Tidbits: Santa Fe holiday happenings and more…

Santa Fe is all lit up for the holidays and is a magical wonderland. There are a lot of things to do over the next few weeks.

Las Posadas Santa Fe

A devils  taunts Joseph and Mary during Las Posadas on the Plaza. Photo/courtesy NM History Museum

Holiday events:
The annual Las Posadas, the procession around the Plaza reenacting Jesus and Mary’s search for a for place for their baby to be born, is on Sunday, December 9th at from 5:30 to 7pm. The candlelight procession begins at the Palace of the Governors (the oldest government building in the United States still in use) and proceeds around the Plaza. Anyone may join the group; it gets bigger as it wends its way around the square. All of a sudden out of the darkness the devil emerges in a flash of light gesturing menacingly to the couple and their followers. The crowd boos.  An angel comes out of the darkness into the light sending a blessing to the throng. The walk culminates in the Palace of the Governors’ courtyard where hot cider and biscochitos (the New Mexico State Cookie) are served to the chilled crowd.

Also on Sunday 9th, the City of Santa Fe and the Chabad Jewish Center of Santa Fe are co-sponsoring a Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting from 3 to 4:30pm. This free event is open to everyone. Special guest speakers include Mayor David Coss and Judge Jim Wechsler. There will be kosher refreshments including hot chocolate, latkes, doughnuts, and chocolate gelt. Local musician Jono Manson will play. There will also be a performance from the children of the Hebrew School.

Gustav Baumann Christmas

Gustav Baumann Santa, photo/ Blair Clark courtesy Museum of New Mexico

The Baumann Marionettes, including Santa Claus, Freckles and Warts are at the New Mexico Museum of Art’s Annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 16th from1 to 4pm. The neat thing here is Santa sits on your lap. Besides the marionettes, there will be short skits, an art-making project, a Q & A with the marionettes and a treasure hunt. The museum is requesting people bring non-perishable food donations for the local food bank.

You can read more about Santa Fe holiday traditions here.

Santa Fe dining:
Santa Fe has great food.  A stop at a Northern New Mexican restaurant should be on every visitor’s agenda. Beyond that, our Farmers’ Market is frequently on top 10 lists; we won Rand McNally’s Best of the Road for food in 2012 and many local chefs support the concept of fresh and local. If you’ve been here, I bet you have a favorite restaurant.  CNN and Travel + Leisure want to know. They’re joined together for 100 Places to Eat Like a Local. Nominate your favorite Santa Fe eatery and maybe it will be numero uno.

Carmen Rodriguez, Executive Chef at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa is a popular guy around Santa Fe. We got a lot of hits yesterday’s Food Thoughts post interview with him. In case you missed it here it is.

Santa Fe art

From a retrospective of Pentti Sammallahti’s photography. courtesy photoeye Gallery.

 Santa Fe Art:

On Friday, December 7th 2012, photo‐eye Gallery  hosts the opening of their new  exhibition featuring the work of Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti  from 5 to 7 pm. The show celebrates the release of the new monograph, Here Far Away, a comprehensive 40-year retrospective of the photographer’s work. The show runs through January 26, 2019.

Santa Fe art

Art by James Burke is part of Axle’s Out of Site! show, courtesy Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, has another new show, OUT OF SITE! 0pening on Friday, December 14th from 6 to 9pm. The exhibit is in conjunction with SITE Santa Fe’s annual fund-raiser, SITE Unseen. Artists, both known and not, have donated works to the benefit. They will be sold for $250 each.  Buyers won’t find out the artist’s identity until after they purchase the work. It’s an art grab bag. Proceeds will be shared by SITE Santa Fe and Axle Contemporary. The show will be on view around Santa Fe through Sunday, December 16th. Check Axle’s website for locations.

Chimayo art

Medina Gallery, Chimayo is having a Christmas open house, photo/Steve Collins

Further afield the Medina Gallery in the historic town of Chimayó northeast of Santa Fe has an opening of Artes De Navidad on Friday, December 14th from 6 to 9pm. Five local artists will share their work in an evening of art, luminarias, food and music. For more information call  (505) 720-7076.

Santa Fe Theater:
The wonderful Santa Fe Playhouse, the oldest continuously operating theater west of the Mississippi, ,has a new play opening.  The Weir, dubbed “A chilling ghost story for a cold winter night!”, is by playwright Conor McPherson.  It runs from Thursday, December 6th through Sunday, December 23rd.  Show dates, curtain times and ticket information can be found on website. Reservations may be made online, by email at playhouse@santafeplayhouse.org or by calling their box office at (505) 988-4262.

Santa Fe music:
There is so much music for the holiday season we’re writing a special post. It will be up this Thursday. If you don’t yet subscribe to our blog, now’s a good time to do it so the post can be delivered to your email inbox on Friday morning.

Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th, local music and dining spot, Vanessie celebrates its  30th Anniversary. Known primarily as a piano bar, over the last year or so, under new management, they’ve expanded to a variety of musical offerings.  They are presenting two Gala Evenings celebrating both their anniversary and pianist Doug Montgomery’s 30th year there. The special dinner each evening is $100 per person.  Call Vanessie to reserve your place.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra presents  Beethoven’s Birthday Bash on  Sunday, December 16th at 4pm. The orchestra is joined by the award-winning Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio. The talented pianists will play the composer’s Triple Concerto. Also on the program are Incidental Music to Egmont Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7. The performance, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center is preceded by a pre-concert talk at 3pm. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $70 can be purchased at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

We hope your enjoying the holiday season.  We’ll have more Santa Fe holiday happenings for you over the next few weeks.

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