1/30/2012 2:31:00 PM Sedona Museum to host full schedule of Arizona Centennial events
The Sedona Heritage Museum has planned a comprehensive schedule of local events celebrating Arizona’s Centennial year. They are also proud to announce that several of those events have been designated “Official Arizona Centennial Events” by the State Committee.
A full week of events leading up to statehood day kicks off Wednesday February 8 at 9 a.m. with the Museum’s regularly occurring Living History program. Arizona author and historian, Jim Turner, will present “Arizona Statehood, All the Bells & Whistles”, a program co-sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. Learn and see historic images and cartoons about the road to statehood, some of the political factions applying pressure to our state constitution’s content, and stories of celebration. There will be refreshments during this free program.
Next, the weekend offers almost continuous opportunities for celebration. On Saturday February 11 at 2 p.m. audiences can enjoy a Radio Theater style performance, entitled: “Arizona Constitutional Convention-You Are There”. This original show shares pieces of the actual debates from the floor of Arizona’s state constitutional convention of 1910. Some of the language and topics will seem vintage and dated, but you might be surprised to learn that some of the topics are still being debated in our state today. In the end, Arizonans would adopt the most progressive state constitution ever put in place in the U.S. This show uses drama and humor. Sedona playwright, director and actor Michael Peach, leads this production that includes a small army of volunteer community theater actors. After the show, part of the cast will add additional layers of information about the debates and topics and draw parallels between these actions of 100 years ago and how Arizonans impact their governing to this day. There will be refreshments, souvenirs and fun. $7 for adults, $4 for children age 6-11. This performance is partially funded by a grant from the City of Sedona and has been designated an Official Event of the Arizona Centennial.
The very next day, Sunday February 12 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Museum will host an Arizona Centennial “Splatter Dab” Breakfast. Splatter Dabs are pancakes to all you greenhorns!. Local pioneer families will be honored and attending descendants will be introduced, along with descendants of all families that were living in Arizona in 1912. Ken and Lyn Mikell will set the old-time mood with traditional music with a nod to the music and poetry that followed the trail west. From old time trail songs to the golden era of the radio and silver screen cowboy, Ken’s rich vocals and Lyn’s beautiful harp put a new twist on old time favorites. Breakfast will be made by the team from the Sedona Community Center and cost $3. This event is being co-sponsored by the Arizona Lottery and has been designated an Official Event of the Arizona Centennial.
That same day at 2 p.m., there will be an encore performance of the Museum’s Radio Theater “Arizona Constitutional Convention-You Are There”show.
The week-long party concludes on February 14 at 1:50 p.m. with an Arizona Centennial Community “Bell-Ringing” celebration at Wayside Chapel on S.R. 89A in Uptown. Arizona became a state on Valentine’s Day in 1912. The state Centennial committee is encouraging a simultaneous bell-ringing all around the state at 2:14 p.m. on the 14th. In the spirit of that suggestion, the Museum is coordinating all churches, schools, and businesses that have bells on their buildings, to ring them for 60 full seconds at exactly 2:14 p.m. For citizens, there will be a brief program of dignitaries in front of Wayside Chapel with a gathering on the street. At exactly 2:14, Sedona and T.C. Schnebly’s granddaughter, Pat Schnebly Ceballos, will help ring the bell in the Chapel’s bell tower - a bell originally purchased with Sedona Schnebly’s memorial money back in 1951 for ‘her’ church. This fun, small-town gathering will be brief. Everyone attending is encouraged to bring a bell, download a bell ‘app’ to their cellphone, or purchase a commemorative bell that the Museum will have available before the event. After the 60 seconds of celebratory noise-making, the Women of Wayside will treat participants with homemade bell-shaped cookies and beverages. This is a free community event made possible because of a partnership with Wayside Chapel’s congregation. This has been designated an Official Event of the Arizona Centennial.
All these events are going to be held at the Sedona Heritage Museum unless otherwise noted. The Society Historical Society operates the Sedona Heritage Museum in Jordan Historical Park at 735 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. www.sedonamuseum.org , or 928-282-7038.