Archive for the ‘Tucson area events’ Category

Attention all Bicyclists!

November 4th, 2012 by tucsonbb

El Tour de Tucson Cycling Event


Tucson is gearing up for the 30th El Tour de Tucson on November 17th.  If you haven’t registered yet, sign up for the 10, 5, or 1/4 bicycling event early.  Accommodations will fill up for this yearly event.   Our secluded property is near one of the routes and offers security for your bikes when not riding.  Stay an extra day and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Arizona Centennial Quilt Exhibit

January 31st, 2012 by tucsonbb

Oleander 9 PatchContemporary quilt makers throughout Arizona have created original quilts for the Arizona Centennial exhibit.  The opening is Saturday, February 18th at the Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd St., Tucson, AZ.  Creative works of art in fabric display the landscapes, cultures, historical places and events unique to Arizona.  “100 Years – 100 Quilts” is a collaborative project between the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Centennial Quilt Project.  The result is a visually stunning collection of art and history.  The exhibition runs through December 31, 2012 and the Official Centennial Commemorative Quilt will be on display through March 3, 2012.

While there, take the time to see the wonderful exhibits in the rest of the museum which visualize and explain the history of Arizona.  There is even a section of the museum developed especially for children with hands-on activities.

Professional Theater; Gorgeous Venue

January 15th, 2012 by tucsonbb

Buildings around downtown TucsonTop quality theater, Arizona Theater Company, is located in one of the most beautiful Spanish Colonial style buildings in Tucson. The Temple of Music and Art, located in historic downtown Tucson, is a refurbished 1927 theatre, in a style that flavors so much of our city. Its graceful courtyard is a wonderful place to gather before or after the show. Before and after a show, theater goes can also enjoy art exhibits in an upstairs gallery. For an extra treat, enjoy light fare, sweet treats and refreshing drinks at The Temple Lounge facing the courtyard. Inside, the intimate 627-seat theatre ensures a great view from every location – no seat is more than 66 feet from the stage.

Playing now through February 4 is “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” adapted from the novel by John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock’s movie.  February 25th starts “The Great Gatsby”.  Look for great theater as a visitor to Tucson.

Buildings around downtown Tucson

Barbershop Singing Event Close

January 9th, 2012 by tucsonbb

Barbershop Quartet Minus One

As part of the Tucson International Midwinter Barbershop Convention, the Arizona Centennial Tucson Chapter Show will be held January 19th at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall.  Tickets for the combination dinner & show are $50 and show only tickets are $20.  Some of the performers will be the Tucson Barbershop Experience Chorus, the Spirit of Phoenix Chorus, and the Tucson & Phoenix quartet.   Some of the past years’ winners will also perform.  This sounds like a must-see for those of who love barbershop singing.  For more information, go to the website listed above.

Artists in the Courtyard

November 15th, 2011 by tucsonbb

Save the date!  Saturday November 19th, 11-3 in the La Cocina Garden Courtyard, 201 N. Court Ave.  Three demonstrations will be given by local Tucson Artists: Pottery by Catherine Orrantia, water colorist Jeff Mott, and custom beadwork by Carlos Levya.

Entrance to Old Town Artisans

La Cocina will also be selling fresh flour tortillas made on their grill and will have special menu items on their Garden Restaurant menu.  After enjoying the art, take a look at the many unique shops in the complex, one of the oldest buildings in the city of Tucson.

Tucson Professional Ballet

November 6th, 2011 by tucsonbb

Those visiting Tucson as well as residents may not realize there is a wonderful local professional ballet company,  Ballet Tucson.  This weekend we attended a performance of three ballets which showcased not only the talents of the resident professionals but also the teen ballet group in training and the Children’s Ensemble.  Not only is the choreography  well done, often by the director with or by one of her artistic associates, the artistry is outstanding as well.

After attending the San Francisco Ballet last spring and sitting in the far reaches of the balcony where we had to use binoculars, it was a pleasure to be able to sit close to the dancers at the Stevie Eller Dance Theater on the U of A campus.  The prices of performances is also more affordable than the large cities.  We salute Many Beth Cabana, the founding artistic director, for establishing and nourishing such a special dance company.

They will also perform three more times this year.  “The Nutcracker” in December, Dance & Dessert XV this winter, and Cinderella in the spring.  Well known restaurants in Tucson serve to-die-for desserts during intermission at the Dance & Dessert evening so get your tickets early as this is a popular event.

A Culinary Taste Treat

September 8th, 2010 by tucsonbb

Bananas FosterSome visitors to Tucson are “foodies” at heart and are looking for new taste experiences.  In addition, for some, wine is a necessary complement to that food experience.  If you are planning a trip to Tucson or if you are lucky enough to already live here, the Tucson Culinary Festival will be taking place at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort October 28-31.

It is hosted by Tucson Originals, Tucson’s independent restaurant group featuring top local and national chefs cooking and teaching.  There is a World Margarita Championship, a Reserve Tasting, a Grand Tasting, and a Copper Chef Challenge & BBQ, all but the last taking place in the evening.

Tucson’s Fiesta de Saguaro

March 12th, 2010 by tucsonbb

We’ve just come back from an annual event held at the Saguaro National Park East Visitor’s Center where there are activities for children, yummy Mexican

Baskets & Other wares

Baskets & Other wares

food, lectures, and a craft fair highlighting handcrafted Indian pottery and basketry.  What a perfect day for Tucson visitors and locals including families.

There was an interesting lecture about the development of the Rincon Valley from the 1870’s through the 1930’s both in Spanish and then in English with historical pictures and maps of the early areas and the people that homesteaded there.

As we were leaving, the Mariachis were singing, and Mexican dancers were

Mariachi Singers

Mariachi Singers

getting ready to perform in their native costumes.

Several of our guests at Hacienda del Desierto asked to check out a bit late because they were so caught up with the activities there.

Annual Tucson Arizona Rodeo

February 15th, 2010 by tucsonbb

84th Annual Tucson Rodeo

Originally uploaded by Coppertane

COMING SOON!! The Tucson Rodeo. Events run from Feb 21-28th with the famous Rodeo Parade on Feb 25th as an introduction to the professional rodeo which starts on the 25th through the 28th.

The Rodeo Parade is the longest non-mechanized parade in the world with over 200 entries traveling a distance of 1 1/2 miles. Rosemary, co-owner of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast, actually rode her horse in the parade in 1954 wearing a traditional western fancy outfit with long leather fringes on arms and culottes, western boots, western hat, and carrying an empty rifle. She was just 14-years-old and wore long braids. Kids watching the parade thought she was Annie Oakley. What fun that was. She rode her horse from the Tucson foothills about 10 miles away down to where the parade started at that time–not anything one could do today.

You might also enjoy visiting the Rodeo Parade Museum which is housed in the first airport hanger in Tucson Circa 1918. There are 100 buggies and wagons, old west artifact, and a typical western street with shops of the period. The museum is open Mon-Fri during January and February.

Read all about the history of the rodeo, the parade, the Rodeo Museum at There is also a printable schedule of events and ticket information on that site.

Wonderful American Indian Show Coming

January 25th, 2010 by tucsonbb

For fourteen days starting on Jan 31st, the American Indian Exposition will be at the Flamingo Quality Hotel Ballroom at 1300 N. Stone Ave. here in Tucson, Arizona during the Gem & Mineral Show.

There will be a wonderful collection of Indian arts and crafts and even food at this location. Fourteen artists will be changing throughout the show. There will even be tribal dancers at poolside during the event.

I’m sure guests at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast will be wanting to check out all the treasures and enjoy the dancing.