If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.Dinner: At the hotel in our reserved section of the dining room, enjoy an extensive buffet with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea from 6:00-7:00 PM.Evening: 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, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.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: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Dinner
We'll then board our motorcoach and depart for a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture, the IPCC advances understanding by presenting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico in Pueblo-curated exhibits. There is usually Native dancing scheduled at the IPCC during this weekend, and we'll try to schedule our visit to coincide with this.Lunch: At the hotel or a selected restaurantAfternoon: We'll have some leisure time at the hotel before departing for the Gathering of Nations PowWow at the University of New Mexico.
Our seats are in the general admission area and are not assigned or reserved. Blocks of seats are often held by families and friends of the performers; our group may not be able to sit together, and it may be necessary to negotiate a number of stairs to find available seats.Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like from the food and beverage vendors along "PowWow Alley."
Evening: This evening we'll view PowWow dances and the crowning of Miss Indian World, returning to the hotel at about 10:00 PM.
Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
After this visit, we'll continue on to Albuquerque's historic Old Town.Lunch: At a selected restaurantAfternoon: Independent explorations of Old Town.
Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Optional videoLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then check out of the hotel, board our coach, and depart for Madrid, NM, via the "Turquoise Trail."Lunch: Plated meal from a selected menu at the Mine Shaft Tavern in MadridAfternoon: After lunch, we'll continue on to Pecos National Historical Park, an example of late Anasazi pueblo ruins and Spanish colonization.
The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that it would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site, which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe.Depart for Santa Fe and hotel check-in.Dinner: At a Santa Fe restaurantEvening: Presentation by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal. Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music, as well as being a composer in his own right. He's a fine singer and master of the Native-American flute.Lodging: The Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then depart for visits to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.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 Alexander Girard, displayed in charming scenarios.
Both museums have great gift shops as well!Lunch: Order from a selected menu at a popular Santa Fe restaurantAfternoon: Travel by our motorcoach to the downtown Plaza, where we'll embark on a walking exploration, after which our coach will return to the hotel.
The rest of the afternoon and evening are free to relax at the hotel or explore on your own. Nearby sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. (Your "Culture Pass" can be used for these admission to these state museums.)
Those who wish can remain downtown rather than return to the hotel at this time, but will need to make arrangements for their own transportation to the hotel via taxi, city bus, or the hotel shuttle (if available).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: At leisure to explore Santa Fe's nightlife, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities, or rest and relax.Lodging: The Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel check-in at about 4:00 PM.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Lecture about the history and colorful residents of TaosLodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll cross the Gorge via the "High Bridge," which spans the Rio Grande Gorge 565 feet above the river, affording a breathtaking view of both. After stopping for photographs, we'll continue on to the Earthship Biotecture Community.
Earthship biotecture is a sustainable building style using recyled materials, such as old tires, bottles, and aluminum cans, in a variety of fascinating — and sometimes funky — shapes and sizes.Lunch: At a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Taos Pueblo. (If the Pueblo is open; it can close unexpectedly for Pueblo events.)
This picturesque Pueblo at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America. The multiple-storied adobe dwellings reflect an ancient culture. Approximately 100 Pueblo residents still live much as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago, without electricity or running water. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.From the Pueblo we'll go to Taos Plaza for some free time to explore this historic area on our own. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Optional videoLodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
While in Chimayó , we'll visit a weaving gallery, Centinela Traditional Arts. Chimayó is home to several families who have been creating Hispanic weavings for generations, and we'll have a chance to see some beautiful works designed and woven by an award-winning artist.We'll also visit the beautiful little church in Chimayó, El Santuario de Chimayó, a Roman Catholic church (Santuario is Spanish for "sanctuary".) This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called "the most important center in the United States for Catholic pilgrimage. A small room called el pocito (the little well) contains a round pit, the source of "holy dirt" (tierra bendita) that is believed to have healing powers. An adjacent Prayer Room displays many ex-votos as well as photographs, discarded crutches, and other testimonials of those purportedly healed.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 plant, and most 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: After lunch, our bus continues on to Albuquerque. We'll stop along the way for a field trip to view some petroglyphs, images carved into stone several centuries ago.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Free eveningLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Situated atop a 367-foot high sandstone mesa, Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," may have been settled as early as 900 CE. We'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa, and the 6,000 residents who live there today in two nearby villages or on top of the mesa in the old pueblo itself.
As we walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the Pueblo residents.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner