Around noon on a clear, chilly December day, Steve Schmidt stands in front of
his custom-built barbecue smoker in an empty lot on Cerrillos Road,
country music playing from a small radio, the aroma of meat and hickory
smoke filling the air.
Back in February, after the legislative session, Gov. Susana Martinez publicly excoriated lawmakers for requesting state funds for “wasteful pork.” She called out a few projects in particular—including the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, which had requested $201,000 for construction and improvements. In March, she vetoed the funding.
It’s December, which means holiday party season is officially upon us—and while it’s perfectly acceptable (or should be) to give the gift of a few cocktails at your giftee’s favorite watering hole, most parties call for a bit more formal, sharable take on presents.
On a recent Saturday, local potter Rusty Spicer was outside Santa Fe Clay, selling his beautiful ceramic bowls. Spicer recounted a story of a woman who bought one for her daughter, who lived in Paris. One day, the daughter returned to Santa Fe and found Spicer.