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: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Dinner
We'll then head out on foot to explore the Plaza area, including 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: After lunch, we'll visit the New Mexico Museum of Art, followed by free time to spend as we choose.Dinner: At a selected restaurant or 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: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then board our motor coach and depart for the state capitol building (known as "The Roundhouse," it is the only round capitol building in the United States). The capitol building houses an extensive collection featuring the work of New Mexican artists and sculptors.After departing from The Roundhouse we'll travel to Pojoaque, NM, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum and continue on to Chimayó.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 (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'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 visit a local weaving gallery. Hispanic weavings incorporate different patterns and techniques from those used by Native Americans. Generations of families in the area have been creating these weavings for centuries.We'll then depart for a field trip 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: At the hotelEvening: Optional video or free eveningLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll continue on to Santa Fe after leaving the Pueblo.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Free evening to relax or socialize with fellow participantsLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then go to Museum Hill for visits to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is one of the State of New Mexico museums, and features pottery, jewelry, sculpture, baskets, and other objects made by Native Americans from all over the United States. Most of the work is from the Southwest.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: At a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Canyon Road. This charming area is home to a number of shops and galleries, and we'll have free time for independent explorations this afternoon.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals 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