March 16 Parade Kicks Off Two Weekends of Cave Creek Rodeo Days Events

Now in its 42nd year, Cave Creek Rodeo Days will take place March 22–24 at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, offering three days of thrilling PRCA rodeo performances featuring top-ranking Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association contestants.

This year’s festivities kick off Saturday, March 16, with the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Parade. Sponsored by Wells Fargo, the parade starts at 9am on the west side of town by Cave Creek Town Hall and travels east to Harold’s Corral ending at approximately 11am. The fun continues that day at The Buffalo Chip Saloon with Mutton Bustin’ at 1pm (sign up is at noon). The Buffalo Chip Saloon is also sponsoring the Kick-Off Dance that night.

This year’s grand marshals for the parade are three PBR cowboys, who are sure to set the tone for an entertaining morning featuring horseback riders, draft hitches, floats, unique automobiles, rodeo royalty, clubs, organizations, bands, trick riders, clowns and other decorative and patriotic entries.

“We’re very excited that The Shriners will be involved this year…their entry is like a parade within a parade,” said Kristin Lewis, parade coordinator and owner of Sage Medical Company.

The parade will have seven announcing stations located at Local Johnny’s, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats, Frontier Town, the Kiwanis Marketplace, Outlaws, The Buffalo Chip and Harold’s Corral. Each entry will be announced as they pass by each station.

Sanderson Ford is the 2019 title sponsor. For complete Rodeo Days information, visit www.cavecreekrodeo.com.

Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch And Art Auction Set For October 20

Online auction added to 2017 event aimed at helping feed hungry in need

The annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction 2017 will honor World Hunger Day Friday, October 20, and will be held at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek, from 11am–1pm.

According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank, this year the organization is adding a new feature to its Empty Bowls event. The auction will be on the food bank’s website, www.foothillsfoodbank.com, which gives people the opportunity to bid on 60 fine art and craft items donated by renowned local artists.

“We are excited to offer this auction online so people who support this worthy cause can spend the quality time they need to research the bid items,’ says DiPietro. “This has always been an amazing event with a great turnout, but this year we will take Empty Bowls to a new level with the online auction.”

Carole Perry and Robin Ray, two highly regarded Sonoran Arts League artists, brought Empty Bowls to the northern desert foothills to benefit Foothills Food Bank more than 17 years ago. Perry says that online bidding began September 20 and be available to bidders throughout the celebration, and that 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center to support its ongoing effort to provide emergency food and services to area families in need of assistance.

Lunch will be served in handmade ceramic or glass bowls. Individuals are encouraged to donate $15 to the cause and select their own unique bowl made by Arizona artists, and keep it as a lasting reminder of world hunger.

The Foothills Empty Bowls & Art Auction 2017 is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, Harold’s Corral, Marjon Ceramics and Laguna Clay. Other donors are Saguaro and Cactus Shadows High School students, Paradise Valley Community College ceramics students and local potters and artists who make and donate the bowls and auction items.

For more information, call 480.488.1145 or visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com.


Local Artist’s Glasswork Featured At Empty Bowls

Carole Perry, who helped create the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch in the Northern Desert Foothills more than 17 years ago, knows glass. Intimately. Her business, Laughing Glass Contemporary Glass Art Studio, has been producing beautiful glass artwork for more than 27 years and thousands of Laughing Glass bowls have been a hallmark of the colorful glass and ceramic bowls offered each year as part of the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to honor World Hunger Day.

This year, Perry and other local artists’ glass and ceramic bowls will be available to participants who attend the event at Harold’s Corral, from 11am–1pm, Friday, October 20. Perry says she began working with the project because her local community supports artists and as an artist, she wanted to give back in a meaningful way. Perry and her Sonoran Arts League friends began by creating and donating bowls to the Empty Bowls project at the Arizona Center in 1997. After starting the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to benefit the Foothills Food Bank at El Pedregal in North Scottsdale in 2000, Empty Bowls now has found a home in Cave Creek. Today, Perry continues giving back while enjoying her own success as one of the top glass artists of her kind.

“When I came back to the desert, every magical, mystical thing came together for me,” says Perry. “I love what I do and this is where I learned the simplest of rules: the more you give, the more you receive…and, I get to live in the greatest place on Earth.”


Robin Ray’s Ceramics Boost Empty Bowls Event

Robin Ray mastered her craft while teaching visual arts to students of all ages for more than 26 years. However, as an accomplished painter and ceramics expert, she also took the time to help bring the 17-year-old Empty Bowls Lunch event to the northern desert foothills.

For the first five years, she gathered artists and friends to create ceramic bowls in the ceramic department of a high school. And, every year since, like clockwork, a cadre of ceramic lovers gets together at her studio in early September to make bowls for the October fund-raiser. Her leadership has resulted in thousands of additional bowls for the annual event.

Ray, owner of Robin’s Nest in Cave Creek, produces her own beautiful paintings, ceramics and murals for people from around the world. However, when it comes to creating distinctive ceramic bowls for the event, which benefits Foothills Food Bank, her peers and students love working on the bowls which will help focus people on hunger in the world.

“These special bowls will be filled with pasta at the Empty Bowls Lunch,” says Ray. “The amount of pasta that fills each bowl roughly matches the amount of calories a homeless person is provided in a single meal.”

Cave Creek Restaurants & Area Businesses To Host July Fireworks Extravaganza

Celebrate Independence Day early at one of the Valley’s biggest parties. Cave Creek’s spectacular “3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza” takes place after sunset Monday, July 3, and is being hosted by Harold’s Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road; Roadhouse, 6900 East Cave Creek Road; and The Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6811 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek.

The festive, family-friendly celebration starts at 5pm with live music, children’s activities, food and drink specials at all three restaurants and great seating to view the fireworks, which begin after sunset behind Harold’s. A free shuttle service will be available to transport people around town from 6pm to midnight.

With the help of Rural Metro, the fireworks are safely shot off from a hill behind Harold’s, making the largest display in Cave Creek one of the most exhilarating shows in the Valley. Admission is free at all three restaurants with open seating, first come first serve. At Harold’s Corral, reserved seats outside are available for $15 for a two-top, $20 for a four-top and $35 for a 10-top. Live music will be a highlight, with the Crown Kings playing inside from 8:30pm–1am, and Hillbilly Deluxe energizing the crowd outside from 7–11:30pm. While admission is free at Harold’s, it does not include game zone activities or food. The outside bar and BBQ will be cash only, and ATMs will be onsite. Guests to Harold’s also can help the Foothills Food Bank by donating canned goods or money. Those making a donation that night will be entered to win a prize.

Carefree Resort & Conference Center and the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce are also supporting the event as sponsors. Patrons are encouraged to take a staycation and spend the weekend exploring the many shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants in the area. Carefree Resort & Conference Center is offering discounted room rates for the holiday weekend. For more details, call 480.488.5300 or visit www.carefree-resort.com.​

For more information about the “3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza,” contact Harold’s Corral at 480.488.1906 or www.haroldscorral.com; the Roadhouse at 480.488.3300 or www.hideawayroadhouse.com; or The Buffalo Chip Saloon at 480.488.9118 or www.buffalochipsaloon.com.

 

Celebrate Independence Day Cave Creek-Style!

The Town of Cave Creek’s spectacular 3rd of July Fireworks Display takes place at sunset on Thursday, July 3, and is being hosted by Harold’s Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road, The Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6811 East Cave Creek Road, and Cave Creek Tap Haus, 6900 East Cave Creek Road. The festive, family-friendly celebration starts at 5pm with live music, kid’s activities, food and drink specials at all three restaurants and great seating to view the fireworks, which begin at sunset behind Harold’s.

​The event is also co-sponsored by Carefree Resort & Conference Center, which is offering rates for the holiday weekend starting at $89, a breakfast buffet for $12.95 and an hourly shuttle for guests. ​Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association is also supporting the event as a sponsor.

For details about reserved seating​, contact Harold’s Corral at 480.488.1906 or www.haroldscorral.com; The Buffalo Chip Saloo​n at 480.488.9118 or www.buffalochipsaloon.com and Cave Creek Tap Haus at 480.488.3300 or www.cavecreektaphaus.com.

​To learn more about Carefree Resort & Conference Center’s special rates, call 480.488-5300 or visit www.carefree-resort.com.​

Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association Plans Fundraiser For Prescott Firefighters

Last-Alarm-6.30.13The Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association (CCMEA) is planning a fundraiser to help the families of the 19 Prescott firefighters who lost their lives on June 30 in the devastating wildfire in Yarnell.

According to CCMEA president Johnny Ringo, the organization, which promotes signature events in Cave Creek and markets the desert foothills area to residents and businesses, will donate monies to the 100 Club of Arizona, which provides funds for families of the fallen. The 100 Club already has provided $15,000 to each family of the Arizona firefighters who perished. However, the organization is in need of funds and, like all Arizonans, Cave Creek wants to do all that it can to help the grief stricken families.

In addition to providing monies directly to the 100 Club, the CCMEA is partnering with Harold’s Corral and Frontier Town, which both sponsor Independence Day events on July 3 and 4, respectively, Rural Metro and Southwest Fireworks, to fundraise monies for the families and to provide a special 19 firework salute to the fallen firefighters on the evening of July 3. Rural Metro will set up a booth at Harold’s to accept donations for the families as well.

“Cave Creek business owners and residents are deeply saddened by the extreme loss in Yarnell and Prescott” says Ringo. “Our hearts go out to all of the families as we grieve together with them.”

Are You Ready To Rodeo?

34th Annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo & Parade

Photo by Katie Moore

Mark your calendar to attend one of the Valley’s biggest weekends as the Fiesta Days Rodeo heads to Cave Creek Wednesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 1. Presented by the Desert Foothills Community Association (DFCA), the 34th annual event kicks off Wednesday, March 28 with a golf tournament at Tatum Ranch Golf Club, followed by dinner, fundraising and awards at Harold’s Corral. The festivities continue throughout the weekend at Cave Creek Memorial Arena with three full thrilling PRCA rodeo performances featuring top-ranking Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) contestants.

New this year: Renowned stock contractor Cervi Rodeo will bring their world champion bucking horses and bulls to this year’s Fiesta Days Rodeo, elevating the event’s standing in the national rodeo circuit. DFCA organizers say Cervi will infuse a new, fresh energy into the rodeo and attract new contestants.

Also new this year: Parking is free, but event organizers will continue to collect non-perishable food donations to support the Foothills Food Bank.

Friday night’s performance is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” in support of the fight against cancer. The Fiesta Days Parade kicks off at 9am on Saturday, March 31 in the Town of Cave Creek. Mutton Bustin’ for the little Buckaroos will be on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Saturday night rodeo performance. Sunday’s performance is Wrangler National Patriot Day in support of America’s wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. Rodeo dances with live music will be held both Friday and Saturday nights after the rodeo at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek.

Rodeo admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages six to17. Children five and under are free. For up-to-date information or advance ticket sales, visit www.cavecreekprorodeo.com.

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