The Sedona Heritage Museum is offering a new program entitled “Throwback Thursdays”, with the premier performance on Thursday, October 7, at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum, and then run first Thursday of every month through May.
Visitors will enjoy a glimpse at parts of the Museum through encounters with costumed reenactors. These impersonators will breathe life into eight Sedona area pioneers and share a bit of that person’s life story and adventures in the Sedona of 70-120 years ago. Guests will rotate through the Museum buildings, delighting in parts of a “day-in-the life” of our early settlers and community-builders, and getting a peek at some of the hopes, dreams, and hardships in Arizona’s rustic Red Rock Country of the past.
The personalities who will present their life story are Sedona Schnebly-our town’s namesake; Dorothea Tanning-surrealist artist and Sedona resident for a time; Patty Fox-ranch wife; Jess Purtymun-original pioneer; Walter and Ruth Jordan-successful orchardists; and even a Harvey Girl revisiting the Museum’s train station. The afternoon will be overseen by a Sedona teacher from our first school, who will act as overall hostess.
After the tour, guests will enjoy a time to socialize with each other and the reenactors while enjoying cider and home baked treats with a nod to Sedona’s agricultural past. Homesteader and renown cook Marcelina Chavez Armijo will serve the refreshments.
Local producers and actors, Dev Ross and Shondra Jepperson, are organizing the new show. “Dev and I can’t wait to bring these fascinating characters and their stories to residents and guests.” said Jepperson. Program coordinator, Julie Holst has expressed her gratitude to all the residents who have volunteered. “The reenactors are so excited to participate, and we are so excited to welcome them to our Museum family,” she said.
This new program will last a little over an hour, and is planned to be a recurring program. Guests will be asked to wear masks indoors.
Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance for $20/adults and $10/for 12 and younger at sedonamuseum.org. Walkups welcome if tickets available.
The Sedona Heritage Museum is in Jordan Historical Park at 735 Jordan Rd. in Uptown Sedona, AZ. For more information, call 928-282-7038.