Issue 80

Though winter is the coldest season, it’s also perhaps the warmest in spirit. Whether you choose to make the most of the weather and visit a light show, or opt to nestle in with a heart-warming dessert, wintertime brings with it endless possibilities for fun with family and friends. In this issue, we explore all of this season’s magical charm, with a trip to a real Bavarian-style Christmas town, a peak into the behind of the scenes action of The Washington Ballet, and a visit to a traditional Christmas decoration emporium.

Austin Versatility: Martha O’Hara Interiors

This interior designer transformed a friends’ home into an inviting family oasis that is easily converted into a formal setting for hosting. The home’s ranch-style design served as the main point of inspiration for O’Hara, who chose eclectic outdoorsy pieces to create cohesiveness and comfort.

Oh My, Pie!

These inventive pie recipes, like Bacon Maple Walnut and Apple Cranberry Streusel, Fennel Raisin, and Squash and Honey, are perfect for holiday get-togethers, or a scrumptious after-dinner treat all season long!

Wardrobe Wonderland

Monica Leland, wardrobe supervisor for The Washington Ballet, dresses dozens of dancers each year for the company’s production of The Nutcracker. There are more than 30 performances of the show over the holiday season, and fittings for the dancers begin months in advance at the beginning of October.

A Most Leavenworthy Holiday

The quaint town of Leavenworth, WA is transformed every holiday season into a Bavarian-themed Christmas wonderland that attracts more than 2 million tourists each year. The buildings and streets are outfitted with more than 10,000 twinkling lights, and guests have a plethora of restaurants and shops to choose from, including a gift shop aptly named Kris Kringl.

Denver’s Sugarmill

Head chef, Troy Guard, worked in a number of restaurants, like TAO in NYC, before opening this “dessert-centric” eatery. Though sweets like cakes and house-made ice cream are among the most famous items on the menu, Sugarmill also offers a number of savory options, like their popular breakfast burrito.

The Creativity of Shannon Grissom

Painter Shannon Grissom takes most of her inspiration from photography, or still-life, and uses oil-paint, texture, and vibrant colors to produce dream-like portraits. Aside from painting, Grissom also enjoys performing music and has released two CDs, on which she plays the clarinet, piano, and guitar.

Carolers of Chalfont: The Art of Byers’ Choice Ltd.

What originally began as a hobby for owner Joyce Byers has now become a Christmas decoration store, museum, and charity, based in Chalfont, PA. One of the most famous decorations Byers’ produces are its Caroler Dolls, which are made entirely by hand in the US.