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Writer Lynette Carrington

Writer Amanda Christmann

Writer Amanda Christmann





Writer Amanda Christmann

Writer Shannon Severson

Writer Kyndra Kelly




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Although I grew up on the West Coast, I was raised on Midwest values. “Company coming” meant we cleaned up our rooms and had a pitcher of lemonade waiting in the fridge. Getting together with friends and neighbors was a special time, and I still have fond memories of some of those moments etched in my mind. Today, we are sometimes more social than ever, but less connected. Thanks to social media, we can keep in touch with the day-to-day happenings of friends and family from thousands of miles away, but we often find ourselves less connected to those in our own neighborhoods. I am grateful to live in a community where there are so many ways to connect. From balloon festivals to live music and more, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know each other and to create new memories. It’s a big part of why we live here—in fact, it’s who we are. Thank you, once again, for allowing Images Arizona to be part of your lives! Every advertiser and every reader (you included!) make it possible for us to share the faces and places of our community, and to share the things that bring us all together. It’s that spirit of gratitude that makes it so easy for our family of writers, photographers and behind-the-scenes professionals to love what we do. Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, Images Arizona magazine 623-341-8221


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CONGRATULATIONS The following sales associates of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Carefree office are being recognized as a 2018 top producer for their contribution to a successful 2017




Top 1%

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Jill Anderson Dominick Cole Debbie Omundson Stacy Paluscio Courtney Woods Olson

Julie Antunes Mark Hazelton Saiedeh Karamooz Arlene Little Barbara Miller Lisa Nocella Anjeleigh Trefz Preston Westmoreland Erika Willison

Katie Atkison Debbie Beede Vicki Kelley-Griffanti Linda Moorhead Rebecca Norton James Sewart Laura Shutt Donna Taylor Lesley Vann Darcy Whalen // 480.488.2400


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CONGRATULATIONS The following sales associates of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Desert Mountain office are being recognized as a 2018 top producer for their contribution to a successful 2017




Top 1%

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Dan Wolski

Cheryl D’Anna Brian Herrera James Kolandar Donna LeGate

Joanie Barreiro Keith Marshall Kirk Marshall Kathy Reed Patrick Rice // 480.488.2998 Photo: MLS 5349119

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Writer Lynette Carrington // Portraits by Mark Morgan and Elena Thornton


There used to be a time when artist Niki Woehler was too shy to share her love of creating art. But as with any talented artist, there is simply no way to contain artistic passion; it bubbles to the surface where it can be seen and get the attention that it deserves. Woehler’s painting talent has always been there, but the passion came knocking loudly and incessantly just a few years ago.

“When I paint, I’m a mess,” she explains. “A friend who was also a client at the time called, and I was scrambling to answer the phone because I was covered in paint.”

Blessed with a natural ability for painting and creating, Woehler had no formal art training. She kept her art endeavors well hidden from others, indulging in it as a private hobby.

“I told her I didn’t want to tell people because I didn’t want them to tell me I was bad at it,” says Woehler.

“I’ve been a ‘closet artist’ for 20-something years,” explains Woehler. “I did art when I needed a happy place. I painted when I needed to de-stress or just break away. I never told anyone that I painted unless they were in my house. Even my good friends didn’t know.” Woehler had been in a successful marketing career for 30 years. Incredibly accomplished, she was running focus groups at the age of 14, working as a paid copywriter by the age of 16, and went to college for advertising and marketing. Her yearning to create art as a full-time career hit her about five years ago. “I really wasn’t feeling fulfilled in my job anymore,” says the artist. “I started painting a whole lot more and I actually started to play hooky from work.” It was one of her marketing clients that caught her skipping one day who changed the course of Woehler’s career.

She admitted to her client that she had been painting, and the client assumed she was painting her walls. She explained to her client that indeed she was a painter.

The client demanded photos of Woehler’s work or threatened to fire her. Woehler sent photos, and the client immediately wanted her to create something for her home. “She loved it and commissioned me to do two more paintings,” says Woehler. “She said, ‘Niki, you’re amazing at marketing, but this is what you should be doing.’” After giving it some thought, Woehler decided to do a test using Facebook. She posted a painting on the social networking site and it sold within an hour. Suspecting it was just a fluke, she tried it again with the same results. Positive comments about her work continued to pour in, but still Woehler wasn’t convinced. She posted another work, and once more, it sold immediately. “This was a sign from the universe that I could do this as a career,” she said. “I shut the whole marketing thing down in 30 days, and I’ve been painting professionally ever since.

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The Space Between

Time After Time


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Walking On A Dream

“I sat down and made a list of all the ways I could make sure I was successful in this endeavor,” says Woehler. “There are so many incredibly talented artists— incredibly talented. But if you don’t know how to get your work out there and who to talk to, these amazing artists can wind up living in obscurity with art piling up in their studio. I didn’t want to be that artist.” Giving herself a leg up, Woehler hired a consultant to teach her the business side of art. The consultant gave her specific avenues to pursue, and that input proved to be valuable. “It was one of the best gifts I’ve given myself,” she says. Woehler's style is free-form. It is about color and peacefulness. “I have this crazy fixation on symmetry. For me, I need flow, peacefulness and symmetry, but symmetry within chaos,” she says. Although geometric styles and realistic paintings are interesting to her, she is devoted to her unique style. She adds with a laugh, “I was never one to color within the lines.” Painting is part of the fiber of Woehler’s being. “It’s like an itch I have to scratch,” she says. “Some days I paint acrylics on canvas and other days it’s resin on wood. Sometimes my work is a commission and I know exactly what I’m going to do.” Her background in marketing also comes into play frequently as Woehler has a unique insight into the types of clientele in the markets where she is represented, making it easier for her to create art that appeals to those in various geographic places. Woehler is represented by Forré & Co. Fine Art Galleries in Aspen and Vail, CO; Slate Gray Gallery in Telluride, CO and Kerrville, TX; and House of Anderson in Scottsdale. She is also one of a select

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few artists invited to show at Found:Re Hotel, a visual artscentric upscale boutique hotel in downtown Phoenix. Woehler’s work, “Silent Partners” was selected from more than 1,100 submissions to be part of a group show at Herberger Theater Gallery called “Face Off” that ran October 2016 through January 2017. “Silent Partners” also took first place at the Arizona State Fair fine art competition. Another large painting recently commissioned, “Unleashed,” now hangs in CBRE office and mixed-use space at The Esplanade. House of Anderson is not a dedicated art gallery. Rather, it is an immersive experience design gallery with art, furnishings and luxury interior design offerings and services. “They are wonderful and they have some of my work up,” says Woehler. “But, more of the work I do for them is when they’re designing for their clients. In those instances I get to go see the space in person and I love that.” Woehler particularly enjoys creating special commissions. “I get to see where a piece of art is going and I get to ask for photos of the wall it’s going to be on, plus the surrounding


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area,” explains the artist. “I always ask about the light because of the different paints I use. If I know a space has incredible natural light, I’ll use a different set of paints than I would if the artwork was going to hang in a space with no natural light. I have paints that ‘fire’ when natural light hits them. They actually change appearance.” Recently, Woehler has taken up some art lessons to broaden her skill set. “There are so many things that I know in my head I want to create, but I don’t quite have the technical ability to do it,” she says. “It’s another gift I’ve given myself and I’m expanding the tools in my toolbox.” “I decided when I was going to be an artist, I was not going to be a starving artist,” Woehler says. “I have three children. When you walk away from a career of 30 years into something so unknown, and I had not a nanosecond of training in, it was such a leap of faith. It has been one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done and it’s unbelievable that I get to do this.”

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2018 MAY

Writer Amanda Christmann

May 4–13

CAREFREE RESTAURANT WEEK Carefree Restaurant Association is proud to announce Carefree’s first ever Carefree Restaurant Week! Participating restaurants will showcase their menus at discounted prices. Two-course lunch menus $18; three-course dinner menus $35; four-course dinners $45. Support your local restaurants and try some great food! Visit for a complete list of participating restaurants.

May 3–11


May 4

Sherry Koopot presents paintings


and sculptures that serve as potent

The MIM partners with the Phoenix

Western-style equestrians will

reminders of the cost of our

Symphony to present the sublime,

compete in events that demonstrate

freedom, from the Revolutionary

beautiful works of Tchaikovsky

the horse’s ability to handle

War to today’s War on Terror. Free.

and his favorite composer, Mozart.

cattle. Celebrate the cutting

Desert Foothills Library, 38443

Featuring exceptional soloists

horse, its history and heritage.

N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek.

and musicians from the Phoenix

Free. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima

2:30-3:30 p.m. 480-488-2286;

Symphony. $58.50–$78.50. 4725 E.

Rd., Scottsdale. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 7:30 p.m. May


May 5–6

Phoenix Art Museum docent

5; 2 p.m. May 6. 480-478-6000;


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May 6

DUDE RANCHING IN CAVE CREEK Ride on over to Cave Creek Museum to learn from a real cowboy how to rope a steer. Make your own chaps and corsets, then relax by the “fire” for some old campfire songs and s’mores. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Reserve online. 6140 E. Skyline Dr., Cave Creek. 1:30–3 p.m. 480-488-2764;

May 7

Old West Spirit. New West Talent.

GOLF “FORE” THE LIBRARY Desert Foothills Library will host its 24th annual charity golf tournament at Desert Forest Golf Club. Scramble format includes 18 holes, prizes, continental breakfast and a buffet luncheon. $250 per person, tax deductible. 37207 N. Mule Train Rd., Carefree. 7:30 a.m. check-in; shotgun start at 9 a.m. Register by phone, by email or at the library. 480-488-2286;;

Chef Bryan Dooley

Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue

Western Delights

May 9

THE ART OF STORYTELLING Dr. Lindsay Montgomery will present “The Art of Storytelling: Ute Rock Art in New Mexico” hosted by Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society. She will focus on the narratives inscribed in the basalt rocks in New Mexico, highlighting the intimate connection between rock art, ecology, and ritual among

Susan Fiebig

Etania Jewelry & Boutique

It’s A Divine Bakery

the Ute. Free. Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek. 7 p.m.

May 10

HOMELESS TO HEROES The National Concierge Association of Arizona presents its 9th annual fundraiser and silent auction to benefit the FETCH Foundation. $5 entry. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Bryan’s Side Door — Eat In, Take Out or Party! Seating for up to 50. Great for meetings. Choose your Side Door Menu.

THE CENTER OF ATTENTION 6130 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

(It’s A Divine Bakery Open 7 days a week — 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) M ay 2018

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May 12

SCOTTSDALE BACON AND BEER CLASSIC Prepare yourself for 100+ beers from regional breweries, unlimited bacon dishes from local chefs, a blind beer taste test, a bacon-eating contest, lawn games, music and more. $55–$95. 18+ only. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale. Noon–4 p.m.

May 10–June 30 SOME LIKE IT HOT

May 19

presents "Some Like It Hot," based


on the hilarious classic Billy Wilder

AJ’s Fine Foods will present The

to see fantastic local art, meet

film. $22–$27. Don Bluth Front Row

Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer.

demonstrating artists, enjoy live

Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd, Suite

Featured tastings of more than 40

music, watch edible art being created

103, Scottsdale. Thursdays, Fridays

exceptional wines complemented by

and partake of refreshments. Free.

and Saturdays 7 p.m.; Saturday

gourmet specialties from AJ’s. Live

34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Carefree.

matinees at 2 p.m. 480-314-0841;

music and silent auction. Proceeds

1–4 p.m. 480-575-6658

benefit Scottsdale Performing

The Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

Arts. $35–50. Advanced purchase required. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. 2–4:30 p.m. 480-4998587;


May 19

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ART PARTY It’s the May Art Party at the Gallery at el Pedregal! Stop by

Featuring unique southwestern furniture along with a spectacular selection of Native American Indian Jewelry.

Not affiliated with the Gallup, NM stores. Don’t scrap your Native American jewelry & silver, come see us first.

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May 26

CAVE CREEK BALLOON FESTIVAL It's time for balloon festival fun! Celebrate a red, white and blue Memorial Day weekend with live bands, massive glowing balloons, cocktails, food and everyone's favorite fireworks show. Gone are the days of purchasing food, beverage script tickets and waiting in double long lines. Head straight for your tasty eats and enjoy. Ticket pricing and schedule available online. Park at 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek. $10 parking includes shuttle service; proceeds go to Cave Creek Unified School District. 5:30–10 p.m.

May 19


May 19

May 28

ROYAL WEDDING CELEBRATION It’s a royal wedding celebration

The Town of Carefree will present a

The MIM presents Marilyn Scott

at the English Rose Tea Room!

Memorial Day tribute with music,

and the West Coast All-Stars. This

Celebrate of the royal wedding of

speakers and special guests, including

versatile performer has written

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

American Legion Posts 34 and 107,

several musical movie hits and

with television showings throughout

AZ Patriot Guard rider, Luke AFB

bounced into multiple genres

the day. Enjoy tea, royal wedding

Honor Guard, and representatives

with songs like “I’ll Be Loving

cake, cucumber sandwiches and

from the Veterans Heritage Project.

You” and smooth jazz/adult

a souvenir bag. Guests will take

There will also be a USAF flyover.

contemporary albums, "Take Me

photos on the red carpet with life-

Free. Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101

with You" and "Avenues of Love."

size cutouts of the royal family and

Easy St., Carefree. 9–11 a.m. in the

$33.50–$43.50. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,

have a chance to win a replica of

Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, located in

Phoenix. 7:30 p.m. 480-478-6000;

Meghan Markle’s ring. $35. 201

the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy

Easy St., Carefree. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Street, Carefree. 480-488-3686

480-488- 4812;



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EDWARD S. CURTIS EXHIBIT AT CAVE CREEK MUSEUM The Cave Creek Museum’s Edward S. Curtis exhibit, on display through May 31, marks the first time this collection of Curtis photos has been displayed in any Phoenix-area venue. It introduces rare works by Curtis, who is now recognized as one of the most significant recorders of Native culture ever produced, documenting cultures that were rapidly vanishing from the face of America. Museum admission $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; children under 5 admitted free. 6140 E. Skyline Drive, Cave Creek. See website for hours. 480-488-2764;

SCOTTSDALE ART WALK THURSDAYS No matter the temperatures, it’s always Scottsdale ArtWalk weather! Celebrate this American original each Thursday in downtown Scottsdale. Enjoy restaurants, galleries, museums and free trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides. Free. Main Street from Scottsdale Road west to Goldwater Boulevard; Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to 5th Avenue. 7–9 p.m.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS FOR PICKIN’ IN THE PINES Purchase your three-day festival and camping pass now for this year’s Pickin’ in the Pines to be held Sept. 14–16 at Tuthill Park in Flagstaff. In addition to a fun lineup of fantastic live music, there will be camping, jamming, kids’ activities, educational workshops, a band contest, community barn dance and more. $78–$88.

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SPLASHIN’ FUN IN CAREFREE The Kiwanis Splash Park is now open for its third season, making cooling down in the dog days of summer more fun than ever! Located in the Carefree Desert Gardens, the park has an artfully designed scorpion named Kiwani who sprays water when guests least expect it. Make a day of it by visiting nearby boutique shops and restaurants and a covered playground area featuring a one-ofa-kind Gila monster slide just across from the Carefree Little Free Library. Free. 101 Easy St., Carefree. 9 a.m.–7 p.m.



Cave Creek Museum is bringing

Each year, Soroptimist International

back summer camp—Arizona

of Saguaro Foothills grants

style! Register now for Amazing

scholarship awards to women who

Arizona camp for children in grades

are heads of their households, who

4 through 7. Camp will take place

demonstrate financial need and

June 11-15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

who are motivated to meet their

each day. Cost is $75 for the first

educational and career goals. This

child in the family, $65 for additional

year, the organization granted three

children in family. Last year’s themes

awards totaling $4,000 to three

made learning fun, with topics like

worthy mothers who are working

archaeology, edible plants, panning

hard to earn degrees despite

for gold, ranch life and more. 480-

significant challenges.

488-2764; In addition, local Soroptimist International awarded the Young Women's Service Award to four young women who contribute their time and energy to volunteer


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projects in their schools and community: Makenna Flynn, who volunteers for Arizona Immigrant & Refugee Services; Alyssa Marie Canales, who volunteers for Veterans Heritage Project; Kaycee Krell, who volunteers for Gigi’s Playhouse; and Sarah Weiss, who volunteers for the Mayo Clinic Smile Program. The Ruby Award, which honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their profession and/ or volunteer work, was awarded to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank. Images Arizona congratulations to these outstanding women!

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Up in the Air Writer Amanda Christmann Photographs Courtesy of Tonto Bar and Grill and Aerial Solutions


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This year marks the ninth of ballooning fun in Cave Creek as the Cave Creek Balloon Festival launches Saturday, May 26 during Memorial Day weekend. Join the celebration at the driving range of the spectacularly beautiful Rancho Mañana Golf Course as brightly colored balloons light up the Sonoran sky. Now the biggest single-day event in Cave Creek, the Cave Creek Balloon Festival offers something for everyone, including talented live bands, massive glowing balloons, a military flyover and the best fireworks show around. Live music and a festive atmosphere launch the evening at 5:30 p.m. Little ones will love the bouncy houses, face painting, balloon twisting and more in the kids’ zone, while the adults enjoy beverages, cocktails and wine, as well as craft beer flowing from the taps of Four Peaks Brewery. The festival wouldn’t be complete without great food truck fare! Local food trucks and vendors, including Honey Bears BBQ, AZ Wings, Mediterranean Majik, Barns Old fashioned Soda, Wandering Donkey, Yellowman Fry Bread, Doughlicious Pizza, Wok Sticks, Firehouse Kettle Corn and Cotton Candy, Firehouse Shaved Ice, each bring their own delicious style to the table. The balloons, some in fun shapes, are spectacular to see. They can’t fly safely at night, but even tethered, they’re something to behold! Less than a decade ago, when the festival first began, organizers from Tonto Bar and Grill and Aerial Solutions had no idea how popular it would be. Tens of thousands of people began showing up each year, leaving planners thrilled, but scrambling to accommodate the massive crowd.

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EVENT TIMELINE: 5:30 p.m. • Gates open to public • Live music by Madison Holmes from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. • Arizona Wing Civil Air Patrol color guard presentation • Flyover by Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 • National Anthem performed by Madison Holmes

6:45 p.m. • Live music from 6:45-8 p.m. by our headliner The Shari Rowe Band

7:30 p.m. • Balloons start to inflate, come to life and glow. Balloons’ glow lasts for 90 minutes.

8 p.m. • Live music continues from the Sanderson Ford stage 8-10 p.m. with The Josh Roy Band

9 p.m. • Fireworks show

Each year since, they’ve come up with ingenious ideas on how to streamline the experience and make it more fun for everyone. They established a shuttle service on Schoolhouse Road for parking and donate proceeds to Civil Air Patrol. They added a bigger and better kids’ zone for the little ones, and more food for everyone. They also included VIP tickets for those who don’t want to wait in lines, and who want to make the experience a little more special. This year, they’ve built a savvy, user-friendly website so you can check out everything from what’s for dinner to when the flyover will be, and they’ve taken out the tedious script ticket lines so you can buy food directly from the vendors. Bring a hat for the late afternoon sun, and a blankets or lowprofile lawn chair to sit on while you listen to the bands and watch fireworks. Please don’t bring pets. The sounds and size of the crowds and balloons make it less than enjoyable for them. In addition, no outside food or drinks are allowed, but cameras and video cameras are welcome. Be sure to tag #CaveCreekFestivals and #CaveCreekBalloonFestival in your social media posts!

TICKET INFORMATION: Discounted pre-purchased online tickets: These are the way to fly, with new separate entrance for prepaid and VIP ticket holders. Prepaid tickets: Adults $15, Kids $10 for ages 12 and under; children 2 and under enter free (ticket fees apply). Day of event at the gate: Adults $20, Kids $15 for ages 12 and under; children 2 and under enter free. All sales are final. No cancellations or rain checks. Veteran and active military: Receive general admission ticket at ½ price, must show identification at the ticket office day of event. VIP tickets are available in limited supply. For $75, you can get into the event, plus enjoy a gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar and Grill from 5:30 to 8 p.m., a private cash bar and private restrooms. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance by the end of the day May 25, or until supplies last. They are expected to sell out early, so buy them online early. Come join the fun in Cave Creek! There’s no better spot to celebrate. It’s a tradition you’ll remember for years to come!


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Writer Amanda Christmann // Photography by Bryan Black


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In the days of old, hotels were as much a part of the landscape as outlaws and dusty trails. Built alongside stagecoach stops and train depots, they offered a respite from the dust and heat, along with a clean bath and a soft bed. Today, in a town where horses still share the roadways, Cave Creek’s Prickly Pear Inn is carrying on the tradition of Old West hospitality. The rooms may be bigger and far more comfortable than they were a century ago, but the idea of creating a cozy respite in the desert is the same. “When we saw this meandering Mexican-style property, we thought it would be a beautiful place for a boutique hotel,” said owner Paul Morina. He and wife Cherie set out to create just that. The result is Prickly Pear Inn and the adjoining Grumpy Ole Mule Mercantile, which opened doors the day after Thanksgiving. Turns out, they are just what Cave Creek needed. The hotel’s 11 upscale, tastefully decorated rooms, each with kitchenettes, large walk-in showers, large screen televisions and unique touches, are the perfect place to relax—right in the middle of all that Cave Creek has to offer. Custom ironwork, granite countertops and local artwork are all part of the ambiance, and it all comes together as something brilliant.

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Guest rooms are all on the second story, above the hustle and bustle of the restaurants and shops nearby. Most have private balconies that provide the same mountain view that the U.S. Cavalry soldiers who first stopped here must have eyed in awe. A comfortable shared balcony provides space for all guests to quietly enjoy a glass of wine or to share stories and laughs. The first-floor mercantile offers a good selection of craft beers and unique wines, as well as fun finds like locally made toffee, funny edible products and Southwest gifts and furniture. Adding to the delightful mix of retail is Cimarron River Company, which offers high-end Native American jewelry and other one-of-a-kind items, and City Creamery, which has already earned its reputation as the town's "coolest" hot spot. For the Morinas, it’s the start of a dream come true. It’s also something they know a thing or two about. The couple, who met while working together at America West Airlines, built a hotel in Sitka, Alaska, alongside the liquor and sundries store they originally purchased. After living in the Valley for several years, they’re once again channeled into what they do best—and folks are catching on. Prickly Pear Inn has already become a favorite for Cave Creek locals with visiting relatives, and for events like the rodeo. Great reviews on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor are starting to bring customers, too. Like everything else that spreads in Cave Creek, the word is starting to get out about this newest little gem of a spot.

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City Creamery With homemade, small batched, handchurned ice cream and waffle cones fresh from the oven, City Creamery opened its doors in January, but is already a local favorite! Flavors like double chocolate orange, salted caramel, and huckleberry honey and lavender ice cream bring something special to summertime treats. The City Creamery’s owners began their frozen adventure in Virginia City and West Yellowstone, Montana. Their Virginia City store caught the eye of National Geographic magazine, which ranked the Virginia City store as one of the nation’s top 10 ice cream spots. AAA Travel Guide also ranked City Creamery as a Best Sweet Spot. Come see what the fuss is all about! The flavors change regularly, so try them all.

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Cimarron River Company For true collectors and others who appreciate genuine works of art, authentic Native American jewelry is a treasure. At Cimarron River Company, each piece is hand-selected for quality and superior design. Talented Native American artists from the Navajo, Apache, Hope and Zuni tribes craft one-of-a-kind jewelry from solid sterling silver and genuine turquoise, coral, spiny oyster, mother of pearl, opal and more. In addition, Cimarron River Company recently added sterling silver gifts for infants and children, Painted Ponies, horn sofa tables, lamps and decorative Southwestern accessories.


Whether guests stay for a night, a week or a month, they’re all treated with the comfort and large room size of a resort, but with the warmth and personalized care of a bed and breakfast. “We want to appeal to the independent traveler who is looking for a great location and an upscale, comfy place to stay,” said Cherie. The Morinas are also doing it with the whole town in mind. “Cave Creek has to be a destination,” said Paul. “Nobody’s going to come up for one business, but they’ll come up if many businesses have something to offer them.” Ultimately, it’s that recognition that they’re an important, unique part of something bigger that sets Prickly Pear Inn and Grumpy Ole Mule—and most Cave Creek businesses— apart from their Valley counterparts, and it’s that sense of community that so many of us have grown to love.

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Writer Amanda Christmann // Photography by Austin MacDougall


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For over a century, the railroad has played a starring role in Arizona. In fact, in its early days especially, more than any other single influence, the railroad shaped who we are as a culture, a society and our economics. In its heyday, about 2,500 miles of tracks criss-crossed the state. Ours was part of a great network that, for the first time, not only allowed for transport of goods and people across the country, but also helped ideas and ways of life to travel from the smallest settlements to the largest cities. Mining, politics, tourism, ranching, and townbuilding—the railroad was central to it all. Wherever

the trains went, growth followed. Today, many of the outposts that began with a depot and a dream are now among Arizona’s most established cities and towns, including Kingman, Tucson, Flagstaff, Holbrook and Benson. In the United States, the railroad’s roots go as far back as the 1720s, when wooden tracks were laid out to haul goods and supplies over short distances. At the turn of the 19th century, the steam engine was invented, which changed everything. The railroad became the impetus for the Industrial Revolution in the Northeast, then the key to agricultural development of the South and Midwest. M ay 2018

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It wasn’t until President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of 1862, “justified on the grounds of military necessity… [and] designed to preserve California and the West for the Union,” that the idea of a transcontinental railroad could become a reality. With blessing from the U.S. Government, along with plenty of grants and incentives, the railroad industry was in business. “Manifest Destiny” became the rally cry of the times, and spike by spike, the tracks were laid, creating some of the best—and ugliest—moments in American history.


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DID YOU KNOW? About 2/3 of the difficult and dangerous work of building the railroads in our state was done by the Chinese, and most of the rest was done by Irish immigrants. Initially they were paid $24 to $31 per month, and $1 more per month if they built tunnels because of the danger involved. Eventually, their pay rose to $35 per day, which was roughly equivalent to what their European-descendant counterparts could earn. In the beginning, locomotives were coal-fired. Every two minutes, workers shoveled coal into the engine’s furnace. Trains also used about 60 gallons of water per minute. It took about 7,000 gallons of water to travel 40-60 miles. It was the Grand Canyon Railway, running from Williams to the South Rim depot, that launched tourism in Arizona in 1901. Its historical depots are still round today, and the train continues to be a favorite among tourists and locals of all ages. Trains have come a long way. Engines today are hybrids; diesel engines turn electric generators, enabling trains to run for hundreds of miles on a single gallon of fuel.

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Here in Arizona, it was 1880 before the first train chugged into Tucson from San Francisco/ Los Angeles. It was part of the Union Pacific’s new route toward Texas and New Orleans.


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Home State: Pennsylvania Current Home: Washington, D.C. What Makes You Tick: “Trains tell an important, if largely hidden, part of the story of how the United States was built. The growth of the American West in particular has been linked to the development of railroads going all the way back to the 1800s. Even today, you can learn a lot about what drives a city's economy just by seeing the types of railroad cars that go in and out of its yards. In addition to all of that, I really enjoy the creative challenge of making art using something that to many people is just a mundane part of everyday life.” Photography Faves: “While I've had some experience with landscape and sports photography, over the past few years I've learned how to carve out a specific niche with my railroad photography. I still make it a point to spend three to four weeks each year traveling across the country to photograph trains. It was these travels that first brought me to Arizona, and I've spent many subsequent days capturing trains passing through the state's beautiful landscapes. Despite all of that, I still will never turn down an Instagram-perfect sunrise, regardless of whether a train is present.” Why Trains? “In the past few decades, thousands of miles of railroad lines have been abandoned, leaving only empty trails and photographs behind. Knowing that both the railroads and the surrounding communities are in a state of constant evolution is a big motivator for me to continue taking more pictures of them. “On a similar note, I would encourage anybody with an interest in photography to focus more on the mundane, everyday items around them to preserve for future generations. It's not always clear which parts of our everyday life will go the way of the drive-in theater or video rental store until those things have already disappeared.”

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Railroad corporations quickly realized that Arizona had a lot to offer by way of mining, among other burgeoning industries. New lines were woven throughout the state to connect Arizona commerce to destinations around the country.

THE CASE OF THE BEARDLESS BOY BANDITS One of the most exciting events that happened in Arizona railroad history occurred in 1910, when 16-year-old Oscar and 18-year-old Ernest Woodson, later known as the “Beardless Boy Bandits,” held up a train using borrowed pistols and rented horses. After robbing passengers of $300 (about $7,500 in today’s value), they headed toward Mexico.


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To the bandits’ detriment, 6-foot-tall, 200-pound Sheriff Carl Hayden (who wore a star-shaped metal badge with the misspelled word “sherif” etched into it) wasn’t far behind. He organized a small posse, then persuaded hotelier J.F. McCarthy to join in with his $3,000 Stoddard-Dayton automobile. With the sheriff riding shotgun, McCarthy pushed the pedal, skirting cholla

and arroyos through the roadless desert before happening on the brothers in a dry wash. The Woodson brothers became the first train robbers in the state to be captured with the help of an automobile. They spent the next few years in prison in Leavenworth, while Hayden went on to become one of the most powerful senators in U.S. history. M ay 2018

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From one-of-a-kind restaurants serving their own takes on cowboy cuisine, to shops and saloons like you’ve never seen before, the spirit of the Old West is alive and well in Cave Creek. As the days get longer and the summer sun begins to shine, you’ll find plenty of smiles indoors and out. There are plenty of reasons to ride on in to Cave Creek!


North Valley Symphony Orchestra is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing musicians of all ages the opportunity to hone their musical skills while encouraging music appreciation throughout the community. Young musicians participating in North Valley Youth Orchestra, North Valley Youth Strings and North Valley Symphonettes will share their talent. WHEN: May 5, 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Cactus Shadows High School, 5802 E. Dove Valley Rd., Cave Creek. COST: Free. 623-980-4628;


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If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to rope a steer or turn out a pair of chaps, Cave Creek Museum has the event for you. Pick up a few true dude ranch skills, then relax by a “fire” for s’mores and a few cowboy campfire songs. WHEN: May 6, 1:30–3 p.m. WHERE: Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr., Cave Creek. Cost: Free for members; $5 for nonmembers. 480-488-2764;


Live bands and massive glowing balloons take center stage on the Rancho Mañana Golf Course for the biggest celebration of the year. This year’s Cave Creek Balloon Festival promises to be better than ever! With cocktails, food trucks, a kids’ zone and more, there’s something for everything at this annual event. WHEN: May 26, 5:30–10 p.m. WHERE: Shuttle parking ($10) at 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek. COST: General admission adults $20, children $15, free for ages 2 and under. VIP tickets and military discounts available.

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Writer Shannon Severson Photography Courtesy of PHX Architecture


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The biggest changes clubs are making is centered on more fun and fewer rules.


Starched white tablecloths, jackets and ties, dresses and heels, golf—and only golf … the idea of a country club conjures visions of formality. But clubs today are undergoing big changes to entice a new generation of members who have very different priorities. Erik Peterson, award-winning founder and president of PHX Architecture is often the man who clubs and resorts across the West turn to when they need to renew and refine their vision for the future. “In the past, clubs were male-dominated, and men usually made the decisions about where the family’s entertainment dollars would be spent,” says Peterson. “Today, women most often make that decision and the main focus is no longer golf." “Everything centers around the social aspects of the family, including health. From the type of food being served to fitness options for the whole family, health is a driving factor. And, unlike the past, parents and grandparents want the kids in their lives to be able to fully participate in club activities.” According to a 2016 survey by the National Golf Foundation, the number of people who play golf on a golf course has been steadily faltering for more than a decade since its peak in 2002. However, the NGF now measures off-course participation, including activity at driving ranges, entertainment facilities and golfsimulators. These unorthodox participants have grown to number over 20 million, nearly half of which have never played on a course. The interest of non-golfers in taking up the sport is also up to 40.6 million people, and more than a third of those (15.2 million) were Millennials (18- to 34-yearolds). Golf doesn’t jive with the Millennial mindset. It takes time and lots of practice, and belonging to a single course lacks variety. Additionally, traditional dining rooms aren’t seen as “cool,” and there’s a dress code.

The trick is how to re-imagine private clubs that appeal to the younger demographic and the changing demands of all ages. “The biggest changes clubs are making is centered on more fun and fewer rules,” says Peterson. “We are creating more hip, energetic dining experiences, revamped fitness areas, on-site spa and salon services, areas for kids and teens, and flexible spaces that allow for revenue-generating events, but that don’t interfere with members coming to the club and using it as they normally would. Interrupting that member experience begins to train them not to come anymore. It’s important that members are always finding reasons to make the club their regular destination—for everything from golf, to dinner, to socializing and family time.” Successful clubs ultimately realize that they’re in the entertainment business. Social programming is key, and clubs who employ Peterson are reimagining their available space to accommodate quick, post-work day rounds in the evenings (with lighter par 3s, music on some holes and hors d’oeuvres served on the tees. Fitness classes offer the cardio and yoga that women tend to favor, and golf-specific training provides something for men and women who want to improve their performance on the course. Casual, grab-and-go restaurants offer healthy fare for a casual bite or to take home, and club managers are scheduling full slates of social activities, from live music, wine dinners, themed events, neighborhood nights and organized trips to clubs with reciprocity agreements. Here in the Valley, Peterson has helped a number of clubs with their redesigns.

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Desert Mountain Sonoran Clubhouse (Gold Nugget Merit, 2017) Renovation and expansion plans added 17,500 square feet of flexible space to bring the total building area to 42,000 square feet. The Golf Performance Center doubles as both a training facility and custom club-fitting center. Indoors, golfers work with trainers and can utilize a golf simulator with video capabilities for analyzing swing and technique. When the garage-style doors are raised, the bay converts to access the open driving range. Expanded spa and salon services have met with great success, and on the dining front, members now have a casual, grab-and-go cafe with soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza.


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The Country Club at DC Ranch (Golf, Inc. magazine Clubhouse of the Year Award, 2015) The 2015 expansion and renovation updated the clubhouse bar and dining experience to allow for a larger bar room and private dining venues that feel more like a restaurant atmosphere. By 2019, the club will boast renovated areas for fitness, teens and childcare. A new resort-style pool will be completed, and the women’s lounge will be expanded and redesigned to create a salon environment.


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Mirabel Golf Club Taking inspiration from his work at Pebble Beach, Peterson maximized Mirabel’s stunning vistas by expanding the bar for a more indoor-outdoor experience, adding exterior fire pit tables outside—something nearly every club is now interested in. Peterson is currently re-engaged for future master planning for the club.


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Terravita Golf and Country Club With expected completion in late fall, 2018, Peterson is working primarily within existing square footage to transform banquet, dining room, restaurant and outdoor spaces into flexible, multi-use areas that will allow the club to host weddings and wine dinners while the restaurant remains open. When he redesigned the fitness center in the past, he recalls thinking that he’d like to get his hands on their dining facilities. That time is now. “The bar is going to be really exciting, really cool looking,” says Peterson. “We are opening up the dining room to a brand new view out toward the mountains with an indoor-outdoor aspect, and there will be a wine room that is really unique. As with all the clubs I design for, changing demographics demand an innovative approach to dining, socializing and entertaining friends. Terravita is part of that next wave.”


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Writer Amanda Christmann Photography Courtesy of Aramark


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Each year in Arizona, when temperatures begin to fall north of the comfort line, it’s easy to want to pack a suitcase and book a flight to anywhere but here. If you stray too far, you may be missing out on some of the best fun Arizona has to offer. While local resorts offer great summertime staycation deals (and you should definitely check them out), they aren’t the only option. Navigating Lake Powell on a houseboat is one of the best ways to make a summer splash, and you'll need less than a tank of gas to take you there! Lake Powell, the largest body of water in our state, is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River that straddles the scenic border between Utah and Arizona. One of the best ways to enjoy it is to sit back and relax on the deck of a houseboat. From a 46’ basic houseboat that sleeps six to a luxurious 75’ houseboat with a hot tub, comfortable staterooms, waterslides and more, a wide range of choices from several rental companies allow you to tailor your houseboat experience. You can even choose to stock your refrigerator or request prepared meals, making your houseboat vacation more like an all-inclusive personal resort. Relaxing on the boat is only one option. If it’s speed you’re after, many rental options offer jet skis and powerboats to tow along. Kayaks, paddleboards, wakeboards, waterskis and other fun options are also available. Lake Powell’s shores are abundant with wildlife, breathtaking natural arches and bridges and Native American archaeological sites, and there are over 2,000 miles of shoreline and 90 scenic side canyons to explore. You can’t go wrong in this Southwestern paradise.

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HOUSEBOATING 101 If you’ve ever admired other people’s house boating vacation photos from afar but been unsure if you’d enjoy it, or intimidating at the thought of being at the helm, Lake Powell Resorts and Marina have a solution. Their new Houseboating 101 course gives you a taste of life on the leisurely side of the lake without the commitment of a full rental. For $299, you can attend a weekend orientation at Lake Powell’s Waheap Marina on the inner workings of the boat and how to pilot it through the lake’s gorgeous waters. You’ll get practice beaching the boat, as well as practice towing and securing an accompanying powerboat. It’s


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a great way to learn the ins and outs so that you can feel confident renting your own houseboat. Instruction lasts five to six hours, and boxed lunches are provided. Lodging for two nights is also included—making this one of the best values out there on the nation’s second largest man-made reservoir. The course’s earliest weekends are already sold out, but dates are still available Aug. 24-26; Oct. 19-21; and Oct. 26-28. Visit for more information.

LAKE POWELL LANDMARKS GLEN CANYON DAM Located in Arizona, this impressive 710-foot-high dam was built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and is a source for hydroelectric power. Another dam result: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, managed by the U.S. National Parks Service.

RAINBOW BRIDGE This stunning natural sandstone bridge is often described as the tallest in the world; in reality, a natural bridge in China is taller—but hey, who’s counting feet with views like this. It’s located in the Utah portion of the lake, and is about an hour’s hike from the shore along a well-trod path.

HITE CROSSING BRIDGE This arch bridge is the only bridge that spans Lake Powell. It carries Utah State Route 95 across the Colorado River northwest of Blanding, Utah. A late 19th century prospector named Cass Hite first established a crossing just downstream from the bridge to allow travelers to cross the Colorado River. The settlement that was built at his “Dandy Crossing” was named for Hite, as was the bridge, built in 1966.

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MORE TO DO Of course, Lake Powell has quite a bit more to offer and places to explore. Boat tours, scenic air tours, dinner cruises, fishing, golfing, hiking and shopping are just a few options. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn more about the area’s history at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Page.


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FUN FACTS • The lake’s history began in 1956, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower, while sitting in the Oval Office, pushed a button that detonated the first blast for construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. Just shy of four years later, the last bucket of concrete was poured, completing the dam. • Lake Powell is named for famed one-armed explorer, author, professor and geologist John Wesley Powell, who led an expedition down the Colorado River in 1869 to become the first person of European descent to navigate the Grand Canyon. A few years prior, Powell lost his arm in the Civil War while commanding his Union artillery company. • It took 11 years for Lake Powell to fill. M ay 2018

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CHECKLIST OF LAKE POWELL EXPERIENCES Along the way, be sure to explore these notable destinations: Antelope Canyon—This incredible slot canyon is one of the most picturesque in the nation. You must book a tour guide through the Navajo Nation to visit. To do so, visit Face Canyon—This beautiful narrow canyon in the Utah portion of the lake is perfect for kayaking or paddle boarding. Gunsight Canyon—Just a couple of hours by houseboat uplake of Waheap Marina, Gunsight Butte is named for its resemblance to the sight of a gun. Characterized by the easyto-find Gunsight Butte, the canyon features two miles of sandy beaches perfect for water fun. Navajo Canyon—Lake Powell’s longest side canyon, Navajo Canyon, offers a great place to step off the boat and hike through the area’s signature copper rocks to see petroglyphs and dinosaur footprints. Padre Bay—Nine-mile-long Padre Bay is full of hidden coves and swimming holes, as well as iconic views like Cookie Jar Butte, Tower Butte and Boundary Butte. Warm Creek Bay—One of the most popular spots on Lake Powell because of its proximity to Waheap Bay, Warm Creek bay offers sandy beaches and several hidden coves for camping. An abandoned coal mine can be found up the adjacent Crosby Canyon. Check water levels before planning to visit this spot, however; low levels make access difficult. West Canyon—This breathtaking passage is known as one of the best adventures on the Colorado Plateau. Access through this long, narrow slot canyon can be difficult, not so much because it’s technical, but because it requires scrambling, wading and swimming. There are a couple of tricky climbs too, but they’re worth it.


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HOW TO GET THERE Lake Powell begins near Page and stretches to the northwest. You can drive to Waheap Marina in Page from Phoenix by taking I-17 north toward Flagstaff, then I-40 east to U.S. 89 north. At Page, go over Glen Canyon Dam and turn right about half a mile past mile marker 550 into Waheap South Entrance of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Continue to the entry booth where you will pay to enter the park or show your annual National Parks pass. Total travel time from Phoenix is about four to five hours, depending on where you depart. If you’d rather fly, the Page Airport may be an option. However, flights from Phoenix through Great Lakes Airlines, the only Phoenix-to-Page flight service, were suspended March 26 and may not be available for some time.


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As the signature restaurant at Copperwynd Resort in Scottsdale, Flourish reigns high over the gorgeous views of Fountain Hills with a quiet stateliness. The scenic restaurant with glass surrounds is the culinary playground for Flourish’s executive chef, Richie Sica, who incorporates several specialty menus at the restaurant. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Sica previously worked his culinary magic at The Keg, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. After working as the executive chef at Sonata’s, he joined Flourish in August 2017. Since coming to Flourish, the chef had a chance to completely reboot the menus twice. “It’s more of a seasonal menu change,” says Sica. “I’m doing fall/winter and spring/summer menus.” In staying seasonally focused, he capitalizes on fruits and vegetables that are at their peak. He is also focused on elevating foods that people already love. “I like to create dishes that are crowd favorites. I don’t really have a restaurant that is specifically one kind of cuisine. I have the opportunity to go to either side of the spectrum to create something special.” He does like to work outside his comfort zone and create things that are different, yet appealing, like his cauliflower steak. “I think outside of the box with some of these items, sprinkling in selections that appeal to those with dietary restrictions,” says Sica. “I’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response, and we have items on our menu that cater to any kind of dietary restriction.” If a guest sees an entrée they would like slightly modified to meet a dietary need, Flourish will do it.

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Local sourcing from places like Abby Lee Farms and Toasted Mallow in Gilbert is important to him. He recently planted cucumbers, lemon thyme, Thai basil, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, squash and more at a community garden in Fountain Hills. “We bought a couple of plots in the garden and I went to Verde Valley Nursery. I’ve now planted many things,” says Sica. He was disappointed that he wasn’t able to plant a lime tree in the community garden, so he found a spot out by the back dock as a home for the citrus tree. “We make everything from scratch here. I don’t like anything from a can,” Sica explains. Flourish has menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, dessert and cocktails. Each menu can be reviewed and discussed by the knowledgeable world-class servers, some of whom have been with Flourish since it first opened. The lunch menu includes a wild twist on the typical. The green


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goddess turkey burger truly lives up to the green portion of its name. Whereas turkey burgers can have a reputation for being dry, the Flourish version swings the other way and is in a class by itself. It includes avocado, romaine, Swiss cheese, fried green tomatoes, green onion and cucumber, all topped with a green goddess aioli and tucked into a brioche bun. Brussels sprouts with Worcestershire gastrique, cotija cheese and a sprinkle of truffle oil are also not to be missed. One particular dinner menu item which Sica created while he was with Fleming’s—and is still quite proud of—is the pistachio dill-crusted sea bass with an orange champagne butter sauce. “A nut grower from California ordered it and he liked it so much, he got the recipe from me and published it in their own recipe book,” says Sica.” That corvina sea bass is now available at Flourish. Another standout dish is the Flourish filet orchestrated with au gratin potatoes made from Sica’s own recipe using pepper jack cheese. The tender fillet is dusted with


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porcini mushrooms, kissed with red wine demi-glace and served with grilled asparagus. Sesame crusted tuna, short rib pappardelle and lobster scallops with vegetables are just some of the entrees that guests can choose from on the dinner menu. Sweet endings at Flourish are just as spectacular as the massive Fountain Hills fountain that can be seen from the Flourish restaurant and patio. Tableside s’mores with locally made marshmallows are always a hit, as is the chilled lemon gingersnap pie. “It tastes almost like limoncello,” says Sica. “The pie was incredibly popular at the Arizona Wine and Dine event at Kierland. This dessert is the perfect complement for the warm weather and it goes really well with white or dessert wines.” Carrot cake, crème brûlée and a trio of cheesecakes round out the dessert menu. Wine pairing dinners are held at Flourish on the second Thursday of each month and are routinely attended by 30 to 40 people. Reservations are highly recommended.

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April Howland has always had a fascination with animals. From a young age, she has been enamored with both domestic and wild creatures. All creatures great and small, April Howland paints them all. Howland’s portfolio includes everything from busy insects and household pets to lions, tigers and bears, oh my! In a style that ranges from photo-realistic to whimsically nostalgic, the CEO and founder of Howland Studios gives each of her painting subjects a story that is uniquely their own.


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vibrant paintings, which are then auctioned off to raise funds. Most recently she has been traveling to assist the non-profit Africa Foundation while photographing wildlife along the way. Even her initial interest in animals is a bit of a wild tale. When she was a young girl of 6, Howland went on a camping trip with her family. A visceral roar came ripping through the campsite one night. “I was sure the next thing that came through that tent would eat me,” says Howland.


Her father was quick to think and was able to usher the family to safety. In the morning, the family discovered mountain lion tracks right next to the tent where they had been earlier. The danger was real and had been right there. “I remember being frightened at what could have happened, but also exhilarated that a wild animal was that close to me,â€? adds the artist. The scary but thrilling event set forth a lifelong interest for Howland and has inspired her to become the renowned animal artist and passionate animal lover and activist that she is today. Howland had been to South Africa with the Africa Foundation on a trip in 2011, and her return with the organization just a few months ago was cause for a celebration in the village of Matimu Crèche located in the community of Welverdiend in Mpumalanga.

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“We sat at the table of honor with the tribal authority of the community,” says Howland. “The whole community came in and it was a four hour celebration with dancing, singing and speeches.” It also marked the unveiling of a new classroom and bathroom for the area’s children, as Africa Foundation made that possible. In her 2011 trip to Vuyelani primary school in Lillydale Village, Howland found that a school kitchen was in desperate need of a remodel. “I decided to help them in the best way I knew how, with my art,” explains Howland. “Upon returning to Arizona, I immediately began the planning of the painting titled, ‘I Have a Future’ of an orphaned boy on a caretaker’s back. I had met them in South Africa.”

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That painting was sold at one of Howland’s fine art shows and it raised $2,000. Those funds then went to remodel the village kitchen and she was able to see the fruits of her fundraising labor on her most recent trip. Her return trip to South Africa in March 2018 also found Howland attracted to another project in a village with a kitchen that desperately needed a remodel. She is now in the planning stages of what artwork she will paint and ultimately auction to raise funds for this new endeavor. “I must have a thing for building kitchens!” says Howland. “The community is so poor and the kitchen feeds children in the whole area. Often, this kitchen will be providing the one and only daily meal these children get.”

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Approximately $15,000 is needed to properly remodel the rustic style kitchen that might be considered crude by American standards.

working kitchen makes in the community and she is fully committed to making a strong push to raise the full funds herself.

“The last time I went to South Africa, I helped to raise money for that first kitchen with other donors,” Howland explains. “This time, my goal is much loftier and I want to do it on my own. I want to be able to raise the entire $15,000 for the kitchen.” She has seen first-hand the difference that having a good

Howland says, “Something I learned about the South African government is that they won’t come in and build these schools and projects. The Africa Foundation comes in and builds schools and kitchens and once they have a full project completed, the government will then come in and bring water and electricity.”

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While she was on her trip to South Africa this year, Howland was able to go out on excursions with trackers. She snapped photos of lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, wildebeests, hyenas, rhinos, giraffes, mongooses and hippos. These photos will serve as inspiration and models for future paintings for Howland, and she is anxious to get started on creating new paintings based her experiences. Since she has made two trips to South Africa, she believes in the connection between helping the people in the villages and the ultimate longevity of animals in the area. “The more we help young and struggling communities, the better ambassadors these precious African animals will have. These will be people that are more educated and dedicated to their environment and conservation,� Howland says.

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Locally, Howland also supports Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in North Scottsdale, a wild animal non-profit that she loves. “I do some pro bono graphic design for them and I just taught an art class out there a few months ago,” she explains.


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One of the center’s wolves, Manitu, recently became a muse and subject of a painting of Howland’s. The painting was then donated to the non-profit organization to auction off during its annual fundraiser, Dinner with Wolves, held April 15.

In another fun twist on her artistic creativity, Howland also offers a variety of her paintings as fun throw pillows. Howland makes it ok to have a tiger, a horse or a sea turtle sitting on your couch or side chair. It’s just another way to enjoy Howland’s creativity. At the end of the day, Howland continues to love capturing wildlife and nature in her paintings because they simply speak to her. “Inside of me lives that little 6-year-old who hears that roar,” Howland says. “I am forever curious about animals and how they live. It is amazing how simple and yet so very complicated their lives are, and by studying them and creating beautiful paintings for my collectors, I am honored to help document and tell their stories so that others might enjoy them just as much as I do.” Currently, Howland is represented at both Santa Fe Exports and Beals & Co. in Santa Fe, NM.

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If you love the flavor of lavender or rose in baked goods, you'll love the herbaceous flavor that roasted Meyer lemons adds to these sweet cookies.

Roasted Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies Prep time: 20 minutes Rest time: 2 hours Cook time: 12 minutes Ingredients: 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 Meyer lemons 2 teaspoons baking powder 10 tablespoons butter, room temperature 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon lemon extract yellow gel food coloring, if desired powdered sugar and sugar for rolling

1 tablespoon honey 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions Zest lemons and set zest aside. Cut lemons in half, removing all the seeds. In a skillet, heat olive oil and honey until bubbling. Place lemons facedown in skillet and roast for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, scraping down the bowl after each one. Squeeze roasted Meyer lemons into the mixture. Add the lemon juice, zest, and food coloring, mixing just until blended. With mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. This prevents the dough from being too sticky when rolling. When ready to bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Pour 1/2 to 1 cup powdered sugar into a bowl or plate, and 1/2 to 1 cup sugar into a separate bowl or plate. Using a 1-3/4 inch size cookie scoop, scoop out dough and roll into balls. First roll in sugar, then powdered sugar. (This allows “cracks� in powdered sugar to show after baking.) Place on baking sheet, leaving room for spreading. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on cooling rack.


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Black Bean & Corn Salsa Not only is this fresh salsa a great appetizer, but it is also delicious served alongside chicken, steak or fish. It’s great on its own, on a salad, or even a taco!

Ingredients: 1 red bell pepper, diced into small pieces 1/2 purple onion, diced into small pieces 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 8 ounces frozen corn 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped 1 tablespoon cumin 1/4 cup lime juice 3 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste) Directions: Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

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