Santa Fe Local’s View: Fiesta de los Ninos

 

It’s hard to believe Labor Day is upon us.  It seems just yesterday that the winter snow capped the Sangre de Cristo’s peaks and families were enjoying spring break on the Ski Santa Fe mountain.   But here we are wrapping up a full August-Santa Fe Opera, the first Indigenous Fine Art Market, the annual Indian Market, and a series of much needed rainy afternoons.

 Here it is; one last hoorah for families before school kicks into full swing.  In that spirit, El Rancho de las Golondrinas offers the Fiesta de los Ninos this coming weekend.  Built around family friendly activities, it celebrates the young, curious mind (maybe a few old, curious minds too); make a miniature adobe house, visit critters from Zoo to You, mask making, tin stamping, and archery (my favorite), just to name a few. Let’s not forget the chance to meet the miniature horses of “Horsetalk!” Each day features its own unique events as well.  Saturday has weaving on a mini loom, a puppet show and parade, and some Ballet Foklorico dancing.   Sunday wraps up the weekend with some lively, old west storytelling by Indiana Bones.  As always, the ranch features blacksmithing, hide tanning, and majestic rural views nestled in a gentle valley.  Visit the Ranch’s calendar of events to view the full schedule and learn more about their array of yearly events.

As I write this, I realize how rich it is to live in Santa Fe.   Those of you who visit regularly know the charms this place has to offer:  inspiring sunsets, a diverse art scene, world class musical performances, deep-rooted culture and history, mouth-watering restaurant choices, and a proximity to a myriad of natural landmarks and historical sites.  One of the charms for me personally is the opportunity to host a variety of guests from a multitude of life stories, countries, and perspectives.  It’s the relationship between Santa Fe’s permanence and the coming and going of the world that creates one of the most magical aspects of this place.

To that end, I want to thank all of our loyal return guests and extend an open hand to all the fine folks who join us for the first time.  Without you, our heart-felt hospitality would be nothing more than tumbleweed drifting in the wind.  So…….Thank you from the whole family at Inn of the Governors.  We hope to see you soon. SamG of the IOG

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