March 28, 2012


Dear Friends Member,

Things are moving along as we get ready to reopen Carr House for our 2012 season.  The Forest Service has done a great job in repairing the road and the trail to the meadow and ruins.  The parking area has been resurfaced and it looks very nice.  We were so blessed that the fire did not touch the house or the meadow.   The plumbing is fixed, and we have a new roof plus a great new sign pointing out fire safety around homes put in by the Forest Service.

There are several dates that you should put on your calendar for the next few weeks.

APRIL 14 – Rosemary and Ralph Snapp will be presenting “Carr Canyon Pioneers in the 19teens” at the Ethel Berger Center in Sierra Vista as part of the Amazing Arizona series hosted by the Henry F. Hauser Museum.  The presentation will begin at 1 p.m. and will tell the story of the historic and natural history of Carr Canyon.  The Snapps moved to the canyon in 1994 and have continued to gather information about the people who pioneered here and helped to start the Carr House Visitor’s Center.

APRIL 21 – This is the annual spring cleanup of Carr House to get it ready for visitors.  Starting at 9:30, we will be dusting, vacuuming and refilling the bookshelves.  The house is in very good shape so it should not take long.  Please join us if you can pitch in.  Contact Pat Dillingham 378-1696 or Mary Beth Sutor 227-9432 so we will know to expect you.

 APRIL 28 – Opening day of our season.  Come visit and bring your friends and family.  We have been able to hire a Carr House Host this season which means if you volunteer you will not be alone in the house.  Please call Mary Beth Sutor 227-9432 or e-mail if you are able to volunteer.

 MAY 6 – First program of the season..  We are in the process of finalizing this year’s schedule and you will soon be getting the calendar. The fire caused most of our season in 2011 to be canceled; many of the presenters agreed to return this year.  The first program is about the Northern Jaguar, and it will be fascinating.


 Right now Karen and John Poole are the site hosts at Carr House.  They have done an amazing job in taking care of things from cleaning up after an animal that got in the house to reworking the walk around the picnic tables.  They will be leaving in early April but we hope to have them back in November.

The other big news is our newly hired Carr House Host.  Many of you man know Mile Foster from the program he gave in 2010 on the beaver in the San Pedro.  He has also produced an extensive collection of DVD’s about the flora and fauna of the Huachuca Mountains and the San Pedro River.   Mike will be on duty every weekend from the opening on April 28 to the close of our season in October.  He will open the gate and the house, straighten up and greet visitors.  It will be a great help since Alan Blixt had moved out of the area and Ann Smith is taking care of some health problems.  I hope that you can volunteer for a shift so that we have more than one person in the house.  This is especially important when we have a program.

Please call me, Mary Beth Sutor at 520 227 9432 or e-mail if you would like to volunteer.


I look forward to meeting you.

Mary Beth Sutor

Greeter Organizer