The summer weekends here in Santa Fe seem to be filled with festivals, markets and other special events, with tourists and locals alike thronging the streets and sidewalks surrounding the Plaza.
Recently, we failed to check out the three-day Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, something many locals say is not to be missed. We also eschewed the annual Rodeo de Santa Fe in late June, another local cultural tradition. This past weekend was the similarly famous and popular (59th annual) Santa Fe Spanish Market, a celebration of the traditional crafts and arts of the Hispanic culture of Northern New Mexico. While we did stop by on Saturday morning, the crowds were so thick that we only skirted the edges of the event.
Still, Mary was able to stand in line and buy a delicious (and surprisingly affordable) bean burrito with green chili, a ubiquitous New Mexican standard.
And away from the madding crowd (with a nod to Thomas Hardy), we heard some lovely Spanish guitar at The Spanish Table, a store dedicated to the foods, literature, culture and cookware of Spain, and happily sampled some excellent paella prepared outdoors for many curious and hungry onlookers.
Back in the 1970s when I was a kid, they used to say that New York was a summer festival. It appears that the same could be said of "The City Different".