Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall Becomes Winter

by Wolf Schneider

Purple-blooming cabbage outside Agua Fria Nursery

Fall is turning to winter in Santa Fe. Aspen leaves are browning and there are glorious purple-flowering cabbages – – a fall/winter outdoors plant – – looking profuse and gorgeous outside Agua Fria Nursery. At the Santa Fe Farmers Market, there’s pumpkin pie chevre from The Old Windmill Dairy. With bracing temperatures ranging from the 20s at night to the 40s during the day, Santa Fe is hopping.

A big, big welcome to Santa Fe Studios, which opened this week with 175 people at the ribbon-cutting, complete with mariachis and a champagne buffet. The first phase has opened with two 18,000 sq. ft. soundstages and 24,000 sq. ft. of production offices. Studio representatives from Warner Bros., ABC, Fox and Sony were on hand for the opening, according to The Santa Fe New Mexican. We’re glad to have Lance, Jason, and Conrad Hool here bringing more filmmaking!

The Tony Hillerman Writers Conference is taking place at the Hotel Santa Fe from November 10-12. It kicks off with a writing workshop with the vivacious mystery writer Sandi Ault. Other highlights include a panel on Building Tension with the talented Jo-Ann Mapson, the lively sounding Friday night Flash Critiques with David Morrell and Ault, and Saturday’s seminar on Queries to Seduce an Editor/Agent. Day passes are available (

Wolf Schneider has been editor in chief of the Santa Fean, editor of Living West, consulting editor of Southwest Art, and also blogs at

Photographer: David Alfaya, Taken in Artist Studio: Gregory Lomayesva