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Meet the Perfect Family

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Dave Perfect and his son, Tim, live and run a successful family business in Cave Creek, the same town Dave’s parents retired to many years ago when, no doubt, it was a very different community. Together, Dave and Tim have grown with the town and strived to meet its needs every step of the way. They have had their share of struggles, both business-related and personal, but have only become stronger in the process.   Dave was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1939, and attended grade and high school in Wisconsin and Michigan. He attended Stanford University, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. While in California, he met his wife-to-be, who gave birth to their daughter, Jacque. He worked for General Electric in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. While living there, his sons, David Jr. and Tim, were born.   Despite their Midwestern roots, the elder Dave’s parents ultimately retired from Wisconsin to Cave Creek. Retirement is subjective, though, and Dave’s father, Dallas,... More

From Pumpkin Picasso to Sand Sculptor; Ray Villafane Returns

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Jaw-dropping, how-did-he-do-that hand-sculpted pumpkins are just a slice of life for pumpkin sculptor Ray Villafane. His display at Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden last October attracted more than 30,000 people and many major media outlets across the country. Attendees witnessed more than 400 pounds of pumpkins carved by the lord of the gourds.    This month, Villafane returns to Carefree Desert Gardens and the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion to create a bigger bang with life-size sand art sculptures.   “I’ve always wanted a sandbox,” says Villafane. “Sand is a fun medium that allows you to do something on a large scale, and since most people have played in the sand, it’s familiar.”   In the planning stages as we speak, Villafane says he’s shooting for creating a bald eagle or an owl chasing down an elusive and very quick rabbit. This piece has a footprint that is 8-feet wide, 5-feet deep and 6-feet tall.    Villafane will start on a larger piece in the center of... More

A Sense of Place; Bob Bacon

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Seated in the expansive, yet intimate living room of the award-winning Bowman House in North Scottsdale, I met with its celebrated designer, Bob Bacon. My objective was to gain insight into the philosophy and career of this distinguished designer who has for several decades been involved with high-end planned developments, world-class resorts, exclusive golf communities and premier custom homes.   Aware that I was feeling more relaxed and serene than usual while conducting this interview, wanting only to sink back into the sofa and put my feet up, I was curious why I was having that reaction. Through our conversation, it became evident — it was part of the genius of Bacon’s design, principles and process.    The process began when Boulders residents Carol and Bill Bowman approached Bacon after he had completed the Boulders Resort and asked him to build them a custom home that evoked the feelings they have when they are among those magnificent boulder formations and... More

Taste of Italy in Cave Creek

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Cave Creek residents Tamara and Elias Corey are as fresh and sparkling as the prosecco they import from the wine country of Northeast Italy. Their enthusiasm for that region, its people and the wines for which it is famous is contagious.   “Unless you have been to Italy, you have never tasted fresher prosecco,” says Elias. “Ours is delivered as soon as it is bottled, directly from the wineries to Arizona by air freight. No one else is doing that.”   On May 21, the Coreys will be presenting their 2015 Col Vetoraz Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG for a tasting at Brix Wines in Carefree — a perfect time to sample what may become your go-to summer beverage.   Coincidentally and independently, their Prosecco Superiore was discussed in an article on Northern Italy wineries in the April 2016 edition of Wine Spectator and rated 88 points and best value.   While prosecco comes in a range of styles, the Coreys specialize in sourcing those of quality and complexity levels... More

Let Grace Reign

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


In December 2011, I drove my Prius down the winding dirt roads of Rio Verde into the wilds east of Scottsdale, curious dust following me as my small tires groaned around corners that were more suitable to horses and pickup trucks. My GPS was confused by the washes and trails, and I was running late in a place where time is kept to the beat of hooves and the angle of the sun.   What I found at the end of that road was a ranch that so impacted me that it took me days to write a story for Images Arizona that I thought could do it justice.    Reigning Grace Ranch, the sprawling but unpretentious home of 33 rescued horses and a few other furry faces, was a true labor of unconditional love.    At Reigning Grace, Chris and Amanda Moore had not only taken on horses that had been rescued — some from situations of neglect or trauma, some as retired race horses, some from homes that could no longer support them and some from wild herds whose territory has been encroached on by human... More

Go with the Glow; 7th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


When Cave Creek restaurateur Eric Flatt, owner of Tonto Bar and Grill and Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, and Scott Clifton of Aerial Solutions first discussed the idea of holding a hot air balloon glow event to attract families and raise money for local charities, they could not have dreamed of how many people would travel from all over the Valley and beyond to come to the event.   “The response has been incredible, from both the business community and the visitors who come here,” Flatt says. “It’s such an honor to be part of something that has been embraced by so many people.”    The festival has become the largest yearly event in Cave Creek, bringing thousands of patrons to local businesses and packing the town with excitement. This year, Flatt and his staff are once again working with Aerial Solutions to put smiles on faces and a glow in the hearts of kids young and old at the seventh annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival.    This year’s event will be held... More

A Father's Medical Mission; Bill Krissoff

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration


This year, Anthem’s always moving Memorial Day Ceremony at the Anthem Veteran’s Memorial will feature a keynote speaker with a story of uncommon family sacrifice. Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Bill Krissoff will share his remarkable story on May 30 at 10 a.m. at Anthem’s “A Day of Remembrance: Memorial Day Ceremony 2016.”   In December 2006, Krissoff and his wife, Christine, received the news every family of a service member dreads: their eldest son, 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, a Marine counterintelligence officer, had been killed by a roadside bomb while conducting combat operations near Camp Fallujah Army Base in Iraq. He was 25 years old.   Nathan had been a scholar athlete; he and his brother, Austin, both competed internationally with the U.S. Junior National Wildwater Kayak Team. He was an accomplished classical pianist, violinist and poet. He had been student body president at a demanding California prep school and earned a degree in political science from the highly... More

When in Jerome

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Art


While Hollywood has its iconic sign sprawled across a hill that overlooks the city of movie star dreams, here in Arizona, the town of Jerome has its initial “J” prominently and proudly displayed on Cleopatra Hill, overlooking the Verde Valley. Whether you plan a day trip (only an hour and a half drive from North Phoenix) or a comfortable weekend stay at one of their cozy bed-and-breakfasts, inns or hotels, Jerome is always an intriguing place to visit.    At more than 5,200 feet in elevation, Jerome is considered a “mile-high” town. Because it’s a bit cooler than the Phoenix area during the summer months, the town’s activities — such as evening Art Walks on the first Saturday of each month — continue on, making it a great place to come and beat the summer doldrums. In addition to the art galleries, there are fine boutiques to shop in and tasty restaurants in which to catch a meal or a coffee, all housed in historic original buildings. There is weekend entertainment at... More

Rolling out the Red Carpet; 2016 Celebration of Excellence Awards

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet for its annual Celebration of Excellence Awards this past March. Always a much anticipated event, this year’s awards ceremony was hosted at Venues Cafe in the heart of Carefree’s downtown commercial district. Chamber members and the public saluted the finalists for Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, who were recognized for their community contributions, as well as their promotion of goodwill within the local marketplace.    The Chamber’s 2016 honorees were selected by member peers along with a nominating committee. This year’s Business of the Year went to Michael Kennelly and Mark Waters of UPS, while the Volunteer of the Year recipient was Mick Ennis.    Kennelly and Waters own three UPS Stores in Cave Creek, Terravita and Carefree.    “It means everything to receive this award,” says Kennelly. “It’s incredibly flattering that other businesses think that highly of... More

National Park Service 100: Chelly Canyon

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration


This year, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates 100 years of preservation of land, animals and resources — and of providing opportunities to experience, explore and enjoy the 58 national parks and more than 400 public lands it administers. Twenty-two of these lands, including three national parks, are located in Arizona, and if ever there was a time to appreciate these unique gifts in our home state, this is it.   The centennial celebration is more than an acknowledgment of the past; it is recognition of the continuing achievements for our own generations, as well as for generations yet to be born. Through our national parks, we are creating an ongoing legacy that, no matter what technology or cultural changes occur, will allow future Americans to understand and feel for themselves the deep interdependence humans, in our most basic of elements, have with the rest of the natural living world.   To celebrate this remarkable achievement, our Images Arizona staff will be... More

Cactus Shadows' Top (Academic) Guns

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Community

The 417 soon-to-be-graduates of Cactus Shadows High School can leave knowing they attended one of the best — Cactus Shadows holds both an “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education and an “A+ School of Excellence” from the Arizona Educational Foundation. It is also consistently ranked as one of the country’s top high schools by The Washington Post, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.    While awards and rankings for stellar scores and high grades are great, there are qualities that are even more important — albeit immeasurable — that the school’s principal, Dr. Steve Bebee, thinks of when he reflects on this year’s batch of graduates. “The class of 2016 is one of the nicest groups of seniors I have seen come through Cactus Shadows in my seven years here,” he says. “They are a very close class that truly support one another and always look out for one another. They demonstrate compassion for others, and many of them are involved in some type of... More

Arizona Restaurant Week; Nearby, Must-Try Spots

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Are you a foodie, or a food creature of habit? Do you have a go-to restaurant when you’re in the mood for salad, soup, steak, sushi — and everything in between? If so, promptly put down your fork and mark Arizona Restaurant Week for dinner on your calendar, May 20-29.   Foodies and non-foodies alike will experience 10 epic nights of dining adventures. Thanks to the Arizona Restaurant Association and BMW North Scottsdale, more than 100 Arizona restaurants will offer a three-course, prix-fixe menu for either $33 or $44 per person (this typically excludes beverages, tax and gratuity).    “Diners embrace our restaurant weeks and it’s so gratifying to see,” says Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri. “From tacos, to pizza, to fine dining and everything in between, ARW is a special time of year.” Arizona Restaurant Association predicts the event will add more than $11 billion dollars in projected revenue to Arizona eateries in 2016, bringing our local... More

Special Delivery; Foothills Caring Corps

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


For more than 16 years, Foothills Caring Corps (FCC) has served the North Valley, promoting independence and enhancing the quality of life for older residents. Founded in 2000 by a local pastor who noticed a need for transportation support for these members of our community, today the nonprofit’s multifaceted service offerings help people remain independent in their homes.  FCC is largely staffed through volunteers, who have dedicated more than 41,000 hours of service and support to more than 750 people — primarily elderly community citizens who are homebound or have a disabling condition in North Phoenix, North Scottsdale and Cave Creek. Participants served by FCC are referred to as “neighbors” within the program. With help from volunteers, these neighbors are given access to basic needs such as food, medical care and activities that contribute to their physical, mental and emotional health.   Eligibility for FCC services is not determined by finances; a variety of in-home... More

Meet the Barnett Family

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Even though Luke Barnett grew up in the church — especially a well-established church like Phoenix First Assembly — he had no intention of following in his father’s footsteps when it came to ministry.   “Although I was heavily involved in our church, I didn’t see myself leading or pastoring like my father,” says Luke. “I really enjoyed sports and played professional golf on a mini tour in college while working on my degree in business administration.”   Luke’s father, Pastor Tommy Barnett, always told him that people shouldn’t go into ministry because of any push; rather, it should be God’s calling. During that same conversation, his father mentioned that if Luke was ever asked to go speak at a neighboring church, he should try it. Two weeks later, a man called asking for someone to speak at a church in Goodyear.   “I immediately accused my dad of setting this whole thing up,” Luke says, laughing. “He swore he had nothing to do with it, and so I agreed to... More

Grape Uncorked

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Most people have a usual — that dining spot you return to again and again because you know exactly what you’ll get, and it’s exactly what you want.   There’s nothing wrong with having a usual, but sometimes breaking with tradition is equally rewarding … especially when wine is involved.   Over the next several months, we will be profiling wine bars, bistros and casual neighborhood restaurants featuring fine wine. We hope to introduce you to new places — or perhaps reacquaint you with established venues that deserve a spot on your usual list.   Wine is the star at these contemporary establishments, and its story began a long, long time ago. The origins of wine are lost in prehistory; however, archaeological evidence suggests that wine was first produced during the Neolithic period, between 9000 and 4000 B.C., in the region that roughly corresponds to modern Armenia, Georgia and Northern Iran.   As civilizations progressed, so did enthusiasm for winemaking and wine... More