Tidbits: Santa Fe Travelers 3rd birthday and more…

The big news this week is Santa Fe Travelers is three years old today. The blog has been a great joy to us. It gets us out around Santa Fe and New Mexico so we can share our great part of the world with you. And thanks to everyone who reads us, who uses the blog as a source when planning a visit here and subscribes. We look forward to many more years.

Perhaps the most exciting thing to happen this year was the launch of our monthly newsletter in July of this year. The response to it has been great and we’re really excited about it. You can subscribe here and it will be delivered to you inbox. Next issue will be out 12/15. As of January 1st, the newsletters will go out the first Monday of the month.

Rugs at Malouf's new shop, photo Steve Collins

Rugs at Malouf’s new shop, photo/Steve Collins

Two traditions continue

Packard’s on the Plaza, selling fine Native American art, jewelry, rugs pottery and more plus other high-end jewelry lines closed recently after 70 years of business. Last week, Karen and Scott Malouf, retailers from Midland, Texas and lovers of Santa Fe, reopened the shop as Malouf’s on the Plaza. The store at 61 Old Santa Fe Trail was packed when we went by on Friday on our way to the annual Christmas tree lighting in the Plaza. Scott Malouf says that they will continue working with many of the same artists that worked with Packard’s over the years. They will also be expanding into other areas but will bring the same authenticity and quality that Packard’s was known for.

La Posada , photo Steve Collins

Lobby at La Posada , photo/Steve Collins

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa, now under new ownership and management, is looking to become part of The Luxury Collection by Starwood. Lots of changes are in the offing including a five million dollar renovation and a new dining concept. The hotel’s management team will mostly remain the same.

Santa Fe Music and dance

Santa Fe has many Christmas traditions including annual concerts from many of the city’s musical groups. There are far too many to list here. We created a post, Santa Fe: There’s holiday music in the air for readers convenience, a few years ago.  It lists the groups that hold annual events. Their websites are all accessible in the post. Book now, all of these concerts sell out. You can also see a holiday concert schedule at Tickets Santa Fe. Any event they sell tickets for will be listed.

From Moving People Dance, Louder than Words 2013, courtesy Moving People Dance

From Moving People Dance, Louder than Words 2013, courtesy Moving People Dance

The Belisama School of Dance presents Scattered Pieces, a performance by student choreographers at Moving People Dance on Saturday, December 7th at 7pm at the Railyard Performance Center.  The eight dancers performing are from Jocelyne Danchick’s pre-professional composition class. Admission is free, a donation of $10 are requested. Remember to wear warm stockings, as shoes are to be removed inside the venue.

Santa Fe Performance Exchange and SW Roots Music present Austin singer/songwriter Ian Moore on Thursday, December 12th, 7:30pm. The concert is being held at the Maria Benitez Theater at The Lodge at Santa Fe. Moore blends a mixture of folk and rock music. Singer/songwriter David Berkeley will open for Moore. Tickets are $25 in advance and $29 at the door

Local favorite, flamenco guitarist Chuscales will play at Santa Fe Performance Exchanges’ 3rd Annual Flamenco Holiday Concert. There three performances of Forever in My Heart at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe. Dates are Friday, December 20th at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 21st . Both concerts start at 7pm. General admission tickets are $30. Tickets for both concerts are available online. For Friday tickets click here and for Saturday night, click here.

Collected Works Bookstore, photo Steve Collins

Collected Works Bookstore, photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe misc

Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse presents their annual Holiday Readings by the Collected Works Christmas Players who include Ali MacGraw, Jonathan Richards, Bob Martin and Carol McGiffin on Sunday, Dec 15th at 4pm at the shop at 202 Galisteo Street. Arrive early! Their events are very popular.

Santa Fe Travelers 2014calendar, photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe Travelers 2014calendar, photo Steve Collins

Shameless self-promotion

We’re excited about our beautiful 2014 wall calendar. Our New Mexico featuring 13 Santa Fe and New Mexico photos we love. You can buy your copy here.

Christmas Eve in Santa Fe is a big time. Canyon Road glows with farolitos and luminarias and people throng. People spontaneously break into carols and greet friends along the way. If you’re visiting The City Different for Christmas, we highly recommend putting this on your itinerary. To learn a bit about historic Canyon Road (home to over half the city’s 200 plus galleries, and boutiques and restaurants) and the traditions behind this festive night Sign up for our Christmas Eve Canyon Eve Walking Tour.

We’ll see you next week for more holiday Tidbits.






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