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It’s the time of year when teachers are asking students this age-old question. I always try to make sure my children have some summer stories to share with their classmates in the fall. At the end of June, we took a road trip to Colorado to visit family and friends. For three nights we stayed so deep in the Cache la Poudre River Canyon that we didn’t have cell phone reception. I don’t know if going without phones or computers was harder on me, my mom or my children. We Jorrie Johnson and Alison Streiff showing off their Coyote Creek survived that trip and three more days in August t-shirts near the Natural Resources without technology (running water, electricity or Conservation Services (NRCS) office wine) in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. That in Rochester, where Alison works. was a bit rougher and, no doubt, made us tougher. While growing up in northern Minnesota, most of the time I spent with my dad was fishing, hunting, gardening or outdoors. When I became a teenager, I wanted to spend more time with my girlfriends and doing other sports (such as chasing boys). Now, I regret not sticking with the outdoors sports. I hope to get back into them and maybe even meet an outdoorsman. My friend Alison Streiff also lived in northern Minnesota when she was younger but didn’t get into hunting and fishing until she got divorced. She hunts and fishes and is teaching her daughters to embrace the outdoors too (page 22). Alison’s daughters should have lots of stories to tell their classmates when they are in school this fall. Far from the call of the wild, three teams of middle and high school girls from the Rochester area will be telling their classmates about participating in the Technovation Challenge finals in San Francisco in June. Read about the teams and the international Technovation Challenge, a computer coding competition for girls, on page 11. Before summer is over, get outdoors and make some memories. Head out to Squash Blossom Farm on a Sunday afternoon in September (page 20) and go on the Fall Showcase of Homes or Remodelers Tour (page 30-31). In October, visit a fall art festival or studio tour (page 52), learn how to Make Your Own Wine (page 24) and grill pizza! (page 28) at home. The Libra (my birthday is in October) in me says to balance going back to school (indoors) with time outdoors this fall. By the time the holidays roll around, we will have lots of stories to tell.

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The best bartenders in Rochester will provide tasting size cocktails and mocktails to event guests. In addition, guests will enjoy live music and delectable appetizers. Proceeds will help further Hiawatha Homes’ mission to provide quality support services to people with disabilities at home and in their community. For more information visit hiawathahomes.org or contact Crystal Landherr at clandherr@hiawathahomes.org.

Be a part of Rochester’s best art party and premier social event of the year benefiting Rochester Art Center exhibitions, art education programs, and community collaborations. This exciting event includes a unique silent auction, delectable food and drink, live entertainment, dazzling décor and over 300 of the community’s valuable supporters. For more information contact Sandy Thompson at 424-3303 or visit rochesterartcenter.org.

CHILI CHALLENGE Thurs., September 24, 4–8 p.m. Peace Plaza

Chili Challenge is an event to generate community and financial support for Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. Attendees will have the chance to sample chilies from over 25 participants which include local businesses, restaurants, and other community representatives. The event will offer family activities, live music, decorated booths, and a variety of chilies and other foods. New in 2015 is a Homebrew Competition, featuring beer brewed by several of Rochester’s own beer enthusiasts. For more information contact 287-2300 or visit bgcchilichallenge.org.

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nformation technology is a field where men hold 75 percent of all jobs and nearly 90 percent of the executive positions at Fortune 500 companies. In addition, the percentage of computer science degrees awarded to women has fallen over the decades (Humphrey, 2013)1. Technovation, a global initiative, has set out to change these statistics for girls and inspire their pursuit of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through the annual Technovation Challenge, they are working to inspire and educate girls to solve real-world problems through technology and give them the opportunity to build the confidence needed to break into a field dominated by men.

BRINGING THE TECHNOVATION CHALLENGE TO MINNESOTA Two years ago, Minnesota joined this exciting endeavor and created Technovation[MN] to bring the challenge to Minnesota girls. Technovation[MN] is still in its infancy but has already brought together more than 90 mentors from the business community, 25 coaches from 22 schools and more than 120 girls to compete on 28 teams. These teams work together for 12 weeks to dream up ideas that solve a community problem and then design, code and promote a mobile solution. Five teams were formed from three Rochester Area Math Science Partnership (RAMSP) districts, and approximately 20 professional mentors were recruited, mostly from Mayo Clinic and IBM. The teams came from Rochester’s St. Francis, Friedell and Kellogg schools and Kasson-Mantorville Middle School. The local chapter of the Black Data Processing Associates sponsored a multi-school team at Century High School, which included students from John Marshall and Mayo High Schools.

KASSON-MANTORVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM COMPETES IN A GLOBAL EVENT On June 24-25, 2015, 10 teams across the world competed in the Technovation World Pitch event in San Francisco, California. There were nearly 400 mobile apps developed by young women to solve local/community problems from 28 countries. The 10 finalists came to California from Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria and the United States. One of the United States teams—The Furst Class Techies—hailed from Kasson-Mantorville and walked away with the Audience Choice Award and an Honorable Mention in the Middle School Division.

The Furst Class Techies—students Andrea Richard, Rylee Melius and Lydia Mindermann—are coached by Sharie Furst, a STEM teacher at Kasson-Mantorville Middle School, and mentored by Kris Kendall, a software engineer at IBM Rochester. They developed an app called “Mayo Freetime” to help Mayo Clinic patients from outside of Rochester navigate their free time between medical appointments and, more importantly, help them (and their families) to reduce stress, anxiety, boredom, sadness and/or loneliness. So how did these local ladies make it to the finals to present to judges from Yahoo, Yelp, Google, Hackbright Academy and the Salesforce.com Foundation? It started with a good idea, but it came down to dedication, commitment, teamwork, a strong coach and mentor and supportive local and regional resources. Girls in this program gain experience and knowledge in technology design and development, competitive market analysis and planning, branding development and promotion, presentation and “pitch” and comprehensive business planning. Their skillsets far supersede bringing a mobile app to fruition—they become skills to use at any junction in career development.

SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA REGION TO DEVELOP CORE TEAM With the success bounding from the first “pilot” year of participation, RAMSP is developing a core leadership team for 2016. They are actively seeking students, coaches and mentors within their 13 K-12 partner schools, Rochester Community and Technical College, University of Minnesota-Rochester, Winona State UniversityRochester, the Rochester Workforce Development Center, IBM and Mayo Clinic. Find out what you can do to become involved by contacting Richard Bogovich, executive director of RAMSP rich@ ramsp.org or 507-250-2611. Jenee M. Cummings is a freelance writer in the Rochester area. 1

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Janet and Kevin Ewing both work in education. Janet teaches fourth graders at Jefferson Elementary. Kevin taught and was an elementary school principal in Rochester prior to becoming the director of Aldrich Memorial Nursery School.

“This isn’t about gender; it’s about the need to focus on the future. Many men are equally concerned about children getting a good start in life.” Most of life’s major lessons start very young: to make friends, be kind, be empathetic. In addition to academics, we help children learn to understand others and be compassionate. Playtime is structured and intentional, designed to teach them to understand and read other children. We have a buddy bench. If a child feels like they don’t have a friend, they can use that bench. Students are taught that if you see someone there, you should go sit down and talk with them. PAM: Adults might benefit from buddy benches. KEVIN: I think it would be good for adults to have a greater mindfulness for when someone seems to be isolated or

alone, to reach out to that person. How great would it be if we could take the first step, cross all barriers of race-, age-, class-, every-ism, sit down and just listen? PAM: What is it like working in a field dominated by women? KEVIN: I think that’s an old stereotype. I would love to see men make up half of early childhood teachers. This isn’t about gender; it’s about the need to focus on the future. Many men are equally concerned about children getting a good start in life. We need better wages in early childhood education to bring in highly qualified people. We need smart people interacting with young children—people who can provide a rich environment and direct their learning during this crucial time period. Science now tells us that by age 3, 80 percent of the brain has been created in terms of neurons and mass. After those early years, the brain prunes away the areas not being used. What happens in those early years affects the child’s capacity for learning for their entire lives.

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PAM: How do you balance career and home life? KEVIN: My wife and I give enormous energy to our work lives. Because our children are grown, we have the flexibility to do that, but we try to shut work off when we get home. We know we need to provide, take and make time for each other and our marriage. PAM: What’s one thing that marriage has taught you? KEVIN: It works best when you put other people’s needs first. It’s best to ask how her day went first, to pick up supper on the way home if she’s working late, to reach out and touch base, even if it’s just with a text message. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys carving, painting, doing stained glass and repousse.

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We used the StrengthsFinder materials by Gallup to learn about each other’s strengths and how we can complement each other. We talk about what we are really good at and how to support each other. PAM: What’s your secret weapon in the marriage? KEVIN: Time that’s not divided with my phone or other distractions. This means sitting out on the deck, working on our garden or enjoying the fire. We’re in this transition phase. We’re redefining how we spend our time when we’re not at work. We spent years investing in our children. Now we can refocus on each other.

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FIBER AS FINE ART FROM FUNCTIONAL TO CONCEPTUAL BY DEBI NEVILLE

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HE DEFINITION OF FIBER ART ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA IS “FINE ART WHOSE MATERIAL CONSISTS OF NATURAL OR SYNTHETIC FIBER AND OTHER COMPONENTS, SUCH AS FABRIC OR YARN. IT FOCUSES ON THE MATERIALS AND ON THE MANUAL LABOR ON THE PART OF THE ARTIST AS PART OF THE WORKS’ SIGNIFICANCE AND PRIORITIZES AESTHETIC VALUE OVER UTILITY.” ONCE THOUGHT OF ONLY AS UTILITARIAN, SPINNING, KNITTING AND WEAVING MADE PRACTICAL PIECES, NECESSITIES FOR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE. NOW FIBER ART HAS MADE THE TRANSITION FROM FUNCTIONAL TO CONCEPTUAL.

ZUMBRO RIVER FIBER ARTS GUILD “We take our art very seriously,” says Elizabeth Remfert, a founding member of the Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild. “We are united by our love and appreciation for the various forms of fiber art and its perpetuation.” The guild was founded 40 years ago by Remfert, Renea Bergstrom and Marge Manthei. Remfert was a newcomer to Rochester at that time, having moved from Champaign, Illinois. “It was the smallest metro I had lived in, and I looked around to see what there was to offer that pertained to my love of weaving and spinning. Fortunately, the History Center of Olmsted County asked me to teach a weaving class. That’s how I met the other two ladies. We held a sort of roundtable once in a while to share our knowledge and love of weaving. That’s how this all began,” Remfert explains. They worked with the History Center and the Rochester Art Center to continue demonstrations, and the group grew. A newsletter went out; officers were elected to lead the club. They met in individual homes until they outgrew that arrangement.

Then they met at Sons of Norway Hall in Rochester, until that was torn down, then Kelly’s Quality Sewing Center and now at the old school (Community Center) in Oronoco. As their membership grew, so did the variety of fiber art forms that were represented. Now included are knitting, crocheting, felt making, tatting, hardanger embroidery, bobbin lace, spinning and, of course, weaving.

A SENSE OF FELLOWSHIP Members come from all over: Cannon Falls, Spring Valley, Winona, Rochester and Pine Island, to name just a few. The major reason for the guild, with over 40 members, is fellowship, Remfert states. “We show and tell at each meeting, sharing our projects. We also share information, new techniques or materials. It’s wonderful to have others who appreciate your work; they are kind and respectful.” Joann Ronningan, a member for 38 years, agrees. “We look forward to our once-a-month meeting. It’s a time to exchange ideas and updates on what we are working on.” A group of “kindred spirits,” she calls it. A weaver at heart, Ronningan is an avid supporter of the individual members and the group. “We RWmagazine.com September/October 2015

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bounce ideas off each other, develop new connections. We also have demonstrations at each meeting so we continuously learn from each other.” The guild invites a variety of speakers, travels near and far to observe artists, tours museums, enjoy potluck suppers and work on community projects. The members have donated over 2,000 hats to cancer patients through the Mayo Cancer Center. Join the Journey donates the yarn for the hats, and members knit or crochet them. Several members have shared their expertise and love of the art with others through a variety of classes and demonstrations. Classes have taken place at Crossings at Carnegie, through local community education, at the History Center and in other venues.

GROWING THE GUILD Current president of the guild, Darrel K. Waters, has been a member for 10 years. “I think I’m the first male member,” he says. “I have a Norwegian background and work on a traditional Norwegian loom. I recently wove curtains and still follow in the old footsteps when it comes to the design and process.”

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He enjoys the group and is pleased to see it grow. “We have four or five new members just this year,” he says enthusiastically. They bring a lot to the organization and appreciate the flexibility and open-mindedness. New member Trish Miller says, “There is a group of 12 or so doing a year-long study of artists through the medium of fiber arts. I’m blown away by the quality and diverse free nature this group puts into their work. Yes, we meet with the large group, and often we gather in smaller groups to try new ideas and techniques.”

CELEBRATING A 40TH ANNIVERSARY Little did the three women who founded the guild know that the group would grow to include so many, nor that it would be flourishing 40 years later. The popularity and interest in their art is recognized by studio shows, art center collections and the market for their work. Though the guild does not have a specific retail center, individuals do sell their wares. Several members display and sell at Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artist Gallery (SEMVA) in downtown Rochester.

The guild members will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a members-only gala in October at Salem Glen Winery. “We are looking forward to a great time with a speaker, food, wine and sharing the results of ‘The Yarn Challenge,’” according to Ronningan who is co-chairing the celebratory event. Yarn for “The Yarn Challenge” was dyed in two spectrums, warm colors and cool colors, a heavier, denser yarn and a fine yarn. Members were invited to create something unique out of the yarn which was dyed by member Stacy Drenckhahn, owner of BeeLighted Fiber & Gifts of Zumbrota. This is a perfect example of the mission of the Fiber Arts Guild: something new to try, using methods as old as time. People are invited to join the group, which meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. You can contact them at zumbroriverfiberarts.com or on Facebook. Debi Neville is a freelance writer and admirer of fabric, fibers and fine art.

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N SUMMER SUNDAY AFTERNOONS, ROGER NELSON AND SUSAN WAUGHTAL WELCOME VISITORS TO THEIR RURAL 10 ACRES OF PERMACULTURE PARADISE—AN ENTERPRISE THAT’S A SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEM. THE COUPLE SHARES THEIR LAND WITH TAIL-WAGGING DOGS, A FEW CATTLE, 60 TO 70 CHICKENS OF DIFFERENT BREEDS, HONEYBEES AND A POND OF FISH. MOREOVER, THEY SHARE FRESH FOOD, LOCAL MUSIC AND CREATIVE ART WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

LEARNING AS THEY GROW The couple moved to the property in 2008, despite having no farming background. With shared dreams and expertise—as an architect and artist—the sustainable farmstead known as Squash Blossom Farm began growing, repurposing and flourishing in a variety of 20

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ways, opening to the public in 2010. Roger and Susan didn’t know exactly what to expect and admittedly were a little naive. Their kids encouraged them to raise animals, such as chickens, pigs, cows and honeybees. They planted gardens and renovated the 1910 barn, granary and chicken coop—recycling, reusing and finding materials online and at the local restoration outlet store. They learned as they went and soon produced fresh milk and homegrown and home-baked goods, which became popular items at the local farmers’ market. “We learned how to milk a cow on YouTube, and neighbors were generous with advice,” says Waughtal.

GROWING FOOD AND BUSINESS In 2013, the couple began transforming the old barn into a modern commercial kitchen. As of this summer, it is equipped with a wood-fired oven, which can make 30 loaves of bread at one time, as well as a baking and pastry mixing area, coolers, dishwasher and prep station. “Roger designed the kitchen. As an architect, he knows the rules, and as the bread baker, he knows what he wants to work in,” says Waughtal.


“Our kitchen is primarily a bakery, featuring our wood-fired sourdough breads and delectable pastries, but we also plan to host dinners on the farm with guest chefs using locally grown ingredients, occasional wood-fired pizza nights and classes, such as cheese making, sourdough breads or fermented foods,” adds Nelson. “We will make the certified kitchen available for use by other small food entrepreneurs on a limited basis.”

SHARING WITH COMMUNITY Waughtal provides members of a small Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program a regular supply of fresh produce from the farm. Healthful options include vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and berries that are produced using organic and permaculture methods—no chemicals—in addition to chicken and eggs. The old silo has been repurposed into a relaxing gazebo for community members to enjoy, with a pond of tilapia, koi and goldfish. An aquaponics system combines fish and plant production using

aquaculture and hydroponics; blooming plants keep the water clean and live off fish waste. The farm’s permaculture structure provides plenty of nutritious food. Along with annual plants, the couple grows several perennial crops with a goal toward low labor intensity. A nearby pollination garden provides beauty and is a natural environment for the bees that provide wax and honey.

BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS On Sunday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the farm will host the 5th Annual Farm Fair & Cow Puja. “Artisans will sell handcrafted wares, from stained glass, clothing and jewelry to repurposed furniture

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ALISON STREIFF GIVES VOICE TO WOMEN IN A MALE-DOMINATED SPORT BY LAURIE SIMON PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS

Streiff credits her best friend Brian Roeker, pictured here at the end of a wild turkey hunt in May 2015, with encouraging her exposure to outdoor opportunities.

Streiff tugged a 47 inch Sturgeon out of the icy waters of the Saint Croix River in winter 2014.

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HAT DOES ROCHESTER RESIDENT ALISON STREIFF ENJOY MOST ABOUT HUNTING? “SELF-REFLECTING IN THE WOODS…GAINING FRIENDS WHO SHARE A PASSION FOR THE OUTDOORS…BUT THE THRILL OF SPOTTING AND STALKING GETS MY HEART RACING THE MOST!” STREIFF HAS TRANSFORMED THAT THRILL INTO A LOCAL BUSINESS CALLED RACK EM’ GUIDE SERVICE.

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Growing up in a single-parent household, Streiff was not exposed to hunting at a young age. In fact, she went on her first guided hunt in 2009. “Terry Mittelsteadt, owner of Grounded Gander Guide Service, asked if I wanted to go goose hunting,” she said. “The morning we went, it was sleeting and the temperatures were frigid. As the geese started cupping1, I was instantly hooked!” Streiff immersed herself in researching hunting practices, watching television shows and reading specialty magazines. She gleaned tips from friends and colleagues and through social media discovered and Last December Streiff connected with a vast network of skilled enthusiasts from around the U.S. led clients on a successful As a single mother to daughters, she was motivated not just to learn the hunt for Canada geese sport, but to acquire knowledge and set an example of empowerment. in Rochester. Six years later, Streiff is an avid and expert hunter. “I enjoy the entire hunting process,” she says, “starting with planting food plots, checking trail cameras, setting up stands, scouting, connecting the shot, cleaning my game, processing my animal and sharing the food with my family. I use trail cameras, but I also love to go out to a property and hunt without knowing what may or may not be out there!” 22

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For now Streiff hunts mainly in southeastern Minnesota but notes she has access to land all over the United States. While her primary focus is geese, whitetail deer and turkey, she has also hunted duck, pheasant, chuckers and squirrel. She recently traveled to Tennessee for a sponsored boar hunt and this fall will try her hand at hunting bear in northern Minnesota and alligator in Georgia.

RIDING THE GENDER REVOLUTION Streiff ’s passion is both inspiring and timely. Over the past couple decades, something of a “gender revolution” has taken place in the sport of hunting. According to the National Sporting Goods Association, today’s 3.35 million female hunters comprise 11 percent of the total hunting population, with a 43.5 percent increase recorded from 2003 to 2013. “Across the board, women are more independent than they’ve ever been, and they realize they are capable of hunting,” says Brenda Valentine, spokesperson for the National Wild Turkey Federation and selfproclaimed “First Lady of Hunting.” Sporting goods manufacturers have also caught on to the revolution. Approximately 30 percent of hunting gear is now made for

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Plan a Hunt with Rack Em’ Guide Service There are wonderful breeding grounds in Southeastern Minnesota, Streiff says, and she’s eager to lead you and your group on a hunting adventure. Preparation, duration and price vary according to game type and client preference. A kill can never be guaranteed, due to factors including weather, wind direction, moon phase, time of the season, etc. In advance of a scheduled hunt, Streiff offers her clients private bow hunting lessons and, for gun hunters, is always willing to accompany them to gun range for a practice round.

women. There are undershirt recoil pads that clip onto a bra strap, pink arrows for breast cancer awareness and a huge selection of camouflage clothing designed to fit and flatter the female form. In 2011 a Census Bureau survey indicated female hunters annually spent $4.2 billion on clothing, equipment and personal products. “The majority of women want to look good in the woods, and so they still use personal products,” shares Streiff, “but eliminating scent is necessary when hunting certain game.” As

a representative for scent-free cosmetics line Deaux Girls Products, Streiff has assimilated into a major aspect of the industry tailored specifically to the female hunter. Despite these encouraging statistics, Streiff says, there are still misconceptions about women and hunting. “I recently read an article called ‘Why Women Shouldn’t Hunt.’ It talked about how women shouldn’t try to compete in a ‘manly sport.’ Opinions like these only inspire me to encourage women to join the female hunting population.” To learn more about booking your first all-female hunting expedition, visit Streiff ’s Facebook page: “Alison Marie-Rack Em’ Guide Service” or contact her directly at 507-201-0039 or rackemguideservice@ yahoo.com. Laurie Simon, a freelance writer living in Rochester, Minnesota. 1

According to Tennessee blogsite “Duck Speak 101,” cupping occurs when ducks want to lose altitude to land, so they quit flapping their wings and instead simply lock them in place like a parachute.

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MAKING YOUR OWN WINE BY NICOLE L. CZARNOMSKI PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE HARDWICK PHOTOGRAPHY

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BEM’S BASEMENT WINE With the purchase of her first wine making kit in 2011, Bem’s Basement Wine was born. Most amateur winemakers use ingredients from the kit because it’s easier; however, Davis uses a scratch kit and produces wine with local organic fruit that she grows or buys from the Amish. Her wine is semisweet and includes a variety of fruit combinations like strawberry and rhubarb, apple and grape or plum and cherry. As she starts the process, Davis has her diary with recipes and notes from previous batches and a dining room table covered in sterilized supplies. While explaining her process for making wine, she refers to her recipe and begins mixing items into a large plastic container. She adds ingredients into the container of organic apple juice she purchased from People’s Food Co-op. She says, “When I make apple wine I use organic juice because it’s too time consuming to core and dice apples for the mixture.” Davis measures ingredients and walks me through the process with ease. She says it’s not an exact science, like cooking. 24

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Davis says her first batch was too sweet for her palette, but it has mellowed over time. Now she’s confident making wine even though the results are different from batch to batch. “Even if I use the same recipe from year to year, it takes on different characteristics depending on the sweetness of the fruit.”

VON KLOPP BREW SHOP When Davis started making wine she ventured to Von Klopp Brew Shop. She continues to visit the owner, Wally Klopp, when she has technical questions. Klopp’s Brew Shop offers two types of kits to produce wine. The foolproof kits are juice kits and include grape juice. The other type of kit is known as a scratch kit. It requires the winemaker to steep their grown or purchased fruits in with the wine. The price range for a beginner’s kit is between $100 and $175 depending on the type of wine and kit. Klopp says, “The items in the kit are the same items commercial winemakers use. Once people begin to make their own wine they realize it’s better than commercial wines. Homemade wine tastes like a $25 to $30 bottle but only costs about $4 a bottle to make.” Klopp says, “There are two variables in wine making, sugar and acid. These items must be balanced to make good wine.” Kits include


an acid testing kit to control amount of acid, which determines the mouth feel. “If the acid level is too low, it’s flat. If the acid level is too high, it has a sharp feel.” The other variable tested is sugar in the juice, or must. Sugar is necessary to ensure the correct amount of alcohol. It can taste hot if there is too much alcohol in the wine. “If the sugar level is too low or too high, the wine is imbalanced and won’t age or taste proper,” says Klopp. There are several other items that come in a starter kit besides sugar and acid. Recipes call for pectic enzymes, yeast nutrient, grape tannin, campden crush and cultured wine yeast. This mixture must be stirred daily. Then, the wine ferments and syphoning, or racking, occurs. Racking rids the wine of sediment. One of the last steps before bottling is to add more sugar to reach desired taste. At this stage there is live yeast in the wine that creates carbon dioxide, so stabilizer is added. Klopp says, “Out of five gallons of wine, you’ll get about 25 bottles, and without stabilizer you will have 25 time bombs.” Then the wine is bottled, corked and aged for about three months.

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MEET OUR TOWN’S HOTTEST AND BEST CHEFS BY DAWN SANBORN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

FROM MOROCCO TO ROCHESTER Born in Morocco, Youness Bojji grew up in Europe; he lived in France and Spain. Learning to be a chef came from his need to feed himself. “I thought, I have got to feed myself, and I started experimenting with food,” he says. If you like great food, you’ll like everything about his experimenting. Youness came to Rochester in 1998 with a friend. “I’ve worked in a good 15 restaurants here: Victoria’s, Chester’s, Pescara and Michael’s, just to name a few,” he recalls. He was not able to read or speak English when he arrived in the U.S. He taught himself by looking at the kitchen printer. “I read English my way,” says Youness. “I knew what the items were, even though I read them wrong or said them wrong or pronounced them wrong, but, many things are universal.”

HIS STYLE To find inspiration for dishes at his restaurant, he looks to his guests. “My guests smile,” he says. “[I am inspired] when I put the plate in front of somebody, and their first impression makes me want to go beyond the next time.” Youness describes his cooking style as “traveling to Europe without leaving town.” His food has a European influence, with lots of French cuisine, but he twists it to make it something else. “I take a lot from Mexican, and I make a twist from it,” he shares. “Everything we make here has a twist to it. Nothing stays the same. That way, we make it our own.”

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LOVE LANGUAGE “[Cooking] relieves my stress; it’s my love language,” Youness says. “When my wife is mad at me, I make her food. It’s my love; it’s my welcome to my house.” It’s not all about the food to Youness, though; it’s the social interaction and the love he feels for his customers. The hospitality of Youness and his staff at Casablanca gives customers a great sense of belonging, and Youness isn’t afraid to share his enthusiasm with you. “It’s like a social thing; you’re making friends,” he says. “It’s exciting, and every day you see a different face that makes you really happy to see. But every time you see a repeat face it makes you happier. I consider anybody I talk with a friend in 30 seconds. I have accomplished something; I can make them happy by feeding them, and that’s what I enjoy the most.”

“DESSERT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL” My favorite part of Youness’s talent is his way of making you feel good for eating dessert. He states that chocolate makes you beautiful, but how? “Chocolate attracts a thing in your brain that creates happiness. Every person who smiles is beautiful, and chocolate makes you smile, so it is good for you.”

Meet Youness Bojji, owner of Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine, a new restaurant in Rochester. He’s hot – the hot (meaning talented) chef of this issue.

What’s the one food that this talented man won’t try? “Applesauce. It’s really hard for me to eat something from a jar; to me, applesauce looks like a processed food,” he says. His wife and I made him consider it though. “Okay, now I’m going make it from scratch, add a little brandy, and chardonnay. That’s how I try things. Maybe I’ll add a little cinnamon and then I flambé it. Then, it’s not applesauce anymore.”

HIS LAST MEAL “[My last meal] would be who I am having the meal with, not the food. I would be with my family. The food makes you happy; the company makes you happier. Eating alone does not make the food taste good,” Youness explains.

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HOW TO GRILL A PIZZA Cooking a pizza in a traditional oven is good, but many believe the tastiest way is in a wood-fired oven. Most of us don’t own a wood-fired pizza oven, so the next best thing is the grill. 1. Prepare your dough and toppings. Grill veggies first, so they are tender.

aside until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the olive oil. 2. Whisk the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Gradually stir with a wooden spoon to make a rough dough.

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4. Make sure your grill grates are very clean to prevent the dough from sticking. Spray grates with oil or baste the dough with oil. 5. Use a pizza paddle or peel to place the dough on the grill. If you want, you can use parchment paper or foil. 6. Close the lid and let the crust bake for about 3-5 minutes, depending on thickness of the dough. 7. Remove the half-cooked pizza dough and flip over onto your preparation table. Add your toppings to the grilled side, and then place back on the grill. Close the lid and bake an additional 3-4 minutes.

BASIC PIZZA DOUGH • 1⅓ cups warm water • 1 Tbsp. sugar • 1¼ ounce packet (2¼ tsp.) active dry yeast • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing • 3¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting • 1 tsp. salt Add some seasoning like garlic, rosemary or fresh parmesan for a unique flavor. 1. Whisk 1⅓ cups warm water (105°F) and the sugar in a bowl; sprinkle the yeast on top. Set

• 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed • ½ cup shredded mozzarella • ½ tsp. dried oregano • ½ tsp. kosher salt • ¼ tsp. garlic • 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine. Steam in a steamer basket and drain well. (I like to put it on a towel to get all the moisture out.) Let cool. 2. In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the mozzarella, oregano, salt, garlic and eggs. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a circle, resembling a pizza crust. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is browned. Do not flip. 3. Add desired toppings and bake on the grill for an additional 5-8 minutes or until toppings are slightly browned.

CARMELIZED ONION, PROSCUITTO, DATES AND GOAT CHEESE PIZZA • 1 large onion, chopped • ⅛ cup balsamic vinegar • 2 Tbsp. butter, divided

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• 6 oz. Chevré (soft goat cheese) 1. Carmelize the onion. Chop onion, or you can cut in strips and melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a pan. Saute onions in butter until brown and totally caramelized. (Wait patiently; this can take up to 45 minutes, but it’s worth it!) Add balsamic vinegar and reduce, takes about 2-4 minutes. Melt in 1 Tbsp. butter. 2. Use the caramelized onions as your sauce and then top with the other ingredients. 3. Bake until cheese is melted.

DAWN’S FAVORITE TOPPINGS • Sweet potatoes, mashed with garlic and butter (for the sauce) • Chevré (soft goat cheese) • Bacon, cooked and chopped • Walnuts or almonds, crushed • Spinach, chopped

Dawn Sanborn is a pizza aficionado because of her Chicago-land roots and can often be found conjuring up new and fun pizza topping combinations.

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PUSHING OUT THE WALLS Working from concepts sketched by Janice, general contractor Brian Chladek and two of his workers attached a single-story addition on a new foundation at the rear of the house. They used two existing openings in the back wall of the house—a window in the kitchen and the original back doorway. The kitchen window now has grown into a full-sized door leading into a deep, walk-in pantry with a quartz countertop. “We really wanted to have a space for extra [kitchen] appliances and [food preparation] activity,” Janice says. And she uses the space, which is just a few short steps from the kitchen oven. “I made all my Christmas cookies in there,” among other foods, she says. The pantry stacks open shelves above the countertop, instead of enclosed cabinets for convenient storage. “That was really important to us,” says Janice. Enclosed storage is in cabinets beneath the countertop, and the doors feature white, beadboard woodwork. The design reminds Janice of a farmhouse pantry.


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COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION After touring the parade of homes in Minneapolis and Rochester and getting ideas, the Neviles made the decision to build and contacted Craig Swanson, builder and contractor. Craig presented plans from previous builds and made the modifications based on the Nevile’s needs. Architectural sketches created by Mark Sawyer, an independent architect with MHS Design LLC, came next, preliminary pricing, then back to the architect for the final blueprint. “We all worked together as a team to carry it through,” says Craig. There was collaboration and communication with the Neviles from the very beginning. Much thought, planning and effort went into designing this house. Sameer worked with a three-dimensional computer program, which gave the ability to walk through the plans and make changes, such as the guest suite and enlarging the windows. “Larger windows maximize the natural light,” says Sameer.

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HIDDEN TREASURES The kitchen has hidden treasures. A hidden walk-in pantry holds both Indian and other tastes in foods. It wraps behind the wall of the gas-fire range, cabinetry and counter top, connecting to a small office space separated by a wall. A built-in, cabinet-depth, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer is part of the white cabinetry, which is host to a beverage fridge/wine cooler, with glassware, plates and other accessories overhead. The granite island has an under mount sink, and inside the island are two dishwashers. Sameer says, “We have cabinetry on most of the appliances except the stove, as we love simple and minimalistic design.” All of the appliances have an Energy Star Rating. Their home has main and second level laundry areas, five bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and a powder room, for a total of six bathrooms. The master bedroom’s en suite bathroom brings in light and nature. The shower walls and floor are tile with a glass door, and a vanity with a solid glass mirror reflects the trees from the window above the whirlpool bathtub. The double vessel sinks sit on a marble surface. The decision to bring the outdoors inside was “something between Renee, the homeowners, and myself,” Swanson says. The tile flooring throughout the home is heated. The bedrooms and basement are carpeted, and the rest of the home has a beautiful deep stained walnut floor. The walls are warm grays throughout the first floor, creating a serene effect. Off-white trim, crown moldings, doors and cabinetry make for clean lines and a contemporary style.

THANKFUL FOR THE PROCESS According to Craig, choosing a theme and carrying the theme throughout the home is very important. The Neviles had a theme and a clear vision, and Craig and Renee did an extraordinary job making that vision a reality, a home the Neviles will enjoy for many years. Sameer says, “We have absolutely no regrets about our home building process and for that we are thankful.” Across from the formal dining room is a prayer room, reminding us once again of what is important in life to the Nevile family. The French doors are open, welcoming them home. Anne Scherer is a freelance writer living in Rochester, Minnesota. 36

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Modern rustic is an excellent design option to do just that. Personally I’m a sitting duck for the radiance of rustic charm and modern amenities, so why not combine the two? It’s a big buzzword right now, I know, but there is no reason to follow all of the guidelines set forth in this article or any other, for that matter. I believe rules were meant to be broken. Pick a few of your favorite suggestions and insert your own special spin. Get ready to unleash your inner designer, JUNKMARKET Style.

LIVE SIMPLY Simple and uncluttered has long been a favorite decorating approach of mine. “Less is more” are words to live by. I adore rustic modern, as it offers up plenty of polish without the chaos. This design strategy is easy to love for its timeless splendor and welcoming appeal, not to mention it is 100 percent doily free.

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Another advantage of rustic modern is that it is wide open for interpretation. Regardless of whether you are a fan of country, industrial, modern, mid-century or traditional, the clean bones and unassuming color-way of this style will allow you to put your own twist on the trend. You can rest assured you will be able to move about the design cabin freely when putting your stamp on rustic modern.

DEFINING ELEMENTS Some of the key ingredients for a rustic modern scheme are an open floor plan, clean-lined furniture and exposed natural architectural elements. If you have a time-worn home, use it to your advantage. Play off its character and preserve or restore the original architectural details. For example, if you have old brick walls under plaster, try exposing some of it. Grab a hammer, ladies, and release your stress in a productive manner. A newer home may require some enhancements. Beefy trim, reclaimed wood and natural stone are some essentials you may want to consider adding to your decor. While you’re at it, don’t forget your fifth wall, the ceiling. Recycled barn beams are an excellent choice. Large windows are a signature component of this design. Rustic modernists want to be next to nature, and large windows invite the outdoors into your home. The principal concept of this style is combining the warmth and charm of a rustic dwelling with modern conveniences and style.

MIXOLOGY The time has come to stray from the herd. Fences were invented for livestock, not for people, so feel free to create without boundaries. There are various color and pattern choices. Many designers will say that your upholstery, linen and floor covering options should be as neutral as the bones of your rustic modern interior. Pshaw! Play with color and pattern. Avoid traditional color schemes defined by the season. Uncommon color pops along with unexpected geometric and floral patterns add a little energy to your environment. Another way to mix things up is the careful combination of old and new. Although I am a big proponent of vintage decor I understand that all old is not practical. My version of rustic modern includes new furniture pieces layered with vintage wares, thrift store finds, garage sale goodies, big box bargains and upcycled projects. I call this approach to interior design spontaneous combustion. The only thing you need to consider is that each piece you select should play nicely with the others. If raising children were this easy, we’d all have it made. Rustic modern truly provides informal elegance, comfortable and contemporary living at its finest. I believe the best feature of this design strategy is its timeless allure. I say do it once, do it right and don’t worry about a thing for the next 10 years, other than enjoying your fabulous surroundings. Sue Whitney is a best-selling author, “Better Homes & Gardens” editor, nationally renowned public speaker, founder and owner of JUNKMARKET Style and the nation’s leading expert in the vintage re-design industry. To learn more about Sue visit junkmarketstyle.com. RWmagazine.com September/October 2015

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Tape the end of the strips down so they stay put (you will use this tape later) and start weaving in the paper strips like you used to in grade school when making placemats. Make sure your strips are tightly woven together. Extend the strips of paper if you need to by folding the end of one strip into the other, then trim excess. When you have woven all strips of paper for this panel of your bag, unstick it from the surface, and wrap the tape over the side. Continue by completely taping the entire surface, front and back, of this woven side. Continue until you have four sides and one bottom. Once all sides are completely finished and covered in packing tape, connect them together with more packing tape. Add the bottom, taping on the outside and inside to seal all edges. Using this much tape ensures that your bag is waterproof and extremely durable. Once you have assembled all sides and the bottom, add the handles to the top of the bag. Then, fold the sides in like a paper grocery bag. Push into the middle of each side. This takes some force considering that these sides are so thick, but once you get it folded, it will take the shape of a normal reusable grocery bag. Enjoy filling your new, recycled, “green” tote at the Rochester Farmers Market! Melissa Eggler resides in Rochester and is a stay-at-home mom and artist. Her Facebook group entitled “Don’t Judge A Book” Recycled Creations has over 500 fans.


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STARTING WITH A LOCATION’S HISTORY Before obtaining evidence, Horvath says her team does “lots of research to create a contextual analysis,” learning about the site’s history, past events, previous residents and the time period they lived, belief systems and customs. The team also looks for “trigger” objects. “A trigger object is anything relatable or has a connection to those who lived in the building,” says Horvath. These objects can improve communication with ghosts. Paranormal After Hours Investigations brings cat treats for the ghost cat at Mantorville’s Historic Opera House and a baby doll

for Ellen, a ghost that reportedly searches endlessly for her lost child. Cigars and card games are used to entice Dr. David Franklin Powell’s spirit at Mrs. B’s Historic Lanesboro Inn. He was a medical practitioner who caroused around town often in the late 1800s with Buffalo Bill Cody.

GETTING EVIDENCE PROVING GHOSTLY EXISTENCE Horvath’s team uses an array of equipment to help document sounds and images, from digital voice recorders to infrared camcorders. Horvath says there are four haunting types: residual (energy that doesn’t communicate), intelligent (entity responds to questions with action or sound), dimensional (pockets of different time periods that intersect), and visitors (spirits that stop in once in awhile to observe and then leave). After the site visit, Horvath says team members “cut and clip together everything we think is evidence and then hold a debunking session where we watch and listen together and verify what is seen and heard.” Every minute recorded needs evaluation and Horvath’s team records several hours during each site visit. An average debunking session takes six to seven hours, but hopefully by session’s end Horvath’s team has the evidence they are searching for.

HAUNTED LOCALES AROUND ROCHESTER Two famous haunted landmarks are Mantorville’s Opera House and Lanesboro’s Mrs. B’s. However, there are many other locations where Horvath has documented paranormal evidence: various private homes,

several abandoned cemeteries, the Plummer House and Stoppel Farmstead. Ghostly voices have been heard and recorded at Canvas & Chardonnay (317 South Broadway) and at Rochester Civic Theatre. Theatre staff members have also reported a physical apparition: a man dressed in green pants sitting in the theater’s front row; he vanishes when someone says, “Show’s over.”

FALL PARANORMAL OPPORTUNITIES Intrigued? Horvath offers ghost hunting community education classes. GH101 is an introductory class; GH201 offers more in-depth information, including a look at the darker side of some haunted sites and advice on safe and effective paranormal investigations. After completing the first two courses, students can enroll in GH301 and participate in a ghost hunt outing to a local site. Another option: Rochester Trolley & Tour Company’s Haunted Trolley Tour. Horvath is the host. With GH301 and the trolley tour, Horvath hopes “to attract people who want [paranormal] experiences” but acknowledges she can’t guarantee these experiences. Why? Well, ghosts are unpredictable. However, what can be guaranteed is a unique educational experience that may make participants believe there’s a possibility that ghosts do coexist with the living. Amy Hahn is a freelance writer and published romance author. She has a master’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is pursuing a certificate in historic preservation. RWmagazine.com September/October 2015

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Our Area’s Own HAUNTED HOUSES

BY DEBI NEVILLE

HISTORY WHISPERING Considered one of the “most haunted” properties in Southeast Minnesota, Mrs. B’s Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro has a litany of tales to tell. Current owners, Trish Capua and Matthew Vedder, heard about the ghosts when purchasing the property a short time ago but have their own personal encounters to relate. “We hear and see things daily. Lights go on and off with no explanation; footsteps are heard throughout the hotel. They never bother. I just ask that they let me sleep,” says Trish with a chuckle. Some suspect it may be Buffalo Bill or Doc Powell from the Wild West show which was once in town. Others see a child bouncing a ball. Laughter and singing have been heard coming from…nowhere. In the main lobby and dining room, staff and guests have heard sobbing, crying and unhappy sighs. How does this affect business? “Some people come in and ask specifically for the ‘haunted rooms,’” Matthew says. “I think of it as history whispering.” The Victorian limestone block hotel, located at 101 Parkway Avenue in Lanesboro, was built in 1872 as a furniture store and funeral parlor. It has been many things since then but found new life as Mrs. B’s B&B in 1983. Photograph courtesy of Mrs. B's Inn.

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BUILT ON BURIAL GROUNDS One explanation for the hauntings at the St. James Hotel in Red Wing is that it was constructed on Indian burial grounds. Another is that a child died when falling into a well on the property. Whatever the basis for the stories, be sure its 140-year history is intertwined with those of another world. According to Scott Hansen, current Rooms Manager at the hotel, sightings and sounds are reported all over the hotel. “The Victorian dining room seems to be a favorite spot, also room 310,” he says. “People have heard a child giggling, and we think Clara Lillyblad, a previous owner, takes delight in being seen by guests and staff.”

The St. James Hotel at 406 Main Street in Red Wing opened with a Grand Ball on Thanksgiving 1875. The first-class hotel catered to businessmen when Red Wing was the wheat trading center of the world. At that time, it was a wonder of technology boasting hot and cold running water, steam heat, numerous kitchens, public baths, four toilets and a bridal suite and meeting rooms.

NO AUDITIONS NECESSARY Ellen, the Woman in Black, the Villain. These characters and more have frequent roles at the Mantorville Opera House. The only problem? You never know when Photograph courtesy of Eric Moen, American Hauntings blogspot. they will show up. Cheryl Frarck, frequent director and actor at the Opera House, recounts her experiences: “I was at the theatre, preparing for a rehearsal, and I saw a woman dressed in dark clothes. She cleared her throat and was gone. Many times I have locked up, being careful to shut off lights. When I’m on the street, I look up and there are lights on upstairs. The police have even called us back to shut off lights and when we get there, it’s dark.” Melisa Ferris has guided several paranormal groups through the Opera House. “They have concluded there is a female presence looking for something. Perhaps it’s a mother looking for a child who died in an epidemic in the 1880s. Some have heard boots shuffling on the stairs, a cat meowing, a light board that has its own mind now and again.” Built in Mantorville in 1918 as Center Theatre, it has worn many hats: a speak-easy, silent movie house, roller rink, city hall and finally, as opera house beginning in the 1970s. Many share the belief that spirits are attracted to a terrific energy field in these buildings, as well as others in the area. Perhaps an eerie presence, creepy sounds and strange sightings. What do you believe? Enter if you dare! Debi Neville is a freelance writer with some interesting ghost stories of her own. RWmagazine.com September/October 2015

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HEN VIVIAN BEARING, AN UNCOMPROMISING PROFESSOR OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE, IS DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE-FOUR METASTATIC OVARIAN CANCER, SHE RESPONDS WITH HER INDOMITABLE WIT.

Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer-winning play “Wit” has been performed at theatres and hospitals nationwide, including Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where Executive Director of the Rochester Civic Theatre Gregory Stavrou worked with Edson during this staged reading of the show. Stavrou hopes that the Rochester community finds this full production enjoyable and an opportunity to increase dialogue about caring for those with life-threatening illnesses.

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SCIENCE VS. MEDICINE As artistic director for the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute in the 1990s, Stavrou experienced first-hand the need for kindness in the midst of cancer treatment. In this time of remarkable life-saving innovations, Stavrou says it is crucial for medical professionals to remember why they do this. Though science is undoubtedly important, medicine should respond to the needs of the whole person, not simply their illness. The show illuminates this by paralleling science and Vivian’s wit. As we see Vivian longing for more than wit, we see medicine longing for more than science.

THE IMPORTANCE OF WIT Bearing’s love of words is always evident. As Stavrou explains, “She takes these words which she understands so well and is very good at dissecting and explaining how they work; this gives her a sense of control and authority. When she has to admit that control is an illusion, her relationship to the words changes dramatically.” Stavrou stresses the role of wit and kindness in this show, saying, “The lead characters, all of them, are consummate professionals; these are people of great intellect, indeed great wit. But when we face the great challenges of life, what is the role of that wit in our ability to deal lovingly, wholesomely, gently with ourselves? Ultimately, wit is important, but not enough. And yet, through our wit, we’re able to begin the process of assigning meaning to experience...and if one can assign meaning to experience, suffering is mitigated.” Performances for “Wit” are October 23-24, 29-30 and November 6-8 at 7 p.m. Rochester Civic Theatre’s “Women on Wednesdays” will address issues found in “Wit” on October 14 and November 11 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. The Civic is also hosting post-play dialogue with various medical professionals, and an art exhibit showcasing the journey through cancer.

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Local Banned Books A SUREFIRE WAY TO HAVE A BOOK READ BY CATHERINE H. ARMSTRONG

EACH YEAR, THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA) DESIGNATES A WEEK IN SEPTEMBER TO HIGHLIGHT AWARENESS OF BANNED AND CHALLENGED BOOKS. THIS YEAR, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 THROUGH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 IS BANNED BOOK WEEK.

BANNING BOOKS Banned books can be a conundrum for parents. While parents reserve the right to decide appropriate reading material for their own children, many question whether it’s appropriate to dictate to all children based on the opinions of a few. And there’s no doubt that removing books from library shelves is nothing short of censoring the reading for all. “When books are removed from school libraries, students lose out on differing opinions and access to information,” says Rochester parent and former elementary school teacher Kathleen Murphy. “That being said, it is a parent’s right to monitor what is right for their own child but not for other people’s children.”

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“AND TANGO MAKES THREE” Rochester is no stranger to this issue. In 2012, Rochester’s Gibbs Elementary removed copies of the children’s picture book “And Tango Makes Three” at the approval of two school board members. According to Jane Gibson, executive director of curriculum and instruction at Rochester Public Schools, the removal failed to follow the district’s policy under Procedure 606B, and the mistake was immediately corrected. The controversy centered around the book’s story of two male penguins who together adopt an orphaned penguin. Rochester resident Pat Stephenson is passionate about books and served as a media paraprofessional in the district at the time. “I had the opportunity to read the book out loud and discuss it with six of my conservative friends at a meeting at my home. Not one of them thought the book should be challenged. [It’s] based on a true story,” Stephenson said.

FORBIDDEN BOOKS PIQUE INTEREST Mayo High School made news last September when “The Painted Drum” was challenged due to sexual content deemed inappropriate by one parent for her 10th-grade honors student. The challenge was reviewed by committee and failed, but the real result is the piqued interest of local readers. “There is no more surefire way to have a book read than to have it banned or challenged,” Stephenson said. Rochester Public Library librarian Katherine Stecher agrees, “If you make it forbidden, then interest is piqued.”

REVIEWING CHALLENGED BOOKS Stecher sits on the RPL committee to review challenged books. “It doesn’t happen that frequently, but we take them very seriously when they do happen.” Stecher explained that patrons may submit a request in writing and each request is then carefully reviewed before a decision is made. “I, personally, have not ever recommended removing a title,” she said. “If there’s a reason why we bought it, there’s probably a reason for it to be there.” Patrons who dispute the decision are then asked to appeal to the library director. Some of the more popular titles that have been challenged over the years may surprise you. Included are “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Fault in Our Stars, “Bridge To Terabithia” and the Harry Potter series. “To think about a world where readers would not be given the chance to read it is beyond comprehension,” states Kathleen Murphy referring to “Bridge to Terabithia.” “The writing is simply lyrical. The incredible use of symbolism, allegory and imagery make this book a truly remarkable piece of literature.” For more information on Banned Books Week, visit the ALA website at ala.org. Catherine H. Armstrong is a passionate reader and strongly against book banning. Her first novel, The Edge of Nowhere, will be released in January 2016 by Penner Publishing. For more information, visit her website at charmstrongbooks.com RWmagazine.com September/October 2015

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ENJOY COLORS OF AN OCTOBER ART FESTIVAL OR TOUR BY AMANDA WINGREN

The 49th Annual Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts will be held in historic downtown Red Wing, where artist booths, food vendors and various musical acts enliven the streets for the weekend. It is a very popular event, and typically over 10,000 people pass through Red Wing for the festival. Artists come from all over the upper-Midwest to show their artwork. The fine art festival features 100 artists and their wares. “It’s a beautiful time to come to Red Wing,” says Dan Guida, executive director of the Red Wing Arts Association. “It’s a really spectacular weekend.” The juried show includes woodwork, fiber and fabric, watercolor, glasswork and metalwork, in a wide variety of sculptures, paintings, jewelry, pottery and apparel. The bright colors and mixed media of the artists’ work are truly inspirational, and visitors will find it hard to leave with empty hands. The festival is held in the heart of downtown Red Wing, whose many independent shops and restaurants are happy to entertain. Take a break from the festival to check out Oliver’s Wine Bar for wine-tasting and hors d’oeuvres, enjoy a meal at the newly opened Staghead Restaurant or try your hand in pottery classes at Red Wing Pottery before relaxing with a coffee at Bob White Coffee. Keep an eye out for antique cars over the weekend, as the 12th Annual Color Cruise and Car Show rolls out from St. Paul on Sunday, October 12. The antique cars are out 50

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for a great cause, and proceeds from the race will benefit at-risk youth through Red Wing Youth Outreach and Bolder Options. The cruise will finish between 12-4:30 p.m. in Red Wing, with a curbside car show, entertainment, free food and beverages. For times and a list of artists who have confirmed, visit redwingartsassociation.org/fall-festival.

STUDIO ARTOUR OCTOBER 17-18 Continue westward across the blushing Minnesota landscape for the Studio ARTour. Now in its 11th year, Studio ARTour will be By Peggy Simonson held October 17-18 in studios across Northfield, Faribault and Cannon Falls. Inspired by art festivals around the nation, Studio ARTour invites the public to come and see where the magic happens. This is a unique show that allows the artists to open up their studio doors and welcome people to experience art in the setting where it is created. With 46 participating artists and 19 studios, the Studio ARTour highlights working artists in the area and welcomes interaction with and discussion of many different artistic mediums, including ceramics, painting, jewelry, textiles, glass, metal, photography and woodwork. “We have a lot of people that have wanted to be artists or want to try a new technique and don’t know where to get started,” says Heather Lawrenz, ARTour committee member and participating artist. “So the ARTour allows people a way to interact with the process of making art and is much more relaxed than a traditional art festival.”

Whether it’s seeing the tools that go into making the artwork or having conversation with the artists in a relaxed setting, Studio ARTour strives to inspire the community by opening studio doors. “Many people do come and make a weekend of it,” says Lawrenz. “We are so fortunate to have so many good, working artists living in the area, and this is such a great opportunity to meet them.” Artists, artwork and studios are listed on the website, and some studios will be open Friday night. To plan your route or to learn more exact details, visit studioartour.com

FRESH ART FALL TOUR OCTOBER 2-4 AND FLYWAY FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 21-25 Begin your fall art touring during the Fresh Art Tour featuring dozens of fresh artists in 19 studios and galleries throughout Pepin and Pierce Counties in western Wisconsin. You can try some hands-on art making or see demos at every site. For locations and more information visit freshart.org. The 8th Annual Flyway Film Festival will be held October 21-25. The Flyway Film Festival is an independent film festival on the shores of the Mississippi River in Pepin, Stockholm, Maiden Rock, Wisconsin and Red Wing, Minnesota. Over 50 national and international independent films will be shown, with many filmmakers and industry professionals in attendance to interact with. For more information, visit flywayfilmfestival.org. Amanda Wingren is a freelance writer.

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Check out our Community Calendar online for additional listings at RWmagazine.com Deadline for submitting events for RochesterWomen November/December 2015 issue is September 30, 2015. Send events to calendar@RWmagazine.com Events in purple are sponsored by RochesterWomen magazine. *(507 area code unless stated)

TUESDAYS Terra Loco Tuesday 5ks, Terra Loco $ 5 Dollar-”themed” 5K’s take place on most Tuesday evenings. All proceeds go to the local charity of choice for that week. Runs begin at 6 pm, 289-5626, runterraloco.com

AUGUST AUGUST 29 Rochester Walk to Defeat ALS, Soldiers Field Park, three mile walk that helps raise money for a cure, Check-in at 8:30 am; walk at 10 am, 612-672-0484, webmn.alsa.org

AUGUST 29 Scheels Hunting Expo, Scheels store in Rochester Apache Mall, family event including the Super Retriever Dog series, kids activities, and more, times to be determined, 281-2444

AUGUST 29 Fiber Art Show, Salem Glen Winery, Saturday 11 am-5 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm, demonstrations, market and wine tasting, salemglenvineyard.com

AUGUST 29 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, UCR Regional Sports Center, contributes towards Alzheimer’s research by collecting donations and rallying support, 9 am, 289-3950, act.alz.org

SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 4 Pints for Paws, Rochester Eagles Club, benefitting Paws & Claws Humane Society, craft beer and BBQ, 6-9 pm, pawsandclaws.org/wpweb/pints-for-paws-2/

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SEPTEMBER 6 “Escape from Alcina’s Island” Picnic Operetta, Squash Blossom Farm, a guitar-swinging retelling of the opera, paired with delicious food, 4 pm, 732-7616, crossingsatcarnegie.com

SEPTEMBER 11-OCTOBER 25 SeptOberfest, Wabasha, Celebrate the harvest with entertainment, concerts, food, contests, and more, 800-565-4158, wabashamn.org/septoberfest

SEPTEMBER 12 USA Dance Fall Formal Ball, Rochester Senior Center, fun dancing event for everyone with semi-formal/formal attire, 7:30-10:30 pm, 287-3298, somnusadance.org

SEPTEMBER 12 Beers of the World, Mayo Civic Center, benefits Bear Creek Services. Sample beers from around the world, 3-5:30 pm, 288-7195, bearcreekservices.org

SEPTEMBER 12-13 & 19-20 2015 Fall Showcase of Homes, Rochester Area Builders Inc., see new homes and the newest trends in home building, 11 am-5 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com

SEPTEMBER 12-13 Annual Fall Festival, Quarry Hill Nature Center, celebrate fall with nature games, eco-friendly crafts, rock-climbing, canoeing, and more, 11 am-5 pm, 328-3950, qhnc.org

SEPTEMBER 12-13 2015 Remodelers Tour, Rochester Area Builders Inc., remodeled homes with varying levels of updates, 11 am-5 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com

SEPTEMBER 13 We Won’t Stay Silent Recovery Walk, RCTC Field House, a 5K dedicated to fighting addiction and celebrating SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month, 1-4 pm, 218-4773, recoveryishappening.org

SEPTEMBER 14, 21, 28 It’s all about the Paint Stroke, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, paint the colors of autumn and winter with Melodee Bahr, 282-7441, rochesterfranciscan.org

SEPTEMBER 15, 22, 29 Rosen Movement Classes, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, relaxing exercise paired with music to create restoration for the body, 6:30-7:30 pm, 282-7441, rochesterfranciscan.org

SEPTEMBER 18-OCTOBER 4 Catch Me If You Can, the Musical, Rochester Civic Theatre, a DreamWorks film based musical following the adventures of a globetrotting con-artist, 7-9:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

SEPTEMBER 19 Tour De Cure, Rochester Area Family YMCA, cyclists of all levels raise funds for the American Diabetes Association, Varying times, 888-DIABETES x 6784, tour. diabetes.org

SEPTEMBER 19 “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk, East Silver Lake Park, raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to help with suicide prevention, 12-2 pm, 993-7862, afsp.org

SEPTEMBER 19 10th Annual Zumbro River Art Splash, Zumbrota and Mazeppa, meet artists and authors who will display their original work, 10 am-4 pm, 732-7616, zaac.org

SEPTEMBER 19 The Three Davids, Christ United Methodist Church, David ShafferGottschalk, piano, David Kassler, euphonium, and David Townsend, clarinet, will perform, 7:30 pm, 287-9765, rochesterchambermusic.org

SEPTEMBER 20 Med City Fall Half, 10K, 5K, Soldiers Memorial Field Park, 7:30-11:45 am, 254-2703, medcitymarathon.com

SEPTEMBER 23 Americana Showcase, Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage, featured songwriters include Edward David Anderson, Derek Lutrell and Brandon Sampson, 7:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

SEPTEMBER 25 Jay Leno, Mayo Civic Center, the famous TV late night show host and stand-up comedian, 8 pm, 800-745-3000, mayociviccenter.com


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Walk for the Poor, Church of the Resurrection, 5K walk/run to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 8:30 am, 282-4265, svdpusa.net/walk/1217

Cuartetos Mexicanos, Christ United Methodist Church, all-female quartet from Mexico City performs works by Mexican composers, 7:30 pm, 287-9765, rochesterchambermusic.org

SEPTEMBER 26 15th Annual Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run, Essex Park, raise funds to provide grants in the field of Lupus research, 9 am-12 pm, (952) 746-5151, lupusmn.org

SEPTEMBER 26 6th Annual New Leash on Life 5k Dog Run/3k Walk, Silver Lake Park, support organizations that assist both people and animals in the community, 8:30 am, 535-5750, zvhc.org

OCTOBER OCTOBER 2-31 Fright at the Farm, Willow’s Keep Farm, haunted attraction featuring live actors, indoor haunts, and outdoor scares, 7-11 pm, 491-2639, rochesterhorror.com

OCTOBER 3 8th Annual Brains Together for a Cure Walk, RCTC Field House, 5K walk, refreshments, entertainment, and silent auction, 9 am, brainstogetherforacure.org

OCTOBER 5, 12, 19 It’s all about the Paint Stroke, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, paint the colors of autumn and winter with Melodee Bahr, 282-7441, rochesterfranciscan.org

OCTOBER 10 Dyslexia Dash 5K Fun Run/ Walk & Kids 1 Mile, Soldier’s Field, increase awareness and raise funds for The Reading Center, 9:30 am, 288-5271, rochestertrackclub.com

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OCTOBER 23 The Not-So-Scary Spooktacular, Rochester Area Family Y, features an outdoor Trunk n’ Treat, candy maze, and a costume party, 5:30-8:30 pm, 287-2260, rochfamy.org

OCTOBER 23-NOVEMBER 8 Wit, Rochester Civic Theatre, profound play that relays a professor’s journey with terminal ovarian cancer, 7-9 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

OCTOBER 24 17th Annual Rochester Women’s Fall Expo, Mayo Civic Center, free event featuring fashion trends, comedy hour, cooking tips, and more, 9 am-4 pm, 286-1010, kroc.com

OCTOBER 24 (TENTATIVE DATE), 2nd Annual Adult Scavenger Hunt, teams (of 3-5 people) starts from the History Center, chasing leads to restaurants, bars, and other area attractions, olmstedhistory.com/programs/adult-scavenger-hunt/

OCTOBER 25 Jazz Jam, Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Stage, evening of live jazz and open mic hosted by The D’Sievers, 5:30-8:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

OCTOBER 28 Americana Showcase, Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage, celebrates the American Midwest’s musical heritage featuring The Accidentals, 7:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

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49th Annual Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts, Red Wing, showcases outstanding artwork, along with food and live music, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-4:30 pm, (651) 388-7569, redwingartsassociation.org

Not-So-Scary Spooktacular 1 mile and 5K fun run/walk, Rochester Area Family Y, benefiting LIVESTRONG at the Y, 1:30 pm, 287-2260, rochfamy.org

HOPE Ranch Rendezvous, activities and demonstrations for the whole family, 10 am–3 pm, hoperanchteam.com

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Women on Wednesdays, Rochester Civic Theatre, discussion about issues addressing the oppression and resiliency of women, 5:30-7:00 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

Race 4 Research Fall Run, Oxbow Park, 5K run/walk, 1 mile fun run, and kid-friendly activities, 9:00 am, rochestertrackclub.com

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Renew Retreat, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, rediscovering, educating, networking and empowering women, renewwomenretreat.com

An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rose Cousins, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, mayocivic.ticketofficesales.com/

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TROUBLE WITH

HORSES ONCE YOU BEGIN LOVING THEM BY C.J. FOSDICK

Zanzibar actually did a double-take seeing his lush new digs and must have decided he was no trail horse if it ever meant leaving his new haven. On a ride down our steep driveway to a nearby “park,” he balked at crossing a wooden bridge over a creek, until I used my shirt to cover his eyes. He also balked at wading across the stream or stepping onto black asphalt. Heading home, however, was balk free. Homeward bound one day, I dismounted to tighten his saddle before a neighborhood building project. Before I could find my seat again, Zan took off with me draped crosswise over the saddle—butt up—great entertainment for the construction workers that hooted and whistled as we raced up our hill. Racing up the hill became our new norm—me in jockey position, hands tangled in his flying mane, screaming with joy.

MORE HORSES Eventually, we added more horses and called our hilltop “Mt. Pegasus.” When we bought a 3-month-old Arab-Shetland pony named Ms. Muffit for Tanya, our youngest daughter, Zan became Muffy’s self-appointed guardian. The two became as inseparable as Muffy was to “her” 8-year-old human. Tanya trained Muffy herself, winning 4-H State Horse Show trips where the two of them once demonstrated their Little Mermaid musical routine in 1993. She was

DREAM COME TRUE I was married with children and living in Rochester when MY dream horse became a reality. The white Arabian was a two-for: too thin, 2-year-old, $200 bargain found in a dry lot with a flimsy shelter. It was love at first sight for both of us. 54

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the image of a red-haired, fish-tailed Ariel on a “seahorse” pony with a crab in her mane. Music in Motion became a new class in statewide 4-H horse shows the following year. As our three daughters amassed show ribbons and grew in horsemanship, our herd also grew, including two wild mustangs we trained. When our little mermaid outgrew Muffy, she continued to capture trophies and two southeast Minnesota titles on her bay quarterhorse and a Palomino named Skip.

GIVING RIDING LESSONS I began giving riding lessons when our nest emptied and our barn didn’t. Over 15 summers, 60 children took lessons, culminating in our own little ribbon show each fall that featured silly games and costumed musical productions on horseback. Through the years I had learned to inoculate, treat and train horses and conversely suffered bites and kicks, been trampled and thrown—suffering a broken arm. It was worth it all. The spunky, graceful creatures that made my heart soar when riding them, watching them compete or even graze the pasture were now postcard memories. The images don’t fade now that the pasture is empty. As I watched American Pharoah win the 2015 Triple Crown on TV, I screamed and bounced on the sofa. I was with the jockey, riding Zanzibar uphill in a glory ride to a cheering crowd. The trouble with horses is that you can never forget them…or stop loving them once you begin. C.J. Fosdick now spends her days crouched over her laptop, working on her sequel to “The Accidental Wife,” published this March to five-star reviews. Check her out at cjfosdick.com

Photography courtesy of Tanya...

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T 9, I IDENTIFIED WITH A SHORT, BUG-EYED BLONDE NAMED PRISCILLA NUTSHELL WHO LIVED IN THE PAGES OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL. “PRISCILLA’S POP” WAS A POPULAR COMIC STRIP IN MY HOMETOWN’S FAMOUS GREEN SHEET FOR 37 YEARS. “POP” NUTSHELL WAS FAMOUS FOR EATING MASHED POTATO SANDWICHES. HIS 9-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, PRISCILLA, WAS FAMOUS FOR CONNIVING TO GET A HORSE. PRISCILLA AND I SHARED A BRAIN.


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