Season 3 of Southwest Stories to re-start production in early spring, 2021


The Two Steves of Southwest Stories look to the future. Photo by Susan Allen Ruiz.

The story goes something like this: The Two Steves rode southeast across the Colorado Desert, past the Salton Sea, through the Imperial Valley, just north of the border, across the Algodones Dunes, beyond Felicity (featured in Season 2), to Yuma, Arizona (also featured in Season 2).


It was February, 2020, and one Steve (Brown) made a presentation to the board of directors of the Oregon-California Trails Association, the "nation’s largest and most influential organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of overland emigrant trails and the emigrant experience." Steve, and producer Kevin Marcus of Knowledgetree Films, were there to pitch an editorial partnership between Southwest Stories and OCTA, to deepen the historical base for the series.


The OCTA board unanimously approved the partnership - an exciting decision for our historian, Steve, who couldn't wait to begin incorporating the knowledge OCTA members would bring to the show.



Southwest Stories' Steve Brown joins Travis Boley of the Oregon-California Trails Association, and Knowledgetree Films producer Kevin Marcus in celebrating the show's new partnership with OCTA, in Yuma, Arizona.


The other Steve (Rushingwind), prepared to perform for the OCTA conference in Yuma, at the historic Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens, operated by the Arizona Historical Society, while Steve (Brown) met with OCTA members at the nearby Prison Hill Brewing Company (history and beer go well together). (We should note that we filmed a dining feature at the wonderful Garden Cafe during Season 2, next door to the Sanguinetti House.)


Excited by their new partnership, and a trip out to Castle Dome City Mining Museum (and down into a mine), the Two Steves were enthusiastic about beginning to film Season 3 of Southwest Stories for a national PBS audience.


Then, well, you know - 2020 hit. The pandemic sent production into a standstill, potential sponsors had the rug pulled out from under them, and chaos - and a lot of misery for far too many good people - ensued.


Now, as we are in the deep of it, perhaps the worst wave to hit, we are also able to begin to see a point where production can safely - and fully - resume in the early spring of 2021. With COVID-19 protocols in place for production safety, and destinations, attractions, dining, lodging, events, and travelers excited to return, Season 3 of Southwest Stories will begin sponsorship and partner recruitment in early 2021.


Needless to say, Season 3 of Southwest Stories with the Two Steves is impatient to get back on the road, sharing all the great stories, experiences, places, beauty, and most importantly - people of the Southwest - with a nationwide PBS audience. If your organization, business, CVB, chamber of commerce, local governmental agency, attraction, event, etc. would like to learn more about partnering with Southwest Stories for Season 3, please contact us at thetwosteves@southweststories.us.


Our special thanks to our Patreon Patrons for sticking with us through these tough times, and for all our supporters who have kept the faith through these hard times for so very many people. You're all greatly appreciated, and we hope to see you (safely) soon.


See you on the road!

The Two Steves




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