Golden Fleece: Golden Fleece

08/27/2014 12:00 AM

08/26/2014 7:00 PM

With our second issue of K, the focus has already changed from the thrill of doing something new to the challenge of publishing something great, and personally, I’m delighted with the results.

Closest to my heart is Sandra Engelland’s feature about alpaca farms because, as she says, “These gentle creatures are just so gosh darn cute.”

In fact, I’m guessing that the cover photo and others in our feature “Pick a ’Paca” (beginning on Page 26) may very well start an alpaca craze among animal lovers and urban farmer wannabes like me. I’ve always been intrigued by these domesticated members of the Camelid family — like their llama and camel cousins, they seem exotic and somewhat mysterious.

But, I hadn’t spent much bandwidth contemplating why farmers raise them until I spotted an alpaca farm here a couple of months ago. Turns out, these docile, doe-eyed animals are low maintenance, hypoallergenic and NOT raised for food. How cool is that?

Keller has at least three alpaca farms, and to celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days on Sept. 27-28, their gates will open so the public will get the chance to make some new furry friends.

There’s much more than alpacas in our pages this month.

Lovers of history and beer won’t want to miss “From Bubbles to Brews” (Page 20), a tale of how and why the rediscovery of the almost-forgotten bubbling waters of Double Springs by Samantha Springs owner Joe McCombs eventually brought us Keller’s first craft brewery, the newly opened Shannon Brewing Co. We were privileged to be among the first to enjoy the beers in the brewery’s taproom at our K launch party in late July; turn to Page 10 to see some photos from that fun event.

We also chat with Deborah Crombie, a prolific North Texas author with a thing for writing British murder mysteries. Her newest thriller, To Dwell in Darkness, hits the shelves Sept. 23 — the same day she’ll appear in Keller for events marking the city’s third annual “One Book, One City” initiative (Page 40).

September means it’s time for high school homecomings. We get into the spirit with a look at those larger-than-life mums in “Awesome Blossoms,” Page 36. Meanwhile, parents of younger kids will want to check out our roundup of creative, after-school enrichment activities (Page 42).

From fall fashion and beauty advice to the do’s and don’ts of flying a drone, there’s plenty to keep K parked on your coffee table all month long.

Please drop a line anytime to erogers@star-telegram.com with your comments and story ideas.

Elaine Rogers, Editor

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