APRIL 27, 2011

Special public art unveiling begins the countdown to Scottsdale’s 60th anniversary

scottsdale gem wallSCOTTSDALE – On April 25, Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane unveiled the Scottsdale Gem Wall – an interactive public art display created by the city’s 60th Anniversary Committee, Scottsdale Public Art and the city of Scottsdale. The unveiling was the official kick-off of 60 days of celebration that will lead up to Scottsdale’s 60th anniversary on June 25.

There are 60 bandanas covering the Scottsdale Gem Wall, each folded with a message celebrating Scottsdale inside. During the celebration, bandanas will be removed and the messages read. At the end of the 60 days the complete sculpture will be revealed.

scottsdale sodaAlso at the April 25 kick-off celebration, Mayor Lane joined Scott Yarosh, local soda brew master, to pour some special “Scottsdale 60 Sarsaparilla,” which was custom brewed for the celebration.

The culmination of festivities will be June 25 with a community birthday party as well as an evening celebration at the W Scottsdale. Dozens of community events will be part of the community celebration. Here are few notables:

• Scottsdale cowboy history and poetry night – hear cowboy tales & prose at Troon North
• Frontier Town Days - western entertainment, cooking demonstrations and a thief’s market and sidewalk sale in Old Town Scottsdale
• Zap! Pow! Bam! Costume Ball – celebrate the history of pop art in Scottsdale
• Amazing Race Family Scavenger Hunt – be the first to find Scottsdale’s interesting places
• History of the Scottsdale Art District – learn about this world-famous art destination
• Mayor and Council Breakfast & Scottsdale’s Birthday Party – hosted by the Mayor and City Council
• The Grand Sioree for Scottsdale's 60th Birthday – at the W Scottsdale

Learn more and see the full list of events at www.Scottsdale60.com.