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Amy Bentley, Elaine Lehman, Michel Nolan Steve Ohnersorgen, George A. Paul Jerry Rice, Carla Sanders Rick Sforza PHOTO EDITOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Frank Perez Tom Paradis, Jack Storrusten SALES MANAGERS

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Redlands Family YMCA is rolling out the welcome mat for its annual Holiday Home Tour, this year featuring six exquisite and historic residences. This showcase comes thanks to the hard work of volunteers and through the generosity of donors and sponsors. To ensure the event’s continued success, the YMCA encourages everyone to support the businesses that make the Holiday Home Tour possible.


TRULY SWEET FUNDRAISER Always a delicious pairing with the Holiday Home Tour, the 36th annual Holiday Boutique & Pantry will feature a bounty of treats prepared by the dedicated and talented “Pantry ladies.” Proceeds from the sale of cookies, cakes, fudge and other treats will benefit the Y’s Legal Aid Clinic.

Sales Assistants

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Tour of homes 10 14 18 22 26 30 34 36

Introduction and highlights Clem home Evans home Gerrard home Gerrard Rice home Green home Grenda home Home tour map


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Also inside Holiday events 6 Calendar 7 Nonprofit events 8 Marni Jameson’s holiday prep for the kitchen 38 Seasonal music by local artists 44 Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 48 Thank you, Maestro Robertson 50

REDLANDS MAGAZINE Produced by LANG Custom Publishing, which is affliliated with The Redlands Daily Facts, The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Single copy price: $3.95. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to 9616 Archibald Ave., Suite 100, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Copyright 2015 Redlands Magazine. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Redlands Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited

ON THE COVER The front door of the Gerrard residence features some seasonal touches — with much more inside — in time for the 48th annual Holiday Home Tour, presented by the Redlands Family YMCA. Photo by Frank Perez

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17 Recipes for Pantry favorites: Orange Drop Cookies, Peppermint Bark Candy printed by southwest offset printing


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holiday events ‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET’ THROUGH DEC. 30  –  New York City is turned upside down when a depar tment store Santa claims to be the real St. Nick. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037; ‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’ NOV. 28  –  Peanuts characters come to life and perform classic Christmas tunes, plus a Charlie Brown sing-a-long at the conclusion of the show. California Theatre of the Performing Ar ts, 562 W. Four th St., San Bernardino; 2 and 8 p.m.; 909-386-7361; ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ NOV. 28-DEC. 20  –  The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society version of the holiday tale, which is loosely based on the Charles Dickens classic. Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; 909-793-2909; HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Crest at Christmas, with a tour of the mansion, information about the decorations and holiday traditions of the Kimberly and Shirk families plus champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 4-6 p.m.; $20; 909-792-2111; NOV. 29  –  Kimberly

MANSION MUNCHKINS DEC. 3  –  Celebrate Christmas with a preschool/elementary age mom and me group, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds at the end of the session. Burrage Mansion, 1205 W. Crescent Ave., Redlands; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; $15; 909-793-5251,

CHRISTMAS PARADE DEC. 5  –  Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Redlands, the annual event’s theme this year will be “The Magical Music of Christmas.” Arrive early to get a good viewing spot. Par ticipants line up star ting at 4. Rain date Dec. 12. Downtown Redlands; 6 p.m.; free; 909-748-0637; XMAS.htm.


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FEAST OF LIGHTS DEC. 4-7  –  Story of Christ’s bir th, inspirationally performed in word, tableaux, song and instrumental offering, concluding with a candle ceremony. Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; Dec. 4-5 and 7 at 8 p.m., Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.; $25, $15 seniors; 909-748-8116; feastoflights/Home.html

MOVABLE FEAST DEC. 4  –  Holiday gathering, with good food and good cheer, before the Feast of Lights. Casa Loma Room, University of Redlands, 1200 Brockton Ave.; 5:30 p.m.; $40-$45, $65-$70 with admission to the Feast of Lights; 909-748-8011; ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ tradition presented by the Inland Dance Theatre. California Theatre, 562 W. Four th St., San Bernardino; 909-885-5152; DEC. 4-6  –  Holiday

WINTER WONDERLAND DEC. 5  –  Crafts and other holiday activities. San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 N. Orange Tree Lane, Redlands; 909-307-2669; MEMORIES HOLIDAY TEA music, decadent food, live auction, raffle prizes and gift shopping in the Memories Holiday Boutique from 3-7 p.m. Proceeds benefit The H.O.P.E. Foundation, Inc. Mission Gables Bowl House, Talber t Cour tyard at the Redlands Bowl, 168 S. Eureka St., Redlands; $35-$40;

DEC. 5  –  Live

CURRIER & IVES CHRISTMAS DEC. 5-6, 11-13  –  Singing, dancing and a holiday feast. Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen; 909-797-1005; KIMBERLY CREST TREE LIGHTING enjoy nibbling on ginger cookies and sipping apple cider as they listen to local choirs sing Christmas songs. Highlight is the lighting of a beautifully decorated tree on the second-floor balcony at 6 p.m. Tours of the first floor of the mansion, which cost $5, follow the tree-lighting. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 909-792-2111;

DEC. 6  –  Guests

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE exhibit of historic Christmas ornaments, plus an oppor tunity to meet the officers and docents. Raffle prizes. Historical Glass Museum, 1157 N. Orange St., Redlands; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 909-798-0868;

DEC. 6  –  Special

‘MASTERS OF HARMONY: BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS’ DEC. 6  –  Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800; Also: Irish Christmas, Dec. 12; Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza, Dec. 17; Inland Pacific Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 27. CHRISTMAS NATIVITY Christmas Nativity, Ar t and Music Festival, with more than 300 nativity scenes and ar t presentations. Live music provided by local community and religious choirs. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 350 S. Wabash Ave., Redlands; 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6-8:15 p.m. Sunday; free; 909-794-5031.

DEC. 11-13  –  Community

CHRISTMAS BLOCK PARTY DEC. 12 – Redlands Police Depar tment and the city of Redlands Quality of Life Recreation Division hosts 17th annual event. Toys, food, bicycles, games and crafts will be provided for children. Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.; 10 a.m. to noon; 909-798-7572. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD DEC. 12-13 – Inland Master Chorale performs “An International Celebration in Song” with a chamber orchestra. First United Methodist Church, 1 E. Olive (at Cajon), Redlands; 909-798-4462; CHRISTMAS TEA – Tea and treats served on authentic china. The Eating Room, 107 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands; 4-6 p.m.; $30; 909-792-5400; www.allmar

DEC. 16-17

‘AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS’ – Shor t, family-friendly opera about a boy and his mother who receive a special visit from three Magi on their way to visit the Christ child, presented by Redlands Opera Theatre. First Congregational Church of Redlands, 2 W. Olive; 909-653-5677; JAN. 2-3

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HARVEST HOEDOWN NOV. 28 – Old-fashioned hoedown featuring music by Riley’s Mountaineers. Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen; 6-9 p.m.; $30 adults, $20 ages 3-12; 909-797-1005; AUDITIONS NOV. 30-DEC. 1 – Seeking performers and others for an upcoming production of “Radio Gals.” Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; 909-793-2909;

‘12 ANGRY JURORS’ JAN. 9-13 – What begins as an open-andshut case of murder erupts into a fiery clash of character in the jury room. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037; Also: “Alice in Wonderland,” Feb. 13March 20. ‘RADIO GALS’ – With book, lyrics and music by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick, this local production of the play is directed by Mia Mercado. Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; 909-793-2909;

FEB. 6-28

TURKEY TROT NOV 26 – Thanksgiving Day 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run. Race check-in at 6:30 a.m. Sylvan Park, 601 N. University St., Redlands; 7:30 a.m. for 1K, 8 a.m. for 5K; $15 and $30 with canned food donation, $20 and $35 without donation; Also: “Bus Stop,” April 2-24; “A Little Murder Never Hur t Anybody,” June 4-26. SONGS OF THE EVENTIDE FEB. 20 – Concer t of night-themed music by Redlands Opera Theatre. Mission Gables Bowl House, 168 S. Eureka St., Redlands;

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$20 general, $15 seniors, students, military; 909-653-5677;

dec. 1-15 – Celebration of Giving, 27th annual toy donation drive presented by Children’s Fund. Drop-off locations to be announced. 909-379-0000;

RUN THROUGH REDLANDS – 33rd annual event features a cer tified 5K, 10K and half-marathon, along a course of tree-lined streets that goes past many Victorian homes and historic sites. www.redlands-events. com/RTR1.htm.


HISTORICAL GLASS MUSEUM – 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;

Feb. 13 – Chocolate Fantasy, the 22nd annual fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Redlands. Black tie preferred; 21 and older. Historic Mitten Building, 345 N. Fifth St., Redlands; 909-798-4599;


MARKET NIGHT ONGOING – 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.


REDLANDS BICYCLE CLASSIC APRIL 6-10 – 32nd annual event features some of the world’s top professional and amateur cyclists. Downtown Redlands and surrounding areas;

March 5 – University of Redlands Town & Gown Awards of Distinction. Event celebrates Inland Empire residents for their personal and professional accomplishments and their selfless service to the community. Or ton Center, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 5:30 p.m.; 909-748-8144.

March 26 – Red Wine & Blues, 31st annual wine tasting and food extravaganza features select wines direct from vintners, international foods, desser ts and live music. Bid on live and silent auction items; oppor tunity drawings. Proceeds benefit Redlands youth via scholarships. Redlands Country Club, 1749 Garden St.; 4 p.m.; 909-793-4806; June 13 – 24th annual A. Gary Anderson Memorial Golf Classic, to benefit effor ts by Children’s Fund to help at-risk and abused children. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $6 million. Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-379-0000;

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Open the Door to Christmas at Kimberly Crest Holiday Open House November 29th 4 p.m.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony December 6th 6 p.m.

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The Redlands family YMCA presents: the 48th annual

Holiday Home Tour R Sunday, Dec. 6; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

edlands knows how to celebrate the holidays — a season that reminds us of the need to help others during a time when faith and fun co-mingle. The Redlands Family YMCA Holiday Home Tour, in its 48th annual edition this year, captures the spirit and meaning of the season as six families open their homes to benefit a great cause: Legal Aid. Managed by the YMCA, this program provides affordable legal services to individuals and families dealing with difficult legal matters, including divorce, custody and guardianship. This year’s tour takes in a colorful mix of spaces, from modern and eclectic to historic and uniquely Southern Californian. Don’t miss local food maven Martha Stewart’s colorful, exotic home (her kitchen is incredible) or the historic rambling hilltop home on Garden Street and the quaint Colonial cottage built in 1924. The Gerrard family homes and the Evans home bring in more approaches to modern and Southwestern living in California with an emphasis on art, entertaining and

outdoor living. (This issue includes a map to the homes on Page 36.) Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour. For $75, patron tickets include a champagne brunch at the Redlands Country Club and front-of-the-line access during the tour. Tickets may be purchased at the Y branch at 500 E. Citrus Ave., by phone at 909-798-9622, or online at Mark Dec. 6 on your calendars — this is an event not to be missed. While the home tour may grab the headlines, Redlands folks also know to set aside at least a few hours to stop by the YMCA gymnasium to do some holiday shopping and take home some baked goods they might slyly claim as their own. The 36th annual YMCA Holiday Boutique & Pantry, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 5-6, features wonderful treats as well as a fine collection of handmade jewelry, art pieces and other hand-crafted treasures. Proceeds also go to support Legal Aid.

The Clem Home

The Green Home

and 36th annual YMCA Holiday Boutique & Pantry Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 500 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands Proceeds benefit the YMCA of the East Valley’s Legal Aid Program The Evans Home


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The Gerrard Home

The Grenda Home

The Gerrard Rice Home

Update: A new and improved Redlands YMCA


uring a walk-through in late october, the white board in the lobby at the redlands Family YMCa gave the daily update: running track open, upstairs open, aoa center and restrooms behind Fitness Center closed. Due to construction, routes around the complex that’s evolved from the circa 1929 building were circuitous, and classes — yoga, barre and spin — were floating from one room to another. But despite the work downstairs, the second floor with its lovely chapel room, community room with stage and kitchen for cooking classes were already in use. Day-to-day schedule updates were being posted on the Y app and online, and renovation was proceeding apace on the rooms adjacent to the YMCa’s original front entrance where a revived community space, including a cozy hearth, were taking shape. it’s been a long road for the Y. the Cornerstone Project culminates six years of revitalization and expansion at a cost of $15.5 million, according to Darwin Barnett, YMCa CEo, who thankfully reports the work has been largely funded through charitable campaigns and the kindness of donors. the renovations, he says, make the YMCa, not just a gym, but a true community treasure. “throughout all of the changes, we have been committed

to finding a balance between creating a new, modern facility as well as preserving the rich history of our building. “Because of the support and kindness of our donors, our revived and renewed facility will be enjoyed by many generations to come,” he added. work is expected to be complete in December, with a grand opening targeted for January 2016. — Don Sproul

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loy Keeling loved traveling–her back didn’t. Only a spinal fusion could give her a passport out of debilitating pain. “I was impressed with how advanced the Spine & Joint Institute is. Their staff is Deterioration of vertebrae may require completely focused on getting you back on your feet as fast as possible. I was walking the spinal fusion to alleviate pain and add stability. same day I had surgery!” Redlands Community Hospital’s Spine & Joint Institute is ranked in the top 5% in Orthopedic Services for spine procedures and hip and knee replacements.* A choreographed, patient-focused program yields the best possible experience and results. You’ll find a proven record of high quality outcomes and outstanding patient satisfaction. “I was an Operating Room nurse, and I can’t stress enough how great their care is,” says Lloy. “It was a very positive experience–and I’m positive no place else compares.” For more information about spine, hip or knee procedures, call SJI at (909) 335-5642.

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A living space with subtle updates that stay true to its nature, this carefully restyled kitchen, right, welcomes visitors with white cabinetry, glass-front cupboards and a butcher-blocktopped island. Photos by Frank Perez

The Clem Home 720 S. Buena Vista St.


or more than 90 years, this Colonial cottage has stood gracefully on this tree-lined street, and the current owners have taken care to preserve and protect its heritage while also bringing it into the modern era. Built in 1924, the cream-colored house with the green trim and red brick exterior welcomes guests through its curved-top front door. It is original to the home, as are most of the windows and the marvelous coved ceilings and oak floors in the living and dining rooms. A spectacular collection of antiques enhances the house. A French oak dining table and chairs — with original cane seats — from the 1850s and a hutch from Ireland from the same period are showcased in the dining room, which is painted “tomato soup red,” according to the homeowner. Among its other treasures are a Victrola and a 120-year-old calendar clock, one of five antique clocks throughout the house. An upright 1928 Steinway sits in the living room. The remodeled kitchen pays homage to an earlier time with its prim white cabinetry, glass-front cupboards and black hardware, as well as the butcher-block-topped island. Much of the four-bedroom home retains its original wainscoting along with oilcloth wallpaper. One bathroom is still outfitted with lavender, pink and black tiles. The office/guest room includes a Murphy bed, while the master accommodates a small, tiled bathroom. Winding stairs lead to an attic bedroom, which beckons children with its aqua walls, play area and diminutive bathroom. A balcony and stairs off this room lead down to the pool and backyard.

Head hostesses Erin Sanborn

Florist Hockridge Florist

House sponsor

Southern California Gas Company House co-sponsors • Stifel Nicolas & Company, Inc. • Brier and Associates, Inc. • Highland Family YMCA

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Seasonal sweets from the ‘Pantry ladies’ By Amy Bentley


ooking for a delicious plate of pretty holiday cookies to share with your neighbors? How about a freshly baked cake? Forget the supermarket or big box store. The Redlands YMCA Pantry is the place to shop on Dec. 5 and 6 for sweet treats such as peppermint bark, Divinity candy, fudge, brownies, cookies and cakes. These goodies aren’t just fresh and homemade — they are prepared with love by 150 local bakers working for a good cause. Each year, they donate their time to prepare delicacies and specialty foods like jams and jellies that are donated to the YMCA for its annual event. Volunteers host the Pantry in conjunction with the Y’s annual Holiday Home Tour and Boutique, which is Dec. 6 this year. The Pantry is open both weekend days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Redlands YMCA gymnasium. All proceeds are donated to the Y’s Legal Aid Clinic, which last year received a $6,000 donation from the Pantry. The Pantry is a tradition that brings folks out early to line up and buy their favorite

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Sue Scheirer, left, Patsy oppenheim and mary Carruthers are among the “Pantry ladies.” not pictured are Jan Billings, Caroleen Cosand, lori hatfield and Anne Smith.

goodies. Shoppers love Sue Hardy’s English toffee, Carolyn Whetzel’s pomegranate jelly, Char Burgess’ sherry cakes, Elaine Brubacher’s jams and Sue Scheirer’s whimsically decorated rice treat trains. The Pantry is a group effort. For the past seven years, a core group of seven Redlands women — known as the “Pantry ladies” — have taken the lead to make the Pantry

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happen. They are: Mary Carruthers, Patsy oppenheim, Sue Scheirer, Caroleen Cosand, Lori Hatfield, Jan Billings and Anne Smith. oppenheim enjoys baking fancy holiday cookies each year. She spends several weeks prepping and then bakes for four or five days straight to prepare “dozens and dozens and dozens” of cookies for the Pantry. Her dining table is covered with

tablecloths and decorations as she prepares to make peanut butter blossom cookies, decorated cookies cut into shapes, Rice Krispies treat wreaths, and peppermint and almond bark. Many of the recipes came from her mother. Working with her and the other main Pantry ladies are about a dozen others who spend the Friday before the Pantry opens packaging everything for sale. “We make hundreds of cookie trays and package things on little plates in cellophane wrap with big bows,” said Oppenheim, who has been involved in the Pantry project for 18 years. The packaging alone is a huge job, she noted. “Imagine the mounds of food we have. It’s the closest thing to Santa’s workshop I’ve seen.” “It’s just a wonderful time. It’s amazing how the community comes together to do this and we’re always thankful to the people who help bake and package,” she said. Prices range from 50 cents for a small bag of cookies or a small loaf of bread to $8 for an assorted cookie tray. Anyone interested in baking for the Pantry or helping with the packaging on Friday, Dec. 4, should call Patsy Oppenheim at 909-793-3913.

Orange Drop Cookies

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Peppermint Bark Candy

Easy and fun to make, always a best seller at the Pantry.


Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and beat well. Add grated orange rind and orange juice, mix. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt; add to other ingredients and beat. Add chopped nuts, mix. Drop large tablespoons of dough on parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on rack.

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Other items needed Plastic storage bags with zip lock seals, hammer, kitchen towel and parchment paper

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The Evans Home 732 Buckingham Drive

The large kitchen features an abundance of cabinets, recessed and drop-down lighting and a center island with extra counter space for convenience. Far right, a vibrant purple accent wall provides a dramatic touch near the entrance.


he first thing you notice upon entering this upsc]ale ranch home on the city’s north side is the vibrant purple wall. It’s a dramatic touch in a house where the homeowner describes the décor as “contemporary eclectic.” Built in 1989, this house is 2,600 square feet and sits on slightly more than half an acre. It features three bedrooms, 2¾ baths and an office where the walls are lined with cork. Unique and one-of-a-kind artwork adorn much of the home, including a stunning purple and gold acrylic piece that hangs above the fireplace and brings to mind swimming sea life. A pair of giraffes peer down from an alcove near the ceiling. The home features several beautiful vessel sinks — in the bathrooms and at the wet bar — and along with the purple hue the house is painted six other colors, including a

soothing sand tone. The master suite showcases a chocolate wall and a large renovated bathroom with several custom touches, including a spacious walk-in closet, expansive shower and soaking tub. The airy kitchen sits off the family room and includes a wide center island with granite countertops, purple accents and a bank of windows that look out to the pleasing backyard. There, a tiered pool and landscaping using native plants provide the perfect oasis for an afternoon’s escape

Head hostess Lynda Schauf, Becky Shook and Nancy O’Connor Beautiful design elements add to the décor throughout the home, including an acrylic work of art that hangs above the fireplace and a functional water fixture, right, in the bathroom.

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The Gerrard Home 526 E. Mariposa Drive

The master bedroom features a comfy bed with a custom-built headboard, seating area and glass doors that open to the backyard with its pool and putting green. The kitchen, far right, boasts lots of counter space.


outhwest aficionados will be thrilled when they step into this home near Redlands Country Club. The ambiance begins at the curb, as the circular drive passes an array of native plants and succulents, including aeonium, agave and sedum. The low profile of the house, along with its terra cotta accents and roof (covered in Mexican tile called, appropriately, “Redlands”), invite comparisons to a lovely hacienda. Inside, knotty alder is used extensively in the single-story, 1,900-square-foot house, which encompasses two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It was built in 1953 and recently renovated, bringing to life the crisp, clean Southwest theme throughout. The galley kitchen includes spacious custom cabinetry, tiled countertops, a Viking range and 14-inch floor tiles. It backs up to the living room, where a stunning trussed

ceiling, wet bar and rustic fireplace with a flagstone surround and hearth beckon visitors. In the master suite, a custom headboard with cubicles and drawers is the centerpiece of the bedroom, which leads into an oversized bathroom outfitted with pedestal sink and enormous door-free shower. From the bedroom, trifold glass doors open to a flagstone patio that overlooks the glistening pool, a putting green, and outdoor kitchen and living area. Similar glass doors lead to this covered patio from the living room. Accents include colorful Pendleton blankets with Southwest designs, as well as an array of artwork that harkens to the region.

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hank you to our opportunity Basket donors. Tickets are $1 each, 15 for $10 or 35 for $20, and will be available at the yMCa prior to the tour (500 E. Citrus ave., Redlands). Baskets will be displayed at the Redlands Family yMCa a week before the tour. Drawings are held at the close of the home tour. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Winners will be contacted by phone and must make arrangements to pick up their prizes.

Judith Armbruster • Leah Balestieri Andrea Beechko • Diana Bowling Connie Cagle • Janel Christiansen Pamela Douglas • Isidra Esparza Phyllis Farwell • Edith Grunewald Jan Harper • Daisy Hovey Cathy Jablonsky • Sally LaBonte John Lantier • Carol MacFarland Brenda Mackenzie • Patty Mariano Thomas McKenzie • Paula Parton Ginger Pena • Sandie Petrucelli Shelli Pickens • Shelli Pickens Linda Quiroz • Linda Quiroz Liz Stegall • Jeann Svarvar Susan Taylor • Cathrine Valenti Leah Weis • Jean White and Ruth Woods

Opportunity baskets list Kimberly Crest House and Garden • Star Tulip Stuffies • Arthur Murray Dance Center • Empire Bow • A Rolling Stone • PAWS • Stell Coffee & Tea Co. • Dr Katrina Platt & Sandra Bentley’s Office • Isabella’s Ristorante Italiano • Aryes Hotel • J Nicole Hair Studio • Rosa Maria’s Mexican Restaurant • Augie’s Coffee House • Coventry Pet Salon • Dhat Island Stone Wheel Olive Oil Co • Darby’s American Cantina • Frugal Frigate Children’s Book Store • J.D. Myers • Fleur De Lis • Carolyn’s Cafe Crakerjacks • Muffin Top • Citrograph Printing Co. • Gourmet Pizza Shoppe • Hangar 24 Craft Brewery • Oscars Mexican Restaurant A La Minute Ice Cream • University of Redlands Book Store State Street Winery • Inner Evolution Yoga • Mary Carruthers Diana and Michael Neuendorff • YMCA

The Redlands Family YMCA would like to thank: Martha Greene • Riley’s Los Rios Rancho • Redlands Country Club Rolling Hills and Annuals • Powell Spafford CPA home Tour Committee & Volunteers


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The Gerrard Rice Home 324 W. Mariposa Drive

Photos by frank perez

A coffered ceiling featuring Tiffany-style lights, hanging accent lighting and exposed beams in the dining room, left, and kitchen, above, are just a few of the artful and eclectic touches in this Mariposa Drive home.


rom the brick red and sage green front exterior to the spacious Arts and Crafts-style patio and bubbling stream in the rear, there is something interesting to catch your eye in this eclectic Mid-Century home set near the end of a tranquil winding road. The 2,400-square-foot house, built in 1953, has been completely remodeled, and unique, quirky and sentimental touches abound throughout. The TV room wall’s three shelves, 26 drawers and four cupboards surround a fireplace and 6-foot-tall wine cooler. Nearby stands a bar outfitted with stools and a small sink — with a white giraffe’s head overseeing the fun. The latter is but one of many offbeat items which, along with splendid photographs throughout, showcase the homeowner’s love of travel and photography.

In the dining room, the centerpiece is a spectacular coffered oak ceiling featuring Tiffanystyle lights. Not to be outdone are matching twin display cases that house a collection of silver and crystal, much of which was handed down from the homeowner’s mother. The kitchen is a cook’s dream, with a massive center island, stainless appliances, a Thermador built-in espresso machine, split farmhouse sink and cupboards galore. Windows along the back wall overlook the outdoor kitchen and living space, which in turn overlooks a gleaming pool and sloping stream. The maroon and gold master suite includes sleeping and sitting areas, built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, two vanities plus a dressing table, and a three-sided fireplace. Granite-topped bedside tables that hang from the wall are special touches here.

Head hostesses Leda Stockton

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The Green Home 1721 Allison Way

At home, local cooking guru Martha Green performs her craft in a kitchen that’s both functional and beautifully appointed.

Photos by Frank Perez

Many of the rooms in the Green home are decorated with souvenirs collected from her travels.


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Large windows allow light to fill this smartly decorated space.


estaurateur Martha Green is known for her philanthropy and generosity around Redlands, and this year that extends to the Holiday Home Tour. Her stunning home is part of the 2015 event and visitors will be swept away in an exotic wonderland. The 3,878-square-foot residence, built in 1993, houses a remarkable collection of items from her many travels, most with an Indian or African flair. Scarves are displayed in ornate frames, a 5-foot-tall urn stands near the entry, several genie-like lamps are scattered throughout the house as are dozens of snails, camels and elephants in materials including stone and crystal. A brass inkwell is shaped like a camel and enormous brass trays can be found on several walls. The great room’s plush Kasbah-like interior includes several couches with accents of red, orange, purple and gold, most notably on the oversized throw pillows. An ornately woven blanket from Egypt that hangs in a hallway is reproduced

in a painting in this room. A TV screen comes down from the ceiling and retracts when not in use. A wet bar connects the great room to the kitchen just around the corner. Speaking of the kitchen, her green and terra cotta space, as expected, is much like her: whimsical yet practical, beautiful with an aura of provenance. Giant, oversized utensils perch on the walls above her stove, while several large carved wooden roosters from Africa hold court in the middle of the room. Olive-colored granite covers the countertops. Nearby, the formal dining room is filled with heirlooms, including a vast collection of Tiffany crystal as well as silver serving pieces. Down the hall, French doors lead to her office, a cool sanctuary featuring an Indian painting and red bronze sconces reminiscent of tribal masks. The master suite includes a three-sided fireplace, dressing room and sitting area that opens to the expansive back yard. White and silver sparkle in the guest room, where a carved screen serves as a head board.

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The Grenda Home 1621 Garden St.

Three fireplaces, including one in the dining room, right, and another in the living room, below, add a warm ambiance throughout the home. Also, most of the oak flooring dates to when the residence was built, in 1911-12.

Photos by Frank Perez

One of the home’s four bedrooms is a cozy retreat.


rom the foot-wide walls and push-button light switches to the pocket doors and boxed beams and cornices, time has been kind to this century-old Craftsman bungalow-style mansion, which sits atop a hill near Prospect Park. Built in 1911-12 by A. Hadley and William Burniss, the stately gray-shingled home is 4,800 square feet and opens into a nearly 9-foot-wide foyer. Its rich interior meanders through four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, formal dining room, kitchen and family room. Most of the oak flooring is original, as are nearly all the window panes and a stunning leaded-glass piece in the stairwell. The toilets date from the late 1930s. The home is outfitted with three fireplaces, one of which is made from the irregular-shaped clinker bricks. (Trash chutes from the fireplaces were apparently rarely cleaned and the current homeowners have unearthed intact paperwork dating back 100 years in the chutes’ ash dump.) Craftsman-style built-in cabinetry graces one wall of the spacious dining room, where intricate gold and green stenciling surrounds the entire room above the doorway. Downstairs a former breakfast room is now a small bedroom, while upstairs a sleeping porch connects two bedrooms. The second floor also features a large family/TV room and master bedroom. The front terrace looks out toward the park; the side entry includes a long sloping driveway and carriage porch, underscoring the home’s lasting link to history.

The beautiful leaded-glass window allows light to fill the stairwell.

Head hostess Victoria Hargrave

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48th annual YMCA Holiday Home Tour locations home tour: Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Six unique Redlands homes, bedecked in holiday splendor, will be open for tours.

Holiday Boutique & Pantry What: Gifts of original art, handmade jewelry, baked goods, candles, jams/ jellies and gift packages created by local artisans will be offered for sale. When: Dec. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Redlands Family YMCA, 500 E. Citrus Ave.

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Get your kitchen holiday ready By Marni JaMeson


aDIeS aND geNTleMeN, start your ovens. light your burners. and, while you’re at it, check your refrigerator coils. The countdown for the biggest cooking day of the year has started, and now is the time to give your kitchen a 21-point inspection to make sure that during the holidays, Thanksgiving and onward, you aren’t making a pit stop for a blown burner, or waiting for a pit crew to unclog the disposal. “On Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow, we cook more, and push every appliance to the limit,” said Mark Caubarreaux, a senior technical instructor for Sears, where he has worked as a technician for 29 years. “If there’s a problem, it will surface just when you need the appliance the most.” Sounds like he’s been to my house. Though I am a lifetime member of the If It’s Not Broken Don’t Fix It Club, I would be remiss in my duties as a home columnist

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if I didn’t recommend you do a little proactive pre-check. It just might keep the oven from combusting with the bird inside, or the refrigerator from turning warm and spawning salmonella. Thanksgiving and the days after are the busiest time of year for appliance repairmen, said Caubarreaux. “Most common are calls about broken stoves, followed by refrigerators. The dishwasher is a close third.” You name the holiday home meltdown,

Caubarreaux has seen it, including the time some home chef decided to run her oven’s self-clean cycle on Thanksgiving morning, forgetting that she’d been storing cooking oil in the oven. The oversight invited the Fire Department in for the holiday. The moral, said Caubarreaux: “Don’t ever use your oven as storage for anything.” Noted. To avoid your own holiday horror story, give your kitchen appliances a good once over, so you can be sure all systems are go,



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or, if they’re not, have enough time to repair or replace them. To get your appliances ready for prime time, Caubarreaux offers these tips: First, read the owner’s manuals. Please. “Many consumers could spare themselves a call to the repairman if they would read their appliance manuals for tips on proper cleaning and maintenance before diving in,” said Caubarreaux. If you don’t have your manual (who does?), find it online by searching the brand and model number of your appliance. Prepare your oven The oven takes center stage on Thanksgiving. Everyone looks in. Knowing this, home chefs are often tempted to run the self-clean cycle the day before. Don’t. The self-cleaning function requires the oven to get very hot, and can actually trigger a breakdown, putting you and your oven right over the edge. Plus, if you have serious old food in your oven, the task can fill your house with odors that linger long after the turkey is cooking. Run the clean cycle two or three weeks beforehand, said Caubarreaux, who recommends running the

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to stop working, so go gently taking care not to knock pilots out of whack, and keep soapy water from clogging small openings. For stubborn dirt on burner grates and oven racks, spray with oven cleaner and place them in a plastic bag. Tie the bag end, and let the grates sit overnight. Wash with soap and water.

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its cool, unplug it, then use a vacuum with the brush attachment to carefully clean them.

Replace worn out appliances If your kitchen appliances have reached the end of their useful life — most last between 10 and 15 years — replace them a few weeks before they will go into full swing. This lets you break them in, and they you. If you choose an energy-efficient replacement, you may still get the tax credit.

Refresh your ice Old ice, which collects at the bottom of the ice bin, can leave a bad taste in your drink. Toss out all the ice and make room for a fresh batch. Do this a few days before guests come to make sure the maker has enough time to completely refill the bin.

Clean the range hood These get filthy with grease, and if they get too plugged they won’t function. If clean air interests you, remove and clean filters in the sink, or, if your range uses charcoal filters, replace them.

Troubleshoot problems Stuck? DIYers can get fast answers to appliance problems at the Sears Home Services website, www.SearsHomeServices. com. Click on the problem appliance to find quick fixes to common problems. Happy cooking.

Wash the dishwasher The dishwasher is another appliance that gets put through the ringer as holiday house guests fill homes — and dishwashers. To make sure dishwashers look good and work well, clean the filters, under the lower rack. Then run the dishwasher empty except for a cup of vinegar on the top shelf. This will cut water spots and other buildup.

Clean the fridge Inside and out. Yes, all eyes also will be in your refrigerator, which you should wipe down, and clear of old food to make room for new dishes and leftovers. A common mistake Caubarreaux sees is home chefs overfilling the fridge so cold airflow gets blocked, or the door won’t close. Beyond surface cleaning, go deeper and give your coils a once-over. These coils, located on the bottom, back or top of the refrigerator, often get covered with dirt making the appliance work harder. To make sure your fridge keeps

Nuke the microwave If your microwave smells like an old hotdog cart, or is sporting wallpaper of cooked-on food, put a microwave-safe cup full of water with a shot of liquid detergent in the oven and run it on high a couple minutes. Let the steam stand inside to soften

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By George A. Paul

Seasonal setlists


atching a concert in December is often more memorable than other times of year because there’s the chance that a few holiday tunes will be slipped into the set. We asked local musicians which songs they tend to perform — if any — live during this period.

What is your philosophy on doing Yuletide selections? Johnny Hickman Cracker

“We have fans from several faiths and probably plenty who are not religious at all, so we tend to stay away from secular-based music. We do, however, have a rather darkly funny original song called ‘Merry Christmas Emily’ [off 2002’s ‘Forever’]. We had a very old school manager at one point who said, ‘You guys oughta write a Christmas song!’ “Almost as a joke, we wrote this song sung from the point of view of a loser guy pining for his lost love. As the song progresses, it’s loosely revealed that ‘Emily’ is Jewish and he’s not, but that’s barely a subtext for why they split up. Melodically, we make subtle hints at both ‘Hava Nagila’ and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ in the song. Fans always urge us to play the song during our annual holiday season tour.”


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It’s beginning to sound at least a little like Christmas when local musicians perform this time of year

Chris Thayer Big Papa & The TCB, Big Papa Trio, Chris Thayer Band

“I have a few of my own holiday songs, actually, and it gives me a chance to change things up.”

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“We always like to carry along a little of the Christmas spirit, so we usually will add a song just for fun. We don’t play very many Christmas songs in our band — not because we don’t like them, it’s just we have a lot of original music and tend to focus on that.” Matt Coleman ColeSlaw, Hobo Jazz

“Indeed we do add Christmas tunes to the set. We are known to throw in a Christmas song in the middle of summer for fun too.” Which songs have you done? Shirley: “We wrote a song called ‘Evergreen.’ Sometimes, we will work up an arrangement of that one. It’s new to most people because it’s pretty deep in our catalog. What’s crazy is that we have nine albums and only one Christmas song.” Thayer: Originals: “All I Want for Xmas (Is Love)” and “Christmas Blues.” Covers: “Back Door Santa,” “Run, Run Rudolph,” “Merry Christmas, Baby,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “White Christmas.” Coleman: “The Christmas Song,” a “Winter Wonderland/ Santa Claus is Coming to Town” medley, “Nuttin’

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sometime [during the season], yell one out, because our live show is just that — live. We really never know what Jon is going to do, but we are ready to follow.” Thayer: “Not a lot of requests for traditional Christmas songs. We do occasionally get requests for our original Christmas songs, though. … Honestly, it’s harder to do the covers with the full band. For the originals, we have arrangements, but the covers would be more work. It’s just not worth it for something you play three or four times a year. But the quartet and trio [formats of Big Papa & TCB] and solo are a slam dunk.” Coleman: “We get requests for all kinds of songs and during the season we are normally asked for a tune or two. We do our best to do them on the spot. I’m sure we have been stumped along the way, but if we can swing it, we will try.”

Any favorite(s) to perform live? Shirley: “ ‘Feliz Navidad.’ It always gets a good reaction from the crowd and gives [singer] Jon [Foreman] a chance to brush up on his Spanish.” Thayer: “The more swingin,’ rockin’ stuff.” Coleman: “I love Christmas music, so as far as favorites, it is hard to say. ColeSlaw put out a Christmas album called ‘Simply Havin’.’”

on our own songs, we find that sometimes we need to change the arrangement from the record to fit the live setting. I think every band does that unless they are using tracks, which we don’t.” Thayer: “We absolutely change the arrangements — almost without exception. I really don’t see the point of playing most songs unless you make them fit your own style. Otherwise, you may as well just put on your iPod and play that for the crowd.” Coleman: “Definitely. I am not known for playing things straight up.”

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Do you tend to change up the song arrangements or do them the traditional way? Shirley: “We always change up the arrangements to fit our live sound. Even

Do you ever get audience requests for Christmas songs and play them on the spot? Shirley: “It’s rare that we get requests for Christmas songs but, hey, if you’re at a show

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Let’s get this holiday ‘Party’ started By GeorGe A. PAul


eed a fresh and soulful soundtrack for your Christmas festivities? Then “It’s a Holiday Soul Party,” the first seasonal album from Sharon Jones & the dap-Kings on daptone Records, is a solid choice. Riverside native and band member Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) played bass, produced, engineered and mixed it at his Penrose Recorders studio downtown. Jones and the dap-Kings recently made their inaugural local live appearance at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium and gave back to the community by hosting a music workshop for young students beforehand. Although Roth lives here with his family, the 11-piece group is still based in Brooklyn, where they’ve been putting out

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Cds since the early 2000s. A double Grammy Award winner for production/ engineering work on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” and Booker T. Jones’ “The Road from Memphis,” Roth and the group received their first nomination together for 2014’s “Give the People What They Want.” Throughout “It’s a Holiday Soul Party,” the musicians delve into vintage R&B, funk sounds and beyond with stellar results. Half of the holiday selections are originals. Lead singer Jones and Roth co-penned the childhood recollection lyrics of “Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects.” The previously released tune is set to sweeping violins by the Bushwick Philharmonic and bolstered by punchy dap-Kings horn lines that recall early Marvin Gaye. “When we tell stories in songs, they’re always true and real,” noted Roth.


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Thank you for 33 music-filled years By MICHEL NOLAN


n entire community will write a “thank you” note from its heart as it bids farewell to its extraordinary Man of Music during this concert season. Jon Robertson, who has spent 33 years at the helm of the Redlands Symphony, has announced his final performances conducting the symphony. His poignant farewell concert dates are set for Feb. 13 and April 16. It’s a time for reflection, the maestro said. “This may be my swan song but it’s all good,” he said from his home in Highland Beach, Fla. Music is in Robertson’s DNA, and as much as he will miss Redlands, Redlands will miss its beloved conductor and music director. “There were just very special, wonderful moments when the players were transfixed — I can’t explain it, but everyone recognized it and it was magical,” Robertson said of the symphony. “The audience fell in love with the orchestra.” He’s going to lock those moments away in his memories of life. Two of the things he treasures the most: The growth of the orchestra and the ongoing support of the Redlands community for the orchestra. “The depth of support that transcended the audience and the pride that made its way into the fibers of the community has been very special,” the 72-year-old maestro said. It’s fair to say that sentiment is reciprocal. Ann Bryan, past president and member of the Redlands Symphony Board, is a longtime friend and classical music lover. “Not only is the maestro a child prodigy and a Juilliard-trained concert pianist, he is a fine human being with a great sense of humor. He couldn’t have done more to increase the quality of the orchestra. He’s a darling guy,” she said. This brilliant man of music has left a legacy of passion for the extraordinary art form that is music. The community of Redlands is the beneficiary of maestro Robertson’s commitment to excellence.


JAN. 23  –  Benjamin Wallfisch conducts a program that includes works by Ralph Williams (“Fantasia on a Theme”), Stravinsky (Pulcinella Suite) and Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36). Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 p.m.; 909-748-8018; Also: Robertson conducts Elgar, Feb. 13; Hunt conducts Mozart and Brahms, March 12; An Afternoon with Angel Blue, April 10; Farewell to Maestro Robertson, April 16.


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