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Europe in 26 Days A Vacation with a Purpose Tasty Tour in Yakima

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A Dream Vacation 30 Contributor Chris Conklin takes a marathon trip through Europe. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS CONKLIN

FEATURES Travel

44 This group of Yakima folks like to travel ... with a purpose.

Entertaining

16 Like trivia? You’ll find a lot in this magazine — and at these two local trivia nights.

REGULARS Notes from Yakima | 10 Contributors | 12 On the web | 14 Fresh Sheet | 22 TrendSpot | 60 City Scene | 80 Calendar | 84 Interview | 86

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Outdoors

24 ‘Tis the season to strap on some snowshoes and get outside.

Health

38 John Rodriguez makes exercise more than just a New Year’s resolution.

Home & Garden

Food

66 We take you on a tasty tour around the world — but stay right here in Yakima.

Art

74 Gary Gresham keeps time crafting one-of-a-kind clocks completely out of wood.

52 Renee Martin shows us inside her Mediterranean cottage bungalow. 62 Yakima’s Renee Holwegner tells us how gardens can help process grief — and hold precious memories.

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He who would travel happily must travel light. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Travelin’ light, is the only way to fly… —Travelin’ Light, Widespread Panic Jill and Robin plan their next vacation at Yakima’s airport. PHOTO BY CAL BLETHEN

AFTER MY EXPERIENCE flying to Toulouse to meet a new employer several years ago, I discovered the brilliance behind the advice, “travel lightly.” When I landed in Toulouse, walked through international arrivals and looked for that cardboard sign with “Salts” scrawled across it in black marker, it was nowhere to be found. And, of course, nor was my new boss. I trekked up and down the airport’s lobby with a mountaineer’s backpack, my college backpack, a suitcase, my purse and a plastic bag full of all the precious magazines from the flight over. I walked up and down so many times that my shoes began to squeak. The desk clerks started turning away, embarrassed for the American girl with no ride. As it turns out, my poor boss’s car had broken down somewhere between me and Paris. In an ironic turn of events, when he finally found me, I realized his pint-sized car wouldn’t even hold me and all my luggage. So a full 15 hours, one bus ride, a car rental and many, many expensive phone

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calls after I landed, I found the way to my destination all on my own — and with all my bags in tow. It was a stressful experience, but boy does it make for good storytelling now. Since then I’ve learned the art of packing light: that you don’t need heels when touring on foot, that hotel and hostel sinks can serve as makeshift washbasins, and that — egads — you can wear something twice. Jill says on her last trip to Las Vegas, all she took with her was a single small backpack — and a lecture about not taking 12 pairs of shoes. On that note Jill and I welcome you to the Travel edition of Yakima Magazine. Contrary to our advice on packing, this issue is full of fun features. In it you’ll find frequent traveler and contributor Chris Corbett Conklin’s story on her dream vacation as well as Andrea McCoy’s feature on a group of locals who “travel with a purpose.” Inspired by exotic locales, we’re also profiling four regional eateries in our Tasty Tour of Yakima. Don’t miss it!

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It seems every issue develops its own “sub-theme,” and this one is no different. To go along with a story on local trivia nights, we’ve developed a series of trivia questions. Test your knowledge! You’ll see the questions scattered throughout the magazine, with answers found on our website, yakimamagazine.com. And there’s much, much more. Additional pictures and Jill’s blog, From the Notepad, can be found at yakimamagazine.com; please make sure to check in with us online frequently. And if you have story ideas, comments or suggestions, drop us a line. Until next time, I hope you make your own travel memories during these cold months in Yakima. Bon Voyage!

~ Robin & Jill rbeckett@yakimaherald.com jstgeorge@yakimaherald.com

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CHAD BREMERMAN has been shooting pictures for the past eight years for his own company, Portraits for a Lifetime. Chad is married to Julie Bremerman and has two daughters, Hannah, 11, and Emma, 9. CHRISTINE CORBETT CONKLIN, a writer and editor who owns Media Northwest, was born and raised in Yakima. She enjoys travel, reading — and most anything chocolate! JENNIFER DAGDAGAN is the mom of three amazing kids, as well as a photographer, artist and musician. She lives in Yakima and runs her photography business from her home. KEITH CAFFERY EFFLER is a commercial photographer living in Yakima with his wife, Stephanie. You can find Keith’s work at cafferyphoto.com.

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RENEE HOLWEGNER resides in Yakima with her husband, Michael, and beagle, Ava. She is the mother of two grown daughters: Shayla and Sadie. Renee is a metal recycler and welder, using the art she creates to raise funds for the non-profit organization, Shayla Fund. When she’s not at work for the family insurance business, you can find her volunteering or in her own garden practicing her skills as a WSU Master Gardener. MELISSA LABBERTON has been freelance writing for the past 20 years. With a bachelor’s in theater from the UW, she has been an active performer and director for the Warehouse Theatre of Yakima. SCOTT MAYES, a former reporter and editor, is a running enthusiast, husband and dad to three boys. He has lived in Yakima since 2008. CHRISTINA MCCARTHY and her husband have lived in the Yakima Valley for more than 20 years. They are the lucky parents of three wonderful children, too many dogs, and a small zoo of other critters. She serves as the executive director of the local chapter of The First Tee, a youth development program that teaches kids life skills and positive values through the game of golf. ANDREA MCCOY Having made her home in Yakima five years ago, Andrea lives with her husband and three young children. With a degree in journalism from Western Washington University, she does writing and public relations for non-profits around the Valley, wrangles toddlers and as a novice cook, can often be found in the kitchen testing out new recipes.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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IF YOU’VE EVER FOUND yourself hollering the answers at a Jeopardy rerun while making dinner, it might be time to call up a few friends and head out to one of two wildly popular trivia nights around town. Hosted on Wednesday nights at Bert’s Pub and Thursday nights at Bill’s Place, pub trivia nights have grown over the last several years. Whether you possess a wealth of history facts or have a little known gift of unscrambling movie titles, there’s a category for everyone. But be warned, it’s best to show up early if you plan to play. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Bill’s and 7:30 p.m. at Bert’s, but regulars often start staking a claim on their preferred tables around 5:30 p.m. Trivia night started at Bert’s in 1999, when it was still called Grant’s Brewery Pub and located in the train depot on Front Street. Thirteen years later, the restaurant fills to capacity every Wednesday night with eager teams vying for a chance to secure a winning prize. In fact, two of the teams started at Grant’s and still get together every week for play. One of Bert’s trivia hosts, Karissa Craig, credits trivia night with helping her get connected in Yakima after moving to town in 2006.

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Bert’s fills up fast during trivia, with many tables full by 5:30 or 6 p.m.

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Bert’s Pub occupies a space once filled by Grant’s Brewery Pub. Grant’s original location was on Front Street, and it was the first brew pub in the U.S. since Prohibition. When did Grant’s open? Go to yakimamagazine.com/fromthe-magazine for the answer.

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“It’s always a great night,” Craig said. “Trivia brings out a great group of people, some who maybe wouldn’t come out on their own.” Sometimes the restaurant gets so crowded that teams hang out in the hallway, shouting out answers and heckling the host from back by the bathrooms. Newcomers and individual players are welcome to pony up to the bar, often forming a team, sometimes with a little help from the bartender. Matt Ruybal and wife Deb host Bill’s Place trivia night each week, putting together a full-blown interactive PowerPoint presentation. “I like making the game really visual,” Ruybal said. “And I think the players get a kick out of it.” Bill’s Place has its own set of regulars on Thursday nights.

“We have a blast,” Ruybal said. “It’s awesome to have a night dedicated solely for the purpose of people using their brains. It’s a great vibe in the bar.” Trivia is played in rounds. Each round features a category such as geography, current events, history or pop culture. Each category has an average of 10 questions. Teams of two to six people (and sometimes more or fewer) work together to answer the questions correctly. At the end of the night, a first, second and third prize are handed to the winning teams in the form of gift certificates for food or drink to the restaurants. But the highlight of the evening is the “bonus” round. Players individually buy in for $1 and the winning team gets the pot. If no one wins that week, the pot

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A customer at Bert’s eats one of the restaurant’s signature — and much loved — dishes: pepperjack macaroni and cheese. • A trivia host asks the next question during Bert’s trivia night, which is every Wednesday. • Bert’s patrons toast their brews.

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CLOCKWISE: The menu readerboard at Bill’s Place • A player at Bill’s shows off her laminated scorecard. • Awaiting a response from the crowd at Bill’s. • Happy customers — and contestants — at Bill’s Place.

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’m very rarely disappointed when ordering at Gasperetti’s, and yet I fall into the “favorite” rut there, too, just as I do at most restaurants I frequent in Yakima. The problem with favorites: they’re just so good. The item I’m currently fixated on is Gasperetti’s “BLT-A” ($11, with side salad). For those of you not in the know, that stands for bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwich. I’m no different than most people when it comes to pork products, so the sandwich had me at “bacon.” It’s the best kind of bacon, too: thick and crispy, and piled on the sandwich in egregious layers. But the bacon, and maybe the thick slice of tomato, is about the only thing that’s typical about this sandy. First, the bread is thick, fluffy rosemary focaccia. The two pieces are like little savory herb

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pillows and make the sandwich almost comically tall, yet still edible. The lettuce is romaine, a more substantial green that gives the sandwich a fresh crunch. But the kicker is, by far, a slathering of Gasperetti’s sauce verde. Now I’ve been eating this sauce for quite some time. But I’ve never inquired as to what’s in it. It’s creamy, herby and delicious — no need to make it more complicated by asking questions. But for this column, I needed a peek behind the curtain. I needed to know what makes the magic. And I got shut down it the politest way possible. It’s not surprising that they want to keep it to themselves, and I didn’t pry, since maybe there’s something to not knowing. And really, I don’t blame them — Gasperetti’s sauce verde takes a good BLT and catapults it all the way to amazing.

PS: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my husband’s favorite lunch entree at Gasperetti’s, since he is my most frequent lunch companion. His love for the Tuna Salad sandwich ($8 for a half, $11 for a whole) could rival my love for the BLT-A. And what do they have in common? Sauce verde. Gasperetti’s 1013 N. First St. • Yakima 509-248-0628 gasperettisrestaurant.com Monday - Friday: Open at 11 a.m. for lunch, dinner and late night Saturday: Open at 3 p.m. for dinner and late night

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OUTDOORS

BY CHRISTINA MCCARTHY FILE PHOTOS BY SARA GETTYS

Snowshoeing

1.0.1 DRIVING A CARLOAD of teenage girls somewhere the other day, I overheard their discussion on why parents are so lame. One lamented, “So my dad says, ‘Let’s do this half marathon! It’ll be fun!’ And I’m like, really, Dad? Thirteen miles of running would be fun? How stupid is that?” Scoffed another, “Yeah, my parents went snowshoeing … in the snow! And they were gone, like, eight hours. Outside. In the snow. They thought that was a good time.” But what do kids know? Snowshoeing is a great way to get out in the fresh air, and when it’s a little too chilly or snowy to run, snowshoeing can be the perfect way to have fun and get a great workout, too. Depending where you venture, a trek through the woods — noises muffled by a blanket of white — can be an invigorating and refreshing respite from our busy world.

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The adage, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe,” is actually fairly accurate. The key to beginner snowshoeing success is maintaining a normal walking gait, with feet just a bit wider apart than usual. Today’s snowshoes, even the less expensive ones, are smaller and more lightweight than ever, making the sport one that even little kids will find enjoyable.

#1 WHAT YOU’LL NEED Snowshoeing equipment is relatively inexpensive. A pair of hiking or winter boots and a pair of snowshoes are the required gear, though some people like to use poles, too. Snowshoes can be rented (the Little Red School House in Naches and Yakima’s Sporthaus have rentals) or purchased. Sporthaus, Costco and other stores with sports equipment carry them this time of year. A decent pair can be had for around $50.

When purchasing or renting snowshoes, you’ll need to consider your weight and gender. Back in the day, when snowshoes looked like oversized tennis rackets, they came in mostly one size: big. And while they were effective — spreading the wearer’s weight over a large surface area — traditional snowshoes were cumbersome and difficult to maneuver in heavily wooded areas. Today, manufacturers of the lightweight aluminum shoes take into consideration not only the size and weight of the wearer, but also his or her gait, and the intended use of the snowshoes. The design for a “racing” snowshoe is different than that of a winter trapper or recreational user. For the traditionalists, “old school” style showshoes are still available, but even those now come in models that reflect the wearer’s weight, gender and use.

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Flip through any REI or Patagonia catalog and find not only high-end snowshoes, but also high-tech outerwear that can set you back quite a bit. Fortunately, none of it is really needed for the recreational snowshoer. A good wicking base layer followed by a couple of removable top layers will allow you to stay comfortable. Beginners often make the mistake of really bundling up, not realizing that snowshoeing can be a real workout. But a 160-pound adult can burn upwards of 575 calories per hour. If you go for a couple miles, you’ll be sure to break a sweat and will want to cool off a bit. Layers are the way to go. As with any outdoor sport, it’s always important to bring along water to stay hydrated, and trail food, such as energy bars, granola or dried fruit. The food can easily be stuffed into pockets or a small pack, and the carbs will help keep up your energy. yakimamagazine.com • YAKIMA MAGAZINE | 25


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Ann Robins, right, and her husband, Dave, center, from Yakima, look at the scenery as they set out on a snowshoeing hike with Bill Munson, left, during the Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Jamboree at White Pass last January. The couple got their snowshoes for Christmas, saying learning to snowshoe was on their bucket list for 2012.

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#2 WHERE TO GO Deciding where to snowshoe is easy for

Pass offers a similar experience but in a different setting. Trees are more sparse, but the chances of viewing wildlife are those of us living in the Yakima Valley. great, including bald eagles, elk and even The most convenient areas are right here bighorn sheep. in town. When Mother Nature dumps Newbies to the sport often like to stick over the Valley, the possibilities are to more populated areas, and White Pass endless, from backyards and city parks, offers both rentals and trails on the north to golf courses and school playgrounds. side of the resort. Treading over packed When our streets are bare, snowshoesnow is easier than blazing a trail through ing is still less than an hour away. A fresh powder, but if you choose to go that favorite destination for many locals is route, remember to avoid groomed trails; Whistlin’ Jack Lodge on State Route 410. etiquette dictates that they be reserved In fact, anywhere between Whistlin’ Jack for cross-country skiers. and the gate closing off Chinook Pass is a door to snowshoeing paradise. Just find GO! a place to park far off of the road, stow Now that the basics are covered, don’t your keys in a safe pocket, and you’ll find wait for the new year to get on that yourself in an Ansel Adams painting, “exercise more” resolution. Our foothills reveling at the beauty and tranquility of and mountains are filling up with snow, the snow-covered wilderness. making the option of a fun winter workParking near the Oak Creek Feeding out a possibility right now. Station on U.S. 12 on the way to White

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TEXT & PHOTOS BY CHRISTINE CORBETT CONKLIN

‘Marathon’ European Trip Measured in Memories

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TO ME, EUROPE IS LIKE a huge treasure chest. Keep digging and you’ll find another great castle, a new hotel, the perfect store for buying mementos. So, as my daughter, Erin, and I were planning a trip to Europe last summer, my motto became, “If it’s within a couple of inches on the map, let’s go there! Who knows if we’ll ever be back?” With that philosophy in mind, we set off on a 26-day marathon adventure. The timing was perfect, because my daughter was on vacation from her elementary school teaching job, and I had worked ahead on my writing projects. Our itinerary included several days in Ireland, a nine-day Baltic cruise (including stops in Tallinn, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia), a swing through Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, and stops in Florence, Assisi and Lake Como, Italy, before a quick trip to Monte Carlo. And then back home.

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OPPOSITE: Beside the river in downtown Cork. • BELOW: Ireland’s green fields along its coast.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The Hayfield Manor in Cork, Ireland. Chris and Erin used this as their home base while spending six days in the country. • Chris and Erin enjoyed their treks through crumbling cemetaries and bucolic fields. • Some of Ireland’s wandering livestock.

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I’ll admit — especially toward the end of the trip — we reached a saturation level where we’d glance at a famous landmark, such as Florence’s Pitti Palace, and ask each other, “Want to go in?” “Nope.” “Do you?” “Not really.” However, the marathon pace was worth it, considering the variety of sights and the incredible memories we made. Our first clue that this was going to be a great trip came as our taxi pulled into the driveway of the Hayfield Manor in Cork, Ireland, our first stop. After hours of researching hotels online, I expected

this place to be nice, but it was even better than I’d dreamed. The Georgian-style inn, with its 88 guest rooms and beautiful grounds, made a luxurious home away from home, as we took day trips to see the sights. The staff could not have been more helpful, responding to questions and making touring suggestions. After a day of sightseeing, we could come back and eat in the hotel restaurant, read in the greenhouse outside or walk amid the lush vegetation. For me, coming for my third visit to southern Ireland, the home of my

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After a quick six days in Ireland, it was time to fly on to Copenhagen, Denmark, where we boarded Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun for our nine-day Baltic cruise. Never having been to any of the post-Soviet states, we were fascinated at what the following days would hold. One of our first ports, Tallinn, Estonia, was quite a surprise — in more ways than one. This medieval walled city, with its “Fat Margaret Tower” built for defense, domed Alexander Nevsky cathedral and central courtyard, was a photographer’s dream. In fact, I became so focused on getting close-up shots of the golden tiled mosaic over the cathedral’s door that I literally became “Lost in Estonia.” After just “one more” shot of the mosaic, I sidled back to my tour group, only to realize that

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no one looked familiar. With countless tour groups from several cruise ships in port walking through the cobblestone streets, speaking a myriad of languages, it was easy to lose track. After wandering around a while, asking if anyone had seen group number four, I finally gave up and explored on my own, later returning to the ship by cab. (As my daughter returned to the ship at the end of the tour, she hugged me in relief and told me she vowed not to leave Estonia until I was found!) Tallinn was a lovely place, bathed in sunshine, with cheerful umbrellas over sidewalk cafes, flower stalls bursting with colorful blooms and art galleries and shops displaying dolls in native dress, handmade jewelry and knitted products. There is a sense of stepping back in time.

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The next day, when we arrived in St. Petersburg, I was determined to stick like glue to my tour group. And as we passed through the dockside passport stations, the grim-faced Russian customs agents left no doubt that they were serious about enforcing the rules. With only two days in St. Petersburg, we wanted to cover a lot of ground. That first day, we boarded a bus to see Catherine’s Palace (a summer residence of the czars, about 15 miles from St. Petersburg in Pushkin) and the Hermitage (an art and culture museum including the former Winter Palace, in St. Petersburg itself).

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Our second and final day in Russia was spent with our private guide, Anastasia, and driver, Andrei. They whisked us off to see three Russian Orthodox cathedrals, which, after years of Soviet influence, appear to have become more museums than churches. (In the course of our travels, we spotted signs of Western influence, including billboards for McDonald’s and Burger King.) We arrived first at the Church on Spilled Blood with its colorful “onion” domes. This cathedral, completed in 1907, marks the spot where Czar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, with an ornate metal

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canopy covering the location. Next was the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, with its family tomb for Czar Nicholas II and the Romanov family, including Anastasia, who were all executed in 1918. Our last stop was St. Isaac’s Cathedral with its large, golden dome and interior arches of gold, blue and green. Here, we witnessed a Russian Orthodox liturgy in progress in a chapel, with veiled women kissing an icon held by a priest. Then it was back to our ship, setting sail for several more Scandinavian ports, and before we knew it, we were boarding the plane for Vienna, Austria.

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In Austria, my favorite memory was made during our Sound of Music tour. After an almost three-hour train trip to Salzburg, we boarded a bright yellow van with six other tourists from England and the United States. Our personable young guide played the soundtrack from the movie as we drove through the outskirts of the city. He led us in singing Sixteen Going On Seventeen as we approached the renovated gazebo from the movie, and I Have Confidence as we neared the treelined lane where Maria skipped along with her guitar case. Nearby was the gorgeous lakeside home where Maria and the children toppled from their boats into the water. Then it was Climb Every Mountain

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as we drove through the breathtaking lakes country above Salzburg. After the tour that day, my daughter and I walked back from old Salzburg to the newer part of town where we would catch our train back to Vienna, going on to enjoy still more adventures. We crossed the Makartsteg Bridge, noticing hundreds of padlocks that people had attached, symbolizing lasting love. We didn’t have a padlock that day. However, I know that the magical moments and laughter that this mother-daughter team shared on our travel marathon, and the love of the countryside we visited, will always remain with us.

ushered us into the three beautiful cathedrals we visited. Granted, it had cost several hundred dollars for the two of us to take this private half-day tour offered by the cruise company, but things were going flawlessly. We just breezed through the turnstiles with smiles. It was only later, when I received my final bill from the cruise company, that I saw the light. We had been charged for entrance to each of those cathedrals, in addition to the tour charge. (That was probably noted in paragraph seven, too.) At least it was possible to have a refreshing glass of orange juice with lunch or dinner on the ship. We all know that meals are included in the cruise cost. Except that, well, actually, you had to pay about $2.50 for that, too. Yet, all in all, the biggest financial surprise of our trip was the number of times a merchant would not accept a credit card. Credit cards are golden throughout the world, right? Think again. From the sweet, smiling nun at our convent hotel in Florence, Italy, to the surly cab driver who dropped us off curbside about a block after we got into his cab in Monte Carlo, it was cash or nothing, buster! By the last days of our trip, we had pretty much exhausted our supply of foreign currency and planned to use credit cards for any other needs – only to be told repeatedly that credit cards would not be accepted. I will always be grateful to the owners of the Tip Top Café in Monte Carlo who allowed us to exchange $70 cash for a credit card charge late one night. Without their help, my daughter and I might still be roaming the streets of Monte Carlo looking for a taxi driver who would accept a credit card to take us back to our hotel just across the French border. So, planning to travel overseas? Take along some extra foreign currency. Think twice about trying to drive in a foreign country. And always, always read paragraph seven of any contract.

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JOHN RODRIGUEZ is not leaving anything to chance. His long-term health depends on what he does to remain active, whether the calendar reads Jan. 15 or Aug. 22. “I run, I lift, I do pretty much everything,” said Rodriguez, 51, a bus driver for the Yakima School District. Some days are harder than others to get out and exercise, Rodriguez admitted. And the colder days and months of the year make it tough to stick with it. “I’m always worried about my weight,” said Rodriguez, who is 167 pounds. “I am around people who share the same interests. Even though there are days that I don’t want to do it, I still get up and do it.” Rodriguez was 235 pounds when he

joined the Yakima Athletic Club about six years ago. “I told myself I wanted to be in the best shape of my life by the time I was 50,” he recalled. “I put the fattest picture of me in the bathroom as a reminder. It’s a big commitment. People do hit burnout. But, it’s not only exercise. You have to watch your diet, too. If you exercise all the time, you still have to put the right foods in your body.” It’s easier for most to get out and exercise in the summer months. But, here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s going to get cold once the calendar pages turn. “Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in our country,” said Ryan Moultray, a doctor with Selah Family Medicine. January | February 2013


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“Everybody knows it’s important, but putting it into practice is hard. At some point, it’s going to be 10 degrees. What’s the game plan, then?” Moultray has a few suggestions. “My advice is to join a gym,” he said. “That way you take the weather out of the picture as an excuse. Another option is to do something at home — like an exercise video, a treadmill, or even a stationary bike.” Clearly, Rodriguez, a 1980 Davis High School graduate, hasn’t been inside staring at a workout video. He’s run five full marathons and about 25 half marathons since taking up running seriously about 11 years ago. 02.270344.YVM/O

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TIPS FOR STAYING ACTIVE WHEN IT’S COLD * Have an exercise partner and hold each other accountable. * Join a gym — or find a safe place to work out when it’s cold or icy. * If it’s cold out, dress in layers. * The Yakima Greenway is well taken care of. This can be a good option on foot or on a bicycle. * Pay special attention to your diet if your exercise frequency decreases.

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He says he does some kind of exercise six days a week and running is usually a strong component. So, what does he do on his day of rest? Well, he gets up and goes to Hot Yoga Sunday mornings before church. “To me, it’s important to get up and do it,” says Rodriguez, who is up at 4 a.m. to squeeze a workout in before heading to work. “It’s 4 percent of your life. That’s what it is. I just get up and get it done.” One thing that Moultray cautions against is a “winter break.” “It’s all about the long-term plan,” Moultray said. “You can’t think about it six months out of the year — you’ve got to think about the whole year. You really lose your fitness level quickly. It can almost be like starting over again — and then you’re prone to more injuries. It’s

just going to be that much harder to get back to your normal fitness levels.” As much of an exercise-hound as he is now, Rodriguez admits it wasn’t always this easy for him. “It took me awhile when I started doing this to really stay with it,” he said. “Finally, it just clicked one day.” The other component Rodriguez leans on heavily is a strict diet. He and his wife, Leslie, prepare and measure out their meals two weeks at a time. There are no candy bars or cookies on the menu. In fact, Rodriguez says he has pizza about three to four times a year. “Once every three months, I’ll have something special,” he said. (That includes an occasional pizza outing as a reward.) “I’ve learned to control it. I

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know I just have to stick to my diet.” Rodriguez ran the Seattle Rock n’ Roll Half Marthon in 1:35:07 last June, an average pace of 7 minutes, 16 seconds over the 13.1-mile course. Not bad for the one-time 235 pounder. “For my age, I think I’m in pretty good shape,“ he said. “I work hard at it and I don’t think I’m done. I want to keep getting stronger and getting leaner.” In the end, it’s a good mix of exercise and diet that will make the difference. And, that’s a lifestyle, not a program. “I can’t stress enough that we know what people die from — heart-related things, usually,” Moultray said. “It’s a proven fact that if you keep your weight down, it makes a difference. If you can do it by changing your diet and through exercise, then that’s even better.”

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IT WAS THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME for a group of 21 locals when they spent a month traveling, sight-seeing and building a home with Habitat for Humanity International in Nepal last fall. Organized by Ann and Bruce Willis, seasoned travelers and experienced Habitat for Humanity builders, the trip was broken into three parts: a weeklong tour in India, two weeks in Pokhara, Nepal, building a Habitat for Humanity home, and an additional week sight-seeing in the countryside. “We’ve found this is a very engaging way to travel and a wonderful way to experience a new culture,” Ann Willis said. Bruce, a retired orthodontist, and Ann first got involved with Habitat for Humanity when their son took an international position with the organization in El Salvador. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that has helped to build or make repairs to more than 600,000 affordable houses worldwide. The organization has both domestic and international arms and has served more than

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3 million people. It is active in the Yakima Valley, partnering with families to provide affordable housing. This was the 10th time Bruce and Ann had traveled as part of an international build. They previously visited El Salvador and Columbia, organizing adventures and inviting friends and fellow community members to join them. When the Willises decided to organize a build in Nepal, they knew others from Yakima would want to join them. As the team was assembled over several months, often times through word of mouth, a diverse group emerged with various professional, personal, religious and political backgrounds. “The tone, perspective and mission of Habitat groups are often a reflection of the team’s leaders,” Peggy Ludwick, a trip participant, said. “One of the reasons I was

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A view of the home’s corrugated roof. • These homemade swings can be found everywhere in the area. • The family who will inhabit the home. The woman in blue is the local Habitat for Humanity coordinator, and she designed the home. • The structure begins to take shape.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Back Row: Bruce Willis, Jim Fitch, Craig Sundquist, Larry Stephens, Buzz Rowe; Third Row: Pam Cleaver, Priti Streich, Sylvia Severn, Trish Meyers, Connie Stephens, Jerry Simons; Second Row: Ann Willis, Kathy Simons, Linda Pier, Sally Fitch, Peggy Ludwick, Carole Folsom-Hill; Front Row: Ralph Berthon, Martin Streich, Jake Jundt, a local dignitary, Caroline Sundquist • Caroline Sundquist pours gravel and sand into the home, which was mixed with water to form the home’s floor. • The group makes its way to the building site.

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interested in going to Nepal with Bruce and Ann Willis as our leaders, is that they just wanted to travel with a purpose, to do good work in a part of the world they were interested in seeing and learning from. This fit perfectly with my goals as well.” The group embarked on its journey in late October, arriving first in India on Oct. 21. Everybody participated in the Habitat build, but branched off during the additional tours and travel opportunities. After an initial whirlwind guided tour of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi, India, the group arrived in Pokhara, Nepal, on Oct. 28. “We decided that if you’re going to travel across the world, you had better make the most of it,” Ann Willis said. With approximately 300,000 inhabitants, Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and is situated about 120 miles west of Kathmandu, the capital. The group spent two weeks constructing a bamboo post and beam structure that was approximately 200 square feet. The family, a husband and wife with three young children, worked alongside the group every day. After the concrete slab foundation was laid, the group worked to assemble the exterior walls. The construction, a very green model of building, was made by slicing the bamboo by hand into thin slats and weaving them together. The work was physically exhausting and tedious because each slat had to be sliced J a n u a r y | Fe b r u a r y 2 0 1 3


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per person, which included room and board and in-country transportation. The fee also included a $600 donation to Habitat. International airfare was not included. Group members approached local Rotary organizations to help raise funds for three additional homes to be built in Nepal. A total of $6,500 was raised to fund future house sites in Nepal. Members from all three local Rotary organizations — Downtown, Southwest and Sunrise — were represented on the trip. For Ralph Berthon, it was his first international trip, and he found adventure everywhere he could. Whether it was riding on the back of a small motorcycle taxi, ziplining the world’s largest zipline through the jungle or hiking through the Himalaya Mountains, he took advantage of every moment. “I would do a trip like this again in a heartbeat — the trip impacted me quite a bit,” Berthon said. “This was a wonderful group to travel with and the experience overall was incredible.” At the conclusion of the Habitat build, a portion of the group embarked on a four day 50-mile trek through mountain village communities. The entire hike was a series of stone steps and pathways, making climbing — to an altitude of more than 10,000 feet at some points — a challenge. The group concluded its adventure at the Royal Chitwan National Park for a five-day safari. They rode elephants and did several walking and jeep tours to see wildlife and lush jungle flora. “It was a lovely way to end the trip,” Folsom-Hill said. “It was a beautiful environment and extremely peaceful.” For each person, the trip meant something different. For some it was a chance to see a part of the world they had never been to, for others it was to serve a community and a family in need or simply about experiencing a new culture. For everyone, it was an opportunity to learn and grow and bring back memories for a lifetime. “It never ceases to amaze me that no matter where you go in the world, and no matter how different our circumstances are,” said attendee Sylvia Severn, “you see how much we really are alike. Families taking care of each other, the sounds of children laughing and playing, everyone working hard.” Yakima Habitat for Humanity partners with local 02.269229.YAK.O

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SOMETIMES IT TAKES a little help from a friend to find your dream house, especially if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. That was the case 20 years ago when Renee Martin decided to move out of her parents’ home and find a place of her own. At the time Martin’s best friend, Sally Champie, had renovated an old farmhouse and had become familiar with the Yakima real estate scene. With her help Martin began her search. One day Champie told Martin she’d discovered the perfect house — a delightful 1927 French Mediterranean in a tree-lined neighborhood just off Summitview Avenue.

There was only one catch. The house was not for sale. Undaunted, Champie introduced Martin to the home’s owner. In the months that followed Martin struck up a friendship with Nellie Etheridge, who was a retired school counselor. Etheridge eventually sold her property to Martin, confident that the younger woman loved it as much as she did. Today the home’s crisp white stucco exterior, accented by red roof tiles and awnings, are key to its eye-popping curb appeal. With only 2,200 square feet equally divided between the main floor and basement, rooms aren’t large. But

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architectural details throughout the first floor make it special and have inspired Martin to indulge in her passion for interior design. The sturdy arched oak door with its speakeasy window and decorative wrought iron hinges inspires visitors to wonder what lies beyond the castle-like entrance. The front door opens onto the living room, which features scalloped French beams supporting a high ceiling and an impressive round, black iron chandelier.

An Art Deco tiled fireplace takes center stage and over the mantel Martin has placed a large poster of a German soldier in homage to her mother’s family still living in Berlin. She’s decorated the room with heavy furnishings and mounted antlers, giving the space the feel of an “old world” hunting lodge. In contrast, a delightful patio covered by a grape arbor sits just off the living room. She’s furnished it with a black iron outdoor table and chairs accented by

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: One of the home’s outdoor spaces, graced with an umbrella and ornamented with potted plants and a fountain. • The kitchen nook pops with its ultra-vibrant candy color. • One of Renee’s cats lounges. • A second patio with a candlelit chandelier and tiered fountain.

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cherry red cushions. A candlelit chandelier, a bounty of potted plants and the sound of a nearby tiered fountain make this an inviting gathering place for an afternoon glass of chilled Liebfraumilch, in keeping with her family heritage. Martin admits she has champagne taste but loves a bargain. “When Costco has stuff in that looks expensive, I’ll buy it,” she said. On the other hand, she’s learned to splurge on the occasional signature piece of furniture. Her diminutive dining room is filled with a round glass top table and six matching wicker chairs, all part of the Thomasville “Mombasa” collection, purchased at Yakima’s Shopkeeper. Large potted ferns, old leather luggage, mirrors, exotic feather bouquets and a striking mahogany china cupboard full of sparkling crystal all help to conjure visions of Papa Ernest Hemingway spinning tales of his African adventures at dinner.

She loves keeping up with current design trends by reading popular home décor magazines. Her scrumptious raspberry and white breakfast nook just off the kitchen took inspiration from a picture she saw in Traditional Home magazine ten years ago. While the bold color palette might frighten away the more faint of heart, it doesn’t faze Martin. Her bright and cheery breakfast spot makes her smile even on the gloomiest winter day. An animal lover, Martin owns a large poodle named Paris and three cats, Bo, Bridgett and Kitty. “Originally I put down a light Berber carpet in my hallway and that was a mistake,” she said. The solution came from another magazine article in which a designer installed pet-friendly animal print carpet; she quickly followed the advice. When it comes time to sleep, Martin has created a luxurious, all-white fantasy

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bedroom — one that most women would deem “sigh worthy.” The four poster bed dressed in yards of snowy fabric along with a black iron candle chandelier set a romantic tone for the room. Martin noted that her grandfather, Paul, helped with many of her remodeling projects over the years. He was responsible for transforming the basement into an office/ family room with a second bedroom. She and her granddad both loved working

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outside together, and he played a large role in assisting her with redesigning the garden area surrounding her home. When looking for the perfect home, Martin would be quick to tell you to first shop your favorite neighborhood. Sometimes a simple knock on the door can lead to the house of your dreams. And for Renee Martin, her dream house has become the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of her busy life.

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At times travel can be, well, boring. So we’ve searched high and low for the most popular travel games to help keep the whole family happy while on the road.

The mini version of the original can be played anywhere, anytime. Guess Who? is a two-player game in which you try to identify the opponent’s mystery person by asking questions like, “Does he have a mustache?” Players go back and forth until one finally wins. It’s a guessing game with lots of laughs. $10.90, amazon.com

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Good Grief: The therapy of a “memory garden”

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YOUR DAUGHTER SEES them first when she crosses the finish line at the Sunfair cross country meet: two beautiful, tall weeping sequoias, flanking that moment of celebration and accomplishment that another young man, Robbie Barany, savored not so long ago. Your son’s bus driver drops him safely at another day of elementary school next to this red maple at Ridgeview Elementary, where he works hard to achieve academic and civic excellence like Shayla Holwegner, a young girl who once walked those same school halls but is no longer walking the earth. These community spaces have been enhanced by these living memorials as well as many others over the years. It seemed very natural for me to bring that concept home to my personal garden. We all have favorite memories associated with plants and the sensory experience they provoke. Memory gardening takes that olfactory sensation to a new place. While you toil over grief and loss, you labor over the soil with someone special in mind. You create a space that helps you process your feelings, honoring a memory that keeps your loved one close

in a new way or helps a community to remember the spirit of a special soul that has passed. I await spring every year, as most of us do. For me spring is especially poignant after the loss of my daughter to a rare form of cancer almost four winters ago. Winter signifies so much for me as, right in keeping with my loved one’s death, the garden passes. One could weep, and, believe me, sometimes I do ... but I also choose to honor and cherish my sweet girl through the tending of the Earth’s seasons. I do that in part by caring for my garden. It’s a regular therapy session for me. I tell my children that not a grain of soil has been turned without them on my mind. Depending on the emotion at hand, I could create beauty or wreak havoc on any pest, weed or plant in the wrong place at the right time. I also have found it helpful to create memory gardens — these spaces in my landscape where I especially toiled over grief while taking out another plot of grass to add meaningful art and plantings. We purchased a nearly 100-year-old home when our girls were little. I’ll never forget my youngest, Sadie, looking up from her breakfast one morning in the first spring

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in the house and saying, “There’s a HUGE pink tree in our yard, Mom!” as if it had just sprung up over night. When I lived apart from this child for so long in order to get care for our oldest, I missed her desperately. On one of my few trips home from the hospital and our temporary Seattle home, I created a garden surrounding that 100-year-old dogwood that Sadie discovered so long ago. When Shay started planning her celebration of life, she had huge, metal “Shayla stars” (a symbol that was designed and sold to benefit the Shayla Fund, a local non-profit that gives scholarships to young people in health crises) made in bright colors for her guests to sign. She said, “Mom I want you to put these in your garden after I’m gone, so that you will always be reminded of all the people that supported us through this time in our life.” The stars were clear-coated, so we wouldn’t lose any of the signatures because of weather, and they adorn many spaces in our home landscape. She was right. I am reminded every day of her and the many people who love us. Maintaining these spaces has created bonds and become a community project of sorts. Many friends collaboratively helped to take care of our garden while we couldn’t. One friend makes it her personal responsibility to prune and care for the tree planted at Shay’s elementary school. Some have made places of honor in their own gardens for my child and other loves lost. A quiet few are patiently watching the new sequoias take root in Franklin Park. This idea of grief gardening gives a sense of helpfulness in an otherwise helpless situation. Charlie Brown says, “Good grief!” While I may be taking it out of context, I find Charlie’s words meaningful and couldn’t agree more. This is good, healthy grief at work in the garden.

OPPOSITE: One of Renee’s memory gardens, with “Shayla’s Star” looking over it. PHOTO COURTESY OF RENEE HOLWEGNER

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A Tasty Tour ... of Yakima

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DECIDING TO EAT OUT is the easy part. Deciding what and where to eat is what stumps us. In fact, most of us can’t count the number of times we’ve been asked, “What are you in the mood for?” Often followed with, “Italian? Mexican? Chinese?” So in the spirit of travel — and hunger — we visited four Yakima favorites from around the world to help make your dining decision.

In business for almost 12 years, El Taco Loco owner, Malena Espinosa, has made her mark in downtown Yakima. Her authentic Mexican entrées have become a staple for those within walking distance — particularly her daily specials. After having tried both breakfast and dinner, Espinosa found her success with the lunch crowd. Around the noon hour a line extending out the front door is a pretty common occurrence — especially given the popularity of her salsa bar. It’s the only one in town serving Espinosa’s savory spice and onion salsas.

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In Yakima, the gyro and falafel were once unattainable — until the arrival of Kabob House in 2009. The Mediterranean cuisine has since added a Greek touch to our town — as well as some variety. Kabob House owner, Husain Husain, proudly grills his marinated meat and veggie skewers in the presence of his patrons. From Greek salads and sandwiches to oversized entrees, he says he keeps his ingredients fresh, and there are plenty of appetizing options to choose from. But of course, leave room for baklava — a rich, sweet pastry made of phyllo dough, nuts and honey — Delish!

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Plate featured: Noodle Soup, $11.95, and Kung Pao Tofu, $12.95. Located on A Street, China Town Café has become a hotspot among the business crowd. Husband and wife team, Tong Zhang and Chiuluan Tsai, opened their doors a little over a year ago. Through word-of-mouth, their business has flourished. “My husband likes to cook — [he cooks] everything fresh to order,” says Tsai. All of his sauces are homemade, which make for natural companions to his entrees and appetizers. At the request of customers, they’ve added a vegetarian dish, Kung Pao Tofu, too. Although the couple just sort of stumbled upon their location, its brick walls and hardwood floors help create the feel of an urban eatery — much like the big city.

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Twenty-eight years ago Debbie Runge brought a taste of Italy to town when she opened 901 Pasta. After running a successful restaurant for ten years, she passed the torch to Ned and Stephanie Walsh — the current owners — who operate with the help of their son and manager, Matt Walsh. 901 Pasta is still a favorite among families and professionals, with its signature salads, sandwiches and pasta entrees. In recent years, they’ve also become quite popular for their take-out, offering tasty pans of traditional pasta, soup, quiche and marinara. 901 Pasta’s charming black and white checked floors, green-covered tables and deli cases make customers feel right at home. Don’t leave without tasting its legendary artichoke soup.

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Craftsman Gary Gresham’s Amazing Wooden Clocks

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CAN A WOODEN CLOCK tick-tock? Although it seems improbable that a clock built completely of wood could produce the sound of a classic time piece, Yakima woodworker Gary Gresham would answer with an emphatic “Yes!” Gresham says his inspiration for designing and creating wooden clocks came to him several years ago, when he and his wife, Donna, visited a shop in Leavenworth that had an all-wooden clock on display. This was not a typical German cuckoo clock, but a large time-keeping device with wooden gears, pendulum and carriage. Impressed, they took lots of

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pictures and discovered the clock sold for a whopping $9,000. Retired from the Navy, Gresham works as an information security manager for the federal Bureau of Reclamation. His grandfather and father taught him basic carpentry at an early age and he remembers their frequent advice: “Don’t ever hire anybody when you can do it yourself.” Attempting to build his own wooden clock seemed like a natural way to combine his woodworking and engineering skills. Fascinated by the possibility of creating a totally wooden clock that was both accurate and a true piece of art, Gresham January | February 2013


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spent three to four months reading about clocks and clock repair. “I wanted it to be my design from start to finish,” he said. “You can buy wooden clocks from kits, but I wanted mine to be completely handcrafted, with all parts hand cut.” Using computer design software and an engineering design application, he came up with a concept, but it took six months to get the bugs out. After building several test clocks, Gresham discovered that friction was the enemy. “Too much friction and the clock won’t work.”

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He said the painstaking process of cutting the gears perfectly equated to a labor of love. A perfectionist, Gresham said it usually takes more than a year to create one of his custom clocks. A tour of Gresham’s old shop next to his house — he has since moved his shop to larger quarters — would make the average woodworker weep with jealousy. He has more than $25,000 worth of equipment, including a wide assortment of drill presses, scroll saws, band saws and a big dust collection system that keeps the space

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free of sawdust. Because he has an eye for a bargain, he purchased most of his equipment at local pawn shops or yard sales for a fraction of their retail price. He also keeps an assortment of hard woods like oak, maple, cherry and walnut at the ready for his next project. Because of his children’s love of theater — he and Donna have four grown daughters — the entire family has become active in The Warehouse Theatre Company and the Akin Center Theatre in the past five years. Gresham started by helping build sets, but quickly found himself performing on stage as well. One of his clocks found its way on the set of Akin Theatre’s production of The Foreigner, where it competed for attention with Gresham’s character, Froggie. Gresham has never used anyone else’s designs or sold any of his beautiful clocks. “I didn’t want to do it for money. All the clocks I’ve built, I’ve given to family or friends, or even for fundraising.” One of his best clocks is housed in the lobby of Allied Arts on Lincoln Avenue. This 7-foot-tall example is called “Mystery Time,” and it hides a secret. Although it appears to be totally made of wood, Gresham has cleverly engineered a custom-designed electronic circuit, with a three-volt battery and an electromagnetic coil inside the clock’s base. This is what runs the wooden gears and pendulum. “The pendulum contains a magnet at the bottom and as it approaches the coil in the base, it generates a small induced current which turns on a portion of the circuit and dumps three volts to the coil from the battery,” he said. The current then gives a gentle tug on the pendulum. “As the pendulum reaches dead center on the coil, the induced current drops to zero, the circuit shuts off and allows the pendulum to swing free. This occurs once each second and provides just enough power to the pendulum to keep it swinging continuously.”

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Over the years, Gresham’s hobby and his shop have become a little like his sanctuary. “I go to my workshop and put everything out of my mind. I call my clock-making therapy, because I often feel like I’m swimming in a sea of estrogen!” ABOVE: Gresham in his old shop. 78 | YAKIMA MAGAZINE • yakimamagazine.com

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The Yakima Valley Zonta Club hosted a dinner on the stage of The Capitol Theatre on Oct. 25, 2012. The dinner was an auction item in Zonta’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, and it featured author Susan LaRiviere, who wrote “Ghost of the Capitol Theatre.” The evening included fog machines and a visit by “ghost” Kori Koch. Guests ended the night dancing to the soundtrack of the movie, “Ghost.”

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CALENDAR Travel Events

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Salsa Fridays The Seasons Performance Hall theseasonsyakima.com

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Capitol on the Edge: The Complete World of Sports The Capitol Theatre 509-853-ARTS [music]

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The Commanders Jazz Ensemble The Capitol Theatre 509-853-ARTS [wine, events, music]

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Jay Thomas: The Boogaloo Project The Seasons Performance Hall theseasonsyakima.com

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Yakima Symphony Orchestra: The Piano Men/Music of Billy Joel and Elton John The Capitol Theatre yakimasymphony.org [Events, sports]

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INTERVIEW

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Name & Age: Wendy Warren, 59

into Washington D.C. (for Fourth of Personal: I’m married to Terry Champoux July, which every and serve as personal assistant to our cat American should Picasso (female, age 18-1/2). experience), and back across the northern tier. I’ve been to England once and France Occupation: Writer, writing teacher & a lot. My mother grew up there and her mentor family still lives there. We stay with my aunt in a village of 130 people. Some highWhere did you grow up, go to school, lights of slipping into French village life: etc.? Born and raised in the Yakima • Meeting a handful of sardonic hunters Valley, Davis grad, one year at YVCC, then in nearby woods who said it was safe to Fairhaven College at WWU; finished Mass pass because they hadn’t shot anything Communications B.A. at CWU and have all day. half an M.A. • At the marché, the roast chicken vendor caught us breathing in the We hear you visit unusual or unexpected aroma of his wares. He told us the places — tell us how you choose your scent was one franc. My mother gave destinations. We like out of the way, small, him a dollar. A few years later, we saw quirky places, often picked for direction the same vendor and the framed dollar! (“never been to the extreme SE corner of • Terry offered to get bread for my aunt the state”) or interstate highway avoidfrom the bakery truck that came every ance. I look up community webpages and morning. Day one, the older ladies papers where we’re headed. Locals in an were in slippers and housecoats. Day area are always the best resource. two, they were dressed and coifed. Day three, the bakery lady had done her What is the first trip that you remember makeup and nails. On day four, my taking? I’m the oldest of seven kids in a aunt said I needed to go along to be family that had next to no money. The sure he made it back. first and only family trip I remember was camping at Ilwaco in early June when I If choosing between plane, train or autowas 12. We were not outdoors people. My mobile (or bus), which would you take? dad acquired an ancient canvas tent that Despite the price of gas and the totally smelled like mushrooms. Mom put sheets un-green ethic, it’s road trips in our own on the floor and blankets over us. Those vehicle, toting up miles and marveling at were the coldest nights I ever experienced American geography and character. We until climbing in the North Cascades in stop at non-chain diners and stores and my 20s. However, it was the first time I’d chat up the locals. Those conversations ever seen the ocean, and it was magical to have led to pancake feeds, art festivals, walk barefoot in the sand with the steady microbreweries and scenic short cuts. A crash of the waves. hot tip for perfect grapefruit martinis was appreciated following a small panic when Where in the United States have you our battery died. traveled? Abroad? The American West from the Rockies to Hawaii and Alaska. I’ve driven across the southern states, up

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Our rigs have gotten us to many non-cookie-cutter accommodations: cozy cabins on the Methow River, near Dungeness Spit and in Trout Lake; a tree-house northeast of White Salmon; an A-frame outside of Flagstaff; a tin-roofed cottage in Glacier National Park; and the totally kitschy Sou’Wester Lodge in Seaview. Do you pack heavy or light? Light, light, light! The first time we went to France together was for nearly four weeks with one carry-on each. My motto: if we don’t have it, we don’t need it. The only exception is our annual beach week when the car is packed with art supplies, clothes for any weather and food. You’re on the proverbial desert island … what five must-haves do you take with you? My journal, a lot of pens, a book of poetry, excellent Darjeeling tea and my husband, the best travel companion I know. Why is Yakima home to you? I ask myself this often. Sometimes the lack of creative vision when it comes to resolving our community’s problems makes me crazy. What keeps me here is family, great friends, the climate, the beautiful light and an inexplicable geographic attachment. I feel literally rooted to the core of the earth through this place. If you could boil your life philosophy down to one or two sentences, what would it be? Try to be attentive and open to what’s around you. Try to do more good today than you did yesterday. Center yourself in compassion and all will be well.

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