Walkin' on Main helps mark Cottonwood's 50th
The Walkin' on Main celebration returns to Cottonwood Nov. 13. There will be food, drink, music and fun all day long. Shops will be open up and down Main Street.
This year's Walkin' on Main coincides with the 50th anniversary of Cottonwood incorporation There will be a persistent theme of "then and now" running through historical oral histories and sidewalk chalk art.
Street actors will recall Elvis and John Wayne among others that starred in movies over the years filmed in Old Town Cottonwood. There will be a bootlegging costume contest and Jail Trail hikes.
Ten music groups and solo acts are scheduled on three stages throughout the day. Listen for the Sugar Thieves, Knuckleheads, The Cruisers, the Retros, Quick Draw and the Old Town Trio. Check out the music schedule (below) to see where your favorites will perform
In the theme of then and now, Mingus Union High School Art Club students will chalk historic themes on Old Town sidewalks. The sidewalks will be taped off before 9 a.m. so everyone can watch the chalk art unfold.
You can also drool over the antique and classic cars organized by the Mingus Union Hot Rod Club near the north stage.
In addition to the three public parking lots and a lot behind City Hall, there will be additional parking at the Clemenceau Museum, site of the Zeke Taylor BBQ from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The CAT transit buses will shuttles back and forth between the Zeke Taylor Barbecue to Walkin' on Main, so that visitors can participate in both events.
Then and now
In a reflection of the incorporated history that Cottonwood recognizes during Walkin' on Main, each of the old buildings on Main Street will have displays in their windows of the historic businesses that once occupied them. The Cottonwood Hotel will provide a self-guided tour of the town, pointing out individual building stories.
During the 11:30 a.m. announcements and address, Mayor Diane Joens will talk about the success of the Cottonwood incorporation 50 years ago. Margie Beach, whose father was involved in the Cottonwood incorporation effort, will speak and Karen Leff will talk about Old Town's history.
Oral histories will be part of the activities on the North Stage. The Clemenceau Heritage Museum has fragile recordings of memories and oral histories collected from "old timers." Several speakers will read from the transcripts of those memories from 1:30- 2 p.m. A 50th anniversary cake will be cut immediately after the speeches.
Cottonwood minted 1,000 copper-colored commemorative coins in recognition of the anniversary. They are available for sale at $5 each. Administrative Assistant Kyla Allen says there are only 400 left and will be available at the city display.
Ah, Vino under the Wine Tent
Locally produced wines from Verde Valley vineyards and winemakers will be available for tasting beneath the tent. Sample the fine wines from Alcantara Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, Javelina Leap Winery, Jerome Winery, Pillsbury Winery, Freitas Winery, Arizona Stronghold and Bitter Creek.
Enjoy the Art, beneath the Art Tent
Camp Verde, Sedona, Cottonwood and Jerome will be represented with artist organizations, art from two high schools and individual artists and a juried art show. In addition, the Mingus Union Art Club will create art live on the sidewalks of Old Town.
Lots of Verde Valley and regional favorites will be part of the wall-to-wall music and activities on the three stages. The featured act for the day will be the Arizona "Duke of Blues," the Tommy Dukes Band.
Born in Hattiesburg, Miss., Tommy Dukes actually grew up in Winslow, and from the time he was 13-years-old, he made a living singing the blues and playing guitar and harmonica. Now an institution at Charly's in Flagstaff, he was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. He's toured with Blues Boy Willie and opened for John Lee Hooker, the Muddy Waters Legendary Blues Band, Tyrone Davis, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Clarence Carter and many others.