Greetings from Anna’s Home and Garden!
It has been quite a busy time of hammering, painting, setting things up and taking things down and almost forgetting that we’ve been having some quiet, magnificent, soaking rains.
None of us can get enough of it, and breathing the early morning moisture brings back the lushness of the times when water seemed more plentiful and the coolness of the shade stretched far beyond adobe walls and kitchen screen doors.
Please come and visit when we open on Saturday, March 15, and soak up some fresh morning delight with our colorful Brazilian hammocks (Yes, you can try them out!), sustainable Eucalyptus patio chairs, East Indian baskets, charming old world Mexican pottery and vases, bird baths, multi-colored hose sprayers, organic soil amendments, BBB seeds, High Country cacti and Agave, Black Gold seedling and potting soils, frost cloth, walls of water and tools. We will be adding to our initial inventory a little bit later in the month. This will include rain barrels, raised beds, springtime hanging baskets, veggie starters and organic herbs.
We want your gardening and conservation efforts to be both rewarding and beautiful. Please ask us questions, especially if you are new to gardening or new to the area. If we don’t know the answer, we will find someone who does.
Also, ask us about our mailing list and calendar of free educational events that will start on occasional Saturdays with local master gardeners and other related specialists. Bring your requests and suggestions so that we can serve you, our community, in the best way possible. We look forward to getting to know you!
INEQUALITY FOR ALL
FREE SCREENING on Thursday February 27 at 7 PM
Please consider joining thousands of others across the country to attend a free screening of INEQUALITY FOR ALL at 7PM on Thursday February 27 at the Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado. In the film Berkley professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich makes an eloquent and impassioned argument about how the devastating effects of America’s widening income inequality not only threaten the middle class but also the very foundation of democracy itself.
Sponsored by Organizing for America and the Democratic Party in Eldorado.
REEL NEW MEXICO Opens its THIRD SEASON with ”HOMESICK”
On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday all winter clothes and accessories at Utopia are 40% off. Destiny’s going to Las Vegas to buy the spring line and needs to make room for what she’s bringing back. Take advantage and own that item you’ve been coveting!
Utopia is thrilled to be featuring artists Pennie McBride and Marlene Bolotsky for a very special pre-Valentine’s Day event. We hope you will join us on Saturday, February 8 from 4 to 6 pm.
Carla Pennie McBride Artist Statement:
Nature stirs my imagination. I am both a collector of natural artifacts and an observer of the natural world, I seek to explore the beauty and delicacy of nature, translating the delicate patterns I see into the work I create.
I love to experiment and push the boundaries of contemporary jewelry making. In my most recent work, I am drawn to the nebulous, yet static qualities of plastic resin. I freeze pieces of silver, traces of paper, leaves of gold and other minuscule fragments, capturing their essence in time. I design and individually create each element of every piece by hand and all can be rightfully considered one-of-a-kind.
Marlene Bolotsky creates unusually bold pieces enriched with ethnic origins. A piece of bone, a bit of glass, or an ancient coin enhance and highlight her elegant designs.
A Dark Literary Event
Join us Thursday, January 30 at 6 pm for an unnerving look at human nature. Authors Lucy Taylor, Diane Thomas, and Destiny Allison will read from their new novels, chill a January night, and enliven the hearts and minds of a riveted audience. This FREE reading is not for the faint of heart.
Lucy Taylor is a Stoker-award winning horror and dark fantasy writer whose fiction has appeared in over a hundred anthologies. She recently relocated to Eldorado from Pismo Beach, CA. FATAL JOURNEYS is a collection of stories about travelers who venture into regions both macabre and seductive, on the earth and within the psyche.
IN WILDERNESS author Diane Thomas has an MFA from Columbia University, studied in the Creative Writing program at Georgia State University, and worked as a newspaper reporter, theatre and film critic and magazine feature writer in Atlanta, before moving to Santa Fe in 2009. Her debut novel, THE YEAR THE MUSIC CHANGED, won a coveted starred review and a “recommended for all collections” from Library Journal and has been published in Italian and Japanese.
Destiny Allison is the award winning author of SHAPING DESTINY. Her third book, BITTERROOT, was released in October, 2013. “Intense. so many twist and turns you really do not know who to trust,” says one review. “Fabulous story, expertly written and paced, very absorbing,” says another.
This event is sponsored by Utopia, The General Store for the Modern Age.
From all of us to all of you!
Thanks for making the past year so rich. We look forward to new adventures with you in the coming year! May your hearts be full, your minds calm, and your body healthy.