Sunday, March 31, 2019

Welcome to Quartzsite Video

Quartzsite Mayor Norm Simpson Welcomes Visitors

 to Quartzsite, Arizona in this video 

by QuartzsiteTV!

Make Quartzsite your Base Camp for the Winter!





Quartzsite is a small rural community of 3677 residents, but come fall RVers flock to the beautiful Sonoran Desert for fun, gem and mineral shows, swap meets, entertainment, more!

Quartzsite is your Gateway to the Arizona Peace Trail!

visit www.ArizonaPeaceTrail.org for details



During the winter season Quartzsite has over 1000 vendors, art shows, quilt shows, music jams, 11,000 acres of BLM  Long Term permit camping, choice of over 60 RV parks, FIVE 14-day free camping areas, bingo, beautiful sunny weather, RV rallies, enjoying campfires with old friends, making new friends, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, peaceful and inexpensive living, craft shows, free family movie nights, gold hunting, metal detecting fun at the park, mining, off road trails in every direction, deals, RV sales, camaraderie, learning something new about full time RVing, volunteering for local charitable organizations, group ATV outings in the desert, Town Library with the largest selection of Arizona literature in the state, jewelry and craft classes, great selection of delicious foods, exciting parades and events, with the grand daddy of them all: The Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show, fondly known as "The Big Tent" held each January.


MAKE QUARTZSITE YOUR BASE CAMP FOR THE WINTER!

Check out www.QuartzsiteTourism.com for details!

Quartzsite Dog Park

Yes, Quartzsite has a very nice Dog Park open to the public! 

LOCATED ON N. PLYMOUTH AVE. IN TOWN PARK

Video from QuartzsiteTV and Russ Varisco


Benefits: Dog owners bring their pets to the park to get exercise and socialize with other pets. Dog owners do the same thing. While the dogs are playing, community members are more likely to form relationships, participate in conversation and exchange community information such as events, doctors, and veterinarians.


Off-leash parks are good for dogs, their guardians and the whole community.

Off-leash parks:
  • Promote good canine physical health and socialization, reducing nuisance behaviors and making dogs better canine citizens
  • Discourages delinquent and criminal activity in parks
  • Encourage people to exercise and stimulate social interaction with other people
  • Accommodate senior citizens and the disabled, who cannot always walk their dogs on a leash
  • Build a community of people committed to parks, community involvement and the environment
  • Encourage compliance with local leash laws and reduce the number of dogs likely to end up in shelters
WATCH FOR IMPROVEMENTS COMING SOON! The Town of Quartzsite will be adding shade shelters and is looking to add another section to the existing Dog Park. 

For more information, visit www.QuartzsiteAZ.org

Quartzsite Memorial Gardens

Celia's Rainbow Gardens in Town Park 

is a MUST SEE while visiting Quartzsite!


 Check out this video by QuartzsiteTV's Russ Varisco

CELIA’S RAINBOW GARDENS

Celia's Story 
By Joanne Winer 

Over the years since the death of our daughter Celia, my husband and I are often asked what she was like, and how Celia’s Rainbow Gardens came to be. Those people who live here and knew her have their own memories of Celia. We love to hear their stories and cherish their remembrances of her. As parents, we believe that all children are special gifts from God, and each and every child should not be taken for granted, because you never know what can happen when you least expect it. Any parent who has lost a child unexpectedly can understand this.

Celia was a miracle baby. Having tried to have a child for many years and being told it would never happen, I had given up trying and made peace with it. Then, out of the clear blue, I found myself pregnant at 37 years old. It was quite a shock for both of us. I found out I was pregnant on Christmas Eve 1985, and before I had even had a chance to get into maternity clothes, Celia decided to make her entry on Good Friday, March 28, 1986.1 was only 23¼ weeks pregnant, so when she was born, the doctors said she would not make it. She came into this world weighing only 670 grams or 1 ¼ pounds, and was Canada’s smallest surviving baby in both weight and gestation at that time.

Celia was only 12” long, and her head was the size of a lemon. She had no fat tissue, and looked like a frog when they held her up. My wedding ring would go right past her hand and up to her elbow, and Cabbage Patch doll clothes were too big for her. A facecloth cut into 4 pieces made her diapers. She went down to less than a pound at one time, and the doctors didn’t hold out much hope, but she fooled everyone and not only lived, but thrived after spending 4 months in an incubator. We didn’t even get to hold her until Mother’s day in May. It was a scary experience for us. She was only 5 pounds when she came home, and had to stay on a monitor for a year.

When she was 5 years old, after traveling across Canada and the U.S. while Paul worked, we decided to settle in Quartzsite because the new school was opening up, and we loved the weather here. Celia was susceptible to colds, and we came here from the east coast for her health.
Celia loved school, and she loved her teachers and classmates. She was an A student and had an insatiable desire to learn anything she could. She got me involved in PTA, and wanted to start a kid’s PTA to get more involvement between the parents and the kids at school. She wanted to be a Brownie, so we started a Girl Scout troop here. She helped me cook for the homeless dinners at Christmas. She loved to bake cookies for her dad.

Because we had a bookstore, she had an unlimited supply of reading material, and she often sat for hours looking through the books. Once she learned to read, there was no stopping her interest. She read her Children’s Bible cover to cover twice. She had a deep faith in God and Jesus, and attended Sunday school with her friends.

Celia was a normal child—she loved dinosaurs and knew all the names. She loved unicorns and collected them because I did. She spent a lot of time drawing pictures, especially of rainbows and flowers, and her favorite was “us in a heart”, a rendition of Paul, myself, and her inside a heart, usually with the dog in it too. Her favorite colors were pink and purple. After she died, we started Celia’s Rainbow Gardens, and we took her drawings and made greeting cards to raise money for the Gardens.

Music was a big part of Celia’s life, and she loved to dance and sing. She could amuse herself for hours playing with her friends or by herself She spent a lot of time sifting out back of our trailer just watching the sunset with her dog Sammy by her side. She loved nature, and we spent countless hours walking in the desert. She knew all the names of the trees and flowers, and would sit quietly hoping a rabbit or quail would come and take a treat from her hand. They never did, but she kept trying. When a sick pigeon died near the store, she insisted that we have a funeral, because she felt all God’s creatures deserved to have someone mourn them. She believed that there was a heaven for animals too, and when my dog died, she used to look for the brightest start and pray for her.

Celia was a born optimist, who always saw the good in people and places. She looked at things as being half full instead of half empty, with a wisdom that put me to shame sometimes. People used to tell me that she had an “old soul” because she was so mature for her age. She always forgave anyone who hurt her, saying that they just didn’t know any better. One of the things that would bring tears to her beautiful bro eyes was if she did or said anything to hurt me. She asked me once what would be the thing that would hurt me the most, and I told her if she ever lied to me I would be hurt, and she promised me that she never would. I don’t believe that she ever did.

When we walked in the desert, I only looked at the surface of the landscape, while she looked right into it—she noticed all the smallest flowers, the ants, lizards and other things that I never did until she pointed them out to me. We used to sit and watch the ants moving in lines from one anthill to another all thy. It is amazing what you can see and learn if you look at things through the eyes of a child. It is a humbling experience.
It was quite a learning experience for us as parents to have been blessed with a child like her, and we thank God every day for giving us the privilege of having her, even for so short a time. She constantly amazed us with her sensitivity and capacity for love. She loved elderly people, kids (especially the loners) and adults. She seemed to be able to talk to any age group. She was filled with questions all the time, and never let up until you answered them truthfully. She wanted to know everything there was to know.

Sometimes it would seem like she carried the weight of the world on her shoulders—she cared so very much for the environment, needy children all over the world, and how to bring peace to everyone in the world. She had a list of 52 things that she wanted to be when she grew up, and intended to do as much with her life as she could.

Celia was a loving, caring and happy child who taught us many lessons in her short time here on earth. Her two favorite sayings were “If you put your mind to it, you can do anything”, and “Everyone can make a difference”. The Gardens project and the wonderful people who have made it into what it is have proven her right.

Celia was not a perfect child-there is no such thing. She had her bad moments too. But she brought so much love into our lives that our good memories far outweigh the bad. She loved her family unconditionally, and made our lives so much richer for her having been part of them.

Celia had many adventures in her lifetime with all the traveling we did, and met many types of people over the years, but she loved Quartzsite the best. This was her home, and she loved being here more than anywhere else. We never realized just how wonderful this town really was until she died.

Celia was 8 l/2 years old when she got a viral infection that hit her heart, and she died in my arms. It was a devastating time for us, and the support we got from the community was overwhelming. Over 200 people attended her memorial service, and some people took up a collection to help us with expenses. No wonder she loved it here. We just didn’t see Quartzsite through her eyes until then.

After her death on October 25, 1995, we needed to find a way to give back to the community some of the love they had shown us. We got permission from the town council to plant a botanical garden in her memory in the town park in October of 1996, a year after her death. What started out as a small nature trail has grown over the past 6 years into a mosaic of beauty, like a patchwork quilt made by many loving hands and hearts.
Many groups have become involved in making the Gardens grow, and several RV parks have also adopted areas to landscape. Individuals and families have done many areas in their own special way. I think of the work as my grief therapy, and so do many others who are involved.

There is so much to see in the Gardens that it has amazed some people who have never seen it before. Those who have been there notice the changes every time they come back. It has become a labor of love for those of us who work there, and a tribute to everyone who is remembered. There is much more work to be done, and volunteers are always needed. When finished, this will be the largest, if not only, free botanical gardens in the state. It is one of the biggest volunteer projects in the area, and we love and appreciate everyone who has taken this project to their hearts.

We are working together to make a child’s dream of a better place come true, and I know Celia would be very proud of every one of us. She would have loved to help in such a project herself. We cannot thank our many volunteer “Garden Angels” enough for everything they have done. We could not have done it without them.

For more information about Celia’s Rainbow Gardens, to volunteer, place a tree or bench, etc in someone’s memory, or make a donation, please call Joanne at 927-6551. You can also visit the Reader’s Oasis Bookstore, and we will be happy to help you.

We hope you will visit the Gardens and see what can be accomplished when we all work together. Your support is greatly appreciated, and we encourage you to write us a note with your comments. Our address is P.O. Box 1297, Quartzsite, Az. 85346.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Hi Jolly Monument 
The Hi Jolly Cemetery is operated and maintained by the Town of Quartzsite for the purposes of providing a cemetery, historic site and park. The Hi Jolly monument is in the pioneer section of the cemetery where Quartzsite’s pioneer families were and are laid to rest. There is a new section to the cemetery also for those who chose to be interred in Quartzsite. The cemetery sits at the west end of Town and has a wonderful desert vista in every direction. There are mountain ranges and foothills to be seen from every viewpoint. The Town is committed to beautifying the cemetery and preserving this historic site.
Hi Jolly Monument History
Hi Jolly wasn’t his name. The famed camel driver was born Philip Tedro, a Greek born in Syria. He converted to Islam and made a pilgrimage to Mecca, hence his first name, Hadji Ali. The American version of that became Hi Jolly. It was also a better name for a camel driver, which is what he was when he first came to this country as part of a U.S. Cavalry experiment in the 1850′s. He is by far the most colorful of the camel drivers because he remained in the desert southwest and became a prospector, scout and was a courier for what was called the Jackass Mail. He was a packer, hauling freight in the area also. Hi Jolly died in December of 1902, in what in now known as Quartzsite, Arizona. In his day the town was called Tyson’s Well, but the history does not stop there. In 1934 the Arizona Department of Transportation erected a monument over his grave. His grave became the beginning of the pioneer cemetery. The monument is a favorite of visitors to Arizona.

For information on the Hi Jolly Cemetery, contact Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Quartzsite Area Craft Show Schedule 2014-15

Quartzsite and surrounding areas

TENTATIVE CRAFT SHOW SCHEDULE

FALL - 2014 through SPRING – 2015

(check with parks, subject to change)


QUARTZSITE SENIOR CENTER 
Craft Shows - 3rd Friday of each month, November thru March - 9 am to 1 pm

QUARTZSITE IMPROVEMENT ASSOC. (QIA) 
1st Saturday of each month, November thru March - 9 am to 1 pm

FALL FESTIVAL & COMMUNITY ROUND UP
November 15, 2014 Covenant Lutheran Church, Quartzsite

SANTA'S WORKSHOP 100 W. Kuehn, Quartzsit
November 29-30, 2014

THE GRAND GATHERING - QIA
Craft Show March 7, 2014 www.TheGrandGathering.com 



BRENDA RV RESORT - Brenda, AZ
Craft Show 9 AM – 1 PM Saturday, December 13, 2014 & Saturday, January 17, 2015
Quilt Show 12 – 5 PM Saturday, February 14, 2015 (There will be hamburgers and root beer floats for sale at the Craft Shows the Quilt Show)

DESERT GOLD RV RESORT - Brenda, AZ 
Craft Show & Yard Sales 9 AM-1 PM - 2nd Thursday of the month from November 2014 through March 2015  (Note new schedule)

WAGONS WEST RV PARK - Brenda, AZ
Craft Show 9 am-1 pm Saturday, November 22, 2014 & Saturday, February 7, 2015

BLACK ROCK RV VILLAGE  - Brenda, AZ 
Craft Show & Yard Sales 9 AM to 1 PM
Friday, December 5, 2014 & Friday, February 6, 2015



RAMBLIN ROADS RV RESORT -Hope, AZ
Craft Show 9 AM – 1 PM 
Friday, December 5, 2014 & Friday, February 6, 2015




CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY CENTER - Salome, AZ 
Craft Show 9 AM-1 PM
Saturday, December 6, 2014 & Saturday, February 21, 2015



BOUSE BOOSTER CLUB - Bouse, AZ 
Vendors Welcome
Christmas Bazaar December 5-6
Art Show February 6-7
Spring Fever Daze March 6-7

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