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January 2013 Events

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Lots of fun things are happening at the Tubac Presidio that I want you to know about… There is space available at all of these events and it would be great if you could come to any (or all!) of them.

First, I’m thrilled to tell you that the Tohono Village shop in Tubac is coming back to life. They are hosting an O’odham Artisan Show both days this weekend from 10 to 4. Acclaimed watercolorist Michael Chiago will be there and they are also featuring demonstrating artists, food, and entertainment. They are located at 10 Camino Otero in Tubac. More information is at 398-2443 or by emailing Be sure to check them out when you’re in town.

Second, we will have a superb talk on “Rock Art of the Southwest” tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, January 17) at 2pm in the school house. Sharon Urban is an expert in the field and a very engaging speaker. Call 398-2252 to reserve a place.


Rock Art of the Southwest – Thursday, January 17, 2pm

Learn the difference between a pictograph and petroglyph with rock art enthusiast Sharon Urban. Urban worked for the Arizona State Museum, retiring after 32 years as the Public Archaeologist. An expert on prehistoric shell artifacts and the study of pictographs and petroglyphs, she has interpreted rock art sites and given presentations to schools and groups around Arizona. $7.50 adult, $4.50 youth 7-13, children free.

Third, we will be having a period dressed school group in the Park experiencing what education was like in the Territorial days on Friday morning, and Jim Pagels will be demonstrating Frontier Printing from 9 to 1pm. At 12:30 our Living History demonstration of Spanish Colonial food begins and runs until 3:30. If you haven’t had a sample of our posole (made to a 200 year old recipe), this is your chance!

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Friday, January 18, 9am-1pm

Professional printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the Washington Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period – Friday, January 18, 12:30-3:30pm

Volunteers dressed in period clothing reenact the daily lives of Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks, plus cooking demos with samples. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Fourth, we are hosting the third in Jack Lasseter’s series of talks on the American West for us. This Saturday, January 19, at 2pm Jack will present “Apaches and the Soldiers Who Fought Them.” The fee is $15 and includes a tax deductible contribution to Save the Presidio and a personal walk through the museum with Jack and me. We will also have some special items brought up from the museum storage for participants to see. Call 398-2252 to save a seat.

And lastly, count on coming to a fantastic school house concert with Gilbert Brown and Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm. There will be some awesome music including a few pieces featuring Gilbert’s expertise on the harmonica. Tickets are $18 and reservations can be made by calling 398-2252.

If you haven’t seen them, the twenty-two Walter Blakelock Wilson paintings we have on display through April are splendid and look great in our museum. Make sure to take a few moments to enjoy them!

Southwestern Vistas: Landscapes of American Painter Walter Blakelock Wilson – January 1, 2013 to April 30, 2013, daily 9am-5pm

The Tubac Presidio hosts a retrospective exhibition of artwork by the late Tubac artist, Walter Blakelock Wilson (1929-2011). Wilson’s portraits, landscapes and architectural imagery have made their way into several museums and over 300 corporate and private collections. His historical paintings feature Native Americans, frontier personalities and dramatic southwest vistas and landscapes. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

We hope to see you soon!

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Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez to Perform

Teodoro "Ted Ramirez

Teodoro "Ted Ramirez     The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will host a solo concert by premier folk music performer Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 2pm. Ramirez is the “Artist in Residence” at the Tubac Presidio and this is the first in a series of concerts he will perform highlighting the natural beauty, culture and history of one of Arizona’s most historically significant locations. The concert will be held in the 1885 schoolhouse on the grounds of the Tubac Presidio, site of the first European settlement in Arizona established in 1752.

     Ramirez will entertain and educate his audience with original and classic Mexican and American folk songs framed with traditional Southwest storytelling. A gifted vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and storyteller, Ramirez is the founder of the celebrated “Santa Cruz River Band”, a top national and international folk music band. Ramirez is an award-winning culture preservationist and musician, and was named “Tucson’s Official Troubadour” in 2001.

     An 8th generation Arizonan, Ramirez is a direct descendent of Tubac’s first Spanish families and indigenous people. One of Ramirez’s ancestors was a Captain assigned to Spain’s most northern garrison at Tubac. He arrived as the first adobe bricks were being placed for the new presidio in 1752. A linguist, he was sent to learn about the indigenous cultures and languages and to serve as an interpreter. He served with Juan Bautista de Anza, Padre Garces and Arriquibar, and is buried in the courtyard of the first church of the area.

     Padre Garces gave Ramirez’s ancestor a painting that was used to convert the indigenous people. The painting has been passed down over the generations and Ramirez will display this historical painting publicly for the first time during the Tubac Presidio concert.

    Special events like this concert support the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park which was saved from closure almost a year ago by the efforts of local citizens and businesses. The Park is managed by the Tubac Historical Society and is run with the help of many volunteers. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to explore the adobe ruins, historic buildings and museum on the Park grounds.

     Concert tickets are $16 and include park admission. The concert is free for children age 14 and younger. Advance purchase tickets are recommended. The Tubac Presidio is located at 1 Burruel Street in Tubac, Exit 34 on I-19. The Park is open daily from 9am to 5pm. For concert tickets and information, please call 520-398-2252 or email

     To learn more about his family connection to Tubac, please reference James Officer’s “Hispanic Arizona” under Juan Crisotomo Ramirez in the index. 

     The Tubac Presidio Park online shop is another way to support the park.  It is filled with colorful and interesting artwork provided by our contributing artists, historical maps and photographs provided by the Tubac Historical Society, and graphic designs  promoting our beautiful state and our own Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.  Visit often to see new items and thank you for your support!