Dan Shea


JBS conference, post-conference, Santa Fe


When you've come a long way to attend a JBS conference, what else do you do after the conference? For some of our members the answer turned out to be: Join the JBS-organized post conference excursion to Santa Fe for more opera. Fifteen of us enjoyed staying together at the Hotel St Francis, located close to the central city Plaza, and attended two performances: Verdi's Falstaff on July 4 and Lucia di Lammermoor on July 6. Most of us arrived July 3 and next morning Independence Day festivities began at the Plaza, when the local firemen offered their traditional pancake breakfast (a bargain at $5 and a fundraiser for charity as well), followed by live music and local hoopla all day long. By late afternoon we gathered at the hotel patio and debarked for the Opera, a few miles outside Town in Tesuque hills, for the special " preview buffet" picnic next to the opera house, complete with "pre-performance" lecture, a special treat on this typically lovely New Mexico summer evening.

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