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Colton House

MNA’s Colton House

Get your tickets now for Saturday’s big event. The Flagstaff Symphony Guild presents its Annual Home Tour – a fundraiser for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. The 2015 Home Tour features five distinctive Flagstaff homes, including the historic Colton House, the original home of Museum of Northern Arizona founders Dr. Harold S. Colton and wife Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton. Built in 1929, it is a 6,000 square-foot Spanish colonial revival-style rock lodge constructed by Hopi craftsmen using local materials, Malpais rock, Ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir. The Colton House is included in the National Register of Historic Places as an outstanding example of regional architecture featuring clay tiles, incised beams, beehive fireplaces, and wrought iron detailing.

For information about the Home Tour and to purchase tickets, contact any of the following Flagstaff Symphony Guild members:

Mary Hostetler – 928-522-0549 or 928-699-7478
Gwen Randolph – 928.526-6058
Marilyn Stratton – 928-522-8288


This Friday is the first Friday of August, it’s time for Flagstaff’s downtown street party – The First Friday ArtWalk!  On the first Friday of each month, art galleries and businesses in historic Downtown Flagstaff open their doors from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. with special art exhibitions, performances, live music, treats and more.  Many downtown hot spots remain open late as the celebration continues. Get an interactive map for your smartphone.

In conjunction with ArtWalk, the free Flagstaff Arts Council Summer Nights Program on Friday features performances by participants in the FunTown Circus Camp, Theatrikids, and Capoeria Amizade – on Heritage Square, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Michael Franti & Spearhead is a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock.  See them on Friday evening at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill, 8:00 p.m.  Tickets:  $42/$49 for reserved seats, $35 lawn.

On Saturday morning, support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Flagstaff (BBBSF) at the Dave McKay Memorial 38th Annual Half Marathon.  The start is at Wheeler Park with activities beginning as early as 6:00 a.m.   Half Marathon, 5K, Kids’ Dash races, and Half Marathon Walk beginning at 6:00 a.m.  Fratelli’s dinner on Friday night for racers, and an awards ceremony after the races at Charly’s Pub & Grill.  Get all the details at the BBBSF website!

Also on Saturday morning, Flagstaff’s Shadows Foundation hosts the 2015 Beth’s Ball Drop at Continental Driving Range.  500 numbered golf balls are sold as a raffle, then the balls are dropped from a helicopter.  The ball closest to the pin wins.  Grand prize is $1000, with other great prizes.  Also featured is Junk in the Trunk.  Get your ball into the trunk of a car from Oxendale and WIN!  Admission is free, balls are $10 each.  Need not be present to win.  Food, music and games.  Be there by 9:00 a.m.

Join a day-long Art Workshop with Sei Saito – Heart to Heart: Coaching the Artist Within — at her studio in Doney Park on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Saito’s Journey exhibition is now on display at the Coconino Center for the Arts.  Workshop guest artists include Al Hinton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Art, and Franklin Willis, professor of painting at the Northern Arizona University School of Art. This workshop is for all levels of artist, from the seasoned and skilled artist to beginners. No experience is necessary. Materials are provided, but seasoned artists are welcome to bring their own instruments if preferred.  $75 per person + $25 for materials.  Coffee and snacks will be provided.  Space is limited.

A fundraiser for the Wildland Firefighters Association, the Founders’ Beer Fest Out West is Saturday afternoon at Dark Sky Brewing Company (117 N. Beaver St.), 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Founders’ Brewing will be featuring six specialty beers including the rare Canadian Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Bourbon Stout. Dark Sky will feature six specialty beers brewed for this event.  Admission includes twelve five ounce pours, a commemorative tasting glass, a deluxe ‘swag bag’ from McGaugh’s Smoke & Bottle Shop, and entry into raffle prize drawings. Food will be available for purchase.  Admission is $50.

Cooks and Chords Flagstaff is a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society – AZ Chapter, on Saturday evening.  Stations of local chef-prepared dishes paired with delicious spirits and wonderfully appointed acoustic music will tantalize guests at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Silent auction.  Limited tickets, not sold at the door.  $50 per person, $25 for persons living with MS.

On Saturday evenings through the summer, it’s Movies on the Square.  Family movies are shown on Heritage Square – this week’s movie, Muppets Most Wanted.  Stake out your spot early, as this is a very popular event!  The movie beginning at dusk, with entertainment for all you early arrivals.  Bring chairs, blanket and picnic.  Vendors also available.

Take a Hart Prairie Nature Walk on Sunday mornings through September 27th with a guide from the Nature Conservancy.  The Conservancy’s Hart Prairie Preserve on the western slope of the San Francisco Peaks presents the opportunity to learn about the birds, wildflowers, forest ecology, and the Conservancy’s work across the region.  Meet at the southwest corner of the Fort Valley Plaza Shopping Center (1000 N. Humphreys St.) at 10:00 a.m.  Essentials include sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear, and drinking water.  No pets please.  For more information call (928) 779-6129.

Historic Flagstaff Walking Tours depart from the train station and Visitor Center every day except Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., led by local historians.  Learn about the buildings, the coming of the railroad, and the rollicking timber industry days of old Flagstaff.  $10 per person.

Each Sunday through the summer there’s an old time “farmer’s market” in the city hall west parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to noon – Flagstaff Community Market.  Area small-scale farmers and vendors sell produce, organic meat, honey, salsas, herbs, flowers, candies, crafts, beverages and more.

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