It’s almost that time of year again – the season for festivals and events. As the end of summer approaches, I am personally very excited about the many events that will be taking place in our community. In fact, one of these events is currently experiencing a resurgence since COVID: 1st Friday in the Galleries.
I would love to see you and your family on 1st Friday in the Galleries on August 5th. It’s a wonderful break from routine and a real stimulation for your creative senses.
Maybe you’ve visited a few local galleries but aren’t really feeling Sedona’s art scene. First Friday is the event for you. In just one magical day, you’ll discover the breadth of our local talent and beautiful exhibition spaces by visiting multiple galleries, chatting with the artists at on-site receptions, and viewing their latest and incredible works.
Over 10 participating galleries are scattered throughout the region at Hozho Plaza, Tlaquepaque, Uptown, Harkins Plaza in West Sedona, Hillside Sedona, and right here in the VOC at the Village Gallery of Local Artists, 6512 SR179.
Typically, the event runs from 4-7 p.m., but times vary by gallery. See SedonaFirstFriday.com for full details. So go out and satiate your craving for the beauty of art. I know you will find it exciting, inspiring and challenging. Why not turn it into an evening with a great meal at one of our exceptional restaurants?
Next up is the Sedona Community Pulse, a bi-annual event that we’re always excited to host. Sponsored by APS, Community Pulse offers a list of leading Sedona personalities you won’t find anywhere else, all ready to share the latest news on issues affecting our way of life, our environment and our economy. Admission is free August 10 from 9-11 a.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on Upper Red Rock Loop Road.
What’s the latest in off-road vehicle impact mitigation? What about airport problems? Road construction in Oak Creek Canyon or I-17? Human impacts on our forest lands? The future of tourism management in Red Rock Country? That morning, speakers from the U.S. Forest Service, ADOT, Sedona Airport, Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, and the Red Rock OHV Conservation Team will deliver presentations and respond. to your questions.
We can only bring together this impressive line-up a few times a year, so don’t miss it! Although it is free, we ask that you register. Simply visit SedonaChamber.com today.
The Community Pulse is always in the news, and I know you will take away ideas that will make you a more engaged resident. As you may know, the Chamber and City Council have agreed on tourism management objectives for the new fiscal year. Examples include encouraging positive visitor behavior in our community and natural environment, ensuring future economic health, and deepening engagement with the short-term rental industry to help landlords. and operators to understand the importance of sustainable tourism and visitor education around responsible recreation.
The news that SB1168 is now in effect means municipalities have a range of options for regulating STRs, something the City and the House have advocated for years. We look forward to working with the city as they navigate these new waters in the area of short-term rentals.
In my next column, I’ll give you an update on my Community Pulse presentation and take a closer look at our FY23 tourism management goals.
Until then – see you August 5 and 10.