Around the Town: Tour Flagstaff's historic homes

2011-09-01T05:00:00Z Around the Town: Tour Flagstaff's historic homesABBIE GRIPMAN Around the Town Arizona Daily Sun
September 01, 2011 5:00 am  • 

Visitors are invited to tour the inside of three restored private Flagstaff residences that date back to the early 1900s. Ticket holders will also have the rare opportunity to visit The Museum of Northern Arizona's McMillan Homestead. This home was built in 1886 by Flagstaff's first permanent Anglo settler, Thomas McMillan.

"Experience The Echoes" historic home tour will be Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a fundraiser to support the preservation efforts of the Northern Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society.

Tickets are $15 and include an inside tour of four historic homes, refreshments at Riordan Mansion and free entry to the Mansion's west house, a map of historic places of interest and discounts to Pioneer Museum and Riordan Mansion.

Tickets are available at the Pioneer Museum, 2370 N. Fort Valley Road, and at Riordan Mansion, 409 W. Riordan Road. For more information on this event, visit and click on "news."

First Friday ArtWalk this week

It's time again for Flagstaff's First Friday ArtWalk. This Friday, as on the first Friday of each month, the streets will fill as art galleries and businesses in historic downtown Flagstaff open their doors with special art exhibitions, performances, live music, refreshments and more. The ArtWalk runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

"First Friday has become one of the most exciting events in Flagstaff," said John Tannous, executive director of Flagstaff Cultural Partners. "But it's not only a great social event. The vibrant and diverse art scene is really showcased. It's all about the art."

Hundreds of artists are represented every month. This month, Steven's Law Office at 309 N. Humphreys St. hosts its grand opening at the ArtWalk with local artists, Ariana Essian and Carolina Benavidez. Stop by Seasoned Kitchen at 106 N. San Francisco St. for treats from its kitchen and view pottery by Gary Houston and paintings by Steve Lawton. See photography by Joel Wolfson and Larry Javorsky at Hidden Light at 427 S. San Francisco St. And don't miss this month's Hot Spot, Flagstaff Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at 116 W. Cottage St. Drop in for a cooking demonstration by Frank Branham, Afro Brazilian martial arts group Capoeira Amizade Flagstaff, and artwork by Kori B and Jason Nelson.

In addition to painting, photography, dance and pottery, the art on display may include stoneware, ceramic art, fine art, woodcarvings, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metalwork and stained glass. Artists can often be found in the businesses showcasing their artwork or giving demonstrations.

A guide to the monthly ArtWalk is available in Flagstaff Live magazine or online at flagstaffart

Send Around the Town news to Abbie Gripman at or call her at 556-2241.

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