Pie-eating contests, foot-tapping Dixieland, hot jazz and blues, potato sack races, face painting, and star-spangled crafts for kids, scrumptious BBQ, and even a gleaming red local fire truck? Get ready for Tlaquepaque's Fourth of July, Sizzlin' Summer Bash celebration. Only it's on Saturday, July 3rd at the beautiful Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is free.
Music is always a must for any Fourth of July party, and Sizzlin' Summer Bash is no exception. Sedona favorites, Red Rock Acapella, the dynamic women's barbershop harmony chorus kick off the music at 11:00 am in Patio de las Campanas and again at 11:30 am in Patio del Norte.
The celebration gets into high gear from noon to 3 p.m. in Patio del Norte with the Cat Black Band. Sultry singer Cat Black and her rock-solid rhythm section, let loose with classic blues, rock, jazz and country featuring songs by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Debbie Davies, Johnny Lang and original tunes that will get you on your feet.
"If you like traditional Dixieland jazz and get chills when you hear patriotic music from a bygone era, then don't miss the award-winning Geritol Hipsters hailing from Prescott, AZ," says Wendy Lippman, managing partner of Tlaquepaque. This fun-loving group "just plays happy music that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face," reports Bill West, the groups trumpet player. They will be performing in Patio de las Campanas from 2-4 p.m.
Eat some pie and support the Toys for Tots ... and maybe win a prize! 2 p.m. at Calle Independencia. The $5 entry fee for the pie-eating contest, sponsored by the Sedona Marine Corps League, helps Toys for Tots. Pie-eating winners in the different age groups-kids, teens and adults--are awarded prizes from Tlaquepaque stores: Eco Body and Bath, Tlaquepaque Toy Town, Feliz Navidad, Sedona Music Boxes and Diva Sedona to name a few.
Still hungry? Oak Creek Brewery & Grill will have an outdoor old fashion BBQ, a delicious assortment of flame-cooked fare including sliders, ribs and mini brats.
To really revel in the spirit of the Fourth there is nothing like a good old potato sack race, rarely seen in these parts. Gather your friends and families for a 1:30 start time and let the fun begin. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. (Calle Independencia)
For kids there will be fun face painting and a balloon artist that transforms balloons into whimsical animal creatures. And for those youngsters that love creative play there is the Star Spangled Kids Crafts with an endless assortment of free crafts and activities to celebrate the holiday. All kids activities take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free.
Tlaquepaque, now in its 37th year, is located at 336 Highway 179 at the Oak Creek Bridge just south of 89A on Highway 179. It is open daily at 10 a.m. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit: www.tlaq.com and www.shoptlaq.com.
Red Rock Acapella, 11 am, Patio las Campanas, 11:30 am, Patio del Norte
Cat Black Band, 12 - 3 pm, Patio del Norte
Geritol Hipsters, 2 - 4 pm, Patio las Campanas
Pie Eating Contest - Sponsored by the Sedona Marine Corp League for Toys for Tots. Pre-register by calling (928) 282-4838- $5 entry fee. Begins at 2 p.m. in Calle Independencia.
Potato Sack Race - different age groups - prizes will be awarded - begins at 1:30 p.m. at Calle Indepenencia
Balloon Animals - from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Plaza de la Fuente - Free
Face Painting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Plaza de la Fuente - Free
Star Spangled Kids Crafts - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Plaza de la Fuente - Free