Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting - Fridays, February 5 & 19, 11am to 2pm
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.
Walking Tours of Old Tubac – Saturdays, February 6 & 20, 10am – 12 pm
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.
Geronimo - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter, Saturday, February 6, 2 pm
This is the last half of the Apache story, the period after Cochise when the southwest was aflame with the raids and breakouts of Geronimo, Victorio, Nana and Juh. Jack will tell us the exciting stories of these Apache leaders during this period, which did not end until 1886. We will also hear the fascinating stories of the Apache warrior woman Lozen, and the tragic break between Geronimo and his lifelong friend Chatto, who, in the end, would hunt him down for Gen. Crook. 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.
Tubac Festival of the Arts, Wednesday thru Sunday, February 10 – 14, 9am to 5pm
Parking is available in the Presidio’s parking lot for $8. Tubac Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the 57th Annual Festival of the Arts. The major event of the year for Tubac showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists and craft persons from around the country and Canada. The food court features a variety of cuisines. Nonprofit organizations (including us!) benefit from the $8 per car charge for parking. Ours is the best lot: it's paved and the closest lot to the Festival. You can insist on parking at the Presidio, but you will have to resist everyone's frantic gesticulations to get you to park in their lots. Just keep insisting "The Presidio" and make your way across Burruel to our beautiful lot. You'll get a free pass to see the Presidio, too!
Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site – Wednesday, February 17, and Friday, February 26, 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.
Presentation: Potted Garden Questions Answered - Choosing Pots, Watering, and Critters - Saturday, February 20, 2pm
Marylee Pangman founded The Contained Gardener in 1998 as a niche business in Tucson. After teaching classes for almost 20 years on container gardening in the desert, there are three questions that are asked in every class: what pots can I use?, how much water do I use to keep my plants thriving?, and what can I grow that javelina and rabbits won’t eat? Join Marylee for the answers so you can keep your money out of the compost heap. She will also have autographed copies of her recently published book, Getting Potted in the Desert available for $20. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.
Non Presidio Event: Tubac Art History Guided Walking Tours – Wednesday, February 3, and Sundays, February 21 & 28, 11am-1pm
Learn about the colorful early days of the Tubac artist colony during a two-hour guided walking tour co-sponsored by the Tubac Center of the Arts and the Tubac Historical Society. For information and reservations, call the Tubac Center of the Arts at 520/398-2371 or tubacarts.org.
Teodoro Ted Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert: Sue Harris and Nancy Elliot - Sunday, February 21, 2pm
Don’t miss the legendary Sue Harris and the amazing Nancy Elliott as they present solo sets of Americana and Cowboy Folk. These ladies will steal your hearts with beautiful music and delightful humor. Sue is a fantastic Western Music folksinger and poet. Her presentations are quirky, dramatic, sometimes wistful, and she draws her audience into the mystical world of the American West. Nancy’s alluring vocal style and guitar is sure to entertain you. She is an accomplished poet, musician and author. Her music is rich in spirit and infused with soulful passion. Admission is $18 for adults, free admission for children 14 and under. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.
Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period – Saturday, February 27, 11am – 2pm
A knowledgeable volunteer 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. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Teodoro Ted Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert: Chris B. Jácome - Sunday, February 28, 2pm
Internationally acclaimed flamenco guitarist and award winning writer-musician Chris B. Jácome will perform on the Presidio schoolhouse stage. Chris is a highly sought after performer and music director on the world-wide flamenco scene so it’s a real treat to have him visit Tubac! Don’t miss Chris’s beautiful, inspiring and lush rhythmic performances that will thrill you as only flamenco can do. Admission is $18 for adults, free admission for children 14 and under. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.
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