Bendita sea el agua,
por sana y por barata.
Blessed is water, for being healthy and cheap.
A panza llena, corazón contento.
Full tummy, contented heart.
Al agradecido, más de lo pedido.
To the grateful one, more of what he requested.
Submitted by www.sospanyol.com,
Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication
of Coronado State Monument host Fiesta of Cultures
The Friends of Coronado State
Monument and staff invite the public to enjoy a “Fiesta
of Cultures,” a unique event on the portal of the Coronado
State Monument, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Native American, Hispanic,
and Anglo traditional skills have been handed down through
the centuries, and the Fiesta will feature numerous demonstrations
of these skills by expert craft artists, weavers, spinners,
quilters, a tin worker, a blacksmith, flint knappers and potters.
This is not only a festive occasion, but a true learning experience
and will include Kuaua’s history (1300 to 1600 AD),
Coronado’s visit (1540-1542 AD), and the Anglo arrival
to the Rio Grande Valley (late 1800s via the Santa Fe Trail).
Coronado State Monument is
located on Route 550 about one mile west of I-25 (Exit 242).
There is no admission charge for the Fiesta. If you wish to
visit the Kuaua Pueblo ruins or examine the original Kiva
Murals, usual Monument admission fees apply ($3 for adults;
free for ages seventeen and under). For more information,
contact Scott Smith, Coronado’s manager at 867-5351.
Historical Society Tour
The docents of the Corrales
Historical Society are sponsoring a bus trip to Taos on October
2, 2007, which will include visits to the Martinez Hacienda,
the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Kit Carson Museum, and the Fechin
House and Museum. The cost is $48 per person and includes
the bus fee, lunch, and entrance fees to the four houses/museums.
The tour leaves from the
Old San Ysidro Church off Old Church Road in Corrales at 8:00
a.m. and will return at 6:00 p.m. Call Hope Grey at 897-3942
for information and reservations.
music at the library
The Rio Rancho Public Library
is pleased to announce a free folk music concert performed
by the duo that calls itself “Charmed.” The concert
will take place on Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the
Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium, located at 755 Loma
Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho.
There is no admission fee
for the performance; however, free tickets are required and
are available at the adult information desk at the library.
The Charmed duo is comprised
of Alicia Ultan and Bambi Jackson. They call their music “twisted
folk,” and it features violin, keyboard, and haunting
vocals. Charmed has played at many area venues, including
the Corrales Growers Market, and they have a new CD available,
entitled Beautifully Twisted.
For more information and
free tickets, contact the adult reference desk at the library
or call 891-5013, extension 3030. You may also email questions
R offers enrichment classes
The City of Rio Rancho’s
Cultural Enrichment Department has countless programs and
recreational opportunities available for individuals of any
age. Classes include: Art Academy (ages seven to nine), Belly
Dancing (ages eighteen and up), Kids in the Kitchen (ages
eight to twelve), Basic Cake Decorating (ages ten to fifteen),
and Candy Making (ages twelve to sixteen).
Also, there is vendor space
available for the Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival on November
For more information, contact
the Cultural Enrichment Department at (505) 891-5015 or visit
and click on the Cultural Enrichment link under the Services
tab located on the home page.
An American Kestrel
Meet wild birds at the
Placitas Community Library
On Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m., the Placitas
Community Library will be sponsoring a presentation by Wildlife
Rescue of New Mexico. The program will be especially geared
toward children, but will be of interest to all ages.
Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico
is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization whose aim is to
rehabilitate and release to the wild injured and orphaned
animals which are found by the public. They also educate New
Mexicans about wildlife and the importance of wildlife habitat
preservation. To learn more about wildlife rescue, go to www.WRINM.org.
Peggy McCormick, a resident
of Placitas and a volunteer with Wildlife Rescue, will be
bringing various wild birds, including an American Kestrel.
Peggy has a degree in elementary education, currently serves
on the board of Wildlife Rescue, is a clinic manager, and
is the volunteer coordinator.
To help defray the cost of
the program to Wildlife Rescue, attendees may bring an item
that is on the organization’s wish list, such as wild
bird seed, uncooked rice, corn meal, toilet paper, garbage
bags, and bandage material. To see a complete wish list, go
click on “Donations,” and then click “Wish
List” in the body of the text. Monetary contributions
are also welcome.
Librarian writes about
Placitas resident and library volunteer Rebecca Watson-Boone
has recently had a book published by the American Library
Association (ALA). Entitled A Good Match, the book
investigates the relationship between a liberal arts education
and a career in librarianship, drawing on her survey of 431
librarians who graduated from eight liberal arts colleges
between 1962 and 2000. The findings cover such topics as:
• how schools and families
influence career choice;
• how librarians assess
their undergraduate education in relation to their careers;
• how librarians’
roles and work have changed over the past four decades.
Rebecca Watson-Boone has
a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University
of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a PhD from the University
of Wisconsin in Madison. She is the author of Constancy
and Change in the Work Life of Research University Librarians,
as well as numerous papers and conference presentations. Dr.
Watson-Boone has taught graduate-level management courses
in Wisconsin and Iowa, and has served as a reference librarian
(Princeton University), head of the Central Reference Department
(University of Arizona Libraries), and Associate Dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences (University of Arizona). She
was formerly a divisional president in the ALA and a public
library trustee of Mequon-Thiensville (Wisconsin.) She is
currently a board member and co-director of the all-volunteer
Placitas Community Library.
Watson-Boone states, “I’m
particularly pleased that the ALA has chosen my study to launch
its new series of research publications in librarianship.
I hope the work contributes to our understanding of one of
the oldest, and most crucial, of the information professions.”
house to be sold to benefit nonprofits
Tres Amigos Builders, Ltd.
is building a $1.15 million, 3,574-square-foot home on prime
property in Corrales as part of the 2007 Parade of Homes and
is donating proceeds from its sale to four local nonprofit
Tres Amigos is a partnership
created by three Albuquerque custom home builders: Betty Blea
of Homes By Marie, Bill Reynolds of New Haven Homes, and Norm
Schreifels of Sun Mountain Construction. The trio is designing
this showplace home, called the “Corrales Home for Hope,”
to eventually benefit the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation,
Citizens for Casa San Ysidro, Corrales Mainstreet, and Friends
of Corrales Community Library.
“We are very excited
to come together to build this home and to be able to make
donations to such worthy local organizations as these,”
said Blea. “Many of our subcontractors and suppliers
have chosen to be involved in this project as well. It’s
been a wonderful team process.”
Located at 109 Mesa Vista
Road in the Mesa Vista de Corrales subdivision, this stunning
home will feature the best of each of the three builders’
styles. Outdoor living will be emphasized through a fully-appointed
outdoor kitchen featuring a cooking area visible from the
inside of the home, a large curved courtyard patio, an adjacent
veranda with a ten-foot ceiling, and an integrated masonry
Reynolds explained that the
home will conform to the Build Green NM program by incorporating
numerous energy-efficient features such as awnings, double-paned
casement windows, and radiant heating throughout.
The Corrales Home for Hope
will be the Featured Home in the 2007 Homes of Enchantment
Parade, which runs three weekends in October, beginning October
13. The home will be offered for sale at the end of October.
The New Mexico Cancer Center
Foundation is dedicated to supporting the New Mexico Cancer
Center patients’ non-medical needs during their battle
against cancer. The Foundation has established assistance
and educational programs to meet the financial, emotional,
and psychological needs of patients.
Citizens for Casa San Ysidro
is an organization dedicated to preserving this historic home
built in the 1870s by the Gutiérrez family and restored
by Ward Alan and Shirley Jolly Minge in the early 1950s.
Corrales Mainstreet is dedicated
to preserving the village of Corrales by encouraging the enhancement
and diversification of the economy so that families are proud,
comfortable, and safe in Corrales. MainStreet strives to include
in this preservation the village’s traditions, way of
life, history, and agricultural roots.
The Friends of the Corrales
Library (FOCL) is the library’s fundraising group, made
up of local residents and supporters of the library. Individuals
interested in more information about the Corrales Home for
Hope may call (505) 342-1532.
Way and the Placitas Library
CO-DIRECTOR, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Did you know that when you make your annual donation to the
United Way of Greater Albuquerque, you can designate any nonprofit
in New Mexico as the recipient? This year, please designate
your contribution (and your employer’s matching funds)
to the Placitas Community Library (PCL) Capital Campaign.
The United Way will ‘pass the funds through’ to
the account for our new building. Your contribution will be
a great help in providing for full service library and community
meeting room space Placitas needs so much. As you may know,
the PCL is entirely volunteer-run. Sandoval County and the
State of New Mexico do not provide funds for library operations
though they do, through your tax bonds, provide funding for
materials and resources. We do all we can to keep our expenses
to a minimum as we are totally dependent on your donations
for all operating expenses. We will still need your help for
operating expenses this year during our annual Friends Fund
Drive in November. Thank you in advance for your help.
PCL is developing a program
to bring books to those who may be homebound, whether temporarily
or permanently. Volunteers will arrange for monthly visits
in your home at your convenience, bringing a selection of
items specifically requested by you and/or based on an interest
profile you create. If you or someone you know needs this
service, please call the library at 867-3355 and leave your
contact information. Someone will contact you in October or
The library has just received
a donation of the ValueLine Investment Survey. ValueLine “is
a unique source of financial information designed to help
investors make informed investment decisions that fit their
individual goals and levels of risk.” A generous patron
has offered to bring us each weekly edition one week after
it is issued. Given the consistency of the information in
each issue we believe this will be a valuable resource for
A clear overdue policy has
recently been adopted by the library Board of Directors. We
will be sending out postcards to remind you when materials
are overdue and then giving you a call if the materials have
not been returned in another few weeks. While the library
does not impose fines, it is important that materials are
returned in a timely manner so they are available for use
by others in the community.
The raven “Poe”
will be visiting our library on October 20 at 10:00 a.m. for
a program on Wildlife Rescue with Placitan Peggy McCormick.
This program will be of interest to children and adults.
See you at the library!
UPCOMING EVENTS AT
October 4—10:00 a.m. Preschool Story Time (Hot Air Balloons)
October 16—3:00 p.m. Bilingual Story Time for ages two
to ten (Day of the Dead)
October 20—10:00 a.m. “Poe” the Raven: Wildlife
Rescue with Peggy McCormick.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.;
Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Name Game #2
In “Name Game #1,” we met real estate agent Iona
Newhouse, Nashville art critic Purdy Goode, beer guzzler O.
Penn Zabrewski, country singer Aiken Hartt, and many more.
Ten years later, a fresh bunch have arrived on the scene:
• TV evangelist Ty Willoughby Dunn
• Gossip columnist Waller N. Mudd
• Restaurateur Lynn “Queenie” Alfredo
• TV garden expert Rhoda Teller
• Transvestite Amanda B. Reckonwith
• Hard luck loser Roy Lee Shattapon
• Phoenix weatherman Vaughn Hunter deGries
• Rude egomaniac Fleming Athol
• Ranch cowboy Lemuel Skinner
• Ambulance chaser Collier A. Tierney
• Circus clown Eunice Eichel
• Warmonger R. McGeddon
• UN relief worker Thurston Unger
• Radio talk show host Lotta White-Noyes
• Former IRA terrorist Farris Ora Guinness
• Israeli rap artist Yehudi Mann
• Sioux pest control expert Anton Roachkiller
• Scott Seed weed expert Dan D. Lyon
• Russian drill sergeant R.U. Gudenov
• Swedish fighter pilot Soren Hawkes
• Dustbowl survivor Barron Fields
• Buick sales rep Isolde Karr
• Presidential advisor Jess Newcomb
• DC lobbyist DePalma Mehan
• “He tried everything but to “Noah Vale
• Cardshark Delta King
• Reagan worshipper Dee Clara Halliday
• Opera maven Barbara F. Seville
• Cuddle freak Ted E. Bair
• Mentally unstable Ima Luce-Cannon
• Somewhat cheaper date Gene Eric Brand
• Squeaky wheel Belle E. Akers
• Wok cook Terry Yockey
• New Age guru Joy Ann Payne
• Aging stripper Alma “Bubbles” Burstyn
• Irish UFO-ologist Flynn Sasser
• Holy-roller Waylon Bellow
• Francophile Francis French
• Repo man V. Hickle
• Song stylist Kerry Oakey Knight
• The enthusiastic Igor Beaver
• Clumsy surgeon Howie Bledsoe
• Clinical psychologist Wyatt Hertz
• The unemployed Doolittle Workman
• The unrepentant Nora Morse
• Stargazer Hunter O’Ryan
• Funeral director Solomon Grimm
• Conspiracy buff Lou Minotti
• Paleontologist Tawana Saris
• Personnel director Hiram N. Canham
• Underachiever Ames Lowe
• Lumberjack Tim Burr
• Chile farmer Hallie Peña
• Excuse-maker Ike N. Spillane
• Angry German boyfriend Hans Offerman
• East German bounty hunter Varya Heiden
• The new baby Wynan Kidd
Creating a place for our past: the New Mexico
I am one of those fortunate people to have a job that I love.
Each day, I have the opportunity to handle objects, documents,
or photographs recording or created by the people and events
that commemorate New Mexico’s long and dramatic history.
As Director of the Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico
History Museum (NMHM), I have extraordinary exposure to the
stories and objects of New Mexico history. The Palace collections
contain nearly twenty thousand objects, seven-hundred-fifty-thousand
historic photographs, and thousands of manuscript pages documenting
our recorded history. Our museum is housed in the oldest public
building in the United States. The Palace is nearly four hundred
years old and it is the most important artifact of our state’s
patrimony. Preserving the Palace has been one of the central
missions of the Museum of New Mexico since the museum system
began in 1909. Within the thick adobe walls of the Palace,
important and common people have lived, worked, and convened
business and government affairs. The Palace has doubled as
both an historic building and as the state’s history
museum, a task too great even for this venerable building.
In the summer of 2009, a new chapter of New
Mexico history will begin. The NMHM adjacent to the Palace
of the Governors will open. The History Museum, the Palace,
the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library and
Photo Archives, and the Palace Press will become a major cultural
attraction and offer the people of New Mexico and our visitors
a comprehensive state history museum. I have the privilege
to work with a staff of professionals and volunteers dedicated
to developing the New Mexico History Museum.
The New Mexico History Museum began more than
twenty years ago. In the late 1970s, then Palace Director
Dr. Tom Chavez and his staff began the programming studies
that were the first steps in planning an addition to the Palace.
Tom, the staff, project architects, and the Friends of the
Palace, a support group of dedicated volunteers, began planning
a facility they referred to as the Palace Annex to provide
proper storage and exhibition facilities for the priceless
artifacts in the collections. Tom was an effective advocate
at the state and federal levels for this project, and raised
the initial funds for the building. When I began as Director
of the Palace in late summer 2002, archaeological excavations
were just about to begin on the site of the NMHM. Ultimately,
the excavations yielded more than nine hundred thousand artifacts
and a great deal of information about the architectural history
of the Palace.
When the New Mexico History Museum opens in
2009, it must inspire us with the stories of those who came
before and the stories of those who are making our history
today in small and large ways. Learning in museums is different
than classroom learning. Museums must offer the opportunity
to see and handle real artifacts, to connect with different
times and places through the magic of historic photos and
film, and to step into immersive environments that transform
period rooms into the stages of history.
The New Mexico History Museum must honor our
ancestors and inspire our descendants. It must be a partner
in the education of our children and for generations to come.
And it must be a pillar of our civic life, showing New Mexicans
and visitors how we have built on the foundations of our long
prehistory and nearly four hundred years of European history.
When families enter the Museum, we want them to enjoy each
visit and take pride in their history. We want them to find
the stories of their communities and their families, and to
seek the museum as a partner in their journey of lifelong
learning. When they search the web for homework assignments
or to satisfy their curiosity, we want them to find their
answers in our on-line resources. The New Mexico History Museum
must be a place that not only houses our past, but initiates
our future. Each day, as the brick and mortar and steel rise
higher, brings us closer to our goals.
[This article was distributed
by the Historical Society of New Mexico. Frances Levine is
the Director of the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History