Santa Fe tidbits: art, dining, music and gardens

The year has flown. It’s almost Memorial Day Weekend the official start of the high season in Santa Fe. Here’s what’s going on in The City Different over the next few weeks.

This week, we welcome a new gallery in town. Beals & Abbate is at 713 Canyon Road. We wish them luck.

August Shore I by Susan Murosky, photo/courtesy Darnell Fine Art

And while we’re on galleries, Canyon Road, the historic Santa Fe street famous for its many galleries, is starting Fourth Friday Art Walk. The event is sponsored by Canyon Road Arts. The first one, May 27th, features over 30 gallery openings and live music at various places along the way. This will be a monthly event. Organizers are excited about the August walk, “White Linen Night”. They are encouraging visitors and gallery people to don their best white linen and enjoy a summer street party. Openings begin at 5pm (some start later) and run until 7pm or even later; each gallery is different.

Rug by Mona Laughing, photo/Carol Franco, courtesy Native Treasures

For the last six years, Memorial Day Weekend in The City Different means Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival, a museum-quality art show and sale. This year, the May 28th and 29th event takes place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The event, a fundraiser for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, brings together 200 of the best Native American artists from all over the country.  Participation in this prestigious show is by invitation only. The money raised goes towards funding for exhibits and educational outreach programs. Serious collectors and people who want to shop before it gets busy, can buy an Early Bird ticket ($15 at the door) and get in at 9am. Doors for the general public open at 10am, admission is $5 on Saturday and free on Sunday The show is from 10:00 to 5pm both days.

La Boca, a cozy tapas place north of the historic Santa Fe Plaza, is now offering weekend brunch in addition to lunch and dinner. The restaurant turns out both traditional and contemporary small plates. Come in and see what brunchy creations chef/owner James Campbell Caruso has up his white sleeve.

La Boca now serving brunch, photo /teve Collins

And La Boca’s across the street neighbor, Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen and Enoteca, has teamed up with the Aztec Café. The formerly funky coffee house is being renovated by the folks responsible for the fabulous redesign of Il Piatto. The Italian restaurant’s Chef/owner Matt Yohalem, a fixture on the Santa Fe food scene for years, is creating a café menu that will emphasizes fresh and local with lots of vegetarian options. Café owner, Sarah Flori will continue turning out pastries for the new venture. Currently, they’re serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. Aztec chef, Aidan Malone, says they hope to have dinner up and running by mid-June. The concept, he says, is comfort food, made with organic ingredients when possible. We look forward to trying the Aztec in it’s new incarnation..

Saturday June 4th brings two wine events to Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa. At 2pm, there’s a 30-minute class and tasting presented by the hotel’s Chef/Certified Sommelier, Christopher McLean. He’ll offer side by side tastes of wined from New Mexico, California, Oregon along with French Pinot Noirs. The cost is $28 per person. That evening, McLean is cooking up a gourmet feast paired with Northern New Mexico wines. The Food and Wine Grand Tasting, $85 per person, features wines from: Santa Fe Vineyards, Estrella del Norte Vineyard, Black Mesa Winery, Falcon Meadery and Winery, Jacona Vineyards, Vino del Corazon Winery and Don Quixote Winery and Distillery.

The Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. On Sunday June 5th they perform Spring Offering, with selections running the gamut from classical to contemporary. As part of the celebration, chorus alumni will take part in the 4pm performance, at the First Presbyterian Church. There’s a reception following the performance.

Love beautiful gardens? Here’s your chance to visit some. Santa Fe Botanical Gardens is offering two different garden tours in June. The first, Sunday June 5th is called Variations on Vintage Gardens. This tour, on the historic east-side, showcases gardens at older properties that have been adapted for contemporary living, while preserving some of the mature trees and shrubs that were there for countless years. And join them for the pre-event “picnic” lunch beneath huge shade trees in a Delgado Street garden. The $25 picnic tickets much be purchased by May 31st.

On Sunday June 12th, the second tour, From the South Capital to the Summit, visits intimate gardens from the South Capital district to Hyde Park Road. Both tours, fundraisers for SFBG, are from 1to 4pm. Tickets, $35 per tour (both tours $65) may be purchased in advance from Tickets Santa Fe. You can also get tickets at the event for $40 each.

If you have any Santa Fe news to share with us, we’d love to hear from you.

Authors’ note: As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned in posts on this site. While these experiences have not influenced us in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.



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2 Responses to “Santa Fe tidbits: art, dining, music and gardens”

  1. Jeremy Branham
    May 17, 2019 at 11:33 am #

    Love the rug! Very beautiful! I bet the gardens are beautiful this time of year. We have had a colder, wetter spring so things are blooming later this year!

    • Billie Frank
      May 17, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

      Navajo weaving is fabulous. Wish I could afford a small rug. We’ve had a VERY dry year and now we are having strong winds. Dancing for rain.

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