Looking for something to do outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Arizona spring? Check out what's available in Tubac.
Note: Call ahead for reservations for all programs.
The Soldiers Who Fought the Apache – Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter - Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2 pm
Jack tells the other side of the Apache story, the story of the soldiers who fought them and answers these questions: What was it like to be a soldier stationed at Ft. Bowie trying to subdue the Apaches? What tactics did General Crook and his officers use that made them finally successful? What really happened to bring an end to Apache violence in the Southwest, and what happened to these brave people? Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio.”
Concert: Heather “Lil’ Mama” Hardy - Sunday, April 3, 2pm
Classically trained Heather “Lil’ Mama” Hardy will celebrate her acoustic violin style in a rare and intimate concert in Tubac. During her years in New York City she began to explore other styles of music that could be adapted to the violin. When her classical training and precision collided head-on with self-taught, improvisational musicians, Heather’s unique acoustic violin style took root. She will bring a select group of support musicians to the 1885 School House Stage to close our 2015/2016 Teodoro Ted Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert season. Grab your tickets early by calling (520) 398-2252. Seating is limited, and this concert is sure to be a sell-out. Tickets $18 for adults, free for children 14 and under.
Non-Presidio Event -Tour: Banámichi and the Rio Sonora, Mexico, April 5-7, 7:30 am pick up at the Tubac Presidio Park
The Sonora River Valley has been the main economic support system for the state of Sonora since the time of the arrival of the Spanish. We will travel and stay in Banámichi, Sonora, one of the charming villages along the Rio Sonora Route. A charming bed and breakfast, La Posada del Rio Sonora, will provide comfortable lodgings from which we will take our explorations. Enjoy the finest of Sonoran cuisine, learn about the production of foods which have been the mainstay of the valley for centuries. Soak in the hot springs of Aconchi and have the opportunity to take a short hike in the mountains. Learn some of the colonial Spanish mission history and visit some of the churches established in the 1600’s. Get acquainted with the friendly people and land in numerous small Mexican towns that have grown up over the past 400 years along the river Sonora. $595.00 per person double occupancy; $100.00 single supplement. Price includes all transportation by 15 passenger van, all lodging and taxes, 3 lunches and 2 breakfasts, bilingual anthropologist tour leader. Donation to the Friends of the Tubac Presidio and Museum. Minimum of 8 people, maximum 9 per van. Deadline to sign up is March 17. For more information, call Fiesta Tours International at 398-9705.
Park to Park Anza Trail Hike, Saturday, April 9, 9:30am - Noon
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by hiking the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail between Tumacácori National Historical Park and the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. Participants will receive their choice of a hiking stick medallion or pin representing each of the Park units. The young and young at heart may choose to participate in a special Jr. Ranger activity to become an Anza Trail Jr. Ranger. All participants may have an annotated map of the entire Anza Trail from Culiacán to San Francisco with a list of the names and ages of the settlers who made the trek. Free shuttle service will return hikers to their park of origin and admission to both Tubac and Tumacácori parks will be free until noon.
Walking Tour of Old Tubac – Saturday, April 9, 10am – 12pm
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.
Living History: Weaving, Saturday, April 9, 11am – 2pm
Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. The tradition of weaving traces back to Neolithic times – approximately 12,000 years ago. Watch and learn how fiber and spinning impacted human activity from ancient to modern times. A knowledgeable volunteer will demonstrate how the spinning wheel produces thread from fiber, and experience spinning with a drop spindle. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Junior Ranger Day 2016, Saturday, April 16, 9am – Noon
Calling all those who are young and young at heart! Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, and the Tumácacori National Historical Park are hosting a Junior Ranger Day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with fun activities for families. All three parks will have programs and activities including creating adobe bricks, rolling seedbombs, learning about the territorial printing press, pressing leather designs, weaving, and of course, hiking the Anza Trail! Collect up to 15 different stamps in your program to turn in for prizes like pins, badges, stickers and books. Admission to both Tubac and Tumácacori will be free until noon.
Non Presidio Event: Tubac Art History Guided Walking Tours – Sunday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 13, 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.
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