The Sandoval Signpost

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El Rinconcito español


Con las manos en la masa.
(With his hands in the dough.) Red-handed.

Consultar la almohada.
(To consult the pillow.) To sleep on it.

Entre la espada y la pared.
(Between the sword and the wall.) Between a rock and a hard place.

Submitted by SOS-panyol, offering Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication skills,


The annual Fiesta de San Antonio began in June with a reverent procession
through the village of Placitas. Mariachis and members of the Knights of
Columbus joined the procession while participants carried santos and
followed along. The fiesta continued the next day at the Catholic Mission in
Placitas with games, live music and dancing, and a traditional matanza.

Thank you for your contributions to the San Antonio Mission Fiesta

Fran Stephens
San Antonio Mission Fiesta Committee

The San Antonio Mission Fiesta was a huge success. We on the committee wish to thank all the workers who gave so generously of their time, talents, and treasure, and the following businesses and artists for their generous contributions:

Abuelita’s Restaurant, Bernalillo; Albuquerque Tortilla Company; Arthur Murray Studios, Albuquerque; Bernalillo Birding Company; Bernalillo High School Athletic Department; Bodywise; Buttons and Bows, Placitas/Comet Cleaners; Cate Clark, Massage Therapist; Chile Hill Emporium, Bernalillo; Clear Light, Placitas; Curves, Bernalillo; DeLuna Jewelers, Davis, California; Ed’s Wrought Iron Mfg., Inc, Albuquerque; El Rey Printing, Bernalillo; First State Bank, Placitas; Great Clips; Jackalope, Bernalillo; J and J Utilities, Placitas; Janice Mortenson, Pampered Chef; John Flores, Artist; Julie Dirkson; La Casita, Bernalillo; Lowe’s Albuquerque; Lynn Kottrell, Artist; Music Magic Productions, Placitas; Maureen Castro, Photographer; Nancy Hawks, Artist; Our Lady of Sorrows Office Staff, Bernalillo; Piñon Café, Placitas; Pharmacy Plus, Bernalillo; Placitas Mini Mart; Placitas Yard Works; Rainbow Bakery, Albuquerque; Raley’s, Rio Rancho; Repeat Performance, Oakland, California; Richard and Mary Ramirez; Rio Sierra Realty, Placitas; Roadrunner Waste Services, Bernalillo; Rose’s Pottery House, Bernalillo; Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office; Santa Ana Garden Center; Steve Otero Family, Matanza Cooks Extraordinaire; TaGrMo, Bernalillo; Tamaya Resort, Bernalillo; T & T Supermart; Tim Nadeau, Videographer; Purified Water To Go, Rio Rancho.

A special thanks to the volunteers for their hard work, to the Duran and Healey families for opening their homes to us, to the mayordomos of Our Lady of Sorrows Church and San José Mission, Algodones, the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, and all the families of Placitas who joined us in the celebration.


Flute and drum, flint-knapping and stories at DeLavy House

On Sunday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m., Cumunimbus will perform Indian flute and drum music in a program sponsored by the Sandoval County Historical Society. Also included in the evening will be a flint-knapping demonstration and storytelling by Luther Rivera. The public is invited to this free program at the Sandoval Historical Society Museum (the DeLavy House) on Edmonds Road just west of the Coronado Monument. For further information, please call 867-2755.


Storytelling, pottery instruction at Coronado Monument

Joe Hayes, premier storyteller, will tell stories on Friday, July 16, at 10:00 a.m. under the portal at Coronado State Monument.

Hayes has performed in hundreds of schools, libraries, museums, and parks and is a teller of tales from many cultures, specifically Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo. The author of The Day It Snowed Tortillas—recognized as one of the best children's books ever published—received the Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts in 1995, the highest honor accorded by the state for accomplishment in the arts.

The cost is $1 per child, $3 per adult. Bring water and a pillow to sit on under the portal.

On Saturday, July 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Ann Yeck will teach pottery making. Yeck attended special classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art and taught social studies and art at both the elementary and high-school levels until her retirement. She has been teaching pottery making the “Maria way,” using the coil method on a puki base and a corn cob or gourd to polish the pot. Yeck will provide the puki, clay, corncobs to scrape the pot, and tools to incise or paint the designs. A handout of Native American designs will also be provided. The pots will be fired, and if you agree, your pot will be placed on exhibit for one month at Coronado. Prizes will be awarded. You will then be able to take your pot home. Yeck has been making replicas of prehistoric pots found at Tijeras Pueblo and has taught there for five years.

Anyone over the age of nine is welcome to take the class. The cost is $15. Bring lunch and water, and wear old clothes.

Call Katherine at 867-6115 to reserve a space. Coronado State Monument is located off I-25, Exit 242, west of the town of Bernalillo.


Survey photograph of the 2003 “A Crane In The Corn” maze, courtesy of


Survey photograph of the 2003 “A Crane In The Corn” maze, courtesy of
 New Mexico Aerial Survey, Inc., Albuquerque, NM

Maize Maze at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space

Albuquerque's Rio Grande Community Farms presents its seventh annual Maize Maze on weekends from Saturday, September 4, through Saturday, October 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., including Labor Day.

This year’s coyote-themed maze will also be open for Moonlight Maze Walks from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on September 28 and October 28-29. Admission on weekends is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages five through twelve. Children under five are admitted free. No reservations are required. Group discounts are available on weekdays only for groups of twelve or more. Group admission is $3 per participant and requires reservations by telephone.

Public access for all events at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space is from Montaño Road, 1.1 miles west of Fourth Street. Turn north on Tierra Viva, and park in the gravel lot to your left. Follow the signs to the maze. Call 505-345-4580 or go to for more information.






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