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Tue Feb 28, 2017
SALOME, Arizona - Like many RV parks that cater to snowbirds, Black Rock RV Village offers classes for women who enjoy quilting and sewing.
But the 408-site park, two hours west of Phoenix, also offers several unique activities for women, including “Desert Golf.”
“It’s not what you think,” Park Manager Lisa Wong says. "We have a natural course in the open desert with 18 holes.”
At 9 a.m. every Friday, several women who spend the winter at the resort get together to brush up on their putting skills, while viewing the sights and sounds of the desert under clear skies and pleasant temperatures.
Black Rock RV Village also offers a “women’s only” exercise program Monday through Thursday that targets women’s needs and on the last Friday of the month there is a lady’s only luncheon celebrating women, their accomplishments and birthdays.
Once a month, the park also has a cooking demonstration hosted by the chef of the onsite restaurant, which features weekend prime rib and seafood buffets. This month's class focuses on watermelon carving and fruit and vegetable plate decorations.
On Friday, March 3, the resort will also have a high tea with a Wizard of Oz theme.
“The ladies will dress for the occasion and be served by the gentlemen of the park,” Wong says.
Other activities at the park for men and women include card games, such as Desert Rummy, exercise classes, bean bag baseball as well as pot lucks, ice cream socials, jam sessions, Dauber Bingo and other social events.
Rincon Country West RV Resort in Tucson has also got in on the snowbird ladies night event. The event is called "Ladies Night at Wood Shop."
“It’s occurring every Wednesday,” says Dennis Lynch, a snowbird from Washington state who serves as president of Wood Shop Club at Rincon Country West.
He says 18 women are taking the class, where they learn details of everything from how to select and purchase wood to using the specialized woodcutting tools.
“For most of them, their goal is to make a bowl,” Lynch says, adding that serving bowls typically range from 4 to 8 inches in width and about three inches deep.
Lynch says that the biggest shock for some women isn’t the challenge of carving wood, but the cost of the supplies.
The wood shop at Rincon Country West RV Resort is one of the largest in Arizona. Wood Shop members make everything from bowls to rocking chairs and cedar lined chests.
Jo Ann Mickelson, executive director of the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, says Rincon Country RV Resort may be the only RV resort in the state that offers a specialized wood shop class for women.
“We’re not aware of any other RV resorts that have a specialized wood shop class for women, although this could change at any time,” she says.
But women are increasingly moving into other activities traditionally associated with men.
Jim Heimbach, a snowbird from California who serves as president of Rincon Country’s Jewelry Arts Club, says about 100 snowbirds are members of the club, and about a third of them are women.
“We’re getting more women all the time,” he says, noting that four or five years ago, less than 20 percent of the club’s members were women. “Women do the same things that men do. They do casting of parts. They do chain making and jewelry fabrication. They make bracelets. They do what’s called metal clay. They do glass fusion. They do lapidary, which is taking big rocks and cutting them up into small rocks and polishing them so they can be used as jewelry settings.”
Black Rock RV Resort and Rincon Country West RV Resort are two of many Arizona RV resorts with interesting volunteer activities that are affiliated with the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. For more information about Arizona RV resorts that cater to snowbirds, please visit GoCampingInArizona.com.