This Is It! Ding! Ding!

Have we ever got a busy week for you! Thankfully, there’s a little separation on the start dates and lots of overlap so you can fit them all into your schedule. We start off with the QIA PowWow with hundreds of vendors of beautiful gems, minerals and jewelry as well as a hobby area and food. Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama is also opening this week. The Big news, of course, is the Big Tent opens this week with the Sports, Vacation, and RV Show! Woohoo! There will be lots of great food, all manner of items big and small to shop, and some free giveaways. I wonder what Progressive will be giving out this year?

Be careful parking in the wash. Don’t want to get stuck in that sand though the local tow truck operators do appreciate your lovely cash every year. Police will also be ticketing for parking in no parking zones as usual.

For entertainment, checkout Buses by the Bridge up in Lake Havasu for you VW lovers and shuffle on over to Blythe for their Bluegrass Music Festival. The music is excellent and food will be available there too. Those into Ham Radio may enjoy the Quartzfest Amateur Radio Operators Gathering.

Whew! So much to do this week. Plan well, drive safe, don’t forget to relax with friends around the campfire in the evenings.

 

Annual QIA Pow Wow
January 16, 2019 – January 20, 2019 QIA

Buses by the Bridge
January 17, 2019 – January 20, 2019 Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4, 171 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 18, 2019 – January 27, 2019 Tyson Wells

Blythe Annual Bluegrass Music Festival
January 18, 2019 – January 20, 2019 Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe, CA

BIG TENT….SPORTS, VACATION & R.V. SHOW
January 19, 2019 – January 27, 2019 1/2 mile south of I-10 on Hwy. 95 from 9 am to 5 pm

Quartzfest Amateur Radio Operators Gathering
January 20 – January 26, 2019 Road Runner BLM near mile marker 99

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Moon Over Miami? No, Balloon Over Havasu

Havasu Bolloon FestivalIt’s January and here comes the fun!   While we wait for the Big Tent, there’s still plenty to do and enjoy. Up in Lake Havasu City, we have the annual Quilting At The Lake starting tomorrow and starting Thursday through this weekend is the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair. If you haven’t seen this festival yet with brightly colored balloons flying over London Bridge, you really should make the time to go see it. It is AWESOME! The fair nearby has lots of great food and vendor booths as well as flying demonstrations. If you have never flown in a balloon, this is your chance!

In Quartzsite on Saturday  we will be having the annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade. For those of you new to Quartzsite, Hi Jolly was a camel driver who came to Quartzsite to help with an experiment in using camels as beasts of burden in the American desert. The experiment failed. Hi Jolly moved to Quartzsite in his final years and is buried in the local cemetery with a very large grave marker you should also see. If you are into geocaching, check your geocache app before going.

Also on Saturday, the New Christie Minstrels are back to entertain the Quartzsite crowd at the QIA. They do two shows that are very much worth seeing.

 

Annual Quilting at the Lake
January 8, 2019 – January 12, 2019 London Bridge Resort, Lake Havasu City 9am-4pm  Classes $95/ day

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair
January 10, 2019 – January 13, 2019 Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4, 171 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City 6am-9pm

Hi Jolly Daze Parade
January 12, 2019 Town Park 11am-1pm

New Christie Minstrels
January 12, 2019 (two shows 2pm & 7pm) QIA Building

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Here We Go Into The New Year!

Now that January is here, The Author’s Fair at the Reader’s Oasis (Home of the Naked Guy). Trader’s Market at Desert Gardens and Prospectors Panorama at Kuehn and I95 are also open for your shopping pleasure.  The Tyson Wells Gem show started this week through the 13th.  Whew! Getting busy!

The government shutdown is still going on but the winter folks already in Quartzsite are taking it in stride and hanging in there. The dumps are open and there’s still plenty of boondocking spaces available in the area. Please be mindful of your trash. Putting it next to a full dumpster is considered littering and you will be ticketed. Rangers are patrolling the area. Keep your pets on a leash outside at all times and don’t leave them alone outside to become lunch for a hungry coyote.

 

Author’s Fair Readers Oasis
January, 2019 – February, 2019

Traders Market
January, 2019 – February, 2019 Friday – Sunday Desert Gardens Show Grounds 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Prospectors Panorama
January 2019 – February 2019 35 W. Kuehn St. 9am-5pm

Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 4, 2019 – January 13, 2019 Tyson Wells

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I LOVE A Parade 2!

Per Shanana Rain Bear of the Quartzsite Chamber of Commerce, “Quartzsite Christmas Light Parade is Saturday, December 15th. 7pm. Line up at QIA. Parade heads east on E. Main Street, north on Plymouth. Ends with a party at the Community Center.” Dress warm and come ready to party! Santa Claus is coming to town.

 

Quartzsite Christmas Light Parade
December 15, 2018 Quartzsite Main St. 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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To Your Health! Clam Chowder, Anyone?

Coming Friday is the QIA Health Fair from 8-9 am at the QIA. They will be checking blood pressure and providing info.

If you love clam chowder, your chance to sample several is coming up at the QIA on Saturday for only $5 and you will also be helping to support the local food bank. There will be a dessert contest too. You just have to donate a dessert to be entered. Call Pam at 603-834-0647 for contest rules or more information. There will also be music and raffle prizes. Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday in the desert!

 

QIA Health Fair
December 7, 2018 Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) 8-9 am

Friends of the Quartzsite Food Bank Soup & Chowder Fundraiser
December 8, 2018 Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) 12 pm $5

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I LOVE A Parade!

Santa Claus is coming to town! Yep, time for the Blythe Christmas Parade and the Lake Havasu City Boat Parade of Lights. Grab a blanket and a thermos of hot cocoa and go enjoy the festivities with Santa. We also have more vendors opening up shop at the Greasewood Swap Meet and you might want to check out the artisans handiwork at the QIA Craft Faire and Yard Sale. Christmas will be here before you know it.

 

Greasewood Swap Meet
December 2018 – March 2019

Annual Boat Parade of Lights
December 1, 2018 Lake Havasu-London Bridge 6:30 pm 9 9:00 pm

QIA Craft Faire and Yard Sale
December 1, 2018 QIA 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Blythe Christmas Parade
December 1, 2018 Blythe CA – Hobsonway 5 p.m

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Happy Thanksgiving, Quartzsite!

The sun is shining, temps are warm during the day, and more campers are arriving daily. This week is Thanksgiving, a time to enjoy great food with family and friends and be thankful for what we have including the great opportunity to winter in or near Quartzsite. For what we are about to receive, let us be truly thankful.

This week, ice skating opens for the season in Lake Havasu City. The kids (2-90) and grandkids will love that! Closer to home are the Annual Thanksgiving Regatta Boat Races in Parker for some vroom vroom fun. In Quartzsite, Santa’s Workshop will be showing off his elves arts and crafts. Even an elf needs a hobby so get out there and show some elf love!

 

Annual Thanksgiving Regatta Boat Races
November 23, 2018 – November 24, 2018 Blue Water Resort & Casino, Parker

Ice Skating at the London Bridge
November 24, 2018 – January 8, 2019 London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City

Santa’s Workshop Arts & Crafts Show
November 24, 2018 – November 25, 2018 Tyson Wells Showground 9 am – 5 pm

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Time To Chill Out

Temps this week are in the 60s during the day and dipping down to the 40s at night with some wind so be ready to add those layers all day and snuggle up with your honey at night. Please be very careful with fire. We are in fire weather. Our sincerest best wishes go out to our California campers who are dealing with uncontrolled fires, smoke, and huge losses at this time.

This week is rather slow until the weekend when most of the action will be up in Lake Havasu State Park at the Annual Sand, Water, and RV Expo. They have something for every sports/camping/hunting enthusiast. The cost is only $5 for admission and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the rehabilitation of over 100,000 U.S. military veterans who have suffered debilitating spinal cord injuries and amputation.

In Quartzsite, there will be a foodbank fundraiser so stop on in for some rib sticking chili and cornbread. Mmm mmm! They will also have some great raffle items including gift certificates to Silly Al’s, Walmart and Pilot gas.

 

Annual Sand, Water & RV Expo
November 17, 2018 – November 18, 2018 Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor Beach) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Lone Steer BBQ Chili & Cornbread Quartzsite Foodbank Fundraiser
November 18, 2018 Tyson Wells Showground Rock Motel Building 12:00 pm until the chili runs out

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Cooling Down As The Season Heats Up

I’m back! The temps in Quartzsite are finally down to much more comfortable levels in the 80’s and cooler at night so be sure to bring your short sleeves for the daytime and a coat for nighttime.

Don’t forget to vote. Every vote is important!

If you happen to be staying up in Havasu, there’s an interesting race coming up this week. The Marine Corps Birthday Ball is also coming up. Hoorah!

In Quartzsite, Buck Connor Days will be taking place at Town Park November 9th to the 11th.

 

QIA Craft Faire and Yard Sale
November 3, 2018 QIA 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Another Dam Race-Paddle Board & Outrigger Race
November 3, 2018 River Lodge Resort to Blue Water Resort & Casino 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Buck Connor Days
November 9, 2018 – November 11, 2018 Quartzsite Town Park

Marine Corps Birthday Ball
November 10, 2018 London Bridge Resort Convention Center, 1477 Queens Bay,Lake Havasu City
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm $40/person

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Bunches Of Fun At Lake Havasu

Sorry I’m a bit late with this post. I’m going out of town for a couple weeks so here’s the lowdown on activities during that time. Lake Havasu is hosting the Duck Derby Races again and there will also be Drag boat races to get your hearts pumping. Next week they’ll host the Relics & Rods Run To The Sun. For your Halloween enjoyment, the Quartzsite VFW will host a Family Freedom Fright Festival also next week. Catch you all again in a couple weeks.

 

2018 Duck Derby Races
October 13, 2018 Under the London Bridge, 422 English Village, Lake Havasu City 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Lucas Oil “Thunder on the River” Drag Boat Races
October 13, 2018 – October 14, 2018 Bluewater Resort and Casino, Parker

40th Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun
October 17, 2018 – October 21, 2018 Bridgewater Links @ London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City

Family Freedom “FRIGHT” Festival
October 20, 2018 VFW Post 769 12:00pm – 4:00pm

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