News Column

Worth the Trip

June 10, 2014

By Mandy Zajac, East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.)


Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival

This 22nd annual fete brings together brewers from ten states, including Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana and Colorado, to pour samples for a good cause: Sun Sounds of Arizona. Every dollar raised helps the nonprofit connect print-disabled locals with their communities.

Along with about 50 breweries, you'll find food and live entertainment. Make an overnight trip of it if you're a Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers fan; the band plays the night before the beer fest at the same venue, a natural "bowl" nestled in the greenery of the forest.

DETAILS >> 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Pepsi Amphitheater at Ft. Tuthill County Park, 2446 Ft. Tuthill Loop. $45-$55 general admission includes 24 sampling tickets and a souvenir mug. Designated driver tickets are $15. VIP admission, $80-$90, is available. (928) 779-1775, or


Outdoor Festival

The cure for being cooped up with the air-conditioning on and curtains drawn awaits at Mormon Lake Lodge, a pine-clad retreat on the shore of picturesque Lake Mary 30 miles south of Flagstaff.

Head there for a cool breath of relief -- and this festival featuring free fishing, archery, live reptile and wildlife exhibits, and other outdoorsy activities to stretch your legs after a long drive.

Once you've toured all the booths, go exploring. The remote lodge sits on 300 pretty acres, which you can roam on foot or via half- and full-day mountain bike and canoe rentals ($14-$36). Replenish the gang's energy stores in the on-site steakhouse, saloon, pizzeria or coffee shop before pointing the car back to the Valley.

DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Mormon Lake Lodge, 1991 S. Mormon Lake Road. Free. (928) 354-2227 or


Park Place Guitar Festival

Exhibitors will offer row upon row of music and guitar-themed stuff to see and do throughout Park Place Mall during this rocking indoor festival, where a full lineup of live guitar performances and jam sessions -- not to mention an air guitar competition -- will keep you entertained.

Those with more than a passing interest will find clinics, ranging from how to care for a guitar to how to compose for the guitar, while artistic types will appreciate GuitART, the chance to paint and decorate acoustic guitars.

Activities for kids include make-your-own instruments, guitar origami and balloon animals, and a "petting zoo" of world instruments from the Valley's Musical Instrument Museum.

DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. Free. (520) 797-3959 or

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