News & Some Pics from 12/9

NOTE FROM HOPE: Looks like we are getting filled up with RSVP’s really quickly these days. The 12/9 party was booked in 4 days after the invitation went out. So keep your eyes peeled and if you’re not on the newsletter list, go here right away to sign up. (Notice of the 1/20/2019 event at Elaine and Art Kaiser’s home should be coming out soon.) I understand that some of you didn’t hear back from me after you RSVP’d and I’m creating fail safes for that. Sorry!

Nicky and Debbie

Another fun Savor Eldorado happened on 12/9. Nicky and Ian Lambden were superb hosts who prepped their home beautifully for the 40-odd guests that showed up, helped by their generous guests from Las Cruces, Debbie and Mike. Thank you to all who attended, bought raffle tickets and offered up delicious food, libations and fun!

Dreams of Turtle Island cp
Dawn Dark Mountain Artwork

Dawn Dark Mountain did a beautiful job displaying and sharing her artwork. If you loved her work, as I did, please contact her via her Facebook Page or her website and buy some of her pieces. They are perfect holiday gifts!

kirk and sandra
Kirk Kadish and Sandra McKnight

Sandra McKnight sang her heart out with excellent piano accompaniment by Kirk Kadish who enjoyed Nicky and Ian’s Baldwin baby grand.

Thanks to the many of you helped out that day, including Cymantha Higgins who showed up early to volunteer. Mari Clements also helped out, and, apparently for her efforts, won the $100 raffle! Speaking of volunteers, we need a chair-master. A very kind Anita Shultz has been housing our four boxes of 4 folding chairs each in her garage. I’ve been picking them up and dropping them off. Is there anyone out there with space for the chairs and interest in delivering and picking them up? Call Hope at 505-920-2256 or use the contact form. Thank you!

Kay Castelle and Gary Stoller were again our trusty raffle-masters, taking in more than enough to pay the musicians. We’re $68 in the black! I’m thrilled to announce that Kay and Gary have offered to be the treasurers for Savor Eldorado. We are making plans to save enough money to follow in the footsteps of the Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association and start giving away excess cash donations locally to:

  • El Dorado Fire & Rescue
  • Vista Grande Public Library
  • Ken & Patty Adams Senior Center
  • Santa Fe Search & Rescue
  • El Dorado school Art Department


The below pics were taken mostly by Kay Castelle and Jan Burke. Thank you!

Savor 12/9 is booked up!

Dreams of Turtle Island cpThanks to all who RSVP’d. We are booked up for 12/9. This is happening faster and faster. Keep an eye out for invitations to the January 20 event. 

What fun we had on 11/18 at Evie Gauthier’s house! Thanks again to all who participated. Now it’s time to RSVP for the upcoming Savor Eldorado event at Nicky and Ian Lambden’s house, on Sunday 12/9 from 3pm to 6pm. We will be entertained by singer Sandra McKnight and keyboardist Kirk Kadish. will play Nicky and Ian’s baby grand piano! Dawn Dark Mountain will share her art, some of which is shown below.

RAFFLE: Every $10 suggested donation gets 2 raffle tickets, making you eligible to win a $100 bill. The drawing will be held at about 5:30 pm. Must be present to win.

Dawn Dark Mountain is an Oneida Indian artist originally from Wisconsin specializing in watercolors based on Woodland American Indian subject matter and culture. She will be offering a selection of original watercolors, prints, and cards, including the pieces below.

Some Pics from 11/18

What a WONDERFUL afternoon we had. Thanks so much to:

  • All of you who attended, bought raffle tickets and brought yummy wine and food!
  • Evie Gauthier for opening her home and sharing her wearable art and jewelry.
  • Kim Crickard and Gila Joy Pascale for sharing their awesome art. Please visit their studios to contact them & make purchases!
  • Chris Harrell for playing and letting me sit in. So FUN!
  • Kay and Gary for collecting Raffle money, handing out tickets and name tags. We made enough to pay for Chris’s music and next month’s $100 raffle, as well as about $30 extra. Thanks also to Kay for taking photos (below). Thanks to everyone who helped set up and break down.

Please save the date: December 9 Savor Eldorado at Nicky Lambden’s house.

Savor event on 11/18 – Booked up!


Thanks for all your RSVPs. We are Filled up! Stay tuned for December 9!

Time for the next event! From 3pm to 6pm on Sunday 11/8, Evie Gauthier will open her home and share her lovely jewelry and wearable art. As president of the Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association (which produces the largest studio tour in the state), Evie is well-connected with local artists and is welcoming Savor founder Gila Joy Pascal and Kim Crickard to share the spotlight. See their work below.

Our musician will be folk singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Harrell who is letting me sit in on the flute. Chris produced the very fun James Taylor Tribute Evening on November 4 at La Tienda Eldorado, to an overflowing standing room only crowd! Chris has 2 sides to his music. His original “Rhythms of Enchantment” label showcases his tunes about New Mexico. On the flip side, his alter-ego is “Curious Chris, The Singing Scientist,” who infuses original science songs with interactive science demos for kids. Chris often plays at the Eldorado Upper Crust. I’ve asked him to do at least one set of his Eldorado tunes for our enjoyment.

RAFFLE: Every $10 suggested donation gets 2 raffle tickets, making you eligible to win a $100 bill. The drawing will be held at about 5:30 pm. Must be present to win. We are hoping to sell 25 tickets which will set us up for next months raffle as well as compensating the musician, AND maybe cover some promotional magnets for Savor.

These pieces will be for sale at the event:



A Few Pics from 10/28 at the Weissman’s

chairs all set up
Look how Al & Donna prepared!

First things first: Save this date for the next Savor Eldorado at Evie Gauthier’s: 11/18. More about this soon.

What an amazing day we had on Sunday! The weather was perfect. Donna and Al were organized to a T! By the time I got there an hour early, everything was completely and beautifully set up and really there was nothing to do. Al kindly collected money and distributed raffle tickets with their friend Dave. Our 60-odd attendees donated a total of $235 which meant we could pay Chris Ishee who played beautifully and kindly let me sit in on the flute. (FYI – I’ll play at Upper Crust Eldorado this Friday 11/2 from 5:30-8:30  with guitarist singer Jim Harlan). After socking away a hundred for the next raffle, we will have $35 left over which is great. Thanks to all who came and brought amazing food and drink and who enjoyed this lovely party. Congrats to Gregory Frank Harris who sold two of his paintings at the event, included in the photos below. Thanks to Donna Boggins for going the extra mile and taking these shots.

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