December 11, 2015, Prescott- What could be more American than jazz rock belly dance? That was one of the features of this annual education fund raiser, that graces Courthouse Square, and most of the businesses that surround it, every second Friday of December, from 5-9 P.M.
The fusion number, “Jingle Bells”, was done by the ladies of Flying Nest Dance Studio, and took place in the area once occupied by the Bird Cage Saloon, now occupied by a lovely outdoor theater. Bird Cage burned down, two years ago, and has since relocated a block or so to the south, on Prescott’s Whiskey Row.
I spent about ninety minutes soaking up the crisp air, crowded downtown and a variety of musical efforts, after enjoying a hot bowl of Murph’s albondigas soup,cheesecake and coffee, at Shannon’s Deli. Shadowbox String Quartet, four young ladies who are among my favourite local ensembles, performed several tunes, en classique, at the Old Sage Bookshop, in the boutique area of Hotel St. Michaels. I then crossed the street to Bashford Court, another venerable indoor mall building, to hear several selections from the Christian and folk group, Manzanita Road. After checking in at Clothes Hound, also on Whiskey Row, I found that Lady T and The Tramps, a country and classic-rock cover group, which features a friend from Chino Valley, had finished for the night. So, it was off to Lifeways Book Shop, for more Rain Forest coffee, and the delightful acoustic tunes of The Larsens. As a bonus, I picked up a book that is sure to delight my little darlings, next week: “The Man Made of Stars”, by M. H. Clark.
It’s been a tough week, but thanks to Acker Night, a couple of re-assuring horoscopes, more reassurance from friends, and an extended olive branch, the road ahead looks better. Now, if we could only do something about Wall Street. Oh, well, ya can’t fix stupid.