Big Blend's Radio & TV Magazine - June 2015

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June 2015

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Contents… 5. Editors Block 14. BIG BLEND BONANZA GIVEAWAY! 74. Upcoming Radio Shows

A TOAST TO THE ARTS 6. The Family in Art 8. Music News & Interviews 10. Book News & Interviews 12. Stage & Screen


EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY 20. Exploring the Champagne Region of France 24. Foodie News & Interviews 25. Sensational Salads & Wine 27. Cool Cucumber Recipes 28. Say Hello to Chef Jeremy’s Quinoa Bowls 29. Three Rivers B&B Boiled Crawfish

SPIRIT OF AMERICA 30. A Walk Through Time - Plantation Homes

VACATION STATION 38. Travel News & Interviews 40. Ten Days in Norfolk, England PAGE 3

VACATION STATION CONTINUED 42. Meditation & Memorials in Honolulu 45. San Benito County 50. Giddy Up to Yerington 53. Summer’s Happenin’ in Three Rivers 54. San Diego Mountain Magic 56. Hi-Five to Summer Fun in Yuma, AZ 58. Rev Your Engines! 60. Travel With Confidence

WAY BACK WHEN 62. San Diego Scottish Highland Games 64. Born Under a Sign - June

QUALITY OF LIFE 66. What Does Your Child Love To Do? 69. Herbs For Healthy Travel

SUCCESS EXPRESS 70. Independent Contractors 72. Casino Insider 73. Turn Your Writing into Book Action This magazine is developed by Big Blend Magazine™. copyrighted since 1998. No part of it may be reproduced for any reason, without written permission from Big Blend Magazine, P.O. Box 87633, Tucson, AZ 857547633. Opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily that of this publication or any of its staff. We reserve the right to edit submittals. All subject matter is intended for general information only and not to be taken as personal advice in any matter. Although every effort is made to be accurate, we cannot be held responsible for inaccuracies or plagiarized copy submitted to us by advertisers or contributors.


Editors Block From sipping champagne in France to exploring Norfolk, England and meditating in Hawaii, this issue is packed with travel stories and event news that includes various regions of California, Arizona and Nevada. This past month we had a wonderful time visiting Yerington in western Nevada, as part of our Big Blend Spirit of America Tour, our quest to visit and cover all 407 National Park units and their gateway community destinations. Located just off the Pony Express National Historic Trail and part of the California National Historic Trail, Yerington is a fun and fascinating place to visit. This issue also features articles, videos and expert interviews that focus on central Louisiana plantations, the history of families portrayed in art, new books and music, the stage and screen of Yosemite’s Gold Country, the Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans, cooking and recipes, travel tips and eco-tourism, a look at what it is like to run a casino, how to turn writing into book action, parenting advice, and the laws discerning employees from independent contractors.

Priscilla gets a tiara and enjoys a wonderful cake from The Bakery Gallery at a tea party at Through A Child’s Eyes Foundation in Yerington, NV.

Be sure to subscribe to our Big Blend e-Newsletter so you can enter our Big Blend Bonanza Giveaway. Remember, one winner wins all the prizes we add to the prize pot throughout the year. You will also receive our Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine in your email. Happy Summer and Safe Travels! Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith Big Blend’s mother-daughter publishing, radio and travel team; along with Priscilla - Big Blend’s pink sock monkey travel mascot!

This issue is dedicated to our dear friend, the incredible guitarist James ‘Spider’ Allan Taylor. May you rest in peace, you are missed.

Front Cover Photos: The Wicked Tinkers Band; Groveland Car Show by Terri Metz – courtesy Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau; Champagne in France by Linda Kissam; Water Sports in Yuma – courtesy Yuma Visitors Bureau. PAGE 5

"Royal Family" ( Queen Victoria ) oil by Winterhalter, England

By Victoria Chick, artist and early 19th & 20th century print collector A survey of paintings depicting families throughout history shows a sharp contrast between two compositional arrangements and two ways the family is presented to the viewer. The composition may be equally balanced, also called formal, with the figures looking toward the viewer. It is an arrangement that sometimes results in an interpretation that sees the family as remote, even cold. An informal composition is still balanced but not necessarily with the same number of figures on one side as on the other. It often lets the viewer see interaction between family members. The figures are often depicted within a home environment, resulting in an intimate view, and a feeling of warmth. Paintings that were meant to be shown to the public tend to be formal while paintings meant to be enjoyed within the home most often are informal. The compositional types are true no matter in what century the art was completed.


Big Blend Radio interview with Victoria Chick. So much of early art subjects concerned rulers of empires who were seldom seen with their families. This was likely because of ancient attitudes that viewed women and children as property.

The Egyptian Pharaohs are sometimes portrayed with their family members. In public painted sculpture, the arrangement was equally balanced or formal. Children, even if they were teenagers, were often shown as doll sized in hierarchic perspective to indicate their being of lesser importance than the parents. However, in private tomb paintings, the family was more likely to be represented informally and all the family members normal sized. PAGE 6

Before the 17th century only wealthy people could afford paintings and the wealthy tended to be aristocrats. There were not a lot of paintings where all family members were shown. Instead, separate portraits of the mother or father were common. An extremely interesting and unusual informal composition by the Spanish painter Velasquez called Las Meninas ostensibly shows the Spanish princess with her maids-in-waiting. But, Velasquez has included himself in the composition painting the picture and in the background is a mirror with the reflection of the King and Queen who have just interrupted the painting session. Paintings of European royal "The Boating Party", oil by Mary Cassatt, 1893 families followed the established pattern of formality for public display and informality for hanging in their In England, during the same time, the Preown quarters. This distinction is easy to forget because both types of paintings now hang in public Raphaelite painters often portrayed the family as engaged in a struggle under difficult circumstances. museums. The aspect of strength within a family also In considering paintings of non-royal families, many appeared in the work of the American Regionalist great artworks showing a family as the subject are painters showing families working together to those in which the artist has done an intimate, protect each other from the ravages of nature or informal picture of his own family. Reubens, hard times. The Great Depression and the Dust Rembrandt, and Whistler are examples of wellBowl years of the early 1930s may have known artists who completed works for themselves contributed to this theme. but whose families are now known through paintings to the rest of the world. Photography also strongly figures in the way families have been represented. The 17th century in Holland brought political and religious change resulting in a growing and It was and is a medium of democracy because prosperous middle class who could afford art. The almost anyone can learn to take a picture. In the family was important to the Dutch and interiors of infancy of photography during the late 19th century, homes, with their residents occupied in domestic poses were formal, many times taken to record a activity, were painted by numerous artists. Formal family event such as a funeral or wedding. The family groups were also still a common subject. slow shutter speed required the sitters to be still for There was a beginning shift in the arrangement of seconds. As cameras improved, informal shots figures that showed the husband and wife as equal have become possible, and action is easily partners in the raising of children. recorded. Even with advanced technology, if a family wants a group photo to send to their friends, Family paintings done in America during colonial they will probably arrange themselves formally, in times were influenced both by the British formal an equally balanced way, all looking toward the compositions and the informal Dutch interior family camera. pictures since immigrants to the colonies were largely from those national backgrounds. The From ancient history to the present time, visual quality of the painting, however, was more primitive representation of the family has largely retained since few colonial painters had much training. its public or private intention. Another period where families were subjects occurred in France with the Impressionist painters of the late19th century. Mary Cassatt, an American painter in France during this time, was noted for her family and mother/child paintings and pastels. Monet and Manet did paintings of their families, and Renoir included family members in many of his paintings.

Victoria Chick is the founder of the Cow Trail Art Studio in southwest New Mexico. She received a B.A. in Art from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and awarded an M.F.A. in Painting from Kent State University in Ohio. Visit her website at




THE MADISONS: Err On The Side of Love



The legendary 4-time Grammy award winning Lizzie Harrah, the vocalist, keyboardist and musical singer-songwriter and producer Bunny Sigler, known by fans as 'Mr Emotion', chats with Big engineer for The Madisons, chats with Big Blend Blend Radio about his new album Bundino, which Radio about their new single 'Da Da Da' and is a complete work of romantic R&B, soul ballads upcoming new album Err on the Side of Love. with a contemporary sound. Nestled in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, The Madisons left behind gritty Texas city life to find Bunny has been known for working with a string of something greener. Today the Americana-style acts over the years such as Patti LaBelle, The O’ band is made up of Lizzie Harrah – keys and Jays, The Spinners, Curtis Mayfield, Barbara vocals, Ruel Russell – bass and vocals, Lee Mason, Gamble & Huff, Outkast and even Jay-Z. Hamilton – drums and vocals, and Pete Gorisch – He continues to evolve as an artist staying in tune guitars. Err on the Side of Love is the follow-up of to what’s current in order to be a relevant the album 'Greener'. Keep up with them at songwriter to continue his long-running career in the music industry. Keep up with him at

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Josh Misko and Danny Byrne, the acoustic guitar and ukelele driven duo Everett Coast, chat with Big Blend Radio about recording and releasing their new 5-track EP Lift Off, along with their musical career, instruments, upcoming performances and new singles. Everett Coast writes and produces all their own original material and co-writes a wide variety of music genres from pop and hip-hop to folk and country. Influenced by such artists as John Mayer, Jason Mraz, The Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons, Everett Coast creates with the intention to not only stay current in today’s music industry, but to also keep the influence of the greats, such as America, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Everly Brothers, and of course, Simon and Garfunkel. On June 6, they will be performing at the 2015 San Diego Ukulele Festival. Keep up with them at

Grammy-nominated producer Tim Story of the indie pop duo Blue Tofu, chats with Big Blend Radio about recording their new album Our Room. They also released a buoyant, compelling sci-fi video for the song “Hunger Tango,” on the album, which features Blue Tofu vocalist Andrea Mathews in colorful makeup aboard a spaceship populated with various intergalactic workers. The video was directed by filmmaker Al Franklin. Blue Tofu’s soulful new music is catching on in more ways than their earlier album. Keep up with them at


BOOK NEWS & INTERVIEWS C. LEE MCKENZIE: ‘Sudden Secrets’ and ‘The Great Time Lock Disaster’



California based author C. Lee McKenzie chats with Big Blend Radio about her two new books ‘Sudden Secrets’ and ‘The Great Time Lock Disaster’. ‘Sudden Secrets’ is a contemporary young adult novel that explores grief and the power of the human spirit to heal from life-altering events. The sequel to ‘Alligators Overhead’, 'The Great Time Lock Disaster' is a middle grade fantasy adventure novel about two seventh graders who travel in time. McKenzie has published three other young adult books including: 'Sliding on the Edge' (WestSide Books, 2009), 'The Princess of Las Pulgas' (Westside Books, 2010), and 'Double Negative' (Evernight Teen, 2014). A former lecturer and administrator at California State University, San Jose, McKenzie also wrote, edited and published a newsletter for university professors, and wrote and published non-fiction articles in her field of Linguistics and Inter-cultural Communications and in general readership magazines. Learn more at


Jennifer Bort Yacovissi talks with Big Blend Radio about her debut historical novel 'Up The Hill to Home,' that is based on her ancestors. 'Up the Hill to Home' sketches an enduring portrait of four generations of the Miller/Beck/Voith clan against the backdrop of Washington, D.C., as the city itself grows from a dusty pre-Civil War cow-town to a national capital in the throes of the Great Depression. Jenny Yacovissi grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, just a bit farther up the hill from Washington, D.C. In addition to writing historical and contemporary literary fiction, Jenny is a reviewer for Washington Independent Review of Books and the Historical Novel Society. Learn more at PAGE 10


STAGE & SCREEN A Theatrical Escape to Tuolumne County, California! Compiled by Lisa D. Smith With spectacular Yosemite National Park in its backyard and California gold rush heritage coursing through the veins of its charming cities, Tuolumne County is a popular destination that has attracted travelers, artists, musicians and filmmakers. From Little House on the Prairie to High Noon, over 300 films and TV shows have been filmed in the region.

“Unnecessary Farce”

Aug. 21-Sept. 13: “Macbeth”: Macbeth is a nightmare journey through the souls of two extraordinary people to murder, madness and death. Breathtaking in its simplicity, spell-binding in its universal theme, this tragic masterpiece is Shakespeare's leanest and most powerful play. Shows are presented at the Sierra Repertory SONARA The county seat, Sonora is a beautiful and historic Theatre in East Sonora. Tel: 209-532-7270, gold rush destination that is home to the community Stage 3 Theatre Company, the professional Sierra Repertory Theatre, and the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance. From film locations to upcoming theatre performances, concerts and art events, here’s our list of what to see and experience while celebrating the arts in Tuolumne County this summer.

Don’t Miss: 2nd Saturday Art Night: Starting at 5pm, galleries, restaurants, and shops in downtown Sonora, offer a magical blend of art and live music! Get the monthly guide on May 29-June 28: “Unnecessary Farce”: In a small-town motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant. Next door, two undercover cops are supposed to catch the meeting on video tape. But there’s confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man – and a whole lot more. Shows are presented at the Sierra Repertory Theatre in East Sonora. Tel: 209-532-7270, July 10-August 9: “Blues in the Night”: The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in this scorching musical review of good music, hard lives, and dreams that stretch on long into the night. The 26 hot and torchy numbers that tell of the sweet, sexy and bluesy experiences of three women have with the same lying, cheating snake of a man who does them wrong will leave you energized, inspired, and ready to wail. Presented by Stage 3 Theatre. Tel: 209-536-1778,

COLUMBIA Columbia State Historic Park, a living gold rush town and historic district, has been used as a filming location for a variety of TV shows and movies including ‘High Noon’ and ‘The Shadow Riders’. Sierra Repertory Theatre’s second location, the Historic Fallon House Theatre, is also in Columbia. Don’t Miss: June 26-Aug. 16: “The Music Man”: Seventy-Six trombones and much more arrive at the Fallon House Theatre heralding Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. Funny, warm, romantic and touching, this award winning musical comedy has been entertaining people for years. Presented by the Sierra Repertory Theatre. Tel: 209-532-3120,


July 18: Big Band Street Dance in Columbia SHP: Step back into the 1940's and put on your dancing shoes to boogie down to the music of Rod Harris and his orchestra. This free event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park. Tel: 209-532-3184 JAMESTOWN This historic gold rush town is home to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Known as "The Movie Railroad," the on-site historic locomotives and railroad cars have appeared in over 200 films, television productions, and commercials. On Wednesdays, from July1 – August 26, you can take a Diesel Train Ride and also enjoy Story Time in the Caboose at noon. Visit or call (209) 984-3953. Don’t Miss: June 6: Singing the Rails at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park: As long as there have been trains, there have been train songs to sing. An important part of the American Railroad experience. This family-friendly music festival will take place outdoors on the Roundhouse lawn, and includes an amateur music contest with the Black Irish Band and the Sierra Mountain Band performing live in between contestants. TWAIN HARTE Known as the ‘Gateway to the High Sierra’, Twain Harte is a mountain village and resort community that was named after Mark Twain and Bret Harte, two writers who eloquently wrote of Mother Lode days in California. Don’t Miss: Aug. 28-30: Film Fest Twain Harte: Films from all over the world, shorts, full length, documentaries, and student films. Filmmakers, actors, celebrity guests will be on hand. Special events include a Friday VIP Reception and a Sunday Awards Dinner. Ticket packages will be available. Film Fest Twain Harte raises money through the festival to create scholarships, enabling aspiring local students to further develop their craft in the cinematic arts on a higher level. Tel: 209-586-6301 / 925-548-4602,


Listen to Steve Schneickert as he recalls the Hollywood History of the travel movies 'Easy Rider' (1969), 'The Endless Summer’ (1966), 'Little Miss Sunshine' (2006), 'The Darjeeling Limited' (2007), and 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore'

July 25-26: 37th Annual Twain Harte Arts and Wine Festival: The friendly village of Twain Harte becomes the center of creativity, music and fun with many talented craft and graphic artists, and continuous live entertainment. Nearly 100 high caliber artists will display and sell their fine wares. Wine tasting and food samplings. Tel: 209-586-4482 PAGE 13




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PRIZE #10: $200 Gift Card for Dini’s Lucky Club – Located across the street from Yerington Inn, in historic downtown Yerington, Dini’s Lucky Club Restaurant & Casino is the oldest family owned and operated casino in Nevada. Here you can play the latest slots, video poker or keno, enjoy drinks at The Cellar Bar & Lounge, and eat a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner at Dini’s Coffee Shop. Gift card can be used for food and drinks. Prize added May 24, 2015. Visit PRIZE #11: $25 Gift Certificate for The Bakery Gallery - The Bakery Gallery is a popular destination in Yerington, Nevada that offers a delicious variety of made-from-scratch cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, Danish pastries, coffee cakes, biscotti, and breads. They also serve coffee and espresso, have a decadent selection of chocolate truffles and desserts, and serve pre-fixe to-go dinners. Prize added May 24, 2015. Visit

ONE WINNER TAKES ALL! Every few weeks we add new prizes to the giveaway. These are announced in our Big Blend e-Newsletter, and the monthly Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine.

HOW DO YOU ENTER? Subscribe to the Big Blend e-Newsletter to get the monthly prize update, monthly question, and entry form. Maximize your chances of winning by answering as many questions as possible. As a subscriber your entries are tripled each month. Last entry will be accepted on November 10, 2015. Winner will be announced in the December 2015 issue of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine.

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June Holidays, Observances and Traditions

"Old Glory" & Flag Day Perhaps the most emotional symbol of a country is its flag. Each color and design element represents an important historical event or an ideology, goal or vision. They invoke responses from peoples of all countries. Pledges of allegiance, standing at attention, burning or ripping down a flag in contempt of a political idea or an opposing government are all parts of the history of flags. Most countries take the treatment of their flags extremely seriously and have laws to protect the flag. In the States we have a code of ethics and rules concerning the flag, like: the national flag cannot be used for advertising; it cannot cover a monument or any ceilings; it must not be folded while being displayed; no one should write on an American flag; and ships can slightly lower their flags in greeting each other, but otherwise should not be dipped for any other object or person.

by Nancy J. Reid

The month of June gets its name from the Roman Goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage, and for this reason many people decide to marry in June. Wherever the goddess went she was attended by her messenger Iris (the Rainbow), who journeyed so quickly through the air that she was seldom seen, but after she had passed there was often left in the sky the radiant trail of her highly-colored robe. June birthstones are the pearl or the moonstone (gemstone), meaning health and longevity. The pearl is the oldest known gem, and for many centuries it was considered the most valuable. It was said in some early cultures that the pearl was born when a single drop of rain fell from the heavens and became the heart of the oyster. Pearls have been called the 'teardrops of the moon'. Some believe that pearls were formed by the passage of angels through the clouds of heaven. Over time, the pearl has become the symbol of purity and innocence and it is often sewn into bridal gowns, or worn as jewelry by the bride.

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress proposed that the United States have a national flag instead of the British Union Jack. There were only a few public ceremonies honoring the "Stars and Stripes" until 1877, when on, June 14, the flag was flown from every government building in honor of the centennial of the adoption of a national flag. In 1890, North Dakota and New Jersey passed laws that required their schools to fly the flag daily. The first official Flag Day was observed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1893. New York also proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day 1897. Other states were slow to follow. Some people thought that the day was too close to Memorial Day and Independence Day. The "Stars and Stripes," or "Old Glory," was standardized in 1912. It takes 64 pieces to make the American flag. Thirteen white stripes represented the original 13 states, alternated between red stripes symbolizing courage. Fifty fivepoint stars, representing the fifty states, sits on a blue rectangular background. It has changed designs over the year, more than any other flag in the world.



Flag Day Continued… Inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Father's Day

D Day, World War II On June 6, 1944, about 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to fight Nazi soldiers. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by the end of the day, the troops gained a foot-hold in Normandy. Thousands of soldiers marched across Europe to end WWII. The invasion was one of history’s most significant military attacks. D-Day is observed on June 6 in memory of the Normandy landings and the American soldiers and other Allied forces that fought to end World War II in Europe.

June Holidays & Observances 6 - D Day, WWII.

Father's Day is the day to celebrate and honor our fathers and all men who have acted as fatherfigures in our lives. This includes step-dads, uncles, granddads, adult male friends and even our 'big-brothers'. Let them know how special they are and how they are a part of your life by giving gifts, planning special events (especially barbeques), and spending time with them. Father's Day is celebrated in the United States every third Sunday of June. It is traditional to wear a rose in honor of a father: red for those living, white for those deceased. The concept of Father's Day was first proposed in 1909 by Mrs. Sonora B. Dodd. As she matured into an adult, she realized just how much her father, Mr. Smart, had done for her and her siblings. Mr. Smart was a Civil War veteran who was widowed when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. He raised his 6 children on a farm in the eastern area of Washington State. He was a strong and self-less man and Sonora wanted a day to celebrate how special he was. The first Father's Day was first observed on June 9, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Similarly, around the same time-frame, people from different towns and cities, were beginning to celebrate ‘Father's Day’. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a National Father's Day. However, it was only in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring the third Sunday of every June as Father's Day, that it became a national holiday.

14 - Flag Day. 18 - Ramadan begins. 21 - Father's Day - third Sunday. 19 - Juneteenth Day. 21 - Summer Solstice - longest day of the year!


Exploring the Champagne Region of France By Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’ There were a lot of unforgettable moments on my latest trip to France. My first stop was a three-day International Wine Tourism Conference in Reims put on by IWINETC. As much as I may think I know about wine and wine tourism, it is never enough and must be constantly updated. With excellent speakers, a mini trade show and multiple tastings, this was a great kick-off to the ultimate in learning, tasting and experiencing. The second part of my trip was a kick-butt tour of Reims and the Champagne region. Think a week spent in this most notable of wine regions learning about the newest wine tourism trends with a chaser of tasting over 200 sparkling wines, visiting elegant champagne houses, dining with winemakers, cruising the Champagne countryside and walking historic vineyards…and you have an idea of why this trip was so special – even for a wine diva like myself.


Linda Kissam talks about France on Big Blend Radio! I saw and experienced a lot more than I can possibly put in one article, so this is a round-up of the things that stood out for me on a day-by-day basis –just in case you want to follow in my winesoaked footsteps. All this is available to you just a few hours from Paris. Just sayin’.


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Reims, France Continued DAY 1: Accommodations for days 1-4 at Grand Hotel Continental. Centrally located in downtown Reims, this is a moderate-cost option featuring European style rooms. Perfect for staging your Reims visit. Lots of tasting rooms and shops are easily walkable. Internet is available on a limited basis. Friendly staff, morning breakfast and elevators (yeah!). Dinner and breakfast at Brasserie Conti. Attached to the Le Continental Hotel, expect a nice local variety of breakfast offerings and an upscale lunch and dinner experience at fair prices for the area. DAY 2: Conferences at Reims Convention Center Convention Center. This facility is just a couple of blocks (easy flat walk) from the hotel. There were over 18 seminars to choose from. My favorite included Creating a Luxury Wine Experience (Susan Lanier-Graham), Promoting Your Wine Tourism Business Through Sales, Service & Knowledge (Hilarie Larson), Wine & Food Travel is Most in Demand (Tatiana Livesey) and La Champagne, A Sparkling Wine Tourism Destination (Philippe Harant). Daily lunch with matching wines was wonderful and the final event, “Champagne Grand Tasting” was a tasteful memory, featuring tasting more than 30 wines from 10+ Champagne producers. Champagne House Veuve Clicquot. Located in Reims just a short taxi ride from the hotel, this visit was everything I could have hoped for. An hour tour of the venerable property and champagne cellar concluded with an evening of appetizers and champagne tasting. You simply cannot come to Champagne without experiencing this property. Try the La Grand Dame 2004. A fine, complex fragrance, blending sweetness and nobility, smooth and silky in the mouth, with considerable substance and structure. A remarkable balance, with a harmonious finish, and a unique aromatic aftertaste. ($145/ bottle).

DAY 3: Cathedral of Reims guided tour. Walkable from the hotel. The Cathedral of Reims was built in the 13th century and is a masterpiece of gothic art. Twenty-five Kings of France were coronated at the heart of the Cathedral. It is a World Heritage Site and is famous for its Smiling Angel, a symbolic statue for the people of Reims. Nice gift shop. Champagne House Taittinger. Founded in 1734, Taittinger is famous for its Comtes de Champagne. The cellars are located at the exact same place where the Abbey Saint-Nicaise once stood. The tour is uniquely staged deep within hidden cellars and you will taste a number of exquisite wines not found in the US. Enjoy the single year Brut tastings. Pick a vintage and enjoy an hour of pure bliss.

Dom Caudron. Call ahead to arrange lunch and wine tasting at champagne cooperative Dom Caudron. Located in the Marne Valley, this champagne cooperative hosts a museum with wood presses still in use today. A small film explains the work of the vines throughout the year. Your time is well spent here understanding how a Cité du Champagne Collet-Cogevi in Aÿ followed cooperative works. The lunch is killer. Ask to taste by appetizers with champagne pairing. This is an the Le Meunier Conjuge En Rosé. It is 80 Meunier awe inspiring property. Magnificent views and vinified into white wine, 10% Meunier vinified into elegant wines. A big favorite of the group. Try the red wine and 10% Chardonnay aged in oak barrels. Champagne Collet Extra Brut. ($40/Bottle). Pale Light, refreshing fruity flavors. golden hues with attractive citrus notes and a suggestion of elegant minerality. Continued on Next Page…. PAGE 21

Champagne Charlier, Vallée de la Marne. If you love visiting small lot family-owned champagne houses, this is the stop for you. Fabulous wall murals with incredible back stories set the stage. All of its production is in oak barrels. Some of the barrels are pieces of art work themselves. You’ll love the owners and the wines – guaranteed. Guided tour of Avenue de Champagne, Epernay. Call ahead to the Epernay ‘Pays de Champagne Tourist Office to arrange a docent led walk along their famous 1km Avenue which hosts some of the most prestigious champagne houses you’ve definitely heard of. More than 100km of cellars run under the Avenue. DAYS 4-5: Head out into the countryside to experience the “authentic” Champagne route. Champagne Drappier. Another classy champagne house. Expect to see a lounge adorned with impressive wood features and a 30-litre Melchizedec, the largest champagne bottle in the world. The wine cellars in the basement were built in 1152 by the Cistercian monks of Clairvaux. Smooth and elegant cuvees are quietly matured here producing some really exceptional wines. The Drappier family has been cultivating their vineyard for two centuries. The current owner, Michel, has managed the winemaking process skillfully since 1979. Famous throughout the world, Drappier Champagnes have been favorites of figures as prestigious as General de Gaulle, Luciano Pavarotti and Philippe Starck. Ask for their Brut Nature Zero Dosage Pinot "Andre et Michel" ($45). 100% Pinot gives this wine a bit more body and fruit than is typical. Du coté des Renoir, a Renoir Tasting. This very special place takes the visitor on a walk in the footsteps of the famous painter and then offers a tasting of Renoir Champagnes (with special arrangements). It is a cultural and tourist site that is an artist’s village where visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the work of the artist PierreAuguste Renoir (1841-1919). At the bottom of the garden of his house in Essoyes, the master’s studio is available for viewing. It’s quite a treat to meet the champagne producers and taste the Renoir cuvées. The cuvées represent the Renoir universe (finesse, beauty, elegance, roundness, femininity) and you will not be disappointed. The wines in this collection are perfection. This is a truly unique experience, just two-and-a-half hours southeast of Paris. PAGE 22

Days 4-5 Continued “Rosé des Riceys” can be found in the heart of the Côte des Bar and the Champagne vineyards. The translation of Les Riceys is “To make you dream!” If you’re a fan of dry but luscious French Rosés, you have landed in the right spot. There is just one name for three villages established in the largest stretch of Champagne vineyards, and the only municipality in France with three A.O.C certifications: Champagne, Coteaux-Champenois and the famous Rosé des Riceys. You have not tasted a real Rosé unless you have been here. Trust me. Champagne Morize is a great place to begin your Rosé tour. It’s a small, boutique champagne house with vineyards in three AOCs. The goal of the champagne house is to produce the very best Rosé possible. Yup, they met their goal. Take time to taste through their selections. DAY 5: Guided Visit of the medieval city of Troyes. Troyes is going to pull you right in with its rustic but somehow contemporary feel. Call ahead to the tourism bureau to arrange a docent led walk. You’ll miss a lot of local history and charming stories if you just stroll by yourself. Think winding cobbled streets lined with timber frame dwellings, uniquely decorated wooden doors, museums with rich local heritage, restaurants that celebrate local gastronomy and some really killer shopping. It’s a great final stop to make before you head back to De Gaulle Airport for your flight home. Plan 3-4 hours to for your visit and about 2 hours to get to the airport. Linda Kissam 'Food, Wine & Shopping Diva' is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California, who specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. Visit


FOODIE NEWS & INTERVIEWS CELEBRITY CHEF RYAN SCOTT Celebrity Chef Ryan Scott has a lively chat with Big Blend Radio about guacamole, healthy snacks, family meals and what ingredients should be stocked in the pantry. You might recognize him as a previous contestant on Bravo’s "Top Chef," the former host of Live Well Network’s “Food Rush" or from his guest appearances on national talk shows, including "The Rachel Ray Show," "The Talk” and "The Chew." Having cultivated a passion for cooking at an early age, Chef Scott graduated from the California Culinary Academy and has learned his skills from some of the country's top chefs. Keep up with Chef Scott at


GOLDEN FOODIE AWARDS Andrew Harris chats with Big Blend Radio about his fascinating culinary and media background, as well as the 4th Annual Golden Foodie Awards of Orange County, southern California. Golden Foodies is an incredible event that honors the best chefs, libations and cuisine of chef driven and independent restaurants. This people's choice award is food's highest honor and lets you decide who is the BEST! The glamorous red carpet event will take place at the Fairmont in Newport Beach on September 27, 2015, with host Simon Majumdar. Andrew is a guild member of the Golden Foodie Awards, and as an accredited food, wine and travel writer, he is also on the board of board of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. Andrew is the producer and co-host of the weekly “The SoCal Restaurant Show”. Learn more about the Golden Foodie Awards at PAGE 24


ational Salads & Wine s n e S Ruth Milstein, author of the award winning recipe book 'Cooking with Love: Ventures into the New Israeli Cuisine,' shares two of her favorite salad recipes - the Colorful Pepper Basket, and her Carrot & Apple Salad that is tossed in a spicy honey and lemon sauce! As usual, these recipes are easy to make, healthy and low in fat, and delicious! Listen to her Big Blend Radio, along with her wine expert husband Howard, who shares wine pairing tips.

Listen! Carrot & Apple Salad Tossed in a Honey & Lemon Dressing, this deliciously colorful and scrumptious salad has a kick of hotness to add to its wonderful taste! Makes 8 servings. Ingredients: 6 medium carrots, peeled and cut to julienne slices Always use different colored peppers to enhance 3 granny smith apples, peeled and cut to julienne color and taste. The colors of this salad, when it sits slices on the table, will almost keep you from wanting to 1 red pepper, washed and cut to julienne slices serve it. However, its rewarding taste will make you glad you did! This salad attracts guests and Dressing: children to the table. Makes 6 servings. Juice from 1 lemon 1 teaspoon hot red pepper, thinly sliced Ingredients: 2 tablespoon honey 1 red pepper 1 green pepper Garnish: 1 yellow pepper 1 tablespoon chopped coriander 1 orange pepper 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1 medium red onion 1/4 cup chopped nuts (whatever you desire) 1 green or red hot pepper Freshly ground black pepper

Colorful Pepper Basket

Dressing: ⅓ cup tomato juice 1 clove garlic, crushed Juice of ½ lemon 5 drops Tabasco ¼ teaspoon salt Dash of white pepper Method: Cut peppers, red onion, and hot pepper into very small cubes. Combine all dressing ingredients, and mix with peppers. Cover and refrigerate to blend flavors 3 hours.

Method: In a large bowl place the carrots, apples and the red pepper. Mix gently and set aside. In a small bowl put all the sauce ingredients and mix well. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix gently, refrigerate for two hours. Transfer to a serving bowl and mix again. Spread on top the chopped coriander, chopped parsley and nuts; then sprinkle on a dash of black pepper. Serve with fresh bread.

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Yuma Landing Bar & Grill Come Eat, Drink & Be Merry where the First Airplane Landed in Arizona! Hangar Sports Bar 24 Beers on Tap ~ Daily Drink Specials Appetizers & Entrees Televised Sports Events ~ Live Music & Entertainment

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Yuma Landing Restaurant American & South-of-the-Border Cuisine Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Cool Cucumber Recipes Cocktail & Crostini Located in historic downtown Yuma, the Yuma Landing Bar & Grill is part of the historic Coronado Motor Hotel property, and is situated where the very first airplane landed in the state of Arizona. There’s a state statue to honor the pilot Bob Fowler, and the restaurant has a vast collection of historic photos and memorabilia. Yuma Landing is known for serving flavorful American and Mexican cuisine, along with its Happy Hour specials that run from 2pm-6pm, Monday-Friday. Perfect for a summertime Happy Hour, Executive Chef Thomas Wright paired his Cucumber Olive Crostini recipe with mixologist Tyler Johnston’s Cucumber Martini. Listen to their Big Blend Radio interview and try their cool cucumber recipes below!

Cucumber Olive Crostini By Chef Thomas Wright 1 cucumber 8 oz. goat cheese at room temperature Salt to taste Baguette cut on a bias Olives *Dried Apricots *1-2 oz. Olive oil


Juice cucumber or puree in a food processor. If using a food processor, allow the blended cucumber to sit in strainer for minimum 20 minutes. Whisk cheese with cucumber juice until it reaches desired consistency. Looking for something spreadable without being too runny. Add salt to taste. Toast or grill baguette slices, allow to cool slightly. Slice olives. Spread goat cheese mix on toasted baguette pieces and top with olives. ** Rehydrate apricots by placing in a pan with water and bring to a boil, turn heat off and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Puree in food processor, add olive oil. Add water to the food processor in intervals until you achieve desired results. For more recipes from Yuma Landing Bar & Grill, visit

Cucumber Martini By mixologist Tyler Johnston 2 ½ oz Cucumber Vodka 1 ½ tsp Dry vermouth 3 cucumber slices Fill martini glass with ice and water. Muddle 2 of the cucumber slices. Combine vodka, cucumber and vermouth in shaker half filled with ice and shake well. Empty ice water from martini glass and strain contents of shaker into glass. Garnish with cucumber slice.


Say Hello to Chef Jeremy’s Quinoa Bowls Chef Jeremy Manley ‘San Diego’s Sustainable Chef’ is known for serving fresh, seasonal and outstanding cuisine at his restaurant, Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro, located in Julian, California. Featuring a healthy and tasty base of quinoa that’s topped with either a juicy bison patty, a chipotle grilled chicken breast, grass-fed beef or Portobello mushrooms, his Quinoa Bowls are a lunchtime hit! Listen to Chef Jeremy’s Big Blend Radio interview!

Grass-fed Beef & Quinoa Bowl


Served with Stilton Blue Cheese, Fuji Apple Slices and Caramelized Onions. Serves 4.

Ingredients: 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef 2 white onions or 4 sweet onions Fresh cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt 2 Tablespoons of butter 4 sprigs of thyme 3 garlic cloves 2 cups of quinoa 2.5 cups of vegetable stock, beef stock, chicken stock or water 2 Fuji apples 8 ounces of Stilton blue cheese

Grab a pot for boiling your water or stock. Once boiling temperature is reached (212 degrees), add your quinoa. Turn flame down to medium low and cover with a lid. Continue to let cook for 10 minutes, and stir your quinoa. Place the lid back on your quinoa pot and cook for another 10 minutes or until quinoa is cooked through. Remember you can always add more liquid if you desire a more gentle tasting quinoa.

Grab another sauté pan to begin cooking your burgers over medium heat. Season each patty with Taking your 2 pounds of ground beef, divide it into Kosher salt and black pepper. When your pan is 4-5 balls and mold in your hands to make a perfect hot, add the burger patty. Take your thumb and patty. You don't want it too thick otherwise it will not press the center of the patty in to prevent your cook evenly. burgers from shriveling up and becoming too thick to cook evenly. Once blood forms on top of your Cut the tip off the top off the onions leaving the root burgers, flip over and cook another 4 minutes. Turn attached. Peel the outer layer of skin off the onion off your flame leaving the burgers in the pan. and thinly slice your onions by hand or using a mandolin. By leaving the root still attached it will Thinly slice your apples and crumble your blue prevent the onion from falling apart on you while cheese. Grab 4 serving bowls divide the quinoa you are slicing. Place the butter, onion, garlic, evenly. Place the burgers on top of quinoa and thyme and salt in a large enough sauté pan over pour the juice from the sauté pan over your medium high heat to caramelize your onions. As burgers. Next is your thinly sliced apples fanned your onions begin to cook, moisture will evaporate over the burger. Then grabbing a spoon for the into the air creating an aroma that will perfume your caramelized onions, plate them atop the apples and house with deliciousness! Continue to cook for up crumble your blue cheese. Enjoy with a small salad to 25 minutes. Notice your onions changing color - of sautéed vegetables. the longer you cook them the more flavor will develop. To prevent burning turn down to medium For more recipes from Chef Jeremy Manley, after 20 minutes. visit PAGE 28

Three Rivers B&B Boiled Crawfish

By Leah Launey, Three Rivers Bed and Breakfast in California’s Sequoia Country Feeds one homesick and hungry "Cajun", for that "envie" which returns every summer! Ingredients: 1/2 lb. raw, cleaned crawfish tails (may substitute shrimp or crab) 1/8 cup salt (or less, to taste) 2 large toes garlic 1 heaping Tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 whole onion (your favorite type) 1/2 lemon 1 bag crab boil 2 red potatoes 1 ear corn Method: Boil all ingredients except for the crawfish for 20 minutes with lid closed. Add crawfish. Bring to a second boil, and steam 8 minutes. Drain and serve. The onion tastes really amazing. Together with the potatoes and corn, you almost don't need the crawfish‌.Almost. Back home in Louisiana, we'd just pour the boiled crawfish, onion, potatoes and corn onto a picnic table covered with newspaper. Also, I'd be buying the crawfish live in sacks, and handling the cleaning and regurgitating myself. It takes about 3 lbs. of live crawfish to equal 1 lb. of tails, but after the whole crawfish is cooked, you can enjoy not only the meat in their tails but also the spicy meat and fat in the crawfish heads. PAGE 29

A Walk through Time‌ By Nancy J. Reid There is so much about Louisiana to love and explore, and one of those things is the Cane River National Heritage Trail, a Louisiana Scenic Byway. This entire area is steeped in the mystery of days gone by, and the building of a new culture based on the mixing of European colonial roots, enslaved Africans and American Indians. In addition to the blend of peoples and styles known as Creole, the natural scenery is a mixture of lakes, rivers, bayous, and forests. The following plantation homes tell stories of farming cotton and tobacco, slavery, civil war, survival, and ghosts. We will go from Nachitoches, to Alexandria, in central Louisiana and look at 6 homes. These homes have been here for over 200 hundred years, telling the stories of the families who lived and worked on the plantations. In some cases, descendents of the plantation inhabitants are still living in and around the same area.

Main house, dining room and kitchen at Oakland Plantation.

When visiting Oakland Plantation within Cane River Creole National Historical Park near Natchitoches, the outbuildings give you a hint as to how much work had to be done to support plantation life. There are sheds, barns, storehouses, the overseer’s house, a doctors cottage, slave or tenant farmer family homes, and a store. Cotton was the main crop and it was a labor intensive endeavor. Plowing, planting, thinning, weeding, followed by picking. It was hard work all year round. Other duties included mending fences and fixing machinery.

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Oakland & Magnolia Plantations The Civil War changed life along the Cane River. As the Union troops blockaded New Orleans, the Confederate troops seized slaves and grain from the plantations. In some cases they burned the cotton to keep the Northerners from it. In exchange, the Unions soldiers burned plantations. Freedom exchanged slavery for sharecropping, a system that kept the unskilled on the plantation and in debt to the plantation store. The main house at Oakland was built in 1821 by slaves owned by a Creole family, the Prud’hommes. The furnishings and rooms inside show a progression of a family and their traditions over 200 hundred years. The kitchen is more of a 1950’s kitchen but at the same time, there is a space under the house that used to be for the nanny that looked after the children. It tells of a society that was forced to adjust to wars, changing economics and new ways of thought.

Slave quarters on Magnolia Plantation.

The main house at Magnolia Plantation, also within Cane River Creole National Historical Park, burned down during the Civil War and was rebuilt in 1896 Inside slave quarters on Magnolia Plantation. by the Hertzog family. It is outside the park boundary, but you can view the gin barn, overseer’s house, and the 8 brick slave cabins. The cabins are unique in that in the 1840s they were originally built to house two families each. Later the two rooms were linked together to form a single family for tenant farmers, and furnished with electricity. Many of these workers were descendants of the enslaved workers. For more about the plantation homes and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, click here. Overseer’s house on Magnolia Plantation. Elvin Shields talks about growing up at Oakland Plantation.


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Melrose Plantation As we walked through Melrose Plantation, we were impressed by the buildings and the garden, but the real story is about the women. Throughout the generations this plantation has been built, nurtured and restored by determined, visionary, women. One of the most notable is Marie Therese Coincoin, a slave born into the household of Louis Juchereau de St. Denis in 1742. St. Denis was a FrenchCanadian soldier and explorer that commandeered forts along the Mississippi River, Biloxi Bay and later the French outpost Natchitoches. Upon his death, all his belongings and properties were The property was briefly owned by a New Orleans inherited by his wife, including the ownership of businessman, then sold three years later to Joseph Marie. Henry. Marie was later leased, as a housekeeper, to a Cammie Grant Henry, wife of John Hampton Henry, young French merchant named Claude Thomas moved into Melrose Plantation in 1898, and she Pierre Metoyer. A nineteen year relationship began restoring and making it a center for arts, ensued, resulting in ten children. Eventually, crafts, history and legend. She replanted the Metoyer purchased Marie Thérèse and several of gardens, restored the colonial buildings, revived their children, giving them their freedom, as he local handicrafts and collected and displayed married another woman. portraits and heirlooms of the past Melrose Marie was given a parcel of land that she worked in inhabitants. The plantation became the place to go order to earn money and pay for the freedom of the for artists and writers, staying in the Henry family rest of her children. She was able to procure a until 1970. larger grant of land for her son Louis, which is now Clementine Hunter, from a sharecropper family and known as Melrose Plantation. Together they cook at Melrose Plantation, became one of cleared the land, grew tobacco, indigo and cotton, built the plantation, and even owned slaves. Years Louisiana’s most famous artists. Her work is later, when her great-grandson lost the plantation in displayed at Melrose, the very place where she first picked up a tube of paint. 1847, it was purchased by brothers Henry and Hypolite Hertzog from nearby Magnolia Plantation, The Association for the Preservation of Historic who operated it for the next several decades. They Natchitoches owns and is further restoring this managed it through the Civil War until 1881. plantation that is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 3533 Highway 119, Melrose, LA. Tel: (318) 379-0055,

Betty Metoyer, a descendant of the Metoyers, portrays Marie Therese Coincoin.


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Kent House Plantation One of the most interesting things about the plantation homes, besides imagining yourself living in one, is the blending of cultures that results in a unique style. The Kent House is a great example of this. It successfully shows French and Spanish colonial features, with a dash of New World American needs. It proudly flies all three flags. It stands on a Spanish Land Grant and was built around 1796 by Pierre Baillio II. Pierre’s family came from France and his father was an officer at Fort St. Jean Baptiste in Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement of the central third of the United States. Kent House is one of the oldest, still standing, structures in Louisiana and it is a fine example of what was a colonial era working plantation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kent House has gardens, a blacksmith shop, carriage house, a Sugar House where cane syrup was made, a milk house and more. The main house originally had six rooms, and it is raised off the ground on brick pillars to protect it from the flood waters of the nearby Bayou Rapides. Clay bricks and local cypress form the structure of the house, and the walls are made with mud mixed of Spanish moss and animal hair. We’ve learned that taking the offered tours is the best way to see places like this, and the guide we had was just full of fun and interesting facts that gave you a real insider’s view of life back in Louisiana in the 1800’s. The interview and video with Patsy Brosett-Garcia will give you a taste of what a tour is like, however, it is way more fun to go in person.

Patsy gave us a look at some personal details like hair pieces and wax make-up, an old-style fly catcher and beds with no springs. You’ll see the shoe-fly over the dining table and as you go from room-to-room you feel the history of the house. Just like today, when a place is sold, the family that takes over makes the place their own. In 1842 a man from Kent County, Maryland, purchased the house from heirs of the Baillio family. Mr. Hynson updated the house to the Greek Revival style that was popular then by replacing the doors and windows, plus the posts on the front galleries with the square pillars. He also added two square wings at either end of the front gallery. 3601 Bayou Rapides Road Alexandria, Louisiana Phone: 318-487-5998

Executive Director Alice Scarborough and Guide Patsy Brosett-Garcia talk about the history of Kent House.

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Epps House “I was a free man…” Simon Northrup One of the most chilling and memorable stories from the plantations is that of Simon Northrup. Born a free man, a carpenter and accomplished violinist, Simon Northrup was drugged and kidnapped by two men in pre-Civil War days. He was hired by the two men while living with his family in New York, to be part of a traveling show. They traveled to Washington D.C. where Simon was drugged and eventually woke up in a slave pen. He was taken to New Orleans and bought by a Rapides Parish farmer. Simon endured 12 years of slavery, passing from one owner to another, finally ending up as the property of Edwin Epps. Epps used Simon to build a new house in central Louisiana, and it was during the building of this home that Simon met Samuel Bass. Bass was a Canadian carpenter with antislavery views. As Simon began to trust Bass, he told of his kidnapping. Bass helped Simon write letters to his family and contacts in New York. One of the letters led to Simon’s freedom after 12 years in bondage. Epps House is a Creole cottage built in 1852. The house was located on Epps’ plantation near Holmsville until it moved to Bunkie, for restoration. Restoration never happened and it was later moved to Louisiana State University, Alexandria campus in 1999, where it was rebuilt and is now on display.


Epps House, Tel: (318) 445-3672 100 Hwy 71 South, Alexandria, LA 71302 Northrup later wrote his story after his return to his family in 1853. His book appeared in July of that year and sold over 30,000 by 1856. Later a movie starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Simon. In 2013 an audiobook read by Louis Gossett, Jr. was released.

Steve Schneickert remembers films made in central Louisiana, including the award-winning ‘12 Years a Slave’, which was filmed at Magnolia Plantation. Other films include ‘Steel Magnolias’, ‘The War Soldiers’ and ‘Blaze’, all filmed in the central Louisiana and Natchitoches area.


Tyrone Plantation Tyrone Plantation is the largest of the homes built along historic Bayou Rapides during the plantation era from 1830-1860. It was built in 1843 by George Mason Graham who was familiar with plantation life. He built a three storied house, a granary, a brick kiln, a saw mill, a cotton gin and a wharf for barge traffic on the bayou. Graham also built what is probably the only underground tomb on a plantation where he buried a wife and a son that has given rise to the story of the “soldier ghost.�

Tours are available at Tyrone Plantation. In 1856, Graham, (known as the father of Louisiana Tel: (318) 442-8528 State University), was named Vice Chairman of the 6576 Bayou Rapides Rd, Alexandria, LA 71303 Board of Trustees entrusted with the establishment of a state university. He established the Pineville Bayou Rapides was used for moving cotton and Seminary of Learning (the forerunner of LSU) and other goods during the mid 1800s. hired William Tecumseh Sherman as the first superintendent of the school, who became a regular guest at Tyrone. The ownership of Tyrone passed to Mr. Charles Edward Robinson, the owner of a lumber mill in Boyce, in 1915. Robinson modernized the upper two floors, discontinuing use of the brick first floor as the main living area. Mr. Arthur Robinson and his wife Amy, a granddaughter of George Mason Graham, were the second generation of Robinsons to live at Tyrone, but they moved into Alexandria upon the death of their only child, whose laughter continues to be heard at Tyrone today. Tyrone was sadly neglected until it became a home again, this time to Col. Rae and Marion Donaldson. Their daughter, retired Judge Rae Swent is the present owner.

Owner Rae Swent talks about the fascinating history of Tyrone Plantation.

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Loyd Hall Mystery and weird stories surround Loyd Hall Plantation in Cheneyville, just outside Alexandria, Louisiana. We had a look through the beautiful main house and one of the cottages, and as you listen to some of the accounts told by Beulah Davis, who has cared for the house for over 40 years, you start to feel some of the personality of William Loyd. It is said William Loyd was exiled by his family in London, being called a black sheep, and disdained to the point of being told to take the second L out of his name, going from Lloyd to Loyd, and to get out Loyd Hall Plantation, a bedroom, parlor and dining of London as well. porch. William built the main house in 1820 and the plantation covers about 600 acres. He seemed to have a knack for making enemies and it is thought he was a Union spy. Loyd was tarred and feathered and hanged in front of his house. The patch of ground underneath the hanging spot is bare, and nothing has ever been able to grow there. There are stories of spirits that roam the house. One is a woman, perhaps a jilted bride, that threw herself out of a third floor window and another that was a nanny that seems to have been intentionally poisoned. There is also a Union soldier, said to be a deserter, that hid in a crawl space on the third floor. He was shot by home owners that were surprised by his presence, and his blood stains the flooring to this day, despite several attempts to remove them. The soldier entertains on the front porch, playing a violin. Today the Loyd Hall Plantation is a Bed & Breakfast and special events venue. It sits amidst oak trees, sugar cane and cotton fields, and pasture land. 292 Loyd Bridge Road Cheneyville, LA 71325 Tel: 318-776-5641 Glynn Burrows, historian and owner of Norfolk Tours in England chats about the historic family connections between England and Loyd Hall Plantation and Kent House Plantation. To read his his article, click here.


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Shirley Ingram and Beulah Davis share some history and stories about Loyd Hall Plantation.



Why Eco-Tourism? According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism is projected to remain one of the world's biggest industries, generating more than $3.5 trillion in economic activity annually. Ecotourism is one of the most rapidly growing and dynamic sectors of the tourism market. The Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people." Adam Roberts ‘The Compassionate Conservationist’, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, chats with Big Blend Radio about how EcoTourism can benefit communities and travel destinations, and the significant role it plays in wildlife conservation. Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Learn more at



Traveling with the International Food Wine and Travel Association A resourceful organization for travel writers, the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a global network of journalists who cover the hospitality and lifestyle fields, and the people who promote them. The association organizes conferences, regional meetings, and press/media trips to provide members with story opportunities, information and contacts essential to a successful career in food, wine, and travel journalism. Learn more at Todd Montgomery, a travel writer and photographer for, is an active member of IFWTWA. Listen to his conversation with Big Blend Radio about media trips and events presented by IFWTWA, and getting the most out of a travel experience. PAGE 38

Summer Tips for International Travelers Henry Biernacki ‘The Global Henry,’ is a world traveler who has visited over 130 countries, is an airline captain and line check airman, and also the author of the novel ‘No More Heroes.’ Listen to Big Blend Radio’s interview with Henry and read his summer travel tips below. Keep up with Henry at In a world screaming individuality, we still find ourselves in crowds moving along, in a similar direction. Summer travel is no different. Why not be different and truly be an individual; go out, opposite the crowds, and seek a new adventure. The towns, the cities, the countries beam with excitement, the excitement to be discovered by a true individual minus the crowds. Where there is summer in one part of the world, there is winter in another part. Go there to see what it is like to ski in your "normal" summertime. Visit a country during the monsoon. Rarely is that a spot someone would want to see. Again, in a world screaming individuality, I see more crowds moving together, in a direction, than I do a true individual traveler!


5 Essentials to Pack for Your Travels: 1. Dental floss can be used to stitch clothes. 2. Sandals to step in the showers. 3. A copy of your passport. 4. Only 2 pairs of clothes. 5. Keep your bags light.

Climate Ride for National Parks Climate Ride is more than a fundraising bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles - the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation. See to learn more about their upcoming rides that include Glacier National Park, the Northeast – Bar Harbor to Boston, the Midwest – Grand Rapids to Chicago, and a climate hike in Bryce and Zion National Parks! John Garder (pictured on far right) and Natalie Levine (center picture) from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), called in to chat with Big Blend Radio during the 2015 Climate Ride California North Coast. On the NPCA team, John and Natalie talk about the ride, and the climate change issues facing our National Park system. Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System’s most significant lands and landmarks. Learn more at PAGE 39


From the Queen’s Private Home at Sandringham to the Cool Waters of the Norfolk Broads

To give you an idea of the sort of vacation you could take with Norfolk-Tours, I have put together a ten day trip to whet your appetite:

By Glynn Burrows, Norfolk Tours UK


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Day one, you arrive at your chosen airport and I am there, waiting for you, to take you to off to your first destination. After a long flight, you stay at a fantastic medieval Coaching Inn in the beautiful village of Lavenham. There are so many timberframed buildings and so much opportunity for antique and art gallery shopping that we stay in the village the next morning, too. There is also a luxurious spa here and, if you require any treatments, they can be pre-arranged.

Day two starts with a traditional English breakfast, we explore more of Lavenham, and, after a snack Travelling abroad always adds to the worries of lunch, we head off to see where Constable did a lot of his painting, at Flatford and the Dedham Vale. a vacation. For us Brits, the main worry is Make sure you have lots of memory left on your driving on the “wrong side of the road” but we all share common concerns when we travel and cameras, as this area of England will have your clicking finger working over-time! they include getting lost, not knowing what to do or where to go, and ending up in bad Day three, after another fine full English breakfast, accommodations. we head off to Bury St. Edmunds and explore the I started Norfolk Tours with the intention of allaying glorious Abbey and one of the smallest pubs in all of those fears for my guests and, the feedback I England. After lunch, we will be leaving Suffolk behind, and will travel into Norfolk, through have had, some of which you can read on my Trip Breckland, a very sandy area, covered in forests Advisor page, shows that I have been successful. and grassland. Arriving at your base for the next For my guests, I do all the driving, I plan the days few nights, countryside living really begins as you out (after extensive consultation with each party) find yourself in a farmhouse, in the middle of fields and all the accommodations I use for my guests are hand-picked by my wife and I, to ensure it is up with a river running by and a ruined castle at the to the standard which we would want for ourselves. bottom of the garden. PAGE 40

Day four sees us visiting the Queen’s private home at Sandringham. This is such a fantastic place to visit, that we take most of the day to see it, with museum, Church, house and grounds. On our way back to the farm, we take a look at some more Norfolk villages, but, after all of that history, we’ll be ready for the evening meal. Day five we visit Norwich, a fine city, and with so much to see, including cathedrals, a castle, churches, museums, shops, libraries and galleries, we have no problem in filling the day! Here, you will also have free time to explore, shop or just wander on your own. Day six, we visit the lovely Georgian market town of Holt, full of individual shops selling everything from art, jewelry, antiques and China, to local fish and meat. Here are some of the best cheese scones in Norfolk and we will sample them with our morning coffee! Moving on to Walsingham and one of the most important medieval pilgrimage sites in England, we see the remains of the Abbey as well as the shrines themselves. Day nine is a very nostalgic day for many as we will be visiting the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. It holds a collection of aircraft second to none, and weather permitting, many world famous planes will be seen flying overhead. One can even have a flight in a Spitfire or Bi-Plane with prebooking. From Duxford, we will travel down to the airport, where you will stay for your final night before flying back home. Day ten, and it’s homeward bound. This is just an idea of what you could fit in to a ten day break in the East of England. There are hundreds of places to visit and several different kinds of places to stay.

Day seven we will be messing about on the water. The Norfolk Broads are some of the most beautiful stretches of Norfolk countryside, full of wildlife and atmosphere. A haven for the birder, photographer, artist and nature-lover, it is one of the best places to go to just relax! After a relaxing time on the water, we visit the bustling seaside resort of Great Yarmouth, to enjoy the classic English dish of fish and chips!

We can arrange a tour to your liking, whether it is family related, historical, nature minded, or shopping and relaxing.

Day eight we leave Castle Farm and travel to Cambridge, where we stay in one of the colleges. This is one of England’s best known university cities and, along with Oxford, is held in very high esteem throughout the world. The colleges are magnificent. King’s College Chapel is awe inspiring and the views from the river are magical. PAGE 41

Oahu, Hawaii, is an island of incredible beauty, historic significance, and turquoise water. Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, is an energetic city filled with high rises, great restaurants, and tourists. I believe every visitor should spend time on one of the fabulous beaches, visit Diamond Head, or drive up to the North Shore. I’ve been to Oahu several times and enjoyed many of Hawaii’s varied attractions. During my most recent visit, I was ready for something a little different than umbrella drinks on Waikiki and a trip to Hanauma Bay for a little snorkeling. Instead of the hustle bustle of activities I usually participate in, I wanted something quieter. We drove through the tight streets of Honolulu following the directions of our GPS up into one of the steep valleys north of Diamond Head State Park. The Korean Buddha Temple, Mu Ryang Sa (also known as Broken Ridge Temple), was tucked up among the houses perched on the mountainside. We were hesitant to drive through the gates, but there was no other place to go. Once we were on the property, parking was obvious and included a covered garage. There was no ticket booth or obvious directions so we walked to the closest open door.


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The entryway is called The Gate of the Four Heavenly Kings and contains four fierce guardians representing North, East, South, and West. Each of the kings hold a different weapon or instrument and their eyes stare at you from above. Intricate painting covers every inch of the structure in hues of bright blue, orange, yellow and deep reds. The building is small and open on two sides so you can see the valley from one door, and the rest of the temple buildings from the other. The sidewalk leads up to a courtyard of plants and pools. A green carpet of grass surrounds one pool filled with water lilies and tiny fish. Another pool contains a ferocious depiction of a turtle that looks like it will rip you apart if you disturb its pool. Surrounding the courtyard are the various painted temples including the World Peace Pagoda, the Bell Tower, Hall of Memorial to the Departed, the Great Hero Hall, and Dharma Hall. Each building is intricately painted and beautiful.


I removed my shoes and entered the Great Hero Hall with its collection of cross-legged Buddhas, intricate paintings, and bags of rice stacked on the altar. Incense burns and lightly scents the air while a bird sings outside the lattice work doors. There are benches for those of us not used to kneeling and I sat, meditated and admired the lovely wooden floor and fine carvings. Although the temple was built in the 1980’s it has the flavor of the ancient that contrasts with tools of modern life. A clock sits on a table along with a flat screen television. Scaffolding stands below an array of lights waiting for their lotus flower covering. A broom and dust pan lean against one wall. The space is well served by the presence of the revered and modern life. The Garden of Ji Jang Bosal is tucked between the Hall of Memorial to the Departed and the Great Hero Hall. It contains 1,080 figurines set in row after row. Each figure is different than the one next to it, and it is a curious site. It is believed Ji-Jang Bosal, a Boddhisatava, helps the deceased especially children and travelers. From there I walked towards the largest structure, the Dharma Hall and admired the Miruk Boddhisatava, or the Future Buddha. His eyes are closed and a faint smile plays on his lips. He looks like all is well in his world, as it should be. This Temple is a beautiful reminder that Hawaii is a blend of people, each with their own customs and art. After we left the Temple, we drove to the Punchbowl. Officially, it is called the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and is located above Honolulu in Puowaina Crater which translates loosely as “Consecrated Hill” or “Hill of Sacrifice.” The cemetery and memorial covers 116 acres and was built in 1948. In 1981 construction began on the first columbarium and the first interment was in 1982. Additional columbaria were built in 2003 and more are being added currently. The cemetery was declared full for in-ground burials in 1991. Although the facts of the cemetery are a little dry, the facility honors the many people that fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Laid out in graceful rows, headstones peek from their nest of grass. At the opposite side from the entrance are the Map Gallery and Memorial walls. The various maps show the military action during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. During those conflicts close to 29,000 people were declared missing in action, lost or buried at sea, and their remains were never recovered. Their names are here, engraved in stone, so we don’t forget their sacrifice. PAGE 43

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There are more than 53,000 people resting in the Punchbowl Cemetery, many gave their lives for our country. Although Hawaii is a playground for many of us, a place to play in the ocean, enjoy the tropics, and indulge in pineapple, we must also remember those who helped make and keep Hawaii a special place. Travel Notes: - You can find more information on Mu Ryang Sa Temple, located at 2420 Halelaau Place, Honolulu, Hawaii, at - The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is located at 2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Even if you don’t have a loved one at the cemetery or are interested in the beautiful and informative maps, the Memorial Walk is worth the trip. The spectacular view extends from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor. The day we were there, it rained a soft fine mist and we were granted a rainbow terminating in the cemetery. The hibiscus bush bloomed brilliant pink flowers and red crested cardinals kept us company.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, Eva Eldridge is a contributing writer for Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine. She occasionally joins Big Blend editors Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith on their Big Blend Spirit of America Tour of all 407 National Park units and their gateway communities, to write about the destinations. Besides travel writing, Eva also writes fiction and poetry. Visit


I’ve been teasing you long enough. Ready to know my opinion of the next big wine country in California? It is an honor to introduce you to the Hollister area in San Benito County, just 25 miles from Monterey Bay. It’s truly undiscovered. It has memorable tastes, beautiful landscapes, milder temperatures Linda Kissam talks about and activities guaranteed to have you leaving your San Benito County on vacation relaxed, gratified, and maybe even a little Big Blend Radio! buzzed. No matter your tastes in wine or travel, I think you’ll find something to enjoy in this gem, What do you think of when you think of a including being part of a rock star’s rise to fame. vacation to wine country? Relaxation, tastings, sunshine, lush green vineyard views, and a mix At this point you may be racking your brain trying to of activities to enjoy come to mind for me. figure out where this wine region is. It’s only about So, we know the ingredients to a memorable wine 16 miles away from Gilroy, yet cooler than much of country experience… but where exactly do we go Napa County. According to local agriculture to get that best wine country experience? After all, experts, San Benito ranges from Region I to Region not all vineyards, wines, or wine regions are III. The San Juan Valley is like Carneros, Hollister created equally. Some are much better than is like Yountville and Paicines is like Calistoga. The others. Are you like me… looking for the perfect county is ringed and crisscrossed by mountains offering of relaxation, wines to love, culinary including the Gabilán range, immortalized by delights, crave worthy experiences, and reasonable Salinas’ John Steinbeck in “East of Eden.” prices? Valleys through these ranges channel cold air from Tasting great wines at home may be a transporting the cold Pacific Ocean only 20 or 30 miles away. experience, but there’s no substitute for actually UC Davis temperature records indicate that getting off the couch and going to wine country. Hollister is measurably cooler than St. Helena in When traveling to the world’s best wine growing daytime highs and nighttime lows. What that means regions, the whites seem more crisp, the reds more to you is that area vineyards can successfully grow luscious. There’s a definite sense of taste and a wide variety of grapes, from cool-climate Pinot place with a natural, unforced ease in pairing local Noir and zesty Gewürztraminers to chewy Zinfandel wines with local foods with uniquely local and fruit forward Cabernets. They are all adventures. The wines feel at home—and the surprisingly good and definitely worth checking out. longer we stay, the more we feel at home, too. Continued on next page…. PAGE 45


Where to Taste Guerra Cellars: The Guerra Family purchased the 600 acre Pepper Tree Ranch, a working cattle ranch on the edge of Hollister in the mid 80’s. They became part of the winery industry in 2006 partnering with neighboring Leal Vineyards to plant twenty acres of vineyard bordered by several acres of olive groves for oil. The road in and the tasting room are rustic fun with sweeping views and outdoor seating. Time your visit to enjoy their lively outdoor concerts (July – September). Ask to sample their Viognier, Petit Sirah and Malbec. Bottles of wine range from about $24 and up. This place is not likely to stay small and intimate. See it now before it turns big, rockstar’ish and expensive.

Calera Wine Company: Owner Josh Jensen became a pioneer in search of the perfect spot on the globe to grow grapes. He took his cues from Burgundy, looking for limestone soil. His site selection is considered a bit “off the grid,” planting on the site of an old limekiln in the Gabilán Mountains. He certainly did something right as Calera wines are revered the world over. Even convincing Robert Parker, "Calera is one of the most compelling Pinot Noir specialists of not only the New World, but of Planet Earth." Your bonus to exceptional wines is the views. Unbelievable. Just sayin’. You’ll enjoy the Chardonnay and Viognier, but it is truly the Pinots that will knock your socks off. DEFINITELY splurge and taste the Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir. It’s a ballerina in a glass, in the best possible way. (About $80).

DeRose Winery: Rich fertile soil, warm sunny days, and cool maritime breezes allow for an elongated growing season producing premium grapes that are plush and fruit forward. Lovely grounds and tasting room. Make sure you taste the Cabernet Pfeffer ($27/Bottle). With its perky red fruit and vanilla notes this is a uniquely spicy wine. Expect soft tannins, pepper, cherries and a hint of pomegranate on the palate. I see this as their signature wine, something different, but made so well you just have to fall in love with it. If you like a chewy Zin, ask to taste their Dry Farmed, Cinega Valley Zin ($26). PAGE 46

Where to Taste Paine’s Restaurant: A fine Italian restaurant with moderate prices located in downtown Hollister. Local products are used as often as possible. Big menu to choose from featuring pizza, pasta, steaks and great wines. Ridgemark Golf & Country Club: The Public House is open 7 days a week featuring affordable prices, big portions and yummy choices. Sit at the bar and enjoy the view, or table service is available. Killer salads, fish and meat dishes. Running Rooster: Wood fired cooking in a casual atmosphere in downtown Hollister. This is a locals favorite and for good reason. Great prices, craft beers, amazing food and good service. The pizzas are to die for.

Lighthouse 55 Bakery: One of the best bakery’s in the US. Anything you try here is going to be delicious because the owner is dedicated to producing a unique quality product and is always taking classes to improve her offerings. Try the maple bar filled with custard and bacon bits on top, and the chicken salad sandwich on a croissant. The cake displays are going to rock your world. Affordable yumminess. 396 4th St, Hollister, CA.

Where to Stay Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast: You’re going to love this place. It has all the things we love about B & B’s: Caring proprietors, outrageous breakfasts, interesting rooms, cool tea ware, a Victorian feel and a house dog that will steal your heart. Located just a block from downtown Hollister. Affordable, clean, nurturing. What else could you want? Ridgemark Golf & Country Club: If you love golf, or love staying on a golf course, this is a great place to stay. Big spacious rooms, breathtaking views, walking paths, easy parking, a great restaurant with entertainment just steps away. PAGE 47

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Other Activities Bolado Park: Continuous events May – December make this a must experience activity for those interested in horse related events. Fun and imaginative offerings. You can also camp under the trees or on open paved areas, or reserve a banquet room for your own activities, weddings, reunions, etc. for groups of all size groups. 30/50 Amp electric, water & sewer available, $35/night. Just 8 miles south of Hollister and 25 miles north of Pinnacles National Park. Plenty to see and do. Do not miss the Saddle Horse Association Museum located at the south end of the Grandstand. Heart and soul has gone into this display and it shows in every inch of the place and displays. The museum houses memorabilia of many of San Benito County's finest (and famous) cowboys and cowgirls.

San Benito County Historical Park: This Historic Park is located in the San Benito County Historical and Recreational Park, located on Highway 25, 1 mile south of Tres Pinos. The public is welcome to tour on their own, but arrange a docent-led tour by calling Don Pidd at 831.902.9349. Admission to the Historical Village is free, but a gate fee to the park of $3.00 per vehicle is collected by San Benito County. You will feel like you have landed in a time warp. The Historic Village includes a diverse collection of historic homes, buildings, vehicles, farm implements and more, all restored to their original glory. It’s an outstanding way to immerse yourself in history. Plan on a minimum of two hours.

Bolado Park Golf Course: This affordable 9-hole public golf course (starting at $17 green fees) is a hidden treasure. A nice snack bar completes the picture of rolling green hills, great views and affordable golf opportunities. Walking Tour of Downtown Hollister Shops: Take the time to stroll downtown Hollister. It’s an easy flat walk with many interesting shops, bars, coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants. Locally owned and operated, it’s a joy to see the small town Americana life not only surviving, but thriving. PAGE 48

Marich Premium Chocolates: One of the most delicious high-end chocolates out there is based in Hollister. There are unique, exquisite, smooth and elegant offerings you can try in their gift shop. Call ahead to see if a tour is possible. If that’s not enough to get your attention, Marich is also actively engaged in environmental initiatives. They are focused on industrial waste reduction, including environmental features in their building construction, cardboard recycling, local sourcing of materials, and they planted over 75 trees on the 5 acres they occupy that also features shrubs and flowering plants that can get by on minimal water. Corbin Manufacturing: Interested in getting a custom motorcycle seat made while you wait? How about the opportunity to work directly with a specialist to create saddle bags made just for you? There’s a facility in Hollister where the "sky's the limit" offering a variety of options for your motorcycle. It just so happens that Hollister is deeply rooted in motorcycle history and is considered the Birthplace of the American Biker image. It is also home to the world famous Corbin saddle. Call ahead or just drop in for a free tour of this fascinating facility. You’ll be amazed, enriched and engaged.

San Juan Oaks: Think quiet, natural foothill setting of mature oak trees and rolling hills. The upscale San Juan Oaks is the brain child of PGA tour pro Fred Couples and award winning course architect Gene Bates. The front nine showcases lakes, interconnecting streams and native grasslands. Some of the holes on the back nine takes the golfer 150 to 200 feet above the valley floor for some spectacular views of unspoiled California countryside. A full length driving range with grass tees and five target greens provide ample practice area. Teaching professionals are available on staff. This is a soft spike course requiring collared shirts, golf slacks or shorts. After a fun round of golf, stop by their restaurant for breakfast or lunch. You’ll relax surrounded by high beamed ceilings and a rustic wood-burning fireplace. Linda Kissam 'Food, Wine & Shopping Diva' is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California, who specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. Visit PAGE 49


Experience History, The Arts, Casino Action, The Great Outdoors and More!

Explore Lyon County Museum – From the local Native American culture to the area’s railroad, mining, medical, pioneer and natural history, Lyon By Lisa D. Smith County Museum features historic photos, artifacts Yerington is located in Western Nevada, just off and memorabilia representing Yerington, Mason the Pony Express National Historic Trail and on Valley and Lyon County. The museum is located on 215 Main Street. Tel: 775-463-6576. the California National Historic Trail. The historic downtown district is charming with shops, restaurants and casinos. The surrounding Mason Valley and Smith Valley areas are beautiful with lush farm lands that stretch out to natural areas complete with rugged high desert hillsides and desert shrub lands, wetland ponds and meadows active with birdlife, and wind carved canyons that dip down to cool running waters. From hearty farm-style breakfasts to decadent baked goodies, sumptuous pizza and mouth-watering dinners, there’s a variety of dining options to whet your appetite!

Visit Yerington Theatre for The Arts – Housed in the beautiful restored historic Yerington Grammar School No. 9, this downtown art center is within the Jeanne Dini Cultural Center. Have lunch at the café, and enjoy performing arts, visual art exhibitions and cultural heritage events. The center also runs educational programs, and is host to the Yerington Farmers Market from Jul. 10 – Sept. 25. Tel: (775) 463-1783

Enjoy the Great Outdoors! The greater Yerington region is a nature lover, birder, and outdoor enthusiast’s A Little Glimpse of What to See & Do in paradise. The Mason Valley Yerington: Wildlife Management Area is home to a variety of wildlife Tour Fort Churchill and Buckland Station – A 30 and birds that range from minute scenic drive from Yerington, Fort Churchill tundra swans in the winter to was built as a U.S. Army fort in 1861. Tour the over 21 species of duck, ruins, visit the museum and cemetery, picnic, go pelicans, California quail, camping and hike the nature trail. Buckland Station ring-necked pheasants. is just down the road from Fort Churchill, and was a Walker River, Walker Lake supply center and boarding house. You can tour the house and picnic outside. Both sites are part of and Wilson Canyon are other nearby outdoor destinations to explore. Yerington is a hub for the Pony Express National Historic Trail and California National Historic Trail. Located on 10000 geocachers who come from across the country and Highway 95A in Silver Springs. Tel: (775) 577-2345 around the world to search for cache treasures along the numerous geocaching trails. PAGE 50

Ching! Ching! Ching! Main Street in downtown Yerington boasts three different casinos including Dini’s Lucky Club Restaurant & Casino which is the longest family owned and operated casino in Nevada. The casinos make for a fun time and a great place to enjoy a cold one and a meal. It’s convenient that they are all within walking distance from the Yerington Inn. Attend a Summer Event – Upcoming summer events in Yerington include: Outside These Walls Christian Music Festival on June 13, Copper Hill Brewfest & Craft Beer Competition on July 11, and Night in the Country Music Festival, July 23-25.

The Bakery Gallery – Popular destination offering a delicious variety of cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, Danish pastries, coffee cakes, biscotti, chocolate truffles, desserts, and breads. They serve coffee and espresso and pre-fixe to-go dinners. 215 W. Goldfield Ave., Yerington, NV 89447. Tel: (775) 463-4070,

Yerington was a recent stop on the Big Blend Spirit of America Tour of all 407 National Park units. There is so much more to do in Yerington, we can’t wait to return later this year! Watch for our upcoming editorial, video and radio features. Click Here Listen to our recent Yerington Show on Big Blend Radio!



Art, Music, History, Nature and Outdoor Recreation Three Rivers is a vibrant art town that winds its way along the Kaweah River. This gateway community to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California, is a hub for visitors who come to the parks to experience the iconic giant sequoia trees, Crystal Cave, Giant Forest, Moro Rock, lakes, and hiking trails. There are year-round opportunities to enjoy Three Rivers and Lake Kaweah, for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, horseback riding, birding, wildlife viewing, field tours and star gazing.

SUMMER EVENTS: 1ST Saturday Art - A festival of food, fun, and art held on the 1st Saturday of every month, with specials from restaurants, gift shops, galleries and more. Watch artists painting, eat good food and listen to local musicians or story-tellers from 11am to 5pm, for details visit June 6 – “River Runs Through It”, July 4 - "Hot Time in the Ol' Town", and Aug. 1 - “Celebrate Sequoias”. June 14: Jazz Concert with BBQ: Internationally acclaimed High Sierra Jazz Band, live in concert, with the best BBQ dinner you've ever tasted. Concert starts at 2 pm. Held at Three Rivers Memorial Building. Admission: $10.

Three Rivers celebrates the arts with a variety of art classes and events such as the 1st Saturday studio and gallery tour, and concerts presented by the Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute, the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club, and Tulare County Symphony. For up-to-date event news and information visit

June 29-July 20: Center Stage Strings Music Festival & Camp: Concerts provided by guest artists, staff and students, during Center Stage Strings camp for young string virtuosos. Hear budding and world class performers as they rehearse and perform courtesy of Center Stage Strings, founded by prize-winning concert violinist Danielle Belen.

Listen to the Big Blend Radio Interview on Summer in Three Rivers with Leah Launey of Three Rivers Bed & Breakfast and Park Ranger Brady Wendt of Lake Kaweah, just click here.

July 12: Annual Hot Dog Festival & Craft Show: Features demos by Tulare County Fire, Cal Fire, and the National Park Service Fire. Lunch includes hot dogs with all the fixings, corn on the cob, and A&W root beer float.


SAN DIEGO MOUNTAIN MAGIC Summer Escape to Julian and Palomar Mountain By Lisa D. Smith

Summer in Southern California typically involves hanging out at the beach, however, San Diego’s mountain region provides a cool escape that’s just a short and scenic drive from the city. Boasting a beautiful mountain landscape complete with forests, meadows and lakes, this region makes an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy camping, stargazing, hiking and biking, birding and wildlife watching, boating and fishing. There’s gold rush and pioneer history to explore, along with wine tasting, boutique shopping and fine dining to enjoy.

Palomar Mountain Known for its spectacular Sierra Nevada-like surroundings, this small mountain destination is ideal for those seeking a peaceful retreat out in nature. Here you can go hiking, picnicking and fishing at Palomar Mountain State Park, and tour the Palomar Observatory that is home to the famous 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope that for decades, was the largest effective telescope in operation. The historic Bailey’s Palomar Resort is a haven for those who enjoy camping or glamping. Ideal for families and romantic weekends, the Resort also has fully equipped forest cabins, nature trails, and group areas. The whole mountain area is fantastic for bird watching. For area information and to learn more about the Resort, visit .

Julian A charming historic mountain village, Julian offers a variety of summer activities to enjoy. Spend a day boating or fishing at Lake Cuyamaca, go horse riding or cycling, or take a hike through oak and pine forests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve and Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the historic downtown district (along with some shopping), watch the Julian Doves & Desperados historic comedy skits (Sundays), learn about the town’s gold rush and pioneer history at the Julian Pioneer Museum, and tour Eagle and High Peak Mine. Spend the day visiting art galleries, wine tasting, and of course, try a slice of Julian’s famous apple pie! And if you enjoy farm-totable dining, Jeremy’s on the Hill California Bistro makes for a mouth-watering destination. Lodging options run from cabin rentals to Bed & Breakfast Inns, and hotels. To plan your Julian escape and to get up-to-date event information, call the Julian Chamber of Commerce at (760) 765-1857 or visit

Upcoming Julian Events: June 13: “The Dance 2015″ Concert & Country BBQ June 19-July 4: Annual Julian “Heritage Quilt Show” June 20: 17th Annual Julian Blues Bash July 4: Julian Community 4th of July Parade 2015



Hi-Five to Summer Fun in Yuma, Arizona Water Sports, Film & Theatre, History, Kids Programs & Events Compiled by Lisa D. Smith Temperatures may be rising across the desert southwest, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Halfway between San Diego and Tucson, Yuma is a super summer destination for families, complete with water sports, outdoor activities, theatre performances, movies, all kinds of programs for the kids, historic sites to explore, and cool events. It’s also a great time to experience the local restaurants and watering holes, get in a little casino action, and enjoy some retail therapy in the historic downtown. From kayaking to tubing, the cool Colorado River is a water lover’s playground with all kinds of water related activities including boating, fishing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, swimming, and even birding and riverside nature trails. Spend the day waterside at Gateway Park or West Wetlands Park and have a picnic or barbecue. There’s camping and boating access at nearby Mittry Lake Wildlife Area, Imperial National Wildlife Refuge and Picacho State Recreation Area.

Home to the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Yuma is rich in history and there are plenty of historic sites, parks and museums to explore in the downtown area including the Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Pivot Point Interpretive Plaza, and the Casa de Coronado Museum onsite at the Coronado Motor Hotel. For a full list of summer events, activities and attractions check out

SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE HISTORIC YUMA THEATRE This summer, the Historic Yuma Theatre presents a fabulous line-up of evening plays and performances, and a free Saturday movie series for kids. What a great way to spend time in historic downtown Yuma! For tickets and full details call (928) 373-5202 or visit

The evening shows are $10 per person, and there is reserved seating. Upcoming shows include: June The City of Yuma Parks & Recreation Department 18-20 & 25-27 - “The Sunshine Boys” by Neil has a phenomenal calendar of fun and adventurous Simon, July 9- 11 & 16-17 - “Men are Dogs” by Joe programs and events for kids that range from Simonelli, and July 24 & 25 - “Disney’s Mulan, JR.” archery and kayaking to pottery and painting. Some of the programs are for adults too! From the Yuma The Summer Saturday Movie Mania for kids is free, Art Center to Desert Hills Golf Course, Yuma has and starts at 2pm. Upcoming movies include: June an extensive network of parks and recreational 6 - “Big Hero 6”, June 13 - “Despicable Me 2”, July facilities to enjoy. Download the City of Yuma 25 - “Lego Movie”, and August 1 - “Guardians of the Summer Activities Guide at . Galaxy”. PAGE 56

June 27: Territorial River Regatta: This is a family friendly float down the Colorado River June 13, July 11, Aug. 8: Indoor Swap Meets: through the historic Yuma Crossing. The Regatta Bargains, food and fun at the Yuma Civic Center. begins at 8 a.m. and river support ends at 2 p.m. Tel: (928) 373-5040. Cost is $5 per person in registration. Groups are June 26: Washoes & Cornhole Tournament: Be encouraged to build fun, themed floats. the Boss of the Toss! This event is a fun and social Tel: (928) 343-1715 or visit competition with prizes, drink specials and more. Amateurs and experts are both welcomed. Held at July 4: All American BBQ & Fireworks: Fireworks, Food & Drink Vendors, Water features. Yuma Civic Center. Tel: (928) 373-5040. Starts at 4pm at the Desert Sun Stadium. Tel: (928) 373-5040




Listen to Big Blend Radio interviews with Rex Ijams Yuma Art Center & Historic Theatre, Tanisha Yee Yuma Civic Center, Oscar Chavez - City of Yuma Parks & Recreation, and Clayton Hasty - Yuma Territorial River Regatta.

REV YOUR ENGINES! Get Your Motor Runnin’ in California!

If you’re a classic car admirer, an airplane enthusiast, or a motorcyclist who loves to ride on scenic byways, California is the place for you this summer! From San Benito County ‘Birthplace of the American Biker’ to Yosemite’s Gold Country and California’s Sequoia Country, mark your calendar for these sizzlin’ summer car shows, motorcycle rallies, air shows and fly-ins. July 3-5: Hollister Freedom Rally: The Hollister Freedom Rally is the largest of its kind in California Celebrate Hollister as the ‘Birthplace of the and one of the top ten in the United States. The American Biker’ at the upcoming ‘Freedom Rally’, and get your motor fix at these upcoming car shows top parts, accessories and apparel vendors and and air show happening this summer in San Benito major motorcycle manufacturers from across the County. For travel and up-to-date event information country will be showing off and selling their latest call the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and greatest products. Enjoy headline entertainment, custom bike shows, poker walks, & Visitors Bureau at (831) 637-5315 or visit food, beer and more with other motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country. The Hollister Freedom Rally has always been and will continue June 20 & 21: Hollister Airshow: Flying aerobatics, war birds, aircraft displays, motorcycle to be a FREE Rally welcoming all bikers. Downtown Hollister. Tel: 702-216-5867, or visit stunt show, vintage cars, food and vendors, kids zone. Hollister Municipal Airport. Info: (831) 636-4365, July 18: Street Festival & Car Show: Classic Car Show featuring over 200 cars, 3 stages of live June 27: Los Padrinos Classic Car Show: entertainment, chili cook-off, Kids Zone, vendors, Featuring classic and custom cars as well as demonstrations, and free watermelon. Free bicycles, vendor booths and trophy awards in all categories! This local chapter of Los Padrinos Car admission. Downtown Hollister. Tel: (831) 636-8406, Club was founded in 2008 by a handful of San Juan natives. Los Padrinos is a nonprofit September 12: Hot Cars & Guitars Tour: Open to committed to maintaining the low-rider mystique, all American made rods, customs, muscle cars, while raising funds for local charities. 9am to 5pm, downtown San Juan Bautista. Call Pete Duarte at classics and trucks through 1976. Live blues music (831) 637-7379 or Frank Perez at (831) 623-4413. featuring Shane Dwight and various bands, food and vendors, onsite camping. Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Contact Cyndi 408-846-8888 or visit



YOSEMITE GOLD COUNTRY Don’t miss these upcoming summer car and air shows happening in Tuolumne County’s charming historic gold rush towns. For area travel and up-todate event information call the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau at (800) 446-1333 or visit June 7: “Where the Hell is Groveland” Car Show: Sunday Car Show at the Mary Laveroni Community Park in Groveland features music, food, drinks, raffles, prizes, games, vendors, and most of all, beautiful cars everywhere! 100% of the net proceeds from this event go to fund local charities. Tel: 209-962-0429 June 19-21: 49th Annual Father’s Day Fly-In: Pancake breakfast, live music, airplane rides & more. 1/2 mile walk from Columbia. Camping available for fly-ins. Columbia Airport. Tel: 209-533-5685. July 25: Rods to Rails: Car show on Main Street, Jamestown. Aug. 8: Custom Classic Car Show in Twain Harte: Eproson Park from 10am-5pm. Tel: 209-586-4482

CALIFORNIA’S SEQUOIA COUNTRY This area may be known for its Big Trees, but it also knows how to host some cool car shows! Check out these upcoming summer car shows happening in the agricultural communities of Tulare, Dinuba, and Exeter. For area information visit Tulare Outlet’s ‘Cruize Nights’: Tulare Outlet Center in Tulare, welcomes Small Town Cruizers for fun-filled monthly car show events featuring lively music, prize raffles and a chance to see classic muscle cars and roadsters. Held from 58pm on: June 13, July 11, August 8, October 10. Tel: (559) 684-9091 or visit June 5-6: 23rd Annual Dinuba Cars in the Park: Cruise Night Concert with The DAZZ Band & JoJo on June 5, from 5-10pm. Car Show featuring hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Pancake Breakfast, club and car swap meet, music, beer garden, food vendors, awards, 50/50 raffle, kids activities. Rose Ann Vuich Park. Info: Dinuba Chamber of Commerce, (559) 591-2707 or Aug. 22: Exeter Volunteer Fire Department Poker Run: Exeter Memorial Building, Exeter. For more information, call 559-592-3714. PAGE 59

Travel With Confidence Tips To Protect Your Identity

Think about it, your wallet is akin to a miniature directory of your identity - your driver´s license, credit cards, debit card, medical insurance card and other numbers all stored in one place. In the event of a lost or stolen wallet, having all of this information in one place greatly increases your risk of identity theft. Plus, mobile devices and public Wi-Fi at airports can open you up to fraud as well. Listen to Big Blend Radio’s Interview with Rebecca Frost, senior manager of consumer education at Experian Consumer Services, and check out the 10 Travel Tips below by Experian’s ProtectMyID. 1. Keep a record. If your wallet and everything in it were suddenly missing, you´d need to know what you had lost. In a personal notebook you keep in a secure place at home, write down all of the information from the front and back of your credit, debit, driver´s license, medical insurance and other important cards. Be sure to update the list as needed. This will help you make the appropriate calls following a theft.


2. Limit your cards. What you don´t carry in your wallet is just as important as what you do carry. For preemptive protection, only carry what you need on a daily basis. If you have multiple credit cards, only carry the one you use most often. Don´t write PINs or passwords on the back of your credit or debit cards or on pieces of paper you keep in your wallet. 3. Protect your SSN. Your Social Security number shouldn't be on anything you regularly carry in your wallet. If any of your identification cards from a school, library or gym use your SSN as your member number, ask the organization for a randomly selected number and a new card. Be sure to shred the old one. Carry your actual Social Security card as infrequently as possible. If you need it to confirm your identity, be sure to return it to its safe storage place as soon as you can.

4. Make the calls. As soon as you’re certain that your wallet or important cards are missing, call the issuers of your credit, debit, medical and driver´s license cards. Notify them of the situation and ask for a new account or identification number. Verify that your old numbers are no longer active. Even if your wallet is returned, you can´t know for certain that someone hasn't written down your card numbers to use at a later time.


5. File a police report. If identity theft does result from a lost wallet or stolen wallet, a police report filed at the time of theft will establish credibility. Even if you are traveling, file a report with local law enforcement. Always ask for a copy of the report for your personal records. If you later need to contest fraudulent charges or activity on your accounts, you´ll already have the report on hand.

8. Review your credit reports. Reviewing your monthly statements will only identify fraud on your existing accounts. To identify new accounts fraudulently opened in your name, be sure to review your credit reports regularly especially in the months following a lost wallet or stolen wallet. A new account that you didn't open and don´t control is a serious threat to your credit and identity.

6. Contact the credit bureaus. A thief may find enough information in your wallet to open new accounts or simply use your existing cards to commit fraud. By placing fraud alerts with the three national credit bureaus, you can help prevent new accounts from being opened in your name without your express permission.

9. Say No to Public Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi hotspots are a breeding ground for identity thieves waiting to hack into others’ information found on their mobile devices. Consider a portable router to create your own Wi-Fi hotspot for your family’s phones, tablets and laptops. You’ll need a local SIM data card, which is available at most electronic stores, or even airport kiosks.

7. Watch your account statements. Checking for the signs of identity theft is essential in the months following a lost wallet or stolen wallet. Carefully review each account statement, including your explanation of benefits (EOB) letters from your medical insurer. Look for purchases, transactions or services you didn't authorize or receive. If you suspect fraud, call the number on your statement immediately.

10. Be Mobile. Be Careful. Always be wary of shoulder surfers when you’re using a mobile device in public. If you're doing online banking, make sure the app logs you out after each use or allows you to manually log out. Learn more at

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Celebrate Scotland’s History, Music and Culture! June 27 & 28, 2015 in Vista, California The Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans features Scottish Heavy Athletics, Sheep Dog Trials, Highland Dancing, Piping & Drumming, Scottish Country Dancing, a Celtic Marketplace, Genealogy Seminar & Celtic History Presentations, Storytelling,Traditional Scottish Food, Beer Gardens & Whisky Tasting, Live Entertainment and Children's Activities. What started as a way to test the strength and conditioning of their troops, the kings and chiefs of Scotland would often summon their men to compete against each other. They used what was around them so a tree trunk would be a caber and tossed by the strongest, rocks from the river beds would be heaved for distance and lead weights were tossed underhand over a bar more than twice the height of the athlete. Even Highland dancing was a form of training for agility, stamina and endurance.

Watch Scottish Heavy Athletics Competitions.

Today these military exercises have become festivals with music, food, drink and dance and is a way for the Scottish to preserve their Scottish inheritance, no matter what country they reside in. Whether you are Scottish or not, the San Diego Scottish Highland Games are a great way to spend a weekend. There is plenty to do between watching both men and women compete in the heavy athletics, piping and drumming.

Enjoy some Scottish fare, beer gardens and whisky tasting.

There are several beer gardens where you can sit and eat Scottish fare, drink some beer, and listen to some fantastic Celtic music provided by The Wicked Tinkers (front cover photo), Highland Way, Stand Easy, the Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh. There is an educational “Single Malt Whisky” seminar, and talks on Scottish history and genealogy, plus a Children’s Area where there is face-painting, storytelling and athletic competitions for the kids. For the complete schedule, visit

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Visit the Clan booths and shop for Scottish wares at the Celtic Marketplace.

Listen to Big Blend Radio’s interviews with Chieftain Rob McLintock and his wife Janette, Aaron Shaw – The Wicked Tinkers Band (as featured on the cover), Terry Parrish – Action K9 Sports, and Brian Caldwell – Highland Way Band, photo to right.

Watch the sheep dog trials.



Gemini's born between May 22 and June 21 are known to be energetic, clever with good imaginations, witty, quick, and adaptable to lots of changes. They can also be superficial, impulsive, restless and indecisive. They are extremely independent and do not like rules, preferring to do things their own way. Freedom is essential to them and they will fight for it. Two shining examples of this love of freedom are Anne Frank and Harriet Beecher Stowe. “The sun is shining, the sky is deep blue, there's a magnificent breeze, and I’m longing - really longing– for everything: conversation, freedom, friends, being alone.” Anne Frank Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who went into hiding for almost 2 years in Amsterdam, with seven others, to avoid the Nazi’s during World War Two, was born June 12, 1929. Shortly before going into hiding in a secret annex in 1942, Anne receives a diary for her birthday. She starts writing about events in the secret annex and about herself. She also writes short stories and collects her favorite sentences by other writers in a notebook. As her diary grows, Anne decides she wants to turn it into a novel and get it published, but she and the others in hiding are betrayed, captured and arrested. They are all deported to concentration camps and only her father, Otto, survives the camps. When Otto returns home, he learns of the death of his family, but is given Anne’s diary. He reads in her diary that she wanted to be a writer after the war and had plans to get her diary/novel published. In 1947 Otto fulfils his daughters wishes and gets ‘Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ‘published. In response to the book, Otto received thousands of letters from readers all over the world that were deeply touched by Anne’s writings. He answered them with a closing sentence, 'I hope Anne's book will have an effect on the rest of your life so that insofar as it is possible in your own circumstances, you will work for unity and peace.' According to legend, Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 by saying "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war." Born a Gemini on June 14, 1811 Harriet Beecher Stowe grew up believing her purpose in life was to write and her actions could make a positive difference in the world, and indeed it was her words that changed the world. Stowe achieved national fame for her anti-slavery novel, ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ as it contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War by personalizing the political and economic arguments about slavery. She inspired people in a way that political speeches and newspaper accounts could not. ‘Uncle Tom's Cabin’ helped many 19th-century Americans determine what kind of country they wanted. Harriet’s love of writing allowed her to express her beliefs about freedom at a time when a woman could not speak publicly, vote, or hold office. She went on to publish over thirty books. Continued on next page…. PAGE 64

Cancer’s are born between June 22 - July 22, and are said to be generally loyal, dependable, caring, adaptive and responsive. Sometimes they can be moody, over sensitive, and selfabsorbed. They persevere and get things done without depending on others, but they are always in the market for moral support and the approval of others. They will stand up for what they think is right and are usually very intuitive and can predict future trends. They have big personalities that sometimes hide behind a hard exterior. While there are plenty of talented Cancers that do good, here are a couple that used their talents in bad way.

”Success in any endeavor requires singleminded attention to detail and total concentration.” Willie Sutton Willie Sutton, born June 30, 1901, used his creative spirit to become one of America’s most prolific bank robbers, robbing over 100 banks, stealing around $2 million. He was a master of disguise who often “We're not children here. The law is-how should impersonated a postal telegraph messenger, police I put it? A convenience. Or a convenience for officer or maintenance man. He was also very some people, and an inconvenience for other adept at breaking out of prisons using disguises. people.” Paul Castellano His expertise at carrying out use of disguises earned him the nicknames “Slick Willie” and “Willie Born June 26, 1915, Paul Castellano was a the Actor.” gangster and racketeer known as ‘The Howard Hughes of the Mob’, ‘Big Paul’, ‘The Pope’ and ‘The Willie was polite and nonChicken Man’. He was the head of the Gambino violent, carrying a noncrime family which used to operate organized crime loaded gun during his activities in New York City. He gained respect in robberies. By 1950 he was organized crime circles for not disclosing the the 11th most wanted fugitive identity of his associates to the police, but his on the FBI list. He spent extravagant life style created dissatisfaction within almost half of his life in the Gambino family. Castellano built a 17 room prison, being released due to mansion in New York that resembled the White ill health when he was quite House, complete with an Olympic size swimming elderly. After his release he pool, that further irritated mafia leaders. became an advocate for prison reform and advised Eventually John Gotti, an Italian-American mobster banks on anti-robbery and rival of Castellano, had Castellano murdered techniques. When asked by a hit team while he was at a dinner party. why he robbed banks, he is credited with Castellano’s nephew was actor Richard S. answering, “because that’s where the money Castellano who played Peter Clemenza in ‘The is.” Godfather.’

For a list of artists, writers, musicians, performers and more, born in June, please click here! PAGE 65

By Bobbi DePorter, Co-Founder of SuperCamp and President of Quantum Learning Network What does your child love to do? A sport, art, acting, singing, playing an instrument, writing, designing computer or game software? Whatever the particular area of interest, it’s probably safe to say that he or she pursues it with a zest. The great majority of students who attend my SuperCamp programs are interested and involved in other activities. I’ve heard from many parents of our grads who say that many of the skills and character lessons they learn at SuperCamp help their kids perform even better in their other areas of interest. What’s also interesting is that when young people first apply this learning in pursuits in which they are passionate, it opens the door for them to use it at school with equally positive results. In my work with teens and pre-teens, I focus on four specific ways they can take their performance to an even higher level in the activities they love to do. 1. Learn How to Focus At SuperCamp, we call it “Q” UP!, which means achieving a quantum level of focus. When in the moment of practicing and executing, here’s how to do it:

- Pull up & Picture: Pretend there is a string attached to the top of your head. Pull on this imaginary string to straighten up your body, while you are picturing what you want. - Breathe & Release: Breathe deeply and release. Relax your jaw and shoulders. - Look & Listen: Put all of your attention on the task/activity. Give your best effort: Feel good about yourself by giving your best effort. 2. Build Confidence to Build Results Everyone can use more confidence. Even kids who are really good at something are going to run into bumps in the road. A good basketball player who can score 20 points a game may suddenly face a new team that can shut him or her down. That event can be a huge confidence blow to someone who has been unchallenged up to that point. We address the confidence issue throughout SuperCamp because it is so critical to one’s pursuit of excellence in school and any endeavor. Our approach is as follows: - Implement the “Q” UP! steps for optimal focus: An individual who’s in an optimal state of focus, has greater confidence because he knows he’s “in the zone” and immune to distractions.


- Move out of your comfort zone: To help a teen gain confidence, it’s important to support a move beyond what is most familiar, what’s safe, and what is comfortable. Even someone who is naturally gifted in an area will reach the point where he or she will be required to try new ways of practicing, training, or executing in order to continue to progress. - Failure Leads to Success: This is the second of our 8 Keys of Excellence that we teach at SuperCamp. It goes hand-in-hand with moving out of one’s comfort zone because anyone who tries something new is likely to experience moments of failure before mastering it. Encourage your child to embrace the concept that failure provides the information necessary to learn and grow and, ultimately, succeed. Share that Thomas Edison failed more than 900 times before he perfected the light bulb, that Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, that the Beatles were told at their first audition session at Decca Records that groups with guitars were on their way out. As Michael Jordan said, “I’ve failed over and over and over in my life and that is why I succeeded.” Michael Jordan, by the way, was cut from his high school varsity basketball team as a sophomore. 3. Take Ownership for Results In truth, all of life is about making choices. Teens, in particular, like to lay responsibility on the doorstep of others – parents, fellow students (in failed group projects or when caught doing something they shouldn’t have been doing), teachers, coaches, teammates, etc. Ownership (another of our 8 Keys of Excellence) applies to young people’s extra-curricular activities in a number of ways, probably none more significant than in the area of practice. The decision to practice and the decision to practice with purpose are choices. Aspiring athletes, singers, actors, and artists all choose how hard they want to work to improve and excel. Legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, put it this way: “The only way of improving the team is by improving yourself.”

But it can’t be just any goal. A student may set a goal of getting his homework done in half an hour so his parents won’t yell at him. The goal may work, but it’s hardly inspiring or long-lasting. In order to pack a true motivational punch, a goal should have an emotional connection. The emotional link is more easily established when the goal is grand; let’s call it a vision. Smaller goals come into play for more day to day events (“I’m going to give 100% for the entire hour of practice today.”), but it’s the bigger, emotional goal that will drive the ongoing sense of purpose and motivation. For teens involved in an extra-curricular activity, the big goal can be to win a competition, gain a scholarship (bigger), or achieve a level of expertise that will allow them to pursue a career in that field (biggest). The more that kids can see “what’s in it for them” in terms of an emotional payout, the greater the likelihood they will make a sustained effort to give their best effort. A major emotional breakthrough moment at SuperCamp occurs during a barrier-breaking exercise we conduct. It begins with each camper creating a specific goal and writing it on a board. On the other side of the board, each person writes what is holding him or her back from achieving that goal. One by one, the campers break through their boards and, in doing so, break through their barriers and become more motivated and more focused on achieving their goals. In summary, parents, you can use these tools to inspire your child to continue to develop in what he or she loves to do. In doing so, it will serve as a model for your son or daughter in terms of the results that can be achieved in school through the same focus, confidence, sense of ownership and level of motivation.

Bobbi DePorter is the President of SuperCamp and Quantum Learning Network, a U.S.-based educational firm producing programs for students, teachers, schools, and 4. Get Motivated for Success organizations across the Making the choice to work hard at one’s craft is one United States and way to take ownership. Another choice a young worldwide. SuperCamp person makes is whether or not to be motivated. is the leading academic Another key component to becoming motivated is summer camp in the to set specific goals and to break through personal world. Visit barriers. PAGE 67


Building an Herbal Medicine Kit Read Herbalist Cynthia Johnston’s Herbal Tips Below and Listen to her Big Blend Radio Interview about Herbs that Boost Energy and Immunity, and Remedy Indigestion, Bug Bites, and more! When we are on the road, flying, sleeping in strange beds, or are just plain tired, we can benefit from the use of some of our herbal allies. Build a small herbal medicine chest to keep in your bag or car. Teas or tinctures are my favorite way of packing herbs, but capsules will work if nothing else is at hand. When you’re on the road, there are three herbs you should not leave home without. 1. First, last and NEVER be without it – Stinging Nettle. This incredible plant is packed full of vitamins and minerals that deeply nourish our bodies. Avoid feeling rundown and exhausted. 2. Kava Kava Root Tincture The amazing root is excellent at “calming” anxiety. I don’t know about you, but getting on a plane or long road trips, are fun of course, but can be stressful. This herb works wonders.


Cynthia Johnston is an herbalist and founder of MoonMaid Botanicals, a small herb company 3. Immunity herbs – there are many. that is dedicated to providing high quality Traveling can wear one out and put the body at risk herbal products that are free of chemical of infection. Keep Goldenseal and Echinacea at preservatives, propylparabens or synthetics of hand. any kind. Products include remedies for menopause, PMS, yeast infections, common women’s health issues, and herbal products for the family. Learn more or shop online at


Independent Contractors Stepped Up Enforcement By S. Ward Heinrichs, Esq., Backstrom & Heinrichs, Attorneys at Law, APC The IRS, Department of Labor, and many similar state agencies have embarked on a mission to audit more businesses to see if they are improperly classifying their workers as independent contractors. In fact, in 2013, the IRS estimated that millions of U.S. workers were misclassified as independent contractors. (Report of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (June 14, 2013) Reference Number: 2013-30-058: “Employers Do Not Always Follow Internal Revenue Service Worker Determination Rulings”.) The reason for this growing problem in the USA is simple: just follow the money. On the one hand, employers save money and have less legal responsibility for independent contractors. They save money because they do not pay an employer’s portion of withheld taxes and insurance premiums from the pay checks of independent contractors. On the other hand, the IRS, Workers’ Compensation Commissioners, and Unemployment Offices want to classify as employees as many workers as possible because they get employers to withhold taxes and premiums from employee paychecks. That increases the coffers of governments and simplifies the money collection process.


Each government agency, whether state or federal, has a slightly different test to analyze whether workers are independent contractors or employees. The tests are applied on a case by Ward Heinrichs talks with Big Blend Radio case basis, and, under any given set of about the laws concerning Independent circumstances, one factor may determine the Contractors! outcome of the analysis. The IRS is more likely to classify a worker as an IRS is more likely to classify a worker as an independent contractor where the worker: employee when the worker: a) Can earn a profit or suffer a loss from the a) Can be fired at any time activity b) Is paid by the hour b) Furnishes the tools and materials needed to do c) Receives instructions from the company the work d) Receives training from the company c) Is paid by the job e) Works full time for the company d) Works for more than one company at a time f) Receives employee benefits e) Invests in equipment and facilities g) Has the right to quit without incurring liability, and f) Pays his or her own business and traveling h) Provides services that are an integral part of the expenses company’s day-to-day operations. g) Hires and pays assistants, and Continued… h) Sets his or her own working hours. PAGE 70

In contrast, the Department of Labor follows Supreme Court precedent and has distilled the following factors as having significant importance but, again, may not be the only factors applied: a) Whether the worker’s services are an integral part of your company’s business (this points to employee status) b) The permanency of the relationship (the more permanent the relationship, the more likely it is that the worker is an employee) c) Whether the worker has invested in facilities and equipment (if so, this points to independent contractor status) d) How much control a company has over the worker (the more control, the more likely it is that the worker is an employee) e) Whether the worker has opportunities to make a profit or suffer a loss (as opposed to always earning a set amount of money no matter what happens, like an employee) f) Whether the worker competes in the open market (if so, this points to independent contractor status), and g) The extent to which the worker operates a truly independent business (the more independence, the more likely the worker is an independent contractor)

The IRS has an amnesty program that, under a given set of circumstances, allows an employer to reclassify independent contractors as employees. The program is called Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP), and it can be a very effective tool for some employers. You can find it on the IRS website. Employers who apply and qualify for that program suffer relatively small penalties in contrast to those employers who do not qualify. All government agencies are stepping up enforcement, and employers need to carefully analyze the status of their independent contractors to avoid heavy fines, penalties, and back taxes. If you need help with that, please give us a call. Ward Heinrichs is a shareholder and named partner of the San Diego based employment law firm, Backstrom & Heinrichs, Attorneys at Law, APC. The firm represents both employers and employees in almost all areas of labor law. He and his firm litigate cases that have been filed in many different parts of California. Visit

In California, the state Supreme Court has adopted a related, but still a slightly different test. (Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Dept. of Industrial Relations, (1989) 48 Cal.3d 341, 350-51, 354-55.): a) Whether the one performing services is engaged in a distinct occupation or business; b) The kind of occupation, with reference to whether, in the locality, the work is usually done under the direction of the principal or by a specialist without supervision; c) The skill required in the particular occupation; d) Whether the principal or the worker supplies the instrumentalities, tools, and the place of work for the person doing the work; e) The length of time for which the services are to be performed; f) The method of payment, whether by the time or by the job; g) Whether or not the work is a part of the regular business of the principal; h) Whether or not the parties believe they are creating the relationship of employer-employee. i) The worker’s opportunity for profit or loss depending on managerial skill; j) The permanence of the working relationship; k) Whether the service rendered is an integral part of the employer’s business. PAGE 71

CASINO INSIDER Have you ever wondered what it is like to own and operate a casino? Why choose casino management as a career? What kind of decisions and challenges does a casino owner deal with every day? What keeps them inspired?

We asked these questions and more of Jay Dini, third generation owner of Dini’s Lucky Club Restaurant & Casino in historic downtown Yerington, Nevada. Established in 1933, by Jay’s grandfather, Dini’s Lucky Club is the oldest family owned casino in Nevada. Listen to his Big Blend Radio interview about the history of the casino, and read what he has to say about running a casino. For more about Dini’s Lucky Club, visit


Jay Dini: Owner of Dini’s Lucky Club

6. What personal changes have you had to make in order to grow your company? I had to devote a lot of time to my business to ensure that it grew and stayed healthy. My father taught me to be conservative and to not go too far into debt, so when I wanted some of the bells and 2. What attributes do you have that makes you a whistles, I had to wait. good fit for running a casino, bar and restaurant? 7. What do you consider your biggest I think that I understand that people can go challenge? anywhere and get the same product that we have. I Government regulation. This is a very big cash try to give people a great experience by first having business, but when the government gets through, the best and friendliest employees possible, and there isn't much left for the little guy. second, the best product available at a reasonable price. Your business is only as great as the people 8. If you could play poker with three people that work for you. (alive or passed), who would they be? Daniel Negreanu who seems to be a nice guy, Phil 3. Who or what inspires you? Hellmuth because it would be fun to get under his My grandfather and father inspired me the most as skin, and my wife Kathy as I have never beaten her they were always working and trying to better the in a tournament. business and the family. My father inspired me to give back to my family, community and people less 9. If you could switch careers for a day, what fortunate than me. would you choose? Core driller. I miss that work as that is what I did 4. Describe your ideal casino guest. before I was old enough to work here. Middle-aged blonde, with a great build and lots of money! Seriously, I enjoy all of the retired people 10. What is the most important tip you would that come into my casino as they all have a story to pass on to another person just getting started tell that is very interesting. in the same career? Study people and math. Always remember that 5. What is your pet peeve in regards to your there are no bad ideas in the gaming entertainment business? industry, sometimes they just need to be tweaked Employees that try to steal from the company. for your property. PAGE 72 1. Why did you choose to work in the casino industry? I always knew that I would follow in the family business, I guess that it is in my blood.

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Join cohosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, the crazy mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, for Big Blend Radio. Shows broadcast live online, on Sundays from 11am PT / 2pm ET, Wednesdays from 4pm PT / 7pm ET, and Fridays from 11am PT / 2pm ET. Listen to the live or archived shows on or download the show and interview podcasts from iTunes.

June 3: San Benito County Showcase: Airs live at 4pm PT / 7pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Interviews focusing on food, history, travel and events in San Benito County, California including: San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Calera Wine Company, Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, Vertigo Coffee, San Benito County Historical Museum and Historical & Recreational Park, 19th Hole Booze & Food, plus, Hollywood History with Steve Schneickert! Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!

June 5: Music, Stage & Screen - Airs live at 11am PT / 2pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Featured Guests: Acclaimed tenor Nathan Pacheco; award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Chandra Currelley; and musician Alex Gershman from the collective Sasha’s Bloc. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive! PAGE 74

June 10: Happy Hour Variety – Airs live at 4pm PT / 7pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Featured Guests: John Garder Director of Budget and Appropriations for National Parks Conservation Association; Lynn Wiese Sneyd ‘The Book Biz Whiz’ - LWS Literary Services; fashion designer Aggie Garcia. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!

June 7: Champagne Sundays Variety – Airs live at 11am PT / 2pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Featured Guests: Travel writer Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’ talks Paso Robles Wine Country, Glynn Burrows of Norfolk Tours UK, Linda Morgan - Executive Director of the Yuma Visitors Bureau, Howard & Ruth Milstein, author of ‘Cooking with Love: Ventures into the New Israeli Cuisine’. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!


June 12: School Education, Quantum Learning & Parenting – Quality of Life Show airs live at 11am PT / 2pm ET from Quantum Learning Network Conference Center in Oceanside, CA. Featured Guests: Bobbi DePorter & Barbara K. Given – co-authors of ‘Excellence in Teaching & Learning: The Quantum Learning System’, Gary L. McIntire, Ed.D. – Superintendent Hollister School District, Grammy winning new age composer Laura Sullivan, Bill Ratner – author of ‘Parenting for the Digital Age’, Erica Austin – author of comic book series ‘Against the Grain’, Dennis Yang - Founder of Papa Didos Ideals Foundation. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!

June 17: Happy Hour Variety – Airs live at 4pm PT / 7pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Featured Guests: Adam Roberts - CEO of Born Free USA wildlife conservation organization, herbalist Cynthia Johnston of MoonMaid Botanicals, artist Victoria Chick discusses Yosemite artists, writer Eva Eldridge discusses Phoenix Comicon 2015. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive.

June 14: Champagne Sundays Variety - Airs live at 11am PT / 2pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Featured Guests: Dr. Carmen Harra & Alexandra Harra – co-authors of ‘The Karma Queens’ Guide to Relationships’, Chef Eric Klein of Spago Las Vegas & Andrew Harris of International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association discuss the 2015 Annual Conference at Sea, Chef Ivan Flowers – 5-Star Executive Chef of Top of The Market San Diego, Robert Stayton – author of ‘Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power’. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!

June 19: Social Media Mistakes & SuperAchievers – Success Express Show airs live at 11am PT / 2pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Featured Guests: Michael Schlossberg - author of ‘Tweets and Consequences’, S. Ward Heinrichs, Esq. - Backstrom & Heinrichs Attorneys, Corey Poirier - author ‘THRIVING: How Enlightened SuperAchievers Survive & Thrive in a Busy World,’ plus, Hollywood History with Steve Schneickert! Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!


June 24: Authors & Writers Happy Hour – Airs live at 4pm PT / 7pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Featured Guests: Bestselling author Patricia Harman – ‘The Reluctant Midwife’, award-winning author Mark Stevens – ‘Trapline’. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!

June 26: Music, Photography & Travel - Airs live at 11am PT / 2pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Featured Guests: Singersongwriter Margo Rey, photographer / journalist Cynthia Carris Alonso - author of ‘Passage to Cuba’, and Wayne Miller - Krav Maga Worldwide Lead Instructor. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!

June 28: Champagne Sundays Variety - Airs live at 11am PT / 2pm ET from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, AZ. Featured Guests: Marc Platt – Publisher of "How The Beatles Did It!”, guitarist and producer Micha Schellhaas, Chef Jeremy Manley ‘San Diego’s Sustainable Chef’ Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive. PAGE 77