Valentines Weekend at the Arboretum

Impress your sweetie with a valentines date that has it all: a hand-in-hand walk through the lovely gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum followed by a relaxed, easy-listening concert after lunch from 1:00-2:30.

$12.50 daily admission includes the music and guided tours; read the complete list of weekend events at, or

Saturday features flute,didgeridoo and guitar from Bernie Haley; Sunday brings “love songs , and songs I love to sing” by Minnesota humorist and songwriter Mark Fogelson. BTA has bling, too! Both weekend days San Tan Valley jewelers Barb & Adi Pohan will be “Romancing the Stones” with a variety of earrings, necklaces and more at tables in the visitor center breezeway. Here in Arizonan we celebrate two holidays on Valentines Day, which is also our Statehood Day. Show your love for the Grand Canyon State by wearing metals and rare minerals emblematic of AZ; ask Barb for suggestions of bling that honors Arizona’s statehood – special pieces with turquoise, peridot, or copper accents.

Concerts & Local Musicians
Gold Canyon recording artist Bernie Haley will serenade his audience on cedar flute Saturday. Does flute music ignite passion? Seamus Heaney thought so, writing: “From the start, when it was the instrument of the wood-god Pan, the flute has been associated with pure (some might say impure) energy. Its sound releases something naturally untamed…” Judge for yourself when Bernie Haley takes the stage from 1:00-2:30.

Minnesota humorist Mark Fogelson takes the stage Sunday for a concert inspired by the weekend l’amour. The traveling troubadour winters here in Apache Junction; Sunday he’ll mine an extensive catalog of original for: “I’d love to sing love songs and songs that I just love to sing!” says Mark, adding that he hopes to share the stage with his friend and fellow musician, Bob Frank, a CA based singer-songwriter who has been writing and recording since his first recording with Vanguard Records in the early 70’s. For those who love Midwestern jokes, count on Mark to punctuate his set with classic “Ole & Lena” jokes in between ballads that range from humorous to poignant. Can’t be here Feb. 11 but you’d like to hear Mark in concert? Review his calendar at

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