RODEO AND BEYOND

'Chiricahua-Peloncillo Heritage Days' back on track

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Annual Heritage Days events in these two communities straddling the Arizona–New Mexico state line will resume September 10-11, after a two-year break due to Covid. “We’re all looking forward to our biggest community event of the year,” said Reed Peters, President of Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, the event’s primary sponsor.

The Keynote speaker for the event is well-known southeastern Arizona radio personality “Petey Mesquitey.” Noted for his long-running series Growing Native on KXCI-Tucson, Mesquitey will lead off seven professional presentations over the course of the day on Saturday, September 10 at the Geronimo Event Center in Rodeo, NM. Talks will feature the area’s 500-year cultural history, a history of the Butterfield Overland Stage, efforts to protect the San Simon Valley’s aquifer, a long-range perspective on effects of the current drought, the importance of dark nighttime skies for wildlife survival, and a report on the amazing bat diversity in the Chiricahua Mountains. A full locally-prepared lunch is available on-site for $10.

A simultaneous covered outdoor Market and Crafts Fair, located just outside the Event Center, will open at 8:30 a.m. AZ (9:30 a.m. NM) on September 10, featuring a wide selection of vendors selling numerous items including fresh local produce, paintings, ceramics, books by local authors, gems, minerals, fossils, nursery plants and trees, handcrafted jewelry and tableware, and information on regional and local conservation efforts. The market will be accompanied by live music from “Cowboy Strings.” A free outdoor evening dance concert by local band “SkyDog” will follow the day’s events at 7 p.m. AZ time at the Event Center. A Sunday morning, September 11 “Mountain Wildflower Walk”— a popular field day tour— will provide up-close examination of Cave Creek Canyon’s eye-opening wildflowers by local plant specialists.

Annual Heritage Days events in these two communities straddling the Arizona–New Mexico state line will resume September 10-11, after a two-year break due to Covid. “We’re all looking forward to our biggest community event of the year, ” said Reed Peters, President of Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, the event’s primary sponsor. The Keynote speaker for the event is well-known southeastern Arizona radio personality “Petey Mesquitey.” Noted for his long-running series Growing Native on KXCI-Tucson, Mesquitey will lead off seven professional presentations over the course of the day on Saturday, September 10 at the Geronimo Event Center in Rodeo, NM. Talks will feature the area’s 500-year cultural history, a history of the Butterfield Overland Stage, efforts to protect the San Simon Valley’s aquifer, a long-range perspective on effects of the current drought, the importance of dark nighttime skies for wildlife survival, and a report on the amazing bat diversity in the Chiricahua Mountains. A full locally-prepared lunch is available on-site for $10. A simultaneous covered outdoor Market and Crafts Fair, located just outside the Event Center, will open at 8:30 a.m. AZ (9:30 a.m. NM) on September 10, featuring a wide selection of vendors selling numerous items including fresh local produce, paintings, ceramics, books by local authors, gems, minerals, fossils, nursery plants and trees, handcrafted jewelry and tableware, and information on regional and local conservation efforts. The market will be accompanied by live music from “Cowboy Strings.” A free outdoor evening dance concert by local band “SkyDog” will follow the day’s events at 7 p.m. AZ time at the Event Center. A Sunday morning, September 11 “Mountain Wildflower Walk”— a popular field day tour— will provide up-close examination of Cave Creek Canyon’s eye-opening wildflowers by local plant specialists. Chiricahua-Peloncillo Heritage Days