Riordan Mansion State Historic Park has a busy March planned with lectures, special tours, fundraising events and more.
On Sunday, March 11, from 2-3:30 p.m., a special tour of the mansion will focus on Stickley furniture. The mansion, an Arts & Crafts duplex built in 1904, contains 17 Gustav Stickley pieces and four L. & J.G. pieces. Of special attention will be very rare pieces with metal inlay embellishment designed by Gustav Stickley’s designer, Harvey Ellis.
The tours are recommended for ages 12 and older. Cost is $15 and reservations are required. For reservations and information, call 779-4395.
On Monday, March 12, the park will host a free Brown Bag Lecture from 12:15-1 p.m. The lecture focuses on the West House family members and their stories. Michael Riordan's descendants recently shared some photos with the park and these will be used to help tell the story. Participants are welcome to bring lunch.
March 16 and March 17 bring the very special Whisky Tasting at Tim's Table. Each night the event will be offered at two different levels. At the $150 level, doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the first toast at 5:45 and the tasting begins at 6. Guests have the opportunity to mingle until 7:30. At the $125 level, guests can mingle in the house beginning at 7, with the first toast at 7:15 and the tasting begins at 7:30. In addition to rare, premium whiskies, the event will include appetizers. Tickets are limited to 10 seats per tasting. Call 779-4395 to reserve a seat at the table.
A free evening lecture on Saturday, March 24, from 7-8 p.m., will explore A Year in the Life of a Federal Archaeologist. South Kaibab Zone archaeologist Neil Weintraub will share stories about the efforts of the Kaibab National Forest employees and their partners in protecting and preserving archaeological and historic sites deep within the forest surrounding the Grand Canyon.
Festival features runoff, wine, archaeology and more
Head south March 17 and 18 for the Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival, a two-day festival celebrating the springtime beauty of Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley’s rich Native American history, the largest original historic fort in Arizona, and the Verde River -- the last river in Arizona to flow year-round for its entire length. This event is for all-ages, with live music, 40 vendors, local wineries, a pecan pie baking contest, kids’ activities and more, all at the Community Field, in Camp Verde’s historic downtown. There is no charge for admission.
An annual highlight of the festival is the Verde River Runoff. Presented by Friends of the Verde River, the sixth annual runoff will be held on Saturday, March 17. This 5- and 10-mile kayak, canoe and stand-up boarder race draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike. The race and fun float is a competitive event as well as a family-friendly celebration. Proceeds go to conservation efforts for the threatened Verde River and outdoor recreation in the Verde Valley. To register, visit verderiver.org/verde-river-runoff-2018/.
Fort Verde State Park will have a vintage baseball game and a presentation on ancient Native American technology. Park admission fees apply.
New this year, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center has announced that there will be a “soft opening” of its Native American Heritage Pathway March 17 and 18 during the annual Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, which is part of the festival.
Visitors can walk the half-mile loop trail with interpretive signs developed to inform visitors about the people who lived there 1,400 years ago. The center will have regular free shuttle service from the fair on Holloman Street to the trailhead during the Archaeology Fair. The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, hosted by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, will feature guest lectures on the topics: ritual racetracks, ancient irrigation systems, rock art, and the Mesa Verde region.
The 2018 International Archaeology Film Festival will be showing a film each day, including "Out of the Mayan Tombs" and "Mount Nemrud: The Throne of the Gods."
All archaeology events will be held at 395 Main Street: room 204 and the Community Gym.
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