1st Friday Gallery Exhibits in Sedona, AZ

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

August 7th, 2015

Fresh IdeasKick off your weekend in Sedona, Arizona with a tour of Sedona Galleries during the “First Friday Evening in the Galleries” event! Enjoy an evening of artist receptions and new exhibits at the phenomenal galleries that call the red rocks of Sedona home!

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery. If you are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona Arts Center
“Fresh Ideas”
August 7th – September 1st, 2015
Opening Reception August 7th (5:00 – 8:00 pm)
sedona arts centerMingle with art lovers, art collectors and artists! Experience the “Fresh Ideas” of the newest artists to be juried into the Sedona Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery in Uptown Sedona. These new artists bring such a breath of fresh air with their diversity of art and wonderful colors! Enjoy the  abstract work by Julie Bernstein Engelmann and Agata Kijanka, whimsical painted furniture of Adell Shay, jewelry by Leah Donell and Kimball Walker, brilliant colored pencil work of Deborah Stromsdorfer and beautiful ceramics by Monte Voepel. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Sedona in Summer”
August 7th, 2015 (5:00 – 8:00 pm)

SHARON WEISER  Desert-Blooms-36The Turquoise Tortoise Gallery offers a new mid-summer exhibition that celebrates summer and the artwork that embodies its warmth and spirit. In other parts of the country Black-eyed Susans or sandy beaches may be the epitome of summertime but in Arizona it’s the blooming cacti and the wearing of cool turquoise stones that characterize the season. Visitors to Turquoise Tortoise Gallery are treated to summer-hued cactus compositions by artist Sharon Weiser whose popular, award-winning oil paintings bring together agave and beavertail, barrel and fishhook, with blooms or not, in hues that push forward every shade the eye doesn’t even know that it sees. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
“Summer in Sedona”
August 7th, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Summer in SedonaThe Lanning Gallery opens a new exhibition to showcase art that embodies all that we love about the hot summer months. The showcase of art begins with the ubiquitous bird nests of early summer. Sculptor Phil Lichtenhan mimics nature itself foraging for found wire and other materials. Painter Cynthia Reid creates bird nests as well, small oil paintings that capture the beauty and strength of these natural homes. As a complement to Reid’s Impressionism it is Expressive Realism that best describes the landscapes of painter Gerald Moore. Summertime is also the perfect time for sculptor Robert Cherry to unveil a red-hot new coloration for one of his hand-turned pine vessels with turquoise inlay. And summer is made all the better with hand-turned turquoise beads by master jeweler Michael Grant.For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“Friend of a Feather”
August 7th – 31st, 2015
Goldenstein Gallery
Goldenstein Gallery celebrates “Friends Of A Feather”. You are sure to enjoy the unique selection of sculptures and paintings by their talented artists that have timelessly captured the Spirit of the Bird! Hummingbirds, eagles, owls and hawks…their collection of feathery friends is an exquisite one, indeed! For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
“Rowe Fine Art Gallery “Hot Summer Nights Part II” at Rowe Gallery
August 7th, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Ken Rowe Gallery

Escape to Rowe Fine Art Gallery where the drinks are cold and the air conditioner is cranked up. The gallery will host Hot Summer Nights Part II, a continuation of a show that began in July. This month, the show will highlight the gallery’s award-winning sculptors and jewelers. Grab something cool to drink and let the artwork around you turn up the heat. Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s staff of art experts is always on hand to help you discover your new favorite artist. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
 “Summer Group Show” at Mountain Trails Gallery
August 7th, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Mountain Trails
Along with story-telling bronze sculpture highlighting the history and culture of the American West, the gallery will light up with colorful and compelling paintings that include a range of contemporary and historical Western subject matter, landscapes of Sedona and the Grand Canyon, domestic animals and wildlife, Native American artifacts, cowboy memorabilia, and portraits of children, horses, cattle, and buffalo. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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2015 August Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

Raptors, Guided Moonlight Hike, Bird and Nature Walks

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If you love raptors, hiking, bird watching and moonlight Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona is the place to be this August!

Rescued Raptors
August 8th, 2015 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)
RaptorsRed Rock State Park welcomes you to get up close and personal with amazing raptors from the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary! Several professional handlers will present “Rescued Raptors” with a hands on discussion of the unique and varied adaptations of these marvelous birds. Seating is limited so please call 928.282.6907 ahead to reserve your space. This event will be $5.00 per person and normal gate fees will also apply on the day of the event: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For more information please visit Red Rock State Park. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Moonlight Hike
August 29th, 2015Moonlight hike (Arrive at 6:00 pm)
The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas.The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Reservations are required, please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival. Night viewing programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (7:00 am)
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walksEvery Day at 10:00 am
you can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk of one and a half to two hours. You will be introduced to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Some of the subjects that may be discussed include plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Where to Eat in Sedona, Arizona

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

New to the Inn of Sedona Blog: Restaurant Directory

sedona dining

You have your lodging, tours and things to do all set for your vacation to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, how about where to eat? Sedona offers a variety of choices when it comes to your dining pleasure. From American to Italian to Mexican and more! For all of those who like to plan ahead we have added a restaurant directory to our blog. And of course our concierge is always here to help you with your planning. To see a full listing of restaurants please visit our NEW Restaurants in Sedona, Arizona page. Enjoy your time in Sedona and Bon Appétit!

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Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture

Museum of Northern Arizona

66th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture

August 1st – 2nd, 2015

NAVAJO festivalSpend your weekend in the cool pines and immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists at the 66th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture taking place at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

The museum is located in Flagstaff only 48 minutes from Sedona, AZ! Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, musical performances, insightful heritage programs, and the pageantry of hoop and social dances.

Schedule for Performance Tent

  • Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers (Traditional Navajo Dance)
    The Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers share songs and dances that celebrate the Navajo way of life, or, Hózhó, living in a manner that strives to create and maintain balance, harmony, beauty and order. (10:00 am – 10: 45 am & 2:00 – 2:45 pm)
  • Sihasin
    Enjoy Native Rock and world music by siblings Jeneda & Clayson Benally. (See-ha-szin) is a Dine’ word – meaning to think with hope and assurance. For the Benallys, their unique brand of folk, world, and punk music reflects hope and action for social and environmental justice for indigenous peoples. (11:00 am – 11: 45 & 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm)
  • Nolan Karras James
    Nolan Karras James is an artist and musician from Pinon, Arizona. His band, SkoolBoyKook performs blues with a Navajo flair. (12:30 pm – 1:15 pm)

Special Viewing at the Festival
Hubbell Rug Viewing
1:00 pm -3:00 pm
The World’s Largest Navajo Rug – Easton Collection Center
Festival wristband is required for entry
In 1932, Lorenzo Hubbell Jr., of the famous Hubbell Trading Post network commissioned a monumental textile for promotional purposes. Completed in 1937 by weaver Julia Joe, and measuring 26 x 36 feet, the rug held the title of the “World’s Largest Navajo Rug” for more than four decades. Don’t miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to view this incredible weaving and learn more about the Museum’s other noted Navajo textile holdings.

This Heritage Festival takes place August 1st and 2nd, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm). Admission for this event: $12 adult, $8 student (w/ ID), American Indian (10+), youth (10-17), children under 10 free. For more information on the Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to the Museum of Northern Arizona

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Inn of SedonaA visit to Sedona can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or off road adventure, Sedona has something to offer. To save our guests time and money we’ve put together several great packages that make it easy to plan that Sedona getaway. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

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Fun things to do in Sedona this Weekend

Sedona, Arizona

Jam packed weekend of events in the red rocks!

Sedona Scenery

Wow, the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona are going to be rocking this weekend! The Humming Bird Festival kicks off Friday, there will be live entertainment at Sound Bites Grill, Olde Sedona Bar and Grill and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, a guided moonlight hike at Red Rock State Park, a special evening at Montezuma Castle, the Jerome Art Walk will be taking place and more! See below for details on all the fun to be found in Sedona this weekend! If you are interested in staying at the Inn of Sedona this weekend make sure to take advantage of our “Summer in Sedona” lodging special.

Sedona Hummingbird Festival
July 31st – August 2nd, 2015
Sedona Humming Bird FestivalThe Sedona Hummingbird Festival is always held the first weekend in August, when Sedona’s hummingbird population is highest and most diverse. Enjoy three days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world in the modern, air-conditioned Sedona Performing Arts Center! There will also be “Birds & Blooms” Hummingbird Garden Tours, a Hummingbird Marketplace, Art exhibits, birding trips and more. For more information or to purchase individual tickets or a 3 day pass please visit the Sedona Hummingbird Festival.

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Guided Moonlight Hike
Including Blue Moon Telescopic Viewing
July 31st, 2015 (6:00 pm)moonlight
The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas.The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Reservations are required, please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Night Creatures of Montezuma CastleMontezuma
July 31st, 2015 (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
Free Event
Montezuma Castle National Monument would like to invite the public to their park for an evening with their night creatures. The trail will feature informational booths, activities, and a Junior Ranger program. There is also a full moon that evening to light your way! Water, close toed shoes, and flashlights are recommended. Time and date are subject to change due to weather. For more information on this event please visit the Montezuma Castle National Monument website or call 928.634.5564

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Sedona Entertainment – Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings
July 31st, 2015 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Cover Charge: $8
Sound-Bites-GrillSir Harrison and the Blues Kings gives you some of the best rockin’ blues in Arizona at Sound Bites Grill! Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine’). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry.Sir Harrison’s music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Live Entertainment at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
July 31st – August 2nd, 2015
Olde Sedona Bar & GrillWhen you are in Sedona and looking for fun and entertainment Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be! There’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Eat, drink and have fun where the locals’ hang out, the Olde Sedona Bar & Grill! Visit Olde Sedona on Facebook.

  • July 31st – The Naughty Bits (9:00 pm)
  • August 1st – DJ (9:00 pm)
  • August 2nd – All Star Karaoke (9:00 pm)

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66th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & CultureNAVAJO festival
August 1st – 2nd, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Spend your weekend in the cool pines and immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists at the 66th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture taking place at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, musical performances, insightful heritage programs, and the pageantry of hoop and social dances. Admission for this event: $12 adult, $8 student (w/ ID), American Indian (10+), youth (10-17), children under 10 free. For more information on the Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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Anthony Mazzella LIVE in Concert
August 1st, 2015 (7:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 per person
Anthony-Mazzella-posterGuitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella will be returning to the beautiful Mary Fisher Theater for the second time after a SOLD OUT, standing-room-only performance in June. Anthony Mazzella is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso of the guitar who began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan including: The Bitter End, CBGB’s, Cat Club, Cafe Wah, Birdland etc. His original music is composed with a fusion of world influences consisting of Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Near Eastern, R&B, Celtic, Rock, New Age and Medieval. Photographer extraordinaire Ted Grussing will be projecting his original fine art photography as a backdrop. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Jerome Art Walk
Jerome Art WalkAugust 1st, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Twenty-five galleries and studios will be welcoming visitors with beautiful art, music and refreshments. From blown glass to lovely jewelry, there is a treasure to be found for everyone! From the working studios of The Old Jerome High School to the lovely pottery of Made in Jerome, the true handmade Jerome touch is everywhere. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Sedona Entertainment – Thomas Oliver & Hotfoot
August 1st, 2015 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)Thomas Oliver
$8 Cover
Have fun dancing to this Rock’n Funky Blues Dance Band at Sound Bites Grill! “Many good songs have been sung about Arizona. there’s so much here in Arizona to inspire artists of all kinds. My contribution, “The Arizona Way,” concerns the people. So I’m happy to send it out for each and every one of us Arizonans” Thomas Oliver. For more information on this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Sedona, AZ.jpg2Stay between July 6th and August 27th and save $20 to $35 per night. (Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
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Blue Moon Guided Hike at Red Rock State Park

Sedona, Arizona

Moonlight Hike with Telescope Viewing at Red Rock State Park

July 31st, 2015

Moonlight hikeTake a guided moonlight hike in Sedona, Arizona this Friday, July 31st, at Red Rock State Park! This hike takes place during the second full moon of July, commonly called the “Blue Moon”. Upon returning from the the hike, participants will have the opportunity to observe the moon through a “Viewing Scope’ compliments of the Verde Valley Astronomy Club. Sedona during the day is beautiful, Sedona by moonlight is Awesome!

The modern day definition of a Blue Moon is when there are 2 full moons in one Month. A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days and on the rare occasions when the full moon falls at the very beginning of a month there is a good chance a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month. According to this definition the next blue moon will occur on July 31, 2015www.moongiant.com

This 2 1/2 hour naturalist-led interpretive moonlight hike is by far the most popular hike offered by Red Rock State Park. Enjoy the cooler temperatures of evening as you enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon. You will also have the chance to learn a great deal about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Information about Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and the riparian wildlife area is offered.

The start time for the guided hike is 6:30 pm, however the park recommends that you come through the gate approximately 30 minutes before starting time to insure your participation because no late arrivals can be allowed. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 928-282-6907, Pre-registration and a $5.00 reservation fee by phone is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). Please wear suitable clothing and shoes and bring water, a flashlight, and insect spray. A $5.00 per person program fee will be charged at the time of the reservations. There is also a $10.00 entrance fee to the Park for a car of four adults. Program fees are non-refundable unless the Park must cancel the hike after your arrival. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Sedona, AZ.jpg2Stay between July 6th and August 27th and save $20 to $35 per night. (Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Family Fun Cowboy Campfire Sing Along in Sedona

Red Rock State Park

Cowboy Campfire Singalong

July 26th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Cowboy singalong

Grab the kids, grab some marshmallows and head on over to Red Rock State Park for a “Cowboy Campfire and Sing-Along” with professional western cowboy entertainers Jim and Jeanne Martin from the Blazin’ M Ranch on July 26th, 2015!

The “Cowboy Campfire and Singalong”  special event will be taking place int the picnic area so if your planning on attending the event, show up early with some charcoal (grills available) and grub and create your own campout style dinner! Attendance is limited so please call ahead 928.282.6907 to reserve a place for you and your family. There is a ppe-registration and a reservation fee of $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). For additional information and reservations or visit the Red Rock State Park website.

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Healthy Living with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Schoolhouse Journals July 2015

By Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

chrisIt’s good to be back! I am so happy that I am able to be with you again after a short, but very necessary, break. Thankfully I am on the right side of a comeback and have so many things to be grateful for. Over my last year we have discussed food, food and more food because well, that’s what I know! I just had my 37th Birthday, the day after celebrated my 23rd year in this industry of hospitality, and I have to say that I am enjoying it more every minute.

Back to our favorite topic, food! It seems as if our food sources are constantly working to bend the rules. Or go around them entirely.  All pretty scary if you ask me.  Chicken being shipped overseas just to avoid regulation and shipped back for consumption is just the start. Most Americans don’t know that over 70% of our food supply at any given time is shipped in from other countries. Instead of talking about the politics and such, let’s chat briefly about what you can do to minimize the impact of these issues when it comes time to feed your family.

Nowadays there are so many options for growing your own food it is almost a crime that more people don’t. In a .19 acre lot with a home on it you can grow over 10,000 pounds of food a year! Crazy right? I am not saying go out and do this because, well, you will have to work the garden 40 hours a week or more.  Here is something that we can do. Say you live in an apartment, or maybe even a great neighborhood, gather your neighbors together to enjoy some food and wine and come up with a plan for everyone to contribute to a group market. Have each home grow a different crop and come to a meeting point weekly with your goods for trade (this should always be done with something to eat and some wine). Do a little research, look for urban gardening tips and jump on the bandwagon of knowing the person growing your food.

I am at that point where I need to give you a recipe, so here it is. But I am going to challenge you not to run to the store but rather find the ingredients grown locally and know the person who put their life into your nourishment.

Until we meet again. Make everything in life a passion, as it is far too short.
Best regards,
Christopher Dobrowolski/Schoolhouse Restaurant

 

Grilled Peach SaladCourtesy of Southern Living Magazine: Grilled Peach-and-Mozzarella Salad
A cumin-lime vinaigrette spiked with a tiny amount of tequila adds a little something extra to this gorgeous grilled salad of peaches and fresh mozzarella cheese. As the seasons change, consider substituting heirloom tomatoes, plums, and other soft fruits for the peaches. We found traditional peaches work better in this dish than white peaches, which have more sugar and water and don’t hold up as well on the grill.

Ingredients (Makes 4 servings)

  • 5 peaches (not white)
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tequila (optional)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 (6-oz.) package watercress or baby arugula, thoroughly washed
  • 3/4 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 16 (1/4-inch) slices
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs

Preparation

1. Peel and chop 1 peach. Cut remaining 4 peaches into 28 (1/4-inch-thick) rounds, cutting through stem and bottom ends. (Cut peaches inward from sides, cutting each side just until you reach the pit. Discard pits.)

2. Process chopped peach, green onions, next 7 ingredients, and, if desired, tequila in a food processor 10 to 15 seconds or until smooth. Add oil, and pulse 3 to 4 times or until thoroughly combined.

3. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high). Brush both sides of peach rounds with 1/3 cup peach dressing.

4. Grill peach rounds, covered with grill lid, over 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear.

5. Arrange watercress evenly on 4 plates. Alternately layer 4 grilled peach rounds and 4 cheese slices over watercress on each plate. Top each with 3 more peach rounds. Drizzle with remaining peach dressing. Garnish, if desired.

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National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in Sedona

National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in Sedona

July 24th – 26th, 2015

NDC - color logoDust off those Cowboy hats, put on those styling cowboy boots and get ready for some family fun in  Sedona, Arizona during Sedona’s National Day of the Cowboy Celebration! This Family fun free event will have activities all three days, July 24th – 26th. Enjoy a whole lot of cowboy “goings on”: public opening of cowboy artists exhibit and cowboy music, gunfights, historical re-enactments, cowboy action shooting, roping, bullwhip cracking, outfit contest, storytelling & cowboy poetry, whip-cracking, live country music, and art & trades demonstrations in Uptown Sedona.

Coincidentally this year, Sedona is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Cowboy Artists of America which took place right here in Uptown Sedona, thanks to Sedona Arts Center. They have arranged activities and the public Grand Opening of a commemorative exhibition on July 24th from 5:00pm  – 7:00 pm; the exhibit will continue in the Gallery all weekend.

Western artist demonstrations occur on Saturday

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Margo Mitchell and Mary Lois Brown will each demonstrate their own style of Oil Painting: Margo has a way with horses; Mary Lois is a cowgirl at heart! She loves to paint horses and will be set up outside. Her style is painterly and often depicts these wonderful creatures grazing or playing; and Nori Thorne will show share her Leather Tooling technique on a holster. You can watch as she stamps in her various designs.
  • 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Julie Talbot will demonstrate Watercolor & Chrisanne Finefrock, Acrylic Painting: Julie carefully draws out her design using multiple photos for reference, then using various watercolor techniques to complete the painting; Chrisanne often depicts horses, or the Native American, in a soft acrylic style.

Free event and activities presented by Sedona Main Street Program and Red Rock Posse with support from event sponsors and participating businesses. For more information including an event program and parking map please visit www.sedonamainstreet.com. And if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona don’t worry about finding parking in Uptown, we will drop you off in Uptown and pick you up in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle!

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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24th Annual Cornfest in Camp Verde, AZ

24th Annual Cornfest Celebration

July 17th – 18th, 2015

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If you love corn, live music, hot air balloons, games and family fun, you will not want to miss the 24th Annual Cornfest taking place in Camp Verde, AZ! (Camp Verde is located only 40 minutes from Sedona, AZ).
For the past 24 years the Camp Verde Cornfest has celebrated the annual sweet corn crop produced on the banks of the Verde River by Hauser Farms. But the Cornfest has always been much more than that. It is a celebration of families and of summer. It is also a celebration of Camp Verde’s rich agricultural history and a celebration of what makes life in a small town so special.

Festivities will take place in downtown Camp Verde from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday July 17th and from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on Saturday July 18th. There will be plenty of fire roasted, hot buttered (if you choose) sweet corn to gnaw on, bags of corn to take home and a long list of lots of corny games and activities for the entire family.

Also on the list of things to do are hot air balloon rides (Saturday at 9:00 am., weather permitting), a craft fair inside the gymnasium, a water slide, Birding excursion (Saturday at 8:00 am. call 480-242-1996 to register) vendors of all kinds, food, live music, a beer garden and an adobe brick making workshop at Fort Verde.

Among the competitive events this year will be the annual Corn Hole contest (singles and doubles) Friday and Saturday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm with cash prizes for the winners and a vintage baseball game at Fort Verde State Historical Park at noon on Saturday.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park will be raffling tickets to the Predator Zip Line and the Town of Camp Verde will be raffling Diamondback tickets at their Focused Future/General Plan public input booth in rooms 206-207. Visit www.campverdepromotions.org for discounts at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Arizona Offroad Tours, Verde Valley Kayak and Canoe, and local hotels along with additional information, or call 928-301-0922.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 17

  • 3:00 pm –  6:00 pm  Crafter’s Fair & Food & Drink Vendors
  • 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Live Music by Brett Worth (American Idol candidate)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Live Music by Ray DeSylvester
  • 6:00 pm  Corn Hole Competition for $$ Prize
  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Live Music by Hired Hands

Saturday, July 18

  • 8: 00 am – 12:00  pm Verde Valley Farmer’s Market
  • 8:00 am Birding Excursion (meet at Rezzonico Family Park: 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde)
  • 9:00 am.Adobe Brick-Making at Fort Verde State Historic Park
  • 9:00 am  – 11:00 am Balloon Rides on soccer field(weather permitting) $$
  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Crafter’s Fair & Food & Drink Vendors in Gymnasium
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Public Comment: General Plan & Focus Future Rm. 206207 206/207
  • 10:00 am –  4:00 pm 1933 Rock Jail open on Hollamon Street
  • 12:00 pm Vintage Baseball Game at Fort Verde State Historic Park
  • 12:00 pm  – 1:00 pm Prince & Princess Contest for 3-5 year olds in front of the stage
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Cool off with water gun Capture the Flag game on the soccer field—FREE
  • 1:00 pm –  5:00 pm Old-Time Games for kids on the field—FREE
  • 1:00 pm –  5:00 pm Live Music by Steve Estes
  • 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Water Slide on the field—$$
  • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Corn Hole Competition for $$ Prize
  • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Live Music by Cheap Sunglasses

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Camp Verde Cornfest

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