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O F S O U T H E A S T T E X A S

HOLIDAY
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Inside interior designer
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06 starters
Letter from Editor 44 totally worthy
44 Four local Santas-
inside december
10 vip shelter in-disguise
10 A peek at an interior 48 “What happens at
designer’s own home the deer lease, stays at
the deer lease”
13 vip style 50 A visit with Santa,
13 Six local ladies model a.k.a. Billie Harland,
the most glamorous our December
holiday fashion VIPersonality
19 A gift guide for all your
holiday giving needs 56 vip guide
56 Four great dates in
27 health&beauty December, plus a look
27 Recuperate from fatigue forward into
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10
and overindulgence
brought on by the season

31 totally social

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Contributing Writers
N MY OWN HOUSEHOLD LAST cathLeeN coLe
December, we were feeling a bit stretched, aShLeY gReeN
trying to afford all the accoutrements of mIcah LINDSaY
the holiday season. Looking down my hoLLI PeteRSeN
to-do/to-buy list, I struck off Christmas haLeY StRahaN
cards as they are a.) painfully time con- Photography
suming and b.) expensive, as the price of Contributing Photographers
stamps keeps going up. Ahhhh…one less FeLIcIa JeteR
expense and one less holiday stressor! SILVIa c. mccLaIN
Except that I’ve regretted it all year. We have a long Christmas card list KYLe PeteRSeN
Lee e. StINSoN
and it’s definitely a project to manage each year, but it is also like a roadmap of our lives. JUDY StoKeLY
On the list we have relatives from both spouses’ families, childhood playmates, high
school friends, college roommates, colleagues from previous jobs, neighbors from every Art
home we’ve lived in, lifelong pals and new acquaintances. Many of the people we may Director, Digital Solutions
only communicate with once a year – when we send that holiday card. But for those teD FISheR
few minutes that it takes to jot a note and sign the card, I’m remembering that person or
Manager, Creative Media
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laugh or a crisis with you. It’s also an annual chance to reach out to those we’ve struck Supervisor, Creative Media
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A Designer Home
text by HALEY STRAHAN

Y
OU WILL FIND HIS IMPECCABLE accessories and art.”
style in many of Beaumont’s most well- Jeff McManus grew up in Beaumont, watching his parents run the
appointed homes. His shop is a mecca McManus Lamp Lighter and honing his love of interior decoration.
for interior decór junkies in search of “I have been decorating since I was seven years old,” he said. “My
the right sofa or the perfect chandelier. parents used to come home and wonder why all the furniture was
But when you ask Jeff McManus, interior rearranged.” When he went to work for the family business, he ex-
designer and owner of McManus Company, panded it to include antiques and interior design consultation. Today,
to describe the design aesthetic of his McManus is the design genius behind many of Beaumont’s most styl-
own home, he’s at a loss for words. “It’s ish homes. “I work with clients who want my advice from the ground
eclectic,” he begins, carefully choosing the up, and those that just need me to find a few accessories.”
words to explain a lifetime’s worth of passionate collecting, hunting For his own home, McManus was attracted to spare, modern ar-
for treasure at estate sales and antique shops, and the careful chitecture that is unusual for Beaumont. “The original owners spent
integration of all these beloved pieces into a showpiece home with a a lot of time in Palm Springs, where homes are almost exclusively
style all his own. modern,” he said. “When I moved in, I did a few renovations, but no
“I like so many styles that it’s important for me to find a blend of big physical changes because it was an architect’s home.” Some of the
the best,” McManus explained. “Asian, original features that charmed him were
French, Italian — if it suits my fancy, I will the hand-laid herringbone parquet floor
work it in.” All of these influences are re- throughout the house, the large glass win-
flected in the pieces throughout McManus’ dows covering the back of the home, and
home. From 1960s Italian gilt trinkets, to the nine foot tall, solid wood doors leading
groupings of jade sculptures, to a collection from room to room. “There are no door
of vintage barware, McManus finds a way frames on the top so the rooms feel like
to work seemingly disparate elements into they flow from each other. It really gives a
a seamless whole. sense of height.”
The overall feeling of the home, how- McManus relied on muted colors in
ever, is not one of over-accessorized fussi- blues and greens to further the impression
ness. In fact, McManus stayed true to the of airy cool. “I like a lot of color. Color is
modern architecture of the house by high- what creates atmosphere,” he said. To add
lighting its open spaces and clean lines. richness, furniture pieces, accessories and
“Any house tells me where to go as far as art provide shots of red throughout. “I
decoration,” McManus said. “”What I try am always going to have red,” McManus
to do is accent what the house is telling explained. “Red adds drama anywhere.”
me.” Thus, when McManus moved into his However, the most remarkable aspects
current home two years ago, he chose to of decor in the McManus home are the
work with the house’s style. one-of-a-kind accessories artfully ar-
“You have to be sensitive to the architecture and style of the ranged on tables, on walls, and in niches. “A lot of what you see in
property,” McManus explained. “I don’t believe that you should buy a my home is a collection of 30 years,” he explained. “Everything I
modern house if you want a totally traditional home.” But McManus have has a story. It’s not just stuff.” For instance, a life-sized blacka-
didn’t throw out years’ worth of furniture and accessories to start moor sculpture stands near the dining table. “I have had it for twenty
over. “I didn’t get rid of any furniture,” he said. “I just tweaked the years,” he said. “People have offered me anything for it, but it’s >>

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photography by Jeremy Schmitt

theVIPmag.com | December 2009 11


part of my permanent collection. It’s part of me.”
Other notable pieces include the Italian
reverse paintings on glass that were inherited
from his mother, Italian gilt sword candelabras,
and a pair of hand carved Marlborough lamps of
amber quartz. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime
to own those lamps and I’m not letting them
go,” McManus promised. In addition, he collects
pieces from the personal collections of well-
known Beaumont interior designers of the past,
like Irene Ferry, Betty Cuthrell and King Ward.
Rather than grouping the pieces by collection,
McManus integrates the items into vignettes
throughout the home. “My collections are ac-
cessorized within the house,” he said. Modern
is mixed with classical, like an antique chest
resting on a Lucite coffee table. To highlight his
art and accessories, McManus installed lighting
to show the pieces in the best light. “I added 60
low-voltage lights on dimmers,” he explained.
“Lighting has so much to do with atmosphere.”
The penchant for integrating the items he
loves into a totally unique design aesthetic, rath-
er than decorating with some rigid design ideal
in mind, is the biggest piece of advice McManus
passes on to his clients. “I’m in favor of people
working around the things they already have and
love. Whether it’s your grandmother’s Oriental
rug, or a family heirloom, choose those certain
pieces and build the room around them.”
In the end, the design aesthetic of Jeff
McManus’s home is easily described. It isn’t
modern, or rustic, or traditional; it is uniquely
his own.

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Sparkle
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A
text by MICAH LINDSAY
s the lights heat up and the fans start blowing,
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adds a colorful so many gorgeous options in dress
twinkle of glitz. and accessories.

Dress Start Dana Babineaux


the party right in An active volunteer and entrepreneur, Babineaux
this shimmering, stays busy with her volunteer work and her new
iridescent fuchsia boutique, Mumsy’s. Babineaux enjoys spending time
bustier and skirt with her husband, Slate, and playing with her Great Dane,
ensemble. Hogan, who never leaves her side. Each year, their family hosts
a “Christmas Eve Eve” party for relatives, featuring a different theme
each year, which remains a secret until the big day nears.
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Carolyn Sweat
Sweat knows how to strike a pose! She is also very passionate in her
community efforts which include volunteering at local nursing homes
and cultivating her faith. She leads her Bible Study Fellowship Interna-
tional group, enjoys shopping and spending time with her six grandkids.
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Earrings These fabulous


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Gold cuff This is the perfect


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photography by SILVIA C. MCCLAIN

Dress You’ll be the talk of the


town in these elegant layered black
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Tammy Alea Greer Greer spends considerable time in her charitable efforts
and being with her family. Greer looks forward to not only

Crutchfield celebrating Christmas every year on December 25, but her birthday as well. Her family,
including her husband Van and two sons, spend Christmas with relatives and enjoy
There’s a lot more than just a homemade treats Greer makes every year. Mrs. Greer styled by Gaudie Couture
great smile to this busy mother in Nederland, 409.729.2790
of two! Crutchfield is well-
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visits the Crutchfield home emerald necklace Bracelets
every year. Crutchfield is the perfect The Gaudie girls
is thankful for the ad- finish. have harmonized
ditional sleep she gets this outfit with their
Christmas morning as private bangles
her boys get older and and over-the-
no longer race to their top ring to
stockings at 5 a.m.! add that
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Ann Hayes Hayes loves spending time with her
husband Kyle, her kids and girlfriends.
Red top &
black skirt
Their extended families from both coasts come together for the holidays
Whether arriving early or late,
and focus on their faith. Hayes enjoys volunteering with Buckner
you’re sure to arrive fashion-
Children & Family Services, All Saints School and Kelly High School.
ably in this red silk blouse
Mrs. Hayes styled by Bella Bella in Beaumont,
featuring a gathered neckline
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Paired with a black taffeta
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Dress Paint
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ravishing Jovani
Earrings These
teardrop rhinestone dangles
gown with an intricate
make this the total holiday
gem, rhinestone
package.
and ruffle
design flowing
through the Necklace Put some
lower tiers. sparkle in your step and
with this chic rhinestone
necklace with alter-
nating round and
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layers.

Shawl Bracelets
These silver and
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another snow-
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essential element to
our way this
finalizing your look.
year, you’ll be
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strapless gown with this bedazzled
when wrapped Avant Garde silver
up in this and crystal ring.
black rabbit fur
shawl.

Lindsay
Wortham
photography by SILVIA C. MCCLAIN

In addition to taking a fantastic picture,


Wortham is an active member in the
Junior League of Beaumont, the Sym-
phony League, the Julie Rogers Gift of Life
Program and is president of the Jefferson
County Bar Auxiliary. Wortham and her
husband Baylor enjoy the holidays spend-
ing time together with lots of family and
their dog, Snuggles. Mrs. Wortham
styled by Jackie’s, 409.861.5762

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Leopard print bling-studded belts,


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Give your pampered pup the star


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Snowman music
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Beaumont BOYS BASH
and Golf 1

Tournament
Three local sons dedicated a weekend to raise funds for local charities.
Tracy Byrd, Kevin Millar and Zona Jones headlined a variety of events
Oct. 23-25, a beautiful weekend in Beaumont for the concert on Crockett
Street and a day of golf among other activities.

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6. David, Collin and Debbie 4


7 Slaughter. 7. Brian Malsom
and Donna Johnson. 8. Bobby
Parham and Kristi Simpson.
9. Tracy Lawrence.
10. Cheryl and Brent Weaver.
11. Belinda and Allan
Thibodeaux.

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1.Vince Jabbia, Mark Bruyn, Rocky
Chapman and Paul Brahum. 2. “The
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Marquardt, Julie Dreyer and Bertha
Hebert. 3. Greg Dumas and John Lopez.
4. Eddie Krueger and Shannon Ardoin.
5. 1st Place, 1st Flight Team — Bryan
Marquardt, Nathan Romero and Drake
Romero with Tracy Byrd.
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Feel like a million with a gift
Happy holidays from
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Wine Tastings Be sure to check out the
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Kaiya Eve & Rachel on
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Zoobies are now available at Posh Baby Co. and there’s
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more to these delightful animals than you think! These
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tummies and make perfect gifts for the little ones on
your shopping list. Best of all, they’re available in a wide Great wines for the holiday from $10-$25
selection of sizes and styles.
GiGi’s Children’s

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Chef’s Delight
1. Sharon and Judge John Paul Davis. 2. Brent and Cheryl Weaver.
3. Julee Baldridge, W.L. Pate. 4. Ashley Gaston and Patrice Seelke. 5
5. Catherine and Bose Hillin. 6. Esther Benoit. 7. Chance and Kodi
Noonkester. 8. Matt and Shana Peterson.

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1. Sharon and Victor Molina,
Melissa Torn, Tony Elefano,
Angela and Doug Winsko, Brandi
Williford, Joan Sheehan, Mike
Sheehan, Michelle Reeves,
Amber Fuselier, Shea Bailey (The
Medical Center of SETX). 2 3
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Burchfield and Tara Folsom
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We love the awesome acoustics at the
Lutcher Theater in Orange. The theater
celebrates its 30th season this year. Opening
the season in style on October 26 was Klein-
native Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Lovett
took frequent opportunities to talk to the

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audience between sets, and though he said
it was his first time in Orange, he had many
childhood memories and current ties to the
Beaumont area. Alternating from irreverent to
serious, Lovett entertained a full house on the
special anniversary evening.

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Janci Kimball, Junior League President.
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Secret Santa
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Destined to catch that contagious Christmas Spirit


text by HOLLI PETERSEN

anta Claus is real and living among You likely interact with these compassionate
us. No, not the commercialized Santa givers each day, without ever knowing their true
Claus that sits in malls and takes identity. These Santas-in-disguise could be the Den
photos with children. This is a differ- Leader at Boy Scouts, the police officer that gives
ent sort of Santa — the sort that gives you a speeding ticket (so don’t be so quick to curse
unselfishly, seeks to alleviate the distress of others, them!), the bank teller that reminds you to have a
and sacrifices his or her most precious commodity good day, or the funeral director that offers you a
— the limited resource of time — to help others. box of tissues.

Blue Broussard Broussard hopes local residents will answer affirmatively to


that opportunity to serve this Christmas season.
Some Other Place’s clientele find it difficult to make ends
Funeral Director meet all year long. The Christmas season can feel like a bleak
Though only 26 years old, Blue Broussard is seasoned in and dreary time of year for them, since all families, no mat-
the art of compassion. As a fifth generation funeral director at ter their financial position, want to make the season
Broussard’s Mortuary, founded in 1889, Broussard’s legacy of bright for their children. Due to the efforts of the
benevolence makes him uniquely qualified to relate to citizens Some Other Place Giving Tree, these families
enduring grief. With such an emotionally taxing career, it would be are given that privilege.
“The Giving Tree makes sure that kids
photography by FELICIA JETER
understandable for Broussard to kick-back and relax during his
leisure time. However, Broussard chooses to volunteer his time at have something for Christmas,”
Some Other Place, a nonprofit founded to fill in the gaps for poor Broussard explained. “We’re doing our
individuals and families in Beaumont. best to collect clothing and gifts for them.”
As a board member, Broussard consults and assists in organiz- Though Some Other Place works
ing Some Other Place’s programs. Through the family business, tirelessly throughout the year, volun-
Broussard also provides for the organization’s printing needs. “I’ve teers make a special push at this time
learned from my grandfather and father how important it is to do of year to provide Christmas cheer to
a good thing for people who are at the most tragic point in their individuals in need. Relying solely on
lives,” Broussard explained. “Serving at Some Other Place ties in the generosity of our community, they
with my job duties. It’s about offering a service to folks in need. I depend on the prevailing Christmas spirit
was always taught that it’s not a bad thing to help when there’s to support the children in Beaumont who
an opportunity.” would otherwise go without a Christmas.

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Mary Epps
Bank Teller “It really is all
What could be a sadder image than about the giving.
children waking up on Christmas morning
to discover an empty stocking and no gifts The Lord has blessed
under the tree? This image touched Mary me, and so I want to
Epps’ heart when she learned of a need
for EJ’s Empty Stocking Fund volunteers also bless the lives
through her local church bulletin.
“I have two grown children and a
of those who’ve
grandson, so the little ones occupy a place fallen on hard
right in the middle of my heart,” Epps said.
“Whatever I can do to make them happy, I times.”
want to do.”
The EJ’s Empty Stocking Fund (EJ
stands for Enterprise/Journal) has
been providing holiday food and toys to
Southeast Texas families in need since
1914. It is their goal to provide families
with enough new and gently-used gifts
to restore children’s faith in the magic of
Christmas. The organization also provides
food vouchers so each family can enjoy a
delicious Christmas dinner. Donations are
raised solely through advertisements in
the Beaumont Enterprise.
Though Epps has a full schedule caring
for her medically dependent husband and
working as a bank teller, she’s still made
the time to serve – even if it required
her to take vacation time to do so. Over
time, her commitment to the EJ’s Empty
Stocking Fund has grown from being a
volunteer to serving on the board.
This year, the EJ’s Empty Stocking
Fund expects applications from an even
larger amount of families. With a troubled
economy and some people still trying to
recover from Hurricane Ike, the need for
assistance has increased. “Most of these
families are just people who can’t do those
extras for their family,” Epps explained.
“They’re not just looking for a hand-out.
They are truly so appreciative.”
Epps hopes that anyone with a warm
heart and a desire to serve this Christmas
will consider the needs of those less fortu-
photography by KYLE PETERSEN

nate. “It really is all about the giving,” she


enthused. “The Lord has blessed me, and
so I want to also bless the lives of those
who’ve fallen on hard times.”

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Christine Hill “It amazes me how
Stay-At-Home Mom much good a small
Christine Hill appears to be an average group can do with
stay-at-home mom. With three children
and a fourth on the way, she stays busy
chauffeuring her kids to their assorted ac-
a little drive and
tivities, involving herself at school events,
and maintaining all the responsibilities of
dedication.”
a home and family. However, when time
allows, Hill enjoys volunteering for several
organizations including the Boy Scouts,
Junior League and Symphony League.
Of all the organizations she shares
her time with, Hill confesses to being the
most committed to, and affected by, her
work with the Jefferson County Medical
Society Alliance. This auxiliary, formed by
the wives of local doctors and medical
professionals, supports several different
causes that impact the lives of Southeast
Texans. From the “Hard Hats for Little
Heads” program to the Medical Educa-
tion Fund Scholarships, the ladies of this
auxiliary are committed to improving their
community.
Each Christmas season, the organiza-
tion dedicates time and attention to a very
special endeavor – the Christmas Angels
program. Collecting donations from local
doctors and hospitals, the organization
purchases non-perishable goods and
gift baskets. These goods are stuffed in
special holiday baskets and distributed to
elderly and home-bound families in South-
east Texas through Some Other Place’s
Meals on Wheels program.
Because the Meals on Wheels pro-
gram does not operate between the
weeks of Christmas and New Year, these
disadvantaged individuals require other
organizations to help supply them with
the food that they rely on. The gift baskets
assembled by the Jefferson County Medi-
cal Society Alliance provide the provisions
to sustain recipients through the holiday.
“These individuals are truly in need,” Hill
explained. “We are pleased to help them
during the Christmas season. It amazes
me how much good a small group can do
with a little drive and dedication. I feel so
photography by FELICIA JETER

blessed to be a part of this organization.”

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Officer “All these
Steve Flores children deserve
Port Arthur Policeman a Christmas.”
With one of the most challenging and
treacherous professions possible, police of-
ficers are often forced to set aside their emo-
tions. Despite the challenges they face daily,
the complex men and women of law enforce-
ment still retain warm hearts and the desire to
give back to the communities they serve.
“In my job capacity, I have to hide my feel-
ings,” said Port Arthur Police Officer Steve
Flores. “But it is sad. I don’t like to see people
suffering.”
Flores works in PAPD’s Street Crimes Unit,
working to keep drug users, drug dealers,
gangs and prostitutes off the streets. Each day
is fraught with danger and the most atrocious
images of poverty, desperation, addiction and
misery.
However, during the Christmas season,
Flores looks forward to showing his softer side.
He enjoys compassionately seeking toys and
money for Port Arthur’s impoverished families
through the PAPD’s Blue Santa Program.
Every year, the Blue Santa program distrib-
utes hundreds of toys to local children who
would not have the opportunity to celebrate

photography by KYLE PETERSEN


Christmas if not for these generous contribu-
tions. Through the efforts of a handful of these
“Blue Santas” from the PAPD’s Community
Policing and Street Crimes divisions, an amaz-
ing amount of goodwill is bestowed. Last year,
the Blue Santas gave Christmas gifts to more
than 700 children.
“We have so many low-income families who
simply can’t afford to buy Christmas presents,”
Flores explained. “We’re just trying to help
them out.”
Port Arthur and its surrounding towns,
an area deeply impacted by the effects of a
depressed economy and still reeling from Hur-
ricane Ike damage, has residents in desperate
If you caught the Spirit, then get involved!
need for assistance. This year, expecting an Some Other Place Christmas Giving Tree Port Arthur Police
even greater need, the officers began working Accepting Donations of Food, Clothing, Department Blue Santa
earlier to raise funds for the program. Money and Toys Program
“We will probably have more families this Call: 409.832.7976 Accepting Donations of
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Call: 409.983.8600, ask
Flores said. “All these children deserve a EJ’s Empty Stocking Fund for Officer Steve Flores
Christmas.” Accepting Monetary Donations, Mail or Drop Off Donation:
Seeking Volunteers — Port Arthur Police Department
Particularly Spanish Speaking Attn: Ofc. Steve Flores
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t r o p h y h u n t i n g

Game on
A-Hunting They Will Go
text by CATHLEEN COLE

photography by LEE E. STINSON

I
Greg Fountain, Justin Sanderson and Bernie Daleo

t’s 4 a.m. and freezing cold. The Sonia, hunts too


frost bites and the north wind and shot her first
blows as hunters emerge from buck last year.
their camps and head for their For most
deer stands in the woods. For hunters, hunt-
them, hunting is not just a hobby. ing is a family
It’s a passion. “If I could earn a tradition. Like
living at it,” Justin Sanderson of Sanderson,
Beaumont said, “that’s what I Bernie Daleo of
would do.” Beaumont started
Growing up in Nederland, Sanderson hunting at age 5
started retrieving ducks at age 5 for his father. with his dad. Greg
When he was 6, his dad handed down the Fountain of LaBelle
Winchester shotgun that had been his first gun. grew up on High Island
Sanderson will pass the gun to his sons, James, and duck hunted with his
6, and John, 4. He takes his kids hunting with father and uncles on Bolivar
him, making sure there are plenty of activities Peninsula. He received his first
to do and snacks to eat in the deer stand. They gun for Christmas when he was 9
get up before 5 a.m. and he gives them their years old. “It was a lifestyle we all cherished and
breakfast and coffee-milk, he said. His wife, enjoyed,” he said. The men, like their fathers,

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are passing the love of the sport to their children. “It’s a big
family affair,” Daleo said. His daughter, Giuliana, 10, and his
son, Tripp, 8, are hunters too. His wife, Stephanie, accom-
panies them on their adventures but abstains from hunting.
“She’ll come,” Daleo said, “but she doesn’t like to shoot any-
thing.” Fountain takes his children, Kyle, 15, and Amanda, 11,
hunting with him, while his wife, Belinda, usually stays home
to enjoy some alone time. It’s a life-lesson experience for chil-
dren, Fountain believes. “Hunting and fishing teach patience
and respect for wildlife and the outdoors,” he said.
Sanderson, Daleo and Fountain all have the deer they kill
processed into sausage, ground meat and roasts. “It’s not just
killing to be killing,” Fountain said. “We eat venison all year
long.”
Fountain shares a deer lease near Lake Sam Rayburn on
3,500 acres with a three-bedroom trailer as
a base camp. Sanderson shares an 1,800-acre
lease in Bon Weir on the Sabine River and
camps in a recreational vehicle. Daleo heads
to a friend’s 12,000-acre private ranch in
Uvalde with his family. When they go with “Hunting and fishing
friends and leave the family behind, things
can get a little wild. “What happens at the
deer lease stays at the deer lease,” Fountain
said.
teach patience and
And what’s the biggest trophy for each
hunter? (The number of points on the deer’s
rack increased after each man learned what
respect for wildlife
the last one claimed. Coincidence? Most like-
ly.) Fountain shot an 8-point buck, Sanderson
killed a 12-point buck and Daleo downed a
and the outdoors.”
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Fountain refers to a popular bumper stick-
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Billie Harland
Santa Claus text by CHERYL ROSE

’Round about December each year, Vidor resident Billie Harland, 58,
changes hats from an electrical systems engineer for Veolia Environmental
Services to a very famous alter ego.
“My mother, Lucy Harland, volunteered passion for astronomy, volunteering at the
at the Vidor Elementary School with the George Observatory in Houston and at
special-needs children,” Harland said. “She Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature
made a Santa suit for my father, Billie, so Center. “I like to teach the constellations,”
they could entertain the children as Mr. Harland said. “I started learning ancient
and Mrs. Claus. The next year, my father folk tales about astronomy so I could gather
was tied up, so I wore the suit. I’ve been the kids and entertain them during the
Santa for 18 years now.” watches at the Observatory.”
Something magical happened when Harland and his wife, Cynthia, have
Harland put on the suit: he discovered that three adult children, Heather Rose, Billie
Southeast Texas really needed Santa. Over and Frederick. Harland has traveled to all
the years he’s visited schools, churches and 50 states and even flown over the North
personal homes to bring the joy of Santa Pole. A storyteller and a student of theol-
to children. On one memorable occasion, ogy, Harland hopes that by sharing a joyful
Harland was driving from one school to an- moment with Santa Claus, he’s helping
other dressed as Santa when a police officer children to believe in great and mysterious
pulled him over. The officer had a special things, if only briefly.
request: could Santa visit a sick child? After all these years, he’s still wearing
Harland remembers that after visiting with the same suit, unaltered. “I just can’t let
the child, the patient wasn’t feeling puny go of the suit that Mama made — too many
any more, but rather bouncing off the walls memories,” Harland said with fondness.
with excitement. “Children don’t see any wear-and-tear — all
photography by KYLE PETERSEN In the off-season, Harland enjoys a they see is Santa.”

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You’ve been at this a long time. How do you explain all those Favorite meal?
What motivates you? other guys dressed like you? The one I am eating.
Feeling the joy that radiates from Imitation is the greatest form of flat-
children when they see Santa. tery. Besides, who would not want to Do you have a training regimen?
be Santa! Yes. Milk, cookies and fruitcake. As
Paper list or database these long as it has the three basic ingredi-
days? Three words that describe you: ents of sugar, flour and grease, I can
Database. First, it saves the trees, Meticulous, traditional, believer work out with it.
and second, it can be updated in the
wink of an eye.

“Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas everybody!”

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Ever get caught in a
“Children don’t see
chimney?
No, however there was this close any wear-and-tear
call with a Pennsylvania fireplace,
but thanks to the help of a young
man named Benjamin Franklin I
– all they see
was able to get around the baffles. is Santa.”
Favorite movie?
“Miracle on 34th Street.”

Pet peeve:
Zero tolerance. Zero tolerance
seems to be a policy used to
justify correcting people who
do very bad things by severely
punishing those who make inno-
cent mistakes. If Santa practiced
zero tolerance, no one would get
Christmas presents.

Cocoa or Latte?
Cocoa.

Favorite kind of cookie?


Burnt Toll House chocolate chip.
(Santa learned to love them
because they were made by little
ones who love him.)

If I weren’t a world-famous
celebrity philanthropist,
I’d be an …
Elementary school teacher.

My ideal vacation would be…


Do you know someone who never
seems to take a vacation? Some-
one who seems to love their job
so much they just can’t stay away
for two weeks? Well, Santa is one
of those people. Some people
think Santa only works one day
a year. The truth is Santa works
every day of the year. I may be
lying in the sun at the beach or
fishing Lake Fork. I may be on
some ride at Disneyland or skiing
in Colorado, but you see, I have
this list I need to keep…

Biggest thrill?
Seeing families together on the
holidays.

What are you doing for New


Year’s Eve?
Sleeping.

Best Christmas ever?


Many times over the years I have
heard a child say, “This is the
bestest Christmas ever!” I hope
I never stop hearing that, so the
‘best Christmas ever’ is the one
yet to be.

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solo piano, vibrant vocals plus
warmth and humor. Lutcher Theater.
1.800.828.5535, lutcher.org

Kelly Clarkson Concert


December 5
Clarkson’s “All I Ever Wanted”
tour with guest performer Eric
Hutchinson. Clarkson has sold “The
more than 20 million albums Nutcracker
since her 2002 debut following Ballet”
her win as the first American Idol.
Tickets $49.50+. 8p.m. December 12
Ford Park. 409.951.5400, Annual family tradition
fordpark.com presented by the
Beaumont Ballet Company.
Performances Dec. 12 and 13,
2:30p.m. Julie Rogers Theatre.
409.832.2722

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Beaumont. Dec. 2-5. Beaumont Civic Arts Colonial Revival house decked Beaumont Christmas Holiday
Center. 409.832.0873 in Christmas splendor, as it would have Festival & Parade
{ December } THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
looked in the 1930s. 409.832.2134, The City of Beaumont parade and
mcfaddin-ward.org live entertainment from 2-8:30p.m.
Market Hours: 4-8p.m., Holiday
Parade begins at 5p.m. Free.
December 1 shopping, live entertainment, style Lumberton Holiday Parade
Downtown Beaumont. 800.392.4401
show and raffles galore! Downtown Lumberton, 7p.m.
Christmas at the Pompeiian Villa St. Stephen’s Church Holiday Bazaar
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
Throughout December. Port Arthur
Market Hours: 10a.m.-7p.m., JLB
December 4 Serving breakfast and lunch, crafts,
Historical District. 409.983.5977 jewelry, ladies boutique, kitchen items,
luncheon, holiday shopping and “Babes in Toyland.”
Annual Banquet of The Greater pottery, toys, baked goods, gourmet
entertainment. Presented by the Southeast Texas
Orange Area Chamber of Commerce foods and much more! Free. 4090
Ballet Company. Julie Rogers
San Damiano Center of St. Francis
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Delaware, Beaumont. 8a.m. - 3p.m.
Theatre. 7p.m., and also Dec. 5 at
Market Hours: 10a.m.-6p.m., Holiday
Assisi Catholic Church, 4300 Meeks 2p.m. Tickets $10. 409.838.3435 Groves Christmas Parade.
shopping, pictures with Santa
Drive, Orange. The Citizen of the Year, Annual night-time parade with bands,
Non-Profit Community Service and
Children’s Workshop 10a.m.-2p.m. “The Santaland Diaries”
floats and Santa. 409.962-8631
Business Community Service Awards Hilarious one-person play chronicling
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will be announced. Individual tickets: a man’s experience working as an Port Neches Annual Christmas Parade
Get your $100 ticket to win a 2010 BMW
$40.00 orangetexaschamber.org elf in Macy’s Santaland. Based on Port Neches Avenue, 2p.m.
Blitz! Only 500 tickets will be sold.
the book by David Sedaris. For
Entwined Across the Ages: Illuminated mature elves only. Show dates are Silsbee Christmas Lighted Parade
Manuscripts and Tapestries Pine Plaza, 6-8p.m.
City of Beaumont Official Tree as follows: December 4, 5*, 5, 11, 12*,
This holiday season exhibition Lighting Ceremony 12. Beaumont Community Players. Sleigh Bells Ring!
features the Stark Museum of Art’s Museum grounds. 6pm. Free. 409.833.4664 Free family fun day featuring horse
collection of medieval illuminated drawn carriage rides. 4p.m. Museum
manuscripts exhibited within a setting Holiday Skating in Downtown First Friday’s on Lincoln Avenue.
of the Gulf Coast. 409.982.7000
of twentieth-century wall tapestries Beaumont Shopping, food and entertainment.
that were inspired by arts from the Thursday – Sunday, December 3 – 6. 6-9p.m. Groves. 409.962.3631 Holiday Shop-A-Rama Extravaganza
medieval period. Entwined across Downtown Beaumont (Main Library Art Sale. 11a.m. to 5p.m. Reception
Orange Holiday Parade
the Ages highlights the variety and Parking Lot) Tickets $5 for adults, $3 7-10p.m. Exhibit runs Dec. 5-Jan. 1.
The annual Jaycees parade theme is
richness of manuscript illustrations for children. 409.838.3435 The Art Studio, Inc. 409.838.5393,
“Toyland Christmas.” 6:30p.m. from
in the Book of Hours. Dec. 1, 2009 - SCHEDUlED RInk HoURS: MacArthur Drive to Lamar State artstudio.org
Jan. 30, 2010, Stark Museum of Art. 5-10p.m., Thursday College-Orange. “Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever”
409.886.2787. 5-10p.m., Friday Port Arthur Little Theatre.
Rene Alvarado & Graciela Iturbide
10a.m.-10p.m., Saturday December 5 Performances Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20.
12 Noon-6p.m., Sunday
Exhibitions Jingle Bell 5K Run 7:30p.m. 409.727.PALT, palt.org
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas Christmas at the Registration at Crocket Street. “The Wizard of Oz”
presents two exhibitions with ties McFaddin-Ward House 8a.m. Free. 409.898.1651 Lavish production features
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John Jay French Candlelight Tour DecemBeR 11 DecemBeR 19 Shopping!


Celebrate a mid-19th century holiday All the post-Christmas sales begin
season with fresh greenery, candles, Christmas Marketplace Trade Days on The Avenue. on a weekend this year! Make sure
and music evoking the old-fashioned and Music Rhapsody Santa pictures. Sat. 10a.m.- 5p.m., Sun. to buy a newspaper to find the best
Christmas spirit. Tours of the A Christmas Market with unique 1-5p.m. Port Neches. 409.722.4023 deals and bring your coupons.
museum and entertainment during gift items, delicious food and live
Hughen Christmas starring BJ Thomas DecemBeR 31
this event are free and open to the entertainment. Cathedral Christian
Christmas concert honoring Hughen
public. 1-4p.m. 409.898.0348 School. Free. Friday 9a.m.-9p.m.,
School children starring BJ Thomas and New Year’s Eve
Saturday 10a.m.-4p.m. 409.347.5708
Chambers House Museum comedian Dick Hardwick. Julie Rogers
Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s
Christmas Tour DecemBeR 12 Theatre. 8p.m. info@hughencenter.org
Eve Gala
Come experience Christmas at the Grand style party with non-stop
historic Chambers House Museum. Hanukkah DecemBeR 25 entertainment, open bar, deluxe party
The house, decorated as it would Dec. 12-19
Christmas Day favors, champagne toast and delicious
have been in the mid-1920’s, will Livingston Jingle Bell Run and food stations. Moody Gardens,
be open for self-guided tours. Light Christmas Parade DecemBeR 26 Galveston. Tickets $225. 888.388.8484
refreshments will be served. 1-4p.m. Run begins at 1p.m. at City Hall, with
409.898.8487 Kwanzaa New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
vendors and entertainment. Parade Ring in the New Year at Crockett
Dec. 26-Jan. 1
Christmas in the Big Thicket Festival at 6p.m. Street’s Outdoor celebration with
Downtown Silsbee. 12-5p.m. Bethlehem on the Boardwalk Live Music, Confetti, and lots more.
Downtown Port Arthur. 409.548.0178 409.832.2944
20th Anniversay Lamarissimo!
A Capella Choir or 409.985.7822
All games at Ford Park Arena. Tickets $13-$25 adults,
Lamar University’s acclaimed series “The Nutcracker Ballet” $8 for kids under 12. 409.951.5440, setxmavs.com
of off-campus performances spotlight Annual family tradition presented
on the best and brightest in student SETX Mavs Host Texas Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 7:30p.m.
by the Beaumont Ballet Company.
and faculty talent. Season Tickets: Performances Dec. 12 and 13, 2:30p.m. SETX Mavs Host Mississippi Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 7:30p.m.
Adults, $40 / Students, $20. Julie Rogers Theatre. 409.832.2722 SETX Mavs Host Houston Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 7:30p.m.
SETX Mavs Host St. Louis Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 7:30p.m.
DecemBeR 7 DecemBeR 14 SETX Mavs Host Texas Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 7:30p.m.
SETX Mavs Host North Texas Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 7:30p.m.
WWE Smackdown! Jim Brickman-Beautiful World SETX Mavs Host Nashville Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 7:30p.m.
See all your favorite Smackdown & Christmas SETX Mavs Host Dallas Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 7:30p.m.
ECW Superstars. Admission: $50, In a very special Christmas concert,
SETX Mavs Host Kentucky Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 7:30p.m.
$40, $30, $20, $15 plus $3 facility fee pianist Jim Brickman and guests
per ticket. Ford Park Event Center present an evening of dazzling solo

January Preview
(Ford Arena). 7p.m. piano, vibrant vocals plus warmth
and humor. Lutcher Theater.
DecemBeR 8 1.800.828.5535, lutcher.org
Nederland Lighted Christmas Parade
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Nederland. 6pm. 409.722.0279 JANUARY 1
Lamar Civic Orchestra Holiday Exhibition Celebration New Year’s Day Resolution Run 9a.m. Gulf Terrace Hike and Bike
Lamar’s full symphony orchestra is The Stark Museum of Art event hosted Trail, Dishman Road, Beaumont
conducted by Kurt Gilman, associate on two evenings: Dec. 15 and Dec. 17
JANUARY 7
professor of music. Setzer Student from 5-8p.m. Refreshments will be served
First Thursdays at the Mildred A monthly event with live music and
Center Ballroom at Lamar University. and admission is free. 409.886.2787
shopping. Mildred Building, Beaumont. 5-8p.m.
Free. 7:30p.m. 409.880.8144,
lamar.edu/music
DecemBeR 18 JANUARY 8
First Friday’s on Lincoln Avenue. Shopping, food and entertainment.
Curious George LIVE
DecemBeR 10 The irrepressible little monkey who
6-9p.m. Groves. 409.962.3631

Cultural Lighted Parade has captured children’s hearts for JANUARY 9


generations, jumps into action when Ron White Behavorial Problems Tour Julie Rogers Theatre. 7p.m.
Downtown Port Arthur. 409.963.1107
he takes the stage starring in his own 409.838.3435 ext. 1
Eggnog Thursdays at the original live musical production. Royal Krewe of Neptune 12th Night Festivities Bring your own food
McFaddin-Ward House Tickets: $12-$25. December 18-20. and beverages to Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur. Enjoy the final
Guests sample a family recipe for Ford Park. 409.951.5400 parade of the 2009 royalty in all their finery. 6p.m. to midnight. Tickets:
eggnog and coolies before touring the
$8-$15 409.963.8250, portarthur.com/mardigras/k_naptune.htm
first floor of the McFaddin-Ward House.
Local musical groups will perform. JANUARY 11
Dec. 10, 5-8p.m., Dec. 17, 5-7p.m. A Year With Frog & Toad A hit on Broadway, nominated for 3 Tony
409.832.3432, mcfaddin-ward.org Awards including Best Musical, Arnold Label’s beloved characters
hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale’s musical.
Lutcher Theater. 9:30a.m. and 11:30a.m. 800.828.5535

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