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O F S O U T H E A S T T E X A S
Interfaith spirit
Bringing traditions
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04 starters
6 Reader feedback
8 Letter from the Editor
12 vip style
12 Beauty bright
15 health&beauty
15 Bold red lips
16 Blow out your hair
worries
19 eating&drinking
19 Holiday hors d’ oeuvres
22 totally social
22 Celebrating the best
of events, who was there
and what they were
wearing
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38 totally worthy
38 O, Come, O, Come
Together
40 Do they know it’s
Christmas?
42 Everybody’s waiting
for the woman with the bag
44 vip guide
44 Go green: Trim your
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47 4 great dates in
December
50 Making a
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“My days as a television news reporter did
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camera,” Kara Stevens Hawthorne told us, but
you would never believe it as she styles two
seasonal looks to cover your holiday sartorial
needs: A sparkling holiday dress from Jackie’s
in Beaumont and a colorful cold weather
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W
ORKING ON this
issue, I couldn’t get
two pop seasonal
songs out of my
head – “Do They
Know It’s Christ-
mas?” and “We
Are the World.”
Cheesiness factor
10, I grant you,
but the lyrics just seemed to suit the stories so well. In
both classic collaborations, individually famous musi-
cians and singers combined in a group performance to
encourage all of us to reach out to others at this special
time of year.
When we seem so divided as a nation, as a world,
as people, it’s reassuring to hear of the many individu-
als who cross borders every day, unwilling to let false
boundaries deter them. Take the example of the interfaith
support shown by the volunteers from Temple Emanuel
in Beaumont. Rather than letting the hullabaloo of
Christmas overtake their beliefs, they have found a way to serve their faith and others by a
meaningful gift of volunteer service. Or people like Richard Gagné, who step into unfamiliar
territory to find a passionate purpose.
There are many ways you can reach out to others this season. In my family, we like to
choose children the same age as ours from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. We have fun shop-
ping as a family for the boys’ and girls’ wishes. If shopping is your idea of fun, you can reach
out to others by going to Main Street Market and supporting the Junior League, which in turn
supports many important needs in our community.
I leave you with this thought, penned by the late Michael Jackson in his collaboration with
Lionel Richie:
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
It may be 25 years since it was written, but it still rings true. Best wishes for a joyous holiday
season.
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Executive Editor
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Long tank top by Chan Luu.
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Earrings
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LIPSERVICE
VIP tips for hot holiday lips
“Everyone should have red for the
holidays...it’s a must!”
Lisa Dishman, an esthetician at Beaumont’s On Stage Hair
Design and Day Spa, said that though red is a year-round color
for lips, it is especially popular for the holidays. But while bold
lips are de rigueur, chapped lips are a winter “don’t.” Before you
pucker up, make sure your lips are perfectly kissable.
In the Red
The hottest hue of the season is sophisticated red. “The focus is
on the lips this year,” said Sheila Ingham of The Skin Salon & Day
Spa in Nederland. Along with pencil skirts and nipped-in waists,
bold lips hark back to the Old Hollywood glamour that is all the
rage in fashion. If you are looking for the perfect red, Ingham sug-
gests comparing potential shades with the inside of your bottom lip.
“The right red will complement the color there,” she explained. From blue-reds
to orange-reds, the options can be daunting. “If you have any hesitation, ask a
professional makeup artist to help you pick a shade,” she said. “Nothing can ruin
your outft like the wrong red lip color.”
Not sure you can pull of this bold look? Try dabbing frosty gloss on top of the
red lipstick to tone it down. “Rather than lining with a red pencil, choose a natu-
ral shade to line and fll in lips and then use the red sparingly on top,” Ingham
suggested. “This will give you a more subtle color.” Don’t try out the red lipstick
on your way out the door. Instead, Ingham suggests experimenting with several
colors well in advance of your event. VIP
Put Your Lips On
• Pat some base onto your lips to create a blank canvas.
• Lightly dust powder over the base to fll in lines and cracks.
• Line lips over natural lip line. Fill in lips with lipliner for a bolder
color.
• Dab a bit more powder on top.
• Use a brush to apply lipstick evenly and accurately.
• Apply gloss for a little shine.
• For a bee-stung look, dab a bit of frost in the center of your
bottom lip.
- Sheila Ingham, The Skin Salon & Day Spa
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Want that “fresh from the salon” look? Paul Traylor, owner of
Beaumont’s On Stage Hair Design and Day Spa, gave VIP a step-by-
step guide to the perfect blowout. Whether you sufer from fat hair,
frizzy hair, or hair somewhere in between, we have the recipe for a
great hair day.
Product Power
The products and tools you use on your hair can make or break
your style. “You want to utilize your product carefully,” Traylor
explained. “For fne hair, try a volumizer. For curly hair, use a
straightening balm to control curl and promote shine. People with
normal hair might try a mousse.”
It is important to use a light hand with the product to avoid “hel-
met head.” “I see too many people with over-structured hair,” said
Traylor. “You want to look like you just woke up this beautiful.”
Also important are the styling tools you use to create your
blowout. A high-quality hair-dryer will help you control the direc-
tion of the hair. “I use an Elchim dryer, which is very powerful,
but has a small nozzle so that I can really direct the stream of air.”
Round brushes are another professional must-have. “In the past, a
lot of people didn’t like round brushes because they got caught in
peoples’ hair,” Traylor explained. “Today’s round brushes are made
to avoid that, and they are made on a metal base which heats up
and acts almost like a curling iron.” In fact, many stylists use round
brushes to create any style from straight to curly.
Hai rapy
Repeated exposure to thermal devices like blow dryers, straight-
eners and curling irons can wreak havoc on your locks. Make sure
to take care of your stressed tresses to avoid weakened hair and
breakage. “Hot of the Press is a great new product by Paul Mitchell
that I use to protect my clients’ hair,” Traylor said. “You put it on
before applying any kind of heat to the hair.”
Other ways to avoid damaging the hairs’ delicate cuticles include
shampooing with mild products, using conditioner, and skipping
drying occasionally. “Most people wash and style their hair every
day, so they really need to be using the right products,” Traylor
said. “If you have coarse, curly hair, try skipping shampoo for a
couple of days. Your hair will look so much better if you stop strip-
ping the natural oils away.”
Traylor recommends consulting with your stylist before trying
any new thermal device. “You have to use these tools correctly or
you can seriously damage your hair,” he explained. VIP
VIP uncovers the secrets
to the ultimate blow-out
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Blow it Out
• Any good blowout starts with the foundation.
Get a good haircut.
• Begin with clean, conditioned hair.
Apply product thoroughly from root to end.
• Section the hair in two inch pieces.
• Starting at the bottom, blow about 60 percent of the
moisture from the frst section.
• Use a round brush to control the hair while you aim the
nozzle of the dryer onto the brush.
To achieve volume, hold the brush at the crown of the head.
To straighten, elongate the hair away from the scalp with
the brush.
• Repeat, going in two inch sections toward the crown of
the head.
• After the hair is set, remove the nozzle from the dryer and
tousle the hair to make it look natural and lived-in.
• Use a fnishing spray, aiming short bursts of the product at
the roots only. This will hold volume at the crown while
allowing movement at the ends.
• Use a small amount of spray shine all over the hair to close
the cuticle down and avoid frizz.
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Where they have 150+ vendors of cute, unique fnds on
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Exquisite jewelry
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is the season for holiday socials,
cramped calendars and an over-
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Crab Salad with Belgium Endive
Makes approximately 35
1 lb. lump blue crab meat
¾ cup mayonnaise
½ stalk celery, fnely diced
1 medium shallot, fnely diced
Salt and pepper to taste
4 heads of Belgian endive
Lightly mix frst fve ingredients in a bowl. Cut the
stalk off of the Belgian endive and pull the leaves
apart. Fill each leaf with a teaspoon full of the
salad at the cut off end.
Arrange on a tray or you can put the crab salad
in a bowl and arrange the Belgian endive around
the bowl.
• Make time for socializing by
carefully preparing and prioritizing
your time before the event.
• Select foods that can be served cold
or room temperature. Also, choose
items that can be baked at the last
minute so you’re not slaving away
in the kitchen as your guests
are arriving.
• Save money by stocking your buffet
with fun and easy fller items, like
gourmet popcorn made with truffe
oil or fresh crudités and fruit trays.
• For décor, keep it simple. Make the
most of your Christmas ornaments
with some clever placement. Or,
visit your backyard for wintry holly
branches or pinecones.
Ken’s Words to Eat By
hot dogs to beef Wellington and can plan
menus based upon your budget. Even
better, full-service caterers take care of
everything – from set up to clean up –
leaving you time and energy to socialize
with guests.
Moncla recommends hiring a caterer
for any event with over 70 guests. How-
ever, even a small party can benefit from
the assistance and expertise of respected
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Marinated Shrimp
Wrapped in Snow Peas
1 bay leaf
1 pound medium shrimp,
peeled and deveined, tail on
1 tablespoon champagne
vinegar
1 tablespoon rice wine
vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
15 to 20 tender, young snow peas
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and
add the bay leaf. Add the shrimp and cook just
until the shrimp is pink and cooked through,
1½ to 3 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain the
shrimp, immerse in ice water to stop the cook-
ing, and drain again. Transfer to a shallow, non-
reactive glass or stainless-steel dish. Combine
the vinegars, oil, and garlic. Pour the mixture
over the shrimp, and stir to coat well. Cover the
dish with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 to 2
days, tossing the shrimp every 12 hours.
String the snow peas and blanch in boiling
water for 30 seconds. Chill in ice water, drain,
and dry thoroughly. Split the pods lengthwise,
so that you have enough separate halves for
each shrimp. Wrap a pea pod around each
shrimp, and fasten by piercing with a round
natural wood toothpick. Serve cold or at room
temperature.
Asparagus Straws
24 asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed
6 sheets of phyllo dough, thawed if frozen
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
12 thin slices prosciutto (about 6 ounces total),
cut in half crosswise
4 ounces parmesan cheese, grated on the
medium holes of a box grater
Place the asparagus in a steamer basket over 1
inch of boiling water. Cover tightly and steam until
just al dente and bright green, about 2 minutes.
Transfer to a colander to cool. Preheat the oven to
450°F. with the rack in the center. Line a baking
sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place 1
sheet of phyllo on a dry surface. Keep the remain-
ing sheets covered with a clean, slightly damp
towel. Brush lightly with melted butter and cut into
4 rectangular pieces, each 5x7 inches.
Place 1 piece of prosciutto on the phyllo, lining it
up along one short edge of the rectangle. Arrange
an asparagus spear on top of the prosciutto along
the same short edge of the rectangle, letting the
tip lay exposed beyond the top edge of the dough
by ¾ inch or so. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon parme-
san. Roll up and secure the edge of the dough with
additional butter, if necessary.
Repeat with the remaining ingredients, transferring
the straws onto the prepared baking sheet. The
straws may be made 1 to 2 hours ahead up to this
point, covered with plastic wrap, and refrigerated.
Before baking, sprinkle the top of the straws with
the remaining cheese. Cover the asparagus tips
with foil to protect them from the heat. Bake until
golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve warm, either
whole or sliced into bite-size pieces.
Ken’s Classic Holiday Recipes
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The Wow Factor
This time of year, you
can expect your holiday party
to be just one of many commit-
ments on your guest’s calendars.
So, how do you turn up the sizzle
factor for your party?
Tabetha Franklin, owner of Main
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Tabetha’s Cups of Cheer
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way to enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage.
Select and prepare two different holiday-fa-
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spice or toffee) and put into thermal carafes.
Also brew a pot or two of fresh regular coffee.
Arrange a variety of favored creamers or
syrups (available at coffee shops or at the
grocery) for guests to create custom blends.
Make a quick mocha by putting a packet of
hot chocolate mix into a cup, then add-
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cream for that special fnish.
Cranberry-Pomegranate Punch
Makes 16 cups
6 cups chilled cranberry-pomegranate juice blend
3 cups chilled orange juice
1/2 cup pomegranate liqueur
¼ cup lemon juice
1 (750ML) chilled vodka
1 (750ML) chilled sparkling white wine
In a large punch bowl, mix all ingredients. Add wine last
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ENTWINING TRADITIONS
“We understand the importance of
increasing understanding and respect.
I think that’s what motivates Jews.”
– Joshua Taub, rabbi of Temple Emanuel
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When Mary and
Joseph finally arrived in
Jerusalem after their long
and tiresome journey,
they were told there was
no room at the inn. The
innkeeper was sorry, but
the weary couple had to
find some other place.
Paula O’Neal, executive director of Some
Other Place, knows how the parents of Jesus
probably felt. She and her staff help people
every day who have nowhere else to turn. The
Beaumont-based ecumenical mission meets
the unmet emergency needs of local residents
who are told by other organizations to seek
help elsewhere – in other words, at “some
other place.” And, as with most charities,
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volunteers. “This is a place where volunteers come together to
put their faith to work, whatever their faith may be,” O’Neal said.
People of all faiths become partners to help at Some Other
Place, but one of the best examples of an interfaith partnership
is the relationship the mission has with members of Temple
Emanuel. On Christmas Day, Jewish volunteers help welcome
guests and serve the holiday meal so Christian staff members and
volunteers can have the day off to spend with their families.
“To me, it’s such a wonderful example of how people of
different faiths can come together for a common good,” O’Neal
said of the temple volunteers who have been helping out at
Christmas since the 1980s.
For Joshua Taub, rabbi of
Temple Emanuel, Jewish people
volunteering on Christmas
day is nothing new. According
to the rabbi, it happens all
over America. “We’ve always
wanted to do our part,” he said
of the Jewish community. It’s
just another day to Jews, but it
means everything to Christians,
he explained, so it just makes
sense. “It’s a logical thing,” he
said. “We’re giving them the
opportunity to be home with
their families.”
Taub’s parents owned a
retail pharmacy that was open
Christmas Day, and he and his
siblings would take over for
the employees so they could
have the day off. He thought
that was fair since his father
didn’t go to work on Jewish
holidays. The rabbi doesn’t
see a contradiction in being
supportive of Christians and
their faith. “We understand
the importance of increasing
understanding and respect,”
he said. “I think that’s what
motivates Jews.”
Cynthia Wolf, chairwoman
of the temple’s Social Justice
Committee, agrees. She’s
volunteered for charitable
causes most of her life,
including working with her
father when he sold Christmas
trees for the Optimist Club.
“My daddy knew how
important they are in the homes
of our Christian neighbors and
how important the funds raised
at that time were in helping
boys,” she said.
Wolf and her troop of
volunteers serve food to the
guests at Some Other Place on
Christmas Day, but they also
provide blankets and snack
foods for the adults and gifts for
the children. Another project
she spearheads is the collection
of necessities for the “seasoned
citizens” in the mission’s
Meals-on-Wheels program,
which delivers meals to senior
citizens in their homes. “We
collect such items as new fleece
throws, toiletries, flashlights,
healthy snacks and cans of food
and fill the bags, which we also
provide,” she said. “It is so
satisfying to see how many of
the faith-based organizations
send the necessities and gift
items to Some Other Place that
are designated for the seasoned
citizens.”
Why do Wolf and other
Jews feel so strongly about
volunteering, especially
across faith lines? “Within
the Torah of our faith are the
values that define us,” she
explained. “We are commanded
to live mitzvot – to do acts of
loving kindness, to help those
who cannot help themselves
and to do it in such a way as
to provide them dignity.” She
noted a passage in the Book of
Deuteronomy: Justice, justice
shall you pursue! “We go forth
to do that at home and beyond,”
Wolf said.
O’Neal is thankful for
the temple’s fellowship and
support, saying, “It makes me
feel so good to be with people
who are different from me and
to find out how much we are
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“We are commanded to live mitzvot – to
do acts of loving kindness, to help those
who cannot help themselves and to do it
in such a way as to provide them dignity.”
– Cynthia Wolf, chairwoman of Temple Emanuel’s
Social Justice Committee
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hen visitors step into
Richard Gagné’s wealth
advisement office in
Beaumont, they may
experience a dislocating,
“we’re-not-in-Texas-
anymore” feeling.
Welcomed by the cool
blue furnishings and
sandstone Cape Cod orna-
ments – a nod to Gagné’s childhood in Fall River, Massachu-
setts – the ambience of the ofce shifts to an unexpected hue,
tinted with the rusty reds, royal blues, and energetic oranges
of another, exotic culture. A rustic sign says simply, “Greet-
ings from Uganda.”
Therein lays the surprising journey of Richard Gagné, an
unassuming, studious man, who developed a whole new life in
the jungles of Africa.
More than Meets the Eye
Gagné is not someone you’d expect to have such an adven-
turous life. He’s prone to pausing in thought, speaks intently
with measured sentences and exudes the serious diligence of
someone who values the weight of stewardship. He is, in fact,
the stereotypical financial
and investment analyst.
But when he speaks
of Africa, and his tone
becomes steeped with
passion and his eyes
water, the dichotomy of
the décor suddenly makes
sense. That’s when you
realize that Gagné is not
at all whom you believed
him to be. He is much,
much more.
A Higher Calling
Perhaps it was always meant to be.
“I was born with a deep desire to make a positive diference
in the life of a child,” Gagné described. “I believe that is what
I was destined to do.”
Gagné began searching for meaning in his life at an early
age. In 1961, while in high school, Gagné became a juniorate
in the Brothers of Christian Instruction – a Catholic order
vowed to care for and instruct some of the poorest people in
the world. Had he continued with the Brothers of Christian
Instruction instead of branching out into the business world,
it would have likely brought him to Kisubi, Uganda – a lushly
beautiful, yet depressingly destitute community near Lake
Victoria, which serves as headquarters for the Order’s educa-
tional training facilities and schools.
Instead, Gagné did move forward in business, accumulating
awards and accolades for his achievements and founding his
own 38-year-strong financial planning business. Throughout
his career, Gagné regularly donated money to the Brothers of
Christian Instruction, hoping to alleviate financial strain on an
already humble organization.
In 2000, Gagné learned that all his donations were being
sent elsewhere. Visiting with Brother Francis Blouin of the
Order, he learned that his contributions had been forwarded
to Uganda. Sensing his annoyance, Brother
Blouin encouraged Gagné to travel with him
to Kisubi to see for himself what had been
done with the money.
The Trip of a Lifetime
The trip, made in 2003, proved to be a
life-altering one.
“I was living with some of the poorest
people in the world,” Gagné recalled. “Yet,
it was so rewarding. Though I had always
striven to make a diference, I saw that I
could really make a bigger impact in the
lives of the people I met there.”
Out of Africa: Richard Gagné
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Join the Mission
If you would like to help Richard Gagné fulfll his mission
to help the children at the Mbabaali Memorial School for
Orphans through a donation to his nonproft charity, The
Richard Albert Gagné Foundation, call 409.860.9007 for
more information.
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Gagné saw that his donations had built a water purification
plant for a deeply impoverished area in Kisubi. He also trav-
eled with Brother Blouin across the Ugandan nation, cultivat-
ing a deep connection and understanding of the fascinating
culture.
Touched and determined, Gagné began quietly seeing to
the immediate needs of some of the world’s most poverty-
stricken individuals – making donations to improve schools’
facilities, paying the salaries of local teachers, planting trees,
building better facilities and erecting a critical pit-latrine sys-
tem. Brother Blouin even negotiated a deal with a charitable
organization in Montreal, Canada – Terres Sans Frontieres, or
Countries without Borders. This organization began matching
Gagné’s donations, increasing the impact of each dollar.
Caring for the Children
While Gagné helped many schools under the jurisdiction
of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, he became devoted
to a very special project – the Mbabaali Memorial School for
Orphans. Most of the orphans walk a half a mile to school
from their villages. This walk is quite deadly. According to
James Kyeyune, the school’s director, it is not uncommon to
lose one child per day to tribal kidnappers seeking to steal the
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When I hear their laughter in the
schoolyard, it is the same laughter I hear when
I see children playing in America. These
children - they are the same. Yet, in
Africa, their needs are more critical
and immediate. Their needs are
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children for human sacrifice. Without family to protect them,
the orphans are prime targets for this barbaric practice some
superstitiously believe brings good fortune and a bountiful
harvest.
“I became attached to these children,” Gagné said. “Some
of them are five years old and they’re caring for their younger
siblings because malaria killed their parents. Many of them
are in despair. I simply cannot let them down.” He visits them
frequently and, when he arrives, they flock to him, anxious
to show him what they’ve accomplished in his absence. They
even named a schoolhouse “Richard House” in his honor.
“When I hear their laughter in the schoolyard, it is the
same laughter I hear when I see children playing in America,”
Gagné explained. “These children – they are the same. Yet,
in Africa, their needs are more critical and immediate. Their
needs are life and death.”
Gagné is currently working diligently to raise $1.25 million
for the Mbabaali Memorial School for Orphans, enough money
to rebuild the orphanage next to the school, eliminating that
deadly walk home each night, as well as a protective wall to
secure the school from murderous kidnappers. Though the
price tag is steep, hearing Richard Gagné speak with hope and
enthusiasm, you know he will make it happen.
“These children, though they have so much responsibility
and have experienced so much, live every day to the fullest,”
Gagné said. “They have hopes and dreams, just like any child.
I find that most people have given up on Africa, but we simply
can’t give up on it. If we can educate these children and show
them how to make changes in their country, that will be the
solution for Africa. We must never give up.”
Whether walking the hot and dusty roads of Uganda or
dressed in tailored, designer suits as he attends the needs of
his clients, one thing is for sure. Richard Gagné will not give
up on the children in Africa.
After all, it is his destiny.
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Kara Hawthorne leads this year’s
A Very Merry Main Street Market
F
or Kara Hawthorne, Christmas is a year-
round event. As the chairwoman of the Ju-
nior League of Beaumont’s annual A Very
Merry Main Street Market, Hawthorne and
her committee have spent months planning
Christmas decorations, choosing vendors
and lining up prizes and donations. All her
hard work will pay of this December 2-4,
when thousands of shoppers will flood the
Beaumont Civic Center, searching for that
perfect Christmas gift.
Nowin its 15th year, Main Street Market is the only fundraiser
held by the Junior League of Beaumont, a volunteer organization
that supports many local charities. “All of Main Street Market’s
profits go directly to supporting the community projects that the
Junior League funds,” Hawthorne explained. “Projects like the
Family Resource Center Summer Camp, Baptist Hospital’s Chil-
dren’s Unit, the Beaumont Children’s Museum — all of these phi-
lanthropies are supported by our Main Street Market Event.”
Hawthorne, who works as a public relations planner, first
joined the Main Street Market Committee as the public relations
chairwoman. Last year, she helmed the event for the first time,
implementing new ideas with an eye towards profit, resulting in
a Main Street Market that raked in double the earnings of previ-
ous years. “We talked a lot about how we could expand the event
and publicize it more efectively,” Hawthorne said. This year,
Hawthorne expects more vendors and more shoppers to make
this Main Street Market the most successful yet. “We hope to
have around 6,500 shoppers come through that weekend,” Haw-
thorne said.
As Hawthorne was gearing up for the count-down to A Very
Merry Main Street Market, VIP sat down with her to learn a little
bit about the woman behind this year’s event.
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A Very Merry Main Street Market
What? Main Street Market features more than 90 vendors with
a variety of unique items. Featuring local merchants and vendors
from across the country and as far away as Italy, the Market is a
one-stop shopping event for every gift on your holiday shopping
list. There will be a prize-drawing for a 2011 BMW 328i. Only
500 BMW tickets will be sold at $100 per ticket. Events include
a style show and luncheon, and pictures with Santa. A new event
this year is a Children’s Workshop on Saturday with arts and
crafts for children of all ages. Parents and children can work
together to decorate ornaments and holiday keepsake items.
When? December 2-4, 2010
Market Hours:
Thursday, 4p.m.-8p.m.
Friday, 10a.m.-7p.m
Saturday, 10a.m.-6p.m.
For a full schedule, visit juniorleaguebeaumont.org.
Where? The Junior League of Beaumont will transform the
Beaumont Civic Center into a winter wonderland shopping mall.
What’s your favorite part of AVery
Merry Main Street Market?
Not only does it support our community
charities and projects, but it is a great
way to get your Christmas shopping done
in one place while supporting our local
merchants.
Do you decorate for Christmas at home,
or does the Market sap all your holiday
energy?
Main Street Market puts me in the
holiday spirit! We begin planning for the
Market in January, so we are celebrating
and planning for the holidays the entire
year. I should leave my holiday decora-
tions out all year. The sad truth is that by
Main Street Market, my Halloween deco-
rations are usually still displayed. This
year I decided to change it up and skip
decorating for Thanksgiving. I went from
Halloween directly to Christmas decora-
tions. It has put our family in the holiday
spirit, and after the Market I will take a
few days to rest.
Favorite Christmas carol?
I enjoy all Christmas carols. I am guilty of
listening to holiday music throughout the
year. There is something about Christmas
carols that puts me in the holiday spirit.
White lights or multi-colored?
I love white lights and lots of them!
What is the best use for a fruitcake?
I have seen where some cities have a
fruitcake chunking event where you can
take your fruitcake to the landfll and put
it on a catapult. I would like to see that
implemented in our area. Maybe that is an
event we should consider adding to Main
Street Market.
Favorite holiday tradition?
I enjoy spending time with family and
friends during the holidays. It is a very
special time of year that reminds me how
lucky I am to have such a wonderful fam-
ily and amazing friends.
What holiday chore would you pay
someone to do for you?
I would pay for someone to clean up my
house after the holidays. I feel sad when I
put away the decorations. I look forward
to the holidays all year and I feel sad
when they are over. While I put away the
decorations, I begin looking forward to
the next holiday season.
“AChristmas Story” or
“It’s a Wonderful Life”?
“It’s a Wonderful Life.”
If you were a Christmas tree,
howwould you decorate yourself?
I go overboard with Christmas decora-
tions! We have several Christmas trees at
our home during the holidays. Each tree
represents my personality. They have lots
of lights and hundreds of ornaments. I
would guess if I was a tree, I would deco-
rate myself like the trees at my home. I
would be bright and colorful and covered
in accessories. VIP
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ou might be dreaming of a white Christmas or maybe you’re worried you’ll have a
blue Christmas. But nature lovers around the globe are hoping you’ll have a green
Christmas.
Michael Hoke, managing director of Shangri La
Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, is
planning an environmentally friendly celebration
with the “Dreaming of a Green Christmas” event.
“We are trying to show people how to have a greener
Christmas,” he said. “Everything will be green.”
Efforts include making as many decorations as possible from recycled
products and using LED lights in every situation. The staff >>
text by CATHLEEN COLE
Forget Bing’s white or Elvis’ blue.
Think Kermit’s green this year.
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will use topiaries made of living materials and sponsor
activities highlighting the making of Earth-friendly
ornaments.
“We are not cutting trees for our Christmas trees,” Hoke
said. “Instead, we are using live trees that will be planted after
Christmas. When I was a child, we used this method and, at
my old home, there is a forest of these trees. It was a great
tradition.”
Hoke noted the great Christmas-tree debate: Live or fake
– which one is more environmentally friendly? Some people,
most notably tree growers, claim that buying a real tree is
more Earth-friendly because when one tree is chopped down,
another tree is planted in its place. The dead tree can be
turned into mulch after the holidays. The fake-tree supporters
believe they are saving real trees that might not be replaced.
“If you can get it to last a long time, there’s no debate,” he said
of fake trees. “You have to be practical.” Hoke promotes the
live-tree idea: Buy one with roots and plant it after Christmas.
“That’s a wonderful green idea,” he said.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is the first
project in Texas and the 50th project in the world to earn
the U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum Certification for
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New
Construction. The designation verifies that the design and
construction of Shangri La reached the highest green building
and performance measures.
Hoke’s advice for going green is simple. “Do the easy things
first,” he said, such as using compact fluorescent light bulbs.
“Then you can tackle the harder things.”
Beaumont resident Adrian Farris reuses gift bags and
sometimes doesn’t wrap presents at all. “It gets to be sort of
a joke how many years a bag can circulate or whose name is
on the tag from last year,” she said. “We also rarely use the
extra gift tags and just write the recipient’s name directly on
the bag.” One year, Farris made recycling bins and gave them
to her youngest son, Reid. “He really enjoys doing our own
home recycling center,” she said.
Recycling will be easier for Beaumont residents now that
curbside recycling is back. And as for discarding Christmas
trees, the City of Beaumont and many cities in Southeast
Texas have a recycling program where trees are picked up and
ground into mulch for public landscaping projects. Beaumont
residents are also welcome to get compost at the municipal
landfill on Saturdays.
With a little effort, you can make a big difference when it
comes to making your Christmas green. VIP
“We are trying to show people how to have a greener Christmas.”
– Michael Hoke, managing director of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Centera
Here are some tips to keep your holiday green:
Wrap gifts in recycled wrapping paper, newspaper or grocery bags.
Save gift bags and reuse them.
Make decorations from recycled materials.
Use energy-effcient LED lights.
Buy a live tree in a pot with roots and plant it after Christmas.
Keep a small tree as a house plant and decorate it during the holiday season.
Buy quality wooden toys and games that last longer rather than cheap plastic toys that break easily and end up in landflls too quickly.
Green Christmas List
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
December 11, 2010 • 10a.m. to 4p.m.
Fun for the family with a visit from Santa, free photos, wreath and
ornament making, choirs singing and Christmas trees on display.
Dreaming of a Green
Christmas Event
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RETIRING RIGHT
Courtesy of Brock Carlin, Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and its afliates do not provide tax or legal advice. To the extent
that this material or any attachment concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot
be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Any
such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer’s particular circumstances froman
independent tax advisor.
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Wealth alone is no guarantee of a secure retirement. It’s time to start
thinking about what you’ll need.
Even if you are doing well, plentiful assets and a good income are probably
not enough to get rid of your worries about retirement—at least not
according to new studies of high net worth investors. Thousands of afuent
boomers and Gen Xers studied by Wharton and State Street Global Advisors
expressed fears about outlasting their money. You may be worried about
preserving your standard of living in the face of market downturns, infation
and health care costs during a retirement that may last 30 years. In fact,
57% of those surveyed cited rising health care costs as their number-one
concern. And if you’re in the younger half of those surveyed, a lack of
traditional pensions and Social Security and Medicare safety nets is probably
also on your mind.
Experts agree that wealth alone is no guarantee of retirement security;
saving too little“runs up and down the income scale and wealth scale,” says
Olivia S. Mitchell, an insurance and risk-management professor at Wharton.
Comfortable living inevitably translates to spending. Though the wealthy
save, Mitchell explained in the Wharton study, “people with high earnings
also spend a lot” to keep the lifestyle they enjoy going.
Reasons for concern
Your retirement isn’t likely to be the same as it would have been 50 years
ago. The old adage was that you needed 80% of your current income
when you retire—but nearly half of the 1,800 millionaires surveyed by the
2007 Phoenix Wealth Survey said they will need more than 100%. You may
even be thinking of working indefnitely, at least part-time, in order to stay
engaged and support a comfortable lifestyle. Also, your life expectancy has
increased, even from just a generation ago. Determining your retirement
goals is a complex process—one that means taking the time to fgure out
what it is you really want nowand down the road.
The plan
Worried as you may be, you may not have begun planning. 59% of high net
worth investors have no formal written plan for their retirement goals—but
a retirement analysis can help. We can run this analysis to assess your
fnancial situation, your potential annual retirement income, your savings
and investments and your tax situation.
Then, it’s time to analyze your retirement goals. Once you know what you
want, we can determine ways to help you get there, whether that involves
altering your investment strategy, changing the amounts you contribute
or something else entirely. The retirement analysis will provide you with a
full report, including savings recommendations and sources for retirement
income.
Talk to your Financial Advisor about how a retirement analysis might beneft
you.
Brock Carlin is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
located at 4055 Dowlen Rd., Beaumont, TX and may be reached
at 409-899-8026 or brock.carlin@mssb.com.
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Handel’s Messiah
Sing Along
December 12
Co-sponsored by the First United
Methodist Church of Beaumont
and Opera Beaumont, this musical
classic includes performances by
local soloists. Come to sing and/
or listen, free to the public but
donations appreciated. This uplifting
favorite opens Opera Beaumont’s
season. First United Methodist
Church of Beaumont. 3p.m.
operabeaumont.org
Beauty &
the Beast
December 4
The classic story of
Belle and a young
prince, cursed by an
enchantress. Lutcher
Theater. Dec. 4-5.
Matinee at 1:30p.m,
evening show
at 7p.m.
409.886.5535,
lutcher.org
“The
Nutcracker
Ballet”
December 11 & 12
Annual family tradition presented
by the Beaumont Ballet Company.
Performances Dec. 12 and 13,
2:30p.m. Julie Rogers Theatre.
409.832.2722
Christmas parades
Lumberton: December 2
Orange: December 3
Beaumont: December 4
Groves: December 4
Port Neches: December 4
Silsbee: December 4
Winnie: December 4
Port Arthur: December 11
Livingston: December 11
Nederland: December 14
A Very Merry
Main Street Market
December 2-4
Come get your holiday shopping
done with unique gift options and
win a BMW. A holiday market
featuring dozens of vendors. Annual
fundraiser for the Junior League
of Beaumont. Dec. 2-4. Beaumont
Civic Center. 409.832.0873
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“Cards for a Cause” Project
The Arc of Greater Beaumont’s
holiday cards showcase the artistic
talent of their clients with disabilities
Cards on sale through Dec. 24 at
local retailers. $10 for a set of 10.
409.784.5556, arcofbmt.org
Artwork by Sedrick Huckaby
A celebration of African-American
heritage using unique “quilt paintings” as
backdrops for portraits. Onviewthrough
Jan. 9. Art Museumof Southeast Texas.
409.832.3432, amset.org
Books of Hours Selections
Stark Museumof Art. Through Jan. 8,
2011. 409.886.2787, starkmuseum.org
Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
Santa Claus will kick of the festivities
by parachuting in to switch on a mile-
long trail of more than one million
lights. Thursdays through Saturdays
until Dec. 15, then daily Dec. 16–
Jan. 2, 6–10p.m. Light displays,
ice skating, photos with Santa,
and holiday-themed films at the
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IMAX. Admission to the Festival of
Lights is $5.95, and tickets to additional
attractions can be purchased for $5 each
witha Festival of Lights ticket.
Hanukkah
Eight nights, December 1–9
DecemBeR 2
A Very Merry Main Street Market
Come get your holiday shopping
done with unique gift options. A
holiday market featuring dozens of
vendors. Annual fundraiser for the
Junior League of Beaumont. Get your
$100 ticket to win a 2011 BMW328i!
Only 500 tickets will be sold. Through
Dec. 4. Beaumont Civic Center.
409.832.0873
Area Museum Children’s Festival
& Tree Lighting
On the grounds of the Art Museum
of Southeast Texas and the Energy
Museum. 3:30–5:30p.m. Free.
Senior/Master Thesis Art Exhibition
Apresentation of senior thesis projects,
ranging from graphic design and
painting to ceramics and sculpture.
Dishman Art Museum. Dec. 2–16.
409.880.8959, lamar.edu/dishman
Christmas at the
McFaddin-Ward House
Throughout December. Visit the
1906 Beaux Arts Colonial Revival
house decked in Christmas splendor,
as it would have looked in the 1930s.
Most items on display are from the
family’s collections. On Thursdays
in December, stop by for traditional
eggnog and cookies from 5–7p.m.
409.832.2134, mcfaddin-ward.org
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White Christmas
A beloved, seasonal classic just in
time for the holidays. Port Arthur
Little Theater Playhouse. Dec. 3–5,
10–12. 2:30p.m. matinees, 7:30p.m.
evening shows. 409.727.7258,
palt.org, squarespace.com
First Fridays on Lincoln Avenue
Shopping, food, and entertainment
in Groves. 6–9p.m. 409.962.3631,
grovescofc.com
Babes in Toyland
Southeast Texas Ballet Co. presents
a holiday favorite for young and
old alike. Two public performances
at the Julie Rogers Theatre. Dec.
3 at 7p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2p.m.
409.838.3435, ext. 1
Orange Christmas Parade
The Orange Jaycees sponsor the
62nd Annual Christmas Parade on
Friday, Dec. 3, at 6:30p.m. This
year’s parade theme will be “A
Cowboy Christmas.” 409.289.6459
DecemBeR 4
Beaumont Christmas Holiday
Festival & Parade
The City of Beaumont rings in the
holidays in Downtown Beaumont.
800.392.4401
6p.m. Street Parade
6:30p.m. Outdoor Movie and
Popcorn (Riverfront Park)
7p.m. Lighted Boat Parade
(Riverfront Park)
Groves Lighted Christmas Parade
Annual nighttime parade with bands,
foats and Santa. 409.962.8631
Beauty & the Beast
The classic story of Belle and a young
prince, cursed by an enchantress.
Lutcher Theater. Dec. 4–5. Matinee
at 1:30p.m, evening show at 7p.m.
409.886.5535, lutcher.org
Bookmaking Workshop
The Stark Museum of Art, in
partnership with Lamar State
College– Orange, hosts a workshop
on basic bookmaking techniques and
participants will create their own
personalized sketchbook or journal.
1–4:30p.m. $45 registration, RSVP
required, spaces limited. 409.882.3321
The Road to Bethlehem
An interactive re-creation of the
Christmas story. Dec. 4 & 5. Wesley
United Methodist Church in Beaumont.
6:30–8:30p.m. 409.892.7733
Christmas in the Big Thicket Festival
Downtown Silsbee festival with
entertainment, crafts, food and fun.
Begins at 9a.m. 409.385.4831
Holiday Shop-A-Rama
Extravaganza Art Sale
11a.m.–5p.m. Reception 7–10p.m.
Exhibit runs Dec. 4–Jan. 1. The Art
Studio, Inc. 409.838.5393, artstudio.org
37th Annual Dickens on The Strand
A holiday festival where bobbies,
Beefeaters andthe Queenherself will be
onhandto recreate the VictorianLondon
of Charles Dickens. Characters from
Dickens novels walkthe street. Food
andentertainment fll the area with
sights andsmells that take youbackto
another era. Dec. 4 & 5. Galveston.
galvestonhistory.org/Dickens_Festival
DecemBeR 5
Chambers House Museum
Christmas Tour
Experience Christmas at the
Chambers House Museum,
decorated in its authentic 1920s style
and exhibiting Ruth and Florence
Chamber’s childhood toys. 1–4p.m.
409.832.4010, chambershouse.org
John Jay French Christmas
Candlelight Tour
Enjoy delightful holiday music and
refreshments, while celebrating
the Christmas season in a mid-19th
century style. 1–4p.m. 409.898.0348,
jjfrench.com
Lamarissimo! A Cappella Choir and
Grand Chorus Holiday Concert
Lamar University’s A Cappella Choir
and Grand Chorus will usher in the
Yuletide season. Jeferson Theatre.
3p.m. 409.880.8144, lamar.edu/music
Fire Museum of Texas Christmas
Open House
Freedessert social andvintagephotograph
opportunities. 3–5p.m. 409.880.3927
DecemBeR 8
Open House Tea Party at the BCVB
Beaumont Convention and Visitors’
Bureau ofers tea, refreshments and
prizes at their ofce from3:30-5:30p.m.
DecemBeR 9
Merchant Soiree
This traveling art sale sets up at the
Jerusalem Hookah Café this month.
You can expect to shop handcrafted
items ranging fromphotography, mono
prints, paintings, jewelry, felt work and
knitted items. 5–9p.m. Free.
Annual Awards Meeting
The Greater Orange Area Chamber
of Commerce will present awards
including Citizen of the Year and
other community service honors.
Sunset Grove Country Club. 6p.m.
409.883.3536, orangetexaschamber.org
Mid-County Chambers After Hours Mixer
Social for the Groves,
Nederland
and
Port Neches Chambers of Commerce.
PompanoClub, Port Neches. 5:30–7:30p.m.
DecemBeR 11
Bethlehem on the Boardwalk
Downtown Port Arthur. 409.548.0178,
409.985.7822, portarthur.com
Cultural Lighted Parade
Downtown Port Arthur. 409.963.1107
The Nutcracker Ballet
The annual holiday tradition for local
families has two showings, 2:30p.m.
on Dec. 11 & 12. The Beaumont Civic
Ballet presentation occurs on the
stage of the Julie Rogers Theatre.
Tickets $5– $15. 409.838.3435, ext. 1
Livingston Hometown Christmas
& Lighted Parade
Entertainment, Christmas Train
Village, photos with Santa, arts and
crafts, food vendors, petting zoo,
pony carousel, train, wagon and
carriage rides, quilt and car shows.
Dreaming of a Green Christmas Event
Earth-friendly approach to the holiday
excesses. Fun for the family with a visit
from Santa, free photos, wreath and
ornament making, choirs singing and
Christmas trees on display. Shangri La
Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.
10a.m.–4p.m. shangrilagardens.org
Texas Rage in the Cage
Texas Rage in The Cage is as real
as it gets featuring 10 MMA action
packed fghts. Main Event: TRCAA
145lb Champion Cody Williams
(American Top Team) 5–1 VS #1
Contender Joey Montiel (Progressive
Scientifc Fighting) Doors open at
6p.m. Ford Park. 409.951.5440,
fordpark.com
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Etch and Sketch
The reception and exhibition of
Lamar University Art Department’s
Advanced Drawing and Printmaking
classes. Beaumont Art League. 7–9p.m.
409.833.4179, beaumontartleague.com
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W.H. Stark House Annual Holiday
Open House
Open house includes holiday tours,
music and refreshments. Dec. 14 & 16.
5–8p.m. 409.883.0871, whstarkhouse.org
Stark Museum Holiday Exhibition
Celebration
The Stark Museum of Art event hosted
on two evenings: Dec. 14 and Dec. 16
from 5–8p.m. The Lone Star Pipe Band
will perform traditional Celtic music
on Tuesday and local high school band
musicians will play holiday music on
Thursday. Refreshments will be served
and admission is free. 409.886.2787,
starkmuseum.org
DecemBeR 16
Cherryholmes Christmas
This popular bluegrass band is known
for instrumental virtuosity and
explosive vocal harmonies, featuring
a mixture of original band songs and
favorite classics. Lutcher Theater.
7:30p.m. 409.886.5535, lutcher.org
DecemBeR 21
Alumni & Friends Adventure Early
Booking Deadline
Lamar University initiates its travel
program in May 2011 with a nine-day
trip to Normandy and Paris. Travelers
will encounter the life, people, history,
art, architecture, food, wine and
culture of the region and city. Early
booking discount of $250 applies for
those who sign up before Dec. 21.
The inaugural tour in the program is
limited to 36 travelers. 800.323.7373,
409.880.8419, lamar.edu
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Christmas Day
DecemBeR 26
Kwanzaa Dec. 26-Jan. 1
Shopping!
All the post-Christmas sales begin!
Make sure to buy a newspaper to fnd
the best deals and bring your coupons.
DecemBeR 31
New Year’s Eve
New Years Eve Extravaganza
Ring in the New Year at Crockett
Street’s outdoor celebration with
live music, confetti, and lots more.
409.832.2944
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