Honoring the Rail Yards Workers, Grounds and Community

“In the Fall of 1868 construction began in Topeka, Kansas on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe line under the leadership of Cyrus K. Holliday. The Santa Fe was operating 28 miles of track in 1869. The line from Topeka to Atchison was completed in early 1872 and entered Colorado by the end of December. The line opened to Albuquerque in March 1880.” From the Wheels Museum Website.

This Sunday we honor the Albuquerque Rail Yards grounds, workers, and neighborhood folks. The Rail Yards were a major hub of activity up until the 1940’s. Come down with your photos and stories about the  Rail Yards space and structures. The Rail Yards Market along with the WHEELS Museum are revitalizing this space, come be a part of it on Sunday, October 19 from 9am to 3pm.

Santa Fe Depot

Planned Programming

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Come see us after the Balloon Fiesta!

T-ShirtEach year the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta attracts hundreds of thousands of folks from all over the world! Balloon enthusiasts fill the streets of this beautiful city, while hot-air balloons add more colors to the already magnificent color palette of it’s mesmerizing sky! Every Balloon Fiesta seems more breathtaking than the previous and a visit to Albuquerque is not complete without a visit to the International Balloon Fiesta Museum/Park. Every year Albuquerque seems more vibrant, with an increasing number of attractions and must-experience venues!

The Heart of the City

Dan GardunoLocated in beautiful Barelas, the Rail Yards Market is part of that ever-expanding list of must-experience venues but it is not easily classifiable. It is much more than a market but rather a meeting place, where a vortex of sights, sounds, aromas and tastes congregate, every Sunday from 9am to 3pm! Artists of all mediums converge with educators and a dedicated community of volunteers to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience! It is truly a world-class event where patrons can shop from local growers, listen to amazing music, partake in mindful stretching, learn from dedicated educators, and be exposed to cutting-edge art while being exposed to ideas regarding sustainability and a reintroduction to traditional ways of living.

Education through the Arts

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Celebrating the Harvest at the Rail Yards Market

TheHarvest Day harvest, a time to collect the gifts given to us by nature and brought about by the labor of our dedicated growers. Harvest Festivals are celebrated world-wide such as Thanksgiving in the US and Canada. Many celebrations are an amalgamation of pagan rituals and the dominant religion. The image above depicts the Harvest Celebration in Poland.

Local Growers

Locally, we have many dedicated growers that avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMO‘s have been shown to be unhealthy and are banned in over 60 countries including the European Union and Japan. It makes obvious sense to shop from our friends and neighbors because it benefits our community economically, nutritionally and socially. At the RYM we feature many local growers that use the Rio Grande to bring  us sustenance. Come down and support them and celebrate the most life-giving contribution to our society.

Programming

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International Peace Day

“Imagine all the people living life in peace…You may say I am a dreamer but I am not the only one, I hope someday you will join us and the world will live as one” – John Lennon

International Day of Peace at the UN (video below)

The words of this John Lennon song, Imagine (originally released in 1971), still resonate today. Unfortunately we still have wars scarring our planet at each corner. There is still violence being enacted upon folks on every continent and in every country. We also are subject to economic violence in the form of growing popularity of wage slavery among corporate strategists. Every year, on September 21, since 1984, the world is called upon to take a moment to consider peace: International Peace Day/World Peace Day.

“Imagine all the people sharing the all the world…”

Peace at the Rail Yards Market

At the Rail Yards Market (RYM) we celebrate peace by creating a space where folks from all walks of life within our community, (local merchants, artists, entertainers, vendors, craftsmen, growers, volunteers, organizers…) can occupy for a few hours and feel a kinship among each other. We will be having our own private and public moments to celebrate and promote peace. We hope you join us:

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Celebrating Love at the Rail Yards Market

Love_LogoAnyone old enough to remember the 1998 movie, Night at the Roxbury will surely remember how the lead characters played by Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell dance ridiculously to the Haddaway song with the title, “What is Love.” But really, what is love? Have you ever thought about it? I have.

With all due respect to everyone’s faith, paradigm, culture, public and personal beliefs (or lack thereof), I believe and teach my 7 year old daughter that God is Love. But what does that mean? A quick perusal on Merriam Websters Online Dictionary comes up with 9 definitions (not to mention all the sub-definitions). Definition number 4 is closest to my personal definition of Love, “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.” Personally I would replace: the good of another with the good of all. 

A Labor of Love

The Rail Yards Market have been a labor of love for all that have been involved in taking it from idea to reality. Fueled by our desire to bring life back to the Rail Yards, and inspired to make our community a more vibrant one, volunteers from all walks of life spend their week planning, meeting and working together to make the RYM the wonderful nexus of our city that it has become. On Sunday mornings, we gather at 6:00 am, look each other in the eye and face-down a 11 hour day together! If that is not Love, then I don’t know what is!

Native Health Initiative

NHIThe Native Health Initiative (NHI) is a love-funded, love inspired organization dedicated to addressing health inequities through “Loving Service (a human-to-human element of wanting to serve others, volunteerism).”

“Today is a day to celebrate the work in NM that is love-funded, love-inspired, and which uses love as a framework for healing our world and communities. We feel that money/grants/power, etc. lack the transformative power that love holds to address the injustices we find in our state and world. We want to inspire and encourage you today to see the beauty and power that love has to heal our world, hoping that by us celebrating love today we will begin to find new ways tomorrow and beyond to orient our work likewise!”

Love Inspired Educators

VecinosAt the Fine Arts Pop-Up Zone we are joined by the VECINOS Artist Collective. VECINOS are collaborative of New Mexican artists who value educational and community driven practice. Our mission is to complement and enhance the activities of organizations in Albuquerque and beyond through participatory artistic collaborations. We believe that investment in the collective well-being of neighborhoods and cities creates a better world. At the Children’s Zone Super Artists/Educator CloudfaceStephanie Galloway will be guiding the kiddos on love-motivated collage making.

The Traditional Zone – NHI, RAICES, and Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin will join the Rail Yards for Celebrating Love Day in our Traditional Zone bringing with them a cherished community group of Curanderas and Traditional healers and will include an interactive education on traditional/ceremonial tobacco in the spirit of connecting art and culture. Live Arts will feature Patrick CloudFace Burnham will be joining the RYM in the Live Art Zone. His dynamic and bold ‘Celebration of Life in Painting’ is sure to bring smiles to all!

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Honoring Grandparents at the Rail Yards Market

Grandparents DayWe are all aware that grandparents love to coddle, spoil and splurge their grandchildren in love and tenderness! What many of us have lost sight of is that grandparents serve a crucial societal function as well: the dissemination of culture while providing a living, historical record. Unfortunately in todays’ over-saturated world of marketing messages, many have lost sight of the role our elders play in keeping our community vibrant and keeping us from repeating the mistakes made by previous generations.

Multigenerational Celebrations

In many Latin American countries, parties and festive occasions have a multi-generational flavor and you will often find babies and grandparents indulging in Music, Entertainment and the festive environments. This provides an opportunity for cultural transmit ion through historical recollections. In the US, ageism, created by our friends in the Marketing world, separates folks into non-sensical categories that serve to divide us and robs us of our historical identities. At the Rail Yards Market (RYM) grandparents are welcome and encouraged to participate and enjoy all that the RYM has to offer!

Celebrating Grandparents at the Rail Yards Market

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Celebrating Labor Day at the Rail Yards Market

As most of us know, Labor Day is a Federal Holiday but what does it stand for or represent? If you were to go by ads on TV, print and online, you might think it is a holiday celebrating consumerism. For example neither Lowes Home Improvement stores nor Home Depot have any mention of their workers, let alone a thank you to them! It is a holiday to celebrate the work-force, the laborers who form the backbone of our society and make our machines that keep us on the go.

Labor Day

Blacksmith Shop – 1940’s

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” The first national celebration of Labor Day was held in 1909 in New York City. The holiday itself was the impetus of labor unions scattered around the country. 

Celebrating Workers at the Rail Yards Market

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Celebrating Local Growers

Local GrowersFood and Water, we need both to survive, but do we actually ever stop and think who provides both? In the case of water, the respective “Water Authority” of each town/municipality is responsible for providing it. When it comes to food, our “choices” are varied. The big corporate box stores typically import their food from out-of-state or from other countries. Small local shops offer locally grown food options. The several “farmers” markets around town provide the chance to buy locally grown produce directly from the growers themselves.

Rail Yards Market

At the Rail Yards Market (RYM) we are much more than a “farmers” market but we also provide the opportunity to buy locally grown produce from local growers and in a few cases, they will make a meal for you right there on the spot (farm to table). When you shop for your produce from a local grower, you help stimulate the local economy, strengthen your community, while providing healthier food options for your family.

Growing Community

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