Ladies’ Night Is June 30 At Gila Outdoor In Thatcher

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Marcy Harris owns Gila Outdoor in Thatcher, Ariz. with her husband, Ralph. They are presenting a free Ladies’ Night to introduce women to camping, fishing, kayaking, hunting – and to show them some of the gear and resources they have to offer during an evening with games, appetizers, and presentations they won’t find anywhere else.

Ladies’ Night doesn’t necessarily mean half-price drink specials, thumping house music and endless lines at a noisy bar. Gila Outdoor, based in Thatcher, Ariz., invites women who’d like to enjoy more of their time outdoors to a June 30 Ladies’ Night that’s a little different – with appetizers made from wild game, local dancers offering a fashion show of outdoor clothing (think fly-fishing gear rather than fishnets), and the chance for a female coach to show you how to shoot a compound bow in an air-conditioned indoor archery range from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Women aren’t always comfortable asking men for a lesson in archery – or camping or fishing, “ said PSE-certified archery instructor Marcy Harris, who co-owns Gila Outdoor with her husband, Ralph. “So this event is for them – women are welcome to bring along a husband, boyfriend or guest, but we’re really hoping they will bring a girlfriend or just join us and visit on their own. We’re planning a fun evening to introduce women to some of the activities that we love – camping, fishing, kayaking, hunting – and to show them some of the gear and resources we have to offer during an evening with games, appetizers, and presentations they won’t find anywhere else in the Gila Valley.”

Presenters at Gila Outdoor’s Ladies Night include Globe resident Amanda Moors, a professional wildlife biologist who launched the popular CouesWhitetail.com Web site. Moors is a volunteer instructor at the semi-annual Becoming An Outdoors Woman camps each year, where Harris also volunteers her time; for the event in Thatcher Moors plans to give a presentation on Arizona’s Amazing Animals.

There’s no admission charge or pre-registration required to attend Gila Outdoor’s Ladies Night,  “but please feel free to call or e-mail me so we have some idea of how many women will attend,” said Harris, adding that  “RSVPs will give us a basic idea of how much venison, elk and oryx appetizers to prepare!”

To RSVP by email, write to marcy@gilaoutdoor.com, or call her at 928.348.0710

Women traveling from out-of-town and considering making an overnight trip of this event should consider booking one of the cozy cabins at nearby Roper Lake State Park in Safford ($55, sleeps four); call (928) 428-6760 for info. Looking for other ways to turn a road trip east to Safford into a “Girlfriends’ Get-a-way”? Local spa options include the Essence of Tranquility mineral hot springs and the Kachina Mineral Springs Spa. For more information check out their Web sites, or call the Graham Country Chamber of Commerce.

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