Carla and Douglas Kerr drove to Santa Fe, New Mexico to spend the weekend of June 27-29, 2019 as an extension of celebrating their 20th Wedding Anniversary to see La Boheme at the Santa Fe Opera on Friday evening, June 28, 2019. We stopped at Clines Corner on the way up for lunch, but have vowed to never stop there again. We had to fight the flies off to eat our lunch and we were inside the restaurant. While there, I did manage to get a photo of the Barn Swallows feeding their young in the nest.
|A Barn Swallow feeding the babies|
On Friday, June 28, 2019 during the day, we drove to Madrid, New Mexico, a thriving artist colony about 20 miles southwest of Santa Fe. Madrid was an old mining ghost town that was taken over by artists, about 50 of them who revived the town. The Mine Shaft Tavern is a restaurant, a museum and an outdoor dining area called the Cantina all in one building connected by what they call the "Mine Shaft". Nothing was open when we first arrived so we drove back down Highway 14 to various artists homes and took pictures of their creations.
|The Trojan Horse??|
|A fantasy creation out of wood at an artist's entrance|
|This is a bull and above it is a fantasy Santa with leopard spotted reindeer|
|Part of the fence leading back to the artist's workshop|
|This resembles an Eland|
|Various decorated shoes were incorporated in the fence design|
|We made our way back to Madrid and are now inside the tavern|
|Some of the artwork|
|Carla with enough food for a truck driver and it was delicious|
|A small alcove at the entrance with items for sell and the enchanting fountain|
|Entrance to the Mine Shaft Tavern|
|Outdoor dining area of the Tavern|
|Outside entrance to the Museum|
|We wanted to explore more, but I determined that it was too steep for Doug|
|Heading back on Highway 14, this is the school with this sculpture in front of it|
|The school playground has an outer space theme|
|Magnificent rock formations|
|This artist specializes in origami sculptures|
|I titled this sculpture "The Birth of the Paper Airplane"|
|Giant silver sculpture of lilies|
|This entire tower is made of origami swans|
|Rock, Scissors, Paper|
|Horse, Scissors, Paper??|
|Bicycles on poles|
|Another shot of the fantasy Santa and reindeer|
|More amazing rock formations|
|Carla, waiting for the shuttle to take us up to the Opera House from the lower parking lot|
|One of many couples and families enjoying a tailgate dinner before the opera begins|
|The main entrance|
|Carla. We have made our way up via the elevator to the mezzanine floor|
|Attendees enjoying free champagne|
|As you can see the opera house is open on both sides and the back|
|Carla waiting for the opera to begin|
|The view out the left side of the opera house|
|The view out the right side of the opera house|
|This shows the two roofs over the main house and the mezzanine|
|Each seat has its own screen|
|The beauty of the sky as the sun is going down|
|The set is starting to come together|
|There is no curtain and the set is arranged in real time right before your eyes|
|Doug, during intermission|
|Picture of the Cafe being taken down on the lift|
|The setting for the third act|
The performances were magnificent and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing La Boheme once again. It is our favorite Puccini opera. We had the pleasure of being "supernumeraries" in La Boheme in the Dallas Opera production some years ago. We were both in the second act and I was also in the third act. What great fun that was.
When we finally got to our car via shuttle to the lower parking lot, it was completely dead. Evidently, Doug had not completely turned the ignition off and it ran the battery down. We were most fortunate in that two young men who are parking lot attendants came to our rescue and used our jumper cables to start the car.
After a good nights sleep, we decided to drive back a day early to Alamogordo. On the way we came through the tiny town of Duran (not a ghost town because 35 people still live there) and noticed this unusual old building so we stopped and Doug took a picture of it. When we got home he investigated the history of the building and it turned out to be quite interesting.
|General Store and Hotel built in the early 1900's|
A search for the killers quickly began and Francisco Vaisa, Isodoro Miranda and Carlos Renteneria were quickly caught. Luis Medrano was caught some time later. The fifth man, Eziquel Machucha, was never caught and believed to have escaped back to Mexico. The prisoners were sentenced to be hung on July 28, 1922, but Vaisa appealed his conviction. On the appointed day, in Estancia, Mrs. Coury and her children observed the other three men being hanged. On April 6, 1923, Vaisa was also hanged in Estancia. He had the distinction of being the 75th and last person to be hanged in New Mexico.
Mrs. Coury died in 1972 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Fred lived in Albuquerque until his death in 1991. Their daughter, Anna Sandoval lived in Alamogordo until her death in 2004 and Emma lived in Santa Fe until her death in 2006.
Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr for the wonderful photography. Thanks also to J.M. House for the historical information online in his Wednesday, August 28, 2013 cityofdust.blogspot.com blog.
This is all I have to say for now.