Arts and Culture

Nederland Jewelers

By Shelby Strickland

Special to The Examiner 

Gladys Wojcik loves her business, loves her community and sees the fortunes of the two as deeply intertwined.

Wojcik has been a local business owner since 1980. After graduating from McNeese State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Wojcik opened Kitchens Unlimited. She then married her late husband, owner of Nederland Jewelers, in 1990.

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Darrell Troppy

Darrell Troppy, a multi-medium contemporary artist most notable for his work at the Carrousel Eastern and Western International Art Exhibit at The Louvre-Paris, France, recently announced his upcoming art exhibit for Finder’s Fayre’s Contemporary Local “CLASS” Artist Show Series.

Troppy’s works will appear at Finder’s Fayre, 1485 Calder Ave. in Beaumont, from Dec. 7 – Jan. 4. Troppy will make an appearance for a meet-and-greet on opening and closing nights from 5-9 p.m.

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Port Arthur Little Theater Logo

It’s your last chance to see Port Arthur Little Theatre’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol on Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3. This play is a spooky look into the afterlife of Scrooge’s deceased old business partner Jacob Marley. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s even given his own private tormentor — a malicious little sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself. To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge.

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The Texas Tenors

The No. 1 vocal group in the history of the popular television show America’s Got Talent brings Christmas cheer in a fun-filled concert appropriately titled “Deep in the Heart of Christmas” to the Lutcher Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

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Ornament photo by Eleanor Skelton

Advent calendars may seem too ’90s for some people, but a collection of ornaments that tell a story can allow for relaxation and creativity while preparing for a busy holiday season.

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Main Street Market

 

The Christmas shopping frenzy is soon to begin, and instead of fighting traffic and long lines at the “big box” stores, the Junior League of Beaumont (JLB) invites you to A Very Merry Main Street Market, a three-day, holiday shopping experience featuring unique merchandise from more than 100 carefully selected vendors from Texas and across the country from Thursday, Nov. 30 – Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Beaumont Civic Center. Shop for clothing, gourmet foods, children’s items, jewelry and more during the market. Admission is $10.

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Christmas in Boomtown returns December 9th to Gladys City

Did you know that the first mention of Santa’s reindeer was in 1823 in a poem titled “Old Santeclaus with Much Delight?” So, in 1901, that first Christmas after the Lucas Gusher, the children would have been watching for Santa’s reindeer.

“One thing we like to do in Gladys City is to take people back in time. We want people to imagine that first Christmas after the Lucas Gusher blew and the excitement people must have felt,” said Museum Director Troy Gray.

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Jaguar photo by Stephanie Adams

The Houston Zoo’s four-month-old jaguar cubs made their debut Thursday, Nov. 9. The male, Fitz, and female, Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20 and have spent the past few months behind-the-scenes bonding with mom. The pair can be seen exploring their habitat with mom most mornings, and have access to be out of public view in their night house or caves if they choose. Fitz and Emma are the first jaguars born at the Houston Zoo in 12 years. The jaguar range covers South and Central America, with some venturing north into Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

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Sheila Umphrey's Christmas bike

I started a tradition. I had an old bicycle in the garage and was going to get rid of it. I was talking to my yard man about it, and he suggested putting it on my porch and decorating it for different holidays.

 When searching the best place to put it, I decided I really liked it on the oak-tree branch in my front yard. So now, I put an elf at Christmas, a witch at Halloween, a rabbit for Easter, Uncle Sam for the Fourth of July and a court jester at Mardi Gras. People come with their kids and take pictures all year long. So much fun!

- Sheila Umphrey

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Nativity scene

The Stark Museum of Art celebrates the holiday season with an exhibit Spirit of Bethlehem: The Boehm Porcelain Nativity beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21 through Jan. 6 in the museum’s lobby.

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