Roots on the Rails - Gathering of the Tribe

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La Posada, 303 E. 2nd Street, Winslow

FOUR NIGHTS OF WONDERFUL MUSIC AT A LEGENDARY RAILROAD HOTEL with Jon Dee Graham, Mary Gauthier and Jaimee Harris, Bonnie Whitmore, BettySoo, and Dead Rock West

  • Over the last 17 years of organizing these musical adventures, an extraordinary and entirely unplanned phenomenon has developed – the formation of the Train Tribe. This band of merry travelers have forged deep connections with each other over the years – whether having traveled on one trip or twenty – and we couldn’t be happier about it! The Tribe continues to expand its welcoming embrace with every new traveler who signs up for one of our trips and "gets it".

  • This past year of social isolation has been tough on all who love to gather to enjoy love music. We know you all miss each other terribly, miss the artists you've come to know on our trips, and miss gathering in community for the music we all love. For those who were considering signing up for their first ROTR trip when the world shut down -- we hope you can join us for our first outing back into the world!

  • One of our favorite stops on many of our adventures has been La Posada – a beautifully-restored Mary Colter designed former Harvey House, La Posada is considered by many to be her architectural masterpiece. It is now a small hotel, with beautiful rooms, garden spaces, a spectacular restaurant and a perfect setting in which to gather safely socialize, and enjoy live music. We’ve done many trips here, and know the owners well. They have been meticulous in their re-opening and Covid-19 precautions, and since we will be essentially occupying the entire hotel, traffic from the outside world will be minimal.

  • La Posada is also situated perfectly for day trips to some of the Southwest’s great attractions: the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Meteor Crater, the Hopi ruins at Homolovi State park. So by day we’ll organize optional trips out to explore the region, or those who wish a more sedate experience can hang at the hotel in the rocking chairs on the platform and watch the trains roll by. We’ll have plenty of space for song circles, open mics, and perhaps some dramatic readings by those who have been honing their read aloud chops during the pandemic. By night, we’ll gather for music in the ballroom, or out in the Cottonwood grove. The gardens should be approaching their peak loveliness, and the weather should not be oppressively hot.

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THE PROGRAM

  • Monday, May 17: Staggered arrivals during the day, late afternoon trip check-in and Open Mic, dinner on your own, evening music program in either the ballroom or one of the outdoor spaces (weather dependent)

  • Tuesday, May 18: Morning departure for optional day trip to the Grand Canyon, lunch on your own at Grand Canyon, latte afternoon return to La Posada in time for dinner and evening music program.

  • Wednesday, May 19: UPDATE: It looks likely that the Navajo Nation will not have re-opened to visitors by the time we get there, and we have no desire to pose them any risk, so we will likely take this day for a side trip down to the beautiful red rocks of Sedona and a chance to explore the funky little town of Jerome -- which used to be known as "The Wickedest Town in the West". If the Navajo Nation has reopened for visitors, we’ll take a group out for a tour of Canyon de Chelly. Led by Navajo guides born and raised in the canyon, we’ll take 4x4 vehicles along the canyon floor, flanked by soaring sandstone walls, cliff dwelling ruins and petroglyphs. and hear the history of this fascinating place and meet the people still living here today. Late afternoon return to La Posada in time for Happy Hour/Open Mic and the evening’s music program.

  • Thursday, May 20: Mid-day trip to the Meteor Crater – the world's best-preserved meteor impact site. At mile wide and over 500 feet deep, this is a truly awesome sight to behold! Late afternoon musical Happy Hour, followed by a festive Farewell Dinner at the famous Turquoise Room, and evening music program.

  • Friday, May 21: The gathering officially winds down and we all head home.