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Redondo Days events set for Feb. 1
YUMA, ARIZONA - History buffs can round up fun at Redondo Days, a double-barreled celebration of Yuma's unique history sponsored by Yuma County Historical Society and set for Feb. 1 at the Sanguinetti House Museum, 240 S. Madison Avenue.
The day kicks off with a family-friendly free fiesta from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring mariachis, folklorico dancers and re-enactors portraying people from Yuma's past. Historically delicious food for sale will include award-winning chili, tacos, quesadillas, and desserts, as well as flour tortillas made fresh and cooked on site on authentic wood-fired comals.
Beginning at 10 a.m. and repeating every hour on the hour, there will also be five presentations in the museum gardens on early-day Yuma merchants, the Mormon Battalion, Gadsden history, and more. There will also be a display of antique cars and replicas of the type of carts used by the Mormon Battalion. All daytime events are free to the public, and free parking is available in public lots across the street from the museum.
The fun continues into the evening with a focus on fundraising, as the museum gardens and the grounds of the historic Molina Block are transformed for a gala dinner to raise money for local historic preservation and education. Advance reservations are required, and the gates open at4:30 p.m. for a social hour with dinner at 6 p.m. In addition to fine dining and beautiful music, there will be a silent and live auctions featuring a variety of donated merchandise, services and art.
Individual tickets are $65, with reserved seating for a table of eight available for $650. For more information, or to make reservations, contact the Sanguinetti House Museum at 928-782-1841, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Yuma County Historical Society members Bruce Gwynn (928-503-2003), Kathi Marcus (928-246-8078), or Rachel Stallworth (928-581-5889).
Redondo Days is named after Jose Maria Redondo, a Yuma pioneer to whom many local residents proudly trace their heritage. Jose Maria Redondo was born on March 9, 1830 at the Hacienda de Ocuca near Altar, Sonora, Mexico to Santiago Redondo and Luz Rodriguez. He came to Yuma in 1859, where he dammed the Gila River just east of where it flows into the Colorado and created the first irrigated ranch in Arizona, Hacienda San Ysidro. He was the first grower of lettuce in Yuma (now a multi-billion dollar industry) and people from all over the world came to tour his ranch and study his methods. He was a member of the 1st, 7th, 8th, and 9th Territorial legislatures, and brought the new Territorial Prison to Yuma.
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