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Tidbits: Indian Market Week events and more

We’re getting into the part of summer I really look forward to. A few weeks jammed packed with art, music and more. It’s the time of the summer when the Santa Fe Opera does its entire summer repertoire as a series and lots of out-of-towner opera aficionados come to town to take advantage of that. Add the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and other summer music events and a host of art shows and you have Santa Fe at her busiest and best.

From the 2012 Hacienda Parade of Homes Tour photo Steve Collins

We visited this home on the 2012 Hacienda Parade of Homes Tour, photo/Steve Collins

We love house and garden tours. This year, for the first time, the popular Hacienda Parade of Homes Tour, held by the Santa Fe Homebuilders Association has teamed up with the Design Santa Fe’s Home + Garden Tour.  Promoters say it will broaden the event by highlighting interior and landscape design as well as architecture. The tours are August 9th through 11th and 16the through 18th.  Both tours are from 11qm to 6pm. Haciendas offers their free Twilight Tour on Friday the 16th from 4 to 9pm. You can buy tickets for each tour or a combined ticket that admits you to both.

La Fonda's Bell Tower Bar before renovations photo Steve Collins

La Fonda’s Bell Tower Bar before renovations, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe food news:
In warm weather, we love sending people up to La Fonda’s outdoor Bell Tower Bar to watch the magnificent Santa Fe sunsets. This summer, they were closed while the historic hotel, including the bar, were being renovated. The Bell Tower bar reopened on July 15th and it’s better than ever. They have added over 500 feet more space. Any day now, they will be officially introducing a new menu offering small plates and more. There is even a bell in the tower and a new tradition. They ring the bell everyday at sunset. Whether you live here or are visiting, it’s the place to be at sundown. The Bell Tower bar is open seasonally.

Pink Adobe Santa Fe New Mexico

The Pink Adobe is back and under new ownership, photo/Steve Collins

Two local dining institutions have been merged. There were a lot of rumors for months- it was a tricky deal. That’s now in the past and it’s time to move forward, say Isabelle and Leonard Koomoa. Here’s the skinny. The Pink Adobe is back. The Koomoas, long-time owners of Guadalupe Caf, bought it. Now diners can have the best of both.

A few months a sign appeared on Old Santa Fe Trail proclaiming, “Guad by day, Pink by night,” and that says it all. Breakfast and lunch, currently being served both in the Pink’s famous Dragon Room (and on the patio), are purely Guad (as locals call it). Every day, at 4pm, just like magic, the Dragon Room turns back into a bar and. and The Pink Adobe reappears. Start with a drink at the world-renowned bar, offering diners both light fare and the legendary Pink menu. Then move over to the restaurant for dinner. The really good news for Pink fans: the old favorites are back the way you remembered them. A lot of cooks have gone through the Pink’s kitchen over the years removing or tweaking some of founder Rosalea Murphy’s famous and beloved dishes. Isabelle, using The Pink Adobe Cookbook, is painstakingly going back to the original preparations and bringing back a few of the missing dishes such as Pork Napoleon. The old favorites such as Steak Dunigan, Gypsy Stew and Chicken Marengo remain. They are open every day but Monday.

Berts Burger Bowl Santa Fe New Mexico photo Steve Collins

Bert’s Burger Bowl may have served the 1st Green Chile Cheeseburger EVER, photo /teve Collins

Six finalists have been chosen by popular vote for Santa Fe’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown.  They are Terra Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Luminaria Restaurant and Patio at Inn & Spa at Loretto, Bert’s Burger Bowl, Cowgirl BBQ, Agave Lounge at Eldorado Hotel & Spa, and Realburger. A lucky number seven finalist will be selected on Friday August 16th between 11am and 2pm in a burger crawl to the 12 remaining entrants that didn’t make the it as finalists. Judging by a panel of food experts, will be held at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Green Chile Harvest on Saturday, September 7th. There will also be a People’s Choice Award. If you want to taste and vote, tickets are $15 each.

Burt Ancell at New Mexico History Museum

Cowboy Burt Ancell will be at the Wild West Weekend, photo/courtesy New Mexico History Museum

Museum news:
The NM History Museum is hosting a Wild West Weekend, from Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in cowboy culture at this event being held in conjunction with their current special exhibition, Cowboys Real and Imagined which runs through March 16, 2019. They will have cowboy musicians and poets, trick ropers, saddle makers, silversmiths and more. It’s hands on fun for the entire family. The event kicks off on Friday evening in the museum’s auditorium where music historians Mark Lee Gardner and Rex Rideout will play vintage instruments using historic playing styles that will take listeners back to days on the range in New Mexico Territory. The Wild West Weekend starts at 6pm on Friday. Saturday and Sunday hours are from 10am to 4pm. The event is free with regular paid museum admission. Friday evenings everyone is admitted free and on Sundays NM residents are admitted for free. Children 16 and under are always free. There is a complete schedule of events on their website,

Indian Market week art events:
There are a lot of art events held in conjunction with Indian Market. We mentioned some in last weeks’ Tidbits; here are a few more:

The Wheelwright Museum’s 38th Annual Auction takes place on Friday , August 16, from 1 to  4pm at the museum at 704 Camino Lejo (Museum Hill). There will be a silent auction and preview of the items in the live auction on Thursday from 4 to 6pm.

Jacob Meders, “Divided Lines” at IAIA

Jacob Meders’ Wood cut from MOCNA’s new exhibition “Divided Lines” photo/courtesy IAIA

The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts has four days of events scheduled for the week starting with the opening reception for four new exhibitions on Thursday, September 15th from 5 to 7 pm at the museum. Iroquois singer, composer and acoustic guitarist Joanne Shenandoah will perform in their outdoor courtyard. You can find the full schedule of events on their website.

Upton Ethelbah with “Blue Corn Maiden” at Beals and Abbate

Upton Ethelbah with his “Blue Corn Maiden”, photo/courtesy Beals and Abbate

Beals & Abbate Fine Art, 713 Canyon Road, also has Indian Market Week activities planned. On Friday, August 9th from 5 to 8pm, the gallery hosts an opening of Native American artists Raymond Nordwall’s new show, Wonderment. On Friday, August 16th from 4 to 8pm, they will host an opening  Native Music.  featuring the work of Native American sculptor, Upton Ethelbah.

If you’re in Santa Fe, there’s so much to do over the rest of the summer. We haven’t even scratched the surface. We’ll be out and about enjoying Santa Fe at its busiest. Maybe we’ll see you there.

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We’re signing off this week with a  bit of music for your listening pleasure.  We heard Joanne Shenandoah in Fort Collins years ago. She was incredible. Her CD, Matriarch, accompanied us on many car trips. Enjoy!



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