One of the worst things about growing older is dealing with the deaths of the people we know and love. This last week was particularly difficult as friends and colleagues of Arcosanti and the High Desert Heritage Museum and Visitor Center learned of the passing of Clifford Hersted, artist, author, historian, and authority on the Agua Fria National Monument, its ruins, petroglyphs, history, and the climate of this region.
A resident of Arcosanti, Cliff was instrumental in founding, as well as establishing the Museum and Visitor Center in Cordes Junction. Incredibly creative, but very no-nonsense in his approach, Cliff’s work was thoroughly researched, results accurately written and impeccably published. He expected those who worked with him to exhibit the same attention to detail, and we did. Several years ago, I researched the sources of water serving Cordes Lakes. Cliff insisted on checking my work before it was distributed, even though, as a professional historian, I am an experienced researcher and have been a published author for over 30 years. Thankfully, he approved. His scrutiny was helpful, although I did feel as if I were back in college preparing my senior thesis.
All of us involved with the Museum learned a lot from him, something we will never forget. A celebration of Cliff’s life is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at the High Desert Heritage Museum and Visitor Center on Stagecoach Trail next to Family Dollar in Cordes Junction. An exhibit honoring Cliff, his artwork, and his life will be on display. Come learn more about this talented man and the museum he loved. We are certain that Cliff has joined his ancestors in Valhalla. We will miss him.
On a happier note, there was a lot going on in Holly’s Market when I stopped in to pick up a few things the other day. Joe and Billy, the new proprietors, are making changes, all of which will benefit the customers. Joe said they will be offering a full line of groceries, including meat, produce and frozen food starting this week, so we’ll have more choices. A new butcher was hired to start Monday. A restaurant will be open on the premises by the end of May, serving pizza, chicken, deli sandwiches, and Gyros that can be taken out or eaten on the premises. Yes, there will be a seating area.
Joe and Billy will be changing the store’s name. In the process of thinking of a new name, Joe says he hopes everybody will help choose. All suggestions will be appreciated.
Holly’s is now open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. I’m looking forward to the expansion. We live in a census-designated “food desert,” as the closest full-service mom-and-pop store is in Mayer, eight miles away. For larger shopping we are required to drive 25 miles to Prescott Valley, or to Anthem, to shop at the nearest supermarket.
Some like Phoenix. Not me. I don’t do Phoenix.
Until next time.