Kelly Haug, owner and publisher. Photography ©Tira Howard

Letter from the Publisher

Kelly Haug, Owner and Publisher

October / November 2020

Greetings – 

The previous issue of the Santa Fean had the theme “Santa Fe Strong,” and it spoke to our community’s resilience and creative problem-solving during this extraordinary time. Like everyone, I’ve had losses in my life, and as a mother, wife, daughter, friend and small-business owner, I am acutely aware of the challenges confronting us. My children will not have the same innocent, carefree childhood I did, but they too are resilient, and their giggles and smiles never fail to uplift me.

The articles in this issue — which has the theme “¡Gracias!” — remind us that despite the difficulties, there is still much to be grateful for. My own list is long.

Kelly Haug, holding sunflowers while wearing a mask
Kelly Haug, owner and publisher. Photography ©Gabriella Marks.

I am grateful for our city’s essential workers and the myriad others whose efforts keep us moving forward. Among others, they include healthcare workers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, postal workers and delivery people, government officials, city services employees, grocery store workers, teachers, nonprofits and volunteers.

I am grateful for our beautiful land. The pandemic can’t diminish our stunning sunsets, magnificent mountains, dazzlingly blue skies, shimmering aspens or the autumn light. For a celebration of these, read the photo essay on the Alamos Vista Trail and “Enjoying Nature: A Half-Day, Full-Day and Three-Day Guide.” Check out “Color in Your Life,” and on your next walk or hike, notice the fall colors that inspired it.

I am grateful to live in a 400-year-old city that to this day remains vibrant and unique, with a blend of cultures and blessed with a bounty of talented, creative, generous souls. I am grateful for treasures such as our historic churches and buildings, our museums, the Santa Fe Opera, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Farmers Market, the Botanical Garden and Las Golondrinas. In “Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Artisans,” you’ll enjoy reading about their handcrafted products. To discover more about our incomparable living history museum, read “Then and Now: El Rancho de las Golondrinas.” You can also read about how two restaurants are nurturing community in the city’s Southside.

I am grateful for the individuals and organizations that support nonprofits and help others by generously donating their time, talent and money. To learn about some of the city’s extraordinary nonprofits, the work they do and the support they’re receiving, read “Helping Hands and Generous Hearts: Community Giving in Challenging Times.”

I am grateful that businesses, nonprofits, galleries, museums and artistic venues have quickly, creatively and often seamlessly adapted to the current circumstances. Read about the positive, powerful effects NDI-New Mexico’s dance instruction has on young people’s lives, and how Queen Bee Music Association brings the joy of music to Santa Feans of all ages.

I am grateful for books, our furry and feathered friends, and for people who warm our hearts and make us smile. Read about suggested books in Book Nook and about a beloved feline companion in the Pet Corner. In People We Love, read about two wonderful local artists, one a painter and the other a sculptor. In ¡Qué Santa Fe!, read about a man who for decades has brought a smile, and often a word of wisdom, to everyone he encounters.

I am grateful for family, friends, the harvest season, tradition and for being able to share a meal virtually or in person. Read “From (Food) Truck to Table” (from tacos to Jamaican vegan to rolled ice cream). Read about a stunning new Santa Fe home. See suggestions for setting a beautiful tablescape. Check out “‘Spirits’ (and Beer and Wine) Aren’t Just for Halloween.” If you need hostess or holiday gifts, read our recommendations for unique offerings from local businesses and museums, and for memberships, virtual classes and — doubly nice — donations to nonprofits in someone’s honor. 

Finally, I am grateful to the Santa Fean team and to you, our readers and subscribers. I thank you for your support.

Much Love,

Kelly Haug
Owner–Publisher, the Santa Fean
The City Different Publishing LLC

Kelly Haug
Owner/Publisher, The Essential Guide and Santa Fean

Kelly grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She has a BS in environmental science and a Master in Resource Law (MRLS). For nearly two decades, she lived in the West before she and her husband moved to Santa Fe, his hometown. She is delighted they can raise their two daughters in a multicultural city with extended family nearby. Descended from a long line of small-business owners, Kelly is enthusiastic about contributing to and building community.


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