It’s been a big topic over the last year and it’s here. The time has come. Parking meters are officially starting Friday, October 6th. Check out the Parkflag website for a great deal of info and details.
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On Saturday and Sunday head downtown for the 10th Annual Flagstaff Route 66 Days Charity Car Show featuring over 450 customs, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, sports cars and special interest vehicles. Also featured, over 50 arts & crafts, automotive and food vendors at Wheeler Park.
This weekend, the Grand Canyon Salsa Festival brings together Flagstaff dance enthusiasts and some of the greatest talents from the national performance and competition circuits for a four-night, three-day celebration of ethnic dances and diversity. Workshops also in Bachata, Zouk, Kizomba, Cha Cha, Tango, and Cumbia. At the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff (1175 W. Route 66). Full details and schedule at the event website.
The events of the week-long Arizona Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club’s Colorado River Days culminate this weekend. Hear the contestants in a songwriting contest about the river on Friday evening, 8:00 p.m. at Uptown Pubhouse (114 N. Leroux ). There’s A potluck/BBQ at the Grand Canyon Trust Homestead (2601 N. Fort Valley) on Saturday evening, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. More events on Sunday!
This week’s Downtown Friday Nights features the nationally acclaimed cello and banjo due, The Littlest Birds. They’ve performed their unique blend of Americana music across 33 states and Canada over the past four years including such festivals as the Oregon Country Fair and Vancouver Folk Music Festival as well as sold out concerts for Folk Sessions in nearby Prescott. On Heritage Square, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday’s the first Friday in September – time for the monthly downtown First Friday ArtWalk. The ArtWalk features new art exhibitions in galleries, transformed spaces, restaurants and other businesses. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Details and map.
Enjoy the final concert of the Arboretum at Flagstaff’s Summer Concert Series as Traveler takes the stage on Saturday evening, an innovative fusion of world music and rock. Using traditional ethnic instruments combined with all the power of a full-blown rock band, Traveler’s performances are intense, exotic and adrenaline-driven. The real magic is in the connection they make with the audience. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. 5:30 p.m. Arb and Arts Council Members, $14; non-members are $18; $9 for kids 6 – 16.
It’s the season’s final Movie on the Square, on Saturday evening on Heritage Square. This week’s feature is “The Adventures of Zambezia.” Sponsored by the Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance. Entertainment begins at 5:00 p.m. with the movie at dusk.
What’s behind “they don’t make towns like this anymore?”
Heritage Square in Downtown Flagstaff
For several years, the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau used the slogan, “They don’t make towns like this anymore!” In fact, Downtown Flagstaff was remade in the 1990s; reborn in a major facelift when business leaders organized to transform what was becoming a gritty, badly aging infrastructure, combined with storefront facades mixed from various decades, into the beautiful, walkable downtown area we now see and enjoy.
For a number of years, a rough gravel parking lot remained where a portion of the Babbitt Brothers General Merchandise store and other retailers had been demolished. Part of the old Babbitt Brothers building remains, where Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters, Winter Sun Trading Company, and Late for the Train coffeehouse remain, facing San Francisco Street. The studios of several prominent photographers occupy spaces of the former Babbitt Brothers building, facing Heritage Square.
Flagstaff’s Heritage Square was created on the leveled portion as the “town square,” and the centerpiece of a revitalized Flagstaff, with all new streets, sidewalks, benches, signs and trees. For a time, downtown streets and sidewalks were torn out from storefront to storefront, to allow for the work to be done.
The Square features a winding brick path detailing the history, biology, geology and anthropology of Flagstaff on a series of plaques, and a red brick railroad track design signifying the importance of the railroad to Flagstaff. Even the design of each bench in the Square represents a significant part of Flagstaff — the railroad, Lowell Observatory, the ranching and lumber industries and the Native American heritage.
Heritage Square hosts a series of events aimed at fostering a sense of community, including music, movies, art and fun in the open-air amphitheater. Movies on the Square is a popular summer event each Saturday evening, sponsored by the Downtown Business Alliance. Live entertainment precedes a family movie at dusk in an amphitheater filled to overflowing with lawn chairs and blankets. Live music, festival and educational events are sponsored throughout the summer by Flag Live!and area organizations – local school bands, the Flagstaff Community Band, the Museum of Northern Arizona, dance groups, the Coconino Astronomy Club, the City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation Division, and others.
Heritage Square grew out of the vision of five people: Dick and Jean Wilson, Jim Babbitt, Steve Vanlandingham and Francis McAllister. Residents and visitors to Flagstaff will be grateful for many years to come.