Superstition Mountain Holidays

Superstition Mountain Museum Hosts Special Holiday Discount 3-Day Shopping Weekend Nov. 23-25

“Superstition Holidays,” a month-long extravaganza of decorations and events will begin the day after Thanksgiving at Superstition Mountain Museum, highlighted by a 3-Day Special Holiday Discount Shopping Weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-25, feature special discounts on museum gift shop items and free admission to the museum’s exhibit gallery.

The 15-acre museum site will be full of Christmas decorations and attractions appealing to both adults and children. Enjoy a magical step back in time surrounded by the old-fashioned Christmas decorations in the Apacheland Barn and the Elvis Chapel. Take advantage of photo niches set up for grabbing holiday photos. View the huge model train exhibit which takes viewers on a journey through the historic Southwest.

In the spirit of holiday giving, visitors are also being asked to bring a new toy or clothing item for the museum’s charity drive benefitting the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA).

Black Friday - November 23

Skip Black Friday and the mobs at the malls and join us for a Red and Green Shopping Weekend. On Friday, Nov. 23, start your Christmas shopping and enjoy a 25% discount on gift items in the museum gift shop including pottery, exquisite wood carvings and DeGrazia prints ready for framing.

Holiday Boutique – Saturday, Nov. 24

On Saturday, Nov. 24, the museum will be hosting a Holiday Boutique featuring artists and merchants displaying and selling their unique items. Come and share the festive mood that will prevail among vendors set up all over the grounds. All books in the museum and general store will be discounted 25% that day.

25% Discount on all Jewelry on Museum Store Sunday, Nov. 25

Sunday, Nov. 25, the museum will host “Museum Store Sunday,” participating in an international campaign to encourage shoppers to do their holiday shopping at their local museum. As an added enticement for shoppers on that day, the gift shop will be offering a 25% discount on all types of jewelry, including Native American investment-quality pieces that make such special gifts. Combined with the savings of no sales tax at the non-profit museum, this adds up to significant Christmas shopping savings achieved in a fun, festive atmosphere.Super

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Meet Kathy Peach

Meet the Author! Free Event!

Kathy Peach is our Featured author this week!

What: Come meet Kathy Peach, the author of the award-winning children's book, “The Tiniest Tumbleweed”
When: Saturday, November 17,
What time: 10:00 am
Where: Elvis Chapel
Listen to the author talk about her book. You can buy a copy here at the General Store, and have her sign it. If you have a young reader in your family they will enjoy meting Kathy.

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Classes This Week

Classes this Saturday!

Desert Safety & Survival

If you have not signed up yet for the Desert Safety & Survival Class scheduled for this Saturday, November 17th, we still have spots open. This informative class is taught by John Jay Pelletier, survivalist and former Green Beret. Class is $30.00 and includes class materials. You can register in person at the Museum or by calling 480-980-4888.

Sgt. Pelletier's newest book on Desert Survival, which normally sells for $12.00, will be available for $10. Saturday for anyone taking the class.

Plant Walk

On this FREE “field trip” at the Museum, at 9;00 this Saturday, you will take an easy tour of the Superstition Museum grounds as best selling author, Dennis Ellingson, explains what plants grow here and how they were and are still used for culinary and medicinal purposes. There will be time for Q&A plus edible and topical samples of the Southwest plants that grow in the area. No registration is required for this class.

Copies of Dennis's books will be available for sale in the gift shop.


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The Big Trains Are Back

The big trains are back and running beginning November 3.

As part of our special kick-off event, SUPER(stion) Kids Day, from 9 to 4 on November 3rd, the Big Trains will start running again. The SMM Railroad Crew has been working hard the last month or so to get them up and running in time for this event. if you haven't seen the Railroad yet, come on out!

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SUPER(stition) Kids Day

Help us Kick off the 2018/19 season by coming out for SUPER(stition) Kids Day!

We are kicking off the season with a special FREE Kids event. It is our way of saying THANK YOU to the communities of the Superstition Mountains Area for supporting the Museum for all these years! Saturday, November 3, from 9 to 4.

We will have a lot of activities for you and your kids to enjoy, including gunfights, Cowboy Rope Tricks, Face Painting, Coloring contests, scavenger hunt, train displays, the famous Storm Troopers, and much more.

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Upon Tom Kollenborn’s (1938-2018) Passing

A giant has left us!

The Board of Directors of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society, along with staff and volunteers at the museum, are dismayed and saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Kollenborn, one of the founders of the historical society who played a crucial role in establishing the museum.
Since Tom, widely known as one of the foremost historians and experts on the Superstition Mountain Wilderness, was introduced to the Superstition Mountains as a child by his father, his fascination and love for the area has never waned. He spent the rest of his life pursuing a drive to discover, preserve and protect the history and legends of the area.
Historian, guide, educator, author, lecturer, photographer and purveyor and guardian of the lore of the mountains …Tom was all these things and more. In his role as longtime teacher and then Community School Director at the Apache Junction Unified School District, Tom dedicated his life to educating both youth and adults and igniting in them a sense of wonder about the towering mountains on the eastern horizon.
He worked tirelessly to promote and improve the community of Apache Junction. As an active participant in the local chamber of commerce for years, he was the town’s loudest cheerleader and one of its most influential leaders. The passing of the tall, lanky, familiar figure in the cowboy hat is being mourned by the entire community and this speaks volumes about his longtime stature in it.
Tom now takes his important and rightful place in the history of the Superstition Mountains, and his life story, alongside all of the stories he shared and preserved, will become part of its annals.
Deepest condolences are expressed to Tom’s family and all of his friends. He will be missed by many.
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Class Applications Available

Applications are now available for our Fall, Winter, and Spring, classes.

Superstition Mountain museum is offering a wide variety of classes this season, including our perennial favorites Desert Safety and Survival, Flintknapping, Navajo Weaving , and Dutch Oven Cooking. We have added a new class this season, Navajo Sand-painting to be taught by Nanabah Aragon. .

In addition to the fee-based classes, we will be offering FREE gardening classes and Plant Walks.

We will be offering some Art workshops this season. Details will be coming soon.

To sign up for a class, click HERE, open the class you are interested in, and print out the application.Applications will also be available in the Gift Shop.




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Call for Artists, Crafters, and Vendors

We are now taking applications for our 2018 / 2019 Events.

Superstition Mountain Museum is now accepting applications for our Fall, Winter, and Spring events:

11/24/2018: Holiday Boutique - Open to authors, artists and crafters; some restrictions apply
12/08/2018: Holiday Boutique - Open to authors, artists and crafters; some restrictions apply
01/12/2019 - 01/13/2019: Superstition Mountain Heritage Days - Open authors, artists, crafters, and general merchandise vendors; some restrictions apply
02/16/2019: Superstition Authors and Artists - Open to authors, artists; some restrictions apply
04/06/2019: Arts and Crafts on the Patio - Open to authors, artists, and crafters; some restrictions apply
Applications for these events are available HERE, and in the Gift Shop.

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