TSP Ladies

 Activities for spouses of Astronomers (formerly TSP Astronomy Widows)

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

  • A Formal Texas Tea (Wednesday) at the the historic Prude family home [RSVP only]
  • Group Tour of Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross University in Alpine (Friday) [RSVP Only], (shared with all TSP attendees)
  • Bird-watching Walks (shared with all TSP attendees)
  • Daily get-togethers (2-4 PM), at the back of the dining hall. A great opportunity to meet others, share activities, learn a new skill!
    • Monday 2 PM – Meet-And-Greet, Activities, Refreshments & Doorprize. A great way to make new friends!
    • Tuesday 2 PM – Greeting Card Workshop, Angela Kendrick will show how to make beautiful unique greeting cards (materials supplied). 20 person limit.  [RSVP only to Angela Kendrick]
    • Thursday 2 PM – Book Reading Club, See description below
    • Some children activities may be scheduled during the week (watch for billboard announcements)
  • Share in Reading Club books (Thursday) – find out what to start reading today!
  • Try the TSP nighttime Skies! Proudly wear your own TSP pin, by observing 10 naked-eye objects in the TSP Novice Observing Program

Come visit the TSP Ladies website at Shutterfly. (Password = tspladies)

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 Formal Texas Tea at the TSP

    Not only great tea but the yummy treats that go with it!

    • When: Wednesday at 2:00 PM
    • Where: The Big House at Prude Ranch (built 1911, a Texas Historic Landmark)
    • Hosted by: Betty Prude of The Prude Ranch and Peggy Gilchrist
    • Dress Code:  Required dress or skirt/blouse, as seen at one of our recent group photos.  (Hats are optional).
      Texas variations encouraged, including boots, pioneer-theme skirts or dresses.
    • RSVP is required.  Submit your TSP Ladies Tea Reservation Request  soon!!!
      We will send a confirmation if accepted (first 20 to apply!) TSP Ladies Only!
    • Photos: See our TSP Ladies Tea 2009-2013 pictures on the TSP Ladies website! (Password = tspladies)

  • Tour of Museum of the Big Bend:

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

    • When: Friday 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!

  • Reading Club:

    Share some really cool books with other ladies!

    • For TSP 2015 we will read & discuss:
      • The Yellow Rose of Texas, (a story about Emily West (Morgan) by Martha Anne Turner

        • Legendary companion of Mexican general Santa Anna, Emily influenced the outcome of the Battle of San Jacinto… resulting in Texas Independence.
        • The 1976 edition scrutinizes the vital role performed by the captured slave girl, Emily Morgan, at the Battle of San Jacinto and traces in detail the evolution of the folksong she inspired and that helped to convert her into an international legend. Carefully annotated, the present version reveals obscure facts and bits of detail heretofore unpublished.
        • This is a quick-read as we only cover Chapter 1 (thru page 40), omitting the sections about the history of the song, Santa Anna, an Sam Houston.
        • Spare copies of this book will be available for loan at TSP, at Monday’s Meet-and-Greet.
        • Listen to the song, The Yellow Rose of Texas ( YouTube) .
      • What: Get-together to talk about what we read!
      • When: Thursday at 2:00-3:00 PM
      • Where: The Dining Room

    • 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 expert Madge Lindsay.  The Thursday tour will be a carpool to her home and excellent photography opportunity for bird closeups at her feeders.
      • 8 AM Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: Join others for non-guided walk (helpful birders may be available)
      • 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 two of our walks in 2014!