Throughout 2012, Arizona will continue celebrating its 100th birthday. The state officially turned 100 on Feb. 14.

On April 23, there will be a Centennial Luncheon to focus on Fred Harvey.

Since Arizona meets the Century mark, Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries is sponsoring the special Centennial Luncheon. 

The focus will be on Fred Harvey, often called the founding father of the nation’s service industry.  Speaking will be Harvey’s colorful biographer, Stephen Fried, author of the lively and readable “Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—one Meal at a Time.”

The name Fred Harvey was synonymous with fine dining for Santa Fe railway travelers throughout the West from the 1880s until after World War II. 

Along with the El Tovar Hotel and Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon, beautiful and historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, is among the most famous of Harvey’s lodges and Eating Houses. 

Also appearing on April 23, will be two Winslow Harvey Girls who provide tours of La Posada while dressed in period costumes.  They will bring a Trunk Show featuring railroad china and Fred Harvey memorabilia. 

The celebrated Harvey Girls became a major female workforce and inspired a 1946 MGM musical starring Judy Garland.

Tickets will be on sale in the Mountain View Clubhouse lobby in March, according to centennial luncheon co-chairs, Elaine Kienitz and Judy Kany. 

All proceeds support the three SaddleBrooke libraries.                                        

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