Sixty days of celebration will lead up to the City of Scottsdale’s 60th anniversary on June 25, 2011. These events are created and hosted both by the City of Scottsdale and by community groups and businesses.
The Scottsdale 60th anniversary celebrations scheduled through June 25 are:
History of the Famous Scottsdale Art District
Scottsdale has always been a mecca for artists from all over the country. Kathy Duley from the Scottsdale Art District will present the fascinating history of art in Scottsdale from a locally appreciated arts area to a worldwide renowned arts destination.
When: 6-7:30 p.m., June 22
Where: Scottsdale Civic Center library auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Info: Free, www.scottsdalelibrary.org/events
Scottsdale Public Art 100+ Journals Workshop. Visual Art Journaling: Diamonds in the West led by Cyndi Coon
In this Visual Art Journaling participants will have the opportunity to learn new techniques, both two and three-dimensional. All participants will be given journaling prompts related to Scottsdale, 60 years and diamonds as ideas for creating each page.
When: 4-6 p.m., June 23
Where: Scottsdale Civic Center library Gold Room, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Info: Free, www.scottsdalepublicartblog.org/workshops.html
SMOCA opening night
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Summer Celebration opening party will allow visitors to see three new summer exhibitions, meet the artists & architects, mingle with the curators and try your hand at some hands-on crafting workshops in conjunction with the ‘Crafting Community’ and the new, L.A.-based flagship store ‘Splendid’ (opening in Scottsdale Fashion Square).
When: 7-9 p.m., June 24
Where: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd St.
Info: Free, www.smoca.org, www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179686668752443
Old fashioned Cowboy Campfire
This Free concert features the best cowboy singers in Scottsdale, poets reciting comical cowboy poems and story tellers sharing stories about fun and quirky Scottsdale historical facts, the Verde Vaqueros, Scottsdale Charros and more.
When: 7:30-9 p.m., June 24
Where: Scottsdale Amphitheater (north of the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd)
Info: Free, www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/campfire
Scottsdale Breakfast Birthday Bash and Mayor and Council Breakfast
Party goers will enjoy a free breakfast buffet, visit with Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane and City council, hear stories by Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official historian, and see the unveiling of Scottsdale’s birthday cake created by Chef Tracy DeWitt, Food Network competitor and Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale instructor. Entertainment will be provided by the Ms. Senior Arizona Performing Group and Gary Sprague, the City’s Singing Cowboy. Activities for kids will include vintage games like an obstacle course, rope a “horse”; bean bag toss and an egg relay. The Scottsdale Gem wall will also be on display.
When: 7:30 – 10 a.m., June 25
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.
Info: Free, www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/breakfastparty
W Scottsdale to host The Grand Soiree for Scottsdale’s 60th Birthday
W Scottsdale transforms into a chic cowboy venue where guests listen to Resident DJ Soulman as he infuses classic country hits into his coveted playlist of hip and sultry beats. Take a flash back with old time props at a Western photo booth allowing event attendees signature snapshots as departing souvenirs. Guests are also encouraged to wear their best Western duds from boots and jeans to cowboy hats, complementing W Scottsdale’s chic Wild West night.
When: Doors open at 8 p.m., June 25
Where: 7277 E. Camelback Rd.
Info: Free, www.WScottsdaleHotel.com/Scottsdale60
Celebrate Scottsdale’s 60th Birthday at The Capital Grille with a $60 Dinner for Two-Scottsdale location
Enjoy a fine dining experience to celebrate Scottsdale’s 60th Birthday for two for $60 with an appetizer, entrée, one accompaniment and dessert through June 25.
When: Through June 25
Where: The Capital Grille, 16489 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Info: Call 480-348-1700 for reservations and reference “SCOTTSDALE’S 60th”
The Pink Pony Rides Again!
Scottsdale’s oldest restaurant (est. 1947) is honoring the past by hosting a display of photos and memorabilia on loan from the Scottsdale Historical Society. The Pink Pony will also be dedicating a dish weekly which will represent the Pony’s shared history with the city of Scottsdale throughout the decades. The recipes will be available to Pink Pony Patrons.
When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 4-8 p.m. Sunday, through June 25
Where: 3831 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Info: www.pinkponyrestaurant.com/news-events, 480-945-6697
Young Artists and Authors Showcase
The theme is “Shaping Your Community for a Greener Future” for the 23rd Annual ‘Young Artists and Authors Showcase’ exhibition sponsored by the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association.
The competition of high school art and writing submissions from throughout Scottsdale will be professionally juried.
When: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5 p.m., May 20 through July 20
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Arts, South Hall, 7380 E. Second St.
Info: Free; www.scottsdalesistercities.com, 480-423-1800
“America’s Original Art Walk” is in its 36th year and features dozens of art galleries, free parking and free trolley service to all corners of the Arts District.
When: 7-9 p.m. every Thursday
Where: Scottsdale Arts District, just west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School to 5th Ave.
Info: Free; www.scottsdalegalleries.com
Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers
This spectacular crown is a one-of-a-kind work of Art designed by the Memorable Paul Johnson and handcrafted in 1969. The crown was gifted to The Miss Arizona Scholarship Foundation that annually awards state scholarships for academic achievements and outstanding community service.
When: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., June 22, 23, 24
Where: 4419 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 110, Paul Johnson Jewelers
Info: Free; 480-970-4341
Create your own piece of art by custom painting your martini glass, $10 for glass and one martini. Appetizers at happy hour pricing. $5 martinis when you bring back your glass.
When: 5-9 p.m. every Thursday between May 5-July 28
Where: 44fifteen Bar and Bistro at the Hotel Indigo, 4415 N. Civic Center Plaza
Info: 480-824-6181, www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
Old Town Farmer’s Market
A local favorite – find produce, food and fun in Old Town Scottsdale
When: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday
Where: Scottsdale Stadium Concourse (corner of Osborne and Drinkwater)
Info: Free; www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com
For information and a listing of all Scottsdale 60 events visit www.Scottsdale60.com