18 December 2014

It's Santa Ears Time Again ~

As long as I have lived in Tucson these little Santa hats have been slipped onto the ears of Father Kino's steed to celebrate Christmas. The statue stands on Kino Parkway near 15th Street. If you would like to learn more about this remarkable man, click here. I have read that there is a movement to promote him for sainthood.

17 December 2014

Santa's Southwest Spiderman, Stan ~

Wow! Until today I didn't know that Santa had an arachnid helper here in Tucson. Here's what the big storybook in the sleigh says:

" 'Twas the the night before Christmas in 1805, when Tucson was in for an unhappy surprise.

The stockings were hung by the chimneys with care, in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

But dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, Donner and Blitzen were not acclimated to our famous dry heat and had to change course to prevent sweaty feet.

So quick thinking St Nicholas had to draw up a plan, he met with the wilds, who told him of Stan. 

They knew right away that he would light his skies path, and help to deliver to those sad from the pass.

The one and only Stanley West, the only arachnid that flies like the best, with web stronger than steel and feet grippy with feel, he'll bring Christmas back and do it with jest. 

For centuries now he's a known trust ride each holiday time that St Nick is stateside.

So - you heard it here first: Stanley West is a Tucson folk hero! And check out his shiny red nose!

16 December 2014

Galloping steeds ~

These handsome new equine sculptures greet shoppers at the renovated Plaza Palomino at Swan and Ft Lowell. The center's new owners widened the entrance and (sadly) removed the charming gate that flanked the driveway. I posted a photo of that gate a few years ago. If you would like to take a little trip back in time and see the former entrance that featured a wonderful Hopi Clown, click here.

15 December 2014

Cheerful holiday advice ~

I LOVE receiving handmade gifts! And after shopping at the St Michael's International Bazaar last week where just about everything was handmade, I know there are many beautiful items to be purchased that will help so many worthy charities. Think local, think handmade, and maybe even think HOMEMADE. Wouldn't your friends love to receive a box of your special recipe fudge? (WAY nicer than a Starbucks gift card....)

14 December 2014

Santa is at the Reid Park Zoo!

During December Tucson's Reid Park Zoo hosts "Zoo Lights," an evening of twinkling lights, illuminated animal sculptures, snow, and Santa! Fun!
Photos courtesy of Nathan S Bunker.

13 December 2014

Sabino Canyon Colors ~

Sabino Canyon is one of Tucson's hiking treasures. Here you can see that it is alive with fall color at the moment. Beautiful!
Photo courtesy of Rick Ranger.

12 December 2014

The Last Round Up ~

So after the children's pinata event at St Michael's International Bazaar, this enterprising little fellow gathered up a bag full of candy, grabbed a leg of the bull and made a run for it!