PCOC 2013 Post-Conference Tour

The PCOC 2013 team is organizing a spectacular post-conference tour for those who can stay over for Monday, October 7! The itinerary is finalized! See details below.

Summary

We'll start bright and early (9:00 am) at the convention hotel. Then, our chartered motor coach will take us up the historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway (Highway 14) to the small town of Cerillos to the Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden, which is the artist studio of bronze and origami sculptor Kevin Box and his wife Jennifer. We'll get a personal tour of the studio from Kevin himself (with the assistance of his often-collaborator, Robert J. Lang), see work in progress, and wander the lovely grounds, viewing the outdoor sculptures and the rock formations of the New Mexico Garden of the Gods.

From there, our coach will continue on up the road to Santa Fe, the oldest (and most charming!) state capital in the US. Our destination is the historic Santa Fe Plaza for window- or real shopping and lunch in one of the many restaurants there.

After lunch, there are several options: you can explore the neighborhood of the Plaza, hang out, or get a jump on the bus by heading up to our next destination, the famous Canyon Road, the street of art galleries, including the Selby Fleetwood gallery that displays and sells Kevin and Robert's origami/bronze work and many other galleries (in one of which you'll find origami/metal artist Joe Spears' sculptures). Whatever your taste in art (or origami), you're bound to find something of interest.

In late afternoon, we'll gather for pizza, dinner, and folding on the bus as we make our way back to Albuquerque.

The total price will be $60/person, which includes the pizza dinner. For lunch, you'll be on your own (with plenty of choices).

Reservations

We'd like to thank all the people who filled out the "expression of interest" form. Now it's time to make and pay for your tour reservation. We must give the bus company a firm commitment and deposit for the number of buses we will need by July so we are asking for people to make a firm commitment now. Registration for the PCOC convention proper will open in July.

  • Registration for the post-conference tour is now closed, but you can join the waiting list by sending an email to origamimommy [at] mac.com.

Space will be limited, but:

  • If you register by May 15, you are guaranteed a spot.
  • If you register after May 15, reservations will be accepted till seats are full.
  • We will, however, keep a waiting list open in case people drop out.

Refunds for cancellations:

  • Cancel before July 1: full refund.
  • Cancel July 1 - Sept 1: half refund.
  • Cancel after Sept 1: no refund.

If you cancel after the deadline but we can fill your seat from the waiting list, you will get a full refund.

Detailed Schedule

October 7, 2013 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (or thereabouts). Departures will be sharply on the scheduled time. Arrival times may vary, due to traffic, etc.

Time Activity Details
9:00 am Leave Marriott Pyramid North Bus Ride
10:00–12:00 pm Arrive at Garden of the Gods (20 minutes south of Santa Fe on Hwy 14 between mile markers 34 and 35) Walk around Sculpture Garden/Visit Gallery/Lecture by Robert Lang & Kevin Box
12:30 pm Arrive at Santa Fe Plaza Tour Guide will give general overview of Santa Fe Plaza and information regarding possible lunch options
12:30–1:45 pm Lunch On your own. There are many restaurants on and around the Plaza.
1:45–3:15 pm Guided Tour (3 options)
  • Option 1 – A guided tour by your tour guide of the Plaza, etc; giving some time for souvenir shopping.
  • Option 2 – Museum and/or shopping on own.
  • Option 3 – Visit Plaza for a bit then walk to Canyon Rd on own.
3:30–4:45 pm Canyon Rd
  • Bus would meet group that is still on SF Plaza at 2:50 pm and take group to top of Canyon Rd.
  • Bus would pick up group at designated place near bottom of Canyon Rd. at 4:45 pm.
  • Option for people who would have difficulty physically navigating Canyon Rd. to stay on SF Plaza and bus will pick them up at 5:00 pm at a designated place.
5:00–6:00 pm Bus departs Santa Fe Pizza Party & Folding