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  • Jivin’ June

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the CornerNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson The Highlands Center for Natural History is always hopping, but this month in particular offers a bevy of happenings for those who seek culture en plein air. Prescott Jazz Summit kicks off their Howlin’ at the Highlands summer concert run on Saturday, June 7 with guest vocalists Dennis Rowland and Diana Lee. Rowland was the voice of the Count Basie Orchestra for many years, and Lee is an accomplished singer, pianist, and composer. Folk Sessions presents Tucson’s I Hear Voices and Phoenix-based Three-Legged Dog on Saturday, June 14. You can round out the month there with Shakespeare in the Pines on Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28 with an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception preceding a performance of “A Midsummers Night’s Dream” by Laark Productions. Movies on the Yavapai County Courthouse lawn are back this year as part of Prescott’s Summer Concert Series. On Wednesdays starting June 4, you can park your lawn chairs on some of the greenest grass in town and bask in the cool glow of the moon while watching family favorites. Additional free nightly events (Tuesdays-Saturdays) are planned through summer and include live music in various genres. Check the city calendar for details. If movies under the stars aren’t your cup of tea, but you like your free cinema in unusual places, consider attending a series of films documenting the art, history,

  • Marvel-us May-nia

    May 2, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner3,190 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson I love a good fiesta. Prescott celebrates Cinco de Mayo 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3 on Gurley Street on the north side of the Yavapai County Courthouse Square. It’s a family affair with bouncy houses and activities for the kids, a street taco competition, margarita contest, and plenty of food and drink for sale. Make sure to catch the mariachi bands and folklorico dancers. Saturday, May 3 also marks the opening day of the tasting room at Thumb Butte Distillery on the corner of Moeller and Washington streets. Doors open at high noon. It’s the first legal distillery here in Prescott since prohibition ended in 1933. This is a fine establishment specializing in whiskey, bourbon, gin, and vodka, all fashioned on site. A plan for dark rum in time for summer is in the works as well as a line of bitters. Local juniper berries and sage are added to the Gurley Street Gin, and local corn and wheat are sourced for their whiskeys. The distillery’s tasting room is charming, and they’ve added a deck for you to bask on while sipping libations. Sit and savor. Speaking of prohibition and fine establishments, the former Sundance’s Place/Scottie’s has undergone a stunning metamorphosis into The Point, an upscale affair with a fabulous drink menu. Leather and old fashioneds replace the cracked vinyl and Pabst Blue Ribbon this

  • April appearances

    Apr 4, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner2,577 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson Rather than culminating in a single day, Earth Day events promise a red-letter month for Prescott. The proficiently proactive Prescott Creeks Preservation Association has planned some stellar jollifications beginning with their own fete on Arizona Gives Day, Wednesday, April 9. Activities begin bright and early at 8 a.m. with a guided bird walk in Watson Woods, courtesy of Karen O’Neal of the Prescott Audubon Society. If you’d rather indulge in sweets rather than nature, stop by at noon for a cupcake at their brand new cabin (office) adjacent to the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve (northeast corner of Arizona 89 and Rosser), one of the Creeks’ own ongoing projects. Hunt for art materials at 2 p.m. in the preserve with Paula Cooperrider followed by an upcycling mini-seminar at 3 p.m. with local philanthropist Jean Lutz. Top the day off with a glass of wine at 5 p.m. and listen to Sharon Arnold wax lyrical. Arizona Gives Day, Wednesday, April 9 is a statewide opportunity to show your support and connect with the state’s various non-profit organizations by donating online at AZGives.Razoo.Com. One related deal, among many leading up to the day, is at The Hike Shack: Buy any pair of Patagonia shoes and the shoe company will donate $20 to the Highlands Center for Natural History. If your wallet feels a little lean, consider giving the gift of

  • February favorites

    Jan 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner2,247 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson Due to the absence of wintry weather, I’ve found myself out-of-doors a good deal lately watering thirsty plants and trees, hiking and biking, and generally enjoying balmy above-average weather. But part of this time has been allotted to wondering where the heck winter is and — dare I say it? — craving snow. I’m ready: I’ve got a new all-wheel drive car, snow pants, boots, and sleds all accumulating dust. There are benefits to the lovely weather, though. Instead of building snowmen, I’ve been shopping the first season of the Prescott Community Market’s outdoor Winter Market over at Prescott College. There are quite a few vendors including two of my favorites from the regular farmers market: Whipstone Farms and Burning Daylight Farm. In mid-January, I purchased the most amazing fresh carrot bunches — a welcome alternative to the ones I’d been buying at the grocery that seem straight out of a Dickens’ novel. You’ll also find local honey and lavender along with baked goods, samosas, and homemade pastas. Visit 10 a.m.-2 p.m., every Saturday through April. Whipstone Farms’ produce is also enhancing plates at Soldi Back Alley Bistro (formerly Soldi Food Cart), 111 Grove Ave. The restaurant is still serving up gourmet street food out of their cute-as-a-button kitchen on wheels, but now, in addition to the patio, they offer indoor seating. The grand reopening was Jan

  • January hijinks

    Jan 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner2,377 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson I try to shop local whenever possible. However, holiday shopping necessitated a trip to Prescott Valley’s Kmart. In line, I heard customers commenting on how they thought the new Walmart Supercenter opening this month in Prescott Valley was going to negatively impact other chain stores. Though decidedly not a fan (I’ll spare you my anti- Walmart rant), the fact that our adjoining burgs of Prescott and Prescott Valley can potentially sustain three Walmarts and a Sam’s Club within a seven-mile radius truly mystifies me. It also perplexes me that folks might wait in line before 5 a.m. for a chance to win a card entitling them to a free McDonald’s Big Mac each week for a year, special sauce or not. The new McDonald’s at Prescott’s Frontier Village opens 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. The first 100 customers get the Big Mac card. Technically, since the price of a Big Mac is nearly $4, you’d receive around $200 of Big Macs in a year, which is no small fry. Suffering from post-holiday blues? The Second City’s production “Happily Ever Laughter” at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Jan. 19 should have you rolling in the aisles. The famed Chicago-based company has been in the business of funny since 1959. Alums include Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Mike Myers, and Jason Sudeikis as well as

  • December diversions

    Dec 6, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner3,320 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson “Na, na, na. Gonna have a good time. Hey, hey, hey!” Even though The Good Good restaurant at 530 W. Sheldon St. didn’t get its name from the classic “Fat Albert” TV show, it’s got that kind of vibe — a feel-good 1970s vibe, that is, in the best way possible. Its close proximity to Prescott College makes it the perfect place for students to hang and nosh on inventive grilled cheese creations (the house specialty) with surprise ingredients like chutney, Tabasco, and gouda. Whether the PC student population is cause or effect of the laid-back atmosphere is uncertain, but every time I’m there, I feel like I’m at The Hub in “That ’70s Show.” The décor is simple and unpretentious. Functionality over frills for certain. Though the menu is limited to grilled cheese concoctions, the concept is good, and they have soups, salads, and yummy baked goods to fill in the gaps. The Good Good opened in August, and I’d say owner Matt Pyatt has accomplished his goal of making the restaurant a community gathering place, and not just for students. Movie nights, poetry slams, and live music have all found a home at The Good Good. Some of the bands featured (both touring and local) will surprise you. They’re also staying up later than most restaurants ―until 10 p.m. most nights and 2 a.m. on

  • November nourishment

    Nov 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner1,923 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson Love art but don’t always have the means to procure it? Boy, do I have a solution for you! If a local weekly scavenger hunt where the reward is a piece of art to keep for your very own (gratis) sounds too good to be true, look no further than Found Art Fridays hosted by Ollie’s Project Free ART on Facebook (search armyoart). Every Friday, a hint is posted on their Facebook page as to the location of a piece or pieces of to be found art, and all you have to do is … find it. The Project started back in September, and the treasures already found range from hand-knit, rainbow legwarmers to canvas paintings to jewelry, all created and donated by local artists. Artists are encouraged to share their love of art by participating — there are absolutely no rules to govern the medium of what you contribute. The possibilities are endless, and the results (abundant smiles of joy) are a sparkling reminder of why most of us create in the first place. Ollie’s community enterprise is chock full of heart and inspires warm, fuzzy feelings upside downside. While we’re talking art, Textiles & Textures Artisans Studio has fostered a creative exhibit titled “Prescott on Camera” featuring 17 artists who, for 48 hours, photographed 17 pieces of our local topography. (The original billing was 48-48-48,

  • October ostentations

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner2,784 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson BiGA. Until they added “FUN DINING” to their front black awning, I was under the impression they were a hearing aid store (and I don’t think I was the only one). They are, in actuality, a sweet, newish restaurant on Miller Valley Road, where Roman Ristorante used to be. The place has been redone in minimal but tasteful décor, and the menu is equally spartan and unfettered with choices to satisfy all. The menu changes frequently so selections are always changing leaving the element of culinary surprise. I had a blue cheese bacon burger and house salad and, as I dined, I eyed the wine and drink menu board, which looked promising. BiGA. is locally run but has a decidedly urban vibe. It’s definitely on the happenin’ side of P-town. The Dustbowl Revival is coming to the Highlands Center 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, courtesy of The Folk Sessions, to help celebrate their 10-year anniversary. The revival is a music collective hailing from Venice, Calif., but don’t let their locale fool you — their sound is straight from the hills, with sweet, swampy harmony and plenty of porch stomp. Songs like “New River Train,” off their latest album, Carry Me Home, are sure to set your boots to tapping. Tickets are only $12. Prescott may be Arizona’s Christmas City, but October happenings suggest the additional moniker “Halloweentown.”

  • September stimpack

    Aug 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner2,338 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson Saturday, Sept. 14 marks the inaugural Top Dawg Cornhole Tournament at Heritage Park. “Cornhole” sounded slightly suspicious, if not pornographic, to me and, being a Midwesterner from the land of corn, something that I should’ve already know about. For those of you not in the know, it has nothing to do with corn or pornography. It’s basically a bean bag board toss game – but with plenty of fun, say-what? terminology like “hammer,” “dirty bag,” and “nothing but hole.” Warm ups are 8:30-9:30 a.m. and bags fly at 10 a.m. It’s B.Y.O.B., which includes bags, boards, and beer. There are cash prizes for the top four teams in all divisions, live music, and vendors selling equipment for those of us not already properly equipped. I’m nothing less than intrigued, and this sounds way better than horseshoes. Visit PlayCornHole.Org for more of the game’s ins and outs. Also on Sept. 14, down at the Yavapai County Courthouse Square, you’ll find some folks celebrating the 10th anniversary of Prescott Recovery Day with inspirational speakers, information booths, and free food. I was under the impression that every day is Happy Recovery Day here in Prescott. We’re listed as one of the top 10 Sober Living Cities in the U.S. on TheFix.Com (right up there with Boston and New York City), which highlights the “dozens of sober-living recovery facilities, halfway houses, and

  • Around … … the Corner

    Jul 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the CornerNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson Chances are you’ve heard of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. It draws vendors and buyers from the world over and is quite a big dealio. The Prescott Gem and Mineral Show is, in contrast, a much smaller show, but it’s definitely a quality show. This is the event’s 10th anniversary. Savvy buyers will find nearly 50 vendors selling rocks, gems, jewelry, fossils, beads, equipment, and more. It’s been gaining notoriety and kudos these last several years, and, for the first time, is at Tim’s Toyota Center. The show runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2-4. There’s a nominal entry fee, but kids under 12 are free. Shine on. Acker Night is a much-celebrated December event, but fans can get downtown (get it?)10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 for Acker on the Plaza on the Yavapai County Courthouse Square. Though free, this summertime Acker music event benefits the Chino Valley High School Music Department, so don’t forget your wallet and make a donation. The full schedule is online at AckerNight.Com. Speaking of December, I usually only head out to Walker in search of winter fun, but the Walker Fire Department is hosting a promising open air Art Market. It’s 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at 5881 E. Walker Road. About 50 vendors are selling art, crafts, antiques, and

Celebrating art and science in Greater Prescott.

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