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Editor/Publisher: Cathie Parssinen  512.785.6313
Designer: Sheila Parr
Editorial: Linda Holland, Jarret Mallon, Izzy Neusch
Photography: Brandi Nellis Photography, David
Stewart, Jen Davis, Joe Bain, Josh
Brewster Photography, Karla Ent
Photography, Michael Hydanus, Shelia
Parodi, Nicole Pearson

Graphic artist and Waterways designer Sheila Parr
posed for our “creativity” cover with her four-month
old daughter Violet at Jacob’s Well in Wimberley.

Cover photo by Brandi Nellis.
Wardrobe by Maria & Kyndal’s Boutique
(Top by Splendid, Page jeans).
Hair by Molly Runkle at Elite Studio.
Makeup by Nisa Nicole.

Creative Spirit: Graphic Artist Sheila Parr
Masterpiece by Masters Touch


Hills of Lakeway Grand Opening
22 Greatest Little Tea Party in Texas
26 Skyfall Party
28 Our Schools: Lockdown Lessons Learned
32 Putting on the Ritz: ACS Gala
38 2012 Dancing with the Stars Austin


42 2013 Austin Boat Show
44 Dell Children’s Gala
48 Creative Party at Zach’s Topfer Theatre
50 Party on the Plaza
51 Benefit for the Helping Hand Crisis Ministry
52 Winter Formal
54 TexARTS Stars Shine Bright



55 Making A Splash
56 Sing Along!


58 Triumphant


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Cover model Sheila Parr with her daughter Violet

Creative Spirit
About the Cover: Graphic Artist Sheila Parr
story by cathie parssinen | Photos by brandi nellis


Water, sustainer of all life, is the other creative element in our cover
he concept for our cover story is an examination of creativscene, photographed at Jacob’s Well in Wimberley. Jacob’s Well is one of
ity not only as it relates generally to Austin as a dynamic city that
the most significant natural geologic treasures in the Texas Hill Country.
supports the work of the creative people who live here but also the
An artesian spring, thousands of gallons of water per minute surge through
creative power displayed in the pages of Waterways. A University of Texas
Jacob’s Well. It is the headwater for Cypress Creek and also recharges the
at Austin graduate, Sheila Parr is an award-winning book designer and art
Edwards Aquifer. The spring ceased flowing for the first time in recorded
director who oversees the creative work of in-house and freelance designhistory in 2000 and again in 2008. Joe Nick Patoski wrote an excellent
ers at Greenleaf Book Group, an independent book publisher and distribuarticle about Jacob’s Well in the July 2011 issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife
tor that was established in Austin in 1997 by Clint Greenleaf. In her eight
Magazine. You can read more about threats posed by the current drought
years at Greenleaf, she has worked on hundreds of books and designed or
on the next page.
art directed numerous best-selling covers. Sheila and her team have been
recognized numerous times for their design work in various design publications such as HOW and Print. Since the
Ballet Austin dancers perform The Rite of Spring for Valentine’s Day.
fall of 2007, she has also been responsible
for the design of Waterways Magazine,
and it is her artistic vision that creates
the vibrant face within these pages,
offering our readers a true visual treat.
Brandi Nellis, another creative power at
Waterways, photographs Sheila with her
latest creative masterpiece, four-month
old Violet McAllister Cann. (Sheila admits
she did have a little help from her husband and co-creator, Angus Cann.)
For a small city, Austin has an ambitious footprint that takes up a lot of
space in the creative world . . . with Ballet
Austin, The Austin Lyric Opera, The
Austin Symphony Orchestra, a reputation
as the live music capital of the world and a
book festival that is legendary nationally.

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Water, Source of Life
Story by Izzy Neutsch, Central Texas Water Coalition
It is not news to most Texans that we are in a drought. However, drought is not the only factor
that has critically limited our water supply and caused the low lake levels. Central Texas is home
to over 1.5 million people and is steadily growing. Austin was just named the fastest growing city
in the nation for three years running. As the Hill Country experiences extreme growth and longterm dry weather conditions, the management of our water supply has to change.
In November 2012 the LCRA board voted to send water downstream for agricultural irrigation
if combined storage of Lakes Buchanan and Lake Travis was above 775,000 acre-feet by March
1st, 2013. The current combined storage is 834,000 acre-feet, meaning water would have been released to downstream
irrigators to flood rice fields and would have required the City of Austin to cut back its water usage by 20%. After some
political push back from Senator Watson, Senator Fraser, and municipalities, and in view of the continued lack of rainfall/inflows into the lakes, the LCRA Board decided to revise the Emergency Drought Order (EDO) at the January 8th
meeting this year. Their current EDO has raised the combined storage number to 850,000 acre-feet before water can be
released to irrigators. Although the EDO provides a little more safety for the citizens of Central Texas, we need a better
water management plan that adapts to the ‘new normal’ and does not require Emergency Drought Orders.
A sound water management plan must take into account both lake levels and inflow conditions. The current and proposed water management plan ignores the drought data and uses historic averages that skew the modeling results. There
is also no respect for the legal requirements to guarantee supplies for the millions of central Texans who depend exclusively on the lakes for their drinking water.
There are many conservation practices that both cities and agriculture can utilize to protect the state’s water supply. Agriculture crops such as rice use two
times the amount of water that municipalities use. However, an LCRA study (2003) has shown that through drip irrigation, water use can be cut in half. We
may have reached the point in the drought where climate appropriate crops should be used and water wasting crops discontinued. Conservation practices and
accountability are needed basin-wide. Cities and urban areas can do their share through water restrictions during drought and promoting incentive programs
for xeriscaping, the use of native grasses rather than St. Augustine, and rain harvesting. A state-wide funded education program is needed to help people
understand ways they waste water and how they can help conserve this natural resource. There are also multiple options for finding new water supplies from
desalination, reuse, and aquifer storage recovery with excellent research and studies available from State universities. Texas needs to become proactive about
our water scarcity. We cannot financially afford to keep wasting this limited resource.

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asters Touch completed this stunning custom, just off Hamilton Pool Road, in August. The project included the main house, with
7,900 sq. ft. of heated and cooled space; a 400 sq. ft. casita; a luxurious, stand-apart garage and basketball court, as well as a pool and multiple outdoor living areas. The exterior of the home, with its square roofs and parapet walls, recreates the look of an old Italian farmhouse or
villa. The 12,000 sq. ft. of exterior wall is 100% solid stone. The choice of a beautiful rubble rock, shot through with quartzite, lends a rich, dramatic quality
to the stonework that is entirely dry-stacked, creating a seamless face of stone, unbroken by defacing veins of grout. The dry-stack process contributes
an altogether unique characteristic to the stonework that is
reminiscent of old world construction techniques.
The homeowners brought a number of architecturally
unique pieces to the project, including bricks that had been
salvaged from a kiln in Colorado. Built in the 1790’s, in a
period that predates the Civil War, each brick was handstamped with the name of the slave that made it.
The breathtaking windows, featured in the photo
above, adorned an 18th century French church. Originally
constructed with leaded glass, Masters Touch completely
restored the windows…rebuilding the jams, replacing
the glass and refinishing the frames. These very unusual
windows, with their gothic arches, contribute to the showstopping impact experienced upon entering the enormous
gathering space. Two custom fireplaces, each 30’ tall and
10’ wide and carved from Carrera marble, stand as majestic
sentries at opposing corners of the room beneath a threelayer, tongue-in-groove timber ceiling.

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unique strengths and a record of experience that spans 57 years in the homebuilding industry. They focus exclusively
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As a design-build company, they handle
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expressed needs and preferences of the client. According to Matt Bailey, “The highest
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design. We collaborate with our clients to make sure the best design decisions
are made, from the layout of the cabinets, to natural stone designs and the
selections of lighting, to achieve the style of home they desire. We work tirelessly with our subcontractors until the client is fully satisfied, and we feel we
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Our customers rely on our experience and uncompromising attention to every
detail in the home, which inevitably supersedes our clients’ expectations.”
“Our company is acutely conscious of environmental concerns, and this
drives some of the extra steps we take to minimize our impact on the environment. The sheer volume of trash and construction waste produced on many
construction sites can be detrimental to the environment. We take pride in
the fact that we recycle a majority of our construction remnants that can be
converted to bark, used for erosion control or used for composting. The same
is true for our rock and stone remnants which can be recycled and used for
road base. We save an average of four tons of trash per job site. Energy conservation is another theme that drives our product selections. We use ½ lb.
spray foam insulation on all exterior walls, as well as the attic, making the attic
conditioned. We use compact, florescent, LED lights throughout the house to
minimize energy consumption. Our window panes have glass with a ¾″ air

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space, and the glass has three coats of low
emittance coating that effectively blocks
97% of the sun’s UV rays. Consulting
closely with our vendors allows us to be
aware of the highest quality products on
the market which consequently leads to a
higher efficiency home.”
Matthew Bailey is naturally curious
about the evolution of design trends and
also about product built by others in his
field. “There is a certain level of fatigue
about the continued dominance of old
world, a restlessness to see something
new and fresh, particularly among some
Realtors® and trade contractors. But the
leading custom builders, who build more
than a dozen customs a year, share that
nearly all of their clients want some version of old world. Every client we have, and
we’re working with over a dozen right now,
all want a variation of old world,” notes
Matt. Luis Juardequi, a leading architect
builder, is among those in the industry that
Matt respects and admires. “He is a great
design enthusiast and sits at the pinnacle
of design trends and is an amazing builder.
He also says that every one of his clients
typically wants some version of old world
architecture. So, although it is transitioning, the accomplished custom builder
focuses on creating a home with the same
kind of truly authentic old world elements
that were used in Europe 200 years ago.”

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he Lakeway Associates of the Seton Development Board held their annual tea party
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Various clubs and groups of friends entered the friendly competition with the presentation of themed tablescapes. An audience vote determined the following winners:
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e live in a very different world as it pertains to
school safety,” said Marco Alvarado, Lake Travis ISD
Director of Communications, referring to the district’s
second multi-campus lockdown in 13 months. “Unfortunately, our district
crisis response team is getting better and better at this.”
According to Lake Travis ISD officials, on January 16, a parent
reported to have seen a man with a weapon in the vicinity of the District’s
Educational Development Center (EDC) located at the corner of Ranch
Road 620 North and Kollmeyer Dr., adjacent to Lake Travis Elementary
School (LTE).  Immediately, LTE and the EDC were placed on lockdown. 
Upon completing a one and a half-hour sweep of the facilities, law enforcement officials determined there was no immediate threat to students and
staff and the lockdowns were lifted.
On December 9, 2011, a school custodian claimed to have seen a man
carrying a gun inside Lake Travis Middle School, prompting the lockdown
of that campus as well as neighboring Lake Travis High School and the
District’s main administration building.
Fortunately, neither incident resulted in any harm to students or staff.
And while the claims were unsubstantiated in both cases, Alvarado says the
district has learned many lessons in crisis management.
“Aside from doing everything possible to keep students and staff out
of harm’s way, our next priority is keeping our parents informed of what’s
happening during the crisis,” said Alvarado. “One of the biggest differences
between the two lockdowns was the speed and accuracy of information

A first responder with the Travis County Sheriff’s
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being sent to parents. Back in December, our first message to parents was
sent approximately 50 minutes after the 911 call was placed. During last
month’s lockdown, that time was cut in half to roughly 25 minutes. And
while it’s important for parents to know that district officials must obtain
accurate and verifiable information before we can put out our first message,
we know we can be even faster with our messaging the next time around.
We’ll cut those 25 minutes down to about 10 or so.”
Alvarado credits the efficiency of the district’s crisis communication
plan to the recent implementation of SchoolMessenger, a new service that
provides the quick dissemination of information via voice messages, email,
social media, and SMS text messaging.
“Managing the speed and accuracy of the information flow is critical
during an emergency,” continued Alvarado. “During the LTE and EDC lockdowns, the SchoolMessenger system delivered more than 14,000 phone
calls, 13,000 emails, and 15,000 text messages during a seven-minute time
frame. That’s pretty fast. We didn’t have SchoolMessenger during the LTMS
and LTHS lockdowns. Needless to say, we’ve made a vast improvement in
our crisis communication. Our parents expect nothing less, and rightly so.
We are very appreciative of our parents and their response during these
lockdowns, allowing us and our first responders to do our jobs. The safety of
our students is truly a school-community effort.”
Aside from improved communication, Alvarado credits teachers and
students across the district for the effective implementation of their respective crisis response plans.
“We know these were frightening events for our students and
staff,” admitted Alvarado. “Our teachers were charged with keeping
our students secure and calm, and they did a great job of providing
structure and reassurance.”
According to Alvarado, the recent lockdowns have also afforded
district and law enforcement officials the opportunity to closely examine their processes and procedures.
“At the campus level, we are identifying areas of concern such as
entrances, exits, pick up and drop off locations, securing doors and
assuring that all visitors go through our Raptor system.” (Editor’s
note: Raptor software scans visitors’ identifications to screen out sex
offenders.) “We will also be increasing the frequency of both ‘table
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story and Photos by cathie parssinen


ver the past decade, the presentation of the charity gala in Austin by various nonprofit
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supporting patrons not simply a party but an extravaganza. The 570 guests attending
the Austin Children’s Shelter gala, “Putting on the Ritz,” at the Hilton Austin Hotel were treated to
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Dan Hamre

John Patterson, Andrea Valko

Kent and Melissa Ferguson

Jasper Bullock, Ali Gray

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As ACS’ CEO, Kelly White notes: “Texas has the unfortunate distinction of
having the most murders of children as a result of abuse or neglect in the nation.
The numbers are staggering. Last year, 226 Texas children were
murdered; more than 64,366 children were confirmed victims
of child abuse in Texas; and 16,972 children were removed from
their homes as a result of abuse. What will it take, what amount of
money, coordination, messaging, to stop it, once and for all? One
potential bright spot happened in January, when the Protect Our
Kids Act was signed into law. This law, sponsored by Rep. Lloyd
Doggett and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), will establish a two-year
national commission to study data and develop recommendations
for how to reduce the epidemic of child fatalities. The commission
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current prevention methods and the adequacy of existing programs and
data collection methods. They will then make recommendations on next
steps to implement a national strategy for reducing child maltreatment
deaths. Hard work lies ahead. Creation of the new national commission
won’t ensure that services to kids won’t be cut in the budget battles to
come. But for the first time in decades, a Congressionally-sponsored
panel will be collecting information and making recommendations on
child abuse issues.”
Auctioneer Gayle Stallings
encourages John Patterson
in the bidding war.

Deb and Bob Corbin
Summer Burns looks on
while Emcee Art Acevado
congratulates Nate Paul
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Co-Chair Mary Herr Tally, Director and Emcee Sabrina
Barker-Truscott, Co-Chair Maria Groten

Susan and William Rodriquez

Michael Torres, Center for Child Protection CEO Sandra Martin,
Co-Chair Mary Herr Tally, Board of Directors President Karen Shultz

Dancing with the Stars
Austin 2012
story by cathie parssinen
photos by Shelia Parodi

Rose Marie Hagman, Patti Obenhaus
Austin City Manager Marc Cott,
Ben Bentzin


ancing with the Stars Austin pulled out all the stops in the annual benefit for The Center
for Child Protection, a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center. The organization is
the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical
abuse and neglect, and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. The Center is a child-friendly,
specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. It is the only nonprofit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children. All services are provided
to children and their protective caregivers at no charge and most are available in English and Spanish.
“We are grateful to our co-chairs Maria Groten and Mary Tally for making tonight successful,” said Karen Shultz, board President for the Center
for Child Protection. “They, along with our dance director Sabrina BarkerTruscott, the devoted professional and celebrity dancers, Lexus of Austin and
this generous community, have made this a wonderful event that supports
the Center’s efforts to end the cycle of abuse of children in Travis County.”
“Dancing with the Stars Austin has helped make our community aware
of the silent cries of the children served by the Center for Child Protection.
Funds and awareness raised through Dancing with the Stars Austin make it
possible for child victims to begin the journey of healing. We’re grateful for
the wide community support of this event,” said Michael Torres, Executive
Director of the Center for Child Protection.

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Maria Groten, Sabrina Barker-Truscott
and Mary Herr Tally

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shley Kidd, pictured below, is a three-time national wake surf champion. Originally from
Corpus Christi, she is moving to Austin specifically to train on Lake Austin which, in her opinion, is the ideal lake for wake surfing. She is sponsored by Tige Boats. Boats are still selling,
but the emotional and financial impact of the continued drought and the sight of Lake Travis in its current condition hurts both boaters and non-boaters alike.

Doug Powell of Emerald Point Marina,
Jerry Mudd of Ericsen Marine

Boat Town owners, Karen and Clayton Raven
Joe Bendetti, Jeff Misch, Chris Zoller, Paul Zelbecq

Roger Duffee (l), Travis Holland of Lake LBJ Dock Service

Roger Duffee and Buzz Watkins from Sail & Ski

Brady Hunter Jones, Taylor Hicks, Cade Jones, Teresa Jones, Tori Hicks

Ashley Kidd

Carter, Jason, Addi and Will Ripple

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Evan and Kali C.

Laine Trotter, Daisy McDowell,
Mary Elizabeth Potts

Maureen Wood with the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation
introduces Co-chairs Mary Miles and Owen Temple

Ronda Gray, Bobbi Topfer

2013 Dell
Children’s Gala
story and Photos by cathie parssinen

Jennifer, Cole, Skylar and Blake Salle

o-chairs Mary Miles and Owen Temple led the planning and production efforts for this
year’s Dell Children’s Gala, the annual fundraising event that supports the Dell Children’s
Medical Center of Central Texas. This state-of-the-art facility is the only pediatric trauma
resource in a 46-county area and one of only 17 Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in the United States.
Last year alone, Dell Children’s saw 72,000 patients, admitted 8,000 children to the hospital and
performed 10,000 surgeries. The concept for his
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year’s gala was “You” in honor of the individuals
and communities that together, through giving,
make the specialized, expert care provided by this
special place of healing possible.
Each year at the Gala, one family is asked to
share their story with guests. This year, parents
Blake and Jennifer Salle took the stage along with
their children, Skylar and Cole. This year’s gala
was held one year to the day that the medical team
at Dell was able to end the 11-day, induced coma
that allowed them to fight for Skylar’s life. Her

Ford and Lindsay Smith, Susan and Michael Dell
Jeannette and John Williams, Gabe and April Perlaza

Michelle, Matthew and Dean Buschick

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Ryan Buchanan, Christin Coughlin

The Ruins
of Us

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School graduate Keija Parssinen

“The Ruins of Us is an arresting story of family
and country. Parssinen’s characters are richly
conceived, and her evocative petrol universe
of wealth, privilege, and intrigue is unforgettable. Powerful storytelling that is
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“While she portrays the physical and social landscapes with the precision of
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story was mentioned in Waterways Winter 2012 issue in
the feature on the Cheyanna Foundation. This perfectly
healthy 7 year old became a victim to a rare form of strep
A infection that settled in her hip, resulting in septic
shock and necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesheating disease. Blake Salle walked the audience through a
chilling narrative of their daughter’s confrontation with
this nightmarish illness and a heartfelt,
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glowing testimonial to the incredible care
they received from Dell Children’s. He
and his wife Jennifer toasted gala guests
for their donations that helped to save
Skylar’s life and those of other children
in Central Texas.
Carley McCaw, Marcella Maxwell

Lindsey Majors, Carly Edgar
Jamie Bagnan, Christine Messina,
Dell’s Armando Zambrano, Liliana Patino

Ellen and Steve Miura, June Chandler

Jen and Erich Dahlke

Marlon Davis, Victoria Tucker
Kelly and Ronda Gray

Warren and Suzanne Chirhart

46 Waterways | Spring 2013

Maureen Wood; Judy Waxman, with the
Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation

Mary Ann and Andrew Heller

Creative Party at Zach’s
New Topfer Theatre
Mary Briggle, Bertina Schreiber, Eunice Martin, Terrie Kunik, Ann Kimbriel

story and Photos by cathie parssinen


Kathy and Randy Taylor

Christy and Chad Mahagan

remember  receiving an invitation to attend my first Moreland party
in the late summer of 2006. A small bottle filled with sand, seashells and
a rolled piece of parchment arrived in my mailbox. The note in the bottle
read, “Should this message reach you . . .” It was an invitation to attend a client
appreciation party on the Flagship Texas. At the time, I remember thinking, “How
creative!” Since then, Moreland Properties has hosted dozens of parties for agents,
staff, clients and friends at novel locations in Austin. In December, Moreland
Properties welcomed guests to the 2012 holiday party at Zach’s new Topfer Theatre
that opened in October. One of the great outcomes of hosting parties at these interesting locations has been to expose agents to Austin’s “crown jewels” so that they
may better inform newcomers of
Debbie Gainer, Rita Keenan
Austin’s treasures.

Mark and Jocelyn Johnson, Emily Moreland, Sandy and John Greenwood

Carmen Baker, Dale Jean

Niece and Bob Laws

48 Waterways | Spring 2013

Mary-Jane Williams, Amy Hur

Keri and Greg Walling

Victoria Wilson, Steve Balch

Robert Johnson, Debby Jensen, Dianne Johnson

Earl Vaughn, Kathleen Nelson

Pianist Jason Connor
Vocalist Amy Downing

Paula Boldt, Emily Moreland, Debi Howden

Rick and Max Hardeway
Porky and Pat Haberman

Eric and Kay Moreland

Barbara and Dale Erker
Doug Roberts, Clay McLaughlin, Wende Parks,
Sandy Bowman

Eric and Maria Groten

Johnny Coutrup of Harrison’s Jewelers
visits with a customer.

Susan McQuade, Maureen Gunderson, Kim Somerville,
Barbara Schaefer, Dawana Downey

Leslie Trammell, Liza Happle at Adorn

Party on the Plaza
story by cathie parssinen
Photos by Shelia Parodi


Faith Meyer, Kelsey Boulter, Lauren Stone at Adorn
Service with a smile from Hailey Cohan and
Jessica Berry at Fresh & Fruiti

or the second year in a row, the interesting mix of businesses,
professionals and restaurants who share space as tenants at Lakeway
Center II presented a blow-out pre-holiday block party. This year’s Party
on the Plaza spoiled customers with food and drink, a fashion show, live music and
a lavish assortment of raffle gifts. (I have been told that the ladies in the top middle
picture made off with lots of raffle booty!) Shopping venues tend to assume a unique
personality profile that sets them apart from other comparable destinations, and
the ambiance at Lakeway Center II has created a distinct niche of its own. A visit is
highly recommended!

Andrea Mann and Grace Ward of The Sassy Spurs

Deborah Sheldon of Strandz Salon, Tania Soto,
Anne Marie Pyle, Cindy Pollack

Alex Sizemore and Carley Crow

Dr. Gregg and Michele Wood, April Dur, Jason Conrey at Wink Med Spa

50 Waterways | Spring 2013

Chris Klein, Dana King,
Cindy Langle, Joni Langle

Laurie Garrick, Liz Nadler

Ron and Debbie Hinkle

Benefit for
Helping Hand at
Poodie’s Hilltop

Ty Grimes, BB Morse, Danny Hawk

story and Photos by cathie parssinen


oni Langle, Lisa Janacek and Sharon Burke, the owner
of Poodie’s Hilltop, organized a benefit to raise money for The
Helping Hand Crisis Ministry of Spicewood. The Helping Hand
provides humanitarian services to those in difficulty in the Spicewood
area. Services offered include spiritually-based counseling, basic food
items, home repair, transportation, medical expenses, and housing and
utility assistance. The Capital Area Food Bank and local businesses and
charitable organizations donate foodstuffs for the Ministry.
In addition to the musicians pictured above, other musicians who
donated their time were Chris Reeves, Jon Napier, Tessy Lou & the
Shotgun Stars. Several of them have also formed their own group,
Musicians against Famine (

Kenny Nadler, Scott Garrick, Jason Churchill, Sherry Mack, Paul Janacek

Susan and Tom Douglas, Marty
and Caroline Miller; all with the
Helping Hand Crisis Ministry

Paul Janacek, Scott Garrick, Jason Churchill

Poodie’s owner, Sharon Burke, Lisa Janacek, Joni Langle, Joy Shumate, Kristal Robichaux, Laurie Garrick

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Clare Ghilarducci, Danielle Carpenter,
Madison Cottett, Jake Babin

Front: Cassidy Lavender, Betsy Welborn, Katie Popejoy, Annemarie Gist, Kelly Larimore, Veronica Perez, Kayla German, Lauren Adams,
Serena Batton, Sofie Locklear; Back: Parker Puryear, Kassie Wolf, Paige Atwell, Katie Thrower, Bailey Payne, McKenna Duncan
Allee Johnson, Lona Parad, Cierra Harris,
Alexandra Brown

LTHS Winter Formal
story by cathie parssinen
photos by cathie parssinen and Nicole Pearson


t was a pretty confident, self-assured group of kids who rolled into the Renaissance
Austin Hotel to celebrate the Lake Travis High School’s Winter Formal in mid-January.
Glitz, glitter and plenty of eight-inch stilettos made the crowd look very adult, but it was
the impressively adult behavior that was remarkable. Principal Kim Brents greeted students
as the top of the stairs as they made their way down to the Rio Grande Exhibit Hall. Students
were good-humored as staff and teachers searched pockets and purses upon entry
Cameron Pepe, Chandler Wehmeyer, Carter Johnson, Hailee Harrison,
Hannah Golden, Emma Wischmeyer into the dance hall . . . and dance they did!
Sarah Stottman, Rose O’Deens, Shelbi White,
Tori Hundley, Nicole Kirby, Brittany Bezdek

Anna Tareski, Katy MacManus, Alyssa Thorp, Amarissa Urias

52 Waterways | Spring 2013

Krissy Nolin, Mathew Parker

Dawson Cook, Sean Coyne, Hayden Steves, Marshall Villanueva, Tyler Seymore, Sutton South, Asher Cook

Christina El-Hage, Noah Thompson

Rebecca Keathley, Taylor Provopulos, Savannah Raines

Betsy Welborn, Feno Pearson, Kelly Larimore

Bradi Murphy, River Zapata

Cole Reichle, Danielle Foreman, Allison Krotzer, Hunter Greer, Courtney Fatigato

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Elise Grgurich performs the Arabian Dance in TexARTS’ The Nutcracker

Kiara Dietz and Maddie McKowen perform the Russian
Dance in The Nutcracker

Gracee Street as “Clara” in The Nutcracker

TexARTS Stars Shine Bright
story by Jarret Mallon
photos by Karla Ent Photography


Kaitlin Street as “Dew Drop” in Waltz of the
Flowers from The Nutcracker

he stars are shining bright on the TexARTS stage. In the past two months, TexARTS
has wowed audiences with four productions completely staged by youth and one professional cabaret. “The Nutcracker,” featuring the TexARTS Youth Ballet Company,
and “Holiday Extravaganza,” starring the TexARTS Broadway Company, both played to packed
houses, and TexARTS Musical Theatre Academy’s “Footloose” and “Seussical, Jr.” each set box
office records. Topping it off, piano man Matt Wilson and chanteuse Courtney Sanchez raised the
TexARTS roof with the cabaret “Coming Home for Christmas.”
Cabaret performances are set for The Studebakers (Feb. 22) and Austin Haller and Kara Bliss
(March 8–9). Musical Theatre Academy youth perform in productions of “The Wizard of Oz”
(May 4–5) and “The Little Mermaid (May 11–12). Students ages 7 to 18 may register to participate
in both at
TexARTS is a nonprofit performing arts academy and professional theatre that has served
thousands of Austin-area students since it opened in
Paula Cossette as the “Sugar Plum Fairy” and Ian 2006. The organization offers year-round arts educaRafferty as “Cavalier” in The Nutcracker
tion classes in voice, dance, acting and the visual arts as
well as fully staged professional and youth productions.
Registration is currently open for the 2013 summer
camps and the summer Musical Theatre Academy production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” For information
or tickets, visit or call 852-9079 x104.
Paula Cossette and
Ian Rafferty in The

The “Texettes” perform in TexARTS’ Holiday Extravaganza

The TexARTS Broadway Company perform “White Christmas” in Holiday

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TexARTS Broadway Company performs “12 Days” in Holiday

Making a Splash
Brandy Amstel’s Film Debuts in Austin
In November, Dress
for Success Austin premiered a short documentary titled “In Her
Shoes” at Austin’s historic Stateside Theatre.
Produced and directed
Jennifer Chambers, President of the Board of Directors for by filmmaker and local
Dress for Success Austin; Betty Staehr, Brandy Amstel,
Lakeway resident Brandy
Dress for Success Austin Director Judy Chambers
Amstel, the film documents the journey of Dress for Success client Betty Staehr from homelessness to self-sufficiency. As a homeless woman in Austin, Staehr was
desperate to change the circumstances in which she found herself and
sought the assistance of Dress for Success Austin. She was provided with
professional attire and the support needed to seek and ultimately obtain
employment. “In Her Shoes” is an inspirational story of triumph told with
compassion. “Betty is a true inspiration for all women, and I am very grateful that she has allowed us to share her story,” Amstel said.
The film “In Her Shoes” was recently screened at the Lights, Camera,
Help Film Festival in Austin, as well as at the Dress for Success World-Wide
and Professional Women’s Group Global Summit.

Austin Home Builders Association
Honors Zbranek
The Home Builders Association of Greater
Austin inducted Steve Zbranek of Zbranek
& Holt Custom Homes, Ltd. into the
Association’s “Hall of Honor” during the
Presidential Awards and Installation
Dinner in November. This Distinguished
Excellence Award is reserved for a member
demonstrating “Outstanding Leadership,
Professionalism and Exemplary Service”
to the association, homebuilding industry
and the community.
His accomplishments listed during
the event presentation included 33 years
of work in the building industry, service as President of the Greater San Antonio
Builders Association and the Home Builders
Association of Greater Austin and two time
recipient of the “National Master Builder of
the Year” award. He is the founder and first
president of the Lakeway Chapter of the
Austin Builders Association. Zbranek continues to serve on the faculty of the University of Housing as a national
instructor for the Graduate Master Builder program. He served as the
Chairman of the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce and was recognized as
their 2012 “Citizen of the Year” for his community service.

Yvette and Jonathan Boatwright present check on behalf of Realty Austin to
Foundation Communities, Walter Moreau, Peachy Meyers and Donna Williams.

Realty Austin Unveils Commitment to
Foundation Communities
Last year, Realty Austin and its team of agents rolled out their plan for a
new match fund initiative in collaboration with Foundation Communities,
a local non-profit providing first class, affordable homes and support services for thousands of low-income families and individuals. Realty Austin
co-owners Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright matched $30,000 in contributions made by their agents and staff for a total donation of $60,000. At
Foundation Communities annual fundraiser held at the Salvation Army
Thrift Store last October, this match fund, in turn, served as inspiration
for the nearly 700 guests to become “Home Builders,” multi-year donors
who help the organization to grow in strategic ways over time. The results
gained Foundation Communities a historic 60% increase in total donations
and a 178% increase in new “Home Builders.”

Thanks in large part to Lake Travis Youth Wrestling Club parents, beginning with the 2013–2014 school year, the Lake Travis Independent
School District
Administration will
seek to add wrestling as an official,
sport at the high
Last July, after
having completed
one of the most successful academic
Clark Mannas, Colin Tierney, Noah Eledge
and athletic campaigns in school history, Lake Travis High School earned the UIL Lone Star
Cup for team performance in district and state championships during the
2011–2012 school year. The prestigious honor is bestowed annually to five
high schools in the state, one in each of the five UIL classifications based on
points awarded for team performance in sanctioned UIL academic/athletic
programs. LTHS received the highest point total of any school in all classifications.

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: Pat Hydanus, Kathy Wilson, Zoe Burns

We Wish You a Merry Christmas: Mrs. Claus, Maryleeann Bryan; Pat Smith, Judie Brecht

Wilson Smith, Master of Ceremonies

Sing Along!
story by cathie parssinen
photos by Joe Bain and Michael Hydanus


he Sing Alongs’ holiday show is a bit like the bow on the package or the icing on the
cake. The holiday season wouldn’t be quite right without it. It is an annual tradition that I was
disappointed to miss this year because I was in Columbia, MO, hosting a baby shower for my
daughter. I am able to include it in this issue thanks to the generosity of Joe Bain and Michael Hydanus
who captured these great photos of the
Little Saint Nick: Rick Wilsey, Ken DeBower, Bill Walker
show. The committee of toy soldiers,
Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and his elf welcomed guests with the extraordinary
fanfare that we have all come to expect.
I’m convinced the whole exercise simply
provides cover for a bunch of otherwise

All I Want For Christmas: Julianne DeBower, Karen Knaus, Pat Doucet (Mother Superior)

Martha Kubala

Nick Renneker

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O’ Christmas Time: Joann Anderson, Jerry Hietpas

rational adults to prance around in some
pretty funny costumes while singing their
hearts out. And the singing just gets better
and better, with the expansion of the Sing
Alongs’ cast in recent years. I would have
loved to hear the nuns singing, “All I Want
for Christmas is a One Night Stand!” (At
Carnegie Hall!)
The Sing Along Group of the Women’s
Club of Greater Lakeway and the City
of Lakeway Activity Center present this
annual performance to benefit Lake Travis
Green Santa.
Mark your calendars for April 25, 26
and 27 for the Sing Alongs’ Spring Show
that will celebrate 50 Years of Lakeway.

Barbara Helmueller, Joyce Dickinson

Little Saint Nick: Steve Richard

We Need A Little Christmas: Karen Decker
Judy Donahue
As Long As There’s Christmas: Nancy Bain, Tom Sullivan

Judie Brecht, Martha Kubala, Margie Neuenschwander
The Christmas Song: Carol Roettinger, John Madden

St. Nick

Rick Wilsey

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas:
Mike Hahn

Gigi McKeever, Producer and Director

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story BY Linda Holland
photos by Josh Brewster Photography


or the third year in a row under the Artistic Direction of Linda
Holland and Managing Director Lindsay Brewster, Dance Institute
Performance Academy and Street Heat are the Leander Winter
Classic Grand Champions as well as the Grade 4–6 High Point Champion and
Grade 7–9 High Point Champion. Out of 23 solos presented, 12 made the finals
with the following results.

NYCDA Reagan, Alexis, Sydney, Ashley, Jessica, Dannon

Grade 4: 1st Taylor Bowman
Grade 5: 2nd Laura Parrish, 4th Jordan Hall, 5th Nick Schroeder
Grade 6: 2nd Parker Rogers, 5th Jenna Simons
Grade 7: 2nd Sydney James, 5th Annika Roberts
Grade 8: 3rd Ashley Norwood, 5th Alexis Stanley
Grade 9: 4th Jessica Bowman
Open: 1st Dannon O’Brien
Group dances brought home 14 1st places, 5 2nd places, and 2 3rd places.
Judges Choice Awards were as follows.


Highest Scoring Dance Remote Remix
Babalu Judges Choice Best Entertainment

Best Showmanship: Party People
Best Technique: Unchained Melody, Forget Me Not
Best Choreography: Small, Forget Me Not
Best Costume: Party People, Babalu
Best Presentation: Other Side of Hansen’s, Beta
Best Entertainment: Forget Me Not, Beta, Babalu

DI Performance Academy students kicked off their winning season at New York
City Dance Alliance’s (NYCDA) convention in November. Dannon O’Brien received
“Outstanding SR. Dancer”, Ashley Norwood received the “Triple Threat Regional
Scholarship”, Jessica Bowman received the “Steps of Broadway $800 Stipend”, and
Reagan Kowert and Dannon O’Brien were recognized and ask to submit head shots
and resumes to the assistant director of Flash Dance the Musical.
In December the Company attended NUVO Dance Convention and again were recognized for outstanding performances. Dannon O’Brien won the National Scholarship,
Sydney James won the Die Hard Jazz Faculty Award, Regional Scholarships were won
by Gianna Vallone, Taylor Bowman, Jaden Ceshker, Parker Rogers, Reagan Kowert,
Ashley Norwood, Natalie Wong and Olivia Schuh.
Forget Me Not Reagan Kowert, Alexis Stanley

LWC Champs 2013

58 Waterways | Spring 2013

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