Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 1 mile on varied terrain with inclines; standing up to 2 hours at School for Advanced Research.
In the hotel’s buffet area, enjoy a buffet featuring a variety of options such as scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, waffles, biscuits and gravy, bagels, cereals, pastries, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, milk, juice, water.
Our Group Leader will begin the morning with an overview of New Mexico history. We'll hear about the fascinating history that has made New Mexico such a unique place. Next, we'll embark on a walking field trip around the Santa Fe Plaza area. This has been the vibrant heart of the city for almost four centuries. There are numerous events throughout the year such as community gatherings and concerts as well as Indian and Spanish Markets. Regardless of season, there is always much to observe. As the week goes on, we'll be able to mark the transformation of the area from the relative calm of what we'll see today to a sea of white tents and swarm of activity as vendors set up for Indian Market.
At a popular restaurant, enjoy a plated meal from a select menu with a choice of entrée, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase at the bar.
This afternoon we'll travel to the School for Advanced Research (SAR). The SAR was established in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. The scope of its activities has grown to embrace a global perspective, advancing scholarship in anthropology and related disciplines and facilitating the work of Native American scholars and artists. While there, we'll visit the vaults in the Indian Arts Research Center, where we will be led by a docent. Not generally open to the public, the IARC's collection is considered one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native art in the world, more than 12,000 items. We are very pleased to have permission to take our Road Scholar group, into this incredible treasure trove. We'll see many rare items such as pottery, basketry, textiles, jewelry, and more as we learn about their provenance and significance.
At the hotel.
We will be joined by a local museum curator for a lecture on Southwestern jewelry.