Register with program's group leader in designated area.Dinner: Meet for dinner in hotel dining area from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: From 7:00-8:30 PM in hotel meeting room, our group leader will give us a brief orientation to the program and we will have some time to introduce and get to know all participants in the group.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Dinner
At 10:15, we'll depart for a visit to the Postal History Foundation near the University of Arizona Campus. There, 50 volunteers and three staff members operate this foundation, sharing their love of stamps by informing visitors about the variety of stamps, postal history, and the stories behind them.
Inside there is an 1890s Post Office from Naco (a border town south of Tucson), with a variety of fascinating old equipment. Another rooms has changing exhibits related to stamps and their history, and the third room is set up so people of all ages can come to learn and be actively involved in the sorting and cataloging of the stamps. The volunteers will walk us around as they share their enthusiasm for this lifelong hobby.
This is a working Post Office, too, so if we want to mail anything, we can do it here.
The Slusser Philatelic Library is next door, designed mainly for research purposes, but it is interesting to explore, too.
Bus departs at 12:00 PM for lunch destination.Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant (TBD) from 12:15 - 1:30 PM.Afternoon: After lunch there will be a guided exploration of the city of Tucson, which will take approximately one hour. At 2:30 PM, bus will take us to the campus of University of Arizona where we will visit the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona State Museum from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. At 5:00 PM, bus will take us back to the hotel.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: This evening, we'll be treated to a performance by a country/Western guitarist/vocalist from 7:30-8:30 PMLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 n the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains to build 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. We'll depart for lunch destination at 11:30 AM
Lunch: Lunch today will be at El Charro Café from 12:00 - 1:30 PM.
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 cultural style and innovative Tucson style Mexican food. They have several locations thoughout Tucson.
Afternoon: At 2:00 PM, bus departs for a master class with University of Arizona students, coached by Behzoud Abduraimov. Abduraimov, a 23-year-old native of Uzbekistan, is an amazing talent. "Rip-roaringly exciting" and "a gift from God" are among the breathless reviews he's elicited, as well as this from the International Record Review: "He has the neuro-motor responses of a jungle cat and the energy reserves of an Olympic athlete on peak form." After achieving a sensational victory in the 2009 London International Piano Competition, winning first prize with a thrilling performance of Prokofiev's Third Concerto, the young phenom toured with the Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy, a great pianist in his own right. While at this workshop, we will observe young and rising stars, including musicians like Langlang, Joseph Lin), some who have become world-famous, working with Abduraimov.
We were very pleased to be invited to this workshop by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.
Bus returns to hotel at 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner will be on our own tonight.
There are quite a few restaurants near the hotel on Campbell Avenue or, if you're tired, the hotel does serve dinner each evening. If available, the hotel van will take us there and pick us up; if it is not available, there are taxis that can take us wherever we choose to go. Just inquire in advance at the front desk for shuttle times.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
At 9:15 AM, bus departs for a field trip to Mission San Xavier del Bac.
The celebrated Jesuit missionary and explorer, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, first visited 'Bac" in 1692. Eight years later in 1700, Father Kino laid the foundations of the first church, some two miles north of the present Mission site. He named it San Xavier in honor of his chosen patron, St. Francis Xavier, the illustrious Jesuit "Apostle of the Indies."
In 1768, Fray Francisco Hermengildo Garces, a man of outstanding personality and prodigious accomplishments among all missionaries in Arizona, established his headquarters at San Xavier. From here, this Franciscan Friar set forth on his many missionary explorations. Board bus for return to hotel at 11:00 AM.Lunch: Between 11:30 AM-12:00 PM, there will be a simple boxed lunch provided by the hotel. Please pick these up at location to be designated by our group leader. Hotel check-out no later than 12:00 PM.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch