Last Dance for Plaza Music Nights

This was the last of the summer’s Thursday night “music in the plaza” events. When I first heard about them back in June it sounded like such a good thing, but I admit I failed to follow up, until just this last time. As it turned out the music was all Hispanic flavored and difficult for most people to dance to, so I made it a photo op and didn’t stay very long. Still the event and the plaza setting had an impressive sense of Taos community.

This youngster was really enjoying himself and the amazing face painting added to his sense of excitement and adventure for the evening. With his grandmother’s permission he posed for me to get this photo. I was told there were lots of different types of music all summer and so this evening’s focus on Hispanic music and songs, anticipated by most of the audience, was not typical.

Meanwhile all around the region we see along our roads a sage-like plant blooming: Chamisa. It seems to grow right next to the ubiquitous sage, and I suspect the less showy bloom of the sage is also happening simultaneously. I come here from sage country in Idaho and always have bad allergies from mid-August through September which I blame on sage pollen. I guess I can blame its companion, the Chamisa, too.

I spotted these pots of Chamisa for sale in the nursery section of YArt, an inspiring Taos business specializing in yard art, thus the name. I really like this Taos business and plan to blog about it sometime. I was there briefly a week ago Sunday as they were sponsoring a gathering of healers, there to give readings. Some were astrologers, some psychics or tarot card readers.

I came by to check in with my friends who offer the Oneness Blessing in Taos, Joanie and Mariah, but they were too busy to even notice me. I sometimes attend the weekly blessings and find them very helpful, especially in the way of staying calm and peaceful while meeting life’s challenges. If interested you can call Joanie, 758-2192.

And who could blog in early September and not mention Hatch chili roasting at the local grocery stores? Being a Taos newbie this is all, well, NEW to me, but I did bravely buy a little sampling of the product at Cid’s a week ago. It tasted way hotter than I was hoping, but by removing all the seeds and the roasted skin and running it under cold water for a bit, then chopping it up in tiny bits, I’ve managed to incorporate these much prized chilies into my diet.

At Smith’s one day last weekend there were people waiting for the burlap bags of chilies they had purchased to be roasted. The line of bags sitting in supermarket carts was very long and people looked like they were patiently settled in for a wait. I learned that the bag(s) of chilies are intended to last for the season. The purchasers freeze most of them for later use.

And where or what is Hatch? I’ve heard it’s a town in southern New Mexico. Get out your maps blog readers and see if you can enlighten the rest of us. All I know is the good chilies come from there and that is that.