Month: November 2009

Have Party, Will Travel: Caryn Hasslocher

It may be a rainy September evening outside, but inside the McNay Museum’s halls a festive crowd of about 300 has assembled to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of San Antonio’s oldest CPA firms, Carneiro Chumney. In the Stieren Building lobby people crowd around the well-appointed bar and hors d’oeuvres tables, then move on with their goodies to meet and greet, spilling into the Octagon area that connects the building to the old McNay mansion. While the guests mingle, serenaded by a guitarist, Caryn Hasslocher and her crew from Fresh Horizons Creative Catering are busy putting the finishing...

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The Business of Working Together: Couples who have found the balance

How many of us have returned home from work and complained to our spouse about our boss, coworkers or job? It’s nice to have that impartial ear to vent to and sympathetic shoulder to cry on when things aren’t going our way. But what if your boss or coworker is your spouse and the job is the one that you are in together? How do you express your concerns when personal relationships are at stake? It may be tricky, but it can be done. The following couples have built successful businesses by striking the perfect balance between work and...

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For The Love Of Good Food: Les Dames d’ Escoffier

Many people have seen the recent movie “Julie & Julia,” but for foodies this film was a very special treat. For the San Antonio chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, it was also a treat to be shared with like-minded friends — 60 of them, to be exact. They all showed up at the Palladium the very night the movie opened, some wearing Cordon Bleu aprons, others sporting Julia Child’s signature tops and pearls and all of them excited. To complete the evening they had arranged to have a private party at the nearby WineStyles, featuring French hors d’oeuvres and...

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Attention! Sharon Cox is first woman military instructor at TMI

When Sharon Cox and her family get ready on weekday mornings, everyone is dressed in a military uniform — Air Force blue for her husband, David, and Army green for Sharon and their two daughters, Samantha and Shannon. “We joke that he’s outnumbered,” says Sharon, who met her spouse when both were cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. These days, her husband is based at Randolph Air Force Base, while she and the girls are at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, where all three are involved in the Corps of Cadets. Samantha, 15,...

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Art and A Spiritual Quest: Mythical beings people Lesta Frank’s paintings

Lesta Frank’s house is like a gallery for her work. From delicate flower vases reminiscent of old botanical illustrations to paintings of women with mythical implications, the rooms tell the story of her artistic interests. On an easel in the living room stands a giclee print of her Mother Divine, showing a hazel-eyed young woman gazing out serenely with a somewhat ambiguous expression, her head adorned with a riotous crown of feathers. The reason Frank is displaying the print is because the original has already been sold. “It started with Mother Mary inspired by a statue I saw,” explains...

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