Explore Jerome's infamous past during annual Ghost Walk Oct. 7

Jerome's infamous Ghost Walk Tour will be held the same evening as Jerome's second ARTWalk ­ Saturday, Oct. 7. The combination will surely offer another exceptional evening. With the galleries, bistros and shops open until 8 p.m., the hillside town will be teeming with art, food and music. Not only can you enjoy the open studios and art spaces, but help celebrate the unique history of Jerome's mysterious past.

The Ghost Walk, put on annually by the Jerome Historical Society, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The theme is "Jerome -- The Wickedest Town in the West" with portrayals of Jerome's historical characters, numerous brothels, and quick-tempered gunmen. Longtime Jeromians will take visitors step by step where the stories came to be. Purchase tickets early.

"This event sells out year after year," explains Jerome Historical Society archivist Ronne Roope.

There will be three tours: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.

In addition to the Ghost Walk Tour and ARTWalk, the Red Rooster Café of Jerome presents a special dinner inspired by the stories of this year's Ghost Walk. Inspirations include the Cuban Queen Brothel, the Black Cat Brothel and the mysterious Sammie Dean murder. Enjoy a fabulous three-course meal paired with wines before or after the Ghost Walk. Two seatings: 6 p.m. and 7:45, by reservation only.

"If you've joined us for lunch or Sunday brunch, you'll enjoy this special dinner," states Chef and Owner Kim Hollon. "And it's the perfect night to visit Jerome."

The bar will be open for those who prefer just drinks or appetizers. The Rooster sits at 363 S. Main St, next to the Jerome Art Park.

Every major street on the steep hillside will be lined with open doors for visitors. The town will have shuttle service to all four levels. Even the Old Jerome High School has every room filled with painters, potters, photographers, jewelry makers and textile artists.

Sandy Brown, millinery artist and couturier, will host an open studio there with textile artist Vicki Day. The two began their collaboration a little over a year ago.

"We recognized a mutual appreciation of color and texture," explains Sandy.

Brown designs and then Day collaborates on the construction and finishing of the garments and hats. Day dyes her own fabrics, sometimes adding intricate beadwork to the process.

"My designs are inspired by vintage styles and living and traveling abroad," reveals Sandy. "I've always been inspired by the handwork of different culturesŠits quality and creativity given limited resources."

The Brown and Day collaboration is showing at the Day Art Studio & Gallery in the Old Jerome High School, Building B, located on 89A, coming into Jerome. The High School Studios stay open until 9 p.m. for the event.

For information about the Art Walk see www.jeromeartwalk.com or e-mail donna@jeromeartwalk.com.

For information on the Ghost Walk and for ticket prices for the Ghost Walk event go to www.jeromehistoricalsociety.org/ghost/ghost.htm.

For information on the Ghost Walk Dinner at the Red Rooster, call 634-7087.

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