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SHE’S A GRAND centenarian, having seen
two world wars, 18 U.S. presidents and a
manned expedition to the moon. She’s
hosted generations of happy visitors and
weathered countless storms. And she’s the
last of her kind on the West Coast.
Happy birthday, Santa Cruz Beach
The family-owned company that has
been involved with the boardwalk for four
generations is celebrating the historic fixture’s 100th anniversary with a year’s worth
of special events, “One Hundred Years,
Millions of Memories.” The events include
fireworks, concerts, history exhibits, daily
performances during the summer by the
Moscow Circus and a book that covers a
century of entertainment.
“I’m very honored to be part of something that has meant so much to so many
people for a hundred years, and proud that
we’re still going strong,” says Costco member Charles Canfield, president and CEO of
the Santa Cruz Seaside Company, which
owns and operates the boardwalk.
The gift that
WHEN DEBORAH YACOBELLIS gave
birth to Clara, her first child, Deborah’s
sister Barbara wanted to give a gift as
special as the occasion. No onesies. No
rattles. No cute outfits that would soon
be outgrown. Instead, she commissioned an artist to paint a watercolor
for the baby’s room.
“It was not just beautiful, it was
practical, in a creative way. It includes
all of Clara’s birth information. It was
the most unique baby gift I received,”
Deborah Yacobellis says.
She was so moved by the thoughtful gift that she wished she could give
every mother she knew such a present.
Then an entrepreneurial spark flashed.
The two sisters, both Costco members, launched BabyFable ( www.baby
fable.com) last May. Through the Mill
Valley, California–based company, customers can order one of five themed
watercolor prints created by Brian
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has
hosted countless huge events, including several Miss California pageants.
The facility, once promoted as the
“Coney Island of the West,” has outlasted
several other boardwalks on the West Coast
that have fallen to development or the ravages of time.
COURTESY OF SANTA CRUZ BEACH BLARDWALK
You can find out more about centennial events at www.beachboardwalk.com.
(Costco offers discounted tickets for boardwalk rides and food at select California
warehouses and at costco.com.)
Tibke. The prints
include the baby’s name, birth date,
birth weight and length, as well as the
time and city of birth and the parents’
names. BabyFable prints cost between
$29 and $149, depending on size and
frame options, and ship within three
weeks of ordering.
“We have an answer for anyone
wondering, ‘What in the world do I get
for someone who has everything for
their little one?’” says Yacobellis.
John Rufa and partner Trish
Dougherty toast the success
of Kawartha Country Wines.
The fruits of
MAKING WINE TAKES TIME, patience
and a little magic. So does becoming
After 25 years as an amateur
winemaker, Costco member John
Rufa decided to take the plunge into
professional vinting. He purchased
land in Ontario, Canada, planted
crops and, after four years, hit the
ground pouring with Kawartha Country
wines.ca), producing a variety of fruit
wines. “Basically, I retired one day
and opened the winery the next,”
A former high school teacher,
Rufa now enjoys educating people
who visit the winery, which is housed
in a converted 1866 log cabin, about
the unique wines that he makes from
the 22 acres of apples, pears, rasp-berries and rhubarb on his property
as well as fruits and berries produced
elsewhere in the region.
Kawartha wine varieties include
apricot, apple, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, nectarine, peach, pear, plum,
raspberry and rhubarb. Seasonal specialties include a pumpkin wine and a
maple syrup ice wine made from
syrup from the winery’s maple trees.
“We even make a goldenrod wine,
just from the yellow petals of the
goldenrod, that is amazing,” Rufa says.
Although Kawartha Country
Wines produces between 18,000 and
20,000 liters per year, a goodly
amount for a small winery, Rufa says
it’s nothing compared to major wine
“The big wineries spill that much
in one day,” he says with a laugh.