Genia Kehayes, Class 27
VP Finance Administration, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Class 27 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s core program. The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community. Scottsdale Leadership is an Arizona Leadership Program.
…that Scottsdale Stadium sits on what used to be cotton fields? … Harper’s Bazaar magazine staged a major fall fashion show and photo shoot in downtown Scottsdale in 1950? …the Rusty Spur Saloon is housed in what used to be a bank? We learned these things and more as Class XXVII went on a whirlwind tour of Scottsdale during our History and Treasures Day.
We started out at Scottsdale Stadium, and I never knew that a number of teams called the stadium home before the San Francisco Giants settled there. Next was a walking tour with Joan Fudala. This lovely lady is a tremendous source of information about Scottsdale; she shared the information I opened with and more.
The Little Red Schoolhouse was our next stop and contains many historical artifacts of Scottsdale. The museum manager told us that her parents actually attended school there and the “Rules for Teachers” posted on the wall brought to life how dramatically times have changed.
Did you know there’s an organic farm, Singh Farms, just east of the 101? It has an almost forest-like atmosphere with garden beds interspersed throughout. You owe it to yourself to attend the farmers market on Saturdays. Spending just a brief time there proved to be very relaxing.
I really enjoyed Liberty Wildlife, which rehabilitates injured animals. Those that cannot be released back into the wild as a result of their injuries are retained as education animals. We saw a couple of eagles, a red-tailed hawk and my favorite, a desert screech owl named Ivan.
Scottsdale Airport was next, and it’s important to note what a major economic driver the airport is to our city, both in attracting employers and in the tax revenue it generates. We were told that it gets utilized to capacity during our events season, but during the short time we were on the tarmac several jets took off and landed.
We headed north to the Desert Foothills Family YMCA for a tour and more Scottsdale history. Next was Los Cedros, modeled after a Moroccan Citadel. It is rented out for events and meetings and houses some of the most beautiful Arabian horses.
We then focused on the Arts and headed to Taliesin West, the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Upon arrival one does get the sense of the experimental atmosphere that was intended for those studying there.
Finally, we went to Cattle Track Art Compound. Ms. Ellis, the general manager, recounted a dynamic history of Cattletrack and what it was like to grow up there. Photographers, painters, costume designers and hot rod shops still are housed there. There was so much to see that we were encouraged to return to spend some time visiting the various shops and artists.
Even though I’ve lived here for years, I learned so much. What little-known facts do you know about Scottsdale?