Survival New Mexico: August 16-17

August 11, 2014 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, 2014, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $6 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $6.

Activities and talks include:

  • An archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • The art of fiber arts – before wool there was yucca
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine – just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Learn how to cook ginger bread in a Dutch oven, weave a survival bracelet, attend the leather craft workshop, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 16-17, 2014
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $6 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 276. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–Tania


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Survival New Mexico: August 24-25

August 20, 2013 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, 2013, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $5.

Activities and talks include:

  • How to make a survival bow, and an archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • Wagon rides
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine –  just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Make yucca soap, weave a survival bracelet, make a leather pendant, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 24-25, 2013
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $5 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 275. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–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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Survival New Mexico: August 11-12

August 7, 2012 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, 2012, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too. If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the event is $8 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $5.

Activities and talks include:

  • How to make an atlatl and atlatl dart, making a bow and arrow, and an archery and atlatl range
  • Wagon rides and mule packing
  • Build a snare and tracking techniques
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine –  just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Curanderas talk about traditional healing herbs
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Make yucca soap, weave a survival bracelet, or kids can make a felt snake

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page where they have separate PDFs with the timetable for each day.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 11-12, 2012
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $5 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 275. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–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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Survival New Mexico: August 13-14

August 7, 2011 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering for myself, I’d go hungry.

Hence this Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, 2011, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too. If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the event is $8 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids under 13. Seniors pay $5.

Activities and talks include:

  • How to make an atlatl and atlatl dart, making a bow and arrow, and an archery and atlatl range
  • Build adobe bricks
  • Build a snare and tracking techniques
  • Weaponry demonstration
  • 18th Century medicine – presumably just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Edible and medicinal plants of the SouthWest, plus curanderas talking about traditional healing herbs
  • Wilderness shelter techniques
  • What to do if a wildfire happens – sadly especially relevant this summer
  • Make yucca soap or kids can make a felt snake

Plus flintknappers, blacksmiths, weaving, horno bread, and more. All the activities are in the El Rancho de las Golondrinas flyer PDF.

Survival: New Mexico weekend

  • When: August 13-14, 2011
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $5 for seniors and visitors aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 275. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–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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