Sun, May 26

Old Town Association looks toward future<br><i>President talks of community events taking place in historic district</i>

The fall concert series starts tonight and runs every Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Oct. 8. Local bands play at the parking lot across from Cottonwood's city hall. OTA usually sells refreshments at the events.

The Old Town Farmers Market is an event that happens every Thursday until Oct. 7. It's something that's really taken off and done well, Dominick said.

"It's just constantly grown," he said.

Sizzlin Salsa is scheduled for Sept. 19 this year and will run from noon to 7 p.m. Restaurants and locals compete with their favorite salsa recipes.

The event was formerly held on Cinco de Mayo. But because of the number of other events happening in the Verde Valley on that date, OTA members decided to change the date closer to Mexican Independence Day.

Another popular Old Town event has been the annual Chocolate Walk. Dominick said that's really become a key event for the area.

Merchants in Old Town run the Chocolate Walk. Ticket holders go to each of the businesses where they can shop and receive free chocolate.

"Everybody that has come to this has enjoyed the event," Dominick said.

The Chocolate Walk takes place in December and coincides with the Cottonwood Christmas parade and events at the Old Town Mission.

Besides the four key events, OTA is planning to start an annual sidewalk sale next year, Dominick said.

New businesses are constantly coming to the area. With them they bring enthusiasm for the area. But Dominick said it's been the older merchants of the area that have remained the "heart and soul" of Old Town.

"The people that have made Old Town successful … have been the businesses that have been there a long time and survived there," he said.

The future of the Old Town Association could be in the hands of some new faces soon. Five on the nine seats on the board are open. An election is scheduled for September.

Dominick is not sure if he'll be running for a second term but will certainly keep his ties with OTA, he said.

"I think Old Town is a great place within this community," he said.