Friday, July 31, 2015

A Santa Fe tradition ends: The sad story of Jackalope

Potters from Mexico demonstrating their art at Jackalope
It’s all over for Jackalope.

It was sad to hear that a Santa Fe tradition, Jackalope on Cerrillos Road, will be no more. 

It’s been there almost forty years. Kids came to see the donkeys, the chickens and the prairie dog village.

Families came to pick out garden pots and furnish their homes with weavings and rough-hewn Spanish style furniture.  Folk art and folk artists could be found there during tourist season. It was a bright and energetic place. Often there was live music and little festivals put on by the owners. Jackalope had heart.

Darby McQuade, the founder who lived on the property, had a flock of white pigeons that circled the grounds each day… their stark white wings contrasting with the bright blue New Mexican sky. Darby and his crew of Mexican gardeners kept his gardens bright and interesting. But that was a different era.
The Jackalope Mercado
According to the New Mexican, “At 11 a.m. Aug. 26, Jackalope will be sold to the highest bidder in an auction on the steps of the courthouse on Montezuma Avenue. The sale includes the property, about 5 acres, as well as inventory, equipment, fixtures and even the iconic trademark of the jackrabbit with antlers.”
We'll all miss the bright colors and resonable prices of Jackalope
It is a sad end to Darby McQuade’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. It’s a sad time for Santa Fe.