Register with program's group leader in designated area.Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining area from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: From 7:00-8:30 PM in hotel meeting room, our group leader will provide a brief orientation to the program, and we'll meet our fellow program participants.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Dinner
We'll return to the hotel at 4:30 PM.Dinner: Early dinner at the hotel from 5:15 to 6:15 PMEvening: Bus departs hotel at 6:30 PM to travel to Tucson Convention Center for a concert offered by Tucson's 2014 Winter Chamber Music Festival. We have chosen a concert we think everyone will enjoy. Featuring the Miro Quartet, you'll hear Dorati's "Notturno and Capriccio," Boccherini's "Guitar Quintet in D Major - "Fandango," Schubert's "Die Forelle" and "Der Tod und das Madchen," and Shubert's "Quartet in D minor, D.810 "Death and the Maiden." The concert begins at 7:30 PM.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At 10:30, the bus will depart for a trip to White Stallion Dude Ranch. A working cattle ranch, this beautiful facility offers many wonderful programs to people of all ages. We'll enjoy the beautiful setting and landscaping, and will hear a short presentation about the Ranch's history. Lunch: Lunch at a selected locationAfternoon: After lunch, we'll return to Tucson for a guided bus excursion through town.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: This evening, we'll be treated to a performance by a country/Western guitarist/vocalistLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In the 1940s, Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia had little success finding a gallery to represent him, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. First he built a studio at the corner of Prince Road and Campbell in Tucson, but as the city grew around him, he and his wife Marion bought 10 isolated acres in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains where they built a chapel, home, and a small adjoining gallery to exhibit his art. The prolific artist soon needed more space to house his continuing output of originals. As his fame and finances flourished, he designed and built a larger adobe galley on the site and moved his growing collections out of what is now known as the Little Gallery at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.Lunch: Lunch today will be at El Charro Café near Sabino Canyon.
Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson is the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Featuring traditional Sonoran-style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food, they have several locations thoughout Tucson.
Afternoon: After lunch, we'll embark on a 45-minue tram excursion through Sabino Canyon. This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson, Arizona. For many who come to visit the Southwest, this area provides their first close encounter with the Sonoran Desert and the fascinating variety of plants and animals that make it their home.
After the tram excursion, we'll have some time to explore on our own. There is a self-guided Desert Nature Trail at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center that provides an excellent way to get to know the plants that have adapted to living in this demanding environment.
Bus returns to the hotel about 5:00 PM.
Dinner: Dinner tonight is on our own.
Located just a few blocks from the hotel is "Restaurant Row," where many different kinds of restaurants will lend themselves to our dining pleasure. If the hotel van is available, the hotel can provide transportation.Evening: Evening at leisureLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
This Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden, all in one location. Exhibits depict the natural landscape of the Sonora Desert region so realistically that you find yourself looking into the eyes of mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and more! There are almost 2 miles of paths among the 21 acres of beautiful desert, which is home to more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.Lunch: Lunch at Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at The Desert MuseumAfternoon: After lunch, bus departs for another field trip, this time to Mission San Xavier del Bac.
The celebrated Jesuit missionary and explorer, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, first visited 'Bac" in 1692. Eight years later in 1700, Father Kino laid the foundations of the first church, some two miles north of the present Mission site. He named it San Xavier in honor of his chosen patron, St. Francis Xavier, the illustrious Jesuit "Apostle of the Indies."
In 1768, Fray Francisco Hermengildo Garces, a man of outstanding personality and prodigious accomplishments among all missionaries in Arizona, established his headquarters at San Xavier. From here, this Franciscan Friar set forth on his many missionary explorations.
Bus returns to the hotel at 4:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the hotelEvening: After dinner, we'll hear about movies that have been filmed in Tucson, followed by our program closing.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner