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Table of Contents 08

Meet the Miller Family




Fielding the Silence


Rock the District


5 Minutes With... Cassie O’Grady


17th Annual Hidden In The Hills Artist Studio Tour


Songbird’s Nest


Living Life as an Outlaw


Dining Guide


Professional Services and Marketplace


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As I was out and about doing some local holiday shopping, I was struck by a little bit of awe and gratitude that this amazing desert is my home. The slight chill of autumn nights is a welcome respite from the summer heat, reminding so many of us of what brought us to this community to live. Even beyond the climate is the north Valley lifestyle, and there is no better time to explore the many opportunities to enjoy beauty – both natural and created – than now. From markets to music, there is plenty to do and see, and whether your saddle is on a horse or on a bike, there is a place for you in Carefree and Cave Creek. From our ImagesAZ family to yours, thank you once again for inviting us into your homes and lives, and thank you for your continued support. We have very much enjoyed sharing stories that bring the community together each month. The faces and places we are getting to know make us happy to wake up in these beautiful desert foothills each day. Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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Our Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys


s the sun creeps up the east side of cactus-studded mountains, painting the land purple and washing it in light, small puffs of dust are kicked up from the hard, limey desert soil

in the steady four beats of a gallop. From atop a buckskin quarter horse named Whiskey, the rider keeps her own beat, up-down, up-down, up-down, up-down, as a blond pony tail pokes out beneath her black hat, flying freely behind her in the wind. Like so much of the history of this backwater town, this rider is a legacy. For four generations, the Miller family has produced world champion cowboys and cowgirls, and this youngest generation of progeny, Mary Ann Miller, is no exception. On this day, with her dad John Miller, whose own impressive list of national accolades and AQHA world championship titles earned him induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Miller is spending her own share of days on the back of a horse. She doesn’t mind the work.


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John’s grandfather, Ben Johnson Sr.,

“It’s all about going back to the basics,” she says after her horse is untacked. “It’s just a way of life for us. If you can’t relate to an animal, you’re in big trouble.”

was a renowned

And relate, she does. She earned the title of WPRA World Champion Team Roper in 2006 and

cowboy and rancher,

2007. Like many ranch folks, she and her dad work easily around each other without wasting

and won world championship titles in 1922, 1923 and 1926.

words. There’s no need to talk about things that are as natural as waking up with the sun. Her mom, Barbara, a Russ Lyon/Sotheby’s realtor in Carefree, is also an important contributor. As the pair practices, she catches it on her video camera. Later, they will watch the footage and focus on speed and control, watching for every drop of the shoulder, loose rein or misstep. Though the ropes and the reins may have changed a bit through the years, the joy and the pain of the rodeo are the same as they’ve been for a century or more. For the Millers, their heroes have always been cowboys. Hard-working and straight-shooting, their ethics and common sense have been handed down for decades. John’s grandfather, Ben Johnson Sr., was a renowned cowboy and rancher, and won world championship titles in 1922, 1923 and 1926. He passed his love for the saddle down to his son, Ben Johnson Jr., who won his own cache of awards, including taking the PRCA world title in 1953. Of course, anyone old enough to have ridden atop a spring horse in plastic chaps and vinyl boots knows the younger Ben as one of television and movies’ top cowboy stars from the 1940s through the 1970s.


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Uncle Ben, as John refers to him, began his career not by seeking fame and fortune, but by simply doing what he knew. Ranching with his father on the giant Chapman-Barnard Ranch in Oklahoma, he was introduced to Hollywood when filmmaker and business magnate Howard Hughes hired him to transport horses to Monument Valley for the shooting of the film “The Outlaw.” Johnson wrangled on the set, and people began to take notice of his easy way with the most stubborn of steeds. Soon he was doing stunt work, and in spite of rubbing elbows with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, he remained the same simple man both on and off the set. Johnson may have been perfectly happy showing off his skills in shadow, but fate had something different in mind. Director John Ford picked him up as a body double stunt man for Henry Fonda in the 1948 film “Fort Apache,” and Johnson’s timing and skill were put to a new kind of test. Horses pulling a wagon hauling three of the show’s stars spooked and stampeded. Like something out of the story lines he acted out, Johnson left fear behind and rode into the fray, stopping the wagon and halting disaster. Ford, who had watched the impromptu scene play out, called Johnson to his office and handed him a seven-year contract. In perhaps one of the simplest contract negotiations in Hollywood history, Johnson skimmed the document and saw the words “$500 per week,” then grabbed a pen and signed it. Johnson would go on to star alongside the likes of John Wayne, Alan Ladd, Steve McQueen and Marlon Brando, just to name a few. He also went on to earn an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award in 1972 for his work in “The Last Picture Show.” In spite of his fame, and despite the fact that family gatherings now included people whose boots had walked the hallowed ground of Hollywood, the same down-to-earth simplicity reigned in Johnson’s

Ranching and horses are just who we are!

circles, which included, in no small part, nephew John, his wife Barbara, and their children Mary Ann and Trey. Ben Johnson Jr. had no children of his own, but John served as a fine surrogate. Like the men of his family before him, John was turned out on the ranch at the age of 12 years old. And, like those men before him, he figured it out. “At that point in time, they didn’t teach you anything,” John says with an amicable smile. “You’d just better watch and learn it on your own.” As he speaks, he relaxes comfortably on his leather couch in his Cave Creek ranch, surrounded more by quality than quantity. From family photos to meaningful mementos, he’s encompassed by the same mix of practicality, respectfulness and wry humor that his blood line has carried for generations.


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“People talk about the people I grew up with as heroes, role models and legends,” he says. “They were just good, normal people. We’re used to honesty and the right way of life. That’s what ranch life is. It’s not like that in our society anymore.” But for the Millers, the cowboy way is alive and well, even after the passing of the family’s most renowned member in 1996. Barbara is an accomplished rider: an NFR qualifier in 1971 and a high school and college star of the rodeo grounds. As for John, even at the age of 70, he still saddles up every day to train, teach and compete. Their son Trey, who attended Cactus Shadows High School, earned the title of World Champion High School Team Roper, a huge honor and achievement in the sport. He earned a rodeo scholarship and served as the student body president for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association while earning his master’s degree in finance. And then there’s Mary Ann. She’s done well for herself, too. She dabbled in modeling and television, but always stuck to her Western roots. She earned her degree in marketing, and after a hiatus to check out life outside the arena, she’s back on the rodeo circuit wholeheartedly. She loves to ride, but as with the rest of her family, it goes deeper. “Ranching and horses are just who we are,” she says, naturally looking the part in her jeans and plaid. “It’s a way of life, and it’s about morals and a strong heritage. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

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Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion Debuts in Carefree The Town of Carefree recently accepted a $250,000 sponsorship to cover the cost of a capital improvement project that includes sail shades, sound and lighting for the Carefree Desert Garden’s pavilion, which will now be known as the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Sanderson Lincoln continues its “giving back to the communities” philosophy, and joined Carefree in a public/private partnership. Carefree continues to beautify their Town Center Desert Garden with interesting amenities and entertainment to engage their citizens, visitors and potential shoppers. The Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion is anticipated to be completed in June 2014, and open to hosting fund-raising events, weddings, concerts and festivals. Contact the Carefree Town Hall to schedule your next event. 480-488-3686

Gold Mine Grand Re-Opening a Success Over 200 loyal shoppers enjoyed the annual fall re-opening of the Gold Mine Thrift Shop, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. Closing during the hot summer month allows volunteers time to clean and refurbish the interior before restocking the store for re-opening. Besides a full-time manager and part-time manager, the store is operated by volunteers, with net proceeds from the sale of donated items going to charity. “Besides raising money for our outreach missions, of which approximately 70 percent stays in the community, we also are a dropoff site for other charities,” says Ann Vanderwerf, volunteer team leader for the Gold Mine craft section of the shop. “For instance, people will leave food and toiletries here that we take to the local food bank. We donate medical equipment like walkers and canes to the Kiwanis for their loan closet and we accept pill bottles that are recycled by a non-profit mobile pet clinic to distribute medication to pets. “One of our donors called us ‘a machine,’” laughs Vanderwerf. “I have to agree with him. One hundred percent of donated items are reused or recycled!”


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The Gold Mine exists and is able to fund its various charities through the generous items received from local people and businesses as well as garage and estate sales across the Valley. The Gold Mine sells everything except large appliances because of space limitations. These larger items are passed along to Habitat for Humanity. The Gold Mine is open for donations and shopping, Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce November Events The Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is planning an exciting month in November, and the public is invited. There is no better way to get to know friends and neighbors than coming to a chamber event. Whether you are a business owner or simply care about the area business community, join the chamber for fun and friendship at any of these events: November 13 – Evening Mixer This business-building event will be held where most small businesses start – a bank. Meet your local small business owners at Johnson’s Bank for an evening of networking and fun. Refreshments are provided. Johnson’s Bank is located at 32621 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. The mixer will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. November 19 – POWER Lunch For the chamber, POWER lunching is an acronym for





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Carefree Nov. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Plated lunch will be provided by Venues Café. RSVP is required. Cost is $20.

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November 21 – Business Breakfast by the 10th of

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breakfast at Harold’s and hear from Hospice of the Valley Nov. 21 at Harold’s Corral from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Hospice of the Valley has developed community resources that provide a safety net for employees who are living with a chronic illness or caring for an ill loved one. This is information everyone needs to know, and everyone is welcome. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. Cost is $6 for members, $10 for non-members. 480-488-3381

Carefree Kiwanis, Foothills Caring Corps Offer Medical Loan Closet Kiwanis Club of Carefree and Foothills and Corps are proud to announce a new collaboration, the development of a Medical Equipment Loan Closet to provide the community with a selection of portable medical equipment, including manual wheelchairs, walkers with wheels or balls, sedentary shower chairs, tub benches, commodes, canes and crutches. Carefree Kiwanis will accept and store donations of gently used or new medical equipment. Foothills Caring Corps (FCC) will keep a supply of equipment on hand at their newly expanded offices and be responsible for getting the medical equipment into the hands of local residents who need it. FCC will also place large items (for example, the two power wheelchairs that were donated recently) with community service organizations. The potential need for equipment will be identified through FCC home visits, as well as short informational intakes at the FCC Medical Equipment Loan Closet location on Easy Street in Carefree. Proper use of the equipment will be emphasized, with “tip sheets” and demonstrations provided by FCC volunteers. “From now on, pick-up from the Medical Equipment Loan Closet will be more accessible due to extended hours through housing the equipment at FCC,” said Dave Bell, Kiwanis Club of Carefree Medical Equipment Loan Closet chairman. The Kiwanis Club of Carefree will continue to accept and warehouse donations of medical equipment, and anyone with wheelchairs, walkers with wheels or balls, sedentary shower chairs, tub benches, commodes, canes, crutches, or any other medical equipment in working order and good condition to donate should contact the Kiwanis Club of Carefree. Because volunteerism is at the heart of both organizations, Foothills Caring Corps Executive Director Debbra Determan and Bell are both quick to point out that not only is the Medical Equipment Loan Closet open to


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the community at large, community members are encouraged to volunteer. There are volunteer opportunities for staffing the loan closet and there is always the need for an extra hand at the Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market, a huge endeavor that is held seven times a year to raise funds for local youth programs. The Foothills Caring Corps is located at 7275 E. Easy St., Suite B103 in Carefree. 480-488-1105 480-488-8400

Foothills Food Bank Launches Adopt-a-Family Program The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center is joining with several organizations to brighten the holiday season for children, families and seniors in the foothills community. More than 12 organizations and churches are working to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for those in crisis in the community. Participating organizations that work closely with the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center for the Adopt-a-Family program include: • Rural Metro Fire Department • Salvation Army • Cave Creek Unified School District • Foothills Community Foundation • Foothills Caring Corps • Carefree Kiwanis • Scottsdale North Rotary Club • Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills • Desert Foothills Lutheran Church • Desert Hills Presbyterian Church • St. Vincent de Paul from: • Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church • St. Gabriel Catholic Church • St. Rose Catholic Church Individual donors and donor groups such as businesses, HOAs and classmates are encouraged to participate in this year’s program by providing gifts for a family, children or seniors in the community. Donors should indicate the size of family they are willing to adopt and a family wish list will be provided to serve as a shopping guide. There is no minimum donation and shopping assistance is available for monetary donations to support the program. Checks are payable to the Foothills Food Bank. All gifts and donations are tax deductible according to tax laws. 480-595-8584 480-540-7631 N o vem b er 2013


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November 1–3 20th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Arizona’s highest quality fine art event, produced by Thunderbird Artists, is coming once again to downtown Carefree. The 20th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Nov. 1 through Nov. 3 will feature some of the best wine and most accomplished artists in the United States. Whether you are a collector or simply enjoy creativity and the beautiful offerings of Carefree, you will want to explore the work of more than 165 world-class, jury-selected artists from around the United States and abroad, displaying over 5,000 original pieces of fine art including small to life-sized bronzes, paintings, pottery, photography, scratchboard, wood, clay, metal and glass sculptures, batiks, jewelry and so much more. Participating wineries will each have their own selection of red, white and blush wines from around the world available for tasting. There is a fee of $10, which includes an engraved souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1 each. In addition to the delicious food from participating vendors, patrons will have many dining options with Carefree’s surrounding restaurants and outdoor cafes, such as Sundial Garden Café, Saba’s, Venues and more. Live entertainment and featured artists will also make the festival enjoyable and memorable. The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival will be held in downtown Carefree at 101 Easy St. Admission is $3 for adults all three days, and complimentary for Carefree residents. Parking is free. 480-837-5637

November 1–3 11th Annual Wild West Days Arizona’s largest Western venue and a Cave Creek signature event will celebrate its 11th anniversary throughout the Town of Cave Creek during Wild West Days Nov. 1 through Nov. 3. This year’s Wild West Days features the Third Annual Gun Down by Sundown. Led by the town’s entertainment company, Six Gun Entertainment, LLC, the two-day event will feature gunfighter groups from throughout the West who will perform in a gunfight competition all day long Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. Other exciting Wild West Days activities include: • Western parade (Saturday): numerous non-vehicular entries bring the true spirit of the West to Cave Creek visitors. • Bathtub races (Saturday): Homemade bathtubs race down the street for the grand prize. • Pig races (Saturday): pigs race as fast as they can to show their personal best to festival visitors. A comprehensive list of scheduled events and activities is available online.

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November 2 Christ the Lord Lutheran Church Living Music Performance Series “The Royal Renaissance Singers: Madrigals with a Hint of Jazz” kicks off the performance series of music and art at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Carefree Nov. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. This interactive program features a capella vocal music of the Royal Renaissance Singers, who will describe the customs and music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, and will perform this early music in a most entertaining way. “Three Jazz Madrigals,” composed by Ron Drotos to text written by William Shakespeare, are the centerpiece of the presentation. These featured jazz madrigals include: “O Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred,” “O Mistress Mine, Where are you Roaming,” and “On a Day in May,” in addition to other delightful selections. Come learn about the Renaissance through costume, music and lively entertainment. The event will be held in the outdoor garden at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Carefree, located one mile east of Pima Road. Suggested donation is $10, and non-perishable food items are also welcome. All proceeds benefit our local Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center. 480-488-2081

November 2 Starry Knights at Camelot The much-anticipated Starry Knights event will take place this year at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2. Inspirational speakers will be the highlight of this event, which includes dinner, silent auction and live auctions to raise money for Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, a unique program that empowers differently abled adults and children through horsemanship. Starry Knights annual evening fundraising event for Camelot will highlight Scottsdale teen Patrick Bonner, who has been a student at Camelot for five years. Patrick is an exceptional, articulate young man who has had cerebral palsy since having a stroke when he was nine months old.

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Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship is a non-profit organization that teaches horsemanship to children and adults who have physical disabilities. Camelot has been offering all services at no cost to students for 30 years and is located in north Scottsdale. Camelot will use funds raised through Starry Knights to continue to offer their horsemanship program to children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. Individual tickets are $125, and 10-ticket corporate packages are available for $1,000.

November 5 “Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater” at DFL Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you watch this short film at Desert Foothills Library Nov. 5, followed by a discussion with Producer C.C. Goldwater. The presentation will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Barry Goldwater was among the most controversial figures in American politics in the 1960s. A hard-line fiscal conservative and outspoken supporter of the war in Vietnam, Goldwater was elected to the U.S. Senate for Arizona in 1952, and he helped galvanize the Republican party, leading the way for a bolder brand of conservative politics However, while Goldwater was regarded as a spokesman of the far right, his political views were far broader than his reputation would suggest. He frequently supported civil rights and environmental legislation in Congress; he was an outspoken opponent of the influence of Christian activists in politics; and his positions took on a more libertarian stance as the Republican Party moved farther to the right in the 1980s. Barry







documentary, in which home movies, archival interviews, newsreel footage, and conversations with Goldwater’s friends, relatives, and colleagues come together to create a portrait of the public and private sides of this complicated man. Seating is limited; please call to register. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek. Cost for the program is $10. 480-488-2286


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November 8, 9 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar in Carefree It’s never too early to do your holiday




Lady of Joy church guild’s 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar is the perfect place! Once again, the guild will offer an enormous selection of unique items and one-of-

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a-kind creations Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Home-baked goodies, gently used books along with a café serving breakfast and lunch will add to your shopping fun. Our Lady of Joy is located at the intersection of Cave Creek and Pima Roads, at 36811 N. Pima Rd. in Carefree. 480-252-1069

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Cool Stuff rummage sale. Bargains will include clothing, shoes, baby clothing, children’s toys, antiques, linens, sporting equipment, holiday décor, kitchen items, tools, household items and more. Doors open each day at 7 a.m.; sale continues until 2 p.m. Coolwater Christian Church is located at 28181 N. 56th St. in north Scottsdale, on the southeast corner of Dynamite and 56th Street. All proceeds from the sale go to community outreach,




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November 9 Kiwanis of Carefree Serving up Biggest Breakfast in Town November 9 from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., the Carefree Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion will bring over 500 folks together for humongous (and very tasty) pancakes, awesome gourmet sausage, great coffee and fresh OJ. Dozens of Key Club members from Cactus Shadows High School, Foothills Academy and Notre Dame Prep will assist the Carefree Kiwanis volunteers in setting up, serving food and cleaning up. “I see the pancake breakfast as a way to bring everyone in the community together for breakfast,” said Ron Junier, event chairman. Special thanks go to Tonto Bar and Grill and The Roastery of Cave Creek for their support. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 14 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Carefree Kiwanis members or at the event. All proceeds will go directly to helping Carefree Kiwanis local youth programs. 480-488-8400

November 14 Arizona Musicfest APPLAUSE! The curtain will rise on the Arizona Musicfest 20132014 season with the year’s grandest soiree – Arizona Musicfest’s “APPLAUSE!” a special benefit performance and dinner celebrating excellence in artistry and philanthropy, 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Troon Country Club. This event, the major fundraiser of the year for Arizona Musicfest, will feature a concert performance by Broadway star Mike Eldred, with special recognition of philanthropists Susan and Michael Rouleau in appreciation of their generous support of Arizona Musicfest. Guests will be treated to an exclusive introduction to this year’s festival by Arizona Musicfest Maestro Robert Moody. Make it an evening to remember for two, or assemble a table of your friends to enjoy an exceptional performance and a full gourmet meal prepared by the acclaimed chefs of Troon Country Club. You won’t find an experience like this anyplace else! Reservations are required to what promises to be one of the most pleasurable and glamorous events of the year. Tickets are $160 each. Troon Country Club is located at 25000 N. Windy Walk Dr., Scottsdale. 480-488-0806


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November 15 Life Night Gala for UCP Celebrate life at the fourth annual Champions in Life Night gala for United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Nov. 15 at the Ritz Carlton at 2404 E. Camelback in Phoenix. More than just an opportunity to wear cocktail attire and enjoy a wonderful evening out, this important event will help UCP serve approximately 7,000 children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and developmental delays. Individual and business sponsorships are critical and appreciated. UCP dramatically impacts children and families every day by providing comprehensive services to children and adults with disabilities by making dreams come true to live life without limits. It helps people like Thomas, who was born at 25 weeks and had 10 brain surgeries before he was two years old. Thomas loves music and his first attempt to move across the floor was driven by his desire to press buttons on a piano keyboard. He thoroughly enjoys dancing with his mom and, now that he is using the walker provided by UCP, Thomas and his mom dance together often while holding hands. Individual seats for the dinner are $150 each, or $1,000 for a table of 10 seats. Additional sponsorships are available. Reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. 602-540-5348

November 15–17 Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival It’s time for something different and fantastic! The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival will take place Nov. 15, 16 and 17 in Cave Creek from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and an impressive array of vintage and antique dealers and artisans are lined up. N o vem b er 2013


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The festival’s unique vendors include favorites Diablo Forge, Bella and Bruiser, award-winning jeweler, Lilia Corona, Fiber and Fire, Paris Montana, Vintage by Jen, Rethunque Junque, Vintage Bliss, Grizzly Iron, the Salvage Company, Whimsical Garden Things, Vagabond Xchange, Rookie Lucas, Sugar Jams, sculptor Terry Pyland, and Jack and Cat Curio, to name a few. “We’re continuing the public arts program, Pay it Artward,” says Lori Cowherd, co-founder of the Big Heap. ”This program allows an artist to create a piece of art for, or at the festival, and gives visitors the opportunity to pay $1 for a chance to win the piece, with proceeds going toward funding a selected artist to create a piece of his/her own to be donated to a public space. This year we feature Phil Womack, a sculptor who will create one of his highly sought after truck benches for the raffle. The winner will be announced on the last day of the event.” Founders Mickey Meulenbeek and Lori Cowherd continue looking for ways to promote new talent and get it in front of the masses. During the festival, visitors will be entertained with music and belly dancers and several gourmet food trucks will be available to satisfy even the most discriminating taste. The Big Heap will be held at 38410 N. School House Rd. in Cave Creek. The entry fee is $5 for adults; there is no charge for children 12 years and younger.

November 15–24 DFT Presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Before there was “Jesus Christ Superstar,” before there was “Cats,” before there was “Phantom of the Opera,” there was “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first certified mega-hit. Desert Foothills Theater (DFT),







Foundation, is bringing this high-energy musical to the north Valley with a special production running Nov. 15 through Nov. 24 on the main stage of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St. in north Scottsdale. Directed by Darrell Spencer with musical direction by Daniel Kurek (original lyrics are by Tim Rice), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” tells the biblical story of Joseph, who is loved by his father, despised by his brothers, sold into slavery and given up for dead … and that’s just in the first 10 minutes of the show. “Come enjoy the most tuneful 75 minutes you’ll spend this season, as Joseph rises through the ranks in Potiphar’s house, dodges the amorous Mrs. Potiphar, and becomes Pharaoh’s right-hand man,” said Meribeth Reeves, DFT’s managing director. “Along the way, you’ll learn more about the nasty brothers, a famine, the coat and even an Elvis sighting.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15-$32 for adults and $11-$16 for youth


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November 14 Soroptimist Bunco Fundraiser Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills will be having a Bunco fundraiser Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at Holland Community Center near the YMCA at 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B in Scottsdale. Tickets are $20, which includes appetizers, and a raffle and live auction will be offered to help raise funds for the many community outreach programs offered by Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills. 480-861-4188

November 18 Pinnacle Concert Series Presents Bassoonist Chip King The bassoon, an instrument of beautiful color, has such warmth it has been compared to a man’s baritone voice. It is the lowest and largest of the woodwinds with an impressive range. It can sound throaty and “not of this world,” full and mellow, or heavy and powerful. You’ll hear it, notably, in the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5,” in “The Sorcerer’s Dukas,





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of Spring” by Stravinsky, Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” and works by Mozart and RimskyKorsakov, to name just a few. Bassoonist Chip King, who played with the Grand Rapids Symphony for 35 years, will introduce you to the bassoon and share insights, anecdotes and its lovely sound as part of the treasured Pinnacle Concert Series at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is located at 25150 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale, at the northwest corner of Pima and Happy Valley Roads. Admission is free. 480-303-2474

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November 19 Aissa Wayne Presented by Sonoran Speakers’ Club The Sonoran Speakers Club will feature Aissa Wayne,

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Mountain. Aissa, a Los Angeles lawyer, will disclose many stories of her life with a very famous dad. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner (all-inclusive, $28) at 6 p.m. and the speaker at 7 p.m. Speaker’s fee is $20 per person for non-members. Membership for the Sonoran Speakers’ Club is $55 for the last five speakers. For information, contact Dawn Hopkins. 480-488-2219

November 19 Arizona Musicfest Wine and Cheese Volunteer Open House Finding a place to volunteer where passion is engaged is the key to finding fulfillment in the giving of time and resources. Arizona Musicfest, the local non-profit organization that has served our community for over 20 years with spectacular concerts and highly-acclaimed youth and music education programs, presents great volunteer opportunities to fulfill those passions. Working with young musicians; enjoying the competition of a putting tournament; greeting people at special events; mingling with professional orchestra members; helping establish Musicfest Minutes, a daily classical music listening program in schools; and ushering at concerts is available to you as a volunteer! Whether you have a little time to give or a lot, learn more fun ways to become involved by joining Arizona Musicfest volunteers at Windgate Ranch Clubhouse, 18570 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. in Scottsdale, Nov. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a wine and cheese open house. Admission is free. “The best part,” says Dee Harrington-Hartwell, volunteer committee chairperson, “volunteers have a lot of fun!” 480-488-0806

November 20 Women Who Rock: Shemekia Copeland at MIM Two-time






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sides of the Atlantic, shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B. B. King, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton and has even performed at the White House. Now she will be performing at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Scottsdale Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas such as Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, Copeland was presented with Taylor’s crown in 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and given the honor of being the new “Queen of the Blues” by official proclamation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city:

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November 20–23 Horsing Around at SVS Sport Horse Festival

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the SVS Sport Horse Expo and Auction Nov. 20 through Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The expo is a combination of athletic events and studious seminars. Highlights of the event schedule include: • Young Horse Free Jump Challenge – wild-atheart young horses get to do some free-styling, taking off on their own and jumping obstacles. • High Jump and Gymnastic Exhibition – the faint of heart will cover their eyes here, as while horses are leaping, human gymnasts flip and twist. • Dressage Dancing Presentation – a Western ballet of sorts, with riders guiding horses to

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The action culminates with the annual Sport Horse Auction, a grand finale with bidders going after the best of this year’s bunch. The long ride of a weekend also features guest speakers such as Dr. Martin Crabo of Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center; Julie Winkle, a wellknown equestrian and judge; and Buddy Uldrikson, a cowboy who will present “How to Break a Young Horse.” Other seminar topics range from equine massage, to bits and bitting, to lameness issues. Events and presentations for children include “Paint by Number,” “Discovering the Equine Skeleton” and “Discovering the Equine Digestive System.” This year, the Horse Expo is raising the bar by supporting five local organizations: the Phoenix Dream Center Foster Care Program; Horses Help; Canter; Just World; and Scottsdale Community College.

November 21 Whiskers & Wine Whiskers & Wine is back for its second year to benefit Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) Nov. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s extravaganza heads north to Carefree Plaza in the heart of downtown Carefree. Taste fine cuisine from local restaurants and sample fine wines to cleanse your palate for the next go-round! The event also features a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and fine jazz music on the main stage while guests take in a cool November night under the stars. Tickets are available for purchase online or at our shelter and adoption center located at 23030 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale. Sponsorships are also available, and local restaurants and wine cellars are encouraged to contact FAR if you would like to show off your cooking or wine-pouring skills. Foothills Animal Rescue is a cage-free, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization saving the lives of homeless dogs and cats through rescue, care and adoption. Founded in 1995, FAR has been fortunate to have wonderful supporters who made possible the shelter and an outstanding resale boutique, from which 100 percent of the proceeds go to the care of rescued animals. 480-488-9890

November 22–24, 29–30 and December 1 Hidden In The Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale Come to Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale to experience the most visible art event in the Desert Foothills, the Sonoran Arts League’s 17th Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale, scheduled for Nov.


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22-24, 29-30, and Dec. 1. This is an extraordinary, dynamic,

and free self-guided tour of 46 studios and 167 working artists. Artists Virginia Brooks (oil), Judy Darbyshire (ceramic), Katalin Ehling (batik), Morrie Elmer (wood),






(glass), Robin Ray (ceramic/acrylic/watercolor) and Valentine (metal/bronze) have participated in Hidden In The Hills every year since 1997. “The studio tour began as a home-grown affair with local artists inviting their family, friends and neighbors,” explains Ray. “Several of us were doing home shows for the holiday season and thought working together instead of competing with each other would be a more positive experience. I love seeing the same people return, as well as making new contacts.” Jewelry artist Allena Mistral, who at 24 is the youngest artist to ever participate in the event, is looking forward to her first year. “After seeing my parents show in Hidden in the Hills for so many years, I decided that I wanted to share my art with the world,” she explains. “Seeing people come out to support the artist community is wonderful and I’m very excited to be a part of it this year.” The self-guided tour, sponsored by National Bank of Arizona, is free and is the largest art show and sale in the Phoenix metro area. A variety of artistic genres and mediums such as acrylic, ceramics, pencil, jewelry and photography, will be available for sale. Before embarking on the tour, art enthusiasts, collectors and the general public can learn more about each artist by purchasing a directory of artists and/or searching the artist database. Both the directory and database, as well as a map, are available online. 480-575-6624

November 29, 30, December 1 5th Annual Stagecoach Village Fine Art Festival Celebrate the beginning of the traditional holiday shopping





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Fine Art Festival. The festival features a wide variety of jury-selected fine arts and crafts including original oils, acrylics, watercolors, stone and bronze sculptures, mixed media and exquisite jewelry. Enjoy openair shopping, dining, wine tasting and musical entertainment in the high Sonoran Desert surrounding Cave Creek and Carefree. The festival will be held Nov. 29, Nov. 30, and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. Admission and parking are free. 623-734-6526

November 29–December 1 Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival Fine art, music, dancing and entertainment will be on display for the 8,000 expected visitors to the Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree. Magic Bird Festivals has gathered more than 100 vetted artists who will show their work within the beautiful desert landscape and garden paths of the gardens. Victoria Orrico, who creates handcrafted paper sculptures molded into artful shapes using natural elements such as seed pods, dried cactus, leaves and flowers, says, “Everything is done with the class and good taste that a venue like Carefree Town Center deserves.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Admission is free. 480-488-2014

December 1 7th Annual Cowboy Christmas Children’s Program Kick off the holiday season this year with lots of family fun at Cave Creek Museum’s Cowboy Christmas Dec. 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include roping a steer with a hula-hoop, making chaps, making and decorating cookies and other crafts and games. Gary Sprague and his own talented mount, Dusty, return to entertain visitors at 2:30 p.m. with holiday poetry, stories, and songs. This is a free family event, but reservations are required. Space is limited. Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Dr. in Cave Creek. 480-488-2764


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December 13–15 6th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival Mark your calendar! Winter arrives in downtown Carefree with the 6th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival Dec. 13 through Dec. 15. The holiday event provides three days and two nights of free holiday festivities, at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., in Carefree. The signature Electric Light Parade will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 along Easy Street. A fireworks display with a special commemorative salute, in cooperation with the 100 Club, will take place to honor the 19 fallen Yarnell firefighters at 8 p.m., immediately following the parade. Other activities include a Kids’ Zone with 35 tons of real snow, carriage rides, caroling, dance and singing performances, a nativity display, a pet parade and pet adoptions, and other activities for the entire family. Santa will be in attendance throughout the weekend for photos. An outdoor shopping and gift mart with more than 100 exhibitors and a holiday food court, will take place throughout the weekend offering daytime and nighttime, outdoor holiday shopping, amidst the backdrop of holiday music and festivities.

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Cactus Shadows High School’s football team got off to its best start in years, winning the first three games of the season before a last-second loss. As the season goes on, expectations for a winning year are rising, and the roar of crowds will put extra pressure on the players. But there is one member of the Falcons who won’t flinch, no matter how much noise the crowd makes. Tyler McIntyre, a senior, is almost entirely deaf; though advanced surgery and a sophisticated device has given him near-complete hearing, he doesn’t wear the sensitive equipment when he plays football. “When it’s a third down or something and it gets really loud, I’ll feel it a little bit,” he says, in answer to a question about crowds. “But I don’t really hear it.”

McIntyre had surgery October 31, 2011, a Halloween he will always remember, as it flipped on an audio switch. While it took him months to figure out the words voices were making, he eventually was able to appreciate the subtle sounds of rain falling on a roof and birds chirping. The changes in his hearing came just as he was making other positive changes, to dig into school and athletics. On the football team, he is the long snapper on field goals, extra points and punts, and a backup nose tackle. Though he only is on the field for a few plays a game, he clearly pushes himself to improve. “He’s an extremely hard worker,” says Greg Davis. And then the Falcons football coach gives a low, knowing chuckle. “I had him in class his sophomore year, and if you would have told me he would be where he is now, I would have said you were crazy.” Back then, McIntyre was adrift, and possibly heading down the wrong path. “I didn’t know where my place was,” he says, looking back. “But then Coach Davis told me that if I wanted to play football, what I had to do. So I stopped hanging around with the wrong people.” He hit the weight room, and tried to live up to the Falcon Creed: “Demonstrate unmatched character, discipline, toughness and academic excellence every day.” Now that he has earned a spot on the varsity team, Ty takes his role seriously. “I work my butt off on long snapping,” he says. He relies on hand signals from the punter or kick holder to know when to snap the football. While not being able to hear on the football field certainly has its disadvantages, and while he is decidedly undersized as a defensive lineman, there are two aspects of his game where McIntyre actually has an advantage over other nose guards. “The reason the coaches picked him to play defensive line is because he’s really fast, and they knew he would never be off-sides,” his father, Gary McIntyre, says with a laugh.

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Quarterbacks love to try to draw defensive linemen off-sides with long signals in which they often play word games; the QB might tell his team the ball will be snapped on the fourth “hut,” then go to the line of scrimmage and call out “hut-hut-HUT” in an attempt to get the other team to flinch. In Tyler McIntyre’s case, it is wasted breath, as he knows nothing else but to move once the center moves the ball. And that’s a thing of beauty to coaches, who endlessly preach to defenders, “Don’t listen to the quarterback, just watch the ball!” And, almost as endlessly, the coaches jump up and down in frustration when one of their defensive linemen is lured by a hard count into jumping off-sides. Tough







intimidated by lining up against giants who outweigh him by 50, even 100 pounds. “It’s fun,” he says with a grin. “I love it, going up against the center and guard, thinking ‘There’s this kid who’s only 5-8, 165 pounds, he’s not a threat.’ And then I got in there and smack them in the mouth – I like it when they’re surprised.” Gary McIntyre, a semi-retired entrepreneur who owns a meeting and planning company called More Than Meetings, is quite proud of his son’s successful battle just to make it onto the football field, and Tyler’s work in school. “He’s carrying straight A’s this year, and had a 3.67 (GPA) at the end of last semester,” says Gary McIntyre. “He’s been mainstreamed since first grade, which is kind of unheard of for a deaf kid.” Surgically, Tyler received cochlear implants, in which a device is attached to the cochlea region of the inner


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ear; a microphone in an earpiece transmits signals to the device, allowing the brain to hear signals. His father worked for five years to get Tyler approved for the device and surgery, which normally is approved only for younger children. Gary McIntyre credits Tyler’s life-long audiologist, Dr. Lisa Thompson. “She has been by him through all of it, and without her, Tyler would never have been approved or have had the operation. She was instrumental in all of it. … We all need someone who helps you believe you can do the impossible. Lisa was that person for me.” As a result of the surgery and devices, Tyler has gone from less than 5 percent hearing to about 90 percent. But, so as not to damage or break the delicate equipment, he does not wear the exterior device for football battle. Instead, Tyler has his own “honorary coach,” sign language interpreter Linda Urschel, who is on the sidelines for every practice and game. On the field, there have been a few quirky moments. “One game, one of the kids from the opposition was giving him all kinds of smack talk,” Gary McIntyre said with a chuckle. “So one of his buddies goes up to (the opponent) and says, ‘You know he’s deaf, right?’” Which rendered the smack-talking opponent speechless. Beyond football and Cactus Shadows, Tyler McIntyre says







in college. “Then I want to have my own company designing weapons for the government. And I want to have a second job as a weapons analyst for the CIA.” While these may sound like pretty lofty goals, making it to the Cactus Shadows varsity football team has proved to Tyler McIntyre how far he can go, if he follows that Falcons Creed.

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At this rate, kids from Cave Creek will be jamming at an arena (or maybe even a stadium) in a few years. Rock the District is the brainchild of then-freshman Melissa Nelson, who came up with an idea for a fundraiser with massive amount of fun. RTD has grown so huge in five years that it is moving to the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. The talent show, featuring some extraordinarily polished young acts, hits the microphone November 23. The event raises funds and awareness for the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation (CCUEF), which in turn supports a variety of programs in the Cave Creek schools. The foundation supports four areas: classroom resources, including technology; international learning; music and the arts; and health and wellness. This year, CCUEF will hand out grants totaling more than $25,000 and positively impacting more than 3,000 CCUSD students. Some of the grant highlights include: 35 guitars, going to Lone Mountain Elementary School; 24 iPads to Horseshoe Trails Elementary; $2,500 in materials to the Sci-Tech Action Lab at Sonoran Trails Middle School; $2,500 worth of texts to Black Mountain Elementary; $2,000 worth of physical education equipment to Horseshoe Trails Elementary; and $2,500 for an artist-in-residence program at Desert Willow Elementary. According to the CCUEF, “The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation was formed independent of the Cave Creek Unified School District to provide an alternative, tax-exempt source of funding. Founded in 2009 to provide monetary aid to the Cave Creek Unified School

District, the foundation is committed to

pursuing additional sources of revenue to support three strategic areas of student impact: Classroom resources and technology; international learning/IB/language programs; and arts and music education.” Rock the District is a way for the students and parents involved with CCUEF to celebrate its achievements, raise a little more money and pump up the volume, showcasing the talents that have been nurtured and fueled by the school music and arts programs. Past Rock the District performers include: The Kards, a romping rock band covering “album rock” classics from their parents’ era; budding country-pop diva Bobbi Kerr; Run 2 Cover, two-time Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding Talent competition finalists; and dozens of other young singers and musicians. Auditions for this year’s show were held in mid-October, with only the 10 top acts to be selected. N o vem b er 2013


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Mining Days Writer Tom Scanlon


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These days and nights, most of the “stamping” around Cave Creek is done on dance floors and aerobics studios. But back when this town was young, stamp mills dotted the foothills. From the late 1800s through the 1920s, the powerful mills were used to crush hard rock ore; this was the beginning of a process that yielded glittering results, with gold being separated from the shattered rock. While the stamp mills faded as the gold began to dry up, and Cave Creek developed into a modern town, the Cave Creek Museum this month offers a taste of history. At a November 12 event dubbed “A Miner’s Dinner,” the museum will unveil a restored stamp mill that dates back to 1880. After four years, the stamper is restored and just about fully operational. “Once complete, Cave Creek Museum’s Golden Reef stamp mill will be the only operational 10-stamp mill in the state,” say the local history folks. Tickets for “A Miner’s Dinner” are $50, with dinner “patterned after that of a traditional miner’s fare.” Entertainment will be provided by cowboy balladeer Mike Ewing. Historic items will be auctioned, and the museum will honor the volunteers who put in some 10,000 hours to restore the stamp mill. The dinner is part of Cave Creek Mining Days, a weeklong (November 10 – 16) celebration.

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Five Minutes with...

Cassie O’Grady Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Jerri Parness

It can be said that the barista is the new bartender, which makes sense, as “barista” is Italian for exactly that. Who better to offer a smile, an ear and a drink to locals and tourists than Cassie O’Grady? She knows the place inside and out and serves up information as well as lattes, espressos and mochas to the caffeine-hungry, be they year-rounders or Europeans charmed by this quaint Western town of Cave Creek. Though she is but 21, O’Grady has had a keen view of local life through a progression of jobs at some of Cave Creek’s busiest businesses, first the Dairy Queen, then Buffalo Chip and now the Grotto Café. Two summers ago, her worldview expanded dramatically when she spent three weeks in Tanzania, helping her church do medical assessments of children. This fueled a passion in Cassie to help others. She is finishing up her associate arts degree at Paradise Valley Community College and plans to continue her education at a four-year college, then become a teacher. This born-and-raised Creeker is a 2010 graduate of Cactus Shadows High, where she was part of the school’s award-winning newspaper. ImagesAZ popped into the Grotto recently, tossing a few questions at the red-haired espresso jockey with the easy grin and twinkling, Irish eyes:

ImagesAZ: What’s your favorite thing about your job? Cassie O’Grady: The people. I’ve never worked at a place where the customers are so pleasant or where the managers are this supportive, and to have these two elements together, it makes for an awesome atmosphere. After work or on weekends I gather with my coworkers, bosses and customers at the local spots and we get a drink together. I mean, how many people can say that?

IAZ: It looks so easy - what’s the hardest thing to learn to be a good barista? CO: There are a hundred small steps to a good drink. It’s easy, but involved. Over all I would say you have to be able to multi-task, move fast and, most importantly, care about what you’re serving. I try to make every drink like I’m going to drink it; pull out all the stops, make it pretty and with love.

IAZ: What kind of weird/funny/charming things do you hear from tourists when they talk about Cave Creek? CO: I was born and raised in this town, so to hear outside perspectives is interesting, especially since we’re such an eclectic community. Visitors are usually surprised to experience how tight-knit our community is, despite being a short distance out of a major city. They love the town events we have during Wild West Days like bath tub races, mutton bustin’ and the parade.


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You’re studying to be a teacher …

what’s the big plan for your life? Do you want to be a little espresso in a big cup, or a big cappuccino in a little cup?

CO: Plans never work, or at least not for me, I get too distracted. I left my heart in Tanzania and I want to go back there and teach. Kids are my passion, I would love to work at a school or orphanage just giving love. If I could just spend my days trying to improve the quality of life or education of kids, I would die happy.


You’re a 2010 graduate of Cactus

Shadows High School. What did you learn there that most prepared you for adult life? Also, favorite memories from ol’ CSHS?

CO: What I enjoyed the most was working on the school paper. I got to play adult for a few hours each day in Ms. (Lori) Hart’s class, along with the much needed help from volunteer word genius Mr. (Robert) Adamson. Working on the paper was the most real thing in school. There was purpose and reason for it, and in the end you get a creative, opinionated result.


You’ve also worked at Buffalo Chip and

Dairy Queen. Any funny stories from those places?


The Chip attracted a lot of foreign

visitors and a lot of cowboys. That makes for an interesting combo. But tourists were always misinformed about the bull riding. They would come in and say something like, “Oh, I’ve ridden one of those at the mall, it’s fun.” And I have to correct them, “No, no, no. These are real bulls.” They would give me a confused look like I told them they’re on the set of a horror film.

IAZ: What’s your favorite coffee drink? CO:

Iced dirty chai, hands down! That’s an

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Writer Donna Kublin


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Hidden In The Hills (HITH) is one of the best artists’ studio tours in the country, and the largest in the Valley. The selfguided tour features 167 working artists at 46 studio locations throughout Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale and is held the last two weekends in November: November 22-24 and November 29- December 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. All art forms are included, with many nationally-known artists, as well as emerging artists, presenting their latest work. HITH provides art enthusiasts and serious collectors from all over the world with a unique opportunity to tour at their own pace, observe artists at work in their private studios and purchase art directly from the creators. It is presented by the 450+ member non-profit Sonoran Arts League.


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With so many artists and studios to see, a little planning really helps. A complete directory can be ordered online or by phone. The directory cover is highly sought after by the participating artists. In prior years, only one artist was selected, usually a painter. In a departure from this tradition, there are four artists on the cover this year and in addition to paintings, the artwork includes jewelry and photography. Each of the featured artists expressed their honor in having their artwork so placed.

Diane Sepanski The artwork on the left-hand side of the cover was created by Diane Sepanski. It is a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece consisting of lampworked glass capturing images of the Sonoran desert and disks that she created with metal clay. Each unique piece in this series incorporates her innovative fusion of metal and glass, for which she has received many awards including first place in the 2013 Art Glass Expo in Las Vegas and first place 2013 International Society of Glass Beadmakers in Arizona. “I consider myself a mixed media artist,” said Sepanski. “Each component is done by hand and includes a variety of materials

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using a number of different processes.” Sepanski delights in telling how she got started creating these beautiful Arizona landscapes with lampwork glass. “My family and I visited Arizona with the idea of relocating from the Midwest and I looked for a memento to commemorate the adventure. I never found one and that inspired me to create this series for visitors and collectors alike. “Lampworking has allowed me to create jewelry, bringing together various metal clays, steel, silver and found objects,” said Sepanski. “Each new technique I learn inspires me to find a way to make it my own. What was once an unknown world to me has now become the path to my creative venture. Lampworking has helped me find the authentic artist within myself.” Sepanski enjoys creating, selling her work at shows across the country, and teaching her techniques to others. She is passionate about what she does and enjoys explaining to visitors on the tour. Her website even includes tutorials.

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Judy Bruce

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Judy Bruce Judy Bruce created the painting on the top right of the cover in her Cave Creek studio, which has been on the HITHs tour for nine years. Bruce has been a painter for 50 years and been doing art her entire life. As a process painter, she allows the images to emerge as she paints in her studio most every day. Her work is truly authentic. It is something she calls “human art” as it expresses aspects of the human condition in a single portrait painting. “I want my art to embrace the dichotomies encountered in life: beauty along with decay, joy along with sorrow, health along with sickness. There cannot be one without the other,” said Bruce. Her “Ravaged Face” series addresses the destruction caused by time, disease, love or death and at the same


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time joy, beauty, hope and peace coming out through pattern, line, texture and color in the same painting. These are done in mixed media and oil. Her “Vulnerable” series deals with people, young and old, male and female and their fragility whether overwhelming or buried deep inside. Many of her subjects are portraits and composites of students and their frailties and strengths. Bruce especially enjoyed working with special needs adolescents who found art to be uplifting and often life saving. Bruce enjoys sharing her “people” during Hidden in the Hills. Many are created using a printing press in a monotype process with mixed media (pastel, water color, collage, colored pencil, inks) added. She has several other series, many in oil and some pastel. Two additional artists will also be showing their work at her studio.

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Barbara Bowman Barbara Bowman created the painting in the center right-hand side of the cover. Her boldly colored contemporary pieces are done in acrylic. Abstract expressionism is Bowman’s passion. She explains: “As a child, I was fascinated with abstract art. I would look at an abstract painting and ponder the lines or lack of them, the colors that merged effortlessly into one another. I’d wonder how they did that, the blending of colors to suggest lines, movement and shadows. Although it may have had no concrete subject matter to speak of, an entire story was unfolding before my eyes. I was in awe and knew someday I would do that, too. “Many people see a painting of mine that they

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like, but want it in a larger size or with a different color palette,” added Bowman. “That is never a problem. I enjoy doing commission pieces as well as murals to specifically fit a home décor.” Bowman describes her process as something akin to of a true, organic relationship. She likes to paint while listening to music. “It’s almost effortless!” she said with a smile. “Art is a part of me. I enjoy creating it, I enjoy sharing it, and I encourage everyone to explore that part of art within them too!” Bowman’s home studio has been on the tour for six years. “We like to create a warm and welcoming experience for our visitors,” she said. “Many return each year to see new work of the five artists situated in various parts of the property. The work includes jewelry, pastel, tile and sculpture as well as my abstract paintings. We also have live music and refreshments.”


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Ari Plosker The image at the bottom right-hand side of the cover is the work of Ari Plosker. It looks like a painting, but it is a photograph. “I view color photography as a fine art form,” said Plosker. “As an art history major in college, I learned about composition and color and there is a lot of crossover to photography. In the right hands, it can be fine art as much as painting can.”

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Plosker approaches his work much as a painter focusing on strong composition, bold color and lighting, and good use of space and balance

in the image. He does little post-processing, using only basic digital equivalents to techniques that would typically be used in the development process if it were done at a traditional lab or in a dark room. Plosker is partial to landscape, architecture and other outdoor genres. He believes that taking a successful photograph is as much about preparation as it is luck. His are well-planned. He chooses the final composition when he looks through his lens. If there are special effects needed, he experiments with unusual techniques such as long shutter speed or deliberate camera motion. In this way, the camera for him becomes a truly creative artistic tool in the fullest sense of the term. Equally as important as the photograph itself, he feels it is important to pick the right media for each piece, the one that presents the image best. His work that will be available on the tour has a broad range of mounting presentations from conventional to canvas, and from metallic paper and aluminum to traditional photo paper.

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The punishing summer of 2012 had ended, and another

C4 Comes Alive Again as

Songbird’s Nest Writer Tom Scanlon Top photo by Daniel Kongos

big fall was just beginning. Yet there were gloomy faces around Cave Creek, as many felt the kind of heartbreak normally reserved for a crashed relationship. The Cave Creek Coffee Company, known to its many fans as C4, had closed. It was a sudden end, after 15 years of music and caffeine-fueled hangouts that built an eclectic community on Cave Creek Road across from the Wild West Pawn Shop. Last month, the news started spreading around town: C4 is back! Well, more or less. Though some might be tempted to call it “C4 II,” the place is now named the Songbird’s Nest; while the name and ownership have changed, the location and most of the furnishings are the same. And like the C4 of old, Songbird’s Nest offers coffee, pastries, lunch items and a wine bar. Songbird’s Nest owner Jennifer Kelber is a musician with fond memories of C4, and she plans to follow the coffeehouse/wine bar/music venue tradition, hosting live shows Friday and Saturday evenings once the wine bar officially opens this month. The Songbird’s Nest grand opening is scheduled for November 9, with Eddie Elliott coming back from the East Coast to his old stomping grounds to celebrate the reincarnated music venue. This is a major nostalgia call for the poetic musician. “Launching the new venue is like standing with one foot in the past and one foot in the future,” says Elliott, who, like many musicians and music fans around Cave Creek, was crushed when C4 was closed last year. “From the moment I laid eyes on the building that donned a ‘Peaceful Place’ street sign in 2001, I was drawn inside. Sacred may be too heavy a word, but the space itself on the land it sits on will always feel like a holy ground for me.” The more Elliott reflects on this spot, the deeper he grooves on it:

“Many will likely testify that lots of

‘magic’ is available to access at this spot. It’s a vortex, for God’s sake! So, I feel like it’s coming home to my favorite stage which held such a sweet spot in my life for nearly a decade.”

Top photo Eddie Elliott Bottom photo Gypsy Soul


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Sweet spot in more ways than one, those who have had the chocolate chip cookies will tell you.

On a busy Sunday afternoon which had her alternating between baking quiche and cookies, welcoming customers and checking in with her bustling young staff, Kelber took a moment to talk about why she wanted Eddie Elliott to launch Songbird’s Nest. “I chose Eddie not only because we are great friends and fellow musicians, but because Eddie has performed in the Cave Creek area for years,” she said. “He worked for five years alongside of Dave Anderson when he first opened C4. He has performed a few times on the actual stage I will be having him perform on November 9. He has a huge following of Creekers that will welcome him back to Arizona. Most importantly he is a wonderful musician and his music and presence is exactly what I am looking for to start our celebration in being fully opened.” If you want to wind this singer-songwriter up, ask Eddie Elliott about favorite C4 memories. From his North Carolina home, he launches into a soliloquy that, you guess, could be the roots of a song, if not an album: “I remember the conversations and camaraderie over late night wine, amazing voices ringing through the desert air, laughter, community, and that incredible smell of coffee beans in the darkness of the morning.” “The old C4 represented ingenuity, possibility, serendipity, and art incarnate. It seemed like all of the employees and many of the customers were artists and searchers. From this pool of people, something special happened and the feeling was palpable.” Though he is a veteran of hundreds of performances, this is far more than just another gig, for Eddie Elliott. “From a future perspective, it feels like an honor to give ‘the opening prayer’ for the Songbird’s Nest and to possibly set a tone for what’s to come. It’s an honor.” Gypsy Soul, another veteran of many C4 performances, will be at Songbird’s Nest November 30. And Kelber herself will play a Christmas-themed concert. Plan to bring a blanket and snuggle up by the fire while listening to holiday tunes on December 15. The last word on the new Cave Creek spot, from expatriate Elliott: “If I had any advice for Jennifer and crew related to this spot, it would be to simply harness the magic that exists there. That’s what I intend to do to the best of my ability on November 9.” The Songbird’s Nest 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-488-6378 (NEST) N o vem b er 2013


Writer Jenn Korducki Krenn Photography by Bryan Black

Living Life as an Outlaw 50

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Head Pro Lisa Abernethy

It’s challenging, no doubt about that With its rolling hills, spectacular views and walkable fairways, it would seem a safe assumption that the Outlaw course at Desert Mountain is a member favorite. Out of the six Jack Nicklaus signature courses offered at the private Scottsdale golf club, Outlaw is the only one completely unencumbered by homes. It is also the only course designed in the Scottish links style, an interesting divergence from typical desert play that is as challenging as the surrounding peaks and valleys are breathtaking. What’s not to love? Ask members that question and be prepared for a laundry list of answers: greens that promise punishment if your ball is even slightly off course, hills that bring heartbreak – and a returned ball – if your pitch shot isn’t quite far enough, as well as an exasperating ability to shoot 75 one day and 95 the next for seemingly no reason other than that’s just the way the ball bounced. “It’s challenging, no doubt about that,” says Mike Scully, director of golf at Desert Mountain. “Outlaw is a tough one to play from the air, which is why this winter we’re planning to run schools and teach the membership how to hit those bump-and-run shots. We want to instruct them on how to play the course to their advantage so that they can be successful out there.” Seated at the helm of the efforts to improve Outlaw’s reputation for presenting a challenge is their newly appointed head golf professional, 26-year-old Lisa Abernethy. Those who don’t know Abernethy personally may do a double take at her age and title, but her long and impressive resume speaks for itself. Not to mention the fact that she’s technically already spent 20 years in the golf field, having first picked up the game at age six. “My dad is a teaching professional in the Chicago area,” she explains. “He never wanted me to feel as though he was pushing me into it. I started out slow and played junior golf once a week at my grandparents’ country club. My cousins played with me, which made it cool. It became a family thing, and that was what really hooked me into it.”

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When she reached high school, Abernethy had to decide between swimming and golf, which were played during the same season. A shoulder injury pushed her down the path that would ultimately guide her career. “I enjoyed playing high school golf,” Abernethy says. “It was a great sense of team, and I miss the competition. But I didn’t realize that in order to play college golf you need to start contacting schools early on, and so I missed the boat on continuing to play for a team after graduation.” Abernethy knew she couldn’t close the door on golf completely. Fortunately, her dad’s profession lent itself to friends and colleagues who had graduated from professional golf management schools and could give good advice. She began researching the 20 PGA-accredited universities offering the program nationwide, initially applying to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan because it was closest. But the weather was cold and blustery every time she visited the campus, and her desire for slightly warmer conditions combined with a passion for football ultimately made the University of Nebraska the better choice.

“I was playing three times a week, so it wasn’t as though my golf game stopped because I wasn’t on a team. I was keeping up with competition and loved every minute of it.”


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The program was a great fit for Abernethy, who reveled in the fact that it was mandatory to play in three tournaments per semester against other professional golf management students. “I was playing three times a week, so it wasn’t as though my golf game stopped because I wasn’t on a team,” she says. “I was keeping up with competition and loved every minute of it.” In addition to playing, she was learning the skills necessary for success in the golf industry through a mix of classroom study




experience, which she credits for helping her determine that private courses were where she truly shined. “They required 16 months of internship in





explains. “Three of mine were during the summer months, but the fourth one was seven months long. I took off a fall semester and rotated through courses in Wisconsin, New York, Utah and California. Traveling around the country and having the chance to experience public, private and resort environments was an unbelievable opportunity. I learned private was the way to go for me because of the relationships you are able to build with members. I think it’s so fantastic that a person can walk into the clubhouse and I can ask him or her about their kids because I know them personally. When you’re at a resort, you don’t know those people and can’t foster those relationships.”

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One story in particular has stuck with Abernethy and, from a listener’s perspective, provides insight into why she has earned the level of respect required with her current head professional role. She was working on Long Island in New York when a member unwittingly tested her resourcefulness by requesting a specific driver that their clubhouse didn’t carry. “He knew exactly what driver he wanted and he needed it ‘by tomorrow,’” she says with a laugh. “I didn’t question him, but when I went to my boss later he looked at me like I was crazy for agreeing to find it for him.” Abernethy called multiple clubs on the island before finally hearing back. The good news? Someone had the driver in stock. The bad news? It was three hours away round trip. But the distance didn’t stop Abernethy, and by noon the next day when the member said he’d swing by to pick up the club, she was ready for him. Except that he never came in. In fact, he’d left that morning for a two-week vacation, forgetting about his new driver – and the woman who scavenged it for him – completely. “I couldn’t believe it at first,” she says. “Then he heard what I’d done, and he couldn’t believe it either. He spent the rest of the summer talking me up to everyone at the club because he felt so terrible. It was just that extra


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level of service. I’ll always remember how happy he was with me, and that made it all worth it. At the public course I had worked at the previous summer, we were sending out 250 to 300 golfers every day. It was a go, go, go and just get people out the door mentality. When I got to New York and could have those personal experiences, where the average day had maybe 20 golf rounds, I learned very quickly that was more my speed.” After graduating at age 23 with a college degree and Class A certification from the PGA, Abernethy worked briefly at Wynstone Golf Club in North Barrington, Illinois before the director of golf told her about an opening at his former place of employment: Desert Mountain. He got her the interview, but she had to get the job. Not surprisingly, she was brought on with enthusiasm, working at the club for just three months before an opportunity to apply for a promotion arose and solidified her status as an Arizona resident. She became a first assistant in January 2011 and since then has taken on major responsibilities such as running the club’s Ladies League. She also found a great mentor in her predecessor at Outlaw, who trained her and let her make decisions that helped prepare her for securing the top job at the course. “We had staff movement for all of the right reasons, with people taking on new opportunities and better roles,” says Scully. “With the opening at N o vem b er 2013


Outlaw, Lisa was the heir apparent. In the short term, she has exceeded all of my expectations, and we’re excited about the contributions she’ll continue to make at Outlaw and Desert Mountain as a whole.” Abernethy is Scully’s first female head golf professional. Having graduated out of a class in which three out of the 35 students were women, being in the gender minority at Desert Mountain is nothing new. While being young and female can certainly

“You definitely have to take charge to succeed in this business. You have to want to learn and

add a different perspective, from Abernethy’s point of view what it really comes down to is hard work and heart. “You definitely have to take charge to succeed in this business,” she says. “You have to want to learn and do more, and people

do more, and people will see

will see that. It can be a very strenuous job. A typical week for


for the fainthearted, but it helps that I absolutely love what I’m

me is six days and 65 to 70 hours, and that’s normal. It’s not doing. For me, it’s living the dream.” With her new role, Abernethy now manages a staff of 12 to 15 people. She’ll be continuing her Ladies League duties, in


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addition to working toward her goal of encouraging more members to come out, play – and enjoy – Outlaw. “It’s such a unique experience,” she says. “If you ask probably 90 percent of the staff, they’d tell you that Outlaw is their favorite course, and that’s because of the fact that it is challenging. You have to hit the ball in places. You can’t just hit it and hope because it’s not going to work.” This year marks the first time the fairways will be overseeded, a big deal for members who primarily play in the winter months and have never seen the course in greener hues that up until now have been reserved for summer. Abernethy also plans to have staff members go out and play with the membership and provide alternatives on where to aim and how to hit certain shots. “I have a great team that they’re building around me who want to see Outlaw succeed, and that helps a ton,” she says. “You can’t do it alone.” She certainly won’t have to. With club members who commend her attention to detail and colleagues who are inspired by her positive, can-do attitude, it’s clear that Abernethy can handle any hurdles that come her way. She’ll continue to go that extra mile and come back with a solution – or in some cases, the perfect driver – that goes above and beyond expectation.

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Five Years of Mountain Biking, a Favorite Race Gets a New Name:

The Cave Creek Cactus Classic

Writer Lynsi Freitag Photos by Kari Brooks - IB Photographics

Cave Creek is known for its many mountain trails, ideal for cyclists who love dirt, grit, rocks, and a ride that is both a challenge and a beauty. With the Cave Creek Cactus Classic, riders get it all. Renamed this year, the race was formerly called the Cave Creek Bike Festival. Now in its fifth year, the event showcases a 23-mile, demanding mountain ride as well as a number of kids’ rides, making this an event for everyone in the family. “This is a great race for everyone,” says race director Daryll Colton. “There are competitors out there who go full bore and attack the mountains. There are also a lot of riders who enjoy taking in the beautiful Sonoran desert. It’s just a place where everyone with an appreciation of the desert trails comes together to have a great ride.” Regardless of which rider you are, you will find camaraderie, swap trail stories and enjoy a lunch provided by the Cave Creek Smokehouse.


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Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour 2013

Ride Details The ride begins and ends at Frontier Town in the heart of old Cave Creek. The route includes wide trails in the two county parks, Cave Creek and Spur Cross,




Two weekends: November 22–24 and November 29–December 1 Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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and narrows to a single track along portions of the Maricopa Regional Trail. The route also includes some Town of Cave Creek trails through neighborhoods and finishes on a closed portion of Cave Creek Road.

167 artists in 46 private art studios in Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale

“It’s one of the more grueling races around for the mileage,” says Colton. “There are a lot of elevation changes with

See paintings, sculpture, jewelry and every art form in between, in a variety of styles and mediums

over 2400 feet of climbing. Cyclists will also experience a lot of different terrain, including rocky and sandy sections. It just runs the gamut of everything mountain bikers run into in Arizona. It’s the reason the ride has become a

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favorite course for mountain bikers in the state.” Event organizers are dedicated to preserving the outdoor areas that they love with the ride proceeds benefitting the Cave Creek Regional Park and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. “We want to both give back and invest in the area that gives the community so much enjoyment,” says Colton.

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Observe artists at work; gain insight into materials and technique

Colton stresses that safety is a big focus for race organizers. There will be two aid stations and over 60 volunteers dedicated to ensuring the 300 participants are hydrated and treated quickly, if needed. They are also known to be some of the best cheer squad, applauding cyclists from the start to finish. The mountain bike race takes place November 9 at 9

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a.m. The kids’ ride takes place the same day at 2 p.m., and riders as young as 18 months can participate.

(oil painter) is at Harmon Studios #26

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In the Shadow of the Sundial:


Farmers Market

Writer and photographer Jenn Korducki Krenn


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The shadow of an iconic desert sundial hovers between 9 and 10 a.m. Though the farmers market has only been officially open for 30 minutes, many vendors have been set up for hours. After all, the first Friday morning in October marks the start of the fall market season – and for some, the 11th anniversary of serving customers in Carefree. Since the fall of 2002, the Carefree Farmers Market has supported local growers and producers, as well as the small business owners who use their crops to create a wide variety of products, from baked goods and honey jars to fresh soaps and holistic treatments for allergy relief. It’s all part of the larger Arizona Community Farmers Markets group, an association of markets featuring more than 300 vendors across the Valley through direct, sustainable commerce. “Our goal is to promote eating and living well through a healthy diet and lifestyle, all of which can be achieved through the local food and products we feature,” says Dana Carlton, the North Valley market coordinator. “We give our vendors the opportunity to increase their visibility and sales on a Friday morning while enjoying the beautiful weather. You can’t beat that.” Despite the blazing sun, there is a light breeze in the air that feels cooler than it has in months. As it whooshes through cartons of leafy greens, winter squashes and fresh produce in every color of the rainbow, it carries with it such an immense array of aromas that customers need only select a spot along the sundial to begin their shopping – and let their nose be the guide. A prime example of the market’s scent-sation is Shawn Campbell’s handmade skincare line, Udderly Natural Products. Her table is stockpiled with pleasant smells: citrus basil, coconut lemongrass, vanilla, apricot and lemon, to name a few. Campbell takes distinct pride in her soaps, which are made with milk from Nubian goats

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Left to right are Craig Slotter (co-owner, It’s a Divine Bakery), Kati Davis and Ray Stone (Cave Creek residents). They are sampling a “ridiculous” Belgian chocolate bar.

raised on her own Desert Hills farm. She combines the milk with organic oils to create the fragrant finished products, which have fun names like “Sexy Man,” a musk popular with male customers, “Rain,” a scent rivaling commercial cologne, and “Patchouli,” which Campbell jokes was created for her hippie patrons. “Using whole milk rather than the canned or powdered versions you see with other soap vendors ensures that we’re able to take full advantage of the beneficial qualities that the milk provides,” she explains. Udderly Natural Products also sells a variety of lotions, salts, scrubs and balms. The company is kicking off its second season with the Carefree Farmers Market. A little further down the circle of vendors stands Craig Slotter, co-owner of It’s a Divine Bakery, a shop that has received a lot of recent buzz for its presence at the Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest and Taste of Cave Creek. Slotter and the bakery’s creator, Susan Fiebig, are based in Cave Creek and specialize in European baked goods, from “ridiculous Belgian chocolate bars to the world’s best cannoli,” in Slotter’s own words. Toward the middle of the circle is Pickled Perfection, a family-owned business that has been at the market since Dean Lambros founded the company four years ago. Together with his two sons, Dean creates new batches of spicy pickled vegetables – asparagus, celery, mushrooms, green beans and of course, pickles – every week, using the freshest produce they can find.


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“We got our start at farmers markets like Carefree and have grown from there,” says Travis Lambros, who heads operations and oversees retail sales, market relations, kitchen production and quality control for the company. “I love it up here. The weather’s nice, the scenery is awesome and the people are cool. It’s also a great location because there are a lot of tourists who come here, which helps increase awareness about our online store and availability out of state.” While travelers passing through can help drive sales, vendors at the Carefree Farmers Market also delight in knowing the local customer base is happy and will keep coming back. “It’s so nice to have something like this in our neighborhood,” says Joan Hunter, a Carefree resident. “We’ve been coming every season for four years now, even in the summer when there are only a few booths. Everyone here makes you feel like you’re a part of the market family.” The Carefree Farmers Market currently features more than 20 unique and thoroughly enjoyable vendors, with additional spaces planned to be filled in the coming weeks. It’s open every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carefree Sundial Plaza now through May 2014. pageCarefree/carefree.htm

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Discover the desert Writer Tom Scanlon


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It’s time to put down the video games and gadgets and go play in the desert. With the pleasant fall weather sinking in, many are growing interested in exploring the wild, magnificent nature surrounding us. A great place for beginners to start out is the Desert Discover Day on November 16. This hike-and-think event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cave Creek’s Jewel of the Creek Preserve. Admission is free, as is parking, available in the lot at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. The combination of exploring and education is hosted by Desert Foothills Land Trust, which promises the event “will allow children of all ages to explore the preserve, learn about the diversity of life in our desert, and to examine the geology and archaeology underlying this magnificent landscape. “ The sponsors and participating groups will proudly share their knowledge of the Jewel of the Creek, a beautiful, varied, 26-acre preserve adjacent to Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. The highlight is a scavenger hunt, with participants stopping at informational stations along the Harry Dalton Trail. Participants will view live raptors, courtesy of the Wild at Heart group, at one station, examine the interior of a saguaro, thanks to the Desert Awareness Committee, at another, grind corn on a metate provided by the Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, and check out a variety of crafts and desert animals. According to the sponsors, “The focus for the day is to share the beautiful Sonoran Desert and the Jewel of the Creek with the community in a way that encourages support for conservation efforts and participation in hiking and other healthy outdoor activities.” The host agency will have assistance from the AZ Archaeological Society, Cave Creek Museum, Phoenix Herpetological Society, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and other groups. The Jewel of the Creek, saved from development by the Desert Foothills Land Trust a dozen years ago, is open every day from dawn to dusk for hiking and exploration. Some trails are relatively easy, but others are steep and rocky. Those attending Desert Discovery Day are encouraged to “wear your hiking shoes and come prepared for fun, hands-on desert adventures.” N o vem b er 2013


Applause! For Arizona Musicfest Writer Donna Kublin

The spotlight will be on three shining stars at an elegant soiree celebrating excellence in artistry and philanthropy at the Troon Country Club in Scottsdale on Thursday, November 14. Headliners for the evening are Broadway star Mike Eldred who will perform a special concert for the guests, and philanthropists Susan and Michael Rouleau who are being honored in appreciation for their generous support of Arizona Musicfest. The Rouleaus are the first to be so honored at this premier event for Musicfest, aptly titled “Applause! A Celebration of Artistry and Philanthropy.”

Promising to be a most memorable evening, Eldred will perform two sets showcasing selections of the most exciting music from Broadway. Guests will enjoy a delicious three-course gourmet meal prepared by the acclaimed chefs of Troon Country Club with complimentary wine. An exclusive introduction to this year’s festival by Arizona Musicfest maestro Robert Moody will be presented and special recognition of the Rouleaus will be featured. “It promises to be one of the most pleasurable and entertaining events of the year,” said Allan Naplan, Arizona Musicfest executive director.

One of North America’s most in-demand and beloved tenors, Eldred has been thrilling audiences in concert halls, on Broadway, and on recordings, radio and television for many years. He appeared on Broadway in “Les Miserables” as Jean Valjean, and in the original cast of the Tony-nominated “The Civil War.” He performed in the 25th anniversary tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and starred as the Tenor in the 2010 national concert tour of “Handel’s Messiah Rocks.” His starring role as Tony in the Nashville Symphony’s production of “West Side Story” has earned international praise as arguably the best Tonys on record.

Artistry and philanthropy go hand in hand. It is difficult

Pictured above Mike Eldred. Pictured left Michael and Susan Rouleau with opera star Denyce Graves (in purple) at Arizona Musicfest. Photo credit: Paul Markow.


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to have artistic excellence without financial support that goes well beyond ticket price. “We rely on donors to help us bring our exceptional programming to the community,” said Naplan.

“Philanthropists Susan and Michael Rouleau are shining stars at Musicfest,” he said. “They have a great passion for the organization and set an example as benevolent ambassadors for our programs and mission. They have been exceedingly generous, which has allowed us to operate at a very high level, attracting outstanding artists to the festival and producing concerts of great artistic quality. We could not do our final orchestral concert of the season, which is a very large production, without such support.”

Long-time Scottsdale residents, the Rouleaus have enjoyed Musicfest concerts for many years and have been major contributors. Both Susan and Michael believe in giving back to the community through groups for which they have a passion.

Michael Rouleau, who has a distinguished career in retail, was appointed to chief executive officer of Tuesday Morning Corporation in August 2013, having served as interim CEO since March, 2013. Previously, Rouleau served in the top position at Michael’s Stores (1996 to 2006) and as executive vice president of store operations for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (1992 to 1996). Prior to joining Lowe’s, he was a co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Office Warehouse, which subsequently merged into Office Max.

The Applause! event consolidates the fall and winter fundraisers. “We decided to have one big special event this year, replacing both the former fall “welcome back” event, as well as the winter gala which took place the end of January,” said Naplan. “We think celebrating artistry and philanthropy at a very large performance event is an exciting way to start off the season.”

Applause! A Celebration of Artistry and Philanthropy Thursday, November 14 at 6 p.m. Troon Country Club, 25000 Windy Walk Dr., Scottsdale Tickets are $160 each and must be reserved in advance by phone. Secure your spot by calling prior to November 1. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.


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with her business. Part of it has to do with the variety of items that she carries, but it’s also the joy she finds with the consignment pieces she receives. She credits the consigners who are “some of the most interesting, artistic, well-traveled, generous and amazing locals and snowbirds alike. There’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t take in something that is from some faraway land, or has some really interesting story behind it.” For example, one of her clients was a museum curator and sells unique museum-quality pieces. Finders Creekers carries overstock items from Macy’s and high-end designer labels. If you prefer Western, you can find clothes from Cripple Creek, Double D Ranch and others. If vintage is your thing, the selection is “over the top.” If you need a personal shopper, Dixie is there for you. Her low-pressure, honest approach will make you a satisfied customer. So, stop in and discover some treasures at Finders Creekers! Finders Creekers 602-739-3494 6554 E. Cave Creek Rd.

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recipe Green Beans Almondine Writer and photographer Jenn Korducki Krenn

Green Beans Almondine

Consider skipping the creamy, not-so-healthy green bean casserole for Thanksgiving this year and serving up this delicious mix of crunchy, oh-so-fresh flavors instead. The nuttiness of the almonds blends seamlessly with the heart-healthy olive oil and infuses a new level of savory satisfaction into an easy green bean dish that is sure to be requested again and again. This recipe is best made with the tenderest green beans you can find and serves eight. Recipe adapted from SAVEUR Ingredients: 2 pounds string beans 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup slivered almonds 3 shallots, peeled and chopped salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Cook trimmed string beans in a large pot of boiling salted water for 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the tenderness of the beans desired. Drain and let cool in a large bowl of ice water. Drain bowl of ice water, pat dry and set beans aside. Heat olive oil in a medium pot. Add slivered almonds and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until almonds are golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add shallots and cook, stirring often until translucent, about 1 minute. Add beans, tossing to coat, and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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