The Aroma of Pinon in the Morning

Jenny's View 

Dear Friends, 

Friends, you all know that Santa Fe’s shopping scene is stellar at any time of year. The holidays rev up our arts engine into high gear with the art and craft fairs that we wait all year for. Several of them happen right outside our doors. One even takes place in La Fonda on the Plaza!

Start by encouraging the natural talent of the next generation of artists and craftspeople at the Young Native Artists Winter Show & Sale Dec. 2 at the NM History Museum, kitty corner from us. These are the children and grandkids of Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program artists and they demo and sell their wares.

Young Native Artists Winter Show & Sale

Then head over to Santa Fe Community College’s 29th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair (Dec. 8) with 75 artists offering jewelry, baked goods, woven handbags, pottery, painting, scarves, tinwork, straw appliqué and woodcarvings. Of course, you’ll find a variety of holiday cards (they’re not late until 2019, right?).

The third annual String of Lights: A Holiday Market (Dec. 8) at the nearby Farmer’s Market Pavilion includes 50+ local makers selling unique handcrafted gifts–a perfect place to get all your holiday shopping done while you grab a drink, hang out with friends, and enjoy music.

Santa Fe Community College 29th Arts & Crafts Fair

String of Lights: A Holiday Market

Our neighbors across-the-street at the Institute for American Indian Arts hold their 12th annual Holiday Art Market (Dec 15), which coincidentally is the same weekend as the 13th Annual Winter Indian Market (Dec. 14-16) right here at La Fonda. More than 150 of the most accomplished Native artists in the world will be selling jewelry, pottery, paintings, weavings and much more in a festive and intimate environment. There’s the also a fabulous silent auction, live music and dance and more! Stay at La Fonda and you’re literally steps away from either event. Our Winter Market package includes tickets to the Friday preview and weekend events, breakfast for two in La Plazuela, complimentary parking and no hidden resort fees. But don't wait long, this weekend always sells out!

IAIA 12th Annual Holiday Market

Winter Indian Market

The middle of the month means that La Fonda’s own decorating masters, Gilbert Mesa and Chef Lane Warner, who will have already spent hours recreating our hotel in miniature with gingerbread, festooning it with farolitos, icing, and a whole lot of candy. Our annual gingerbread house replica draws wide-eyed kids and adults each year for sweet fun and smiles in the lobby. The secret, Gil says, is icing the gingerbread pieces while they’re flat. Who knew?! (Dec 14)

Of course, if you haven’t found the perfect gift even after all of this, La Fonda’s gift shop, Detours, will no doubt have a wonderful treasure your friends or family. And pick up something for yourself, too.

Blessings of the season be yours,

Jenny

Detours at La Fonda

Fa-la-la-la-la...all things Merry and Bright. Detours has gifts for everyone on your list from the mailman to your teacher(s), members of your book club or your best friends.

Detours represents a wide selection of accessories from Pendleton for men and women: Traditional blankets, dog beds, shawls, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, coats, jackets, and sweaters...all things cozy and warm. And if traveling is on you list this Holiday season, we offer a beautiful selection of luggage ranging from totes, duffels, and carry-ons, to larger overseas size suitcases, selections are limited within the four patterns offered.

Pendleton Accessories

Pendleton Luggage

Pendleton Blankets

We can help with your entertaining needs...”Mimbreños” dinnerware made in the USA, beautiful, colorful tablecloths and napkins from France to compliment your decor, naturally scented candles made from essential oils as well as tapers in every color die your mantle and table, puzzles to keep friends and family occupied while waiting for dinner to be served, snow globes to fascinate the young and remind the older generation of the magic of the season!

There is a wonderful selection of single and boxed cards for spreading cheer to friends that live afar or to add a special touch to a special gift. Locally made spirits for Holiday Cheer, unique items for hostess gifts, treasures that will appeal to the Folk Art collector - made in New Mexico, as well as World craft (including beautifully hand carved nativities from 3 inches to 24 inches high).

Also, launching at Detours exclusively is renowned Joyce Herrington creating custom designed coats, jackets and vests from Pendleton blankets. Joyce’s designs were formerly featured at Native Jackets, which has recently closed. Please stop by to see her newest collection; Joyce will be available by appointment only if you desire a custom creation for that “special” Holiday gift. We welcome you everyday but especially at this magical time of year at La Fonda in Santa Fe.

Recipe for Adventure
Cream of Green Chile Chicken and Noodles Soup - Yield 1.5 gallons

As cold and flu season starts to hit Santa Fe, it seems only appropriate to share our recipe for Cream of Green Chile Chicken and Noodles Soup. Green chile is renowned for its healing properties, as is chicken soup. The green chile has a very high level of vitamin C and, in fact, it is said that it has double to triple the level of vitamin C that an orange does. So make a batch and keep it on hand for that oncoming cold. 

INGREDIENTS

  • • ½ pound onions, diced small
  • • ¼ pound celery, diced small
  • • ¼ pound carrots, diced small
  • • ¼ pound diced hot green chile
  • • ½ pound whole butter
  • • 6 ounces all-purpose flour
  • • 1 gallon chicken stock
  • • 3 pounds chicken breasts, char-grilled, medium
  • • 1 quart Half and Half, warmed
  • • 1 bay leaf
  • • To Taste. kosher salt and black pepper
  • • 1 pound egg noodles, blanched al dente

METHOD

  • • In a 2 gallon pot melt the whole butter over medium high heat, once melted sweat the onions, celery and carrots until the onions are translucent.
  • • Now add the green chile and cook for a few minutes.
  • • Add the flour and make a roux with the above ingredients, cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • • Add the stock and bay leaf and bring to boil. Now turn down to a low simmer.
  • • Add the warmed half and half, chicken and blanched egg noodles. Bring back to boil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Chef Lane likes to serve this with warm cornbread.

Live at La Fonda

Missy Pulliam Collier hails from Pojoaque, and spent the 1980s singing with Missy and the Lukewarm Water Band around Northern New Mexico. They notably opened up for musical acts like Lone Star, Highway 101, Daryle Singletary (RIP), Carlene Carter, Rodney Crowell, and Tanya Tucker. She also sang with the group Sierra here at the La Fiesta Lounge, where she was “discovered” and headed to Nashville for a while.

Missy and her band are happily returning to performing after a ten-year hiatus. Missy’s back with her new group Missy & Company, which includes old friend Thomas Sisneros on keyboard, Bobby Carmen on guitar, Rudy Lovato on bass and David Baines on drums. All are seasoned musicians familiar to local audiences.

“I’m thrilled to playing again at La Fonda, because I really love people and performing for them,” Missy says. Missy & Company relies on her rich, emotional vocals to move audiences, bringing new life to traditional country standards from country legends like Patsy Cline, Reba McIntyre, Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette.

“Every once in a while, we’ll throw in some new country songs, and some upbeat Beach Boys and other fun songs. It depends on the mood of the crowd,” says Sisneros. Welcome back to La Fiesta, Missy & Company! (Nov 21-22)

It's a good time to...

Hanukkah on the Plaza lights up the darkest time of the year Dec. 2 with the annual giant menorah lighting right outside La Fonda on the Santa Fe Plaza. Mayor Alan Webber joins the fun of live music with the Klezmorados, a trapeze acrobatic show with the great Aerial Aura, and of course, latkes, gelt and hot chocolate.

Hanukkah’s 8 nights of lights means more holiday celebrating with the not-to-be-missed annual bash at the Santa Fe Jewish Center, also with latkes, donuts and a concert with songstress Zarina Nazari, a classical pianist, composer and singer (Dec. 6). Then enjoy a Greek themed Hanukkah feast the next night. (Dec. 7).

Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community together just outside La Fonda’s door for an evening (Dec. 7) of hot cider, cookies, live music, a chance to operate an antique printing press, old fashioned activities, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus -- all in the legendary magic of the Palace of the Governors. A free, family event. (Donations of non-perishable food welcome.) Then, the annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard (Dec. 9).

Light Among The Ruins (Dec. 8), farolitos at the Gisewa Pueblo and San Jose de Los Jemez Mission Church at Jemez Historic Site, just a short drive from Santa Fe, promises an evening of peaceful splendor, Native American flute and dancers, bonfires and more. Get your timed ticket now for this rain/snow or shine event!

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden sparkles with its own holiday cheer (Dec. 14-31) in its annual Glow, featuring the Garden’s newest section, Ojos y Manos. Grab a friend or bring the family (kids 12 and under are FREE!) and enjoy a hot beverage by the fire, traditional (and untraditional!) holiday music, delicious food and drink, do a little holiday shopping in the Garden’s Gift shop and be bedazzled by a special laser light shows and exhibits designed for this year’s GLOW. It’s every night except Dec. 24 & 25. 

In a tradition that extends who knows how far back, there’s the Canyon Road farolito walk (Dec. 24), when art galleries open their doors as street musicians play and people gather at traditional bonfires—the event attracts some 30,000 strollers each year.

The Glow at the Botanical Gardens

Canyon Road Farolito Walk

Embrace New Mexico’s rich Native American culture by visiting a Pueblo on Christmas Eve. Many of them hold dances, midnight mass and bonfires on Christmas Eve. New Mexico is home to 19 pueblos, including the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos north of Santa Fe.

Say adios to 2018 and ring in the New Year with family, friends and visitors to welcome the New Year at the Fourth Annual New Year's Eve on the Santa Fe Plaza (Dec. 31). We hear Mayor Webber has a surprise or two in store, including fireworks off the roof of La Fonda.

Pueblo Dances

New Years Eve

And don’t forget the citywide Artist in Residence happenings, because La Fonda is delighted to offer this weekend art experience that connects New Mexico artists with our guests right here in the lobby of the hotel Friday and Saturday 4 to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 3 pm through February 24, 2019. To see the list of artists at La Fonda, click here.  From jewelry-making to basket-weaving to beadwork to painting, come experience the magic of art, the artists’ first-hand their creative process and interact with the them as they create their masterpieces. Our calendar of artists is here and be sure to check out our Artist in Residence special. For a list of all artists, dates and participating locations, go to Santa Fe.org and enter to win a weekend in Santa Fe.

Shops at La Fonda 

Gaea and Laura Randolph Gallery

Formerly Mama's Minerals, Laura Randolph introduces a collection of Mother Earth’s most spectacular specimens artfully curated from around the globe - a showcase of the most unique and interesting fossils, minerals and crystals that encapsulate ancient stories of our planet. Select one of nature’s most striking works of art for your private residence or corporate space. 505-988-1651. From home decor to beads to healing crystals, Gaea provides many natural wonders for your home. 505-780-8905

Rocki Gorman

Happy Holidays from all of us at Rocki Gorman. Come meet our fabulous Manager Susan Holmes and mention this ad to receive 15% Off your purchase*. Stop in soon, visit us online or call us at 505-983-7833. 

* Louis Vuitton vintage bags not included.

Tom Taylor

Shop local this Holiday and support the world renowned New Mexican silversmiths and leather artists of Tom Taylor. We’ve added stunning new pieces to our collection of one-of-a-kind belts, buckles, bags, jewelry, and accessories for the season. Visit Tom Taylor online or stop into our La Fonda store for unique, memorable gifts that are handcrafted for a lifetime. info@tomtaylorbuckles.com; 1-800-303-9733; 1-505-984-2231

Things Finer 

With two locations inside La Fonda, Things Finer has been Santa Fe's premier source for Fine Antique and Contemporary Jewelry for 25 years. With over 60 years of expertise, as a family enterprise, Things Finer make acquisition of a unique treasures, exciting, fulfilling, and lots of fun.

Get a head start on holiday shopping with this hand carved and stone inlaid shed elk horn Bear Nativity by award-winning Zuni artist Troy Sice. Available now by calling 505-983-5552 or visit the website, ThingsFiner.com.

Photogenesis 

The Westies of Photogenesis Gallery are all ready for Santa. They would like to be romping in the snow of Central Park as shown in this black and white image. Special pricing will be available throughout the month of December on all Snow and holiday images. We are happy to email you a variety of images sure to make you smile.

Film & Performance 

SITE Santa Fe screens SITElines 2018 artist Jumana Manna’s new film, Wild Relatives (Dec. 12), which follows the complexity of a withdrawal of seeds from the Svalbard Seed Bank situated between Norway and the North Pole, and their journey to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, and the occasion’s global implications.

Dress in your Victorian era finery for a NM PBS free screening of the first episode of Season 3 of Victoria on MASTERPIECE (Dec. 3) at the Lensic. Tickets are free but are required. The Lensic also presents its next National Theatre Live broadcast of Antony & Cleopatra (Dec 18). The Met Live in HD opera series continues in December with La Traviata (Dec. 22) and the rarely performed Adriana Lecouvreur (Jan. 12).

Wild Relatives at SITE Santa Fe

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Adriana Lecouvreur

FUSION returns for its 18th main stage production of professional theatre in Santa Fe with Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill (Dec. 15) at the James. A. Little Theatre. Cloaked in mystery, what appears as the ordinary labyrinth of women’s middle-class existences slowly unravels into a profound expression of fear shared by the many, but revealed by the few.

Santa Fe Playhouse explains The Importance of Being Earnest (through Dec. 16), Oscar Wilde’s classic comedic masterpiece. Over at Blue Raven Theatre, it’s the world premiere of Perfect Love, written and directed by Talia Pura, at Warehouse 21 (Dec. 6-23), exploring the imperfections of relationships, proving once again that love is usually messy and far from perfect.

Escaped Alone

The Importance of Being Ernest

Perfect Love

Meanwhile, Adobe Rose Theatre presents The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) (through-Dec. 9). Then celebrate the Christmas Truce of 1914 with All is Calm (Dec. 20), presented by Performance Santa Fe. Mark your calendars for the new year and Oasis Theatre’s version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (Jan. 31-Feb. 17).

The Ultimate Christmas Show

All Is Calm

Out & About 

Still searching for the perfect gift? The Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival (through Dec. 2) is the country’s largest and oldest (20 years) recycled art market, turning one person’s trash into everyone’s treasure. 

The New Mexico Museum of Art’s annual Holiday Open House(Dec. 16)is a round-robin of puppet plays, art making projects, photos with Santa Claus, and other activities, free and completely kid friendly!

Recycle Santa Fe

New Mexico Museum of Arts

Celebrate 10 Who Made A Difference (Dec.6) sponsored by the Santa Fe New Mexican, highlighting the actions of volunteers in our community that have Made A Difference in the lives of others. This is the 3rd year of coupling the recognition event to offer family and friends an opportunity to publicly thank the honorees for what they do and share stories of the impact their efforts have made.

On New Year’s Day every year the newly appointed and elected Pueblo officials are announced and honored in the Transfer of Canes ceremonies and dances at most Pueblos. Head out and see this tradition for yourself (Jan 1). Then enjoy more dances, including Buffalo, Deer, Eagle and Elk to honor newly appointed tribal officials on the annual Pueblo King’s Day Celebrations (Jan. 6).

January can be a bit of a let down after the high spirits of the holidays. So lift a glass at the New Mexico Brewers’ Guild Winter Brew  (Jan. 11), when breweries from around New Mexico converge upon Santa Fe to pour cold-weather favorites such as stouts, porters, barley wines, winter warmers, and barrel-aged seasonals. Santa Fe has numerous breweries participating including Second Street Brewery, Santa Fe Brewery, Rowley Farmhouse Ale, Duel Brewery and many more. 

New Mexico's Guild Winter Brew

Music & Dance 

A New Mexico tradition, Mariachi Christmas (Dec. 1) fills the Lensic with music, song and dance. The Lensic continues the holiday cheer with Ten Australian operatic tenors feting the season with a selection of traditional and contemporary favorites (Dec. 4). The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus presents Peace On Earth, its holiday concert to spread good tidings (Dec. 5). Christmas Treasures is the Santa Fe Symphony’s theme (Dec. 9) while its Christmas Eve concert features Anderson & Roe Piano Duo (Dec. 24). The Symphony Chorus gets in on the act with a free carols and choruses performance (Dec. 18) at the Basilica.

Ten Australian Tenors

NM Gay Men's Chorus

Performance Santa Fe’s A Salute to Billie Holiday & Frank Sinatra is “hip with a wink”, courtesy of Catherine Russell and John Pizzarelli (Dec. 8). The Santa Fe Opera hosts its annual winter concert (Dec. 14) at the Basilica of Santa Fe, a free and first-come, first-served performance.

Catherine Russell & John Pizzarelli

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Winter Festival (Dec.15-23) heralds the sounds of the season performed by a 24-voice chorus, including carols and lullabies from South and Central America. And Santa Fe Pro Musica returns to the beautiful Loretto Chapel (right next to La Fonda) for traditional carols by baroque masters (Dec. 19-24). Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the lauded Brandenburg Concertos (Dec. 29).

Embrace the holiday spirit with dance at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. Children of all ages will marvel at this whimsical interpretation of a seasonal classic (Dec. 15-16). 

Brandenburg Concertos with Thomas O'Connor Conductor 

Aspen Ballet "Nutcracker"

Tired of holiday music yet? As an alternative, SITE Santa Fe hosts Chatter (Dec. 8), weaving together traditional and contemporary chamber music and vocals, and a reading by poet Hakim Bellamy. And AMP Concerts welcomes Irish vocalist Damien Rice for a sold-out show (Dec. 5), then takes a break until the Kevin Burke show at Gig (Jan. 18).

Hakim Bellamy

Damien Rice

Speaking of Gig, they’re hosting Vaiven’s flamenco/jazz trio (Dec. 1), Art Lane, Bruce Williamson and Khabu Young (Dec. 7) and the release of their new album, and locals Lone Piñon playing the music of our region (Dec. 15). Southwest Roots Music brings The South Austin Moonlighters to The Kitchen Sink (Dec. 1) and banjo and guitar player Tony Furtado to town, too (Dec. 13).

Vaiven's Flamenco/Jazz Trio

The South Austin Moonlighters

Over at Meow Wolf there’s a full month of music, starting with The Buttertones (Dec. 4), Mystical Z (Dec. 7), folky Colter Wall (Dec. 10), performer/producer JMSN (Dec. 14), and dub sound innovators The Widdler with Pushloop (Dec 15). The arts venue continues the back half of the month with The Marias (Dec. 16), Brother Ali (Dec. 17), and Justin Martin (Dec. 22).

There’s no better way to bid farewell to 2018 than with an evening of music, right? Longtime Santa Fean Joe Illick, music director and principal conductor of the Fort Worth Opera, leads an all-star orchestra in an evening of Tchaikovsky (Dec. 31).

At the Museums

Get ready for the holidays by participating in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s hands-on workshop to make your own plant-based gifts (Dec. 1). The power of plants!

SITE Santa Fe welcomes Jaclyn Roessel for an art talk, Curating Culture: Decolonization and Indigenous Representation in Museums (Dec. 1), examining the tensions present within the museum field and how with further dedication to decolonized practices, inclusion and incorporation of Indigenous voices, museums can see a future with meaningful participation of Indigenous creative excellence like never before.

Santa Fe Botanical Plant-based Gifts

Jaclyn Roessel

Join the O’Keeffe Museum for a morning of ornament making inspired by the artwork of Georgia O’Keefe (Dec. 15), a free for the entire family event. Then drop in for a post-holiday crafts family program (Dec. 27).

Enjoy the magic of a farolito labyrinth amongst the cozy smell of bonfires, roast some s’mores and spend time with the ones you love at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum’s Winter Solstice Celebration (Dec. 21). 

Sante Fe Children's Winter Solstice 

The New Mexico Museum of Art’s annual holiday concert (Dec. 8) promises a delightful free performance from High Desert Harp Ensemble. Then stay for the latest exhibition, Good Company: Five Artist Communities in New Mexico (through Mar. 10, 2019), which showcases the role of artist communities in New Mexico. Explore works by members of the Taos Society of Artists, Los Cinco Pintores, Transcendental Painting Group, Rio Grande Painters, and the Stieglitz circle.

CCA’s Tank Garage is the venue for one painter and eight poets collaborating for Shelley Horton-Trippe: A Greater Sublime. The third and last poetry reading features Sherwin Bitsui, Jennifer Foerster, Sonja Kravanja (Dec. 14), as Horton-Trippe paints along as the poets recite their poems.

Good Company: Five Artists Communities in New Mexico 

Shelley Horton-Trippe: A Great Sublime

The Museum of International Folk Art opens a new exhibition (Dec. 16, 2018-Aug. 25, 2019): A Gathering of Voices celebrates the promised gift of the folk art collection of Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg. Comprising primarily ceramic traditions from Mexico, Spain, France, Hungary, Morocco, and numerous other countries, the collection also includes rich holdings of New Mexico santos, Latin American retablos, and metalwork, furniture and textiles from around the world.

By popular demand, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art has extended its GenNext: Future So Bright exhibition to March 29, 2019. They’ve added new works by existing GenNext artists, along with ones by five new artists. We love it when art draws crowds!

A Gathering of Voices

GenNext: Future So Bright

Speakers

Friends of History Lecture Series at the NM History Museum discusses The New Deal in New Mexico: Preserving Hispano Culture Through Music & Lore (Dec. 5). Jack Loeffler, author, aural historian, and radio producer will be joined by fine artist and folk musician Frank McCulloch.

Jack Loeffler

Frank McCulloch

SITE Santa Fe brings us a two-fer with Digest This! Seed Banks and the Sound of Navajo Country (Dec. 12), with Mollie Parsons and Dr. Kristina Jacobsen. Parsons, Director of Education at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, will talk about seed ecology, while Jacobsen will give a brief reading and performance from her book, The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language and Diné Belonging. Navajo tea and cookies will be served.

Mollie Parsons

Dr. Kristina Jacobsen

Dr. Suzanne Seriff offers some critical reflections on the global impact – for artists and consumers alike – of the folk art marketplace sensation with Recycled, Re-Seen—Revisited: Critical Reflections on Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap (Dec. 13) at IFAM Headquarters.

Lannan Foundation kicks off 2019 with historian and activist Ilan Pappe with Dima Khalidi (Jan. 23), part of its Readings & Conversations series.

Suzanne Seriff

Ilan Pappe

Dima Khalidi

School for Advanced Research starts the new year with the latest in its Creative Thought Forum. This time its Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads, and Ritual Power: Insights into the Chaco World Using New Technologies (Jan. 24). Anna Sofaer, Robert Weiner and Richard Friedman present their work on the astronomical heritage in Chaco Canyon culture. Using traditional approaches and emerging technologies (LIDAR and 3D modeling), their work reveals new ways of exploring this history.

Anna Sofaer

Chaco Canyon

Robert Weiner

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