6858
New Mexico
Santa Fe Holiday Traditions: Beyond the Ordinary
Experience traditional foods, award-winning music, Native American ceremonies and festivals as you celebrate an extraordinary holiday season — New Mexico style!
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Program No. 6858RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Introductions, Welcome Dinner
Santa Fe, NM
D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Check-in available 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: 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.

DAY
2
New Mexico History Lecture, Plaza Exploration, Museum Hill
Santa Fe, NM
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off bus; walking up to a mile on uneven paved terrain with some inclines; standing at museums

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll learn about the history of the area that is now New Mexico, from its earliest Paleo-Indian inhabitants to the Spanish settlers and American soldiers and merchants who followed. We'll also hear about Santa Fe, "The City Different." We'll then head out on foot to explore Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.

Lunch: Plated meal or buffet at a local restaurant includes selection of entrées plus coffee, tea, water (additional beverages available for purchase.)

Afternoon: We'll board our motorcoach and depart for Museum Hill for visits to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture features pottery, jewelry, sculpture, 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 continues to focus 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.

Dinner: Plated meal at a local restaurant.

Evening: Return to the hotel.

DAY
3
Georgia O'Keeffe, O'Keeffe Museum, Free Afternoon
Santa Fe, NM
B,L
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking up to several blocks over varied terrain with inclines; standing up to an hour at museum

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel

Morning: We'll start the morning with a lecture about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. After moving to northern New Mexico in 1949, Ms. O'Keeffe spent the next 26 years producing distinctive and iconic paintings of the area's landscape, flowers, and other regional subjects. After the lecture, we'll walk four blocks to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which holds the largest collection of O’Keefe’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.

Lunch: Plated meal or buffet at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for independent activities.

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 and give directions.

Evening: Free evening to explore Santa Fe's nightlife, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities, or rest and relax.

DAY
4
Southwest Cuisine, Cooking Demonstration, Performance
Santa Fe, NM
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking up to a mile over paved, but uneven surfaces with inclines.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After breakfast, we will hear a lecture about Southwest Cuisine. Then we will head out on foot for the Santa Fe School of Cooking to enjoy a class in preparing the unique cuisine which has made Santa Fe a 'foodie' destination.

Lunch: At the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Afternoon: After lunch there will some free time to explore or to relax before walking to the Lensic Performaing Arts Center for this afternoon's concert. Guest performer Augustin Hadelich joins the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra in performing Mendelssohn's "Concerto in e for Violin & Orchestra, Op.64". Led by conductor Joe Illick, the Orchestra also plays perhaps the most recognized of all classical compositions, Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5 in c, Op. 67."

Dinner: At the hotel; sparkling wine and dessert included.

Evening: Optional video.

DAY
5
Pueblo Dances Lecture, Kewa Pueblo, Native American Musician
Santa Fe, NM
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; walking up to several blocks over varied terrain; standing for up to an hour at Pueblo (no seating available).

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, we'll learn a little bit about Kewa (formerly Santo Domingo) Pueblo and its feast day dances. We'll then depart for the Pueblo to see some of the dances. This unique cultural experience is both a sacred ritual and a celebration, and it is an honor to be allowed observe them. (No photography allowed. Please see the link in the "Web Links" section when you receive your Information Packet for advice on appropriate behavior and etiquette while visiting a Pueblo.)

Lunch: At the hotel or a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a presentation by Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American Flute player and guitarist, dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, as well as a composer in his own right.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Optional video in the hotel meeting room.

DAY
6
School for Advanced Research, State Capitol Art Collection
Santa Fe, NM
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain; standing at School for Advanced Research and Capitol Building.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We begin the morning with a presentation on the School for Advanced Research. We'll then depart for a field trip to the School. 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. 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, led by a docent, 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.

Lunch: Enjoy a plated meal of local regional favorites at Maria's New Mexican Kitchen includes selection of entrées, coffee, tea, water, soft drinks (additional beverages available for purchase.)

Afternoon: After lunch we'll travel to the New Mexico State Capitol Building. Its design is based on the Zia sun symbol (also seen on the state flag); known as "The Roundhouse," it is the only round state capitol building in the country. The building houses an impressive collection of art by New Mexico artists and sculptors. Return to the hotel following the Roundhouse visit.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.

DAY
7
Breakfast
Santa Fe, NM
B

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

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!






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