Complete details are still being finalized for this year’s StarFest. However, we can tell you that it promises to be a family affair. There will be something to occupy the time of every member of the family. For those not inclined towards StarFest activities, there will be plenty to see and activities to do. During the fall season, we anticipate picture-perfect weather. With only seven inches of rain per year and the September/October period being a dry one, there won’t be much need for an umbrella. The average high temperature usually hovers around 90 degrees; low temps average a comfortable 62 degrees. The “dry heat” line is no myth – the relative humidity is typically below 10%, so even 90 degrees will feel very comfortable. Just remember to drink plenty of water and keep the sun-block applied.
The Arizona Biltmore has plenty of attractions to keep anyone busy, but the more adventurous may be persuaded to venture beyond the resort spacious grounds. Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States, while the entire metropolitan area – “The Valley of the Sun” – is the 14th largest metro area with about 4.2 million people. Here, you’ll find all the usual attractions of a modern city this size, including museums, theaters, professional sports, plenty of outdoor sports, and of course and endless bounty of shopping and boutiques.
Let’s highlight what makes Phoenix, the Valley of the Sun and Arizona so unique. The Heard Museum is world-renowned and dedicated to Southwest Native arts and cultures. It contains exhibits of native art ranging from prehistoric times to many of the finest contemporary artists. The museum is probably best known for its Kachina Doll exhibit from the collections of Barry Goldwater and the Fred Harvey Company.
There are also lesser-known museums which are unique to the area, like the Hall of Flame Firefighters Museum; the Pueblo Grande Museum for those with an archaeological interest; and for the musically inclined, the newly opened Musical Instrument Museum. Other points of interest include: the nationally-famous Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Zoo, Papago Park with its ‘Hole in the Rock,’ the Challenger Space Center and Wrigley Mansion, the winter home of the chewing gum magnate.
A visit to neighboring Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world, is a must-see for any visitor to Arizona. Hoover and Glen Canyon Dams are both engineering marvels within Arizona’s borders. Just over our northern border into Utah you’ll find Monument Valley, which you can’t look at for long without imagining an old stagecoach driven by John Wayne appearing from behind one of its monoliths.
We encourage you to make StarFest® 2012 a family vacation! Arrive a couple of days early or stay a few days afterward. Your room rate will be the same as during StarFest® 2012 at the Biltmore, for the few days you might stay before and after. Take advantage of all that Greater Phoenix and Arizona have to offer you and your family.
More information can be found on the StarFest® 2012 website. If anything sounds interesting, let us know. If there is interest, we will be happy to arrange private tours. How about a day trip to the Grand Canyon; a day trip to Sedona for Red Rock exploring in a pink Jeep or a day of early holiday shopping? Around town, why not enjoy a delicious brunch and tour the Wrigley Mansion followed by an afternoon soaking in Native American history at the Heard Museum?
Visit the StarFest® 2012 website often at www.starfest2012.com. New information is posted there regularly. On the site’s ‘Contact’ page, you can sign up to receive email updates the day they are posted. You can also contact Rick Stacio directly at (623) 582-6694 or firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
For starters, StarFest 2012 will be anchored at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort. Known as the “Jewel of the Desert”, it is part of Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Collection. Its 39 acres in the heart of Phoenix are covered with lush gardens and eight glistening swimming pools, one with a 92-foot waterslide. The hotel grounds feature seven tennis courts, and a full-service resort spa, salon and fitness center. Adjacent to the grounds are two 18-hole PGA golf courses. The hotel also offers a variety of activities for all ages, like the ‘Imagination Emporium’ for kids. ‘Hollywood and Wine’ is a perennial favorite which combines movie showings and wine tastings each summer. The Arizona Biltmore is not only a great place to stay; it is a destination all its own.
All StarFest 2012 activities (with the exception of track events) will be held at the Biltmore – including the Concours d’Elegance. This event will be held on the resort’s Squaw Peak Lawn and Cottage Court and is sure to make for one of the most striking and beautiful Concours venues in the history of the MBCA. For StarFest2012, we are expanding the Concours activities to two days, starting with judging on Saturday, and a new Media Day on Sunday. For Media Day, the Concours vehicles will remain on the lawn, and the venue will be open to the public with celebrity guests and interviewers. In addition, there will be a series of seminars and exhibits on Concours presentation, vehicle restoration and preservation.
Track events won’t be the same either. Firebird International Raceway hosts the NHRA Arizona Nationals each October. We will be using the same 1/4 mile drag-strip for our acceleration runs, with the same Christmas Tree starter lights and electronic timing scoreboard – just like the NHRA rails and funny cars! As a bonus, it will be held on Monday NIGHT, under the lights! Time Trials and other driving sessions will be using Firebird’s 1.6 mile main track. There will be plenty of room for spectators in the stands, so be sure to include everyone.
Upcoming issues of the STAR magazine will showcase more information about the activities at StarFest 2012 and will include registration instructions. Be sure to mark your calendars now to sStart planning to attend StarFest 2012, an event you will remember and will be talking about for years to come. ]]>