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Outside the village La Paloma de Tubac (520) 398-9231

ACCESS WiSDoM hoME CArE (520) 398-8088

Tubac Community Center: follow Calle Igelsia around the bend, or from the East Frontage Road, take Bridge Road to the end.

ALL SAiNTS ANGLiCAN ChUrCh (520) 777-6601 AMADo rV & SELF STorAGE (520) 398-8003 November 2010 Villager Supporters Map art rendering by Roberta Rogers. Work in progress. Unmarked structures may be open businesses. Call 398-3980 for corrections.

De Anza restaurante & Cantina (520) 398-0300 Graham Bell Gallery Clay hands Studio Casa Maya (520) 398-2558 (520) 398-2885 de Mexico Cobalt Gallery (520) 398-9373 (520) 398- 1200 Jane's Attic Schatze (520) 398-9301 (520) 398-9855 roberta rogers Studios (520) 979-4122 Tubac Professional Services (520) 398-2472 Tubac Center of the Arts The red Door Gallery (520) 398-2371 (520) 398-3943 Beads of Tubac rogoway Galleries (520) (520) 398-2041 398-2070 heir Looms old World imports (520) 398-2369

AMADo TErriTory STEAKhoUSE (520) 398-2651

hal Empie Gallery (520) 398-2811 The Artist's Daughter (520) 398-9525 Galleria Tubac (520) 398-9088 old Presidio Traders (520) 398-9333 Purcell Galleries (520) 398-1600 Shelby's Bistro James Culver Leather Studios (520) 398-8075 (520) 398-1841 Tubac Fitness Center (520) 398-9940 Maria's Grill Emmy's Pilates Studio (520) 275-3323 TJ's Tortuga Books & Coffee Beans (520) 398-8109

BArrio CUSToM PAiNTiNG (520) 648-7578 ChEAP DELiVEry SErViCE (520) 305-8365 DAViD SiMoNS ArTiST (520) 331-9735 FiESTA ToUrS iNTErNATioNAL (520) 398-9705

Tubac ranch (520) 398-8381

italian Peasant restaurant (520) 398-2668 indigo & olive (520) 398-9763 Tubac Market (520) 398-1010 Casa Maya de Mexico (520) 398-3933 MiJ hair and Nails (520) 398-3206 Brasher real Estate, inc. (520) 398-2506

Tumacookery (520) 398-9497 Bruce Baughman Gallery (520) 398- 3098 Casa Fina de Tubac (520) 398-8620

AMADo TErriTory rANCh (520) 398-2709

old Tubac inn (520) 398-3161

Damian Koorey Designs (520) 398-8360

LoNG rEALTy ChA ChA DoNAU (520) 591-4982 MATKo PAiNTiNG (520) 398-3300 SCoTT PoTTiNGEr, BUiLDEr (520) 398-9959

Take the Frontage Rd north to Tubac Art Exchange (520) 237-5439 Tubac Villager Office (520)398-3980 Village Counseling (520) 820-1678, Realty executives Team Bill Mack & Sally Robling (520) 398-2770 & Charlie Meaker (520) 237-2414, and the Tubac Villager (520) 398-3980. Head further north to the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa (520) 398-2211 where you will find Stables Ranch Grille (520) 398-2678 & Dos Silos Comida Mexicana (520) 398-3787

FoWLEr CLEANErS (520) 270-4105

Take the Frontage Road south to Wisdom's Café, (520) 398-2397 the Tumacacori National Historical Park (520) 398-2341 & the Santa Cruz Chili Company (520) 398-2591

TUBAC oNLiNE SErViCES (520) 398-2437

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on the Cover untitled 48" x 48" oil on canvas by Michael Arthur Jayme

Michael Arthur Jayme, a fifth generation Sonoran desert dweller, was born in southern Arizona in 1958. Painting from a very early age, this self-taught artist enjoyed his first one-man exhibition in 1982. His work is prized by private collectors and is included in such corporate collections as Coldwell Banker, National Bank of Tucson, First American Federal Bank, and others.

His paintings reflect the essence, variety and strength of his native Southwest. His distinctive vision, his passion for natural beauty, and his sense of color work together to instill an indestructible rhythm and sense of strength in his work. Of his art Michael says, “My work speaks for my experience of the moment and my creativity is unacquainted with limits. The earth and the sky give me what I need. I paint the mountain as I know it. Energy takes over and enables me to bend and curve that stubborn line.” Join Michael Arthur Jayme

Sat & SuN, Nov 27th & 28th for

aRt at the RaNch at the amado teRRitoRy RaNch, I-19 exit 48 from 10am to 5pm. Art, Music & much more! Sat performance by the Larry Redhouse Jazz Trip at noon, and Sun performance by R. Carlos Nakai with Will Clipman & William Eaton at 1pm. Call: 520-270-7426. or visit:


BiRd walKS at PatagoNia laKe State PaRK. The walks begin at the east end of the camp ground at the kiosk. Bring binoculars. The walks last from 2 to 3 hours, but it is easy to turn around and return to your car. The two-mile round trip walk begins in the desert grassland above the lake with views below to the lake. Along the lake the cattails provide shelter for Common Yellow Throats, Marsh Wrens, Common Moorhens, a variety of ducks, and, of course, coots. In the willows you would probably see Bridled Titmice, two or three species of woodpeckers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a variety of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, gnatcatchers, hummingbirds, Verdins and Bewick’s Wrens. The walk continues to the east end of the lake where with spotting scopes many waterfowl are often visible. During the winter the Elegant Trogon is sometimes found among the trees. Patagonia Lake State Park and Sonoita Creek State Natural area are home to approximately 375 resident and migrant species. Sponsored by Friends of Sonoita Creek. Free. 520-820-5101.


eveNiNgS - muSic oN the Patio at Shelby's Bistro, 19 Tubac Rd. 398-8075.

Now thru Nov 14th - BEYOND BORDERS EXHIBIT at the Tubac Center of the Arts, featuring a series of etchings by internationally recognized Hermosillo based painter, printmaker, and instructor, Eva Laura Moraga. One of the highlights of the TCA exhibit is the debut of a large triptych Garden of Hearts, created by the late border artist Alberto Morackis and his partner Guadalupe Serrano. The original monumental three-dimensional work, a metaphor for the heart -rending aspects of street peddling, was destroyed during an urban renewal project. Additional paintings by artists on the Sonoran side of the border, including Guadalupe Serrano and Diego Taddei, will be sponsored by IMFOCULTA, whose portion of the Beyond Borders exhibit is titled OMENS & AUGURIES. At 9 Plaza Road. Visit or call 520 398-2371.

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Time to enjoy your Fall evenings on the Patio. We have patio heaters and beautiful views.


Tubac Balloon Festival & Glow

Events & Timeline: Approximate times due to weather & balloons 4 pm: Gates Open Kids Zone: Fun and excitement for kids with inflatables, rides & games Food & Beverage: Cash concessions & full-service restaurants by Dos Silos & Stables Ranch Grill Reservations not accepted for the event day; NO outside food or beverage allowed 5 pm: Live Music Beau Renfro & Clear Country plays until 10 p.m. 5:45 pm: Hot Air Balloons Start to Inflate 10 to 12 balloons: These seven-story-tall gentle giants will glow against the evening sky for approximately 2 hours 7:45 pm: Arizona Skyhawks This world-class parachute demonstration team will descend from 5,000 feet in specially lighted jumpsuits to create an amazing effect. Be sure to bring a camera! 8 pm: Dancing with Beau Renfro & Clear Country 10 pm: Event Concludes Designated parking is available at the resort for $5 per car

The VIP Experience VIP area is open from 4 to 10 p.m. VIP ticket includes the following: VIP-only seating area, gourmet buffet, private cash bar, private rest rooms, entry into the event, tax and gratuity. Cost: $45 per adult, $20 per child Discounts of any kind do not apply To purchase VIP tickets, please call Kim at 520-398-3513. Please purchase VIP tickets in advance by November 15.

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. November 20, 2010 Tubac Golf Resort & Spa Adults $8, children $5, age 2 & under free

Information: 1-800-848- 7893 ATMs available

No lawn chairs or dogs No outside food or beverages

Located at the Tubac Golf Resort

1 Otero Rd. Tubac, AZ


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Cranberry Salt Glow - $80 Orange Peel Body Treatment - $100 Anti-Oxidant Pumpkin Facial - $95 30% Glycolic Pumpkin Peel - $95 Chai Manicure/Pedicure - $40/$60 Candy Cane Manicure/Pedicure - $40/$60

Special rates for November only – does not include tax or gratuity. Call the spa to book your retreat Now!

520-398-3545 SPA/520-398-3543 SALON

Tubac Balloon Festival & Glow Arrive in the village of Tubac in the early afternoon to shop with local artists and merchants. Arrive at the resort by 4:30 p.m. to ensure proper time to dine and mingle before the balloons inflate. This is a sight not to be missed.


Information: 1-800-848- 7893 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. November 20, 2010 Tubac Golf Resort & Spa Adults $8, children $5, age 2 & under - free

Joseph King – El Portugués & Carlo Gentile – L’italiano


by Mary Bingham

Sure wish the PBS show “History Detectives” could help on this one. Last year, two photos of the Tumacácori Mission appeared on eBay. One was of the mission but the second picture showed the mission with people standing in front of it!!! Both photos were taken by an Italian photographer named Carlo Gentile (Gen-Tee-lee). I was able to track the photos down to the Library of Congress’ Online Digital Collections, Prints & Photographs section. The LOC dates the photos to ca.1870, which would qualify them to be the first known photos of Tumacácori. However I think they may have been taken a few years earlier. Don Garate, the late historian at Tumacácori, must have come to the same conclusion as a copy of the photo without the people, is now hanging on display at Tumacácori and is dated 1868. What really intrigued me about the photo with the people was that there were three people, not just one as noted at the bottom of the picture; possibly in Gentile’s own handwriting. It reads: “Mission of Tumacacori – man in foreground.” In the foreground there is indeed a man in a white suit typical of clothing worn by Mexican Mestizos, his identity is unknown. However, in the background next to the main entrance to the mission a man and woman can be seen. They are rather blurry, but the man

is tall and slim with a full black beard. In his right hand is a rifle and on his left hip a pistol. Next to him is an attractive young lady dressed in a lovely dress that looks to be of American or European styling. Perhaps someone more familiar with clothing styles of the period can be more specific. Joseph King

So who could the couple be? My first thought was Joseph King and possibly Carmil Quijada. The evidence is all circumstantial, but it sure points to there being a strong possibility that the man is King. Carmil, is a “best guess” based on the 1870 census records for Tubac. Her name appears directly below King’s and above a Texan named John Rogers living in the same household. King was born in the Portuguese owned Azores Islands in 1836; give or take a few years. The 1870 census places his birth about 1840. Various other records give his year of birth between 1828 and 1842, so his exact age will probably remain a mystery.

Historian Don Warrin, author of a book on the Portuguese in the old west, with confirmation from King family members, notes that King served on American whaling ships and could be the Joseph King listed in the 1860 San Francisco census identified “as a twentythree-year-old master mariner.” That sure would put him in close proximity to Sacramento, which is where King

first met William Wrightson, one of the founders of the Sonora Exploring & Mining Co. (SE&MC) and the Santa Rita Mining Co. (SRMC) based in Tubac.

King’s family history relates that Joseph King was hired by Wrightson in 1864. His duties would be to help with surveying and getting mining operations in the Arizona Territory back in business after a three year absence due to the Civil War. Wrightson, Charles Poston, Herman Ehrenberg and others had been forced to flee from Tubac in 1861 when the U.S. military withdrew from Fort Buchanan to fight in the East, and the Apache Indians stepped up their raids on the now defenseless settlers.

Less than a year later, Colonel James H. Carleton and the California Column were in control of Arizona following a minor skirmish with the Confederates at Picacho Peak in April and the departure of Confederate troops from Tucson in May of 1862. This left the newly promoted Brigadier General Carlton and his volunteers some time to concentrate on the “Apache problem.” Did I say the California Column was in control? Well not exactly. The Apache would remain hostile for another 22 years.

By 1864, the California Column had made several expeditions against Apache villages forcing them into temporary submission. Wrightson felt it was now safe to

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Joseph King – El Portugués & Carlo Gentile – L’italiano continued... return to Tubac and thus the reason for hiring King and others in Sacramento.

In addition to restarting mining operations, there was a land grant problem that Wrightson needed to address. It concerned Baca Float No. 3 and his partner John S. Watts, lawyer for the Baca family of Las Vegas, New Mexico Territory. Watts quickly bought out the Baca’s portion of the claim located in the Tubac area. The original selection for the grant was filed by Watts on June 17, 1863. It was approved by the commissioner of the General Land Office on April 9, 1864 and a survey was ordered. Wrightson soon discovered the claim had been located along the Santa Cruz River, when it should have been located in the Santa Rita Mountains. The land selection had to be amended.

One of King’s first duties was to help his new boss with the new survey. Wrightson sent the team up into the Santa Rita’s to mark the boundaries for the new amended location, however, on New Year’s Day 1865 a heavy snow storm interrupted their work on the ridge above Canoa and all work ceased.

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Less than two months later, on February 17, 1865, Wrightson and Gilbert Hopkins, the new mining engineer, were killed by a small Apache band that caught them off guard just outside the walls of the now deserted Fort Buchanan. Years later on January 24, 1900, King would testify in the Court of Private Land Claims, to his duties as a member of the survey team. The Baca Float No. 3 Land Grant was working its way through the U. S. courts after forty-plus years of vague claims and the attempted amendment. King’s property at Tumacácori was to be one of those affected by the Baca Float decision a decade or so later.

Earlier, Wrightson acquired title to the old Tumacácori mission and the surrounding land as early as 1860. Wrightson even included a description of the mission in the fourth annual report to the stockholders of the SE&MC. Four years later, King was living at Tumacácori in October of ‘64 with two other men as they concentrated on getting things back up and running. With the murder of Wrightson and Hopkins, King continued to live at Tumacácori, probably under the direction of Poston or one of the other mining executives. King helped to build the road to the new SRMC mining headquarters, originally known as “El Salero,” but officially renamed the Hacienda de Santa Rita. He began farming and raising cattle at Tumacácori, presumably to help feed the company employees and to earn a living. King was officially recorded as living at “Tumocacori” in 1866, and at “Tomoracarri” in 1867 on the Arizona Territorial census records. Three years

later, the 1870 U.S. Federal Census records for Tubac (which included Tumacácori) listed him first in the household, which would make him head of household and showed his occupation as a farmer. Living with him were Carmil Quijada, house keeper, and John Rogers, farm laborer. His neighbors included William Low [Lowe] and Sabino Otero to the north and Polocurpio Ochoa to the south. No record has turned up to date showing that King and Carmil were married, and her name has not turned up in another document since 1870. A few other things seal the deal for me for that the man in the photo is King. Gentile, the photographer, probably would have sought out someone to tell him about the old mission. King was the most likely person in the immediate area who could give him information and provide protection for him and his equipment. Photographic equipment would have taken a while to unpack and set up in 1868.

My friend Joe King, IV, has studied the photo at great length. Skeptical at first, he found that the man was left-handed just as he is. He came to this conclusion by noting that the pistol was on the man’s left hip and he wore a garter on his left arm to keep his sleeve out of the way in case he needed to draw his gun quickly. And finally, his great-grandson (King, IV) at about the same age would have been the spitting image of El Portugués, in my opinion. Tall and slim, when standing at ease, his stance is identical to the man in the photo. King, IV, was a sharpshooter in the Marine Corps and recognized the man as being well-armed, ready to protect his lady, Gentile and the man in white. He also noted that the man is not looking at the camera; he is scanning the area for any signs of trouble. He was a pioneer that had been living in Apache territory for four years and knew what he had to do to survive and help this crazy guy with the big camera take a photo of the old mission. King would be severely injured in an Apache attack on his ranch in 1871, but survived. He would marry in 1879 and fathered three sons. He died in December of 1912 at his home across the river from the old mission before the Baca Float decision was handed down. Carlo Gentile

Carlo Gentile’s birth date, like King’s, is vague. Author Peter E. Palmquist places it between 1821 and 1835, in Naples, Italy. From a well-to-do family, Gentile inherited $25,000 on the death of his father in 1856 and set out to travel the world. In early 1863, while living in Victoria, Vancouver Island Colony, Canada, he became interested in photography, purchased equipment and opened his first photographic studio.

In 1867 he opened a photographic gallery in San Francisco and spent quite a bit of


Joseph King – El Portugués & Carlo Gentile – L’italiano continued... time in the Sierra Nevada photographing miners and mining operations at Gold Run near Colfax, CA. While at Gold Run he met the famous, illustrator, writer and lecturer, J. Ross Browne. Browne told Gentile of the wonders of Arizona. Gentile was intrigued by what Browne had to say and made plans to visit Arizona as soon as possible. Four years later, in 1871, Browne would publish a book about his time in Arizona titled Adventures in the Apache Country: A Tour Through Arizona and Sonora…. Author, Leon Speroff, notes that Gentile traveled to Arizona in late 1867 or early 1868. While historian, Cesare Marino’s book on Gentile, quoted an interview given by him in 1875, stating that he lived for a while among the peaceable tribes of the Colorado River, photographing them. In early 1868 he probably took the stage to Tucson and hooked up with an old acquaintance. Soon after his arrival, an Apache band attacked a herd of 800 cattle owned by his friend and drove them off. He gave the date as March 3, 1868. General Thomas L. Crittenden organized a group of men to pursue the Indians and Gentile joined in, remaining with them for approximately two months, even participating in “a hard fight with 600 redskins.”

at the


PICTURES, VIEWS, ETX,— One day this week, we called at the gallery of Mr. Gentile, in the old MINER office, and were shown some splendid views taken by him in the southern part of the Territory, the most notable of which are the Mission churches of San Xavier and Tumaccacori. [sic] His pictures of Pima and Maricopa Indians are excellent. Call and see his collection.

Gentile remained in Prescott for several months before returning to San Francisco. In 1871, the lure of Arizona called Gentile once again. This time Gentile set up his photographic business in Florence. Soon after arriving, Gentile joined a mining group led by Arizona Governor A.P.K. Safford. They called themselves the Mogollon Mining and Exploration Company. The expedition encountered several Indian war parties and a number of skirmishes were fought. During this same time, Gentile adopted a young Yavapai boy name Wassaja. Returning with him to his home in Florence, he took Wassaja to the Catholic

It is during this period that I believe


Gentile took the photographs of Tumacácori. Proof of this is found in the pages of “The Weekly Arizona Miner.” Gentile traveled to Prescott in the fall of 1868. The following article appeared in the November 21, 1868, edition of that paper:

Church and had his baptized as Carlos Montezuma and legally adopted him. The story of Gentile & Montezuma (the first Native American physician) is fascinating. Source material is listed below for anyone interested in their story.

- Palmquist, Peter E., Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: a Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, © 2000. - Sheridan, Thomas C., Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacácori, the Baca Float, and the Betrayal of the O’Odham. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, © 2006.

At no time following these events of 1868 have I been able to find where Gentile traveled south of Tucson. The only logical time period for Joseph King, Carmil Quijada and Carlo Gentile to have met in front of the old Mission Tumacácori would have been in the spring of 1868 — perhaps April or May. The dryness of the vegetation in the photo would indicate that monsoon had not yet begun and the clothing worn by the people indicates that it was warm enough not to require a coat or shawl. See what you think.

- Speroff, Leon, Carlos Monetezuma, M.D., A Yavapai American Hero: the Life and Times of an American Indian. Portland, OR: Arnica Publishing, Inc., © 2004 - Warrin, Donald and Gomes, Geoffrey L., Land as Far as the Eye Can See: Portuguese in the Old West. Spokane, WA: The Arthur H. Clark Company, © 2001.


- Wrightson, William, Fourth annual report of the Sonora Exploring & Mining Co., made to the Stockholders, March 1860.

- King, R. Joe, “King” of Tumacacori: a Sketch of the Life and Times of Joseph King, 1828-1912, a True Pioneer of Early Arizona. Tacoma, Washington: Willo Tree Publishing, © 1992.

Photo on previous page: “Mission of Tumacacori – man in foreground,” Library on Congress Digital Collections:

- Brownell, Elizabeth R., They Lived in Tubac. Tucson: Westernlore Press, © 1986.

- Marino, Cesare Rosario, The Remarkable Carlo Gentile: Italian Photographer of the American Frontier. Nevada City, CA: Carl Mautz Publishing, © 1998.

- Wilson, John P., Islands in the Desert: A history of the Uplands of Southeastern Arizona. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, © 1995.


Saturday & Sunday

november 27 & 28, 10 - 5

amado territory Ranch 3001 e. Frontage Rd. I-19 exit 48 30 miles south of tucson


Free Saturday performance by the Larry redhouse Jazz Trio, 12 noon Free Sunday performance r. carlos nakai with Will clipman & William Eaton, 1 p.m. R. CaRLOS NaKaI with WILL CLIPMaN & WILLIaM eatON



MIChaeL aRthUR JaYMe


Photo by John Running


Larry redhouse Jazz trio

See YOU theRe! Savory lunches on site by Amado Territory Steakhouse & Kristofer’s Bistro








NovemBeR - Arizona Diabetes

Sat, Nov 6th - tca'S BeyoNd BoRdeRS

Alliance will be offering free diabetes screenings and educational talks. Adults 18 and over will receive blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. 3 locations in Tucson - Pima County Abrams Building Nov 4th & 6th; Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital Diabetes Care Center Nov 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th; & Carondelet's St. Mary's Hospital Diabetes Care Center Nov 4th, 11th, 18th.

wed, Nov 3Rd - Wednesday Wine Tasting at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori from 5-6:30pm. $5 per person, plus enjoy our monthly BBQ Pork Ribs special all day. 398-2397.

thuRS, Nov 4th - tuBac thuRSday

moRNiNg BReaKfaSt foRum presents Patricia Krohn speaking on TO LIVE IS TO CHANGE. Her talk will be based on her memoir GUILTY NO MORE, a memoir which reveals a lifetime of destructive behavior and how she overcame it. Forum begins at 8:30am at Maria's Restaurant, Plaza de Anza, 40 Avenida Goya, Tubac. $10 admission includes full sit down breakfast. Seating is limited. Advance reservations, call 398-3350 or email

fRi, Nov 5th - f iRSt fRiday at wiSdom'S cafe in Tumacacori. Enjoy 2-for-1

Margaritas all day plus our Famous Fish & Chips and live music by Eduardo Valencia. 398-2397.

fRi, Sat & SuN, Nov 5th - 7th - Join Old Presidio Traders, 27 Tubac Rd, during

Art Experience, for demonstrations by Navajo SilveRSmithS moNRoe & lillie aShley. 398-9333.

Visit or call 520 398-2371.

will culminate with a reception from 4-6pm with IMFOCULTA, El Instituto Municipal de Fomento a la Cultura y las Artes, TCA’s sister organization in Nogales, Sonora bringing Ballet Folklorico and musicians for two performances. Also featuring a screening of Luis Carlos Davis’s award-winning documentary, 389 Miles: Living the Border, and a special exhibit of Paseo de Humanidad, or passage of humanity, which depicts 13 life-sized figures in the process of migration. Paseo de Humanidad combines contemporary symbology with Mayan and Aztec codices and is currently installed on the border wall in Mexico where it has become a cultural shrine for migrants’ families. The figures will be transferred from Mexico to the sculpture garden of the K. Newby Gallery in Tubac, AZ. KNG will hold a “meet the artist” reception from 2-4pm. Additionally, Strawhouse Studio & Gallery, Amado Territory Ranch, will present an exhibition Santos y Luz (Saints and Lights), a photographic and mixed media document of border issues from 11am-4pm.

Sat, Nov 6th - St. aNdRew'S 58th aNNual BaRBecue from 4:30-7:30pm, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 969 W. Country Club Dr., Nogales. (exit 8 from I-19 to Country Club). Adults ($10, Children ($6), pints ($8). Pit-roasted beef barbecue and trimmings. Silent Auction and Ye Olde St. Andrew's Faire with gourmet baked goods and gently-used treasures. Tickets at the door. Contact: (520) 281-1523.

Sat, Nov 6th - couNtRy/weSteRN muSiciaN michael macK will be performing in the courtyard at La Entrada de Tubac from 11am to 3pm. Free to all, sponsored by the merchants of  La Entrada.

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Paul Hathaway The Southern Arizona Rancher and Author will be Signing copies of his novel,

The Prospector’s Secret -

Treasures of the Pimeria Alta

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Thurs - Mon 10am - 5 pm

31 Tubac Road Fine Art Gallery featuring Unique Home Decor and Year-Round Christmas Displays.


Bookstore Hours:


Nov 6 & 7 wildlife artist Nicholas Wilson will be giving etching demonstrations. Call 398-8109 for more information and future demonstrations and guests.

Espresso Bar Thursday – Monday Until 4

Nov. 20 1-4pm Join TJ’s in welcoming


Sat, Nov 6th - Neil Russell Band, Kickass Country at the Old Tubac Inn, 7 Tubac Rd. 398-3161.

Sat & Sun, Nov 6th & 7th- Tubac

an ART EXPERIENCE Meet local and visiting artists in Tubac’s studios and galleries. For information call Tubac Chamber of Commerce 520 398 2704

Sat & Sun, Nov 6th & 7th - 6 Rogoway Artists Unveil Their Creative Secrets. Sat at 11 - Esther Rogoway, 1pm - Albert Dreher, 3pm Judy Richie. Sun at 11 - Carol Ruff Franza, 1pm Brent Nageli, 3pm - Wolfgang Vaatz. At 5 Calle Baca. Call 398-2041 for info or visit Sat & Sun, Nov 6th & 7th - Renowned wildlife artist Nicholas Wilson

will be giving etching demonstrations at TJ's Tortuga Books at 19 Tubac Road. Call 398-8109 for more information.

Sat & Sun, Nov 6th & 7th - Navajo Silversmiths Monroe and Lillie

Ashley will give demonstrations at Old Presidio Traders, 27 Tubac Road (look for the turquoise 1952 Hudson Hornet). Call 398-9333 for information.

Sat & Sun, Nov 6th & 7th - meet the Artist C. K. Wearden at the Red

Door Gallery from 1-4pm at 10 Plaza Rd. 398-3943.

Wed, Nov 10th - Chiricahua National Monument Tour. $99.00 pp includes transportation, guide, entry fees. Fiesta Tours International 398-9705.

Thurs, Nov, 11th - Karchner Caverns Big Room Tour. $126 per person includes transportation, guide, entry fees. Fiesta Tours International 398-9705.

Thurs, Nov 11th - Tumacacori Mission is Topic of Santa Cruz Valley chapter of

the Arizona Archaeological Society. Featuring archeologist Jeremy Moss, Chief of Resource Management at Tumacacori National Historical Park. “The Archaeology and Preservation History of the San Jose de Tumacacori Mission.” At 7pm at the North County Facility at 50 Bridge Road. Call Alan Sorkowitz at 520-207-7151 & or visit www.

Thurs, Nov 11th - Sky Island Exposure: Art Lottery Silent Auction and Music Benefit at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon from 6- 9pm. $100 Art Lottery & Reception ticket (entitles patron to select a piece of artwork) $25 Reception ticket Tickets available online at

Thurs, Nov 11 through Sun, Nov 14 - Schätze, the new Consignment Shop in

the Tubac Village, celebrates its Grand Opening. Join in on the fun and get your Holiday shopping jump-started at the same time. Enjoy light refreshments, door prizes, and special grand-opening prices on selected items. Find your perfect treasure at Schätze! Located in The Courtyard at 6 Camino Otero – open 10-5 daily and 12:30-5 on Sundays. Call 520-398-9855

Fri, Nov 12th - Friday Night Live music by Bill Manzanedo at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori from 5-8pm and our Famous Fish & Chips all day.

Sat, Nov 12th - Chuck Wagon & The Wheels, Swinging Country Rock & Western Roll at the Old Tubac Inn, 7 Tubac Rd. 398-3161.

Fri & Sat, Nov 12th & 13th - Sail the Sapphire Seas with gemstone jewelry from around the world at Purcell Galleries of Fine Art, 24 Tubac Rd. With Wine and appetizers, from 11:30am to 4pm.

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Wind generator, campground approved

Tubac residents hear Border Patrol update

Tucson Border Patrol Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez traveled to Tubac on Oct. 18 to speak at the monthly meeting of the Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council. He presented what he called a time line of significant activities in the Tucson Sector for the past 10 years.

Tubac resident Gary Brasher asked Manjarrez to speak about the controversial permanent Border Patrol checkpoint, proposed to be built at a cost of $20 million close to the interim checkpoint between Tubac and Amado. Manjarrez said that the GAO, or Government Accountability Office, has completed studies on the efficiency of checkpoints across the United States, and that a new two-year study was recently commissioned which will be carried out by the University of Arizona and the University of Texas El Paso.

“Until those studies are done, I don’t foresee anything changing, soon. The studies will come back and we’ll take that information,” he said.

Tubac resident Barbara Gray told Manjarrez she’s concerned about the health of agents at the checkpoint who have to contend with high levels of noise from commercial tractor-trailers and exhaust fumes. She asked what type of protection they have. He responded that hearing protection is available to agents but he cannot mandate that they use it. He said the interim checkpoint facility, opened in March 2010, is an improvement over the previous one located under the Agua Linda interchange overpass. Judith Noyes of Tubac asked how smugglers manage to move large loads from Mexico such as a recently reported 3,000-pound seizure of marijuana at the I-19 checkpoint. “If a vehicle is coming up I-19 full of an illegal substance, are these people dumb, or do they think they’ll get through?”

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He replied that didn’t know specifics but guessed that it was a concealed compartment load. He said he suspects they come across the border in smaller loads.

Additional border fencing isn’t high on a priority list for Manjarrez. “I think we’ve got enough barrier in places where it makes sense. What I need are additional agents, technology, and the consequence program,” he said. Manjarrez began his current assignment in February of this year and he said he supervises 3,400 Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector, up from about 1,500 agents in the sector in 2000.

In 2000, he said, about 616,000 illegal immigrants were arrested in the Tucson sector. By 2009, there were about 241,000 arrests, he said. As of Sept. 30, this year, he said the agency had arrested slightly more than 212,000 illegal entrants in the Tucson Sector. “We’re heading in the right direction. “My goal is to cut that by another 50 percent” in the upcoming year, he said.




Two requests by Tubac residents have been approved recently by the Santa Cruz County Board of Adjustment No. 3. Greg Cook asked for a variance to increase the height of an accessory structure from 30 to 45 feet on a general rural-zoned property at 158 E. Bridge Road so he can erect a wind-powered generator. At the Oct. 21 meeting, the board approved the change but said the entire structure, including the length of the blades, must not exceed 45 feet, said Mary Dahl, Santa Cruz County community development director.

At the board’s Sept. 16 meeting, Jennifer Tougas received approval for a conditional use permit to build a campground, with a maximum of six spaces, on general rural-zoned property at 132 E. Bridge Road. Dahl said a dry campground with no improvements was authorized. Board of Adjustment No. 3 members are Chairman Charlotte Brown, Arturo Vasquez, Earl Wilson, Jean Miller and Toni Norris Barnard.

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Tubac Fire District annexes development

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The Tubac Fire District governing board culminated a two-year process when, on Oct. 6, it annexed a development east of Rio Rico called Morning Star Ranch.

The Tubac Fire District’s boundaries aren’t limited to Tubac. The district includes the northern half of Rio Rico, along with areas of Amado south of the Santa Cruz County line, as well as Tumacacori and Carmen.

The annexation should be an advantage to current residents of the Tubac Fire District. Chief Kevin Keeley said, “We service the area anyway. This allows the district to have the benefit of these taxpayers now contributing to the operating budget of the district, as well as to help pay off the bonds.”

Property owners will begin paying fire district taxes in November 2011, Keeley said. The fire district tax is $2.64 per $100 of assessed valuation. As well, there is a tax to pay off the bonds that voters approved to build three new fire stations. The bond tax is $0.50 per $100 of assessed valuation this year. Morning Star Ranch has 16 homes now with room for more on the 117 lots in the 5,242-acre subdivision.

Tumacacori Park to get management plan

Comments that will help determine future plans for Tumacácori National Historic Park are being requested. Anyone who wants to add their opinion can pick up a comment card at the park, or can post suggestions in an online form.

The process began a year ago when a public meeting was held to hear responses from residents and business owners. From that session, a list of three draft alternatives was developed and that’s what was presented at an open house held in October.

Park Superintendent Lisa Carrico said the last time a general management plan was adopted was 1996 when the park was smaller, with about 16 acres inside its boundaries. Now it encompasses 310 acres. Comments are being sought on three alternatives. Alternative 1 is “Continuation of current management.” Alternative 2 is “Connecting visitors to the park,” while Alternative 3 is “Connecting the park to the larger community through the river.” Comments are being accepted until Dec. 6, which is the Monday after the annual two-day Tumacacori Fiesta, said Erin Flanagan, a park service planner working on the project.

To pick up a comment card, visit the park’s visitor center on the East Frontage Road of Interstate 19 about 4.5 miles south of Tubac. The telephone number is (520) 398-2341. Comments can be submitted electronically using the National Park Service planning website at (Reach the writer at Medicare, BlueCrossBlueShield, & Tricare!

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Fruit of the Valley

Text and Photos by Murray Bolesta

Springs Valley, like that of the Santa Cruz River Valley, has the right conditions for a successful chile crop, namely hot days and cool nights.

A few hundred years ago in southern Arizona, a soaring hawk could scan vast expanses of yellow grasslands. These grasslands carpeted much of the region in a series of north-south valleys: Altar, Santa Cruz, San Rafael, Cienega Creek, San Pedro, Sulphur Springs, and San Simon.

It is now in those fields that Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Co. grows its peppers. These plants are a result of passionate experimentation and genetic development. As Jeanie says, “we evolve and innovate in order to compete.” Years ago, both sets of parents instilled the innovative spirit in Jeanie and Ed.

Today much of that grassland remains, but much does not. Replacing some of the grass is farmland whose rich soil supports a lush bounty of crops. Among those crops is the chile pepper.

For more than 25 years, Ed worked with a partner to develop new and improved hybrids that can be produced with uniform quality, flavor and heat. Careful plant breeding also resulted in improved strains of chilies that now produce nearly double their previous yield.

Chile is a fruit which has various forms and degrees of hotness. Like traffic at a light, chilies start at green and stop at red, at maturation. Generally, the pepper itself is spelled with an “e” and when it’s processed, the spelling becomes “chili.”

This innovation now extends to all parts of Ed’s farming. Two primary varieties of chilies are grown on Ed’s farm, the Anaheim and the Ancho. In the case of the Ancho (Spanish for “wide”), Ed described for this article his process of producing a new breed which eliminates the calyx, or cuplike cavity surround the stem, which has a tendency to trap moisture and become a quality and food safety problem. His new chile has no calyx.

An explosion of “ethnic” food as a result of colonial expansion brought an eruption of flavor to folks whose food flavors previously had been more insipid. In England it was curry and in the U.S. it was “Mexican food.” For the latter in Arizona, the vibrant taste has been brought to us by the business marriage of Jean England Neubauer of Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Co. and Ed Curry of Curry Seed and Farm Co. Or more precisely, in the beginning, it was brought to us by their parents.

Jean, or Jeanie, as she’s affectionately known, and Ed (who’s affectionately known as Ed), share a multigenerational history which forms a match made in chile pepper heaven. This alliance is a precious part of the heritage of the borderlands.

Wed., Nov. 3 ~ Wednesday Wine Tasting ~ visit our wine table anytime from 5-6:30 PM & sample great wine from Buehler Winery from Napa, $5 per person, plus enjoy our monthly BBQ Pork Ribs special all day. Fri., Nov. 5 ~ First Friday ~ enjoy  2-for-1 Margaritas all day plus our Famous Fish & Chips and live music by Eduardo Valencia Thur., Nov. 11 ~ Veteran’s Day Special all day ~ veterans enjoy 15% of your bill!  Fri., Nov 12 ~ Friday Night Live music by Bill Manzanedo from 5-8 PM and our Famous Fish & Chips all day. Sat., Nov. 13 ~ Paella Night ~  Guest Chefs Anabel Sanders Thrall & her father, Victor Sanders, are back plus live music by Lalo Chavez! Reservations required for Guest Chef menu only ~ this will sell out so call soon (520) 398-2397.

Jeanie’s father Gene came to Arizona in the 1930s, discovered the Santa Cruz River Valley and married the daughter of a prominent Mexican ranching family. Over the years Gene invented premium chili powder and chili paste and they became hits that expanded his business, based in Amado in midvalley. The demand eventually outpaced both the crop and production capacity of the farm and facilities in Amado, resulting in the partnership Sat., Nov. 27 ~ Guest Chef Series #5 ~ with Ed Curry in the Sulphur Guest Chef, Gary Carter, Springs Valley, 80 miles to the once a hellraiser & founding Hunn member east. and now a retired Tucson businessman & doting grandfather will be on hand serving his carefully crafted Lemoncello which takes 6 weeks to perfect. Coupled with our Cowboy Steak & Garlic Mashers plus live music by Becky Reyes, you will be in heaven! Reservations required for guest chef menu only (520) 398-2397.

Wed., Nov. 17 ~ Wednesday Wine Tasting ~ visit our wine table anytime from 5-6:30 PM & sample great wine from Clayhouse Vineyards from Paso Robles, $5 per person. Fri., Nov. 19 ~ Friday Night Live music by Amber Norgaard from 5-8 PM and our Famous Fish & Chips all day. Thur., Nov. 25 ~ CLOSED for Thanksgiving 

Ed’s father, Ned, started his farming operation, now over 1,200 acres, in 1943 near rugged Cochise Stronghold, south of Willcox. Ed’s parents planted their first chile crop in 1957 and Ed grew up in the fields. The climate of Sulphur

Further, Ed’s genetic work produced a chili seed which “expires” after a few generations, requiring customers to continue buying his product. This expiration takes the form of a fading of the chile’s characteristics when a chile is grown from his seed and then a second generation is grown from the seed of the first.

Mendelian genetics is Ed’s developmental work. Ed’s passion is what he calls “the artistic side of making it work, not the money.” Much of his farm’s profits are plowed back into research and development, amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Ed’s website proudly announces his winning the Guinness World Record for the heaviest chile pepper every grown, measuring .063 pounds and ten inches in length on November 6, 2009. Ed’s chilies also have grown into a record variety of products for Jeanie’s company, including wickedly delicious powders, pastes, and sauces. While Ed does the farming for Jeanie, Jeanie takes command of the processing and marketing of the Santa Cruz Chili and Spice Co.’s products.

Next month, in this article’s second part, we’ll join Ed and Jeanie at harvest time and follow their jewels-in-the-rough through the process that brings them to your table.

Wed., Dec. 1 ~ Wednesday Wine Tasting    ~ visit our wine table anytime from 5-6:30 PM & sample great wine, $5 per person, plus enjoy our monthly BBQ Pork Ribs special all day.

Visit the Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Company in Tumacacori, 3 miles south of Tubac, near the Tumacacori Mission. Call: 520-398-2591

Fri., Dec. 3 ~ First Friday ~ enjoy 2-for-1 Margaritas all day plus our Famous Fish & Chips and live music by David Blixt from 5-8 PM.

Facing page, middle, left: Anaheim chilies in the green stage.

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This page: Jean England Neubauer of Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Co. Facing page, top, left: Ed Curry of Curry Seed and Farm Co.

Facing page, top, right: In the shadow of historic Cochise Stronghold, Ed Curry plants a wide section of corn between varieties of chilies to form a barrier to crossbreeding.

Facing page, middle, right: Ed points out the seeds and moisture cells inside the pepper which hold the keys to flavor. Facing page, bottom, left: Foto Siete: A tractor heads out to help the workers begin the harvest. Facing page, bottom, right: Pivot sprinklers turn a full circle.



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Anza Trail Coalition

The organization is devoted to the establishment and interpretation of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in Arizona and a continuing trail in Mexico. The tree-shaded trail runs along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. New members are welcomed and volunteers for the trail work parties are needed. The web site is For information, call President Karol Stubbs at (425) 466-7403.

Friends of the Santa Cruz River

The group was formed in 1991 to protect and enhance the flow and water quality of the Santa Cruz River and the riparian habitat that the river supports. The non-profit, all-volunteer group focuses on the perennial (year-round flow) portion of the river, from its headwaters in the San Rafael Valley, south into Mexico, and then north to through Santa Cruz County to the Pima County line. President is Sherry Sass and meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for potluck and a 7 p.m. meeting at the Tubac Community Center. Contact FOSCR at: The web site is

A Park for Tubac

Members of this group provide volunteer support to maintain the Ronald R. Morriss Santa Cruz County Park in Tubac. The park with a sports field, playground, and picnic area, is located at Calle Iglesia just west of the Santa Cruz River. At this time, regular meetings aren’t held, but volunteers are welcomed. Call Katie Munger at (520) 403-7347.

Santa Cruz Valley Chapter, Arizona Archaeological Society

The chapter meets the second Thursday of each month in Tubac. In addition to hosting programs featuring experts in historical and archaeological topics that focus on the Santa Cruz River Valley, the chapter offers members opportunities for assisting archaeologists with excavating area sites, as well as hikes and tours. For more information, call Alan Sorkowitz at (520) 207-7151 or inquire via e-mail at The Arizona Archaeological Society web site is

If we have overlooked your organization's opportunities for volunteering please contact the Villager at or call 520-398-3980

Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council

The council is a membership group and the purposes are to inform and educate members about local and regional issues affecting the community interests of members and to express views of the members regarding such issues. President is Rich Bohman and meetings, open to the public, are the third Monday of every month, September through May, at 9 a.m. at the Tubac Community Center. For information, call Bohman at 398-8095.

Tubac Center of the Arts

Volunteers help keeps the Tubac Center of the Arts running. It houses three galleries with over 3,500 square feet of wheelchair-accessible exhibit space, a members' gallery, a performance stage, art library, gallery shop, and office space. From September to May, the center sponsors a variety of exhibits, a performing arts series, art and cultural workshops for adults and children, an adult choral group "The Tubac Singers," and several benefit events. A month-long Summer Arts Program for children is offered. To learn more, call 398-2371.

Tubac Chamber of Commerce

A tourist welcome center at the entrance to the village, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is staffed by volunteers and more individuals are needed. For information about what the position entails, call 398-2704.

Tubac Community Center Foundation

Volunteers staff the reception desk and help with maintenance at this location for meetings and classrooms that was once an elementary school. A branch of the public library is located here and weekly lunches for senior citizens are provided. For information, call 398-1800.

Tubac Health Care Foundation

The organization raises funds to help underinsured residents with medical expenses at the Tubac Regional Health Center and a board of directors oversees policies. Openings on the nine-member board occur from time to time. Call President Maureen King at 398-9005 for information.

Tubac Historical Society

There are many opportunities at this organization. An historical library located at the Tubac Community Center contains volumes of materials for which various actions are required. Oral histories of local residents are on file and indexing is needed. Additional oral histories can also be conducted. For information, call 398-2020. A web site is located at

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Arizona’s first state park is located in Tubac. The Tubac Historical Society took over management in May 2010 when Arizona State Parks faced a budget crisis. Volunteers are needed for a wide range of park activities which range from greeting visitors, to living history, to office support and maintenance. Call the park office at 398-2252.

Tubac Rotary

The club meets every Friday morning at 8 a.m. at the Tubac Golf Resort Stables restaurant. Guests are welcome. Club members raise money to fight polio worldwide and the Taste of Tubac is held in annually April to support college scholarships, St. Andrew’s Children Clinic, Amado Food Bank, Anza Trail Coalition and other charities. Call President Judith Noyes at 398-1913.

Tumacácori National Historical Park The National Park Service invites VIPs, or “Volunteers in Parks.” At Tumacácori, volunteers do some of everything. Most work in interpretation - working in the visitor center and leading tours. Others work for maintenance on the grounds, in the visitor center garden, the orchard, or repairing equipment. Volunteers do living history presentations, take care of the library, do research, and make displays. For more information, call Anita Badertscher, park ranger, at 398-2341, ext. 174. In addition, the park has an organized volunteer auxiliary and Carol Richardson is president. Friends of Tumacácori National Historical Park is a nonprofit corporation established to provide support and funding for the park. The major events they fund are Junior Ranger Day and the annual Fiesta de Tumacacori the first weekend in December. They are currently sponsoring a "Tumacácori as I See It" photo contest to take place in January. The website:

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Spencer MacCallum and Juan Quezada together at the Tubac Center of the Arts

Article and images submitted by Cathy Giesy

On November 27, 2010, Spencer MacCallum, a soft spoken, hard driven individual, will give his always delightful and informative presentation explaining how he first found an original prehistoric pot from the Casas Grandes area in a yard sale sometime in the early 1970’s. Later he found three pots in a “junk shop” in Deming, New Mexico, and was charmed by their artistry and the similarity to the ancient pottery. He was told by the owner of the junk shop that these were not ancient pots from the ruins of Paquime at Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, but were new pots made to look old. Spencer wanted to find the “woman” who made these artfully created pots, and see if she had any other pieces of pottery that he might obtain for his personal collection. Spencer received his education in anthropology in the state of Washington, and later a Masters Degree in Art History from Princeton University. However, he worked at odd jobs to make a living, such as selling water treatment devices across the south west. Another time, he built up a large

window washing business which he enjoyed for many years. This combination of training and talent gave him a discerning eye for great art. He was aware of the clay art of Maria of San Idelfonso, and how an anthropologist in the early 20th century had encouraged her to revive the art of the black pottery of her Puebloan ancestors. Maria attained great success with her pottery, and taught her family members how to make pottery for sale to the public. Something told Spencer that the pottery from somewhere in Mexico was worth chasing down. After an adventurous search asking many questions and showing photos of his pottery to many people, he finally found the artist in the small village of Mata Ortiz and, to his surprise, this artist turned out to be a man! Spencer and Juan Quezada eventually worked together to improve Juan’s artistic style. Spencer had an underlying sense that Juan was going to go somewhere with his art form and saw the great value in the artistic endeavors of this unusual man. Every pot that Juan made for Spencer was carefully

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photographed in black and white and color slides. Every pot was catalogued. Every subsequent trip that Spencer made to Mata Ortiz in pursuit of pottery was documented and recorded. Spencer kept track in incredible detail of every improvement in style and form that Juan made over a very short period of time.

Meanwhile Mr MacCallum was developing a network of contacts in the art and museum world in the United States. As a result of his efforts, he was able to set up a series of exhibitions in prestigious museums from California to the east coast which established credibility and recognition of Juan’s work, and an appreciation for the art form created by this man who was totally self taught and had not even finished the third grade in elementary school. Juan taught his brothers and sisters to make the pottery, and they taught their spouses and children. Spencer picked up all the pottery from the various siblings to add to his collection for museum exhibits and gift shop sales. He tells stories of his adventures hauling Quezada family members across

the country in his little red Datsun pickup, obtaining permits and visas, finding places to stay on a budget, and working like crazy to promote Juan’s and his family’s pottery.

The great story ends up in success as other villagers learned to make pottery, traders began to visit the village to buy pottery to take back to stores selling Native American Art in the Southwest, and tourists began to visit the village in search of their own special collection of pottery. Talent seemed to spring from every corner in Mata Ortiz. Even though the people of the village come from different parts of Mexico – it was not a town that had been there for hundreds of years with a long tradition of artistic style as had the Pueblo villages of New Mexico and Arizona. Styles of pottery changed in the village over time, new artists developed their own unique characteristic pottery - rough and rustic to finely crafted delicate pieces – there was pottery for all tastes and budgets. The economy of the village of Mata Ortiz changed from low income seasonal agricultural work to one of incredible difference due to the sale of


pottery – families were now able to afford refrigerators, microwaves, indoor toilets, and large screen TV’s. All from a product that cost the individuals little except their hard work and a willingness to make the effort required to develop their art.

Spencer MacCallum was there to encourage everyone to continue their work and to maintain as high a quality as possible. He never had a discouraging word for anyone. And the whole village of Mata Ortiz appreciates his contribution to their opportunities to improve their quality of life. Very seldom do you have the opportunity to see Spencer and Juan together at the same time. Fiesta Tours International of Tubac is privileged to sponsor bringing these two incredible gentlemen to the Tubac Center of the Arts on November 27. Juan will be demonstrating the primitive techniques utilized in his pottery making – techniques he developed after many years of experimentation and thinking about how the prehistoric people must have formed, painted and fired their pottery. You can see him at work from 2 to 4 PM. There is no charge for the demonstration – and pottery from many villagers will be for sale. Spencer will be giving his slide show and talk at 4:00 PM, Nov 27. There will be a reception for Spencer and Juan before the show. There is a $10.00 entry fee at the Art Center for the talk. To register, contact the Tubac Center of the Arts at 398 2371.

Cathy and Marshall Giesy of Fiesta Tours International have been leading tours to Mata Ortiz since 1985. Our first tour as Fiesta Tours was to Mata Ortiz! In 1989 we brought Juan Quezada to Tohono Chul Park, and in 1990 we brought Nicolas Quezada and his nephews to the Tubac Center of the Arts to do a demonstration during Festival week. We are thrilled celebrate twenty five years of doing business based in the Santa Cruz Valley and we are thrilled to continue the Mata Ortiz tradition by sponsoring these talented individuals to the Tubac Center of the Arts.

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To benefit the Tohono O’odham Nation’s community college, acclaimed author J.A. Jance will be in Tubac on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Tohono Village Trading Post, 10 Camino Otero. Jance will speak about her experiences working on the Tohono O’odham Nation and sign copies of her new bestselling novel, “Queen of the Night,” which is set in southern Arizona. Crimes are committed by a madman in Tucson and in Sells, Arizona, on the Tohono O’odham Nation and pursuit follows by law enforcement officers who have deep family connections to the region.

The title “Queen of the Night” refers to the night-blooming cereus cacti which open and blossom around sunset one night each year in June. The majority of the novel occurs during the time the flowers bloom. Jance is popular for her series of 13 mysteries featuring the fictional Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County. In those books, Brady travels throughout southeast Arizona and to Tucson and Phoenix to solve crimes.

Jance has written many other wellreceived series, including one featuring fictional retired police detective J.P. Beaumont who lives and works in Seattle. A more recent character with

novels all her own is Ali Reynolds, whose stories are set in Arizona and California. In “Queen of the Night” Jance features retired homicide detective Brandon Walker, who is now a volunteer for The Last Chance, a cold case squad. In an attempt to aid a dying old friend, Walker follows up on the murder of a young Arizona State University student that has gone unsolved for decades.

In a parallel story Dan Pardee, a member of Shadow Wolves, the border patrol unit on the Tohono O’odham Nation, discovers four bodies shot in cold-blood and left in a remote desert location. Even more heartbreaking is his discovery of the lone survivor of the massacre, the daughter of one of the victims who is now an orphan.

Jance spent several years teaching and living on the Tohono O’odham reservation west of Tucson. Book sales will benefit the construction of the new Tohono O’odham community college permanent campus, a spokeswoman said. A Tohono O’odham storyteller, singers and dancers, as well as traditional foods, will be on hand. A silent auction with signed jewelry, O’odham basket, and other art work will be held. For information, call the Tohono Village Trading Post at (520) 398-2223.



The most recent novel by J.A. Jance, “Queen of the Night,” is set in southern Arizona.


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A Borderland

Text and Photos by Murray

The brief flash of autumn colors can be a delightful seasonal surprise in southern Arizona.

In other seasons, many artful photographs are created by eliminating colors with monochrome photography. But during the autumn season in the borderlands, the nature photographer rushes to capture colors before they disappear into a bleak winter. Careful color management is vital to a quality image. When deciding to do a monochromatic picture, photographers must consider the point of the photo. Is portraying color part of the objective of the picture? If not, then eliminate all color completely and experiment with monochrome and related tonality and contrast. The timing of autumn colors depends on those elevation differences. In higher elevations, autumn colors will start in the second half of October. Lower elevations will show their colors a few weeks later. Those colors usually last a brief time, often just a few weeks.

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Unexpected diversity is what you discover in all of this. A visitor will be in disbelief when encountering Mainelike conditions here, albeit in small patches. This abundance is what makes photography so esthetically gainful here. If I remember correctly from biology, photosynthesis in plants stops in autumn due to less light and moisture and lower temperatures. Green chlorophyll disappears from leaves, exposing yellows and oranges, and in some trees glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops, and the glucose turns red in the cool nights.

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This article focuses on two places yielding autumn brilliance, the riparian areas of cottonwood, willow, and sycamore along the waterways where you’ll see yellow and gold, and upstairs in the Catalina Mountains where the autumn reds of maple erupt. Riparian areas and waterways like Arivaca Creek and the San Pedro River provide ribbons of yellow during this season. Also, a key photo destination is a lush stretch of cottonwood/sycamore habitat between Tumacácori and Tubac on the Santa Cruz River, a remnant of more extensive Arizona wetlands thriving less than 200 years ago. i

Left, top: The precious shimmering natural water flow of the San Pedro River, however tenuous it is these days, helps the borderlands photographer reflect autumn colors. Left, bottom: A stump provides a contrasting texture and seemingly points at the sun in this scene from the Catalina Mountains.

Center: Abstractness is achieved by pointing the camera straight up and exploiting the contrast of leaves and branches, as with this blazing maple at the Catalina Mountains’ Bear Wallow.



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and sky are key elements of a quality autumn photograph. In any season borderlands, precious water adds a contrasting dimension of dynamism to re. This is especially true in autumn, after the monsoon season, when the er is dryer. Since the process of death creates the colors of autumn leaves, adds life to a picture: the reflection of light surrounding a fallen leaf adds e. With the sky in June, I often tire of the uninterrupted expanse of pale midyear blueness. However, during autumn, I like to exploit the bold colors of a clear autumn day when the sun is lower in the sky. A potent technique for creating a great autumn image is to dramatize your picture with generous portions of contrasting shades of deep sky blue. Aim the lens at sharp angles to the direction of the sun. The borderlands photographer knows how to exploit the angle of light rays flowing through a camera lens, boosting the blueness of the sky and providing vivid contrast to autumn colors.

The best moments will happen when the air is still: the depth of field required for the best photos will call for slow shutter speeds, and movement in the may distract from the best results. Put your camera on a tripod and wait for k in the breeze.

ient and take lots of great pictures. Working on them during the coming eriod will help you wait for the next colorful season, February’s wildflowers. eeting glimpse of striking autumn colors – a surprising fourth season here – minder of the charm of the borderlands.

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Right, center: An artful result can be achieved with the half-decayed essence of a sycamore leaf floating in pure spring water, seen here near the Arizona/Mexico border on a stunning autumn day.

Right, bottom: A fragile adobe structure of a type common in farms and ranches of the borderlands until the mid20th century, sheltered here by the brilliant leaves of an aged cottonwood tree. Photographed near Elgin.



TARAhuMARA oF CoPPeR CANYoN by Cathy Giesy


opper Canyon of Chihuahua, Mexico, evokes images of awe-inspiring canyons, tall, blue mountains, and the picturesque train (an engineering marvel) running through tunnels and over bridges as it crawls up the mountain to overlook the majestic canyons below.  There are actually many canyons cutting through the Sierra Madre Mountains, and only one is really called Copper Canyon.  Most of the rest have unpronounceable Tarahumara names, so the whole area became known as Copper Canyon, or the Barrancas de Cobre. I first heard about the area from an anthropology professor who had studied Indian tribes in Mexico in the 1960’s.  His focus was on the remote tribe of the Tarahumara who remained hidden away in the mountains and canyons, basically untouched by modern civilization – still living much the same as they lived when the first Spaniards arrived in the 1500’s.  I dreamed of visiting these fascinating people and learning first hand about their way of life.  Never did I think that that dream would become reality, let alone a significant part of my life. In the 1980’s I visited Creel, in the heartland of the Sierra Tarahumara.  Fiesta Tours was just getting started, and I was exploring the area as a possible destination.  The mountains were indeed beautiful, the canyons

unbelievable, and the Tarahumara who came into town to trade their baskets and weavings were the same people I had learned about in college. I was charmed and set about designing a tour which would incorporate my passion.     On one of my first tours, over the Easter Season, the train was oversold.  Semana Santa in Mexico is a great time for Mexican people to visit their relatives, and the train at that time was the easiest east-west crossing over the Sierra Madre Occidental. The rumor was going around town that the train would not stop in Creel as it was overloaded.  I remember, in a fit of panic, jumping on the train locomotive as it slowed down in Creel, clearly not intending to stop. I insisted to the engineer that he stop to let on my group of 16 people.  He stopped, though he didn’t want to, and we pushed on to the train with our reserved tickets in hand.  Eventually they even found seats for us – though

not the ones originally assigned. I learned very quickly to avoid travel on the train over the Easter season!   It was the beginning of a great many adventures in the Copper Canyon.  We took a group of people from Tubac to Copper Canyon last spring and had a wonderful time celebrating Easter with the Yaqui in Southern Sonora on our way to canyon country. Over the years, we made many good friends, and came to know some of the Tarahumara families quite well.  In the nineties, many of the people were hit hard by a prolonged drought and unable to grow sufficient corn.  Corn is the staff of life for the Tarahumara – they manage to cook it in many different ways, dry it, store it, drink it, offer it to their gods, and pray for next year’s crop to be productive.  In the Tarahumara creation story, they are made from corn, and put on the earth running – so it is an essential part of their being.   

We made numerous hiking/camping treks into the canyons in those years, and were the first to hire the Tarahumara out of Cusarare, close to Creel, as our outfitters. They brought in their burros and pack saddles, loaded our gear onto their animals, and disappeared into the mountains!  Our guide took us by mountain trails to our next camp where we met up the burros and muleteers with our tents and food.  We made dinner for everyone, and fed the Tarahumara New York Strip steaks, baked potatoes, roasted vegetables, and tortillas and salsa.  Later we discovered they had gone off into the pines and were drinking their pinole – a gruel made from toasted ground corn.  Even though they were stuffed with our full meal – they still needed their corn to get them through the day! It was always a cultural experience. We soon discovered that the Tarahumara do not like to enter water that is in the earth – neither lakes, rivers, streams, any body of water.  The water is next to the underworld where evil spirits live.  Our route crossed the Urique River which cuts through the actual Copper Canyon.  When the hikers caught up to the Tarahumara at the river, they had unloaded all the gear, and would not cross the river.  The gold miners had set up a pulley system with a basket that crossed the continued on page 22...










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The train ride into the Copper Canyon region is an adventure in itself. river, and the idea was to load a basketful of gear at a time to get pulled across. That would have taken hours. My husband, Marshall took a 100 foot length of rope and forded the river. He tied the rope to a tree on either side, and started walking across the river with a load of gear on his shoulders.  Eventually, the Tarahumara began to cross with the aid of the rope, and even crossed the river with a few burros loaded with our “stuff ”.  Marshall became the hero.  It was a simple gesture, but it earned a great deal of respect. Our Tarahumara cook and I had started to set up dinner at camp so we could get the tortillas started cooking before dark.  We were looking through the scattered gear to find matches, maseca (ground corn meal for tortillas) and a basin to mix the dough in.  The cook was getting a little frantic and I was trying to figure out why she was so upset…….finally

I realized she did not speak Spanish and we were not communicating! She only spoke Tarahumara, and until that moment there had always been a Tarahumara guide or muleteer around in the background to translate!  After I realized that, we were able to figure it out with gestures and smiles. When we returned to our village of departure at the end of the trek, our main guide, Reyes, introduced us to his wife and kids.  There were newborn babies in their little cabin, and we realized they were in need of milk and food supplies because of the dry year.  In town, we purchased powdered milk, a huge sack of beans, and a case of corn meal which we brought to the family.  Every time we visited after that, we always brought food for them. Some they kept, and a lot they distributed.  There is always someone who could use it in the canyons.

About two years later, we found out that they had named one of the babies after Marshall – his name was Marcial. And we were asked to become the godparents of Marcial and his sister Pilar Catalina at their christening. We were honored.  And we have been close friends since that day.

We are not Catholic, none the less, we were accepted by the local priest as responsible for the children. As we sat outside on the church steps during mass, we tried to talk things over with our compadres about the kids.  It turned out, they were not really practicing Catholics either.  They responded to questions in ways they thought we wanted to hear.  They enjoy a wonderful blend of their own private beliefs with Catholicism and manage to work within two worlds and seem to get along.  Fortunately for us, there were about 30 other children to be baptized that morning,


Our Tarahumara family and many people helped us with information about what we were supposed to do next. Magically some candles appeared for the candle lighting ceremony, and even though we got it wrong, it was a solemn ceremony that united us all in friendship.

We have watched the kids grow up to become young adults, and it has been a great experience. We have wrestled with the question of how much a part to play in their lives – just how much exposure to our culture is good and when does it cross that thin line and become a detriment. Is our notion of education or a “good life”  appropriate?  Ultimately we’ve pretty much left them to grow up Tarahumara.  We’ve been pulled by the idea that if we invited them into our home in the states, they would be exposed to a part of the world that could tear them apart from their Tarahumara culture.  We would have had a

hard time bringing them to Arizona, as their parents had no proof of income, no electric bills, no water bills, no regular income or expenditures to present to the US Consulate to prove they would return to Mexico. The kids did not even have a birth certificate to allow them to get a passport…..however, they did have a baptism certificate!  And a proof of childhood vaccinations!  Priorities are different.  

We have since learned that many Tarahumara have been exposed to the outside world. Some have gone to school in Mexico City, or Chihuahua City, or gone to the United States. Some return to their homeland and choose to remain ensconced in their culture. Others return to help educate other Tarahumara in the local schools. Some become attorneys and help defend the rights of their people.  A few have become doctors and travel about in the mountains on various health

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We are enriched by our relationship with our little family in Cusarare and have learned a lot about the culture by working with them. It is always great fun to introduce our small tour groups to the family, and the kids always work as our tour guides taking us into the canyons to see the waterfall, or over to the mission church. The Tarahumara have resisted for 400 years the encroachment of a “civilization” foreign to their way of life.   We see their resistance fading however in the onslaught of modern technology and education. It is hard to maintain their way of life in the face of cars, electricity, television, and computers. The closer the families are to the big towns such as Creel, the

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Matachine dancers at the festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe - Cusarare more “modernized” their way of life becomes. Some of the families in the remote canyons, those who still live in caves or small wood cabins, maintain their traditions.  As in most cultures today, you will see those who opt for change and joining the modern systems.  And you see traditionalists who find it very important to cling to their grandparents' ways of thought and strive to maintain the ancient way of life.   We see benefits to both.  The Tarahumara have traditionally lived in small “ranchitos” of 5 to 11 families scattered throughout a mountain area.  This remoteness has kept them from being exposed to the outside world more than they might otherwise have been.  They get together with each other to help prepare their fields, plant the corn, and harvest it.  Otherwise, they very seldom get together as a group.  We’ll be going back to visit the Copper Canyon for one of the best times to visit the area that we have

found for the celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12. Guadalupe is the patron saint of all people of Mexico, particularly Indians and the poor. It is one of the few times of the year that the Tarahumara gather from miles around into a small town such as Cusarare, where there is a mission church.  We’ll visit the church at night on the 11th to watch the ritualistic dances performed inside the church, and out in the church yard in ancient rites that pay homage to Guadalupe as well as Tarahumara gods. The following day we’ll return to the village where  mostly women these days will be dancing as matachines in colorful costumes with long streamers flying from beautiful headdresses. The towns of Copper Canyon have changed over the years.  We see more hotels, paved streets and roads, more electricity, more cars.  There are huge tour groups coming through that do not stop to see some of the


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small treasures we so enjoy. Over the summer, a tram is being built in Divisadero that will take people from the canyon rim down to the Urique River at the bottom of the canyon.  Helicopter rides are available to fly over the canyons. 

Times are changing, but then they always do. We feel fortunate in being able to visit some of the more remote villages of Copper Canyon where a peaceful way of life still exists.  We hope to be able to keep visiting for many years to come. It has become, after all, a part of our lives. Cathy and Marshall Giesy are owners of Fiesta Tours International, doing small group tours into Latin America and the regional Southwest.  They are celebrating 25 years of doing business in the Santa Cruz Valley this year. For more information, visit or call 520-398-9705

Oh November! Finally, hardly any fall days to set the stage for you, but I know you’re here with your fresh mornings and your early darkness, welcome dear lovely time of the year! You bring Veteran’s Day when we pay homage to the men and women veterans who have served their country in wartime and times of peace. Your day of Thanksgiving brings friends and families together to give thanks for another day of seeing each other. Some loved ones are gone, but we praise God for having such wonderful memories. Our “evil landlord,” Dennis Kizerian will cook two or three turkeys and with everyone bringing a serving dish to the Tubac Trailer Tether, we’ll have more than enough. By the way, I called Dennis my “nice” landlord one time and he said, “I prefer the other.” And so, until next time, we are thankful for each other, for loved ones, for dear friends, for this country, for the birds, for the wonderful desert, for the stars at night, for Thanksgiving Day! love at f iRSt Bite Whether you have beef or fowl for your dinner on the 25th, green bean bundles go with anything and are delicious, please try. Green Bean Bundles 2 cans whole green beans, drained ½ c. brown sugar ¾ stick butter, melted 12 strips bacon, cut in half Garlic salt Make small bundles of beans (8 or 10) wrap strip of bacon around. Place in large baking pan, seam side down in rows. Pour butter and brown sugar mixture over the bundles, sprinkle with garlic salt. Cover and bake in 325 degree over for 20 min., uncover and turn bundles over and bake 20 more minutes – just to make sure bacon is done.

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dutch PumPKiN Pie 1 can pumpkin 4 eggs separated 1 c. sugar 1 tbl. cornstarch 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/3 c. cream ¼ c. melted butter 2 tbl. whiskey Combine pumpkin, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Beat 5 min. Add cream, butter and whiskey. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into 9 in. pie pan. Bake 375 degrees for 45 min. When I bake a pie that has such a large amount of contents, I prick the bottom with a fork and bake crust in hot oven before filling, 5 min. gives it a good start.

my StuffiNg miXtuRe, RaNo iNveNted it 8 c. stale bread cut in cubes 2 finely chopped onions 8 stalks celery cut into small pieces ½ - 1 lb. bacon cut into small pieces Salt & pepper and poultry seasoning 1 tbl. bacon grease Cook onion, celery and bacon until bacon is crisp. Pour onto bread cubes along with 1 tbl. bacon grease, add seasonings and enough chicken broth to moisten. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 min. If you want to make sure bacon is truly crisp, bake the strips on a cookie sheet till early done, turn over and bake till crisp. Cook onion and celery till done, add crumbled bacon. Only in the past months have I discovered how wonderful baked bacon is! Why didn’t you tell me?

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Irene Wisnewski – Alchemist

Irene Wisnewski is an artist who loves alchemy, the process of transmuting a common substance into something of great value. She began her artistic journey because she loved to experiment with materials and nothing has changed. Her first foray into art was in jewelry making, then into using spackle and plaster compound to create textured surfaces on Masonite boards. She remembers the fun she had when she would haul her work into

Greenwich Village and join fellow artists at coffee shops before braving the day. The camaraderie she discovered there was part of the joy of her emerging artistic self in relationship to a community. She has sought those relationships ever since. Her earlier years as a young mother had not been easy. She lost two of her three children and found little solace with an uncommunicative husband. Her life had few horizons. After the death of her very handicapped daughter, pain drove her to seek a life where she could stretch.

She heard about Rocky Neck, Gloucester, an art colony at the edge of Massachusetts, where old fishing shacks sit above the Atlantic’s coast. She took a chance, rented one of the former fishing shacks, planted flowers in pots to beautify her doorway, hung paintings on the weathered walls inside and found a new way of living. She says the twenty-five years that she revisited that place were the best times of her life. I first met her in that seaside gallery where people gathered to talk to her and see what the year before had produced.

27 And they were never disappointed. Irene worked very hard at her craft. She never settled and always stretched. If it wasn’t papermaking and collage, it was pastels. If it wasn’t pastels it was oils. If it wasn’t oil it was printmaking. She did figurative work, abstract work, impressionistic painting and examined myriad subjects—everything from landscapes to pitchers of flowers; as well as macrocosmic to microcosmic views of the world. Irene’s art is not tethered to a single path. She loves every aspect of art. Today it still gives her great joy to read about art and artists. The thirst for knowledge does not go away. That makes her dynamic and interesting to know. I know, because I have followed her down the same paths. I had a gallery across from her Gloucester Gallery for five years before she left for the West Coast, and when I moved into the el Presidito Galleries in Tubac’s old town, we found ourselves face to face once again over a drier landscape. As usual, I saw her playing with new ideas and building on the old. She has what can only be described as the true artistic spirit. Currently, Irene is showing a new group of paper studies. These are clean, vibrant, elegant pieces that are not as simple as they may appear It takes years to learn how to get down to pure shapes that move and resonate. I asked her what her favorite medium is. Of course she couldn’t answer anymore than most of us can name a favorite color in a new box of crayons. She loves the softness of pastels, the

sensuality of oils, the engineering and surprises of printmaking, the foraging in nature for paper-making. Her handmade papers are beautiful. They are held together with the ecru color of abaca and textured with seeds, petals, grasses and the stuff of nature that would make a magic brew for any happy alchemist. Art is her life. It is not a career, not a hobby, not a business. It has been her wings, her food, her relationships and her passion. It has lifted her out of the ordinary and never failed to inspire her toward the future. She has the art spirit and this keeps her forever young.

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On Saturday mornings she invites anyone who would like to discuss their own attempts at artistic expression to come to her gallery and show her their work for a helpful critique. We in the art world know that looking at our own work through another’s eyes can be most helpful. She

Regardless of whether you seek her eyes or her words, it will be well worth your time to take in some of the work representing Irene’s journey. The Wisnewski Gallery is at the corner of Calle Iglesia & Burreul Street, and is open daily from ten to four, except Sundays, when it is open in the afternoons only. Call Irene at 520-398-8163. Irene adds that her greatest support comes from her best friend... her son, Dan. �

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Enhancing Tubac’s History by Shaw Kinsley

Tubac is blessed by a long, varied, and welldocumented history reaching so far back that it has to be interpreted archaeologically. We have rich veins of Spanish and Mexican history, and Tubac’s history since it became part of the United States in 1854 involves agriculture and mining as well as conflict in the Indian Wars and the War Between the States. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, now operated by community volunteers under the direction of the Tubac Historical Society, has physical evidence of Tubac’s incredible history in its historic buildings and museum exhibits. [Anza’sDay 2010 Tubac 037] (left to right) Chris Bauer), Sasha Wisdom, Johnathan Meads, Griffin Wisdom, and Irene Wisdom in “The Reunion of Inez with Her Family.” Photo by Mickey Forster.

One of the challenges in operating the Presidio Park as a local effort is to increase the number of visitors to the Park. We are looking for ways to heighten their enjoyment of the exhibits and buildings that they communicate their enthusiasm to their families, friends, and colleagues, bringing even more people to visit.

In the 1990s Lillie Sheehan and a group of friends started a Living History program to interpret the Spanish Colonial period of Tubac history. The Tubaquenos (as they called themselves) focused on three aspects vital to life during the period from 1752 to 1776: the military, the church, and the home. This award-winning program was brilliantly successful and brought thousands of new and repeat visitors to the Park. The Rio Rico High School Band, the Marching Hawks, kicked off the 2010 Anza Days festivities with an upbeat flourish. Photo by DeDe Isaacson

The Tubaquenos’ program has moved on, partly due to difficulties faced by the Arizona State Parks prior to this year’s meltdown, and partly due to the march of time and its effect on an aging group of volunteers. The Living History provided by the Tubaquenos fostered an emotional involvement with the Park’s

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collections by providing a human context for what are otherwise lifeless artifacts. Their participation provoked questions, promoted an active enjoyment, and stimulated an interest in issues faced by earlier inhabitants. All of this encouraged further study and investigation by Park visitors. The Park is trying to revitalize the Living History program and to expand it to include other periods of Tubac history. Another vital avenue the Park has already begun to explore is museum theatre. This recognized and important genre runs the gamut from puppetry to music and dance, to storytelling, to theatrical tours, to historical monologues and fully produced dramatic productions. Museum theatre gives history an immediate voice and presents historical ideas and feelings in the context of human behavior. Like Living History, museum theatre can augment learning through participation and fosters “historical mindedness” in visitors of all ages. Museum theatre can also build relationships within and beyond the community. I have always believed that Tubac’s biggest and best asset is its residents. Polly Schlitz is a professional actress/director who has made Tubac her home since 2007. She is the founder of the Imagination Institute which is dedicated to fostering and manifesting creative visions. She is also the artistic director for Draw Me A Sheep Productions which is dedicated to producing and publishing new creative works. Polly organized last year’s production of “A Charles Poston Christmas” with the help of these organizations and became enamored with the way in which theatre based on historical research enables an integration of past and present. This interaction makes what is essentially educational material interesting, fun, and memorable.

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With a swirl of color and culture, the young dancers of Ballet Folklorico from Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales captivated their audience. Photo by DeDe Isaacson Polly collaborated with the Presidio Park during this year’s Anza Days. She worked with materials from the Tubac Historical Society library and the supply of historic dress kept in the Tubaquenos collection to develop a series of museum theatre vignettes. Short presentations were developed to explore aspects of four separate events in Tubac’s past. One of these told the story of Inez Gonzales who was kidnapped from her home in an Apache raid, later sold by them to a group of Mexican traders, and subsequently returned to her home by members of the Gadsden survey team. Area residents Irene Wisdom and Jim Rogers recounted the harrowing tale as a reminiscence while the reunion of Inez with her family was acted out by Irene’s grandchildren Sasha and Griffin with Chris Bauer playing the parish priest.

Edward Cross, the editor of Arizona’s first newspaper, had a dispute with mining entrepreneur Sylvester Mowry that led to a duel with Burnside rifles at forty paces. Polly wrote a script that used the actual words of the combatants as they argued about attracting people to Arizona. The actual duel was reenacted later in the Park and viewers were able to experience the surprisingly happy ending. Joseph Birkett stepped naturally into the role of Cross while Tucson actor Joshua Cicci took Mowry’s part. Another script by Polly explored the heartbreak of

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Failing to kill each other after firing their rifles FOUR times, the historical duelists, Cross and Mowry (played by Joseph Birkett (R) and Joshua Cicci (L) decided to settle their differences over a drink of whiskey (and much laughter and applause from the crowd). Photo by DeDe Isaacson

Jim Lagattuta (L) and Micki Voisard (R) had the crowd roaring as they played hapless bootleggers reluctantly sharing their recipe. Photo by DeDe Isaacson eviction and dispossession in the wake of the Baca Float No. 3 legal decision in 1918. Tubac lawyer Larry Robertson (whose great uncle was actually a litigant arguing on behalf of Tubac residents in the Baca Float dispute) was entirely clothed in black as the ultimate bad guy in the dispute having purchased the land from the heirs of the original grant owners, while Tim Bremser, Mitzi Fisher, and Ray Hathaway pleaded in vain for their land. Yet another script found great humor within the complexities of making moonshine mescal and starred local actress Micki Voisard and innkeeper/actor Jim Lagatuda.

These first explorations of utilizing museum theatre as a means of presenting Tubac history were a great success for local residents and Anza Days visitors alike. She and the volunteers operating the Park are eager to develop more scripts to engage people in Tubac’s amazing past. There is even a possibility that Charles Poston will return from the past for another celebration of Christmas in Tubac. For more information on Tubac's tremendous history, visit the Tubac Presidio State Park. Address: 1 Burruel Rd., Tubac; Phone: (520) 398-2252

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Autumn seems to be the chosen season for reunions. Is it the rusting of leaves, the chill of evenings, the threat of winter? None of us want to see our years pass too quickly. I think that’s why we back up and reconnect periodically. We need to feel that nothing is lost, that the ribbons of our lives incase us like the fine weaving of a chrysalis. It has all had meaning. I receive newsletters that tell me about towns where I once lived, school systems in which I once learned or taught and churches I once attended that have seen great changes. But this isn’t disappointing, rather it validates, that, for everything there is or was - there was a season. News from past involvements also refurbishes an overstuffed memory bank which needs a little help now and then. The exclusively white girls’ high school I attended is now multiracial and half male; the waspy and historic Dutch Reformed Church where I was married is now a Jamaican sanctuary. Not one friend, as far as I know, has stayed in Brooklyn, but we do manage occasional reunions via emails. Yes. life moves on, doesn’t it? As is the case each autumn for the past fifteen years, I am experiencing another reunion. This annual reunion involves a circle of intimates, writer friends that I have grown to trust and love and missed for four months. It is a restorative reunion because it is here and now and promising tomorrows, as we celebrate another year together.

and intelligent, curious people keep reaching for greater understanding, knowing there is always more to know, more room for discovery.

I watch their hands moving across a page, hear the scratching of their writing tools and see their ears curled into a different world, where letters are vehicles to words that will make possible the sharing of a morning’s thoughts. They all wear comfortable shoes--must be feet are a direct route to the brain. All but one sits with crossed legsperhaps this is an act of positioning oneself to reach in rather than out. I don’t know, but I like the thought. Body language has always interested me. Their thoughts will be shared with mine soon—and will only be frosting on the cake of all they know and are willing to reveal. I never hear these writing without amazement, at least surprise. We are not predisposed to think ourselves eloquent, far from it. Modesty is more like the common denominator. Reflective people cannot help but learn compassion,


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I have just returned from another yearly reunion, one that includes my pack of artist friends in New England. We met twenty summers ago as members of an artist colony on Rocky Neck in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Our connection is as permanent as life. We can eat, drink, laugh, weep and paint together, with or without words, in a pack or in tandem. These are beautiful friends, soul-mates of a sort. They awaken the sleeping artist in me, ask me to go the distance just by being themselves. We learn from each other and develop our uniqueness, our individual voices. Working together has freed us to explore and find our own truths. These two worlds are similar; the writer’s world and the painter’s world. They ask only to be real, to show up and to risk. I see both reunions as a recharging of the spirit, energy available for the asking. A creative life helps make life make sense. And where we see the frayed edges, and we will, the chips and scratches, the crumbling of the mortar, and spaces left by life moved on, we get a chance to maintain and restore what needs attention to keep the whole intact. Like the Japanese art of kintsugi, where a gold lacquer is applied to fractured vessels and their character is made even more precious, we, too, can apply our gold laces to what we know is too valuable to lose and deserves to be preserved in time. Please consider joining me on November 13th at the Tubac Center of the Arts for a day of writing. If you can talk you can write. For registration or more information call the Center at 520 398 2371. Hope to see you there. �



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Sat, Nov 13th -tuBac RotaRy'S PoKeR hiKe along the Anza Trail- "Take a Hike" to End Polio Now. The 2 mile walk will have five spots along the trail to pick up cards for a poker hand. Prizes are not for the fastest walker but for the best poker hand. Lunch at the Secret Garden Inn. Registration is from 8:30 to 9am at the Tubac Presidio Park. Entry fee $20. Prizes for best Poker Hand. Call 398-8868 or 398-9371.

thuRS, Nov 18th - tuBac thuRSday moRNiNg

Sat, Nov 13th - wRiteR'S woRKShoP back by

popular demand! An exploration of writing for creative writers, those who already write, those who ant to write and those brave enough to play with the process.It is a hands-on process with insights from authors and literary experts.Carol St. John is the author of three published books, the local art column and a teacher of writing with her Masters of Writing from Northeastern University. She is a poet an artist and a believer in the creative spirit existing in everyone. From 9:30am to 3:300pm. The cost is $95.00 for members of the TCA.  $105.00 for nonmembers. (lunch included) Call the Tubac Center of the Arts to reserve your place. 520-398-2371. 

Sat, Nov 13th - the guilty ByStaNdeRS, SW

Americana at the Old Tubac Inn, 7 Tubac Rd. 398-3161.

Sat, Nov 13th - StaRgaziNg, a daRK SKy eveNiNg in Patagonia with Astronomer Tom Arny sponsored by the Friends of Sonoita Creek. At 6:30 pm. Meet at the Patagonia post office and we will carpool to the viewing area. Bring binoculars. Scope will be available. All are invited. Call Kathy: 520-604-6679.

Sat, Nov 13th - Paella Night at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori.  Guest Chefs Anabel Sanders Thrall & her father, Victor Sanders, are back plus live music by Lalo Chavez! Reservations required for Guest Chef menu only ~ this will sell out so call soon (520) 398-2397.


You’re invited

fRi, Nov 19th - fRiday Night live muSic by Amber

Sat. Nov.6 & Sun. Nov. 7 9 AM - 5 PM

fRi, Nov 19th - the KaRi Shaff tRio, Cool Jazz at the Old Tubac Inn, 7 Tubac Rd. 398-3161.

Meet local and visiting artists in Tubac’s studios and galleries.

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tueS, Nov 16th - “good RocKiN' live! A Salute to SUN Records and The Birth of Rock and Roll” concert at the Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W. Continental Road, Green Valley at 7pm. Starring international piano sensation Mr. Boogie Woogie (Holland, voted "Best European Blues Pianist"), Steve Grams (International touring artist, Arizona Blues Hall of Fame), Danny Krieger (International touring artist, Arizona Blues Hall of Fame) and national touring and recording artist Robert Shaw. Tickets $22. Call (520) 3991750 or visit

wed, Nov 17th - wedNeSday wiNe taStiNg at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori from 5-6:30pm. $5 per person. 398-2397.

CROSS COURSE IN TUBAC - Learn to Save Lives In An Hour! At the Tubac Community Center. This is a “Not-For-Certification” Course, taught by instructors from the American Red Cross in Tucson. The course lasts about an hour, and covers the basics of: CPR, Choking (Heimlich Maneuver), Use of a portable Defibrillator. Spend an hour – Save a Life! ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Enrollment is limited to 48 participants. Get YOUR reservations at: Realty Executives Team office – just south of the Tubac Post Office. Or contact Charlie Meaker – 237-2414 or $10 donation requested to help defray expenses. Make checks payable to American Red Cross.

Norgaard at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori from 5-8pm and our Famous Fish & Chips all day. 398-2397.

tueS, Nov 16th at 5pm - The Unitarian Universalist

wed, Nov 17th - alPacaS, SoNoita viNyaRdS aNd emPiRe RaNch touR.$125 pp includes transportation, guide, entry fees and lunch. Fiesta Tours Int'l 398-9705.

thuRS, Nov 18th - CPR MADE SIMPLE, RED

thuRS, Nov 18th - aN iNtimate eveNiNg with culinary author, diaNe KeNNedy from 6 to 7:30pm at Native Seeds/Search Agricultural Conservation Center, 3584 E River Rd, Tucson. Featuring traditional Oaxacan dishes and light hors d'oeuvres. $75, a portion of each ticket is tax deductible. Proceeds benefit Native Seeds/ Search and Sabores Sin Fronteras. Seating is limited, register at

SuN, Nov 14th - j.a. jaNce, New York Times bestselling author will speak about her experiences working on the Tohono O’odham Nation and sign copies of her new bestselling novel,QUEEN OF THE NIGHT at the Tohono Village, 10 Camino Otero at 2pm. Sales will benefit the construction of the new TOCC permanent campus. Tohono O’odham storyteller, singers and dancers as well as traditional foods will be on hand. A silent auction with signed jewelry, O’odham basket, other art work will also be held. 398.2223. Congregation will dedicate its new sanctuary, the Placita del Sol, by  the spoken word and music by the Santa Rita Chorale with instrumentalists.  All are invited to this celebration. The location is the Amado Territory Ranch off I-19 at Exit 48 East. 

BReaKfaSt foRum presents Lew Hamburger, PhD, speaking on THE HUMOR OF LEW HAMBURGER IN TRAUMA, HOSTAGING AND BEYOND. After forty years of working as a psychotherapist in trauma, disaster relief, suicide, abuse, depression, Lew Hamburger has been most impressed with what is NOT taught in universities or practiced, but that which helps people in crisis. He has used these lessons learned to negotiate race riots, work with Hurricane Katrina survivors and the Canadian Red Cross, author two books, lecture around the country, run marathons, and raise three children. Forum begins at 8:30am at Maria's Restaurant, Plaza de Anza, 40 Avenida Goya, Tubac. $10 admission includes full sit down breakfast. Seating is limited. Advance reservations, call 398-3350 or email

100’s shops, art, dining, golf, lodging

valley aRtiSaNS’ feStival featuring fine jewelry made with hand cut stones and silversmithing techniques. In For information call Tubac Chamber of Commerce 520 398 2704 addition to dichroic glass, pottery, note cards, wooden bowls, fiber and fabric art, photography and a wide variety of other handcrafted items. Enjoy delicious catered food, free admittance and free parking. You can purchase raffle tickets for hourly drawings and win items donated by the participating ALWAYS WILLING TO LEND A HAND! artisans. You need not be NO JOB TOO SMALL present to win. At the West Social Center located at We can tackle any job from residential interior and exterior 1111 Via Arcos Iris, Green painting, repaints, faux, water damage/retexture, knock down, Valley. Fri & Sat from 9am hoch and trowel, popcorn texture removal, water proofing of block to 4pm and Sun from 11am to 4pm. Take I-19 to exit and roof coats with Elastek Roof Coating, and oil finishes. Matko 63-Continental Rd., turn Painting also has experience with commercial projects such as west and follow the signs. veterinarian clinics, hair boutiques, galleries, and dentist offices in Contact gvartisanfestival@ both the interior and exterior. for emailed directions.

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fRi, Nov 19th thru Sun, Jan 2nd - tca'S holiday aRt maRKet. Opening reception from 5 to 7pm. 9 Plaza Rd, 398-2371.

fRi, Nov 19th thRu SuN, jaN 9th - tca'S memBeRS juRied eXhiBit. Opening reception from 5 to 7pm. 9 Plaza Rd, 398-2371.

Sat, Nov 20th - Paul hathaway -The Southern Arizona Rancher and Author will be Signing copies of his novel, The Prospector’s Secret - Treasures of the Pimeria Alta at TJ's Tortuga Books, 19 Tubac Rd from 1-4pm. 398-8109. Sat, Nov 20th - 1St aNNual tuBac BalloN MONDAY - FRIDAY 8 am to 5 pm

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feStival at the Tubac Golf Resort from 4pm to 10pm. Admission: Adults $8, children $5, age 2 & under free. Featuring at 4pm Kids Zone- with inflatables, rides & games; Food & Beverage- cash concessions & fullservice restaurants by Dos Silos & Stables Ranch Grill. At 5pm Live Music with Beau Renfro & Clear Country playing until 10pm. At 5:45 Hot Air Ballons Inflate. At 7:45 Arizona Skyhawks - this world-class parachute demonstration team will descend from 5,000 feet in specially lighted jumpsuits to create an amazing effect. Be sure to bring a camera!At 8pm till close dancing with Beau Renfro & Clear Country. Visit or call 1-800-848-7893.

fRi, Nov 23Rd - Boyce thomPSoN aRBoRetum aNd BeSh-Ba-gowah aRchaeology – gloBe touR. $114 pp includes transportation, guide, entry fees. Fiesta Tours International 398-9705.

Sat, Nov 24th from 1 PM to 4 PM A BooK SigNiNg and

sale event will be held at the TUBAC CENTER of the ARTS walteR BlaKelocK wilSoN will personally sign copies of the Limited First Edition Walter Blakelock Wilson An American Artist 66 Years of Painting. This Art Book has 224 pages, 254 color plates and 62 black and white photos The public is invited to attend Call 520-398-2371 for more information.

fRi, Nov 26th - fRiday Night live muSic by Bill

Manzanedo at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori from 5-8pm and our Famous Fish & Chips all day.

Sat, Nov 27th - SPeNceR maccallum aNd juaN Quezada together at the Tubac Center of the Arts. 398-2371. 2-4pm pottery demonstration, 4pm talk($10 fee). Sat, Nov 27th - gueSt chef SeRieS #5 at Wisdom's

Cafe in Tumacacori. Guest Chef, Gary Carter, once a hellraiser & founding Hunn member and now a retired Tucson businessman & doting grandfather will be on hand serving his carefully crafted Lemoncello which takes 6 weeks to perfect. Coupled with our Cowboy Steak & Garlic Mashers plus live music by Becky Reyes, you will be in heaven! Reservations required for guest chef menu only (520) 398-2397.

Halloween is educational at Montessori de Santa Cruz Charter School in Tubac. Rather than the traditional Halloween parties that may happen at other schools, History Mystery is the theme for Halloween at Montessori de Santa Cruz. This year, after studying the Westward Movement, “pioneers” was the topic selected for History Mystery. The students were instructed to pick a pioneer from the 1800’s. Each student then began a research project that involved finding information about the individual he or she chose. The students also researched the costume that was needed to portray the individual, and they designed the costume and a visual aid for their presentation. On Friday, October 29, 2010, the students gave their presentations to the students and their parents. The audience enjoyed guessing who was being portrayed after each presentation.

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The research involved was very impressive, as well as the costume designed for each portrayal. The audience was delighted as they visualized each student’s impression of their selected pioneer. Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Thomas Jefferson, Buffalo Bill, Albert Einstein, Billy the Kid, Mary Walton, Lewis and Clark, James Starley, Margaret Knight, Alexander Graham Bell, John Colter, Daniel Boone, Helen Keller, Emily Dickinson, Betsy Ross, and Sojourner Truth were some of the individuals that were researched and portrayed. History Mystery is fun and educational at Montessori de Santa Cruz. Information and image courtesy of Montessori de Santa Cruz .

Rio Rico High School Choir presents

A Family Chr ist mas 6pm in the high school cafetorium. $3 donation. Also featuring performances by


the San Cayetano Elementary Choir & the Rio Rico Teachers’ Choir.

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He will be available from 4:30pm to 5:30pm to listen to your child’s Christmas “wish list.”

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Sat, Nov 27th - wildfiRe, Hot Classic Rock at the Old Tubac Inn, 7 Tubac Rd.


Sat & SuN, Nov 27th & 28th - aRt at the RaNch at the Amado Territory

Ranch, I-19 exit 48 from 10am to 5pm. Art, Music & much more! Sat performance by the Larry Redhouse Jazz Trip at noon, and Sun performance by R. Carlos Nakai with Will Clipman & William Eaton at 1pm. 520-270-7426.

wed, dec 4th - talieSiN weSt, culiNaRy iNStitute, aNd BaSha galleRy – PhoeNiX touR. $143 pp includes transportation, guide, entry fees and a gourmet lunch. Fiesta Tours International 398-9705. wed, dec 1 - wedNeSday wiNe taStiNg at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori from 5-6:30pm. $5 per person. 398-2397. fRi, dec 3Rd - RuBy –aRivaca touR. $114 pp includes

transportation, guide, entry fees. Fiesta Tours International 398-9705.

fRi, dec 3Rd - f iRSt fRiday at wiSdom'S cafe in Tumacacori. Enjoy 2-for-1 Margaritas all day plus our Famous Fish & Chips and live music by David Blixt from 5-8pm. 398-2397.

Sat & SuN, dec 4th & 5th - 40th aNNual la fieSta de tumacácoRi,

a celebration of all the cultures which have lived in and influenced the historical Santa Cruz Valley. The two-day event will feature Native American, Mexican, and Southwest food, crafts and performances. The 40th annual Tumacácori Fiesta will be held free to the public from 10am to 5pm at the Tumacácori National Historical Park. On the main stage, there will be all-day, continuous free entertainment, featuring a multi-cultural variety of dance and music groups. There will be all-day demonstrations of paper flower making, living history enactors, rawhide braiding, leatherworking, and tortilla making. For the children, there will be piñatas, hands-on traditional crafts and live raptors. Guided tours of the mission will be available both days, as well as guided walks to the Santa Cruz River. Sunday will begin with a traditional mariachi procession at 10 a.m. and Mass in front of the old mission church. Mass begins when the procession returns to the church, approximately 10:45. No photos are permitted during the procession or mass, or while sacred dances are being performed. Admission to the park is free during the fiesta. No dogs or other pets are allowed in the park or on the fiesta grounds during the fiesta weekend.

Sat, dec 4th - Put the uNiveRSal law of attRactioN into Action at this Treasure Mapping Workshop from 8:30am to 3:30pm at Unity in the Valley, 17630 S. Camino de Las Quintas (across from Anamax Park in Sahuarita). The registration deadline is Mon, Nov 29 but register early because a maximum of 20 participants will be accepted. Contact Susan Pace at SusanKayP@aol. com or 520-648-6444.

Sat, dec 4th - Rio Rico high School choiR presents a holiday coNceRt entitled “a family chRiStmaS” at 6pm in the high school cafetorium. $3 donation. The performances will feature old Christmas favorites, classical holiday music (including Georg Friedrich Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”), several solos and musical ensembles. The concert will also feature performances by the San Cayetano Elementary Choir, under the direction of Ms. Wendy Noriega, and the Rio Rico Teachers’ Choir, directed by Ms. Janna Larson. This year Santa Claus will be arriving from the North Pole! He will be available from 4:30pm to 5:30pm to listen to your child’s Christmas “wish list.” Pictures will be taken for a small fee (to cover the cost of the film). We invite the entire community to come celebrate the holidays with our Choir and District #35. Refreshments will be served at Intermission. The RRHS Choir Club is now in its second year of performances and we would like to expand and grow with the southern Arizona community. Anyone interested in joining our booster club, donating baked goods for our refreshment table, joining our decoration committee, or helping in any way, please contact Miranda Valencia (Booster Club President) at mvalencia@ or Jim Wierski at jwierski@ paintings by

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Nearly three years ago, I had my first encounter with Harwood Steiger. Prowling Ebay for indigo fabrics, my search results yielded an item that immediately captivated me. It was a white linen table cloth with an indigo colored design of Saguaro cactus and roadrunners. You know the one. I bought it and when it was delivered, the name Harwood Steiger announced its designer. From that day forward, I have included Harwood Steiger in my daily Ebay searches and discovered not only table linens, but also a tremendous variety of fabrics on which I eagerly bid. I’ve not always been successful, but lucky often enough to amass a small collection of Harwood Steiger silk screened fabrics. I delved into finding out as much as I could about Harwood Steiger. But, my investigations produced little beyond the fact that he and wife Sophie had a silk screening studio in Tubac, Arizona. This I found annoying and surprising. How could there be so little known about a prolific artist and the products of his work! I started calling around the Arizona art institutions and searching further on

the internet. No, we don’t have anything on anyone named Harwood Steiger. I couldn’t believe it. The silk screened designs are Arizona icons, in my opinion. And, even here in Arizona, the man and his work are little known. I attribute this lack of notoriety to two factors. First, he produced fabric, something in which mostly women would have an interest. And secondly, utilitarian art products are not highly valued in fine arts circles. It’s a bit of snobbery. After all, how could it be fine art if it’s turned into café curtains or dresses? Underscoring these conclusions is the fact that Steiger’s paintings and his mural in Alabama are his only listed works of art. Yet, all over the country, and even internationally, women have turned those beautiful desert designs into clothing, quilting and home décor items. Highlighted by Dr. Elizabeth R. Brownell in her book, They Lived in Tubac, “An oft-told tale is the story of two ladies meeting in Thailand, each exclaiming, ‘Oh, I see you have a Steiger pint!’” Harwood and Sophie Steiger produced literally hundreds of different designs

Tubac Center of the Arts

Writers Workshop Saturday, November 13th

9:30AM – 3:30PM A workshop designed for those who want to write, those who do and those who have only thought about it. The facilitator is Carol St. John, who has run workshops for dozens of years, author of three published books and a local columnist. A teacher by profession, Carol has a graduate degree in writing from Northeastern University and firmly believes that writing adds meaning to what might otherwise slip by as ordinary. Come to the Center and experience a day of writing, sharing and inspiration from guest speakers and fellow participants. Fun and learning guaranteed. Call the Tubac Center of the Arts for more information @ 520 - 398 2371 Price:$85.00 non- members $75.00 TCA members Supplies, coffee, snacks, water and lunch included.

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in silk screen fabric during their years in Tubac. The designs range from representative images like the Saguaro, quail, roadrunners and other desert themes, to mid century modern atomic patterns. Another category of designs reflects the influence of Native American art and towns in the Southwest. It’s easy to spot an item from the Steiger studio. The name Harwood Steiger or Steiger Fabrics appears on most of the items. There are a few that went unsigned, but not many. The same design often was produced in a variety of colors giving collectors many choices, So, my question remains, where are all those hundreds of designs which resulted in thousands of yards of silk screen fabrics today? To say that I love Steiger silk screened fabric is an understatement. More accurately, I am obsessed with Steiger textiles. So much so, that I decided to fill the gap in art scholarship by developing a book on the Steiger textiles. Earlier this year, I started cataloging all the different designs I could find. I learned that Pamela Coates, an antique dealer now living in Delaware, acquired to bulk of items that remained when the Steiger studio closed its doors. It is the largest collection of Steiger textiles I’ve located thus far. To date, Ms. Coates has not shown willingness to have her inventory photographed, but, I’m hoping she’ll come around. Even Pamela Coates has only a small selection of all the hundreds of designs produced. So, that means I have to document the textiles the hard way. I must become a textile archeologist of sorts: digging around until I can unearth examples of Harwood Steiger’s work. What I have discovered thus far is that Steiger textiles are treasured and loved by a relatively small group of people who are dispersed all over the country. Yes, those wonderful fabrics are being hoarded and lie packed away in boxes, or in quilter’s fabric stashes, or even in linen closets to be brought out on special occasions. To my delight, sometimes I find that people have used the fabric as it was intended and made wonderful articles of clothing or decorator items such as drapes, pillows, purses, etc. To me, they are all fantastic. My quest over the next few months is to identify as many examples as can be found of Harwood Steiger textiles and to

photograph them for the book. I plan to be in Tubac in early November to begin that effort. If you have, or know someone who has, any Harwood Steiger textiles hidden away, please contact me. I am eager to identify as many different designs in as many different colors that can be found. They are all exciting. If you have curtains hanging on your windows, or articles of clothing, or simply a cherished remnant or two, I really would like to know about it. I need your help to make this book a reality. Please contact me Cynthia deVillemarette, (602) 595-2180 or mrssydow@cox. net. Anyone whose item is used in the book, will be credited with ownership. I really would like to make a success of this project, mostly because Harwood Steiger is deserving of the recognition for his enormous body of work produced in Tubac. Help me help him get the recognition he so richly deserves. Cynthia deVillemarette is a quilter, fabric collector and e-commerce entrepreneur of indigo centric fabrics, now living in Phoenix, AZ.

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T U B A C R O TA R Y SuN, dec 5th - 21St aNNual wiNe aNd cheeSe amoNg the tReeS, hosted by Nogales residents Lou Clapper and Richard DeLong to benefit St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic. Enjoy four varieties of wine and about 10 different cheeses and several pates while viewing 20 to 25 distinctly decorated trees (mostly different each year) and numerous nativity scenes at the hosts’ home, 781 N. Linda Vista Drive in Nogales. Also enjoy a portion of the largest private collection of the late Hugh Cabot’s art work. Non-alcoholic beverages also available. Tickets, $20 for adults and $5 for children, are available by calling Clapper and DeLong at (520) 287-5929, St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic office in Green Valley located at 75 Calle De Las Tiendas, Suite #127B, phone (520) 648-3242. Tickets are available at the door. Entire ticket price benefits the clinic as the hosts underwrite the costs. tueS, dec 7th - KaRchNeR caveRNS RotuNda t hRoNe Room touR. $126 per person includestransportation, guide, entry fees. Fiesta Tours International 398-9705. fRi, dec 10th - wildfiRe, Hot Classic Rock at the Old Tubac Inn, 7 Tubac Rd. 398-3161.

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You can help change the lives of all of Rio Rico’S high School students by voting for the Rio Rico High School History department in PePSi'S RefReSh PRoject gRaNt foR $50,000 iN techNology! If awarded every history classroom in Rio Rico High School would be outfitted with SMART Board technology. Smart board technology not only creates an interactive learning experience, but also enables teachers to email the entire lesson to students. In addition, all history classrooms would receive document-cameras, which are able to project


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anything, and individual computerized white boards, that enable students to participate electronically in real-time, creating a completely interactive, visual classroom. And more! HOW YOU CAN HELP: vote on-line at everyday Nov 1st through the 30th. Or log in through Facebook or Twitter. Or you can visit Rio Rico High School’s website at and follow the link. Please spread the word, and vote, often. Help educate and positively change the lives of over 1,000 Rio Rico and surrounding area students. For more info contact Allison Fluke of the Rio Rico High School History Department at afluke@

"Take a Hike" to End Polio Now November 13, 2010 registration 8:30 to 9:00 AM at Tubac Presidio Park Entry fee $20 Prizes for best Poker Hand information: 520 398 8868 520 398 9371


tuBac PReSidio hiStoRic PaRK oPeN 7 dayS a weeK from 9am to 5pm. The Park preserves three significant historical buildings: Arizona’s second oldest Territorial School House (1885), Otero Hall (1914) and Rojas House (1890). It also exhibits the hand press used to print the first newspaper in Arizona. “The Weekly Arizonian” was published in Tubac on March 3, 1859. The press is still operational and a commemorative edition of the paper is printed for visitors. For more info call 520.398.2252.

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The Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona and Southern Arizona Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are proud to announce a new voluNteeR partnership with tuBac ceNteR of the aRtS. Volunteer opportunities at Tubac Center of the Arts in Tubac include gallery hosting and gift shop assistance to encourage tourism and inspire microenterprise. RSVP Volunteers are also able to be engaged in planning gallery openings and events. For more information about volunteering with RSVP and Central School Project contact Danielle Flink at (520) 881-3300 ext. 143 or

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November 2010 Tubac Villager  

November 2010 issue of the Tubac Villager. A monthly publication Celebrating the Art of Living in Southern Arizona

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