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Welcome Publisher Shelly Spence

Editor/contributing writer Jenn Korducki Krenn

Contributing writers Donna Kublin Amanda Christmann Tom Scanlon Monica Longenbaker Rebecca Zaner Barb Evans Lara Piu Stephanie Maher Palenque Paula Theotocatos Lauren Strait Peni Long Suzanne Wright Nigel Spence

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You didn’t plan on cancer. Fortunately, we did. At HonorHealth’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, we take cancer personally. Your care team works alongside scientific researchers to create a targeted, cancer treatment plan for you. It’s all part of our plan to make healthy personal. 480-323-1339 Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network have merged and are now HonorHealth. We’re still your locally owned, non-profit, healthcare partner. December 2015

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‘Tis the season to celebrate and give thanks for the health and happiness of family and friends. My spirits are extra bright this year, as my daughter Amanda is feeling much better and getting her energy back. It seems impossible, but she will turn 20 years old on Christmas Eve! It has also been a merry month for my son, Cooper, who recently signed a letter of intent to attend South Mountain Community College to play golf next school year (Go Cougars!). Our whole family is thrilled that he has been given the opportunity to be part of such a great program. As usual, this month’s magazine is jam-packed with jolly events and activities. From lighting Christmas trees and menorahs to spreading joy through community-wide scavenger hunts, the calendar always manages to fill up quickly. But no matter how many presents you still need to wrap or holiday recipes you still need to perfect, the most important items on your to-do list never change: spend quality time with loved ones, and never hesitate to let them know how much they mean to you. Doing so will result in a warmth that even the tastiest hot cocoa can’t match. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and all the best in 2016! Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, Images Arizona magazine 623-341-8221


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Meet THE


Writer Peni Long Photographer Karen Hamilton

Who knew true love, a family and a future could be found at a country western dance hall? For

Chris & Lauren If you know a family you would like to nominate, please email

Christopher and Lauren Strait, that is exactly what happened nearly 10 years ago. Now with twin 7-year-olds added to the mix, they explore new careers, enjoy Arizona’s outdoor adventures and, of course, keep dancing. While attending Cactus Shadows High School, Lauren found her passion for writing. She was instrumental in bringing the school newspaper back and published several articles in the community newspaper. After graduation, she was accepted into the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University (ASU), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations. One of Lauren’s favorite memories from college was winning the national NASA Means Business Student Competition for her efforts in a public relations campaign to increase awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for the next generation of students. After the win, Lauren was appointed to serve on the advisory board for the Coalition for Space Exploration and traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress in support of the federal budget funding for NASA. “It was a priceless experience,” she says. “I also had the unique opportunity to see some of the behind-the-scenes activities at the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers, including touching the original mission control equipment — something I will never forget.”


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Something else she will never forget from her college

about to double in size: Lauren was pregnant with twins.

years is finding the love of her life. She enrolled in a

Chris was especially elated; having grown up as a twin

country western dance class “just for kicks,” and part of

himself, he knew how special it was to have a bond like

the requirement of the class was for students to practice

he does with his brother.

their moves out in public. Practice she did, and one night while dancing the night away, she found herself

“We were so incredibly excited,” he says. It was a long

in the arms of a handsome redhead from Texas named

journey from conception to arrival, as Lauren had an

Christopher. He was in Arizona pursuing his dream of

extremely high-risk pregnancy, but the 32-weekers pulled

becoming a motorcycle mechanic, with plans to go back

through and their identical twin boys, Owen and Landen,

to Texas once he graduated from school. Neither of them

came into the world safe and sound.

knew that this dance would change their lives forever. As a family of four, time quickly became a precious We all know what can sometimes happen to those best-

commodity, one that the demanding mechanic industry

laid plans. In Chris’ case, he was offered a great job

didn’t offer to Chris. After spending five weeks in the

and ended up staying in Arizona upon graduation. His

neonatal intensive care unit with their boys, Chris decided

decision to stay may also have had something to do

he wanted to switch careers and become a nurse. It

with that tall brunette on the dance floor; Lauren was

was a long road — two years on the waiting list to get

simultaneously jumpstarting her career in the world of

accepted into the program and finish his prerequisites,

public relations.

then working and going to school at the same time for more than 70 hours a week for nearly five years.


Almost three years later, the now married couple was

For both Chris and Lauren, it was a struggle, but a

completely shocked when they found out their family was

commitment to the future.

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“I felt like a single parent at times, and it tested our limits,”

time business: Lauren resigned from her corporate position,

says Lauren. “But he did it, and we are so proud of him

expanded Macaroni Kid and started her own marketing

and what he accomplished.”

agency called Strait Talk Communications, specializing in health care, nonprofit, family entertainment and small

For her part, following graduation from ASU, Lauren started

business clients.

off as the public information officer for the Phoenix Zoo and served as editor of Wild Times magazine, the monthly

“When I left the corporate world, it was another leap of

membership publication. She was especially proud to create

faith,” she says. “It was my turn to make a drastic change

local buzz about the birth of the Phoenix Zoo’s baby

that would hopefully help the whole family. It’s a scary

orangutan, Kasih, and the opening of the Komodo dragon

place to be to leave a perfectly good job to test the

exhibit. From there, Lauren moved on to a corporate job in

waters of the unknown.”

marketing and public relations in the world of health care. So far, it all works for Lauren. After becoming a mom, she felt the urge to connect with other moms in the community, but found it difficult to find

“I get to be home with my kids, be flexible with my

resources for mom play groups, events or activities that

schedule and do what I love.”

appealed to the area where she lived. Being an energetic entrepreneur at heart, she created the Macaroni Kid North

It all works for Chris, too. Now established in his new

Scottsdale/Paradise Valley website and newsletter.

career as a full-time nurse, he actually has a normal working schedule with time for family. In his spare time,

“I wanted an outlet to connect with the community and

he is mapping out new Arizona trails for his backpacking

find out that I wasn’t alone in dealing with typical toddler

adventures. He recently did a three-day hike through the

parenting struggles,” she says. Or in this case, struggles

Mazatzal Mountains with a friend. He is also the coach for

times two.

Owen’s soccer team and is teaching Landen how to play tennis.

What started as an outlet and a hobby grew into a full-


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As for the boys, now 7 years old, they are enjoying second

being outdoors and savoring all that Arizona has to offer is

grade in the same school district where their mom started

their favorite family pastime.

out and are finding adventures in their own unique ways. Landen (meaning “long journey”) is the younger of the two.

“We love spur-of-the-moment adventures, exploring new places and soaking in all Mother Nature has to offer,” says

“He is in love with animals — including his favorites,

Lauren. Favorite places explored so far include Fossil Creek,

cheetahs, beavers and all reptiles — and he already knows

Greer, Flagstaff and Oak Creek Canyon. Window Rock and

he wants to be an animal doctor when he grows up,” says

Lake Havasu are on the docket next.

Lauren. He is also quite the artist and has created amazing drawings and paintings.

For each trip, the family collects a small memory, be it a leaf or that one special memento important to the family.

Owen (Welsh for Eugene, and his great grandfather’s name)

They have even started a little collection of heart-shaped

is proud to be the oldest by 13 minutes and plays the

rocks, each one bringing back the memories, laughter and

older brother well. He loves the outdoors, playing soccer,

family time of that adventure.

helping dad with projects, playing in the creek and catching tadpoles.

And on date nights for Lauren and Christopher, there’s always another dance.

For the Strait family, life has settled down somewhat, and


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community arts // Culture // announcements Writer Barb Evans

Dec. 11-27

Ballet Arizona Presents ‘The Nutcracker’ Renowned artistic director Ib Andersen choreographs this magical production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday tradition with a total of 20 afternoon and evening performances. Check website for times. Tickets start at $15. Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., 602-381-1096,


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Dec. 2 ‘A Duet’

The Desert Foothills Library and Arizona Musicfest host this musical collaboration featuring acclaimed music director Robert “Bob” Moody, cellist Brant Taylor, youth harpist Claire Thai, pianist Jeremy Peterman and members of Run Boy Run, a Tucson-based folk and bluegrass band. $30. 7 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. School House Rd. 480-488-2286,

Dec. 2, 9, 16 Pop-Up Wednesdays

Pop in to The Gallery at el Pedregal and meet featured artists for a happy hour to discuss their work and gain insight into their artistic process. Light refreshments available. 4-6 p.m. The Gallery at el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Floor 2, 480-575-6624,

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community calendar arts // Culture // announcements

Dec. 3

Dec. 5

Merriment on Market Street

Desert Foothills Library Annual Craft and Bake Sale

Bring on the holidays with this hot cocoa stroll down Market

Get your Christmas shopping

Street featuring specialty hot

done with a selection of

cocoas, festive carolers, tasty

unique craft items and

treats, a tree lighting, Santa’s

delicious goodies at this

arrival and holiday surprises around every corner. Free.

annual fundraiser. Free. 10

Dec. 5

5:30 p.m. Market Street at DC

a.m. to 3 p.m. Desert Foothills

Ranch, 20789 N. Pima Rd.,

Las Tiendas Holiday Event


Find the perfect holiday gifts while enjoying a festive atmosphere

featuring Dickens carolers, hot chocolate, cider, treats, music and

Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286,

Santa sightings. 6-8 p.m. Las Tiendas, 6130 E. Cave Creek Rd., wrapping/shipping station,

Church, 20125 N. 15th Ave.;

holiday decorations and music.

Dec. 6: 3 p.m., Cross of Christ

$15. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday

Lutheran Church, 39808 N.

and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4

Gavilan Peak Pkwy.,

p.m., Sunday. WestWorld of


Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd.,

Gary, Arizona’s singing cowboy,

Dec. 3

and his trusty horse, Dusty, entertain at this joyous

Carefree Christmas Festival Preview Night

holiday party where guests can discover what traditions

Get a sneak preview of the

were part of the holiday

Carefree Christmas festival and

season in early Cave Creek.

the Carefree Desert Gardens’

Registration required. 1:30-4

illuminated holiday display

p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140

with this winter celebration

E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764,

featuring Santa Claus, free hot chocolate for the kids, local school choirs and more. 6-7:30 p.m. Downtown Carefree, 100 Easy St., 480-488-3686,

Dec. 4-6

Wonderland Market Exhibitors from across the nation showcase apparel, jewelry, decor, toys, sweets and other goods, while guests enjoy cooking demonstrations by local chefs, a direct


Dec. 5

Cowboy Christmas

Dec. 4-6

ProMusica Arizona Presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ Start the holidays and make the season more special with this festive musical performance of favorite holiday classics. $12-$20. Dec. 4: 7:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church of Sun City, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd.; Dec. 5: 7:30 p.m., Crosswinds Presbyterian

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Dec. 5

Arizona Sage Art Market Hosted by more than 35 juried and nationally recognized

Dec. 6

Desert Mission UMC Christmas Concert

artists, this art market features

Get into the Christmas mood

an extensive collection of

with this concert featuring the

artful products with no item

beautiful voices of Bob Weir,

priced over $300. A 20

Heidi Webster and Ben Arnold,

percent commission from all

and the lovely sounds of

sales benefits the Foothills

Kay Pepper and her Brazilian

Community Foundation. 9 a.m.

guitar. 1:30 p.m. Desert Mission

to 5 p.m. Holland Community

United Methodist Church, 7373

Center, 34250 N. 60th St.,

E. Dixileta Dr., 480-595-1814,

Bldg. B,

Dec. 6

Pinnacle Concert Series Presents ‘Celebration of Christmas’ The magic and promise of the Christmas season come alive with this beloved annual holiday concert featuring a mixture of bells, brass, strings, winds and voices, Free. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd.,

Dec. 8

Living Music Performance Series: Watoto Children’s Choir African children who hail from tragedy sing, dance and celebrate their story of hope and redemption in an uplifting performance. Donations welcome. 7 p.m. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2081,

Dec. 10

Career Connectors Meeting Get face-to-face meeting time with quality employers and take advantage of no-cost tools and professional resources such as resume review and critique; business portraits; social media and LinkedIn coaching; and educational opportunities. Hiring companies include Nautilus Insurance Group, The Hartford, G/O Digital, Education Management Corp. and more. Free. 9 a.m. to noon. Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., 480-442-5806, December 2015

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community calendar arts // Culture // announcements

Dec. 10

Black Mountain Star Party Come view the night stars through high-powered telescopes and learn about constellations, meteors and other celestial events. Free. 7-10 p.m. Paradise Valley

Dec. 13

Community College at Black Mountain, 34250 N. 60th St., 602-493-2600, paradisevalley. edu/blackmountain.

Dec. 11-13

Dec. 10

Carefree Christmas Festival

Our Lady of Joy Preschool Gingerbread Making Open House All are welcome to Our Lady of Joy Preschool’s annual Gingerbread Making Open

Illuminate your holidays with this three-day festival featuring an electric light parade, fireworks display, live music, dance performances, real snow, gift market, food court and more. Free. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., 480-488-2051,

House, where each child will make a beautiful take-home gingerbread house decorated with icing and candy. RSVP required. 10-11:30 a.m. Our Lady of Joy Preschool, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-595-6409,

fun jingles to beautiful carols.

E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764,

$7-$17. 7 p.m., Dec. 11; 5

p.m., Dec. 15. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Tom Darlington Rd., 480-5750188,

Dec. 12

Dec. 11, 15

Upscale Singers Present ‘Songs of the Season’ The Upscale Singers, along with the Upscale Kids and winners of the ninth annual Upscale Student Scholarship competition, sing their favorite songs of the season, from


Stamp Mill Demonstration

Dec. 12

History Highlights: Gold Fever! Enjoy a general mining presentation featuring Charlie Connell, Wes Cooper and Hank Smith. Reservations

See an historic 1880 Golden

requested. $5; free for

Reef Mine stamp mill in action

museum members. 2-3:30 p.m.

as volunteers crush hard

Cave Creek Museum, 6140

rock ore in search of gold

E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764,

that can be separated and

saved. Free. 10:30-11 a.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140

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Pinnacle Concert Series Presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Music Director Tito Muñoz and the Phoenix Symphony return to present the fulllength version of Handel’s oratorio and are joined by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists. $49. 3 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd.,

Dec. 15

Coffee and Crime Panel Discussion Enjoy coffee and a selection of gourmet treats while authors Anne A. Wilson, Frederick Ramsay and Eileen Brady share their unique backgrounds and craft, and award-winning author Donis Casey discusses her new Alafair Tucker mystery. Presented in partnership with The Poisoned Pen bookstore. Free. 1-3 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286,

Dec. 19, 20 MIM Presents ‘Hear Them Ring!’ Chimes and jingles fill the halls as the Musical Instrument Museum celebrates instruments that ring with performances featuring hand bells, vibraphones and more. Included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000,

Foothills Food Bank Seeks Donors for Adopt-a-Family Program The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center seeks donors to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for families in crisis for this year’s Adopt-a-Family program. Interested donors determine the size of family they are willing to adopt and donate gifts according to the family’s shopping guide. The gifts will be given to the families Saturday, December 12 at High Desert Park in Black Canyon City, and Sunday, December 13 at the Holland Community Center in North Scottsdale. Individuals and groups such as businesses, homeowners associations, churches and schools are encouraged to participate. All gifts and donations are tax-deductible. For more information or to request a donor sign-up form, contact adoptafamily@, or visit the food bank at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Dr., Cave Creek.

All-American Modern Sports Grill Opens in DC Ranch An exciting blend of classic meets modern can be found at All-American Modern Sports Grill, which recently opened in DC Ranch. The restaurant and bar, located at 20751 N. Pima Rd., Ste. 105, offers a modern take on your neighborhood sports grill with a focus on fresh and innovative dishes offered in a relaxed and contemporary setting. The kitchen is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit

Wild West Hair Salon Relocates in Carefree Wild West Hair Salon recently relocated to 37417 N. Tom Darlington Dr. The new spot is convenient to Spa Splendore, a nail and skincare salon, and is decorated in attractive Western decor. Wild West offers clients the latest in salon services and specializes in precision hair cutting and advanced hair coloring. The salon also offers a variety of Western boutique items and is owned and operated by Debbie Kendall. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 480-488-3531.

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Writer Barb Evans


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Dancing toys, twirling flowers and glistening snowflakes will once again take the stage this holiday season as Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony present their annual production of the timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” December 11-27 at Phoenix Symphony Hall. The two-act ballet, originally choreographed in 1892 by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanovis, features a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is based on “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. The story follows a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful Mouse King before embarking on a wondrous journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. The show features several special effects, including a Christmas tree that grows to 40 feet, 200 pounds of faux snow and the firing of cannons onstage. Ballet Arizona has been performing “The Nutcracker” since the company’s opening in 1986. The current production, choreographed

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“The Nutcracker” Fun Facts • There are 260 costumes in “The Nutcracker,” requiring more than 6,500 yards of fabric. A tutu alone takes 12 yards of material and 60 hours to produce. • More than 100,000 Austrian Swarovski crystals make the spectacular snow scene sparkle. • “The Nutcracker” scenic elements, including sets, lights, costumes and special effects, require four tractor trailers and two 24-foot trucks. • The Mouse King is more than 9 feet tall with his crown. • During the run of “The Nutcracker,” Ballet Arizona’s female dancers will use more than 300 pairs of pointe shoes. Pointe shoes are custom-made and cost more than $100 per pair. Most pairs of shoes last one performance. • Costume department personnel will wash approximately 125 loads of laundry during the run of “The Nutcracker.” • The production uses 25 different backdrops.


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by artistic director and internationally acclaimed ballet dancer Ib Andersen, was created in 2006 at a cost of $1.8 million for the magical sets and breathtaking costumes. In 2010, The New York Times’ senior dance critic Alastair Macaulay declared Ballet Arizona’s production to be one of the “best discoveries” of the nearly 20 versions he attended around the country. A total of 20 performances will be held, with afternoon and evening show times available. Before each performance, audiences are invited to enjoy a variety of pre-show events in the lobby, including storytelling and photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy, photos beneath Ballet Arizona’s 20foot Christmas tree decorated with pointe shoes, hot cocoa and cookies. So be sure to arrive early to take part in the festivities. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased over the phone at 602381-1096, online at or in person at the Ballet Arizona Box Office, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Nutcracker December 11-27 Phoenix Symphony Hall 75 N. Second St., Phoenix Check website for show times

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Carolyn Wonderland

Writer Tom Scanlon


It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

awards around Austin. And that’s saying something, since the competition in that music-drenched city is ferocious.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is the place to be if you need a little boost to get into the holiday spirit — or

The first holiday show at MIM comes the following

if you just love holiday jams, old and new. The December

night: “Christmas With the Nelsons,” held on December

concerts at MIM bounce around the world with wildly

2 at 7 p.m. ($52.50-$62.50). The show is billed as a

divergent styles, all with the same message: let’s get the

heartwarming, multimedia live concert experience starring

holiday party started!

the third generation of Nelson family No. 1 hit makers, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. It’s “a genuine blend of

The month of shows begins with Carolyn Wonderland

Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-

on December 1 at 7 p.m. ($27.50-$32.50). Sounds like a

style comedy,” according to the brothers’ website.

holiday show, right? But it’s not a clever name; this is a contemporary blues singer who regularly wins music


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Matthew and Gunnar are the twin sons of Ricky Nelson

and grandchildren of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. The third-generation Nelsons have had hits of their own, and will play those as well as rocked-up holiday tunes. If you’re tired of the same old, same old holiday shows, here’s one for you: “Dmitri Matheny’s The SnowCat” on December 5 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ($12.50-$17.50). Matheny is a San Francisco Bay Area powerhouse jazz performer who decided to make his own holiday tradition. “I was born on Christmas Day, and I love the traditional songs and stories of the holiday season,” Matheny explains on his website. “The SnowCat, however, is our own creation.” The show is based on an ancient Asian parable, in which a boy’s quest to find his missing ox serves as a metaphor for the journey of life. Town and Country magazine says Matheny’s interpretation “reveals the spirit of sharing and gratitude that makes the holiday season such a wonderful time of year.” Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano fire up Mexican holiday classics with “Fiesta Navidad” on December 6 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($37.50-$42.50). The Grammywinning Mexican mariachi ensemble has been in operation for years, best known for collaborating with Linda Ronstadt back in 1987 for her “Canciones de Mi Padre” album. Seamus Begley leads “Irish Christmas in America” on December 16-17 at 7 p.m. ($29.50-$34.50). This is an evening of Celtic music, song and dance, with traditional musicians and singers from Ireland celebrating the holidays just like they do back home. The tour is now in its tenth season. A week before Christmas comes “Marty Ashby’s 6th Annual Holiday Jazz Celebration,” featuring Ann Hampton Calloway on December 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. ($42.50-$52.50). For nearly three decades, Ashby has been executive producer of MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG). He has produced 2,000 concerts and 40 recordings (four Grammy winners) on the MCG Jazz label. Calloway is a songwriter and vocalist best known for her Tonynominated performance in “Swing!” and for writing December 2015

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Seamus Begley

The Bad Plus


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and singing the theme song to the hit TV series “The Nanny.” Bells, bells, bells! Ears around MIM will be ringing for “Hear Them Ring” on December 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (included with museum admission). Chimes and jingles will fill the halls of the music museum, with handbells and vibraphones ringing. As Christmas nears, the Phoenix Boys Choir presents “Winter Wonderland” on December 21 at 7 p.m. ($27.50-$32.50). This show will be rich in holiday sounds, including “We Three Kings,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Tannenbaum,” “Silent Night” and many more. Not into the holidays or just looking for some good music? MIM has several noteworthy non-holiday shows this month, as well. Superstar drummer Steve Gadd, best known as a sideman for Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and Steely Dan’s “Aja”, brings his band to MIM December 11-12 ($42.50-$47.50). The English Beat cranks up 1980s political ska on December 15 ($37.50-$47.50). The cream of a crop of concerts comes when saxophonist Joshua Redman joins pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus on December 3 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ($27.50-$42.50). This concert takes off on their album collaboration. NPR critic Tom Moon called this “a roaring and beautiful summit meeting that has no precedent in Iverson’s discography.” The live version promises to be one of the best jazz shows of the year. Brilliant sax man Redman jamming with Iverson and company? In a word: Hallelujah. 480-478-6000 December 2015

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Give your family the ultimate gift this year: a belly-pleasing, five-star holiday meal cooked and savored amidst the comforts of your own home. True to the spirit of the season, three executive chefs from well-known restaurants around Cave Creek and Scottsdale are sharing deliciously doable trade secrets, straight from their kitchens to yours.

Writer Jenn Korducki Krenn Photographer Bryan Black


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Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House Fusing Southwestern ingredients with top-notch beef and game meats and the best quality seafood available, Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House takes pride in honoring the legacy of settlers of the American Southwest. This appetizer and entree selection from Executive Chef Brett Vibber is sure to evoke an atmosphere rich in Sonoran flavor. Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House | 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd. | 480-488-8031 |

Crustless Bacon, Spinach and Smoked White Cheddar Quiche with Roasted Pepper Coulis Quiche ½ pound spinach, blanched, dried and chopped 2 eggs

Quiche: Preheat oven to 375 F. While oven is heating, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil on stovetop. Place spinach in hot water for 30 seconds. Pull out and place in waiting ice bath to stop cooking

2 egg yolks

process. Strain spinach, pat dry with paper towels and chop. Mix all

¼ cup milk

ingredients together except tomato and transfer to a large pitcher.

¼ cup heavy cream ½ pound bacon, diced, cooked and drained 1 cup smoked white cheddar 1 cup sundried tomato, julienned salt and pepper to taste

Heat a small sauté pan and cook 2 tablespoons to test for texture and seasoning. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray. Pour mixture into tins, filling only two-thirds of the way. Place in oven. When egg becomes solid on top, place one tomato on top of each quiche. Continue baking about 25 minutes or until tops brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

Coulis 2 roasted red peppers, peeled and seeded


1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve on

1 tablespoon ancho chili powder

side or spoon over tops of quiche.

salt and pepper to taste

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Sonoran Spiced Venison Pot Roast 1 cup milk ½ cup all-purpose flour (substitute potato or cornstarch

Pot Roast: Whisk together milk and flour. Reserve for thickening.

for gluten-free option) 4 pounds venison shoulder or butt, large dice ½ cup Sonoran spices* 4 pieces celery, medium dice 1 pound baby carrots, washed

Season venison generously with Sonoran spices and let come to room temperature for about 25 minutes. Turn pot to high heat. Add a little cooking oil of your choice. Brown meat on all sides. Add vegetables

1 pound pearl onions, peeled

and herbs. When vegetables have started to brown,

½ pound turnips, medium dice

add red wine to deglaze pan. Fill pot with water or

½ pound parsnips, medium dice ½ pound butternut squash, medium dice ½ pound zucchini, medium dice (or whole baby zucchini) 1 pound fingerling potatoes

chicken stock to cover meat. Turn heat to low, cover pot and let simmer for 6 hours. Check meat with fork for tenderness; when it starts to pull with the fork, it is ready to serve. Remove meat and vegetables

¼ cup garlic, minced

with a slotted spoon to serving platter. Thicken the

¼ cup each sage, thyme, rosemary and epazote (found

cooking liquid with milk and flour mixture. Serve on

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½ cup red wine

*Sonoran spice is a blend of paprika, Mexican oregano, cumin, coriander, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. It is an excellent blend to add to any meat or fish. Blend up the seasonings to your preferred ratio. Note: A Dutch oven works best for this recipe, followed by a crockpot. If you do not have either, any old pot with a top will work!


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and cooked bacon to pan and sauté for one minute. Add white wine to

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2 tablespoons butter

tossing to combine. Garnish with wild orchids.

8 wild orchids salt and pepper to taste

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Achiote Mesquite Wood-Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops with Roasted Agave Butternut Squash Puree and Arizona Prickly Pear Gastrique Lamb: 16 Colorado lamb chops, Frenched

Lamb: Mix achiote paste with rice or grapeseed oil

4 tablespoons achiote paste

and rub the lamb chops. Season with salt and

2 tablespoons rice or grapeseed oil

pepper and grill lamb (add mesquite wood for

salt and pepper to taste

flavor, if possible) for about 3 minutes per side to medium rare. Let rest for 10 minutes.

Butternut Squash Puree: 2 butternut squash 3 tablespoons agave nectar

Butternut Squash Puree: Cut butternut squash in half vertically. Scrape

½ cup heavy cream

out seeds, and then toss with oil, salt and

1 tablespoon cumin

pepper. Roast in a 400 F oven for about 35-40

1 tablespoon coriander salt and pepper to taste

minutes until squash is cooked through. Scoop out flesh of squash, discarding the outside skin, and then transfer into a blender. Add all

Prickly Pear Gastrique:

remaining ingredients and blend until the puree

2 garlic cloves, chopped

is smooth.

1 shallot, chopped ½ teaspoon butter

Sweat garlic and shallots in butter, then add all

2 cups red wine vinegar

other ingredients and reduce to 1 cup of syrup.

4 thyme sprigs salt and pepper to taste


Prickly Pear Gastrique:

2 cups prickly pear syrup

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Dick Mueller “What an Attitude”

Judi Hendricks “Quail Shadow”

Writer Barb Evans


Just like popping into an old friend’s home to chat, Pop-Up

The Gallery at el Pedregal is open Wednesday, Thursday and

Wednesdays at The Gallery at el Pedregal are the place to

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and

go for fun, food and conversation.

Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.

Each Wednesday, The Gallery invites guests to bring their

Pop-up Wednesdays

friends, along with a beverage of their choice, and “pop in”

4-6 p.m.

between 4 and 6 p.m. to meet featured artists for a happy

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hour (or two). The artists discuss their work and give insight

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into their artistic process. Light refreshments are available.


“We like to say ‘Pop-Up Wednesdays are like a box of crayons,” says artist Judith Rothenstein-Putzer. “You never know what color you’re going to get!”

Featured artists for December: December 2: • Joye DeGoede – Pen and ink, oil, pastel, pencil

The weekly gatherings are just one part of The Gallery’s

• Judi Hendricks – Mixed media

appeal. A collaborative project between the nearby Boulders

• Dick Mueller – Pencil-graphite

Resort and the Sonoran Arts League, The Gallery opened

• Kathy Parks – Acrylic, mixed media, ceramic

in December 2014 and features one-of-a-kind artwork from

• Judith Rothenstein-Putzer – Mixed media, alcohol transfer,

League members. Approximately 40 artists get to exhibit

jewelry, photography

their work at a time, which is selected and rotated quarterly. Guests are encouraged to stop by frequently to check out

December 9:

the new displays.

• Jane Boggs – Gourd, mixed media, acrylic • Judy Bruce – Mixed media, oil, printmaking

The Gallery also features several artists-in-residence, who

• Natale Keller – Oil

are on-site daily to speak with guests and demonstrate their

• Robin Ray – Ceramic, watercolor, mixed media

techniques and talents. You can watch them work and see

• Lilliana Schuett – Constructed jewelry

their visions come to life. December 16: Guests who would like to get more hands-on can participate

• Beth Benowich – Fine jewelry

in regular workshops with such mediums as clay, jewelry and

• Scott Donars – Mixed media, ceramic, glass

painting. The Gallery also hosts trunk shows, art talks and

• Katherine Guler – Constructed jewelry

other events throughout the year.

• Jay Yett – Acrylic


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Local jewelry artist Lisa Baker has a passion for gemstones. In fact, she is obsessed with finding the best, most unusual stones to craft into gorgeous jewelry, and has transformed her enthusiasm into a business located at Las Tiendas in Cave Creek. From the moment you walk into Etania Jewelry and Boutique, Baker’s attention to detail, as well as her eye for quality and unusual design, are apparent; there’s nothing ordinary here. The boutique is eclectic and artistic, featuring fabulous natural gemstone and sterling silver jewelry together with trendy clothing, handcrafted handbags and other unique gifts. Contemporary styles and designs result in stunning wearable art that sets the vision for Etania apart from its competitors. The new store is the culmination of many years of laying the groundwork. Baker became an avid jewelry lover at a young age. On visits to her grandmother’s house, she got to see, touch and wear pieces from her collection. “On every visit, it was mandatory that we go through the many jewelry boxes, and I was fascinated by all the pretty, sparkly pieces,” she says. “Back then, rhinestone jewelry was popular. My grandmother had boxes and boxes of it and each one we opened was like opening a treasure.” Baker grew up in Oregon and moved to the North Scottsdale area in 2001. She worked for several large retail jewelry stores as both a salesperson and store manager, during which time she was certified as a diamontologist and gemologist through the Diamond Council of America. On a whim, she took a jewelry making class, and a new addiction was born. Her background with fine jewelry helped her develop a keen eye for quality and unusual stones. “I am very particular about the stones I select as well as all the other elements in the piece,” Baker says. “Each one is created from the highest quality natural stones and precious metals, and because each gemstone is a unique gift from nature, no two pieces are exactly alike.” She believes jewelry should be as one-of-a-kind as the individual wearing it. The work she selects from her artist colleagues also meets her rigorous standards. “I like to feature Arizona artists when I can,” she says. “The boutique has several lines of handbags made by artisans from Arizona, as well as several other local jewelry artists who share the same passion and commitment to quality and detail that I exhibit.” Baker’s business began in 2006, when she would literally sell the pieces she was wearing right off her body. “I would be at art festivals and people would walk up to me and want to know where I got that beautiful jewelry, and they would buy it on the spot,” she explains. “One time I was out with some friends for dinner and a gentleman bought the jewelry I was wearing for his girlfriend. I had to go home because December 2015

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I felt naked without any jewelry on!” It was then she realized she could turn her passion into a real business. She sold her jewelry at art festivals both locally and in other states. She also created a website and had several local stores and boutiques offer to sell her jewelry. As business grew, she opened a small retail boutique in Cave Creek that featured her own jewelry as well as some handpicked items crafted by other artists. “I outgrew the space quickly and have been searching for the perfect spot ever since,” she says. “I found it at Las Tiendas.” The 1,000-square-foot retail store enables her to display an impressive inventory of handcrafted jewelry as well as other artsy, distinctive items. Baker is a member of the Native American Choctaw Nation and takes the name “Etania” from a Native American word meaning wealth or richness. “I feel the word conveys the feelings I am trying to invoke in my designs and in my store,” she says. “I want people to feel the richness of the stones and to appreciate how unique each piece is.” Her Native American heritage has also influenced her love of turquoise. She uses it in her logo, her store colors and in many of her jewelry designs. “Turquoise is sacred to the Native American people,” she explains. “It is also my birthstone and my very favorite color, so it was natural for me to use it in just about everything I have associated with my business.” Baker is also a 20-year breast cancer survivor who values the opportunity to explore her passions by creating this business. “I feel very blessed and am so happy to just be here and to offer amazing, unusual items that you won’t find everywhere,” she says. A visit to this store is a must — Etania Jewelry and Boutique will ignite your senses and inspire your soul as you discover its beautiful treasures. December 2015

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Writer Peni Long

If you (or as in my case, someone close to you) are a fan

Attendance at any of the library programs is free. There is

of the History Channel, have read or re-read every known

a suggested reading list to augment the subject and add to

publication about World War II and relate to the tales told

the discussion after the film, but it’s just an option, not a

about this epic struggle, you now have a different avenue

requirement. The films themselves are treasures discovered

to pursue — one that may even provide you with new

mostly at public libraries.

information. For Zaro, this program may not be precisely termed a labor The Desert Foothills Library, in conjunction with Paradise

of love, given the subject matter, but it is yet one more way

Valley Community College (PVCC), is presenting monthly

for us to remember, document, honor and learn from the

programs about World War II under the umbrella “Cinematic

past. One guest at the last session was a man whose father

Reflections: Little Known Stories of the War.” Sessions are

had been killed in the Pacific.

held the third Friday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m. now through May 2016.

“He wrote a book about this part of his family’s life,” remembers Zaro, “and he signed a copy and gave it to me.

Hosted and developed by PVCC humanities instructor and

That meant a lot.”

World War II expert Gary Zaro, this series is based on little known stories of the war as documented by films illustrating

Seating is limited, so try to sign up ahead of time and

or relating to the events being discussed — war stories filled

get your reading assignments lined up through the library’s

with daring, intrigue and a certain amount of improbability.


Leading this series is somewhat of a natural extension of Zaro’s position with PVCC, where he teaches film classes and

also directs an international film festival every year. This is


the second year for “Cinematic Reflections,” following last year’s focus on the Cold War.


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December 18 “Mission of the Shark”: The true story of the USS Indianapolis, a ship that delivered the last part of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Its mission was top secret, and no one knew its route or sailing dates. When the Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine, the survivors spent four days in the water, with nearly 600 crewman becoming victims of fatal shark attacks. Recommended reading: “Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis” by Dan Kurzman and “In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors” by Doug Stanton.

January 15 “The Last Mass Execution”: This History Channel special presentation was about the last mass execution in United States history. In the Papago prisoner-of-war camp in Phoenix, a U-boat POW was beaten and hung by fellow POWs because they believed him to be a traitor. This horrific episode forced a massive investigation that resulted in the trial, conviction and execution of seven German POWs. Recommended reading: “Martial Justice: The Last Mass Execution in the United States” by Richard Whittingham.

February 19 “The Man Who Never Was”: On the eve of the Allied invasion of Sicily, military planners feared that the obvious target of Sicily would make German defenses there virtually impregnable and wanted to convince the Germans that Greece was the real target. Their solution? Operation Mincemeat: dress up a corpse as a British officer, load him up with fake invasion plans for Greece, place the December 2015

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body off the coast of Spain and hope that it would

April 15

wash up on shore. At risk with the bizarre plan were

“Conspiracy”: The Holocaust is a well-known and

30,000 Allied lives.

documented tragedy of history. But the decision to

Recommended reading: “The Man Who Never Was” by Ewen

exterminate 6 million Jews was made at the Wannsee

Montagu and “Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a

Conference, a meeting of mid- to high-level Nazis that

Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory” by

lasted just about an hour. Based on actual transcripts

Ben Macintyre.

of the meeting and the trial testimony of Adolf Eichmann, “Conspiracy” is a chilling footnote to one of

March 18

history’s greatest atrocities.

“On Common Ground”: A documentary about the

Recommended reading: “The Wannsee Conference and the Final

forgotten Battle of the Hürtgen Forest, one of the

Solution” by Mark Roseman.

bloodiest battles in the European war, this film chronicles the return of American and German veterans

May 20

to the battlefield almost 60 years later to reminisce and

“Escape From a Nazi Death Camp”: This is a


remarkable documentary about the mass escape of

Recommended reading: “The Battle of the Hürtgen Forest” by

prisoners from the Sobibor concentration camp in

Charles B. MacDonald and “A Dark and Bloody Ground: the

Poland as told by its survivors.

Hürtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams” by Edward G. Miller.

Recommended reading: “From the Ashes of Sobibor: A Story of Survival” by Thomas Toivi Blatt and “Escape From Sobibor” by Richard Rashke.


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From beneath his trademark fedora, Eric Watson appears younger than his 33 years — until he begins to speak. He carefully weighs his words, saving his

your h me for

most descriptive terms for the things that matter most to him — namely, his wife and his hats.

UniQUe, one-oFa-Kind GiFtS

It’s been two years since we spoke with Watson. His eyes still gleam behind dark-rimmed glasses, and he still feels most at home surrounded by the gentle clicking of century-old sewing machines and hat blocks, a crown iron machine from the 1920s and a hat tipper that has withstood the test of time. Watson may be a youngster in his trade (the youngest in the country, as the legend now goes), but his soul is from an era that would be bygone were it not for timeless towns like Cave Creek and those who keep Southwest cowboy tradition and all its glory alive and well.

thiS holiday SeaSon!

In the last two years, Watson’s dream has expanded beyond what he could

have imagined when he first opened shop in downtown Cave Creek. He has

become a bit of a star among his milliner peers, and beyond. has nowRd. 6738 E.He Cave Creek

he in Cave Creek ad o T y n r o H popular and Al Roker, among others, and he’s been nt among the local media Restaura

t to T Timberlake, Kenny Chesney measured, cut, shaped and formed hats for NexJustin

circuit. His trade skills are so rare and his passion is so great that he’s gained

Tue.-Sat. 11AM-4PM, Sun. NOON-4PM, Closed Mon.

an international following — not bad for a guy who sells toppers at $350-

this holiday season!

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602-330-6042 Tue.-Sat. 11AM-4PM, Sun. NOON-4PM, Closed Mon.

$5,000 a pop. There are big things still in store for Watson’s Hat Shop, not the least of which is its new location at Stagecoach Village. The rustic commercial center is on its feet after a rough start just before the 2008 recession, and its Old West flair makes it the perfect spot to shop for a hat where the art of making it is as impressive as the look it creates. From the shop’s brass hardware to its custom cherry racks, from cast outlet covers to fans hanging from a striking tin ceiling, Watson designed it all. “It’s a really neat place,” he says with a hard-to-miss lilt to his voice. “I think people are going to want to visit and see it. Everybody will be able to see the equipment just as it was before, but there is more equipment and more space.” There is also an expanded handcrafting area where Watson is able to spread out his latest finds: equipment shipped from Boston and purchased from the oldest hat shop in the country, Hand the Hatter, which opened its doors in 1860. He’s also got a “new” blocking table that dates back to 1926. He purchased it from another hat maker back east and spent a year restoring it, along with a large boiler that operates it. Altogether, he has accumulated hundreds of molds and a number of pieces of vintage equipment since we last visited two years ago, and he has also December 2015

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developed a fan base of happy customers who are just as amazed by the intricate workings of his shop as they are of his talent. For Watson, the move represents the next step in his dream. In the 1980s, at the age of 13, he discovered the first love of his life at the movies. It was Indiana Jones, but not the character so much as what he was wearing. The worn and rugged fedora Jones sported gave him a look that distinguished him from anyone else Watson had ever encountered, in person or in his own vivid imagination. Watson knew at that moment that he wanted to experience life from underneath the brim of a hat like that. While other youngsters were roaming shopping malls and movie theaters, Watson was combing antique stores to find the perfect hat. One day he struck a treasure that would change his life. A store owner was liquidating some well-worn, heavily used millinery equipment, and for a song, he was soon set up to try his own hand at hats. “I bought an old beat-up hat and some hat blocks, and lo and behold, the first hat blocks were my size,” says Watson fondly. Using the blocks to restore his finds, he began a hobby that would later become a respectable trade. “I was always the guy with the hats,” Watson says of his early years. “In particular, I loved old fedoras.” He spent hours with his nose tucked into old books, learning about the trade from a very limited library of resources. He continued to build his collection of tools and supplies, and he honed his skills through trial and error. At 18, Watson went off to college to pursue a much different dream. He earned degrees in aviation technology and international studies, and then continued on to flight school, where he hoped to learn to become a multi-engine commercial pilot. It was in pilot training that he met his wife, Emily. It was love at first flight, and they’ve co-piloted a life together ever since. It was fate that steered them down a different path altogether, into the North Valley and the hat-making December 2015

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business. A downturn in the economy led Watson to sell

of a lifetime by offering for sale a large collection of

the fedoras he’d restored as a teenager. Still in Ohio, he

equipment, including century-old hat blocks, a crown iron

consigned a few at a local shop and put some on eBay.

machine from the 1920s, a hat tipper and many other tools of the trade to get him started. Without his help

“They sold like that,” he says, snapping his fingers. “People

and the help of another old hatter back east, it may have

started asking me, ‘Do you have more?’” Before he knew

taken Watson decades to find such treasures in antique

it, he was selling his hats all over the world.

shops. Very few, if any, manufacturers still make the specialized molds and hand-operated machines used to

Like anything Watson sets his mind to, he jumped in with

create or refurbish authentic Western hats, fedoras, derby

both feet, spending hours online trying to learn more

hats and every other type of hat a person could dream of

about millinery. He soon figured out that hatters take their


trade and its secrets very seriously; few were willing to talk. But one hatter from Bisbee did take the time. Over

Unlike box store finds, the methods and materials Watson

the next several years, the two old souls struck up a

has always used are meant to last a lifetime. Each hat

friendship based on their love of the art.

starts out as a rough form made from one of four materials: genuine American beaver felt, European hare

That friend, Grant Sergot, gave Watson the opportunity


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felt, Ecuadorian Cuenca or Monte Christo straw from

Ecuador. To demonstrate their longevity, Watson twisted and turned the brim and crown of one of his hats and explained that, even if a horse were to step on one, it would pop back into shape. Through a series of timeless (and time-consuming) processes, Watson spends hours gently shaping, molding, sewing and completing each creation until it’s exactly as the customer wants it. His felts, ribbons and hat bands, which come in leather, silver, gold, gemstone and even hand-beaded varieties, offer each customer thousands of combinations to choose from. He refurbishes old hats for clients (an art in itself), but he also takes great pride in fitting and shaping new hats. No two people have the same head shape; every curve and bump must be accounted for in a custom hat. Watson uses a special tool to map those differences, and then creates a wooden template unique to each customer to exact a perfect fit. The rest of the hat is based on the science of finding proportionate measurements to fit the length and width of the customer’s face and width of their shoulders. Every bit of felt or straw is coaxed into place, from the crown to the peak, using molds and presses until the vision takes shape. Every band is hand-stitched, and the smallest details are tended to with tools whose names are long forgotten. Watson pours a piece of himself into each hat he makes, his dedication and creativity the

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true marks of a master craftsman. And now, the savvy of his shop matches the discerning eye and crafty hands of its owner. “There’s no other hat shop as done up like this on the inside where they build custom hats,” Watson grins. “It’s going to be a really special place.” Of that, there is no doubt. For as long as Watson works to keep the past alive, he will surely find a following. He and his shop will one day be part of the new legend of the American Southwest that is being written by the dreamers and the doers. You can hang your hat on that.

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Writer Amanda Christmann


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It wasn’t so long ago that the North Valley was a little more, well, sparse than it is now. Dirt roads criss-crossed desolate desert stretches, and save for a few ranches tucked between the silver-blue leaves of acacias, there wasn’t a lot of life of the human variety in our desert foothills. Red-tailed hawks gazed down atop saguaros, standing guard as coyotes burrowed below thickets of bursage, sleeping off their nighttime feasts. It was all very peaceful in the desert, except for one time of the year. At Christmastime on the ranch, the chores were tended to early, a hearty feast was carefully prepared and excitement filled the air. By late afternoon, guests would begin to arrive from homesteads near and far. Cowhands, ranch owners and their families mingled as equals, and there was plenty of music and dancing to be had. The Christmas story was re-enacted, poetry was read and plays were performed to cheers and jeers of an audience dressed in their Sunday best. And of course, there was food. Here in the Southwest, tamales and pozole often accompanied roast beef, Christmas ham and rosemary potatoes — a nod to the strong Mexican influence in the area. Pies, cakes and cookies were the true hit of the night, as they were a special treat. As night breezes brought a chill to the air, the sound of jingling bells signaled the time for gift-giving, and simple packages carefully wrapped in paper and bows were greeted with eager whispers. The revelry would sometimes go on for days, and it was anticipated all year long. Times may have changed, but the spirit of Christmas that brought friends and neighbors together in these desert mountains more than a century ago revisits us every year. It is alive and well at the annual Carefree Christmas Festival, in

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than cowboys and ranchers could have imagined, but we think they would have approved. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! We may brag to our Midwest and East Coast friends about our sunny December weather, but let’s face it: There’s nothing like a white Christmas. Little cowpokes (and big ones, too) will love the large Kids’ Zone with 35 tons of real snow, a snow slide, Santa’s Grotto, train rides, nighttime carriage rides and other fun. The music of yore is still around; it’s just a little more lively and loud. This year’s event features live musical performances by the Salvation Army Brass

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Band, Kelso Brothers holiday jazz group and Dickens Carolers, as well as community church choirs. And, if you haven’t met your neighbors at the Desert Foothills Theater, now is the time. Their incredible talent is part of what makes our community unique. They’ll be showcasing a traditional live nativity scene, and your family is invited to be photographed with the cast of their production “The Holy Night,” including Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus and Pepper the Donkey. And oh, the dancing! Even after decades, boot-stomping fun is still part of our desert Christmas. Throughout the weekend, local dance troupes will take center stage at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. The Adage Dance Company, AZ Dance Group and the Radio City-worthy Desert Cactus Kickers will be kickin’ it up Carefree-style for everyone to enjoy. The Carefree Christmas Festival is also a perfect excuse to finish up a little last-second shopping for that perfect holiday gift. Shop the lighted holiday village throughout the day and munch on plenty of treats offered by vendors throughout the festival. It’s also a great time to check out local restaurants and bars. Cowdogs and kitties have never looked so cute as they do on a Carefree Christmas. On Sunday, dress your pets in their holiday best for a pet parade and pictures with Santa. Hosted by Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR), you can also share joy with FAR pets who still need homes. If you have a hankerin’ and a commitment beyond the holidays, adoptions will be available on site. There is no better place to enjoy an Arizona Christmas than Carefree’s stunning, four-acre Desert Gardens, where winding paths showcase thousands of beautiful native plants specially decorated for the festival. Located at 100 Easy St., the event will be free and open to the public December 11-13, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. From the ranches of the days of old to today’s communities and subdivisions, Christmas in the desert is special. Visit the Carefree Christmas Festival to make new holiday memories and to celebrate a tradition of joy. 480-488-2051 December 2015

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A Special Preview

Favorite Carefree vocalist and local celebrity Kevin Glenn

This year, follow the lights to Carefree Desert Gardens

will emcee the event, which includes an address from the

from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 3 for a special

mayor of Carefree, a special appearance by Santa Claus,

Community Preview Night. The gardens will be bright

Foothills Animal Rescue dogs and free hot chocolate for

and decorated for the festival itself, which takes place


December 11-13. Don’t miss this fun evening! Among the entertainment will A free festive winter celebration, the event offers a sneak

be the Horseshoe Trails Elementary School Choir, Sonoran

preview of the Carefree Christmas Festival for residents,

Trails Middle School Choir, Black Mountain Elementary

neighbors, friends and local school children. Attendees will

School Choir, Phoenix Ballet Youth Theatre and local

have the opportunity to see the Carefree Desert Gardens

musical soloists.

brightly illuminated and decorated for the upcoming festival. 480-488-3686


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CAREFREE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Friday, December 11, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Gift Market and Holiday Food Court 10 a.m. – noon Kevin Glenn Chorus Noon – 2 p.m. Salvation Army Brass Band 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Dickens Carolers, Christmas Around the World 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Rock the Holidays Performers from Rock the District 4 – 9 p.m. Kids’ Zone with Real Snow 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Kelso Brothers Holiday Jazz Music 6 – 9 p.m. Lighted Carriage Rides around Carefree 7 – 8 p.m. Community Choirs from Local Churches

Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Gift Market and Holiday Food Court 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Kids’ Zone with Real Snow 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Adage Dance Company, “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Dancing all the Way” 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Desert Foothills Theater, Medley of Theater Performances 1:15 – 2 p.m. Storytime with Mrs. Claus 2 – 3:30 p.m. Kevin Glenn Singers present, “Sing, Sleigh Bells Ring” 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church presents Nativity Story and Community Sing-Along 5 – 9 p.m. Holiday Party with DJ Robin Sherman 6 p.m. Electric Light Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza, sponsored by APS

Sunday, December 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 9 a.m. – noon Pet Parade presented by Foothills Animal Rescue 10 a.m. – noon Pet Photos with Santa 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Gift Market and Holiday Food Court 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kids’ Zone with Real Snow 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Kiddie Train Rides 12:30 – 2 p.m. Desert Cactus Kickers and AZ Dance Group 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. “Elf on the Shelf” Arizona Dance Artistry 3:30 – 5 p.m. “Nutcracker” Excerpts by Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre

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His art has been displayed around the world in famed locations such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. This holiday season, British artist Bruce Munro will showcase his new series, “Desert Radiance,” throughout Scottsdale. This art show is comprised of four unique light-based exhibits at different locations across the Valley. To capture the beauty of the desert through his artwork, Munro has created individual works that are locationspecific to truly represent their surroundings. His art installations can be enjoyed throughout the season at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront, the Desert Botanical Garden and the Lisa Sette Gallery. Munro creates large light-based works of art inspired by his interest in the shared human experience. He has 30 years’ worth of ideas in his sketchbooks and portrays his unique views of music, literature, science and the world through his artwork. Munro received a fine arts degree in England in 1982 and then began working in design and lighting in Sydney, where he found inspiration in Australia’s natural landscape. He then returned to and settled in England to raise a family. His father’s death in 1999 was a major turning point in both his personal life and career. Munro suffered from anxiety, fear and a loss of confidence for a year and started to rethink simple experiences of connection to serve as the basis of art. He felt the need to continue his artistic passion, and has been creating worldwide artistic extravagance ever since. Current works displayed at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will run through April 24, 2016. Munro’s special exhibit at this location features “Ferryman’s Crossing.” This work is inspired by Hermann Hesse’s novel, “Siddhartha,” a story about a man’s spiritual journey, guided by a ferryman. In this exhibit, Munro transcribed a passage from the book into Morse code and turned it into light. There are extensive rows of reflective compact discs that are lit by spotlights to evoke sunlight bouncing off water. Commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art, Munro’s art is also on display at the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. This location features the exhibit “Blooms,” December 2015

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and will run through March 2016. Seven large circular formations are created out of 100 multi-colored fiber-optic fishing rods. Together, they will float on the canal. The fishing rods are meant to represent the ecosystem of Arizona’s canals where fishing is permitted. The circular works represent blossoming water lily flowers. At night, these displays are lit by LED fiber optics. At the Desert Botanical Garden, Munro’s works will be on display through May 2016 in a special exhibit called “Sonoran Light,” designed to represent the Sonoran Desert landscape. His “Field of Light” features more than 30,000 spheres aglow throughout the Garden Butte and Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail. “Saguaro” is a staggering fiber-optic cactus display nestled within the garden. “Temperate Zone” is Munro’s interpretation of the cooling pots created by the Southwest indigenous population hundreds of years ago. “Water-Towers” will feature 58 glowing towers, while “Chindi” will suspend elegantly from the Sybil B. Harrington Succulent Gallery. Finally, “Beacon,” “Eden Blooms” and “Fireflies” will further engage visitors amidst the desert landscape. The last of the “Desert Radiance” series is found at the Lisa Sette Gallery, which features smaller-scale versions of the large outdoor exhibits, in addition to other gallery art by Munro, all through digital animations, pedestals and suspension. After visiting Scottsdale for the first time, Munro stated, “It reminded me so much of the outback in Australia. There’s a similar topography, geography and climate. It’s obviously got its own charm. The Desert Botanical is a particularly beautiful garden. It’s very different from all the other gardens in North America, I think. It’s got its own identity, and that for me was very exciting. You are able to use the garden more than any other garden because it’s got that wonderful dry heat in the winter. I’ve never actually been in the winter; I’ve only been during the hot months, but I can imagine it’s cooler and it must be a lovely experience. So it’s really made for light, and the landscape in light, so that was really exciting. The other thing is the flora and fauna is very different to all the other spaces I’ve been to. So that was an inspiration. The climate is very different. So all those things, plus a number of other unique features of the garden, have created the exhibition. And also, with December 2015

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this opportunity in Phoenix for me, it’s the first time we’ll be doing four installations almost parallel. I feel very privileged to have an opportunity to be able to express a lot of different ideas in a lot of different mediums.” Admission for each exhibition varies by location. Exhibits at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art cost $7 for adults, $5 for students and are free for children 15 and under. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays after 5 p.m. are also free admission to all. The Desert Botanical Garden has a separate night-only admission at $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under 3. For both day and night admission, the cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under 3. The Lisa Sette Gallery and the Arizona Canal at the Waterfront have free admission. Both are open to the public with differing hours of operation. The Arizona Canal is a public outdoor venue that is open during all hours. The Lisa Sette Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday. While these Bruce Munro special exhibits are only on display here in Phoenix for the season, his art can also be found in many other locations around the country, as well as internationally. Munro currently has an exhibit running in Houston, Texas through February and will also be featured in South Korea later in 2016. scottsdale-desert-radiance-2

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Writer Rebecca Zaner

The Desert Botanical Garden marks its 76th year this

would promote an understanding and appreciation of

season, opening its doors for the first time in 1939 as

the unique Sonoran Desert. Their goal was to give the

a nonprofit museum established by a group of Arizonans

community a landmark where they could learn about

within the Phoenix community, who wanted to showcase

plants and conservation. Gertrude Webster later joined

the desert’s natural beauties.

the ACNFS and offered financial support to establish the botanical garden in Papago Park. A group of volunteers

Among the original founders was Swedish botanist Gustaf

brought the vision to life.

Starck, who posted a sign, “Save the desert,” with an arrow pointing to his home, to encourage other residents

Today, the garden features 140 acres of scenic landscape,

to join his cause. These residents were concerned about

more than 50,000 plant displays, 821 volunteers dedicating

the increasing development of the Valley and wanted to

more than 66,000 volunteer hours, 107 staff members

set aside a piece of land to truly preserve and represent

and more than 630,000 visitors each year. The Desert

the desert.

Botanical Garden is also one of only 24 botanical gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (formerly

In 1936, the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society (ACNFS) was formed to sponsor a botanical garden that


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American Association of Museums).

Las Noches de Las Luminarias is an annual winter tradition at the Desert Botanical Garden, featuring walkways lined with hundreds of paper bags aglow with candles. It began in 1978, when garden staff and volunteers wanted to find a way to capture the glow of the holidays with a Southwestern flair while showcasing the beauty of the garden. It was also a unique way to fundraise for the garden’s upkeep. They began work and preparations in the summer leading up to the holiday season, assembling 50 traditional Southwestern luminarias for their first promotional photo shoot. The event’s first year featured 700 glowing luminarias and more than 500 volunteers. More than 600 guests were present that night and enjoyed cookies and hot cocoa provided by the staff. The first year was so popular that a second night of Luminaria festivities was added the second year, and even more in the years following. By 2003, the Luminaria festival had grown to 12 nights, and by 2005 it was up to 22. This year, 24 nights proved most appropriate for the balance of available resources and ticket demands. A limited attendance is required for guests to truly enjoy the garden’s intimate beauty. For staff and volunteers, this event is special because of the sense of togetherness their mass efforts provide. Marcia Flynn, director of event services since 2000, has had the pleasure of working on this event for at least 12 years during her time with the garden. “It started as the garden’s way of giving back to the community,” Flynn shares. “It is one of the oldest holiday events in the Valley. We start planning in January each year and find trends in our surveys to improve our guest experience and satisfaction.” Today, the garden celebrates the Southwest and shines with more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and thousands of white twinkle lights that line every trail. Guests can enjoy a warm cup of cider or hot cocoa along with various food options. There will be stargazing opportunities as well as wine and cheese platters. New to this year’s festivities are s’mores kits. Staff will be providing marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers to guests who can sit by the fire pit and roast s’mores amidst the glow of the light. There is live entertainment each night; this year there are 10 different acts, including handbells, mariachi, Spanish guitar, classical strings and jazz. This year, the garden will also be featuring a special exhibit titled, “Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden.” This British light artist has various exhibitions occurring throughout the Valley during the holiday season and into spring. The Desert Botanical Garden showcases eight of his largescale, light-based structures composed of various different materials and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optics. These site-specific exhibits will reflect the artist’s interpretation of the Sonoran Desert and are on display throughout the Luminaria experience. The garden can hold 2,400 guests each evening to ensure a positive experience for all. December 2015

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“The garden always provides a compelling attraction,” says Flynn. “Luminaria brings people to the garden during the holidays to experience the garden in a different light. We draw a huge audience and are anticipating around 57,600 attendees this year over 24 nights, many of whom are faithful return guests who have been coming to Luminaria for over 20 years.” Guests have the option to sponsor a luminaria bag. | 480-585-5215 Latest Technology-Relaxing Environment

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Tribute bags can be purchased as memorial tributes, wedding proposals or any form of personal messages. Photos and words are added to personalize each tribute bag. The garden generally sells 125 tribute bags each year. They are then set in the historical area of the garden and glow with personal memories and stories. “It’s difficult to get into that holiday spirit sometimes,” says Flynn. “Living in Phoenix, we don’t have that color change of the leaves or that crisp fall air. The warmth and glow of the luminaria bags and the twinkle of the lights really gets you into the holiday spirit.”



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For more than five years, Desert Botanical Garden has partnered with Season for Sharing, an organization that


improve education, aid victims of domestic violence and serve the elderly. This is another way for guests to

much as $6,000 to the organization each year.

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Flynn. “I enjoyed those reminders. With Luminaria, I love the excitement that builds while setting up for the main event. When the bags are lit, the lights are on and the guests come in with smiles on their faces, we’re making their holiday special.” Luminaria runs from November 27 through December 31 on select evenings. Don’t miss out on this Southwestern holiday tradition.

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Writer Rebecca Zaner

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess lights up the holidays

year’s tree-lighting ceremony was held earlier in November

for its annual Christmas at the Princess festival. A grand

to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

holiday tradition for both hotel guests and locals alike, Christmas at the Princess never fails to impress. The famed

General manager Jack Miller has worked on the holiday

desert Southwest resort turns into a winter wonderland to

event for the last six years.

celebrate the holiday season and delight viewers with jolly activities. The festival runs through January 3, 2016, which

“With Christmas at the Princess, we are celebrating the

marks the end of its six-week celebration.

magic of the season with a six-week festival, which started in 2010 with one tree and has grown each year since,” he

Guests of the festival will find a multitude of activities that

says. “Our idea was to hark back to simpler times when

are suited for the whole family. The main attraction is

families would gather on the town square to light the

the four-story musical Christmas tree, aglow in the front

community tree and share cider, holiday treats and time

plaza of the resort. While the Princess has celebrated the


holidays since opening in 1987, it wasn’t until the first annual tree lighting ceremony six years ago that this grand

Christmas at the Princess events and activities are open

tree made its introduction. This is now the sixth year of

to the public, along with resort guests. This year, visitors

the festival, which has become a yearly tradition. This

will be treated to an appearance from Santa Claus in his


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workshop as well as new holiday characters, including Christmas Princess Noel and Peppermint the Penguin. Guests can also take pictures with Santa in Santa’s Workshop nightly in La Hacienda Plaza. Photos are $10 and are available for immediate pick-up. A complimentary Christmas petting zoo is open from 5 to 9 p.m. each day of the festival. There, visitors can enjoy sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and an alpaca. The Enchanted Plaza showcases the musical tree and an animated light show. There are 70,000 LED lights that glow on the tree and change colors in sequence to 14 classic holiday songs. It is adorned with dozens of glistening snowflakes and a 5-foot snowflake tree topper. A unique high-definition animated video show displays five holiday scenes set to music while projected against the resort’s outer walls. This five-minute show is featured each night at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. There is also a menorah lighting and potato latkes with applesauce for Hanukkah. Guests can also enjoy the first-ever Santa and Friends Breakfast on December 19. This buffet includes a dance party with DJ Jingle and special visits from the holiday characters while dining. This special event costs $50 for adults, $35 for children ages 3-12 and free admission for children 2 and under. Reservations are required. Another fun feature of the festival is S’mores Land. A campfire area features seven fire pits for guests to cozy up and roast marshmallows. There is also a Christmas carousel with dozens of glittering horses. Rides December 2015

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are complimentary and open evenings. The desert ice skating rink is a crowd favorite made with real ice, where guests can experience the chill of ice and the magic of snow with rink-side snowfalls each night. This special event is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger and $5 for skate rental. Skating session times vary and are open to the public. Beside the rink, luxury fire pit tables are available as rentals, with s’mores, cocktails, hot cocoa and blankets for evening attendance. Lagoon Lights features more than 2.8 million LED lights across the expansive lagoons of the resort. Guests have the option to ride the Princess Express train through the lagoons to see special water displays, including swans, a buccaneer pirate ship, 14foot poinsettias, a large teddy bear, toy soldiers, a fishing Santa, leaping arches mimicking a water show, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster and a candy cane forest. There is also a three-dimensional whale, five skating penguins and a 17-foot-long infinity tunnel with ever-changing colors. The lagoon also features a 25foot menorah and 4-foot dreidel.




For a more quiet and thoughtful experience, guests can visit the Nativity Garden Light Show, the holiday effect on the resort’s Fragrance Garden. An 88-foot narrated light and music show tells the story of Christmas in a 10-minute complimentary program. There are various dining options and many opportunities to shop for the holidays. Kringle’s Korner Holiday Shoppe offers winter apparel, seasonal


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decor, collectible ornaments, gourmet chocolates and

is complimentary for hotel guests. Entrance and parking

more. Resort boutiques are also open to visitors.

for non-hotel guests is $30 for self-parking with up to 10 people per vehicle or $40 for valet after 4 p.m.

Guests can visit the resort’s Well and Being Spa to take

without dining. Valet and admission for local residents

advantage of the Let It Glow spa day package that

is complimentary when dining at any of the resort

offers a choice of a 60-minute NovoGlow facial or a

restaurants with a $75 spend.

60-minute java body scrub, plus a spa lunch, glass of wine and full use of the spa facilities for the day. This

“When we embarked on this journey to create Christmas

package is available for $159 plus tax and gratuity.

at the Princess, we knew it was a risk to make such a

During the festival, guests may purchase a holiday

large investment,” Miller says. “We are gratified to have

ornament for $20 from the Fairmont Tree of Hope in

welcomed more than 237,000 visitors last year. The

the spa’s lobby to receive $20 off any a la carte spa

many letters we received from families and individuals

or wellness treatment of choice. Full proceeds benefit

who have special memories of Christmas at the Princess

Cox Charities throughout the Valley.

and those who have made this experience an annual tradition have touched our heart. We appreciate all our

Christmas at the Princess always benefits various

support and look forward to welcoming guests again

charities. The tree lighting ceremony begins the Fairmont

this year. We are committed to making each year

Scottsdale Princess’ toy drive for Toys for Tots with

more magical than the last. At the Fairmont Scottsdale

the Scottsdale Fire Department. The resort is a drop-off

Princess, we want to turn holiday moments into

location throughout the festival.

memories, and those memories into traditions. That is what Christmas — and family — is all about.”


The event is part of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

series of Legacy Events, which also includes Easter’s

Bunnyland, Summer at the Princess and the Fourth of


July Freedom Fest. Admission to the Christmas festival


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Dining Guide


The Grotto Café Located in the heart of Cave Creek, The Grotto Café has quietly been establishing itself as the destination hangout for locals and tourists alike. Featuring a majestic and serene dog-friendly patio, argued to be the most beautiful in Cave Creek, the rock wall architecture, unique water features, and shaded seating areas are quite inviting for anything from a quick meal while on break from work or for a whole afternoon of relaxation, reading your favorite book or talking with friends. Born in late 2011 as the brain child of Mike Seitts, Louann Robertson, and Curtis Arny, The Grotto Café was an extension of their other business, The Red Truck Trading Company. Furnished and decorated with items from Red Truck’s high-end consignment business, The Grotto Café gives guests the unique opportunity to shop while they dine or just enjoy the unique collection of art and memorabilia hanging from every wall. Offering organic coffee and tea, a fine selection of craft beers along with fine wines and cocktails, and famous for its chicken salad sandwich served on cranberry walnut bread, The Grotto Café also features panini sandwiches, salads, pastries and tasty breakfast dishes for all ages to enjoy. 6501 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-499-0140


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Absentee Homeowner Services Home Watch AZ 480-607-1524

Bags & Rags Ladies’ Fine Apparel 480-575-3114 16 Easy Street

AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING Canyon State AC and Plumbing 602-996-1818

Pink Cadillac Boutique 6220 E Cave Creek Rd. 480-575-1060

Antiques Arizona Territorial Company 99 Easy Street 480-595-9110 Un Jour En France 7100 E. Cave Creek RD 480-575-1130 Attorney John W. Stevens, Attorney 480-488-2591 Carefree Area Auction House J. Levine Auction 480-223-1307 Automotive Sales Sanderson Lincoln 2121 E. Bell Rd. 602-375-7500 Beauty Salon Michael Anthony 312-343-9206 312-636-8673 Sugar Skull Salon 6450 E. Cave Creek Rd. Ste 105 602-524-1219 Studio C Salon 480-664-0602 Salon Chella 6201 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-595-6969 Bike SHop Flat Tire Bike Shop 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-5261 Boutique 4Sister Shop 602-330-6042

Stefan Mann 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite G10 480-488-3371

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Arizona Archaeological Society 480-595-9255 Arizona Musicfest 480-488-0806 Cave Creek Museum 480-488-2764

Bridal and formal wear The Quintessential Bride and Formal Wear 8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Ste G3 480-419-7755

Desert Awareness Committee 480-488-1090

Coffee shop Carefree Roastery 7171 E. Cave Creek Rd. Mariachi Plaza

Desert Foothills Community Education 480-575-2440

Grotto Cafe 6501 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-499-0140 Local Jonny’s 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-7473 The Village Coffee Shop 480-488-3835 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. #134 B Coin & Bullion Dealer American Federal 500 Easy Street 480-553-5282 College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600 COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE Foothills Animal Rescue 480-488-9890 Foothills Caring Corps 480-488-1105 Foothills Food Bank 480-488-1145 Salvation Army 480-488-3590 St. Vincent de Paul Society 602-254-3338


COMMUNITY organizations American Legion Post No. 34 & Auxiliary 480-488-2669

Desert Foothills Community Association 480-488-4043

Desert Foothills Land Trust 480-488-6131 Desert Foothills Theater 480-488-1981 Foothills Community Foundation 480-488-1090 Kiwanis Club of Carefree 480-488-8400 Newcomers Club of Scottsdale 480-990-1976 New River Senior Center 623-465-0367 Rotary Club 602-548-3256 Sonoran Arts League 480-575-6624 Soroptimist International 480-510-8203 YMCA 480-596-9622 COMputers Affordable Computer Help 480-720-0233 Tech 4 Life 748 Easy Street #5 480-553-9171


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Cosmetics Merle Norman 480-488-3208 32531 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 103 Dentist Carefree Dentists 480-488-9735 Dentistry at Westland 480-585-5215 33725 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 101 Dry Cleaner SPOTS Mobile Dry Cleaning 480-787-5757 Esthetician Skincare by Stephanie 602-326-0928 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. Inside Sherri’s Hair Salon Skin Revision 7301 E. Sundance Trail C-102 480-828-0987 FIRE Fire Service 480-627-6900 Garage Door AYS Garage Door Repair 602-375-3667 Free Estimates ROC#272744 $20 off on any repair Garden Desert Foothills Gardens Nursery 480-488-9455 33840 N. Cave Creek Rd. Government/business Town of Carefree 480-488-3686 Town of Cave Creek 480-488-1400 Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association 480-437-1110 Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce 480-488-3381 Handyman Desert Foothills Handyman Service 602-540-9794

Health care Cierra Medical Walk-In Care 480-575-0131 Desert Foothills Medical Center 480-488-9220 John C. Lincoln Deer Valley 623-879-6100 North Valley Medical Center 480-473-4583 Paradise Valley Hospital 602-923-5000 Scottsdale Healthcare 480-324-7000 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. 480-323-3000 90th St. & Shea Blvd. Home furnishings Big Bronco Furniture Barn 480-575-1357 General Store 480-575-7025 Valerie’s Furniture & Accents 480-483-3327 House Cleaning AZ View Cleaning Services 602-486-8557 The Maids Scottsdale 602-923-4000 Insurance Senior health plan specialist Generations Consulting Group 623-866-3222 Landscape Design and Maintenance A Couple of Green Thumbs 6061 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-2155 Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Desert Foothills Gardens Nursery 480-488-9455 33840 N. Cave Creek Rd.

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Plumbing Canyon State AC and Plumbing 602-996-1818 Podiatry Westland Family Foot and Ankle Specialist 480-361-2500 Pool Design/construction Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Pool maintenance Eco Blu Pools Service 480-626-2604 Repair 480-626-8200 Post office Carefree 480-488-3781 Cave Creek 480-488-1218 Realtor Jean Ransdell Russ Lyon Sotheby’s 480-294-3257 Patrick Rice Russ Lyon Sotheby’s 970-846-5461 Rancho Manana Russ Lyon Sotheby’s 5734 E. Rancho Manana Blvd. 480-489-1811 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 34305 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-488-2400 Tom Scappaticci Russ Lyon Sotheby’s 602-430-4081 Restaurants Carefree Roastery 7171 E. Cave Creek Rd. Mariachi Plaza English Rose Tea Room 480-488-4812 201 Easy St.


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Harold’s Cave Creek Corral 480-488-1906 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. Grotto Cafe 6501 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-499-0140 Local Jonny’s 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-7473 The Bourbon Cellar 480-595-5868 The Village Coffee Shop 480-488-3835 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. #134 B Tom’s Thumb 480-513-8186 9393 E. Bell Road Retirement Community The Heritage at Carefree 480-488-1622 SCHOOL Annunciation Catholic School 480-361-8234 Bella Vista Private School 480-575-6001 Black Mountain Elementary School 480-575-2100 Cactus Shadows High School Main Line 480-575-2400 Attendance 480-575-2431 Career Success School 480-575-0075 Cave Creek Montessori School 480-563-2929 Cave Creek Unified School District 480-575-2000 Child’s Play Preschool – CCUSD 480-575-2062 Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool 480-585-8007 Desert Sun Academy 480-575-2900

Desert Willow Elementary School 480-575-2800 Foothills Academy 480-488-5583 Goddard School 480-437-1000 Horseshoe Trails Elementary School 480-272-8500 Lone Mountain Elementary School 480-437-3000 Montessori School 480-563-2929 Our Lady of Joy Preschool 480-595-6409 Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain 602-493-2600 Quality Interactive Montessori School 480-575-5269 Sonoran Trails Middle School Main Line 480-272-8600 Attendance: 480-272-8604 Ventana Academic School 480-488-9362 Sheriff Sheriff’s Posse 602-876-1895 Shopping Baudine’s Shoes 32415 N. Scottsdale Rd. 20789 N. Pima Rd 8936 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd Cave Creek Candle & Gifts 6245 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-7799 Cave Creek Olive Oil 480-595-3157 6201 E. Cave Creek Rd. Gold Mine Thrift Shop 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-3721 Las Tiendas 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd.


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Twice-Baked Potatoes Writer and photographer Monica Longenbaker

These foolproof Twice-Baked Potatoes are the perfect solution to devoting less time in the kitchen and more time with family this holiday season. The potatoes are baked until fluffy, then scooped from the skins and loaded with ingredients that would comfort even the pickiest palates. The filling is then returned to the hollowed shells and baked again until steaming. These beauties can be stuffed a day ahead of time and warmed in the oven right before serving. Pipe the filling into the shells with a pastry bag for a more polished presentation or simply scoop the filling for a more homestyle approach. Either way, your guests will swoon.

Twice-Baked Potatoes Yield: 8 servings

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly coat each potato with olive oil, then pierce them 4-5 times with a fork or knife. Place potatoes onto a lined baking sheet and bake until tender, about one hour.

4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 tablespoons butter ½ cup onion, minced 2 cloves garlic ¼ cup whole milk ½ cup bacon, chopped ½ cup sour cream 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons green onion or chives,

Meanwhile, melt one tablespoon of butter in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Set aside. When potatoes are finished baking, allow them to rest for about 5-10 minutes until cool enough to handle. Cut each potato in half length-wise and scoop out the center with a spoon, transferring the soft flesh to a mixing bowl. Leave about ½-inch border on the potato shells and reserve. Place onions and garlic back onto heat and add milk and remaining two tablespoons of butter. Once butter is melted and milk is hot, pour them into the mixing bowl over the flesh of the potatoes. Stir in bacon, sour cream and cheddar cheese. (Reserve some of the bacon and cheddar cheese for the top). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

chopped (optional garnish) Scoop the mixture back into the potato shells or use a pastry bag fitted with a star tip to pipe the filling. Top with reserved cheddar cheese and bacon. Refrigerate potatoes overnight or bake immediately in a 400 F oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with green onion or chives.


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Images Arizona: Carefree December 2015 Issue  

December 2015 Edition. Images Arizona magazine is distributed to Desert Mountain, Carefree and Cave Creek.

Images Arizona: Carefree December 2015 Issue  

December 2015 Edition. Images Arizona magazine is distributed to Desert Mountain, Carefree and Cave Creek.