Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries

New lecture in September

Friends of the SaddleBrooke Libraries is pleased to announce that Larry Stillman will present A Member of the Tribe: The true story of America’s first (and only) Jewish Indian Chief. The lecture will reveal the fascinating and little-known story of Solomon Bibo, an immigrant Indian trader who was elected “Chief” of New Mexico’s Acoma Pueblo in the 1880s. His marriage to Indian princess Juana Valle, granddaughter of the tribe’s Cacique (headman), is one of the most unusual love stories to come out of the old West.

Larry Stillman, a SaddleBrooke resident, is a retired ad executive and author of two published books. The lecture will be on September 15 in the MountainView Ballroom at 3:30 p.m. There will be a $5 charge for non FSL members.

Limited space for FSL tours

Many have already reserved their place on the upcoming Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries (FSL) fall tours to Bisbee and Prescott. However, some space is still available.

Our first tour is to the mile high town of Bisbee for three days and two nights, October 5 through 7. Starting with a visit to the Amerind Foundation to view exhibits that tell the story of America’s first people, the tour will then move to Tombstone Courthouse State Park and then onto Bisbee where we will stay at the Copper Queen Hotel. Bisbee highlights include the Mining and Historic Museum, a Lavender jeep tour to locations featured in J.A. Jance’s Sheriff Joanna Brady mysteries and an underground tour of the Queen Mine.

A studio visit with photographer David Kachel and a gallery talk with sculptor Robert Wick are also planned. There will be free time to shop, visit galleries and explore Bisbee. The trip will conclude with a visit to the Sonoita Vineyards where we will tour the vineyards and enjoy a winetasting and lunch. The price for the tour is $695 per person double occupancy.

The second tour is to Prescott, Arizona’s Christmas City, December 8 through 10. Prescott hosts one of the biggest holiday celebrations in Arizona. The Courthouse Square is lit with hundreds of thousands of colored lights. One of the highlights of the celebration is the Acker Night Musical Showcase. Over a hundred musicians will perform around the square playing everything from Bluegrass to Brahms. The tour also includes visits to the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Phippen Museum of Western Art. Free time is scheduled to allow shopping and gallery visits. Accommodations are at the historic Hassayampa Inn. A stop at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg is planned for the return trip to SaddleBrooke. The price for the tour is $545 per person double occupancy.

For detailed itineraries, tour descriptions and registration forms, visit the FSL website