Santa Fe Tidbits: holiday season news and more…

It’s a bit slow in Santa Fe this time of year as we all catch our breath after a busy summer and fall.  It’s a great time to visit if you aren’t into crowds and love lodging bargains. This is officially the low season. It’s a wonderful time to visit museums and galleries, take in all the unique history, and the plethora of shops and more make this a special place to live and visit.

Kudos, yet again, to Santa Fe! It was named America’s second-best city (behind New Orleans) in the just-released Travel + Leisure Magazine survey, America’s Favorite Cities 2012 survey.  If you’ve never been here, come see what all the hoopla is about. We came and fell in love, the rest, as they say, is history. If you want our help planning your visit to The City Different, our travel planning business, visit The Santa Fe Traveler .

Santa Fe art:
November 15th marks the 125th anniversary of Georgia O’Keeffe’s birth.  The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has events planned from November 14th through the 17th to mark this auspicious occasion including free admission on the Thursday the 15th. On Friday, the 16th, there are two showings of the award-winning 30-minute film, Bone Wind Fire. Jill Sharpe’s work focuses on three 20th century woman artists, O’Keeffe, Frieda Kahlo and Emily Carr. Other events include a talk on O’Keeffe’s life, a birthday party/cooking demonstration at the Santa Fe School of Cooking and a jazz concert. Details can be found on the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum website.

While we’re on museums, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian celebrates its 75th birthday on Saturday, November 17th from 1 to 3:30pm. The museum, located on Museum Hill (aka Camino Lejo) is a small treasure founded by heiress Mary Cabot Wheelwright and Navajo “medicine man” Hastiin Klah. Originally conceived to preserve the Navajo healing knowledge, the mission changed over the years. The current exhibition A Certain Fire: Mary Cabot Wheelwright Collects the Southwest runs through April 14, 2019.

Santa Fe art photo courtesy Beals and Abbate Fine Art

Native American artist Vanessa Wilde, photo/courtesy Beals and Abbate Fine Art

Beals and Abbate Fine Art is often on the cutting edge of Native American art. On Saturday, November 17th, they present a one-night event featuring Navajo artist, Vanessa Wilde’s Underground Live, at the Eldorado Hotel from 5 to 8pm. Gallery owner Bobby Beals calls the mural Wilde’s creating “graffiti fine art.” If you want to see what this means, stop by.

It’s almost time for the SWAIA Winter Indian Market. The juried event, held over Thanksgiving Weekend at the Santa Fe Convention Center, will bring 150 Native American artists and artisans from the US and Canada. Hours on Saturday, November 24th are from 10am to 6pm for the general public. Museum members can take advantage of Early Bird shopping starting at 9am. Sunday, November 25th they’re open from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5.

The following week brings the 24th Annual Winter Spanish Market, also at the Convention Center. The week, hosted by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, kicks off with Luncheon with the Artists to on Wednesday, November 28the at noon at at the Hotel St. Francis Each table of 10 will have their own artist. It’s fun to meet the creators of the wonderful art sold at the market and get to know a bit about them, Tickets are $55 can be purchased by calling (505) 982-2226, extension 103.

The Market opens on Friday, November 30th with the WinterNite party. Tickets for this early shopping event, which can be purchased at the door, are $25 for Spanish Colonial Arts Society members and $40 for non-members. The market is open on Saturday, December 1st are 9am to 5pm. On Sunday, you can join the artists at St. Francis Cathedral for a Market Mass at 8am. The market is open from 9:30am to 4pm that day. Admission is free both days.

Santa Fe music photo courtesy Santa Fe Symphony

Santa Fe Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony

Santa Fe music:
If you love Handel’s Messiah as much as I do, mark your calendars. The Santa Fe Symphony’s annual performance of that classic, with guest conductor Tom Hall, will be on Sunday, November 18, 2019 at 4pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Soloists include soprano Devon Guthrie, Mezzo-Soprano Renée Tatum, tenor Gregory Warren and bass, Alan Dunbar. The chorus is under the direction of Dr. Linda Raney. There is a free pre-concert lecture at 3:00 pm. Tickets are from $20 to $70.

Chanticleer, considered the top male a capella chorus in the world, returns to Santa Fe on Friday, December 7th. The concert, at the Basilica de St. Francis de Assisi, presented by the Santa Fe Concert Association, begins at 7:30pm. The evening starts with a pre-concert talk at 6:30. The group, which calls itself an “orchestra of voices” began in 1978, started as a performance group for Medieval and Renaissance music. They have since become more eclectic and have premiered over 90 pieces.  Tickets are from $10 to $50; students, as always, pay half-price.

Ticket s for both events are available at both the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe food and dining:
October brought us Mamou and Momo, two new bakery/cafes.

Santa Fe dining

Chez Mamou on a bustling Saturday afternoon, photo/Steve Collins

Chez Mamou, 217 E Palace Avenue (505) 216-1845, is an archway away from Noëlla, a boutique offering custom designed jewelry, beads and more. The café has been busy from day one. The reason may be the following their pastry chef has.  Paul Perrier, former owner of the long time Burro Ally fixture, Café Paris, is in the kitchen baking up a storm at this French-owned bakery/café. The Lyon-born chef makes everything  from scratch. The glass case at this very Parisian-feeling spot are full of luscious looking pastries. Chez Mamou also serves breakfast and lunch and have plans to add dinner sometime in the future.  Coming soon, made-on-site French ice cream. Does it get any better?

At Momo and Company, 229 Johnson Street (505) 983-0000, former Brooklynite Leslie Thompson specializes in gluten free and mostly vegan-friendly baked goods. Can’t eat wheat flour? This is the place for you. Even better, many of the ingredients are organic. Café co-owner Carola Kieve, is a native New Mexican, with a love for Bobo Tea, a fruit product free of artificial ingredients. Stop by this new bakery just down the street from the O’Keeffe Museum and try their tempting-looking goodies.

Santa Fe dining photo Steve Collins

MOMO and Company, photo/ Steve Collins

If you’re a regular at Ohori’s on Old Santa Fe Trail, you probably know they moved. If not, theire new location is in the Luna Complex at 505 Cerrillos Road(at the intersection of West Manhattan Avenue and Sandoval Street) just up the street from Sage Bakehouse. They still have their Pen Road loaction (off St. Francis Drive).

If you don’t want to cook Thanksgiving dinner, but want to eat at home, there are a few options. La Casa Sena and 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar are both offering Thanksgiving dinner to go.

There are lots of dining out options. Most are in Santa Fe Hotels and more upscale restaurants. While some places offer a la carte menus, most menus tend to be prix-fixe. If you want to dine out, but love the idea of seconds, Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa offers their Grand Buffet.

If you make a Thanksgiving reservation at Fuego a La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, the hotel will donate one turkey for each reservation to the local non-profit, The Food Depot, one of the local charities their community-minded Executive Chef Carmen Rodriquez works with, to be distributed to families who need our support.

Tidbits is taking next Tuesday off. We’ll be back on November 27th. A Happy Thanksgiving  to our US readers.

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2 Responses to “Santa Fe Tidbits: holiday season news and more…”

  1. Bobby Beals
    November 14, 2019 at 11:28 am #

    Again, great tidbits! Thanks for sharing all of this great information for people traveling to Santa Fe and for us locals that love to Travel Santa Fe! Much appreciated!

    • Billie Frank
      November 14, 2019 at 11:32 am #

      Thanks, Bobby. We love sharing Santa Fe and what’s going on with our readers.

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