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Celebrate the Season THE END OF THE YEAR IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING— and anticipated—times of year. Tables were surrounded by loved ones, both family and friends, sharing beautiful meals prepared with heart, as Thanksgiving took to the stage. Now, as December has arrived, there are the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa that all look forward to. Celebrations of our cultures and beliefs, passed down from generation to generation, are truly fulfilling in themselves. It is important to not focus on the secular aspect of these holidays but the meaning behind each and their importance to you and your family. In this month’s issue of 253 Lifestyle Magazine, we are closing out our first year with some great articles you’re sure to enjoy. In late October, the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County hosted its inaugural Fur Ball, where more than 200 animal lovers gathered for an evening of fundraising for these furry friends, raising more than $147,000 for the cause!
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THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE
Our feature story takes readers back to 1903, when the first successful cross-country automobile trip was achieved by Horatio Jackson and his co-driver and mechanic Sewall Crocker, a Tacoma native. If you’re in search for that perfect Christmas tree, we’ve compiled a list of trees to suit any taste—and size! It’s time to get out to that local tree farm or lot, if you haven’t already. You’ll want to take a look at our arts and entertainment calendar, as you’re sure to find some wonderful activities taking place around the community, filled with the season’s spirit. Attending one of these events with friends or family is a great way to spend time together during the holidays. As this time of year can be joyful, albeit stressful, our travel story takes you to warm and sunny Arizona—the perfect retreat from the cold and to recoup from all the holiday excitement. Happy Holidays to all of you from our 253 family. May blessings abound not only this season but always.
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The Perfect Christmas Tree: Which variety is right for you?
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ccording to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders, bathroom remodels are the number one desired remodel for homeowners. There are many great styles and choices that can be incorporated into a bathroom remodel, and with so many options available, it can be tricky to know where to start or what to focus on. As a member of Master Builders Association Pierce County (MBA Pierce), the experts at AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet Corp. share some tips on transforming your bathroom space into the oasis you’ve always dreamed of. “A popular choice for a bathroom remodel includes a shower enclosure,” says Jeremy Anderson. “In order to achieve this sleek yet functional feature, we’d like to share some design tips you should know before you get started.” Space When designing your new shower enclosure, the first step is evaluating the space. Finding the right shower enclosure can complement both small and large spaces. Ask yourself, is there enough room for a swing door that hinges inward and outward? Or do you need an option that slides like a frameless barn door-style enclosure? Another option is a free-standing glass panel, which has the advantage of making the bathroom feel open; a smart choice for smaller spaces. One last consideration is aging in your home. If you have enough space, make your shower enclosure ADA compliant, which will increase the resale value and add longevity to the utility of the bathroom while the large opening offers a very bold and stylish statement. Proportion Getting the right height and width of the enclosure is very important. If you have a high ceiling, you’ll need taller glass panels and doors so the glass looks balanced. A short glass panel in a tall-ceiling bathroom can turn out looking awkward. Inversely, if you have a short ceiling, you may need a shorter panel—otherwise it can feel too overbearing in your space. Also, consider the size of the door opening. The average door opening width is 28 inches. If you have a larger space, you can opt for a wider door opening. However, if you have a small space, you can go down to 24 inches. Smaller than 24 inches is not recommended.
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Type of Glass Textured or clear? There are many types of glass to choose from for the shower enclosure. It all comes down to personal style and priorities. With a textured glass like rain or satinetched, the glass design becomes the feature. Also, it provides the privacy that many people desire. However, clear glass is beautiful, clean and timeless. Clear glass is a great option if you want to feature beautiful stone or tile work. If you’ve invested in unique tile, we suggest showcasing it with the clear glass option. Clear glass also adds visual depth and makes your bathroom feel larger. Controls When re-building the shower, if the shower head is on the back wall away from door, consider putting controls by the door opening. This configuration is more practical as it allows you to turn on the water without getting wet, and many clients are very appreciative of this tip. Cost With any remodel, the first step is to determine your budget. Then decide what you would like your dream shower enclosure to include. Some price distinctions to consider are framed, semi-frameless or frameless heavy glass. If you’re on a tight budget, a framed enclosure is a good solution. Another distinction is the thickness of the glass. Most homeowners gravitate toward a heavy glass door for their bathroom remodel. Though sticking to the budget is important, style and functionality are important too. Before starting demo or construction, it is always best to consult with shower door professionals like AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet to help answer questions and avoid any costly mistakes. Professional design consultants can help the decision process by guiding you through selection of the right hardware color, style of glass, size of door, and even picking out the unique-style handle to make a statement. That way, at the end of the day, you’ll have a highly functional bathroom that embodies your personal style. MBA Pierce is an association of over 650 members that include contractors, designers, landscapers and other industry-related businesses. Builder members are required to be registered, bonded and insured. Visit MBAPierce.com for a free Buyer’s Guide and Directory. 14 253 LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
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Trending THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE Which variety is right for you? By Colin Anderson
he focal point of just about any indoor holiday decorating is the Christmas tree. Most are put up shortly after Thanksgiving and don’t come down until right around New Year’s Day. They can be pint sized for apartments or grand spectacles in homes with vaulted ceilings. How you decorate says a lot about your family, and there is truly no wrong way to do it. When picking out the perfect tree there is more that goes into it than how it looks on the lot. Take into consideration the differences in some of the most popular styles when it’s time to settle on your family’s tree. Scotch Pine If vacuuming needles is your least favorite part about having a tree in the home, consider a Scotch or Scots Pine. This common Christmas tree holds its needles longer than most and is also sturdy enough for heavy ornaments and long light strings. Longer needles make hanging ornaments easier.
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Search for a local scout group or organization selling trees as a fundraiser, or stop by some of our favorite local spots and grab a tree raised and cared for by a community member. Noble Fir
This tree grows especially well in the Northwest and can reach heights of over 200 feet (if you have a really really big house). The Noble Fir branches tend to rise upward and are sturdy, again allowing for heavier ornaments without creating too much of a sagging look. Evenly spaced branches and short needles allow for the decorations to really stand out. Noble Firs are also popular choices in making wreaths and garland due to their strength.
If allowed to grow, Douglas Firs can reach heights of over 300 feet! They grow well in many climates, making them one of the most common varieties across the nation. The shape of a Douglas is unique in that it is typically more uniform and can even take up the appearance of a pyramid. It gives off one of the strongest, albeit pleasant, scents of any tree, so if you enjoy that fresh cut smell throughout the holiday, this is likely your best bet.
The Grand Fir has a few differences from its relatives, mostly within the needle coloringâ€”which tends to be more yellowgreen instead of blue-green but also very shiny. Grand Firs tend to run thicker than Noble Firs, but they also give off an even stronger smell for longer than some of its counterparts. Hanging heavy objects is also usually not a problem, and trunks also tend to be very straight in this classic Christmas tree.
Many will scoff at this, myself included, but artificial trees have come a long way since their inception. They are made to mimic all the popular varieties of trees, and if you invest in a quality product, many look exactly like the real thingâ€”from a distance. People use artificial if their tree is styled to match a room while others simply enjoy the convenience of easy setup and takedown. Those with sensitivity to smell or who are
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HAPPEN INAUGURAL FUR BALL RAISES NEARLY $150,000 FOR HUMANE SOCIETY FOR TACOMA & PIERCE COUNT By Anneli Haralson Photos Courtesy of Van Gachnang Photography
he brown, matted, quivering ball of fur whimpered quietly in the hands of its owner. Moving aside the mess of knots, the Shih Tzu Terrier mix’s brown eyes were barely visible. Three of her bottom teeth jutted out below her upper lip and she smelled. Bad. Her name was Emily, and her owner was standing in the lobby of the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County asking the staff to euthanize the tiny dog. Emily had an old injury. She was missing 19 teeth and had a serious skin infection hiding underneath her matted coat. That’s what was making her smell, but Emily’s owner was done trying to care for her and thought the 8-year-old dog had no other options. The staff at the shelter saw the situation differently. “The team at the Society knew euthanasia was not the right choice for Emily,” Victoria Gingrey, the Society’s communications manager, recalls from that summer day earlier this year. “She had plenty of life left.” The staff was immediately taken with Emily’s sweet personality, Victoria says, and the small dog was examined before receiving a haircut and medical care for the skin infection on her neck and rotten teeth. With daily treatment, the infection healed and, once her hair grew back and eight more teeth were removed, Emily looked like a new dog. She was fostered by a shelter volunteer until she was fully healed. Then, this fall, she found a new home. Emily was just one of the nearly 10,000 animals cared for this year by the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. The Society is Washington’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency and, as a nonprofit open admission shelter, it does not turn away any homeless, abused or abandoned animals that come through its doors. “We will work with them to make sure they have the best possible outcome,” Victoria says. Animals are never euthanized for being there too long or if the shelter is too crowded. Last year, the Society spent nearly $1.5 million on medical services—25 percent of its total operating budget.
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“The greatest expense is veterinary treatment,” Victoria says. “I always tell people to think of the price of taking their dog to the vet and then multiply that by 10,000.” But the Society’s work goes beyond rehabilitating homeless and surrendered pets for adoption. It also offers a number of community resources including supporting affordable spay and neuter services, microchipping, a pet food pantry for those in temporary need of no-cost food, and a barn cat program for non-domesticated cats. “We need all of that to work together in order to make happy happen,” Victoria says. None of this work is possible without funding. As a nonprofit organization, the Society relies wholly on private donors, grants, contracts and adoption fees to fund its work. In 2018, the shelter received $6 million. It spent $5.9 million. “We really are proud of the work that we’re doing,” Victoria says. “We’re caring for lots of animals on a tight budget.” But there’s more that needs to be done. In the Society’s 2018 annual report, shelter CEO Stuart Earley called for greater veterinary care, the THE SOCIETY development of educational programs around animal RELIES WHOLLY ON welfare, and the construction of a new shelter and animal PRIVATE DONORS, welfare campus to ensure a sustainable future for the GRANTS, CONTRACTS Society. “Most importantly, we need to put animals at the heart of everything we do,” he indicated in the report.
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Initially, the shelter concentrated on protecting livestock, working animals, and even children. When orphanages were established and machinery took over farm work in the early 20th century, the Society’s staff began focusing its energy on domestic pets. During the ‘30s and ‘40s, the Society operated a shelter in the Oakland neighborhood of Tacoma where it rescued animals, found homes for strays and sponsored an annual Mutt Show. In the early 1950s, the Society moved into a facility on Center Street. In 1997, a new facility—the William Gazecki Animal Shelter—was built there and remains today. Those interested in helping the Humane Society continue its work can do so in multiple ways: • Volunteer: Those 16 years of age and older who can commit to six hours of work each month for six months are invited to apply. Applications are available online. • Foster: Provide a nurturing home for a shelter pet for one night or multiple months. Apply online. • Donate items: From food to toys and collars, the Humane Society is always in need of items to help care for their animals. Find a list of needed items online at TheHumaneSociety.org/more-ways-todonate/donate-items. • Become a Friend: Sign up to become a monthly donor. • Donate money, stock or vehicles: Find out more online. • Attend an event: The Society holds two annual events—the Doga-Thon each June and the Fur Ball. Find more information at TheHumaneSociety.org/events. • Adopt a Pet: Adoption fees help to fund Society programs, and the shelter regularly runs adoption specials. Follow them on social media to find out about adoption events this coming year.
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Brandelyn Tafoya never dreamed a trip to Whole Foods would be the day she met her future husband Joe Tafoya. She turned down his request for lunch, but feeling bad she changed her mind and invited him to her barn where he helped her shovel manure for two hours. She had no idea when they met that he was a â€œfamousâ€? football player and had just moved to Seattle a week prior to play for the Seahawks. The two are now married with a 6-year-old son, Jaxon, who is obsessed with baseball, and an 8-yearold daughter, Brooklyn, who is an accomplished equestrian.
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DURING HER YEARS AS A FOOTBALL WIFE, BRANDELYN NOTICED A LACK OF FOOTBALL APPAREL FOR WOMEN. THE ONLY PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET WERE NONDESCRIPT, SIZED FOR MEN, AND JUST WEREN’T CUTE!
During her years as a football wife, Brandelyn noticed a lack of football apparel for women. The only products on the market were nondescript, sized for men, and just weren’t cute! She began designing patterns and stylish clothes that would flatter women. In 2013, she launched Lady 12, and it was an immediate hit with female Seahawks fans who loved her flattering tees, yoga pants and accessories. Brandelyn designed items in mind that you could wear for work or for game day but feels everyone needs some sparkle in their life. Many of her designs incorporate sequins that add a bit of glitz.
It’s so hard to find cute stuff.” She gave us a hug and they each bought two.”
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Brandelyn is excited for the new home of the Lady 12 Fan Cave at Paseo by the stadium for pre-game brunch or after the game. “They are amazing and doing lots of girl fan-inspired things!” she says. Joe, who is the president of the official NFL Alumni Association, meets with fellow alumni at Paseo, their hub.
A. Early on I noticed what an amazing platform we had been given to support charities through all of our events and community engagement. We are rallying groups of super passionate women! So, we like to direct that passion toward a good cause while we have their attention. We have had a different charity involved with every event since the beginning.
In addition, she wanted to create a line that was affordable. After her first year in business, Brandelyn realized the plus-sized market was very underserved when it came to fan clothing. Her line is now carried in sizes XS through 4X.
A. I became a football fan when I met Joe! It was so much fun to watch him play. Watching games got a lot more boring after he retired, however, I do like it more now that I can watch with him.
We were so excited to bring our Fashion Show to the South Sound in partnership with MercedesBenz of Tacoma and to be able to support the Humane Society for Tacoma Pierce County. It’s been really amazing to be able to give back to so many different causes!
Q. What was it like to start your own business? Any challenges?
Q. Your fan gal designs are super cute; do you have a designer and what are your inspirations?
A. Oh my goodness, it’s been extremely challenging! Extremely rewarding as well though. Pretty much a new hurdle to jump over every day. I say to be an entrepreneur you must get comfortable being uncomfortable. I’d have to say we have gotten pretty good at that.
A. Thank you! I have been the designer for all our clothes. It really has been a fun outlet for my creative, perfectionist side. I personally am a huge fan of sparkles, and that has played a big part in my design process. It hasn’t made it the easiest, but a girl must have her sparkles! We also are trying hard to serve the underserved market of plus-sized women! All of us want to feel beautiful and look cute!
It was during the NorthWest Women’s Show in 2014 that stands out as one of her favorite moments when it comes to Lady 12. “After a year of trial and error, we were exhibiting, and a group of women stopped at our booth,” recalls Brandelyn. “They started looking through our Navy V-Neck Sunday’s Finest tees when they stopped and pulled out a shirt. Two of the ladies began whispering, then one started crying! ‘Oh crap!’ I thought. Then she said, ‘I can’t believe they have my size in this!
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unspots, age spots, liver spots, ruddy complexion, pregnancy mask; all are terms used to describe any darkening of the skin. It can appear on any part of the body but is most common on the face and hands. Hyperpigmentation and melasma are two conditions with this characterization. They are similar in look yet can be caused by different conditions, one even being a symptom of the other. Let’s break them down and learn the ways to decrease and even eliminate their effects. Hyperpigmentation is when the body is triggered to produce more melanin, thus causing the skin pigment to darken. It can be caused by prolonged sun exposure, skin injuries, acne scars, inflammation and some skin-care products or medications. Darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation. It is harmless, yet annoying to most people, even causing insecurities about one’s appearance. Some aesthetic treatments—chemical peels, laser treatments, microneedling and even some facials—can lead to hyperpigmentation if the skin is not properly accessed. Your skin-care provider will talk to you about your skin type and ethnic background to determine what treatments are right for you. This leads us to melasma. More commonly called the pregnancy mask, it is defined as brown patches, larger than those caused by sun damage, typically on the cheeks, forehead, nose, upper lip and chin. It is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and sun exposure. It is more common in women and appears for many during pregnancy
and when starting a new form of birth control. Hyperpigmentation is a symptom of melasma. Melasma is a frustrating condition as its causes are difficult to determine and avoid. Hyperpigmentation and melasma can be treated, but it will require some patience. Although some skin-care treatments pose a risk for hyperpigmentation, if used properly, many of the same treatments will lighten pigment over time. For example, a series of chemical peels, microneedling with platelet-rich plasma or laser treatments, along with a good home-care regimen and limited sun exposure, can do wonders for lightening discolorations. Incorporating a lightening agent into your routine will make a drastic difference! Some lightening agents include hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid, niacinamide, and bearberry extract. Melasma often fades after pregnancy or when a woman switches her birth control method. The same type of treatments and lightening agents used to treat hyperpigmentation will also help with melasma. Make sure you discuss any course of treatment with your healthcare provider if you are nursing or become pregnant. Minimizing your sun exposure and wearing a proper SPF daily is your best bet for avoiding many skin conditions. Talk to your skincare provider about how to avoid, minimize and treat your skin discoloration, and remember to disclose all medications, previous medical history and ethnic background when discussing any type of skin-lightening treatment.
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Health C H R O N I C H E A D, FAC E , J AW A N D N EC K PA I N IS YOUR BITE PART OF THE PROBLEM?
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he last straw for Susan was after she was forced to stay in bed all day with an ice pack on her head, unable to go to work or play with her daughter. She took over-thecounter medications and prescription medication when the pain got really bad. She’d tried everything: massage, chiropractic treatment and physical therapy. These treatments were somewhat effective, but the headaches continued. Dealing with the headaches was a constant struggle; she was starting to get depressed. According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million Americans endure recurring headaches; from this group, 23 million suffer from migraines. Research suggests that up to 80 percent of headaches result from dental force-related problems. A staggering number of people don’t know why they’re in pain. Many are unaware that dental force-related issues, either related to their mouth or as a result of trauma (like a fall, sports injury or whiplash) can be the root of their pain. Using a computerized bite analysis, Dr. Rhonda Savage can evaluate your range of motion and bite imbalances. Specialized tools and techniques, such as ultrasound, micro-current technology, cold-laser therapy and manual muscle massage, reduce pain and inflammation. The treatment promotes healing of the muscles and nerves, then the bite is balanced after inflammation is reduced. Drug free, needle free and painless, the treatment is aimed at the underlying causes of chronic headaches: the pain and discomfort caused by improper muscle forces in the mouth, head and neck area.
Some people who live with constant headaches for years become resigned to the condition. They give up, thinking, “I guess this is how it’s going to be.” With a 92 to 93 percent success rate, Dr. Savage can help cure the pain of migraine and other headaches, tinnitus, TMJ and vertigo. Many headaches are triggered by stress, are hormone-induced or alcohol-induced. Nighttime headaches can also be triggered by a bite imbalance, as well as lack of oxygen at nighttime. Sleep issues and headaches are often tied together for many patients. Chris suffered from headaches since a serious car accident. Broadsided by another vehicle, he had major medical care but still had headaches. After beginning treatment, he was amazed that he was headache free. Chris said, “It’s such a simple, easy, painless process.” Dull, nagging, constant headaches: Do you wake up with these daily? Headache and migraine pain has to do with the muscles of the head, neck and jaw, and the way that teeth come together. Forces imbalanced by the way the teeth come together send a biofeedback loop to the brain that causes pain through the brain stem. Working in conjunction with medical professionals, Dr. Rhonda Savage can make a difference. Sarah said, “I didn’t realize how many headaches I was having until I stopped having headaches!” You can make an appointment today with Dr. Savage by calling 253.857.0835. UptownDentalGigHarbor.com
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CELEBRATE AMERICA’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH AUTOMOBILES LeMay - America’s Car Museum continues to bring history and excitement to the community—and the world!
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une 2, 2012, marked the day that Tacoma would begin to change history, as LeMay America’s Car Museum opened its doors to the community. The stunning 165,000-squarefoot facility has since been recognized as one of MSN’s Best Automotive Museums worldwide, USA Today’s 10 Best Museums in Seattle and KING’s Best Museum in Western Washington. Even if you are not a car enthusiast, there is something for everyone at America’s Car Museum. Exhibits in the Showcase Gallery change approximately every six months, and they are always changing out vehicles and/or updating their other galleries. Fun activities include the racing simulators and slot cars in the Speed Zone, the interactive Family Zone that includes a pinewood derby track, and short films in the State Farm Theater. They also recently opened the hands-on educational Powering the Future Learning Lab. “Kids will love the Family Zone, Speed Zone and the Powering the Future Learning Lab,” says Megan Black, digital media coordinator. “For older generations, the more than 300 vehicles on display are likely to send them on a trip down memory lane. “Although we’re the largest automotive museum in North America, we are also more than a museum,” says Megan. “We host public outdoor events and are an event rental space for outdoor car shows, weddings and other events. We are also an educational space for adults, schools and families, providing hands-on learning opportunities and educational programs for all ages.” As a nonprofit organization, ACM’s volunteers are instrumental to the Museum’s success, as it relies on the hard work and dedication of their volunteers to preserve the unique collection of automobiles, share information about the Museum to the public, support ACM’s many events and provide tours. LeMay - America’s Car Museum participates in the Giving a Break program, which provides free tickets for under-privileged communities and schools through United Way of Pierce
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County. This also includes offering educational scholarships for community groups to visit and free or reduced event rentals to nonprofits. In addition, they offer a variety of educational programs including Preschool programs, Scout programs, field trips for schools, summer education programs, programs for educators, and the adult monthly lecture series titled “If Cars Could Talk.” They are currently working on an in-house restoration of a Ford Model A Cabriolet and are in search of parts and/or donations of cash or services, according to Megan. Anyone who would like to be part of this project can learn more at AmericasCarMuseum.org/modela. Membership is a great way to support the Museum as well while receiving one year of free admission. Membership starts at just $50, and there are many levels to fit your needs. “For enthusiasts who love to drive, Club Auto provides fun events regularly like driving tours and private collection tours,” says Megan. “From someone having happy memories upon seeing a car they grew up in, to a non ‘car person’ learning about the cultural or historic context of a vehicle, we hope visitors can see that we’re a museum that’s more than just cars,” Megan says. “We’re an institution that preserves the past, celebrates the present and drives the future.”
December Events December 1 - 24: Toy Drive benefiting Toy Rescue Mission ACM will accept new or gently used unwrapped toys for ages newborn through 15 years old in the Lobby daily. Items for seniors in assisted living such as lap blankets, largeprint books and puzzles, toiletries and stuffed animals are also accepted. Visit ToyRescueMission.org/whattodonate. html for a full list of items that Toy Rescue Mission accepts. All visitors who donate will receive $2 off regular adult ACM admission. December 10: If Cars Could Talk: Story of the Historic Liberty Cadillac | Join them on the second Tuesday of each month, 11:30am to 12:30pm, and explore the story of cars with Museum curators, staff or local personalities over lunch. This event is free for ACM members and included with Museum admission. December 14, 15, 21 & 22: Santa at America’s Car Museum From 11am to 3pm each day, join Santa for a photo op in a 1906 Cadillac Model K Tulip Touring Car. Kids will also receive a free slot car voucher for the ACM Speed Zone! Santa photos are free for ACM members or included with ACM admission as a digital download. December 21: Family STEAM Day: Family Day Scavenger Hunt | Join ACM noon to 4pm for a Family Day! Pick up a scavenger hunt on your way into the galleries, and find the “hidden” cars throughout the Museum. This event is free for ACM members and included with Museum admission. Find more events at AmericasCarMuseum.org. LEMAY - AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM 2702 EAST D STREET TACOMA, WASHINGTON 98421 253.779.8490 AMERICASCARMUSEUM.ORG 38 253 LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
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TACOMA MAN HAD FRONT-ROW SEAT ON FIRST CROSS-COUNTRY AUTOMOBILE TRIP BY DAN AZNOFF
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he concept of driving across the country today is no small undertaking. It can take weeks of planning, stacks of road maps and an unquenchable thirst for the road. The first passage by automobile more than a century ago—in 1903 to be exact—was a challenge to both the vehicle and the brave individuals who tested the limits to travel from sea to shining sea. A bicycle racer who made his home in Tacoma, Washington, was half of the duo to successfully make the first journey by motorcar across the country more than 115 years ago. His name and the vehicle he and his partner drove have been featured in documentaries and honored with a display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. But Sewall K. Crocker is almost unheard of in his adopted hometown. Crocker was born in 1883 in Walla Walla, Washington, and lived in Tacoma until he was invited to join doctor and businessman Horatio N. Jackson on the historic drive starting from San Francisco on a transcontinental trek across the continent to New York. The 29-year-old self-taught mechanic first met Jackson when the doctor approached him with hopes of receiving instructions on how to drive a horseless carriage. The cross-country quest was the result of a $50 wager ($1,200 today’s dollars) the doctor accepted after a lively conversation with fellow members of the San Francisco Gentlemen’s Club. Jackson accepted the challenge to traverse the expanse of America by automobile, in part, to prove the automobile was “more than just a mere toy.” The drive was only part of the challenge. The 31-year-old doctor was an auto enthusiast who did not know how to drive and did not even own an automobile. Without any mechanical experience
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of his own, Jackson was convinced to hire Crocker to serve as his travel companion, mechanic and relief driver. The doctor invested $8,000 of his own money in the venture, the equivalent of more than $200,000 in today’s dollars. The daring duo left the shores of the California coast on May 23, 1903, in Jackson’s Winton, loaded down with coats, rubber protective clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, canteens, an axe, a shovel, a telescope, tools, spare parts, cans for extra gasoline, a Kodak camera, a rifle, a shotgun and a pair of pistols. At the last minute, they wisely decided to stow a block and tackle in the vehicle to use in the eventuality they had to pull the automobile out of ruts and muddy spots along the way. What they did not have with them were any maps to help chart a proper route. Without any published material to study and without any qualified individuals to provide personal recommendations to help Jackson and Crocker determine an actual route across the vast continent, the mechanic advised his partner against following a southern route for fear the pair may become stranded or lost in the desert. Jackson agreed to follow dirt roads and wagon trails that paralleled trails, rivers, mountain passes and crossed alkali flats on a course that roughly followed the route forged by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The two drivers planned to pass through the Sacramento Valley and followed the Oregon Trail to avoid the highest passes through the Rocky Mountains. Crocker was primarily responsible for making the necessary repairs of the vehicle during the trip, which broke down frequently, especially on the harsh, unpaved roads of the West. The Drive The pair quickly became national celebrities as news of their quest made the pages of newspapers across the country. The trip got off to an ominous start when the Vermont, the name given to the Winton by Jackson in honor of the state where he was born, blew a tire only 15 miles after they had off loaded from a ferry that carried them and their vehicle on the first leg of the journey across the San Francisco Bay to Oakland. Crocker replaced the tire with the only spare they brought along. That one spare was reportedly the only tire they could find in the entire city of San Francisco. The second night out Crocker stopped in Sacramento to remove the side lanterns after both men agreed they were too
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The pair quickly became national celebrities as news of their quest made the pages of newspapers across the country. dim. The lamps were replaced with a single spotlight mounted on the front of the vehicle. It was at that point of the trip that a pair of bicyclists offered Jackson road maps. The maps were crude, but Jackson and Crocker decided the basic maps were better than making the drive without any sort of written plan. Unable to find a new tire for the Winton, the pair decided to purchase some used bicycle inner tubes in case of an emergency before they left Sacramento. Noise from the road and the engine were apparently so loud that neither Crocker nor Jackson noticed that all of their cooking gear had been tossed from the Winton at some point along one of the bumpy roads. The pair entertained the locals in the California town of Alturas with free rides in what was described as a carnival atmosphere while Jackson and Crocker waited for three days for replacement tires. They made the seemingly misguided decision to go ahead without the spare parts when the shipment did not arrive as scheduled. Somewhere near Caldwell in rural Idaho, Jackson fulfilled his desire to have a dog join them for the ride. Various stories reported that that pit bull named Bud was either stolen or purchased for the sum of $15. Jackson wrote to his wife that he had wanted a dog since he had left Sacramento. The round expression of the small dog became the face of the well-publicized adventure. Bud’s face appeared on magazine covers from coast to coast.
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In early June, the men were forced to ask a cowboy to tow the car after a fuel leak had drained their gas tank. Crocker was forced to rent a bicycle (which had its own flat tire) while they waited for replacement parts and peddled 25 miles to purchase four gallons of gasoline for the “outrageous” price of $20. At one point of the trip, the crew of the Vermont ran out of supplies and went 36 hours without food. They were rescued by a farmer who fed them stew while Crocker convinced the generous man to give them the wheel bearings out of his mowing machine for an emergency repair. The good news is that newspapers across the country had made the motorists into national celebrities. Local newspaper reporters greeted them at virtually every stop. Sometime in mid-June, Jackson’s coat, along with every penny of their cash, fell off the Winton. Jackson was forced to wire his wife to send them more money. The pair followed the sage advice of locals in Mountain Home, Idaho, to avoid a stretch of the Oregon Trail and changed course through the Sawtooth Mountains. In Hailey, Idaho, Jackson agreed to wire the Winton Company for more spare parts.
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The list of lost items continued to grow. While using the block and tackle to cross a river, Jackson lost the new money his wife had wired to him as well as his glasses. It was at that point that a greedy landowner forced them to pay $4 ($105 now) to cross, as Jackson described the acreage as “bad, rocky, mountain road.”
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Crocker’s ingenuity came in handy when he used rope to wrap around the wheels when they suffered another flat tire. The trip became much easier beginning on July 12 when they reached stretches of paved roads beginning in Omaha, Nebraska. The only recorded mishap from that point of the trip reportedly took place just outside Buffalo, New York, when the Vermont hit a “hidden obstacle” in the road and threw Jackson, Crocker and Bud out of the moving vehicle. The trio arrived in New York on July 26, crossing the country in a respectable 63 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes to claim the title of the first automobile to go coast-to-coast. The Vermont had consumed 800 gallons of gasoline along the way. Following the hero’s welcome at the end of their adventure, Jackson joined his wife for the drive home while Crocker headed West. Newspapers reported that the Vermont broke down again shortly after Jackson was on the road without a mechanic and that the car’s drive chain snapped at the threshold of his own garage. The drive chain was one of the few parts that had not been changed over the two-month drive across the country. More importantly, Jackson scoffed at the reality that he was never able to collect his $50 wager. 46 253 LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
The Man Despite his acclaim as a national celebrity, Crocker returned home to Tacoma in relative obscurity. There were no parades, no newspaper reporters or magazine photographers lined up at his door like Jackson had when he returned to New England.
Following the adventure, Crocker attempted to capitalize on his newfound fame by launching a search for sponsors for an around-the-world auto tour. With his fame and his health failing, Crocker finally settled down in Tacoma where he died just two weeks after he turned 30 years old. Newspapers at the time reported that the once famous mechanic died of depression after suffering a nervous breakdown.
Not only was he not honored by the residents of Tacoma, he died without any family or many friends at his bedside. The people in his hometown quickly turned their attention to the latest news of the day.
More than a century later, his name has not been used for the name of a street or any public venue associated with his pioneering achievements. To some people, like former Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, that is a fact that still needs to be corrected. A film by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns was produced
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to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic crossing during the time Baarsma served as mayor. In addition to his duties as mayor, Baarsma had hoped he could use his elected position to raise the image of the city’s forgotten luminary. “He was lost in the pages of history,” Baarsma reflected when contacted for this article. “Renaming a street in his honor on his birthday (April 7) would be a fitting and proper way to recognize his remarkable accomplishment.” One possibility, he said, was the small road from I-5 that leads to LeMay - America’s Car Museum.. The former mayor said Crocker would be a more appropriate name than its present name, East D Street. Mike Bush, the newest spokesperson for the auto collection, was confident that Renee Crist, curator of collections for the Museum, would support the name change. “It is amazing to me that we have nothing in the Museum that recognizes Crocker as a resident of Tacoma,” said Bush. “In fact, I am not even sure we have a Winton in our collection. You’d think we would have something that honors the triumph of a local citizen who contributed to automotive history.” Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in Mukilteo, Washington, dedicated to preserving the stories of our generation. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and has received acclamation for his work regarding sustainable energy. He is the author of three books that document colorful periods of history in Washington. He can be reached at directly email@example.com.
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Hello Holidays! GAGE ACADEMY OF ART GIFT GUIDE By J oa n n e Le v y
his coming new year will launch the full year of Gage Academy of Art 30th anniversary! Thirty years ago, Gage was a two-person staff operated out of our foundersâ€™ home. Today, we are a team of 20 dedicated faculty and staff and over 100 amazingly talented artist instructors who, every day, bring the joy of painting, drawing, sculpting and printmaking to the communities in and around Seattle. Where were you 30 years ago? Were you searching for a place for your creativity to call home? Did you have paint on your hands, charcoal under your nails, a brush or two in your pocket and lots of ideas rolling around in your head? Gage Academy of Art co-founders Gary Faigin and Pamela Belyea did. They were dreaming up a school that would touch, transform and empower students. Thank you for giving us the best gift this season, you, our community. Our winter classes launch the full year of our 30th anniversary! New Yorkbased guest instructor Patricia Watwood is an accomplished artist with a successful fine arts career. Thirty years ago, when Gage was just starting out, she took classes at Gage! Now you have the chance to study with her. Do not miss her workshop, The Classical Approach to Figure Painting in Oil. Our Winter Studio Concentration, Using Color Now, will be taught by the excellent Michael Howard, who also started teaching at
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Gage nearly 20 years ago. We are excited to have him back! Our co-founder and artistic director, Gary Faigin, will be offering a weekend portrait drawing workshop, something that does not happen very often. Do not miss the new offerings in printmaking, like Cards for the Holidays! If you are interested in illustration and journaling, check out our illustration classes with the inimitable Brian Snoddy, the unique Steve Reddy and Gageâ€™s new instructor Brian Morser. As far as our youth programming, there will be plenty of opportunities for young artists to build foundational skills while also engaging their imagination and individual voice. For the 11- to 14-year-old artists in the making, learn what it takes to be a professional illustrator or concept artist by combining hands-on learning in figure drawing, creature design and sculpture! Students will gain everything they need to bring their imagination to life. For the 14to 16-year-old artists, we are offering two classes in contemporary painting and design and introducing cool new classes in the epic culture of skateboard art, plus so much more you will love! Workshops for the holidays: Sunday, December 8, Winter Watercolor Greetings with Willow Heath - Create winter-themed watercolor cards for your holiday handouts. Learn simple painting techniques in watercolor for illustrating the Holiday Season spirit with your very own beautiful cards. Paint evergreens in the snow, winter woodland themes and birds
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THIRTY YEARS AGO, GAGE WAS A TWO-PERSON STAFF OPERATED OUT OF OUR FOUNDERSâ€™ HOME. TODAY, WE ARE A TEAM OF 20 DEDICATED FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AND OVER 100 AMAZINGLY TALENTED ARTIST INSTRUCTORS.
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perched on a snowy branch in time to share with your friends and loved ones. December 9 through 13, Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block in Boot Camp with Tony Ryder - The errors that distort a portrait drawing begin with the very first pencil strokes, and express misconceptions about the subject of the drawing. Discover an approach to basic block-in construction, including point-to-point vision, measuring length and tilt by eye, looking for the non-parallelism of the two sides of the form, avoidance of horizontals and verticals and more. Saturday, December 14, Printmaking: Holiday Cards with Klara Glosova - Make holiday cards with linocut relief prints. Linocut is a basic printmaking technique where artists use tools to carve marks in the surface of a plate. Linocut produces results similar to woodcut except plates are made of soft rubber or linoleum, therefore easier to carve. This is both a great introduction to printmaking and a creative way to personalize your holiday cards this year! Give the gift of art this season! As you make your resolutions for 2020, embark with us on shaping the next 30 years of Gage. The work continues only with the passion of our students and our supporters. Be sure to check out our Gift Guide, plus Gage has released new merchandise for sale including sweatshirts, mugs, beanies, paintbrushes and much more! Find it all on GageAcademy.org. From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, safe and healthy holiday & new year! Together, let’s keep giving the gift of art this season. For additional information about Gage Academy of Art, visit GageAcademy.org, Facebook.com/GageAcademy, instagram @gageacademy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.323.4243.
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artwork by instructor Riley Doyle
Winter 2020 Class catalog and sign-up is now avaliable online at: www.gageacademy.org/adult-programs Gage is an innovative and accessible contemporary art school, based in personal mentorship and skills-based studio instruction. Whether you are a curious newcomer or a professional artist, a working creative or a retired passion-seeker, Gage is open to anyone interested in learning. Gage gives both adults and kids hands-on art experience working with talented instructors in fully-equipped art studios. We provide scholarships and ﬁnancial aid to families and youth that need it most. Gage is a 501c3 non-proﬁt dedicated to building a vibrant creative community.
Atelier Programs Adult Classes Studio Art Intensive Register Now at: gageacademy.org
PROGRAMS FOR TEENS & KIDS
Gage offers numerous weekend and weeklong workshops as well as ﬁve-week classes in drawing, sculpting, painting, and printmaking.
Youth programs for kids at Gage inspire young artists with challenging and fun opportunities for creative expression.
GIVE THE GIFT OF ART THIS SEASON: Help support great programs like these by donating today!
Apply now at: gageacademy.org/adult-programs/
Holidaze Art Market and Exhibition Nov. 20, 2019
Drawing Jam Dec. 7, 2019
Apply now at: gageacademy.org/teens Gary Faigin @ Town Hall Forging a New Path: How Young Artists are Navigating Dec. 11, 2019
Lecture: Contemporary Portraiture Jan. 22, 2020
GALA May 2, 2020
WORKSHOPS Enroll Now DEVELOP YOUR PAINTING CONCEPT FROM START TO FINISH
with Tiffany Dae
THE ART OF TRUE EPHEMERA COLLAGE
DEMYSTIFYING WATERCOLOR: BASIC TECHNIQUE
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KAENG THAI CURRY Recipe Courtesy of Chef Jennifer Johnson, Happy Belly
VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE SERVES: 5 - 7 This plant-based curry is quick and easy to make. It’s gluten free, hearty and very satisfying. I suggest it be enjoyed over fresh spinach and brown rice like we do at Happy Belly. This combination adds nutrients, energyproducing carbohydrates and helps balance the creamy, hot curry with cool, crisp spinach. Riced cauliflower or steamed kale can be substituted if you’re going grainfree or following the Keto diet. If cooking rice, etc., plan your cooking so your accompaniments will be ready at the same time. This curry pairs well with grilled prawns, seasoned baked tofu or pan-fried chicken.
1 1/2 cups white or yellow onion, diced (1/4”) 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 cups coconut milk (16-oz. can of whole fat coconut milk) 2 cups hot water 1 tsp. turmeric powder 1 ½ tsp. granulated garlic 1 tbsp. curry powder 1 tbsp. Musmun curry paste 1 1/2 tsp. Tamarind 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 4 cups canned chickpea/garbanzo bean (two 16-oz. cans of chickpeas) 6 cups broccoli florets (fresh or frozen, though fresh is preferred)
METHOD: • Preheat oven to 400˚F. • Lightly coat diced onion in olive oil and an additional smidge of salt, pepper, garlic and turmeric. Spread in a single layer on a parchmentor foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. • In a cooking pot on medium heat, combine the liquids and spices: coconut milk, hot water, turmeric powder, granulated garlic, curry powder, curry paste, tamarind, sea salt and black pepper. Mix. • Add the onion (do not let cool after removing from the oven) to liquid and spice blend in cooking pot. • Drain chickpeas and keep the juice. Add 2 cups chickpeas to cooking pot. • In a blender, blend 2 cups chickpeas with all chickpea juice until smooth. Add to cooking pot. • Cut broccoli into quarter size pieces; thinly slice large sections of stem. In a separate pot, steam until al dente. • Drain thoroughly and add to cooking pot. Mix well. • Garnish with green onion and toasted sesame seeds. • Serve immediately, and enjoy!
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Now - December
Meet Me at Proctor’s Peppermint Place! HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES ABOUND ALL MONTH LONG BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
he Proctor District invites the community and all of Tacoma as they host their first ever Proctor’s Peppermint Place. The festivities kicked off November 9 and continue through December 24.
Join the Proctor District’s more than 70 businesses as they celebrate the local community and the spirit of the holidays with featured events running now through the day before Christmas. “Proctor just lends itself to celebration. It’s walkable, it speaks ‘community,’ is family, pet and bicycle friendly, has such a variety of businesses to offer, is very traditional in character, and has very supportive business owners that are pretty much up for any event,” says Marva Pelander, district manager of the Proctor District Association. “So what better time of year than to celebrate the holidays in Proctor. We want to share with the greater community what we love so much.”
Children and adults alike will feel as though they are in a winter wonderland as they take in the lights adorning the streets and rooftops. Windows display a variety of wintery and holiday themed decorations and artwork as the local merchants participate in the decorating contest and seasonal outdoor music to help set the scene.
According to Marva, the goal behind the event is “to share what we have to offer; to strengthen our sense of community as business owners, property owners and residents work toward a common goal; and to build awareness of the Proctor Business District.”
This year’s plans for Proctor’s Peppermint Place include a community tree lighting, street musicians, a children’s holiday coloring contest, holiday movies and much more!
For addition details about Proctor’s Peppermint Place and to view the month’s event lineup, visit TheProctorDistrict.com/proctorspeppermint-place.
2019 Festival of Trees Gala
An incredible evening for a truly important cause, the annual Festival of Trees is a black-tie holiday celebration featuring a spectacular live tree auction, dinner and live entertainment to support Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital’s patients and families through the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation. Join them Saturday, December 7, starting at 6pm at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center for a memorable night. Tickets are $300 per person and can be purchased online at FestivalOfTreesTacoma.org. For additional information, visit FestivalOfTreesTacoma.org or call 253.403.1387.
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4th Annual Holiday Haul Crawl
The shopping season is upon us! Join in the fun of this year’s annual Holiday Haul Crawl to take place Saturday, December 14, from 10am to 8pm. The community is invited to enjoy a full day of shopping, dining and festivities at local boutiques and restaurants throughout Downtown Tacoma. Support local businesses while getting a bit, if not all, of your holiday shopping done. Whatever is on your holiday gift list, you’ll find it as you explore more than 150 local shops, restaurants and other unique businesses. For additional information about this year’s event, visit DowntownTacomaPartnership.com.
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Explore Phoenix and Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail A WARM-WEATHER WINTER GETAWAY THAT’S FAMILY FRIENDLY PHOTOS AND STORY BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
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hoenix and Mesa are the perfect holiday location for a winter getaway. Mild temperatures and resort hotels that are destinations in themselves and a short flight via Alaska Airlines (so you can utilize the free bag check for a case of Arizona wine) make this an easy trip to enjoy. This is foodie heaven with an up-and-coming wine region, farm-to-table restaurants, year-round fresh produce and agritourism attractions. Where To Stay The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a desert oasis with a 4-acre waterpark that makes it a great choice for families. Room options are all suites, which gives families more room to spread out. Casitas with one or two bedrooms are also an option. There is a kidsâ€™ camp giving parents with younger ones a childcare option. They have dinner sessions so you can have a date night on your vacation. Amenities abound with a full-service spa and multiple dining options. For more economical options, consider lodgings in Mesa like the Residence Inn by Marriott, which has larger accommodations with kitchensâ€”a great way to save
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The foodie scene in Mesa and Phoenix has really evolved with local restaurants serving farmto-table food inspired by the vibrant cultural diversity in the area.
money while traveling. A substantial breakfast is offered each morning and included in the room rate. If money is no object, you can step it up to the super luxurious AAA Five Diamond Phoenician Resort, which has a three-story spa. The resort began an extensive renovation in 2016 that was recently completed. It is lovely with a fresh, contemporary vibe throughout the resort. Where To Eat The foodie scene in Mesa and Phoenix has really evolved with local restaurants serving farm-to-table food inspired by the vibrant cultural diversity in the area. The Bario Café is s smaller restaurant, so be sure to make a reservation. Chef Silvana Salicido is a five-time James Beard-award nominee. Her food is authentic traditional Mexican food and utilizes local producers as much as possible. It is subtle little things like adding pomegranate seeds to a fresh simple guacamole made from avocados left in big chunks, tomatoes, red onions, a hint of cilantro and lime that turns this dish into something special. Chiles En Nogada is a roasted stuffed poblano pepper filled with chicken, apple, pear, dried apricots and pecans covered with a delicate almond cream sauce garnished with cilantro, pomegranate seeds and queso fresco. It is an unusual dish packed with flavors that just meld together. Perfection. On the other end of the spectrum is Jalapeno Bucks, a dive joint built in old shipping containers nestled in the midst of an orange grove. Don’t wear good clothes because you are here to try the ooey, gooey, extremely messy peanut butter and jelly brisket sandwich. OMG! So good. Words can’t describe how something that sounds so strange can be so delicious! Don’t miss the excellent salsas concocted by Buck. It’s how he started and earned the nickname Jalapeno. Pick the size salsas that you want and order a bag of chips, served in a paper bag. The medium was grocery-bag sized! The mango salsa is a favorite and has 62 253 LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
a sweet and slightly spicy taste the goes well with the freshly made tortilla chips. What To Do The Fresh Foodie Trail is a great way to spend a day or two traveling to urban and rural destinations for those who love food. There are 11 stops on this culinary journey, and each will give you an insight into how food is produced. Visit everything from a vertical urban farm at True Garden to the Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farms. The Windmill Winery is one of the furthest stops and is in the town of Florence. The drive gets you out in the Sonoran Desert with lots of old growth Saguaro Cacti. The farm is beautifully landscaped with a lovely wine tasting room. After the drive through the desert, it feels like an oasis. Most grapes are sourced from Wilcox, Arizona, but owner Harold Christ can grow Barbera grapes on his farm. Arizona currently has two AVAs, and the quality of the wine is very good. A case of Barbera can fly free if you fly on Alaska Airlines. The Desert Botanical Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on five thematic trails. The plants come from deserts all over the world, and the unique displays are so lovely. Plan your day to arrive when the gardens open so you can enjoy strolling before the heat of the day. For great views of the mountains, the gardens and Phoenix, you’ll want to hike to the top of the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail. There are two shops, one a garden shop and the other a gift shop, that are worth a visit. A grow-your-own cactus in a box makes a perfect souvenir or gift. The Musical Instrument Museum is an unexpected treasure. Rather than just statically display the more than 6,800 musical instruments that come from all over the world, the museum uses state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies
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to enhance the experience. Each visitor is given a headset with an audio tour; as you step up to each display you begin to hear a musician performing with the instrument and can observe the video as well—a truly immersive experience with incredible performances. Visit the Experience Gallery for a hands-on opportunity to play instruments from around the world. Music buffs will love the Artist Gallery with icons such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, John Lennon and more modern artists such as Maroon 5. A spa day at the Phoenician is a luxurious experience that will have you relaxed for days. Treatments are available for both men and women in the new threestory building which is home to the spa. Soothing music and soft lighting helps
set the mood before your treatment. Arrive at least 45 minutes before your appointment so you can indulge in the Personal Spa Ritual, a 30-minute hotand-cold contrast hydrotherapy which improves the benefits of your treatment. There’s no need to rush after your spa treatment, as you’ll want to take advantage of all the amenities such as an adult-only pool deck, where you can enjoy an alfresco lunch. The greater Phoenix and Mesa area will have you feeling relaxed and refreshed after a nice winter break. Infusions of vitamin D from all the sunshine will chase away your winter blues. With amenity-filled resorts, an eclectic food and craft beverage scene, and tons of family friendly activities, it is the perfect destination.
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