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Rex Allen Days 2010 in Willcox, AZ

Western fun, Willcox style! Each year, Rex Allen Days honors Willcox’s hometown hero, Rex Allen, who became famous as a singer, cowboy movie star and narrator for Walt Disney Productions.

Rex Allen (Photo courtesy of the Rex Allen Museum, Willcox, Ariz.)

Special guest stars at this year’s Rex Allen Days will be music stars, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers fame, and Johnny Western. The Cowboy Hall of Fame kicks it off. The 2nd Annual Western Legends Award will be presented this year. Other activities include a parade, rodeo, General Orlando B. Willcox International turtle race, cowboy dances and country music concerts. 

Details: Admission varies per event. Contact the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 520-384-2272 or the Rex Allen Museum at 520-384-4583, www.RexAllenMuseum.org for more information.

Do you remember Rex Allen? Are you sure? If you’re of a certain age (say 40s or older), you might have heard of him even if you don’t recognize his name. He was the narrator of Disney for years in the 60s and he was the narrator of the 1973 animated film, Charlotte’s Web. So you probably have heard of him.

View a clip from a Walt Disney show, “Yellowstone Cubs“. Do you remember those wholesome Disney shows? I do! I looked forward to Sunday evenings in front of the TV with Mom and Dad and my sisters and brother. For me, it really was a “Wonderful World of Disney”!

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Art, music events at Cochise College, southeastern Arizona

If you are in Cochise County this month, Cochise College is holding a few events that might interest you. Check out these events featuring art demonstrations, film and musical performances. Many are free, too! Check with the college for more details.

Wednesday, December 2
Mata Ortiz Pottery Demo and Sale
Sierra Vista Campus, Ceramic Studio, Room 813 and 2-D Studio, Room 811

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Cochise College Art Department presents a demonstration by Lorenzo and Lucy Bugarini of the complete process of making and firing a Mata Ortiz pot. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, December 2

In Dulci Jibilo: Holiday Choral and Strings Concert
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 11th Street and D Avenue, Douglas
7 p.m.
Internationally known soprano Melanie Germond directs the Cochise College Chamber Choir, and Dr. Lori Keyne, director of Cochise College music programs, leads the acclaimed Bi-National Chorus, in ancient to modern holiday sacred music featuring Vivaldi, Distler, Gorecki, Pärt, Victoria, Gounod, Biebl, Corelli and Buxtehude, as well as Latin American colonial Christmas works. Free. For information, call (520) 515-8759.

Thursday, December 3

Art Department Bonfires
Douglas Campus
1 – 7:30 p.m.
An event of Promethean proportions. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the warmth of the largest bonfires in Cochise County while watching folklorico dancers and listening to fantastic original music. Co-sponsored by the Douglas Campus Student Government Association and the Cochise College Art Department. Free and open to the public.

Friday, December 4

Double Feature Film Screening: Performance and Gimme Shelter
Sierra Vista Campus, Andrea Cracchiolo Library
11:30 a.m.
Performance – A rogue hit man seeking refuge from his boss rents a room in the home of an agoraphobic musician, formerly a rock superstar. Rated R. 105 minutes. Gimme Shelter – Arguably the greatest rock documentary of all time covers the free 1969 Rolling Stones-Jefferson Airplane concert at Oakland’s Altamont Speedway, when the Hell’s Angels assaulted a swarming crowd of 300,000. Rated R. 91 minutes. Hosted by student club Cinéaste Circle. For more information, contact club advisor Mary B. Coyle at coylem@cochise.edu or (520) 515-5499.

Friday, December 4
Sock Hop: Knock Your Socks Off, Cochise College
Sierra Vista Campus, Andrea Cracchiolo Library
7 – 10 p.m.
Phi Theta Kappa, the Dance Club, and the Sierra Vista Campus Student Government Association host this public event to accept sock donations for local organizations. Admission to the Sock Hop is a package and/or pair of new and unopened socks. Food, music, photo opportunities, a dance contest, craziest sock contest, and other authentic outfit contest.  Prizes vary. The event is open to the public. For more information, call (520) 515-5315 or (520) 515-5484.

Friday, December 4
Faculty Recital
Kino Hall at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Sierra Vista
7 p.m.
Dr. Jay Kuh, Cochise College associate faculty in voice and theater, in conjunction with voice student Young Ernst, presents. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, December 5
Holiday Concert: Cochise College Band & Jazz Ensemble
Holy Trinity Monastery, St. David
2 p.m.
The Concert Band highlights Lithuanian Rhapsody (Scarmolin), Bless this House (Brahe), and Italian Festival (arranged by Glenn Osser), while the Jazz Ensemble performs swing standards like Sentimental Journey and modern jazz classics such as Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man. Free admission. For more information, call (520) 515-8759.

Sunday, December 6
In Dulci Jibilo: Holiday Choral and Strings Concert
St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 900 Taylor Drive, Sierra Vista
7 p.m.
Internationally known soprano Melanie Germond directs the Cochise College Chamber Choir, and Dr. Lori Keyne, director of Cochise College music programs, leads the acclaimed Bi-National Chorus, in ancient to modern holiday sacred music featuring Vivaldi, Distler, Gorecki, Pärt, Victoria, Gounod, Biebl, Corelli and Buxtehude, as well as Latin American colonial Christmas works. Free. For information, call (520) 515-8759.

If you’re interested in visiting Cochise County’s communities, check the Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, Sierra Vista, Tombstone and Willcox websites for more information.

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Beer, wine, cowboy heritage, the county fair and art in the park!

Sept. 19, Bisbee Blues Festival

Sponsored by Old Bisbee Music, the Fourth Annual Bisbee Blues Festival will feature live blues from a variety of bands. Food and beverages will be available. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Details: 11a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19. For more info, visit www.bisbeebluesfest.com, or call the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce at 520-432-5421.

Sept. 19, 5th Annual Sierra Vista Fiddle Contest

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of good old-fashioned fiddle music at the 5th Annual Sierra Vista Fiddle Contest. The event even features a solar powered sound system. Watch fiddlers compete for more than $3,000 in cash prizes. It will feature the “Pot O’ Gold Playoff” Celtic music competition. The contest is organized by and benefits the non-profit Cochise County Youth Orchestra.

Details: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19 at Veterans Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd. in Sierra Vista. Admission is free. Visit www.ccyo.info and click on “fiddle contest” for more information.

Sept. 25, 21st Annual Elks Oktoberfest

Authentic German food and music, games for kids, dancing. Wine and beer are available.

Details: 4-10 p.m., Sept. 25 at the Elks Lodge, #1 Elks Lane, Sierra Vista. Admission is free. For more information, call 520-458-2065.

September 24-27, Cochise County Fair, Douglas

Enjoy carnival rides, 4-H demonstrations, livestock auctions, collegiate rodeo, bull riding, food concessions, retail booths, animal exhibits, arts and crafts, and live entertainment.

Details: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday at the Cochise County Fairgrounds, Leslie Canyon Road in Douglas. Admission is $6 got adults; $3 for seniors (age 60+) & children (age 6-17); Free for children (age 0-5). For more info: Cochise County Fair Association, 520-364-3819 or www.cochisefair.org.

October

Oct. 1-4 Rex Allen Days, Cowboy Hall of Fame Ceremony & Banquet

The Cowboy Hall of Fame is the kick-off for the Rex Allen Days celebration. Western fun, Willcox style, this event honors their hometown hero. Rex Allen gained fame as a singer, cowboy movie star and narrator for Walt Disney Productions. This year will celebrate 20 years of Rex Allen Days, and the First Annual Western Heritage Award will be presented. Activities for Rex Allen Days include a parade, rodeo, General Orlando B. Willcox International turtle race, cowboy dances, a country music concert and more.

Details: Full days of fun at the Willcox Community Center and in Willcox. Admission varies for each event. For more info, contact the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, 520-384-2272 or visit the Rex Allen Museum website. You can also see the full schedule of events.

Oct. 2 & 3, Bisbee Turquoise Hunt

The annual Turquoise Hunt will take place in what locals call “Number 7,” the Queen Mine’s dump. For two hours each day, rock hounds can scour the earth for the rarest and, some would say, most valuable “Bisbee Turquoise” along with other minerals.

For more info, contact the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum at 520-432-7071.

Oct. 3 & 4, 38th Annual Art in the Park, Sierra Vista

This is one of the Southwest’s largest outdoor arts and crafts fairs, attracting more than 200 vendors.  Fine art, sculpture, fountains, jewelry, clothing and much more!

Details: Oct. 3 & 4; Sat. 9 am – 6 pm, Sun. 9 am – 4 pm. at Veterans Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd. in Sierra Vista. Admission is free. Call 520-3378-1763 for more information or visit the website at www.huachuca-art.com.

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Bluegrass in Benson this weekend

If you’re a fan, you will want to come to the Bluegrass in the Park, a festival in Benson. I went last year and had a great time. The music was fantastic. It was so relaxing sitting under the canopy in Lion’s Park. The weather was perfect.

This year, the festival is Friday through Sunday. You’ll hear mandolins, fiddles, guitars and more at this great music festival.The bands play from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

If you come to Benson and have some extra time, you might want to stop by Kartchner Caverns State Park, the Singing Wind Bookshop or A Gallery of Dreams. East of Benson is the Amerind Foundation Museum in Dragoon.

You can visit the Visitors Center at 249 E. 4th Street in Benson for more info on attractions in the area.

Enjoy the beautiful sounds of bluegrass!

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Cochise County events in March

Spring is here (in Arizona, at least), and it’s a great time to see what the entire state of Arizona has to offer. If you’re in the state watching Cactus League Baseball and want to expand your horizons with a look at Arizona history or art, guided hikes, art shows and performances and much more in Cochise County will help you learn more about the state.

March 6 & 7, Annual Tribute to Marty Robbins, Willcox

Marty Robbins was a popular country and Western singer who was born in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix. Special guest, Rex Allen Jr., joins in this 18th annual celebration of the country-music legend with afternoon and evening concerts, carriage rides, a viewing of Robbins’ race car. Entertainment will be held on historic Railroad Avenue, and the concerts will be held at the high school.

Details: 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. concerts at the Willcox High School Auditorium, Bisbee Avenue in Willcox.Admission is $10-$15. Call 520-766-1404 or visit www.friendsofmartyrobbins.org for more info.

March 7, Annual Art Auction, Bisbee

Historic Bisbee’s 17th annual art auction features nationally recognized artists from southern Arizona. Art lovers can get the jump on the competing buyers by browsing a “Preview” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 7, followed at 6 p.m. by the “Meet the Artists” reception. The live auction starts at 7 p.m., with larger artworks going on the block; meanwhile, in an adjacent room, bidders vie for smaller pieces in a silent auction. “The $10 admission includes a glass of wine, and great food and deserts donated by the “‘great chefs of Bisbee’-also known as ‘people who like to cook,'” says artist Judy Perry, of the Bisbee Arts Commission.

Details: 7-9 p.m. March 7 (preview 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the Serbian Hall, 216 Park Ave., in the Historic Warren District of Bisbee. Admission is $10.Info: 520-432-3554 or 1-866-2-Bisbee; www.discoverbisbee.com

March 14, Tour of the Bascom Affair Site, Fort Bowie

Learn about the history and archeology associated with the incident that precipitated the Apache Wars. Park ranger Larry Ludwig, an expert on the Apache Wars and the archeology of Fort Bowie, will lead the tour. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Call for reservations.

Details: 10 a.m. Meet at Fort Bowie trailhead parking, 13 miles south of Bowie on Apache Pass Road (unpaved). Call for admission prices. Info: 520-847-2500, ext. 21; e-mail larry_ludwig@nps.gov

March 20, Hike the Coronado Peak Trail, Sierra Vista

Spectacular views of Mexico, the San Pedro River Valley, and the San Rafael Valley reward hikers along the Coronado Peak Trail. The adventure begins with orientation at the Coronado visitor center and a drive to the trailhead. Some portions of the trail are moderately steep. Overall distance is about 5 miles. Don’t forget sturdy shoes, water and sunscreen.

Details: 8 a.m.-noon at Coronado Memorial Visitor Center, 4101 E. Montezuma Canyon Road, Hereford. Admission is free. Info at 520-366-5515, ext. 22

March 21, Guided Tour of Buffalo Soldier Historical Sites, Sierra Vista

Learn about the accomplishments and history of Fort Huachuca’s famous Buffalo Soldiers during the monthly 3rd Saturday tours. The “Buffalo Soldiers” were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army. Guided tours stop at historic sites on the post and return at 3 p.m. via bus or caravan.

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

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.

March 21, Hike Fairbank Loop and Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate, Fairbank

Join the Friends of the San Pedro River for a hike around this historic area. Visit a once-thriving boomtown of the Wild West, the cemetery, the old schoolhouse and other historic sites. Then cross the river and visit the Presidio. How far into Arizona did Spanish exploration go? Why wasn’t the Spanish presidio (fortress) in the San Pedro River Valley ever completed? How did ongoing warfare with Apaches affect life? Learn as you explore one of the state’s loveliest river vistas. The moderate-rated hike is about six miles. Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes; bring plenty of water and snacks if desired.

Details: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet at Fairbank Schoolhouse. Admission is $5. For more info, call 520-459-2555 or visit www.sanpedroriver.org

March 27 & 28, 11th Annual Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration, Sierra Vista

Writers take note! In a celebration priced for starving artists, an amazing lineup of creative experts awaits to stimulate your pen at Cochise College. The celebration includes published writers in genres, including children’s writing and screenwriting. Visit the website for information on registration and the writing contest with cash prizes. Sponsored by Cochise College, the UofA South Foundation and Sierra Vista Parks and Leisure Services.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 28 at the  Ethel Berger Center and Cochise College, Sierra Vista.

Admission is $40 for both days or $25 one-day registration; $25 students and seniors.Info at 520-417-4112 or www.cochise.edu/information/newsevents/calendar.asp

March 30, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sierra Vista

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, considered one of the greatest bands of all time, swings down to Cochise County to make sure March goes out like a jam. The orchestra has been touring consistently since 1956, playing an average of 300 gigs around the world every year.

Details: 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 5225 Buena School Blvd. in Sierra Vista. Admission is $22.Info: 520-417-6960; www.visitsierravista.com.

Arizona Folklore Preserve, Sierra Vista

Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis, and musical guests perform Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the intimate setting of the Folklore Preserve in forested Ramsey Canyon. Reservations are required.
March 7 & 8: Sid Hausman, cowboy singer/songwriter

March 14 & 15: Dolan Ellis, “Cochise County”

March 21 & 22: Keeter Stuart, singer/songwriter

March 28 & 29: Call of the West, instrumentalists, song writers and vocalists

Details: 2 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays at the Arizona Folklore Preserve, 44 E. Ramsey Canyon Road, Hereford, Arizona. Admission is $15 for adults; $6 for students 17 and under. More info at 520-378-6165 or www.arizonafolklore.com.

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Art & performing art in Cochise County

Want a little creative boost this weekend? Visit Cochise County to see a a miniature art show or a “regular sized” musical performance.

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

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 February, Willcox Miniature Art Show

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.

Arizona Folklore Preserve, Sierra Vista

Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, performs in the intimate setting of the Folklore Preserve in forested Ramsey Canyon. Reservations are required.

Details: 2 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, at the Arizona Folklore Preserve,

44 E. Ramsey Canyon Road in Hereford.Admission is $15 for adults; $6 for students 17 and under. Call 520-378-6165 or visit the Arizona Folklore Preserve website for more information.

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