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Santa Fe Summer Cultural Kaleidoscope: Opera, O’Keeffe and More

Attend an opera performance and a flamenco performance, explore unique sites, enjoy the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and learn the story of Santa Fe from the experts who live here.
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Program No. 11298RJ
6 days
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New Mexico

Santa Fe Summer Cultural Kaleidoscope: Opera, O’Keeffe and More

Attend an opera performance and a flamenco performance, explore unique sites, enjoy the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and learn the story of Santa Fe from the experts who live here.
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During the summer months, Santa Fe is transformed into a lively cultural phenomenon. Learn about the centuries-old history of the area, including how Native American and Spanish contributions influenced architecture, art and cuisine. Attend a performance at the Santa Fe Opera and see a performance by a local flamenco troupe. Enjoy classes on New Mexico art and learn about local arts and culture on field trips.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend a performance at the Santa Fe Opera and attend a performance by a local flamenco troupe.
  • Trace Santa Fe’s fascinating history, multicultural diversity and art from early traditional styles to present-day contemporary gems.
  • Take a field trip to the Georgia O'Keeffe Home & Studio in Abiquiu.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Spell of New Mexico
by Tony Hillerman (Editor)
A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.
Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico, A Sense of Place
by Barbara Buhler Lynes, Lesley Poling-Kempes, Frederick Turner
A catalogue of O'Keeffe paintings pairing 20 original images with modern photographs of the landscapes depicted by the curator of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Map
by MapEasy
A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque. Size: 18x27 inches.
A Painter's Kitchen, Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Margaret Wood, Michael O'Shaughnessy (Photographer)
An illustrated cookbook featuring Georgia O'Keeffe's recipes and art from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.
Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City
by David Grant Noble (Editor)
A revised edition of of this classic history of Santa Fe to the mid-nineteenth century, featuring essays by ten scholars and hundreds of archival photographs, drawings and maps.
Feast of Santa Fe, Cooking of the American Southwest
by Huntley Dent
An easy-to-follow introduction to the cuisine of the Southwest written by a cooking school instructor.
The Metropolitan Opera Stories of the Great Operas
by John Freeman, Beverly Sills (Introduction)
A two-volume, boxed collection of the complete plots for 225 operas, authorized by the Metropolitan Opera.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
by Jack Parsons
Southwest photographer Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces in this full-color coffee table book.
The Lost World of the Old Ones, Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest
by David Roberts
A fascinating look at prehistoric civilization in the Four Corners region. Roberts goes deep into the Southwest backcountry to find yet-undiscovered ruins of the Ancestral Puebloans, known by their modern descendants as The Old Ones. A fascinating book, which, at its heart, is a great mystery story.
Santa Fe
by Gene Peach
Filled with the dynamic culture of Santa Fe (a uniquely wonderful piece of the USA) this book of images moves through the seasons, capturing summer’s low-rider cars, autumn’s harvest, spring’s bursting of color and much more in The City Different.
The Myth of Santa Fe, Creating a Modern Regional Tradition
by Chris Wilson
By exploring Santa Fe's architectural style, public ceremonies, historic preservation movement and cultural traditions, Eilson unravels the complex interactions of ethnic identity and tourist image making.
Fodor's In Focus Santa Fe
by Fodor's
A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining.
Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera
by Fred Plotkin, Placido Domingo (Introduction)
A well-written introduction to opera, this volume includes a brief history of the art form, a guide to operatic terms and a review of 11 famous operas.
Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather
Based in part on the life of Bishop Jean Baptiste L'Amy, this classic novel of missionary life in New Mexico is rich in the texture of Old Santa Fe and New Mexican landscapes.
A History of Opera
by Carolyn Abbate
Filled with insights and arguments, meditations and composer biographies, this passionate genealogy of opera has been praised by the Times of London as "The best single volume ever written on the subject."
New Mexico, A History
by Joseph P. Sanchez
This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.
Traditional Arts of Spanish New Mexico: The Hispanic Heritage Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art
by Robin Farwell Gavin
This compilation of more than 100 items from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe offers good insight into Spanish colonial art in New Mexico.
Indian Arts of the Southwest
by Susanne Page
Featuring color photographs of the basketry, pottery, weaving, jewelry, and carvings of 200 noted artists, this book is both a collector's guide and cultural history of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo peoples and other native peoples.
The Penguin Concise Guide to Opera
by Amanda Holden
An essential reference for the opera enthusiast. Well organized, with short descriptions of plots, characters, performances and historical background.
Portrait of an Artist, A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Laura Lisle
Lisle shows how O'Keeffe was both changed and inspired by her Southwestern surroundings in this insightful biography of Georgia O'Keeffe.
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. The State Capitol building, flamenco venue, explorations of the downtown area and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum require walking several blocks. Our seats at the opera are assigned by the box office, and we cannot provide advance information on seat locations. If, however, you require a particular seat location, please notify the Santa Fe office as far in advance as possible, and we will make our best effort to accommodate the request DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At 7:00 p.m. in our hotel meeting room, we’ll have a plated meal with entrée, fresh seasonal vegetables, dessert, and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

New Mexico History, Georgia O'Keeffe, Museum Hill, Flamenco
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles over course of the day; paved, uneven terrain. Standing for up to 2 hours during field trips.

Breakfast: On the Mezzanine, we’ll have a breakfast buffet including dishes such as scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, hot and cold cereals, toast, with beverage choices of juice, milk, coffee, tea and more.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, our Group Leader, who is also a local expert, will present an overview of the history and culture of Northern New Mexico; we’ll learn about the native Ancestral Puebloan inhabitants, and the Spanish and American soldiers and settlers who followed. After a short break, we’ll be joined by a local expert who will give a presentation about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. The purpose of her art was to express what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was one of the most noteworthy artists of the 20th century and was a leading member of a group of avant-garde artists (The Stieglitz Circle) that began to blossom in New York in the 1910s. O’Keeffe’s distinctive artwork is instantly recognizable. They include abstractions, large-scale depictions of flowers, shells, animal bones and other natural forms, and New York and northern Mexico cityscapes and landscapes.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with choice of entrées and a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our Group Leader will take us on a walking exploration of the historic Santa Fe Plaza area. As we walk through the plaza, the Group Leader will point out highlights and provide expert commentary on the history of the historic area which includes the Palace of the Governor's, Cathedral Basilica and others as time permits. We will then board the motorcoach for a short drive up to Museum Hill for a self-directed field trip to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. As we view the exhibits, we’ll learn more about Southwestern Native American art and culture and international folk art. Docents will be available to answer questions as needed. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture features pottery, jewelry, sculptures, baskets, and other objects made by Native Americans from the earliest times to modern day, scrupulously documented and beautifully displayed. Most of the work is from the Southwest. The Museum of International Folk Art focuses on indigenous populations from around the world through their art – ranging from ceremonial dress and masks to furniture. The museum hosts the largest collection of international folk art in the world, including wings featuring some of the 106,000 pieces donated by collectors Alexander and Susan Girard and Lloyd Cotsen's Neutrogena collection. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: We'll meet in the hotel lobby and walk a few blocks to the venue for tonight's Flamenco performance, where we will enjoy a dinner of Spanish tapas. There will be a choice of tapas and a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: This evening, we will enjoy a flamenco performance by Entreflamenco. The company, Entreflamenco, started in Madrid, Spain in 1998. They have performed all over the Iberian Peninsula, United States and Central America, including places such as the Palau de la Musica de Barcelona and the Houston Hobby Center. They are now based in Santa Fe. After the performance, we will return to the hotel.

Ghost Ranch, Georgia O’Keeffe Home & Studio
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 125 miles, approximately 3 hours over the course of the day. Walking up to 1 mile over the course of the day; paved and unpaved terrain. Standing about 1 hour during field trip. Extent, duration, and terrain of hiking at Ghost Ranch according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll travel to the Ghost Ranch Education Center. This is the first place Georgia O’Keeffe stayed at in New Mexico; she fell in love with the landscape and ended up vacationing at this Dude Ranch each following summer until she finally purchased her own home in Abiquiu. The estate is now a retreat operated by the Presbyterian Church, which maintains three small museums on site as well as several hiking trails. We will go on a self-directed field trip to these three museums; the Visitor’s Center Museum houses some of O’Keeffe’s prints, the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology houses Native American tools, pottery, and artifacts from the Paleo-Indian culture, as well as contemporary pottery and weavings from local Pueblos, and The Ruth Hall Museum displays the fossils of the Coelophysis, a dinosaur discovered at Ghost Ranch in 1947. Coelophysis was a small velociraptor and is the New Mexico State dinosaur. Docents will be present to answer questions as needed. After, we will have some time for independent explorations. Experience the red-rock country that O'Keeffe's paintings made famous through independent hikes on the Ranch grounds or spend more time exploring the exhibits.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with choice of entrées and a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We'll ride via motorcoach to Georgia O'Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiu. A local expert will provide expert commentary as we explore the grounds. When O’Keeffe purchased the home in 1945, the house was in ruins. O’Keeffe and her friend, Maria Chabot, worked together for 4 years to restore the Spanish Colonial style compound to its former glory. O’Keeffe painted many facets of her home including her door frames and the outside courtyards. In 1949, O’Keeffe moved from New York to New Mexico permanently. We’ll travel back to the hotel once we are finished. Then, we’ll have some independent time to explore downtown, socialize with our fellow road scholars, or relax before dinner.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Santa Fe is known for the breadth and depth of its culinary offerings. Not to be confused with "Tex-Mex," New Mexican cuisine is a fusion of Native American and Spanish influences. There are a number of fine restaurants within walking distance, including the hotel's own restaurant, Eloisa. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Red Mesa Cuisine, Capitol Art Collection, Opera Performance
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 30 miles, up to 1 hour over the course of the day. Walking several-hundred feet to performance; paved sidewalks with some inclines; stairs with no railings.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll ride to the Red Mesa Cuisine. This restaurant is the home and studio of Lois Ellen Frank—renowned chef and anthropologist. She will give a presentation on local foods from her James Beard award-winning cookbook (Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations).

Lunch: At the Red Mesa Cuisine, we’ll have a 4-course plated meal featuring regional Native American cuisine and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We'll travel to the State Capitol Art Collection features the work of New Mexican artists, photographers and sculptors. The unique architectural design of the building is based on the traditional Zia sun symbol (also seen on the state flag). Our Group Leader will provide expert commentary on the art, culture and history of New Mexico as we observe the extensive and varied art collection. We will return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before the evening's performance.

Dinner: At a designated time, we’ll ride to the Santa Fe Opera. We’ll have a buffet dinner, including wine and dessert, at the open-air cantina on the beautifully landscaped rehearsal grounds. The featured speaker will offer an informative talk about this evening's opera during the dessert course.

Evening: We'll attend the Santa Fe Opera performance of "The Magic Flute." After the opera, we will return to the hotel in the late evening.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Free Time, Wrap-Up Session
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; paved and unpaved terrain with inclines. Standing up to 1 hour during field trips.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll walk 5 blocks to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The museum holds the largest collection of O’Keeffe’s work in the world – over 3,000 of the artist’s works – comprising 140 of her oil paintings, almost 700 drawings and hundreds of additional works. The museum offers a varying selection of O’Keeffe’s work, as well as works by other artists in changing exhibits. A docent will lead us through the museum and point out highlights.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Santa Fe's popular annual International Folk Art Market will take place on Museum Hill this weekend, and you may wish to attend on your own. Shuttles will be available at various locations around town; information on this will be available at the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We’ll gather in the hotel meeting room for a wrap-up session to share our experiences and exchange our farewells. The rest of the evening will be at leisure. Get a good night’s rest and prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

Program Concludes
Santa Fe

Activity note: Hotel checkout 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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