Jerome; Willcox; Mormon Lake
48th annual Home & Historic Building Tour
A tourist magnet with an artsy population of about 500, Jerome was once the fourth largest city in the Arizona Territory, luring characters from all over the world with its lucrative copper mine. Today, “America’s Most Vertical City,” as it’s sometimes called, retains many of the buildings from its heyday, and you can get a better look at them on this tour.
Seven stops include two buildings not previously open to the public: The 1921 Honeymoon Cottage, also known as the “grand dame” and crowning jewel of Jerome, and The Powder Box Church, an iconic residence on a steep hillside. The final stop at Spook Hall includes cookies, lemonade, a display of historic photos, and performances by Mingus Union High School students. Young thespians will perform a dramatic scene recounting the story of Jerome’s infamous Cuban Queen, and the school band will play music from the era.
DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18-19 at the Old Fire House, 305 Main St., Jerome. $15 for adults, $8 for children, includes transportation and a guide. Tickets will be sold on site until 3 p.m. each day. (928) 634-2900 or JeromeChamber.com.
Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival
Whether you prefer serious, bold reds or vibrant, crisp whites, your taste buds ought to be happy in Willcox wine country, where more wine grapes are grown than in all other Arizona growing regions combined, according to WillcoxWines.com. Sixteen wineries — including Keeling Schaefer, Dos Cabezas, Kief-Joshua, Carlson Creek, Pillsbury and Page Springs — will pour samples of more than 70 homegrown wines. There’s also nonstop live music, a children’s play area and a smattering of vendors offering pecans, confections and other items. Cocina Antigua and Dragoon Cafe supply the food.
DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18-19. Historic Railroad Park, which is across the street from the Rex Allen Museum at 150 N. Railroad Ave., Willcox. $15 admission includes eight tasting tickets and a commemorative wine glass. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase at the event. (520) 384-2272 or WillcoxWines.com.
Overland Expo 2013
Billed as one of the world’s largest events for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts, this expo features nearly 100 classes, presentations and workshops from international authors, experts and videographers. More than 140 vendors show off equipment, supplies and services. Cool things to see and do include an overland driving course from Land Rover and a 6-acre overland skills area with hands-on instruction in winching, ropework and lashing, recovery, specialty substrates and spotting. There’s also an adventure travel film festival, and you can camp nearby or on site.
DETAILS >> May 17-19 at Mormon Lake Lodge, 1991 Mormon Lake Road West Side, 30 minutes southeast of Flagstaff. Day passes are $15-$45 per person, or $30-$75 per family; kids younger than 16 get in free. (520) 591-1410 or OverlandExpo.com.