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Waterways Magazine

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TX 78734 waterwaysmag@gmail.com www.waterwaysmagazine.com Cover photo by Brandi Nellis. Wardrobe by Maria &

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.

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Editor/PublishEr: Cathie Parssinen 512.785.6313

dEsignEr: Sheila Parr waterwaysdesign@gmail.com

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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

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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.

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Cover model Sheila Parr with her daughter Violet
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Creative Spirit

ABouT The Cover: GrAphiC ArTiST SheiLA pArr

story by cathie parssinen | photos by brandi nellis

T he concept for our cover story is an examination of creativ- ity not only as it relates generally to Austin as a dynamic city that supports the work of the creative people who live here but also the

creative power displayed in the pages of Waterways. A University of Texas at Austin graduate, Sheila Parr is an award-winning book designer and art director who oversees the creative work of in-house and freelance design- ers at Greenleaf Book Group, an independent book publisher and distribu- tor that was established in Austin in 1997 by Clint Greenleaf. In her eight years at Greenleaf, she has worked on hundreds of books and designed or art directed numerous best-selling covers. Sheila and her team have been recognized numerous times for their design work in various design publi-

cations such as HOW and Print. Since the

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 hus- band and co-creator, Angus Cann.) For a small city, Austin has an ambi- tious 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.

Water, sustainer of all life, is the other creative element in our cover scene, photographed at Jacob’s Well in Wimberley. Jacob’s Well is one of the most significant natural geologic treasures in the Texas Hill Country. An artesian spring, thousands of gallons of water per minute surge through Jacob’s Well. It is the headwater for Cypress Creek and also recharges the Edwards Aquifer. The spring ceased flowing for the first time in recorded history in 2000 and again in 2008. Joe Nick Patoski wrote an excellent article about Jacob’s Well in the July 2011 issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine. You can read more about threats posed by the current drought on the next page.

Ballet Austin dancers perform The Rite of Spring for Valentine’s Day.
Ballet Austin dancers perform The Rite of Spring for Valentine’s Day.

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 long- term 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 rain- fall/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 pro-

posed 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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Masterpiece by Masters Touch Custom Homes story by cathie parssinen | photos by david steWart

Masterpiece by Masters Touch Custom Homes

story by cathie parssinen | photos by david steWart

M 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 mul-

tiple 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 hand- stamped 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 show- stopping 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 three- layer, tongue-in-groove timber ceiling.

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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 ver- sion 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 transition- ing, 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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T he aston Martin has been a Bond staple since the Sean Connery era, and the latest release of Skyfall created a renewed surge of proprietary pride in Aston Martin owners across the planet. For the 15 years he has been an Aston Martin dealer, Sonny Morgan of Austin’s John Eagle European has been able

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A first responder with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office combs through Lake Travis High School during an active shooter training exercise in Aug. 2012.

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eating disease. Blake Salle walked the audience through a
chilling narrative of their daughter’s confrontation with
this nightmarish illness and a heartfelt,
Hub and Kathryn Scarborough Bechtol
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
Maureen Wood; Judy Waxman, with the
Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation
Mary Ann and Andrew Heller
Warren and Suzanne Chirhart
Creative Party at Zach’s New Topfer Theatre story and photos by cathie parssinen I reMeMber
Creative Party at Zach’s New Topfer Theatre story and photos by cathie parssinen I reMeMber

Creative Party at Zach’s New Topfer Theatre

story and photos by cathie parssinen

I 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

.” 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 inter- esting locations has been to expose agents to Austin’s “crown jewels” so that they

read, “Should this message reach you

Mary Briggle, Bertina Schreiber, Eunice Martin, Terrie Kunik, Ann Kimbriel Kathy and Randy Taylor Christy
Mary Briggle, Bertina Schreiber, Eunice Martin, Terrie Kunik, Ann Kimbriel
Kathy and Randy Taylor
Christy and Chad Mahagan
Debbie Gainer, Rita Keenan may better inform newcomers of Austin’s treasures.
Debbie Gainer, Rita Keenan
may better inform newcomers of
Austin’s treasures.
Mark and Jocelyn Johnson, Emily Moreland, Sandy and John Greenwood Carmen Baker, Dale Jean Niece
Mark and Jocelyn Johnson, Emily Moreland, Sandy and John Greenwood
Carmen Baker, Dale Jean
Niece and Bob Laws
Mary-Jane Williams, Amy Hur
Keri and Greg Walling Victoria Wilson, Steve Balch Robert Johnson, Debby Jensen, Dianne Johnson Pianist
Keri and Greg Walling
Victoria Wilson, Steve Balch
Robert Johnson, Debby Jensen, Dianne Johnson
Pianist Jason Connor
Vocalist Amy Downing
Earl Vaughn, Kathleen Nelson
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
and Kay Moreland Barbara and Dale Erker Doug Roberts, Clay McLaughlin, Wende Parks, Sandy Bowman Eric
and Kay Moreland Barbara and Dale Erker Doug Roberts, Clay McLaughlin, Wende Parks, Sandy Bowman Eric

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
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

F 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!

Faith Meyer, Kelsey Boulter, Lauren Stone at Adorn

Service with a smile from Hailey Cohan and Jessica Berry at Fresh & Fruiti

Andrea Mann and Grace Ward of The Sassy Spurs Deborah Sheldon of Strandz Salon, Tania
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

Chris Klein, Dana King, Cindy Langle, Joni Langle Laurie Garrick, Liz Nadler Ron and Debbie
Chris Klein, Dana King,
Cindy Langle, Joni Langle
Laurie Garrick, Liz Nadler
Ron and Debbie Hinkle
Ty Grimes, BB Morse, Danny Hawk
Ty Grimes, BB Morse, Danny Hawk

Benefit for Helping Hand at Poodie’s Hilltop

story and photos by cathie parssinen

J 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 (www.jamminforsalmon.org).

Kenny Nadler, Scott Garrick, Jason Churchill, Sherry Mack, Paul Janacek Susan and Tom Douglas, Marty
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
Front: Cassidy Lavender, Betsy Welborn, Katie Popejoy, Annemarie Gist, Kelly Larimore, Veronica Perez, Kayla German,
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 Cameron Pepe, Chandler Wehmeyer, Carter Johnson, Hailee
Allee Johnson, Lona Parad, Cierra Harris,
Alexandra Brown
Cameron Pepe, Chandler Wehmeyer, Carter Johnson, Hailee Harrison,
Hannah Golden, Emma Wischmeyer
Anna Tareski, Katy MacManus, Alyssa Thorp, Amarissa Urias

Clare Ghilarducci, Danielle Carpenter, Madison Cottett, Jake Babin

LTHS Winter Formal

story by cathie parssinen photos by cathie parssinen and nicole pearson

I 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

into the dance hall

and dance they did!

Sarah Stottman, Rose O’Deens, Shelbi White, Tori Hundley, Nicole Kirby, Brittany Bezdek Krissy Nolin, Mathew
Sarah Stottman, Rose O’Deens, Shelbi White,
Tori Hundley, Nicole Kirby, Brittany Bezdek
Krissy Nolin, Mathew Parker
Dawson Cook, Sean Coyne, Hayden Steves, Marshall Villanueva, Tyler Seymore, Sutton South, Asher Cook Christina
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

Elise Grgurich performs the Arabian Dance in TexARTS’ The Nutcracker

Kiara Dietz and Maddie McKowen perform the Russian Dance in 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 T he
TexARTS Stars Shine Bright
story by Jarret Mallon
photos by karla ent photography
T 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 pro-
fessional 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 www.tex-arts.org.
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
Rafferty as “Cavalier” in The Nutcracker
Kaitlin Street as “Dew Drop” in Waltz of the
Flowers from The Nutcracker
2006. The organization offers year-round arts educa-
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 pro-
duction of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” For information
or tickets, visit www.tex-arts.org or call 852-9079 x104.
Paula Cossette and
Ian Rafferty in The
Nutcracker
The “Texettes” perform in TexARTS’ Holiday Extravaganza
The TexARTS Broadway Company perform “White Christmas” in Holiday
Extravaganza
TexARTS Broadway Company performs “12 Days” in Holiday
Extravaganza

Making a Splash

BrAndy AMSTeL’S FiLM deBuTS in AuSTin

Jennifer Chambers, President of the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Austin; Betty Staehr,
Jennifer Chambers, President of the Board of Directors for
Dress for Success Austin; Betty Staehr, Brandy Amstel,
Dress for Success Austin Director Judy Chambers

In November, Dress for Success Austin pre- miered a short docu- mentary titled “In Her Shoes” at Austin’s his- toric Stateside Theatre. Produced and directed by filmmaker and local Lakeway resident Brandy

Amstel, the film docu- ments the journey of Dress for Success client Betty Staehr from home- lessness 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 grate- ful 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, ser- vice 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 con- tinues 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.

2012 “Citizen of the Year” for his community service. Yvette and Jonathan Boatwright present check on
2012 “Citizen of the Year” for his community service. Yvette and Jonathan Boatwright present check on
Yvette and Jonathan Boatwright present check on behalf of Realty Austin to Foundation Communities, Walter
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 ser- vices for thousands of low-income families and individuals. Realty Austin co-owners Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright matched $30,000 in contribu- tions 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.”

LThS WreSTLinG

Thanks in large part to Lake Travis Youth Wrestling Club parents, begin- ning with the 2013–2014 school year, the Lake Travis Independent School District Administration will seek to add wres- tling as an official, UIL-sanctioned sport at the high school. Last July, after having completed one of the most suc- cessful academic

and athletic cam- paigns 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 clas- sifications.

Clark Mannas, Colin Tierney, Noah Eledge
Clark Mannas, Colin Tierney, Noah Eledge
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: Pat Hydanus, Kathy Wilson, Zoe Burns We Wish You a
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
T 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
Little Saint Nick: Rick Wilsey, Ken DeBower, Bill Walker
who captured these great photos of the
show. The committee of toy soldiers,
Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and his elf wel-
comed 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
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.

Little Saint Nick: Steve Richard

The Christmas Song: Carol Roettinger, John Madden

Barbara Helmueller, Joyce Dickinson We Need A Little Christmas: Karen Decker Judy Donahue As Long
Barbara Helmueller, Joyce Dickinson
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
St. Nick

Rick Wilsey

Gigi McKeever, Producer and Director
Gigi McKeever, Producer and Director
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: Mike Hahn
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas:
Mike Hahn
NYCDA Reagan, Alexis, Sydney, Ashley, Jessica, Dannon
NYCDA Reagan, Alexis, Sydney, Ashley, Jessica, Dannon

Triumphant

story by linda holland photos by Josh breWster photography

F 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.

SoLoS

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 LWC Champs 2013
Highest Scoring Dance Remote Remix
Babalu Judges Choice Best Entertainment
LWC Champs 2013

JudGeS ChoiCe AWArdS

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 rec- ognized 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