Photo by Nanci Hutson.
Originally Published: June 5, 2016 10:52 p.m.
PRESCOTT – On a hot Saturday night, thousands of people – from this area and the Valley where temperatures were even higher – gathered on the field at Mile High Middle School for the sixth annual Party in the Pines, sponsored by the Prescott Area Young Professionals (PAYP).
Proceeds from the festival will benefit the national Adopt a Classroom program that provides school supplies to public schools across the nation.
Tickets were $20 for those 21 and older, and entitled the guest to a keepsake glass with eight tickets for their choice of 40 different craft beers or wine. For those under 21, or designated drivers, the organizers were asking for a $5 donation.
All attendees were able to walk through what is called the Desert Rose Market, groups of independent vendors selling handmade crafts, homemade food products, such as honey, and vintage art. The market was open throughout the day and evening.
In addition, there were all sorts of food vendor choices serving everything from Jamaican fare to barbecue.
Toward the back of the venue were the beer booths and a shaded area with a musical stage where different bands performed. The entertainers included The Black Moods, The Cross-Eyed Possums, Generation, Trey Odum, and DJ Chris Hussey.
For many, Party in the Pines proved a reunion of sort for guests, whether they were catching up with an old friend from high school, fist bumping former colleagues or maybe chatting with neighbors they rarely have a chance to visit.
Good company, good food, good music and good beer. Quite a combination, attendees concurred.
“I think it’s awesome,” declared Nathan Artlip of Prescott as he hoisted a glass.