Your music class will be presented by Ronald Roybal.
Ronald is a Native American song writer, flute and guitar player, who has a wonderful grasp on the historical significance of Native American music, yet who has won many awards for his own creativity.
You'll learn a great deal about the music of the Southwest as you hear him play and sing for you.Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a driving and walking exploration of Santa Fe.
You'll visit the historic Plaza and other selected sites, and learn about some of Santa Fe's culture and history as you go.
At 4:00 PM, you'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol Building, locally known as "The Roundhouse." The state has an impressive collection of art.
Bus returns to the hotel at around 5:15 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Free eveningLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Depart at 9:45 for the Santa Fe School of Cooking, where you'll learn how to prepare some traditional New Mexican cuisine.
You'll learn all about the different kinds of chili used in local cooking, how to prepare corn and flour tortillas and several salsas and sauces as well.
You'll receive instructions as how to make some dishes that are among the most often prepared in traditional northern New Mexican kitchens.
There is a great shop associated with the cooking school that offers all of the spices you'll learn about, lots of great utensils and southwestern kitchen ware.Lunch: Lunch at the School of CookingAfternoon: This afternoon, you'll visit the Indian Arts Research Center at the School of Advanced Research.
You'll then go to the downtown Plaza, where you will have some free time to explore on your own.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Optional videoLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Depart at 10:30 for the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
Bus departs at 12:00 PM for Museum Hill.Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill CaféAfternoon: Spend the afternoon visiting the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.
Both are part of the State of New Mexico Museums system, and these are both unique facilities.
The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented.
The Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of collector Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, you'll be fascinated by this delightful museum. It also houses the Neutrogena Exhibit, a wonderful collection of fiber arts from all over the world.
Both museums have great gift shops as well!
The bus will return to the hotel at 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Optional videoLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast at the hotelMorning: From 8:30 until 10:45 AM, investigate the influx and influences of other cultures into the Santa Fe area.
Starting with the Spaniards who came to the area in the 1500s, the parade of people has never stopped and their impact on the people and traditions that were already here has been huge.
This is a class that will really give you some food for thought and stretch your imagination from pre-history of northern NM to present-day ways of life.
You'll then learn about Contemporary Native American cultures.Lunch: Board the bus at 11:30 AM for a trip to downtown Santa Fe, where you'll partake of a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet-style dinner at La Fonda Hotel.
Some of the finest chefs in the area prepare it, and the tables are loaded with creative cuisine that isn't only beautiful to look at but absolutely delicious!
A particular table decoration that we remember from a past La Fonda feast was a parade of penguins fashioned from hard-boiled eggs and black olives marching down the tables.... they were quite fetching! Look forward to this meal, as it's really spectacular!
Historical records suggest that La Fonda on the Plaza sits on the oldest hotel corner in America. When Santa Fe was founded by the Spaniards in 1607, records show an inn – or fonda – was among the first businesses established at this location. By the time Captain William Becknell’s party forged their maiden commercial route across the plains from Missouri to Santa Fe in 1821, they happily found a comfortable inn on the Plaza awaiting them. Thus, the Santa Fe Trail was born, as well as La Fonda’s reputation for hospitality.
Through the Civil War, railroad expansion, and New Mexico statehood in 1912, the old adobe structure changed hands and names several times but remained a Santa Fe landmark.
The current La Fonda, built in 1922, sits on the same site as previous inns.
In 1925, the new building was acquired by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and then leased to Fred Harvey. He turned La Fonda into one of the famous Harvey Houses and it remained a Harvey House until 1968 when it was acquired by local businessman, Sam Ballen.
La Fonda on the Plaza is a national treasure that has only improved with time.
Bus departs for return to the hotel around 2:00 PM.Afternoon: From about 2:30 until 6:00 PM, you can view optional videos or rest and relax at the hotel.Dinner: Snack supper in hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM.
There will be plenty to eat, but we know you've just had a fabulous feast at La Fonda Hotel, so we've lightened up the dinner offering considerably!Evening: Optional videoLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At 11:15 AM, the bus departs for Pojoaque, New Mexico.Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: Your field trip this afternoon includes includes a visit to the small town of Chimayó.
This Hispanic village is much as it has been for the last two hundred years, not much changed by people from outside its boundaries.
Several families there have become well-known for their weaving over a period of many years. You'll see beautiful rugs, clothing and other articles made by some of these artists.
You'll also visit the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," the Santuario de Chimayo, famous for the healing earth found inside.
The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints).
You'll remember this peaceful, sweet and ancient sanctuary in the scenic rolling hills of northern New Mexico as a very special place visited on this Road Scholar program.
Bus departs for dinner destination at 4:45 PM.Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 PM at Rancho de Chimayó.
Rancho de Chimayó has been owned and operated for many years by a family from Chimayó, and is one of the best-known restaurants in the northern New Mexico area.
While you'll be served traditional cuisine, you can order chili on the side, order food items that are not highly spiced, or order a vegetarian entree should you choose to do so.
The food's delicious and most accessible to any palate!
Not only is the food a great experience, the atmosphere of the restaurant is unique. Since it was an old adobe home that was built onto many times over the years, it has a mellow, warm feel enhanced by fireplaces in almost every room and lovely old-fashioned decor throughout.
Bus departs for the hotel around 6:30 PM.Evening: Program closing at the hotel from 7:30-8:30 PMLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner