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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
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
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
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
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.
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):
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):
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 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.
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
(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.
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. ”
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.
Prescott Fire Department MuseumThe 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® 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.