Prescott, AZ Honored as a True Western Town

If you didn’t already feel like Prescott has a great Western feel, well, now it has just been confirmed by True West Magazine! In their February article, Prescott was named #4 on their list of Top Western Towns. With our World’s Oldest Rodeo, historic downtown area full of Old West culture, and so much more Old West history throughout the town, we’re not surprised.

Read below for what the City of Prescott had to say about the article and being named one of the top Western Towns in the country:

Virgil Earp was a lawman there.  Doc Holliday lived there for a time.  Prescott was an Old West hotbed during Arizona’s territorial days.  And many reminders of that time still stand.

That is one reason Prescott is #4 among True West Magazine’s 2020 Top Western Towns. San Angelo, Texas took the top spot. Prescott will be featured in the February-March 2020 issue, hitting newsstands on February 18, 2020.

Courthouse Square downtown sets the tone with a sidewalk timeline featuring prominent dates in the region’s development. It mixes nicely with the historical plaques along Whiskey Row across the street. That famous strip of saloons includes the Palace, which adorns its walls with wonderful historical photos. At Sharlot Hall Museum, see Arizona Territory’s first governor’s residence, a log cabin restored to its original look. The Fort Whipple Museum tells of frontier life through its vintage 1909 military officers’ quarters, and artifacts such as Army weaponry, photographs and military maps. The Phippen Museum, headquarters for quality Western art, has 17 bronze sculptures and paintings by Solon Borglum. Prescott’s first rodeo took place in 1888 and Prescott Frontier Days rodeo still turns the town upside down with eight days of wild fun over the Fourth of July.

“Prescott is a remarkable Old West town,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell.  “Not only because of its history, but because it has done so much to preserve and present it through buildings, museums, events, and more.  Prescotttruly deserves the designation as a Top Western Town.”

Mayor Greg Mengarelli shared his excitement about the recognition stating, “We’re proud of this recognition we’ve received from True West Magazine and the chance to showcase our western history, heritage, and culture. Our community is rich with experiences from the past and visitors from near and far plan their vacations around them. We look forward to many more years of sharing this rich history and hope to be #1 on the list sometime soon.”

This is the 15th year True West has presented this annual award. Editors base their selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotions of historic resources.

True West magazine is in its 68th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit TWMag.com or call 888-687-1881.

Prescott’s March Calendar of Events!

Spring is nearly here, which means events in Prescott are going to start happening a lot more frequently! We say, bring on the sunshine and festivities! Here is your calendar of events happening in Prescott this month, brought to you by our friends over at Lawyer’s Title.

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Prescott

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Every year on February 14th we celebrate this holiday about love. Candy, flowers, chocolates, and other gifts are spent on our significant others as well as dates and nights out on the town. While the exact origins of Valentine’s Day itself can be a bit murky, we think a day to tell those we love how much we care about them isn’t such a bad idea.

That being said, Prescott has a ton of fun things to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one! In case you’re in need of some last minute date ideas, we’ve got you covered!

Fun Things to Do in Prescott for Valentine’s Day:

  1. The classic “Dinner and a Movie.” Sometimes this is an oldie, but a goodie, especially for those with kids who don’t often get to go to a movie that isn’t rated PG. There are some good movies out right now too and you can choose from either the Picture Show or Harkins to go to.
  2. The Square: Going to Downtown Prescott affords so many things to do! Great places to eat and go for a drink after, walking around the downtown area and strolling through the antique store, coffee shops, book stores, and so much more!
  3. A Day Date: It’s not too late to start your date now! Go for a hike or a nice drive. Prescott has plenty of trails to choose from!
  4. Mini Road Trip: Prescott is so conveniently close to other towns, it would be easy to take a little road trip. Go to Flagstaff for some snow, Sedona to see the gorgeous red rocks, Jerome for a meal and a little bit of history, or even Phoenix which will have so many places to eat and things to do (not to mention beautifully warm weather).
  5. Games: If you’re looking to have some good old fashion fun, maybe go to Freedom Station by Harkins for some mini golf and arcade games. Or, you could go bowling at Plaza Bowl or Antelope Lanes. Another option is to “hit” up Full Swing batting cages in Prescott Valley.
  6. Go to a Brewery: Prescott has quite a few breweries to choose from if this sounds fun to you! Prescott Brewing Company, Superstition Meadery, Lonesome Valley Brewery, Granite Mountain Brewing, LazyG Brewhouse, Thumb Butte Distillery, and more.

These are just a few options of some things to do in Prescott tonight, or this weekend, to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your better half! Have fun!

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!