Tidbits: spring comes to Santa Fe and there’s lots to do.

Truchas Peaks from the high road, photo Steve Collins

Flowers are starting to bloom and shorts and sandals are appearing on the street. It’s a beautiful time of year in Santa Fe. But, don’t get too cocky, the temperatures could turn on a dime and we can still get a much-needed snow.

One of the signs of spring is the Loretto Line Trolley driving around the downtown area. If you are visiting Santa Fe, it’s a great way to get a sense of the history and layout of the city. And even if you live here, it’s fun and you may learn things you don’t know. The personable drivers have a lot of historical information to share with you.

Every winter the Taos Pueblo closes to the public for about six weeks. It’s open again and we highly recommend a visit and tour of this historic treasure, the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark, if you visit Taos.

Museum news:

Spanish American Woman plastering, Chamisal, NM, photo by Russel Lee, 1940, Library of Congress, Courtesy Autry National Center

The third Wednesday of each month the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on Museum Hill offers Let’s Take a Look. The event, which runs from noon to 2:00 p.m., offers people a chance to show their historic artifacts and objects to curators from both the museum and the Laboratory of Anthropology. Southwest artifacts are preferred, but they’ll look at anything. If they don’t know what it is, they’ll try to find someone who dies. Curators will neither appraise nor authenticate objects. This service is free to the public.

Written histories of the western United States, including those about New Mexico, highlight the ranchers, cowboys, Indians, bank-robbers, gamblers, scouts, hunters and prospectors. But, as the New Mexico History Museum asks in a recent press release, “Where were the women?” Their answer: “Everywhere”. And to back it up, they’re mounting a series of exhibits under the umbrella, Women of the West: The Other Side of History. Museum director, Frances Levine says, “Since its opening in 2009, the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibits have included the stories of men, women and children - a conscious effort on our part to broaden the telling of history. This summer’s exhibits highlight that commitment by focusing squarely on the contributions made by women that don’t begin and end with popular Western stereotypes.” The four exhibits in the series have a common thread; putting down roots and creating a home. The first show Ranch Women of New Mexico, begins April 15th and runs through October 30th New Mexico’s African American Legacy: Visible, Vital and Valuable, is May 15th through Oct. 9th. Heart of the Home opens May 27th and runs close November 20th. Home Lands: How Women Made the West opens June 19th and is on view through September 11th. If you you’re your visit right, you can see all four at the same time.

Dance:

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet present Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of India, photo by Sonia Manchanda. At the Lensic April 8

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is bringing the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of India back to the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 8th at 7:30p.m. The three women dancers and four musicians will transport the audience to an enchanted, ancient spiritual world with their interpretation of Odissi, the oldest of India’s classical dance forms.

The Trey McIntyre Project, a contemporary ballet company based in Boise, Idaho, is at the Lensic on Tuesday April 12th at 7p.m. The group presents their new work set to the music of New Orleans’s Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Music:

Years ago, when I lived in New York’s Hudson Valley, I heard blues-singer Rory Block at the intimate coffee house, The Towne Crier, a decrepit Victorian in Beekman, NY that’s performance roster read like a who’s who of world music. It was a wonderful evening. You can catch Block at the Santa Fe Performance Exchange out in Eldorado, April 7th at 7:30p.m. Tickets are available from Tickets Santa Fe.

Want to have fun and help the Santa Fe Symphony raise money? Their second annual Party of Parties is at the Scottish Rite Center Saturday, April 2nd at 6 pm. According to the Symphony’s public relations woman, Kathryn Nunn, “Last year the tables were outrageous. The Wolf Gang table arrived on their Hogs and drove a motorcycle right into the ballroom!” Now, that sounds like fun. Some of the table themes this year are:

Symphony members having a good time at 2010 Gala, photo courtesy Santa Fe Symphony

The Mad Hatter: Slip through the looking glass into the Mad Hatter’s world. Wear your most outrageous hat and join a tea party of a different sort.

The King and Us: A Siamese festival, complete with hanging lanterns & live orchids.

From Gunfighters to Lawmen…and rowdy women of the West. Belly up to the bar with Doc Holliday & Annie Oakley. Bring your six shooters to the table!

There are a lot more. Paul Margetson, General Manager of the Hotel Santa Fe is the evening’s auctioneer and the chefs from his hotel plan a delicious menu for evening. Tickets are $150 and are available through the Symphony.

If you know of any upcoming things to do in Santa Fe other local tidbits, we’d love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

Authors’ note: As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned in posts on this site. While these experiences have not influenced us in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.

 

 

 

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