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First Friday at Sedona Art Gallery

by: Editor on 2/2/2017

 

Every first Friday from 5 – 8 p.m., the local Sedona Gallery Association hosts a showcase of local artists and exhibits. The receptions give visitors and local artists alike the chance to wine, dine (or enjoy appetizers in most cases) and start the weekend filled with the magic of the Sedona art scene. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation from gallery to gallery, and the Sedona Art Gallery is proud to be a featured venue space.

Sedona has been a major player in the global art scene for decades. In 1931, the sculptors Robert and Kay Kittredge came to Sedona and fell in love with the inspirational beauty of the area. It’s also been home to Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, as well as Nassan Gobran and several more artists. The Sedona Arts Center was founded in 1958, with the first show featuring the Dada movement.

What to Expect

Sedona is a well-known arts hub, and creatives have gathered in the area for years to help it grow. The galleries are full of emerging artists while still boasting established works. The New York Times calls Sedona the “New West Enclave,” and it’s a hot spot for collectors.

You’ll find special speakers talking about the art scene with the red rocks as a backdrop. The member galleries of the SGA include the Sedona Art Gallery and are all committed to offering the best in quality and integrity. Come discover your inspiration on February’s First Friday.

 

Sedona Marathon

by: Editor on 2/1/2017

 

The 12th annual Sedona Marathon takes place February 4th, and if you’re a runner looking for a new challenge with stunning scenery, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Prefer to cheer on the runners, or want a different length for your race? You’ll find 5k, 10k, half marathon and youth events also racing through the red rocks at this spectacular event.

February registration is $120 for the full marathon, and last-minute registrations might be possible. The Sedona Marathon is one of the most breathtaking in the U.S., and the organizers take pride in giving runners and spectators plenty of southern hospitality and a one-of-a-kind experience.

Run On

Whether you’re a regular marathoner or a first-timer, the course is designed to be full of supporters, stunning scenes and plenty of hydration and snack stations. The start and finish line is on Navoti Drive, convenient to major streets and highways. The venue opens at 7 a.m., and the marathon starts at 9, with massage tents available starting at 10.

Stick around for the full marathon awards at 1 p.m. It’s dubbed the best marathon in Arizona, one of the most beautiful races in the country, and a race that “takes runners through some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.” All participants get swag, bragging rights and a world-class experience.

 

Celebrate the Chinese New Year

by: Editor on 1/20/2017

 

Every year, the Lunar New Year marks a big celebration in Sedona, and 2017 rings in the Year of the Rooster on January 28th. The Rotary Club of Sedona partners with Magical Journeys for a festival of traditional food and culture hosted by Red Chopstick Restaurant at Village of Oak Creek. The famous “New Year’s All Year Round” is committed to fundraising with the Lunar New Year and offering entertainment that highlights the Chinese culture. Proceeds benefit the club’s philanthropic efforts.

At Red Chopstick, Chef Simon Ho concocts a special eight-course dinner available only during the Lunar New Year season. It’s said that his preparation brings all who dine there luck in the new year. You’ll enjoy a tea reception, as well as lion dances and cultural lessons of the traditions before Chef Ho undertakes his elaborate noodle-making demo.

An Event Worth Celebrating

The Sedona Meditation Center also celebrates the new year with fortune telling, fortune calligraphy, an Asian food court, cultural performances, and a wish tree with a paper crane celebration. The parties continue from late-January through mid-February, giving Sedona travelers plenty of opportunities to discover the Lunar New Year happenings.

All Chinese restaurants in Sedona go all out for the New Year celebration, so make this visit to the area full of restaurant hopping!

MLK Jr. Day in Sedona

by: Editor on 1/18/2017

 

Throughout Arizona, national parks are waiving entrance fees on Martin Luther King Jr. Day so you can make the most of the holiday—and see the incredible beauty of the state. The Grand Canyon is by far the most famous destination with waived fees, but don’t forget to check out numerous national monuments, parks and more on a fun-filled weekend trip from Sedona.

Only on Monday, January 17th, fees will be waived as an homage to Dr. King’s life work. Visit Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano and more. The National Park Service is boasting over a dozen fee-free celebrations in 2017, but the kickoff weekend is in January. Find out more about fee-free days at the official website.

Service-Minded

Traditionally a “day on, not off, of service,” there are numerous options for volunteering in the Sedona area. One-day volunteer efforts are popular and a great way for visitors to connect with their adopted city. Head over to the local Volunteer Match website to connect with an opportunity that works with your schedule, or check out the Sedona Wish List for ways to donate.

However you celebrate, from heading to a park to checking out Dr. King’s works at a local library or volunteering, make the holiday weekend count.

 

 

What Makes the Red Rocks Red?

by: Editor on 1/10/2017

 

Arizona, and especially the Sedona area, is world-famous for the “red rocks,” but how did they get that hue? Made of red sandstone formations, they can look like they glow a bright red and orange thanks to the sun’s rays. It’s no surprise that they’re a favorite backdrop for a number of activities from photography and hiking to spiritual retreats and, of course, outdoor weddings and photos.

The city of Sedona also has some unique history. The city was named for Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly, wife of the city’s first postmaster circa 1910. She was known for her hard work ethic and hospitality. However, her name was made up by her mother simply because “it sounded pretty.”

Rock On

The sandstone red rocks are full of hematite, also known as rust, which stains the stones along Schnebly Hill especially deep. Much of the Sedona rock terrain is very steep because the top layer of the “strata” is made up of limestone and basalt—these materials are harder than the actual sandstone underneath.

When water runs along the edge of the terrain, the lower layers are eaten away to create the stunning cliffs Arizona is famous for. Eventually, big slabs break off and form canyons. Where the slabs have fallen away, you can see the raw material underneath before the process begins all over again.

 

Latin Fare in Sedona

by: Editor on 1/5/2017

 

It’s no secret that Sedona and Arizona overall touts some of the best Mexican fare in the country. However, if you’re craving something a little different but still full of spicy flavors, check out the Latin-inspired restaurant Mariposa. This upscale, intimate restaurant works for dates, family outings and group events. With a fabulous tapas and dessert menu along with regular lunch and dinner options, there’s something for everyone.

Try the gazpacho served with avocado, fried avocados with aioli, or the grilled Spanish octopus slathered in warm butter with a beans vinaigrette. Jumbo black tiger prawns and mussels baked in a tomato sauce are popular tapas picks, too. A pulled pork tostado is the perfect way to spice things up.

Bigger and Better

Hungry for entrees? An incredible selection of steaks like filet mignon to a French cut Australian rack of lamb are sure to satisfy. All steaks and cuts of meat are served with house chimichurri, or get the cold lobster tail with scallops and jumbo prawns.

Fire roasted chicken, steelhead salmon or the mashed potatoes with almonds are amazing choices. Try the grilled asparagus with truffle butter or Mom’s favorite potatoes au gratin with white cheddar. Ready to indulge?