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Chino Valley in Brief: 8th annual 'Boot Drop'set to ring in New Year

Fireworks erupt from the top of the parking garage at the 6th Annual Whiskey Row Boot Drop in downtown Prescott Saturday, Dec. 31. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Fireworks erupt from the top of the parking garage at the 6th Annual Whiskey Row Boot Drop in downtown Prescott Saturday, Dec. 31. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

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8th annual ‘Boot Drop’ set to ring in New Year in downtown Prescott

Those on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott at the stroke of 10 p.m. or midnight will be thrilled to the original spectacle of the Whiskey Row New Year’s Eve Boot Drop.

Thousands will welcome 2019 on Monday, Dec. 31, from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This will be the eighth annual event and is free to all ages.

The festive 6-foot illuminated cowboy boot lowers down a 40-foot flagpole atop the historic Palace Building with two drops; the first at 10 p.m. and the second at midnight. As the crowd cheers both drops, fireworks will light up the night sky. The earlier drop occurs simultaneously with the traditional “ball drop” in New York City.

The event is especially popular with young families and those who wish to retire early, although many stay to cheer for both drops in a fitting closing celebration in Arizona’s Christmas City.

Prize are given throughout the night with DJ music by Magic 99.1 FM, rides on a Ferris wheel, and food and drink from local vendors.

For more, contact Matt Brassard at 928-848-4182 or go to

The art of brewing your own kombucha

Do-it-yourself winter tonics will be explored in a unique and timely workshop that explores the whys, how-to’s and benefits brewing your own kombucha, an ancient elixir.

The Art of Brewing Your Own Kombucha workshop includes a taste-testing, starter kit ($25 value), step-by-step instructions and recipes for creating twists to your brew are included.

A $30 pre-registration required by Jan. 3 to 928-445-4565, at 219 W. Gurley St., Prescott, or online at:

United Daughters of Confederacy offers scholarship

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Johnny Reb Chapter 2674, offers a scholarship of $500 for female students with a 3.0 GPA. The applicant must be a lineal descendant of a Confederate ancestor.

The application deadline is March 1. Contact Kay Harlan, president, at 928-717-7246 for more information.

Archaeologist to discuss Southwestern Indian rock art

Ancient Indian pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. However, are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans themselves?

Allen Dart illustrates southwestern petroglyphs and pictographs, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives.

This presentation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Prescott Valley Public Library’s Crystal Room.

Dart is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since 1975. He is a state cultural resource specialist/archaeologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and volunteer director of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Archaeology Center nonprofit organization, which he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology, history, and cultures.

Dart has received the Arizona Governor’s Award in Public Archaeology, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society’s Victor R. Stoner Award, and the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional Archaeologist of the Year.

If you have questions, please call 928-759-3040.

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