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Marshall Shore, The Hip Historian

Today we caught up with Marshall Shore. He was named the “2013 New Times Best Phoenix Historian” and does fun slideshows and tours of the Valley and beyond.

Marshall Shore

Marshall grew up in a farming town of 25 in Indiana. His “love affair with information” led him to get his Master’s Degree in Library Sciences. After living in New York City, Marshall moved to Phoenix 14 years ago. …

English Rose Tea Room

Last week I visited the most charming tea room, in Carefree! Owner Joanne Gemmill was born in Hampshire, England but moved to Arizona years ago. She missed her beloved country and decided to open up the English Rose Tea Room.

It’s open every day from 11:00 to 4:00 and you can either have lunch or enjoy the Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea. The formal tea is served on a three-tiered cake stand from their finest antique bone china. It includes tea sandwiches, …

Local Bites at the Food Truck Caravan

Have you heard about the new Food Truck Caravan? Every Saturday evening from 7:30 to 11:30, check out a caravan of food trucks in Downtown Scottsdale.

Stop by 5th Avenue and Goldwater Blvd. to try a variety of cuisines from eight food trucks, including dessert. It is a family- and dog-friendly event with seating at communal tables and misters to keep you cool, plus music from local artists.

It is so much fun tasting the different foods served by trucks …

See Topia at the Desert Botanical Garden

I keep telling people that Arizona has the most amazing sunsets! Last week I watched the sky turn from blue to purple, then gold and mauve (that’s pink for you guys).

I enjoyed a spectacular Ballet Arizona performance of Topia at the Desert Botanical Garden, set to music from Beethoven. The outdoor stage is twice as wide as the one at Symphony Hall, and Artistic Director Ib Andersen created this ballet specifically for the …

Get Your Art Fix at SMoCA

If you haven’t been to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), you have to check out their always-impressive display of contemporary art! It’s just a mile from the Valley Ho.

In addition to great installations, the museum features film screenings, lectures, and fantastic events in the SMoCA Lounge. Hear creative types tell stories live at Lit Lounge or learn how to arm wrestle from a professional at Arm Wrestling for Art for your chance to win a …