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The Vintages Trailer Resort Mid-Century Nostalgia at its Best A Stunning Farmhouse Chic Home in the Applegate Six Solar-Powered Musts for Savvy Campers Trending RosĂŠs A Delicious Choice for Summer

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Farmhouse Chic

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Trending Rosés

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in the Applegate

A Delicious Choice for Summer

Cover Story The Vintages Trailer Resort Mid-Century Nostalgia at its Best

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Six Solar-Powered Musts

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DIY Challenge

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for Savvy Campers This Summer

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Chalk Painted Wine Glasses

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Farmhouse Chic in the Applegate

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Located beside the meandering Applegate River at the end of a long dirt road, Margo’s country home blends architectural function with the elements of sophisticated style, warm comfort and pure fun. Every room in the house paints a vignette that evokes memories, expresses personality and creates visual interest unified around each area’s theme. The centerpiece of this rambling two-story, cedar-planked home is an unexpected family-sized swimming pool in the home’s downstairs game room. It’s heated by solar energy and keeps temperatures inside regulated to closely match the pool temperature year-round, which saves on both heating and cooling costs. Surrounding the pool is the game room, containing an exercise area, antique toys, vintage typewriters, old-fashioned game boards and an antique 1904 snooker (billiards) table, accompanied by the original ball and pool cue racks. A hand-cranked phonograph from the 1920s and a collection of marbles that Margo’s husband played with as a boy add to the charm. A lovely rock fireplace built from stones gathered on the property provides an inviting place to dry off and play games after a dip in the pool. This game room is definitely the center of family activities and all about having fun. Also located downstairs are a newly renovated office, guest bedroom and a combined mud, laundry and craft room. The office has a grand view of the back yard and the river. Adjacent to the office, the mudroom boasts a charming antique cast iron farmhouse sink with double drain boards. The sink is placed over retro cabinets that have been artfully combined to blend in with newer storage spaces. To complete the look, the walls have been finished with oldfashioned bead-board paneling. Decor items include antique bottles, a TWA coffee mug from when Margo’s husband worked there, crockery, ginger beer bottles that belonged to a family business, and her mother’s corner cupboard that was handmade with hammered blacksmith metal hinges and latches.

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Continued from page 5 In the adjacent bathroom, the mirror that sat atop her grandmother’s dresser has been repurposed and now serves as the mirror over the sink. Vaulted ceilings soar 28 feet from the pool to the upper story. Cedar tongue-and-groove planks on the walls evoke the warmth of a country cabin, undaunted by the modern open beam ceiling. Upstairs, the kitchen, dining area, living room, sunroom and master bedroom are arranged in an open floor plan around the perimeter of the second floor and overlook the calm waters of the swimming pool below. A sleek wrought iron spiral staircase provides quick access between floors, along with a conventional staircase for the less adventurous.

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The large country kitchen has plenty of counter space with a huge butcher-block island. A vintage brass bar sink complete with brass faucet graces another countertop in the beverage area. Decor in the kitchen includes antique coffee grinders, one of which came from a trip to Paris, antique spice containers and kitchen tools from bygone eras. Off the kitchen is a charming pantry with enviable amounts of storage space for food, specialty cookware, and curios. Showcased in one of the cupboards is a set of antique ceramic canisters, several very old blue and green canning jars, antique dishware and a concealed dumbwaiter. An old bakery sign completes the ensemble in this reinvented butler pantry. The living room has a massive stone fireplace that draws guests to gather and settle in after a meal. Plenty of memorabilia, books and antiques are present to inspire conversations—a pair of heart-shaped rocks gathered by Margo and her granddaughter, a shadow box frame repurposed from an antique cabinet that contains a pressed flower collection, a small treasure chest trunk that begs to be explored, and a gathering of antique kerosene lamps atop the mantel.

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How to Group Your Collectibles The seemingly eclectic décor in this Applegate home lovingly showcases three or more generations of collectibles, plus salvaged and repurposed items. With a little know-how, it’s easy to organize your collections. Here are some tips: ■ Consider similarities with the items you group together. The relationships can be based on colors, shapes, materials, function, era or genre. The more similarities, the greater harmony within the group. ■ Create a focal point in the grouping by placing one item that has fewer similarities so that it serves as a “discord” that attracts attention. For example, if a collection of coffee mugs is white, adding one that’s blue will make it stand out. ■ Layer items in your display. Put taller items in the back and shorter items in front. Placing a picture at the back can give even more depth. ■ Group items in odd numbers to avoid a static arrangement with too much symmetry. ■ Curate your collections carefully so they keep their impact. Collections that get too large tend to look disorganized and confusing. Well-crafted displays will provide calm to your rooms and bring lots of enjoyment for you, your family and guests. Collections can be displayed in many ways. Here, an odd number of antique bottles fill the window sill, roosters and birdcages sit high above the kitchen and five copper antique kettles make an interesting statement above the wine bar.

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Continued from page 9 The large number of windows that frame views of the river, fields and mountains are only surpassed by the home’s expansive decks, which extend the living spaces for year-round outdoor relaxation and enjoyment. The colorful kitchen deck with a tile floor surface is the largest, holding chaise lounge chairs, a barbecue grill and an outdoor dining table for four. The sound of the river provides soothing background music. Margo explains about the décor on her decks, “You have seasons—put some whimsy in it and enjoy. I’m not into having things match, and if it doesn’t work, you can change it next time.” A small deck off of the living room provides just enough room for an intimate board game for two in the afternoon or a glass of wine at sunset. On the south side of the house, accessed from the sun room/entertainment area, is a large, cheerful deck with a gazebo cover that provides shelter from sun or rain. While Margo’s collections and their arrangements are constantly evolving, they are always about fun and good memories. She loves to share her collections with her family and other people because “it creates a connection that they don’t forget and gives continuity from one generation to the next.” Margo, and her husband, Norm built the home in 1985. Recent renovations have updated some spaces and repurposed areas to fit changing needs, but the overall structure is timelessly elegant. This chic farmhouse home proves that you can live large and with style while living in the country. 

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by Maureen Flanagan Battistella photography Dustin Peters

Rosé , a Beautiful Summer Wine Made with Intention

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Rosé is the wine of choice for a growing number of Americans, and with good reason. This beautiful, bright wine has a lovely, summery taste. Plus who can resist that fashion favorite color, pink? Rosé is the new darling of Rogue Valley wine drinkers and celebrity wine fanciers alike. While rosé usually only represents about 1.5% of US sales, sales increased nearly 40% in 2017, according to Nielsen reports, and there’s no indication that number will dip anytime soon. This trending wine is typically chilled to 45 degrees, doesn’t need to breathe and can be served upon opening. Vogue Magazine credits millennials’ use of social media for the pink wine’s popularity and a quick review of Instagram’s rosewine hashtags show rosé in tumblers, jars, boxes, bottles and even slushy machines. Photos of men and women, often young and casually dressed, abound holding glasses of pink wine with ice and straws. Rosé is hip. Rosé is delicious. Here in Southern Oregon, rosé wine has come of age and three wineries, Del Rio Vineyards, Red Lily Vineyards and Irvine & Roberts Vineyards, are among those producing very different and exceptionally enjoyable rosés. These wines are made with thought and intention. Del Rio Vineyards in Gold Hill crafted Rose Jolee as a low-alcohol, American-style, sparkling semi-sweet rosé. It’s a blend of Del Rio estate Muscat, Riesling and Cabernet Franc, producing a wine with notes of peach and tangerine. As a sparkling wine, Rose Jolee pairs well with fruits, desserts and sautéed foods,

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Continued from page 15 making the wine a good selection for brunch and lunch. The 2016 Rose Jolee won a Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle competition and Best of Class in Experience Rosé’s Domestic Sweet competition and costs around $15 a bottle. With the success of Rose Jolee, Del Rio’s French winemakers, Jean-Michel Jussiaume and Aurelien Labrosse, wanted to produce a more traditional European-style rosé. Their 2017 Grenache Rosé is a classical Provence-style dry rosé. With notes of strawberry, peach, grapefruit and a mineral finish that amplifies the fruit flavors, the 2017 Grenache Rosé refreshes in the heat of the day and pairs well with salads of mixed greens, light pasta, rice dishes and summer seafood. Del Rio’s 2017 Grenache Rosé won a Gold in the 2018 Experience Rosé’s Domestic Dry category and is priced at $17. Red Lily’s Lily Girl Rosé was first produced in 2009 as a 100% Tempranillo rosé, but winemaker Rachael Martin wasn’t satisfied. She knew Tempranillo’s strengths and weaknesses very well and wanted a more aromatic, balanced and slightly acidic rosé. Today, Lily Girl is a delightful blend of winemaker Rachael Martin’s favorite Spanish varietals: Tempranillo brings fruit forward cherry flavors that blend with crisp Grenache aromatics and temper the acidity of Graciano. Lily Girl is a fuller-bodied rosé that suits summer suppers of gazpacho, lighter pasta dishes, grilled chicken and seafood. At $16 a bottle, the 2016 Lily Girl Rosé won a Silver at the 2017 Oregon Wine Experience. Irvine & Roberts Vineyard is known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines and so the 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir is a perfect wine for that winery. The rosé is beautifully aromatic with floral notes that fill the nose, followed by fruit flavors of citrus and

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berries; there’s a mouthwatering acidity to the finish. Quaff this rosé by the glass or pair it with oysters, fresh goat cheese and salads but do give it a try with a steak or burger also. Irvine & Roberts’ 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir won a Gold at Sunset Magazine’s 2017 wine competition and sells for $28 a bottle. 

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Summer rosé wine spritzers refresh and hydrate thanks to their lower alcohol content. They are also a great way to stretch a wine budget. Fill a Collins or wine glass about half way with the rosé of your choice, add ice, top off with club soda and serve with a straw. Delicious and refreshing!

Peerless Restaurant mixologist, Blake Satie’s signature Cucumber Rosé Cooler.

For the more adventurous palate, try a Cucumber Rosé Cooler cocktail concocted by Peerless Restaurant’s mixologist, Blake Satie. He made this cocktail using Irvine & Roberts Vineyard’s Rosé of Pinot Noir. Cucumber Rosé Cooler 1 ounce rosé wine ¾ ounce cucumber infused vodka (see below) ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice ¾ ounce simple syrup ¾ ounce Aperol Aperitif Layer ingredients, carefully add ice, top with soda water and run the rim with a cucumber wheel. Appreciate the beauty of layered shades of pink and red, then mix to blend the flavors. You can buy cucumber infused vodka or infuse your own by peeling and cubing one English cucumber and covering it with 750ml. of vodka. Seal the jar and leave at room temperature for 24-48 hours before straining out the cucumber. Photo by Maureen Flanagan Battistella

The Cucumber Rosé Cooler is fresh, balanced and bright, tasting of flowers, rhubarb, citrus and a hint of cucumber, with a slight herbal finish that offsets the simple sugar.

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Tucked into the heart of the Willamette Valley’s wine country, The Vintages Trailer Resort is a delightful, updated, mid-century throwback to one of the best parts of your parents’ or grandparents’ childhood summer vacations. The charming resort, alongside Highway 18 in Dayton, is located amidst some 300 lush wineries, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum and the charming towns of Dayton, Dundee and McMinnville. The resort began in 2014 with eight retro trailers painstakingly restored by Bendbased FlyteCamp. The menagerie of colorful vintage trailers are a virtual “fruit basket,” says resort manager Therese Straight, nestled inside the tree-dotted, 14-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park.

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The collection of now 31 trailers, flanked by flamingos and vintage cruiser bikes, has been an instant hit with the traveling public since opening day. Trailer options range from a 1947 Spartan Manor – a smaller Airstream-style trailer – to a “newer,” white-and-buttercreamstriped 1965 Boles Aero boasting one of the bluest suede couches west of the Mississippi. Straight says nostalgia for customers in the 40-and-older crowd is a big draw, while younger visitors have an instant appreciation for the character and simplicity of the vintage campers. “The trailers are very timeless and very nostalgic. We get lots of feedback, which makes our job a lot of fun,” she says, noting

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Continued from page 20 that the trailers are kept “as historically correct as possible” while maintaining a certain level of comfort. “We want everyone to enjoy the vintage trailers and at the same time we want them to be comfortable while they’re staying with us,” says Straight. To that end, each uniquely decorated trailer has its own driveway, complimentary cruiser bikes, air conditioning, a propane grill, pour-over coffee systems, flat screen TVs and high-speed internet.

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Choosing a trailer, Straight says, is the hardest – and best – part of visiting The Vintages. A guest favorite is the 1947 Spartan with an open floor plan, comfortable queen size bed and western motif with bold red countertops and an overstuffed brown leather loveseat. “It’s our oldest trailer but it’s nice and big. You can walk all the way around the queen size bed, which is very comfortable. It looks like an old silver bullet and has that midcentury modern look. It’s a very rare trailer,” Straight says.


The Vintages Trailer Resort, located in Dayton, Oregon, at 16205 SE Kreder Road, features a general store, pool and clubhouse with 31 restored, vintage trailers all boasting a unique theme and ranging from $115-$175 per night. Add-on packages run the gamut from decorative to entertaining. Couples looking for a romantic getaway can opt for the “Romantic Rendezvous” to include a bottle of champagne and artisan chocolate truffles for $55. “Little Campfire Kit” can be added to any reservation ($50) adding a bottle of The Vintages signature Pinot, a “Little Red Campfire” fire pit and gourmet s’mores fixings from Portland’s beloved dessert shop, Nineteen27. “Flock it to me” will ensure a flock of 10 pink flamingoes and ingredients for a champagne Shirley Temple making kit are ready at check-in. Instant Camera Rental ($25) will provide use of a modern-day polaroid style camera while “Rise and Shine” will provide fixings for breakfast casserole and mimosas ($50). Newly debuted, a helicopter wine tasting tour, “Tour Devine by Heli,” is available, with a list of perks, for $1,200. Visit online for pictures and details about all 31 trailers, the resort dog policy (dogs are welcome in nine of the 31 units) and other special offers. www.the-vintages.com

The pint-sized silver Neutron “Couples Edition” is a pod-style camper that sleeps two adults and offers enough space for a full-size soaker tub and an L-shaped avocado-colored vinyl bench surrounding a cozy dining nook. The 1953 Vagabond M31 is one of the park’s larger

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TOP: 1954 Anderson 315-TB: Sleeps 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children. 1 Queen Size Bed and 1 Sofa Bed. TOP LEFT: Neutron - Couples Edition: Sleeps 2 Adults. 1 Queen Size Bed. BOTTOM LEFT: 1953 Vagabond M31. Sleeps 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children. 1 Queen Size Bed and 1 Sofa Bed. ABOVE: Airstream Bambi: Sleeps 2 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child. 1 Queen Size Bed and 1 Banquet Conversion.

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Continued from page 23 trailers with a distinct “breadbox” shape, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bold blue paint job. The Vagabond is suitable for families traveling with youngsters or couples looking for extra space. The 1954 Anderson 315 TB was considered top of the line in the 1950s and has claimed the distinction of being one of the resort’s flagship trailers with its teal and chrome exterior, crisp white appliances and chromegray-and-teal interior.

Straight adds, “Nowadays, people are hopping on a plane and going to Mexico or Hawaii. These trailers remind them of a time when families piled into their car, took a weeklong road trip and went to places like the Grand Canyon.” Whether you’re drawn to the inviting retro trailers, the bright pink flamingos or the potential of riding an old cruiser bike to the nearest vineyard, the possibilities at The Vintages are truly timeless. 

Project developer James Piper, who helped create the resort for investment company SIMA, says it has transformed from a property geared at increasing lodging options to a fun and quirky destination in its own right. “A lot of people show up because of memories they have of family vacations in their parents’ old camper trailers and they just absolutely love it,” says Piper. “It’s a fun way to make new memories with something they remember from their childhood.

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Camping season is upon us and, along with it, a host of high-tech gadgets and gear that campers can throw into their cars, trailers or backpacks for a day, week or month traversing the great outdoors. One of the more

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Here’s a roundup of just a handful of the sun-soaking gizmos that you can pick up from local Rogue Valley shops before a weekend in the wilderness.

Inflatable Luci Lights - $15.95+ These blow-up lanterns are among the most popular solarpowered products purchased by campers, according to local retailers. This is due to a combination of their extreme affordability, portability and luminosity. Prices start as low as $15.95 for the Luci Candle (1 LED) and go up near the $35 mark for the Luci Pro (10 LEDs). Chris Uhtoff, co-owner of Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland, says, “We have all used the Luci Lights extensively and think they are one of the best, most useful new tools to come around in years.” Photo provided by MPOWERD

Campers who may be heading to Bi-Mart for last minute supplies can find a handy solar-powered item, a Stansport Solar Storage Bottle/Lantern. As a bottle, it can store goods, like a first-aid kit or keys. A micro-USB charger also means that it can charge up small electronics in an emergency, though it probably can’t supply enough power for a night of Netflix under the stars. Photo provided by Stansport

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Sun Showers - $29.95+ For larger solar panels and an array of other sun-powered gear, you may have to go beyond local shops and hit up a chain. REI carries a broad range of solar camping products, including the lo-tech sun shower. No electricity required, sun showers use only the power of well-insulated, lightabsorbing black fabric to heat about five gallons of water over the course of a sunny day. Rinse off with hot water on the cheap with a $29.95 Seattle Sports Sun Shower or add a little more water pressure for $99.95 to $149.95, with the foot-pump-powered NEMO Helio or NEMO Helio LX Pressure Shower. Photo provided by NEMO Equipment

Campers won’t be able to play Spotify on it, but REI does sell a C Crane CC Solar Observer radio, which can be used to listen to AM and FM stations and local weather warnings. When the sun sets and the solar energy runs out, the device has a hand crank for emergency power. Photo provided by C.Crane

Solar Flashlight – $79.95 REI also offers the Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight, a nearly foot-long flashlight that can collect sun all day and shine at night. In emergency situations, the device can power phones and tablets, as well. Photo provided by Goal Zero

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Portable Solar Panels - $99.95+ The Ashland Outdoor Store carries two varieties of portable solar panels from Goal Zero. Priced at $99.95 and $149.95, the Nomad 7 and Nomad 14 can be used to capture the sun’s rays and charge your small electronics. Attach the 7-Watt Nomad 7 to the back of a backpack and the solar panel system can collect enough energy to directly charge a phone or lamp upon landing at a campsite. While the 14-Watt Nomad 14 can power your phone, headlamp or even tablet, it can also be used to collect energy to be stored in Goal Zero portable power stations. It can then power larger devices, such as laptops. To do so, however, would probably involve exposing the panel to direct sunlight for about 12 hours, says Mike Reinert, store manager at The Ashland Outdoor Store. Other Goal Zero goods can also be ordered to the shop. As useful as some of this gear may be now, much of it, like the portable solar panels, may be foreshadowing things to come. As demand and efficiency increases, the price of solar drops. By this time next year, these items may soak sun faster and cheaper. Be sure to check in with your local camping shop before heading off on your next trip. 

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Chalk Painted Wine Glasses (Yes, you can do this!)

With wedding season upon us, sometimes the most thoughtful types of gifts are something useful, elegant and even better - homemade. Chalk painted wine glasses are both utilitarian and elegant and, with any combination of ribbon and chalk color, easy to compliment wedding colors – or home décor – for the bride and groom. This easy to create gift works for housewarming, wine tasting parties and other celebratory events but is an especially touching way for a newly married couple to remember their big day. Medford artist Julie Linville, who co-runs a busy glass etching and paint business dubbed “Jam We Create,” says chalk painted glasses are

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such a fun and easy “do-it-yourself project….” Linville says the short list of materials required and the simplicity of steps make the project an easy one to pull off with some style. “I know that people are on Etsy making them for people who don’t want to try it themselves, but there’s something special about something you make for a loved one with your own hands,” Linville says. She says the quality of chalk paint and chalk will determine how re-writeable a surface is. Liquid chalk for writing names – or “Mr.” and “Mrs.” can look cleaner than powder-based chalk. “The liquid is not as easy as the oldschool chalk to take off, but you can rub it with alcohol to clean it,” says Linville.


S T E P B Y S T E P. SUPPLIES. ■ Wine Glasses ■ Chalkboard paint ■ Blue painter’s tape ■ Chalk or chalk pen

1. Prep! Set up a drop cloth or old towel to keep paint from splashing in work area. Stir the chalk paint and pour into a disposable bowl at least twice as wide as the base of the stemware. Use painter’s tape to create a clean area on the glass stem, or opt for a natural dip line.

■ Stir stick to stir the paint ■ Disposable plastic container for dipping glasses into paint ■ Parchment or wax paper ■ Small paint brush (used just to smooth the bottom of the wet glass) ■ Rubber gloves (optional)

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2. Dip. Dip wine glasses into the chalk paint. DO NOT paint with a brush, as shown on some DIY sites. Painting can leave streaks and bubbles in the paint while dipping leaves a cleaner appearance. You can use the brush to smooth the bottom of the glass as we did. Hold glass at an angle and slowly rotate so that excess paint drips off evenly. Linville says it’s ok to add a few drops of water to chalk paint to make it dip more smoothly. Some chalk paint is thicker than others, so be patient. If stemware isn’t especially expensive, consider having a few extra glasses on hand for mess-ups.

3. Let chalk dry. Set on a non-stick surface, such as wax paper or parchment. Lift the glass and move it to a clean spot, once or twice, to prevent the paint from pooling and sticking.

4. Repeat step 2. Once the first coat is dry to the touch, add a second coat. Linville says two thinner coats are better than one, noting, “You want to make sure it drips off and then dries really good. Do two thinner coats so it looks cleaner and smoother.” Let glasses dry for a full 24 hours before using chalk. If using “old school” chalk pieces, prime the surface area by rubbing and wiping off a layer of chalk before writing names. This ensures the surface will cleanly erase.

5. Add personalization.

Once dry, add names of recipients to the glasses or something unique like “Mr.” and “Mrs.” for a wedding gift. If using liquid chalk, let the final layer dry.

6. Wrap it up!

Wrap glasses in tissue paper and display inside a basket or gift box. A nice touch is to include a bottle of their favorite wine. Optional finishing touches include ribbon or twine tied around the stem. Matching the glasses and wrap to the wedding colors is fun, but simple linen colored ribbons are a nice look, too.

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Once they add chalk painted glassware to their repertoire, some DIY fans branch out to Mason jars and other types of glass. However it’s painted or wrapped, sentimental gifts stick around, and sometimes get used longer than all the appliances and knick-knacks a bride and groom will unwrap on their special day.

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“However you do it, they’re a really fun gift,” Linville says. “And it’s very touching to receive something that someone took the effort to make by hand.”  Note: It’s recommended that anything with chalk paint be hand washed instead of put in the dishwasher.

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Perhaps it’s a nod to our ancestral ways, or simply the tastiest way to make a meal on a hot summer night, but grilled foods can turn what an oven or stovetop would render ordinary into an adventure for taste buds. Two local food gurus – a barbecue champ and a chef – offer pointers for the next time you fire up the grill. Whether gas or charcoal, technique and attention to detail are key. Terall Blalock, of Papa Terall’s BBQ, says avoid overcooking and pay attention to what you’re doing. “You can always put something back on to cook it a little more, but if you burn it, you’re done.” Onyx Restaurant owner and head chef Mario Chavez says to think outside the box, beyond burgers and hot dogs. Try grilling different fish, vegetables or fruit and get creative with marinades and seasoning. MEATS When grilling meats, watch internal temperatures. For chicken, Blalock says to heat just one side of the grill, then move the chicken from side to side, cooking the center of the chicken to 165 degrees (but no hotter, or it’ll dry out). “The biggest mistake with chicken is the heat is usually too high. Chicken is one of the more difficult things to cook on the grill because there’s lots of fat,” he says. “It helps to move the chicken back and forth between the two sides, so you don’t have the chicken constantly in the flames. The other thing you can do is cook the chicken in the oven for a bit.

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Warm it clear through so a bunch of the fat drips out, then put it on the grill and you won’t have as many flames.” For beef, get the grill as hot as possible. With steaks or burgers, as soon as the juices gather on top of the meat, it’s time to flip. Fish and shrimp are a refreshing alternative to heavy cuts of meat and don’t have to be bland. Experiment with interesting flavors, Chavez says, such as herbs and marinades. Grill surface should be hot and extra clean for seafood. Fish is the easiest meat to destroy on a grill, so don’t be afraid to use a foil packet to prevent losing the meat. A fun way to keep fish from becoming dry is to slather it in mayonnaise, then drizzle in citrus, lemon and orange, then sprinkle with dill and parsley. “It’s one of the easiest ways to prepare it, and it’s delicious,” says Chavez. “And remember that salmon only needs 8 to 10 minutes to cook. Any more and it’ll dry out!” For any type of meat, leave oil out of marinades. “You don’t need oil or fat in a marinade,” says Chavez. “People will say, ‘Let’s use a whole bottle of balsamic vinaigrette, then they put it on the grill and it starts to flame all to heck. Skip the oil.”


Don’t forget fruit! A favorite for Blalock is to sprinkle kosher salt and crushed red peppers on thick, round slices of pineapple and toss over the flames.

VEGETABLES The best side for grilled meats is quick-roasted veggies like zucchini or portobello mushrooms, and they need only a light oil coating and seasoning Blalock suggests olive oil. Just be ready to flip veggies as soon as they start to cook.

Chavez’s summer must-have: Mexican street corn on the grill. “Our favorite is to do mayonnaise then cotija dry cheese and the (Tajín seasoning) lime and chili powder. Then add some chopped cilantro for color.” He adds, “Whatever you’re making, just get creative. Throw pieces of watermelon or hearts of romaine on the grill. There are no rules.” 

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