tour through the local wineries for delightful gifts. And if you didn’t know, festivals throughout the hill country provide numerous opportunities for gift purchases and wonderful lighting escapades. Check out the horse & carriage rides in Fredericksburg to scope out the holiday lights with your loved ones! The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce has information on their website, www. fredericksburg-texas.com. View the regional event calendar for ideas on holiday daytrips. Speaking of trips, some of our residents have gone to great lengths to “research” the Mayan prediction of the end of the world in 2012. One group of ladies recently returned from Peru with much to tell; read their featured story in this issue of LIFESTYLE. Gift giving often comes in the form of service to others. Frank and Glenda Bumpus have a long history of helping others with more than just financial support. You can read their story in our “Member Profile” this issue. Christmas 2012 also marks the sixth year that Comanche Trace members give gifts to the children of Arms of Hope in Medina, Texas. You won’t read
about it in this current issue, but watch for an update in the next issue of LIFESTYLE. We are so proud of the efforts our members and residents put forth to help others. Service is a mark of character for Comanche Trace, including the LGA’s sponsorship of Rally for the Cure to support breast cancer research, as well as the Habitat for Humanity Retrofit project, supported financially by the Kemmerer Family Foundation, and many hours of volunteer labor by residents. The list goes on and on and the community of Kerrville benefits directly from those efforts. Above all, enjoy your holidays with your loved ones. Give generously to those in need, and keep our troops in your thoughts and prayers. We look forward to seeing you next year! All the best, Trevor L. Hyde
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The Ladies’ Member-Member What is interesting about this tournament is the eclectic format in which the players take their net best ball on the first day for their score. For the second round, the course is set up the exact same way as the first round and the ladies are able to replace a score from the previous day if they earned a better score on that hole. There was a great turnout of 15 teams split up into two flights. Winning the First Flight was the team of Trish Butler and Linda Southwick with a net score of 53. Runners-up in the flight was the team of Michelle Tomlinson and Ariana Almond with a net score of 55. The Second Flight was won with a net score of 54 shot by the team of Paula Perich and Margie Hirsch. Runners-up for the second flight was team Debbie Wade and Maria Swann with a net score of 59.
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The format was Combined Quota. The weather forecast called for thunderstorms all day on Saturday but the golfing gods were looking out for us! The rains held off and the tournament wrapped up on Saturday without delay. The team of Mike Vinson and Bob Scott won the First Flight in a playoff over Joe Gosmano and Ted Metcalf, who finished in Second. Both teams were tied at -6 for the tournament. Third Place went to Al Fields and Bob Bender, -8. The Second Flight Bill Page and Dave Dunkiel won with a score of zero. Second Place went to Paul Schoenfeld and Mike Gooden, who shot -2. In Third Place was the team of Glenn Andrew and John Hall at -6. In the Third Flight, the winning team was Don Coombs and Jim Palermo, who finished +1 for the event. Second Place went to Ed Longcope and Jim Spencer, who shot -3. Finishing in Third was the team of Dave Phelps and Jack Wilson with a score of -5. (Top) Bill Page and Dave Dunkiel, (center) Jim Palermo and Don Coombs, (right) Ed Longcope and Jim Spencer
The Champions Tour AT&T Senior Qualifier The Champions Tour held its AT&T Senior Qualifier on the Creeks and Valley courses on October 22nd. There were close to 30 players competing to qualify for six spots. Mark Mouland shot 69 to take the top spot in the field. He was followed by Ben Bates with a 70, Bob Niger and Trevor Dodds with a 71, and Robin Byrd and Lance Tenbroeck with a 72. The players enjoyed the golf course and were very impressed with the speed of the greens, as well as the over-seeding. Each year we have this event, the players and PGA Professionals are more and more impressed with the facilities at Comanche Trace.
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The MGA Championship is always an exciting two-day event for the members of the Comanche Trace Men’s Golf Association. The event was played on October 27th & 28th. Dennis Emerson was the winner of the gross division with a score of 81 + 72 = 153. The winner of the net division was Mike Sigerman with scores of 77 + 75 = 152. Congratulations to the winners!
Arriving at the driving range with ample time to hit some practice balls and putt helps you to get ready for your round. As golf professionals, we often hear of people who hit it great on the range but not on the course. There are some effective ways to war m up that may help once you are actually on the course.
Rally for the Cure winners
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Always hit practice putts! Unless you hit the ball in the hole from the fairway or rough, you are always guaranteed to putt when on the course.
As the year winds down and temperatures take a turn for the cooler side, Comanche Trace members start to turn toward spending time with their friends and families over the holidays. Thanks for your continued support of the golf shop and the member events we host throughout the year. Happy Holidays from the entire golf staff; we look forward to starting the New Year with you!
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What greater joy than finding what makes your heart happy? It is a very fortunate family who finds what makes their heart glad. Frank and Glenda Bumpus have found ways to feed their souls throughout their life together. Family, art, and truly helping others are all excellent ways to nourish the spirit â€“ Frank and Glenda are involved with all of them, everyday.
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Just sitting down and talking with Frank and Glenda is like a trip into peace. They have had quite a ride. This story starts in Highland Village near Dallas, where Frank and Glenda lived with their four daughters Lorie, Amy, Leah, and Deanna until the girls were grown and out on their own. An opportunity to purchase an art gallery in Breckenridge, Colorado came up and they moved. Frank and Glenda were avid skiers so this was like a long vacation of 15 years. During this time, they represented some fabulous artists and sold art to clients all over the world. Among others, they represented Bruce Campbell, who creates phenomenal public structures and private art pieces from salvaged industrial forms. One of his paintings hangs in the Bumpus’ dining room. (You can see his work on his website - www. brucecampbellart.com.) Another art star in their gallery was Gini
One grandmother was so excited about having an actual stove to cook food inside, she said, “The first meal is for you, Frank.” Garcia of Garcia Art Glass - www. garciaartglass.com. You can visit her at her San Antonio studio. A stellar example of her work is the dining room chandelier in the Bumpus’ home. It is very hard to concentrate on food with all of the wonderful art feeding your soul in their dining room. During their time in Colorado, they became involved with a community church that did outreach work in Juarez, Mexico. The church built homes for people who needed a hand up in life. The Bumpus family participated in trips to build
these homes. A fellow church member made the decision to adopt two children from Peru and during that process met Padre Jose and learned of the need for housing for abused women in the town of Manchay. Frank accompanied his fellow congregration member, and soon to be new mother, on a home building trip to Peru to help with the building process. He then went back a second time to build a classroom. During those trips the plight of these families living in what can only be described as “terrible conditions” led Frank to ask if he could return and build very simple homes. Eight years ago he built the first three (Continued on page 14) LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013 13
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homes with the help of volunteers and family, including his daughters, a granddaughter, brother, sister, niece, and a nephew. Frank raised the money required and notes that 100% of the money that he raises is dedicated to building and furnishing the homes. Frank explained the selection process for the families – women with children who have been abandoned or widowed by their husbands, a single father who was abandoned by his wife, and indigent elderly people with no place to live. The selection committee consists of Padre Jose, a psychiatrist who works with the school, and nuns who work with the families. The one firm condition is that the family must own the land where the home is to be built. All homes are built and furnished at no cost to the family.
Thus far, Frank and his volunteers have provided 35 homes. He makes two trips a year to Peru to build three to five homes. Manchay is a city of 50,000 people. There are few roads and very little running water in the neighborhoods where he builds. He has so many great stories to tell of gratitude and new lives that come from just having a decent place to live. One grandmother was so excited about having an actual stove to cook food inside, she said, “The first meal is for you, Frank.” Frank has many heartwarming stories of the children and he tells them with such joy. He will be happy to talk with you about it. Check out his website www.thefamilyofmankind.com. Frank and Glenda found their way to Comanche Trace when they saw an ad in Links magazine. One of their daughters lives in San Antonio and when they traveled to visit her, they passed through Kerrville on I-10. After making the decision to move to Texas to be closer to their daughters, Links inspired them to stop and take a look at Comanche Trace. They came for a “Stay and Play” to check out the lifestyle and, a few months later, purchased a lot. After meeting with Centurion Homes, they built their home and furnished it with wonderful art. Frank and Glenda both enjoy golf and the social activities that Comanche Trace has to offer. Glenda has recently discovered the Hill Country Arts Foundation where she and friends from the Ladies Golf Association are taking hand built pottery classes. Family, art, and all the new friends they have made in Peru and Comanche Trace have all helped put the cherry on top of satisfied souls.
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Holiday Traditions Do We Need Some New Ones?
By Jane Garbish
As diverse as our backgrounds may be, we all seem to approach the holiday season with pre-set notions of “things to do” which define the holidays for us. Our memories of how we spent Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day bring back happy thoughts of family gatherings, parties, and, of course, favorite foods. What would the holidays be without those enticing aromas coming from the oven? When we think about it, FOOD can become the primary focus. Is that good, or do we need to re-think some of those traditions?
SHOULD FOOD BE THE REASON FOR THE SEASON? Not really! When we look at the holidays in question and their origins, food has little to do with them. Thanksgiving should be just that – thinking about the blessings over the past year for which we are thankful. Christmas is a religious celebration, but for many of us, it has evolved into a reason for parties, gifts, and eating. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day again should be times to reflect on the year behind us and anticipate the one that lies ahead. I’m sure that not one of us, however, thinks about any of these occasions without thoughts of roasted turkey and its trimmings, Christmas cookies, and egg nog! There is nothing wrong with indulging our memories and appetites, just be sure it’s within reason. Whether we’re cooking these comfort foods, eating at a restaurant, or attending holiday parties, nutrition awareness can prevent turning happy memories into an extra ten pounds by January. It really is possible to eat some of the good stuff and hold off the extra calories. Keep in mind the 80/20 rule: eat right 80% of the time, while indulging the other 20%. Eat your cookies and stay healthy too!
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Making Healthy Choices In thinking about favorite holiday foods, almost none of them are a nutritionist’s dream! Maybe it’s because cold weather conjures up desires for heavy comfort food, or perhaps these food favorites date back so far that nutrition information was not readily available or even thought about. We can make better choices today, however. Let’s look at a few traditional holiday foods and their rather frightening calorie content:
APPETIZERS Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Don’t let the vegetables fool you! This dip can be packed full of mayonnaise and sour cream, and when accompanied by tostada chips, the fat and sodium content is overwhelming. Choose instead the raw veggies with just a little ranch dip. Cheese Balls – Usually a combination of cream cheese and grated cheese, these are really nut covered hunks of saturated fat. If you must have a little cheese, opt for softer varieties such as goat cheese on whole grain crackers.
MAIN ENTREES Dark Meat Turkey with the Skin – This can have 70 more calories and three times more fat than a comparable piece of white meat turkey. So, ditch the skin and opt for the breast meat! Prime Rib – A beef lover’s holiday favorite, but 1 slice can contain up to 750 calories and 45 grams of fat; and that’s without any added sauce! In addition, an 8-oz. serving can house 450 grams of cholesterol, 100 more than the daily USDA recommended amount. A better beef choice would be beef tenderloin with about a quarter of the calories. Creamed Spinach – Here we go again. A healthy veggie loaded down with butter, cream and cheese. A serving has about 260 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat. Try some steamed spinach with a squeeze of lemon instead. Green Bean Casserole with Fried Onions – It’s amazing how cans of cream of mushroom soup and French fried onions turn healthy green beans into a harmful combination of fat and sodium. Opt instead for fresh, steamed green beans sprinkled with toasted almonds.
DESSERTS Pecan Pie – A holiday favorite, but did you know that pecans combined with sugar, butter, and corn syrup can cost you more than 500 calories, 37 grams of fat and 26 grams of sugar per slice? Ouch! If you are longing for a piece of pie, try apple instead – without ice cream, of course! Sugar Cookies – Even Santa’s health is in danger with too many of these traditional favorites. A typical Christmas sugar cookie can contain 200 calories and 14 grams of sugar. Don’t be a scrooge, but try to eat just one!
New ventures keep us fresh, so let’s add some new, fresh thoughts about the upcoming holiday season. Instead of making it all about the food, let’s focus on other activities. Get your family moving! Make it a habit to take a walk every day in December. Pretty soon it will become routine, and it’s a great time of year to be active. The weather’s cool and you can look at all the beautiful holiday decorations! Start a Christmas Morning Jingle Bell Run (or walk)! Get out the Santa hats, put bells on everyone’s shoes, and take a brisk run or walk before the gift opening begins. The neighbors will love it, and you’ll get plenty of energy to handle this special day. Most of all, learn to make wise choices. Eat right most of the time and stay active. Not just for the holidays, but always. As I just heard a wise politician say, “Hope is not a strategy.” We need to do more than hope to stay healthy. It takes a plan of action and the knowledge to put it into place. Make your plan now!
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Broken Arrow Ranch A First Class Purveyor of Wild Game for Your Holiday Table
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Broken Arrow Ranch is owned and operated by a local family, Mike and Elizabeth Hughes. During a European vacation in the early 1980s, they discovered that venison and other wild game meats were commonly listed on nearly all restaurant menus, but such items were almost non-existent on American menus. Back in Texas, non-native game animals were overgrazing their own Hill Country 22 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013
ranch and required active population management to maintain the sustainability of the herd and the land. Mike and Elizabeth founded Broken Arrow Ranch in 1983. In 2005, their son and my good friend, Chris, began running the company. Chris’s wife, Maeve, works with market research and recipe testing. In 2010, Broken Arrow Ranch acquired Diamond H Quail Farm in Bandera.
Between the two operations, they provide jobs for over 40 local folks. Broken Arrow Ranch is a national supplier of the highest quality venison and wild game meats to America’s finest restaurants. Many of the same products they provide to these discriminating chefs are now available in smaller packages for online purchase and preparation at home. When I visited
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the processing plant in early October, I saw an insulated container marked “French Laundry” in the shipping department. For you others, who are followers of the legendary Napa Valley Chef Thomas Keller, I checked the published Spring Menu on his website and there is no wild game currently on it. When the Fall Menu is published, expect an exciting dish on the Chef’s Tasting Menu containing Broken Arrow Ranch product. The current menu price without wine is $270 per person, if you can get a reservation. Fine dining restaurants and professional hunting lodges in almost every state use Broken Arrow Ranch’s wild game products. The strongest markets are New York, California, and Texas, where large metropolitan areas support many fine dining establishments. Famous chefs Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Trotter, Andrew Zimmern, Chris Cosentino and many others love to use BAR’s products.
8 Diamond H Ranch Semi-boneless Quail Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 8 strips thick sliced bacon, roughly chopped 16 ounces ground pork 1 jigger of brandy 1 jigger of Madeira (optional) 1 cup fresh bread crumbs 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream 8 thin slices boiled ham (chopped)
Cooking and serving sauce: In a saucepan heat: 2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup 1 soup can whole cream 1 soup can dry white wine ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon paprika Stir until it begins to boil and then hold at simmer until ready to pour over quail. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season the quail inside and out with salt and pepper. In a skillet, sauté the onion and garlic with the bacon until the bacon is crisp and the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Drain the fat and, in a mixing bowl, combine the vegetable mixture with the ground pork, brandy, Madeira, 1/2 teaspoon salt, a few grinds of pepper, the bread crumbs and the cream. (This mixture can be made the day before and refrigerated overnight.)
The Broken Arrow Ranch property is located near Ingram, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The clear flowing streams, waterfalls, spectacular bluffs, and vistas that provide great viewing pleasure to all of us Hill Country residents, also provide a natural home to the animals that live on the land. As we all know, most of the ranchland in the Hill Country is not suited to crop (Continued on page 24)
Divide the stuffing among the eight quail. Stuff each quail, to approximate its original form, and secure each with a skewer or toothpick. Place the quail in a large casserole pan and top with all of the mushroom sauce. Bake covered for 25 minutes. Remove the cover and baste the quail with the sauce. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Serve the quail over a bed of Basmati rice or noodles with plenty of the sauce. Serves 8 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013 23
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cultivation but it provides an abundance of natural herbs, browse, and nourishing native grasses; these and the climatic conditions are ideally suited to a wide variety of some 60 exotic species (non-native) of deer and antelope. Introduced to central Texas over 80 years ago, these exotic animals have multiplied and flourished to provide a new agricultural resource for America while becoming nearly extinct in their home countries. Broken Arrow Ranch strongly supports sustainable agriculture methods, and their harvesting is carefully managed to insure the continuing health of these animals without depleting the natural forage. Their harvesting has also become a good supplemental income for the ranchers. Well-disciplined, professional sharpshooters field harvest the animals from over 100 different ranches, totaling about one million combined acres in central and south Texas. These animals are truly wild - not farmed or pen-raised. The free-range, all natural meat they produce is of the highest quality. Their red meat product line includes venison from three different species of deer (Axis, Sika, and Fallow), two species of antelope (Blackbuck and Nilgai - or South Texas Antelope) and wild boar. These animals are the most prevalent of all of the exotic species in Texas. Broken Arrow Ranch maintains strict quality control by limiting their product line and selling, exclusively, the products they actually harvest and process. 24 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013
Venison Osso Buco or Antelope Shanks B y D o n G rogg • 4 to 6 Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope shanks, cut three inches thick (about 3 1/2 to 4 pounds) Or 10 to 12 Broken Arrow Ranch Venison Osso Buco shanks • Flour • Salt and pepper • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1 large yellow onion, chopped into 1/2-inch dice • 2 bell peppers, chopped into 1/2-inch dice • 1 celery stalk, chopped into 1/4-inch slices • 2 cups medium mushrooms, chopped • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped • 1 quart beef stock • 1 bottle bold red wine that you would drink Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Season the shanks all over with salt and pepper and roll in flour. In a heavy-bottomed six-toeight quart casserole dish, heat the olive oil until smoking. Place the shanks in the pan and brown all over, turning to get every surface, twelve-to-fifteen minutes. Remove the shanks and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium; add the onion, bell peppers, celery, mushrooms, garlic, and cook, stirring regularly, until they begin to brown and are slightly softened, eight to ten minutes. Add the beef stock and wine and bring to a boil. Place shanks back into pan, making sure they are submerged at least halfway. If shanks are not covered at least halfway, add more stock. Cover the pan with tight-fitting lid or aluminum foil. Place in oven for three hours and cook until meat is nearly falling off the bone. Remove the lid and cook for one additional hour to concentrate the stock. Remove the dish from the oven and let stand 10 minutes. Carefully remove the shanks from the stock, to another dish, so they don’t fall apart. Keep shanks warm. Place casserole dish on the burner and bring stock to a boil. In a separate saucepan, mix ½ cup oil and ¼ cup flour, cook to a white roux. Pour roux into the boiling stock and stir until it thickens into gravy. Carefully add the shanks back to the hot gravy and let sit for 10 minutes. Serve hot shanks with gravy over mashed potatoes or mushroom risotto on individual plates. Serves four to six with Antelope Shanks, serves six with Venison Osso Buco.
This is not the poorly shot and runs-for-a-mile-or-so, crudely field-dressedand-hung-on-the-car-fender-for-a-long-trip-home type of game meat that results in strong, gamey or musky fare. Broken Arrow Ranch is a real artisan producer of top quality, delicious meats, not a middleman or a broker. Their products are only sold directly to the end user and not to other wild game purveyors. Preparation of their high quality wild game at home is fun and rewarding. They make it easy for us home cooks to enjoy the great nutritional benefits of truly free-ranging, wild game meats. They offer a wide variety of wild game products for preparation in the home. Many of their products are packaged in small portions suitable for two-to-four persons. Broken Arrow Ranch also provides venison and wild game recipes and cooking tips, as well as a toll-free â€œhelp-lineâ€? for their customers. They want to make your culinary experience as enjoyable as possible! My favorite cuts at home are the Axis and Antelope French Racks grilled to almost medium rare and served with house made concentrated fruit sauces and the Osso Buco the meaty shank portions, long braised in a very hearty wine, mushroom, and garlic stock delectably served over creamy potatoes or rice.
Why professionally processed wild game is the ideal meat for today The deer and antelope that Broken Arrow Ranch harvests are free-ranging, feeding on natural grasses and other native vegetation. This imparts complex natural flavors into the meat that are not found in farmed animals. Many of these animals are tropical species that do not accumulate significant body fat deposits. Because they are wild and roaming on large areas, they use a humane field harvesting system, designed by Broken Arrow Ranch management and wildlife biologists, that is approved by the Texas Department of Health. Every animal they harvest is under full government inspection for your protection. Venison and antelope meat average one-third the calories of beef, one-eighth the fat content of beef, and is lower in cholesterol than a skinless chicken breast. All of the meats undergo a complex, Broken Arrow Ranch proprietary aging process that no other provider uses. There is no safer, more nutritious meat to be found. If you want to use Broken Arrow Ranch meats for your holiday table this year, act now. The holiday season is their busiest part of the year and they will run out of many of the more popular cuts. Diamond H Quail are also available on the website www.brokenarrowranch.com. Meat needs to be pre-ordered before you pick it up at their office in Ingram.
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“I think you have to have a passion to fulfill you in life,” said Doreen Shann, a former Olympian turned painter residing in Hunt, Texas. If there’s one thing that Doreen Shann has, it’s a passion for life, and she applies it in every area of her life.
ailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Doreen began her running career when she was fifteen and spent her younger years training and competing for the Olympics. In 1962, her efforts were rewarded in Perth, Australia at the Commonwealth Games, taking home a silver medal in the 100yard dash and a bronze medal in the relay. In the 1960s, Doreen ranked sixth in the world for the 100-meter dash. With unconditional love and great influence, Doreen’s grandmother raised her and provided her with coloring books and coloring mediums. Doreen had wanted to be an artist as a child, but the long hours in athletic training and competitions, as well as a full-time job, depleted the amount of time and energy needed to develop her craft. Doreen told herself, “When I can’t run, I’ll be an artist.” It wasn’t until her mid-50s that she found herself at the start of her creative career. Doreen’s motto that she lives by and implements in her daily routine is, “Never ever, ever give up, just change your mind.” In 1964, Doreen moved to the United States and, after working as an administrative assistant for 26 years, changing her career mindset is exactly what she did. Doreen attended the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in Michigan. She served an intense two-year apprenticeship under the renowned artist, Kenneth Freed, learning and developing skills in drawing, pastel, colored pencil, acrylic, pen, ink, casein, and egg tempura. Growing up in New Zealand, Doreen experienced a life outdoors. Inspiration drawn from both New Zealand and the Texas Hill Country is reflected throughout her works.
Anything from plants, animals, water, and fur are her favorite subjects to render. She also enjoys painting allegorical pieces; things with a twist. “I’m always thinking out of the box or trying to do something different that will blow people away, hopefully,” Doreen revealed. Doreen defines her work as representational. When painted, the subject looks life-like, almost touchable. “I like a lot of abstract work. I just can’t do it,” Doreen admits. She compares her work and abstract art in Olympian fashion, “Sprinters have more fast-twitch fibers in their muscles, while distance runners have more slow-twitch fibers in their muscles. That’s the way they’re born; you couldn’t take a sprinter and turn them into a distance runner.
I can’t run, “ When I’ll be an artist. ” – Doreen Shann
In the same way, either you are an abstract painter or you are not, but that’s just my opinion.” The determination and drive that were first developed during her years participating in the Olympics carried over into her artistic career, where she enjoys the rush and anticipation of juried competitions. “I’m a competitor. That’s never going to change,” (Continued on page 28) LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013 27
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Doreen admits. It was this devout determination and impeccable talent that brought Doreen the recognition and attention of the Kerrville creative community. The Kerrville Art Club awarded her the title “Artist of the Year” for 2011-2012. For a month, Doreen’s work was exhibited at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center for all to view and admire. As she admires the beautiful scenery of rolling hills and a flowing Guadalupe River, the Hill Country was a suitable place for her to find a community of artists. Doreen and her husband, Rick, had always planned to retire in the Texas Hill Country, “I feel safe here, and that’s important to me.” When Doreen is not painting in her studio, one can find her at the Family Sports Center in Kerrville,
think you have “toIbalance physical with creative. ” – Doreen Shann
Texas. “I think you have to balance physical with creative. I always feel more alert after I workout; I feel better and my art is better.” Doreen also enjoys time spent with her friends inside and outside of the art community. On Mondays, Doreen paints with a group of ladies of every skill level. “I’m so passionate about art. I like to be around artists who feel the same.” Here she enjoys the camaraderie of women focusing on one common goal – creative expression. On the weekends, Doreen works at Kerrville Hills Winery as a wine consultant, where she enjoys the wine culture and time spent in good company. Whether it’s an Olympic medal or an “Artist of the Year” title, Doreen persists, pushes, and remains passionate. She continues to chase her goals with art, “It’s never too late, I just got a late start.” 28 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013
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all began as a casual comment from me to Elaine Smith at the December, 2011 Mahjongg Club. “If you and Norm ever decide to travel to Machu Picchu, I’d really like to tag along.” By January, Elaine had run with the ball. The trip would be girls only and limited to eight travelers. By February there were seven of us – Adele Ward, Anne Byrne, Barb Dewell, Barbara Woodman, Elaine Smith, Helen Herd, and Marian Ezell. We were dubbed the “Magnificent Seven” by Elaine’s husband, Norm.
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The planning took seven months! Peru for Less, our travel agency, greatly assisted us in setting the itinerary. Our group met monthly throughout the spring and summer to exchange travel tips and discuss the various locations we planned to visit. We all expected a grand adventure and we were not disappointed! We flew from San Antonio to Mexico City, connecting to Lima, Peru, arriving there in time for a few hours of sleep before departing to our first destination, the Andean city of Arequipa (7,709 feet). Arequipa is also known as the “White City”, thusly named for its gleaming buildings made of petrified volcanic ash and its setting amidst snow-covered mountains. While we were there, the city’s inhabitants were celebrating the 472nd anniversary of Arequipa’s founding. So, we fortified ourselves with the ubiquitous coca tea (said to help cope with the Andean elevations), and set out on a city tour. The lively celebration gave us an opportunity to see the locals in costume everywhere we went. We viewed pre-Incan terraced farms growing potatoes, cabbage, onions, and alfalfa; and we purchased our first coca products - coca candy, coca cookies, as well as the coca leaves (chewed as an anti-inflammatory). (Continued on page 32) LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013 31
Downtown we strolled around the Plaza de Armas, visited the city market where we indulged in yummy fresh potato chips, and walked through Arequipa’s “Sistine Chapel”, the Iglesia de San Francisco. Regional Peruvian cuisines were on the menu for lunch. A few tried the chupe de camarones while most sampled the rocote relleno; no one tried the cuy or guinea pig. After lunch and a brief rest, a group headed for the Monesterio de Santa Catalina and additional shopping in town. The enthusiasm of the day found them in a celebratory parade, and they became unofficial Arequipenas. The next morning, on the way to the Colca Canyon, which is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon, we drove through miles of colonias that were settled by Incan and pre-Incan peoples who came down from the Andes. In the countryside were vistas of barren terrain surrounded by snowcovered mountains. The volcano Misti, source of the Amazon River, is still active and provides Arequipa with about five tremors per day (although we didn’t feel any). Motoring through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservations or Reserva Nacional Salina y Aguada Blanca, we saw grazing vicunas, llamas, and alpaca. We also saw
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Andean geese and ducks in the wetlands. At the highest point (16,000 feet) were many aryachata, stone monuments for offerings to the mountain gods. The native Peruvians have combined Christianity with their ancient religion, worshiping a combination of gods representing the sun, the mountains, the earth, and the water. We stopped in the small town of Chivay, a farming community surrounded by pre-Incan terraces still in use, where we were once again part of the festivities. Bands and dancers in native costume were pouring from the Cathedral into the plaza, many wearing masks and carrying altars. Our lodging for the night was an eco-style hotel, built with Incan architecture but featuring a spa and private thermal baths in the Colca River. 32 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013
After a late lunch, we separated to enjoy the various treatments. At an elevation of 12,000 feet, it seemed possible to count every star in the Southern Hemisphere while soaking in the thermal baths. We had an early call to travel back through the canyon to the Cruz del Condor and arrived there at the optimum time of 8:30 a.m. We saw giant condors flying in circles, using the thermal currents to gain altitude to leave the canyon and forage for food. They were so close to the viewing area that one could almost see their faces. We returned to Chivay for lunch and found the celebration still in progress, although many groups had retired to private homes for food, beer, and Pisco, the (Continued on page 34)
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Peruvian national liquor. We enjoyed a typical buffet luncheon featuring soups, organic vegetables, quinoa, and various meats - beef, pork, chicken, and alpaca. On the road to Puno after lunch, we were amazed to see real flamingos in the Mirador de Flamencos at 15,000 feet! Puno (12,000 feet) is the gateway to Lake Titicaca; the meaning in native Quechua language is “stone” or “gray puma”. The highest navigable lake in the world, it is the size of Puerto Rico and 600 feet deep, Peru bordering one side and Bolivia the other. According to Andean belief Lake Titicaca gave birth to the sun as well as the father and mother of all Incas – Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo – children of the sun. Legends abound regarding alien portals on the bottom of the lake which will open on 21 December 2012. Our group visited Islas Uros, the floating reed islands, each inhabited by generations of one family. We were welcomed there and had photo ops with the residents. On Taquile Island we enjoyed a luncheon at 14,000 feet. The trip back to the boat was a lot easier than the trek up to the restaurant! Busing the route of the Incas to Cusco took nine hours, with regular stops to view ancient ruins and take pictures of alpaca and llamas grazing at 14,000 feet. The llamas were just outside our windows, and women had set up a small market featuring textiles and other
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Although we had already done a lot of shopping, the selections and bargains here were not to be passed up! handcrafted items. The town of Raqchi was home to significant Incan ruins and is an important place for pilgrimages to the god, Wiracoha, the god of all gods. In the next town of Andahuaylillas, we visited the St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s little church, dubbed America’s Sistine Chapel. It was first built and decorated by the Jesuits; later the Dominicans covered the murals with paintings. We had a free morning in Cusco (11,500 feet) and agreed to meet at 8:30 to make plans. Some attended Mass, and then we all met in San Blas, one of the city’s most picturesque districts. Walking through the Plaza del Armas, we encountered the Sunday military parade. On our city tour, we learned 34 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013
that Cusco was once the heart of the Incan Empire, and the current buildings were built on top of the Incan structures partially destroyed in the 1650 and 1950 earthquakes. The Cathedral is an example of the Colonial Imposition of the Catholic faith on the indigenous population. The grander the building, the more impressive the faith! This one had soaring ceilings, baroque carvings, enormous oil paintings, and glittering gold and silver altars. One of the most famous paintings is “The Last Supper” by a Quechua artist, Marcos Zapata, featuring roasted cuy and the face of Francisco Pizzaro imposed upon the body of Judas. The temple of Qorikancha (Golden Temple), built to honor the sun, offered fine
scenery. The climate in Aguas Caliente (2,000 feet) was semi-tropical and the grounds of our hotel were lush with greenery, orchids, and Bird of Paradise flowers. The brave ones left a 4:30 a.m. call for an early bus to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, and the early hike up Huayna Picchu, an Incan path leading up the sugarloaf hill in front of Machu Picchu. Those arriving early saw the sun rise over the ruins as the cloud cover broke. Only Barb and Barbara completed the hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, which was no easy feat! The guided tour began at 11:30. Machu Picchu is the best preserved of the Incan ruins and remains a mystery regarding its origins and abandonment. It is a marvelous example of Incan engineering and irrigation techniques and must have played a very important role at some time during the Incan era. Myths abound about Machu Picchu, but no one can dispute the exceptionally powerful and positive vibrations present there. We left Aguas Caliente on the 4:30 train back to Cusco after a long day.
The next morning we departed for Puerto Maldonado, our gateway to the Amazon jungle. We were taken by boat on the Madre de Dios River to our destination hotel, a five-star camp with a large restaurant, meeting area, and individual cabanas for residence. After refreshing ourselves, we were ready for a twilight river cruise. Staying close to the bank, we glimpsed a number of caimans, a relatively small species of crocodile. After Pisco Sours and dinner, we retired to our cabanas where we found the lanterns lit and the mosquito netting lowered, creating a cozy atmosphere for sleep. We were up early for a canoe tour of Lake Sandoval. Walking through the Tampotata Reserve, we saw marvelous sights â€“ giant ficus trees, scurrying pacas, parrots nesting in dead trees, army ants, and huge termite nests. Rowing close to the lakeshore, we saw lake caimans and Marian spotted a large snake sunning on a low branch. Our guide identified it as a fer de lance, a deadly South American viper. Searching the dense growth and the tall canopy of the surrounding jungle, we saw many colorful birds but no anacondas. After lunch and a short siesta in our individual hammocks, we set out for the Canopy Walkways. A short hike took us to the first tower and we began our climb of 155 steps to reach the walkways. We literally walked over the top of the jungle on eight connected, swinging bridges. Looking out, not down, we spotted a red Howler monkey. The next day was our last in Peru, flying from the jungles to Lima. Our flight was delayed, so we had time for an abbreviated city tour. Lima was the capital of Spainâ€™s colonial empire for 300 years, and there are many fine examples of the architecture of the period around the Plaza del Armas. Like many cities, the growth is in the suburbs, and we were driven to Miraflores, a modern area. After dinner we headed for the airport for an early morning flight to Mexico City, connecting to San Antonio. While awaiting our departure, we finally had time for a relaxing game of Mahjongg! A nne B yrne
examples of the mortar-less masonry and trapezoidal doorways typical of the engineering skills of the Incas. Several miles outside the city we visited the ruins of Sacsayhuaman (Sexy Woman), a three-tiered zigzag fortification. One particular stone used in the structure weighed more than 300 tons! The next morning we set out on a tour of the Sacred Valley. The first stop was the Pisac market. Although we had already done a lot of shopping, the selections and bargains here were not to be passed up! We lunched at the Restaurant Touristico and had a taste of Chicha, a corn beer brewed and sold from rural homes. Tradition had us pour the first taste on the ground to gain the blessings of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth); we agreed that she was welcome to the entire shot! Our drive took us through Urubamba, named for the river flowing through this fertile valley and then on to Ollantaytambo. The ruins there featured large steep terraces and mark one of the few places the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. We boarded the Vista Dome train to Aguas Caliente here. The rail followed the Urubamba River through spectacular
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It’s 5:30 a.m. and lights are turning on in the Greystone Dorm at Schreiner University. Fifteen minutes later, 43 young men and women are engaged in their morning physical fitness session – push ups, sit ups, and circuit training; all culminating an hour later with one, two, or three laps around the onemile campus drive. Then it’s back to the dorm to clean up, have breakfast, and head to 8:00 a.m. classes. What sets these university freshmen apart from the other 1000 students at Schreiner? Each Greystoner has a dream of attending a Federal Service Academy – the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the Coast Guard Academy at New London, or the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.
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ach young man or woman is a high school graduate who did not earn an appointment to one of the afore mentioned academies. They come from throughout the nation to Greystone Preparatory School at Schreiner University for a second chance. Most are successful in making their dreams a reality. Over the past eight years, 85 students have graduated from the Greystone program, 83 have earned officer program scholarships, and 74 have earned academy appointments. That’s 89 percent who have gone on to the academies! More importantly, the Greystone graduation rate from the academies stands at 92 percent – as compared to the normal graduation rate from the academies of 70-80 percent.
to their Congressman and two US Senators, in addition to the Vice President, for nominations to the academies. They meet with admissions officers from the academies throughout the year and oftentimes visit with Greystone alumni who return from the academies or the Fleet and Field upon graduation. But there’s more to Greystone than challenging university-level classes and rigorous physical conditioning. There are four-hour study halls sixnights-a-week, Saturday morning Leadership and Character Development sessions, and extra curricular activities. Additionally, each Greystoner contributes about 250 hours of community service. Serving one’s country starts at Greystone. The academies are first and foremost leadership institutions. The purpose of the academies is to train
The Greystoners live by an Honor Code and Standards of Conduct they have researched, written, and presented to the community in a public ceremony. To be a leader, each Greystoner learns to give back to the community. The Greystoners are involved with JuMP Start, a mentoring program for youthful offenders who are attempting to turn their lives around, under the direction of Kerr County Judge, Pat Tinley. There is also mentoring with young members of the Boys and Girls Club at the KROC Center. Over the past years, Greystoners have worked with the Wounded Warriors in San Antonio, helped at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, and participated in weekly Toastmaster meetings. And there’s fun! Throughout the year, Kerr County residents open their homes to the Greystoners for a relaxing afternoon on the river, a home-cooked meal, and a chance to “chill.” Greystoners head out to regional and state parks three to four times a year for camping. They participate in Joint Field Exercises with college ROTC units. They also run in one or two marathons each year. A 4.0 GPA and a record marathon time are great to experience, but nothing compares to the excitement when a Senator or Congressman calls to tell a Greystoner that he or she has earned a congressional nomination. The excitement culminates with the final call from that same Congressman or Senator informing the Greystoner that he/she has
Unlike other academy-prep programs, Greystone is the only one-year school affiliated with a fully accredited four-year university. Due to the unique relationship between Greystone and Schreiner, the Greystoners are both full-time university students as well as full-time academy candidates. While at Greystone, the students take 35 credit hours of academy-approved classes that parallel the curriculum that they will have during their first year at the Academy – Chemistry, Calculus, English, History, and Ethics. The final GPA of the Greystone Class of 2012 was 3.78. This academic foundation not only helps the Greystoners get into the academy, but it also helps them to successfully move through the academies to earn their diplomas and commissions as Ensigns and Second Lieutenants. Each Greystoner researches all five academies and applies to at least three of them. They apply
and educate cadets and midshipmen to become the backbone of the military officer corps. Greystone’s purpose, therefore, is to instill in candidates a strong leadership and character foundation. The Greystoners are introduced to demanding leadership and character challenges they will encounter at the academies.
earned their appointment to that academy. That call makes the long hours and incredibly hard work at Greystone all worthwhile. The Greystoner is going to the academy … the next step on his or her journey to become a Commissioned Officer in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013 41
Ann Robertson, President Clay Robertson, Vice-President 290 Thompson Drive Kerrville, TX 78028 830.896.5811
veryday families face decisions about aging parents, and the need to heal and stay independent. This is especially important during the holiday season. The holidays are focused around family, comfort, tradition and warm memories, all aspects that aide in successful healing at home. Home Care offers the option for families to share the holidays with an aging parent while staying at home. When a loved one is not feeling well, most want to be at home, to enjoy the sanctity of their own residence. The goal of home care is to help keep families together and ensure peace of mind, which is particularly important during times of illness. There are several ways home care can help ease the stress of illness during the holidays. During the holidays, many physician offices may close, leaving a patient with questions they may need answered. Home care nurses are available to answer those questions and provide education about medications and disease processes. Our nurses help teach the family and patient how to participate in their health care, get well and remain healthy. Peterson staff develop and deliver an individualized care plan for each patient. Services may include physical, occupational, or speech therapy, lab work, wound care, and nursing to help manage chronic and acute illnesses. Home care is covered 100% by medicare, and has shown to be less expensive than other forms of care. In general, home care costs only one-tenth as much as hospitalization and only one-fourth as much as nursing home placement to deal with comparable health problems.
As the holiday season approaches give the gift of being at home. For a free evaluation or more information call Peterson Home Care at (830) 257-3111.
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I’m M, and I’m half Australian Kelpie, a quarter Border Collie, and a quarter Blue Heeler. Basically this means that I herd and guard everything, and I can really bark when I want to. I don’t like the UPS truck much, so I bark at that the most. I only stay in the yard because I don’t want to get caught outside, but don’t tell Curt and Polly about that. Pooh is a standard poodle, but you won’t know it by her haircut. Polly likes to keep her cut really short because she gets a lot of grass burrs and stickers when we are out at the ranch. Polly doesn’t like to pick them out and I don’t think Pooh likes it much either. Pooh doesn’t know how to play with toys like I do, she barks for no reason and can’t seem to stop once she starts. She’s kind of goofy but I like her anyway.
Maybe you have seen us around the neighborhood, running alongside Curt’s bicycle. We get out pretty early in the morning, and Curt keeps us in really good shape by making us do sprints. We love stopping at the Jones’ house on Rock Barn because we get to say “Hi” to Molly and Emmett. We have two favorite things – going to the ranch and going to Dogologie, our store in Fredericksburg. We go to the ranch with Curt and Polly and love to hunt and run around. We chase hogs sometimes, which makes Polly nervous, and help retrieve game. We have a great time!
At Dogologie, we are the official store dogs; we hang out there Monday through Wednesday every week. We greet people when they come in the store and get a lot of petting and attention. We also get lots of treats! Dogologie has lots of stuff for dogs, including leashes, collars, clothes, treats, beds, carriers, strollers, toys, and travel stuff. It also has lots of stuff for dog lovers, like T-shirts, hats, bags, and mugs. They carry the biggest selection of breed-specific items in the area – over 200 breeds! But the best thing about Dogologie is that they love to have dogs in the store. They even have The Dog Pause, a place where dogs can take a break while their owners shop and eat, right in the store!
So, if you’re ever in Fredericksburg, stop by the store and see if we’re there; we’ll even let you pet us if you’re good.
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Home and business owners everywhere have been looking for ways to ‘go green’ in their everyday lives by using products that have less impact on the environment.
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gardening Although we can garden year round here in the Texas Hill Country, the cooler temperatures, frosty winds, and the occasional “talk” of snow during the months of December and January make it less than desirable for some. The onset of winter often brings bittersweet feelings for gardeners. On one hand, you reflect warmly on all that was accomplished during the season – be it a single giant watermelon, a bumper tomato harvest, or vivid memories of the color displays provided by your flower garden. On the other hand, you can’t wait to get the spade in the ground in the spring and it’s driving you crazy.
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Indoor Gardening Tips and Ideas By Lynne Schuneman | Photography By Jarrick Cooper
Just because the outdoor growing season has come to a close, there’s no reason you have to put your garden on the back burner. If your thumb remains perpetually green, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your gardening itch during the off-season – bring it indoors!
Plant a countertop herb garden. Nothing makes food taste better than fresh herbs. Have some fun and think outside the terra cotta pot when it comes to containers. Use old kitchen canisters, antique cracker tins, or coffee cans; almost anything can be used. You can start from seeds or plant more mature plants. Herbs may be picked fresh and used for cooking. Try not to overwater and a couple of times a week move them to a sunny window where they will get a few hours of sunlight. In the spring, these plants can be moved outside. A small herb garden is handy when fresh herbs are required for a recipe and on a chilly winter day when you choose to sit back and enjoy a cup of tea flavored with mint leaves.
Create a Cactus Garden. There are many species of cacti, some with outrageous colors, some with small yet flashy flowers, and some with weird shapes and sizes. You can use a large container with several varieties of cacti, or plant baby cacti individually in coffee cups to make a petite, decorative conversation piece. Cacti need sunlight, so be sure to use containers that will fit on your windowsill and be sure to use a cactus planting mix instead of the usual potting soil. A top layer of pretty pebbles provides a nice finishing touch. Ideas of cactus gardens are limitless. Just be creative and give it a try. I guarantee that you will find a lot of fun in making a cactus garden.
Add Instant First Aid To Your Kitchen. Aloe Vera plants are easy to care for; all they need is lots of sun, warmth, and a minimal amount of watering. The best part about aloe is its’ practicality! Treat burns from minor mishaps in the kitchen – from grease splatters or hot utensils – or take the itch out of insect bites. To apply simply break off a plump outer leaf from the plant, cut it lengthwise, and scoop out the contents or simply snap a leaf in half and squeeze out the cooling gel on to your burn or abrasion for relief.
Plan A Perfect Garden. Christmas is finished. It’s January, plans for the New Year have begun and spring is just around the corner! Start planning your garden well in advance so you will be ready to get to work when planting time arrives. With seed catalogs, a plant guide, and graph paper in hand, cozy up to the fire and begin thinking about what you will plant in the spring. Research outdoor planting dates for different crops, note what seeds you already have, what you need, what worked well last year, and new things you want to try; then draw up a garden layout of what will be planted where. A well-planned garden is easier to care for. It saves time in the garden and is more productive than an unplanned garden. (Continued on page 50) LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013 49
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Find fragrance and beauty in flowering houseplants. If your home is drab and dreary, flowering indoor plants can enliven it with color and aroma. Wendy Massey, of Alltex Nursery in Kerrville, suggests the following for indoor winter color: Cyclamen, Paperwhites, Amaryllis, Hyacinth, Kalanchoe, Gerbera daisy, and Reiger begonia. She says, “It is important to place these in the brightest light possible; deadhead once blooms are spent, and avoid overwatering or allowing them to stand in water. Placing them outside a few hours on sunny days will prolong blooming and vibrancy.”
Jump-Start your Spring Garden by Starting Seeds. Now that you’ve planned your garden, give those veggies a boost by starting them inside. It’s fun and economical! All you need is small used food containers, potting soil, and flower or vegetable seeds. Mark each container with its contents so you won’t forget what you’ve planted, as seedlings can be difficult to identify. A tip for helping your seeds germinate faster is to place a piece of your kitchen plastic wrap over the top of the seeded containers. This keeps the moisture and heat in the soil, both of which, along with a warm room and sunshine, are required for germination. Another option is to purchase a seed starter tray with a clear plastic lid. As soon as the weather warms up in spring, you will have seedlings ready to go in the ground.
So, when the weather keeps you inside, you don’t have to let it keep you waiting until spring to start up gardening activities again. There are plenty of things you can do through the winter months!
Everyone needs a bath buddy! Lavender planted in small plastic pots makes a wonderful stocking stuffer. Freshly cut leaves tossed into warm bath water creates an instant herbal bath that is sure to soak away the post-Christmas blues.
Need a creative thank-you for the gracious holiday host? An herb garden is a perfect gift for someone who loves to cook!
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Keep the kids busy while they wait for Santa. Let them create their own cactus garden of succulents without spines. Add a couple of rocks and a miniature toy dinosaur to instantly create a fun, “prehistoric” look.
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Comanche Trace residents are known to step up to the plate to help those in need in our community. Ingrid Painter and Stacie Keeble are two such residents who have dedicated their support to a project that will benefit more than 4,000 struggling young adults in our area â€“ the Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) Health and Human Services Kerrville Transition Center.
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BCFS’ Kerrville Transition Center will be hosting a Lunch and Learn for Comanche Trace residents on January 22nd at the Pinnacle Grill. All residents are invited to attend the event, so mark your calendars. BCFS’ Kerrville Transition Center is presently located at 1105 East Main. To donate to the “Step Up for Youth” campaign, please visit www.bcfs.net or mail your tax deductible donation to: “BCFS - Step Up for Youth Campaign,” 550 Earl Garrett, Suite 114, Kerrville, Texas 78028. For questions, contact Kathleen Maxwell at 830.928.9387 or Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org
ive years ago, BCFS established the Kerrville Transition Center just east of the Kerr County Courthouse. With neighbors like Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and the Christian Women’s Job Corps, the location was perfect for the “one stop” center, which offers counseling, case management, medical care, and emergency housing. The center also helps with life skills training, literacy training, educational support, and employment connections to former foster youth, youth in the juvenile justice system, high school dropouts, and homeless young adults. Because other non-profit organizations, government agencies, and community partners are housed and work at the center with BCFS, youth can more easily access services, and existing resources are not duplicated. This methodology also boosts innovation through shared talents and stretches financial resources to support many missions. “A few years ago, I was appointed to the Civil Grand Jury in a large county in California. Most of these young people came from dysfunctional families and ended up in foster care until they reached the age of 18. Our investigation revealed that when these young people turned 18, they were dropped from the foster care program leaving them without any education and survival skills,” said Comanche Trace resident, Ingrid Painter. Since opening, the BCFS Kerrville Transition
Center has helped thousands of homeless and to build the new 16,000 square foot facility. Now struggling youth find the resources they need to get BCFS is looking toward area businesses, private their lives on track and grow into self-sufficient, lawfoundations, and individuals to also make an abiding, and employed adults. investment in this proven project that will not only “The benefits of the transition center reach be home to the transition center but also four other beyond just the teens and youth we serve. It impacts nonprofits – Art to Heart, Families in Literacy, The the community through the prevention of crime, Pregnancy Resource Center, and Partners in Ministry unemployment, teen pregnancy, Vision Youth. Last year, homelessness, and drug and these nonprofits, together, When we leverage our substance abuse,” said Terri Hipps, served more than 4,000 BCFS Executive Director for Teen & people. This new center talent, space, and resources Youth Services. “When we leverage will create a dynamic in a smart and shared way, the our talent, space, and resources in synergism among the results are lives that are more a smart and shared way, the results agencies, increase their promising and a community are lives that are more promising effectiveness as well as that is more prosperous. and a community that is more cut down costs for all prosperous.” nonprofits. Today, the demand for services has increased “BCFS is unique and invaluable to our community exponentially, causing the center’s programs to because [the organization] provides kids without now spill out into different locations – negating the prospects a ‘one-stop shop’ that will give them an effectiveness of the “one stop” model. This is one array of opportunities,” said Stacie Keeble, attorney reason why support from Comanche Trace residents and City Councilmember. “At the new BCFS campus, like Ingrid and Stacie are so important. kids will be able to finish high school or earn a GED, BCFS has launched a $1.9 million capital learn a trade, obtain a job, find encouragement, and campaign titled “Step Up for Youth”, to build a even find a home.” larger transition center that, once complete, will be Painter added, “The reason why I support the the most robust site for care and compassion for Hill ‘Step Up for Youth’ campaign is that the transition Country youth. center will provide our at-risk and homeless youth The Cailloux Foundation has already provided with the skills and support they need to survive in BCFS with a generous $500,000 challenge grant today’s world.”
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A Christmas Gift to Kerrville The Faltin & Schreiner General Store By Joe Herring Jr.
On Christmas Eve 1869, in a small 16-foot by 18-foot frame building in what is now downtown Kerrville, a great chapter of the history of Kerrville and the Texas Hill Country began.
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errville itself was not much to look at then, in those early years after the Civil War. There were only a few houses, mostly shacks. Kerr County, which was organized in 1856 – thirteen years before our tale begins – was still served by a log courthouse facing Jefferson Street. The “Public Square”, today’s courthouse square, was then occupied by a log shack, its walls held up by poles so it wouldn’t tumble down. The shack was the home of a man, whose occupation was listed as “bear hunter”, and no public buildings stood there. A year later in 1857, Rosalie Hess Dietert described Kerrville as “a village of a cluster of five small log huts, of one or two rooms, a wilderness of trees, and grass as high as a man, with Indians skulking through.” The Dieterts built the town’s sixth house, which “had three rooms and was built of cypress timbers cut on the saw mill.” Rosalie’s husband, Christian Dietert, set it up near today’s One Schreiner Center. That three-room house was the nicest house in the community. In the decade since then, Kerrville had not grown much for several reasons. One was the Civil War, which took most able-bodied men from the county, leaving the community vulnerable to raids by local bands of Native Americans. Another reason was that there was simply no money in the country. Life here was hard and prospects did not seem good. There were no families lining up to move to our part of the world. In fact, there were few who had even heard about Kerr County.
None of the old rock buildings we’d recognize in the downtown area had been built by 1869. Not the Favorite Saloon on Water Street, not the Guthrie, Masonic, or Weston buildings on Earl Garrett, not the fine rock home of Captain Charles Schreiner on Earl Garrett Street, nor any of the large rock buildings we call the Schreiner Building today. If we could be transported back in time and stand at the intersection of today’s Water and Earl Garrett streets, there are likely none among us who would know where we were. Aside from the hills and the laughing Guadalupe River below the bluff at the end of Earl Garrett Street, there would be nothing recognizable in any direction, and even the hills and river would look different than they do today. However, the feeling of unfamiliarity would begin to change on Christmas Eve 1869. Where Charles Schreiner’s home now stands was that little 16-foot by 18-foot frame building made of white-washed cypress planks, and bordered by a picket fence. It faced a mud street, then called “Mountain Street”, and served the tiny, rugged community as a general store. J. Evetts Haley, in his book, “Charles Schreiner, General Merchandise”, published in 1969 by the Charles Schreiner Company, describes the little building as having double front doors, two front windows, another door, and a stovepipe, “which elled out the side of the building.” In back, there was a lean-to shed, used as a “storehouse and as sleeping quarters for the clerks. But at first there were no clerks.” At the back of the shed was a cellar, used to store “barrels of coal oil, beer, whiskey and molasses.” There was a long counter running the length of the building, which “described an L at the back to cut off a small space that served as an office, and to shelter, at its base, barrels of sugar, coffee, rice, lard, and dried fruit.” Haley continues, “On the back wall was a stock
of groceries, while the long counter to the side cut off the dry goods that lay in assorted bolts of calico, jeans and hickory on rough shelves along the wall. On the opposite side, harnesses and saddles hung on hooks at the front, and wooden ware – buckets, kegs, and tubs – hung on the wall behind the stove.” The merchant of this store also stocked “an assortment of patent medicines – Jane’s Tonic, Pain-Killer, Ayer’s Pills, Hostetter’s Bitters, Vermifuge and other concoctions.” Most customers usually recovered in spite of these remedies. Whiskey was a big seller and was stocked in three or four grades, some selling for as low as fifty and seventy-five cents a quart, others as high as a dollar. I’m not completely sure all “grades” of whiskey were not drawn from the same barrel. That little store in the tiny cypress building, known as Faltin & Schreiner, opened on Christmas Eve 1869. Charles Schreiner, as we remember him, was a man of wealth and influence, with a keen business mind and a generous spirit for his community. But he was not wealthy or influential in 1869. In 1857, at age 19, he came to Kerr County and built a cabin on Turtle Creek, ranching there with his brotherin-law, Caspar Real. He applied for
citizenship here in 1860. For a short while, he and Real supplied Camp Verde with goods. Then the Civil War began, which divided the citizens of Kerr County like no other event since. Charles Schreiner enlisted and served as a private in the Confederate Army. One of his brothers, a Unionist, died at the Battle of the Nueces. His bones are interred in Comfort beneath the Treue der Union monument. When the war finally ended and Schreiner marched home, he returned to Turtle Creek, south of Kerrville, but his eye was on the little village forming here and he was determined to play a part in its growth. For instance, he was elected District Clerk in 1865, some four years before opening his Kerrville store, showing he was already held in high esteem in our community before his commercial success. In fact, in 1868, a year before he opened his store here, he was elected treasurer of Kerr County, a post he held for thirty consecutive years. (It was during this time, as District Clerk, Schreiner began dropping the “s” from Kerrsville. His editing stuck, thankfully.) On Christmas Eve 1869, Charles Schreiner, a young 31-year-old veteran with little experience as a merchant, opened his general (Continued on page 56)
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store on a muddy street in a town so small none of us would have recognized it. He had obtained the backing of an “oldworld” merchant from Comfort, August Faltin, who supplied the capital for the enterprise, and, I’m sure, plenty of advice on how to get started. That first day of business did not portend a successful enterprise. Only two sales were recorded, both on credit, totaling $3.50. George Hollimon, Sr. bought seven-and-ahalf pounds of coffee for $2 and John D. Wharton bought two quarts of whiskey for $1.50. The only other entry that day – Charles Schreiner withdrew $1 cash. On what he spent that dollar, no one knows. He didn’t withdraw any more cash from the drawer for more than two months, taking $2.65 for a trip to Fredericksburg. Given his later success, I wonder if he didn’t put those funds to work in some way. By the end of his first week in business, he had 41 customers; many of those early customers were from families who traded at the store for generations. His growing family continued to live out on the ranch at Turtle Creek for about a year after he opened the store. On Christmas 1871, two years after the store opened, Charles Schreiner bought presents for his family at his own store, buying two fifty-cent hats, a French harp, a belt, eleven yards of “Swiss”, a clock, and two prize boxes; in total, he spent $9.47, almost half of which went for the clock.
Here’s why Christmas Eve 1869 was such an important date in our community’s history – at that little plain store, a great enterprise began, which would grow to include not only the store, but also banking, ranching, land holdings, and supplying the world with wool and mohair. The success of the little store provided the capital, which brought the railroad to Kerrville in 1887. The railroad brought new citizens, visitors, and trade to Kerrville. Most of the old stone buildings in downtown Kerrville were built after the railroad arrived, and were needed only because the railroad had arrived. The town became the market center for all of the surrounding communities – a place where people came to buy, and where farmers and ranchers came to sell their products. The opening of the general store on Christmas Eve 1869 led to the railroad’s arrival in October 1887; the railroad led to the community’s growth and prosperity.
The growth of the community benefited Captain Charles Schreiner in many ways. As his wealth and power grew, he didn’t forget Kerrville; and his generous contributions to his community are well known, from a road fund still in use by Kerr County today, to the university which bears his name. It all began in a little 16-foot by 18-foot cypress plank store on Christmas Eve 1869. That first sale of seven-and-a-half pounds of coffee began a series of transactions that fundamentally changed Kerrville and the rest of the Texas Hill Country. All this from a young immigrant, recently granted citizenship, who had little business experience. It’s not a bad Christmas story, and it turned out to be very good for our community.
Joe’s new book, “Kerrville Stories”, will be available Thanksgiving 2012. It’s a 192-page “coffee-table” style book about Kerrville and its history; on sale exclusively at Wolfmueller’s Books and Herring Printing Company in Kerrville, and at www.joeherringjr.com. 56 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013
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rom New Braunfels to Lampasas and in between, wineries open their doors to holiday revelers from November 30 through December 16. Tickets are $60, and include an exclusive grapevine wreath, one ornament per winery visited, and a 15 percent discount on three-bottle purchases. Wine tastings are not included in the trail price. If partaking as a couple, only one ticket is needed to follow the Texas Holiday Wine Trail. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased at www. texaswinetrail.com. Carolers, Christmas trees, and holiday festivities will greet travelers at each winery. Do not miss this unique opportunity to experience the winter winery atmosphere! The holidays are the perfect time to visit any of the 32 members of the THCW for the full wine tasting experience. Many wineries offer holiday lights on display in addition to opulent tasting experiences. Lodging at or near many
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Texas Hill Country Wineries (THCW) offers wine connoisseurs an opportunity to rejoice in the holiday season while embarking on a unique variation on the typical wine trail. Texas Holiday Wine Trail invites enthusiasts to partake in a variety of activities at two-dozen wineries; including art shows and exclusive wine and barrel tastings paired with appetizers. In addition, participants have the opportunity to pick up an original holiday wreath and specialized ornament from each winery.
hill country events of the wineries is available and can be found at www.texaswinetrail.com/about/texas-hill-country. Make your reservation today to capture the full impact of a winery in the winter, which many winemakers consider a special time of year. Pedernales Cellars celebrates its fourth birthday in style on December 8. The winemakers offer cake, live music, and other festivities. All visitors who bring a canned food item will receive a ten percent discount, and items will be donated to the Fredericksburg Food Bank. Lend a hand while celebrating with Pedernales Cellars. With so many wineries to choose from, it can be hard to make a decision. Recently, THCW members received a variety of accolades. Texas wineries were recognized as the “Second Most Visited Wineries in the Country”, solidifying the Texas wine industry’s place in the ranks of top wine producers. Many visitors are drawn to the more than 30 wineries in the Hill Country. Surpassing Virginia, Cape Cod, and Indiana, www.away.com listed the Texas Hill Country as number one on its list of “Top Ten Hidden-Gem Wine Regions.” In addition, William Chris Vineyards in Hye, Texas had its 2011 John Dale Vineyards Blanc du Bois named to Sunset magazine’s list of “Top 43 Wines to Buy Now”. Passengers taking flights booked through www.CheapFlights.com were able to read “Don’t Underestimate Texas Wine”, that recognized Fiesta Winery, Perissos Vineyard and Winery, Wimberley Valley Winery, Stone House Vineyard, and Fredericksburg Winery. The details for all 32 members of THCW are available online at www.texaswinetrail.com. January may be colder, but it is an intimate time to visit wineries and get the personal touch at many tours or tastings. Winter is a magical time to visit members of THCW, many of which are within an hour’s drive of Kerrville. For a complete listing of activities, including live music on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the winter months, be sure to check the Winery Events page on the website. LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013 57
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November 8 – December 9 Texas Furniture Makers Show Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Kerrville
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November 23 – December 31 Starry, Starry Nights www.llanochamber.org Llano
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November 16 – December 14
November 25 – January 5
Artmart Hill Country Arts Foundation Ingram
Fredericksburg Eisbahn www.skateinfred.com Fredericksburg
November 17 – January 1
November 30 – December 9
Hill Country Christmas Lights www.hillcountrychristmaslights.com Johnson City
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“The Plight Before Christmas” VK Garage Theater Kerrville
Living Story of Christmas www.fumcjctx.org Johnson City
Annual Night-Time Christmas Parade Boerne
Blanco Christmas Parade & Evening on the Square www.blancochamber.com Blanco
Lighted Christmas Parade Court House Square Llano
Annual Lighted Christmas Parade Wimberly
Cowboy Capital Opry Silver Sage Corral Senior Center Bandera
First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg Chamber Lighted Christmas Parade Fredericksburg
December 7 â€“ 8
Craft and Bake Sale Bandera United Methodist Church Bandera
A Timeless Christmas in Johnson City www.nps.gov/lyjo Johnson City
Tubing On Snow! www.llanochamber.org Llano
Hill Country Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert Cailloux Theater Kerrville
Annual Holiday Breakfast Kroc Center Kerrville
42nd LBJ Tree Lighting Lyndon B. Johnson Park Fredericksburg
Cowboy Capital Opry Silver Sage Corral Senior Center Bandera
Wild Game Dinner Grace Lutheran Church Bandera
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HCM RATINGS & REVIEWS
“This is a great hospital! Even though we live in Kerrville, this is our medical community. The nurses, doctors and staff can’t be beat.” —Kerr County Resident
“I felt like I was their only patient!” —Kimble County Resident
“I’ve been in several hospitals but never have I ever been in one like HCM. Thank you for being there for everyone in the Hill Country.” —Kerr County Resident
What if every US hospital performed like HCM?*
The Future of Health Care Should Look a Lot Like You The secret to remarkable health care? Actively listening to your patients at every turn. Hill Country Memorial (HCM) in Fredericksburg, Texas was recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in April 2012 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). The award is based on its performance in vital areas of patient care—quality measurements the hospital regularly monitors through its direct patient feedback. The ranking is considered one of the most esteemed in the health care industry, placing HCM alongside such notable hospital systems as Baylor University Medical Center and the Mayo Foundation. “The Top 100 Hospitals are chosen from nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide,” explains HCM CEO, Michael R. Williams, MD, “and given that none can apply for this honor this recognition is the highest award any US hospital can attain.” Truven Health Analytics is a
More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved. (per yr)
leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. Its researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute care non federal hospitals using public information that includes patient safety and satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “We take great pride in being selected as one of the handful of sole community hospitals on this list,” said Williams. In 2012, Harvard School of Public Health also recognized HCM as being a leader in patient engagement while becoming the first hospital in the US to integrate into its website a five star Ratings and Review system for patients. The goal: gather “real time” feedback from patients and family members to elevate the patient experience and drive continual improvements across every department in HCM’s organization. “Achievements in quality of care, and the patient experience are critical today,” adds Williams. “Everyone
Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complicationfree. (per yr)
wants to know what health care will look like in the future. We believe it revolves around giving our patients a voice that keeps us both accountable and focused on remarkable care.” As a 100 Top Hospital, HCM offers a quality of care recognized as being among the best in the nation. “We strive to meet the needs of the communities we serve through our efforts and innovation, and the generosity of our Hill Country Foundation donors,” said Williams.
Serving the Community’s Evolving Needs Restore, the hospital’s Remarkable Joint Replacement program exemplifies how HCM responds to evolving health care needs. A growing number of retirees move to the Hill Country and look forward to an active and full life, but painful knees or hips can put an end to their dreams. The Restore program helps
More than $4.3 billion could be saved. (per yr)
The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day. *Truven Health Analytics
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people regain their independence and rediscover their favorite pastimes. Restore’s patient-centered program emphasizes an advanced series of techniques to greatly reduce pain and offers a dynamic physical therapy program to encourage patients to resume activities as quickly and comfortably as possible. Today, folks travel to the HCM Restore program from all parts of Texas to have their knees and hips replaced. The HCM team is on a remarkable journey, one dedicated to reshaping health care where it matters most— with every single person who selects our services. Read what our family, friends and neighbors have to say about their experience with us by visiting our RATI NGS AND REVI EW S online at hillcountrymemorial.org
“Was it my mammogram, or a trip to a day spa? Beautiful facility. Compassionate care. Designer coffee. Plush robe. Toiletries after my procedure. Rapid results, which I especially appreciate because my mom had bilateral breast cancer. Thank you!” —Gillespie County Resident / RATINGS & REVIEWS
next day appointments same day results (for morning appointments) safest and most comfortable mammograms in the Hill Country 5 star reviewed
HCM QuickDraw •
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Restore Just four weeks after knee replacement surgery, Restore graduate Wayne Theiss was back on his Harley. ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
*HCM’s Restore Program is #3 in Texas for Joint Replacement. *www.carechex.com
Remarkable Health Care
HCM Breast Center
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(830) 997-4353 / Fredericksburg hillcountrymemorial.org
The Beginning of a Dream
arts and entertainment
25 Years of Strings By K at h l e e n Vincent
Over 25 years ago, after watching a violinist on television, a little girl told her mother, “I want to do that.” That little girl’s mother began a journey to fulfill her daughter’s dream to learn to play the violin.
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In 1987, the Suzuki String program was started with only eight violin students. That program grew into an orchestra in 1995 as an outreach music ministry of Kerrville First United Methodist Church. As a result, the Hill Country Youth Orchestras were officially incorporated into a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1999. Over the years HCYO grew under the leadership of its Board of Directors and Lynda Ables, Director of Music for the Kerrville First United Methodist Church and HCYO Facilitator from 1995 until her retirement in 2009. Today Rev. Don McAvoy, Minister of Music at KFUMC and HCYO Facilitator, and Patricia Lee, HCYO Conductor and Kathleen C. Cailloux Director of Education for HCYO, along with a faculty of talented professionals, continue the legacy started 25 years ago. In 25 years, HCYO has grown to more than 100 students from throughout the Hill Country — Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Ingram, Harper, Center Point, Comfort, Bulverde, Boerne, and San Antonio. There are six orchestras within HCYO: “Pre-Twinkle” for the very youngest players, “Twinkle Beginning Strings Class” for young string players, “Allegretto Orchestra” for players with one-to-two years of string experience, “Concertante Orchestra” for students with two or more years of string experience, “Junior Sinfonia” for more experienced string players, and “Sinfonia” for the most advanced level of string players. Sinfonia also includes brass, woodwind, and percussion players. HCYO students participate in a December concert and a Spring concert on the beautiful Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater stage in Kerrville, Texas, as well as a fall and winter concert presented at Kerrville First United Methodist Church. Students perform in chamber ensembles, local theatre productions, and are encouraged to attend performances by advanced and professional musicians. They are required to attend a one-week summer string camp or music camps at local and national universities. Small ensembles perform for area nursing homes, civic groups, banks, nonprofit organizations, schools, and make appearances at events such as Kerrville’s 2nd Sunday Serenade during the summer, and also at the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg. Advanced students have been invited
HCYO’s goal is to provide the opportunity for children from all backgrounds and financial levels in the Texas Hill Country to participate in classical and other music genres, and to be involved in a performing orchestra. Nearly all students receive some degree of scholarship assistance for their lessons. Annually the costs for professional teachers and conductors, student lessons, music, instruments, uniforms, and student scholarships are supported by grants from the Cailloux Foundation and Peterson Foundation. Other sources of funding include an annual Scholarship Fund Drive, the generous donations from many enthusiastic supporters from around the country, as well as fundraising events such as the upcoming 6th Annual Robert Earl Keen Concert in February 2013 at the Cailloux Theater.
Dreams Really Do Come True
The greatest measure of success is in the students themselves. HCYO students have received numerous academic and music scholarships to continue their studies at Harvard University, Mercer String Artist Academy, Rice University, Indiana University, and Baylor University to name a few. Participation in HCYO affords young people an opportunity to develop talent that they may not know they possess. Today that little girl who wanted to learn to play the violin 25 years ago is completing her doctorate in musicology and is an accomplished violinist. Who would have known then that this was where the journey would lead her? Please take the opportunity to meet and support the young musicians of HCYO at one of their upcoming concerts or by visiting www.hcyo.org.
to perform with the Symphony of the Hills, the San Antonio Symphony, and numerous summer music festivals such as Cactus Pear Young Artist Program, Eastern Music Festival, Interlochen Music Festival, and Idlewild Music Fest. Each year select HCYO students participate in the extensive audition process and are selected for membership in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra.
Supporting the Dreams of Young Musicians
HCYO believes that unlimited and early exposure to music fosters lifelong recognition of its value and instills life skills, development of leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and discipline.
Coming Events 2012 - 2013 HCYO Christmas Concert Sunday, December 9, 2012 3:00 pm Cailloux Theater 910 Main Street, Kerrville, Texas Admission Free
6th Annual Robert Earl Keen Concert and Pre-Concert Meet & Greet Reception February 2013 Cailloux Theater Please see Cailloux Theater caillouxtheater.com or call the box office (830)896-9393, robertearlkeen.com or hcyo.org for concert and ticket information. “When I saw the passion and the talent that is involved in the HCYO, I wanted to help out. I thought the best way to help was to donate my time as an artist. Put on a concert and give all the proceeds to the kids and the terrific support group that guides them. You would have to go a long way to find such an inspiring, rewarding group of people. We are so lucky to have them right here in Kerrville.” — Robert Earl Keen, singer/songwriter
HCYO Winter Concert Monday, February 18, 2013 6:30 pm Kerrville First United Methodist Church 321 Thompson Drive, Kerrville, Texas
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Health & Wellness
Stress By Leigh Ann Grasso, Pharm.D.
A n n i e ’ s Ap o t h e c a r y – Sp e c i a l t y P h a r m a c y , B o e r n e , T e X a s
Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead, and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression. Maintaining nutritional support is also a must during this time.
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epression that occurs during the winter is typically termed SADD or Seasonal-Affective Depressive Disorder. Symptoms usually start in the fall and continue during the winter; these may include hopelessness, increased appetite with subsequent weight gain, increased sleep, less energy and ability to concentrate, social withdrawal, unhappiness, or irritability. Although most physicians will prescribe an anti-depressant for just a few months, I would rather recommend photo light therapy or vitamin D3 supplementation. Light therapy involves using a special lamp that uses light to mimic the sun to increase your body’s natural production of vitamin D. Light therapy is typically done each morning for about 30 minutes. You can start using light therapy in the fall or early winter before SADD symptoms occur. You can also have your vitamin D levels tested at your physician’s office. The goal level of 25 (OH) vitamin D is 50-60 ng/ml. It may take doses of 2000-10,000 IU/day to get an optimal level. Your doctor may prescribe a weekly dose of 50,000 IU or you can take a pharmaceutical grade vitamin D3 daily to keep your blood level more stable. Getting repeat lab tests will determine how much vitamin D3 supplementation is necessary for you. Vitamin D will help keep the winter blues at bay, but it will also boost your immune system and help you cope with stress. Stress can be managed during the holidays by creating realistic goals for parties, gifts, decorations, and budgets. Procrastination will inevitably lead to higher stress levels, so plan ahead.
Don’t forgo the healthy habits you have spent all year establishing. Overindulgence will only add to your guilt and stress. By eating a healthy snack before parties and staying well-hydrated, you can cut down on the amount of sweets and drinks you consume. Remember to continue getting plenty of sleep and exercise, too. When our bodies are stressed, vitamin and hormone deficiencies become more apparent and our bodies’ resources are used up much more quickly. Maintaining hormonal balance, such as thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and cortisol, will keep you even-keeled. The B vitamins are essential during stressful periods. A pharmaceutical grade B-complex along with a B12 (preferably by injection or under the tongue) may keep your energy levels up so you can tackle the long holiday to-do lists. Adaptogenic herbs can be useful to calm anxiety that is often associated with stress. Rhodiola rosea, Panax gensing, and Cordyceps extract support the body’s adaptogenic response to stress. Elevated levels of our stress hormone, cortisol, can also contribute to extra pounds; therefore, make sure you allow yourself relaxation time to bring those stress levels down. The holiday season can be a very enjoyable and memorable time to spend with friends and family if you remember to take care of your body’s needs. Keep up your healthy habits all year long. Keep your nutrient levels up and you are sure to have fun this holiday season!
By eating a healthy snack before parties and staying well-hydrated, you can cut down on the amount of sweets and drinks you consume.
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The Benefits of Staging Your Home By Reggie Cox
Real Estate Advice
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
Everyone watches HGTV and there are lots of shows with tips and actual stagings from a total mess to a beautifully transformed home where buyers fall in love and buy the house. Real life is not television, but there is good information to be gleaned.
If you will be staying in the home until it is sold, pack and store the items that make the house “your home” – family photos, collections of bells, Santas, ceramic birds, etc. The goal is to help buyers see the house as theirs. A buyer can become so interested in the collections and photos that they forget about the house or feel like they are displacing someone. Make the rooms look more spacious by storing some of the furniture.
Keep the house sparkling clean – be sure not to forget the windows. It is not a good thing when the fabulous views are obscured by spider webs or dirt.
Odors like cat boxes, fried foods, stinky garbage, or excessively sweet candles will send buyers out the door. Scents like cinnamon or baking cookies are appealing and not over-powering. Just be sure it doesn’t smell like cinnamon flavored fried fish. Have an honest friend give it the sniff test because people can become used to odors and no longer smell them. Take a look at these photos for rooms that are ready to be “the chosen one”.
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Attention to Detail
Personified Youâ€™ll Never Want to Leave
By Reggie Cox | Photography by jarrick cooper
ust walking into this house made my pulse quicken – this could be it! I just love the quality touches throughout. The entire first floor is gorgeous white oak specially ordered from a mill in Arkansas. It is not at all like the “engineered” wood floors in so many homes. The moldings are classic and so well done. The large fireplace in the great room adds such charm and warmth to an already cozy space. The library/media room feels like an old friend and the perfect spot to unwind with a good book or favorite film. It just feels so grand.
The master bedroom suite is so perfect for us because my husband and I would each have our own bathroom. His has a great shower and large closet. My bathroom has a comfortable spa tub with a built-in pillow with massaging bubbles. How great is that?! My mirror has crystal sconces and a nice vanity – ooh la la! My closet is huge with builtins and lots of seasonal storage. We will never fight over closet space again. I know he may sneak into my tub once in a while, but oh well. The kitchen is just perfect for me. There are Thermador appliances, Corian countertops with lots of white custom cabinets for storage, a walk-in pantry and large counter so that my guests can watch or help me prepare delicious treats to go with our champagne. I do so love champagne. I can envision it now. Once the trays are ready we retire to the large screened and quite elegant tiled porch to enjoy the stunning views of the golf course and surrounding Hill Country. The porch is so private and it is fun to watch the golfers, knowing they can’t watch us.
The location is just perfect for evenings since the moon comes up over the hills directly behind the house. The full moon looks huge!! The evening breezes are so refreshing after a long day. I just love it out here. I have a large dining room, a very nice breakfast room, but the porch is my favorite place when it is just the two of us. The utility room is unlike most in that there are lots of cabinets and tiled counter space for all kinds of projects. It is bigger than the guest bedrooms and I just love it. There is a studio upstairs – large room, full bath, and huge storage closet. This space could be used for so many things. The floors upstairs are carpeted so it lends itself to a media room, guest suite, craft room, and so much more. There is even a private balcony for just enjoying “me” or “us” time. The views are even more stunning from the upstairs vantage point and wine goes so well with a view. More than any other place we have toured, this one feels more like a “home” than a house. It is all about classic elegance and comfort. Come and take a look! LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013 71
3944 Kite Drive
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This elegant estate home features fabulous views and privacy. Located on a cul-de-sac, the home has a lovely entertaining area in the back yard. It features an outdoor kitchen, pergolas, courtyard, and lots of covered space for furniture. The master suite is large and gracious. Beautiful tub and a separate walk-through shower are featured in the master bath. The media room has a large screen and projection system. Gourmet kitchen and pantry. Huge stone fireplace in great room.
2904 Dry Hollow
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Car Garage + Golf Cart Garage Approx. 2442 square feet, Price: $429,000 ON GOLF! Lovely garden home with great views of golf course. 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, breakfast area, and large dining space. Master suite is well appointed with jetted tub, large shower and walk-in closet. This home is conveniently located to walking trails, fishing lake and community garden.
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3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 3 Car Garage, Media Room and Study Approx: 4266 square feet
2935 Dry Hollow
2889 ROCK BARN
3 Bedrooms + Study, 3 Full Baths, 3 Car Garage Approx. 2968 square feet Price: $499,000
ON GOLF! Lovely garden home with great views of golf course. 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, breakfast area, and large dining space. Master suite is well appointed with jetted tub, large shower and walk-in closet. This home is conveniently located to walking trails, fishing lake, and community garden.
Beautiful, light and bright - located on hole no. 4 of the Valley course with fabulous views. Home has expansive 15 ft. ceilings in entry, dining and great room with fine craftsmanship in the triple-trayed ceilings. The well planned kitchen, has granite counter tops and white cabinets complete with command center. The great room features a stone fireplace and built-in shelving including a display space. Three car garage with extra storage space. Large master suite offers access to back patio with fenced yard and beautiful landscaping. A study with built-in desk and two additional bedrooms and two full baths rounded out this wonderful golf course home.
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 2 Car Garage Approx. 2552 square feet Price: $399,000
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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, Kitchenaide 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 court yard 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 â€“ 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.
3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Including Casita), 2 Car Garage Approx. 2700 square feet Price: $419,000
2861 Rock Barn
3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Garage and Golf Cart Garage Approx. 2791 square feet
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2076 Toscano Way
3 Bedrooms plus Office Nook, 2 1/2 Baths, 2 Car Garage plus Cart Garage Approx. 2765 square feet
Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this spacious home overlooks beautiful views of the golf course and the surrounding hill country. Tile and beautiful wood floors throughout along with high ceilings and a stone fireplace gives this home true elegance. A spectacular master suite with separate sink areas and two closets adds to the great floorplan and function this home provides. The guest bedrooms are large and could be put to use as a nice craft room or additional office space. Enjoy relaxing on the back patio of this quiet and elegant home.
3509 Trail Head
4 Bedrooms + Study + Workout Room, 3.5 Baths, 3 Car Garage, Pool, Cabana, Approx. 4200 square feet, Price: $849,000
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 Stavinoha Enterprises built home 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.
2955 Dry Hollow Drive
2061 Toscano Way
3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Garage Approx. 2518 square feet Price: $499,000
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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 back yard is fenced and this home must be seen for you to appreciate all it has to offer.
Sogni della Vita
Accepting Reservations. Call 877.467.6282 We are still accepting fully refundable reservations for lots in our newest neighborhood, Sogni della Vita. Since this Italian Village community is located on a high vantage point, all lots have stunning views of the golf course and surrounding Hill Country. Many of the 21 lots have views of the club house. This neighborhood will be gated and have a private pavilion. Call our office today to arrange a visit to Comanche Trace to take in the views with Stacy or Stephanie.
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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Bank of the Hills (Comerica 18)
B.J.’s Specialty Salon (page 29)
Celia’s Closet (page 19)
Centurion Homes (page 79)
Comanche Trace membership (page 47)
Comanche Trace Pinnacle Grill (page 5)
Comanche Trace Real Estate (page 68)
Country Chic Exotic Draperies and Fine Linens (page 15)
Evans & Associates (page 80)
Hill Country Memorial (page 2 & 3)
Hill Country State Bank (pages 10 & 11)
Kerrville Title (page 42)
Kiss the Cook (page 19)
Lifestyle (page 78)
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Schreiner Goods (page 29)
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