TUSAYAN, Ariz. - With Valentine's Day on Sunday, couples everywhere will be out in force celebrating the romantic holiday. In Tusayan, singles are expected to be out at the Grand Hotel for a special singles night at the Canyon Star Restaurant. Couples are also welcome to attend the Valentine's Day event, which will feature DJ Point Blank from Los Angeles. There is no cover charge for the Valentine's Day dance. The Grand will also host the band Legado Real Friday beginning at 8 p.m. Cost for the Feb. 12 event is $20.
Mike Rock, general manager of the Grand Hotel and the Canyon Star Restaurant, said prior bands have been successful at their location in Tusayan.
"We've had some luck over the last couple of months creating something for the locals in Tusayan and the national park to do, and even the folks in Valle," Rock said. "The reason is, especially in the winter, there is nothing to do at night."
Some of the events, he said, can draw anywhere from 200 to 300 people in attendance.
"We've done four or five events in the last four months and had huge success," Rock said.
The Valentine's Day event, he said, is a little different from anything the Grand has tried before.
"Valentine's Day is a big date night." Rock said. "There are lot of people in the community, and a lot of people in the national park, that might not have anything to do. It's an opportunity for people to meet each other and have a little bit of fun."
A large dance floor will also be open at the Canyon Star Restaurant for the event. The area itself modate roughly 300 to 350 people, Rock said. A dinner special will be offered from 5-9 p.m. The music is scheduled from 9:30 p.m. to around 1 a.m.
"Something that we are doing a little differently is we will be sectioning off the drinking crowd," Rock said. "For example, on Friday night we have a band, a pretty well-known name from Mexico coming up, so we will section off the bar area and the rest can be for families that come in for the music. And we will be trying the same thing for the singles night as well. It should be a fun event. Couples are (also) welcome."
DJ Mazizo will also be on hand for Friday's Legado Real concert. DJ Point Blank will be on hand for the Valentine's Day dance this Sunday.
"He's pretty well known," Rock said of Point Blank. "He's got quite a bit of a following. It's club style, but he will also be playing music for everybody else. The DJ will adapt to the crowd and the people that are here."
While there is no cover charge for Sunday's Valentine's Day event, a $20 cover will be charged for Friday's band, which helps pay for their expenses.
Ricardo Davila, restaurant manager for the Canyon Star, said he has been working with a local DJ to bring bands in for the locals.
"I am hoping that we get a good turnout," Davila said. "From previous events that we have had, it's been very good. We had two a couple of weeks ago and we had 100 to 150 people here. I have tickets available with me now. My goal is to get our locals into this kind of event and eventually bring in bigger bands. I am pretty sure we'll get people from Williams, Flagstaff and Sedona and fill this place."