Hotel McCoy celebrates one year with Arizona Art Fest


It’s the “Real McCoy” as the newly renovated Hotel McCoy is celebrating a year…with a huge art fest.

Carolyn’s note: My husband and I stayed there recently for a night at this newly renovated hotel, west of the I-10 on Silverlake. It’s a very retro style one-story hotel, with wooden beam ceilings, upgraded bathrooms and hotel rooms, funky accessories (like red refrigerators and stylish lamps).  There a cute pool area (called the Oasis), with a small lawn, dripping water feature fountain, plants, and lots of games to play:  ping pong, foosball, bean bag toss, board games, etc. for the entire family.  This one year anniversary sounds like an art blast for all. Muralist Joe Pagac’s art is already on some of the outside walls, with poetry and heartfelt messages.  And check out the black walls with illuminated lights & gold stars in a passageway, in the middle of the hotel rooms.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Wow –no parking available when we tried to get into the Hotel McCoy Art Fest at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tried to park across the street (south) but no luck, so we gave up. Parking inside the Hotel parking lot for registered guests only. Oh well, maybe another time to check out all the art. Lots of people were already there at the hotel entrance.

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