Register with program's group leader in designated area.
Meet from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in hotel meeting room for program orientation and introductions.Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining area from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.Evening: Following dinner, you'll have a one hour class on Gems and Minerals with instructor Bonita Chamberlin.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Dinner
After the walk-around, we'll depart about 2:45 PM for a stop at DeGrazia's Gallery in the Sun. While there, you'll have a guided visit and see the late Ted DeGrazia's art.
In the 1940s, Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia had little success finding a gallery to represent him, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. First he built a studio at the corner of Prince Road and Campbell in Tucson, but as the city grew around him, he and his wife Marion bought 10 isolated acres in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains where they built a chapel, home, and a small adjoining gallery to exhibit his originals. The prolific artist soon needed more space to house his continuing output of originals. As his fame and finances flourished, he designed and built a larger adobe galley on the site and moved his growing collections out of what is now known as the Little Gallery at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.
Depart for the hotel at 4:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Evening discussion/lecture about movies filmed in Tucson; you'll receive a list of movies you might want to view when you get home.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs at 9:30 AM for Mission San Xavier del Bac.Lunch: Lunch today will be at El Charro Café near Sabino Canyon.
Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson is the nation’s oldest
Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family,
featuring traditional Sonoran-style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food. They have several locations thoughout Tucson.
Afternoon: After lunch, you'll have a Sabino Canyon Tram excursion, followed by some free time on your own. This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson, Arizona. For many who come to visit the Southwest, this area provides their first close encounter with the Sonoran Desert and the fascinating variety of plants and animals that make it their home. There is a self-guided Desert Nature Trail at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center which provides an excellent way to get to know the plants that have adapted to living in this demanding environment. A 45-minute shuttle exploration will be taken upon arrival with time available for your personal exploration.
Bus arrives back at the hotel about 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner will be on your own tonight.
Located just a few blocks from the hotel is Restaurant Row, where many different kinds of restaurants will lend themselves to your dining pleasure. The hotel van will take you there and pick you up, if you don't feel like walking. Just inquire in advance at the front desk for shuttle times.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
About 10:00 AM, bus will travel to the Flamingo Hotel at 1300 N. Stone Avenue, where you'll visit a special American Indian jewelry workshop. This event is part of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and one of 52 exhibits that make up this annual celebration of the remarkable gems and minerals our world has to offer. This particular show has between 20-35 artists working on their own special jewelry creations - they represent tribes from all over the United States. You'll be able to talk with them one-on-one, ask questions about how they do what they do, and learn about traditional and contemporary jewelry designs.
Bus then travels to lunch destination.Lunch: Lunch at selected restaurant from 12:30 - 1:30 PM.Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for the Tucson Convention Center and the annual Gem and Mineral Show. Arriving about 2:30 PM, you'll explore the magnificent jewelry, gems, and more that you'll see there. This show has set the standard for these kinds of shows around the world, and is now the largest show in the United states. You'll find a whole new world of amazing gems and minerals to explore. Bus departs for the hotel at 6:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner from 7:00 - 8:00 PM at the hotelEvening: Following dinner, we'll have our program closing in one of the hotel meeting rooms. We'll talk about the experiences you had during the week, and we'll have fun discussing your adventures at the Gem Shows.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner