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TSubmitted By Grey Forest Studioshe 23rd Annual Open Studios Art Show & Sales was held on October 13th 2018. A read about Grey Forest Open Studios Art Event in the Helotes & Leon Springs Highlights wide range of work was on exhibit, present by the 24 exhibiting resident & visiting serving Helotes, Grey Forest, Leon Springs and Surrounding Areas.artists. We had a banner year, with a large attendance of new faces. All reported theyCity of Grey Forest Continues The Tradition Of The 12th Night CelebrationSIubmitted By The City of Grey Forestn memory of Ruth Zook, the SecondAnnual Twelve Night gathering will beheld at the Grey Forest Club House on the 12th of January 2019, to celebrate the end of the Christmas Holidays and welcome in the New Year.In 1982, Don and Ruth Zook began “the 12th night” holiday gathering, it ended with the death of Ruth in 2014 as Ruth began her two-year struggle with cancer. Ruth wanted to bring families and friends together in a friendly home environment to celebrate the “The 12th Night. Christ’s birth is the first of Twelve Days of Christmas. This period is viewed as the amount of days it took the Magi or Wisemen to travel to Bethlehem for the Epiphany (Epiphany is translated from the Greek word for revelation).The Zook’s home was a beautiful three-CMreative Ways To Celebrate Chanukahstory mansion situated on a limestone/ granite bluff. Every room throughout the house was festooned with Christmas trees, garlands, twinkle lights and tinsel. Fresh red poinsettias plants added to the scarlet magical quality of the evening. Over the conversations were sounds of Christmas music throughout. Ruth cooked and commanded the kitchen area, stopping to greet all the guests for a laugh and a conversation. Don had the duty of serving as Tour Guide to guests that had not visited the Zook House before and making sure no one was overlooked. The Zoo’s invited friends, neighbors, City officials & employees, the Grey Forest Police and Fire Departments, City Judge and attorneys. Managers and owners of Helotes Businesses were also invited, who were integral part of our warmcommunity.Sodas, hot tea, and bottled water willbe provided courtesy of the city of Grey Forest. Guests are asked to bring something to share with others, desserts, snacks or finger food. Don Zook will bring a large holiday cake along with Holiday trees and decorations.Last year, despite the very cold weather guests, their wives, children and pets all gathered outside three fire pits for warmth to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Welcoming all in from the cold was a scrumptious feast served in the Club House in accordance of the Zook tradition.As a tribute to Ruth Zook, The City of Grey Forest will continue the tradition of The 12th Night celebration as an annual event.creative in the kitchen, serving fried foods and desserts. Think about giving gifts of oil, such as fragrant essential oils that can be used in potpourri or in the bath or shower. Working alongside their parents, children can see how a wick drenched in oil can serve as an efficient lighting source and decorate the home with these homemade oil lamps. • Twenty-five: Bring attention to the number 25, which is significant when celebrating Chanukah. The word Chanukah can be divided into two: Chanu, meaning “they rested,” and Kah, which is the numerical value of 25. On the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, the Maccabees rested from their battle with the Greeks and triumphantly marched into the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Make 25 a part of celebrations by inviting 25 people to celebrate with you or ask children to make murals with 25 different adornments.• Charitable giving: Gift-giving is now a component of Chanukah celebrations, but it wasn’t always. Greater importance wasRuth Zook and Don Zook back in the day of when Twelve Night Celebration was held at their home.any jokes have been shared celebrants belting out carols, but it bears about the complexity of significance for the thousands of people growing up Jewish surrounded who celebrate each year. While Chanukahby Christian friends and the overwhelming influence of Christmas come the month of December. Seemingly everywhere you look buildings, stores and homes are decked out in lights and decorations. But Christmas celebrants are not the only ones with reason to be festive this time of year, when Chanukah is also cause for celebration.Perhaps due to its proximity to Thanksgiving and Christmas, Chanukah tends to be the most widely celebrated Jewish holiday in America. Even though it is officially listed as a minor holiday, Chanukah is important to families across the globe. In fact, because the basis of Chanukah is rededication to the faith, it very well may be an instrumental celebration for families who may need to find their way back to the roots of their beliefs.Chanukah celebrations may not feature lavishly decorated trees or scores of14is steeped in tradition, the following are a handful of ways you can add a creative spin to your family’s festivities this year.• Light: One of the major tenets of Chanukah is how light can shine and lead a person through dark periods. This is typically exemplified by the lighting of the menorah, which is prominently placed in windows or other visible areas of celebrants’ homes. This Chanukah spend time with someone who may be dealing with an illness or the loss of a loved one. You may be the light that inspires this person each day. Give candles to friends and family members to symbolize the light that will shine in the future.• Oil: Another component of Chanukah celebrations is the focus on how a one-day supply of oil somehow lasted eight days during the rededication of the temple’s menorah. Many ways to include oil in celebrations exist. Some people like to getChanukah- continued on page 19 December/January 18

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