Originally Published: July 15, 2011 9:56 p.m.
Go ahead. Lighten up. It's the weekend, you've put in a hard week at work and deserve to get out and have some fun. The yard work can wait and so can that pile of laundry in the hamper and that stack of dishes in the sink.
The cool waters and gorgeous scenery at Lynx, Watson, Willow and Goldwater lakes await you. What about a picnic in the park? Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley all have wide-open, green and lush spaces for you to enjoy, and all you need is a blanket and picnic basket full of your favorite snacks and beverages.
Looking for something that will keep you on your feet? Then how about trotting to downtown Prescott and taking part in the annual Luau at the Old Firehouse Plaza?
The event kicks off with a sand - yes, real sand that's trucked in - volleyball tournament at 10 a.m., and goes until the championship play-off at 5. Those who desire a less strenuous activity will want to join the Island Shop Hop Merchant Tour that lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Want to just party without the kids? Then, head on down for the event's luau that begins at 3 p.m. and keeps on going until lights out at 11 p.m. Partiers are encouraged to dress in Hawaiian garb for the affair, which includes an authentic pig roast, the music of two bands, a live hula performance and two fire-dancing shows. A donation to get into the luau is a mere $5, and the best part of the entry fee is that this money all goes to Prescott Firefighters' Charities to help needy people in our community. Food and drink is on you, of course, but how can you pass up an island pig roast, with all the trimmings, and tropical drinks to boot?
All of this is happening at the Old Firehouse Plaza on Goodwin Street, just a stone's through from the courthouse plaza.
Feeling like more sedentary fare? A place for that would be Prescott Fine Arts theater on Marina Street where the Teen Summer Stock ensemble romps across the stage in "Seussical," a musical full of legendary Dr. Seuss' whimsical characters. They literally come to life from the pages of Dr. Seuss books, and what makes this production a stand- out is that the young thespians not only have roles to play but they also have done most of the behind-the-scenes work in staging the performance. The curtain goes up at 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.
So, like many weekends in the Prescott area, residents have a banquet of entertainment opportunities in front of them.
No excuses for staying home, folks. Step on out and kick your heels.