Free Living History Chautauqua in Old Town

May 26, 2009 by  
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History is so much more fun to learn about when it’s reenacted by living, breathing people. That’s why we’re excited to hear the New Mexico Humanities Council will present a FREE Chautauqua on Friday and Saturday, May29 and 30 (2009), in Old Town to celebrate the 100th anniversary of New Mexico statehood.

Friday’s Chautauqua begins at 7:00pm, and Saturday’s event runs all day, beginning at 10:00am. A full program of living history, including music and trivia games, will entertain audiences of all ages. Some of the highlights include:

  • VanAnn Moore as the glamorous and mysterious Doña Tules, one of the wealthiest Hispanic women in New Mexico history. Doña Tules will tell her own story (in word and song) of how she operated a gambling establishment in Santa Fe in the 1840s. And she’ll be accompanied by Spanish/Flamenco guitarist Luis Campo.
  • Clyde Tingley as Master of Ceremonies for Saturday’s Chautauqua.
  • Historic music by Chuy Martinez and harpist Oti Ruiz.
  • Engaging presentation of “strange but true” New Mexico stories.
  • Audience participation “New Mexico Trivia” game.

To view the entire program, click the link on the right-hand side of the NM Humanities Council website.

Should be a great event for grown-ups and kids alike. On the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes