Mixed Me­dia “Spir­its of New Mex­ico’s Past” at Ran­cho de las Golon­dri­nas

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - — Jen­nifer Levin

That unique fall smell of dy­ing leaves crunch­ing un­der­foot mix­ing with ju­niper and piñon chim­ney smoke can evoke a kind of shiv­ery nos­tal­gia — even as it por­tends win­ter’s first snows. It is a time for bundling up against the night air and hold­ing a cup of hot cider while lis­ten­ing to ghost sto­ries. It is time, in short, for Hal­loween.

“Spir­its of New Mex­ico’s Past,” on Satur­day, Oct. 27, at the liv­ing his­tory mu­seum El Ran­cho de las Golon­dri­nas (334 Los Pi­nos Road), is a fam­ily-friendly event fea­tur­ing tales of — and vis­its from — lo­cal ghosts. Golon­dri­nas, set on 200 acres of farm­ing val­ley south of Santa Fe, com­prises a col­lec­tion of orig­i­nal 18th-cen­tury colo­nial build­ings, and the mu­seum is ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing the cul­ture and his­tory of 18th- and 19th-cen­tury New Mex­ico. The Hal­loween event is a much-an­tic­i­pated an­nual sea­sonal cap­stone.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Many spooky sto­ries and his­tor­i­cal vi­gnettes are pre­sented from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., fol­lowed by per­for­mances by Light­ning Boy Foun­da­tion Hoop Dancers and En­treFla­menco Santa Fe Youth Dancers. La Llorona, a woman who weeps as she looks for her lost chil­dren by the river, makes an ap­pear­ance to tell her story be­fore a fi­nal bit of en­ter­tain­ment from the Red Tur­tle Dance Group.

On­go­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for kids in­clude face paint­ing and mak­ing tin medal­lions. A tra­di­tional cu­ran­dera, Veron­ica Ramos, will talk about the lo­cal His­panic tra­di­tion of heal­ing magic. There is the oblig­a­tory hot cider as well as fresh horno-baked snacks be­fore the evening ends at 9 p.m. Ad­mis­sion to “Spir­its of New Mex­ico’s Past” is $8 for adults, $6 for teens and se­niors, and free for chil­dren twelve and un­der. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to golon­dri­nas.org or call 505-471-2261.

Pa­tri­cia Tucker plays Army wife and Santa Fe Trail trav­eler Mar­ion Sloan Rus­sell; right, Ed­ward Wal­lace as Este­van­cio Du­rante, the first African Amer­i­can in New Mex­ico; top, the ex­te­rior of the Golon­dri­nas Placita

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