Arts and Culture

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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Emily Peacock artwork, which will be on display at 215 Orleans starting Nov 16

215 Orleans Project Space will be exhibiting Emily Peacock’s work in a new exhibit called “I Swore I Would Change” opening Thursday, Nov. 16, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery at 215 Orleans St., Suite 600, in downtown Beaumont.

Peacock is from Port Arthur but now lives and works in Houston. Running until Dec. 10, this will be her first solo show in Beaumont, the gallery said in a release.

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Buy Local

From the devastation of natural disaster, we come now to celebrate the things Mother Nature cannot take from us. Our friends, our family, our community – those that rode out the storm alongside us, and held our hand (and sometimes a hammer) as we recover are just a few of the many blessings even a 1-in 100-year storm can’t wash away.

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Courville's caters many food items

Big Rich Courville’s name is synonymous with everything that is good and that tastes good in Southeast Texas. If you lived in a box, odds are you would still know who he is because most likely, by gift or by commerce, he has fed you at some point.

Storms, floods, charity auctions, fundraisers or perhaps at his venue on College, Big Rich Courville, it seems, is always there for us. Now it’s our turn and time to remember those who are always here for us when we need them by supporting our local businesses.

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Shanda Guidry, fundraiser organizer, and Katheryn Littles, office manager

For over 70 years and under various names, the Shorkey Center has offered educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs.

This year marks their 25th annual holiday card campaign, which executive director Araina Daniels said is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers.

“Profits from our … sales are used to offset the cost of high quality therapy services [given] to deserving students who otherwise may not be able to afford it,” Daniels said.

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Slow Food Beaumont logo

Did you know that local chefs provided tens of thousands of meals during the worst days of Hurricane Harvey? Slow Food Beaumont would like to thank our local restaurants for their heroic efforts during the storm while providing a little relief and good cheer to those who suffered damage.

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The Shoeshine Boy by Melvin Sterne

Melvin Sterne writes ‘The Shoeshine Boy,’  a literary science fiction novel set in the Texas borderlands

Review by Katherine Hoerth

When you first open The Shoeshine Boy, you’ll be pulled into the Texas/Mexico borderlands in the 1920s, a world of cartels, violence and poverty. The Shoeshine Boy will keep you questioning what’s real, what’s imagined, and ultimately, what it means to be human.

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Veterans day celebrations

Free photo shoot for veterans

While taking in the festivities that celebrate the contribution of American veterans, those who have served in any branch of the military are invited to commemorate the occasion with a professional photo shoot with YellowBrickByB at Lions Club Veteran Memorial Park, 195 W. Bolivar St. in Vidor.

YellowBrickByB owner and photographer Brittani Stanley said the free public event will be held at the park from 7 a.m. until sunset.

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Legendary hair styles

They can slay any day – they’re the hardest working men and women in the Golden Triangle hair business, and their contributions to the field, as well as the tresses of generations of Southeast Texans, are being honored in a gala style show and grand event Friday, Dec. 8, from 6- 9 p.m. at the Compro Event Center, 4155 W. Cardinal Drive in Beaumont.

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