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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Lifestyle Reader,

December 1, 2013

This has been a beautiful year in the Texas Hill Country. We have received several inches of rain and everywhere you look the colorful fall foliage still lingers. At Comanche Trace, the golf course overseeding beckons players every day with those bent-grass greens. Whatever your preferred outdoor activity, our mild weather will let you get out and enjoy it! This has been a beautiful year in the Texas Hill Country. We have received several inches of rain and everywhere you look the colorful fall foliage still lingers. At Comanche Trace, the golf course overseeding beckons players every day with those bent-grass greens. Whatever your preferred outdoor activity, our mild weather will let you get out and enjoy it! Comanche Trace will soon have a new, energy efficient neighborhood. All fifteen homes will be on golf. Standard home construction will include solar shingles on the roof, tankless water heaters, high-density spray-in foam insulation, xeriscape landscaping, and many more benefits to increase sustainability and reduce carbon footprint. These homes will be under construction and available for viewing this spring. This is a unique product that we are pleased to present on behalf of builder, Anderson Jenkins Signature Homes. Our German Cottage neighborhood has several new units underway. BMC Homes completed two units this fall, one of which has sold. They have begun construction on three more units, one of which is a custom. The two available specs-homes are on-golf and offer a good value with maintenance-free landscaping provided by the homeowner’s association for an additional fee.

The Tour of Homes is scheduled for June 27-29 and July 4-6. We currently have eight homes that will be open during the Tour for your viewing pleasure. Plan to visit us for a weekend, and consider staying in a villa on-property to experience the lifestyle of Comanche Trace. Contact Comanche Trace Realty for your personal tour of our community. Our knowledgeable sales staff has a listening ear and can match buyers with that just right property. It is hard to believe that the holidays are upon us. I highly recommend a tour through the local wineries of Comfort and Fredericksburg for tasty gifts. Check out the carriage rides in Fredericksburg to view the holiday lights! The Hill Country event calendar within this issue has great ideas for holiday daytrips. 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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IN THIS ISSUE DECEMBER 13/JANUARY 14

LIFESTYLE OF COMANCHE TRACE AND THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

8 | GOLF UPDATE

M A G A Z I N E S TA F F

14 | FITNESS

Resolutions for Life

Trevor Hyde - President and Publisher

18 | CALENDAR

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20 | FLAVORS

Jarrick Cooper - Editor in Chief JARRICK COOPER

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

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40 | PET PROFILE Zeus the Harlequin

43 | COMMUNITY

Good Times for a Great Cause

46 | HILL COUNTRY EVENTS CALENDAR

28 | GARDENING

Gardening Gadgets

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

52 | TREASURES

Friends and Historic Building Weave Their Way to Fabulous Gallery

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Colby Nash, Don Grogg, Jane Garbish, Joe Herring Jr.,

JOERG LEHMANN

24 | MEMBERSHIP & EVENTS

Valerie Chambers - Managing Editor

Margaret Shugart, Reggie Cox, Tony Johnson, Trevor Hyde, Valerie Chambers, Lynne Schuneman

GUEST EDITORS Bill & Gay Penak

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

54 | TEXAS WINE & BREW

Bringing Home a Double Gold

60 | THEN & NOW

Hill Country Philanthropy

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FEATURE STORY

Colby Nash, Jarrick Cooper, Lynne Schuneman, Joerg Lehmann, John Rivenburgh, Margaret Shugart, Phil Hamme, Gay Penak, Rick Louk, Gena Teer

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Golf Update

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GOLF UPDATE

BY TONY J OHNS O N , P G A

LGA Member/Member Marian Ezell, Michelle Tomlinson

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We

had many events take place this Fall including our LGA member/ member, Men’s member/guest, the Futurity, MGA Championship, and LGA Player of the Year. The LGA member/member was a two-day eclectic format played on the Valley and Hills. The teams were split into two different flights and each flight was awarded for the top three places. Coming in first place in the first flight was the team of Marian Ezell and Michelle Tomlinson, followed by Margaret Wheless and Ariana Almond in second, and finishing third were Cheryl Wood and Joan Spear. In the second flight coming in first place was the team of Sherry Brown and Maria Swann, followed by Nancy McKeen and Amaya D’Amore in second, and finishing third place were Jan Woolnough and Margie Hirsch. Congratulations to all the teams for their great play and participation.


THE FUTURITY

The Futurity was held on September 26th, 27th, & 28th and the weather was beautiful. We split the field into three different flights and each flight was awarded for the top three places. In the first flight, Mike Lewis and Randy Reinagel won first place; taking home second by one point behind the leaders were Joe Gosmano and Ted Metcalf. Finishing in third was Clay Robertson and Jason Olson. In the second flight, coming in first place was the team of Ronny Carroll and Jim

GOLFER OF THE YEAR

Flight 1- Randy Reinagel, Mike Lewis

Flight 3 – Steve Phillips, Don Marquet, Arvel Martin, Kim Wheless

Flight 2 – Ronny Carroll, Jim Gaertner

Gaertner, followed by Glenn Andrew and John Hall in second, and finishing third was Chuck McKeen and Harry Jacobsen. In the third flight we had a tie for first place with the team of Kim Wheless – Arvel Martin and Steve Phillips – Don Marquet. Both teams played well and split the first and second place purse. In the same flight we had a tie for third place with the team of Leo Clark – Josh Mooney and Dave Phelps – Jack Wilson. The all-inclusive, three-day event was a great success and we would like to thank all members and guests for playing this year.

On Thursday, October 24, 2013, the LGA’s season came to a close with their Golfer of the Year event. During the season 17 ladies qualified for this tournament by having the best Ringer format scores. For the Golfer of the Year the ladies played their own ball and paid out the best Net and Gross scores. Coming in first in the Gross division was Cheryl Wood with a gross score of 92. Close behind in second was Joan Spear with a 95. Diana Bamerick and Ariana Almond rounded out the top Gross scores with a 98. In the Net division we had a close race with Nannine Reynolds coming out ahead with a net score of 76. Just two shots behind with a net score of 78 were Cheryl Wood and Sherry Brown. Thank you to all the LGA members for your participation this year. Also, a special thank you to all the officers for all their hard work Diana Bamerick, Glenda Bumpus, Sherry Maytorena, Lori Hallberg, and Sherry Brown.

THE MGA CHAMPIONSHIP

The MGA Championship was a two day gross and net event to crown the MGA player of the year. Last year, Steve Hultquist won both gross and net divisions and was playing again this year to defend his crown. After round one, Steve Hultquist and John Harrison shot an opening 74 to lead the field in the gross division. In the net division, John Harrison, with his great play, led with a 68. Steve Hultquist finished well with a closing round of 76 to finish the event at 150 taking home the win for the MGA Gross Champion of the year. Harrison shot a net 72 in round two to finish his two day round at 140, winning the MGA Net Champion of the year. Congratulations to Steve Hultquist and John Harrison for winning the MGA Championship gross and net divisions. To all players of the MGA, congratulations for all your outstanding play and participation this year and to our board for running some great events in 2013.

LGA Player of Year – Cheryl Wood and Nannine Reynolds

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GOLF TIP

10 TH ANNUAL JAMES AVERY

HILL COUNTRY GOLF CLASSIC

By Tony Johnson | PGA

On November 8th, 9th, and 10th the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce presented the 10th Annual James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic. With a field of 135 teams this has become one of the top two-man amateur events in Texas. 270 players entered this year to play rounds at Comanche Trace, Riverhill, and Schreiner Golf Club. The format is a two person best ball and is divided into ten flights with about 13 teams in each flight. The field consisted of some of the best amateurs in Texas along with some players who just love competing and playing in the Hill Country. This year, the winners of the Championship flight were Trevor Hyde and Zan Terry with scores of 64, 63, and 65. This event has grown so much due to the great sponsors each year, great course conditions at all three properties, and the help of the title sponsor James Avery. Thank you to all those involved for bringing in so many amateur golfers to Kerrville and its three premier golf facilities, and thanks for all the help from staff and players for participating.

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The game we play today has changed in leaps and bounds for the better due, in large part, to superior equipment. Golf clubs are designed to go straighter and balls are spinning less so players are keeping the ball in play longer through the green. The one thin g that hasn’t changed is the art of putt ing. Instead of swinging hard and hoping to hit the longest shot, putting is an art form of feel and solid putts. Some techniques that professionals use to hit more solid putt s are to put two tees down on both sides of the putter and begin making practice strok es. This will give you some direction, whe ther you are coming inside or outside on your follow-through stroke. The best way to gain feel is to make numerous practice strok es while looking at your target and to feel the speed at which you should be stroking the putt. Great putters have always prac ticed by putting balls while looking at the hole. This technique helps players pick up on touch and the speed of the greens. As all good players will tell you, putting mak es up almost 45% of the game, so to beco me a better golfer and shoot lower scores, put a little time into practicing your putting.


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The

Shortly after Ken Stoepel purchased the Ford dealership from the Schreiner family in 1966, he purchased property “way out of town” (south of the river) to build a new facility. Originally, the dealership was located on Junction Highway where Crenwelge Motors is today. Ken broke ground in early 1968 and completed the new building at 400 Sidney Baker St. S in 1970. A great deal has changed since that time, including the passing of Ken. His sons, Ron and Gerry, currently own the dealership and have lead it successfully through the past two decades with the many ups and downs.

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dealership had a major remodel and facelift in 2005. A new accounting office, updated façade and front entry, new signage, remodeled showroom and parking lot were just a few of the many upgrades. In 2006, the body shop toward the rear of the property was made into Quick Lane, a Ford franchised tire, auto and brake center. Quick Lane is an award winning center for customer service and quality with timely repairs. One area that has been relatively untouched by these remodels over the years is the service write-up area and parts department. Due to some jockeying with Ford’s internal facility oversight, the desired renovations were perpetually delayed, until this year. The dealership was authorized to go forward with a renovation that has been longed desired. It included enclosing the write up area, so it could be climate controlled. Being separated from extreme temperature, noise and exhaust odor, the service advisors now work in a pleasant atmosphere for customers to enjoy. An outside awning was installed over three rear bays to accommodate technicians working outside. The parts area was redesigned and new offices were built. The warehouse was also updated with new parts bins, warehouse floor paint and a shipping / receiving entrance was installed. A service and parts cashier office was installed in the new area, reducing time and increasing customer experience. New furniture was placed in the customer waiting area, as well.


Additionally, in 2010 and 2012, the dealership won the President’s Award, Ford Motor Company’s most prestigious award for Customer Satisfaction. They are on track to win again in 2013!

All the workmanship was first-class. The desks, counters and parts displays were custom-built and exude quality. The new lighting, glass doors and walls all make the service and parts area welllit, open, and inviting. Many customers have already stated they enjoy the new facilities. The employees certainly love the new digs. For three years running, the service center has won the San Antonio Area customer satisfaction award trophy, competed for by all area Ford dealers. Additionally, in 2010 and 2012, the dealership won the President’s Award, Ford Motor Company’s most prestigious award for Customer Satisfaction. They are on track to win again in 2013! If you haven’t visited them recently, go by and experience the award winning service for which Ken Stoepel Ford – Lincoln is known.


How to Turn Resolutions Into Healthy Habits BY JANE GARBISH

Who’s thinking about resolutions? It’s the Christmas season after all. There are way too many things to think about before we have to come up with the obligatory New Year’s Resolutions, right? Besides, those goodintentioned resolutions rarely last, so why even think about them? The answer to that question is simple; if done correctly, resolutions can become healthy habits.

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RESOLUTIONS FOR LIFE

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To give a bit more insight into what most of us already know about New Year’s Resolutions, here are a few depressing statistics from TheWeek.com: • 45% of us make at least one resolution each year • After 6 months, 45% of us have given it up • 88% of all resolutions eventually fail

Of all resolutions made, what are the two most common? Without much thinking you probably would guess:

1> Losing weight 2 > Getting fit

And you’d be right! However, more statistics from the same source tell us that: • 10% of Americans gain at least 5 pounds over the holidays, and at least one pound of that never comes off. (That 1 pound a year adds up…) • 40% of people starting a new exercise program quit within 7 weeks • 70% quit within 12 weeks

Instead of coming up with even one broad-based resolution on January 1st, think about setting small but attainable goals throughout the year. Psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. reminds us, “It is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.” Those small steps will eventually become habits – good habits. These resolutions may be critically important to your health and longevity, so why do they frequently fail? Here’s the reason:

Motivation gets you started. Habit keeps you going… We may genuinely want to lose weight or start an exercise program or stop smoking, for example, but until we turn those desires into actual daily habits, we will not be successful. A habit is defined as a pattern of action that is acquired and has become so automatic that it is difficult to break. We all have some bad habits, of course, but we need to have a process to successfully turn those new motivations into good habits. (Continued on page 16) LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014 15


Here are a few suggestions from the American Psychological Association to make your New Year’s Resolution a healthy habit:

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Start small – Be specific about dietary changes and exercise. Make it your initial goal, for example, to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables daily for the month of January. As far as exercise is concerned, commit to walking at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days each week. Talk about it – When you share your new goals with family and friends, you suddenly become more accountable than when you keep your goals a secret. In addition, write it down! Keep an exercise and/or a food journal and track your progress – everyday. Not every day is going to be successful, but you will know and be able to keep track of your progress. Don’t beat yourself up. No one is perfect, so don’t get discouraged if you veered from your eating plan for one day or skipped your walk. Just know that you’re human, and you will get back on track tomorrow. Ask for support – We’re not experts in every field. If you truly don’t understand how to begin a healthy eating plan, consult

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a dietician or health professional. Show them your eating journal and let them give you suggestions for improvement. Let a fitness trainer design a personalized fitness plan that you can follow, working on your own physical strengths and weaknesses.

Why you shouldn’t wait We are all so proficient at putting off today what we could do tomorrow, or next week, or next year. So it goes with healthy living activities. Why start now when I’ve got plenty of time later? Dr. Mark Lachs, the director of geriatrics at the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System, wrote a book entitled Treat Me, Not My Age (Viking, 2010). He emphasizes that lifestyle choices made in midlife can have a major impact on your functional ability later in life. For example, if you begin a daily walking program at age 45, you could delay immobility to 90 and beyond. But, if you instead become a couch potato at age 45 and remain so, immobility can happen as early as 60. Is that motivating enough for you?

Lessons learned from permanent lifestyle changes: •It starts with a decision. •It begins with the first step. •It’s maintained by doing it even when you don’t feel like it. •It’s a lifestyle change. You’re doing things today that you’ll continue for the rest of your life. You’re making healthy habits! •The best workout for you is the one you will actually do. JANE GARBISH Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer •You’re setting a positive example for your family and friends. TPI Certified Fitness Professional

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DECEMBER 4 DECEMBER 3 Bridge Club 2:00 p.m. Annual HOA meeting

h t e T m i r ree T Golf Shop Sale

MGA 10:00 a.m.

DECEMBER 5 LGA 10:00 a.m.

Lady 9’ers 10:00 a.m.

CART PARADE

DECEMBER 12 LGA 10:00 a.m.

Lady 9’ers 10:00 a.m.

FAMILY HOLIDAY EVENT

DECEMBER 17 Bridge Club 1:30 p.m.

Book Club 4:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 18 MGA 10:00 a.m.

DECEMBER 19 LGA 10:00 a.m.

Lady 9’ers 10:00 a.m.

DECEMBER 7 MGA 10:00 a.m MGA Dinner MORGUEFILE.COM

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DECEMBER 11 MGA 10:00 a.m.

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DECEMBER 25 CLUB CLOSED

CHRISTMAS DAY

DECEMBER 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER


JANUARY 22

JANUARY 15

MGA 10:00 a.m.

MGA 10:00 a.m.

JANUARY 16

JANUARY 23

LGA 10:00 a.m.

LGA 10:00 a.m.

Lady 9’ers 10:00 a.m.

Lady 9’ers 10:00 a.m.

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Bridge Club 2:00 p.m.

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JANUARY 30

MGA 10:00 a.m.

LGA 10:00 a.m.

CLUB CLOSED

JANUARY 8 Mah Jongg 1:00 p.m. Member Happy Hour 5:00 p.m.

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Lady 9’ers 10:00 a.m.

Book Club 4:30 p.m. Location TBA

JANUARY 9 LGA 10:00 a.m.

Lady 9’ers 10:00 a.m.

JANUARY 14 Bridge Club 2:00 p.m.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS CALENDAR OF EVENTS CALENDAR OF

January


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Texas Vodka?

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Since many of my columns focus on the good life, outside of food and wine, my moniker is changing from Food and Wine editor to Flavors Editor for Lifestyle of Comanche Trace and the Texas Hill Country. I will focus on local and distant sources of gourmet foods and drinks and discussions of recent travels which always involve new adventures in food and drink. This article is a good representation of my new title since I am writing about the growing and evolving Texas vodka market. It is very difficult to believe that there are some twenty-four distilleries operating in the state of Texas. Some produce Bourbon like my friend Dan Garrison in Hye, Texas. Others produce rums, gins, and single malt whiskeys. At least sixteen of these distilleries are producing a clear, neutral, flammable spirit that is presumably tasteless, odorless and colorless.

The word “vodka” first appeared in a 1405 Polish government document that used the new word in reference to things like medicine or cosmetic cleansers. The beverage that would eventually be dubbed vodka was known as gorzalka in those days; an Old polish word meaning “to burn”. Chemically, straight vodka is ethanol blended with enough spring or pure water to result in 40% alcohol content or 80 US proof. The first step is fermentation. Corn, rye, wheat, or any other grain, potatoes, sugar cane, molasses, grapes, fruits, or vegetables can be converted to an ethanol concentration of 12% to 18% depending on the sugar content (just like winemaking). Live active yeast much like those used in bread making is added to the food product which begins to convert sugars to alcohol. When all of the sugar is converted by the yeast to alcohol, the fermentation stops and the yeast is killed by the high alcohol 20 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014

content. The fermentation process is the conversion of the natural sugars in these food products to ethyl alcohol or ethanol. At this point, the product could be a beer, wine, or a cider. If the product is then distilled, the result is a neutral alcohol that we know as vodka. The term hard liquor is used in North America to distinguish distilled beverages from un-distilled ones (implicitly weaker). This neutral spirit may then go through other processing, flavoring and aging techniques to produce other spirits such as bourbon, scotch, gin, rum, brandy, and schnapps. If more sugar and flavorings are added the product is called a liqueur.


Most distilleries will distill their vodka multiple times to purify the spirit. Distillation is a chemical process where the liquid is taken to 1200F (the boiling point of alcohol) in an externally heated closed tank. From the top of the tank the alcohol vapors enter a pipe that is then cooled by the outside air or a water cooled chiller to condense the alcohol vapor to a liquid. A single pass through the still makes moonshine or “white lightning”. All of the vodkas are also filtered as many as ten times to produce a very clear, tasteless liquid. All of the Texas vodkas are very clear with no visual impurities. One distillery in San Antonio makes their unique vodka from fermentation of the prickly pear cactus leaves that grow here in the hill country and then distills it to vodka. The nose has overtones of tequila but the taste is almost neutral. Ok, so now you know a bit about the history and production of vodka. A few weeks ago, I assembled a group of volunteer vodka aficionados at my house for a blind tasting of Texas vodkas. Before you ask, yes, each one brought their own designated driver.

We tested

the following Texas vodkas: Deep Eddy Tito’s Starlite Savvy Dash Spike Cinco Enchanted Rock Dripping Springs 1876 Western Son DeLos Lone Star Nue Troubadour Smith’s

Austin Austin Austin Austin Brookshire San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio Dripping Springs Dripping Springs Lewisville Lewisville Lewisville Lewisville Orange Smithville

The tasters are professionals in their own right, but not professional tasters. All of us socially enjoy vodka served either on the rocks or shaken vigorously and then served up in a very chilled glass with various vegetables garnishes. The tasters were: Jarrick Cooper, Editor of Lifestyle of Comanche Trace and the Texas Hill Country; Nancy Watts, Interior Designer; Teri Albright, M.D.; and me. The tasting followed the rules of a blind wine tasting. The vodkas were numbered one through sixteen. They were chilled in the freezer and then poured into identical glasses with corresponding numbers. The accountants for the evening were Milton Shaw, M.D. and Bob Watts, Nancy’s husband. In the first tasting round, each taster was given four or five of the numbered glasses to evaluate. They were also given a glass of purified water and some plain unsalted crackers. Each person scored the vodkas for Aroma, Smoothness, Crispness, Finish, and the Overall Taste experience. The voting numbers were totaled by the Shaw and Watts accounting team. The top two vodkas from each taster were entered into a second round of tasting. From those eight vodkas through another blind tasting, the tasters collectively voted Deep Eddy number one, 1876 as number two and Savvy as number three. I won’t tell the scores of all the rest, but none of them were considered objectionable.

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FLAVORS (Continued from page 21)

After the results were in, we each had our favorite vodka martini made from one of the top three along with some typical vodka accompaniments. We tasted three excellent American Caviars on blinis with Crème Fraiche; Caponata, Gravlax, a duck mousse with truffle, cured meats and various cheeses. No one got blitzed. Throughout the evening the tasters had about the same amount of vodka a person would consume in three cocktails. Again, everyone had a designated driver with them.

House Made Gravlax (Vodka cured Salmon)

1 side of very fresh salmon with skin on and pin bones removed

• Spray both sides of the salmon with the vodka and lie it down on the skin side.

(to be considered fresh, it should not have any smell).

• Mix the salt and brown sugar and sprinkle it all over the meat side of the salmon.

1/2 cup kosher salt

• Cover the meat side with sprigs of the fresh dill and thin slices of the lemon with rind on.

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

• Spray again with vodka.

1 bunch fresh dill

• Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or seal in a vacuum bag, if you have a vacuum food sealer.

1 thinly sliced lemons

• Place filet, skin side down, on a baking pan and place a heavy object on top of it. Store in the

Vodka in a spray bottle

coldest part of your refrigerator. Turn the salmon over every day and place the weight back on it. • After five days remove the plastic wrap or from the vacuum bag.

• Wash the salmon under cold water and dry with paper towels.

• Remove the lemon and dill and lightly wash if desired.

• You can cut it into multiple pieces if you wish.

• Slice in very thin slices.

• The larger the piece, the easier to slice later.

• Serve very cold on unsalted crackers with cream cheese or Crème Fraiche and a cold vodka martini.

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staple for every gardener is containers. There are many unique containers out there … just look around at your local nursery or garden center! You will find everything from classic to whimsical to bodacious when it comes to colors and styles. Functional roller planters have built-in casters, so you can roll them to a sunny spot on the patio and then out of the way for a party. Give your gardener a colorful, stretchy cover to put over a hohum pot and in an instant it’s a decorative planter! Self-watering pots will minimize your gardener’s maintenance chores and provide plants with the consistent supply of moisture they need to thrive. You can also buy self-watering conversion kits which fit in the bottom of almost any size or style of pot if your gardener has already invested in a variety of containers. Want something extremely new and unique? Several garden catalogs are featuring solar powered planters which illuminate when dusk falls and cast a beautiful glow! If your gardener loves listening to and watching birds you can find an assortment of bird houses which will decorate a backyard or garden and provide a home for beautiful birds at the same time. Bird feeders brighten the landscape and attract songbirds or hummingbirds. And additionally, there is a vast assortment of lovely bird baths available. Bird baths don’t have to be big and stately. Dainty ones tuck nicely among flowers or shrubs, adding a splash of color while providing much-needed water for birds. (Continued on page 30)

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Give your gardener a break from weeding, which is one of the most frustrating and back breaking aspects of having and nurturing a garden. You know that if you have even done it once! But it must be done. There are some tools out there that can help ease the process and make weeding fun again! Alright, so they won’t actually make weeding fun. That’s not possible, but there are tools that can make it a lot easier. My favorite is a stirrup hoe. This hoe works a little differently than the regular garden hoe. The blade of the hoe slides about a half inch under the soil and cuts off or pulls out the weeds (depending on their size) with a single pass while leaving the soil and roots undisturbed. Additionally, because the stirrup doesn’t turn the soil, you lose less moisture from your garden. It is the savvy gardener’s best kept secret! Garden accents and yard art are great gifts for any gardener. Bright, metal flowers on stakes add personality and “pop” to gardens and planters. They are always in bloom and will bring joy in any season! Cast aluminum frogs, painted to resemble brass and bronze are sure to add a dash of lighthearted vitality to your gardener’s outdoor oasis. There is also a variety of eclectic, hand painted metal animals to be found. Placed in landscaped areas, these delightful, threedimensional works of art are sure to bring a smile!

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Ann Robertson, President Clay Robertson, Vice-President 290 Thompson Drive Kerrville, TX 78028 830.896.5811

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of “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

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ost years, life around my house during the holidays is focused on buying presents, travel plans to visit family, and preparing holiday meals. It is fun, but I find it to be an exhausting, often stressful time. To top it off, my husband and two daughters have birthdays during the holiday months as well. All of this makes life busy when I just want to relax and enjoy our time together. I have a deep-rooted desire to make a difference in someone’s life, and the current way of doing holidays isn’t always fulfilling. This year, I am presenting an old idea wrapped in a new package to my family to relieve stress and take pressure off of would-be shoppers. It’s called a Christmas Tithe, and it has been around for ages. In the past, you would choose a charity and give a donation in a family member’s name. It’s that easy. (Continued on page 34)

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his year, I want to make it more personal by seeking out the charity of my family’s choice and take a collection to make a more substantial donation … in lieu of any major gifts given to each other. It requires a consensus of many who truly look forward to giving gifts every year (especially my mother who reverts to her childhood at Christmas, bless her heart). Oh, the young nieces and nephews may not receive that little something that they have been yearning for, but they will be involved in an act of selflessness that they will remember for years to come. Making young children aware of the needs of others, then responding to that need is the premise for Lukes’ calling, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” 1 Making a commitment to bless someone tangibly brings out feelings of responsibility to others in ways not often experienced by children. It is said that our nation is experiencing a level of poverty that exceeds the Great Depression. I have read numerous reports that percentages of those living at or below $11,000 annually has grown to almost fifty percent of Americans. I don’t think the numbers are as important as responding to those living around you who need your help. Is taking a meal to your elderly neighbor going to change her economic status? I doubt it. However, the good feeling you and your family get from helping her and establishing a friendship is vital to the livelihood in your community. When children get involved, it definitely impacts their outlook on relationships and helping others because they won’t realize it’s a sacrifice in giving a portion of their food away. They only see the joy on a neighbor’s face, and they feel the warmth of helping out a new friend. Poverty is defined as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” 2 I venture to say it could be any one of us who may be impoverished, and overcome by greed, gluttony, or self-absorption. This can be reversed! Begin by talking to your neighbors and looking at children who go to school with your kids. Find someone who has a considerable need; then look for a way to fill that need. What if you found someone who needed that last $10 to pay a bill? Would you give that $10 to cover that person’s bill? You can if you select “Good Neighbor contribution” on your utility statement when you pay your bill. Another outlet is to contact your church about giving to the benevolence fund. Many churches provide ways to give directly toward specific needs within their congregation that goes beyond the operational budget.

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I have read numerous reports that percentages of those living at or below $11,000 annually has grown to almost fifty percent of Americans.

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a e L k a a r g m e o Scale t t n a W (Feature Story Continued from page 35)

We have numerous organizations within the Hill Country who provide life skill training for youth, after-school care for children, or homes for the lowincome families or homeless. What about the animal welfare organizations, indigent medical care, legal advocacy for children and mentally handicapped adults, etc.? There is almost no end to the needs within the community.

I made a short list of local organizations that could use your help. Remember, there are many others and I only selected those groups that I have regular interaction with throughout the year. Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) is working on a $2 million capital campaign to build a multifunction Transition facility for youth who are battling to become self-sufficient. It will house five partners who serve youth aging out of the foster care system. The services they provide strengthen self-confidence, promote independent living and ultimately create communities with a lower rate of youth unemployment, crime, substance abuse and homelessness. BCFS has been in Kerrville since 2007, and they served more than 1,500 youth in 2012. The needs include job training and placement, counseling for life skills, and an education to earn GED or high school diploma. Monetary contributions will go toward meeting their goal, which is more than 60% complete at this printing. Volunteering opportunities are also available. Contact Kathleen Maxwell at 830-896-0993 or via email at Kathleen.maxwell@BCFS.net. Habitat for Humanity Kerr County is “dedicated to providing decent affordable homes to Kerr County lowincome individuals and families and to the economic health of our local communities.” Habitat not only provides interest-free loans to working families, the mortgages collected are returned to Habitat to fund the next home. One way to help Habitat is to give monetarily. Charitable giving will help increase the number of homes they can build throughout the year. Another method of giving is to volunteer to serve on the construction crew or provide meals to the crews. These folks have well-organized leadership and they are making a huge impact on the Kerrville community. Habitat Kerr County has built 94 homes to date, and they recently had a Habitat home donated back to them when the family was financially able to purchase a new home elsewhere in Kerrville. That’s powerful. Contact the office at 830-792-4844 for more information.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is another national organization with a local presence. Though their branding may not be as recognizable as some groups, the impact they make with youth is priceless. Adult volunteers, or “Bigs”, (with background screening, of course) are matched with children “Littles” in need of a mentor and friend. They provide professional support for one-on-one mentoring relationships. The great thing about BBBS is that you can stay with your Little throughout their school career. Though monetary donations are appreciated, personal volunteers are their greatest need. By participating in BBBS programs, children and youth are 1) 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 2) 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 3) 52% less likely to skip school. Numbers aside, you are investing in the next generation of business people, teachers and leaders when you give of yourself. Call Debra Parmley at 830-257-2477 or via email at dparmley@bigmentor.com. Arms of Hope is a Christian non-profit focused on assisting and extending a loving hand to some of the most disadvantaged children and single-mother families in our culture. They provide life skills, shelter and necessities to change lives in crisis. They provide residential care in a warm, family-like atmosphere with house parents in each home. Arms of Hope also provides life skill training and preparation for employment for high school graduates of their program. Single-mothers are given a safe place to live and raise children with assistance in numerous ways. There are many needs this agency has to fulfill, whether it is clothing, medical care or counseling. Contact them through their website at ArmsOfHope.org, or by calling 830-522-2200. Won’t you join me in helping out where you can? Will you make the choice to take action and get involved in a personal way? Merry Christmas! May the warmth and cheer of the season be yours to give away to others this year. 1 Acts 20:35 2 www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poverty


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Hi, my name is Zeus the Wonder Dane, but you can call me Zeus. I am a Harlequin (someone told me that means Black & White) Great Dane. I am five years old, and weigh 170 lbs. I am new to the neighborhood. I was born in Texas but I moved to Missouri when I was only two months old. I helped my parents, Bill & Gay, breed and show Clydesdale horses. My parents got homesick for Texas (me too, although I don’t remember too much about the state) and moved back in January of this year. We settled into our new home on Rock Barn Drive in June and life has been wonderful ever since. As you can imagine, there have been lots of new experiences for a country dog like me moving to the city. I made the adjustment to my new life in Comanche Trace with lots of help from all of my new friends and their parents. Everyone is really, very nice and I am always glad to see them.

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I love to take walks because I get to see and visit with my friends Lacy, Sheba, Bixie, and Pipp. There are others that I don’t get to see as often, like Alexander and Aggie, but I always look for them. Speaking of Aggie, she is a young Border Collie with lots of energy. She runs and jumps so fast that I get dizzy trying to keep up with her. One of her owners is Emily who always stops her bike to give me hugs and kisses; she is really sweet.

My very favorite thing to do is check all of the trees for squirrels, I stand on my back legs and stretch trying to reach them but it never works out. I have a special friend Maggie, a Black Labrador who likes to sit with me under the trees and stare up at the squirrels. We keep hoping one of those pesky squirrels will fall out of the tree, knock themselves silly and give us our best and only chance of catching one. Probably not going to happen, but we can hope. Did I say I love it here? I do, I am so happy and lucky I live here with all of my two and four-legged friends. They are absolutely the best! Finally, they say every good interview should include something about yourself that would be a surprise and totally unexpected. Well here goes, I am afraid of cats. My parents say I am a “’fraidy cat”. But let’s just keep that as our little secret.

Please stop by to say hello, I look forward to making new friends every day.

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Over 1,000 people gathered at the Comanche Trace Lake to enjoy the first Texas Hill Country Wine & Brew Festival on July 7, 2013. While at the festival, attendees sampled a variety of Texas made wines, the majority of which came from right here in the Texas Hill Country. Ben E. Keith and Brown Distributing represented several different craft-breweries. Wine connoisseurs and beer lovers alike enjoyed a wide variety of spirits and brews, all in the name of a great cause. If tasting wine and craft-brews was not their cup of tea, there were also a variety of vendors with many unique items to peruse. Everything from gourmet pasta, to hand-made bags, and paintings were sold at booths along the lake’s trail, as well as a variety of foods to fulfill their appetites. Attendees also enjoyed live music from three bands throughout the day. Opening the event was the Kyle Bennett

Band, southern country rockers out of Fort Worth, Texas. Next on stage was the up and coming guitar prodigy, Johnny Cooper. Closing out the evening was 2013 Grammy Winner, Bonnie Bishop. The event was a great success for its’ first year and all of the Comanche Trace staff are happy to donate the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Successful mentoring of children leads to brighter futures, better schools and stronger communities. Big Brothers Big Sisters began in 1904 and has been active in Kerrville since 1999. If you are interested in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters by becoming a mentor or in another way, please contact the Kerrville office at 830-257-2447 or visit our website at www.bigmentor.org. 43 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014

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DECEMBER 7

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NOVEMBER 15 – DECEMBER 14 ArtMart Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram

1st Friday Wine Share Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville Chamber Lighted Christmas Parade Main Street, Fredericksburg

Christmas Home Tour Fredericksburg Weihnachts Parade Boerne

“The Christmas Spirit” Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram

23rd Annual Christmas in the Hill Country Country Accents Antiques, Bandera

DECEMBER 6 – DECEMBER 9

Pearl Harbor Day Observance National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 24

DECEMBER 6 – 15

Kerrville School of Dance Winter Recital Kerrville

NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 8

Christmas at Rockbox Rockbox Theater, Fredericksburg

Holiday Wine Trail Texas Hill Country Wineries, Fredericksburg

DECEMBER 3

DECEMBER 6 – 21

Cowboy Capital Opry Silver Sage Community Center, Bandera

“A Christmas Carol” Playhouse 2000, Kerrville

DECEMBER 5

DECEMBER 7

Symphony of the Hills, Christmas Gift Cailloux Theater, Kerrville

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Cowboy Capital Christmas Parade Bandera

DECEMBER 8

Hill Country Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert Kerrville

DECEMBER 12 – 22

Sanders Family Christmas Fredericksburg Theater Company, Fredericksburg


DECEMBER 14 – 15 & 21-22 Boerne Market Days Main Plaza, Boerne

DECEMBER 15

44th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site “Tribute to Tammy Wynette” Cailloux Theater, Kerrville

DECEMBER 20 – 22

Fredericksburg Trade Days Fredericksburg

DECEMBER 21

Kerr County Market Days Kerr County Courthouse Square, Kerrville

DECEMBER 21 – 22

Cowboy Christmas at Enchanted Springs Ranch Boerne

DECEMBER 27 – 31

A New Year’s Extravaganza Rockbox Theater, Fredericksburg

DECEMBER 28

Candlelight Tour Pioneer Museum, Fredericksburg

JANUARY 11

America’s Favorite Music Cailloux Theater, Kerrville

JANUARY 11 – 12 Boerne Market Days Main Plaza, Boerne

JANUARY 12

Art Wine & Live Music TASTE Wine+Art, Johnson City

JANUARY 17 – 19

Fredericksburg Trade Days Fredericksburg

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A D V E R T I S E M E N T

Kerrville Title Company

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Many of life’s most memorable moments are enjoyed in the home. People long to have a smooth, secure experience when making the choice to buy or sell something so valuable. At Kerrville Title Company, Ann Robertson and son, Clay Robertson, are dedicated to giving the best service in the Hill Country in order to make this time of transition a peaceful one.


Ann and her husband, Dickie Robertson, moved to Kerrville 42 years ago. After taking over and eventually buying what is now Kerrville Title Company, Ann and her oldest son, Clay, have had a harmonious working relationship for 17 years. While serving homeowners in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Ann has also been blessed with a large family. She believes that organization is the key to enjoying both work and family. “The more you have to do, the more you can get done,” states Ann. Ann and Dickie have four adult children. Their three sons, Clay, Doug, and Troy are married with families, and their daughter, Elizabeth, is engaged to be married later this year. Ann adores spending time with her twelve grandchildren, and says that, “being involved with all of my grandchildren makes me feel young.” Feeling young is key for Ann, as she has no plans to slow down. “I will always be doing something,” Ann says with a smile. She is presently in her 42nd year of teaching Sunday school at the Kerrville Church of Christ and also serves as a board member for the Museum of Western Art. Her past civic responsibilities have included Vice President of the City of Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation, Secretary of the Hill Country Home Builders Association, Director of the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Executive Women’s Club and the Kerrville Board of Realtors. She also participated in the mentoring program for Kerrville ISD. Ann now finds great reward in ministering to the elderly and being part of a visitation group at her church that regularly visits the senior citizens.

Ann enjoys the title business and says, “It is not all dry research. We have the opportunity to help some interesting people.” She went on to explain that Kerrville Title has closed baseball great, Nolan Ryan, Thomas Haden Church of TV series “Wings”, Madeleine Stowe, and Robert Earl Keen. Ann even remembers a time when a buyer wanted to purchase a property with gold Krugerrands requiring her to contact a coin expert and arrange for an armored car to pick up the coins. Ann believes in taking care of her customers and being willing to accommodate people. Sharing in her vision to provide excellence in customer service is her eldest son and business partner, Clay Robertson. An integral part of Kerrville Title Co., Clay has made the Hill Country home for his family now for 17 years. He and his wife, Allison, have been blessed with four children - Olivia, Juliana, Audrey, and Grant. Clay and Allison love the Hill Country and have found it to be a wonderful place to raise a family. As a man, Clay strives to be a Godly example, a devoted husband and father, and a genuine

friend. He spends a great deal of time leaning on his past experience as a high school coach by teaching and inspiring his children in their athletic endeavors. “I am very blessed to have such a loving wife, who loves and cares for me as well as our children. I also love to watch our children grow and mature in every stage of their lives.” Just as Clay is attentive to his family, he feels that caring about people is highly important in his business. He says he will always be involved in helping others. Clay is currently a member of the Board of Realtors, a deacon at the Kerrville Church of Christ, a member of the Tivy Athletic Booster Club, and a basketball coach for YMCA and Kerrville Swoosh. His past civic involvement includes President of Economic Improvement Corporation, as well as a member of Rotary, Hill Country College Fund, and Young Men’s Business League. He also served as a mentor for Kerrville ISD and is a graduate of Leadership Kerr County. Together, Ann and Clay Robertson strive to consistently provide impeccable service to their customers. They are dedicated to maintaining a pleasant and selfless attitude that will put people at ease and make the buying or selling of a home the positive experience that it should be. “The staff at Kerrville Title puts forth their best effort to do things in a timely and efficient manner,” says Ann. Clay states, “For many people, purchasing a home is the biggest investment they’ll ever make. We do all we can to be communicative, friendly, and attentive so that people can feel at ease during this highly important time.”

She believes that organization is the key to enjoying both work and family. ‘The more you have to do, the more you can get done.’ states Ann.

Why Do I Need Title Insurance? Title insurance is an insurance policy or contract issued by a title company. It protects you, the purchaser or owner, against a loss that may arise by reason of a defect in your ownership or an interest you have in real property. Some examples of defects are: FORGED DEEDS, RELEASES, WILLS, OR OTHER LEGAL DOCUMENTS UNDISCLOSED OR MISSING HEIRS LIENS FOR UNPAID TAXES INCLUDING ESTATE, INHERITANCE, INCOME, OR GIFT TAXES MISTAKES IN RECORDING LEGAL DOCUMENTS

In addition, the title insurance company agrees to defend you in court if there is an attack on your title. It will cover attorney and court expenses or pay a loss caused by the defect in title up to the face amount of the policy, subject to the terms listed in your policy.


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Over 20 Artists: Paintings, Jewelry, Fiber, Pottery, and More

THEATER JANUARY 11, 2014 CAILLOUX 910 Main Street, Kerrville, TX Saturday 7:30 Wine Reception 6:30

Evening’s Performances

Big Bands, Irving Berlin Lone Star Western Jazz: St. Louis Blues Rock: Grease, Beach Boys & more Stars & Stripes Forever Nancy Zhou: Violin Solo Kevin McCormick: Vocals & Guitar

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Looking for a cool gallery with a very eclectic group of artists in one of the most interesting, historic buildings in Comfort? Comfort Crockery is it!

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alling in love with an old building can be heart-breaking. Just imagine finding a building with some soul – and best of all, it is For Sale. You make the offer and then get the call that it has been sold to someone else. That is exactly what happened to Roci and Brian Brawner. They fell in love with the character in an old historic building in Comfort and lost it. Just when she was starting to smile again, the call came that the deal had fallen through. Roci bought the building!! Now what? This is where friends and relatives who have art and collectables to sell come in very handy. Roci decided to open a gallery/shop. She opened for business on October 17, 2009. Some of her earliest offerings came from her mother-in-law’s extensive collection of Mexican folk art, a friend of Brian’s who is a metal artist, and her friend from the church choir who makes hand thrown pottery, and a neighbor who hand engraves silver and copper jewelry using old German techniques. All of the artists are from within approximately 100 miles from Comfort and many of them will accept custom orders through Roci. Roci describes her shop’s offerings; all of the items may not be her style, but the quality of the items is what she or a friend would love in their homes. I spent some happy time just taking it all in. There is so much to see and it is one of those great places where you can find the perfect gift for Christmas, a birthday, or just because you want to, and know the gift will suit the recipient perfectly. I try to be one of my own best friends and there are some things I have in mind for under my tree. Make someone’s day!

The gallery is an excellent way to spend an afternoon, but it is not all Comfort Crockery has to offer. Roci is a spinner/weaver and she has looms and wheels of many types and sizes for sale. On Sunday afternoons she meets with other spinners and weavers in the Loom Room in the back of Comfort Crockery to spend time weaving with friends and students. If you have always wanted to learn how to spin or weave, this is your chance. You can learn the basics of spinning in two hours. She offers a three-day weaving workshop for those who want to learn how to weave on a loom. She will also teach on an individual basis. She has looms for sale starting at $150.00. Remember all of the times you have told yourself you wanted to learn a new skill? Here’s your opportunity. The building Roci fell in love with was the Faltin General Store built in 1879. Mr. Faltin was a friend of Capt. Schreiner who opened the Schreiner General Store in Kerrville. It is easy to imagine them having conversations on what is selling well and how to get more merchandise out to the Hill Country. The building still has the original cabinets and counter in the back room and the scope and scale of the building are quite remarkable. It has a wonderful quality about it and is worth a visit on its own – what a treat to have such a lovely gallery and shop today. Mr. Faltin would be happy to see how well the building is doing.

Today Comfort Crockery showcases approximately 35 artists who exhibit and sell a vast variety of temptations – including: * Several styles of pottery * Hand painted cards * Photography * Furniture * Segmented wood turnings * Original pastels * Pieces of nature that are turned into something special – you must see to believe

* Award winning carved animals – some real cool cats! * Glass Art * Jewelry – the kind that makes you feel good * Gourmet food items in her Mercantile Area – including Sandy Oaks Olive Oil and Old Stone Market treats from Harper

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JOHN RIVENBURGH

Double Gold

Bending Branch Winery secured the prestigious award this year. Like many Texas wines made with only statesourced grapes, the final product is considered a collaboration between the grower providing stellar fruit and the winemaker guiding the process from juice to bottle. As Neal Newsom said, “The Newsom Family Vineyard is happy to have one of Texas’ oldest grown Cabernet vines going to one of Texas’ newest wineries, creating a great team that is producing Double Gold winning wines at SFWC.”

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he Newsom Cabernet was a small production release and there are only fifteen cases of this wine available. If you want to taste it, two restaurants in San Antonio carry it on their list: Bohanan’s Prime Steak & Seafood and The CIA’s own restaurant, NAO. It won’t be available for tasting at the winery, but visitors to Bending Branch can buy a bottle ($100) from the tasting room to try for themselves, as well as tasting their other award-winning bottles. When you visit, ask to speak to their in-house sommelier, Jennifer Beckmann, and let her guide you through their wines. Bending Branch Winery is run by the Young/Rivenburgh family. Robert (Bobby) and Brenda Young’s daughter, Alison moved from their home in Georgia out to Texas to attend Texas A&M University, where she met and married John Rivenburgh. The Youngs came out to Texas to visit their daughter and new son-inlaw and fell in love with the Texas Hill Country. Bobby wanted to grow grapes in his retirement and decided that may be possible in Comfort. John wanted a family agricultural business, so the whole crew set up Bending Branch Winery. Like the award-winning Newsom Cabernet Sauvignon, they source grapes from various vineyards, but also keep one of their own, and they do it sustainably. That’s a family trait. Alison runs an environmental consulting agency and helps advise operations on-site. John has training in organic farming, and as a retired doctor, health is very important to Bobby and also to Brenda. They argue that organic farming is not a fleeting moment in Texas grape growing, but a new wave of the future. John talks about his experience going from the days of being laughed out of agricultural meetings, to sitting on the State viticulture advisory team to advise on organic techniques.

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John was originally in charge of the vineyards and Bobby the winemaking, but their roles have shifted over time. John thought he only wanted to be with the plants but has become drawn to winemaking, the science of taking a grape from the earth to the bottle, and the sense of completion in the process. They play off each other’s personalities and talents and regularly brag on the other’s strengths. Bobby has the intellectual air of a physician, caring, grounded and excited for his business, and John is a witty ball of energy, flowing with ideas and determination. Together they make a strong team. Bending Branch is set on a beautiful piece of land with a “Live Oak living room” near the tasting room where you can sit under an ancient Live Oak tree and sip from your glass. Their vineyard is on the grounds and you can walk through their organic grapevines, including the “head-trained” Tannat that is garnering them some fame as well. Another local winery, Singing Water Vineyards, is also in Comfort and Sister Creek Vineyards is close by in Sisterdale, a quaint, quiet town with a warm sense of authentic Texas welcome. The area boasts beautiful drives, like Skyline Drive with its 12% inclines and soaring views, and plenty of winding back-country roads to explore. Consider it for your next Hill Country day getaway close to home.

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THEN AND NOW

Hill Country

Philanthropy Kerrville and Kerr County have long been home to generous families, from the very first days of their founding to the present day.

Recent gifts make the news, as the Cailloux Foundation, the James Avery Foundation, the H. E. Butt Grocery Company, and the Peterson Foundation provide support to worthwhile causes, but it’s my opinion the most valuable gift ever given to the citizens of Kerrville came from a source few would guess, and was a gift few would remember. Before revealing the gift I think benefited the most people in Kerrville, let’s consider some of the major gifts to our community, from today to long ago. The Cailloux Foundation, of course, has had a major impact on our community. The Cailloux Theater project, which renovated the old Kerrville Municipal Auditorium, transforming it into a first-class performance facility, comes to mind first. What had been a rather plain theater, with bad acoustics and an odd, mostly flat concrete floor (built that way so dances could be held there) saw big changes about a decade ago. The facade was changed as a lobby was added. Theater seating was added, along with an orchestra pit and redesigned stage, complete with an orchestra shell. While many contributed to the project, the Cailloux Foundation provided most of the financial support. 60 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014

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More recently, the Cailloux Foundation was instrumental in the redevelopment of the 700 block of Water Street in downtown Kerrville, funding the demolition of the old Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital, the design of a new square, inducing the construction of a purpose-built Kerrville City Hall, and the renovation of the old Charles Schreiner Company buildings. The hospital, which stood vacant for far too long, was removed to make way for the new Peterson Plaza. The plaza was designed, in part, to be like a town square; when the city government decided to build a new city hall on the site it came closer to that intent. Coupled with Schreiner University’s recent ownership of the old home of Captain Charles Schreiner, and the renovation of Captain Schreiner’s store, along with the excellent work on the Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center, the 700 block became quite a gem for our community. This came about because of the generosity of the Cailloux Foundation, though you can find other

founding here in Kerrville in 1905. I’ve heard many stories about the generosity of the company’s founder, Florence Thornton Butt. She truly had a heart for those less fortunate than herself, even before her store could be considered a genuine commercial success. Stories abound of her taking gifts of fruit and food to families in need; indeed her generosity more than once put the growth of the company at risk. In its earliest days, when there was just one small store here in Kerrville, Mrs. Butt would often provide groceries to hungry families at no charge. In the late 1960s, her son Howard and his wife Mary gave our community a library, in honor of their families. In recent years, Florence Butt’s grandson provided for the renovation of that library. For many years the Hal and Charlie Peterson Foundation was primarily focused on funding the needs of the Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital, but few realize the breadth of the giving of this quiet

When Tivy donated 16.67 acres for such schools, out of the old Thomas Hand tract, it was determined the only entity which could accept the gift was an incorporated city. So, in 1889, the City of Kerrville was incorporated, and Tivy served as Kerrville’s first mayor. examples of their efforts. Donations to the Notre Dame Catholic School, and to Our Lady of the Hills Catholic high school gave each new gymnasiums. Annual scholarships to worthy students have provided college educations for those who might not otherwise have furthered their schooling. The James Avery Foundation has also been at work in the 700 block of Water Street, and was a major contributor to the conversion of an old Great Depression-era post office into a thriving space for art, the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. This heavily-visited site has new exhibits on a regular basis, and provides space for seasoned and new artists to display their work, to take art classes, and to offer their work for sale to the public. Other causes supported by the James Avery Foundation include the Peterson Regional Medical Center, Riverside Nature Center, and the American Red Cross, along with many other causes. The H. E. Butt Grocery Company has been generous to Kerrville and Kerr County since its

Kerr County foundation. Last year the Peterson Foundation distributed over $1.2 million dollars to area charities, schools, medical clinics, and arts groups. Beneficiaries last year ranged from the City of Kerrville to the Hill Country Arts Foundation, from Schreiner University to Habitat for Humanity. If it’s a worthwhile cause in Kerr County (or in surrounding counties), very often the Peterson Foundation will be an active supporter. Captain Schreiner was also generous with Kerrville and Kerr County, from establishing a fund for roads, still in use by Kerr County, to establishing what is now Schreiner University. Schreiner University, in particular, stands out among Captain Schreiner’s many contributions to this and surrounding communities. For nine decades hill country students have improved their lives at the Kerrville campus. Kerrville’s founder, Joshua D. Brown, was also generous, even as our community was just getting started. In 1856, in return for designating “Kerrsville” (Continued on page 62) LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014 61


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as the county seat of the newly-formed Kerr County, the first commissioners court required Brown to donate plots of land for public use: four acres for a ‘public square,’ on which today’s Kerr County Courthouse sits; ‘one choice good lot fronting the public square for county use;’ one lot in suitable place for a public church;’ ‘one lot in suitable place for public school house;’ and ‘one lot in suitable place for jail.’ Despite these important gifts, I think the most valuable gift ever given to the citizens of Kerrville came from a man born in Canada in 1818. He served in both the Texas legislature and in the California legislature, and wore the gray uniform during the American Civil War. Though he and his two sisters took an oath to never marry, late in life he married a Kerrville widow, much to his sisters’ chagrin. (One sister never forgave him.) He used to race horses in the area around what is today Broadway Street, between the Cailloux Theater and Schreiner University. In the final years of his life, he operated a small hotel. His name was Joseph A. Tivy, and because of his keen interest in public education, he pushed Kerrville to form 62 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014

a lasting system of public education. He donated the land for a public school and led the young community during its establishment. In 1842, well before Kerrville existed, Joseph A. Tivy acquired the ‘military’ grant of Thomas Hand, a site he’d seen when he served as General Surveyor of the Texas General Land Office. After serving with Jack Hays in the Texas Rangers, and adventures in California during the Gold Rush, and after service in the Confederate States Army, he and his two sisters moved to Kerrville, in 1872. Free public schools were crucial to the development of our community. When Tivy donated 16.67 acres for such schools, out of the old Thomas Hand tract, it was determined the only entity which could accept the gift was an incorporated city. So, in 1889, the City of Kerrville was incorporated, and Tivy served as Kerrville’s first mayor. Other gifts have played an important role in our community, to be sure. But it’s my opinion the gift of free public schools, enjoyed by Kerrville school children for almost 125 years, has had the most lasting impact on our community. Generous gifts are a longheld trait of the people of the Texas Hill Country. During this season of giving, I hope we all learn from the example of those who came before us.


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are coming from all over - Stay and Play visitors are increasing and many of these visitors become buyers of lots and homes once they experience the lifestyle we have to offer. Construction remains very active with 15 homes under construction and 23 more in the process of approval for

starting through the second quarter of 2014. Comanche Trace has over 300 completed homes. Comanche Trace sales executives are the experts on all aspects of our community. They will be happy to help find the perfect home or lot for you.

Limited Time Buyer Incentive Program Sales incentives in the Tuscan Village and in our newest Estate Neighborhood, Stone Creek, are offering lot buyers an unprecedented opportunity to try out The Club at Comanche Trace. The golf course continues to receive accolades from all over. It is in spectacular shape and has been overseeded for the winter.

New Neighborhood Development The new Vistas neighborhood overlooks the golf course with fantastic views of the Clubhouse and surrounding Hill Country. There are only 15 lots in The Vistas and each one has a unique view. Two lots have already been reserved - come and take a look soon before the very best lots are taken. Homes will be custom and of Texas Hill Country design.

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Looking for the perfect new home can be a little like internet dating; you’ve seen pictures, you’ve read about it, and you think there may even be the possibility for a long-term relationship … but you don’t want to get your hopes up too much. Until you meet in person, you really don’t know what to think. 70 LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014


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minute you see this three-bedroom, plus study, three-and-a-half bath home on La Cumbre Drive, your heart starts to beat a little faster, and you might even start believing in love at first sight! With its arched, Mediterranean design, Spanish tiled roof and lush landscaping, it has great curb appeal. The entryway is dramatic with its curved iron front door and Cantera stone columns inside and out! Once inside, it is immediately apparent that this house has the quality workmanship and design we all seek. Richly textured dark wood floors, cabinets, and built-in shelving are the perfect contrast to the light, airy radiance provided by the floor-to-ceiling windows in the main area of the house. So much natural lighting! Every detail is covered, and convenience is the focus. Flip a switch and the gas logs in the great room fireplace ignite. Flip another switch and the inside screens on the oversized windows go up and down to soften the sunlight and add privacy. Turn a knob and the music is piped inside or out from the digital audio/video control center in the media room. Did you say media room? With its backlit art niches, this media room is the perfect place to watch the 73-inch HD TV in true style. All of the media room equipment stays with the house, as well as several other built-in TV’s. The flat screen in the kitchen above the double ovens and in the exercise room and master bath are definite favorites. And, speaking of kitchens, this one is a chef’s dream! The kitchen offers richly marbled granite countertops, large bar, a dual-controlled wine refrigerator in the island, electrical outlets inside the cabinets (so the toaster can stay plugged in and used without ever taking it off the pull out shelving), and so much more. The best part is the natural lighting that comes in through the windows in the 35+ foot turret in the center of the kitchen!

There is a similar turret outside on the back patio. In the daytime, the views are spectacular from the inside, but when you step outside, you are overwhelmed by the huge (720+ sq ft) tiled veranda that frames the back of the house. The built-in outdoor kitchen is a focal point, but this loggia is large enough to accommodate a living room vignette, large dining table and offers plenty of room for entertaining. The house is situated directly behind the green of one of the most picturesque par-five holes on the Hills course at Comanche Trace. There is a tremendous amount of privacy in this open backyard oasis. The views to the left include a pond and a lovely, hill country open ranch. To the right is the rich green fairway with wide open spaces, hills, a creek and wildlife. At various times of the year, you will see deer and black buck antelope frolicking and enjoying life. If you really want over-the-top, just step into the oversized 3-car garage. It has a permanent stairwell going up to two floored storage areas.

The insulation in the house and garage is so efficient that room temperatures aren’t severely affected by climate changes (translation: lower utility bills!). The garage floor has a faux-aggregate epoxy coating, lots of rich, wood cabinet storage, decorative windows and crown molding! Last, but definitely not least, to truly appreciate all this house has to offer, it must be viewed after sunset. The lighting in the house, inside and out, is extraordinary. The subtle illumination coming from the many vaulted ceilings is breathtaking. The radiance of the turrets in the evening, the luminosity of the curved arches on the veranda, and the warm glow of the landscape lights combine for a serene ambiance that must be experienced firsthand. This home shines inside and out. The casual elegance of this home will seduce you. So forget about the internet and meet your dream house in person! LIFESTYLE DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014 71


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Elegant Tuscan style home beautifully situated on the green of #4 of the Hills course has it all - tiled roof, archways and lush landscaping. Large chef’s kitchen with all the extras including granite countertops, wine fridge, large bar and 35 ft. turret that floods kitchen with natural light. The home is impeccably finished throughout with hand trowled plaster, beautiful wood custom cabinets and shelving. Master suite is designed for privacy and luxury. The garage simply must be seen to enjoy the level of detail including crown molding. The 720 sq. ft. tiled veranda offers the space for entertaining friends and family as you enjoy the the spectacular views of the golf course and surrounding Hill Country.

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3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 2 Car Garage Approx. 2552 square feet This is a 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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A classic home with outstanding views of golf course and Hill Country - Master wing has two en-suite bathrooms and 2 closets. Great room has large fireplace gorgeous wood floors on first floor - beautiful screened porch with tile floor for outdoor enjoyment. Amazing utility room - Bonus room perfect for media room or craft room. Enjoy fabulous views from upstairs balcony.

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3908 KITE DRIVE

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage Approx 2387 square feet, Price: $395,900 Texas Hill Country style home on cul de sac. Lovely entry leads into great room with stone fireplace. Brazilian Cherry wood floors in dining room and study. Custom alder wood cabinets throughout, granite countertops and butler’s pantry. Master suite with Jacuzzi tub and large walk-in closet. Beautiful walled courtyard for privacy.

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3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Garage and Golf Cart Garage Approx. 2690 square feet Price: $539,000

4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Study, 2 Car Garage plus Golf Cart Garage Approx. 2902 square feet Price: $469,000 Great home for a family. Texas Hill Country style with beautifully landscaped yard. Large kitchen with granite countertops, double ovens, and island. Master suite has large shower and tub. Entertainment area in back yard with pergola and hill country views. Large great room with stone fireplace. Spacious dining room.

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Classic Hill Country style home with stone and stucco construction. Large great room features a very pretty stone fireplace and views of golf course. The gracious master suite with jetted tub and spacious shower and large closet offers a peaceful respite. Lovely natural alder kitchen with flowing granite countertops and grand counter space. Upstairs guest suite and large veranda for enjoying the awesome views of the golf course and surrounding Hill Country.

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3200 PINNACLE CLUB DRIVE Unit 10, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Garage Approx. 2050 square feet, Price: $379,000

German Cottage design with standing seam metal roof, and stone and stucco construction. Stone fireplace in great room and on back covered porche. Located on golf with great views of surrounding Hill Country and golf course.

This beautiful golf home is ready for you to move in. German Cottage design with standing seam metal roof, and stone and stucco construction. Stone fireplace in great room and on back covered porche. Located on golf with great views of surrounding Hill Country and golf course.

Approx. 2050 square feet

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THE GOLF SHOP AT COMANCHE TRACE 830-895-8500 ext. 1

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THE PINNACLE GRILL 830-895-8500 ext. 2

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TREVOR HYDE, COMANCHE TRACE PRESIDENT 830-895-8505 ext. 228 • thyde@comanchetrace.com

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, Study, 2 Car+Golf Cart Garage Approx. 3244 sq. ft., Price: $569,000

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

REGGIE COX, COMANCHE TRACE BROKER 830-895-8505 ext. 232 • rcox@comanchetrace.com

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STACY STAVINOHA, COMANCHE TRACE SALES EXECUTIVE 830-895-8505 ext. 224 • sstavinoha@comanchetrace.com

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TONY JOHNSON, HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL 830-895-8500 ext. 238 • tjohnson@comanchetrace.com

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GENA TEER, MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR 830-895-8500 ext. 224 • gteer@comanchetrace.com

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DIANE HAGNE, FOOD & BEVERAGE DIRECTOR 830-895-8500 ext. 253 • dhagne@comanchetrace.com

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SCOTT PARKER, GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT 830-257-3745 • sparker@comanchetrace.com

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MICHAEL PARKER, CONTROLLER 830-895-8500 ext. 227 • mparker@comanchetrace.com

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DENNIS GLENEWINKEL, HOA MANAGER 830-257-5330 • dglenewinkel@micocpa.com

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JANE GARBISH, PERSONAL TRAINER 830-370-9905 • janegarbish@yahoo.com

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KRIS MCMILLIAN, FITTNESS INSTRUCTOR 858-750-9750 • krisfitness@gmail.com

3412 TRACE CIRCLE

LOT 60, PHASE 11

0.83 Acres Price: $99,000 Beautiful lot with trees Fabulous Hill Country views. Ask about special offer!

LOT 18, PHASE 10

0.625 Acres Price: $189,000 ON GOLF - Perfect orientation for Hill Country breezes. Ask about special offer!

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THE CLUB AT COMANCHE TRACE 830-895-8500

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COMANCHE TRACE WELCOME AND SALES CENTER 830-895-8505 or 877-467-6282

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