Put on your dancing shoes, because it's time for the PERFORMANCE segment of #BestofFiesta. What's your favorite? Folklórico? Matachines? Pascolas? Horses? Comment here!

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#BestofFiesta wouldn't be complete without a shoutout to the DEMONSTRATORS and VENDORS who offer unique experiences and products. Watch an artist work in real time, have a conversation, learn how the process comes together, then go home with a unique creation. (Shoppers, remember that Fiesta is a rustic affair and generally cash-only!) What is your most treasured demonstrator memory?

Less than a week to go, and we're doing #BestofFiesta - the ACTIVITIES. What was the most memorable for your family? What are you looking forward to this year? (Remember that participating in activities at Fiesta earns you stamps which earns you awesome prizes...)


Next up in #BestofFiesta, MUSIC. The Tumacácori Fiesta features musical traditions including mariachi, waila, bluegrass, and norteño. What's the best musical experience you had at Fiesta?

In the runup to the 47th annual Fiesta de Tumacácori, coming up on December 2nd and 3rd, we celebrate all of our favorites! Share your #BestofFiesta here. Today's installment, just time in time for Thanksgiving: FOOD. What was the best thing you ever ate at Fiesta?


Lucy Midelfort hails from Charlottesville, VA, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Did her father's research in 16th century German medicine, witchcraft, and history inspire her own in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at William and Mary College? Did it feed her passions for environmental advocacy, pottery, and historic preservation? Sit down with her and a honey-pecan-cream-cheese-on-an-everything-bagel from Bodo's to find out. Silvia Callegari comes to us from Manhattan, NY. Daughter of a a make-up artist at the Metropolitan Opera House and a Czech-American public relations guru, she played piano growing up and fondly remembers walking across Central Park everyday to and from school. She majored in creative writing and architecture at New York University. (Can you sense her nostalgic longing for the Big Apple?) John Giganti grew up in Lincoln Park, NJ. He has many degrees and studied library science with focus in archiving. His favorite archival piece -- the suitcase that architect Louis Kahn (John’s personal hero) had when he passed away at Penn Station in New York City. He's seen a lot of North America having lived in San Francisco and New York while working for an architectural firm. In fact, he drove here from Philadelphia, visiting many national parks along the way. A favorite was a certain Canyon - not Grand - but "Chac" full of culture.

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Next up, on #heroesofpreservation, we have: Nicole Declet is from Bayamón, Puerto Rico near San Juan -- capitol of Puerto Rico and home of @sanjuannps . Bayamón was founded in the 1700’s and still maintains its historic structures. Nicole knows because she worked there as a tour guide and also studied architecture in the University of Puerto Rico. Now that she has finished graduate school, she relaxes with the Harry Potter series and favorite foods from Puerto Rico. Remember: fried plantains are squashed, salted, fried, and seasoned with adobo -- not "adobe!" 🍌 Sarah Stratte hails from Redding, California just south of Oregon in the Central Valley near @whiskeytownnra . She studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. (That makes her a bonafide Bruin, but not a literal small bear.) Growing up in California, she thought everyone had a giant park in their backyard but it wasn't until she visited the southwest that she discovered a love of backpacking. So, when she's not climbing the scaffolding of historic buildings, you may find her climbing mountains. 🏔️🎒

Starting Monday, you can find Courtney and Jean climbing church scaffolding to apply nano-lime treatments to the original interior plaster. Who are these #heroesofpreservation? Courtney Magill hails from Atlanta, Georgia with a major in Art History and Classical Culture from the University of Georgia. Originally an aspiring veterinarian, she still loves animals and has a strong science background. While she's working on mud and plaster here at Tumacácori, does she miss her specialty which is traditional finishes on log cabins? Not as much as she misses her beloved southern cuisine. Ask her for her Fried Chicken and Waffle recipe...🍗 Jean Jang was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma to Korean parents then moved to Korea when she was six and stayed until college graduation. She studied Korean traditional architecture with a focus on a ruin site interpretative restoration. (Sounds familiar!) Jean enjoys Korean dramas and music and is starting to enjoy petrographic analysis which involves looking at a thin slices of bulky materials like rocks and lime plaster. What's not to love about that? ⚒️ Learn more about the preservation work going on in the next few weeks at:

"Arizonans don't melt in the rain," advises visitor Lexia Gibson. (That's her husband walking out of the church like it #aintnothing )

On #FeatheredFriday, we explore the diversity of bird life at Tumacácori and the simple thrills that come with observing it. This week (and for many weeks still to come), the hot ticket in town is the Rose-throated becard nest along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. As stated by the National Audubon Society, "This tropical bird barely extends north of the Mexican border in summer. In our area it occurs regularly only along a few streams in southern Arizona...Quiet and inconspicuous, it is easily overlooked as it perches high within the canopy of the trees, occasionally fluttering out to pick an insect from the foliage. Its massive, football-shaped nest, swinging at the end of a dangling branch, is often the first clue that becards are present." Resource Manager Roger Dorr (pictured here in classic #rangerspointingatthings position) calls the male at Tumacácori's nest "Jean Luc." Would that make the female "Beverly?"

Día de San Juan in progress! Cup races, raspados, and the monsoon tunnel rule the day!