Hayden Flour Mill Grand Opening


  • Friday, Oct 5, 2012

LOCATION: Hayden Flour Mill - 119 S Mill Ave

The grand opening of the Hayden Flour Mill will pay homage not only to the building itself, but to the people who worked there and the heritage of the diverse groups who settled the land that is now called Tempe.

The Green at Hayden Flour Mill will open as a special event venue on Friday, Oct. 5. The celebration happens from 5 – 10 p.m.

At 5:40 p.m., the City of Tempe is inviting anyone who worked at the Hayden Flour Mill to the newly constructed stage to have a group photo taken. The dedication of the mill happens at 6 p.m.

President Diane Enos of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRP-MIC) will speak during the dedication to honor the first setters of the land that is called Tempe today. SRP-MIC has had significant involvement in the rejuvenation of the Hayden Flour Mill, including working with the City of Tempe on the archaeology of the site. Tempe Butte (also known as A Mountain) was considered sacred land to the Hohokam.

Jared and the Mill, a band that named itself after the building, will perform starting at 6:45 p.m. The group plays instruments that might have been used by people who lived in the 1870s, when the flour mill was built, such as washboards, banjos, accordions and drums. They blend the old tyme with modern style for a fresh folk-pop sound. Take a listen at: http://youtu.be/JUd4nqg9BZg

To celebrate the culture of the Mexican people who settled what would later become Tempe and San Pablo, Mariachi Los Rebeldes will take the stage at 8 p.m. The band plays everything from traditional mariachi music to salsa and even classics such as Elvis and the Beatles. http://www.facebook.com/mariachi.rebeldes

About 50 restaurants, retail, service businesses and non-profit organizations will host booths at the event in the area adjacent to the Hayden Flour Mill in the north parking lot of Tempe Mission Palms Hotel on Mill Avenue near Third Street. Eventgoers are encouraged to wander through the booths while attending the celebration. Everything from T-shirts to photography to wedding planning services will be represented. A complete list of vendors may be found at www.tempe.gov/haydenflourmill. Booths will be open from approximately 5 – 10 p.m.

The Hayden Flour Mill grand opening happens on Friday, Oct. 5, from 5- 10 p.m. at 119 S. Mill Avenue, the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. The event is free to everyone. The event is sponsored in part by the Downtown Tempe Community, a private, non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City of Tempe to increase the value of the Mill Avenue District through enhanced management and promotional services on behalf of DTC members and other downtown stakeholders.

Getting there:
The Hayden Flour Mill is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. Light rail stops across the street from the Hayden Flour Mill at Third Street and Mill Avenue. Parking is available for a fee at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Hayden Ferry Lakeside and at all the Downtown Tempe Community parking garages. For a list of parking options, visit www.downtowntempe.com/transportation. For bus options, visit www.valleymetro.org.