By Shawn Byrne
Residents and visitors alike have a fabulous opportunity to find the Christmas spirit during the First Friday Holiday Music Walk in downtown Dec. 6.
Whereas everyone can enjoy strolling around historic Wickenburg with cups of hot chocolate, Christmas music seemingly at every corner, and shopping to find the perfect gift for that special someone, this First Friday also includes the Christmas-inspired act of giving.
One element of each First Friday is to sponsor a charity. For the month of November, Elks Lodge No. 2160’s veterans program was the selected charity.
Cops Who Care is the designated charity for December. This charity is a volunteer, nonprofit organization made up of local police officers from different agencies, firefighters, members of civic groups, high school groups and its students, and residents, according to Cops Who Care.
“Last year during the Christmas Season, children from Aguila, Congress, Morristown, Wickenburg, Wittmann, and Yarnell were given toys, games and gifts,” according to a Cops Who Care statement.
This season, Cops Who Care expects its Santa’s list to have nearly 800 children on it. Donations to Cops Who Care benefit activities such as the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, Remember When Cruise Association Car Show, SantaFest, Easter Egg Hunt, and Camp Imagination. Local youth are supported as well through sponsoring sports teams and youth groups. High school seniors who demonstrate leadership and strong community volunteerism can turn those qualities into scholarship money.
Cops Who Care will be collecting monetary donations during the First Friday event.
Those attending the Holiday Music Walk can stroll through a section of downtown visiting shops and restaurants, stopping at a street market, and listening to local musicians and singers fill the air with holiday spirit, according to a Town of Wickenburg release.
Dan McCorison, Connor Danks, Brandon Shepard, and Clint Mack and Cathy Cwirko will be stationed at stops along the walk at the corner of Tegner and Apache streets, the entrance to the Caballeros Trail alley off of Apache Street, the entrance to the Caballeros Trail alley off of Yavapai Street behind the American Legion, and in the parking lot of the Rusty Rooster and Ben’s Saddlery from 5:30 - 6:50 p.m.
The street market and a beer garden will be stationed on Yavapai Street between Tegner and Frontier streets from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
The Santa Band will perform from 7 - 8 p.m. on stage on Yavapai Street. Folks can vote for their favorite performer of the evening, and an announcement of the People’s Choice Winner will be made.
Area businesses are offering donated items to fill three gift baskets that will be raffled off at 8 p.m. Winners must be present.
Businesses that donated to the gift baskets include Serape Bleu, Cowgirl Bling Bling, Ranch Dressing, the Museum Store, Kwikprint, Twisted Dogwood, Rusty Rooster, Carroll Trading Company, Refried Bean, Antiques & Artisans, My Home Group, Ruth’s Bunkhouse and Pottery B.