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Arizona Folklore Preserve opens 17th season; Dolan Ellis to perform August 31-September 1

The Arizona Folklore Preserve is ready for another season of outstanding musical performances every Saturday and Sunday afternoon starting Aug. 31. For his first show of the season, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer and AFP founder Dolan Ellis will present “Summer Is Over.”

Kids are back in school, leaves will soon be turning, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, it seems. Dolan will take a look back at Arizona’s summer in songs that will remind you of visits to Arizona’s high country. To illustrate his songs, Dolan will be introducing an all new, digitally produced photography presentation.

Some of Dolan’s original songs featured in this weekend’s performances will be the theme song, “Summer is Over,” and “Why Doesn’t It Rain?” And as a reminder of summer’s heat, he’ll perform “Camino del Diablo,” a song about an old and nearly forgotten wagon trail that winds its way through the hot desert.

Dolan takes his job as Arizona’s Official State Balladeer seriously. He’s traveled more than a million miles of Arizona’s highroads, back roads, and sometimes no roads, documenting the stories of Arizona’s special places and special people in song and photographs.

A performance by Dolan Ellis is truly a multi-media experience not to be missed, as his many fans well know. Be sure to make your reservations early, as Dolan’s performances frequently sell out. And if you have young people in your life, please bring them along as well. The balladeer’s songs and stories need to be passed forward to the next generation.

The AFP has teamed up with Outback Steakhouse for a special treat this year. At each performance, a guest will receive a gift from Outback.

If you go:

Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 520-378-6165, or email reservations@arizonafolklore.com. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under.

To get there:

Go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on Highway 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right (west) on Ramsey Canyon Road, drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP entrance and sign to the left.

About the Arizona Folklore Preserve:

Tucked off the beaten path in beautiful Ramsey Canyon, the AFP offers an intimate, appealing theater seating just 60 guests. The rustic, comfortable performing space also boasts excellent acoustics and a state-of-the art sound system. The AFP bookstore stocks CDs by featured artists as well as Western-themed books and art, along with handmade jewelry, pottery, and soaps. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase to enjoy during the performance.

Operated in partnership with the University of Arizona Sierra Vista and staffed entirely by volunteers, the AFP is a 501(c)3 organization. Now in its 16th season, the AFP's mission is "to collect, present and preserve the songs, stories, legends, myths, and western poetry of the State of Arizona."

Coming soon:

Upcoming performers at the AFP include Jon Messenger and Nancy Elliott on Sept. 7 and 8 and Tucson musical duo D-Squared on Sept. 14 and 15. For more information, including performance schedules and additional information on featured artists, visit the AFP website, www.arizonafolklore.com, or call 520-378-6165.


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