Tidbits: this week in Santa Fe: Dixon Apples, Wine and Chile, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alan Arkin and more…

We’ve been having a preview of fall weather in the days leading up to the autumnal equinox. It’s really beautiful in Santa Fe right now. It’s harvest time. Green chiles are still roasting; fresh ristras are hanging for sale around town.


Dixon Orchards

Dixon Orchards, summer 2010 photo/Steve Collins

This week in Santa Fe:

The Mullane family, operators of Dixon Apples, an orchard begun in 1944, had, as anyone who lives in New Mexico probably knows, a really bad year. There was a bad freeze this winter that got some of the trees, the La Conchas fire, the largest in New Mexico’s history went through the orchard and then they were hit by floods caused by heavy post-fire rains. This intrepid family is bringing the small crop they harvested this year to market for one day only. They’ll be on sale Saturday, September 24th at parking lot of The C Store in Cochiti Lake from 8am to 5pm. If, by chance, they still have apples, they’ll return on Sunday, but don’t wait. If you’ve been to Dixon Orchard for previous harvests, you know their apples are popular and sell out quickly. I predict a really busy day for the Mullanes. Because these apples are so coveted and the supply is limited there are a few rules. Customers will be bagging their own apples and can buy a ½ bushel bag for $20 or a peck for $10. Cash or check only with a limit of one bag per customer.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has a new exhibit opening Friday, September 23rd at 10am. The exhibit will feature Selections From the Permanent Collection and a traveling exhibit, From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri & Ireland. Some of the works from the museum’s permanent collection have never been displayed before. The traveling exhibition was mounted by Charlotte, NC’s Mint Museum of Art. Henri is considered he leader of the urban realists group known as “the Ashcan School”.  From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri & Ireland is the first exhibition organized around a particular component of the artist’s work. The exhibit has approximately 50 paintings, mainly portraits, of Irish subjects gathered from public and private collections. The exhibition runs through January 15, 2019.

Bruce Dunlap, Alan Arkin and Jonathan Ricjards, photo Suzanne Arkin used courtesy Gig Performance Space

Bruce Dunlap, Alan Arkin and Jonathan Ricjards, photo/Suzanne Arkin, courtesy Gig Performance Space

We have a few national film and theater legends living in Santa Fe. You’ll have a chance to see one of them in action. Sunday, September 24th at 8pm, the great Alan Arkin teams up with local actor and journalist Jonathan Richards and guitarist Bruce Dunlap for what the promoters at GIG Performance Space, the show’s venue, call “an intimate evening of poetry and music that will lift your spirits.” Tickets, $20 each, are only available at the door starting at 7:30pm. This intimate space at 1808 Second Street has limited seating, so arrive early.

If you’re seeing rare and exotic cars around town this coming weekend it’s the Santa Fe Concorso. This gathering that promoters are calling “major car event of the Southwest” is headquartered at Buffalo Thunder Resort. Events take place at La Mesilla, a legendary equestrian property in the Nambe Valley, north of Santa Fe.

Don’t forget the fabulous wine dinners in conjunction with the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta that are being held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 21st to 23rd at restaurants around town.

Visiting the cave dwellings at Bandelier, photo Steve Collins

A cave dwelling at Bandelier National Monument, photo/Steve Collins

Exciting news for visitors and New Mexico residents alike, Bandelier National Monument has been closed since late June due to the Las Conchas fire, which caused extensive damage to the area. Jason Lott, Monument Superintendent, announced Monday that, “beginning Monday, September 26, visitors will be able to take a shuttle bus and come down to the main archaeological site. We’ve had to be closed for three months, and we’re very excited to welcome visitors again.” Buses run by Bandelier in partnership with Los Alamos County and Atomic City Transit, will begin making regular daily runs to the park on the 26th. Buses run on the half-hour starting at 9am. The last bus leaves the park at 5:30pm daily. This schedule is in effect through October. The buses are free. Park admission is $6 per person with a maximum of $12 per vehicle. All National Park Passes can be used. Buses will pick up passengers at the parking lot at the corner of Rover Blvd. and State Route. The cliff dwelling will be open and there is a temporary Visitors’ Center. The Alcove House and the Falls Trail remain closed to visitors. For more information about the shuttle service, contact Atomic City Transit at (505) 661-RIDE (7433).

If you have any Santa Fe news, 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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2 Responses to “Tidbits: this week in Santa Fe: Dixon Apples, Wine and Chile, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alan Arkin and more…”

  1. Karen D.
    September 21, 2019 at 6:57 am #

    Thanks for providing all these good “tidbits”! BTW, aspens are just barely beginning to turn, perhaps later than some other years-the best is yet to come!

    • Billie Frank
      September 22, 2019 at 8:22 am #

      Thanks! It’s our pleasure. We love to share what’s happening in Santa Fe. Sadly, they are not running the chairlift for aspen-viewing this year. Looking forward to great foliage viewing ahead.

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