December 7, 2018, Prescott-
Every strong community has its special day of community gathering-whether it be a Founders Day or Day of Incorporation. Prescott has several days of community celebration, including Frontier Days, in July, and Tsunami on the Square, in September. Acker Night, in honour of local arts patron James Acker, is celebrated on the first Friday night in December, and features a variety of musicians, holding court in over 130 downtown businesses. The aim is to raise money for arts scholarships, and the donations are usually copious.
I’ve gone down there, for 6 of the seven years I’ve lived here continuously and for both Decembers that Penny, Aram and I lived here, previously. It’s always a incredibly joyful time, regardless of weather or temperature. I end up taking in at least three performances, usually more.
Tonight, the American Legion post had its annual Christmas Dinner, which took up most of the time allotted to Acker Night. I still managed to run into a trio of friends, in the heart of the Square. A couple of visits to performances in the Shops at Hotel St.Michael followed. I ended up at the shop of a friend: Ms. Natural’s and caught their guest guitarist winding up his act. Claudia’s apple cinnamon cake and a robust coffee topped off the evening, and I slipped out quietly, so the ladies could finish their closing activities.
On the way back to my apartment, these scenes caught my eye.
Over two thousand people, many from the Phoenix area, as well us locals, attended this evening’s festivities. It’s events like this which help give Prescott the moniker, “Everybody’s Hometown”.