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Model Lindsay Oxford sports our summer jet setter look,
where comfort and practicality, paired with some bling from
your travels, is essential.
Outft: La Tee Da, Bella Bella, Ella and Scott, Gaudie & Co.
and Yaya Club
Styling: Grace Mathis and Larena Head
Hair and makeup: Grace Mathis
Photography: Silvia C. McClain
inside july
6 vip style
06 Everything you need to
throw a July wedding
16 Four fashion trends to keep
you sizzling this summer
16 vip beauty
16 The latest craze in summer
pedicures
18 Texas-themed nail polish
promises big hair and
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20 home
20 Lighten up and cool your
home with these stylish
window treatments
22 Toilet envy
24 Tips to keep your home safe
from summer vagrants
26 eating&drinking
26 Grilling tips from local
sausage dynasty, the Zummos
28 10 hot grilling tools and
gadgets
30 spotlight
30 Celebrating the best
of events, who was there
and what they were wearing
39 vipersonality
39 At 82, sculptor David Cargill
still has work to do
42 vip adviser
42 Luggage solutions for your
summer vacation
44 Great dates in July
47 vip voices
47 Beaumont makeup artist
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Stephanie Do: “Wedding decor has become more bold in design
and much more personalized. Brides today are not afraid of
incorporating colors and carrying out their selected theme
throughout all the details of the wedding, from the design of the
cake, to the little details of the stationary displays and even down
to the colored heels that the bride is walking down the aisle in.
In addition to bold colors and a uniformed theme, brides are
combining modern decor with a twist of vintage details”
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Ashley Smart: “I am fnding in all
of the weddings I have done lately
the styles the ladies are wanting are
romantic, soft, beachy looks, as well
as soft curls pined up, messy buns and
curls/waves to the sides. So your Taylor
Swift, Lauren Conrad, Carrie Underwood
looks. Nothing top slicked back or structured.
Bridesmaid hand-made red fower hair clip
provided by Love, Chloe Boutique, $12.
Erica Strazz: “Pin-up style makeup has become
very popular this summer. The look is done with
brightred lips, a pop of pink on the apple of the cheeks, neutral eye
shadow and black winged eyeliner. It is a classic, clean, bright look
that is perfect for a summer wedding.”
Anna Tran of Mommy Dearest: “Bridesmaids dresses vary in style
and are very dependent on the theme of the wedding. For an
outdoor wedding, brides tend to select dresses that are made out
of light and airy material such as sheer chifon. The one defnite
trend that we are seeing is more brides are selecting dresses that
are versatile and wearable. Therefore, allowing their bridesmaids
to wear the dress again for diferent occasions.”
Bill Levkof bridesmaid dresses, $200 to $220.
Alice Williams of The Classy Peacock: “We are seeing a lot of
brides choosing wedding gowns that have a vintage fair to the
design. In addition, convertible dresses are becoming very popular.
The bottom half of these dresses can be removed, converting them
into shorter dresses that can be used as the ‘get away’ dress or
perfect for an outdoor wedding.”
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with sweetheart neckline, $675; Shoes: Vitality in bold blue by
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Dawneen Hebert: “Light and delicate gourmet
favors are big for summer. Try vanilla bean
cake with macerated summer berries or
fruits, or perhaps fresh lemon curd. In
design, textures and varying shaped and
sized tiers put an exciting new twist
on the traditional wedding cake.”
Allen Ayres: “Outdoor weddings during
the summer are fun, please be sure and
have a backup plan for just in case, as
summers in Southeast Texas guarantee
heat, mosquitoes and/or rain. The best time
for outdoor summer weddings are an hour
before sundown, during the ‘Golden Hour’ — around here
that would be a 6:30or 7 p.m. start time for the ceremony.” VIP
Glenda Little: “All-out themes are very popular right
now, but 2012’s new “Elegant Eras” trend has couples
putting a modern twist on vintage themes that range from
the Roaring ‘20s to a retro fair. Embrace your theme
and incorporate it into everything from your wedding
invitations to your wedding favors.”
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One of the best things about summer
is the opportunity to wear distinctive
summer-only pieces. Big hats, wedges, bright colors and flowy fabrics
are all perfect partners with pool parties, barbeques and vacations.
Even in this Southeast Texas heat, if you do it right, you can success-
fully flaunt some of the season’s hottest trends without sufering a heat
stroke. But take heed, because some of these looks are sure to cause
temperatures to rise.
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T
he long, fowing lines of the maxi
skirt have been around for time
immortal, or at least since the
days of Woodstock. But this time around,
stay away from anything slightly prairie
looking. Instead, go for something more
sophisticated, even a little sexy. In this
ensemble, the fowing white maxi beauti-
fully contrasts a sheer black top, which
draws on the always-chic black and white
look. The shredding throughout the top
subtly shows some skin, and an unex-
pected but very current hem dips lower
in the back. Add some neutral accessories
like the camel wedges and this Hawaiian
coral necklace, along with some interest-
ing and always necessary bangles, and
you have a look that is anything but Little
House on the Prairie
Outft details: Black camisole (un-
derneath) – gaudie & co. $24.00; Black
shredded top – ella and Scott $36.00;
cutout camel-tone wedges – ella and
Scott $36.00; Beaded snap cuff – Bella
Bella $24.00; animal print bangles – Bella
Bella $48.00; White maxi skirt – La tee
Da $59.00; hawaiian coral necklace – La
tee Da $49.00; haiti bracelet – Yaya club
$4.95.
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Outft details: taupe oversized
sunglasses – gaudie & co. $22.00;
White bandeau (underneath) gaudie &
co. $22.00; gold twist bracelet/neck-
lace – Bella Bella $28.00; Star charm
bracelet – Bella Bella $22.00; Large-
brimmed straw hat – La tee Da $36.00;
high-waisted navy shorts – ella and
Scott $39.00; Striped tank – Yaya club
$19.95; Lucky gold earrings – Yaya club
$25.00; Lucky silver ring – Yaya club
$35.00; Stretch woven belt – Yaya club
$16.00; taupe strappy wedges – Yaya
club $39.95.
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esigners drew inspiration this sea-
son from Jodie Foster’s character in
the 1970’s flm Taxi Driver. Key ele-
ments include large hats and high wedges,
with any combination of tops and bottoms.
This particular look is picnic-perfect with
high-waisted navy shorts cinched with a
tan stretch belt. A striped tank is fun and
light and can easily be topped with a cardi-
gan or summer scarf. The large straw hat
protects your skin while looking fabulous
and the tan wedges combined with shorts
make any gams great. Simple gold earrings
draw attention to your face under the wide
brim, and a gold twist bracelet makes
a bold statement next to a simple star
charm bracelet. wThrow on your oversized
shades, perfect in neutral beige, and you
are glam to go!
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of this color is sure to complement every skin tone, and it’s
so easy to incorporate in any outft. If you’re not ready for
an all-out coral dress, then just try it on the lower half. These fat-
tering coral linen pants are a classic that will never go out of style,
especially when combined with essential wedges like these unique
dark brown ones with a cutout heel.
Layering is tricky in the Southeast Texas summer, but here
it’s achieved with a sleeveless razor print tank that pulls out the
coral of the pants layered under a breezy gauze tunic. The romantic
sleeves also provide benefcial ventilation. With so many interest-
ing elements in the clothing, accessories should be minimal but
bold. This ethnic inspired metal necklace is a great shape for the
neckline and coordinates with the dark brown belt to defne the
waist. The coin bracelet is the perfect fnishing touch.
Outft details: Lavendar harem pants – La Tee Da $85.00;
Tapestry purse – La Tee Da $179.00; Large cuff bracelet – La Tee
Da $15.00; Chest plate necklace – La Tee Da $69.00;
Coral stretch ring – Bella Bella $22.00; Ombre scarf – Bella Bella
$24.00; Seychelles gold beaded sandals – Ella and Scott $89.00;
White camisole – Gaudie & Co. $24.00; Michael Stars T-shirt –
Yaya Club $58.00.
Outft details: Coral razor tank – Gaudie & Co. $32.00;
Coral linen pant – Gaudie & Co. $62.00; White gauze crochet tunic
– Gaudie & Co. $54.00; Brown curve belt – Gaudie & Co. $34.00;
Coin bracelet – Gaudie & Co. $108.00; Long metal necklace – Bella
Bella $58.00; Dark brown cutout wedges – Yaya Club $29.95.
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Comfort and practicality are essential, but you can also
showcase some favorite pieces that you’ve collected from your
travels. These lavender harem pants are so comfortable they should be
illegal. Combined with a casual cool oversized white T-shirt, you can
add almost any accessories you want and look great.
The collar necklace is a stunning statement piece that pairs beauti-
fully with the cuf bracelet and ties in the metal clasp of the fabulous
yet functional ethnic tapestry bag. It makes the perfect carry-on
where you can stow your sunglasses, as well as this ombre scarf that is
a necessity for the chilly plane. The gold beaded sandals add another
exotic touch and will take you straight from the airport to the pool at
your resort.
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Summer Pedicures
for the Winter Weary Toes
text by HOLLI PETERSEN
Shades than a Southeast Texas Summer
And, to make your pedicure last, ask your nail tech
about Shellac polish, a hybrid solution that uses UV
rays to seal polish to nails. It takes a bit longer to
apply, but Shellac nails are instantly dry (no more fear
of smearing!), do not damage nail beds and the shine
and color last for a minimum of 14 days. Shower, go
swimming or go to the beach because your Shellac
toes will never chip or fade. It’s truly incredible!
To keep your toenail polish posh, try out these trendy shades:
Sea foam Green Shimmering Turquoise
Blushing Pink Glimmering Gold
Lustrous Pearl Barely-there Nude
inter is over.
But, by the looks
of some of the
chipped, cracked
and ragged toes
peeking out of
those sandals, it appears that some
tootsies are still stuck in the ice-age.
Before you dare to bare, treat your feet
to a sumptuous summer pedicure at
some incredible local spas, with skilled
technicians trained in the art of the latest
and greatest pedicure techniques.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Dry, scaly skin is an assault to the senses and a glaring sign of
winter neglect. Luckily, a quick fix can be found at Beau Visage
in Nederland. Pedicurists provide a variety of spa pedicure
treatments, which feature a full exfoliation, followed by the
body yogurt Pevonia leg and foot mask. Made from papaya
and coconut, this decadent mask locks in moisture and
smells good enough to eat!
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Relax and Rejuvenate
Stress is a highly visible emotion,
showing up everywhere, including the
condition of your skin. Did you know that
a relaxing spa pedicure can instantly
increase and improve circulation, resulting
in more radiant, rejuvenated skin? To aid
in this process, Calder’s Mane Event and
Day Spa in Beaumont employs hot stones
in some pedicure packages. Massaging
legs and feet with soothing lavender oil,
pedicurists then knead the warm stones
into important acupressure points in the
feet. The process not only relaxes tense
muscles, but also leaves your feet more
youthful and gleaming.
Stay in Harmony
All toes are not created equal.
In fact, many of us have a couple of
toes that seem to originate from some
scary, alien planet. To eliminate any odd
distractions, some clients prefer acrylic
or gel toenail treatments.
“Pedicures are a great way to get
your feet in shape for the summer,” said
Beth West, owner of Beau Visage Salon.
“But, for clients with tiny toenail beds,
we recommend the gel or acrylic nails.
It gives your toes a more uniform look
and you’ll look better in your
summer sandals.”
Available at most salons, acrylic and
gel nails create an even harmony between
all your toes. But, be prepared to pay
more for the service, followed by
additional maintenance as your
nail grows.
Get Creative
The basic red toenails can get a little
boring after awhile. To spice up your
pedicure, think outside of the “matchy-
matchy” box. With a little creativity,
toenail design can be quite the artistic
experience. Many qualified pedicurist
like to experiment with hand-
painted motifs, cute decals and
bright mixtures of coordinating
polish. At Christus Healthy
Living Spa clients are treated to a
unique, personalized experience,
right down to the polish on their
pinky toes. Salon technicians can
hand-paint one-of-a-kind looks
or even theme your nails for the
holidays and seasons.
“Because you’re likely
wearing sandals, summer is a
wonderful time to experiment
with bright colors and designs,” said
Todd Haymon, Corporate Spa Director
of Christus Healthy Living Spa. “Allow
your nail tech to get creative. That artistic
approach adds new excitement to a typical
pedicure.”
Have Fun
The most important part of any pedicure
is to make sure you are enjoying yourself.
Bring along your favorite book or zone out
with some relaxing tunes on your iPod.
Also, don’t be afraid to bring the kids along.
Many mothers relish the mother/daughter
experience of getting matching pedicures.
After all, the condition of your feet and toes
are an important element to maintaining a
healthy, beautiful lifestyle. VIP
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COMPUTER COORDINATION
Have a favorite color? OPI has teamed up with Dell computers to produce laptops that
match your nails. Tying in the Texas-theme, each laptop features a bold bandana pattern that
incorporates OPI’s signature bottle shape on top of three stylish hues – Houston We Have a
Purple, Big Hair…Big Nails and Austin-tatious Turquoise.
Y’all Come Back Ya Hear?
This Texas tangerine
will be waitin’ for ya!
Guy Meets
Gal-veston
San Tan-tonio
A “honey” of a ten-gallon tan!
Big Hair...Big Nails
A rosy pageant peach
It’s Totally Fort Worth It
A shimmery lavender grey
that’s so worthy of you
I Vant to Be A-Lone Star
You won’t want to share
this starry Texas-sky blue
Do You Think I’mTexy?
A “berry” sexy bloom of
Dallas dahlia.
Houston We Have a Purple
A galactic red-violet that’s
ready to “rocket roll”!
Suzi Loves Cowboys
But she loves this campfre
chocolate shade s’more!
Austin-tatious Turquoise
Cowgirls love this
bodacious blue-green.
Don’t Mess with OPI
A lean, mean, kick-
grass forest green.
Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em
A red-hot pink-red that
deals a winning hand.
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ooking to show of your Lone Star pride and your freshly
manicured nails? Check out OPI’s new Texas themed summer
collection.
“Taking cues from the state’s naturally beautiful backdrop,
the Texas collection features warm tones from honey and
tangerine to dazzling hues of violet and sky blue,” said Suzi
Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.
Six of the shades (Guy Meets Gal-veston, Ya’ll Come Back Ya Hear?,
Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em, Big Hair...Big Nails, Do You Think I’m Tex-y?
and Houston We Have a Purple) have a semi-transparent finish that
OPI is calling sorbet. (We call it a “jelly” finish.) Weiss-Fischmann
said OPI is placing bets that this new “sorbet” finish will be all
the rage in 2012. “Unlike thicker creams or light sheers, these twelve shades
are slightly translucent, similar to the look of icy, water-based sorbet,” said
Weiss-Fischmann.
Wejust haveonequestion: Where’s thelovefor Beaumont? We’repicturinga
sparkling gold hue with subtle tar-colored flecks. We’ve even got some names
picked out: This Spindletop’s Gushing Gold or The Golden Try It Anytime
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w i n d o w t r e a t m e n t s
vip home
W
indow treatments are the
little black dress of the
home-décor world. You
start with the basics then
add hot-right-now colors
and fabrics to keep them
stylish without requiring
a complete overhaul each
season. You can dress
them up, dress them
down, bling them out or keep them simple.
Whether you go for ready-made window treatments, in-
dulge in custom designs or get creative with a combination of
the two, the key to lightening up for summer is starting with
neutrals as a foundation, then adding cool, trendy colors and
subtracting heavy layers. In other words, there’s no need to
spend hundreds of dollars or more on completely new window
treatments every time the temperatures dip or soar.
There are certain elements of your window treatments that
you won’t want to change with the seasons because of the cost
and pain-in-the-butt factor — the main panels and valance, for
example. Build them around neutrals like grays, whites, tans,
etc. Even darker colors like chocolate can act as a neutral,
depending on a home’s overall theme, according to Latisha
Sodolak from Nickolina’s in Beaumont.
Foundation fabrics should be substantial enough to take
you through winter, but bear in mind that the really heavy
ones will be harder to dress down when warmer weather rolls
around.
Once you’ve got your base set, you can add splashes of the
trendiest colors with sashes, panels, etc. What’s hot for sum-
mer 2011? That depends on whom you ask.
“Light and neu, with a hint of blue,” said Jeremy Schmitt
from McManus Co. in Beaumont. “’Neu,’ for neutral in shades
of grey, white and pale tan or brown. Then add a little sky
blue, and you have a chic and soft color palette keeping you en
vogue for summer ‘11.”
Sodolak says it’s all about orange this year. But don’t worry,
we’re not talking Tang.
“The hot color for this summer is orange, without a
doubt,” she said. “But not bright orange, more of a coral-y
color. For so long, red was the hot color; this tones that down
and lightens it up.”
She recommended pairing it with greens, “especially an
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A few small, afordable changes
can lighten up the look of your windows
while keeping your home cooler this summer.
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almost lime-y sort of green” for a cool and trendy
look.
Schmitt added that, color aside, the hot look right
now is “shabby AND chic,” which is a little diferent
from the popular tattered, rustic look known as “shabby
chic.” To stay on the cutting edge of window fashion
élan, go for a tailored outer layer alongside a looser, lighter
inner layer, such as simple silk panels on either side of the
window framing free-flowing linen sheers underneath.
“Something else you might consider adding is a geometric
band or border to just the inner edge of the silk drapery panels,
running vertically,” he said. “This is a great way to customize
your drapes to your own personal taste.”
Sodolak said that lightening up for summer can be as easy as push-
ing your heavier base panels as far to the side as possible and letting
the lighter inner panels provide privacy while letting in the sunshine. If
you have shades, she said, pull them up as high as they can go so they’re
hidden behind the valance.
Or you can opt for modern, more versatile shades that don’t have to
hide. Joyce Thompson, owner of The Blind Factory in Beaumont, said
there are a variety of pretty fabric and even woven wood shades that are
transparent enough to let in light but still allow for privacy and heat ab-
sorption. Cellular shades, she added, are number-rated for their energy
efciency.
Some other ideas:
• Blackout linings for draperies, available in a variety of colors
and design options, help keep heat and harmful UV rays out and
are especially helpful when you’re away on vacation or have to
keep the curtains closed for any length of time.
• Blinds (whether cool wood or traditional vinyl) and louvered
wooden shutters can keep the light out completely or can be
opened to let in as much or as little brightness as your want.
Many have slats so thin that they practically disappear
with opened.
The main thing to keep in mind when it comes to window treat-
ments — at any time of year — is that you have choices, and they can be
as elaborate or simple, costly or inexpensive as you want. Even stores
that specialize in custom treatments will help you add ready-made
options to your window repertoire.
“Just don’t be afraid to try something new,” Sodolak said.
“You don’t have to start from scratch every time. You can
swap items in and out, play with colors, or just put up a
whole ready-made treatment if you really do want a to-
tally diferent look. Changing your windows for the sea-
son or just because you feel like you need a break from
what you have doesn’t need to be a major project.”
Quick Tips for
Summer Window Treatments
from Jeremy Schmitt, McManus Co.
1. Let it shine Think about linen sheers. It’s like letting in
the light through an elegant veil. Very hot for summer!
2. Stay cool Think about blackout lining under your summer
side panels. This will help keep things cool while you’re on
vacation or have to keep the curtains closed for any length
of time.
3. Soft layers Think about light drapes and soft sheers when layering a
window dressing.
4. Keep it clean Think about clean and calm color palettes like soft blues
and greens, grays, whites, creams, etc.
5. Stay green Think about renewable materials such as cotton, wool and silk.
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I
think I have toilet
envy.
The object
of my longing is
Kohler’s new Numi
toilet, a marvel of
both engineering
and conspicuous
consumption – or in
this case, conspicu-
ous elimination.
This is no mere utilitarian
commode. This is voidance
elevated to art.
It warms you. It cleanses you.
It plays music for you, because
from what I gather from the pro-
motional materials, you’re going
to want to settle in and stay
awhile. Just working through the
remote-control options ought to
take you through about half of
“Dark Side of the Moon.”
And it can be yours for just
$6,390.
The Numi doesn’t even look
like a toilet. It has a squarish,
sophisticated shape that’s better-
looking than anything in my
house.
Apparently the people who
use it are better-looking than
anything in my house, too. At
least that’s the impression I
got from the Numi website,
www.kohler.com/numi.
It’s a sensual site filled with
pictures of a beautiful couple
locked in sultry gazes over their
toilet. The Numi is situated in
a glass-walled room overlook-
ing a breathtaking vista of hills
ringing a city, giving hundreds of
people an unobstructed view of
this couple’s loo.
The room is decorated in
tasteful restraint with a floor
lamp and an accent table, but ev-
idently no place to sit other than
the john. As my Facebook friend
Linda noted when I posted one
of the pictures on my page,
“Poor family – spent so much on
the house and toilet they can’t
aford furniture or curtains.”
It’s what the Numi does,
however, that really commanded
my attention. It senses your
presence and opens the lid
so you’re good to go, so
to speak. It warms the
seat to the temperature
you choose. Its built-in,
retractable bidet wand
(doesn’t that sound magi-
cal?) sprays you clean with
your choice of pulsating,
oscillating or wave actions.
Just watching the bidet
enactment, I had to fan
myself.
So now my own toilet
is seeming a little, well,
puritanical. Never mind
that it has functioned just
fine for a dozen years or
so. Does it serenade me?
No. Does it heat my feet
on a cold winter day? No.
Does it know me better
than my own husband?
Definitely not.
I want the Numi.
And if I get it, I
promise to enclose it
with walls. MCT
text by MARY BETH BRECKENRIDGE
Te Numi doesn’t
even look like a toilet.
It has a squarish,
sophisticated shape that’s
better-looking than
anything in my house.
f i x t u r e s
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Look for it at any one
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vip home
Home, Safe Home
text by CATHLEEN COLE
Whether humble or palatial,
there’s no place like a safe home
H
ome is a place where we should feel
safe and secure. After a hard day’s
work, a long trip or just a hectic
afternoon of running errands, we’re
glad to be home where we can relax.
Our homes are our sanctuaries, and
the thought of intruders breaking in
is not pleasant. Summer is a popular
time for burglars to take advantage of
the traditional vacation months. Your
home is your castle, so make it as fortress-like as possible.
Home Security Technology
Wireless and hardwired home security systems, home automation
devices, digital door locks, camera surveillance systems and tracking
devices are all available to the homeowner who wants to be super
safe.
With home security systems, Wayne Duerler, vice president and
co-owner of Advanced Systems Alarm Services, prefers hardwired.
“I’m old school,” he said. “I would prefer a hardwired system.” The
reason: It’s a positive circuit with a constant connection between
the control panel and the security devices in the house, so there’s no
chance of interference from other wireless devices. “If we can get a
wire to it, we want to,” he said.
But what about common-sense burglary prevention such as keep-
ing your doors and windows locked and your house well-lit? Isn’t
that enough for most homes? “Yeah, until you get robbed the first
time,” said Mark Gunstream, president and co-owner of Advanced
Systems Alarm Services. “You don’t think you need a security sys-
tem until you get hit.”
• Home Security Systems: A basic system includes a control panel,
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a keypad for arming and disarming the system, a siren, an
inside motion detector, door and window contacts and a central
monitoring station. There is a fee for installation and a monthly
fee for the monitoring service. For an added cost, you can get
more safety items including surveillance cameras, panic buttons,
smoke and gas detectors and pressure-sensitive mats that will
trigger the alarm.
• Home Automation: By attaching wireless devices to various
household items such as lights, window blinds, locks, thermo
stats and televisions, you can control them by a remote control
device in your home or by a cell phone or computer when
you’re away.
• Keyless Doors: Losing your house keys in not an issue if you
have digital door locks that open with your combination.
• Wireless Protection Devices: Attach the device to a valuable
item. If the item is moved, an alarm is triggered.
• GPS Tracking: This system can be used on vehicles to keep track
of family members or employees. It can also be used in the form
of a wristwatch to find Alzheimer’s disease patients who might
wander away from home.
Burglary Prevention Basics
“Don’t let criminals ruin your summer fun,” said Carol Riley, a
public information ofcer with the Beaumont Police Department.
“Take the necessary precautions to keep your home secure.” Some
common-sense approaches can keep burglars at bay.
• Keep your doors and windows locked.
• Keep some lights on when you leave,
and use timers on them if you are leaving
for several days.
• Keep your garage door closed.
• When you’re on vacation, ask a friend or
neighbor to pick up
your papers and mail.
• Don’t let the grass get overgrown when
you’re gone. Hire some one to keep it cut.
• Deadbolts should be on all exterior doors.
• Add locks specifically for sliding glass
doors and French doors to make them
more secure.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Don’t make it easy for a thief to steal your
stuf. Put identifying marks, such as your
driver’s license number or initials, on your
property in case it is stolen. “Many times sto-
len property is recovered, but detectives can’t
make a case because there are no identifying
marks to prove ownership,” Riley said.
• Keep your lawn mower and other lawn
equipment, bicycles and grills out of sight.
• Keep your garage door closed and your garden shed locked.
• Put curtains or blinds on the windows of your garage so thieves
can’t see in.
• Don’t leave valuable items in your car or pickup-truck bed.
Safe Outside
A brightly lit yard and manicured lawn are attractive and help
keep burglars away. A small “no soliciting” sign by your doorbell can
also help get your message across to potential thieves. “Avoid dealing
with door-to-door solicitors,” Riley said. “Burglars use soliciting
scams to pick out future targets.”
• Light up your yard with exterior lighting. Motion-activated
lights are recommended for backyards.
• Trim your trees and bushes, especially near windows, that can
be used as a hiding place for intruders.
• Make sure your door hinges are on the inside, not the outside
where a burglar can easily remove the door.
• Look out the peep hole in your door or a window if someone
knocks unexpectedly. If it’s a stranger, don’t answer the door.
“Pay attention to your surroundings,” Riley advised. “Stay
vigilant.” Duerler, a former law enforcement ofcer who currently
serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve, has his own advice: “If you think
like a victim, you’ll be a victim. Think two steps ahead of the situa-
tion.” VIP
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o u t d o o r g r i l l i n g
food dining
t
he aroma of
barbecue
can bring out
the carnivore
in anyone.
an evening
grilling
outdoors
is perfect
for summer
entertaining, but when a crowd
of family and friends are joining
in, it can stretch the budget to
buy multiple cuts of prime meats.
a more wallet-friendly option
and perennial crowd-pleaser
is the humble-but-oh-so-tasty
sausage.
Local sausage expert Steve
Zummo of Beaumont-based
Zummo meat company fre-
quently cooks sausages on a
gas grill when entertaining, but
also recommends a smoker for
different favor, depending on
the wood chips used. “We use
hickory,” he said. “a lot of people
use mesquite or pecan. With
smoking, you don’t have to sit
there and watch it and turn it and
worry about overheating.”
the most frequent mistake
in cooking sausage (or boudain)
Zummo said was getting the
meat too hot too quickly. “the
sausage is already fully-cooked,
so put it on medium rather than
high,” he advised. “Don’t be in
a hurry. Relax and enjoy your
grilling time. If it gets too hot too
quickly, the casing will burst.
give the food a chance to heat
all the way to the middle, while
not burning the outside.”
there’s nothing worse than
biting into a link that is tough,
according to James Ware, a Port
Neches resident. “the whole
key is to soften links up before
you cook them. that’s why I boil
them.”
home cook and sausage fan,
Ware has developed a prepara-
tion ritual for when he is hosting
dinner. Before the sausages ever
hit the grill, he boils them for two
hours or more to remove the
grease and soften the casings.
“I would never do all this for four
people but when I’m having a big
group, it’s well worth it.”
one surprise to Ware’s pro-
cess is the addition of Dr Pepper
soda to the boiling water. Ware
isn’t sure where he learned this
piece of cooking folklore or if
the addition actually does what
people say, but he uses it faith-
fully all the same. “Someone said
the soda sweetened the sau-
sage, some said the carbonation
helped separate the grease,” he
said.
Ware and his father, Donald
Ware of Port Neches, enjoy a
running contest of who can cook
the best sausage. Ware con-
cedes that, at least in appear-
ance, his father has the upper
hand. “he likes to slow grill them,
constantly rolling,” Ware said.
“his look real pretty. We both just
love to grill outside.”
Selecting sausage as an en-
trée has advantages in addition
to tastiness and cost-effciency.
Zummo pointed out that since
the meat is already cooked,
there is no concern of under-
cooked meat causing illness.
also, it doesn’t need a marinade
or rub as the sausage is already
seasoned.
Served on a bun or in a gum-
bo or straight up, one thing is
certain – a grill wafting sausage
scent into the air will soon have
tummies rumbling. VIP
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2 pkgs Zummo Boudain
2 pkgs Zummo Party Time Sausage
1 pkg Mushrooms
1 pkg Cherry Tomatoes
2 Bell Peppers
1 Onion
6 Metal or Wooden Skewers
Slice ingredients and alternate vegetable, boudain and
sausage onto skewers. Season to taste. Grill on the pit.
Turn occasionally until vegetables are fully cooked.
the most frequent mistake grilling sausage or boudain is
getting the meat too hot too quickly, causing the casing to
burst.
1. turn the grill on high for 5 minutes.
2. Reduce heat to medium, spray cooking area with a
non-stick cooking spray to avoid food sticking to the grill.
3. allow 2-3 minutes on each side of the sausage or boudain.
Slow cooking will give the meat the chance to heat to the
center without bursting the casing.
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
2. add a liter of Dr Pepper or coke, return to boil.
3. Punch holes in the sausage skins with a fork.
4. add sausages to water mixture, then reduce heat for slow
boil for an hour.
5. Remove from heat and pour water out, repeat process for
another hour.
6. Remove from heat, remove sausages and cook on the grill.
(alternatively, place in a crock-Pot with barbecue sauce of
choice and slow cook.)
Steve Zummo noted that though the inside of Zummo Boudain
is fully-cooked, the outside casing is not. For some recipes,
the casing can be removed and the boudain warmed to taste.
however, for grilling, cook on medium heat turning occasionally
to thoroughly cook and heat the boudain. the casing should be
crisp when done.
opened in 1908, the Zummo meat co. has been a family
business for 103 years. Steve Zummo and his brother Ryan
represent the fourth generation working in the business. the
brothers work alongside their father Frank, who is the ceo, and
other cousins and relatives. the business has been in the same
location in Beaumont for 70 years, though many dramatic updates
have been made. the company often donates meat products to
the community, as it did in the aftermath of hurricanes Rita and
Ike. the family sausage recipe is a closely held secret. as Steve
Zummo said, “It’s been around a heck of a lot longer than I have.”
1 pkg Zummo Boudain
4 large Boneless Chicken Breasts
4 Slices of Zummo Smoked Bacon
3/4 c. Wish-Bone Italian Dressing
Toothpicks
Season chicken breast. Cut open and place ½ stick of boudain
(with casing removed) into chicken breast. Roll breast up,
wrapping a slice of bacon around each breast. Keep closed
with toothpick. Marinate the stuffed breasts in dressing for about
3 hours in the refrigerator. Set grill to medium heat. Discard
marinade and place breast onto grill. Grill covered for about 15
minutes turning occasionally.
2 pkgs Zummo Boudain
4 Bell Peppers
2 pkgs Zummo Party Time Sausage
Blanch peppers in water till soft. Drain on paper towels.
Dice sausage links. Remove boudain from casing and mix
with diced sausage. Fill each pepper with boudain and
sausage mixture. Grill stuffed peppers for about 5 minutes
on each side.
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b b q u t e n s i l s
food dining
text by JOAN MORRIS
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HUMIDIFIER help keep your
meat moist or add a little extra
favor with this set of two
charcoal companion moistly
grilled humidifers. Fill the narrow
cast-iron boxes with water,
beer, wine, juices or other liquid,
plop it on the grill and let the
steam do the rest. ($30, www.
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THERMOMETERS Besides just
being darned cute, these small
individual thermometers (four to
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what you're doing and turn out
medium, medium-rare and rare
steaks as if you were born to it.
($20, Sears)
DOUBLE RAFT SKEWERS
these two-prong skewers
make it easy to grill long or
round vegetables (asparagus
and mushrooms, for example).
Skewer them up and pop them
on the grill.
($7, www.surlatable.com)
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THERMOMETER the wireless
thermometer appeals to
the gadget geek in us. the
thermometer allows you to keep
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you're on the other side of the
yard blowing up the kiddie pool.
Set the "doneness" alert, clip the
receiver to your belt, and know
that your brisket is safe. ($50,
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PANEL GRILLING PLATTER Space is always
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with this divided stainless steel platter that has
a baking stone on one side and a cedar grilling
plank on the other, from cuisinart. ($40, Kohls)
HIMALAYAN SALT PLATE this one intrigued us the most. these
are thick, hand-cut slabs of pink himalayan salt that can be used
on the grill, on the range top or in the oven. You also can chill
them for serving sushi and appetizers. on the barbecue, use them
for cooking fsh, fank steak or whatever you please. and don't
be fooled by the salt. the plates give your food extra favor, but it
won't over salt it. heat them slowly, wash by hand and allow to dry
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Holy smoke, it’s grilling season again. For the true
grill master, the season never ends, but tradition
calls the rest of us to worship at the charcoal
altar once summer arrives. And it’s not enough
to smoke your chicken or grill that tri-tip. You’ve
got to do it with some style and fair, and with the
latest and coolest barbecue tools and gadgets you
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ARTISAN FIRE PIZZA OVEN this goes beyond a grilling gadget,
but we couldn't resist including one high-tech, big ticket item, and
this one certainly flls the bill. the pizza oven by Kalamazoo outdoor
gourmet, is the frst countertop outdoor pizza oven with two
independently controlled burners. In 20 minutes, the oven can heat
up to more than 800 degrees, meaning you can cook a Neapolitan-
style pizza in as little as 3 minutes. It also can be used for calzone
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COPPER RIB RACK the rack
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in a vertical position that not
only prevents burning but also
frees up space on the grill for
something else. We like the
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CUISINART CAST-IRON
GRILLED PIZZA SET there's
something about making pizza
on the grill that challenges our
inner outdoor chef, and this
set can improve the odds of
success. You get a 12-inch
grilling platter, pizza peel and 12-
inch serving tray. ($60, Kohls)
XTREMA CERAMIC SKILLET ceramic may be the perfect tool
for the grill. It withstands high temperatures and is easy to clean,
although you need to handle it with a little care. Because it contains
no metal, you'll avoid what can sometimes be a metallic taste in
your fre-grilled foods. ($50 to $135, depending on size, www.
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T
ucked away on a
huge corner lot in
Beaumont’s Old
Town is a hidden
garden filled with
sculptures – some
whimsical and
some serious.
There’s a girl
reading a book
on a fish in one spot while pallbearers
carry a coffin in another. Happy children,
loving families and playful animals are
depicted all around the grounds. It’s the
private outdoor gallery of David Cargill,
a nationally known sculptor whose works
grace many public places in the region.
“My tendency is to do things that are
lighthearted,” the sculptor, wearing his
standard uniform of bib overalls, said. Most
of his commissioned sculptures had serious
themes, so when he created pieces for him-
self, they were often fanciful. His art doesn’t
need to have a message, he explained. “In
school, students were taught that art should
have content,” he said. “We got past that.”
The fgures in his backyard are mostly
bronze, but some are terra-cotta. “I’m in
my wood period now,” he said, noting that
Hurricane Rita wrecked his kiln for making
bronze sculptures and downed several of his
trees, providing him with lots of material.
A work still in progress
In 1957, Cargill started building his
sprawling home that includes his indoor
gallery and studio. When was it fnished?
“I don’t have a completion date,” he replied
with a hint of a grin as he headed inside
with his black standard poodle, Jack, trot-
ting behind. A back door leads to a room
with foor-to-ceiling bookshelves on one
side and windows opening out onto the
sculpture garden on the other side. Next to
the windows, the dining table is set for tea.
Beyond is the gallery with its high arched
ceiling that holds Cargill’s smaller sculp-
tures and his wife’s paintings.
He and Patty Cargill met when they were
attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He was studying industrial design and she
was pursuing an art degree. “Patty is the
better of the two of us,” he said, referring to
his wife’s artistic talent.
On the opposite side of the house from
the gallery is the sculptor’s cluttered studio.
Shelves lining the high walls are packed
with cans of paint, tools and other art sup-
plies. Rough-cut chunks of tree trunks rest
heavily on the foor with one being trans-
formed into a table. Two unfnished clay
busts seemingly stare at visitors. With every
shelf, table and much of the foor covered
with the detritus of his work, an ancient-
looking ironing board serves as another
surface to store more odds and ends.
“My whole life is confused between
building the house and the studio work,” he
said. Intertwined, perhaps? “No,” he said,
shaking his head. “Confused.”
The best ones just happen
Practically his whole life has been de-
voted to his art and, at 82, he’s still creating
and showing it. The Dishman Art Museum
at Lamar University is currently hosting an
exhibit of David and Patty Cargill’s work.
text by CATHLEEN COLE
“I think the Cargills
are the true aristocrats
of our town if the
requirements are
character, originality,
intelligence and sheer
beauty of spirit.”
– Keith Carter
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“The two artists share
a common fascination
with exploring not
only the lines and
shapes of the human
form but also the
afective ties that
bind mother and
daughter, hus-
band and wife and
loved ones of all
ages,” said Jes-
sica Dandona, the
museum’s director.
“The Dishman Art
Museum is honored to
show the work of two
artists who have done so
much to support the arts in
Beaumont and who have had
such an impact on their local
community.”
The university is home to one of
Cargill’s better-known pieces, the larg-
er-than-life bust of Mirabeau B. Lamar.
Why did the artist make the bronze
sculpture so big? “I thought it should
be something that would be seen,”
he explained simply. The humongous
head rests on a marble base inscribed
with some quotes by the university’s
namesake. The words were etched by
Patty Cargill.
What inspired him to create his
lighthearted pieces? “The best ones
just happened,” he mused. “I have
no idea.” He gave the example of the
sculpture of a girl reading a book on
a fish. “I don’t know what possessed
me,” he said.
Even though Cargill might not
know what inspires him, others credit
him and his wife as their inspiration,
including internationally known pho-
tographer Keith Carter. “I think the
Cargills are the true aristocrats of our
town if the requirements are charac-
ter, originality, intelligence and sheer
beauty of spirit,” Carter, a longtime
Beaumont resident, said. “I’ve known
them for over half a century now, and
I’ve been grateful for every day in their
company. They’re a major reason I
wanted to be an artist.”
No reason to stop
-Looking back on his career, Cargill
notes one high point. Some of his
pieces were in a show in Dallas in the
1980s, and Dallas-based real estate
developer Trammell Crow bought his
sculpture titled “Horse and Rider.”
When Crow came to Beaumont to
speak at a civic event, Cargill attended
and was introduced to Crow before the
real estate magnate spoke to the audi-
ence. At the podium, Crow pointed at
Cargill and said, “You know the best
thing in Beaumont is this young fellow
right here.” After that, Crow commis-
sioned Cargill to create pieces for his
personal collection.
After all these years, what motivates
Cargill to keep sculpting? Is it habit,
or is it a necessary part of his life, like
breathing? “Maybe,” he contemplated.
But the answer is really much simpler.
“I just like making stuf.”
His family claims he’ll die on his
chisel. “I don’t plan to ever stop,” he
said. “I enjoy this work.” His wife in-
terjected, “There’s no reason to stop.”
He nodded, agreeing, as he poured her
more tea. “I’m happy to just be doing
what I’m doing.” VIP
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Art Outside
The sculptures of nationally known artist David Cargill are
a part of the region, and his pieces can be found at several
public places including the Art Museum of Southeast Texas,
the Beaumont Civic Center, the Beaumont Public Library
and the Lamar University Quadrangle. His works also grace
many area churches including St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic
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July 15-16
The Art Museumof Southeast Texas’
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His and Hers Weekend
July 8-10
The Peddler Show and the Southeast
Texas Great Outdoors Expo have
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exhibits run three days, 3 to 8 p.m.
July 8, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 9, and
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10 at Ford
Exhibit Hall, Beaumont. Adults $6,
seniors 65 and older and children
5-11 $5, children younger than 5
free. Admission good for both events
all weekend. Free parking.
(409) 951-5400 or www.fordpark.com.
City of Beaumont
July 4
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs
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Independence Day
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Julie Rogers Theatre, with
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beginning at 9 p.m. Free.
(409) 838-3435.
Bridal Traditions
Summer Show
July 17
With more than 70 Southeast Texas
wedding vendors, this summer
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to 5 p.m. at the
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Buckcherry
American rock band Buckcherry
performs at Nutty Jerry’s, Winnie.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets $30,
$40, $70. (877) 643-7508 or
www.nuttyjerrys.com.
JULY 2-31
“And Then There Were None”
Alley Theatre, Houston. Tickets
start at $25. (713) 220-5700 or
www.alleytheatre.org.
JULY 4
City of Beaumont Fourth of July
Celebration
Downtown Beaumont. Music by local
bands. The Symphony of Southeast
Texas will performat 8 p.m. at the
Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St.
Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free.
(409) 838-3435.
Port Arthur Fourth of July
Celebration
Lamar State College-Port Arthur,
Port Arthur. Music, fireworks and
more. Free. (409) 984-6101.
Independence Day Celebration
Gator Country Alligator Theme
Park, Anahuac. Swimming,
water slides, turtle races and
more. Adults $12, seniors
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children younger than 2
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Fourth of July Picnic
6 p.m., with old-fashioned children’s
games, short patriotic program,
Heritage Village Museum, Woodville.
(800) 323-0389, (409) 283-2272 or
www.heritage-village.org.
JULY 7
Free Movie Night
“Sabrina,” 6:30 p.m., McFaddin-
Ward House Visitor Center,
Beaumont. (409) 832-2134.
Josh Abbott
Country music band Josh Abbott
performs at Dixie Dance Hall, 234
Crockett St. (409) 839-8300.
First Thursdays at the Mildred
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JULY 8-10
His and Hers Weekend
The Peddler Show and the Southeast
Texas Great Outdoors Expo, 3-8 p.m.
July 8, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. July 9, and 11
a.m.-4 p.m. July 10, Ford Exhibit Hall,
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older and children 5-11 $5, children
younger than 5 free. Admission good
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Larry’s Old Time Trade Days
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820, Winnie. Call
(409) 296-3300 or
larrysoldtimetradedays.
com
“A Ride With Bob”
Musical about the
life and music of Bob
Wills featuring Ray
Benson and Asleep
at the Wheel, 8 p.m.
July 8, 3 and 8 p.m.
July 9, and 3 p.m. July 10, the Grand
1894 Opera House, Galveston. Ticket
$18.50-$50. (800) 821-1894 or www.
thegrand.com.
JULY 9
“REcreate”
7-10 p.m., Fire Museum of Texas,
Beaumont. Fashion show, local
bands, art exhibit and sale, display
of fire trucks and fire museum
memorabilia. (409) 951-0961, (409)
658-7462, (409) 838-2202 or
www.beaumontmainstreet.com.
Beaumont Camera Club2011Exhibition
Opening reception at the Beaumont
Art League from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition of area photographers’
work runs through July 23.
www.beaumontcameraclub.com
JULY 15-16
gARTage Pre-Art Sale Dinner and
Shopping
July 15: 6-10 p.m., the Art Museum
of Southeast Texas, Beaumont.
Barbecue and wine and cash bar.
Members $35, non-members $45.
For reservations, call (409) 832-3432
or www.amset.org. July 16: 7-11 a.m.,
Art Museum of Southeast Texas,
Beaumont. (409) 832-3432 or
www.amset.org
JULY 15-17
“The Mikado”
8 p.m. July 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 2:30
p.m. July 17 and 24 presented by the
Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston
at the Cullen Theater in the Wortham
Theater Center, Houston. Tickets $25,
$41 and $46. (713) 627-3570 or
www.gilbertandsullivan.net
JULY 16
“Powerful Portraits” Family Day
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Stark Museum of Art,
Orange. Stories, games, arts and crafts,
refreshments, scavenger hunt. Free.
(409) 886-2787or www.starkmuseum.org.
Neighbors and
Concerts in the
Park
2-8 p.m., Perlstein
Park, Beaumont.
Snow cones,
popcorn, cotton
candy, face
painting, jump
stations, music,
games and prizes.
Free. (409)
838-3613 www.
beaumont
recreation.com
Spindletop Rollergirls
7:30 p.m., Ford Exhibit Hall, Beaumont.
Advance tickets $10 at (800) 745-3000
or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets $13
at the door; children 2-12 $5, children
younger than 2 free. (409) 951-5400.
Galveston ArtWalk
Galveston’s ArtWalkcombines two of our
favorite things: art and the beach. Not
a street festival, ArtWalk takes place in
existing galleries and non-profit spaces
around Galveston’s historic district
from6 to 9 p.m. More information at
www.galveston.com/artwalk.
The Houston Astros Faith and
Family Night
Minute Maid Park, Houston. The
event, after the Astros game,
includes a concert by the David
Crowder Band. Admission to the
concert is included with a game
ticket. (800) ASTROS2 or www.
astros.com/faithandfamily.
JULY 17
Bridal Traditions Summer Bridal Show
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Beaumont Civic
Center. Advance tickets $8 at Cindy’s
Bridal, Vidor and J & J Monogram,
Lumberton. Tickets $10 at the door.
(409) 769-7599
JULY 21
Wine Tasting
Mental Health Association of
Southeast Texas, the Beaumont Club,
590 Orleans St.
“Painting with the Arc”
Sponsored by the Arc of Greater
Beaumont for special needs children
and young adults, the Spindletop
Center, Beaumont.
Free Movie Night
“Driving Miss Daisy,” 6:30 p.m.
McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center,
1906 Calder Ave., Beaumont. Free
popcorn. (409) 832-2134.
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Nutty Jerry’s, Winnie. Doors open at
7 p.m. Tickets $30, $40, $55, $75
(877) 643-7508 or nuttyjerrys.com
Kyle Park
Dixie Dance Hall, Beaumont. Tickets
at all Florida Tans locations and Dixie
Dance Hall. (409) 839-8300.
JULY 21-24
“The Wizard of Oz”
7:30 p.m. July 21-23 and July 28-30,
and at 2:30 p.m. July 24 and Aug. 1 at
the Lamar State College-Port Arthur
Theatre Performing Arts Center, Port
Arthur. (409) 727-7258 or www.palt.org.
JULY 22
Art Exhibits Reception
“Recycled/Reinvented: Contemporary
Regional Folk Art: Selections from
the Permanent Collection,” and
“Southeast Texas Collects: Jamie Paul
Kessler German Pottery Collection,”
6-8 p.m., Art Museum of Southeast
Texas, Beaumont. Free. (409) 832-
3432 or www.amset.org.
JULY 22-24
Kountze “Big Thicket” Trade Days
Big Thicket Trade Days Grounds,
Kountze. (409) 880-5667.
JULY 23
Jivin’ Gene Bourgeois
2-5 p.m., Liberty Opry in Park
Theater, Liberty. George Freeman also
performs. Tickets $12, groups of 20 or
more $10 per person. (936) 336-5830
or www.libertyopry.com.
KC and the Sunshine Band
NuttyJerry’s, Winnie. Tickets $25, $35,
$65, $80. (877) 643-7508
JULY 28
Pioneering Women 2011 Media Party
Beaumont Club, 590 Orleans St.
JULY 28-30
“AIDA” by Beaumont Kidmunity
Players
7 p.m. at the Betty Greenberg Center
for Performing Arts, Beaumont.
Adults $15, Students $10.
JULY 29
Spice of the Season Celebrity Waiters
6 p.m., sponsored by the Greater
Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, at
the Beaumont Club, 590 Orleans St.
Arc of Greater Beaumont Sock Hop
7 to 9p.m. at the SpindletopCenter
RecreationRoom, Beaumont.
Little River Band and Air Supply
NuttyJerry’s, Winnie. Doors openat 7
p.m. Tickets $35, $50, $65, $100. (877)
643-7508or www.nuttyjerrys.com.
Wayne Toups
WhiskeyRiver, Beaumont. Tickets at all
Florida Tans locations. (409) 832-2999or
www.whiskeyrivertexas.com.
JULY 30
Movie in the Park
7 p.m., Babe Zaharias Park,
Beaumont. Free. (409) 838-3613
www.beaumontrecreation.com
My Beautiful Disaster
The Gig, Beaumont. Cover $5 and$7.
(409) 839-8300. VIP
46 July 2011 | theVIPmag.com
g u e s t c o l u m n
vip guide
A
hh, summer
in Southeast
Texas – a
time for
pool parties,
beach trips
and BBQs…
with boudain of course. I look
forward to all these things
and more, except for one little
element – the humidity. As I
write this, we are experiencing
one of the most pleasant
springs in memory, but I know
that by the time this goes into
print I’ll feel like I’m stepping
into a sauna every time I leave
the house. Well, they do say it
keeps your skin looking young.
So with that singular benefit in
mind, I’m here to tell you how
to fight the other effects of our
swampy climate: the melt your
face off, my makeup looked fine
two hours ago, dang this dang
humidity effects, to be exact.
Now, I’m a Beaumont girl
myself, and I know how we
Southern ladies are about our
makeup. We’ve got to have it!
This may be true, but I also
believe people should notice
you and not your makeup. And
that’s easier said than done
when your eyeliner is running
down your cheeks and your
lipgloss has migrated to your
chin. So what’s a girl to do when
it’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit with
106% humidity? Just remem-
ber the little saying – less is
more. Put away that bottle of
cakey foundation and hide your
chunky black eyeliner until
next season.
Summer is the time to let
beautiful skin show. Instead of
liquid foundation, try a powder.
For the lightest coverage use a
loose powder like the one from
Coty. Yes, that’s your grand-
mother’s makeup but it does the
job of absorbing oil and evening
out skin tone. For a little more
coverage, try Studio Fix from
MAC, a powder foundation that
comes in a broad range of tones.
Apply either of these with a
flufy brush for the smoothest
finish. For a little more cover-
age, try dabbing concealer on
trouble spots with a foundation
brush and feathering out the
edges, then powdering on top.
To achieve that sun-kissed
look, reach for the bronzer.
Avoid looking like a pumpkin
by using a fan brush with a light
touch and apply in a “C” from
the temple onto the cheeks. You
could stop right there, but if
you’re a blush addict like me,
you’ll surely want a pop of color.
A bright salmon pink looks good
on virtually every skin tone, but
all you need is a little bit on the
apples of the cheeks. Just stick
with the powder blush and stay
away from creams to maximize
the humidity-fighting factor.
If you’re in a natural mood,
curl the lashes, add several coats
of mascara and call it a day. Just
make sure your mascara is wa-
terproof. I’m continually search-
ing for the perfect waterproof
mascara, so if you have one you
can’t live without, please let me
in on the secret. As I always say,
lashes are a girl’s best friend.
If you want to step it up a
notch, draw attention to your
baby blues or browns with a
bright eyeshadow. Try lime
green, turquoise blue or bright
purple. We’re not going for 80’s
Tammy Fay here – just add a
swipe of color to the lid, next
to the lashes. To prevent the
dreaded eyeshadow creasies,
start of with a good eyeshadow
base. My faves include one from
L’Oreal and the Paint Pot from
MAC. I actually went swimming
at a party one summer with a
full eyeshadow look, and I’ll be
darned if that eyeshadow didn’t
budge, thanks to my Paint Pot.
And last but not least, the
lips. If you’re doing up your
eyes, all you need is a touch
of sheer gloss on the lips. But
when you keep the eyes simple,
you can play up that pucker.
Again, go for some color. Red
is nice, but think tropical
instead. I love hibiscus pink or
bright coral lips this summer.
And instead of lipstick, go for
the matte look with a smooth
lipliner. Line the lips, fill in
completely and voila – bold
summer lips that stay for days.
Well, at least until you eat your
next meal.
To keep your new face look-
ing natural and staying where
it belongs, try a setting spray.
There’s several to choose from
at ULTA, or you can pick up my
favorite, MAC Fix +. A couple
spritzes keeps the skin looking
healthy and helps your makeup
stay on longer. Now you can say
goodbye makeup melt-of, hello
flawless summer beauty.
Goodbye
makeup melt-off,
hello
summer beauty
Summer is full of pleasures — but melting makeup, sliding eyeliner, and super-
sticky lipstick are not among them. Tips from Beaumont makeup artist Grace
Mathis on how your face can survive the SETexas heat.
Text by GRACE MATHIS
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