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Short stories: Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat Hardly a week goes by without some friendly stranger shuffling up to me and asking, “Rolli, where on Earth do you get your ideas?” Well, the answer is surprisingly simple.... From an early age, I loved books. I loved reading. And before I could read, like all children, I loved being read to. The more stories I absorbed, the more ideas, the more I wanted to come up with ideas of my own. Creativity, for me, has always begun with stories — and luckily ended with stories, too! Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat — a collection of 18 whimsical children’s stories — is my third book, my first for children, and one of the very first to be published under knowonder! magazine’s new book imprint.

The stories are by and large of the laugh-out-loud variety, and full of surprises. There’s a story about a nanny who feeds sweet children — to tigers. There’s one about the greatest battle in history — between vacuum cleaners. And there’s even a plain, ordinary one about a girl who wakes up and decides to climb a tree — forever. Everyone’s favourite story, it seems, is the one called “Handsome and Pretzel.” But there’s no way on Earth to describe that one. You’ll just have to read it. Reviews of Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat have, so far, been excellent. It was selected as one of only three “Highly Recommended” middle grade titles for the winter season by

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ForeWord Reviews, who said it was “destined to resonate with kids who love science and clever storytelling

techniques, and who need reassurance that it’s OK (preferable even!) to be a little strange.” But it’s honestly more important to me that you find the book excellent as well. After all, I wrote these stories just for you. Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat is available at Chapters, The Artful Dodger in Regina, Amazon, the publisher’s website ( and the Rolli Shop ( If you do buy the book, though, I hope you keep a few things in mind. Only nasty people fold over corners, or scribble in the margins. Only dirty rascals take a book to the dinner table, and fill it with crumbs. Only the worst sorts of people read in the bathtub. Prisons are filled with them.

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Laurie Brown moved back home after attending Seneca College in Toronto. She’s found a niche for her cutting-edge designs in Saskatchewan and for her theatrical runway shows. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg


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READ MY BOOK — 2 Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat a collection of 18 children’s stories to spark the imagination

SHARP EATS — 16 There’s a new kid in town and these sandwiches are a hit

IN THE CITY — 4 A moment in time: Photographer Derek Mortensen’s shot that defines the week

EVENTS — 18 What you need to know to plan your week

ON THE COVER — 6 Designer Laurie Brown shocks and amazes Saskatchewan’s fashion industry FASHION — 12 Emerging designer’s fairy tale creations impress her peers ON THE SCENE — 14 At the opening reception and exhibit for Saskatoon’s newest gallery, the Storefront CROSSWORD/SUDOKO — 15

OUTSIDE THE LINES — 21 Artist Stephanie McKay’s weekly colouring creation for kids of all ages GARDENING — 22 A mulched border on your yard has numerous benefits WINE WORLD — 23 Spring mead fulfills the locavore’s search for wine alternative

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I love doing that kind of stuff — where it’s just weird and crazy and not necessarily sellable. — Laurie Brown


Brown’s theatrical style delights fashion industry

Laurie Brown works on designs for her finale runway show at Saskatchewan Fashion Week in her studio. The show was the most daring yet in her career as a fashion designer. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

By Jenn Sharp It’s the final night at Saskatchewan Fashion Week in Regina. The soldout crowd leaps to its feet. Laurie Brown breathes a sigh of relief. She has just pulled off her most daring show ever. “Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew but then I have to make it

work,” Brown grins. Last year at the same event, she made a dress that bled ink. The model had a container of liquid strapped to her leg. As the white dress slowly transformed with expanding blue spots, the audience roared with appreciation. This year, Brown joined the action. She changed the models’ out-

fits on stage — a neck choker on one became a belt on another. A model’s oversized jacket was stealthily moved down her hips and, with a few strategically placed zippers, turned into pants. On his blog www.immrfabulous. com, Calgary-based fashion writer immrfabulous called it “genius and creative design which was flawless.”

The idea was inspired by Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf who had a model walk out wearing a large coat on a rotating stage. The two designers took off a layer each time she walked by and put it on the next model. Eventually, the first model was wearing almost nothing. Then, new models came out wearing those layers. The designers used them to

dress the original model again. “They have amazing shows,” says Brown. “That one is one of my favourites. I want to keep bringing that kind of stuff to people.” She knows not everyone is fully engaged at a fashion show. “I want to catch the attention of the least interested person in the room and have everyone enjoy it.”


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She has been a strong voice for all the designers involved in our events by providing feedback for us to improve the experience for designers, models and spectators. — Jacqueline Conway

Laurie Brown puts the finishing touches on one of her designs, worn by Mandy Gourlay. Brown’s fall/winter line includes some unique pieces, like the vinyl choker pictured above. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

Her validation after the fashion week finale came when strangers said her show gave them goose bumps. “That is why I did it. That’s all I wanted to hear. That’s all I wanted to do. It was so gratifying then.” ■

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Backstage, tensions run high as designers scramble to get the outfits looking just right on their models before the 30-second walk down the

runway. It’s all about first impressions. Once the event begins, each designer’s show moves quickly. Models come off the runway and rush to their spot where a dresser helps them strip down and hop into the next garment. Hair and makeup people are on hand for last-minute touch-ups — a spritz of hairspray here and a swipe of blush there. ■

Behind the glitz and glamour of

the runway, Brown’s life is more conventional than those applauding fans would imagine. By day, she works as a server at Earls. She’s also a nanny for a friend. The social interaction of the restaurant helps Brown find balance. She loves talking to her customers, a few of whom have come to her shows, and working with the staff. “They make me so happy. They’re so goofy. You can never be in a bad mood there.” Brown was born in Flin Flon,

Man., 28 years ago. When she was six, Brown’s mother left the family. Her father Harold, a mining engineer, raised her and her brother Ian, 31. “I was so young. I didn’t know any different,” she says. One night, she heard a radio announcer talking about broken homes. She asked her dad what that was and was surprised to hear she came from one. “I didn’t miss anything. He raised us just as whole as any other family

would. I wouldn’t have changed anything. It was perfect.” While she’s only met her mom once, (she moved to Ontario) Brown is close to her mom’s family. She was also close to her babysitter Florence Walaker, a “mother figure,” who taught her how to sew. But Brown wasn’t really interested in sewing or clothing as a youth. “I was more interested in the notions — the zippers, the pins and scissors — the crafty kind of stuff.” Continued on Page 8


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I want to catch the attention of the least interested person in the room and have everyone enjoy it. — Brown

It wasn’t hard to know what to buy her for Christmas — anything she could build or create. She loved building forts, too. All those crafting skills have transferred well to the work she does under her fashion label Laurie Brown. Her clothes are made to make a woman feel sexy. Many of her designs hug the body like a second skin, and always make use of the most cutting-edge textiles. Slouchy pants, patterns and cut-outs ruled her 2013 collection. Vinyl and tulle play a large part for fall, 2014. Pieces like a black mesh dress with lace accents and garter belts or a hip-hugging skirt are even a little see-through. Some of her favourite projects are over-the-top couture, usually done for photo shoots with other artists. These are not sold to the public. That’s when she can re-

ally unleash her creative side. For one called Black and Gold, she created a bodice from vinyl records, held together by nuts and bolts. “I love doing that kind of stuff — where it’s just weird and crazy and not necessarily sellable.” ■

Laurie Brown does a final run through of the wardrobe change she will be doing on stage with her models at Saskatchewan Fashion Week in Regina.

Despite the pressure, everyone likes to have fun backstage. As Brown is being interviewed on camera, she fights to keep from bursting out laughing. The reason becomes obvious when the camera stops and she reaches out to smack a model’s butt — which she’s been waving around at Brown the whole time. Designers chose their models for SFW at a call in April. She needed girls who were confident, ones who wouldn’t get easily intimidated.

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■ ■ ■ ■ Brown moved to Saskatoon in 2004. Two years later, while working at Fabricland, she decided to attend the fashion arts program at Toronto’s Seneca College. “I realized that it was really natural and really easy and I was really enjoying it ... that’s when I actually got interested in fashion.” Brown was awarded Student of the Year at Seneca for her collection of motorized dresses, kicking off the theatrics she likes to feature in her shows today. She was set to work in Toronto after school in the fall. She returned to Saskatoon for a summer job, a move that reignited her love for the Bridge City where she has been ever since. “When I was here, I missed it so much. I just couldn’t be away from this place,” she laughs. Laurie Brown designs are sold in a retail location in Saskatoon. Brown regularly gets top billing at fashion shows. In Toronto, her fashion label would have been just one of thousands competing for business. Collaborating with Saskatchewan’s small pool of designers has worked in her favour. “People are really honest and (willing to) help. For the most part, no one is malicious toward one another or trying to steal business. I’m sure it would be slightly different in Toronto. I don’t think I would be as far as I am now if I’d stayed there.” There’s no boasting or bravado with Brown. What you see is what you get, which is refreshingly authentic. She’s curled up on a big chair in the corner of her dad’s living room. He moved to Saskatoon a few years ago and her studio is in the basement of his Willowgrove home. Brown wears a comfy uniform of black — slouchy toque, sweater and pants. Only two days after the whirlwind of fashion week, where she not only showed but judged the emerging designers each night, she still looks put-together. Networking has helped advance her career. When Brown moved back to Saskatoon, The StarPhoenix ran an article about her. Jacqueline Conway, a co-founder of the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival, saw it and invited Brown to lunch with Rebecca King, an established Saskatoon designer who helped coordinate the festival. “She has been a strong voice for all the designers involved in our events by providing feedback for us to improve the experience for designers, models and spectators,” says Conway, who adds that Brown has contributed countless volunteer hours to organizing the festival. Brown and King became friends. King says Brown has translated her creative theatrical


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style well into her clothing. “Over time, we all get better at putting our personality into our designs,” says King. She also appreciates Brown’s technical abilities, so much so that when she moved to Calgary so her husband could attend school there, she referred her custom clients in Saskatoon to Brown. “She’s always had really good construction. That was one of the first things I noticed about her that set her apart.” Continued on Page 10

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After waiting all night, it’s almost time for Laurie Brown’s fashions to hit the runway. Models practise different walking styles to find the one that best suits Brown’s clothing. An impromptu dance breaks out, and Brown gladly joins in. She’s nervous but keeps smiling. A model later confides that Brown is her favourite designer to work with because she’s personable and treats them all like human beings. ■

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Before she begins the design process, Brown researches silhouettes and colour trends. But she doesn’t want to be influenced too much by what others are doing. She also keeps her Saskatoon customers in mind. “We are not New York or even Toronto, in the sense that we’re not up to date with the most popular, most current trends. You want to make sure you’re pleasing everyone while keeping them looking really good and really trendy at the same time.” She considers what’s happening in the industry, absorbs the trends, then steps back to make her own designs. Touching the fabric and seeing how it falls ignites her imagination. “Whatever I naturally absorb from it is what I go in to after that. For me, it’s always about fabric.” The life of a designer can be surprisingly lonely. Brown does her design work at night, a can of Red Bull and large Timmy’s always close at hand. She never used to let anyone watch her sew, and even now she always sketches in private. “Sometimes you feel like you can’t really let loose until you know no one is looking. At nighttime you know you’re not going to be bothered.” Conway says Brown influences Saskatoon’s fashion scene by “pushing the envelope” through her unique collections. “Her perspective is visionary and inspiring for our design community.” After a few years away, King is happy to return to Saskatoon and says people’s style is evolving, thanks in part to an influx of new restaurants, boutiques and cafés. Continued on Page 11

Models showcase Laurie Brown’s designs during the final night of Saskatchewan Fashion Week in Regina on May 10. QC Photos by Michael Bell

WORD ASSOCIATION WITH LAURIE BROWN LEATHER: Dean Renwick’s cupcake skirt (leather with cut-out pattern). It took his staff one to two days to hand-cut and Brown was excited she was able to do it in an evening. BLACK: Sleek. “I use black all the time. It’s a basic, a staple.” STYLE: In style. “I’m not a huge trend follower so it

makes me think of making fashion your own — a stylish person and not necessarily who they’re wearing. LACE: “The lace cocktail dresses I did a couple of seasons ago. We appliqued lace on the models’ faces too.” VINYL: Structure, like the necklaces on the models at SFW show. “I’ve always wanted to do a cool

bodysuit with seams on it.” DESIGNER: Victor and Rolf, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan. “Anyone dramatic and over-thetop that gives you something to look at.” CROCS: “They should never be worn — they’re not suitable to everyday life. I will admit, I worked at a dollar store and wore them there.”

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Practical in person, royal on the runway By Ashley Martin Unlike a fairy-tale princess, Janis Procyk never dreamed of being where she is today. Growing up, the idea of becoming a fashion designer with a burgeoning career seemed impossible. In Fillmore, population 250-or-so, she was exposed to typical professions — accounting, policing. But a career in fashion, like the designers she saw on Project Runway? “That seems so wild and crazy, there’s no way there’s a job for that,” said Procyk, who showcased her inaugural collection at Saskatchewan Fashion Week (SFW) this month. After high school, she moved to Lethbridge to pursue a business management degree. She started working in event management. She was uninspired. Then three years ago, a cousin her age died in a car accident. “That was kind of the kick. Life is so short to be miserable, you just need to live every moment to the fullest,” said Procyk, 24. She moved to Vancouver to study fashion at the Blanche Macdonald Centre. She’d always liked fashion and would sew the odd thing; her grandmothers had taught her the basics. At school, “Everything made sense and I’d pick things up right away.” But last fall, finished her fashion design diploma, Procyk still wasn’t sold. When she returned to Saskatchewan, she met with local designer Dean Renwick to gauge the industry. She started working with him in January. It was Renwick who encouraged her to apply to SFW. With 40 illustrations to choose from and fabric sourced, Procyk was “on turbo mode” since February to complete her collection for Prahsik Designs. She didn’t expect to win the SFW emerging designer award — she was watching Laurie Brown’s show when she was called backstage with the other designers. While texting her sister, she heard her name announced and she was shocked. “I cried on stage,” she says, embarrassed. “All of a sudden it hits you with a wave, I have been working so hard on this for so long ... I’m so honoured and so excited.” She’s only beginning. Procyk is filling orders for her fall/winter line, creating a spring/summer collection, and designing custom pieces for clients. And she’s still working with Renwick as a pattern-maker. “It’s interesting to be working on pieces that I wouldn’t normally make for myself,” said Procyk of Renwick’s more mature designs. That said, “We both do a lot of tailored looks.”


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Procyk’s fall collection is made up of eight looks inspired by the fairy-tale evil queen. “I wanted the label to represent a sophisticated, powerful woman,” said Procyk. “I always had a soft spot for the queen. Everyone views her as being this villain, but she’s a powerful, successful, confident woman that like, ‘Have at ’er.’ ” She got the idea while trend forecasting for a school project last year. The abundance of black lace hooked her: “It’s pretty but it also can be very raw.”

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FASHION “I’m pretty simple. I usually go for comfort,” said Procyk of her own wardrobe. “Comfortable shoes, jeans a lot of the time, loose shirts, stuff that I can move in.” Function is key for Procyk. “Any piece that I wear, you can dress up, you can dress down. I’m all about function for things.” She’ll dress things up a bit more when she’s going out, but she never gets too crazy. “I feel like my personality is always above the clothes that I’m wearing anyway, so I just wear stuff to be comfortable and to be able to be myself in.” Even some of her own designs are too bold for her taste: “The jumpsuit, I don’t think I would even have the courage to wear it.”









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1. DRESS: Le Chateau. “I love lace. It’s simple beauty. It’s very clean and it’s elegant, but it’s not overdone.”

2. SHIRT: H&M 3. RINGS: The one with the circles was a gift from her niece. The other’s origin is a mystery, “but it’s rusting in the back.”

2. HAIR ELASTIC ON HER WRIST: “My hair is always huge so it’s a staple. Always have an elastic on your wrist. My hair’s naturally curly; it’s usually all over the place in an Afro.” 3. SHOES: “I’ve been wearing a lot of Miz Mooz. I don’t wear a lot of (heels), but I love them. My shoe collection is absolutely insane.”


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The Storefront opened its doors for the first time on May 22 and welcomed Saskatoon art lovers in for the inaugural exhibit. LOCAL Furniture Design gathers together five Saskatchewan designers who create original works of furniture using traditional woodworking techniques. Crystal Bueckert is the director/curator of the Storefront, located in the recently expanded Two Twenty. She founded the gallery as a way for designers, artists and architects to connect with each other and promote their work in Saskatoon.



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European-style deli sandwiches in Saskatchewan By Jenn Sharp The sandwiches at Italian Star Deli are legendary. Ask anyone in Regina where to get the best sandwich in the city and they’ll likely point you to the little house turned Italian market on Victoria. An Italian couple, Frank and Gina Giambattista, bought what was then a confectionary in 1966 and began importing their favourite products from back home. The deli is now home to the largest selection of imported Italian goods anywhere in the city (and likely in the province.) From the best olive oil to pastas, pesto, sea salt and tomatoes, it’s all here. There’s also a healthy selection of ethnic products from Europe and South Africa, along with a strong representation of Saskatchewan-made products. The couple’s son Carlo and his daughter Marina are carrying on the family tradition. It’s a boisterous place. Even after the noon hour rush, there’s often a lineup stretching throughout the store for one of those famous sandwiches. Carlo laughs often and asks customers about their day. It feels like stopping in at an old friend’s place rather than a business. The grocery shopping aside, this place really does make a fantastic sandwich. There are three options — mild, medium or spicy. All come with a selection of deli meats, provolone, feta, pesto, homemade oil and vinegar and mustard. The medium heat sandwich has sliced banana peppers and the spicy includes the peppers along with Mama Gina’s “super spicy spread.” I picked up a (huge) spicy sandwich the other day and took it over to nearby Victoria Park as there’s no seating inside the deli. I planned on eating half and saving the rest for later but it was so delicious, that plan flew right out the window. While the finely sliced deli meat and provolone was excellent and that spicy spread had plenty of kick, it was the soft and chewy artisan focaccia bread that kept me going back for more. Oh glu-

Riversdale Deli’s menu reflects what’s in stock. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

ten, how I love you. And at $7, you’d be hard pressed to find a cheaper lunch anywhere else. Up until last month, nothing in Saskatoon quite compared to the Italian Star Deli. Enter the newlyopened Riversdale Deli on the corner of Idylwyld and 20th St. W. Owned by the two Darbys (Kells and Taylor), their dream was to bring fine meats, cheeses and a European-feel deli to the Bridge City. The two met while at SIAST’s culinary school in Saskatoon. Kells moved to Calgary after school to work in a fine dining restaurant. Taylor left as well, and worked at an Italian deli and restaurant in Calgary before coming back to Saskatoon. They’re both home now; reunited and bring-

ing their dream to fruition. Products from Italy, Greece, Portugal, London and Montreal are available on the market side. “All the ingredients we love to work with and that we know a lot about, we bring in. It’s like Christmas here every day,” says executive chef Darby Kells. General manager Darby Taylor is a genius at bringing in product he knows Kells will love. Everything from pastas to artichokes, olive oil and my personal favourite, Rozendal vinegar (it’s good enough to drink, trust me), line the market’s shelves. Need advice on what product to use? Just ask the chef. You can always find a Darby in house who will coach you through the decision.

The spicy deli sandwich with provolone cheese from Italian Star Deli is served on chewy and delicious foccaccia bread. At $7, this is undoubtedly the best quality lunch at that price in Regina. Bridges photo by Jenn Sharp

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SHARP EATS Need advice on what product to use? Just ask the chef. You can always find a Darby in house who will coach you through the decision. Their sandwiches ($10) may just rival those at Italian Star. Kells makes the bread from scratch every morning, 90 loaves per day. Available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the sandwiches are often sold out before 3. The chalkboard sandwich menu changes daily (there’s always five options) and features the deli’s meats and cheese, along with a vegetarian offering. A pickled product, from Kells’ Ukrainian grandmother’s recipe, is served on the side. Bread loaves, $2, are also for sale. Any bread leftover at the end of the day gets dropped off at businesses in the area. “We’re going for quality, not quantity. We don’t want to throw anything out here. That’s why we don’t want to over produce a lot of our product,” says Kells.

For now, Kells is making unblea ched white bread. While people have asked for gluten-free, he won’t be offering it. His workspace is limited and he doesn’t want to risk any cross-contamination. A production kitchen, complete with a six-foot stand up smoker, is in the works, along with a pizzeria next door. Kells is just waiting for his custom-built pizza oven to arrive. If you’re a pork lover, you’ve come to the right place. Kells slow roasts it with herbs and aromatics before making the meat cuts. Pineview Farms is his main supplier. Tomatoes from Floating Gardens are on the menu too. “We love pork. There’s a lot of pork in this deli case. Any fresh protein, I can get local, I’m getting local.” Have you tried a sandwich from Italian Star or Riversdale Deli? Tell me what you thought about it!


The Motherlode sandwich at Riversdale Deli is a traditional Italian style with three meats and provolone cheese. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

Saturday, May 31, 5 p.m. at St. James Emmanuel basement, 607 Dufferin St. Part of the Wild About Saskatoon NatureCity Festival. Tickets $35, $30 and free for kids under 10. eat-these-words Enjoy a locally-sourced, homecooked meal prepared by chef Jenni Willems during this cooperative fundraiser presented by Slow Food Saskatoon and the Open Cooks Society of Saskatoon. University of Saskatchewan MFA in writing students will read their nature-in-the-cityinspired work while you bet on unique, made in Saskatchewan raffle items.

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Ancestral Ground. Mennonite Women and Mennonite Men Evolving runs June 3-28. Artwork by Bev Friesen and Gail Sawatzky.


Wed., May 28 The Rockies Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave.

Trio Gallery Until May 30 at Market Mall. An exhibition of student works from Walter Murray High School. Photographs by Alex Semenoff and Jan Semenoff and paintings by Kathryn Green and Lesley Kerpan.

Jordan Klassen Capitol Music Club, 244 First Ave. N. Thurs., May 29 The Chickadees Crackers Restaurant & Lounge, 1-227 Pinehouse Dr.

Affinity Gallery Until May 31 at 813 Broadway Ave. Where River Meets Sky. Works from Aboriginal and Métis communities in Saskatchewan.

Big Bang Baby Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave.

Handmade House Showcase Until May 31 at 710 Broadway Ave. Trophy Teapots by potter Jeffrey Taylor. Heart to Hand runs June 2 to Aug. 2. Featuring new works by Saskatoon fibre artist Monika Kinner-Whalen.

Jazz Jam: The Kim Salkeld Trio The Bassment, 202 Fourth Ave. N. Flat Black Plastic: Charly Hustle and The Gaff Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E. Fri., May 30 Screamer Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave. Piano Friday: Kim Salkeld Roots Series: Back of the Bus and The Residuals The Bassment, 202 Fourth Ave. N. 4-Front Army & Navy Club, 359 First Ave. N.

The Gaff and DJ Charly Hustle will be at Amigos on Thursday. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg Red Blaze Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E.

Marc Holt Trio McNally Robinson, 3130 Eighth St. E.

Jett Run Piggy’s Pub & Grill, 1403 Idylwyld Dr. N.

Jett Run Piggy’s Pub & Grill, 1403 Idylwyld Dr. N.

MazzFest: Slumlord, Fall City Fall, Party Cat, Cardinals Pride, Breakbeat, Skynet, Kingsland, Hopeless Youth, Honour Crest, Submerge, The Red Threat, Trace the Sky, Of Articulate Design, Of Concepts and Kings, Low Level, Lucid Skies, Exits, Beware the Neverending, Time’s Tide, Cease & Destroy, Where the Heart Is O’Brians Events Centre, 241 Second Ave. S.

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Sat., May 31 Screamer Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave.

Two Tall Dudes McNally Robinson, 3130 Eighth St. E.

The Barrie Redford and Ross Ulmer Band The Bassment, 202 Fourth Ave. N.

League of Nations Toon Town Tavern, 1630 Fairlight Dr.

4-Front Army and Navy Club, 359 First Ave. N.

Powder Blue w/ Devonian Gardens and Latcho Drom Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave. Castle River Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E.

Leon Ochs Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St.

Pirate Fridays w/ Towodo and Subtle Like a T-Rex Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave. The Faps Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E.

Ralph’s Rhythm Kings Downtown Legion, 606 Spadina Cres. W.

Red Blaze Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E.

Leon Ochs Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. Mon., June 2 Caves w/ Fountain, Phalic Baldwin and Heaven for Real Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave. Tues., June 3 Whiskey Songs Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E.



Mendel Art Gallery Until June 15 at 950 Spadina Cres. E. David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions and the RBC Artists by Artists Mentorship Program,

Mary Longman and Joi T. Arcand: Through That Which is Scene. School Art, art by 200 students in Saskatoon schools, runs until June 8. Registration continues for Summer Art Camps for ages six to 12. Camps are offered July 7 to August 22. Call Troy at 306-975-8487 or email to register. The Gallery/Art Placement Until May 28 at 228 Third Ave. S. Recent works by Douglas Bentham. Bentham creates abstract, constructivist sculptures. SCYAP Gallery Until June 20 at 253 Third Ave. S. RIC CYCLE 2.0 Acknowledging the Voices by Ric Pollock. Reception May 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Station Arts Centre, Rosthern Until May 31 at 701 Railway Ave., Rosthern. Ray Keighley’s

The Gallery at Frances Morrison Central Library Until June 5 at Frances Morrison Library. Canadian Palette by Joy Mendel. Paved Arts Until June 6 at 424 20th St. W. Stereo Malala by Keeley Haftner. A multimedia sculpture tribute to young feminist Malala Yousafzai. Inaugurations by Yam Lau runs until June 6. A dialogue between two computer-generated animation/videos that were created across a span of four years. 330g Until June 7 at 330 Ave. G. S. Excerpts by Martin Bennett and Marie-Claude Bouthillier. Diefenbaker Canada Centre Until June 8 at 101 Diefenbaker Pl. A Queen and Her Country. This exhibit commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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Art Trek 2014 June 13, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and June 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., around Saskatoon. A selfguided studio discovery tour. Featuring nine studio groups in Saskatoon, demonstrations, and chances to talk to the artists. For a map visit

Shop ‘n Stroll Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., meet in front of Customer Service at The Mall at Lawson Heights. Classes consist of power-walking, body-sculpting moves using exercise tubing and a socializing for parents and babies. Preregister at No classes on stat holidays.

Darrell Bell Gallery Until June 14 at 405-105 21st St. E. Cheryl Buckmaster: Electric Jesus and Other Culminations.

Coffee Time for Mom Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, 11-705 Central Ave. Moms enjoy a free cup of coffee while children play in the playroom.

Musée Ukraina Museum Until June 15 at 222 Ave. M S. Pysanky (Easter egg) paintings by Ann Baron. Ukrainian Museum of Canada Until June 21 at 910 Spadina Cres. E. Moved by the Spirit: Artistic Interpretations on the Life of Jesus. A multimedia exhibition featuring the works of 12 artists. Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery Until June 24 at 601 Main St. in Humboldt. A Local Perspective, paintings and sculptures by Toni Ambrose and Sandy Christensen. Elevators, photography by Greg Raskob, runs until June 28. The Storefront Until June 30 in the Two Twenty. Local Furniture Design, the first shows. The new design gallery celebrates local furniture makers. Riverhouse Studio & Art Gallery Through June at 308 Spadina Cres. W. Spring Into Spring by Cecelia Elizabeth. AKA Gallery Until July 4 at 424 20th St. W. I laughed, I cried, I split my side. Works by Kyle Beal, Erica Eyres, Christine Negus and Shanell Papp. St. Thomas More Gallery Until July 25 at 1437 College Dr. Sharon Ceslak: Ruins and Refinements. Photography by Sharon Ceslak.

Sundog Jog by Cheryl Buckmaster is on display at the Darrell Bell Gallery.



Parent and Tot Yoga Wednesdays at the Farmers’ Market at 10 a.m. Led by Dianna Stampe and her grandson. For parents with children ages 16 months to three-and-a-half years old. Admission is free with a suggested donation to Vinyasa Yoga for Youth. Bring a mat and snacks. Mom and Baby Wednesdays until June 4, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Legends Centre in Warman. Learn, share and connect with other moms and babies in your community. Learn from local experts about a variety of topics for modern moms. Visit Singing with Sylvia Music Classes Wednesdays until June 4, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at John Dolan School gym. Four-week sessions for kids ages three to five. With music, action rhymes, puppets and instruments. To register call 306493-2955. Stars and Strollers Wednesdays, 1 p.m., at Centre Cinemas in The Centre. Choice of two movies each week. A baby-friendly environments with lowered volume, dimmed lighting, a changing table

and stroller parking in select theatres. Newborn Knowledge: Breastfeeding Class May 28, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Pregnancy and Parenting Health Centre, 248 Third Ave. S. Taught by lactation educators and mothers, Martha Neovard and Fred Berry. Learn how to get off to a good start with breastfeeding in the first few weeks. Partners and other support people are encouraged to attend. Fun Factory Indoor Playground Daily at 1633C Quebec Ave. A giant indoor playground for young children. Adults and children under one year are free. There is a separate fenced in area for children under two. Children’s Play Centre Daily at Lawson Heights Mall. A fun, safe, environment for preschool children to play. Please note this is an unsupervised play area, and adults must stay with and supervise children at all times. Market Mall Children’s Play Centre Daily just off the food court at Market Mall. This play area is free and has different level slides. Children must wear socks in the play area.

Movies for Mommies Thursdays, 1 p.m., at Rainbow Cinemas in The Centre. An infant-friendly environment with reduced sound, change tables, bottle warming and stroller parking. Canadian Light Source (CLS) Public Tours Thursdays, 1:30 p.m., at the Canadian Light Source, 44 Innovation Blvd. The synchrotron research facility is open for the public. Preregistration is required. Call 306-657-3644, email outreach@lightsource. ca or visit Breastfeeding Cafe Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Westwinds Primary Health Centre, 3311 Fairlight Dr. A drop-in support group for breastfeeding women. Sessions will be facilitated by a lactation consultant with a brief educational presentation, and time for interaction with the other mothers. Recipes for Success: Family Cooking Class Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., through May at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, 202 Ave. C S. A free family cooking class where families cook together to prepare nutritious meals. Call 306-374-7323, email phi-

Baby Talk at SPL Fridays, 10:30 a.m., at Alice Turner Branch; Mondays, 10:30 a.m., at Carlyle King Branch and JS Wood Branch; and Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., at Cliff Wright Branch. Half-hour singing and rhymes, then mingle with other parents. Craft and Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m., at Indigo Books, 3322 Eighth St. E. in the kids’ section. Call 306-2445317. Recipes for Success: Family Cooking Class Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., through May at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, 202 Ave. C S. A free family cooking class where families cook together to prepare nutritious meals. Call 306-374-7323, email Children’s Consignment event May 31, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and half-price June 1, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Henk Ruys Soccer Centre, 219 Primrose Dr. Strollers, toys, bikes, sports gear, outdoor play centre, baby gear, bedroom décor, and anything else children use. To consign visit PotashCorp Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan June 1-4 at Kiwanis Memorial Park. Celebrate the arts with entertainment from around the world. Music, theatre,

dance, puppetry and handson activities for children of all ages. Featuring All the Horses by Jeff Morton, an interactive electronic instrument made from altered toys that e. Visit potashcorpchildrensfestival. com. Postnatal Yoga Mondays, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at Pregnancy and Parenting Health Centre, 248 Third Ave. S. Beginner to intermediate yoga designed to help with postpartum recovery. Baby friendly class with a certified yoga teacher. Suitable for four weeks to two years postpartum. Register at msjpriestley. No class on stat holidays. Prenatal Yoga Mondays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Pregnancy and Parenting Health Centre, 248 Third Ave. S. Taught by a doula and certified yoga teacher. Informative and safe for any stage in pregnancy. Call 306-251-0443 or email msjpriestley@gmail. com. No class on stat holidays. Drop-In Playground Mondays to Fridays through May, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Henk Ruys Soccer Centre, 219 Primrose Dr. An indoor public playground with ride-on toys, sporting equipment, toys and books for children up to age six. Food and drinks are welcome, but the building is peanut-free. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Playroom Mondays to Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and late night Thursdays, at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, 11-705 Central Ave. With a vet area, kitchen and shopping centre, puppet theatre, stage and crafts. To book groups, or to check for availability, call 306-384-4791 or email Mom and Baby Mondays until June 30, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s United Church, 454 Egbert Ave. Learn, share and connect with other moms and babies in your community. Learn from local experts about a variety of topics for modern moms. Visit saskatoon.


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EVENTS Playgroup Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Grace-Westminster United Church. Hosted by Prairie Hearts Learning Community, a group of families inspired by Waldorf philosophies. Programming is aimed at children ages two to five, but all ages are welcome.

Nally Robinson, the Bassment, 306-371-9416, 306-281-0039, 306-979-4466, 306-2225007, 306-374-9236 or at the door.

Preschool Story Time Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at McNally Robinson, 3130 Eighth St. E. For children ages three to five in the Circle of Trees. Call 306-955-1477.

NatureCity Festival Until May 31 around Saskatoon. Celebrate nearby nature. Created by individuals and groups dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of nature. Keynote speakers Michelle Molnar and Barbara Hambidge on May 28. Explore, wonder, feast, learn, share, listen and enjoy. With music, demonstrations, face-painting and an information fair. Visit

Saskatoon Shrine Circus May 30 to June 1 at Prairieland Park. Their 60th anniversary. Visit

Dancing for Birth Tuesdays until June 3, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Pregnancy and Parenting Health Centre, 248 third Ave. S. A six-week course. Dance classes to put an expecting mother more at ease with her body and mentally and physically ready to embrace the birth experience. To register visit birthrhythms. ca. Naturally Yours Tuesdays until June 17, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Pregnancy and Parenting Health Centre, 248 Third Ave. S. A comprehensive childbirth education series, preparing parents for the birth of a child. To register visit Read & Paint The first Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., each month, at Wet Paint Pottery, 5-3110 Eighth St. E. Suitable for ages two to four. Each month features a different story, followed by a related painting project. Mom and Baby Outdoor Stroller Fitness Classes Tuesday and Thursdays June 3 to Aug. 28, 10:30am, along the Meewasin Trail. Meet new moms and get a whole body workout. To register and for starting location call 306370-2838 or email SaskatoonStrongMoms@gmail. com. More information on Facebook. Can-Am Gymnastics Camps Until June 27, and July 7 to Aug. 29 at 3702 Mitchelmore Ave. Various schedules for

Legion Branch 63 Garage Sale May 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 606 Spadina Cres. W. The Beads of Courage Colour Festival Fun Run goes Sunday, 9 a.m. at Lakeview Park in Saskatoon. Bridges File Photo by Michelle Berg)

ages two to 16. Visit BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Saskatoon Regular after-school programs, preschool classes and camps for kids of all ages at various locations in Saskatoon. An atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have fun using LEGO® bricks. Visit or call 306-979-2749. Saskatoon Public Library Programs Ongoing daily programs for children and families. Find the calendar at saskatoonlibrary. ca/node/1016.



Speech Reading and Information for the Hard of Hearing May 28, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, 3-511 First Ave. N. Hosted by the Hard of Hearing Association. For information call 306-2491357.

YWCA Saskatoon 2014 Women of Distinction Awards May 29, 5:30 p.m., at TCU Place. Presented by PotashCorp. Celebrate a group of inspiring individuals whose passion, commitment and achievements have enriched our community. Champagne reception, a silent auction, dinner and a program. Tickets at Presentations on Baroque Music: The Legacy of Bach and Telemann May 29, 7:30 p.m., at Convocation Hall in the U of S Peter MacKinnon Building. Presentations on Baroque music, from 1695 to 1790, by Zachary Carter, Matthew Olson and Walter Kreyszig. With an introduction by David Parkinson. A preview of Department of Music papers to be presented at the 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music in Salzburg, Austria. Third Annual International Saskatchewan Salsa and Bachata Congress May 29 to June 1 at TCU Place. Dance performances, work-

shops for all experience levels, and nightly dance parties. The Congress will also be a qualifying competition for the World Latin Dance Cup Competition held annually in Florida. Tickets at 306-652-4700, sasksalsabachatacongress. com, or at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival box office in the Bessborough Hotel. Passion, Purpose and Possibilities: A Workshop for Women May 30, 9 a.m., at The Willows Golf & Country Club. Hosted by Penney Murphy. A day of relaxation, pampering and personal development. Tickets at Street Legal Racing May 30, 5:30 p.m., at Saskatchewan International Raceway. Street racing in a safe and legal environment. Admission at the gate. Sitar Concert May 30, 7 p.m., at Broadway Theatre. A concert of North Indian classical instrumental music. Sitar performance by Dr. Vikas Gupta. Tickets at Mc-

Spring Into Songwriting May 31, 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Studio XII Music & Dance Co., 9-1025 Boychuk Dr. A beginner and intermediate songwriting workshop. Songwriters Elias and Michael share their knowledge. Tickets at 306-955-6121,, picatic. com. The Comic Orchestra May 31, 2:30 p.m., at Elim Church. A performance by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Featuring guest conductor Mathieu Pouliot and comedian and musician Christopher Hall. Classical music meets standup comedy. Tickets at Spring Fling May 31, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Presented by the South Corman Park Community Association. Live entertainment, children’s activities, food, drinks, raffles and prizes, and a community art contest. A chance to renew your community association membership. Second Annual Eat These Words Community Supper May 31, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at St. James Emmanuel Anglican Church lower level, 607

Dufferin Ave. Part of the Wild About Saskatoon NatureCity Festival. A co-operative fundraising presentation by Slow Food Saskatoon and Open Cooks Society of Saskatoon. With readings that reflect on urban life within nature by students of the U of S MFA writing program, local food and raffles. Tickets at picatic. com. Saskatoon Yellow Jackets Home Game May 31, 2 p.m., at Cairns Field, 1202 Ave. P S. Playing against the Yorkton Cardinals. Visit Savour the Arts 2014 May 31, 7 p.m., at Lakeview Church Atrium. A semi-formal fundraiser in support of the Bridge Fellowship Centre. An evening of culinary, musical and visual art. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts, live music, a Bridge presentation, and live and silent art auctions. Tickets at 306-382-2855 ext. 207, Beads of Courage Colour Festival Fun Run June 1, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Lakeview Park. A 5km run in support of Beads of Courage. Participants will pass through colour stations as they run. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Register at www. beadsofcouragec/event. jsp?event=13&. Saskatoon Yellow Jackets Home Game June 1, 1 p.m., at Cairns Field, 1202 Ave. P S. Playing against the Yorkton Cardinals. Visit Saskatoon Concert Band Auxiliary June 1, 7:30 p.m., at GraceWestminster United Church. Tickets at 306-242-3916, McNally Robinson or at the door. Tonight It’s Poetry June 1, 7:30 p.m. at The Bassment. Short Poem Deathmatch featuring Write Out Loud. Tickets at Event listings are a free, community service offered by Bridges. Listings will be printed if space permits.

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OUTSIDE THE LINES # Colouring contest Each week, Stephanie McKay creates a timely illustration meant to please kids of all ages. Children can colour the page, have a picture taken with the finished product and email it to bridges@thestarphoenix. com. One winner will be chosen each week.

Last week’s contest winner is Kaylee Rosenfelt. Thanks to everyone who submitted entries!



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The benefits of mulching your borders By Sara Williams A mulched border conserves water and protects your plants and soil. It also reduces maintenance and the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Let’s begin with a definition: mulch is a layer of organic material, 10 cm deep, spread over the soil surface between your plants. Various types of mulch, like post peelings, coarse sphagnum peat moss, shredded bark, decorative bark, chipper debris, evergreen needles and cones, flax straw and shives, and mowed leaves are available. Mulching imitates nature (think of the millions of decaying leaves that cover a forest floor or the buildup of thatch in a Prairie grassland) and is an excellent way to recycle materials once destined for landfills or burning. Here’s a list of mulching’s benefits:


Mulching suppresses weeds that compete with your border plants for water. More importantly, it cools the soil and reduces evaporation. Mulch also reduces wind evaporation. The slightly increased height of a mulched border and the rougher texture acts as a snow trap. The extra snow insulates the plants over winter and provides added moisture when it melts in the spring.

SOIL IMPROVEMENT AND CONSERVATION Mulch protects valuable topsoil from erosion. Mulching also prevents crusting and cracking, and improves water percolation. As mulch decays over time, it releases nutrients and adds organic matter to the soil. The result is better aeration, and improved water and nutrient-holding capacity of your soil. And the mulch layer acts as a cushion, preventing soil compaction.

Along with a host of other benefits, a mulched garden is low maintenance and has a unified appearance. Photo courtesy Sara Williams


bugs that find a home within and under the mulch layer. Capable of eating 25 aphids per day, they are truly a gardener’s friend.

Weeds compete with flowers and shrubs for light, space, nutrients and water. By excluding light, the mulch layer prevents germination of the many weed seeds waiting in the soil below it. It also acts as a physical barrier preventing the emergence of weed seeds that do germinate. Weed seeds that blow onto the mulched surface find it difficult to root through the mulch.

DISCOURAGES SLUGS Mulch’s coarse texture, especially post peelings, reduces slug populations by rasping and dehydrating their tender bodies.


REDUCES WATER SPLASH Mulch absorbs water and almost entirely eliminates water and mud splash. This keeps flowers (and fruit such as strawberries), along with house siding, clean. But more importantly, by reducing mud-splash mulch reduces soil-borne fungal and bacterial diseases that can be transferred from the soil to the flowers, foliage and fruit from irrigation and rain.

Flax shives are slow to break down and are perfect to use as mulch. It’s also a good use of a waste product. Photo courtesy Sara Williams

ENCOURAGES LADYBUGS Once a mulch layer has been in place for a year or two, gardeners will be amazed by the number of lady

Mulch insulates the soil below, moderating temperature extremes. By cooling the soil surface during the hot days of summer, mulch encourages healthy root growth and prevents root injury caused by excessively high soil temperatures. In spring and fall, it reduces the freeze-thaw cycles of heavy soils which can cause heaving and root injury to young plants. Mulch keeps the soil cooler in early

spring, preventing the premature emergence of spring bulbs which might be nipped by frost.

DESIGN FUNCTION Mulch adds subtle colour and texture to the landscape. It unifies planting beds, especially when the plants are young, small and seemingly widely spaced within the bed. Mulch lets the world know that, indeed, this is a bed and should be walked around rather than through. Sara Williams is the author of the revised and updated Creating the Prairie Xeriscape and with Hugh Skinner, Gardening Naturally: a chemical-free handbook for the prairies This column is provided courtesy of the Saskatchewan Perennial Society (; hortscene@ Check out our bulletin board or calendar for upcoming horticulture events in May and June.

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Spring fulfils the locavore’s search for a wine alternative By James Romanow Once upon a time I was in charge of throwing a weekly art gallery party for openings. Essentially the choice of what to serve was a dessert party or a wine and cheese. I learned the two crowds had little overlap. If wine was on the menu, the dessert crowd was disgruntled and left early. If dessert was the choice, the winos made a valiant effort to stick it out but tended to drift away. These days “dry” table wine offers both alcohol and sugar. Moreover, foodies have leaped into the affray, carrying the banner “Local!” on high. As most of the world lives in latitudes where the climate is either too cold or too hot for wine grapes, locavores have begun demanding alternative beverages to wine. Mead, or honey wine, is one such choice. Unadulterated, it is a truly sweet beverage. To balance it, many meaderies cut the product with fruit juices to add flavour and acidity. Cypress Hills Winery produces a number of honey wines available both at the meadery and through the SLGA. Spring is a blend of ripe sour cherries and honey wine, and a recent winner of a double gold medal in the mead category at the All Canadian wine championship. It is an intense berry flavoured drink, with a bouquet of cherry and cinnamon. For me, Spring is best as a spritzer

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cut with soda water but it would go great with any kind of nuts, particularly walnuts or pecans. I like it a little warmer than fridge temp. If you’re interested in the Cypress Hills lineup, they host tours and are open now from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. Cypress Hills Spring, $18.98 **** Many more wines in Monday’s paper and on Twitter @drbooze.

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