Dolan Ellis presents “Arizona Characters”
Appointed as Arizona’s first — and only — “Official State Balladeer” in 1966 by then-govenor Sam Goddard, renowned musician Dolan Ellis offers a chance to experience the many interesting Arizona characters he’s met exploring little-known places that have shaped our state. From a journey to the ghost town of Sunnyside to meet Brother McIntyre, the town’s last resident, to tales of desert rats and ranchers, hotshots and Apache warriors, it’s an intimate concert full of Arizona lore, performed at the 4-acre Arizona Folklore Preserve, a tucked-away retreat dedicated to preserving the songs and stories that celebrate Arizona and our western heritage and culture.
DETAILS >> Doors open 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June. 1. Arizona Folklore Preserve, 56 E. Folklore Trail. $15 for adults, $6 for children 17 and younger. Reservations are recommended; provide your name, date of the show you wish to attend, number of people in your party, and your telephone number. (520) 378-6165 or ArizonaFolklore.com.
Prescott Sesquicentennial Celebration & Antiques on the Square
Prescott celebrates its 150th birthday this weekend. The fun kicks off Friday with a formal ceremony and proclamation, followed by the devouring of a 150-foot-long birthday cake (that’s about the length of half a football field) provided by Costco. Throughout the weekend, revelers can enjoy live performances and a “Western Village” with re-enactments, shootouts beer and wine gardens, exhibits from the Sharlot Hall Museum and other attractions. From riding a mechanical bull to face-painting, children will also have various activities to choose from.
Concurrently, if you’re into antiques, you can visit Antiques on the Square just a few steps away. The event will feature more than 50 dealers with glass, pottery, furniture, art, jewelry and other items. It’s sponsored by the Thumb Butte Questers, who donate 100 percent of their profits to local historic preservation projects.
DETAILS >> Sesquicentennial Celebration is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 30 through June 1. Historic Courthouse Square, 120 S. Cortez St., and Mile Hi Middle School, at the corner of Montezuma and Goodwin. Most outdoor events will have free admission. (800) 266-7534. Antiques on the Square is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Historic Courthouse Square. (928) 776-7220. Info on both events is at Visit-Prescott.com.
Flagstaff Outdoor Indian Market
Established by Flag local Don Dent as a way to provide Native American artists an opportunity to show their work, the new Flagstaff Outdoor Indian Market features handmade artwork in a variety of mediums from some of the best Native American artists in the region. The Market is open seven days a week, with various performers making appearances on the weekends.
DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 1-30. Near Beaver Street Brewery, 11 Beaver St. Free. (928) 814-5064 or email FlagIndianMarket@gmail.com.