Tonight is Acker Night!

Acker Night is finally here and we are so excited!

From 5PM to 8:30PM, Acker Night will take place, an event produced solely by volunteers. Opening ceremony takes place on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza at 5PM. Musical acts will begin at 5:30PM and go until 830PM.

A tradition continuing for thirty years now, there will be over 500 performers dispersed throughout the downtown area to sing, play instruments, and raise money for music programs and instruments for the youth in Prescott. Nearly every shop in the downtown area will have someone performing accompanied by complimentary hot cocoa, apple cider, and goodies to eat that they kindly provide free of charge for our delight.

You do not want to miss out on this time-honored tradition that has such a beautiful history behind it. The courthouse will be lit up, there will be carolers and performers everywhere gracing us with their musical talents, there will be dancers performing in the streets, and do we need to mention the hot beverages and treats again? Bring your friends and family, and enjoy the show! BUT, don’t forget your layers because after 5PM the temperatures will drop low! Grab that winter scarf, put on those wool socks and ear muffs, and snuggle up in your coziest jacket. Grip a complimentary hot beverage to warm your belly as you walk around engulfed in music and joy, and take in the Christmas season festivities.

Happy Acker Night to you all! Stay warm!

P.S. For those who are not from Prescott and do not know what Acker Night is, here is a bit of history:

Acker Night is an event that was created to fulfill the wishes of Prescott resident and patron James S. Acker. Living from 1865 to 1955, James S. Acker stated, “All the residue of my estate… I give to the City of Prescott to be used for parks and for promotion of music, particularly for children.”

When Mr. Acker died in 1955, he wanted much of his estate to go towards supporting and promoting music with the youth, which is where Acker Night comes from and why it was created.

Not only did he donate his estate for music, but he also donated a good number of parcels of land he owned to the City of Prescott to be used for parks. Today, from his generosity, we have Acker Park, an 80 acre parcel of natural parkland near the downtown Prescott area. The park includes a one mile loop trail, picnic areas, restrooms with a mural on the outside of the building depicting the history of the land and the nature there, mosaic art walls, an amphitheater, geocaching spots, and more!

Due to Mr. Acker’s generosity – and to fulfill his wishes – we now have Acker Park and one of our favorite Prescott Christmas events: Acker Night!

 

Christmas Parade and 65th Annual Courthouse Lighting

Join us in downtown Prescott for first the Christmas Parade and then later that night for the 65th annual Courthouse lighting.

These events officially kick off Prescott’s Christmas season, which could arguably be labeled the main event season in Prescott considering our town IS called “Arizona’s Christmas city.”

And… trust us when we say, the Christmas events coming up in the next weeks are ones you will not want to miss!

The Christmas Parade will begin at 1PM on Saturday, December 7th, giving you plenty of time to walk around after the parade and enjoy the downtown area before the lighting ceremony begins at night.

At 5PM there will be musical groups performing Christmas songs followed by a reading of the nativity story from the Bible to bring joy and cheer, and a reminder of the reason for the season. The lighting of the courthouse is at 6PM where the entire downtown area is lit up in a spectacular show of Christmas lights and celebration.

Nearly every tree is wrapped in colorful lights, the gazebo is a beacon on display of Christmas radiance, and the courthouse building itself it aglow with Christmas lights and light up decorations to showcase its historic beauty.

Enjoy the lights, an awing sight to see, and hang around afterward to take it all in. With countless restaurants, coffee shops, bars, vintage shops, and so much more, you will have no trouble finding a warm beverage and something to do with your friends and family after the lighting.

We hope you come out to see the show, to take in the Christmas season, and connect with your loved ones!

Prescott’s 2019 Veteran’s Day Parade!

In Prescott, Arizona, Veteran’s Day is a special holiday.

With about 7,000 Veterans in our town and a population of 42,000, that means that about 16.5% of our population is made up of U.S. Veterans. That’s a lot! This doesn’t come as a shock considering Prescott has a great VA Hospital, is known as a great place to retire, and has been attracting more retirees, including veterans, as the years pass.

That being said, Prescott celebrates our Veterans the only way we know how… with a parade of course!

On Veteran’s Day this Monday November 11th, from 10:30AM to 1PM, there will be a parade in downtown Prescott to celebrate all those who’ve fought for us, our freedom, and our country, and whom we are honored to know.

Here’s some more info about the parade from the City of Prescott’s website:

“Opening ceremony begins at 10:30am on the main stage (Cortez St and Union St) across from the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. Parade will begin promptly at 11:00am.

Parade route is as follows: Corner of Cortez St and Willis, south on Cortez St to Goodwin St, Weston Goodwin St to Montezuma (Whiskey Row)), and then north on Montezuma to Sheldon St.

Participation in the parade is free. Please click 2019 Veterans Day Parade Application for a participation application.”

We hope to see you there as it is a beautiful Prescott tradition that honors our Veterans and is fun for the whole family – not to mention there are plenty of fabulous places to eat and drink with your loved after the parade!

Happy early Veteran’s Day to all our Vets out there! We could never say thank you enough for the sacrifices you’ve made for us and for your country! We are forever grateful!

 

 

Happy Almost Halloween!

Tomorrow is Halloween! A day full of fun, dress up, candy, pumpkins, friends and family, and more!

Halloween on Mount Vernon

In Prescott, a common place to celebrate the Holiday and go trick-or-treating is on the iconic Prescott street of Mount Vernon, occurring on Thursday October 31st (obviously).

Probably Prescott’s main Halloween attraction, this is a town “event” you won’t want to miss. The entire street gets closed down in the afternoon as trick-or-treaters flock to the site by the hundreds. People come from all over to trick-or-treat, get some cocoa or cider that is often offered by many homes, enjoy all the Halloween decorations the residents worked so hard to put up, and walk down the beautiful street of orange stained trees changing for the Fall. A family event for all, you’re sure to have fun and a night to remember at this time-honored Prescott tradition.

Make sure you dress warm though! The temperature high on Thursday is only 60 degrees, which means it will get pretty chilly at night during trick-or-treating hours.

Halloween History

In case you were curious about the Halloween holiday and it’s historical origin, here’s a small history recap of how Halloween came to be from history.com:

“Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2019 occurs on Thursday, October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.”

 

Whether you’re staying at home to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, going to Mount Vernon with your friends and family to partake in the festivities, going to a Halloween costume party, or just staying in and watching scary movies, we hope you have a great Halloween holiday! From all of us here at the Kathleen Yamauchi Group, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Columbus Day History

Columbus Day, while perhaps becoming slightly controversial in our time, is still a celebrated day on the calendar every year (for now).

Though there is still school and it is not a bank Holiday, it is recognized every year on the second Monday of October and this year that day is on Monday the 14th.

That being said, here is a quick video from History.com that ponders whether or not Columbus was truly the first person to discover America.

Click Here to watch the video.

 

For some things to do this weekend, you might head to the Downtown Square where there will be a Craft show going on all day Friday and until 3PM on Saturday.

Another option would be to head over to Watson Lake where there will be a Corvette car show from 10AM to 2PM on Saturday.

Also going on at Watson is “The Big Sting – Its a Country Thing” from Friday at 3PM to Saturday at 11:30PM. This event states, “Come see what all of the Buzz is about… Escape to the Country for an Exclusive Music Camp out weekend in the rocks with You and 3000 of your closest friends with the Shadows Foundation out at Watson Lake, Prescott, Arizona. Concerts, Food, Beer, Camping, family, friends, sunshine, Corn Hole, other games and more!”

We hope you have a fabulous weekend in our amazing town of Prescott, Arizona!

October Events in Prescott!

Fall is here and that means it’s time to start kicking off Prescott’s Fall season events! From fun events in downtown to pumpkin patches around the quad cities, there’s plenty to do! Check out this month’s events below, brought to you by our friends at Lawyer’s Title.

Healing Fields 2019!

Tomorrow, Friday, September 6th, is the beginning of Patriot Week. From September sixth at 10AM to September thirteenth at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Theater on the Green, there will be the 9th annual Healing Fields event.

Healing fields is special and awing event held every year over Patriots Week to remember the event of 9/11, and the lives lost that day.

Healingfield.org says:

“Commemorating the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001, Prescott Valley will continue its proud 8-year tradition as Northern Arizona residents come together to experience this awe-inspiring display of the Stars and Stripes. 3,000 U.S. flags flying at the Civic Center will again create an unforgettable panorama of optimism and healing. Area residents may visit the display at the Prescott Valley Town Center from Friday, September 6th through Friday, September 13th of 2019. The Prescott Valley Healing Field display is a gift to the community made possible through donations, sponsorships and the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. You can show your support and gratitude by sponsoring a flag or making a donation. We invite all to visit the Prescott Valley’s display and walk with us among the posted flags. The display is open to all without charge. The North Arizona Healing Field is a not to be missed event.”

The 3,000 flags are for those who lost their lives on 9/11 and each flag represents a person who perished on that day and is accompanied by a short bio and display set up on the flag.

Along with the display of flags, there will also be various events going on throughout the week to participate in and bring your friends and family to:

September 6 – September 13th: Healing Field flags on display around the clock.

Saturday, September 7th at 7AM: 2019 Patriot Run

Saturday, September 7th at 9:30AM: Blessing of the Fields

Saturday, September 7th at 6PM: Patriotic Youth Concert

Tuesday, September 10th at 6PM: FREE Community Concert High Desert Brass

Wednesday, September 11th, at 6PM: Ceremony honoring those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

*All concerts and programs are at Theater on the Green at the Prescott Valley Civic Center.

Proceeds from these events go to benefit the Central Arizona Honor Guard travel fund to pay respects to fallen firefighters.

If you’d like to be involved in this beautiful event, you can still sign up to volunteer by contacting Molly at healingfieldpv@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed to help set up flags, work the information booth, and assist in taking down flags after the display is over.

 

Labor Day Weekend Events in Prescott!

Labor Day is almost here! A three-day weekend away from work and to have a little extra time to relax, or get some extra things done around the house, or even go out of town for a quick getaway.

If you’re planning on staying in Prescott this weekend for the Holiday and are looking for some things to do – or perhaps you have family and friends coming to you for Labor Day for their getaway and you’re looking for some things to do together for entertainment – here are some events going on in town this weekend to keep you occupied.

Edible Landscape with Trees and Berries

When: Saturday, August 31st from 9:30AM – 10:30AM

Where: Watters Garden Center, 1815 W Iron Springs Rd, Prescott, AZ 86305

What: “Have your landscape and eat it, too! We’ll share the tips, tricks, and recipes that make for a better, healthier and tastier landscape. Plant experts will be on hand after the class that specializes in fruiting designs that can be eaten after planting.

Cost: FREE

Water Lantern Festival

When: Saturday, August 31st from 4:30PM – 930PM

Where: Watson Lake, 3101 N AZ-89, Prescott, AZ 86301

What: “Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. Enjoy Food Trucks, music, and fun, and design your own lantern.

Sugar and The Mint Performance

When: Saturday, August 31st from 7PM – 9:30PM

Where: Elks Theater & Performing Arts Center, 117 E Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86301

What: “All Elks Theatre net proceeds benefit the Community Outreach and Scholarship Program! Sugar and the Mint’s spirited take on folk and bluegrass excites audiences across the country. The band synthesizes genres into a sparkling repertoire of original songs, balancing first-time singalong hooks with robust musicality. Sugar and the Mint’s unique vocal approach features complex, ethereal harmonies supporting accessible melodies. Informed by everything from bluegrass to baroque to current pop and country, the traditional blend of guitar, violins, mandolin and bass instrumentation is anything but standard-fare acoustic music.”

Vintage Baseball

When: Saturday, August 31st from 7PM – 10PM

Where: Ken Lindley Field, 702 E Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86301

What: “Two vintage baseball teams from the Valley will be combining to play a match of 1860-rules baseball against the hometown Prescott Champions. You will definitely recognize this early play as baseball and will surely enjoy the quirky rules and customs. You’ll learn about the original Champions of the 1870s, some of the terms and language of the era, as well as getting to cheer on both clubs as they score their “aces” or make spectacular plays in the field. There will be baseball trivia questions (win baseball cards!!!!), chances to handle century + old bats and mitts, and who knows, perhaps a chance to actually hit (using our authentic reproduction bats) against 19th century, underhand pitching!! And, with all this going on, you’ll probably work up an appetite, so walk across Washington St. to a food truck we’ll have available. Although night games were not played in the 1860s, we’re bending the authenticity rules a bit to allow for a chance to watch some fun baseball without worrying about the heat. Should you have questions please contact Ace at mradrian06@yahoo.com. Our website is currently being created!”

Cost: FREE

Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers Labor Day Weekend Concert

When: Monday, September 2nd from 1PM – 8PM

Where: Grand Highland Courtyard, 154 S. Montezuma St, Prescott, AZ 86303

What: Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers play Rock, Americana, Southwest Rock, and Alt-Country. They will also have special guest Kaileena Martin.

Cost: $25.

Prescott

If none of these things sound like something you’re interested in, don’t forget we live in a gorgeous town! Take a hike on one of the innumerable trails that make up our recreational areas. Rent some kayaks at Watson or Goldwater Lake and relax in the sun. Walk around downtown and enjoy the thrift stores, art galleries, great food and drink, and beautiful square. Though the weekend will be a little warm as far as weather goes, it’s a great time to soak up the last rays of summer. Fall will be here before we know it!

How to Up Your Outdoor Entertainment Game

With our summer months coming to an end, we can’t help but want to squeeze in every outdoor party, BBQ, and get together that we possibly can before the weather starts cooling off again.

There is nothing better than having friends or family over for a fun backyard party. Grilling, good drinks, board and yard games, water activities, and just good company with good conversation. What’s not to love?

If you’re wanting to throw a few last shindigs before summer is officially over – whether you have a huge yard for entertaining, or just a small deck – here are some things you can do to revamp your parties for the remainder of the season.

Get Some Giant Games

Who doesn’t love games like Jenga and Connect Four? Well, now you can get giant versions of these to put in your backyard to enjoy at every BBQ. These paired with your more traditional games such as Corn Hole and Can Jam (a new game that is growing in popularity), and your guests will have plenty to do to keep the fun going all night long.

Get an Outdoor Bar and Cooler

A traditional cooler will do the trick when having friends and family over, but if you really want to class up your outdoor parties, perhaps consider getting a nice outdoor bar. These tables often have expanding tops that hold drinks in ice beneath the surface and also create space to set your party foods such as chips and dip.

Get a Camouflaged Speaker

Nowadays, with so many varying types of Bluetooth speakers, there are so many great ways to bring the beats to you. One of these ways is camouflaged speakers. These are weather-proof speakers that look like a part of your normal landscaping (ex: like a rock), so they aren’t obtrusive, but also provide great tunes year-round for your outdoor festivities. This way you can just connect to your speakers outside rather than having to bring out your indoor Bluetooth speaker every time you want music.