Catalina State Park for Music on the Mountain

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Catalina State Park, 11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737

Oh my! Bring your friends, a picnic and your favorite chairs for this fun setting on the lawn under the giant trees! Spectacular views of the Catalina Mountains are the backdrop to the stage. Perfect for an evening of Southwestern Americana and Folk. I will have copies of my book, Autumn's On Its Way, on hand for purchase. And, I would love to sign the copy you already have! Come for the hike, stay for the music, then enjoy the evening under the stars.

Nancy Elliott at The Arizona Folklore Preserve

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Arizona Folklore Preserve, 56 E. Folklore Trail Hereford, AZ 85615, Hereford, AZ 85615

I am very excited to once again perform at The Arizona Folklore Preserve, and will be bringing the songs, stories and poems which inspired and were inspired by my book, Autumn's On Its Way. The story of the Arizona Folklore Preserve is the story of a dream-come-true for Mr. Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer. Dolan wanted a place where the songs and stories celebrating Arizona and our western heritage and culture could be performed and preserved.

Originally Dolan thought this center should be located in Fountain Hills, near Phoenix. However in 1990 he and his former wife Rose visited southeastern Arizona’s Huachuca Mountains. They fell in love with this beautiful area, rich in history and folklore, and subsequently bought 15 acres in Ramsey Canyon.

Dolan founded the Arizona Folklore Preserve, and in June, 1996, started performing at the Moffett House, a small 1920s ranch house located on their property. The tiny Moffett House Theater accommodated an audience of at most 30 closely-packed patrons.

In 2000 Dolan joined with the University of Arizona South to build his dream, the current Folklore Center with its state-of-the-art theater. The new building opened on Mothers’ Day, 2001, and is located on 4 of the original 15 acres. Dolan’s partnership with the University of Arizona South ensures the Arizona Folklore Preserve will continue to exist far into the future.

Artist-in-Residence Dolan Ellis performs at the Arizona Folklore Preserve one weekend a month. Guest artists entertain at Preserve shows the remaining weekends.