We love October in Santa Fe. The weather is perfect and the mountains take on a yellow flow as the aspen trees change color. It’s always worth a drive up Hyde Park Road to Ski Santa Fe where chair lift rides run from October 1st through the 10th. Take a camera and head up the hill. Here are Santa Fe October happenings and news you can use.
Santa Fe food news
A few openings to report over the last few months:
Legal Tender Restaurant and Saloon
Legal Tender Restaurant and Saloon, the on-again/off-again Lamy, NM restaurant housed in an 1881 building that was originally the town’s mercantile quietly reopened in May. It’s been on the QT as the saloon part is a bit premature; they don’t have their wine and beer license yet. But locals have been finding their way in by word of mouth. Julian Marquez, whose last gig was the Swiss Bakery which quietly closed earlier this year, is leasing the restaurant from the Lamy Railroad & History Museum, owners of the building. They’re open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm and on Sundays for brunch from 10am to 3pm. The menu, according to General Manager, Chastity Senek, runs to comfort food. Like Celtic music? Local favorite Gerry Carthy plays traditional Irish music on Fridays from 6:30 to 9pm. Check with them to see what other music is scheduled.
Biadora Bakery, 1807 Second Street, calls itself a “French-Italian patisserie, specializing in French as well as Italian desserts, cakes, and pastries, both traditional and new,” opened in in June. The small, hard to find shop, tucked away in the Second Street Studios, is packed with gorgeous looking pastries created by owner Sal Biadora. While the pastries may be inspired by France and Italy, his cakes are named for New York City Streets. He baked there for a while. Take your sweet tooth over to Second Street and check it out.
Gruet Tasting Room
Gruet has been producing their sparkling wine with New Mexico-grown grapes since 1984. Their sparkling wine traces its roots in Bethon, France where the Gruet family began producing Champagne in1952. Their new Santa Fe tasting room, located in the Hotel St. Francis at 210 Don Gaspar, is open Monday to Wednesday from 11am to 7pm, Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm and on Sundays from noon to 7pm. Stop by and have a taste.
La Boca Chef James Campbell Caruso’s Marcy Street tapas restaurant celebrated its 10th anniversary last week. Caruso threw a pig roast to celebrate. For $20 people could fill up on a selection of tapas, roast suckling pig, paella, wine and beer. It was a great deal and hundreds of people showed up to eat and wish La Boca well. Here’s to another 10 years.
Santa Fe art
Turner Carroll opens Symbol Pleasures, an exhibition of works by abstract artists Squeak Carnwath, Walter Robinson, and Orlando Leyba, on Tuesday, October 4th. They’re hosting an opening reception on Friday, October 7th from 5 to 7pm. The show runs through Tuesday, October 25th.
Nature’s Fragments a solo exhibition of works by artist Frank Gonzales opens at Beals & Co. on Canyon Road on Saturday, October 8th from 5 to 7pm. Gonzales’ work combines a background in graffiti with a love of nature. His work provides a unique look at the often-missed elements of the world around us. The show runs through Friday, October 21st.
Santa Fe Museums
It’s not surprising that the House of Eternal Return at Meow Wolf, Santa Fe’s new immersive art community that’s taken the city by storm, is celebrating Halloween. It makes perfect sense; there’s a haunted house aspect to this amazing installation. Here’s what their press release says, “The portals of Halloween are opening! A kaleidoscope of creatures will emerge as The Charter attempts to maintain control.” Eighty artists and performers will amaze and entertain audiences at 15 three- hour performances starting on Friday, October 7th and running each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of October. All performances start at 6pm but you can arrive anytime. Tickets, available on their website, are currently $25 each and will go to $35 each at some unspecified point in time. Get your tickets early, Meow Wolf has been selling out their events.
The 30th anniversary of 1986 documentary A Weave of Time: The Story of a Navajo Family, will be shown at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian on Saturday, October 1st from 3:30 to 5:30pm. The digitally remastered film, tracking cultural change and constancy among the Navajo people through the four generations of the Burnside family, includes anthropologist John Adair’s 1938 footage film,ed when he lived with silversmith Tom Burnside and his family on the Navajo Nation. Special guests include director Susan Fanshel and Burnside family members. Tickets, $15, are available on the Museum’s website.
Fred Harvey weekend at NM History Museum
The Fifth Annual Fred Harvey Weekend takes place from Friday, October 28th through Sunday, October 30th. The New Mexico History Museum, which has an exhibit devoted to the man who opened the southwest to hospitality and his legacy, will host many of the weekend’s events including lectures, discussions, a collectors’ trade show and a Fred Harvey-inspired family brunch on Sunday. Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time, will talk about the impact Harvey had on New Mexico. On Friday, October 28, 5:30 pm the Santa Fe School of Cooking will host a Harvey-inspired cooking demonstration and dinner featuring albondigas, Chicken Lucrecio and hot strawberry sundae on sour milk biscuits.
Santa Fe music etc.
Performance Santa Fe
Performance Santa Fe presents the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on Thursday, October 6th at 7:30pm at The Lensic. Shanghai Nights! celebrates the “rich and varied culture and the frenetic pace of life in China’s largest city” as told through a boy’s odyssey through a fantasy world. The company includes trampoline artists, aerial acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, and martial artists clad in stunning costumes performing “hair-raising feats of strength and balance, and awe-inspiring stunts.” Tickets, $27 to $100, are available at the Performance Santa Fe website or at Tickets Santa Fe (see link at the bottom of this section*).
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
The Lensic Performing Arts Center presents virtuoso Mexican violinists The Villalobos Brothers on Sunday, October 9th at 7:30pm at The Lensic. They will perform original compositions which blend elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk. Humberto Flores (guitar), Rose Avila (drums), and Leo Sherman (bass) will join them. Tickets, starting at $20 with discounts for The Lensic members, are available at The Lensic Box Office (505 988-1234) or at Tickets Santa Fe (see link at the bottom of this section*).
Santa Fe Symphony
Santa Fe Symphony presents pianist Olga Kern in a concert recital on Thursday, October 13th at 7pm at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. The event is the Symphony’s inaugural series of Concert Recitals, featuring works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin. Kern is the winner of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal in the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Kerns will perform a second concert, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov & Sibelius, an orchestral performance, with the Symphony on Sunday, October 16th at 4pm. There will be a free pre-concert lecture by conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn on Sunday at 3pm.
Tickets to both concerts. $22 to $80, are available online at Tickets Santa Fe (see link at the bottom of this section*), at the Lensic box office or at The Symphony’s box office. Half-priced tickets are available for children 6 to 14 with an adult purchase.
Serenata of Santa Fe
Serenata of Santa Fe presents Open Roads, a chamber music performance, on Sunday, October 23rd at 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church. It will feature the works of Prokofiev and Piazzolla, with Ruxandra Marquardt on the violin, David Felberg (viola), Frank Murry (double bass), Pamela Epple (oboe), Keith Lemmons (clarinet) and Debra Ayers (piano). Tickets, $15 to $35, are available at the Serenata website, or at the door (cash or check only). Student discounts ($10) are at the door only.
*Tickets Santa Fe can be accessed here.
Santa Fe Misc.
We Are The Seeds – a heads-up
Indian Market Week is one of the biggest events in Santa Fe each year. In 2017, We Are The Seeds, a new indigenous art show, will join the week’s festivities. It will be held at the Santa Fe Railyard from August 17th through the 19th. We’ll have more about this new event in the August 2017 edition of Tidbits.
Scottish Rite Temple benefit
You may know the Scottish Rite Temple as the large, very pink Moorish-style building at the Intersection of Bishop’s Lodge Road and Paseo de Peralta. It’s been the home of the Masons since 1911. It was up for sale for a while, but the Masons have managed to keep it and they need to raise money for maintenance and some improvements. They’re holding A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a fund-raising Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 29th from 6 to 10 pm.
However, in order to keep up with regular maintenance, and eventually incorporate some modernized improvements, they need to raise more funds. There will be a cocktail party and dancing to the Max Manzanares band in the ballroom. Guests are invited to dress in costume, and there will be raffle prizes.
Natalie Bovis, the Liquid Muse spearheads the evening.. She’s designing Signature Cocktails sponsored by Taos Lightning Whiskey, Azunia Tequila and her company, OM Liqueurs. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
Up, up and away
Life at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport is going to get a bit more exciting. American Airlines will be offering flights between Phoenix and The City Different starting on December 15th. There weill be one flight in each direction daily. Flight time is 50 minutes.
That’s it for this month. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in October. ¡Hasta Luego!
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What are your favorite Santa Fe October Happenings?