From 3:30 - 5:30 pm, we'll have culture passes for you so you can visit some of the downtown New Mexico State Museums and have a few hours at leisure. The museums you can visit are: NM Museum of History, NM Museum of Art and Palace of the Governors Museum. You may also choose to take in some sites on your own.Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel from 6;00 - 7 :30 pm.Evening: This evening from 7:30 - 9:00 pm, we'll provide a speaker who will tell you all about the amazing geology and geography of northern New Mexico. He makes the subject matter fascinating; you'll appreciate all you see of the northern part of the New Mexico so much more when you know of the state's wild and wooly geophysical history!Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At 10:15 am, the buses will depart for Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos. Bandelier, less than 15 miles south of Los Alamos, contains stunningly preserved ruins of the ancient cliff-dwelling ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture. Their culture flourished here between 1100 and 1550 A.D.Lunch: On arrival at Bandelier, there will be time to visit the museum and cultural center before having boxed lunches at the picnic area alont the river.Afternoon: At 3:00 pm, bus will depart for the field trip to Los Alamos. We'll have a bus exploration of the city, then stop at the Bradbury Science Museum. This museum is dedicated to the history of the atomic bomb, and is absolutely fascinating, with many original documents and interesting remnants of that era. Our visit will be from 3:30-5:00 pm, with our bus departing for Santa Fe at 5:00 pm and arriving at approximately 6:00 pm.Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel from 7:00 -8:00 pm.Evening: Evening at leisure.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The bus will depart at 10:00 am and continue on into Taos. The bus will park in a special parking area about 10:15. You can walk from this parking area to the Ernest Blumenschein Museum for a 10:30-11:15 am visit.
Located on historic Ledoux Street in downtown Taos, the Blumenschein Home and Museum is maintained much as it was when the artist 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.
At 11:15 am, we'll walk to the Taos Plaza area.
You'll have time for lunch and for a little exploring around the Plaza area - there are many galleries and interesting shops to see.
Lunch: Lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants around the Taos Plaza.Afternoon: At1:30 pm, bus departs for Taos Pueblo. The northernmost of New Mexico's pueblos, Taos has been home to the Tiwa tribes for more than 900 years. Over 100 people live much as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago - there is no electricity and no running water on the Pueblo. The remaining 2,000 residents live in conventional homes on the pueblo's 95,000 acres. We'll have a Native American guide from Taos Pueblo take you around the Pueblo and tell you about its history and present-day presence. Our visit will be from 1:45 - 2:45 pm.
At 3:00 pm, board bus for trip to Millicent Rogers Museum at 3:15 pm. This museum will give you a glimpse of some of the finest Southwestern arts and crafts anywhere. Founded in 1953 by Millicent Rogers' family members after her death, the museum contains a magnificent array of jewelry, textiles, potteryy, kachina dolls, paintings, and basketry collected by the wealthy Taos emigre beginning in 1947. The scope of the museum expanded in the 1970s to include Anglo arts and crafts and Hispanic religious and secular pieces. The gift shop has a fine collection of superior regional art.
At 4:45 pm, bus departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, located west of Taos. It spans the Southwest's greatest river at 650 feet above the canyon floor - it's one of America's highest bridges. At 5:30 pm, bus departs for dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner at Taos restaurant from 6:00-7:30 pm. (TBD)Evening: Bus departs for Santa Fe, arriving back at the hotel at approximately 9:00 pm.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Among the most economically active of the 19 pueblos, Santa Ana has capitalized on its proximity to Albuquerque by developing a range of businesses, including world class tourism facilities.
Santa Ana has committed several million dollars to restore six miles of riverway that cut through its lands. A handful of Santa Ana women work in embroidery, jewelry, pottery, and the creation of ceremonial ribbon shirts and dresses. Perhaps the pueblo's best known artist is Art Menchengo, who works in watercolors, oil paints and various drawing media.
While most of the tribe does not live in the historic village of Tamaya, this ancient pueblo comes alive for ceremonial events.
Board bus for lunch destination at 12:00 pm.Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant from 12:30 - 2:00 pm.Afternoon: Bus departs for Santa Fe at approximately 2:00 pm. We'll arrive at the hotel around 3:00 pm, and we'll have some time at leisure from 3:00 - 6:00 pm.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.Evening: From 7:30 - 8:30 pm in a hotel meeting room, we'll be entertained by Joe Hayes, professional storyteller and SFAOL contributor. Joe has performed in hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and parks. He tells folktales from many cultures, and among his favorites are the local cuentos, the Hispanic tales of New Mexico. A highlight of every summer in Santa Fe, for children and adults alike, are his storytelling sessions outside the tepee at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe.
In 1982, Mariposa Printing and Publishing company in Santa Fe presented 10 of these stories in "The Day It Snowed Tortillas." Now in its ninth printing, the book has become a regional favorite and has brought delight to readers throughout the country.
Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
To prepare us for our afternoon visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, we'll have a class from 9:00-10:00 am about Georgia O'Keeffe's time in New Mexico and the glorious art works she produced here. O'Keeffe is known all over the world for her haunting depictions of the shapes and colors of northern New Mexico. She first visited the state in 1917 and returned for extended visits from the 1920s through the 1940s.
After a break, we'll have the same instructor for a class on Southwest art from 10:15-11:15 am. From the traditional Hispanic and Native American art came much of the contemporary art we see in the city today; our instructor will talk about the rich heritage artists in Santa Fe can draw from and how many have adapted traditional art forms and incorporated them into contemporary ideas. We will have an opportunity to see a lot of the more contemporary art as well as some of the traditional art while in Santa Fe and Taos.
At 11:45 am, bus will depart for lunch destination and Museum Hill.Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill Cafe from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.Afternoon: From 1:00-3:00 pm,we willl visit the Museum of Indian Arts and Crafts and the Museum of International Folk Art, both part of the New Mexico state museum system.
The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented.
The Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, prepare to be fascinated by this delightful museum. (Both museums have great gift shops as well!)
We'll depart for downtown at 3:00 pm, arriving for a visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum at 3:30 pm. While not large, the O'Keeffe is a primary destination for many who visit Santa Fe. The main exhibition on display this summer is "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures."
Return to the hotel after the museum visit if desired.Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own.Evening: Free evening to relax at the hotel, socialize, explore the city, or attend this evening's optional event: Music on the Plaza at the Santa Fe bandstand.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
After a break, from 10:30 am until noon, we'll offer some of the best of Southwest literature in a class with one of our most popular instructors. You will return home with a very long must-read list!Lunch: Lunch at the hotel from 12:00-1:00 pm.Afternoon: Af 1:30 pm, we'll walk to the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts. Definitely a must-see for anyone interested in the history of authentic Native American art by Native female artists. Born in 1918, award-winning artist Pablita Velarde paved the way for Native American women to have a career in the arts. The Museum continues the legacy and tradition by displaying the works of extraordinary Native American female artists.
From 2:30 - 4:30 pm, we will be at leisure as we rest up a bit for the final evening's events.
At 5:30 pm, bus will depart for the evening's very special adventure.
Dinner: Upon arrival at our final program night's venue, you'll have a special dinner created just for our Road Scholar group - we're going to try to keep this evening a special surprise for you!Evening: After dinner, you'll move to a separate area for the evening's entertainment. Come prepared to have a really good time! Bus will depart for the hotel at the end of the entertainment event.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner