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here is one thing the entire
population has in common
regardless of geography,
economics, education, politics
or religion. We all need a best
friend. We learn as young children the
qualities of a friend and through the years
those qualities are modifed and molded
to ft our individual needs and desires. A
best friend is there to lend a hand, to pick
us up when we are down and ofer an ear
when we just need to talk --- and of course
share exciting moments that are destined to
become lifetime memories.
What’s the key to staying best friends
with someone through this rollercoaster called
life? Tis question arose as I spent time with four
women who have been friends for 40 years. Trough
marriages, births, relocations, and sadly even deaths,
these ladies have managed to stick together even when they had some
tough bridges to cross. Tey explained that there were periods of lost
communication, but even then, they knew when one needed the other, they
would fnd a way. Tat’s what a best friend ultimately is, a solid, dependable
presence in our lives that walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Tis month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Domestic Violence
Awareness month. Let’s reach out to the people in our lives who might
need us during a rough time and let’s toast to those who have been there
for us through the years. Gather your lifelong pals, your newly blossomed
friendships, or even rekindle a friendship that might have waned, in support
of those who need our help. Emmy Award winner Rue McClanahan, from
the beloved show, “Te Golden Girls,” speaks out about breast cancer and
helps raise awareness. We can all agree that a good laugh with best friend is
the greatest remedy when we are down or struggling. Everyone needs at least
one in their life.
Alisha Novich
Executive Creative Director
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B
y the time you fnish reading this magazine, 22
women will be diagnosed with cancer. Since 1950 the
incidence of breast cancer has increased by about 60
percent. As these numbers continue to grow,
heightening prevention and awareness is essential.
You can help by purchasing a Pink Shopping Card
from an area retailer. With your card, enjoy discounted shopping
while supporting Te Julie Rogers “Gif of Life” program. Te $50
shopping card is 100 percent tax deductible and it ofers 12 days of
20 percent savings at 650 local merchants, including several
of our Fabulous Finds retailers and many of our top advertisers.
Browse through these pages to see some of the participating
Pink Card businesses.
Stop for lunch at a Casa Olé on Mondays
this month, and a percentage of your
bill will also support the Gif
of Life’s breast cancer
awareness eforts.
Save some green and
Tink Pink this month.
You’ll be contributing to the eforts to
save lives in our community. For more
information or ways to help call
409.833.3663 or visit gifofifebmt.org
Think Pink
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8
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30% Off Storewide
50% Off Select Women’s Apparel.
The Nail Studio, Manicures-Spa Pedicures,
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Have beautiful, healthy legs with the Venous Closure
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The Vein Centers of Texas. #7 Bayoubrandt, just behind
Hobby Lobby, in Beaumont, TX 77706 409.823.8323
www.veincentersoftexas.com
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A wide selection is now
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Nickolina’s.
1257 W. Lucas
Beaumont, TX
409.896.2543
www.nickolinas.com
lookind for
a dreat work-
out? Na]oe the
kids need somethind
to do after school? 9th
dedree Grand Master
Fred A. Simon has over
5O ]ears experience in
martial arts trainind.
Tae Kwon Do classes
are offered Monday
throudh 8aturda] for
ades 5 and up. Ai-
kido classes are also
availaole on wednesda]
and 8aturda]. Best of all,
there's no contract.
Fred A. Simon’s TaeKwonDo
6385 Calder (next to Purse Strings)
409.860.5744
Flowers With Love.
164 S. Dowlen
Beaumont, TX 77707 409.832.0821
Fall season means
entertainind
and family
datherinds.
Flowers
With Love
has oeautiful
fresh fower
centerpieces from casual
to contemporar]. You'll
fnd the latest st]les,
ooldest colors, and
trendiest containers that
are sure to please ever]
taste. Order early for
oest accommodations.
Exclusivel] at Howell Furniture ]ou will find the
f abul ous Tommy Bahama Col l ecti on f r om
Lexington Furniture. This Zeora oench with
nailhead trim is a must for an]one with a wild side!
There's much more to this collection that ]ou must
see and ]ou'll find it at Howell Furniture.
Gaudie and Co., 1143 Boston Ave.
Nederland, Texas 77627, 409-729-2700
How Santa Really
Knows...These
Elf on the 8helf.
Plushee Pals™
are to] versions of
their REAl North
Pole Scout Elf
counterparts.
Touchind and
suueezind are
not onl] allowed
out encouraded!
Availaole
exclusively at Gaudie and Co.
theVIPmag.com | October 2009 9
Can we really be Best Friends Forever?
Te saying is that “good friends come and
go.” While this phrase does hold some truth,
it poses a serious question to me. If they
were really good friends to begin with, then
why would they go?
On the other hand, I absolutely agree
with the saying, “good friends are hard
to fnd.” It’s not like driving down to HEB
when you run out of milk. Money can’t buy
friends either, that’s why Paris Hilton had
VH1 create an entire reality show dedicated
to fnding her a BFF. (I’m thinking that still
didn’t end up working out in the heiress’
favor.) A true friend, someone you share a
real bond with and can spend quality BFF
time with, is priceless.
Friendships are faced with many
transitions throughout life, such as moving
to diferent cities, marriage (or frequent
marriages), children and all the non-
frivolous arguments like who saw those
Gucci boots frst. Although marriage and
other adult milestones may decrease the
frequency of the time you get to share
together, the important factor is in knowing
that your BFF is always going to be there.
As we grow older and aren’t just fghting
over Barbie dolls and boys anymore, these
hurdles don’t get any easier or less
complicated. We can all get so busy with
life and commitments that we wake up one
day to realize some of our friendships aren’t
quite as strong as they once were. Ten
we fnd ourselves wondering, how did we
go from talking fve times a day to a mere
fve texts a year? A few might be able to
equate this to some outrageous “Days of
Our Lives”-type of dramatic falling out, but
for the most part, as life continues to bring
changes, we simply lose touch and some
of our best friends become just another
thumbnail photo on our Facebook page.
Tere are some friendships that live in
the past. When you spend time together,
the conversation never escapes from
reminiscing about fun times that have
already happened. Ten there are other BF’s
you have known forever and still have a
blast with no matter what you do. It doesn’t
matter when the last time you spoke was,
you can always pick up right where you lef
of. It’s important to recognize and cultivate
these friendships that are fxtures in your
life, especially if you want them to remain
that way.
Our friendships are such an integral
part of life and who we are. It’s the whole
reason why shows such as “Te Golden
Girls,” “Friends” and “Cheers” were, and
still are, such colossal hits. Tanks to
syndication, we can still invite the Golden
Girls into our living room virtually anytime
of day since they are still on three diferent
channels morning, afernoon and evening.
It’s perhaps America’s, or maybe just every
woman’s, favorite theme so we all know the
words and always hum along with: “Tank
you for being a friend, Travel down the road
and back again, Your heart is true…” You
may even be humming along while reading,
or singing along in your head. “Te Golden
Girls” portrayed four vibrant personalities
that entertained with humor while valuing
friendship above all. Tey were living out
a great dream and a great story of growing
old with your best friends. Recognizing
the importance and appreciation in a true
friend is what gets us all through a bad day
and makes all of our good days even better.
Thank You for Being a Friend
text by Micah Lindsay Micah Lindsay & Elvis
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Tey call me “Man’s Best Friend,” but
I don’t think that’s politically correct.
I’ll be hanging out with my favorite
Golden Girl, Rue McClanahan, this
month supporting the Gif of Life
and cannot wait!
8
fabulous fi nds
The Gift Shop End of Summer Sale.
30% Off Storewide
50% Off Select Women’s Apparel.
The Nail Studio, Manicures-Spa Pedicures,
Tammy Taylor Nails and OPI Products.
º Nicrodermaorasion º Acid Peels
º Permanent Cosmetics º Nineral Nakeup
º 8udar waxind
The Nail Studio. 409.755.3433, cell 409.656.3433
The Gift Shop. 409.755.4590,
900 S. Main, Ste. 913, Lumberton, TX
Have beautiful, healthy legs with the Venous Closure
procedure, a minimall] invasive procedure that is desidned
to treat varicose veins. Performed in the offce, it usuall]
takes under an hour with no deneral anesthesia or hospitaliza-
tion, and is covered o] most insurance carriers.
The Vein Centers of Texas. #7 Bayoubrandt, just behind
Hobby Lobby, in Beaumont, TX 77706 409.823.8323
www.veincentersoftexas.com
Howell Furniture. 6095 Folsom Rd., Beaumont, TX
409.832.2544
Applionces * Eleclronics
SHOP. APPLY. BUY!
@ CONNS.COM
Prices & Special Offers Good October 1 - 31, 2009.
5AVE
$
900
2199
99
AFIEk 5AVlNG5
as low as 73/Mo.*
REGULAR PRICE $3099
27.6 Cu. Fl.
French Door
kelrigerolor
Space Plus Ice
System, Smooth
Touch Controls
LMX28983ST
Experience the ultimate in
comfort and uualit] with
Pine Cone Hill pajamas
and OKAb spa shoes! These
feel so dood, ]ou'll want
to call in sick tomorrow.
A wide selection is now
available at hickolina's.
Nickolina’s.
1257 W. Lucas
Beaumont, TX
409.896.2543
www.nickolinas.com
lookind for
a dreat work-
out? Na]oe the
kids need somethind
to do after school? 9th
dedree Grand Master
Fred A. Simon has over
5O ]ears experience in
martial arts trainind.
Tae Kwon Do classes
are offered Monday
throudh 8aturda] for
ades 5 and up. Ai-
kido classes are also
availaole on wednesda]
and 8aturda]. Best of all,
there's no contract.
Fred A. Simon’s TaeKwonDo
6385 Calder (next to Purse Strings)
409.860.5744
Flowers With Love.
164 S. Dowlen
Beaumont, TX 77707 409.832.0821
Fall season means
entertainind
and family
datherinds.
Flowers
With Love
has oeautiful
fresh fower
centerpieces from casual
to contemporar]. You'll
fnd the latest st]les,
ooldest colors, and
trendiest containers that
are sure to please ever]
taste. Order early for
oest accommodations.
Exclusivel] at Howell Furniture ]ou will find the
f abul ous Tommy Bahama Col l ecti on f r om
Lexington Furniture. This Zeora oench with
nailhead trim is a must for an]one with a wild side!
There's much more to this collection that ]ou must
see and ]ou'll find it at Howell Furniture.
Gaudie and Co., 1143 Boston Ave.
Nederland, Texas 77627, 409-729-2700
How Santa Really
Knows...These
Elf on the 8helf.
Plushee Pals™
are to] versions of
their REAl North
Pole Scout Elf
counterparts.
Touchind and
suueezind are
not onl] allowed
out encouraded!
Availaole
exclusively at Gaudie and Co.
10 October 2009 | theVIPmag.com
11 kitchens | 12 closets
vip shelter
T
raditionally, the choices
in foors and countertops
were mundane and
limited. Now, however,
with an ever-increasing
demand for choice, the
possibilities are limited
only by one’s imagination. Choices now
range from the traditional to the
unexpected. All have pros and cons.
Countertops
Wood is timeless, beautiful and
practical. With stains ranging from dark
to light, wood tops easily ft into any design.
Te maintenance is relatively easy. Wash
with soap and water and apply mineral
oil once a month to keep them in good
condition. A drawback to wood is that
Creative Kitchens
Choosing Floors and Countertops for
Your Kitchen
over time, if not they will show fading and
scratches. Cost is in the mid-range.
Stainless steel counters have been a
fxture in restaurant kitchens, but they
are turning up more in home kitchens.
Stainless steel is the only countertop that
can be safely bleached. Tey are also stain
resistant and utilitarian. However, there
are certain acidic foods that will stain the
counters if not cleaned immediately. Tey
also need to be dried quickly to avoid water
stains. Te simple maintenance makes them
a great option for a busy family. Trow
some cleanser onto them and scour in the
metal’s direction. Cost can range from
mid- to high-end.
A surprise addition to countertop
choices is concrete. Concrete is modern and
rustic. It ofers an organic choice that easily
fts with any architectural style. However, it
will hold stains if not properly maintained.
Chips can also occur, and the countertops
require waxing and sealing once a year.
Depending on the type of concrete and
contractor, prices make it a good choice for
the budget-conscious.
Recently out of favor, laminate has been
making a comeback. Tis cost-efective
choice is easy to maintain and install.
With no sealing required, all you have to
do is clean with soap and water. Te major
drawback is its susceptibility to heat
and water.
Floors
Te most common fooring used
in kitchens is tile. With a variety of styles
and material options, tile is one choice
that is trend-resistant. Te simple
installation makes it a popular choice.
However, depending on the type of tile
you use, the price can easily make a budget
spiral out of control. Also, the removal of
the foor, if a need ever arises, is tedious and
difcult. Te maintenance is specifc to the
type of tile used.
Wood fooring is fast challenging tile
as the most common fooring used in
kitchens. Many people choose wood for
the durability and seamless look wood
ofers. Te only upkeep required is to
reseal every fve to six years depending
on the type of wood. However, some woods
are easily dented and can be expensive
to install.
Another option for a foor is brick.
Brick fooring is the most durable choice.
Characteristics such as the brick’s anti-slip
qualities and infnite choices for pattern
and color make it easy to see why it is rising
in popularity. Te maintenance requires a
re-grout every few years. Unfortunately, the
lengthy installation and rough texture keeps
brick on the pricey side.
Te most unique fooring choice is
rubber. Installing it is the most eco-friendly
choice because it is made from recycled
tires and is the most customizable. A great
choice for those who love to cook, it is
easy on the feet and back. Once installed, a
broom, vacuum and mop are all that are
required to maintain the foor, but it will
absorb grease if not properly cleaned.
call 1-800-345-5273 to find a Dillard’s store near you
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leave a lasting
IMPRESSION
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W
hen Mr.
Big fnally
proposed
to Carrie
Bradshaw,
audiences
of giddy
woman
(and a few intrepid men) watched
breathlessly to see what trinket he would
present her to mark this much-awaited
milestone. When the big moment fnally
came, the
symbol of
his afection
proved to be
a large, expensive,
one-of-a-kind…
shoe closet? Tat’s right. Television’s
most stylish icon turned down round
brilliance in favor of square footage. Many
women can understand this decision. Te
dream of a spacious, organized closet with
room for plenty of shoes is becoming
reality for more and more Americans,
as new homes are regularly built with
bigger and more elaborate closet areas.
Function and Form
Today’s high-end closets feature
elaborate details like wooden cabinetry,
granite or marble countertops, lots of
storage space, and even fat-screen
televisions. Sound familiar? Tat’s because
many home builders consider closets to be
today’s new kitchens. While kitchen design
is still a major factor in people’s decision
to buy a house, a well-appointed, spacious
closet is also a must on many prospective
buyers’ checklists.
When Sharon Margolis of Nederland
planned the closets for her new house eight
years ago, she made sure to include plenty
of shelving and storage for her children.
“Right now my son is home from college,
and with all his things, he really
needs a lot of space,” she said.
Her younger daughter’s
closet is any little girl’s
dream, featuring a
hidden door tucked
behind a shelf, and
three consecutive
rooms of shelves
and racks.
As for the
master bedroom,
many new homes
feature his-and-hers
walk-in closets. Chelsea
and Nathan Brandimarte
are in the process of
remodeling their Beaumont
home, and increased closet space
is a major feature. “When we bought our
home, we were 25 years old, and had just
moved here,” Chelsea said. “We’ve lived
with very little closet space all this time,
and with three kids, it’s gotten challenging.”
Now, her personal closet features walls of
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clothes racks, shoe shelves, handbag
cubbies and even a granite-topped island.
Today, the average master closet in a
new home measures about six feet by eight
feet, and has at least two clothes racks.
Many new homes feature walk-ins in every
bedroom. Compare this to the average
mid-century home, which might feature
one small closet per bedroom, and it’s clear
that storage and organization is of greater
importance to today’s homeowner (and, of
course, they just have more stuf).
SeaSonal oPPortunity
Tis is the time of year when many
people start thinking more about their
closets. With the frst snap of winter comes
the frst foray to the back of the closet,
rummaging around for that sweater,
those boots. As the clothes are shufed
around and moved from back to front,
most people are wishing they had
more space, were better organized,
and that they weren’t such a mess. But
even those with limited closet space
can learn to make the most of what
they have. With a few organizational
tips, anyone can have a cleaner closet.
emPty your cloSet
You can’t really organize your closet
until you know what’s in it. If years of
clothes are stacked in front of each other
and covering the foor, it’s time to
completely remove everything and start
from scratch.
Weed
Te hardest part of cleaning a closet
is determining what to keep. Tough it’s
tempting to keep everything, it pays to be
ruthless. If you haven’t donned an item in
the past year, get rid of it. Take it to a charity
and you won’t regret the waste. For special
items that you can’t bear to part with, box
them up and put them in another storage
space. While you’re at it, get rid of all those
items that have accumulated in the closet.
If it’s not something you wear, fnd a better
place for it, like storage boxes under the bed
or the attic.
organize
At this point, it might be wise to
purchase some home storage solutions
to help you maintain an organized space.
Shelving racks, storage bins and shoe
holders can help keep clothing in its proper
place. Organizational aids are especially
helpful when dealing with small spaces.
Set uP your cloSet
Decide how you want to present your
clothing. Keeping casuals separate from
work wardrobe, sorting by type of item or
color-coding are all ways of organizing that
may work for you. Try to keep everything
easy to see, since you won’t wear what you
can’t fnd. Tink seasonally. If summer is
ending, put all summer shirts, bathing suits,
and sandals in overhead bins that will be
easy to unpack next spring.
KeeP it uP
Take the time each day to put things
back in their proper place, and you will
save time in the long run. Each season,
look at items with a critical eye and try
to weed out some things periodically. By
keeping your closet flled only with items
that ft and are current, you will avoid a
cluttered closet that still feels like you
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it’s time to get those fall must-have
accessories so you’re not charged as an
accessory victim of the fashion police!
Fall is still about more and more
metallics. Look for accessories
with lots of hardware and studs or
rufes and trimmings. Ultimate
fashioniastas will be adorned with
high-impact, chunky jewelry of contrasting mediums worn
in layers to really make a statement. Just remember not to go
overboard and pile on too many of these trendy pieces
at once. Fortunately for those golden girls, gold has
transformed itself from tacky to trendy. Gold and other
metallics bring a great fash of style to your fall wardrobe
with a touch of class especially in the form of a chic
accessory. Te best part about gold’s comeback is it goes
with any outft, so we can fnally ignore the old fashion rules
for black and brown ensembles and accessories.
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You’ll be made in the shade with stylish Ed Hardy sunglasses
with black frames embellished with bright gems and stones,
$220. Available at Gaudie & Co., 409.729.2790.
Step into the fashion winner’s circle in these
metallic gold gladiator stilettos with trendy
zipper detail on the front, $36. Available at
BBS, 409.924.0202
Tis metallic gold chunky, studded
belt incorporates all of fall fashions
trends and “recessionistas” love its
afordable price, $24. Available
at BBS, 409.924.0202
Clutch on to this metallic gold
handbag with embellished
clasp, $38. Available at BBS,
409.924.0202
We love these broad band gold rings with jewels
and mixed mediums such as gold and onyx,
$24-$32. Available at BBS, 409.924.0202
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are all the rage this year, which is why
we love these metallic gold belts of
diferent weaves and textures, $18-42.
Available at BBS, 409.924.0202
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staying in style. Every girl likes to show
her wild side, like with this Hype clutch
with a gold link chain strap and buckle
clasp, $146. Available at Purse Strings,
409.866.9742
Scarves are once again very much in
style, so wrap up in one of these Chan
Luu scarves in one of fall’s best tones, $42.
Available at Purse Strings, 409.866.9742
Brace yourself for these high
impact Otazu bracelets with bright
jewels and gems and take your
ensemble up a notch! Available at
Jackie’s 409.861.5762
Amp up your ensemble with this artistically
bold Otazu bracelet with chain link detail
and a large oval-shaped stone. Available at
Jackie’s 409.861.5762
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Toss the Torturing Bra,
and Slip Into Something
More Comfortable
The Fit
text by Ashley Green
W
hen taking your bra of becomes as great a relief as
kicking your shoes of from a long day on your feet,
you might consider fnding a better ft for your
female frontal friends.
Ill-ftting brassieres can be bothersome, painful
and unattractive. Finding the perfect
balance of size and features
is worth your time.
Bad Bra
Efects
Vexatious bust-wear can cause
more dilemmas than discomfort,
such as shoulder tension, back pain
and headaches.
According to Ashley Wyatt,
certifed bra specialist for Dillard’s in
Beaumont’s Parkdale Mall, a poor-ft
can cause irritating outcomes. “With
a poor-ftting bra you’ll be in constant
combat with falling straps,” she said.
“If a bra is too tight, you may have
bulging skin hanging over the band
or cup.”
Why Do Women
Deal with the
Agony?
Many women buy incorrect bra
sizes because of social stigmas about
cup size – too big or small. Other
women may need to resize. Our bodies
change over time, not excluding our
breasts. You may have been a 36B
twenty years ago, but what’s your body
undergone since?
Finding the
Perfect Fit
Wyatt says getting to know a client
can help eliminate time spent test-
ing numerous bra styles. “Knowing a
person’s lifestyle, what she does, what
her activities are, if she attends a lot of
formal events – this information can
help us determine which type of bra
a woman needs,” Wyatt said. “A lot
depends on lifestyle and body type. As
we’re measuring, we can assess which
style will best suit a customer.”
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Te Man Girdle
Men can now “enjoy” the same
efects of spandex and nylon that
women experience from Spanx.
Spanx undergarments, and other
brands like it, give women fattering,
shapely results by wriggling into
suits of spandex and nylon that
entrap unfattering “excess.”
Until recently, men have been
lef to fend for themselves through
means of exercise, eating right,
sucking-in or loose clothing, in
order to tighten fab, or give the
(false) impression of a slender
physique. Now, thanks to
manufacturers such as Equmen
and Underworks, men can revel
in the slenderizing repercussions
of a retail-sold body slimmer just
for them.
Men’s compression clothing
comes in styling similar to T-shirts,
undershirts, girdles and underwear.
Te “belly busters,” “zip ‘n trims”
and “precision undershirts”
are ultimately designed to
slenderize and improve the ft
of clothing. Other alleged benefts
include better circulation, improved
posture and increased support.
While the restrictive ft will likely
take some getting used to, hidden
love handles, and the perception
of a toned and sculpted torso, will
presumably pull positive results.
Welcome to the world of
spandex, guys!
Products to try:
• EqumenCorePrecisionundershirt
or tank top. Retail $89 to $109.
• UnderworksBellyBusterZip‘n
Trim Girdle for Men, body shirt
or briefs with banded waists. Retail
ranges $22.99 to $42.99.
Secrets from
Brassiere-making mogul Victoria’s Secret dishes on “Te 3 Secrets” to a well-ftting bra, in
the steamy, yet informative “Bra Guide.”
Victoria’s 3 Secrets
STYLE - Which bra style suits your needs?
• Push-up: Lif and boostage, at a variety of
padding levels.
• Full coverage: Maximum support with
least exposure.
• Demi: For a more revealing décolletage.
• Multi-way: Suit your ensemble with
one-strap, two-strap, no-strap options.
• Wireless: Light support for natural lif
SWELL – Which level of lif do you love?
• Unlined: Natural shape, with light support.
• Lightly Lined: Natural, lined-shape,
medium support.
• Push-up with Padding: Lif and cleavage.
• Padded: Varying degrees of lif from the
subtle to ultimate.
SIZE – Sizes aren’t forever. Measurements change
over the years. Te balance between band size
(number) and cup size (letter) is at the heart of a
perfect ft.
Victoria
Back Band
• Moves up throughout the day:Tighten, or
try a smaller band size.
• Bulges slightly: Loosen, or go up a
band size.
STraPS
• Cuts into shoulders: Loosen straps, or try
a larger cup or smaller band.
• Constantly slip down: Tighten, or go
down a band size.
cuPS
• Overfow, feels constricting: Try next cup
size up.
• Gaps or puckers: Tighten, or go down a
cup size.
charT-BuSTEr BraS
According to Wyatt, the Dillard’s lingerie
department top-selling bra is the Modern
Movement Ultimate T-shirt Bra (Dillard’s,
$36). Tis bra features a seamless cup for
a no-show look under tees and other knits,
and also ofers cushioned wide shoulder
straps for comfort.
Everyone loves a Victoria’s Secret bra.
How could you not, with 14 collections, and
10 diferent styles to choose from. Some-
thing for everyone is an understatement.
Te Most-Loved Bras from Victoria’s Secret
are their demis, push-ups, Gel-Curve and
multi-ways.
Quick Solutions for Bra Bothers
Band SIZE – Wear a non-padded
bra. Using a sof tape measure, hold it
around your back at band level. Bring
to the front just above your bust. Round
down if an odd number.
BuST MEaSurEMEnT
Measure around the fullest part of
your bust. Round up to nearest whole
number.
Cup Size = Bust size – Band Size.
Use the following guidelines to
determine cup letter.
How To Measure by Victoria’s Secret
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Tis array of various gold link and chain necklaces in varying sizes is sure to make the right statement, and is very versatile to wear with
almost anything in your closet, $24-$32. Available at BBS, 409.924.0202
Tese thin gold rhinestone-studded belts can be dressed up or down for any occasion, and there’s no need to fuss over the old black and
brown fashion faux pas - these will ft any outft, $24-$48. Available at BBS, 409.924.0202
Make a statement in this Swarovski crystal necklace by Otazu with three-tiered drops. Available at Jackie’s, 409.861.5762


Silver Gold
Get New Jewelry but Keep the Old…
text by CAthleen Cole
captions by miCAh lindsAy
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remember
this classic
camp song?
“Make new
friends but
keep the
old. One is
silver and the other’s gold.” It’s a lesson
about friendship that can cross over to
fashion. You don’t have to choose one
precious metal over the other.
Wear both!
Once upon a time in fashion land,
the fashion police said that the rule
for accessories or jewelry was to never
wear gold and silver together. And
then there were the hair color and skin
tone rules: Tan blondes must wear
gold. Fair brunettes must wear silver.
One day, a more open-minded fashion
ofcer said it was acceptable to wear
silver and gold jewelry at the same
time as long as the pieces were
separated by bodily zones. For
example, it was fne to wear a gold
watch and ring and a silver necklace
and earrings. You could even wear
gold rings on one hand and silver rings
on the other. But the rule was to keep
everything segregated. Heaven forbid
if the two ever touched.
Tese stacked gold bangle
bracelets of diferent
widths with varying
embellishments put the
fnishing touch on any
ensemble, $18-$48.
Available at BBS,
409.924.0202
Tis Swarovski and silver ensemble is a fabulous
fnd. Te perfect dangle Otazu chandelier earrings,
the Avant Garde brand necklace embellished with
round crystals and a chic oval Avant Garde ring are
versatile and powerful jewelry pieces for your fall
collection. Available at Jackie’s, 409.861.5762
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“I think the rules have changed,” Joy Taylor, co-owner
of Te Joy Shop, said of the old rules on never mixing gold
and silver jewelry and having hair color and skin tone
dictate the choices. “It’s an individual choice.
I’m a mixer.”
Taylor’s shop ofers several lines of gold and silver
jewelry including Pandora and Island Cowgirl with lots of
pieces combining silver and gold. “People don’t like to be
tied to one or the other,” Taylor said. “Most customers are
going more for that mix. Gold and silver mixed is the trend.”
Brian Alter, managing owner of Alter’s Gem Jewelry,
agrees. “Tere’s no such thing as the jewelry police,” he
said. “You wear what you want. You don’t have to worry
what anyone else thinks.” He wants to know who made up
all these rules anyway! “People mix and match all the time,”
he said.
Combination pieces are popular with his customers,
especially white gold with yellow gold or rose gold accents.
“White metals are more popular than yellow metals right
now,” he said. His fashion jewelry lines include David Yur-
man, Rebecca and Elle. “It’s very afordable, very fun,” he
said. “You can wear it with anything.”
As Burl Ives crooned in the classic flm Rudolph the
Red-Nosed Reindeer, “Everyone wishes for silver and gold.
How do you measure its worth? Just by the pleasure it gives
here on Earth.” Make yourself happy with silver and gold!
Well, not any more!
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25 ta-tas | 28 blondes | 29 confessor
Breast Practices
for Women:
Keeping “The Girls” Healthy
text by AsHley Green
B
reasts beautifully distinguish the female form. Whether
you are an A cup or a double D, your shape has probably
had an infuence in “shaping” your self-image. While
they can drive your man wild or fll out a firty halter top,
they also nurture and comfort. Tey can cause pain, and
host very serious, sometimes terminal, illnesses. Whether
you call them ta-tas, boobs, jugs or bosoms, breast health is important
to anyone who has a pair or loves someone who does.
Dishing on “The Girls”
A recent poll gave insight into local
women’s attitudes
Some women admitted their breasts were mostly ignored,
except when dressing, while others confdently stated they
liked their breasts.
“I never gave much thought to my breasts until I began
breastfeeding,” one participant said. “Ten I realized how important
a woman’s breasts can be, and the special function they can fulfll.”
Most participants believed the size of a woman’s breasts can
infuence her self confdence, stating that regional and media
pressures can highly infuence women young and old.
As far as wardrobe appropriateness, participants felt the right
amount of public cleavage depends on the occasion. Most agreed
some cleavage was tolerable at work, but noted women should be
mindful of nonverbal messages.
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Breastfeeding 411
Te number of women who breastfeed their infants may surprise
you. A bold 77 percent of women breastfed their infants in 2008, based
on statistics from the Center for Disease Control.
Te American Academy of Pediatrics recommends moms
exclusively breastfeed the frst six months of a child’s life, and continue,
supplementing with baby food, until at least one year of age.
Breastfeeding Benefts
Exclusively breastfeeding provides children more protection from lower
respiratory tract infections, ear infections, skin irritations, childhood
obesity, diabetes, leukemia, SIDS and gastrointestinal tract infections.
Te Center for Disease Control states that breastfeeding may lower rates
of certain breast cancers. In a Nurses’ Health Study spanning from 1997 to
2005, women with a family history of breast cancer had a 59 percent lower
risk of developing breast cancer before menopause if they breastfed
their babies.
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Many women have trouble
breastfeeding. Don’t feel alone, and
don’t be afraid to utilize these local
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“In September of 1990, I noticed
a lump, and knew it wasn’t normal,”
said Sharon greene, a Beaumont
resident. “I went to my gynecologist,
who verifed the knot was there, and
sent me to an oncologist, who
performed a biopsy. Ten I waited.”
Waiting for the results was the hardest
part for greene. “I tried to keep myself
busy. I had just started a new job, and
I was pretty preoccupied. Tree-weeks
passed from the time I found the lump
to the time we got the results. It was
malignant. I was diagnosed with Stage 1,
non-invasive breast cancer in my
right breast.”
greene was an active
32-year-old at the time
of the diagnosis. When
she received the results,
she said it was a clear cut
decision for her. “Te
choice of a mastectomy
assured me they would
get all of it. to me, it’s
just part of your body
you can live without.”
As it turned out, the
more radical decision for
mastectomy was a wise
choice, because there
was a second, smaller lump that did not
show in the mammogram which would
have meant surgery again later.
“Tankfully there was no need for
chemo or radiation, because it was small,
contained and caught early,” greene said.
greene wore a prosthesis until she had
reconstructive surgery in 1999, afer laws
were passed that required insurance
companies to cover reconstruction of
breasts for mastectomy patients.
greene’s double-encounter with
cancer changed her perceptions. “I want
to let women know that just because you
have cancer, it’s not the end. Keep a good
spirit and good mind set, and you can get
through anything. Stay
positive, and surround
yourself with
positive people.”
She also emphasized
the importance of early
detection through body
awareness. She cautioned
not to let fear prevent you
from seeking medical
assessment. “You have to
pay attention. If you feel
like something is wrong,
take action.”
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Knowing what’s normal for your body,
and examining yourself regularly, is what it
takes to stop breast cancer before it
stops you.
over 192,000 women are diagnosed
with breast cancer annually, according
to the American Cancer Society. Early
detection increases the chances of beating
the disease.
gay-Lynne Jones, the clinical direc-
tor of Te Julie and Ben rogers Cancer
Institute and a nurse practitioner, said the
Institute begins
educating females
about breast self
exams (BSE) in
12th grade. Te
earlier a woman
becomes com-
fortable with
herself and knows
her body, the
better her chances for early detection.
“It’s imperative for women to realize
the importance of self exams and knowing
what their breasts look like,” Jones said. “We
want them to be familiar with their bodies,
so they can detect abnormalities and seek
medical advice as soon as possible. Being
comfortable with your body is extremely
important. Years ago, people weren’t com-
fortable with examining themselves, and
they weren’t aware of the importance of
self exams. Now, knowing early detection
increases the cure rate, it’s all about that
comfort level and knowing what’s normal
for you.”
Jones recommends women perform
exams once a month. “Examining fve days
afer the start of the menstrual cycle is
average,” she said. “Post-menopause,
women should pick a day of the month and
remain consistent with that day.”
Don’t fret about conducting your
exam correctly. Jones said it’s more about
checking consistently than technique. “one
of the most common mistakes is only
examining what fts in the bra cup,” she said.
“Many women aren’t aware of the vast area
of breast tissue, ranging from three fnger
widths below the bra line, under the arm, to
around the collar bone. Te lymph nodes in
the collar bone
area must be
checked for
lumps inside
a lymph node
itself.”
Also, it’s
important
to do the
self-exam
twice, Jones emphasized; once while
standing up, and once while lying down,
as the change of position redistributes the
tissue. Additionally, a visual exam is
important because not all breast
cancer starts inside. Infammatory
Breast Cancer (IBC) starts outside,
and is undetected by mammo-
grams. Women may think they
have a rash, eczema, or poison ivy,
and fail to seek medical attention.
“Know what’s normal for you.
You’ll always have lumps and bumps,
but you know when something is
abnormal. Make a map of your
breast, and document abnormalities,
so you can feel for changes
each month.”
Tune into your Body. It Could
save your life.
&
AugMENtAtIoN AttrItIoN
According to the Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 347,000 breast augmentations
are performed each year, making breast augmentation surgery the most popular
cosmetic surgical procedure in the u.S. on the fipside, breast reduction surgery is
not far behind augmentation in popularity, ranking fourth.
“Now, with the increased rate
of cure with early detection, it’s
all about that comfort level and
knowing what’s normal for you.”
BrEASt SELf ExAM
HoW-to
Lie down, place right arm behind head.
use pads of 3 middle fngers on opposite
hand of the breast you’re examining, using
dime-sized, circular motions.
use light pressure to feel tissue closest to
the skin; medium pressure to feel a little
deeper; frm pressure to feel tissue closest
to the chest and ribs.
use each pressure level before moving to
the next spot.
Start under your arm. using an up-and-
down pattern, move across the breast to
the middle of the chest. Check the entire
breast area from the collar bone and down,
until you feel ribs.
Stand in front of a mirror with hands
pressing frmly down on your hips.
Examine breasts for any changes of size,
shape, contour, dimpling, redness, or
scaliness of the nipple or breast skin.
With arm slightly raised, examine each
underarm while standing.
Source: American Cancer Society
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& health beauty
t r e s s e s
It’s not easy being brunette. It might not
be fair, but clearly it’s the blondes who get
all the attention. for example, when was
the last time you heard the term “brunette
bombshell?”
for all the pigmently-endowed women
seriously considering if the grass is sweeter
on the blonder side, top stylist John Wayne
Evans, co-owner of tizzy’s Hair Salon,
settles the debate once and for all.
Do BlonDes reAlly HAve
more fun?
True. Blondes ofen do have more
fun because brighter hair color exudes a
warmer, cheerier energy. However, beware.
“Tere is such a thing as being too blonde,”
Evans said. “And, it can be more difcult to
be taken seriously.”
Anyone CAn Go BlonDe.
False. Proceed with caution!
“Depending on your skin-tone, blonde
hair can wash you out,” Evans said. “You
defnitely don’t want your hair color and
skin color to match!”
for best results, consult with your stylist
about which shade of blonde complements
your skin tone. Don’t forget about the
eyebrows, which should coordinate with
your hair color. It’s pretty hard to claim that
you’re all natural with black eyebrows!
GoInG BlonDe frIes your HAIr.
False. “New cream bleaches are less
drying and damaging than traditional
powder bleaches,” Evans assured. trained
stylists will know how to professionally
touch-up your hair so that highlights are
not overlapped – which can cause breakage
and damage.
AT-Home Color Is jusT As GooD
As wHAT my sTylIsT uses!
False. Most boxed hair colors carry
golden-orange tones which, when used
inappropriately, will not give you the look
you want. As Evans explained, it’s better
to communicate with your stylist about
budget rather than require an emergency
corrective color treatment for twice
the money.
BlonDe HAIr Is DIffICulT
To mAInTAIn.
True. It can be difcult to maintain
blonde hair if you’re naturally dark. regu-
lar touch-ups are necessary to keep the
roots at their best. Blondes should also use
a high-quality shampoo and conditioner
specifcally formulated for blonde color-
treated hair. Evans recommends brands like
Schwarzkopf, redken and Paul Mitchell.
BlonDe HAIr Is noT
reCessIon-frIenDly.
False. good stylists will work with you
to give you the right shade and amount
of blonde for your budget. Just be honest
and upfront about your fnances. A partial
highlight can sometimes be the most cost-
efective way to go blonde without breaking
the bank. “I always want to give my clients
a budget-friendly look they can maintain,”
Evans said.
If BlonDes HAve more fun, THen
BeComInG BlonDe wIll Cure my
DePressIon.
False. When feeling low, it’s probably
best to hold of on experimenting with hair
color. If you’re ready for a change, talk with
your stylist about the most responsible way
to get the efect you desire. “You don’t want
to shock yourself,” Evans cautioned. “Tat
will only make you feel worse.”
The About Blondes text by HollI PeTersen
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S
ometimes, a girl’s greatest “girlfriend”
is her hairdresser. Whether male or
female, hairdressers are the unofcial
gurus on everything from fashion advice
and interior design to life coaching and
relationship counseling. VIP visited with
seasoned stylist John Wayne Evans, and
asked him to spill the beans about what it’s
like to be a “hairapist” in Southeast texas.
VIP: How muCH “CHATTer” Goes
Down In your CHAIr?
Evans: A lot! But it’s mainly just chatter
about everyday life.
VIP: ever feel lIKe A “HAIrAPIsT?”
Evans: Sometimes, but it is an honor to
be here for all!
VIP: How Is IT HeArInG ABouT
All THe Ins AnD ouTs of your
ClIenTs’ lIves? Do you ever
GeT Too emoTIonAlly
InvolveD?
Evans: Yes, I have a big, emotional heart
and soul, so I have had to learn how to be
caring and always listening, but not
absorbing all of it. But I will always care.
VIP: How HArD Is IT To KeeP
TIGHT-lIPPeD on juICy sAlon
GossIP?
Evans: Well, if you allow the talk then
you will be a part of it. My advice is to
always divert the questions to a more
positive topic.
VIP: wHAT Are THe sAlon
“HoT ToPICs?”
Evans: Color, fashion, the newest
haircuts, what the stars look like for all
the award shows, and how to achieve
those looks.
VIP: ever HAD Any HeATeD
momenTs or CATfIGHTs
Go Down?
Evans: Yes! If it does turn into a heated
afair, then I try to pull them away and clear
the air.
VIP: wHICH Is BeTTer – A CHATTy
ClIenT THAT GIves T.m.I (Too muCH
InformATIon) or A TIGHT-lIPPeD
ClIenT THAT sAys noTHInG AT All?
Evans: All clients, talkative or not, are
equal to me. With god’s gif of gab, I hope
I have a way to make all people feel warm
and get them to open up to me.
VIP: wHAT’s THe BesT lIfe ADvICe
you GIve To your ClIenTs?
Evans: Look within yourself before you
look outside yourself.
VIP: wHAT Is your fAvorITe THInG
ABouT BeInG A HAIrsTylIsT?
Evans: Being blessed to have a talent, and
I hope to be able to touch people’s hearts.
My Hairdresser, My Confessor
Chat from the Chair with john wayne evans, stylist
and partner, Tizzy’s Hair salon
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&
eating drinking
31 recipes | 33 drinks | 35 brew review
T
hese days, people are making fewer visits to
their favorite restaurants opting, instead, to dine
at home. Inspired by cookbooks and television
programs, such as Bravo’s “Top Chef,” home cooks
are getting increasingly more creative in the
kitchen. With a greater array of kitchen helpers and chefs’ own
trusted shortcuts available in grocery stores, it’s never been
easier to cook like a top chef at home.
Here are some great recipes to try, inspired by a recent
Quickfre Challenge on “Top Chef.”
is a sweet and spicy dish, infused with favors of coconut, curry,
fresh ginger and cilantro. For a rustic dish that pairs beautifully
with a variety of main courses, try Roasted Tomato and Barley
Soup. Visit swansonbroth.com and www.bravotv.com for more
chef-inspired recipes and tips.
PreP: 35 minutes
Bake: 25 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
SerV Ser Ser eS: 6
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded
and cut into 2-inch pieces
(about 6 cups)
1 large sweet onion, cut into eighths
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
root
3 cups Swanson Chicken Broth
1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut
3 tablespoons chopped fresh
cilantro leaves
1.Heat oven to 425°F.
2. Stir oil and curry in a large bowl. add
squash and onions and toss to coat.
Spread vegetables onto a 17 x 11-inch
roasting pan.
3. Bake for 25 minutes until vegetables are
golden brown, stirring occasionally.
4. Heat vegetables, ginger, broth and cream
of coconut in a 4-quart saucepan over
medium-high heat to a boil. reduce heat
to low. Cook for 20 minutes or until
vegetables are tender.
5. Spoon 1/3 of the vegetable mixture into
an electric blender or food processor.
Cover and blend until smooth. Pour
mixture into a large bowl. repeat
blending process twice more with
remaining vegetable mixture. return all
of the pureed mixture to the saucepan.
Cook over medium heat until mixture is
hot. Season to taste. Divide soup among
6 serving bowls. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Fam FF Ily FeaT ea ea ureS
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With Parmesan Cheese Croutons
Roasted Tomato
and Barley Soup
Pre
and Barley Soup and Barley Soup
P
and Barley Soup and Barley Soup
: 10 minutes
and Barley Soup and Barley Soup
Cook: 40 minutes
Bake: 25 minutes
SerV Ser Ser eS: 8
1 can (about 28 ounces) diced
tomatoes, undrained
2 large onions, diced (about 2 cups)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups Swanson Chicken Broth
2 stalks celery, diced (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh
parsley
1. Heat oven to 425°F. Drain tomatoes,
reserving the juice. Place the tomatoes,
onions and garlic into a 17 x 11-inch
roasting pan. Pour the oil over the
vegetables and toss to coat. roast for
25 minutes.
2. Place the roasted vegetables into a 3-quart
saucepan. Stir in the reserved tomato
juice, broth, celery and barley and heat
to a boil. reduce the heat to low. Cover
and cook for 35 minutes or until the
barley is tender. Stir in the parsley.

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& eating drinking
d r i n k s
makes 6
IngreDIenTS
• 6 pounds ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
• 6 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
• 2 cups very coarsely chopped fat-leaf parsley sprigs
(from 1 large bunch)
• 2 tablespoons fne sea salt, divided
• 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons bottled horseradish
• 2 1/2 to 3 teaspoons Tabasco
• 2 1/2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
• Lemon wedges for rims of glasses
• 16 ounces (2 cups) ice-cold vodka
garnISH: large caper berries or green olives
make TomaTo juICe:
Purée tomatoes, celery, parsley and 1 tablespoon sea salt in several
batches in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to bowl and chill
for an hour. Force through a food mill or medium-mesh sieve into
a bowl, discarding solids (you’ll have about 10 cups juice). add
horseradish, Tabasco, and lemon juice.
aSSemBle DrInkS:
mix remaining tablespoon sea salt and 1 teaspoon fnely ground fresh pep-
per on plate. moisten rim of glass with lemon wedge and dip rim in salt and
pepper. Fill each glass with ice and 1 ounce vodka, then top with about
2/3 cup juice.
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IngreDIenTS
• 7.5 oz. Smirnof No. 21 Vodka
• 1.5 oz. Baileys Original Irish
Cream
• 1.5 oz. Godiva Original Liqueur
• 12 scoop(s) chocolate ice cream
PreParaTIon
In a blender, add Smirnof No.21 Vodka,
Baileys original Irish Cream, godiva
original liqueur, ice cream, and puree
briefy. add ice. Blend until smooth,
pour into a hurricane glass and gar-
nish with chocolate shavings.
makes 6
IngreDIenTS
• 7.5 oz. Captain
morgan original
Spiced rum
• 30 oz. lemon-lime soda
• 6 slices lemon
• 6 slices lime
PreParaTIon
add Captain morgan original Spiced rum and
lemon-lime soda in tall ice-flled glass.
garnish with lemon and lime slices, if desired.
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• 7.5 oz. Smirnof Vanilla
Flavored Vodka
• 1.5 oz. Godiva White Chocolate
liqueur
• 1.5 oz. half and half
• 1.5 oz. simple syrup
• 6 teaspoon(s) grated white chocolate
PreParaTIon
add half and half, simple syrup,
godiva White Chocolate liqueur
and Smirnof Vanilla Flavored Vodka.
Shake with ice and strain into a
pre-chilled martini glass.
garnish with grated white chocolate.
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& eating drinking
b r e w r e v i e w
Ingenuity and
exploration with
new ingredients
have led brewers
to evolve and
stretch many style
defnitions, and in
some cases, their
popularity can
breed an entirely
new style. Te Beer
judge Certifcation
Program (BjCP.org)
is a nonproft
organization with roughly 2,950 beer
judges who provide and publish beer style
guidelines within 77 styles in 23 categories.
Tese judges also participate in beer
competitions such as the great american
Beer Festival (gaBF), World Beer Cup and
even local fairs and community events.
Tere are some breweries that spend
thousands of dollars to enter as many
competitions as possible because they believe
awards and medals are a wonderful market-
ing tool to help build a brand’s
reputation among beer consumers. Tere
are others who feel that competition is
completely extraneous and steer away from
the circuit to allow their beer to speak
for itself.
Sure, judging and awards play an
important role in the overall beer picture. I’ll
admit that I am on high alert when hearing of
a beer or brewery that received a gold medal
from a respected competition. However, not
all beers that win medals and awards at
contests are great, or even average.
at the 2008 gaBF, 472 breweries entered
a total of 2,902 beers, and only 7.6 percent
(222 beers) were awarded medals. Tis is the
most respected american beer contest.
on the fip side, there are events where a
much higher percentage of total entries are
awarded medals. I see this more ofen in wine
judging. At the 2009 Houston Livestock Show
and rodeo International Wine Competition,
57 percent of all entered wines won a medal!
If I see these unmerited, self-aggrandizing
breweries or wineries (local wineries will
remained unnamed) advertising and mar-
keting their achievements in these types of
competitions, then I know their products are
unpalatable and justifably lamentable.
For the most part, awards truly do not
matter; beer is still one the world’s most
afordable luxuries where you can go into a
store with $10 and pick up an entire six- pack
of a world-class beer. We all have an opinion
about something, so read what real consum-
ers are saying about your favorite beer by vis-
iting Beeradvocate.com and rateBeer.com.
Golden Swirls text by Brandon east
AllAgAsh White
Allagash Brewing Company
Portland, Maine
Allagash.com
lone stAr
Pabst Brewing Company
Woodridge, Illinois
(contract brewed in Fort Worth, TX)
LoneStarBeer.com
2005 Gold Medal Winner, GABF Belgian-
Style White
The rich frothy collar rests atop the lemon
cloudy brew and suggests a white aurora towards
the bottom of the pint glass. Aromas reminiscent
of lemon zest, coriander, Creamsicle and some faint
bubblegum powder in the back. Citrus (lemon and
orange) favors, toasted cracker, pale wheat, clove
and a noticeable hop profle create a wonderfully
balanced beer that concludes with an
effervescent carbonation.
2007 & 2008 Gold Medal Winner, GABF American-
Style Cream Ale or Lager
I give huge props to Pabst for keeping this beer brewed
in Texas. The 1.5” white foam quickly disappears from the
transparent, pale yellow liquid. At frst draw, Lone Star
brings strange aromas of processed canned chicken broth,
canned cream corn [note of DMS (dimethyl sulfde)], and
wet grain sack…better drink this from the bottle. When the
fzzy brew hits the lips, alcohol is most prominent with a
slight metallic tinge that allows favors of purple grape peel,
cream corn again, and bran cereal to dominate - minute hop profle.
Thin carbonation is somewhat creamy from the adjuncts.
The saving grace of this beer is the price and ultimately the picture
puzzles beneath each cap.
overall
4.3
grade A
overall
2.1
grade D+
Appearance: 2
Smell: 1
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 2
Drinkability: 3
Price: $4.79/6 pack
Appearance: 4.5
Smell: 4.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Drinkability: 5
Price: $9/4 pack
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Alcohol By Volume: 4.72%
Availability: Year-Round
Sample Size: 12 oz. dark brown bottle
Pairings: Cuisine: fried chicken, boudain
Cheese: Monterey Jack, Asadero
Glassware: Not recommended
Style: Witbier
Alcohol By Volume: 5.20%
Availability: Year-Round
Sample Size: 12 oz. dark brown bottle
Pairings: Cuisine: Crab bisque, bacon
and eggs
Cheese: Monterey, Feta
Glassware: Pint glass
Brandon East
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overall
2.1
grade D+
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Alcohol By Volume: 4.72%
Availability: Year-Round
Sample Size: 12 oz. dark brown bottle
Pairings: Cuisine: fried chicken, boudain
Cheese: Monterey Jack, Asadero
Glassware: Not recommended
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text by cheryl roSe
Q A
with
Austin-based singer and
songwriter Robert Earl
Keen played Ford park in
Beaumont in August. Keen,
who grew up in Houston,
has carved a musical niche
in his 25-year career.
Neither country nor folk
nor alternative but some of
all and more besides, Keen
has a devoted following
for his repertoire of poetic
ballads and hilarious
sing-along –songs. Some
of his familiar hits include
“Te Road Goes on Forever,”
“Merry Christmas From the
Family,” “Corpus Christi
Bay,” and “Copenhagen.”
His new album, “Te Rose
Hotel,” debuted September
29. touring 200 days a year,
Keen returns to our area
in December, when he
will play in Houston.
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Any ties to southeAst texAs? My frst oil-feld
job was right outside Beaumont.

your show here followed the yMBl/PBr
Chute-out Bull ride. ever try to ride A
Bull? Yes, I have ridden a few bulls.
is it true you onCe PlAyed A gArAge sAle?
Yes it is, and they would’ve of sold me too but the people
didn’t take credit cards.
As An A&M grAd, do you ever get BACk for
the gAMes? I haven’t been to an A&M game in about
fve years.
Any PrediCtions ABout this yeAr’s
footBAll seAson? We’re Number 1.

do you hAve A fAvorite venue in the
Austin AreA? Yes, Stubbs.
where should PeoPle go to CAtCh soMe of
thAt Austin “weirdness?” Te Continental Club.
enChilAdAs or Brisket? Enchiladas.

siMPlest PleAsure? playing music.

when i’M not working, i’M…. Cooking.

you sing ABout A lot of PuBliC viCes
(diPPing, sMoking, etC.) – do you hAve A
seCret viCe? I have all the vices. I am the vice master.
lAst Book you reAd? I just fnished Larry Brown’s
“on Fire.”
BAll CAP or stetson? Stetson.

song thAt insPired you in your youth?
“Gentle on My Mind.” I think it is a love song that brings
all the meaning to love without focusing on the word love.
APPle Pie or ChoColAte CAke? Apple pie.

fAvorite BrAnd of jeAns? Levi’s.

if you Could PlAy A jAM session of front
PorCh MusiC with Any Artists living or
deAd, who would you invite? Ricky Skaggs,
Willie Nelson, Norman Blake, Graham Hall.
fAvorite guitAr? Collings oM Acoustic.
whAt Color would you Be? tangerine.
it’s the 20th AnniversAry of “the roAd
goes on forever,” A song thAt hAs BeCoMe
An AntheM. did you AntiCiPAte its
PoPulArity And longevity? I didn’t know what
the consequences would be when I wrote that song. All
I was trying to do in that crunch situation was tell a
good story.
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45 rue mcclanahan | 49 gif of life | 53 toast to life | 56 vipersonality
you’re , baby!
Entertaining and edifying, McClanahan is a
woman of many talents text by cheryl roSe
t
here were many times in her
life when giving up on acting
would have been the easier
choice for Rue McClanahan;
the easier choice perhaps, but
not the right choice.
“It felt like a life or death matter,”
McClanahan said. “It didn’t feel like a choice.
I felt I had the talent to succeed. I really had
to do what I could do to express myself. Not
to do that would go against who I was. I
couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
With a career spanning more than ffy
years, McClanahan has dozens of flms,
stage plays, tV sitcoms and movies to
her credit.
“When I look over my resume, I don’t see
how I did it,” McClanahan marveled. “All
that seems like two lives’ worth.”
Rising above her small-town roots,
struggling with single motherhood and
broken relationships, in addition to the
ferce competition of the profession,
McClanahan persevered to become
one of the busiest actresses of her
generation. Along the way, she has brought
gales of laughter to her fans of all
generations. However, when McClanahan
found a lump in her breast at age 63, it was
serious business.
attitude is everything
Everyone remembers her as the sexy
Blanche Devereaux on “Te Golden Girls,”
but many do not know that McClanahan
battled breast cancer. A survivor for 12
years, McClanahan tours the country to
speak to other survivors.
“It’s pretty invigorating,” she said. “Breast
cancer survivors are upbeat, positive-
thinking people.”
McClanahan believes mental attitude
is as important to surviving cancer as
any treatment. “When I bring it up, they
(survivors) all agree that they intended,
from the beginning, to get well, like I did.”
Te women who take a business-like
approach to surviving fare better than those
who give into despair, McClanahan believes.
According to her, survivors have an attitude
of “what do we have to do to get me past
this as quick as possible.”
“Tese women aren’t less sick, but they
are determined to be well,” she said. “I really
do think the mind is very infuential, along
with the prayers, meditations and the
support you get. I did a lot of visualization;
that way you are fghting, doing something
active when you cook up a scenario and
close your eyes and fght.”
In her visualizations, McClanahan
imagined that her white blood cells were
spaceships with annihilating laser beams,
while the cancer cells were dumb and fat,
with poor posture and bad balance. She’d
see in her mind’s eye the spaceships
shooting the cancer cells, and that was
one way she fought.
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r u e m c c a l a h a n
vip worthy
A determined talent
McClanahan has always been strong on
determination. She was born in Healdton,
O.K. and named Eddi-Rue, a combination
of her parents’ names. In her early years,
she was primarily a dancer. She graduated
cum laude from the University of Tulsa
with a theatre degree. Like most aspiring
actresses, she lef her small town and
headed for the Big Apple.
In New York, she was accepted as a
student of the formidable acting coach Uta
Hagen, and embarked on a career of trying
to fnd enough acting jobs to pay the bills.
Tough she had periods of working as a
fle clerk or waitress, McClanahan was
consistently hired for stage productions.
She married her frst husband and had her
only child while still in the early days of
breaking into the business. Husband No. 1
soon deserted, leaving her to raise their
son alone.
Nothing kept McClanahan down for
long, and soon she was maintaining a
steady career as an actress. Te variety and
consistency of her portfolio speak to her
talent, as does the recognition by her peers.
Te Village Voice awarded her an Obie
Award (Of Broadway theatre award) in
1970 and she received an Emmy in 1987.
The marrying kind
Maintaining a steady love life was
another matter all together. McClanahan’s
autobiography is titled, “My First Five
Husbands and the Ones that
Got Away.” (Maybe there’s a reason
she was such a terrifc Blanche?) She
is currently married to her sixth
husband, Morrow Wilson. In her
book, released in 2007, McClanahan
dishes on her frequent afairs and
marriages. Tough she never had
trouble fnding sexy swains, fnding
lasting love was elusive.
“I was always rushing in,” she said. “Good
looks and sexuality are more common to
fnd than a feet-on-the-ground, grown-up
and well-balanced partner that can make a
relationship last. You have to be grown up
and well-balanced yourself, too.
It requires one hell of a lot of dedication.”
Make’em laugh
Tough she has played many roles,
from the maniacal (remember Caroline
Johnson on “Another World?”) to the zany,
McClanahan said her three favorite roles
were playing Faye Precious in a play by
Oliver Hailey, Vivian on “Maude” and
Blanche on “Te Golden Girls.”
“Tey are all comedies,” she noted. “I
learned maybe 25 years ago that it’s more
enjoyable to do comedy because it hurts
less than tragedy. I love to interact with
a live audience and now I’m fnding that
stand-up comedy is a natural thing to do.
I do like making people laugh.”

“Te Golden Girls” was a hugely popular
comedy sitcom that ruled Saturday night
from 1985 to 1992. Te series starred four
women – Rue McClanahan, Betty White,
Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty – whose
characters were all single, older women
sharing a home together. McClanahan
was the youngest, in her early ffies at
the show’s inception. A bit of trivia is that
McClanahan was originally asked to read
for the part of Rose, the sweet airhead,
and White was slated for the vampy sex-
pot, Blanche. Fortunately for all, the two
switched roles and the rest is history.
Te idea for “Te Golden Girls”
originated with Brandon Tartikof, the
former executive of NBC, McClanahan
explained. He wanted a creative spin on
the movie “How to Marry a Millionaire,”
but casting senior women. Te chemistry
among the actresses and the clever writ-
ing made the show a runaway hit.
“All the guest stars had the same thing
to say afer working with us, that it was a
happy, congenial set,” McClanahan said
with some pride. “So many sets were not
like that. Tere were no fghts, no strife.
We did our work and we laughed a lot.”
Of the set, however, the women went
in four diferent directions. “We all had
our separate circles of friends,”
she explained.
Seventeen years afer the series
fnale, “Te Golden Girls” still has a wide
popularity all over the world, as new
generations see the show in syndication.
McClanahan said she believes people
still love the show because of its warmth.
“Tis was a created family; it wasn’t blood
relationships, but friendships that were
solid and dependable,” she said. “Also,
there was the message of not letting years
make you into a dull person, but going
ahead and being sexually active
and adventurous.”
The Girls Are Still Golden
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show’s theme song promised.
“My favorite episode is when the Girls
visit Blanche’s childhood home and
Dorothy impersonates the ghost of
Blanche’s father. Or, the episode in
which Rose has surgery and the Girls
realize how much they take her for
granted. Also, anytime Sophia begins
a story by saying, “Picture it…Sicily,
1925.” - Grayson Meeks, Beaumont
“Te Golden Girls” represent the
fellowship and sisterhood women
share in true friendships. Tis is best
represented in a classic Golden Girl
scene: late-night pow-wows over
cheesecake in the kitchen. Tey
really kept each other in line, as in this
exchange:
Rose: “Can I ask a dumb question?”
Dorothy: “Better than anyone I know.”
- Grace Nichols, Beaumont
“I was, and am still, a fan of ‘Te Golden
Girls.’ Te re-runs have not lost their
appeal. Tey could efectively deal with
what were once questionable topics with
great wit, humor and fun.”
- Charlexa Smith, Beaumont
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An Evening with
Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan will visit
Beaumont this month to talk with
breast cancer survivors and as the
guest speaker at a special event
hosted by the Julie Rogers “Gif
of Life” Program. General
admission is limited. Call
409.833.3663 for information.
Date: Tursday, Oct. 22
Reception: 6:30pm
Dinner and Program: 7pm
Where: Holiday Inn
Beaumont Plaza
Latest ventures
Now in her seventies, McClanahan has
no intention of retiring and continues to
keep an energetic schedule. Last month,
she was in Atlanta working on a TV sitcom
called “Meet the Browns.” She’s also been
traveling to
perform what
she calls “sit-
down comedy”
(she’s had
knee trouble),
a variety of
live comedy
monologues.
She is also
collaborating
with her son,
Austin-based
jazz guitarist
Mark Bish, to
create a stage
show musical of her autobiography. Bish
has composed the theme songs of the frst
fve husbands as well as one for himself.
McClanahan has written many of the lyrics,
as well as two melodies. She hopes to take
the show on tour once her knee heals.
Beyond her work, she enjoys time in
her garden at her home in New York, and
creates color “doodles,” abstract, colorful
artwork that she’s
toying with
turning into
greeting cards.
She’s an active
volunteer with
animal rights
groups and for
breast cancer
awareness
“If I’m a true
artist in anything,
it’s in acting,” she
said. “Anything
else is for fun.”
PULL QUOTE 1: “It didn’t feel like
a choice. I felt I had the talent to
succeed. I really had to do what I
could do to express myself. Not to
do that would go against who I was.”
PULL QUOTE 2:
“I learned maybe 25 years ago
that it’s more enjoyable to do
comedy because it hurts less
than tragedy. I love to interact
with a live audience and now
I’m finding that stand up
comedy is a natural thing to do.
I do like making people laugh.”
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g i f t o f l i f e
W
hen she talks about
the survivors, Nell
McCallum Morris’s
voice gets tight and
tears come to her
eyes. “Last year, we did this awesome
celebration, walking from the Beaumont
Civic Center to the Julie Rogers Teatre in
pink boas with fags that marked
the breast cancer
survivors. I just stood back and could
hardly maintain my composure, looking at
how many people were touched. It’s
absolutely overwhelming.”
As board president of Te Julie Rogers
“Gif of Life” Program for the last 11 years,
Morris still gets fred up when meeting
breast cancer survivors and hearing their
stories. “We get notes on a regular basis
from women who have been diagnosed and
successfully treated who tell us how
they wouldn’t have had a life without this
program,” she said. “Tey
are there to see their chil-
dren grow up because of
having a mammogram
through our program.”
Morris knows that
the Gif of Life’s
eforts to provide free
mammograms and
educational outreach
are making an
impact in our
community. “We have
hard facts that there
are 100 people alive
today that would not
be if we did not have
this program,
because they didn’t
have the ability to
pay for screening,”
Morris said. “We
know from
ofering 15,000
free mammograms
that there are that
many people and
more who couldn’t
aford to have a
screening.”
A GIFT BECOMES A “GIFT”
Begun in 1994, the program
celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
Starting a new program was not Regina
Rogers intention when she ofered to fund
500 free mammograms in 1993 at the time
of the dedication of the Julie and Ben
Rogers Cancer Institute. Rogers wanted to
fnd a special and meaningful gif to honor
her mother, Julie, who had just sufered a
stroke. As her mother was a breast cancer
survivor and an advocate for those unable
to aford insurance, Rogers felt that free
mammograms would be a ftting tribute.
Tere was an overwhelming response
by clients and donors alike that revealed
a signifcant need and interest in
the community.
“Tere is not another program like this
anywhere that we know of,” Morris said.
“We’ve been approached by any number of
people from other states about our model
because they thought it worth investigating.”
Tough there is a professional staf, the
program thrives on the dedicated eforts
of more than 500 volunteers who give
5,000 hours of volunteer service annually.
Volunteers help in the governance
of the organization, fundraising and
educational outreach. Some, such as Marty
Craig who serves as a vice president of
the board, are breast cancer survivors.
Others serve because they are passionate
about the cause, such as Linda Domino,
who in addition to being a vice president on
the board, has spearheaded the Pink Card
fundraising initiative with Co-chairwoman
Gay Scott for several years.
MORE THAN MAMMOGRAMS
With the success of the free mammo-
gram program, the Gif of Life began to
consider expansion. Trough lead
contributions from Rogers, Charline
Dauphin, Linda and George Penland and
corporate partners including BASF and
Total, the Gif of Life initiated several new
programs and services.
Te frst addition was beginning an edu-
cational outreach efort that connects with
thousands of citizens each year in schools,
churches, neighborhoods and
An Enduring Present
Te Gif of Life program celebrates 15 years of cancer prevention
text by ChERyL RoSE
Charline Dauphin and Nell McCallum Morris
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of Crystal Head. Both are perfect for this Black Widow
martini recipe: 1 1/2 oz. vodka, 3 oz. dark grape juice,
1 tsp. raw sugar, 4 slices fresh ginger, 4 blackberries, 2
blackberries to garnish. In mixer, muddle the blackberries,
ginger, and sugar. Add vodka & juice. Fill with ice, shake
well, and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish.
Plug-in tart warmers are the latest craze and Strawberry
Fields Candles and Gifts has new inventory featuring
beautiful styles for everyone. These make perfect gifts,
but with scents like Pumpkin Cheesecake and Harvest
Spice, you’re sure to want one for yourself! No flame, no
soot, just the delicious aroma of new fall scents.
Strawberry Fields
Candles & Gifts.
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Beaumont, TX 77713
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Moncla’s Catering. 2530 W Cardinal Dr, Beaumont, TX
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Want to scare up a good time at this year’s Halloween
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adding to cocktails as well as your party décor! You’ll love
the haunting artwork of Ed Hardy and the realistic look
of Crystal Head. Both are perfect for this Black Widow
martini recipe: 1 1/2 oz. vodka, 3 oz. dark grape juice,
1 tsp. raw sugar, 4 slices fresh ginger, 4 blackberries, 2
blackberries to garnish. In mixer, muddle the blackberries,
ginger, and sugar. Add vodka & juice. Fill with ice, shake
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Plug-in tart warmers are the latest craze and Strawberry
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beautiful styles for everyone. These make perfect gifts,
but with scents like Pumpkin Cheesecake and Harvest
Spice, you’re sure to want one for yourself! No flame, no
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Strawberry Fields
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1690 N. Major Dr., Ste. 104,
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g i f t o f l i f e
civic groups to talk about cancer
awareness topics. Beyond the cost of
testing, another major obstacle to getting
women services was accessibility. Trough
a partnership with Te University of Texas
Medial Branch (UTMB) at Galveston,
a mobile screening van now makes regular
trips to rural and inner city areas to
provide mammograms and exams. Tey
added an educational outreach efort that
connects with thousands of citizens each
year in schools, churches, neighborhoods
and civic groups to talk about cancer
awareness topics. In September each year,
the program ofers free prostate screenings
for men.
PREVENTION, DETECTION, LIFE
“Everyone is touched by cancer,”
Morris said emphatically. “I defy you to
fnd someone who hasn’t had someone
they love afected by cancer.” Morris just
learned that two of her friends have
received positive cancer diagnoses;
one with breast cancer, one with prostate.
Even with all of the communication,
education and testing eforts, it’s a battle
that not all people win. For this reason,
Morris, the myriad volunteers and
staf members such as Pat Willard,
the educational outreach
coordinator, and
Charlotte Simoneaux,
the mammography services
coordinator, emphasize
prevention.
As a guideline,
Morris pointed to the
recommendation
from the National
Institute of Health
to have
a frst
mammogram at age 40
and then an annual
check up thereafer.
“However, if you’ve got a
hot spot, don’t wait a year
or two. Go to a doctor who
understands women’s health
issues,” she urged. “Early
detection saves lives. Te
most important fact
that anyone could take away
from our eforts is that if
you get diagnosed early
enough, it does not have
to be a terminal illness.”
Fifeen years later, Regina Rogers is
gratifed that the endeavor she began as a
means of conveying her love, appreciation
and admiration for her mother has taken
on such a life of its own.
“Te years have passed so quickly,”
Rogers said. “I am sure my parents would
be so pleased to know that thousands of
people have received medical care and
attention through our eforts.”
Tough Rogers is ofen shy of
accepting credit, Board President Nell
McCallum Morris was quick to describe
the Gif of Life founder as an irreplaceable
member of the community. “She is the
most caring person I’ve ever known in my
life,” Morris said. “She is the most giving,
caring human that I’ve ever encountered.
She is unbelievable in her generosity and
her heartfelt involvement in all the areas
of need in our community.”
“What better cause is
there than helping
save peoples’ lives?”
15 Years of Saving Lives
1994
Te Julie Rogers
“Gif of Life” Program
established
2000
Te Prostate
Cancer Program
initiated
2004
Creation of Prostate Cancer
Support Group
Introduction of the “Don’t Smoke
Your Life Away” Tobacco Program
2009
15th anniversary
1998
Creation of the Sidney “Chief ” Dauphin
Educational Outreach Program
1999
UTMB van begins making on-site
appointments in targeted areas
They are there to see their
children grow up because of
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“When I hear the stories and see the gratitude of ‘Gif of
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n i g h t o u t wi t h g i f t o f l i f e
“Tis is a personal mission for me. Over three years ago, I was
diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer. It became clear to
me how important early diagnosis is in saving lives.”
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provided me with hope, encouragement,
perseverance and the knowledge that I
don’t have to be alone – help is available!
Sharing the message of early detection has
shown me that I can be a part of some-
thing so much bigger than myself.”
– Janice Smith, Gif of Life Breast Cancer
Survivor
“Without the mammogram I received through the ‘Gif
of Life,’ I wouldn’t be here today! My breast cancer
diagnosis came as a shock, but the ‘Gif of Life’ made
sure I got the treatment I needed just in time! I’ll be
forever grateful!”
– Vicky Bonsall, Gif of Life Breast Cancer Survivor
“Te program touches so many lives with love,
laughter and in many cases, truly the gif of life!
Personally, it provides me many avenues to reach
out and show love and compassion, while
receiving so much more in return.”
– Karen Fontenot, Executive Committee Member
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Zach Dishman
text by ChERyL RoSE
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? My faith. I
just try to allow God to work through me in
every day situations, and to be glad for what
I have.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE
YOU: Appreciative, cheerful, conservative.
FAVORITE RODEO TOWN? Houston.
It’s really cool and the biggest regular season
event of the year.
HOW MANY BONES HAVE YOU
BROKEN? I’ve had a lot of diferent
injuries: a bone in my hand, fngers busted
up, broke my nose twice, shoulder surgery,
rotator cufs, torn ligaments, a broken rib,
and two serious concussions. I think bones
heal better than some of these other injuries.
BIGGEST THRILL? When you make a
really good ride, giving it your best.
BIGGEST WIN? Te Southwestern
Exposition and Livestock Rodeo in Fort
Worth in 2006.
RODEO CLOWNS ARE…Funny.
I DON’T GO INTO THE RING
WITHOUT…Praying, laying hands on my
animal and me.
FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
Riding, the actual competition.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE ON TOP OF
A BUCKING BRONCO? Horses buck
so many diferent ways. Some fast, some
slow, hanging in air or some take long jumps.
When a horse jumps high but doesn’t go
far, you feel more in control. When they are
fast, you have to just try to spur fast and it
can feel like you are just going through the
motions. When they take big jumps they get
really strong and they have a good chance of
bucking guys of.
WHEN I’M NOT WORKING I’M….
Sometimes I’ll hunt and do some fshing,
fellowship with friends.
SIMPLEST PLEASURE? Reading.
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE? Jesus, for
being my Savior; my dad for teaching me
about life; my wife for supporting me.
FAVORITE MEAL? Steak and gravy,
though I like seafood a lot, too.
DO YOU HAVE A TRAINING
REGIME? When I get to the gym, I try
to do cardio and light exercises, no
weightlifing because with all the jarring,
you don’t want tight muscles. You want your
muscles agile. I work to strengthen my core,
do some functional exercises.
PETS? A mini-Australian shepherd named
Grizzly, the frst inside dog of my life, and
the most spoiled little dog!
HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU HIT
THE SNOOzE BUTTON? Pretty
regularly, at least once each morning.
WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE
TO MEET (LIVING OR DEAD)? My
grandpa, my dad’s dad.
Te life of a rodeo cowboy fts anyone’s defnition of tough. For
26-year-old zach Dishman, rodeo has been part of his life since he
was a small boy.
“I can’t remember when I didn’t rodeo,” he said. “I was really
young. By the time I was eight years old, I was defnitely going to
quite a few rodeos and won money, too.”
When Dishman goes to work, he is clinging to a bucking bronc,
hand held high, fghting to stay on a few precious seconds while
impressing the judges with his spurring technique. A professional
bareback rider, Dishman has been a member of the Professional
Rodeo Cowboys Association since 2002. He travels throughout the
United States and Canada to compete in 80 to 100 rodeos a year. He’s
fnished within the top 25 of bareback riders several times in his
career, and has notably won money at some of the big shows in Hous-
ton, San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Cheyenne, WY.
“It takes a lot of determination to stay with it,” Dishman acknowl-
edged. “Tere’s a lot of mental and physical abuse. It would amaze
people – the injuries and aches we deal with. Tere’s a mentality that
it takes to do that kind of physical contact sport. Ten when things
aren’t going well, it eats on you and you really have to stay positive.”
Te daredevil gene resides in the family line, as Dishman is a third
generation rodeo cowboy. His father, Monk Dishman, is a
three-time qualifer and
two-time National Finals
Rodeo bareback riding champion. His grandfather, the late James
Clyde “J.C.” Dishman, rode for Texas A&M.
Te younger Dishman experimented with bull-riding in high
school, but settled on bareback riding. He started high school at
Hardin-Jeferson, but graduated from West Brook in Beaumont. He
qualifed for the National High School Rodeo Association fnals as a
senior. He went on to get his B.S. degree from Texas Tech in Lubbock,
while already a member of PRCA, qualifying four times for College
National Finals Rodeo.
October starts the new season in Professional Rodeo. Dishman
anticipates continuing his rodeo career for a few more years. “I just
really enjoy it,” he said. “I don’t have to rodeo –I’ve just done it so
long I’m used to it. Afer the season, afer you rest up, you get the
desire and drive to go back out and do it again.”
Tis year, however, it may be harder to tear himself away from
home. Dishman and his wife Ashley are expecting their frst child in
January. “I just really can’t wait,” he said, with a touch of awe in his
voice. “I’m anxious, but so happy about it.”
“Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink?” is the slogan of the national campaign by the rodeo and western-wear industry to raise
awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Many rodeos host a Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, inviting fans and participants
alike to show their support by wearing pink.
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58 girls night out | 60 halloween fun | 62 calendar
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eave the kids at home. Tell
hubby to order a pizza.
Grab a bottle of wine and
pick up your best friend.
It’s Girls Night! Ever since
housewives frst gathered
to play bridge, sip marti-
nis and gossip about the
neighbors, the tradition of Girls Night
Out has been going strong. Today, many
women are ofen stopping by afer a long
day at work, the game is more likely Bunco,
Pokeno or no game at all, but the martinis
are still strong and the gossip is
still delicious.
Kelly Knox of Beaumont participates in
a Bunco group once a month with a group
of friends that includes old high school
classmates and new co-workers. “We have
such busy schedules that it’s nice to be able
to take a break and get some time away,”
Knox said. Her Bunco group alternates
hostesses each month, with the hostess
serving dinner and guests bringing their
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beverage of choice.
Bunco is the latest party-game
craze to sweep the nation, and there
are several active groups in this area.
Bunco is a dice game consisting of 12
players. Members bring an allotted
“buy-in” amount each month, and the
winner takes home the pot. “Being in
a Bunco group is awesome because it’s a
way to have fun with your friends without
going out and spending a lot of money,”
Knox explained.
Beaumont native
Keely Snyder joined
a Pokeno group
comprised of fellow
teachers afer moving
to Katy for work. “I
had just started a new
job, and this Pokeno
group was a way for
me to really get to
know other people
outside of school,”
Snyder said.
Most women say
that participating in
these types of groups
is, primarily, a way to
reconnect with their girlfriends, ofen
difcult in such a fast-paced society.
“Having a set day, knowing that your friends
are relying on you to have enough people
to play, really gives you the motivation to
go, even if you’re tired or busy. Ten you’re
always so glad that you made the time,”
Snyder explained.

Some women
fnd other reasons to celebrate Girls
Nights, such as a Birthday Club, in which
members go to dinner every month to
celebrate each other’s
birthdays. “Afer you
have kids and get busy
with life, you don’t
make such a fuss over
your own birthday,”
said Charlene Meek
of Beaumont, who
participates in a
Birthday Club with
several friends. “It’s
fun to have a little
party to look
forward to.”
Other women get
together to watch a
particular television
show each week. Beaumont Marianne
Youngblood hosted a fnale party for “Te
Bachelorette” in her home, complete with
“Bachelorette” trivia quizzes.
Of course, many groups of girlfriends
aren’t able to get together quite so ofen,
and instead plan an event once a year. “My
mom is part of a group of ladies who were
sorority sisters and now live all across the
southern United States,” said Ashley
Hurlburt of Beaumont. “Tey still keep
in touch, and go to the beach each summer
with all of their kids. I have been going with
her for 24 years and it is so much fun
for all of us.”
As friends and family move
further and further away from
one another, it becomes even
more important to fnd time to
spend together. Many women
plan annual retreats with high
school or college girlfriends as
a way to stay close, when busy
lives don’t leave much time
to keep in touch.
“Having a set day, knowing
that your friends are
relying on you to have enough
people to play, really gives
you the motivation to go,
even if you’re tired or busy.
Then you’re always so glad
that you made the time,”
How to Play
Bunco
Recruit 11 friends who
are willing to commit to
playing each month and
volunteering their homes
one month a year. (Or more if you
would like to have substitutes).
Decide how much your “buy-in” will be.
Most groups choose $5, $10 or $15.
Set up three playing tables of four with
three die at each table.
Te “head table” keeps track of time and
rings a bell to start and end play.
At the bell, one player at each table will
begin rolling all three die. Te object of
Bunco is to get the most sixes. Each six
is worth one point. A single roll of three
sixes is a “Bunco” and worth six points.
A roll of three ones is considered “Snake
Eyes,” worth three points. If the player
rolls neither a single six nor Snake Eyes,
the die are passed.
Tables are divided into two teams of
two. Tese teams play against each
other, keeping track of sixes until the
winning team at the head table reaches
21 points, at which point they ring the
bell to stop play.
Te winning team from each table
moves to the next table, the losing team
stays at their current table but is no
longer teamed up.
Six consecutive games are
considered a set. Te game can
continue through as many sets
as desired.
Winners are determined by
Most Buncos, Most Wins of
individual games, Most Losses,
and the last person to have
rolled Snake Eyes (usually
denoted by wearing a silly
hat or feather boa.)
Money can be divided up
however the group chooses,
but Most Buncos is always
worth the greatest prize.
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at Wesley United
Methodist Church’s
Pumpkin Patch or
Camp Junction in
Beaumont. Tey’ll
both be ofering fall
festivals with games,
contests, crafs and
hayrides too. Don’t be
afraid to check out these
websites: campjunction.com
and wesleyumc.com.
MAKE YOUR HOME INTO A
HAUNTED HOUSE. Whether you go
with cute pumpkins and scarecrows or scary
skeletons and bats, decorate for Halloween! Let
the kids help with homemade creations and don’t
forget the jack-o-lanterns!
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these frighteningly
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TO THE
HARvEST
HOEDOWN
at the Mcfaddin-Ward House in Beaumont
Saturday, Oct. 24 to carve pumpkins, make
crafs, play games and taste harvest treats
all while listening to a lively bluegrass band.
Tere will be hayrides and a costume parade
for the little goblins. Mosey on over to
mcfaddin-ward.org for details.
DON’T BE CAUGHT DEAD
WITHOUT YOUR TICKETS TO
S.O.U.L.S. fEST – PARANORMAL
CONvENTION and Conference on
Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Julie Rogers Teatre
in Beaumont. Ofered by Beaumont-based
S.O.U.L.S. (Searching Out and Uncovering
Lost Spirits) Paranormal, this is the frst
paranormal convention in Southeast Texas
and will feature national and international
ghost hunters. Go to soulsparanormal.com
if you dare.
TAKE A HAUNTED HALLOWEEN
TOUR of Beaumont’s John Jay french and
Chambers House Museums friday, Oct. 30.
Tere’s nothing like a spooky old house to
get you in the mood for Halloween! Check
out chambershouse.org and jjfrench.com
for details.
DRIvE DOWN SARA JANE (East
Port Neches) Road in Port Neches. Legend
tells of Sara Jane who hid her infant under
a bridge when she heard news of Union
soldiers coming. When they lef, she rushed
to retrieve her baby, but the river had risen
and the child was gone. Heartbroken, she
hanged herself from a tree. Te road is said
to be haunted.
RENT HORROR fLICKS and watch
with your family and friends. Te Texas
Chainsaw Massacre is always a good choice!
for a tamer tale try Ghostbusters or Casper
(the friendly ghost).
MALL-O-WEEN: TRICK-OR-
TREAT at Parkdale Mall
(parkdalemalltx.com) Saturday, Oct. 31 for
an alternative to trekking the streets for
candy.
MAKE IT A NEIGHBOR
GET-TOGETHER. Set out a table and
chairs in your front yard and invite other
neighbors to come with their candy to pass
out to trick-or-treaters. Turn out the porch
lights and burn citronella candles to set a
mosquito-free spooky mood.
THROW A HALLOWEEN
COSTUME PARTY. You can’t go
wrong with this holiday favorite. Play
games, tell ghost stories and give a prize
for the best costume. Check out partycity.
com for lots of choices – maybe a Michael
Jackson number or a Kate Gosselin wig.
GO TO A MIDNIGHT SHOWING
Of THE ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW. Check the listings
of local theaters. If they aren’t showing this
classic, audience-participating flm, a
theater in Houston is bound to have it.
Road trip!
CHECK INTO THE HAUNTED
HOTEL in Beaumont. for ghostly details,
go to thehauntedhoteltx.com.
SIT IN A LOCAL CEMETERY
AfTER DARK and see what
happens. Bring your camera. You
never know what might pop up!
(Mark your calendars for the first
Annual Southeast Texas Paranormal
Convention March 12-13, 2010 at the
Beaumont Civic Center. Check
txparanormal.com for details.)
DIM THE LIGHTS AND READ
GHOST STORIES. Try these:
Spooky Texas: Tales of Hauntings, Strange
Happenings, and Other Local Lore and
Ghost Stories Deck: 50 Spine-Tingling Tales
to Tell Afer Dark (each story is printed on
its own card) by S.E. Schlosser. for the kids,
check out the Goosebumps series by
R.L. Stine.
IT’LL BE A NIGHTMARE ON
CROCKETT STREET in Beaumont
on Saturday, Oct. 31. Te entertainment
district will ofer live music, tasty food and
a costume contest. Stroll to crockettstreet.
com for details.
MAKE PUMPKIN TREATS (pie,
bread, mufns, cookies, roasted seeds)
and share them with your friends. Need a
recipe? Go to allrecipes.com, foodnetwork.
com or recipedude.com.
A TRICK-OR-TREAT
ALTERNATIvE: Eventually, your kids
will outgrow the desire to dress up and ring
doorbells for candy. Here’s an idea for
teenagers. Instead of asking for candy treats,
ask for canned or dry goods to donate
to the Southeast Texas food Bank in
Beaumont (setxfoodbank.org). Tip: Pull a
wagon. Canned food is heavy!
It’s not for vampires. GIvE BLOOD AT
LIfESHARE BLOOD CENTERS in
Beaumont. See lifeshare.org/donating/cen-
ter_beaumont.htm for more information.
REMEMBER YOUR LOvED
ONES WHO’vE PASSED ON. Te
term Halloween derives from All Hallowed
Eve, the evening before All Saints Day. for
the Catholic Church, All Hallowed Eve is
in preparation for a holy day of
remembrance of those
who have been named
saints. Te day afer
that is All Souls Day,
when the souls of
deceased family
members and friends
are remembered.
HEAD TO
MACKENzIE’S
PUB in Beaumont
and toast the Celts for
starting this spooky tradition. Before it was
a Christian holy day, Oct. 31 was a Celtic
celebration. Te Celts believed their
departed family members and friends
returned to their homes on this day to eat
and drink. Since it was harvest time and
food was plentiful, some was lef out on this
evening to feed the returning souls.
Trick-or-Treat!
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of Halloween with
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and things to boo!
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S.O.U.L.S Fest-Paranormal
Convention
October 10
Tis event will present a view from the most renown
paranormal investigators, haunted survivors and authors, and
will keep you on the edge of your seat. from the most skeptic to
the most seasoned Ghost HUNTER...there will be something
for everyone! $50.00 and up, 10am-12am, 409.350.7465
or 409.454.3813
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Cirque Dreams Illumination
October 10
Dazzling costumes, acrobatic stunts, lively music
and a fascinating story create an amazing live show.
7pm. Beaumont Civic Center, 1.800.782.3081
Dark Night of The Scarecrow
October 30-31
Written by Beaumont native, J. D. feigelson,
who will be on hand to introduce the flm.
It has been shown in multiple cities around
the country and is being shown here through
special arrangement with the producers.
Proceeds from the showing(s) will go
to Beaumont Community Players.
Tickets will be sold exclusively
online, www.beaumont-
communityplayers.com/
scarecrow.htm on a frst come,
frst served basis.
October 30-31
Art of Beer
October 1
Sample an array of the fnest specialty and seasonal beers
from around the world paired with complementary food
dishes, plus beer foats, chat with brewmasters, musical
entertainment and much more. Art Museum of Southeast
Texas. $35 for museum members; $50 for non-members
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OctOber 1
Texas Rice Festival
Youth Livestock show (which has the
largest breeding beef show in southeast
Texas), craf show, parades, big name
entertainment, street dances, rice
cooking contest and a great group of
vendors with some of the best food
you will ever eat! September 30 until
October 4th. 409.296.4404
2009 Southeast Texas Senior
Celebration & Consumer Expo
It’s an exciting day for adults of all ages.
Over 100 exhibitors, free health
screenings. 9am Lava Daddy’s in
concert, 10am Bingo, 11am “Te Best
of the first 10 Years of Senior
Celebrations!” featuring “Texas
Country Reporter” Bob Phillips.
12noon celebrity style show at Parkdale
Mall, 1pm Elvis Wade in concert, 2pm
Bingo, ACES car club auto show -
classic cars & trucks on display all day.
Plus games, informative and
educational presentations, clowns,
music and much more! Beaumont
Civic Center, 409.835.5951 ext. 117
Art of Beer at the Art Museum of
Southeast Texas
Sample an array of the fnest specialty
and seasonal beers from around
the world paired with complementary
food dishes, plus beer foats,
chat with brewmasters, musical
entertainment and much more.
Art Museum of Southeast Texas,
6pm–10pm, 409.832.3432
OctOber 2
The Odd Couple
Presented by Port Arthur Little
Teatre. Directed by Ann Holland and
Rosie Einkauf. Show dates:
friday-Sunday, October 2-4,
friday-Sunday, October 9-11
friday-Sunday, October 16-18 Te
Courtyard Cafe, 409.727.7258
OctOber 3
Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition
free flm screenings of the PBS
documentary “Rauschenberg:
Inventive Genius” will be held on
Saturday at 2pm. Museum of the Gulf
Coast, 409.982.7000
Clays For Kids
Put your fve man team together now
for this Lewis Class Division Scoring
Event! 2 fight times: am or pm. Great
food & beverages all day. Goodie bag
provided for each shooter. Awesome
prizes & chance to be a Clays for Kids
“Top Gun!” Reserve your team today!
Sponsorships also available.
409.833.3860
Stars Over Texas Softball
ford Park Event Center (ford fields)
409.951.5400
OctOber 8
Lunch-n-Learn by the Better
Business Bureau
Discover how to turn customers into
raving fans . . . and, much more!!
Registration includes lunch, training
materials, networking opportunities,
and 60 minutes of fast paced learning
and professional development.
MCM Elegante Hotel, 11:30am–1pm
Advance: $30 / Day of: $35
409.835.5951 x117
OctOber 9
Nederland Chamber of Commerce
& Tourist Bureau 14th Annual Golf
Tournament
10:30am registration, 12 noon tee time.
Belle Oaks Golf Course. 409.722.0279.
OctOber 10
2009 CavOILcade Parade
Downtown Port Arthur. 409.983.1009
or 409.983.4034
2009 CavOILcade Youth Fishing
Tournament
Pleasure Island. 409.983.1009 or
409.983.4034
Pancakes & Prevention on the Plaza &
Flamin Hot Car Show
Pancake breakfast with all the trim-
mings will be servied and the flamin’
Hot Car Show will take place with
trophies being awarded in the
following categories: Classic (20+
years), Muscle Cars (1964-1976),
Antique 1 (pre 1948), Antique 2 (post
1948), Trucks and 4x4s, Show Cars,
Street Rod, Sports Cars, Emergency
vehicles, Custom, Mustangs,
Pre-engineered (race cars) & more.
vendors & food booths are available.
Tere will also be entertainment
& games for the kids! 8am - 4pm.
409.880.3927
S.O.U.L.S. Fest-Paranormal
Convention/Conference
Tis event will present a view from
the most renown paranormal investi-
gators, haunted survivors and authors,
and will keep you on the edge of your
seat. from the most skeptic to the
most seasoned Ghost HUNTER...
there will be something for everyone!
$50.00 and up 10am-12am
409.350.7465 or 409.454.3813
Cirque Dreams Illumination
Dazzling costumes, acrobatic stunts,
lively music and a fascinating story
create an amazing live show.
7pm. Beaumont Civic Center,
1.800.782.3081
Stars Over Texas Softball
ford Park Event Center, 409.951.5400
OctOber 13
Sabine Area Restaurant Association
“Chef ’s Delight”
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Beaumont Plaza
OctOber 14
Beaumont Destination Training
Join this fREE half-day tour of
Beaumont where you’ll learn all about
the fun and exciting things there are
to do here in your own backyard!
Oh yea, and did we mention the
free food?! Beaumont CvB, free,
409.880.3749 Call for reservations.
OctOber 15
Fall Harvest Festival
Daily pumpkin patch, costume
contests, apple bobbing, toe sack
races, hay rides & more!
Camp Junction, 409.898.2966
OctOber 16-17
21st Annual Harvest Festival
An East Texas folklife festival!
Pioneer demonstration, music
(Dulcimer, Bluegrass, folk, Gospel),
dance (Native American, Polynesian,
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Russian), food, artisans, Civil War
Confederate Camp and much more!
$6 Adults, $3 Children 5-12, free,
Children under 5. Heritage
village Museum in Woodville.
9am - 5pm, 409.283.2272
Shriner’s Circus
ford Park, 409.951.5400
OctOber 17
Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition
free flm screenings of the PBS
documentary Rauschenberg:
Inventive Genius will be held at
2pm. Museum of the Gulf Coast,
409.982.7000
NAACP 27th Annual Freedom Fund &
Award Banquet
Te banquet is the Branch’s primary
fundraiser and proceeds beneft
their scholarship fund. Te banquet
also provides an opportunity to
recognize individuals, businesses
and organizations that have made
invaluable contributions to the
community. Beaumont Civic Center
409.842.0294
Symphony of Southeast Texas All
Orchestra Concert
Julie Rogers Teatre, Beaumont.
Tickets available on line or at the box
ofce concert night. 409.892.2257
sost.org
The Madonna as Muse:
The Paintings of Rene Avarado
Exhibit through Jan 3. Art Museum of
SETX. 409.832.3432
Ojos Para Volar / Eyes to Fly With:
Photographs by Graciela Iturbide
Exhibit through Jan. 3. Art Museum
of SETX. 409.832.3432
OctOber 18
Dog Jam 09
Te Black Crowes,
Sevendust and
Saving Abel
perform at ford
Pavilion.
Tickets $22.50-$42.50. 4pm.
fordpark.com or 409.951. 5400
OctOber 21
Most Valuable Player
Te triumphant story of Jackie
Robinson, the frst African-American
to play professional major
league baseball.Grades 4
and up. 9:30am & 11:30am,
1.800.828.5535
OctOber 22
The Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program
Te Julie Rogers Gif of Life Program
will host “BIG Puttin’ on the Pink” with
guest speaker Rue McClanahan from
“Te Golden Girls.” Holiday Inn Plaza.
OctOber 23-25
Beaumont Boys Bash Presented
by Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt
& Zona Jones
Activities Wednesday-Sunday!
Beaumont Boys Bash, Beaumont, TX
615.465.8152 Kerri Taliaferro
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
OctOber 23
Beaumont Boys Bash Songwriters Night
featuring Nashville’s #1 Songwriters:
Mark Nesler, Casey Beathard, Wynn
varble, David Lee, and Kevin Denny.
Dixie Dancehall, 7pm. Tickets available
at all fastlane Convenience Stores and
florida Tans. $12 in Advance, $15 at
the Door
OctOber 24
Beaumont Boys Bash Concert
Tracy Byrd, zona Jones, and friends.
Crockett Street, 11am. Tickets
available at all fastlane Convenience
Stores and florida Tans. $15 in Advance,
$20 at the Door – Children 12 & Under
free
OctOber 25
Beaumont Boys Bash Golf
Tournament
at Bayou Din Golf Club
Beneftting Charities –
Children’s Miracle Net-
work, the Garth House,
and the Humane Society have
been confrmed so far. Children’s
Miracle Network will use the
proceeds to continue remodeling
the NICU at CHRISTUS Hospital –
St. Elizabeth. Mcfaddin Ward
OctOber 24
Harvest Hoedown
free and open to the public.
Good ole’ fashion fun! Bluegrass
music, harvest games, campfre, craf
demonstrations. 4-H Links & Drinks
for sale. Come in costume! 5pm-8-
pm, Mcfaddin Ward Carriage House,
409.832.1906
OctOber 26
Lyle Lovett and His
Large Band
Tickets $40-65, varies on
location. 7:30pm, Lutcher Teater.
1.800.828.5535
OctOber 30
Haunted Halloween Tours
John Jay french Museum /
Chambers House Museum
3025 french Road / 2240 Calder Ave
409.898.0348
Parsons Dance: Remember Me
A high-energy mix of contemporary
American dance, opera and rock
music. A one hour daytime
performance (10am) will also be held
featuring this brilliant company.
Grades 3 and up. 10am & 7:30pm
$40 - $65 varies on location
Lutcher Teater, 707 Main,
Orange, TX. 1.800.828.5535
The Altos
Presented by Port Arthur Little
Teatre. Directed by Jean Heubach.
Te Courtyard Cafe, friday-Saturday,
October 30-31. 409.727.7258
Let the Sun Shine In.
7396 College St.

Beaumont, TX 77707 409.866.4055 Toll Free 877.281.9717
The Blind Factory
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Dark Night of The Scarecrow
Written by Beaumont native, J. D.
feigelson, who will be on hand to
introduce the flm. It has been shown in
multiple cities around the country and
is being shown here through special
arrangement with the producers. All
proceeds from the showing(s) will go to
Beaumont Community Players. Tickets
will be sold exclusively online on a frst
come, frst served basis.
October 30-31
OctOber 31
“Eat a Bug” Family Arts Day
Art Museum of SETX. 409.832.3432
Dinosaur Day
Texas Energy Museum. 409.833.5100
Nightmare on Crockett Street
409.832.2944
Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Parkdale Mall. 409.898.2222
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Mamie McFaddin Ward’s Birthday Tea
at the McFaddin Ward House
Reservations are a must and tours start
at 1am, 11am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm
Mcfaddin-Ward House visitor Center
1906 Calder Avenue at Tird Street
Beaumont, TX, 409-832-1906
free & open to the public. In honor of
Mamie Mcfaddin Ward’s birthday, all
tours of the house for this day are free.
Tea and refreshments based on family
recipes will be served. Lamar Institute
of Technology’s Restaurant and food
Management Classes will prepare and
serve the refreshments. Mcfaddin
family members will host the tea.
nOvember 10
Stega Nona: The Musical
Based on the children’s books by Tomie
dePaola, this is the musical tale of the
a friendly magical witch - with a funny
name - who strives to cure the ills of her
tiny Italian town. Grades PreK-4.
Lutcher Teater. 9:30am & 11:30am,
1.800.828.5535
nOvember 13
Peter and the Wolf
Te duck, the bird and the cat join Peter
and his grandfather to outsmart a wily
wolf in this familiar cautionary tale,
set to music both classical and
contemporary. Grades K-4.
Lutcher Teater. 9:30 am &
11:30 am, 1.800.828.5535
nOvember 14
Annual Harvest of Hope Gala
benefting Catholic Charities of
Southeast Texas will be held Saturday,
November 14, at 7:00 p.m., at the MCM
Elegante Hotel Ballroom. Alex
Broussard, James Broussard, Jim
Broussard and Tom Broussard will be
honored for their many years of service
to numerous community organizations.
$100 each. Call Catholic Charities at
409.924.4421 for more information
or visit catholiccharitiesbmt.org
Nuncrackers Auditions
It’s the Mount Saint Helens
annual Christmas concert!
Audtions Nov. 13-28.
Contact Allan Anderud
at 409.866.5834 or
anderud.allan@hous.sysco.com.
nOvember 15-22
Christmas Card Photo Op
Snap your family’s Christmas
photo on the home’s staircase.
Bring your own cameras.
Amateur photography only. Te house
is open for these photos once a year.
Sundays, November 15 & 22.
Mcfaddin-Ward House
1pm-3:30pm, 409.832.1906
nOvember 20-22
River Dance
“A Phenomenon of Historic
Proportions!” raves Te Washington
Post. Whether its your frst time or
your ffh, you won’t want to miss
these farewell performances of
Riverdance! $40 - $65 varies on
location Riverdance 7:30 pm & 2pm
2586 Lutcher Teater
1.800.828.5535
nOvember 21-January 30
Illuminated Manuscripts and
Tapestries
Entwined across the Ages highlights
the variety and richness of manuscript
illustrations in the Book of Hours
and includes images of the
Christmas story.
nOvember 28
McFaddin Ward House Junior
Interpreter Guide Day
Open to the public. Newly-minted
and veteran JIs from the Mcfaddin-
Ward House’s teen educational pro-
gram will tour visitors through
all three foors of the house. Te
Carriage House will also be opened
as a bonus. 10am-3pm,
Mcfaddin-Ward House, free
409.832.1906
nOvember 28
Santa’s Gift Market
Holiday art/craf/gif
market. We feature
unique handcrafed
items. vendors are
always welcome to
apply. Come and
enjoy two fun days
of holiday shopping.
Saturday 10am to 5pm
and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Get Details.
Beaumont Civic Center. 409.225.2739,
$3.00 10 & up
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