View From the Plaza

It’s Market Time in Santa Fe!

 

soclogo-sf-color-url-CMYK-300Break out those credit cards and join the crowd of collectors descending on Santa Fe for the big summer art festivals, which are back-to-back this year. Santa Fe earns its international reputation as works appear from every corner of the globe—and right down the street.

Visitors who plan their trips around it need no reminding that the summer culminates with Santa Fe Indian Market (Aug. 21-23), which brings to town more than a thousand of Native America’s finest artists and some 100,000 visitors for a weekend of mad collecting and total immersion in Native art. The most glamorous event of the weekend takes place here at La Fonda: the annual Live Auction and Gala (Aug. 22) with exclusive access to artwork, plus dining and dancing. Reserve your seat now!

Coinciding with the main event are the Wheelwright Museum’s annual benefit auction (Aug. 20) and the Antique American Indian Art Show at El Museo Cultural (Aug. 17-20). The same producers put on the Objects of Art Santa Fe show (Aug. 14-16) right beforehand, and if you get to town early, you can catch the annual Whitehawk Ethnographic and Indian Art shows (Aug. 13-18) at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

In July, of course, the stars align for the “art trifecta,” starting with the international gallery show ART Santa Fe at the Santa Fe Convention Center (July 9-12). The bigger-every-year International Folk Art Market follows (July 10-12), starting with a free community kick-off celebration at St. John’s College (July 8). Finally, SITE Santa Fe marks its 20th anniversary with a Gala & Benefit Auction (July 15-16) and the exhibit 20 Years/20 Shows, a yearlong program that opens its summer installment July 18.

Spanish Market will bring 70,000 visitors of its own to see and purchase the work of more than 200 juried Spanish Colonial artists in and around the Plaza (July 25-26).

 

Performance

Opera season continues with four shows in rotation: Daughter of the Regiment, Rigoletto, Salome, La Finta Giardiniera,and the world premiere of Cold Mountain.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents commissioned work by international choreographers at the Lensic (July 10, 31), along with Juan Siddi Flamenco (July 12, 21, 26). The annual Stars of American Ballet, made up of principals and soloists from the New York City Ballet, comes to the Lensic with dancer Daniel Ulbricht (Aug. 12-13).

On the big screen at the Lensic, National Theatre Live in HD broadcasts Everyman in a dynamic new production with Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), followed by George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes (July 17). The documentary Chasing Ice, about National Geographic photographer James Balog’s investigation of climate change, will be screened at the New Mexico History Museum (July 18) with director Jeff Orlowski. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s summer series Festival de Santa Fe includes free screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (July 11), complete with theatrical accompaniment. And the Railyard Park free movie series will screen such summer-worthy fare as The Wizard of Oz (July 3), 101 Dalmatians (July 17, bring your dog!), The Commitments (July 31), The Goonies (Aug. 14) and Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 28).

 

Music

The big event on the classical music calendar this summer is the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (July 19-Aug. 24), including a Music & Wine Gala on July 21. Check out the full six-week concert schedule.

For jazz fans, it’s the New Mexico Jazz Festival, which brings to Santa Fe the Christian McBride Trio (July 19), the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra (July 24), and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron (July 25) at the Lensic. Also at the Lensic, Grammy Award-winning composer and bassist Esperanza Spalding presents her newest project, Emily’s D+Evolution, to include poetry and performance and all new musical material (Aug. 6).

Many summer music series are free to the public, including Music on the Hill at St. John’s College athletic field on Wednesday nights, featuring Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo (July 8), Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (July 15), and Son Como Son (July 22). The Railyard Plaza presents Funkades (Bollywood meets Afro-Caribbean and funk, July 18), singer-songwriter Martin Sexton (Aug. 16), and the multicultural, multi-instrumental Red Elvises (Aug. 28). And of course the Santa Fe Bandstand brings stellar local and national bands to the Plaza most evenings (July 7-Aug.28); La Fonda will be a gold-level sponsor of the concert Aug. 14 by Impulse Groove Foundation, led by Brian Hardgroove of the band Public Enemy – sure to be a highlight!

 

At the museums

Enjoy some hands-on art-making at the Museum of International Folk Art as part of International Folk Arts Week (July 6). At the New Mexico History Museum, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of the Cold Mountain score Jennifer Higdon will give a performance (July 26), followed by a weekend symposium on the making of the opera (July 31-Aug. 2). Earthen architecture is the topic of a talk by Jake Barrow of Cornerstones Community Partnerships and other organizations (July 25).

Award-winning Native artist Jamie Okuma will show her wearable art, available for purchase afterward, in a special program at the Case Trading Post in the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (July 25). “Old Friends, New Faces” is an annual event at the trading post (Aug. 20-21) where exceptional Native artists speak about and demonstrate their work.

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden continues its foray into the ranks of City Different art venues with its exhibit “The Power of Place” (through April 2016), featuring work by 16 artists representing Santa Fe’s multicultural history. Wild fire is the subject of the fourth and final group exhibition in the “Focus on Photography” series at the New Mexico Museum of Art (through July 26), with extensive documentation of the Las Conchas Fire in the Jemez Mountains in 2011.

 

Out & about

Pancakes on the Plaza, an Independence Day tradition, brings art, fancy cars, and entertainment to our neighborhood. At historic El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexican wines star at the Santa Fe Wine Festival (July 4-5), followed by a weekend celebration of old Mexico (July 18-19). The wild men of the Old West pay a visit on Aug. 1, and the Fiesta de los Niños children’s festival takes place Aug. 29. The living history museum offers a new program this year, a day-long history camp where adults and kids alike can try their hand at such colonial skills as colcha embroidery, bow making and tinsmithing (Aug. 15).

If you can’t get enough of the old West, head out to Las Vegas, NM, for the Las Vegas Cowboys Centennial Reunion (Aug. 1-9), with parade, rodeo, cowboy music and poetry, exhibits, dances, and cowboy cooking. Or put on your English at the Santa Fe Summer Series hunter/jumper show (July 22-Aug. 9).

Summertime in Santa Fe

Plan now to catch your favorite mix of summer art festivals in a calendar that’s full of them. Early July has a trifecta of art happenings; plus there’s the Musical Theatre Festival, Chamber Music Festival, New Mexico Jazz Festival, and of course, Opera season.

The “art trifecta” happens within a ten-day period starting July 9. ART Santa Fe marks its 15th year of bringing contemporary galleries from around the world to the Santa Fe Convention Center, beginning with a Thursday night preview (July 9-12). Then, the International Folk Art Market (the largest of its kind in the world), gathers more than 150 artists from 57 countries for a weekend of demonstrations, performance, and sales (July 10-12). Get your tickets soon, because it always sells out. SITE Santa Fe celebrates 20 years with a white party Gala & Benefit Auction (July 15-16) and the exhibit 20 Years/20 Shows, a yearlong revisit with artists who have exhibited at the contemporary museum, whose summer series opens July 18.

Enjoy a “gaze and graze” evening of delectable food and art during the annual Edible Art Tour, downtown and on Canyon Road (June 12-13). The Currents 2015 festival showcases new media—video, performance, dome projections, and other 21st-century art forms—at venues around Santa Fe (June 12-28). The third annual Fantasé Fest promises dance, music, and art in a homegrown celebration at DeVargas Park (June 20). The Santa Fe Studio Tour takes place over two weekends (June 19-21, 27-28), with a preview gallery at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Jewelry lovers, take note: The Wheelwright Museum opens its new Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry on June 7, with demonstrations, entertainment, and a peek at the new permanent gallery devoted exclusively to jewelry. And of course, Spanish Market is in its 64th year now, with some 70,000 visitors coming to see the work of more than 200 artists who represent the best in Spanish Colonial art (July 25-26).

 

Performance

No one needs reminding that Opera season begins in July, but backstage tours are already taking place daily at 9 a.m. Opera Insider Days on Saturdays are the free version, starting with refreshments on the patio at 8:30 a.m. followed by an informational talk. This year’s lineup, in rotation: Daughter of the Regiment (July 3, 8, 11, 17, Aug. 3, 8, 12, 20, 26, 29), Rigoletto (July 4, 10, 15, Aug. 4, 10, 15, 19, 25, 28), Salome (July 18, Aug. 6, 11, 18, 27), La Finta Giardiniera (Aug. 7, 13, 21),and the world premiere of Cold Mountain (Aug. 1, 5, 14, 17, 22).

At the Lensic, the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival presents three new works, juried from a nationwide selection, with Q&A afterward with cast and creators (June 5-6). And speaking of musical theater, the timeless Fiddler on the Roof gets a fully staged production with orchestra (June 19-21).

Also at the Lensic, the notorious activist duo, the Yes Men, screen their latest film of provocative hoaxes on controversial issues (June 8). Join the Yes Men themselves in a pre-show reception here at La Fonda’s La Terraza in a benefit for radio station KSFR.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns with a program of commissioned work from international choreographers at the Lensic (July 10, 31). The ballet company is also presenting Juan Siddi Flamenco (July 12, 21, 26). National Theatre Live in HD broadcasts the classic Everyman in a dynamic new production with Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), followed by George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes (July 17).

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s summer series Festival de Santa Fe includes free screenings of Grease at Railyard Park (June 19) and the inimitable Rocky Horror Picture Show (July 11), both accompanied by the Rocky Horror New Mexico theater troupe. Check the festival’s Facebook page for updates.

 

Classical music

The Santa Fe Community Orchestra presents its season finale at St. Francis Auditorium, including the winner of the composition contest (June 7). The Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble concludes its 34th season in a joint concert with the Durango Women’s Choir (June 7) at the First Presbyterian Church. And the closing concert of the annual Santa Fe Flute Immersion master class takes place at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel on June 28.

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival takes place July 19-Aug. 24, with a Music & Wine Gala on July 21. Check out the full six-week concert schedule.

 

Contemporary music
Santa Fe will again take part in the global Make Music event, a simultaneous, 700-city solstice celebration showcasing local bands at the Railyard (June 21). The GiG’s Performance Space calendar of jazz and world music-inspired shows includes fiddler Kevin Burke (June 19). Art Garfunkel comes to the Lensic for an “intimate evening” (June 16). And singer-songwriter James McMurty plays Skylight Santa Fe (June 20), followed by the ‘90s UK band World Party (June 23) with David Duffy opening.

Music series are nearly as plentiful as art shows in summer. St John’s College Music on the Hill free concerts on the athletic field open June 10 with Jono Manson, and continue Wednesdays with Mil-tones Brass Band (June 17), Hillary Smith and Soul Kitchen (June 24), Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo (July 8), Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (July 15), and Son Como Son (July 22). The New Mexico Jazz Festival presents the Christian McBride Trio with Marc Cary Focus Trio opening (July 19), the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra (July 24), and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron (July 25) at the Lensic. Plus the Santa Fe Bandstand shows in the Plaza take place nearly every evening, free and featuring the best of local music (July 7-Aug.28)

 

Food and drink

No need to choose between food and wine events, since most venues feature them both! It’s a paella party at the Santa Fe Culinary Academy as Chef Rocky shows you the basics, with dinner naturally part of the deal (June 25). The wines of New Mexico are showcased at the Santa Fe Wine Festival at historic El Rancho de las Golondrinas over the holiday weekend (July 4-5). Estrella del Norte Vineyard holds a demonstration cooking class and three-course luncheon with locally sourced New Mexico foods (June 27, July 11), or choice of sit-down dinners: Afro-Caribbean from Ahmed Obo, owner-chef of Jambo Cafe (June 27), and Vino y Paella with Chef James Campbell Caruso of La Boca (July 18).

 

Out & about

The annual Santa Fe LGBT Pride Parade starts at the Roundhouse and continues along Old Santa Fe Trail to the Plaza, where entertainment begins around noon (June 27). Another annual tradition is Pancakes on the Plaza, a local favorite for Independence Day, with art, car show, and entertainment benefitting the Rotary Club. While you’re there, check out the one-day sale of work made by children and grandchildren of the portal artists at the Palace of the Governors, in the museum courtyard.

Equestrians can look forward to a horsey summer, as the former Santa Fe Equestrian Center comes back to life as Equicenter de Santa Fe, with the Santa Fe Summer Series, an A-rated hunter/jumper show with three Grand Prix competitions and total prize money in the six figures (July 22-Aug. 9). For Western riding fans, the time-honored Rodeo de Santa Fe (June 24-27) kicks off with a parade from Fort Marcy Park (June 20) before World Champion cowboys strut their stuff at the rodeo grounds.

Don’t forget the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s Summer Solstice Soiree (June 20), an elegant garden party with Latin flair. Our own Jenny Kimball is on the planning committee and guarantees a great event. Tickets may be purchased online here. El Rancho de las Golondrinas holds its Herb & Lavender Fair (June 20-21), followed by a weekend celebration of Mexico (July 18-19).

 

Speakers

Delve into the mind and life of artist Marc Chagall in a presentation by Dr. Barry Panter, founder of the “Creativity and Madness” conference in Santa Fe (June 21).

The New Mexico History Museum is revisiting the Civil War this summer, in conjunction with the Opera’s premiere of Cold Mountain. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of the score Jennifer Higdon will give a performance (July 26), followed by a weekend symposium on the making of the opera (July 31-Aug. 2). Even kids get to spend a week in virtual 1863 at the museum’s Time Trekkers Summer Camp for Kids (June 15-19). The museum is also offering free instruction in a curriculum it developed in New Mexico history (June 22, 29). See the website for details.

Treat Mom to Travel

jennyandmomRemember all those times that your Mom took you to see and experience new things? Now it’s your chance to return the favor. One of my great joys as an adult has been travelling with my mother and creating new mother/daughter memories.  I recently returned from a trip with my Mom to San Miguel de Allende.  The bougainvilleas were in full bloom and spectacular!

Santa Fe is a wonderful place to explore with your Mom. In fact, it made USAToday’s #10Best list of memorable Mother’s Day trips across the USA. You can check out my top picks for a girlfriends’ (or Mom’s) getaway here.  Each year Budget Travel asks its readers for the list of best places to vacation with your Mom. Here’s their list.

Where have you traveled with your Mother? What’s been your favorite destination? Please share in the comments and make sure to take some time to smell the roses or the bougainvilleas… with your Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

May In Santa Fe is a Good Time To…

Party in Santa Fe as the town sheds its winter blues for the perfect mountain days of May. Food is large on everyone’s mind as the spring produce tantalizes palates for the weeks to come. Art, of course, and dance parties help round out the early summer menu.

 

Food and drink

Sample the budding talents of student chefs at the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, every Thursday and Friday night through June 5. Or take Mom to the cooking school’s Mother’s Day Brunch (May 10). Local salad goddess Erin Wade of the acclaimed Vinaigrette and Modern General restaurants will hold Sunday afternoon talks including “Fearless Vegetable Gardening” (May 17, June 28). Free gardening workshops are also being offered at Railyard Park (May 2 & 30, June 6).

Spend a Sunday tasting wine and hard cider at Estrella del Norte Vineyard (May 17), or go all out with a farm-to-table luncheon and cooking class (June 27) or African-Caribbean Vineyard Dinner (June 27).

Even non-cooks can savor the fresh or artisanal baked treats (or just the festive atmosphere) at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and Tuesdays (with neighboring Artist Market), plus the Artisan Market on Sundays.

 

Out & about

Come party Bollywood style at the 7th annual Club Invasion Dance Party at Sanbusco Market Center (May 2), with dance classes and festive Indian food and bazaar to benefit the Amma Center of New Mexico. For old-school twirlers, there’s Santa Fe Swing at the Odd Fellows Lodge every Monday evening, with a dance lesson in one of the swing styles. Or head to the lodge on Tuesdays or Sundays for the Santa Fe International Folk Dancers, who teach folk dances from around the world to anyone with an interest.

Dress to the nines for a black-tie evening with multi-course dinner, music, and silent auction at the inaugural Black and White Ball to benefit the American Cancer Society, right here at La Fonda (May 9). Also on our plate is an elegant garden party with a spicy Latin flair at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s Summer Solstice Soiree (June 20), an event backed by La Fonda and CEO Jenny Kimball

If you’re the active sort, it’s a great month to bike Santa Fe, with a series of events targeting anyone on two wheels. The hard-core La Tierra Torture Mountain Bike Race (May 2) precedes the more laid-back Santa Fe Bike & Brew Festival (May 13-17), featuring beer dinners, guided rides, concerts, and workshops. The week concludes with the popular Santa Fe Century road ride on the Turquoise Trail (May 17), which draws cyclists from around the West. Don a costume for the Center for Contemporary Arts’ Bike Carnival (May 14), where you can enter yourself and trusty steed in competition as you enjoy live music amid a festive beer-and-bike crowd.

Horse enthusiasts can book now with trainers John and Cat Parks, who will be holding one of their horsemanship clinics in Santa Fe at the Trinity Ranch in Lamy (June 12-14). The real-deal Rodeo de Santa Fe (June 24-27) kicks off with a parade from Fort Marcy Park (June 20) and will include World Champion cowboys kicking up the fun at the rodeo grounds.

Our neighbors at the Institute for American Indian Arts are opening a new disc golf facility, and invite anyone to play a free round at the opening (May 2) by registering from 10 a.m. Join local art-lovers at DeVargas Park taking in a third year of Fantase Fest sound and light spectacles in a creative, optimistic vein (June 20).

Civil War enthusiasts can relive the event New Mexico style at El Rancho de las Golondrinas (May 2-3). The following month, the living history museum holds a Fiber Arts Fair (June 6-7) and Herb & Lavender Fair (June 20-21). For true fiber fanatics, the East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour (May 30-31) opens seven farms and studios at four locations in the mountainous enclave an hour’s drive from Santa Fe.

 

Performance

The organization LifeSongs puts together performances involving nursing-home patients, students, and arts professionals, which this spring is called Dancing by Moonlight, at the Lensic (May 9). Also at the Lensic, the National Theatre Live in HD presents The Hard Problem by acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (May 1) and A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller (May 2). Later in the month, standup comedian and Grammy nominee Tig Notaro plays a night at the Lensic (May 28), and hundreds of young students at the school of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet perform their concert of ballet, jazz, and original choreography (two shows May 31).

The Santa Fe Farmers Market series, Movies That Matter, will take a critical look at urban farming in America (May 16, 20) and immigrants who sell produce on the streets of New York (June 20, 24) at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, with discussion afterward.

The Moment of Yes is a multimedia theatrical event at the Santa Fe Playhouse about communication and common culture (May 21- June 7), with a cast party and catered supper May 23. The annual festival of new media Currents 2015 showcases video, performance, installation, dome projections, and other 21st-century media at venues around Santa Fe (June 12-28).

 

Art

Take Mom on an art holiday with a Passport to the Arts, a Mother’s Day weekend event on Canyon Road (May 8-10). Start with Friday night gallery hopping, then sample events such as the Artist Quick Draw and live auctions all along the art district.

Studio tours coming up include the communities of Placitas (May 9-10) and Eldorado (May 16-17), as well as Santa Fe itself (June 19-21, 27-28), which you can map out at the preview gallery at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of SITE Santa Fe in a day-long free celebration with music, food, and performances (May 9).

Shop for tomorrow’s priceless treasure at the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival at the convention center (May 23-24), featuring the work of more than 200 artists invited by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Profits support the museum.

Photographers, take note: The 15th annual Review Santa Fe juried portfolio review takes place June 11-14, opening with a talk by art critic Lucy Lippard and other events open to the public.

 

Classical music

The symphony presents its season finale, Verdi’s Requiem (May 16-17), and the English chamber ensemble Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will interpret Brahms, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn, both at the Lensic (May 11). The New Mexico Performing Arts Society closes its season with a concert of Brahms Liebeslieder and Zigeunerlieder at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (May 31), where the Santa Fe Flute Immersion master class plays its annual closing concert on June 28. The Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble concludes its 34th season in a joint concert with the Durango Women’s Choir (June 7) at the First Presbyterian Church

 

Contemporary music

American blues legend Taj Mahal will play a benefit concert for KSFR (May 24) at the Lensic. The GiG’s calendar of jazz and world music-inspired shows includes New York jazz saxophonist Tim Berne with his band Snakeoil (May 6) and fiddler Kevin Burke (June 19). Remember Art Garfunkel? He comes to the Lensic for an “intimate evening” (June 16). If you want to experience roadhouse culture in New Mexico, head out to Madrid on the Turquoise Trail for the annual Crawdaddy Blues Fest at the Mineshaft Tavern (May 16-17), with music, fresh boiled crawfish, BBQ, and Cajun specialties. At Skylight Santa Fe, the ‘90s UK band World Party plays a show (June 23) with David Duffy opening.

 

Speakers

Actor Robert Redford makes an appearance with Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzalez in a discussion about environmental activism and the arts at the Lensic (May 5), followed by poets Claudia Rankine and Saskia Hamilton in conversation (May 6).

 

At the museums

The Museum of International Folk Art opens the exhibit The Red That Colored the World (May 17) with a reception, lecture, and art demonstration. Also in the citywide “Color of Summer” theme, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art opens Blue on Blue: Indigo and Cobalt in New Spain (May 8), as well as a show of Modernist photography set in Mexico and New Mexico (May 22).

The New Mexico History Museum features weekly lectures that are free with admission, including the making of the Ken Burns classic The Civil War (May 8); slavery in territorial days (June 7); weaver Elle of Ganado and Fred Harvey (May 17); the restoration of the 1785 Roque Lobato House (May 31); a political history of the New Mexico Senate (June 17); an evening with conservation writer William deBuys, who will sign copies of his book The Last Unicorn (June 19); and a virtual tour of the Alvarado hotel (June 21). Spend a couple of hours looking at archival films from early Santa Fe in the museum basement on May 16.

The Harvey Girl Twins at La Fonda

Jennifer Kimball with Harvey Girl twins, Beverly Ireland and Bernette Jarvis.

Jennifer Kimball with Harvey Girl twins, Beverly Ireland and Bernette Jarvis.

Sharing the history of La Fonda hospitality is one of our greatest pleasures. That’s why I was thrilled to have the chance to capture some of the memories of two of La Fonda’s Harvey Girls. Among Fred Heads, they are commonly referred to as the Harvey Girl Twins, Beverly Nystrom Ireland and Bernette Nystrom Jarvis.

Beverly and Bernette graciously agreed to sit down and tape an interview with us that you can watch on our YouTube Channel.  They share how they came to Santa Fe and a few secrets of their time spent as Harvey Girls. You’ll love it!

The twins have been enjoying their newfound, unexpected fame. Interest in the Harvey Girls legacy is booming. The New Mexico History Museum’s new exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy opened to great fanfare. I participated as a panelist at the New Mexico History Museum’s January lecture, History and Mystery: Uncovering the Past in Harvey Houses and the crowd was incredible. We all agreed to stay and hold an impromptu second lecture just so those who couldn’t fit in the room the first time could hear us.

The line for the "History and Mystery: Uncovering the Past in Harvey Houses" at the New Mexico History Museum in January 2015.

The line for the “History and Mystery: Uncovering the Past in Harvey Houses” at the New Mexico History Museum in January 2015.

Beverly and Bernette will be in attendance at the upcoming celebration at the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque on May 23rd, being held in conjunction with a screening of the documentary, The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound.  Beverly says about the Harvey revival, “It’s really given us old ladies some spark!”

Something tells me the twins have always had that spark. How else could they leave their family farm in Minnesota at the age of 18 and head to Santa Fe? We are so fortunate that they landed jobs here at La Fonda, working the breakfast and lunch shifts in the restaurant.

One thing they didn’t mention in the video-taped interview that I found interesting… former New Mexico Governor Tom Bolack invited the twins to be servers at a special event he held at La Fonda. For those of you who don’t know, Governor Bolack was a big game hunter and frequently brought back game from his African hunts. He held a dinner in the mid-50’s at La Fonda where he had the Chef prepare zebra and other wild game he had frozen and shipped from Africa. It was unheard of at the time for La Fonda’s kitchen staff to prepare private, exotic meats but an exception was made for him. Bolack’s ranch outside Farmington, New Mexico is now the site of the Bolack Museum of Fish and Wildlife where many animals from his hunts are on display.

Canstruction: Red or Green?

When we heard that Canstruction was coming to Santa Fe to benefit The Food Depot… how could we resist? We signed on as a sponsor. And what better team to build a “canstructure” than the team that brought you La Fonda’s renovations? Barbara Felix Architecture + Design, Bradbury Stamm and La Fonda!

To prep for the building competition our team had to come up with a design concept, a name, and go shopping for supplies.  Our Red or Green “canstructure” had to be built  out of nutritious food items.

The Shopping List

Name + Description:

Red or Green?

Did you know chile is a fruit and not a vegetable? For those of us living in New Mexico, we know that chile is much more than a fruit – it’s a way of life. It’s the perfect blend of our shared culture – Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and Anglo. It’s how we define ourselves as New Mexicans (red, green, or Christmas?) and how we come together over shared meals that are the very definition of New Mexico cuisine.

La Fonda, Bradbury Stamm, and BFA+D believe we CAN make a difference in ending hunger in Northern New Mexico by raising awareness through the creation of a simple, yet satisfying meal of spaghetti. Of course, adding a bit of vitamin C through the addition of green chile is a bonus, and unique to New Mexico.

Our team members included Barbara Felix, Sibylle Mueller and Denali Wilson from Barbara Felix Architecture + Design; Tiffanie Bradley, Adam Rael and Terra Garcia-Chang from Bradbury Stamm Corporation and Brandon Vandiver, Fermin Moran, Daniel Martinez and Avas Khan from La Fonda.

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Photo by Daniel Martinez

 

Although our team had to do a little re-calculating during the “canstruction” phase, Red or Green went up with great teamwork and fanfare!

Uh oh. It got a little top heavy.

Uh oh. It got a little top heavy. Photo by Jayne Weiske

If you’d like to vote for our “canstructure” for People’s Choice, you can do so in person at The Santa Fe Place Mall (they’ll be on display through April 25th)  or visit The Food Depot’s website.

Finished!

Finished! Photo by Jayne Weiske