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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 19th for the Inaugural HORSESHOE GALA

Two of the area’s nonprofits are joining forces to co-sponsor a new tradition, the HORSESHOE GALA. You can help to benefit Prescott Frontier Days® and Horses with Heart at this premier event.

Join us for the inaugural HORSESHOE GALA on Saturday, May 19th. Doors open at 6:00PM. This centennial event will benefit Prescott Frontier Days® and Horses with Heart. It will be held at Gabby’s Banquet Hall, 2235 S US Hwy 89 in Chino Valley (about 3 miles north of Love Field on Hwy 89). Enjoy a prime rib or chicken dinner as the Rusty Pistols country/western band plays for your dancing and listening pleasure.

The gala will feature a silent auction with many tempting items to bid on (such as golfing at the Hassayampa Golf Course).

Tickets are $40- (checks payable to Prescott Frontier Days®). Tickets are limited, so get your reservations in early to avoid disappointment. Table sponsorships are also available.

Can’t make the event, but still want to help? We appreciate all donations.

Tickets are available at the Prescott Frontiers Days® office 840 Rodeo Drive, Prescott AZ or by mail at

Prescott Frontier Days® Horseshoe Gala

P.O. Box 2037, Prescott, AZ 86302

Information and credit card purchases: (928) 445-3103

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Are you a lover of jazz? Do you miss the taste of New Orleans food? Then you are in luck. Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 25, 2011 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mike Vax and the Great American Jazz Band has been performing together for over 35 years. They bring dynamic excitement to audiences wherever they appear. This group attains a swinging jazz feel, while playing tunes from the late 1800’ through today.

$19.95 per person includes brunch, a glass of house champagne and entertainment.

Seating is limited! Please call 928.445.2970. Pine Cone Inn, 1245 White Spar Road, Prescott, Arizona.

Mike Vax on trumpet

Mike Vax on trumpet

The Prescott Jazz Summit and the Highlands Center are collaborating to present two more exciting jazz concerts in a beautiful setting.

SATURDAY, JULY 9th Margo Reed and Delphine Cortez (Two of the most popular vocalists in the Phoenix area) with Joel Robin-Piano/Keyboard Bass, Tony Vacca-Saxophone, and Cleve Huff-Drums. (Mike Vax, director, will be sitting in on trumpet/flugelhorn.)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13th Renee Patrick (New vocal sensation in Phoenix) Mike Vax-Trumpet, Tony Vacca-Saxophone, Stan Sorenson-guitar, Ted Sistrunk-bass, and

Wes Anderson-drums

Place: The Highlands Center Amphitheater, 1375 Walker Road, Prescott 86303

             (Near Lynx Lake)

Time: July 9th and August 13th –7:00 PM.  Doors open 1 hour early.

           Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Highlands Center.

TICKETS: $15 each performance

Information:

The Prescott Jazz Summit: 928-830-2462  *  The Highlands Center: 928-776-9550

Tickets available at: www.prescottjazz.com, The Highlands Center

Gift Shop, and at the door on the evenings of the engagements

DON’T FORGET THE PRESCOTT JAZZ SUMMIT – AUGUST 26-28!

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The Prescott Jazz Summit presents THE DIXIELAND RAMBLERS from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who have entertained audiences with their lively and engaging Dixieland Jazz music since 1957.  They have performed with Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, The Dukes of Dixieland and have played the ballroom circuit. 

After a hiatus of some years, the band got back together – and where better to do that than in the City of New Orleans.  With a revitalized interest in bringing “America’s True Art Form” to many more people, The Dixieland Ramblers have taken to the road to tour and perform.  Their repertoire comes from the golden age of jazz music in the 1920’s, the swing era of the 1930’s, 1940’s and beyond. 

Come experience the essence of New Orleans Jazz.  Mike Vax, the director of the Prescott Jazz Summit, welcomes The Dixieland Ramblers as their guest artist on trumpet. 

When: April 2, 2011, 8:00pm

Where: Hotel St. Michael’s ballroom, downtown Prescott. 

Tickets in advance at the Chamber of Commerce, online at www.prescottjazz.com  or at the door.  Price:  $20

© January 26 2011 Jack D. Wilson

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Reata Pass Auctions had this fancy parade saddle on display. It will be sold at their Cowboys & Indians combined estates auction on March 27 and 28.

Overflowing Crowds

It was estimated there would be 750 attendees at this event, but there were large crowds from the start that continued well into the afternoon. I could not get a final count of attendees, but it looks like more than 1,000! The dealers were quite happy.

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Display of fancy collectible spurs. The set of spurs on the lower right were priced at $500.00.

 

Collectors turned out in droves to buy, sell and trade cowboy related memorabilia at the 5th Annual Cowboy Collectors Gathering at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Grounds.

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A shot of dealers and customers in the main building.

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Above, more of the scene at the sale.

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All photographs by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs, is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation and Group Leader of the UsToo Prescott-area Prostate Cancer Support Group.

© December 11 2010 Jack D. Wilson

The 22nd annual Acker Musical Showcase featured an amazing bevy of musical performers in downtown Prescott businesses – 129 in all, which I believe is a new record for the number of performers. The Acker Musical Showcase is a free event and unique to Prescott. However, please remember it is holiday entertainment to benefit the J.S. Acker Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Tax deductible donations may be sent to:

J.S. Acker Music Park Association
P.O. Box 12677
Prescott, AZ 86304
J.S. Acker Music Part Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Opening Ceremonies

At 5:30PM the opening ceremonies took place in the middle of Gurley Street (the main street into Prescott) featuring the Chino Valley Heritage Middle School band playing their rendition of “frosty the Snowman.”

Sampling of Performers

With 129 performers it is impossible to show them all, so I have included a sampling to give you a flavor of Acker night.

I move to Prescott from Chicago, which is home to a host of famous blues musicians, such as the late great McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters. So when I saw that Bella Home Furnishings on Willis Street had the Road One South band and they played Chicago Blues, I headed on over. I was not disappointed!

I also like Jazz, so when I saw the Easy Street Jazz Band was playing I stopped in.

The Hometown Banjoleers were playing at Lamerson’s Jewelry.

Our final video clip is from the very popular Pandemonium Steel Drum Band.

Photo and video credits

All photographs and videos by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs, is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation and Group Leader of the UsToo Prescott-area Prostate Cancer Support Group.

© December 7 2010 Jack D. Wilson

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Photographs by Jack D. Wilson

The Yavapai College Music Department presented an “Evening of Jazz” on Monday, December 6, 2010 in the Yavapai Performance Hall. It featured not one, but two Big Band ensembles, the Roughriders and the Trailblazers. Dr. Roy Breiling was the music director. Cost of admission was $5.00- and was free to youngsters 14 and under. That is a real bargain!

There is a FREE student concert tonight, Tuesday December 7 at 7:00 PM at Yavapai College Performance Hall.

The program had a holiday theme, but songs were arranged for Big Band Jazz. Here is one of the songs by the Roughriders.

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Here is a sampling from what they played.

There was an intermission after the Roughriders completed their numbers, then the Trailblazers Big Band took the stage.

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Here is a video clip of the first two numbers by the Trailblazers:

Deck The Halls and I Came Upon a Midnight Clear – that featured a flugelhorn.

Photo and video credits

All photographs and videos by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs, is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation and Group Leader of the UsToo Prescott-area Prostate Cancer Support Group.

© 2010 Jack D. Wilson

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Governor Rose Perica Mofford issued an official proclamation that Prescott Arizona is indeed “Arizona’s Christmas City.” A governor’s proclamation is merely a piece of paper. What caused her to issue that proclamation is much more important.

Cities and towns all across Arizona spend lots of money on Christmas lighting displays, and yes, some are larger and grander than in Prescott. But if your soul longs for the essence of the old-fashion Christmas that you enjoyed as a child, then you need to come to Prescott.

Prescott Holiday Montage 2010

 

World’s largest gingerbread village

The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe’s reservation is in the middle of Prescott. Their Prescott Resort and Conference Center is at 1500 Highway 69 as you enter Prescott and kicks off Prescott’s Christmas festivities with the grand opening of their 18th annual World’s Largest Gingerbread Village on November 20 at 10AM. It then continues through Sunday, January 2.

The Gingerbread Village is in the lobby of the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, 7 days a week. There is no charge to see the Village. The houses are made by children, chefs, businesses, families and individuals (several TV personalities typically participate). The creativity and originality of the displays is always amazing! Dozens of meticulously executed village homes and businesses are a backdrop to a circling train.

Feeling a tad jaded about the holidays and the economy? Come take a look at the Gingerbread Village, it is free and it just might revive your spirit and belief in this season of hope and giving. This event typically brings 50,000+ people to see this amazing display.
This annual Whimsical Village of over 100 houses is a fundraiser for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. They receive donations from the ‘lot sales’, gingerbread men cookie decorating and the donation house. And by the way, the Resort and Conference Center has just completed a spectacular multi-million dollar renovation with added amenities such as a new coffee shop.

Gingerbread Village Scheduled Activities

• Grand opening 10AM on Saturday, November 20

• Gingerbread cookie decorating for children of all ages: Dec. 4th, 11th & 18th, from 11AM until 2PM

• Santa Clause will be at the resort Saturday, Nov, 27 Noon-2PM

• Central Arizona Railroad Club will be at the resort on Saturday, December 4 from 9AM to 4PM for all train enthusiasts. Come see the finest model trains in the nation and the club will be giving away a train set to one lucky child.

• Saturday, Dec. 4th 7-9PM Light the Resort party in the Eagles Nest

• Friday, Dec, 17th join Santa from 6-7PM for a special reading in the Eagles Nest

For move information about these activities call (928) 776-1666.

Holiday Lights

What would Arizona’s Christmas City be without lots of lights?

15th Annual Prescott Holiday Light Parade

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Photograph by Jack D. Wilson from 2008 parade

Prescott’s Holiday Light Parade occurs on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 6:00 PM at the Downtown Courthouse Plaza. It is the second major festive event of the season. Come out and enjoy a parade of floats festively and creatively decorated with lights. Dozens of lighted floats circle the courthouse in this annual favorite. I have included a picture from the 2008 that illustrates that creativity with an airplane theme.

Yard and house lights

Some folks in Prescott really go all out doing exterior decorations. The local paper, Daily Courier, maintains a list of some of the best for drive around viewing.

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Photograph by Jack D. Wilson

Courthouse Plaza Lights

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Photograph by Jack D. Wilson

You can enjoy the Christmas lighting on the Historic Courthouse Plaza all through December after their festive lighting on December 4 (see below).

A Bevy of Christmas Events – Saturday, December 4

My best advice is to book your room early for these great festivities. You may want to come in a day of two early to take advantage of the unique shopping opportunities (see Antique Capital of Arizona) and visit our museums (see Spotlight on Prescott Arizona Museums).

28th Annual Christmas Parade at 1:00 pm

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Photograph by Jack D. Wilson – yes, that is a calliope

Prescott is steeped in historic traditions and the annual Christmas Parade is

one of those traditions. It winds around the Courthouse Plaza and lasts for about two hours. Spectators bring their lawn chairs down early to stake out prime viewing real estate.

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Too cute!

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Lots of vintage cars participate.

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Patriot Disposal entry with co-founder Chris Kuknyo sitting in the brown jacket

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What is a parade without bands?

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Unique entrants!

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Always lots of period costumes, many with Western or Territorial themes.

Photographs by Jack D. Wilson at 2008 Parade.

56th Annual Courthouse Lighting 6:00 pm.

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Photograph by Jack D. Wilson 2008 Courthouse Lighting Ceremony

The Courthouse Lighting ceremony is an old tradition in Prescott and is our signature Christmas event – the lighting of the Courthouse and Plaza. It includes children’s choirs on the steps of the courthouse, as Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett reads the story of the first Christmas just before the plaza explodes in the beauty of nearly one million Christmas lights. You should get down to the historic Courthouse Plaza early as this event always draws a very large crowd. Bring your camera to get some memorable pictures.

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Prescott City Hall

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Pretty light display

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Plaza trees and Whiskey Row

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Plaza trees and the Courthouse

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Bronze cowboy at Christmas

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Crowd on the Courthouse Plaza

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Checking out the scene

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The Courthouse in its glory

Photographs by Jack D. Wilson – 2008 Courthouse Lighting

Sharlot Hall Museum Annual Frontier Christmas Open House

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Photograph by Jack D. Wilson at 2008 Frontier Christmas

Prescott got its start as a gold mining town and because President Lincoln wanting to ensure the Arizona Territorial capital was far away from the pesky confederates in Tucson. We are justly proud of being the territorial capital twice and of our frontier heritage. Come sample that heritage at the Frontier Christmas Open House features live holiday music, refreshments, cookies by a roaring fire, shopping, and living history presentations of holiday celebrations during Arizona’s territorial days.

When: Saturday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. immediately following the Courthouse Lighting

Where: Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza

Admission: $3 for Museum members; $5 for nonmembers; under 18 free

For more information about Sharlot Hall Museum’s Frontier Christmas Open House, call Jody Drake at (928) 445-3122 or visit the Museum’s website.

Acker Musical Showcase – Friday Dec. 10 5:30-8:30 pm

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Chorus in St. Michael’s Alley

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Banjos at Lamerson’s Jewelry

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A little Western style music

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Another Western style group

Photographs by Jack D. Wilson at the 2005 Acker Musical Showcase

This is truly a unique Prescott event. My advice is get downtown early to have an early dinner to prepare for this, it is usually mobbed. Insider tip: The “Jug Band” normally plays at the Elks Opera House and their songs are parodies that skewer the local politicals (they got me when I was the Prescott Mayor). Great fun and not to be missed! Festive luminaries lights will surround Courthouse Plaza and local merchants open their doors and host over 100 of the area’s entertainers for this downtown open house. Browse the various shops, galleries and boutiques while enjoying a variety of music and entertainment and indulging in delectable treats.

This magical holiday celebration is the primary fundraising activity of the J.S. Acker Music Park Association. The performers are all volunteering their time. Please give generously to the TIPS for Scholarships! bags that are staged with the performing act at each venue. Your contributions will be used to award Local Area Youth with Performing Arts Scholarships!

More at their website: www.ackershowcase.com

Shopping

Prescott offers lots of opportunities for shopping. I have highlighted a couple where you can find unique and really special gifts.

Nov. 2-Dec. 23 Mountain Artists Guild Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery located at 228 N. Alarcon

Pick up some one-of-a-kind objects d’art at this popular annual holiday arts and crafts show at the Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery. Items go quickly, so be sure to make out your list now!

Formal reception on Friday Nov. 26, 5:00 to 7:30 pm.

Nov. 5 – Dec. 16 "Gifts Galore!"

Prescott Fine Arts Association located at 208 N. Marina St.

Prescott Fine Arts Galley is once again transformed into a glittering gallery of gifts for the discriminating shopper. Visitors look forward to this annual event where they can purchase one-of-a-kind art and handcrafted treasures. Our artists work year round to create only the best in unique, hand made gifts for your shopping pleasure. You’ll find fine art, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, glass, ceramics and several "Who would have thought of that" items.

Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar Dec. 18 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 50 nonprofit agencies selling low-cost, high-quality merchandise to raise money for their agencies. Live entertainment. Gifts from Santa for children with adults. Prescott Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St. 928-778-3747. Get there EARLY for the best selection!

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All photographs by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

© 2010 Jack D. Wilson

Grand Opening 10a.m. Saturday, November 20 

The Prescott Resorts and Conference Center’s World’s Largest Gingerbread Village grand opening at 10a.m. on Saturday, November 20 kicks off the holiday season in Prescott. I attended the judging of the displays this morning so here is a “sneak previw” of what you will see.

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Photograph by Jack D. Wilson: Judging of Chefs Entries

Sampling of 2010 displays

This is truly a season of joy! Even in this down economy the number of displays has climbed to ninety from seventy last year. 500 square feet of gingerbread “real estate” space was sold and this all benefits Yavapai Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

YouTube Overview

Here is a short video taken during the judging on November 19, 2010.

Some of displays

Displays are divided into several categories and here are a sampling. Please attend this great activity which has its grand opening at 10a.m. on Saturday, November 20.

Families/Individials

1st Place Barbie Fay

Photograph by Jack D. Wilson: 1st Place Barbie Fay

Youth 17 and under

3rd Place Youth 17 and Under

Photograph by Jack D. Wilson: 3rd Place Youth 17 and Under

Corporate

Photograph by Jack D. wilson: 1st Place Corporate: Santa's Retreat by Rummel Eye Care

1st Place Corporate: Santa's Retreat by Rummel Eye Care

Schools

1st Place Schools- Lincoln school Art Club

Photograph by Jack D. Wilson: 1st Place Schools Lincoln school Art Club

Eagle’s Nest set up for judging

Eagles Nest Panorama

Photograph by Jack D. Wilson: Eagles Nest Panorama

Some that caught me eye

3rd Place Traci Taylor Details

Photograph by Jack D. Wilson: 3rd Place Traci Taylor Details

About, amazing level of detail in 3rd place winner Traci Taylor’s display.

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Photograph by Jack D. Wilson: Apples Of Gold - Mt. Vernon Christmas

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All photographs and video by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson

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On Saturday, October 9 the Prescott High Country Rod Run took over three of the streets (Cortez, Montezuma and Goodwin) surrounding the Courthouse Plaza in Prescott Arizona. This event drew over two hundred street rods of all descriptions. It was sponsored by the Arizona Street Rod Association.

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Here is a close-up of the sweet 1957 Chevy in the opening photo – does this bring back any memories?

Some of the rods at the show

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These caught my eye

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Fallfest in the Park Arts & Crafts Show

Concurrent with the Prescott High Country Rod Run, the Prescott Chamber of Commerce was sponsoring another Arts & Crafts show on the Courthouse Plaza. I think we have way too many arts and crafts shows and I see many of the same vendors at each so I have stopped going. I suspect many people feel as I do.

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I went through part of this show because I was taking pictures at the car show for this article. Lucky for my wife Liz as I purchased a nice Navaho turquoise necklace as a belated anniversary gift (don’t tell her).

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All photographs by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson

This annual event was held in the parking lot of Frontier Village courtesy of the main sponsor, Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe. Leading restaurants provided taste samples of their cuisine and all proceeds benefited the Yavapai Food Bank. In addition to food, there was a beer garden, a wine bar from Jazzy’s, Starbucks coffee, soda pop and entertainment. There were very large crowds at this event and it could have filled up another large tent. I had a double order of the Pan Seared Salmon with Béarnaise Sauce from the Black Canyon Grille and it was great!Copyright 2010 by Jack D. Wilson.

Taste of Prescott Video

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2010 Taste of Prescott Arizona – Sept. 25, 2010 from Jack Wilson on Vimeo.

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All photographs and videos by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment or forward to a friend. If I missed something that you found along the way, leave a comment and I will try to update the information.

Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson

Hard to believe, but the temperatures have started to drop and we will soon be transitioning into Fall. But before that happens Prescott Arizona has a roundhouse schedule of events on September 24/25/26 to keep everyone entertained. Pack your bags and book your room, this is one weekend you should spend in Prescott!

Entertainment all weekend

The weekend starting on Friday September 24 will have multiple events occurring across Prescott. There is always lots to do in Prescott, but this weekend will be truly spectacular. Come on up early and get a round or two of golf in at one of the top-rated municipal golf courses in Arizona, Antelope Hills.

Thumb Butte Festival

The entertainment starts on Friday, September 24 with the Thumb Butte Festival. Here is a description from their web site:

“Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza
5:00 – 10:00 pm
At 5pm the "Spotlight Kids" perform acts from Alice In Wonderland" followed by a fashion show by the Elks Opera Guild, "An Evening at the Opera House." Guild members model gowns and eveningwear from 1905 to 1940.
Other performers on the evening’s bill are Jonathan Best, known for his "equal parts gospel tenor, boogie-woogie piano and avant-garde sound collage"; songwriter, singer and storyteller Rita Cantu; flamenco music and dance group Rio Flamenco; classical vocalist Lecia Breen; Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering; several surprise guests including a special appearance by professional performers emulating Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe!”

To see the complete schedule, go to their website: Thumb Butte Festival

“My Way – A musical tribute to Frank Sinatra” at Elks Opera House

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ABT named BEST PLAYHOUSE in the Valley of the Sun by Phoenix Magazine – Don’t miss MY WAY 9/24-25 at the Elks Opera House. Info at Elks Opera House.

Tickets on sale now! Click here to buy tickets

Western heritage Days

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The 1st Annual Western Heritage Days kicks off on Saturday, September 25. This will the largest re-enactment round-up ever in Arizona and it will be on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott. It starts at 9:00AM on Whiskey Row in Downtown Prescott and runs until 5:00PM. It concludes with a Cowboy chuck wagon breakfast Sunday morning at 9:30AM at Sharlot Hall Museum. Tickets are $12.00 for the breakfast and are available at the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Prescott Convention and Visitors Bureau (corner or Cortez and Gurley).

See their website for full details and schedules: Prescott Western Heritage Days

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Taste of Prescott

Taste of Prescott occurs on Saturday, September 25 from Noon-4:00PM. It is held in a large tent in the parking lot of the Frontier Village Shopping Center at 1841 E Hwy 69. Sample some of the best cuisine (and thirst quenchers) from many of the great restaurants in the quad-city area. The event will also feature beer and wine tasting. Tickets for the Taste are $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00 or 12 for $10.00. Food items are one tickets with beer and wine 3 tickets. Benefits Yavapai Food Bank.

I highly recommend this event. You spend a few bucks that benefits a very worthy cause and you get a chance to sample some of the best food in Prescott. They also will have music by Pam and Dave Swanstrom and this really is an event I look forward to each year. If you can, bring a couple of cans of food to donate to the Yavapai Food Bank – it these tough times they need a little extra help.

Toni Tennille Sings Big Band

Prescott resident Toni Tennille performs in concert at 7:30PM on Saturday September 25. This event is sold out so if you do not have tickets already you will be disappointed. See Toni Tennille’s News Gazette.

Antiques on the Square

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The fall edition of Antiques on the Square will be held from 9:00AM-5:00PM on Sunday September 26 on the downtown Courthouse Plaza. This show is sponsored by the Thumb Butte Questers and features real antiques and collectibles – this is not a crafts show.

A Prescott tradition, "Antiques on the Square," has been a premier Arizona antique destination for over 22 years. It is an antique and collectibles show with 50+ dealers. Info: 928.899.6438

More information at Antiques on the Square

This show features antiques and collectibles and no craft items are allowed in the show. Several local dealers only sell at this show and there will be dealers from Tucson and Phoenix. Dealers will feature antique advertising signs, vintage clothing, antique jewelry, furniture, Victorian dresser mirrors and stereopticons, lighting fixtures, folk art, art glass and antique books. In addition to the show there are several antique shops and antique malls on Cortez Street (Antique Row).

Raw Spirits Festival – Sept 24 – 26, 2010

The Raw Spirit Festival International is being held at the spectacular Watson Lake Park in Prescott, Arizona’s gorgeous Granite Dells. See the Raw Spirits web site for full details.

Other activities

In case all of the above is not enough to keep you busy over the weekend, here are some additional options to include in your planning (click on the links to see them):

Spotlight on Prescott Arizona Museums

Insider Guide to Trails in Prescott Arizona

Antique Capital of Arizona

Of course after you sample all of the above, you may realize that Prescott is unique in may ways and come to the conclusion that many have (including me):

All Agree – Prescott Arizona – retirement haven

Photo credits

The Western Heritage Days illustrations are courtesy of that organization. All other photographs by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

Prescott Western Heritage Days

The Largest Re-enactment Round-Up in Arizona Coming to Prescott

The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc. ® is kicking off its 1st Annual Prescott Western Heritage Days event on Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26.  This event will celebrate the western heritage of Prescott and Yavapai County between 1864 and 1912.  This year’s event will be hosted by the Regulators and their Shady Ladies, Inc. ®, in conjunction with the Sharlot Hall Museum.  A major attraction will be the largest historical re-enactment group gathering in Arizona.  Prescott Western Heritage Days will be held on Whiskey Row, Sharlot Hall Museum and various nearby venues beginning at 9am on Saturday.  Family activities will include unique photo opportunities, re-enactment skits, period costume contest and fashion show, cowboy, western and old-time music, cowboy poetry and children’s activities all day Saturday.  The event will conclude with a cowboy breakfast and entertainment at Sharlot Hall Museum Sunday morning. A schedule of events and venue locations can be found at www.prescottwesternheritageday.org.

Participating organizations include the Prescott Regulators & their Shady Ladies, Inc., The Prescott Victorian Society, Inc., The Prescott Buscaderos, The Rough Riders, The Buffalo Soldiers, Bill Williams Mountain Men and Sharlot Hall Museum.

Western culture and heritage has deep roots in Prescott, as Arizona’s 1st Territorial Capitol and home to the famous and infamous Whiskey Row.  Amateur and professional artists, photographers, videographers, media and tourists will have a one of a kind opportunity to photograph dozens of re-enactment groups in period clothing in and around the historic Courthouse.  Group photo opportunities with staged backdrops will be made available.

Admission to the event is free. Tickets for  breakfast are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 and can be purchased at Prescott Convention and Visitors Bureau.   All net proceeds for Prescott Western Heritage Days to benefit Sharlot Hall Museum and Prescott’s Christmas Lighting. For more information, please visit www.prescottwesternheritageday.org.

On Sunday, June 26 “Antiques on the Square” will take place on Courthouse Square from 9:00a.m – 5:00p.m. Information at ShowUp.com at

http://bit.ly/aE9h3t

Prescott Western Heritage Days Poster

Mike Vax on trumpet

Mike Vax on trumpet

 

 The 10th Annual Prescott Jazz Summit will heat up Prescott on August 27-29 at multiple venues. This year’s theme is A Tribute to the Great BIG BANDS.   

Ballroom dancing added!   

The Prescott Jazz Summit is always eagerly awaited by jazz aficionados, but this year something new has been added – dancing! On Friday evening and Saturday afternoon there will be live music in multiple locations with ballroom dancing at Hotel St. Michael’s historic hardwood floor ballroom. Here is your chance to enjoy some great live music plus dancing!     

Friday August 27, 2010 – 7:30 – 10:30pm – $25.00   Three simultaneous concerts – one ticket is good at all concerts:    

  • Hassayampa Inn’s Arizona Ballroom (nightclub style)
  • Hassayampa Inn’s Marina Ballroom (nightclub style)
  • Dancing at Hotel St. Michael’s historic hardwood floor ballroom

Saturday August 28, 2010 – 1:00 – 4:00pm – $20.00     

  • Concert at the Hassayampa Inn’s Arizona ballroom
  • Dancing at Hotel St. Michael’s historic hardwood floor ballroom
      (one ticket is good for both)

Online information and tickets at http://www.prescottjazz.com/ Or call (928) 771-1268 for information. Tickets can also be purchased at the Hassayampa Inn (122 E. Gurley) or at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce (117 W. Goodwin ST).

Find out what all the buzz is about and experience Prescott AZ. Take a look at this 3-minute video overview: Experience Prescott 2010

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