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Senior Expo Sept 23 2011


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 to learn more about these free resources or contact Debbie Stewart by email or phone (928) 778-3747.

Prescott Arizona comes in at number two on this list. Click on the link, below, to read the full article and see why we rated higher than Sedona:

The New Best Places to Retire

© 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


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.

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.


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 
Gazebo on Courthouse Plaza in Prescott Arizona, photo by Jack D. Wilson
Gazebo on Courthouse Plaza, photo by Jack D. Wilson

Well, the votes for Prescott Arizona as a top retirement destination continue to pile up, the latest is from the prestigious Money Magazine’s 25 Best Places to Retire. Prescott Arizona came in at number four on this top retirement list.

Prescott has been scoring high as a retirement destination since another Money Magazine article identified it as a prime retirement spot in the 1990’s. That article was the start of a migration of retirees from across the country to Prescott Arizona.

The accolades since the initial Money Magazine pick of Prescott as a top retirement destination in the 1990’s continued to pile up – that list is really lengthy, so let us just look as the last one before the current Money Magazine pick. That would be Best Boomer Towns – Prescott: Best 21 U.S. Places for Retirement.

Lifelong Learning Program at Yavapai College

ABC 15 News picked up on the Money Magazine designation of Prescott Arizona as a top retirement destination. They interviewed Dennis Garvey, Director, Lifelong Learning at Yavapai College and here is a link to the story on the ABC 15 News website: Which AZ town ranks highest for retirees? or click on the video below:


So if you are looking for a retirement destination, you may want to consider Prescott. You could repeat my story as I started coming to Prescott in 1995 while still working for a major corporation in Chicago. I moved here in 2000 and then flunked retirement in November 2007 when I was elected mayor.

We have something for almost everyone in Prescott with our mild four-seasons climate. There are a number of other articles on this blog that provide insights into why Prescott is such a great destination, so come visit for a day or two or three or a lifetime!

Photo credits

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


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.

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 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.

Well it started with the Money Magazine’s original article on Prescott Arizona as a top retirement destination. Well it continues today with the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch and their pick of Prescott as the number 3 retirement destination in the country. See the article at 

The top 10 places to retire
Plus two bonus towns for you to consider

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