October fest: activities and demonstrations
Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct.4, Harvest Festival activities at El Rancho de las Golondrinas include wool carding, washing, and spinning; wagon rides; archery; children’s storytelling; New Mexican dancers; tin stamping, ristra stringing, and other arts and crafts; corn husking and grinding; tortilla making; weaving; colcha embroidery; cider making; grape stomping; milling; hide tanning; and buying and bartering at the country store. Some activities are ongoing all day and some require advance sign-up upon arrival. There is a variety of food available for purchase, and visitors are invited to bring their own picnic lunches. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.golondrinas.org.
On Sunday at 10 a.m., the bulto de San Ysidro, kept in St. Isidore Chapel for the summer, is taken on a procession around the fields as thanks are given for a bountiful harvest before it is returned for the winter to the Golondrinas Placitas Chapel. St. Isidore Chapel is a private family chapel dedicated to the patron saint of farmers. The procession to the Placitas Chapel is followed by a Catholic mass at the Entertainment Platform. — J.L.