Although this month is one of the really great ones for Airstreaming in the southwest, we’re mostly staying at home. Since the Airstream is usually out from May through September, the mild weather of a southwest Fall season is the ideal opportunity to catch up on the rest of life. Maintenance on both of the Airstreams is part of it, thanks to cooling temperatures and a near-total lack of rain, but far more interesting is the process of planning for the next round of events.
I have spent much of the past week trying to wrap up the event schedule for Alumafiesta. After many hours of research and coordination, I am extremely glad to say that a Preliminary Event Program is ready for public release! We posted it on the Alumafiesta website today.
The program is looking very ambitious and I think it’s going to be another hit. We’ve got seven seminars, four evening presentations, musical entertainment, sword swallowing, five Happy Hours, four yoga sessions, a bike ride, a big hike and two walks, glass-making, six meals, five off-site tours, a cooking demo, cooking contest, three Open Grills … AND we’re working on a few surprises that aren’t on the Preliminary program yet.
One of the requests we got last year after Alumafiesta was to make sure it didn’t repeat exactly in 2014. I get that. If I were attending from another state, I’d be disinclined to drive back to Tucson and do the exact same things all over again. So we tossed out most of the excursions we did last year and substituted five new ones, plus we brought in two new entertainers, and added more seminars. We will do the same again in 2015, because there’s a lot of stuff to do in this area!
There are still a dozen details to nail down, but we are close enough to done that I can relax a bit and do the fun research. You see, somebody has to actually go to all of the places that we will visit during Alumafiesta and check out the details. This includes the tedious details like verifying that the driving maps are good, and that each parking lot has enough space, as well as the fun stuff like testing the menu at the various restaurants. I always leave this part for last because I regard it as my reward for weeks of desk work. I get to abandon my desk, get out for a few hours, and make sure that everything we’ve planned for the event meets a high standard.
For example, yesterday Emma and I loaded our bikes up on the roof of the trusty old Mercedes 300D to test a bike ride I’ll be leading during Alumafiesta. The ride is only 16 level miles round-trip, entirely on paved trail, so it wasn’t terribly challenging and it was very fun to do with my teenager. (It seems like this will be one of the last rides Emma does on her current bike—she’s managed to outgrow it yet again—so soon I’ll be shopping for a replacement. Ah well, it’s worth it to be able to have days like that with her.)
Restaurant testing will be next. I suspect I will have volunteers to help with that task, too.
I hope to see you in Tucson next February!