Wednesday, September 1, 2010

SEPTEMBER IN SANTA FE

Ernst Haas: White Sands, New Mexico, 1952


It is September first, and the Labor Day weekend looms before us. As the summer slowly fades, September events abound in Santa Fe. Autumn arrives and so does cooler weather, although on some days it may seem like it is still summer.

Following the Labor Day weekend, Its time for the 298th Santa Fe Fiesta. "The streets are filled with joyous shouts of "Viva la Fiesta" September 10 - 12, when the oldest community event in the U.S. takes place. The week-long festivities commemorate the reoccupation of Santa Fe led by Don Diego de Vargas in 1692, a dozen years after the Pueblo Indian Revolt. The city pulls out all the stops for this annual celebration, starting with the Burning of Zozobra, the dramatic torching of a 49-foot tall marionette that groans and grimaces as he goes up in flames and fireworks at Fort Marcy Park, burning everyone's troubles from the past year. His ending marks the beginning of Fiesta, filled with music, dance, food, the beloved Children's Pet Parade, religious ceremonies and more. Blending pageantry with revelry and treasured traditions, Fiesta is a favorite time for visitors and locals alike."

Another favored tradition, this year's 20th Annual Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta takes place September 22 - 26. Devoted to the fruitful pairing of wine and chile, this late September annual fiesta has become a favorite with food and wine connoisseurs across the country. It features more than 110 wineries and nearly 50 Santa Fe chefs participating in seminars, cooking demonstrations, guest chef luncheons, winemaker dinners, and the famous Grand Food and Wine Tasting.

September is also the final opportunity to view the acclaimed exhibition Bill Eppridge: An American Treasure, through September 26. We hope to see you in Santa Fe!