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11/28/2012 8:22:00 AM
Christmas Parade makes Main Street march Saturday at 11 a.m.
17th annual Chocolate Loversí Walk in Old Town
By Jon Hutchinson

Staff Reporter



COTTONWOOD-- It is ­sooooooo good, Old Town is doing it twice. This year, there are two nights of chocolate, Friday and Saturday. The Old Town Cottonwood Chocolate walk is back with its mouth-watering goodness. Saturday will mark the 17th year that strollers may meander up and down Old Town's Main Street, filling special decorated collection bags with home made morsels of sumptuous fine chocolate from forty merchants for which Old Town is famous.

But in addition, this year for the first time, Old Town Cottonwood's tasting rooms are offering their own VIP Wine & Chocolate Pairing Friday night, one night before the traditional walk.

It's the best of all worlds, but tickets are in high demand and limited for both events. Get yours before they are gone.

The Friday VIP Wine & Chocolate pairing (Friday 4-8 p.m.) is offered at Old Town tasting rooms: Arizona Stronghold, Burning Tree Cellars, Dionysian Cellars at the Old Town Wine Cellar and Pillsbury Wine. It's a magic mix.

Ticket prices are $40 per couple or $20 individual. Ticket price also affords a discount on a special concert at the Old Town Center for the Arts. "An Evening with Ronny Cox." He is both an accomplished actor (RoboCop, Total Recall, Deliverance) over 35 years and a singer-songwriter with a Southwestern folk sound that he weaves into a mix of jazz, folk and western tunes.

Normal ticket prices are $22, but the concert show is only $10 with VIP Pairing ticket. Tickets available at Oldtown.org. Concert tickets: call 480-773-4488.

For more information, contact Mitch at Burning Tree Cellars: 928-649-8733.

The 17th Annual Chocolate Walk- (Saturday 4-8 p.m.) This year, the traditional chocolate walk has invited renowned Arizona professional pastry and dessert chef Tracy Dempsey to join Verde Valley Mayors to judge the scrumptious hand-crafted chocolate morsels that tempt walk goers as they compete for the best chocolate award. Dempsey has a long following for her Tracy Dempsey Originals in the Phoenix area. The 40 merchants will compete this year for the coveted Mayor's Cup.

Music at the Civic Center in Old Town includes:

4 p.m. Community Band

5:30 p.m. Cottonwood Elementary School Chorus (45 members strong!)

6 p.m. Tree Lighting and Verde Valley Voices

The evening continues with caroling by Verde Valley Voices

As you stroll, enjoy the Store Decorating Contest; the voting is by you, the public!

Tickets are available for the Chocolate Walk at Oldtown.org and at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.


Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD -- It is a tradition of the season in Cottonwood, and this season the 58th annual Cottonwood Christmas Parade goes right to the heart of the matter. The theme on the streets will be simply, 'Christmas'. Every family knows what that means to them. See how this year's entrants' Christmas fantasies match yours. Pack the folding chairs. Come early and mark you place with the best view. It all kicks off at 11 a.m. from the Verde Valley Fairgrounds this Saturday morning.

Cottonwood's local history experts from the Clemenceau Heritage Museum, Director Helen Killebrew and Betty Gaudy will lead the parade as the Grand Marshals.

There will be floats, bands, animals, mini-cars, Christmas carolers, bicyclers and just folks celebrating their Christmas.

Prizes will be awarded for the Judge's Choice, Best Display of Theme, Most Creative, Non-profit and Schools, Clubs and Organizations, and the Commercial category.

A $100 prize will be awarded in each of the six categories.

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