Saturday, August 7, 2010

Valley of the Moon Fantasy Tour

Photos by Denyse Leventman

Valley of the Moon Celebrates Tucsons Birthday with a Fantasy Tour

Valley of The Moon / Tucson's Birthday 8/7/2010

Photos by Jon Scanlon

Happy Birthday Tucson!

On August 7th, 2010 Valley of the Moon once again celebrated kindness to all in the old Pueblo with a tribute to Tucson’s 235th Birthday.

The celebration is thought to be Valley of the Moon's single highest attended show in the last ten years and thanks to your generous support, Valley of the Moon raised over $800 dollars!

There was plenty of fun to be found at Tucson's only historic fairy fantasyland with:

Live Music

Face Painting

A Costume Contest

And an Alice in Wonderland finale show

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to our supporters, volunteers, sponsors, organizers, performers, crew, and, all of whom helped make this an delightful event!

Re Discover Tucson Expo at The Windmill Inn

Photos by Jon Scanlon

Re-Discover Tucson Expo at Windmill Inn

Bob Stewart of the Tucson Rodeo Parade museum

Eileen Warshaw, Jewish History Museum

Representing Old Tucson

Representing Saguaro National Park and educating people about buffel grass abatement.

Photos by David Fisher

Desert Reptiles at Wheeler Taft Library

Photos and blog post by Ambassador Bjay

I took my son and his best friend to see Desert Reptiles at Wheeler Taft Abbet, Sr. Branch Library.

They ooohed and aaahed over turtle shells and skeletons, a big lizard, a snake and much more. There were touchables and visuals every kid wanted to see. They will now look at the shell of a turtle in a new and wonderous way now.

To be honest, they felt I was dragging them along with me. They wanted to stay in the cool house and play video games. Right before we entered the room, they asked with disdain how long it was going to be. I thought - aye yay yay!

Soon they were anxiously waiting their turn to ask questions and making sure passed around items didn't miss them. When it was over, they didn't want to go. They were taking a closer look at things and asking more questions.

This video shows how rapt they became in the presentation:

Introducing the snake:

Touching the snake!

Our roles switched and I was the one wanting to get back to the cool house, but they wanted to look at the reptile books in the children's area and learn more about snakes and lizards.

What a great way to celebrate Tucson's Birthday!

Tucson Historical Society Teen Curators Exhibit / Keeping Cool in Tucson. 8/7/2010

Photos by Jon Scanlon

Padre Kino's Mass and party at San Xavier Del Bac Mission 8/7/2010

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Text by Mark O'Hare

Mission San Xavier del Bac founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J.

(Left to Right). Father Greg, Father Steve and Father Chris greeting those attending the Mass.

Father Steve leading the response to the Prayer of the Faithful.

Father Greg talking after the Mass about "Padre Kino: Arizona's First Apostle".

Rosie Garcia, President of the Kino Heritage Society, welcoming everyone to the birthday party for Father Kino in the Mission patio.

(Left to Right). Mark O'Hare, Kino Heritage Society, Josephine & Andrew Corder, (Josephine is Andy's daughter and she is hiding in the back) owners of Father Kino's Corner are comparing Father Kino's San Pedro River exploration map and the one on the birthday cake.

The birthday cake was donated by Tucson's Catholic Book and Gift Store - Father Kino's Corner.

Father Chris, Father Pete and Father Ed step in for Padre Kino on his 365th birthday.

(Left to Right). Father Gregory P. Adolf, Father Stephen Barnufsky, O.F.C., Father Christopher Corbally, S. J., Father Peter G. Neeley, S.J. and Father Eduardo Fernadez, S. J. All attended Padre Kino's 365th Birthday celebration.

Ballet Folklorico Tapatio de Tucson Arizona entertaining 400 people at the Mission patio for Father Kino's Birthday.

Ballet Folklorico Tapatio de Tucson Arizona dancing beneath the bell towers of Mission San Xavier del Bac.

Posted by Jon Scanlon