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Tucson things to do!

April 29th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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With a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast we can point you to many attractions the Old Pueblo has to offer.

As a continuously inhabited settlement for many years, Tucson’s history and culture run deep. Spanish, Mexican, Native and Old West influences are evident in the architecture, lifestyle, traditions and cuisine. Once hailed as a “mini Mecca for the arts” by the Wall Street Journal, Tucson’s art community rivals that of any big city, featuring its own ballet and opera company, professional theater, symphony, more than 200 art groups and a variety of galleries scattered throughout the city’s 11 districts.

Cowboy Festival

April 18th, 2013 by Betty Ross

Old Tucson Cowboy Music Festival & Western Art Show


Old Tucson
201 S. Kinney Rd.   Tucson, AZ  85735
Phone (520) 883-0100

Old Tucson and the Western Music Association Arizona Chapter present the 3rd Cowboy Music Festival & Western Art Show, featuring some of the greats of western music and western art. The music festival will pay homage to the musical heritage of the American West from traditional trail songs, through the era of the silver screen cowboy to contemporary western songwriting. The art show will feature one-of-a-kind handmade works of many local artists. Extraordinary western paintings, photography, sculpture, wood carving, jewelry and more will be available for guests to browse and purchase at the festival.


Tolteca Tlacuilo and La Cocina Restaurant

April 11th, 2013 by Betty Ross

lightninghorseAlways something fun to do in Tucson! Check out this event on Sunday.

Event Name: Tygel Pinto playing the Navajo  flute

Date: Sunday April 14th, 2013

Performance Times:  Sunday 12:00PM and 2:00PM

Location: Old Town Artisans complex  La Cocina Restaurant stage. 201 N. Court Ave.

Cost: Admission Free

Event Description: Tygel Pinto  from Crystal, New Mexico  started playing the flute to keep a part of himself alive. The part that he was trying to keep alive was his heritage. Once he became more comfortable with the noises that he made he started playing to better understand himself. The inspiration that drives him forward is to bring his music to another level than the norm. He feels that music has taken a turn and is not content with it’s nature. He wants this gift of his to touch the hearts of people and bring them together even if only for a night.

For more information call: Eddie Gallego
( 520 ) 623-5787

Old Town Artisans

March 11th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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Event Name: Music and dinner under the stars
Days: Wednesdays thru Saturdays

Times: 7:00PM – 9:00PM –

Location: La Cocina courtyard stage in the Old Town Artisans complex  201 N. Court Ave.

Cost: Admission Free

Event Descriptions:

Collin Shook Trio

Wed 3/13/13 – 6:30 PM The hard-driving sound of the Collin Shook Trio is a departure from the Tucson jazz scene. His playing is a fusion between the Hard-Bop of the 60’s and the modern composition of today, mixed with his classical roots.
The hard-driving sound of the Collin Shook Trio is a departure from the Tucson jazz scene.

fusion between the Hard-Bop of the 60’s and the modern composition of today, mixed with his classical roots.

Stefan George

Thu 3/14/13 – 6:30 PM
One of Tucson’s best-loved singer/songwriters, Stefan George has won award after award for his evocative songwriting and luminous guitar playing. He was a New Folk Award Finalist at the Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival in 1996, a Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Finalist in 1996, and a Tucson Area Music (TAMMY) award winner in 1994, 1995 and 1997 — with 1997 awards in Best Songwriter, Best Solo Acoustic Performer and Best Acoustic Ensemble categories. In addition, this versatile musician hosted the “Blues Summit” at the 1997 Kerrville Folk Festival and has been invited back to Kerrville ever since. Stefan was a featured Showcase artist at South By Southwest in 1991 and 1994. He has also performed in concert with David Wilcox, Norman Blake, Bill Miller, Rory Block and Bill Morrissey, to name but a few

The Greg Morton Band

Fri 3/15/13 – 6:30 PM
The Greg Morton Band is local to southern Arizona.Greg Morton was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He began to play the guitar when he was around 12 years of age.After sharpening his skills playing traditional bluegrass music, Greg began to apply his talents to other musical styles, including country and jazz. Greg’s travels eventually brought him to Tucson, Arizona. Far from the hills of Tennessee, Greg found that the ‘high lonesome’ sounds of bluegrass music were already reverberating through the canyons of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. Today, Greg plays in various venues throughout southern Arizona.

Miss Lana Rebel w/Kevin Michael Mayfield

Sat 3/16/13 – 12:00 PM
The Portland Mercury wrote that Miss Lana Rebel is “the badass matriarch of local dustbowl country.” It’s an appreciative nod to a songwriter whose presence can cut through the din of a crowded honky-tonk, and a voice that has been likened to ladies such as Loretta Lynn, and June Carter. She is widely known as an excellent country musician and songwriter, though her musical history is not quite so straightforward.

The Wayback Machine

Sat 3/16/13 – 7:00 PM
“A beloved Tucson institution.”

For more information call: La Cocina Restaurant
( 520 ) 622-0351
or check the La Cocima Calendat at:

Indian Art Fair

February 15th, 2013 by Betty Ross


Enjoy Tucson and the nice weather. We are having cool nights and warm sunny days.

Lots of attractions here in Tucson, giving our guests at Desert Dove many choices for things to do.

The Southwest Indian Art Fair brings together a cross-section of cultural traditions in performances, music, dance, and demonstrations in many media. Living cultural practices, coupled with meaningful conversations with the artists, provide context for understanding the artwork.

Another fine place to have a great dinner ~~~~~ The Dish just off the SE corner of Speedway & Country Club 520-326-1714


Small things in large amounts.

January 25th, 2013 by Betty Ross


As collectors of many small toys and related items we especially enjoyed the Miniature Museum. A fun place for adults and children. Harvey is working on a miniature doll house, a replica of his childhood home in MN. A work in progress!

The Mini Time Machine was created from the imagination and dedication of Founders, Patricia and Walter Arnell. Pat’s fondness for miniatures began in the 1930’s, when as a young girl she received her first miniatures- a set of Strombecker wooden dollhouse furniture. It wasn’t until the Arnells moved to Tucson in 1979 that Pat began collecting in earnest. The Arnell’s became very active in the miniature community becoming recognized members and supporters of important organizations such as NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) and IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans).The collection grew and the Arnells, dreamed of a way to share it with more people. They envisioned an interactive space where the entertaining and educational aspects of the collection could be enjoyed by everyone- a place that would be enchanting, magical and provide a rich sensory experience.