El Camino Real Trade Fair set to begin Friday

Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
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Apr. 8—The 1,590 miles that make up El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro is full of rich history from Mexico Cityd to Ohkay Owingeh.

Bernalillo County has partnered with city and state entities to present El Camino Real Trade Fair.

The month-long event begins on Friday, April 9 — virtually.

"The event is back after being canceled last year," said Catherine R. Lopez at the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach for Bernalillo County. "We're so excited to bring it back in 2021. Of course, we'd love to have it with an in-person audience, but having it virtual changes your audience and changes your reach mostly in good ways."

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, there will be virtual events such as Camino Cooking, which will showcase Pueblo-style cherry pies with Brenda Tafoya.

There will also be a presentation by Marlon Magdalena of Jemez Pueblo about the journeys of the Jemez people.

And a junior ranger activity presented by the National Park Service.

"We've worked with our partners in order to provide a well-rounded group of events each weekend," Lopez said.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10, Joseph P. Sánchez, will give a lectures on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro y La Ruta de Oñate.

Blacksmith Dave Sabo will give a demonstration of his craft.

The event will finish off with Teresa Salomón Salazar as she gives a lecture called "The Kitche as a Meeting of Two Worlds."

Lopez said the event videos will be premiered on the El Camino Real Trade Fair Facebook page — facebook.com/elcaminorealtradefair — at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays.

Once the videos have premiered on Facebook, the videos will also appear on an interactive digital story map. The El Camino Real Trade Fair Story Map produced by Bernalillo County is a standalone website — storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/af8dfebdfd3a41669750da8601ac267c — that combines geographic information system (GIS) mapping with digital multimedia to add spatial context to storytelling.

Lopez said by having the event virtually, visitors will be able to see the events when they have time.

"A lot of people don't realize how important this trail is," Lopez said. "It's right in our back yard. Isleta Boulevard is part of El Camino Real and it runs all the way up through Santa Fe. The events will be available on YouTube and Facebook for visitors to watch at their leisure, so it takes the pressure off of actually watching it in real time."

Additional learning

To supplement the virtual offerings, partners have put together El Camilo Trade Fair grab and go activity packets. The activity packets can be picked up in person at one of three sites along the Camino. The packets are available on a first come, first serve basis and while supplies last. One packet per family, please.

The packets include:

—Camino Real Junior Ranger activity sheet

—"Cookie Excavation" activity

—What do Archaeologists Find? activity

—Tools of an Archaeologist activity

—The Traditional Dichos "Sayings" of New Mexico activity

—Camino Real Paraje puzzle activity

—Community Voices Storytelling coloring pages and activities

—"Make Your Own Papel Picado" kit including paper, scissors, string, and instructions

—Stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, and more

Also included are brochures and information for families to plan their own adventure along the Camino, provided by the National Park Service, New Mexico Historic Sites and Bernalillo County Open Space.

Many of the activity sheets will also available for download on the Camino Real Trade Fair story map. The Grab and Go Activity Packets are available at the following locations. We recommend calling ahead to confirm supply.

—Bernalillo Town Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004

Community members can pick up the grab and go packets between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday at the front desk in the lobby. (505) 771-5885

—West Side Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

Packets are available during grab and go lunch pickup hours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please request an activity packet from staff at the meal pickup area. (505) 314-0176

—Coronado Historic Site, 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo, NM 87004 Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that the facility is closed Monday through Wednesday. (505) 867-5351