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EOl,r offers a look at European art andartifacts Touring Boehm's Candy Kitchen is more than savor- ing rich butter creams dip- ped in milk chocolate or sweet caramel rolled in pecans. The more than 2,700 visitors who toured the two- acre property last year were also given a glimpse into the life of a remarkable man, Julius Boehm (rhymes with "home"). An Austrian, Boehm escaped induction into the Nazi army in 1940 by skiing across the Alps into Switzer- land. From there, he fled to the United States. When he arrived in New York, he had only his skis, backpack and $4 cash. The homemade candy business Boehm started in Issaquah in 1954 drew 200,000 customers last year. The familiar landmark near Interstate 90 was the first authentic Swiss chalet built in the Northwest. In the Swiss tradition, Boehm liv- ed in an apartment above his business until he died in 1981. "His grandfather was a candyrnaker," tour director Suzanne Suther tells a group of eight as they begin their tour. The first stop is a two- room cottage Boehm had built for his friends near the chalet. Now it's a gallery where some of Boehm's art collec- tion is displayed. Wood car- vings, ceramics and about 30 paintings and photographs dominate rooms that smell richly of cedar and oak. Three paintings were done by the same artist, a Viennese refugee Boehm hired as a candy dipper. When he learned she was artistic, Boehm helped her go to college, said Suther. Now she's a professor of art at Green River College. Next stop is Boehm's apartment. The Olympic in- signia on the door com- memorates Boehm's in- volvement two different times with the Olympic Games. In 1924, Boehm ran in the Paris games, the same year depicted in the film "Chariots of Fire." He also carried the Olympic torch in the 1936 Berlin games. The torch is in the library where Boehm left it, resting on a polished cross section of a tree. Athlete, candymaker, patron of the arts -- Boehm had still another passion -- music. In the music room, at least 100 albums are stored in the wood cabinet -- Wagner, Puccini, Mozart, Berlioz, Rossini. In the kitchen, we hear the tinkling sounds of a carillon played from a Swiss music box. Visitors toui" five of the seven rooms in the apart- ment, walking past stained glass windows depicting William Tell, Hamlet, Hansel and Gretel. Three porcelain Lippizan stallions pose on a table, a tiny porcelain of Mozart is on another. Tall, thick art books line a shelf -- Rem- branch, DaVinci, Rodin, Francisco Goya. There's a framed pro- clamation from the City of Issaquah designating Julius Boehm Day. There's an In- spirational Award honoring him as Senior Sportsman. "'Now I'll take you down.., and we'll see what's cooking," Suther cheerily tells the group. "We make more than 150 different kinds of candy at Boehm" s." The smell of chocolate fills the air. In one room, long sheets of light and dark chocolate are being cut into pieces. In another room, a candy dipper is making chocolate dipped peanut butter creams. With her left hand she pinches off a piece of peanut butter filling and rolls it into a ball, while working the chocolate in her right hand. When the chocolate in her right hand seems to be the right con- sistency and temperature, she sets the peanut butter ball into the chocolate and smooths it into the shape of chocolate candy. "This is the truffle square," Suther shows the group. "Whipped chocolate.., rocky road.., almond clusters .... macadamia clusters... They are all hand-done in this room." Next stop is the chapel, an exact replica of those found in the Swiss Alps, built in memory of moun- taineers who have lost their lives in the mountains. Boehm was once the oldest man to climb Mt. Rainier. He broke the record when he was 75 years old, and broke another record when he was 80. When the chapel was dedicated in 1981, Boehm attended the ceremony. Six months later, he died. "'We have weddings here, too" said Suther. When the Swiss chapel bell rings, from atop the roof, it can be heard in Issaquah valley. --Mavis Amundson Old timers The oldest business in Is- saquah is the Issaquah Press newspaper, established in 1900 as the Issaquah Independent. Candyrnaker Keith Jackson sprinkles handfuls of nuts on a slab of toffee. A statue of Madonna and child is one attraction for those who tour Boehm's. Many tourists visit the chapel each year. The music room at Boehm's. TERRY MCLAFFERTY PHOTOS ( OQ C) Oo THE O o SUDS SHOP e 0 LAUNDRY OFFERING THE FINEST COIN-OPERATED PROFESSIONAL WASHING MACHINES MADE-- 2 WASHES AND 3 RINSES EACH CYCLE 32 E. SUNSET WAY DOWNTOWN ISSAQUAH OPEN 6 A.M.- 11 P.M. DAY LAWSON DISPOSAL Commercial and Homeowners Weekly Disposal Service Serving Issaquah, East Sam- mamish Plateau, & South of In- glewood Hill Road. Also Serving North Bend, Snoqualmie, Highpoint & Snoqualmie Pass. 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