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Wizard of Oz
“The Emerald City isn’t nearly as nice as the new Railyard Park,” Dorothy says.

Railyard grand opening

Weekend Guide to opening activities

September 11, 2008, 12:00 am

Choo-choo! OK, the train to Albuquerque isn’t running quite yet. In fact, we’ll know who the next president is and be just about to celebrate his inauguration when the train gets running. The time has come, however, to open up the Railyard in preparation. The two-day celebration of Santa Fe’s newest digs includes so much good stuff SFR decided to split it all up into an easy-to-use calendar.

Saturday, Sept. 13
Santa Fe Farmers Market
7 am-noon. Get fresh vegetables, handspun yarn and locally baked bread in the new, permanent home of the Santa Fe Farmers Market.

Railyard park and plaza
10 am-5 pm. The park is open! Park stewards are strewn about with info to help you find your way around to the various vendors and activities. Check out Wise Fool, Flowersticks, Buskers and others as they wander the park to fill in the empty spaces with performances, juggling and music.

Performance green stage at Railyard park
10 am. The Kumusha Marimba Ensemble plays traditional African instruments for a lively morning performance.
11 am. The all-volunteer Santa Fe Community Orchestra brings the high brow to the masses with classical music.
12:30 pm. Dance along with the traditional Mexican moves of Los Niños de Santa Fe.
1:30 pm. The Santa Fe Southern Railway and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express totally make out in the middle of the park during the Ceremonial Meeting of the Trains. Cute.
1:40 pm. Raise a glass (of juice, no alcohol allowed in city parks) with Mayor David Coss, Poet Laureate Valerie Martinez and a host of national and state big-wigs at the official dedication.
2:45 pm. Antonia Apodaca has seen a lot of changes in Santa Fe during her more than 80 years on the planet. She welcomes the new by squeezing her accordion and singing with Trio Jalapeño.
3:45 pm. The National Dance Institute puts on a children’s performance.
5 pm. Memphis Tenn. based blues rockers Paul Thorn Band won’t have to take a shuttle from the Sunport for its next Santa Fe gig.
7:30 pm. Classic cartoons from Looney Tunes and Chuck Jones truly make the new park a community meeting place.
8 pm. We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Oh my!

Railyard plaza stage
Noon. Fiddle, guitar and banjo fill the air with Santa Fe’s own Fast Peso String Band.
1 pm. Samba Fe is on the move with a performance/parade Brazillian-style that starts here and ends at the Performance Green Stage in Railyard Park.
2:45 pm. Akeem Ayanniyi leads African Drum Group Agalu through a bangin’ performance.
3:45 pm. Snuggle up with your honey and listen to the romantic Latin sounds of Los Tropicales.
5 pm. Southwestern honky-tonk legend Bill Hearne and his trio take the stage.
6:30-8 pm. Lumbre de Sol provides the Chicano rock ’n’ roll soundtrack to a community dance party.

Circular Ramada at Railyard Park
Noon. What’s an opening without a blessing from all of Santa Fe’s faithful?
12:30. This is it. The last tree goes in the ground, so scope out your favorite slice of shade and call dibs.

SITE Santa Fe
Noon-3 pm. Make art of your own using recycled toys in the town’s newest arts district.

Shade structure at railyard plaza
1:15-5 pm. Rev those engines and dream of being a 12-year-old boy again as you wander through a maze of cars at the Corvette Car Show.
Railway gardens at railyard park
2:30 pm. Please say there’s an Obama ’08 sticker and a copy of SFR in the time capsule!
5:30 pm. Robert Tangora leads an open Tai Chi class for anyone who needs to refocus a bit.

Children’s Play Area at Railyard Park
2:30 pm. Birds of prey fly high in The Wildlife Center’s raptor demonstration. Hide your trail mix and bacon.
2:30-5 pm. Fine Arts for Children and Teens hosts a chalk painting party. Adults who ask nice will probably get to play too.

Warehouse 21
10 am-5 pm; 7-10 pm. W21 opens up its fancy new digs for an art exhibition, live music and workshop demonstrations.

Railyard galleries
10 am-5 pm. Evo, Moss, Nussbaumer, Box, Zane Bennett and Santa Fe Clay galleries open up their doors for a mass opening in the daytime.

El Museo cultural
10 am-5 pm. Young contemporary Hispanic artists show off their work in this day-long exhibition.
Noon-5 pm. Forget the big train, it’s all about models as several of Santa Fe’s model railroad clubs show off cool miniatures.
8:30 pm. The Arden Players set the stage with Moliere’s Tartuffe.

Sunday, Sept. 14
Santa Fe Plaza (Downtown Santa Fe)
9:15 am. Ride into the Railyard in style with the Pedal Queens. After leading a two-wheeled parade, the Queens demonstrate basic bike maintenance.

New Mexico Department of Transportation (1120 Cerrillos Road)
11:40 am, Noon and 12:40 pm. All aboard for a free ride to the Railyard.

Santa Fe Southern Railway Depot
1 pm, 1:40 and 3 pm. No one wants to go home, but if you must, the train is the way to roll.

Railyard park and plaza
10 am-5 pm. Gunnysack races, a scavenger hunt, tons of vendors and wandering entertainment make this a perfect day at the park.

Performance green stage at Railyard park
10 am. Native Spirits fills the air with flute and guitar.
10:30 am. Moving People Dance has got the moves and shows them off.
11:30 am. Keep moving with members of María Benítez Institute for Spanish Arts as the young dancers demonstrate the smokin’ hot flamenco.
12:30 pm. Spanish guitars and Latin percussion from Manzanares make the afternoon sizzle.
2:15 pm. Local fave Gary Farmer and some troublemaking friends sing the blues away.
3:30 pm. Rock and country from Perfeccíon wind up the musical festivities.

Railyard plaza stage
10 am. Party with a Mariachi Fiesta!
11:30 am. The morning sizzles when Paul Rivers Bailey take the stage and belts out his R&B tunes.
1 pm. Catch the Sean Healen Band before its new album comes out and the boys leave us for the wild rock ’n’ roll life that awaits.
2:30 pm. Sol Fire outshines the sun with its Latin influenced rock.
4 pm. Rock ’n’ roll blues from the one and only Jono Manson rounds out an afternoon in the sun.

Open field at railyard park
2 pm. The Santa Fe Community College hosts a canine dance demonstration. And you thought fetch was cool.

SITE Santa Fe
Noon-3 pm. Make art of your own using recycled toys in the town’s newest arts district.

Shade structure at railyard plaza
10 am-5 pm. Take a little trip to see low-rider cars and bikes. Yeah.

Railway gardens at railyard park
10 am-5 pm. Bend that body with an all-day open yoga in the park event.

Children’s Play Area at Railyard Park
1 pm. The Santa Fe Children’s Museum hosts art-making. Hooray for creatively messy fun.
3 pm. Legendary and lauded storyteller Joe Hayes spins magical yarns.

Warehouse 21
10 am-5 pm. W21 opens up its fancy new digs for an art exhibition, live music and workshop demonstrations.

Railyard galleries
10 am-5 pm. Evo, Moss, Nussbaumer, Box, and Zane Bennett galleries open up their doors for a mass opening in the daytime.

El Museo cultural
10 am-5 pm. Young contemporary Hispanic artists show off their work in this day-long exhibition.
Noon-5 pm. Forget the big train, it’s all about models as several of Santa Fe’s model railroad clubs show off cool miniatures.
8 pm. The Arden Players set the stage with Moliere’s Tartuffe.

 

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