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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
The O'Keeffe Museum, while not large, is a "must see" destination for many. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as works by other artists, are featured in changing exhibits. The current exhibition includes the work of modernist artist Miguel Covarrubias.Following the museum visit we'll explore the Plaza area, including the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.Dinner: Buffet at the hotelEvening: Presentation by Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American Flute player and guitarist, and is dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, as well as a composer in his own right.Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The home of the artist Ernest Blumenschein, this museum is maintained much as it was when he and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family's art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family's lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century.Lunch: Plated meal at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Taos Pueblo (if it is open; it can close unexpectedly for meetings, funerals, or other Pueblo activities not open to the public). Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been continuously occupied for over 1,000 years. Its most striking architectural features are the multi-storied adobe dwellings to the north and south of Red Willow Creek.After our Pueblo visit, we'll go to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metal work, and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.Dinner: Plated dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Both museums have great gift shops as well!Lunch: Buffet at the hotelAfternoon: After lunch, 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.Following the lecture 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 Kewa Pueblo to see some of its 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: Plated meal at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After returning to the hotel, our instructor will discuss Western films.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 con carne.") 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 travel back to Santa Fe, where we'll be dropped off near Canyon Road. We'll enjoy independent explorations of this charming area, which is home to a number of shops and galleries.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