Recent Happenings

 

NOTE:  ALL EVENTS ARE FOR

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SPECIAL INTEREST TRIPS

February 28, 2016  – MIAC Oblique Views Exhibit

Oblique Views picture

Photo from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture website

The Friends Gallery Hoppers participated in a docent led tour of  the Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time exhibit at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.  This is the aerial southwest survey of Charles Lindbergh’s biplane’s photographs with Adriel Heisey’s contemporary images, exposing changes in the landscape, cliffs, ruins, rivers and footpaths across 86 years of time.  After lunch at the Museum cafeteria, the group had a docent led tour of the Turquois exhibit at the museum.

 


February 11, 2016 – American International Rattlesnake Museum

Rattlesnake museumFifteen of our number attended the lecture at the American International Rattlesnake Museum, the subject of which was Everything You Wanted to Know About Rattlesnakes, But Didn’t Know Who to Ask.  Bob Myers, Museum Director, provided a very informative summary of information about the rattlesnakes we might encounter on our hikes in the New Mexico back country in the coming year.  Bob stayed afterward and spent about an hour answering questions about rattlesnakes.


 February 20, 2016 – Placitas Trails Hike

Placitas Trails outline

Norma Ruptier, one of our members, led a hike along the trails in the Placitas area.  The weather was very cooperative that morning.  It was a pleasant hike enjoyed by nine hikers.


 March 12, 2016 – Ojito Hoodoo Hike

Ojito hoodoos-PatEleven hardy members joined hike leaders Ed Chamberland and Steve Rospopo for a hike in the Ojito Wilderness.  The trail led through colorful wind and water shaped sandstone formations and majestic hoodoos, colorful rock formations, and expansive vistas  – a photography opportunity for the hikers.  The weather took a turn for the worst with winds and sprinkles.  The remainder of the hike will be completed on a future date.


May 22 and 23, 2016 –  Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark, Norman Petty Recording Studio, Fort Sumner Historic Site, Bosque Redondo, Billy the Kid Grave Site 

On the weekend of May 22 and 23, twenty-four members from the Friends of Coronado Historic Site visited the Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark for a docent led tour by George Crawford, Site Director. This trip was prompted by a talk by Ranger Ethan Ortega at a program of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site in April.

Following this tour, we adjourned to a different era, one of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings and many others at the Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis where they recorded famous hits.

After an over night, we switched gears and drove to the Fort Sumner Historic Site and the Bosque Redondo Memorial. After a docent led tour at this site, we again changed historical direction and made a side trip to the Billy the Kid Grave.

 

Ranger Ethan Ortega’s Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark Lecture 

Ethan Blackwater Draw Lecture

Ethan, Blackwater Draw Lecture, bones and artifacts similar to those found at Blackwater Draw

 

Ethan Black Water Drw Lecture 1

Ethan, Blackwater Draw Lecture, discussing implements used during the time kills were made at the site.

 

Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark

At Black Water Draw with Director George Crawford with the Draw in the background

At Blackwater Draw with Director George Crawford with the Draw in the background.

 

Black Water Draw dig exhibit overview with bones found at location

Blackwater Draw exhibit overview displaying the variety of bone bones found the location.

 

Norman Petty Recording Studio 

Kenneth Broad at the Norman Petty museum where Buddy Holly recorded

Kenneth Broad at the Norman Petty Recording Museum explaining the details of the equipment used for recording and playing Buddy Holly hits for us.

 

Original instruments used at the Norman Petty recording studio

The original recording studio, the original instruments and the original room acoustics used by Norman Petty produce a series of hits records by a variety of artists.

 

Fort Sumner

Foundation of the original Ft Sumner, which was destroyed by floods

An exposed original foundation of Ft Sumner. The Fort was eventually totally destroyed by floods. The current buildings are reconstructions.

 

Manager Aaron Roth discusses the reconstructed Ft Sumner officers quarters

Ft Sumner Site Manager Aaron Roth discusses the reconstructed Ft Sumner officers quarters.

 

Bosque Redondo

Ranger Grace Roybal discusses symbols in original rug from the Bosque Redondo times

Ranger Grace Roybal discusses symbolic meaning of the elements in an original rug from Bosque Redondo that was woven during the time the Navajos were held at the site.

 

Manger Aaron Roth discusses the memorial composed of the objects brought from all parts of the Navajo country

Manger Aaron Roth discusses the Memorial composed of the objects brought from all parts of the Navajo country.

 

Billy the Kid Country

Approximate location where Billy the Kid was killed at the Maxwell Ranch house

Approximate location where Billy the Kid was killed at the Maxwell Ranch house, which has long since been destroyed by river floods.

 

Billy the Kid grave site - maybe

Billy the Kid grave site – maybe

 


  July 15, 2016 – Albuquerque Museum Tour of the New Exhibit, “Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road”

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On Friday, July 15, 2016 seventeen members of the Friends Special Interest Group, Gallery Hoppers, met at the Albuquerque Museum to see the current exhibit, “Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road”. Our docent was the Friend’s member Kay Pickett.  This was a fun exhibit. Kay’s tour included a lot of new interesting information for many of us and probably touched some nostalgia with others.  This tour was followed by an optional lunch at the Slate at the Albuquerque Museum Café.

What a cool way to spend a hot day!  Thank you, Kay!

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