March 15-17, 2013
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To get to WTAMU:
Travelers flying in may also wish to compare rates and times flying into Preston Smith International Airport (LBB) in Lubbock, Texas, an approximately 90-minute drive from WTAMU. LBB is also served by American Eagle, United and Southwest, and flights generally connect through either Dallas or Houston. From LBB to Canyon, travelers will need to rent a car.
By Ground: Canyon, Texas is located on Interstate 27, which connects Amarillo and Lubbock. From I-27 take US60W/US87S and follow signs for US87 South, which leads directly to the main campus of WTAMU. Just after leaving the expressway, turn left on Russell Long Boulevard, and then right on Victory Drive. Park in any of the lots convenient to the Department of Music, and you will be issued a parking permit at registration.
Oklahoma City, OK: 4 hours
The Best Western Palo Duro Canyon Inn & Suites, will offer discounted rates for the workshop participants.
· Buffalo Inn-Canyon
· Best Western Palo Duro Canyon Inn & Suites
· Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Canyon
· Hudspeth House
In addition, there is one hotel in Canyon that is more than a mile from campus:
· Knights Inn And Suites Canyon
Staying in Amarillo:
Weather and Health Concerns:
This fact, combined with Canyon’s altitude of 3543 feet above sea level, indicates the use of sunscreen at nearly all times of year for individuals susceptible to sunburn who will take part in outdoor activities. Unlike other parts of the country, the high temperature for the day tends to be recorded just before sunset rather than earlier in the afternoon, and it is not uncommon in October to wear a light jacket all day, or at least in the morning and evening. The key to an enjoyable stay in West Texas for many individuals is remaining well-hydrated and treating seasonal allergy symptoms if they arise.
Other outdoor locations of interest within a day’s drive of Canyon include Black Mesa, the highest point in Oklahoma, and Capulin Volcano and White Sands National Monuments in New Mexico (as well as Roswell, for those interested in extraterrestrials…), as well as Pikes Peak in Colorado. Santa Fe, New Mexico is an easy drive from Canyon, and would be an excellent second stop for an extended weekend visit, and Albuquerque, New Mexico also offers many cultural and entertainment options.
Amarillo is home to the Cadillac Ranch, a work of public art by the Ant Farm consisting of ten derelict Cadillac sedans buried nose-first in the prairie, Stonehenge-style. The ranch is about 4 miles west of Amarillo on Interstate 40, and visitors are encouraged to bring spray paint to redecorate the installation.
Native American tribes were present in the South High Plains at least 13,500 years ago, and the distinctive “Clovis point” spear technology, named after the town of nearby Clovis, New Mexico, dates from this era. By the 15th century C.E., Native American culture in the area was a part of a continent-wide trading network, as can be seen at the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument near Amarillo, the location of a rich source of the soft stone prized for its ability to be worked into blades and points.
The area south of Canyon toward Lubbock was dubbed the Llano Estacado or “Staked Plain” by members of Coronado’s expedition, the first Europeans to visit the area. They found the terrain to be so featureless that they resorted to driving stakes into the ground to create landmarks for the return journey during their expedition from Mexico north as far as Central Kansas during 1540-42.
Canyon is in the heart of the historic Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when a prolonged drought caused millions of acres of fallow farmland in the South High Plains to simply dry up and blow away. An excellent book on the subject is Timothy Egan’s The Worst Hard Time, and many of the locations described in that volume are an easy drive from Canyon, including Dalhart, Texas.