We love the Christmas holiday season in Santa Fe. The city looks stunning, there’s a lot going on and a lot to look forward to.
Children of all ages will love the chocolate version of The Polar Express™ at the Inn and Spa of Loretto, on display through New Year’s Day. The popular children’s book was Pastry Chef Andrea Clover’s favorite when she was young. “My mom used to read this story to me every Christmas, now I read it to my kids,” says the talented pastry chef. Clover created a scale model of the legendary train out of sweet confections. The project required 80 pounds of powdered sugar; 160 eggs; 108 ounces of Rice Krispies; 12 pounds of marshmallows; 48 Kit Kat Bars; and 10 pounds of chocolate. The fantasy diorama took a week to complete.
Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, one of Santa Fe’s independent booksellers,presents their Holiday Book Signing with Local Authors on Thursday, December 22nd at 2pm. The one exception to “local”; our fabulous hair stylist, Wendy Katzman’s mother, Nancy Rips, is coming to town to promote her 3rd book, Hanukkah Stories. Also at the event; Susan Weber, owner of the popular Susan’s Christmas Shop and author of Christmas in Santa Fe, and Christine Mather, author of the classic Santa Fe Style, a book we owned way before landing here. Other authors attending that day are Andrew Connan, E.B. Held, Isolde Kona-Dovale, Stacia Lewandowski, Valentine McKay Riddell, Joan Tewkesbury and Dirk Wales. Local quartet, In Harmony, will entertain shoppers with their seasonal music performance.
The Blue Corn Café & Brewery has another of their fun Beer Socials planned. The last one for 2011 is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30pm. Chef David Sundberg has three small-plate courses that will be paired with brews crafted by new Brew Master, John Bullard. Former Brew Master, Brad Kraus, is now brewing beer in Panama. The cost is $15 per person. Reserve early, Sundberg says they’ve been selling out.
The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is excited about their upcoming Royal Music concert, Sunday, December 18th at 4 pm. They expect it “be a masterful performance!” The program includes, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op.6, No. 8, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish). Tickets are available at The Lensic box office, Tickets Santa Fe, the Symphony box office or their website.
The Santa Fe Concert Association presents Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 27th, at 7:30pm, The Tony Award-winner (he won for a revival of Kiss me Kate in 2000) will delight the audience with an evening of Broadway Tunes, accompanied by pianist Tedd Firth. The versatile performer’s latest Broadway stint, in the fall of 2010, was the musical version of Pedro Almodóvar’s film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He starred in the production with Patti LuPone of Evita fame. Tickets are available at the Concert Association or Lensic box offices or online at Tickets Santa Fe or the Concert Association’s website.
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A January 27th update: Heath Concerts has sent a last-minute change to the third concert in their Songs and Stories concert series. The concert on Saturday, February 4th at 7:30pm at The Lensic Performing Art Center. Desperados Waiting on a Rhyme presents what promoters are calling “three generations from the rich, humor laden tradition of ‘Texas Music.’” The latest concert in this series was announced as Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Hayes Carll. The update says:
“We are very sorry to report that Guy Clark has taken ill and is unable to make the trip to Santa Fe for the Feb. 4 Songs & Stories show at the Lensic. We all wish him a swift recovery and look forward to having him on a future S&S show here. While NO one can truly fill Guy’s shoes, Houston born and bred Rodney Crowell is an AMAZING last minute replacement who has worked with Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Guy Clark himself’.”
If the first two are any indication, a night of good song and interesting stories is ahead. The first concert featured Academy Award winner, Ryan Bingham and Texas legends Joe Ely and Terry Allen, a Santa Fe resident. It was an evening of great music, fun stories and friendly banter. The second evening brought good friends Jerry Jeff Walker and Todd Snider to the Lensic stage. It was a two-man concert, they didn’t want a third musician to join them for the evening of great yarns and songs. We were at the first two and already bought our tickets for this one. If they are any indication, we and the hundreds of others who pack into the intimate theater are in for a treat. Tickets are available at the Lensic box office and Tickets Santa Fe.
photo-eye Gallery has a new show opening Friday, December 16th from 5 to 7pm. Continuum, is an exhibition of photographs by Michael Levin. This world-traveler’s photographic journey began in the Pacific Northwest and has taken him throughout the United States and to Japan, Iceland, France and beyond. He doesn’t plan the locations for his black and white photos. The intuitive photographer waits for the place “to speak to him.” Cloud photographs by New Mexico resident Laurie Tümer will share the gallery with Levin’s work. The show runs through February 4th, 2012.
Spreading holiday cheer:
Some businesses give back to their community. Santa Fe’s Pak Mail owners, Del and Kathleen Mulder, have been supporting charities through their business for years. They have teamed up with Santa Fe firefighters for their second annual Children’s Toy Drive. On Thursday, December 15th from 2 to 4pm, firefighters will be at the store to collect new, unwrapped toys for children whose families can’t afford Christmas this year. Your generosity will not go unrewarded. You’ll get a a $20.00 gift card that can be used for shipping any time in 2012 starting January 3rd. The fire fighters will bring prizes and free gifts. They’ll also pass along Holiday safety tips. The store will serve complimentary hot cider and biscochitos. From 2 to 4pm, Honey Harris of Radio Free Santa Fe, (KBAC ) will be broadcasting live.
If you visit the store between December 15th and January 5th, 2012, enter your favorite charity in a drawing. The winner will be picked in a drawing on Friday, January 6th, 2012. The prize? A $500 donation, to the winning charity, from Pak Mail, made in the winner’s name. What a great way to start the year!
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