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SATW 2018 Schedule

Amarillo by Morning

A Boots & Jeans Meeting- No Ties Allowed!

Monday, May 28

6 p.m.
Early arrivals meet in Embassy Suites lobby if you want to join June and Eric for dinner.

  • Bracero’s on Historic Route 66 (tentative) 

Tuesday, May 29

All day
SATW Photo Shoot Out

  • Kerrick James, Deborah Burst, Laura Watilo Blake, Gary Knowles and Theresa Russell

12 - 5 p.m.
Check in at the welcome table in Embassy Suites Lobby

5 p.m.
Bus leaves for our opening evening at Cadillac Ranch and the Big Texan Steak Ranch & Microbrewery

9:30 p.m.  
Return to the Embassy Suites

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

7 a.m.
Embassy Suites restaurant opens for complimentary breakfast

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
SATW Professional Development
Embassy Suites Yellow Rose Ballroom “B”

  • Emily Stone, Texas Highways

  • Holly Clapham, Visit Houston

  • Catharine Hamm/and Christopher Reynolds (Joint Presentation), LA Times

11:45 a.m.
Pickup box lunch on way to the bus. Board bus along 6th St.- the south side of the Embassy Suites

12 p.m.
Bus leaves for Palo Duro Canyon State Park

1-2:45 p.m.
Mack Dick Group Pavilion in the state park. 

2:45 - 6 p.m.
Explore the state park led by staff and volunteers. Options may include a driving park tour, hiking choices, zip-line experiences, ranger-led interpretive programs, and the fantastic Visitor Center and bookstore.

6:30 p.m.
Dinner at the Mack Dick Pavilion
Youngblood’s Café

7:30 p.m.
Dress rehearsal of the outdoor musical drama TEXAS

8:30 p.m.
Curtain for outdoor musical drama TEXAS        

10:30 p.m.
Return to Embassy Suites

Thursday, May 31, 2018

6 - 7:30 a.m.
Early risers visit Wildcat Bluff Nature Center for a hike.

  • Ann Yungmeyer, Laura Watilo Blake, John Carpenter, Elaine Warner, Tom Adkinson, Theresa Russell, Christine Hopkins, David DeVoss, Jody Halsted, Kathy Straach, Alan Macher and Kerrick James

8 a.m.
Bus leaves for breakfast, chapter meeting and awards at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

11:30 a.m.
Board buses for tours. Pick up box lunch on way to bus.


  • Route 66

    • Susan McKee, Ann Yungmeyer, Donna O’Daniels, Patricia Alisau, Christine Hopkins, Will Precht, Jody Halsted, Kathy Straach and Alan Macher

  • Big Art

    • ​MeLinda Schnyder, Betsa Marsh, Beth D’Addono, Lois Adkinson, Susan Kraus, Richard Varr, Kerrick James, Carole Terwilliger Meyers

  • Lonesome Dove

    • Frank Klicar, Laura Watilo Blake, Elaine Warner, Griffin Smith, Libby Smith

  • Downtown bus for Architectural Amarillo, Gary Arndt Workshop and Golf

    • Architectural Amarillo

      • Deborah Burst, David DeVoss, Alan Carr 

    • Gary Arndt Workshop

      • Jackie Sheckler-Finch, Gary Knowles, Terri Peterson Smith, Mary Lu Laffey, Tom Adkinson, Theresa Russell, Mike Hiller 

        • Embassy Suites Sanborn B

    • Golf

      • John Carpenter, Peter Fitzsimons, Ben Berthelot, Tom Nemacheck, Dean Conwell, Jon Jarosh 

4 p.m.
All tours return to Embassy Suites

5 & 5:30 p.m.
Meet the Trolley on the south side (6th St) of the Embassy Suites if you want a ride over to Polk St (about 4 blocks)

6 p.m. 
Coors Cowboy Club Cattle Drive

Sixty longhorns are driven up Polk St. in downtown Amarillo to kick off the Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo Weekend. The cattle drive steps off at 6 p.m. at 11th & Polk.

7 p.m. 
Center City of Amarillo Downtown Dine-Around:

  • Acapulco’s

    • 727 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101

    • Ann Yungmeyer, Frank Klicar, Margaret Klicar, Jon Jarosh, Jody Halsted, Kerrick James

  • Crush

    • 701 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101

    • Jackie Sheckler-Finch, Laura Watilo Blake, John Carpenter, Elaine Warner, Theresa Russell, Libby Smith, Griffin Smith, June Naylor, Donna O’Daniels, Dean Conwell

  • Gooney’s

    • 705 S. Polk, between 7th & 8th

    • Kathy Straach, Alan Macher, Alan Carr

  • Moondoggy’s

    • 626 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101

    • Will Precht, Vickie Ashford

  • Napoli’s

    • 700 S Taylor St, Amarillo, TX 79101

    • Beth D’Addono, Peter Fitzsimons, Ben Berthelot, Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Tom Nemachek

  • OHMS

    • 619 S Tyler St, Amarillo, TX 79101

    • Betsa Marsh, Gary Knowles, Terri Peterson Smith, Mary Lu Laffey, Tom Adkinson, Lois Adkinson, Patricia Alisau, David DeVoss

  • Six Car Brewery

    • 625 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101

    • MeLinda Schnyder, Deborah Burst, Susan McKee, Gary Arndt, Mike Hiller, Richard Varr, Kelli Hilliard, Christine Hopkins

9 - 10 p.m.
Catch the Trolley back to the Embassy Suites from the corner of 7th & S. Polk

After Dinner 

Enjoy Amarillo’s newest music venue, Esquire Jazz Club, at 7th & Polk. Cover charge is waived when you wear your SATW badge. Trolley will not be available for return from the Esquire Club

There’s always a nightcap at the Embassy Suites lobby bar.

Friday, June 1, 2018

6 - 9:30 a.m.
Early group heads to Cowgirls & Cowboys in the West for a horseback ride and breakfast. Long sleeve shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes are a must.

Ann Yungmeyer, MeLinda Schnyder, Laura Watilo Blake, Terri Peterson Smith, Deborah Burst, John Carpenter, Tom Adkinson, Christine Hopkins, Jon Jarosh, David DeVoss

8 a.m.
Bus departs for breakfast at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. We’ll learn about the horse that settled the American West.

11:30 a.m.
Tours leave from the AQHA museum. Pick up a box lunch on the way to the bus.

Afternoon Tours

  • Route 66

    • MeLinda Schnyder, Gary Knowles, John Carpenter, Lois Adkinson, Theresa Russell, Dean Conwell, Richard Varr, Kerrick James, Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Beth D’Adonno

  • Amarillo Culture

    • Frank Klicar, Laura Watilo Blake, Susan McKee, Mary Lu Laffey, Ann Yungmeyer, Peter Fitzsimons, Christine Hopkins, David DeVoss, Tom Nemachek

  • Lonesome Dove

    • Jackie Sheckler-Finch, Terri Peterson Smith, Patricia Alisau, Susan Kraus, Kathy Straach, Alan Macher

  • Architectural Amarillo

    • Betsa Marsh, Tom Adkinson

  • Amarillo Then & Now

    • Elaine Warner, Donna O’Daniels, Leah DiPietro, Vickie Ashford

  • On Your Own

    • Mike Hiller, Deborah Burst, Griffin Smith, Libby Smith, Jody Halsted

4 p.m. 
All tours return to Embassy Suites

4:45 p.m.  
Bus leaves for the Coors Cowboy Club for dinner, photo shoot-out results and the Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo.

9:30 p.m.
Return to Embassy Suites.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Embassy Suites restaurant open for complimentary breakfast
Departures scheduled throughout the day. Check here for your assigned time.


Our host hotel is the Embassy Suites in downtown Amarillo. This beautiful new hotel filled with natural light opened in late 2017. In the lobby, be sure to see the living wall covered with more than 4,000 green plants. The lobby bar is a wonderful gathering spot in the later afternoon, with plenty of snacks and beverages on the house. Guest rooms are huge and quiet and there’s free WiFi throughout the property.

Where to walk from the hotel: Palace Coffee; Polk Street for a wide selection of food and beverage; Madame Queen, the only 2-10-4 Texas-type locomotive building 1930 for the Plains Division of the Santa Fe Railway. There’s much more. Refer to visitors guides in your welcome packet.

Driving to Amarillo? Stop by the Texas Tourism Information Center on I-40 for all the info you need, free WiFi and photo ops by the rattlesnake warning signs.

 Your Own Story Ideas: If you want to explore the Amarillo area before and after the chapter meeting, consider these leads.

  • Family camping program in Palo Duro Canyon State Park
  • Canyon, Texas’ courthouse square — great shopping, dining and imbibing on a small town square now finding its sophisticated edge
  • Canadian, Texas — a true oasis in the upper Panhandle Plains, with stunning stores of artwork, architecture, good food and extraordinarily lush topography, plus the ranch seen at the end of Tom Hanks’ film, Castaway
  • Polk Street & Center City — yesterday, today and tomorrow
  • Made in Amarillo —coffee roaster, baked goods, beers, jewelry, saddles, boots and more
  • Texas food, wine and beer on Amarillo’s menus

Recommended reading to prepare for exploring the Panhandle:

  • Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry
  • Empire of the Summer Moon, by SC Gwynne
  • The Texas Panhandle Frontier, by Frederic Rathjen
  • Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman, J. Evetts Haley
  • Caprock Canyonlands, Dan Flores
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