Time for Something Really Special

This is the time of year when Lake Havasu City literally has something going on every weekend. You like fireworks, but don’t want to wait until July 4th? You say you’re a fan of bluegrass? Love to go off-road? We’ve got you covered. February and March are some of the busiest months of the year. Fasten your seatbelts and place those tray tables in a full upright position.

• Vintage Trailer Campout, Feb. 2 to 5, 2017

In 1954 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made a hit movie during the run of the TV classic “I Love Lucy” called “The Long, Long Trailer.” Best scene was when Lucy was trying to cook dinner while Desi was driving a long mountain road. You might just see a similar trailer during the Vintage Trailer Campout.

Learn more at: www.golakehavasu.com

• Enjoy the Best at Winterfest, Feb. 11 to 12, 2017

The 2017 32nd Annual Winterfest is an official event of the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce attracting over 30,000 attendees over the weekend. There are demonstrations, entertainment, children’s events, and lots of friendly folks along with more than 200 vendors from around the U.S.. Come enjoy informative displays of new products and services in more than 400 booths. Shop, browse, relax, and enjoy Lake Havasu City’s unique culture. It’s all happening on Upper McCulloch Blvd. There’s easy access to free parking along Swanson and Mesquite Avenues.

For more information: http://www.golakehavasu.com
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• Strike Up the Band: The Commanders Jazz Ensemble Performs Feb. 15, 2017

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is the only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies. Comprised of about 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians stationed in the San Francisco Bay area at Travis Air Force Base, the Commanders Jazz Ensemble performs for civilian communities throughout the west.

Hear this energetic group of highly trained professional musicians, formed from 18 Airmen, as they deliver the full gamut of jazz music – traditional jazz, cool, bop, swing, Broadway favorites, and patriotic music. A typical evening with The Commanders includes favorites from Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie. They will appear on Wed., Feb. 15, 2017 at The Aquatic Center on 100 Park Ave.

Learn more at: www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil and www.golakehavasu.com
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• Boom, Boom, Boom: 28th Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show, Feb. 16 to 19, 2017

Close your eyes and you’ll think it’s the Fourth of July in Lake Havasu – just not as hot. Actually, Feb. 16 to 17 is when the fireworks industry comes to the city to test their latest and greatest pyrotechnic displays, an event held in Lake Havasu City since 1990. Visitors arrive from around the globe to ooh and ahhh. Our lakeside haven is heaven for pyro enthusiasts as they celebrate the theme for 2017: Paint the Sky.

Fireworks start 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. nightly (except Sunday, ending at 10 p.m.). Best viewing is the sky above SARA Park. There will also be a Beer Garden at the Rodeo Grounds as part of fund-raising efforts on behalf of local children.

Learn more at: www.golakehavasu.com
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• Be a Cool Cat at the 9th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, Feb. 17 to 19, 2017

Ever wonder how terms like daddy-o, hep, knuckle sandwich and kookie made it into American slang? It all dates back to the 1950s rockabilly era, one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music. Don’t be a drag …. no one likes a wet rag. Come celebrate your coolness by attending the 9th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, Feb. 17 to 19, 2017.

See the huge Car & Motorcycle Show with over 800 cars and motorcycles on display, the Vendor Village, the largest Vintage Pin Up Pageant West of the Mississippi (including our favorite, the Little Greaser Award), and 30 live bands in three days. The event will be located at Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor 4)

Learn more at:
www.golakehavasu.com
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• Put a Little Bluegrass Into Your Life at the 15th Annual Lake Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach, March 3 to 5, 2017

Life is truly good with bluegrass music. The three-day Lake Havasu “Bluegrass on the Beach” Music Festival, returning for the 15th year, continues to be recognized throughout the bluegrass community as a top notch, well-run event and a “don’t miss” festival in the southwest.

Featured bands include:
Larry Stephenson Band, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Bluegrass Brothers, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Marty Warburton & Home Girls, Bluegrass ETC, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, The Boxcars, The Kevin Prater Band, and Old Blue Band.

Another crowd favorite is The U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band, stationed at the Naval Shipyard in Washington, D.C. This will be the band’s first appearance in the southwest since performing at the 2012 Lake Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach Festival. They will be performing Friday, March 3 (3:35 pm ~ 4:35 pm) and Saturday, March 4 (5:10 p.m. ~ 6:30 p.m.). In addition, selected band members will conduct band workshops both Friday (12:35 p.m.) and Saturday (1:30 p.m.).

Insiders tell us the band’s professionalism, high energy, great music and superb musicianship is unlike any other. It is not uncommon for the band to receive two to three encores.

There are jam sessions on and off stage, so don’t be shy about bringing your favorite instrument and joining in. Events include workshops, arts and crafts, great food and beer, and more. For your shopping pleasure, there will be an assortment of craft, music, arts, jewelry and T-shirt vendors.

For more details, view:

www.golakehavasu.com
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• Watch the Daring Young Men and Woman on the Flying Trapeze at the Hobie-McCulloch Cup, Mar. 10 to 12, 2017

You think powerboat racing is exciting? Try flying a trapeze on a Hobie Cat going 20 mph or more. Only this is no circus trapeze; it’s a thin steel cable that sailors use to hang out over the upwind hull, sometimes just a few feet off the water.

The Hobie Cat is a small sailing catamaran manufactured by the Hobie Cat Company. On Mar. 10 to 12, 2017, they’ll be flying lots of traps when the Hobie-McCulloch Cup comes to the lake. This event is open to all multihull catamaran sailors, however only current members of HCANA (Hobie Class Association of North America) are eligible to race in the regatta. Membership applications are available at the event.

Competitors travel here from across the Western U.S. for the event, which is the first of the 2017 Hobie Division 2 Regatta schedule. Races will take place in the waters north of the island, from Windsor Beach, Lot 4. Spectators are welcome to watch from the water or the beach as the beautiful multi-colored sails race on the blue waters of Lake Havasu.

Learn more here:

www.golakehavasu.com
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• Find Hidden Treasure at the 11th Annual Geocache Desert Bash, Mar. 11, 2017

Well, just like we all thought, Pokemon Go has come and, well, gone. But geocaching lives on, especially in Lake Havasu City.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Mar. 11 is the 11th Annual Geo-cache Desert Bash treasure hunt with music, cactus walk, presentations and food in Cattail Cove State Park, 15 miles south of the city. This year there will be over 20 geocache sites to locate along various trails and the Lake Havasu shoreline; there are even a few geocache sites dedicated to the wheelchair-bound.

Participants enter coordinates into their units and attempt to find a hidden container filled with small trinkets. Individuals are placed in a group based on their experience level, and follow an assigned leader. Beginners are welcome as there are numerous volunteers with GPS experience to help them. Each participant signs their name and date on a small logbook inside the geocache and returns the geocache book to its original position.

Following the treasure hunt, prizes will be raffled and a grand prize of a Garmin GPS unit will be given away at noon. Geocache Desert Bash runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

www.golakehavasu.com
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• Hear Them Roar at the World Off-Road Championship Series: ATV/SXS Weekends, Mar. 17 to 19, 24 to 26, 2017

The WORCS series (www.worcsracing.com) returns to Lake Havasu City for two weekends of speed, skill, and flying gobs of dirt. WORCS was established in 2001 to identify the best amateur and professional off-road riders in the U.S., on both motorcycles and ATVs. These riders converge at Crazy Horse Campgrounds for some high-speed, mud-slinging action.

The first weekend (Mar. 17 to 19) features ATV & SXS; on Mar. 24 to 26, motorcycles will come roaring in. There will be a special UTV Expo for those in the market to do a little off-roading in their own side-by-side vehicle. Entrance to the Expo is included in the price of admission.

Learn more here:
www.golakehavasu.com
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Rubba Ducky, You’re The One – Win a Free Trip

Dallas Finch, Owner of the Rubba Duckys
Dallas Finch, Owner of the Rubba Duckys

This is so cute, we can’t even stand it. You and your friends or loved ones are invited on a Rubba Duck Safari to visit some of the lake’s most scenic attractions. Drive yourself in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) as you follow a guide – the Mother Duck – who provides fascinating details about the lake. Now here’s the best part: come up with a boat name and win a free trip for four.

Captain your own center console Rubba Duck watercraft on a fun-filled, interactive, guided tour. This marine adventure is lead by an experienced guide who will take you for 2-1/2 hours through the famous Bridgewater Channel and out to the scenic open waters of Lake Havasu, including Pilot Rock and Balancing Rock. Explore secluded and hidden coves and be amazed by the beauty of Copper Canyon, searching for wildlife along the shoreline.

There are seven 3- to 4-passenger boats and one lead duck in the parade, with names like Moby Duck, Duck Tape, and Quacker Jack. Take a swim along the way; non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Now for the Fun Part: Name That Duck

Pick a new name for the newest boat in the fleet, and you could win a Rubba Duck Safari for four people. Just enter your suggestion onto www.facebook.com/lakehavasucityarizona/ by January 30, 2017. Head Mallard Dallas Finch will pick the winning name and notify the winner. No purchase is necessary.

All tours leave from 402 English Village. Rates are $69 per person (two passenger minimum), single manned craft $119 per person, including gas and 20 minutes of Rubba Duck boat driver education.

Compared to this, other lake tours aren’t what they’re quacked up to be.

For more information, contact Rubba Duck Safari at 928 208 0293 or view:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/tours/rubba-duck-safari.aspx

GraceArts Live Brings Broadway to Lake Havasu City

Grace Ann Etcheberria-Jacobs
Grace Ann Etcheberria-Jacobs

Lake Havasu’s live theater, GraceArts Live, has its very own ghost light. It’s a stage light that some believe is akin to the eerie supernatural happenings associated with the London Bridge. It’s a Broadway tradition kept alive right on McCulloch Blvd.

A tradition almost as old as Broadway is the ghost light, an electric light that is left energized on the stage of a theater when the theater is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. A popular theatrical superstition holds that every theater has a ghost, and some theaters have traditions to appease ghosts that reach far back into their history.

It’s just one way GraceArts Live, main street’s performing arts theatre, is keeping Broadway alive for thousands of visitors seeking top level entertainment 2,500 miles from the Great White Way.

Founder Grace Ann Etcheberria-Jacobs established GraceArts Live in a movie theater that was renovated in 2007 with 220 seats. Today she produces 15 shows a year, including some Broadway classics, and performances just for children – all staffed by volunteers. A trained actor herself since the age of 13, a drama teacher, and a graduate of USIU-San Diego-School of Visual & Performing Arts, Grace has been known to tread the boards herself, as she did recently playing Momma in Gypsy. Two of her star drama students were Vanessa Hudgens, who recently played the lead in a live broadcast of Grease, and American singer, songwriter and stage actor Adam Lambert.

Coming in February is Kiss Me, Kate, a musical written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on- and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. It ran for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway and in 1949 won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical.

GraceArts Live is located at 2146 McCulloch Boulevard, right beside Schlotzkys Deli. In fact, sometimes you’ll see actors hanging out there waiting for their cues. Don’t worry. They’re real. Or at least we think they are.

Learn more at www.graceartslive.com, or call 928-505-2787. Tickets range from $12 to $25.

Arctic Canadian Pops the Question While Thawing Out on the London Bridge

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It’s a long way from Baker Lake in the Canadian territory of Nunavut to Lake Havasu City. In fact, 2,200 miles and four separate airplane stops. The reason Canadian William Bozman chose to travel so far to propose marriage may surprise you.

William, 35, and his girlfriend Beth Cowie, 30, of Baker Lake, live in one of the most remote Inuit communities in Northern Canada, a mining town with a population of just about 1,900. Even most Canadians haven’t heard of it. While Baker Lake doesn’t receive much snow by Arctic standards, only about 50 inches a year, the average temperature in November alone is a frigid minus 10 degree F., the recommended setting for most household freezers.

Beth is a registered nurse at a local clinic; William is a personal investor and day trader. One day while searching the web for their ideal future home, after entering “warm temperatures + lake + sunny + friendly people,” the results pointed to Lake Havasu City.

It was minus 4 degrees F. at home, 99 degrees F. in Lake Havasu, when totally on a whim, they flew four stops to Las Vegas, rented a car, and chilled out during a typical Lake Havasu vacation. They rented a boat and cruised to Topock Gorge, hung out at a beach on the Bridgewater Channel, went to fun restaurants, visited SARA Park, and hung out at a pool.

With a wedding scheduled for September 2018, both are planning for the day they will be leaving Baker Lake for a milder climate. Much milder.

By the way, Beth said “yes” when William sprang forth with a shiny bauble for her ring finger. “I was totally surprised when he popped the question. Everybody knew in advance and managed to keep it a surprise. I was very pleased.”

William chose the bridge because they’re both of British ancestry and wanted to make it a memorable occasion.

“Oh my gosh, it was so hard going back,” Beth tells us when the time came to return north. “The people we met were very, very nice. We didn’t feel like outsiders at all.”

We suspect the city will give them a warm welcome when they return in April to check out the local real estate market and make plans to possibly make the city their new home.

Come Drool at the Sand-Water-RV Expo, Nov. 19-20, 2016

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Visitors from through the Southland and the rest of North America will be coming to drool at the latest watercraft and off-road vehicles on display at the 5th Annual Sand-Water-RV Expo on Nov. 19-20.

The 2016 Sand-Water-RV Expo is an annual mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of off-roading, RVing and boating. Browse, compare and shop for the latest in off-road vehicles, trucks, sand rails (a lightweight off-road motor vehicle specifically built for traveling in sandy terrain), ATV’s, UTV’s, 4×4’s, buggies, golf carts, motorcycles, electric vehicles, RV’s, toy haulers, travel trailers, power boats, pontoons, personal watercraft, kayaks, paddleboards, and all related accessory products and services. Whew!

The fact that you can fish off many of these watercraft is, of course, an added bonus.

The Expo takes place at Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor 4). Admission: $3 adults; Kids 6 and under are free.

For more information visit golakehavasu.com

Lake Havasu Concert Series Features Range of Musical Expression

The Kat Trio
The Kat Trio

You may not know what a theramin is, but it’s the only musical instrument you play without touching and has been a staple of many of the horror films we’ve all grown up with. The theramin, marimba, kalimba, and flute are all coming to Lake Havasu along with a range of performers in early 2017.

Thanks to the Lake Havasu Concert Association, now in its 44th year, visitors and locals alike can enjoy professional concerts of increasingly high quality. Performances include singing trio “Tenore” (Jan. 27), classical musicians “The Kat Trio” (Feb. 17), classical/jazz group “Kubecca” (Mar. 15), and the “Equinox Little Big Band” that will close the season on March 29.

Kubecca incorporates the aforementioned theramin in a diverse program featuring country, jazz and showtunes.

“Some very generous donors have allowed us to keep our prices down,” Concert Association President Bob Ketner tells Today’s News Herald, “We can offer this quality of entertainment at a reasonable price. Once you see it, there’s nothing better in this town.”

Season tickets are being sold at $70, and single tickets will cost $25. The performances are at Lake Havasu High School and start at 7:30 p.m. Students with a valid school ID will be allowed free admission. For more information about upcoming performances and ticket prices, visit www.lhcca.com.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Could do at the Visitor Information Center

Lake Havasu City Visitor Information Center

Consider the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Visitor Information Center your home away from home. One hundred thousand visitors make this their first stop each year. You’d be surprised what you can do there. The Visitor Information Center at 422 English Village, conveniently located off London Bridge Road near the London Bridge, is the place for up-to-date information on special events, special promotions, and, well, all the special activities that make our city so (dare we say it?) special.

Why is this location in a former theater such an integral part of any Lake Havasu City visit? It’s more than the free parking and friendly staff. Consider eight things you didn’t know you could do there:

1. Buy a piece of the London Bridge, in a bottle no less. Don’t worry, we’re not out there chipping samples. Seems we had some leftovers from bridge construction in the early 1970s. Buy all you want, we have plenty.

2. Purchase a collectible London Bridge Rotary Club Coin. To honor the reconstruction of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu and raise funds for charities, the London Bridge Rotary Club sponsored the release of the first “Havasu Dollar” in October 1971. A new London Bridge Rotary Coin has been released every October since that time. You can buy one, buy two, or a complete set right here in river city.

3. Apply for a fishing license. We can’t promise you’ll land a record breaking redear, but at least you won’t have the law chasing after you.

4. Pose on a personal watercraft. We dragged one inside. You can pose on it with a photo of the lake in the background. Hokey, we know, but hey, you’re on vacation.

5. Visit our in-house Bill Spresser Art Gallery and consider supporting local artists by purchasing one-of-a-kind artwork in a variety of mediums.

6. Watch a movie about the history of the London Bridge.

7. Study the architectural drawings used to re-assemble the bridge just outside the door. Each and every stone was numbered, like a huuuuge jigsaw puzzle.

8. Book a 90-min. walking tour that delves into the history of our iconic bridge and see the little-known WWII graffiti that has intrigued visitors ever since the bridge was re-assembled along our shores almost 50 years ago. Wireless headsets make it easy to hear the guide’s live commentary.

9. Buy as many Lake Havasu-printed t-shirts as you want. We can always print more.

10. Last but not least, take a hit off our free WiFi. Spend a few hours, spend the day for all we care. We have plenty of space for you to get your digital fix.

Learn more about what the Visitor Information Center can do for you at golakehavasu.com

Mermaids Sighted in Lake Havasu

Mermaids in Lake Havasu

Loch Ness has its monster. Lake Champlain has Champ, and there are Yeti supposedly stalking the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Not to be outdone, Lake Havasu has its mermaids, which are a whole lot friendlier than those piranhas Hollywood believes were chomping away in the lake.

Mermaids are one of mythology’s most popular topics – a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia, not to mention a Disney cartoon or two.
Lake Havasu’s very own mermaids are Kim Weimer and Brittney Manson. According to RiverScene magazine, Weimer said the reason she started wearing her mermaid swimsuit was to honor her mom.

“I have always loved mermaids. To me, they are mysterious and free.”

She said as a child the Disney movie The Little Mermaid was her favorite.

Not able to grow her own tail, she purchased an outfit online and the rest is, well, mermaid history. “Seeing little kids’ faces light up with glee when they see me swimming is one of the best feelings I’ve experienced in the world.”

Watch for a mermaid to return during the 2nd annual London Bridge Renaissance Faire on January 6-8, 2017. Moon Mermaid, born of the moon and the sea in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, will be there granting full moon wishes, protecting pirate ships from rough weather, and visiting with children.

She’ll be joined by stage and street performers in period costumes who will bring medieval history to life in a fun and dramatic way.
Add in a mermaid or two and it’ll surely be an unforgettable experience.

Learn about the mermaids in RiverScene Magazine: River Scene Magazine

Learn more about the 2nd annual London Bridge Renaissance Faire at golakehavasu.com

A Spring Break Worth Writing Home About

Lake Havasu Spring Break

There’s a sea change underway in regards to how the CVB is approaching spring break this season. The plans called for a calmer, more involved program, with less emphasis on partying the night away, and more on experiences throughout the city. It will be the kind of spring break worth writing home about.

Studies indicate millennials are prioritizing their cars and homes less and less, and assigning greater importance to personal experiences — and showing off pictures of them. A recent Harris Poll found that factors such as a need for recognition (for example, how many likes someone gets on their Instagram post), and a “fear of missing out” help drive millennials’ cravings for experiences.

“We’re rethinking spring break to promote the literally dozens of available outdoor activities and experiences our college-age guests can enjoy here,” said Chip Shilosky, president/CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Starting this month, the CVB will be spending $17,000 for digital advertising on Facebook and Instagram, and a website landing page that promotes a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and rental services, especially those that cater to Havasu’s spring break visitors. The mostly college-age students will be spread throughout the city, not just concentrated on a few hotels, as in past years.

The new website currently under development, www.havasuspringbreak.com, will encourage visitors to book hotel accommodations directly and will serve as a clearinghouse of information on special events planned during their stay.

“We hope to expand spring break’s positive economic impact and create more opportunities for visitors to share on social media, thus expanding the message that Lake Havasu City is more than just a fun place to visit, but it could be a future full-time or vacation home once they graduate,” Shilosky said. “We hope to eventually turn visitors into residents.”

“It will be a lot less raucous and more cerebral, and certainly more upscale than in past years.”

Learn what makes Lake Havasu City so attractive as a spring break destination at golakehavasu.com

The Ocean-Like Beaches of Lake Havasu City

We love this planet. Earth has the best beaches in the solar system. We also love Arizona, and it too has beaches that are free and open to the public. Guess where the Arizona Republic says you’ll find some of the most “ocean-like” beaches in the state?

In a story by travel writer Roger Naylor appearing in a recent issue of the Arizona Republic, he describes some of the best local shorelines to soak up some sun and sand. He considers London Bridge Beach the state’s “most ocean-like beach with its swaying palm trees and seagull wings flashing white in the sun.”

He also praises Rotary Beach’s calm no-wake zone.

You should see this story. Go ahead, we’ll wait here for you.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/road-trips/2016/06/02/arizona-best-beaches/84989686/