Cirque Roots Performance!

cirqueChances are you’ve never seen anything quite like Cirque Roots—the circus-inspired performance troup that will entertain the crowd at Alumafiesta this winter.

Their amazing stage show is a fabulous swirling hodgepodge of partner acrobatics, clowning, miming, hoop dancing, juggling, comedy, and color. It’s beautiful, it’s breathtaking, it’s bizarre—and more than a little silly.

The Cirque Roots studio is a grassroots artist collective in downtown Tucson, “envisioned as a space to create and play through movement and dance.” Some of Tucson’s most unique entertainers practice and perform there. You’ll love this show—held in the main tent at Alumafiesta on Saturday night.

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Arizona State Museum

While you’re in Tucson for Alumafiesta you’ll have the opportunity to tour the wonderful Arizona State Museum. Located on the University of Arizona campus, the state museum is the largest (and oldest) of its kind in the Southwest and is the hub of southwest anthropology research and preservation.

The collections (and the renowned museum experts) are “among the world’s most significant resources for the study of southwestern cultures,” states their website.

The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of whole Southwest Indian pottery, and the collection of Native American basketry is vast, as well: more than 25,000+ rare woven items that include outstanding examples of rare and impressive baskets, sandals, mats, and more.

Some of the nation’s earliest and most rare examples of Navajo textiles are there, too—including one of the largest Navajo rugs ever woven.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg…er, saguaro. More than three million objects are held in the museum, including thousands and thousands of archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, photographs, rare books, maps, and even sound recordings. And Mexican folk masks. And vertebrate skeletons. What’s NOT in this museum?

Don’t worry, a tour guide will break it all down for you. Alumafiesta attendees will be treated to an exclusive curator tour with access to the conservation lab, pottery vault, and basket vault. In addition, you’ll meet the archaeologists, and a museum expert will lead a fascinating one-hour tour of the Paths of Life exhibit.

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Alumafiesta outing: petroglyph hike!

Saguaro National Park is named for (and home to) the nation’s largest cactus: Carnegiea gigantea, called the saguaro (pronounced suh-wahr-oh) in Spanish.

You know the saguaro, universal meme of the Southwest: the tree-like cactus of the Roadrunner cartoons that stands like a giant (growing up to 70 feet tall) with arms upstretched to the sun. Native to the Sonoran Desert, the saguaro’s blossom is Arizona’s state wildflower.

No doubt about it, the scenic Sonoran Desert is a magical place, and you’ll have a chance to explore it with your fellow Airstreamers during Alumafiesta.

Saguaro National Park is also home to a fascinating form of manmade rock art: petroglyphs, created by the prehistoric Hohokam people more than a thousand years ago.

The petroglyphs you’ll see on the Signal Hill Petroglyphs Trail were likely made during hunting and gathering expeditions, though no one is quite sure about the meaning of these ancient messages pecked into the rocky hilltop. Are they astronomical markers? Religious, or ceremonial symbols? Simply decoration? Explorer’s maps? Bygone graffiti? Shopping lists? It’s fun (and awe-inspiring) to view them and imagine what the ancient artists had in mind.

So, sign up at the Alumafiesta welcome table in the main tent for the Saguaro West Petroglyph Hike, a short, steep, half-mile climb to see dozens of these striking carvings. The petroglyph trail is rough and uneven in places, with rock steps—be sure to bring your hiking boots or other sturdy shoes to Tucson!

Other recreational outings will be on the program, too, so pack in general for outdoor adventure: footwear, sunscreen, hat, etcetera.

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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


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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