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Are you an America Tango dancer?

There are still a few openings in the intermediate American Tango class taught by Andy Smith at Yavapai College. If you already know the basic steps in American Tango and would like to add additional steps, this class is for you. The cost is $67 for ten lessons!

Class Schedule

This class begins on Wednesday, November 2. It is class DAN 198-103 (CRN32452). It meets two nights a week (Monday and Wednesday) from 7:30/9:00PM for five weeks. Register online at http://www.yc.edu/ Any questions? Email Andy Smith at asmith32@instructor.yc.edu

Andy Smith doing an American Tango Demonstration

Andy and his dance partner Marilyn did this Tango demonstration at the fund raiser for the Yavapai College Jazz bands.

Senior Expo Sept 23 2011

FREE RESOURCES FOR SENIORS AND CAREGIVERS

Just wanted to pass the word about someone special in our community, Debbie Stewart. She has aided area non-profits for years and has now started to work on the needs of seniors and caregivers (yes, we are all getting older). You may find something of interest here or something that a friend would appreciate knowing about. Play it forward. And thanks for your interest.

New resources available

There are several new FREE resources available to help improve the quality of life for Seniors and Caregivers in our local communities. The Caregiver Connection Newsletter is emailed monthly for Free and includes a list of support groups, meetings and other resources available throughout Yavapai County, as well as informative articles related to the joys and challenges of being a Senior or Caregiver.

The Senior Resources Agency Online Directory allows anyone to search on various categories for contact information for hundreds of local companies and agencies that provide services and products for Seniors and Caregivers.

Mark you calendar for September 23

The first semi-annual Senior Resources Conference and Expo will occur September 23 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Brought to you by the Prescott-based Senior Connection, the event will include short presentations by local experts who will talk about the most sensitive issues relating to the challenges of being a Senior or Caregiver, and dozens of local commercial, nonprofit and government Senior Resources Providers will offer free information about their products and services. Location will be the Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E Rosser Street. Free admission.

Please visit www.SeniorConnection.us to learn more about these free resources or contact Debbie Stewart by email Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or phone (928) 778-3747.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 64 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 306 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 30mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 5th with 539 views. The most popular post that day was Steve, if you truly love Prescott you need to resign.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, facebook.com, visit-prescott.com, immigration.change.org, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for prescott rocks, prescott mountain bike alliance, walt woodard, jack wilson prescott, and elks opera house.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Steve, if you truly love Prescott you need to resign June 2010

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Arizona Mile — AMA Pro Motorcycle Racing on Sat. May 1 April 2010
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Insider Guide to Trails in Prescott Arizona September 2010
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Insider Guide to Arizona’s Christmas City – Prescott Arizona November 2010
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Prescott Arizona Elks Opera House – Restoration par excellence 2009-2010 July 2010
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© 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.

© 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!

Photo credits

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

Feedback

If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment, Tweet it (button below) or forward to a friend. If I missed something, 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 Jack D. Wilson

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Photograph by Jack D. Wilson

On Tuesday, November 30 2010, from 5:30-6:30PM there was a preview of the 2010 Prescott Arizona Courthouse Plaza lighting. It was a trial and shakedown before the formal Courthouse Lighting Ceremony takes place this Saturday at 6PM (see Insider Guide to Arizona’s Christmas City – Prescott Arizona for more details on that and other Prescott Christmas activities).

Video sneak peek preview

The Courthouse Lighting Ceremony on Saturday typically draws thousands of people. Here is you chance to take a sneak peek at the Courthouse Plaza lighting right now.

YouTube Video Preview

 

Photo and video credits

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

Feedback

If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment, Tweet it (button below) or forward to a friend. If I missed something, 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 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.

Judging of Chefs Entries

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.

Apples Of Gold - Mt. Vernon Christmas

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

Photo and video credits

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

Feedback

If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment, Tweet it (button below) or forward to a friend. If I missed something, 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 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). 

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 Ceremony 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!

 

Photo credits

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

 

Feedback

If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment, Tweet it (button below) or forward to a friend. If I missed something, 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.

Feedback

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

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Prescott Arizona is an outdoor adventurers paradise, an ideal location for hiking and mountain biking. This guide focuses on the many trails in Prescott. However, kayaking, rock climbing, camping and fishing opportunities abound. Many believe that Prescott is the best place to mountain bike in the entire country.

Prescott is a pleasant two-hour drive 100 miles north of Phoenix. Our mile-high elevation means we are typically 15-20 cooler than Phoenix. Prescott is surrounded by the worlds largest Ponderosa Pine forest. The US Forest Service has over 450 miles of trails in the forest around Prescott!

Prescott is working on completing the 50-mile Circle Trail. We have trails to satisfy users at any level, while being a "cool " place to hang out in the evenings with the opportunity to take  rest days and visit the museums/ theater, go kayaking on the lakes, play golf, rodeo, or even pan for gold!

A Mountain Biker’s Perspective

To give you a flavor of the exceptional trails in Prescott Arizona, here is a link to a blog post from the blog Diary of Scott Morris, sharing a mountain bikers perspective on some challenging riding on new trails in the picturesque Granite Dells area of Prescott: Play hard, get hurt. Also see Scott’s follow-up article Prescott Monster Redemption and Scott’s precursor to these two, Strategy in Prescott. With those blog posts as an introduction, I think that most would agree that Prescott Arizona is truly a mountain bikers paradise!

Whiskey Off Road Endurance Race

This is the premier mountain biking event in Prescott, check out the video:

2010 Whiskey Off Road Endurance Mountain Bike Event from Epic Rides, Inc. on Vimeo.

The 8th annual Whiskey Off Road will be held on April 30, 2011. Registration opens on January 1, 2011 (see sponsor Epic Rides website The Whiskey Off-Road). Event activities are scheduled for April 29-May 1, 2011, with the actual race on April 30, 2011. The race will have a guaranteed cash purse of $20,000 split equally between men and women racers.

Besides the race there will be a bandshell with entertainment.

Here is the opening song from last years lead entertainer, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (video by Jack D. Wilson):

Trails in Prescott

City of Prescott Office of Tourism Trails Page

City of Prescott trails page has a comprehensive listing of city trails. These range from the easy, such as the Peavine trail (on a former Santa Fe railroad bed) to extremely difficult Willow Dells Slickrock Trail Loops See the Vimeo video Riding the Firebird Prototype in Prescott. Are you an advanced mountain bike rider and want a technical challenge?

Mountain Biking in Prescott

 

Riding the Firebird Prototype in Prescott

Riding the Firebird Prototype in Prescott from Ken Bennett on Vimeo.

Prescott Area trail maps by Derek Brownlee at Sharlot Hall Museum. Derek was on my Prescott Bicycle Advisory Committee when I was mayor and he has the reputation of having ridden every trail in the area.

Bradshaw Ranger District Trails from US Forest Service.

Peavine Trail Video

Ron Smith’s Book

Description and cover picture from Amazon.com:

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Product Description

The author presents his personal trail journals for mountain hikes in the Central Highland region of Arizona. Trail descriptions include maps, trail specifications, elevation profiles, and Latitude/Longitude coordinates as convenience to GPS users. This is a guide for hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists. Most trips can be completed in one day and average six to 12 miles in length.

About the Author

Ron Smith is semi-retired, after a 30-year career as wildlife biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. This career has taken him throughout Arizona’s diverse biological regions. His skills as keen observer, writer, and back country traveler have helped to make this guide more than just a technical reference. It also reflects a long cultivated sensitivity to the value of wild places and the need to protect them for ourselves and those who follow us. ”

Bike and Hiking shops in Prescott

Shop/Click for website Address/Phone Comments
Ironclad Bicycles 710 White Spar Rd, Prescott, AZ 86302
(928) 776-1755
Bicycle sales, rentals and repairs. facebook.com/ironcladbicycles
Bikesmith Cycle & Fitness 723 N Montezuma St
Prescott, AZ
86301-2001
(928) 445-0280
Oldest bike shop in Prescott.
High Gear Bicycles 505 E Sheldon St
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 445-0636
 
Hike Shack 210 S Montezuma St, Prescott, AZ 86303 (928) 443-8565 M-F 10a-6p, Sat 9a-6p, Sun 10a-4p Outfitters for Day Hikers, Backpackers, Climbers, Urban Walkers, Trail Runners, Trekkers, Boaters, Hunters, and Adventure Travelers.
Granite Mountain Outfitters (no website) 320 W Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 776-4949
Mon-Thu 9am-5:30pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 12am-12am

Biking organizations in Prescott

Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA)

Website: www.prescottmtb.com

See the Facebook page for Prescott Mountain Biking – 195 members when I checked or their website at prescottmtb.com.

Prescott Cycling Club: http://www.prescottcycling.org/index.html

Trail and Hiking organizations in Prescott

Yavapai Trails Association

Yavapai Trails Association is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and developing recreational, non-motorized trails.  They are an all-volunteer group that represents the interests of hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. They publish a quarterly newsletter, Trail Tracks, which you can view on their web site.

Yavapai Trails Association
P.O. Box 403
Prescott, AZ 86302
Call Membership Chair
Jim Pessin at (928) 771-2707
or go to: www.yavapai-trails.org

Prescott Outings Club

The Prescott Outings Club was founded in 1975 and sponsors three hikes each week from September through May. See their website for details.

Prescott Hiking Club

The Prescott Hiking Club is a Prescott-based hiking club. See their website for details on the club, how to join, contacts, etc.

TrekAbout Hiking Club

Treks around the Prescott area are held year-round. The club meets every Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. and Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. during the summer months and vary in length and difficulty. Walks are graded on a scale of 1-4 (with 4 being the most difficult). Hikes are lead by staff and volunteers from the Prescott Recreation Department, YMCA, and Yavapai County Health Department. For information call Prescott Parks and Recreation Dept. at 777-1122 or the YMCA at 445-7221. Membership is $12 a year and includes 2 weekly guided hikes and monthly calendar. Hiking boots required, carry water, dogs must be on a leash. Click for PDF application.

Adventure Travel Providers

Perhaps you would like an expert guide to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Vendor (click for website) Comments
Rubicon logo Rubicon specializes in adventure travel. Matt Brown is the owner and lead guide. From their web site
“Our year round guided tours in the mile high city now include Guided Mountain Biking and Guided Dayhikes. If you are looking for a relaxing weekend away our Self Guided Camping in Granite Basin Recreation Area is an easy way to get out and have some fun. Combine any or all of the tours above with a Guided Rock Climbing day and you will surely have a weekend to remember.”
GO! Adventure Recreation Dave provides guided mountain bike rides and guided hiking among other services.

Rest days attractions

Need something to do on a rest day? Prescott has several interesting museums, details at Spotlight on Prescott Arizona Museums. There are lots of interesting shops downtown, including antique shops, details on these at Antique Capital of Arizona.

Accommodations in Prescott

There are lots of hotel, motels and bed and breakfast establishments in Prescott. I have listed a few that are outstanding. The first two were statewide winners in their categories is the Arizona Republic’s Best Hotel reader poll.

Prescott Motor Lodge, 503 S. Montezuma St., Prescott, AZ 86303 928-717-0157. See Arizona Republic story Best Arizona Bargain Hotel. Some say this might be the coolest budget hotel in Arizona. In addition to their website they have a blog and a Facebook page.

Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley, Prescott, AZ  86301 – See Arizona Republic story Hassayampa Inn, Prescott: Best historic hotel. The Peacock Dining room has great food and I have eaten there many times.

Residence Inn Prescott, 3599 Lee Circle Prescott, Arizona 86301 USA 928-775-2232. The Residence Inn is right across from the Prescott Gateway Mall. If you are partial to Four Seasons, you will like the Residence Inn. It is the best business destination in Prescott.

Do you like Bed and Breakfast accommodations? Then click on over to the  Prescott Bed and Breakfast Association.

Food and Drink

DinnerBellCafe You will not be disappointed with breakfast at the Dinner Bell. It is located at 321 W. Gurley, (928) 445-9888. Cash only, but an ATM in front. Open until 2:00pm. Favorites include buckwheat waffles with mango and walnuts, cinnamon rolls and Huevos Rancheros. Use the creek side walkway to get to the back room/patio – it is the best place to sit (locals eat back there).

  Best Prescott Pick
Grandmas Bakery in Prescott Arizona Grandma’s Bakery is located at 207 W. Gurley just off Montezuma. It is in the lower level space of the Hotel St. Michael’s. If you like fancy baked deserts such as Napoleons and Éclairs then do not miss this.
Kendalls in Prescott Arizona Kendall‘s is located at 113 S. Cortez and features Fifties music, décor and value. Made to order burgers, fries and an old-fashioned soda fountain.
Raven Cafe in Prescott Arizona The Raven Café is located at 142 N. Cortez (web site at http://www.ravencafe.com/ ). Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 35 beers on taps with 135 beers in bottles. Free wi-fi. Check out the upstairs patio area.  The owners are supporters of biking. They hosted the Ales for Trails benefit on March 24, 2010.

  Best Prescott Pick
The Palace in Prescott Arizona

  Best Prescott Pick
The Palace is located at 120 S. Montezuma on historic Whiskey Row and is a bar and restaurant. If you can’t eat there at least stick your head in to check out the décor. The movie Junior Bonner shot some of its scenes inside and there is a very large Junior Bonner wall mural in the back portion. Their food is not the attraction, it is the old western bar ambiance.Junior Bonner Wall Mural in Palace Saloon in Prescott Arizona 

Photo credits

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

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I hope that you found this guide helpful, if you did 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.

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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. While he was mayor, he participated in two Mayor’s Bicycle Ride to Work on a tandem bicycle with partner Billy Broadfoot and had a Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson            

In 1864, Prescott Arizona became the territorial capital of Arizona. Today it remains an Arizona capital for antique and collectible hunters. Prescott is a pleasant 2 hours drive 100 miles north of Phoenix. It enjoys a mile high elevation and is normally 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix.             

It retains its small town ambiance with its central grass-covered and Elm shaded Courthouse Square. World famous Whiskey Row is on one side of the square. The original incarnation of Whiskey Row in a territorial gold mining town was a block long stretch of over 40 saloons in a one-block area on the ground floor with houses of ill repute occupying the second floor of most establishments. Luckily, it gained its name from the saloons rather than Prescott’s soiled doves or ladies of the night.             

The majority of antique shops and malls are on North Cortez Street, which is another street along the square running parallel to Whiskey Row. It is a half block walk from Courthouse Square. Sorry, but you will not find a mega antique mall in Prescott with several hundred dealers and rows of locked glass cases. This is antique hunting like it used to be. If your idea of great antique hunting is to get up close to some real antiques and collectibles then you will find Prescott to be an enjoyable experience.             

You can find a variety of antiques and collectibles in Prescott and which shop or mall you like best depends on what you collect and whether they happen to have what you are looking for when you are there. I have collected antiques for over 40 years and I have been going to Prescott antique establishments since 1995. I appreciate high-quality antiques in several categories and have designation several shops and malls in the following listing with the Prescott Rocks! “Best of Prescott Picks” designation:             

Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

Besides the individual shops and malls, Prescott hosts antique shows, the next is: Antiques on the Square, on the downtown Courthouse Square, Sunday, September 26, 9am – 5pm – Free admission.            

Scenes from Antiques on the Square

Pleasant scene

Pleasant scene

 

Crowd at the show

Crowd at the show

 

Take me home

Take me home

 

Shopping

Shopping

 

Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

In terms of full disclosure, my wife is the show manager.  Fifty plus dealers feature real antiques (no crafts). Held on the downtown Courthouse with its grass lawns under the shade of stately Elm trees. Call Liz at 928-899-6438 for details or view the ShowUp.com listing at http://bit.ly/aE9h3t. This show is held in June and September and it draws antique enthusiasts from out-of-town (buses typically travel from Las Vegas and Sun City to attend this show).  For people moving to Prescott with an interest in antiques, there are three Quester groups. These are antique study groups. Thumb Butte Questers sponsor Antiques on the Square and will have a booth at the show where you can get information on the Questers.          

Insider’s Guide to Prescott Antiques from A to Z

Have you thought about visiting Prescott for a day of Antiquing? Do you need a guide to the antique and collectible shops in Prescott? Maybe something a little better than the typical extraction from the Yellow Pages listings where you find some of the shops closed when you get there.      

Here is an Insider’s Guide to single owner shops and malls from a collector that lives in Prescott and who frequents these establishments. I have tried to focus on shops and malls that feature antiques and collectibles. Hence, I have not listed thrift stores, second-hand furniture stores, etc. I have also included information about places to eat or quench your thirst along the way.           

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Off The Square Antiques

Off The Square Antiques

 

Tin Toys in the window

Tin Toys in the window

 

Antiques off the Square and Lost in Sports, 145 N. Cortez, 928-778-1040. Web site www.lostinsports.com Open 7 days a week.           

Arizona Territory Antiques

Arizona Territory Antiques

 

Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

          

Arizona Territory Antiques, 211 West Aubrey ST. This is a single owner shop with loads of quality small antiques. I always like to be tempted when I am shopping for antiques and this is a shop that will tempt most collectors. For example, the last time I was there a case of iridescent art glass including Tiffany Favrile and Steuben Aurene that caught my eye, including a very large Steuben Aurene vase. I also saw an Orange Julep syrup dispenser, lots or art glass, etc. Herb and Lila Cook are the owners. In Prescott for 28 years, they also conduct estate sales. 928-445-4656 Open Wed-Sat 10-4         

Avalon Antiques

Avalon Antiques

 

Avalon Antiques, 140 ½ N Cortez, 928-778-0481 Unique and fun antiques and collectibles. Great prices, Very eclectic. Open daily 10-5.      

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Battermans Auction and Gallery in Prescott Arizona

Battermans Auction and Gallery

 

Batterman’s Auction, LLC, 400 W Gurley, 928-445-6787 In addition to being a full service auction company, they have a gallery and gunroom, open Mon-Sat 9-5:30, Sunday by chance. Web site www.battermans.com          

Bayberry's Antique Dolls in Prescott Arizona

Bayberry's Antique Dolls

 

Some of Bayberry's dolls in Prescott Arizona

Bayberry's Dolls

 

    

 
Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

Bayberry’s Antique Dolls,   

442 S Montezuma St Suite A, (928) 445-8559. Open 11-4 Wed-Sat or by appointment. Proprietor is Diane D. Vigne, email is dianesdolls@hotmail.com, contact 928-308-3644 Diane has over 25 years experience buying & selling dolls! This shop specializes in dolls and doll repairs but also carries some interesting antique smalls. Web site: http://www.bayberrysantiquedolls.com/        

Bunkhouse Trading Co. in Prescott Arizona

Bunkhouse Trading Co.

 

Bunkhouse Trading Co., 135 N. Cortez, 928-848-2948 Old and new here, both antiques and crafts. Antiques are in the rear of the store.          

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Crowded Attic Antiques in Prescott Arizona

Crowded Attic Antiques

 

Selection of antique phones at Crowed Attic Antiques in Prescott Arizona

Selection of antique phones

 

Crowded Attic, 131 N. Cortez, 928-443-7517 Ladies vintage clothing, car memorabilia & 1/18th scale model airplanes. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4      

Cross Creek Antiques sign in Prescott Arizona

Cross Creek Antiques

 

Cut glass lamp at Cross Creek Antiques in Prescott Arizona

Cut glass lamp

 

Reverse painted lamp at Cross Creek Antiques in Prescott Arizona

Reverse painted lamp

 

Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

Cross Creek Antiques, LLC, 1125 W Gurley, 928-776-0035 or 928-776-7220. Specializing in art glass, porcelain, Arts & Crafts Era pottery, prints, furniture, mirror, etc. Circa 1830-1970. Hours: Fri-Mon 10-5:30, closed Tues & wed Thursday by chance or appointment 928-776-7220. The owner is Ed Leware who is a member of one of the three Prescott Quester chapters and can answer your questions about Questers.          

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Deja Vu Antiques Sidewalk Sign in Prescott Arizona

Deja Vu Sidewalk Sign

 

Déjà Vu Antique Mall, 134 N. Cortez, 928-445-6732. The owners are Diana/Linda.          

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End Of Trail Antiques in Prescott Arizona

End Of Trail Antiques

 

End of Trail Antiques, 107 E. Gurley, 928-771-2759. Proprietor is Jim Bethe. Open Wed-Sunday 2:00-6:00pm.         

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Gypsy Street Antiques in Prescott Arizona

Gypsy Street Antiques

 

Gypsy Street Antiques, 133 N. Cortez, 928-445-3176 A caravan of antique vintage and retro furniture, jewelry, pottery, books, old Christmas and salvage. Open 7 days a week.           

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Keystone Antiques in Prescott Arizona

Keystone Antiques

 

    

 
Keystone Antiques Interior in Prescott Arizona

Keystone Interior

 

Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

Keystone Antiques, 127 N. Cortez St. 928-445-1757. A multi-dealer mall that mall features high quality antiques and collectibles.   

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Merchandise Mart Antique Mall in Prescott Arizona

Merchandise Mart Antique Mall

 

Merchandise Mart Antique Mall is located toward the North end of the row at 205 N Cortez (just past Murphy’s Restaurant), and features 15,000-sq. ft. of antiques and collectibles. It is the largest antique mall in Prescott and has 95 dealers. The owners are Jeanne & Jim Antonius. 928-776-1728 Web site prescottantiquestores.com Mon-Sat 10-5 Sunday 11-4  Email: merchmart@cableone.net 

Mid-Century Madness antiques in Prescott Arizona

Mid-Century Madness

 

Mid-Century-Madness, 140 N. Cortez, 928-778-0481.  Mid-Century and Danish modern furniture, textiles, art, lighting and accessories. Open daily 10-5.          

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Ogg's Hogan in Prescott Arizona

Ogg's Hogan

 

Burris Silver Saddle at Ogg's Hogan in Prescott Arizona

Burris Silver Saddle on right

 

     

Navajo Jewelry at Ogg's Hogan in Prescott Arizona

Navajo Jewelry

 

     

 
Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

Ogg’s Hogan, 111 N. Cortez, 928-443-9856.  The owner is Jeff Ogg. Do you like old southwest authentic Native American jewelry? You will love this place. Open 7 days a week. “Best of Prescott Pick” for their old Native American jewelry.               

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Pennington's Antiques in Prescott Arizona

Pennington's Antiques

 

Pennington’s Antiques, 117 N. Cortez, 928-445-3748.  A 7,000-sq. ft. antique mall. This is a large multi-dealer mall and it has an eclectic assortment of antique and collectibles.  The owner is Belinda Trumbo. You might find a bargain here as I have in my antique pursuits.          

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Red Lamp Antiques in Prescott Arizona

Red Lamp Antiques Best Prescott Pick

 

Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

    

    

   

Red Lamp Antiques, 121 N. Cortez, 928-445-7899. Glassware, furniture, primitives, silver plate, sterling, napkin rings, pickle castors, R. S. Prussia – 58 years in antique business. Open every day.      

Food and drink

   

 

Grandmas Bakery in Prescott Arizona

Grandmas Bakery

 

Grandma’s Bakery is located at 207 W. Gurley just off Montezuma. It is in the lower level space of the Hotel St. Michael’s. If you like fancy baked deserts such as Napoleons and Éclairs then do not miss this.
 

Kendalls in Prescott Arizona

Kendalls

 

Kendall‘s is located at 113 S. Cortez and features Fifties music, décor and value. Made to order burgers, fries and an old-fashioned soda fountain.
 

Closet Cafe in Prescott Arizona

Closet Cafe

 

The Closet Café is inside the Downtown Prescott Inn at 129 N. Cortez. Breakfast starts at $2.50 and lunch starts at $5.00.
 

Raven Cafe in Prescott Arizona

Raven Cafe

 

 
 
 
Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

The Raven Café is located at 142 N. Cortez (web site at http://www.ravencafe.com/ ). Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 35 beers on taps with 135 beers in bottles. Free wi-fi. Check out the upstairs patio area.   

The Palace in Prescott Arizona

The Palace

 

 

Best Prescott Pick

Best Prescott Pick

 

The Palace is located at 120 S. Montezuma on historic Whiskey Row and is a bar and restaurant. If you can’t eat there at least stick your head in to check out the décor. The movie Junior Bonner shot some of its scenes inside and there is a very large Junior Bonner wall mural in the back portion.  

Additional Information

Here is a link to the history of Whiskey Row in Prescott Arizona. It also contains links to many of the businesses on the row Whiskey Row History Prescott Arizona.           

Photo credits   

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

Feedback           

If you found this guide 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.           

Phoenix & Consolidated Art Glass 1926-1980           

Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He has collected antiques for over 40 years selling a landmark collection of Millersburg Carnival Glass in 1982. He is the author of “Phoenix & Consolidated Art Glass 1926-1980” and was an advisor for both Phoenix and Consolidated glass categories in Schroeder’s Antique Price Guide for over ten years. He is a founder of the Phoenix & Consolidated Glass Collectors Club – visit their Facebook page: Phoenix & Consolidated Art Glass He also collects Muncie Pottery. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009.    

Prescott Museums
© Jack D. Wilson 2010

Prescott Arizona is a relatively small town of about 43,000 people. However, its thirst for the arts is disproportional to its population. Arts have many forms including the performing arts, painting, sculpture, public art, galleries and museums. This article focuses on our many museums, and includes existing museums, collections on loan and future museums.

Existing Museums

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Sharlot Hall Museum

(website: http://sharlot.org/ ) was founded in 1928 by Sharlot M. Hall. The museum is within easy walking distance of the Courthouse Plaza and Whiskey Row. It is located at 415 West Gurley Street. Their phone number is (928) 445-3122. If you like history, you will love this museum. It is a museum campus with several buildings including the original Territorial Governor’s Mansion (yes, Prescott was the territorial capital on two occasions). You can spend an hour or a day here and they have a museum gift shop with fascinating merchandize.  Here is a YouTube video about the museum: An Inexpensive Arizona Family Getaway – Sharlot Hall Museum

Phippen Museum of Western Art

Phippen Museum of Western Art

(website: http://www.phippenartmuseum.org/ ) opened its doors to the public on October 13, 1984. It is named after George Phippen, first president of the Cowboy Artists of America. The Phippen Museum is located 7 scenic miles north of the Courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott, Arizona. From the downtown area, take Highway 89 North past the Granite Dells. The museum is on the right (4701 Highway 89 North). Their phone number is (928) 778-1385.   

Smoki Museum

The Smoki Museum

(website: http://www.smokimuseum.org/ ) has an interesting and somewhat controversial origin. The “Smoki People” were area businessmen, not native American Indians – for the full story see http://www.smokimuseum.org/page16.html#smoki. The museum is located at 147 N. Arizona Ave. about seven blocks east of the Courthouse Plaza. Their phone number is (928) 445-1230

Here is a quote from their website on the origin of the museum:

Designed to resemble an Indian pueblo, the Smoki Museum was built in 1935 of native stone and wood. It was constructed with labor provided by the Civilian Works Administration and the Smoki People. The Smoki People were a group of Prescott citizens organized in 1921 and dedicated to the perpetuation of American Indian ceremonies and dances.  Until 1990, the Smoki People held annual pageants at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds, but they also became a large social organization focused on developing appreciation for Southwest Indian tribes through the Museum and their annual program. ”

Fort Whipple Museum Sign

The Fort Whipple Museum

is our newest museum (website: http://sharlot.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=124&Itemid=90 The museum was a joint effort between the Bob Stump VA Center and the Sharlot Hall Museum. It is located on the grounds of the VA Hospital on Hwy. 89 in Prescott. Admission is by donation. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Spot – a Child’s Museum

The museum opened in 2009 in the Prescott Gateway Mall. Their website is at http://www.thespotmuseum.org/index.php/the-spot

There vision and mission statements (from their website) are:

Vision    
The spot…a Child’s Museum envisions children as lifelong learners who are inquisitive and knowledgeable about the world and are inspired to become stewards of a peaceful and sustainable planet.    
Mission     
The spot…a Child’s Museum provides interactive play experiences to stimulate curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving for children of all ages.”    

Collection on Loan

The Prescott Area Arts Trust (PAAT) owns the Solon H. Borglum collection currently on view at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. The Solon H. Borglum exhibit features 19 sculptures and other items from the renowned sculptor’s collection. Learn more and read the self-tour guide: Solon H. Borglum Fine Arts Exhibition http://www.pvaz.net/Index.aspx?page=438

The Prescott Area Arts Trust plans to install this collection into a museum setting in Prescott in the future.

Future Museums

Prescott Fire Department logo

Prescott Fire Department Museum

The Prescott Fire Department is the oldest fire department in Arizona. They celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2010. They have accumulated a wide variety of historical fire department memorabilia and plan to have a museum of their own in the future.    

Prescott Frontier Days Worlds Oldest Rodeo

Prescott Frontier Days® World’s Oldest Rodeo Museum

The Prescott Frontier Days® World’s Oldest Rodeo has run continuously since 1888. It will celebrate its 125th season in 2012. Over that long history, Prescott Frontier Days® has collected a large amount of rodeo items of historic value.

About the author

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. While he was mayor, he participated in two Mayor’s Ride to Work and had a Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

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