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by Kathleen Vandervoet

by Kathleen Vandervoet

by Mike Bader

by Carol St. John

Santa Cruz County Update Page 9

Tubac Map Page 10

Yoas Brothers part 4 BIRD YOAS – The Later Years by Mary Bingham



Local Author creates Wildflowers Book

Book Review Phantom Letters

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Skies of Santa Cruz

Art Classes at Beads of Tubac

by Mike Bader

by Kathleen Vandervoet

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Borderlands Photographer by Murray Bolesta T H E





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Brown Canyon Walks




Art and the Breath of Life Page 27

Who Is Saint Patrick by Alfred Griffin Page 30

Remnants from Ruthie




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Be Sure to pick up a free OPEN STUDIOS tour catalog at the Tubac Center of the Arts. Tours start the first week of April.

Cover Art

"Tumacacori from Above" by Murray Bolesta Murray Bolesta operates Cactus Huggers Photography, specializing in borderland images

and supporting the preservation of our natural, rural, and cultural heritage. Bolesta’s art can be seen at and Creative Spirit Gallery in Patagonia. Books and cards available at the Tubac Market, at Plaza de Anza. Contact the artist at 520-241-1280 This journal is made possible through the support of local advertisers, artists and writers... please visit their unique businesses and let them know where you saw their ad, art or article.

The 2011 TCA catalog includes maps which guide you through the Valley to artist studios locations and provides examples of Artists' work as well as artist contact information. Art lovers have a rare opportunity to see where creativity begins by visiting artists in their own studios, watching them work and getting to know them.

For the third year, the free Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour is planned during two weekends, April 2-3 and April 9-10. Studios are located in Tubac, Green Valley, Amado, Rio Rico and Nogales. Organizers say that by traveling from studio to studio, visitors will get an unprecedented look at artists and their work. A free catalog provides complete directions.

The tour will be launched with a preview exhibition of artists’ work on display at Tubac Center of the Arts from March 18 – May 1. A champagne artists’ reception featuring live music, sponsored by an anonymous arts advocate and Tubac’s Tumacookery store, will kick off the tour at Tubac Center of the Arts on Friday, April 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. “Each year, on the first two weekends in April, participating artists open their studios to the public. This is a rare opportunity to see where and how the artists work. The work represented runs the gamut of artistic expression, from traditional oil painting to batiks, encaustics, jewelry, metal sculpture, and more,” said Susannah Castro, artistic director at the Tubac Center of the Arts.

In Tubac, 14 artists are participating. There are 13 from the Rio Rico and Nogales area, while Green Valley and Amado artists total 20 involved in the unique event. All will have their own artwork for sale during the Open Studio Tours.

Visitors will find a diverse selection of art, culture, fine dining, furnishings, history, shopping, museums, hiking, and lodging. Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico will be hosting area artists, offering food and drink specials, and featuring live music each day of the tour. Additionally, the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa is offering 20 percent off room rates to Studio Tour visitors during both weekends. Catalogs have been distributed at many Tubac shops showing representative art work from the artists on the Open Studio Tour, and maps of every location. A list of catalogue pick-up points as well as a virtual catalogue is available at Copies of the 2011 catalogue can be ordered by calling the art center at (520) 398-2371. Tubac Center of the Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the celebration and promotion of the arts through education, exhibitions, performances, and the collection and presentation of art that honors the artistic and historic heritage of Tubac and the Santa Cruz Valley.

The Tubac Villager is a locally owned and independently operated journal, published monthly to celebrate the art of living in Southern Arizona. Opinions and information herein do not necessarily reflect those of the advertisers or the publishers. Advertiser and contributor statements and qualifications are the responsibility of the advertiser or contributor named. All articles and images are the property of the Tubac Villager, and/or writer or artist named, and may not be reproduced without permission. Letters are welcome. March 2011 Circulation: 10,000 The Villager is made available in racks and at businesses throughout the Santa Cruz Valley, and distributed by Certified Folder Display to hundreds of locations and hotel managers and concierges in Phoenix and Tucson. The Villager is also available at public libraries in Arivaca, Green Valley, Nogales, Rio Rico and numerous Tucson Libraries.

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Alfred Griffin

Murray Bolesta

Carol St. John

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FRI, MAR 11TH - LIVING HISTORY AT THE TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK 12:30-3:30 pm. Volunteers dressed in period clothing reenact the daily lives of Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Displays will feature natural dye plants and materials, basketry, clothing and fabrics of the Spanish era. Admission: $4 adults, $2 youth (7-13), 6 & under free. 520-398-2252. FRIDAYS - OLD, NEW, JAZZ AND BLUES WITH BECKY REYES AND SCOTT MUHLEMAN at 5:30pm at the Amado Territory Steakhouse, I-19 Exit 48. 398-2651.

THURS, FRI & SAT, MAR 3RD - 5TH - RIO RICO HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS "MURDER IN A NUNNERY" Dinner Theatre at 6pm in the Rio Rico High School Cafetorium. $10.

SATURDAYS - GUITARIST RYAN GUZZARDO at 5:30pm at the Amado Territory Steakhouse, I-19 Exit 48. 398-2651.

FRI, MAR 4TH - FIRST FRIDAY at Wisdom’s Cafe in Tumacacori. 2-for-1 margaritas and live music by Bill Manzanedo from 5-8pm, plus our fish & chips specials all day. 398-2397.

THURS, MAR 3RD - TUBAC THURSDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM PRESENTS ATTORNEY RUTH “BUNNY” DAVIS SPEAKING ON NO LABELS. Ms. Davis is the founder of the Tucson area chapter of NO LABELS, not left, not right, forward. NO LABELS is concerned about the extreme polarization of politics in America. It is presently one of the fastest growing social movements in America. Ms. Davis will give us a first hand report of the national meeting of NO LABELS held on March 1 in Washington, DC as well as updating us on the impending shutdown of the Federal government. Forum begins at 8:30am at Maria’s Grill, Plaza de Anza. $10 admission includes full sit down breakfast. Seating is limited. Advance reservations, call 398-3350 or email More info- http://

FRI, MAR 4TH - FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE “THE HAPPINESS PRESCRIPTION” presented by DEEPAK CHOPRA. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Popcorn and Movie 6 p.m. In his presentation, Dr. Chopra draws upon the world’s major spiritual traditions to reveal things you can do to live a more positive and rewarding life. Movie will be exhibited at Unity in the Valley Center, 17630 S. Camino de las Quintas, Sahuarita (across from Anamax Park). For more info call 520-625-5687. SAT, MAR 5TH - COAL MINE SPRING HIKE in Sonoita Creek State Natural Area from Rio Rico. Meet at the Anza Trailhead on Rio Rico Drive at 8am. Carpool to jump-off. Round trip 10 miles. Moderately strenuous hike. View Indian food caches and petrified wood. Bring water and lunch. Leader: Bill Cox. Call 520.281-8833.

SAT, MAR 5TH - CALLING ALL “GREEK” WOMEN! “Cruz” into Spring, the FIFTH ANNUAL GREEN VALLEY PANHELLENIC LUNCHEON will be at 11am at the Lavender restaurant in Green Valley. Featuring speakers from the Tubac Center of the Arts, discussing programs available through the center. The luncheon offers a choice of spinach salad with grilled chicken or soup du jour and a turkey club sandwich followed by key lime pie for $20. Call Connie Wilt for info & reservations at 399-3301. SAT, MAR 5TH - LIVE MUSIC BY BILL MANZANEDO at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori from 5 to 8pm. 398-2397. MON, MAR 7TH - BIRD WALK at the Patagonia Lake State Park. Meet at the Birding Kiosk at the east end of Patagonia Lake at 9am. For questions or more information call 520-820-5101. THURS, MAR 10TH - ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICAN POTTERY OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA presentation at the AZ Archaeological Society meeting at 7pm at the North County Facility at 50 Bridge Road in Tubac. Free to the public. This presentation features illustrations and examples of the pottery styles that were made in southern Arizona by the ancient Early Ceramic and Hohokam

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ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICAN POTTERY OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA presentation at the AZ Archaeological Society meeting at 7pm at the North County Facility at 50 Bridge Road in Tubac. 520-207-7151 e-mail cultures, and historically by Piman (Tohono O’odham and Akimel O’odham), Yuman (including Mohave and Maricopa), and Athabaskan (Apache and Navajo) peoples from as early as 800 B.C. into the early twentieth century. For more information about the Santa Cruz Valley AAS Chapter, call Alan Sorkowitz at 520-2077151 e-mail FRI, MAR 11TH - LIVING HISTORY AT THE TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK, One Burruel Street, 12:30-3:30 pm. Volunteers dressed in period clothing reenact the daily lives of Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Displays feature how clothing was made, what foods were eaten, how illness and injuries were treated, and the tools used for everyday tasks. Spinning and weaving demonstrations—learn how to card and spin raw cotton and wool, and to weave a rag rug. Displays will feature natural dye plants and materials, basketry, clothing and fabrics of the Spanish era. Admission: $4 adults, $2 youth (7-13), 6 & under free. 520-398-2252. FRI, MAR 11TH - GAMES NIGHT at 5:30pm at the Unity in the Valley Church, 17630 S. Camino de las Quintas in Sahuarita across from Anamax Park. A light meal is provided and bringing a snack to share is always welcome. Contact Cyndi Barningham for more information at or 777-5333. FRI, MAR 11TH - LIVE MUSIC BY DAVID BLIXT from 5-8 PM and our Fish & Chips special all day at Wisdom’s Cafe in Tumacacori. 398-2397.

SAT & SUN, MAR 12TH & 13TH - MOON MADNESS at the Kitt Peak Observatory. This special hands-on program exclusively features our closest cosmic neighbor, the Moon. Learn about phases, make your own craters, and observe the beautiful lunar landscape through one of Kitt Peak’s Visitor Center Telescopes. This program is intended for beginners and families with children. Minimum age is 6 years old. Arrival time 3:20 pm, and 7:40 pm departure. Participants should meet at the Kitt Peak Visitor Center. Reservations are required. Please call 318-8726 to register. For more info visit php. Costs are $40 for members, $45 for non-members, $40 for seniors and active duty military and $25 for children for 6–16. The program includes a box lunch and class materials/handouts.

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SAT, MAR 12TH - SONOITA CREEK DAM AND RAILROAD WALK at 9am. Meet at the Visitor Center at Patagonia Lake State Park. Carpool to the trailhead. Participants will walk on and learn about the Patagonia Lake dam and part of the railroad trail. 3.5 miles round trip. Leader: Allyson Armstrong. Call 520.455-5016 for reservations and more information.

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SAT, MAR 12TH - THE 15TH ANNUAL LUCKY CLOVER RACE in Rio Rico to raise money for the Rio Rico All-Sports Booster Club. Anyone interested is invited to register. In the 10K and 5K races there will be $100 cash prizes to the overall male and overall female of each race group. Medals will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group and ribbons will be given to all participants in the two-mile fitness run/walk, a spokesman said. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The 10K and 5K race will begin at 9 a.m. and the two mile fitness run/walk starts at 9:15 a.m. The events won’t be postponed if the weather is poor. After the race there will be refreshments, awards and a raffle. The entrance fee is $15 for the 10K or 5K if received before March 5, and $20 after March 5. The fee for the two-mile run or walk is $10. Proceeds benefit the athletic programs at Rio Rico High School and the two middle schools, Calabasas and Coatimundi. The race starts at Rio Rico High School, 590 N. Camino Lito Galindo. To register, pick up a form at any District 35 school, or write to Rich River Athletics Club, P.O. Box 2991, Tubac, AZ 85646.

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nO chAnGe On interiM cOunty MAnAGer

Since September, Santa Cruz County has had an interim, not permanent, county manager. Giving no explanation, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted 2-1 on Sept. 15 to fire County Manager Greg Lucero. He had worked in the position for nearly nine years.

At the Sept. 22 board meeting, all three supervisors voted to name Deputy County Manager Carlos Rivera as the interim County Manager. Ruiz, board chairman, said, “We need to have someone in charge until this board decides what action it wants to go on.”

Asked on Feb. 23 about when there would be action to name a permanent, rather than interim, county manager, each supervisor responded individually. Ruiz said he wasn’t going to bring forward the issue to be discussed but would wait for one of the other supervisors. Supervisor John Maynard said he’s content with the current status and didn’t plan to put the topic on an agenda. Supervisor Rudy Molera

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said he’s happy with the work Rivera is doing. He said he thinks the issue of a permanent county manager should be “revisited somewhere down the line” but couldn’t “give a specific time frame.” Rivera came to work for Santa Cruz County in 1998 as personnel director and was named deputy county manager on April 7, 1999, in addition to remaining as personnel director.

tuBAc center Of Arts tO eXpAnd

An additional art gallery, expanded storage area, a meeting room for workshops and lectures, and new restrooms are among the amenities planned as an expansion at the Tubac Center of the Arts. The board of directors announced the project in late February and visitors can view the plan inside the art center. The goal is $700,000 and $355,000 has already been pledged, said Dave Bouchein, board treasurer. Fundraising has started to encourage


donations from art center members, business owners and other interested people.

The expansion will be added to the art center’s east side on land already owned by the nonprofit. The exterior appearance will be nearly the same as the current building, which was constructed in 1972 and added on to twice since then.

Jan Schoeben, board president, said the schedule is to conclude the fund drive by the end of May and start construction in November. Presentations on the expansion, open to the public, are scheduled for March 9 and March 14 at 9 a.m. and March 11 at 4 p.m. For information, call (520) 398-2371.

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histOric ZOne BOArd

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 1 named three people to serve as volunteers on the Tubac Historic Zone Advisory Board.

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Tubac’s Historic Zone includes roughly most of the area where shops are located from Bridge Road on the north to the Tubac Wash on the south, and from the East Frontage Road to the east edge of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. Some residential areas are excluded.

Returning members with new two-year terms are Gail Ballweber, Mindy Maddock and David Simons. The second year of their term continues for Jane Lowder, Barbara Gray and Lincoln Wilson. Mary Dahl, the county’s community development director, said no one else applied for the three open positions. A notice ran in the December 2010 Tubac Villager about the openings.

The board reviews development and design plans involving the erection or construction of new buildings, structures or signs in the zone. Also the modification, addition, alteration, moving or demolition of existing structures or signs located within the zone. All meetings of the advisory board are public but meetings have not been held on a specific schedule. For information, call Dahl at (520) 375-7930.

unpAid tAXes Affect lOcAl districts

Unpaid property taxes on nearly 2,400 vacant lots in Rio Rico affect the budgets of local taxing districts such as the Tubac Fire District and Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35.

If the taxes are paid, those agencies would receive substantial funds. Currently, the property owners, an Arizona limited liability corporation called Vateré, owe about $6.5 million to Santa Cruz County, which would also receive a percentage along with the Rio Rico Fire District.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has not yet determined what to do about the situation even though the issue has been discussed often. At a Feb. 23 meeting, the board voted to ask the school district and two fire districts to help remove the deed restrictions. The board didn’t specify what it meant by help, however.

The deed restrictions state that homes or other structures can’t be built on the lots. The county has given indications that if the restrictions are removed, the lots would become more valuable. After that, the supervisors could consider approving foreclosure action on the lots.

Art & the AnimAl Tubac Art Walk • March 26, 2011

Jay Moyes, a Phoenix attorney who is a member of the board of Vateré LLC, did not return a request for comment by press deadline.

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free sAfety updAtes

The Tubac Fire District helps administer a free notification system of public safety information. Mike Lindsey, communications specialist for the district, said anyone is invited to register for the service.

Lindsey posts frequent updates on severe weather, on brush fires, and on major traffic accidents, among other topics. Emergency alerts can also be distributed. The service began in the Tubac area about 18 months ago, he said.

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Individuals can receive the updates through their email, as a text on their cell phone, and by visiting the web site. To register, visit Lindsey said the information requested for registration is kept confidential. For information, call him at (480) 200-2682.

VOlunteers inVited At MissiOn

The Tumacácori National Historical Park, home to a mission church, museum, visitors’ center and historic orchard, is hoping to welcome volunteers.

NicholAs WilsoN RebeccA Tobey Showing the diversity of interpretation for the fauna of the desert Southwest. Meet the Artists 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Lisa Carrico, park superintendent, said a group called “Friends of Tumacácori” needs board members and new volunteers. Anyone who would like more information can call the park, which is five miles south of Tubac, at (520) 398-2341. Carrico’s extension is 52. (Reach the writer at

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March 2011 Villager Supporters Map art rendering by Roberta Rogers. Work in progress. This map is provided as a courtesy and is limited to the paying advertisers of the March 2011 issue of the Tubac Villager. Unmarked structures may be open businesses. Call 398-3980 for corrections.

El Presidito 398-9061

De Anza Restaurante & Cantina 398-0300

Hal Empie Gallery 398-2811

Clay Hands Studio 398-2885 Cobalt Gallery 398- 1200

Tubac Plaza Main Stage 398-2542

Tohono Village Trading Post 398-2223 Peter Chope Watercolors 398-8335

The Artist's Daughter 398-9525

Casa Maya de Mexico (520) 398-9373

Schatze 398-9855

Jane's Attic 398-9301

Old Presidio Traders 398-9333

Indigo & Olive 398-9763

Roberta Rogers Studios 979-4122

Tubac Center of the Arts 398-2371

The Red Door Gallery 398-3943 Florabundance 248-5039 Rogoway Gallery 398-2041 Heir Looms Old World Imports 398-2369

Beads of Tubac 398-2070

Tumacookery 398-9497

Tubac Deli 398-3330

La Entrada de Tubac ZForrest Gallery 398-9009 Bruce Baughman Gallery 398- 3098

Koorey Creations 398-8360 Casa Fina de Tubac 398-8620

Shelby's Bistro 398-8075

James Culver Leather Studios 398-1841

Maria's Grill 398-3350

TJ's Tortuga Books & Coffee Beans 398-8109 K. Newby Gallery 398-9662 Casa Maya de Mexico 398-3933

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YOAS BROTHERS – Part 4 BIRD YOAS – The Later Years by Mary Bingham

tucsOn rOdeO

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, Tucson’s annual rodeo celebrated its 86th year last month — February 19-27, 2011. For many years, Bird Yoas was a familiar figure appearing in the parade and rodeo.

Beginning in 1941 at age 63 or so, until his death June 29, 1958, Bird served as a mounted rodeo official known as a “flagman.” His responsibility was to signal the timer to stop the clock for timed events, an exacting job.

A participant in many different rodeo events since the turn of the 20th century, old friend Ed Echols said of him, “He was tough as a nail and was one of the best bronc riders I ever saw. A horse could hardly pitch him off when he got going.” A few years later, at age 71 Bird became a participant in the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade as a member of the Santa Cruz County Rurales. Bird was the “wagon chief ” for the group, responsible for leading the rag-tag group from Nogales to Tucson on a three-day horseback trek. The Arizona Daily Sun for Feb. 17, 1948 ran the following story:

rurAles ride 70 Miles frOM nOGAles-tucsOn

Lawyers, prominent cattle ranchers, housewives, young women, retired businessmen and a smattering of plain Joes, mounted fresh ponies and broke northward with today’s dawn to blaze a new trail over the old on a 70-mile three-day journey — just to go on another horseback ride.

Known as the Santa Cruz County Rurales, a civic organization founded by a young lawyer, Frank Barry, Jr., the group will ride in the annual Tucson Fiesta de los Vaqueros parade Thursday. The crew of horsemen and horsewomen, colorfully decked out in old western and Spanish garb is probably the oddest looking bunch of riders ever to travel over the once Apache-infested TucsonNogales wagon trail which a famous Indian fighter of the territorial days, Pete Kitchen, aptly christened: “TucsonTubac-Tumacacori to Hell!”

Back at his Agua Caliente ranch things were always interesting. It is said that Bird would hire every old man and kid who needed a job. If they didn’t come to him, he would hang out at the Ozark Bar or Owl



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Drug Store in downtown Tucson when he needed help.

Bird liked to help those down on their luck and was known on occasion to give a cow or calf to one of his cowboys, sometimes in lieu of pay. He’d tell them to use his TAT brand, one of many Bird acquired over the years including those of his late brother John.

nell & clAude

Sometime in the 20s, Bird married a woman named Nell. Haven’t been able to find any information on her, except he married her twice! One of the older cowboys Bird hired was Claude Humphreys. Unfortunately, Bird caught him changing brands on some of his cattle. One of Bird’s brands was the Bar Z Bar and Claude was caught changing the brand on a couple of head of cattle to the Staple 3. The Staple 3 was the late John Yoas’ brand which Bird would have inherited upon his brother’s sad demise.

BAr Z BAr BrAnd: — Z — Staple 3 Brand:

This is just speculation, but Bird had probably taken pity on Claude, a 45-yearold widower who was definitely down on his luck. He probably gave Claude a couple

of head of cattle and the use of the Staple 3 brand as long as he was working at the Agua Caliente.

Of course, Bird had to fire Humphreys. But it appears that cattle weren’t the only thing Claude was interested in. When Claude left, Bird’s wife Nell ran off with him. Fortunately there were no children. The 1930 census shows a Claud Umphreys living on the ranch at the time. Not sure which name is correct and can’t find a trace of either Claude or Nell after 1930. Perhaps the 1940 census will give us some answers when it is released next year. Agua Caliente was Bird’s pride and joy. Arizona Cattlelog editor, Richard Schaus, wrote that Bird “had a substantial stone house built for his bride.” Others claim the house may have been older, dating back to the days of the Spanish. There are even claims that some of the fruit trees came from the mission padres. Besides solid stone walls, the house had wooden floors, a rarity at the time and a swimming pool. In the orchard were grapefruit trees that Bird brought back from Texas. He kept chickens and cows near the house and had a work shop with tools and welding equipment to meet almost every need.

YOAS BROTHERS – continued... OthO Kinsley

In spite of Nell’s betrayal and defection, Bird loved the ladies and loved to dance. In later years, he was a frequent visitor at Otho Kinsley Ranch’s located at the junction of I-89 and the Arivaca Rd., in what was then known as Amadoville. Kinsley built quite a business on the main highway between Tucson and Nogales that included a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, service station, dance hall, rodeo arena, airport, lake and a farm. Weekend dances were a big draw, and Bird helped Kinsley put on local rodeo events for a number of years. The Cow Palace Restaurant & Bar in Amado is one of the last remnants of the old Kinsley business establishment.

Austin & MArKA MOss

Austin Moss was one of the boys Bird took in and became a life-long friend. He remembers Bird as being more domesticated than his brothers John and Dick. However “you had to watch him around your wife, because he’d ask them to dance then try to kiss them. He didn’t mean nothing though.” Arriving at the Agua Caliente in 1939 at the age of 16, Moss or “Rastus” as he was nicknamed by Bird, worked for him until 1943 when he enlisted in the U. S. Navy during WWII. Upon discharge in 1945, he returned to the Agua Caliente and worked another three years.

While living at the Agua Caliente, Bird gave Moss his own cattle brand, the V6, and a couple of heifers. When Moss married Marka Collie in 1948, they were both hired to work at the Buenos Aires Ranch near Arivaca. When Moss got ready to leave, he told Bird to go ahead and butcher his heifers, and never gave it another thought. Moss soon got a better paying job with the U. S. Department of Agriculture working on the eradication of hoof & mouth disease in Mexico. After several years in Mexico, the Mosses returned to Santa Cruz County. Marka remembers Bird’s incredible gift to them when they finally got their own place in Elgin in the late 50s. Bird was getting ready to sell the Agua Caliente so he could retire in Nogales. One day, Bird gave Moss a call and told him “he had some cattle over at his place.” Over the years, Bird “had let the cattle go and for every steer they had, he’d replace it with a heifer.” It was an great start for their new ranch.

As generous as Bird was he could also be rather tight when it came to spending money. Moss told Ray Logan, “Bird would teach you to make do with nothing but bailing wire and spit.” Moss’ first job was to make sure the windmills for pumping water were working. Bird gave Moss bacon rind to use to pack the bearings on the gears. Bird’s method was to throw the bacon rind on the roof for a couple of weeks so it would dry some. Then he instructed Moss to wrap a piece of the rind around the bearings and

put it back together. It would work fine for two or three weeks. Moss described Bird to Logan this way along with a tale told by Bird, himself:

He was all “Texas,” spoke passable Spanish, big ears, big nose, big feet, tall and thin. One time in Mexico he was camped on the Rio Yaqui and the water rose during the night and flooded his camp. A lot of his gear, including one of his work boots floated off. The next morning wearing one boot, he went to a small town down river and inquired if anyone had seen his things, including his missing boot. Bird said that an old man he asked looked at him, looked down at his feet and responded he had seen the boot that morning in the river but at the time, thought it was a steam boat. Bird thought that was very funny.

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Another good friend of Bird’s was Beth Aycock. She first met him and his cowboys when she and first husband, Sam Smith, were working for Bill and Sis Allen, owners the Kenyon Ranch. Beth and Sam were “dude wranglers.” Beth told Tubac Historical Society librarian, Betty Lane, about impromptu horse races that took place in Tubac. We used to take our dudes down there to dance. They’d love to go. You could do just so much riding, so we’d all saddle up

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11 and ride down to the Lowe’s, they had a jukebox, and they had Cokes of course, and we would dance when we should be riding. [Lowe’s was the post office and general store located across from the Tubac Presidio.]

…But we’d run horse races and I had a horse that Gene England [owner of the Santa Cruz Chili Factory, Rock Corral Ranch] had given me before Sam and I got married. He’d been on the track and he was fast… The cowboys from Bird Yoas’ ranch would come in there to get their mail in the summer and we’d match these horse races. I’m sure the stakes were probably a dollar. I can’t imagine us having any more money than that. …we would run horse races and this crazy thing — I called him Sea Biscuit — would run away with me, and that’s how I won most of the races. I’d have to run him down to the river bank to stop him…

In another part of the interview, Beth told Betty:

Bird would kind of take in all the orphan kids around, and the times were still really tough in those days... [The boys]… all had one white shirt that they would keep for Saturday night dances. We all rodeoed and we all roped, and we’d go to Kinsley’s, which is now the Cow Palace. That was our favorite place to go.”

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New Wildflower Guide is a Unique Resource

Above, author Maggie Milinovitch.


aggie Milinovitch has many accomplishments of which to be proud. She’s published the Arivacabased “The Connection,” a resource

connecting communities of Southern Arizona for 26 years; she and her son, Joseph Birkett, co-founded the “Tubac Villager” in 2004; and she’s one of four partners who own an historic Arivaca cantina, where a restaurant is soon to be added. To complement her lifelong love of wildflowers, she recently published a new book which she researched,

photographed and wrote, titled “Wildflowers, a Field Guide to Flowering Plants of Arivaca and Southern Arizona.”

Wildflowers can be showy, but they can also be mysterious and a bit difficult to find. “When you start really, really looking, you see so much more,” Milinovitch said about the past two years when she worked constantly on developing the book. “It’s just amazing what’s growing out there.”

Left, Milinovitch has photographed and provided descriptive information on 204 flowers of Southern Arizona. The flowers listed include common and botanical names, the month in which the images were taken, and plant descriptions. Entries are organized by color for ease of identification with leafshape and plant images for discriminating between similar looking blossoms.


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Her goal was to create a field guide that people can carry on walks and hikes. This publication is spiralbound with heavy pages so it opens wide and flat, and will hold up for a long time. Full color photos enliven every page.

Guijas foothills and mountains north of Arivaca. She also spent time around Arivaca Road, Arivaca Cienega, Arivaca Lake, along Ruby Road, Tres Bellotas Road west of Ruby Road, and in other nearby areas.

There are 204 wildflowers represented in the book, some of which aren’t in other Arizona guidebooks, she said. For each, she includes the location and the month in which the photo was taken.

Her good friend Penny Shepard accompanied her often, and Penny’s husband, Steve, who frequently prospects for gold in the Las Guijas mountains, alerted them when new wildflowers appeared. Flowers illustrated in the book aren’t limited solely to Arivaca. Most are also found in Santa Cruz County and other Southern Arizona areas in the desert grasslands at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,500 feet.

“I spent a great deal of time on it, but I had so much fun with it.” Milinovitch said she liked “getting up in the hills and doing the research. It was like a Clue game. “About halfway through it, I was introduced to Dr. Dan Austin, a botanist. He was of great help to me – (with) those stumpers you can’t find anywhere. I would email him the photographs and he would give me a clue. If he didn’t know he would send them on to someone else” who specializes in those particular species, she said. Austin, an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona and research associate at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, said he enjoyed assisting her. “Maggie is an extremely animated and devoted person.” He’s complimentary about the book, and said, “I think it covers the southern portion of the state better than some of the other guidebooks.” Milinovitch said she got the idea for the book about two years ago and began work right away. She has her own collection of about 20 wildflower guides but had been frequently frustrated. “I had so much trouble finding a lot of flowers. And, the guides basically all have the same flowers in them,” she said. In her book, for example, if plants are similar to others, she has included the leaf ’s photo for easier identification, she said. Many of the photos were taken when flowers bloomed between March and October in the Las

For Milinovitch, it’s gratifying to have completed the book because her vision is decreasing. She’s lost the sight in one eye, and sight in the other isn’t perfect, due to macular degeneration. She receives regular medical attention and has an extremely large computer screen so she can continue to work at what she enjoys, she said. Milinovitch was born in Mesa, Ariz., and spent eight years in Carlsbad, N.M., as a child. She later lived in Michigan. She returned to Tucson when she was 21. In 1980, she moved to Arivaca and she and her husband, Rich, built their hilltop home, a double-wall adobe. Her completed book reflects her personal way of enjoying wildflowers, she said. Photos can be scarce or too small in other books. In contrast, her explanations are written for ease of identification. “Wildflowers, A Field Guide,” Published by The Connection $24. To order, email or call 520-398-2379, or write The Connection, P.O. Box 338, Arivaca, AZ 85601. Wildflowers is also available at the Tubac Center of the Arts and in Green Valley at The Book Shop

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Skies Santa Cruz

by Mike Bader


his is the first installment in a series dealing with the “Skies of Santa Cruz” which will focus on aviation in our valley including Tubac Airport history, the sights of our valley from the air as well as the military and border security from our skies. For such a small town Tubac surprisingly has a vivid history of aviation. We have had at least 3 real airports and one accidental airport.

Above, left: Joan Shankle in her Lockheed Sirius aircraft. Above, right: Joan Shankle's Pilot's License. Next page, inset, a beautiful portrait of Joan Shankle. Images courtesy of the Tubac Historical Society. Shankle Ranch Field - Having been here for 17 years I had heard the tales of a small airport in the present Tubac Vistas area. But when researching this aerodrome I came upon an even earlier established airport. It seems that a married couple from Boston, both aviators, happened upon Tubac and decided to build a second home here. About 1930 Dutch Shankle and his wife Joan bought a ranch just north of Chavez Siding, now often called the Crebs Ranch, and soon erected a hangar and runway for their use with their Stearman J-5 and Lockheed Sirius aircraft. The airfield was just east of the river and

west of the railroad tracks at about the present location of Chavez Siding Rd. There was a rather precarious footbridge over the river to access the runways by foot. They often flew between Tubac and Boston – no small feat in the aircraft of the times. Because they both were pilots they appropriately named their new home Rancho de los Pajaritos Migradores (Migratory Birds). A 1938 U.S. list of Airports in Arizona gives its location and refers to it as the Shankle Ranch Field. Later, during WWII, it was used by DavisMonthan pilots as an emergency field. Dutch flew in both WWI and WWII. Joan became one of the earliest and most famous female aviators of her time. She was the first woman to receive a pilot’s license in Massachusetts and the first woman to fly solo from coast to coast. The PM Ranch as it was called, was sold in 1942.

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They later divorced and when remarried she and her new husband, Walter Davis bought the Otero Ranch in 1948. Tubac Airstrip - In about 1958 Chuck Van Sicklen and his wife Frederica bought some acreage at the south end of what was then called the Tubac Airstrip. It was a bladed dirt runway just north of the Tubac Valley Country Club in the area of the present Tubac Vistas and was used by crop dusters and a few local pilots. He soon built a very modernistic home, swimming pool and hangar for his airplane. Because of the home’s unusual diamond design they called it “El Diamante”. Mrs. Van Sicklen said, “We get up early, when flying is at its best, and are home in time for a swim before the day has really begun”. They lived there until about 1971. The home is still occupied and with a close look at Google Earth you can find and see its unusual, modernistic shape. In 1971 Mr. Les Slaback of Portland, OR. bought 44 acres that included the Tubac Airstrip with the intention of setting up a charter service, flight instruction and an air ambulance. He later moved the alignment of the main runway several hundred yards to the west due to increased home building in the immediate area. He planned on building a house and hangar and his home is still in use today. How much commerce actually took place there is speculative but the airport officially closed several years later and further home development swallowed up much of the remainder of the runway. Flying W - In 1987 Jiff Toucas put in a 900 foot runway at her home on Bridge Rd. just east of the tracks. The FAA gave it an “F” designation for ultralight aircraft and she and husband Danny had several of these aircraft and a hangar. Their planes could often be seen and heard around the Tubac area. Another local aviator owned a paraglider and often flew out of the Flying W which remained in operation until just a few years ago. The Accidental Airport – On Friday October 4th, 1988, local resident Dr. Lou Frische, an avid pilot himself, heard a distress call over his portable VHF radio.

There were vicious thunderstorms closing in on the area and he went outside and saw a small aircraft circling in the vicinity of the golf course. They established communications and the pilot said he wanted to make a precautionary landing due to the threatening weather. Jennifer Toucas , the owner of the Flying W also saw the aircraft circling but the pilot wisely thought the Flying W runways too short. Dr. Frische had recently noticed what he thought was a bladed runway to the west of the highway near what is now the Empty Saddles area and directed the pilot to that location. Lou raced over there to make sure all went well during the landing and upon arrival saw a fire truck, several police cars and the Border Patrol at the landing site. They were evidently “suspicious of drug running or other illegal activity”. The Cessna plane had successfully landed but because of gusty crosswinds the plane’s elevator had hit a fence post and was damaged. They tied down the aircraft to several mesquite trees as the “storm arrived in full fury”. The next day the crew had a friend fly in the needed repair part to Nogales and it took less than an hour to repair the aircraft and get it on its way to an airshow in Casa Grande. Dr. Frische describes, “The intrepid pilot then departed, using practically every foot of the landing strip because of varying winds. Five minutes later the thunderstorm blustered into Tubac – but it never caught that 38-year-old Cessna 170!” So what was this landing strip. As it turns out it was not a runway but a recently bladed dirt road, probably what is now the Rusty Spur road. It served as an accidental but much needed emergency landing strip for those pilots. Invaluable help in researching this article came from Irene Deaton and the Tubac Historical Society (THS) as well as a few other long time residents and local pilots. If anyone finds any discrepancies, needs revising or you know more of the history please email me at: or THS at: as they have a wealth of information and are always in search of the hidden history and stories one might hold. �

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rom time to time, I have the opportunity to elevate photography to activism.

I’m fond of open spaces, and I try to preserve them. The best way to survey atrisk spaces is from the air. In moments of pique, I assert that one picture is worth a thousand politicians. So occasionally, I stride onto an airstrip, don my activist hat, stick out my thumb and flag down the nearest aircraft willing to lift me skyward. The loyal reader may not be surprised to learn that I am an environmentalist activist, and a “nimby” one at that. “Not in my backyard” is sometimes used as a pejorative, as though it’s wrong to be sensitive to threats to your home place. But nimby, I counter, is how stuff gets done; it’s the American way.

Residing in the heart of much of this challenge is the Santa Cruz river valley. At the valley’s heart is Tubac. Tubac, for decades, has been the southern Arizona headquarters of artful rural creativity. Lately, Tubac has been challenged by a variety of threats, including river water issues, border hazards, and land development ambitions threatening Tubac’s rural essence.

I don’t hop a plane and fly just to sell a few more greeting cards at Hallmark. My flights are to benefit non-profit groups fighting to preserve open spaces and other qualities of southern Arizona’s natural and rural heritage.

Professional environmentalists (which I’m not) try to enact a very long term outlook. I call it perpetuity. I give favor to the perpetual value of significant open spaces to all future generations. Not just small band-aids such as artificial city parks or flood-prone areas which can’t be developed anyway, but true

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Ascending and reaching altitude, you communicate with the pilot via headset. The pilot needs to be briefed on your plans, such as destination. Latitude and longitude are also helpful, as well as a discussion of overall goals which may dictate altitude - the distance from the ground regardless of ground elevation. Also, which side of the plane will you be photographing from, and is there a window that will open? Mornings are often best for any photography, including aerial. The chill of the morning combined with an open window at 100 mph usually requires wearing a hat, such as a ski cap.

If you’re lucky enough to hitch a ride on a high-wing aircraft, it will provide the least obstruction downward. Fully vertical shots, offering artful abstraction, are possible by simply holding the camera out the window and pointing down without using the viewfinder. For this, use a strap and try not to drop the camera. Some later cropping of plane parts may be necessary: wings, wing struts, wheels. It comes with the territory. Cutting through the haze doesn’t just pertain to giving clear instructions to the pilot. An ultra-violet (UV) filter for your lens will eliminate some of the sky haze obscuring your view. An example of a non-profit group which I assist with my photography is Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (www. A wonderful flight service is LightHawk (www. LightHawk,org) for non-profits, providing motivated pilots and fullyfueled aircraft.

Art has, forever, furthered social causes. You, the artful borderlands photographer, can fly high in your lofty pursuit of what’s best for folks in perpetuity.


Far left, top: The Nogales waste water treatment plant, which supplies the Santa Cruz river with its above-ground water. Vertical perspective creates an abstract image.

Far left, middle: Probably my most precious picture of all: the Santa Cruz river as it flows south across the international border before the border was scarred forever by the fence and road. Then: only a modest cattle fence. Now: the lost charm of the borderlands.

Far left, bottom: One of rural America’s signature charms: a wet road crossing. Above, left: A small plane takes off from Marana airport. This is a lowwing aircraft, not so good for aerial photography.

Above, right: Our precious local heritage treasure, Mission San Jose de Tumacacori.

Top, right: The east side of the northern Santa Rita mountains, where, if it is built, the Rosemont copper mine will forever ruin the scene in the center of the picture.

Bottom, right: An irrigation circle for the cropland of the Indian nation just north of Mission San Xavier del Bac, with Martinez Hill in the middle background, and the Catalina mountains in the far background. Murray Bolesta has written this article monthly since 2007. His CactusHuggers Photography is a celebration of southern Arizona; it specializes in borderland images and supports the preservation of our natural, rural, and cultural heritage. Murray’s art can be seen at and Creative Spirit Gallery in Patagonia.


"Phantom Letters" Langdon Street Press 301 pages softcover $16

2011, USA Above, author Gary Thrasher and wife Carol. Left, "Phantom Letters" contains 19 pages of black and white images.

Review by Mike Bader

Local Author publishes book about war experience:

Phantom Le tters

“Stay Alive, Protect Your Wingman and Accomplish the Mission. Everything else is B.S.”


hus starts Gary Thrasher’s inviting first book that tells the story of his life as a new Air Force pilot in the 389th Fighter Squadron during the early days of the Vietnam War, cleverly woven together with recently rediscovered letters he wrote to his wife during that year. Stored away for over 40 years, these love letters brought back long-forgotten war memories mixed with the frustrations and fears of young love trying to survive in hellish circumstances.

Well written in first person, you get to feel and understand the person inside the flight suit. Each short chapter tells a different tale and allows the reader to get a feel for combat missions, heroism, camaraderie, and the necessary, but oftentimes over-the-top and hilarious practical jokes that combatants need to keep things bearable.

This book is not a story of unusual or heroic wartime events. As a former Vietnam combat pilot myself, I can tell you that this is the way it is, probably even today, in all combat squadrons in war. If you want to get a real understanding of why and how pilots live, think, drink, play and love during war, Thrasher has a talent for making you ‘feel the experience.’

Interspersed with lots of well explained pilot jargon and 19 pages of photos, the author tells of his evolving feelings about the war in that year: patriotism, fear of being captured, frustrations with war and its leaders, facing the killing of others and experiencing his own dragons. Yet the letters to his wife show the difficulty in not only trying to connect her to his war, but more often deal with the desires and doubts of new lovers just starting out and trying to keep it together with the simplest form of communication in a complex and dangerous climate.

Whether you are a pilot, veteran, spouse of a combatant or someone who is curious enough to know how aviators experience war, this book will grab your attention early, make your heart race, let you feel just a little of the realities of war and make you laugh. Enjoy the flight!


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Kitt Peak is pleased to announce its new hands-on public program entitled Moon Madness. This special program exclusively features our closest cosmic neighbor, the Moon. Learn about phases, make your own craters, and observe the beautiful lunar landscape through one of Kitt Peak’s Visitor Center Telescopes. This program is intended for beginners and families with children. Minimum age is 6 years old. The program in March is held once each day on either Saturday or Sunday, March 12 or 13 with an arrival time of 3:20 pm and a 7:40 pm departure. Participants should meet at the Kitt Peak Visitor Center. Reservations are required. Please call 318-8726 to register. For more information, visit the website at Costs are $40 for members, $45 for non-members, $40 for seniors and active duty military and $25 for children for 6 – 16. The program includes a box lunch and class materials/handouts.


Kitt Peak will hold a special program to discover more about the star that is most important to everyone’s‚ lives – the sun! The SUN-Day on The Equinox program will be on Sunday, March 20 starting at 11:00 a.m.

Adults, and families will learn about the sun - what it is, how it works, and how to safely observe it in action. Tours of the world’s largest solar telescope and direct observation of the sun itself will highlight the program. Hands-on activities will also be included. Reservations are required. Please call 318-8726 or visit to register.

Costs are $40 for non-members, $35 for members, $25 for children and include a box lunch and class materials/handouts. A $10 non refundable deposit is required if not canceled prior to 48 hrs.

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Art classes gain in popularity at Beads of Tubac

by Kathleen Vandervoet


ne of the delights of living near Tubac is taking classes in oil painting or watercolor painting from talented teachers.

During the past two years, Margaret Rose Chitwood, who owns the Beads of Tubac gallery, has brought together an array of instructors and found that students flock to the fine arts classes held in a second-floor classroom bright with sunlight from windows on two walls.

“We’ve got some great instructors and we offer such a wide range of classes, there’s something for everybody,” she said.

This winter season there are 10 teachers. Since starting classes in January 2009, through trial and error, it became clear which classes are the most popular. “It seems like more and more people, men and women, are becoming interested in painting,” she said.

“When they want to learn a specific technique, they

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come to a specific teacher in order to learn that.” It pleases Chitwood that the instructors are capable of teaching students who arrive with different skill levels.

She related an anecdote of one woman who taught crafts but insisted she had “no talent” for a painting class. Chitwood urged her to try and “she took to it so well that a lot of people think it’s the instructor’s work,” she said. Many of her students return repeatedly with some

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Above: Margaret Rose Chitwood, left, and employee Lynne Nelson admire a stunning turquoise necklace.

Above: The array of beads, both loose and on strings, is amazing at the shop, which also offers fine jewelry for sale.

Above: Yarn of many colors and textures is stocked at Beads of Tubac.

Facing page, left: Located at 5 Hesslebarth Lane, Beads of Tubac provides art material and classes. Facing page, right: At a recent painting class, students Nichole Vick, left, and Catherine Landers, center, observe a technique demonstrated by instructor artist, David Simons. driving to Tubac from Green Valley or Tucson. She believes they choose the Tubac classes because of “the quality of the instructors. They’re award-winning artists.” In the rectangular classroom, above Beads of Tubac at 5 Hesselbarth Lane, workshops are held on topics including creating artistic pieces in scratchboard, painting with acrylics, oils or watercolor, basic bead stringing, and working with encaustics, also known as hot wax painting, which involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added.

Depending on the professional level of the instructor, painting classes cost from $45 to $75 a day, while a two-day workshop totaling 14 hours can run $200 to $250. The price for three-hour beading class is $38.

Classes are offered almost daily until May 1, when the schedule decreases since students and instructors travel and many return to a home in another state, Chitwood said.

Having owned a Tubac business focusing on jewelry and beads for 20 years, Chitwood moved her shop to the current building three years ago “because I wanted to expand and to carry art supplies,” she said. She stocks paints, paint brushes and many related supplies. A nook that includes a wide variety of yarns in various textures and colors is part of the inventory, as well. Chitwood has been a jeweler herself for 40 years but now she said she’s “backed off ” from creating new designs for her shop. “I want to paint. It’s time for

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The colorful bead and jewelry section of the shop is delightful. The bead inventory includes semi precious, glass, fire polish, crystal, hand-made lamp work, bone and shell beads. There are boxed kits to help a beginner make jewelry from beads and a range of tools and supplies for more experienced crafters. With a business such as Beads of Tubac and its multiple offerings, it’s easy for anyone curious about their abilities to explore creativity and fuel the accomplishments that may be hidden deep inside. For more information, call (520) 398-2070 or visit the website at �

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Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Brown Canyon Walks and Workshops Spring 2011

Located to the west of Tubac, the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Altar Valley. Pictured above, the geologically interesting Baboquivari Peak as seen from the Arivaca/ Sasabe Road. The peak is sacred to the indigenous Tohono O'odham and is home to I'itoi, the creator god and "Elder Brother," of the desert people. Photograph by Joseph Birkett March 19: The Geologic Story of The Baboquivari Mountains:

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Discover the extraordinary story of shattered landmasses, mega-volcanoes and vanished landscapes, all told by the rocks of the Baboquivari Mountains. The leader Richard Conway, a retired geology professor, will introduce you to some important southern Arizona rocks close-up in a picnic table geology lab and then take you on a trip through time on the trails of Brown Canyon. Here you will learn to read history from the rocks and discover some of the remarkable stories told by southern

April 16 - 17: A Discovering Brown Canyon Weekend: The World of The Baboquivari Mountains

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The walking is easy on a dirt road and good trails.

Week-end workshop; Leaders: Mary Scott, Richard Conway and Refuge biologists Spend a weekend relaxing, hiking and enjoying an introduction to the hidden world of Brown Canyon in the Baboquivari Mountains southwest of Tucson. Guests will enjoy the comfort of the striking Brown Canyon

Environmental Education Lodge and be treated to three catered meals. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning will be times to relax at the lodge and enjoy the splendid views of the Baboquivari Range and the Altar Valley or walk the canyon trails. Brief walks and class sessions by staff from the refuge and local experts on plants, birds, butterflies and rocks will introduce participants to the canyon’s natural history. Saturday evening after dinner, will use pictures and stories to explore the natural history of the region.

Brown Canyon is one of the most important protected enclaves of western sky island ecology

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All activities are optional (except enjoying yourself ) and the walking is easy on a dirt road and good trails.

April 30-31: A Discovering Brown Canyon Weekend: The Birds of the Baboquivari Mountains and Altar Valley

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520-591-4982 Above, a snow-capped Baboquivari Peak rises above BANWR's Brown Canyon Lodge. Photograph provided by Richard Conway opportunity to see the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge area during the spring migration. Jeff Babson is an expert and active regional naturalist that leads Sky Island Tours (http:// He is very knowledgeable about arthropods, birds and more. This weekend he will focus on resident and migrating birds of the area. Saturday afternoon Jeff will join the canyon naturalist staff in a brief reconnaissance of the spring canyon. After dinner he will present a show and talk about the region’s birds. Sunday morning before breakfast Jeff will lead a walk in the canyon near the Lodge. After breakfast Jeff and his helpers will walk up the canyon in search of the world of Brown Canyon. The walkers will return in time for lunch. The weekend will end about 2:00PM. All activities are optional (except enjoying yourself ) and the walking is easy on a dirt road and good trails.

May 14-15: Discovering Brown Canyon Weekend: Reptiles and Amphibians of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Week-end workshop; Leaders, Robert Villas and members of the Tucson Herpetological Association

For many, the most fascinating creatures of the Sonoran world are the herps (reptiles and amphibians). There is no one more qualified to help you discover this world than the Tucson Herpetological Society (http://tucsonherpsociety. org). The weekend with them will include walks in search of Brown Canyon herps, exhibits and demos with live animals brought by the herpers and an evening presentation.

All this plus the comfortable lodging, superb food (three meals) and chance to relax in the incomparable setting of the Baboquivari Mountains.

All activities are optional (except enjoying yourself ) and the walking is easy on a dirt road and good trails.

May 21 : Butterflies and Plants of The Baboquivari Mountains

Walk, Leaders Rich Bailowitz and Dan Austin.

With the two most knowledgeable authorities on their respective disciplines available, this promises to be an exceptional opportunity to learn about the identity and ecology of butterfly and plants in southeast Arizona. Brown Canyon is host to a surprising complement of sky islands species and it is not possible to find anyone more informed than the two leaders of this walk. Registration for these events is required. Overnight workshop fee is $95 for members and $105 for nonmembers.. This includes lodging and three catered meals. Day workshop/walk fee is $20

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Yoas Brothers Part 4, continued from page 11... [The boys would] all come down [to Kenyon] and bring their white shirts for me to launder for them. Well, I didn’t have a washing machine, I had a rub board. I never had rubbed on a rub board ‘til Sam and I got married. My knuckles would just about get healed up before it was time to do the laundry again…

Betty asked Beth why they couldn’t launder their shirts up at Bird Yoas’ ranch. Beth replied, “I guess they could, but they didn’t want to ruin them. I could see what they’d look like — they washed their everyday clothes!”

Note: While researching brands registered by Bird and John Yoas, one brand turned up for a T. E. Yoas in 1908. The location was noted as “Turner, Arizona” which was an early name for the Huachuca railroad siding. Could this have been Thomas Espy Yoas, the older brother who most likely was the Fairbank train robber, “Bravo Juan”?

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…after a few weeks under the supervision of Bird, they were returned home pretty meek and mild. How he made “good kids” out of them the old cowman never revealed, but his friends were certain he didn’t spare the rod—nor the rawhide whip he kept around the place.

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Bird was active in the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, Rotary, and Elks. He also served for years as an election official for Santa Cruz County. Every year he held a big barbeque for his part of the valley. He would furnish the beef and the guests would bring the side dishes. It was one of the best events of the year. Richard G. Schaus’ obit described Bird this way:


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- Barr, Betty, Hidden Treasures of Santa Cruz County. Sonoita, Ariz.: BrockingJ Books, ©2006. - Barr, Betty, More Hidden Treasures of Santa Cruz County. Sonoita, Ariz. BrockingJ Books, ©2008.

- Crabb, E.H., Chairman, Brand Book of the State of Arizona. Phoenix: The Arizona Live Stock Sanity Board, May 8th, 1920. - Cumming, Inez G., Sunrise to Sunset: From Texas to the Santa Cruz Valley, the recollections of Inez Cumming. Manuscript located at the Tubac Historical Society, 1977?

- Logan, Raymond, unpublished interview with Austin Moss February 1, 2001. - Kinsley Ranch website:

- Pusch, George, Chairman, Brands and Marks of Cattle, horses, Sheep, Goats and Hogs. Phoenix: Arizona Livestock Sanitary Board, July 13, 1908.

- Schaus, Richard G., “Bird Gregorio Yoas, 1879-1958.” Arizona Cattlelog, June 1975. Arizona Historical Foundation: Richard Schaus Collection. - Smith, Don, “Border Beat.” No source, no date. Arizona Historical Foundation: Richard Schaus Collection.

- “Voices of the Valley,” Tubac Historical Society Oral History Project: Narrator-Interviewer-Date

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Art and the Breath of Life

by Carol Egmont St. John oesn’t the world breathe? Isn’t it breathing us? Aren’t we part of the great cosmic scheme of coming and going? Building up and tearing down? Expanding and shrinking? Doesn’t every animate and inanimate thing on the planet seem to have a purpose? Even bacteria, cancers and mutations? They’re all part of the big picture of a heaving, sweating and ever-changing universe.



How can we come to terms with this life we have been given, our puny existence for less than a nano-second of universal time? Could it be that art provides a key? Could it be that art is much more than an instinct, that it is, in addition, a wide avenue to deeper understanding the self and the ethos of our times? There’s something in human beings that wants to see what is lurking just beneath the surface. What is the third eye? The sixth sense? The soul? Strong evidence suggests we are programmed to participate in creation; and, not only that, but we are extremely interested in what others have contributed. Did you know that more people attend art events and art museums than go to sporting events? We must be hungry to know, to relate and/or understand the ineffable qualities of human forays into self-expression? I am a person of strong opinions and I might as well own up to them. I am prejudiced about art. Some “art” I can’t see and reject before contemplating. I am drawn to what is fresh and genuine. I particularly like art that is not for sale. Like, a crayon self-portrait, prison art, sidewalk chalk designs, sand sculptures and graffiti. I am fascinated by products of art therapy groups, charmed by primitive art and masks, and fanciful creatures that represent nothing I know of on this earth. Accidental art interests me. Art that happens because the turpentine spilled or the coffee cup was laid upon the canvas. Obviously, I am talking about art that falls outside the rules. I like the products that emerge in demonstrations when an artist paints fast and goes with the flow. This is not to say I don’t appreciate skill and deftness, elegance and tradition. I do. But I dismiss kitsch if I realize it is kitsch. Kitsch is the stuff that most people like because it is common and comfortable, and asks so little of the observer. Art should breathe. It should explore and expand. Its life dwells in the strokes of oil on the canvas, watercolors swimming in spontaneous swirls of color, the drama of darks and lights and dancing lines. Pumped out renditions of an idea lose these things. They have a flatness, a lifelessness similar to the tastes of engineered food. Think of the lackluster flavor of a hydroponic tomato, a tomato that has never met a bee, or an egg laid by a hen that’s never seen a rooster, an egg that’s rolled out of a cage and into a chute to be channeled to the nearest marketplace. I mean, where’s the sex? Where’s the juice? Art should speak. It can scream. It can be silly or clumsy or clever or intellectual. It can be beautiful or ugly. It can be amateur or brilliantly professional but it cannot be hackneyed or trite or manufactured as a product.

Just my opinion of course. Lots of successful artists would take on this issue. “I have to feed my family!” one very prominent artist argued with me. Of course. But the intention behind the art must be for art itself. It is the intention that makes the difference. I am no innocent. I prostituted my art when I also had to “feed my family.” My surefire subject was an arbor to the sea at the end of a stone path, always the water shining just beyond and at least one gull floating above. Nogales, Sonora I would begin a new version as soon as the latest was hung on the MENTION gallery wall.

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That white fence laden with wisteria truly sat at the side of my house and I had it down pat. It sold because the scene was a metaphor for summer on the shore; a sentimental invitation to a beachfront garden; the fence and the flowers icons of New England charm. I knew my recreations were out and out commercialism. The dollar made me do it. I hope no patron who bought one feels like they were taken. I suspect most people still savor their memories of that idyllic spot. Art. I love it. I hate it. I am pulled by its gravity, I am repulsed by its lack of ethic. I crave it, dream it, digest it and spit it out. I am its slave, its worst critic, its secret paramour. �

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THURS, MAR 17TH - UA Research Professor For Social Development, TED DOWNING, returns by popular demand to the TUBAC THURSDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM SPEAKING ON THE CONTINUING AMERICAN REVOLUTION; A POST EGYPT PERSPECTIVE. Ted will focus on how the values associated with the American revolution provide us with a perspective as to what happened and may happen in Egypt and the Middle East as well as providing insight into contemporary American politics.  Ted has had a long and exciting history in Arizona politics; he was twice elected to the Arizona House of Representatives and ran as a non-partisan candidate for the Arizona State Senate in 2010.  As a professional anthropologist, Ted has been involved in many projects throughout the world; he has served as a consultant to the World Bank and served as President of the International Network on Displacement and Resettlement.  He has also been involved in civil rights campaigns in a number of countries. Forum begins at 8:30am at Maria’s Grill, Plaza de Anza. $10 admission includes full sit down breakfast. Seating is limited. Advance reservations, call 398-3350 or email More info- http://tubacbreakfastforum. THURS, MAR 17TH - TUBAC HISTORICAL SOCIETY present former ARIZONA GOVERNOR RAUL H. CASTRO AND HIS WIFE, PATRICIA, AT 1:30PM AT THE OTERO HOUSE, IN THE TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK. The Castros are both captivating, humorous speakers you won’t want to miss! Today, the Castros visit classrooms in the southwest inspiring young people to follow their dreams. Raul’s book, Adversity is My Angel, the Life and Career of Raul H. Castro, will be available for signing after the presentation. Admission is $10.00/person; children under 14 years are free. Make your reservations early; seating will go quickly. Call the Society at (520) 398 – 2020 to reserve your seats. FRI, MAR 18TH - LIVING HISTORY AT THE TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK, One Burruel Street, 12:30-3:30 pm. Volunteers dressed in period clothing reenact the daily lives of Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Displays feature how clothing was made, what foods were eaten, how illness and injuries were treated, and the tools used for everyday tasks. 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 to try. Admission: $4 adults, $2 youth (7-13), 6 & under free. 520-398-2252. FRI, MAR 18TH - LIVE MUSIC BY BILL MANZANEDO from 5-8 PM and our Fish & Chips special all day at Wisdom’s Cafe in Tumacacori. 398-2397. SAT, MAR 19TH - ARIZONA TRAIL TEMPORAL CANYON HIKE at 8:30am. Meet at the Patagonia Post Office (corner of SR82 and Naugle Avenue) and drive to the Walker Basin trail head. At this point carpool with high ground clearance vehicles to the start of the hike. Walk on flat terrain about seven miles round trip and visit a beautiful side canyon with pools of water. Rock scrambling will be necessary to avoid getting feet wet. Bring water and lunch and plan to return by mid to late afternoon. Trip led by Ron Hummel. Call 520.394-2532 for reservations and more information. SAT, MAR 19TH - THE GEOLOGIC STORY OF THE BABOQUIVARI MOUNTAINS, a one-day workshop; Leader Richard Conway. Discover the extraordinary story of shattered landmasses, mega-volcanoes and vanished landscapes, all told by the rocks of the Baboquivari Mountains. The leader Richard Conway, a retired geology professor, will introduce you to some important southern Arizona rocks close-up in a picnic table geology lab and then take you on a trip through time on the trails of Brown Canyon. Here you will learn to read history from the rocks and discover some of the remarkable stories told by southern Arizona rocks and landscapes. The walking is easy on a dirt road and good trails. Registration required. Day workshop/ walk fee is $20. To learn more about the program, times and places go to, email or call 520 405 5665.

SAT, MAR 19TH - LIVE MUSIC BY BILL MANZANEDO at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori from 5 to 8pm. 398-2397. WED THRU FRI, MAR 23RD THRU 25TH - BIRD WALKS at the Patagonia Lake State Park. Meet at the Birding Kiosk at the east end of Patagonia Lake at 8am. For questions or more information call 520-820-5101. FRI, MAR 25TH - LIVE MUSIC and our Fish & Chips special all day at Wisdom’s Cafe in Tumacacori. 398-2397. SAT, MAR 26TH - KAYAK/CANOE ON PATAGONIA LAKE, viewing the canyons, flora and fauna along the shore. Meet at 9am at the Visitor Center at Patagonia Lake State Park. Bring your own watercraft or rent at park (Call 287.5545 for information & reservation). Launch at the marina. Great exercise and beautiful scenery.Canceled if too windy or cold.Call Leader Reed Menke 520.394-2899 for registration and more information. SAT, MAR 26TH - ART AND THE ANIMAL at Tubac’s Art Walk. Meet the Artists Rebecca Tobey and Nicholas Wilson at the Karin Newby Gallery, 19 Tubac Road, from 1 till 4pm. A special event that spotlights Santa Fe sculptor Rebecca Tobey’s first new ceramic creations in years. Known for her dynamic bronze wildlife sculptures, Rebecca stopped creating ceramic sculptures in 2002 due to her late husband’s adverse reaction to the dust created in the process. This year, Rebecca decided it was time to bring them back. For more info visit or call 520-398-9662. SAT, MAR 26TH - The JOHN FARNSWORTH Kachinas are coming to Z-Forrest Gallery in La Entrada de Tubac. Join us for an ARTIST RECEPTION from 2-6pm celebrating the work of this renowned artist. Call 398-9009 for more info. OPENING SAT, MAR 26TH - “THE CACTUS, THE COWBOY & THE COYOTE” OPENING RECEPTION 5-8pm at the Cobalt Fine Arts Gallery, 5 Camino Otero. A special show of contemporary interpretations of Arizona iconography by award winning Arizona painters Neil Myers, Fred Collins and Paul Sheldon. Be entertained by “Forest” a Latin inspired combo with the award winning Lew Lepley. The exhibit runs through April 10th. SAT, MAR 26TH - LIVE MUSIC BY BILL MANZANEDO at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori from 5 to 8pm. 398-2397. SAT & SUN, MAR 26TH & 27TH - ARTWALK IN TUBAC. THE HISTORIC ARTIST COLONY OF TUBAC WILL HOST A WEEKEND CELEBRATION OF ART AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS. THIS ANNUAL EVENT SPONSORED BY THE TUBAC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITES VISITORS TO EXPLORE THE WORKING ARTISTS’ STUDIOS AND FINE ART GALLERIES FOR WHICH TUBAC IS RENOWNED. ARTWALK HOURS ARE 10AM TO 5PM DAILY. ADMISSION IF FREE. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 520.398.2704 OR VISIT WWW.TUBACAZ.COM. SAT, MAR 26TH - EAST FRONTAGE RD CLEAN UP at 8am. If interested in helping, call or stop by the Realty Executives office next to the Post Office prior to March 25th for more information. 398-2770. SUN, MAR 27TH - UNIVERSAL LAWS AND THE TEACHINGS OF ABRAHAM. How can you live in the world and not be a responder to that world? How can you observe unstable things and still feel stable? How can you observe things that are not loving in nature and still be loving? We’ll view one hour of the video Who You REALLY Are! and then have a 30 minute discussion about “ah ha” moments, what resonated with you plus things you heard and always known deep in your heart. The Abraham Study Group will meet at 11:45am, at the Unity in the Valley Church, 17630 S. Camino de las Quintas in Sahuarita across from Anamax Park. Feel free to bring your lunch to eat during the video. Contact Susan Pace with questions or 648-6444. MON & TUES, MAR 28TH & 29TH - JACK WILLIAMS, celebrated contemporary U.S. folk singer/songwriter WILL BE PERFORMING at the Placita del sol at the Amado Territory Ranch for two concerts to benefit the Amado Food Bank. Williams’ music is a meeting ground of the traditional and the contemporary – original Southern-American songwriting and performance which draw deeply from the eclectic well of our musical heritage. Jack’s fusion of guitar, voice and songs – which are loaded with delightful influences from his career in jazz, classical, rock, blues, country and folk. Tickets to the concerts are just $20 and can be purchased by calling 520-398-8684. Seating is limited.  Prior to the concerts there will be a reception with a cash bar at 5pm.  Concert time is 6p.m.  Donations to the Amado Food Bank are encouraged. The Placita del sol is located at the Amado Territory Ranch on the East Frontage Road at exit 48 of I-19 in Amado.

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Who is St Patrick? by Alfred Griffin, with dedication to Uncle Mike and Aunt Terry

Every year thousands of devotees climb the ancient terrain of Croagh Patrick to give solemn reverence to Saint Patrick. Many travel barefooted and many travel shirtless. The sacrifice is to give thanks to God by making one’s journey more daunting without the comfort of shoes or warm clothing. Children are carried up the mountain to pass down humble tradition. Legend paints imagination when St Patrick fasted on top of the mountain for 40 days. Somewhere in the midst of sodden skies, the legend of St. Patrick banishing all snakes in Ireland forever took place at the peak. This fabulous story is not the reason humble pilgrims trudge up the highest mountain in County Mayo: they further themselves tough and heavenward to give homage for their ‘faith’ in which they cherish in the very marrow of their bone.

He traveled by chariot and conducted open air schools in order to teach converts to read and write. His philosophy was taken from the parable of Jesus’ call for all to be fishers of men. From his “Confessio” he says, “We must spread a wide net so we can catch a teeming multitude for God.” There was an old man dying on his farm. St. Patrick came to visit him and preach the doctrines attributed to Christ. The old man clasped onto his pagan beliefs until St. Patrick asked, “Why are you grasping onto a life that is failing you?” From then on the man repented and was baptized. Supposedly he recovered from his illness and became one of St. Patrick’s loyal followers.

On a fateful day, St. Patrick visited his former slave owner. He had Christ on his tongue and offered forgiveness. Miliuce sealed himself in his own house, setting his home on fire, rejecting the teachings of Christ, burning to death, never forsaking his Gods.

Magnus Sucatus Patricius was born in 340 A.D. He was captured by Irish raiders from England and made a slave for six years under the Irish Chieftan druid, Milchu (sometimes spelled, ‘Miliucc’) of Slemich in Dalriada (Near the present day Ballymena). The Roman Empire controlled England, although Irish pirates overpowered the shores. St. Patrick’s family managed to escape. In his written document, the “Confessio” he recounts praying in the freeze of snow and the cold of rain. He never fell to illness because, “The spirit was burning in me at the time.” He was grateful for the captivity because that is where he came to know Christ. “Anything that happens to me,” he wrote in his document, “whether pleasant or distasteful I ought to accept it with equanimity giving thanks to God…who never disappoints.”

St. Patrick’s evangelical journey was not an easy journey: “Everyday I expect to be murdered, robbed or enslaved; but I am not afraid of these things because of the promises of Heaven.” (From his Confessio).

God can be found in the breaths of still nature, just as in the duality of night and day, God can be found in the aches of a forced environment. The tribulations of the soul bleed for meaning and in many situations an abstraction of omniscience will make more sense than the stark reality of wrenching routine and the slavery of days in and out.

This is where St. Patrick found a Gaelic God. He heard a voice say, “Behold, your ship is ready.” He escaped in the still of night, traveling 200 miles where a ship would be the birth of his mission. He returned to England. Little is known of his time spent back on his native soil. In his “Confessio” he relates only that God called him back to Ireland. He had a dream that a messenger traveling across the sea bearing letters, “The Voice of the Irish.” Patrick had no desire to return to Ireland, though he felt the presence of God urging him to care about the salvation of others. He decided to go back to the isle where he was enslaved for six years. His family wanted him to stay in England as the clergy thought the Irish were not worthy of salvation. St. Patrick felt otherwise. It is in travel that one discovers visions outside their periphery of sight. Travel will strip one of preconceived notions, if one is truly awake during the expedition. If one is lucky enough to return one’s home at a particular time, the inhabiting stems of grounded familiarity may accept one’s vision of enlightenment or reject it as an intrusive yarn.

St. Patrick came back home a missionary. He brought the message of Christ to the Erin Island. He used the shamrock as an analogy to describe the Trinity. The cross itself bares three sides just as the shamrock blooms three protrusions. The shamrock was sacred to a Druid and when St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the paradox of “The father and The Son and The Holy Ghost,” he managed to eventually convert Druidism to Christianity. This was Patrick’s stitch in the astral; this was where he rid paganism from Ireland.

Sainthood takes on many forms and saints can be found outside the dogmatic confines of organized religion. Saints are exceptional beings who want to share their truth for others to accept. Saints can be found in comedy, literature, working class, upper class, lower class, no class, art, social work, volunteering, nursing, etc. etc. If they are attributed to liberation, then their legacy is for an audience to look at the world in a completely unique way, in as much as their lives were lived on the out-skirts of the everyday. The pilgrims traveling up the mountain of Croagh Patrick are not thinking of paganism. Upon the shrine devoted to unity and the creator of the universe, the incarnation of Christ with his baptism, crucifixion, burial, resurrection and ascension then to his coming back on judgment day is found in St, Patrick’s message. The Irish people, whether faithful, agnostic or atheist know the foils of suffering and the Celtic tradition has been synonymous with soul and nature. The conglomeration of nature and being, celebrates the universality of something larger and similar in all of us; the gift to be awake in the swamps of suffering and partake in the commonality that suffering is not unique. And once we can accept this without major protest, then unity will be found.

So, who exactly was St Patrick? Well, that can only be properly answered when we can equally ask, “Who is anybody?” One can never fully know, except upon what the person being questioned has given us to meditate upon. People venerate others when there has been a passion activated. Devotion follows when other like-minded persons take to the understanding. If anything else, St. Patrick was a man of passionate communication that wanted to share in the Biblical statement of acceptance, which he understood to be very profound. All the fantastical stories attached to the person attempted to be understood, almost becomes secondary; if the legend of banishing all the snakes from Ireland is a geographical folly, for postglacial Ireland never had snakes to begin with, then the ‘awesome’ should not be the focal point at all. If the symbol of the Druids was the ‘snake’ and the whole legend was metaphorical, then that should be secondary as well. The person’s contribution of his or her communication to others should be telescoped. Through language, understanding and our willingness to accept disclosure is where we will find the answer to any one of us.

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TUES, MAR 29TH - VISTA LOOP, BLACKHAWK TRAIL HIKE in Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. 5 miles round trip. Spring should be evident on this beautiful hike. Meet at the Visitor Center at Patagonia Lake State Park at 9am and car pool to trail head. Leader: Greg Scott. Call 520.2875149 for reservations and more information.

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SAT & SUN, APR 2ND & 3RD AND APR 9TH & 10TH - THE 3RD ANNUAL SANTA CRUZ VALLEY OPEN STUDIO TOUR. Here dozens of local artists from: Green Valley, Amado, Tubac, Rio Rico, and Nogales will TUES, MAR 29TH open their studios THE 3RD ANNUAL to the public for two SANTA CRUZ RIVER consecutive weekends RESEARCHER'S DAY. allowing visitors the Tumacácori National rare opportunity to “The Cactus, the Cowboy & the Coyote” A special show of contemporary Historical Park and see where creativity interpretations of Arizona iconography by award winning Arizona partners begins. The amazing painters Neil Myers, Fred Collins and Paul Sheldon. invite you to participate two weekend studio in presentations on tour offers patrons Opening reception March 26th  5-8 pm running through April 4th research, monitoring, insight into the creative at Cobalt Fine Arts Gallery, 5 Camino Otero. and restoration being process and work conducted along the environment of area Santa Cruz River, an opportunity to share research and foster artists while also allowing them to purchase works directly from collaboration and idea sharing. Special Session – forming a Santa the artists themselves. The Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour Cruz Watershed Steering Committee. 9:30 to 4pm at the lower provides a glimpse into the sometimes “unknown world” of artists. level meeting room at the Joel D. Valdez Mail Library, downtown Traveling from studio to studio visitors will get an unprecedented Tucson. look at artists and their work.  There is also plenty of room for exploration given the natural beauty of the region. Visitors will WED THRU FRI, MAR 30TH THRU APR 1ST - BIRD WALKS at find a diverse selection of art, culture, fine dining, furnishings, the Patagonia Lake State Park. Meet at the Birding Kiosk at the history, shopping, museums, hiking, and lodging. The tour is east end of Patagonia Lake at 8am. 520-820-5101. free.   Visitors will be able to plan their own agenda, tour the area, FRI, APR 1ST - FIRST FRIDAY at Wisdom’s cafe in Tumacacori. and visit the artists’ viewing locations during the two weekend 2-for1 margaritas and live music from 5-8pm and our Fish & Chips long event. Local resort Esplendor in Rio Rico will be hosting area special all day. 398-2397. artists, offering food and drink specials, and featuring live music each day of the tour. Additionally, the Tubac Golf Resort and FRI, APR 1ST - A CHAMPAGNE GALA ARTISTS’ RECEPTION Spa is offering a 20% off room rates to Studio Tour visitors featuring live music, sponsored by an anonymous arts advocate during both weekends. TCA will publish a full color catalogue and Tubac’s very own Tumacookery, will kick off THE 3RD with maps to dozens of studios, artists’ profiles, listings of events, ANNUAL SANTA CRUZ VALLEY OPEN STUDIO TOUR at Tubac restaurants, lodging and shopping. A list of catalogue pick up Center of the Arts from 5-7 pm. 398-2371 for more info. points as well as a virtual catalogue will also be available at SAT, APR 2ND - MONET GARDEN PARTY. Join us in celebrating Copies of the catalogue can be ordered by spring in the Courtyard at 6 Camino Otero. Visit the Open Studios calling the Center at 520-398-2371. The tour will be launched with of Peter Chope, Sandra Baenen and Roberta Rogers.Enjoy flowers, a preview exhibition of artists’ work on display at Tubac Center of artful desserts, and refreshments in the Courtyard. Your hosts: the Arts from March 18 – May 1. Peter Chope, Roberta Rogers, Sandra Baenen, and Schätze from 1 - 5pm. Call 398-8335 for more information.

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SUN, APR 3RD - THE SAT, APR 9TH - LIVE 9TH ANNUAL TASTE MUSIC BY BILL OF TUBAC from MANZANEDO at 5-8pm, at the Tubac Wisdom's Cafe in Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Tumacacori from 5 to Otero Road. A tasting 8pm. 398-2397. of savory cuisine SAT & SUN, APR from area restaurants 16TH & 17TH - A paired with fine wines, DISCOVERING sponsored the Tubac BROWN CANYON Rotary to benefit WEEKEND: THE local nonprofits. WORLD OF THE Music by the All Bill BABOQUIVARI Band with Mindy MOUNTAINS. Ronstadt. Advanced Week-end workshop; ticket sales only. Leaders: Mary Scott, Tickets available at: Richard Conway and The Artist’s Daughter, Refuge biologists. Tumacookery, Jane’s The Male Choir of Tucson presents the SONS OF ORPHEUS, Thursday, Spend a weekend Attic, the Yard Woman, April 7th at 7pm at the Community Performing Arts Center, relaxing, hiking and at the Green Valley and enjoying an 1250 W. Continental, Green Valley. Chamber of Commerce. introduction to the For information: 520hidden world of Brown Canyon in the Baboquivari Mountains. 398-9371, 520-398-1913, 520-398-8603. Last year’s event sold out, Guests will enjoy the comfort of the striking Brown Canyon so be sure to purchase your tickets early! And before this event Environmental Education Lodge and be treated to three catered be sure to attend the 1ST EVER SPRING FASHION SHOW at meals. Brown Canyon is one of the most important protected the chapel at 3pm where you’ll beautiful fashions from our local enclaves of western sky island ecology in southern Arizona and clothing stores! Visit or call 398-2704 for more this weekend interlude will provide an opportunity to discover info. it in a casual and comfortable style. All activities are optional SUN, APR 3RD - GABRIEL ALEGRIA’S AFRO-PERUVIAN JAZZ (except enjoying yourself ) and the walking is easy on a dirt road SEXTET (from Peru) at 3pm. Experience Afro-Peruvian jazz music, and good trails. Registration required. Overnight workshop fee the newest voice to come from Latin America. One of Peru’s top is $95 for members and $105 for nonmembers. To learn more trumpeter’s, Gabriel Alegria, combines his experience playing jazz about the program, times and places go to http://friendsofbanwr. as it developed in the U.S. with a passionate interest and careful, email fobanwr@gmail. study of the black music of coastal Perú.  By incorporating and com or call 520 405 5665. exploring the common African roots found in both styles, he has SAT & SUN, APR 30 & MAY 1ST - A DISCOVERING BROWN developed a uniquely Afro-Peruvian style where the rich legacy CANYON WEEKEND: THE BIRDS OF THE BABOQUIVARI of the black music of coastal Perú is expressed in a contemporary MOUNTAINS AND ALTAR VALLEY. Week-end workshop; jazz context. $20adv/$25dos; ½ price for kids; Free for ages 5 & Featured Leader: Jeff Babson with Brown Canyon naturalist staff. under. Outdoor concert at Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza, This workshop will give the participants an opportunity to see Tubac, AZ.  (520) 398-2542. the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge area during the spring WED THRU FRI, APR 6TH THRU 8TH - BIRD WALKS at the migration. Jeff Babson is an expert and active regional naturalist Patagonia Lake State Park. Meet at the Birding Kiosk at the east that leads Sky Island Tours ( He is very end of Patagonia Lake at 8am. For questions or more information knowledgeable about arthropods, birds and more. This weekend call 520-820-5101. he will focus on resident and migrating birds of the area. The weekend will end about 2PM. All activities are optional (except THURS, APR 7TH - THE MALE CHOIR OF TUCSON PRESENTS enjoying yourself ) and the walking is easy on a dirt road and THE SONS OF ORPHEUS at 7pm at the Community Performing good trails. Registration required. Overnight workshop fee is $95 Arts Center, 1250 W. Continental, Green Valley. The 20th for members and $105 for nonmembers. This includes lodging Anniversary Spring Concert features an eclectic mix, from opera and three catered meals. To learn more about the program, choruses to cowboy classics, featuring special guest soloists, times and places go to as well as the Balalaika Orchestra and the Moonstruck Coyotas. workshops-and-walks/, email or Tickets:  $12 in advance; $15 at the door. For more info visit www. call 520 405-5665. or call 520-399-1750. FRI, APR 8TH - LIVE MUSIC BY AMBER NORGAARD from 5-8 PM and our Fish & Chips special all day at Wisdom’s Cafe in Tumacacori. 398-2397. SAT, APR 9TH - MARY BAKER LIVE, the Sophisticated Lady at the Michael Arthur Jayme Studio & Gallery in the Amado Territory Inn, I-19 exit 48, from 12 to 2pm. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. 520-270-7462.

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Champagne Gala Reception April 1, 2011 u 5 to 7pm Join us at Tubac Center of the Arts to preview participating artists work and enjoy live music and savory treats. The Reception is made possible through the generosity of the Tumacookery and an anonymous arts advocate. PO Box 1911 9 Plaza Road Tubac, AZ 85646

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Itold you way over a year ago a story (true) about my friend of over 50 years, Rose Whyte.

She moved to Glenbeulah, Wisconsin from Arkansas about the same time I moved to Tubac. She feeds the birds and loves them as I do. Perhaps you remember, she wrote me about her birds and various kinds, I wrote on the outside of my envelope, “I have Pyrrhuloxia.” When my letter arrived, Rose showed her postmaster Mike what I had written. She said, “Oh my gosh, I wonder what Ruth has now, I hope it’s not serious!” He said he’d look it up in his medical book and Rose went home to call her doctor. After a phone call that gave Rose the satisfaction she needed to know I wasn’t in the clutches of a dreadful disease, all was well. Rose called the other day to tell me about a father who took his little boy to buy a puppy at the Humane Society. The boy had his choice of 3 boy puppies and 2 girl puppies. When they arrived home, Johnny, who had chosen a girl puppy carried it into the house and ran to his mommy to show her, she said, “How do you know it’s a girl puppy?” Johnny replied, “Daddy turned it upside down and looked at the label.” Thanks, Rosie dear, for sharing.


ust counted 6 Pyrrhuloxia on my feeder, along with a bunch of white crowned sparrows and purple finch. Just a few words about this Pyrr. (I’ll shorten the name for a bit) it’s a lovely bird and I have an abundance. It resembles the cardinal, in fact it’s called the gray cardinal, it also lives in New Mexico, Southern Texas and, of course, Arizona. It has stubby orangey bill and when the mesquite tree puts forth it’s pods, it uses it’s very stubby bill to open the pod and crush the beans, my feeder is surely a great spot, the pyrr. love mesquite.



y now our friend March is in gear, sure was a cold introduction, now what? We’ll take what comes, be it snow, rain, cold or heat, I’ll bid for rain. As I think of the truly tragic weather conditions that ravaged our country these past months, I feel so blessed to be in this little corner of our wonderful world. March brings us Ash Wednesday on the 9th, it signals the first day of Lent, a period of fasting and penitence preceding Easter, many people participate. Of course we greet Spring on the 21st, Good Day to Spring! Don’t forget St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th, that’s when the Irish honor the patron saint of their country. Some people will also change their time of day - whatever time you have, may it be a happy time.


Meals will be lighter one of these days, we better eat hearty while we can. PENNA. DUTCH CORN CHOWDER 4 cooked potatoes 8 slices bacon, cut up 1/2 - 1 c. milk 1 onion, chopped salt & pepper 1 can cream style corn Saute bacon and onion till crisp, into the drippings add corn and cut up potatoes, add milk and seasonings, use half and half for richer flavor.

CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE one pkg. corned beef with spices

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1/2 pint whipping cream 10 or 12 chicken tenders Melt butter in 9 x 12 cooking pan, add onion soup mix and whipping cream. Put chicken tenders in sauce and turn over to cover. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour, serve with rice, the sauce is delicious!

Cook corned beef as directed, till tender. Peel and cook potatoes, mash when done. Slice and cut cabbage and place in large frying pan with 1 tbl. oil, cover and cook till tender. Serve potatoes with thin slices of beef and cabbage on the side. Please, don’t forget the rye bread! This recipe courtesy of Shelly Copps and Claire LEMON SQUARES McJunkin - absolutely delicious! A tasty, easy dessert for any day of the year. There are more ways than one of looking for trouble. A man in Arizona 1 c. sugar 1 c. flour advertised in the paper to find his mother-in-law who was missing. 1/2 t. baking powder 1/2 c. butter 2 1/2 tbl. lemon juice 1/4 c. xxxx sugar A DOG IS LOVED BY OLD AND YOUNG; HE WAGS HIS TAIL dash salt 2 eggs AND NOT HIS TONGUE. Blend first 3 ingredients till well mixed. Pat evenly onto the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 baking pan. Bake 20 min. By the way, how’s your New Year’s resolution coming? I’m evolving! at 350 degrees. Beat together remaining ingredients. Pour Hope that means something over baked crust and return to oven for 20 to 25 minutes, good is happening. same temp. Cool and sprinkle with sifted xxxx sugar. Cut in small squares when cool. This dessert is truly delicious! paintings by

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The March 2011 issue of the Tubac Villager, celebrating the art of living in Southern Arizona