Santa Fe Tidbits: Santa Fe Wine Festival, ¡Viva Mexico! International Folk Art Market and more…

It’s coming on to the Fourth of July. Always amazes me how winter drags and summer flies. Santa Fe’s a busy place in the summer. Here’s some of what going on in the next few weeks.

Friday July 1st is opening night at the Santa Fe Opera. The season runs through Saturday August 27th

If you’re an oenophile, the Santa Fe Wine Festival is at El Rancho de los Golondrinas Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd from noon to 6pm. You can meet and buy wine from 17 vintners from around New Mexico. There will be food, music and crafts at the show. And, admission allows you to walk the grounds of this living history village and experience a bit of what life was like here in the state during Spanish Colonial times.

Los Voladores de Papantly at ¡Viva Mexico! at El Rancho Las Golandrinas, photo/Steve Collins

While we’re out at the ranch, one of our favorite events of the summer will be here Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th. ¡Viva Mexico! is back. Returning this year are the wonderful Voladores de Papantla (The Flying Men of Papantla), from Veracruz, Mexico. These men, natives  of El Tajin trace their ancestry to the Tenochtitlan and Mayan Empires. They perform La Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flying Men), a fertility ceremony atop s 60 ft. pole. Also turning in 2011, the Guelaguetza Dancers from Oaxaca. They will perform the Guelaguetza, a traditional dance done to propitiate the gods in return for sufficient rain and a bountiful harvest. We need them in Santa Fe this summer! New this year: Cornisa Vente, a street theater group started in 1992, will perform on Saturday and Sunday and there will be Mariachis.  In addition there will be food and Mexican handcraft vendors. We went to ¡Viva Mexico! i last year and we’ll be back. The dances were amazing.

Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market is held in July, photo/ Steve Collins

The International Folk Art Market takes place on Museum Hill Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th on Museum Hill. It kicks off in the Railyard on Thursday, July 7th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. There will be a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps and a free concert. Friday night here’s a benefit event on the Hill. You can take advantage of early bird shopping on Saturday. Complete details are on their website.

Jason Appleton in front of Fugue in A Major, photo/courtesy Jay Etkin Gallery

The Railyard is a busy place. It’s home to the San Fe Farmers Market, lots of art, shops and restaurants. Friday, July 8th from 4 to 8pm the, Jay Etkin Gallery is hosting the opening of Appleton Art Show: New Ceramics and Paintings, a solo exhibition of artist Jason Appleton’s work from the last five months.

The gallery describes the show as “A series of brightly painted abstract portraits in various sizes, and intensely lyrical mural” that Appleton painted over the last five months.

Jerry Jeff Walker, photo/courtesy Heath Productions

Texas legend Jerry Jeff Walker and his friend, Americana musician Todd Snyder will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center July 11th for the 2nd concert in Heath Concert’s Songs and Stories series. It should be a great evening of, well, songs and stories. The first concert in the series featuring Ryan Bingham, Joe Ely and Terry Allen was excellent- we were in the audience. Tickets for the 7:30pm show are available through Tickets Santa Fe or at the Lensic box office.

Bittersweet Designs on Canyon Rd, photo/Billie Frank

Santa Fe has a lot of wonderful, unique shops. Sometimes you just miss a great one. Friday night, on Canyon Road’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, I discovered Bittersweet Designs. Thr shop is owned by artist and designer Laurie Lenfesty, wife of Heath Concert’s Jamie Lenfesty this IS a small town. She stared making collages for her kids and turned it into a business in 2005. She produced and wholesaled cards and journals and frames and now, in addition, retro hand-crafted jewelry incorporating sterling silver, antique glass, Ethiopian crosses and other elements that catch this whimsical designer’s fancy. The all-white, cottage-style shop is a refreshing oasis in a town that favors “Santa Fe style”. It’s tucked away at the top end of the road’s gallery area and worth the detour.

And there’s a new restaurant downtown. Last Friday was the official opening of Balconies on the Plaza. Located at 50 Lincoln Avenue, it was the home to the Ore House (since relocated to Milagro 139 on West San Francisco St.) for years. Armand Ortega, owner of Ortega’s on the Plaza and the now gone, Simply Santa Fe, owns the building. He decided to open his own restaurant after his long-time tenant moved.

And in the wings: The New Mexico Jazz Festival, Spanish Market and more. Stay tuned to Tidbits.

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