February fun in Cochise County

Whether you’ve got a romantic partner or you want to go solo, try some of Cochise County’s events this February.

Feb. 6-8, 17th Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry Music & Poetry Gathering, Sierra Vista

Once a year, for three days, Sierra Vista becomes a Western wonder of poetry, music, storytelling and song. More than 60 artists from all over the United States and Canada will converge on Sierra Vista for three major stage performances and free mini-concerts on Saturday, Feb. 7. Learn the history of the Arizona Territory through song and poetry.

Details: free events plus headline shows at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 & 7 and 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Buena Performing Arts Center, 5225 Buena School Dr. in Sierra Vista.Admission is $6 for high school students; $16 for seniors and military and $18 for adults. Info at 520-417-6960; www.cowboypoets.com.

Feb. 6-8, Sierra Vista Municipal Fly-Inn, Sierra Vista

Thinking of flying South? Interested in old west history? Come on down to Sierra Vista for the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering and Municipal Airport Fly-In. Hotels, restaurants and rental car companies are offering great discounts. The City of Sierra Vista is providing tie-down services at no charge for the weekend. Info at 520-452-7091 or 520-458-5775

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.

Details: 6 – 8 p.m. at the Copper Queen Library, 6 Main St. in Bisbee. Admission is $12 at the door. Info at 520-432-4232 or www.discoverbisbee.com.

Feb. 14, Friends of Marty Robbins Fundraiser, Willcox

Live entertainment, auction, a dance and chili supper fundraiser for the Marty Robbins exhibit.

Details: 5-10 p.m. at the Willcox Middle School Gym, 360 N. Bisbee Ave., Willcox. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and children. More info at 520-766-1404.

Feb. 21, Guided Tour of Buffalo Soldier Historic Sites, Fort Huachuca

Learn about the accomplishments and history of Fort Huachuca’s Buffalo Soldiers from members of the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers.

Details: Tour departs at 11:15 a.m. Info on location, admission charge and other details at 520-417-6960 or 1-800-288-3861.

Note: Fort Huachuca is an active military installation. Visitor passes are available to US citizens at the post’s main gate with a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance (or rental car agreement). All passengers over 13 must have photo identification.

Feb. 21 & 22, “Quilts Galore!” Sierra Vista

Every year, hundreds of Arizonans travel to Sierra Vista view finely handcrafted quilts of all sizes and patterns created by Sierra Vista’s Hummingbird Stitchers.

Details: 9 a.m. – 5 pm. Sat.; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun. at the Buena High School, 5225 E. Buena School Blvd. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children younger than 12.Info at 520-417-6960 or 520-803-1420; www.geocities.com/hsqg2002/HSQG.html

Feb. 22, Historic Preservation Symposium at Singing Wind Bookshop, Benson

Country-western music, munchies, valet parking and authors expounding on their works about preserving the Old Southwest make for “a real fiesta-everybody has fun,” says Winn Bundy, whose been running the internationally acclaimed bookstore out of her ranch home for more than 30 years.

Detials:  1 p.m. at the Singing Wind Book Shop, 700 W. Singing Wind Road in Benson.Admission is free. Call 520-586-2425 for more info.

Feb. 26, Tucson Symphony Orchestra with the Bisbee Community Chorus-Latin Flair, Bisbee

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra comes to Bisbee for a special performance of “Latin Flair,” as part of its Southern Arizona Residency. The Bisbee Community Chorus, presenter of the event, will join the symphony for part of the program. The concert is made possible in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with funding from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Details: 7 p.m. at the Bisbee High School Auditorium, 325 School Terrace. Admission is $12.50 (free for K-12 students in Cochise County). More info at 520-432-3523 or 520-432-8885

Through Feb. 25, Tombstone Association of the Arts 27th Annual Quilt Show, Tombstone

Every corner of Cochise County is represented in this display of original modern and traditional quilts of all sizes and patterns. Some are for sale, and others are family heirlooms displayed for viewing only. Visitors will be encouraged to vote for three People’s Choice Awards. Leatha Draden, event organizer with the Tombstone Needle Nuts, said 140-plus quilts will be hung in the gallery: “We fill that place up and then some.”

Details: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily at the Tombstone Association of the Arts Gallery, 317 Allen St., Tombstone. Admission is free.Info at 520-459-7960.

Through February, Miniature Art Show, Willcox

Stop by the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture to admire a nationally judged show of artwork no bigger than 35 square inches. The mini show and sale, sponsored by the Art League of Willcox, features artists from all over the country.

Details: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sun. at the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, 1500 N. Circle Road. Admission is free. Info at 520-384-2272 or 520-384-5317.

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