Corona de Tucson
December 10, 2023
Last weekend was Luminaria Nights de Tubac and date night for us. This quaint little artsy community holds this annual Christmas event the first weekend in December. The village is full of Christmas treats, shopping, music, lights and the stores stay open late. We arrived just before sunset...
and perused the walkways.
My favorite is passing by the store fronts and peeking thru the windows.
Whenever in Tubac, we always make a stop at The Clay Rabbit.
The Clay Rabbit has been around for over 40 years. It started in Oregon and made its way to southwest Arizona about 10 years ago.
|The Clay Rabbit store front
Pottery pieces are made from high fired stoneware and are very durable...oven proof, microwave safe, weather resistant and even scratch resistant. Debbie is the artist hand painting each unique piece and her husband is the potter. Both work in their studio/gallery (shown in the above photo) and invite folks inside to "see up close" their work in progress and their finished products.
Before heading home, we stopped in for a toasted sandwich and iced latte at Tubac Deli & Coffee. This small deli serves the best breads, pastries and pies...baked in house daily.
During morning coffee on Sunday, we decided to head north to Gallery in the Sun...a 10 acre National Historic District built by artist Ted DeGrazia in the 1950s...to attend the La Fiesta de Guadaloupe.
|The gallery itself is a work of art.
The La Fiesta de Guadaloupe celebration at Gallery in the Sun began some 40 years ago when DeGrazia opened up his mission, gallery and grounds free of charge to honor Mexico's patron saint, Our Lady of Guadaloupe, with music and dancing. The event was held outside under beautiful blue skies.
|Titled: Revolution Adelitz #15
oil on canvas: 1937
|Titled: Saint Almo Saloon
oil on canvas: 1941
On the far right of the picture DeGrazia misspelled the name as Saint Almo Saloon. St Elmo Saloon, established in 1902 is still open as the longest continually run bar in Arizona.
oil on canvas: 1940
|Titled: Third Class Bus
oil on canvas: 1944
Back at the oasis, I enjoyed the kitchen, holiday music and checked a couple of favorites off the "Will you please make..." list while Joe followed the doctor's orders and took it easy for a couple of days.
|Two batches were requested...one for Joe and one for Jamie
|Joe wanted cookies! He isn't picky so I made my favorite peanut butter cookies dipped in Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate melting wafers.
The weather last week was perfect and we enjoyed our daily walks some early afternoon walks with gorgeous blue skies...
As members of the Daily Savings Club with Wild Birds Unlimited we get a 15% discount on bird food and earn bird bucks with purchases. We earned enough bucks to receive a backyard wreath for our feathered friends.
That is every bird except the one I want to capture a picture of...what a great December photo that would be to have Mr. C perched on the wreath. But no, Mr. C just sits and studies the wreath, and neither he or his beautiful female companion have yet to perch and enjoy.
Fingers are still crossed as we still haven't seen Mr. Ladder-backed Woodpecker yet...just the sweet little misses.
Other than the trama of jeep riding to the groomer, Sally has had a good week. I realized after I posted last week's blog that I failed to include sweet Sally. Shame on me...I can't remember the last time that happened, but I'm thinking years! This week I'll share two photos...
(Thank you for daily photos Jena!)
Until next time...