Archive for the ‘Prescott Peeps’ Category

  • Prescott Peeps: Russell Chappell

    Jul 25, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    How did you first get involved in nonprofits in the community? When my wife and I moved to Prescott in December of 2004, we discovered our home was surrounded by birds and wildlife. We thought it would be nice to feed the birds, so I visited Jay’s Bird Barn, where Eric Moore loaded me up with optics, books, seeds and birding information and invited me to the next Prescott Audubon Society meeting, so I guess Eric is ultimately responsible for my relationship with Audubon, and I thank him and blame him for that. As a pilot, I focused on avoiding birds, but I really never studied them. Halfway through that first Audubon meeting, I was planning how to graciously thank them for their hospitality and quietly slip out the door. The chapter’s IBA Coordinator, Karen O’Neil, was giving a presentation and her vocabulary and passion about birds were foreign to me, and I didn’t feel birders and I would be compatible. During a break, Eric introduced me to the chapter president, mentioning my background in computers, aviation and technology. The president asked if I’d be willing to operate their projector at the next meeting. I agreed and was thus committed to a second meeting. The president also mentioned the chapter had CD with a lot of data on it and wondered if I would review it and see if the

  • Prescott Peeps: Jonathan Best & ComMUSIKey

    Jun 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    How do you introduce yourself? I’m a music gardener, that’s my title. I plant musical seeds and they grow and I tend them and water them and prune them. You could take that metaphor as far as you want. I just really live in music. What are you up to these days? In August I’m going to do this “Build the Bridges” tour along the West Coast. It’s part of a mission to build all kinds of bridges — musical, social, you name it. Someone, a student of mine, bought and donated a little upright spinet piano, a Melodigrand. I’m going to have this little piano on wheels. It’s light enough, I’ll probably be able to pull it with my bicycle. The idea is that I’ll be able to take it anywhere. The tour is based on the “Build the Bridges” song. Which is? Sorry, I’m not familiar with it. Ohh, well, I was at a Trump rally and making music. I believe that the more people who play music the better, especially in places where there’s going to be discord. I was there with my ukelele and I was trying to turn what they were shouting into music, into singing. I heard somebody shout “build the bridges, take down the walls,” so I started playing and singing that, and people started singing, and it kind of grew out of

  • Prescott Peeps: Cindy Timmerman & Ann McClain

    Jun 2, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    How long have you been cleaning the aquarium and taking care of the fish at the Prescott Public Library? Timmerman: It’s been, what, 19 years? McClain: We started out in August of 1998 with a 5 gallon tank upstairs. Timmerman: Was that before I started? I remember a bigger tank, 15 gallons. Oh, well. How did you end up volunteering to do that? McClain: Cindy and I met each other at a fish club in Prescott. Timmerman: I think we both answered the same ad in the paper about the club. … It was a way to get together and talk about fish, exchange fish and aquariums, and talk about the hobby. McClain: We’d meet at someone’s house each month, see their tank, and it’d go from there. It’s a great hobby. Timmerman: John Burton, the director of the library, said he didn’t have anybody to take care of the tank properly. Ann suggested someone from the club do it each month, and she and I ended up being the only people that wanted to do it, so we kept doing it. I’m sure you’ve gone through a lot of tanks and fish since then. Timmerman: There used to be a 130-gallon tank upstairs in the children’s area before they did the remodel a couple of years ago. McClain: The tank that’s in front of the children’s play area today

  • Prescott Peeps: Andrew Johnson-Schmit

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    What originally brought you to Prescott? It was 20 years ago, 1997, and Angie and I were living in Chicago. We’d just gone through a really bad summer, like people-literally-dying-from-the-heat bad, and it was followed by a really bad winter, like people-literally-dying-from-the-cold bad. It had a biblical, apocalyptic feel to it. One night, I was talking to my brother John, who was going to Prescott College, and that got the process started. Then Christian Smith, who was also in Prescott, urged us to come out and sleep on his couch. My brother, John, helped me score my first job jockeying a video camera at the race track. So, anyway, we left Chicago in a U-Haul and got here with $36 between us. Angie gave me some of that $36 and sent me to Basha’s to get the cheapest lunch meat and the cheapest bread and mustard. That’s what we were going to live on. In my glazed state from the drive, I saw a guy with a handgun on his hip in the store. In Chicago, when you see someone strapped in a grocery store, that means someone’s about to kill a trifling girlfriend or the cashier, so I dove behind the cantaloupe. There was this little old lady, and I was about to warn her when I saw she was strapped with an even larger caliber weapon. That’s when

  • Prescott Peeps: Ida Kendall

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

      How long have you been in Prescott and how did you get involved with The Frame & I and The Art Store? We moved to Prescott in 1980 when I was a kid. I grew up here and went to school here. We spent a few years in Tempe, but almost died because of the heat. The Frame & I was originally owned by Joe and Joanna Hensley. She was an artist and they’d started the shop to support her art. Originally it was one really tiny room. I hired on about eight years into their ownership. I was a college student at the time. Prior to that, I’d been working with my dad as a real estate appraiser. This was back when there was the first big deregulation in the 1990s, so that didn’t work out. I’d always been an artist and creative person, so I decided to look around at picture framing shops and I had a certain amount of woodworking skills from classes in high school and college. Looking back, I was lucky they were looking for someone at the time; people tend to come here and stay for a long time. I wasn’t really thinking about staying long term until about two years into it when I realized how much I enjoyed it. It’s constantly changing, not the same thing every day. You see so

  • Prescott Peeps: John Duncan

    Feb 27, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    Who are you and how did you first get involved in the community? I’m John Duncan, founder of 4AM Productions, which brings drag shows and other entertainment to Prescott. I was raised in Prescott. My family has been here since 1972. My first involvement with the larger community coincided with my first involvement in the gay community in Prescott. That was National Coming Out Day at Granite Creek Universalist Unitarian Congregational in 2014. … Leading up to that, I’d been focused on the arts here and lamenting a huge void of artistic and creative outlets. What’s here is amazing, but there are holes. So, my friend Joe told me, either do it or don’t do it. So I started 4AM Productions. There was a lot of preparation and a lot of trepidation about whether it would come to fruition. In October of that year, we decided to put up the money to pay for the rental, and in December we did the first show. I was really surprised because it was exactly what I was expecting. I was open-minded, did radio interviews, advertised in small rags, advertised in the paper, trying to reach as many people as possible, so I had a level of expectation. Getting exactly what you asked for, though, is surprising and exciting. We got a diverse audience that enjoyed an art form that hadn’t been seen

  • Prescott Peeps: Sharon Nordyke

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    Who are you and how did you first get involved in the community? I’m Sharon Nordyke, and I helped found Chalk It Up!, the Electric Light Parade, and the Pandemonium Steel Drum Band. … I came to Prescott for a fire inspector job with the city in 1981. That, itself, was very community oriented. One of my favorite things about my long career there was researching children’s museum’s and building a hand’s-on exhibit for the “Learn Not to Burn” program, which was held in the old Ponderosa Plaza. There was tremendous support from the chief, who budgeted the money to help build many interactive exhibits like a giant smoke detector that kids could crawl through. Kids were bused there for fire prevention week. I also performed with the concert band and orchestra at Yavapai College, followed by a long tenure with the Prescott POPS Symphony. I’d come from a background of playing French horn for many years. Getting involved with musical groups and performing helped me get to know the community.   So you were involved with the community from the outset. What inspired you to create new events and groups in town? The inspiration to bring an event to the city has always been motivated by my interest in sharing an exceptional experience I have had elsewhere. In the case of the Holiday Light Parade, I was sitting on

  • Prescott Peeps: Brad Newman

    Dec 30, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    Who are you and how long have you been in the community? I’m Brad Newman. I was working on ranches and summer camps in Prescott since 1968 and I went to Yavapai College the year it opened in 1970. I was raised in Arizona — in fact, we’ve got home movies of us at the Fourth of July parade from 1959. We love Prescott. After attending Brophy Prep in Phoenix, I went to the University of Arizona, then came back to Prescott to work at Yavapai Exceptional Industries in 1976. I found out about the job on a one-page mimeographed sheet on a board at U of A. I was studying for a degree in disability rehabilitation and had no idea what I was going to do with it, so this made a lot of sense. I’d had experience with kids with disabilities at summer camp at Mingus Mountain, so working with adults made sense. I wasn’t sure where I was going or what I wanted to do do and boom, there was this ad in my favorite place. What exactly is YEI? Yavapai Exceptional Industries was founded in Prescott in 1974 by parents, teachers, and business leaders. It’s very Prescott in its roots. These folks, especially the parents, were looking for an alternative to institutionalizing their adult children with disabilities. They saw the institutions that were in place and

  • Prescott Peeps: Barry Barbe

    Dec 2, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

      Who are you and how long have you been in the community? I’m Barry Barbe and I’ve been in town 18 years. I’ve had multiple restaurants in Prescott, including Belvedere’s, 129 1/2, and El Gato Azul, which has been around for 12 years as of December. I’m originally from Bristolville, Ohio. I met my wife at Hilton Head, and she’s from Mesa, so that’s how I ended up here. I was general manager at Zuma’s — that’s what brought us to town, more or less. We’ve got four kids, two in college, and two in high school. I was a music major in college with a focus in education, but had throat surgery and went into culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. How did you get involved in volunteering and community outreach? A lot of it has to do with the way I was raised. I came from a big family of five kids in a small town. There were only 45 kids in my graduating class. Anyway, for Thanksgiving, my dad always delivered boxes for shut-ins — it was primarily for widows who were living alone — and it was just one of those things I grew up with. Bristolville felt a lot like Prescott; people take care of each other and you look out for your neighbor, that kind of thing. At

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