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Reach Beyond Expectations: Put a 2012 Stamp on the Biggest & Best TMY Festival Yet


It's just a few more days until our region celebrates a most irresistible combination of folklife fun and cultural practice.  
Next weekend, October 12-14, the strength of tradition will capture you, as it has every year since Tucson Meet Yourself's founding in 1974 by Jim and Loma Griffith. The living traditions and connections brought alive through TMY are the subject of this BorderLore Pre-Festival edition (a collection of Q&A's with four TMY staffers who know it best): 
  • Catch up with Dr. Maribel Alvarez, TMY's Program Director, folklorist and festival curator, as she puts the final touches on this year's TMY. She has much to tell you here.  
  • See culture comes alive....through children and play. Young people learn from their elders and are instilled with the desire to pass the play and learning along. And so it goes, from generation to generation. Kimi Eisele, curator of Kidlore (TMY's newest festival area), tells what's planned especially with kids and play in mind. Read more.  
  • TMY's new favorite color is green. Find out about sustainability and how it meshes with our 2012 festival from Operations Manager Mia Hansen here.  
  • Get ready to promenade and party, via TMY's jubilant new Traditions of Caribbean program. Learn more about the cultural objects and sounds of the annual Carnival from Trinidad, as organized and coordinated by TMY Board member and master percussionist Richard Noel. Read more.

Do we have your attention? Has BorderLore given you a taste of what's to come? When you step out into downtown, October 12 - 14, the meaning of community, living tradition and Tucson will all become clear. TMY is about expressive combinations: Fun with education, tradition with performance, recipes with storytelling. It's all about passing along multi-ethnic, living traditions. It's something to savor. Please join us and donate a dollar if you can, to help keep our Festival free.


2012, Tucson Meet Yourself. All rights reserved. BorderLore is the monthly e-news magazine of Tucson Meet Yourself, bringing thoughtful documentation about regional folklore, folklife and all manners of artful ways (in language, food, dress, music, decoration, storytelling, history) that residents of these often-conflicted border lands produce and share.


Editor:  Dr. Maribel Alvarez 
Staff this issue: Kimi Eisele, Mia Hansen, Richard Noel, Monica Surfaro Spigelman  


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Parking: There's plenty.   Find your spot from this list of garage, lot and street spots nearby. 


Schedule: Plan your visit  via the official TMY scheduler. It will work on your mobile device.




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