TAOS – The beauty and magic of Taos will sparkle as galleries, studios, merchants and museums collaborate for Lighting Ledoux on Dec. 8. The event is a time for friends and family of all ages to explore historic Ledoux Street in the heart of downtown Taos.
Museums, galleries, businesses and artist studios will open their doors and courtyards to the public with music, refreshments, entertainment, activities and other surprises. Farolitos will line the street and courtyards.
Traditional and contemporary music will be performed while guests sample homemade cookies, hot cider and other refreshments. The unique character and beauty of Taos’ winding streets, adobe buildings, courtyards, nooks and crannies will be transformed by a thousand glowing lights. Piñon fires will crackle as sparks fly into the crisp winter air. Lighting Ledoux event goers will become part of the song and cheer of an authentic community event.
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WHAT: Lighting Ledoux
WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8
WHERE: Ledoux Street, downtown Taos
HOW MUCH: Free
Lighting Ledoux celebrates 15 years of ringing in the holiday season. The parade down Ledoux is led by Maria, the 1935 Town of Taos Fire Department truck. The interactive candle lit procession and community parade starts at 5 p.m. Father Winter will be hitching a ride on Maria, en route to the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St., where he will have a sack full of presents for all children.
Other special highlights of Lighting Ledoux include refreshments at Jackies Trading Post, special one-night prices at Andean Software and an opening exhibition of the visionary paintings of Suzanne Vandeboom at Vandeboom Fine Art.
Stella’s Italian Restaurant will offer discounts. There will be entertainment at Shree Yoga, discounts and giveaways at R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery and traditional music and treats at Inger Jirby Gallery.
The E.L. Blumenschein Home & Museum will have bonfire in its courtyard and music will be performed by Audry Davis and Johnny Archuleta in the gift shop. There also will be an exhibition at the Blumenschein East Studio by students of Rich Nichols. The Merry Heart Gallery, the newest business on Ledoux, will host a grand opening.
There will be weaving and felting demonstrations at Taos Fiber Arts. Taos Art Supply will have a fire ring and popcorn. Salon Marjorie will offer discounts on its products and makeup artists will be in the salon on hand for makeovers. David Borenstein’s Renaissance Gallery will present native flute and flamenco music.
The Harwood Museum of Art will feature a demonstration by glass artist Ira Luhan. The Taos Gospel Choir will perform at the Harwood Museum of Art as well. All galleries at the Harwood will be open and there will be activities for kids in the Fern Hogue Mitchell Education Center.
The evening wraps up at ReNeux with the Runway Vigilante Design group, an art nouveau inspired collection on the runway. The fashion show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.
For more information call Lucy Perea at the Harwood Museum, 505-758-9826, ext. 105, or go to www.harwoodmuseum.org.