I mentioned in a previous post that there were a lot of museums in Santa Fe
and this one came highly recommended. It may not be for everyone, but we sure had fun. We were not sure if we were there to see art exhibits,to enjoy a theme park or if we had landed on a movie set. You just need to go.
The entire place is constructed inside a old bowling alley building, so it is quite large. The first thing you come to looks like a normal Victorian House.
but when you enter you notice people are crawling into the fireplace.
which takes you into the rib cage of a dinosaur... where you can play music.
Meanwhile back in the kitchen, it appears that Tom is helping himself to a snack...when in reality
it is a doorway into a submarine.
By now you may have realized that nothing is as it seems. Yep...you climb into the dryer where you slide down a chute and find yourself somewhere else.
Like this colorful hallway
It isn't long before you find yourself having fun in this 20,000 square foot interactive art extravaganza!!
So if you are in Santa Fe don't miss Meow Wolf. It may not be your cup of tea, but your children and grandchildren will love it.
I have talked many times on this blog about our fun little movie theater that show first run movies on the weekends, and vintage movies on Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Well, this was the parking lot of the movie theater last night. They were showing the old original movie True Grit starring John Wayne, and this group of local adults (sic) were obviously getting into the spirit of it.
The final house on our Vintage Home Tour (see two previous posts), sits on a hill at the south end of downtown.
Finished in 1883...this is what it looked like in the 1940's, but don't let it's rundown state confuse you. When it was completed in the later part of the nineteenth century ..it was a mansion to behold. The most expensive construction of a family home to date (1883)...coming in at a whopping $4,000 dollars. The man who started it was a mine owner in addition to owning a furniture store, a liquor store, and numerous acres of land, but I guess anyone can fall on hard times. His economic slump led to great financial loss aggravated by alcoholism and a bit of insanity. He was last seem running screaming to a mountaintop where he was never seen again. ...well, until his body was found ten years plus. The home was finally completed though,
and regained it's status as the mansion on the hill. A subsequent owner added the Mansard roof which made space for many more rooms in the house. An early twentieth century owner, who had an upper mountain ranch , used this home during the winter so their children could be close to school.
Like most everyone in our town, the home owners had a beautiful view of the mountains.
This concludes our home tour until next summer.
Stay tuned for another annual event!.
The second home on our tour was probably my favorite, mainly due to my love of history. I warn you...you may find this lengthy!
This little odd shaped cottage built in 1897 has had some additions...but has remained in the same family over the years. The lady in the checked shirt, who is in her 70th decade, spends the summers with her husband in what was her grandmother's house. Although the family goes back beyond her grandmother in this little mountain town.
Meet her great grandmother Emma. Emma arrived in Lake City, Co from Missouri in 1880 with her small son from a previous marriage. In 1881 Emma, who was virtually deaf from a bout with the measles as a teenager, married German Immigrant Herman Mayer in 1881. They had two daughters. The oldest also named Emma.
This is the Emma whose house we toured. As I said, her granddaughter Donna lives in the house now. Donna explained how the house served as the office for Lake City's first tourist cabins.
Donna's grandmother (Emma) had only one daughter. Since the house only had one bedroom at the time. Donna's Mother slept on a bed in the dining room that was hidden in this dresser. Yes, it was probably a forerunner to the Murphy Bed.
This was grandma Emma's bedroom. Donna and her husband have lovingly kept things as they were.
Although, since Donna has a large family they converted the attic into a bunkhouse of sorts, with cozy colorful alcoves.
I especially liked the bathroom with it's stained glass windows
and bright red towels hanging on tree branches.
The large backyard has not changed at all either. I think most of you know what this is.
There were numerous out building all in their original state.
Tomorrow this third house that was the most expensive house of it's time 1883
I help with the home tours in this little town. We had the modern home tour last week and sorry..I didn't even take a picture....but I made up for it this week when we had the Vintage Home Tour.
The first home on the tour was a Queen Anne style completed in 1902 by a butcher shop owner who built it as a rental property.
The current owners, who use it as a summer cottage, have owned it for four years and named it Lavender Cottage. They have been tirelessly restoring it.
I was tickled that the home owner got in the spirit of things and dressed for the occasion!
We had a nice sized turn out, between 40 and 50 people. We always gather out in front and our local historian Grant tells us the history of the home. He by the way is a gifted storyteller.
I apologize for not getting very many pictures. Like the sweet front parlor with it's orginal floors and the cheerful kitchen. I did get a picture of the only bedroom.There were two bedrooms, but that was before indoor bathrooms ...so the back bedroom was made into a bath.
The bedroom did not have a closet. The owners built this closet which I think looks like it has been there all along.
There was a lot of attention to detail
The new bathroom was certainly cute with it's claw footed tub
and there was great tiled shower.
There was even an extra tub in the backyard...used as a planter. There was also an out building that was built to be guest quarters.
Tomorrow I will show you the second house which was built in 1903.
How could one persons life be so different from winter to summer? Well stick around and see. I live in a cosmopolitan city half of the year and then head to a tiny town in the mountains the other half.....a place full of interesting people, beautiful scenery, wild animals......and great adventures!