Maybe not the best header in the world given Sun City AZ will be topping out in the low 100 degree mark today; but the event that got me back into the writing mode is totally cool. I got called a few weeks back and was asked to fill in at the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum in May; seems they had some open spots for docents (guides for those of us less sophisticated) and could i pitch in? I’ve been sorely remiss in doing much of anything with the museum since i went off the board at the end of last year and quickly grabbed the two spots i had open on my schedule.
What great memories coming back and opening up. The past three years were very special for me. Fond memories would be a gross understatement. The joy of being close to those early years in Sun City is almost overwhelming. I know it may not be that way for everyone, but the history of Sun City is still something that leaves me feeling excited and nostalgic for those days gone by. Just knowing people threw caution to the wind and moved to the middle of nowhere and started over is thrilling to try to picture.
In my past life, i often started presentations with the simple suggestion for people to close their eyes and try to “picture in their mind” whatever the subject i was speaking on. The reality was (and still is) some folks can do it far better than others. I’ve always been about visualizing. Seeing the potential and experiencing the event or outcome beforehand is a technique that only enhances the enjoyment when it finally does unfold. World class athletes talk about seeing the shot before they make it, so if it’s good enough for them, why not us average, everyday Joes’?
And therein lies the beauty of the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum; walking in the door, it unfolds before your very eyes. Powerful stories, captivating pictures and staggering memories of days long gone help transport us back to the 60’s and 70’s. Seeing the pleasure on the faces of those who came before us speaks volumes. Reading the oral histories becomes an object lesson in what was happening back then still being a common occurrence some forty or fifty years later. All too often visitors depart feeling like they have become a part of something very special.
But why not? They truly have. Sun City and it’s story of success, pending failure and then rebirth are fascinating and engaging. Especially for those of us who have chosen to live either in Sun City or Sun City West. We are unique and understanding those differences only helps us appreciate just how good we have got it. There is no better place to find them than at the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum. unfortunately it is open only by appointment during the months of June, July and August. Small (or large) groups can set up times to tour by calling 623-974-2568 most mornings between 9 am and noon and speaking with Julie. If you can’t make it in, try visiting the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum website at this link .
One last thing, during this blistering summer heat…stay cool and if you can’t, at least be cool.