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The annual gathering of the Tohono O'odham Nation features inter-tribal dances, hoop dance contest, drum contests, crafts and food vendors at Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Just nine miles south of downtown Tucson, the San Xavier del Bac Mission, originally founded in 1692, allows visitors to experience authentic 18th century art and Spanish Colonial architecture. With a fascinating past deeply intertwined with Mexican and American history, the Mission continues in its original purpose as a church, now with a school and convent attached. There is also a free museum open 8:30am-4:30pm daily at the site to further illustrate and explain the church’s rich story.
As 2011 winds down to an end, activities are cranked up to their fullest. The holidays are here, and with them comes a wealth of concerts, classes, plays and other events, most aimed at bringing smiles to people of all ages.
During last week's full moon, Mission San Xavier del Bac was lit up from 5 to 10 p.m. allowing photographers an unusual subject, seeing as the mission is usually kept dark at night. Hundreds of photographers made their way to the mission, which is located just west of Interstate 19 slightly south of Valencia Road.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, During last week's full moon, Mission San Xavier del Bac was lit up from 5 to 10 p.m. allowing photographers an unusual subject, seeing as the mission is usually kept dark at night. Hundreds of photographers made their way to the mission, which is located just west of Interstate 19 slightly south of Valencia Road.
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Last week, to commemorate the completed restoration of the western tower at Mission San Xavier del Bac, organizers lit up the church for a one-time photo opportunity.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Mike Henry and Ria Ryne, both members of a local photography club, set up their large-format cameras ranging in size from 4x5 inches to a 12x20 inches in preparation for the one-time photo-opportunity last Friday night at Mission San Xavier del Bac. Organizers lit up the mission from dusk to 10:30 p.m. to allow for night photography. Hundreds of photographers showed up for the nighttime spectacle.
It’s the middle of a school day, and a bunch of fourth-graders in bandanas and face paint stand at the trailhead of an ancient path.
If there is one thing to be said about Arizona, it's that we have plenty of trails to hike to better absorb the beauty surrounding us, despite being in such a dire drought for so long. It is only recently the higher elevations have been reopened for visitation, and many of those trails still remain closed, particularly in areas that have experienced catastrophic fires.