Friday, June 23, 2017

Food and Friends at Tasting Party June 8

Toasting to all the great times we have had as a cookbook committee and the wonderful historic cookbook we are creating.  This group is so much fun!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Graphic Design for Tastes & Treasures Volume II

Meeting with graphic designer, Cheyenne Brumlow at Evans Communications is a delight. Leslie Christiansen, Ruth McLeod and Linda Corderman had the first of many conversations with Cheyenne to make sure that Tastes & Treasures, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona Volume II will be polished, professional and in perfect format for O'Neil Printing and Roswell Bookbinding. Graphic design and getting a book ready for printing is fascinating business!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Historymakers Gala Chair Deb and Chef Leslie

"Deb Hester and I drank tea and enjoyed some freshly baked Miracle Muffins! Special time with an amazing woman." Leslie Christiansen echos our thanks to the chair of Historymakers Gala XII, Deb Short-Hester. We also want to thank Chef Leslie for her devotion to Tastes & Treasures Volume II. With Leslie editing all the recipes and making sure they are tested 3 times, the book has outstanding recipes.
The Miracle Muffins recipe is from Deb's Mom, Phyllis Short. They will be featured along with Phyllis in the Tribute page section of the new book.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 2017 Cookbook Committee Meeting

Pam Stevenson, Sharron McKinney, Bonnie Newhoff, Renee Donnelly,
Mariamne Moore, Cathy Shumard, Linda Corderman, Zona Lorig

Talking about the delicious recipes, Tasting parties, historic venues, fonts, fundraising success, style of the cover, spiral hidden O ring binding, graphic design, Introduction, Forward . . . all part of Tastes & Treasures, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, Volume II. The meetings are full of enthusiasm and organization. We have been working on this book for over a year. It is exciting to see how it is coming together now.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tasting Party photos June 8

Delicious new recipes arrived with a flurry at the latest Tasting Party held June 8 at Ruth McLeod's home. Testing three times before they are submitted for Tastes & Treasures Volume II ensures the ingredients are accurate and the directions are user friendly. Food, Friends, Fun  . . . and a little wine.
Thanks to Chef Leslie for all her time and talent on recipes.
Thanks to Cathy Shumard who works tirelessly on the recipes while recruiting testers and Bonnie Newhoff who organizes all the fabulous foods at the Tasting Parties.

Cathy Shumard signs up more recipe testers

Claire Nullmeyer makes fast work opening her creme puffs. Leslie Christiansen and Donna Esposito
fill the pastry bag with the creme!

Donna Esposito helps Claire with creme for the puffs

Diana Smith welcomes Julie's rolls!

Bonnie explains the delicious foods to Mariamne Moore, Diana Smith, Cathy Shumard, Sharron McKinney, Mary Pat Honey

Ruth made Ancho Aioli and Pickled Red Onions to go with Mariamne's fried green tomatoes.

Julie slices the most delicious yeast rolls. Recipe from The Spicery. Bonnie arranges Scotch Eggs.

Monday, June 12, 2017

June 2017 Historical League meeting

The final meeting of the year was a busy one with reports turned in, Director Tawn Downs gave us museum updates, delicious food served from Dancing Chef, Staff Appreciation luncheon with introductions to new staff and good byes to friends for the summer. It may look like a slow down but that is not the case. The Historical League continues to function and plan over the summer. Looking forward to the fall with a tour of Roswell Bookbinding September 21, Historymakers 2017 Exhibit Opening in October, Family Holiday Party featuring "Newsie's" at Phoenix Theatre in December and hopefully Tastes & Treasures Volume II will be published.

Museum Director Tawn Downs answers question while President Anne Lupica oversees her last meeting.
President elect Nina Fillipi steps in as new President for 2017-2018.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Rawling Family Donates Wright House to Architecture School

So glad the Historical League held the Spring Event April 2016 at this wonderful home. Rawling Family Donates Wright House to Architecture School


The David & Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, festooned on Thursday for a big announcement. Photo by Mike Saucier
By Mike Saucier

It will go down as one of the greatest philanthropic acts in Phoenix history.
The Rawling family on Thursday donated the David & Gladys Wright House in the Arcadia section of Phoenix to the School of Architecture at Taliesin, which was founded by Frank Lloyd Wright.

David Rousseau, president of Salt River Project; Debra Stark, Phoenix city councilwoman; Zach Rawling, president of the David & Gladys Wright House Foundation; and Jim Lane, mayor of Scottsdale. Photo by Mike Saucier

The pledge of the iconic spiral home to the school represents the largest donation in the architectural institution’s 85 years. The announcement was made on the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The donation by the Rawling family establishes a relationship that will further the school’s mission of educating students to build a more sustainable, open world while fulfilling the potential of the David & Gladys Wright House to have a perpetual life as a world-class center for design.
To celebrate, the famous home was decorated with 20,000 balloons that took 25 people 15 hours to arrange.
“It’s the school that will fill this place with life and meaning and connect the house to its history as part of the Wright family and the work that the Taliesin fellowship did to work with David Wright to build the house,” Zach Rawling, president of the David & Gladys Wright House Foundation, told Frontdoors. “It connects one of the masterwork buildings to experimental design and innovation and everything that the students are working on to build an open, sustainable, beautiful future.”
“This is a connection between the Wright legacy of architecture and bringing to life those ideas that are very much vital and relevant and informed,” he said. “This one site tells the story of midcentury America and the promise and the appeal of the American Southwest.”
Rawling said he and his mother started the project to share the house with people. She had introduced him to the house in second grade, while on bicycle.
“It was my introduction to architecture and the start of a lifelong love of architecture,” Rawling said. “Her idea was to allow other children and families to have that same experience here and that’s exactly what the school of architecture intends to do. Graduate students will use it for their own education and they will be involved in welcoming the public to participate in this legacy of the historic Wright building and also be part of a community discussion about the future of life in the Southwest.”
In 1950, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a home for his son David and daughter-in-law Gladys on 10 acres in the middle of citrus groves at the base of Camelback Mountain. The design elevated the home in the form of a spiral rising from the desert floor, converting the treetops into the lawn and revealing 360° views of the mountains forming the valley. Wright titled the plans “How to Live in the Southwest.”
Completed in 1952, the residence remained a family home until 2008. After sitting vacant, the home was threatened with demolition by local developers in 2012 before the community stepped in to save what the City of Phoenix’s preservation office recognizes as the greatest building in Phoenix by the greatest architect in American history.