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Home tour opens up the West out Wickenburg way

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Posted: Friday, November 7, 2003 8:45 am | Updated: 1:38 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Talk about getting the most for your entertainment dollar.

Take a road trip on Saturday to Wickenburg, and a $10 ticket lets you:

• Tour Western- and Southwestern-style homes in Wickenburg and the surrounding area.

• Check out the Community Festival’s arts and crafts booths, gourmet food boutique, book sale and "Junque Boutique," which is packed with an array of garage sale items.

• Visit the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, which features its first Navajo saddle blankets exhibit and a "Out of the Ranch" exhibit.

"It’s a re-creation of a turn-of-the-century traditional adobe ranch," said Kate McCusker, museum marketing director. "It is realistic, fun and especially good for kids."

The Wickenburg Tour of Homes is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the museum, 21 N. Frontier St., or at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St.

The homes featured on the self-guided tour are all Southwestern Territorial architecture, Crockett said. But the interiors reflect the individual style of the homeowner.

"The foyer of one home is painted with scenes of canyon walls and petroglyphs," said Diann Crockett, one of the tour’s organizers. "Another home has spectacular faux finishes on the walls. And another is owned by an avid outdoorsman, so the walls are filled with elk antlers and other prizes."

Once you’re done going through the homes, the "Treasures of the Navajo Horsemen: Saddle Blankets from the Getzwiller Collection" is a must-see exhibit at Desert Caballeros Western Museum. The exhibit includes 42 saddle blankets that date from the 1870s.

"This is an opportunity to see some of the most beautiful saddle blankets ever made," said museum exhibits director Nathan Augustine. "The struggles, triumphs and beliefs of the Navajo people are woven into the dynamic colors, patterns and textures of these works."

For more information on the home tour or exhibit, call (928) 684-2272.

GETTING THERE

The Wickenburg Community Center is about 70 miles northwest of the East Valley. Take Interstate 10 west to the 19th Avenue exit, then take Exit 143C toward U.S. 60. Take U.S. 60 west about 51 miles to Wickenburg. Turn right onto North Valentine Street.

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