Art, Culture and Wine – Dixon, NM
We may be way out in the boonies, but don’t let that fool you into thinking we’re turning into hillbillies. Despite our occasional romps in the wild, chasing squirrels (for pooch at least), and generally going “primitive” we nonetheless (and to our own surprise) manage to cultivate an artistic penchant. It’s the other side of our “out there” lifestyle, and we discovered it this week in the unassuming little notch of Dixon, NM.
But let me explain how we got there. The big city around here is Taos and it’s generally well-known as an artists haven and a tourist destination. We knew this coming in, and it turned out to be approximately correct. It’s a cute little spot with an older downtown, lots of galleries, a historic pueblo (Taos Pueblo) and some good eateries (our favorite was the paw-friendly Sushi a la Hattori), but it’s also a bit of a tourist trap and has that feel. So, we did our couple of hour tour and then sped off to discover the surrounding gems.
Enter stage left Dixon, NM. What originally caught our eye and drew us in like moths to light was the wineries. We love us some good wine tasting, and Dixon has several excellent specimens which are part of the New Mexico Wine Trail. Being the only customers we hung out chatting and tasting, getting rather jovial and of course meeting some locals.
Dixon, as it turns out is a hidden artists paradise. In this small town of only 1500 people nestled in the Embudo Valley hills there are at least working 50 artists as well as a local co-op, an espresso cafe, a hand-crafted brewery, a thrift store, musicians and even a theatre.
For the latter, it just so happens we were introduced to the local producer for Dixon Community Players leading of course to much theatre talk and revealing, as luck have it, that they were putting on a 100% locally produced musical “Holly’s Follies” that week-end. That sealed the deal and this obviously meant-to-be event was not to be missed. So, we snapped up the last 2 tickets and waited excitedly for the event.
And it totally rocked! This town has a true cornucopia of talent and we were entertained with a musical history of Broadway through tap-dancing, cabaret, opera singing, live band music and comedy all for $12 a head. We leave the area with several fine bottles of Port from La Chiripada, a few new friends and full of artistic inspiration. In fact the week-end spurred us to produce some RV art the crowning glory of which was “Cat in a Box”© (it was a collaborative effort). Taos may be the big city up here, but Dixon is the hidden gem. Whether you tour the galleries, take a pottery class or even learn some rock carving this is the spot to let your artistic side go wild.
Note/ The Dixon Players don’t have a website, but ask at the local library about productions. They put on a play every few months in season.SPONSORED LINK:
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