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12/6/2012 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: Bring a 'Grinch' to Acker Night
The Daily Courier

One thing is for sure. No one is going to be going off of any fiscal cliff tonight in Prescott, and if the world is about to end on the say-so of the Mayan calendar, well, what a way to go.

That's right. It's Acker Night. Scores of musicians comprising any and all available styles of tunesmanship will be ensconced in downtown Prescott stores and shops tonight for our free of charge listening pleasure during the event formally known as the Acker Musical Showcase. Expect the streets to be crowded and the air to be musical, especially since the weather promises to be much more welcoming than it has been on many previous Acker Nights.

Likely no one could have guessed, in 1988, that the event would become such a Prescott phenomenon. A lady named LaVon Anderson took up the torch left behind by J.S. Acker, one of Prescott's most well-known and best-loved benefactors, who left a number of pieces of land to the City of Prescott to be used for parks and music programs for kids.

Anderson was herself a strong supporter of childhood music education and she was the first to have the bright idea of filling the downtown spaces with the bright notes and tones of the season. Since its humble beginnings, Acker Night has grown into a diverse and immensely popular event, pulling overflow crowds into virtually every open venue.

Tonight, more than two decades later, Acker Night will showcase more than 120 musical acts on Goodwin, Gurley, Montezuma, Granite, Cortez and Sheldon streets, as well as at the Old Firehouse Plaza.

At each location, merry-makers should keep an eye out for the "scholarship bags." This is where the event meets its mission, where donations are collected to help pay for musical scholarships. Last year's event raised $8,000 for the scholarship fund, and organizers hope to do even better tonight.

There may be no better way than an evening of music to incite the spirit of the holidays. But take note of the fact that, despite Prescott being Arizona's Christmas City, a certain number of "Grinch" types inhabit our community, grousing about anything and everything and anyone and everyone, even at this most wonderful time of the year.

Our suggestion: If you know someone like that, grab them and drag them downtown and get them to experience the joy that music evokes, and the peace it can bring to even the darkest heart.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012

To all atheists, scrooges, grinches, non-believers: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Cool event. But beware of the parking tsunami. I couldn't find anywhere to park last year and just went home.

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Steven Major

Worth mentioning...
Every performer, all 400 plus of them, are working for free...if you need to sit and listen, the Elks theater is one of the few venues that will have seating (a R & B band will be there)...based on the tree lighting event, the crowds will be huge, the parking opportunities slim...it starts around 5:30.

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