MARCH 26, 2014

While away the weekend at the First Annual Carefree Days Festival

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carefree sundialCAREFREE – Carefree will celebrate Spring during the first ever Carefree Days Festival, a three-day art and crafts, entertainment and food event that takes place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13, one week before Easter at the Carefree Desert Gardens Sundial Circle and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., in Carefree. 

This free festival features artisans and entertainers from throughout the region, and includes a CD launch for local musician, Francesca Evans who will debut her latest collection of folk and Americana originals in her release, “Right to the Heart," from 3 - 4 p.m., on Saturday.

Featured artists include noted Navajo jeweler, Fernando Benally, who produces imaginative pieces comprised of colorful stones set in lustrous gold and silver, and local Carefree artist, Victoria Orrico, who will exhibit her one-of-a-kind sculptures and gourds made from natural elements.  Over 75 exhibitors in all categories of art and craft will be displaying and selling at the festival just in time for that special Easter gift.

Musical entertainment includes Evans and other local talented performers such as Dakota Kid singing popular country western and classic rock tunes and Johnny Martini presenting his Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra tribute.  Entertainment takes place on stage in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

Popular food concessions will be on hand throughout the weekend with gourmet treats and savory eats, as well as craft beer selections and wine tastings. Sip, savor and relax in the sun while enjoying the live entertainment.

A special appearance by the Easter Bunny is scheduled for Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m. and youngsters will find him hopping through the Desert Gardens handing out Easter candy.  Plus local juggling talent Chase Archer will be roving the gardens daily giving his special surprise juggling performances.

The local Key Club chapter will be offering face painting at their booth inside the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

For information, call 480-488-2014 or visit

Courtesy photo by Thomas Baker

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