Members of the Tucson Society of the Blind are pictured below enjoying special field trips and programs at weekly meetings held every Tuesday morning. Each program and event is designed to be inclusive for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
Cecil the reptile guy
Erma pets a Gila Monster as guest speaker Cecil holds it while describing the texture of its scales.
Ruth strokes a snake while Cicil talks about their sun bathing lazy nature.
Erma checks out a small snake that Mike is passing around to TSB members and guests.
Joe examines a medium sized snake while Cecil comments on the size of the meals they can eat.
Ruth tenatively touches a large rattle snake as Cecil reminds listeners to back away slowly if they ever hear a rattle giving a warning.
Cecil carries around a captive rattle snake in a box that wildly stirs, demonstrating the sound one would hear when a rattle is preparing to attack.
Cecil places a covered box near Erma's ear as the captive rattle snake gives a proximity warning.
Lindsey McHugh plays the piano and sings for members of TSB at our weekly meeting. She also spoke about techniques for teaching blind students music.
Ben's Bells Award
Barbara Macpherson smiles as she holds up the Ben's Bells Award she just received from the organizations representative.
Barbara Macpherson stands to the left, with Annie Schlesinger at the right of the TSB logo of Timothy. Barbara has just been awarded for her continual service which has been appreciated by Annie who nominated her.
Blind and visually impaired folks can become socially isolated. Barbara Macpherson combated this by helping to found Tucson Society of the Blind, a weekly group which provides education, entertainment and socialization. She currently serves as Vice President and Program Chair. I am a member. She recruits and works with volunteers who assist at meetings and field trips. Barbara recently ran a successful Rodeo Concert as a fund raiser.
She is active in Tucson chapter of National Federation of the Blind. She has served on the Board and currently does notifications. Barbara is an example of the philosophy of living life as we want and not let blindness hold her back.
She periodically provides training for Sun Van drivers on how to assist and interact with blind and visually impaired riders.
Barbara uses her personal experiences with vision loss and training to reach out and assist others in working toward independent living which is meaningful and satisfying. Barbara mentors individuals by providing useful information and emotional support and stays in touch with many individuals to encourage them.
She is an example of what a visually impaired person can do including line dancing. She is making a difference in people's lives.
The Banjo Blasters kick it at TSB.
You can never have too many Banjos.
Banjo Heaven, members of the Banjo Blasters quickly pluck out the melody.
Upright Bass and the Washboard hold down the rhythm as the Banjo Blasters take off.
Historic Canoa Ranch, Marrch 14, 2017
TSB members listen to a docent as she describes the corale at the Historic Canoa Ranch.
A docent speaks in front of the wood wall and semi-modern metal covered area of the corale at the Historic Canoa Ranch.
Members of TSB sit on the large front porch of the former Ranchers Home at the Historic Canoa Ranch.
Humble kitchen of the single room home were Congressman Raul Grijalva grew up at the Canoa Ranch.
Rodeo Parade Museum - field trip March 7, 2017
Coal cars are lined up on a piece of track, representing a valuable cash resource for many western settlers.
The town blacksmith often acted as the local visitors center, and naturally a place to obtain replacement shoes for your hourse.
Saddles come in all sizes and designs to fit a variety of horses and riders needs.
The homemaker of the south-west today may have more tools than yesteryear, but the principles are still the same.
Function over luxury was of greater importance to most, with a small bed and wash tub found in this early south-west bedroom.
Storage of goods may be flashier today, but shelving and the use of containers has stayed pretty much the same.
Close up of washing bowl, which one sits in while dumping water over their body for basic cleaning.
Jail cells have never provided comfort, and this model of a 19th century cell clearly dipicts the dismal environment crimminals would have to endure when serving their sentance.
Country kitchen western style restaurant with checkered white and red tablecloths.
Model trains and buildings of early Tucson. Depicts downtown with train moving into view.
Model trains and buildings of early Tucson. Depicts downtown with horse and buggy carriage.
Model trains and buildings of early Tucson. Depicts Presideo Church and persons standing.
Model trains and buildings of early Tucson. Depicts tent city east of downtown with Red Cross camp.
Basic carriage with black leather seats and green body.
Covered carriage with large yellow wheels.
Fire engine carriage with ladders hanging on each side and still dressed up with festive elements used in the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Red covered carriage.
Blue and yellow covered carriage.
Members of TSB check out a carriage at the Rodeo Parade Museum.
Members of TSB listen as our docent speaks about a carriage at the Rodeo Parade Museum.
Sighted volunteer Diana and long time member Mike talk as they view carriages at the Rodeo Museum.
The Hearse, also known as the Funeral Carriage typically is black, but is white for children.
Upper society sought finely crafted carriages as a sign of their wealth, this Brewster model was the predicessor to top end cars of today.
Taxi's have served larger cities for hundreds of years, this black carriage provides privacy for riders in the back by offering a pull down screen.
Story of Lincoln's Funeral Train
Three sizes of model cabbooses similar to the Lincoln Memorial Train, in front a yellow N gauge that can fit in ones hand, at the left a red HO guage model about the size of a half can of soda, and at the right a much larger brown O guage cabboos train that is the size of a package.
A replica of a cabboos similar to the Lincoln Memorial Train at 1/50 scale. Painted with red-brown paint and a dark brown roof. Imprinted on the side is the logo for Taste Express.
A civil war pin with a gold star and stars & bars ribbon below are affixed to a medium grey wool jacket.
Wayne Wesolowski from the Casden Toy Train Museum wears his replica civil war jacket made of grey wool. Earlier he provided a detailed history of the Lincoln Memorial Train on its 20 day national journey to the President's final resting place.
Tony Sings on Valentines Day
Tony sits on a stool playing his guitar while singing several favorites on Valentines Day 2017.
Tom Chesnut Shakes, Rattles, and Rolls TSB
Tom Chesnut sings many favorite oldies at TSB. He holds microphone as he gentlly croons out songs, while wearing a black shirt and slowly moving around the room.
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