by: Editor on 7/17/2016
Home to some of the most impressive vortexes in the country, a Scientific Vortex Tour takes place year-round, including the Major National Retreat in July, with complete instruction on tapping into the spiritual/meditative power of vortexes. There are 2.5 hour tours offered every Monday in the Coconino National Forest with guided reflections.
Customize a Vortex Briefing for Groups, or mini-retreats and extra sessions are also available for smaller groups of four or less(?). Vortexes are energy locations that are “enhanced” and prime for meditation, prayer, and mind/body healing. Although often compared to a magnetic and electric force, that’s not at the core of vortexes. Their real explanation is on the outskirts of today’s known science.
One of the most comprehensive recent coverage on vortexes can be found on the Nova program on PBS, which claims that vortexes have energy flows in the deeper dimensions. Some believe this allows your “soul to soar” more easily, allowing for more inspiration and easier stress reduction. Many have found relaxation and peace while visiting the vortexes.
Sedona is unique because all major vortexes are located in a relatively small geographical area. Overlapping into the metro of the city, it’s easier to see how a visitor’s spiritual life intersects with their everyday experience.
by: Editor on 5/5/2016
On May 7, the famous Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the local Rotary Club, takes place at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Part of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend, 2016 welcomes a new Mayors’ Challenge as Mayor Diane Smith Joens of Cottonwood takes on Mayor Sandy Moriarty of Sedona. There’s also the much loved Fire Chiefs’ Challenge. This year it features the Chief of Camp Verde/Montezuma Rimrock Fire District, Terry Keller, against last years’ champ and the Chief of Sedona Fire District, Kris Kazian.
A number of awards are at stake, including the Peoples’ Choice Award and Judges’ Award, which go to restaurants eager to show off their best chili recipes. There’s also the Best Booth Décor Award. This year’s competing restaurants include 89Agave, a Sonoran Mexican taqueria, Café Paleo Brio Health Food Restaurant, and Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge (and many more!).
The Hideaway House is back, a country Italian restaurant that brings fresh flavor to a southwestern classic dish. The Hudson is also in the running, along with Timo, a wood-fired oven eatery and wine bar. Will Vino di Sedona (a craft beer haven), Verde Brewing Company or Whole Foods Market take home the trophy this year?
All proceeds benefit the Rotary’s charitable programs, especially the Imagination Library which offers free books to 400+ children in the Sedona area. There are also scholarships supported by the cook-off, and END POLIO NOW receives some of the proceeds too.
by: Editor on 4/20/2016
The fourth weekend in April marks the annual Sedona Open Studios Tour from 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Visit artists in their natural environment and enjoy live music, appetizers and great company as you go from studio to studio. Get to know a deeper level of artistry, watch the masters work, and maybe even fall in love with a piece that’s the perfect keepsake from your Sedona adventure.
The Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition is the host of the event, now in its 13th year. A celebration of all artists in the greater Verde Valley, the artist-operated non-profit welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Artists’ participation fees fully fund the tours, which makes it a free community event for all.
A Real Work of Art
In 2016, more than 40 studios will be participating, and every imaginable medium will be on display. Enjoy ceramics, fiber, watercolors, painting, sculpture, photography, and even jewelry making. The Coalition was founded in 1996 with nine artist friends who were passionate about conversations and the sharing of creative ideas.
A common bond can strengthen each individual artist. Now, there are more than 150 shows hosted by the Coalition each year. In 2006, the group gained non-profit status and has been featured in the Sedona Monthly magazine. Show your support, and indulge in a weekend of artistry to see another beautiful slice of Sedona.
by: Editor on 4/8/2016
Sedona is home to some of the best, most authentic Thai restaurants in Arizona. Check out Thai Spices Natural Restaurant, where a special veggie menu is available and Chef Pearl’s latest specialties are always featuring innovative dishes. The latest include Shitaki and Sea Vegetables, Thai Duck Curry, Fish Curry Fillet, and Three Herbs Vitality.
At Thai Palace Uptown, you’ll find Asian inspired cocktails to go with their lunch and dinner menu. Enjoy their Pad Prig King, Thai BBQ Chicken, or their super Spicy Noodles. For dessert, Golden Deep Fried Bananas with Honey, the Palace Banana Wrap or Coconut Ice Cream are all decadent choices.
Locals love Tara Thai Restaurant where specialties include Pra Rham, Steamed Fish, the Coconut Princess, and Thai Suki. Plus, this destination is part restaurant, part Thai massage parlor! Before dinner, pamper yourself with a Traditional Thai Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, or Reflexology treat.
Red Chopstick offers the Mandarin House Flaming Platter Combo, Shark Fin Soup, Spicy Honey Shrimp, and Golden Scallops. Separate beef, pork, chicken, and veggie menus are a must to hold this expansive selection. From curries and tofu dishes to battered fish fare, there’s truly something for everyone at this diverse diner.
by: Editor on 4/4/2016
Meet fellow bird lovers at 9am every Wednesday and Saturday during the month of April. Located at the Visitor Center of the Arizona Red Rock State Park, a naturalist guide will take you on a walk suitable for birders of all levels. Binoculars are recommended. If you prefer a DIY approach, start from the Hummingbird Patio and don’t forget the Visitor Center’s roof! Most birds can be spotted in the riparian area near Oak Creek. All walks are included with park entrance fees.
Daily guided nature walks are also available starting at 10am. Meet with a volunteer as you’re taken on a journey throughout the park. Learn about various life zones, wildlife, geology, archaeology, and the history of the park.
Meet Mother Nature
Inside the Visitor Center is a theater, where displays and exhibitions are in constant rotation. Information on the flora and fauna of the area, an interactive Sedona map, and the House of Apache Fire’s computer program information booth is here. “The Natural Wonders of Sedona” narrated by John Conway is featured many times throughout the day.
There are also special events throughout the month but may be posted on short notice. From Native American drumming to meditative walks, check with the State Parks system to see what will spring up in April!
by: Editor on 3/29/2016
The Sedona Heritage Museum hosts a number of events per year, and one of the biggest is the Oak Creek Canyon History Tour. Led by Paul Thompson, the grandson of the city’s first permanent Anglo settler who called Sedona home in 1876, you’ll be driven in style in a luxury coach while Paul outlines over 20 homesteads, historic locations and squatter sites. Check out Bear Howard’s cabin, the Thompson springhouse, and Purtymun’s Cave Springs.
The tours are held from 9am-noon March 31, April 1 and 2, and tickets are $55 for non-museum members. However, there are a number of additional events happening in April to check out too! On April 13, the “National Registry of Historical Places: What the Heck is It?” lecture will be hosted by retired Historic Preservation Officer Nancy Burgess at the Sedona Heritage Museum from 10-11am.
Join the Red Rock Quilters Demo every Monday at 11am. Stunning quilts from around the area are on display, some for sale, and some quilters work on their masterpieces while discussing their passion and inspiration.
There’s also the Verde Valley Spinners and Weavers Demo Mondays from 11am-1pm. This free event showcases the incredible skills of local weavers working traditional looms and wheels. Stop by the museum for one of the many events, or to check out the impressive exhibits!