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Festival: El Rancho de las Golondrinas hosts the 10th annual Herb and Lavender Fair

By Jennifer Garcia

Anyone that’s visited Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe knows that it’s steeped in history.
In addition to educating visitors about Spanish Colonial ways of life, the living museum also offers various festivals and events throughout the year. One of the museum’s regular events is the Herb and Lavender Fair. This year, will mark its 10th year and will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The fair provides visitors with the opportunity to listen to Marimba and Flamenco music while celebrating their love of herbs and lavender. In addition, there will also be tours of the Las Golondrinas herb gardens, arts and crafts vendors and lavender crafts vendors.
Those seeking advice about herbs can visit with the curandera, or traditional herbalist. Visitors will also be treated to lemonade, bread and jelly, all containing lavender. They can also make their own lavender wand with Eddie the Lavender Guy. The festival will also offer presentations about lavender’s healing properties and there will be demonstrations on how to make soap and distill lavender.
Monique Gutierrez will give a talk on encerrados (salves) and essential oils, while Wendy Crockett of Sweetwater Herbs will talk about aromatherapy. Roger Inman of Purple Adobe Lavender Farms will give a presentation on distilling lavender, while Rosemary Litz from For the Love of Lavender, will demonstrate how to make lavender-filled coffee cosies and sewing pin cushions. The demonstrations continue with Dennis Kanely of Frolicking Deer Lavender Farms’ presentation on harvesting lavender. Kelle Vort, a licensed and registered dietitian, will talk about the health benefits of lavender.
Adults and kids alike can take a wagon ride from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., while the Kumusha Marimba Ensemble entertains the crowds from noon-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Jaime Martinez will play Flamenco guitar from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday.


Herb and Lavender Fair schedule

Lectures and demonstrations
 in the Education Center

10-10:45 a.m.: “Encerrados (salves) and Essential Oils” with Monique Gutierrez, Essentials by Monique
11-11:45 a.m.: “Aromatherapy” with Wendy Crocket, Sweetwater Herbs
Noon-12:45 p.m.: “Distilling lavender”with Roger Inman, Purple Adobe Lavender Farms
1-1:45 p.m.: “How to make lavender filled coffee cosies and sewing pin cushions” with Rosemary Litz, For the Love of Lavender
2-2:45 p.m.: “Harvesting Lavender” with Dennis Kanely, Frolicking Deer Lavender Farms
3-3:45 p.m.: “Health Benefits of Lavender” with Kelle Vort, registered and licensed dietitian
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Make a lavender wand with Eddie the Lavender Guy
10:30-11 a.m.: Learn about herb harvesting and prepartion with Elizabeth McClaughlin, Herb Expert
11-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m.: Tours of the Las Golondrinas Herb Gardens
• Taste fresh bread from the horno (lavender bread and lavender jelly on Saturday)
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Wagon rides
• Visit with a curandera (traditional healer/herbalist)
Live music
Noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday: Kumusha Marimba Ensemble
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday: Jaime Martinez, Flamenco guitar
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nana’s New Mexican Foods, plus lavender lemonade from Wildcat Lavender
Admission for the fair is $8 for adults, $5 for teens and seniors 62 and older; and children 12 and younger are admitted for free.
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas is located at 334 Los Pinos Road. Take Exit 276 off I-25 and follow the Las Golondrinas signs. For more information, visit golondrinas.org or call 471-2261.