“An Evening with Frank Sinatra and Friends” Live in Sedona

Live Entertainment in Sedona, Arizona

Frank Teaser  “An Evening with Frank Sinatra and Friends” Live in SedonaIf you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona July 11th – 13th, you have an opportunity to step back in time to the Rat Pack era with a live performance by Award-winning, world-renowned impersonator and tribute artist Robbie Howard at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre!

Howard brings his acclaimed live production “An Evening with Frank Sinatra and Friends” to Sedona when he performs on the Goldenstein Stage. The show pays tribute to the one of the world’s most beloved crooners and a cast of other famous characters.

Capturing the essence of Frank Sinatra, Robbie Howard stands apart from other tribute artists. He works the audience with the same charisma as Old Blue Eyes himself. The music, the comedy, the wit, the smile — they are all there as Howard smoothly brings The Rat Pack era Sinatra back to life in a modern setting.

With an arsenal of over 60 different vocal impressions in addition to Frank Sinatra Howard can be seen regularly as the most versatile cast member of The Rat Pack is Back at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, playing both Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, while also serving as the show’s writer and director.

This evening, Sedona audiences will experience all these shows rolled into one. Frank Sinatra will host and bring to the stage not only his Rat Pack pals, but personalities from the baby boomer era such as Johnny Carson, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Andy Williams, Paul Anka, Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow and many more. They are sure to capture the hearts and laughter of Sedona’s delighted audience!

There will be three performances of “An Evening with Frank Sinatra and Friends” from July 11th – 13th. Showtimes will be 7:00 pm on July 11th and 12th; and a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday, July 13th. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for Film Festival members and students. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Robbie Howard in the lobby after the show. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival

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“Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • 300527 134634479963770 2263612 n  “An Evening with Frank Sinatra and Friends” Live in SedonaStay between July 7th and August 28th 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 a Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!

If you would like to learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!

 

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Fun things to do this 4th of July Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Have a Great 4th of July Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

4th of July BW.jpg 2 Fun things to do this 4th of July Weekend in Sedona, AZSedona, Arizona is going to be rocking with fun things to do, celebrations and entertainment this holiday weekend. All of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona wish you a happy, fun filled family weekend! Below we have highlighted some of our favorite events taking place in the Verde Valley, to see all events taking place over the weekend please visit our Sedona Events Page.

Fun Things to do this 4th of July Weekend

July 4th Holiday Celebrations at Tlaquepaque
July 4th, 2014
tlaq101 Fun things to do this 4th of July Weekend in Sedona, AZWhen it comes to celebrations, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is the place to be. Enjoy the holiday in the cool courtyards of Tlaquepaque while listening to some great country music followed by Prescott’s award-winning Dixieland band, the Geritol Hipsters. Kick off the day listening to Sedona’s Paloma Lokus in Patio de las Campanas from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm. Next enjoy Crosby Tyler – The One Man Tub-Thumpin Band. Blend backporch bluegrass with Delta blues and add a keen sense of social commentary and wrap it in a one man band. Late that evening during the 1st Friday Gallery Tour event the Geritol Hipsters, will perform at Tlaquepaque from 5:00 p m-7:00 pm. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona’s Laser Light Show & Concert
July 4th, 2014 (free event)
 Fun things to do this 4th of July Weekend in Sedona, AZThe City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department and Diamond Resorts International is proud to present the 3rd Annul Sedona Laser Light Show and concert at the baseball field of Sedona Red Rock High School. This event will kicks off with live music featuring David Parker & the Big Time from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and will be followed by the light show once it is dark! The light show features lasers dancing to music and last for 15 minutes. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona don’t fret about finding parking, our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this special event. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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Hillside Celebration – Give Thanks to our Fire Fighters
20140622Hillside Flyer Fun things to do this 4th of July Weekend in Sedona, AZJuly 4th, 2014 (11:30 am – 3:00 pm)
Join the celebration in thanking our fire fighters at Hillside Sedona this Fourth of July! The Sedona Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service will have meet and greet starting at 11:30. Big Bambu Band, playing classic rock and blues will begin at noon. The honorable Mayor Rob Adams will give dedication at 12:30 with community salute and cheer. A barbecue and ice cream social will add to the family fun. Children welcome to bring jacks, puppets and adults should bring dancing shoes. For more information please visit Hillside Sedona.

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Firecracker Express at the Verde Canyon Railraod – Clarkdale, AZ
July 4th, 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad Fun things to do this 4th of July Weekend in Sedona, AZThe Verde Canyon Railroad will celebrate Independence Day with their annual Firecracker Express which begins with a traditional all-American barbecue and patriotic music in the depot’s shaded courtyard. At 1:00 pm. you’ll board our historic train pulled by vintage locomotives adorned with American bald eagles that pull coaches along century-old ribbons of rail into the rich and unspoiled landscape of the Verde Canyon. For more information or to purchase tickets aboard the train please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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15th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4th, 2014 (4:30 pm – 9:30 pm) Cottonwood, AZ
Cottonwood Fireworks Fun things to do this 4th of July Weekend in Sedona, AZIf you are looking for some family fun and great fireworks, Cottonwood is the place to be on the 4th of July. This family fun event will be taking place at the Cottonwood Kid’s Park in front of the Verde Valley Fair Grounds. Pre-show activities start at 4:00 pm. There will be Inflatable Rides for kids,($10 wrist bands or $1 tickets for rides), watermelon eating contest and more! Fireworks start at 8:45 pm. For more information on this event please visit Cottonwood Parks and Recreation.

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Celebration of Native American Music and Dance at Tlaquepaque
July 5th – 6th, 2014
Join Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village this weekend when they host a Celebration of Native American Music and Dance!

  • 586698029 Fun things to do this 4th of July Weekend in Sedona, AZTony Duncan and The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers will perform from 10:00 am to 5:00 PM on the hour for 30 minutes in Patio Del Norte on both days.Tony Duncan will spin 25 colored hoops in a blur of dance and high intensity movement that is mind-boggling. Not to mention the dancers creative depictions of several animal forms including the eagle and rattlesnake. This is a must-see phenomenon!
  • Enjoy Kelvin Mockingbird and Maestro Drew Diego Bennett,two musical masters in the Patio de las Campanas from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on both days. Kelvin, a Grammy nominated flautist, has been performing the Native American flute and telling medicine stories of the Dineh for the past 19 years. Maestro Drew Diego Bennett is a Cherokee Maestro Flamenco Guitarist who performs as a Flamenco guitarist and Native American Flautist with his live Flamenco Guitar production.

For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZ

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour – July 4th, 2014
Jerome Art Walk – July 5th, 2014

First Friday Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZ

With all the Fourth of July celebrations and events taking place in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley this weekend it would be easy to see how someone could miss something cool. Like the 1st Friday Gallery Tour in Sedona and the Jerome Art Walk, both of which will also be taking place this weekend. We don’t want you to miss a thing!

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during the 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’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits

Sedona Arts Center
“New Kids on the Block”Sedona Arts Center Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZ
The Sedona Arts Center is pleased to present “New Kids on the Block”" during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour. Experience the fresh new works by John Foster (Ceramics), Alicia Short (Watercolor), Viki Norris (Jewelry), Evelyn Gholson (Mixed media), Chrisanne Finefrock (Acrylics), and Elena Miras Garcia (Photography). They may be “new kids on SAC’s block” but they are not new to their art.For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“It’s Good in the Garden”
Goldenstein Gallery Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZGoldenstein Gallery Presents “It’s Good in the Garden” Show this July. Their large stunning sculpture garden has red rock views as the backdrop for work from renowned artists Liz Wolf, Kevin McCarthy,Dwayne Cranford, Upton”Greyshoes” Ethelbah, Glendon Good and the singing reclaimed metal bells of Cheston Trammel. For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Strokes of Independence: Nature in a New Light at RoweKen Rowe Gallery Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZ
Rowe Fine Art Gallery invites you to spend July 4th with them as they introduce two new wildlife painters during Strokes of Independence: Nature in a New Light. Stop into the gallery to see the work of oil painter and scratchboard artist Julie T. Chapman and acrylic painter Kim Diment. Both artists are represented in Arizona exclusively by Rowe Gallery. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Mountain Trails Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZMountain Trails Gallery – Enduring Traditions in Bronze: Sculpture from the American West
Mountain Trails Gallery in Tlaquepaque celebrates Independence Day with Enduring Traditions in Bronze: Sculpture from the American West. Native American traditions, cowboy and cowgirl traditions, as well as family traditions are embodied in the bronze sculptures of Vic Payne, Dustin Payne, Susan Kliewer, Michael Trcic, Deon Duncan, Sandy Scott, Jim Gilmore, and Ed Yazzie..For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Independent Spirit”
Turquoise Gallery Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZAt Turquoise Tortoise Gallery it is the Native American artists who take center stage this month. Of course, Independence Day didn’t hold the same meaning for everyone in America back in 1776 so we salute those Native American descendants whose artistry still captures an indomitable sense of their ancestors’ independent spirit – yet with a modern viewpoint, patriotism and pride. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
“Independent Spirit”
Lanning Gallery Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZThe Lanning Gallery is pleased to present “Independent Spirit” during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tours. Stop in to the gallery to appreciate a uniquely American interpretation of our great country. Pieces such as those by Stan Natchez add in red, white and blue beadwork to traditional imagery over backgrounds of actual U.S. currency, while even the gallery’s exquisite jewelry collection allows for the reds of coral, the whites of opals and the navy of lapis (along with the many blue shades of turquoise). For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
Jerome Art Walk1 Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZJuly 5th, 2014 (5:00 pm – 8:00pm)
First Saturday Jerome Art Walk celebrates the Fourth of July weekend in artistic style as galleries and studios open the doors for an evening of summertime enchantment. From the lively Old Jerome High School to The Adorn Collection at the other end of town, delightful surprises abound in this artist colony high on Cleopatra Hill. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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

new shuttle Gallery Tours 4th of July Weekend in Sedona and Jerome, AZDid 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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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona Summer Hotel Special

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
“Summer in Sedona” Lodging Special
July 7th – August 28th, 2014

tight building IMG 99091 Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona Summer Hotel SpecialIt’s officially Summer in Sedona, AZ! All of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona are pleased to offer the sizzling hot “Summer in Sedona” Lodging Special! We want everyone who would like to stay at our Sedona hotel to have a great stay AND save money on their summer vacation in the red rocks. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

“Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Stay between July 7th and August 28th 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 a Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!

If you would like to learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!

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2014 July Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park in Sedona

Red Rock State Park
Moonlight Hikes, Bird Walks, Special Star Party and More!
July 2014

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona is rocking with events and guided hikes this July! From a Guided Moonlight Hike with Telescope Viewing, to relaxing early morning bird walks, to a family fun Star Party, to a special presentation on the geology of Sedona, there is something fun for everyone in your family to enjoy at  the park!

Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (7:00 am)Red Rock State Park 2 2014 July Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park in Sedona
Meet up with other bird lovers at the visitors center at 7:00 am and enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the most popular parks in Northern Arizona . Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walks 2014 July Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park in SedonaEvery Day at 9:00 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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Guided Moonlight Hike & Lunar Viewing with Telescopes
July 12th, 2014 (6:30 pm)
Moonlight hike 2014 July Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park in SedonaJoin Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona for a guided moonlight hike followed by lunar viewing after the hike on top of our visitor center, hosted by the Astronomers of Verde Valley. 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 moonrise 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. After the hike join the Astronomers of Verde Valley for a lunar viewing on top of the visitor center. The Astronomers will have telescopes and volunteers to help guide guests though the evening sky! Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; please call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space. For more information on this special evening please visit Red Rock State Park.

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The Geology of Sedona with Wayne Ranney
Red Rock State Park1 2014 July Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park in SedonaJuly 20th, 2014 (2:00 pm)
Join Red Rock State Park in welcoming author Wayne Ranney! Have you ever wondered how the formations were made or why the rocks are red? Wayne will explain in laymen’s terms how this incredible place came to be; “It includes a journey across ancient sand dunes, bears witness to a volcano that erupted very near Sedona, and tells about the faulting and erosion that created Oak Creek Canyon.” Reservation are required please call (928) 282-6907. The program is included within the Park’s admission fees. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Star Night Party at Red Rock State Park
July 25th, 2014 (7:30 pm)
Star Party 2014 July Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park in SedonaStar Parties are a great way for families to enjoy the evening sky together, there will even be a chance for children to shake hands with a surprise guest-(perhaps one from another world?) After the 7:30 presentation there will be telescope viewing available from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There will also be a craft project available for children during the presentation as well as snacks, and warm drinks.This program will require a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to the park’s admission fees.For additional information and reservations for this Sedona event please call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.

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tight building IMG 99091 2014 July Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park in 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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Celebration of Native American Music and Dance in Sedona, AZ

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Native American Dance and Music Weekend
July 5th – 6th, 2014

tlaq101 Celebration of Native American Music and Dance in Sedona, AZTlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is sizzling with events this 4th of July weekend. Along with their annual 4th of July celebration featuring Paloma Lokus, Crosby Tyler and the Geritol Hipsters, Tlaquepaque will also be hosting a very special Native American Dance and Music event on July 5th and 6th! If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and wish to attend the festivities at Tlaquepaque let us take the hassle of finding a parking space! We will be more than happy to drop you off at the Village and pick you up when you are ready to return in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle!

Celebration of Native American Music and Dance at Tlaquepaque
July 5th – 6th, 2014

  • 586698029 Celebration of Native American Music and Dance in Sedona, AZTony Duncan and The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers will perform from 10:00 am to 5:00 PM on the hour for 30 minutes in Patio Del Norte on both days.Tony Duncan will spin 25 colored hoops in a blur of dance and high intensity movement that is mind-boggling. Not to mention the dancers creative depictions of several animal forms including the eagle and rattlesnake. This is a must-see phenomenon!
  • Enjoy Kelvin Mockingbird and Maestro Drew Diego Bennett,two musical masters in the Patio de las Campanas from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on both days. Kelvin, a Grammy nominated flautist, has been performing the Native American flute and telling medicine stories of the Dineh for the past 19 years. Maestro Drew Diego Bennett is a Cherokee Maestro Flamenco Guitarist who performs as a Flamenco guitarist and Native American Flautist with his live Flamenco Guitar production.

For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special

  • Sedona lodging special Celebration of Native American Music and Dance in Sedona, AZStay at our Sedona hotel all three nights, July 4th, 5th and 6th, and save $90 OR MORE on your lodging. (All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel by July 1st, 2014 – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344
  • Use Promo code “Rocking 4th” to receive your special rate!
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Complimentary shuttle to these great Sedona Events
    • Second Annual Fourth of July Laser Light Show and Concert
    • July 4th Holiday Celebrations at Tlaquepaque
    • Celebration of Native American Music and Dance at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
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For the Love of Tomatoes with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Schoolhouse Journals June 2014
Tomato, Tamato or maybe even Tomate?
By Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Christopher Dobrowolski For the Love of Tomatoes with Chef Christopher DobrowolskiYou guessed it we are on a tomato kick this month giving a brief history of what in the past was considered a poison fruit ooooooo scary.. Well let’s take a brief look shall we?

The tomato is the edible, often red fruit/berry of the nightshade. The species originated in the South American Andes and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Its many varieties are now widely grown, sometimes in greenhouses in cooler climates.

The word “tomato” comes from the Spanish tomate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word tomatotl. It first appeared in print in 1595. A member of the deadly nightshade family, tomatoes were erroneously thought to be poisonous (although the leaves are) by Europeans who were suspicious of their bright, shiny fruit. Native versions were small, like cherry tomatoes, and most likely yellow rather than red. The tomato is native to western South America and Central America.

Aztecs and other peoples in Mesoamerica used the fruit in their cooking. The exact date of domestication is unknown: by 500 BC, it was already being cultivated in southern Mexico and probably other areas. The Pueblo people are thought to have believed that those who witnessed the ingestion of tomato seeds were blessed with powers of divination.

Tomat For the Love of Tomatoes with Chef Christopher DobrowolskiThe large, lumpy tomato, a mutation from a smoother, smaller fruit, originated in Mesoamerica, and may be the direct ancestor of some modern cultivated tomatoes. Seems like these guys have been around for a long time and personally one of my favorite’s cold, hot or even raw with salt and pepper. Unfortunately what you normally see in the supermarket today are not really tomatoes, those perfectly red round globes are not what the seam. True tomatoes come in a wide variety of shapes colors and sizes. Next time you are in the store take a stroll over to the organic section and take home some beautiful heirlooms (old seed tomatoes) and taste what the ancients did.

Ok got that out of the way and we can move on to something simply delicious! Here is a little ditty that will make you smile on a hot summer day. Simple ready?

Simply Delicious

  • 1 Thick cut Heirloom Tomato (Brandywine or crimson are my favs)
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Artesian ciabatta roll
  • 1 Sliced thick FRESH mozzarella ball
  • Drizzle of a good aged balsamic and some extra virgin oil
  • A dash of smoked salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • Build it like a sandwich and toast it like a grilled cheese and if you have time throw together a quick pesto to dab on while eating this masterpiece of simplicity.

Ok have to get back to our new summer menu at Schoolhouse and I look forward to seeing you again.

Best regards,
Christopher Dobrowolski/Schoolhouse Restaurant
2SH Cover For the Love of Tomatoes with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

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Inn of Sedona offers Rocking 4th of July Hotel Special

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Save $90 or more with our 4th of July Sedona Lodging Special!
Complimentary Shuttle service to the Sedona Laser Light Show and more!
July 4th – 6th, 2014

6217 452265451476959 1015278647 n Inn of Sedona offers Rocking 4th of July Hotel Special Stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona from July 4th – 6th and save $90 or more with our Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special! On top of saving big bucks on your Sedona lodging, our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle will take you to and from all the hot events taking place over this 3 day extravaganza including Sedona’s Third Annual Fourth of July Laser Light Show and Concert and the Celebration of Native American Music and Dance at Tlaquepaque! See below for more information on our 4th of July special and all the cool events taking place during the holiday weekend!

Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special

  • Sedona lodging special Inn of Sedona offers Rocking 4th of July Hotel Special Stay at our Sedona hotel all three nights, July 4th, 5th and 6th, and save $90 OR MORE on your lodging. (All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel by July 1st, 2014 – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344
  • Use Promo code “Rocking 4th” to receive your special rate!
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Complimentary shuttle to these great Sedona Events
    • Second Annual Fourth of July Laser Light Show and Concert
    • July 4th Holiday Celebrations at Tlaquepaque
    • Celebration of Native American Music and Dance at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Sedona’s Laser Light Show & Concert
July 4th, 2014 (free event)
 Inn of Sedona offers Rocking 4th of July Hotel Special The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department and Diamond Resorts International is proud to present the 3rd Annul Sedona Laser Light Show and concert at the baseball field of Sedona Red Rock High School. This event will kicks off with live music featuring David Parker & the Big Time from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and will be followed by the light show once it is dark! The light show features lasers dancing to music and last for 15 minutes. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona don’t fret about finding parking, our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this special event. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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July 4th Holiday Celebrations at Tlaquepaque
July 4th, 2014
tlaq101 Inn of Sedona offers Rocking 4th of July Hotel Special When it comes to celebrations, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is the place to be. Enjoy the holiday in the cool courtyards of Tlaquepaque while listening to some great country music followed by Prescott’s award-winning Dixieland band, the Geritol Hipsters. Kick off the day listening to Sedona’s Paloma Lokus in Patio de las Campanas from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm. Next enjoy Crosby Tyler – The One Man Tub-Thumpin Band. Blend backporch bluegrass with Delta blues and add a keen sense of social commentary and wrap it in a one man band. Late that evening during the 1st Friday Gallery Tour event the Geritol Hipsters, will perform at Tlaquepaque from 5:00 p m-7:00 pm. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Celebration of Native American Music and Dance at Tlaquepaque
July 5th – 6th, 2014
Join Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village this weekend when they host a Celebration of Native American Music and Dance!

  • 586698029 Inn of Sedona offers Rocking 4th of July Hotel Special Tony Duncan and The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers will perform from 10:00 am to 5:00 PM on the hour for 30 minutes in Patio Del Norte on both days.Tony Duncan will spin 25 colored hoops in a blur of dance and high intensity movement that is mind-boggling. Not to mention the dancers creative depictions of several animal forms including the eagle and rattlesnake. This is a must-see phenomenon!
  • Enjoy Kelvin Mockingbird and Maestro Drew Diego Bennett,two musical masters in the Patio de las Campanas from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on both days. Kelvin, a Grammy nominated flautist, has been performing the Native American flute and telling medicine stories of the Dineh for the past 19 years. Maestro Drew Diego Bennett is a Cherokee Maestro Flamenco Guitarist who performs as a Flamenco guitarist and Native American Flautist with his live Flamenco Guitar production.

For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Have a great time in Sedona, Arizona!

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The Sedona Community Farmer’s Market at Tlaquepaque

Sedona Community Farmer’s Market
Every Friday Morning through October 3rd, 2014

Farmers Market The Sedona Community Farmers Market at TlaquepaqueWhether you live in Sedona or are just visiting, the farmer’s market is a great way to check out the local flavor and grab some fresh produce and breads. If you are visiting Sedona and are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off at the market and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel. And if you are worried about purchasing something that requires refrigeration, all of our rooms are equipped with a refrigerator.

“Good Eats” at the Sedona Community Farmer’s Market

Usually we center our “Good Eats” posts around a favorite local restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal at a good price, but much to our delight the Sedona Community Farmer’s Market at the beautiful Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village offers some of the best nutritious eats in town! Okay, so they may not have servers and chefs waiting on you hand and foot but they have some really great vendors who offer nutritious snacks and wonderful ingredients for you to make you own delicious dishes!

On my visits to the market I am always pleasantly surprised with the variety of vendors providing everything from delicious greens to sauces. Of course I have my favorites! Sky Hi Sprouts ranks very high on my list. The sprouts and micro-greens are grown with organic seeds and soil, absolutely yummy! When I stopped by last year the gentlemen snipped off some sunflower sprouts for me to taste and that is all it took, I was hooked and have vowed to visit every Friday! I ended up buying a huge bag of sprouts and a few other greens. They have been a great addition to my salads, sandwiches and can stand on their own for a quick munch!

I also purchase breads, pasta sauce, salad greens, candles, and some very good hot sauces from some of the other vendors. All of which came in handy for my week with visiting family. The Mamma Letizia’s Spicy Italian Marinara Gravy was a huge hit in my special lasagna!

The market takes place ever Friday morning from 8:00 am – 11:30 am every Friday until October 3rd, 2014 in the creek-side parking lot of Tlaquepaque! Meet the local growers & taste the local flavor! Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, grass fed beef, goat products, tamales, breads and pastries, gluten free, vegan, hand-made chocolates, live music and much more! To see a full list of vendors or to learn more about the market please visit Sedona Community Farmer’s Market.

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

new shuttle The Sedona Community Farmers Market at TlaquepaqueDid 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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Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day in Sedona, AZ

Red Rock State Park
Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day
June 21st, 2014

Yavapai Apache Nation1 Yavapai Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day in Sedona, AZLearn more about the Yavapai-Apache Nation at a very special event being held at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona on June 21st, 2014.The Yavapai-Apache Nation is comprised of two culturally distinct people, the Yavapai (Wipuhk’a’bah) and the Apache (Dil’zhe’e).

The Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day will feature three dynamic dance troupes; the Gourd Dancers, Bird Dancers, and Crown Dancers whom will perform throughout the day. There will also be several craft vendors, fresh fry bread, and guest speakers representing the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

Though there is no reservation fee for this event parking is limited. Entry fees for Red Rock State Park are as follows:$5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information please call (928) 282-6907. Donations are suggested.

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tight building IMG 99091 Yavapai Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day in Sedona, AZA 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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