Emily Grady cautions Grady Christmas Tree Farm-goers that their eyes might be bigger than their living rooms when it comes to holiday decoration.
"The tree never looks quite as big out in the field
as it does when you get it indoors," Grady said. "I spent one
Christmas with the top of my tree scrunched against the ceiling. The
other, the tree was so big I just had to cut it off."
Grady recommends shoppers look at a tree in relation to their own height before chopping down a monster.
most people who want a 6- to 6 1/2-foot tree, remember that it won't
be that much taller than you are," Grady said. "If it's just a hand on
top of your head taller than you are, you're very close to having a
In addition to having the right size tree for
your home, make sure the tree stand is the right size, too, to keep
your holiday season from going downhill.
Blank's Ever-Green Acres owner Jan Blank remembers when a customer brought a tree back to the farm.
"They didn't have a big enough stand or the right stand, and it stood up crooked," Blank said "Then it fell over."
said having the right stand can make a big difference in your tree's
success in the home, as well as choosing a balanced and straight tree
from the lot.
"You get to see the way it stands in the field, and it should stand the same way in your house," Blank said.
who opt for live trees might find themselves sniffling mid-carol or
sneezing in their eggnog. Molds or pollens on the tree can agitate
allergies for some.
Chris and Jodi White of Germantown Hills
took their two youngest sons to Schaer's Country Market to cut down a
Christmas tree for the first time in 10 years last weekend.
oldest son had allergic reactions to live trees in the past, but now
that he's moved out, they were ready to rekindle the family tradition.
"We just had artificial for all these years," Chris White said. "We missed cleaning that mess up every year."
shaking, a service offered at many you-cut lots in the area, can help
shake dead or loose needles from the tree to limit the number that fall
to your living room floor.
"People that want a fresh tree, they know they do get a bit more work," said Gary Schaer, owner of Schaer's Country Market.
recommends a Fraser Fir for anyone worried about mess because they're
known for their needle retention. For anyone looking for a fragrant
tree, he recommends a Balsam Fir.
The Lady Bird Lake boardwalk
would become something of a Texas music walk of fame under a public art
proposal, with snippets of lyrics from iconic singers and songwriters
along the boardwalk’s railings.
Sculptor Ken Little, who is
also a guitarist in a couple of small-time bands in San Antonio,
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have short phrases drawn from the repertoire of the state’s leading
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this: “Me upon my pony, on my boat,” from Lyle Lovett. And from Willie
Nelson: “Crazy for cryin’ Crazy for tryin’ ”
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“Home with the armadillo,” Nunn’s belt would say.
1.25-mile boardwalk will connect a gap in the Butler Hike and Bike
Trail along the south side of the lake. Construction began last month,
with an expected completion date of spring 2014.
The art piece,
called “Belting it out,” would have the bronze molds of belts, each
about 48 inches long and one to two inches wide, bolted to the railings
on both sides every hundred yards or so.
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using aluminum or steel to meet your program.” Little said Monday
night before presenting his design to the city’s Art in Public Places
Panel. “It’s using people’s imagination to create the artwork.”
panel unanimously approved his concept, and it will go on to the
city’s Arts Commission for what officials say would be a final OK.
who has yet to approach the musicians for the rights to use their
work, hopes to pay something along the lines of $150 for each piece. An
Amarillo native, Little, 65, teaches art at the University of Texas at
San Antonio. He created a piece of public art in Austin, a series of
picket fences in the shape of the United States called “Homeland
Security,” which was installed in 2008-09 in Butler Park near the lake.
Little’s concept is the first to emerge from the Art Guys, a
team of five artists that the Austin City Council in March voted to pay
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public art on the $21.7 million boardwalk trail. Jean Graham, who is
managing the public art part of the project for the city, said the
other artists are still working on their proposals.
— which begins east of Congress Avenue and goes to International
Shores Park along South Lakeshore Boulevard east of Interstate 35 —
includes both low concrete bridges over the water and, in a few
sections,The term 'hands free access
control' means the token that identifies a user is read from within a
pocket or handbag. on-land trail. Voters in 2010 approved $14.4 million
for the project as part of a $90 million transportation bond issue.
The balance of the money for the project is coming from the Trail
Foundation, which donated $3 million, and from other other city funds.