Live From Prescott for the Official Arizona Christmas Kickoff Print

7:00AM - Arizona Staycation Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:05)

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We're live from the Jersey Lilly Saloon at the official Christmas city in Arizona, Prescott!

  • The rundown of events for the weekend.
  • Previewing the days broadcast, discussing modular homes.

Fred Veil with the Sharlot Hall Museum joins the crew!

  • What you'll find when you visit.
  • The history behind the museum.

Segment 2 (running time 7:44)

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More about the Sharlot Hall Museum:

  • Discussing their new display..."Meeting The 4 o'clock train"
  • Other benefactors to the display and other historic items you can view.
  • Fort Misery & it's importance in Arizona.

Segment 3 (running time 13:58)

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  • What happened at Fort Misery on May 30th, 1864 & how Prescott got it's name.
  • William H. Prescott & his prescence that is still evident today.
  • See a replica of a the 1st school building from 1867 and we talk through other exhibits you can visit.
  • Learn about the Bashford House.
  • Seminars you can attend for free concerning the history of Arizona and Yavapai County.

Rosie and Jennifer stayed at Residence Inn by Marriott and loved it! Remember, you can also stay at one of our great Staycation partners too, the Springhill Suites by Marriott.

  • Learn about the new display of the 1st Americans in that area and the animals that roamed the area 1000's of years ago.

Segment 4 (running time 7:13)

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  • Rosie reminds you to sign up for events on the Dolly Steamboat with Dr. Sky!
  • What Fred hopes you take away from your experience at their museum.

We hope you take some time to visit the Sharlot Hall Museum!

8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Notes from the Nursery with Jay Harper

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Segment 1 (running time 12:12)

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Jay from Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company joins us to take your outdoor living questions!

  • Winter gardens should be ready to harvest.
  • Fertilize your lawns to avoid yellowing after a freeze.
  • It's time to plant cold weather tolerant trees and bushes.
  • Tips on picking a "Fresh" Christmas tree.
  • Caring for your tree when you get it home.


  • Chris- He let his lawn die out and want to add dichondra for his pets. Is that something that would work?

Recommendation - It is still around and used some. He can seed it or buy flats of it and put it together in plugs. We aren't sure it's good for use with dogs and high traffic areas. Jay is concerned it might not be the perfect application. He could consider artificial turf.

  • Daryl - He had a long concrete sidewalk put in and he didn't put a joint in between the existing slab and his new concrete. Will that be an issue?

Recommendation - Rosie would NOT be concerned with the layout he described.

Letter From a Listener:

  • They have two beautiful tomato plants with green fruit. Will they ripen in this weather?

Recommendation - Jay would just bring them in the house and place them somewhere in the sun and they'll ripen up quicker than if they were left out in the cooler nights.

Segment 2 (running time 6:26)

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Romey thanks Bolt Internet for setting up our internet connection for today's broadcast!

Text From a Listener:

  • He's installing a trellis and wants to know if he should bolt it to the home or leave it free standing?

Recommedation - Off the wall is best. Even if it's bolted to the wall, it has 3 to 4 inches of clearance for vines to grow. Jay walks through the layout & the different options they have at Harper's Nursery.

*We talk about a few options for his situation too.

  • Poinsetta care for the holiday's. Tips and tricks. Remember, they are tropical plants and need sunlight.

Segment 3 (running time 11:51)

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  • Cutting your own Christmas tree. Remember your permit!
  • Vegetable gardens. It's not too late to plant those winter veggies.
  • Stagger your planting to stagger the harvesting.
  • Frost Cloth - Pic yours up now! We talk about some of the plants that you should be protecting.


  • Greg - He wants to put in a vegetable garden and wants recommendations on keeping his bermuda lawn from invading the garden.

Recommendation - Jay talks about getting rid of the lawn 1st with a few different options. (Bermuda lawns are very tough to kill) Listen as he talks about the different barriers he can use to eliminate the chance it takes over his garden.

Segment 4 (running time 7:52)

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  • What to do if your lawn is already overrun with bermuda grass.


  • Jeremy - He wants to put in a lawn for spring. He feels overwhelmed and wants advice on getting started.

Recommendation - Jay talks through a couple of resources and gives his tips. Irrigation would be the 1st step. Watering by hand is too much work. Listen for tips on soil, seed or turf preferences and what to plant.

*Dealing with your lawn and what to do with kids/dogs/grandkids.

  • Chad - His mesquite tree has mistletoe taking over one of his main branches. He's afraid to cut it out and that it will kill the tree. What should he do?

Recommendation - The only way to get rid of mistletoe is by pruning it out. It's a parasite and needs to be removed. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution.

Stop in at Harper's Nursery & Landscaping in Scottsdale!

9:00AM - On The House Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:35)

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Prescott Mayor, Larry Overland, joins us to talk about their big weekend!

  • Larry's a native of Arizona and we get his personal story & some family history.
  • Prescott history.
  • The building industry in the area.
  • Housing market is tied to the Phoenix market and it's doing great.

Segment 2 (running time 6:13)

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We thank Bolt Internet for our connection to Prescott!


  • Allen - He's seen his neighbors using tin foil to wrap the string lights that are connected. Is that safe?

Recommendation - His home is newer and he should have a GFCI and shouldn't need it wrapped. If he wants more peace of mind, he can wrap it with plastic and seal it that way. (As a general rule, you should only string 3 sections together on one outlet)

  • Joe Baynes, Recreation Service Director for the city of Prescott joins us to talk about all the hiking trails in and around the city of Prescott.

Segment 3 (running time 13:36)

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Rosie talks about Sanderson Ford and their Operation Santa Claus event!

More with Joe Baynes about the trail systems around Prescott:

  • Greenways Trail near dowtown Prescott.
  • The Flume Trail.
  • Granite Gardens.
  • The Constellation Trail.
  • Tips for hikers heading to the area. (Clothing, water, notifications, cell phone, etc.)

Sign up for the Sanderson Ford Arizona Staycation here!!!

  • We talk about the new Hotshots Memorial Trail.

Segment 4 (running time 6:28)

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Our host for the weekend,  Tommy Meridith, owner of the Jersey Lilly Saloon stops by!

  • How he's involved with the lighting of the plaza and courthouse.
  • Some of Tommy's family history in the area.

10:00AM - Open Home Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:27)

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  • Local musician, Nick Canuel, gives us a live acoustic introduction! Where you can see him and his ties to local radio.

This week's blog talks about working/maintaining a manufactured home.

  • Rosie shares a story of working with these homes on a project he was involved in.
  • We invite Steve by phone to join us to talk about the modular home he put on his property to move his Mother-In-Law back on to the property. 
  • Steve talks about looking for a modular home. "They're not your standard mobile home anymore"
  • Pricing was much more affordable.
  • Talking through the space needed for one.
  • Describing the timelines and where things stand right now.

Segment 2 (running time 6:12)

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  • More with Nick Canuel and how he got his start in music in Prescott.
  • Recapping the events for the day.

More with Steve on his manufactured home trying to "Bring Mom Home."

  • Pricing & quality are better than expected.
  • We'll follow up with him after the project is finished.

Segment 3 (running time 13:11)

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Continuing with Manufactured Homes:

  • These are NOT the trailers you're imagining from the 60's.
  • Major improvements in the construction materials and methods.
  • Solving the "How do I bring Mom or Dad home?" dilemna.
  • Major $$$ savings. Rosie describes why it's so much of a difference.

Rosie welcomes a listener, Bart Brush from Prescott.

  • His backstory and how we crossed paths. (He's a semi-retired music instructor)
  • How he travelled from NY to Arizona and has remodeled a home in Yavapai County.
  • The unique way he found his new home & the financing story.

Segment 4 (running time 6:36)

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*We thank Bolt Internet for the connection to the broadcast!

Text From a Listener:

  • They want to know manufacturer's of these manufactured homes. Unfortunately, we aren't in a position to endorse a brand at this point. We'd need to do more research. We've just been happy with what we have seen so far.
  • What about a metal building for these applications? We discuss the pros and cons.


  • He noticed a crack on the walls of his manufactured home. Does it need to be fixed or can he leave it?

Recommendation - Since it's only a 1/16th of a inch, he can leave it alone. Keep an eye on it and unless it gets bigger, you can leave it alone. 

  • More with Bart and his home in Humboldt. 

*Rosie thanks our lodging partners, the Residence Inn by Marriott & Springhill Suites by Marriott,  for the great weekend hospitality.

Join Rosie On The House every Saturday Morning!!!