Traditions Thursdays: More than Jigs: Music and Dance in Celtic Traditions

In communities throughout North America and in the Celtic regions of Europe, Celtic music supports and enables social dances that serve to bring people together and maintain relationships. In this demonstration, Claire Zucker of Púca and the Wild Ones and a dancer will draw connections between the Celtic traditions they represent. Expect fiddling, dancing, and … Read more

J’s Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is popcorn seasoned with refined sugar, salt, and oil traditionally made in a cast iron kettle. Preparing kettle corn requires constant stirring to avoid burning. When made correctly, a sweet crust forms on the puffed corn. Kettle corn arrived to the United States in the 18th century, first referenced in diaries of Pennsylvania … Read more

Hawaiian Shave Ice

Hawaiian Shave Ice features tasty and refreshing flavored ice that is shaved from a block. We offer 26 flavors including 2 that are sugar free. Ours is a family run business. We are busy teaching our grandkids the way to shave ice authentically with the hope that they will one day take it over and … Read more

Saguaro Strutters

The Saguaro Strutters are a local line dance team more than 20 years old. Most of the team’s 10 dancers picked up line dancing by going to classes in Tucson. While the individual members and size of the group have changed over the years, they all enjoy dancing, performing, and promoting line dancing in the … Read more

Dan Levenson

Dan Levenson is a 2017 recipient of the competitive Southwest Folklife Alliance’s Master Apprentice Artist Award for his lifetime achievements in the tradition of Appalachian Old Time fiddle and banjo music. He has won contests including first place at the 2005 Ohio Clawhammer Banjo Championship and Grand Champion at the 2010 Ajo, AZ Fiddle Contest. … Read more

Larry Armstrong & CopperMoon/Arizona Dance Hands

Dean Armstrong started the Arizona Dance Hands as the house band for the Open Door Night Club on Benson Highway in 1948. When KOLD became Tucson’s first TV station in 1953, Dean and the Arizona Dance Hands were the very first program broadcast from Tucson. The Arizona Dance Hands has maintained a presence in Tucson, including its … Read more