A Woman’s Hand
Select Sundays in March
March is Women’s History Month and what better way to honor women than to learn about how they shaped the history of the Verde Valley and Sedona. Experience an hour of music, laughter, tears, and a whole lot of pioneer women’s soul with the Blazin’ M Ranch’s live production of Dev Ross’ A Woman’s Hand, featured the first four Sundays in March, 2014. Along with the Blazin’ M’s signature chuckwagon dinner and pre-dinner activities and attractions, guests will also engage in interactive experiences with the colorful Old West living history characters in the courtyard, showcasing the hard work, challenges, triumphs and everyday hardships of women in the 1800’s.
From the moment the production opens, the audience begins to experience the life of a woman forced to pick up the pieces of her life and move out west, as well as the women already present in the wild frontier, Native Americans with their own stories to tell. Through dialogue and song, the hour-long production takes us up to Jerome to meet the first African-American woman to own a business there, into the life of a Chinese singsong girl, to a soiled dove from Flagstaff who can definitely handle herself (and her whiskey), and through the story of an operatic Latina who helped found the Homemaker’s Club. Of course, no play about the history of the Verde Valley would be complete without Sedona Schnebly, —A Woman’s Hand promises guests a glimpse into the trials and the triumphs of Sedona’s namesake.
The result of tireless research by Dev Ross and author and historian Kate Ruland-Thorne, this play features a small treasure trove of women who helped weave the fabric of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Their stories are heartwarming, often heartbreaking, and rich with spirit. In true 1800’s fashion, popular music from the day supports the play just as music so often supported and uplifted the rugged life of a lady pioneer.
Along with producer Dev Ross, Sedona favorite, singer, songwriter and actress, Shondra Jepperson, is also producing the show. Both are pleased to announce that successful stage and film actress, Michele Lamar Richards, often known for her starring role as Whitney Houston’s sister in Kevin Costner’s, The Bodyguard, has joined the cast. Ms. Richards currently works as a writer, producer, director and professional acting coach, and has served as an acting coach on Imagine That, with Eddie Murphy as well as numerous projects with John Singleton; Boyz In The Hood, Baby Boy, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers as well as assisting Jim Sheridan. As a producer she garnered the 2002 San Diego Latino Film Festival’s Audience Choice for The Hungry Woman and is also an optioned writer. Ms. Richards is presently working on Lights On, an entertainment news show in Sedona, Arizona dedicated to alternative, ecological and societal advancements.
Sponsored by National Processing Solutions, Inc., limited dates for this historical production are March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. For dinner and show reservations call (928) 634-0334 or book on-line at blazinm.com. Gates open at 5:00PM for pre-show activities and actor/audience interactions. Dinner is served at 6:30PM. The hour-long show starts at 7:30PM. Adults: $35.95+tax, Seniors: $32.95+tax, Children (3-12). $19.95+tax.
3rd Annual Loven Family Run
March 29, 2014
Blazin’M Ranch Cottonwood, AZ
The Verde Valley Medical Center is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Loven Family Run for Verde Valley Hospice Home on March 29, 2014 in Cottonwood Arizona. The run will include a family 2K run/ walk, 5K run/walk and 10K run followed by a good old fashioned country breakfast (free for registered runners and walkers) at the Blazin’ M Ranch. So lace-up those shoes and come out to run for a great cause.
Northern Arizona Hospice was founded in 1984, and is the only nonprofit hospice in the Verde Valley/Sedona area. It is a division of Northern Arizona Healthcare and an affiliate of Verde Valley Medical Center. Hospice care is provided to patients with a terminal illness who have a life expectancy of six months or less. The focus is on providing comfort and support to patients and their families. The new hospice house will feature 10 private rooms and provide a comfortable and peaceful setting for those who need hospice services, but lack the resources or support to stay in their own home. Specially trained staff and volunteers will help patients and their families face the challenges of their life-ending illness by offering pain and symptom management, as well as physical, emotional and spiritual support.
For more information or to register, visit racetimers.com. To sponsor this event please contact the NAH Foundation at 877-527-5291.
10K Run $35.00 ($40 day of)
5K Run $30.00 ($35 day of)
2K Run/Walk $20.00 ($25 day of)
Breakfast for Spectators $8.00