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October 2009 Vol. IIII No. 10

October 2009

FRIDAYS - LIVE MUSIC WITH BECKY REYES at Stockman's Grill in the Amado Territory I-19 exit 48. 398-2651.

by Joseph Birkett

Pg 2 Event Calendar Pg 4 Santa Cruz County Update by Kathleen Vandervoet A History

Pg 6 The Day of the Dead by Cathy Giesy Artist Profile

Pg 10 Ruby Firecat by Claire McJunkin

SATURDAYS - CHILDREN'S READING HOUR at TJ's Tortuga Books and Coffee Beans at 10am. WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER - AGUA LINDA FARM FALL FESTIVAL from 10am - 5pm. Hayrides, pumpkin patch, pony rides, homemade pumpkin pie, live music, kid maze. farm-raised burgers, farm store, you-pick vegetables, petting zoo and more! $7/car. For more info visit www. or call 398-3218. I-19 exit 42.

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SAT, OCT 3RD - SAHUARITA HIGH SCHOOL REUNION classes of 1967-197? at the Rex Ranch Resort & Spa, 131 Amado Montosa Road, Amado 398-2914.

Arizona History

SAT, OCT 3RD - COMPUTER CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS at the main library, Nogales-Rochlin, at 10am. Classes are funded by the SGIA, State Grants in Aid, a state-based program.

Pg 11 Tubac by Shaw Kinsley

Pg 12 Fritz Contzen by Mary Bingham The Borderlands Photographer

Pg 14 Allure of the Border Ranch by Murray Bolesta Cuddly Spiders of Arizona

Pg 16 Tarantulas by Carl Olson

Business Profile

Pg 18 Wisdom's Cafe by Bernard Berlin Business Profile

Pg 20 Casa Maya de Mexico by Kathleen Vandervoet Pg 22 The Art of Aging by Carol St. John Pg 23 Remnants from Ruth Pg 25 Tubac Town Map This monthly journal is made possible through the support of local advertisers, artists and writers... please visit their unique businesses and let them know where you saw their ad, art or article. The Tubac Villager is a locally owned and independently operated journal, based in Tubac and published monthly to celebrate the art of living in Southern Arizona. Letters are welcome. Opinions and information herein do not necessarily reflect those of the advertisers or the publishers. Advertiser and contributor statements and qualifications are the responsibility of the advertiser or contributor named. All articles and images are the property of the Tubac Villager, and/or writer or artist named, and may not be reproduced without permission. October Circulation: 10,000. The Villager is made available at 180 Tucson locations, 400 Phoenix locations, and offered free of charge at locations in Tubac, Tumacacori, Carmen, Green Valley, Nogales, Rio Rico, Amado and Arivaca, Arizona. R E M E M B E R ,

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SAT, OCT 3RD - THE SPA at the Tubac Golf Resort OPEN HOUSE, featuring new products & services from 4-7pm. SAT, OCT 3RD - ELEVENTH ANNUAL TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN FEAST & FUNDRAISER FESTIVAL FOR THE GOLDEN EAGLE FEATHER AWARD AND SCHOLARSHIP from 6-9pm at the San Xavier District Plaza, Tucson. The evening begins at 6pm with a reception and silent auction of Native American arts and crafts. The evening continues with a Blessing Ceremony. Guests will enjoy the delicious Native foods of buffalo, salmon, wild rice, cholla bud salad, prickly pear tea, chili stew, Indian tamales, tapary beans, saguaro syrup and more. All prepared by the skilled hands of Stella Tucker, Tohono Oodham culinary native foods specialist. Guests will also enjoy Native American artists, as they share their many talents of songs, dances and music with the guests. Guests will share in the joy with recipients of the Golden Eagle Feather Award and Scholarship.The award is given to a Native American Indian who has worked in preserving the culture and traditions of their tribe and the scholarship is given to an American Indian from high school to university level, who strives for academic excellence and earned a 4.0GPA. '08 recipient of the scholarship and award was Ronald Geronimo from Big Fields located on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Tickets $60. The event is sponsored by Reservation Creation Women’s Circle Charitable Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. For more information regarding the Feast and the scholarship program, please call (520)622-4900 or visit us at www. SAT & SUN, OCT 3RD & 4TH - OIL (2-DAY WORKSHOP) WITH WANDA TUCKER at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. 9am 4pm.

October 2009 Tubac Villager cover:

"Alas, Poor Yorick" oil, 18" x 24" by Hugh Cabot

SAT & SUN, OCT 3RD & 4TH - MOONLIGHT PHOTO SAFARI. Join award winning photographer and borderlands activist, Murray Bolesta for a weekend of nature photography. Through guided outings and the camera’s lens, explore Brown Canyon’s changing light and moods at sunrise, full moon and sunset. All skill levels welcome. For additional information about Brown Canyon, the workshops, walks, and its leaders, please visit the Friends of BANWR Web site at MON, OCT 5TH - BASIC BEAD STRINGING WITH DEE ROBINSON at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane from 9am to noon. 398-2070. WED, OCT 7TH - SCRATCHBOARD from 9am to noon & ACRYLICS from 1pm to 4 with RICK WHEELER at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. WED, OCT 7TH - COMPUTER CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS at the Sonoita Public Library, at 10am. Classes are funded by the SGIA, State Grants in Aid, a state-based program. WED THRU SAT, OCT 7TH THRU 10TH - THE LARAMIE PROJECT presented by The Santa Cruz Shoestring Players at the Community Performing Arts Center, . 1250 W. Continental Road, Green Valley, at 7pm. Matinee Oct 10th at 10am. An uplifting picture of how the people of Laramie came to grips with the death of Matthew Shepard. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Online: www. THURS, OCT 8TH - ARCHAEOLOGIST JEREMY MOSS will give a presentation to the Tubac/ Santa Cruz County Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society at the North County Facility at 50 Bridge Road in Tubac at 7 PM. His topic will be Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, one of the largest archaeological sites of the American Southwest and both a national historical park and a United Nations World Heritage site. The presentation is free and open to the public. From 850 to 1150 AD, one of the most complex societies in ancient North America developed in the arid high desert region of northwestern New Mexico.This presentation will outline the characteristics and archaeology of Chacoan culture and discuss the development and ultimate collapse of this mysterious society. Mr. Moss worked at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park for 7 years with the National Park Service. An expert in chipped stone production, use, and trade at Chaco, Mr. Moss will serve as our guide to this fascinating and enigmatic site. For more info call Alan Sorkowitz at 520-207-7151 or inquire via e-mail at The Arizona Archaeological Society web site, at,

To learn more about American Master Painter, Hugh Cabot III visit the Hugh Cabot Gallery at 10 Calle Iglesia in Old Town Tubac

offers information about the Tubac chapter and others throughout the state as well as activities and benefits of membership in the statewide organization. FRI, OCT 9TH - Fish & Chips with LIVE MUSIC BY VOLODIA "V" VLADIMIROV AT WISDOM'S CAFE in Tumacacori. 398-2397. SAT, OCT 10TH - MUSIC ON THE PATIO AT SHELBY'S BISTRO, featuring Spanish Guitarist. 398-8075. SAT, OCT 10TH - WYATT EARP: A LIFE ON THE FRONTIER at the Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza at 7pm. The story Hollywood didn’t tell! Featuring Wyatt Earp as Wyatt Earp! Don’t miss this phenomenal one-man show by Wyatt Earp’s great grand nephew and namesake. Ages 12 & up - $15 adv / $18 d.o.s.; Kids - 1/2 price. (520) 3982542 SAT & SUN, OCT 10TH & 11TH - BABOQUIVARI PLANTS – FOOD FOR MIND AND SOUL. Botanist Dan Austin will give participants an overview of the rich and varied plants of Brown Canyon. Learn how individual plants fit into the wider ecosystem and how peoples like the Tohono O’odham have incorporated them into their culture. For more info visit the Friends of BANWR Web site at SUN, OCT 11TH - CAT ADOPTION FAIR at Green Valley Canine on Casa Verde from 1 to 4 pm, benefitting Paws Patrol. All cats and kittens for adoption are tame and are currently in foster homes waiting for you to discover the perfect feline for your family. Adoption fees are $65 for one cat or $100 for two. Discounts may apply for seniors and the disabled. Paws Patrol recently received a $10,000 grant from The Bonnie Kay Fund for the spay/neuter and related expenses of feral cats in the central part of Arivaca. Send donations to Paws Patrol, P.O. Box 1642, Green Valley, AZ 85622 or paid online securely by credit card at SAT & SUN, OCT 10TH & 11TH - WATERCOLOR (2-DAY WORKSHOP) WITH CAROL REILLEY at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. 9am - 4pm.

Bernard Berlin Mary Bingham Joseph Birkett Murray Bolesta Hugh Cabot Cathy Giesy

Jared Newton Carl Olson Ruthie Carol St. John Kathleen Vandervoet Hattie Wilson

by Kathleen Vandervoet Tubac traces its history to 1752, much earlier than nearly any other community in Arizona. A traditional celebration scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, will offer entertainment, food and a peek back into historic times.

Anza Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. Planned festivities will include history presentations and slideshows, guided walking tours of Tubac’s National Historic District, Mexican cultural dances, music,

AnzaÊDa y LocalÊheritageÊcelebr ationÊOct.Ê17 a Spanish Colonial food display and the historic Washington Printing Press will be printing copies of The Weekly Arizonian, Arizona’s first newspaper printed in Tubac on March 3, 1859. Anza Day is named for Captain Juan Bautista de Anza II who, in 1775-76, led a group of about 240 Spanish settlers, missionaries and soldiers from Tubac to what is now San Francisco, Calif. Their mission was to build a presidio, or fort, to secure and protect New Spain’s struggling

missionary settlements.

Anza along with the settlers (community volunteers) will attend a special 9:30 a.m. Mass at Tumacácori mission where the expedition will be blessed. The riders in historical clothing will then continue on the Juan Bautista de Anza International Historic Trail along the Santa Cruz River and arrive in Old Town Tubac at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park about noon, then set off on the trek with a parade through the streets of Tubac.


Among the organizations sponsoring and volunteering are members of the Anza Trail Coalition, the Tubac Historical Society and the Tubac Chamber of Commerce. The Tubac Center of the Arts is holding a special plein air, or outdoor painting event, with artists throughout the village. Anza Days has been held in Tubac since 1975. For more information, contact Tubac Presidio State Historic Park at (520) 3982252. The park is located at 1 Burruel St. in Tubac.


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More career and technical education classes will be offered at Rio Rico High School if voters approve the formation of a Joint Technological Education District ( JTED) which is on the Nov. 3 election ballot. The Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 (which includes Tubac and Amado) would join with the Pima County JTED. To fund the improvements, a property tax increase of $5 per $100,000 of assessed valuation is proposed.

Eleanore Rankin, the district’s Career Technical Education director, said the additional property taxes will bring about $90,000 a year. The majority of the funding would come through a state fund for the districts, anticipated to provide nearly $550,000 a year. The Pima JTED, which includes Oro Valley, Ajo, Green Valley, Sahuarita, Tucson, Sells and Marana, formed two years ago. Santa Cruz County and Yuma County don’t have a JTED district.

Career path classes offered through JTED include agriculture, accounting, pharmacy, law enforcement, cosmetology, construction, fire safety, avionics and other fields, Rankin said. Students would need to travel to other school campuses in the north for some of those classes and the JTED budget would cover the cost of bus transportation. For more information, call Rankin at (520) 375-8766.


At the Sept. 11 meeting of the Arizona State Parks board it was decided not to close the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. The closure was first considered in February and again in April due to budget reductions at the state level. The park is open five days a week, Thursdays through Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ellen Bilbrey, a spokeswoman for Arizona State Parks, said that some other parks in Arizona have been closed or had their days of operation severely slashed. The Tubac park, and others, can remain open, based on the budget in place as of mid-September. She said if the state legislature makes unanticipated cuts, that could adversely affect the parks.

Volunteers are being sought, Bilbrey said. For information, visit the website at Then choose the “volunteer” icon on the left side of the page. An increase in entrance fees is being considered for many of the state parks. In Tubac, the fee would rise to $4 from $3 for those ages 14 and older, and would rise to $2 from $1 for those 13 and under.

The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park was Arizona’s first state park. It includes an historic 1885 Schoolhouse and the printing press on which Arizona’s first newspaper was published, along with a museum and an archaeology exhibit. It’s located on the east side of the retail area of Tubac.


The Tubac Chamber of Commerce intends to open a Welcome Center in October to assist tourists at the village entrance. Executive Director Carol Cullen said the space, at No. 1 Tubac Road, is being donated by Brasher Realty and the chamber will pay for utilities, operating expenses and signs.

Cullen and Kim Etherington, administrative assistant, will trade off working there at first, and then it’s hoped that volunteers will step forward to help welcome tourists and pass out brochures, maps and information. The chamber also has a business office at the Tubac Community Center. In other news, Brent Land of Purcell Gallery resigned on Aug. 27 as president of the board of the Tubac Chamber of Commerce. On Aug. 31, the board named Susan Walsh of Tubac Territory as president and Kelly Jones of Big Horn Galleries as vice president. The board has 13 members who are elected to two-year terms.

The regular monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Tubac Community Center and the public can attend.


The Tubac transfer station, where garbage and recycled materials are accepted, is now operating four days a week instead of five days a week.

In August, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt cost-saving changes recommended by Karl Moyer, director of the county’s department of solid waste. The changes went into effect Sept. 21. In Tubac, the transfer station located west of Interstate 19 and north of the Chavez Siding road interchange, is now open Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reduction in service also affected the county’s landfill in Rio Rico, which is now closed on Sunday and closes on Saturday at 2 p.m. It’s open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. As well, the county facility in Sonoita is open only Friday through Monday. All the changes are expected to save the department about $120,000 a year, Moyer said. For information, call him at (520) 375-7830.


The Tubac Community Center, owned and operated by Santa Cruz County, could be in peril due to statewide budget cutbacks, said County Supervisor John Maynard at a Sept. 21 meeting of the Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council.

“That has come up, it’s been discussed. I don’t agree with it, but it’s one of the ideas that’s on the table,” he said. In response to a question from Judith Noyes about what it costs the county to operate the community center, Maynard said he didn’t know. Tubac resident Earl Wilson asked him if a group could lease the facility from the county. “It’s certainly an idea worth discussing,” Maynard said.

The community center at 50 Bridge Road provides a large meeting room for many organizations. It has a branch of the public library and a location for senior citizen lunches each Thursday. Other offices include the Tubac Historical Society research library and the Tubac Chamber of Commerce. In the rear is a park area with a basketball court and tree-shaded picnic tables.


The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail provides outstanding shaded hiking and birding opportunities along the Santa Cruz River.

Karol Stubbs, president of the Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona, said Santa Cruz County was awarded a $2,900 grant that coalition member Connie Williams submitted to the American Hiking Society last summer. Funding will allow the group to open up another 1.5 miles of trail to the north of the Tubac Golf Resort.

The trail is in three sections. Section 1 is 5.5 miles long and runs between Exit 17 in Rio Rico and Rancho Santa Cruz in Tumacacori. Section 2 is 4.3 miles long and runs from the Tumacacori National Historic Monument to the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. Section 3 is 3.1 miles long and run from the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park to the Tubac Golf Resort. Stubbs invites people to send comments and questions to or call (520) 841-6944. New members are welcome.



A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Tubac Fire District Station No. 4 on Sept. 11. The fire district is also building Station No. 3, on which work began in May. Both are going up in northeast Rio Rico, which is inside the boundaries of the Tubac Fire District.

Tubac Fire District Station No. 1 is in Tubac, on the East Frontage Road, a half mile north of the village entrance. Tubac Fire District Station No. 2 is in Rio Rico on the West Frontage Road, south of the Peck Canyon interchange. Funding comes from a $15 million bond election approved in November 2008 by voters within the fire district.



The Border Patrol’s immigration and drugsmuggling checkpoints on interstates were both endorsed and criticized in a report released in late August by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Many Tubac area residents are opposed to the proposed enlargement of the temporary checkpoint on northbound Interstate 19 between Tubac and Amado.

Tubac resident Gary Brasher, chairman of the Coalition for a Safe and Secure Border, which advocates more resources for the Border Patrol, but opposes spending to enlarge the Tubac/Amado checkpoint, said the report will be presented to Congress for deliberation and possible action. The 147-page report is available to read on the Internet. The introduction states: Checkpoints have contributed to the Border Patrol’s ability to seize illegal drugs, apprehend illegal aliens, and screen potential terrorists; however, several factors have impeded higher levels of performance. Checkpoint contributions included over one-third of the Border Patrol’s total drug seizures, according to Border Patrol data. Despite these and other contributions, Border Patrol officials said that additional staff, canine teams, and inspection technology were needed to increase checkpoint effectiveness. Border Patrol officials said they plan to increase these resources.

The Border Patrol established three performance measures to report the results of checkpoint operations, and while they provide some insight into checkpoint activity, they do not indicate if checkpoints are operating efficiently and effectively.

In addition, GAO found that a lack of management oversight and unclear checkpoint data collection guidance resulted in the overstatement of checkpoint performance results in fiscal year 2007 and 2008 agency performance reports, as well as inconsistent data collection practices at checkpoints. The report can be viewed at www.giffords. Contact the writer at or call (520) 398-2089.

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by Cathy Giesy The Day of the Dead in Mexico conjures up visions of dancing skeletons and graveside vigils.   It is however, many things to many different people.  Each region of this kaleidoscope country celebrates these special days in its own unique way, and each family within these regions has its own way of celebrating and commemorating the dead. Today you will see many different celebrations across the country, and in most towns, the celebrations are a wonderful blend of ancient native traditions with the belief systems of Catholicism imposed on the new world.  The customs of making altars in private homes to present offerings to the dead souls of those the family wants to remember, sitting up all night in candlelit vigil on the graves of deceased family members, making drawings of skeletons and skulls that represent political or famous figures, hanging papel picado (the colorful tissue paper with intricate cut out designs), strewing flowers about the gravesites - all are steeped in traditions established many eons ago.  At the time of the arrival of the Spaniards to Mexico in the early 1500's, the Aztec people had unified many of the various tribes of central México, and many learned

the language of Nahuatl which became the common language to most of them. However, each area retained belief systems unique to their tribes.  You see these differences today in languages, customs, and celebrations throughout the country.  The Spanish imposed their religion and language on all of the various tribes. Again, many of the people retained their own customs and belief systems, although clandestinely and often integrated into Catholicism.

Today, you may witness not only the variation of the pre-Columbian ideas, the Spanish Catholic ideas, but also the ideas imposed by the modern world influenced by television, current politics, and the varying economic situation of each family.   It is fun to observe and participate in this mixture - especially during the celebrations of Los Dias de los Muertos. { Juanita Garciagodoy has written a wonderful history and explanation of these customs in her anthropological study, DIGGING THE DAYS OF THE DEAD.  Much of the following information comes from her book.}

Archaeologists have discovered burials of peoples from 1500 BC in which the

deceased was buried rolled in a “petite," or a flat woven mat, and accompanied by offerings of the tools of daily life, clay figurines and jars containing food. As civilizations developed, the burials became more technically constructed, and complicated with offerings of jewelry, pyrite mirrors, shell or ceramic objects, and sacrificed dogs.  The first written records by the Spanish were by a Franciscan Friar, Bernadino de Sahagun, who faithfully recorded the customs of the native people he observed, as well as transcribing the descriptions written by native scribes who carefully detailed the meanings of various celebrations.

The Aztecs believed that it was the way a person died which determined where they would go in the afterlife, not the way a person lived. If a warrior died in battle, or if a woman died in childbirth, they would immediately go to the afterworld which followed the sun, and exist happily in the land of birds and butterflies.  These souls were commemorated for 10 days during the Aztec month of Quecholli, our October 24 to November 20.  Offerings of sweet tamales were made, and flyers of amate paper were strung on lines over the plazas. 

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The women were offered a sour or salt bread, and a purple corn punch was drunk. On the last night, people would burn torches and sit up all night to commune with the souls of the deceased.  Possibly these customs were the precursors to the current customs of offerings made to the souls of the dead of their favorite foods, while all night candle lit vigils are held on the graves.  A sweet fruit punch is often available in the market during the season, and of course the famous Pan de Muerto - or bread of the dead - is readily available. Often the name of the deceased is written on the bread, and then it is placed upon the grave or the altar.   Papel picadois now strung on lines decorating the streets or plazas of many towns of Mexico today not only for the Dia de Muertos, but other occasions as well.  Offerings were made to the dead during other Aztec months.  In April, chickens, corn, clothing, and images of the dead were offered.  In August, the souls of children were remembered at the fiesta of Miccailhuitontli.  Vegetables were offered! Children went directly to the afterworld, without having to make a long journey. They lived under a tree which dripped milk for their sustenance.


Later in August and into September, the adult dead were offered food and a procession danced around a decorated tree trunk, or Xocotl.   Pulque, a drink of fermented agave (precursor of tequila, and still available in small towns in southern Mexico) was offered.  The belief was that it took four years for the soul of most of the deceased to arrive at the final destination of the place of the dead, a shadowy land called Mictlan.  The long journey took them across the River Chiconauapan(which means Seven Obstacles).  A dog was to accompany them - sometimes a yellow dog was specified.  Perhaps this is why sacrificed dogs were found in some of the ancient burials.  Each year, the souls would come back to visit the living, and receive the offerings of food and drink to sustain

them in their continued journey. Today on the ofrendas, (usually translated as offerings or “altars”), you often see a glass of water to quench the thirst of the wandering soul, a tiny amount of salt, and the favorite foods of the deceased.  Often the vigil is held for each of four years, after which a smaller alter is built each year.

Those who died by drowning or by long suffering diseases went directly to live in the land of Tlaloc, the god of water. This was a delightful place to end up - often compared to heaven by the Spanish missionaries.   Those who were killed by lightening went to live with Tepeilhuitl, the God of Rain, perhaps close to the land of Tlaloc.  They were commemorated in October.  The Spanish missionaries bringing

Catholicism to the new world realized they needed to blend in many of the traditions of the native peoples of the Americas in order to get them to accept the ideas of Christianity. Many of the natives accepted the new names of the Christian god, and accepted their names of their saints - but retained the ideas of their ancient gods.  For example, John the Baptist was associated with water.  He became the “replacement” for Tlaloc, the god of water - sometimes in name only.  Mother Mary was the new name given to Tonantzin - the “mother” goddess of the Aztecs, though many people secretly continued to venerate Tonantzin as herself with a new name.  Many of the beliefs of Christianity were already a blend of medieval European religions, as well as ancient Egyptian and

Roman customs - especially with respect to rituals of the dead. The Egyptians venerated Osiris, the god of life, death and grain.  He was murdered in the month we think of as November, and the Egyptians believed that the souls of the dead returned to their families at this time every year.  The Romans carried offerings to graves every year when they believed the souls returned in the fall.   Authorities disagree as to the actual date proclaiming All Saints Day - the first of November.  Some say it was established officially by Pope Gregory III in 835 or 793.  Others say it was Pope Boniface in the sixth century.  The Monastery of Cluny, in France claims they established the date in 1048 to recognize all Saints and Martyrs and to overcome continued

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pagan rituals commemorating the dead. The last pagan ritual in the Mediterranean was an all night vigil in the graveyards, and fasting with the dead. All Souls Day, November 2, was established as a day to pray for the souls wandering in purgatory, purifying themselves of their sins. Many of the ancient Aztec dates for commemorating the dead were consolidated over time into the current dates of Nov 1 and 2, all Saints and All Souls Days. 

However, many of the native people today start in early October to prepare for the arrival of the souls - taking the whole month in “secret” ritual to make candles, tend to the flower gardens, and make new pottery and clothing to use for the return of the souls. In Michoacan, plans

start early for the construction of a huge altar in front of the mission church in Erongaricuaro, and in other small towns surrounding Lake Patzcuaro. A great deal of thought and organization goes into the program. Funds are raised for a special team of carefully selected workers to carry out the plans.  Trees are cut and stripped of small branches, the columns attached to make a 30 foot high altar which is drug into the church yard.  It is decorated with marigolds and other local flowers.  Food is prepared, drinks are brought, kids are kept in line, and everyone gathers for the raising of the huge monument to the souls of the dead - which almost always occurs in the middle of the night. It is a wonderful tribute to the people of the village working together as a community to create this festivity.  The Spaniards had continued the

European practice of holding an all night vigil in the new world. They offered a special meal to the deceased, even when such a practice was not recognized by others. It was a European tradition to light candles on graves to light the road of the souls.  They also placed water on the graves to quench the thirst of the wandering souls.  You will see candles on the graves today to light the way of the souls returning to visit their families. 

In early October, women and children begin to clean the graveyards of the weeds and undergrowth produced during the rainy summer months. Old flowers and wreaths are cleaned from the graves and usually a huge bonfire cleans the weeds and trash and smokes the air clean of evil spirits.  Candles are hand made especially for the occasion and can be seen for sale in the markets preceding the Days of the

Dead.   New pottery is made or purchased for the preparation of the special meals appreciated by the deceased.  The best ingredients are selected.  New clothes are purchased or made to wear at the gravesite to share with the souls.  An altar of offerings is usually created in the homes where the food, drink, salt, water, “dead bread” and other items may be placed.  Often a photograph of the deceased is placed in the center, and special items of memorabilia set around the photo. The altar is covered with marigold flowers - marigold, the color of the sun, a happy flower, and a very fragrant flower. Some say the fragrance is what leads the souls back to the home.  Some people sprinkle petals in a pathway either to the home, or to the grave site, or both.



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The grave itself is decorated with marigolds and other flowers. Sometimes an altar is created at the gravesite, and special offerings made to the souls here as well as at home.  Some villages plan an all night vigil on Nov 1 or Nov 2, and other villages will either plan their vigils a night or two before or after these nights.  Some people do a vigil on October 31, saying that is the night the souls of the children return.  Some people plan a vigil on October 28, saying that is the night for the souls of those killed in a violent way. At the turn of the 20th century, Porfirio Diaz was in power as president and was well into a lengthy term which lasted 34 years until he was overthrown by the Mexican Revolution of 1910.  He was  despotic and paranoid that people were plotting his demise.  Manuel Manilla and Guadalupe Posada were newspaper cartoonists at the time, and very sensitive to the dangers of making direct jabs at their president.  They veiled their criticisms in the skeletal figures they called “calaveras”( literally meaning skulls).  The word also refers to rhymes and skeletons depicting political figures or famous people.  The most famous calavera is that of Catrina - a lovely lady with the face of a skull, topped with

a large feathered hat and wearing an elegant long dress, often with a skeletal bosom blossoming from her bodice. Some say she is the representative figure of the wife of Porfirio Diaz.  Others say she is the “embodiment” of all the rich, and that death strikes all equally.  These “calaveras” have origins in 16th century Spain when skeletal figures were created to inspire fear, but also criticized society and morals of everyone from royalty, clergy to peasants.  It appears in paintings and manuscripts and displays a sense of humor and fun - as they do today.  The grim reaper is the most familiar figure to us. 

In the market in Toluca at the end of October, you will see stands with rows of candied skulls stacked one on top of the other - perhaps a take off of the “tzompantli” - the rows of skulls depicted in certain pre-Columbian archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan. You will see in Oaxaca, dioramas of modern day professionals at work - but with the bodies of skeletons!  All poking fun at the seriousness of death - and reminding us that it comes to us all.  Today in the large cities, most people do not follow the pre-Columbian traditional

ways of celebrating the souls of the dead. Often, you will see the influence of the customs of Halloween in the large schools of the cities, especially the private schools of the elite.  Many people scorn the “country customs” of those who live in the outlying states.  Many people celebrate the traditional All Saints Days and All Souls Days as established by the Catholic faith.  Graves are cleaned and freshly decorated with new wreaths and vases of plastic flowers. 

In Sonora, the Aztec customs never prevailed, and in many areas the native peoples were wiped out totally by diseases. Mostly the people today celebrate the Catholic rituals of All Saints and All Souls Days, cleaning the graves and redecorating, celebrating a special mass. Nogales comprises a collection of people from all over Mexico, and you will see various representations of traditions of Dias de Muertos at the gravesites close to the border. 

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Her studio couldn’t be more warm and inviting for people to visit and view her standing selection of pieces or stay and personalize your purse by choosing your own colors. Combining her sewing skills taught to her by her mother, her study of classic leather design, couture and love of the desert, Ruby, who after attending the University of Texas, opened her first leather working shop on 4th Avenue in Tucson in 1970. Since her arrival in Santa Cruz County 10 years ago, Ruby now works out of her home/studio. In addition to her handbag design, Ruby also creates wood blocks for embossing leather and paper.  In fact, she teaches printmaking in her studio and has taught at the Tubac Center of the Arts summer children’s program for the last 3 years.  And she is also a painter.

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New Book on Tubac by Local Author Shaw Kinsley Shaw Kinsley's new book about Tubac, "Image of America, Tubac" will be available October 5th, 2009.

Published by Arcadia Publishing, the 127 glossy pages of the book contain over 200 vintage images of Tubac and surrounding area, highlighting the history, people, events and architecture with concise, fact-filled descriptions. Arcadia Publishing specializes and is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States, with a mission to, "make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places." Shaw Kinsley is an active volunteer at the Tubac Historical Society where he serves on the board of directors as treasurer and edits the newsletter. He hopes this work will bring back fond memories and inspire more stories about Tubac.

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Kinsley's family has called Tubac home since 1974 and Shaw has lived here since 1997, save for one year he spent earning his master's degree at Oxford University.

Shaw specializes in personal archives, and works to help families pass their stories on to future generations. He has a particular interest in rare books, manuscripts and photographs. That interest combined with his talent at organizing and presenting historical material have come together wonderfully in this fascinating journey through the diversity of time.

A portion of the royalties from the sale of Shaw's new book will benefit the Tubac Historical Society.

Also available from Kinsley and Arcadia are postcards featuring 15 of the vintage photographs in the book.

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FritzÊC ontzen Arizona History

by Mary Bingham


Many well-known German immigrants came to Arizona in the early territorial days. Names like Ehrenberg, Brunckow, Appel, Alfing, Hulseman, Lowe, Glassman, Goldtree, and Quesse among them. However, the name Frederick "Fritz" Contzen is not as well known, and his life is "what legends are made of."

In July 1845, fourteen-year-old Fritz immigrated from Waldeck, Prussia (now Germany) to the Republic of Texas. With him was his older brother, Julius "Luis" Contzen. They landed at Galveston, but quickly moved on to the German colony of New Braunfels. Less than six months later, Texas was annexed by the United States and admitted to the Union on December 29, 1845. Fritz and Luis became instant citizens of the United States by virtue of their new residency in the Lone Star State. Well educated for his age, Fritz, seems to have been pretty much on his own after arrival. His brother Julius was a University of Giessen graduate in the field of forestry. Some sources even note that he was a professor of forestry. Back home the boy's father, Philip Contzen, was the chief forester for the Prince of Waldeck. Years later, Fritz would testified that that he remained in New Braunfles for three years and then moved to San Antonio where he worked with various surveying parties. In 1850, he joined the Texas Mounted Volunteers aka the Texas Rangers serving Captain William Alexander Anderson "Bigfoot" Wallace from November 10, 1850 to September 23, 1851. Julius also served in the same unit, but the dates of his service are unknown.

While serving with Wallace, Fritz fought in engagements against the Comanche Indians and border bandits. He learned the techniques of Indian fighting and tracking from the legendary Wallace. As an interesting side note, when Wallace was not engaging the Comanche or bandits, he drove a mail hack between San Antonio and El Paso, perhaps the most dangerous section of road in Texas at the time. There is no record to indicate if Fritz rode along, but it is interesting that a decade later Fritz would be doing the same thing in Arizona.


After discharge from the Texas Rangers, Julius joined Colonel A. B. Gray's survey team tasked with locating a southern route for the Texas Western Railroad in December 1853. Following the example of his brother, Fritz signed on October 18, 1854 at Indianola, Texas with Major W. H. Emory as a member of the U. S. Boundary Commission. He would be surveying and marking the new boundary line between the U. S. and Mexico after the Gadsden Purchase of 1853. Peter Brady,

another early Arizona pioneer, was also in the same company with Fritz.

Some sources say the brothers were reunited in 1855 in Hermosillo, while others say Julius was working for Don Francisco Gonzales in Tubutama when Fritz walked in one day in 1855. (Both towns are located in Sonora, Mexico.) Julius reportedly greeted his little brother by saying: "Well, Fritz I am happy to see you again, I thought you were killed long ago!"

Julius, having made friends with mining engineer Herman Ehrenberg, was anxious to settle in the new territory. Ehrenberg was partners with Charles Poston and a founding member of the Sonora Exploring & Mining Company. The mining company was just beginning to organize with headquarter to be set up in Tubac the following year. Some sources say Fritz was released from the survey team at or near present-day Nogales on June 30, 1855. Others say he continued on to California but soon returned. In either case, Fritz was about to embark on the adventure of his life.


Thanks to the hard work of Mabry and Thiel of the Center for Desert Archaeology and their article on Tucson irrigation we know a little of the origin of Rancho Punta de Agua, the future home of the Contzen brothers:

"In 1849 José María Martinez, the former comandante of the Tucson Presidio and a famous Apache fighter, cleared land east of San Xavier, on the west side of the river and cut a ditch to the spring called 'Punta de Agua.'"

The ditch or acequia was used by Martinez to create irrigated fields west of a big hill. Today the saguaro-covered hill is known as Martinez Hill and it is located on the east side of I-19 just south of the San Xavier Road exit.

Punta de Agua was historically significant, and remains so today. Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino selected a site near the spring for Mission San Xavier del Bac. "Bac" means water in the Pima language. More than a century later, the Anza Expedition of 1775 spent the second night of the trek, after leaving Tubac, at the site. Forty-niners noted the beautiful farmland in their diaries and letters. John R. Bartlett, commissioner of the United States-Mexican Boundary Survey Commission made note of it in 1852. And Major Enoch Steen chose Punta de Agua as the first campsite for his four companies of U.S. Dragoons upon arrival in the newly acquired Gadsden Purchase in 1856. Ehrenberg is reported to have suggested Punta de Agua to Julius as a great place to establish a ranch. The land boasted a spring that had probably existed for centuries. It was the place where the Santa Cruz River resurfaced after going underground

PartÊI a number of miles southeast of the mission. Nowadays, the river sinks underground around Amado. The Contzen brothers purchased Punta de Agua either in the spring or summer of 1856, most likely from Martinez.

The brothers would experience their first taste of Apache warfare in January 1856. According to Lockwood, the brothers accompanied by two friendly Indians from the mission and their pack mules rode out for Altar, Sonora to purchase supplies. Near Imuris, Sonora they were attacked by a band of thirty-five fully armed Apaches, (other sources say as many as fifty). The Apache firearms had been captured from a company of Mexican soldiers they had surprised and defeated the previous day. A slightly different version of the attack appears in the Hayden biography file for Contzen. In the second version, twelve Mexican soldiers under the command of Captain Aroz were killed a few days earlier. It also notes that the Contzens killed 12 Indians, but lost their horses and pack animals. Fritz was reported to have received a serious wound in his left leg; while other sources say he suffered a broken leg when his horse fell on him. Julius received 18 wounds, "being mostly flesh wounds." The two Papagos escaped and notified the citizens of Imuris. A rescue party was dispatched and both men recovered after receiving medical attention in Imuris.

Fritz would suffer from his injury for the rest of his life. His brother Julius died in 1857 at San Xavier with the cause of death being attributed to "the effects of the wounds received in this fight." Could it have been lead poisoning or infection? Now on his own, Fritz, continued running the ranch, trading with the Papagos, supplying the military, running mail between Tucson and other Arizona towns, and mining. One of his dispatch riders was Vicente Ferrer who had several beautiful daughters. Not much is known about Ferrer, but it is reported that he often rode the mail route between Tucson and Sasabe. The Hayden file also notes that he was a skilled builder and worked for Charles T. Hayden helping to build his store in Tucson.


1861 was a rough year in the territory, and especially so for Fritz. July 21st, the U.S. Military withdrew from Fort Buchanan as the Civil War demanded more soldiers in the east. Fritz decided to remain in Tucson. In fact he got married a month later. On August 20, 1861 he married Mariana Ferrer. She was the daughter of Vicente. Sadly she died September 30, forty days after their wedding. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

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The Pirate flag Hoisted—General Ruin.

We have a copy of the Arizonian, of the 10th of August. We make the following clippings:

Confederate Delegate.—At an election held at this place on Monday last to elect a Delegate to the Congress of the Confederate States, Hon Granville H. Oury received the unanimous vote. The poll list discloses the important fact that there are still sixty-eight Americans in Tucson, besides some few who took no part in the election. Abandonment of Tubac.—On the 3d inst., [August] about mid-day, the town of Tubac was attacked by a large body of Indians, numbering perhaps one hundred or more, killing two of the inhabitants and taking all the stock in that vicinity. The citizens, fighting from their houses, finally succeeded in driving them from the town, with a loss of some seven or ten of their number, when they retired to a distance of a few hundred yards, killed a beef and encamped for the night. As soon as it could prudently be done, after the Indians had left, a messenger was dispatched to Tucson with the intelligence, and to procure wagons and an escort of citizens to bring the inhabitants, who had determined to abandon the town, to this place.

General Desolation.—Our prosperity has departed. The mail is withdrawn; the soldiers are gone, and their garrisons burned to the ground; the miners murdered, and mines abandoned; the stock raisers and farmers have abandoned their crops and herds to the Indian, and the population generally have fled, panic-struck and naked, in search of refuge. We think no man ever before saw desolation so wide-spread. From end to end of the Territory, except alone in Tucson and its immediate vicinity, there is not a human habitation. * * * We are hemmed in upon all sides by savage and unrelenting Apache, by whom the unwary are frequently assassinated on their very thresholds. There are very few of us, and we have in our midst an overwhelming and naturally inimical Mexican element, who only wait until we become so weakened by Apache raids and emigration that it may be done with impunity, when they will, in all human probability, wipe us out to a man. add to this that most of us are poor, and many of us are afoot and ill-armed, and without a chance to earn a dollar; and that to the nearest friendly settlement on either side it is three hundred miles, through a country hostile and for the most barren and unwatered, and the peril of our situation may be conceived. H. E. [Herman Ehrenberg]

August 10th was from the final issue of the Arizonian quickly written and published by Ehrenberg and Poston in Tucson just before they fled to California.

Sandwiched in between all this territorial turmoil Fritz experienced another crazy incident. Trying to be a Good Samaritan, Fritz attempted to help an exiled Mexican general. His name was Augustin Tanari and he was an Opata by birth. He arrived at Rancho Punta de Agua in the summer seeking refuge. After a few weeks, Tanari betrayed Fritz by killing one of his vaqueros name Chinaco. Fritz and five Papago Indians from the mission tracked and caught him in the near Calabasas. Tanari was never heard from again.

October 8, 1861, Apache raiders attacked Rancho Punta de Agua. Visiting with Fritz at the time was William Kirkland, former owner of Canoa Ranch located in present-day Green Valley. Fritz, Kirkland and the vaqueros did their best to fight off the Apaches, killing a few, but most of the stock was run off and a great deal of property was destroyed. Fritz would have to start over again.

Remarkably, Fritz married again a few months later. The bride was Olympia María Margarita Ferrer, the younger sister of Mariana and daughter of Vicente. They were wed on January 9, 1862.


A month later, February 28, 1862, Colonel Sherod Hunter and his company of Arizona volunteers marched into Tucson and claimed it for the Confederacy. In retaliation, Colonel James H. Carleton, in command of the California volunteers order troops to advance from Fort Yuma and retake Tucson. The Union company came across a Confederate picket post at Picacho Peak and a brief battle ensued. They then pulled back, circle around and took Tucson from the Cañon de Oro approach. By the time the California volunteers marched into Tucson on May 20th, it was two weeks after Hunter and his volunteers had departed.

Fritz and twenty other civilians were arrested by orders of Col. Carleton. After an examination by a board of officers, Fritz was sent to Fort Yuma on June 10, 1862 on grounds that he was a southern sympathizer. Once at Fort Yuma he took the oath of allegiance to the United States and was released on August 3, 1862. Fritz described his incarceration this way "...most of the time they were well fed and most of the prisoners played cards while waiting to be released, and that Yuma was not as "Hell"... It certainly was no way to spend his honeymoon. The name Fritz Contzen appears on a historic1862 map known as the Tucson Cultivated Fields. In addition to Contzen, several Tubac family names appear. Forced to leave Tubac, those who didn't flee to Sonora, moved to the mission, purchasing land or moving in with relatives around the mission. They were seeking the relative safety of the mission and the protection of the Tohono O'odham (Papago) Indians who were fierce enemies of the Apache.

Next month - Fritz Contzen Part II. SOURCES:

- "Contzen, Frederick (Fritz)," Hayden Arizona Pioneer Biographical Essays. http://

- Duval, John C., The Adventues of Big Foot Wallace. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c. 1936, 1966. - Lockwood, Frank, Life In Old Tucson 1854-1864. Tucson: The Tucson Civic Committee, c. 1943.

- Mabry, Jonathan B. & Thiel, J. Homer, "A Thousand Years of Irrigation in Tucson." Tucson: "Archaeology in Tucson," Newsletter of the Center for Desert Archaeology, Vol. No. 4, Fall 1995. - "Wallace, William Alexander Anderson (Bigfoot)," The Handbook of Texas Online. articles/WW/fwa36.html

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P h o t o g r a p h e r

Text and Photos by Murray Bolesta

Allure of the Border Ranch

Capturing the charm of ranch life is not difficult for you, the borderlands photographer. Opportunities abound.

While most of the world thinks of Arizona as a place of red rock and saguaro, you know better. Ranches are easy to find, to boot. There’s little need to clamber through trackless canyons, as I do often for this article with my friends, Sam and Cass. Instead, ranchlands can be reached quickly by car or, better yet, by pickup truck.

Whether the photographer seeks a static, melancholy image of an adobe ruin, or the iconic dynamism of galloping horses, southern Arizona offers it all, and usually just off the paved road.

Historically, ranching in the general area of Tubac has centered around three watersheds, the grassy valleys with creeks flowing or washes seeping northward to the Gila.

Photographing ranchlands can be sorted into three abundant categories: livestock, structures, and landscapes. Many ranchers with grazing rights use public land; these places are open to the photographer with little trouble beyond minding the gates. Property that is private will be posted with signage and this must be respected.

To the east, broad ranch grass still surrounds Cienega Creek and the headwaters of the Santa Cruz River in San Rafael Valley. In the center is the Santa Cruz River Valley, whose extensive grasslands have suffered from shrub and cactus invasion and urban intrusion. To the west is the Altar Valley with its

Arivaca Creek and Altar Wash draining northward to the Santa Cruz above Tucson. Adding to the natural ground flow of water, ranchers built wells and catchments all over, most of which are still visible today, and used. Another visible punctuation to the landscape is the windmill, one of my favorite photography subjects, as are most ranch structures. Hardly a ranching expert, I can see that much groundwater

IMAGES: Previous Page, Top: The yellow grass vista of San Rafael Valley beckons the borderlands photographer to a place of pristine rural beauty. Bottom, Left:: A ghost cabin near the border boasts the charming tradition of an ocotillo porch roof. Bottom, Center: Framing a windmill with an old ranch house door adds dimension to this picture taken north of Arivaca. Bottom, Right: Historic WilburCruce Ranch at Arivaca Creek is the setting for a book, “A Beautiful, Cruel Country,” recounting the realities of ranch life. This Page, Top: The modest structure of a remote abandoned ranch house west of Amado contrasts with the grandeur of wealthier abodes farther east at San Rafael Ranch and Empire Ranch. is still pumped in remote areas using wind power. Other pumping solutions, such as solar power, have replaced some traditional mills, but this icon of rural America still can be seen. Many mills are rusted relics which creak and grind in the breeze. One pleasure of being immersed inside borderland ranches is being startled by the spooky rasp of an old crippled windmill rattled by wind. There are two potent ways to capture a windmill image: first, as a silhouette against a sunrise or sunset; second, as a motion shot with the windmill blades spinning. For the latter, you’ll want to use a slow shutter speed and a tripod. Other ranching structures also may be in ruins, sad relics of a vanished way of life. Remote adobe dwellings still stand today, although many of these are not the earliest structures, but ones built later, in the 20th century. Gingerly step around these walls and take close-ups of the details, or find a window or door through which you capture a second element, such as a corral or vista. Emphasize a structure’s vulnerability and isolation by shooting the structure from a medium distance. Use black and white. Most abandoned ranch dwellings are simple and tiny, built by folks struggling in a harsh landscape. However, a few extravagant examples strut forth in the borderlands region. Among them is the ranch house at San Rafael State Natural Area, in the fabulous San Rafael Valley. Another vast early ranch home is the Empire Ranch house near Sonoita. Expanded over the years, the house

now combines an unusual mixture of architectural styles. This structure is protected by the non-profit Empire Ranch Foundation which holds a lively annual boot-stomp, the “Roundup”. This year it’s on October 24. A photogenic outlying structure is the mesquite corral. Made with limbs of the ubiquitous mesquite tree, these corrals dot the ranch landscape in varying states of repair. I must admit to possessing a mesquite-corral fetish. The visual texture of this fencing is iconic to this area. The borderlands photographer captures these corrals together with landscapes by using a large lens aperture and high depth of field. When considering livestock, one normally thinks of cattle. However, I think the photo-ops are a bit scarce with these critters. Otherwise, there are horses. Photographers are lucky to catch horses in motion, not just grazing, as their graceful gallop is best for an artful image. For this, one uses either a high shutter speed or a skillful pan (sweeping of the lens horizontally to track and match the movement of the animal). Blur can be artful but it’s advisable to keep part of the animal in focus, such as the head. Position yourself so that the sun is behind you and fully hits the hide of the beast; otherwise, as with a setting sun in front, contrast can be used to create a handsome equine silhouette. The sun will never set fully on our precious border ranchland.

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TARANTULAS, Cuddly Spiders

by Carl A. Olson

the black and red hairs covering the svelte abdomen, the individual will raise its front legs, thus displaying its fangs, which are exposed. This movement makes the spider seem larger and more imposing to this threat. It’s a bluff but it works. If the danger continues, or something tries to sneak up behind the tarantula, it will use its hind legs to rapidly brush over the rear end and displace fine, barbed hairs that cause great irritation to the eyes and nose. These hairs may even cause sensitive people to break out in a rash on tender skin. If you see a bald tarantula you know it has been in some stressful situations. Although now it seems defenseless with no hair armament, at a later date this spider can molt and then will have a new set of defensive hairs to protect it.

Have you ever been out walking and encountered a very large, hairy spider that stood its ground as you approached? Did it cause you to quiver and quake at the sight of it? Did you give it a wide birth so you could continue on your way, or were you with an entomologist who went up to it and allowed the spider to walk onto a hand and display how gentle it really is? This is the experience I try to share with people because I want them to see how gentle our desert creatures really are. I don’t want them to fear these beautiful creatures, because fears usually mean death to these important animals. I know everyone won’t hold a tarantula but the joy on the face of that person who tries and discovers how friendly the spider is, warms my heart. Another convert. The tarantulas are called primitive spiders in an evolutionary scheme. These large spiders have fangs about the size of cat claws, but very mild venom. Tarantulas hunt down their prey and overwhelm them by size and strength, giving up potent venom for these other characteristics. Tarantulas dig burrows and use a bit of silk to secure the burrow, provide a door for protection when inside and have trip lines outside the entrance

that send messages if possible prey approach. Most tarantulas hunt from dusk til dawn, moving in the territory around the burrow, catching anything from crickets and other denizens of the night to maybe even a small mouse or lizard to feast upon. Thus if you wander around the desert at night you might just see one out hunting.



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In the Fall, males become very active, moving about in search of a mate. Sometimes they move within the same habitat and it seems like there is a mass migration occurring. I haven’t seen this phenomenon but have had reports of sightings of numerous male tarantulas crossing roads. The behaviors of tarantulas are meant to keep danger at a distance. When I find a male tarantula, recognizable usually by

Tarantula love is secretive, probably occurring late at night. A friend once got to witness such an event at the burrow entrance. A male approached and lured a female to the entrance. As he approached, he performed a slow march, raising forelegs high to entice the female almost out o the burrow. She was receptive and countered his display by raising her front legs high and showing her fangs. The male took the invitation, slide hooks

of Arizona found on his front legs under the exposed female fangs, and bent the female back so he could finish mating with her. His pedipalps, those short leg-like structures at the very front of the spider, are the organs used for sperm transfer into the female reproductive opening located under the abdomen almost to the rear of the body. Upon completion of this love making, the male quickly moved out from under the female, released her fangs and left, while the female just as quickly returned to the darkness of her burrow. If not careful, the male could end up as dinner. The female will produce many eggs (maybe 500) and keep them protected in the burrow until the next summer, when masses of mini tarantulas will emerge and head off on their own to find food and a new life. What a spectacle to see the march of hundreds of baby tarantulas leaving home together. It might seem that this huge spider would be immune to dangers in the micro world, only having to have concern for such predators as bats,

owls and shrews, those hunters of the night. There is always some other animal that seeks out this gentle giant, a brilliant metallic blue-black wasp, easily recognized by its orange wings and immense size, for a wasp. The tarantula hawk is known to many from an old Walt Disney production ‘The Living Desert’. The fight scene between these two animals in that movie is classic. The wasp tries to curl under the spider with its abdomen, seeking the chance to sting the spider in its ventral nervous system and stunning it. Later it can finish preparing the spider by stinging the remaining ganglia (small brains essentially) and making the spider comatose. It then moves the dead weight tarantula, usually by dragging it many hundreds of feet back to a prepared burrow where she entombs this living feast for her one or two larval offspring to consume. More amazing, these offspring do not eat the organs that keep the spider alive until they are near ready to pupate. This may seem cruel, but if the spider died too soon, the food would not be worthwhile for the larvae to eat, sort of like eating stale shoe leather to us.

Yes, Tubac has a Public Library by Hattie Wilson Margaret Robertson, a volunteer at the Tubac Public Library, told me when people visit the Community Center and see the library sign, they walk in and say, "I didn't know we had a library in Tubac." Margaret assures them that Tubac has a public library and it has been in the Community Center for nine years. She noted that, "The last year readers have doubled, thanks to signs and articles in local papers. It's beginning to penetrate that we are here." She described readers' tastes as "eclectic." "First," she said, "everybody comes to our new book section." There are the usual popular authors, Stephen King, Fay Kellerman, Janet Evanovich and the quirky ones, as for instance, Joanne Fluke who writes a series of murder mysteries about a woman who owns a bakery store and interrupts her adventures with how she puts together German Chocolate Cake cookies and Peach Cobbler - those in the "Peach Cobbler Murder." And then there are the audio books and the DVDs. Margaret mentioned the continued popularity of the Harry Potter books so that, "When one is first released it's always on hold."

Margaret is a fan of the books' author, J. K. Rowling - according to her, "The woman has the most amazing imagination and I am about to start to read them again." She also likes historical novels, one of her favorite authors is Ann Easter Smith who writes of the 1400s during the War of the Roses, between the Tudor and York families fighting for the throne of England. The heroine in one of the series, "Daughter of York," is Margaret, the sister of Richard of York, who he ordered to marry the terrible Duke of Burgundy. The book is about this woman's adventures based on the author's research and imagination. The hours for the library are 9:30 to 2:30, Monday through Friday and in case you are new to Tubac, the Community Center is south of residential Tubac, at the end of Bridge Road which runs along the West Frontage Road.

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story of good food and friendly service continues to unfold. This year’s new chapter is their monthly Barbecue Special, which will delight lovers of tender, juicy slow cooked meats topped with spoonfuls of zesty barbecue sauce.

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In a culinary world full of theme restaurants and programmed menus, Wisdom’s Café, on East Frontage Road in Tumacacori, is a welcomed oasis in a desert of restaurant sameness. The food is always freshly prepared, comfortably priced and simply— delicious.

For over fifty years, three generations of the Wisdom family have delighted local residents and visitors alike with their brand of quality, homemade Mexican food interlaced with American originals. Set back from Frontage Road in a charmingly rustic, freestanding building, adorned with a very large, faded, red cokecola bottle cap sign on the front and a landmark giant chicken near the entranceway, the Wisdom



In the world of barbecue sauces, each state or region’s sauce has its own unique taste that is identifiable to its part of the country. The barbecue sauce from the state of Kansas, for example, is thick and tangy Memphis, on the other hand is famous for its sweet and mild sauce.

The Wisdom’s Café barbecue sauce is typical of the sauce from South Carolina, which taste-wise falls in the middle of the thick and tangy Kansas style and the sweet and mild Memphis version, a recipe served at Wisdom’s Café is from the chef 's grandfather in Charlestown, South Carolina, it is as flavorful as any barbecue sauce I have had from any of the regions known for barbecue sauce. It has a creamy texture that clings to the meat and just the right amount of zest to know that it is there without covering up the flavors of the tender, smoked ribs, brisket of beef or pulled pork. It is a hearty, mouth-watering barbecue sauce that everyone can enjoy—bravo Wisdom’s Café.

Wisdom's marinates the baby-backed ribs, brisket of beef and pork meat in a special blend of spices overnight, and cooks them “slow and low,” only saucing the meats before they are finished cooking.

The results are a succulent, moist, fork tender brisket of beef, that I recently enjoyed, piled on a plate with fresh-made potato salad, baked beans and corn on the cob. The meat from a plate of baby backed ribs fell off of the bone with very little coaxing from my wife Linda, who relished her ribs with the same side orders of potato salad, baked beans and corn on the cob. All around us dishes of pulled pork, stacked high on a homemade bun delighted their recipients as we watched them happily “dig” into their food.

Above all else, freshness and quality of product is the difference between delicious food and ordinary fare regardless of price and fancy décor. All the meats served at Wisdom’s Café are USDA Choice, the breads are homemade, local produce is used wherever possible and most of all—everything is continuously prepared fresh throughout the day, a burden to some kitchens but not at Wisdom’s Café, where quality and freshness are part of the recipes. Some of the items on the current menu still relished by patrons today are the original recipes from Cliff Wisdom’s grandfather, who started Wisdom’s Café in 1944. Other dishes that we have enjoyed at Wisdom’s Café are the juicy, half pound, Angus Beef Burger, my

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wife’s favorite, topped with tender strips of bacon and Gorgonzola cheese, the Tortilla Soup, my favorite, is brimming with tender bits of turkey and vegetables in a rich, savory broth, topped with melted cheese and tortilla strips. The bountiful Cheese Crisp Suprema, the first dish we ever had there, is smothered with tender pieces of turkey or beef, beans, onions, and mild green chilies—a meal by itself. The tangy margaritas, which are rapidly becoming a beverage favorite for many of the Café’s regulars, come in mason jars, adding charm to the restaurant’s already energetic atmosphere. Each year, for the past seven years that Celeste and Cliff Wisdom have run the family restaurant, they have added something new to the menu or décor, providing a touch of “always something new” at Wisdom’s Café. In the past they have added fish n’ chips and barbecues to the menu, new decorations, weekly entertainment and this year, to the delight of this writer, a tequila bar! with over thirty different tequilas to choose from, and tasting “flights," to discover your favorite tequila. It is a welcome addition to the area for those of us who love to sit back, relax and sip good tequila or for anyone who wants to discover the many different styles and flavors of tequila.

After fifty years in the same location, the Wisdom’s Café family story is well known. What is unknown, however, is the identity of the occupant of table number seventeen. During my interview with Celeste and Cliff, they divulged

a very old legend or myth, depending on your point of view, of the ghost of a Native American Indian, sighted in their Café, who once lived on the land before the construction of the nearby Tumacacori Mission, built in the latter half of the eighteenth century. To add to the legend or myth, several employees believe they captured the “ghost’s” image on film one night after the restaurant closed. He was sitting by table number seventeen. Unfortunately, the “ghost” of Wisdom’s Café was not in attendance the night my wife and I feasted on the barbecue special and I cannot confirm or refute the ghost’s existence. However, the next time you are there check out table seventeen, just for the fun of it. Wisdom’s Café is rapidly becoming a restaurant rarity by simply serving great food that is prepared fresh daily and comfortably priced in a lively, fun-filled, one of a kind atmosphere. The menu includes not only traditional Mexican dishes such as fresh made fajitas, stuffed burritos and traditional tacos, to name a few, but also American favorites such crispy, tender Chicken Strips, big, juicy hamburgers, a grilled chicken breast sandwich with sliced avocados, the barbecue special, golden brown fried chicken, fish and chips and other American standards.

With the addition of the tequila bar, Wisdom’s Café is not only a destination place for delicious food but also a fun place to visit, sit back, relax, listen to live music and sip on you favorite tequila. Thank you, Celeste and Cliff Wisdom for making Wisdom’s Café better than ever.

Join Wisdom's in October for Friday Music and Fish & Chips. Call for information or visit their website at: for detatails. Wisdom’s Café 1931 East Frontage Road Tumacacori, AZ 85640 502 398-2397


Mexican Arts, Crafts and Furniture

A Colorful Shopping Experience in 2 Tubac Locations by Kathleen Vandervoet

Two Tubac shops, one block apart, with the same name – Casa Maya de Mexico. The fascinating shops have the same owners but their offerings differ. “Everything is made in Mexico. We have good prices because there is no middleman,” said Gaby Centeno, who owns the stores in partnership with her husband, Adolfo, and her husband’s brother, Roberto. Sparkling, radiant colors punctuate both of the stores which feature jewelry, pottery, paintings, glassware, copper items, pewter ware, patio and indoor furniture, and decorative items for the home. Also in abundance are framed mirrors, tile and cooper-topped metal table, lanterns, bowls and candlestick holders.

In appearance, the stores are significantly diff erent. The Tubac Road shop is a pumpkin-colored adobe building of traditional design with Saltillo tile floors. The Plaza Road shop is a tree-shaded ranch-style building painted periwinkle blue, with multiple large windows. The first Casa Maya de Mexico opened in November 2004 on Tubac Road followed by the second Casa Maya de Mexico which joined the village scene in May 2008. Employee Lynette Johnson of Rio Rico enjoys her time at the Plaza Road shop. For anyone who hasn’t visited the shops yet, she said, “I think they would be surprised to see the quality

of the pieces we have here. I tell people I think the owners have picked out some of the best examples of Mexican art, pottery, copper, crosses and jewelry. It’s obvious. “We have unusual pieces that are probably not found in very many places across the border. Have you ever seen a pewter chair before? We have them. There were four and there are now two and the two that sold went to California. That’s an example of something that’s totally unexpected,” Johnson said. Adolfo Ceneno said the items are purchased from individuals and from small family-owned companies in Mexico. The reason the store can stock unique items is that Roberto has developed contacts with artisans in Mexico during the past 20 years. He owns a third Casa Maya de Mexico just south of the border in Nogales, Sonora, on Avenida Obregon.

Adolfo explained that the art work and gift items in the two Tubac shops differ from each other to some extent. “The store on Tubac Road has smaller items, more for the traveler who wants to pick up something to take home. The store on Plaza Road also has merchandice for visitors, and selections for locals who are decorating.” The walls of the shop on Plaza Road display bright colors such as pink, pumpkin, yellow, soft purple and red. Shoppers “can see how things will look displayed in their home. We painted the walls with different colors, so you can play with the merchandise. You can move it to see how it works with different backgrounds. We have had customers that have painted their homes like this, based on what they saw here,” Adolfo said. Adolfo, who has managed plants in Mexico for years and presently works for Thermadyne which manufactures welding equipment, said he decided

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to expand into the retail business about 10 years ago and it made sense to do so with his brother. At that time, they opened a store in Nogales, Sonora, near the El Greco restaurant. Meanwhile, he and Gaby, who live in Rio Rico, were watching for the right piece of property, trying to decide if they should build their own shop or buy an existing gallery. “We always felt that Tubac was the right location. Since we have access to a lot of sources of product, my brother used to sell to a lot of people in Tubac and they would re-sell it. Friends felt that our products in Mexico were at a higher quality and that they would do well here,” Adolfo said. In 2004 they purchased the gallery on Tubac Road. “We came along at the right time,” Adolfo said. It was constructed in 1968 and originally owned by the Fletcher family for their Dos Hermanas gallery. Later, it housed “Tile N Art” before the Centenos bought it. Adolfo admits that opening a second shop in May 2008 may have surprised people. “Expanding in tough times? That was probably more me, pushing my brother. We felt that owning property in Tubac was a good financial investment.

“We opened at a time when we didn’t know what was coming in the economy. No one could predict it would be so bad. But we’ve been able to stay open. Once the economy picks up we’ll be fine. That’s what we hope and how we feel,” he said. The Centenos aim to make shopping pleasurable. Gaby said she frequently receives compliments on the silver jewelry. “The jewelers make unique pieces and they’re more affordable” than in some other shops. Adolfo points out that the sales staff is friendly. And, he says, “You’ll be surprised. We re-arrange the stores all the time. Every time you come in, you’ll see something new. We think that’s an adventure itself.”

Both locations are open seven days a week and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Adolfo and Gaby Centeno import decorative items crafted in Mexico. Photo by Kathleen Vandervoet

The phone number for the shop at 14 Tubac Road is (520) 398-3933 and the phone number for the shop at 16 Plaza Road is (520) 398-9373.

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The Art of Aging by Carol Egmont St.John In the beginning, aging means growing -- growing taller, more worldly, smarter, stronger and wiser. This summer I watched as a six year old began to read. I saw her discover the keys to unlocking words and open herself to a whole new world of opportunity. Bug, jug, rug, hum drum, mum—what’s a mum?--she asked. I saw her thrill at recognizing a big word like surprisingly every time she saw it. It was comparable to the joy of life itself. Learning to read reminds me of learning to pedal, taking your bicycle further and further from home. Soon she’ll be reading Harry Potter and lost to a world of magical illusions. She’ll hide the flashlight under the covers and read just one more chapter before she goes to sleep. Oh, I envy that excitement, that discovery!

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Of course, I am at a very different stage than she is. Growth seems to be taking place on my hips, and my arms have given up muscle to become cushy pillows for a young thing’s head. I am getting shorter; weaker and slower, but life continues to open its doors. As the number of years build behind me and shorten up front, I savor ordinary things; things like the aroma of fresh coffee, a gull’s morning call, the slant of light in a woodland and my granddaughter becoming literate. I have time now I may not have once had during those busy years - years when I was on automatic and folding socks. There’s an art to aging and in aging. It is no less profound than those daunting times of youth when we had to face huge school hallways and new teachers or peer rejection. We no longer have to fear losing our way in this complex world because we made it. We have seen the world from both sides now, and regardless of the good and bad that came our way, we survived. Aging is about learning to embrace all that was and all that we learned, our wins and our losses. It is about finding new pathways to explore and at the same time allowing time for reminiscence. Don’t you love the faces of other old people? Those who aren’t you? Aren’t their creases and furrows the gifts of time, and far more telling than the wide open purity of a young face waiting to happen? I went back to Brooklyn, New York, this summer with my brother, my niece and my daughter, Jill. As my brother and I reminisced on those historical vital streets, our daughters began to understand us in a whole new way. They had a context. It was significant to be there, to share and learn about each other and our parallel universes. Siblings can have such different takes on similar

situations; children make assumptions about their parents without knowing from whence they came. I realized that the next challenge for my generation is that we are alive and must forge the unique opportunity of living longer and better than our forbears. At birth, my father’s life expectancy was 47.3 years. By the time I was born, mine was 68. Now I am looking at a life expectancy profile (go to life-expectancy profile on-line) that says I will live to be 86.5. If I lose weight and exercise, it will be five years longer. Because of the accidental good fortune of being born in the United States, I will live at least forty years longer than my counterpart in Afghanistan. And despite the good luck of being born in the USA, children born in 49 other countries have better prospects for longevity than I. Japan, Hong Kong (China), Australia, Canada, and much of Europe have longer life averages than ours. The fact that most high life expectancy nations have publicly funded health care cannot be denied. Actually, it may explain why we are 50th in that regard. Two of my grandparents died before they reached fifty as did my father. I thought my chances of growing old were small. I was wrong. Now what to do with this dessert of time? This fall I am hoping to explore the aging process in a workshop called, Moving Right Along: The Art of Aging. I hope there will be some centenarians who show up to share with us kids. If you are interested in this subject, or would like to contribute your wisdom on the subject, I hope you will contact the TCA to sign-up. As to time and place, it will probably be on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 at the TCA. Feel free towrite to me at The galaxies of the past are worth exploring and the galaxies of the future are awaiting our contemplation. •

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Happy Halloween everyone! Finally! Dear October! You're finally here, oh, please come in and stay awhile. You remind us that soon we'll be able to cook differently, feel better, make plans for the holiday meals just ahead, dress in sweaters and turtleneck shirts, you're a pleasure to have around.

It's been a very long time from May to October, remember the song, From May to October, I just changed it a little. We've sure had a hot time in the old village of Tubac and those naughty monsoons, they just flirted with us, we did have a few good storms, lots of thunder and great lightning, some rain that we truly needed, maybe next year, perchance to dream!

It was a little depressing at first to realize the monsoons didn't have their heart in their job, then I began to think of all the truly wondrous days that had come to pass, let me count them for you.

The hummingbirds began their migration in July and the sight of 25 to 30 hummers a day was exciting, they love their sugar water and I enjoy supplying it. All this time the Orioles continued their quest for sugar water too, even now their children come for it. The precious gambel's quail returned from their vacation, so good to have the families back. The yellow finch, also the purple are back, along with the curved bill thrasher, the cardinals didn't leave, the grosbeak did a fly in the other day, just checking the territory, said they'd return. The real thrill came several seeks ago, I looked out my window, and lo and behold, what did I see? Three beautiful deer, just perusing the ground under my window! They walked around for awhile, then the male took a graceful leap over the fence, the female followed, the little deer paced back and forth, then he took the leap, what a wondrous beginning to the day. I love the fall, the mountains are still lovely and green as are the cottonwoods, I really do believe the stars are brighter, can that be? I just know the desert is for me.

Fall Fashion in Food

Now's the time to think of soups and casseroles, fruit cobblers were good all summer, now it's time to make The Good Cake again. MINESTRONE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH CORN CHOWDER So easy to make, my husband was Italian, these are the principle ingredients he used, he made his own stock, I use dry onion soup mix, easy and good. 3 c. water 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 1 onion, cut up 1 can stewed tomatoes 1 can red kidney beans, undrained

1/2 head cabbage cut up 2 lbs. good stewing beef or roast beef 1/4 c. parmesan or Romano cheese spaghetti salt & pepper

Putting cooked spaghetti in the soup just before serving keeps it from it from swelling.

Put water in cooking pot, add onion, dry soup mix and beef. Bake in 250 degree oven 3 hours. When beef is tender cut into bite size pieces with scissors, add tomatoes, beans and cabbage. Cook till cabbage is tender, add cheese and add 1 c. cooked spaghetti. Can also be made in Crock Pot.

8 slices bacon, cut up 1 onion, chopped 1 can cream style corn

4 cooked potatoes 1/2 - 1 c. milk salt & pepper

Saute bacon and onion till bacon is crisp. Into the drippings add corn and potatoes, which have been diced, add milk and seasonings. Use half & half for richer flavor. Simmer till flavors get together and think.


2 c. flour 2 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs 1 can crushed pineapple 3/4 c. chopped black walnuts

Mix all ingredients in large bowl, bake 30-35 min in 350 degree over in 9 x 11 pan. Frost and enjoy.

This also can be made with 1/2 the nuts in the cake and 1/2 the nuts in the frosting. Goes together A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion. faster than a cake mix. FROSTING 1- 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese Willie Armijo, site manager of the Tubac Community Center, also benefactor 1 stick butter and guardian of the swallows that arrive at the center each year has reported 1 1/2 c. xxxx sugar

thusly: There have been about 25 baby swallows born since April and May. There is much activity at the present time because they're trying to get the families together for the trip to South America. They plan to leave by October one family member told him. I must say that Willie has taken good care of the swallows. He built a deck under each nest of steel mesh to prevent babies from falling, and it also keeps the area clean. He calls it a "poop deck." Thank you Bird Man!

A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

...continued from page 2 MON, OCT 12TH - BASIC BEAD STRINGING WITH DEE ROBINSON at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane from 9am to noon. 398-2070. TUES, OCT 13TH - POETRY READING in Tubac at the new location 57 Bridge Rd. From 5 to 8pm. The first part is happy hour, you are welcome to bring or share the refreshment of the evening. We will spend the remaining part of the time having an open forum to read, recite and receive feedback from our fellow artists that attend. It is an open forum which means, you are encouraged to participate with an original piece of your work, another piece from another Artist that inspired you. We then will take turns discussing our work amongst the group. For more information, you may reach Martita at 520.398.3113 or: TUES, OCT 13TH - A GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN IS BEING UPDATED for the Tumacácori National Historical Park, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Santa Cruz County Complex, 2150 N. Congress Dr., Room 120, in Nogales. Interested individuals are invited to share their concerns, expectations, values and information with the planners. For information, call Superintendent Lisa Carrico at (520) 398-2341, Ext. 52. TUES, OCT 13TH - GARY BONNET BAND performs at the Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W Continental, GV at 7pm. for more info, or call 520-399-1750. WED, OCT 14TH - SCRATCHBOARD from 9am to noon & ACRYLICS from 1pm to 4 WITH RICK WHEELER at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. WED, OCT 14TH - HOW MUCH WATER DO WE HAVE LEFT? Find out what our current water supply situation is and where we are headed in the future. A panel of water experts will look at the Santa Cruz Valley (Green Valley to the border) and identify the challenges facing the area. Did you know that in the Tucson Active Management Area, even though its goal is “safe yield” by 2025, groundwater mining down to 1,000 feet is allowed for an assured water supply? Did you know that in the Santa Cruz Active Management Area no long term declines in local water tables is allowed? Did you know that while cities, towns and private water utilities have to prove a renewable water supply for future growth, area mines can mine groundwater without any replenishment obligation? Find out the nitty gritty about our existing state water management system-- where it is working, and where it is failing.The panel will be hosted by Hugh Holub, water attorney. For information and registration contact him at 520-841-2278 or Free. Contributions to overhead costs appreciated. Aldea de Artisticas in the Historic Lowe House, 14 Calle Iglesia in Old Town Tubac. 1- 5 p.m. WED, OCT 14TH - A GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN IS BEING UPDATED for the Tumacácori National Historical Park, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tubac Community Center, 50 Bridge Road. Interested individuals are invited to share their concerns, expectations, values and information with the planners. For information, call Superintendent Lisa Carrico at (520) 398-2341, Ext. 52. WED, OCT 14TH - SOUL GROOVE performs at the Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W Continental, Green Valley at 7pm. "Dancing in the Seat." for more info, or call 520-399-1750. THURS, OCT 15TH - WATERCOLOR WIH BARBARA BORGWARDT at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. 9am - 3pm. OPENING FRI OCT 16TH - TILL NOV 15TH - THE HUMAN ELEMENT. A juried exhibition of all media art reflecting the nature and experiences of man. All works are available for purchase. And LEGACY ARTIST: URSULA SUESS, a show honoring the outstanding work of long time TCA artist, Ursula Suess. The pubic is invited to enjoy beautiful art, refreshments and live music by Calliope, the duo of Jeremy Topp and Adam Lopez playing acoustically on guitar, mandolin and piano at an opening reception, Oct.16, 5-7 pm. The exhibitions are free and open Mon.-Sat. 10-4:30 and Sun. 1-4:30 at the Tubac Center of the Arts, 398-2371. FRI, OCT 16TH - EDGAR CAYCE: THE BEAUTIFUL DREAMER at the Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza at 7:30pm. Edgar Cayce (1877 - 1945), was dubbed "the Sleeping Prophet" and "the Father of Holistic Medicine" because he was able to bring forth incredible information from a deep, self-induced trance. Winner, "Most Thought-provoking Documentary", Sedona International Film Festival, 2005. $5; All ages; 90 min. www.GlobalChangeMultiMedia. org (520) 398-2542.

SAT, OCT 17TH - JUAN BAUTISTA DE ANZA DAY at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.This annual celebration of Tubac’s history commemorates Anza’s 1775 expedition from Tubac to the Pacific where he founded San Francisco. The village of Tubac, which grew around the Spanish presidio built in 1752, was Arizona’s first European settlement. On October 23, 1775, Anza and the courageous settlers mounted up and left the Tubac Presidio on a 1200-mile trek over tierra incognita to the West coast. Their mission was to build a presidio, or fort, to secure and protect New Spain’s struggling missionary settlements. The fort the settlers established would become the city of San Francisco, and the Anza expedition’s accomplishments would be likened to those of the well known Lewis and Clark expedition. To commemorate this historic occasion, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will host a day-long line up of events. The Park grounds will come alive with re-enactors dressed in authentic period costumes. A highlight of the celebration will be the colorful horseback re-enactment of Anza’s departure from Tubac. Captain Juan Bautista de Anza along with the settlers—volunteers from the community—will attend a special 9:30 am Mass at the Tumacácori Mission where the expedition will be blessed. The riders will then continue on the Juan Bautista de Anza International Historic Trail and arrive in Old Town Tubac at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park about noon. After regaling audiences with the story of Anza and his expedition, the riders will continue their trek with a parade through the streets of Tubac. Other festivities will include history presentations and slideshows, guided walking tours of Tubac’s National Historic district, Mexican cultural dances, a Spanish Colonial food display and children’s activities. Visitors can explore the adobe ruins of the Old Presidio (fort) and tour the Park’s museum where the historic printing press will be printing copies of The Weekly Arizonian, Arizona’s first newspaper printed in Tubac in 1859. This year’s event is a partnership of Arizona State Parks, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona, Tubac Chamber of Commerce and Tubac Historical Society, with volunteer support and financial contributions from the Tubac community. 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. The event fees will be $4 Adult (14+), $1 Youth (7-13), and free Child (6 and under).Call the Tubac Chamber of Commerce, 520- 398-2704 or the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 520-3982252. Or visit us online at FRI, OCT 16TH - Lobster Night and LIVE MUSIC BY AMBER NORGAARD at Wisdom's Cafe in Tumacacori. 398-2397. SAT, OCT 17TH - PLAIN AIR PAINT OUT - an opportunity to paint outdoor sites in historic Tubac with Judith D'Agostino who will select five pieces for exhibition at the Tubac Center of the Art from Oct. 17-Nov.14. Registration: 8-8:30am at TCA. 8:30-9:30: demo by Judith D'Agostino. 9:30-12: paint out. 12-1: critique and bring your own lunch at the Center and announcement of the top five paintings. (Framing is required for work considered for the top five pieces.) Fee: $25 ($20 members) For information call TCA 520-398-2371. SAT, OCT 17TH - MEET ARTIST LOUIS MASON at The Red Door Gallery 10 Plaza Rd. SAT, OCT 17TH - MEET SHAW KINSLEY, local author, Images of America book, “Tubac”(Publication date: Sept 2009). A wonderful new publication that chronicles the broad history of Tubac’s development from 1752 to the present day. Includes delightful photos with an informative account of Tubac’s development into an arts center. From 2 - 5pm at TJ's Tortuga Books & Coffee Beans, 398-8109. MON, OCT 19TH - BASIC BEAD STRINGING WITH DEE ROBINSON at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane from 9am to noon. 398-2070. MON, OCT 19TH - OKTOBERFEST - THE TUBAC CENTER OF THE ARTS kicks off it's season with BBQ, an Oompahpah Band and lots of fun at the Karin Newby Sculpture Garden from 6pm-? For reservations ($20/person) call TCA 520-398-2371. TUES, OCT 20TH - SEE THE ORIONID METEOR SHOWER AT KITT PEAK from 10pm to 3am. View a spectacular meteor shower under the pristine dark skies of Kitt Peak. Observe one of nature’s most spectacular cosmic shows. Learn about meteors, comets, meteor showers, and touch an actual piece of an asteroid. Registration deadline Fri, Oct16th. $35 for Adults, $25 for Kids (813). Call the Kitt Peak Visitor Center Staff or call 520-318-8726 for reservations. Dress warmly. Parking will be provided at the picnic area and guests will be shuttled to the mountain. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Bring blankets and a reclining lawn chair if you can. WED, OCT 21ST - SCRATCHBOARD from 9am to noon & ACRYLICS from 1pm to 4 WITH RICK WHEELER at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070.

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follow Calle Igelsia aournd the bend., take Bridge Road to the Tubac Community Center

La Paloma de Tubac

Bridge Road

Tubac Villager Hugh Cabot Gallery St. Ann's Church Tubac Villager Advertiser Map drawing by Roberta Rogers Provided as a courtesy by the Tubac Villager. Information edited by the Tubac Villager. This map is an artistic rendering of the Village of Tubac and Tubac Villager supporting advertisers. Unlisted map structures may be active businesses. Work in progress.

Old Presidio Traders Casa Maya de Mexico

Out of the Way Galleria

Jane's Attic Roberta Rogers Studio

The Red Door Gallery Tubac Territory

Tubac Center of the Arts

The Artisit's Palate Restaurant

Shelby's Bistro TJ's Tortuga Books & Coffee Beans

Rogoway Gallery Casa Maya de Mexico Beads of Tubac Tumacookery

Emmy's Pilates Studio Tubac Embarcadero Café Presidio The Chef's Table Anza Marketplace

Feminine Mystique Casa Fina de Tubac

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Tubac Villager Advertiser Map drawing by Roberta Rogers. Provided as a courtesy by the Tubac Villager. Information edited by the Tubac Villager. This map is an artistic rendering of the Village of Tubac and Tubac Villager supporting advertisers of October ‘09. Unlisted map structures may be active businesses. Work in progress. For questions or comments call: 520-398-3980


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Duncan, Chris Peters and Morgan Falkner as the Murderers. MacIntyre Rath is portraying the Porter and Justin Wiley the Doctor.Reservations must be received by October 16. Pre-paid tickets can be held at the door or may also be purchased from Mrs. Marcia Astorga at the Rio Rico High School Library or from any Rio Rico Thespian. FRI, OCT 23TH - Fish & Chips and LIVE MUSIC BY BILL MANZANEDO AT WISDOM'S CAFE in Tumacacori. 398-2397.

WED, OCT 21ST - LECTURE AND TOUR - LEGACY ARTIST, URSULA SEUSS, will discuss her many years of accomplished work and guide guests through an exhibition of her art at Tubac Center of the Arts. Refreshments and great conversation from 3-5pm. THURS, OCT 22ND - TUBAC THURSDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM PRESENTS FRANCES CAUSEY, filmmaker, former CNN producer and Tubac resident speaking on "HEIST: The Looting of Our American Dream." Forum meets at Plaza de Anza - Artist's Palate Restaurant, 40 Avenida Goya, Tubac at 9am. Tickets are $10. LIMITED SEATING. Admission includes choice of a full sit down breakfast. Additional information on the speaker and on the forum at- THURS, OCT 22ND - WATERCOLOR WIH BARBARA BORGWARDT at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. 9am - 3pm. THURS THRU SAT, OCT 22ND THRU 24TH - The Rio Rico Thespians, along with the Santa Cruz Drama Boosters, present their FALL DINNER THEATRE PRODUCTION OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGEDY, MACBETH, 6 p.m. at Rio Rico High School’s cafetorium. Tickets are $10 and include a Carne Asada dinner, catered by Las Vigas Restaurant, served from 6-6:40. The show begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are necessary and tickets may be purchased at the San Cayetano Veterinary Hospital or by calling 841-3157.The well-known play tells the tale of the honored Scottish warrior, General Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Returning home from battle, three “weird sisters” utter a strange prophecy which includes the naming of Macbeth as King. Encouraged by his wife, Macbeth murders his kinsman, King Duncan, while he is a guest in Macbeth’s castle and they rise to royal power. The crown does not lie easily on Macbeth’s head, and only causes more fear and paranoia, and more killing. Lady Macbeth eventually goes mad and commits suicide, as she finds that she can no longer sleep. The two partners in crime create for themselves a nightmare of a life, aided and abetted by the continued input of the witches, which lead him on to more delusion and cruelty. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling works and treats the themes of power and corruption, equivocation, humanity and supernatural forces in a swiftly-told story which is accompanied by the visual and aural effects of thunder, lightning, and murkiness, coupled with the excitement of witches’ spells, sleep walking and sword fights. The principals are Cameron Zuniga as Macbeth, Elizabeth Horton as Lady Macbeth, Alex Gerber as Macduff, Jose Rangel as Banquo, Melannie Hurtado as Lady Macduff, and Kristin Nava, Victoria Ahumada, and Sarah Maudlin as the Witches. We also have the participation of three faculty members: Jim Wierski as King

FRI THRU SUN, OCT 23RD - 25TH - SACRED GLOBAL COSMOPOP & ECOFEST at the Avalon Gardens (next to the historic Tumacácori Mission) featuring Gabriel of Urantia & his 11-piece, international Bright & Morning Star Band! Festival activities include live music, independent film, activist theater, eco-conscious speakers, a unique eco-village experience, a sweat lodge/purification ceremony and Medicine Wheel ceremony, a variety of ethnic foods, vendors of all sorts, and Camelot Kid’s Village, a fun, playful space where kids are encouraged to think about a sustainable future for the planet in interactive, creative and entertaining ways. With the theme of creating our future together as a global ecovillage, the activities and games inspire kids to have hope for our world and empowers them to be a part of the change. The featured independent film for the festival is “Before The Music Dies”. Narrated by Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker. The festival is sponsored by Mrs. Green Goes Mainstream, Spirit Steps tours, ARC Roofing, Soulistic Medical Institute, Out Of The Way Galleria, and Earth Harmony Builders. The event will have delicious varieties of ethnic foods and features Kristopher’s Bistro & Catering by Chef Charles and The Artist’s Palate cuisine by Chef Dean. We are seeking additional sponsors and vendors to participate in the festival. For more information about sponsorship and vendor opportunities please call (520) 4036271. Donations benefit nonprofit teen & young adult rehabilitation programs and Avalon Gardens internships of Global Community Communications Alliance. To reserve your camping spot and for more info call: (520) 603-9932 or visit SAT, OCT 24TH - SOUTHWEST FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL at the Amado Territory Ranch I-19 exit 48. 10am to 4pm vendors of wearable art, decor art, fiber & yarns. Music and Bar-B-Q. www. or call 625-8788. SAT, OCT 24TH - AMADO FOOD BANK SWAP MEET. $8 per stall. Hot dogs & drinks. For more info call Arthuro 520-909-8818. SAT & SUN, OCT 24TH & 25TH - OIL (2-DAY WORKSHOP) WITH CAROL REILLEY at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 3982070. 9am - 4pm. SAT & SUN, OCT 24TH & 25TH - LIVING WITH SOUTHERN ARIZONA PREDATORS with Leaders - Wildlife Biologists, Cynthia Wolf and Sergio Avila. The region known as the Sky Islands of southeast Arizona merges tropical and temperate climates, where a wide diversity of plants, wildlife, and human cultures live. Due to the rich diversity of life and spaces, we are lucky to live amongst some of the most charismatic top predators in the world. Historically, Grizzly bears and Mexican-gray wolves roamed in this region, and wild jaguars have been recorded recently in the Arizona-Sonora border region. In this workshop, with a citizen science perspective, we will learn about the life of the regional top predators, their prey and the space predators and humans share

and call home. We will share the personal stories of experienced biologists working to study and protect predators in the region, while hiking and exploring one of the unique sky islands, the sacred Baboquivari Mountains. For additional information about Brown Canyon, the workshops, walks, and its leaders, please visit the Friends of BANWR Web site at SUN, OCT 25TH - DISCOVERING THE MAGIC OF SOULCOLLAGE® at Amado Territory Inn from 10 am to 5 pm. Discover how your attraction to specific images can be transformed into an exploratory and healing process. Learn the ideas behind a SoulCollage® deck of cards, how the four suits and other cards reflect your unique self, and the surprising ways that the cards “speak” about your inner wisdom. Choosing from hundreds of diverse images, you’ll create several cards that reveal the facets of your soul and then share the messages with others in a group reading. For beginners as well as those who have already begun a SoulCollage® journey. Led by certified Facilitator, Dr. Michele Manos. Fee: $60 ($55 for Tubac Center for the Arts or GVR members), includes all materials For workshop info: or call Marti at 395-2262 For more about SoulCollage®: MON, OCT 26TH - PEYOTE STICH BRACELET MAKING WITH MARTY SEWELL at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. 9am - 1pm. WED, OCT 28TH - SCRATCHBOARD from 9am to noon & ACRYLICS from 1pm to 4 with RICK WHEELER at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. WED, OCT 28TH - THE HEART OF ART - an engaging discussion and book signing with artist photographer, Stephen Strom. Enjoy wine, appetizers and interesting people. 5-6pm at The Tubac Center of the Arts, 398-2371. THURS, OCT 29TH - WATERCOLOR WIH BARBARA BORGWARDT at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. 9am - 3pm. THURS, OCT 29TH - CHIRGILCHIN & THE LIAN ENSEMBLE at the Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza at 6:30pm. Master Throat Singing group, “Chirgilchin” from Tuva and internationally acclaimed Persian Sufi music group, “The Lian Ensemble” from Iran. This is a not-to-be-missed world music event! Ages 12 & up, $17adv /$20d.o.s.; Kids ½ price. (520) 398-2542. FRI, OCT 30TH - PASTELS WITH JAN THOMPSON at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070.9am-4pm. SAT, OCT 31ST - THE TUBAC CENTER OF THE ARTS'S HALLOWEEN GOLF BENEFIT. The most fun you'll ever have playing golf, this event at the beautiful Tubac Golf Resort includes morning coffee, a goody bag, GREAT GOLF, lunch, prizes and lots of laughs---costumes are encouraged. Donation: $95/player and proceeds will support TCA's SUMMER ARTS program for kids. To register call TCA 520-398-2371. FRI, OCT 30TH - Fish & Chips and LIVE MUSIC by Amber Norgaard AT WISDOM'S CAFE in Tumacacori. 398-2397. SAT, OCT 31ST - MEET BYRON THOMPSON, AUTHOR, “BUILD YOUR DREAMS”(Publication date: Sept 2009). Essential tools for designing and achieving your ideal life. Byron Thompson, accomplished motivational speaker, has trained over 25,000 people


in the skills needed for successful living. Book Signing: 1 pm to 5 pm, Fireside Chat: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at TJ's Tortuga Books & Coffee Beans, 398-8109. SAT, OCT 31ST - FREE COSTUME CONTEST at the Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza at 4pm. Winner receives a free tour of Avalon Gardens and lunch for the whole family. www. (520) 398-2542. PRINCE DIABATE, one of the leading Kora players PERFORMS at 2pm. Ages 12 & up $15adv/$18 d.o.s.; Kids 1/2 price. SAT & SUN, OCT 31ST & NOV 1ST - OIL (2-DAY WORKSHOP) WITH DAVID SIMONS at Beads of Tubac, 5 Hesselbarth Lane. 398-2070. 9am - 4pm. FRI, NOV 6TH - FIRST FRIDAY AT WISDOM'S CAFE in Tumacacori with Live Music by Bill Manzanedo, BBQ specials & 2 for 1 margaritas. 398-2397. SAT, NOV 7TH - WALK THE ROCKS: THE GEOLOGICAL STORY OF BROWN CANYON, led by Richard Conway, Ph.D. Around and within the towers and buttresses of the Baboquivari Mountains is concealed an extraordinary story of shattered land masses, mega-volcanoes and vanished landscapes. With your eyes to the rocks and ridge-tops you will learn to recognize clues that reveal the area’s geologic history. For additional information about Brown Canyon, the workshops, walks, and its leaders, please visit the Friends of BANWR Web site at www SAT & SUN, NOV 7TH & 8TH - Well-known wildlife artist, NICHOLAS WILSON, WILL DEMONSTRATE the process of making copperplate etchings during the Tubac Art Experience Weekend at TJ's Tortuga Books & Coffee Beans, 398-8109. 10am to 4pm (Sat) and 1-4 pm (Sun). FRI, NOV 13TH - THE ORIGINAL WILDCAT JASS BAND (OWJB) will hold several educational clinics at Nogales High School dealing with improvisation. There will be several schools participating; Nogales High School, Desert Shadows Middle School, Wade Carpenter Middle School, Patagonia Union High School, Rio Rico High School, Calabasas MS, and Coatimundi MS throughout the day. A concert is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at the Oasis Theatre that will kick off with the 3 high school bands and OWJB performing for the community the second half of the concert. Ticket prices for this event are $6 for adults and $5 for students not participating in the event. For tickets or information please contact Ken Tittelbaugh at 520-841-1131, the Nogales Chamber of Commerce or any member of the Board of Directors. Visit our web site at www.mingusproject. com and look for more upcoming events. SAT, NOV 14TH - BROWN CANYON ART ADVENTURE. Join acclaimed artist and teacher Fran Sutherland for a one-day workshop creating

canyon inspired visuals. Participants will create fun, mixed media compositions from collecting and composing with materials gathered during an observation walk and talk. Enjoyable for all who like to print and paint. For additional information about Brown Canyon, the workshops, walks, and its leaders, please visit the Friends of BANWR Web site at www Sat, Nov 14th - Introduction to NVC Compassionate Communication; A process used around the world for peacemaking both internally and with others with Sylvia Haskvitz, Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Would you like to…Be honest without insulting people? Be heard to your complete satisfaction? Handle conflict with confidence? Transform anger into positive communication? Never hear blame or criticism again? Inspire willing cooperation? Deepen your good relationships? Learn lessons from Giraffe and Jackal animal friends? Intrigued? This introductory playshop session with Sylvia will help get you started with a new way of expressing yourself and hearing others. $50 each or come and bring a friend for $90. For registration, and more info on NVC, contact Sylvia Haskvitz at or by phone at 520-572-9295. Check out her website at Aldea de Artisticas in the Historic Lowe House, 14 Calle Iglesia in Old Town Tubac. 9am to 1pm. SAT, NOV 21ST - AMADO FOOD BANK SWAP MEET. $8 per stall. Hot dogs & drinks. For more info call Arthuro 520-909-8818. SAT, NOV 21ST - the Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts will be hosting THE CHARLES MINGUS GALA BENEFIT DANCE featuring the Santa Cruz Jazz Orchestra from 8 to 11 p.m. at the VFW Hall. Cocktails will be available at the bar and light appetizers will be served. The price for this event is $15 per person. Charles Mingus souvenirs (made possible by the Santa Cruz County Design & Learning Center) will be available. For tickets or information please contact Ken Tittelbaugh at 520841-1131, the Nogales Chamber of Commerce or any member of the Board of Directors. Visit our web site at and look for more upcoming events. MON, NOV 30TH - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO THE TUBAC FESTIVAL POSTER COMPETITION. The Tubac Chamber of Commerce invites all artists to participate in a poster competition for the 2010 Tubac Festival of the Arts. The winning entry will be featured on the commemorative festival poster and the winning artist will be awarded a free booth at the festival, February 10-14, 2010. For details and an application, please call 520-398-2704 or send email to The Tubac Chamber of Commerce is accepting APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2010 TUBAC FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. The dates for the annual fine arts and crafts festival are February 10-14, 2010.

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October 2009 Tubac Villagert  
October 2009 Tubac Villagert  

October 2009 issue of the Tubac Villager. A monthly journal celebrating the art of living in southern Arizona. Circulation: 11,000 copies pr...