El Camino Real International Heritage Center celebrates five years
The public is invited to celebrate El Camino Real International Heritage Center’s fifth birthday celebration this Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is the fifth birthday celebration of the center and the 412th birthday of the historic trail. Admission to the monument, museum, and activities will be free throughout the day.
La Sociedad de La Entrada, Spanish soldiers and colonists in period dress, will demonstrate life in 1600′s New Mexico. The Van of Enchantment traveling museum, the NRAO/VLA solar telescope display, flute players from Jemez and Coronado State Monuments, and horno baking by soldier re-enactors from Fort Selden are among the ongoing activities throughout the day. Making “Old World” corn husk dolls and traditional Spanish games will be provided for the children, courtesy of Las Golondrinas living history museum.
The birthday “fiesta,” from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., includes birthday cake, horno baked bread and music by Bernie Romero and band. A vendor will also be available for additional food and drink.
Hal Jackson, author of “Following the Royal Road,” will give a slide presentation on the trail through Mexico to Santa Fe at 1 p.m. Then at 2:30 p.m., an old Spanish dance performance, by La Sociedad Colonial Espanola de Santa Fe, from the Pecos valley, will present traditional 17th century folklorico dances and music.
The city of Socorro will be providing a shuttle van to the Center for those needing transportation. Call 575-835-1501 for reservations.
For more information on the birthday celebration, call 575-854-3600, or visit www.elcaminoreal.org for the schedule of events.