Saturday, July 22, 2017

Flamenco! The Dance...................

I really didn't know much about Flamenco, the dance.  Oh, I've seen it performed but the history was totally off my radar until the visit to Santa Fe's International Folk Art Museum--the display was awesome!  Costumes galore............

"The art form developed over several centuries from Gypsy, Moorish, Andalusian, and other roots. Flamenco music and dance became popular in the early 19th century as café entertainment.
Canto (“song”) is the core of flamenco, and like baile (“dance”), it has three forms: grande or hondo (“grand” or “deep”), intense, profound songs, tragic in tone, and imbued with duende, the transformation of the musician by the depth of the emotion; intermedio (“intermediate”), moderately serious, the music sometimes Oriental-sounding; and pequeño (“small”), light songs of exuberance, love, and nature."
Flamenco is danced around the world--here is silk dress from

Would love to see this dress in action!

Madrid Span dress 1970-1980

Madrid, 1965--bought to New Mexico to wear at
New Mexico venues and the first year of the
New Mexico Festival Flamenco International

Variety of costumes worn by men and women

This is one of the costumes that Maria Benitez would
wear in her exciting dances--A native New Mexican, Benítez is best known for the work of the company she and her husband Cecilio founded and direct, Teatro Flamenco.

I love the detail on the dresses

especially the crocheted collar

Just imagine the sway of this skirt--
Feria Dress, Seville, Spain, 2011
The small shawl is cotton dated 2014 from Seville also

Towards the middle of the nineteenth century, various agricultural fairs took place around the city of Seville and many gypsy farmers wives began attending these fairs wearing handmade dresses which they had crafted from old, everyday clothes. They were often adorned with ruffles and frills in order to make the simple fabrics more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. 
During the Seville Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, members and representatives of high society attended the event wearing the traje de Sevillana (pronounced tra-hey), and thus, the dress received its first official recognition.
From that time, the popularity of the dress began to spread outside the borders of the region, eventually becoming a truly distinctive element of Andalusian culture. Maintaining its most recognisable features (fitting, cut, and accessories), the dress has accompanied the evolution of the regional flamenco tradition and has spread even further, both nationally and internationally.

The mantón or shawl is the most spectacular part of the Flamenco costume.  The shawls’ vibrant colors and exuberant designs exude the culture of Andalusia and give an extra outlet to your interpretative potential:  In your hands, the mantón opens new vistas of sensational dance movement.
The Spanish mantón is actually a square piece of cloth, hand-embroidered through and through by women who live in Seville and have over 50 years of experience in crafting hand-made shawls. All of the Flamencista Shawl Collection is made from the finest materials available. All of the shawls, the product of exquisite haute-couture craftsmanship, are hand-sewn and hand-embroidered in the capital of Andalusia. 
In 1808 the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's forces
prompted anti French sentiment.  The resistance to all things French led 
to an enthusiasm for regional Spanish folk culture.
Traditional dress, once considered the purview of farmers and
peasants, became the fashion among the elites of urban society.
This same style of dress became the style worn for village
fiestas and was eventually adopted for the stage.
Handed down from generation to generation, flamenco was
originally performed within families or communities or
Gitano (Spanish Romany) origin in southern Spain. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

I See Circles!

Do you ever take the time to view the designs in everyday life?  Yesterday I was thinking about all the circles that are in the kitchen--stove top burner circles, pots, lids, benches, cups, glasses (hard to drink out of something not round!), bottle tops, etc. etc. etc.

Then I open my blogger feed and see more circles!!  This time on a quilt--and it is free!
A Bright Corner features this circle quilt for your sewing pleasure--
and then I find this Cheerio Quilt-- more circles by Missouri Star!

So, don't be like me--going around in circles to find the right pattern to sit down and sew!  Just do it!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Traveling Knits.....................

Antirrhinum socks

With all my might, body and soul, I'm trying to keep up with the Year of Techniques challenge--so far, I only skipped one month and that was May with the cute little mouse--someday, I might go back and knit up that fellow.  The socks are July's challenge and learning event.  I'm very familiar with socks so this lesson was on knitting a heel flap--no problem with me.  There are great step by step videos to help you through knitting a heel flap if you find that a task.    The yarns are yummy for these socks--

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On The Road Again............

Time to head back south--we visited in Denver; enjoyed an early birthday dinner with our daughter at her favorite restaurant--but now, it's on the road again--as we sing Willie Nelson's song--

See you down the road!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day #2--All About Sweets!

Here we come to another wonderful day in the mountains and an enjoyable wine seminar--educational and a treat for the body!!

Topic: “Prosecco & Pancakes”
Let's begin with a sparkling morning brunch experience with delicious Ruffino Prosecco cocktails featuring a unique mix of pancakes, toppings and classic breakfast sides.  
This is one of the fun events at the festival!  Lots of good food!  And afterwards, we can sit or dance to the jazz music! 

Pancake and Ruffino Prosecco Pairings:
• Buttermilk Pancake with homemade hazelnut spread and mango puree. Paired with Prosecco and Chocolate Liqueur.
• Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pancake with Pomegranate syrup, candied nuts and cinnamon butter. Gluten Free! Paired with Orange and Pomegranate Prosecco.
• Baked Apple Pie Pancake with cooked apples, cinnamon sugar and spices, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Paired with Lemon Ginger Prosecco.
• Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes with caramelized pineapple chunks, house made vanilla crème anglaise and cinnamon butter. Paired with Pineapple Party Punch.

Afternoon Topic: “Willy Wonka’s Wild Wine Ride” 
The following wines will be available for this seminar:
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, NZ
Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling – Columbia Valley, WA
Popcorn Chardonnay – CA
Martin Ray Pinot Noir – Sonoma County, CA
Edmeades Zinfandel – Mendocino, CA

Monday, July 17, 2017

What A Treat!

How exciting!  Our daughter came to join us for a couple of days--!
We took a walk to River Run Plaza across the bridge

Gondolas swept by us heading to the top of the mountain 

In the afternoon we walked through Dillon Farmer's market  where
we bought lots of goodies--like this smoked salmon.

and in the evening we watched the sunset from our condo deck--
it was great to share with our daughter--now, she heads back
to the big city to begin another work week.
But we continue to Chill in the mountains!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Keystone Arrival!

Here we are!  Cool mountain air! and a View!  We're here for the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival--we attend the seminars and avoid the tastings set up in River Run plaza.  This is our ### year to attend--!  we could take advantage of all the tastings that surround us in the courtyard, but, we decide to partake in the four seminars--two that are featured each day.
The view from our condo's deck.
How about open doors and windows to enjoy the cool fresh air!

First Seminar here we come:
“War of the Roses” It’s not just White Zinfandel anymore. Wines described as magenta, rose, salmon, blush, fuchsia, watermelon or coral can be dry, sparkling, crisp and refreshing…a perfect combination for a hot summer day or leisurely afternoon on a patio. Rosé is now a serious wine, made from many different grape varieties and countries. 
  • The following wines featured for this seminar:
    Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah, Colchagua Valley- Chile
    Kim Crawford Rosé, Hawkes Bay- New Zealand
    Marques de Caceres Rosé, Rioja- Spain
    Guigial Rosé, Côtes du Rhône- France
    Chateau Miraval Rosé, Côtes de Provence- France
    Planeta Rosé, Sicily- Italy
    Klinker Brick “Bricks and Roses” Rosé, Lodi-California
    La Crema Rosé, Monterey-California
  • Second Seminar “Say Cheese (and Wine) – Finding the Perfect Cheese for your Wine”
    Each texture, flavor, ripeness, and even firmness of cheese classification generates a unique catalyst effect – and when strategically joined with the proper varietal – results in an optimal fusion. 
    The following wines featured at this seminar:
    Ladoucette Deux Tours Sauvignon Blanc
    Gary Farrell Chardonnay
    Bouvet Brut NV
    SA Prum Riesling
    Fonseca Port NV
    Smith & Hook Cabernet