If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.Dinner: Buffet at the hotel from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PMEvening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and roles and responsibilities.Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Dinner
We'll then head out on foot to explore Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.Lunch: New Mexican buffet luncheon at La Fonda hotel's Fiesta LoungeAfternoon: Free afternoon for independent explorationDinner: Plated meal from a selected menu at the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, a local favorite overlooking the PlazaEvening: Presentation by Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American flute player and guitarist, dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, as well as a composer in his own right.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Both museums have great gift shops as well!Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.Evening: Free evening to explore Santa Fe's nightlife, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities, or rest and relaxLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we can see some examples of beautiful Hispanic textiles created by an award-winning weaver. Incorporating different patterns and techniques from those of Native Americans, weavings like these have been produced by local families for generations.Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda.
Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum pepper. Most traditional New Mexican dishes are prepared with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?" If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!")
Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage.Afternoon: We'll depart for a field trip to Pojoaque, NM, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum, then go to Santa Clara Pueblo for a visit to the pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock.
One of the most welcoming pueblos of northern New Mexico, Santa Clara is known for its blackware and redware pottery, and Mr. Speckled Rock is a master of his craft. He and his wife, Rosalda, will talk about how he makes his pottery and about the families who are best known for their pottery.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Optional video or free eveningLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner