Guest blog submission from Roger Naylor

Like all great works of art, Sedona takes your spirit hostage. It captures you softly and holds you in its red rock trail run

The visual drama of the landscape stirs something deep within everyone who visits or resides here. Sedona inspires and challenges, it thrills and mystifies, it haunts and energizes. It moves us in ways that we struggle to understand. Great art doesn’t provide answers. But it does show us which questions are the right ones to ask.

UH003-Uptown SedonaA fortunate few drawn to this place manage to capture the magic, carving art from the larger masterpiece of Sedona. Surrealist Max Ernst arrived in 1946 and created his most famous work here. In 1958, Egyptian sculptor Nassan Gobran and others established Sedona’s first art center. Joe Beeler and pards formed Cowboy Artists of America over cold beers in a local saloon in 1965. That kind of diversity continues to fuel Sedona’s vibrant art scene that ranges from traditional to contemporary, from Native American to cutting edge.

ACH016-Uptown ArtworkIt’s no wonder the town bristles with artistic showcases, events and festivals. Numerous sculptures and murals are part of the public space. Dozens of galleries, studios and shops populate every corner of the community. Take some time to prowl as many as you can. Explore the different mediums and styles. See how their interpretation of the spectacular scenery aligns with yours.

Del.norte.summerOn the first Friday of every month, many of Sedona’s prominent art galleries from Uptown to Gallery Row and beyond host an evening of openings, demonstrations and receptions. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation during First Friday Art Walk, circulating from gallery to gallery where everything from fine art to funkier creations can be found. What a wonderful way to kick off your weekend in Sedona.

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Guest blog submission by Roger Naylor

Vacations are meant to be stress-free events. But family dynamics being what they are, that gets tricky. The younger kids want to go swimming, Mom wants to have an old-fashioned picnic, Dad wants to try out his new camera with the mega-zoom lens on the golf course and Grandma and the teens want to visit a vortex. (Sedona seems to bring out a side of Grandma nobody’s seen for awhile.


No need to bicker. The diversity of Sedona is a gift to families both near and far. Natural water slides, endless miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing holes, swimming holes and pristine forests means there’s plenty of room to let everyone pursue their passion. That includes indoors as well as outside. Because offsetting the rugged beauty is the unparalleled luxury found at elegant accommodations, pampering spas and delicious restaurants. Kids play their way, parents play theirs.


Yet best of all, Sedona features so many opportunities to reconnect, to do things together as a family. Pile everybody into a jeep to explore the back-country and experience the kind of thrill-ride acrobatics that puts a smile on the face of even the surliest teen. Hop aboard a hot air balloon. Go kayaking. Take a group hike. Or gather to watch the sunset. Just be sure to make time for that picnic Mom wanted in the first place. When Mama’s happy, everybody’s happy.


The family that plays together, stays together. The family that plays together in Sedona, starts planning their next visit before they ever leave.

Summer may be winding down but the fun is just heating up in Sedona. Music, art and wine are all part of the September festivities.

Schnebly Hill Lovers of classical music and dance will rejoice as the Red Rocks Music Festival continues until September 8. Internationally acclaimed performers weave a beautiful tapestry of classical and jazz music and modern dance at a variety of venues. Even more importantly the festival provides outreach educational programs reconnecting students to the arts.

double rainbow by Snoopy Rock There is a siren song to the red rocks that proves irresistible to artistic types. Blame it on Sedona’s dramatic beauty and scandalous light. It moves, inspires and nurtures residents and visitors alike.

On the first Friday of every month, many of Sedona’s prominent art galleries host an evening of openings, demonstrations and receptions. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation during First Friday Art Walk, circulating from Uptown to the world-class galleries clustered in small plazas like Hozho Center and Hillside Sedona. Crowds move through the delicious twilight that cradles Sedona, nibbling food and gazing at everything from fine art to funkier creations.

West Fork Canyon

West Fork Canyon

More music can be heard during the 40th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, on September 14.  Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village houses a collection of restaurants, shops and galleries in Spanish-style buildings reminiscent of a Mexican hamlet. Cobblestone walkways meander beneath arched doorways and canopies of Arizona sycamores, providing the perfect setting for the rhythmic vitality of mariachi music and the lightning-fast footwork of flamenco dancers.

Sedona at Sunset

Sedona at Sunset

Finish the month at the Sedona Winefest, September 28-29. The two-day event celebrates the burgeoning wine growing industry across the state. It is a joyous gala of wine, food, music and a juried art show.

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The 7th Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival, with headliner David Grisman and his FolkJazz Trio, will include programs designed to broaden the appreciation of bluegrass during the span of June 5-9. “We’re pleased to have entered into a partnership with the Sedona International Film Festival that continues to blossom,” said Festival Director Bert Harclerode.

            “Wednesday, June 5 at 7pm in partnership with SIFF we will present ‘Grateful Dawg’ that explores the friendship between David Grisman and his musical colleague Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead,” said Harclerode “You don’t have to be a Deadhead to enjoy ”Grateful Dawg” said the New York Times. “Sure, it is a tribute to Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist and embodiment of the Grateful Dead, who died at 53 in 1995; but this documentary film, which sketches his long friendship and fruitful music-making collaboration with the mandolin and banjo player David Grisman, is quite simply a treat for the ear. Made by Mr. Grisman’s daughter Gillian Grisman, who calls it ‘’a homemade patchwork quilt,’ the film is an affectionate compilation of home video, old photographs, interviews and unreleased concert film that blessedly emphasizes music.  And what a pleasure that music is. From their days as youngsters — they met in 1964 at a folk festival in Pennsylvania — Garcia, originally a banjo aficionado, and Mr. Grisman, whom he nicknamed Dawg, shared a passion for bluegrass. For a time they went their separate ways, and when they met up again after a dozen or so years, they played a lot of bluegrass and traditional music for fun,” stated the NYT.

”Grateful Dawg” is built around ten so-called chapters that embrace a dozen songs rendered in their entirety, though broken gracefully at times for illuminating reminiscence and commentary. The songs range from a banjo duet on ”Sweet Sunny South” to the folk song ”Off to the Sea Once More” to ”Jenny Jenkins,” a silly children’s duet from the Grisman-Garcia album ”Not for Kids Only,” to the captivating ”Dawg’s Waltz” and the sophisticated 17-minute ”Arabia.” ”Grateful Dawg” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). It includes grown-up language.

            Thursday, June 6 at 5:30pm the annual Bluegrass BBQ will be presented at the Segner Ranch adjacent to the original Thompson Homestead in Munds Canyon, an off shoot of Oak Creek Canyon. Featured are two of Arizona’s most celebrated artists, singer/songwriter/guitarist Peter McLaughlin and mandolinist/singer Mark Miracle who as members of the Sonoran Dogs will entertain guests. “This is a wonderful event that gives guests a very close up and personal experience,” said Harclerode. The evening includes dinner and beverage along with a 45-minute performance. “The views from the ranch are spectacular, the acoustic is intimate and friends meet new friends. This is the final year for Chef Barron Unger – and promises to be a superlative evening and we will pay tribute.”

            Saturday from 10am to 11:30am at Keep Sedona Beautiful, McLaughlin and Miracle will hold a free community workshop. “Last year we had nearly fifty participants and we anticipate a big turn out this year. Everyone that attends and signs up will receive a $5-off coupon for both Saturday and Sunday’s Festival concert’s,” said Harclerode. Mark is an official instructor of the Doctor Banjo technique plays mandolin and guitar, and has taught at many workshops including the Sorrento, British Columbia Bluegrass Week. With Sawmill Road he has toured the US & Europe, and won Band of the Year at Huck Finn Jubilee. Peter McLaughlin is a National Flatpicking Guitar Champion and his solo recording, Cliffs of Vermillion, was produced by Laurie Lewis. He has toured and recorded extensively as a member of Laurie Lewis and Grant Street. While an Artist in Residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, McLaughlin toured in the United States and Mexico with Flying South. McLaughlin is a frequent instructor at festival workshops, including the Rockygrass Academy and Oregon’s Bluegrass at the Beach.

Chamber Music Sedona’s 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona, The Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Verde Valley Medical Center, The Margaret T. Morris Foundation and WESTAF.

            The Sedona Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by the City of Sedona Arts & Culture Commission and Los Abrigados Resort and Spa. For additional information visit or call 928.204.2415.

For additional information or high-resolution photos contact:

Bert Harclerode – Executive Director or


Howly Growly Owly Festival

Bearizona is hosting Howly Growly Owly Festival weekends in October. Don’t miss out seeing the largest pumpkin in Northern Arizona! Festivities include a “howly” open air bus ride departing from the Fort Bearizona parking lot at 10:00 am, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 pm. “Growly” haunted bear caves, and the “owly” raptor show at 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm! Come dressed in costume and get a “beary” special treat! Visit or call

(928) 635-2289 for more information.

Body Dialog Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

For the month of October Body Dialog will be donating to the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund through the Verde Valley Medical Center. Rosemary will donate $2.00 for each new customer, so if you have been thinking about trying Body Dialog for an extra massage, now is the time! Call (480) 720-6853 or email for an appointment in Uptown or the Village. Visit

Canyon Outfitters 19th Anniversary Sale

Canyon Outfitters is hosting their 19th Anniversary Sale through Saturday, October 13. As one of the two major sales Canyon Outfitters has during the year there will be great deals. A large selection of men’s and women’s recreational and technical clothing will be on sale as well as hiking boots and gear. So come early for the best selection. Open every day. Located at 2701 West SR 89A. Visit

October 13: Splash and Dash Swim and Run Event

Adult, youth and relay categories available. Adult relays, 800 yards swim/ 3 mile run, for $10. Youth (9-14) 200 yards swim/ 1 mile run for $5. Next race is Saturday, October 13, Sedona Community Pool. Register race day at 4:00 pm, first wave swims at 5:00 pm. Event sponsored by Sedona Parks and Recreation, and Swordfish Swim team.

October 13: Best of Show & Music presents Kathy Perry CD Release Concert and Party

On Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 pm, accomplished pianist Kathy Perry will be celebrating the release of her new CD “Awake My Restless Heart.”  Please come to the Sedona Creative Life Center for this unique concert including special guest violinists Allen Ames and Jonathan Levingston and cellist Courtney Yeates. Admission includes one CD and after party at the center. For more information and tickets visit

October 13: Met HD L’Elisir d’Amore      

Quack salesman, fake love potions, rich girl, poor boy and lots of mixed up communication are all yours at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 13 with the season opening of The Met: Live in HD at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Anna Netrebko brings “poignant and shimmering” singing to Bartlett Sher’s “fascinating” and “handsome and insightful” new production of L’Elisir d’Amore (New York Times). For tickets and lunches visit or call (928) 204-2415.

October 13: “Music at the Museum” Concert
The Sedona Heritage Museum presents “Music at the Museum”, 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 13 with the Plein Aire string quartet. They will perform Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven’s quartets followed by Smetana’s autobiographical first quartet, “From My Life.” Tickets $5, children under 12 free. Located at the Sedona Heritage Museum on 735 Jordan Road. Call (928) 282-7038 for more details.

October 14: Sedona Red Mud Runs

Mud run challenges are sweeping the state, but these three are in beautiful Sedona! The Red Mud Run will be 2.7 miles obstacles and a mud pit! Designed for kids, the Mud Puppy Splash is 100-meters of crazy, sloppy fun with the mud pit at the end. Top off the day with the Wife Carry! 253 meters of racing with obstacles and your partner on your back. Contact Sedona Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098.