Monthly Archives: January 2009

World Championship Blacksmith competition Willcox

Photos courtesy of Christine Trnka

Photos courtesy of Christine Trnka

Blacksmiths from around the country and the world will compete in the World Championship Blacksmith competition starting tomorrow, Jan. 29. Blacksmithing is a traditional cowboy trade that continues in the 21st Century.

About 50 competitors will demonstrate their skill in forging steel with competitions and clinics for three days.

Competitions will be held in the afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. Spectators are welcome.

Blacksmithing clinics will be held daily from 8 a.m. to noon.

All events will be held at the Quail Park Rodeo Grounds in Willcox. Admission is free for spectators. Call 1-800-200-2272 for more info.

Photo courtesy of Christine Trnka

Photo courtesy of Christine Trnka

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Love/romance: Valentine’s specials in Cochise County

Cochise County‘s Valentine’s Specials

Romance is not a crowded affair. You and your special someone can find a getaway in Cochise County’s wide open spaces. The following are just some of the events and specials in Cochise County to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.

Valentine’s Day/President’s Day special at Battiste’s Bed, Breakfast and Birds

Battiste’s Bed, Breakfast and Birds is offering a special for Valentine’s Day/President’s Day. Love birds can book three nights for the price of two and receive a gift basket of wine and cheese. Or, guests can receive a gift certificate good for dinner for two at Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant with a two-night paid stay. Visit for more information on the inn. The offer is good Feb 5-28. Call 520-803-6908 for reservations. *Specials cannot be accepted through web reservations.

February Romance Package at Birders Vista Bed and Breakfast

Celebrate Valentine’s Day, the day for love, during the entire month of February. The Romantic Package includes flowers, a two night stay with a full breakfast, and a romantic dinner for two at Delio’s Italian Restaurant, The Peacock Vietnamese Cuisine or La Casita Mexican Restaurant for $205. The same package with dinner at Café Roka in Bisbee is available for $250 on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays.


Birders Vista Bed and Breakfast

5147 South Kino Road

Sierra Vista, AZ 85650


Feb. 14, Chocolate Tasting, Bisbee

Serious chocoholics will melt for this fundraiser to benefit the city of Bisbee’s public library. A ticket buys you entrée to a spread of decadent chocolate desserts at Arizona’s oldest library, the Copper Queen. This is Valentines Day, after all, so pick up a to-go box of exquisite chocolates created in Bisbee kitchens to share later with your darling.

When: 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Copper Queen Library, 6 Main St., Bisbee

Admission: $12 at the door

Info: 520-432-4232 or

Artisan chocolates now in Bisbee

Find hand made chocolates at Chocoláte – Spirited Artisan Chocolates, a new shop in Bisbee. The shop features chocolate made from cacao beans grown in Madagascar, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico and other countries. Gordon and Kim Terpening care for the cacao beans just as vintners pamper their grapes. They hand roast and grind them before blending them with sugar.

Chocoláte – Spirited Artisan Chocolate

134 Tombstone Canyon Road

Bisbee, AZ 85603

Phone: 520-432-3011 or toll-free at 1-866-221-9722

Website: (under construction)

Owners: Gordon and Kim Terpening

Bisbee Hotel specials

Stay at The Jonquil Motel or the Letson Loft Hotel in February and receive a $10 gift certificate good at Chocoláte. Book a two-night stay on Valentine’s Weekend (Feb. 13-15) and you’ll get a free bottle of bubbly!

The Jonquil Motel

317 Tombstone Canyon

Bisbee, AZ 85603

The Letson Loft Hotel


26 Main Street

Bisbee, AZ 85603

Valentine’s Day at Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat

Treat your loved one and yourself (or your parents, friends, or your adult children!) to an exclusive evening including one night’s stay at Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat, a special dinner at Coronado Vineyards, a dozen roses for your loved one, a box of heavenly chocolates, and a gourmet breakfast the next morning, for an all-inclusive price of $320. It is recommended that you make reservations for this package early, so if interested, please call as soon as possible. We do all the planning and work for you! Relax, enjoy, and make it a special time with your loved one.

The offer is good for either Friday, Feb. 13 or Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. Only one package each night is offered!

Dos Cabezas


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Wings Over Willcox this weekend

Wings Over Willcox begins officially on Wednesday. A few spots are left on the birding and nature tours this weekend. I’m surprised the day long photography workshop is not full yet. A couple of years ago, I took the beginning birdwatching tour (it’s free!), and we saw a Vermillion Flycatcher, among many other species when we visited a nearby golf course.

So, if you love watching birds, sign up. You’ll find lots of cool stuff, and you’ll probably learn something new!

Photo courtesy of Al Anderson

Photo courtesy of Al Anderson

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Benson: little known artists’ spots

There’s greatness in our midst! Benson is where artist Bernard Fiero, a painter who works in oils, watercolors and acrylics, chooses to live. That puts him in a special club with humorist Baxter Black, who also makes Benson his home.

Fiero recently received an Award of Excellence in the Members Juried Exhibition from the Tubac Center of the Arts. The local paper San Pedro Valley News-Sun just did a nice profile on Fiero.

Just outside of Benson is Gallery of Dreams (at 245 E. Patton, St. David), where other artists are featured. The gallery displays and sells works that range in price from $10 to $10,000.

Yet another little known sanctuary for the arts is the Holy Trinity Monastery. The San Pedro Valley Center for the Arts is housed at the monastery. They hold workshops and the Gallery Trinitas has works of local and non-local artists.

Who knew Benson was so full of culture?! Stop in the Benson Visitor Center at 249 E. 4th St. in Benson and see what’s in store for your inner artist. Maybe you’ll be inspired to paint some of the San Pedro Valley’s gorgeous landscapes.

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Wordless Wednesday: Chiricahua National Monument

This photo was contributed by Suzanne Moody of the National Park Service.

Photo (c) National Park Service

Photo (c) National Park Service

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Cochise County events in January

If you’re going to be in the Southwest this month, travel to southern Arizona and experience some of Cochise County’s events.

Athletes start the month with the Annual Senior Games. Birding and nature enthusiasts flock to Wings Over Willcox. Then cowboys and cowgirls round out the month with the Cowboy/Cowgirl Roundup at the Singing Wind Bookshop in Benson and the World Blacksmiths Championship in Willcox.

Jan. 9-11, Annual Senior Games, Sierra Vista
America’s first Olympics for seniors! Participants from the U.S. and Canada will compete for prizes and awards. Games are held at various locations.

Details: Various locations in Sierra Vista; Admission is free for spectators; registration fee for participants. Info at 520-458-7922.

Jan. 15-18, Wings Over Willcox, Willcox

The sandhill crane migration is the hallmark of this annual birding and nature festival. It features birding tours, trade show, seminars and much more.

Details: Willcox Community Center, 312 W. Stewart Street, Willcox, Arizona. Admission varies. See website for more details at

Jan. 25, Cowboy Cowgirl Roundup, Benson

The Singing Wind Book Shop presents their “Cowboy/Cowgirl Round-up,” a day full of readings and music. Poets and writers will satisfy cravings for Western history and culture.

Details: Begins at 1 p.m. at the Singing Wind Bookshop in Benson. Admission is free. Call 520-586-2425 for more info.

Jan. 29-31, World Blacksmiths Championship, Willcox

Blacksmithing is a traditional cowboy trade in the 21st Century. Blacksmiths from all over the world will hone their craft with competitions and clinics.

Details: Daily competition and clinics at the Quail Park Rodeo Grounds in Willcox. Admission is free for spectators. Call 1-800-200-2272 for more info.

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Tombstone: get info on redesigned website

Looking for information on Tombstone? The Tombstone Chamber of Commerce recently redesigned their website. Check out the new look!

You’ll find easy-to-use info on places to stay, things to do and where to eat.

Photo (c) Cathy Murphy

Photo (c) Cathy Murphy

When you’re planning your trip, check with the Chamber of Commerce. You can call them at 1-888-457-3929 or 520-457-3929. Or, stop by the Visitor Center once you get to Tombstone. It is located on Fourth Street, between Allen and Toughnut Streets. The staff there can help you experience the best of Tombstone!

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