AGC of Texas’ Management Conference is almost here, and Shirley and I want to invite you and your family to join us. While there is a healthy program of industry issues, particularly focused on the upcoming legislative session and funding issues in general, the Management Conference is about so much more.
After the extremely high-paced initiatives from the Highway Funding Task Force and the perpetual preparations for funding advocacy, the conference is a place for us to slow down, relax, and enjoy our community of contractors in a setting removed from our everyday issues.
Immediate Past President Bob Lanham chose the picturesque location of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It has many stories to tell, if you have a knack for adventure. And if you’re into highways— and we know you are—there is no better place to tell the history of a highway than Santa Fe.
What would become the Santa Fe town site was home to Native Americans from 1200 to the early 1400's. Artifacts indicate shells were traded in those early days, establishing the area as a cultural crossroads. That history has continued to play out. El Camino Real, a migratory and mercantile trail, passed through on its way from Mexico City to the Pueblos north of the city starting in the late sixteenth century. Then came the Spanish who founded Real, a migratory and mercantile trail, passed through on its way from Mexico City to the Pueblos north of the city starting in the late sixteenth century. Then came the Spanish who founded Santa Fe in 1610. The Santa Fe Trail, a commercial highway in the 1800s, traversed central North America connecting Eastern US cities with Santa Fe before statehood was granted in 1912. Then came an influx of American artists in the early twentieth Century, creating the vibrant arts community that still flourishes in Santa Fe today.
All of these influences left enduring marks on Santa Fe's day-today life. From their savory regional cuisine to the nearby Indian Pueblos, Santa Fe's past is alive in the present.
This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of New Mexico’s statehood, which means the city has planned some major events in celebration. Shirley and I have included a few highlights of what’s going on during our Management Conference, for those of you wishing to explore what the city has to offer. For more information (because this only scratches the surface), go to the Santa Fe Travel Site at http://santafe.org. We hope to see you at the conference.
Things to do in Santa Fe
Rodeo de Santa Fe
Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds
3237 Rodeo Road
WHEN: June 20-24
From barrel racing to bareback and bull riding, the 2012 Rodeo de Santa Fe has it all! Aimed at families, there's also a calf scramble and other kid's events, a carnival midway, a parade, and plenty of food and souvenirs.
Southwest Festival of New Music
Center for Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail
WHEN: June 21-24
SFNM serves as a community pillar institution for Santa Fe and the region, advancing new classical music as a living art form. The theme of this year's Festival is “Music as Environmental Consciousness,” in homage to the 2012 centenary of John Cage, and it is headlined by a commissioned new work by Christian Wolff, close colleague of Cage and the last surviving member of the “New York School” of composers, which consisted of Cage, Morton Feldman, and Earle Brown.
Randal Davey Audubon Center - Guided Bird Walks
1800 Upper Canyon Road
WHEN: Saturdays 8:30 am
An experienced birder will lead an easy walk on the grounds of the 135-acre wildlife sanctuary that is the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary. Bring your binoculars or borrow ours. All skill levels are welcome. FREE—no reservations required—meet in parking lot.
Under The Influence Iroquois Artists at IAIA (1962- 2012)
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
108 Cathedral Place
WHEN: through July 31, 2012
Many of the more than 150 Iroquois artists have attended IAIA since 1962 have built distinguished careers on the innovative foundations provided by the Institute. This exhibit is a visual testament to the stimulating atmosphere of interchange and experimentation generated by the IAIA and its impact on one of the most visible and cohesive groups indigenous to the northeast.
Waterscapes: Photographs from the Collection
New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue
WHEN: April 6 - August 26, 2012
Water, its scarcity or abundance and our relation to this substance, which sustains life, is the theme of this photography exhibition. The selection of more than thirty photographs showcases the museum's strong holding of work by mid-century masters such as Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Laura Gilpin, Lisette Model,Eliot Porter, and others.
Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
WHEN: Through September 8, 2013
Georgia O'Keeffe was inspired to paint and draw New Mexico’s distinctive churches, crosses, folk art, Katsinum, and the astonishingly beautiful, painted desert that surrounded her Ghost Ranch house. The exhibit includes fifteen rarely seen pictures of nine different Hopi Katsinam.
Santa Fe Southern Railway
430-A West Manhattan Street
WHEN: Fridays & Saturdays
Ride a working freight train through high desert scenery on this four-hour (approximately) round trip from the historic depot in Santa Fe to Lamy, a sleepy little village eighteen miles southeast of Santa Fe and reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Wild West days! The train ride to Lamy is about one hour each way with a short layover.
Eight Northern Indian Pueblos
The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos lie between Santa Fe and Colorado, located in majestic mountain landscape. Learn about the rich history and contemporary cultures of the each of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos. For listings of feast days and other annual events, locations, and contact information, go to