March 2, 2016

Cave Creek Museum celebrates Archaeology Month in March with special programs and events

CAVE CREEK – March is Archaeology Month and the perfect time to learn about the rich Desert Foothills history at Cave Creek Museum. Go back in time as you tour the Museum’s impressive Archaeology Wing or attend the annual Archaeology EXPO at Spur Cross. Take advantage of the Museum’s “History Highlights” program, which focuses on those big, bold, beautiful boulders near the famed Boulders resort. Or, get a glimpse into the life of a female pioneer during a weaving and quilting family program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree.  

Located at 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. The museum hours are Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The March event schedule follows:  

Sunday, March 6
“What the Ladies Did” Weaving/Quilting Family Program
1:30 – 3 p.m. 

Unlock the mysteries of using textiles, such as yarn and plastic bags, for creating the perfect picture or blanket. Make your own quilt block and watch lace makers turn thread into lace. Cave Creek Museum is grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for sponsoring the Family Programs.  

Saturday, March 12
“Spur Cross Archaeology EXPO”
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Cave Creek Museum and several other non-profits for an exciting day of hikes, gold panning, pottery making, guest speakers, live demonstrations, wildlife, artifacts and more. This is an Arizona SCITECH Festival Signature Event.   

Saturday, March 12
“The Boulders at The Boulders Aren’t Really Boulders!”
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This History Highlights program covers the physical forces that have created the beautiful piece of Sonoran Desert in the Desert Foothills. Reservations are requested.  

Wednesday, March 16
Kokedama Class
6 – 8 p.m.

Kokedama is a traditional Japanese art form that uses moss as a container for a plant.  Displayed as singles or multiples, these string-and-moss balls make a stunning presentation whether nestled in a bowl, resting on a slate tile, or suspended from a tree limb or viga and they make an unusual and treasured gift. Cost: $35. All supplies included. Reservations are requested.  

Sunday, March 20
Historic Stamp Mill Demonstration
2 – 2:30 p.m.

Free outside demonstration. See this historic 1880 “Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill” in action as volunteers crush hard rock ore in search of gold that can be separated and saved. The Museum is particularly pleased to showcase this 10-Stamp Mill that came from its own mining district and was originally located on Continental Mountain.

For information, call 480-488-2764, or visit