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Our dramatic summer cover shows Christine Perez,
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Water Treatment Plant 4



LCRAs Proposed Water
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Ambition + Controversy (+ $500 million)

= Water Treatment Plant 4
story by geoff kirsch | Photos by brandi nellis

in summer. In drought years, like 2011, usage can spike higher than 250
mgd. To put this in perspective, a standard bathtub holds about 50 gallons.
On a cold, wet day then, its as if Austin takes two million baths; on a hot
dry day, 5 million.
Heightened demand taxes a water infrastructure already stretched from
the citys 2008 decommissioning of the Green Water Treatment Plant on
Lady Bird Lake. While Austins two remaining treatment plants, the Davis
plant and the Ullrich plant on Lake Austin, meet current needs, according to Austin Water Utility, demand for water will eventually outstrip their
capacity to deliver it, even with conservation efforts.
Enter Water Treatment Plant 4, also known as WTP4, a plain name for
the most ambitiousand controversialmunicipal construction project in
Austins 174-year history.
Multi-faceted, to say the least, with dozens of subcontractors and a budget exceeding half-a-billion dollars, WTP4 includes a three-headed water
intake system in Lake Travis; a raw water tunnel and pump station; a raw
water transmission main; the treatment plant itself and the Jollyville transmission main, a six-and-a-half-mile, seven-foot diameter underground
pipeline connecting WTP4 to the Jollyville Reservoir.
According to Austin Water Utility, when it brings the first phase
online in 2014, WTP4 will immediately be able to treat 50
mgd, enough for 175,000 households. During its life span of
About the Cover:
Christine Perez, P.E. 50 plus years, it will have the capacity to be built out to treat
300 mgd. The Davis and Ullrich plants, built in the 1950s and
Our dramatic summer cover
shows Christine Perez at the 60s respectively, draw from Lake Austin. When WTP4 opens
on Lake Travis, it will give the utility the ability to draw water
construction site of Water
from two different sources, Lake Travis and Lake Austin, and
Treatment Plant 4 off FM
will lessen the risk of a system-wide shutdown, although both
620 North near Four Points.
lakes share the same source: the Colorado River.
Christine Perez is a licensed
Looking at WTP4 from this angle, its hard to see it as
Professional Engineer in
anything but a slam dunk. Of course, in reality, WTP4 is the
the State of Texas and
product of a three-decade battle involving funding, timeline,
holds a Bachelors degree
site selection, environmental impact and re-design. And of
course, no large-scale municipal construction project would
in Civil Engineering from
be complete without political wrangling, organized opposition
The University of Texas at
Austin. She is a key member and the recurring fundamental and complicated question: Do
we really need it?
of Austin Waters Asset
WTP4s story begins in 1984. Austin, flush with cash and
Management team. She
booming from its emergence as a technology and business
is currently working with
hub, sells bonds, buys land near Bull Creek and draws up
operations facility personnel
plans, which, in addition to a 600-mgd water treatment plant,
to complete asset condition, include a firehouse (Fire Station No. 39, completed in 1999).
consequence of failure, and
However, before ground breaks on WTP4, the S&L crisis hits,
risk assessments, as well as, Austins boom busts and WTP4 dies in the water.
conducting asset valuations
Time passes. Concerns about cost, pollution and the ecoand life-cycle cost analysis.
logical impact on protected species, not to mention on adjacent
Austin neighborhoods, further set back the project.
Upon completion, WTP4
In 2001, Austin Water Utility breathes new life into WTP4,
will be added to the list of
with a scaled-back redesign and possible alternate site at
valuable assets she and her
Cortaa, despite the fact that Cortaa had become part of
team at Austin Water track
Balcones Canyonlands Federal Preserve five years earlier.
and assess.
Then, in 2005, the city announces the decommission of the

eliable freshwater has been a key issue for Austin since

Edwin Waller first converted the sleepy backwater into Texass
capital back in 1839. At the time of incorporation, its population
barely topped 800.
Today, more than 800,000 people call Austin home. Not only does it
rank as the 13th most populous city in the United States, larger than four
entire states; Austin is also one of the fastest growing. The decade between
2000 and 2010 alone saw a 20% population increase. Some projections
suggest that by 2040 as many as 500,000 additional Austinites will be livingnot to mention drinking, washing, landscaping and filling their pools
within city limits.
Obviously, this growth solidifies the City of the Velvet Crown as a business, technology and cultural center, in addition to bolstering Austins
reputation as one of the best large American cities to live.
But Austins Texas-sized development brings with it a Texas-sized thirst.
Its semi-arid climate doesnt help either nor does a recent series of extreme
droughts. And this is a trend that, depending on who you ask, stands to
increase both in frequency and severity.
During wet years, like 2007, Austins daily water usage typically ranges between 100 million gallons a day (mgd) in winter months and 200 mgd

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Green plant, thus sparking a new argument over whether

to build a Green replacement, also on Lady Bird Lake,
or to move forward with WTP4 at Cortaa. WTP4 ultimately wins, although not exactly by a landslide, and was
approved by both Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and
City Council. But Travis County rejects the Cortaa proposal. At this point (2007), Council directs Austin Water
Utility to find an alternative site and move away from
Bull Creek. The utility purchases the Bullick Hollow Site
and, after two more years of back-and-forth, construction finally begins in 2009, 25 years later, on 92 acres in
northwest Austin near the intersection of RM 620 and
Bullick Hollow Road.
This brings us to the present day.
There was the inevitable hand-wringing over community disturbance, risks to threatened amphibians, such as
the Jollyville salamander (a candidate for the Endangered
Species list), back-room deals and budgetary concerns.
Those budgetary woes at one point threatened to scuttle
the entire project before analysts determined it would
actually cost less to finish construction than to defer its completion. WTP4
stands well beyond the half-way mark. The intake filters are in; the treatment plant nears completion; the tunneling continues. Crews work around
the clock to finish on schedule, recently celebrating more than 1.5 million
man-hours without a lost-time incident.
By now, the controversy surrounding WTP4 is mostly academic. The
floodgates are already open. In the not-too-distant future, a brand-new
state-of-the-art water treatment plant will do its part to keep Austin wet, and
to avoid the type of rationing employed in San Antonio and elsewhere.

Rather, the conversation should center on the larger issue of sustainable

growth. WTP4 is not a silver bullet, after all, and neither is Lake Travis. At
press time, Lake Travis sits barely 40% full. Few can forget all those images of
boats beached on Lake Travis by the 2011 drought (in fact, one such photo
appears prominently on Austins Wikipedia page), and many tributaries and
creeks that feed into Lake Travis are still completely dry.
For now, though, no matter what side of the debate, Austinites can all
take solace in this: Austin isnt Boston, and WTP4 isnt the Big Dig. That
boondoggle went $12 billion over budget, led to several criminal arrests and
even killed a few people. Again, to put things in perspective.

LCRAs Proposed Water Management Plan

story by Jo Karr Tedder, President, Central Texas Water Coalition

photos courtesy of Central Texas Water Coalition

uring theWater Management Plan process when the

Central Texas Water Coalition sat at the negotiating table
as part of the 16-member committee (Lakes, Firm customers, Environmentalists, and Interruptible customers/rice industry), we
achieved some improvements which we felt were better than the existing
2010 Water Management Plan. However, the latest version of the LCRA
Water Management Plan (WMP), which the TCEQ released for public comment on April 15, 2013, still raises serious concerns.
Concerns and changes still needed:
1. Recent hydrology, including recent record drought years (2010, 2011,
2012), is not taken into account. Only data up to 2009 is considered.
This is important because recent years data indicates the average
inflows have significantly decreased from what was assumed in the past
2. No clear and distinct provisions are made for lake recovery time. As evidenced by 2010, one good year of rainfall and recovery in the midst of a
drought cycle can be wiped out by huge releases the following year. This
is what happened in 2011. Without an appropriate recovery period, we
could be perpetually in a state of water emergency.
3. Despite implementing emergency orders curtailing some interruptible
customers two years in a row, the WMP is not protective enough of current firm customers. Even with the two Emergency Orders, we are facing a potential Drought Worse than Drought of Record (DWDOR) this
summer, which evidences the serious failure of the WMP.
4. The WMP violates the firm customer protections provided for in the
1989 Adjudication Order. It does not sufficiently account for growth in
firm water uses, and we are already in trouble with current demands.
Senators Fraser and Watson have introduced legislation to help correct
this, but it should be included in the WMP as well.
5. There is no true incentive for conservation by firm customers in Central
Texas. Water saved through expensive conservation measures may
then become available for use by downstream farmers paying a heavily
discounted rate. Saved water does not benefit the saver, and the saved
water may be wasted by another user. Failure to use annual supply can
result in decreases in future supply, creating an incentive to waste water
to avoid reduction in the future.
6. The WMP must use multi-year planning for managing multi-year
drought cycles. Using a one-year approach rather than a multi-year is
too risky. A more conservative assessment of future hydrology is needed.
7. Any customer that has a contract for guaranteed water (i.e.: Garwood
Irrigation District) must be considered a firm water customer and pay
the firm water rate.
8. Allowing the LCRA to wait until January 2020 to submit an application
to revise this proposed WMP using updated hydrology and updated firm

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customer demands is far too long in view of the critical water management issues and horrible drought that were facing today.
Although there are some improvements in this proposed WMP, these
improvements are not sufficient to assure that LCRA will provide a guaranteed water supply to the firm water customers in this current drought. With
firm use growing and inflows declining, we will face chronically low reservoir lake levels that further endanger drinking water supplies. Chronically
low levels do not benefit any of the interested parties; environmental, agricultural, municipal, industrial, or lake interests.
Possible Recommendations:
1. Immediately impose a minimum storage level/ANYTIME CUT-OFF of
850,000 AF rather than the current 600,000 AF
2. Keep the current TCEQ Emergency Order in effect
3. Require LCRA to utilize the hydrologic data from 2009 to the present to
immediately update the hydrology of the Colorado River Basin
4. Require LCRA to update immediately actual and projected firm
demands, using updated hydrology
5. Require LCRA to begin working immediately with stakeholders on a
new WMP that:
Properly protects firm users in times of drought;
Utilizes the latest hydrologic data available, including the significantly
lower inflows to the lakes, to re-evaluate water availability throughout
the river basin; and
Provides true incentives for conservation by all parties, including proper
water pricing and assessment of relative economic benefit created by
use of the water.
If you would like to express your concerns about the latest version of
the LCRAs application to amend the Water Management Plan, to request a
contested case hearing and to share how this drought has affected you, send
a letter before May 24 to:
Ms. Bridget C. Bohac, Chief Clerk
Office of the Chief Clerk (MC 105)
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, Texas 78711-3087
Speak out! Let your voice be heard.
The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem.
Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.
Theodore Roosevelt Address to the Deep Waterway Convention,
Memphis, TN, October 4, 1907

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ake TravisIndependent School District (LTISD) and Lake

Travis Education Foundation (LTEF) officials have agreed to draft
a Memorandum of Understanding that will commit shared responsibility and financial resources to further strengthen the relationship between
the two organizations.
Specifically, under the agreement, LTISD will employ a Director of
Development and Corporate Relations who will serve as the Foundations
Executive Director and will also manage advertising, marketing, and corporate relations programs for the District. The agreement also includes an
administrative assistant to the director to be employed by the District.
When members of the LTEF Board Executive Committee approached
me about a potential shared arrangement a year ago, I knew our district
would be interested in this discussion, said Dr. Brad Lancaster, LTISD
Superintendent. For years, the Foundation has played a critical role in our
community. This mutual agreement will allow us to build on that relationship
and further enhance the quality of our programs districtwide.
Additionally, LTISD and LTEF officials have agreed that the District will
make available facilities for use by the director and administrative assistant,
and the two organizations will split the cost of the salaries.

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The District will continue to be the sole beneficiary of our solicitation program, and we see this
is an opportunity to honor the incredible work of
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Lake Travis High School seniors. Since its inception, the Foundation has contributed more than

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The Foundation provides a mechanism to help offset growing
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For more information, contact the Lake Travis ISD Office of
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In Other District News...
Lake Travis Independent School District Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Brad Lancaster is pleased to announce the following staff promotions and new hires:
Angela Frankhouser Principal, Lake Travis Elementary; Angela
has been a member of the LTISD family since 2006, and since then,
has served in various capacities at LTHS and LTE. Most recently, she
served as assistant principal at LTE.
Julie Richards Principal, Elementary School No. 6; Julie has more
than 25 years of total teaching and campus leadership experience in
Kansas, Missouri and Texas. She is currently the Principal of River Oaks
Elementary School, a Title I bilingual campus in Pflugerville ISD. Julie
will spend a portion of her first year with us working at BCE in preparation for the opening of Elementary School No. 6 in the fall of 2014.
Laura Abbott Director of Special Education; Laura comes to LTISD
with 17 years of experience in education, all in special services. Shes
been a teacher and diagnostician with the Gatesville, Huntsville and
Conroe school districts. While at Conroe ISD, Laura served in various
capacities including Coordinator of Special Education and Assistant
Director of Special Education Services. She currently serves as Project
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Charles Aguillon Director of Fine Arts;
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Brandy Belk Assistant Athletic Director;
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Jason and Elisa Livingston

Andrew Clark, Kelly Alford

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As we begin to prepare for the 2013-2014 school year, I

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districtwide on behalf of the students we serve, said Dr.
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have livedin Austin for 21 years, and I am embarrassed to admit that I have never been
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evening, also provided a magical setting for live and silent auctions, for tasting tables from some of
Austins finest restaurants and a stage for the performance of the Nash Hernandez Orchestra.
As Garden Party Chair, Jordan Jeffus notes, This year not only signifies the 15th anniversary
of this cherished annual event but also marks a major milestone for the Umlauf Sculpture Garden
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the home and studio of the talented Charles Umlauf to the current museum
grounds. Upon completion, museum goers will have the rare opportunity to
look into the life of Charles Umlauf to see how he worked and lived.
Funds raised at this years Garden Party will support that important project
and will also benefit the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museums award-winning
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mingle with some of Austins most well-respected and iconic personalities, men and women whose talent in the arts or in sports or
in civic contributions has become legendary. The Toast of the Town
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parties have exotic themes and draw inspiration from the far corners of the globe.
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affiliated with North Shore-LIJ: Southside Hospital and Hofstra Medical
School in New York. (Full disclosure: hes also my father; I value his opinion
both in spite and because of that.)
Many factors contribute to healthcare quality. For instance, simply living
in a metropolitan area like Austin betters access through choice. Still, experts
including WebMD, the American Academy of Family Practice and the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations identify several
easy, effective ways to be your own healthcare advocate:
1. Carefully choose primary care. Not only does your primary care
physician provide first contact for undiagnosed health concerns, but also
orchestration of continuing care. Education, how long theyve been practicing, hospital affiliations, says Dr. Kirsch about what to look for in a
PCP. But also things like age, gender, languageeven office cleanliness.
Youre establishing a lifelong working relationship, so whatever makes
you click.
2. Check credentials and ratings. Sites like, run by the
Joint Commission, and Hospital Safety Score (,
run by the Leapfrog Group, grade hospitals according to various criteria.
In addition to state licensing and board certification, most physicians now

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have business relationships with insurance companies or are employed by

healthcare systems, Dr. Kirsch explains. While this trend toward commercialized medicine can lead to certain drawbackse.g. over-burdened
doctors, rushed and/or impersonal clinical experiencesit also brings
benefits. The companies provide report cards, ratings and even user
reviews of these doctors, similar to what youd read on Amazon.
3. Describe ailments clearly, succinctly. The average patient visits
a doctor with three issues to address. Because of limited doctor-patient
time, make a list in advanceand prioritize it. This can also help communicate frightening or embarrassing concerns.
4. Ask questions. Data overwhelmingly demonstrates better outcomes
for active participants in their own medical care. You should be able to
ask any question you likewithin reasonand get an answer, Dr. Kirsch
says. If your doctor isnt paying attention, interrupting too often or doing
too many things at once, say something. And if you dont like the answer?
Go up the chain or get a second opinion. After all, youre going to be the
one who suffers.
5. Advocate for those who might not adequately advocate for
themselves. Children and the elderly receive more healthcare than other
demographic groups. While its especially important for you to advocate
on their behalf, be sure to check with your elderly parentor older child
before going in to the appointment with them. And step out if asked.
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Beansprout Pediatrics
Dr. Danielle Grant opened her office, Beansprout Pediatrics, in
September of 2010. She continues to own and operate the practice in the
Lakeway/Bee Cave area. Since opening in 2010, Beansprout Pediatrics has
experienced rapid growth in a very short period, due primarily to the outstanding reputation they have rightfully earned in the community.
Beansprout Pediatrics offers complimentary prenatal visits, routine newborn care, well child care, camp and sport physicals, comprehensive diagnosis
and treatment of a variety of illnesses, ADHD consultation and management,
minor wound care, allergy management, and many other services.
Beansprout welcomed the addition of Jesse Zaitchik, male pediatric nurse
practitioner, in February of 2011. He has been a welcome addition to the
team. He has a focus on adolescent and sports medicine.
Beansprout Pediatrics is anticipating an expansion this summer. The
practice will relocate to a larger office within the area. The new office will
maintain the vibrant atmosphere of the current office, while offering a larger
waiting area that separates well and sick patients.
Dr. Grant is looking to hire another physician this summer to accommodate this growth.
Dr. Grant attended medical school at the University of Connecticut and
completed her pediatric training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston,
TX. She is board certified in Pediatrics. She has privileges at Lakeway
Regional Medical Center, as well as Dell Childrens Hospital. She is the proud
mother of three, resides in the Lakeway/Bee Cave area and enjoys being a
member of this community.

Achieve Manual Physical Therapy

Achieve Manual Physical Therapy (AMPT) is an outpatient
physical therapy clinic established in the Fall of 2007 by owner and director,
Leilani M Connors PT, FAAOMPT.
AMPT specializes in orthopaedic, manual physical therapy. To maintain
the highest standards of care, AMPT currently employs a staff of only fellowship- trained physical therapists. In addition, AMPT serves as a clinical
site for The Manual Therapy Institute. The Manual Therapy Institute offers
a program of post-professional clinical and didactic education that prepares
the clinician for the subspecialty of orthopedic manual physical therapy.
Beginning May 2013, AMPT will offer PT with advanced training in
Womens Health specializing in the evaluation and treatment of low back,
pelvis and pelvic floor region. Womens Health PT focuses on females with
a variety of conditions: pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence/bowel incontinence to include stress, frequency, urge, or mixed
incontinence, vulvodynia, pregnancy-related or post-partum pain, chronic
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IC,lichen sclerosis, coccyxdynia.
The clinic is equipped with state of the art unloading machines to facilitate functional return to work or sport. The open clinic design meets the
educational needs of a subspecialty clinical site, promotes professional collaboration with senior staff and fosters motivation with fellow patients.
AMPT seeks to provide comprehensive, highly skilled care utilizing the
current best evidence based treatments. Patients are seen by the same fellowship trained physical therapists, from initial evaluation to discharge. Patients
are not simply passed from PT to PT or to therapy techs once an evaluation
is performed. This type of clinical experience provides continuity of care, a
thorough delivery of therapeutic intervention and more efficient outcomes.

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Rigby Advanced Dental

Lets be honest, when it comes to dental treatment there are plenty
of choices out there and picking your particular flavor can be a daunting
task to say the least. One of the clear advantages to choosing care at Rigby
Advanced Dental is that you are under the watchful eye of a highly trained
dental specialist, a Prosthodontist.
Prosthodontists are recognized worldwide as patient advocates and
masters of dental restorations. With specialized training and extraordinary hand skills, prosthodontists are the architects of dental restoration.
Prosthodontics is about seeing the path to perfection and knowing how
to get there. Simply put, this specialty education provides knowledge and
skills beyond the training of general dentists. Among dentists only 1 in 55 is
a certified prosthodontist.
A Prosthodontist is best equipped to manage your dental concerns and
give you the best esthetic outcome. Dr. Brent Rigby is considered by many
dentists, specialists and patients to be the premier Prosthodontist in the area.
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Hill Country Pediatric

Summer Break: The perfect time to get your dental check-up with your
Pediatric Dentist! Why a Pediatric Dentist? Pediatric Dentistry is one of the nine
recognized dental specialties of the American Dental Association. Pediatric dentists complete two to three years of additional specialized training (after the required four years of dental school and four years of undergraduate education) to
prepare them for treating a wide variety of childrens dental problems. They are
also trained and qualified to care for patients with medical, physical or mental
disabilities. Pediatric dentists are qualified to provide oral conscious sedation. In
addition, many are on staff at hospitals to provide care under general anesthesia.
Taking your child to a pediatric dentist every six months is similar
to taking your child to a pediatrician for a well child exam. The American
Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in partnership with the American Academy
of Pediatrics recommends that the dental home be established by your childs
first birthday. These early visits will provide education on proper oral health
care at home. In addition, these visits can provide guidance of what to expect
as your childs dentition develops. Moreover, early intervention with preventive measures can stop the severity of many developmental problems, making treatment times shorter with better outcomes in the future.
Hill Country Pediatric Dentistry, P.A. is a dental home for your child
with offices located in Bee Cave and Marble Falls. The Owners and Pediatric
Dentists, Dr. Steve Hernandez and Dr. Angie Hernandez live, work and play
in the Lake Travis area. HCPD is an active sponsor of the LTYA. In addition,
HCPD sponsors many community events from health expos to school carnivals and school supply drives. Come in and see us this summer!

Aesthetica Med Spa

Welcome to Aesthetica MedSpas new location. Created in 1999,
we were Austins first MedSpa and are very pleased to be able to provide
our exceptional cosmetic dermatology services in Lakeway. We offer state of
the art aesthetic dermatology procedures, in a contemporary and welcoming
environment. Our Lakeway office is staffed by highly trained medical professionals, ready to help you with all your skincare needs. Our medical director,
Dr. David Sneed, is among the top 2% of Botox and Juverderm injectors in the
US, placing him as a Diamond Level injector status. Dr. Sneed has over 12 years
of experience in the field of cosmetic dermatology and is also the leader in Texas
for Silhouette Threadlift, a non-invasive facelift. We invite you to visit with
Katie Beck, one of our most experienced medical estheticians and certified laser
instructor, for a complementary consultation regarding your skin are needs.
Aesthetica Medspa is a national leader in treatments such as Botox and
Juvederm tissue filler for volume restoration. We are ready to assist you in analyzing your current skin are regimen and provide the most effective and current
medical grade skincare products available. Aesthetica specializes in no downtime, non-invasive treatments such as Endymed skin tightening, advanced
chemical peels, and our new Platelet Rich Plasma facial which stimulates skin
growth factors and stem cell enhancement. We also provide laser hair removal,
PhotoFacial skin rejuvenation, varicose vein treatment, tattoo removal, laser
skin resurfacing, and advanced facial treatments to help you achieve your
personal best appearance. Dr. Sneed can also assist you with specialized body
contouring procedures like BodyJet liposuction, an amazing minimally invasive office procedure to effectively and permanently give you the figure youve
always wanted. Fat transfer is also possible with this procedure to provide significant and long lasting tissue volume replacement for the face and hands.
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Bee Caves
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Radiant Faces

Bee Caves Family Practice is a full-service family medical clinic

treating patients age 1 100+. As well as treating common medical ailments,
our providers work together with their patients to help prevent the onset of
chronic illness and injury. Preventive services offered at our clinic include
weight management, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, cancer
screening, osteopathic manipulation, diabetes and hypertension management, nutriceutical therapy options, allergy testing and immunotherapy,
Airrosti manual therapy, and annual physical exams.
Bee Caves Family Practice is in-network with most insurances, and we
are accepting new patients. Our clinic is located at the Entrance to Lakeway
on the corner of Lakeway Blvd. and 620, above American Bank. Clinic Hours
are 8am7pm on Monday and 8am5pm Tuesday through Friday. For
more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at
(512) 263-9072, or visit our website:
Dr. Freeland is committed to honoring Medicare and Tricare, the insurance for our Military. He is also working extensively in Medical Advancement
through Research and serves through teaching medical students. A devoted
family man, he volunteers as the Lake Travis Rugby team physician.
1008 Ranch Road 620 South, Suite 200, Lakeway, TX 78734

A year and a half ago, Lakeway resident Amy DeMaio opened

Radiant Faces, a skin care company specializing in physician-delivered
injectables of clinical products such as Botox, Restylane and Juvederm. A
little over six months ago, Amy expanded her range of services to include fat
reduction and skin tightening using a revolutionary new device called Exilis.
She has recently moved to upgrade to the EXILIS ELITE. As impressive as
Exilis results were, the new more powerful EXILIS ELITE takes skin tightening to the next level with virtually pain free, noninvasive treatments. It can
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six treatments to achieve.
How it works: The technology of the newly upgraded EXILIS ELITE
achieves skin tightening by rejuvenating collagen though a patented duel
energy system called Collagen Refill Technology (CRT). The collagen fiber
triple-helic structure is affected by heat, and this initiates the unraveling
process. The focused energy disrupts collagen fibers. The controlled thermal effect quickly and efficiently dissociates the collagen structure, and the
natural healing process evokes fibroblasts to actively produce new collagen
fibers, filling the skin structure with new collagen. And it is precisely this new
collagen that give patients the smooth texture, elastic quality and beautiful
radiance of youthful skin.
Currently Amy is a member of an exclusive group of only 19 practitioners
nationwide (and the only one in Austin) who offers treatments with EXILIS
ELITE. She is pleased to be able to offer her customers a cutting edge service
that has been so widely recognized for its effectiveness.
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The Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is the

Lakeway, Texas, cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Robert DAlfonso, who
practices cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry. The practice offers an
in-house lab and sedation capabilities to treat patients faster and more comfortably and even has a massage therapist to soothe patients dental anxieties.
The dentists at the Lakeway Center pride themselves on providing highquality general, cosmetic and implant dentistry that gives patients the confident, healthy smile they deserve.
Dr. DAlfonso returned to the Austin area to open his practice over three
years ago. After spending 12 years in The Woodlands with a very accomplished cosmetic dentist (, Dr. DAlfonso is glad to
put his dentistry to use near his home town. He and his wife, Allison, are
excited to be settled in an area with both of their extended families nearby;
especially now that they have an 18 month old son (Joseph) and a daughter
due May 29th (Tenley)! The past three years in Lakeway have made them feel
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Will Garrison, Keller Williams

2012 Rookie of the Year
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Will Garrison with his

Rookie award, Star Walker

Wills roots in Lake Travis run deep and

include memories of a period when Lake Travis had
vast expanses of open land, when FM 620 was truly
a rural roada mostly deserted highway connecting
a few gas stations with a fistful of sleepy businesses.
He attended Lake Travis schools from elementary
through high school and lived with his family on a
13-acre waterfront ranch next to Pace Bend Park. He
fell in love with Lake Travis and boating, eventually
becoming a regional contender in slalom and trick
events. After graduating from LTHS, Will joined
the Marines. First assigned to the VMA-231 Harrier
attack squadron at Cherry Point, North Carolina, he
subsequently trained to become a Marine Combat
Instructor of Water Survival.

eller Williams Lake Travis Market Center recently named Will Garrison the
Rookie of the Year for 2012. The Rookie of the Year award honors a new Keller
Williams agent who had the highest dollar volume of closed sales for the year. This
is an achievement of considerable consequence as the Lake Travis Market Center, due to Keller
Williams towering size and presence in the industry, continues to attract a healthy number of
talented new agents hoping to build successful careers in real estate. Therefore, the competition
is intense.
As climates go, we can count on the fact that
summer in Austin will be hot. Occasionally, it
is hot and wet, but more recently (and most
often) it has been hot and dry. The heat is a
constant, regardless. The economic climate,
however, beginning in 2008-2009 has been
far less predictable or consistent. The Great
Recession caused considerable economic
pain, even in Austin, which fared better than
most cities, nationally and globally, and Will
Garrison experienced his personal share of the economic dislocations that wreaked havoc for
so many. Improving economic conditions provide the possibility for an economic facelift, like
the one we are currently experiencing, with a red-hot real estate market and a profusion of
signs in small businesses across the city that proclaim, Now Hiring! Will Garrisons personal
story mirrors, in microcosm, the reinvigoration of the Austin economy, and a great, personal
come back story of professional rebirth. He is one of the lucky ones, because he was able to
see the turnaround coming in real estate and position himself back in his hometown market
of Lakeway.
In 2001, after six years of honorable service, Will returned to Austin. He got his real estate
license and jumped into a very active leasing market, specializing in apartment locating. Will, a
third generation Realtor became even more passionate about
real estate and joined the Keller Williams family to focus on
the residential side. He feels the intimate knowledge he has
about every inch of Lake Travis, both on land and from the
lake, gave him a real advantage in quickly breaking into the
luxury market. He knows, for instance, exactly what views
can be seen from mile marker 1 all the way to mile marker
63. He was convinced that this special knowledge of the area,
combined with a relentless work ethic based on the marine
concept of service, would provide the key to his success in a
rapidly changing market.
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Dan g, its hot! I coul d sure use a drin k!

Our Favorite
Watering Holes
And How They Get Us Through the Summer
story by Tarja Parssinen | photos by cathie parssinen

ummer in Texas.There aint nothing more fierce. In the following pages, we take a look at
our favorite watering holes, and how they get us through the summer.
Your deodorant is powerless to it. Your makeup runs for the border (of your collar). And

when you step out of the air-conditioned car at high-noon and try to
breathe, its like Larry Hagman is sitting on your chest. But the worst is
the thirst, oh lordy, the dehydration! The parched mouth! The throats
burned dry, as The Sons Of The Pioneers sang in their classic cowboy
song Waterwith water, of course, encompassing all manner of libations. Because you cant get through summer in Texas on just water! No
sirree! Wasnt it Stephen F. Austin who said, Creating a state is great, but a
margarita on the rocks with salt is divine?
Now listen up all ye wilted bluebonnets! Its stands to reason that you simply cant mow the lawn or go to HEB or deal with Barb in Accounting without
the promise of something quaffable at the end of your journey! Something
with crushed mint or a wedge of lime or a fruity, ridiculous name or a manly
draft in a frosted glass! Yes! You can see it too! Its not a mirage! Saddle up on
that barstool! Collapse on that velvet divan! Lasso yourself that well-deserved
Because even though you look like you fought in the Battle of the Alamo and
the Alamo won, you did it. You survived another summer day in Texas.

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Steiner Ranch
Going beyond Happy Hour to
-cessively beyond Happy!

tatic Hour...

Open 7 days a week

NEW Happy Hour from 4pm6:30pm
Sunday Brunch from 10:30am to 2pm
Live Music Nightly on the patio
Pianist at the Baby Grand in the Great Room, 7 days a
week, including Sunday brunch
Private parties and events
Showcase of the rodeo and ranching history of the
Steiner family
Spectacular views
5424 Steiner Ranch Blvd., Austin, Texas 78732

While we enjoy our

spot on the map of the
Bar and Night Life
scene, our primary
identity is Great
Steakhouse with a
commitment to Fine
Dining. We are also
very proud of this
seasons Happy Hour,
which offers incredible
discounts on cocktails,
beer, wine and food.

40 Waterways | Summer 2013

The Reserve
at Lake Travis
If youre looking for the ultimate in watering
holes, it doesnt get any better than The Reserve at Lake
Traviss lazy river pool bar. This lakefront bar is surrounded by water and even has submerged bar stools so you can
literally sit in the water while youre bellying up to the bar.
You can even keep up with the latest sports on the 60 inch
flat screen TV. While youre enjoying a refreshing cocktail
or an ice cold beer, your kids can be splashing down the
giant waterslide behind you, or playing in the nearby kiddie pool. If youre just in the mood to relax with cocktail in
hand, just lay back on one of the giant tubes and float the
lazy river. All it takes for you to enjoy this amazing amenity all summer, is to be a resident of The Reserve at Lake
Travis or become a member of The Cypress Club. Members
not only have full use of the pool, but enjoy the delicious
offerings of the Cypress Lodge and are invited to participate
in member events.
19926 Thurman Bend Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669

Summer 2013 | Waterways 41

Verdes Mexican Parrilla

This tucked-away treasure on Hamilton Pool Road combines a family-friendly
atmosphere with fine dining. Owners, Aubrey and Joel Munguia along with the help of Chef
Cody Kidwell have created selections like his bacon-wrapped quail on a grilled tomatillo with
tequila lime butter and his mini lamb sliders with avocado and gorgonzola.
Verdes has developed a tapas-style menu of small plates, perfect for Happy Hour nibbling.
The bar is introducing a special offering of lighter, more refreshing cocktails for summer that
will use Fredericksburg peaches and other local ingredients. The white peach sangria is especially popular.
An enormous shaded patio overlooks a broad grassy expanse (a perfect playground for kids) and amphitheater. Just minutes away from
the Field of Dreams, Verdes is an always popular weekend sanctuary for
families to refuel and tank up after a busy day of sports!
Verdes also offers a great series of concertscheck out their schedule on their website.
16018 Hamilton Pool Road, Austin, TX 78738
MonThurs: 49 pm; Fri: 410 pm; Sat: 310 pm
Sun: 11 am9 pm; Happy Hour: 46:30 pm

Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse

Brooks Brannon, Sharon Burke

Spicewoods Legendary Honky Tonk

Poodies Roadhouse is about as old-timey as it gets, steeped in a tradition
that holds music and musicians at its core. James Randall Locke, or Poodie, was
Willie Nelsons stage manager for 34 years. He bought the bar in 1998 and shortly
thereafter established it as a venue for young musicians just starting out. Sharon Burke and her husband were coowners with Poodie for many years, and in 2006 Sharon took over the operation of Poodies. In 2008, she returned to
Chicago but continued to operate Poodies remotely, traveling back and forth to Austin.
After Poodies death in May 2009 and her husbands death in January 2010, Sharon seriously considered selling.
Ultimately, the pull, the history and her loyalty to the musicians that Poodies supported proved impossible to walk
away from. She returned to Texas and dug in her heels, investing in a new sound system and reestablishing Poodies
commitment to new talent. Sharon has had some important mentors, including Joe Able of The Saxon Pub in south
Austin and Kent Finlay of the Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos.
Rising country singer/songwriter, Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars, sings at Poodies most Sunday nights. She has
been with me for over two years, says Sharon. This is her home! Bracken Hale is also a regular at Poodies. Sharon
Burke is at the heart of a tightknit, extended family of staff and musicians who truly do see Poodies as a home.
Every Monday! Steak Night featuring original music at Poodies Texas Songwriter Showcase
Eats: Try the Famous Poodie Burger,
with grilled green chilies and onions,
smothered with pepper Jack cheese
OR The Black Bean Burger with pepper Jack cheese.
Drinks: A full bar with all the bells
and whistles!
The two-tiered deck on the Hilltop
offers some of the prettiest sunsets in
the hill country!
22308 Hwy 71, Spicewood, TX

Kyle Wagner, Lisa Janacek

42 Waterways | Summer 2013

Devin and Melissa Cox with bartender Sherry Pye

Angels IceHouse

Brandi Rhoads

Mary Blumer and Sara Shulman have created the ultimate family
playground at their kid-friendly restaurant just west of Bee Cave. Youll never
have to leave a half-full glass of wine behind because your children were bored
and whining to leave. Generally speaking, children dont whine at Angels, leaving mom and dad free to try adult beverages like these:
Cherry vodka, splash of grenadine,
sprite, lemonade, freshly squeezed
lime juice and a cherry!

Angel Meltdown
A signature frozen Rita, topped
off with a shot each of Grand
Marnier & Cuervo Gold

The menu features decadent favorites like the double cheddar cheeseburger with
grilled onions, mushrooms and jalapenos, and healthy favorites like Saras Salad,
made with Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, cranraisins, walnuts, and bleu
cheese, served over greens and tossed with a house red wine vinaigrette!
Angels Trivia: When Mary and Sara despaired of receiving a visit from legendary Spicewood resident Willie Nelson, they ordered t-shirts that proclaimed:
Angelsthe only place in Spicewood where WILLIE AINT BEEN! When
Willie finally did pay Angels a visit for dinner, Mary
and Sara knew Angels had ARRIVED!
Angels Icehouse a reminder of the way life should
be! Visit soon!
21815 Hwy 71 W., Spicewood, TX 78669
Open 11 amclose / 7 days a week

Busters BBQ
Busters BBQ in Lakeway is one of the
best places to enjoy a casual, family-style meal.
The spacious patio, shaded by towering oaks, is
the perfect place to linger over an icy cold beer or
a glass of wine. It can also be reserved for private
parties, like the crawfish boil, pictured here.
Try your beer and BBQ real soon at Busters
or let them cater your next event! No event is too
big or too small!
2125 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway, TX 78734
Open 7 days a week
SunThurs: 11 am8 pm
Fri & Sat: 11 am9 pm

Sara Shulman, Mary Blumer

Without question,
the greatest
invention in
the history of
mankind is beer.
Oh I grant you
that the wheel
was also a fine
invention, but the
wheel does not
go nearly as well
with BBQ.

Dave Barry

Summer 2013 | Waterways 43

Roccos Grill
Having a familiar place where everyone in the community feels welcome and
can enjoy outstanding bar service and celebrate mouth-watering, homemade Italian food,
served with a special family touch is what Roccos is all about, notes the Piazza family.
For more than a decade, Roccos Grill in Lakeway has offered a bar scene with infectious
energy. Lake Travis school colors of red and black connect to community themes and add to
the festive air created by the vibrant murals that
are a distinctive hallmark of Roccos Grill.
Rockey and Linda Piazza feel that their customers are as loyal to the bar at Roccos Grill as
they are to their favorite sports teamsand the
Daily Happy Hour: From 4:307 pm, 7 days a
week, featuring discounted drinks and price
appetizers on a selected menu
Try: Our Bruschetta and Spicy Gorganzola tenders!
For Summer: Over 20 brand new summer cocktails. COME TRY THEM ALL! (Maybe not all at once!)
Lunch: From 11:30 am2 pm (MonFri)
Dinner: F
 rom 4:309 (SunThurs)
4:3010 (Fri & Sat)
Citysearch polls awarded Roccos Best View in
2009! Enjoy the view from Roccos new lounge on
the veranda! Check it out this summer!
900 RR 620 South, Lakeway, TX

44 Waterways | Summer 2013

The famous UTini,

Roccos signature martini!

Laura Brewer, Virginia Hatch, Kyndal Harrington,

David Kahn, Maria Harrington, Susan McCrary
Maria Harrington, Kyndal Harrington

Maria & Kyndals Boutique

Host David Kahn
story by cathie parssinen
photos by Brandi Nellis

other-daughter fashion duo, Maria and Kyndal

Harrington hosted a reception for David Kahn of David Kahn
Jeans at their boutique in Westlake Hills for friends and customers. David Kahn created a premium denim brand that combines incredible quality, innovative washes and, most importantly, a great fit. Maria shops a number
of fashion markets, including L.A., home to a number of designers she carries,
including David Kahn Jeans. Maria & Kyndals Boutique provided the outfit
(including a pair of David Kahn jeans) for Christine Perez, shown on our cover.
Maria Harrington opened the Westlake store in 2010 and a sister store in
Lakeway in 2012. Maria & Kyndals presents fashion at both the high and low
end, including great collections from Ella Moss, Michael Stars (Lakeway only),
Three Dot, Hale Bob, Splendid, Joes Jeans, David Kahn Jeans and Paige.
If David Kahns jeans are wildly popular among L.A.s celebrity crowd, Maria
and Kyndals Boutique has attracted a celebrity following of its own right here
in Austin!

Maria & Kyndals

2127 Lohmans crossing Rd. #312
Lakeway, Tx 78734
6317 Bee Caves Rd. #365
Austin, TX 78746

Michelle Steves, David Kahn, Meredith Steves, Avery Steves

Summer 2013 | Waterways 45

Luxury Cabins at
The Reserve
on Lake Travis
story and photos by cathie parssinen

f you havefriends or family

coming into town over the summer
and need a great place to absorb the
an overflow of visitors, you need to check
into the brand new one and two-bedroom
cabins available for daily or weekly rental
at The Reserve at Lake Travis. I literally
checked in to one for an overnight stay
on a beautiful weekend in mid-April. The
cabins have a rustic feeling but are luxuriously appointed with wood floors and
marble countertops. My cabin even had
a peek-through fireplace connecting the
sitting room with the oversized bathroom.
All the cabins come with a private fenced
area and a deck, as well as a Zen-like garden and outdoor shower. Each garden is a
little bit different, some have an outdoor
soaking tub (check me out in mine!) and
others have a small fire pit.
With your rental, you have access to
all the same amenities a Reserve homeowner enjoys. In fact, the signature amenities of this award-winning community
are enough to make you seriously consider becoming one! Choose from a diverse
menu that includes everything from fine
steaks to pizza and enjoy lakeside dining with al fresco seating under the giant
oaks that surround the Cypress Lodge.
Kids can climb aboard the wrecked ship
playscape while you linger over a glass of
wine. Many communities now offer Lazy River
Pools, and I have seen most of them in our
area. I can truthfully say that the Swim Park
and Lazy River Pool, with its multi-level decks
and giant water slide, is among the prettiest
Ive seen. The negative edge pool, that appears
to flow directly into Lake Travis behind it, was
the site of our cover shoot with Holly MillsGardener for our Summer 2011 issue. Use of
tennis courts, a fishing pond and an Equestrian
Center are also available.
The 162-slip marina offers boaters rare
access to the Lake Travis. With all public boat
ramps now closed, its worth renting a cabin for
a weekend or a week just to get your boat back
in the water! The marina offers slips at special
rates for those who reserve cabins.

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Seton Gala
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his yearsSeton Gala was held at the beautiful estate of

Mr. Lee Thomas, just off Flintrock Falls Road. A remarkable,
vintage collection of custom autos was on display for the pleasure of guests. Co-chairs Sally Barto and Barbara Bembry were is charge
of planning and organizing this annual event, presented by the Lakeway
Associates of the Seton Development Board. Sponsorships, donations,
tickets and a silent auction generated proceeds that will benefit special projects and purchase equipment at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital.
Seton Shoal Creek is the only hospital in the region that helps children,
teens and adults on the road to mental health recovery. For more than
30 years, the 80-bed facility has provided much needed care through
in- and out-patient programs using physical, occupational and artistic
activities during individual and group therapy sessions.

Dottie Stevenson, Diane Jackson, Gil Boyd,

Brooke Toeller

Glenda and Max Engert, Annette Brown

Alan Issacson, VP & COO of Seton

Shoal Creek Hospital; Kim Nearburg,
Board President, Lakeway Associates
Co-chairs Sally Barto and Barbara Bembry of Seton Development
Cindy and Mike Maroney, Jim and Janie Gentil, Mark Nearburg

48 Waterways | Summer 2013

Glenn Ballard and Patsy Brister by the batmobile

Sherry Bettis, Pat and Mike Hahn, Betty Welch

Sharon Gilmore, Cherie Harris

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Carol Miltenberger, MaryBeth Kenis, Geri Boyce,

Marjorie Burciaga, Kathy Mayberry, Ashton
Flynn, Diane Judah Mayberry, Niece Laws, Tami
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Paul Steece, Joe Cresto

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Nikki Schroeder, Rainie Becker

Diane and Bubba Breazeale

peaker Joe Cresto spoke at the 7th Annual Mayberry

Foundation event with exceptional clarity and composure about
his gut-wrenching experience of, as he put it, living with the monster. That monster is lung cancer. Joe Cresto, just like Bob Mayberry, never
smoked a cigarette in his life. He maintained his college weight; he was a
runner. It was the Stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis that explained the persistent
cough that would not clear and his increasing shortness of breath. Disbelief,
shock, panic, grief, Joe, like so many other cancer victims, experienced them
all. After sharing the news with his family, he felt he needed to share the
news with his boss at 3M, Paul Steece. After he heard Joes news, Paul asked,
What are you going to do? And Joe responded, I think Im going to die.
And I think its going to happen soon.
Paul Steece and his wife Kate have been active supporters of Mayberry
Foundation for many years and good friends of Diane Judah Mayberry, and
so Paul gave Joe Dianes number. Within a week, Joe was in the hospital at
Seton, where things got really ugly. It was in the Seton waiting room that

Linda Estes, Brittany Manicom

Jacque Tomchesson, Beth Cunningham, Dr. Edward Kim, Diane Judah Mayberry, Donna Hopkins

Dr. William Williams from

M.D. Anderson

50 Waterways | Summer 2013

Ivana and Freddie Powers

Joes wife, Bridget, called Diane. And there, on the other end of the line, was a voice of confidence, experience, and
love. Diane put Joe in touch with Dr. William Williams at M.D. Anderson and the pioneering work of the team
of associates that worked with Dr. Edward Kim
on tumor biomarker analyses. These analyses,
based on the specific biomarker profiles for each
patient, determine which clinical trials will offer
the best benefit.
As Joe Cresco closed his remarks, he urged
guests to support Dr. Williams and the team at
M.D. Anderson. They are the best hope we have,
and we need to support them. Life offers us no
guarantees. We need to recognize our blessings. I
am grateful to know people like Paul Steece, who
is there to face the monster with me. I know Im
Sheri Stanton, MaryBeth Kenis, Chris Strong, Diane Dixon not alone.
Shannon Lowe, Chris Lott

Teresa Duffin, Sandra Heatley

Debbie and Steve Ohlman

Diane Judah Mayberry between Paula and Cary Leverett

Carol and Fred Berneche

Kate Steece, Amy DeMaio, Niece Laws

Rusty and Jan Busby, Kelly and Brian Poe

52 Waterways | Summer 2013

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different phases of life.

LoreleiMcDevitt, Maureen Greenwood, Anita Van Tongerloo

Women on their Toes

story and photos by cathie parssinen
To a true artist, only that face is beautiful which, quite apart from its exterior,
shines with the truth within the soul. Mahatma Gandhi

Lisa Kennedy,
Austin Humane Society
Heidi Armstrong,
Divine Canines
Samia Joseph,
Superhero Kids
Judy Chambers representing
Lin Scheib, Dress for Success
Cindy Fellows,
Assistance League of Austin
Susan Hawkins Sager,
New Milestones Foundation
Linda McCoy-Schriever,
Keep Austin Beautiful
Cindy Pinto,
Austin Jewish Film Festival
Karen Shultz,
Center for Child Protection
Tim Taylor, Health Alliance
for Austin Musicians

54 Waterways | Summer 2013

hisyears 19th Annual Spring Fundraising Event and Luncheon presented by the Ballet Austin
Guild honored exceptional Austin community volunteers, paying tribute to the efforts of ten
honorees whose work in our community reveals their unflinching dedication to act as their
brothers keeper.
What is it in lifes journey that turns a person to follow a path of serious volunteer work? Genes? Family
upbringing or religious tradition? A revolt against family upbringing and religious tradition? The thunderbolt of life experience?
Ballet Austins Holland Angel, Emily Moreland, Carolyn Hill, Pat Basilotto In most cases, contributing factors are interesting
but largely irrelevant. We
know its not the money!
Most of those honored by the Ballet Austin
Guild this year not only
devote hours of their
personal time to their
volunteer commitments
but also lead double lives
as full-time professionals with 9-5 obligations
that may or may not be
connected to their volunteer efforts. One thing
we know for sure: within
the soul of each of these
treasured volunteers lies
an unquenchable need to
nurture others. The example of those honored this
year is humbling, reminding us again how personal
choice offers the chance to
make a real difference in
the lives of others.

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Ballet Austin Guild President,

Lorrie Garcia

Leslie Reynolds, Heather Brackett

Dianne Johnson,
Nancy Hopper,
Gretchen Gibson

Elizabeth Buchholz, Angela Watkins, Judy Matula Barbara Mayfield, Kathy Taylor, Jessica Taylor
Center for Child Protections Vice-president Cindy French,
Executive Director Michael Torres and Honoree Karen Shultz

Betty Vickrey, Beverly Watkins, Carol Sawin

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The lawn behind Shades at the Sail & Ski Marina

Karina and Robert Machnachi

Live on the Lawn

Jason and Nikka Anderson

story and photos by cathie parssinen

t wasa laid-back crowd that gathered on the grass

behind Shades at the Sail & Ski Marina on a gorgeous,
sunny day in mid-March. I was tickled pink to be asked
for an ID, verifying that I was old enough to drink legally
haha! Not that I would drink on the job, mind you! Live music,
kids dancing and chasing each other, folks sunning themselves
in fold-up chairs. It was the good life on Lake Travissimple,
unpretentious. Shades has many fans who wait impatiently for
their annual opening for the season on the lake. Its a rite of passage! Try their burgers!

Charlie Jeffreys, Rod Malone

Sara Muske, Robert Burns, Allie Able

Jay and Kristi Jones

Colton, Shayne and Emrey Traylor

58 Waterways | Summer 2013

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Kimberly Strangeis a Software Consultant whose

closet (before Edie Henry took charge of it) had three sections: a comfortable-but-not-so-cute section, a historical
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die Henrysfirst exposure to the fashion

industry began with a stint as a teen model.
When she stopped growing at 56, she transitioned to retail sales, visual merchandising and buying.
She left fashion for 15 years to pursue acting and interior
design in southern California and later became a parttime lifestyle model. Her work as a model led her to study
makeup and, while working on set as a make-up artist,
she befriended a model who showed up with a disastrous
wardrobe. I knew that I could have a blast dressing her!
This was the transformative experience that launched
Edie on a new path as a fashion stylist. She studies style
in its many diverse manifestations and has been inspired
by some classic icons such as Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn,
Grace Kelly and Coco Chanel and a number of currentday favorites. Most importantly, she always brings her
clients personality and wardrobe needs to the foreground, and then throws in some Edie flair.
Her ideal client is anyone (female or male) who either
doesnt like to shop or who has no time to devote to the
task because of job or family obligations. Sometimes
her clients lack confidence and struggle with creating a
sense of style that reflects their personalities. According
to Edie, I see so many people walking around in clothes
that dont match who they are. Drab, ill-fitting clothes
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Kimberly: When I finally admitted that my talents lay

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40-year old. I did not want to think about all the possibilities in my closet. I wanted a pic-pull-and go approach!
Step 1: The Cleanout! Edie came to my house and had
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fits doesnt mean you should wear it.
Step 2: Shopping! What I really appreciated was that she
went ahead of me and pre-selected outfits so my time was
not wasted. I went to the dressing room and the clothes,
shoes and accessories were brought to me. I set a budget,
and she stuck to it.
Step 3: Digital Inventory! Edie created a digital inventory of
all the combinations of clothing, shoes and accessories that
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order about how they should be worn and what not to do.
These tips were so valuable. There are season changes and
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60 Waterways | Summer 2013

This beautiful area is . . .

Carolyn Hill Country

Crosswater Yacht Club

Opens This Summer

For a Smooth Sale Contact Carolyn!

Profile and photo by Cathie Parssinen

rosswaterYacht Club has been almost a decade in the making, and on May 19, Suntex Marinas will unveil its newest deep
water marina with a grand opening celebration for the Lake
Travis boating community. The new marina has 243 slips, with an average
slip length of 32. Except for a few end-ties, all of the slips are covered. Prior
to his appointment as General Manager of Crosswater Yacht Club, Roland
Adams served as GM of Hurst Harbor Marina, another Suntex property. As
he noted, the natural asset of sitting back in a well-protected cove also means
that, during a period of extreme, extended drought, Hurst Harbor loses its
water. In view of this fact, it made sense to construct a marina on the main
body of the lake and to create our own protection.
And that is precisely what Crosswater Yacht Club has done. With the construction of a massive 16 wide main pier, and 10 breakwalls on the east and
west sides and a 12 breakwall on the north side, Crosswater offers serious
protection from the impact of weather elements and from wake action from
large vessels.
What is most striking among the many advantages Crosswater Yacht
Club offers is an ease of access that is unprecedented. According to Roland
Adams, From any entrance, you can to any point in Lakeway in eight or
nine minutes. The key question is how long will it take you, once you reach
your marinas parking lot, to get to your boat? Crosswater Yacht Club picks
members up in multi-passenger golf carts and drives them down a hill, over
a bridge onto the marina and deposits them at their personal boat slip. And
Crosswater can offer that service at any given lake level. Given the low water
levels, the challenge at many marinas of getting from your carwith a passle
of kids and coolersdown steep steps or even to a tram is a daunting one.
According to Roland Adams, the pleasures of low-water boating are often
overlooked. In view of the fact that public ramps are all closed, marina
occupants have the lake to themselves. There are no crowds, and boating is
also safer as all dangers are now visible. Exposed sand bars offer fabulous
beaches. The kids love them. Some of the most enjoyable boating happens
during low-water periods.
Crosswater Yacht Club
1505 Hurst Creek Road, Austin 78734
512.261.LAKE (5253)


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Annette Brown, Brooke Toeller, Dottie Stevenson, Phil Brown, Jody Berry

Margaret and John Herman

Sue and Rick Wilsey

Sue Cornett, Bill Marquis, Paul Cornett, Mary Anne Marquis

Michael and Pat Hydanus

Spring Dance
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Jack and Gwen Holcroft

Sherry and Michael Bettis

Carlene and Chuck Denman

he Womens Clubof Greater Lakeway hosted its annual Spring

Dance, beautifully orchestrated by Co-chairs Sharon January and
Gretchen Nearburg, at the Lakeway Resort and Spa in March. The
group is a collegial one despite a diverse membership
that includes both those who have lived in the greater
Lakeway area for decades as well as a growing roster of
newcomers who have relocated to this area more recently. The member mix embraces many who are retired but
also many who still work, either full or part-time. A large
number of members and their husbands volunteer for
civic, political and philanthropic causes. They are poster
children for the Can Do generation and embrace the
pleasures of the present moment with a vengeance! As
a group, they are generous to a fault, supporting each
other through the challenges and difficulties thrown in
their path with a compassionate spirit and a sense of
communal grace.
We allow our beloved President a number of very special privileges.carefully supervised, of course! Haha!
Sam Edwards and Nancy Clayton

Daniel and Jacquelyn Foreman

Sam and Jean Edwards

Gretchen Nearburg, Gil Boyd

Don and Cindy Kotrady

Ben Farrell, Dee Ann Burns-Farrell

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Bill and Bonnie Thompson, Margaret and Ray Kilgo

Thomas and Barbara Pembrey, Barbara and Ward Beebe

Conrad and Sharon January

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Lake Travis Community

Library Celebrates
Grand Opening
story and photos by cathie parssinen

Evelyn and Jessica Hare, Jenna Lester

Sophie and Sadie Brunner

Carol Black, Laura Madla

Black Bert entertains!
Library Director Morgan McMilliam,
Sue Gilman

undreds of visitors showed up at the Lake Travis Community

Library to celebrate the move to its new home on Lohmans Crossing.
Architect Jeff Bulla of Dallas and the planning committee have
designed a community treasure. Sharon January, whose career was devoted to
commercial design, worked closely with the architect to select paint, fixtures and
furniture for the library. The new facility is light and
Alan and Ginger Gober
airy, a truly inviting gathering space for this lucky community of readers.
The work of the library staff and its dedicated volunteers has not changed. They offered the same wonderful
programs in the old facility as they are offering in this
beautiful new home, but the move has definitely created
a source of new energy. According to Library Director
Morgan McMilliam, 482 families have
become new members in the two month
period since the move. A big thank you
to everyone who worked so tirelessly to
see this community dream come true!

Sharon Rogers, Betsy and Perry Smith

Asher and Eli Enterline

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Amber Hart with Gracie and Torsten

Larue Woods, Caroline Miller (both from

Helping Hands Crisis Ministry of Spicewood)
Victoria Shaw, LT Crisis Ministry

Michelle Zogas, President of LTlov,

Dena Largent, owner of Art Affair

Eileen Alter, Karla Wilfon,

Deborah Sheldon, Michelle
Zogas, Shamrea Marquell,
Kim Kahle
Michelle Zogas with
Sealed with a Kiss

LeAnne Ciola, Joan Aydam,

Aileen Alter, Jackie Mata,
Sarah Berg, Geri Gabriel

Pictured here are members and supporters of LTlov at a Spring Member/guest
mixer held in the inviting gallery space created by Dena Largent at Art Affair. We posted
a picture of Michelle Zogas kissing the red lamp, appropriately called Sealed with a Kiss,
on Waterways Facebook page and asked the question, What is that tireless caregiver
Michelle Zogas up to now? (Artist Jeff Hayes, whose works are displayed at Art Affair,
donated the lamp as a raffle item for the LTlov mixer.)
The answer to the question is that Michelle continues her role as a cheerleader for
community activism, mobilizing and inspiring those around her to raise money to support worthy causes. Among them are Green Santa Lake Travis, Peaceful Dreams, LT Crisis
Ministries, Dream a Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship, Austin School for the Visual
and Performing Arts, LTFR, Partners in Hope, Spicewood Helping Hands, Boy Scouts of
America, Skiin With The Galilean, Spicewood Wildfire Long Term Recovery, The Center
for Child Protection, the LT Lunch Truck and LTISD.

They Care

story and photos by cathie parssinen

Students from Canyon Ridge Middle School, serving the Steiner Ranch
Community, attended a fund raiser organized by KHOPE. KHOPE was founded
by middle school students Lucas Bakker, Luke Litzau, Jesse Riedel and Rachel
Williams to raise money to help children at the Austin Childrens Shelter. The motto
they selected was Kids helping kids hope today for a better tomorrow. Several of
these student founders have mothers who belong to Women of Hope, also a dedicated support group for the Austin Childrens Shelter. In her remarks to her peers
Rachel Williams drew some haunting comparisons between the privileged life she
and most of her friends enjoy, with loving families, access to wonderful schools and
an assortment of enriching extracurricular activities, and the lives of the children
whose families abused or neglected them to the point where they were placed in the
care of the ACS.
Tyler and Maddie Stock

l-r: Kyle Legg, Max Hunter, Tyler Lambeth,
Caroline McKenzie, Erik Legg

Guests at the first KHOPE fundraiser

KHOPE Founders: Rachel

Williams, Jesse Riedel, Luke
Litzau, Lucas Bakker

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Stylist Haley Bray (West End Salon), Engineer Ryan Collity (standing), Engineer Matt
Fleischauer, Stylist Molly Morgan (Mirror, Mirror), Engineer John Ryan Wells
back: Todd Chonhar, Angels
owners Mary Blumer and Sara
Shulman; front: Carol Cofer,
Julia Chonhar, Jacque Barton

Pedernales Fire Departments

Shave to Save Benefit
story and Photos by cathie parssinen

wo stylists,Haley Bray and Molly Morgan, donated their time to do the scalping at the
Pedernales Fire Departments Benefit at Angels to raise money for the departments designated
charity, St. Baldricks Foundation. St. Baldricks Foundation funds research to find cures for
childhood cancers, with a special focus on cancers that are extremely aggressive and difficult to treat. In
2013, 54,290 volunteers had their heads shaved at 1,303 events nationwide, raising $28,674,177 for St.
Baldricks. And our Pedernales firefighters were among them!
The community turn-out was pretty impressive. Ever since the horrible fires of 2011 swept through the
Spicewood area, members of the Spicewood community share a feeling of something akin to hero-worship
for their firefighters. I overheard several people say that they came out
to support their firefighters, remembering how hard they fought for
this community at the peak of the firefight.
Joni Langle, Dylan Duncan, Cindy Langle, BJ Smith (Angels Manager)

Engineer Ryan Collity places the royal Irish

headband on Lieutenant Jason Atkins recently
shaved head!
Jenna Koontz, Bryan and Cristy Kranik, Ryan and Suzy Aubert, Anthony
and Cathy Strother; children: Ryan Koontz, Evie and Siena Aubert

Spicewood resident Rita

Rogalewski gives it up for
the cause!

Camille Mikeska, Engineer Jared Mikeska,

Celeste Mikeska

Paige Sanders, FF Jared Irvine

Firefighter David Clark,

Probationary Firefighter William
Turner (as patient in basket),
Firefighter Matt Benson

LTFR Rescue

Probationary Firefighter Cole Rador, Lieutenant Adam Lear,

Engineer Robert Rygg, Lieutenant Mike Del Castillo
Engineer Robert Rygg

Firefighter David Clark,

Probationary Firefighter
William Turner (as patient
in basket)

story and photos by cathie parssinen

ccording to Lieutenant Jeremy Petersma with Lake Travis

Fire/Rescue, all members of LTFR conduct some type of
Technical Rescue Training once a month for three consecutive
days, in order to allow everyone in the department a chance to participate in the drills and the training. The types of training are as diverse as
the situations the department may confront and include high angle rope
rescue, boat rescue, water rescue, confined space rescue, tower rescue
and wilderness rescue. Sites for training include Mansfield Dam, Reimers
Firefighter David Clark, Probationary Firefighter William Turner (as patient in
Ranch, Hamilton Pool, Lakeway City Park (pictured here), water towers,
basket), Firefighter Matt Benson, Engineer Robert Rygg, Lieutenant Adam Lear
Lake Travis and multiple wilderness areas. The following five members
of Lake Travis Fire/Rescue make up the Rescue Committee: Lieutenant
Jeremy Petersma, Lieutenant Adam Lear, Engineer Robert Rygg, Engineer
Jeff Dudik and Firefighter Sean Tess.
In addition to monthly training that is exclusive to LTFR, a quarterly
training program provides an opportunity for LTFR to train with neighboring departments. As Jeremy Petersma explains, This training is to build
an excellent working relationship with other departments, just in case we
need them or they need us for any technical rescue call.
In the Spring 2013 LTFR publication, Message From The Chief,
Interim Fire Chief Robert Abbott
reported a major departmental expansion, with the hire of a dozen new
firefighters to join LTFR. It marked
a large step for the organization as it
put LTFR closer to staffing all of its
fire units with a minimum of four firefighters; a focused goal almost 10 years
in the making. The presence of a 4th
firefighter on a team vastly increases
speed and effectiveness in responding
to 12 required tasks within 120 second
Firefighter Matt Benson, Probationary Firefighter
of arriving on scene. The expansion is
William Turner (as patient in basket), Probationary
welcome news for the department and
Firefighter Cole Rador
for the community.

Annette Brown, Linda DeOme, Phil Brown, Sharon Rogers, Julianne DeBower, Linda Swan

Glenn Ballard, Patsy Brister

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Tim Ball, Margaret Dalton

Paula Tye, Mike Sullivan

Pat (The Girl with the

Golden Touch) and
Wilson Smith
Marie Drury, Nancy Clayton, Gretchen Nearburg, Dottie Stevenson

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secret summonswas sent out to nearly 200 secret

agents, mystery women and international spies to appear at 6
pm sharp for a clandestine mission with global repercussions.
Instructions were given to appear in disguise so as not to let the pussy out
of the bag! Intelligence agencies are still looking for the following organizers: Thomas and Barbara Bembry, Susan Bryce, Nancy Clayton, Dick
and Marie Drury, Timm and Sharon Gilmore, Charlie and Cherie Harris,
Linda Kephart, Jeanne Ann Klein, Sanjeev and Donna Kumar, Alan
and Paula Tye and Dennis and Judy Wallace, although it is still unclear
whether the agencies intend to arrest them or congratulate themhaha!
They really should be congratulated, for they threw one of the most creative parties of the 2013 Spring Season!
Celebrating all things Bond, the competition was fierce and furious
over who best portrayed Pussy GaloreSharon Rogers with the Flying
Circus Girls (Annette Brown, Linda DeOme, Julianne DeBower and Linda
Swan) or Sandy Boston with Mike Boston playing a very debonair 007.
And the room was full of an assortment of ravishing Bond girls from
assorted eras. This is a crowd that knows how to crack up!

Jackie Lloyd, Linda Kephart

Sanjeev and Donna Kumar

Linda Kephart, Nancy Clayton, Susie Rice, Cherie Harris


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Beverly Moreland presents Johnnie

with a restrospective album
prepared by his students, the
Lakeway Painters

Dot Fields, surrounded by

friends and family

Johnnie Fields, Ben Kuenemann,

Secy/Treas; Lakeway Painters

Johnnie Fields
Members of the Lakeway Painters group organized an exhibition at the Lakeway Activity Center to
honor Johnnie Fields, their artistic teacher and mentor. Although it is not always easy to catalogue what
sets them apart from the crowd, everyone recognizes a brilliant teacher. And that is what Johnnie Fields
has been for the many students in the Lakeway Painters group. A gifted watercolorist, he has shared his
insights and a generosity of spirit that informs his teaching style and encourages his students to excel.
Johnnie Fields was born in Waco and grew up in Austin. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from
the University of Texas in Austin in 1951. He has practiced architecture for over 60 years and still plays an
active role at Fields and Associates Architects. The firm has designed many schools for the Lake Travis,
Leander, Dripping Springs, Eanes, Austin, Llano and Salado School Districts and has also designed many
churches in the area.
Johnnie Fields has truly been an iconic presence in the greater Lakeway/Lake Travis community.

Their Students and Admirers

Celebrate their Work

story and photos

by cathie parssinen

Virginia Grumbles, honored with an exhibition

at The Treasury by her students
Virginia Grumbles, a Texas native, knew from the time she was a small child that art held her heart
in its grip. Virginia spent a lot of time at her grandparents ranch off Hwy 71 that adjoined the Reimer Ranch.
I remember when my grandparents were building a new well. The soil they dug up had wonderful clay, and
I spent all day making things. Virginia received a B.A. and an M.A. in Art History and Education from the
University of Texas at Austin. Her mentor was William Lestor, and he urged Virginia to paint rather than
teach. But, in fact, she found it was her privilege to do both. Her work sharing the joys she finds in art with
thousands of students (including my daughter, Tarja at LTHS) has never prevented her from painting. She
is known for her landscapes but she has a secret love for large abstracts. Her late husband, W.E. (Sonny)
Grumbles wrote a classic piece of cowboy poetry in her honor. Here is an excerpt:
Did you ever watch an artist at
work with their easel, brushes
and paint? They are brushin and
dabbin around and around til I
think Im going to faint.
Ive watched them for hours doing
their thing with paint just
runnin and drippin;
I wonder how they enjoy this
workthe gears in their head
must be slippin.
Sometimes they paint pretty weird
Things, and I dont know what to say.
When they hold it up for me to see, I just
grin and say, You done
Damn good today.

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Anna Brita Stephens, Els Buckingham, Katy Parker

Natalie Grumbles, Kathryn Armstrong,
Jennifer Rountree

Virginia Grumbles, Cathie Parssinen

Bob and Valerie Liebl, Virginia Grumbles

Albert Besteiro, Elias Montemayor, Gary Spellman

with son Dakota, Alex Ruiz, Jeff Plankenhorn,
Brian Mendez, Michael OConnor

Peace, Love and

Happiness 2013

Ray Combs, Joe Peter, Patrick Graham

story and photos by cathie parssinen

he 2013 annualPeace, Love and Happiness Charity Motorcycle Ride ended its tour through the
hill country with lunch and live music for organizers, celebrities and sponsors at Verdes Mexican Parilla
on Hamilton Pool Road in Bee Cave. Afterwards, participants rode back to Cowboy Harley Davison to
return their bikes and were driven by bus to a concert at the Backyard.
Organized by Gary Spellman of Ultimate Salon Services and Ultimate Face Cosmetics and John Paul DeJoria,
CEO of Paul Mitchell Systems, the inspiration for the ride struck DeJoria and Spellman in 2002 during a pitstop at Poodies Hill Top Roadhouse when the two bikers were riding through hill country. They proceeded
to create an event that provides major philanthropic assistance to The 100 Club of Central Texas, a source of
support for families of fallen first responders, such as police officers,
firefighters and EMS personnel. The ride has also supported groups that Gary Spellman with Verdes owner, Joel Mungia
care for abused and neglected children and The Water Keepers Alliance.
VIP sponsors paid $1000 each to ride with DeJoria, Spellman and friends
Peter Fonda, Robbi Kneival and Jesse James through the hill country.

Alex Ruiz, Jeff Plankenhorn

Laurie Spellman, Malcomb Denere, Lisa and Mark Palermo

The Night Mothers

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Happy Birthday, Kelly Gray!

story and Photos by cathie parssinen

here maynot have been exactly sixty, but the grand patio at the Steiner
Ranch Steakhouse was full of shades of gray, the recommended color to show up
in for the 60 Shades of Gray Birthday Party Ronda Gray threw for her husband
Kelly. Even the sky complied with the theme of the party, with dark gray clouds scudding
overhead. Appropriately, a martini bar served up martini made with Grey Goose vodka.
From all accounts, Mr. Gray enjoyed himself gray-tly!
Bobby Steiner,
Shane Steiner

Chris and Lisa Marie Benedict

Benita Dryden, Joleen Steiner

Andrew Lowe, Ane Urquiolo, Bagpipes played at sunset
Ronda Gray, Kathy Erickson

Ronda and Kelly Gray

Bobby and Joleen Steiner
Jen Altman, Ane Urquiola

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Joni Schoener Bentzin

Gina Scanio, Anna Johnson Wall Street played!

Sterling and Paula Boon

Krista and Gary Spring

Doug and Michelle Tumlin

Rip and Carrie McWilliams

Brent and Amy Beauchamp

Kim and Greg Stock, Ronda Gray

James and Cara Patton

Kelly Gray, Tamra and Tim Brunson

Shannon Carr, Charlie Printy, Chris and Hope Duncan, Blair Printy, Blake Printy

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