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    Apple Festival

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    During September they have a annual apple festival.

    Slide Rock State Park for many years was a large orchard and today is still a working commercial apple ranch producing more than 1,200 boxes of apples in 2007 in the park. Apple Festival guests are encouraged to pick apples from the 13 varieties of trees in the park and take them home.

    Frank L. Pendley arrived in the canyon in 1907 and acquired the land title as part of the Homestead Act in 1910. He put in the irrigation system and planted the apple orchard in 1912. In 1933 he built the rustic cabins seen in the park today. It was sold to the Arizona Parklands Foundation for $3.6 million in 1984 to become a State Park. An original vintage 30-foot-long apple-sorting machine reconstructed by volunteers is still in the historic Pendley apple shed. Volunteers demonstrate the art of sorting different sizes of apples for boxing and selling.

    The Apple Festival activities typically include a bird walking tour, history walk, arts and crafts, food, music, games for kids, and a silent auction benefiting the Arizona State Parks Foundation and Slide Rock State Park. Delicious apple pies and other gourmet apple delicacies are also for sale.

    Pick your own apples and bring them home with you at the annual Apple Festival in Oak Creek Canyon.

    Slide Rock SP
    6871 N. Highway 89A
    Sedona, AZ 86336

    Park hours:
    January – April: 8 am – 5 pm
    May: 8 am – 6 pm
    Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend: 8 am – 7 pm
    September: 8 am – 6 pm
    October – December: 8 am – 5 pm

    6871 N. Highway 89A

    From Phoenix take I-17 north to Hwy 179 west through Sedona to Hwy 89A north. Park is 7 miles north of Sedona. From Flagstaff: Take Hwy 89A, 20 miles south.

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    Rock Art

    by joiwatani Updated May 8, 2009

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    The Sinagua (meaning "without water") culture flourished in the Valley Verde around 600 AD to 1400 AD. However, after 1400 the Sinagua left the Valle Verde. But, the Sinagua left their legacies by the presence of the Rock Art.

    You can find rock artson rock panels all over the Red Rock Country.

    Rock Art includes:
    1. Petroglyphs (pecked or scratched images)
    2. Pictorgraphs (painted images)

    There are no known true meaning of rock art. There are interpretations about the rock art though. It could mean clan signs. Or, just like in the old days, for the people to remember days. Hence, they are interpreted as calendars. Or sometimes, the rock art is the commemoratin of events.

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    Arts & Crafts

    by Excentric Updated Jun 25, 2007

    Sedona is hosting its 1st Annual Indian Market on November 3 & 4, 2007.
    According to the organizers, Hoop Dancers, Eagle Dancers, Flute Players and artist demonstrations are going to be a constant part of an intimate 45 artist artist market.
    Jewelry, paintings, sculptures, pottery and other traditional and contemporary Native
    American arts and crafts.

    The weather in early November is usually terrific in Sedona.

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