Thursday, February 20, 2014

Quartzsite hosts The GRAND Gathering, March 6th - 9th, 2014

The Grand Gathering is a brand new exciting four-day event planned for March 6th – 9th, 2014 in Quartzsite, Arizona. The GRAND Gathering is a joint venture of Quartzsite's (QIA) and Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ), both dedicated to the betterment of the Community of Quartzsite and the region. In true community spirit, cooperation between the Town of Quartzsite administration and many local organizations are producing an exceptional event for the community and visitors alike with four full days of GRAND fun, entertainment and town-wide events. Events are geared for GRAND Parents and Great GRANDS and their families to create memorable moments together. Parking is free at all venues.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Wall travels to Desert GardensShow Grounds to coincide with the events during The GRAND Gathering. The AVTT Traveling Wall will arrive in Quartzsite on Wednesday, March 5th. Public viewing of the wall will be available 24 hours a day after the initial set-up on the morning of Thursday, March 6th through the afternoon on Sunday, March 9th. At 360 feet in length, the AVTT Wall is the largest traveling replica of the original Vietnam Memorial Wall located in Washington, D.C. It is an 80 percent scale reproduction which stands eight feet tall at its apex and does not leave out a single name featured on the original memorial wall. The Military Tribute is free.
Rex Allen Jr.

Paul Winer

Entertainment Highlights:
  • On Thursday, March 6th, Rex Allen Jr. performs at the QIA. Tickets are $15. Rex was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of fame in 2013, shortly after receiving the Twentieth Annual Ernest Tubb Memorial Award, from the Western Film Preservation Society.
  • A FREE Invitational GRAND JAMboree takes place Friday at the QIA Outdoor Stage
  • FREE Live Entertainment all day Saturday at the QIA Outdoor Stage
  • Paul Winer will present a FREE concert on Saturday afternoon at the QIA. “Yes,” It is the “Naked Bookstore Guy,” Paul Winer, fully-clothed, playing Boogie Woogie Blues!  Paul is a colorful character who is definitely one of the main tourist attractions in Quartzsite.
  • On the Road Again will provide a Dance Party Saturday night at the QIA, $4/person.


Thursday events include a Library Book Sale, AVTT Traveling Wall, Exercise Class, Crafts Painting Social, Line Dancing with Vernine Adkins. Food be available at many local restaurants around town and at the QIA. At 7pm the famous Desert Music Jams happen at the QIA.

Friday events include Town-Wide Yard Sales, GRAND Breakfast at Quartzsite Senior Center, Opening Ceremony takes place at the AVTT Traveling Wall with presentation of  Colors, National Anthem, and Speakers at Desert Gardens Show Grounds. Back at the QIA will be Crafts, Vendors, Games and Food. The GRAND Marathon Bingo also takes place at the QIA. There's a GRAND Music Jamboree happening at the QIA Outdoor Stage.

Saturday events include a Pancake Breakfast, Town Wide Yard Sales, AVTT TravelingWall, Colors, National Anthem, Speakers @ Desert Gardens Show Grounds, Volkssport 5k/10k Walk at the QIA, SENIOR FAIR/SHOW, Antique Car Show, Games for young & old – (Rock Stacking, Rock Painting, Hula Hoop Contest, etc.), Live Entertainment throughout the day with a Preview of “On the Road Again” at the QIA Outdoor Stage. State Assemblyman Sonny Borrelli will be speaking at the AVTT Traveling Wall at Desert Gardens. There's also a Cancer/MS Fundraiser Walk at Paradise RV Park. The 5th Annual Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) “Rock Auction” will be held at the QIA Outdoor Stage, followed by Paul Winer FREE Concert. Closing out the day is a Dance with “On the Road Again” at the QIA.

Sunday events include a Community Service at the QIA, followed by a delicious Brunch. Closing Ceremony at the AVTT Traveling Wall happens at 1pm with Colors, National Anthem, Speakers, and Taps.
At 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Quartzsite will attempt to break the Guinness Record  for the World's Largest Human Letter "Q" at the QIA. The goal is have at least 550 people stand (or sit) together and form the letter "Q". Don't worry, there will be plenty of chairs available if folks can't stand. This event is open to all ages. Registration is only $5 which includes the Official The GRAND Gathering collector's lapel pin. Multiple Registration Packages are also available.
Quartzsite is conveniently located on I-10, just 17 miles from the California border, and Hwy. 95 1/2 way between Yuma and Lake Havasu City. Just 2 hours west of Phoenix, Quartzsite is in the middle of everywhere! 
 See the full details about The GRAND Gathering at www.TheGrandGathering.com.

About the organizations:
·         The Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) was incorporated in 1965 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the Quartzsite Community.www.qiaarizona.org.
·         Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) was established to help provide benefits to local charities and non-profit organizations by promoting the community of Quartzsite, and surrounding areas through quality local celebrations. www.ProudNeighbors.com.
·         Maps, Entertainment Schedule and RV Park Discounts are available online atwww.TheGrandGathering.com

AVTT Traveling Wall comes to Quartzsite March 6-9, 2014 during The GRAND Gathering



Quartzsite, AZ - The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall travels to Desert Gardens Show Grounds to coincide with the events of The GRAND Gathering in Quartzsite.

The AVTT Traveling Wall will arrive in Quartzsite on Wednesday, March 5th. 
Public viewing of the wall will be available 24 hours a day 
after the initial set-up on the morning of 
Thursday, March 6th through the afternoon on Sunday, March 9th. 

At 360 feet in length, the AVTT Wall is the largest traveling replica of the original Vietnam Memorial Wall located in Washington, D.C. It is an 80 percent scale reproduction which stands eight feet tall at its apex and does not leave out a single name featured on the original memorial wall.

Also on display will be: wall informational panels, Vietnam War Time line Panels, Vietnam era military equipment and uniforms displayed by Gunny’s Military Museum of Quartzsite, military vehicles, souvenirs, and computer terminals to look up specific names on the wall.

Representatives from The Veteran’s Administration will be present to help Veterans with MYHEALTH and assisting with sign-ups for Veteran’s Benefits.

The wall will be formally escorted to Quartzsite.  Anyone desiring to be part of the escort should plan to be at the Rest Area on eastbound I-10, at mile marker 4, at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  The escort will arrive in Quartzsite at exit at Exit 17 and proceed north on Quartzsite Blvd., then head east on Main Street, turn south on Riggles and travel west on Kuehn to Desert Gardens Show Grounds. People are encouraged to line the streets and welcome the Wall as it proceeds through Quartzsite beginning about 3:30pm Wednesday.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 9:00 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014.  
VFW Commanders, and Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster will speak; The Bouse Elementary School 5th & 6th graders will present the History of the United States Flag.  
At 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, VFW Commanders will speak, and 
Tony Borelli, Member District 5 House of Representatives is planning to speak at 9:45 a.m. 

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014, closing ceremonies will take place.

The AVTT Traveling Wall is FREE, and parking is Free.  Donations received at the Wall will go to The USO Wounded Warrior Organization to assist Veterans and their families with recovery.
   
Plan to bring your family to The Grand Gathering and The Military Tribute, 
March 6-9, 2014 in Quartzsite, Arizona.

For the full weekend schedule of events, visit the website www.TheGrandGathering.com.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Quartzsite's The GRAND Gathering Partnership Packet available

Quartzsite, Arizona





Increase your visibility by becoming a Partner with the
Most Talked About Event in Quartzsite!

The GRAND Gathering
The World's Largest Gathering of GRAND Parents
and Great GRANDS - Quartzsite, Arizona
March 6th - 9th, 2014



The GRAND Gathering is a joint venture of Quartzsite’s
oldest and youngest non-profit organizations.



This event will attract thousands of individuals, providing resources, information,
life-long learning pursuits, leisure activities and quality entertainment.
Incorporated in 1965, the Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA)
brings a long history of community service and support,
dedicated to the betterment of the Quartzsite Community.
Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) provides benefits to local charities and non-profit groups  by promoting the community of Quartzsite,
and the surrounding area, through quality local celebrations!

CLICK BELOW to Download the 2014 Partner Packet: 

For all the details, be sure to visit our website at



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Photos - Quartzsite truly is a Year-Round town!

The Flavor of Quartzsite's year-round community!


Photos courtesy of Desert Messenger, Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper

Be sure to check out the Quartzsite Visitor Guide online at:



The Famous Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show draws hundreds of thousands each January


Quartzsite Improvement Association's (QIA) Famous  Rock & Gem Show 



Hi Jolly Monument Cemetery


Memorial Day at Hi Jolly Cemetery



Quartzsite Desert Flyers holds a Fly-in each year, bringing experienced pilots from across the nation


Celia's Rainbow Gardens is a unique desert botanical garden located at the 
north side of Quartzsite Town Park. A must visit!


Shop till you drop at QIA!


Incredible Arizona Centennial Quilt 


QIA Pow Wow displays are always breathtaking!



Volunteers clearing weeds at Celia's Rainbow Gardens






Shopping at QIA Pow Wow Show


Gorgeous beads for sale


Crystals, minerals, and rocks!


Natural beauty at Desert Garden's Gem Show


Treasures of all kinds can be found at vendors in Quartzsite


Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite hosts Rockin' in Quartzsite Rock Auction 
each year with one-of-a-kind Rock Art Pieces painted by local artists


Deserts surrounding Quartzsite in the spring 


Our popular Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by local businesses and Town of Quartzsite


The Annual 4th of July brings families together to celebrate our Independence Day


Rock Stacking game is popular with young and old


Quartzsite is well known for the talented musicians visiting each winter


Dancing at Community Barbecue hosted by Celia's Rainbow Gardens each year


Quartzsite Museum is open year-round


Excavating happening at the Quartzsite Museum


Ever wonder where snowbirds come from?


The largest metal detecting club in the country hosts monthly hunts in the park


Gearing up for the famous metal detecting hunt


Paul Winer, of Reader's Oasis. Our MC for the Hi Jolly Daze Parade


Hi Jolly Daze Parade, held each January in Quartzsite


Quartzsite Fire Dept. serving up delicious treats after Hi Jolly Daze Parade


The New Quartzsite Community Center is now open!
At the West side of the football field at Town Park


Just clowning around during Christmas Light Parade


Quartzsite Business Chamber hosts the annual Christmas Light Parade 


Santa delighted the youth 


Quartzsite Art Guild hosts an annual Art Show at the Senior Center


Dining in Quartzsite is delightful!


Operation Hero Comfort's annual Silent Auction fundraiser. 
Funds go towards care packages for our troops serving over seas


Quartzsite Business Chamber hosted their first annual Santa's Workshop Craft Fair


Shop till you drop in Quartzsite!


Barefoot & Boots entertains the crowd at QIA


Local's Elmer & Margaret London take a break during Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite's
Rockin' in Quartzsite Sneak Preview gala


Ray Ray Jesse Koontz displays his Art Work


Halloween fun at Town Hall was a huge success!




Games for the youth during Halloween night




Annual Spaghetti fundraiser for Food Bank & Isaiah 58 by Lutheran Church


Former Council member Joe Winslow during annual Spirit Walk at Hi Jolly Cemetery



Paul Winer played Hi Ali sharing stories of the past during Spirit Walk


Meet "Georgette" at Gem World