The Old Trails Museum and Winslow Arts Trust unveil a new photography exhibit, Territorial Town: Winslow, Arizona, from 1880 to Statehood, on Saturday, September 10, at La Posada Hotel, located at 303 East 2nd Street. The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and will be on display through early 2012.
The exhibit shares its title with the Old Trail Museum’s 2012 historical calendar, available for purchase at the end of September. Both the exhibit and calendar explore Winslow’s Territorial history, from the plotting of the townsite through the granting of Arizona statehood, and give a visual sense of what it was like for the city’s earliest residents.
The Old Trails Museum’s exhibit, Women of Winslow, will re-open that same Saturday at the Winslow Visitors Center/ Hubbell Trading Post, where it will be on display through early 2012. Both exhibit openings are part of the Winslow Historical Society’s Second Saturdays in Winslow series, which will explore Winslow’s diverse history over the next year in celebration of Arizona’s State Centennial on February 14, 2012.
Also on Saturday, September 10, the Winslow Arts Trust will host a talk and book signing by NAU Journalism Professor Peter Friederici from 2 to 3 p.m. Friederici will discuss What Has Passed and What Remains: Oral Histories of Northern Arizona’s Changing Landscape, the project that spawned the book and interactive kiosk of the same name. The kiosk features photographs, artifacts, and video of the oral history interviewees, and will be on display at La Posada through early 2012.
People say that there are four seasons in a solar year, but here in La Posada’s Gardens there are actually five. The fifth season has just commenced. We know that it has arrived when white cloud puffs begin rising over the White Mountains (east), Hopi mesas (north), San Francisco Peaks (west), and Mogollon Rim (south). By afternoon, these clouds have turned into blue and purple “summer monsoon” thunderstorms. Sometimes they roll down from the higher terrain surrounding Winslow and the bottom of the Little Colorado River Valley, bringing the gardens sacred, life-giving rains. Many July and August afternoons these monsoons bring only cooling gusts of wind and dust, rather than rain. No matter: we always celebrate this fifth season of the year, when the hot, clear blue skies of the dry season are suddenly filled in with clouds, lightning, thunder, and rain.
Of course, the five seasons are not separate from one another. They are intertwined; they overlap. For example, the vitex trees near the south and north entrances that are blooming right now with long, vivid purple/blue flowers did not leaf out until spring (the third season) had turned into summer (the fourth season). Vitex are extremely cold sensitive. Their leaves wait for warmth, and their flowers wait for heat….The plump, pungent bulbs of “Music” garlic that we recently harvested for The Turquoise Room were planted in October (Autumn, the second season) and survived the unusually severe cold of late December 2010 (Winter, the first season), when temperatures fell several degrees below zero. As the dry season turned into the monsoon, these garlic beds in the Jardin Potager were replanted with hot green New Mexico chiles and heat-loving eggplant, whose fruits are as black as a cold winter’s night. A garden is a circle.
Enjoy the fifth season in La Posada’s acres of organic gardens. Celebrate the clouds, sunshine, and rain.
Patrick Pynes, Ph.D., Gardens Manager