TSP Ladies

 Activities for spouses of Astronomers

We are providing non-astronomy activities for women who would like other things to do including:

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The TSP Ladies website includes pictures from the activities, a message board, and other community features to meet and talk with other TSP Ladies.

  •  Afternoon Tour of Prude Family Home (Historic Landmark)

    • What:   Join us for a tour of the Prude Family Home
      •  We have also featured treats/snacks
    • When:   2 PM Wednesday May 20, 2020
    • Where:  The Big House at Prude Ranch (built 1911, a Texas Historic Landmark)
    • Hosted by:   Betty Prude of The Prude Ranch
    • Dress Code:  none
    • RSVP is required.  Submit your Prude Home Tour Reservation Request soon!!!
      We will send a confirmation if accepted (first 16 to apply!) TSP Ladies Only!
    • Our traditional TSP Ladies Tea has been replaced with an informative historic tour
      • Photos: See our TSP Ladies Tea 2009-2019 pictures on the TSP Ladies website! (Password = tspladies)


    • Shopping Tour at Alpine:

      Shopping in Alpine (self-guided)

      • Browse the shops along Holland Ave where you can visit galleries featuring local art, hand made jewelry, pottery, and a wide selection of cosmetics and beauty products made from natural ingredients found in the desert.
      • Venture into the Black Cat resale shop
      • Visit our local True Value  for a unique perspective on Hardware.
      • The Christmas Store is open all year and full of treasures.
      • A stop in Front Street Books store is a must.
      • Schedule a Spa day or get your nails done at one of the local shops.
      • There are several places to get refreshments along the way.
      • Tour the Historic Holland Hotel or venture across the tracks to Murphy Street for a different prospective.
      • Antique stores


  • Tour of Museum of the Big Bend:

    Group Tour of Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross University in Alpine (Friday).

    • When:   Friday meet at 1:15 PM (departs at 1:30 PM)
    • Where:  Meet outside the Ranch front office, immediately after the group photo
    • Cost:  $5/person
    • Includes:
      • Curator-led tour of the Big Bend Legacy permanent exhibit
        • Natural history, human history and confluence of cultures in the Big Bend region
        • Including many relics and displays of pioneer and native American life.
        • View a 2 minute video of Big Bend Legacy exhibit
      • A personalized tour of the Map collection
        • Led by Matt Walter, Historian & Curator of Cartographic Collections
        • One of the largest and most diversified selections of Texas maps in the state
        • See the original first map to depict the Americas as separate continents (1550 A.D.)
        • The collection is housed in a special map room
        • View examples of the maps on display
    • Hosted by:  TSP Ladies
    • Dress Code:   dress comfortably!
    • RSVP is required.   Submit your Museum of the Big Bend Tour request  soon!!!
      Open to all TSP attendees!   Limited to 16 people!

  • Birdwatching Walks:

    a 1 1/2 hour Bird Walk on the Ranch!

    • This is a great opportunity to hone your OBSERVING skills and find out some of the tricks and techniques to see and identify birds!
    • Meet us at the front porch of the Lodge Building (north of Upper Observing field)
    • 8 AM on Tuesday and Thursday: special tours conducted by our experts Madge Lindsay and Cecilia Riley.  The Thursday tour ($10 donation requested) will be a carpool to her home and excellent photography opportunity for bird closeups at her feeders.
    • 8 AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Join Darrell Lee and others for walks in various bird-productive areas of the ranch!
    • Bring water, sun protection/hat, and a notepad/pen. Binoculars and a birding book will also be useful, if you have them.
    • What Birds can you see?  Read the Birding Checklist from some of our walks in 20182016, and 2014!