Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate

Las Golondrinas Harvest Festival!

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum located on 20 acres in a beautiful valley about 20 minutes south of Santa Fe. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Las Golodrinas was an overnight stop on El Camino Real, the famous royal road to Mexico City. In 1972, the museum was opened to preserve the history, heritage and culture of that period. Original structures were restored and historic buildings from other parts of New Mexico were reconstructed at the museum site to recreate life in early New Mexico. Villagers dressed in the styles of the times re-enact for visitors how life was lived.

Next Saturday and Sunday, October 6th and 7th, Las Golondrinas holds its annual Harvest Festival. The villagers will be crushing grapes for wine by foot, grinding sorghum with burros, making apple cider and tortilla, weaving, tanning hides, singing, milling, and stringing red chile ristras, all for your enjoyment and education. The kids can make a corn husk doll, adults can learn tin stamping or take a retablo workshop and everyone can take a wagon ride on the site.

In addition, Los Matachines de Lorenzo will perform their colorful dance.

For the schedule of events and additional information, contact the museum at 505.471.2261 or go to their website at www.golondrinas.org. All photographs are courtesy of the museum.

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