VOLUME 3 ISSUE 9 | July 2010 | theVIPmag.



















Adventures under the sea

Boards at Bolivar Margaritaville, SETX What makes a perfect margarita?
a visit with Walter Umphrey

Surf’s Up!

VIPersonality TODD FAIRCLOTH Angler extraordinaire


Timberline Ranch An inside view of the Umphreys’ 5,600 acres

Excellen 009 Overall ce in Ma gazines by the P re of South ss Club east Tex as


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06 Letter from the editor

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10 vip shelter 14 vip style

10 Tour of Timberline Ranch 14 Fashion accessories for pool or beach 17 This is my wave, baby

21 health&beauty 27 totally social

21 Skin and body prep for swimsuits 27 Celebrating the best of events, who was there and what they were wearing 40 Legal legend and outdoorsman Walter Umphrey 42 VIPersonality Todd Faircloth 45 A view from under the water 48 3 great dates in July

40 totally worthy

The Must-Have Magazine
VIP of Southeast Texas recognized for Overall Excellence
At the June 4, 2010 banquet of the Press Club of Southeast Texas, VIP won awards in six categories of the association’s 18th Annual Excellence in the Media competition. There were almost 600 entries in the various categories for newspapers, television, radio, public relations and magazines from 2009. The judges honored VIP with first place in “Overall Excellence” for magazines for the second year in a row, an accolade of great pride to all the creative and business staff of the magazine. VIP also won honors in the following categories: First Place — Personal Profile Interview Second Place — Magazine Photography, Magazine News Story, Magazine Feature Story Third Place: Faith-based/Inspirational Print Category

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VIP would like to thank all of our contributing writers, photographers, editors and designers (past and present) for raising the standard of quality in every issue. In our third year of publication, the VIP team has created a product that is exciting, valuable and informative through the myriad talents of many dedicated people. We are proud to be recognized by our peers, and promise there will be many competition-worthy issues ahead!

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Editorial Executive Editor cheRYL RoSe Contributing Writers cathLeeN coLe hoLLI PeteRSeN haLeY StRahaN Photography Contributing Photographers SILVIa mccLaIN KYLe PeteRSeN JoY PRUItt Lee StINSoN JUDY StoKeLY Art Executive Director, Advertising Services aNNa SINgLetaRY Manager, Creative Media BLaNche BoND Supervisor, Creative Media DoN gRaY Lead Designer, Creative Media JUStIN BLaNe SmIth Contributing Designers KRISteN FLoReS IVaN gaLVaN KatIe gUIDRoZ RIcK SteIN Advertising to advertise in VIP, 409.880.0700

THER THAN THE pure bliss of air-conditioning, there’s nothing to beat the heat like cool water. Here in Southeast Texas, water options abound from Crystal Beach to Sam Rayburn Lake to the backyard pool. In planning this issue, we didn’t know our region would be watching an epic natural disaster in the Gulf. We are all being reminded how deeply water — particularly our beaches and coast — is tied to both our pleasures and livelihoods. This month I had the opportunity to meet Walter Umphrey, a double-V VIP. Though a name that looms large in this area and in this state, I found Walter to be a cordial and approachable gentleman, without formality. I thoroughly enjoyed the in-depth visit to his ranch, and the opportunity to see how pretty East Texas is. A moment of memory for actress Rue McClanahan, who died June 3: I “met” Ms. McClanahan by telephone a couple of months before her expected arrival in Beaumont to be the headliner and inspirational speaker for “Putting on the Pink,” the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” fall event. We talked for over an hour, and in real life she was just as she was on television or stage –charming, thoughtful and interesting. It’s possible that was one of her last press interviews, as soon thereafter she began experiencing health problems and wasn’t able to make the trip to Beaumont. Break a leg on that heavenly stage, Rue. You’ll be missed. (Read the story at theVIPmag.com, October 2009)

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The Beautiful Briny Sea
Photography: David Joiner The underwater photography this month comes courtesy of David Joiner, a Houston native. What started for Joiner and his wife. Cynthia, as a vacation activity has become a 20-year passion. They have taken diving expeditions around the Caribbean, including Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, The Cayman Islands and Aruba. However, one of Joiner’s favorite dives took place at the nearby Flower Gardens, diving with the hammerhead sharks. The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is a coral reef about 115 miles south of the Texas/Louisiana border. “The sharks school there in the spring and it is not uncommon to see 15 to 20 hammerheads swimming around the boat,” he explained.

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The Best Kept Secret
A tour of Timberline Ranch
ess than an hour’s drive north of Beaumont, the flat, nearly treeless plains begin to roll, as the land ripples in soft hills. To either side of the road, the forest nears — tall pines and oaks and deep green vegetation. We are leaving the “south” in Southeast Texas for just plain “east” — leaving the Gulf Coast for the Piney Woods. Off a farm-to-market road, a long white fence marks the beginning of the Timberline Ranch. A herd of Texas Longhorns grazes near the entrance to the 5,600-acre ranch home of Walter and Sheila Umphrey of Beaumont.


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This ranch, one of several homes they own, is a special retreat for the couple. Twenty-five years ago, they purchased the property that had a main house on 750 unimproved acres. Over the years,

they have added acres to the spread, molded the land, dug lakes, created pastures, planted trees and built roads, barns and buildings. For a dozen years, the Timberline Ranch was the Umphreys’ primary home. Walter flew by helicopter to work each day in Beaumont to steer his law firm, Provost Umphrey. Then Hurricane Rita’s 105 mph winds blew through in 2005, taking down 100,000 trees on the ranch. Sheila remembers that the damage upset her husband so much, they moved to Beaumont while repairs were made. Once relocated, they found it more convenient to remain in Beaumont, though they often spend weekends at Timberline. “East Texas is the best kept secret in the state,” Walter said. Passing through the brick gatehouse, a concrete drive winds by pasture, forest, barns and houses. Seven families call the ranch home, including the ranch manager and three horticulturists. Ahead, a large bronze statue of a snorting bull, a gift from Walter’s law partners, indicates the entrance to the main house. The previous owner built the antebellum-style house. The porch is stocked with rocking chairs, including a giant one, another gift. Inside, the home’s décor is hunter green with dark paneling. A dramatic staircase spirals through the center. The back patio overlooks the swimming pool and lake. Surrounded by live oaks, pines and magnolias, the view of the lake’s serene waters provides a sensation of tranquility and peace. All five lakes on the ranch were planned and built by Walter and his ranch employees. The lakes range in size from 18 to 54 acres, and all are stocked and managed for fishing. The lake closest to the house is a visual gem, surrounded by cypress trees that the Umphreys planted as saplings. Wire enclosures protect the cypress tree roots, since beaver (and the occasional alligator) sometimes cross over from one of the two creeks that run through the ranch. A small flock of Lesser Canada Geese, including several fluffy goslings, browse the grasses near the lake. The geese are ranch pets that wander the spread at will. Within sight of the main house is the party barn, a covered structure built for their daughter Paige’s wedding. Now the barn area is used by the Umphreys for the occasional law firm party, but they also allow local community groups to use the facility for events.

Peaceful Retreat

The Umphreys found this the pretty glass conservatory in England and had it shipped back to the ranch.

A Working Ranch
When travelling through Virginia, Walter Umphrey was taken with the covered bridges and decided to build one on the ranch. The Lodge is built entirely of cypress wood.

Driving into the interior of the ranch, cattle watch the truck pass by. These are Brafords — a Brahman-Hereford mix — and around 600 call the ranch home. The ranch has 1,700 acres of improved pasture. Another 1,800-acre parcel is part of a high-fence natural forest area for raising deer. The deer here are a hobby, not a sport,as Walter does not allow any hunting on the ranch. The exception >>



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A scale model of the Tyco Feed Store in Woodville sits on the ranch.

is predators such as coyotes, which attack the calves. Broad golden fields dotted by red barns sweep away in each direction from a lane lined with live oak trees that Walter said were first planted in one-gallon pots. The hay grown on the ranch supplies a feed store they own in Woodville. A surprise business of the ranch is 1.1 million square feet dedicated to growing seasonal color flowers, the majority of which stocks stores such as Home Depot, K-mart and Costco locations from New Orleans to Houston to Dallas. The entirely automated greenhouses are 2.5 acres each, and come from Belgium. Computers from Denmark control the light, ceilings, water and temperature for the seedlings. At peak seasons, one greenhouse has 17,000 hanging baskets, a beautiful sight, but still not as outstanding as when the greenhouses are a sea of red during poinsettia season, Walter said.

The Lodge

Braford breeder cattle wander the pastures. Purebred Brafords are 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Hereford, and are known for their superior maternal ability. (Below) The flowers in the greenhouses change four times a year. The business employs 120 seasonal workers.

The centerpiece of the ranch is the Lodge, a beautiful building the Umphreys built in the last few years for entertaining and guests. Sheila, who has a master’s in fine arts and an interior decorating business, created a perfect balance between rustic and luxurious inside. Dramatically high ceilings, roof beams, planks, textured walls and tile balance granite countertops, leather furniture and bronze statuettes. The Lodge also is filled with taxidermy mounts of predators killed at the Umphrey ranches. A mountain lion crouches on the fireplace mantel in a living room ringed by deer trophies. The outdoor patio is nearly as large as the Lodge, with big ceiling fans to generate a gentle breeze for guests relaxing by the swimming pool, designed to look like a natural rock pool with waterfalls. A gorgeous and restful swathe of green lawn slopes away beyond the pool. Tossing a favorite ball into the pool for their beloved dogs to retrieve, the Umphreys have obviously created a special oasis. Timberline Ranch is a major operation that they have carved out of these piney woods, taking justifiable pride in their accomplishments. VIP

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brazen or heartless. None of them wish destruction on anyone. Just think of them as positive-thinkers, making lemonade out of lemons. Or, more accurately, obsessed fanatics, hungry for one thing and one thing only – surf. “Storms in the Gulf are really awesome wave generators,” said Beaumont resident and 20-year surfing veteran Kacy Compton. “Actually, Southeast Texan surfers could be meteorologists because we’re totally focused on the weather. We are always looking for the perfect conditions for great surf.” The truth is that there is no such thing as a halfhearted Texan surfer. Because the ideal surf conditions arrive only occasionally, local surfers must be committed to catch a wave at any moment. Compton, who frequents the shores of High Island and Galveston, habitually travels the world, chasing the perfect wave in tropical locales like Hawaii, Guatemala and Costa Rica. And, while the Texas surf can’t possibly compare to the swells of exotic islands, he continues to look forward to coming home to the beaches of the Bolivar Peninsula. “There’s no better vibe than the one in Texas,” Compton explained. “The beaches aren’t oversaturated. It’s just that good ol’ boy lifestyle mixed with sand and surf. Everyone’s extremely welcoming of newcomers and we’re a tight-knit group.” Gary Linthicum, Beaumont resident and local attorney, agreed that though the surf may be inconsistent, there’s nothing like enjoying your passion right in your own hometown. As a teenager, Linthicum fell in love with surfing at the Bolivar Peninsula. After a 20-year hiatus, he returned to the sport six years ago. “I’ve chosen to live in Southeast Texas because I like the quality of life here,” Linthicum said. “I’ve chosen to surf here because of the camaraderie I enjoy with the local surfing community.” With a demanding career and a vibrant family life, Linthicum likens surfing to a thrilling departure from daily stress. “I find a lot of joy in the water,” he described. “It’s a complete escape.” In fact, most surfers describe their experience as less of an athletic challenge, though it certainly qualifies, than a Zen-like vacation from everyday reality. “When I’m at work, I’m thinking about the millions of things I have to do,” said James Chaney, a Port Arthur physical and occupational therapist. “When I’m out in the water, all that stress disappears. All I’m thinking about is the next wave and where I need to be in relation to that wave. I’m literally moving with nature. It’s a definite rush!” Though Chaney, who’s been an avid surfer since 2006, has also had the opportunity to surf tropical waters - most particularly during his short residency in Maui, Hawaii — he attributes the clarity of mind he experiences as a quality universal to all beaches, whether he’s surfing Honolua Bay or off the Galveston Seawall. In fact, enormous waves or not, Texas surfers will agree that there is beauty and excitement in surfing even the most unassuming of local beaches. “You gotta love to surf if you’re gonna be a surfer in Texas,” Compton said. “There’s a lot of heartbreak – a lot of heartbreak! But it’s peaceful out there – totally relaxing. I’ve seen dolphins and sea turtles out in our waters. In Texas, we may have to take what we can get, but we also really love it.” VIP
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Hurricanes may generate a surfer’s dream wave, but Ike certainly was not doing the local surfing community any favors when it irrevocably damaged the heart of Southeast Texas surfing: Meacom’s Pier, near High Island. Built in 1965 by John Mecom Oil Company, the one mile-long wooden pier — the longest wooden structure on the Gulf of Mexico shoreline — created ideal sandbars and unbelievable surfbreaks. Over time, the pier’s popularity grew, creating an unofficial home to surfing aficionados. “Meacom’s Pier was the closest place you could go to really catch great waves,” James Chaney said. “Everyone misses it.” Marked for demolition by the Texas General Land Office in November 2009, the loss of this beloved surfing home base was met with tears of nostalgia and regret. Each piling removed took with it the history and love of the surfing community. Kacy Compton remembers growing up at the pier and catching his first waves in its salty waters when he was just a boy. Passing down the tradition, Compton taught his now 16-year-old son, Dylan, to surf along the same shoreline when he was only seven. With such a dedicated following, there are currently rumblings that the pier will eventually be rebuilt. In the meantime, local surfers congregate at other nearby beaches or even throw pool parties to revisit their fond memories of Meacom’s Pier. “Meacom’s Pier was our home,” Gary Linthicum explained. “Without it, we’re all a bit displaced.”

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Getting your first bikini wax can be a nerve-wracking experience. Michelle Ruppell of Beaumont’s Spa Della shared a few tips to make the experience as painless as possible. • Have at least ¼˝ of hair growth to wax. • Don’t use any lotions or irritants on the area before waxing. • Relax! You will remain completely covered throughout the procedure. • Exfoliate afterward to avoid ingrown hairs. • Avoid the ocean or lakes for 48 hours afterward to reduce bacteria exposure.

he summer days are heating up and it’s time to break out the teeny bikini. VIP asked local beauty experts for their best secrets to a beach-ready body.
Wax and Relax
The first step before hitting the pool is to take care of personal grooming. Waxing is a great way to remove hair from sensitive areas like the bikini line and underarms. Waxing removes hair for longer than shaving, and it reduces the risk of unsightly bumps and razor burn. “The bikini wax is my most popular service this time of year,” said Cindie Springer of Cynthia’s Day Spa. If you have extremely sensitive skin, very thick hair, or just don’t want to deal with shaving or waxing, laser hair removal could be a good option. “In four treatments, you can completely remove hair growth from the bikini area, underarms, legs or anywhere else on the body,” said Mellie Bevilacqua of Beaumont Family Practice Aesthetics. This non-invasive procedure is fairly painless and removes hair permanently, she explained.

Buff it Up

Cold winter air dries out the skin and can leave you feeling rough and flaky. Indulge in an exfoliation treatment to slough off that dull layer and reveal healthy new skin. “Our Caribbean Therapy body scrub is a great way to get ready for summer,” said Katie Craigen of the Getaway Day Spa, located in Beaumont’s MCM Elegante Hotel. >>


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Avoid the common self-tanning pitfalls of orange palms and streaky ears by following these simple steps to an even glow. • Exfoliate your body to smooth rough patches. Concentrate on areas like knees and elbows. • Completely dry the area you will be tanning. Do NOT moisturize. • Apply a small amount of tanner to your body with closedfingered hands. Open fingers could cause streaking. Start at the face and work downward. Do not apply directly to feet or backs of hands. • After tanner is applied, gently run your hands over your legs lightly running them over the feet and toes. Rub the backs of hands together. • Wash your hands immediately and avoid getting dressed for at least 20 minutes.

DIY tanning

“Many people like to come and get a spray tan as a final touch before they go out in their swimsuit,” said Robyn Reyes, sales manager of Bronze Body. “Spray tans give you a nice brown color and work for all skin pigments,” she said. A professional spray tan is waterproof and should last about two weeks, she added. Airbrush tanning, offered at Getaway Day Spa, can make your Get a Glow Everyone looks better with a bit tan even more flattering by highlighting certain areas to make of color when lounging poolside. you seem more toned. “Our Whether you choose professional spray tans or self-tanner, it’s easier airbrush tanning is the same than ever to get a sun-kissed glow. kind you see on TV at high-end

“We use Dead Sea salt to slough off the dead skin and a steam canopy to moisturize and soften.” Other ways to exfoliate the skin include chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Michelle Ruppell of Spa Della recommends glycolic facials to her patients looking to shed their dull winter skin. “A glycolic facial will help get rid of all those dead skin cells,” she said. At Cindie’s, Springer uses diamond microdermabrasion to smooth out the skin. “The great thing about exfoliating the skin before you get into the sun is that it will allow you to get a smoother tan,” she explained. It is important to take care of your skin after receiving an exfoliation treatment. New skin can be particularly susceptible to sun damage. “I wouldn’t recommend going out into direct sunlight for a few days after a treatment,” Ruppell said.

tanning salons,” said Craigen. “It lasts two weeks and has antioxidants, vitamins and hydrates the skin,” she said.

Protect Yourself

The most important thing you can do to maintain a beachworthy body is to protect it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Be sure to wear sunscreen every day, but especially when you will be in direct sunlight for several hours. “The best thing you can do for beautiful skin is to wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses,” said Springer. VIP

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“When choosing tequila, it is important to choose a variety that specifies 100 percent agave on the bottle.”

VIP goes on the trail of the Perfect Margarita

othing says summer like a frosty margarita on a hot day. For such a simple cocktail — the International Bar Association standard calls for only tequila, lime juice and triple sec — the margarita has spawned countless variations. We talked to some local bartenders (and some amateur margarita aficionados) to find out what makes the perfect margarita. Margarita Mystique Margaritas have remained a perennial party favorite since they were invented in 1932... or 1937... or maybe 1948. The history of the margarita is highly disputed, as most locals would love to hang a “Home of the Margarita” banner in their city streets. The margarita is the national cocktail of Mexico, and many versions give credit for the invention of the margarita to bartenders from that country, including one legend that holds that the tangy elixer was first concocted in honor of Rita Hayworth. Another tale credits a bartender at the famed Balinese Room in Galveston with creating the world’s first margarita for singer Peggy (born Margaret) Lee. Wherever its birthplace, the margarita remains an immensely popular drink, standing up to the winds of changing fashion and

apple martinis, to stay the undisputed queen of summer cocktails. Talking Tequila The basis for a great margarita is good tequila. Over the past decade, the tequila business has exploded with high-dollar luxury brands and trendy celebrity labels. Most experts agree that there are a few guidelines to be aware of when navigating the many types of tequila. When choosing tequila, it is important to choose a variety that specifies 100 percent agave on the bottle. Any other varietal, called a mixto, will contain only 51 percent tequila and 49 percent fillers such as fructose sugar. These added sugars account for most of the epic tequila hangovers that cause many people to shy away from margaritas. Tequilas are designated into four basic groups: Blanco, which is aged less than 30 days and retains the agave flavor; Reposado, aged a minimum of two months resulting in a subtler flavor; Gold, which is a mixture of blanco and reposado varietals; Anejo, which is aged a minimum of one year. Most bartenders prefer the blanco, gold or reposado tequilas in margaritas, as the expensive anejo tequilas are thought to be wasted in a cocktail. Whether the more flavorful white or gold tequilas or the

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smoother reposados make the better margaritas is a point of contention among margarita lovers. “Patron Silver is most requested in our margaritas,” said Russ Stephenson, manager of The Grill. But Gordan Parrish, public relations representative for Easy’s Tapas and Martinis, said, “I prefer to use a gold tequila. I think gold is better in a margarita because it has a little more agave flavor.” Mix it Up A purist would limit the ingredients of a margarita to three: tequila, lemon or lime juice, and triple sec. With so few ingredients, any one taste can overpower the others and ruin the cocktail. “The key to a good margarita is consistency,” said Stephenson. “A consistent margarita with the right flavors is always a winner.” Of course, it is also important that each of the ingredients be of good quality. “We use sweet and sour in our margaritas, and it so important that you use a good one,” Parrish explained. “We use Grower’s Fancy Juice. The sweet and sours are really different from brand to brand.” Many bartenders add a splash of orange juice to their margaritas to sweeten the cocktail. “I use the triple sec very sparingly and add orange juice,” said Parrish. Of course, there are many versions of margaritas popular today like strawberry margaritas, sangria margaritas and margaritas with rum and liqueur floaters on top. While these are popular, particularly at restaurants serving frozen margaritas, they are very different drinks from the traditional margarita. “Tangy!” “Salty!” “Tart and not too sweet!” These are some of the enthusiastic reactions we elicited when we asked some local margarita fans what they loved about their favorite drink. One thing is for sure, most people love a good ‘rita. The zingy concoction walks a fine line between a girly beach drink and those eye-poppingly strong cocktails for serious connoisseurs only. A true crowd-pleaser, the perfect margarita is perfect anytime. VIP

Jimmy Buffett’s Perfect Margarita Perfect Margarita from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant Crushed ice 3 lime wedges 2 oz. gold tequila (Cuervo 1800) 1/2 oz. tequila (Cuervo White) 1 1/4 oz. Rose’s Lime Juice 1/2 oz. triple sec Splash of orange Curacoa Put all ingredients except the 3 lime wedges into a shaker. Squeeze two of the lime wedges into shaker. Shake well. Rim outside edge of glass with lime, then salt. Add fresh crushed ice to the glass. Strain mixture over ice into glass. Add lime wedge. The Grill Signature Margarita courtesy of Russ Stephenson, Manager 1 1/2 oz. Patron Silver 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 1/2 oz. Cointreau Splash of sweet and sour Shake and pour. Easy Frozen Margaritas 1 can frozen limeade concentrate 6 oz. tequila 2 oz. triple sec Fill blender with crushed ice. Add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour and serve.

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like projects.” Spend much time with the man selected as a Texas “Legal Legend of the 20th Century,” and you’ll soon learn this is a favorite refrain of his. Walter Umphrey is indeed a man who likes projects, juggling a multitude of them at once, knowing the important details of each one. Umphrey is a genuine up-from-his-bootstraps American success story, a defender of the “little guy.” Just past his 74th birthday, Umphrey walks tall and radiates a calm confidence. He’s at the office of Provost Umphrey, where he is managing partner, every weekday by 6:30 a.m. After spending nearly every day of his career at the courthouse, he now makes an appearance there only a few times a year for the firm’s most important cases. He has a little more freedom to pursue his other passions, which include a deep appreciation of the outdoors, wildlife and Texas. “Wildlife and conservation don’t just happen. It’s size of population, the numbers living on acreage…there is so much to it,” Umphrey explained. “You’ve got to prepare and work hard at it.” From 1991 to 1997, Umphrey served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife commission. He was appointed by former Texas governor Ann Richards and worked his way up to vice chair of the commission. “It’s the best job in Texas,” he avowed. “You get to visit all the ranchers and farmers, all the best places in the state. There’s nothing like it.” Umphrey was born in Port Arthur, and didn’t grow up with hunting and fishing as a lifestyle. His adoptive father, Fulton Lee, was a police constable and later a Justice of the Peace. However, his father-in-law, E.W. McCarthy, the former president of Gulfport Shipyard, was an avid outdoorsman. He introduced Umphrey to the various sports and to the management that must go into protecting wildlife so that it can flourish. On his several ranches, Umphrey raises and manages a variety of game animals including mule deer, quail, dove, turkey, rainbow trout and bass. He no longer shoots big animals personally, but instead limits himself to dove and quail. “It takes more experience and skill,” he said. Umphrey enjoys fishing, going after mostly bass and crappie. Though his ranch lakes are stocked, he appreciates the beauty offered at Sam Rayburn Lake, a man-made lake managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Umphreys


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have a lodge home there. “It’s a beautiful lake,” Umphrey said. “You don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy its public parks. It’s suitable for family and kids or just fishermen. And it’s so close, just an hour away.” A few years ago, Umphrey gave the lead donation to fund the Umphrey Family Pavilion at Sam Rayburn, a meeting space for fishing tournaments, community events and concerts. Recently, Umphrey and several business partners invested in the Rayburn Country community near the lake, planning a facelift for the golf course and clubhouse. “I’m not a golfer, but I like projects,” he reiterates. “You could see it was just a gem in the rough.” Several of Umphrey’s philanthropic ventures and volunteer activities have supported opportunities for nature lovers. He has served on councils for both the National Wildlife Federation and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Locally, he purchased and donated land at Mesquite Point-Pleasure Island for a state park. Umphrey’s philanthropy has cast a wide net from causes benefitting disabled children to medical research and scholarships. With his wife, Sheila, Umphrey has made major donations to both their alma mater universities, including a lead gift for the new football stadium at Lamar University. Umphrey, who went to Southern Methodist University on a football scholarship playing offensive guard before transferring to Baylor, is pleased by the enthusiasm of the Lamar students and general community for the football program. “We’ll be regulars at the games, but fall is tough – I’ll have to work it in between my hunting and fishing,” he said. Always accompanied by his three beloved yellow Labs, Umphrey enjoys getting out of town to spend time at one of their ranch homes or taking scenic motorcycle rides. This father of two, grandfather-to-seven has traveled far and wide, participated in legal dramas, and created businesses. However, he still treasures simple times – dinner with friends, playing with his dogs and even riding his tractor. He speaks with pride of his personal New Holland tractor with 20-foot Bush Hog attachments that he keeps on the Timberline Ranch. “It has radio, air-conditioning, telephone. I love to get in it and stay and mow all day.” Though he could live anywhere, Umphrey is comfortable in Southeast Texas. “I like to stay where my roots are, where I’m known,” he said. VIP

Legal pioneer Walter Umphrey is as at home on his tractor as he is in a courtroom.

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Larger Than Life
Walter Umphrey has a fascinating career history, with national and historic benchmarks throughout. The list of legal and personal accolades he has accumulated is formidable, and really, any of these deserve a story of their own. For those unfamiliar with his amazing story, here are a few, abbreviated highlights: • Co-founded the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in 1969 with the late David Provost. Today more than 30 lawyers “scatter like quail each Monday,” Umphrey described, from four offices to locations around the nation and globe. • In his first federal case in 1972, Umphrey won a $4 million verdict. • Admitted to the Supreme Court Bar in 1973. • Umphrey and the firm tried and won the nation’s first class action/ consolidation trial involving asbestos exposure — $1 billion involving more than 2,000 Texas asbestos victims. photography by SILVIA C. MCCLAIN •Umphrey was the lead attorney for the State of Texas against the tobacco industry in 1998, which resulted in a historic civil litigation settlement—$17.6 billion. • In May of this year, the Jefferson County Bar Association awarded Umphrey the Blackstone Award, the most prestigious award or recognition that a Bar Association can bestow upon one of its members. • Umphrey and his wife, Sheila, have a special milestone this month, an increasingly impressive one: Their 50th wedding anniversary on July 8.


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Todd Faircloth
reams are like pennies … everyone has a pocket full of them. While it is important to dream big, the real question is whether or not you have the chutzpah to venture out of those entrapping comfort zones and really do something about it. Todd Faircloth, 34, is certainly one of those rare, brave ones. Growing up in the bass-bountiful small town of Jasper, Texas, Faircloth picked up his first rod and reel at the age of 3. Even at that young age, he discovered an innate love and talent for the patiently mastered art of fishing alongside his beloved hero — his father. With time, his devotion to the sport only grew. Though talented enough to win local, amateur competitions, fishing remained a mere hobby for Faircloth. It was not until the age of 24, after a temporary stint in carpentry, that Faircloth made the bold decision to risk it all. Giving up the familiar daily grind to pursue his true passion, he dedicated himself completely to bass angling. After qualifying for his fourth fishing classic and picking up a few sponsors along the way, he recognized that he had, indeed, created a career doing what he loved. “I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors,” Faircloth recalls. “I needed that freedom of being my own boss and having control over my own life. This was a dream that just fell into place for me.” Today, this Bassmaster Elite Series Pro enjoys a nationally respected reputation with over $1 million in winnings. Known as an ultra-competitive, versatile, power-fisherman, skilled in the technique of pitching and flipping, Faircloth travels the nation, casting out on some of America’s most picturesque waters. In 2008, Faircloth earned the runner-up position at the Angler of the Year race. And, in 2010, he placed third at Bassmasters Classic. (Think Super Bowl of fishing.) When fishing is your day job, it begs the question: How do you spend your weekends? For Faircloth, the answer is simple. He relishes spending quality time with his loving wife of eight years, Angie, two sons, Hudson and Harrison, and his one-year-old baby girl, Helen Claire. A hands-on dad, Faircloth believes in instilling an importance for living your dream in his children. Yet, he never fails to remind them of the motto he espouses: You get what you put into life. VIP
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What do you love most about your job? The challenge of figuring the fish out. How much of fishing is strategy and how much is luck? 80 percent strategy, 20 percent luck. What makes a successful bass angler? Hard work and dedication. Fishing in solitude or with company – which do you prefer? Depends on the company! The best company would be my boys. I like to see their excitement when they catch a fish!

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Favorite place to fish? Sam Rayburn (Jasper, TX). It’s my home lake and where I learned to fish. Best part about Rayburn? The solitude and natural beauty of the lake, combined with good fishing. What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught? 11.5 lbs. Most meaningful award? Winning my first Elite Series Tournament at Table Rock Lake (Branson, MO).

Most interesting location you’ve traveled to for the sport? Chicago, IL. What are your must-have tackle box items? Yamamoto Senko, All-Terrain Tackle Jig, and Sebile Flat Shad. Favorite lure, rod and reel? 5” Yamamoto Senko and a Castaway Rod. What’s your best tip for the novice fisherman? Try different depths and locations – don’t get hung up using the same bait on every spot.

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glides by, seemingly oblivious to the scuba diver right below it. The diver signals to his buddy, pointing up. His partner looks and nods. For a short time, they are not outsiders looking into this world, like people looking through an aquarium’s glass. They are, for a while, members of this submerged menagerie. Beaumont attorney Dana Timaeus knows what it’s like in that underwater realm. He’s been diving since 1972 in places including the Bahamas, Honduras, Cozumel, the Florida Keys and the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, which includes Stetson Bank, in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast. Growing up in Port Neches, he watched the television series “Sea Hunt” that portrayed Lloyd Bridges as adventurous scuba diver Mike Nelson. The young boy was hooked. At 15, Timaeus made his first dive in a freshwater Texas lake. “The visibility was poor but I thought it was great,” he said. He now heads out to open water, where the visibility is much better, a few times each year. He’s used to getting “checked out” by the marine life, including sharks, which doesn’t bother him. Instead of avoiding sharks, he knows how to invite them for a visit. “I learned to call sharks,” he said. There’s no food involved, so no feeding frenzy. He learned the skill from a videographer in the Bahamas. He makes a deep sound in his >> ar out to sea, away from the beaches and the crowds, another world lies below the surface. Brightly colored coral and sea sponges spread for miles in a vast underwater garden. Dolphins, sea turtles, rays and countless varieties of fish swim around the reefs. A whale shark

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throat, he explained, which vibrates a membrane in the regulator. “We’ve called sharks in,” he said. “They swim right by us and go away.” Isn’t he afraid that he’s calling the sharks to dinner? “We’re warm-blooded red meat,” he said. “They want fish.” Timaeus says diving has come a long way since the early days, thanks to better technology. Diving now takes more finesse and technique than brute strength, which is why it’s a popular sport with women. “Scuba diving is serious fun but it’s also skilled fun that requires some discipline associated with that skill,” he said. “It’s a managed risk and a low risk when done right.” Timaeus was certified to teach in 2000 and he’s an instructor at Scuba Brothers, a dive shop in Nederland owned by Allen and Anne Acord. The Acords named their business for their sons, James and Alex, who also dive. Allen Acord, who grew up in Port Arthur, first started diving in 1990 while he was in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. When he came home in 1993, he wanted to continue and was happy to find that there is a thriving diving community in

Southeast Texas. He learned about the Flower Gardens and oil-rig diving in the Gulf of Mexico and the beautiful freshwater lakes around Texas including Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. He eventually discovered other gorgeous places to dive and enjoys treasure hunting. In Venice, Fla., he’s found prehistoric shark teeth fossils. “You never know what you’re going to find,” he said. Today scuba diving is his vocation and his avocation. “Scuba diving for me is a way of life and a love of the water and all things in it,” he said. “One of our greatest joys is to introduce the young and the young at heart to scuba diving.” His wife, Anne Acord, shares his passion for scuba diving, although she was pessimistic at first. She had told her husband she probably wouldn’t like it, she remembered. What was her incentive to learn? “He said he’d do it with or without me!” she laughed. She became a complete enthusiast on her first trip to dive the reefs off Cozumel. “Scuba diving is relaxing and something the whole family can enjoy,” she said. “It’s an adventure every time you go diving. This is how we get our rush.” VIP

At 15, Timaeus e made his first div in a freshwater Texas lake.

Take The Plunge
The open water is calling you, but first you need to learn how to scuba dive. Contact a local dive shop for information on lessons and certification. According to Allen Acord, a typical certification course takes two weekends and costs about $350, which covers the tuition, books and use of all the gear you’ll need except a mask, fins, weight belt and snorkel. You’ll need to buy those items for yourself. The first weekend consists of classroom and pool instruction. On the second weekend, you’ll go to a dive site, usually a lake. When you pass the course, you’ll be a certified open-water scuba diver.
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How do I know if that’s a live wire?
You don’t. Just assume any downed power line is live – and deadly. A downed line can electrify anything it touches, including you. Keep your distance, and call us to report it at 1-800-ENTERGY (368-3749). Get the facts about power line safety at entergytexas.com.
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Independence Day Celebrations

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Opening Reception for George Wentz: A Retrospective
July 23
Enjoy the colorful paintings and collages by native artist George Wentz at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Reception 6-8p.m. On exhibit July 24-Sept. 26. 409.832.3432, amset.org

Game starts at 7p.m. Ford Exhibit Hall. Tickets $10 in advance $13 day of event. Children 2 - 12 admitted for $5. Traveling exhibit featuring 49 photographs taken by Andy Warhol. Through August 15. Museum of the Gulf Coast. 409.982.7000, museumofthegulfcoast.org

The Orange Community Band will perform from 7:30-8:30p.m. shangrilagardens.org

Shangri La Gardens Independence Day Concert

Spindletop Roller Girls

Live musical performances, delicious foods and drinks, and a dramatic fireworks display. Riverfront Park, Beaumont. Orchestra performs at 8p.m., fireworks start at 9p.m. 409.838.3435, beaumont-tx-complex. com/riverfrontpark.html

Independence Day Celebration at Riverfront Park

Being Andy Warhol

Shopping, food, and entertainment. Lincoln Avenue, Groves. 6–9p.m. 409.962.3631, grovescofc.com

Independence Day Celebration in Port Arthur

First Fridays on Lincoln Avenue

Spice of the Season 2010
July 30
The theme this year for the annual benefit culinary event to benefit Leadership Beaumont is “Let the Games Begin!” Masters of Ceremonies will be Bob Phillips, Texas Country Reporter, and Kelli Phillips, KFDMTV News Reporter. Forty celebrity waiters will serve at the Beaumont Country Club. 6:30p.m. Tickets $75. 409.838.6581, bmtcoc.org

Patriotic music and awe-inspiring fireworks. Lamar State College Port Arthur. 409.984.6101, portarthur.net

Motorcycle Ride

A Port Arthur Little Theater production of a dramatic play that will scare and delight audiences. Performed as a dinner theatre at the Beau Reve House on Sara Jane Road. Performances 7:30p.m. July 9–11, 16–18. A “his and hers” weekend at Ford Park, July 9–11. The 7th Annual Southeast Texas Great Outdoors Expo offers attractions and exhibits

Texas Motorcycle Rights Association – Ride to Pleasure Island. July 2–4. Contact David Die, 409.749.4995

Familiar Spirits

Crystal Beach’s fireworks show. Food & drinks available. Go to the beach at Alma Road and turn right. Bring your own beach chair! Show will start at dark, 7–10p.m.

Light up the Night Fireworks Display

Peddler & Outdoor Expo Combo Shows

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featuring the best in hunting, fishing, ATVs, boats and camping. Combined with The Peddler Show offering arts and crafts. Small admission price and free parking. peddlershow.com, fordpark.com In honor of Collector Car Appreciation Day, a cruise down Main Street in Vidor. 6p.m. Music, prizes. 409.769.0877

networking event hosted by Coldwell Banker Southern Homes, 628 South Main, Lumberton. 8–9a.m.

Port Arthur Little Theatre kicks off its 2010-2011 season in conjunction with Lamar State College Port Arthur in the classic musical. Show dates: Jul. 29–Aug. 1, Aug. 5–8. palt.org Pioneering Women presents “Celebrating 90 Years of the 19th Amendment.” Media party at Suga’s at 5p.m. 2010 honorees are Charlene Babineaux, Cindy Bloodsworth, Barbara Daniels, Cheryl BlackFitzpatrick, Jane McBride and Eleanor Mitchell.

The Sound of Music

Enjoy the colorful paintings and collages by native artist George Wentz at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Reception 6-8p.m. On exhibit July 24–Sept. 26. 409.832.3432, amset.org

Cruise Night

Opening Reception for George Wentz: A Retrospective

Pioneering Women Media Party

Baseball outing for the family. Ford Fields. July 12–24. Tickets for the day: Adults $3, Kids (12 & under) $1, and Seniors (65 & older) $1. 409.951.5417.

Nations National Championship

Come dressed as a cowboy or cowgirl to celebrate cowboy artist, Charlie Russell, with western games, art projects, and rodeo demonstrations. Stark Museum of Art, Orange. 10a.m.–2p.m. Free. 409.886.2787, starkmuseum.org Reception, 7–9p.m. 409.833.4179, beaumontartleague.org

Wild West Family Day

A dramatic grouping from the permanent collection of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, featuring a range of styles of artwork by women artists. Reception 6–8p.m. On exhibit July 24–Sept. 26. 409.832.3432, amset.org

Opening Reception for Women Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection

The theme this year for the annual culinary event to benefit Leadership Beaumont is “Let the Games Begin!” Masters of Ceremonies will be Bob Phillips, Texas Country Reporter, and Kelli Phillips, KFDM-TV News Reporter. Forty celebrity waiters will serve at the Beaumont Country Club. 6:30p.m. Tickets $75. 409.838.6581, bmtcoc.org

Spice of the Season 2010

The RAW WORLD TOUR comes to Ford Arena for one show at 5p.m. See all your favorite RAW Superstars live in action! Ticket Prices are $63, $48, $38, $28 and $18 (including facility fee). fordpark.com

World Wide Wrestling

Beaumont Art League Photo Show

Award-winning historian Raphael Cristy provides special insights about the American West through storytelling and the writings of famous cowboy artist Charlie Russell. Lutcher Theater. 6:30p.m. Free. 409.886.2787, lutcher.org

Charlie Russell’s Yarns, performed by Raphael Cristy

Lakes Schedule

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Sam Rayburn Tournaments
3 4 10 17 17 20 23 August 3 4 10 17 17 20 23 Anglers Quest Saturday Series #7 Anglers Quest Individual Series #7 Bassmaster Weekend Series CAST Couples Get Reel Bass Anglers ((Club)) PAR Bass Club (Night) PAR Bass Club (Night) Mill Creek Park Mill Creek Park Umphrey Family Pavilion Cassell Boykin Monterey Park Mill Creek Park Mill Creek Park Anglers Quest Saturday Series #7 Anglers Quest Individual Series #7 Bassmaster Weekend Series CAST Couples Get Reel Bass Anglers ((Club)) PAR Bass Club (Night) PAR Bass Club (Night) Mill Creek Park Mill Creek Park Umphrey Family Pavilion Cassell Boykin Monterey Park Mill Creek Park Mill Creek Park

A shopping extravaganza in Downtown Port Neches on the 3rd Saturday of every month. 409.722.4023, portnecheschamber.com

Super Saturdays on the Avenue

Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles will be jumping with lively Cajun sounds July 17–18. Savory Cajun specialties, raffles, arts and crafts booths and games for kids. Admission is $7 per person, and free for children 12 and younger. 337.217.0880, cfmalakecharles.org.

23rd Annual Cajun Food and Music Festival

Toledo Bend Tournaments
July 10 11 24 24 August 17 20 21 28-29 PAR Bass Club (Night) PAR Bass Club (Night) Fairmount Bass Club (Night) BFL-Cowboy Division Six Mile Six Mile Paradise Point Marina Cypress Bend Bass N Bucks Sportsman’s Bass Club (Night) Media Bass Super Team Fairmount Bass Club (Night) Cypress Bend Cypress Bend Cypress Bend Paradise Point Marina

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10for To-Do’s

Summer ’10

“Summer. Summer. Summertime. Time to kick back and unwind.”
he lyrics from Will Smith’s song “Summertime” describe my mood to a T. Summer is a great time to relax and refresh your mind, body and soul. Here are my top tips for enjoying the long days of summer.

Go somewhere. Anywhere. Get out of the house. Whatever your budget allows. You don’t have to go that far. One of my favorite memories is going to a Galveston hotel, hanging out at the pool, and lying on the cushy chairs, just enjoying a lazy day and people-watching. When I came back home, I felt renewed and refreshed. Have a healthy summer. Experiment with grilling fruits and vegetables instead of just meat. I plan to buy a new barbecue grill and try my hand at grilling squash, corn, peaches or pizza (of course, healthy pizza if my trainer is reading this) or some of the other recipes featured on the Food Network. I am a Food Network fanatic! Re-connect with relatives. Go visit your cousins or that great-aunt you haven’t seen in awhile. You’ll be glad you did. Read a good book or check out a great summer flick. In fact, you
can combine the two by reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love.” The movie version of the mega-bestselling book comes out in August.

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Enjoy a delicious ice cream cone. It’s one of the summer’s simplest pleasures. Put the kids in the car and go to your favorite ice cream shop. There’s nothing better! Watch the sun set over the lake, river or ocean. It doesn’t matter
which one as long as you’re near water. Not only is it romantic, but somehow life seems to slow down when you’re enjoying Mother Nature. flops. The summer is a great time to showcase that casual-chic look.

Dress the part. Put on that pretty sundress, those high heels, or cute flipTry something new. I’m planning to buy a bike and to take swimming lessons again. I know how to swim, but I need a refresher course. What is it that you’d like to do? Just do it! Entertain friends at home. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Just throw some burgers or hotdogs on the grill and mix up a fruity drink. Good friends and good food are all you need for a great summer gathering.

Relax. Unwind. Kick back. After all it’s summer and I can’t get that
song out of my head! Michelle McCalope is an award-winning journalist and president of McCalope Media, a public relations and communications firm in Beaumont. VIP
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