February and March events at Tubac Presidio

Note: Please call ahead for reservations for all programs

February and March events at Tubac Presidio
Events happening at Tubac (National Park Service)

TUBAC, AZ (KOLD News 13) -

FEBRUARY

Presentation: The Woman Who Shot Cowboys: Louise Serpa by Jan Cleere – Saturday, February 2, 2 pm. Tucson author and historian Jan Cleere will present the story of rodeo photographer Louise Serpa, the first woman allowed to photograph inside the rodeo arena. $10 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds supports the Presidio education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Don Armstrong and Earl Edmonson, Sunday, February 3, 2 pm - This concert is a tribute to Travis Edmonson by fabulous musicians Don Armstrong, Earl Edmonson and of course, Ted Ramirez. You won’t want to miss this threesome! Tickets $20 adults, free for children 14 and younger. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Tuesday, February 5; Wednesdays, February 13, 20, & 27; Friday, February 15; 9 am – 1 pm - A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. You will get to set type and print small samples to take with you. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Tubac Festival of the Arts, Wednesday thru Sunday, February 6 – 10, 10 am to 5 pm - The Tubac Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the 60th 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. Each car will get one free pass to the Presidio, too!

Walking Tour of Old Tubac – Saturdays, February 2 & 16, 10 am – Noon - Come explore colorful Old Tubac that even some of the locals don’t know about! Guided by Connie Gessler, 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 all day admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Desert Museum Presentation Spain: Moors and Christians, Olives and Wine, Tracing the Cultural and Agricultural Roots of the American Southwest – Thursday, February 14, 2 pm In the Southwest we use the adjective “Spanish” frequently and loosely. Indeed, many elements of our culture originate in Spain. Join Desert Museum staffers Sonya Norman and Jesús García in this fascinating talk as they describe the 16th -18th century Christian Spain that colonized the Americas was the sum total of its previous occupants - Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans. Join us for a talk on the influencing factors of these peoples. We will discuss agricultural practices, Father Kino’s fruit tree legacy, as well as the language, religion and architecture that crossed the Atlantic and become rooted in the Southwest. The speakers will be leading a trip to Spain this September during the grape harvest season. For more information about this trip lo. $10 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: The Buffalo Soldiers - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter, Saturday, February 16, 2 pm - This is the epic story of the Buffalo Soldiers out West, Black troopers in the U.S. Army after the Civil War, and their contribution during the Indian Wars. Although we did not see them in the Western movies of our youth, they composed 10% of the entire U.S. Army and 20% of the cavalry in that Western army. Their story is a fascinating, much of which occurs in Arizona. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations and future dates, 520-398-2252.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: S-ap ki:himdag (Good Living) for the Akimel O’odham Along the Santa Cruz by Dr. Deni Seymour – Saturday, February 23, 2 pm - The O’odham who lived along the river were not Tohono O’odham. Just as today the (San Xavier del) Wa:k O’odham are Akimel O’odham, so were their Sobaipuri ancestors. Come learn what this means with respect to shaping the s-ap ki:himdag (good living) for the Akimel O’odham along the Santa Cruz River and discover how our team is uncovering the character of southeast Arizona’s River People more generally. This presentation conveys the nature of our research, the kinds of data used to shape our perspectives, and presents the results that we are creating and collecting together. We combine traditional knowledge with other forms of evidence to critically assess, evaluate, and validate inferences and conclusions. Our work both involves and assists the Wa:k community in understanding their past in new ways and at the same time helps the public understand who these unique O’odham are with their distinct heritage. $10 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds supports the Presidio education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site – Call for the Date - 11 am – 1:30 pm - Special tour by Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin 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 all day admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations encouraged, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.

MARCH

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Never the Less, She Persisted – Special Presentation by Jan Cleere – Saturday, March 2, 2 pm. To celebrate Women’s History Month, Jan will relate the stories of women who made a difference on the Arizona frontier. $10 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds supports the Presidio education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Anniversary of “The Weekly Arizonian” – Sunday, March 3, 10 am – 4:30 pm - Join us for cake and a celebration of the 160th anniversary of Arizona’s first newspaper, which was printed in Tubac on March 3, 1859. The original 1858 Washington Hand Press that printed the newspaper is still in operation at the Tubac Presidio. There will be a demonstration of the hand press from noon until 3 pm in operation as it prints a commemorative edition of the first issue of the Arizonian and an informal talk about the history of the press. Includes all day admission to tour the Presidio. $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Presentation: The Uplifting Music of Cuba – Monday, March 11, 2 pm - Join us for another Presidio/Border Community Alliance collaboration and take the exhilarating plunge into the music of Cuba. This wonderful blend of African rhythm and European melody has shaped music wherever you turn. You can hear the Cuban influence in classical music, ragtime, tango, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, rock and roll, funk, hip-hop, Mexican music and, of course, salsa. This presentation will feature multimedia filmed by our presenters in Cuba just weeks ago. Russ and Blyth Carpenter, are experienced authors, teachers and speakers. Tickets $20, BCA members, $15. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Tubac’s Annual Santa Gertrudis Day – Saturday, March 16, 10:30 am – 4 pm - Celebrate the Feast Day of Santa Gertrudis, for whom the Presidio’s chapel was named. Santa Gertrudis was a Belgian nun and her name graced the church in Tubac from 1767 to 1917. Starting off, Presidio riders will be in the 10 am St. Patrick’s Day Parade sponsored by Tubac Jack’s. After parading the town with all the other celebrants, they will return to the Presidio. Lots of activities for young and the young at heart! Experience an architectural discussion tour of St. Ann’s, Anza’s rededication of the Church, and a collaborative exhibition with Tubac Center of the Arts and Open Studio of local art about water in collaboration with the Smithsonian Water/Way exhibit coming to the Presidio in October. Don’t miss the riders! $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. Belgium food and beer garden available for purchase. For more information about activities, call 520-398-2252 or email: info@tubacpresidio.org

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: The Chiricahua Apache Wars here in Arizona - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter, Saturday, March 23, 2 pm - This is the story of the Chiricahua Apache Wars in the Southwest. Jack makes it come alive, and you will get goosebumps. So whether it is a review for you as you have heard his many talks on the Apaches before, or it is a new subject for you, prepare to be entertained. You will hear about Cochise, his White blood-brother Tom Jeffords, Geronimo (how he got his name), Chatto, Chief Loco, the woman warrior Lozen, and lots more. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Book Talk: Apache Tears by Ben Michaels – Saturday, March 30, 2 pm - Apache Tears by Ben Michaels (aka local author Ben Gastellum), is the tale of the war between the Spanish, Apache, and Anglo as they vied for control of the Southwest. Surviving the harsh, but beautiful, desert climate was hard enough, but the people living there also had to overcome each other’s greed in order to preserve their way of life. $10 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds supports the Presidio education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

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