Holiday Home Show opens season locally November 15, 2017 • Sarah Yates • Editor emeritus
It’s become a local tradition, and this year’s Civic Improvement Club’s annual Holiday Home Show will help usher in the season on Saturday, December 2, from 12 to 5 p.m. Seven homes, a newly opened life skills center, and themed vacation cabins in Mantua will be open to visitors during those hours. Tickets are a $10 donation to the club’s scholarship fund. A bubbling waterfall at the far end of the entryway sets a welcoming tone at the home of Laurie Kearl and Dori Chadwick, 985 West 1000 South. To the right of the entry is a game room, which started out as a theater on one end, but then was left open to create a unified room. Across the hall is the office. Two master suites reflecting each owner’s taste also open onto the entry hall, with spacious closets and bathrooms, plus easy access to showers. This is important to Laurie, whose mother lives on-and-off with them. These two career women designed the home, looking at prints and choosing features. Finally it came to, “I like this plan. Make it happen.” Over 18 months from 2009 to 2011, Laurie’s brother, Steve Kearl, was general contractor and added some of the special touches -- like the waterfall and archways over the recessed master bedroom doors. It couldn’t have been done without family and friends, who spent many hours on their knees, on ladders...even on the roof. The heart of their home, where everyone hangs out the most, is the combined kitchen, dining and living room area. Comfy inviting furniture (including a cat condominium) is clustered around a fireplace to create a cozy space just right for conversation and relaxing. Leading off the great room area is a hallway to the guest bedroom and bath. There’s definitely a warmth to the home, right down to the radiant heat that warms the tile floors. Devin and Carlee Rose, 1287 North Highland, are still settling into the house they moved into in May, after several years in a small 1940s house included in the home show a couple of years ago. Carlee likes old houses, but Devin wasn’t keen on going through rewiring, etc. again, so they compromised with a new house with “old-home” features, in a style Carlee calls “modern farmhouse”. With a contractor brother-in-law’s help, the Roses did much of the work themselves, with Devin installing the finish work and the overhead beams accenting the vaulted ceiling of the living room and open kitchen. Entry walls are shiplap (board and batten) with a sliding barn door into the office, topped by a leaded window Carlee found in a thrift shop, plus transoms over most of the doors, and her Grandma’s trestle sewing machine proudly displayed. The main floor is white, full of natural light, with black accents, plus emerald green accessories and “pops” of red. A sliding barn door into the walk-in closet and a pocket door into the master bathroom also solve the problem of doors “sticking out” in the wrong place. The master bedroom has a western view, the walk-through shower features basket-weave marble accents, plus there’s a free-standing new “old” tub. The lower level departs from white, with colorful, playful accents in the playroom opening onto three bedrooms where their two sons sleep. There’s a “jack-and-jill” bathroom downstairs, plus a theater room and workshop under the garage. Head up Highway 38, drive by a white fence, then turn right onto a winding driveway to the mountainside home of Devon and Virginia Breitenbeker, 3220 North Highway 38. It’s definitely worth the drive to visit this comfortable home, centered about an open air atrium on the main floor. There’s even a deer (not real) inside the atrium for the holidays...and real snow for much of the winter. A tasteful, welcoming living room, with accents of blue in furnishings, has the natural light of the atrium on one side and a magnificent view of the valley to the west. Next is the master suite with a door opening onto the deck, then a cozy family room with reclining sectional furniture opens onto the kitchen, separated by a counter. Warm light wood cabinets and new appliances are recent additions, but the house’s architecture hasn’t been altered in 46 years. It’s a house built as a family home for four active children and teens in 1971, now adapted to a couple’s lifestyle. Virginia always loved floor plans and they went to every home show, plus Devon was a good draftsman, and they drew up the plans with her beloved atrium “to bring the outside in” at its center. Although warned not to build on the “rock pile” above the canal, it was their dream home, with seven acres (much of it too sloped for use) for the family horses, a herd that grew to 14 horses at one time. The last of horses went when they served an LDS mission in 2003, and they had Bear River water installed upon their return. Time brought other changes, as well. The three basement bedrooms now serve as offices, exercise space and one guest room. The downstairs family room, once a hang-out for teenagers, now has its sunken area near the fireplace filled in, the pool table replaced with comfy furniture, and a large screen TV on the wall. Also included on the home show are the homes of Jake and Jessica Hoopes, 279 Willard Peak Road, Mantua; Steve and Angie Blanchard, 125 North Marie Drive; ILSC Independent Life Skills Center, 960 South Main; Lee and Mandi Richens, 1263 North Highland; Stanton and Sally Bailey, 1017 East 675 North (Dear Haven Drive); and Little Valley Campground Cottages, 130 North Main, Logan. Tickets for the home show can be purchased at any of the homes, which may be visited in any order, as well as at Consignology downtown.
Concert series brings Celtic folk music to Fine Arts Center
November 8, 2017 • Richard Carr • Staff writer
Leaping Lulu, a neo-traditional Celtic folk band from Logan, will bring a celebration of Irish music to Brigham City with their concert at the Fine Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Leaping Lulu features Sara Gunnell on fiddle, Don Anderson on guitar and cittern, Liz Fallis on flute and piccolo, and Kent Braddy on vocals and bodhran. Gunnell resides in Mt. Pleasant and teaches violin at Snow College in Ephraim; while Anderson is a rocket scientist at Orbital/ATK, and lives in Smithfield. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Fallis now lives in North Logan and operates a private catering business. Braddy is a Cache Valley resident who lends his vocal support. Leaping Lulu is highly regarded for their contra dance music and have recorded five albums: “The Walk Home” (2003), “High Road Low Road” (2005), “The Moving Cloud”(2008), “Into The West” (2010), and “Celtic Night Live” (2014). Band members are often asked, “Why the name, Leaping Lulu?” Guitarist Anderson jokingly replies, “It was the only name we could all agree on. We agreed we all hated it.” Joking aside, some of the group actually love it, and it comes from the name of an Irish dance tune composed by fiddler Greg Boardman. The music the band plays tends to center around Irish traditional music, but they sometimes jump around the genre slightly, do new songs in an old way, or songs that they love from any era. It makes things more interesting. Fiddle/viola player, Gunnell, was classically trained and has been playing violin since elementary school. She began fiddling around the turn of the 21st century, concentrating on Scottish and Irish music. She played in the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics, studied fiddling while visiting her ancestral Scotland, and plays with the Utah Festival Opera. An original member of Leaping Lulu, Gunnel has returned after leaving briefly to complete her master’s degree at Ohio University. Fallis, the flute/piccolo player, is a classically-trained flute and piccolo player and frequently plays with the Utah Festival Opera. In addition to her skills as a musician, Fallis is also a gourmet cook and owns a catering business. Braddy, the vocalist for the band, also provides accompaniment by playing the bodhran (Irish drum), and the cajon (box drum). His background includes nearly every variety of musical style, but Irish and Celtic music are closest to his heart. “I love the genre because its mood ranges from the depressing to the elated, from the benign to the revolutionary, and from heaven to hell with all points in between,” Braddy says. Anderson started playing folk and bluegrass music in high school, and plays guitar, mandolin, or cittern in the band. “Most of what I used to play was derivative of Irish music, although I didn’t know it at the time, so it was natural that I’d eventually get to the source,” Anderson said, “Celtic music is like a benevolent or useful addiction. Give it your hand and it will grab your arm and pull you in.” Like many bands, the group has lost and gained people over time, but they have benefited from the musicians that have played with them through the years, and they intend to keep the tradition moving ahead in the years to come. Leaping Lulu’s presentation is a celebration of Celtic tunes that features a variety of vocal and instrumental music. It is an entertaining mixture of energetic reels and jigs along with slower melodies which they include in their performances. They will be joined in this concert by the “Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers” from Salt Lake City. Tickets for the show are $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $10 for senior citizens, and include $1 off dessert at Peach City after the show.
Making real connections
October 25, 2017 • Sean Hales • Managing Editor
At an event designed to allow Box Elder County businesses to network and help each other grow, the more than 80 attendees—elected officials, businesses leaders or entrepreneurs of all sorts—the first thing they were told was to stop “networking.” In a presentation created from the expertise of “power connector” Judy Robinett and presented by Wendy English from the Box Elder Small Business Development Center in Robinett’s absence, Robinett told the conference via pre-recorded video to stop using the word “networking.” “I’ve always thought it was icky and manipulative,” Robinett said from the large multi-panel display over the stage inside Utah State University Brigham City’s conference room. Rather, Robinett said, businesses need to make genuine connections and build relationships through adding value. In a nearly hour-long presentation, English and Robinett gave attendees step-by-step instructions on how to build relationships that would build their businesses and create opportunities. English set the tone in an emotional manner, telling how her relationship—her “true connection”—with Robinett provided an opportunity to consult with one of the top lung cancer doctors in the world after she was diagnosed at stage four last year and given little hope for the future. “Because of Judy, I’m standing here today in remission,” English said. Robinett’s keys to building successful business relationships included being generous, sincere, gracious and interested in other people, and adding value to those relationships. Business owners seeking to create genuine, lasting, and effective connections should not think first of themselves, and rather ask the question, “how can I help them succeed?” English said that Robinett was unable to attend the conference because she had an opportunity to travel to Serbia to investigate a product for a possible investment. The opportunity came as a result of Robinett’s ability to genuinely connect with people and add value to her relationships, English said. Other keys included being teachable and correctable—“However cool we think we are...there is always someone who knows more than we know. We need to learn from everyone because everyone has great things to share,” English said—having integrity and confidence, and being careful about making promises, being sure to under promise and over deliver, and work quickly to deliver what has been promised. English concluded her remarks by saying that the conference was an important step in building Box Elder’s communities from businesses up. “We’re going to make Box Elder the best county in the state,” said English.
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