Santa Fe is still awash in fall colors and days are still warm and sunny. It’s a great time to visit, quieter than summer, cooler and there’s still lots to do. Here are a few of this week’s tidbits.
Santa Fe’s O’Keeffe Café, adjacent to the museum that bears the great American artist’s name, is no more. The small eatery, run by Michael O’Reilly since 2002, was known for its excellent wine selection by the glass as well as by the bottle. O’Reilly sites declining business due to the current economy as reason for the closing. His other restaurant, the more moderately-priced Pranzo Italian Grill is doing well.
Chimayó is losing a casual dining institution. Léona’s Restaurante, opened in 1977, served its last tamale Sunday. The eatery, which has been located next to El Santuario de Chimayó since 1988, was a popular stop for visitors to the church year-round, especially during the annual pre-Easter pilgrimage. They were also known for burritos, Frito Pies and other New Mexican specialties. Their chile was so popular, they began jarring it. It’s now done by a commercial facility in Santa Fe and you can get it shipped to you anywhere in the US. Léona’s isn’t closing altogether; they’ll still serve coffee, soft drinks and their famous bizcochitos, the New Mexico State Cookie. You can still buy the jarred chile, dried chile, sopaipilla mixes, posole, mini ristras and other Northern New Mexico items.
Santa Fe is a city of ghosts and spirits. It’s kind of like Halloween all year. With strong Mexican influence, it’s not surprising that El Dia de los Muertos as a strong presence here alongside the more common All Hallows Eve. Here are a few upcoming events.
Check out The Portal of Fear. The holiday haunted house is sponsored by a few local businesses. You can get the pants scared off you ($7 per person) from Thursday, October 27th through Monday, October 31st. All proceeds go to charity. The scary portal is at the Coronado Shopping Center at 525 W. Cordova Road. Check the website for times, which vary.
There’s a Dia de los Muertos procession at the Railyard Friday, October 29th. The parade starts at Sambusco Center at 6:00pm. The route winds through the Railyard and ending up at El Museo del Cultural. Dress as your favorite skeleton and join the fun.
The vintage Santa Fe Southern Railway loves holiday trains and the October celebration is no exception. They are running three Halloween-themed trains.
On Monday, October 31st at 7pm, the Lensic Performing Arts Center has its own scary Halloween planned. They’re screening director Sam Raimi’s 1987 cult-classic, The Evil Dead 2, Dead by Dawn, sequel to his 1981 film, The Evil Dead
The fall edition of the semi-annual Santa Fe Studio Tour takes place on Saturday November 12th and Sunday, November 13th. Work from 28 artists will be displayed at 15 studios around The City Different. Hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. Click here for a map.
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