Editorial

Coming together

Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 12/12/19

At a time when the divisions between people in the United States seem as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon, Americans need events that bring them together.

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Editorial

Coming together

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At a time when the divisions between people in the United States seem as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon, Americans need events that bring them together.

In little Taos, two of those events (and there are several throughout the year) are the Lighting of Ledoux Street and Bonfires on Bent Street. Lighting of Ledoux took place last weekend along with the lighting of the Yuletide tree in the historic Taos Plaza, attracting a cross section of Taos residents and visitors.

Bonfires on Bent Street takes place Saturday (Dec. 14). For more than three decades the shop owners in the John Dunn shops and on Bent Street, along with owner Polly Raye, have held a free holiday evening replete with food, song and specials. The stores stay open until 7 p.m. Bonfires are lit. Shop owners and the deli serve up tamales, hot chocolate, apple cider and other goodies. Choirs and musicians sing and play.

The evening is a chance for people of all walks of life to mingle, laugh and share an evening together.

No one asks what religion you practice, which political party you belong to, what's in your bank account and whether or not you are a citizen. Everyone is welcome.

For just a little while, everyone can simply be human beings, sharing a few moments of joy.

That's special and rare in these tumultuous times.

Go downtown Saturday evening and relish one of the events that makes Taos special.

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