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S o u t h e a s t
T e x a s
Orange to Host
Outboard Boat
Drag Race:
Shoot Out
on the
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Momma of the Children’s Museum
& the Super Scientific Gala
Two-Time Honoree:
Market Basket’s Skylar Thompson
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Motherhood Mojo Test
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from the cover
Aaron Campbell is Deep South Racing
Association’s 2011 World Champion
Boat Racer and one of the instigators of
the Shoot Out on the Sabine, a Deep
South Racing Association drag boat race.
Campbell and about 50 other outboard
racers plan to make waves in Orange,
May 30 and June 1.
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Editor's Letter
may 2014
Stories of Sacrifice
Cause Reflection
Murray Anderson
Lieutenant Gen
eral Marvin
and Mrs. June
November 2, 1943 We were transferred back to the troop ship we had left
earlier and by this time the invasion was in full swing against a fortified and
defended beach. Boats were coming back full of dead, dying and wounded
Marines. Our ship had a team of Navy surgeons who worked non-stop for
seventy-six hours. They saved a lot of lives.
The scout company boarded landing craft and headed into the inferno
of hell with the third wave. We hit a coral reef about five to eight hundred
yards from the beach and we had to head for shore in chest deep water with
the Japs shooting at us with everything they had. We moved in close to a
coconut-log landing pier to get as much protection as possible. The lagoon
leading to the beach was red from Marine dead and wounded. Fear, like
nothing I had ever known, gripped me as we struggled in the chest deep water
to get ashore. Marines were being slaughtered in every direction.
Murray Anderson
lthough excerpted from his book, “The
Unrelenting Test of War,” 90-year-old
Murray Anderson told me the whole
story of his first day of real combat as a
U.S. Marine in World War II on the Gilbert Islands in person this past spring.
The book details Anderson’s days of service to our country from 1943 until the
war ended with the dropping of the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki in 1945.
Read the excerpt again and then close your eyes and imagine you’re wading chest deep in bloody water with your comrades falling all around you.
The same day I met Anderson, I also interviewed Lieutenant General Marvin and Mrs. June Brailsford and heard the stories of
their lives in the U.S. Army.
Marvin spent 33 years in service to our country as
Commanding General of the U.S. Army Armament,
Munitions and Chemical Command, the 59th Ordnance Group, the 60th Ordnance Group, the 101st
Ordnance Battalion and had staff assignments in
Vietnam, Germany and the United States, with June,
his ally, who, in addition to being the mother of
three children, always provided crucial support to
the families of soldiers deployed overseas and has
been awarded the most distinguished awards for
her efforts.
Brailsford battled abroad but as an African American entering the Army in 1959, he battled Civil
Rights at home, too. He recalls numerous accounts
as a service man between assignments driving his
Memorial Day events
family across the United States with limited places to get gasoline and food or
stop for the night because of segregation.
Imagine being able to live or die for your country but not able to get food or
lodging when and where needed.
I asked Anderson and the Brailsfords, who have had extremely successful
civilian lives, personally and professionally, filled with love, family, travels and
friends and careers beyond the military, how they live with the memories of
these past challenges without fear and bitterness.
Anderson admits to having nightmares until he wrote his book, but then
told me as he also states in the book, “… it became clear to me that if I asked
God for the strength and courage to face what I had to face, He would answer
my prayer and give me that strength. I knew then that I could look in the
face of death without paralyzing fear. That allowed me to think and use my
training to survive. My first battle gave me an understanding of God and my
relationship to Him. This is branded in my mind forever. I enjoy each day of life
because mine was so very close to being taken away so many times. “
Likewise, the Brailsfords have a strong faith. “God knew where to put us and
I have wonderful friends of all races,” said June. “People of all races are more in
your corner than you even realize, and we have so many life lessons gained
either at the time of the experience or after we went through it.”
Marvin, who always thought he’d have a career in life sciences, says he advises young people today to trust the path and take advantage of the opportunities presented.
“I always thought of myself as a scientist but I came into the nuclear business
and engineering in the Army which lead to a civilian career, and we’ve been
comfortable, not wealthy, but comfortable, and we’ve been blessed,” said Marvin. “We don’t know what purpose we are put here for but as things unfold we
trust and go forward.”
It took me a couple of days to process what I’d heard and gained from my
day with these Southeast Texans, all honorees of the Nutrition and Services for
Seniors Deliver the Difference Luncheon, May 1 benefiting Meals on Wheels.
Beyond feeling completely unworthy to be in the same room with them,
I remain awed by their lives of service to us, to me and to you, beyond self.
These folks inspired me and renewed my perspective. Daily battles with traffic, kids, coworkers, spouses, etc., seem to pale in comparison to dodging real
enemy fire, right? I mean, what do I have the right to be frustrated or angry
about, comparatively? I’m grateful for the lives and dedication of our military
men and women and, sadly, I hate to admit, for the first time in my life, thinking about the meaning of the last Monday in May- Memorial Day- when we
pay tribute as a country to all the fallen soldiers. And finally, I feel extreme
gratefulness for life, choosing, as Anderson and the Brailsfords, happiness and
the opportunity to “enjoy each day.”
Choose to ENJOY life here in Southeast Texas this May. In these pages you’ll
find a boat race, a crab festival, a kiddie duathalon, a film festival and a women’s
wellness day. We salute moms this month of Mother’s Day with a fun test so
they can find their mothering mojo, and we tell the story of Anthony Quinn,
an amputee who inspires us all.
Live and Love this May because you can,
thanks to our service men and women.
11th Annual Tribute to Orange County Veterans
Sunday, May 25 | 6 p.m.
The Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza
on the campus of Orange First Church of the Nazarene
3810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Orange
Ceremony, featured speaker, music, patriotic riders, hot dogs and
apple pie.
For more information, call 409.882.1816.
Memorial Day Service
Monday, May 26 | 9 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
4955 Pine Street, Beaumont
The event includes speakers, musical entertainment and free
links, chips and drinks.
For more information, call 409.892.5912.
Jefferson County Commissioners
and the VFW 4820
Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 26 | 2 p.m.
Golden Triangle Veterans Memorial Park
The base of the Rainbow Bridge, Port Arthur
Featuring speaker Congressman Randy Weber, the Sons of the
Confederacy, local Coast Guard, the Orange Community Band,
firing squad and dove release.
For more information, call 409.749.9604.
We challenge readers to do something new every month this
year and present an idea every month. This month, in honor of
Memorial Day and to keep up with your do-a-new-thing goal,
check out Temple of the Brave, a memorial museum to the Texas
soldiers of all wars. It will be open for Memorial Day, 2-5 p.m.
Monday, May 26. The museum is in Pipkin Patriots Park, 1350
Pennsylvania Ave., and is sponsored by the Col. George Moffet
Daughters of the American Revolution. Free. 409.880.1713.
2014 may
on’t let Southeast Texas heat
drag you down. Instead experience a heat and feel the adrenaline rush of a drag.
The Orange Convention and
Visitors Bureau is hosting the first
Deep South Racing Association
(DSRA) event to launch in Southeast
Texas May 31-June 1. More than 50 boat
racers from the entire Gulf Coast region are expected for the
Shoot Out on the Sabine, a two-day, family-friendly drag boat
racing, musical entertainment and food and beverage affair.
“We have some local racers here in Orange who have been talking about
bringing something like this to the Sabine for a couple of years,” said Taylor
Warner, Orange CVB coordinator. “We think it’s a great spectator event for the
locals but will also bring in people from out of the area, which is always good
for local business and the economy.”
Orange isn’t home to just “some local racers.” It’s the domicile of Aaron
Campbell, DSRA’s 2011 World Champion Boat Racer and one of the instigators of the Shoot Out. Just back from winning first place in the Pro Gas class of
DRSA’s race in Catahoula, La., in early spring, Campbell idled long enough for a
telephone conversation about life in the fast lane.
“The whole race is only seven seconds, 660 feet or an eighth of a mile, so
you’re idling and the light goes green and you drag going 100 miles per hour
or more past the finish line,” said Campbell. “It’s an adrenaline rush.”
Campbell’s boat is a 20-foot long, red, V-bottom, 2014 Allison Drag Boat
with a single seat and 300 Mercury drag motor. He is the mechanic and builder of his own motor, which he partly attributes to his success, along with his
reaction time.
“How you set your boat up to run, propellers and motors and different
combinations, can be better than others, but to win you have be very good
on the starting lights,” said Campbell, 31, who works for the family business,
Campbell Electric, when not on the water. “You need to be ready when they
go green. You’re paired up idling at 7 mph and the light goes green; you’ve got
to have better reaction time than the competitor.”
A camera at the finish line captures it all just in case there is any question
about the winner.
“We have dead heats,” said Marty Alexie, 44, Shoot Out race coordinator. “In
those cases we rerun that race.”
Alexie, who will be racing two boats, a bass boat and a drag boat, started
racing when he was 21 because he grew up on the water and loves the sound
of boats. He has continued the sport for the friendships.
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In Orange Launches
summer water fun
Shoot Out on the Sabine to Cause a
big wake
Performance Bass & Ski
1400 Modified Production
Any open cockpit, full interior bass or ski boat with three seats minimum,
using Spec Fuel 260 GTX and minimum weight 1575 pounds
Race hulls with modified motors utilizing OEM parts; Fuel race gas;
minimum weight 1250 pounds
Pro Stock
Pro Gas
Race hulls utilizing stock production Mercury 2.5 Laser/XRI EFI 200 motors;
Fuel high octane pump Gas; Minimum weight 1400 pounds
Race hulls using modified motors with aftermarket parts;
fuel/technical for aftermarket; minimum weight 1250 pounds
Super Stock
Race hulls utilizing carbureted motors only; fuel high octane pump gas;
motor must be an original XRI or carburetor motor/block;
minimum weight 1075 pounds
Race hulls using modified motors with aftermarket parts and any production
hull 16-foot or longer; no nitrous oxide and no weight requirement.
Lake Racer
Lake boats with modified and hi-performance motors; any open cockpit,
full interior production hull with three seats or more configuration;
Fuel- GTX260 98 octane fuel for all engines; minimum weight 1400 pounds
Nostalgia Class
1990 and earlier open cockpit boats with a minimum length of
14-feet 6-inches and production hulls only. No Allison drag; no drag
bottom STV’s; no vision craft enclosed capsule or any true tunnel boats;
Fuel: Sunoco GTX 98; minimum weight 1450 pounds
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“There’s no friendlier people than those who boat race. There’s an atmosphere of camaraderie and even those who are there to watch get to be up
close with the folks, go into the pits and talk to the drivers,” said Alexie. “You’re
really on it as boats go into the water; you can be right there.”
A day of racing basically consists of two-boat heats in as many as eight classes of boat competitions. Typically, there are 12 to 15 boats per class, distinguished by type of boat, weight and type of fuel. Rules are lengthy; a 34-page
single-spaced document on DRSA’s website describes everything in detail,
from required safety gear and starting-line procedures to fines for infractions,
and gives diagrams of standard race courses.
Winners are determined based on points received during the two-day
event, and prizes are awarded to boats/racers based on the total points scored
over the weekend. Cash prizes are distributed from the entry fees. First place
gets between 60-65 percent of the total fees per class; second place 20-25
percent and third place 10-15 percent.
“You don’t race for the money but for the love of the sport,” said Campbell.
“I think I spent about $1000 racing at Catahoula and won $700 as the first
place in my class, but it’s better than football…less running.”
Orange’s Shoot Out on the Sabine is free for spectators, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both
Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 at the boat dock at the end of Simmons
Road. At the conclusion of each night of racing, Geno Delafose & The French
Rocking Boogie, will play live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Riverfront
Pavilion,located at 601 Division Avenue.
Delafose is an accordionist and singer who plays “nouveau Zydeco, a mix
of Creole, Cajun and country and western.” Delafose has been nominated for a Grammy
Award in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music
Album category for his Le Cowboy Creole
album (2007).
“We hope people will come out and make a
day of the event, or better yet, spend the weekend with us here in Orange,” said Warner. “We’ll
have everything they need to enjoy themselves
including food vendors and entertainment.”
Sorry, no dogs, pets or coolers will be allowed at this event.
food vendors
Famous pork-a-bobs & fried rice
Giant pork steak sandwiches
Fresh-squeezed lemonade, ice cream & snocones
Cajun Dishes
The Orange Boating Club will serve as an event partner
selling adult beverages, sodas & bottled water.
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Market Basket’s Thompson is
“We’re constantly preaching and training about customer service and taking
care of customers. Our service, the ‘Red Apple Service’ program, differentiates
us from the competition, and it includes greeting a customer, making eye contact, understanding their needs,
giving speedy service, thanking them genuinely and inviting them back.”
Ask someone on the street in Southeast Texas which
local business’ mantra is “Friendly People. Fast Service,”
and likely, without thinking, “Market Basket,” will fall from
their lips. Sure, it’s a marketing campaign, but it’s a life philosophy for Thompson, noted by other business leaders.
“Any honor bestowed on Skylar is well-deserved,” said Tom Broussard, owner
and co-CEO of Broussard’s Mortuary. “I have always found him to be humble in
his service to the community, so unassuming. His approach to business reflects
what is lacking in many areas of our society - a commitment to customer or
client service. Skylar knows that truly helping others does come back around.”
And while Market Basket does strive to truly help others providing an “extraordinary shopping experience,” the giving attitude extends to its employees
or as Thompson refers to them “associates.”
“I’m proud of the fact that we’re a third-generation company and had success in a very competitive environment,” said Thompson, a married father of
five children. “That’s our reward for satisfying customers, but I’m also proud
of the number of people and longevity of our associates and the tenure of
services; we’ve had a 401K plan for a number of years and know we’ve helped
people plan for their retirements. People are our most valuable asset.”
Thompson says the company hires for attitude and trains for skills creating
an exceptionally motivated and bright team. His associates claim the desire to
exceed customer expectation comes from the top down.
“I think what he (Thompson) gives to everyone who works with him is a
contagious enthusiasm,” said Terry Shields, Thompson’s executive assistant.
“And the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about him is his enduring commitment to the community – not only faith, family and friends - but
his commitment to the community – very unbridled ambition.”
Look on printed event programs, Little League fences and nonprofit trophy
walls, and you’ll find listed among the sponsors and donors Market Basket.
The company believes in giving not just financial resources, but Thompson
gives of his time to many organizations including the American Red Cross
where he has served on the board for many years. In addition, Thompson
has held directorships and offices in numerous other organizations including
the American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way,
Beaumont Heritage Society, Foundation Board of All Saints Episcopal School,
Kelly High School, Southeast Texas Food Bank, the YMBL and President of the
Neches River Festival. Thompson also serves on various committees of Trinity
United Methodist Church and the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.
May's Man
as Honoree of Two Big Events
Perhaps it’s never been done before, which means it’s historic if not legendary. One man is being honored in one month by two organizations at two
different events.
Skylar Thompson is officially Southeast Texas Man of the Month. Not only
is the American Red Cross, Beaumont and Orange Chapters, raising their cocktails to this community-minded leader but the Sales and Marketing Executives of Southeast Texas are paying tribute to the business acumen of the man
behind, ahead and beside Market Basket.
The soft-spoken president of 34 full-service Market Basket locations in East
Texas and Southwest Louisiana employing 2,000 employees can’t really imagine why he would, all of a sudden, be in the spotlight but was willing to offer
some of his business philosophies
and practices that he believes
contributes to the organization’s 53 years of continued
service to the community.
“Customer service. We’re
known as the friendliest
store in town because we
like treating customers like
a welcomed guest in our
home,” said Thompson, a
business graduate from Texas
Christian University.
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The “Cocktails and Camo”
themed party, May 3 at the Beaumont Civic Center benefiting the
American Red Cross, does seem
quite fitting for Thompson.
Not only did we find him in
his Mid-County office fashioned in camo and surrounded by a few choice
trophies, but his favorite cocktail recipe was top of mind.
(See opposite page.)
May 22 the Sales and Marketing Executives of Southeast Texas will celebrate Thompson’s commitment to business
leadership at the Executive of the Year Banquet at the MCM Elegante Hotel.
Proceeds from the event go to a Lamar University scholarship fund benefiting
students majoring in business and further encouraging and supporting future
leaders like Thompson.
In addition to the two at right, find more great charity events on page 32.
may 2014
American Red Cross
Cocktails & Camo
May 3
at the Beaumont Civic Center
6-7 p.m.
Happy Hour
with live entertainment by
Casey Chestnutt
Silent and Live Auction
Dinner and Dance
with The Flava Band
Tickets are $125/person.
Get tickets by
calling 409.832.1644
Sales and Marketing
Executives of
Southeast Texas
Executive of
the Year Banquet
May 22
at the MCM Elegante Hotel
6-7 p.m. Reception and Social Hour
Tickets are
$60/person in advance
or $75 at the door.
For more information,
go to
or call Vera Sanders
at 409.466.4441
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frozen blueberry
By Tabetha Franklin
Main Dish Studio Kitchen
Whether you want to treat mom to a delicious Mother's
Day breakfast in bed or get the kids in the kitchen to whip
up a tasty treat, you can't miss with this easy, fail-proof muffin recipe. They look bakery fresh and taste amazing. Keeping
the blueberries frozen allows the juice to stay with the berry
throughout the cooking process, and you get a muffin bursting with blueberry flavor!
• 2 cups flour
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 cup frozen blueberries, unthawed
• 4 teaspoons sugar with a sprinkle of nutmeg added
Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl combine flour, baking
powder and salt. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar
until smooth. Add eggs, milk and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Spray muffin tin
with cooking spray. Fill 2/3 full and sprinkle topping over muffin mix. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they test done with a
toothpick. Makes 12.
Tabetha Franklin is a blogger, mom and entrepreneur.
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2014 may
discover your motherhood mojo
What kind of mom are you?
A laundry diva with a proficiency for making perfect pastries and decorating your home with flowers cut from your manicured yard or a more lackadaisical dame
who believes kiddos thigh-high and taller need independence early on, not
to mention a believer in using the child labor God gave you? Are you a
cooker, a cleaner or cereal flinger? Do you text, talk or Tivo remotely?
Find out what kind of mom you are with this fun survey. Add your points
and then compare your findings to famous TV moms. But know that whatever your leanings, you’re a domestic engineer, dearly cherished who will
never be completely valued for all of the magic you perform.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Let It Go: Why clean today when tomorrow it will be dirty again. 1 EYE
Clutter Buster: If there’s no clutter, it’s clean. 2 EYEs
Surface Surfer: After a quick pickup I run the vacuum and dust here and
there; once a month I get down on it and deep clean, even the toilets. 3 EYEs
Pit to Palace: From perfectly folded fitted sheets to hand-scrubbed baseboards, my house is immaculately kept; Lysol is always within my reach. 5 EYEs
Green for Clean: I have domestic help and would give up manis and
pedis before giving up my paid housekeeper. 1 EYE
No More than Four: I cook at least twice a week, but only recipes with
four or less ingredients. We eat on leftovers, take out or eat out the rest of the
week. Cereal for breakfast; sandwiches for lunch. 2 EYEs
Rockin’ Ramen: Every man, woman and child for himself; my kitchen is
loaded with whatever you want from a box, can or container- soups, Spaghetto-Os, TV dinners and frozen pizza. 1 EYE
Mom vs.Food: The kitchen’s always open and I aim to please from bacon
and eggs to homemade pizza, fresh steamed veggies and steaks on the grill.
Cooking is a creative outlet and my favorite “mom” task. I make homemade
chocolate chip cookies and an occasional cake and pie. 4 EYEs
Armed & Aproned: I have an arsenal of cookbooks and every kitchen gadget made, enjoy cooking but am limited by time. I do the best I can to plan
healthy meals, love one-dish wonders, crock-pot cooking and an occasional
casserole, spending three to six hours a week preparing meals. I make slice
and bake cookies. 3 EYEs
Family Affair: Shopping is a weekly recreational activity for the entire clan.
Once a week we load and go and everyone gets what they want at the grocery
plus what we have coupons for. The purchase of household items is based
on need, sales and coupons. Wal-Mart is your super store.(That woman with
four kids in the supersize cart taking up the entire grocery aisle is me.) 2 EYEs
Dire Required: I shop only when there’s no milk in the house and the kids’
pants are two inches too short. 1 EYE
In & Out: I plan menus, make my list and know what I want and need going solo on off-peak times to the market. If I happen to see a coupon for
something I buy regularly, I use it. Household items are purchased online.
Amazon is amazing. (I’m that woman giving anyone with kids at the market
the evil eye.) 4 EYEs
Frequent Flyer: Rarely do I have what everyone is hungry for and/or I
forget an ingredient the last time I was at the store. Most often I check out
at the 15 or less items line. I spend a lot of time going from store-to-store
for the exact dust buster, hand towel or tennis shoes- Kohls, Bed, Bath &
Beyond, Wal-Mart, etc. 3 EYEs
Modern Mothering
Google Gone Wild: I search everything on Google from earache remedies
to Abraham Lincoln bios for school projects, fashion and home decor. I have
a smart phone for texting and emailing anywhere, anytime and post to my
Facebook account at least once a day. 2 EYEs
Text Team: If not for texting with my family and kids I’d have no contact at all
and I have a Facebook account for the very same reason. But I could generally live without tech gadgets. 1 EYE
Social Media Mogul: I Facebook, Tweet, Instagram and Pin. All family
photos are on Shutterfly or a similar online photo management media and all
invitations and announcements I distribute are electronic. I text faster than
I type, read books on my tablet, download coupons to my phone and solely
keep the color-coordinated family calendar online. 3 EYEs
App Attacked: It’s beyond Facebook for me. From setting my TIVO remotely
to managing my ebay bidding, music, movies, news, blog readings, planning
family vacations and managing my bank account, grocery list and recipes,
technology is my life. I couldn’t do the mom job without and I’d rather lose
my wedding ring than my smart phone. 4 EYEs
may 2014
what tv mom are you?
11 or less eyes in back of head
“Well, you can't sit on a couch 20 hours a day and not learn something.”
Peg Bundy
Housework is not in your vocabulary. In your opinion a woman’s job is to look pretty
and enhance her surroundings with her beauty. You encourage children to learn and
grow by letting them experiment and get jobs as soon as they age in. You’re street
smart, research decisions but intuitively know good choices from bad ones and can
guide the rest of your clan to agree with you. You’re persuasive and smart. An abundance of love is given when you know someone needs it.
12-14 eyes in back of head
“I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.”
Roseanne Connor
Kids, house, cats and dogs, in-laws and outlaws, come and go. You do what you can to
keep the peace but you don’t hold back. As the mom you have your opinion and freely
give it. Housework is sometimes performed but oftentimes not a priority. You’re practical
but not tidy, show love in a tough kind of way and get things done on your own time.
You’re resourceful and make sure everyone gets what he/she needs to succeed.
15-17 eyes in back of head
“Accidental motherhood is the best thing that can happen to a woman.”
Marge Simpson
Motherhood surprises you every day. You love it, but it’s perplexing. You try hard to
please everyone and go as fast as you can hoping it makes a difference. But you have a
sense of humor, too, and can make fun of yourself when you overflow the kitchen sink,
glue your fingers together doing science projects or try to be romantic with a tented
camp out and end up with nothing but red bugs. Still you keep on keeping on– housework, organizing, carpooling, cooking– living and looking forward to those glimpses of
progress, growth and spontaneous affection that periodically roll your way.
18-20 eyes in back of head
Eight Up: Once you can reach the “start” button on the washer, your laundry
is your laundry. I teach how to sort, load, dry and fold and offer “atta way” and
“good job.” We wear wrinkles. 2 EYEs
A Little Goes a Long Way: I do a little laundry every day. Ideally my family would become color coordinated in the wearing so my laundry washing
could, too. Once clean, I fold and put stacks in everyone’s bedrooms and I
fret over lost socks. Ironing is also a weekly task. 3 EYEs
Done in a Day: One day a week is laundry day. I wash, dry, fold and put it
away. Socks that are not found on the second week are tossed or turned into
rags. Ironing goes to the cleaners. 4 EYEs
Inside Out: If it’s dirty, turn it inside out and wear it again or go without.
When the piles are so big I can’t see the floor, I wash and dry and leave in a
heap for what I call “dive and find.” I don’t own an iron. 1 EYE
My Most Amazing Feat:
Pack Mule: I can carry a kid on my hip, a 20-pound diaper bag, two bags
of groceries, a Pak-n-Play along with my purse and all while herding a threeyear-old into the house. 4 EYEs
Secret Supplier: I can refill all of the empty toilet paper rolls, empty underwear drawers, milk, orange juice and cereal containers AND take out the
trash and replace light bulbs and no one notices. 4 EYEs
Multi-Task Maniac: While talking on the phone to the pediatrician I can
scramble eggs, feed the dog, put the cat out, iron my skirt, make the bed,
search a marinade for chicken online, eat yogurt, put Legos in the container
(with my toes, of course) and pay the electricity bill. 4 EYEs
Soothing Sayer: I can make tears disappear, skinned knees stop hurting,
hurt feelings be forgotten, nightmares become snores and frowns turn to
smiles with a smile, a touch, a back rub, a hug. 4 EYEs
All of the Above: Like most mothers, you can, and often do, it all! 5 EYEs
“Eddie, would you care to stay for dinner? We're having roast beef.”
June Cleaver
You’re everyone’s mother- serious, hardworking and conscientious, always attentive,
teaching and guiding. Extremely traditional from your pot roast to you homemade cookies to your decorations for all occasions– New Years to Groundhog Day, St. Patrick’s Day,
Thanksgiving to Christmas. You love a craft project, scrapbooking, a new recipe and use
technology to help you learn to do something new. You’d like a little more adventure and less housework but enjoy tidiness and
orderliness so you keep after your chores. You adore your
children and meet all of their needs. You’d smother them
with kisses every time you see them, if they’d let you.
21 or more eyes
in back of head
To husband Cliff: “You're not going to fly, and
I'll give you three reasons why. First in order
to learn to fly you must be young. Second,
to go off flying you need time, and as a
physician, you don't have that. And
third, you're not allowed.”
Clair Huxtable
You’re the boss, but you’re fun. You
know your power and use is wisely and
with sensitivity to others. You’re smart
and charming and use every modern
convenience to enhance your mothering, housekeeping, parenting and
organizing. You take time for yourself
and draw limits with your family so they
don’t encroach on “me time.” Housework is not your favorite, but you do
what you gotta do to support the family
and to help them be all they can be.
2014 may
social seen
1. Kickin it Cajun Style at Champagne & Ribs
– the
Miller Family: Russel, Gracelyn, Chris and
2. Moonlight Masquerade Ball party plan
ners with
the Beaumont Heritage Society: Darlene Cho
dzinski, Ginny Bowman and Alicia McKibbin.
3. Alex Duncan and Blue Broussard lassiez
les bon
temps rouler at Champagne & Ribs.
4. Le Grand Bal honoree Mary Jane Garth
is surrounded by event chairs Joseph and Sand
y Fertitta
on each end of the pictures, her son, Terry
on the left, and Dean of the College of Fine
and Communications Dr. Russ Schultz.
5. Getting down to business at the Southeas
t Texas
Economic Development Foundation’s Busin
ess Week:
Debbie Bridgeman, J. David Denosier, Josh Smit
h, Jay
Sheppard, Jennifer Devillier and Barry Bryant.
6. Coach Ray Woodward and Lamar Pres
ident Dr.
Kenneth Evans are a winning team at Le Gran
d Bal’s
art auction at the Dishman Art Museum.
may 2014
2014 may
may 2014
southeast texas somebody
Elizabeth “Beth” Schreck, Southeast Texas
Momma of the Children’s Museum
Beaumont is the Museum Capital of Texas but
doesn’t have a children’s museum. Of Beaumont’s
19 museums there is not one specifically for kiddos.
It’s a community conundrum mother of four, Beth
Schreck, decided to change. During the past couple
of years, she has breathed life into her vision of a
museum and with the backing of the Junior League
of Beaumont, the project has gotten some legs (and
several million LEGOS) as a signature project. This
month, Beaumont’s own children’s museum gets
space, joining other Texas cities - Bryan, Brownsville,
Decatur, Houston, Amarillo, Tyler, Fort Worth, Laredo, Waco, New Braunfels, Commerce, San Antonio,
Denison, The Woodlands and
Austin – with a place for
families to bring their
kiddos to do, dream
and discover.
Q: You’re the Momma of the Beaumont Children’s Museum. How did you conceive and
birth this idea?
A: Our family was on a camping trip in New Braunfels when we were evacuated to town because the
river was flooding. We had two small children
with us, my son and niece, and we needed to find
something to do indoors with kids because of all
the rain. Several people told us to check out the
children’s museum. None of us had ever been to
one, so it was an amazing experience. The New
Braunfels Children’s Museum (now McKenna
Children’s Museum) was a small town children’s
museum with exhibits built mostly by local craftspeople, University of Southwest Texas (now Texas
State University) and staff. I was so moved by what
I saw I asked to meet the director, and she offered
me a cup of coffee. We talked for about two hours,
and she sent me back home with lots of notes
and resources to get started. The two most
important things that happened next were
connecting with my dear friend, Amy Renick, who was invaluable over the next
few years of forming the basic structure,
joining forces with the Junior League of
Beaumont as their signature project and
joining the national Association of Children’s Museums. We are now a 501c3 with
over 100 active volunteers, many through
the Junior League of Beaumont as well as
local service groups like Key Clubs, service
fraternities and sororities from Lamar,
as well as board members and volunteers from around the community.
Q: Why is a children’s museum important?
A: A children’s museum in
Beaumont would address
many of the challenges
of all children in our
Children’s museums support the family. They
provide activities that will create more familyoriented interaction and create additional experiences for children who may not have the capability
to travel far outside of Beaumont.
Children’s museums support the educational
system. They provide additional resources through
exhibits which focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math). We provide a
link on the BCM website that will offer lesson plans
for teachers which align the exhibits to the TEKS,
The Beaumont Children’s Museum will house a
parent resource center offering parents support
they need including referrals to social service agencies, reading materials for parenting issues and workshops by area professionals, such as pediatricians.
The museum supports the growth of our downtown businesses and leverages the goals in the
“Rich with Opportunity” campaign by bringing
traffic downtown throughout the week for field
trips, parents with preschool-aged children, daycare centers home-school groups and additional
family activities downtown.
Q: What can we expect in the near future?
A: I am so proud to say we are moving into the
Beaumont Civic Center in April 2014 to begin the
process of building out the museum in this space.
We will announce all the details at our upcoming gala on Thursday, May 15. I have spent years
studying other children’s museums and have made
many contacts in that process. I have the privilege
to serve as the first director of the children’s museum during this initial phase.
Q: What are the long-term goals and what is
the time frame?
A: We will be leasing space in the Beaumont Civic
Center for our initial museum space. Our plan at
this time continues to be that we will build our permanent museum at the Oil City Brass location. We
will be publishing a summer schedule in late April
or early May. We will be hosting camps and activities throughout the summer while we continue to
work on building out the museum exhibits.
Q: How can the community support the effort?
A: All monies raised will go directly to the development of the museum over these next few months
as we prepare to open on a day-to-day basis. We
are always looking for great volunteers. You can
sign up at our website. Please be aware that we will
be doing background checks. Attend our Beaumont Children’s Museum Super Scientific Gala at
the Beaumont Event Centre on May 15 at 6:30 p.m.
and make donations.
2014 may
Food Pairings: Love the Wine You’re With
By Gerald Patrizi
Wine Manager at Debb’s Liquor
Red wine with meat and white
wine with fish, right? Well maybe, but
not always, because wine rules are
riddled with exceptions.
My general guide for wine and
food matches is the heartier the
dish the more full-bodied the
wine should be. So given this
line of thinking, the more delicate the dish, regardless of
whether it is meat, chicken
or seafood, the more delicate
the wine match up.
Because fish can be a neutral ingredient, it lends itself
to all sorts of gustatory treatments. How the seafood is
prepared makes all the difference. Grilled, blackened
or spiced up fish dishes can
actually work quite well with red
wines like Pinot Noir, Red Zinfandel
or Beaujolais. In fact, grilled salmon
and Pinot Noir is one of my favorite
combos. It is the weight of the dish
that makes it work.
Seafood dishes that are prepared
more simply work well with white
wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Alsatian Rieslings and Pinot Grigio.
Another plus for these wines is high
acidity levels cleanse the palate between bites and keep the food tasting fresh.
Dishes, like gumbo and crawfish
etouffee, can be exceptions to the
spicy rule and work well with these
palate-cleansing wines, as well as
red wine.
I tend to stay away from Chardonnay, unless it is paired with lobster,
crab or some cream- or butter-based
dish. I do not believe that Chardonnay's inherent oaky style works very
well with other seafood dishes.
All this being said, I still have one
other rule: Be open minded, but in the
end, it is always better to drink a wine
you enjoy than one you don't, regardless of how it may or may not be the
better food/wine pairing. In the long
run it all comes down to preference.
One bit of advice though: If you
can't be with the wine you love, then
love the wine you're with. Salute!
Gerald Patrizi
may 2014
brew review
Refreshing Crafts
By Brandon East
What better pairing with our hot and humid, Southeast
Texas weather than a cold beer? Any yellow, fizzy beer tastes
and refreshes after a long afternoon of yard work, unlike any
other beverage. But consider grabbing a craft after a day in
the yard and here’s why.
Most of the light lager “macro” brands use what are called
"adjuncts." Instead of 100 percent malt, they use rice and
corn for fermentable sugars. These alternatives are costsaving ingredients, but what happens is these beers can actually smell and taste like canned sweet corn or soggy rice,
which is, you know, kind of gross.
Craft brewers, on the other hand, exclude adjuncts. If a craft
brewer uses corn or rice, then it is intentionally to show the
characteristics (color, aroma or flavor) of that ingredient. These
brewers understand that refreshing beers, otherwise known as
"session" or "lawnmower" beers, don't have to be boring.
More and more craft brands are launching low-alcohol, high-flavor brews
in their portfolios, which means
you can have one or two and
not worry too much about what
you’re doing afterwards. Hopefully,
you'll be grilling and drinking a cool
beer after all that yard work.
Stone Go-To IPA: 4.5% ABV is a
new session IPA that packs a multiple
of hop aromas and flavors including
pineapple, grapefruit pith, green onion, mango, unripe papaya, pine and
freshly cut grass. Not much malt balance here.
Victory Prima Pils: 5.3% ABV is a
German-style pilsner from Pennsylvania I'm fairly obsessed with. What
makes this pilsner stand out more
than others I've ever had are the
heaps of European whole flower
hops that give this crisp and refreshing beer its bright, herbal bitterness.
Keep this amazing beer in your fridge
all summer.
Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower:
4.9% ABV is one of their session beers
allowing you to celebrate 20 years of
Saint Arnold. You've most likely had
their award-winning Kölsch. This
semi-floral and easy-drinking brew
from Houston is a Texas staple, but it
is always worth revisiting.
Another refreshing brew in Saint
Arnold's lineup is their new Berliner
Weisse called Boiler Room. It sits
at 3.9% ABV and is a delicious, tart
wheat beer with notes of lemon meringue ice box pie.
Brandon East
Got beer questions? Email Brandon
at [email protected] or
keep up on Texas Brews on Facebook
2014 may
visual arts
Artist Beili Liu shows opposing forces in AMSET installation
Above: Beili Liu, “The Mending Project,”
2011, Iron scissors, Fabric, thread, needle,
mixed-media, dimensions variable
Below: Beili Liu, “Stalemate,” 2012, maple,
graphite, string, mixed media, each
element 6"x6"x18'
By Melissa Tilley
Beili Liu is best known as an installation artist, but her work is so carefully engineered and each narrative
tells so much more that you want to
find better descriptive words for her
installations. Art in America used the
words “materially simple but metaphorically rich.”
Thread, paper, incense, wood, salt,
and water are some of the simple materials and compounds that she uses
as vehicles to hand craft microcosms
of fragility and poignancy. By working on these everyday materials, Liu
manipulates their intrinsic and bare
qualities to extrapolate much more
complex cultural narratives. She explores subjects of cultural specificity
and overlaps transient or persistent
energy and conflicting and confluent
forces. Her artwork has the common
theme of capturing the tension be-
tween opposing forces and bringing
forth the hesitation between fragility
and strength, hard and soft, or good
and evil.
In “The Mending Project (2011),”
an installation/performance, Liu sat
peacefully and quietly sewing under a cloud of hundreds of Chinese
scissors hanging from the ceiling by
thread and dangling dangerously
over the artist’s head. The hovering,
massive cloud of scissors alluded to
distant fear, looming violence and
worrisome uncertainty. In “Stalemate
(2012),” two 18-foot-long, metallic
graphite-coated cylindrical elements
are held by hundreds of cotton
strings in mid-air confrontation.
Liu, also an associate professor of
art at the University of Texas at Austin, has exhibited extensively both
nationally and internationally.
Liu will create a new site-specific installation at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas with materials suspended
from the gallery ceiling. “Beili Liu:
Chine” will be on view May 24 through
Aug. 31, with an opening reception 6-8
p.m. Friday, May 30. Because the process of the installation is so integral to
Liu’s work, it will be filmed and on view
during the exhibition.
Visit Liu’s website, www.beililiu.
com, to see previous installations. For
more information on this exhibition,
featured exhibits
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main, Beaumont, 409.832.3432
Figures: Artwork from the
Permanent Collection
through May 11
Mirrored and Obscured:
Contemporary Texas Self-Portraits
through May 11
Artwork by Abigail McLaurin
in Café Arts, through June 1
Justice Illuminated:
The Art of Arthur Szyk
through May 30
Karin Broker: wired,
drawn, and nailed
May 24 through August 31
Beili Liu: Opposing Forces
May 24 through August 31
The Art of Arthur Szyk
May 1, 6-8 p.m.
Karin Broker: wired,
drawn, and nailed
May 30, 6-8 p.m.
Beili Liu: Opposing Forces
May 30, 6-8 p.m.
Opposing Forces, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Art Studio
720 Franklin St., Beaumont, 409.838.5393
TASIMJAE: The Art Studio, Inc.
Members Jurored Exhibition
Beaumont Art League
2675 Gulf Street, Beaumont, 409.833.4179
52nd Annual National
Juried Exhibition
Dishman Art Museum
1030 E. Lavaca, Beaumont, 409.880.8959
Student Thesis Exhibition
through May 16
Mark(ing) Time:
Works on Paper Invitational
May 23-July 6
Mark(ing) Time:
Works on Paper Invitational
May 23, 6:30 p.m.
Museum of the Gulf Coast
700 Procter, Port Arthur, 409.982.7000
Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes
of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965
through May 26
Texas Artists Museum
3501 Cultural Center Dr., Port Arthur,
Nederland Art Guild Meet to Paint
Every Saturday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Stark Museum of Art
712 Green Ave., Orange, 409.886.2787
Navajo Weaving: Tradition and Trade
through July 12
Navajo Weaving and
Native American Art Show & Sale
May 16 & 17, 9 a.m.
W.H. Stark House
610 West Main Ave., Orange, 409.883.0871
Pitcher Perfect
through May 31
may 2014
performing arts
Lagniappe Festival offers something extra on stage and screen
The festival begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8 with an opening reception
in a downtown loft. Tickets are $20
and will be available through the festival website at The fun continues at 5
p.m. Friday, May 9 with a ribbon cutting and film screenings at the Jefferson Theatre and music at Tequila Rok
in the Crockett Street Entertainment
District. The festival’s final day begins
at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10 with a full
day and evening of films, music, free
discussion panels and a street fair in
front of the Jefferson Theatre.
A two-day festival pass for $45
offers admission to all movies and
music on Friday and Saturday. Admission costs $15 for a single day of
music or films.
The full festival lineup had not
been finalized at press time, but Hall
said he is excited about this year’s
features. More than 100 entries were
submitted for this year’s contestant
spots in the lineup.
“We’re looking through all of
those, searching for those jewels,”
Hall said. “I’m really pleased with
what’s been submitted. It’s amazing
what we get to see.”
By Beth Gallaspy
From independent films you won’t
see anywhere else to quality theatrical
performances, entertainment options
abound in Southeast Texas this May.
Topping the list is the Lagniappe
Film and Music Festival, which returns to downtown Beaumont for
its second consecutive year May
8-10. Named for that “something
extra” that customers receive from
merchants along the Gulf Coast, Lagniappe promises extra insight and
fun for lovers of music and movies.
“People can expect to see amazing films that they never get to see
in this marketplace. They’ll see musical acts they never get to see in this
marketplace. And they get to experience it all in the historic district in
downtown Beaumont in a beautiful
vaudeville theater,” said Thomas Hall,
festival organizer.
Lagniappe Film
May 8-10 at multip
One highlight this year will be the
premiere of “Spavine,” a terror film
written by Tiffany Heath, a native of
Winnie. Also screening at Lagniappe is
“The Hitchhiker,” a short comedy starring Jerry Mathers of “Leave It to Beaver” fame. International selections and
contest winners will also light up the
screen of the historic Jefferson Theatre.
The block of in front of the Jefferson will transform to a fabulous street
fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
allowing locals and visiting filmmakers alike an opportunity to shop for
unique Southeast Texas wares.
Around the corner, the Beaumont
Club will host a variety of free discussion panels including a session with Jeff
Maxwell, an actor whose credits include TV’s “MASH,” and one with Nick
Nicholson, co-founder of the Houston
Film Critics Society, on formula writing.
On the music side of the festival,
featured bands include Dimitri’s Rail,
a popular act at last year’s event, and
Austin-based indie rockers Mobley.
“This whole thing is a celebration
of the storyteller,” Hall said.
For complete festival details, check
the website or the Facebook page www.
Of course, Lagniappe is not the only
performing arts option on Southeast
Texas calendars in May. Community
theaters and professional touring
productions are raising the curtain on
three engaging musicals, two of which
also inspired popular movie versions.
Orange Community Players presents “Les Miserables,” the captivating sung-through musical that has
thrilled audiences worldwide for decades. The timeless story based on
Victor Hugo’s novel runs 7:37 p.m.
May 1-3 and May 8-10 with matinees
at 2:37 p.m. May 4 and May 11.
In Beaumont, the musical “Dreamgirls” tells the story of show business
hopes of classic acts such as the Supremes and the Shirelles. A collaboration between Beaumont Community
Players and Common Ground Performing Arts Ensemble, the production runs 7:30 p.m. May 9-10, May
16-17, May 22-24 and 2 p.m. May 17.
At the Lutcher Theater in Orange,
hot flashes turn hilarious with the
hit comedy with an all-female cast
“Menopause The Musical,” featuring
parodies of songs from the 1960s,
1970s and 1980s. Performances are
7:30 p.m. May 7-8.
7:30 p.m., May 9, 10, 16 , 17, 22, 23, 24
2:30 p.m. Matinee, May 16
Betty Greenburg Center for the Performing
Arts, 4155 Laurel, Beaumont, 409.833.4664
and Music Festi
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cations in downto
festival pass $45
wn Beaumont
| one-day music
or film pass $15
Murder on the Nile
7:30pm, May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
2:30 p.m. Matinee, May 4, 11
Above: Mobley
Below: Larry Carroll director/actor, Isaac Fentor
writer/actor, Nick Nicholson CNN Film Critic/actor
Below Left: Dimitri’s Rail
Port Arthur Little Theatre, 4701 Jimmy
Johnson Blvd., Port Arthur, 409.727.7258
Les Miserables
7:30 p.m., May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11
2:30 p.m. Matinee, May 11
Orange Community Playhouse,
708 Division Street, Orange, 409.886.9137
National Tour of
Menopause the Musical
7:30 p.m. , May 7 & 8
Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts,
707 W. Main, Orange, 409.886.5535
2014 may
kids entertainment
Daisies & Dragons Duathlon for Kids:
How to Teach Your Child to Ride a Bike
By Amie James
Race Director, Gusher Marathon
[email protected], www.
On May 24, Sports Society for
American Health will host a kidsonly event, the Daisies & Dragons
Duathlon for Kids, in Beaumont.
The event is a 1K run, followed by a
2-mile bike, completed by a second
1K run. This kid’s event is an abso-
lute blast for children of bike-riding
age, which last year included kids 3
to 12 years old! Training wheels are
allowed, and parents can run alongside the competitors.
This presents the perfect opportunity for you to teach your child to
ride a bike... and they can even earn a
finisher’s medal at the Daisies & Dragons Duathlon for Kids this year!
“Take the pedals off of the bicycle, lower the seat so the child can reach the
ground and let the child push themselves around with their feet. They’ll get a
feel for balance and handling without any fear. Eventually they will raise
their feet and coast more frequently while on the bicycle. When they get to
this stage, you can put the pedals back on the bike and see how they progress.”
Bicycle Sports owner Eric Bender
Here me
are sips:
How to teach your
child to ride a bike
1. Buying a bike that is the right
size for your child is important.
Your child should be able to stand
over the bike without touching the top
tube. A bicycle that is too large is hard to handle.
2. Lower the seat so that the child can touch the
ground with both feet while the bicycle is in a
perfectly vertical position.
3. Purchase and always have your child wear a helmet. Make sure the helmet is the right size and covers the frontal potion of the skull. Helmets should
not cock back and leave this area exposed.
4. Choose a safe place to learn. Smooth pavement and
no traffic are important considerations.
5. Take the pedals off of the bicycle to allow the
child to power the bicycle using a scooting action.
Now you have a new bike rider! Even if you don’t
expect your children to ride in the street it is still wise
to teach about traffic. Education helps prevent accidents.
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6. Let the child play on the bike until he or she
feels comfortable.
7. Make a game out of coasting. Count aloud as
your child tries to coast so that they are encouraged to get their feet off of the ground.
8. Use chalk to draw imaginary lanes and practice
riding, turning and stopping.
9. Once the child has mastered all of these skills
and is demonstrating comfort with the bike, place
the pedals back on the bike but keep the seat low
and go through all of these steps again. Remember to teach your child to start with one pedal up
so that he or she gets some power on that first
stroke and gets the bike moving.
10. Once the child has mastered these skills with
pedals start raising the seat until it’s in a natural riding position.
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Looking to the Sky…
By Courtney Mleczewski
…is it a bird? Is it a plane?
Yes, actually, it is a plane, a
whole fleet of them! Remote-controlled model planes to be exact, and
you can come see what these planes are
capable of on May 17 at the Big Birds over
the Bayou Fly In south of Interstate 10 at
the Aerobandits Flying Field off Gloria
Drive in Orange.
The Bayou Boyz Aerobandits R/C
Club is hosting this unique event. The
club was chartered in 2010 with the Academy of Model Aeronautics. This is the second “Fly
In” hosted by the Bayou Boyz. The previous event
in 2011 exceeded even the expectations of the
organizers. “We were overwhelmed by the public
attendance and ran out of parking in our large field
parking area,” said contest director Roy Tatarchuk.
“In 2011 we had approximately 22 large scale pilots
from Texas and Louisiana and one turbine jet pilot
who came in from around the Dallas area.”
With a range of models and motor sizes on hand,
spectators will be treated to an exciting array of
stunts and aerial tricks by the pilots. New this year
is a friendly competition among the 3-D pilots described as “3-D Bowling.” This will be a three-frame,
timed event aimed at knocking down a set of pins
without the planes actually touching them. Hovering above the pins, the pilots will be timed to see
how long it takes the prop blast to knock the pins
over. In addition to the bowling contest, the audience will see 250 mph to 300 mph jets passing over
the runway, smoke systems boiling out smoke into
the sky and skydiving exhibitions at 11:30 a.m. and
1 p.m. In an exhilarating twist, in lieu of a parachute,
one of the skydivers will be jumping in a
wing suit. In between all of these exhibitions, you’ll
see pilots having a good time flying.
The free event is sure to draw large crowds again
this year. Back by popular demand, Rudy’s Kabobs
will be the featured vendor for concessions. “We
found out by far Rudy’s Kabobs was mentioned by
both the pilots and the public as being a noteworthy
attraction,” Tatarchuk said, “and that’s just the food!
I think the public enjoyed the fact that it was free
entry and parking. They loved the food, skydiving,
and large-scale flying entertainment. By large scale,
I mean aircrafts with 9-foot and larger wingspans.
Much of the public has never seen radio control at
this level.” This year, there will also be a raffle to win
a 123cc twin-cylinder engine from Limitless Aero.
Tickets are $5 each or 20/$20. For more info on the
motor see
While flying during the event is reserved for
members of the group and pre-registered pilots, the
Bayou Boyz regularly meet on Saturdays to fly at their location off Gloria
Drive in Orange. The public is welcome to stop by and check it out.
Many of the planes cost upwards
of $5,000, and this is so much more
than just a hobby to these dedicated model plane enthusiasts.
Make sure to pack your sunscreen and a lawn chair. The fun
will begin around 9 a.m. Check
out the website for more information, including additional
times for jet performances, at
interested in registering for the
event may do so by May 16 at www.rcflightdeck.
com/event_details.cfm?event_id=2834 or by contacting Roy Tatarchuk via the Aerobandits website.
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entertainment events
11:00 AM
Lunch at the Lake, Event Centre, 409.838.3435
8:00 AM
Beaumont Farmer's Market, Beaumont Athletic Complex Basketball Court
10:00 AM
Neches River Adventures, Riverfront Park,
5:00 PM
First Thursdays on Calder, The Mildred Building
6:30 PM
Free Lecture on Amizetta Wine, McFaddinWard House, 409.832.1906
8:00 AM
58th Annual Youth Project Show, White's Park,
Anahauc, [email protected]
10:00 AM
Port Neches Riverfest, Port Neches Riverfront
Park, 409.722.9154
4:00 PM
Regina Howell Carnival, Regina Howell Elementary-Beaumont ISD
6:00 PM
23rd Annual LobsterFest, Beaumont Civic
Center, 409.838.6581
7:35 PM
"Les Miserables," Orange Community Playhouse, 409.882.9137
2, 3 & 4
11:00 AM
Red Cat Jazz Festival, Moody Gardens, Galveston,
8:00 AM
Wild Horse Mustang Club All Ford Show, Silsbee Ford, 409.225.2096
10:00 AM
Saturday Adventure Series: Explore the Stars,
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 409.670.9113
11:00 AM
Mediterranean Festival, St. Michael Orthodox
Christian Church, [email protected]
12:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day, Lyons Den, 409.783.3393
6:00 PM
26th Annual American Red Cross Hurricane
Party "Cocktails & Camo," Beaumont Civic
Center, 409.832.1644
12:00 PM
30th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Crockett Street Entertainment District, 409.833.6592
3:30 PM
Lamar A Cappella Choir - Grand Chorus, St.
Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 409.880.8144
8:00 AM
Public Service Recognition Week, City of
8:00 AM
Beaumont CVB Destination Training, Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau
7:30 AM
2014 Christus LiveWell Women's Conference
with Keynote Speaker Melissa Joan Hart, Ford
6:30 PM
Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden,
McFaddin-Ward House, 409.832.1906
6:00 PM
Lagniappe Film and Music Festival, Jefferson
Theatre, 409.422.3378
7:00 PM
Loretta Lynn, Nutty Jerry's, 877.643.7508
7:00 PM
City of Beaumont Moonlight Bicycle Madness, Rogers Park
9:00 AM
29th Annual Texas Crab Festival, Bolivar Peninsula,
9:00 AM
Annual Anything Crawfish Cook-off and Anything that Rolls Car Show, White's Park, Anahauc, 281.424.1300
10:00 AM
Saturday Adventure Series: Build a Bat House,
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 409.670.9113
11:00 AM
Boys' Haven of America, Inc. 29th Annual
Crawfish, Food & Music Festival, Parkdale Mall
(by Kaplan College), 409.866.2400
7:00 PM
Spindletop Roller Girls Home Bout, Beaumont
Civic Center, 409.838.3435
3:00 PM
Golden Triangle Handbell Ensemble Spring
Concert, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church,
7:00 PM
Poetry Renaissance - Live Poetry, The Art Studio, 409.363.3444
7:30 PM
Zendaya to Perform at Beaumont Civic Center,
Beaumont Civic Center, 409.838.3435
16 &17
9:00 AM
Navajo Weaving and Native American Art
Show & Sale, Stark Museum of Art, 409.886.2787
9:00 AM
Orange Trade Days, Orange Trade Days
Grounds, 409.883.4344
9:00 AM
Big Birds over the Bayou, Aerobandits Gloria
Drive Flying Field, 409.782.5395
10:00 AM
Trade Days on the Avenue, Port Neches Avenue, 409.722.4023
10:00 AM
Saturday Adventure Series: Let’s Go Fishing,
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature
Center, 409.670.9113
7:00 PM
Paul Rodgers Of Bad Company With Special
Guests Point Blank, Nutty Jerry's, 877.643.7508
7:00 PM
Band Night, The Art Studio, 409.838.5393
10:00 AM
Catholic Charities Third Age Celebration, St.
Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 409.924.4400
2:00 PM
Book Bunch, R. C. Miller Memorial Library
7:00 PM
Ride Of Silence Lumberton - Silsbee, Lumberton McDonald's, 409.289.5109
8:00 AM
Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days, Kountze
Trade Days Grounds, 409.880.5667
10:00 AM
Saturday Adventure Series: Amazzzzzzzing
Bees, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature
Center, 409.670.9113
7:30 PM
Andrea' Porter Book Release Party, Fetish Boutique, 409.234.3732
6:00 PM
11th Annual Tribute to Orange County Veterans,
Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza, 409.882.1816
10:00 AM
Memorial Day Celebration, Greenlawn Memorial Park, 409.962.8448
6:00 PM
11th Annual Tribute to Veterans, Orange First
Church of the Nazarene, 409.882.1816
11:00 AM
Praise Him Festival, Whites Park, Anahauc,
2:00 PM
Up Close with Nature – Live animal shows,
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 409.670.9113
8:00 PM
Movie in the Park- Cloudy with a Chance of
Meatballs, Wuthering Heights Park, 409.785.4701
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food & beverage
Celebrate the flavor of Texas Crab
By Beth Gallaspy
The sweet, succulent, sideways-walking crab becomes the center of attention in Crystal Beach the
second weekend in May with the Texas Crab Festival.
Now in its 29th year, the festival planned for May
9-11 has become a delicious point of pride for all of
the Bolivar Peninsula.
“The mission of the Texas Crab Festival is to bring
the community and visitors together through an
entertaining, fun and family-oriented weekend festival that promotes local businesses, organizations
and artists,” said Sid Jackson, festival co-chair. Of
course, the festival also promotes fantastic food,
especially the namesake crab.
One of the most popular annual features is the
Gumbo Cookoff on Saturday. Organizers expect
a dozen or so teams to compete to create the
tastiest crab-based gumbo. Judges will award first,
second and third place trophies, but visitors have
a chance to weigh in, too. Tasting cups will be available for purchase with tasters voting to decide the
People’s Choice winner.
The gumbo cookoff will not just taste
good, but will do good. All proceeds
will go to the Lone Survivor Retreat, a
rehabilitation facility for wounded service members that will begin construction on
Bolivar Peninsula later in May, Jackson said.
Beyond the gumbo, all food vendors are encouraged to offer at least one crab-based delicacy.
Offerings in past years have included crab pizza,
crab nachos, soft-shelled crab, crab balls and more.
These dishes will also compete with the top choice
being named Favorite Crab Dish of the Festival.
Visitors hungry for something other than crab
will have plenty of choices, from dozens of types of
hot dogs to burgers, barbecue and sweet treats like
funnel cake and cotton candy.
Food is not the only attraction at the Texas
Crab Festival. Live music highlights include Wayne
Toups on Friday night just after a two-step dance
contest and Ezra Charles followed by Still Cruisin’
on Saturday night.
Competition plays a big part in the festival as
well. The popular Weiner Dog Races return on Friday night. Saturday’s activities start with the Texas
Crab Festival 5K-1K Run/Walk.
Throughout the festival, crab lovers of all ages can
pay $1 to choose a crustacean from a water-filled
kiddie pool and challenge friends or family to a live
crab race. Jackson laughed as she described the races
in which competitors squirt their squirming crabs in
the backside to slide them down the track. The first
one to the end wins. “It’s a lot of fun,” Jackson said.
More details on the Texas Crab Festival are available online at or on
Facebook at The Facebook page also features recipes for
tempting crab dishes like the one below.
CRab Mac & Cheese
1 pound of macaroni
1 tsp of salt
2 tbsp of flour
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp of pepper
2 eggs
½ cup of sour cream
12 oz. of evaporated milk
8 oz. of cheddar cheese
10 oz. of crab meat
Texas Crab
May 9
6 p.m.-midnight
May 10
8:30 a.m.-midnight
May 11
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
$10 adults
May 9 & 10.
Free for children
under 12.
Free admission
May 11.
Gregory Park | 292 Texas 87
Crystal Beach
Preheat oven to 350˚. Cook macaroni
according to the directions on the box.
Drain and set aside. Combine salt, flour,
mustard, pepper, sour cream, eggs and
evaporated milk in a large bowl. Whisk well.
In a 9X13 greased casserole dish, place half
the pasta layered with half of the cheese, add
half of the crab, then repeat the layer. Pour your flour
mixture on top of the casserole. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
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sports & recreation
Victory Through Courage: The Story of Anthony Quinn
By Amie James
Race Director, Gusher Marathon
[email protected], www.
It’s been thrilling in Southeast
Texas to plan, organize and put on
running events. My husband, Richard James, and I are inspired by those
who have challenged themselves
and come out for events. Some have
changed their lives by starting to run
for the first time, getting healthy, losing weight and crossing finish lines
victoriously meeting their goals. But
no other competitor has inspired us
more than Anthony Quinn, and I
wanted to share his story. Below are
excerpts from his mother’s notes intertwined with my interview of this
incredible, courageous athlete.
Anthony Quinn: Running on Soul
How long have you been running?
The 2013 Alamo City Run Fest in
San Antonio was my first competitive run. They have an amputee division in that event, and I finished
fourth overall. I wanted to return this
year and win gold.
the only prayer I could pray. I felt sure that the
doctors were about to tell us Tony had cancer.
But what they couldn’t tell me was the thing I
most wanted to know. “Would my baby live?”
How old are you? Where are you from?
Which sports do you play?
I'm 27 and was born and raised in
Mauriceville, Texas. I played any sport
a boy could possibly get involved in
growing up in Southeast Texas. My
main sport would have to be basketball. My older brother, Jared, was
always a star. He helped win the 204A District Championship for Little
Cypress-Mauriceville in 1998. I’ve always tried to be as good as he is.
Everyone always asks how we discovered
that Tony had cancer. In Tony's case it was
discovered after an injury. He and Jared had
been wrestling on the couch, and Tony bumped
his ankle against the coffee table. The next day
he was still wincing when I put on his shoe.
He started limping. I made an appointment
for the following day with our pediatrician. The
afternoon of the appointment he fell while he
was walking across the lawn. He never cried
that I remember, but he couldn’t support his
weight. His leg was X-rayed. We were told the
leg was broken, and that the X-ray showed a
tumor, most probably benign, right above his
left ankle. We were sent for a biopsy, which
was inconclusive. The cells they found were
different from anything any of the doctors had
ever seen. We were then sent to M. D. Anderson
Hospital in Houston.
How did you lose your leg?
I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when I was three and had my
amputation some time around my
fourth birthday at M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center in Houston.
was very long, cold. Mark and I walked across
the recovery room to see our son. I don’t remember seeing another stretcher in this massive place. I suppose they were trying to give us
some privacy. Tony was still sleeping from the
anesthesia. He was pale, but breathing. I looked
down and saw how the sheet fell away past
Tony’s left knee, saw the place empty where his
ankle and foot should have been. The amputation was over. We made it through the day with
the help of our friends and family, and by the
strength we took from Tony’s doctor, Dr. Jaffe.
We loved, and love, this man dearly. He found
us often during the course of that day. He would
look at us and say, “Courage my friends, courage.” Just seeing him put steel in our spines.
Tell me about physical therapy.
Most of my memories of that
time, and that's not saying a whole
lot since I was three, had to do with
being sick from chemo and not so
much about physical therapy. Since
then, however, I have had a few re-
vision surgeries on the bone due to
growth and can speak more on that. I
get a lot of questions about phantom
pain, but I don’t really remember it
being that big of an issue for me. I remember feeling like my “foot” itched
once after surgery, but that's all I can
recall on the matter. One of the most
frustrating parts of being an amputee in the beginning is forgetting
you're missing a leg. I remember falling several times getting out of bed
because I forgot I had to put on my
prosthesis first. Landing on the end
of your amputated tibia HURTS. As
far as physical therapy, a very important thing that I was to do was help
restore the nerves or “feeling” to my
leg. I remember this involved rubbing
a towel on the distal end of my leg
as if to dry. This practice was initially
painful but eventually the nerves
were restored. Standing up straight
was also initially very painful because
of all the blood going down into the
limb. Crutches were a bit of a struggle
for me, primarily because I had to
stand up straight to start, which was
painful. Then I had to learn how to
operate them. As it turns out walking on crutches with a missing leg is
MUCH different. Also, there is a science to going up and down stairs
on crutches, and if you get the procedure wrong, well, good luck. The
rest that I can remember were basic
leg strengthening exercises, balancing
on those giant globe things, etc. I am
eternally grateful for the nurses, doctors and physical therapists at M.D.
Anderson for their love and support
during those times.
The day after the amputation would mean
getting Tony out of bed and having him walk on
crutches. It was going to be horrible. I knew it. I
also knew that I would have to be the bad guy.
Four-year-olds should not be on crutches. And
he did fall. And he was so angry. Angry at me…
for making him try. And I was so angry with me.
I didn’t feel strong enough to do this. Later that
day, while Tony was sleeping and everyone else
was gone, I sat in the window crying…angry
crying…angry at everything and everybody. And
most especially, angry with God.
Tears were beginning to stream down my face, and Tony
saw them. After the blood sample was collected, Tony
reached in the box and picked up a plastic flower finger
ring. “Here Mommy, for you” ...followed by a very sweet
fish kiss. This was the first glimpse at the strength and
courage that God continues to pour into Tony’s heart.
Who handled your life change the best?
Good question. Probably me as
I'm sure it was an emotional thing
for my parents to go through. I try to
point out that because I was at such
a young age and don't remember
too much that my whole experience
with cancer, chemotherapy and recovery is more my parent's story.
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I remember the colors, the children and the
parents. I remember calling a friend, and being
amazed that you could reach home by phone
from this place. It felt absolutely subterranean.
As if we’d crossed time zones and continents. I
was appalled at the brutality of this disease. I
can’t tell you how terrified I was, and we had
barely crossed the threshold. The house was a
beehive…. activity everywhere. Their bravery did
not escape me. Here were people cooking, laughing, playing and talking. It was as if children with
disfigurements and IVs and wheelchairs and
vomiting were all normal. As if children dying
were as common as a seashell lying in the sand.
What’s your deepest, darkest secret
about how this has changed your life?
I want to compete in the Paralympics,
now. I want to win gold for the U.S. in
both summer and winter Paralympics.
I remember a nurse coming in to tell us that
they needed one more blood test. I fell apart on
the inside. Tony was sitting on my lap while the
phlebotomist drew the lab. Tears were beginning to stream down my face, and Tony saw
them. After the blood sample was collected,
Tony reached in the box and picked up a plastic flower finger ring. “Here Mommy, for you”
...followed by a very sweet fish kiss. This was
the first glimpse at the strength and courage
that God continues to pour into Tony’s heart.
When did you decide to live as fully as
you can?
That question reminds me of that
quote by William Wilberforce, "We
were too young to know certain
things are impossible... So we will do
them, anyway." That's probably true
in my case in that I was too young
to know I was at any disadvantage
whatsoever. I was always willing and
able to participate in sports and be
active. I was able to be active in large
part because of Tom LeTourneau of
LeTourneau's Prosthetics in Beaumont. He has given me the tools I
need to continue to be active and
confident in life. There aren't enough
words that can express my gratitude
for what Mr. LeTourneau has done
for me over the years.
What was the most painful part of all
of this?
Probably, the most painful part
was the chemotherapy and being
sick all the time. I remember throw-
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Move It Monday – Zumba, Manning's Texas
on Wheels Skating Rink, 409.363.1351
5:30 PM
Move It Monday – Zumba, Manning's Texas
on Wheels Skating Rink, 409.363.1351
6:30 PM
Golden Triangle Strutters Weekly Run, Orange
Leaf Frozen Yogurt
9:00 AM
Work it Out Wednesday – Zumba, Manning's
Texas on Wheels Skating Rink, 409.363.1351
5:30 PM
Team Bass Jackpot Tournament, Taylor's Bayou, 409.527.1270
6:30 PM
Golden Triangle Strutters Weekly Run, Orange
Leaf Frozen Yogurt
6:45 PM
Work it Out Wednesday – Zumba, Manning's
Texas on Wheels Skating Rink, 409.363.1351
8:00 AM
Group Bike Ride, Colonnade Shopping Center
Parking Lot
7:00 AM
The Biggest Loser RunWalk Beaumont Half
Marathon/5K/Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, The Event
Centre, [email protected]
8:00 AM
Third Annual Clays Shoot Benefitting Children
in Crisis, 1 in 100 Gun Club, 409.727.6400
8:00 AM
Jefferson County Go Texan Golf Tournament,
Idylwild Golf Course, 409.781.9974
8:00 AM
Lions Eye Bank of Texas Golf Scramble, Sunset
Grove Country Club, 409.201.2053
9:00 AM
Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas Fundraiser, 1 in 100 Gun Club, 409.755.6648
9:00 AM
Run or Dye, Ford Park, 409.951.5400
11:00 AM
Kids Fit Foundation 1 Mile Fun Run, The Event
Centre, [email protected]
7:00 AM
American Red Cross Tour du Rouge, American
Red Cross - Beaumont Chapter
4:00 PM
20th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across
America, Hampton Inn Beaumont, 864.672.9614
7:00 PM
City of Beaumont Moonlight Bicycle Madness, Rogers Park
7:00 PM
Spindletop Roller Girls Home Bout, Beaumont
Civic Center, 409.838.3435
10 & 11
10:00 AM
ACTHA Ride Benefiting Stable Spirits, Masterson Forest in Buna, 409.423.9074
9:00 AM
1st Annual Golden Triangle Charity Golf Tournament, Brentwood Country Club, 409.350.5150
8:00 AM
2nd Annual Seahawks by the Seawall 5K/Walk,
Lamar State College Port Arthur Campus and
Seawall, 409.983.4921
9:00 AM
Gun Club Beaumont Blast, 1-in-100 Gun Club,
7:00 PM
Ride Of Silence Lumberton - Silsbee, Lumberton McDonald's, 409.289.5109
8:00 AM
Daisies & Dragons Duathlon for Kids, Beaumont ISD Educational Resource Center, [email protected]
9:00 AM
Galveston Color Blast 5K Run, Galveston
County Fair & Rodeo, 409.986.6010
12:00 PM
SALT Fishing Rodeo, Pleasure Island, 409.963.0433
12:00 PM
2nd Annual Redfish Tournament benefiting
the Boys Haven, Ancelet's Marina, [email protected]
ing up a lot and having to deal with
a pretty chest catheter. After I wasn't
sick I was finally able to move on.
family. We had relatives, friends and
church family that were all so helpful to us during that time. I have said
many times that because I was so
young I was just along for the ride
and looked up to my parents and
older brother. Now, I have hope that
one day I won't need to put on my
prosthesis. Meanwhile, my hope is
in the many selfless people who are
fighting to end cancer and those
who are working day in and day out
to help those of us who have survived live better lives.
Day three post-op, and I remember wondering what we were in for now. Each day there
seemed to be a new test we were expected to
take. Sure enough, the nurses announced that
today would be the day we would take our child
outside the building…something about becoming emotionally adjusted to the reactions of
other people. It would prove to be quite an
experience. I saw their reactions as we walked
by them. Tony in a wheelchair…Mark pushing,
me walking alongside. Lots of whispering, one
man cried, most looked away only to look back
when they thought we weren’t looking. I was
watching. Lots of pity. I hated it.
Where do you seek hope?
I'm very fortunate to have been
brought up by a large and loving
I was walking behind Tony and Mark when I
saw the bird. The bird came round the tree and
stood in front of us, cocking his head to one
side. We looked only to see that this particular
bird was missing a foot and part of his leg.
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Exactly like Tony. The foot and left leg were
missing in the same place as Tony’s. Tony said,
“Mom that bird can’t walk anymore.” The bird
hopped within inches of us. Tony was wide eyed.
“Mom, can I hop?” “Yes, you can, Tony.” Smile.
Huge. The first in a long time. “Mom, but he
can’t run and play anymore, huh?” At that, the
bird hopped over to some others, and they all
began flapping their wings. In Tony’s mind, they
apparently were running and playing. “He CAN
run, and they’re playing with him.” Tony’s still
smiling. “Can he fly, mom?” No sooner had he
asked, the bird flew and perched in a branch
just over our heads. “He’s flying!” I still was
trying to believe we were watching this onelegged bird when Mark said, “That’s the scripture.” “What?” I asked. “The scripture, flying,
walking and running. It’s the verse from Isaiah.”
It was indeed. A four-year-old wouldn’t have understood the scripture had you read it to him.
So here, God in His mercy played out the whole
drama for him with a one-legged bird.
How long did it take you to get your
blade? How hard was it to learn to
use it?
Because the prosthetics I had always used basically covered any activity I wanted to do, I didn't get my
running blade until much later. The
running leg that I currently use is the
Ossur Flex-Run. It's not quite what
the Paralympians use now, but it is
the same type. It wasn't until 2013
that I discovered the Texas Regional
Paralympics and began using it for
competitions. I have to mention Texas Regional Games and Mrs. Wendy
Gumbert for opening this amazing
opportunity for me to compete in
events with fellow amputees. Love
you, Mrs. Wendy! Learning to run on
one of these blades is extremely scary
at first because you have no heel. The
normal walking prosthesis that I wear
contains features that help with balancing. Motion happens in several
planes. A small shift requires the cooperation of a complex network I
don’t have in that area of my body.
A running blade is made for going in
just one direction and to do so really
fast. I have to balance my speed and
how far forward I lean or I fall. I have
only fallen once so far. Another issue
is sweat. Sweat causes your leg to slip
inside the prosthesis, and if not addressed, it can come off completely.
Dealing with this is important especially when running longer distances
like a 5K. What's exciting about my
upcoming running events, particularly, the Pleasure Island Bridge race,
is that I am expecting a new one later
this summer. It will allow me to run
more smoothly and, of course, faster.
People always try to add the moral to the
end of the story. I suppose it is an attempt to
answer “why?” People have said, “See, God allowed that in your life because He knew you
were strong enough to handle it.” I think it
makes them feel better, as if nothing like this
could ever happen to them because God reserves the hard things for the strong. Yet the
scripture says God chooses the weak things. It
says that we can do all things through Christ.
We all ask why. Some are not brave enough to
finish the question. The question is “why me?
Why mine?” At the root of the question is a
feeling of self-righteousness, as if bad things
happening to me/mine is an affront to my basic good nature as compared to someone else.
The more I’ve thought about that question, the
less I want to know the answer. Tony has taught
me a better question. “Why not me?” You learn
that question when you look into the face of a
suffering child. “Why not me?”
Best memories?
During my time playing basketball for Mauriceville Middle School
(made the A-Team...that's right) I was
able to use an already slipping prosthesis and flop for a foul (like a pro).
I suppose it's hard not to call a foul
when a player's leg comes off after
contact. My happiest moments by
far are when I have been in a wheelchair for a long period of time, usually
due to revision surgery, and am able
to finally take that first step again. It is
an amazing feeling.
Does your blade have a nickname?
Nope. When I fall I usually call it a
number of things though.
Talk about technology and its impact on
One of my favorite upcoming
technologies is one that will allow
certain amputees to feel heat/cold
in their hands/arms. We are very
fortunate to live in the times we do
where technology is really taking off.
I think the most important thing for
an amputee or physically challenged
individual to have is a good attitude.
No amount of technology is going to
help you if you have no zest for life.
Once you make up your mind that
you're going to fight through whatever it is that life has thrown at you
then you'll be able to appreciate the
advancements we've made in technology and comfort.
What is the one thing you want to tell
the world about who you are?
I'm a believer in that whatever trials we go through that God still has a
purpose for our lives.
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6:15 PM
Fund-A-Bus $5 Gentle Beginner Yoga Class,
Wesley United Methodist Church Nederland
Christian Life Center, 409.727.3177
11:30 AM
Nutrition and Services for Seniors “Deliver the
Difference” Luncheon Event Centre, 409.892.4455
2 &3
10:00 AM
United Way of Mid & South County Bar-B-Q
Cook-Off at Riverfest, Port Neches Riverfront
Park, [email protected]
8:00 AM
Third Annual Clays Shoot Benefitting Children
in Crisis, 1-in-100 Gun Club, 409.727.6400
8:00 AM
Jefferson County Go Texan Golf Tournament,
Idylwild Golf Course, 409.781.9974
8:00 AM
Wild Horse Mustang Club All Ford Show, Silsbee Ford, 409.225.2096
8:00 AM
Lions Eye Bank of Texas Golf Scramble, Sunset
Grove Country Club, 409.201.2053
9:00 AM
Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas Fundraiser, 1- in-100 Gun Club, 409.755.6648
10:00 AM
YWCA Madhatter Tea Party & Fashion Show,
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 409.899.1011
11:30 AM
Colonel George Moffett Chapter Memorial
Luncheon, Daughters of the American Revolution, MCM Elegant Hotel, 409.755.0507
6:00 PM
26th Annual American Red Cross Hurricane
Party "Cocktails & Camo," Beaumont Civic
Center, 409.832.1644
7:00 AM
American Red Cross Tour du Rouge, American
Red Cross - Beaumont Chapter
12:00 PM
30th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Crockett Street Entertainment District, 409-833-6592
2:00 PM
National Women Build Week Kick-Off party,
Painting With A Twist, 409.832.5853
5:30 PM
The 17th Annual TORCH AWARDS for Mar-
ketplace Trust 2014 Presentation Banquet,
Beaumont Civic Center, 409.835.5951
4:00 PM
20th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride
Across America, Hampton Inn Beaumont,
6:30 PM
CASA of Southeast Texas Justice is Served,
Event Centre, 409.832.2272
7:00 PM
Treasure Auction, Art Museum of Southeast
Texas, 409.832.3432
8:00 AM
Habitat for Humanity Sponsored Build Day,
Habitat House, 409.832.5853
5:00 PM
Texas Crab Festival, Gregory Park, Bolivar,
9:00 AM
The Giving Field Work Day, The Giving Field
on Liberty Street, 409.201.8702
11:00 AM
Boys' Haven of America, Inc. 29th Annual
Crawfish, Food & Music Festival, Parkdale Mall
(by Kaplan College), 409.866.2400
10 & 11
10:00 AM
ACTHA Ride Benefiting Stable Spirits, Masterson Forest in Buna, 409.423.9074
9:00 AM
1st Annual Golden Triangle Charity Golf Tournament, Brentwood Country Club, 409.350.5150
6:30 PM
Beaumont Children’s Museum Do. Dream.
Discover. Gala, The Event Centre, 409.351.3882
9:00 AM
Big Birds over the Bayou, Aerobandits Gloria
Drive Flying Field, 409.782.5395
6:00 PM
Sales and Marketing Executives of Southeast
Texas Executive of the Year, MCM Elegante,
12:00 PM
2nd Annual Redfish Tournament benefiting
the Boys Haven, Ancelet's Marina
Want to see Tony in action and help cheer him on?
He will be at the SETMA Pleasure Island Bridge race on November 8 doing the 10K.
He is considering running the Sabine Causeway 5K on August 22 and
is doing the Endeavor Games track meet in Oklahoma June 7.
may 2014
Health, Wellness & Education
The Science of Well-Being:
Christus LiveWell Conference
By Courtney Mleczewski
Technology advances in many ways sometimes small steps, sometimes
huge leaps. The da Vinci Si Surgical
System is propelling physicians, particularly those specializing in women’s
health in Southeast Texas, forward into
a realm of care that has never been
seen. This technology is a robot that
assists surgeons, allowing them to perform minimally invasive procedures.
Christus St. Elizabeth is the first
hospital in Southeast Texas to invest
in this robotic technology, providing
surgeons with an alternative to traditional open surgeries. Through small
incisions, the high-definition video
camera and telemanipulators are
guided by the surgeon’s hands, reducing trauma to tissue from larger incisions traditional in open surgery. The
Melissa Joan Hart
da Vinci system’s high-resolution
3D stereo viewer is designed
to provide surgeons with
an immersive experience.
Dr. Stephanie Cunningham, DO, is a local physician who
has been using the
da Vinci System. “We
are very pleased with
the results we have
been seeing,” she said.
“We’re seeing improvements in recovery times,
which means we can help our
patients get back on the road to
health more quickly.”
Cunningham will be featured at
the Seventh Annual Christus LiveWell
Women’s Conference. She and four
colleagues will lead a discussion on
women’s health issues in a session
entitled “45+ and Clueless. What’s
happening to me?” In this session,
women can learn about traditional
and minimally invasive surgery in
the realm of women’s health. During
breaks between sessions, participants
are invited to test drive this state-ofthe-art piece of medical equipment,
Surgio, to see how it works. “Our goal
is to make the women in our area
more knowledgeable about their options when it comes to minimally invasive procedures,” said Cunningham.
This is just one of the many topics
being presented at the 2014 conference. Whether it’s fun and lighthearted like “Dressing Yourself Skinny!” or
a discussion on relationships like “The
The da Vinci®
Si Surgical System
Dr. Stephanie Cunningham, DO
Languages of Love” or information
on healthy living like “Healthy Cooking with a Flair,” there is something
for every woman.
In between each session, there
will be vendors on site with items
such as health and beauty products,
clothing, accessories and home décor. During these breaks, free health
Health, Wellness & Education events
6:00 PM
Support Group for Survivors of Domestic
Violence, Family Services Counseling Center,
6:00 PM
Batterer's Intervention and Prevention Program Port Arthur, Project Hope, 409.833.2668
6:00 PM
ESL Classes, R. C. Miller Memorial Library,
1:30 PM
Learn Spanish, R. C. Miller Memorial Library,
2:00 PM
BIPP and Anger Management Orientation,
Family Services Counseling Center, 409.833.2668
5:30 PM
Knitting Circles, R. C. Miller Memorial Library,
6:00 PM
Anger Management For Men, Family Services
Counseling Center, 409.833.2668
11:00 AM
E-Book Training, R. C. Miller Memorial Library,
2:00 PM
Anger Management For Women, Family Services Counseling Center, 409.833.2668
1:30 PM
Learn French, R. C. Miller Memorial Library,
1:30 PM
Learn French, R. C. Miller Memorial Library,
6:00 PM
Batterer's Intervention and Prevention Program Beaumont, Family Services Counseling
Center, 409.833.2668
6:00 PM
Batterer's Intervention and Prevention Program Port Arthur , Project Hope, 409.833.2668
7:30 AM
2014 Christus LiveWell Women's Conference
with Keynote Speaker Melissa Joan Hart, Ford
9:00 AM
Mental Health Fair in Port Arthur, Port Arthur
Public Library, 409.651.9280
2:00 PM
BIPP and Anger Management Orientation,
Family Services Counseling Center, 409.833.2668
screenings will also be available, including total cholesterol and glucose,
posture screening, blood pressure
checks and much more.
A highlight of the day will be the
luncheon with keynote speaker Melissa Joan Hart. Hart will address relatable topics such as balancing the
many roles in her professional life
while never losing sight of the most
important parts she plays: wife and
mother. Having made her first professional appearance at the age of 4,
her resume now includes commercials, television shows, movies and
Broadway productions. She is active
in a variety of charities, and this fall
debuted as an author with her memoir, “Melissa Explains It All: Tales from
My Abnormally Normal Life.”
Join the conversation, the shopping, the camaraderie and the insight,
Thursday, May 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. at Ford Park in Beaumont. Registration is available online at or call 409-899-7700.
2014 may
business & networking
Business Practices Honored at BBB Torch Awards
Celebrate the best businesses in Southeast Texas at the 17th
Annual Torch Awards on May 6 at the Beaumont Civic Center.
The event hosted by the Better Business Bureau is designed to
promote businesses and organizations that conduct business
ethically and help ensure that the marketplace remains fair and
honorable for all Southeast Texans.
Bruce Hamilton, professional speaker, sales trainer, business owner, and former general manager of FOX-TV Beaumont, will emcee
the event. Also scheduled to speak are Jim Baxter, Region V Education Service Center; Jeff Dyson, Lamar University professor; Macy
Riggs, former BBB-Lamar University scholarship recipient; one of
the student winners from the BBB Laws of Life Banquet; and more.
The silent auction and reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the
meal, program and presentations start at 7 p.m. Individual tickets
are $80 with sponsorships up to $2,000. Proceeds benefit scholarships at the College of Business of Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, and Lamar
State College-Port Arthur and assist the efforts of the BBB Consumer Education Foundation, Inc. to prevent fraud in the Southeast Texas marketplace. For tickets call 409-835-5951 ext. 117.
business & networking events
6:00 PM
Civil Air Patrol Meeting Youth Program, Jack
Brooks Regional Airport. 903.335.9998
11:30 AM
SETX Netwrokers - BNI, Holiday Inn, 409.651.0340
7:30 AM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Business Connection, MCM Elegante' Hotel,
8:00 AM
Franklin Covey: Five Choices of Extraordinary
Productivity, Lamar University College of Business, 409.880.8604
6:00 PM
23rd Annual LobsterFest, Beaumont Civic
Center, 409.838.3435
8:00 AM
Shangri La Teacher Workshops 2013-2014,
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 409.670.9113
11:30 AM
Colonel George Moffett Chapter Memorial
Luncheon Daughters of the American Revolution, MCM Elegant Hotel, 409.755.0507
8:00 AM
The 21st Annual Les Williams Advanced Flammable Liquid Firefighting Foam Technology
Workshop, Holiday Inn, 817.614.5363
10:00 AM
Masters of Hospitality: Beaumont Bowl and Travel Rally, Crossroads Bowling Center, 409.880.3168
5:30 PM
The 17th Annual TORCH AWARDS for Marketplace Trust 2014 Presentation Banquet,
Beaumont Civic Center, 409.835.5951
8:00 AM
Beaumont CVB Destination Training, Beaumont
Convention and Visitors Bureau, 409.880.3749
7:30 AM
2014 Christus LiveWell Women's Conference
with Keynote Speaker Melissa Joan Hart, Ford
6:30 PM
Progressive Democrats of Southeast Texas Meeting, The Beaumont Club
8:00 AM
Franklin Covey Leadership: Inside Out Coaching for Performance Breakthrough, Lamar University College of Business, 409.880.2375
11:00 AM
Quickbooks for Beginners, Lamar University
College of Business, 409.880.2367
11:00 AM
Quickbooks for Beginners, Lamar University
College of Business, 409.880.2367
7:30 AM
Greater Port Arthur Chamber Morning Business Connection, Max Bowl, 409.963.1107
12:00 PM
Golden Triangle Quilt Guild, Northwood Christian Church, [email protected]
7:00 PM
Golden Triangle Quilt Guild, Northwood Christian Church, [email protected]
11:00 AM
Quickbooks for Beginners, Lamar University
College of Business, 409.880.2367
11:00 AM
Better Business Bureau "Lunch and Learn,"
MCM Elegante' Hotel, 409.835.5951
6:00 PM
Sales and Marketing Executives of Southeast
Texas Executive of the Year, MCM Elegante,
8:00 AM
Franklin Covey Writing Advantage, Lamar University College of Business, 409.880.8604
7:30 PM
Book Celebration: "To Hell with Love," Fetish
Boutique, 409.234.3732
12:00 PM
The Temple to the Brave Open House, Pipkin
Park, 409.755.0507
3:00 PM
LIT Orientation for New Students, LIT MultiPurpose Center, 409.880.8187
may 2014
classified pick of the month
Parties Made Fruitful
Lesya Griffin is one fruity artist, but she’s partial to vegetables, too.
Griffin creates edible masterpieces for special occasions from baby showers and anniversaries
to weddings and graduations. Her fruit and vegetable displays feature carved watermelon baskets trimmed with ornate roses, scripted writing and party theme designs. Zucchini under Griffin’s knife is transformed into delicate blooming flowers and a jicama into a beautiful winged
bird with a broccoli crest.
As exquisite as her detailed carvings is Griffin’s arrangement of fruits and vegetables that become a centerpiece of any event. Rows of kiwis and oranges are lined symmetrically inside grape
or pineapple fences and further embellished with dipped and iced strawberries.
And where did Griffin learn to carve and arrange
fruits and vegetables so superbly? The
internet, of course. Griffin is a selftaught artist living in Silsbee. She
takes orders from her Facebook
page, fruit-carving, by phone at 832507-1513 and email [email protected]
ru. On her website, lesyaxx.wix.
com/fruit-carving, she has many
photos for customer inspiration,
but she loves custom orders and
is always open to customers’ ideas
and visions for new creations.
Prices vary depending on detail of
a design; additional fees are charged for
delivery and setup.
Are you a Southeast Texas artisan who advertises on Contact us to be featured in this section.
Call 409-201-9934 or email [email protected]
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308 motorcycles
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sneak peek june
• Lunch at the Lake
at the Event Centre
• Beaumont Farmer's Market
at the Beaumont Athletic Complex
Basketball Court
• Neches River Adventures
at Riverfront Park
• ABC (Accredited Business Celebration) Networking Extravaganza
at Capital One
• First Thursdays on Calder
at The Mildred
• Spindletop Spin at The Event Centre
• 9th Annual Jazz & Blues Fest
at the Event Centre
• LIT Orientation for New Students
at the LIT Multi-Purpose Center
• Calder Twilight 5K at Rao's Bakery
13, 14 & 15
• Orange Trade Days
on the Orange Trade Days Grounds
13 & 14
• Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival
in Downtown Port Arthur
• Volunteer Day
at The Giving Field on Liberty Street
• Beaumont Art League & Humane
Society of Southeast Texas Live
Art Auction & Live Animal Show
at the Beaumont Art League
• Spindletop Roller Girls Home Bout
at the Beaumont Civic Center
• Bubble Day at
Northend Community Center
• Prostate Cancer Screenings
at the LIT Multi-Purpose Center
Juneteenth Celebrations
in Downtown Port Arthur
• Kevin Fowler at The River
20 & 21
• Q'ing for a Cause Benefiting No
Stone Left Unturned Corp at the
Heritage Pavilion In Nederland
• Alzheimer's Association
The Longest Day®
• Prostate Cancer Screenings
at Lamar State College Orange
• Trade Days on the Avenue
on Port Neches Avenue
• Juneteenth Celebration:
Brian Jack, Solid Sounds,
Curtis Poullard in Tyrrell Park
• LIT Orientation for New Students
at the LIT Multi-Purpose Center
• Gift of Life Cancer Crusaders
Testicular Cancer in Young Men
at the Gift of Life Office
27, 28 & 29
• Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days
at Kountze Trade Days Grounds
• Franklin Covey Meeting Advantage
at Lamar University College of Business
• Prostate Cancer Screenings
at Lamar State College Port Arthur
• UpClose with Nature - Live animal
shows at Shangri La Botanical
Gardens and Nature Center
Everglow 5K at Ford Park
• Movie in the Park - Frozen
at the Beaumont Event Centre
may 2014
2014 may
membership directory
Nonprofit Member Organizations
Alzheimer’s Association,, 409-833-1613
American Cancer Society,, 877-227-1618
American Heart Association- Golden Triangle,, 409.980.8800
American Red Cross- Beaumont Chapter,, 409-832-1644
Anayat House,, 409-833-0649
Arc of Greater Beaumont,, 409-838-9012
Art Museum of Southeast Texas,, 409-832-3432
Beaumont Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas,, 409-212-5000
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation,, 409-212-6113
Beaumont Children’s Museum,, 409-658-8927
Beaumont Civic Ballet,, 409-838-4397
Beaumont Civic Center Complex,, 409-838-3435
Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau,, 409-880-3749,
Beautify Beaumont,, 409-656-7400
Beaumont Heritage Society,, 409-832-4010
Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center,, 409-842-0500
Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas,, 409-835-5348
Big Thicket Association,, 936-274-1181
CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc.,, 409-832-2272
Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas,, 409-924-4400
Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth,, 409-892-7171
Christus Health Foundation,, 409-899-7555
City of Beaumont,, 409-980-8311
City of Beaumont Parks and Recreation, Recreation Division,, Best Years Senior Center 409-838-1902, Sterling Pruitt
Center/Athletic Complex 409-838-3613, Henry Homberg Golf Course 409-842-3220
Family Services of Southeast Texas, Inc.,, 409-833-2668
First United Methodist Church,, 409-832-0295
Garth House,, 409-838-9084
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council,, 409-832-0556, ext. 102
Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana,, 409-838-9911
Golden Triangle Republican Women, 409-832-6269
Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce,, 409-838-6581
Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce,, 409-963-1107
Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County,, 409-832-5853
Harbor Hospice Foundation,, 409-840-5640
Heartbeats of Hope,, 409-651-8390
Home Instead Senior Care,,
Hope Women’s Resource Clinic,, 409-898-4005
Julie Rogers’ “Gift of Life” Program,, 409-833-3663
Junior League of Beaumont,, 409-832-0873
Kirby-Hill House,, 409-246-8000
Lamar Cardinals Football,, 409-880-1715
Lamar Institute of Technology,, 409-880-8321
Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation,, 409-880-8321
Lamar State College- Port Arthur,, 409-983-4921
Lamar University,, 409-880-7011
Lamar University Small Business Development Center,, 409-880-2367
Lutcher Theater,, 409-886-5535
March of Dimes,, 409-835-7606
McFaddin-Ward House,, 409-832-2134
Monsignor Kelly High School,, 409-866-2351
Museum of Gulf Coast,, 409-982-7000
Nutrition and Services for Seniors,, 409-892-4455
1-in-100 Gun Club,, 409-755-6648
Orange Community Players, Inc.,, 409-882-9137
Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce,, 409-963-1107
Progressive Democrats of Southeast Texas,, 409-898-7355
The Salvation Army Beaumont Corp.,, 409-896-2363
Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas,, 409-727-6400
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center,, 409-670-9113
Some Other Place,, 409-832-7976
Southeast Texas Arts Council,, 409-835-2787
Spindletop Center,, 409-839-1000
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown,, 409-835-0823
Stark Museum of Art,, 409-886-2787
St. Anne Catholic School,, 409-832-5939
St. Anthony Cathedral School,, 409-832-3486
St. Mark’s Church,, 409-832-3405
Symphony of Southeast Texas,, 409-892-2257
Temple Emanuel,, 409-832-6131
Texas Energy Museum,, 409-833-5100
Trinity United Methodist Church,, 409-892-8121
Ubi Caritas,, 409-832-1924
United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County,,
The W.H. Stark House,, 409-883-0871
Winnie Chamber of Commerce,, 409-296-2231
Wilton P. Hebert Health & Wellness Center,,
YWCA,, 409-899-1011
For Profit Members
Coushatta Casino Resort,1-800-584-7263
MCM Elegante Hotel, 409-842-3600
Rayburn Country, 409-698-2444
MCM Elegante Catering, 409-842-3600
Entertainment Venues
Ford Park, 409-951-5400
Food and Beverage
The Main Dish Studio Kitchen, 409-866-MAIN
Sports and Recreation
City Dance Center, 409-833-7772
Coushatta Casino Resort,1-800-584-7263
Paradise RV Resort & Waterpark, 409-385-7946
Rayburn Country, 409-698-2444
MCM Elegante Getaway Spa, 409-842-3600
All Events are listed on
and in the EventsBook for FREE.
Please send your events to
[email protected]
Membership cost is between $300 and $1000 and
includes event promotions in a variety of mediums.
For more information, call 409-201-9934.
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