Kick off 2016 with a trip to Tubac. Here is a list of events happening in the new year.
Walking Tours of Old Tubac – Saturdays, January 2 & 16, 10 am -12 noon
Come explore colorful Old Tubac that even some of the locals don’t know about! Guided by Connie Stevens, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the town’s early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona’s first European settlement. Topics from early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, American pioneers, Apache attacks, kidnappings, and other exciting episodes are discussed. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and wear walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.
Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting - Fridays, January 8 and 22, 11 am to 2 pm
Come discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest. Taste a cacao bean, learn how the Mayans and pre-Columbian Native Americans prepared their chocolate, and sample the energy drink that fueled the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth, children free.
Presentation: Prehistoric Rio Rico Revealed – by Dwight Thibodeaux, Sundays, January 10, 17, and 24, 2 pm
Historian Dwight Thibodeaux spoke last winter about the history of greater Rio Rico, and we learned about historic Rio Rico. Well, what happened in Rio Rico before Padre Kino and the Spanish arrived? Dwight has developed a new series of talks on Pre-historic Rio Rico. They will be presented on three successive Sunday afternoons. In Part I learn about how Mother Nature created the Rio Rico area and the Santa Cruz River. In Part 2 we'll learn about prehistoric plants and animals (including dinosaurs and a massive petrified forest). And in Part 3 we'll hear about the prehistoric people who lived here and learn about their many villages in the Rio Rico area. Each talk is $7.50 and includes admission to the Park. For all three talks, prepay our special price of $20 and get a special complimentary book.
Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site – Tuesday, January 12, and Friday, January 29, 11 am – 1 pm
Special tour by local experts of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1-1/4 miles. The Archaeological Conservancy protects this site and participants are asked to sign 'An Acknowledgement of Risk Factors' before entering. Wear walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations encouraged, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.
Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period – Fridays, January 15 & 29, 11 am – 2pm
A knowledgeable volunteer dressed in period clothing describes the combination of native and introduced foods enjoyed by the Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks, plus cooking demos with samples. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Cochise - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter, Saturday, January 16, 2 pm
Jack will tell the exciting story of Cochise, the Chiricahua Apaches’ greatest leader. We will learn about the man himself, about the famous Bascom Affair that precipitated his 11-year war with the U.S. Jack also addresses the tactics that made him so successful in war, and describes Cochise's relationship with his American blood-brother Tom Jeffords (a real man who's buried in Evergreen Cemetery), as well as the peace treaty negotiated with Gen. Howard, and much more that makes Cochise such a fascinating figure. After hearing this talk you, too, will want to visit Chiracahua National Monument, where Cochise was born and grew up; to Ft. Bowie and Apache Pass, where Cochise went to war against us; and to Cochise’s Stronghold, where the great man died. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio.” Please call for reservations and future dates, 520-398-2252.
Friends of the Presidio Annual Meeting, Tuesday, January 19, 2 pm
The members of the Friends of the Tubac Presidio & Museum, Inc. will gather in the old schoolhouse for their annual meeting and hear reports on the year's activities from members of the Board and the Park director. You're invited to be a part of the ongoing community effort to operate, maintain, and constantly improve the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park by joining the Friends group. Applications are at the desk of the Presidio visitor center or by request to info@TubacPresidio.org
Book Event: Lozen: Apache Woman Warrior by Carol Sletten, Saturday, January 23, 2 pm
Please join us to hear a fascinating presentation about Lozen, the famous Apache woman warrior who rode with Geronimo. Carol will introduce this fascinating historical figure after briefly discussing the Southwest’s long history of war with the Apache. She is the illustrator and co-author of the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project book, Story of the American West – Legends of Arizona and Three Strong Western Women. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.
Concert: Run Boy Run, Saturday, January 30, 2 pm
Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular, utilizing the very best of each style and adding their own creative touch. The Band's sound is dynamic with an orchestral feel - a blend of beautiful vocal harmony and bluegrass instrumentation, including cello, masterfully played - guaranteed to please everyone. Don’t miss this one! Admission is $18 for adults, free admission for children 14 and under. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Please call 520-398-2252 or email email@example.com today!
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