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BIRDING IN TUBAC, May 2015

Some of the most gorgeous, avian eye candy in the United States can be enjoyed in two spots near downtown Tubac without burning more calories than you would watching TV in your den. If you have mobility issues or are just lethargic, it’s not even necessary to get out of your car. Don’t believe me?…

The Artist’s Daughter Celebrates 30 Years in Tubac

The Artist’s Daughter, opened in January 1986 by Ann Empie Groves, has been one of the most successful mainstays over the past 30 years in Tubac. In fact, just seven of the 28 gift shops and galleries that were doing business in 1986 are still open, she has calculated. Variety and great customer service may…

The Work of Bobb Vann at the TCA

  Currently, art lovers are enjoying a showing of 24 works by Tubac artist Bobb Vann, whose oil paintings are collected and displayed around the United States. The Tubac Center of the Arts has created a special solo exhibit titled “A Slice of Life.” For his entire life, Vann has been an artist, an illustrator…

Borderlands Photographer: Summertime Blues

Summertime in the borderlands is a time of thinning crowds and thickening clouds. During the southwestern monsoon, as June turns to July, the wide open skies fill up with the most dramatic weather of any place on Earth. The June heat drives away many seasonal residents. It’s the hottest month of all in southern Arizona…

Cultural Roots Preserved at Trincheras

At the Tubac Presidio through September 30th Prehistoric terraces with supporting rock walls where simple homes were constructed are preserved in northern Mexico and visitors interested in archaeology are welcome. That was the message given at a presentation on June 6 at the Tubac Presidio State Park. The state park has an exhibit currently in…

County Update June 2015

New visitor center coming to village The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is the newest location for an Arizona Office of Tourism visitor center. A spokesman said this is the culmination of a joint effort by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce and the Presidio to have an official visitor center for the Village. The Presidio…

Yoga With Kathy Edds

We all have our super heroes.  Thanks to Marvel Comics we are a generation that grew up with Superman, Spiderman and the Avengers.  Now we enjoy their over-the-top powers at the movies.  I am right there, looking forward to catching the next movie, “The Age of Ultron!” I am equally enamored by the myths of…

Successful Picnic Validates Historic Group

Nature gifted the April 12 annual picnic held by the Tubac Historical Society with a day more beautiful than ever, fresh air and not a spec of dust in the air as a result of the overnight rain. The already dazzling landscape at the Rock Corral Ranch in Tumacácori was enhanced by the bright colors,…

Shaw Kinsley Tapped for State History Honor

Based on his education, Shaw Kinsley believed that he would be “working in the special collections area of the University of Arizona Library” at this time in his life, but instead, for the past five years he’s been director of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. For his many accomplishments in not only keeping the…

A Western Review: BLACKTHORN

Blackthorn is a small treasure of a movie, sadly underseen. It’s a 2011 English-language film from Spanish director Mateo Gil and writer Miguel Barros. It stars the great Sam Shepard as an aging Butch Cassidy. The film is based on the well-known historical trio of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and Etta Place. They travelled,…

Out My Backdoor

Help us to be the always helpful Gardeners of the spirit Who know that without darkness Nothing comes to birth As without light Nothing flowers… May Sarton . Let us never take for granted the spirit of this wonderland in which we live.  We are the caretakers of this lovely valley, we are the gardeners…