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Letter from the Editor, July/August 2011
By John Moody

Dear readers,

It sure feels like lake weather to us. Springfield has a long sailing tradition, dating to 1934, when a group of the sport's devotees came up with the idea of starting their own yacht club. It was a great idea, but it lacked one important nautical element: a body of water. Contributor Theresa Schieffer brings us our cover story on how the Island Bay Yacht Club came to be. This thriving club is near capacity, even at a time when similar private clubs find themselves in a struggle to keep old members and attract new ones. 

To continue the maritime theme, how about we go shopping for boats? Freelance writer Laura Michels is our guide as we check out everything from fishing boats and ski boats to big pontoon party boats. We take our turn around Lake Springfield Marina and The Boat Dock to find a suitable vessel. Depending on the budget, your new boat can be as decked out as a high-end automobile or simple, straightforward and seaworthy ... er, make that lake worthy.  

After some sailing or a bit of boat shopping, you might get the hankering for some authentic German food ... well, you might. And, if you do, Springfield Motor Boat Club, a private club on Lake Springfield, is a place you may want to check out. Chef Fred Stachowiak and his wife, Monica, both German natives, have been running the club for 21 years. SJ-R food editor Kathryn Rem's story includes sauerbraten, schnitzel, sauerkraut, stroganoff and sausages galore. Yummy.

 

So do you see yourself as brave, or at least adventurous? Read writer Julie Cellini's profile of Chatham's Erin Grimes and see how you measure up. Grimes, a chef by training, is in her comfort zone on the road. She has moved some 20 times in the last decade, living in places like California, Oregon, Montana and Antarctica. Antarctica, you say? That's right. She was part of the United States Antarctic Program. Thousands of people arrive during the summer season to conduct research, and they all need to eat. That's where Grimes comes in. With all the challenges and hard work that come with such an assignment, will she do it again this year? You'll have to read on to find out. 

This issue's SO house requires a little traveling. It's in the countryside on 35 acres near Petersburg. Architect John Shafer and Mike von Behren of Michael von Behren Builders Inc. teamed up with homeowners Kevin Purcell and Lucia Meijer to create a unique home. It's a masterpiece of Craftsman influence, made from stone and natural materials and cut from the farmland it occupies. The exterior of the house was in the hands of an expert stonemason from Ireland. There's a massive deck and sunsets to watch amid the mature trees, and there's even a red barn to add to the tranquility. There's also a pool, no surprise there, but it's in the interior of the home. Check out Diane Schlindwein's story on this lovely home.  

Contributor Carol Sponagle gives us a look at Lee Beare's 1927 Ford Track Roadster reproduction, which he built himself. It's pretty slick, and it's fast, too. Writer Dan Naumovich contributes the tech column this issue. He'll straighten you out about your idea of what a cloud is - as in cloud technology. Columnist Geoff Bland educates us on the finer points of the organic farming that go into producing some pretty fine organic wines. And there are a couple of trips on our itinerary. We head to South Texas and San Antonio with freelance travel writer Nancy Pistorius, where we take in, among many things, the Riverwalk, the Alamo and great food and culture. Julie Kaiser lets us tag along to Kiawah Island, S.C. - listen up, beach lovers and golf fanatics. 

We thank you for spending some of your time with SO Magazine and invite you to check us out online at www.springfieldsown.com.

 

Story published Friday, July 1, 2011 ( Volume 6, Number 4 )

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