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.We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.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: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Dinner
Both museums have great gift shops as well!Lunch: Buffet at the hotelAfternoon: After lunch, we'll board our coach and depart for the Lensic Performing Arts Center for Performance Santa Fe's New Year's Eve Preview Concert. This afternoon's performance includes Beethoven's Symphony Number 1, and features violinist Vadim Gluzman playing the Bruch Violin Concerto and coloratura soprano Ava Pine singing selections by Handel and Lehar.Dinner: Plated meal at a selected restaurant after the performanceEvening: We'll enjoy sparkling wine and dessert after returning to the hotel.Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then depart for the Pueblo to see some of the dances. This unique cultural experience is both a sacred ritual and a celebration, and it is an honor to be allowed observe them.
(No photography allowed. Please see the link in the "Web Links" section for advice on appropriate behavior and etiquette while visiting a Pueblo.)Lunch: At a selected restaurant or at the hotelAfternoon: This afternoon we'll enjoy a discussion about the literature of the Southwest. Our expert instructor will introduce us to prose and poetry by some of the many talented Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo authors who have written about the region.Dinner: Buffet at the hotelEvening: Optional video or evening at leisureLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum pepper (not to be confused with "chili," the stew.) 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, we'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." The Santuario offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is an interesting example of the simple but enduring faith of many residents of the small Hispanic villages in the area.After visiting the Santuario, we'll go to Santa Clara Pueblo and visit with Paul Speckled Rock in his pottery studio.
Santa Clara Pueblo is one of the friendliest pueblos of northern New Mexico, welcoming visitors.
The pueblo is famous 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: Buffet at the hotelEvening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast