Tucson Folk Festival 2016

Old couple dancing at Tucson Folk Festival 2016

I am an unabashed fan of the Tucson Folk Festival celebrated every first weekend in May. This year was their 31st annual. Five stages, 120 performers, 2 days of hand-clapping, foot-stomping, ass-shaking good times. This is where the young come to learn  a few of life’s lessons through songs both … Continue reading

Tucson’s Vintage Neon Signs: Part III

Hotel Congress Neon Sign

In Part I & Part II, we followed the vintage neon signs through the Miracle Mile Strip (Miracle Mile West to South Oracle, East on Drachman, South on Stone to Downtown.). Click HERE for a Miracle Mile Strip map and some interesting old photos. Once in Downtown, there are many … Continue reading

New & Amazing Exhibits at Tucson Museum of Art

Gold Monkey

Neighbor Roy & I attended an artists’ reception at the Tucson Museum of Art recently. Here are two items I would like to share with you. First, the current exhibits, taken as a whole, may be the finest our Art Museum has ever offered. These are on display through June … Continue reading

Tucson’s Vintage Neon Signs: Part II

Crescent Tobacco Neon Sign

if you have not read Part I of our Neon Signs Story, please start here. Driving South on Oracle and turning left onto Drachman, you quickly see several mid-20th century motor courts. All are long past their prime. However, some of their old neon signs have been refurbished and shine … Continue reading

Pioneer Hotel – The Fire That Destroyed Downtown Tucson

Pioneer Hotel Fire; December 1970.

In the 1920’s, one of Tucson’s richest men was Albert Steinfeld. When he was 18-years-old, the German-born Steinfeld came to Tucson in 1872 via stagecoach to work for his uncle Louis’ mercantile, Zeckendorf’s. Originally, Zeckendorf’s was a large one-story adobe building with a flat roof situated just west of Calle … Continue reading

Top 10 Margaritas In Tucson: Part Dos

Tyler Sunderman, bartender at Agustin Kitchen

In Part I of our List of the 10 Best Margaritas in Tucson, we reviewed the cocktails of lo Esencial and Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. Our next tastings were Downtown, starting at Agustin Kitchen in the Mercado, then on to the Tap Room at Hotel Congress, and finally to El Charro … Continue reading

Family Fun: Día de los Muertos at the Art Museum

All Souls Procession 2011

FREE! On Sunday, November 1, 2015, our Tucson Museum of Art will help us all celebrate the Annual Día de los Muertos from 12 PM to 3 PM in the Museum’s courtyards, plaza and lobby. This is definitely a family-fun event. There will be a community altar, altars decorated by … Continue reading

Hiking Tumamoc Hill in West Tucson; a Review

Tumamoc Hill

Hiking Tumamoc Hill, located on the far west side of Tucson, is extremely popular. Reasons for this are proximity to Tucson neighborhoods and a short but promised workout. We had heard about this for years and finally decided to see what all the fuss was all about. Don’t let the … Continue reading

Dia de Los Muertos in Sonora Mexico

12_Paradise-Grave-Shrine

This weekend in Tucson, we will celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the increasingly popular All Souls Procession. This is a festive event, Tucson style honoring those that have gone before us. Please watch this video, demonstrating how the Dia de los Muertos event is celebrated in the rural areas … Continue reading