Big Tent Time!

Quartzsite Big Tent

Yay! It is finally time for the Big Tent Sports, Vacation, & RV Show! It starts this coming weekend and I know I am excited! I guess I have more reason to get excited than many of you. Since I have to fly anyway to get there, I flew into Long Beach, CA to hop on a cruise on Sunday. I’m cruising to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico with a good friend for a few days of girl fun. When I get back, I’ll be picking up an RV and driving to Quartzsite for the show. Woohoo! I love to cruise and I love Quartzsite!

The annual QIA Pow Wow rock and gem show is this week too and Tyson Wells Sell-A Rama begins. If you get a chance, drive over to Blythe, CA 22 miles west on I-10 to see and hear the Annual Bluegrass Music Festival. There’s some very good down home music going on over there. If you are a Ham, you have your own gathering to go to this week for fun and sharing.

Blythe Annual Bluegrass Festival

For those hanging out in the desert around Havasu, expect the roar of engines again at the Havasu 95 Speedway on Saturday. It’s “Snowbird Appreciation Night”.

Over at The Main Event Showplace, you can watch racers getting ready for the La Paz UTV Rally . This week they will be running on the test track, tuning up, buying parts, and talking strategy. The Steam & Gas Engine show will also be there.

 

Annual QIA Pow Wow
January 18 – January 22, 2017 QIA

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 20 – January 29, 2017 Tyson Wells

Blythe Annual Bluegrass Music Festival
January 20 – January 22, 2017 Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe, CA

La Paz Valley UTV Rally, Expo, and Races Pre-Race Warmups
January 21 – February 1, 2017 Test track and tuneups at The Main Event in Quartzsite

BIG TENT….SPORTS, VACATION & R.V. SHOW
January 21 – January 29, 2017 1/2 mile south of I-10 on Hwy. 95 from 9 am to 5 pm

Sandies Pass 5K Run and Walk
January 21, 2017 Lake Havasu City Grand Island Park 9:30am

Havasu 95 Speedway “Snowbird Appreciation Night” Races
January 21, 2017 @ Havasu 95 Speedway @ SARA Park  Racing starts 2pm (gates open 2 hours prior)

Quartzfest Amateur Radio Operators Gathering
January 22 – January 28, 2017 Road Runner BLM near mile marker 99

Steam & Gas Engine Show
January 23 – January 29, 2017 The Main Event Showplace

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Week Full of Hot Air and Music

Havasu Balloon FestivalAnother fun and busy week in the desert. We’ve got not just one but two hot air balloon festivals coming up. I gave been to the one in Havasu and it was fantastic! The balloons, food, displays, and shopping were well worth the drive. While up there, you can also do the jetboat tour and checkout Buses by the Bridge to see the many old VW vans and like let your hair down, man.

Quartzsite has it’s own balloon festival as well as art shows, rc planes on display, the annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade, and some truly wonderful entertainment provided by the New Christie Minstrels and Paul Winer, the naked guy and a fine musician. Don’t worry. He wears clothes for these performances. Tickets go fast for these shows so act fast.

 

Arizona Peace Trail – Kingman to Quartzsite Trail Run
January 12 – January 14, 2017

Quartzsite Art Guild Art Show
January 13 – 14, 2017 Senior Center 9 am – 5 pm

MAIN EVENT Showplace Hot Air Balloon Festival
January13 – 14,  2017 The Main Event Showplace

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair
January 13 – January 15, 2017 1040 McCulloch Blvd. North Lake Havasu City, AZ

Buses by the Bridge
January 13 – January 15, 2017 Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor 4)

Boating With The Balloons
January 13-15, 2017 Lake Havasu CityBluewater Jetboat Tours 7:30-9:30am & 4:15-6:15pm $28

RC Planes
January 13 – January 22, 2017 The Main Event Showplace

Outwest RV Show
January 13 – January 22, 2017 The Main Event Showplace

Outwest Art & Gem Show
January 13 – January 25, 2017 The Main Event Showplace

Rainbow Acres YARD SALE starts
January 13 – ? Rainbow Acres 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hi Jolly Daze Parade
January 14, 2017 Town Park

New Christie Minstrels
January 14, 2017 (two shows 2pm & 7pm) QIA Building

Paul Winer Show
January 15, 2017 Senior Center 2 pm & 7pm

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2017 Opening With A Bang

Hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve. January 2017 is going to keep you busy!  Whether you are camping in Quartzsite, Blythe, Parker, Lake Havasu City, or somewhere in between, we’ve got lots of events to choose from. One of our readers commented that she likes the blended calendar list of all those areas to choose where to play on any given day so we have just added a lot more events to choose from to get you thinking that maybe a longer drive is worth it when there are multiple cool events in one place.

The Author’s Fair at the Readers Oasis and several other venues are now open. Stop by and get a picture with “the naked guy”. The website for The Main Event Showplace says they have a Ferris Wheel this year. Anyone ridden it? I haven’t arrived yet but sure do wish I was going to be there for the Renaissance Faire up in Lake Havasu. I have been wanting to go to one of those for a long time. Darn!

Anybody up for a cold splash in Lake Havasu for Polar Bear Day? There is a small charge and they say you pay even if you chicken out. Tee hee. Bok. Bok. Bok. Glad I’m not there for that.

Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City has lots of racing going on for the next few months. That should keep the husbands (and ladies) happy. BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker also has several races as well as live entertainment.

 

Author’s Fair Readers Oasis
January – February, 2017

Traders Market
January – February, 2017 Friday – Sunday Desert Gardens Show Grounds 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Annual International Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show
January 01 – February 28, 2017  DESERT GARDENS  I-10 (Exit 17), then east on Frontage Road

Ferris Wheel
January 1 – 31, 2017 The Main Event Showplace

Prospectors Panorama
January 02 – January 15, 2017 35 W. Kuehn St.

Annual Quilting at the Lake
January 3 – January 8, 2017 London Bridge Resort 9am-4pm  Classes $85/ day

London Bridge Renaissance Faire
January 6 – January 8, 2017 Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor Beach)

Renaissance Royal Banquet
January 6, 2017 @ Doors open 6pm London Bridge Resort Convention Center $60/person

Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 06 – January 15, 2017 Tyson Wells

Annual Lake Havasu Polar Bear Day
January 7, 2017 Lake Havasu City – Nautical Beachfront Resort 12-4pm 

Havasu 95 Speedway Racing Resolutions + Waterless Boat Races
January 7, 2017 Havasu 95 Speedway @ SARA Park Racing starts 2pm (gates open 2 hours prior)

RC Planes Show
January 7, 2017 The Main Event Showplace

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Happy New Year!

Still quiet this week but January and all the excitement of the RV show are coming soon! If you are looking for a good party to celebrate the new year, we’ve got some options. In Quartzsite, The Main Event is throwing a 3 day bash starting December 30th.  Per their website, “Join the NEW MAIN EVENT Showplace on New Year’s Eve for a celebration to remember. An evening of fireworks, music, Food Trucks and fire pits. The Grand Opening will begin with an evening filled with Fireworks, Concert, Dancing, Ferris Wheel rides, Parachutes’, Hang Gliders, Short Course Motorsports, a Motorcycle Acrobatic Show along with an Outrageously Large Bar-B-Que and Refreshments. It will be a fun filled weekend to introduce the MAIN EVENT Showplace and bring in the New Year.” Sounds good to me!

If you feel like a drive or are spending your winter a little farther north, the BlueWater Resort and Casino in Parker is hosting a party with live performances by Soul Persuasion and DJ Cees which starts at 4 pm, December 31 in the Dig Lounge and will end at 2 am on New Year’s Day.

Up in Lake Havasu City, London Bridge Resort will be hosting a “Gatsby New Year’s Ball” on New Year’s Eve. The event will be themed after the lavish parties held in the novel, “The Great Gatsby.”  The event will feature musician Chuck E. Bumps accompanied by his live brass-section band. There will be a four-course meal along with party favors, champagne and a ball-drop at midnight. It starts at 7 pm and costs $50 per person to attend.

If Gatsby isn’t your thing, how about diamonds and denim? The Refuge Golf & Country Club in Lake Havasu City will be hosting a  “Diamonds and Denim New Year’s Eve” party from 7 pm – 12:30 am with a barbeque buffet dinner and a balloon drop. There will also be a live musical performance by the Briana Payne Band. Cost is $70 for non-members, and $55 for members.

For my friends down in Yuma, AZ for the winter, the The Golden Roadrunner Ballroom is hosting a party for you folks with dinner and dancing for $20 per person.  Per nextdoor.com, “doors open @ 6 and reservations are required. The Dakota Players will be playing and we will be having a “hot potato” party with all the fixings,salad and dessert. The cost is $20.00 dancing will begin at 8 dinner will be served between 6:30 and 7:30pm. You may bring your own bottle we have soda and Ice, the soda is $1.00 and ice is free. Come on down and bring a friend we do have a few tables left but they are going fast if you want reservations call Karen @ 928-317-1448.”

 

Main Event New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 30, 2016 – January 1, 2017 Main Event, Quartzsite

BlueWater Resort and Casino New Year’s Eve Party
December 31, 2016 4pm – 2am Dig Lounge, BlueWater Resort & Casino, Parker

London Bridge Resort Gatsby New Year’s Ball
December 31, 2016 7pm London Bridge Resort Convention Center, Lake Havasu City, $50 per person

Refuge Golf & Country Club New Year’s Eve Party
December 31, 2016 7pm – 12:30am Refuge Golf & Country Club, Lake Havasu City, $70 for non-members, and $55 for members

The Golden Roadrunner Ballroom New Year’s Eve Party
December 31, 2016 6pm 274 Main St., Yuma, $20 per person

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Lock ‘Em Up!

Honda Generator
Reports already coming in from Quartzsite concerning thieves stealing generators and other items again this year. Be sure to chain your generators, bikes, coolers, etc. up securely and you may want to stay within view of a couple neighbors rather than camping in a totally desolated area. Every year I have been there I have also seen folks run out of gas in the area with no money and begging for help so you may want to lock up your gas cans too. I don’t mind helping people down on their luck at all but I prefer it be my choice and to keep the empty can at least.

Another something I learned in an RV park elsewhere that was targeted by thieves one night, don’t leave your wallets, purses, or anything else of value near your door. Many try for a quick score by looking for unlocked doors and quick easy pickings.

Don’t let these warnings scare you away. Quartzsite is a blast during the winter and most campers are only there to enjoy it so go and have fun but don’t expect it to be a perfect paradise.

Addendum: Per one of our readers, please also DON’T leave any pets outside unattended  for even 5 minutes and walk them on a leash at all times or they will become coyote dinner. Coyotes are very active in the Quartzsite desert area and your “fur baby” looks like a great snack to them. Unattended pets are lost to predators every year in the area.

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas is almost here. Many of you are getting ready to show off your RV kitchen skills and then hunker down with loved ones and friends for the day. Let’s not forget the single campers who are often alone on holidays. How about inviting them over for dinner or take them a plate of food if you prefer. Even a friendly plate of cookies can make a difference in someone’s life this season. ‘Tis the season to show what wonderful people RVers truly are. From RVQuartzsite to you, we wish you the merriest Christmas ever!

 

Rock Club Musical Show
December 27, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm @ Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA)

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Quieter Week As We Head Into Christmas

Things start to slow down a bit this week until January though, of course, all the sales venues will still be going and the usual weekly events at the QIA will still be happening. If you aren’t a member of the QIA, why aren’t you? Joining is very inexpensive at only $5 per person or $10 per family and provides access to all sorts of classes, games, dances, etc. It is a wonderful deal even for winter snowbirds! The Quartzsite Senior Center is also a great place to hang during the winter. See http://rvquartzsite.com/qia-senior-center
Ray Zimpher Trumpet & Friends Show
December 20, 2016  $7 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA)

QIA Christmas Dinner
December 21, 2016  Call for RESERVATIONS 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm @ Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA)

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Gamblers RV Supply Reopening

Gamblers RV Supply is nearly done cleaning up from flooding at Rice Ranch this past summer and will be re-opening soon under new management. They are restocking and hopefully will continue to be one of the go-to places to find that odd part needed to fix or upgrade our RVs. I can’t imagine a Quartzsite snowbird season without them. It is the many RV parts shops in Quartzsite that help make it such an attractive place to go every year.

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Santa Is Coming To Quartzsite

Santa is making the rounds. After a fun-filled parade to open the Christmas season in Blythe, CA, he and his sleigh are heading to Quartzsite on Saturday.  Let’s show him we have the spirit!

While you are waiting with glee to see the parade, why not enjoy some soup and chowder and support Operation Hero Comfort over at the QIA on Ironwood. The soup and chowder raises funds for the Friends of The Quartzsite Food Bank and Operation Hero Comfort raises funds to mail care packages to the troops. Both are good causes and worth a donation.

On Friday the 9th, QIA is having a health fair hosted by La Paz Regional Hospital. Covenant Lutheran Church will be having a garage sale from 9 am-12 pm.

 

Health Fair
December 9, 2016 7:00 am – 11:00 am @ Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA)

Covenant Luthern Church Garage Sale
December 9, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Operation Hero Comfort & Soup and Chowder Festival
December 10, 2016 Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (noon-4 pm for soup until gone)

 Quartzsite Christmas Light Parade
December 10, 2016 Quartzsite Main 7:00 pm

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Santa Clause Is Coming To Blythe

Blythe Christmas ParadeIt’s time for the annual Christmas parades and thankfully they are not on the same day. This weekend Blythe, CA (22 miles west off I10) is having their parade on December 3rd at 5pm. It is always wonderful and well worth the drive. Get there early to stake out a good spot and don’t forget chairs, blankets, and hot cocoa.

Lake Havasu City is also having their Boat Parade of Lights tonight and tomorrow at or rather under London Bridge.

For you foodies, we have the VFWs Chik-Nik which also includes an ATV Rally and a chili and cornbread fundraiser at Covenant Lutheran Church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints will be hosting an Emergency Preparednesss Expo which I expect will include emergency food stuffs which can come in pretty handy when you need something to cook dinner but are too far out in the boondocks for a quick run into town. I use them myself!

QIA will be doing a craft faire and yard sale on Saturday.

 

Blythe Christmas Parade
December TBA, 2016 Blythe CA – Hobsonway 5 p.m

Annual Boat Parade of Lights
December 2 – December 3, 2016 @ 6:30pm Lake Havasu-London Bridge

Fraser Memorial Chik-Nik and ATV Rally
December 3, 2016 VFW Post 769 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Emergency Preparedness Expo
December 3, 2016 9:00 am – 1:00 pm @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

QIA Craft Faire
December 3, 2016 9:00 am – 1:00 pm @ Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA)

QIA Yard Sale
December 3, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA)

Local Chili & Cornbread Community Bible Church Fundraiser
December 3, 2016 11:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Covenant Lutheran Church

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