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Tucson Street Fair

March 31st, 2016 by Betty Ross

 

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There are two Street Fairs per year, one in Spring and one in the Winter. The next Street Fair is April 1, 2 and 3, 2016. Hours are 10 am to 6pm (dusk) each day. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue. Click here for a map.Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, 2 Fantastic Stages, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, face painting, sidewalk entertainment, the ever so popular Free Kids hands-on-art Pavilion and tons of other fun activities.

This year, we are making it better than ever before with new ways to experience the Street Fair. Get your grub on with U.S. Fries at the U.S. Fries Community stage for their Poutine Pig Out Contest. You can also support your community by donating nonperishable food items to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Bring your food to VIP Taxi who will have a cab parked at 7th St. and 4th Avenue for “Stuff the Cab” every day of the fair. Get around in inexpensive comfort, with our new and exciting mode of transportation! Wildcarts is the new, free “Official People Mover of 4th.” Try them out at Street Fair and hail one down for any of 4th’s future events.

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A stay at Desert Dove would be a great choice for a place to stay.

The desert is blooming with yellow!

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Tombstone

February 24th, 2015 by Betty Ross

 

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Just an hours drive from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast and you will be in the town to tough To die! Where the spirit of the Old West comes alive!

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historic old town!

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Historic Tombstone 

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downloads HERE!

Wyatt Earp is the best known of all the frontier lawman of the American West. Soft-spoken with nerves of steel, he survived countless gunfights due to his extraordinary patience and resolute manner. But, Earp wasn’t just the famous lawman of Dodge City and Tombstone fame; he was also a buffalo hunter, a miner, card dealer, stagecoach driver, saloon owner, and much more throughout the years.

 

 

 

Tombstone, Allen Street, 1882-500

 

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2015

January 19th, 2015 by Betty Ross

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The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is one of the premier gem and mineral shows in the world. The event takes place annually in late January and February at approximately 40 to 49 different locations across the city of Tucson, Arizona. Most of the shows are open to the public, except for certain trade shows which require registration with a business license. There is not one single location for gems, minerals and fossils, but rather dealers occupy dozens of locations across the city: many big hotels and most motels are occupied for this occasion, with professionals displaying their specimens in such locations as hotel bedrooms, lobbies, tents, and lawns. The premier event of the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show produced by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society. This show has been held annually since 1955 and now occupies 181,000 square feet (16,800 m2) of the Tucson Convention Center. All of the shows have attendees from all across the world which includes the general public, experts, beginning collectors, museum employees, dealers, retailers, and researchers.

Fun times in Tucson!  Enjoy great weather with sunny days, and great food!

A stay at the Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast would be a good choice after a full day of shopping. Relaxing in the spa under the stars, what could be better!

 

“L a F i e s t a de los V a q u e r o s”

February 13th, 2014 by Betty Ross

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The Parade begins at 9 am. Parade route begins on Ajo Highway 1/2 mile east of Park Ave. going east  to Park Avenue, then south on Park to Irvington Rd., west on Irvington to Sixth Avenue and north on Sixth to the North end of the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. The Judges and Reviewing stands are located on the North side of Irvington close to Sixth Ave. Grandstand seating is on Irvington Road. Seating in this area requires ticketing which can be purchased at Ticket Booths near the Grandstands or in advance at The Rodeo Parade Office.

Each year, more than 200,000 people enjoy the western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders. The route begins at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, continues south to Irvington Road, then heads west on Irvington Road to South 6th Avenue.

Grandstands for viewing are located on Irvington at South 6th Avenue. See tickets for information for Grandstand tickets.  Viewing along both sides of the route, which stretches just over a mile, is available at no charge.

Visitors to Tucson can explore the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum. Located on the northeast corner of S. Sixth Ave. and Irvington Road, the large building was originally the first city airport hanger, established in 1918. It was dedicated November 20, 1919 and was referred to as the Mayse Airport.

There are over one hundred buggies and wagons on display as well as a continually growing collection of Old West artifacts. There is a typical western street with various shops, and historical memorabilia of Tucson.

For more information on the Tucson Rodeo Parade and Museum, contact the Tucson Rodeo Parade
at (520) 294-1280 Plan to arrive early as Grandstand entertainment begins at 8:00 A.M. on Parade day.

Enjoy a stay at Desert Dove Bed &Breakfast!  Lots of fun in Tucson, AZ

Cowboy Festival

April 18th, 2013 by Betty Ross

Old Tucson Cowboy Music Festival & Western Art Show

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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.

 

Saguaro National Parks

April 16th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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A Celebration of National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day

Ever wonder what magical and mysterious happenings occur in the desert at night? Come explore the park after dark with your family, guided by Park Rangers, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the desert night by moonlight.

Starting before sunset, meet at our Education Center in Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountain (West) District for a welcome and introduction. Here you’ll learn the fun that lies ahead and how to enjoy the exploration safely. Safety concerns will be addressed, water bottles will be filled, and off you go. The leisurely exploration will cover no more than a mile, round trip, and will be paced for everyone’s comfort. You’ll explore a sandy wash with unique red-rock outcroppings, find a cool place for sunset, listen for the magical call of the Elf owl, and walk in the paw prints of bobcats and coyotes. As darkness falls around you, rangers will share stories about nocturnal park life and answer all those curious questions about the park after dark. Walking back out, we’ll be guided by the light of the waxing half-moon. Headlamps are available for comfort and safety if needed.

·Saturday, April 20th from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Sunset is about 6:56 p.m. and full dark is about 7:45 p.m. There will be an almost ¾ waxing moon high in the sky after dark.

·The program is for families with children who are 7 to 18 years old. The terrain and conditions are not appropriate for younger children.

·The program is free, space is limited, and advanced reservations are required

·For detailed information, questions, or to sign up, please email chip_littlefield@nps.gov or, call at 520.733.5157

Night Walk at Saguaro National Park east

This easy, 2-hour walk provides opportunities for experiencing the desert at night. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Space is limited, so call the visitor center at (520) 733-5153 to reserve your spot.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

March 20th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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Colossal Cave is about a 10 mile drive from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast. A scenic drive with great views. More then just the cave. The La Posta Quemada Ranch Museum 

The Ranch Headquarters House on La Posta Quemada Ranch was built by John S. Sullivan in 1967 (the original adobe Ranch house burned to the ground in 1965). Today it houses a museum with two focuses: the human history and the natural history—specifically that of caves—of Colossal Cave Mountain Park and the Cienega Corridor region.

CCC Camp  (WW II era) Civilian Conservation Corps.  The CCC was created in 1933 “for the relief of unemployment through the performance of useful public work, and for other purposes.”One of the most successful New Deal programs of the Great Depression, it existed less than ten years, but left a legacy of strong, handsome roads, bridges, and buildings throughout the United States.

You can enjoy some hiking, picnicking, horseback riding!

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Tucson Rodeo Parade

February 20th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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Mark your calendars for the 88th Annual Rodeo Parade, February 21 – Since 1925, the ‘Old Pueblo’ has celebrated the Tucson Rodeo – La Fiesta de los Vaqueros with what has become the longest, non-motorized parade in the country. Read more about the history of this beloved Tucson tradition Tucson Rodeo Parade

Tubac Festival

February 7th, 2013 by Betty Ross

The Tubac Festival is happening all week through SundayMiro-for-web-224x300
so there might be a little longer wait than usual but the weather is absolutely glorious today so come and enjoy the fun.

Look for the big chicken and you will be at Wisdom’s Restaurant on the road to Tumacacori

Die Hard Wisdom’s fans, it’s your special day today with deals just for you. Give your server the code word SMOOTH today only to receive half off one fruit burro split OR a 2-for-1 Margarita* OR a 2-for-1 glass of wine
OR a 2-for-1 bottle of beer.

You may also wish to visit the National Historical Park in Tumacacori, just minutes from Tubac.

 

 

Artisans

January 8th, 2013 by Betty Ross

ms Old Town Artisans  4th Saturday Courtyard Artisans Fair
Where:     Old Town Artisans
When:    Saturday, October 27th  10AM – 5:30PM

Join us in the beautiful Courtyard at Old Town Artisans for our new series of Local Author book signings and Artist demonstrations.  The Courtyard Artisans Fair will feature local artists and craftspeople showcasing their work throughout the day.
11:00AM   Tucson author Janet Taylor will present her new book, The Green Southwest Cookbook, and be available for signings afterwards.  Janet’s beautifully photographed new book emphasizes supporting local agriculture and the use of fresh and healthy seasonal ingredients with Southwest flavors.
12:00Noon   Tucson potter Galen Miller will demonstrate throwing pottery on the wheel throughout the afternoon.    Come watch the master of the mini pots work his magic!
Salsas Rangel will offer tastings of their delicious line of locally made all natural salsas throughout the day.

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