The Mini Time Machine

Mini time museumBe transported to a teeny tiny world like you’ve never seen before during an offisite tour to this offbeat museum during Alumafiesta.

Whether you’re a fan of “doll houses” or not, you’ll be stunned by the immense detail and intricate artistry of the antique and contemporary models and objects at the remarkable Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson.

You’ll feel like Gulliver among the Lilliputians as you move through the interactive displays that depict varying themes and historical eras. The permanent collection contains over 275 miniature houses and room boxes (including one of the oldest miniature houses in the country, built in 1775); examples of miniatures used in cultures around the world; minute, fully-functioning tools; and a real—as in, a musician could actually play it—ultra-miniature violin.

“My husband and I spent hours in awe of the meticulous craftsmanship of the tiny replicas of everyday life across many time periods,” writes an online reviewer. “It was amazing. The level of detail is mind-blowing.”

Learn “how miniatures are used in society, and their importance to our future” through this informative video. “Art comes in all shapes and sizes,” the narrator states, “and some of the most highly regarded forms of art are smaller in scale.”

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Airstream winter trip

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Where did the summer go?

It’s still warm(ish), but there’s a nip of fall in the air, and winter weather is on the way. That means one thing for Airstreamers: road trip!

Escape to Arizona in January and join us at Alumafiesta in Tucson. We’re already hard at work putting together a new program packed with five days of fun, including all-new guided tours of Tucson’s cultural and historical sites—the area is rich with more to see and do than you might think—outdoor recreation opportunities, and educational seminars and presentations.

Sign up soon—space is limited (really). And if you register and order your Alumafiesta logo t-shirt by December 15, 2014, your event shirt is only $10 for each adult. (T-shirts are regularly $19.95 each. Ladies; take note of the women’s style.)fiesta15-menT_steelbluefiesta15-womenT_carolinablue

Alumafiesta isn’t an Airstream-only party—all brands of RV are welcome at Aluma-events. Feel free to forward this post to your camping friends and invite them to meet you this winter in the sunny Southwest!

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Sign up now for Alumafiesta

Registration is now open for Alumafiesta!

We’ll be returning to the Lazydays KOA in Tucson, Arizona, January 27 through February 1, 2015. You might notice that we moved the dates up a week…Alumafiesta now concludes on the first day of the big Gem Show.

There was so much on the schedule in 2014 that it was impossible to “do it all” and we guarantee a week jam-packed with activities next year, too.

Check out the Alumafiesta Facebook page to see photos and videos of the fun we had during our first-ever event in Tucson. There’s so much to enjoy in southern Arizona!

Dates are set for two other 2015 Aluma-events, and we’d love to see you there. Tell your friends! Remember, our events are not just for Airstream owners; the activity-packed schedules offer something for everyone:

Alumapalooza 6, returning to the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio, May 26 —31, 2015

Alumaflamingo, at the Sarasota Fairgrounds in Sarasota, Florida, February 24 – March 1, 2015

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Recipes from Eleanor’s cooking demo

Did you enjoy the cooking demonstration at Alumafiesta?  We’ve got the recipes for the entire six-course meal here, by popular request.  Click here to download the Alumafiesta recipes to your computer.

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Pre-event instructions for attendees of Alumafiesta 2014

Are you registered for Alumafiesta 2014?  Then you’ll want to start packing up the Airstream for a sunny week in Tucson!

We’ve got lots of special events and activities planned for the week, so there are a few things we’d like to remind you to bring. It’s all in this document:  Pre-Event Instructions Fiesta 2014.  Please click on the title and read the handy tips it contains.

Just as a reminder, Tucson’s average February high temp is 68 degrees, and nights tend to dip into the 40s.  We get 360 days a year with sunshine, so even in February it’s a good idea to bring along some sunscreen.  For the evening Open Grills and Roving Happy Hours you’ll want something warm to wear, because it cools down rapidly in the desert.  And don’t forget your swimsuit for the 90 degree swimming pools!

Safe travels to all of you.  We’ll see you in Tucson soon.

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Swap meet!

One of the favorite activities at an R&B Event is always the swap meet!

bootiesIt’s completely casual: Bring anything you have to trade or sell to Alumafiesta (Airstream-related or otherwise), choose a table from the many provided, and display your wares.

It’s a great way to get to know your fellow Airstreamers while unloading those trailer parts you no longer need and the fabulous decor items you no longer use. Kitchenware, books, handmade gifts, and all things flamingo are perfect items to sell as well, although anything goes.

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, it’s great fun! This year the Swap Meet will be held at 9am, so bring a cup of coffee and a lot of ones. (What’s the old saying? One man’s trailer trash is another man’s trailer treasure?)

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Airstream Team beams to Tucson

Justin Humphreys, VP of Sales at Airstream, Inc., and Dave Schumann—longtime Airstream expert and General Manager of the Service Center at Airstream, Inc.—will be present, virtually, at Alumafiesta.

Join Justin and Dave as they host their “State of Airstream” presentation via Skype on Wednesday, February 6.

“I’ll give an update on the company, how it’s doing, the new dealers, the new products; a snapshot of what’s going on in Jackson Center,” Justin said. “Then Dave and I will host a Q&A session for the whole group. Dave will field the technical questions.”

“People are curious about the company,” Justin continued. “How are sales, what’s the state of the industry overall, how is the new world economy affecting Airstream.” They are also interested in the international business; Airstream has new dealerships in China, Korea and Australia in addition to ones already established in Japan and Europe.

What’s the number one question on Airstreamer’s minds, though? “What’s the best seller,” laughed Justin. (Spoiler alert: “The answer is always the Flying Cloud,” he said, sales winner for the last several years. Various models jostle for place and show.)

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Yappy Hour!

photo by Alison Turner. APZ 2012 attendees  photo by Alison Turner. APZ 2012 attendees

Dog-friendly fun is always on the schedule at our Alumaevents.

happy houndYour furry trailermates are welcome on leash in the campground at Alumafiesta (though not in the Event Center), and there will be an open space nearby where they can run and play.

alumadoxiesDon’t miss Yappy Hour—a meet ‘n sniff for all the Airstreaming dogs and the people they own—in the dog run area at 3pm on Tuesday (day one).

Is this your first time Airstreaming with a pet? This website offers some excellent advice and safety tips.

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Food Truck Friday

Food Truck 5Come hungry at lunchtime on Friday, Feb. 7! Delicious and uncommon fare from three popular Arizona food carts will be served at Alumafiesta from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm.

Unless you live under a rock, you’re aware of the street food craze that has been sweeping the nation from coast to coast. Liberated from the confines of established, traditional restaurants, the accomplished chefs who operate local food trucks enjoy the freedom to introduce new recipes, experiment with ethnic and/or local artisan ingredients, and deliver their affordable small-plate cuisine in any location they’re allowed to park their restaurant on wheels.

Here’s a taste of the cuisine you’ll experience at the lunchtime food truck roundup:

Max and Andrea Offermann from Germany will serve their “German comfort food” from the German Food Station. “On our first trip to the United States in September 1990 we have got married in Las Vegas,” they state on their website. “Since then, we fell in love with this country and its people and we always dreamed about living here. Now, 22 years later our dream came true. We found a new home far from home in beautiful Arizona and we are living here from October through May to escape from the cold and ugly German winter weather…Being restless Germans who can not just sit around and doing nothing at all, we decided to launch a small business by opening a German Food Trailer.”

Food Truck 2Food Truck 4You’ll find “Mexican-Korean Fusion Food” at the Bam Bam truck. We tried their signature Korean steak taco and it was surprisingly good, full of flavor with lot of complex layers.

Food Truck 3The Twisted Tandoor is the only Indian food truck in Tucson. If you love Indian food, you’ll love the Twisted Tandoor. It’s very spicy but awesomely good if you can handle the heat!

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Who will be the Top Aluminum Chef?

Once again we’ll be holding the “Aluminum Chef” competition, and you are invited!   Your challenge is to use the five ingredients listed below to make a delicious dish, which you will present to our Chef Judges during Alumafiesta in Tucson.   All of the creations will be tasted and reviewed, and the best will be selected for a second challenge during the event, which we call the “Aluminum Chef Shootout.”   All participants in the Shootout will get an award, and the Top Aluminum Chef will get a special prize!

Do you think you can master the challenge?  Then assemble these ingredients and bring them to Alumafiesta, along with a copy of your recipe.

Cream Cheese: any style
Raisins: Thompson or Golden
Maple: flavor, sugar, or syrup
Pumpkin or Butternut Squash: fresh, canned, or frozen
White Beans: Navy, Cannellini, or Great Northern

The Rules are simple:

  1. All five ingredients must be used in one finished edible product
  2. All five ingredients must be discernible
  3. Number of other ingredients is not limited
  4. Recipe being presented for judging must be prepared on site on THURSDAY, February 6.
  5. Bring the recipe with your entry.

Recipes will be judged on presentation, creativity, and flavor.  Decision of the Chef Judges on any matter is final.

If you are selected for the Aluminum Chef Shootout, you’ll be handed five new ingredients on Thursday to prepare in your Airstream by Saturday.  You won’t know those five ingredients until we give them to you. Be ready to get creative! Final judging and awarding of the Aluminum Chef prizes will be on Saturday.

Do you have what it takes to become an Aluminum Chef?  Give it a try!

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