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PPAC #49: Prescott Courthouse Square Comes Alive in Summer


Last week for PPAC #48, I had fun responses from all of you. With all the other challenges, even public art, I thank all the bloggers who participate in PPAC. Please honor these bloggers with your visits this week.


  • There is no weekly theme even though my post has a theme with murals, statues, fountains, scrap art, graffiti, store windows, seasonal displays, car or art shows, artistic construction, or even artistic neighborhood decor. Photograph the public art that is available to you.
  • Art should be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway or inside a publicly accessed building like a library. If you pay, it’s not public.
  • Photographers should have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
  • The challenge starts every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Phoenix Time and it ends on Thursday at noon.
  • Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to my weekly post not my page preferably in a comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed. See how to create pingbacks here
  • Take time to visit other PPAC participants throughout the week. I recommend visiting at least two or three other participants in the community and leaving them a comment.
  • Have fun! Art is to be enjoyed!

For More Ideas about PPAC…

These early-bird participants might give you some great ideas about something you’ve never thought about as public art or how to photograph it.

My Choices for PPAC #49 Prescott Courthouse Square Comes Alive

In the last two weeks, Vince and I have attended two free events at the Courthouse Square. In addition to taking pictures of the events, I focused on one public art display each week.

Fountain Focus

Triptych Lady Ermintrude

“The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Yavapai County with a National Achievements Award in the category of Arts, Culture, and Historic Preservation for the restoration of the Historic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza “Lady Ermintrude” Fountain.”

David McAtee

Statue Focus

War Memorial Statue

You never know who is going to be at Courthouse Square in beautiful weather like this.

“Do you want to ask me what I have on under this kilt?” says the guy on my left.

“No,” I said.

“Socks and shoes,” he said.


“Do you know why blind people don’t skydive?” he asked.

“No,” Vince and I answered.

“It scares the dog.”

Huh? (Think Buttercup)

Ongoing on Always Write

  • 21 Flash Fiction Challenge Entries – Spinoff May’s Story Chat
  • June Story Chat “The Backpack” by Aimer Boyz coming Tuesday, June 7.
  • WQW #20– The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post either a story, poem or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes.

Now it’s your turn.

What’s your PPAC theme this week? Are you into statues or sculptures (and what’s the difference anyway?) Did you find some cool murals? Did you go on a trip or a walk around your hometown and grab a bunch of different kinds of public art? I can’t wait to see it.

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  1. We were in Wilcox and Tucson over Memorial Day and I thought of you. Still want to get to Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff but that will be another trip.

    What a beautiful war statue/memorial. You find the best public art. I have a statue I snapped in the town square in Wilcox. Will try to add it to my Instagram feed and tag you.

    Have been away from blogging but slowly dipping my toes back in again. Nice to connect with you. Love the photo of you flanked by the kilt-wearing (and socks and shoes, apparently) fellas.

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    • Let me know when you are headed this way, or when we come to Scottsdale, I can contact you. I’d like to go to Flagstaff or Williams this summer. I love going to Sedona any time. The kilt guys were fun. I think Scotts are a bit flirty. I have a picture of me in Boston of a Scottish guy in a kilt (a firefighter) giving me a big hug. They were there a year after the big fire in Boston commemorating. I happened to be staying in the same hotel as many of them.


  2. Funny guys! It must be something to do with their kilts. Scottish men are the same…full of fun and divilment when wearing their kilts! All harmless fun.😆

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  3. You had the best weekend with PPAC and Memorial Day. I love Courthouse Square. There is always something going on. Love your photo with the Scottish… They are full of it…

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          • No way – I miss a lot – and I also
            Do skim some of the longer posts (and bookmark to come back at times) but even when I read the full post I am not sure I catch everything – hahaha

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          • Well I am Not sure if you know that I mostly a lot of photographers – and a good number of authors from my Flash fiction years –
            And so I don’t have too much text come my way –
            And not sure about you – but my reader doesn’t really give me the blogs I want to visit (and it constantly has blogs coming up –
            That I never followed but it says I am – and no big deal
            – I just unfollow –
            Anyhow – this year so far has been “lighter”
            Blog reading for me compared to last seasons – but I do treasure so many of the blogs I follow and I benefit when I do make the time to read — because I learn so much and also connect that way – as you so we’ll know 😉

            Oh and as noted before – I love how you organize your posts – the headings and chunks make them
            Digestible and interesting

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          • Thank you so much, Yvette. I learned a lot from all the pro blogging lessons I took online. I don’t put it all into action, and I don’t have a pro reason for oing them like some do, but making the post readable is the number one first thing to do.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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