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Traditions Encircle Us


Just days from now, shared culture will capture our attention, as Tucson Meet Yourself remakes downtown into its own creative cultural city.

That weekend (October 11 through 13), we'll enjoy the circles of everyday folklife that bring our communities alive. Via clasped hands, or in designs of native baskets, and in our metaphors -- TMY's intertwined circles will celebrate culinary adventure, dance, song, art and so much more.

During all 40 annual festivals, the beauty of tradition always has encircled us. Although lured by tastes, sounds and scenes, ultimately TMY attendees discover that true festival depth is found in our diverse circles -- created as we step across comfortable boundaries to experience our differences.

This Pre-Festival BorderLore lays some groundwork:
  • Dr. Maribel Alvarez, TMY's Program Director, folklorist and festival curator, tells a story about circles that are unbroken here.    
  • Get beyond a simple "Eat Yourself" festival stereotype and learn what's cooking from TMY Culinary Kitchen coordinator Priscilla Mendenhall here.     
  • The performances you'll see on our four music stages are taking shape; read highlights here.   
  • Join in on one circle of long-service folk arts demonstrators here.   
  • It's a TMY tradition that volunteers keep enrolling up to the last minute. It is not too late to gift your time. Please check our call to action here. Also review nuts and bolts details about parking and getting to the festival here. More about festival sustainability here.  
  • News: Our festival of festivals has earned the 2013 Tucson Weekly Best of Tucson/Best Annual Festival award. We are honored and grateful to our community, and we're absolutely overjoyed by the Tucson Weekly descriptor of TMY that accompanied the announcement. It was so spot on in terms of what TMY is trying to accomplish that we're repeating it here.
    Special Collections, UA Main Library, is featuring an extensive TMY anniversary exhibit curated by TMY Board member and UA associate librarian Bob Diaz. Learn about the exhibit here.   
Always seen as a protective symbol of unity -- the circle holds great meaning at Tucson Meet Yourself. Soon, seemingly without beginning or end, the wholeness of joyfully intertwined TMY circles will remain unbroken, and enrich us all. Check the TMY website as the Festival nears for the most current details.

Please consider supporting this annual celebration of cultural expression and community education. When you come to the event, donate a dollar, if you can, to help us keep on keepin' on.



2013 Tucson Meet Yourself. All rights reserved. BorderLore is the 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 and more) that residents of these often-conflicted borderlands produce and share.


Editor: Dr. Maribel Alvarez
Staff: Priscilla Mendenhall,Monica Surfaro Spigelman    

 

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