Attending the Patagonia Fall Festival

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Desire the Indian princess

Patagonia is a small community town located between the Santa Rita Mountains and the Coronado National Forest, a little over twelve miles from Sonoita where I lived and just about twenty miles north of the United States/ Mexico border. The small town of Patagonia is situated at a higher altitude than Tucson but lower than Sonoita: it is graced with rolling hills of grass and many cottonwood trees and is home to the largest manmade lake in the south west of Arizona - Patagonia Lake.

During the fall in greeting autumn, Patagonia - the mountain empire, puts together an annual celebration of what is referred to as an intimate affair of Music, art and crafts with tons of entertainment, art and food.

Katie the butterfly
For the past 18 years, this community affair has earned a reputation for being one of the best small town celebrations. The Patagonia Park is about an hour’s drive from Tucson, 12 miles from Sonoita and three hours from Phoenix. This year (2006), the Busted Cowboys who are the local favorite band played timeless favorites by Hank Williams, Gene Autry and Willie Nelson. This is a no fee event so we did not have a problem walking right in.  As we walked the festival grounds, we stopped at many of the art stands especially the Native American ones: I particularly loved the rugs, which cost a fortune, so I could not buy any.

I must emphasize the fact that this is a true community celebration that draws hundreds of artists both armature and tenured: the local residents in collaboration with local businesses and nonprofit organizations come together to bring life and celebrate a community effort.

Desire and Katie
What I could afford that I really loved was the Native American flute and recorded flute music, and an African drum. Shoppers can expect to find a variety of one of a kind items as well as food and drinks. Plenty of entertainment for children including dance and face painting. Desire became restless because she saw a long line of children waiting patiently for their faces to be painted. After three stalls we had to stop and join the face paint line because Desire would not let me proceed unless her face was painted. I sat down under a giant cottonwood tree at the end of the line and patiently waited as one child after another jumped up with joy after a glance of the finished product.

Desire decided she wanted to be an Indian princess. Her friend Katie joined her but Katie wanted to be a butterfly. It took fifty minutes of wait time but we soon got to the face painter who eagerly charmed the kids with her selection of designs.

After the face paint
Neither Desire nor Kate took long choosing their designs, both loved blue the separation was in what they wanted to be. I must admit I was amazed at the artistry the face painter had perfected with her face paint brushes. Take a look at the photos, I took a few. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

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Desire the Indian princess
Desire the Indian princess
Katie the butterfly
Katie the butterfly
Desire and Katie
Desire and Katie
After the face paint
After the face paint
With my friend Patricia
With my friend Patricia
Wow!
Wow!
I cant remember why I was excepti…
I can't remember why I was except…
She has lost a tooth, how funny, l…
She has lost a tooth, how funny, …
Isnt she pretty?
Isn't she pretty?
The face painter did a great job
The face painter did a great job
The details of the face art are qu…
The details of the face art are q…
very expressive face
very expressive face
She would not clean off the face p…
She would not clean off the face …
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