2011 Anza Days Celebration in Tubac, Arizona
I have received preliminary information regarding the up-coming festivities, which I am happy to pass along to our readers. I will update this post with any changes, additions or other news as plans take shape. Anza Days in Tubac is not to be missed-participants and spectators alike enjoy themselves each year and the weather is usually perfect!
On October 22nd, the day will begin with Mass at Tumacacori Mission at 9 am, after which the riders will be blessed and begin their ride up the trail at about 10 am. Los Californianos, a California-based group comprised of Anza Expedition descendants, will attend the Mass as well, and will be holding their quarterly membership meeting over the weekend. The riding group is expected to be larger this year and will include Rick Collins and Bill Islas (who will be portraying Anza) along with others from the Tubac Presidio. Also expected to ride are Sidney Brinkerhoff (the 78-year old former head of the Arizona Historical Society), Jay Van Orden, and Ted Ramirez, who will be accompanied by his 11-year old grandson.
Arrival in Tubac
Los Californianos will have a tent set up for the arrival of the riders, who will enter the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park grounds from the gate at the southeast corner. Two donors have contributed sufficient funds to allow for free admittance into the park that day. One of the members of Los Californianos has funded a lunch to be served to the riders, the arrangements of which have yet to be worked out.
In the Village
After last year’s positive response, the whole Village of Tubac is again encouraged to participate in our Anza Days celebrations. Funds have been raised, entertainment arranged and food vendors invited to help ensure a good time for all.
The Rio Rico HS Marching Band will parade from La Entrada, making four stops en route, through Old Town and all the way to the Park, entering through the back gates on Presidio Drive. Entertainment in the Plaza is expected to include the Lourdes School dancers, La Paloma Folklorico, Apache Mariachi, the Rio Rico Band and a mini-concert from Ted Ramirez in the Park at the Old Schoolhouse (at approximately 1 pm). Three street theater historical vignettes will also be presented at various locations.
Confirmed food vendors, who will be split between the village and the Park, include Huatabampo Sonoran Hotdogs, Kountry Kitchen Kettlecorn, Mesquite Pit BBQ, Dyken Hawaiian Shaved Ice, and Sparky’s Cantina (vegan). The Rotary will be selling organic coffee from their booth and other packaged food vendors are expected be on hand as well.
In the Park
Throughout the day, the Park will feature as many Living History people as possible, including Jim and Elizabeth Pagels at the Washington Press, Lillie Sheehan and Jean Wax discoursing on Spanish Colonial food and medicine, Chris DeMille on the Indian Wars, Vicki Stone as an Indian War period laundress, Bill Van Dusen talking about wood working tools and techniques, Bill Ganoe of Spanish Colonial blacksmithing and metal working, and Hugh Holub describing the making of adobe bricks. All of the costumed riders including Hector and Mickie add to the Living History display. We will have the burros Maggie and Chula near one (or both) ox carts for a photo op. A tortilla maker may be here, too.
These will be staged in front of the 1885 schoolhouse. The gate between the Park and St. Ann’s Church will be open and we will have signs at the other entrances directing people to the children’s activities. We will have a leather working demonstration by Russell and Chrystal of Wolf Den gallery, coloring of Roberta Rogers’ drawings, face painting, a paper flower making and a basket weaving demonstration. We may also have an adobe brick making demonstration.
2011 Anza Days at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park in Tubac, Arizona promises to be as entertaining as it is informative. An experience that always leaves both participants and spectators with a sense of appreciation for our unique corner of the world!
If you would like to support the Tubac Presidio Park but are unable to visit or participate, please visit our online gift shop, where 100% of all proceeds go directly to ensuring the preservation of this cultural treasure. Thank you.