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I’m hoping for a little bit of Christmas magic Dear Reader, It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks 2012 will be coming to a close. The year seems to have flown by. Just as difficult to get my head around: In a matter of days, we start celebrating the holiday season with our families and friends. My own family suffered a painful loss this year. We will never be the same, but I’m hoping the upcoming holidays will help us start to heal our broken hearts — the comfort of sitting down to break bread with most of my entire extended clan; the cheer of experiencing another Festival of Trees, another Tuba Christmas, another Winter Garden aGlow, some excellent holiday parties and lots of festive treats; the joy of watching youngsters open each and every package with care. And then there’s the gift-giving itself. I know I’ll take more care this year to find presents that have a little more meaning. Here at Treasure Magazine, we are lucky to have gotten a head start on our shopping as

we worked on our annual gift guide. We checked out some local stores to find fun gifts and unique treasures. You’ll see we have selected several items from The Record Exchange and Dunia Marketplace because of the variety of gift items they carry for all ages. There are also some special one-of-a-kind items, like the gorgeous jewelry pieces featured. You’ll see a few items from stores we’ve featured last year: Who could resist buying a Boise State football fan a Doug Martin or Kellen Moore rookie card from Jerry’s Rookie Shop? And once again, we also found some great items from Idaho artists. From handmade jewelry to scented soaps to fine art, there’s lots to love, for instance, at Green Chutes artist co-op on State Street. (We also love indulging in a bite at Salt Tears Coffeehouse & Noshery, which is right next door!) Photography also plays a key role in the items picked for our guide. Some things just don’t show as well as others in our giftguide format, so we have a list of more ideas on page 20. But you’ll find dozens of addi-

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Just five years ago when Peter Anastos arrived in Boise to start a new Ballet Idaho, things were pretty touch and go. He brought together a company of dancers — some for their first company — and had less than a month to put on his first performance. “It was a miracle we had something on stage,” Anastos says. “We were planning day to day.” That was then; this is now. Today, it’s a company that gets stronger and more captivating with every performance. It’s been a whirlwind five years that included creating the company’s signature “Nutcracker,” a bevy of repertoire concerts and last season’s masterful staging of “The Sleeping Beauty.” This season, Anastos and crew will take on what is arguably the most iconic ballet ever created: “Swan Lake.” “The beginning was so dicey we certainly didn’t see ourselves in this position five years later,” Anastos says. “I just kept pushing. You don’t know unless you go for it.” Anastos was born under an ambitious planet. He planned to be a pianist until middle school, when he saw a Russian company perform “Swan Lake.” In his long career in the ballet world, he has been the artistic head of Cincinnati Ballet and New Jersey’s Garden State Ballet, and he was a co-founder of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male company that broke all the rules and then 8


made new ones. In September, Anastos received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the artistic director who was once planning on the fly just completed Ballet Idaho’s next five-year plan.

What impact did Les Ballets Trockadero have? It brought thousands of people to ballet performances and created a huge audience to see more. Once people saw the Trocks, they were no longer fearful of ballet as something they couldn’t understand. Laughter is great medicine! We inoculated people against any prejudice about ballet. The other impact was on the inside of the dance world — we loosened a lot of people up. We helped take ballet out of the temple and into popular culture.

How do you think the dance world has changed the most? It’s the dancers. Dancers today know

time is limited, and they’re in a bigger hurry to get stuff done. They are willing to take risks. I think that’s a cultural change. It used to be you were grateful to be in the corps de ballet, and it was a bit hippy-dippy. That’s why I think I’ve been able to push this company and make things happen. It’s because I have dancers who can do it.

Why do you think “The Nutcracker” endures? It defines traditional Christmas and the warmth of the holiday spirit. It is dependable in a changing world. It brings everyone back to childhood, to a safe place where sugarplums really do dance in your head.

What’s your favorite bit of “Nutcracker” lore? Did you know that the ballet was a tremendous flop when it was first done? Amazing, isn’t it? It took 50 years for people to catch on to the magic of “Nutcracker.” But then lots of great masterpieces were

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misunderstood at the time they appeared. Since we think of it as such a traditional holiday event, it’s interesting to note that “Nutcracker” was way ahead of its time. It was edgy before people even knew what edgy was.

How do you keep your creative spark alive? Different dancers, different casts. They can make a ballet completely new and fresh. One of the greatest things about ballet is that no two dancers look or dance alike, so even doing an old work with new dancers makes it come alive and change in different and exciting ways. Often, a ballet is better as it ages because new dancers bring such different energy to it.

How do you recruit dancers for this company? We used to travel to audition. Now, dancers are calling us. We’ve had about 100 dancers fly into Boise to audition for us, and we had four jobs to offer. Ballet Idaho — and I must say Boise — has reached a level of sophistication in the dance world, because of Trey (McIntyre) being here and for other things, too. The way we attract dancers now is by our growing reputation.

What’s in your MP3 player? I have just started buying microchips with

‘The Nutcracker’ 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22; and noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 23, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $37, $42 and $57 at Select-a-Seat. (“Carmen and Don Quixote” will be performed Feb. 8 and 9 and “Swan Lake” on April 12 and 13, both also at the Morrison Center.)

gigantic memory so I can download complete operas. I can now carry around Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” in something the size of my thumbnail. Well, maybe just “Tannhauser,” but lots of Wagner lately. Who would’ve guessed Wagner would ever be portable?

What are you reading? I’m now reading the “Diaries of Christopher Isherwood,” a great English writer who settled in America. His diaries are fascinating; he circled in such a diverse group of people, and he led such a fabulous life. He’s a little more hip than Samuel Pepys (the famous 17th century diarist), and he lived in equally interesting times.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? All of us in the arts have our ups and downs. I once received a great piece of

advice from Frederick Franklin, a dancer with the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in the 1940s and still alive today, still active, still very funny and charming. He told me, “If you hang around long enough, you will be rediscovered and start all over again!”

What would you like your dancers to understand about their legacy? Dancers inherit their own special place in history. Each dancer who creates and performs becomes a part of the centuriesold continuum of ballet; they become a link to the past and a portal to the future. Each dancer inherits everything they learned from others, and they pass on everything they know and everything they’ve created to the next generation. What a great and rewarding and fulfilling life this is!

What about the next five years? We’re going to focus on four things: producing 19th century classical story ballets, bringing the great works of Balanchine to the stage, creating new contemporary works and building a touring repertory.

What still surprises you about Idaho? How strongly I love being here. When I moved here I feared being out of the loop. That didn’t happen. Idaho is deep. Idaho is its own loop.

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Many of these items may be found at more than one location in the Valley, but we’ll tell you where we found ours. 1. Hearts on Fire 18k white gold sublime diamond-drop pendant ($7,500) from Simmons Fine Jewelry 2. Coasters ($4.99 each) from The Record Exchange 3. Dish towel set ($6.99) from The Mixing Bowl 4. A variety of men’s and women’s jewelry from Steve Rambo Fine Jewelry (retirement sale on now) 5. Sycamore arts-and-crafts-style box (11.5-inches long, $87.50) from Madsen Creations 6. Idaho T-shirt ($23.99) from The Record Exchange 7. Boise T-shirt by Whorled Traveler illustrative graphic design ($16) from Green Chutes 8. Scott Kay sterling silver men’s cufflinks ($315) from Simmons Fine Jewelry 10

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9. Zulugrass necklaces (one for $8.50; three for $24) from Dunia Marketplace 10. Salomon Hydration System ($195) from Shu’s Idaho Running Co. 11. Make Your Own Robot ($24.95) from The Record Exchange 12. Tattoo Graffiti kit ($9.99) from The Record Exchange 13. REALSTEEL spike cuffs (plain cuffs start at about $675) from R. Grey Gallery 14. Eyebobs reading glasses (start at about $75) from Mr. Peabody’s Optical Shoppe 15. Idaho wines — Lost West Winery Old Shed Red ($11.99), Chicken Dinner Red ($17.99), Fujishin Family Cellars Gewurztraminer ($15.99) — and Riedel glasses ($16 each) from Bueno Cheapo Vino 16. Cheese and charcuterie (price may vary by choices) from Bleubird NOVEMBER 2012


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17. World’s Lightest Collection carry-on ($99) from Harmon Travel 18. Luggage tags ($9.95 each) from Harmon Travel 19. Record-style placemats ($18.99 for two) and Mix Stix mixing spoons ($9.99) from The Record Exchange 20. Cuisinart cast-iron grill pan ($45) and panini press lid ($23.99) from The Mixing Bowl 21. Sterling silver cross ($130) from Artsmith’s Jewelers 22. Walnut and box elder burl vase — 12” tall ($175) from Madsen Creations 23. Topaz crisocola necklace designed by former Idahoan Michele McMillan ($240; also has matching earrings for $112) from American Clothing Gallery 24. John Hardy Naga “Year of the Dragon” diamond pave bracelet ($1,995) from Simmons Fine Jewelry 25. Pillow by Arin Arthur Screenprinted Textiles ($42) from Green Chutes 26. Bronco ornaments by Linda Emry ($21) from Green Chutes 12

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FOOD AND WINE LOVERS At the chocolate-making class at THE CHOCOLAT BAR, guests learn how to make many of the delectable treats from this Downtown Boise chocolate emporium. But wait, there’s more: red wine that complements the chocolate, plus you take home whatever you don’t eat. $65/person; private classes for 6 or more. Call 338-7771 for dates and times. (The Chocolat Bar, 805 W. Bannock St., THE BASQUE MARKET hosts two cooking classes each month (there’s a Holiday Tapas class on Dec. 5). Classes ($35/person) include wine tastings of three wines from the Iberian Peninsula to enjoy with your dinner. For groups of 18 or more, the market offers private classes. Check the website ( for a schedule of classes or call 433-1208. (The Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St.) Idaho wines make nice gifts — or take someone wine tasting. Many Idaho wineries, including THE SNAKE RIVER WINERY TASTING ROOM in BoDo, showcase Idaho wines. There’s also an extensive selection of Riedel glassware and other wine accessories and gifts. To keep up to date on release parties and other events, log on to www.snake (Read more about Snake River Winery on page 56). You and your guests can also tour local wineries on your own or with IDAHO WINERY TOURS ( Learn more about Idaho wines and wineries at For information about Northwest-area wine tastings and releases, log on to CalendarID.htm or For the beer lover in your life, ask your favorite beer store if you can put together a six- or 12-pack of specialty beers. Gift cards also come in handy for beer lovers. And besides The Chocolat Bar, here are some of our other favorite sweet gifts: WEISER CANDY COMPANY (, IDAHO CANDY COMPANY ( and LEE’S CANDIES (

THEATER AND MUSIC THE MORRISON CENTER hosts a huge variety of events, including holiday favorites like Ballet Idaho’s “The Nutcracker,” Boise Philharmonic’s “The Messiah,” the Morrison Center’s “A Christmas Carol,” and Cirque Dream’s “Holidaze.” Also in December, the Velma Morrison family presents the “World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater,” and the Morrison Center presents a staged reading of “The Secret Garden.” And there’s more coming in 2013: from the Philharmonic and the Ballet to the Trey McIntyre Project and Broadway in Boise and Pilobulus. Check the website ( for availability and prices. 20



Although we’ve presented you with a plethora of presents, here are some other fun ideas — for everyone from the chocoholic to the sports fan. The 2013 schedule of the IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL will be announced around Thanksgiving, so take advantage of their early-bird pricing (savings of 30 percent — and more, depending on the package). Just go online (www.idahoshake to purchase tickets or go to the box office (see website for hours). There are still three productions to come in BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER’S 2012-13 season, plus two original plays written by BCT’s Theater Lab students. There’s also the 5X5 Play Reading series held January through May, and the Children’s Reading Series on Dec. 16 and Feb. 24. The Theater Lab is a performance workshop for kids ages 12-18. There are also spring-break camps for ages 6-8 and 9-12. ( for information.) Give an aspiring musician some lessons. BOISE ROCK SCHOOL, for instance, offers monthly lessons and more. Call 559-0065 or visit Gift certificates to the FLICKS (good for one year from date of purchase) are available in any denomination for use at Boise’s Downtown independent movie theater. The movie punch card, good for 10 punches (it can even be used by two people at the same time, for two punches) is $65.

KNITTING, CROCHETING, QUILTING THE TWISTED EWE has a dizzying array of fine yarns, pattern books and magazines. Group and private classes are available for all levels. Knitters can attend knit night every Tuesday (1738 W. State St., 287-3693, FUZZ offers quality yarns, spinning and felting fibers, threads for stitching, unique and unusual fabrics, patterns and inspiration. In addition to open knitting, classes in knitting, crocheting and weaving are available for all levels (beginner classes are private only). (1117 E. Winding Creek Drive, Eagle, 343-3899,

In addition to knitting and crocheting supplies and classes, KNIT WITS has classes in spinning and tatting. There are also summer kids’ classes (8850 Fairview Ave., Boise, 376-0040, THE QUILT CROSSING has a large selection of classes covering a variety of quilting techniques, handwork items, sewing basics, garments and decor, embroidery and much more. The store stocks more than 5,000 bolts of fabric and more (10959 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 376-0087,


for learning. Short courses, lecture series and special events are offered (http://web1. for a schedule). READINGS & CONVERSATIONS, in which nationally acclaimed literary figures share their work and their view of the world, is just one of The Cabin’s many programs. Log on to for a schedule of upcoming events, prices and venues. THE FRIENDS OF THE BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY’S STORE in the main library has a

great selection of books (or should I say a selection of great books?). There’s something for everyone, from the classics to biographies to philosophy to current bestsellers to children’s and young-adult books (if you’re looking for the “Twilight” or “Harry Potter” series) all at rock-bottom prices (most hard-cover books, including coffee-table tomes, are $3 to $5, for instance). There are CDs and DVDs, too. For the true bibliophile, there is a selection of antique and collectible volumes. REDISCOVERED BOOKS has a wonderful selection of books, many of which are autographed by the local and visiting authors who appear at book signings. (180 N. 8th St., Boise, 376-4229 or

SPORTS FAN Boise is home to several pro and collegiate teams. Whether you are looking for apparel or other logo-type items, there are lots of choices available. In addition to some of the items featured on the previous pages in this gift guide, our August issue featured dozens of fun things — everything from Scentsy warmers with team logos to Broncos cowboy boots. See the online gallery from that issue at Sports tickets are fun choices, too. Playing now: BOISE STATE BASKETBALL: IDAHO STEELHEADS HOCKEY: IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL: Maria Smith is a volunteer with Friends of the Boise Public Library and is co-chair of the Downtown Y’s 2013 Strong Kids Campaign.

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Treasure Magazine’s Editor’s note: In order to meet printing deadlines, we started shopping for this guide early on, so not all the items featured may still be available in stores. For instance, after our photo deadline, it was announced that Steve Rambo Fine Jewelry is closing in December. Owner Steve Rambo — one of Boise’s most iconic jewelers — is retiring, and the store is holding a retirement sale. Or take the Doug Martin cards available at Jerry’s Rookie Shop: Martin is a rising star in the NFL, and the former Boise State player’s cards are moving quickly.

FEATURED STORES’ ADDRESSES AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY 100 N. 8th St., Boise. 433-0872, www.americanclothing ARTISAN OPTICS 190 N 8th St. (338-0500) and 7960 W Rifleman St. #150 (377-8899), Boise, ARTSMITH’S JEWELERS 700 Vista Ave., Boise. 344-4881 ART SOURCE GALLERY 1015 West Main St., (331-3374) and Concourse B Boise Air Terminal (424-5636), BLEUBIRD (fine food and drinks) 224 N. 10th St., Boise. 345-1055, BUENO CHEAPO VINO 770 S. Vista Ave., Boise. 336-1930, CONGREGATION AHAVATH BETH ISRAEL GIFT SHOP 11 North Latah St., Boise. 343-6601, (Call for hours.)

2012 more gift ideas

See the Nov. 18 Holiday Gift Guide in your Sunday Idaho Statesman for 96 pages of shopping ideas from Treasure Valley retailers.

locally made gifts ARTIST CO-OPS & GALLERIES The Treasure Valley has several artist co-ops, galleries or gallery-type stores specializing in carrying the works of local artists, including Green Chutes, Art Source Gallery and Enso Artspace (all mentioned in this gift guide). Here are some others: Indie Made (, Lee Gallery (, NfiniT (, Bricolage, Boise Art Glass (, the Boise Art Museum ( — all in Downtown Boise. Fusions Glass Studio ( is in Eagle.


DUNIA MARKETPLACE 1609 N. 13th St., Boise. 333-0535, (Handmade items from local and global artisan families.)

CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC HOLIDAY MARKET, Saturdays in Downtown Boise through Dec. 22,

ENNIS FINE FURNITURE 23rd and Fairview, Boise. 342-3664,


ENSO ARTSPACE 120 E. 38th Street, Unit 105, Garden City. 991-0117,

OTHER MARKETS: Be on the lookout for information about other events, such as the Procrastinator’s Holiday Market on Dec. 1 and 2 at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center, the Saturday Christmas Market in Downtown Eagle on Dec. 8, Boise State’s Clay and Fire sale Dec. 15-17 and more.

EPIONCE/EPISCIENCES INC.10211 W. Emerald St., Boise. 866-374-6623, GREEN CHUTES ARTIST CO-OP 4716 W. State St., Boise. 342-7111 HAL DAVIS JEWELERS 921 W. Jefferson St., Boise. 343-6151, HARMON TRAVEL ACCESSORIES 1529 W. Washington St., Boise. 388-3000, IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise. 342-3508, IDAHO STATESMAN 1200 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 377-6200. JERRY’S ROOKIE SHOP 3021 W. State St., Boise. 338-3828



R. GREY GALLERY 415 S. 8th Street, Boise. 385-9337, SHU'S IDAHO RUNNING COMPANY 1758 W. State St., Boise. 344-6604, SIMMONS FINE JEWELRY 1220 N. Olive Avenue, Meridian. 888-2799 or STEVE RAMBO FINE JEWELRY 902 Main St., Boise. 342-7970, THE CABIN 801 S. Capitol Boulevard, Boise, 331-8000, (After Dec. 5, “Rooms: Writers in the Attic” will also be available at local booksellers and THE MIXING BOWL 216 N. 9th St., Boise. 345-6025, THE RAM 709 East Park Boulevard, Boise (345-2929) and 3272 E. Pine, Meridian (888-0314), THE RECORD EXCHANGE 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise. 344-8010, TWISTED EWE 1738 W. State St., Boise. 287-3693, VELATA fondue warmers and Belgian chocolate (Velata is a Scentsy family brand). Find a consultant at VILLA LIFESTYLES (Collegiate clothing, home decor and more) 228 East Plaza Dr., Eagle. 938-6062,

ARTISANS’ WEBSITES/EMAILS Many have their work at more than one venue. ARIN ARTHUR SCREENPRINTED TEXTILES, CHRIS BINION GOUGE MARK WOODWORKS (Mark Dettmer, or Facebook JOYA DESIGNS Julie Barnathan, www.joya (work also available at Green Chutes) LINDA EMRY

MCU SPORTS 822 W. Jefferson St. (342-7734) and 2314 Bogus Basin Road (336-2300), MOXIE JAVA (Ida-Ho-Ho CD) Find a list of Treasure Valley stores at MR. PEABODY’S OPTICAL SHOPPE 404 S. 8th St., Suite 150A, Boise. 344-1390,


PAYETTE BREWING COMPANY 111 West 33rd St., Garden City, 344-0011.



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Clockwise from top left: NEA Jazz Master Roy Haynes; 2012 solo winners perform at Hamp’s Club; multi-instrumentalist James Morrison; middle school students perform at the Young Artist Concert.

Legacy of


thrives in Moscow

U of I’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is evolving along with the music BY DANA OLAND

Ike Stubblefield with Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, James Morrison and Rickey Woodard. 22

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Lionel Hampton, who died in 2002, tears it up on the vibraphone in 1999 as Lynn “Doc” Skinner looks on. Bassist John Clayton, below, took over artistic leadership of the festival in 2007. PHOTOS FOR THIS STORY PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO


hen you think of jazz — the sophisticated, hip, urban, soulful American musical form — you probably don’t think of Idaho, a state more known for roaring whitewater and majestic mountains than music and improvisation. Yet for more than 45 years, the rolling hills of the Palouse have echoed with swing, bebop, smooth, fusion and other jazz styles each February when the isolated burg of Moscow becomes Jazz Town USA thanks to the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. “The town really wakes up,” says Cleave Guyton, the leader of the Lionel Hampton Big Band. He has played at the festival every year since 1989 with the band. “The guys are thrilled to come. It’s a big reunion and not just for us, but for everyone who comes there. It’s like a big party.” Guyton, members of the Lionel Hampton Big Band and a host of international jazz acts will party once again Feb. 20-23 at the 46th annual festival for four days of workshops and classes, club-style gigs and concerts that bring some of today’s top jazz performers to the Kibbie Dome stage. And it brings in an audience for the music. In all it adds about 10,000 people to the small town of about 24,000. Hotels and restaurants fill up in Moscow, Pullman and as far as Lewiston, says Gary Riedner, Moscow city supervisor. “It’s a real boost to the economy,” he says. “It’s a great way to showcase Moscow, the Palouse and the state of Idaho.” The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is one of Idaho’s true gems: It has inspired a generation of musicians and changed of lives through the shared experience of music.

THE HOUSE THAT HAMP BUILT The U of I Jazz Festival owes much of its success to a long association with jazz legend Lionel Hampton. The festival was founded in 1967 but didn’t hit its stride until Hampton came to Moscow in 1984. Hampton was so impressed with the enthusiasm of the students and festival director Lynn “Doc” Skinner’s hospitality that he wrote a $15,000 check. “We wanted to bring the greatest artists in the world here because it was impossible for the kids here to get out to see them,” Skinner says. “He (Hampton) said, ‘Oh, that will change lives.’ Then he wrote the check and said, ‘Let’s see if we can build this thing.’ ” Hampton called his friends. The next year Stan Getz came to Idaho, and the list grew — Al Grey, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Rawls and more. Hamp played at the festival every year until 2002. He died in August of that year at 94. In 1985, the university renamed the festival for Hampton, making it the first university music festival named for an AfricanAmerican musician. Two years later, the university named its music school, too, after Hampton. Skinner and Hampton enjoyed a friendship and spoke almost daily, including the day Hampton died. And in the same tradition of the music, Hampton slowly taught Doc the ropes of producing a festival. “One year, he would make the calls, the next he would tell me to call and just say Hamp told them to come,” Skinner says. During Hampton’s early involvement, Skinner and Hampton would work into the wee hours planning the next night’s lineup. “Then he would gradually back off on

that, and I would start doing it on my own,” Skinner says. “He was a great, great teacher.” Skinner retired in 2007 and continues to be involved by teaching today’s students about Hampton’s life and legacy. “A lot of the kids don’t really know who he was,” Skinner says. “It’s important that they know what he was about and what he did for Idaho.” U of I’s festival also influenced jazz a world away. In 1989, two musicians came to Idaho from the Soviet Union: saxophonist Lembit Saarsalu from Estonia and pianist Leonid Vintskevich from Russia. They were overwhelmed by the experience, Skinner remembers. They were the first jazz musicians allowed to visit the United States under Soviet rule, Skinner says. Both men founded jazz festivals in their homeland based on their U of I experience.

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CHANGING WITH THE TIMES The festival has been challenged over the past decade by financial troubles and the shifting economy. Fewer elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges can afford to attend these days, so the number of students is down, says Steve Remington, the festival’s executive director. The number of people coming for just the concerts is increasing. And though in 2007 the festival received the National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest award for artistic achievement, it is still kind of a secret — largely because of its isolated location. Much as that isolation is a challenge, it also is an asset. Nestled in the rolling hills Steve and tall pine trees of northRemington central Idaho, it creates a musical microcosm that distills jazz into an intense experience that’s like no other. There, the students and professionals meeting across the generations in this setting can create magical moments and lifelong memories. Focusing on creating those kinds of experiences is the next step in reframing the festival for the new era, Remington says. “This is a community-building experience as much as it is a music festival. I have a library card — not because books are becoming more popular — because I don’t want to live in a community that does not have a library,” Remington says. “Do we want to live in a community that doesn’t respect the diversity and cultural depth of this unique American tradition called jazz?” Remington and artistic director John Clayton are working to deepen the impact of the event on the kids and the region. They changed the Thursday-night main stage concert into a club-style night that puts jazz artists into smaller venues around campus. The idea is to recapture the feeling of New York City’s 52nd Street in the 1940s and ’50s when jazz poured out of every club. They’re also creating opportunities that connect the music with the math, science and art departments at U of I, and reach further into the greater community with Eli Yamin’s Jazz Drama Program. Yamin creates original jazz musicals for children to perform for their peers. This year Yamin will produce “Holding the Torch for Liberty,” which explores women’s suffrage with jazz, ragtime and bebop.

MUSICAL EVOLUTION Today, jazz enjoys a more fluid definition that goes beyond big-band swing and Miles Davis, Clayton says. He became artistic director in 2007. He had started coming as a musician to the festival when his mentor Ray Brown invited him in 1995. It’s Clayton’s job to help the festival grow 24

The youth jazz choir opened the Young Artists Concert at the Kibbie Dome in 2012.

and change with the times. That means looking to the future of the music at the same time as honoring its roots. “There are so many different categories of jazz now, and it is being redefined and influenced by technology and other musical styles, as it always has,” Clayton says. “We want to make sure that all the elements that make up the music are reflected.” That all comes together in this year’s theme, “Inspiring Futures Through Jazz.” Jazz came out of the black American experience and the struggle against slavery and oppression. It was an aural tradition, taught by playing and listening and passed on through personal connections. Many of the players in the big bands of yesteryear, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and the like, didn’t read music. Now, jazz is a basis for many university music programs. College-educated musicians now know their theory backward and forward, they can read for every instrument, and they’re composing and arranging at a level that is above that of jazz musicians in the heyday of the 1920s and ’30s. That has changed the music, Guyton says. “Jazz used to be something you learned on the streets,” he says. “Now it’s institutionalized, and the music has changed. It’s more technical. Jazz came out of people’s struggle for freedom, and there’s some of the Baptist church in there. It’s like Charlie

Parker said, ‘You should always have some blues in the music. It should touch your heart.’ With the young players, they don’t have that component as much. It’s coming from a different aspect. It’s a change for the good and for the bad, I think.” In this changing world, festivals such as the Hampton festival are increasingly important because this is where the historical legacy is still honored and passed down. That’s why when Guyton books the Hampton Big Band players for Idaho, he makes an effort to get as many who played with Hampton as possible so the younger players and students can connect to the source. “With this music, you want to touch someone’s heart and bring a tear to their eye. That’s what it’s about,” Guyton says.

STUDENT PERSPECTIVE Jazz violinist Sara Caswell is one of a new generation of musicians performing at the festival. She will take the stage with fellow violinists Regina Carter and Aaron Weinstein for a jazz “String Summit” on Feb. 21. Caswell grew up in Bloomington, Ind., where her parents taught in the music department at Indiana University. She was a natural. Caswell picked up her first violin at 5 and instinctively began to play notes (the opening of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”) before she took her first Suzuki lesson.

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This is Caswell’s first trip to Idaho as a professional, but in 1992 she attended the festival with her high school jazz band from Indiana. Caswell’s trio won the Best Combo award and performed on the big stage. “That whole weekend was incredible, and I have so many memories that I cherish. It was a new experience for all of us,” Caswell says. “It was amazing to hear all the musicians who were coming and what the other bands from the West Coast were doing.” She still remembers a workshop she took from bassist Ray Brown. “There were only about 30 people there, and we were so close,” she says. “Before that, I knew him from only far away and from recordings.” Caswell says she’s excited to return to Idaho and share her experiences and perspective with today’s students. Most of the visiting artists will work with students in small groups this year, including Caswell, Carter, Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, pianist Fred Hersch and Josh Nelson, who will show silent sci-fi films that inspired his latest album. That’s one of the elements that puts this festival in a league of its own. There are few opportunities for students to have this level of access to this many working jazz musicians. “I’m thrilled to see all these young


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Students learn about the vibraphone, the instrument that Lionel Hampton played.



musicians with their wide-eyed optimism and to give them the kind of experience I had,” Caswell says. As important as learning from the professionals and getting a chance to perform is, one of the strongest connections students make is with their peers, says Boise’s Micah Stevens, 16. Stevens has traveled to Moscow with his school ArtsWest (now called Fresco Arts Academy) as a guitarist and with the jazz choir over the past few years. “We had a lot of classes that were awesome, and I met kids from Seattle, California, Nevada and Canada,” Stevens says. “One of the coolest things is checking out the other student bands. When you’re only hearing your school, you lose perspective. It’s fun to hear what your peers are doing. It’s inspiring, humbling and rewarding.” In 2010, Stevens and his classmate, drummer John Priddy, won recognition as soloists and were invited into “Hamp’s Club,” where the solo winners of the day put themselves into combos and performed standards they all knew. “We have this common repertoire so we can do that. That’s the great thing about jazz,” Stevens says. For the upcoming festival, Stevens plans to go to Moscow with a new quartet he formed that plays original music.




Clayton is an artist who bridges the old-school jazz roots and its academic present, and he works to infuse both dynamics into the festival.

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A multi-Grammy winner, Clayton also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California and has several side projects, including the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with his brother, saxophonist Jeff Clayton, and drummer Jeff Hamilton, and the Clayton Brothers Quintet. He attended the University of Indiana’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, where he studied classical and jazz bass. At the same time he was being mentored by the great bassist Ray Brown, who played with Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Gene Harris, Lionel Hampton and many others. “Ray Brown was like a father to me,” Clayton says. “He bought the instrument I play, paid for me to join the musicians’ union. He’s the guy who put out the call to Count Basie when I needed a job and on and on and on.” Clayton remembers being about 19 when Brown got him a gig with drummer Louie Bellson’s Orchestra. “I was shaking in my boots,” Clayton says. “Louie was an icon, a god; he was Duke Ellington’s favorite drummer. And I was sitting next to Plas Johnson — he was the ‘Pink Panther’ saxophonist. There I was, this teenager, rubbing elbows with those serious guys.” Last year, Clayton created the Lionel Hampton Youth Orchestra program as a way to give today’s young players a chance to likewise shake in their boots. Students send an audition recording for a spot to sit next to Guyton and other Big Band players. Only a few make the grade. The students — mostly college age — get professional charts and a chance to rehearse together in January with Clayton. Then during the festival, they rehearse and play a few numbers with the pros. Last year three students made it on stage. This year, Clayton is hoping for more young players. He also is working to deepen the experience the students have in Moscow by giving them more time in their clinics. On the Wednesday of festival week, several schools are invited to participate in longer workshops with clinicians. Not every school has this opportunity, but they’re rotating through the schools and hope to get to everyone over time, Clayton says. Clayton makes a trip to the invited schools to meet with the directors, find out what they need and offer professional guidance. What Clayton hopes is this will shift the focus from a competition paradigm to one that celebrates the spirit of the music. That’s difficult when school band directors need something to show for the cost and time of going to a festival. “I encourage students to think of the festival as another chance to share your music, your art,” Clayton says. “If they applaud and you get an award — great, but that shouldn’t be the only point.”

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival lineup Feb. 20-23, University of Idaho campus.


Tickets go on sale Dec. 3 at (208) 885-7212,

Moscow is about 300 miles from Boise (a six-hour drive in good conditions). You can also fly into the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, the Lewiston Regional Airport or the Spokane International Airport.

Feb. 20: Byron Stripling’s All-Star Quartet and the Lionel Hampton School of Music Jazz Band. 8 p.m., Student Union Ballroom. Feb. 21: Club Hop: vocalist Dee Daniels, pianist Fred Hersch and Brazil’s Trio da Paz, 7:30-10 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, Haddock Performance Hall and the Administration Building Auditorium.

Where to stay: Rooms fill up in advance. If you can’t stay in Moscow, then Pullman or Lewiston are the next-best bets. Here are some suggestions for Moscow:


Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 W. Pullman Road,

Young-artist concerts are at 4:30 p.m., and Hamp’s Club is at 7:30 p.m. each night.

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Feb. 22: Take 6, Jeff Hamilton Trio, the “String Summit” with Regina Carter, Sara Caswell and Aaron Weinstein.

Super 8, 75 Peterson Drive,

Feb. 23: Lionel Hampton Big Band and Youth Jazz Orchestra, with Warren Wolf and vocalist Trijntje Oosterhuis; funk/jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker and his band.


More information:


To become a volunteer call (208) 885-7251, or email

Gene Harris Jazz Festival, March 20-21, at Boise State University.

Who was Lionel Hampton? Watching Lionel Hampton perform was an astounding experience. His large eyes and brilliant smile never dimmed, whether he was playing the vibraphone or drums or keeping the beat as he conducted his New York Big Band. He was a great showman, says Cleave Guyton, who began working with Hampton in 1989 and continues to lead the Lionel Hampton Big Band today. “I used to call him the James Brown of jazz. In his earlier days, he would be bouncing sticks off the floor and bouncing around on the drums,” Guyton says. “With Hamp, you always got a show.” Hampton was one of the most important American jazz artists in the genre’s history. During his more than 70 years as a percussionist and vibraphone player, Hampton performed with every major jazz artist, including Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman. He appeared in films and on TV, left his mark on music with works such as “Flying Home”and worked all his life to elevate the stature of jazz in America. Hampton changed history when, along with pianist Teddy Wilson, he became one of the first musicians to break the race barrier in the 1930s. Goodman hired them to play in his quartet alongside himself and drummer Gene Krupa. Hampton formed his own orchestra in the 1940s. The Lionel Hampton Big Band still exists and will play at the 2013 festival. The festival became an enduring part of


In 1985, the University of Idaho named the festival for Lionel Hampton. Hampton is pictured here at the press conference with Lynn “Doc” Skinner, who was the festival’s director. Hampton’s legacy. His association with it was one of his proudest accomplishments, he told the Idaho Statesman in 2001. “I've worked hard all my career,” Hampton said. “With this, I can see the fruits of my work. This festival really helps push jazz along, and I'm proud.”

Dana Oland is a former professional dancer and member of Actors Equity who writes about performing and visual arts for the Idaho Statesman. She also writes about food, wine, pets, jazz and other aspects of the good life in Boise. Read more arts coverage in her blog at NOVEMBER 2012


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The TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT unveiled the culmination of its DanceMotionUSA tour of Asia with a new ballet, “The Unkindness of Ravens,� that featured three dancers from the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company. They did a worldpremiere preview in Boise. The official world premiere was at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Nov. 16.

MICHAEL HOFFMAN was in London last week for the premiere of his film “Gambit,� which due out in the U.S. in 2013. IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL earlybird season tickets go on sale Nov. 22 at through December. Early-bird packages run $95 to $155 general; $45 to $60 for students. Singer and songwriter EILEN JEWELL, who made a name for herself in the indie folk/rock world while living in Boston, is back in her hometown. She and her husband, drummer Jason Beek, will run the band from Boise. Earlier this month, the band performed their side project, Butcher Holler, a Loretta Lynn tribute, at Pengilly’s Saloon, and they also will perform May 4 as part of Boise Contemporary Theater’s music series. Tickets are $20 at

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Because of generous sponsors and volunteers like those listed in the following pages, the Festival of Trees has been able to raise nearly $8 million cumulative dollars to support programs at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center to improve healthcare in our community. Past projects have included Life Flight, our Intensive Care Unit, and mammography within the new Women’s Wellness Mobile Clinic. This year, funds raised will support the expansion of the Emergency Department and help us to continue to give the highest caliber of care in our region’s only Level II Trauma Center at Saint Alphonsus.

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Saturday, November 24 - Family Day! Hours: 10 am – 9 pm Breakfast with Santa*: 7:30 am Visit from the Idaho 501st - a Star Wars costume troupe: 10 am – 2 pm

Tuesday, November 20 Gala Celebration*: 5:30 pm

Wednesday, November 21 - Senior Day! y Seniors Admitted for $2 Hours: 10 am - 9 pm Senior Tea (included with admission): 1 pm – 4 pm Iron Designer: 4:30 pm – 6 pm

Today the Festival features: • The Treasure Valley Train Collectors Association's interactive train display • Special holiday "Minute to Win It" games for the family

Thursday, November 22 - Thanksgiving Hours: 2 pm – 9 pm

• Giving opportunity - bring a new toy donation for the Salvation Army Family Services and receive $1 off adult admission.

Friday, November 23 Hours: 10 am – 9 pm Breakfast with Santa*: 7:30 am Idaho Food Bank's Empty Bowls: 11 am – 3 pm Outside on the Grove Plaza, support those in need by purchasing a unique bowl and enjoying hot soup generously donated by local restaurants.

Admission Prices: Adults: $7 Children (12 and under): $4 Seniors (62 and better): $4 Family Pass: $30 (for 6 individuals) * Event requires reservations and ticketing in advance. For more information call 367-TREE (8733).

• Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Grove Join the tree lighting celebration presented by the Downtown Boise Association. Use your candle holder to receive $1 off adult admission (cannot be combined with other offers).

Sunday, November 25 Hours: 10 am – 9 pm Breakfast with Santa*: 7:30 am

Monday, November 26 Fashion Show & Luncheon*: 11 am Meet Me Monday Christmas Style: 5 pm – 7 pm

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Throughout the Festival of Trees, you will enjoy all of these special attractions: North Pole Village Experience a visit with Santa after having colored an ornament, conversed with our "Talking Tree," or share a laugh with one of the elves – then get a free photo to keep the memory! Sponsored by Fast Enterprises.

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Children's Scavenger Hunt Pick up a pencil, use the clues, and find Festival favorites! Winners will receive a family pass to Roaring Springs. Sponsored by Treasure Valley Family Magazine.

Main Entry The Festival provides a warm and tree-mendous welcome, thanks to the design by LaVon Webb at Sterling Landscape & Design and De Zborowski. Sponsored by Diana & Tom Nicholson.

Art Contest In partnership with the Boise School District, the Festival offers a gallery of creativity and imagination by artists in kindergarten through 6th grade. Sponsored by Regence BlueShield of Idaho.

Gift Shop Raffle Tree Enter for your chance to win a tree that looks so good you could (and can) eat it! Sponsored by Powell's Sweet Shoppe.

Do your holiday shopping at the Festival Gift Shop and find treasures for others (and a few special items for yourself)!

Live Performances You wil be amazed at the talent right here in our community! Entertaiment is provided by local dance groups, choirs and musicians. View the schedule at

The expanded and renovated Level II Trauma Center and Emergency Department will enhance the capacity, efficiency, and quality of care delivered here at Saint Alphonsus, our region's trauma and emergency services leader.

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2012 Festival of Trees

Distinguished Benefactors

Grand Benefactors

Dr. Mark C. Clawson Dr. Timothy E. Doerr Dr. Jared P. Tadje Dr. Jeffrey G. Hessing Dr. Mark C. Meier Dr. Greg P. Schweiger

Samuell S S S. Gib Gibson, M M.D. D Ike D. Tanabe, M.D. Nic R. Cordum, M.D. Robb F. Gibson, M.D. Stephen M. Schutz, M.D. Mark A. Mallory, M.D. Christopher J. Goulet, M.D. Tracy M. Young, FNP June M. Reiling, FNP


Event Sponsors Iron Designer & Jr. Iron Designer Sponsor::

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Family Day Media Sponsor: Family Day:

The Saint Al’s Festival of Trees is a great event that reminds us of all of our civic duties to celebrate the season through giving back to a worthy purpose in our community. Renee and I have been involved with Saint Alphonsus and FOT for over 11 years, and are honored to chair this year’s event which helps to raise awareness and dollars for the Emergency Department expansion. Please join us in the cause this year! - Ned and Renee Pontious, 2012 Festival of Trees Chairs

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Stars Mary Abercrombie Idaho First Bank Sally & Alan Jeffcoat Napier-Olbrich Family N Mike Reuling & Marianne McIntosh Risch Pisca, PLLC Syringa Networks Drs. Rick & Shauna Williams

Major Underwriters Air Van - North American Van Lines Car Park USA Cross Town Movers Dunkley Music Fast Eddy's - Steve & Tracie Eddy Graphic Arts Publishing, Inc. - Idaho Senior News Merchants Moving Mesa Moving Company Molenaar Jewelers on Broadway Pinz, Wahooz Family Fun Zone & Roaring Springs Water Park Rebecca Watkins Peasley Transfer & Storage Roosters Eatery & Catering

Angels Dr. Steven D. & Neshia Brown Dr. Michael & Kirsten Coughlin Tim & Jenifer Dellgard Dutch Bros. Coffee – Jeff & Meegan Yarnall Gary & Karen Dyer W. Brent & Patti Eaton Steve & Tracie Eddy Dave & Keli Elledge Frances & Dr. Roy Ellsworth Brent & Sandra Fery John & Dee Fery Ronald & Diane Plastino Graves Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Green Ray & Effie Kaufman Nancy Kois, MD Lamar Advertising Life Flight Network Dave & Anne McAnaney Dr. William & Judy Murray Blaine & Rebecca Petersen Patrick & Lorie Nies Pettiette Ned & Renee Pontious Susan & Bryan Norby James T. “Jess” Owen – In Memory of Anne H. Owen Dr. Bob & Cris Polk The Reider Family The Reinhardt Family Howard and Rhonda Schaff Char & Bruce Smith Linda Payne Smith & Jeff Smith Dr. Bertram & Brandy Stemmler Dr. & Mrs. Christian Zimmerman

Welcome Ornaments Boise Inc. Boise Cascade Dr. Christopher and Takako Hirose

Tree Sponsors Amity Elementary School Andersen Construction Company Ataraxis, Inc. & ProService Boise AVON Beauty Center – Meridian ID Ballet Idaho

Bishop Kelly Foundation and Bishop Kelly Parent’s Association Boise Boys Transportation & Logistics Boise State University Bronco Shop & Athletics Borah High Boosters The Campbell-Purcell Family Catholic Charities of Idaho Cathy and Tracy Younger/Capital High School Control Sentries of Idaho DaVinci Charter School Davita Dialysis Eagle and Parkcenter Montessori, Montessori Academy East Junior High School Student Council EhCapa Bareback Riders Flower Girls and Sweet Affair Cake Design Forte Construction Services, LLC & Eagle High School Green’s Sand and Gravel Garden Plaza of Valley View Nikki & Scott Garner Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers The Grove Hotel Leslie Kelly Hall Hillside Junior High PTO and Arts II & III Students Idaho Voices For Children Liberty Elementary PTA Life Flight Network Lions of Idaho Little Miracles Learning Center Modern Woodmen of America, Boise Cold Storage, Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe & Eagle High School Mountain View High School Parks Royal Body Works Peterson Auto Group Riverstone International School Sacred Heart School Saint Alphonsus Breast Care Center Saint Alphonsus Foundation Saint Alphonsus Green Team Saint Alphonsus Medical Group Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services (STARS) - Pediatrics Second Chance Building Materials Center Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital St. Joseph’s Catholic School St. Mark’s Catholic School St. Mary’s Parish School Timberline Garrison The Studio “An Elite Salon and Spa” The Transformational Journey TruGrocer Federal Credit Union University of Idaho Bruce Wiegers Wild West Bakery & Espresso Yes Idaho Coalition Zee Christopher & Corks 4 A Cure

Founders' Gala Tree Mary Abercrombie Doris Cruzen Frances & Dr. Roy Ellsworth John & Dee Fery Dr. David and Kellie Gough Debbie & Kent Hamilton Peter & Vicki Helming Jim & Lynn Johnston Dr. Jim & Jeannie Kranz Mark & Julie Lliteras Dr. Robert & Nancy Montgomery Steve & Toni Nielsen Barbara & Quentin Quickstad

Mike Reuling & Marianne McIntosh Adelia Simplot Jeff & Linda Payne Smith Brad & Cindy Williams Maryann Wilson

Friends Kathy Bauer CM Company, Inc. Laurie Elledge & Brad Dunbar Pat & Jim Plumtree Fred & Jan Turner

In-Kind Gifts Allied Waste Auxilio Batteries Plus Bigelow Tea Boise Art Cottage Boise Office Equipment Boise Racquet & Tennis Club BRJ Distributing Central Rent to Own Costco Wholesale Deli George Downtown Boise Association Flying M Coffee Great Harvest Bread Co. Suzanne & Rick Lierz Meadow Gold Dairy Merchant Moving & Storage Metro Express Car Wash Norco Pacific Supply Paul's Market Peak Broadcasting Raggleday Studios Stor Mor Shed The Grove Hotel The Riverside Hotel Treasure Valley Coffee Venue Event Services

Taste of Treasure Valley Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Bardenay Basque Market Bella Aquila Big Jud's Café Olé Chandler’s Steakhouse Chicago Connection Chuck-A-Rama Cobby’s Country Donuts Flying M Coffeehouse Goodwood Barbeque Company IHOP Krispy Kreme Donuts Mai Thai Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakeries Pop's Popcorn & Confections Proto's Pizza Rooster's Eatery Smashburger Snake River Winery Sonic America's Drive-In The Egg Factory The Flick’s Westside Drive-In Woody's Pub and Grill Zip's Drive-in

The Festival of Trees is the perfect time and opportunity for the community to gather and support a cause that is so central to our lives. - Andy Schneider, Intermountain Gas Company

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Sponsors: Wreaths/Tabletop Trees/Holiday Décor Items Amity Elementary School – Mrs. Pachner’s 1st Grade Class Amity Elementary School – Mrs. Schudder's 3rd Grade Class Connie Barrett Kathy Bauer Betty Besich Teresa Biggs Boise at its Best Flowers Konnie Book Boise Boys Transportation & Logistics Boise High School – Photography Club Boise Hotel and Conference Center – Castle Ranch Boise School District Art Cottage Bo Boise V.A. Medical Center Bois Burns Carla B High School Capital H – Occupational Preparation Program Jennifer Casey Jenni Casting For Recovery Catherine A. Carter-Goldston Catherin Coleman Shelley Cole Elementary School Collister Elem Turner’s Class – Mrs. Turner Collister Elementary School Allen’s 3rd Grade Class – Mrs. Alle Elementary School Collister Eleme – Mr. Hansen’s 4th Grade Class Collister Elementaryy School – Mrs. Stoke’s 2nd & 3rd Grade Class Academy The Color & Redesign Ac Craft Warehouse The Crosby-Ellis Family Crossroads Middle School CWI Horticulture Club School Cynthia Mann Elementary S Class – Mrs. Hunt’s 4th Grade Cla School Cynthia Mann Elementary Schoo Class – Ms. Gibson’s Kindergarten Clas Cynthia Mann Elementary School – Mrs. Sundvik’s 4th Grade Class Dennis Technical Education Center – Skills USA Jill Dingle Fairmont Junior High School – Leadership Class Familyy Health Care Familyy Medicine Residency of Idaho Kip & Amy Fife Family The Florist At Edwards Frank Church High g School Garfield Elementary School – Ms. Galeone’s 1st Grade Class Garfield Elementary School Class – Ms. Galaviz’s 5th Grade C School Garfield Elementary S Andrews’ 3rd Grade Class – Mrs. A Gifford Valerie G Scouts of America Girl Sco – Silver Sage Troop #210 Kellie Gough Grace Jordan Elementary School – Sarah Mallane’s 3/4 Combo Class Grace Jordan Elementary School – Jolene Wright’s Speech & Language Class Grace Jordan Elementary School – Robin Zohner’s Class

Grace Jordan Elementary School – E.R.R. Grace Jordan Elementary School PTO Garnet Green Ruby Hall Hamilton & Estes Families Harmony Preschool Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC Heavenesscence Floral & Gifts Karen Hendricks Krisena Hennis Hidden Springs Elementary School – Mrs. Schubert’s Kindergarten Class Highland's Elementary School – Mrs. Jenne's 2nd Grade Class Highlands Elementary School – Mrs. Jungen’s 5/6 Grade Class Hillcrest Elementary School – Speech/Language Students Hillcrest Elementary School – Leta Schmelzer’s Room 2 Students Hillside Junior High School – Art Students 8th & 9th Grade Hillcrest Floral Home Arts Studio Horizon Elementary School – Mrs. Poste’s 1st Grade Class Bobby Horton & Jennifer Janot Idaho Advantage Credit Union In Threw the Outdoors – ‘Pre-Demolition Specialists’ j. Michael‘s Florist Janet Jackson Chris Jemmett Jennie’s Quilling Kathryn Josefow Karen’s Craftshop Toni Kelchner Kriss Kreations Joe Kubik Kristin Laurandeau Kylie Laurandeau Lavarello & Medica Families LCA Architects, P.A. Les Bois Junior High School – Honor Society Students Life Care Center of Treasure Valley Looney Underground Art @ 816 W Bannock Lyle Pearson Company The Mangarelli Family Lyndon R. Marquez Lynd Marquis Shaw Mountain Ma Cathy Mansell Mary McPherson Elementary School – Student Council Jeannie Matthews McClain Enterprises Julie McFarlane Annyta McNees Meridian Care & Rehabilitation Center Connie Miller Shelly Miller The Monk Family Monroe Elementary School – Kindergarten Class Mountain States Counseling Mountain View High School – Art Club Morley Nelson Elementary School

– Ms. LaRoue's 1st Grade Class Janet-Lee Murphy Nampa Health Plaza – Urgent Care Norco Owyhee Harbor Elementary School – Mrs. Hurd’s 4th Grade Class Pedal Pooch Dog/Bike Safety Leashes Pierce Park Elementary School – Preschool Class The J. Robert Polk Family POJO'S Family Fun Center Rick Ramos Deanna Roberts Roosevelt Elementary School Students Roosevelt Elementary School – Mrs. May’s 2nd Grade Class Roosevelt Elementary School – Mrs. Everson’s 3rd Grade Class S&S Designs Saint Alphonsus Acute Physical Therapy Saint Alphonsus Boise Breast Care Center Saint Alphonsus Boise Supply Chain Saint Alphonsus Electrophysiology Saint Alphonsus Gyn Oncology Saint Alphonsus Heart Care Saint Alphonsus Main O.R. Surgery Saint Alphonsus Medical Group Neurosurgery – Dr. Bruce Andersen & Staff Saint Alphonsus Medical Group Boise Pediatrics Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – IT Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Iowa Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – McMillan Saint Alphonsus Mission Integration Saint Alphonsus Neurosurgery Clinic Staff Saint Alphonsus Office of General Counsel Saint Alphonsus Orthopaedics Saint Alphonsus Patient Relations Team Saint Alphonsus Patient Safety and Compliance Saint Alphonsus Pharmacy Saint Alphonsus Radiology Department Saint Alphonsus Resource Center Saint Alphonsus Wound Care & Hyperbarics Patty Sawyer Carolyn Schreiner Shadow Hills Elementary School – Mrs. Cullen’s 6th Grade Class Karen A Sheridan SNIP – Spay & Neuter Idaho Pets, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Paul Steward Becky Storm Durea Thrall Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy Trail Wind Elementary School – Mrs. Bushee’s 6th Grade Class Tracey Wade Washington Elementary School – Mrs. Tucker’s 2nd G Grade Class West Junior High Art Cl Club Whitney Elementary Sc School – Mrs. Mora’s 4th Grade Class G Wild West Bakery & E Espresso Willow Park Assisted d Living & Memory Care Rebecca Wilson Zee Christopher Designs si De Zborowski

“I want to be a part of the Festival of Trees for a very simple reason – my son. He is with me today due to the prompt response of the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol, Lifeflight and the team in the Emergency Room at Saint Al’s. No mom wants to get the phone call that her child is critically hurt. Their concerned, patient and skilled efforts saved his life and helped him move to a full recovery. Not only is he my boy, he is my man of the house now! Tracey Stone T Director of Recruiting Sage Wealth Management, LLC

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Volunteer 2012 Festival of Trees

2012 Festival of Trees Chairs: Ned and Renee Pontious

Executive Committee:

Committee Chairs:

Decorator Liaison .................................................................Christine Warner Designer.................................................................................... De Zborowski Entertainment.......................................................................Lyndon Marquez Finance...................................................................Kathy Bridges, Wells Fargo Move In Coordinator.............................................Tony Fisk, Saint Alphonsus Move Out Coordinator...........Andy Schneider, Intermountain Gas Company Photography .....................................................Frank Baillargeon, Jondo, Inc. Tree Delivery .................................................... Jana Estes, Amity Elementary Cathy Sorger, Boise School District Tree Wrapping............................................................ Pam Grove, Group One Volunteers .......................................... Connie Barrett, Idaho Pipe Trades Trust Kathy Miller, Boise Cascade Pam Wall, Idaho Pipe Trades Trust Wreaths ............................................................................... Launa Rightmeier

Art Contest.................................. Janine Cornett, Boise Art Cottage Cathy Mansell Awards ....................Stacy Hollingsworth-Barnett, Saint Alphonsus Breakfast with Santa........................... Carrie Hall, Saint Alphonsus Breakfast with Santa Volunteers ......................... Danielle Bantrup Celebrity Judging........................... Andrea Draper, Saint Alphonsus Crafts for Kids ...................................................................Aly Miller Creative Design.................................... Lindsey Pontious, KeyBank Drill Team.................................. Debbie & Gerry Bloom, B&B Steel Designer Tables ...................................Melissa Johnson, St. Luke’s Drill Team.................................. Debbie & Gerry Bloom, B&B Steel Entertainment Committee ....................................Clair Koetitz, BP Event Photographers ................................... Sarah Baca-Schneider Bruce Bates, Simplot Clarissa Courey Laura Gonzalez Katie Russo Mitch Schneider Noah Tashbook Facilities ....................................... Charles Garner, Saint Alphonsus Family Day Coordination ........................ RoAnne DeWeerd, Intern Gift Shop................................................................... Vicki Helming Jeannie Kranz Iron Designer Chairs .......... Georgia Wells-White, Boise At Its Best Main Entry .....................Lavon Webb, Sterling Landscape & Design De Zborowski Move-In/Move Out ................ Saint Alphonsus Engineering Staff Pictures with Santa................................................. Pat Baillargeon Corey Simpson, BSU Larry Adams Jerry D. Smith Pictures with Santa Photographers ............................ Robert Allen Sharon Montgomery Raffle Tree ........... Debbie & Joe Giordano, Powell's Sweet Shoppe Santa Shoppe....................................................... Theleia Tremaine Senior Day................................................................ Joan Fothergill Dianne Morford Scavenger Hunt ................................ Jana Estes, Amity Elementary Cathy Sorger, Boise School District Scrapbook .......................................................................KC Schaler Onsite Stanchions ........................................................Ron Elledge Ron Price Taste of Treasure Valley Tree....... Nancy Moulton, Saint Alphonsus Catherine Carter-Goldstein

My personal involvment with Saint Alphonsus ER began in 1996, months after our relocation to Idaho, when I was out of town on a business trip and Pat, my wife, was injured in a car accident and transported to the ER for treatment. Her injuries, thankfully, were minor but she was kept in ICU for 24 hours as a precaution (and because I was not available to monitor her recovery at home). The quality of care she received at Saint Alphonsus ER and ICU went far beyond what was required to insure that her body healed. It was enough to convince us that we had relocated to someplace that was very special.

In the years since our introduction to Saint Al’s, Pat and I have served for years at the annual Festival of Trees, partly to acknowledge our appreciation, but also because it is such a signature holiday event for our community and because it successfully raises significant funds that fill gaps in our efforts to serve the community health care needs. Each year we look forward to the days we spend in North Pole Village, providing a joyous holiday experience for children of all ages. - Frank Baillargeon President & Chief Revenue Officer, Jondo, Inc.

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continued Taste of Treasure Valley Tree Decor & Tree Clinic Instructor .......................................................De Zbor Zborowski Technical Support ............................... DeWitt Tremaine, Saint A Alphonsus Tree Clinic Hosts ............................................................. Craft Warehouse j. Michael's Florist, lorist, W Wine and Gifts Tai Pan Trading Tree Delivery Team Organization.......... Pat McDermott, Dermo Saint Alphonsus Wreath Committee ............................... Launa na Rightmeier, Righ Paul Leonard, Jeannie Matthews, Hanna Rightmeier, Tracey Wade, Brenda Briggs, Teresa Biggs, Crystal McClain nda Briggs

Gala: Gala Master of Ceremonies .......................Larry Gebert, KTVB Channel 7 Auctioneer.............................................................................Gale Harding Auction Item Program Writer............................................. Tish Thornton Auction Runners Coordinator.............................................. Jodie Perkins Centerpiece Sales .................................. Jennifer Aldape, Saint Alphonsus Setup ..........................................Kappa Delta Sorority, University of Idaho Gala Auction Table & Founders’ Gala Tree.........................De Zborowski Photography Crew .................. Xanti Alcelay, John Aldape, Paul Boehlke, Troy Colson, Don Day, Gary Salzman Pianist ........................................................................................ Rex Miller Raffle Ticket Sales.............................................................. Tami Urquhart & State Contestants for the Miss Idaho Scholarship Program Kaitlin Briggs & Students at Rocky Mountain High School Signage .....................................................................................Jared Estes

Saint aint Alphonsus: phonsus: Health th Sys System President & CEO .. ........................................Sally Jeffcoat Saint Alphonsus President............................................... Rodney Reider phon ... Foundation n Boa Board Chair .......................................................Keli .. Elledge VP Health System Philanthropy, Marketing & Advocacy... Linda Payne Smith tem Ph ke Foundation Director Jill Aldape ector ................................................................ .. Foundation...................................................................... Nancee Bakken ....... Tom Halvorson Debbie Hamilton Jillien Morga Nancy Moulton Marketing, Communications & Public Relations Staff .........Sarah Berg Holly Bolinder Mary Buchanan Andrea Draper Elizabeth Duncan Carrie Hall Robyn Hood Jennifer Krajnik Kristen Micheletti Aimee Stein Corey Surber

Fashion Show: Music Arrangement.............................................................De Zborowski Program Coordinator ................ Tracey Stone, Sage Wealth Management Pre-Show Coordination .... Courtney Conner, Senator Mike Crapo's Office Model Liaisons ............................ Jenifer Dellgard, Bank of the Cascades, and Saint Alphonsus Foundation Board Member Keli Elledge, Saint Alphonsus Foundation Board Chair Kellie Gough, Saint Alphonsus Foundation Board Member Renee Pontious, Festival of Trees Chair Brandy Stemmler, Saint Alphonsus Foundation Board Member Fashion Show Emcees...... Carolyn Holly & Dee Sarton, KTVB Channel 7 Door Prizes .............................................................................. Madie Hall Centerpiece Sales ..................................... April Reimers, Saint Alphonsus Raffle Ticket Sales............................................................. Tami Urquhart & State Contestants for the Miss Idaho Scholarship Program Kaitlin Briggs & Students at Rocky Mountain High School Reservations .............Jill Reed, Women’s Healthcare Fund Board Member Val Rudd, Women’s Healthcare Fund Board Member Carol Plowman, Saint Alphonsus Hair & Make-up ...................................................Platinum Beauty Lounge Setup ............................................... April Rumore, Idaho Business League Program ............................................... Stacey Alexander, Saint Alphonsus Andrea Draper, Saint Alphonsus Linda Poirier, Washington Trust Bank Rachel Seaman, Intern

We are building this Emergency Department for the future. As the population in the valley ages and grows, we will need to focus on caring for patients with emergent problems such as chest pain, stroke and complications of chronic disease. Every room in our new Emergency Department will have the latest technology to take care of the sickest and most complex patients. As southwest Idaho’s only Level II Trauma Center, we are continuing our commitment to be the leader in caring for critically ill and injured patients. For example, we are upgrading our trauma resuscitation bays that will expand our capabilities, reduce wait times, and improve overall care. - Brian Boesiger, MD Idaho Emergency Physicians

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cally and physically. “Everything about the home feels like it’s forever,” he said. “That’s the feeling now, even more so than when we bought it.”

For many people, it takes a certain mental adjustment to wrap their minds around moving into a condominium. After all, many condo choices seem more like glorified apart- THE PLAN Those who followed the construction ment buildings. process of Crescent Rim remember the But there’s something different about the neighborhood’s wariness and how the whole Crescent Rim project. project stalled when the real estate market “It’s not what people think of as a condohit the wall. minium,” developer Bill Clark said. Much of the wariness has dissi“It’s a cross between a condo and a pated, now that neighbors can see the single-family home.” quality of the project. And sales have “People say, ‘Gosh, this feels like a picked up. The first phase of Crescent resort,’ ” Group One Realtor Brooke Rim is now 30 percent full. Seidl said. “It doesn’t even feel like a Indeed, just this month, the project condo.” Developer was honored with a Grow Smart “All the light, all the windows — it Bill Clark Award from Idaho Smart Growth. just makes this feel like a home,” said The Givens Pursley LLP ResidenBetty Heaton. “It lives like a singletial Award saluted the project for its greenfamily home.” building design and development of She and her husband, Dick, bought one of housing in a neighborhood within the units recently and are scheduled to move walking/biking distance to shopping and near in this month. the Downtown core, city parks and more — Clark took great care with the building’s thereby helping to curb urban sprawl. design to create that feeling, while also makClark is no stranger to local development. ing it quiet, efficient and full of amenities. Dick Heaton notices that “solid” feeling of continued the building’s construction, both psychologi38

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ABOVE: Shown is a top-floor unit at the

Crescent Rim Condominiums. The units use “E-cubed� glass for a substantial savings on hearing and cooling costs.

AT LEFT: Generous windows in the condos

allowed developer Bill Clark to offer stunning views of the city and the Boise Foothills. The project has 41 existing units with approval for a total of 79 units for future development.



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The upper-floor decks feature views of the Boise skyline and Foothills.

Dick and Betty Heaton purchased one of the condominium units. “It lives like a single-family home,�said Betty Heaton.

The kitchens feature backsplashes made of glazed porcelain tile. 40

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His Downtown projects include The Jefferson and The Veltex buildings. He also managed development at Hidden Springs and Eagle River. But for Crescent Rim, he wanted something special. He traveled the West to get ideas for a project that would be distinctive and feel like it belonged in Boise. “It’s a classic, timeless design that won’t be outdated 20 years from now,” he said. “We worked really hard at that.” And it was done during the real estate slide. “It was a gamble,” Clark said. “There were some sleepless nights. But it’s working out.” “The original vision wasn’t compromised at all,” said Melissa Galli of Group One real estate agency. “Nothing has been scaled down, even though our prices have dropped.” “With the prices we have now, we don’t even compare to Downtown condos,” Seidl said. Crescent Rim has 11 different floor plans. Six model units with greatly varying finishes and interior design offer inspiration to potential buyers. Every finished unit has its own flair and personality as the buyers are involved in the final stage of their unit’s design process. Square footage ranges from about 1,000 to 2,200 feet — with one at 3,000 square feet — but the condos feel much larger thanks to generous decks. The smallest deck is 126 square feet and the largest 672, save one that’s a whopping 810 square feet. Prices range from $269,000 up to $899,000. One fourth-floor unit has a million-dollar view of Downtown and the Foothills — for $675,000.

AAH — THE VIEW “You can’t buy a unit in any of the Downtown buildings with a view comparable to this without spending twice as much,” Dick Heaton said. “I like that we’re not Downtown. You look at Downtown without having to be Downtown — away from the hustle and bustle.” When he and his wife began looking for a new move, they checked out patio homes, and they looked at Downtown condominiums. “If that’s your lifestyle, that’s great, but. ... ” “That wasn’t our lifestyle,” Betty finished. They wanted the quiet and the view that Crescent Rim offered. “It’s peaceful up here.” Dick, who grew up on the edge of town and loves to spend time riding horses, also feels the need for “space.” A condominium doesn’t sound like the kind of place where that would happen, but at Crescent Rim, it does happen. “When I’m here, I look out the win-


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dow, and my front yard is the Foothills,” he said. “Anywhere I look, I’ve got space. You put your money on the table here, and you’ve bought a piece of the Foothills.” That space also includes the amenities inside Crescent Rim. He has two parking spaces in the underground parking lot — with cabinetry for storage, another storage area, a pool with lap lanes, a gym, a catering kitchen, a meeting room, a common room and two guest suites on the first floor available to rent at a low cost for short-term stays.




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The recreational and 20-meter lap swimming pool is at the back of the building. It also features a hot tub.

Pictured above is one of the kitchen models available. Shown below is a master bath with walk-in shower.

The building features a gym with stationary machines and free weights. The gym is located off the pool.

Pictured is one of the bedrooms at the Crescent Rim condominiums. The units range in size from 987 square feet to 3,000 square feet. NOVEMBER 2012


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AREAS NEAR DOWNTOWN ARE HOT PROPERTIES DUSTY PARNELL Census numbers, growth projections, in-migration, demographics, real estate prices, gas prices, employment rates, interest rates — numbers are everywhere and seem to go every which way. But one thing for sure is that Downtown Boise — and the residential ring around the Downtown area — is going to be one of the main focuses of the next growth boom. “The desire for high-density living has never been higher,” said Bryant Forrester of Urban Concepts and Homeland Realty. Look at other Western cities like Denver, Portland and Seattle. Some people are weary of their commutes; others want the lifestyle and convenience urban areas can provide. People are pulling back into the central core. A significant portion of the population is looking for more compact living. “It’s definitely not just one kind of demographic,” says Boise Comprehensive Planning Manager Patricia Nilsson. Inner-core residential housing is a different kind of product than is seen in other parts of the Valley, she said. It’s the type of housing that doesn’t require a lot of work to maintain. “That’s the type of demographic who enjoy living Downtown,” she said. This is where all those numbers show the potential of the Downtown area and why it will be the next Treasure Valley place-to-live. With Idaho listed as the fourth fastest growing state in the U.S. in the 2010 Census, recent numbers from COMPASS (Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho) show a serious growth projection. Downtown Boise, defined as the area between Fort Street and the Boise River and Broadway through the Fairview/Main streets corridor, has outpaced the city of Boise itself. From 2000 to 2010, the city’s population grew by nearly 11 percent, but Downtown grew by almost 26 percent. The 2040 projections show the trend will continue, nearly doubling in population. Other projections have shown households could more than triple by 2035. Meanwhile, jobs are expected to increase Downtown from 30,000 to almost 57,000. “All of Downtown will benefit greatly from people living Downtown,” Forrester said. 44

Despite all the condominium projects that showed up during the building rush prior to the recession, Forrester says the Downtown area is still under-served. The COMPASS numbers from 2010 show nearly 83 percent of Downtown units were occupied and nearly two-thirds of them by single people. Construction projects may have slowed considerably, but there are a lot of applications for apartments. The old Macy’s building, for example, will hold 164 apartments. When you expand the Downtown core area to the “first ring,” as it is sometimes called, the projections and projects expand with it. Expanding the area to a circle within 2 miles of City Hall indicates the population will grow from 38,000 in 2010 to almost 53,000 in 2040. Jobs are expected to increase from 49,000 to 82,000. All you have to do is look at projects already in motion, like the Waterfront District west of Downtown, which includes the 30th Street Extension. (When finished, it will be called Whitewater Park Boulevard.) Parks and housing projects are already turning heads there. As that first ring retools, other areas, like Vista Village and the Emerald and Orchard streets area, have great potential, too, because they already have established “neighborhoods.” All this growth is why a project like the Crescent Rim condominiums is so appealing. Forrester says people should grab that up while they can. “It will be impossible to duplicate,” he said. Yes, it may take a lifestyle change to consider a move to Downtown (or nearby, such as Crescent Rim), but it gives people more time to enjoy the reasons they live here, with activities, parks and the Greenbelt outside their doors without the responsibility of mowing the yard or cleaning leaves out of the rain gutters. But the real estate slowdown will soon affect availability, at least in the Downtown core. “You’re not going to see a lot of new residential projects Downtown,” Developer Bill Clark said. “It’s very expensive to build Downtown. It’s like building a ship in a bottle.” “The amount of homes available Downtown is decreasing,” Forrester said. “We won’t have any new product for three or four years. By then, people will be banging on the door.”

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sion to downsize and move now, rather than wait until they were forced to make that decision at some later date. Some of their friends complimented them for being ahead of that curve. “This frees you from being controlled by your home,” Dick said. “It’s what you need, rather than what your home needs.” But sometimes your needs go much deeper than downsizing your accumulation of stuff, or being able to lock-andleave, or even being able to see your home from the Stueckle Sky Center at Bronco Stadium. For Dick, it’s a full-circle experience. He was a kid on this area of the Boise Bench and has a certain nostalgia for the area. His father, a well-known local builder (Heaton Homes), gave Dick enough experience in the construction industry to recognize what Clark had created at Crescent Rim. But now, Dick feels like he has completed a circle with his dad. He said his dad always dreamed about living on Crescent Rim Drive. It took a generation, but he’s now brought that dream home. For Betty, it’s just the kind of thing you would expect to hear from a woman with 17 grandchildren: “I feel warm and cozy — comfortable. I feel like I’ve come home.”

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With a lot fewer visitors during winter, secluded snow-covered banks along heated streams are easy to find throughout the park.

Winter wonderland in

YELLOWSTONE A hard choice: a bracing hike in the wonderland outside the lodge, or a quiet read in front of a roaring fire? PHOTOS BY VICKI GOWLER

A snow coach tour takes visitors into a park transformed by fire and ice. BY VICKI S. GOWLER When I first moved to the Intermountain West seven years ago, I asked everyone: What’s your most memorable vacation here? For Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, it was snowmobiling in Yellowstone. His description of the ride, the scenery and the wildlife sent chills down my back. Six years later, going to Yellowstone in the winter was finally on my agenda. But being a bit older — with advice from Idaho Statesman outdoors guru Pete Zimowsky and two sisters reluctant to spend hours on a snowmobile — we planned a trip with snow coach tours and snowshoe hikes instead. It was magical.

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We were each limited to one bag plus snowshoes or cross-country skis, all piled on top of these yellow Bombardiers that ferry visitors around Yellowstone.

It didn’t take us long to realize seeing bison would be easy. They were everywhere and were not the least bit intimidated by our snow coaches. However, the guide on our snowshoe hike took us way around the herd we ran into and scared us a bit with his tale of what an angry bison might do.

I had been to Yellowstone in the summer, with all the crowds, twice. A deep blanket of snow recast the experience — as did the lack of people. Listen to this description in a travel guide: “Winter transforms Yellowstone into an extraordinarily beautiful place where the fires and brimstone of hell meet the bitter cold and snow of winter.” If I do this trip again, I would change only one thing: make it longer so we could stay several days at Mammoth to see (or at least hear) the wolves.

The Beehive geyser was massive and such a treat to see. It doesn’t follow a schedule as Old Faithful does.

GETTING THERE The main way into the park in the winter is on a snow coach. We picked the West Yellowstone entrance because it was the closest. We stayed overnight at the Gray Wolf Inn, the pickup spot for our snow coach with places to park our cars during our visit. When the bright yellow Bombardier Xterra showed up — and I saw the line of folks waiting to get on — I was pretty skeptical. A 75to 105-minute drive? Ten people — nine in the back, three on each bench seat, our legs a swarm of limbs in the middle with one person up front with the driver? And we were all handed ear plugs for the noise? But it was an adventure as the snow coach slipped and lurched on the snow-rutted and icy road.The road paralleled the scenic Madison River, delivering on the promised wildlife: geese, ducks and trumpeter swans along with bison and elk. In fact, a half-dozen bison were stopped still in the road, blocking our path. I’m not sure what the guide would have done, but eventually, they crashed downhill into the trees and out of our way. PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE BY VICKI GOWLER


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ATTRACTIONS Of course, our first venture was to see Old Faithful. There were helpful signs everywhere telling us it was likely to go off, and we lucked out: It was ready to go in our first 15 minutes. As we walked up to the viewing area, we could see a ranger starting her spiel and then watched as she stopped and got very excited. Apparently a “pre-release” of steam telegraphed to her that the nearby Beehive geyser was ready to go off, too. She explained that everyone can see Old Faithful; it keeps such a regular schedule. But Beehive goes off only twice a day at irregular times, and she knew folks who had been to the park seven or eight times and never seen it. It is actually larger than Old Faithful and lasts longer. We got to see both at the same time. A thrilling and auspicious beginning to our adventure, we decided. The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, new in 2010, is a state-of-the-art building with a wealth of information. It’s worth a visit. We had three excursions planned: an evening “stars and steam” event; an afternoon loop of the Firehole River and several geyser basins, including the Midway, Lower, Black Sand and Biscuit; and a morning snowshoe hike. The guides for all three were very good. One was pretty new and had a trainer on the coach evaluating his work. He shared with us all the things he had to learn to get one of the coveted guide positions. Our best guide, however, was on the snowshoe hike. A real veteran, he not only shared information about wildlife and scenery, as the other


We were really dressed for the cold on our snowshoe hike — layers of long underwear, thin, puffy Patagonia vests, ski jackets, scarves and gaiters for our necks and faces, even hand and foot warmers in our pockets and shoes. We needed it all for the start of the hike at 7 degrees below zero, but several of us warmed up enough to shed the gloves later.

two had, but he was also a wonderful storyteller and regaled us with his previous hikes and experiences, including the thievery of ravens in the lodge’s parking lot. He made us forget the bitter cold. The evening tour was a bit disappointing — a cloudy sky thwarted us from seeing the stars and moon. I was also initially concerned when the guide changed his “route” to see the same hot springs and geysers we already had seen earlier in the day. But the guide was right; the experience was totally different at night and I really enjoyed it. It was slippery, but the guides gave us special



Snowmobiling is the big draw for the park. The vendors provide everything, including warm gear and boots.

It was an interesting juxtaposition of cold and heat. Much of the park was covered with more than 3 feet of snow, but the hot springs and streams provided steam and melted the snow in spots.



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The paths to the hot springs and geysers were very slippery. Bring comfortable hiking shoes that have a robust tread, or get slip-on treads to protect yourself from falls.

attachments for our shoes so we could walk easily on ice. We saw a mixture of hot springs and geysers and brilliant colors everywhere — the Emerald Pool, the Sapphire Pool, the Turquoise Pool, the Opal Pool, as well as one of the most famous, the Morning Glory Pool, and the park’s largest hot spring, the Grand Prismatic Spring. Everywhere there were more geysers: Grand Geyser, the Riverside Geyser, the Jewel Geyser, the Excelsior Geyser, to name a few. One of my favorite features was the Fountain Paint Pot, with gobs of mud popping into the air. I wasted a lot of time trying to capture a photo at the perfect time; I finally shot a video. Much easier. And we saw more wildlife. From a bison herd we had to skirt on our snowshoe hike to a coyote on its own digging into the snow in earnest. Apparently mice live 20 inches down in the snow, and that would be his reward. Another advantage of Yellowstone in the winter: Even if we didn’t see all the wildlife, we could see their tracks. With a good guide, we could visualize what had happened when the animals came out: Who was tracking whom? Who got away? Who didn’t? Be prepared for the cold. We had plenty of layers and foot and hand warmers as well — and we needed them.

ACCOMMODATIONS We were staying at Snow Lodge, one of only two places inside Yellowstone that offer wintertime lodging. It was a beautiful log and stone building with artistic touches throughout — in the lamp shades, the 50

chandeliers, the wooden railings. We walked into an enormous room with a roaring fireplace. Even if I did nothing but read a book in one of the overstuffed chairs, I knew the experience would be divine. The other option is the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on the north side of the park. Both have easy access to snowshoe and cross-country skiing trails. Snow Lodge has better access to the geysers, but Mammoth has road access to the Lamar Valley with more potential to see wolves and elk. The guides also told us Mammoth had another advantage — it had fewer snowmobiles and was quieter. But we weren’t overly bothered by the snowmobile noise. The Snow Lodge offered rooms in the lodge and cabins for a more private, rustic experience. We were in the lodge and loved the proximity to the restaurant, gift shop, seating areas and ice rink (with skates readily available if you wanted to take a spin). Our rooms were delightful, with all the expected amenities except televisions; that was part of our delight.

DINING Our day ended with an incredible meal at the Obsidian restaurant, right in the lodge. Our guidebook talked about its fun Western flair but warned the quality wasn’t stellar. So we weren’t expecting much and were a bit perturbed by the prices: Entrees were $17 to $33. Would the meal be worth it? But what a treat. The food was superb. We were in the middle of the wilderness and eating like royalty. My sister will get prime rib at any restaurant that offers it, and she was ecstatic about how tender and tasty it was. It came with

The colors were incredible — ranging from brilliant greens and blues to muted oranges and browns. I loved the funny “paint pots” spitting gobs of mud.

garlic mashed potatoes and steamed baby carrots. My other sister had duck and wild mushroom risotto. She simply stopped talking and concentrated on eating. Our other selections included a pork osso buco with a red wine braising jus and buttermilk potatoes to die for, a blackened salmon with whipped cauliflower — an interesting and excellent combination of spice and calm —and a panseared trout with apple chutney. We all thought our meal was the best — until we tried someone else’s. It was clear the next night’s dinner would be interesting. Who would order the same thing, someone else’s meal, or something different? We were afraid not to try more things on the menu: mixed game sliders (bison, antelope and elk), roasted duck, bison short ribs braised in Moose Drool ale, house-made gourmet crabcakes, bison tenderloin with béarnaise sauce. I talked to one of the chefs later. Katie Casson said they had worked really hard to upgrade the quality of the food with each chef focusing on several favorite dishes. Their strategy worked. I would have taken that cramped snow coach all the way in just to eat at this restaurant. We had brought picnic food with us for lunches, but there was an excellent option for lunch: the Geyser Grill with soups and sandwiches.

IF YOU GO Prices for the 2012-13 winter season are not posted yet on www.yellowstonenational This is the website for the vendor, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, which manages the accommodations and the tours. The company does offer a variety of

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fun packages, with lower prices for children. The phone number is (307)344-7311 or (866)439-7375. We did everything online, however. Also, take a look at www.winter; it’s a website jointly maintained by the National Park Service, Yellowstone Association and Xanterra. Besides the two lodges, Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, there is wintertime camping at Mammoth. The weather is a bit milder there. From Boise, it’s 399 miles to West Yellowstone, an easy six- to seven-hour drive in the summer, but closer to eight in the winter. The Snow Lodge is at 7,300 feet, and it’s cold in the winter. Expect 20s in the day; zero at nights, with snow 30-40 inches deep. Mammoth is about 10 degrees warmer, day and night, with less than a foot of snow. The Obsidian restaurant was open 6:30 to 10 a.m. for breakfast (a buffet that came with our package), 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner (reservations required). Vicki Gowler first visited Yellowstone when she was 15 years old with her parents and 4 sisters. It was the summer and the family camped in a pop-up tent trailer. Gowler is the editor and vice president of the Idaho Statesman.


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“I may be the scone lady, but you’re the scone dude,” says Danelle Klindt, teasing her husband, Paul. “I couldn’t do this without you.” PHOTOS BY KATHERINE JONES / KJONES@IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM

BY RICK OVERTON Holidays are a great time to try out new things (or, even better, give new things for others to try out). The 2012 holidays find a number of local food purveyors showing up on local shelves — and the chances are these products and vendors will be new to you. Although each of the emerging food companies profiled below is distinctive in its own way, they share some similarities that tell a good bit of the larger story. For one thing, starting a retail food company is hard work. Every one of these new food brands has been helped along the way by the availability of affordable, rentable commercial-grade kitchens. Each has been encouraged by people who believed in the quality of their product — and not just relatives, who are somewhat obligated to like their cooking. And all were introduced to consumers by local markets that were willing to take a chance on

untried products. They all provide a fresh reminder of an ages-old truism: When you put love into food, you get love back.

A NEW KIND OF SCONE Danette Klindt is out to change people’s perceptions of the scone, which is often fried. Her company, Heritage Scones, offers a line of frozen dough that can be baked up into warm, soft, delicate scones in about 15 minutes. Although she’s been working in real estate for 18 years, since November 2011 Klindt has been gradually introducing her remarkably easy bake-at-home scones to a broader and broader audience. The catalyst was a brush with cancer early last year, which she describes as a wake-up call. Friends and family had always heaped praise on her unique scone recipe, but she still had not put into use the culinary education that had remained unused since college. Armed with a little business training and a fresh outlook on her life, she founded Heritage Scones. “I’ve never really been in the food service industry,” she says, “but my mom had me in the kitchen from the time I was 7 years old, and I was always her baker. I don’t really know the wrong or right way to start a food business, so I really just went for it.” It’s a pretty unique product. The dominant brand of frozen scone dough is made by Pillsbury, but its dough is distributed primarily within the food service industry. (When you buy scones baked in grocery store bakeries, odds are you are eating Pillsbury’s dough.) Klindt has been looking for partners who can help her grow her business for wider distribution. Hers is an easyto-use product made from simple and natural ingredients. The only sweeteners are organic sugar and honey, though she’s reluctant to share more of her recipe. With a few helpers, Heritage Scones are made from scratch in a building on the old Ustick townsite that used to house the Ustick Mercantile, and which is now home to four small food makers like herself. (The space is owned by the same folks who opened the Stonehenge Markets in Boise.) She offers five flavors: cranberry orange, chocolate toffee coconut pecan, whole wheat walnut maple, raspberry blueberry white chocolate chip and a gluten-free version. Customers can find Heritage Scones at Rosauers/Huckleberry’s, Stonehenge Markets, the Boise Coop, High Country Produce and Barnucopia.

CREATE COMMON FOOD Although Danette Klindt’s business is being built on a small idea, another emerging food brand in the Treasure Valley has 52

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Heritage Scones shares the old Ustick Mercantile Building with three other businesses that do different kinds of food processing. Danette Klindt is the “scone lady,” who sells frozen scone dough that can be popped into your oven and served piping hot to your table.

Heritage Scones makes several flavors of frozen scone dough. A package of four scones retails for about $5.

emerged from a big idea. Create Common Good is a local nonprofit dedicated to providing members of Boise’s refugee community with job, language and skills training to help them compete for good jobs and build new lives. And almost from the beginning, it’s also been about food. Executive Director Tara Russell brought the organization to Boise in 2008, and at the time, Boise’s refugee communities were not having much trouble finding work. But when the economy started to falter, unemployment among refugees quickly grew, Russell Tara Russell says. Seeking to provide refugees with life and job skills, their first project was establishing a community garden on land owned by Idaho Power Co. adjacent to the Eastwing Community Church in East Boise’s Surprise Valley. “A lot of the populations we serve come from agrarian backgrounds,” Russell explains, “so it felt familiar to them. It was a good way to get everyone from kids to seniors involved.” With piles of locally grown food and a growing roster of interested refugees, the

organization started to grow as well. Produce grown on the farm was distributed through a CSA and to farmstands. Eventually they added more professional staff and grew to creating food products that could be distributed locally, mainly in the form of cafeteria-style food. Kids at ANSER Public Charter School, as well as a handful of local companies, eat their food for lunch. Executive Chef Brent Southcombe brought world-class kitchen talent from Australia (he is originally from New Zealand), and he has been overseeing the Create Common Good kitchen operation — an energetic combination of education, mentoring and cooking, with many of his pupils using their newfound skills to land local jobs. The life stories of the students are chilling and awe-inspiring, with many of them having survived for decades in refugee camps fleeing warfare in Eritrea, Congo and other locations. The group currently cooks in a relatively small kitchen space in the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise but plans to move into a pair of new spaces. One is a larger commercial kitchen on Federal Way that they will have to themselves; the other is a taco truck. Although the truck will be used ini-

tially for deliveries, the enterprising group plans to outfit the truck to become an active part of the city’s increasingly dynamic food-truck scene. The growth will help accommodate a shift to producing retail food products, many of which showed up at local farmstands this past summer. It’s a big transition — acquiring the licenses and branded packaging needed for retail goods is quite an undertaking. But in Russell’s view, it serves their original mission. “What we’re providing is healthy food with a story — food with purpose. What we think is most exciting is that the food we’re providing is empowering the people we serve. The emphasis on retail allows us to keep creating jobs, which is really how we feel we can impact more people and create a sustainable organization.” Early products from Create Common Good have included granola, vinegar, muesli bars and salsas. Consumers should look for them to turn up in many of the area’s permanent farmstands, as well as in stores like Dunia Marketplace and the Boise Co-op, with more to come.

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Fuel for the Soul’s pizzastyle burek, above. Joel Marx and Tiziana Lancedelli, left.


Above, tarts and tartlets from Janjou Patisserie. At right, Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas and her husband, Chuck Gabbitas, own and run the business.

find the products HERITAGE SCONES: (208) 866-3258, CREATE COMMON GOOD: (208) 2490776, JANJOU PATISSERIE: (208) 283-8662, FUEL FOR THE SOUL: (208) 342-7118,

PASTRIES AND MORE Many of the emerging food purveyors are intensely local, but at least one is building a brick and mortar operation meant to take you far away from here. French-pastry far. Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas first indulged her passion for pastry while living in Israel and working in the semiconductor industry. She quit her job and enrolled in a high-end baking school, followed by a spell working at Mazzarine, a gourmet bakery in Tel Aviv. Her husband is originally from Boise, and when the couple relocated to Idaho in 2007, she brought her love of baking with her. In 2008, she started baking a small assortment of cookies then looking for markets that might be interested in selling them. The first to do so was the Porterhouse Market in Eagle, and it was all the encouragement she needed. Distribution gradually expanded to Atkinson’s Market in Ketchum and the Boise Co-op, and her product line expanded into other forms of pastry. She was building a pretty good business with just a few distributors and customers who would place custom 54


Create Common Good is about educating, mentoring and cooking.

orders through her website, but the dream was to open a real bakery. “We are building the kitchen of dreams,” she admits, converting a small retail space at 17th and State streets (which used to house New York Burrito). “I’ve always wanted my own shop. With a shop you can make whatever you want, without anyone dictating to you,” MizrachiGabbitas says happily. “And it’s a chance to express myself artistically.” The Janjou Patisserie is expected to open by Thanksgiving, offering a selection of pastries, tarts, cookies, pies, cakes and quiches, among other goods. The bakery

will introduce diners to Lizzy’s Coffee, roasted in Ketchum and delivered the next day in small batches, to retain freshness. Mizrachi-Gabbitas means for the bakery to be a breakfast location that will invite guests to stay and kind of forget where they are. “We are trying to create an experience,” she explains. “When people come into our shop and order a cup of coffee and a pastry, for the next 20 or 30 minutes, or an hour that they may be in the bakery, they are going to forget that they are in Boise.”

FEEDING THE NEIGHBORHOOD Local businesses like the ones profiled

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Boisean Rick Overton studied the social sciences at Boise State University and obtained a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to magazines such as Wired, Outside and Men’s Journal, but he is known mostly among his inner circle as being an able hand in the kitchen.



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earlier in this article all start small but often aspire to bigger things. But sometimes, small is also the destination. Such is the case with Fuel for the Soul, literally a mom-and-pop enterprise that’s perfectly satisfied to stay that way. Owners Joel Marx and Tiziana “Titti” Lancedelli first came up with the name while researching the possibility of opening a restaurant in San Diego. “We consider food to be about much more than stuffing your pie hole,” Marx explains. “It’s about a connection with your soul.” Moving to Boise in 2009, their plans evolved. Inspired by a range of foodstuffs available in the eastern Mediterranean, the couple began developing recipes and talking to potential distributors. Products have included many that were unfamiliar to Boiseans, such as the burek, a portable stuffed bread similar to an empanada, with origins in Turkey. A lively selection of products that changes seasonally is available through their website, but Fuel for the Soul also showed up on shelves at the Boise Co-op, Rosauers and Atkinson’s Market. Like many small food makers, they use a part-time commercial kitchen, this one located in the Eagle United Methodist Church. Titti had begun teaching cooking classes at Pottery Gourmet in Boise, but when that went out of business they shifted gears and started inviting students into their home. The experience adds a social component to cooking that is lacking from retail distribution, and the couple has enjoyed the experience of bringing strangers together to share common food around the same table. In many ways, they have already found their sweet spot. “The business is really just the two of us,” Marx explains. “We’re not trying to become the next Annie’s.” And they really mean it. While many small local-food producers are trying to get their products on the shelves of larger stores or venues, Fuel for the Soul remains committed to the Boise Co-op. “We’re a real believer in a community store. Our business is not so much about making money; it’s more about good food and adhering to our principles,” Marx says.

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he 2012 Idaho Wine Competition proved to be a gold rush for Boise winemaker Scott DeSeelhorst and his Snake River Winery. He earned four gold medals at the annual competition, staged in October by Wine Press Northwest magazine, and his Snake River Winery 2010 Arena Valley Vineyard Sangiovese was voted the best wine of judging. It also earned a double gold — which means every judge agreed it was worthy of a gold. “It didn’t really surprise me that people enjoyed the Sangio,” he said. “It’s such a fun grape to work with because of its big clusters and juicy berries. And it really excels in those warm years. It’s a late ripener, and I crop it down to about 3 tons per acre because the plant is so vigorous.” DeSeelhorst’s estate 2009 Reserve red blend and 2009 Tempranillo also received double gold awards, and his 2009 Arena Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon picked up a gold. “That Reserve is right up there with the best wines I’ve ever made,” he said. “We don’t make it every year, and the 2005 vintage was the last time, but this is the first time we’ve made the Reserve with all Arena Valley fruit.” The Tempranillo is the exception for Snake River Winery in that the grapes do not come off the DeSeelhorsts’ 29-year-old vineyard. He sources it from Martin Family Vineyard in Adrian, Ore., a site that is in the Snake River Valley American Viticultural Area. And the showing of the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon helps explain why the Reserve is tasting so well. “You don’t see a lot of vineyards in Idaho that can ripen Cabernet Sauvignon,” DeSeelhorst said. “I like to shoot for an Old World style with it, but I’m letting the Cab hang a bit more to build sugars.” Arena Valley Vineyard, one of the most picturesque plantings in the Northwest, is the 75-acre estate vineyard for the DeSeelhorsts. It’s a remote site, about 30 minutes from the more-traveled Sunnyslope area, so Scott and his wife, Susan, established their tasting room on Broad Street in Downtown Boise, which makes it easy for BoDo wine lovers to stop by and taste every First Thursday. “My wife is a retail genius, and she’s done very well with the couple of ski shops she runs in Solitude,” said DeSeelhorst, who con56


Scott and Susan DeSeelhorst, owners of Snake River Winery, at their BoDo tasting room.

tinues to help his family operate the resort near Salt Lake City. The DeSeelhorsts bought Arena Valley Vineyard in 1998 and began transforming the bowl-shaped parcel three years later. Production at Snake River Winery has grown slowly, he said, to about 4,000 cases annually. “We are fortunate to be selling some of the grapes, so none of the fruit is going to be wasted,” he said. DeSeelhorst, 47, will be pouring his wines at the Nampa Costco on Dec. 2 and 3 and the Boise Costco on Dec. 20. “I’m really excited about what the Idaho wine industry is becoming because across the board the fruit is spectacular this year, which should keep us moving forward,” he said. “And there are no more weak dogs out there making wine.” The following are the gold-medal winning wines from the 2012 Idaho Wine Competition: SNAKE RIVER WINERY 2010 Arena Valley Vineyard Sangiovese, $18: Fresh strawberry pie, cherry Kool-Aid, red currants, black licorice and light chocolate are the hallmarks of this well-made Sangiovese. SNAKE RIVER WINERY 2009 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $18: Big tannins are customary with this Spanish red variety, yet there’s remarkable smoothness to the drink of smoky cherry, baked plums, coffee and cocoa powder. SNAKE RIVER WINERY 2009 Arena Valley Vineyard Reserve, Snake River Valley, $18: A blend of Bordeaux varieties — Cabernet

Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc — this was perhaps the most stylish wine of the competition. The nose is inviting with cherry wood, pink peppercorn and tobacco leaf, and the palate pushes with black-cherry cola flavors and a structure of finesse. SNAKE RIVER WINERY 2009 Arena Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $15: Those who embrace oak will love this for the Milky Way chocolate bar notes. Its blackberry and pomegranate flavors provide for medium tannins and bright acidity, making it age-worthy. CINDER 2011 Off-Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley, $18: Many believe this white Rhone grape variety will play an important role in the future of Idaho wine, and the judges voted Melanie Krause’s as the best white of the competition. The bottling, largely the product of Sawtooth Vineyard, shows character and elegance with lemon, starfruit and guava aromas. Flavors begin with a lick of butter, a nice hint of vanilla and then a serving of fruit cocktail. And while it’s just a touch hedonistic with its 1 percent residual sugar, its acid balance will make for a delicious pairing with pork or salmon served with a fruit compote. CINDER 2011 Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley, $18: This Garden City winery creates two styles of Viognier, and its more traditional example leads with aromas of lemon chiffon, Gala apple, muskmelon, starfruit, freshly laundered linen and wheat grass. On

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the palate, it starts with a bit of peach yogurt creaminess and a hint of oak, followed by flavors of honeydew melon, more apples and refreshing lemon pith as it finishes crisp and dry. CINDER 2010 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $28: Here’s a case for the future of this Iberian variety in Idaho. Cassis, cherry cola, saffron and cinnamon accents are surrounded by food-worthy acidity and tannins that contribute but don’t distract. CLEARWATER CANYON CELLARS Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Rattlesnake Hills, $25: Coco Umiker taps into this Washington vineyard, and it carries a theme of dense blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and lingering chocolate. COILED WINES 2010 Black Mamba, Snake River Valley, $28: Leslie Preston’s blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot remarkably shows fingerprints of each variety with its notes of Marionberry, blueberry taffy, bacon and black pepper. There’s a wealth of pomegranate acidity and power, yet she skillfully manages the tannin profile with chocolaty undertones. COILED WINES 2011 Dry Riesling, Snake River Valley, $17: Fans of traditional Alsatian Riesling should enjoy this, which brings orchard fruit aromas of Golden Delicious apple and white peach. HUSTON VINEYARDS 2011 Chicken Dinner White, Snake River Valley, $16: Melanie

wineries have special plans for holiday weekend Many Snake River Valley wineries will offer barrel and bottle tasting, food, tours, music and discounts over the Thanksgiving weekend. Here are some new ones to discover: Tim and Helen Harless, a commercial airline pilot and dentist, moved to Idaho from Texas to make wine in the Snake River AVA last year. They opened Hat Ranch Winery and released their first vintage in August. You can taste their award-winning whites and Hat Trick Red, along with wines from John Danielson’s Vale Wine Co. and another newcomer Ken Rufe’s Cellar 616 at the winery, 15343 Plum Road, Caldwell. Earl and Carrie Sullivan combined their love of science and passion for wine and opened Telaya Winery in February in the Garden City Tasting Room, 107 E. 44th St. You can taste their award-winning white and reds over the weekend, along with wines from Melanie Krause’s Cinder, Leslie Preston’s Coiled and another new player, Lonnie Krawl’s Mouvance Winery, which relocated from Oregon this year. Jed Glavin and Laura Hefner-Glavin decided to jump into the Idaho wine scene in 2010. They’re learning the wine-making ropes from Syringa winemaker Mike Crowley. You can taste their all-Idaho Split Rail Rose, Mourvedre, Syrah and Cabernet, along with Crowley’s Syringa Wines at the Syringa Tasting Room, 3500 W. Chinden Blvd. Find more details about these and all participating wineries at Dana Oland

Krause doesn’t work with Riesling under her Cinder brand, but she makes a tasty Rieslingbased blend for this young Caldwell winery. It’s a good sipper featuring peaches, apricots and orangey acidity. INDIAN CREEK WINERY 2011 Viognier, Snake River Valley, $12: Mike McClure, sonin-law of founding winemaker Bill Stowe, turns this into a fun Viognier, featuring aromas of nectarine, banana nut bread, raw honey and Cap’n Crunch cereal. The flavors are more grown-up with notes of starfruit,

minerality and lemon curd, backed by a wealth of acidity. KOENIG VINEYARDS 2010 Botrytis Single Berry Select Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $30: Greg Koenig’s inaugural attempt at this Trockenbeerenauslese style is believed to be the first in Idaho, and it earned him the “best dessert” award earlier this year at the Northwest Wine Summit. It is not slowing down. Apricots, honey and crushed


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Upcoming events in support of nonprofit groups COMPILED BY DUSTY PARNELL SPECIAL TO THE IDAHO STATESMAN WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21 Boise Rescue Mission Great Thanksgiving Day Banquets in Nampa and Boise: Boise, Cathedral of the Rockies, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Nampa, Nampa Reservations at 338-LIFE, FRIDAY, NOV. 23 Boise Rescue Mission Tree Lot: $35-$85, Ministry Center, 308 S. 24th St., continues while supplies last. 17th Annual District III High School El Korah East-West Shrine All-Star Football games: 11 a.m./eight-man game, 2 p.m./11-man game. Rocky Mountain High School, benefits Shriners Hospital for Children and the Patient Transportation Fund. 343-0571; Idaho Foodbank 15th annual Empty Bowls: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Grove Plaza; $10 and up; choose from a variety of custom-made bowls, includes gourmet soup from Boise’s best restaurants. Moxie Java will sell a new volume of “Idaho-Ho-Ho,” holiday music recorded by local artists. If you want to make a bowl yourself for the event, you’ll have to hurry — call Ceramica at 342-3822; the deadline is Monday, Nov. 19. Ceramica will also waive its studio fee for painters who bring in a nonperishable food item through November. Event information: 336-9643 or NOV. 23-DEC. 14 Assistance League of Boise Mistletoe House: Mondays-Saturdays, Philanthropic Center, 5831 Glenwood St., near the Thrift Shop; Christmas decorations and holiday items. 377-4327 or SATURDAY, NOV. 24 Boise Holiday Parade: 9:45 a.m., Downtown Boise on Jefferson and Bannock streets between 4th and 11th streets; this year’s grand marshal is historian Arthur Hart. Salvation Army holiday season needs/events: Sponsors and volunteers needed for Adopta-Family/veteran/senior and for food boxes, 433-4423; bell ringers, 850-2069; angel trees, 794-1745; food drives, 433-4434. Food will also be collected at the Boise Holiday Parade in Downtown Boise on Nov. 24. FRIDAY, NOV. 30 Landscapes for the West: 7 p.m., Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery, Boise. Art show featuring plein-air landscapes by Boise artist Rachel Teannalach; portion of proceeds benefits Advocates for the West for environmental legal services. 342-7024, Idaho Horse Rescue Fall Fundraiser: Help horses that have suffered neglect or abuse. 941-4908,


Festivals of Trees — forests of holiday lights SAINT ALPHONSUS FESTIVAL Hundreds of trees, wreaths and holiday decor become a real feast for the eyes, and the event raises important money that improves health care in our community. This year’s festival — the 29th annual — benefits the expansion of Saint Alphonsus’ Boise Emergency Department. Whether you want to have breakfast with Santa himself or be entertained by choirs and musicians, there is something for everyone. Just take a look at the activities: grand-opening Gala, Senior Tea, fashion show luncheon, North Pole Village, gift shop, children’s art contest, children’s scavenger hunt, trains (Friday and Saturday) and enough pleasures to fill a giant stocking. (Learn more about the festival in the special advertising section, 29-36). WHEN: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except Thanksgiving, when the festival is open from 2 to 9 p.m.) Nov. 21-25 at Boise Centre. TICKETS: $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and children ages 12 and younger (2 and under free). A family pass for six is $30. (Senior Day is Wednesday, and admission is $2. Admission includes tea from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday also features Iron Designer and Junior Iron Designer from 4:30-6 p.m.) GALA: Black-tie dinner kicks off the festival starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $250 and are available online. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Tickets always go fast, so get online and get them right away. (Mrs. Claus will be there, too.) Tickets are $12 for kids and $18 for adults and include festival admission. Takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. FAMILY DAY: Saturday includes special car-

nival games. Bring a toy donation for the Salvation Army and receive $1 off adult admission. (The Boise City Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration also takes place on The Grove plaza between 5 and 7 p.m.) FASHION SHOW: Luncheon event on Monday, Nov. 26. Tickets online for $50 or $750 for a table of 10 with premier seating. FOR INFORMATION/ONLINE TICKETS: 367-TREE (8733) or the foundation special events menu at

CANYON COUNTY FESTIVAL The annual event at the Nampa Civic Center opens the Friday evening after Thanksgiving and will twinkle its lights through Monday with a gala and auction Tuesday, Nov. 27. There will be entertainment, refreshments, book sale and pictures with Santa. Proceeds benefit the Meals on Wheels programs in Nampa and Caldwell. WHEN: Friday-Monday, Nov. 23-26 (3-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday). TICKETS: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children, $12 for families (up to six members). $2 each for groups of 10 or more. Monday is Senior Citizen Day. HOLIDAY STOCKING WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. $10 per stocking includes one child and one adult admission. PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. for $5. FESTIVAL OF TREES GALA DINNER AND AUCTION: Doors open 5 p.m. Tuesday; $60 in advance. INFORMATION: 466-4853, 459-0439 or

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Upcoming events in support of nonprofit groups THROUGH MONDAY, NOV. 19 Mountain View Elementary PTO Online Auction: Benefits school programs. NOV. 19, THROUGH DEC. 11 Family Advocates Gingerbread Gala Online Auction: This annual event becomes an online contest and auction this year; vote for your favorite and bid on auction items in support of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Families First. 345-3344, THROUGH TUESDAY, NOV. 20 McDonald’s Give A Hand Program: Any local McDonald’s, $1/$3/$5; benefits Ronald McDonald House. THROUGH NOV. 28 Idaho Regional Ballet Online Auction: THROUGH DEC. 15 Stor-N-Lock Self Storage Toys for Tots Holiday Collection Drive: Drop off toys at any Idaho Stor-N-Lock location. Sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps. THROUGH CHRISTMAS Einstein’s Oilery 4th Annual Food and Fundraising Drive: $12 off service for four nonperishable food items for The Idaho Foodbank; monetary donations matched dollar for dollar. Goal is 15,000 pounds of food. 888-229-0985, SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Zoo Boise Claus ‘n Paws: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Zoo Boise, free. Santa will be available for photos from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salvation Army Stuff The Bus: All day at all Fred Meyer stores in Treasure Valley; stuff the bus with toys. The Sons of Norway 15th Annual Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N. Maple Grove Road. Norwegian baked food sale, items include rosemaling, jewelry, knitted items, wreaths and more; and a yellow-pea soup luncheon; 375-5992. La Playa Annual Christmas Bazaar: 10 a.m.2 p.m., La Playa Manor Club House, 350 E. Carmel Drive, Meridian; gift baskets, arts and crafts, homemade candies, lunch, quilt raffle ($1, 6/$5); benefits Meridian Food Bank, 888-2650. Soroptimist International of Garden City 18th annual Children’s Holiday Party: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, Garden City; free; all kinds of fun, and a gift bag, too. St. Luke’s McCall Foundation 56th annual Holiday Happening Partridge in a Pear Tree Gala and Online Auction: Online auction: through Dec. 1; Gala: Dec. 1, 11 a.m., The Shore Lodge, McCall, $30, $400/tables of 10; benefits Margaret Fogg Memorial Scholarship. Wyakin Warrior Foundation Guardian Ball and Online Auction: 6 p.m. Boise Centre, $50, $1,500/Sponsor-A-Warrior tables; black-tie dinner, auction, raffle, live music, 60


IBG Winter Garden aGlow sparkles Take 250,000 colored lights, bonfires, hot chocolate, choirs, more choirs, Santa, hot cider, live music, a unique gift store, a model train display, and then mix it all together. You’ve got something the whole family wants to experience year after year — the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Winter Garden aGlow. WHEN: Nov. 22-25 (Thanksgiving weekend); Nov. 30-Jan. 6 (Open for ALL holidays, including Christmas). Rain, shine or snow. WHERE: 2355 Old Penitentiary Road HOURS: 6-9 p.m. Last admission at 8:45 p.m. Lights out at 9:30 p.m. ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE: Check the

auction items include original, personalized art by nationally syndicated cartoonists; sponsored tables with Warriors and cartoonists available; benefits severely wounded and injured veterans; tickets on sale through Nov. 26; online auction through Dec. 6 at SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DEC. 1-2 St. Mary’s School Holiday Market: 10 a.m.6:30 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday; St. Mary’s School, 26th and State. Free. Dozens of local artisans, tamales, Mexican hot chocolate, baked goods, Santa photos; 342-7476, SUNDAY, DEC. 2 Saint Alphonsus Auxiliary Christmas Tea: 2-4 p.m., Saint Alphonsus McCleary Auditorium, $10, entertainment by Larry Buttel. 367-2759, THURSDAY, DEC. 6 Central Bench Neighborhood Association “Chilly” Feed and Bake

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Sale: 6-8 p.m., Wright Congregational United Church of Christ, 4821 Franklin Road. Benefits community projects. 345-2266, SATURDAY, DEC. 8 KTVB “7 Cares” Day: KTVB-TV parking lot; drop off donations (money, toys or food) to benefit The Salvation Army, Idaho Foodbank and the Boise Rescue Mission. MONDAY, DEC. 10 Payette Brewing Company Kegs4Kause: River Discovery: 5-10 p.m., Payette Brewing Company, 111 W. 33rd St.; 50 percent of sales benefit River Discovery’s Cancer Survivor programs. 303-0040, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11-12 Saint Alphonsus Auxiliary Book Sale: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saint Alphonsus McCleary Auditorium. 367-2759,

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SATURDAY, DEC. 15 10th annual Concert for Cause This year’s concert at the Knitting Factory features Blind Pilot and benefits the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. $22 at Presented by 94.9 The River. Information: SUNDAY AND MONDAY, DEC. 16-17 7th annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza with Curtis Stigers: 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 16-17, Egyptian Theatre, $30; holiday variety show, silent auction, benefits Interfaith Sanctuary, 343-2630, and WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 Boise Rescue Mission Christmas Banquet in Nampa: 11 a.m.7 p.m., Nampa First Church of the Nazarene. Reservations, call 338-LIFE. SATURDAY, DEC. 22 YMCA 25th annual Christmas Run: 10 a.m., Downtown YMCA, $30/adults, $25/adult team members, $25/17 and under, $20/team members. No race-day entries accepted. Two races: 2.5-mile run and 6.1-mile walk. Christmas costumes encouraged. Register online or at any Treasure Valley YMCA. 344-5502; Boise Rescue Mission Christmas Banquet in Boise: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, 610 E. 42nd St., Garden City. Reservations, call 338-LIFE.


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Upcoming events in support of nonprofit groups FRIDAY, JAN. 11 Old Idaho Penitentiary “Escaping Hunger, Celebrity Lock-Up”: Noon-7 p.m., Old Idaho Penitentiary, $5; 6 p.m., Celebrity Lock-Up pledge event, 334-2120, SUNDAY, JAN. 13 The Friends of the Bishops’ House Annual Fundraising Series: 4 p.m. Bishops’ House, $10. “Queen Isabella of Castile,” seating limited. 342-3279, SATURDAY, JAN. 26 Friends in Action 2013 Family Caregiver Conference: A Family Affair: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., BSU Student Union Jordan Ballroom, $15. Educational event, panels for family caregivers. Keynote speaker is Hartzell Cobbs, author, adjunct professor and former executive director of the Mountain States Group. Registration required, includes lunch and parking. 3331363, Idaho Conservation League 40th Anniversary Party: 4:30-7 p.m. Stueckle Sky Center, $40, $50/after Dec. 15. Celebration of past, present, future. 345-6933, SATURDAY, JAN. 26-FEB. 2 Idaho Rivers United Costa Rica Week of Rivers: Costa Rica whitewater vacation, $1,599. Portion of cost benefits Idaho river conservation. Space limited to 15. 343-7481, JAN. 28-FEB. 15 Soroptimists of Garden City Sweetheart Online Auction: Benefits community projects. Look for a link at THURSDAY, JAN. 31 McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation Chocolate & Spirits Tasting: 5 p.m., Shore Lodge, McCall, $20 208634-6333 FRIDAY, FEB. 1 18th annual Learning Lab Lunch for Literacy: 11 a.m./silent auction, noon-12:30 p.m./ lunch, program; Boise Centre, $50. lunch, silent auction of autographed books and book-themed baskets. Guest author is Alyssa Harad (“Coming To My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure and an Unlikely Bride”). Buy tickets online or call 344-1335, Ext. 101. Discovery Center of Idaho Chocolate & Diamonds Gala: 6:30 p.m. Riverside Hotel, $75, $1,000/tables of 10; chocolate-themed everything, food, music, silent and live auction, vote for Boise’s Best Chocolatier and get the chance to take home a fabulous piece of diamond jewelry. Note the new location this year. 287-4231, FEB. 1-MARCH 15 13th annual Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program: Recognizes community volunteers ages 6-18. Nominations must be received by March 15. Nominators must be 21 or SATURDAY, FEB. 2 St. Mary’s Ball & Auction: 6 p.m., Boise Centre. 342-7476, Catholic Charities of Idaho Annual Loaves & Fishes Gala & Roast: Stueckle Sky Center, 62

Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge Your donation will help provide safe and stable housing for Idahoans at risk of being left out in the cold. This online fundraising campaign is a unique chance for you to get more bang for your buck while supporting organizations that provide housing resources and services in your community. Here’s how it works: Go to from Dec. 4 to Dec. 31 to learn about the nonprofits in each region of the state that are participating in this year’s challenge. Pick your favorites and donate online. Then, encourage your friends, family and coworkers to help your favorite organizations climb the online leaderboard and win a grant from the Home Partnership Foundation. The nonprofits that receive the most individual donations of $25 or more are eligible for a portion of $45,000 in grants from the Home Partnership Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization brought to you by Idaho Housing and Finance Association. The winner will receive $10,000. Second place is worth $7,500, and third gets $5,000. Honorable mentions (places 4-13) earn $1,000 apiece. Six bonus grants that range from $1,000 to $2,000 and 10 early-bird prizes of $500 also will be awarded. Last year’s inaugural campaign raised nearly $50,000 in individual donations and grants for 22 Idaho nonprofits. The Home Partnership Foundation’s mission is to help people build a strong foundation for their lives through stable, safe and affordable housing. $125, $1,000/table of eight; Idaho political roast of honoree is Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. 350-7484, Boise Gems American Legion Baseball Club Annual Crab Feed: 6 p.m., Basque Center, $40; prime rib and crab dinner, live and silent auction, music and dancing, benefits Boise Gems baseball program. Email FRIDAY, FEB. 8 ACLU 20th annual Bill of Rights Celebration Dinner: 6 p.m., Powerhouse Event Center, 20th anniversary bash. 344-9750, SATURDAY, FEB. 9 Idaho Regional Ballet 8th annual Father/Daughter Winter Ball: 7 p.m., Eagle Performing Arts Center, $85/couple, $15/additional daughters. Dancing, photos and a dessert buffet with chocolate fountain. 338-4633, Opera Idaho Mardi Gras! 6 p.m. site TBD, $150/dinner, $50/dessert only; dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, costume contest and prizes. 345-3531, Ext. 3, The Magic of St. Joe’s 48th Annual Crab Feed & Auction: 5:30 p.m., Bishop Kelly High School, $75. “Nantucket Nights”themed dinner, dance and auction, 3424909, Junior Achievement of Idaho Bowl-A-Thon: 1:30 or 3:30 p.m., 20th Century Lanes. $25/registration fee, $75/each raised money. Top fundraiser and top fundraising team win prizes. Register online at, 398-0066. SUNDAY, FEB. 10 The Friends of the Bishops’ House Annual Fundraising Series: 4 p.m., Bishops’ House, $10. “Amelia Stewart Knight: A Tale from the Oregon Trail,” seating limited. 342-3279, FEB. 12-26 Boise State Online Auction: Raises money for student scholarships. Sponsored by Boise State Alumni Associa-

tion and Bronco Athletic Association., 426-1916. SATURDAY, FEB. 16 American Heart Association Boise Heart Ball: 5:30 p.m., Boise Centre, $150, $250/couple. Dinner, dancing, live/silent auction. 3845066, Meridian Firefighters Pipe and Drums 5th Annual Chili Cook-off: Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Auction & Dinner: 7 p.m., Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 Garrett St., $30, $30 after Feb. 10. Argentinian-themed dinner. 658-1720, MONDAY, FEB. 18 Northwest Children’s Home Afternoon Tea with the Syringa Girls 4 p.m., Honalee Farm Event Center, Eagle. Tea and fashion show, guest speaker Chuck Winder. SUNDAY, FEB. 24 Friends of the Museum 5th Annual “What's It Worth?” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Idaho Historical Museum, $5/person, $10/item. Artifact experts will help you appraise items you’ve been wondering about. Proceeds benefit 150th territorial anniversary exhibit, “150 Things That Make the Gem State Unique.” 334-2120, SNIP 5th Annual Spay-Ghetti No Balls Fundraiser: Simplot Grand Ballroom, BSU Student Union. Food, music, live and silent auction. Proceeds go toward spay services for those who need financial assistance. 968-1338,

SEND IN YOUR GROUP’S EVENTS The next issue of Treasure comes out Feb. 23, so please send us your fundraising events happening Feb. 23 through May 2013 by Jan. 19. Email information (text only; no attachments) to treasure@ If you also want your event in the Statesman calendars, enter it online at

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November 2012 Treasure Magazine  

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