Father Winter at The Harwood Museum of Art
Photo by Gak Stonn
Reprinted from the Harwood Museum of Art Newsletter
A Taos Beloved Holiday Tradition Returns to Ledoux Street December 6th
One of Taos’ most beloved holiday traditions, Lighting Ledoux, returns to Ledoux Street – just one block south of Taos Plaza – 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, December 6.
The sense that something special is about to happen begins during the afternoon, when farolitos (small paper lanterns) begin to appear in front of the museums, galleries, and boutiques lining Ledoux Street – Taos’ oldest street. Around that time the street is closed to vehicles, leaving it open only to pedestrians. By 5 p.m.the farolitos are lit, casting an elegant glow down this curving, historic street. Just as the sun is setting and a chill grips the air, bonfires begin to punctuate the courtyards lining the street. And then the action begins! A joyful parade originating at Taos Plaza leads Father Winter along Ledoux Street to The Harwood Museum of Art, where he spends the rest of the evening hearing children’s holiday wishes in the museum’s Arthur Bell Auditorium. The street fills with community members greeting each other during this very special holiday block party, with the occasional sound of bagpipes or Christmas carols animating the spontaneous celebrations. And Ledoux Street hosts open their doors for warmth, refreshments, and a range of special activities.
The Harwood Museum of Art will be completely open for Lighting Ledoux, and will offer free admission to its popular ¡Orale! Kings and Queens of Cool exhibitions. Families are invited to gather in the Museum’s Fern Hogue Mitchell Education Center for festive art-making. And, while the Museum’s Arthur Bell Auditorium is filled with children visiting Father Winter, its galleries will come alive at 6 p.m. with the sounds of Taos Youth Music School’s brand new World Music Choir, comprised of children in grades three through six. TYMS’ program, entitled Sing Free, will include songs from Afghanistan, Africa, Mexico, and a few surprises as well. “It’s a very enthusiastic group, bursting to share what we’ve been learning,” says choir director Tara Somerville.
The best part of Lighting Ledoux, however, is the opportunity that it provides for Taos’ community to come together. “During Lighting Ledoux,” states Harwood Museum of Art Director Susan Longhenry, “The Harwood Museum of Art welcomes more than 1,200 people over the course of two hours. It’s a very sweet shared experience that feels, in many ways, like a reunion – since we see many of these people every year. I think that’s what Lighting Ledoux is about for us.”
LIGHTING LEDOUX HIGHLIGHTS
- Reneux Consignment will offer a celestial themed runway show 6-7 p.m.
- Shree Yoga will create an altar space for wishes and prayers to be shared and sent out to the world. Lighting Ledoux celebrants are invited to light a candle, scribe their dreams and step into the future with love and light.
- OptiMysm will offer live music all evening, featuring Pott Creek Band and others. Savory and sweet treats will be served, along with a 20% Lighting Ledoux discount.
- 203 Fine Art will light the way with a bonfire at the top of Ledoux Street.
- Inger Jirby Gallery and SculptureGarden will be roasting marshmallows at its bonfire, and playing and singing Christmas Carols.
- Black Mesa Winery tasting roomwill serve hot cider and cookies, sell glasses of hot mulled wine (and other wine selections) to adults 21 and over, and feature live music by Bittersweet Highway from 5-8 pm.
- Linda Rauch Gallery will offer refreshments, music, and an exhibition of Linda Rauch’s work entitled “Taos Miniatures and Watercolors.”
About Harwood Museum of Art
The mission of the Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the arts, especially those created in, inspired by, or relevant to northern New Mexico. The museum advances the University’s mission and engages diverse audiences by stimulating learning, creativity and research through exhibitions, programs and publications.
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