MAGIC CARPET CHAOS AT HISTORIC VALLEY OF THE MOON!by Charles Spillar on Oct. 20, 2009, under arts, Tucson Art
Tucson’s historic Valley of the Moon is continuing its 36th annual Halloween show at the famous fantasyland this month. It started on October 14 and will continue up until October 30. The reviews from visitors I talked with have been impressive. This year’s performance is titled Magic Carpet Chaos at the Haunted Ruins
The Evil One has returned and his minions are trying to hijack the new Magic Carpet Land from the Genie. Will the Wizard and the Genie have enough power to stop him? Return to the land of fairies and gnomes and embark on a mystical adventure armed with nothing more than your Magic Stone to help protect you and the Valley of the Moon from the forces of evil. The play is spooky but not frightening to younger children.
As with all productions at the Valley of the Moon visitors follow a costumed tour guide winding their way throughout the enchanted park. This years fundraising event is one of the most unique ever performed at the fantasyland and includes performances at the newly arrived Magic Carpet statues and the recently restored grassy amphitheater.
Newcomers and return visitors to this historic park will be amazed at the transformation that has taken place in the past year. The four new sculptures from the closed Magic Carpet; Pygmy Hut, Old Stump, Spider Tree and the Castle, add a new magical fantasy to the front section of the park.
On September 12, the 40+ Days of Caring volunteers did wonders in beautifying the historic property by planting over 100 trees and flowers and new grass sod in the amphitheater. This is the first grass there in over 10 years and will now allow the Valley of the Moon to once again open for weddings, birthday parties and special events. The entire property is being converted to solar lighting and phase one was completed prior to this event.
The proceeds from this year’s Halloween fundraiser will go to restore some of the historic structures presently closed to the public. The most popular “Enchanted Garden,” a highlight of the founder George Phar Legler’s creations, is scheduled to be the first to be restored when funding is available. This year’s Halloween show has over 50 unpaid volunteers dedicated to keeping the tradition of George Phar Legler alive and his message of kindness to all.
The remaining performance dates for this week are October (21), 22, 23, 24, 25, and next week (28), 29 and 30. The Valley of the Moon is never open Halloween night. Show times are 6:30 – 9:00 PM nightly. Tours leave the gate every 30 minutes. Admission: Adults $7, Kids 7-13 $5, and 6 & under free. On Wednesdays the 21st & 28th admission is 2 cans of food for the food bank and only $3 Adults and $2 Kids 7-13. Helping the food bank has been a tradition for the last 36 years.
Valley of the Moon is located at 2544 E. Allen Rd, Tucson, AZ. More information at the Halloween event can be viewed at :http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com or by calling 520-323-1331.