Jenny's View


I’m always on the look-out for authentic, original art to add to La Fonda’s collection, which has garnered us a reputation as one of the best Santa Fe hotels for almost a century now. The book, In Every Room: A Story of the Art, shares the artistic history of the hotel and a few of the artists and their stories. It is available for purchase in Detours, our gift shop. You can also download a PDF.

Recently, we acquired a beautiful piece from Ira Lujan (Taos/Ohkay Owingeh) called Feather and Antler Chandelier, a gorgeous blown glass light fixture that displays in the stairwell to the mezzanine. Isn’t it spectacular?

Ira received the 2007 Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Fellowship Award and designed and built a mobile glass blowing unit to promote both the art of glass sculpture and his own art. Today, his work is highly influenced by everyday scenes of Native America. (In case you didn’t know, SWAIA is the organization that puts on Indian Market.)

We also recently purchased four gorgeous paintings from Jordan Ann Craig (Northern Cheyenne), a past fellow at the School for Advanced Research. One hangs around the corner from our reception desk, one in the stairwell leading to the executive offices, the third on the mezzanine level, and the fourth adorns the wall just outside the New Mexico Room. All four are based on the intricate patterns, abstract landscapes and geometric designs of indigenous textiles, pottery and beadwork.  These new paintings are wonderful additions to our collection of her work.  Explore more paintings on display throughout the hotel, including in front of the Santa Fe Room and inside the Lumpkins Ballroom.

I try to find pieces that are going to add value to the hotel and are created by an artist whose work we don’t have or an artist who has a connection to New Mexico that we should have. I spend time scouting the annual Indian Market each year to see if can find up-and-coming artists, too. Like Del Curfman (Crow Nation), whose image of a black crow was featured on the 2015 Market’s merchandise. I knew his wonderful paintings would look great in the guest rooms, so at the end of the event I bought everything that he had left. His works are now really collectible!  Check out the beautiful Indian dancer painting of his on display in La Fiesta Lounge.

The bulk of La Fonda’s collection deliberately includes mostly Native American and local artists. The previous owners and my good friends Sam and Ethel Ballen, were big supporters of both SWAIA and Native artists. They passed that baton to me and I’m very proud to carry on this tradition. Indian Market is our busiest time of year, and it’s right outside our door. We host the annual SWAIA Winter Indian Market in our Lumpkins Ballroom, too. (Reserve your rooms for that busy December weekend now with our special Winter Market Package.)

And we’re hosting collectors and enthusiasts from around the world for this year’s Indian Market, who (and you, too!) have a unique opportunity to experience a first: Sovereign SANTA FE.  This is a 48-hour curated Contemporary Native American art exhibition, alive with experiential and intuitive talent (Aug. 16-17). La Fonda is honored to host the event in our La Terraza ballroom, organized by FaraHNHeight Fine Art and Tony Abeyta. Sovereign’s mission is to platform and highlight New School Native American Arts and its elusive relationship between traditional and contemporary. Friday and Saturday evening, Sovereign morphs into an interactive experience with music, fashion and performance art. Enjoy live music Saturday night with performances by Derek Miller and Scotti Clifford & Spirits Cry. Definitely mark your calendars for this.

What better way to honor the tradition of Native American art than displaying and supporting those artists in our public, meeting and office areas, and our 180 guest rooms? Because it’s all on display and we’ve still got walls to fill! One of the great pleasures of my job is curating and talking about our art collection, and meeting the so many amazing and talented artists, all on behalf of the hotel.

See you at the Market!


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Detours at La Fonda

A Santa Fe Merchant Since 1922

Featured artist at Detours this month is Julie Rofman. 

Inspired by her background as a painter and sculptor, Julie Rofman has translated her passion for colors, patterns and easy-to-wear bohemian style into an eclectic collection of cuffs and bracelets. Using the traditional bead loom weaving method of Native Americans, she creates vibrant, geometric and modern designs reminiscent of the Bauhaus era. The beads she uses are 'delicas' and are hand-crafted by a small, family-run studio in Japan.

All of Julie’s designs are limited editions using a mixture of matte, translucent, opaque and shiny glass beads, creating a unique color field of sparkle.  Larger bracelets are lined with soft faux suede and all bracelets have a sterling silver buckle closure or silver clasp beads with tassel ends.  Each bracelet can be worn alone for simplicity or paired together for a trendy “stacked” look.  Her jewelry is the perfect companion for every occasion from casual day wear to a night out with friends.

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In conjunction with Santa Fe Indian Market, we're highlighting the Pendleton Traditions since 1863:

For more than a century, Pendleton Woolen Mills has woven the legends and symbols of Native American tribes into beautiful blankets which continues to signify honor and respect.  Native Americans have acknowledged births, deaths, and major milestones and accomplishments with the gift of a Pendleton blanket.  These original, exclusive designs were inspired by Native American art, legends, beliefs, ceremonies and heroes.  They are all collectible heirlooms of tomorrow that can be used and enjoyed today.

In addition, we have a varied collection of products for the home and for personal wear including bed and bath selections, oversized jacquard towels for the beach of spa, mugs, accessories, womenswear and menswear, jumbo bandanas, greeting cards and select pieces of uniquely styled luggage sets are still available in traditional Pendleton patterns.

Stop by Detours early for the best selection from both of these wonderful collections.  We are open daily from 9 AM -7 PM.

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Live at La Fonda

Nacha Mendez

Now she and her quartet are in regular rotation, pleasing the La Fiesta patrons. The four – pianist Melanie Monsour, violinist Carla Kountoupes, percussionist Polly Tapia Ferber and Mendez on guitar and vocals – play high energy Latin/World music, covering all genres from the Spanish-speaking world.

“I’ve been playing with Melanie and Polly for over 20 years, and Carla for 13,” says Mendez. “I’ll get on the mic, talk about the tango from Argentina, salsa or something you can dance to from Cuba, a folk waltz from Mexico, or Flamenco from Spain, plus more. It’s a world tour in one short evening.”

For a taste of Mendez music, head to her website. The Nacha Mendez Quartet plays at La Fiesta, where the locals gather, August 21 and 22.

It’s a Good Time To…

Got your password yet? Yep, when you make a purchase at Detours during the August 2nd First Friday celebration of Downtown Santa Fe, you’ll receive the code to unlock the La Fiesta Lounge secret menu of $5 pre-Prohibition cocktails. Detours is open until 7 pm every day in the summer and of course, every First Friday for you to shop, as are other galleries, boutiques and attractions all within a short walk of La Fonda. Enjoy the weather, keep it local and end the night at La Fiesta, where the locals gather. And don’t forget the password!

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Objects of Art Santa Fe 2019 is the City Different’s different summer art show, with materials ranging from contemporary to historic, antique to modern. The show offers paintings, sculpture, and fine art of all kinds (Aug. 9-11), including furniture, books, fashion, jewelry, textiles, and tribal, folk, American Indian, African, and Asian art. The new, the old, the unique, the unexpected — 70+ prestigious galleries and exhibitors showcase an impressive variety at El Museo Cultural.

That same weekend, catch the 41st Annual Whitehawk Antique & Ethnographic Show at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (Aug. 9-12). This world-class art show brings together the best antique Indian art and tribal art dealers from around the country to Santa Fe. Whitehawk is an exciting, educational and truly beautiful show with over 100 top dealers from around the world.

Then don’t miss the Antique American Indian Art Show (Aug. 13-16) at El Museo. Bringing together more than 65 of the world’s experts in American Indian art, the show is the largest of its kind in the world. View and purchase basketry, jewelry, textiles, kachinas, sculptures, pottery and more!

And of course, don’t forget the unofficial end of summer, the 95th Burning of Zozobra (Aug. 30). This annual event invites everyone to throw their troubles into the cleansing fire when Old Man Gloom goes up in flames. The rain-or-shine spectacle takes place at Fort Marcy Park, located a few short blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. This weekend kicks off the 306th Fiestas de Santa Fe (Sept. 1-8), the community celebration of Santa Fe’s history, customs and traditions.  Events include an arts and crafts market on the Plaza, a Mariachi Extravaganza at the Santa Fe Opera (Aug. 31), dances, concerts, the Desfile de los Ninos Pet Parade around the Plaza (Sept. 7) and Desfile de la Gente Historical Parade (Sept. 8). And don’t miss the Fiesta Melodrama, lampooning all our favorite Santa Feans (Aug. 22-Sept. 15).

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La Fonda hotel is located on the Santa Fe plaza


The Shops at La Fonda

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Tom Taylor

Belts, Buckles, Bags

This month Tom Taylor kicks off the 98th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market with an Opening Reception Thursday, August 15th at 6pm. Don't forget to wear your Tom Taylor T-shirt during Indian Market on Saturday for a chance to win in their Wear and Win Gift Certificate Giveaway! Don’t have a Tom Taylor T-shirt? Get yours free with any Tom Taylor purchase from Monday, August 12th thru Saturday, August 17th. They'll be celebrating throughout the weekend, including a highly anticipated annual Trunk Show. See you at Indian Market!

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Indian Market Reception at a store

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Rocki Gorman

Join Rocki Gorman for her annual Indian Market Open House Thursday August 15th thru Sunday August 18th. Trunk Shows featuring Silverado Clothing, Laura Ingalls Hats, Coreen Cordova jewelry, and Giddy Up designer embellished boots. Refreshments served Thursday, August 15th from 5-8pm.

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Things Finer

Featuring antique and estate jewelry, gifts and accessories, plus new and carefully curated treasures from all over the globe, Things Finer has something for everyone!  For over four decades, Things Finer has served generations of Santa Fe families, visitors and friends from first one, then two locations inside our historic property.  Things Finer buys, sells and appraises entire estates and individual items.  At Things Finer, everything old is new again!

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Sense - Now Open at La Fonda!

Sense Clothing® designed in the USA is headquartered in downtown Santa Fe, NM in the historic La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza. Sense launched their first collection in Spring 2005, consisting of ultra-soft fabrics and modern colors. Sense is all about the "multi-functional" wardrobe which makes our collection the perfect travel line, uniting the elements of Spa and Travel for today's active women.

Guests at La Fonda receive 25% off an sense item.

111 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 in La Fonda

Call: 505-988-5534

Film & Performance 

Don't forget we’re hosting collectors and enthusiasts from around the world for this year’s Indian Market, who (and you, too!) have a unique opportunity to experience a first: Sovereign SANTA FE.  This is a 48-hour curated Contemporary Native American art exhibition, alive with experiential and intuitive talent (Aug. 16-17). 

The Santa Fe Opera’s world-class 2019 season wraps up this month (thru Aug. 24) with five stellar operas: La Bohème, The Pearl Fishers, Così Fan Tutte, Jenůfa and The Thirteenth Child. Book your stay with La Fonda now to enjoy your full opera experience.

Enjoy theater in the gorgeous Santa Fe Botanical Garden with The Comedy of Errors (Aug. 2-3) at the Garden’s Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands amphitheater. Over at Santa Fe Playhouse, it’s NSFW, a dark workplace comedy satirizing media attitudes to sexuality and personal privacy. In the office of a British men’s magazine, appropriately called Doghouse, disaster strikes when they discover that their amateur centerfold is actually a non-consenting 14-year-old girl (thru Aug. 4).

4000 Miles, a Pulitzer and Obie award winner, comes to Teatro Paraguas, courtesy of New Mexico Actors Lab (Aug. 8-25). When Leo Joseph-Connell suffers a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, he seeks solace from his feisty grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Then head to Solobration - Festival of Solo Works at Warehouse 21, for comedy to drama and everything in between (Aug. 9-11).

The Swan Theater presents The Duchess of Malfi, a revenge tragedy loosely based on actual events. It begins as a love story and ends as a nightmare. Even with all its violence and mayhem, it is considered one of the great tragedies of the age (Aug. 10), part of the Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare Festival. Other performances include close readings of Henry the IV, Park One and Much Ado About Nothing, and slower readings of Measure for Measure and Merchant of Venice.

The Jean Cocteau Cinema offers Magic, Mentalism, Mischief: Featuring Brad Barton (Aug. 2 & 3). As seen on Netflix, The Late Show, HBO and MTV, The Optical Delusions (juggler Marcus Monroe and magician Ben Seidman) return to Santa Fe. This comedic duo combine magic, juggling, and stand-up comedy into a show that will have you laughing hysterically (while your mind is being blown).

Special film screenings in August at the Cocteau include Body Heat (Aug. 11), Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (Aug 17) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Aug. 31). Over at the Screen, they wrap their summer series of family friendly favorites with an outdoor showing of Coco (Aug. 2). Then join acclaimed editor-producer Paul Barnes as he illuminates the art of editing with his analysis of The Elephant Man and Raging Bull (Aug. 11).

Then Dont4get2Laugh at the Second Annual Dont4get2Laugh Comedy Night to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association (Aug. 16). Laughter can be therapy, so come together for a night of laughs and raise funds to fighting for a cure, provide support and raise awareness around this terrible disease.

Family and budget friendly (i.e., free), the Santa Fe Railyard movie series on the beautiful Railyard Park Performance Lawn in the heart of the Railyard Park concludes this month with Wall-E (Aug. 9) and Incredibles 2 (Aug. 23). Bring the kids, eat from the food trucks and celebrate the final days of summer.

The Lensic hosts Silver Bullet Productions’ staged reading of Sovereignty, a play by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee), one of Native America's most prominent playwrights (Sept. 7). This moving drama, set in the 1830s and today, portrays the Ridge family in events leading to the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

Out & About

La Fonda is again delighted to host the annual Over the Edge event for Girls Inc. (Aug. 3). The heart-stopping event invites the intrepid adventurer to catch her breath, step up to the edge and rappel six stories down the side of La Fonda. Fundraisers who raise a minimum of $1000 earn a spot to go Over the Edge, with proceeds directly benefitting girls of Santa Fe. You will serve as a catalyst to providing life-changing programs that inspire our girls to be healthy, educated, empowered and independent. La Fonda will even have a team of 5 brave souls going Over the Edge, competing with other sponsors to raise the most money. Come cheer us on!

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The 97th Indian Market (Aug. 17-18) is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world. Begun in 1922 (the same year as La Fonda), Indian Market attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the world, to buy art directly from roughly 1,000 artists from 200+ federally recognized tribes from the U.S. and Canada. Indian Market provides an opportunity to meet Native artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures, right outside the La Fonda doors.  Our favorite pre-market event is the Institute of American Indian Arts Scholarship Dinner & Auction (Aug. 14) that we host in the Lumpkins Ballroom at La Fonda. 

El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ summer festival series continues with not one, but two events. First, head to the 3rd Annual New Mexico Beer and Food Festival (Aug. 3-4). Explore the food and brew history of New Mexico as you taste your way through the Land of Enchantment. Experience historic methods of food preparation, learn from food and beer historians, attend demonstrations, sample delicious locally made creations, shop from vendors and artisans AND grab a beer from local New Mexican breweries. Then enjoy talented dance groups, magic shows, learn about the animals of Las Golondrinas and a few of their friends; make and take crafts like masks, rope and walking sticks, enjoy candle dipping, play historic games and much more at Fiesta de los Ninos (Aug. 31-Sept. 1).

Fiesta Week Grand Prix at HIPICO is a week of world-class Hunter/Jumper competition, both fun-filled and packed with special events, featuring the Fiesta Horse Auction and Exhibition hosted by Rancho Corazon, the onsite show barn (Aug. 7-11). Check the rest of the schedule for more free events perfect for the whole family.

Music & Dance 

This year’s Santa Fe Bandstand season – just steps from La Fonda’s door – continues Tuesdays through Saturdays through August 9 with free music, dancing and summer fun. Stop by the Bell Tower Bar for a sunset cocktail or nosh before or after, too. Highlights this month include Eliza Gilkyson (Aug. 7) and Robert Mirabal (Aug. 9).

Or pack a picnic supper and visit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden for Sunset in the Garden concert Series (Aug. 1). This month hear Trevor Bahnson’s songwriting punctuated with hopeful harmonies. The Garden opens for picnicking at 4:30, with music at 5:30 p.m.

The Lensic and Ron Bloomberg present Vaudeville 2 (Aug. 3), Santa Fe’s most entertaining and comedy filled night, celebrating The Lensic’s early days as a vaudeville venue with a variety show created by veteran comedy and television writer Ron Bloomberg.

The Lensic brings back Branden & James the powerhouse cello and vocal duo for an unforgettable evening. The pair weaves familiar melodies of pop tunes in classical style, with their unique, inimitable sound.

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival continues this month (thru Aug. 19), presenting world class music and musicians. New this year is music at noon on Wednesdays, a brand new 5-concert series. In August, violinist Ida Kavafian and pianist Peter Serkin perform Beethoven’s complete Violin Sonatas in a can’t-miss event of the season. Check the schedule for the slew of amazing performances and performers.

Stars of American Ballet (Aug. 7-8) promises a best-of-the-best ensemble from the nation’s most renowned companies, courtesy of Performance Santa Fe. Then Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents the second night of its first-ever evening-length ballet: long-time collaborator Nicolo Fonte’s Beautiful Decay (Aug. 31). Featuring an original set design by Tony Award-winner Mimi Lien, the timeless music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Max Richter’s reinterpretation of the same, this haunting work juxtaposes daring athleticism against the reality of aging.

Performance Santa Fe’s Festival of the Song features Susanne Mentzer and Rod Gilfry (Aug. 4), and Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s summer festival also continues this month (thru Aug. 20) presenting three distinct programs: French baroque, celestial light, and a celebration of American poets. It’s an eclectic summer season, with free public pre-concert lectures, afternoon chamber music, late-night jazz and more.

Celebrate the lifetime achievements of New Mexico’s music heroes and icons at the 2019 Platinum Music Awards. This year's honorees include Jim Bonnell, Bert Dalton, Noberta Fresquez, Robert Mirabal, and Cipriano Vigil. Join us to celebrate local music (Aug. 23)!

AMP Concerts continues its Levitt AMP Santa Fe Music Series at Santa Fe Railyard Plaza with an exciting, eclectic and best of all, free outdoor concerts (thru Aug. 31). Headliners in August include Reverend Horton Heat (Aug. 3), Devotchka (Aug. 10), Valerie June (Aug. 24) and Fantastic Negrito (Aug. 31).

AMP’s regular menu of folk, world and indie has something for everyone this summer, too: Dr. Dog (Aug. 11), Bill Callahan (Sept 3), Bobby McFerrin (Sept. 5), the National (Sept. 8), and Glen Hansard (Sept. 17) and Dwight Yoakam (Sept. 17). Over at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing, catch Passafire with Kash’d Out (Aug. 11) and the Eldorado Taphouse brings Felix y Los Gatos (Aug. 25).

Meow Wolf brings the musical heat with Everything is Terrible! (Aug. 5), An Evening with Leftover Salmon (Aug. 8), A-Trak (Aug. 24), The Quinn Fontaine Experience (Aug. 31), Band of Skulls (Sept. 4), Why? (Sept. 5), Jerry Paper (Sept. 8) and Stereolab (Sept. 17).

At the Museums

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture offers a special presentation by French scholar Jeanine Belgodere, who visits Santa Fe annually and has studied Haozous’ abstract work for nearly a decade (Aug. 4). Haozous (Warm Springs Chiricahua) is the son of the famed sculptor Allan Houser. Later that same day, brothers Diego and Mateo Romero (we have art by both brothers in the hotel) create a mural inspired by the thousands of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) across Canada and America. Join in this interactive project as you learn about MMIW and create art in their honor with the Romero brothers.

Mark your calendars for Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art at the Institute of American Indian Arts (Aug. 16-Jan. 19, 2020), a thought provoking, experimental, and critical show of works by 15 established and emerging artists whose art confirms a strong continuation of Chickasaw art practices. The participating artists share an interest in certain themes and concepts including humans’ relationships with the land, environmental concerns, place, and belonging (i.e. artists’ connections to their current and historic homelands).

Community Day at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden means free admission for New Mexico residents (Aug. 17), where you can learn about native plants, celebrate honey bee awareness day and partner with nature.

Google's head of design for hardware, Ivy Ross, joins art supporter/collector Sharon Malcolmson, publisher/creative designer and curator, David Chickey, and artist Judy Tuwaletstiwa to discuss the many ways to think about art in our culture, at CCA (Aug. 29).

The Institute of American Indian Arts also exhibits video and installation art creating a narrative of visual sovereignty and cultural and intellectual connections with contemporary Sámi, who are Indigenous peoples from parts of Norway, Sweden, and northern Finland. Sámi Intervention/ Dáidda Gázada runs through Feb. 2020.

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The Santa Fe Botanical Garden has a series of talks in August. First, Medicine Women, Wild West Doctors, and the First Native American Nursing School (Aug. 1) explores the history of the establishment of the first Native American nursing school at Ganado Mission. Then hear about Chaco’s Monumental Roads: New Insights from Archaeology and Beyond (Aug. 15) for recent archaeological findings. Or how about a bird walk at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve (Aug. 24)? Spend a morning in the unique wetland habitat and learn about the diversity of birds from Rocky Tucker, volunteer bird guide.

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Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) and Apache mixed-media artist Ian Kual’i speak to both environmental and human conditions through interactive public art at School for Advanced Research (Aug. 8). Kuali'i utilizes features of the landscape to develop ephemeral and site-specific installations. Kuali'i presents on his work and experiences as the 2019 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native artist fellow with open studio to follow.

The New Mexico Museum of Art’s annual Ice Cream Social (Aug. 9) marks the height of summer fun. Head to the museum’s beautiful patio for ice cream courtesy of Haagen-Daz, and then enjoy the summer exhibitions. Ice cream will be served from 5 p.m. until it’s gone. Then come back the next day for the Alcoves 2020 exhibition, featuring six rotations of five artists at various career stages living and working in New Mexico today (Aug. 10, 2019 through Aug. 16, 2020).

Collected Works Bookstore hosts Nick Estes, whose new book Our History is Our Future (Aug. 12), traces traditions of Indigenous resistance that led to the #NoDAPL movement. Our History Is Our Future is at once a work of history, a manifesto, and an intergenerational story of resistance. Then hear David Marlett, author of American Red, recount the true story of one of the greatest domestic terrorists in American history, and the detectives, lawyers, spies and lovers who brought him down (Aug. 29).

Join The Red Nation for Three Centuries of Pueblo Resistance: A Panel Talk at the Jean Cocteau (Aug. 24). This free event discusses major victories toward Pueblo liberation and future victories against settler colonialism, extractive industries, racism, capitalism, and imperialism. Hear from the newly formed Pueblo/a/x feminist caucus, as they present their manifesto and point program.

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