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Cave Creek Museum to host Cowboy Christmas party


CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is celebrating the holidays with several fun events for kids and adults alike, including a party that celebrates the cowboy side of Christmas.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the historic Golden Reef Stamp Mill will operate outside at 1:30 p.m., giving visitors a chance to see volunteers crush hard rock ore in search of gold that can be separated and saved. Then, from 2-3:30 p.m., the Museum will offer a special presentation with writer, blogger, and hiker Roger Naylor.

A full-time freelance writer for 22 years, Naylor is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic, has written for Arizona Highways, and he has authored three books: Arizona Kicks on Route 66, Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth and Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers. He also has three books coming out in 2017. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated. Reservations are suggested as seating is limited.

Back by popular demand, the Museum’s annual “Cowboy Christmas” Holiday Party takes place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. This year, Gary Sprague, Arizona’s Singing Cowboy, and his trusty horse, Dusty, entertain at the start of the event and will finish by 2:30 p.m. Then, the fun will continue with crafts, gold panning, and cookie decorating. All ages are welcome.

On Monday, Dec. 12, the Museum hosts Kokedame! from 6-8:30 p.m. The literal translation of “kokedame” is “root ball.” Suspended in the air or nestled in a bowl, these unique horticultural masterpieces are easy to make and lovely to live with. Participants will learn how to create their own Kokedame work of art in a fun and relaxed class led by Paige Coniglio. A $35 instruction fee includes materials: planting materials, plant and slate display. Reservations are required and may be made at or by calling (480) 488-2764.

Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, the Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. For information, call (480) 488-2764 or visit