Saturday June 15, 2013 Noon until 10pm
The Tsunami on the Square Board of Directors and I want to thank all our performers, volunteers, camp counselors, helpful local government staff, grant making agencies, vendors, sponsors and most of all the Circus Campers and audience members who made the 15th Annual Tsunami on the Square a wonderful week in Everybody’s Hometown.
The Tsunami on the Square Board of Directors has decided to bring the festival to a close.
15 years was a good run and 2013 was a high note to end on.
We’ve shown what can be accomplished with a creative, dedicated group of volunteers. We hope the success of Tsunami on the Square inspires brand new events in our community. We showed that expanding cultural events can economically benefit Prescott. And, we created 15 years of incredible summer memories.
As the Tsunami Board and long time volunteers worked on closing up the festival operation, we’ve talked about the many cool things we pulled off over the years:
Circus Camp for Kids
Flourish Before the Flood
The Micro-Tsunami Tour
Neptune’s Tea Party
The Kingfisher’s Harvest
The Deep End
The AquaDance Party
The Tidal Pool Party
Jazz and Pie
And, of course, 15 great, great Tsunami on the Square Saturdays on Prescott’s historic Courthouse Square. That location has seen a lot of events over 150 years. We’re proud to have added so many years of unique and culturally diverse performances to the vital heart of our community.
The Kid’s Cove was home to puppets and play-along music, demonstrations of capoeira, singing princesses, arts and crafts, lots of laughs and lots of fun.
The main stage has featured performers from hometown amateurs to legends in their field.
Just watching festival favorites Clan Tynker grow up over the years, become truly world famous and return to perform at the festival and teach at Circus Camp, has been a real pleasure.
To see the Fire Show start with Flam Chen, continue with Instruments of the Now and finally evolve to the series of awesome performances by our own very local, Pyroklectic made us smile to remember it all.
Everyone has their favorite Tsunami performers. Everyone has their favorite Tsunami moments. We would love for you to share yours, either at the Tsunami on the Square page on Facebook or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Already, I know of at least one event organizer looking to build a new festival on what we accomplished. I look forward to a flood of family-friendly, culturally diverse performance art to follow us.
Tsunami on the Square founder and Director Emeritus Jay Ruby began this shindig in his two room apartment. We, the friends and co-workers of Mr. Ruby who were tricked into becoming his first board with the promise of a pot luck dinner, had no idea he was about to invent the Skitmerical and create a whole new way to celebrate performing arts in Everybody’s Hometown.
Its been hard, hard work and a lot of fun, too. All of us who have served as Executive Directors:
Susan DeFreitas Timmons
Megan Buchanan Cherry
and myself, came to love the challenge – as Jay and JT put it, “Eating a Tornado Everyday.”
Our volunteers helped us meet those challenges. It has been a privilege to surf this wave with you.
– Andrew Johnson-Schmit, Executive Director, 2009 thru 2014