Casa San Ysidro Free Day and Frontier Life

July 3, 2014 by  
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Casa San Ysidro offers occasional free admission days with family-friendly activities.

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But on the Casa San Ysidro free day on Saturday July 12, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy a family-friendly presentation to learn about frontier life.

At 2:30 pm, you can enjoy a family friendly program about the history of dogs in the Southwest and their role in Native communities will be presented by Dody Fugate, Curator of Archaeological Research Collections, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania


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Casa San Ysidro Free Day August 11 and Frontier Life

August 6, 2013 by  
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If you haven’t made it yet to the 2013 summer program of Casa San Ysidro free admission days on the second Sunday of the month, your last chance is coming up!

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But on the Casa San Ysidro free day on Sunday August 11, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy a family-friendly presentation to learn about frontier life.

This Sunday August 11, 2013, from 1 – 4 pm, the Casa San Ysidro free program features demonstrations by a blacksmith and a hide-tanner. At 2:30 pm you can see a piece of living history as Edward Wallace gussies up in period costume and presents a Chautauqua-style portrayal of mountain man Jim Beckworth.

Beckworth was a real historical character who overcame slavery and established a life as a frontier hunter, trapper, guide, and hotel operator. (Hotel operator? I guess we’re resourceful here in New Mexico and always have been!) Edward Wallace will tell us all about it in his performance of “From Slave to Super Star.”

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania

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Casa San Ysidro Free Days

July 9, 2013 by  
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This new summer program of Casa San Ysidro free admission days offers family fun and activities on the second Sunday of the month.

Casa San Ysidro in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But with this new summer series of Casa San Ysidro free days on the second Sunday of July and August 2013, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy the family-friendly program or presentation offered on each afternoon.

This Sunday July 14, 2013, from 1 – 4 pm, the Casa San Ysidro free program features the art of the blacksmith with Gary Williams, a blacksmith from Corrales. He’ll be demonstrating traditional metal working in the forge, to give an idea of the kinds of skills used to create the Spanish Colonial ironwork at Casa San Ysidro. He’ll also tell stories about blacksmiths in the past, and how they crafted all the essential items for people living on the frontier where iron was scarce, including agricultural tools and chains.

If you miss this Casa San Ysidro free event, the final second Sunday date for 2013 will be on August 11, so you can pop that on your calendar instead.

Casa San Ysidro The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania

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Casa San Ysidro Free Days

June 6, 2013 by  
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A new summer program of Casa San Ysidro free admission days offers family fun and activities on the second Sunday of the month.

Casa San Ysidro in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But with this new summer series of Casa San Ysidro free days on the second Sunday of June, July and August 2013, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy the family-friendly program or presentation offered on each afternoon.

This Sunday June 9, 2013, from 1 – 4 pm, the Casa San Ysidro free program focuses on the life of the historic Spanish buffalo hunter, or cibolero. Check out traditional tools and a tanned buffalo hide, and see a Chautauqua or living history presentation at 2:30 pm.

The presenters are Manuel Lopez, playing a cibolero,and Larry Marken, portraying Old Bill Williams, a 19th century mountain man. Find out about their traditional clothing, equipment and life on the colonial frontier! Should be fun for kids, huh?

If you miss this Casa San Ysidro free event, the remaining second Sunday dates for 2013 are July 14 and August 11.

Casa San Ysidro The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania

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Corrales Heritage Day 2013

May 13, 2013 by  
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Looking for some weekend fun?  Good, because Casa San Ysidro and Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales celebrate Corrales Heritage Day 2013 on May 18  from 10  am to 4 pm.

Casa San Ysidro is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But on Corrales Heritage Day Saturday May 18 you can visit Casa San Ysidro for free, and check out the period rooms in this historic house. You can also see demonstrations of blacksmithing in the forge, spinning, weaving, bread baking in the horno, and other traditional occupations. They’ve had sheep shearing in the past too and the event often includes critters to pet, perhaps a llama or a burro, plus children’s activities. I’ve very much enjoyed watching the blacksmithing here. It was fascinating and I walked away with a nail the smithie had just made. (He gave it to me. I didn’t just steal it!) Visitors may also browse the retablos, jewelry, and other arts and crafts at the traditional Arts Mercado.

Live entertainment includes:

  • Puppet show by Loren Kahn Puppet Theatre at 11 and 1 pm, presenting Floppo, the Spanish Frog Prince.
  • Frank McCulloch y Sus Amigos play New Mexican music at 3 p.m.
  • Watch a burro packing demonstration at 12 noon and 2 pm, when Ron and Pat Rundstrom with their faithful burros show how the early pioneers packed their burros for adventure!

At the Old San Ysidro Church you can watch a video of Heart of the Village: a History of the Old San Ysidro Church and see other historic photos and exhibits of the Corrales Historical Society. They also have kids’ activities like making tin ornaments.

Did we mention that it’s all FREE admission to this historical extravaganza?

–Tania

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Corrales Heritage Day 2012

May 15, 2012 by  
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Looking for some weekend fun?  Good, because Casa San Ysidro and Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales celebrate Corrales Heritage Day 2012 on Saturday, May 19  from 10  am to 4 pm.

Casa San Ysidro is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But on Corrales Heritage Day Saturday May 19 you can visit Casa San Ysidro for free, and also see demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, sheep shearing, bread baking in the horno, and tortilla making, as well as traditional diversions like papel picado. They’ll have live music, and they often have critters to pet, perhaps a llama or a burro, plus children’s activities. I saw the blacksmithing here last year, and it was fascinating. The blacksmith gave me a nail he’d just made. Now, if only I had a hammer…

At the Old San Ysidro Church you can view  exhibits on the Alameda Land Grant, and other historic photos, archives, and exhibits of the Corrales Historical Society, and they also have kids’ activities like making tin ornaments and other arts projects. At 11 am, the chef, author, and cooking teacher Jane Butel will give an illustrated talk on the Culinary History of the Rio Grande.

Did we mention that it’s all FREE admission to this historical extravaganza?

–Tania

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Corrales Heritage Day 2011

May 13, 2011 by  
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Looking for some weekend fun?  Good, because somehow this traditional event nearly passed me by this year!

Casa San Ysidro and Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales celebrate Corrales Heritage Day 2011 on Saturday, May 14  from 10  am to 4 pm.

Casa San Ysidro is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults. 

But on Heritage Day Saturday May 14 you can visit Casa San Ysidro for free, and also see demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, sheep shearing, bread baking in the horno, and tortilla making, as well as traditional diversions like paper crafting. You’re likely to find critters to pet, perhaps a llama or a burro, plus more children’s activities.

At the Old San Ysidro Church at 11 am on May 14, they’re unveiling and blessing a large bronze plaque commemorating 21 mid-19th century burials beneath the Old Church floor. The dedication ceremony includes refreshments. Throughout the Heritage Day events you can view historic photos, archives, and exhibits of the Corrales Historical Society, plus a video on the history of the church.  More activities here for children include making tin ornaments.

There’s a lot going on – music, puppets, artist demonstrations, a book signing, and food vendors. Check out the full details and the Corrales Heritage Day schedule of performances in the event flier.

Did we mention that it’s all FREE admission to this historical extravaganza? 

–Tania

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Corrales Free Event: Heritage Day 2010

May 12, 2010 by  
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Looking ahead to some weekend fun already?  Casa San Ysidro and Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales celebrate Heritage Day 2010 on Saturday, May 15 from 10  am to 4 pm, with some events spilling over onto Sunday.

Casa San Ysidro is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults. 

But on Heritage Day Saturday May 15 you can tour Casa San Ysidro for free, and also see demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, sheep shearing, bread baking in the horno, and tortilla making, as well as traditional diversions like paper crafting. You’re likely to find critters to pet, perhaps a llama or a burro, plus other children’s activities.

At the Old San Ysidro Church there’s a special mass on Sunday at 10 am and a procession led by Los Matachinas. Throughout the Heritage Day events you can view historic photos, archives, and exhibits of the Corrales Historical Society, plus a video on the history of the church.  More activities here for children include making tin ornaments.

There’s a lot going on – music, artist demonstrations, and food vendors…  check out the Corrales Historical Society Heritage Day info and the full Corrales Heritage Day schedule in the Village of Corrales event calendar.

NOTE: Casa San Ysidro is ONLY open on Saturday May 15, not on Sunday. So if you want to tour the Casa, go on Saturday!

Did we mention that it’s all FREE admission to this historical extravaganza? 

–Tania

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Free Event: Heritage Day 2009 in Corrales

May 12, 2009 by  
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Looking ahead to the weekend already? Here’s a fun event!

Heritage Day will be celebrated Saturday, May 16 (2009), from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Casa San Ysidro and Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales.

Casa San Ysidro, part of the Albuquerque Museum, was built in the 1870s and today functions as a living history museum. During Heritage Day, you’ll be able to see demonstrations of such vital 19th century occupations as blacksmithing, weaving, sheep shearing, bread baking in an horno, and tortilla making, as well as traditional diversions like paper crafting.

At the Old San Ysidro Church, take part in a special mass to celebrate Corrales’ patron saint, San Ysidro (natch!), enjoy the music of Hispanic musicians, and view the archives of the Corrales Historical Society, which include historic photographs, videotaped interviews with longtime residents, and special exhibits. Plus, there will be several children’s activities, including making tin ornaments.

Did we mention admission to this historical extravaganza is FREE?

So get on out to this fantastic family event!

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Road in Corrales. From there, you’ll have no trouble locating the other events!

–Elizabeth Hanes

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