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PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Exploration of the Southwest's Story and the Works of Arizona Artist Ted DeGrazia

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Program #18480RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Itinerary for Mar 30 — Apr 4, 2014

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Type: Other

Description: The Franciscan Renewal Center is located only minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. We offer 25 acres of a lush desert oasis set at the base of Camelback Mountain in the heart of the Scottsdale/ Paradise Valley resort district.

Contact info:
5802 E Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-948-7460
web: www.thecasa.org

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Pool, hot tub and internet access offered.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100/double; $70/single.
Price per night includes 3 meals.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 30 - Check-In, tour of campus, dinner, orientation
Afternoon: Check-in 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Tour of the grounds at 5:00 pm which will introduce you to our beautiful desert oasis. We have a pool, labyrinth, Healing Garden, desert ramadas with paths and 2 quiet chapels plus a church, Our Lady of the Angels. The Renewal Center is located on 25 acres of desert gardens, citrus trees, and a lovely rose garden. 5:30 pm: Get Acquainted Social by the pool.

Dinner: 6:00 pm: you will enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner in our dining room with a hot entree, a fresh salad bar, freshly prepared dessert and beverages.

Evening: 7:00 pm: a brief gathering to learn about the Renewal Center and meet our hostess for the week. There will be time for questions and answers, and some social exchange.

Lodging: Franciscan Renewal Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Franciscan Renewal Center is located only minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. We offer 25 acres of a lush desert oasis set at the base of Camelback Mountain in the heart of the Scottsdale/ Paradise Valley resort district.

Contact info:
5802 E Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-948-7460
web: www.thecasa.org

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Pool, hot tub and internet access offered.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100/double; $70/single.
Price per night includes 3 meals.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 31 - Introduction to Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia, Arizona ar...
Introduction to Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia, Arizona artist. Discover the cultural symbolism in the decorative design of southwestern art. Relax with an afternoon T'ai Chi class...

Breakfast: Mass is celebrated daily in Our Lady of the Angels Church at 7:00 am (optional). A cooked breakfast is served in our dining room at 7:30 am. Before 7:00 am, coffee and tea are available in the "Coffee and More" room. There is also a hospitality room open every day with fresh fruit, coffee, tea & water, juice and the morning paper. Tables are set up for games or cards.

Morning: 9:00 am: Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia, famed Arizona artist, left a giant legacy for the people of Arizona and the world. A presentation on DeGrazia's life and works will be given by Shannon Rossomondo, Education Coordinator, DeGrazia Foundation. Ted DeGrazia was born in 1909 in the Morenci mining camp of Territorial Arizona. His early childhood experiences in the ethnically diverse community evolved into a lifelong appreciation of native cultures in the Sonoran Desert and a passion to create art depicting their lives and lore. The presentation will include original art and films. There will also be an opportunity to try your hand at creating a sculpture.

Lunch: 11:30 am: Lunch is buffet style with a fresh salad bar, entree, dessert, beverages and coffee.

Afternoon: 1:45 pm: Investigate with Fran Campbell, PhD, the basic categories of southwestern art found in Arizona and New Mexico. Learn to identify the cultural symbolism used in the decorative design. 4:00 pm: Our favorite T'ai Chi instructor, Don Fiore, will lead the afternoon exercise session. T'ai Chi is gentle movement and people who are more comfortable using a chair can still enjoy the multiple benefits of this ancient practice. 5:00 pm: Social Time. Enjoy a cool beverage and some southwest treats while enjoying the early evening desert.

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 pm: Chef Elias and his staff will serve a delicious meal prepared especially for you. The food & refreshments are served buffet style. Tables are reserved for the Road Scholar guests.

Evening: 7:00 pm: Southwestern-themed film and discussion.

Lodging: Franciscan Renewal Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Franciscan Renewal Center is located only minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. We offer 25 acres of a lush desert oasis set at the base of Camelback Mountain in the heart of the Scottsdale/ Paradise Valley resort district.

Contact info:
5802 E Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-948-7460
web: www.thecasa.org

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Pool, hot tub and internet access offered.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100/double; $70/single.
Price per night includes 3 meals.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 01 - Enjoy an early morning desert walk in the quiet a...
Enjoy an early morning desert walk in the quiet and peace of the Franciscan Renewal Center. View some of DeGrazia's artwork.

Breakfast: 7:00 am Coffee and morning paper 7:30 am breakfast in the dining room.

Morning: 9:00 am: Ted DeGrazia's story continues. We'll learn about his time spent in Mexico City working with the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orosco. We'll also discuss his protest of the inheritance tax on works of art. In 1976, to protest the tax, DeGrazia hauled about 100 of his paintings on horseback into the mountains near Phoenix and set them ablaze.

Lunch: 11:30 am: Lunch is served buffet style in the dining room. Your choice of salad makings, entree and dessert served along with your favorite beverages.

Afternoon: 1:45 pm: Our exploration of the early Southwest continues. Today's topic, "Hollywood Apaches," gives an insightful tour of how Hollywood film makers of the 20th century crafted specific cultural images of the Arizona Apaches. How and why those images were consciously changed will be explored as well. 4:00 pm: We continue our T'ai Chi practice.with Don Fiore.

Dinner: 5:30 pm: Our chef will prepare a meal to satisfy your hunger pangs. Fresh salad, a delicious entree and a sweet that will tempt you to have more than one bite. Coffee, tea and juice.

Evening: 7:00 pm: Southwestern film followed by discussion.

Lodging: Franciscan Renewal Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Franciscan Renewal Center is located only minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. We offer 25 acres of a lush desert oasis set at the base of Camelback Mountain in the heart of the Scottsdale/ Paradise Valley resort district.

Contact info:
5802 E Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-948-7460
web: www.thecasa.org

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Pool, hot tub and internet access offered.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100/double; $70/single.
Price per night includes 3 meals.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 02 - Learn about the historical events and culture of ...
Learn about the historical events and culture of the Southwest through art. Re-energize at our last T'ai Chi class.

Breakfast: 7:00 am Coffee & newpaper 7:30 am Breakfast in the dining room with fresh fruit, cereal, and breakfast items such as eggs, toast, and sweet rolls. Coffee, tea, juice and water.

Morning: 9:00 am: Shannon Rossomondo continues her discussion of DeGrazia's life and work. The Gallery In the Sun, developed by DeGrazia, opened to the public in 1965. There are six permanent collections of paintings that trace historical events and native cultures of the Southwest. Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals housed at the gallery including oils, watercolors, sketches, serigraphs, lithographs, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry.

Lunch: 11:30 am We will enjoy a delicious lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: 2:00 pm: This afternoon Dr. Campbell introduces four Arizona pioneer women whose lives impacted the early directon and development of society in the state of Arizona. Each reveals the kind of people who settled Arizona and what it took for them to remain in a desert climate. 4:00 pm: We conclude our T'ai Chi practice.

Dinner: 5:30 pm: A lovely end to our day-- dinner with a delicious dessert.

Evening: 7:00 pm: Free time.

Lodging: Franciscan Renewal Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Franciscan Renewal Center is located only minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. We offer 25 acres of a lush desert oasis set at the base of Camelback Mountain in the heart of the Scottsdale/ Paradise Valley resort district.

Contact info:
5802 E Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-948-7460
web: www.thecasa.org

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Pool, hot tub and internet access offered.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100/double; $70/single.
Price per night includes 3 meals.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 03 - Conclude our exploration of the early Southwest w...
Conclude our exploration of the early Southwest with the impact of the Health Seeker Era of the 20th Century on Arizona architecture and the growth of the tourism industry.

Breakfast: 7:00 am: Morning coffee and newspaper. 7:30 am: breakfast with fresh fruit, hot entree, choices of cereals, toast and jelly.

Morning: 9:30 am: Picture taking time on the beautiful grounds at the Renewal Center 10:00 am: Shannon Rossomando concludes her presentation on the life and work of Ted DeGrazia.

Lunch: 11:30 am: Lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: 1:45 p.m. Fran Campbell's concluding presentation demonstrates how and why Arizona benefited from the Health Seeker Era of the 20th century. The unique architecture that resulted from the era will be explored as well as the how the clientele helped initiate the Arizona tourism industry.

Dinner: 5:30 pm Our chef has prepared a special farewell dinner with candles, linens and wine for your dining pleasure.

Evening: An evening to relax

Lodging: Franciscan Renewal Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 04 - Farewell lunch and departures
Breakfast: 7:30 am Another delicious breakfast!

Morning: Time to pack and say goodbye to our fellow participants.

Lunch: 11:30 am Our goodbye meal--everyone refreshed and ready to go on to the next Road Scholar experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale Convention & Visitor's Bureau
For additional information, visit: www.scottsdalecvb.com
Chamber of CommercePhone: 602-945-8481
Heard Museum2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ Phone: 602-252-8848

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