Registration with group leader in hotel lobby between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.
Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PMEvening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 until 8:30 PMLodging: Hotel St. FrancisMeals Included: Dinner
Return to the hotel at 5:00 PM.Dinner: Walk a few blocks to the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, where we'll dine from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.Evening: Return to the hotel after dinner.
We'll show the video, "Surviving Columbus," in one of the hotel meeting roomssLodging: Hotel St. FrancisMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Hispanic art class will show us how much glorious folk art is produced in the state; many artists hold with these family traditions, and become masters at their craft, following age-old ways.Lunch: Lunch today will be at Blue Corn Café, a local favorite. We'll order from a limited menu.Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our bus and go on a field trip to the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Reserch and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
The Museum is housed in a renovated and expanded building designed in 1930 by John Gaw Meem, a leading figure in the development of New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial/Pueblo Revival architecture. Originally used as the residence of the Laboratory of Anthropology’s director, the building features a multitude of handmade, historically accurate appointments, which range from the ironwork on the doors to the carved decoration of the ceiling beams. The Museum is the only Meem building in Santa Fe that has retained its original integrity.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: Hotel St. FrancisMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Laguna has one of the largest land reserves of all the pueblos, and is the youngest, having been founded in 1699. Most visitors see only a fraction of its terrain, but may notice the ancient-looking adobe village of Old Laguna capped by the white San Jose Mission. The main village, Old Laguna, and the smaller villages of Paraje, Paguate, Mesita, Encinal and Seama are home to a number of artists and craftspeople.
Oral history and archeology reveal that the area in and around Laguna was occupied off and on for thousands of years by various Indian peoples. In the 1880s, the Santa Fe Railway extended its tracks across the reservation, thus bringing changes to the previously isolated reservation. In 1926, U.S. Route 66 reached the Rio San Jose Valley, and introducing a new generation of tourists to Pueblo culture.
After the dances at Laguna, we'll go to Acoma Pueblo, just a short distance from Laguna.Lunch: Lunch at the Y'aak'a Café at AcomaAfternoon: After lunch, we'll travel to the top of the 400' mesa via Pueblo transportation. We'll walk through the old village with a Native American guide, then spend some time at the lovely Cultural Center and the museum there.
We'll depart from Acoma at 4:00 PM.Dinner: We'll stop for dinner at a selected restaurant in the Albuquerque area at about 5:30, then continue on to Santa Fe at approximately 7:00 PM.Evening: We should arrive at the hotel in Santa Fe at about 8:00 PM.Lodging: Hotel St. FrancisMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a short break, we'll be introduced to some magnificent Southwest authors who have made this area come alive in their literature.Lunch: Lunch on our ownAfternoon: Afternoon at leisure. There are a number of museums near the hotel; the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is but a short walk away, and there are many, many wonderful galleries to explore.
Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45 to wak as a group to our dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner will be at the well-known contemporary restaurant, La Casa Sena. We'll dine in the Cantina, home of the famous Cantina Singers. There will be a choice of several beautifully prepared main courses, an appetizer or salad, and a specially selected dessert, all the while being serenaded by some terrific Broadway music provided by exciting, talented singers and musicians.Evening: After dinner and entertainment, we'll return to the hotel for the program closing in a hotel meeting room.Lodging: Hotel St. FrancisMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner