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October 2011CONTENTSMain Feature6 Pride Through TraditionGeorgetown Fire Department Pipes andDrums Band brings tradition to our city’sculture and brotherhood to the publicservice sector..A Special Event15 Georgetown StampedeExpectedChisholm Trail Days at San Gabriel Parkoffers fun and entertainment for the wholefamily while proving a glimpse of the past.Book Review18 Hill Country Book ReviewJoan Upton Hall’s Just Visitin’: Old TexasJailsong>Bizong> Spotlight20 Committed to CommunityGeorgetown’s only family-owned funeralhome serves its community with a deepsense of commitment and heart-feltobligation.ong>Bizong> Spotlight26 A Suite Life of BeautySalons of the Town celebrates six yearsof empowering women and keepingGeorgetown looking good.Get Physical30 Swim, Bike, Run, and Fun!First-timers and seasoned triathletesalike have an invaluable resource inGeorgetown Triathletes.ong>Bizong> Spotlight32 The Show Goes OnAnother packed season begins forthe Palace, a downtown Georgetownlandmark and quality live theatre venue.Bon Appétit39 Clip-and-Save RecipesTry out these yummy dishes, then clipand save this collection.Wining and Dining42 Souper Fresh,Crisp, Clean, HealthySouper Salad offers a healthy alternativefor lunch or dinner.ong>Bizong> Spotlight42 A Nice DifferenceChristian Brothers Automotive offersexceptional customer service and highstandards to ensure satisfied customers.ong>Bizong> Spotlight50 Healthy HabitsLead to Big SmilesGeorgetown Pediatric Dentistry createsa fun atmosphere and teaches childrenhealthy dental habits for a lifetime ofsmiling faces.Talent54 Urn-estly InspiredGreen Graves offers elegant andeconomical memorial options.A Special Event58 Painting the Town PinkThe Pink Heals Tour stops inGeorgetown this month as it continuesits journey to support women battling alltypes of cancer.Historical Focus60 Georgetown Takes the FifthWilliamson County celebrates thecentennial anniversary of the Courthouse.on the cover: The old WilliamsonCounty Jail at night. Photo by Joe Cornejo.68 Picture PerfectCandid shots of recent events and peoplehaving fun.Seniority Rules70 Demystifying MedicareChoosing the correct Medicare insurance.Generosity73 Nightmare on Jail HillA not to be missed opportunity to explorethe past, experience some excitement, andhelp out Brown Santa all in one event.77 Plugged InStay enlightened and in touch withcurrent books, the latest movies, and livemusic in the area.78 Business BriefsSpotlighting local businesses.79 GamesSave the Date80 Monthly CalendarKeep current on this month’sevents and festivities.2 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


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Publisher’sNOTEPublisher/Sales ManagerLinda Moffett512-966-9426linda@focusonourtown.comEditorial DirectorBethany Powell512-630-5513beth@focusonourtown.comLead PhotographerJoe Cornejo512-868-9101djcornejo@suddenlink.netGraphic ArtistCHARLES HICKMAN512-966-2395charles@chickmandesigns.comSr. SalesRepresentativeJane Best512-818-6012jane@focusongeorgetown.comSales RepresentativeJennifer Hughes512-636-6388jenn@focusonourtown.comBoo!! We don’t mean to frighten you, but as you lookthrough the pages of this month’s issue, we hope youwill read the articles carefully and get into the spirit ofthe season! As we enter into Fall and the beginning of theholidays, we are kicking off the season with some veryinteresting articles! On our cover you will find a pictureof the old Williamson County jail where Brown Santasponsors the tour of the haunted jail this month. It hasbeen said, if you are faint of heart . . . beware and enterat your own risk! You will certainly not want to miss theBoo Bash on the square in Downtown, on October 28.There will be music, food, dancing, Disney characters onparade, and lots of fun for all. You will also want to checkout the pink firetrucks as the Pink Heals tour stops inGeorgetown on October 25.Our very own Williamson County Courthouseturns 100 this year, and in this issue we have broughtyou a little of the history from behind the scenes. Weknow that you will enjoy this month’s magazine andthat you will stay tuned for our upcoming holidayissues. They are sure to be informative and exciting andyou just never know what surprises Focus magazine mayhave in store for our readers and advertisers as well. Weare coming upon our one year anniversary in Novemberand we are ALL so jazzed about the positive feedbackthat we are receiving from the community. Our goal isto keep the community connected through the varioussections including upcoming community events,Georgetown’s past history, business spotlights andinteresting reading for all ages. Thank you Georgetownfor your continued support and we look forward tosharing our spine chilling future with you!Sales Representativetammy hufford512-639-0495tammy@focusonourtown.comSales RepresentativeJennifer Cosper512-845-6932jennifer@focusonourtown.comSales RepresentativeKylie rosenbusch512-923-0816kylie@focusonourtown.comSales RepresentativeJILL JOHNSON512-585-5837jill@focusonourtown.comGraphic Artist: Charles HickmanDesign: Cynthia Hannon, KarenwilburnContributing Writers: rachel iNGRAM,C. WayNE DAWSON, AlexANDRiaZERTuCHE, REBECCA lACkieScan this QRcode with yoursmart phoneto instantlyadd us to yourcontacts.Don’t forget tocheck us outon Facebook!Focus on Georgetown is a publication of Lady Phoenix Publishing.Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved. Focus on Georgetown ispublished monthly and mailed free of charge to over 30,000 homes andbusinesses in Georgetown and parts of Round Rock. Subscriptions areavailable at the rate of $38 per year or $3.50 per issue. Subscriptionrequests should be sent to Focus Magazine, 503 Riverview Drive,Georgetown, TX 78628. For advertising rates call Linda at 512-966-9426, for editorial correspondence, call Bethany at 512-630-5513.4 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


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By Rachel IngramPride ThroughTraditionGeorgetown Fire Department Pipes and DrumsBand brings tradition to our city’s culture andbrotherhood to the public service sector.Every time Georgetown fire fighter JeffDavis went on trips to big fire departmentconferences, he’d see a pipes and drums bandperform. In the northeast, where there is a deep historyof Scottish and Irish immigrants in public service jobs,pipe and drum bands honor those that fall in the lineof duty. Such tradition that was once linked to specificnationalities transformed over time to become part ofthe police and fire department culture.Although this public service tradition was notcommonly found in the South, it intrigued Jeff. InMay 2006, while vacationing in Scotland, Jeff and hiswife met a piper who sold Jeff a practice chanter andtold him what he had to do to get started. As soon asJeff returned to Texas, he started playing the pipes. “Ithink we got back Sunday night and I started takinglessons on Monday,” Jeff says. “I just got into it fast andfurious.”Even before the Scotland trip, however, Jeff’s fellowfire fighters seeing his interest in the pipes and drumsat conferences had suggested they organize a band, sothe seed was already planted. In November 2006, theGeorgetown Fire Department Pipes and Drums Bandhad its first meeting. The founding members wereJeff (Pipe Major), David England (bass drummer),Robert Gordon (snare drummer), Matt Wilson (snaredrummer), and Amador Anguiano (snare drummer).Today, there are now eleven band members, most ofwhom are fire fighters.Just ten years ago there were only a few suchbands across the state. Now, there are approximately35. The city of Georgetown Fire Department has6 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


Dave England Bassadopted the pipes and drums into its own traditions.Although the band’s primary mission is to serve duringmore somber times, it has become an important partof the community’s major (and fun) events. The band’s“season” begins with a Sun City Mardi Gras celebrationparade, which is followed by a performance for St.Patrick’s Day with ESPADA, Emergency Services Pipesand Drums Association. ESPADA is made up of police,fire and EMS officers from Williamson, Travis, and HaysScott Laurichcontinued on page 8 >>Photo by Becky LaurichOctober 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 7


continued from page 7Counties. Several of the Georgetown Pipes and Drumsmembers are also in ESPADA’s band, so they get topractice and perform even more.Then Georgetown Fire Department (GFD) Pipesand Drums also plays the Red Poppy Festival—a hugeGeorgetown tradition—in April, Fourth of July, and theAustin Community College fire academy graduation twicea year. “The cadets and the families just love it,” Davidsays. “It’s a special night for the cadets and for the parents;GFD Pipes and Drums at Sertoma 4th of July event.8 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


GFD Pipes and Drums along with ESPADA at Red Poppy Festival.having the pipes and drums come play at their cadets’graduation is really special.”They have their set events each year, but other eventsjust pop up. The band can get pretty busy, and there isalmost always someone who has to be on duty. “It’s reallya challenge to get everyone together,” David says. “It’s allvolunteering, so you have to keep people motivated.”Balancing family life with the band can take its toll,too, especially if you’re a piper. And if a band member’scontinued on page 11 >>MILL DIRECT CARPET900 N. Austin Ave., Ste. 113Tile, Stone,Wood, Carpet,LaminateFull service installation availableCash & carry welcome6msac financing(with payments, with approved credit)512-930-3811Jim Locke, Jennifer RathmannBring in this coupon for a 10% off discount of a min.purchase of $1,000 or more. Expires 12/31/11(Valid on installed or cash and carry products. Coupon must be presented at time of sale.)October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 9


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continued from page 9wife doesn’t like the sound of pipestoo much, it may be difficult topractice. Luckily, Jeff’s wife likesthem. “Even if you like ‘em, they’reloud,” Jeff says. “I wait until she’s outIn thenortheast,pipe anddrum bandshonor thosethat fall in theline of duty.of the house and lock the animals upand practice.”GFD Pipes and Drums hasreceived some aid as a 501(c)(3)Buddy Barber, Scott Laurich, Matt Wilson, Robert Gordon, David England, Rebel Paulk,Jeff Davis, and Josh Ratliff at Mardi Gras.organization, but members stillhave to pay for their instrumentsand shoes. The fire departmenthelped a couple new members withuniforms. “I think over time theysaw this was going to be a programthat was going to stick around,”David says. “As time has gone on,they’ve been able to help us out.”On November 11, 2011(11/11/11) the GFD Pipes andDrums will host its third annualpipes and drums clinic at Firstcontinued on page 12 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 11


continued from page 11Baptist Church for any publicservice band member across thestate. The clinic lasts for one fullday and there are all different levelsof instruction. The clinic comes inhandy for people in certain parts ofTexas where it may be difficult tofind pipes and drums instruction.Here, they get the best. As usual,they are flying in a big name inpipes to help with instruction—JackLee. David says, “I was trying toexplain Jack Lee to people and Jeffinterjected, ‘Well, put it to themthis way. Imagine if you were ableto get Michael Jordan to come toyour basketball clinic.’”Beginners should not bediscouraged. Before Jeff learnedthe pipes, he had never played aninstrument or read music before.David England, on the other hand,has a musical background. For him,the pipes and drums band solidifieshis ties with the fire department.“It kind of ties everything togetherfor me,” David says. “There’s aGFD Pipes and Drums atSertoma 4th of July event.12 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


Jeff Davisbrotherhood in the fire service, butonce you get into pipes and drums,you add another aspect to it. It’s justamazing.”Fans can keep up-to-date withthe band’s performances on itsFacebook page or website, www.gfdpipesanddrums.com. Theycan also make donations throughthe Chisholm Trail CommunitiesFoundation at www.chisholm-trail.org, which helps the band host theirclinic.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 13


A Special EventGeorgetownStampedeExpectedSan Gabriel Park reverts backto the cattle bustin’ daysof the Chisholm Trail onSaturday, October 15 when cowboys,cowgirls, and chuck wagons rollinto town for a day of reliving thepast. Sponsored by The ServiceClub Coalition and The WilliamsonMuseum, proceeds from this year’sevent benefit The Nest as well asthe museum. The festivities begin at9 a.m. when a cowboy breakfast ofbiscuits and gravy is served.Displays and activities areavailable throughout the day, andmany of them are interactive,By C. Wayne DawsonChisholm Trail Days at San Gabriel Park offersfun and entertainment for the whole family whileproviding a glimpse of the past.guaranteed to educate and entertainall participants. Visitors can checkout western craft displays includingblacksmith demonstrations. Or, theycan stroll up to the grassy area nearMorrow St. and come face-to-facewith Spanish Mustangs, a historicanimal brought from Spain to theNew World where they escaped to theplains of the Midwest.The Gazebo will host cowboypoets, live music, and solo artists. TheBuckaroo Boys, Evelyn Billington,KR Wood, and others will providelive entertainment from 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.In the Children’s Corral, kidscan take part in cattle lassoingand branding, stamping bandana,snakes in the boot game, horseshoes,stickhorse races, and cowboy poetryand storytelling.Re-enactors will hold displaysat various locations on the groundsthroughout the day. They includeSouthLand Living History, the SamBass Gang, and the Buffalo Soldiers.All three are an important part of theChisholm Trail Days and will be thereto regale listeners with Texana lore.The SouthLand Living Historygroup consists of men and women whodress up in nineteenth century appareland demonstrate the lifestyle of Texas’original settlers. They display historicartifacts and discuss early Texas life.continued on page 17 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 15


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continued from page 15The Sam Bass Shoot-outis an historical replay of thefamous showdown betweenDeputy Sheriffs A.W. Grimesand Morris Moore on onehand and the infamousbank robber Sam Bass andhis gang on the other. Thecast will portray the gang’sattempt to rob a bank, andthe shoot out that eruptswhen the lawmen intervene.Trained stuntmen and actorswill enliven the performancewith (blank) gunfire.The Buffalo Soldiers, so named by Native Americansdue to their strength and courage in battle, wereAfrican-American soldiers stationed at military outpoststhroughout the American West. Those who stop at thiscamp can talk with reenactors in period costume and learnabout the exploits of these little appreciated men.Wagon rides will proceed along the Lower Park Road;pony rides will be staged in the northern area betweenPavilion G and the Gazebo. Photos with a longhorn willalso be available.Shoppers can take their timeat arts and craft vendors locatedin a grassy area between parkinglot E and the rest rooms. Andeveryone will want to take in thecentral event of the afternoon, thelonghorn cattle drive of 20-24 headalong the banks of the San GabrielRiver, occurring at 4:00 pm.Those who arrive with anappetite will not be disappointed!A cowboy breakfast will be heldfrom 9–10 a.m. Food vendorswill be selling their waresthroughout the day. The BBQdinner, begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Community Center.Those wanting to attend the Chisholm Trail event mayobtain meal tickets at the Williamson Museum on theSquare or go online to upthechisholmtrail.org. Remainingtickets will be sold on location the day of the event.At the end of the day, Deuces Wild will hold a ranchrodeo from 7–10 p.m. at the Williamson County Sheriff’sPosse Rodeo Grounds where visitors are advised to arriveearly due to expected large attendance.For more info on the free family event, visitupthechisholmtrail.org, or call (512) 943-1670.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 17


Book ReviewHill CountryBookJoan Upton HallJust Visitin’: Old Texas JailsState House Press200 pages.ReviewBy C. Wayne DawsonMy name is JoanUpton Hall,and I just gotout of the Williamson County Jail,”is how one of Georgetown’s mostpopular authors introduces herselfto local gatherings. Just Visitin’ OldTexas Jails is a traveler’s guide toover fifty Texas out-of-service countyjails that stand as a monument toTexana history and architecture.The buildings chart the evolutionof a correctional system that beganwith leg irons and tying the accusedto a tree to the modern methods ofincarceration.Just Visitin’ includes a map ofTexas towns corresponding to18 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


the featured jails, each of whichcomes with a historical and a recentphotograph. Published by StateHouse Press, part of Texas A&MConsortium, the book combinesuniversity-level scholarship with aneasy-to-read narrative valuable to thevacationer and student alike. Its mainsection is devoted to former jails opento the public, but jails now used inother ways are covered, too.Some ofthe couple’sinvestigationsled them tohaunted prisons,such as Bellville,the former AustinCounty Jail.Joan got the idea for the bookafter completing Grand Old TexasTheaters that Won’t Quit, andwondered what other kinds ofimportant public buildings wereabandoned or faced ruin. She andher photographer/husband Don Halltook to the road and produced a bookthat discusses these artifacts, whichare sometimes, as the Introductionsays, “Unrecognized as the valuableresources they are, quite a few stillstand neglected to the point of ruin,or are relegated to mere storagefacilities.”Some of the couple’sinvestigations led them to hauntedprisons, such as Bellville, theformer Austin County Jail. Whenthe Chairman of the museum/jailunlocked the boiler-plate door leadingto the cells, Joan and her husbandfelt a mysterious force push againstthem and leave them with the eeriefeeling they were not welcome. It wasa bizarre encounter, considering thatDon is skeptical about the possibilityof haunted buildings.The old Williamson CountyJail in Georgetown is discussed inthe book, but Joan wishes the jailtour would make greater mentionthat many claim haunted encountersthere. “They could conduct regulartours there and charge admission,instead of just a tour every otheryear,” she says.The public will have theopportunity to learn more and meetJoan when she holds a book signingof Just Visitin’ Old Texas Jails andher other book Ghostly Tales fromAmerica’s Jails at Hill CountryBookstore, 719 S. Main St. onSaturday, October 29, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. (512) 869-4959.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 19


ong>Bizong> SpotlightCommittedtoCommunityGeorgetown’s only family-owned funeral homeserves its community with a deep sense ofcommitment and heart-felt obligation.By Alexandria ZertucheWith more than 16years in the funeralservice industry inGeorgetown, Mark and Pam Ramseyopened the doors to their own familyownedand operated funeral homein 2009 in order to continue to servetheir community. Most people feeldiscomfort when thinking aboutneeding or going to a funeral home;doing so represents a most difficulttime for anyone who has had to saygoodbye to a loved one. The Ramseys,however, are dedicated to honoringthe importance of acknowledgingloss while creating a warm andcomfortable space in which to do so.As a family-run business, Markand Pam have no corporate structureto answer to and make all finaldecisions themselves. This gives themsignificant flexibility in allowing eachfamily they serve to choose exactlywhat they want without being boundby package deals and higher, corporatesetprices. Planning a funeral is a veryimportant time, and Mark and hisstaff make it a priority to ease theprocess and minimize any difficulty.“Funeral Directing is a ministry that20 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


is even more meaningful when youhelp people that are hurting. Livingand establishing roots in a communityis a privilege, one that our staff knowsis essential to who we are as funeraldirectors. It is a privilege to minister tothe families that have come to meanso much to those around them as theyhave been a part of this area.”Mark serves as deacon at FirstBaptist Church in Georgetown, andprovides ministry to the communitynot only through his business but alsothrough his service in the Kiwanis Club,the Rotary Club, and on the board ofdirectors of the Georgetown Project.The Ramseys support Georgetownand the local economy by making ita priority to fulfill as much of theirbusiness needs locally as possible. Markis also currently working on a programto provide funeral services at no cost tocivil servants such as military veterans,and police and firefighters who diewhile performing their duties. Besidesfuneral service planning, Mark and Pamcan assist with finding grief counselingfor bereaved families, helping withVeterans Administration benefits andassisting with insurance. Many funeralhomes charge for “assignments” oninsurance, in which the cost of a funeralis covered by survivors’ benefits beforeSeating areathey are paid—in order to reduce oreliminate out-of-pocket expense—butthe Ramsey Funeral Home providesthis service at no charge.The Ramseys’ spacious new facilityin Georgetown, opened in 2009, wascontinued on page 22 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 21


Seating area>> continued from page 21designed by Mark to be a warm andwelcoming space, not overly formal orstuffy. The atmosphere is very relaxingand home-like—with gathering areasHallway to chapelappropriate for both larger groupsand more intimate ones. If a space forworship is required, Ramsey FuneralHome has an elegant 325+ seat chapelthat can accommodate any style ordenomination of service. If a churchservice is desired, or if a family wishesto have a service in their home, theRamseys can work with any church orgo to nearly any location. If a service isto be held out-of-state, the Ramseys willMark notesthat peoplegrieve differently,depending onboth personalityand culture.22 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


Selection of caskets and urnscoordinate with other funeral homes tofacilitate the arrangements. Mark notesthat people grieve differently, dependingon both personality and culture, but hasnoticed a trend in services to becomemore celebratory of the deceasedperson’s life. No matter what type ofservice, its primary function is to bringa sense of peace to the bereaved.Ramsey Funeral Home can handleeverything from pre-planning (whichcan save money and relieve survivorsfrom some amount of decision-making)to preparation and removals. Theirfacility includes an on-site crematoriumthat gives bereaved families, not onlygreater flexibility, but also the assurancethe Ramsey staff are in control of thecremation process from start to finish.Individuals who choose cremation canMark Ramseystill have a complete funeral service withviewing, a limited service, or none atall; according to preference. Crematedremains can be scattered, kept orcontinued on page 25 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 23


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continued from page 23buried traditionally. For regular funeralservices and burials, green burials andcaskets are also available (for cemeteriesthat can accommodate them). Burialsprovide a marker and a place to go forfamilies to reflect on that person’s life.Mark considers himself blessed tohave the opportunity to work alongsidehis beloved wife while putting his valuesinto his work and his community. Thededication Mark and his staff showto the community as a family-runbusiness sets them apart from mostother funeral homes; indeed, Mark’smotto is, “Our family serving yourfamily.” He is proud of the comfort hehas been able to provide others in theMark’smotto is,Our familyserving yourfamily.course of his job and is so grateful tobe able to do what he does that he doesnot consider it work. Although deathcan be an unpleasant topic, Mark’scommitment to others has the abilityto reframe one’s perception of what is,after all, inevitable for all of us as anemblem of what makes us all humanand connected to one another. Hebelieves that “This isn’t one day of yourlifetime . . . this is a lifetime celebratedin a single day.” For more information,go to www.ramseyfuneral.com or call(512) 869-7775.Office of Ramsey Funeral HomeOctober 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 25


ong>Bizong> SpotlightShane and Tuesday Wilson in the center surrounded by the hairstylists, nail technicians, estheticians, massage therapists, and makeup artiststhat make Salons of the Town successful.The Suite Life of BeautyThis month marks thesixth anniversary ofGeorgetown’s 8,000square-foot women’s paradise—Salons of the Town. “I call it awomen’s paradise because youcan come to one place and geteverything done, like a beautymall,” says Tuesday Wilson,owner of the facility. Hairstylists,nail technicians, estheticians,massage therapists, and makeupartists are all under one roofwith their own individual cozysuite. There’s even a HobbyLobby and Tuesday Morningnext door for post-beautificationshopping.26 October 2011 | Focus on GeorgetownSalons of the Town celebrates six years of empoweringcreative women in business and keepingGeorgetown looking good.By Rachel IngramTuesday and her husbandShane have lived in Georgetownfor more than eighteen years.They are active in the communityalong with their two children,and run two successful businessesin Georgetown—Salons of theTown and Destiny Builders Inc.Though Tuesday has neverbeen a cosmetologist, her yearsas a teacher have translated wellin business. Characteristics shecarries over from teaching includefairness, structure, and acceptanceof everyone. Her focus on themore black-and-white side ofoperations allows the stylists tofocus on their talent. “I try todo everything in my power to


make this place run smoothly andperfectly so that their businesses lookincredible,” Tuesday says.Hairstylist Karen Stuewe joinedSalons of the Town almost four yearsago and appreciates not having todeal with overhead and the otherheadaches of running a business. “Ifyou have any kind of problem orquestions, Tuesday and Shane aregoing to take care of it right away,”Karen says. “They work hard atPrivacy isanother bigplus. With theirown suite,stylists havetheir ownterritory.making everybody feel like one big,happy family.”Tuesday provides pretty mucheverything a stylist needs—the chairs,station and cabinets. The stylists canjust walk in with their scissors, a blowdryer and clientele and they havetheir own business.Privacy is another big plus forboth the stylist and the client. In aregular salon, people are talking overeach other and one untidy personcan affect everyone. With their ownsuite, stylists have their own territory.“And once clients have been in aplace like this, a lot of time they don’twant their stylist to go back to anopen, loud, noisy salon. They like theprivacy,” Tuesday says.Getting started at Salons ofthe Town is almost like renting anapartment. Inquirers fill out anapplication and provide references.Stylists that are approved sign a oneyearlease, get a key to the buildingfor unlimited access, and they’reofficially in business.Of the 36 suites available, someare singles, some are doubles, andthere are six private suites for servicesthat require extra privacy such ascontinued on page 28 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 27


continued from page 21massages and facials. For someonewho may be nervous about signinga one-year lease or wants to give theconcept a test drive, there is a newfour-station suite with chair rentalson a month-to-month basis. Thissuite is called Studio C, and is nowavailable to rent.Putting all business aside,Tuesday fosters a warm, family-likeenvironment that all the stylists seemto acknowledge. Hair stylist ChristiFaught has been at Salons of theTown for a little over two years andhas felt the warmth from day one.“It’s upbeat and friendly,” Christi says.“Everybody’s like family and easyto work with. Getting started wasextremely easy. Everybody introducedthemselves and made me feel athome.”“I just need to take care of mylittle suite and be gone,” Karen says.“It’s so nice to have your own suite,but still be with other stylists.28 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


Teresa Byrn getting her hair styled by Christi Faught.Salons of the Town has over 25hairstylists, two nail technicians, oneesthetician, one permanent make-upartist, one massage therapist, anda new boutique called Gypsy RoseRodeo. Please check out their websiteat www.salonsofthetown.com orwalk-in to find your new beautyservice provider today. Don’t forgetto follow them on Facebook, too, atSalons of the Town.Salons of the Town901 S. IH-35 #102Georgetown, Tx 78626512-868-1904Jennifer Heine consulting with Ms. Rehler about what changes to make with her style.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 29


Get PhysicalJoe Luna, Jamie Carlisle, and Christine Knight from Georgetown TriathletesSwim, Bike,Run, and Fun!First-timers andseasoned triathletesalike have an invaluableresource in GeorgetownTriathletes.By Alexandria ZertucheFor those in the Georgetownarea considering their firsttriathlon or who havecompeted in triathlons already butwould like to do more, GeorgetownTriathletes can help with training,education, and a supportiveenvironment of like-mindedindividuals. Georgetown Triathletesis welcoming to athletes (and couchpotatoes!) of all ages and abilities andhelps provide a team atmosphere toan individual sport.Christine Knight and AprilFoster, members of the Board ofDirectors for the group, saw the needfor a triathlete club to support localresidents and founded GeorgetownTriathletes in April 2010. ScottMcIntosh soon joined the Boardas membership coordinator (andresident dog trainer and swim leader).Kat Greene is their social coordinatorand organizes the monthly socialgatherings where members meet, askquestions, and exchange informationin a relaxed atmosphere. All staffand members were drawn to thesport of triathlon in different ways,which illustrates how welcomingGeorgetown Triathletes is to anyoneinterested in the sport or even in justsupporting someone who is.30 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


April FosterMany triathletes come to thesport on “doctor’s orders.” A runneror cyclist develops a nagging injuryand begins to cross-train to helpalleviate symptoms and developa more balanced physique. Thisis how Christine was introducedto triathlon. After training for theRoyal Windsor half-marathon andbecoming involved with a runningclub for some years, an injury led herto cross-training, which resulted inher first triathlon and ultimately herfirst Ironman in 2006. The best thingabout triathlon, Christine says, isthat, “Given the appropriate trainingand time, almost anyone can achievethese distances.”April had participated in teamsports most of her life, but startedcycling when she moved to the Austinarea and was soon introduced totriathlons. The cost involved withcycling intimidates some people,but April says she is still riding herstarter road bike from 2003, and has,while riding it, passed by many moreexpensive bikes (as Lance says, “It’snot about the bike.”) and asserts thatabsolutely any working bike will do.“The best part of being involved withsupporting triathlons,” April says,“is watching other people fall in lovewith it and get hooked.” Every Boardmember agrees that each triathlonprovides a new learning experienceand great moments that continue toinspire people to do it.Some of the benefits for membersinclude discounts on merchandiseand services from local and nationalDeena Fullwoodbusinesses, group training events andsocials, and forums and clinics wheremembers can ask questions and learnnew skills. Membership is $40/yearfor an individual and $70/year for acouple. Georgetown Triathletes is 100percent volunteer-driven, so all feesgo directly back into the club itself.Georgetown Triathletes would liketo continue growing the club and serveits members with more training sessionsand potential future paid coachingstaff. Part of Georgetown Triathletes’mission is also to support Georgetownarea businesses, and one major boostto the area would be establishing arace in Georgetown itself. GeorgetownTriathletes gives back to the communityby volunteering at race events anddonating to local organizations likeWilliamson County Animal Shelter.Georgetown Triathletes iscurrently looking for a pool for itsmembers to call home—and for Scottto utilize his skills as swim coach—and welcomes sponsorship in theform of trade for resources and/orservices. If you would be interestedin joining, sponsoring, or donatingto Georgetown Triathletes, or wouldjust like some more informationgo to www.georgetowntriathletes.com for information email info@georgetowntriathletes.com or call512-966-1474.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 31


ong>Bizong> SpotlightNight MusicCabaretAnnie!Joseph and the AmazingTechnicolor Dream CoatBy Rachel IngramJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream CoatJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream CoatThe Show Goes OnAnother packed seasonbegins for the Palace,a downtownGeorgetown landmarkand quality livetheatre venue.When Doug Smith firstbecame involved withthe Georgetown PalaceTheatre, it was barely making endsmeet. It was actually on the brink ofbeing shut down. Fortunately, thatdidn’t happen. The solution? Bettertheatre. “We got plays people wantedto see,” Doug says, “and a lot ofthem—one right after the other—andmusicals. The quality was good andpeople kept coming.”Doug was president of the PalaceBoard of Directors for the first fouryears of his eight-year tenure. Today, heis Sponsorship Chair. He has watched32 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


and helped the theatre get from pointA—almost closing—to point B—selling out all 18 performances of lastseason’s final show, “The Wizard ofOz.”The Palace isn’t losing itsmomentum anytime soon, either.Artistic Director Mary Ellen Butlercontinues to pick great shows, andhigher quality hasn’t only filledtheatre seats, but it has also attractedgreat talent. To accommodate thattalent, the Palace purchased what itnow calls the “tin barn.”Nunnsense IIAn old warehouse and machineshop sits behind the Palace Theatre, andthanks to a generous local couple whodonated $100,000, the theatre boughtthe space as backstage facilities in 2004.About 20 volunteer set builders restoredthe building and made it what it istoday—a fully air-conditioned greenroom, men’s and women’s dressingrooms, costume room, set buildingworkshop, and a rehearsal stageidentical in size to the real stage.continued on page 34 >>CatsOctober 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 33


continued from page 33Before the tin barn, there wasnothing—no backstage, no dressingrooms. They had to set up port-apottiesand tents as dressing roomsinstead. “That didn’t work out reallywell,” Doug says. “But since we’ve hadthis, the Palace has really taken off.”The tin barn is so spacious thatafter the annual musical-spectacularanniversary Gala at the Palace eachyear, they move the festivities to thetin barn for a follow-on party. Eachyear, the rehearsal stage becomes aparty room where the theatre actor’sguild honors everyone who hassupported the theatre in the past year.This year was the third annual gala.Though he never appears onthe stage, Doug knows how muchof an asset the Palace Theater is toGeorgetown. “It’s so important toGeorgetown,” Doug says. “It is aplace where people can come andbe proud. It’s been pretty gratifying,what we’ve been able to do here at thePalace. I love it.”The season just began with“Beehive,” a 1960s-inspired musicalwith all-women cast. Just beforeThanksgiving it will begin its27-show run of a musical version ofDickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Theseason will continue with “I HateHamlet,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “TheDixie Swim Club,” “Buddy—TheBuddy Holly Story,” “Annie Get YourGun,” and “A Chorus Line.”The cast are all unpaidvolunteers. For five weeks, theycome up to Georgetown—many ofthem from Austin—every weeknightto rehearse. Then they give up fiveweekends to perform. “And they loveto do it because they love to act,”Doug says. In the future, Doug hopesto see even more performances eachseason.The Palace Theater itself wasbuilt in 1923 as a movie theatre.Balcony guests can still see the oldcontinued on page 37 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 35


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continued from page 35Art Deco furnishings; the carpet and wall lights are almostexactly the same as the originals.The Palace tries to provide a variety of shows: one ortwo shows for children, a couple for adults, a couple straightplays and then musicals, which draw the biggest crowds.The theatre also puts on what they call inclusion shows forchildren with disabilities. Free of charge, the shows have allthe accommodations for children with special needs. Lastseason, they had two inclusion shows—one for “The Wizardof Oz” and another for “Scrooge.”The theatre also has a youth education program inwhich 300-400 kids sing, act, and dance each summer.The summer program has been around for years, but thisyear they have also started fall and spring programs heldafter school and during the weekends. Some of the youthprogram’s graduates “go big time” and perform in one ofthe theatre’s regular season shows.Season ticket holders come from Austin and as faras Fort Worth and Houston. Out-of-towners often comedown every once in a while, stay at a bed and breakfast,have dinner on the beautiful Georgetown Square and enjoya show at the Palace.“I really think it’s the best community theatre in CentralTexas, and therefore, the world,” Doug jokes. “It’s a greatplace and draws a lot of people to downtown Georgetown.”For more information, go to www.georgetownpalace.com, or call 512-869-7469.The wigs for BeehiveMan from La ManchaOctober 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 37


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CheesyPicante BitesSouthwest FlavorThese great little appetizerscombine the Southwestern flavorsof Picante Sauce, cheddar cheeseand chili powder. They takeonly 20 minutes to make frombeginning to end. This recipeserves about 24.ShrimpStuffedJalapenosDeliciously HotWhat could be better thanshrimp and cream cheese? Whynot add a jolt of heat and findout.!Bon APPétit Clip and Keep Recipe CARds Bon APPétit Clip and Keep Recipe CARdsBakedChickenWingsBlackBottomCupcakesFinger food at it’s best!A healthier version of fried wings,this recipe will become one of yourfavorites and it is amazing! Youwill want to double the recipe forsure.Gooey chocolate heavenWhat could be more delightfulthan a yummy Black BottomCupcake. It is a rich and chocolatycupcake with a delicious creamcheese filling and a surprise filling.They transport well for picnics andtailgate parties!Bon APPétit Clip and Keep Recipe CARdsBon APPétit Clip and Keep Recipe CARdsBon AppétitOctober 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 39


Baked Chicken Wings4 lb. chicken wings, separated atthe joints, discard wing tips1 tbsp. ground black pepper1 tbsp. garlic powder1 tbsp. onion powder2 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper8 tbsp. butter, melted2 small clove crushed garlic1/3 cup hot saucePreheat the oven to 500°F. Linea half sheet pan with non-stickaluminum foil.In a large mixing bowl, combinethe wings and spices, mixthoroughly. Add 4 tbsp. meltedbutter and mix thoroughly.Transfer the wings to theprepared sheet pan, and arrangethem in one layer.Roast for 10 minutes. Turn thewings over and roast for 10minutes longer, until the wingsare nicely browned and cookedthrough. Serve as is, with yourfavorite dipping sauce, or followthe preparation below.Place the remaining melted butterin a bowl large enough to hold allof the chicken with the garlic andhot sauce and stir to combine.Remove the wings from the ovenand transfer to the bowl and tosswith the sauce. Serve warm.Cheesy Picante Bites4 eggs1/2 cup Picante Sauce1/4 cup all-purpose flour2 tsp. chili powder6 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese(about 1 1/2 cups)1 green onion, chopped (about 2tablespoons)Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.Lightly grease 24 (3-inch) muffinpancups.Beat the eggs, picante sauce, flourand chili powder in a mediumbowl with a fork or whisk. Stir inthe shredded cheese and onion.Spoon about 1 tablespoon cheesemixture into each muffin-pan cup.Bake for 10 minutes or until thebites are golden brown. Servewarm or at room temperaturewith additional picante sauce.Black Bottom CupcakesTopping:8 oz soft cream cheese1/8 tsp. salt1 beaten egg12 oz. pkg miniature chocolatechips1/3 cup sugarCake Dough:1 ½ cup four1/3 cup melted margarine1 cup sugar1 tbsp. white vinegar¼ cup cocoa1 tsp. vanilla1 tsp. salt1 tsp. baking soda1 cup waterTopping: combine softenedcream cheese, beaten egg, sugar,and salt in small bowl. Addchoc. chips and mix. Set aside,preferably in refrigerator.Cake Dough: Mix all theingredients together. Lineteacake-sized cupcake pans withtiny cupcake liners. Fill each onejust 1/2 full with chocolate cakemixture. Top with cream cheesemixture (not to top). Bake at 350°for 20 minutes. No more; perhapsa minute or two less.Makes approx. 80 cupcakes.Shrimp Stuffed Jalapenos12 fresh jalapeno peppers,seeded12–20-30 count shrimp¼ tsp. onion powder¼ tsp. garlic powder¼ tsp. cayenne pepper1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese12 slices bacon1 cup shredded Mexican 4 cheeseblendTortilla chipsLime wedgesSlice one side of jalapenoslengthwise and deseed.Mix spices with shrimp. Place½ tsp. of cream cheese in eachpepper. Place one shrimp in eachpepper and top with cream cheeseuntil full. Wrap with bacon andpoke a hole in the bottom of thejalapeno with a toothpick so it candrain as it cooks. Refrigerate untilready to grill.Preheat an outdoor grill for highheat. Place peppers on grill andcook until bacon is crispy.40 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


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Wining and DiningSouperFresh,Crisp,Clean,HealthyBy Alexandria ZertucheTucked away on the northside of the Wolf RanchTown Center at I-35and 29, the Georgetown locationof the national chain Souper Saladis a welcome and healthy diversionfrom a near-limitless array of burgerjoints and sandwich shops nearby.Souper Salad features all-you-careto-eatsoups and salads as well as hotpastas, potatoes, and baked goods ina casual, cafeteria-style buffet, all at areasonable price.This location differs slightlyfrom most other Souper Salads; thelight levels are lower and the colorsare more subdued, which makes fora much more pleasant and relaxedatmosphere. The dining area andbuffet are typically immaculate, withplenty of seating available. Waitstaff(whose primary duties are to refilldrinks and clear plates) are especiallySouper Salad offers a healthy alternativefor lunch or dinner.friendly and efficient for this styleof dining. Although the menu variesslightly from day to day, a largeand well-stocked salad bar withfresh greens, vegetables, pasta saladsand other toppings is the largestof Souper Salad’s offerings. Othermenu items include baked russet andsweet potatoes with fixings, a varietyof soups, pastas, and nachos/tacofillings, as well as pizza, breadsticks,cornbread and gingerbread. Dessertssuch as puddings and soft-serve icecream are also available.Those watching their weightwill likely avoid some of the sodas,dressings, and potato toppingsavailable, but it is very easy at SouperSalad to fill a plate and your stomachwith nutrient-dense, delicious,healthy foods. With a drink, a dinercan expect to have a fresh, fillingand fast meal for under $10. SouperSalad’s variety, ease of access andspacious dining area make it a perfectlunch or dinner spot for larger groupswith diverse appetites as well as forfamilies with children. For diners onthe go, a take-out menu is available,as are inexpensive party trays withfruit, veggie, salad, soup, and breadoptions. A listing of gluten and/or sugar-free items can be found inthe restaurant or on the restaurant’swebsite.The Georgetown Souper Saladis open daily, Mondays-Saturdaysfrom 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and onSundays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.For detailed daily menus and otherinformation, go to www.soupersalad.com.42 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


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ong>Bizong> SpotlightA Nice DifferenceChristian Brothers Automotive offersexceptional customer service and highstandards to ensure satisfied customers.Jonathan CarrBy Focus StaffCare is not usually a wordthat is synonymous withthe automotive repairindustry, but for Christian Brothersit is not only their mantra, it is thepremise on which they were founded.Jonathan Carr, owner of ChristianBrothers Automotive (CBA)Georgetown, is proud to be a partof a team that has set out to changethe stereotype of the automotiveindustry by honestly diagnosing andfixing cars, going above and beyondexpectations, and making a differencein the community.One of the biggest differencesbetween Christian Brothers comparedto other repair shops is that theywill invite customers into the bay todiscuss what is going on with theircar. “I never want a customer to feellike they are getting the run around.By inviting them into the bay theycan see firsthand what is going on andwe can better answer their questions,”said Jonathan. People are alwayscautious about spending money ontheir car and at CBA they will behonest about whether or not a repairis worth the cost. It’s not every daythat a car shop will advise someoneto invest in another car instead ofpaying $2,500 that won’t salvage a200,000 mile vehicle, but CBA does.“We realize that sometimes by beinghonest we may lose that money,but our goal is to build a long-termrelationship with our customers andnot sacrifice integrity for one sale,”said Jonathan.When you open the door to theChristian Brothers lobby it feels likeyou are going to a dentist’s officeinstead of an automotive shop. Thestore is designed to make customersfeel at home and comfortable. At44 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


CBA they recognize that dealing customers grocery shopping whenwith vehicle break downs can be an unexpected breakdown hasstressful so they do all that they threatened to ruin holiday dinnercan to care for their customers. plans. “The reason behind ourAnother stand-out feature CBA concierge service is to make anoffers is a shuttle car service. After inconvenient situation as convenienta customer drops off their car, a as possible,” said Jonathan.complimentary shuttle service will Their customer service willtake customers home, to work, to go beyond the norm. One time,school or anywhere they need. “If a customer who lived in Sun Citythey don’t want to wait for their fell down on his kitchen floor andcar to be serviced, we’ll take them couldn’t get up. He called Jonathanwhere they need to go,” said Keith who went to the man’s home andGuyton, Service Manager at CBA. hoisted him back on his feet. “SinceThey frequently help pick up kidsfrom school, and have even taken continued on page 47 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 45


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continued from page 45you’re here, it’s about time youserviced my car,” he told Jonathan.Christian Brothers not onlyseeks to live out their goal in thebays fixing cars, but out in thecommunity as well. In the future,the CBA Georgetown facilitywill stock a refrigerator with softdrinks that will be given away fora voluntary contribution. Theproceeds will benefit someone whowould otherwise be unable to affordtheir car repair, with ChristianBrothers splitting half the expenses.Christian Brothers Automotivehas a heart for serving people andbeing a light within in the industry.On Saturday October 15, ChristianBrothers will open for a special dayof serving single mothers and makingsure that they and their vehicles arewell taken care of. They are lookingfor people interested in volunteeringor single moms who want to sign upcontinued on page 48 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 47


48 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown>> continued from page 47for this event. They can stop by theshop and pick up a flyer or talk withthe service managers Keith and Matt.Most of Christian Brothers’mechanics have 20-30 yearsexperience and all are ASE certified.Jonathan relates his technicians tosurgeons because both use technologyto correctly diagnose their patientsor vehicles, but both must use logicand experience to successfully treatthe patient, or in this case vehicle.The mechanics are so dedicated totheir skill that they personally invest$50,000 to $70,000 in their toolkits.Jonathan invites everyone tocome in to 3723 William’s Driveand take advantage of ChristianBrothers free bumper-to-bumper carinspection Monday through Friday, 7a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info, contactChristian Brothers AutomotiveGeorgetown at 512-863-3400.


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ong>Bizong> SpotlightDr. Travis Hildebrand and Dr. Kenny HavardHealthy HabitsLead to Big SmilesGeorgetown Pediatric Dentistry creates a fun atmosphere and teaches childrenhealthy dental habits for a lifetime of smiling faces.By Alexandria ZertucheWhen childrenenter GeorgetownPediatric Dentistry,it is obvious right away that it wascreated especially for them. Thelobby and office feature a westerntheme, including “Eagle Town,” aminiaturized wild-west town. Thetheme is a tribute to frontier life inCentral Texas along the ChisholmTrail, and it makes the waiting areaa comfortable and fun place for kidsof all ages. Georgetown PediatricDentistry’s friendly staff also helpto create an atmosphere that putschildren at ease.Founded by two pediatricdentists who have been friends forover a decade, Dr. Kenny Havardand Dr. Travis Hildebrand met whilestudying at Stephen F. Austin StateUniversity. Dr. Hildebrand says hechose pediatrics because, “Treatingchildren allows me to make a50 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


positive impact in a patient’s life from the beginning. Byestablishing a good oral health foundation early, I can helpparents lay the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy habitsand hopefully save the patient from problems even intotheir adulthood.”Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of the dentalworld, providing everything from routine regular examsand cleanings to more specialized treatment such asinterceptive orthodontics, sedation, and managementof acute dental trauma. Georgetown Pediatric Dentistryfocuses on educating and motivating patients and theirparents, and encourages them to implement practicesthat will lead to a lifetime of excellent oral health fortheir families. Parents are involved in every aspect of alldecisions, which empowers parents to make choices thatbest suit the needs of their children.Drs. Havard and Hildebrand selected Georgetown fortheir practice because they saw a need in the communityfor a pediatric dentistry practice. Hildebrand explains,“Although Georgetown may be best known for SunCity or Southwestern University and their respectivedemographics, there is actually a large underserved youthcontinued on page 52 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 51


continued from page 51population as well. We sought to fillthe needs of this community withspecialized pediatric dental careservices that they may have previouslysought in Austin or Round Rock.”Although Georgetown PediatricDentistry serves the surroundingcommunities as well, includingpatients from as far away as Waco,Austin, Rockdale, and the HighlandLakes area, both dentists are proudto call Georgetown home, andare thankful to be a part of such aclose-knit community. Dr. Havardexplains, “Our pediatric dentalpractice was made possible by manyyears of intense planning, and bysurrounding ourselves with a greatteam of supporters, from familyto professionals and everything inbetween.” Dr. Havard continues,“The Georgetown communityhas been extremely receptive andsupportive of us, and has allowed usto expand from three employees to11 in just over three years. We lookforward to serving the communityand its surrounding population formany years to come.”In recent years, the dentalcommunity has adopted a preventionbasedoutlook to oral health care.While regular dental checkups areimportant, they are no substitutefor daily preventive habits. Dr.Hildebrand offers the followingadvice for parents, “Just like manyother aspects of life, starting earlyEarly visits are away for families toget to know theirpediatric dentist,discuss prevention,ask questionsabout potentialemergencies, andestablish healthyhabits from ayoung age.is the key to establishing a healthydental future.” The American DentalAssociation (ADA), AmericanAcademy of Pediatric Dentistry(AAPD), and the American Academyof Pediatrics (AAP) all endorse anage one visit for all children. Early52 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


visits are a way for families to get toknow their pediatric dentist, discussprevention, ask questions aboutpotential emergencies, and establishhealthy habits from a young age.In 2010, Dr. Havard and Dr.Hildebrand founded The CaringSmiles Foundation. The doctors sawthat some children were not receivingoptimal health care because of thefinancial constraints of their families,and decided to form a nonprofit toprovide dental care for all children.Georgetown ISD school nursesidentify children in need and thenrefer them to the foundation for care.The program is funded by donors andbusiness sponsors in the community.For more information on making adonation to the Foundation or tolearn more about fundraising events,please visit www.caringsmiles.org.Georgetown Pediatric Dentistryhas always revolved around itscommitment to the patientfamilies it serves. Drs. Havard andHildebrand enjoy spending timewith patients and their parents andwant them to feel that their concernsand questions are important.Georgetown Pediatric Dentistry’scommitment to the ultimate patientexperience, coupled with the latesttechniques and innovations in thefield, allows them to provide thebest care possible to their patients.To learn more about GeorgetownPediatric Dentistry’s practice, orto schedule an appointment, go togeorgetownpediatricdentistry.com orcall (512) 869-4100.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 53


TalentUrn-estlyInspiredGreen Graves offers elegant and economical memorial options“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Thisquote from Leonardo Di Vinci has beeninspirational forSun City business women BettySchleder and Glenda Dennison.It is also the concept behindtheir new business—GreenGraves.Betty began her workingcareer as a physical educationteacher and parks andrecreation director. Since thattime, she and her husband, Ben,have owned several businesses,and a few years ago, Betty wasa finalist on both Survivor andthe Amazing Race. Glendaworked in the legal field forBetty Schleder and Glenda Dennison display their urnsBy Rebecca Lackieover 20 years and now does accounting work for the familybusiness. She recently completed her English degree atTexas A&M University. Bothof them are active, adventureseekingwomen yearningfor something beyond thetraditional role of retirees.“We are bothentrepreneurial in spirit. Wewanted to work together toform a new business venture,”Betty said.After discussing optionsand ideas with their friends,one of whom was associatedwith AMBIS (Austin Memorialand Burial InformationalService), the ladies determined54 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


that there was a need, not just in Sun City, but nationwide,for high quality, yet economical, ways to deal with theinevitability of death. In spite of the social pressure toexpress love for a departed family member through opulentfuneral services, a lot of individuals, including many inSun City, have been seeking more sensible alternatives,explained Glenda.People tell us,‘I don’t want towaste my savingson a fancy funeral.I want to giveit to my childrenand grandchildren.“People tell us, ‘I don’t want to waste my savingson a fancy funeral. I want to give it to my children andgrandchildren,’” explains Betty. “People want to spend thatmoney in better ways, especially in this economy.”After seeking the input of friends and colleagues, theirconcept was met with such enthusiasm that Betty andGlenda decided to give production a try. “Since December2010, we have been producing handmade burial boxes andcremation urns,” Betty says. They are 100 percent made inthe USA by Sun City artisans and woodworkers and arenot mass manufactured overseas like most products offeredtoday.The urns are designed to fit either a columbarium (avault with recesses in the walls to hold burial ashes), or tobe displayed in a place of honor in the home. People alsouse smaller urns for their beloved pets, and they are reallyimpressed that beautiful, artistic urns and burial boxesdon’t need to cost a fortune, explains Glenda.Many people think that they have to buy their casketor urn from a funeral home. However, Texas law allowsthese items to be purchased elsewhere. Most people don’trealize that alternative purchasing options are available, saysBetty. Green Graves’ products can be used in both funeralhomes and veterans’ cemeteries.Oftentimes, people are forced to make funeralarrangements immediately following the death of a lovedone, when they are too overwrought with grief to thinkabout expenses. ”The best gift you can give to those leftbehind is to make your own final arrangements,” Bettycontinued on page 56 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 55


continued from page 55>>says. “This relieves the social pressure to overspend andinsures that your wishes for a simple burial or cremationwill be followed.”The best gift you cangive to those leftbehind is to makeyour own finalarrangements.However, Green Graves’ burial boxes and urns arespecial not just because they are affordable, but alsobecause of the workmanship that goes into the designof each one. “Our clay urns are made by Viva Jones ona potter’s wheel,” Betty explained. “All of the roundedboxes are made by Bob Fox on his lathe. Each urn takesour artisans four days to create.” The urns are beautifullyUrns offered through Green Graves56 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


crafted, using one to three types of wood for beauty andvariety. The woods used include plantation teak, walnut,oak, maple, poplar, and purple heart.Bob Fox works on a rounded box on his latheThe name, Green Graves, also has a story behindit, Betty says. “Many people want to recycle, reuse, andbe “green.” They don’t want concrete vaults that aren’tbiodegradable or embalming fluid leaking into the groundfor years. They want a true, green. ‘ashes to ashes’ burialin a pine box. Our pine burial boxes are simple, yet wellcrafted, and they can be personalized with a family quilt orother personal memento to make them special.”In order to promote Green Graves, Betty and Glendahave an exclusive agreement with the family-ownedRamsey Funeral Home and Crematorium in GeorgetownEach urn takesour artisans fourdays to create.for their burial boxes and urns. In addition to this,the business is pursuing a partnership with All God’sCreatures, an upscale pet cemetery and crematorium thatwill open soon in the Georgetown area. Another Sun Cityresident, Claudia Wilder, is developing a website so thatthe products can be purchased online.Urns and burial boxes for individuals may be viewedand purchased at Ramsey Funeral Home on WilliamsDrive in Georgetown, or purchased directly from GreenGraves. To contact Green Graves, call 512-868-3900 or512-943-9218.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 57


A Special EventPainting the Town PinkThe Pink Heals Tour stops in Georgetownthis month as it continues its journey tosupport women battling all types of cancer.By Rachel IngramGeorgetown will turnseveral shades of pinkTuesday, October 25when residents don the appropriateapparel in support of women who areenduring or have survived cancer. Atleast that’s what Shelly Hargrove andDebbie Klaus hope will happen. Howpink Georgetown gets will be up tothe residents.Shelly and Debbie organize theGeorgetown stop of the Pink HealsTour, a national expedition of pinkfire trucks that promotes awarenessof all types of cancers affectingwomen. Wearing pink is only asmall dent in the impact Shelly andDebbie would like to make with thetour, but it does make a difference.One year a cancer survivor sawfiremen wearing pink at a local HEBand shared her feelings on the city’swebsite.“She posted it as feedback andtold how it had made such an impacton her and that she wanted to tellthem thank you,” Shelly says. “Peopledon’t realize that something small likethat would make a big difference.”The pink fire trucks will berolling into the Georgetown Squareon the evening of October 25, anda parade begins promptly at 6 p.m.Women impacted by cancer andcancer survivors are invited to signthe trucks. Georgetown Pink Healst-shirts, designed and sold by thefirefighters association, are availablenow for $15 at all local fire stationsand the Visitor Info Center.This is only the third yearGeorgetown has been on the PinkHeals itinerary, but Shelly andDebbie have already grown the tourstop into a month-long affair. OnSeptember 29, there will be a launchparty for the official GeorgetownPink Heals calendar featuring localcancer survivors and firefighters atdifferent landmarks across town. Thefirefighters support the women byalso posing in pink, and several havecancer stories of their own. Calendarscan be ordered online or purchased atthe Visitor Information Center andFire Administration Office.On October 15, the first Strikea Pose for Pink Fashion Show will beheld at Mel’s Lone Star Lanes as thetour stop’s official “evening event.”58 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


Firefighters in pink turnouts willbe escorting models down a uniquebowling alley runway. Models, mostof whom have been affected bycancer, will be wearing clothing fromlocal stores at Wolf Ranch ShoppingCenter. There will be a silent auctionas well featuring bowling pins paintedby local artists. Tickets must bepurchased in advance by calling 512-930-2406.Last year Shelly and Debbieadded a 5K Run/Walk, which willstrike again on October 22 of thisyear. The 5K will be followed by aPets in Pink Parade, inspired by aprecious bull dog wearing a pink tutuat last year’s 5K. Pets can be registeredonline at pink.georgetown.org.Finally, the whole communitywill gather in pink at the tour stop,which will also feature the GeorgetownFire Department Pipes and Drums,ESPADA and honor guard. EveningKVUE news anchor Terri Gruca willagain be the emcee of the national tourstop since her mother is a breast cancersurvivor. The Inspiring Hope Awardwill be given to Alexzander A. A.Asea, Ph.D. at Scott and White for hiscancer research. When the pipes anddrums start playing “Amazing Grace,”and the field of pink Hope Pennantson the courthouse lawn flutter, themoment hits a soft spot for severalpeople.“It’s really emotional,” Debbiesays. “A lot of the women are justreally excited. They come up and tellus thank you. They see the guys inthe (pink) shirts and just want to hugthem.”Shelly and Debbie are working toget the whole community involved,from Sun City to SouthwesternUniversity, and the first step is gettingeverybody, as the tour’s slogan says, to“care enough to wear pink.”Proceeds from all tour activitieswill go to local women’s cancerorganizations and the BreastCancer Resource Center. For moreinformation on any of the events or topurchase a calendar, Hope Pennant,Strike a Pose tickets or to register forthe 5K, please visit pink.georgetown.org or call 512-930-3473.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 59


Historical FocusGeorgetown Takes the FifthWilliamson County celebrates thecentennial anniversary of the Courthouse.By C. Wayne DawsonOn Saturday, November 5,Williamson Countycelebrates the onehundredthanniversary of the historicWilliamson County Courthouselocated in the center of Georgetown’shistoric square. The birthday bashtakes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,commemorating the County BarAssociation’s 1911 dedication of thebuilding. The public is invited to takepart in the many festivities plannedthroughout the day.The Courthouse is Georgetown’sultimate landmark and the fifth onebuilt by Williamson County. Likemany historic buildings, it bearsa legacy of struggle, scandal, andtriumph.In 1909, Charles H. Page,an Austin architect, inspected theThe [current]Courthouseis the fifthone built byWilliamsonCountyfourth courthouse and found thedeterioration so advanced that herecommended that the buildingnot be repaired. County Judge J.E.Lawhorn and the CommissionersCourt voted for an election toraise $100,000 in bonds for theconstruction of a new courthouse.The measure passed.But scandal soon struck.William C. Whitney of Beaumont,TX was selected as the contractorto oversee construction of the newcourthouse. However, a Beaumontgrand jury was investigating him forcontractual irregularities, causingquestions over his fitness for the job.60 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


These are topped by cast stone Ioniccolumns in the center of the buildingthat rim the second and third storyand support a ornamented triangulargable known as a pediment. Abalustrade surrounds each side ofa flat roof above the pediments.A square platform rises from theroof and shoulders the courthouse’sdistinctive copper dome whichfeatures four clocks manufactured bythe E. Howard Clock Company ofBoston. These timepieces required anemployee to mount a narrow ladderweekly from a third floor closetcontinued on page 63 >>Too, three different constructionsuperintendents were hired and firedby the county until they eventuallysettled on Will Ford as the newforeman. A new cornerstone wasfinally laid on October, 1910.Conflict continued to rock theproject well after the November 7,1911 dedication of the newcourthouse. Even though the publicreception was overwhelminglyfavorable, the Commissioner’s Courtrefused to accept the completionof the building from Whitneyuntil a large number of complaintswere addressed; a new roof had tobe installed only a year after thededication. The Court finally reacheda settlement with Whitney onMarch 12, 1912.Today, onlookers commentfavorably on the Beaux Art/Neoclassical symmetrical design ofthe courthouse. On the outside,broad steps lead to arched entrancesfacing each of four directions.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 61


continued from page 61to wind them up until they wereelectrified in 1940.The copper statue of Themis,the blindfolded goddess of divinejustice, holds the scales of justiceover the dome. She is the first sign ofGeorgetown many travelers see whenthey approach the city.The interior of the Courthouseis equally impressive, containinga basement, three stories centeredby a rotunda, and crowned bya large dome. The rotunda hasterrazzo floors; the offices andcourtroom have oak floors and trim,and marble wainscoting. Visitorswanting to climb up to the topwithout an elevator can use castiron spiral staircases. The 1912 costof this construction came to about$120,000.The struggles America faced in theearly twentieth century were reflectedby events in the Courthouse. Two yearsbefore the Nineteenth Amendmentgave American women the right tovote, many men resisted extendingthis privilege to women. The TexasLegislature passed a bill allowing it, butwith the stipulation that women hadcontinued on page 64 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 63


64 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown>> continued from page 63only two weeks in which to register.Jessie Daniel Ames, a Georgetownsuffragette, considered this an attemptto mollify women without actuallypermitting them to vote.Angered, she embarked on aone-woman crusade throughoutWilliamson County, urging womento register at the Courthouse. As aresult, 3,800 women poured into thebuilding that steamy July to sign up,traveling “by wagon, by hack, by foot.”In 1923, the Ku Klux Klan’smembership skyrocketed to


170,000 in Texas. Sheriffs, judges,and politicians alike obeyed theorganization. The Klan controlledthe State Legislature and electeda Senator. It targeted blacks,immigrants, and everyone else whofailed to live up to its standards withdiscrimination and violence.On Easter Sunday, 1923, a groupof Klansmen pulled Robert Burlesonout of his car and pistol-whipped himfor renting a room from a widow.They pulled a sack over his head andcontinued on page 66 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 65


66 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown>> continued from page 65tied him to a barbed wire fence, taking turns flogging him.They then drove to the Taylor City Hall and poured hottar over him.Local District Attorney Dan Moody led a team ofprosecuting attorneys that tried the offenders in theWilliamson County Courthouse. They obtained the firstconviction of Ku Klux Klansmen in the United Stateswhere the offenders served prison sentences. A playnamed “You Can’t Do That, Dan Moody,” created byKen Anderson and Tom Swift is performed periodically inGeorgetown commemorating the courage of the men whoachieved the landmark convictions.Modernization of the Courthouse over time took itstoll, however. Eventually the copper dome was paintedwhite. Then, due to damage over time, the moldings andbalustrades were removed in the 1960s. Thanks to theefforts of Georgetown’s citizens and the Texas HistoricalCommission Courthouse Preservation Grants, thecourthouse was restored to its original condition severalyears ago. Today, Williamson County takes great pridein preserving its fifth courthouse and celebrating its onehundred years of service to the community.


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Picture Perfect GeorgetownGet yourSpecialEvent,Funny Family,and Halloweenphotosfeatured in theNovember issue.Email to: graphics@focusongeorgetown.com.Put “Picture Perfect”in the subject line.First day of preschool at First BaptistChurch for Clara, Reid, Corrie (mom),and Chase Searight.Abby excited to bemodeling her uniform forMeridian, the new charterschool for WilliamsonCounty.Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Arts Avenue for Kids, 614 EastUniversity AvenueThe Ramirez familycelebrating cow day atChick-fil-A.Ribbon cutting at Hillcountry Arthritisat 2110 Scenic Drive, Georgetown.Chamber afterhours event atSports Clips.68 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


E-Mail Your “Picture Perfect” Photos to: graphics@focusongeorgetown.com9/11MemorialStair Climb byGeorgetownFire Dept.to simulateclimbing 80stories as thebrave menand women ofthe New YorkFire Dept. didin the WorldTrade Center.Current Leadership Georgetown Class at Alumni RetreatLarge, extendedfamily dinnerhosted byElizabeth Trevinoat La Playa.After a year longdeployment inIraq, Sgt. JasonColbertreturnshome tohis family,childrenTori,Leah,Arin,Zoey.Craig Bushon of Talk Radio 1370 amhosted the Heroes Night Out 9/11BenefitMetropolitan owned by Mr. and Mrs.Barry Mann at Car Show at Wendy’sin Georgetown.Rededication ceremony held tohonor Nathan Chapman.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 69


Seniority RulesDemystifyingMedicareBy Rebecca LackiChoosing the correct Medicare insuranceMedicare, while ablessing, definitely hasits hurdles, namely,the befuddlement that comes withtrying to select an individual plan.The medical verbiage, legal jargon,and rules and regulations behindeach choice could confuse Solomon.Yet there is hope for the perplexedmasses stuck reading brochures andscratching their heads in perplexity.Often, the answer to a person’sMedicare questions is within reach,but involves understanding theprocess. The first step is knowingwhat selections need to be made.According to Insurance Advisor RonIsgitt of Hill Country Associates, thefirst selection most individuals makeinvolves one of two options.Option one consists of Parts Aand B, which is considered traditionalMedicare. To this, may be addedPart D which is prescription drugcoverage. Parts A, B and D combinedwill cover 80 percent of Medicarecosts. In addition to this, some peoplechoose Medicare supplements orMedigap policies to help cover asmuch of the remaining 20 percentas possible. However, Part D isnot a federal plan, and neither isa supplemental insurance policy.Therefore both can vary in cost andcoverage among insurance providers.Option two consists of MedicareAdvantage, which combines thebenefits of A, B and D all intoone plan, which is controlled bythe Medicare laws in Part C. Thepremiums for this plan run from$0–$70 per month, but there may becontinuing costs under this plan. Thismeans that although individuals maysave money on monthly premiums,they could incur extra costs forspecialists, emergency room visits,and ambulance services, for example.Figuring out how much will be paidfor and what is included in the policycan be rather confusing.This is when advice fromknowledgeable people can comein handy. Advice can come fromthe federal government, from aninsurance adviser like Ron, or fromfriends who are using Medicaresuccessfully.“(Medicare) is very complete, butunbelievably complex. That’s whyI get calls,” explains Ron. “I have areputation for being someone whocan explain it to them.”Ron suggests using care whenselecting an advisor. He recommendschecking for references, making surethey hold a state license, ensuringthey have E and O (errors andomissions) insurance (which canprotect the consumer if the advisorgives inadequate or negligent70 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


information), and checking to see ifthey are certified to sell AdvantagePlans and Option D (if you areinterested in D).Ron also explains that insuranceadvisors are paid by insurancecompanies, not by the individual, sotheir services are free to consumers.However, some agents may only belicensed to sell Medicare insurancesupplements, and may refer peopleto a website if they want to discussMedicare option D, (the prescriptiondrug plan)Be wary of agents that tryto sell costly plans not right for theindividual. It is important to choosean advisor wisely.Open enrollment hastraditionally occurred in November.This year, however, it is from October15–December 7, an important factto remember when mulling overoptions. While there are no quickexplanations to Medicare dilemmas,sometimes a solution only requiresa bit of understanding about howMedicare works, what the choices are,and knowing when and from whomto seek advice.For more information onMedicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE,visit www.cms.gov, or seek a trustedagent. To contact Ron Isgitt,call 512-773-8412 or visit www.hillcountryassociates.com.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 71


GenerosityNightmareonJail HillA not to be missed opportunity to explore the past,experience some excitement, and help outBrown Santa all in one event.By C. Wayne DawsonMany of the frighteningstories associated withHalloween containan element of truth. Vampires andthe legend of Dracula, for instance,spring from the exploits of PrinceVlad, the notorious fifteenthcentury Transylvanian ruler whotortured tens of thousands of people.Georgetown has its own notoriousplaces and people and from 7–11p.m. on October 21, 22, 28, and 29,residents will get a chance to exploreone of them at the old WilliamsonCounty Jail on Austin Avenue duringthe Brown Santa event known as“Nightmare on Jail Hill.”Present horrors? Yes! SergeantJohn Foster says that attendants onthe outside of the prison have heardDuring theevent, 23cells will be‘possessed’by teams ofvolunteerghoulsre-enactinggrisly Halloweenscenes.doors slam shut and voices raised whenno one was inside. “Many visitors tellus this building is the best of all thehaunted locations in the Austin area,”he says. Past horrors have includedinmates such as mass murderer HenryLee Lucas, who confessed to 350homicides, and Genene Ann Jones,a nurse associated with 47 suspiciousdeaths, most of them children.Convicted prisoners were at onetime led to a tree on the grounds andhung—the last legal hanging takingplace in 1906. The tree was later struckdown by a lightning bolt (some thinkin spiritual retribution). With sucha past, is it any wonder the old jail isconsidered haunted?The building is four blocks northof the County Courthouse and bears72 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


a foreboding resemblance to theBastille, the notorious French prisondescribed in “The Man in the IronMask.” Six filmmakers have featuredthe Georgetown building in theirmotion pictures, including QuentinTarantino. The jail was built in1888 and maintained prisoners until1989 when it was deemed unfit forincarceration.During the event, twenty-threecells will be ‘possessed’ by teams ofvolunteer ghouls reenacting grislyHalloween scenes of mutilation,death, and mayhem. A thunderingsound system donated by the DonHewlett Dealership creates a chamberof howling terror. This event is notfor the faint-hearted, and heartpatients are warned not to participatefor their own safety. The windinghalls of the facilities are so extensiveit takes 20 minutes to completethe tour, which is not handicappedaccessible.Visitors can view graffiti left byformer inmates and experience thewheel that allowed jailers to roll backcell doors and allow the inmates out.continued on page 75 >>October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 73


Puzzle Answers(from page 77)October Trivia1. fall harvest; color of darkness2. turnips3. white, blue and green4. tootsie rolls5. about 32 years!6. The Romans7. Spiderman8. 1,385 pounds!9. Candy10. World War One fighting Ace74 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown


continued from page 73Brown Santa is a nonprofitorganization sponsored by theWilliamson County Sheriff’sDepartment that provides assistanceduring the holidays to families inWilliamson County that live outsidethe geographical city limits of anytown or city within the Countywithout a similar program. Lastyear, Brown Santa was able to help800 families, and this year with theeconomy, they expect to assist evenmore families.Brown Santa got its name fromthe days when Williamson Countysheriffs wore brown uniforms, incontrast to the Georgetown Citypolice who wore blue. (The CityPolice Dept. has its own promotionnamed Blue Santa.) Today, althoughthe only part of their uniformscolored brown are tan shirts, the labelhas stuck.Donations to Brown Santapurchase toys, books and otheritems needed to brighten children’sChristmas. Children from newbornsto 17 years of age benefit from theprogram. “We’ve kept the price ofadmission low enough so that justabout everyone can attend,” SergeantFoster says. Although he is grateful forthe generous contributions of countyresidents, the Nightmare on Jail Hill isthe most consistent source of revenuefor Brown Santa, accounting for 50–90percent of the revenue for the program.Peggy Braun urges those whowant to volunteer as actors or todonate toys for the children to phone(512) 943-1313.October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 75


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Everyone’s a WinnerGTX Awards and Engraving creates memorableobjects for winning Georgetown residents.For the past three years,Georgetown residentsBrian and Cindy Burkhartof GTX Awards and Engraving,located at 1915 North AustinAvenue, have been providingcustom made trophies, plaques,and commemorative items to theGeorgetown community. TheBurkhart’s also own GeorgetownSporting Goods and havelongstanding ties in and with theGeorgetown community. The twobusinesses work together to providea one-stop shop for awards, sportinggoods, and promotional items inGeorgetown and beyond.By Alexandria ZertucheGTX Awards andEngraving prides itselfon providing qualityproducts from engraving tosublimation, sand blastingto custom decals and muchmore, all at affordable priceswith hometown service. From golftournament trophies to laser markingservices for the manufacturingindustry, GTX Awards and Engravingprovides a number of recognitionand award products. Besides sportingand corporate awards, GTX Awardsand Engraving can also createunique wedding and anniversarygifts, engrave glassware, and createcustomized school items for boosterclub sales. To place an order for anaward or custom engraving, or formore information, call 868-5881 orgo to www.gtxawards.com.October TriviaSee if you can answer these questions about October.1. Orange and black are the colors of Halloween because orange isassociated with the______ and black is the______ .2. Jack o’lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles inhollowed-out ________ to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhainholiday.3. What colors do pumpkins come in besides orange?4. What was the first wrapped penny candy in America?5. The North American common brown bat has the longest life-span ofany mammal it’s size. How long does is live?6. The tradition of bobbing for apples came from whom?7. What was the most popular kids Halloween costume in 2004?8. The world’s record for biggest pumpkin is currently held by a giganticgourd weighing a whopping _____ pounds??9. According to Linus, what does the Great Pumpkin deliver to all the truebelieving children?10. What was Snoopy’s costume?October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 77


SEPT 23-OCT 23 “Beehive:The 60’s MusicalSensation,” PalaceTheatre. This highenergymusical revuetraces the coming ofage of women’s musicthrough 37 popularhits of the 1960s. Fordetails go to www.thegeorgetownpalace.org.OCT 6 Author Sarah Bird, will talk abouther latest book, The Gap Year. Library,2–4 p.m. $13 in advance, $15 at thedoor. 1:30 p.m. Ticket includes dessertfrom Red Poppy Cafe. Purchase tickets atSecond Hand Prose in the library or fromBarbara Elrod at (512) 931-2484.OCT 6 Georgetown Garden Club meeting.Dolores Gibbs will present programon terrariums. Georgetown Parks and RecCommunity Room, 1101 N. College. 1:30p.m. Visitors welcome. Free. 512-746-2076. georgetowngardenclub.orgOCT 6 Chicken Salad Luncheon andSale, Stonehaven Senior Center, 1704 HartSt. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. $5 per plate. Dine in orcarry out, delivery available. StonehavenSenior Center, a non-profit, is open toall local Senior Citizens. For details call863-5141OCT 7 First Friday Oktoberfest, HillCountry Bookstore, 6–9 p.m. free. Livepolka music with accordion player JackStankus, complimentary German bier andfood. For details visit www.hillcountrybookstore.comor email sarah@squarebookstore.com.OCT 7 Methodist MenGolf Tournament, ForestCreek Golf Club, 99 TwinRidge Pkwy, Round Rock. Benefitingvarious charities includingThe Caring Place. $65 perperson includes cart, lunch, goodybag and beverages. Ken Armstrong,512-869-6903OCT 8 Pajama Program & Book Drive,Hill Country Bookstore. 11 a.m. The BiscuitBrothers will be playing during MarketDays to bring awareness to a cause whichdonates new pajamas and new or gentlyused books to homeless children in WilliamsonCounty. For details, e-mail sally@squarebookstore.com.OCT 10 EVHS and GHS Golf TournamentFundraiser, sponsored by the GolfBooster Clubs. Berry Creek Country Club.8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds willbenefit all the high school golf teams.For details and registration go to www.golfdigestplanner.com/19654-ChipIn-FortheRoyalandRed or call Scott McLean at512-639-0411.78 October 2011 | Focus on GeorgetownOCT 11 Take Shape For Life Weight Lossand Optimal Health Program. The PageHouse, 7–9 p.m. Lose weight, Keep it off!FREE Health Coach, clinically proven, Dr.recommended program. No obligation.Bring a friend.OCT 13 Georgetown Toastmasters OpenHouse, Georgetown ISD Building, 603Lakeway Dr. 7–8 p.m. free. All are welcometo visit and learn about Toastmasters.Come and learn how to speak off thecuff. For details email sabrinagren@gmail.com or call 703-203-7913.OCT 14 Emancipet Spay/Neuter Event,Williamson County Regional AnimalShelter, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Emancipet’s LowcostSpay-Neuter mobile van will acceptall dogs and cats. Appointments must bemade in advance. For details visit www.emancipet.org.OCT 15 Denimand DiamondFur Ball, MarriottNorth inRound Rock6–11 p.m.$75 per person, $100 for two. Benefitsdogs and cats in the Williamson CountyRegional Animal Shelter. Seated dinner,live music, dancing, and a silent auction.Tickets at www.wilcopets.org.OCT 15–16 Art in the Square, GeorgetownSquare 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free. See theworks of over 150 artists featuring clay,drawing, sculpture, painting, jewelry,fiber, metal, mixed media and more.OCT 15 Chisholm Trail Days, San GabrielPark, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. An authentic longhorncattle drive in San Gabriel Park. Enjoy livecowboy music, food, a western art show,western demonstrators,chuckwagons and chuckwagon food, historicaltrail drivere-enactors, and aranch rodeo. Fordetails visit www.upthechisholmtrail.orgOCT 15 Strike a Pose for Pink FashionShow, Mel’s Lone Star Lanes, 1010 N.Austin Ave. VIP Dinner begins at 6 p.m.;show starts at 8 p.m. See the latestfashions from local shops. VIP tickets$80; General admission $55. Bowlingpins painted and designed by local artistswill be for sale. For details contact FireAdministration at (512) 930-3473 or fire@georgetown.org.OCT 18 Gardening Workshop on PlantFamilies by Southwestern University.Free. 4–5 p.m. Space is limited; register inadvance by contacting Molly Jensen, facultyadvisor for the Community Garden, at863-1797 or jensenm@southwestern.edu.OCT 21 PhillyCheese Steak Night,American LegionPost 174 @VFW,1000 N. CollegeSt., 5–7 p.m. $6.Take-out Available.Benefits Boys State,Veterans Assistance,and Scholarships.OCT. 21 Faith in Action Caregivers 10thAnniversary Celebration, GeorgetownHealth Foundation Community Room, 5–7p.m. Refreshments, raffle, and more. Call868-9544 for information.OCT 21–23 Father Son Coastal KayakFishin’ Adventure, Aransas Pass TX (Ages12 & Up). Cost is $110 per person (resident)or $125 per person (nonresident).Join us for a weekend memory buildingfishing trip with the boys! For details callJoe Armstrong at (512) 763-8365 or emailat joe.armstrong@georgetown.org.OCT 22 Artist Reception, Hill CountryBookstore, 3–5 p.m. Free. Join in anartist reception to honor the 55 artistsrepresented on the banners for the 2011Banner Project. Complimentary wine andappetizers.OCT 22 Gathering on the San Gabriel,Rocky Overlook, 11 a.m.–2 per person.Enjoy lunch, music, and a live art andantique auction. Event benefits the CaringPlace building fund. For details email Ritaat rturner@caringplacetx.org or call 869-4735 ext 231.OCT 22 Pets inPink Parade andContest, Courthouseon theSquare, 10–11a.m. $25 per animal.A fun paradeand costume contestthat benefitsand brings awarenessfor fightingwomen’s cancer.Registration is 9 a.m. or online before Oct.19. Registration includes T-shirt, a petbandana, and lots of pink pet goodies! Fordetails visit www.pink.georgetown.org.OCT 23 The Georgetown SymphonySociety presents “Yakov Kasman,” KlettCenter for Performing Arts, 4 p.m. Adults$25/$20; students $5. Kasman is theSilver Medalist in the Tenth Van CliburnInternational Piano Competition. Fordetails call 512-864-9591 or visit www.gsstx.org.


OCT 23 Mallets and Merlot; Polo at theRanch. Schwertner Ranch Event Center.Benefitting Ride on Center for Kids. Polomatch at 2 p.m. After party at 4 p.m. Forinfo call 512-930-7625 or go to www.rockride.comOCT 23 USA Dance, 2 Texas Drive SunCity. 7–10 p.m. Free professional dancelesson will be given at USA Dance Studio.For details visit www.usadancegeorgetowntexas.org.OCT 25 Pink Heals Tour, GeorgetownSquare 5:30–7:30 p.m. View a paradeat 5:30 p.m. and stay for presentations,music, signing of pink fire trucks, and agroup photo with women who are cancersurvivors. For details, visit www.pinkfiretrucks.org.OCT 27 Halloween Hayride & Carnival,Community Center, 5–9 p.m. Tickets $2.Not a scary Haunted Hay ride as in yearspast. Free admission, but each boothcharges a fee. Includes Trick or Treat Village,costume contest, and free “MonsterHouse” movie in the park at 7:30 p.m. Fordetails call 512- 930-3595.OCT 27 Georgetown ToastmastersOpen House, Georgetown ISD Building,603 Lakeway Dr. 7–8 p.m. free. Come andlearn how to speak off the cuff. For detailsemail sabrinagren@gmail.com or call 703-203-7913.OCT 28 Chisholm Chuck Wagon WildWest Dinner & Cowboy Show, PageHouse, 1000 Leander Rd. Georgetown,6:30–9:30 p.m. Fees available online.Limited Seating, reservation only, ordertickets at www.chuckwagonshow.com orcall 512-930-7243.OCT 29 “Trees...Some Shady Characters”a special program by Emsud Horozovic,a degreed forester and certifiedarborist. County Extension Office, 3151S.E. Inner Loop, Suite A. 10 a.m.–noon.For details, go to txmg.org/williamson/ orcall 943-3300.OCT 29 Boo Run 5K & Family Run,San Gabriel Park. Benefits ExceptionalGeorgetown Alliance, which fundstherapeutic camps for children withdisabilities. 4 p.m. Costume Contest,4:30 p.m. Fun Run, 5 p.m. 5K Race. FunRun $10 for kids/$15 for adults. 5K$25/$30 on race day. www.exceptionalgeorgetown.orgOCT 29 Tom McDermott Book Signing,Storytelling & Musical Concert, HillCountry Bookstore, 11 a.m. free. A familyevent of music, stories, humor. For detailsvisit www.hillcountrybookstore.com oremail sarah@squarebookstore.com.OCT 29 “Howl-o-Ween” Adoption Event,Humane Society of Williamson County,10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander.11 a.m.–5 p.m. Dress up like a superheroat the event to receive a FREE adoptionfee. Otherwise, adoption fees for all puppies,kittens, cats, and dogs will be at thereduced rate of $25. For details visit www.hswc.net.OCT 31 CalvaryChapel HarvestFest, 3400 ShellRd. free. Enjoyfood, pony rides,dunk tank, variousgame booths andactivities, and lots ofcandy for the kids.For details contact512-868-8892.Nov 3 Grace Academy Open House, 9:45a.m. to 12 noon. Student presentations,tours, classroom observations and more.For details go to www.GraceAcademy-gt.org. Reservations call 864-9500.Don’t walk away from your mortgage! As a Certified DistressedProperty Expert, I can show you how to avoid foreclosure.NEW LISTINGNEW LISTINGNEW LISTING909 Big Thicket, Heritage Oaks, JimmyJacobs-built custom, 3/2/2 with officeniche, covered front and back porches,extended back patio. $244,90020 Dillo Trail, Carrington Ranch, LibertyHill, 4/3.5/4 Personal Home of CustomBuilder! Separate Apartment for rentalincome! Great value! $299,900!30206 Briarcrest. 4/2.5/2 home inGardens of Berry Creek, in-ground pooland gorgeous lake view of Golf Course!$299,000NEW LISTINGPENDING11 Possum Trot, 3/2/2 on 1 acre withRun-In for Horse, Totally Remodeled,Fenced in Carrington Ranch! $184,900.NEW PRICE2688 Solorn Way, Behren’s Ranch,Gorgeous Newmark, prof. staged &decorated! 4/2.5/2.5, $259,900NEW LISTING71.93 Hill Country Acres! Rustic LodgeTheme features Hickory CypressCabinets, East Texas Red Cedar Beamsin Great Room, Concrete Floors,Stainless Appliances, Pool, 2000 s.f.Workshop, 6-Stall Barn, Gas Fixtures viaPropane Tank. $749,900152 Brickyard, Sonterra, Jarrell,4/3/2, 2story, 2 large living areas! $139,900204 Meadow Park,100 Riverwood, &206 GuadalupeOctober 2011 | Focus on Georgetown 79


RECEnt PoPULar aLbUM DownloaDS:CouNTRy: ScottyMcCreary “Clear as Day”New BookRELEaSES:THE LITIGaTORS byJohn Grisham. ReleaseDate Oct 25. Small timeattorneys meet a youngdrunken,burned-outattorneywho walksaway fromhis fast-trackcareer at a fancy firm. F&Fis now ready to tackle areally big case, a case thatcould make the partnersrich without requiringthem to actually practicemuch law.THE BEST of Me byNicholas Sparks. ReleaseDate Oct 11.Two formersweetheartsfrom oppositesides ofthe trackshave taken wildly divergentpaths. But neither has livedthe life they imagined . . .and neither can forget thepassionate first love thatforever altered their world.RETRIEved by CharlotteDumas. Release Date Oct.31. CharlotteDumas hascompleteda series ofportraitsfeaturing the fifteensurviving rescue dogs thathelped emergency crewssearch for survivors afterthe attacks of September11. The portrayed rescuers,who fearlessly joined theirhuman companions in theaftermath of the terroristattack, embody a decadecoming to a close.ROCk: Evanescence“What you want”NEW MOVIE RELEASES:Dirty GIRL—R. Opens October7. Starring Juno Temple, MillaJovovich, William H. Macy, MarySteenburgen, Dwight Yoakam,Jeremy Dozier.HIP HOP: Drake“Take Care”THE IdES of MaRCH—R.Opens October 7. Starring GeorgeClooney, Ryan Gosling, Phillip SeymourHoffman, Paul Giamatti, andMarissa TomeifIREfLIES IN THE GardEN—R. Opens October 14.Starring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds and Willem DafoefOOTLOOSE—not yet rated. OpensOctober 14. Starring Kenny Wormold,Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, DennisQuaid and Miles Teller.THE BIG yEar—Not rated by presstime. Opens October 14. Starring SteveMartin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, RashidaJones, Angelica Huston, Jim Parsons, Rosamund Pike,JoBeth Williams, BrianDennehy, Dianne Wiest,Anthony Anderson, TimBlake Nelson, Kevin Pollak,Joel McHale.THE Rum dIary—R. Opens October 28. StarringJohnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkinsand Geovanni Ribisi.LIVE MUSIC:OCT 1 Outdoor Concert with Radio Star, Hardtails, 9p.m.–1 a.m.OCT 1 Sweet Bunch of Daisies, Garden at Monument, 7p.m.OCT 1 Georgetown Winery, Texas Tango, 5 p.m.OCT 6 Shuffle Up and Deal, Hardtails, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.OCT 6 Live Mariachis, Mariachi’s de Jalisco, 7 p.m.OCT 6 “Frankly Singing” Sinatra Tribute, Tony& Luigi’s, 6 p.m.OCT 6 Michael Nigro Classic Guitar, GeorgetownPublic Library, 6:30 p.m.OCT 7 Groove Knight, Hardtails, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.OCT 7 Dick and Emily Gimble, Garden at Monument,7 p.m.OCT 7 John and Sigi, Texas Winery, 5–8 p.m.OCT 7 Dulcimer Music, Williamson CountyMuseum, 7 p.m.OCT 8 The Weathermen Band, Hardtails,9 p.m.–1 a.m.OCT 8 The Kays, Georgetown Winery, 5–8p.m.OCT 8 Erik Hokkanen, Garden at Monument,7 p.m.OCT 13 Brian Hankins and Brewer Nation,Hardtails, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.OCT 13 “Frankly Singing” Sinatra Tribute, Tony & Luigi’s,6 p.m.OCT 13 Live Mariachi’s, Mariachi’s de Jalisco, 7 p.m.OCT 14 Leigh Cates Band, Hardtails, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.OCT 14 Ed Kilman, Texas Winery, 5–8 p.m.OCT 14 TBA, Garden at Monument, 7 p.m.OCT 15 Swamp Sauce, Hardtails, 9 p.m.–1 a.m.OCT 15 Alan Davis “Bones”, Texas Winery, 5–8 p.m.OCT 15 J.D. Pendley with Liz Morphis, Garaden at Monument,7 p.m.OCT 15 Live R&B Music with Billy Hamilton, Applebee’s,9 p.m.OCT 20 Mighty Pelicans, Hardtails, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.OCT 20 Live Mariachis, Mariachi’s de Jalisco, 7 p.m.OCT 20 “Frankly Singing” Sinatra Tribute, Tony & Luigi’sOCT 21 Planet Texas, Hardtails,8 p.m.–12 a.m.OCT 21 Sixteen Strings with Daniella Ruiz, Garden atMonument, 7 p.m.OCT 21, TBA Georgetown Winery, 5–8 p.m.OCT 22 Crush, Hardtails, 9 p.m.–1 a.m.OCT 22 Georgetown Winery Lacey Sills, 5–8 p.m.OCT 27 Love Generator, Hardtails, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.OCT 27 “Frankly Singing” Sinatra Tribute, Tony & Luigi’sOCT 27 Live Mariachis, Mariachi’s de Jalisco, 7 p.m.OCT 28 Stooch,Hardtails, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.OCT 28 TBA, Garden at Monument, 7 p.m.OCT 28 TBA, Georgetown Winery, 5–8 p.m..OCT 29 Halloween Party with Blue Smoke, Hardtails, 9p.m.–1 a.m.OCT 29 Rick McRae Trio, Garden at Monument, 7 p.m.* Bands subject to change; check with venue.Georgetown Winery, 715 S. Main St, 512-869-8600Hardtails Bar and Grill, 1515 N. IH-35, 512-869-5454Mariachis de Jalisco, 2803 Williams Dr., 512-868-5622Paisano’s Ristorante, 1211 Leander Rd. , 512-863-6344Rattlesnake Inn, 6060 Texas Hwy. 195, 254-793-9439Tony & Luigi’s Restaurante, 1201 S. Church Street512-864-2687The Garden at the Monument, 601 S. Austin Ave., 512-868-593280 October 2011 | Focus on Georgetown

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