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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.

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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.

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.

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!

by Jack D. Wilson   
2009 Rodeo Grand Entry

2009 Rodeo Grand Entry photo by Jack D. Wilson

Folks, it is time to dress western and RODEO!

The Rodeo grounds open two (2) hours before events.

Family Days Discount

Wednesday, June 29, and Thursday, June 30, have been designated “Family Days”.  For $50 two adults and up to four children can get tickets to the rodeo.  This is a discount over our normal prices.  Tickets have to be purchased either by phone (1-866-407-6336) or at our Ticket Office.

Tuesday, June 28
• Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children (Prescott Rodeo Grounds), 5 p.m.
• Rodeo Performance, 7:30 p.m. (Daily Courier night)

Wednesday, June 29
• Rodeo Performance, 7:30 p.m. (Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink night – raising funds for breast cancer research)

Thursday, June 30
• Rodeo Performance, 7:30 p.m. (Country Bank night)

Friday, July 1
• Kiwanis Kiddie Parade, 8:30 a.m. (Cortez & Goodwin St.)
• Rodeo Performance, 7:30 p.m. (Jack Daniels night)
• Rodeo Dance – Family night, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., M&I Bank Parking Lot (303 N. Montezuma)

Saturday, July 2
• Rodeo Performance, 1:30 p.m. (York / Dodge night)
• Rodeo Performance, 7:30 p.m. (Coors / Canyon Distributing night)
• Rodeo Dance – 21 and older, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., M&I Bank Parking Lot (303 N. Montezuma)

Sunday, July 3
• Cowboy Church (Prescott Rodeo Grounds), 8:30 a.m.
• Prescott Rodeo Days Fine Arts & Crafts Show (Courthouse Plaza), 9 a.m.
Prescott Frontier Days Parade (Courthouse Plaza), 9 a.m. – Theme: Rodeo Pioneers
• Rodeo Performance, 7:30 p.m. (Murphy’s Restaurant night)
• Rodeo Dance – 21 and older, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., M&I Bank Parking Lot (303 N. Montezuma)

Monday, July 4
• Prescott Rodeo Days Fine Arts & Crafts Show (Courthouse Plaza), 9 a.m.
City of Prescott‘s Fabulous Fourth (Pioneer Park), Noon-10:30 p.m.
• Rodeo Queen Coronation (Prescott Rodeo Grounds), Noon — this is a FREE event
• Rodeo Performance, 1:30 p.m. (Coca-Cola)

Monday, July 5
• Prescott Rodeo Days Fine Arts & Crafts Show (Courthouse Plaza), 9 a.m.

© 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.

Photo credits

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 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.

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

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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.

Here is a very interesting analysis of the use of Social Media by Dr Jim Hamill on his Energise 2-0 blog. It looks at how European countries are using Social Media to promote tourism. The analysis is analytical and looks at the breath of Social Media use as well as the depth of engagement. Maybe here in Prescott Arizona we can learn from this study.

VisitEngland – Top European DMO for Social Media.

© 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.

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Photo and video credits

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

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© 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

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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

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© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson

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My wife Liz and I remember attending the original stage production of this wild “musical” show over 35 years ago at the Royal Court Theatre in staid London. On Saturday October 23 at 7PM we attended the Lonesome Valley Playhouse’s presentation of Prescott Independent Theatre’s production at the Elks Opera House in what some would say is staid Prescott. I think the pictures of some members of the audience dressed “in character” will dispel that conclusion. The ole town is a changing!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult tradition, some would say the classic cult tradition. It is a parody and a cross between science fiction and B-movie horror films.

The original stage play was transformed into a movie in 1975 and is still being shown at midnight showings around the world. It has a life of its own where people come dressed as their favorite character, several phrases are mirrored by the audience and there are points where things are thrown. That prompted the Elks Opera House to display the following sign at several places:

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I talked to Deputy City Manager Laurie Hadley after the Saturday night performance and they did not have to eject anyone during that performance. However, on Friday they did have to eject someone.

The show

Opening

The show opens with a criminologist (Olga Salazar from Jerome) narrating and setting the scene of Brad and Janet getting engaged and taking a drive where their car breaks down. They find themselves lost and with a flat tire on a cold and rainy, late November evening, but Brad remembers a castle they passed a few miles back. And then the fun begins…BradJanet2

At the beginning of the show Brad Majors and Janet Weiss are depicted as “square” innocents, but that would soon change radically.

Musical Numbers

This is a musical and there are several musical numbers. The first was “The Time Warp.” See the Wikipedia entry for a complete synopsis of the stage production and movie: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Samples from the production

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Brad and Janet soon learn this is no normal castle!

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From one of the musical numbers, doing “The Time Warp.”

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And here we have Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania and his creation Rocky Horror.

The seduction of Janet and Brad

That night Dr. Frank-N-Furter does serial seductions of both Janet then Brad. The dialogue in both seduction scenes is the same.

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After his seduction by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Brad is transformed.

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After her seduction by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Janet tries to get it on with Rocky Horror.

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Staid Brad transformed.

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Dr. Frank-N-Furter near the end of the show in the “I’m Going Home” musical number.

Audience pictures

This performance drew a large crowd. The balcony was very popular for those dress “in character” and it was nearly filled. The main floor was about 3/4 full.

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Counter help

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Here we have Joseph Brehm, City of Prescott Management Analyst (black shirt) and Laurie Hadley (Deputy City Manager) working the concession counter. No wine or beer was available (drat) as they are still waiting for approval of their liquor license from the state.

“In character”

There were many (upwards of twenty) audience members dressed “in character” and this is an example:

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This is a male dressed in drag as the lead character Dr. Frank-N-Furter.  I shot this during intermission.

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The cast list, director and producer courtesy of Andrew Johnson-Schmit.

  • BRAD MAJORS – Jayk Boomer
  • JANET WEISS – Valerye Jeffries
  • CRIMINOLOGIST – Olga Salazar
  • FRANK N. FURTER – Christopher Galinski
  • MAGENTA – Danica Jeffries
  • RIFF-RAFF – Jacob d’Armand
  • COLUMBIA – Willa Cowan
  • EDDIE/DR. SCOTT – Toni Rios
  • Directed by Jacob d’Armand
  • Produced by Clyde Neville
Photo credits

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 by Jack D. Wilson

The Prescott – Caborca Sister City Committee was established in 1972, 38 years and nearing four decades ago. There has been a strong relationship between Caborca, Sonora, Mexico and Prescott, Arizona over that period.

Video trip recap

Technology today allows us to capture the moment almost anywhere and instantly publish those memories on the Internet. I carried my Flip HD video camera with me on this trip and used it to film the following videos.

I hope you enjoy these videos and maybe they will tempt you to join us as a member of the Prescott – Caborca Sister City Committee. Also see my related post Caborca, Mexico Official 2010 Sister City Visit with lots of photographs.

Friday, October 16 2010 – Welcome Fiesta

Saturday, October 16 2010 – Lunch BBQ at Guillermo’s House

Saturday, October 16 2010 – Noche Bohemia Casa de la Cultura

Sunday, October 17 2010 – Dinner and Dance sponsored by Mayor of Caborca

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 and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson

The Prescott – Caborca Sister City Committee was established in 1972, 38 years and nearing four decades ago. There has been a strong relationship between Caborca, Sonora, Mexico and Prescott, Arizona over that period.

On the road

We began our trip with most of the travelers meeting the bus from Prescott Executive Transportation at the old K-Mart parking lot on Willow Creek Rd. We then picked up a couple more in Prescott Valley and finally the last three at the Westgate Mall in Phoenix.

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Here we are at Westgate Mall in Phoenix to pick up three passengers. Don Prince, the City of Prescott Tourism Director missed the connection in Prescott Valley, but caught up with us here. We then proceeded to what Sam Pool calls the “jewel of the Sonoran dessert” Gila Bend for a rest stop.

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At Gila Bend we stopped for a quick lunch (Subway, Thrifty Ice Cream, Pizza and Mexican Grill) and then we headed for the Mexican border. You can enter Mexico without a passport, but you need one to reenter the United States.

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We arrived in Caborca at the El Camino Motel where most of us stayed. We had a couple of hour to unpack and freshen up before the welcome party.

Welcome Party

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Our hosts (plus Pat Pool and Ed Birtic) as we arrived for the Welcome Party. Let the party begin!

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Our bus driver Vicky, Don Prince, Tourism Director, Mayor Marlin Kuykendall and his wife Tana at the Welcome Party.

Saturday activities

Saturday was a very busy day for all of us. In the morning each of us was picked up at the motel by our local host who took us out for breakfast. It is customary (but not mandatory) to give your host a small gift. My wife Liz who is half Swedish picked up a tin of Swedish gingersnap cookies for our hosts Rafael and Lorena de La Rosa.

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At 10:00AM a charter bus from the Pueblo Viejo Church picked us up for a Bicentour (a guided visit to some historical places in Caborca).

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Our first stop was the Cultural Center.

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Above is a four-panel wall mural located in a sky lighted atrium of the Cultural Center (Casa de la Cultura). The mural depicts important symbols, events and people for Caborca and Mexico. The Tour then went on to the petroglyphs and then to the historic mission.

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That afternoon we had a barbeque lunch at Professor Guillermo’s house. Excellent Carne Asada (steak) tacos, drinks, conversation and dancing!

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Above left – preparing the Carne Asada (steak), above right – getting the food table setup.

Noche Bohemia

That evening we returned to the Cultural Center for Noche Bohemia (cheese, bread, wine, poetry and music).

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Scene at Courts of Casa de la Cultura with great band in the background.

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There were a number of pieces by local artists on display and for sale at the Cultural Center. Peggy Martinez is taking a close look at one.

Sunday activities

On Sunday the Prescott travelers again had breakfast with their hosts. Then we had the rest of the day (until dinner) free to relax around the pool, go into town, etc.

Dinner and Dance hosted by the Mayor of Caborca

The mayor of Caborca hosted a dinner and dance at the ballroom of S.N.T.E. (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Education Seccion #4). Since Mayor Kuykendall had already left Caborca I represented him and the City of Prescott.

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Above left, obligatory speeches at the banquet, above right – dancing.

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More dancing!

Helping the Mexican Economy

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Shopping is one of the activities we all seem to enjoy and this trip was no different. A number of us loaded up at the shop in Sonoyta Mexico. One of the most popular purchases was liquor, especially Tequila including some brands not imported to the United States.

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Here is Ed Birtic with one of his purchases, a Piñata for Halloween (Ed lives on Mt. Vernon). 

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Jack Wilson bought this sculpture by Rafael Urias for his art collection.

Photo credits

All photographs 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.

AMA Pro Motorcycle Racing

AMA Pro Motorcycle flat track racing returns to Yavapai Downs on October 9th. See the AMA website for tickets and schedule at http://www.amaproracing.com/ft/events/event.cfm?eid=2010021086

© 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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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:

RonSmithBook

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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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.

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

© 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.   

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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 Arizona continues to receive recognition as a top retirement destination. Money Magazine started the trend with their article spotlighting Prescott in the 1990’s. It has continued unabated since then. The latest article is in Best 21 U.S. Places for Retirement in the Best Boomer Towns blog. Take a look at the article to see why people from all over the United States choose to retire in Prescott Arizona.

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).

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