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El Camino Real Trade Fair Week 2

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The second week of the El Camino Real Trade Fair gets underway Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a cooking demonstration, a kids’ activity that combines archaeology and cookies, and a musical performance. The event is virtual this year and presented by Bernalillo County and community partners.

“The debut last week felt like a cross between a public broadcasting show and an online university class,” says Enrico Gradi, deputy county manager, community services. “And that’s right on target. Also fitting to feature Bernalillo County’s cultural asset, the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, which is located right along El Camino Real.” 

The series of virtual events highlights the historic trade route between Mexico City and San Juan Pueblo from 1598 to 1882. As described by the National Park Service, “this artery of commerce and travel came to be known as El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, which meant ‘royal road’ or ‘king’s highway.’ Blazed atop a network of indigenous footpaths and trade corridors that connected Mexico's ancient cultures with the equally ancient cultures of the American Southwest, this highway was the oldest of the great highways heading north. Extended by segments throughout the 16th century, it was at one time the longest road in North America.”

El Camino Real Trade Fair is happening Friday evenings and Saturday mornings through May 1, 2021 on the El Camino Real Trade Fair Facebook page. Event videos are premiered at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays. This week’s activities are listed below. The full schedule is here.  
Friday, April 16 @ 6:30 p.m.

Camino Cooking: Three Sisters Meal – Corn, Beans and Squash (Demonstration)
Tiana Baca, Three Sisters Kitchen
What is Archaeology? A Cookie Excavation for Kids! (Animation w/activity)
Leslie Bergloff, New Mexico Historic Sites
Music & Stories Along the Camino Real (Music/Story)
Storytellers: Rosalia de Aragon Pacheco and Estevan Pacheco, Casa San Ysidro

Saturday, April 17 @ 9 a.m.

Josefa Baca: Life and Legacy (Lecture)
Storyteller: Henrietta Martinez Christmas, Author and Genealogical / Historical Researcher
Growing the Three Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash (Demonstration)
John Garlisch, Bernalillo County Extension Office
La Cocina Como Encuentro de Dos Mundos: Part 2 (Lecture)
(The Kitchen as a Meeting of Two Worlds), Storyteller: Cecilia Zeledón Gutiérrez

New this year is the interactive El Camino Real Trade Fair Story Map. It combines geographic information system (GIS) mapping with digital multimedia to add spatial context to the storytelling. On the story map, event-goers can virtually travel the El Camino Real and visit the locations of the trade fair stories, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Participating organizations include Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez/Minge House, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail (National Park Service), Gutierrez Hubbell House Alliance and New Mexico Historic Sites.

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 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. Please note that 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. Call 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

For more information, visit the El Camino Real Trade Fair page on, Facebook, and YouTube.

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