CONCERT ON THE GREEN Will Feature Broadway
your fix of Broadway tunes on Thursday, August 18, when acclaimed director,
Matthew Garbutt, leads the San Diego Symphony in a salute to Broadway
at Fallbrook’s Grand Tradition.
It’s all part of the 26th annual Fallbrook Music Society Symphony
Pops on the Green.
According to Brenda Montiel, president of the Society and co-chairman
of the summer concert, “It’s a Fallbrook favorite. We have
had this for twenty-six years now, and we get calls from all over from
people who have moved away who want to make sure they get tickets for
this particular event.
“People who are old timers here reserve tables, decorate them
with flowers and bring their special picnic dinner. You look out over
the venue and see these tables. It’s a big deal for many, many
“It’s an event that appeals to the entire community. It’s
outdoors under the stars and a wonderful community experience. There
is something for everybody. A lot of children are introduced to good
music at these concerts. Usually there are at least a hundred young
people attending,” she says.
Usually from 1200-1300 people attend. You can either sit on the grass
or order a reserved table. Otherwise audience members can bring short
lawn chairs. If you have higher backed chairs there is a special section
off to the side reserved for you.
Either way you will enjoy a singular experience. As darkness falls at
the Grand Tradition, with the orchestra on one side of the lake, reflected
in the water with the stars, and the audience on the other side, it
is a truly magical moment worth savoring.
The society is 34 years old. It offers four professional symphony concerts
with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and two chamber concerts and a
Christmas concert and this summer concert each year. Most concerts are
at the Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts in Fallbrook.
Garbutt has earned critical acclaim in the U.S., Canada and the Far
East where he has done innovative programming and conducting. He conducts
a wide range of music from symphonies to pop music. This Los Angeles
native has been the resident “pops” conductor of the San
Diego symphony for several summers and has conducted in Fallbrook twice
The San Diego Symphony will play a mixture of American music and Broadway
selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, George
Gershwin’s Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s
highlights from Evita and selections from My Fair Lady,
among many others. Guest vocal soloist will be Melissa Chaty, Miss California
2007, who finished in the top eight in the Miss America Pageant in 2008.
The evening will begin with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars who will
do the unfurling of the colors. The orchestra will play the National
Anthem and the Services Salute, which consists of the hymns of all of
the military services. The flag bearers will lower the flags for each
of the services.
It is a very moving and patriotic moment and is sure to stir your heart.
The Grand Tradition Estate is indeed a one-of-a-kind venue, and the
sound is great.
“We have a large sound system to carry the music across the lake,”
says Mrs. Montiel.
Remember, the gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30
p.m. at the Grand Tradition, 1602 S. Mission Road, in Fallbrook. Parking
is free and easy in front of the Grand Tradition Estate, with overflow
parking close by.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. You can
preorder picnic dinners for $11.
For tickets call the Fallbrook Music Society office at 760-451-8644,
buy them at Major Market or on the Web site at www.fallbrookmusicsociety.org.
It’s An Art Form!
isn’t just your grandmother’s arena. Younger people, children,
even men, are finding it to be a vibrant art form that provides many
ways to express creativity.
In recent years, technological advances like the Long Arm quilting machine
and rotary cutters have reduced the labor intensity of quilting—so
that those who are more interested in its artistic aspects than maneuvering
their quilts through a home sewing machine can let their creativity
And yes, it IS an art form. At least if you ask people for whom it is
a passion. It is also an American art form, although as Herlinda Samaniego,
president of the North County Quilters’ Association points out,
“It started back in China and Japan, and a lot of it was basically
for repair and warmth. But over the centuries, it turned into an art
form for women to express themselves. Even the Amish, who can’t
have embellishments, can do that on their hand quilting.
“There are quilt-related crafts, but quilting itself is an art
form,” she says.
I’m not a quilter. Nor do I play one on TV, but I write about
artists. So a year ago on a visit to Nebraska, I found myself driving
by the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University
of Nebraska–Lincoln. It piqued my interest. I learned that it
houses the largest public collection of quilts in the world, more than
Then, when I heard about this year’s Southern California Quilter’s
Run, in which hundreds of quilters participated, I realized there was
more to this than an antique craft whose name suggests pioneers in covered
wagons and womenfolk in gingham dresses and bonnets working in groups
sewing squares of cloth by lamp light.
Of course, that is definitely part of its history, as Ruby Hoffman,
events coordinator for the Fallbrook Quilt Guild, told me.
The guild started in September 1987 with 50 members. Today it has 130.
Over the years, it has inspired many people to learn about quilting
and quilting skills.
“Quilting started as a necessity for people to cover their bodies.
Back then they threw nothing away—they used every scrap of fabric.
But it has become an art form,” says Hoffman, who calls herself
“a fabric painter.” “I do it with fabric instead of
paint,” but she also paints with acrylics and oils. “They
definitely do overlap,” she replies when asked if she finds herself
thinking in both media. She has, for example, taken a watercolor and
transferred the image onto a quilt.
She makes landscapes using fabric as paint and thread to enhance the
Hoffman does “free motion” quilting, a method of stitching
complicated and curving designs by machine or by hand.
She agrees that the introduction of labor-saving devices such as the
rotary cutter (replacing scissors) have brought more people into it.
But not her. “I’ve been quilting on and off for the last
thirty years,” she says. Back then you had to make your own templates
and you spent a lot more time on drudge tasks.
Samaniego dates the labor saving changes to about 15 years ago. “Everyone
today is on a speed mode. Can we get it done faster? The invention of
the rotary cutter and the acrylic rulers helped bring about that change
in quilting. You could not do it without acrylic rulers. Along with
the self-healing mat that sits on your table where you slice your strips.”
When she started out 41 years ago, she used cereal boxes to cut the
strips and made templates out of cardboard.
One of four daughters, she was raised without any knowledge of sewing
or quilting. “When I heard about quilting, all I could think of
was ‘I need to do this!’” she recalls.
You will find as many kinds of designs as there are quilters. Some do
the “square within a square” pattern. Fallbrook Quilt Guild
member, Sharon Wilhite, is known as the “dragon lady” because
among the patterns she designs are often dragons.
Some guild members have gatherings like the old “quilting bees,”
to do “quilts of love” to donate to babies or to Wounded
The North County Quilters’ Association also does charitable work.
“We have one quilt show in November and every penny goes into
our charities,” says Samaniego.
Jan Chow, one of the proprietors of the Quilter’s Cottage in Fallbrook,
is encouraged that quilting is becoming popular among young people and
Among nationally known male quilters, count Ricky Tims, a pianist/composer,
whose quilts have won international awards and who has put on shows
of music and quilts at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Says Samaniego, “We have twenty-two men who authored their own
book patterns and have shows.”
It can be difficult to tell a quilt done by a man from one done by a
woman. “I saw a quilt in Houston, and I was amazed that it was
done by a man. It was hand quilted. So much is done by a machine but
some of the best work is done by hand.”
On the other hand, some quilters show off their masculinity with quilts
that are sports oriented or have a hunting theme.
Chow is helping to reintroduce quilting to a younger generation. “I
do quilts for my kids and grandkids, and as they grow older, it will
be something they will cherish,” says Chow, who has had 6-year-olds
in quilting classes. “Sewing missed a generation, but it is coming
Samaniego agrees. “We have four- year-olds starting out. There
is a guild in Corona, and those children are given donations of fabrics
and scraps. I saw a little girl who was six years old who was so excited
about what she had created. A lot more boys are doing it. My two boys
are self taught. They can do anything a woman can do.”
In Chow’s opinion, quilting is a hobby or an art form depending
on how someone approaches it. But for all who do it, it IS a passion.
“It is such a multifaceted thing that to put people in a niche
is tough. But it’s definitely creative, whether you consider yourself
an artist or not. We all love fabric.”
Everyone who comes into her store wants to reach out and touch the fabric.
“It’s part of the experience,” she says. “It’s
very tactile. Quilts are meant to be seen and felt.”
Hoffman adds, “It’s hard for me not to want to touch any
And, as Samaniego says, “Once you’re hooked, you’re
To find out more about the North County Quilters’ Association
The North County Quilters' Association meets the third Monday of each
month, except for July and August, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in
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131 E Fig St # 2, Fallbrook, CA 92028
1451 Montiel Road,
Escondido, CA 92026
Fallbrook Quilt Guild
P.O. Box 1704, Fallbrook, CA 92088
Meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Fallbrook Community
Center. To find out more visit http://fallbrookquiltguild.com
Beers and Charities: Stone Brewing Co. Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Stone Brewing Co. is celebrating another ‘hoppy’ year this
month at its 15th Anniversary Celebration and Invitational Beer Festival.
Leave it to Stone Brewing to use its anniversary celebration as a way
to serve a higher purpose by inviting fans to join them in drinking
beer and raising money for local charities. You can feel warm and fuzzy
without drinking a drop knowing your entrance fee is going to organizations
like the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, Palomar Family YMCA, the
Surfrider Foundation and Fight ALD (adrenoleukodystrophy).
“With just this one event alone, through our customers and fans,
we have been able to give more than $1 million to local charities over
the past years,” said Randy Clemens, Public Relations Coordinator
for Stone Brewing Co.
The chosen charities are near and dear to Stone Brewing co-founders
Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, as well as the rest of the Stone Brewing
Co. family. Clemens said that Wagner has been involved with the Boys
& Girls Club of San Marcos for years, and that as a community member
and the father of two, he knows the importance of the Surfrider Foundation
and the Palomar Family YMCA. Fight ALD is a research and education foundation
started by Janis Sherwood, the wife of Bill Sherwood, who is Stone Brewing’s
The Sherwoods lost their son, Sawyer, to ALD in 2003 and have made a
commitment to educating the public and medical professionals about this
rare and often misdiagnosed disease ever since. In addition to donating
funds from the anniversary celebration, Stone Brewing also helps raise
money and awareness for ALD by brewing a special craft beer called “Sawyer’s
“Not only is it a way to honor the Sherwoods’ son, Sawyer,
but one hundred percent of all proceeds from purchases go to Fight ALD,”
Clemens said. “All the ingredients to make the beer are donated,
so every cent is profit for the charity.”
Stone Brewing’s main anniversary celebration is scheduled to take
place Saturday, August 20, at Cal State University, San Marcos and will
feature two sessions: 11 a.m. –2 p.m. and 3–6 p.m. The cost
per session is $40 and includes a commemorative 15th anniversary tasting
glass, ten samples, free homebrewed sodas by the Society of Barley Engineers,
samples of Mike’s Beer Cheese, Arrogant Bastard Ale onion rings
and more. Participants can choose from over 100 beers including one-offs
and special releases from more than 40 breweries. The main tent will
also have a special cask section with six featured Stone brews.
All day passes are also available to attend both sessions. However,
these exclusive passes are already sold out (likely because all day
access includes everything from the main festival, plus access to a
much less crowded, rare beer tent that has live music, special brewer
appearances and complimentary food by Stone Brewing World Bistro &
A separate Brewers Reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday
night. The cost of this event is $75 and includes dozens of beers and
complimentary gourmet food and the opportunity to meet with world-class
brewers who are bringing their beers to Saturday’s festival.
“Friday night is always a lot of fun,” Clemens said. “We
limit it to 750 attendees, so it’s less crowded, more relaxed
and just a really great time. We expect around seven thousand people
for Saturday’s event so Friday is definitely a different experience.”
As always, Stone Brewing Co. promotes responsible drinking and is offering
$25 tickets for designated drivers at the door. In addition, they are
pushing public transportation.
“One of the great things about holding the event at Cal State
San Marcos is the fact that a Sprinter stop is right there,” Clemens
said. “We encourage people to take the Sprinter or get a cab.”
It takes all hands on deck plus some additional volunteers to make the
event go off without a hitch, and according to Clemens, they have a
pretty good, well-oiled machine.
“Cal State San Marcos has always been receptive and very accommodating
for our event,” Clemens said. “We bring in our ideas and
they have theirs. Together we dial it down to make sure everyone has
a good time and help do good for the community.”
Stone Brewing Co.’s 15th Anniversary Celebration and Invitational
Beer Festival is scheduled for Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August
20. The event is for adults only. Ticket sales and additional information
can be found on their website at www.stonebrew.com/anniv.
One Man Band That Is Rez Radio
Radio is definitely not a “tower of power” or a “blowtorch
covering all of Southern California.” It is a 100-watt specialized
radio station that serves the residents of the Pala Reservation, i.e.
“the Rez.” It began broadcasting in February of this year.
If you turn the station on at random, you might hear a local talk radio
show, a broadcast of a local softball game, or even bird dancing, which
is a cultural activity of many local tribes. Tune in after midnight,
and you’ll hear some old time radio shows, such as The Great
Gildersleve, Fibber McGee and Molly, Red Skelton and Tales
of the Texas Rangers.
Rez Radio, KOPA 91.3 FM, does have a tower. At the foot of the tower
is a small office that houses the radio station, including a studio,
which is essentially a one-man band operated by John Fox, general manager.
“I think it blows people away that we can get by with a skeleton
staff and some volunteers,” he says.
Fox is a Fallbrook native who has been in the radio business for 35
years, announcing for stations such as KFMB, B-100, and several stations
in the Los Angeles area.
He first got involved in the radio station last summer, but its story
goes back to the wildfires of 2007, when the Pala tribe realized that
it had no real way of communicating during emergencies with the several
hundred residents of the community.
Shortly after the fires, the tribe began the application process with
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to get an FM station license.
By the time Fox came along, they had renovated the building where the
station is located—a one time sewage treatment plant.
“A few years ago, it would have been ridiculous for one man to
run a radio station, but the technology today now makes it possible
for one person to run a radio show 24-7,” says Fox. Obviously,
he does that with a lot of recorded shows, although there is also some
live programming, mostly in the mornings and early afternoons. Some
shows are done by volunteers.
Recently, they experimented with carrying a live softball game. “The
hold up was doing a professional play-by-play of the game,” says
Recently, they also did a live broadcast of a hearing involving one
of the local hot button issues: the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill.
Any show you hear on the weekend, or outside of 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
on a weekday, is pre-recorded.
The radio station’s frequency is “shoe-horned into Southern
California, which is one of the most over-radioed airwaves in the nation.”
FM has limited range, basically line-of-sight, unlike AM radio, which
you can sometimes pick up thousands of miles away if atmospheric conditions
are right. So the range of Rez Radio is about five miles, which takes
in most of the community. You can also get the show on streaming Internet
anywhere in the world, which, Fox suspects, will probably be the way
that most people listen to radio stations in the not-too-distant future.
Especially once automobiles are equipped to receive it. Many people
already receive it on their telephones.
Obviously, when you have that small of a broadcast radius, thousands
of people are not hanging on to your every word. In fact, if 100% of
those who could be listening to it were listening to it, the audience
would be about 2,000.
However, Fox says that every day he hears someone say they heard something
on the streaming Internet show. And he gets plenty of feedback from
the radio shows.
“None of it is negative. I am getting compliments without getting
criticism,” he says.
He considers “microcasting” to be very much the wave of
the future, “because traditional broadcasting is very homogenized
People have their favorite shows and favorite times to listen. From
10 a.m.–1 p.m., talk shows and news are programmed, including
ones with local hosts.
Fox does Pala Today, a half hour news show, every weekday at noon. On
Thursdays, Kilma Lattin, the tribal secretary, hosts Pala Nation a call-in
and opinion on headlines, current affairs and other topics of interest.
Right now Rez Radio is a wide-open opportunity for those who have always
wanted to get into radio but haven’t had the opportunity. As a
recruiting announcement on the station’s Web site puts it: “Claim
your own hour or two per week playing your favorite music or just host
our usual REZ RADIO 91.3 music mix. Talk about hobbies, current affairs,
or whatever you like. Amaze your friends and neighbors! We welcome whatever
you have to offer that will enrich life here in Pala. Your show might
even lead to a new career.”
There are no commercials. FM band radio stations below 92 are noncommercial.
However, advertising is allowed on the streaming Web page.
After the old-time radio shows, for the rest of the night you’ll
find pre-recorded music, including, rock, country, reggae (“always
huge,” says Fox), native music, soul and rhythm and blues. The
mix was determined through surveying the listeners.
“We need more local programming,” he says. “We need
more hosted hours, a little more network programming.”
Fox spends a lot of his time reading local papers for his news show.
“I try to stay away from sensational police blotter type of news,
but I’m interested in anything that affects development or that
He adds, “You don’t have to be a Pala resident to be a volunteer.
“For people who have been bitten by the radio bug, there is a
lot of promise here. If you’ve been bitten by that bug, we’re
happy to give you a voice.”
Raceway: A Mecca for Speed Junkies
Speed junkies from around the country are quickly discovering a premier
racing facility right here in San Diego County.
Pala Raceway, located just minutes from where Highway 76 crosses the
I-15, opened in 2008 and has gained a reputation in the motocross and
off-road racing communities as a state-of-the-art race park that’s
sure to put on a good race for the fans.
The raceway features 12 separate professionally-designed and prepared
tracks, including: Main Motocross, Vet Motocross, Grand Prix Motocross,
Amateur Supercross, 80cc-150cc Moto-cross, 50cc-65cc Mini, Adult Mini,
Stadium Side x Side/UTV, Quad, Mini Quad, Professional Supercross and
Super Moto tracks. In addition, the facility includes more than 300
campsites, a clubhouse, a restaurant, a three-acre fishing pond, a BMX
race track, and a bike wash for all park visitors.
Ongoing projects, either in progress or in the plans for the future
at the facility, include a three-process watering system that allows
optimum track conditions for riders and dust control for neighbors and
the environment, as well as a series of custom garages for racers and
an outdoor park for families in the community.
The track itself is focused mainly on motocross, offering full-size
tracks ranging in difficulty and experience for every level of riding
participant. Pala Raceway also has tracks for mini motorcycles, giving
kids ample room and time to develop into confident riders that can eventually
progress to the adult tracks.
The raceway is also currently constructing a Quad track for ATV use,
which will feature wider lanes allowing more passing, big but safe jumps,
and natural elevation changes that will thrill Quad riders. There are
also plans to build a Mini ATV area for kids to learn in a safe and
controlled environment all the skills of off-roading.
In addition to great racing, the facility also offers a wide variety
of restaurants to help keep race fans very well-fed throughout the action
on the track.
Pala Raceway shares a strong interest in community development, and
those involved with the raceway are committed to working closely with
the Pala Band of Mission Indians to ensure that the property improvements
are designed to enhance the master environmental plan.
Park-like settings, picnic areas, children's play areas and premium
camping facilities are all designed to create a memorable family vacation
or televised major event. Every part of the property will be designed
to create a fun, safe and drug free environment that the Pala Band of
Mission Indians, neighborhood, community and county will be proud of.
For more information about Pala Raceway, visit their Web site at www.palaraceway.com.
A Happy Play That Will Light Up Your Evening
the wild and funny musical about a big girl who doesn’t let anyone
tell her that she can’t dream BIG, will play August 17–September
3 at the Moonlight Amphitheater in Vista.
Steven Glaudini, who started his acting career at the Moonlight and
has gone on to be a become a multiple-award-winning director (of the
San Diego Theater Critics award among others) and artistic director
of Musical Theater West in Long Beach, will direct this summer’s
offering of Hairspray, based on John Waters’ classic
film and on the recent musical film.
I caught up with the director as he was beginning his first rehearsal
of the show.
Although every director brings his own interpretations to a show, Glaudini
wants to make his version look like the original Broadway show, with
scenic elements that reflect that experience.
“I thought that the performances in that version were sincere.
My intention as the director is to keep the sincerity of the piece and
the laughs are sure to come. At the center, it is a story about acceptance
of this chubby girl who has big dreams and who is not going to let her
weight get in her way.”
The part of the mom, Edna Turnblad, is always played by a man. It was
played by John Travolta in the musical film, and in the original non-musical
film by the drag queen Divine, an actor director Waters used in several
of his films.
“So it was an homage that if you were going to do Hairspray
with John Waters’ blessing, you would do it with a man in the
part of Edna Turnblad,” explains Glaudini.
Randall Hickman will play the part in the Moonlight production. Hickman
is a big star at the Moonlight, although he hasn’t appeared there
in about ten years because he has his own production company.
For Glaudini it will be a pleasure working with Hickman again. In his
first show at the Moonlight, Glaudini played Mr. Smee to Hickman’s
Captain Hook in Peter Pan.
Tracy Turnblad, the star, will be played by Kimberly Zolozabal, who
is new to the theater. “She has never auditioned for me before.
She is brand new and had the joy in her eyes,” says Glaudini.
In Hairspray, Tracy Turnblad is a chubby girl who refuses to
take no for an answer, and, says Glaudini, Zolozabal captured that spirit.
“She lit up the audition. It’s a dream for any kid to light
up the show and get the boy. It’s a perfect role.”
Although Glaudini has directed many serious shows, such as Miss
Saigon, West Side Story, Cabaret, Children of Eden and Les
Miserables, he occasionally likes to get away from that and direct
something that is just fun.
“I think one reason Hairspray became so successful is
because the first Broadway version of it hit post-9/11. That’s
when this big, fat, joyous hit opened. It was a time when no serious
pieces were lasting in New York City. That was one thing that shot Hairspray
to the top. I think it is perfectly constructed. It’s a great
“Being made into a musical again with John Travolta and Michelle
Pfeiffer helped too. I think people are attracted to an underdog story.
We all have our own flaws, and you see a kid who is being told by her
parents that you have to be big to dream big. If you want to do something,
whether you are fat or skinny—go for it! There is a lot to admire
in the story and in the heroine.
“What I love about the show is that it is a feel good musical
that inspires the audience to get up and dance with the actors.”
Although Glaudini is the Artistic Director of Musical Theater West,
he enjoys coming out during the summer to direct a show at the Moonlight.
Next year he will direct Spamalot, a musical comedy based on
Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
“It’s nice to have a light show, because I tend to have
the heavier shows. I’m also looking forward to working with choreographer
“There is nothing wrong with going to the theater and having a
great time. It’s a feel good play that has a nice message. That’s
my favorite kind of theater—theater that can touch you and at
the same time you are totally entertained.”
Glaudini adds, “And no one dies in it, unlike Le Mis
and Miss Saigon.”
To find out more about the Moonlight’s summer series, visit their
Web site at: www.moonlightstage.com.
of Escondido: 25 Years of Doing What She Loves
Allison Waning has been doing what she loves for 25 years. Waning is
the owner of Archives of Escondido, Inc., and her love is the creativity
of framing and showcasing beloved works of art and cherished memorabilia.
“This is all I’ve ever really done. Now I’m getting
my clients’ kids as clients!” she says.
Picture framing was her first job when she was still in high school.
“After twenty-five years of picture framing, I still love coming
to work and finishing a project. I feel so blessed to have a career
that I love. How lucky am I?”
She designs each custom framing to order, then goes in the back and
creates it. She gets a thrill the first time she shows off the finished
Before it became Archives, it was known as J&J Gallery. Retired
original owner, Jean O’Connor, still drops by to visit and has
been a customer for years.
“When you bring your family heirlooms, photos or fine art pieces,
even objects for shadow boxing, I can show you a variety of ways to
frame it, as well as different price ranges to fit your budget.”
She moved to her present location in the Major Market and Trader Joe’s
shopping center three years ago. “I like the location a lot. A
lot of my old clients find me. They are loyal, and they find me.
“My customers are truly the greatest. They stop by just to say
‘hi,’ to check on me, even to have a cup of coffee and a
quick visit. This community has been so caring and thoughtful as well
as loyal. My house is full of wonderful pieces of art that have been
given to me by local artists, and that I will keep forever. They are
truly gifts from the heart, and it is a pleasure to represent so many
of them over the years.”
Some of the artists whose works are on display at the gallery include:
Burton Enquist—A talented photographer who takes beautiful scenic
photos in his travels, many of them of Italy and Paris. According to
Waning, “Burton’s photos are appreciated by many!”
Carole Duebbert — Waning describes her as a “photographer
I have enjoyed for many years at Archives. She captures beauty in so
many things, like flowers and fruit. Her best seller has been a photo
of lemon slices. She also does all my photos for advertising and marketing.”
Her work can be seen at www.caroleduebbertphotograph.com.
Alicia Sotherland—A national award winner. “This talented
pastel artist is best known for her portraits. She also does workshops
and shows out of her own studio. This artist has a long list of awards.”
See her work at www.aliciasotherland.com.
Don Garret—This photographer has captured beautiful scenic photos,
from desert scenes to oceans.
Lise Martinez—Waning says, “I framed her pictures when I
first started picture framing. I was only seventeen! She is a longtime
friend and once was a business partner here at Archives. Lise is also
an award-winning photographer. Her works are on display for many to
enjoy and includes a greeting card line.”
Darrel McPherson—An award winning plein air artist who was featured
in the July issue of The Boulevard Magazine. His work can be found at
Lee Otsubo—A talented fine art photographer who also does portraits.
He also teaches classes, workshops and events. You can find his work
Lenore Combs—Waning describes her as “a very talented Valley
Center portrait artist whose work is done in pastels or oils. Lenore
has been commissioned to do many of my clients’ pet portraits,
as well as family portraits.”
Waning says, “These are just a handful of artists that are on
display at the moment. They have all been very loyal framing customers,
as well as displaying their works of art in the store. I appreciate
all their support over the years.”
All picture framing is done right in the store by Waning herself. She
has no employees and doesn’t send anything out. “This is
where I cut the moulding, matting and glass and the backboard and do
the assembly,” she says with professional pride. “I’m
not transporting peoples’ work. I treat every picture as if it
was my own.”
She also offers an ultraviolet (UV) laminate film that goes over any
photo or poster, which gives a lustrous finish while protecting against
fading. The great thing about this finish is that it can be used with
or without glass. She also offers museum glass, which is a high quality
She works with local artists who do photo restoration and clean-up of
oil paintings. She also knows art appraisers who can help you value
The store was formerly on Escondido Boulevard, and is now located at
1815-B South Centre City Parkway in Escondido.
Store hours are Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday,
10 a.m.–5 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday, but are always
available for appointments.
Your Summer Evening at a City Park
Looking for the perfect family event? Try the City of Temecula Summer
Sunset Film and Concert Series, which began in early June and will conclude
in August with a couple of Disney movies and two rock and roll concerts.
The Moonlight Movies in the Park series is part of the fun. Think of
it as a drive-in movie, except in a park. It is held in a rotating series
of parks to make it convenient for families in different parts of the
city. According to Gail Zigler, administrative assistant with the city’s
Community Services Dept., “Each movie night we are at a different
park, Temeku Hills Park, Temecula Duck Pond, Harvest and Community Park,
Patricia H. Birdsall Sports, and two of the movies are held inside the
Ronald Reagan Sports Park in the outdoor Temecula Amphitheater located
at the Community Recreation Center [30875 Rancho Vista Road].”
The concerts are held every Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. at the amphitheater.
The movies begin at dusk, with activities such as crafts and games starting
at 6 p.m.
Because Temecula’s school kids return to class in August, there
are only two more concerts and two more movies left to go.
On August 4, celebrate the end of summer with the Sam Morrison Band,
a premier showcase of Southern Rock classics and originals, performing
hits from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, .38 Special, ZZ Top, Bob
Seger and many others.
On August 5, see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the
Temecula Duck Pond.
On August 11, dance and listen to Roadwork, a classic rock band.
On August 12, see Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua at
Temeku Hills Park.
According to Zigler, the concerts have been going on for 11 years, and
this is the sixth year for the movies.
The free concerts average 800 attendees. Besides the music, there are
face painters and light refreshments, such as kettle corn and funnel
cakes that people can purchase.
The movies average about 500 people.
“The community appreciates it,” says Zigler. “Every
year we get half a dozen people writing into the city saying thanks
so much, and many families have been coming since the beginning. I’ve
seen their kids growing up in front of my eyes.”
For more information visit Temecula’s Web site: www.cityoftemecula.org/Temecula/Residents/SpecialEvents.
Center Cafe and Grill: Worth Driving For!
When I visited the Garden Center Cafe and Grill in Fallbrook to sample
their outstanding (and huge!) bread pudding with vanilla and brandy
sauce, I noticed a middle-aged couple sitting nearby.
“What are you having?” I asked. Whatever it was, it looked
like they were enjoying it enormously.
“The Huevos Rancheros! We always come for the Huevos Rancheros
for breakfast,” they said, introducing themselves as Jerry and
“We come all the way from Temecula for Huevos Rancheros. And we
rush too because they stop selling it at 10:30!” he added.
This breakfast dish IS popular at the Garden Center Cafe, and what’s
not to like? A tortilla, two eggs, ranchero sauce (that’s the
key ingredient, of course), cheese, avocado and black beans.
According to Clayton Porter, the manager, there are loyal customers
who eat breakfast at the cafe just about every morning. “They
come to hang out and socialize. It’s kind of a meeting place in
the mornings.” What else would you expect from a restaurant that
has a sign on the door that says, “Enter as Strangers, Leave as
When the weather is fine—like it is now—they can take advantage
of the 85 seats in the covered patio which is framed with a waterfall,
seasonal flowers, twinkle lights and a fountain. Because it has such
generous outdoor seating, the restaurant is very popular for rehearsal
But eggs and rancheros sauce aren’t the only savory attractions
at the cafe. It has a wide variety of fresh American cuisine. It does
breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and dinner three nights: Thursday,
Friday and Saturday.
The favorite restaurant of many diners in Fallbrook, it is definitely
one of the higher-end dining experiences, a place where you can get
prime rib, different kinds of fresh fish and certified Angus beef, served
with a white tablecloth and black linen. But you don’t have to
dress like you’re in Mr. A’s, unless you are in the mood.
But however you dress, be prepared for some outstanding food.
“If you want a great steak, this is the place to be!” says
Porter, who is the son of Bill & Vicki Porter, who have owned and
operated the restaurant for the past 11 years. Many of their employees
have been with them for many years, too, including chef Huventino Mendoza,
who has been there from the beginning.
He and his colleagues use the freshest ingredients and make everything
from scratch—and that includes the incredible desserts such as
the bread pudding that I told you about earlier.
For lunch, remember that everything at the restaurant is based on fresh
produce and homemade sauces. One of the most popular items is the Fresh
Berry Salad, made with mixed greens, fresh strawberries, blackberries
and raspberries, diced chicken breast, carmaleized walnuts, and bleu
cheese with a champagne raspberry vinaigrette dressing. “We make
all of our dressings in house,” says Porter. “It’s
labor intensive, but worth it.”
Equally in demand for lunch is the Garden Center Salad, which includes
mixed greens, bacon, feta cheese, golden raisins, pine nuts and sweet
onion vinaigrette dressing.
Soups are also popular, with the most popular being the Turkey Tortilla
There are ten sandwiches on the lunch menu. Clayton Porter’s personal
favorite is the Lemon Basil Chicken sandwich, made with marinated and
grilled chicken breast.
I mentioned earlier that the Garden Center is the place to go for a
steak, but if you have a hankering for seafood, you can’t beat
the salmon stuffed with spinach and mascarpone cheese. That’s
a BIG favorite. So is the certified Angus fillet of beef smothered in
mushrooms and gorgonzola sauce.
“We try to change the dinner menu every six months,” says
Porter, “We keep the favorites all through the year, but we have
somewhat heavier sauces in the winter.”
They also have a well stocked wine and beer list, with many of the wines
very moderately priced. “I see some of the same bottles of wine
that we sell going for three times the amount at other restaurants,”
Their hours are as follows:
Dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. and seating
through 8 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch every day, 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
For reservations call 760-728-4147.
The Garden Center Cafe and Grill is located at 1625 S. Mission Road
in Fallbrook. Visit them online at www.gardencentercafeandgrill.com.
Vineyards and Winery Jump Starts Stomping Season!
harvesting season is just around the corner—which can only mean
one thing—it’s grape stomping time! Kicking off the season
on Saturday, August 27 is Orfila Vineyards and Winery in Escondido.
“We’re usually the very first of all the wineries from Escondido
to Temecula to hold a grape stomp,” said Steffi Habermann, Events
Manager at Orfila. “There actually aren’t that many wineries
that do stomps anymore, but we do it every year in August, and we sell
out every time.”
This year’s event will run from 4–8 p.m. and features live
music, hors d’oeuvres, grape stomping, dancing, tractor rides
through the vineyard, wine tastings and a huge dinner buffet.
The food always gets rave reviews, says Habermann. The main menu includes
oven roasted lemon-herb drenched chicken, grilled flat iron steak, vegetable
lasagna, asparagus spears and lots of amazing sides and fixings. There
will also be grazing stations featuring baked mushroom-topped Brie,
pates and gourmet crackers, fresh fruit, garden vegetable spears and
an assortment of California cheeses and sliced La Brea baguettes.
While the food might be a great highlight, the grape stomping is still
the headliner of the day.
“Everyone has a blast at the stomp,” Habermann said. “We
have a large vat full of grapes where ten to fourteen people can stomp
at a time, and we have individual vats as well. We empty and refill
them throughout the day so participants get fresh grapes to stomp.”
Habermann said the large vat is a favorite because a whole group can
experience stomping together. If you’re picturing the famous I
Love Lucy episode, that’s exactly what it’s like. In fact,
Habermann said every year they have a handful of groups that dress up
like Lucille Ball to do the stomp.
“It’s hilarious,” Habermann exclaimed. “There
is one Lucy group that comes every year. The same group dressing up
as Lucille Ball and doing the stomp. It’s fun to watch them enjoy
themselves so much.”
The stomp is for adults, and Habermann said they encourage guests to
make a weekend out of it.
“We have arranged for discounted rooms at several hotels nearby,
and they actually have shuttles that will take you to and from the grape
stomp,” Habermann said. “This makes it easy to have a good
time and not have to worry about anything. You can just kick back, enjoy
some wine and dance. Everyone seems to love to dance after drinking
The cost of Orfila’s 18th Annual Grape Stomp is $85 a person ($68
for OWL club members). If you would like to learn more about the event
or purchase tickets, call 1-800-868-9463 or visit www.orfila.com.
Tickets are also on sale in the tasting room located at 13455 San Pasqual
Road in Escondido.
P.O.B. 1529, Valley Center, CA 92082
Tel. 760.749.1112 Fax 760.749.1688
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