Tubac Presidio Park Signing Ceremony-Help Us Celebrate!
Just one year ago, the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park was threatened with closure when the Arizona State Parks funds were swept by the legislature. The community of Tubac overcame insurmountable odds to keep Arizona’s first state park open by signing an agreement last May 17 to operate and maintain the Park.
Great strides have been made in the last 11 months to make a visit to the Tubac Presidio an educational, rewarding and engaging experience. We expanded park hours to 7 days a week (9:00-5:00), rewrote the walking tour guide, refurbished park signage, revitalized the park grounds, reinstated the school and living history programs, rearranged the Visitor Center to provide a clear message of what the park has to offer, and actively encourage local groups and individuals to rent the park facilities for their own special events. None of this could have been done without a core of enthusiastic volunteers who have so far donated over 3,000 hours of their time.
On Sunday, May 15, there will be a celebration of Tubac’s great accomplishment from 5 to 7 pm at which we hope to accomplish several things: 1) to raise money to get us through the slow days of summer; 2) to celebrate and share our accomplishment; and 3) to have fun and to keep the enthusiasm and buzz going. We will show off the improvements, pour wine, cider, and sparkling waters for your refreshment, offer you scrumptious appetizers, provide guided tours, and several of our Living History experts will be on hand to talk about Spanish Colonial foods (and serve samples of posole made to a 200 year-old recipe), demonstrate Arizona’s first printing press, and discuss various aspects of life in Tubac’s past.
Please come to our Celebration from 5 to 7. Tickets may be puchased at the door for $35 and we would love to have as many people as can come to be with us to celebrate our first year. I think you’ll love it, and I will be in your debt for your help in supporting our cause and for telling other people that they should do the same — come celebrate Tubac’s community-run Presidio.
Donations are heartily appreciated, and will be very helpful through the slow visitation summer months. Checks made out to Save the Presidio can be sent to THS, PO Box 3261, Tubac, AZ 85646, and are 100% tax-deductible.
All proceeds from our on-line Gift Shop also go directly to support this same cause.
Hope to see you Sunday!