Fall 2013

Community

The Washington Center For The Performing Arts
Northwest Corks & Crush
Lemay – America’s Car Museum Jazz Gala
Artist Spotlight: Patrick Dougherty
Nascar Exhibit Is A Winner At Lemay Museum
South Sound Fall Theater Preview
Dugan Foundation

Cuisine

Acqua Via Restaurant
Treos Life Cafe

Design & Style

Fall Trends – This Season, Make Bold Choices
Wren & Willow

Wellness

The Art Of Living: Exercise Protects Aging Brains

The Art Of Living

exercise protects aging brains

Physical Activity Trumps Mental Activity
Staying mentally sharp as you age may have more to do with working out than working on crossword puzzles, new research suggests. In a study published in the journal Neurology, people who stayed physically active into old age tended to have larger brains than those who did not exercise. The brain typically shrinks in late adulthood, and this shrinkage is believed to play a role in age-related memory decline. The new research is the latest to suggest that exercise is good for the brain as well as the body.

“It is pretty clear that exercise is one of the most potent things we can do to protect our brain as we age,” says University of Pittsburgh exercise and aging researcher Kirk Erickson, PhD, who was not involved with the study.

Exercisers Had Larger Brains
The new research included about 700 people living in the United Kingdom who all had brain scans when they reached the age of 73. Three years earlier, the study participants had been questioned about the leisure and physical activities they engaged in.

People in the study who reported being the most physically active tended to have larger brain volumes of gray and normal white matter, and physical activity was linked to less brain atrophy. Regular exercise also appeared to protect against the formation of white matter lesions, which are linked to thinking and memory decline. Nonphysical leisure activities did not appear to protect the brain from shrinkage, suggesting that mental activity may be less important than regular exercise for preserving brain function into old age, the researchers say.

Mental Decline Not Inevitable
Erickson’s latest research suggests that it’s never too late to protect the brain through exercise. Along with colleagues, he recruited 120 older inactive adults with no evidence of dementia for his study. Half began a modest exercise routine that included walking at a moderate pace for 30 to 45 minutes, three times a week. The other half did stretching and toning exercises.

A year later, MRI brain scans showed that a key region of the brain involved with memory, known as the hippocampus, was slightly larger in the walking group, while it had shrunk slightly in the nonaerobic stretching group. Although his study focused on aerobic exercise, others suggest that resistance training also benefits the brain.

Erickson says the accumulating research is changing the thinking about how the brain ages. “The old view is that as we get older our brains become less malleable and less able to change,” he says. “The new view is that it remains plastic even very late in life. We were able to show positive change after just one year of moderate-intensity physical activity.” Orthopedic surgeon Vonda Wright, MD, who studies aging athletes, says it is a myth that frailty and mental decline are inevitable in old age. “It is never too late to harness our body’s capacity to get stronger and more functional,” she says. “There is no pill that can do what exercise does.”
SALYNN BOYLES//webmd health news

Wren & Willow

design to share stories

An old-fashioned storefront at North Pearl and 51st Streets in Tacoma, with the name Wren and Willow above the door, inspires curiosity. Business partners Laureen Skrivan and Cliff Kendall like that. They hope people will come in off the street to visit the 1917 building they bought, restored and decorated in period style to combine their award-winning remodeling, design and restoration business with retail space. The 18-month project required gutting the inside and starting from scratch. The project went on to win the remodeling industry’s prestigious Chrysalis and REX Awards for 2013, among others.

“I wanted to do something very different,” Skrivan said. “I really wanted people to step back in time.”

The front holds a gallery featuring a tiled fireplace and retail space with antiques and décor items. A glass display case—paying homage to the building’s original candy store—still offers penny candy for sale. High ceilings recall an earlier time. The owners loved working with Gray Lumber and in addition to new wood, incorporated architectural salvage including reclaimed floors from a century-old knitting mill in Olympia.

“You just can’t reproduce the look and the smell of something old,” Skrivan said. “It’s patina, 100 years of wear and tear.” A central hall runs front to back with rooms on both sides, including an early 19th-century kitchen. Even the restrooms serve as examples of interior design.

Skrivan loves the neighborhood and hosts Ruston-Point Defiance Business District meetings. “If we can inspire people to bring their local business into this community it benefits everyone,” she said.

Currently serving as vice president of the Master Builders Association of Pierce County, Skrivan will become the organization’s first female president, in 2014.

She believes people’s homes say a great deal about their lives and personalities, and she tells clients, “We want to help you tell your story.”
CANDACE BROWN

For more information:
wrenandwillow.com
5104 N Pearl St, Tacoma
253.227.8189

Fall Trends – This Season, Make Bold Choices

It is hard to believe summer has already come and gone. Fall is upon us and with it comes change. We begin to pack away our shorts and maxi dresses and look ahead to what designers have in store for us this season.

This fall is all about making bold choices. Designers do not disappoint with their plethora of options. Leather and animal prints, rich colors, exquisite textures, and details that include military-like hardware will give you everything you need to make a statement. Fall fashion is about revamping staple items and breathing new life into classic looks. This season’s trends include a great mix of textures with an emphasis on leather. From entire outfits to the fine details, leather will be a major part of fall work wear. To break up the monotony of gray and black, designers offer a palette full of bold reds, orange hues and regal purples.

Ladies, keep in mind that leather is versatile and easy to incorporate into any look. Try pairing a leather A-line skirt with sleek port-colored booties and topped with a crisp white blouse and bold-colored sweater. Add a structured officer-inspired jacket to finish your look. The leather satchel remains fall’s go-to bag and a perfect accessory for any outfit. Rose gold bracelets and watches along with printed scarves are easy accessories that will instantly update any look this season.

Gentlemen, focus on mixing it up when pairing shirts and ties. Do not be afraid to incorporate bold colors and different patterns. Plaid ties stand out against solid-colored shirts of the same color scheme. Checkered shirts go from weekend casual to conference room–ready when teamed with a smart college-striped tie. Finish your look with dark trousers, a leather bomber and loafers.

fashion correspondant//ANDREA LERUM

Treos Life Cafe

2312 N 30th, Tacoma
253.212.2287
1201 Union Ave, Tacoma
253.301.0478
treoslife.com

This cozy café is a neighborly addition to Old Town Tacoma. Owners Courtney Marshall and Brad Carpenter, who opened the business in 2013, wanted to create a dynamic, everyday coffee spot with a welcoming feel. They fell in love with the laid-back, beach-like community just up from Ruston Way on North 30th next to Old Town Park.

Marshall brings a strong background in the coffee business to Treos. She is a former Forza Coffee Company owner who speaks the language of latte lovers. For Treos, she keenly created a fresh bistro-style menu. Her eye was set on offering a succinct menu of focused choices since the 1,300-square-foot cafe doesn’t have a lot of preparation or storage space.

But saving space doesn’t mean cutting corners on flavor. Marshall elevates her Treos salad and sandwich recipes with farm-fresh produce; artisanal cheeses like Drunken Goat, Lavender Honey Goat and Dorset Red Smoked Cheddar; and gourmet European meats such as Spanish chorizo, prosciutto and Toscano salame.

Happy hour at Treos means a buck off all beers, plus a fine selection of “small bites.” Guests can nibble on savory Kalamata olives or Marcona almonds with wine; nosh on soft baked pretzels; or savor Salem blue cheese potato skins and a creamy hummus, veggie and flatbread platter.

Wines are offered by the bottle or glass with a nice selection of vintages from Washington, California and Europe. A Café Treos highlight is the Sequin wine cocktail, the Pinot Colada. It’s a delicious, fruity combination of pineapple juice and Pinot Grigio wine served over ice. Treos also features six regional handcrafted beers on tap and rotates them seasonally. You can fill up and take a growler of a favorite beer home too.

Café Treos offers something special for everyone. Try it for breakfast, lunch or dinner any day of the week.
TAMMY ROBACKER

Acqua Via Restaurant

500 Capitol Way S, Olympia
360.357.6677
acquavia.com

“An alchemy of old-world inspirations, local produce and Pacific Northwest sensibilities” is an apt description of Acqua Via in downtown Olympia, as proudly stated on the wine list created by the restaurant’s sommelier.

Everything about Acqua Via, from its décor to its menu and flavor profiles, reflects this blend of traditional and contemporary loyalties. Will Taylor, head chef since age 20 of the family-owned Acqua Via, not only uses fresh local organic produce in his dishes, but has developed a strong relationship with Kirsop Farm in Tumwater so that his produce is grown by someone he knows and trusts.

The result is a selection that complements Northwest favorites, such as seared day boat scallops with unexpected flavors, such as kaffir lime vinaigrette. Every dish reflects Chef Will’s creativity and influences from various cuisines such as American, French and Asian.

“That’s what it is to be a chef in America now—combining flavors from all over the world,” says Chef Will, whose culinary skills are self-taught as a family tradition.

Owned by his father, along with Water Street Café, Acqua Via is Chef Will’s vision of “elevating rustic flavors.” While offering a few continuing dishes, the menu changes weekly to take advantage of the freshest flavors from Kirsop Farm and to showcase seasonal flavors, even offering original seasonal cocktails. The wine list is a combination of foreign, domestic and Washington wines, with more than a half dozen that are also organic.

Enjoy lunch or dinner and watch the world rush by as you sip a glass of Washington wine, such as The Velvet Devil merlot. Relax in the country bistro atmosphere: rustic lighting, wood floors and furniture, crisp white linens, contemporary art, and a staff as dedicated to the farm-fresh organic food philosophy as the chef. KIMBERLY KETCHAM

Dugan Foundation

Over the last 10 years the Dugan Foundation has provided aid to nearly 5,000 animals in the Puget Sound region, and in the years to come it is expanding its outreach efforts to animals across the state. The Foundation’s mission is to create a no-kill nation, where adoptable animals are given the opportunity to live in permanent homes. Vice President Julie Dugan explains that an obstacle in its mission is education; she believes we need to change our way of thinking in favor of adoption.

To increase program awareness, the foundation has three main community events for animal advocacy. For the seventh year this August, the foundation will celebrate animal adoption with Woofstock, an event combining lovable animals, lively entertainment and local animal organizations. Of the events, Dugan sees Woofstock as the foundation’s greatest tie to the community.

Throughout December, the Dugan Foundation sponsors Happy Howlidays. Last year the event brought in 12,000 pounds of animal food, nearly $4,000 worth of bedding and related necessities, and $3,000 in cash donations from generous residents of the South Sound. This coming year, the foundation will be expediting the process to link donors to specific recipients.

The giving continues with Fur Ball, a biennial event taking place on Oct. 19. This year’s event will have an elegant speak-easy theme, with libations to please every palate and Lance Buller providing music and entertainment.
LIZ SCHROEDER

For more information:
duganfoundation.org

South Sound Fall Theater Preview

Now that the kids are back to school, what better way to continue to inspire a love of learning than sampling a live performance of a great work of art? Throughout the South Sound, the classics have strong representation this autumn, starting with, of course, Shakespeare.

The legendary Renaissance playwright seems to be all over the South Sound this fall. First up, get a complete refresher with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare at Tacoma Little Theatre. Three actors cover the greatest hits of all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in only 97 minutes! Then there’s Henry V at The State Theater in Olympia. This historical drama follows the young prince as he becomes a mature man and embarks on a successful conquest of France. Finally, round out your Shakespearean experience with Hamlet at Theatre on the Square in Tacoma and behold the ill-fated protagonist as he fights madness and tries to reclaim the throne of Denmark.

If Shakespeare is too heavy for your taste, you’ll find other great classics in store. There’s Gilbert and Sullivan’s lighthearted opera The Pirates of Penzance at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma; the hysterical dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace at Lakewood Playhouse; and an adventure to the magical world of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Olympia Family Theater. All three shows are strong choices for a quality afternoon or evening of live theater for all ages.

Other excellent family offerings this fall include Andrew Tyson: Piano and Garrison Keillor, both at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia. While the Rialto Theater hosts the music and dance from ¡Fiesta, Familia, Folklore! These entertainers are certain to leave lasting impressions on all ages.

Looking for a night off from the family? For a ladies’ night, spend an evening with the gossipy women of Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in Steel Magnolias at Tacoma Little Theatre, or rock out with the all-female punk band made famous in the Seattle original Angry Housewives at Capital Playhouse. For date night, it won’t get any more raucous than when the groundbreaking Broadway musical Green Day’s American Idiot comes to the Pantages in Tacoma.
With so many choices this fall, the question becomes which shows will you see? Expand your family’s knowledge base and love for art with a trip to the theater. HILLARY RYAN

Nascar Exhibit Is A Winner At Lemay Museum

Nearly 300,000 people visited LeMay—America’s Car Museum during its first year, but none saw what you can see now. Coinciding with its anniversary, June 1-2, 2013, the museum launched an exhibit exciting enough to bring all of those people back, plus more.

Called “Legends of Motor Sport: the NASCAR Story,” this exhibit is far more than a display of 14 historically significant race cars, including Dale Earnhardt’s #3 car. NASCAR’s story is part of America’s story, and this exhibit offers thrills for everyone, from diehard racing fans to those who have only heard the roar of the racetrack on TV.

ACM’s chief marketing and communications officer, Scot Keller, said, “The idea was to create layers. You can just enjoy it and walk through it, or you can spend a lot of time getting into the facts and checking out the website and so on.” You’ll see more sound, more video, and more information, even access to social media.

Larger-than-life images of the larger-than-life stars of NASCAR cover one wall of the long exhibit space where cars are parked end-to-end. On the opposite wall, alcoves created by the building’s structure provide plenty of surfaces for storytelling.

After Bill France Sr. invented the notion of the superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., the money followed. “Revenue being generated by having these big tracks with a lot of fans, and the sponsors, really enabled them to pay,” Keller said. “That’s what got a lot of the early racers involved.”

Many of those early racers were former moonshiners who outran the law in cars like the 1936 Ford Model 68 Roadster on display. How they connected with professional racing is only one of the many fascinating stories. Learn about the famous drivers, cars, superstitions and dramas while viewing this exhibit. But hurry. The months fly by with the speed of a race car.
CANDACE BROWN

For more information:
lemaymuseum.org

Lemay – America’s Car Museum Jazz Gala

A crowd of more than 500 museum supporters and community movers and shakers turned out to celebrate the LeMay—America’s Car Museum’s first Anniversary. The ‘40s and ‘50s themed gala and dinner included live music, auctions and the first public viewing of the museum’s new exhibit, “Legends of Motorsports: The NASCAR Story.” “Now that year one is history, our over-arching goal is to maintain momentum and continue to grow and evolve as an attraction,” said ACM President and CEO David Madeira. “And if the excitement at this gala is an indicator, we’re off to a sensational start. We raised more than $300,000, which is vital to our future, because philanthropy helps us fund key programs and exhibits.”