Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Dinner: In the hotel meeting room enjoy a plated meal or buffet with salad, selection of entrées and dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: At leisure. Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on varied terrain with inclines.
Breakfast: 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.
Morning: We begin the morning with an overview of New Mexico history, led by a local expert. We'll hear about the fascinating history that has made New Mexico such a unique place. Next, we'll take an expert-led 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.
Lunch: 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.
Afternoon: 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.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will have a plated meal with a selection of entrées, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We will be joined by a local museum curator for a lecture on Southwestern jewelry.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on varied terrain with inclines. Standing up to 1 hour at the Convention Center.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: The morning begins with a Native American-led lecture about Hopi Art and Culture. The Hopi Nation in North Central Arizona is famous for katsina dolls, jewelry and baskets. And they have long been noted for the reticence in discussing cultural traditions and ceremonies. Having members of the tribe speak with us about their art and culture is a special honor.
Lunch: At the hotel, enjoy a plated meal, plus coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: We'll travel by coach to the Railyard to experience Santa Fe’s newest Native American art event – the Indigenous Fine Art Market (IFAM), which had a very successful inaugural year in 2014. Once there, enjoy an opportunity to explore at your own pace and learn about Native American culture through art. At the end of the field trip, we will board the motorcoach and ride back to the hotel.
Dinner: Hotel plated meal.
Evening: After dinner we'll learn about the art of making Katsina dolls from our Hopi instructors. These dolls represent the Katsinam, the spirit messengers of the universe that represent different aspects of life, and are traditionally given to Hopi girls to help them learn about their role in the community.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on varied terrain with inclines. Standing up to 2 hours at the Convention Center.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: After breakfast in our hotel meeting room, our expert instructor will discuss the Pueblos of the Rio Grande Valley. We'll then depart via motorcoach for the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian with our Group Leader. While there, we'll see artists demonstrating how they make their work. The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is dedicated to contemporary and traditional American Indian art, with a focus on the Southwest. Its architectural design was inspired by the traditional Navajo hogan; the Case Trading Post is modeled after some of the old trading posts of the southwest, creaky floors and all. After viewing the artists' demonstrations, we will return to the motorcoach and depart for Tesuque Pueblo.
Lunch: At Tesuque Pueblo.
Afternoon: After lunch we'll hear about life on the Pueblo. We’ll then travel to Santa Clara Pueblo where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock. Santa Clara is famed for its blackware pottery, and Mr. Speckled Rock is a master of his craft. He'll describe how he makes his pots, and tell us about some of the foremost potters in the area. Return to Santa Fe after studio visit.
Dinner: Plated meal at a popular local restaurant; order from a limited menu featuring a choice of entrées, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We'll walk to the Santa Fe Convention Center with our Group Leader to attend the long-awaited Indian Market General Preview where we'll see the juried submissions and the award-winning pieces. This evening's event is a feast for the eyes, with the best of classification and division well represented. Take the opportunity to note some of the artists' booth numbers so you can find more of their work at Indian Market. The group will walk back to the hotel at approximately 9:30 p.m. Those who wish may return on their own if they'd like to leave earlier.
Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day over paved, sometimes uneven terrain, and through heavy crowds. Standing for several hours during the day at the Indian market.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most, exploring the dazzling array of Native American arts and crafts from around the country at the Santa Fe Indian Market. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The Market officially opens at 8:00 a.m., but collectors often arrive much earlier (some even camp out overnight) in order to be first in line when their favorite artists open their booths.
Lunch: 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. There will be many vendors at Indian Market selling a variety of Native American and New Mexican fare, from grilled "roastin' ears" to Indian tacos to burritos. There are also a number of restaurants in the vicinity of the Plaza, offering a wide range of cuisine from casual to fine dining.
Afternoon: Free Time. Continue exploring Indian Market, other sites of interest, or return to the hotel on your own.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like or continue to sample the local cuisine.
Evening: At leisure to enjoy downtown entertainment, socialize with fellow participants, or simply relax at the hotel.
Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day over paved, sometimes uneven terrain, and through heavy crowds. Standing for several hours during the day at the Indian Market.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Free Time. This time is on your own to see and do what interests you most, or continue with independent explorations of the Indian Market.
Lunch: On your own.
Afternoon: Free Afternoon.
Dinner: Hotel plated meal.
Evening: In our hotel meeting room, we will have a program wrap-up where we can share our experiences, show off some of our Indian Market treasures, and exchange our farewells.
Activity note: Hotel check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 11:00 a.m. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!