El Rancho De Las Golondrinas March News
It's almost spring! The robins are out and about already and there is a hint of warmer weather in the air!
If you want to volunteer at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, we are about to begin our training sessions.
Volunteer Training sessions will be held on March 11, 18 and April 1 and 8. Training will be in the Paloheimo Education Center beginning at 9:00 A.M. and will conclude at approximately 3:00 P.M. Please remember to bring a sack lunch. There will be light refreshments available.
It's time again to spruce up your costumes, dust off your moccasins and boots -- the 2017 season is almost here!
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Creating memories for 300 years!
764 POUNDS OF PRODUCE DONATED!
El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a proud supporter of The Food Depot and its mission to end hunger in Northern New Mexico. In 2016, we were very pleased to donate 764 pounds of assorted produce, grown right here in our own fields, to The Food Depot. This donation of food made a huge impact in the lives of those who face hunger every day: the single parent struggling to make ends meet; grandparents raising their grandchildren on fixed incomes; hard-working adults skipping meals so their children can eat; seniors who can't afford both medication and food; a homeless family seeking shelter; and children going without food when they are away from school.
The Food Depot serves as the food bank for Northern New Mexico. Currently, the food bank supplies food and related products to 145 partner agencies located throughout nine counties. Partner agencies are nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, hot meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs, senior centers, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered families. In 2016, The Food Depot distributed 6,193,504 pounds of food, providing nearly 5.2 million meals to people in need.
We are very proud of our continuing partnership with The Food Depot and the small part we are able to play in improving the lives of our neighbors in need.
It's easy! Enroll on-line, shop at Smith's using your Rewards Card and earn money for El Rancho de las Golondrinas!
Smith's is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year local schools, churches, and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Smith's Community Rewards.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas has registered with Smith's Community Rewards. Our unique nonprofit organization number is 59955. Now you can link your Smith's Reward Card to El Rancho de las Golondrinas at SmithsCommunityRewards.com. Purchases you make using your linked Rewards Cards will support the Ranch.
There is no cost to enroll for Smith's Customers and enrollment does not effect your fuel points or coupon discounts. Simply go to SmithsCommunityRewards.com and click on "Register" then use our name and organization number to link your Smith's Reward Card. Each time you shop at Smith's and use your Reward Card, El Rancho de las Golondrinas automatically starts earning money from Smith's. Purchases will count towards El Rancho de las Golondrinas' total only AFTER you register your Smith's Reward Card on-line.
If you do not have access to the on-line sign-up method, forms are available at the Money Services Booth at any Smith's Food and Drug store.
Today, as part of The Kroger Co. Family of Stores, Smith's contributes more than $10 million annually in funds, food and products to support local communities. And now Smith's will pay up to $375,000 per quarter ($1.5 million annually) to participating organizations based on their percentage of the total spending of all participating Smith's Community Rewards Organizations.
If you don't have a Smith's Reward Card but want to get one, there is no charge. Simply go to Smith'sRewardCard.com and sign up by creating an account. Then don't forget to follow the instructions above to link your card to El Rancho de las Golondrinas.
Your Rewards Card can be linked to only one organization at a time and you will need to re-register each year. Enrollment is open year-round, with donations restarting on January 1 each year for current an new supporters.
The Smith's Community Rewards Program was designed to be the easiest fundraising program in town -- simply swipe your Rewards Card!
STEP UP TO NARM
If you are a current member of Los Amigos del Museo at the Individual, Family/Grandparents or Sustaining levels, consider stepping up to the Supporting level, $100 per year, and one of your additional benefits will be a complimentary membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association which grants you free admission and discounts at more than 800 cultural institutions in all 50 states!
Where do you want to go today? The North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association is one of the largest reciprocal membership programs in the world! NARM has over 800 arts, cultural and historical institutions along with botanical gardens, children's museums, science and technology centers and more that offer their individual NARM qualified members reciprocal benefits.
Members at the NARM level enjoy access to over 800 arts/cultural institutions throughout North America -- countries currently participating in NARM include Bermuda, Canada, El Salvador and the United States; access to institutions that specialize in areas that they enjoy, i.e., Asian Art, Modern Art, Cartoon Art, etc.; access to NARM's map with all the NARM participating institutions where they may take a virtual tour of museums of their choice through the Internet; member discounts at other NARM member institutions' shops; access to visit as often as they like without worrying about admission fees; member discounts on ticketed events; and the knowledge that they are supporting their local arts/cultural institution.
Visit NARM's map to discover all the places where you will be teated as a member. Click and go to any institution and enjoy a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home, then plan your trip and visit at your leisure. Just visit: http://narmassociation.org
NARM is great when traveling and the single best gift for appreciators of art to discover museums in North America. Consider an upgrade to your membership today to get all these great NARM benefits!
JOHN T. MIDYETTE III 1942-2016
John Midyette III
Former Board of Director member and long-time supporter of El Rancho de las Golondrinas, John T. Midyette III, passed away on December 23, 2016.
John was born in Farmville, VA on June 30, 1942, the first child of John T. Midyette Jr. and Joan Nold Midyette. He spent his childhood in Connecticut and New York, surrounded by the performing arts. His sister, Judy, was an actress.
John landed in Santa Fe in a snow storm on a trip to California one night in 1962 and discovered after a three week stay that there was a magic in Santa Fe. For the next four years, he drove back and forth between Santa Fe and New Orleans so often and so fast he was nicknamed "the Mexican Flash."
He graduated from Tulane in 1967 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. John then settled in Santa Fe, was Project Captain and Designer for the Santa Fe Opera Pavilion, opened his own firm in 1970 and over the next 45 years, secured a nationwide reputation as a first rate Santa Fe Style architect. We all know the great work he accomplished in Santa Fe. Just look around and you will see a Midyette designed home or a Midyette designed office building (hint: look for the ox-eye).
John loved a lot of things: travel, a great party, architectural antiques, and fine wine, but most of all he loved his wife Brenda, his family, his many fur friends and his human friends.
He assisted Las Golondrinas on countless projects over the years and always gave us discounted prices. Just look around and you will see John's design in every modern building on the upper Ranch. He will be missed.
So the next time you are having a drink, raise your glass and toast the life and memory of your friend and ours, John Midyette.
OBJECT OF THE MONTH
The object pictured here is an aparejo. Aparejos are pack pad saddles that go over the backs of donkeys and mules to form the base of the packing system, and protect the animal from injury. This particular aparejo is from the mid to late 1800s; it even still has the grass inside of it that was used as cushioning!
Large atajos (caravans) of pack mules and donkeys would travel the Camino Real carrying goods, and in the 19th century would travel west to California and as far north as Wyoming. Arriéros (muleteers) were responsible for packing and taking care of the animals, and controlled inland pack transportation in New Mexico. The caravans would be punctuated by the exclamation of the arriéros to their animals, "Arré!" In fact, the term arriéro comes from the Arabic word arré, which means "get along."
This entire system of packing was passed on to the Spanish from the Moors of North Africa, was a guild-controlled profession in Spain, and was a very common sight in New Mexico right up to the Territorial Period.
Daniel Goodman, Director of Education and Collections
VOLUNTEERING IS FUN!
This month's "Volunteering is Fun" article comes from Dee Anaya.
"My name is Dee Anaya. I am mother to Pierce (6) and Stellabelle (1). My family and I have been going to Las Golondrinas for 8 years. It is one of our sacred spots, where we walk, talk and spend quality time together.
We began volunteering in June of 2016. We enjoy having access to knowledgeable staff and the history of New Mexico at our fingertips. The experiences my children are able to have while at the Ranch are priceless. Whether it is learning about animal tracks and archery from Steve Dixon, or carding and spinning wool from Patricia Tucker, the children are always very engaged and talk about their experiences at home or to anyone who will listen.
We are a homeschooling family as well. I cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for the built-in lessons we receive from each volunteer or staff member we encounter. There is no other place in town that my children feel more safe to roam and learn.
Pierce has made a special Golondrinas song that he sings every time we approach and see the Ranch from the road. 'Golondrinas is my favorite place EVER!' he says.
Our lives are more enlivened because of El Rancho de las Golondrinas and we couldn't be prouder to be a part of something so special. Our favorite place(s) to volunteer is with the weavers and archery. We look forward to our next year of volunteering!