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LL of us at Albert K. Smiley Public Library are honored to be the subject for the second consecutive year of an edition of Redlands Magazine. We are very proud of our history here at the Smiley. Our founding fathers Albert and Alfred Smiley, a pair of identical twin snowbird philanthropists from New York, strongly believed that a public library was a vital component of the cultural life of a community. The Smileys’ commitment wasn’t just financial as both brothers either served on the Library Board or were intimately involved in assisting its development as volunteers. From its humble beginning in 1894, their generous gift to the people of Redlands has continued to grow and evolve. Funding remains a challenge. In our current time of strained civic resources, the Library is still struggling to recover from the cuts of the Great Recession. Once again, philanthropists and volunteers have stepped up to bridge the gap. The Library’s Endowment Fund and the Friends of the Library contribute more than half a million dollars a year to provide for the traditional books, e-books, periodicals, DVDs, electronic databases, computer workshops and exciting, diverse programming and events that comprise the core of our service. Our dedicated cadre of more than 200 volunteers is essential to every aspect of our operation including our growing adult literacy program, our Smiley

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Heritage Tours committee that provides Redlands cultural site field trips to every fourthgrader in our school district, and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, our nationally recognized museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War. Philanthropists and volunteers also will be crucial in the operation of a planned second museum, the Museum of Redlands, which has secured a location and for which fund raising is underway. On behalf of current Library Board President Bill Hardy and his colleagues Rosa Gomez, Bill Hatfield and Marty Davis, we hope this edition of Redlands Magazine inspires you to visit our Library, take advantage of the many offerings we provide and perhaps even follow in the Smileys’ footsteps by becoming one of our philanthropists or volunteers yourself.


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‘NOODLES’ – An original comedy featuring an oddball family written by L. Don Swar tz and presented in two acts. Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; $10-$15; 909-793-2909; www.redlandsfootlighters.org. also: “Wait Until Dark,” Nov. 5-27; “Buying the Moose,” Feb. 4-26. thROUGh SePt. 25

APPLE SEASON – Visit orchards, taste fresh apples and cider, enjoy hot apple pie at one of the several family restaurants, feed the animals in the animal parks, or browse through some of the many specialty shops. Oak Glen, east of Yucaipa and nor th of Beaumont, off Interstate 10; www.oakglen.net.


ALL SONS & DAUGHTERS SePt. 16 – Christian music concer t. Packinghouse Redlands, 27165 San Bernardino Ave., Redlands; 909-793-8744; www.packinghouseredlands.org; www.transparentproductions.com. also: Phil Wickham, Nov. 11. OKTOBERFEST OCt. 1 – Sixth annual Redlands Optimist Club event, featuring a German band playing polkas;

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costume, yodeling, stein-holding and other contests; and a play area for kids. Sylvan Park, 601 N. University Ave., Redlands; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; redlandsoktoberfest.com. CAR SHOW OCt. 9 – 26th annual Veteran’s Memorial Car Show featuring classic vehicles, pancake breakfast and other food throughout the day, contests, scavenger hunt, bingo and other activities. Sylvan Park, 601 N. University St., Redlands; 8 a.m.; www.veterancarshow.com. DIRT HEAD DRY TRIATHLON OCt. 9 – 5K trail run, strength course and agility station. Hulda Crooks Park, Mountain View at Beaumont avenues, Loma Linda; check-in at 6 a.m., triathlon begins at 7 a.m.; bit.ly/DIRTHEADTRI2016. ART FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE OCt. 14-16 – Annual ar t show and sale features works from more than 60 ar tists in a variety of media, including acrylics, oils, watercolor, jewelry, photography, pottery, metal sculpture and stained glass. Redlands United Church of Christ, 168 Bellevue Ave.; free admission; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15,

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16; 909-793-3520; www.ar tforheavenssake.org. ALL ABOUT BUTTERFLIES OCt. 20 – Presentation by Monika Moore, the “California Butterfly Lady.” Prospect Park Carriage House, 1352 Prospect Drive., Redlands. Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands. redlandsgardenclub.com. also: Purchasing Fruit Trees, Dormant Sprays, Fer tilizers, etc.,” Nov. 17; Holiday Potluck, Dec. 15; Controlling Gophers in Your Garden,” Jan. 19. HALL OF FAME CEREMONY – Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony. Or ton Center, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 909-793-0642; www.rhsathletichalloffame.org.

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MAGIC SHOW & COSTUME CONTEST – Magicians from the Magic Castle will perform a family friendly show. Wear a costume to be entered into the contest. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 10 a.m. to noon; $25; 909-792-2111; www.kimberlycrest.org/magicshow.

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VETERANS DAY PARADE NOv. 11 – Parade star ts at 9 a.m. from Redlands High School then travels to Jennie Davis Park via Citrus to Eureka to State to Texas to Redlands Boulevard to New York. That’s followed by a ceremony then a picnic with food trucks, beer garden, vendor booths and a fun zone for children. Event hosted by American Legion posts 106 and 650. Free; www.redlands-events.com. REDLANDS COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA NOv. 13 – Concer t, featuring works by Copland (Fanfare for the Common Man), Liszt (Les Preludes) and Beethoven (Symphony No. 5). Redlands High School Clock Auditorium, 840 E. Citrus Ave.; 3 p.m.; 909-747-9726, www.redlandscommunityorchestra.org. RED DIRT ART FESTIVAL NOv. 19 – The works of more than 50 ar tists producing jewelry, paintings, clothing, sculpture, photography, pottery and mixed media. Smiley Park, Cajon and Vine streets, Redlands; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 909-856-2894; www.reddir tar tfestival.com. TURKEY TROT NOv 24 – Third annual Thanksgiving Day 5K (professionally timed) and 1K Kids Fun Run. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Hope International,

Redlands Educational Par tnership Foundation and Youth Hope. Donated food given to local food banks. Sylvan Park, 601 N. University St., Redlands; 7:30 a.m. for 1K, 8 a.m. for 5K; $30 without and $35 with canned food donation for the 5K, $15 and $20 for the 1K; www.redlandsturkeytrot.com. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – Special tour of the mansion decorated for the holidays. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the veranda plus other special treats. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 4-6 p.m.; $20; 909-792-2111, kimberlycrest.org. NOv. 27

HISTORICAL GLASS MUSEUM ONGOING – More than 7,000 items — dating from the 1800s to today — made by American glass-makers and ar tists are available for display. 1157 N. Orange St., Redlands; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, weekday group tours by appointment; 909-798-0868; historicalglassmuseum.com. MARKET NIGHT – One of the most successful cer tified farmers markets in Southern California features more than 150 food and merchandise booths. East State Street (between Orange and Ninth streets), downtown Redlands; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays; 909-798-7629.


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A CoMMon ThreAd With love of learning and community, volunteers sustain the treasure that is A.K. Smiley Public Library By Toni MoMberger


hilanthropy. it led to the establishment of what would become a.K. Smiley public library in redlands in 1898. and more than 100 years later, passion and community commitment keep the library a vital, humming institution today. Director Don McCue says it’s the volunteer machine that provides the traditional things people think of in libraries: the books, CDs, DVDs, computers, databases, storytime for children. “the city seems to be financially unable to support the library in the manner a community of this stature truly deserves,” McCue said. “We are grateful for the $2 million a year we get in city funding. But about $1.9 million goes to salaries and benefits.” that pays for 17 full-time and 13 part-time employees. Supporting that staff and the library’s mission are 200 active volunteers. Faces in the stacks “there are volunteers — richard Cox, for example — he’s here every Monday since 1994,” McCue said. Cox processes pamphlets, programs | redlandsmagazine.com  | fall fall 2016 8 |  redlandsmagazine.com 2016

from funerals and news clippings. “he helped fund fire-proof cabinets that cost $1,000 apiece.” the cabinets protect historic photographs and ephemera. pamela Martinez, Smiley’s youth services librarian, recalls Edith Miller, who volunteered in the young readers room for at least 35 years before her death last year. “She had so much energy,” Martinez said. “She would even dust.” the Smiley heritage tours group provides about 80 volunteers who conduct redands history field trips for fourth graders; there are about 30 volunteer docents at the lincoln Memorial Shrine; and 16 volunteers serve on the Friends of the library board. Volunteers read during storytime in the young readers room, tutor in the adult literacy program, shelve books and support the Museum of redlands. and about 1,000 volunteers are members of the Friends of Smiley library, of which about 100 actively volunteer and spend time sorting books or staffing the bookstore — which they built in the library basement in 1990. the Friends of Smiley library organization was founded in 1972. Members give money, raise money,

Meet the library … A.K. Smiley Public Library is more than a collection of books, resources and buildings. It’s also people — the folks who volunteer their time to help others read, find books, read to children or share a passion for history, both local and national. It’s also the people who walk through the door on any given day who make the library an organic changing community. On a recent Tuesday, Redlands Magazine spent a few hours capturing the faces of the day, some of whom had their current reading materials.

Tom Fontanes Retired, Vietnam vet and Lincoln Memorial Shrine docent, Tom Fontanes brought with him a collection of poetry written by men and women who acquired posttraumatic stress disorder while serving in the U.S. military. A history buff, Fontanes said he’s learned a lot about the Civil War while volunteering at the shrine.

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We caught Ruby Castro as she stopped in at the library to pick up forms to volunteer for the Adult Literacy Program and to use library resources to work on some employment materials.

Visting with his mother Karen, 12-year-old Nathan Schelden of Yucaipa came to Redlands so he could access a larger science fiction selection than he could find at his local library. He checked out a “Star Wars” novel while he took in the art and architecture of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.

Leo Lopez

Elinor Harmer

For former teacher and history major, Leo Lopez, volunteering at the library just made sense; he had used Lincoln’s life story to teach writing in school. He brought two books: a timeworn, 1950s-era edition of A.E. Taylor’s “Socrates: A Man and His Thoughts,” and “The Joy of Signing,” by Lottie L. Riekehof.

A 5-year docent at the Lincoln Shrine and former teacher, Elinor Harmer had visited some 50 Civil War sites after she and her husband retired. She sees volunteering at the Shrine as a wonderful opportunity to share her enthusiam for history.

Maren Frost

Eric Barr

Maren Frost made a trip to the library with her children a weekly ritual years ago. Today, those kids are in college. On a recent visit back East, Frost’s daughter wanted to show mom her library and said one of the first things she did was get a library card. “It warmed my heart,” Frost said.

Big Bear resident Eric Barr agreed to pause for a photo when he dropped into the A.K. Smiley Library. The purpose of the visit: he needed a comfortable spot to make quick use of the internet. As a community resource, the library was the easy destination of choice.

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Antoinette Everets

It was a family visit for the 8-year-old Christopher McCall of Loma Linda who went to the Friends of the Library Book Sale with his dad and sister, Mary, 6. His find: Newberry Award winner “Johnny Tremain,” by Esther Forbes. “Pretty good for 25 cents,” he quipped.

“I love the place,” says Antoinette Everets who visits the library every three days, often with her grandchildren who enjoy story time. For Everets, the library is a place to read, have a cup of coffee and maybe do some compuer work. Her reading selection: Noah Boyd’s “The Bricklayer.”

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share their expertise and donate their time. They also lead four book clubs. “You cannot repay them for their generosity, of not just their finances, but their time. It’s a massive time commitment they give. “It speaks of their love of the institution and love of the community,” said McCue. “This building is more than bricks and mortar. It reflects the best of the community — learning, education, the pride and glory of the town.” Ted Parsons, president of the Friends of Smiley Library, says McCue is right. “We’re here because we believe the library is a key institution. It’s one of the reasons people move to our town. Most of our volunteers take the fate of the library very personally.” Carol Johns “Is that too many in one pile?” Carol Johns asked, arranging books for her photo. “It is fun; books are wonderful.” We caught up with Johns as she left the Friends bookstore. She had a broad smile and two bags full of new reads. “I get excited about books. … I love the library.”

Function and energy The Friends are divided into departments, each with a team of people and a budget. The departments include the bookstore, volunteer affairs, auctions, publicity,

membership and literacy. There is a cut-out outside the library for book donations, and it fills with thousands of books every week. On Monday mornings, about 30 to 40 volunteers sort through the bounty. They first pull out the books that can go on the library shelves for patrons to check out. Then books are identified for auction, specialty sales and the bookstore. “It’s like a fish market,” said volunteer Radha Shah, sitting in the basement on a Tuesday, surrounded by stacks to the ceiling of sorted books. Some of the books go for sale online, especially rare and valuable books. Some of the Friends are trained at researching titles, and some at online sales. “I’ve had people say, ‘I’ll try to sell it myself.’ Well, they can’t,” said Parsons. “But we know what we’re doing.” The Friends raise about $100,000 a year, almost totally from selling donated books. This brings the annual budget to $2.1 million. To meet the library’s goals would cost $2.5 million a year, McCue said.

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That would include adding back two full-time employee positions ($110,000 for the pair) that were lost during budget cuts. Without that staff, the library can only maintain evening hours on Mondays and Tuesdays, which means no one can use the free meeting space in the Assembly Room five nights a week. McCue’s goal is to expand the opportunity to include Wednesday and Thursday nights. But library personnel funding is in competition with police personnel funding, and that’s a hard sell for the city manager. Catalysts for outreach McCue also wants to expand programs, workshops and speakers.

“That kind of wide-reaching outreach is an increasing part of library service,” McCue said. That means paying for speakers’ fees, flights and lodging. Often, volunteer support makes it possible to expand programs. Sometimes as many as 50 volunteers take part. Smiley’s Family Day, for instance, (which was started by longtime library volunteer and children’s literature legend Charlotte Huck), has University of Redlands students, Kiwanis members and Boy Scouts leading activities, and donating set-up labor and supplies. This year’s annual event will be Oct. 1. “We thrive because of the generosity of the community,” McCue said. “Because they love it.”

Ted Parsons In his third year as president of Friends of the Library and having served six years on the board, Ted Parsons is a true believer — “I believe in this library. Redlands has a unique sense of community and community history,” and the library is at the center of both. The Friends plays a vital role in library operations, raising money to make new books and other materials available to patrons.


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The Friends of the Smiley Library used bookstore is at the A.K. Smiley Public Library, lower level, 125 W. Vine St., Redlands Information: 909-798-7685 Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Fill a bag of used books for $5 (Friends of the Smiley Library members) or $6 the first Saturday of every month. The first hour is for members of the Friends only. Memberships are available for purchase.

Become a Friend of A.K. Smiley Public Library Memberships may purchased with a donation ranging from $10 to $1,000. Forms are available at the library or online at aksmileybookstore.com.

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“I’m a book junkie,” confesses Radha Shah, who has been volunteering at the Friends of the Library bookstore for the past four years. Her read of choice, “Gift from the Sea,” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.

Adult literacy volunteer Katherine Gifford brought her tablet, underscoring both its use as a teaching tool and the wide variety of content the library has online through a digital consortium. Library patrons can access books, videos and a variety of digital databases.

Also a diehard adult literacy volunteer, Trudy Waldron brought in “News for You,” a weekly publication designed to help adult learners build their reading, comprehension and vocabulary skills.

The adult literacy coordinator at the library, Diane Shimota brought in two literacy program book club selections: “Who was Harriet Tubman?” by Yona Zeldis McDonough and “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant child,” by Francisco Jiménez.

The Adult Literacy Program: An oasis for learning


olunteer dedication saved the redlands Adult literacy Program, which operates out of the library. the need is great, as nationally an estimated 20 percent of adults struggle to read. More than 10 years ago the program was cut, but two of the tutors, Katherine Gifford and trudy Waldron, each unaware of what the other was doing, continued to meet with their learners. About five years later they discovered each other and joined forces to bring the program back, running a much bigger program themselves on a volunteer basis. today about 80 literacy tutors meet with adult learners. these literacy teams are supported by the library and their support organization, the Friends of A.K. Smiley Public library. Gifford tells the story of a learner who had been struggling to pass an english class at a

community college. the woman was an english speaker and smart — especially strong in math — but she had dyslexia. nothing about this story is unique to this learner, Gifford stressed. It’s not unusual for people to get through school with learning disabilities and still lack the ability to read. “She needed one-on-one tutoring,” Gifford said. “With personal tutoring, her selfconfidence and writing skills improved. She passed her class.” Waldron says confidence is the biggest factor. “reading and writing skills are important, but without the confidence, it’s a bigger task. “We spend a lot of time encouraging learners by telling them, ‘You can do it!’ through hard work, learners gain the confidence to launch out on their own.” one learner, after being tutored at Smiley library, went to the doctor on her own for the

first time. “that may not be earth shattering to you and me, but to her it was,” Waldron said. “there’s a wonderful wave of support and excitement as learners witness one another’s successes,” Waldron added. the world can be a humiliating and frightening place to someone who can’t read. “I am in awe of the courage each learner has exhibited just by coming in,” Gifford said. the Adult literacy Program, which is directed by each learner’s goals, is confidential and embracing. “there are learners that, when you hear their story, you want to cry with them, but you don’t,” Gifford said. “they are experiencing what I sometimes take for granted. “When there’s a breakthrough, I breathe a little easier. It’s such a lifelong gift. If I could give that, it’s my privilege. “It gives me goosebumps at times. It’s a happy feeling for

them, and I have gratitude to this library for providing the opportunity to people who have nowhere else to go. this is the place. this library provides an oasis for them to work toward their dreams.” The next step Volunteers also support a computer literacy class in the library. “one instructor for eight to 10 people isn’t enough for learners who have never used a computer,” said Diane Shimota, whose position as literacy coordinator is funded by the city. “We give them the ability to search the internet. We teach them to use email. We give them the ability to keep in touch with family through Facebook.” TuTors needed A literacy tutor orientation will be Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in the library’s Assembly Room at 125 W. Vine St. in Redlands. Call the Adult Literacy Program at 909-798-7565, ext. 4138, or email literacy@akspl.org for details.

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California & the Civil War

Unlike his controversial bronze of Lincoln in Cincinnati, George Grey Barnard’s marble bust of the 16th president was welcomed in 1932 as an exquisite example of his work.

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While not a battleground state, California had a role to play in the Civil War, contributing both material and volunteers to the Union cause. Visitors to the shrine can view muster rolls of recruits who volunteered as well as medals and memorabilia veterans collected at post-war encampments here in the Golden state.


Family Day: Saturday, October 1


tories, books, art and hands-on crafts for kids will highlight the 13th annual Family Day at A.K. smiley Public Library on saturday, oct. 1. A pair of award-winning children’s book authors/ illustrators from Chicago, eric rohmann and his wife Candace Fleming, will host a special presentation at 11 a.m., followed by a book signing. Children will be able to enjoy fun activities related to the couple’s books, including Fleming’s award-winning 2011 biography, “Amelia Lost,” about Amelia earhart, which will be tied to an activity making paper airplanes. other fun stuff on tap: origami art crafting, creating a pop-up book, a visit with a therapy dog, face-painting, storytimes with local dignitaries including police officers and firefighters who will read to children, and

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a reader’s theater where children can stage a short play. Also, enjoy free lemonade and cookies donated by stater Bros., and the redlands Fire Department will have a ladder truck that curious children can explore. “We will have 12 stations of activities,” said Pamela Martinez, youth services librarian. “We hope a lot of families will be able to make it this year.” Family Day runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with activities taking place in the library and in the park between the library and the Lincoln Memorial shrine, which also will be open to visitors. the first 150 families to check in at Family Day will receive a free hardcover book, and all students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be given a free paperback book at the event. – Amy Bentley

Gruesome, yet arresting … bone Bone saws and nippers, along with assorted medical instruments (including a device to cut a hole in the skull to relieve cranial pressure) are a favorite of grade school tour groups, says nathan Gonzales, shrine curator as well as smiley Library Heritage Room room archivist and head of special collections. Medical instruments now on display are on loan from Dr. from Hans Dr. Hans Davidson. Davidson.

Objects and ephemera Artifacts as well as books and letters from the period surround visitors to the shrine. In in one display case, a collection of musical instruments, in another, a newspaper lays out in graphic detail the conditions at Andersonville, the notorious Confederate prison camp in Georgia.

Investments & improvements


t’s been Been a busy year for A.K. smiley Public Library, where upgrades to the historic building and property continue to improve the experience for everyone. some examples: • New oak tables and chairs in the Mission Revival revival style were installed in the Conservatory in June, replacing worn out wicker chairs. “The “the new furniture is more conducive for studying. It it really matches the architecture of the room very well,” observed nathan Gonzales, archivist and curator of the Lincoln Memorial shrine. • The east side of the library was improved with new exterior landscaping, completed

in August. The the work became necessary after water was found to be migrating through the walls into the basement of the Heritage Room, room, where historic items are stored, creating a potential problem, Gonzales said. the grounds were dug out so the walls could be re-sealed, and this opened an opportunity for the library to add more drought-tolerant landscaping. • This fall, thanks to a grant from the city of Redlands, redlands, the two main restrooms at the library will be redone. the restrooms are 26 years old and have seen a lot of daily use and wear, Gonzales said. – Amy Bentley fall 2016||  redlandsmagazine.com redlandsmagazine.com |  | 15 fall 2016  15

Before the strain of the Civil War took its toll, an early photo shows a handsome then-Congressman Lincoln, along with an envelope he inscribed.

Better angels of our nature Painted by Dean Cornwell, murals in the central dome depict angels who represent strength, loyalty, faith, courage, tolerance, patience, wisdom and justice. Cornwell also painted two scenes representing Lincoln’s greatest achievements: emancipation of the slaves and preservation of the union.

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f you’re unfamiliar with music from the time of the Civil War, plan to visit the Lincoln Shrine on Saturday, Nov. 19 — the 153rd anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. on that day, there will be a special concert with period music, and actor and Abraham Lincoln impersonator robert Broski will recite the Gettysburg Address, the memorable and famous speech the nation’s 16th president delivered in 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Music during the mid-morning event will be performed by the Mountain fifes and Drums and the Camp Carleton Band. Mountain fifes and Drums is a youth music group from the Lake Arrowhead area that performs tunes from the Civil War era as well as music from Colonial and revolutionary War times. The Camp Carleton Band takes its name from Camp Carleton, a former Cavalry post in San Bernardino during the Civil War. The six band members are bass horn player Todd Humphrey of redlands; coronet player Mark Sczublewski of redlands; coronet player Sylvia Becker of redlands; tenor

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A horn player Michael Poor of San Bernardino; and drummers Nathan Parrot, a music student from Hemet, and Jessica Swanson of San Bernardino. Humphrey and Sczublewski are elementary school music teachers in San Bernardino and Swanson is the band director at La Sierra High School in riverside. They perform in Civil War era-style uniforms. “We do a small mock military parade. We play the stuff that would have been played out on the battlefield for the troops to keep their morale high,” Humphrey said. The audience will not only be entertained, but also will learn about the music and bands popular during the Civil War. Said Humphrey: “We incorporate a little history lesson in everything.” – Amy Bentley


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Lincoln pennies were first produced in 1909 on the centennial of his birth. In 1943, the coin was pressed from steel and zinc because copper was needed for the war effort. Want an interactive exhibit? Visitors can try their hands at a telegraph.

Art and acquisitions


PAiNTiNG by well-known local artist Dennis Hare is among the new works A.K. Smiley Public Library has acquired this year, thanks to its endowment fund. established in 1922, the fund has grown to about $16 million. it was created to augment services and collections for the library beyond what the city of redlands regularly provides. Some of the funds in the endowment can be used for any purpose, while other money is earmarked for certain uses designated by the donor. The late Dorothy Cook of redlands donated funds for the purchase of art. With her gift, the library in June bought a painting by Hare called “The Meeting” that is now hanging in the Heritage room. it’s Hare’s first piece at the library, said Nathan

Gonzales, archivist and curator of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, adding, “We’d like to get as many local artists represented in the library’s art collection as we can.” To that end, the library this year also acquired a series of charcoal sketches of redlands scenes from oak Glen artist fariad, whose art focuses on nature, wildlife and the local community. fariad’s works will be on display in the library sometime soon. The Heritage collection this year gained a significant historic gift as well: thousands of images created for postcards by the late Merle Porter of Colton, known as the “Postcard King of the West.” They were donated last spring by his grandson, George Sediby of yucaipa. – Amy Bentley

Plan a visit The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is located adjacent to Smiley Library at 125 W. Vine St., redlands. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Tours for groups of 12 or more may be arranged by contacting the Heritage room at 909-798-7632. information at lincolnshrine.org. redlands artist Dennis Hare’s painting, “The Meeting,” can be viewed in the Heritage room.

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redlands history | world war 1

The call to war By JERRY RICE


century ago, as the nation mobilized to fight in World War I, so did the city of redlands and its residents. today, a quartet of local researchers — historian ann Deegan, Smiley Library director Don Mccue, archivist nathan gonzales and associate archivist Maria carrillo — are collaborating on a book that will tell the story about local involvement in what became known as “the War to end all Wars.” “It’s been a passion project for all of us for the past few years,” Mccue said. the team collected mementos, including photographs, and remembrances from decendants of those involved in the war effort both here and abroad. a 700-page database of information from multiple sources was compiled, including news reports and letters that were sent to family and friends in redlands and published in the Daily Facts. “those letters really bring home the experiences of what they were going through overseas at that time,” said Mccue, adding that servicemen from redlands mostly

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icle buehler’s husband, caleb Pearson, in this circa April 1918 photo, and brother, omer buehler, both died from wounds suffered near the end of World War i. omer’s first name is misspelled on the American legion plaque, right, at hillside memorial Park in redlands.

fought in France but also were in Italy and russia. one story the authors uncovered was that of William carson. a private in the Marines, he was in the Battle of Belleau Wood near the Marne river in France in June 1918, then died from wounds he suffered the following

month in the Battle of Soissons. carson’s family in redlands didn’t know about his fate when the war came to an end on nov. 11, 1918, after germany signed an armistice agreement with the allies, and didn’t learn it until the William carson next year. “Imagine the pain and the anguish of his mother not knowing what’s going on, then finding out that much later that he was dead,” Mccue said. the war left 9 million soldiers dead, including nearly 117,000 americans — 39 of those were from redlands. “the numbers were staggering,” Mccue said. “there were many stories of bravery and heroism that needed to be told. We grabbed the most compelling ones, including those about what life was like in redlands at that time.” tenatively titled “redlands in World War I,” the 50,000-word book is being published by History Press and will be available next spring.


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Steve Stockton, president of the redlands historical Museum association, with a 1927 grove truck donated by the late citrus grower Bob Break.

Redlands Historical Museum Association moving forward with ambitious plans By Carla SanderS


edlands is one of the few cities in southern California on a mission to maintain a vital link to its past. From the treelined streets filled with stately homes that mirror centuries long gone to the Moorishrevival style of the iconic a.K. smiley Public library, a large part of Redlands’ charm has always been its fondness for treasuring its heritage. That is especially evident with the | redlandsmagazine.com  | fall fall 2016 20 |  redlandsmagazine.com 2016

Redlands Historical Museum association. Founded more than a decade ago, the association has been a driving force in collecting and preserving items from the area’s past, and in the process weaving together a story of the city itself. now, the association has ambitious plans for the future, where residents can come together to mix, mingle, learn, enjoy and savor the flavors of the region. The association is in the process of renovating the building at 700 Brookside ave., which formerly housed the Redlands

daily Facts. The footprint of the 14,000-square-foot building will grow slightly to accommodate not only the museum, but some offices and storage, according to steve stockton, association president. Clara Mae Clem, a longtime association supporter, purchased the building for the group in 2014 and another supporter, Tim Rochford, purchased an adjoining lot to the west of the building and donated it, too. It was the culmination of many years of hopes and frustrations, as the group considered

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largest item donated is Bob Break’s 1927 International grove truck, complete with a load of field boxes.

Redlands Historical Museum Association P.O. Box 470 Redlands, CA 92373 909-798-7632

Other donated treasures include: • More than 100 original oil paintings of local buildings by the late artist Hazel E. Olson, including one of the library. Also included is a series of depictions featuring California train stations and a complete set of the California Missions.

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Future location 700 Brookside Ave. Redlands, CA 92373

Collection The Redlands Historical Museum Association began in 2002 and since then, more than 2,700 Redlands-related objects have been donated to A.K. Smiley Public Library, where they are assessed, catalogued, computerized and, if necessary, stored for later display. The

numerous other local structures — Old City Hall, the Brookside Post Office, Mutual Orange distributors packinghouse, safety Hall — only to have them not work out for one reason or another. “We’re about three years away from using the building, but we still have many things in place,” said stockton. “We are most excited about our vision for the museum.” That vision encompasses a range of services and facilities for the community. among these is an outdoor pavilion for special events, including small stage productions, intimate concerts, art and music showcases, plus food trucks on site. Inside the museum, traveling exhibits will be showcased along with the museum’s permanent collection. “This will be much more than a static museum,”

• Several silver pieces monogrammed with the letter “D,” which were donated to the museum by a descendant of Davis Donald, a member of the Donald family, well-known for building much of early Redlands. • Numerous photographs, glass lanterns slides and scrapbooks, including some depicting

stockton said, noting it is expected to be a destination for elementary school field trips and could work in conjunction with many YMCa programs. The permanent collection will encompass many treasures that are now showcased in the Heritage Room at smiley library, as well as thousands of other items in storage at a couple of locales. These include everything from silver flatware and artwork to citrus labels and the largest item of all — a pickup truck. stockton said an acquaintance called the museum “a living room for the town,” which he sees as a perfect analogy. “If you think about your living room, you have museum-like things around the edge, but you do other things there, too. We are so excited about the potential for the museum.”

members of the Smiley family and other Redlands pioneers. • An 1870 schoolmaster’s desk owned by Charles Russell Paine, second San Bernardino County superintendent of schools. • A 4-inch cloth-covered pocket Bible that was given to longtime citrus grower Charles M. Brown in 1918. • A 1906 cast-iron folding chair with the initials “AME.” It is from St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, corner of Sixth and High streets, now the Living Word Fellowship.

View If you can’t wait for the museum to open, many of these objects may be viewed by appointment now in the Heritage Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands. Heritage Room hours

are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. (The room is closed from noon to 1 p.m.)

Donate To help expand its collection, the museum is seeking historical objects related or pertaining to Redlands in some way. Items might include possessions of historical Redlands families, artwork related to artists living or painting in the Redlands area over the years, and photos, paper ephemera, and objects depicting the history of Redlands. For inquiries and to give details on the potential donation, contact Nathan Gonzales or Maria Carrillo at the Heritage Room of the library, 909-798-7632. Arrangements can be made for pickup of items.


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music | q & a

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hen the Redlands Symphony launches the 2016-17 season on Oct. 8, it will find some fresh direction at the podium, courtesy of Ransom Wilson. The ensemble’s new conductor is an Alabama native, Julliard graduate and internationally renowned flute virtuoso (who once studied under Parisian music legend Jean-Pierre Rampal). During the 1980s, Wilson gained a reputation for interpreting minimalist composers. Since then, his multi-faceted career has encompassed several dozen albums and Grammy nods as well as founding the Solisti new York Orchestra, conducting the new York City Opera and touring Southern California alongside celebrated Irish flutist James Galway and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Currently, Wilson teaches flute at Yale University and often leads collegiate master classes around the world. We recently checked in with Wilson via email to find out more about his background and the season ahead. Question: What attracted you to the Redlands Symphony position and did your previous experience working with the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra have any influence on your decision? Answer: Absolutely! I fell in love with Redlands at first sight over 15 years ago. I was driving from Ontario up to Idyllwild and I was struck by Redlands’ beauty and charm, instantly. Before long, I took the Idyllwild Arts orchestra to play in the

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UofR Chapel. So Redlands has been on my mind for a long time. Q: how did you choose this season’s programs? A: My predecessor Jon Robertson did such a great job of familiarizing the Redlands public with the pillars of Western music, that it allows me to introduce other less familiar works to complement the masterpieces. My goal is to create programs that are more varied and exciting and fun than most symphony concerts in the world. Q: Landing a major name guest performer like Mark Isham for the nov. 5 program, with his music for the emmy-winning ABC series “American Crime,” is impressive. had you worked with him before in some capacity? A: It’s one of those unexplained coincidences in life. The universe put us together. I had an album of his film music 25 years ago and loved it so much that I would play it at least once a week. Suddenly last spring, I got a message from a hollywood orchestrator friend, saying that his colleague Mark Isham was looking for an ensemble to perform some of his music from “American Crime.” needless to say, I jumped at the chance! Q: Since you grew up and went to school

in the South, do you think that influenced your interest in classical music? A: I was lucky to grow up in a university town, so there was good classical music available. When I showed interest in the flute, we could find a good teacher and a good music environment. For years, I rejected being a Southerner because of certain stereotypes associated with that. But now I realize that being from the South is an essential part of who I am. I came from a small city very much like Redlands in that everyone knew everyone else. There was an important element of good manners and community support that feels very familiar here. Q: Is there a story behind your first name? A: In the South, there is a tradition of preserving family names by giving them as first or middle names to children. Ransom was my mother’s maiden name. Q: What artists of any genre do you tend to listen to in your leisure time? A: Big band. I love the music of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, et al. I often listen to that for hours at a time. I was born just after that era, but it really resonates with me.

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Mountains at Jenks Lake and the second annual holiday hike on nov. 25, the day after thanksgiving. those are in addition to a 4.2-mile outing in the Crafton hills above Yucaipa on sept. 17. Other YMCa of the east Valley offerings include healthy living classes, social events and fitness classes for seniors, youth and government programs for middle school and high school students, and a variety of youth activities and sports. For more information, visit www.ymcaeastvalley.org. – Jerry Rice

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Murphy helped light my way, helping me choose new

light fixtures, accenting artwork with spotlights, and come out of the dark ages of incandescent bulbs into the enlightened era of LEDs. My lighting makeover included a couple other key moves. For instance, i removed two ghastly long fluorescent light fixtures, one from my walkin closet, the other from my laundry room, and donated them to the nearest police station to use in their interrogation center. i replaced the closet monstrosity with an elegant chandelier that sports an orange silk drum shade. the laundry room now has two recessed LED canned lights. Murphy approved. “People skimp in areas like the closet and laundry room, where good lighting is critical.” You know what he means if you have ever left the house wearing one navy sock and one black one. i also gained control of my moods. and no, i’m not talking about taking hormone replacement therapy.

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Exploring Poised Taupe, the color forecast for 2017 By Marni JaMeson

The color of the year? This manufactured event, created by paint retailer Sherwin-Williams to get consumers to think about color never fails to surprise me. Sometimes it delights. Sometimes it baffles. But it always makes me look at color in a new way. This year Sherwin-Williams has a new top color picker, Sue Wadden and her choice: Poised Taupe. She describes the shade as “what happens when cool gray gets together with brown and has a baby.” “When I visited design shows around the world, I saw that neutrals were shifting,” said Wadden. “The grays we’d been seeing for the past five years were getting warmer. I saw tones of taupe everywhere.” Like a good neutral, Wadden says, Poised Taupe gets along with many colors: cornflower, denim and indigo blues, and white. She also likes it with citrus yellow, jungle green and ochre mustard, colors she’s been seeing on fashion runways. “Poised taupe provides a good grounding color, from which everything else can grow,” she

said. Here are some color trends to watch: Influencing factors — To determine the color forecast, color experts look at trends in food, travel, politics, entertainment and the world. This year, the elections, the tiny house movement and the refugee crisis will all play a role in how color shifts, said Woodman. “Color will be more welcoming.” More warmth — Just as Poised Taupe warmed up yesterday’s gray, colors across the board will be warmer, Wadden said. Richer shades — Expect to see color trends moving from pale values to more mid-tones. A dash of retro — Softer tones will take the form of vintage pastels. “These are not Easter-egg pastels,” said Wadden, “but throwback tones that pick up shades of the 1970s — mustardy brown, marigold and terra cotta — and wash them out.” Brighter but not bolder — “The forecast calls for a more upbeat life and future,” said Woodman. “Colors will reflect that by being not bolder but brighter.” With a crisp finish.

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taste | il volo trattoria

Enjoy a culinary journey to Italy — no passport necessary Capesante gligliate, grilled scallops wrapped with pancetta on a bed of arugula and reduced balsamic sauce

By DaviD Cohen


AMed after an Italian pop operatic group, Il Volo marks the return of Umberto and Marina Orlando to the Redlands area. Their first venture was Vesuvio’s, followed by a stint at Joe Greensleeves. They returned to Italy for about two years where they operated a small trattoria on the outskirts of Rome. Because they wanted their son to graduate high school in the United States with his friends, they returned and lo and behold, the original Vesuvio’s space was again available.

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Umberto, left, Christiano and Marina orlando

The art deco decor was torn out and redesigned as an Italian trattoria — informal with light and dark woodplank floors, an array of earth tones and columns which are now a tan hue. The tables and booths are comfortable and table tops are made from rustic wood with a high gloss finish.

The market/deli is being converted into a Neopolitan pizzeria and a to-go counter where you can take home such items as fresh pastas with an array of sauces, porchetta sandwiches and build your own pizzas. Marina runs the front of the house and Umberto works his

magic in the kitchen. Although now in his 60s, Umberto hasn’t lost a step. In fact, he’s getting even better with age, like a fine Barolo, turning out a dizzying array of dishes that stand head and shoulders above his competitors. Literally, the flavors of his culinary creations transport me back to my dining experiences in Italy — simple but intensely flavored seafood and pasta dishes using fresh pasta and imported seafood (like the octopus from Spain). Umberto also bakes his own bread, cures his own pancetta (Italian bacon), and uses suckling pigs from local farms to make his own porchetta — thinly sliced pork redolent with flavors of garlic, fennel and a touch of hot pepper flakes.

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He is a purist in every sense of the word and his food instantly transports you to Roma and beyond. All produce is locally grown at such farms as San Jacinto and Washington Produce and tastes like it was just pulled from the ground. During a recent visit, we began with Capesante gligliate — four succulent grilled sea scallops wrapped with house made pancetta on a bed of arugula and accompanied by a reduced balsamic sauce. The smokiness of the Italian bacon envelopes the from-the-sea sweetness of the scallops. The dish pairs well with the crisp acidity of a pinot grigio. At lunchtime, they serve an array of paninis, or Italian sandwiches, including porchetta, grilled sausage and the classic Italian sub, all prepared by Umberto and Marina’s 21-yearold son. We opted for the Tacchino — roasted turkey breast, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato, avocado, smoked pancetta and cheese. This sandwich was bursting at the seams, with a light layer of mayonnaise spread on a plump, beautifully crusted baked in-house roll and was accompanied by a salad of fresh lightly dressed garden greens. The sandwich could easily feed two. Beware of the fresh sliced bread served with Umberto’s extra virgin Italian olive oil and herb dip which incorporates Italian parsley, oregano, garlic and fresh tomatoes. You’ll find it impossible to stop eating and then may find yourself too full to enjoy every last forkful of some of the most spectacular pastas I’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring. All pastas are made fresh | redlandsmagazine.com  | fall fall 2016 2016 32 |  redlandsmagazine.com


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Remodeled interior of Il Volo Trattoria

on the premises and have an incredible texture and bread-like aroma to them — unlike any dry pasta I’ve encountered. The cappellacci is akin to a folded over large tortellini stuffed with short rib meat and served in a buttery sage white wine sauce, while Umberto’s favorite, homemade gnocchi (Italian potato dumplings), was creamy, light and airy on the palate and came with sliced smoked duck breast and a sage cream sauce. Rich? Most definitely — a melt-in-your-mouth melange of tantalizing flavors. Both pastas were spectacular from both a textural and flavor standpoint. With respect to pasta, it doesn’t get any better than this. A Chianti classico would marry well with either pasta dish. They also offer strozzapreti, pasta shaped like a folded towel (literally translating as “priest strangler”) served with assorted sauteed vegetables, garlic, capers and a salty ricotta. Another interesting pasta

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Amarena, hazelnut and pistachio gelato

is spaghetti alla chitara (guitar string pasta, which is what the pasta is cut with in the mountains of Abruzzo) served with assorted seafood. The final entree was polpo con fagioli — fresh octopus tentacle atop a bed of cannellini beans flavored with rosemary. The octopus is imported whole from Spain and is pounded by hand against a wooden pallet to tenderize the tentacle, then boiled for five hours with fennel, carrots, celery and black pepper. The cannellini beans are boiled for four hours to soften them by rehydration and then sauteed in rosemary, garlic, olive oil and white wine — a beautifully rendered dish. The octopus can be cut with a fork, it’s that tender. Once again, the portion size is gargantuan! For dessert, we opted for a torta di nona — an orange flavored ricotta cake with lemon cream and powdered sugar sprinkled on top — and Diplomatica, a dessert from Rome consisting of puff pastry with alternating layers of pastry cream and cherry liqueur soaked cream. They also make their own

gelatos including pistachio, chocolate hazelnut and Amarena — vanilla with Italian amarena cherries in their own sauce. In summary, the meal was a tour de force from top to bottom with scintillating flavors, impeccably fresh ingredients and textural triumphs. You owe it to yourself to see what Italian food tastes like in the old country. It’s truly a place to bring your Italian grandmother or grandfather and watch for the contented smile of satisfaction that lights up their faces after the first bite of Umberto’s supremely authentic Italian trattoria fare.


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Il Volo Trattoria Where: 101 E. Redlands Blvd., Suite 108, Redlands Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Prices: Paninis (lunch only) $12, antipasti $5-$18, pasta $14-$22, entrees $20-$28 Notes: Beer and wine available. Corkage $15. Full bar coming in October. Pizzeria and take-out area opening in September. Reservations recommended on Friday and Saturday evenings. Information: 909-792-1080, www.ilvoloredlands.com

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recap | redlands bowl summer music festival

Summer was spectacular


nother redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival is in the books, and what an experience it was — from the high-energy music and dance of rhythmic Circus to James Garner’s tribute to the great Johnny Cash to the redlands Symphony orchestra performing tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture punctuated with fireworks. It proved to be a season that was “fun-filled and full of variety,” says Beverly noerr, adding that the success of the music festival’s 93rd edition was possible because of the community’s support and thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers. Social media also played an important role. highlights included the cast of “oklahoma!” taking over the Bowl’s Instagram account, along with festival fans regularly posting photos and memories using the #bowlfamily hashtag. Planning already is underway for the 2017 season, and a special announcement is expected sometime this fall. “the Bowl family grew this summer as attendees came from throughout Southern California to experience the magic of the redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival,” says noerr. – Jerry Rice

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“I knew Redlands was good enough to be one of the best hospitals in the Inland Empire. – Lauren Spilsbury, RN, MSN VP – Patient Care Services Now, our awards prove it.”

Lauren Spilsbury and her staff will not settle for just being good. HOSPITAL SAFETY SCORE 2011-2016


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“We are not satisfied with ‘expected care’—we strive to go beyond for our patients.” That is why the hospital has been nationally honored for patient satisfaction and excellent care. Redlands’ intense focus on patient needs constantly raises the level of care and earns distinction. “Our awards are milestones in our journey of excellence, and every day, we keep getting better at getting better,” Lauren says. Learn why Redlands is rated one of the best hospitals in the nation. Visit www.redlandshospital.org/outcomes

Doing our best to be the best. 350 Terracina Boulevard, Redlands, California 92373 ~ 909-335-5500 ~ www.redlandshospital.org Redlands Community Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit, stand-alone community hospital.

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